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TOTT 12 April 2018

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4 Talk of the Town ADVERTISING / NEWSDESK: (046) 624 4356 Find us on Facebook April 12, 2018 S PA R ’S ‘war on plastic’ initiative proves popular LOUISE KNOWLES AS PART of the launch of a new campaign to rid the Eastern Cape of plastic bags, all SPAR stores in Port Alfred and Kenton-on-Sea gave shoppers a new recyclable paper bag in exchange for 10 of their old plastic bags last Friday and Saturday. SuperSPAR manager at Rosehill Mall, Gavin Thessendorf, said 3000 plastic bags were collected which will be recycled. “It’s a long-lasting, wat e r - r e s i st a n t , wax-sprayed paper bag, reinforced with handles, capable of carrying 12kg and valued at R1.90,” he said. Customers are still welcome to bring their old plastic bags in to SPAR, although the special offer is over. The paper bags can be bought at any SPAR. “We are committed to ridding our town of plastic bags which are not biodegradable,” said ROB KNOWLES IT WAS difficult not to become emotional as married couple Nico and Lisa Becker related their story of drug addiction and the problems it caused them and their family when they spoke at the Christian Men’s Association breakfast on Saturday morning. “We started by taking drugs just on w e e ke n d s , ” Lisa Tessendorf, “and will offer customers a choice between plastic and paper bags”. With hundreds of millions of shopping bags in circulation, supermarkets are facing a massive challenge to change the consumer’s mindset. But SPAR EC managing director Conrad Isaac said they could no longer ignore their accountability in what was becoming an increasingly harmful situation in the world. “As the biggest food retailer in the Eastern Cape, I believe we have to take care of the health and wellbeing of the communities in which we o p e r at e , ” Isaac said. “If we carry on in this way and don’t do something about the mess we are creating, it can only lead to the eventual destruction of our environment. “So the dream is to clean up the place and to work towards creating a healthy began. “It wasn’t such a big deal – that was until Nico lost his job and we lost the house we were staying in.” Lisa said she, her husband and four children, one still a babe in arms, had to stay with her mother while they looked around for other work. “But the drugs had captured us and we found ourselves lying and stealing from my mother in order to buy WAR ON PLASTIC: Rosehill SuperSPAR tellers, Anelisa Famayo, left, and Tabisa Nyaba, helped shoppers exchange plastic bags for biodegradable SPAR paper bags and collected about 3000 plastic bag from customers Picture: LOUISE KNOWLES and fresh environment in which we can live.” He anticipated the campaign would evolve in to a far bigger project than just plastic bags, one that more drugs,” she said. “Eventually my mother told us we had to find somewhere else to st ay. “I was so angry with my mother, particularly when Child Welfare came and took our kids away, ” she told her fellow Christians. It was then time for Nico to take over the n a r r at i v e . “We travelled from Pretoria down to the Eastern Cape where we had relatives,” Nico said with a tear in his eye and a crack in his voice. The journey was long and laborious and the couple spent many nights out in the open, struggling to find a safe place to sleep and to get food. “We would pray every night that the Lord would protect us from danger. And, for the most part, that’s would eventually incorporate the collection and recycling of all plastic. According to Julian Koutsouvelis at SPAR Distribution Centre EC, the exactly what God did,” explained Nico. After some time, the couple found their w ay to Port Alfred where they met Tony Bryant who, although by his own admission was a little sceptical, helped them with an element of stability. He introduced them to the Celebration Centre with pastors Eldin Rudolph and his wife Lyn. “The drugs had got plastic bags collected from the public were sent to a recycling plant which turns the plastic bags into recycled packaging, water pipes and other products. Emotional testament tells how God saved family Showing from Friday 13 April - Thursday 19 April R50 Adults - R40 Children (U/13). 