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TOTT 5 April 2018

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20 Talk of the Town ADVERTISING / NEWSDESK: (046) 624 4356 Find us on Facebook April 5, 2018 Athletes crack on the pace in Amanzi Festival trail run event LOUISE KNOWLES ĚĞŝŶŐŽŽĚŝŶĂŽ ŽŶĞŬĚĞ ůĂŝĮĞĚĂĚĞŶŐĂůĞ ŶŽŝĐŝŶŐĂŶŬŝŶŐĨŽůůŽŝŶŐŽŶŽĂŶĚŝŶŐĂŵĞŶ ĂůĂŶĐŝŶŐŽĨĂůůĞĐĞŝŽŶĂĚĂŝůďĂŝ ŝŶŐŝŚĞŝĞĐůĞĂŝŶŐĂĐĐŽŶ ĚŵŝŶŝĂĞĚĞ ĚŚŽĐĚĞ ĂŝĐĂĚĞ ĐůĞĂĞĂŬŝŶŐŽŝĐĞ ďŝůŝŽŽŬŶĚĞĞĞ ďŝůŝŽĐŽŵŵŶŝĐĂĞŝŶŶŐůŝŚĂŶĚĂůĞĂŽŶĞŽŚĞ ůĂŶŐĂŐĞ ŝĞůŝĐĞŶĞ ŶŽůĞĚŐĞ ŽŽĚŬŶŽůĞĚŐĞŽĨĂůĞĂŶĚĂĚĞŝŶŐ Ŭŝůů ĞůĞŚŽŶĞŬŝůů ŽŵĞŬŝůůĸĐĞ ŽŶŐŝŶĞĞŽŶĂůĂŶĚĨŽŶůŝŶĞĐŽŵŵŶŝĐĂŽŶŬŝůů ŝŵĞŵĂŶĂŐĞŵĞŶŬŝůů ůŝĐĂŽŶĂŶĚŚŽůĚďĞĂĚĚĞĞĚŽŚĞ ŵĂŶĞŽĐĞĞĂŵĞŶ ĂŽ ŵĂŝůĞĐĞĐŝŵĞŶΛŽďůĂĐŬĂĐŽĂ ůŽŝŶŐĚĂĞŚĚĂŚŝů ŝŽůĂĐŬĂŽŝĂŶĸŵĂĞĐŽŶŵůŽĞĂŶĚĂĐŚĞĨĞĞŶĐĞ ŝůůďĞŐŝĞŶŽĐĂŶĚŝĚĂĞŚŽŝůůĂĚĚŽŚĞĚŝĞŝŽĨŽŽŐĂŶŝĂŽŶ ŝŶĚůĂŬĞŶŽĞŚĂŝĨĞĚŽŶŽĞŽŶĚŽŽŝŶŚĞŶĞĚĂŽŵĂ ĞŐĂĚŽĂůŝĐĂŽŶĂŶĐĐĞĨů ON YOUR MARKS: About 50 swimmers ready to swim from the Halyards Hotel jetty in the Amanzi Festival Marina Mile Picture: LOUISE KNOWLES PE pair shine as records fall in Marina Mile LOUISE KNOWLES PORT Elizabeth swimmers Ian Venter, 19, and Hannah Counihan, 15, have made a splash by setting new records at last Friday’s Royal St Andrews Hotel Amanzi Festival Marina Mile. They both won trophies on which their names will be e n g r av e d . The Marina Mile attracted about 50 swimmers (up from last year’s 33). At the prize giving last Friday Marina Mile co-organiser, Avril Beyleveld said: “Now that we are confident with a good event, we will be able to market the Marina Mile on a large scale next year.” After the safety briefing, swimmers entered the water from the jetty behind the Halyards Hotel to reach the starting line at the canal, then set off around the first marina island, returning to the Halyards and the small boat harbour up the Kowie River. There were three swimming categories: juniors (12-18) who wore yellow bathing caps, open section (19-29) who wore red and seniors (30+) who wore white bathing caps, necessary for identification at the finish line. One section of the river was silted up and swimmers returned with mud on their chins. “That is the nature of open water swimming,” said Beyleveld. “You take it as you find it.” Venter finished the race first in a record-breaking time (21:53) followed by last year’s winner, Slater Black, 17, who was five seconds behind in 21:58, improving on his own time last year (23:15). In third place was another junior, Cole Craig, 18, who was also second in the junior section. He swims for the same swimming club in Port Elizabeth as the first two swimmers. His time was 22:59. The first female across the finish line was Counihan in a time of 23:05, followed by last year’s winner, Paige Black in a time of 23:31, beating her own record of 25:06 last year. Courtney Repine was third in another record time of 24:05. Members of the Port Alfred swimming team also participated and won some prizes. They were Saffron Tweedie, Emily Beatt, Scarlett Tweedie, William Beatt and Kate Tinley. Jenny Middleton came last but was by far the most popular swimmer as the entire Presbyterian Church turned up to support their minister, who was swimming to raise funds for charity. She and last male, Vernon Bezuidenhout, finished the race together in 50:37. THERE was a good turnout of local and regional athletes and fun runners at the start line of the trail run that opened the week-long Royal St Andrews Hotel Amanzi Festival, at the Royal Port Alfred Golf Course last Friday. Kowie Strider and parkrunner, Sizakele Dayimani, and 16-year-old athlete from Kowie Striders Ayabonga Saul (junior) were both hoping to make the top five in their respective divisions out of a field of more than 80 competitors.Both of them got their wish. Wandile Funda, 42, also achieved a top five placing whileLithemba “Ndoda” Jekana, 13, was placed among the top three juniors. Jacky Kobokana from Port Elizabeth was looking good to win the ladies’ over-50 event. Karen Ferreira, 14, adjusting the monitor she wore strapped to her shoulder, was first to shoot out from the starting line when the star ter’s gun sounded. The course crossed the greens and wound on