ALTHOUGH we have all had to stay at home this Easter weekend, we sincerely hope everyone is safe and abiding by the national lockdown regulations. Stay at home and stay safe.
BEAR in mind that last weekend and this coming one, Port Alfred was supposed to be hosting the Royal St Andrews Hotel Amanzi Challenge that would normally bring thousands of visitors to the area. For those, including SMMEs, who were banking on the influx of visitors, this has already presented a financial challenge. When the lockdown is over we will still need to find a way to compensate all those that lost revenue over the period or businesses will have to close down creating even more than the current unacceptable levels of unemployment. We need to develop a local think-tank to overcome this issue.
CONGRATULATIONS and happy birthday greetings to everyone enjoying a special day in the week ahead. Good wishes for the year ahead especially to Colwyn Holshausen, Di Gruneberg, Sonai Owsley, Chene Vosloo, Laela Cannon, Emma Alberts, Peggy Southey, Geoff Broom, Slade Proctor, Brenda Carthew, Etienne Mouton, Kirstie Ganter, Merle Barnard, Dina Puzilewicz, Sally-Ann Odendaal, Neil Chemaly, Michael Cholwich, Sherine du Preez, Lisa Lawson, Mandy Roesstorff, Marianne de Vos, Caroline McIntosh, Anton Wiersma, Gerenique Denston, Daniel Mahloko, Ron Gush, John Zweistra, Willie Adams, Chante Pote, Miliza Rickson, Hazel Peterson, Erna McPherson, Tyler Stevenson, Ric Wilson, Derrick Kleynhans, Kate Beavis, Lana Marais, Chix Pearson, John Rodgers, Lynette Lambert, Jennifer Cumming, Marielle Ford, Darren Wicks, Adricha Diedericks, Daphne Brownlee, Lee Pearson, Cathy Braans, Tori Stowe, Claire Hall, Lauren Brunette, Grant Marais and Cecile Oosthuizen.
CONTINUED success and congratulations on another anniversary for the following businesses, with best wishes and even more success for many years to come to Kwena Air (Wesley Hill), Kowie Vet Clinic (on the corner of Southwell and Atherstone Roads) and PA Home Industries.
WHILE most of the focus is on stopping the Covid-19 pandemic, the economy will be the next major item on the government’s agenda. Unfortunately, as we are now designated “non-investment” status by all of the major rating agencies and are in the throes of a recession, this could be only the beginning of the problems we will encounter in the future. With last year’s figures in brackets to compare against, the Rand was trading at R18.06 to the Dollar (R13.94), R22.61 to the Pound (R18.19) and R19.80 to the Euro (R15.77). On the commodities scene, gold is $1,690.80 per fine ounce ($1,276.74), platinum is trading at $759.50 ($893.60) and brent crude oil at $32.57 ($72.18) per barrel.
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.
BEST wishes and congratulations to other couples also celebrating an anniversary at this time, especially Stuart and Shannon Hawkes, Colin and Sandy Maclachlan, Helgard and Erica Janse van Rensburg, Sai and Brunette Pieterse, Kevin and Gwen Bode and Nicole and Aiden Norden.
THOUGHT for the week: “All our dreams can come true – if we have the courage to pursue them.”
BEST regards as always,