Talk of the Town - - Neighbourly Notes -

ON Tues­day, Talk of the Town cel­e­brated 22 years of bring­ing the peo­ple of Nd­lambe and Makana the lat­est lo­cal news, views and hap­pen­ings in the area. Talk of the Town would like to say a big thank you to all our read­ers, ad­ver­tis­ers and friends for all your sup­port over the last 22 years. With­out you, none of this would be pos­si­ble. Let’s look for­ward to the next 22 years and be­yond. DO you have a pet? Then this af­ter­noon you should be at the St Paul’s Angli­can Church in Port Al­fred for the St Fran­cis of As­sisi “Bless­ing of the An­i­mals”. At last year’s event it was re­ally good to see so many dogs (and a few cats and even birds in cages) with their own­ers be­ing blessed. No bark­ing, fight­ing or fuss­ing, all the an­i­mals ap­peared calm and col­lected as they ac­cepted the bless­ing, and then home in time for sup­per. THE Midlife Chron­i­cles, a comic cabaret, is on at the Lit­tle Theatre on the Wharf on Fri­day evening, so lots of laughs there to end your work­ing week. If you miss the Fri­day evening show, catch the Sat­ur­day mati­nee per­for­mance. Then there’s the Chris­tian Men’s As­so­ci­a­tion break­fast on Sat­ur­day morn­ing at Tash’s Craft Bar to set you up for the week­end. And the Al­bany Homegrower’s Mar­ket at the Pig and Whis­tle also on Sat­ur­day, will in­clude Ok­to­ber­fest, not to be missed. And, later on Sat­ur­day, why not get to Kar­iega Beach in Ken­ton-on-Sea for the Life’s A Beach Party? For more in­for­ma­tion on these and other events in the area, see our Diarise This sec­tion, be­low. ON to sport­ing events, and the big race, the Buco Kowie Strid­ers 27km and 10km races are on this Sat­ur­day. This is one of the area’s most pop­u­lar races and brings in ath­letic tal­ent for around the prov­ince. And its pop­u­lar­ity is grow­ing. Good luck to all the run­ners. IT has to be said, but our econ­omy is not look­ing good at this stage. Although Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa has done a lot of work to drum up sup­port and en­cour­age greater in­vest­ment in the coun­try, the stench of cor­rup­tion lingers over many of the politi­cians from pre­vi­ous eras, ham­per­ing his ef­forts. While politi­cians who have made some se­ri­ous er­rors in judge­ment and in ex­er­cis­ing their au­thor­ity still re­main in of­fice the rul­ing party will be tarred with the same brush by po­ten­tial in­vestors. It’s time for a clean sweep and, if the ANC wishes to re­tain its seats in the up­com­ing na­tional elec­tions, due to take place in the first half of next year, it needs to act quickly and de­ci­sively. The poor­est mem­bers of our com­mu­nity can­not sus­tain them­selves in a mi­lieu of unem­ploy­ment, ever es­ca­lat­ing prices of ba­sic food­stuffs and crime. The rul­ing party needs to give peo­ple some­thing to look for­ward to, a brighter fu­ture, not star­ing into a black hole that is con­sis­tently draw­ing them into ab­ject poverty. HAPPY birth­day greet­ings and con­grat­u­la­tions to every­one cel­e­brat­ing spe­cial days in the week ahead, es­pe­cially Fanele Siy­olo, In­grid Grif­fiths, Di Cock­croft, Zoë Wille, Ava Beukes, Basil Solz, Penny Mad­docks, Calla van Heer­den, Barry Griggs, Joan Stra­chan, Andy Swanepoel, Norma My­sell, Grant Mou­ton, Bron­wyn Mur­ray, Tanja Ja­cobs, An­drea Kem­s­ley, Chris Avis, Elmien Kew, Eric Garner, Hen­nie Marais, Lau­ren Sny­man, Lynette Shel­ton, Jo­ce­lyn Kirkup, Monique Hunke, Hallé Hilpert, Nick Sousalis, Dianne Loots, Eric Evezard, Wally Hill, Linda Sch­lem­mer, Franco Klop­per, Jonty Alexan­dre, Gor­don Nay­smith, James Mpo­long­wana, Carla Gai­ley, Louw Pot­gi­eter, Lau­ren Teix­eira, Lucinda de Vos, Margie van Lier, Hen­nie de Bruin, Ker­ryn van der Walt, Dot Thor­burn, Kristy Hen­der­son, Karen Lee, Alf Steck, Lizelle Rielly, Liz Briggs, Nick Howard, Brenda Shel­ton, Yvonne McDon­ald, Dar­rren Coet­zee and Fanele Siy­olo. CON­GRAT­U­LA­TIONS to all busi­nesses and or­gan­i­sa­tions cel­e­brat­ing an­other an­niver­sary and good wishes for fur­ther suc­cess to GBS Mu­tual Bank (on 141 years), Tec­tronic, Happy Hours Pre-pri­mary, Top Car­pets and Floors (Gra­ham­stown), Post­net, Cosi Home and RD Pat­tern­mak­ers, West Side As­sem­blies Church and Coastal Car Care. IT is go­ing to be dark days ahead as the Rand strug­gles against in­ter­na­tional cur­ren­cies and the price of Brent Crude es­ca­lates. The lat­est astro­nom­i­cal in­crease in the petrol price of R1, as from mid­night on Tues­day, will do noth­ing to al­le­vi­ate the strug­gles of those on gov­ern­ment grants or the un­em­ployed. At the time of go­ing to press, the Rand was trad­ing at R14.37 to the Dol­lar (R13.59), R18.68 to the Pound (R18.05) and R16.62 to the Euro (R16.00). Gold was trad­ing at $1,202.47 ($1,277.44), Plat­inum at $820.55 ($915.85) and Brent Crude Oil at $84.96 ($55.77). 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, Emi­lene Bruwer, Jenny Groe­newald and Rowena Collin. OUR sin­cere sym­pa­thy to the fam­ily and friends of Gra­hame Poole who passed away on Septem­ber 25, es­pe­cially his wife Sally and chil­dren David and Cathy. HAPPY wed­ding an­niver­sary wishes for many more years ahead of con­tin­ued hap­pi­ness, es­pe­cially to Adrian and Cath­leen An­der­son, Des and Liz Cooper, Terry and So­nia Blenk­in­sop, Jim and Pauline Reynolds, Hans and Jo-Anne Fourie, Dave and De­lene Hawkins, Luke and Cindy Char­ter, Brett and In­grid New­combe, Dries and An­natjie Lieben­berg, Wayne and Lizelle Rielly, Hans and Jo-Anne Fourie, Rob and Dianna Owsley, Gilbert and Mar­lene Coet­zee, Owen and Colleen Moore THOUGHT for the week: “Each of us has a fire in our hearts for some­thing and it’s our goal in life to find it and keep it lit”. BEST re­gards as al­ways, The Team

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