and off the beach to the river, where there is a historic concrete staircase up the hill to Stenden. East London club runner Vusumzi Zondo, 24, emerged first from the top of the hill. A moment later, he had passed through the bush above Medolino Caravan Park and crossed the finish line in the parking lot at the back of the Royal St Andrews Hotel, in a time of 27:19. He was followed shortly thereafter by Port Alfred’s Dayimani who came second in the open section (29:39). The third male in the open section was another Port Alfred runner, Funda, who came home in a time of 30:44. Funda was also first in the age group 40-49. He was followed by his mentee, Ndoda, who came first in the boys’ section in a time of 31:34. First lady home was Jene Banfield (12th in the field of about 80 runners) whose time was 36:57. The second lady was Kerry Currie and third home was Yolande Boshoff. Kobokana was the first in the category of ladies in the 50-59 age group. She was also the first runner home in that age group for both men and women, in a time of 41:16, with Neil Currie, 53, coming in second at 41:36. It was a close race between Ferreira and local girl Rebecca Nelson in the junior girls’ section, with Ferreira finishing first in a time of 38:45 and Nelson coming second in a time of 39:14. Handing out T-shirts, Kowie Striders club captain Alan Robb, a popular Comrades Marathon veteran, said he is still running. Although he had a heart bypass operation last year, he will be running his 43rd Comrades next year. “Runners love T-shirts, that's what they always want,” Robb said. PORT ALFRED BRIDGE CLUB Results for Thursday, 29 March 2018 Red Section (7 tables) N-S 1st G Wansell & C Fletcher 66.7% 2nd K Wong & N Wood 58.6% E-W 1st H Clohessy & C L-Burke 56.3% 2nd M Wesselo & E Clayton 56.0% Green Section (5 tables) N-S 1st J Gie & D Lang 64.0% 2nd D Wright & B Osborne 54.5% E-W 1st D Boyd & H Otto 61.0% 2nd Carol & David Janks 51.5% Board 4: Dealer W, both vulnerable ‘Weak’ two bids in the majors occur frequently in bridge: there is a considerable difference between having 6 or 7 points with a threadbare major suit and holding 10 or 11 points with a major suit containing good intermediaries. Partnerships need to identify the difference between these types. ranking suit) this says to partner “describe your hand”. However South enters the affray by doubling: West passes which says “I have a weak hand” North still has nothing to say: East signs off in 3S knowing that in spite of having a hand worth an opening bid, East is weak and North, with a strong hand is sitting behind you, so your unsupported Kings are at risk. From the results shown below some players did not heed the bidding, or did not have the mechanisms in place with which to identify possible pitfalls. Results by section Red Section Green Section Full results at: www.pabridge.co.za, including details of all the hands. Results for Monday, 2 April 2018 Red Section (7 tables) N-S 1st M Wesselo & E Clayton 63.7% 2nd R Rodrigues & A Riddehof 54.8% E-W 1st J Tagg & E Jurgensen 58.6% 2nd K Botha & G Wansell 58.3% Green Section (6 tables) N-S 1st B Waddington & D Long 61.4% 2nd J Weisters & L Butler 55.3% E-W 1st L Futter & B Osborne 68.2% 2nd Carol & David Janks 60.7% Board 10: Dealer E, both vulnerable Board 10 was played in ‘No Trumps’ 12 times out of 13: In every case South was on lead and led a heart. There are various ways for the auction to reach 3NT, but with a combined count of 29 points it will cer- À - P. West’s response of 2D will normally show a minimum of 10 points. South’s job is to use the opening lead to best advantage to try to score a top. It does not mean that you should lead your away a trick by leading a heart? Yes. Are you likely to be able to establish your long hearts? No. Do you have an entry card to get in if by some chance North has the heart Queen and you can so perhaps you should lead a minor. Your clubs don’t look promising and if you lead the club 4 partner will expect a better holding than 10 5 4. Eventually you settle on the diamond 9 only to À better than conceding 12 tricks.(2 hearts, 6 diamonds, 3 spades and a club) Results by section Red Section Green Section Full results at: www.pabridge.co.za, including details of all the hands. UP THE PATH: East London runner Vusumzi Zondo, 24, coming up the stairs from Beach Road and emerging at Stenden, won the 8km trail run in a time of 27:19 Pictures: LOUISE KNOWLES

