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LOUISE KNOWLES

ISABILITY was the last thing on

anyone's mind as wheelchairs raced

pell-mell around the netball courts at

Dthe Titi Jonas multipurpose centre on

Casual Day last Friday.

A total of 15 patients came from Alexandria,

Marselle and Kenton-on-Sea and seven patients

from Bathurst. Friends and family were also there

to support them.

“Four wheelchair races and no accidents ...

except for one plaster,” said ambulance driver

Karin Romans who was on standby.

The rain did not impede the speed, and TotT

watched Mongezi Shweleni winning the third heat

with Thembalethu Malethu pushing his wheelchair.

In contrast to the wheelchairs whizzing around

the makeshift track, spectators drifted slowly but

surely onto the indoor basketball court to watch

the prize-giving.

Student volunteers from Stenden South Africa

handed out soft drinks and iced cupcakes as

people watched a film on autism.

Then, occupational therapist Amy Diedericks

gave a demonstration of a patient with Parkinson’s

who filled in a form with a trembling hand.

Audiologist Jodie Africa also gave a

demonstration on hearing disabilities while

Mzukisi Phahlwa translated.

The event was sponsored by Pick n Pay and

Twizza who sent representative Liesl Hulett to

attend the event. New Ndlambe mayor Phindile

Faxi was a guest of honour.

Organiser and occupational therapist Teri-Lee

Baartman sent out a big thank-you to her team,

including Diedericks and audiologist Africa, for

helping her organise the event.

Aside from promoting the event with posters and

a radio announcement, they contacted patients

directly who came from the Port Alfred Hospital's

outpatient department and seven mobile clinics.

Baartman also thanked the municipality for

preparing the grounds for the influx of people and

transporting the 22 patients to the event in

N e m at o .

“Also thank you to the hospital for providing the

wheelchairs,” she said.

ON A ROLL: Coming first in one of the wheelchair races during the Casual Day celebrations at the Titi Jonas multipurpose centre last week, was Mongezi

Shweleni (with Thembalethu Malethu pushing his wheelchair). Occupational therapist Amy Diedericks cheered them on Picture: LOUISE KNOWLES



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Crime stats show increase

ROB KNOWLES

POLICE Minister Nathi

Nhleko released the

crime statistics for

2015/16 last Friday, and

the general consensus

among analysts is that

crime is escalating at a

pace all around the

countr y.

For example, murder

is up by 4.9% in

comparison to the

2014/2015 statistics,

translating to an

average of 52 murders

occurring in South

Africa every day. With a

daily average of 363

incidents of aggravated

robbery, and 57 houses

being broken into,

together with 57

car-jackings, South

Africa seems to be in

the grip of an

escalating crime spree.

Crime stats are taken

from June to May the

next year.

On the local front, of

the five stations

reporting crime – those

being Alexandria,

B at h u r st ,

Kenton-on-Sea, Port

Alfred and Seafield –

Alexandria has the

highest crime rates in

almost every category.

The murder rate

across Ndlambe, as

published, stands at 15,

with nine having

occurred in Alexandria

and six in

Kenton-on-Sea. This is

up from last year, when

only six murders were

reported in total.

Attempted murder

cases totalled 24, with

17 cases reported in

Alexandria, two each in

Bathurst and Port Alfred

and three in

Kenton-on-Sea.

However, the crime

statistics make no

reference to Nemato,

and their accuracy is

therefore called into

q u e st i o n .

As for assault with

intent to commit

grievous bodily harm,

this figure has

increased from 263

reported cases in 2015

to 276 this year. Again,

Alexandria had the

most cases, 86, closely

followed by

Kenton-on-Sea with 82.

There were 55 cases

reported in Bathurst

and 49 in Port Alfred,

with just four reported

in Seafield. Still, these

figures are significantly

down on the figures for

10 years ago when, in

2006, there were 745

reported cases.

Sexual offences such

as rape are down to 93

from last year’s high of

136. The highest

incidents of sexual

crimes occurred in

Alexandria with a total

of 41, with 27 in

Kenton-on-Sea, 16 in

Bathurst and nine in

Port Alfred.

Common assault

cases are up slightly on

last year with 224 cases

reported as opposed to

201 last year. Once

more, Alexandria leads

the way with 81 cases,

followed by Port Alfred

with 69.

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Malicious damage to

property cases were

down from 168 last year

to 131. Burglary at

non-residential

properties was slightly

up at 136 cases as

opposed to 126 last

year. Burglary at

residential properties

was slightly lower than

last year’s figure of 742,

with 735 cases.

Cases of theft of

motor vehicles, and out

of motor vehicles, had

both decreased slightly

and were both well

below the average of

the past 10 years.

Having reached a

peak of 172 cases in

2014, drug-related

crimes have also

decreased slightly. Last

year there were 146

cases and this year, 128.

Driving under the

influence of alcohol has

also decreased from

almost 150 cases in

2009 and 2010, to just

98 cases this year.

Commercial crime

has increased from 81

cases last year to 92

cases. Shoplifting has

shown a steady

decrease over the last

10 years, from 86

incidents in 2005 to 49

this year.

Finally, robbery at

residential premises

was down from 25 last

year to just 18 this year.

Kenton-on-Sea suffered

most with seven cases.

For non-residential

property there were 26

reported cases, one less

than last year.

CRUMPLED

CARS: Two

people died in

a head-on

collision

between this

VW Jetta and a

Mercedes-Benz

on the R67 on

Sunday

after noon

Picture:

JD VAN

ST R A AT E N

Two die in third

fatal R67 collision

JON HOUZET

TWO people died in a

head-on collision on the Port

Alfred to Bathurst road near

the Mansfield turnoff on

Sunday afternoon.

One of the deceased has

been identified as local

businessman Callie

Rademeyer. Police have not

revealed the name of the

other victim as they said they

were awaiting formal

i d e n t i f i c at i o n .

Two other people sustained

injuries.

Police are investigating a

case of culpable homicide.

According to a

MultiSecurity report, a silver

Mercedes-Benz coming from

the direction of Bathurst

overtook another car and had

a head-on collision with a

white VW Jetta.

The driver of the Mercedes

and one of the occupants of

the Jetta were killed. A

passenger in the Mercedes

sustained a broken leg and

was taken to hospital.

Gardmed, Metro

Ambulance, the Ndlambe fire

department, Nemato SAPS,

Bathurst CID, Kowie Towing

and Crash Towing all

responded to the scene.

Posting photographs of the

accident on Facebook, JD van

Straaten described it as “out

of a horror movie”.

“My heart goes out to the

family and friends affected by

today's events,” he said.

It was the third fatal

accident on the road in a

matter of months, with a man

dying in a two-car collision

near the Rocky Ridge farm

stall in May, and another

death near the Mansfield

turnoff in July.

Numerous other accidents

have been reported on the

road, some involving stray

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War on waste escalates

LOUISE KNOWLES

K E N TO N ’S waste

disposal woes are not

over yet, despite a

public meeting

convened by Ndlambe

Municipality to

address residents’

needs last Wednesday.

The meeting was

attended by members

of the media, Kentonon-Sea

Ratepayers

Association (Kosra),

other residents and

st a ke h o l d e r s .

Ndlambe director of

community protection

services, Nombulelo

Booysen, introduced

retired engineer Johan

de Wet to explain

developments since

Kosra took the

municipality to court

over mismanagement

of the unlicenced

Marselle/Bushman’s

River landfill site.

Kosra won a high

court judgment

against the

municipality in June,

compelling it to take

all reasonable steps to

prevent the burning of

rubbish and extinguish

such at the dumpsite,

to ensure waste was

confined within the

dump, and to collect

windblown refuse in a

1.5km radius.

It had to report to

the court on progress

every 90 days.

The court also urged

the municipality to

find an alternative

site, with a view to

closing the Marselle

site.

A decommissioning

licence for the

dumpsite was already

granted to the

municipality in March

last year.

Ndlambe decided to

stop using the dump

i m m e d i at e l y.

De Wet said the

municipality had

obtained a licence of

closure, in terms of

which it must formally

close the dump by

March 2018.

Complying with

legalities will take 18

months and will cost

R6- to R8-million.

Meanwhile, the

municipality is looking

for a new landfill site,

which will cost

between R10- and

R12-million, depending

on the size of the

proper t y.

This raised the

question whether it

would not be more

economically viable to

continue to take

Kenton’s household

refuse to Port Alfred

rather than buy new

land.

But Booysen’s

deputy, Fanie Fouche,

said the Port Alfred

dumpsite also had a

limited lifespan.

The Marselle/

Bushmans’ municipal

dump had already

reached its capacity.

The cost of

transpor ting

household rubbish

from Kenton to Port

Alfred would be borne

partly from a

municipal

infrastructure grant

(MIG), partly from

rates and taxes, and

partly from a business

plan the municipality

had drawn up to

obtain funding,

Booysen said.

In response to a

query, Booysen said

central funding for

large projects such as

the RO plant and

Amatola Water project

would be used.

Roads, water,

sanitation and waste

management were all

part of the MIG, of

which 5% was for

waste management,

she said.

Another issue raised

was the absence of

the glass skip from

the Kenton CBD

parking lot, which was

removed after

residents complained

that people were

putting everything,

including dead dogs,

into the skip.

Integrated Waste

and Recycling

Services (I wa r s )

JOINT EFFORT: Iwars project manager Mark

Price, left, chats with Kenton resident Chester

Wilmot at the meeting Picture: LOUISE KNOWLES

project manager Mark

Price, said it was

possible to separate

the glass from other

recyclables, as long as

it was not broken

glass, and Iwars was

designing a new skip

with a special glass

chute.

Booysen said refuse

dumps should not be

located within the

CBD, although the

skips were only a

transit area for

recyclables.

Neither Iwars nor

the municipality could

decide where to put

the skips and referred

the decision to

ratepayers to decide at

an open meeting.

Residents can

submit proposals to

i n f o @ i wa r s . c o . z a

Last year, before the

dump was closed,

Iwars received 24.8

tons of glass, five tons

of cardboard paper,

2.6 tons of PET plastic

and other plastics, and

888kg of cans per

month. Waste pickers

brought in R8443 of

wa st e .

Last December,

Iwars received 70 tons

of waste, but the

tonnage has now gone

down to zero and

Iwars is in danger of

closing down unless

households increase

their production of

recyclables, Price said.

“If Kenton residents

put out their

recyclables, we will

send out the truck,”

said Price. “We need

full trucks otherwise it

is not viable.”

Booysen said

Kenton residents

should put out their

rubbish and

recyclables on the

same day (Tuesdays),

as the Iwars truck will

follow the municipal

refuse truck.

The two-bag system

is working in Boknes

and Bushman’s, and

Kenton resident Justin

Wilmot called on all

Kenton residents to

prioritise recycling.

An Ekuphumleni

resident said the

community could not

afford to buy black

bags, let alone

expensive see-through

bags.

Booysen said the

municipality would

issue see-through

bags to test the

viabilit y.

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LOUISE KNOWLES AND ROB

KNOWLES

TALK of the Town asked a random

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for from the new Ndlambe council.

A Bathurst mother of adult

children, Florence Gcayiya, said that

she hoped for clean water, and that

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R67 from Port Alfred, would be

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An elderly man who resides in

Nemato, Zola Qokose, said he would

like the municipality to fix the roads

and fill the potholes in Nemato. He

also said he would like them to solve

more crime and to prevent crime

from happening to give people more

securit y.

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expressed a wish not many had

thought of.

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the R72,” he said. “There are no

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the councillors, both ANC and DA,

would work together for the good of

the town. He added that he would

like the town to be well-maintained

to attract more tourists.

His friend, Zinyusile Makeleni,

said he wanted better roads,

including the R72 between Port

Elizabeth and Port Alfred, better

quality water, and for council to use

the money they had to get the

necessary equipment to purify the

water, and to be accountable in the

way that they spent their money.

“They have got the money,” he

said.

A young man, Alfred Mbatsha,

said he wanted councillors to come

together to fix the roads and provide

good quality water.

“All the councillors must work

together to make things better for

the town,” he said.

Stern warning as three rapists

handed down hefty sentences

Good work by Port Alfred detectives sees culprits put behind bars

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Bathurst, was found

guilty of assault with

intent to do grievous

bodily harm,

kidnapping, two

counts of rape,

housebreaking with

intent to commit an

offence unknown to

the state and

possession of a

dangerous weapon.

He was sentenced

to a year each for

assault and

kidnapping, two years

for housebreaking and

six months for

possession of a

dangerous weapon.

