NEIGHBOURLY NOTES

Talk of the Town - - Neighbourly Notes -

MID­WIN­TER has now passed and sum­mer is on the way, though it is al­most cer­tainly go­ing to get colder be­fore the weather be­gins to heat up. Nev­er­the­less, in the morn­ings will be­gin to get lighter ear­lier, and that’s a good thing. To cel­e­brate the sol­stice, hard­ened res­i­dents con­gre­gated at Kelly’s Beach on Wed­nes­day morn­ing to greet the sun and take a dip in the icy In­dian Ocean. Mind you, as Graeme Sunny Hill said, the tem­per­a­ture of the ocean was prob­a­bly warmer than the morn­ing air, but he said that be­fore he en­tered the wa­ter. For­tu­nately there was no need to call the am­bu­lance ser­vice to help dis­tressed swim­mers, and ev­ery­one, young and old, de­lighted as the sun that rose and spread its pale light on the scene. Good­bye win­ter, it was fun but let sum­mer now take over. THE Eastern Cape Pro­vin­cial Youth Eco­nomic Sum­mit, held at the Royal St An­drews Ho­tel on Tues­day and Wed­nes­day, seems to have been a great suc­cess, and the youth present had no qualms about speak­ing their minds and re­mind­ing gov­ern­ment that they have to do more than spout words in ar­eas where there are prob­lems. They have said that the time for talk­ing is over and that ac­tion is re­quired. Well done to you, but let’s sort out the prob­lems in a ra­tional man­ner and not see vi­o­lent protest ac­tion as a way to get your own way. THE prob­lem with “free-range” cat­tle is on­go­ing ac­cord­ing a dis­cus­sion at this month’s CPF meet­ing and, af­ter an aus­pi­cious start, it ap­pears that cat­tle-own­ers are still not brand­ing their cat­tle or even tag­ging their an­i­mals. The rea­sons seem ob­vi­ous. Firstly, cat­tle own­ers are not nec­es­sar­ily farm­ers, and have lit­tle in­ter­est in their an­i­mals ex­cept as a show of wealth. Se­condly, if cat­tle es­cape the con­fines of their back­yard and cause an ac­ci­dent, the own­ers do not want the po­lice knock­ing at their doors, so anonymity is es­sen­tial. But thirdly, and most im­por­tantly, the po­lice and mu­nic­i­pal­ity do not seem to be work­ing to­gether to en­force the laws sur­round­ing stray cat­tle. Al­though cat­tle were im­pounded at the po­lice sta­tion a month or so back, and own­ers fined when they col­lected their an­i­mals, this seems to have lit­tle or no ef­fect. Strays have caused death on the road so please, ev­ery­one, let’s get this prob­lem sorted out be­fore any­one else be­comes a vic­tim. ON to na­tional news, and Public Pro­tec­tor Bu­sisiwe Mkhwe­bane, is prov­ing to be a bit of a hand­ful, hav­ing re­leased her re­port on the Re­serve Bank’s bailout of Bankorp (now Absa) of R1.5-bil­lion in the 1990s. Her rec­om­men­da­tions on re­me­dial ac­tions are, to be blunt, not within her au­thor­ity to make. Her find­ings are di­a­met­ri­cally op­posed to the find­ings of both the Davis Panel and those of former Re­serve Bank gov­er­nor, Chris Stals. Even Tito Mboweni, Re­serve Bank gov­er­nor from 1999 to 2009 has stated that Mkhwe­bane has got it wrong. But per­haps the most telling is­sue is that Mkhwe­bane doesn’t seem to un­der­stand the lim­its of her au­thor­ity. She has sug­gested that the Re­serve Bank’s man­date be changed in our con­sti­tu­tion, to pro­tect the peo­ple of South Africa rather than its cur­rent con­sti­tu­tional man­date in pro­tect­ing the rand. Even the Con­sti­tu­tional Court does not have the au­thor­ity to change the con­sti­tu­tion, so Mkhwe­bane’s rec­om­men­da­tions are just go­ing to cause more non­sense in an en­vi­ron­ment and at a time when we should be at­tempt­ing to sta­bilise the coun­try. Many are call­ing for Thuli Madon­sela’s re­turn to the post. CON­GRAT­U­LA­TIONS and happy birth­day greet­ings to ev­ery­one who is cel­e­brat­ing a birth­day in the week ahead. Spe­cial greet­ings and many more to He­len Pur­don, Amanda Lu­dick, Roarke Penn, Bev­er­ley Welsh, Des Gal­lagher, Made­laine Mur­ray, Lizzy Gouws, Fuzeka