TOTT 17 January 2019



Thursday, Januar y 17, 2019

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TRUCK FLIP: A truck piled high with tons of cardboard boxes meant for

recycling overturned at the bottom of Southwell Road on Wednesday morning,

injuring at least two people


Pedestrians injured

as loaded truck rolls


In another traffic incident on

Southwell Road which occurred just

after 8am on Wednesday morning,

a truck loaded with tons of baled

cardboard boxes overturned as it

sped down the hill, scattering its

contents across one lane and

injuring at least two people.

An eye witness to the incident

said he had seen the truck coming

down the hill at speed and, as the

truck negotiated the right hand

curve, watched as the load it was

carrying overbalanced and the

truck fell onto its side, scattering

bales of cardboard boxes across

the road.

“The truck was going fa st , ” said

the witness, who was not identified.

“I saw the load it was carrying was

too much and [the truck] started to

tip over. I knew what was going to


Talk of the Town was at the scene

only minutes after the incident

occurred and witnessed the

devastation as well as two

pedestrians who lay injured under

some of the hundreds of cardboard

boxes scattered around.

Police and emergency services

personnel had already arrived and

were administering first aid to the

injured pedestrians as well as

redirecting the traffic that was

beginning to back up along

Southwell road.

Southwell Road is part of the

Sanral (South African National

Road Authority Limited) R72

upgrade project which began in

October 2016.

At present, none of the proposed

additional traffic lights which will

have the effect of slowing vehicles

on the hill have been erected.

No word has yet been given by

police as to the extent of the

injuries the two victims suffered or

if any other person was involved in

the incident.

Pay-back fails

to please all


Members of the Masakhane stokvel

in Nemato are continuing to press

charges against their treasurer,

ward 7 councillor Mbuyiseli Yali,

after his car accident in which their R92,000

in contributions was allegedly stolen, even

though other ANC councillors clubbed

together and paid back the money last

Fr i d ay.

Still unhappy, the members believe they

are owed over R150,000 in repayments and

interest from the stokvel, and that Yali

should be sanctioned for the theft by his

party as well as the municipality.

On December 15 last year, Yali had

apparently collected the money from a bank

in Port Alfred and had travelled to Bathurst

before handing it over to recipients, when

the alleged incident took place.

In a report by Malibongwe Dayimani of

our sister newspaper, the Daily Dispatch,

stokvel member Asonge Nyendwana said

Ya l i ’s payment was not enough and

members were expecting at least R153,000

to be returned.

Ndlambe council speaker Vivian

Maphaphu was the largest contributor to the

bail-out, paying R44,777 from her own

pocket, while Ndlambe executive committee

councillor Monica Mateti gave R10,000, with

Yali making up the difference himself.

According the Dispatch, the Sarah

Baartman ANC regional executive

committee (REC) instructed Yali to pay back

the money and commented that the ANC

perceived the matter “borders on the

integrity and code of conduct” and

apologised to the stokvel members.

Yali is due to appear before the REC on

Tuesday next week.

Comment was requested from both

Maphaphu and Mateti but none had been

received by the time the paper went to print,

although the Dispatch report indicated that

they did speak to the press about the

incident, reporting that Mphaphu had said:

“He [Yali] is a colleague of mine and a child

[Yali is 37 years old]. I am a 63-year-old with

four children who might one day find

themselves in a similar situation.”

Municipal spokesperson Cecil Mbolekwa

said in an e-mail: “There is no formal or

written complaint that has been received by

the municipality or council at this stage. We

can only respond to you once this issue has

gone to [the] ethics committee [and] then

to council.”

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Robbers beat

elderly woman,

steal R40,000


An elderly Seafield

resident was beaten

by robbers who broke

into her home and

stole a R40,000

necklace in the early

hours of Tuesday


Po l i c e

s p o ke s person Captain

Mali Govender said:

“It is alleged that two

suspects threw a

rock, breaking a front

big window [to] gain

entry to the house.

“In the house there

was an elderly woman

staying alone.