For one charge of

rape he was

sentenced to 15 years

in prison and for the

other, 10 years.

The sentences for

assault and

kidnapping will run

concurrently with the

15-year sentence for

rape, and the

housebreaking and

possession of a

dangerous weapon

sentences will run

concurrently with the

10-year sentence for

rape.

Police spokeswoman

Captain Mali

Govender said one of

the incidents took

place in Bathurst on

June 29 2014, when

at about midnight,

Nocucu entered the



home of his 22-yearold

victim, who was

asleep while her

boyfriend went to buy

drinks.

Nocucu stabbed her

on her arm with the

knife that he was

carrying and raped

her. The victim

managed to grab the

knife and threw it

away, after which the

suspect fled.

She then called out

for assistance. During

an intensive search,

police arrested

Nocucu about 12

hours later.

While the

investigation was

going on, it was








established that

Nocucu was linked to

another Bathurst rape

case that occurred on

September 15 2013.

The case was

provisionally

withdrawn and the

DNA results were

o u t st a n d i n g .

In this case, the

victim, who was 25 at

the time, was on her

way home in the early

hours of the morning,

when Nocucu

allegedly

grabbed her

and accosted

h e r.

He took the

beer bottle that

she was

carrying, and

beat her over

the head

several times in

an attempt to restrain

h e r.

He then took her to

a house where he

repeatedly raped her

throughout the night.

She was rescued by

members of the

community the

following morning.

A second rapist,

Luvuyo Baren Ntluka,

26, of Nemato, was

found guilty of a

charge of rape,

housebreaking with

intent to commit an

offence unknown to

the state, assault and

possession of a

dangerous weapon.

He was sentenced

to 10 years

imprisonment for

rape, four years for

the housebreaking,

one year for assault

and six months for

possession of a

dangerous weapon.

Half of the sentence

for housebreaking is

to run concurrently

with the rape

sentence, and the

sentence for assault

and possession of a

dangerous weapon is

to run concurrently

with the rape

sentence.

The incident took

place on August 4

... it was established

that Nocucu was

linked to another

Bathurst rape case

2014.

The victim was

asleep in her room,

when Ntluka broke

open the door and

entered.

He then tried to

rape the victim and

when she resisted, he

stabbed her twice on

the arm and raped

h e r.

Ntluka fled when

the victim’s boyfriend

arrived. The police

were alerted and the

suspect was arrested.

A third man,

Vulindlu Jamani

Siyabulela, 20, was

found guilty of the

rape of a 35-year-old

woman and

sentenced to 10 years’

imprisonment, of

which three years is

suspended for five

years. Govender said

the incident took

place on April 4 this

year, after midnight.

The victim was on

her way home with

Siyabulela, who was

known to her.

As they approached

her home, Siyabulela

dragged her into a

bush inside her yard

and raped her. Her

cries for help caught

the attention of her

young son, who

aler ted

neighbours.

The victim

was rescued

while

Siyabulela was

still in the act of

raping her. He

fled the scene

prior to the

police arriving.

He was

arrested that day at

about 3pm.

The sentences were

welcomed by c l u st e r

commander, Brigadier

Morgan Govender,

who said: “I would

like to commend the

investigating officers

for their perseverance

and dedication to

dut y.

“Crimes against

women and children

remain a priority and

I’m hopeful that these

sentences will send

out a message to the

community that we

will continue to bring

perpetrators of these

heinous acts to book.

“We have a close

and great working

relationship with the

NPA and the justice

depar tment.”


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ROB KNOWLES

WHEN the new

Ndlambe executive

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members sometimes

struggled to find their

feet with their new

duties.

The other exco

members are

councillors Ray

Schenk, Thembani

Mazana and Nosicelo

Xhasa. Following the

local government

elections in August,

only Schenk has

survived as an exco

member, and the new

members seemed

excited but a little

unsure as to what

their roles would be in

the newly constituted

exco.

Faxi began by

admitting that he had

a problem in

proposing and

seconding the

minutes of the last

exco meeting as only

Schenk was present.

“Will you both

propose and second

the adoption of the

minutes?” Faxi mused.

This matter was

resolved when

infrastructure director

Noluthando Vithi, who

was standing in for

municipal manager

Rolly Dumezweni,

seconded the minutes.

Faxi gave an outline

of what he expected of

the exco, and how

services to the people

would be improved.

Firstly, Faxi wants to

identify the owners of

the land parcels lying

along the R72, east

and west, to build

houses for the

middle-income groups

such as nurses, police

officers and teachers

who are currently

renting RDP properties

in the area.

Faxi also mentioned

the problems of

encroachment, and

how this has caused

considerable

bitterness in

neighbours who used

to be friends.

The challenge of

underground water is

also an issue raised

by Faxi.

“This happens

throughout Ndlambe,”

said Faxi. “In some

areas there are doubts

whether this is not

caused by old

underground pipes.”

As far as revenue

collection is

concerned, Faxi wants

to begin “healthy

competition” among

councillors to

encourage better

revenue collection and

to reduce the

outstanding money

owed by residents.

“I further request a

comprehensive report

on all revenue

collection activities or

service performed by

various groups of

people,” said Faxi.

Faxi also spoke of

the centralisation of

supply chain

management, the

establishment of the

intergovernmental

relations structure, the

establishment of dates

for organisational

strategy planning

sessions, and a review

of the delegation

r e g i st e r.

Faxi also wanted to

establish training

committees to ensure

that all employees

working in the

municipality, have

adequate training.


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Another issue Faxi

raised, was that of

mainst reaming

HIV/Aids awareness

throughout the

organisation, saying

the pandemic was not

an individual’s

problem, but one that

affected the entire

o r g a n i s at i o n .

He said he would be

investigating the

relationship with other

sectors in combating

the spread of the

disease.


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September 8, 2016

OPINION

Who can

stop road

car nage?

WE have written before about the “road

of death” that the R67 between Port

Alfred and Bathurst seems to be earning

a reputation as.

Not because of any flaws in the

condition of the road, or because of

dangerous bends (it is a fairly straight

road the entire way to Bathurst), but

rather because of human error.

There have been a number of

accidents involving stray animals,

especially cattle on the road, which of

course is the fault of the owners of

these often unbranded wandering

beasts and the municipal authorities,

who do nothing about it.

But the most serious accidents on the

R67, the ones that have resulted in

death, are due to the recklessness of

drivers. Since June there have been

three such fatal crashes – all were

head-on collisions.

Alcohol is suspected to have played a

role in some of these accidents, which is

an issue all by itself, but in the

experiences related on social media of

commuters who use that road, speeding

and general recklessness seems to be a

problem.

There are a few blind rises along the

R67, and this is where aggressive

drivers take risks, passing other vehicles

which are moving too slowly for their

liking. I too have experienced such

tailgaters on that road.

In their shock and commiserations

expressed under a Facebook post of the

latest accident on the TotT group,

several people said they feared for their

safety every time they used the R67.

The same was said of the R72, which

is a much busier national route, and has

seen its share of accidents. But lately all

the fatal accidents in our area seem to

be taking place on the R67.

The grisly aftermath of Sunday’s

head-on crash was described as a scene

from a horror movie, with cars twisted

out of shape, debris scattered and other

commuters helping to carry the dead

and dying from the wreckage.

Seeing something like that up close

and personal should jar each of us into

being sober-minded and responsible

road-users. But how quickly we forget,

and try to take a chance to pass a

slow-moving vehicle ahead of us, when

visibility of the oncoming lane might not

be that good. The trucks on the R72 are

a particularly vexatious example.

And even if we are careful, defensive

drivers, we encounter other road users

who are not, and so our lives are placed

at their mercy.

Something needs to be done, but who

has the answer?

– Jon Houzet

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GRAVEYARD RUBBLE: A resident visiting the cemetery next to the old Settlers Church on the east bank noticed a gravedigger contractor had

bulldozed through a bush separating two portions of the graveyard, and in the process of laying a new grave and replacing an old headstone, simply

left the rubble of the previous tombstones on site along with garden refuse. TotT asked the municipality a week ago who would have given

permission for the gravedigger contractor to plough through the bush, and who would clear up the tombstone rubble. No response has been received

Picture: HELMUT HARTLEB

HAVE YOUR S AY

Letters to PO Box 2871, Port Alfred - or e-mail to houzetj@timesmedia.co.za

This is an open forum for readers to express their opinions. However, the publishers reserve the right to shorten letters. Those printed are not necessarily the views of Talk of the Town. Although noms de plume may be used,

letters must be signed and have an authentic contactable address & telephone number. Talk of the Town reserves the right to not publish letters. Please limit letters to 250 words or less.

PARSC clears air on regatta

THERE has been much talk and

speculation with regards to the

hosting of the university’s rowing

regatta by the Port Alfred River and

Ski-boat Club (PARSC).

The PARSC committee hereby

wishes to acquaint the community

of Port Alfred with the basic facts.

The regatta has relocated.

Happily the event is to remain on

the Kowie River.

The PARSC will not be hosting

the rowers, their coaches and

officials. The facts may be stated

briefly:

ý Historically hundreds of

rowers, coaches and officials have

used the club’s facilities without

paying fair and market-related hire

charges. Members give up

privileges attached to their

membership in order to

accommodate the students for a

week.

Emergency numbers

Port Alfred hospital – (046) 604-4000

Police station – (046) 604-2001/2

Multi-Security – (046) 624-2508

Chubb Security – (046) 624-4810

Sky Alarms – (046) 624-2806

NSRI – 082-990-5971

Electricity (a/h) - (046) 624-1111

EMS (Emergency Medical Services) – 10177

Gardmed –082-759-2134

Holistic EMS – 063-460-0042

Fire Department – (046) 624-1111

ý An attempt to put the

relationship on a proper footing

was initiated by the club in March.

The idea was to accommodate the

rowers, meet their requirements

and extract fair compensation.

ý Through numerous e-mails

and meetings with unauthorised

“r e p r e s e n t at i v e s ”, nothing was

achieved, other than repeated

requests to escalate the issue to

those in charge of university

rowing. It was made clear, that the

club was not prepared to host the

regatta, unless an agreement was

achieved.

ý Ultimately on July 22 a “final”

meeting was convened. The

universities were represented by a

professor and an attorney.

ý The rowers offered a payment

of R25 000. The PARSC had

calculated fair payment for the use

of its facilities for the week (based

on market-related venue hire) was

R45 000, after taking into account

the current financial constraints of

universities, social responsibility

and a funding model of R100

entrance fee per participant.

ý Now this is important! The

PARSC accepted the tender

totalling R25 000 made by the

professor and the attorney and

agreed to every stipulated usage

required by the universities. A

binding agreement was achieved

and everyone left the meeting

having put in place a

comprehensive agreement which

was subsequently reduced to

writing, signed by the club and

sent to the attorney and professor

for signature.

ý When the agreement was not

signed and returned,

correspondence followed. The club

wanted to know where the signed

DA abides by conduct code

WITH reference to Charles Pellew’s letter “Time

for DA to deliver on vision” in the Talk of the

Town dated September 1, I wish to highlight the

following: Chapter 7 of the Constitution of the

Republic of South Africa defines the objects of

local government. (Section 152).

The DA’s vision is based on freedom, fairness

and opportunity, and within this framework,

conduct our business in council.

As the official opposition in Ndlambe, with six

seats as opposed to 13 for the ANC, it is

unlikely that we could outvote the ANC in

council and therefore rely on our ability to

debate issues with clarity, based on our vision

to achieve outcomes that will benefit all

residents of Ndlambe.

Schedule 1 of the Local Government:

Municipal Systems Act, defines the code of

conduct for councillors and all DA councillors

fulfil their duties in terms of these codes.

It is the duty and obligation of all councillors

to challenge any recommendation that is not

consistent with legislation

It is also the responsibility of council to hold

municipal officials to account according to the

preamble of the Local Government: Municipal

Systems Act No. 32 of 2000 and Chapter 3 of

the Municipal Structures Act, read with chapter

7 (Section 152) of the Constitution of the

Republic of South Africa. We have done so

vigorously whenever the need has arisen.

The development of the IDP is an open

process wherein all residents have an

opportunity to participate – and contribute –

through open meetings and ward committees.

This is also true of the budgeting and approval

process and it is here that, particularly the

Ndlambe Ratepayers Forum and PA Residents

and Ratepayers Association, have been of great

assistance in the past year.

DA councillors appreciate all interaction with

the community. Healthy debate and input from

concerned residents assisted in putting

together a budget for 2016/17 that was realistic

and sustainable. My contact details are:

083-558-3195 and e-mail ra y @ s e a f i e l d . c o . z a

RAYMOND SCHENK, WARD 10 COUNCILLOR

agreement might be.

