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TOTT 12 April 2018

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10 Talk of the Town ADVERTISING / NEWSDESK: (046) 624 4356 Find us on Facebook April 12, 2018 N E I G H B O U R LY NOTES THE weekend festivities were everything we had hoped for and more exciting than we had anticipated with the close of the Bathurst Agricultural Show and the finals of the closing event of the Amanzi Festival happening concurrently – and everyone had an opportunity to sit back and relax in the beautiful autumn sunshine. The weather certainly played its part in making the weekend pleasant so that’s another thing to be grateful for, as April in the Eastern Cape can be as unpredictable as what Julius Malema will say next. Fortunately the rain held off and we had a great weekend filled with entertaining events. A BIG congratulations must go out to two groups of people; first to those responsible for the Amanzi Festival, particularly Sxeaks Nkwinti and Dave Lawson who, together with the generous support of Martin and Linda Bekker, made the entire festival possible. This 10-day collection of water-sport events has really placed Port Alfred on the international calendar, specifically for bodyboarding and surfing events. Let’s hope that next year’s Royal St Andrews Hotel Amanzi Festival is even better and brings more much-needed revenue to the area. Next, let’s give a hand to the ladies and gents who organise and volunteer at the Bathurst Agricultural Show each year. This year’s show was brilliant and a special mention must be made of Bathurst Agricultural Society president Danny Wepener who runs a tight ship but is never short of a joke – or two – to motivate his staff and make sure that everything is done correctly. When participating in the lawnmower race on Saturday, Danny was so slow that he finished in dead last position, but only after a search party found him still 100m from the finishing line on Sunday morning. Thanks again everyone for a really great weekend of entertainment. THIS weekend sees an organ and flute recital at St Pa u l ’s Church in Port Alfred on both Saturday and Sunday where recently resettled, now local father Noel-Jean Craille will be performing with accomplished flautist Daniel Brodie for a great concer t. There is also an aromatherapy workshop, a food pairing in Kenton and more going on but, after the hectic two-weeks we have just experienced, perhaps it is good that we get this weekend to relax and put our collective feet up. See our “Diarise This section” below for more details on these and other events. IT was horrific and draining, sitting in the Port Alfred Regional Court last week and hearing how the late Noel Maddocks was brutally killed. Blows to the head, a compound leg fracture and multiple stab wounds could never be considered in a self-defence plea. This was a very brutal act and the case has gone on for far DIARISE THIS COOL RUNNINGS: Thomas King, South African open division longboard champion riding an SUP (stand up paddle board) foil on the Kowie River last Sunday Picture: LOUISE KNOWLES too long. We all understand the axiom that the wheels of justice turn slowly, but while this case lingers the family and friends of Madocks have received no closure. The next court date is only in June, so everyone will have to wait another two months before magistrate Louis Muller gives his verdict. Let’s hope that, in the end, justice will have been seen to be done. SOMEONE has to say it, but they’re probably afraid to express themselves in case they receive a disproportionate inappropriately-long prison sentence, but the sentence handed down to convicted “r a c i st ”, Vicky Momberg, is being appealed, and rightly so. Some of most prominent politicians have said far worse things, and we all know it. Racism must be stamped out in this country, but it must be equal and fair. If the sentence is upheld then perhaps some of our racist politicians better be careful in the future. E-mail Rob Knowles at or fax (046) 624-2293 or drop in at 29 Miles Street from 8am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday H A P PY birthday greetings and all good wishes to everyone enjoying a birthday in the week ahead, especially Irene Tawse, Trevor Langley, Brent Thorp, Valerie Chalker, Kudu Pancoust, Debbie Ford, Karen Wilson, Jon Houzet, Kian Swanepoel, Arthur Beresford, Odette Gailey, Des Cooper, Eleanor Taai, Lesley Stevenson, Cecile Welgemoed, Barry Rudman, Nicholas McCreath, Jaida Ball, Leanne Swart, Gerhild Scholz, Julia Jamieson, Bruce Findlay, Alexandra Albers, Colwyn Holshausen, Laela Cannon, Di Gruneberg, Sonai Owsley, Chene Vosloo, Emma Alberts, Kyra Colyvas, Jillian Tyson, Jaylon Alexander, Clair Meiring, Rory Gardner, Steven Minaar, Christo Kok, Inke