“The suspects hit

her with a fist [and

she] sustained

injuries to her upper

lip and the left wrist.”

Also on that same

morning in


burglars broke into

another house but in

this case only stole

some beers.

“The suspects

broke a window using

a plank and gained

ent rance,” Govender


A case of house

robbery was opened

but no arrests have

been made.

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Even experienced sailors

can have problems, as

skipper Jurie Swart

discovered on Sunday when

three members of his

six-person crew fell overboard

when his boat was swamped

by a wave at East Beach in

Port Alfred.

NSRI Port Alfred deputy

station commander Stephen

Slade reported the incident.

“At 7.12am on Sunday

January 13, NSRI Station 11

Port Alfred, Gardmed

Ambulance Services and the

SA Police Services responded

to East Beach where some of

the crew of a 6m Buttcat boat

had reportedly fallen out of

the boat in the surf when the

craft had attempted to turn

into the waves,” read Slade’s

repor t.

The sea rescue craft Rescue

11 Alpha was launched.

“Of a total crew of six, all

adult males, that were on the

boat, three had fallen out the

boat when the boat turned in

a wave,” reported Slade.

“One man had been

recovered onto the boat. One

man had reached the pier and

was able to reach safety. One

man was rescued onto the sea

rescue craft.

“The casualty craft beached

on East Beach and was later

recovered with the assistance

of a breakdown recovery

ser vice.

“Two men were treated for

injuries, the man who had

reached the pier and the man

who was rescued by the NSRI,

were both treated for non-fatal

drowning symptoms, scrapes

and bruises, and transported

to the hospital by Gardmed

ambulance in a stable


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Talk of the Town 3


claim to fame

for former

Bathurst man

Designer hopes

to unite people,

change lifestyles

Former Bathurst

resident Luvuyo

Ndiki will launch

his first biodegradable

design patent cup

made from sugarcane

and corn starch in

May, under the

lifestyle brand Red

Cup Village.

Ndiki founded Red

Cup Village, which is

based in Cape Town.

The company uses

3D printing

technology to produce

a unique drinking cup

using a polylactide

(PLA) filament, which

is a biodegradable

and bioactive

t h e r m o p l a st i c

aliphatic polyester

derived from

renewable resources

such as sugarcane

and cornstarch.

Ndiki was born in

Butterworth but grew

up in Bathurst.

His Red Cup Village

dream started while

he was studying

towards his 3D

industrial technology/

product design course

and communication

degree at the Cape

Peninsula University

of Technology in 2014.

“Red Cup Village

was inspired by a

story my grandmother

told me about a

woman, back in the

13th century.

“This African lady

united two rival

village-tribes by

inviting them to a

gathering where she

made them drink from

the same wooden

cup,” Ndiki said.

“Without realising

it, the two kings

started sharing the

same cup, which

made them share

their cultures, visions,

beliefs and created

unity in the village.”

Red Cup Village

introduced its

renowned red cups

into the African

market in 2014, when

the company used to

brand cups with

st i c ke r s .

They then began

looking towards

creating sustainable

products for the

environment and

helping stimulate

green economic

growth by producing

products from

recycled plastic


“Our brand story

has always been

about bringing people

from different cultures

together and creating

social cohesion – it’s

not just a cup, but a

lifest yle,” Ndiki said.

“We are building a

global lifestyle brand

through innovative

SUSTAINABLE PRODUCT: Cape Town-based entrepreneur Luvuyo Ndiki,

who grew up in Bathurst, shows an example of a biodegradable cup

made from sugarcane and corn starch, which he has patented

concepts and

premium products.”

The company now

has three registered

design patents with

pending international

t rademarks.

Ndiki said he had

kept the company

going since 2014.

“Red Cup Village

wants to help change

how our South African

racial history has

divided this beautiful

country, and make it

the hub of innovative

people and diverse


“We want to make

everyone drink from

the same cup as one

n at i o n , ” he said.

The Red Cup Village

team comprises

designers, content

creators, event


p h ot o g r a p h e r s ,

videographers and

web and social media

s p e c i a l i st s .