ý What followed, two weeks

later, was a list of 12 further

requirements and usages to which

the club could not agree. Most

additional requirements were

irreconcilable with the binding

agreement.

ý On August 9 the trustees of

SA University Rowing made

themselves known for the first

time. They stated in a letter that

they would not be using the

facilities of the club.

Those are the facts. There the

matter ends.

The PARSC committee is

satisfied we negotiated in good

faith and had the interests of the

club and the Port Alfred community

at heart.

PORT ALFRED RIVER AND SKI-BOAT CLUB

COMMIT TEE

Wink fundraising tea a

success, thanks to all

A VERY sincere thank

you to all who

supported the

fundraising tea for

Wink (We’re

Individual, Normal

Kids) on August 26.

Your generosity is

greatly appreciated.

The total raised was

R2 75 8 .

Congratulations to

Louisa Samuels who

won the hamper

raffle.

The other winners

were Grace Pearce,

Laura Perry and

Marygold Harman –

c o n g r at u l at i o n s !

Many thanks to all

who helped make it a

great success.

JANET THATCHER, ST

PA U L ’S CHURCH LADIES

GUILD

Slight on integrity

of journalists unfair

THE letter under the heading ‘’spread the

coverage” by Colin Barnard last week refers.

Why this unwarranted slur on the journalistic

integrity of the TotT reporters? Surely the freedom

to photograph and write in the interest of the

whole local community is paramount? Many of us

appreciate seeing and reading features of the

charming young ladies in Ndlambe.

His alternative of a report and picture of an

oversize pumpkin on the front page is unlikely to

increase the circulation of our local paper.

Viva the freedom of the press.

COLIN MURRAY


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Talk of the Town 7

HAVE YOUR S AY

RECALLING THE PAST: Sheila Riddin has asked if other TotT readers can

help fill in the names of the people in this old photograph of the Shaw

Park branch of the South African Women’s Auxiliary, taken in 1946

Do you know any of these

SA Women’s Auxiliary faces?

I CAME across this amazing old

photograph of the Shaw Park

branch of the South African

Wo m e n ’s Auxiliary taken in March

1946 outside the Shaw Park Hall.

This group of talented ladies

supported the war effort by hand

knitting items such as socks,

balaclavas and scarves, which they

sent off to the South African

soldiers – often with a little

message stuck into the toe of a

sock or with a letter of

encouragement to the recipient.

I feel sure that many of your

readers will be very interested in

this photograph.

Ena Clayton and Jean Haselhurst

(daughter-in-law and

granddaughter of Florence Clayton)

have delved back into their

memories to put names to the

faces in the photograph, but some

elude them – perhaps your readers

would be able to fill the gaps?

The back row, from left, are: Mrs

Evershed, Mrs Elliott, Mrs

Evershed’s sister?,

_____________,

_____________, Ruth Lansdell,

Winnie Hopper, Nel Bradfield,

___________, Mrs Potgieter,

____________, Florence Clayton,

Ruby Bradfield

The middle row: Genieve Arnold,

Jean Preddy, Kay Bradfield, Stella

Lansdell, Olive Jones, Joy Mandy.

And the front row: Doris Clayton

and Shirley Hounsell.

SHEILA RIDDIN

Question: Tell us about

your job.

Answer: My wife, Jean,

and I have a B&B and I

design and build things. I

am creating an industrial

lift presently which is very

exciting but I am too busy

to work as I much prefer

building people and see

the Christ invested

potential in them.

Q: What made you get

into that line of work?

A: All my life I have

designed innumerable

machines and devices in

my farming and quarry

d ay s .

Q: Describe the most

memorable experience

that you have had in

your line of work.

A: My whole life has

been a wonderful journey

of discovery and it’s still

happening.

Q: What do you do to

unwind when you are

not working?

A: Being at home with

Jean and listening to

good music but,

ultimately, savouring the

presence of God.

Q: What is your motto

in life?

A: The day one is not

building – people or

things for people – one

begins to die!

Q: What makes you

happy?

A: There is no greater

joy than to see and

FA C E 2FA C E

experience love being

shared, especially when it

comes from the Father’s

hear t.

Q: What makes you

angr y?

A: Selfishness.

Q: What do you think

... with Chester Wilmot

about the youth of

South Africa? Do you

have any advice for

t h e m?

A: Find a father to cover

you. All natural trees grow

up in the protection of the

forest canopy until their

heads can break through.

Only exotic trees can grow

out in the open and they

are just water thieves and

only fit for the fire.

Q: What do you like

most about Kenton?

A: The hand of God that

covers us and His

promises that are

happening.

Q: If you could change

one thing about

Ke n to n . ..

A: I’d unlock the

enormous wealth of

knowledge and

experience in our retired

folk to share into the

deficit of our community.

Q: Name three people

you would like to invite

for dinner (dead or

a l i v e) ?

A: My father, my

grandfather who died

many years before I was

born and my great

grandfather. They left me

a legacy of family and

spiritual values for which

they should be honoured.

Q: Who would you like

to take on ‘The Amazing

Race’?

A: I would take my

children every time: the

only question would be,

which one? And we would

win!

Q: Three wishes for

South Africa?

A: Need only one: That

we would learn the value

of honouring one another.


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Port Alfred

BUSINESSFORUM

MAKE EVERY

CAR COUNT

DRIVING SPIRIT: Ford, through Eastern Cape

Motors, brought several vehicles to Port

Alfred High School on a recent Saturday as

part of the Drive 4 UR School promotion.

Every car test-driven earned the school

R100, up to a maximum amount of R10000.

Starting at 9am, and with about 130 test

drives, the school earned its maximum

donation by 11.20am. The team were

amazed at the support shown for the

school, and said this was definitely the

best Drive 4 UR School event they had held

so far. The team, from left, were Willie

Scheepers, Bianca Avis, Rob Avis, Firgil

Barthers, Vanessa Avis, Clive McMurtrie,

Stephen Theodosiou, Daniel Louzada and

Betsie Vorster

Catch up with what’s happening on the PA business front

Bigger, better Build It Garden Centre

HAVING commenced business in

September 2013, the past three years

have seen the selection of garden

plants, pots and other garden goods

steadily increase at the Build It

Garden Centre.

With new extensions currently in

progress, the Build It Garden Centre

will be the biggest garden centre

between Port Elizabeth and East

London. It is run as part of Mega

Build it, which opened in 2007, but is

managed as a separate business.

The centre’s focus is on providing

best prices and quality service to all

its customers.

With unlimited land available, and

having its own dam from which to

source water used in the garden

centre, the ability to further expand

the operation is limitless.

Build It Garden Centre offers a wide

selection of plants, pots, garden

furniture and other garden goodies,

and continually strives to expand its

range, by bringing in new

cost-effective merchandise.

WINNING TEAM: Build It staff members,

from left, Luncendo Makhize, Khuselwa

Tsho, owner Louis Hattingh and Lucky

Cengani in the expanded garden centre at

Build It in Kenton-on-Sea

Picture: MITCH HAUPT

MONEY

M AT T E R S

... with Nico Human

Who you

invest

with can

be critical

WHEN it comes to investing one’s hardearned

money, especially a retirement/

pension fund, it has really become a

rather tricky situation.

People are bombarded daily by endless

TV, radio, newspaper and glossy

magazine advertisements presenting their

services and offering fantastic growth

oppor tunities.

The only comment I have is: “B e wa r e ”

and first take the time to think very clearly

before making any rash decisions.

Here are a few handy hints for investors

to ponder before committing their hardearned

capital into any investment:

1. Is the company offering their services

a well-known, established and reputable

business or are they fairly unknown and

offer returns that may sound too good to

be true?

2. Is there an established professional

local office where you could visit in the

event that you may experience any

problem or need some information or

advice in future?

3. Is the local representative an

established, well-known and respected

individual in the community?

Always remember that it is most

certainly your prerogative to obtain

references of others who may have

experiences with the person in question.

4. Does the local representative own

property in town or does he/she operate

from some rented apartment, in other

words, will he/she still be there in a few

months from now, or can they just pack

up their laptop and leave.

If the person offering their services is

new to town, where does he/she come

from and why the sudden move to our

beloved Sunshine Coast?

A further question: Why would one give

up a successful financial advisory career

somewhere else to enter the “unknown

wat e r s ” of Port Alfred?

5. It is important to make sure that your

investments are only entrusted to a wellestablished,

qualified and trustworthy

investment advisor of good standing in

the local community.

6. When planning one’s retirement, it

becomes even more important to make

perfectly sure that one’s retirement funds

are invested with the utmost care.

We have been serving the Port Alfred

and surrounding Sunshine Coast

community with the utmost care and

compassion for many years and will be

proud to supply references of clients who

have entrusted millions of rands to our

careful management.

Our wheelchair-friendly offices are

conveniently situated at 20 Southwell

Road (corner of Becker Street).

To ensure that all your financial needs

are expertly and diligently taken care of,

please feel free to phone our offices on

087-805-7712 for a confidential

appointment.


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Talk of the Town 9

GLITZ

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DANCING

THE

NIGHT

AW AY

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thoroughly enjoyed the

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estate, Misty Waves. Exceptional finishes and simple yet

practical design ensure this home is very comfortable, with

open plan living area, large indoor / outdoor undercover

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Well positioned, very comfortable and immaculate home

with beautiful outlook over the ocean and golf course, with

plenty of accommodation. The living areas are all on the

top floor and comprise a lounge, a study, a separate openplan

dining room/kitchen. A very worthwhile home to view.

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MODERN SPACIOUS HOME R1 550 000

GLAMOROUS EVENING:

Jess Marais, left, and

Xavaux Kuter looked

fabulous at the recent

Round Table 101 Dance

This lovely face-brick home is situated in an elevated position

in Forest Downs with beautiful sea views. Modern & open

plan with a covered thatch roof patio ideal for entertaining

& outdoor living. The back garden has a wendy house and

pool. Guest suit on the lower level.

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N E I G H B O U R LY NOTES

THE Universities’ Boat Race is on at the Kowie

River at the moment, with the finals being

contested on Saturday. A total of 40 teams will

take to the water and attempt to navigate the sand

banks, the sharp corners and the current, as they

compete for the main title. This year the races will

be hosted by Halyards Hotel, together with the

Small Boat Harbour Company and, despite the

obvious logistical issues of moving the event from

the established Ski-boat Club on the other bank of

the river, it is hoped it will be just as successful.

We wish all the rowers the best of luck and remind

them of the special prayer service to be held at St

Pa u l ’s Anglican Church at 10am tomorrow.

UNIVERSITIES around the country are again in

chaos as the #FeeMustFall campaign regains

momentum. It is difficult to understand how

anyone thinks that burning down university

buildings is going to assist with free education.

Fortunately, Stenden South Africa is a private

institution, so we will not see the same mayhem in

Ndlambe as is evident at Rhodes University.

WHILE it might not be local news, the fight

between the National Treasury and the Hawks is

causing absolute chaos in the markets as

investors worry about how safe their money is

going to be in such a highly volatile environment.

This will affect employment opportunities all over

South Africa and, in the vulnerable rural areas like

Ndlambe, will prevent potential investors from

developing new businesses in the area. This

nonsense must stop, or else the entire country will

find itself with a growing population with no jobs

to offer them.

B E ST wishes and birthday greetings to everyone

who is having a special day in the week ahead,

especially Mason Dell, Taylor Naude, Julia

Painting, Jean Atkinson, Rosemary Nelson,

Herman Breetzke, Pen Schultz, Nicolas Cock,

Timothy Rudman, Elzette Reed, Derryn Willis, Eben

Groenewald, RJ Swart, Marion Barnard, Patrick

Kenny, Kelly Bradfield, Lionel Wilson, Matthew

Neethling, Keith Cunning, Stephanie de Bruin,

Heather Tyson, Trish Versfeld, Jordon Faca, twins

Natalie and Caroline Ross, Pam Hopper, Clare du

Plessis, Colin Wiggett, Ryan Owsley, Lydia Gimbel,

Dee Squires, Veronica Mansfield, Alfred Weyer,

Corrie Groenewald, Joan Greaves, Helen Emslie,

Anne McCreath, Nigel Difford, Val Thorncroft, Tony

Versfeld, Lionel Hunt, Jonty Payne, Phindiwe

DIARISE THIS

Albany Vintage and Classic Motor Club Museum

opens on the last Saturday of each month from

9am-12 noon at Hawkins Industrial Park, Alfred

Road, Port Alfred.

