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TOTT 12 April 2018

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2 Talk of the Town ADVERTISING / NEWSDESK: (046) 624 4356 Find us on Facebook April 12, 2018 Amanzi Festival a runaway success ROB KNOWLES WHAT a week it was with the Royal St Andrews Hotel Amanzi Festival concluding with the highly anticipated World Series surfing event ending on Sunday at Port Alfred’s East Beach. The overall feeling of the Amanzi Festival organisers was that the 10-day event brought much-needed revenue to Port Alfred to help stimulate growth and create jobs. Main sponsors, the Royal St Andrews Hotel (RSAH), sponsored the sporting festival to the tune of R1-million in prize money. With that much money up for grabs the event drew some of the world’s top athletes in the various disciplines. The RSAH Amanzi Festival began with a trail run on the Saturday morning followed by the Marina Mile swim, and many athletes wanted to take part in both events, but overlapping provented them from participating in both. Sporting events, including jet-ski races, rubber duck racing, i n t e r n at i o n a l bodyboarding, trampolining, fencing and more, along with plenty of activities for the kids, took place throughout the Easter weekend and ended with international surfing the following Sunday. The town pumped as thousands of visitors flocked to the coast to participate or just support this festival of water-spor ting excellence. A great deal of preparation goes into such events and requires considerable support in terms of liaison and permission-seeking from local authorities, including the police, tourism, municipality and others to ensure the event gets the desired media exposure and the buy-in from locals, as well as sur fing, ¿ 29 Miles St, Port Alfred PO Box 2871, Port Alfred, 6170 046 624 4356 / Fax: 046 624 2293 Mauneen Charter, Sonja Raasch, Anneli Hanstein, Jon Houzet, ĂůŬŽŌŚĞŽŶĐŽĂ ΛĂůŬŽŌŚĞŽŶĞĐ ĂůŬŽĨŚĞŽŶ ĂůŬŽĨŚĞŽŶŶĚůĂŵďĞ WORLD-CLASS: Cintsa boat builder and pilot of the modified boat M14 Murray Elliott, left, with supporter Kevin Ackermann from Port Elizabeth/Kenton at the surf section of the Royal St Andrews Hotel Amanzi Festival rubber duck national race on the first Saturdayof the festival Picture: LOUISE KNOWLES bodyboarding, and other organisations. But the most thrilling aspect of the event for athletes, and what brought so many visitors to town, was the prize money. “The hotels and guest houses were all full,” said Graeme “Sunny” Hill from Remax estate agents who is also the Kowie Boardriders Club chairman. Before the event began, Hill was asking homeowners if there were any spare rooms that visitors might use for their stay. Last Friday evening after a whole week of great activities, emotions ran high at the Royal St Andrews Hotel at the opening of the festival’s final and largest event – the Royal St Andrews Hotel Port Alfred Classic, a premier surfing event on the world tour calendar. “I am so freakin’ st o ke d , ” said Hill at the opening. Zukiswa Ntwasa of the Eastern Cape Parks and Tourism Agency was also present to lend her support to the festival. “This is an important event and I am pleased to be here this evening,” said Ntwasa, who was impressed with how smoothly the entire festival went. “This is what we are all about,” said a teary Dave Lawson who, together with his business partner Zwelinzima Nkwinti, established the RSAH Amanzi Festival last y e a r. Now in its second year, the partners can look forward to at least another four years of sponsorship from RSAH owners Martin and Linda B e k ke r. Lawson was holding up a copy of Talk of the Town with the headline, “PA sports festival boosts economy”. “This is so good, and exactly what my partner and I wanted when we first started with the festival,” Lawson continued. “Boosting the economy, as well as sports development in this area, are our main goals for the festival. It makes me so proud when I see headlines like this.” Finally, Nkwinti gave his overall impression of the 10-day festival. “I am blown away with the way in which locals and visitors have taken to the fe st i va l , ” he said. “People have told me that this was the best organised event they have attended, and some of these people travel around the world for competitions like ours. “I would like to thank everyone who volunteered, helped and participated in our festival events. It has been a lot of work but well worth it as we have met our original objectives of boosting the local economy and assisting with sports development in the area. “And I would like to express my gratitude for all the work the Ndlambe Municipality has done in keeping the beaches clean and tidy, as well as removing sand from car parks and roads to allow freer access. I am hoping we can build on this partnership and make the 2019 Amanzi Festival even bigger and more exciting. As soon as this year’s event is completed, we will be working on next year’s event.”

