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TOTT 12 April 2018

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16 Talk of the Town ADVERTISING / NEWSDESK: (046) 624 4356 Find us on Facebook April 12, 2018 Organ, piano, flute recital at St Paul’s FAMILIAR to Port Alfred audiences who have seen them perform together before, accomplished organist Rev Dr Noël-Jean Creille will again team up with pianist and flautist Daniel Brodie for two concerts at St Paul’s Anglican Church on Saturday April 21 and Sunday April 22. Creille started his career almost 60 years ago and is well known for his organ recitals throughout South Africa, in the UK and Europe. He studied the organ in South Africa, the UK and France where he took masterclasses under Marié-Claire Alain. He has held many organ posts in the former Rhodesia, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and the Cape provinces. He was incumbent organist for 10 years in Calitzdorp and for four years in Graaff-Reinet and gave regular organ recitals in both places. Creille was ordained to the priesthood in 2004 and served in Calitzdorp and as assistant priest in Graaff-Reinet. He has now moved to Port Alfred where he will be instituted as an assistant priest at St Paul’s Anglican Church and continue to play the organ. Brodie is in his final year at Sterling High School in East London. Last month he was one of the top nine pianists in the country to participate in the Hennie Joubert National Piano Competition held in Stellenbosch. He also participated in the Stellenbosch International Piano Symposium. It was at the International Piano Symposium that he had a masterclass with the world-renowned Israeli concert pianist, Aviram Reichert and also with many South African professors including Francois du Toit and Luis Magalhães. He has also been awarded with his licentiate in piano performance (LTCL) from Trinity College London, was a participant in last year’s National Youth Music Competition and had masterclasses with Latvian concert pianist Agnese Eglina. In 2016, Brodie was selected for the Hennie Joubert National Piano Competition where he was a semifinalist. In 2015, he passed his Grade 8 UNISA piano exam with distinction and attained his Grade VI Unisa theory of music. Brodie has been awarded trophies at the East London Music Eisteddfod for the most outstanding pianist for four years; he came third in the 2015 Grahamstown National Music Competition and was a semifinalist at the 2015 Atterbury National Piano Competition. He intends to study for a Bachelor of Music degree at Stellenbosch University from next year. Tickets at R85 are obtainable from KNA. The price includes tea and eats afterward in the church hall. Eating ants between chats LET’S CHIRP ... with Tim Cockcroft HELLO everybody! I trust you all had a good Easter break. This week we are going to look at a bird that can be passed off as somewhat dull and boring at a glance, but actually has some pretty features as you watch it. The bird I’m talking about is the ant-eating chat. This bird is a locally common resident of open areas. It is found in the grassland areas here at the coast, although its occurrence is rather patchy, being found more in some areas than others. I see very few (if any) around Port Alfred itself, yet near Boknes and Cannon Rocks they are quite plentiful. The further inland one goes, the more common they are, but in Karoo flats and shrubland, rather than grassy areas. It is quite easily identified by its medium size, often upright stance and overall brown colouration, yet slightly “scaly” in appearance. The males are slightly darker than the females and have a small white patch on the shoulder, which is unfortunately often hidden. In flight, the ant-eating chat is recognised by its fluttering flight and very distinctive white tips to the wings. They are often seen in small groups, where they perch NOT ALL DRAB: The ant-eating chat looks dull and boring at a glance but has pretty features like distinctive white wingtips in flight Picture: TIM COCKCROFT conspicuously on a low bush or anthill. They feed on ants and termites, plus whatever other insects it can find. They nest in burrows, which they dig out themselves. The call is a single, short whistle, but the song is quite a complex, slow, low series of wa r b l e s . Well, folks, that's all for this week. Just to remind you, I am available for birdwatching tours in the Port Alfred area. You can contact me on 072-314-0069. Until we “c h