Neighbourly Notes – 18 July 2019

SPIRIT OF GIVING: The Lions of Port Alfred took part in the National Food Forward campaign last Saturday and Sunday and, in conjunction with Pick n Pay, managed to collect a lot of food (more than 400kg) that will be distributed to the more needy members of the community through charity organisation Loaves and Fishes. In the picture, from left, were Lions Gail Turner, Max Stander and Nico Muller. Picture: LLOYD STEPHENSON

ON Thursday the SPCA is to hold a sterilisation day for identified animals that belong to the poorest of the poor and could otherwise not afford to have their animals sterilised. The overabundance of unneutered animals in the townships is a problem and help is required to keep the numbers at a manageable level. This is a very big job, and the intention is that around 20 feral cats, along with 40 dogs, will be sterilised. About eight vets have volunteered and will be at the Port Alfred SPCA to assist, giving of their time. The state vet in Makhanda needs to be thanked for allowing the vets to visit, as well as in the supply of some of the medications. Flight instructor Kayla Sturwig from 43 Air School and her students have organised food for the day in the form of two platters donated by Niche Café in Van der Riet Street and lunch rolls from SUPERSPAR. They will also be volunteering in the exercise and assisting. SPCA assistant manager Lisa Nyanya has been run off her feet identifying and organising the animal. Animals have been identified around the dump area, at Thornhill and in the Bathurst township of Nolukhanyo. Normally neutering costs R300 but, in cases where this figure is beyond the reach of the owners it will cost just R100, while some of the poorest people will have their animals neutered for free.

HAVE you given your undergarments to Port Alfred High School and, if not, why not? Thursday is your last day to do so. Collect all your old (clean) underwear and donate it to the school as such items are needed to give to others who are in need.

THIS weekend is a little devoid of events but both the Port Alfred Floral Art Group and the Port Alfred Art Club will be meeting on Saturday. See our Diarise This section, below, for more information.

THERE was lots of singing and dancing at the latest special council meeting where Khululwa Ncamiso was elected mayor of Ndlambe as the full gallery rose to their feet to celebrate her election. Ncamiso replaces former mayor Phindile Faxi who was recalled by the ANC and redeployed to serve on the Sarah Baartman district council. This seemed like a strange and unexpected move on behalf of the ANC but, as previously pointed out, the electorate votes for a party, not a person, so the party is free to swap any active cadre (including the state president) at any time. The lone EFF councillor of the 20 councillors in Ndlambe, abstained as per his party’s wishes, but this only highlights the problem of party politics. Councillors and other politicians should be more interested in fixing the problems of roads, sewerage, crime and other important matters, no matter which party suggests it, rather than doggedly following party dictates.

IS anyone else confused by the “revelations” of Jacob Zuma at the Zondo commission of Inquiry into state capture? I have never heard a person speak so inelegantly and inarticulately and for so long without actually saying anything. White monopoly capital is now a phrase in South African society, and it was entirely made up by Bell Pottinger under instruction from Zuma and his friends to divert attention away from state capture. Did we believe Zuma’s supporters who claim that over 90% of the land in South Africa is still owned by whites? Read independent reports from Stats SA and others that state quite different statistics. This is another fabrication and further aims to differentiate South Africans on the basis of race. If this was wrong under apartheid, how can it be right to do so now?

CONGRATULATIONS on another year and very happy birthday wishes to everyone celebrating such an occasion in the coming week, especially Melissa Tweedie, Audrey Geyer, Marion Bartlett, Len Eaton, Heather Grimbeek, Chante Lynn van der Merwe, Dave Cockcroft, Janet Thatcher, Val Human, Norma Cockcroft, Adriaan Potgieter, Stephanie Forward, Douglas Haig, Vukile Balura, Clifford Dell, Leonora Goodwin, Roy Guest, Sue Croukamp, Judy Henshall, Mauritz van der Merwe, James Taljard, David Purdon, Jessie Berry, Brenda Spilkin, Barbara Matthews, Maureen Thierson, Alex van der Merwe, Richard Legg, Angela King, Kerry Butt, Eric Taylor, Russell Geard, Rose Hare-Bowers, Mavis Venables, Janet Basson.

BUSINESS anniversary wishes and best wishes for your continuing success to all having an anniversary, especially L&W Couriers and OK Furniture.

CONSUMERS are spending less on food than even two years ago, according to Stats SA. With all of the price hikes experienced recently (the VAT increase, then unstable and escalating fuels prices and carbon tax, electricity hikes, etc) the average South African is worse off now than even two years ago. Our currency fluctuates due to international factors, but business confidence is lowered whenever EWC, Eskom, SAA, the Post office or other state owned enterprise are mentioned. We must hope that the Americans maintain or cut interest rates, or that the China/US trade talks work out, or Iranians don’t declare war on Britain (for seizing their tanker) or that Brexit works, as these are the things that effect our economy more than internal issues – although the official inquiries currently under way also need more rapid and positive outcomes. With 2018’s figures in brackets to compare against and as we were going to press, the rand was trading at R13.87/$ (R13.35), R17.23/£ (R17.40) and R15.56/ß (R15.52). Gold was at $1,413.82 per fine ounce ($1,224.76), Platinum was trading at $737.83 per ounce ($831.60) and Brent Crude Oil at $66.54 per barrel ($71.54).

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, Brenda Shelton and Dave Young.

OUR thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Doug Kemsley who passed away on Saturday. Doug wrote the On Wheels column for Talk of the Town, and was a well-respected journalist whose focus was in the motor industry. He will be missed by many. A memorial service will be held at the Port Alfred Presbyterian Church at 11am on Friday to celebrate his life.

WEDDING anniversary greetings and best wishes for many more years of love and happiness to everyone having a wedding anniversary, especially Claude and Susan Mclellan, and Andrew and Isobel Meyer.

THOUGHT for the week: “A friend is someone who understands your past, believes in your future and accepts you today just the way you are”.

BEST regards as always,
The Team.

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