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AT LEAST two homes in the suburb of Greenside had to be evacuated on Friday afternoon after a cloudburst in which 50 millimetres of rain is believed to have fallen. Yesterday afternoon residents of the suburb were still trying to dry carpets after rainwater and mud flooded their homes. At least two families had to look for alternative
ONE OF the little delights of my life is receiving a monthly newsletter of fascinating historical anecdotes from the Karoo.
It is published online by editor Rose Willis, who calls her publication Rose’s Round-up.
It’s been going for 25 years now and never fails to intrigue me with its stories of old Karoo characters and events (and believe me, the Karoo has plenty of both).
For anybody with emotional ties to the Karoo I can recommend ordering a subscription.
Rose’s Round-up costs R120 a year (12 issues) and you can subscribe by e-mailing rosewil[email protected] gmail.com
I’ve known Rose since we’re were colleagues on the staff of Farmer’s Weekly about 40 years ago.
We lost touch for some years after we left Bloemfontein. She later settled in Beaufort West and began collecting her wonderful Karoo stories, which are now enjoyed by people over the world.
Rose’s supply of stories seems endless. They are well researched and well told: tales of brave and homesick young British soldiers fighting the Boers far from home, English missionaries who married San women and raised large families, road accidents in the days of horse-drawn carts and ox wagons, army doctors running field hospitals in dusty canvas tents pitched in the baking Karoo veld.
The wide open spaces of the Karoo have always attracted adventurous spirits eager to leave their city roots far behind, and their stories are often amusing and sometimes tinged with sadness.
The Karoo is not a place for sissies, although it certainly seems to attract more than its normal quota of nutcases.
It might surprise you to learn that a Beaufort West man, Vungaloo Sammy Naidoo, invented a hair restorer and was so convinced of its efficacy that he wrote to the prime minister, Sir Gordon Sprigg, offering to present a jar of his product,the Great Sampwell Hair Restorer, to King Edward VII.
Apparently the prime minister declined the offer on his majesty’s behalf, saying the king was in no need of hair restorer.
I wonder whether Mr Naidoo’s hair restorer would have worked on our present crop of politicians. Ours must be the baldest bunch of lawmakers on the planet.
Some of the interesting people connected with the Karoo include Dr Chris Barnard of heart transplant fame, who grew up in Beaufort West, and Andrew Waughuope, one of the world’s greatest cricketers, according to the inscription on his tombstone in a peaceful spot near Matjiesfontein.
That’s a story for another time.
A man and his wife went out for an evening walk and he noticed an unpaid telephone bill lying on the pavement near his gate. He picked it up and studied it carefully and then said: “Suzy, I’m going to pay this bill.”
“Why would you do that?” she asked. “It isn’t yours.”
“Yes, I know,” he said, “but there’s a big discount on it and I may as well have it as anyone else.” THE DA has opposed the National Credit Amendment Bill which aims to create relief for over-indebted consumers, as Parliament refers it to provinces for deliberation.
Parliament’s Select Committee on Trade and International Relations this week deliberated on input made by different stakeholders which showed that the majority supported the bill.
The DA, however, said it was concerned about the economic impact of the bill and the future it was likely to spell for the poor on acquiring credit.
DA MP Leon Magwebu said: “We are opposed to the bill. We feel that there was no economic impact report by the Department of Trade and Industry or a report solicited by the committee because this is a committee bill.
“The economic consequences of this bill remain unknown. We wouldn’t want to be involved in a project that can cripple the economy because we know that the credit provider interests must be looked at.
“This can only be done when there is a scientific study done on the extinguishing of debts,” said Magwebu.
If passed into law, the bill will extinguish the debt of consumers who earn a gross monthly income of no more than R7500, have unsecured debt amounting to R50000 and have been found to be critically indebted.
The National Consumer Tribunal and courts will be granted the power to make debt restructuring orders.
This will include reducing interest rates, fees and charges for credit agreements in debt intervention and debt review processes to zero for five years or longer.
Magwebu said the bill would discourage credit providers from offering credit to the poor, in that it would classify them as high risk.
He said the DA also did not support the bill as it introduced a system that was already in place, prescription of debts, through existing laws.
“This is an election ploy and we refuse to be part of it, there is already a debt review in place for debtors. The bill could also lead to significant decreases in costs of credit for the poor.
“The very same people they claim to protect will become a high risk. Who is going to lend money to poor black people when they know that there is a law that the debt can be extinguished by the law? There is no need for this intervention,” said Magwebu.
Committee chairperson Eddie Makue said Parliament would forge ahead with the bill.
– Mary Jane Mphahlele