Thank you for soldier­ing on

Grocott's Mail - - MAKANA VOICES -

Well, Fi­nance Min­is­ter Malusi Gi­gaba didn’t de­liver too much good news dur­ing his Mid-Term Re­view Bud­get speech on Wed­nes­day. The money man's big­gest shock was that rev­enue short­fall (taxes to SARS) would be R50.8 bil­lion be­low the R30bn short­fall than was an­tic­i­pated in the Fe­bru­ary bud­get. There was other bad news of course (we can’t af­ford nu­clear power; SAA and the Post Of­fice need more bailouts worth bil­lions; the pub­lic wage bill is out of con­trol and so on).

We’re all hurt­ing and we get it. But in Gra­ham­stown, we also have a few lit­tle sto­ries to brag about. Be­fore Star­bucks showed up on our shores, we had Mugg & Bean. Its lo­cal fran­chise, in the Pep­per Grove Mall and owned by Craig Foord turned two this week (see page 13). If res­i­dents were not pa­tro­n­is­ing it, Mugg & Bean would not have cel­e­brated even its first birth­day. Gra­ham­stown thanks you, Mugg & Bean.

Then there is the Indigo School, a lit­tle pre-school in Sun­ny­side that re­cently cel­e­brated an im­por­tant an­nual fes­ti­val. The school cel­e­brated its Colour Run at the Botan­i­cal Gar­den last week as part of the Di­wali Fes­ti­val of Lights (see page 19). Di­wali’s main themes are the tri­umph of light over dark­ness, good over evil, knowl­edge over ig­no­rance, and hope over de­spair, which are good val­ues to im­part to our young­sters, many of whom are often scarred by ter­ri­ble ex­pe­ri­ences as they grow up. Gra­ham­stown thanks you Indigo School.

Back on page 29, new real es­tate fran­chise Chas Everitt is a proud as­so­ciate of ‘Know The Score’, which gives our read­ers a round-up of all the town’s sports scores. It has to be said that de­spite the tough times, Chas Everitt opened doors to busi­ness no too long ago. Gra­ham­stown thanks you Chas Everitt.

Speak­ing of new busi­ness, there is EC’s Fit & Go, a brand new tyre-fit­ment cen­tre owned by Evan du Preez (see page 14). Du Preez would not have in­vested all that money in equip­ment and floor space if he didn’t imag­ine that there was some space for him in our lit­tle town. He has ob­vi­ously em­ployed some peo­ple who were per­haps pre­vi­ously un­em­ployed; he will pay taxes; in­crease com­pe­ti­tion and look af­ter some of the town’s mo­torists. Thank you Evan du Preez.

Fi­nally, there is the grandma of all them - Clum­ber Church that cel­e­brated 150 years last week­end (see page 18). The church has roots in Eng­land where some peo­ple, fed up with hard times and penury brought on by the In­dus­trial Rev­o­lu­tion, de­camped South, to be­come part of the 1820 set­tlers. The church has pro­vided coun­selling, hope and so­lace to so many peo­ple for so many years. Thank you to the con­gre­ga­tion of Clum­ber Church; and thank you to ev­ery­one, in­clud­ing the won­der­ful choirs, that made their cel­e­bra­tions pos­si­ble.

South Africa is liv­ing on edge. But some­how, our lit­tle town sol­diers on.

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