THE full economic impact of the national lockdown still has to be tallied, but we know many businesses are struggling and people’s livelihoods have been affected. Jobs have been lost and salaries have been cut. Worrying for us in the print media industry is how two big publishers, Associated Media and Caxton Press, have been affected. Associated Media, which owned Cosmopolitan, House & Leisure and Good Housekeeping, among other titles with a focus on women, has closed its doors, while Caxton, publisher of a slew of magazines including Your Family and Rooi Rose, announced it was withdrawing from magazine publishing and associated businesses. The first lockdown casualty we heard of in Ndlambe was that of Pandora ’s Home Industries in Kenton, a business that has operated for the past 45 years, had closed for good. This week, we learned that Dr Brian Olivier was closing his dental practice in Port Alfred. This is sad news both for the business owners and their customers and clients. There may be more that we are not yet aware of. It is especially hard for those businesses which have not been able to open during level 4 of the lockdown and may have to wait until level 2 or 1, whenever that may be.
FOR all you parents who have had to become teachers during lockdown, a Port Alfred Home School Resources page has been set up by some of the local schools. Parents, teachers and pupils are welcome to take a look and find all sorts of resources such as eLearning data and programmes and activities such as worksheets on this one central page. The link is as follows: https://www.facebook.com/Port-Alfred-Home-School-Resources-102990108047353/
HAPPY birthday greetings and every good wish for the year ahead to everyone celebrating a birthday in the coming week, especially Natalie Hanstein, Jakkie Westraadt, Wayne du Plessis, Kristin Waters, Kelly Fella, Zoe Koch, Jenny Pincente, Carla de la Mare, Caitlin Barnard, John Lardiner-Burke, Gavin Deenik, Thelmadu Preez, Rose Bartlett, Linda Gibson, Marietha Petzer, Roy McLean, Gail Turner, Kay Hartzenberg, Paul Haywood, Lal Purdon, Darren de Bruin, Cuan Macgregor, Risha Faca, Karen Hecht, Gavyn Letley, Justin Thackeray, Ruth Wewege, Gayle le Roux, Taylor du Plessis, Joan Dyson, Bev Scoble, Andrew Goetsch, Travis Jacobs, Ann Meyer and Dan Ward.
TO all business and community organisations who are enjoying another anniversary, we extend our sincere congratulations and may you have continued success in the future to Ocean Basket, Leach Pharmacy, Kingston Farm and Restaurant (Bathurst), Gail’s Dance School, Nduna Lodge, The Sandbar Floating Restaurant (Bushman’s), First Port Alfred Cubs and Scouts, the Bathurst Methodist Church. At the time of going to press the rand was trading at R18,20 to the dollar (R14.22), R22.50 to the pound (R18.36) and R19.74 to the Euro (R15.94). Gold was trading at $1,704.17 per fine ounce ($1,298.16), Platinum at $773 per ounce ($858.55) with Brent crude oil at $30.60 per barrel ($70.79).
SPECIAL thoughts and prayers are with all those who are not well, having or have had tests, operations and treatments. Sterkte Roy Potter, Andrew de Vries, Emilene Bruwer, Jenny Groenewald, Jan Haig, Maureen Botha and Lyn Charter.
SINCERE condolences to the family and friends of Amy Wilmot, who passed away recently. May cherished memories of all the happy times spent together comfort you.
OUR deepest sympathy and condolences to the family and friends of Phillip Hopper who passed away on May 6. We especially keep in our thoughts his wife, Pam, children Sharon, Wendy, Janine and Kevin, and their extended families.
DEEPEST sympathy and special thoughts to the family and friends of John Gie who passed away recently. May wonderful memories of good times spent together comfort you through this sad time.
WEDDING anniversary greetings and congratulations for many more to everyone celebrating this special occasion in the week ahead, especially Hector and Kathy MacDonald, John and Karen Kew, Treg and Edna Robey and Gordon and Muriel Gill.
THOUGHT for the week: “Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony”.
BEST regards as always,