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TOTT 15 March 2018

6 Talk of the Town

6 Talk of the Town ADVERTISING / NEWSDESK: (046) 624 4356 Find us on Facebook March 15, 2018 OPINION Culture and its imp act CULTURAL practices are important, and even when different cultures find each other’s rituals strange and distasteful, as citizens sharing this country we have to be tolerant and considerate of each other. But it is also true that cultural practices have to be practised within the confines of the law – and do not disturb or inconvenience your neighbour. Another important element is knowledge about the ritual being performed, so it is not misinterpreted. A case in point is what happened in the dune bush at West Beach on Wednesday morning. Talk of the Town received a call alerting us that a group of people appeared to be setting up camp and lighting a fire in the bush. The resident had already called the police, the municipality and fire department. It turned out that the group, from Grahamstown, were practising a traditional African religion which included the services of a sangoma. The sangoma became indignant when Talk of the Town approached the group to find out what was happening, but we appreciate that she was willing to speak to our reporter. She explained that they needed to communicate with the ancestors, and were required by their beliefs to slaughter a goat in the sea. This may be upsetting to some people, but at least we now know more about the ritual than we did before. We are not sure what the health and legal requirements are for traditional slaughter on the beach, but a municipal health inspector did show up. He referred all queries to municipal spokesman Cecil Mbolekwa, who could not be reached for comment. Where we do know the group fell foul of the bylaws was that they needed a permit to camp where they did, which they did not have. This may have been partly the reason they packed up earlier than they might have. One of the concerns expressed by residents was that it appeared a permanent encampment was being set up. It probably would do everyone a service in future for Ndlambe Municipality to let residents in the area know what has been applied for and permitted – when the municipality is itself aware – to avert the kind of consternation that arose and ensure the bylaws are being complied with. The municipality could drop notices in every postbox alerting residents, just as it is meant to do when there are planned water outages for maintenance. It would not be difficult for the municipality to do this – they certainly have the manpower – it just takes the will to do it. Jon Houzet 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 Tide Guide Kind courtesy-SA Navy HIGH 0254 1503 0322 1531 0350 1600 0419 1630 0449 1702 0521 1735 0555 1810 0633 1848 L OW 0854 2112 0924 2139 0953 2206 1024 2234 1055 2304 1128 2335 1203 – 0008 1241 OUTDOOR FUN: El Shaddai Christian Academy Pre-primary pupils enjoyed a fun day at the beach recently HAVE YOUR S AY Letters to PO Box 2871, Port Alfred - or e-mail to houzetj@tisoblackstar.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. Eskom must address power cuts FARMERS and rural-dwellers east of Port Alfred are unhappy about the poor and dysfunctional service delivery from Eskom. For the past month, they have experienced electricity blackouts for up to 20-hours and more on a regular basis. They are suffering as a result of Eskom’s inability to resolve technical problems. A number of community members are considering going off the grid. This, however, is costly to acquire the alternative equipment. There is a lack of clarity on what Eskom’s plans are to resolve the issues pertaining to the frequent and long power outages. This is cause for concern and creates public unhappiness and confusion. Bushes and trees are no FAREWELL, FRIENDS: Long-time residents Peet and Minty Hattingh bid Port Alfred adieu as they have moved to George Couple’s fond farewell WE ARE relocating to George, and unfortunately time caught up with us and we were unable to see all our friends, colleagues and employees to say g o o d by e . We sincerely thank you for your support and friendship during the 30 years we lived in Port Alfred. Peet was well-known in fishing and building circles and Minty in gardening and curtainmaking. To all our clients – thank you for all your support. We wish you all the best and may we meet again. PEET AND MINTY HAT TINGH 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 longer trimmed underneath the power lines, resulting in treetops touching power lines – with dire consequences. There also appears to be a lack of human and infrastructure resources to do proper maintenance on the power lines. It is obvious that there is a lack of planning and foresight at Eskom, which is, an effect of mismanagement Join Clumber celebrations TO those who attended Clumber School – we are throwing open the doors of a totally renovated Clumber School building on March 25 after our Holy Communion Service at 11am. The Clumber community invites you to a finger lunch Help needed at Salem Crossroads shelter IS THERE anyone in Port Alfred or surrounds, who would be interested in joining a group to reach out and assist Salem Crossroads, a very necessary men’s shelter in Grahamstown which is in dire need of restoration? Salem Crossroads accepts men off the street who are homeless because of various circumstances. It is not a rehab, but it attempts to No justice with cruelty to animals IT IS so sad that justice will never be done with regards to cruelty towards animals. I wonder how many people could have stood there and watched a dog (who had not shown any aggression) bucking and rearing with a slipknot rope around its neck and, then, for it to collapse unconscious and not be traumatised by such an incident? That is my question. I will never believe that this is thereaf ter. Please join us as we celebrate a “new look” school building – a building which can now match our restored church. This is a milestone, a very special event in the history of this 1905 building – please join us. GLYNIS PIKE and the ANC consistently ignoring corruption and protecting the guilty, which results in a state that is captured by individuals. All of this is causing immense frustration and inconvenience to the local communit y. The well-being of our rural and farming community matters a great deal to the Democratic Alliance and I IN DECEMBER there were baby ducklings whose habitat was along Beach Road, but they were all run over and killed, aside from three of them. This as a result of the speed at which people drive along Beach Road. At the end of January there were also a group of baby dassies that address spiritual issues in these men’s lives to get them back on their feet. People may remember it was originally run by Noel Banfield, who passed away, but it has been revived by Wessel Pretorius, who felt the calling to continue this work. If you are interested, please call 082-651-1496. DELYS EICHELE the way to load a dog into a cage. The SPCA has informed me that it is not their job anymore to fetch stray dogs (healthy or not) as the municipality stopped paying them for this service and took over the service themselves. I think we all need to question ourselves and put pressure on the municipality to do the right thing and pay the SPCA to do this job. After all, surely as have therefore asked the assistance of our shadow Minister of Energy, Tandeka Gqada MP, to bring this issue before parliament. We need a Total Change and 2019 will bring us that opportunity which will place people first and ensure that services are delivered. RAY SCHENK, Ndlambe DA Caucus Leader Speeding cars killing animals were killed, because people do not stop if the dassies cross the road, they just ride over them. This morning (March 8), I found two more dead young dassies next to the road. We appeal to people to please watch out for our town’s wild animals. PETRUS BOTHA ratepayers we have the right to where our money is getting spent. Didn’t the municipality recently pay over R300000 for a one night music concert? So I ask animal-lovers to speak up for the SPCA and please don’t forget to donate to them (food, money, equipment and old goods you have in your homes that could be sold at their shop). BRENDA HULLEY