at ” (okay, chirp) again, watch those ants! Standard Bank Building 32 Govan Mbeki Avenue P O Box 318 Port Elizabeth, 6001 Tel: 041 508 7111 Fax: 041 508 7000 1. DRAFT INTEGRATED DEVELOPMENT PLAN FOR 2018/2019 FINANCIAL YEAR 2. DRAFT CAPITAL AND OPERATING BUDGET FOR 2018/2019 FINANCIAL YEAR NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN IN TERMS OF THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT: MUNICIPAL PLANNING AND PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT REGULATIONS (2001), THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT: MUNICIPAL SYSTEMS ACT, 2000 (ACT 32 OF 2000) AND THE MUNICIPAL FINANCE MANAGEMENT ACT, 2003 (ACT 56 OF 2003) THAT THE ABOVE MENTIONED PLANS FOR THE SARAH BAARTMAN DISTRICT MUNICIPALITY ARE AVAILABLE TO ALL STAKEHOLDERS AND TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC FOR INSPECTION AND COMMENT: ALL DOCUMENTS ARE AVAILABLE FOR INSPECTION DURING OFFICE HOURS VIZ. 08H00 - 16H30 AT THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS: 1. Sarah Baartman District Municipality, Standard Bank Building, 32 Govan Mbeki Avenue, Port Elizabeth, 6001 2. Blue Crane Route Municipality, 67 Charles Street, Somerset East, 5850 3. Dr Beyers Naudé Municipality, Town Hall Building, Church Square, Graaff Reinet, 6280 4. Kouga Municipality, 33 Da Gama Road, Jeffreys Bay, 6330 5. Kou-kamma Municipality, Municipal Building, 5 Keet Street, Kareedouw, 6400 6. Makana Municipality, City Hall, High Street, Grahamstown, 6140 7. Ndlambe Municipality, Bagman Building, 57 Campbell Street, Port Alfred, 6170 8. Sundays River Valley Municipality, 30 Middle Street, Kirkwood, 6120 WRITTEN COMMENTS MUST BE SUBMITTED TO THE MUNICIPAL MANAGER AT THE FOLLOWING ADDRESS ON OR BEFORE 20 APRIL 2018: POSTAL: The Municipal Manager, Sarah Baartman District Municipality, P.O. Box 318, Port Elizabeth, 6000. PHYSICAL: 32 Govan Mbeki Avenue, Standard Bank Building, Port Elizabeth, 6001. Tel: 041 - 508 7030 / 7111 | Fax: 041 508 7276 / 7000. NOTICE NO. 26 OF 2018 MR D.M. PILLAY (MUNICIPAL MANAGER) SARAH BAARTMAN DISTRICT MUNICIPALITY 1. DRAFT INTEGRATED DEVELOPMENT PLAN FOR 2018/2019 FINANCIAL YEAR 2. 2. I- SICWANGCISO SOHLAHLO – LWABIWO MALI (DRAFT CAPITAL AND OPERATING BUDGET) SIKA NYAKA MALI KA 2018/ 2019 ESI SISAZISO ESIMALUNGA NEMIQULU ECHAZIWEYO NGENTLA, YOMASIPALA WESITHILI SASE SARAH BAARTMAN. ISASIZO ESI SIKHUTSHWA NGENXA YALEMITHETHO ILANDELAYO: •LOCAL GOVERNMENT: MUNICIPAL PLANNING AND PERFOMANCE MANAGEMENT REGULATIONS (2001) •LOCAL GOVERNEMENT: MUNICIPAL SYSTEMS ACT, 2000(ACT 32 OF 2000) •MUNICIPAL FINANCE MANAGEMENT ACT,2003 (ACT 56 OF 2003) IZICWANGCISO ZIYAFUMANEKA ZIYIMIQULU UKUZE NABANI ATHATHE INXAXHEBA EKUYILWENI KWAYO. ZIFUMANEKA NGAMAXESHA OMSEBENZI UKUSUSELA NGO 08H00 UKUYA 16H30 KULA MASEBE ANGEZANTSI: 1. Sarah Baartman District Municipality, Standard Bank Building, 32 Govan Mbeki Avenue, Port Elizabeth, 6001 2. Blue Crane Route Municipality, 67 Charles Street, Somerset East, 5850 3. Dr Beyers Naudé Municipality, Town Hall Building, Church Square, Graaff Reinet, 6280 4. Kouga Municipality, 33 Da Gama Road, Jeffreys Bay, 6330 5. Kou-kamma Municipality, Municipal Building, 5 Keet Street, Kareedouw, 6400 6. Makana Municipality, City Hall, High Street, Grahamstown, 6140 7. Ndlambe Municipality, Bagman Building, 57 Campbell Street, Port Alfred, 6170 8. Sundays River Valley Municipality, 30 Middle Street, Kirkwood, 6120 KUFUNEKA WONKE UBANI OFUNA UKUPHEFUMLA AZISE IZIMVO ZAKHE KUMANEJALA KAMASIPALA KWEZIDILESI ZISEZANTSI NGE 20 APRIL 2018 OKANYE PHAMBI KWE 20 APRIL 2018: IPOSI: The Municipal Manager, Sarah Baartman District Municipality, P.O. Box 318, Port Elizabeth, 6000. ISITALATO: 32 Govan Mbeki Avenue, Standard Bank Building, Port Elizabeth, 6001. Tel: 041 - 508 7030 / 7111 | Fax: 041 508 7276 / 7000. NOTICE NO. 26 OF 2018 MR D.M. PILLAY (MUNICIPAL MANAGER) SARAH BAARTMAN DISTRICT MUNICIPALITY URS 23830 NDLAMBE MUNICIPALITY PORT ALFRED HOSPICE FA M I LY : Attending the retirement party for Sunshine Coast Hospice administ rator Zelda Elliott last week were, from left, Janine Peinke, Gerard Peinke and Wayne Hibbert Picture: JON HOUZET 2018/2019 IDP/BUDGET MAYORAL IMBIZOS’ PROGRAMME In terms of sections 16(a)(i) and 17(1)(a) to (e) of the Local Government Municipal Systems Act No 32 of 2000, a notice is hereby given that the Mayor of Ndlambe Local Municipality will embark on an Outreach programme across communities in Ndlambe. All members of the community, stakeholders, interested parties and media are invited to attend these roadshows scheduled as follows: For further enquiries please feel free to contact the Public Participation Manager – Mr L Dyani on 046 604 5556 / 5564 or email: NOTICE NUMBER: 75/2018 ADV. R DUMEZWENI 09 APRIL 2018 MUNICIPAL MANAGER

