Neighbourly Notes – 10 December 2020

GOING HOME: The 37 (to date) seal pups that, due to the high seas, washed off their home at Black Rock in Port Elizabeth and landed along the Ndlambe coastline were too tired to swim back. Bayworld’s Dr Greg Hofmeyr and the first responders caught them and carefully transported them to Bayworld for a medical checkup before being
reunited with their mothers.

IT has now been 259 days since the national lockdown was imposed and things are not going so well here in the Sarah Baartman District Municipality, of which Ndlambe is part. Identified by the Covid Command Council as a hotspot for the coronavirus, new restrictions have been applied to the Nelson Mandela Bay area and, on Wednesday, health minister, Zweli Mkhize was in the Sarah Baartman district to assess the situation and determine what, if any, new restrictions will be applied to this area.

NDLAMBE Municipality is holding an open council meeting this morning (Thursday December 10) at 10am at the Civic Centre. In the agenda there is a festive season contingency plan which Talk of the Town will relate to our readers once it is approved. However, there are a number of restrictions that have already been imposed and should be noted. The krantz area, which has been closed for some time already, will be closed over the entire festive season (until January 10 next year). There has not been any extension granted to liquor outlets over the holidays and the normal liquor board trading hours will apply throughout the season. We are rapidly approaching Day Zero, and water is still a very important issue in the area, specifically over the holiday period. Locals and holidaymakers are cautioned to minimise their water usage and carry out all water saving methods as have been issued. These include reporting all water leaks to the municipality, refraining from using hoses to water gardens or wash cars and so forth. Until something is done to increase water availability in the area it is critical that locals and holidaymakers understand there is no more water in the area, so saving every drop of what remains is essential.

A WARM welcome to all holidaymakers gracing our fair area. Despite our obvious issues here in Ndlambe and Makhanda, we wish you a fabulous holiday and trust you will enjoy everything the Sunshine Coast has to offer.

IT has been rumoured the beaches in our area could be closed over the holiday period, and we might hear news of this by either minister Mkhize on Wednesday or at the council meeting on Thursday. However, if true we cannot allow this to happen. Our holidaymakers are the area’s lifeblood and it will lead to a collapse of the season’s economy. Residents must make a stand if any decision is to close our beaches. TotT will keep our readers informed of all developments as they occur. Watch for news on our web page, or our Facebook page, group, or on Twitter for the latest news on any further restrictions. to the area.

AS from Friday, our free holiday supplement – the Sunshine Holiday – is available at outlets where Talk of the Town is sold, as well as from the Tourism office, various hotels, B&Bs and guest houses and, of course, the TotT office at the corner of Miles Street and the R72. It is jam-packed with everything happening over the holiday season, local products and services, interesting places to see and seasonal advice. Talk of the Town will continue to be published weekly, so to all of you out there, happy holidays!

CONGRATULATIONS and happy birthday greetings to everyone celebrating a special day in the week ahead, especially Rick Moller, Nicholas Dempers, Reinette Marx, Carol de Beer, David Steck, Roy Leming, Brenda Wansbury, Kevyn Letley, Alister Harman, Heather Samuel, Debra Harris, Karli-Di Owsley, ‘Digger’ Garden, Natalie Kaschula, Ingrid Hilpert, Deidre Japp, Jenny van Rensburg, Kelly Ferreira, Grace Phillips-Page, Hendrik le Roux, Jannis Sephton, Laura Forrester, Wilma Graham, Greta Snaith and Sandra Bradfield.

CONGRATULATIONS to all businesses enjoying another anniversary with wishes for many more successful years ahead. Good luck to Graze by the River, BVSA, Halyard’s boat cruise Spirit of Adventure, The Black Rock Restaurant and River Wild Safaris.

ANYONE studying the international markets will be aware they are in turmoil with companies closing their doors and unemployment at an all-time high. This is due to the contentious transfer of power in the US, the Chinese invasion into Western markets and the EU, and the UK being in seeming deadlock over Brexit. SA’s currency is simply hovering, like a drowning man awaiting someone to throw him a lifeline. Unemployment in SA is now at an official 30.1%, but the true figure is closer to 50%. Unless action is taken to stabilise the situation things look bleak for 2021. With last year’s figures in brackets, the rand was trading at R14.94 (R14.79) to the US dollar, the pound was R20.10 (R19.48) and the euro R18.12 (R16.38). The gold price was $1,861.53 ($1,467.70), platinum was $1,029.00 ($897.78) and Brent Crude was trading at $49.03 ($63.92).

SPECIAL thoughts and prayers are with all who are not well. Sterkte Roy Potter, Andrew de Vries, Jenny Groenewald, Jan Haig, Fred Golombick, Jenna Coetzee and Graeme Sunny Hill.

OUR sincerest condolences to the family and friends of Marinda Strohm who passed away on Saturday December 5. We especially think of her children Amy, Byron, Candice and Jason. May memories of good times spent together carry you through this difficult time.

WEDDING anniversary congratulations to all couples celebrating this special occasion, especially Jonathan and Lisinda Hanstein, Ray and Glenda Hicks, Marcel and Lauri-Ann Raven-Fabe, Dave and Carina Elms, Martin and Kim Nel, Gavyn and Gwyneth Letley, Frikkie and Nicola Coetzee, Ray and Julie Davidson, Richard and Mary McGhie, Sipho and Tando Matthews, Dennis and Moira Stirk, Ruan and Danielle Cannon, Doug and Edie Galpin, Vernon and Marie Jakins, Justin and Lynda Haller, Mervyn and Trevllyne Woods, Lourens and Elouise Botha, Judy and Dawie van Wyk, Albert (aka George) and Pat Whitfield, and Pat and Richard Holtshousen.

THOUGHT for the week: “Happiness comes through doors you didn’t even know you left open.”

BEST regards as always,
The Team

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