Sap, Angelique Timm, Herman Purdon, Bernard du Plessis, Lesley Futter, Gillian Rautenbach, Slade Proctor, Buddy Brownlee, Norman Abbott, Brenda Carthew, Peggy Mager, Erin Brits, Etienne Mouton, Kirstie Ganter, Caitlin Bessinger, Joyce Webb, Tracy Mills Willemse, Sue Bradfield, Maartje Verhaak, Dina Pusilewicz, Sonia Nginase, Fanie Behrens, Phillip Swanepoel, Kelly van der Merwe, Terry Lansdell. SPECIAL belated birthday greetings to Beryl Pancoust turned 90 on Wednesday April 4 and to Kudu Pancoust who turns 90 today, April 10. May good-health prevail in order for you to see many more. F U RT H E R success and congratulations to the following businesses celebrating another anniversary and may these lead to many more, especially Independent Property Consultants (Van der Riet Street), L.P Gaz (Bathurst Street), Petticoat Lane (at their new premises in Pascoe Crescent) and the Presbyterian Church which is celebrating its 30th anniversary in Port Alfred. NOT good news on the currency and commodity markets this week with the rand falling significantly against the other major currencies. With last year’s figures in brackets to compare at the time of going to press, the Rand was trading at R12.07/ to the Dollar (R13.75), R17.12 to the Pound (R17.18) and R14.94 to the Euro (R14.57). Gold is $1 354.09 per fine ounce ($1 273.78) with Platinum at $935.05 per ounce ($970.90). Brent Crude Oil is trading at $71.74 per barrel ($53.62). If the price of Brent Crude does not stabilise below $70 a barrel the price of fuel will undoubtedly rise once more adding an even greater burden on the man in the street. 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, Dot Fetherstonhaugh, Emilene Bruwer, Jenny Groenewald, Mark Price and Charlton Hilpert. SINCERE condolences to the family and friends of June Ruth Kidd who passed away peacefully on Tuesday April 9. A memorial service will be held on Saturday April 14 at the Volle Evangelie Kerk at 11am. WEDDING anniversary congratulations and good wishes for many more great years ahead to all couples celebrating such an occasion, especially Graham and Joan Norman, Olly and Bianca Kirby, Kevyn and Lindsay Letley, Terry and Gisella Brickhill, Colin and Louise Wiggett, Robert and Marjorie Sparks, Peter and Doffie van der Byl, David and Adele Steck, Hendrik and Margarite Smit, Stuart and Shannon Hawkes, Helgard and Erica Janse van Rensburg, Colin and Sandy Maclachlan, Stephan and Angela Drennan, John and Lodene Pohl, Thomas and Bonny Blaine and Hettie and Chris Fourie. THOUGHT for the week: “Happiness is having dreams; success is making those dreams come true”. BEST regards as always, The Team OUR ENTRIES ARE OPEN FOR APRIL, MAY and JUNE E-mail or fax (046) 624-2293 or drop in at 29 Miles Street from 8am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday Albany Vintage and Classic Motor Club Museum opens on the last Saturday of each month from 9am to 12 noon at Hawkins Industrial Park, Alfred Road, Port Alfred. Alzheimer SA East Cape Support Group meets the last Thursday of each month at 3pm at Brookshaw Home at 9 Donkin Street, Grahamstown. The Support Group is for family, friends and caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s Disease or any form of dementia. There is usually a speaker followed by discussion and tea. For more information and to get on to our mailing list, contact Dr Heather Rauch on 081-350-8079. Bathurst Farmers Market – Every Sunday rain or shine at Yesterday Today and Tomorrow Nursery, Kowie Road from 9am to 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 av i d - Bring your tools and layout in and enjoy the creative atmosphere and free coffee at Bcreative Scrapbooking, Shop 12, Rosehill Mall. Available weekdays and Saturdays, groups welcome. Call Nicolene on (046)624-3096 to book. Builders and contractors networking on the first Thursday of every month at Diaz Country Club in Bushman’s River Mouth. Starts at 6pm. Open to builders and contractors of Bushman’s River Mouth, Kenton-on-Sea, Boknes and Port Alfred. For more information contact Built-it Bushmen’s River Mouth on (046)622-3158. Duck Pond Morning Market every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 9am to 2pm, between Burksies Coffee Shop and Penny Farthing restaurant. Jams, pickles, secondhand books, cakes, quiches, secondhand clothing, crochet knitting, plants. All stallholders welcome. Contact Wendy 0 8 1 - 3 47 - 9 5 6 2 . FAST (Forum for Astronomy, Science and Technology) meets on the first Thursday of each month at the Port Alfred Ski-boat Club at 2.30pm. Visitors welcome. For more information, contact Shirley Marais at or 082-928-8671 . First Port Alfred Scout/Cub meetings. Every Friday at the Girl Guide Hall from 3pm to 5pm. Visitors welcome. For more information, contact