Neighbourly Notes – 11 July 2019

FIFTY YEARS OF FABULOUSNESS: George and Jocelyn Guest celebrate their Golden Wedding Anniversary on Friday July 12. They met at the Hotel Victoria in Port Alfred and later married in St Paul’s Anglican Church with a reception in the Civic Centre. The couple then bought Feathers Farm from Jocelyn’s father, Avro Randall, in the ‘70s and later sold it to their younger daughter, Kate and her husband Paul Knight in the ‘90s. Today, Jocelyn is a Ndlambe councillor and George restores furniture and a vintage car. They also have a son, Roy and a daughter, Laura and six grandchildren.

LAST Friday’s Wharf Street Soiree, “Christmas in July” was another great success, with hundreds of residents and visitors descending on the iconic street to participate in the festivities as well as partake of the great food and enjoy the entertainment on offer. There were a few nerves as to the timing of this second soiree, only three weeks after the first successful event, but organisers need not have worried as the crowds flocked to Wharf Street, despite the icy chill coming off from the river, and the fire bins certainly helped visitors stay warm as well as providing a very festive atmosphere to proceedings. Watch out for the next soiree and support our local business.

THIS weekend is a little short of organised activities. On Friday evening it’s another exciting Pub Quiz at the Volo restaurant and entertainment centre in Kenton-on-Sea, with quizmaster Jon Houzet. Great snacks, prizes and lots of friends to meet and beat, so get there to ensure you don’t miss out on the fun. On Sunday there is a community service at the historic Salem Church, where everyone is welcome.

THE Buco G2C mountain bike race was fought out on the hills from Grahamstown (Makhanda) to Sea, finishing at Rosehill Mall last Sunday. What a spectacle and, if you are into cycling, you’ll understand how much effort it takes to travel for 58km on a bicycle, not to mention the gusting wind that threatened to send riders off to the side of the road. And, averaging around 35km/h, you certainly can’t afford to fall. But, as I have already said, I think I’ll stick with my car (oh, I don’t have one).

OH dear, it seems like the party’s over for former Ndlambe mayor Phindile Faxi (see our front page story). Just when you thought things might be getting better, Faxi has been recalled by the ANC and redeployed to the Sarah Baartman district municipality. This just proves that party politics serves only the party and not the electorate. Those who worked closely with him, such as Parra chairperson Dawie van Wyk and Kosra chairperson Simon Oliver, expressed disappointment and lamented the decision. But, as mere voters, we don’t have any power (the opposite to the principle of “one-man, one-vote”).

AND, while on the subject of political parties, the latest decision by EFF leader Julius Malema not to support the DA in Tshwane is clearly politics played out no matter what the effect on the people. It is like the fat boy who brings his soccer ball but is left on the sidelines. This particular lad has taken his ball back because the DA won’t allow him to appoint the Tshwane mayor. Well, boo hoo. Your party did not win enough votes for you to control the metro at the country’s capital. What sort of message would that have sent? And while Malema decries the capitalist system he seems to have no problem attending events organised by capitalists or cavorting with capitalist bigwigs, wearing his Armani suits and his Gucci shoes. The people of Tshwane might now face some serious problems if the metro council is hung based on Malema’s arrogance, but as long as there’s enough money in his bank account, Malema probably couldn’t care less.

HAPPY birthday to everyone celebrating a special day in the week ahead. May there be many wonderful times ahead for all, especially Derrick Newson, John Crawford, Siobhan Stötter, Peter Metcalf, Simon Boucher, Jolanta Hanstein, Ian Cunningham, Lydia Gimbel, Cheryl van de Spuy, Liezel van der Westhuizen, Lynette Matthews, Zandisile Qakamfana, Peter Dickson, David Roll, Inez Victor, Ryan Murphy, Marleen Coetzee, Ronald van Niekerk, Johan van Zyl, Portia Gwente, Rob Owsley, Carel Scheepers, Johnathan Riddin, Hayden Hanstein, Jacqui Reed, Charl Hilpert, Kenny Turner, Dylan Cox, Ben Ford, Alice Torr, Marlene Tarrant, Delene Hawkins, Gilbert Coetzee, Oliver Davies, Pumeza Maronya, Peter Pinnick, Oliver Robinson, Mary Walker and Peter Fleischack.

BUSINESSES celebrating the success of another year – best wishes for many more anniversaries to ReMax Ocean Club Kenton-on-Sea, and Sungwa Bricks.

THE good news last week was the drop in the petrol price. That might not prevent increases in the future but it’s a welcome relief for everyone. We still have the support of Moody’s ratings agency (for now), and have even garnered support from the World Bank that seems impressed with President Cyril Ramaphosa’s “plan” (in inverted commas as most politicians and political analysts saw Ramaphosa’s plan as more of a pipedream than a plan). His latest statement, cutting out the fat in government institutions, is bound to upset the trade unions as they have to protect their members and preserve jobs. But this entire mess was caused when hundreds of new jobs were invented in a vain attempt to reduce unemployment. If the state earns revenue through taxes on salaries, and then pays its employees’ salaries from those same taxes, it is unsustainable and effectively means that the people are paying their own salaries. There is far too much waste in the public sector and this needs to be reduced substantially. And I bet no one would notice the difference if more than half of the civil servants had to find employment elsewhere. At the time of going to press and with last year’s figures in brackets to compare against, the Rand was trading at R14.16 to the Dollar (R13.45), R17.63 to the Pound (R17.84) and R15.87 to the Euro (R15.79). Gold was trading at $1,393.95 per fine ounce ($1,251.10) with platinum at $813.65 ($848.00) with Brent Crude Oil at $64.53 per barrel ($77.22).

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 and Doug Kemsley.

CONGRATULATIONS to all couples celebrating a wedding anniversary this week, especially Darryl and Jolanta Hanstein, Ryan and Jo le Roux, Gavin and Amanda Rathbone.

THOUGHT for the week: “Prosperity depends more on wanting what you have than having what you want.”

BEST regards as always,
The Team.

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