NEIGHBOURLY NOTES

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SANRAL’S road­works on the R72 are cer­tainly tak­ing time to com­plete and caus­ing some con­ster­na­tion from driv­ers. But it’s not just road users who are af­fected by the mess the road­works are caus­ing. Peo­ple liv­ing on Becker and Ge­orge streets must have been quite shocked to find they could no longer ac­cess South­well Road but had to rather go to the other end of their roads and nav­i­gate their way back onto the main road. Worse still, the rains that have fallen re­cently have car­ried stones and clay down many of the drive­ways along the road and a big clean-up job will be re­quired when the road is fi­nally com­pleted. AS win­ter ap­proaches, and the nights be­come cooler and the morn­ings darker, we still know there are likely to be a few days left of hot weather in our near fu­ture, but only to lull us into a false sense of se­cu­rity be­fore the bit­ter cold ar­rives to our shores. The good news is that the prov­ince is re­ceiv­ing rain­fall to help fill up the dams. How much and whether it will be enough is any­one’s guess, and the weather ser­vices tend to get pro­gres­sively less ac­cu­rate when pre­dict­ing weather pat­terns more than a day or two in ad­vance. THE front page story in to­day’s pa­per is alarm­ing in that the trap in which the puppy was found is ob­vi­ously in­tended for a far big­ger an­i­mal. It was also dis­turb­ing that the trap was laid very close to a res­i­den­tial com­plex where many of the res­i­dents own pets. Worse still, what would have hap­pened if a small child had stum­bled into the trap? It is un­der­stood that some of our peo­ple are hun­gry and at­tempt to trap duiker and other small an­i­mals for food, but traps and snares are il­le­gal and must not be used. The pain and suf­fer­ing of an­i­mals caught in snares and traps is unimag­in­able, but pet own­ers would be ab­so­lutely dev­as­tated, and Peanut the puppy must have been cry­ing for his mom to come and fetch him and be to­tally con­fused as to what was hap­pen­ing. This is cru­elty to an­i­mals in an ex­treme sense and it can only be hoped that, when the per­pe­tra­tor of the crime is found that SAPS and the Nd­lambe Mu­nic­i­pal­ity will throw the book at him or her. IN re­gional news, the DA has been send­ing out a pe­ti­tion to help de­fend Athol Trol­lip’s po­si­tion as mayor of Nel­son Man­dela Bay Metropoli­tan Mu­nic­i­pal­ity af­ter EFF com­man­der in chief Julius Malema said he would not vote with the DA as pun­ish­ment for the party’s stance on ex­pro­pri­a­tion of land with­out com­pen­sa­tion, which the DA is against. Malema’s EFF played king­maker when Trol­lip was first elected mayor as nei­ther the DA or ANC had a clear ma­jor­ity in the metro, but have now de­cided to turn coat on their ear­lier deal with the DA and show ev­ery­one who’s boss. But this is just an ex­am­ple of how the po­lit­i­cal sys­tem works (or doesn’t), and Malema may well find him­self in a sim­i­lar po­si­tion to Trol­lip one day. His racist rants on Twit­ter (“I want the white man out”, and “I have no sym­pa­thy for whites”) should be taken up with the Hu­man Rights Com­mis­sion, yet those words are small fry in com­par­i­son to him say­ing re­cently “we must slit the throat of white­ness”. If you in­tend to get rid of Trol­lip then do it be­cause he is do­ing a bad job in serv­ing the peo­ple, not be­cause you are flex­ing your racist mus­cles. IT is still a mess at the so­cial ser­vices min­istry and still no clear state­ment as to what is go­ing to hap­pen on April 1 when mil­lions await their so­cial grants. Ac­cord­ing to re­ports, for­mer min­is­ter of so­cial de­vel­op­ment Batha­bile Dlamini has been eva­sive, ob­struc­tive and ar­ro­gant in her an­swer­ing par­lia­ment re­gard­ing the Cash Pay­mas­ter Ser­vices il­le­gal ten­der award and the abil­ity of the Depart­ment of So­cial Ser­vices and the South African Post Of­fice to take over grant pay­ments. New min­is­ter to the post, Su­san Sha­bangu, who swapped po­si­tion with Dlamini who is now min­is­ter of women, chil­dren and peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties, has a mam­moth job on her hands to fix the prob­lem her pre­de­ces­sor was un­able to. How­ever, the min­istry of women, chil­dren and peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties is prob­a­bly one of the cabinet posts that will be­come de­funct when Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa shakes up par­lia­ment. Many be­lieve that Dlamini los­ing her job couldn’t hap­pen to a bet­ter per­son. We’ll wait and see. GREET­INGS and good wishes to ev­ery­one cel­e­brat­ing a birth­day next week, es­pe­cially Merle Thorp, Mar­i­lyn Char­ter, Mark Kieck, Lau­ren Botha, Lynn Man­ning, Jeanette Botha, Mervyn Kanes, Adele Steck, Han­nah Beukes, Amil­lia Sny­man, Su­san Hunt, Rocky Pang, Na­dine Vertue, Belinda Nel, Bron­wyn Nor­man, Bren­dan Sa­muel, Aimee Roesstorff, Wal­ter Pro­bart, Sal­lie Bryant, Jan Scholtz, Jar­ryd King, Jean Pierre Hunke, Julie David­son, Ba­bette Ver­maak, Cherie An­trobus, Jaden McKin­non, Ethan Tulk, Janay Clay­ton, Paula Stander, Lindi Dickie, Michelle Henn, Wendy Le­nard, Ni­cole Muller, Mike Brown, John Dell, Han­nie de Flam­ingh, Wilf Slade, Theo Botha, Mary Hobbs, Jean Thomas, Ros­alie Hare, Bet­tie Hodges, Richard Pullen, San­dra Cather­ine and Denise Clay­ton. EV­ERY suc­cess for many more years to all busi­nesses and or­gan­i­sa­tions on an­other an­niver­sary. Best wishes to The Ken­ton Work­shop and the 108th an­niver­sary of the Full Gospel Churches of SA. THE rand has grown a lit­tle weaker against other cur­ren­cies this week. Yet the news of ex­pro­pri­a­tion of land with­out com­pen­sa­tion hasn’t had any ma­jor im­pact on in­vestors at the mo­ment. Per­haps it will in time but, at the time of go­ing to press, the rand was trad­ing at R11.95/$ (R12.61), R16.74/£ (R15.71) and R14.67/ (R13.61). Com­modi­ties were trad­ing with gold at $1 311.61 per fine ounce ($1 245.64), Plat­inum is at $956.40 per ounce ($975.00) and Brent Crude Oil at $67.42 per bar­rel ($50.23). SPE­CIAL thoughts and prayers are with all those folk who are not well, who are hav­ing or have al­ready had tests, op­er­a­tions and treat­ments. to Roy Pot­ter, An­drew de Vries, Dot Fether­ston­haugh, Emi­lene Bruwer, Jenny Groe­newald and Mark Price. BEST wishes for many more and con­grat­u­la­tions to the fol­low­ing cou­ples on their up­com­ing wed­ding an­niver­saries – Clif­ford and Candy Dell, Craig and Melissa Keev­ers, Mark and Marizka Burgess. RADABA is back. That’s all I have to say. THOUGHT for the week: “For a gal­lant spirit there can never be de­feat”. BEST re­gards as al­ways, The Team

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