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HAPPY TO BE BACK AT SCHOOL: Shaw Park Primary School had a warm welcome for all the new pupils and their families as well as new grade 7

teacher Nadine Mckerrow last week

WELCOME TEACH: El Shaddai Christian Academy

grade 5 pupils, from left, Keagan van Rooyen,

Khazimla Mawu, Sibusiso Dama and Inganathi

Ncana, with substitute teacher Pastor Reddie


JUST STARTING OUT: Teacher Jackie Gouws with the grade RRR and RR

pupils at El Shaddai

SCHOOL IS COOL: Rogan Coetzee and Jennifer Mbola were among the

pupils looking forward to another school year at Shaw Park Primary

School on the first day back in class last week

OUTNUMBERED: El Shaddai’s matric class of 2019, from left, Ambesa

Qolohle, Julie Mbabela, Hannah Naude and Yanganani Nkewana carrying

the solitary lad, Abongile Mbeda

STARTING BIG SCHOOL: Grade 1 pupil Bianca

Potgieter with mom, Madeleine, on the first day

of school at Alexandria Christian Academy

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AHEAD: Teacher

Alison Austin

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R class at El


C h r i st i a n


BIG WELCOME: The school year started with a

bang at Alexandria Christian Academy, with a

big party for pupils. Luntu Sizani, left, and

Shammah Mtanase welcomed new and

returning pupils

GETTING HIS WINGS: The back to school theme at Alexandria Christian

Academy was ‘wings’. The school showed a YouTube video of the cycle of

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Fundraising planned for sick teen


Storm Jacobs is a

15-year-old Klipfontein

resident who has been

living with Duchene muscular

disorder since he was just six.

His mother, Karina Jacobs,

told TotT of her son’s daily

st ruggles.

Storm was born a normal,

healthy boy, but at five years

old his mother noticed that he

started walking strangely, and

then when he turned six he

started crawling and couldn’t

walk at all.

“We went to Provincial

Hospital in Port Elizabeth and

they ran some tests and sent

them to Cape Town. They

came back stating that he was

suffering from Duchene

muscular disorder. Now he

can’t walk at all,” Karina said.

“He was using a wheelchair

but it didn’t have the neck

support and he can’t sit up by

himself because his muscles

are getting weaker by the day.

“For him to sit up straight

we had to put cushions

around him. We need a

wheelchair that can support

his neck and those are very

expensive,” she said.

A family friend, Eugene

Williams, wants to put on a

charity gospel show to raise

funds for Storm. It will be held

in Port Alfred in around April –

more details will be revealed

closer to the time.

“I want to help him because

I don’t think it is nice to be in

bed all the time, even when

you don’t even feel like it,”

Williams said.

“I want all the ticket sale

money to go to Storm. And

anyone who would like to

donate money, please do so

because his family cannot

afford the kind of wheelchair

he needs. All I can confirm for

now about the gospel show is

that we even have artists from

Cape Town, and we are hoping

to do it in Jauka Hall.

“The boy has been out of

school for almost ten years

now He left school when he

was in Grade 2 because he

couldn’t cope with the kids at

his school – they used to

tease him all the time and it

hurt his feelings.”

Anyone who can help in any

way can contact Eugene on

062-457-4660. He said the

family would appreciate any

help, including adult nappies.

APPEAL FOR HELP: Storm Jacobs has been living with Duchene muscular

disorder since the age of six and he and his family are in desperate need

of help from the community



... vox pops on the street

What advice would you give a first-year

student going to universit y?




would advise

them to make

use of all the

oppor tunities

that come their

way. Don’t go

there to blow

money, and

know that every

day counts.


I would advise them

to go to all their

lectures – don’t

miss a single one.



must know where

they come from

and what they

want in life; focus

more on their

studies to achieve



would advise

them not to let

the pressures of

varsity get the

better of them;

take any sound

advice that will

build them in life.



are a lot of


happening. They

must not get too

excited, and

forget the real

reason they are

there. Take the

year as it comes.


I would advise

them to choose

friends wisely,

and work hard

in their studies

as well.






