Talk of the Town - - NEIGHBOURLY NOTES -

LET’S be­gin the week­end with some spir­i­tual in­spi­ra­tion on Satur­day morn­ing pro­vided by Piers Steenekamp, who com­mit­ted his life to God while play­ing in a rock band.

Steenekamp will be speak­ing at the CMA break­fast at Tash’s Craft Bar at 7.30am.

Then there’s bar­gains ga­lore to be had at the Set­tlers Park Craft Mar­ket that opens at 8.30am.

On Satur­day and Sun­day it’s the Bathurst Art Fair, a must for art lovers and a great place to have a meal, a drink and in­dulge in brows­ing the col­lecta­bles on dis­play and even to pur­chase.

And, on Sun­day there is an­other or­gan recital with Fa­ther Noël-Jean Creille at the St Paul’s Angli­can Church, at 3pm.

For more de­tails of th­ese and other events in the area, see our Diarise This sec­tion, be­low. THE Talk of the Town Duck Pond clean-up last Satur­day col­lected about 20 bags of rub­bish picked up from the banks and the wa­ter by the 25 or so par­tic­i­pants who ar­rived on the day.

Most no­tice­able were the num­ber of sweet wrap­pers scat­tered about; hun­dreds of plas­tic wrap­pers from the com­pli­men­tary mints and tof­fees avail­able at the res­tau­rants in the area.

Many glass bot­tles were also found there. More dis­turb­ing still was the amount of builder’s castoff such as rusted elec­tri­cal con­nec­tions and switches, rub­ble and car­pet­ing.

But the worse thing we found (and left to the mu­nic­i­pal health de­part­ment to at­tend to) was the bow­els of a slaugh­tered beast hid­den in the reeds.

You can ar­gue that it is some­one else’s job to clean the town, and ask why the Ex­tended Pub­lic Works Pro­gramme work­ers are not do­ing their job, but they have proved in­ef­fec­tive.

To­gether we must adopt an at­ti­tude seen else­where in the world where cit­i­zens are good stew­ards of their en­vi­ron­ment. If we come across lit­ter, we should pick it up and throw it in a bin. THE Talk of the Town Se­nior Santa Shoe­box col­lec­tion aims to make this Christ­mas a lit­tle more spe­cial for the many el­derly in the area, who might spend this oth­er­wise joy­ful time alone and with­out fam­ily.

Please con­trib­ute to this wor­thy cause with items that the el­derly might en­joy.

Sweets and other non-per­ish­able food items would be wel­come, as would be good-qual­ity used items in­clud­ing cloth­ing. Think about what your granny and grand­dad would en­joy re­ceiv­ing at this spe­cial time of year.

Gifts and shoe­boxes (or any other suit­ably-sized box) can be dropped off at Talk of the Town’s of­fices in Miles Street.

We will all get old (if we man­age to live that long) and the el­derly de­serve our con­sid­er­a­tion at this time of the year. GREET­INGS to ev­ery­one en­joy­ing a birth­day in the com­ing week, may the year ahead bring only happy and healthy times for all, es­pe­cially, Erin Bowker, Laura Guest, Rose Ryan, Gwen Laub­sher, Bryant Let­ley, Kay­lene Hilpert, Oliver Skip­per, Amorette Oosthuizen, Joy Coster, Jan­nie Baden­horst, Ja­son Prince, Ni­co­lene Rieger, Helga Adams, Geral­dine Heim, Penny Kav­a­gias, Is­abeau Schoom­bie, Doreen Tee, Mary Hechter, Bryan Smith, War­ren Solz, Mary-Ann Gai­ley, Candice Brad­field, Jurie Grant, Neil Doyle, Yma van Zyl, Jamie Ed­wards, Wil­liam Whitham, Janie Butt, hus­band and wife team – Andy and Darice Ni­cholas, Chris Louw, Jo­han Roos, De­clan Jou­bert, Jean McCowen, Gaz Wor­ral and Anne Muir. BEST wishes and con­tin­ued suc­cess to the fol­low­ing busi­nesses or or­gan­i­sa­tions which are cel­e­brat­ing an­other mile­stone, es­pe­cially Lunch Box (Alexan­dria), The Work­shop (Bathurst), Kowie Cross­ing Guest House, De­bonairs, A1 Pre-Owned Ve­hi­cles, PA Flo­ral Art Group and the PA Round Ta­ble No 177. PRES­I­DENT Cyril Ramaphosa is cur­rently in Ger­many at the G20 Africa In­vest­ment Con­fer­ence.

It is hoped he can woo the Ger­man chan­cel­lor, An­gela Merkel, and win even more in­vest­ment in SA.

With the cur­rent po­lit­i­cal in-fight­ing within the ANC, cor­rup­tion and mis­man­age­ment of state-owned en­ter­prises, the DA, the of­fi­cial op­po­si­tion, in tur­moil and the EFF at­tempt­ing to backpedal with re­spect to the Shivambu brothers and VBS, Ramaphosa cer­tainly has his work cut out for him.

Stats SA is­sued the unem­ploy­ment fig­ures on Tues­day that show that 27.5% of el­i­gi­ble peo­ple in the coun­try are out of work (that num­ber is con­sid­er­ably higher if the peo­ple who have given up look­ing for work are in­cluded).

As we go to press and with last year’s fig­ures in brack­ets to com­pare against, the Rand was trad­ing at R14.69 to the dol­lar (R14.14), R18.75 to the pound (R18.81) and R16.70 to the euro (R16.45).

Gold was trad­ing at $1,223.89 per fine ounce ($1,276.68), Plat­inum at $842.05 per fine ounce ($925) and Brent Crude Oil at $76.93 per bar­rel ($61.51). SPE­CIAL thoughts and prayers are with all those folk who are un­well, hav­ing or have al­ready had tests, op­er­a­tions and treat­ments. ‘Sterkte’ to Roy Pot­ter, An­drew de Vries, Jenny Groe­newald, Rowena Collin, Mar­ian Ea­ton and Brenda Shel­ton. OUR hearti­est con­grat­u­la­tions and very good wishes for the fu­ture to ev­ery­one cel­e­brat­ing a wed­ding an­niver­sary in the week ahead, es­pe­cially Pa­trick and Jea­nine Kenny, Barry and Anne Hart­ley, David and Lau­ren Dren­nan and Athol and Elaine Wa­ters. SOME­ONE has to say it. Well done to the Sharks on your Cur­rie Cup win last week­end. It’s about time. THOUGHT for the week: “Do not spoil what you have by de­sir­ing what you have not; re­mem­ber that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.” BEST re­gards as al­ways, The Team

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