’69 Benz leaves ri­vals in its wake in OD Inggs Run

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THE 21st OD Inggs Me­mo­rial Run took place last week­end with en­trants com­ing from East Lon­don, Port El­iz­a­beth, Queen­stown, Gra­ham­stown and Port Al­fred to take part.

The an­nual event, hosted by the Al­bany Vin­tage and Clas­sic Mo­tor Club (AVCMC), is held in mem­ory of the late OD Inggs, an un­der­taker from Gra­ham­stown who was an avid col­lec­tor of vin­tage mo­tor ve­hi­cles with a col­lec­tion of more than 100 ve­hi­cles.

The vin­tage and clas­sic cars tak­ing part in the week­end’s run in­cluded a wide range of ve­hi­cles, among them a 1946 Mor­ris 8, a 1963 Jaguar E-type, a num­ber of Mercedes cars, two Austins and two Rovers dat­ing back to the ’50s and ’60s. The run vis­ited Bathurst, Gra­ham­stown, Bed­ford, Ken­ton and Alexan­dria over the two days.

The over­all win­ners in their 1969 Mercedes-Benz were Colin and Anne Meyer from East Lon­don who won the event last year.

In sec­ond place was Carel and Mar­garet Buch­ner from Gra­ham­stown in their 1963 Jaguar E-type.

Carel’s car was voted by his fel­low com­peti­tors as be­ing the most de­sir­able car in the event.

Third place went to Bruce Yen­dell and Peter Owen-Smith in a 1970 Rover P6.

The club tro­phy once again went to AVCMC who took four out of the top six places. ORT Al­fred hos­pi­tal se­cu­rity and staff seemed taken aback last Thurs­day when EFF mem­bers of the pro­vin­cial leg­is­la­ture un­ex­pect­edly showed up to de­liver a pe­ti­tion.

TotT was alerted that the group would be vis­it­ing the hos­pi­tal and cov­ered the story.

As the group ap­proached the hos­pi­tal’s gate, se­cu­rity guards ap­peared ner­vous. The same at­mos­phere pre­vailed when the group en­tered the hos­pi­tal. They asked for the ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fices, and were led to them. When they en­tered the of­fice they came across a woman who ap­peared star­tled.

EFF re­gional con­vener Litha Zibula no­ticed the dis­com­fort and said: “Look, we know that the EFF is known as a vi­o­lent party but we are not here to fight with any­one”.

He ex­plained that they were at the hos­pi­tal to hand over a pe­ti­tion to man­age­ment.

“We are EFF MPLs serving at the pro­vin­cial leg­is­la­ture and the EFF has de­clared 2018 as the year of pub­lic health care,” he said.

PHe fur­ther ex­plained that this was a pro­gramme be­ing con­ducted na­tion­wide.

When he was about to start read­ing their pe­ti­tion, a hos­pi­tal ad­min­is­tra­tion staff mem­ber in­ter­rupted him say­ing that she was pro­ce­du­rally for­bid­den from com­ment­ing on the mat­ters un­less au­tho­rised.

She said man­age­ment was not aware of the EFF visit, which is why other man­age­ment mem­bers were ab­sent.

But lo­cal EFF mem­ber Xolisa Runeli pro­vided proof of an e-mail which was sent to hos­pi­tal man­age­ment.

Zibula stopped read­ing the pe­ti­tion, but ex­plained what it was about.

He said the EFF un­der­stood that pub­lic hos­pi­tals were fac­ing chal­lenges that were be­yond man­age­ment’s pow­ers.

He said the EFF wanted to be an ad­di­tional voice at a pro­vin­cial level and pos­si­bly na­tion­ally if needs be.

“We are aware that pub­lic hos­pi­tals are fac­ing is­sues of in­fra­struc­ture, short­age of funds, and th­ese are things that we want to ad­dress at a pro­vin­cial par­lia­ment,” he said.

He asked staff mem­bers to re­port is­sues con­cern­ing ma­chin­ery which is not fixed on time. “We want to work with you and be your direct voice in par­lia­ment,” he said.

“Look, this is a start but not the end, we will con­stantly visit hos­pi­tals,” he said.

When asked about the ef­fec­tive­ness of their plan, Zibula said: “We will en­gage man­age­ment on a reg­u­lar ba­sis and have pub­lic meet­ings with com­mu­nity mem­bers to en­sure that man­age­ment and the com­mu­nity speak one lan­guage”.

The treat­ment re­ceived by the pub­lic from hos­pi­tals will be a de­ter­min­ing fac­tor in terms of what more needs to be done. The EFF MPLs asked for per­mis­sion to do a walk-through to see the con­di­tions of the wards but they were re­fused per­mis­sion. They left an ap­pli­ca­tion for a walk-through for their next visit which they said will be con­firmed next month.

Pic­ture: TK MTIKI

SEE­ING RED: EFF MPLs in dis­cus­sion with Port Al­fred Hos­pi­tal man­age­ment over a pe­ti­tion about ser­vice de­liv­ery at the hos­pi­tal. The party has de­clared 2018 as the year of pub­lic health care

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