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You can’t shoot at animals, says SPCA


A video of a Royal

Alfred Marina resident

taking aim with a

catapult at Egyptian

geese has been doing

the rounds and has

caused some

consternation among


The video, by local

businessman Diederick

Stopforth, was posted

on Facebook and went

viral, reaching 16,000


Most of the

comments on his post

condemned the actions

of the marina resident

and expressed concern

for the welfare of the

CAUGHT ON CAMERA: A frame from a cellphone

video taken by Diederick Stopforth over last

weekend showing a Royal Alfred Marina

resident armed with a catapult with which he

was taking shots at Egyptian geese


This is not the first

time an incident like

this has happened. A

few years ago another

marina resident, a

well-known pastor, had

charges of animal

cruelty levelled against

him for shooting an

Egyptian goose with a

pellet gun.

Stopforth complained

to the SPCA about the

latest incident and

showed his video to

them, asking for action.

In turn the SPCA sent

its local inspector, Anel

Slabbert, to talk to the

man with the catapult

and educate him on the

correct course of action

when attempting to

dissuade the birds from

landing and feeding

from his lawn. These

suggestions were not

harmful to the animals.

The SPCA reported

back that the matter

had been dealt with and

that the resident would

not be firing any more

“b i r d - s h ot s ”.

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D i ffe r i n g

views on

moralit y

As we report on the McLaren Circus

show in this week’s edition, we

acknowledge that the use of

animals in the circus is a contentious


The three shows were by no means

full, but the circus was well supported by

parents taking their children to the show,

as well as groups of adults just

attending for their own pleasure.

Far more people were at the shows

than the 20 who picketed at the entrance

to the hospital field where the circus had

set up its big top. This demonstrates that

for many people the use of animals in

the circus is not a burning issue. In fact,

the animals, which included lions, tigers,

camels, horses, goats and poodles, were

among the drawcards to the show.

For the townsfolk who didn’t attend

the circus, nor allied themselves with the

protestors, the issue seems neither here

nor there.

When I looked at the children’s faces

during the show, I saw their awe and

delight in response to all the acts – the

clowns, the acrobats, the juggler and the

animals too. I was reminded of my own

childhood going to see Boswell Wilkie

Circus at the East London beachfront.

The big top then seemed so much

bigger, and perhaps it was, but I was

looking through a child’s eyes.

And the children who go to the circus

now and enjoy the show are still

innocent. They haven’t been told they

m u st n ’t enjoy it, that the life of a circus

animal is depressing.

No doubt if we as children had seen

an elephant being beaten or pondered

the life of a caged animal being carted

around from town to town, we would

have been grieved. But it is only as

adults really, that we become

worldly-wise to such things.

I acknowledge the sadness of the life

of a circus animal. Does it motivate me

to go stand with the protestors and take

up their cause? No, it does not.

Each of us have issues close to our

heart that galvanise our outrage and

indignation – we are not all the same.

Most troubling for me over this period

was the meanness and nastiness I

encountered among the people opposed

to McLaren Circus – not necessarily

among the protestors who stood there

peacefully with their placards, but

among the armchair activists sounding

off on Facebook.

They do not sound like loving people

at all. In fact, it is very easy to draw out

how skewed their moral compass is

when it comes to other things we should

care about in our shared humanity. That

grieves me far more.

Jon Houzet









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from the UK, Claude Gerber

and Thereza Olfsson, were

amazed at the foam coming

from the sea when they were

kite-flying at Port Alfred’s

West Beach on Monday

afternoon. They said they had

never seen anything like it

before Picture: GEORGE PETZER


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El Shaddai pupils

make school proud

El Shaddai Christian Academy is ecstatic with our

2018 matric results.

Our pupils did us proud. Their hard work and the

invaluable input from the teachers and parents paid

off with us having 100% pass rate.

We are ready and raring to go for 2019. We have

increased numbers of pupils and a wonderful team

of staff to inspire and motivate pupils to achieve

their best. We look forward to what this year holds.

