Neighbourly Notes – 5 December 2019

PREPARING FOR THE EVENT: The Van der Riet Street traders are holding a special market on Saturday December 14 from 5pm. Enjoy excellent food and browse the shops at Port Alfred’s famous Courtyard complex (including Blooming Brilliance, Rise Café, Funky Junk and Easy Living), Laura-Kate’s Gallery, Niche Café, Skippers Catch, Maison Décor, Graze by the River and Ocean Basket. There will also be street musicians playing unplugged for visitors’ entertainment. From left, Nick Howard, Laura-Kate Barnes and Claude Samuel finalised the arrangements

IT WAS another touching time at Happy Hours Pre-primary School last Thursday evening when the Grade R pupils graduated from the school, all set to enter “big school” in the New Year. Parents packed the school hall to see their children end the first phase of their academic life. Principal Tracy Lloyd was quite emotional as she said goodbye to the children and wished them all well as they take their next steps in academic life. The children performed a medley of Christmas hymns and songs relating the story of the Nativity to the enthusiastic audience. As Lloyd said, the influence of music serves the children well, and that this group had certainly showed their passion for performance.

ON Friday, the MEC for Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism, Mlungisi Mvoko, launched the Eastern Cape tourism programme that should encourage more visitors to our area. Mvoko pointed out that the Eastern Cape has so much to offer; from Blue Flag beaches to worldclass game reserves, magnificent hotels, great food and friendly locals, that it needed greater exposure to make it the place to visit. He also said he was particularly pleased with the work done by local tourism bodies, especially Sandy Birch from Sunshine Coast Tourism, who had worked relentlessly over the years to promote the Sunshine Coast as a great holiday destination.

FRIDAY afternoon was when 43 Air School celebrated the opening of its new WOW (Wilbur and Orville Wright) auditorium on the air school premises. CEO and co-owner of the school, Attie Nieman, thanked all those responsible for maintaining the high standards the school has achieved. The auditorium is a large building that has been refurbished and repurposed from designs by architectural professional Juan Pretorius, fitted out with stages, and sound and visual aid systems. The building, built when the school was an RAF base, had once been virtually abandoned and used to house cattle. The air school carried out most the work in-house, specifically the electrical systems.

ON Saturday, it was the St Paul’s annual fete that saw locals busy finding lots of things to buy, as well as being able to socialise with friends and neighbours. In the afternoon it was the turn of the Viva Musica Ensemble at the Don Powis hall in Settlers Park for a musical treat of classical and popular compositions that was well appreciated by the 100-plus audience. In the evening, it was the turn of the Kowie Striders to reward its members with a slap-up meal at the Royal Alfred Marina Clubhouse and dole out awards and prizes to its members. The theme for the evening was 007 Bond, and the ladies dressed in their finery, while some of the men dressed as Bond, or other characters from the Ian Fleming novels. However, some members decided to dress a little less formally from the waist down and attended in shorts. The last time so many knobbly knees were evident they had messages tied to them.

AT the church service held at Port Alfred’s St Paul’s Church, Helen Averbuch and her art students donated Nativity characters to the church that the students had made. Later in the morning, the SPCA opened its new cattery that houses strays and cats and kittens ready for adoption, as well as a brand new boarding facility for pets.

LAST Friday was Black Friday, a US custom following their Thanksgiving celebrations that has found its way into many other countries in recent years. However, there are some concerns with respect to Black Friday, particularly here in SA. Some people make rash and unnecessary purchases that put them in debt, while others await Black Friday bargains to purchase something they had already decided to purchase anyway. So, some shoppers spend all their hard-earned money on items they don’t need (there is a difference between wanting and needing), while retailers could find that items they would have sold at profit any other time of the year have been sold at cost or even below cost.

CONGRATULATIONS and happy birthday greetings to everyone celebrating a special day in the week ahead, especially Deyzel Burger, Jen Elliott, Mary Lloyd, Declan de la Mare, Jean Brummer, Derek Phillips, Ryan Reynolds, John Moss, Garner Rieger, Koleka Nkwinti, Charidene Malan, twins Keagan and Ross Coetzee, Dylan Brown, Nicholas Dempers, Brad Taljard, Annie Pike, Janine Groenewald, Paul Griffiths, Stewart Evans, Rudi van der Merwe, Loren Hilpert, Gary Jones-Phillipson, Denise Gunn, Mike Loewe, Nico Scheepers, Carol Behrman, Daniel Ross, Gregory Gudmanz, Mia Mary de Aroujo, Jean Botma, Donné Piquet, Jeanne Cloete, Vivienne Reid, Reinette Marx, John Dresner, Yvonne Vermeulen, Donne Wentzel, Rob Edllman, Peter Dickson and Akhona Qunta.

WELL done and continued success to all businesses celebrating another anniversary. Good luck for the future to Kenny’s Sports Bar.

IT is almost at year-end and the markets are slowing down in anticipation of the stock-market closures that will happen in the West on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. However, not all stock markets close so money is still traded throughout the holiday period. The US/China trade wars are still ongoing with no resolution yet in sight. Britain goes to the polls next Thursday, December 12, to elect a new government, the outcome of which may have serious consequences for us in SA. With 2018’s figures in brackets, the Rand is trading at R14.67 to the Dollar (R13.56), R19.03 to the Pound (R18.12) and R16.24 to the Euro (R16.03). Commodities are trading with Gold at $1,470.07 per fine ounce ($1,268.19), with Platinum at $900.25 ($935.30) and Brent Crude Oil at $60.96 ($62.62).

SPECIAL thoughts and prayers are with all those folk who are not well, having or have already had tests, operations and treatments. Sterkte Roy Potter, Andrew de Vries, Emilene Bruwer, Jenny Groenewald, Derek Church, Jan Haig, Gavin Tessendorf and Lyn Charter.

OUR heartiest congratulations and good wishes for continued happiness to the following couples celebrating their wedding anniversaries in the week ahead, especially Neville and Tilly Handley, Mike and June Jones, Chris and Irene Snyman, Russell and Kerry Bartlett, Des and Sybil Kopke, Clayton and Kim Lloyd, Keith and Sherle Hackart, Brandon and Alexa Calitz, Andrew and Carlyn Smith, Ray and Glenda Hicks, and Marcel and Laurie-Ann Raven-Fabe.

THOUGHT for the week: “If you want a limitless, abundant, loving life, make sure that all that your beliefs are limitless, abundant, compassionate and loving.”

BEST regards as always,
The Team

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