ALMOST seven-days since the lockdown began, we really hope you are all keeping well and safe at home. Please remember to obey the national lockdown and limit your outdoors visits for shopping to an absolute minimum. It still seems that many people are either unaware of the contagion or simply ignoring the rules. Stay indoors; it’s not just your health at stake.
DON’T forget your copy of Talk of the Town, available at your stores today (and available whenever you next visit the shops). In there you will find important local news as well as important contact numbers and other information. You will also find our regular sodoku and crossword to test your brainpower and to enjoy during this period of lockdown.
THANKS to all our advertisers who are still placing ads in the paper as well as those workers who are still carrying out essential services and risking their health daily by attending work or the office in order to keep the systems going. As a community, we respect your efforts and will support you by abiding by the rules of the lockdown.
HAPPY birthday greetings and all good wishes to everyone enjoying a birthday in the week ahead, especially Jean Wright, Charlene Palmer, Ronnie Slaughter, Eve van Rooyen, Brian Burnette, Colin Purdon, Morgan Hunke, Lara Heny, Barbara Morgan, Jon Houzet, Charleen Foster, Abenathi Stuurman, Melissa Bowles, Karl Badenhorst, Bianca Steenkamp, Irene Tawse, Trevor Langley, Brent Thorp, Valerie Chalker, Kudu Pancoust, Debbie Ford, Karen Wilson, Kian Swanepoel, Arthur Beresford, Odette Gailey, Eleanor Taai, Lesley Stevenson, Cecile Welgemoed, Barry Rudman, Nicholas McCreath, Jaida Ball, Leanne Swart, Gerhild Scholz, Julia Jamieson, Bruce Findlay, Alexandra Albers, Kyra Colyvas, Jillian Tyson, Clair Meiring, Rory Gardner, Steven Minaar, Christo Kok, Inke Sap, Angelique Timm, Herman Purdon, Bernard du Plessis, Lesley Futter, Gillian Rautenbach, Buddy Brownlee, Peggy Mager, Erin Brits, Caitlin Bessinger, Joyce Webb, Tracy Mills Willemse, Sue Bradfield, Maartje Verhaak, Dina Pusilewicz, Sonia Nginase, Fanie Behrens, Phillip Swanepoel, Kelly van der Merwe, Terry Lansdell.
FURTHER success and congratulations to the following businesses celebrating another anniversary and may these lead to many more, especially Independent Property Consultants (Van der Riet Street), L.P Gaz (Bathurst Street), Petticoat Lane and the Presbyterian Church which is celebrating its 32nd anniversary in Port Alfred.
THE good news is that fuel price decreased dramatically last week as a result of surplusses in the oil market (and the fight for supremacy from OPEC and Russian oil producers as well as the impact of Covd-19. Unfortunately, for the man-on-the-street, there is no place to go. The Moody’s downgrade (the last of the big three financial rating agencies to do so), has left the rand in deep trouble. When the threat of Covid-19 is over we will be left to pick up from where we left off and that will prove difficult. Non-investment level (Junk Status) means it will prove more difficult and expensive for the government to borrow money, either from business, investors or banks. Investment is required to ensure we can create the jobs we need to boost the economy. So, when the crisis is over we may still have an uphill battle to recover financially. Businesses will be forced to close their doors and many may find themselves without jobs. At this time we need to control the virus as quickly as possible as this may save not just lives but jobs as well, so strict adherence to the lockdown is essential. With last year’s figures in brackets to compare at the time of going to press, the Rand was trading at R18.15 to the Dollar (R13.97), R22.52 to the Pound (R18.29) and R19.86 to the Euro (R15.75). Gold is $1,595.56 per fine ounce ($1,303.05) with Platinum at $730.00 per ounce ($820.77). Brent Crude Oil is trading at $27.95 per barrel ($71.00).
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, Jan Haig, Maureen Botha and Lyn Charter.
WEDDING anniversary congratulations and good wishes for many more great years ahead to all couples celebrating such an occasion, especially Dave and Arleen Young, Graham and Joan Norman, Olly and Bianca Kirby, Kevyn and Lindsay Letley, Terry and Gisella Brickhill, Colin and Louise Wiggett, Robert and Marjorie Sparks, Peter and Doffie van der Byl, Hendrik and Margarite Smit, Stephan and Angela Drennan, John and Lodene Pohl, Thomas and Bonny Blaine and Hettie and Chris Fourie.
THOUGHT for the week: “Happiness is having dreams; success is making those dreams come true”.
BEST regards as always,