Bathurst Farmers Market – Every Sunday rain or

shine at Yesterday Today and Tomorrow Nursery,

Kowie Road from 9am-12.30pm.

Birdwatching Tours and Three Sisters Saunter.

Book with Anne (046)675-1976 or 083-719-4950.

w w w. a n n e s b i r d i n g . c o . z a

Bonsai Club meets once a month on a Saturday.

For more information, contact David Brewis on

076-457-3218. Or e-mail d a v i d b re w i s 7 7 @ g m a i l . c o m

Duck Pond Morning Market every Wednesday,

Friday and Saturday from 9am-2pm, between

Buksies Coffee Shop and Penny Farthing restaurant.

Jams, pickles, secondhand books, cakes, quiches,

secondhand clothing, crochet knitting, plants. All

stallholders welcome. Contact Wendy 081-347-9562.

FAST (Forum for Astronomy, Science and

Technology) meets on the first Thursday of each

month at the cellar of the Wharf Street Brew Pub at

2.30pm. Visitors welcome. For more information,

contact Shirley Marais at s h i r l e y @ t h e a n n o u n c e r. c o . z a

or on 082-928-8671.

First Port Alfred Scout/Cub meetings. Every Friday

at the Girl Guide Hall, from 3pm-5pm. Visitors

welcome. For more information, contact Dot Fethers

on (046)624-3192.

Kenton Pub Quiz – 6.30pm – first Sunday of each

month at Kenton Bowls Club. Cash bar available.

Cash and other prizes. Teams of four to six. All

welcome. Enquiries: Walter Grisdale

(046)648-2440.

Kowie History Museum, at The Old Railway

Station, Pascoe Crescent. Open 9.30am-12.30pm

Tuesday-Saturday. Closed Sunday/Monday and

public holidays.

Lower Albany Historical Society meets third

Thursday of the month – some meetings in Don

Powis Hall, Settlers Park, others, outside trips. For

more information, contact Suzette on 083-581-5777.

Lower Albany Woodworkers’ Guild, meets first

Tuesday of each month. For more information,

contact Brian Edwards on (046)624-2945 or John

Moss on 082-829-5484.

Memory Book Scrapbook Club meets twice a

month on a Thursday afternoon. All welcome.

Contact Cheryl (046)624-2733 or 083-556-7562.

National Sea Rescue Institute practices every

Wednesday at 5pm. To join the NSRI visit the base

in person to undergo an evaluation.

TOUCHING MOMENT: Settlers Park frail care resident, Margaret Gilbert, receives a flower from Port

Alfred Pre-Primary School pupil Niamé Lamsberg on Spring Day

Picture: LOUISE KNOWLES

Kuhkana, Jamie Kleinhans, Jenna Rowe, Thabisa

Vukuza, Pietie le Roux and Dawn Nelson.

ALL good wishes and congratulations to Noni

Wilkinson on her 95th milestone birthday on

September 13. May you enjoy many more while

enjoying great health, wealth and happiness!

CONGRATULATIONS to Con Kingsley Worrall from

St. Andrew's College, Grahamstown, for winning a

study bursary to the value of R15 000 at the CTCA

Young Creatives Awards 2016.

BUSINESS anniversary greetings and

congratulations for many more years to come to

Highway Motors and Buddy’s, Vanessa’s Nail Bar,

the Sikhulise Skills Development Programme and

Coral Cottages, The Holistic Oak, NF Wood Worx

and Bathurst Woodmill.

FIGURES announced by Statistics SA on Tuesday

indicate that the South African economy has just

E-mail Rob Knowles at knowlesr@timesmedia.co.za or fax (046) 624-2293

or drop in at 29 Miles Street from 8am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday

OUR ENTRIES ARE OPEN FOR SEPTEMBER, OCTOBER, NOVEMBER

E-mail houzetj@timesmedia.co.za or fax (046) 624-2293 or drop in at 29 Miles Street from 8am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday

Night Scrapbooking classes every fortnight at

BCreative Scrapbooking Supplies at Shop 12,

Rosehill Mall. Wednesdays from 6.30pm-10pm. Call

Nicolene on (046)624-3096 to book your spot for

the next class or for more information. Saturday

morning and weekday scrapbooking classes also

available. Bookings are required.

Port Alfred Garden Club meets on the first Tuesday

of every month – 9.30am at Red Leaf Nursery.

Port Alfred Bridge Club – Now at the Lodge on

Albany Road (the Old Vic Hotel). Meets every

Monday and Thursday: 1.15pm for 1.30pm start.

Port Alfred Floral Art Group meets on the third

Saturday of the month at Settlers Park hall at

2.30pm. For more information, contact Hennie de

Bruin on 082-464-4606. All welcome.

Probus Club of the Kowie meets on the second

Tuesday of each month at 10am at the Port Alfred

River and Ski-boat Club.

Richmond House Museum and Music Room.

Private non-profit museum established in 2007. The

building (1948) is a replica of the Castle, and the

displays trace 175 years of owners and alterations.

No admission fee, but donations welcomed. Tours

by appointment only: 082-456-7437. Classics at the

C a st l e classical/jazz concerts check press or

w w w. fa c e b o o k . c o m / r i c h m o n d h o u s e m u s e u m m u s i c

Rocky Ridge Farm Market opens every Saturday

and Sunday from 9am with a variety of home made

delights, “egg-cellent” free-range eggs, honey,

biltong, droëwors, as well as its very popular

morning breakfast. Contact Desia Holmes on

083-589-0765 for more information.

Rosehill Mall Art znd Crafters Market, the first

Saturday of every month, from 9am- 4pm. A true art

and craft market. Only handmade items available by

our local crafters. Large selection of goods.

Scottish Country Dancing at Don Powis Hall,

Settlers Park, every Wednesday from 5.30pm-7pm.

For more information please phone (046)6 0 4 - 0 478 .

Sunshine Coast Women’s Forum meets every

fourth Tuesday in the Don Powis Hall, Settlers Park

at 2.30pm. Come and join us. Visitors welcome. For

more information contact Muriel MacGregor on

(046)624-1963.

The Riverside Ramble: a new self-guided tour

(map R10 from Sunshine Coast Tourism or Kowie

History Museum) of historic Wharf Street and Van

der Riet Streets.

The Village Green Market – first Sunday of every

month. Join us in the garden at The Village Green in

Bathurst for a festival of antiques, books,

collectables, junk, bric-a-brac, crafts, art and other

avoided a technical recession. Having suffered

through a net shrinkage of the economy

(euphemistically termed “negative growth”) of

1.2% in the previous quarter, and with an economy

battling with drought, strikes and the constant

threat of electrical shortages, growth of the

economy has certainly slowed down. This news

was better than the expected 2.8% growth rate as

projected and was boosted slightly by the hiccup

when Britain exited the EU, and global currencies

fell. However, South Africa is not out of the woods,

and international ratings agencies will still be

making decisions regarding the possible

downgrading of the country’s economy at the end

of the year. With last year’s figures in brackets to

compare against, the rand was trading at R14.01 to

the dollar (R13.64), R18.79 to the pound (R20.95)

and R15.77 to the euro (R15.27), gold trading at

$1 347.72 per fine ounce ($1121.15), platinum at

interesting stuff. From 9am-2pm. For more

information or to book a stall, contact Lynette on

076 - 3 4 9 - 2 2 4 6 .

U3A – Port Alfred Branch meets on the fourth

Thursday of every month at 10am at the Don Powis

Hall, Settlers Park village. All welcome.

Woodlands Market, every Saturday from 8am-12

noon at Woodlands Cottages and Backpackers, just

outside Kenton on the R343 Grahamstown Road.

Yummy breakfast and treats, fresh produce, arts

and crafts. There is no charge for traders of local

arts and crafts and produce – an attempt to

encourage and support local tourism and

businesses. For more information, contact

082-808-5976 or info@woodlands.co.za

To d a y

Port Alfred Art Club – (IN) Demonstration by Jane

Foote. Looking at Positive aspects of negative

space. Bring your own materials.

Memory Book Scrapbook Club – 2pm-5pm –

Presbyterian Church Port Alfred. All welcome.

Contact Cheryl (046)624-2733 or 083-556-7562.

Special Boat Race Service – 10am at St Paul’s

Anglican Church.

Tomorrow until Saturday

Annual Universities Boat Race on the Kowie River.

To m o r r o w

Special Boat Race Service – 10am at St Paul’s

Anglican Church.

Saturday until Sunday

Ke n to n ’s Men’s Classic at Kenton Bowls Club.

Sunday

Oldenburgia Club Charity Hike at St Cyprian's

Church and Highlands Farm. Meet at Grahamstown

Peppergrove Pick n Pay car park at 8am, to hike at

8.30am. Difficulty: A beautiful hike on a local farm,

taking in some expansive views, fynbos, a church,

and an historical railway station and bridge. The

walk, including stops, should take about three

hours, requires a basic level of fitness and is

suitable for all ages as it is a leisurely 6.5km. Bring

good hiking shoes/boots, hat and sunscreen, water

and refreshments for morning tea. Cost: R30 per

person (minimum donation), plus R10 for fuel,

payable on the day. Proceeds go to the Mary Waters

High School Interact Club to support their project to

remove alien vegetation. For more information,

contact hike leader Helen Averbuch on

082-841-0790 or helen.dogflower@gmail.com

Tuesday September 13

Probus Club meeting – 10.30am for 11am – Por t

Alfred River and Ski-boat Club. Includes spouses.

$1 099.70 per ounce ($1004.15) and Brent crude oil

at $47.78 per barrel ($49.63).

SPECIAL thoughts and prayers are with all those

folk who are not well, who are having or have

already had tests, operations and treatments.

"Sterkte" to Roy Potter, Andrew de Vries, June

Hart, Linda Hulley, Val Kilian, Ben Kember, Blake

Squires, Llewellyn Wicks, Philly Dell, Myrna Keet,

Barbara Tee, Bevan Edwards and Brenda Shelton.

WEDDING anniversary congratulations and

continued joy for many more years of happiness

together, especially to Fred and Heather Tyson,

Dave and Jacqui Parsons, Ian and Erna

McPherson, Andrew and Judy Elliott, Rafe and

Debbie McKinnon.

CONGRATULATIONS to our local dentist, Dr Natalie

Okonski and her husband Carl Wantenaar on

being blessed with a precious baby boy, Alexander

Sigmund Wantenaar, born August 31

WE were saddened to hear the news that Callie

Rademeyer died in a tragic car accident on Sunday

close to the Mansfield turnoff on the R67.

Commiserations to his family, Susan, Janine,

Simone, Eben, Quintis, Mia, Logan and Carter.

SO sorry to hear that well-known singer and

guitarist of the Silver Creek Mountain Band, JP

Fúss, passed away last Monday morning. You will

be missed.

WE were sorry to hear of the death of Nan Hanly,

mother to eight children, who passed away

peacefully last Sunday morning. A church service

to be held at St James Catholic Church, Port Alfred

at 10am on Monday September11.

BAD news for all the South African kwaito fans is

that Mduduzi Tshabalala, better known as

Mandoza, is suffering from a brain tumour, but the

great news is that nothing stops the 38-year-old,

and he is planning to be performing at the concert

at Orlando Stadium on Saturday.

A MEMORIAL service will be held for the late Mary

Hechter at the Presyterian Church, Port Alfred,

today at 10am.

THOUGHT for the week: “Peace is not a

relationship of nations. It is a condition of mind

brought about by a serenity of soul”.

BEST regards as always,

The Team.

The Probus business part of the meeting will be as

brief as possible before handing over to hosts, the

Distell Group, who will conduct a wine tasting

event. Afterwards there will be a finger luncheon

and more drinks and fellowship.

Wednesday September 14

Rhodes Department of Music and Musicology

lunch-hour concert at Rhodes, Beethoven Room,

1.15pm. – piano recital by dynamic young DSG

matric pupil Tegan van der Merwe. A participant in

a number of national music competitions (Samro,

Atterbury, NGMC), Tegan was a finalist and

prizewinner in the 9th National Grahamstown Music

Competition last year. Entry: Free.

Thursday September 15

Port Alfred Art Club – (OUT) Settlers Church –

let’s do some black and white sketches of this

historical building. Bring materials, refreshments

and chairs.

Friends with Compassion – Caring for those who

are mourning a loved one. Presbyterian Church Port

Alfred, at 3.30pm. All welcome – join us for a cup of

tea and a chat. Contact Cheryl (046)624-2733 or

0 8 3 - 5 5 6 - 75 6 2 .

