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FIRST of all, let’s say a very happy be­lated Woman’s Day to all our fe­male readers. We hope you had a truly rest­ful day and are now ready to take on the world. AF­TER an ac­tion-packed week­end’s ex­cite­ment last Satur­day and Sun­day that in­cluded Karate, an NSRI open day, the Bathurst Coun­try Af­fair along with many other events, this week­end seems to have set­tled down some­what. Satur­day sees the South African Air Force As­so­ci­a­tion (SAAFA) hold­ing its “for the love of Mu­sic and Dance” show at Don Powis Hall, Set­tler’s Park with a mati­nee per­for­mance at 3pm and an evening per­for­mance at 7pm. Also, don’t for­get the Me­dieval Ban­quet or­gan­ised by the Port Al­fred Knights Tem­plar this Satur­day evening at the Port Al­fred High School hall. AS far as na­tional news is con­cerned the ques­tion of ev­ery­one’s lips at the time of go­ing to press (on Tues­day, a day early be­cause of the pub­lic hol­i­day) is will the se­cret bal­lot in the no-con­fi­dence vote against Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma be suc­cess­ful. By to­day, we are all aware of the re­sults of the vote. If the vote was passed then Zuma has been forced to re­sign as Pres­i­dent along with his se­lected cab­i­net. Speaker Baleka Mbete will then be­come in­terim Pres­i­dent, at least for 30 days while the gov­ern­ment votes in a new pres­i­dent and he or she, in turn, ap­points a new cab­i­net. For the vote to suc­ceed it was nec­es­sary for at least 50 ANC MPs to vote with the op­po­si­tion, and all op­po­si­tion mem­bers vot­ing to have Zuma re­moved. How­ever, it seems more likely that ANC MPs will have voted along party lines, and that Zuma will, in fact, have strength­ened his hold on the coun­try, at least un­til he is re­placed by a new party leader at the ANC elec­tive con­fer­ence which will run from De­cem­ber 16 to 20 in Gaut­eng. Still, Zuma will re­main Pres­i­dent of the coun­try un­til na­tional elec­tions in 2019. As the an­cient Chi­nese curse goes, “may you live in in­ter­est­ing times”. IN­TER­NA­TION­ALLY , no one could ac­cuse US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump of hav­ing sat on his hands for the first few months of his ad­min­is­tra­tion. Although there has been more noise about Trump’s tweets, he must be com­mended on not tak­ing non­sense from any­one. His anti-me­dia (fake news) blurts are often a sore point for many, as he has a habit of ig­nor­ing pro­to­col and say­ing what he ac­tu­ally thinks. Agree with him or not, it is re­fresh­ing to hear politi­cians talk­ing like the man-in-the-street. How­ever, when it comes to the press it was strange to see Sean Spicer re­sign as press sec­re­tary when An­thony Scara­mucci was ap­pointed as White House com­mu­ni­ca­tions di­rec­tor. How­ever, Scaram­icci lasted just 10-days in the post be­fore he was re­moved from of­fice by Trump. At a time when (rightly or wrongly) the US has pulled out of the Paris Cli­mate Agree­ment (which, in­ci­den­tally, threat­ened US jobs in the coal and oil sec­tors – en­tirely con­trary to Trump’s elec­tion prom­ises), maybe he just needs bet­ter press, BIRTH­DAY con­grat­u­la­tions and very best wishes for the year ahead to ev­ery­one hav­ing a spe­cial day this week, es­pe­cially Angie Botha, Elsie Mer­i­field, Craig Robert­son, Gill Mar­cus, Owen Moore, Lynda Clarke, Han­nah Coet­zee, Megan Wadding­ton, Jimmy Jou­bert, Bar­bara Spencer, Sandy Birch, Josh Har­vey, Alan Hul­ley, Bill Whitham, Sandy Ma­clagh­lan, Daphne MacLach­lan, Ar­leen Naude, Mar­jorie Hen­ley, Pat Cum­mings, Travis