March 15, 2018 ADVERTISING / NEWSDESK: (046) 624 4356 Find us on Facebook Talk of the Town 7 HAVE YOUR S AY Me and my family not game poachers NEIGHBOURS, sadly for some unknown reason, recently accused me and my family of game poaching. I intend nipping this in the bud, hopefully before it has a detrimental effects on my family. Such slanderous rumours can have a devastating impact on the falsely accused’s livelihoods. This is known as defamation of character. Understandably people in general, are not partial to poachers and rightly so, hence they avoid dealing with those blemished with such a c c u s at i o n s . I must mention that as most farmers do, we also shoot the odd warthog/bushpig which are in fact out of hand and ruin our small stock fences and eat the expensive feed given to stock, especially in the drought. However, these animals are not massacred and the hunting of them is done in an ethical manner. We also enjoy harvesting the occasional antelope during hunting season; however, we have not been able to do this for many years due to the constant heavy impact of poachers and their dogs. My family and I have fought this illegal hunting to the best of our limited abilities, at times risking our own safety. The ongoing poaching problems are reported to the police as well as the stock theft unit, at our farmers’ association and at league. Over the past year, the police have made four successful arrests of poaching syndicates between Shaw Park and Southwell. My family loves game, nature and wild life. Both daughters pursued careers in this field. Finally, rumour-mongers in small towns particularly, don’t realise the serious financial implications that could materialise from defamation of character and spreading false a c c u s at i o n s . MALCOLM COCK THE unmerited favour of God, as summed up in the little word grace, is aptly described in 2 Corinthians 8:9. It says, “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.” We can never fully describe C h r i st ’s riches before His coming to the earth. All things in heaven and on earth were created by Him and for Him. He reigned in awesome majesty and power throughout the eternal past. He was loved and adored by the heavenly angels and He upheld the whole universe by the word of His power. For the sake of sinful mankind, He exchanged these riches for poverty! The Lord Jesus, “who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became FA C E 2FA C E ... with Wendy Maneli Question: Tell us about your job. A: I am a cashier. Q: What made you get into that line of work? A: I was looking for a job so I was lucky to have this one. Q: Describe the most memorable experience that you have had. A: Serving customers of different races is what I enjoy most. Q: What do you do to unwind when you are not working? A: I often do laundry and spend most of my time with my kids. Q: What is your motto in life? A: You must never give up. Q: What makes you happy? A: Seeing people around me h a p p y. Q: What makes you angry? A: I think not getting a reply when I ask something. Q: What do you think about the youth of South Africa? Do you Freed from poverty to riches in Christ I N S P I R AT I O N A L INSIGHTS ... with Pastor Theo Snyman obedient to death – even death on a cross” (Philippians 2:6–8). He did this in order that through His poverty we might become rich. Does this imply fancy houses, cars and a huge bank balance? No, certainly not! The Lord does supply all our needs .. . not all our greeds. have any advice for them? A: I think the youth must be educated nowadays, so far education seems to be the only advice. Q: If you could change one thing about Port Alfred… A: Crime. Q: What do you like most about Port Alfred? A: It’s a nice place to be with friendly people. Q: What is your favourite music of all times? A: Any music, I can’t single out one. Q: Name three people you would like to invite for dinner (dead or a l i v e) . A: My father, brother Bongani Saul and Nombulelo Maneli. Q: Three wishes for South Africa. A: Better education for all, crime decrease and more job oppor tunities. Proverbs 10:22 says, “The blessing of the Lord brings wealth” ( m a ke s rich). Christ has set us free from the penalty of sin, for “Blessed are they whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered” (Romans 4:7). With our sins forgiven, we have peace with God. His children daily enjoy fellowship with Him and are assured of His love, mercy, provision and protection. His poverty has made our lives rich! 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