Saturday September 17

Flame and Rob Spring Show – 7pm – Get to

Guido’s for lots of comedy and song. Wear

something flowery for spring and get a free shooter.

No cover charge.

Port Alfred Floral Art Group monthly meeting at

2.30pm at Settlers Park Hall (please note starting

time). Homework: A design from the demonstration

on the work of Gregor Lersch, Five Days, Five

Themes. Bring your toolbox with for an imposed

workshop, “The Focus is on Me”. Inquiries: Hennie

de Bruin 082-464-4606. All welcome.

Thursday September 22

Port Alfred Art Club – (OUT) Fish River Sun –

breakfast . Bring your art materials. Bring an extra

easel to display a work for sale.

U3A meeting – 10am at Don Powis Hall, Settlers

Park. Geoff Antrobus on “Wind Farms – Experiences

of a Landowner”.

Memory Book Scrapbook Club – 2pm-5pm –

Presbyterian Church Port Alfred. All welcome.

Contact Cheryl (046)624-2733 or 083-556-7562.

Friday September 23 and Saturday September

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Red Leaf Nursery. “The transforming power and joy

and laughter”. R80pp. Friday from 2pm to 3.30pm

and Saturday from 10am-11.30am. More information

and bookings on (046)624-8530.

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Fast forward to Antarctica

LOUISE KNOWLES

FORMER Ndlambe councillor, the

globe-trotting Louise Swanepoel,

recounted her recent voyage to

Antarctica to a meeting of the Forum

for Astronomy, Science and

Technology (Fast) at the Wharf Street

Brew Pub’s underground cellar on

Thursday last week.

Swanepoel joined the South African

expedition aboard the Seabourn and

the Quest which took place in January.

On boarding the two ships, the

expedition made the dangerous

crossing from Argentina, through the

“roaring forties”, “the frightening

fif ties” and “screaming sixties” in two

days. Thirty-four South Africans and 16

scientists were on board, Swanepoel

said. Over the loudspeaker their

Scandinavian captain explained, as he

circumnavigated a tabular iceberg, it

had broken off the Ross ice shelf and

drifted unusually far to the north.

“It was beautiful, full of icicles,

arches into it and pools,” S wa n e p o e l

said. Dressed like a yeti and wearing

sealed gumboots, Swanepoel had to

wash her feet in a foot-bath before

going on land.

“The ships are very respectful of the

r e g u l at i o n s , ” she said.

No soil is allowed to be taken to

Antarctica, where food is cultivated

hydroponically at the bases. Even

sewerage is radiated, placed in

containers and compressed to be

taken home.

“Antarctica is pristine and

unear thly,” Swanepoel said. “But the

winds are a torment.”

Scientists have the technology to

see through the ice to the topography

below and found volcanic rocks only

ever found in Kenya – evidence of the

existence of a former supercontinent,

known as Gondwanaland.

Antarctica is a desert and the

snowfall freezes and never melts, so

that it is believed to be 720 000 years

old in places, Swanepoel said.

Snow accumulates and covers any

structures, so the American base at

the South Pole, for example, is built on

hydraulic stilts, she said.

The hole in the ozone layer is visible

from the Antarctic during spring. “It is

the canary in the coal mine,”

Swanepoel said.

Large parts of Antarctica were

claimed by Britain especially the

islands, and are still administered to

this day by the government of the

Falklands, Swanepoel said.

The 20-odd members of Fast were

left with the words from the Rhyme of

the Ancient Mariner.

And now there came both mist and

s n o w,

And it grew wondrous cold:

And ice, mast-high, came floating

b y,

As green as emerald.

S wa n e p o e l ’s next talk at Fast, which

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ALL ON BOARD: South African Robin

A West, expedition leader of the

Seabourn voyage to Antarctica in

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THE KENTON/BUSHMANS CHAMBER

OF BUSINESS AND TOURISM WILL BE

HOLDING ITS A.G.M.

ON

THURSDAY: 15TH SEPTEMBER 2016

VENUE: The House Kitchen, Kenton

TIME: 5 for 5.30 pm

THEME: “Good Things Happen in

Kenton/Bushmans”

Guest Speakers:

Pollos Purdon – The House Planners’ New Developments

Francois Theron – The Building Industry

and Neville Loader – Accommodation

Wine/Fruit Juice and snacks

All welcome

To facilitate catering please RSVP on

(046) 648 2411 or email

tourism@kenton.co.za

COOK IT UP: Second-year hospitality students from Stenden South Africa were out in force at the Heritage Mall on September 2, selling boerewors rolls

and cupcakes as part of their fundraiser for their annual Cape Town tour.

From left are Shannon Stap, Arno Steenkamp, Jessica Pfotenhauer, Shené

Coetser and Tawana Muratu who will again be selling food as part of a

pre-boat race ‘jol’


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C U P PA

TEA FOR

THE

MASSES

IN DEMAND: Serving

the tea at the St

D av i d ’s Church spring

fair at the Kenton

town hall last

Saturday were, from

left, Joan Biggs, Flick

Beaufort, Gail

Lovemore, Grace

Ballantine and Ali

Budler

Picture: JON HOUZET

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right here in Port Alfred.

The beauty academy is

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and also offers module

courses. The one-year

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facials, facial machines,

manicures, pedicures,

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After cold winter days,

the warm spring weather

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personal safety is a major

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These screens are, first and

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But their other attributes

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They stop a whole host of

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Local residents are

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For all your DIY, building

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Buco is offering less 15% on

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As spring is a time of

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there is much more at Buco

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OUT ON THE TOWN

TEA FOR FEW: St David’s Church held its annual spring fair at the Kenton Town Hall last Saturday. Enjoying some tea and

cake were, from left, Rob and Di Wilmot and David and Lynne Mullins

Pictures: JON HOUZET

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Among the many other products

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wallets, purses, multi-tools, LED

torches and headlamps, knives from

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much has changed for Quest

Leisure & Gear which has grown to

offer a wide array of products since

it was opened by Pieterse and his

fiancée Long on September 1 2013

at the Heritage Mall.

With the business relocation and

expansion has come new products

and brands, such as The North Face

and Wolverine, Rouge and Tsonga

shoes, Oregon Scientific Weather

Stations. Also new in stock are the

Tread Leatherman Bracelet and Leap

L e at h e r m a n ’s for kids.

Spring is here and ladies can

brighten up their outfit with a new

handbag. Not to forget that

specialised orders are just one of

the services they offer.

“Our main objective is good

customer service and happy

customers. We are strong believers

in supporting local business,” said

Long, who gives thanks to the

community and customers for their

loyal support and looks forward to

the continued success of the

business in the future.

“We have had an amazing

end-of-season sale and would like

to thank all our c u st o m e r s , ” said

Pieterse, reminding customers that

new stock is on the way.

“We are enjoying the new

premises; it allows us to offer more

to our customers”.

Quest Leisure & Gear now also

has a beverage station for

customers to enjoy coffee or tea

while they shop.

Visit and “l i ke ” Quest Leisure &

Gear’s Facebook page to be kept up

to date and not miss out on specials.

IMPORTANT JOB: Trish Reid, left, and Mary Cunningham looked after the

cash for the white elephant table at the St David’s Church spring fair















BIGGER AND BETTER: Quest Leisure & Gear is

celebrating its third year in business, having

relocated to Rosehill Mall earlier this year to

shop 21 with expanded premises. Co-owner

Tony Pieterse is pictured at the front of the

store

Picture: BRYAN SMITH


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Talk of the Town 15

Grants Valley, a

church no more

Ruins and neglected graves all that remain

Common

oral tumours

in dogs

VET’S

VOICE

... at your service

ONE of the saddest relics

to note in the region has

to be the old churches

and graveyards.

Somehow, these resting

places are often

incorporated into growing

towns or cities, and only

the memories linger.

All that is left of one

little church in the region,

Grants Valley, are

neglected graves, and the

ruins of the building.

The farm, Grant’s Valley

was approved in 1825 to

John Grant, a colour

sergeant of the 72nd

Regiment, who had been

discharged on pension in

1823.

Grant, a bachelor,

remained on the farm

until his death on October

30 1854, at 84 years-old.

He is buried on another

part of the farm (and has

a gravestone) but one is

unable to visit the site as

it is accessed by a locked

g at e .

The church was built in

1869 and services were

SERENDIPITY

... with Bev Young

GONE NOW: The ruins of the Grants Valley Church, pictured when more remained

of the 1869 building

conducted by visiting

ministers from Southwell.

Because of transport

difficulties, regular

services ceased before

the end of the 19th

century and the very last

service was held at Easter

in 1920.

The church, from then

on, fell into disrepair and

in the late 1960s all but

the front walls were

demolished.

The Burial Register of St

James shows that 37

people are recorded as

being buried at Grant’s

Valley. Three have stones

in this churchyard and

three have stones in other

places on the farm.

In the main graveyard,

there are 14 graves and

the remaining 14 burials

must then be in unmarked

plots within the grounds

of the church or

g r av e ya r d .

It is also possible that

certain burials could have

been on farms close by.

According to Doris Stirk,

who wrote The Southwell

Set tlers, in the second

cemetery on the farm

situated in very thick bush

there are 14 marker stones

and one marble stone to

the memory of George

Gravett (October 14 1823

– October 20 1922), his

wife Hannah (died March

25 1880, aged 39 years)

and their son Edwin

George (died August 30

1924 aged 53 years and

buried at Port Alfred).

Of the 14 marked graves

there are 11 members of

the McDougall family, two

Futters (brother and

sister) and one Estment.

AN EPULIS is a benign (meaning it does not

spread to other parts of the body) tumour of the

gums.

It is the fourth most common tumour that can

occur in a dog’s mouth – the cause of which is

still unknown.

It is very rare in cats.

The tumour is more common in

“brachycephalic” breeds, which have a very short

nose and muzzle, such as boxers and bulldogs.

Mostly middle-aged dogs are affected, with the

average age at the time of diagnosis at about

seven years.

Some of the clinical signs that a dog may show

besides an obvious mass in the mouth include:

drooling, halitosis (bad breath), trouble eating, a

bloody discharge from the mouth and loss of

weight.

Depending on how aggressive the tumour is,

there may also be displacement of teeth or

deformity of the facial features.

These signs are not specific to epulis, but

could be a result of many other conditions.

Therefore, it is always best to have a

veterinarian examine your pet in order to confirm

a diagnosis.

The treatment of choice for epulis is surgical

excision, although recurrence is very common as

it is difficult to remove all the tumour tissue

most of the time.

Always consult your veterinarian if you suspect

your pet may have any form of illness.

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September 8, 2016

MAN TALK: From left, Andre Behr, Adrian Ford

and Shane du Plessis at the re-opening of

Burksies restaurant last Friday night

GOOD FOOD AND CONVERSATION: From left, Lynn Coetzee, Brigitte Hyde

and Ginger Daubermann, enjoy chatting at the re-opening of Burksies

restaurant last Friday night

SHOWING SUPPORT: Gareth Nissen and Maureen Adlem at the re-opening

of Burksies restaurant last Friday night

Pictures: JON HOUZET

CHILLING AT BURKSIES: Ronnie, left, and Len Steinhardt, right, with

Jacquie Kieck at the re-opening of Burksies restaurant under new

ownership last Friday night

PASSING THE REINS:

New owner of

Burksies, Nelita Behr,

left, with former

owner Chris Burke

Picture: BRYAN SMITH

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advertising feature

Wo m a n ’s

finesse for

Burksie’s

PA duck pond coffee

shop boasts new owner

WOMEN in business

are often celebrated

during Women’s

Month in August but it

is never too late to

c e l e b r at e .

Burksies, the ever

popular coffee shop at

the Port Alfred duck

pond, has a new

owner, Nelita Behr,

who officially took

ownership on

September 1.

The business, which

has been a part of the

community for the

past seven years, has

been sold by Chris

Burke to Behr who will

Wishing you all the best

for the future.

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be continuing with not

only the business’

name, but also in

providing quality and

delicious food, as well

as some superb

changes and additions

along the way.

Already the business

has undergone a

refurbishment, having

been painted.

“The business has

received a women’s

touch on the

decorations and new

menu design. Behr

has managed to take a

man’s artwork and

turn it into a women’s

finesse,” Burke said.

New on the menu

will be such

scrumptious items as

tortilla wrap,

quesadillas, as well as

finishing touches on

each dish with the

introduction of

hollandaise sauce and

an emphasis on

smoked salmon

dishes. The essence of

the business will

remain as well as that

of the coffee, from

filter to cappuccino.

