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TOTT 12 April 2018

6 Talk of the Town

6 Talk of the Town ADVERTISING / NEWSDESK: (046) 624 4356 Find us on Facebook April 12, 2018 OPINION Is there a Facebo ok alter native? FACEBOOK has become so indispensable to many people’s lives, even with the knock the social media giant has taken over leaks of users’ personal information, it is hard to see the #deletefacebook movement taking hold. This is especially true while there is no popular alternative to the platform Facebook provides. At one time MySpace tried, but it could not compete – just like Google is the search engine of choice and the lesser known alternatives are not even considered. It is also seen as more of a problem for the US than the rest of the world, as of the 87 million people who were affected (a figure provided by Facebook), 71 million of them are in the US. For those unfamiliar with the Facebook leaks scandal, a company called Cambridge Analytica harvested the Facebook profiles of these millions of users for political purposes. University of Cambridge quantitative psychologist Aleksandr Kogan used a personality quiz named “t h i s i s m y d i g i t a l l i fe ,” hosted on Facebook, to obtain access to the Facebook profiles of the 270000 people who took the quiz. That allowed him to use Facebook’s application programming interface (API) to collect the data of their Facebook friends, estimated at 87 million. This collection of data was allegedly only for academic purposes, and if you believe Fa c e b o o k ’s version of events, Kogan deceived them about his true intent. As reported by Jacob Metcalf at MIT Technology Review, Cambridge Analytica built profiles of 30 million US voters, but its central goal wasn’t to craft ads targeted at those people. Rather, the models it built from the much smaller pool of 270000 quiz-takers would allow an advertiser to create proxy profiles of much larger collections of similar people on Facebook. This capability is what enabled the company to craft ads precisely targeted at small groups of voters based on personality traits. By taking the quiz, users also granted Kogan access to a goldmine of behavioural data – essentially the record of their “l i ke s ” on Facebook. And, more chillingly, it continues to exist even after the original data is deleted. Facebook suffered the fallout because they had a contract with the SCL Group, the parent company of Cambridge Analytica. Facebook allowed it to happen. This Facebook data collection was also used for targeted election advertising in Australia, and now Nigeria is also looking into claims that SCL organised anti-election rallies to dissuade opposition supporters from voting in 2007. But in spite of widespread resentment towards him, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg seems to have a charmed life. Following an apology in the US Congress, Facebook shares have already risen. 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 Tide Guide Kind courtesy-SA Navy HIGH 0143 1356 0215 1429 0245 1459 0314 1530 0345 1603 0416 1636 0451 1710 0526 1749 L OW Jon Houzet 0754 2002 0826 2033 0856 2102 0927 2133 0958 2205 1031 2239 1106 2315 1141 2354 Draft budget raises questions THE advert in TotT dated Thursday April 5, calling for public comments on the draft Integrated Development Plan (IDP) and tabled budget, refers. The Ndlambe Ratepayers Forum (NRF) studied the draft budget and it raises a number of issues: ý In the executive summary, operating expenditure is given as R420-million, but according to Annexure 2 operating expenditure is given as R432-million and revenue R318-million, giving a deficit of R124-million. This budget deficit is against the H AV E YOUR SAY Ndlambe Budget Policy. ý Proposed revenue increases: Water R38281 471 19.87% Electricity R66376 619 2 5 . 78 % Sanitation R11383 097 65.50% Refuse R16846 711 35.85%. Where are all these massive increases in revenue suddenly going to come from when the proposed water tariff increase is 5%, electricity 6.84%, sanitation 5.5% and refuse 5.5%? Surely, there should be a correlation between increases in rates income (8.4%) and the 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. Owners responsible for dog’s actions WE ARE entitled to be free from all forms of violence from either public or private sources according to our c o n st i t u t i o n . By implication, this includes dog attacks. A person who walks a dog in public, should ensure that the animal is indeed under their control even in the absence of any notices to that effect. Any owner of an animal is legally responsible for any acts performed by that animal. Given