April 5, 2018 ADVERTISING / NEWSDESK: (046) 624 4356 Find us on Facebook Talk of the Town 21 SIX HONORARY DOCTORATES FOR GRAD ... NO less than six honorary Doctorates will be conferred at the 114th Rhodes University graduation ceremony which gets under way in the 1820 Settlers National Monument today and continues until Saturday. During graduation proceedings, the university will confer honorary doctorates on six “exceptional individuals” of whom Rhodes vice-chancellor Dr Sizwe Mabizela said: “Not only have they made it their life’s work to enrich the lives of others, they are also excellent role models to us all.” The six honorary doctorate recipients are: Dr Sindiwe Magona (world-renowned author, poet, activist and storyteller – doctor of Letters); Professor Peter Mtuze (Leading scholar in the field of African Languages and the first black professor at Rhodes – Doctor of Letters); Dr Andrew Mlangeni (spent years of unswerving and sustained commitment to the fight against apartheid, including 26 years on Robben Island prison – Doctor of Laws); Professor Vishnu Padayachee (distinguished Professor at Wits University, he served three terms over 12 years on the board of directors of the SA Reserve Bank – doctor of economics); Ms Yvonne Chaka Chaka (her musical career spanned three decades prior to her involvement in humanitarian work – doctor of Laws); and Justice Dikgang Moseneke (he has made an exceptional contribution in the development of the jurisprudence of South Africa – doctor of Laws). Once the formal graduation proceedings are completed on Saturday, attention will then turn to the traditional garden party on the lawns behind the Drostdy Arch and, later on Saturday night, the Graduation Ball. BOOKS AND PETS ... Phillip and June McDougall of Madhat ter’s Coffee Shop in upper High Street are to be commended on their ongoing fund-raising efforts for Grahamstown SPCA. Residents drop off second-hand books at Madhatter’s and customers then purchase them, with proceeds going to SPCA. Well done! NEW SHOP ON BEAUFORT ... At the official opening of the Makana Service Station at the corner of Beaufort Street and Bathurst Street a fortnight ago, it was announced that a Pick n Pay convenience store will open on the premises adjacent to the Caltex service station. The new shop will be 120m² in extent, and will be located in the double-storey building in Bathurst Street alongside the service station. Co-owner of the new development, Jon Campbell, said the rezoning and other red tape issues had been attended to and it was all systems go for the new Pick n Pay. At the opening of the new Caltex There’s going to be much fun and laughter on Saturday, April 14 when Oatlands Prep School holds a fun run starting at Grey dam at the foot of Mountain Drive. The action gets under way at 9am (registration from 8am) and the entry fee is R10pp. Prizes will be on offer and there will be food and refreshment stalls. includes nine parent members. They are Gareth Dampies, Barend Lensley, David Long, Michael McCallum, Eugene Repinz, Natalie Ripley, Lunga Twaku, Etienne Walters and Kerryn Wiblin. TALKING TOP TEN ... Congratulations to Tashin Patrick of BAREFOOT BRIGADE: The Frans Erasmus under-13 tournament at PJ Olivier High School kicked off the local schools’ 2018 rugby season in grand style. Here a PJ Olivier player, right, is scragged by a Settlers Park Primary School player. Players in this age group do not wear boots. Picture: SID PENNEY. filling station, Caltex Eastern Cape marketer executive Pat Kelly said that what set Makana Service Station apart from other filling stations were the “great service levels” t h at motorists will experience. “We ’re proud to have you as part of us,” he added. DANCING LAUNCH ... The National English Literary Museum (NELM) presents the launch of the book Dancing With