Neighbourly Notes – 10 October 2019

RECITAL AT ST PAULS: Father Noël-Jean Creille will be performing organ works at Port Alfred’s St Paul’s Church on Sunday. The concert is free.

IT might be people’s general lack of money, but this weekend is another where very little is happening on the social and entertainment front. According to the diary the only event taking place this weekend is the Westside Community Fair. Reserve Saturday in your diary. The day begins at 10am with the “Port Alfred’s Got Talent” competition starting at about 3pm. Here is also a kiddies and juniors’ Adventure cycle race. See the article in this week’s paper for more information.

FATHER Noël-Jean Creille will be giving another of his organ recitals at St Paul’s Church in Port Alfred on Sunday. The recital begins at 3pm and is free. A retiring collection will be made at the end of the performance.

LAST Friday’s Blessing of the Animals for St Francis of Assisi Day at Port Alfred’s St Paul’s Anglican Church went well with plenty of animals blessed by Arch Deacon Cynthia Webbstock and each presented with a certificate. Funds collected on the day, together with other items such as blankets, food and more. Unfortunately, there were no alpacas this year as they always lend an air of excitement for those in attendance. Most of the animals were well behaved while a few were a little more mischievous and incited a few nervous growls and excited barks. In general, however, the afternoon was a success both for the church and the SPCA, not to mention the animals that received the blessing.

WHAT a shame that our own boxer, Ndikho “Destroyer” Magadaza, lost in his bout at Titi Jonas on Saturday. Magadaza was well prepared for the fight but his opponent, Thembalani “Guiter Man” (although that should have read “Guitar Man”) Okolo managed to stop the fight on a technical knock-out in the seventh round of the 12-round contest. This had been billed as a World Boxing Federation (WBF) Africa Mini-Flyweight title fight and, at the last minute, was reported to have been upgraded to an International Title fight. However, WBF president Howard Goldberg initially wrote to me to say that, as the promoter had not paid the required fees to the WBF, the fight would not be sanctioned and therefore was not a title fight. However, when asked for more details Goldberg wrote back to explain the situation. “Eventually most of the payment was made literally on the Friday although it only reflected on the Saturday.” The fight did eventually take place for the WBF Africa minimum weight title and in an excellent fight, Okolo stopped a game Magadaza in the 7th round in front of a full hall.” For a report on the six bouts that took place, see our back page story.

ON a more regional level, there is a story about a small-scale cannabis grower from Pondoland in the Eastern Cape who is concerned that she is no longer able to feed her children since the law changed allowing anyone to grow their own cannabis – for personal use – and therefore sales have suffered. The 63-year-old Sizane Nompethu said that growing dagga (which, she claims, the people of Pondoland have been doing for over 200 years) is very hard and that selling it is her only form of income. However, and for the record, although you may grow a small quality of marijuana for your own personal use (grown and used in a private place) it is still illegal to sell or distribute cannabis, or to smoke it in public, or to even distribute and transport it. You may carry a small amount provided that its use remains private. But this situation begs a number of questions. As readers, what do you think?

CONGRATULATIONS and happy birthday greetings to everyone enjoying a special day, especially Wally Hill, Hennie de Bruin, James Mpolongwana, Joy de Bruin, Sarah-Jane Taljaard, Felix Shepherd, Charles Watson, Doreen van Damme, Ola van Niekerk, Isobel Taute, Riley Hilpert, Kristin Bunge, Carla Gailey, Lucinda de Vos, Chris Johnston, Rosita Winter, Ben Kember, Dorothy Bowen, René Denis, Benji Jurgensen, Joani Stötter, Dax Wilmot, Nicole Flanagan, Chantell Saunders, Nadia Harris, Pat Soine, Pieter Bezuidenhout, Johan Potgieter, Arno Strohm, Joan Purdon, Kim Wilson, Doreen McCarthy, Arabella Sponneck, Tamara Yete, Terence McCarthy, Eve Wallace, Brendan Walker, Jenivie Grune, Sarah Ford, Samantha Costa, Jan Simpson, Denis Stirk.

BEST wishes and congratulations to all the businesses having an anniversary and here’s wishing you all continued success, especially to Remax Kowie, Thospark, Sparrow Pools, Paws and Claws.

THE decline in the value of the rand that has been happening for the last few weeks came to an end last week with the currency improving slightly against major currencies. However, the rand is still in a precarious position and local politics isn’t assisting in resetting the currency back to former higher levels. Factionalism seems to be the order of the day, with political parties fighting among themselves and, as for the ruling ANC, with so-called alliance partners, particularly the SACP. Jacob Zuma’s son, Duduzane, is testifying at the Zondo commission where he and his father have been heavily implicated in nefarious dealings with the Gupta brothers. Internationally the US/China trade wars are still the biggest market influencer at this time together with the seemingly indeterminable Brexit negotiations. South Africa will only be considered by many investors once both of these major world-issues are resolved. With last year’s figures in brackets for comparison the Rand was trading at R15.12 to the Dollar (R14.60), R18.54 to the Pound (R19.23) and R16.58 to the Euro (R16.80). Commodities were trading with Gold at $1,491.21 per fine ounce ($1,188.40), Platinum at $882.60 per ounce ($834.90) and Brent Crude Oil $58.81 per barrel ($84.77).

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, Rowena Collin, Marian Eaton, Malcolm Cock and Brenda Shelton.

MAY continuing happiness be with the following couples as they celebrate their wedding anniversaries with good wishes for many more. Congratulations to Warwick and Leonie Beetge, Hans and Jo-Anne Fourie, Rob and Dianna Owsley, Wayne and Lizelle Rielly, Brenda and Russell Shelton, Owen and Colleen Moore, Ronald and Junette Smith, Dylan and Tania Murray, Wade and Lauren Labuschagne, Robert and Jenne Boyce, Mauritz and Ria van der Merwe.

THOUGHT for the week: “Time is that fleeting moment when the future passes into the past. So use every moment; grab it, embrace it and make it into your own memories”.

BEST regards as always,
The Team.

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