Neighbourly Notes – 3 October 2019

CONGRATULATIONS: Hein Strömbeck (Time for Biltong owner) was married to Ilse Dames (Grade 1 teacher at Shaw Park Primary School) on September 23 at the Port Alfred Bowling Club. They had the Harcourts tuk tuk as the wedding car.

THERE’S a little more happening this weekend than last, but compared to other years it is still pretty quiet on the leisure and entertainment front. On Friday, take your animals to be blessed at the St Paul’s Anglican Church for St Francis of Assisi Day. In the past this ceremony has attracted dogs, cats, birds and even alpacas to be blessed. The ceremony begins at 5pm so bring your pets and enjoy the fellowship. Then, on Saturday, it’s an early start for those competing in the annual Pineapple Run. The main race (27km) starts at the Big Pineapple in Bathurst and finishes at the Port Alfred Country Club, while the shorter 10km race begins and ends at the Country Club. It’s also the Christian Men’s Association breakfast at Tash’s Craft bar at 7 for 7.30am where Jan and Ruth le Roux will talk about their spiritual journey. From 8am, get to the Presbyterian Church for their annual morning market where you are bound to pick up some bargains. If boxing is for you, the weigh-in for Sunday’s big fight night will tak place at the Heritage Mall on Saturday when Ndikho “Destroyer” Magadaza and Thembalani “Guiter Man” Okolo will be at their best fighting weights for Sunday’s showdown. And the Big Fight Night on Sunday at the Titi Jonas Centre in Thornhill will be inundated with boxing fans as the two face-off against each other for the World Boxing Federation (WBF) International Mini-Flyweight title. There are another eight bouts on the card for the evening, so get to Titi Jonas for some world-class boxing.

THERE has been considerable talk about climate change protests with children taking up the cause and showing their anger at adults who, they say, have done little to fix the problems of pollution they will be forced to fix for themselves as they get older. Ukhanyo Secondary School and Alexandria High School, assisted by the Kariega Foundation, recently participated in a march to highlight their concerns (TotT September 26 edition has the story). Adults, on the other hand, seem to be in two minds on the subject. On the one they are concerned that the world they leave behind might present a problem for their children but, on the other, many feel that this is just another money-making racket aimed at impressionable children. Yet, no matter how you feel about the situation there can be no argument that the amount of plastic we produce, and simply throw away, is particularly harmful to the environment and is consumed by animals such as fish, cattle, pigs, birds and others that scavenge the ocean depths or root thr ough garbage dumps. We cannot deny that oil, produced from the compression of biomass (leaf litter, fallen trees, dead animals etc.) over millions of years, has been refined and used for transport over just the last 100 or so years. The problems this causes is unacceptable, and these are just the obvious problems. There are many more hazardous chemicals, hardly spoken about, that cause even more harm to the environment. Whether the current movement is justified or alarmist is, at this time, for you to judge but it is the responsibility of adults to learn as much about climate change as you can so you can offer support to your children or steer them in another direction. But this is too serious a matter to just push under the table and ignore.

HAPPY birthday greetings and congratulations to everyone celebrating special days in the week ahead, especially Fanele Siyolo, Ingrid Griffiths, Di Cockcroft, Zoë Wille, Ava Beukes, Basil Solz, Penny Maddocks, Calla van Heerden, Barry Griggs, Joan Strachan, Andy Swanepoel, Grant Mouton, Bronwyn Murray, Tanja Jacobs, Andrea Kemsley, Chris Avis, Elmien Kew, Eric Garner, Hennie Marais, Lauren Snyman, Lynette Shelton, Jocelyn Kirkup, Monique Hunke, Hallé Hilpert, Nick Sousalis, Dianne Loots, Eric Evezard, Linda Schlemmer, Franco Klopper, Jonty Alexandre, Gordon Naysmith, Carla Gailey, Louw Potgieter, Lauren Teixeira, Lucinda de Vos, Margie van Lier, Kerryn van der Walt, Dot Thorburn, Kristy Henderson, Karen Lee, Alf Steck, Lizelle Rielly, Liz Briggs, Nick Howard, Brenda Shelton, Yvonne McDonald, Darrren Coetzee, Sanele Siyolo, Darren Coetzee and Fanele Siyolo.

CONGRATULATIONS to all businesses and organisations celebrating anniversaries and good wishes for further success to GBS Mutual Bank (142 years), Tectronic, Happy Hours Pre-primary, Top Carpets and Floors (Grahamstown), Postnet, Cosi Home, RD Patternmakers, Westside Assemblies Church and Coastal Car Care.

THERE’S External factors,the most significantly of which are,the USA and China trade wars and also Brexit are causing considerable movement in global currencies and the imposition of import taxes on certain goods has caused investors to hang back while they await the conclusion of the battle for supremacy. Britain’s exit from the EU is at a very late stage with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson struggling to force the EU to capitulate on the Irish backstop, a sticking point on finalising a deal. There is more happening but these issues are causing fluctuations in the value of emerging market currencies. Back home, Tito Mboweni’s recommendations to sell off non-profitable assets (liabilities) such as parts of Eskom and Transnet, SAA, Denel and more, is causing panic among trade unionists who fear jobs losses, and the increase in the petrol price will hit consumers hard again. At the time of going to press, the Rand was trading at R15.23 to the Dollar (R14.37), R18.71 to the Pound (R18.68) and R16.58 to the Euro (R16.62). Gold was trading at $1.459.60 ($1,202.47), Platinum at $935.60 ($820.55) and Brent Crude Oil at $59.77 ($84.96).

CONDOLENCES to the family and friends of councillor Mbulelo Njibana who passed suddenly last week.

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, Dave Young.

SINCERE condolences to the family and friends of Mark Pauls who passed away on Wednesday September 25. We hold in our thoughts his wife Mickey and children Jade and Jarryd. May memories of happy times spent together carry you through this time of sadness.

HAPPY wedding anniversary wishes for many more years ahead of continued happiness, especially to Adrian and Cathleen Anderson, Terry and Sonia Blenkinsop, Jim and Pauline Reynolds, Hans and Jo-Anne Fourie, Dave and Delene Hawkins, Luke and Cindy Charter, Brett and Ingrid Newcombe, Dries and Annatjie Liebenberg, Loua and Devon Coetzee, Jonathan and Jenny Lynn Tuppy, Hans and Jo-Anne Fourie, Gilbert and Marlene Coetzee, Owen and Colleen Moore.

THOUGHT for the week: “Each of us has a fire in our hearts for something and it’s our goal in life to find it and keep it lit”.

BEST regards as always,
The Team.

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