With a wealth of

knowledge and

experience in the

BEARING EATS AND

TREATS: The staff

members at Burksie’s

everyone has come to

know and appreciate,

from left, Pummy

Mjacu, Vuyo

Magquntulu and

Agnes Ngqobo, are

staying on with new

owner, Nelita Behr

industry, Behr looks

forward to the future

and thanks the

community for their

continued support.

“I saw an

opportunity to return

to my roots. I am very

excited; we have a

good team here,” Behr

said.

Last Friday, the

business hosted an

opening evening with

friends and customers

where Behr thanked

everyone for their

suppor t.

“It has just been a

blessing from God.

Since the first day I

heard about this

business opportunity,

it has been smooth

sailing – from the

people who have

helped everywhere,”

said an overwhelmed

Behr who also gave

thanks to the staff of

Burksies Coffee Shop.

“We are going to work

hard and give good

fo o d . ”

Burksies also offers

pensioner specials as

well as catering

services. Make sure to

visit and see the new

menu and specials.


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Talk of the Town 17

OUT ON THE TOWN

Foodies’ delight

at MyPond Hotel

Lily chef serves a taste of what to expect

ROB KNOWLES

IT WAS an evening to

remember last

We d n e s d ay, when the

media descended on

MyPond Hotel to taste

the culinary delights

of chef Sharmila

Simon, who is busy

finalising the menu for

Lily Restaurant.

“I love making

beautiful food,” said

Simon. “I cook as I feel

and, being partcoloured

and part-

Indian, I like spice.”

Together with

second- and third-year

Stenden students who

assisted in the

preparation and

serving, Simon

produced a delectable

assortment of dishes,

both in terms of

flavour and

p r e s e n t at i o n .

“I have been told to

‘downsize’ some of my

dishes, as they might

not go down well here

in Port Alfred,” she

said.

Simon was talking

about the spice and

herb variations she

uses to infuse her

food. However, she

had nothing to worry

about as every dish

she served was a

delight to the palate.

The canapés were

substantial in

themselves.

The first dish, one of

three starters, was a

rich and creamy

butternut soup, with

just a hint of orange

and lemon to, as

Simon put it, “kick it

out”.

Another big bowl of

that and this reporter’s

appetite would have

been fully satisfied.

The second starter

was a Cajun prawn

salad, which was hot

and spicy, and queensized

prawns.

BELLY UP: Slow-braised pork belly was just one of the amazing main

courses served last week at the chef’s canapés evening to finalise the

new menu for Lily Restaurant at MyPond Hotel Pictures: ROB KNOWLES

The third starter was

baked Camembert

cheese, served with a

herb salad and

cranberry foam.

I am not particularly

partial to the modern

trend of “fo a m i n g ” jus,

but this was a

masterpiece and one

of the evening’s best

dishes.

The mains began

with a delicious and

interesting pan-fried

potato gnocchi served

in a roast butternut

and caramelised onion

sauce, topped with

Parmesan cheese.

Next was a slowbraised

pork belly with

crispy bacon, and

served with baby

onions, potato lentils

and a thyme jus.

The pork was soft

and melted in your

mouth, while the

thyme set the dish off

per fectly.

However, for me, the

bacon could have

been a little crispier.

At this point I was

beginning to feel quite

full, but there were

still some culinary

delights left to

sample, so I bravely

continued.

The next main dish

was grilled lamb

chops and, as a novel

addition, a toasted

onion and tomato

sandwich, served with

mint sauce and salsa.

The lamb was, for

my tastes, a little

over-cooked (I like

lamb rare, and this

was well-done), but

the strong mint sauce

gave a sharp

counterpoint to the

meaty lamb flavour,

providing an

interesting contrast.

Next was the

Gremolata line fish,

served on a bed of

roasted vegetables

and, once more,

thyme, this time in the

form of one of the five

“mother sauces” of

French cuisine, a

veloute.

The fish was

excellent, giving a

strong but perfectly

balanced taste of the

sea.

Finally, and just in

time, the final course

arrived; a marinated

chicken breast layered

with melted feta

cheese, spinach and

sweet potato gratin.

By this time, many

of the media

r e p r e s e n t at i v e s were

struggling as the

portions were all more

than adequate, and

dessert was still to

come.

Fortunately, we were

only asked to select

one of the three

dessert dishes

available, which

included MyPond

sticky toffee pudding,

served with a dollop of

fresh cream, Bar One

cake served with

vanilla ice-cream and

the dessert of the day,

my selection, which

was a cheesecake with

crushed nuts and a

granadilla jus.

Absolutely delicious

and definitely a

dessert to be

recommended.

If this is the

standard of food

Simon intends to

serve then the

restaurant is a must

for anyone who enjoys

a fine-dining

experience.

The Stenden

wait rons’ excellent

service made the meal

even more enjoyable.

CONTACT US

Newsdesk: (046) 624-4356 (Jon Houzet) Advertising: (046) 624-4356 (Mauneen Charter)

FULFILLING:

This

butter nut

soup was

almost a

meal in

itself, when

the media

descended

on Lily

R e st a u r a n t

to taste the

chef’s

culinar y

delights

SAY CHEESE: Baked Camembert with a micro herb salad and homemade

cranberry foam was one of the delicious starters from the chef’s

canapés evening at MyPond Hotel last week


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JON HOUZET

Mechanic:

Resurrection, with

Jason Statham,

Jessica Alba,

Michelle Yeoh,

Tommy Lee Jones.

Directed by Dennis

Gansel. 4/5

YOU could view it as

a positive or negative,

but action man Jason

Statham seems to play

the same character in

every movie he is in.

From the Transpor ter

movies to Crank,

S t at h a m ’s stock-in-

-trade is being an

unstoppable killing

machine. Sometimes

reluctantly so; it’s just

that the bad guys

won’t leave him alone

and are virtually lining

up to be killed.

He invariably has a

background in special

forces training, is an

expert in hand-to-hand

combat, and equally

skilled at handling an

array of weapons – or

the closest object that

can serve as a

weapon.

Sometimes he’s a

down-on-his-luck

survivor (Redemption)

and other times a

suave man, with a

taste for the finer

things in life – all

acquired from his

HARD TO BEAT: Jason Statham as assassin Arthur Bishop in ‘Mechanic:

Resurrection’, now showing at Rosehill Cinema

amoral skill set,

as in the

Transpor ter’s

Frank Martin and

his character

here, Arthur

Bishop.

But Statham is

good at what he

does, and clearly has

an audience who

wants what he

delivers.

The final scene of

The Mechanic in 2011

left an opening for a

sequel, and so we find

the former assassin for

hire, Bishop, enjoying

his new identity in Rio,

living on a yacht and

getting his regular

table at his favourite

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AT THE

FIVE STARS

MOVIES

What’s hot or not at the box office

But his life of

comfortable obscurity

is rudely shattered by

an unwelcome guest

at his table with a

demand from a

“client” that he

resume his role as an

assassin.

Of course, Bishop is

not one to cave in to

demands, so a melee

ensues with a bunch

of henchmen and

Bishop making a

getaway James

Bond-st yle.

He resurfaces at one

of his isolated

safehouses off the

coast of Thailand,

where an old friend

Mei (Michelle Yeoh)

keeps an eye on his

property. But trouble

keeps following

Bishop, and he is

pressured to help a

woman in distress

(Jessica Alba).

It’s all a

set-up by his

arch-nemesis,

Riah Crain (Sam

Hazeldine) to

force him to

undertake three

a s s a s s i n at i o n s

and make them look

like accidents. Each is

nearly an impossible

target, but Bishop is

the best at what he

does. It also helps

soothe the conscience

that each target is a

scumbag, from an

African warlord in a

Malaysian prison, to

an Australian tycoon

human-t rafficker

surrounded by the

best security.

The wildcard is arms

dealer, Max Adams, (a

fairly brief role by

Tommy Lee Jones),

who may prove useful

to Bishop to finally be

rid of Crain.

The action is

spectacular, the

scenery beautiful and

the storyline solid.

Good entertainment all

round.


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Farming fun at Happy Hours concert

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always drawing a full house of parents,

grandparents and other family members of

the little ones who put on a delightful

performance under the skilful direction of

principal Tracy Lloyd. This year’s concert was

called The GiggleBellies Farm, and was a

journey in song of all the characters

inhabiting the farm, from the farmer and his

wife, to their mouse-catching cat, chickens,

ducks, sheep and bulls, farm mechanics,

cowboys and scarecrows. JON HOUZET took

the pictures.

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Grahamstown

THISWEEK

QUIZ STARS

THE Graeme College astronomy quiz team members –

and the rest of the school for that matter – were on

‘cloud nine’ last week, when they won the regional

finals of the Grade 7 Astroquiz competition held at the

University of Fort Hare.

The team comprised Bayanda Mthetho, Moyiso

Nyoka, Cee-Jay Porthen and Cameron Rafferty.

Congratulations lads!

MARTIN JUDGES IN RIO

An archer for many years, and in recent years an

archery judge of note, Dave Martin of Grahamstown

flew out of South Africa earlier this week headed for

Brazil, where he will act as an archery judge at the

Rio 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Martin is manager of the engineering and transport

maintenance department at Rhodes University.

He has previously acted as judge at several

national and international archery competitions,

including the World Para-Archery Championships in

Bangkok, Thailand in 2013.

RHODIAN AMONG THE FINALISTS

Final judging has been completed for the 27th Sasol

New Signatures art competition, with 100 artworks

shortlisted from around South Africa, and seven

selected as finalists for 2016.

Among the seven finalists are two from Port

Elizabeth and one each from Grahamstown, Pretoria,

Johannesburg, Cape Town and Stellenbosch.

The Grahamstown finalist is Mosa Anita Kaiser,

currently studying for her BA degree at Rhodes

Universit y.

The winner of the New Signatures competition was

due to be announced in Pretoria last night, and

received R100000, the runner-up R25000 and the five

other finalists R10000 each.

RAIN DOESN’T FAZE THE CANINES

CONTACT US

Newsdesk: sidp@imaginet.co.za; Cell: 071-969-6330

It may have rained cats and dogs, and drizzled, for

much of the weekend up at PJ Olivier High School,

but dog owners at the national dog show on the

school’s sports fields said they have seen it all before.

In fact, I was told it snowed at a dog show in

northern KwaZulu-Natal a couple of months ago,

while it rained heavily throughout a show in the

Western Cape earlier this year.

The main rugby field on the hill took a hammering

from all the vehicles, and will take a few days to

recover, no doubt.

Participants included a variety of breeds of all

shapes and sizes, and their owners tagged along as

well, driving from Cape Town, Pretoria, Johannesburg

and many Eastern Cape centres.

Despite the less-than-ideal conditions, judging went

ahead in the various categories and disciplines

including showing, obedience and negotiating

obstacle courses.

HEADING UP COMMITTEES

Victoria Girls’ High School has announced its portfolio

heads for next year. They are Uviwe Songca from

Mthatha, Sara Goodes (Grahamstown), Sesethu

Mqomboti (Mthatha), Meeca Green (Grahamstown)

and Janet Okoh (Grahamstown).

The school does not have a prefect system as such,

but rather a system whereby five pupils are elected by

the school and staff to oversee the various

committees on which the matric pupils serve.

Each portfolio head is then linked to a committee

and serves on that committee.

THEY’RE ON THE GARDEN ROUTE

For the past 27 years, PJ Olivier Primary School Grade

7 pupils have undertaken educational tours at this

time of the year. Amazingly, the staff member in

charge on each occasion has been Mr Manie Cronje.

The 2016 tour group, comprising 28 Grade 7 pupils,

left Grahamstown on Sunday and is due to return to

the school on the hill tomorrow.

Cronje said the first tour in 1989 visited Graaff-

Reinet and the surrounding district, and he has led

the tour group every year since.

He was accompanied this year by Hennie and Rene

Pienaar (the school’s estate manager and hostel

matron respectively) and the under-13 rugby coach,

Riaan Havenga.

They headed down the Garden Route and up to

Oudtshoorn, visiting numerous places of interest and

enjoying plenty of activities along the way.

Their itinerary included visiting the oyster farm at

Knysna, canoeing at Wilderness, zip-lining in forests

near Sedgefield, sampling strawberries at

Redberry farm outside George, exploring the

Cango Caves outside Oudtshoorn, visiting

Diaz Maritime Museum and Cape St Blaize

lighthouse at Mossel Bay, and taking a

trip aboard the Romonza around Seal

Island, off Mossel Bay.

The tour group’s apparel and tog bags

were sponsored by local businesses, and

representatives visited the school prior to

the group’s departure to hand over the kit.

