Neighbourly Notes – 5 September 2019

HERDING THE PACK: Andrew Jardine, rear, and children Mila Jardine, left, and Eine van der Merwe took their Australian cattle dog, Buddy, on the SPCA fundraiser walk at West Beach on Sunday morning and enjoyed the great spring weather. Picture: ROB KNOWLES

LAST Saturday saw the inaugural Port Alfred High School Colour Run take place at and around the school sports fields, with over 200 runners and walkers complete the course while being peppered with pastel-coloured powder. The event was a fundraiser for the school and drew many more participants than the organisers had originally envisioned. Organiser of the colour run, Nicola Coetzee, was delighted as she watched school funds accumulate and thanked everyone for their support in this important initiative. Also on Saturday, the Port Alfred Community Policing Forum sold cakes at the Rosehill Mall in order to raise funds. The event was a complete success and cakes sold throughout the morning and, by about 11am, cakes were sold out. Well done to CPF.

DOGS took their owners for a walk along the West Beach beachfront on Sunday in the Spring Paws Parade, a fundraiser for the SPCA in Port Alfred. It was great to see so many dogs with their owners.

THIS weekend begins on Friday with the latest Wharf Street Soiree to celebrate spring. This will be the third soiree at Wharf Street, Port Alfred’s oldest trading street still in operation. Having attended both previous soirees I can attest that this is a great evening of meeting friends and enjoying the ambience. Best of all, the pubs will be selling our own beers such as Coin Ale, Kowie Gold Pilsner and Squires Porter at just R10 per pint.

WELL, we have come to the end of “women’s month”, so it’s time to consider if the month awareness of crimes against women and children has been successful. There were a number of high-profile cases in just the last week of women’s month including the appalling murder of UCT student Uyinene Mrwetyana and even the kidnapping of six-year-old Amy-Leigh de Jager that occurred the day after Women’s month ended. To all those potential women-beaters, rapists and kidnappers; to pick on a person that is weaker than you is an act of cowardice. You are deliberately harming another individual physically, causing mental damage and, in some cases, even death. Real men do not take advantage of women and children. If you want to hit someone, join a boxing gym where, at least, someone will be able to fight back on an equal footing. Not man enough to do that? I didn’t think so.

BEST wishes and birthday greetings to everyone who is having a special day in the week ahead, especially Justin Wilmot, Deirdre Muller, Robyn Hobbs, Frans Nel, Lauren Mc/creath, Sheldon Amos, John Wilson, Kirsty Clayton, Una Tarr, Val Smith, Janê Moss, Emily Scholtz, Doreen Pons, Wade Elliott, Kate Venter, Graham Reilly, Derek Fellows, Garnett Westley, Alex Hope-Bailie, Megan Grundling, Lisa Rose Downer, Mason Dell, Taylor Naude, Julia Painting, Jean Atkinson, Rosemary Nelson, Herman Breetzke, Pen Schultz, Nicolas Cock, Timothy Rudman, Elzette Reed, Derryn Willis, Eben Groenewald, RJ Swart, Marion Barnard, Patrick Kenny, Kelly Bradfield, Lionel Wilson, Matthew Neethling, Keith Cunning, Stephanie de Bruin, Heather Tyson, Trish Versfeld, Jordon Faca, twins Natalie and Caroline Ross, Lydia Gimbel, Joan Greaves, Lionel Hunt, Jonty Payne, Phindiwe Kuhkana, Jamie Kleinhans, Jenna Rowe, Thabisa Vukuza, Pietie le Roux, Euthine Shone, John Basson, Dawn Nelson.

BUSINESS anniversary greetings and congratulations for many more years to come to Highway Motors and Buddy’s, Vanessa’s Nail Bar, Coral Cottages, The Holistic Oak.

APPARENTLY the economy of SA has grown by 3.1% for the second quarter that ended in June, and this has saved the country from yet another recession. Because of the general lack of money available in the country and massive unemployment, SA runs a very real risk of another financial recession at any stage. This, in turn, discourages investment leading to more unemployment and a longer and darker recession. It is odd when finance Minister Tito Mboweni issued a discussion document highlighting possible plans for strengthening the economy and job creation, and unions and political parties have their own agendas. These are usually based on ensuring votes in any upcoming election, and seem to have rejected the minister’s ideas regarding state-owned enterprises, specifically Eskom. The problem is, the politicians only look at the next five-year term while citizens must look at the longer-term issues. We need electricity, but Eskom have overloaded the system by employing far more people than necessary. No business can run successfully in these circumstances. Cut the fat and let’s sell some of our assets while introducing new businesses into the arena. Privatisation is not a dirty word, it is the only way some of these companies will survive. Oh, and to add insult to injury, the price of petrol increased at midnight on Tuesday by 11c per litre. Diesel went up by a massive 26c a litre. With last year’s figures in brackets to compare against, the Rand was trading at R14.99 to the Dollar (R15.52), R18.24 to the Pound (R19.90) and R16.42 to the Euro (R17.98), Gold trading at $929.39 per fine ounce ($1,194.16), Platinum at $1,538.20 per ounce ($791) and Brent Crude Oil at per barrel ($77.40).

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, Suzanne Wyllie, Malinda Coertze, Laura-Kate Laguz and Dave Young.

WEDDING anniversary congratulations and continued joy for many more years of happiness together, especially to Dalton and Tracy Phillips, Brett and Teia Neil-Boss, Fred and Heather Tyson, Dave and Jacqui Parsons, Russell and Joy Geard, Brett and Teia Neil-Boss, Ian and Erna

THOUGHT for the week: “Peace is not a relationship of nations. It is a condition of mind brought about by a serenity of soul”.

BEST regards as always,
The Team.

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