April 12, 2018 ADVERTISING / NEWSDESK: (046) 624 4356 Find us on Facebook Talk of the Town 17 BEAUFORT STREET RECEIVES ATTENTION . . . So that’s why pothole-riddled Beaufort Street has been left unattended while many other streets in Grahamstown have had their potholes filled by the Jetpatcher teams. Bigger things were planned for Beaufort Street and its extensions – Grey Street and Jacob Zuma Drive (ex-Raglan Road). According to a statement issued by Makana Municipality last week, m ay o r Nomhle Gaga wrote to SA National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) to have Beaufort Street revamped and the project commenced last week. Work started in lower Beaufort Street in the vicinity of the police station. Small, medium and micro enterprises are being included in the project, and the municipality has asked residents and motorists to exercise patience while the project is under way. Meanwhile, a Grahamstown resident posted this message on social media last week: “I am so ashamed of our potholed streets – how embarrassing for all the graduating students.” Aren’t we all ashamed? THAT DAM WATER ISSUE . Water, or rather the lack of it, is a big issue these days and so I thought I’d Google some of the dams around the country to see what’s up water-wise. The water position may be dire to the west, but up north and to the east it’s looking pretty healthy, according to information I found. Close to home, as it were, Settlers Dam is at about 20% of its capacity and times are tight as far as water is concerned. Churchill Dam is one of Port Elizabeth’s main supply dams and is down to about 20%. The combined capacity of Port Elizabeth’s supply dams is between 25% and 30%. Cape Town is in deep trouble – excuse the pun – and the average level of dams across the Western Cape stands at 18%, compared with almost 25% this time last year. By now, most of us are fully aware of Cape Town’s water woes. Then there’s Midmar Dam near Pietermaritzburg and this is what caught my eye on a Facebook post. Midmar Dam, believe it or not, recorded a capacity figure of 101% last week. Not far behind is Gariep Dam in the Colesburg-Venterstad district up there in the Northern Cape – last week it was 99.97% full. The Vaal Dam is the major supply source for Gauteng and last week it recorded a healthy-looking 94.7%. Darlington Dam, this side of Jansenville, was once known as Lake Mentz and I occasionally visited family on a farm very close to the dam wall. On several occasions three or four decades ago the dam overflowed, the sluice gates were opened and the farmers downstream smiled. It was quite a sight seeing the water gushing through the sluice gates. Last week Darlington wasn’t overflowing, but stood at 38%. FLICK A SWITCH . . . Thank you to the municipality for switching on most of our street lights after months of darkness in our neighbourhoods. Could you now please fiddle with the time switches so that the lights go off at 6am and not 4am. A WEEKEND OF GRADUATING . . . Some interesting facts emanating from last weekend’s Rhodes University graduation ceremonies are: Of the 2492 students who graduated, no less than 63% were women and, of the 395 students graduating from the law faculty, 72% (286) were female. There were a total of 14 57 undergraduate bachelor’s degrees, and 1037 postgraduate degrees and diplomas. All of 229 graduates received m a st e r ’s degrees and a record number of 88 PhD degrees were conferred. WILDLIFE ON AUCTION . . Five breeders from the Signature SPECIAL OCCASION: The Guy Butler Theatre in the 1820 Settlers National Monument was the venue for six Rhodes University graduation ceremonies at the weekend. Seen above is a view of the auditorium’s stage during one of the ceremonies Wildlife group will have a variety of wildlife on sale at their third annual auction at Kwandwe Private Game Reserve from 12 noon to 5pm on S at u r d ay. Making up Signature Wildlife are Kwandwe (Angus Sholto-Douglas), Buffalo Kloof (Warne Rippon), Bedford Wildlife Co, Woody Cape (Warrick Barnard) and Murray Ranches (Mike Murray). A spokesperson for the auction said: “The five breeders will once again have some of their best legendary genetics on offer.” These include