that most beach walkers wear hats, it was criminally negligent of the dog owner not to ensure control of their animal knowing that it does not approve of hats. We have not suffered as serious an attack as that on Doug Sutherland, but the East Beach has become challenging with regards to uncontrolled dogs. We were recently threatened with assault for chasing away unrestrained dogs who were a nuisance. In a separate incident, my wife was bitten by an over-exuberant dog. It’s high time that dog owners take responsibility for the action of their animals. ALAN HUNTER Thank you from NSRI for egg hunt support ON MARCH 31, the local National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) had our fifth Easter egg hunt at Red Leaf Nursery and it would not have been the success it was without the kindness of the following businesses and individuals: Rosehill SUPERSPAR, Chas Everitt PA, Liezl Hanekom, Mauneen Charter, Anette Gordon, Boredom Busters, Blushing Beauty face painting. ADELE STECK 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 income from above ser vices? ý According to National Treasury Municipal Budget Circular for 2018-19, the CPI forecast is between 3% and 6% and municipalities are required to justify all revenue increases in excess of the projected inflation target for 2018-19 in their budget. The residential rates rebate has been reduced from the present 14% to 12%. Effectively the rates increase will be 8.4% and not 6.4%, which is above the target set and needs to be justified. ý How does the municipality plan to address the R124-million shortfall from the proposed budget? This can only be done by reducing the operating budget and/or from a massive increase in rates. Over the last number of years the ratepayers were confronted with draft budgets which are totally unrealistic and then are expected to make informed constructive comments – knowing full well that this is a draft budget which will be re-worked to balance income and expenditure. Why not table a draft budget, which is realistic and then ask for public comment? To comment any further on this draft budget is futile but the NRF will, as in the past, engage with the municipality once the draft budget has been re-worked. A further reminder, according to Ndlambe’s Budget Policy, council shall endeavour to keep the labour component cost as a percentage of operational expenditure below 35% (currently >45%) and that a zero- based budget shall be prepared on a need-based analysis in the preparation of the Operating Budget. CHRIS BEZUIDENHOUT, chairperson: Ndlambe Ratepayers Forum MAGNIFICENT HANDIWORK: A quilt made by Ann Hummel and her helpers was raffled for some weeks at Rosehill Mall and the lucky winner drawn on Easter Sunday was Margie Laing, centre, flanked by Trish Border, left, and Susan Playdon, the organisers of the raffle. The total amount raised was R10 665 which will be divided between St Paul’s Anglican's Anglican Church and their chosen charities. The organisers thanked locals and visitors for supporting the raffle Picture: BRUCE O'EHLEY Ridiculous spike in rent a grave concern THERE is a concerning problem relating to ridiculous rent increases. Landlords are putting tenants’ rent up just as they please, especially in Port Alfred where people are not Plastic and poo pollution A HUGE accolade is due to the public-spirited person who has highlighted dog-owner responsibilities at East Beach: both the need to pick up after our pooches, and the consideration of a “dog bar” dish near the tap. Let's go one step further: attach to the poo notice a secure container for supermarket “bread” packets which dog walkers, who may forget to bring their own, can avail themselves of before setting out on their wa l k i e s . These bags could also be used to collect plastic even earning a salary to the amount of the rent. Landlords are running away with their ideas of greed. It is more than plain to see more and more people cannot afford these p ay m e n t s . flotsam and jetsam; after all, we’re all being urged to pick up three pieces of plastic on every beach walk. May I also applaud SuperSPAR for having taken the lead in reducing plastic bag use at Rosehill. Other Port Alfred supermarkets and businesses: consider yourselves challenged to follow suit. Pick n Pay, why not donate a weekly supply of your bread packets (free advertising)? Then add this line to the existing beach notice: “Pick n Pay picks up poo and plastic!” SUE GORDON Days are coming when these landlords are going to be sitting with empty houses that they cannot rent out, then we will see how squatters move in. CONCERNED RESIDENT POO APPEAL: A reader expressed gratitude to the community-minded person encouraging dog walkers to pick up after their pooches at East Beach Picture: SUE GORDON