Hyenas by Mzi Mahola at The Eastern Star (NELM satellite) in Anglo-African Street at 5.30pm on Thursday, April 12. FUN AROUND THE DAM ... Oatlands Prep has announced the parent members on its School Governing Body (SGB) for the next three years – Ms Nandipha Gongqa, Mr Phehello Mahasele, Mr Patrick Tali and Ms Michaelone Vaaltyn. ON VACATION ... Rhodes University students have been on vac for the past fortnight and return to lecture halls and theatres on Monday, April 9. The second term continues until Friday, June 22. GOVERNING ... Graeme College’s recently-elected School Governing Body (SGB) Graeme College on his selection to the South African Schools’ A debating team, which essentially means he is amongst the top 10 debaters in the countr y. CAPTAIN OF THE TEAM . .. Jess Gornall, a member of Belmont Golf Club, has been selected captain of the Eastern Province ladies’ team to play in the 72-hole team golf championships in Pretoria in May. RANKING IMPROVED … Erin Powers of Diocesan School for Girls took part in the under-14 girls’ section of last month’s SA Schools closed squash tournament in Johannesburg and ended up 7th overall in the country, improving her SA national age group ranking to 6th. Being an invitational tournament there was a very high level of squash on display at Parkview Squash Centre from under-14 level to under-19 for both boys and girls. The tournament was a compulsory qualifying event for possible national selections in 2018. PART OF THE TEAM … I was one of thousands of spectators attending the Graeme College rugby day a fortnight ago. And during the course of the day I took time off to page through the very informative programme which was sponsored by Pam Golding Proper ties. What struck me upon looking through details of the various competing schools on the day were the officials accompanying the teams, presumably all teachers. Three decades ago there was the team coach and that was that. These days schools’ senior teams have head coaches, assistant coaches, forward coaches, backline coaches, biokineticists, fitness trainers and even sport scientists. What happened to the good old baggage master and the guy who rubbed wintergreen on tired and aching legs? STICKERS AND SHOELACES … It may be a long way off, but Child Welfare Grahamstown is reminding and urging local businesses and individuals to become involved in Tekkie Tax Day on May 25. In order to help Grahamstown children, Child Welfare is selling stickers at R10 each, shoelaces for R35 a pair (includes a sticker) and T-shirts for adults (R85 each) and children (R65 each). For more info and orders e-mail d e b b i e c h i l d w e l fa re @ g m a i l . c o m or visit the Child Welfare offices at 1 Coles Lane (off High Street). COUNTRY LESSONS ... The Grahamstown 1966 Directory has a section titled “Schools” and lists not only Grahamstown schools, but also rural schools in the district . I wonder which of those listed in the booklet are still in existence. Check out the following: Alicedale Primary School; Manley Flats Primary School; Mount Pleasant Primary School; Salem Primary School; Sevenfountains Primary School; and Sidbury Primary School. TWO OCEANS … The results of Grahamstown athletes who took part in the Old Mutual Two Oceans ultra-marathon (56km) and half-marathon (21km) at the weekend will be published in next week’s Grahamstown column. HI THERE, MR RABBIT: Ronel Campbell (right), wife of one of the co-owners of new Caltex filling station Makana Service Station, meets the Caltex White Rabbit Ayanda Kwinana at the official opening of the filling station in Beaufort Street. Picture: SID PENNEY GOOD TO BE BACK: Delighted to be meeting up with former schoolmates were these Old Graemians, seen at the Graeme College Founders Weekend. From left, they are David Monk, Budgie van Reenen, Mike Ryan, Peter Meyer, DONATING RED: Rhodes University 4th year Pharmacy student Aysha Shariff from KwaZulu-Natal donated her fourth unit of blood when Port Elizabeth-based SA National Blood Service (SANBS) visited Eden Grove last month. Assisting her is nurse Siya

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