For the 16th consecutive year, PG Glass

sponsored the touring bags, and Tim Dold and

Kevin van der Merwe handed them over to the excited

group.

Settler City Toyota’s Nathi Mbabela and Wayne

Weber handed over sweaters, while Joos Vos from

Xtreme Embroidery handed over a set of T-shirts to

the tour group. Cronje expressed his thanks to the

sponsors for their continued support.

GOLDS AND SILVERS

The topic for this year’s English Olympiad was “A

Journey into Darkness”, with the 6535 candidates

countrywide required to read a series of setwork

pieces before answering a variety of questions in

the three-hour exam.

Victoria Girls’ High School was elated to

learn last week that two of its pupils – Mila

Lang and Uviwe Songca – achieved gold

status for scoring above 80%, while four

achieved silver for scoring between 70%

and 79%. They are Mivuyo Dalasile, Ilse

de Vos, Meeca Green and Jacqui James.

Mila Lang finished 76th overall out of

the thousands of candidates.

TEGAN IN THE ROOM

DSG matric pupil and pianist Tegan van der Merwe

will play works from Scarlatti, Rachmaninoff and

Rautavaara at a concert at Rhodes University next

week.

The university’s Department of Music will present

its annual series of Wednesday lunch-hour concerts

showcasing senior performance students, and the

series begins in the Beethoven Room on Wednesday

September 14, with free entry.

A participant in a number of national music

competitions, Van der Merwe was a finalist and

prize-winner at last year’s national Grahamstown

Music Competition.

SINGING INTO THE SEMIS

Best wishes to the Rhodes University Chamber Choir,

conducted by Dr Andrew-John Bethke, as it enters the

semi-final stages of the national “Varsity Sing”

competition organised by Varsity Sports and kykNET.

Also in the semis are the choirs of the University of

the Western Cape, Stellenbosch University and

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.

ACTION IN THE COUNTRY

Following its 10am service on Sunday September 11,

St Cyprian’s Anglican Church in the Highlands

district, to the west of Grahamstown, will hold a

country fair offering fresh produce, a white elephant

stall, tea garden, pony rides and a jumping castle.

Earlier that morning there will be a hike to the top

of Highlands mountain for those interested, while an

auction will take place at 1pm.

For country fair inquiries contact Rob Wilmot on

082-579-6886, and for hike inquiries Helen Averbuch

on 082-841-0790.

SPRINTING AND JUMPING

Graeme College is no doubt hoping for good weather

for its annual athletics day on Somerset field on

Thursday September 15.

SPORT AND WALK

Oatlands Prep School holds its sports day for Grade 3

to 7 pupils on Graeme College’s Somerset field from

8am on Wednesday September 14. Meanwhile, the

school raised the healthy sum of R8400 at its recent

Big Walk through the Makana Botanical Gardens.

IN THE LAKE DISTRICT

A fortnight ago I spent a few days in the hills above

Victoria Bay near George. Looking across the bay and

the mountains in the direction of Wilderness and

Sedgefield, I was reminded of the days when

Grahamstown schoolboys joined others from across

the country and spent part of their holidays there at

Veld and Vlei.

I haven’t heard or read about Vlei and Vlei for many

years, and wonder whether the outward-bound type

courses still exist there. If I remember correctly, a

former colleague of mine in the Grahamstown

municipality attended Veld and Vlei about three

decades ago.

Is there anyone out there who can supply me with

more info on Veld and Vlei? Send me an e-mail on

sidp@imaginet.co.za

RED BRIGADE IN TOWN

Staff members of the SA National Blood Service in

Port Elizabeth spend much time on the road,

travelling from town to town collecting units of the

life-saving fluid from donors. And they’re back on the

N2 to Grahamstown on Tuesday, September 13, when

they’ll be in the NG Kerk hall (corner of Hill and

Beaufort streets) from 1pm to 6pm.

TUNNEL VISION: One of the participants in the

obstacle course at the Grahamstown Dog Show

at PJ Olivier at the weekend is seen emerging in

determined fashion from the tunnel. Other

obstacles included hurdles, pole obstacles and

more

... with Sid Penney

SUNDOWNER IN THE VALLEY

Friday afternoons are proving popular at the Belmont

Golf Club to the south of town, what with the ninehole

sundowner competitions attracting good

numbers each week.

Last Friday’s winner was Allan James (24 points),

with Sean Killian runner-up on 21 and Charles

Rose-Innes third on 20.

ON THE RUN

The youth committee of the President’s Award will

hold a fun run on Wednesday, September 21, an event

being supported by Pam Golding Properties.

The event starts at the Albany Sports Club at 5pm

(registration from 4.30pm), entry fee is R10, and

prizes will be awarded.

MORE AND MORE BOOKS

The impressive addition to the Westhill suburb, the

National English Literary Museum (NELM) in Worcester

Street, has been a hive of activity in recent weeks.

Staff members are reported to be settling into the

new building quite nicely, and are busy unpacking the

large collection of books transferred across town from

its former premises in Beaufort Street.

SHOOTING A SHOOTER

The photographs hanging on the walls inside the Old

Mutual sports building on the Rhodes University

campus are mostly of former students who have

long-since graduated and moved on.

However, there is one among them who is still

studying, albeit at another university. Marli Vlok

completed her BSc degree, Honours and Masters at

Rhodes, and is currently nearing completion of her

PhD at the University of British Columbia in Canada in

marine virology and microbiology.

While a student at Rhodes, Marli Vlok made quite a

name for herself on rifle shooting ranges throughout

South Africa and England, winning numerous

competitions, titles and trophies.

But, most importantly as far as Rhodes is

concerned, she was named the university’s

“Sportswoman of the Year” on more than one

occasion. She attended PJ Olivier, and her parents

Gerrit and Lizette still live in Grahamstown.

JUNIORS AT THE DAM

Entry forms for the BUCO junior bass fishing classic

at Settlers Dam on Sunday October 2 are obtainable

from BUCO in Bathurst Street and Tip Top Butchery in

lower High Street. Entry is R50. Prizes are on offer.

OVER THE MOUNTAIN

Graeme College’s senior round-the-mountain relay

race has been won in a time of 1:14:33 by the first

hockey team. The team comprised Jeremy Beyleveld,

Seth Faltain, Nazeem Berenisco, Hlumelo Shelle, Seth

Milne and Eric Barnard.

THAT WAS CLOSE

I’m still shaking my head in astonishment after an

incident in Pepper Grove Mall last week.

Walking past Mr Price Home, I noticed a car

attempting to make its way to the New Street exit.

However, it came to an abrupt halt, simply because,

if it proceeded an inch further, it would have bumped

into and scraped against a smart-looking grey sedan.

I went over and told the woman driver, who was

alone in the car, she could not continue in that

direction. A security guard who also spoke to her told

me she was a learner driver. Alone in the car?

PRANG IT, FIX IT

A four-page advertising feature in The Herald last

week caught my eye. It was placed by Denys

Edwardes Collision Repair Centre that has been

involved in the motor body repair industry in Port

Elizabeth for 80 years. Well, that was a first for me, I

think, calling such a business a collision repair

centre. I’ve always known them to be panel beaters.

Back in the ‘60s there were Herbie de la Mare’s

panel beaters in Anglo-African Street and Albany Auto

Services in lower Beaufort Street, but the Anglo-

African Street operation closed several years later.

In later years, Grahamstown Motor Body Works

made an appearance in Chapel Street, and it’s still

there to this day. Are there any other panel beaters in

town from the past or the present?

DEADLINE

A reminder that the deadline for contributions to

Grahamstown This Week is 8am on Mondays,

e-mailed to sidp@imaginet.co.za

DAMP DOGS: It rained and drizzled for much of the weekend at the staging of this year’s

Grahamstown Dog Show on the PJ Olivier sports fields. Here an owner, dressed appropriately in

raincoat and hoodie, has just completed a routine, and her dog waits for a treat Pictures: SID PENNEY

IN AND OUT: The obstacle course at the

Grahamstown Dog Show at PJ Olivier at the

weekend proved popular with dogs, their

owners and spectators. Here one of the entrants

weaves its way through the pole obstacles in a

light drizzle on Sunday morning

GOING UP: Victoria Girls’ High School Grade 11

pupils recently spent three days at Hobbitonon-Hogsback

outdoor camp. Here, one of the

teams helps lift and pull a member up a wooden

wall and onto a platform, in one of the many

obstacles and tasks encountered during their

stay

Picture: SUPPLIED


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PA ’s talented Downey

sisters also going for gold

JUST as Britain has the Downie sisters who competed at

the Rio Olympics, Sunshine Coast Gymnastics (SCG) has

its very own talented “Downey sisters” of Port Alfred.

“These two sisters are not only talented but extremely

hardworking,” said SCG coach Carol-Ann Stiekema.

Both sisters qualified to represent the Eastern Cape

this year. Bekie, the youngest, for level two artistic

gymnastics and Amelia, the eldest, for level four.

Levels one to three recently competed at South Zone

in Uitenhage.

“Bekie and her teammate, Zuki Marr, received silver

quality performances for their beautiful performances.

“Zuki is also a very diligent gymnast, and we foresee

great things for both these junior gymnasts in the

future,” Stiekema said.

Amelia, who was promoted from level two to four this

year, will be competing in Cape Town in her first ever

South African Games during the October school holidays.

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S t i e ke m a ’s daughter Kayla, a level nine gymnast,

mentors Amelia in the gym.

“We usually let Amelia train alongside Kayla as often

as possible. This is a technique the Americans use to

inspire and motivate talented junior gymnasts.

“Kayla also has insight into the skills Amelia needs to

learn, which helps her achieve tricks faster,” she said.

All of the competitive Sunshine Coast gymnasts

represent Anderson’s in Port Elizabeth when competing.

They train during the week in Port Alfred and once a

month or more, in Port Elizabeth.

“Head coach Debbie Gordon in Port Elizabeth is

extremely experienced and identifies potential problems

instantly. The SCG gymnasts all train on the Anderson’s

programme in Port Alfred, with adjustments, to increase

strength and to give them an edge on other Eastern

Cape gymnasts,” S t i e ke m a said.

As a word of encouragement to her students,

Stiekema said: “Congratulations artistic team, you are

lifting the bar in the Eastern Cape higher each time you

compete. Keep shining, you can do all things through

Christ who strengthens you – Philippians 4:13.”

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ON FORM: The Downey

sisters of Sunshine

Coast Gymnastics,

Amelia, left, and Bekie

BOWLSBANTER

... what’s happening

Port Alfred Bowling and

Croquet Club

LAST Wednesday produced a

heatwave of note during the Doris

Ford at Kenton.

It started promptly at 1.30pm, with

the thermometer sitting at 40°C, but

after four ends played, the game was

abandoned.

A lot of the ladies were overcome

with the heat, which was proving

detrimental to their health.

After ice-cold drinks and rest we

were able to drive back.

The men played the Les Clarke at

the Port Alfred Club and pushed

through the heat, with the

temperature sitting at 38ºC.

The Colleen Timm and Moore Shield

was scheduled to be played at Kowie,

but the heavens opened and a deluge

of rain flooded the Port Alfred area,

which saw the games cancelled.

Our Ladies Classic was held last

Tuesday and Wednesday and the

results will be in next week’s TotT.

Unfortunately, our Radue-sponsored

tournament was rained off, and the

date for this event will be announced.

A reminder that tabs-in green fees

have increased to R25 from

September 1.

Good bowling to all the men taking

part in the Kenton Men’s Classic

on the weekend of September

10 and 11.

The Ocean Basketsponsored

competition will

be played on Tuesday

September 13.

Birthday night will also be on

the 13th. Gird your loins girls and do

some baking, especially after all the

catering we have had to do for the

classic.

Duties for the week September

13-17: Tabs – Rosemary Wood and

Dallas Cowie, Bar – Vic Wicks, Ron

Orford and Gaynor Renaud, Ironing –

Noel Heale.

Kenton-on-Sea Bowling Club

Last Wednesday, the hottest day of

the year so far, saw four of our men’s

teams travel to Port Alfred Bowling

Club for the bi-monthly Les Clarke

competition.

The quality of bowls on the green

was as hot as the air temperature

above the green.

We shared the games, two wins

each, but Port Alfred were the winners

on the day with 22 points out of a

possible 40.

Our ladies played Port Alfred at

home in the bi-monthly Doris Ford

competition.

Some of the players were overcome

by the heat and play had to be

abandoned. It was decided to share

the points to be carried forward to the

annual total.

Seeff Supa Thursday Trips attracted

a field of 26 players and Hermy

Scholtz’s team walked off with the

spoils.