Runeli, June Kee­ton, Robert God­frey, Mar­sha de Kock, John Cham­pion, Mar­garet Ilder­ton, Is­abella Coet­zee, Ann de la Rey, Mar­jorie Wil­mot, Lu­cille Scheep­ers, Vaughn de la Mare, Lyn­don Colt­man, Bev Young, Am­ber Berry (nee Bri­ant), Mar­ion Konig, Pat (Paddy) Thorp, Beatrice Craw­ford, Lloyd Steven­son, An­drew Nell, Me­gan van Niek­erk, Yvonne Sur­tees, Lee Botha, Claire Bur­riss, Bev­erly Oosthuizen, Peter van der Merwe, Matthew Dell and Delina van Heer­den. CON­TIN­UED suc­cess and warm con­grat­u­la­tions to the fol­low­ing busi­nesses/or­gan­i­sa­tions on an­other an­niver­sary, es­pe­cially Voila (Ken­ton-on-Sea), Siliseal, Noel’s Cartage, Olofs 24/7 Mo­tor Spares, PA Art club on 59 amaz­ing years and PA Scouts Club. OUR hearti­est con­grat­u­la­tions to Karl and Lind­sey van der Schyff and big brother Matthew on the ar­rival of Cameron, born on June 19. We know he will bring heaps of joy and hap­pi­ness to the en­tire fam­ily. THE good news is that petrol price dropped by 25c per litre on Wed­nes­day and 23c for diesel. Paraf­fin dropped by 30c a litre and LP by 77c. How­ever, de­spite the rand ap­pear­ing stronger than a year ago, the lat­est public pro­tec­tor’s re­port is just an­other in­ci­dent that has caused a sig­nif­i­cant drop in value of the cur­rency. It seems that, each week, some­thing else hap­pens at a po­lit­i­cal level that forces us to re­assess our expenditure and cut back on what we pur­chase. As we go to press, and with last year’s fig­ures in brack­ets to com­pare against, the rand was trad­ing at R13.04 to the dol­lar (R14.74), R16.53 to the pound (R21.66) and R14.53 to the euro (R16.59). Gold was trad­ing at $1246.35 ($1 269.80) per fine ounce, plat­inum at $926 ($980.30), Brent crude oil price are $43.23 per bar­rel ($51.04). SPE­CIAL thoughts and prayers are with all those folk who are not well, who are hav­ing or have al­ready had tests, op­er­a­tions and treat­ments. “Sterkte” to Roy Pot­ter, An­drew de Vries, June Hart, Dot Fether­ston­haugh, Ben Kem­ber, Myrna Keet, Bar­bara Tee, Brenda Shel­ton. OUR hearti­est con­grat­u­la­tions to all cel­e­brat­ing the won­der­ful oc­ca­sion of their wed­ding an­niver­saries, es­pe­cially Carel and Doreen Swart, Terry and Mar­garet West, Dou­glas and Nancy Meyer, Col­wyn and Marie Hol­shausen, Robert and Emily Blenk­in­sop, Ste­fan and Kelly Fer­reira, Neil and Tar­ryn van de Linde, John and Deb­bie Ford, Mar­i­ane and Chris Wal­wyn. AND a spe­cial con­grat­u­la­tions to Ce­cil and Dee Jones-Phillip­son on your 57th wed­ding an­niver­sary on June 25. May the two of you en­joy many more. SO sorry to hear about the death of Eric Msi who passed away sud­denly on Tues­day June 20. Our con­do­lences to his fam­ily and friends. CON­GRAT­U­LA­TIONS to the Spring­boks and coach Al­lis­ter Coet­zee who beat France in Dur­ban last Satur­day to take an unas­sail­able 2-0 lead in the three match se­ries. Watch­ing the Boks was a rev­e­la­tion, and flanker Siya Kolisi was mag­nif­i­cent show­ing a safe pair of hands to the Boks and a clean set of heels to the French. Let’s hope he and the rest of the team can white­wash the French and win Satur­day’s game at Emi­rates Air­lines Park in Jo­han­nes­burg. AS far as the Proteas are con­cerned, this year’s ICC Cham­pi­ons Tro­phy proved a greater chal­lenge than any­one had re­alised. They now take on Eng­land in a T20 three-match se­ries, the first match played yes­ter­day (June 21) and the re­main­ing two to­mor­row (Fri­day) with the fi­nal match on Sun­day. Good luck boys, you might need it. THOUGHT for the week: “If you don’t have a plan for per­sonal growth, then don’t ex­pect to grow!” BEST re­gards as al­ways, The Team

Picture: JON HOUZET

COOL DUDES: En­joy­ing a day out in good weather on Youth Day, from left, Alvino Koop­man, Juan Farao and Anele Nel­son had fun in the Sta­tion Hill park at an event or­gan­ised by Lionel ‘DJ Liney’ Farao

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