Dot Fethers on (046)624-3192. Kenton Garden Club meeting second Wednesday of the month at 9.30am. For more information, visit w w w. ke n to n g a r d e n c l u b . c o . z a Kenton Pub Quiz at 6.30pm on first Sunday of each month at Kenton Bowls Club. Cash bar available. Cash and other prizes. Teams of four to six. All welcome. For more information, contact Walter Grisdale on (046)648-2440. Kleinemonde Morning Market on the first Saturday of every month from 8.30 to 10am at Kleinemonde Community Hall. Enjoy breakfast and browse the stalls selling wholesome farm chickens and home produce, including quality meats, vegetables, pancakes, frozen meals, quiches, bread, rusks, gingerbread houses, home-baked cakes, doggy treats, candles, gifts and more. Knit and Knatter Crafters club at Holly House, every Wednesday at 9am. All welcome. For more information, contact Kathy on (046)624-4452. Kowie Auctioneers – monthly auction every last Thursday of the month at 35 North Street. Entries for the auction need to be in on the Tuesday before the auction. Viewing day prior from 2 pm. For more information, contact Colin Maclachlan 083-521-3623 or Peter Charter on 082-569-3478. Kowie History Museum , at The Old Railway Station, Pascoe Crescent. Open 9.30am to 12.30pm from Tuesday to Saturday. Closed Sunday/Monday and public holidays. 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. MOTHS Calling all ex-servicemen (“Ou Manne”) and their ladies for a get-together on the first Sunday of every month at 12 noon at the MOTH Hall (behind the ski-boat club) for a light lunch and some memories. RSVP MOTHS at 082-537-9033 or 084-983-8550 for catering. National Sea Rescue Institute practises every Wednesday at 5pm. To join the NSRI, visit the base in person to undergo an evaluation. Port Alfred Art Club welcomes new members, both experienced or wanting to learn. We meet weekly, offering a monthly DVD from leading artists, giving excellent tips and guidance on how to draw and paint. Contact Jenny on 083-292-2650 or Netty on 084-584-6629. Port Alfred Bowling and Croquet Club invites you to try your hand at lawn bowls. Free coaching and bowls available. Situated next to the Nico Malan Bridge. For more information, contact Rod Wilson on 082-375-2968 or (046)624-5671. See our website at: www.p Port Alfred Bridge Club – Now at the Lodge on Albany Road (the Old Vic Hotel). Meets every Monday and Thursday at 1.15pm for 1.30pm start. Port Alfred Community Police Forum meets on the third Tuesday of each month at the Port Alfred police station at 2.30pm. Port Alfred Floral Art Group (PAFAG) meets on the 3rd Saturday of the month at Settlers Park hall at 2.30pm. For more information please phone 082-464-4606 (Hennie de Bruin). 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. 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. For more information, contact Desia Holmes on 083-589-0765. Rosehill Mall Art and Crafters Market , the first Saturday of every month, from 9am to 4pm. A true arts and crafts 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 to 7pm. For more information, please call (046) 604 - 0478 . 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 Mac- Gregor on (046)624-1963. Tap dancing classes at Red Leaf Nursery by Belinda Prince on Mondays and Wednesday. For more information, contact Belinda on 073 - 251 - 2076 . The Riverside Ramble : a new self-guided tour (map R10 from Sunshine Coast Tourism or Kowie History Museum) of historic Wharf and Van der Riet st reets. U3A – Port Alfred Branch meets on the fourth Thursday of every month at 10am at the Don Powis Hall, Settlers Park village. All welcome. Thursday April 12 PA Art Club – 9am: Painting at Netty Blomfield, 7 Misty Waves, Weald Ave, Forest Downs. For more information, kindly phone (046)624-4484 or (046) 624-4564. Memory Book Scrapbook Club from 2pm to 5pm at Presbyterian Church Port Alfred. Contact Cheryl on (046)624-2733 or 083-556-7562. Saturday April 14 Port Alfred High Derby Day v Victoria Park, PAHS school grounds. Thursday April 19 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 on (046) 624-2733 or 083-556-7562. Food and wine pairing – 7pm at Continental Restaurant and Deli in Kenton-on-Sea. R250 per person. Bookings essential. Call (046)648-1153. Hans Christian Andersen – a music showcase by Port Alfred High School Grade 4 to 7 pupils. Cushion show at 10.30am in PAHS hall. Tickets – R30 for adults/R10 for 12 and under – on sale from the PAHS office. Friday April 20 Hans Christian Andersen – a music showcase by Port Alfred High School Grade 4-7 pupils. Evening show 7pm – PAHS hall. Tickets R30 for adults/R10 for 12 and under – on sale from the PAHS office. Saturday April 21 Aromatherapy workshop – 9am to 1pm. Cost is R400 for a morning of