CHRISTMAS has come and gone, and we have hopefully been with our families and close friends, and celebrated the Christmas season with them. This special time of the year should be enjoyed by all, but please spare a thought for those who have no families or, for one reason or another, have been alone over the festive season. This area was once known as the Friendly Coast, and many of us still smile and say hello to people, even complete strangers, actions that might be unfamiliar to those living in the bigger cities where lifestyle and pressure often prevent such courtesy. A smile costs nothing and you just might brighten someone’s life by simply being friendly.
WITH just four days to go to year end, may we take this opportunity to extend our heartfelt thanks to all our advertisers, contributors (to the letter pages, guest writers and those who submit photographs of various happenings), distributors (especially our reputable dealers) and our loyal readers for their investment, amazing support, participation and ongoing encouragement of the Talk of the Town over the past year. We look forward to tackling the challenges of 2020 together.
A BIG welcome to all our visitors. Whether you are regulars of simply visiting our beautiful area for the first time, you are most welcome to stay and enjoy everything we have to offer. From the beach and the beautiful Indian Ocean to our game reserves and the chance of seeing the Big 5; from historical Bathurst to the glorious Fish River, we have everything you could possibly desire here on the Sunshine Coast.
WE really want everyone to enjoy the festive season in Ndlambe, both residents and visitors. Yet water is a precious commodity which is in limited supply here on the Sunshine Coast. If everyone plays their part there should be enough water for everyone, and we can all have a pleasant and relaxing time while we enjoy everything the area can provide. Please, therefore, be aware that strict water restrictions are still in force in the Ndlambe municipal area.
ALTHOUGH many people think that drinking on the beach and getting drunk around town are “just once a year” events, and call to “let the people play”, the real issue is that many of our visitors and locals are confronted with is aggressive and unruly behavior that can result in harm. Whether it is people holding loud parties that go on into the morning on someone’s front lawn, or involved in a car accident or being dragged into the riptide, dangers are all around us, so please be careful this Christmas season. Don’t take glass onto the beach (rather use plastic containers and bottles), ensure you take your rubbish with you when you leave and be respectful of other people’s happiness and enjoyment. It appears you are unlikely to be arrested or even fined for drinking in public, even though the municipality has issued its season plan which includes zero tolerance for drinking and driving, drinking in public and taking glass onto the beaches. It is a yearly occurrence that someone is badly hurt or even dies as a direct or indirect result of drinking. We would also like people to respect the town itself and not throw rubbish around but rather pick it up and take it home with them to throw away there. Every year the municipality is forced to spend a considerable amount of ratepayers’ money in hiring casual staff to comb the beaches and braai areas and pick up the tons of refuse scattered about. I have actually heard people say that they are doing the unemployed members of our area a favour in providing job opportunities by casting their rubbish on the ground. This, of course, is utter nonsense. Such jobs last only a few days at most and serve no one. Rather allow the municipality to spend this money on housing and fixing the infrastructure that is so badly in need of repair. Using money this way is far more beneficial in the medium and long terms. Seriously, we want to see you back again next year, so abide by the simple rules and let’s ensure we all have a great Christmas and a prosperous New Year.
WISHING everyone celebrating a special day in the week ahead, a wonderful birthday with many more years to come, especially Shayne Minott, Ann Tyrrell, Cynthia Plowman, Janet Brannon, Tristan Rissik, Craig Eaton, Nielen Marais, Alan Pretorius, Ashley Gardner, Elize Alexander, Rob Avis, Vic Goddard, David du Preez.
CONTINUED success and congratulations to all business establishments celebrating another anniversary, especially The SA Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity (SAIAB) in Makhanda (Grahamstown).
CONGRATULATIONS and every good wish for continued happiness for many years ahead to the following couples celebrating wedding anniversaries in the week ahead, especially Graeme and Wanda Kelbrick, Arno and Mirinda Strydom, Alec and Felix Clark, Jonathan and Vanessa Burns, Connan and Yolanda Hill, Etienne and Leane Naude.
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.
MAY your 2020 be filled with many amazing memory-making moments. May the blessings of good health, good humour and good sense be with you and your family in the coming year.
THOUGHT for the week: “Approach the New Year with resolve to find the opportunities hidden in each new day”.
BEST regards as always,