April 12, 2018 ADVERTISING / NEWSDESK: (046) 624 4356 Find us on Facebook Talk of the Town 3 Farewell after 21 years at Hospice JON HOUZET IT WAS an evening full of tributes, tears and fond memories as Sunshine Coast Hospice held a farewell party last week for Zelda Elliott who has retired after 21 years of service to the organisation. Elliot t’s work with Hospice goes back to when Sunshine Coast Hospice was first established in Port Alfred in 1997. It was in that year that Grahamstown Hospice was tasked with expanding their services to the surrounding areas and Kathryn Court was employed to establish Hospice branches. After she visited Port Alfred, various volunteers were identified to help start up the branch, including Dr Paul Schnell and Elliott, who formed part of the steering commit tee. Elliott was a dedicated volunteer for seven years before becoming an official staff member. Hospice’s first premises were in a shared house in Van der Riet Street. Later, when the staff complement grew to include more nurses, a social worker and care workers, they moved to Campbell St reet. After a bequest, Sunshine Coast Hospice was able to purchase their current premises in Alfred Road. At the same time, the organisation spread their care to include Kenton-on-Sea and Alexandria. Reflecting on Hospice’s history, Grahamstown Hospice administrator Janine Peinke said: “Sunshine Coast Hospice has grown tremendously from those early days. Zelda and her team have demonstrated passion, commitment and dedication as they have navigated various challenges in meeting the changing needs of the communities we ser ve.” Elliott was credited for her tireless work as a fundraiser to secure much-needed funds to provide this care. “One of Zelda’s greatest strengths has been her ability to network and nurture relationships with funders and volunteers who have been the backbone of Hospice over the last two decades,” said Hospice committee chairman Terry Harris. Among Elliott’s fundraising accomplishments are the Spring Spectacular, which she and her team of volunteers arranged for 18 years; the Tree of Lights event for 21 years; the Hospice 300 Club (also since 1997) and the Hospice shop for the past few years. Elliot t’s duties grew from fundraising to that of administrator of Sunshine Coast Hospice in 2004. After the emotion-filled tributes, Peinke, accompanied by Grahamstown Hospice director Trish Gillies and Sunshine Coast Hospice fundraiser Angela Hibbert, brought some levity to the farewell par t y by presenting some fun awards to Elliot t. Due to Elliott’s close association with the Bathurst Agricultural Show over many years, she was pinned with a first-prize rosette for being a “fine specimen”. She also received an “Oscar” for glitz and glamour for organising 18 Spring Spectaculars and a badge for judging a beard competition at the Bathurst Country A f fa i r. On a more serious note, Hospice doctor Barbara Matthews presented Elliott with the Dame Cecily Saunders Award for compassionate care. Last year, Elliott received the Melvin Jones Fellow Award from Lions International for 20 years of dedicated and humanitarian services. ENJOY OUR ALL YOU CAN EAT BUFFET PASSING THE MANTLE: Sunshine Coast Hospice fundraiser Angela Hibbert, left, was handed ‘the keys to Hospice’ by Zelda Elliott, who retired this week after 21 years of service. Hibbert has been appointed as new administrator, and Elliott said she could not have asked for a more worthy successor Picture: JON HOUZET APRIL SPECIAL TOP CARPETS AND FLOORS PORT ALFRED Tel: 087 350 4444 Shop 2 4b, Rosehill Mall, Port Alfred TOP CARPETS AND FLOORS GRAHAMSTOWN Tel: 046 622 3534 Cnr Hill & New Str, Grahamstown Trading Hours Superspar: Mon– Sat: 8am – 7pm Sun 8am - 5pm Valid: 13 - 15 April 2018 | E&OE | Tel: 046 624 3542 | | While stocks last. WE DELIVER - Place orders telephonically or via email Trading Hours Nemato Spar: Mon– Sat: 7am – 7pm Sun: 7:30am - 6pm Valid: 13 - 15 April 2018 | E&OE | Tel: 086 002 1039 | While stocks last WE DELIVER - Place orders telephonically or via email Tomatoes (loose) R12.99 Per kg Potatoes 2kg, Onions 2kg, Carrots 1kg R52.99Per combo Bobotie & Veg R34.99Per combo All Gold Tomato Sauce 700ml R19.99 Each Brookes Oros 2L R29.99 Each SPAR Canola Oil 2L R31.99 Each Hot Cross Buns 6s R11.99 Per tray Pork Leg or Shoulder Roast R35.99 Per kg "Oupa's" Boerewors R59.99 Per kg Jungle Oats 1kg R24.99 Each Golden Delicious Apples 1.5kg R18.99 Each SPAR Amasi 2kg R17.99 Each

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