learning, handouts, tea and snacks and a blend you will make. Space is limited, so please remember to book with Cindy on 083-593-8543. PA Art Club – 10am at St James Hall. Painting abstract figures with a live model. Saturday April 21 and Sunday April 22 Organ, piano and flute recital at St Paul's Church. Father Noël-Jean Creille, a very well-known organist from Caltizdorp and Graaff Reinet and newly retired to Port Alfred, teams up every year with an outstanding young musician Daniel Brodie, from East London. They will once again present organ, piano and flute works on both days at 3pm. Tickets at R85 obtainable from KNA (includes tea an eats afterward in the church hall). Port Alfred Floral Art Group – 9am to 4pm at Madhatters Flower Festival with the theme “Music on the Greens” at the Royal Port Alfred Golf Club Conference Centre. For moe information, contact Hennie de Bruin on 082-464-4606. Monday April 23 to Saturday April 28 Annual Mad Hatter Tournament at the Royal Port Alfred Golf Club. Tuesday April 24 Mad Hatter entertainment – Gino Fabbri music and comedy. Open to the public; 100 tickets will be available at R100 each. Tickets can be bought at the Royal Port Alfred Golf Club pro shop or call (046) 624 - 4796 . Thursday April 26 PA Art Club – 9am: Month-end social, library and DVD exchange at St James Hall. Bring paintings for review and enjoy tea, coffee and snacks. U3A meeting – 9.30am at Don Powis Hall, Settlers Park. World-renowned entomologist Jonathan Leeming will speak on world sustainability. Memory Book Scrapbook Club – 2pm to 5pm AT Presbyterian Church Port Alfred. Contact Cheryl on (046) 624-2733 or 083-556-7562.

April 12, 2018 ADVERTISING / NEWSDESK: (046) 624 4356 Find us on Facebook Talk of the Town 11 PRETTY IN PINK: SA gardening diva Lizette Jonker, right, and Port Alfred Garden Club chairwoman Liesl Kleynhans at Tuesday’s meeting Picture: LOUISE KNOWLES G a rd e n i n g diva speaks at club talk LOUISE KNOWLES AN INTRIGUING array of plants in the wonderful light-filled venue of the NG Dias Church greeted members and visitors at the meeting of the Port Alfred Garden Club featuring SA garden diva, Lizette Jonker, as the celebrity guest speaker on Tuesday. “We try to get a celebrity speaker once a y e a r, ” chairwoman of the garden club committee, Liesl Kleynhans said. Goodies given away included two free consultations by Jonker, copies of Garden and Home magazine, seeds from Mayford, pink grass (gauras) from Elands Nursery for all participants, free plants from Standerwick Nursery on presentation of tickets to the event, gloves and gardening forks from Buco, as well as five big gauras for raffling. Jonker, who described herself as a “city girl” from Centurion, said: “I will be talking about lots of things you don’t know and don’t want to know, for example, roses.” She asked the audience what other things they had tried before and did not work. The audience volunteered hydrangeas, proteas and lemon trees which did not bear fruit and were susceptible to scale and ants. Jonker said the problem was not the ants, but the aphids which the ants milked. It is wrong to buy pesticides, as in this case ants are not the enemy, she said. They can protect your garden, like wasps which eat aphids, she said. “So don’t go inside for the can of Doom. Respect them, steer clear of them and let them do their job.” Jonker, who is a garden writer, photographer, editor and publisher, a landscaper and an interior decorator, sings soprano and teaches singing in the afternoon, attributes her colourful career to the media in which she worked for 15 years since her first job as a food photographer. “It’s all because of the media. They expect you to do everything,” she said, and introduced her next topic with an anecdote. Once when she was taking a photograph of a famous gardener and his lily pond, the gardener said “Okay, how do you want it?” and picked up a pot of lilies and put it in the water. “The blue indigenous water lily is very easy to grow,” she said, “and can be grown all over South Africa”. “You buy it in a plastic plot which you immerse in water. The leaves and flowers will grow up and lie on the water’s surface.” Get a large pot about hip height without a hole, fill with water and buy aerating grasses for fish tanks to oxygenate the water. Let the water get nice and murky for three or four weeks, pinching off spent flowers and leaves to keep it clean, but never cleaning the water out. Lilies die down in winter and remain dormant in spring, so don’t assume you have killed your plant, she said. “Buy three goldfish and let them feed off their own eco-system. They eat algae and mosquito larvae, so they prevent mosquitoes.” The next meeting will be on May 8.

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