In a generous gesture, the team

KOWIESTRIDERS

... runners with pride

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decided to donate the prize money

(R325) to the club’s President Fund.

Fr i d ay ’s attendance draw was

forfeited by Don Baillie. Apart from

not being at the club to win the

money he also missed out on a lovely

lasagne dinner prepared by Keith and

E st e l l e .

Addie Wolf won the whiskey draw.

Next week’s draw will be for R900.

Welcome rain managed to wash out

all play on Saturday. Our planned

competitions with Kowie Bowling Club

will be rescheduled for a later date.

Coming events:

September 10-11: Personal Trust

Men’s Classic

September 14: Dias Insurance

Brokers Jackpot

Birthdays: September 9 Ivor Rule

Kowie Bowling Club

On Tuesday, August 30, we played our

internal Megabucks competition with

a very good turnout.

The winner was Rob Owsley’s team

of trips, with Judy Hunter and Rob

Sandiland, who beat Pieter

Stegmann’s team with the only full

house of 10 points and shot profit of

seven.

The runner-up position was shared

by Harold Bodill’s team of fours and

Keith Kolesky’s team of fours on eight

points and 11 shot profit.

Sadly, the runners-up do not

qualify for the Megabucks

prize and only Rob Owsley’s

team took home the big

bucks.

Last Thursday we played our

snowball competition with

another good turnout of bowlers.

The ends were drawn (four) and

then a score of eight came out and

none of the teams could match it.

Some of the guys thought they

could add their two scores together to

make eight to claim the Snowball

prize, but it does not work like that –

so the Snowball rolls over.

On Saturday, some members

reported 2.5 inches of rain and we

were forced to call off the Colleen

Timm/Moore Shields inter-club

competition.

I was at the club at 11.30am and the

A green was just a sheet of water, as

well as the kitchen, with the rain

being blown in under the outside

d o o r.

The drainage system was clearing

the water away, so there was no

build-up.

The club now has to find another

date but there does not appear to be a

date available this month, with all the

competitions scheduled. A midweek

date may have to be considered.

A reminder to all members: The

AGM is on Thursday, September 15.

Duties for week September 12-18:

Greens – (Roll) Siegie Rohrs, (Mark)

Rod Allin and Stan Richter, Tabs –

(Cash) Margaret Stegmann, (Select)

Sally Moffat, Bar – Lawrie May and

Rob Sandiland.

Time Trials: August

30

5km Run

Andrew Kinon 23:31

Sticks Stiglingh 24:10

Andrew Philpott 24:37

Yvo Suijs 24:44

Olivia Lange 25:20

Lungisani Mtsatse

26:09

Justin Philpott 26:58

Rob Joiner 28:50

Chaardi Bosman

2 8 : 57

Megan Walwyn 28:57

Chris Pike 29:17

Louw Grobbelaar

29:17

Dudley Emslie 35:20

8km Run

Sizakele Dayimani

3 0 : 07

Rick Betts 34:00

Allan Rob 44:19

5km Walk

Annamarie Hockly

(walk/run) 37:01

Louise Hepburn

(walk/run) 38:43

Nikki Lange

(walk/run) 39:38

Stella Kamedien

43:35

Imran Kamedien

43:35

Clare Wood 44:16

Sharon Dacombe

44:16

Dianne Emslie 45:20

Billy Futter 45:20

3km Walk

Jo Betts 25:45


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Talk of the Town 23

QUALIFIED: Local lad

Cuan Macgregor

recently passed his

international certificate

for surf coaching, which

enables him to provide

surfing lessons with an

emphasis on water

safet y

Picture: ROB KNOWLES

Let law of ocean

be surf master

Learn how to surf safely with ISA coach

ROB KNOWLES

ACCORDING to Cuan Macgregor,

learning to surf is not just about

having a surfboard, and many

surfing accidents are due to a

lack of understanding of the

ocean and the rules for its use.

Macgregor, who comes from a

family of surfers, recently

attended a surfing coaching

course in Durban by the

International Surfing Association

(ISA), and qualified as a level one

surfing coach.

“This means I am able to give

lessons to anyone who wants to

learn how to surf safely,” said

M a c g r e g o r.

The ISA courses are intended to

establish an international system

of coaching and instructing

courses, improving the safety and

efficacy of surf instruction around

the world.

It also intends to further

develop, through educational

programmes, a body of

knowledge on which coaches and

instructors may draw. The ISA

further provides coaches and

instructors employment

opportunities, along with

encouragement and support to

enable them to standardise the

way people are taught to surf.

“I learned all the basics of how

to surf and, more importantly,

how to get the concepts across to

those who want to learn how to

sur f,” said Macgregor, who is one

of only a few people in the

Eastern Cape now ISA-qualified to

teach surfing.

“The course was pretty

intensive, and it is the industry

standard for surf instructors, and

is used by quality surf schools

around the world.”

Macgregor said that a lot of the

course was dedicated to water

safet y.

“We learnt all about evacuation

planning, surf etiquette and the

rules of the ocean; critical things

that could save a life,” he said.

Looking to the future,

Macgregor said that he wanted to

continue surf coaching locally,

and teach people the proper way

to surf safely. He said he would

happily give one-on-one lessons,

but that group lessons would

work out cheaper for the

par ticipants.

“I realise I might have to put in

around 3 000 hours to qualify for

the ISA level two course,” he

said. Level two coaching is

intended for elite surfer contest

p r e p a r at i o n .

“I have no idea where I will be

in five years’ time,” said

Macgregor. “I might travel to

Dubai or Costa Rica. All I know is

that it will be near the ocean.

“Although, as a surfer, I have

always known safety is important,

through this course I have come

to appreciate safety is the most

important aspect of surfing.

“But I also know that the best

surfers are those who have the

most fun in the water.”

Wednesday August 31:

Sibuya Game

Reserve/Arabella Wines

Individual Stableford, with 79

p l ay e r s .

Results:

1st: Dale Wisener – 43

2nd: Trevor Taylor – 39

3rd: At Nel – 39

4th: Rowland Clayton – 38

5th: Grant Acton – 38

Two Clubs:

6th: A Schultz, N van der

Linde

11th: A Nel

13th: R Clayton, R Dales

Best gross: 73 – Trevor Taylor,

Grant Acton, Peter Thompson,

Wayne Osborne

Best nett: 64 – Dale Wisener

Nearest the pins:

Debonairs Pizza – 6th: Joos

Vo s

Kowie River Cruises – 8th:

Derek Sinclair

The Wharf Street Brew Pub –

11th: Neil van der Linde

Dulux – 13th: Gordon Bunting

Wimpy longest drive – 14th:

Grant Acton

VW Nearest the pin for two on

the first: Mark Shelton

1820s GOLF

Monday August 29: 24

players in fine conditions.

Winners on 41: Andy Simpson,

Peter Rinaldi, Rick Hill, Dudley

K i e s e r.

GOLFW E E K LY

... the results

Moosehead on 45: Gordon

Todd, Chris Day, Lionel Timm,

Louis van der Walt.

Good scores: 49 – Alber t

Whitfield, 47 – Ted Bains, Rick

Hill.

Two clubs: 13th: Rick Hill.

Thursday September 1: 19

players in fine conditions.

Winners on 38: Mick Parker,

John Lardner-Burke, Rick Hill,

Ram Piers.

Moosehead on 45: Peter

Rinaldi, Mike Reid, Don

Howarth, Dudley Kieser.

Good scores: 49 – Alber t

Whitfield, Mike Reid, 48 –

Dave Fraser, 47 – Ram Piers.

Two clubs: 11th John

L a r d n e r - B u r ke .

ATHLETIC PROWESS:

Victoria Girls' High

School athletes were

recently selected for

the final round of the

Sarah Baartman trials.

From left, Faith Eddie

(bronze medal for

under-16 4km run),

Attiya Mansoor

(bronze medal for U17

4km run) and Bianca

Banfield (gold medal

for U19 4km run). Not

pictured are Linique

Denston who got silver

for the U16 4km run

and Lukhanyiso Cuka,

silver for the U17 4km

run. By being placed in

the top three, these

girls were all selected

to attend the Eastern

Cape team trials

CROQUETCORNER

... rolls that count

THE rain that we have

received these past few days

was most welcome and we

look forward to having our

lawns in perfect condition

when we host the SA

nationals in November.

The list for players who will

be playing in the friendly day

against East London has

closed. Those playing must

be at the club by 8.30am on

September 18.

There is great excitement

for our monthly rollover,

which will take place on

September 14 as there is a

record kitty and up to four

numbers will be drawn to find

a winner. Remember you have

to be present at the draw to

win it! Our Radue-sponsored

afternoon will take place on

September 20. Again, many

thanks to Radue Optometrist

for their generous

sponsorship.

Birthday wishes to Correen

Gie for the 2nd – hope you do

not have to spend much more

time in hospital and that you

will soon be back home. We

are pleased to hear that

Barbara Davisson is back

home after a long stay in

hospital.

We also wish Veronica van

Coller a happy birthday for

the 9th and Laura Perry for

the 11th.


Contact us with any sports news: (046) 624-4356 (Jon Houzet)

Sp ort

Thursday September 8, 2016

ANOTHER NOTCH IN HIS BELT:

Karate master Shihan Koos Burger,

right, presents Gary Grapentin of

local dojo East Cape Shotokan-Ryu

with his rokudan (6th dan) grading

certificate. Grapentin completed

the grading in Grahamstown

recently

Nemato teen hits

gymnastic heights

Indo Pacific champs

a trampoline jump

away for golden boy

ROB KNOWLES

HE flies through the air with

the greatest of ease – t h at ’s

a good way to describe

African junior champion

Onke Mangele, a 14-year-old

gymnast from Nemato who

has taken the world of

trampolining by storm over

the past year or so, and will

be representing South

Africa in the Indo Pacific

Championships next month.

Mangele is a member of

the Nemato Gymnastics

Club, itself part of the

Nemato Change a Life

(NCAL) foundation,

specifically designed to

help the poorer youth in the

Ndlambe community excel

academically or in their

chosen sports. Mangele is

no stranger to Talk of the

Town, which has been

reporting on his gymnastics

career since he began in

2013.

Mangele competed in the

Top Ten gymnastics

competition in Pretoria

earlier this year and

brought home gold on the

double mini trampoline.

“Many of the routines

were more difficult than

those any other junior in

South Africa is jumping,”

NCAL founder Jan Blom

said. “It was combined with

trials for African

Championships and for Indo

Pacific Championships in

New Zealand.”

Blom’s dreams for

Mangele came true at the

African Championships,

held in Walvis Bay in

Namibia from August 28 to

September 3, when his

mentee brought home two

gold medals, one for

individual mini tramp in the

junior section, and the other

as part of the South African

team.

“I really enjoyed

competing and have made

lots of new friends,” said

the shy and modest

Mangele. “I feel good.”

Next up for the golden

boy is a trip to Cape Town


for the national

championships, then it’s off

to Namibia again for the

Junior Commonwealth

Games and finally, the Indo

Pacific Championships in

New Zealand next month

where Mangele is touted to

top the medal tables in the

trampoline events.

“We are all very

proud of Onke,” said

Blom, who also had a

discussion with

president of the

South African

Spor ts

Confederation and

Olympic Committee

(Sascoc) Gideon

Sam at the African

Championships.

“Gideon was very

impressed, and said

that Onke was the

best gymnast on the

trampoline in the

country at the moment

and has excellent

potential to reach

Olympic gold in Tokyo in

2020.”

In fact, another

up-and-coming gymnast

with equal potential,

Khanyile Mbolekwa, is also

a member of the Nemato

Gymnastics Club.

“Gideon said that

Khanyile also had great

‘Olympic potential’,”


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according to Blom.

However, sending

gymnasts to these events is

a very expensive exercise,

and has already cost the

club more than R100 000 in

expenses.

“It would be nice to have

some sponsorship from

local businesses in order for

us to send even

more of our

talented

youngsters to

events both in

South Africa and abroad,”

Blom said.

It is also rumoured

that the South African

Gymnastics Federation

might want to set up a

high-per formance

facility in Ndlambe,

specifically on the

strength of the

talent based in

the area.

FLOAT LIKE A BUTTERFLY: Onke Mangele could be

one of South Africa’s premier gymnasts and, at

just 14 years of age, is already lighting up the

world with his skills on the mini trampoline.

Pictured here, Mangele showed off his gymnastic

prowess at Nemato Change a Life and the Nemato

Gymnastics Club this week Picture: ROB KNOWLES

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