April 12, 2018 ADVERTISING / NEWSDESK: (046) 624 4356 Find us on Facebook Talk of the Town 7 FA C E 2FA C E ...with Ayanda Tsibani Question: What do you do for a living? Answer: I’m self-employed. Q: What made you get into that line of wo r k ? A: Desire for independence. Q: Describe the most memorable experience that you have had. A: Autonomy. Q: What do you do to unwind when you are not working? A: I spend most of my spare time with my fa m i l y. Q: What is your motto in life? A: Acknowledge other people’s differences. Q: What makes you happy? A: To see my kids happy and live a better life is what I enjoy most. Q: What makes you angry? A: Suffering of innocent people. Q: What do you think about the youth of South Africa, do you have any advice for them? A: Our youth should not prioritise pleasure, they must create opportunities for themselves. Q: If you could change one thing about the Port Alfred . .. A: I would give job opportunities based on merits. Q: What do you like most about Port Alfred? A: It’s closer to a number of services that offer enter tainment. Q: What is your favourite music of all time? A: Gospel. Q: Who would you like to take on Amazing Race given the opportunity? A: Phumelele Tyuwa, Anganathi Tsibani and Noandile Mdiza. Q: Three wishes for South Africa. A: Youth development, better education in public schools and decrease in crime. IN Talk of the Town’s report on the Marina Mile last week our reporter erroneously identified Jenny Middleton as the Presbyterian Church minister Errata who swam the mile. The m i n i st e r ’s name is Christel Erasmus, who swam the mile to raise funds for the church. Jenny Middleton is a church member who relayed the information to our reporter. We apologise for the error. Christians reflect light of Jesus THE Earth has only one moon, so mystical and fascinating as it passes through the night sky. Its luminance is only a reflection of the sun, for it has no light of its own. The waxing and waning of the moon causes the different phases from new moon to full moon. A dead and lifeless “rock” reflecting the glorious light of the sun. We Christians are much the same in every way! We were all dead in our trespasses and sins, walking in darkness, until the Lord came into our lives. “In him was life, and that life was the light of men” (John 1:4). The Bible says that we are now the light of the world, but we are in reality only a reflection of the Son. What we are is only because of Him. DP ENGINEERING .......................................................... 75 Bathurst Street, Port Alfred If the Lord says that we need to let our light shine before men, we need to consider its brightness. Like the waxing of the moon, there ought to be a growth process in our spiritual lives. Our lives change as we grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus C h r i st . “And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord's glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is Tel: 046 624 4957 Cell: 083 360 6949 www.dpengineering.co.za For all your steelwork requirements, including burglar bars, balustrades, fencing, security gates and wall spikes. We also offer a powder coating & galvanizing service and gate motors. I N S P I R AT I O N A L INSIGHTS ... with Pastor Theo Snyman the Spirit” (2 Corinthians 3:18). The waning of the moon is a reminder of a Christian who is losing his or her commitment and zeal; lukewarmness dispelling more and more of the light within. We need to guard against this, for it often creeps up slowly and imperceptibly. A lamp is not placed under a bowl, so “let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:16). ýQuotations from New International Version BUNNY SIGHTING: The Easter Bunny came to visit the Anchorage Mall on Good Friday and was greeted by many little eager Easter egg hunters who went in search of many chocolate Easter eggs and prizes donated by each shop in the cent re Monday 16 th and Tuesday 17 th April 2018 GILL MAGER Hearing Aid Acoustician Available by Appointment ŽĚŝĐĞĞĂŝĞŶŐ ΘŝŶŐŽĨĞĂŝŶŐŝĚ Contact: Marinda @ Leach Pharmacy 046 624 1648 Trading Hours Sunshine Coast Spar: Mon– Fri: 7:30am – 6pm Sat: 7:30am - 5pm Sun 7:30am - 4pm Valid: 13 - 15 April 2018 | E&OE | Tel: 046 648 1023 | While stocks last Tastic Rice 2kg R21.99 Each Golden Delicious Apples 1.5kg R19.99 Each All Gold Tomato Sauce 700ml R19.99 Each Old Buck 750ml R94.99 Each Domestos Assorted 750ml 2 FOR R49.99 Commando Brandy 750ml R109.99 Each

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