buffalo, sable, wildebeest, impala, nyala, bontebok, gemsbok and springbok. RURAL POTHOLES . . . On a recent visit to the coast I noticed there were quite a few potholes in the road between Salem and Kenton-on-Sea. Quite significantly, and for whatever reason, the vast majority of these potholes are on the Ndlambe side of the signpost denoting the Makana-Ndlambe boundaries. BLISS AT BOKNES . . . There comes a time when many of us, if not most of us, feel we need a break. And so it was I spent Easter weekend at Boknesstrand chilling out, as it were. What a super place to chill out, it turned out. No traffic jams, no traffic lights, no crowded hypermarkets and no car guards – the list is endless. This was not the first time I had spent a few days at Boknes and it was not the first time I stood in the parking lot next to Lekker Bekkie refreshment kiosk looking out to sea. Then I would close my eyes, slowly turn my head to the left and open my eyes. I would be a little disappointed, time after time, at not seeing Table Mountain to my left. Over the years I have often written in this column about my childhood and teenage years in the Cape Town suburb of Milnerton and the Penney home that was just 300m from the colder (they say) Atlantic Ocean. Down at the beach, which I visited often, as in almost every day, Table Mountain was huge in stature to your left and a few kilometres (miles in those days) out to sea you could make out Robben Island. Oh, memories of Milnerton! But back to reality and Easter weekend at Boknes. The seaside village does not have a hypermarket (thank goodness), nor does it have traffic jams (ditto). But Boknes does have magnificent beaches, a beautiful and safe lagoon, and peace-of-mind patrols by Hi-Tec Security. And the weather over Easter weekend was superb. I have visited Boknes on several occasions over the past six or seven years, and each time I find myself in the car park I’m reminded of the very first time I visited Boknes. That was way back in 1967, when I was working at the post office in Alexandria, and one summer weekday evening I drove on the gravel road to Boknes to chill out. There were very few houses in Boknes then, but the beach was there and so too was the lagoon. Boknes – a really l e k ke r place to chill out! TOURING THE PENINSULA ON FOOT. . . Between them, three Grahamstown athletes have completed all of 53 Two Oceans ultra-marathons and all three were back in Cape Town a fortnight ago for the 2018 race. But, first of all, congratulations to Chade Bowles, of Albany Saints & Sinners Multi-Sport Club, on entering and completing her first Two Oceans ultra over 56km – she finished the “Tour of the Cape Pe n i n s u l a ” in six hours 51 minutes. At the age of 43, Stephen Penney has clocked one hour 25 minutes for the 21km race. Now 52 years of age and slowing down just a little, Bonaparte, a member of Albany Saints & Sinners Multi-Sport Club, has a personal best time for the Two Oceans half-marathon of one hour 12 minutes. In fact, eight of his 11 Two Oceans half-marathons have been under one hour 20 minutes. Other Albany members’ times: Lubabalo Bokuva – one hour 21 minutes; Richard Alexander – one hour 35 minutes; Sally Price-Smith – t wo hours nine minutes; Karen Meyer – t wo hours 24 minutes; Colin Price-Smith – two hours 36 seconds. WEEKLY JAUNT IN THE GARDENS . . . Congratulations to Sydney Moyo on completing his 100th parkrun in Makana botanical gardens on Saturday, and to Allison Holleman and John Haydock on LIBRARY SMILES: Rhodes University Library staff visited PJ Olivier Primary School to tell pupils about the South African Library Week theme, Libraries – Heart of the Community. With the pupils are Larshan Naicker, head of user and research support services, Ujala Satgoor, director, and Wynand van der Walt, head of technical services. The school also received colourful library posters. now completed 26 consecutive Two Oceans ultra-marathons, having started his “Oceans” journey while in matric at Graeme College. He recently joined Port Alfred-based Kowie Striders and finished Two Oceans in six hours 16 minutes. Terri-Lynn Penney is another athlete with multiple Two Oceans medals to her credit – she completed her 14th in the colours of Nedbank Athletics Club in five hours seven minutes. Taking part in Albany colours, Richard Foss, the “Running Professor”, completed his 13th Two Oceans ultra in six hours 35 minutes. Rose-Marie Hurford, also of Albany, finished Two Oceans in seven hours seven