Our little ones have settled in beautifully with

very few tears and love for each other being

tangible and visible. Pastor Reddie Ndoro joins our

team as a substitute teacher and she already has

the pupils outside utilising the natural environment

as part of their studies.

We would also like to welcome Mr Atkinson, Mrs

Dodd and Mrs Beadon.

AMANDA RATHBONE, El Shaddai Christian Academy

S o n’s disability grant

not paid for months

As we had moved from

Howick in KwaZulu-Natal

to Port Alfred we went to

the local Sassa offices

to change our address.

This was sometime in

May last year.

We were required to

hand in proof of

residence (we had

moved from town to

Kleinemonde during this


The disability grant for

our son, Wayne, was

always paid into his

bank account, yet since

June last year, he has

not received his grant.

Sue van Deventer at

the Sassa offices has

been very kind in

helping us fix the

problem but,

unfortunately, we seem

to have hit a wall as

nothing is happening.

We need someone

with the authority to tell

us what has gone wrong

and why, as for more

than half a year, our son

has not received his

disability grant.

Is there anyone who

can help us and tell us

what needs to be done

to reinstate his pension?


Emergency numbers

Port Alfred hospital – (046) 604-4000

Police station – (046) 604-2001/2

Multi-Security – (046) 624-2508

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Sky Alarms – (046) 624-2806

NSRI – 082-990-5971

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Holistic EMS – 063-460-0042

Fire Department – (046) 624-1111

Thank you for Tree of Joy

On behalf of all the members of

the Rotary Club of Port Alfred, I

would like to thank the amazing

people of Port Alfred, and the

holidaymakers, who so

generously donated gifts or

cash to our 11th Rotary Tree of

Joy project during December


Your response was truly

overwhelming and it enabled

us, on your behalf, to spread

joy to some 265 people in our

community by giving them

Thank you

from Child

Welfare PA

With heartfelt

appreciation I would like

to thank all the people

that helped us during

December 2018.

I will only mention a

few: Pastor Ndoro, Rotary

Club, Lewis Stores

Makhanda, Anna Nel,

Shaun and family,

Nemato Foundation,

Gunther Johannson, Aunt

Sally and Ellen Fober.

I hope Nemato

Foundation will be able to

continue helping us.

Thank you so much.


foster mother at Child

Welfare Port Alfred

Golf fundraiser a big hit

The Kleinemonde Golf Day, which

was kindly hosted by the Royal

Port Alfred Golf Club on

December 23, was very well

supported by local and visiting

g o l fe r s .

The organisers, Nowell

Barnes-Webb, Rory and Mel

Gailey and Dave Jones-Phillipson

are proud to announce that the

phenomenal amount of

R285,000 was raised on the day.

The main beneficiary of this

hugely successful fundraiser is

Sunshine Coast Hospice, which

received R190,000 towards their

home-based, palliative, cancer

really wonderful Christmas

gif ts!

In addition, we would like to

thank Pick n Pay for sponsoring

200 paper shopping bags so

the gifts could be carried home

easily. Last year we found that

many little people opened gifts

and then battled to hold the

contents together.

Thank you to Rosehill Mall for

allowing us to use their atrium

for our project.

Thank you to Tidelines, Pam

care programme.

Other beneficiaries are the

Kleinemonde Inter-

Denominational Church, The

Mashie Golf Course, The

Kleinemonde Ratepayers

Association, The Kleinemonde

Sports Club and the SPCA.

Hospice joins the organisers,

Nowell, Rory, Mel and Dave in

thanking all the golfers and

volunteers who contributed to

the tremendous success of the

d ay.

This was indeed a community

effort and it is heart-warming to

see how all worked together to

Golding, Lavender Lane, Bean &

Olive and Country Living for

assisting as drop-off zones for

gif ts.

What a very special town,

what incredible people, what

huge hearts – Rotary is so

privileged to be a part of this

wonderful community. Thank

you, Port Alfred!

With our very best wishes to

each one of you for 2019, yours

in Rotary.