Dell, Bet Jus­tus, Matthew Steck, Muriel Mac­gre­gor, Juane Dor­fling, Niki Smuts, Nom­pilo Njibana, Cal­lum Timm, Colin Smithers, Al­lan Sheri­don, Caylee Sny­man, Gavin Or­mandy, Mar­ion Bartlett, Hester Voster, Gor­don Todd, George Mor­gan, Ian Macpher­son, Una Web­ber, Jay Wil­liams, Jenna Rowe, Tracy Lloyd, Camp­bell West­cott, Eric Stry­dom, Janene Lynn Turner, Hikash Ma­haraj, Michael Swanepoel, Yvonne Macken­zie and Jenni Muller. SPE­CIAL birth­day wishes to Grayson Haupt who turns one to­mor­row. It won’t be long be­fore we give you a lap­top and get you to be a re­porter like your mom. BUSI­NESS an­niver­sary con­grat­u­la­tions and all the best for your con­tin­ued suc­cess to Bush­man’s Bar and Grill, Sky Alarms and Hen­dri Franken­veld’s of­fice at Rose­hill Mall. THE Rand is still flap­ping like a flag on the wind of for­eign in­trigues, un­set­tled and highly volatile. The Tues­day’s no con­fi­dence vote might ac­tu­ally bal­ance it­self out with the Rand los­ing in some quar­ters due to a gen­eral lack in con­fi­dence in the South African gov­ern­ment, and gain­ing in oth­ers due to signs that cur­rent ANC pol­icy has with­stood the no-con­fi­dence vote. Ei­ther way, the Rand is cur­rently not un­der any­one’s spotlight, as the coun­tries that have the ma­jor in­flu­ence on our cur­rency are look­ing to­ward Syria, North Korea, cli­mate change, the US and Brexit, among other things. We should not take this as a pos­i­tive thing. The statis­ti­cian gen­eral, Pali Le­hohla, has just re­leased fig­ures that in­di­cate more job losses and a de­pressed econ­omy in the fore­see­able fu­ture. With last year’s fig­ures in brack­ets to com­pare against, the Rand was trad­ing at R13.13 to the Dol­lar (R13.31), R15.52 to the Euro (R17.39) and R17.12 to the Pound (R14.88). Com­modi­ties were trad­ing at Gold $1 262.41 per fine ounce ($1 352.44), Plat­inum was trad­ing at $971.30 per fine ounce ($1 588.80) and Brent Crude Oil price of $52.28 ($44.63) per bar­rel. 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, Dot Fether­ston­haugh, Ben Kem­ber, Bar­bara Tee, Dr Jerome Boulle. WED­DING an­niver­sary greet­ings, con­grat­u­la­tions and best wishes for many more years ahead to all cou­ples hav­ing an an­niver­sary, es­pe­cially Jan and Pippa Sow­tus, Dean and Juanita Jakins and David and Jean McCowen. OH dear, what hap­pened to the Proteas? Af­ter a thrash­ing in the first test re­ceived from the our “Soutie” cousins, we got them back good in the sec­ond test. But the third was a de­ba­cle and the fourth, com­pleted on Mon­day, showed that we are not as strong a test side as we would like to think. Come on Faf and the boys, let’s get it to­gether for the test se­ries against Bangladesh at home, which starts at the end of next month. IT was sad that the Lions didn’t have an­other five min­utes to play in the Su­per Rugby fi­nal last Satur­day, oth­er­wise the re­sult of the Su­per Rugby fi­nal, held at El­lis Park against the New Zee­land cham­pi­ons, the Cru­saders, might have been a dif­fer­ent mat­ter. Los­ing by just a con­verted try, the Lions looked the far stronger team on the night, at least in the sec­ond half. Un­lucky boys, and let’s see you shine again next sea­son. THOUGHT for the week: “A happy life con­sists in tran­quil­ity of mind” BEST re­gards as al­ways, The Team.


HAPPY BIRTH­DAY: Bathurst res­i­dent Dennis Raw­son, cen­tre, with wife Rose, left, and daugh­ter Dianne Spilkin, re­cently celebrated his birth­day with fam­ily and close friends at the Royal Port Al­fred golf club

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