3D Movies - R65 per person. Pensioner’s Special Wednesdays - R30 Times are subject to change due to demand. Like our FACEBOOK page and stay informed of ŵĞĂŶĚŚĞůĂĞŶĞ A Celebration of Music with Dr. Noël-Jean Creille Organ and Daniel Brodie Piano and Flute on Saturday, 21 st April, 2018 at 3.00pm Sunday, 22 nd April, 2018 at 3.00pm at St. Paul’s Anglican Church 15 Ferndale Road, Port Alfred Once again, we have an opportunity to hear two top class musicians who will enthrall us with their music. A different programme of music will be played at each recital. Entrance includes refreshments after the concert. Tickets R85 from KNA PORT ALFRED FLORAL ART GROUP - PRESENTS MAD HATTERS FLOWER FESTIVAL - “MUSIC ON THE GREENS” ROYAL PORT ALFRED GOLF CLUB CONFERENCE CENTRE 21 & 22 APRIL 2018 SAT / SUN 09H00 - 16H00 us to the lowest point in our lives, and it was only through God’s grace that we managed to keep going,” Nico said. “But we had to get our children [four girls] back.” To this end, the Beckers, having refrained from any further drug use, looked for work. Nico, a qualified security guard, was eventually employed by Clinton Millard of MultiSecurity and is now a senior man in the company. Now, only about a year after their fall, they are back on their feet and the entire family lives together once more. FOOD PREPARED: Staff members of Valley of Hope Soup Kitchen ready to dish out food to the needy and homeless, from left, are Andiswa Sesman, Sukiswa Rach, Nontando Makasi and Vuyolwethu Siyolo Soup kitchen in mission to fight hunger TK MTIKI A LITTLE-KNOWN soup kitchen in Bathurst has been quietly feeding vulnerable neighbours for the past two years. Valley of Hope Soup Kitchen (VHSK), located on 2674 Nolukhanyo Township in Bathurst, is managed by Zoleka Marais, who started it along with Andiswa Sesman, Sukiswa Rach, Nontando Makasi and Vuyolwethu Siyolo. Marais’ belief is that hunger knows no race, gender or culture. Because of that VHSK is dishing food to whoever is in need, homeless and poor. “We do not discriminate in terms of race, gender or culture,” she said. This statement is supported by the organisation’s motto, “Hunger knows no barrier”. Marais said at this stage VHSK operates once a week, on Thursdays, serving one meal at 2pm. She said their goal was to operate three days a week, and serve two meals on those days, but this is hindered by lack of funds. “We want to serve breakfast and dinner because we believe that those are the crucial times for a meal,” she said. She believes that one cannot have a productive day having woken up starving. The same rationale applies when it comes to going to sleep, she said. A further challenge is relying on wood fire to cook. VHSK members collect wood from the bush in order to ensure that their mission of feeding the vulnerable is fulfilled. Not having electric equipment, they use a three-legged iron pot. Marais said they have been knocking on many doors for any form of donations but have not been fortunate to get any assistance. “We have been asking for donations from various sponsors but we never got any help so we thought coming to Talk of the Town for publicity might make a difference,” she said. Marais said they appeal to the public for assistance with any form of donation which could possibly increase the effectiveness of VHSK. VHSK can be contacted on 073-296-3627 or 073-838-4889. It was registered as a non-profit organisation on April 12 last year and is therefore operating legitimately, Marais said. THE FIRM FINANCIAL SERVICES CC FSP:24970 | AUTHORISED SERVICES PROVIDER 33 Van der Riet St, Shop 8, Port Alfred SIMON 082 567 1506 | JASON 072 015 8418 | ANGE 078 642 8911 Short Term Insurance Personal & Commercial Long Term Insurance RETIREMENT ANNUITIES | EDUCATION MAX INVESTMENTS | LIFE COVER | SAVINGS DISABILITY | WEALTH FUNDS CORPORATE EMPLOYEE BENEFITS NO BROKER FEES | NO ASSESSMENT FEES

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