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4 Talk of the Town ADVERTISING / NEWSDESK: (046) 624 4356 Find us on Facebook March 29, 2018 EFF MPLs deliver petition to PA hospital managers RALLY WINNER: Carel Buchner, left, from Grahamstown was second overall and won the trophy for most desirable car at the OD Inggs Memorial Run. With him are Albany Vintage and Classic Motor Club chairman Joe Janssens, centre, and clerk of the course Peter Viner ’69 Benz leaves rivals in its wake in OD Inggs Run THE 21st OD Inggs Memorial Run took place last weekend with entrants coming from East London, Port Elizabeth, Queenstown, Grahamstown and Port Alfred to take part. The annual event, hosted by the Albany Vintage and Classic Motor Club (AVCMC), is held in memory of the late OD Inggs, an undertaker from Grahamstown who was an avid collector of vintage motor vehicles with a collection of more than 100 vehicles. The vintage and classic cars taking part in the weekend’s run included a wide range of vehicles, among them a 1946 Morris 8, a 1963 Jaguar E-type, a number of Mercedes cars, two Austins and two Rovers dating back to the ’50s and ’60s. The run visited Bathurst, Grahamstown, Bedford, Kenton and Alexandria over the two days. The overall winners in their 1969 Mercedes-Benz were Colin and Anne Meyer from East London who won the event last year. In second place was Carel and Margaret Buchner from Grahamstown in their 1963 Jaguar E-t ype. Carel’s car was voted by his fellow competitors as being the most desirable car in the event. Third place went to Bruce Yendell and Peter Owen-Smith in a 1970 Rover P6. The club trophy once again went to AVCMC who took four out of the top six places. TK MTIKI PORT Alfred hospital security and staff seemed taken aback last Thursday when EFF members of the provincial legislature unexpectedly showed up to deliver a petition. TotT was alerted that the group would be visiting the hospital and covered the story. As the group approached the hospital’s gate, security guards appeared nervous. The same atmosphere prevailed when the group entered the hospital. They asked for the administration offices, and were led to them. When they entered the office they came across a woman who appeared startled. EFF regional convener Litha Zibula noticed the discomfort and said: “Look, we know that the EFF is known as a violent party but we are not here to fight with anyone”. He explained that they were at the hospital to hand over a petition to management. “We are EFF MPLs serving at the provincial legislature and the EFF has declared 2018 as the year of public health care,” he said. SEEING RED: EFF MPLs in discussion with Port Alfred Hospital management over a petition about service delivery at the hospital. The party has declared 2018 as the year of public health care Picture: TK MTIKI He further explained that this was a programme being conducted nationwide. When he was about to start reading their petition, a hospital administration staff member interrupted him saying that she was procedurally forbidden from commenting on the matters unless authorised. She said management was not aware of the EFF visit, which is why other management members were absent. But local EFF member Xolisa Runeli provided proof of an e-mail which was sent to hospital management. Zibula stopped reading the petition, but explained what it was about. He said the EFF understood that public hospitals were facing challenges that were beyond management’s powers. He said the EFF wanted to be an additional voice at a provincial level and possibly nationally if needs be. “We are aware that public hospitals are facing issues of infrastructure, shortage of funds, and these are things that we want to address at a provincial parliament,” he said. He asked staff members to report issues concerning machinery which is not fixed on time. “We want to work with you and be your direct voice in parliament,” he said. “Look, this is a start but not the end, we will constantly visit hospitals,” he said. When asked about the effectiveness of their plan, Zibula said: “We will engage management on a regular basis and have public meetings with community members to ensure that management and the community speak one language”. The treatment received by the public from hospitals will be a determining factor in terms of what more needs to be done. The EFF MPLs asked for permission to do a walk-through to see the conditions of the wards but they were refused permission. They left an application for a walk-through for their next visit which they said will be confirmed next month. It’s all systems go for the Bathurst Agricultural Show Distinctive By TIMBER TOWN Kitchens Ŗ Ŗ Ŗ Ŗ Ŗ 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 READY TO GO: Some of the Bathurst Agricultural Show executive committee who met at the showgrounds on Monday to make sure this year’s show goes without a hitch. They are, from left, Christine Craddock, Sheila Macauley, Pam Elliott, Derrick Church Eddie Wepener, Marius Marais, Louwrens Orsmond, Louise Hepburn, Garry Pagel, Danny Wepener, Tosca Spenceley, Neville Williamson and Brent McNamara Picture: ROB KNOWLES Showing from Friday 30 March - Thursday 05 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 ROB KNOWLES IT’S all systems go for the 100th Bathurst Agricultural Show which takes place at the Bathurst Showgrounds from April 6 to 8, and the updates made to many of the most popular events are generating a lot of excitement among participants. The show committee, under the leadership of Bathurst Agricultural Society (BAS) president Danny Wepener, met for its final