minutes. GREAT RUN IN THE CAPE . . . Running his 11th Old Mutual Two Oceans half-marathon in Cape Town’s southern suburbs on Easter Saturday, Grahamstown athlete Basie Bonaparte their 50th parkruns. Meanwhile, Philip Mostert has one parkrun to go to his 100th, and Candice Serfontein, Bevan Hitchcock and Priyanka Harjeven each have one to go to their 50th. Of the women taking part last Saturday, Candice Serfontein was first (25 minutes 58 seconds), Carolyn Grant was second (27:41) and Caitlin Mostert was third (30:15). First among the men was Enock Makwekwe (20:49), second was Sbonsipho Manqele (21:49) and third was teenager Cee-Jay Porthen (22:26). A total of 154 runners, joggers and walkers took part on Saturday. Parkruns are held each Saturday at 8am from the entrance to Makana botanical gardens. RUGBY ON GREAT . . . The Great Field on the Rhodes University campus plays host to the inter-provincial rugby match between Border Bulldogs and EP Kings from 3pm on Saturday. DSG TEAMS IMPRESS UP NORTH . . . Diocesan School for Girls’ first hockey, netball and squash teams were up against some of the strongest opposition in the country at the annual St Stithian’s Easter sports festival in Johannesburg, an event hosting 58 schools competing in seven sporting codes. It was the squash team that flew the DSG colours the highest, winning all five of its matches – against St Andrew’s School for Girls, Johannesburg (3-3 and 152-141 in games), Egoli High (18-3), Northcliff High (12-6), St Stithian’s (12-10) and a Festival team (18-2). On the hockey field, DSG showed why it is rated as one of the strongest teams in the Eastern Cape – playing teams from Johannesburg, Pretoria and Bethlehem they won two and drew two of their five matches. They beat Waterkloof High 3-2 and St Andrew’s School for Girls 3-0, drew with St Stithian’s 2-2 and Voortrekker High (Bethlehem) 3-3, but lost to the highly-rated Menlo Park High (Pretoria) 2-4. Up against quality opposition, the DSG first netball side found the going tough, losing all five matches played on the first day, albeit by narrow margins. However, DSG bounced back on the final day to draw with Fourways High before beating St Peter’s High to end the festival on a high note. GRAEME’S APRIL RUGBY . . . The Graeme College senior rugby teams are due to travel to Somerset East this S at u r d ay to play corresponding teams of Gill College. Then, a week later on April 21, Graeme’s senior teams meet Cambridge High from East London on the Graeme campus. Graeme will be taking four teams – the first XV, under-16A, under-15A and under-14A – to the Grey High School rugby festival in Port Elizabeth from April 28 to May 1. FORUM MEETS . . . The Grahamstown Business Forum’s annual meeting takes place in the Graham Hotel at 5.30pm today (Thursday April 12). MOST VALUABLE . . . Congratulations to Old Graemian and former Grahamstonian Jon-Jon Smuts on being named South African C r i c ke t e r s ’ A s s o c i at i o n ’s Most Valuable Player in domestic franchise cricket in the past season. He has also been awarded the Most Valuable Player title in the Momentum One-Day Cup. He is the son of Neil and Di Smuts, of G r a h a m st o w n . AROUND THE DAM . . . Oatlands Prep School’s 5km fun run on the slopes of Mountain Drive and in the area of Grey Dam on Saturday promises some good exercise and pleasing scenery. The event begins at Grey Dam at 9am and the entry fee is R10 per person. Food and refreshment stalls will be set up at the venue. SHORTCUT SAVES SECONDS . . . I realise life is fast-paced and just about everybody is in a darn hurry these days. To this end I’ve noticed that some motorists will, to save a few seconds, drive across the forecourts of two fuel filling stations to avoid the red traffic lights. These filling stations are at the corners of Beaufort and Bathurst streets, and Beaufort and Hill streets. OLD RHODIAN SINGS . . . Rhodes University graduate Golda Schultz, who has established herself as an international opera star, sings in Grahamstown tomorrow. The soprano, who will be accompanied by Kurt Haupt, will perform in the Rhodes Theatre from 7.30pm. Tickets at the door are R100 (adults) and R60 (concessions). ON VALLEY FAIRWAYS . . . Two big events coming up at Belmont Golf Club in April are the 110th Grahamstown men’s championships on April 21 and 22, and the Round Table charity golf day on April 27.

CAMA's Masterseries presents Sir András Schiff, piano / April 12, 2018 / Lobero Theatre, Santa Barbara