Rotary wishes Port Alfred

a happy and peaceful 2019

On behalf of all the members of

the Rotary Club of Port Alfred, I

would like to take this opportunity

of wishing you all a happy,

peaceful and prosperous 2019.

I would also like to say a very

big thank you to the Talk of the

Town for all the support given to

Rotary through the coverage of

Having just spent a

very pleasant holiday

in Port Alfred, I felt I

needed to point out a

potential accident

point before it


At the corner of

Pascoe Crescent and

Albany Road there is

a road sign that

obliterates one’s view

of the traffic coming

over the bridge when

one is at the stop

st reet.

our events and projects

throughout the year – we so

appreciate the exposure and

positive relationship that Rotary

has with your paper.

With our very best wishes to

each one of you for 2019.

Yours in Rotary.


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Alfred on all the

upgrades taking

place, even though

there is still a long

way to go!


host such a special event.

Special thanks to the Royal

Port Alfred Golf Club, all the

players for their support and to

Cathy Braans for sourcing prizes.

We are most grateful to all the

sponsors of the event; to the

numerous individuals and local

businesses for their

contributions, and most

especially to our main sponsor

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very generous donations.

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Saluting our

l i f e g u a rd s

This is a “shout out”, thumbs up

and a big thank you to all the

lifeguards who were on duty during

the holiday season and who

provided safety and reassurance to

all water-users.

Your dedication and service are

much appreciated.

Having said this, it does concern

me that at two beaches visited,

namely Kleinemonde and Boknes

lagoon, I noted that the lifeguards

on duty had no shade protection in

the form of gazebos or umbrellas

Port Alfred Hospital came

up trumps after nasty fall

On the morning of January 12 at

about 7am I visited the Port Alfred

Hospital casualty after a bad fall.

I had a badly bleeding gash to

my neck and a dislocated finger

resulting from the fall.

I would like to express my

considerable appreciation to the

casualty staff for their prompt and

and were sitting on the beach at

midday in sweltering temperatures.

This is an oversight and a lack of

consideration for the lifeguards

who provide such an essential

ser vice.

In the spirit of solidarity and

being mindful of the idea of decent

work, this is a plea to the relevant

authorities to ensure that the

proper tools of the trade are

provided next season.


efficient treatment and to Dr

Kaninida who was particularly kind,

considerate and efficient in

straightening the finger and

sewing up the gash.

Many thanks Port Alfred Hospital

casualt y.



... with Sue Soroczynski

Question: Tell us about your


Answer: For nearly 40

years I was a pre-primary

teacher, the majority of those

years spent teaching kids

aged 5 or 6 in London,

Namibia and Botswana.

When I retired I came to

live in Port Alfred.

Now I play bridge (badly),

do as much exercise as I can,

support charity

organisations, read a lot and

have as much fun as


Q: What made you get into

that line of work?

A: I always wanted to be a

teacher because I loved

school so much when I was a


Q: Describe the most

memorable experience that

you have had.

A: My husband and I

travelled to Brazil in 1983 to

adopt a baby and bring her

back to Botswana, where we

were living at the time. We

have never regretted it and

wish we could have adopted

more children.

Q: What is your motto in

l i fe?

A: Always help those less

fortunate than yourself. If

everyone did this, it would be

a far better world.

Q: What makes you happy?

A: I enjoy walking with my

dogs on the beach, and

always have a bag with me

for collecting rubbish.

I also enjoy being at

Petticoat Lane Charity Shop,

where I volunteer as a shop

a s s i st a n t .

This quiet charity shop has

been in business in Port

Alfred for many years, selling

donated clothes, shoes and

household linens.

Every cent goes towards

the thousands of rands

donated yearly to r e g i st e r e d

charities in and around Port


Q: What makes you angry?

A: At my age, lots of things

make me angry! The rubbish

left on the beach; the way

some people drive with no

regard for the law; corruption

in government and poor


Q: What do you think about

the youth of SA? Do you

have any advice for them?

A: The youth of South

Africa have a very hard time

ahead. If they are lucky

enough to get an education,

there are few jobs available.