meeting before the show begins at the showgrounds, on Monday evening to hammer out the final details. “It’s going to be the best show ever,” said Wepener, who was supported in his assertion by the other members present. For example, the show is famous for its equestrian section that always features some of the best riders and horses from the province as well as from around the country. But this year there will be a derby as well as a show jumping event. Currently there are 82 horses and riders who will make the trip to Bathurst to take part in the events, and most of the classes are now full. “The derby is creating quite a stir with the horse communit y,” said BAS lady president Pam Elliott, who is also the convener of the equestrian events at the show. There have also been many changes and Trading Hours: Mon – Thurs – 08:30 – 16:30 Fri – 08:30 – 15:30 | Sat 09:00 - 13:00 | Sun 09:00 - 12:00 31 March – 10am/11am Contact for further details improvements in the showgrounds itself, with new paving, new horse and cattle stalls, a revamp of the beer garden and a whole lot more. Wepener is pleased that, with just over a week to go, everything is ready for the show to begin. Arrangements for the bars to be fully stocked, and with TVs set up so that visitors can drink a beer or a wine and watch some sport while they get ready for even more excitement at the show. There will be almost 200 stands at this year’s show, but the committee made it clear at the outset that the stalls must support local hand-crafted goods and not the more mass-produced plastic items from outside the country. As for entertainment, the Graeme College Steel Band will once again keep visitors smiling and even have them dancing along to Caribbean sounds. Armand the singing cowboy will keep the folks’ feet tapping and even singing along, Rod Tyson’s Zulu Dancers will be there, as will belly dancers, a children’s ballroom dancing routine – and more. There will also be the traditional Grand Parade, where visitors can see vintage and working tractors, vintage cars and animals marching through the showgrounds. But, of course, it wouldn’t be an agricultural show (the province’s oldest and biggest agricultural show) without the animals. This year there will be sheep shearing, a cattle auction, fowls, pigs and more, along with an enormous stock programme to look forward to. “The society wishes to thank the public and all sponsors, helpers and volunteers of this as well as previous shows for their contributions and look forward to hosting the best Bathurst Agricultural Show ever,” said Wepener. 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March 29, 2018 ADVERTISING / NEWSDESK: (046) 624 4356 Find us on Facebook Talk of the Town 5 YOUR VOICE CRIMEBRIEFS ... vox pops on the street Where will you be this Easter weekend? ANDREW C O U P E R - T H WA I T E : At Riet River, where we are staying in our family home on holiday from Ballito for three weeks with our red and white Border collie, Bolt. DAPHNEY TITI-MSUTU: Home. VERONIQUE LOTTER: Station Hill sports field on Saturday. We have a big thing every year – each section has a rugby and netball team – and they compete against each other, with T-shirts and sponsors and everything. ERROL THOMAS: I would like to go to Grahamstown, but have no transport. SARAH NICHOLSON: Spending the weekend in Port Alfred with my husband and our two young ones – we are from Cape Tow n . LAZOLA HALANA: Going back home to Pedi, just came to Port Alfred to do some shopping. BURGLARS hit a George Street home on March 20. The resident returned home at about 8pm after spending the day out, to find there had been a break-in. There was an open kitchen window with burglar bars removed and a missing hot plate. MultiSecurit y response officers and police attended and a case was opened. ý On the night of Wednesday March 21, there were suspicious men in the Seabreeze Road area. In the early hours of the next morning, at 3.30am, there was a break-in at Bromley Street. The alarm went off and Multisecurity officers attended and found a window forced open by the TV room, and an Apple laptop was missing. A case was opened with the police. ý In the early hours of last Friday at 3.30am, a police officer reported a break-in at Freshwater Road and an attempted break-in at Southdowns Avenue. MultiSecurit y officers patrolled the area but no suspects were fo u n d . ý On Friday at about 12 noon a bystander reported someone drowning in the Kowie River just off Wharf Street. The NSRI attended as well as Gardmed ambulance service and the fire depar tment. The man was rescued and found to be under the influence of alcohol and was taken away SPACE GALORE TO ACCOMMODATE ALL R2 845 000 JOINT MANDATE by police. ý There was another break-in in Farnham Street in the early hours of Sunday morning. At about 4.30am, the tenant arrived at the police station and said that he had woken up at 4am to find his TV missing. MultiSecurit y officers attended the site. The door was not locked and the alarm was not armed. The burglars made off with a 49-inch flat screen TV, as well as two Samsung cellphones, a laptop, handbag containing about R200 and bank cards and ID books. A case was opened. VIEW BY APPOINTMENT Kids come join the fun at the Anchorage Easter This friendly family home has got loads of space in an ŐŐŶŽŽĨĨŶΘŝĞŽďĞŽŶŽŝůů ĂŵĂŝŶŐůŚĞŶŐĞĚĂŶĚďĞĂŬĨĂŽĞŶĂůŽĞůĨ ĞĞŶŐĞŽŵĞĞŚĞĂĞŶŶŚĞĞĂůŽŶĞ ĐĂĞŝŶŐŶŝŽŶŐĂŶĚŚŽĞŶĂůŐĞůŝŝŶŐĂĞĂ ŐĞŽĞĂĚĚĞŚĞŶĐŚŽĂŐĞĂůů ŝŚĞŶĞĂŝŶŵĞŶĨĂĐŝůŝĞContact Susan: 082 820 4104 ŝŵĞ The Anchorage, Gluckman Road: Tel 046 624 2454 Fax 046 624 3347 e-mail:

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