THIS weekend begins on Friday with a Christmas in July themed Wharf Street Soiree. The last soiree was such a success that the owners of businesses in Wharf Street have decided to hold another event, and this one looks like a very festive affair. So, put on your warm clothes and get ready to boogy at the Wharf Street Soiree – Christmas in July. The event starts at 6pm and continues through to 8pm but, of course, many of the businesses will stay open and provide lots of quality entertainment with live music, beers at R10 per pint (still can’t get over that) and lots more. See our article in this week’s Talk of the Town for more information. Also on Friday evening the Port Alfred Country Club is holding its Curry and Rice Evening which begins at 6pm for 6.30pm. On Saturday morning, Christian men and women should head for Tash’s Craft Bar at the Small Boat Harbour for another meeting of the Christian Men’s Association breakfast with guest speakers Theo and his wife, Marinda Snyman. As a popular pastor in the are, Theo will speak about his recent eye operation that has partially restored his sight. There is also a garage sale of books and more on Saturday taking place from 9am to 2pm at 25 Tuna Road. On Sunday it’s the annual G2C (Grahamstown to Coast) bicycle race. Wonder when this will become the M2C (there is no longer a place called Grahamstown).
THE cold weather is certainly causing some issues in and around town with people coughing and sneezing with gusto. This year’s flu is quite a potent one and has seen many businesses struggle as staff take time off to recuperate. The important thing to remember is to keep as warm as possible during the frigid evenings and the night time, drink lots of liquid (not alcohol as this can lead to a drop in core temperature and hypothermia, especially in older people), eat regularly even if you don’t feel hungry and get some rest. You will serve no one if you end up in hospital or worse.
THE National Arts Festival, known colloquially as the Grahamstown Festival, will be on until this Sunday (July 7), so there’s still time to go see a show, have a great meal at one of the many restaurants and food stalls, or simply soak up the atmosphere. Makana Municipality has done its best to ensure the lights stay on throughout the entire festival that began on June 27. How they did this is unknown but, if they can do this for the festival, how come they cannot do it for all those Makhanda citizens who actually pay their electricity accounts?
AND, while on the subject, and perhaps this is just cynical, but the ANC makes lots of promises during its campaign for election and re-election, some of which are unofficial and impractical. But such propaganda creates a false hope in the poorer members of our community who believe they such receive free services, including electricity, even as the country reaches crisis levels regarding employment, debt and corruption. Please everyone, pay for the services you receive and municipalities, provide the services as per your mandate, given to you be the people who elected you.
CONGRATULATIONS, greetings and wishes for a happy birthday to all enjoying such an event in the week ahead. All good wishes for the year to following especially to Doreen Steenkamp, Robin Gout, Rodney Keet, Robin McLean, Ann Leese, John Potter, Leslie-Anne Phillips, Carel Swart, Gay Ford, Neville Williamson, Brandon Phillps, Layla Jonker, Phyllis Futter, Ben Beetge, Justin Maddocks, Steve Gardner, Jacques Johnson, Joan Boucher, Joshua Linforth, Pumeza Maronya, Vanessa Avis.
BUSINESS anniversary congratulations and continued success for many more years to come, to GBS Mutual Bank, Trellidor, Eugene’s Plumbing Services.
THERE has been a lot of movement in the marketplace over the last few months mainly due to US and China trade talks which seem to have stalled but could be about to conclude shortly. This has kept the markets unsteady and has had a significant effect on global trade and currencies. With SARS attempting to recover R1.42 trillion this year we can only hope that the big tax dodgers (some using legal loopholes in the tax system while others have more nefarious methods we can only hope their plan pays off. However, just to put in perspective, If I were to give you R1 every second it would take 11½ days to reach a million, 31½ years to reach a billion and 31,700 years to reach a trillion. With last year’s figures shown in brackets for comparison, at the time of going to press the Rand was trading at R14.13 to the Dollar (R13.72), R17.85 to the Pound (R18.13) and R15.97 to the Euro (R15.97). Gold is trading at $1,39263 per fine ounce ($1,257.12), Platinum at $839.25 per ounce ($813.60) with Brent Crude Oil at $64.92 per barrel ($77.82).
SPECIAL thoughts and prayers are with all those folk who are not well, having or have already had tests, operations and treatments. ‘Sterkte’ to Roy Potter, Andrew de Vries, Jenny Groenewald, Zelda Neethling, Marian Eaten, Martin Bekker, Trish Solz, Brenda Shelton, Dave Young, Laura-Kate Laguz, and Theo Snyman.
OUR condolences to the family and friends of Vuyani Bakaqana who passed away peacefully on June 15 after a struggle with diabetes. He is survived by wife Nosabelo and his three daughters.
BEST wishes for many more and our heartiest congratulations to the following couples celebrating an anniversary. These messages especially go to Craig and Claire Sponneck, John and Sharon Nicol, Colin and Joan Purdon, Godfrey and Meryl Howes, Biff and Gordon Todd, Schalk and Nicole Voster, Eddie and Jenny Hoseck.
THOUGHT for the week: “Harmony makes small things grow, lack of it makes great things decay”.
BEST regards as always,