The standard of South

African qualifications is often

regarded lowly by other

countries, so going overseas

is not as easy as it sounds.

Becoming an entrepreneur

is a great option, if you can

find a gap in the market to


Plumbers, electricians,

mechanics, etc will always be

needed. People with degrees

often have fewer opportunities

for employment than

those with hands-on skills.

Q: If you could change one

thing about Port Alfred…

A: I would build a bypass

around Port Alfred so that the

traffic, especially big trucks

and lorries using the R72,

would not have to come

through the town.

Q: What do you like most

about Port Alfred?

A: That’s an easy one.

The people! The majority

are kind, caring and

generous. The town also

offers so many activities for

retired people that I don’t

even have time to work–

even if I wanted too!

Q: What is your favourite

music of all time?

A: I grew up in the late

70s/early 80s, so that music

will always be special to me,

and remind me of my youth,

the discos and the fun we

had in those days. I love

compilation CDs from that


Q: Name three people you

would like to invite for

dinner (dead or alive).

A: My biological mother,

because I never met her.

Tesla, because I think he was

brilliant and way ahead of his

time. Cleopatra, so I could

ask her how the pyramids

were really built!

Q: Three wishes for South


A: Peace, understanding

and respect between all

citizens to celebrate their

diversity, an honest

government to serve the

people who vote for them

and more development

leading to more

employment, without

having to sacrifice any

of the natural environments.

Going over to the

other side

It was a clear evening

when the Lord Jesus

said to His disciples,

“Let us go over to the

other side”.

Soon after setting

sail, a furious squall

arose, causing the

disciples to fear for

their own lives.

They hurriedly

awakened the Lord

Jesus who was asleep

in the stern of the boat.

They asked, “Te a c h e r,

don’t you care if we

drown?” The wind and

the waves immediately

calmed down at His

command – “Quiet! Be

st i l l ! ” ( Mark 4:35 – 41 )

It was the will of the

Lord for them to go over

to the other side, and

they immediately set

sail in perfect

obedience. As we

contemplate our

journey through 2019,

we need to know what

the will of the Lord is.

We discover this

through prayer, the

reading of His Word

and the leading of the

Holy Spirit.

Knowing God’s will is

extremely important,

but obedience is

i m p e r at i v e .

Although the

disciples were fulfilling

the Lord’s will, they

were confronted by a

life-threatening storm!

Walking in obedience

to the will of the Lord



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does not exempt us

from trials and

tribulations. It is during

these times that the

genuineness of our

faith is tested.

The fact that the Lord

Jesus was with them in

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“So then, those who

suffer according to

God’s will should

commit themselves to

their faithful Creator

and continue to do

good.” (1 Peter 4:19)

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Pagel recalls World Cup honour



season for


services in


Amatola Water CEO Vuyo Zitumane

recently visited Ndlambe to encourage and

applaud the water service team for the

work they had done during the trying

festive season.

Amatola Water is a water board

operating in most areas of the Eastern

Cape. It operates a number of dams and

bulk water supply infrastructure in the

province as well. It provides water to most

of the municipalities that it services.

Amatola Water took over the Albany

Coast Water Board some years ago, and

now oversees the reverse osmosis plant

that services Kenton-on-Sea, Bushman’s

River Mouth and surrounds.

It is also responsible for the bulk water

projects and “quick wins” that have been

ongoing in various parts of Ndlambe for the

past few years.

Amatola Water spokeswoman Nosisa

Sogayise said a litany of reports had

flooded the Amatola Water bulk crisis

management team during the festive

season, when demand increases because

of the big influx of holidaymakers.

Systems had been working under

pressure due to decreasing water levels

and consistent infrastructure challenges.

Sogayise said the Amatola Water team

had collaborated with Ndlambe

Municipality, local leaders and business,

and “literally worked around the clock” to

ensure that local residents and

holidaymakers were not inconvenienced

and got water as and when they needed it.

Even during this peak demand, the team

was able to conserve the precious

resource, she said.

“It is against this background that the

CEO of Amatola Water saw it necessary to

meet and encourage the team. The issue of

saving water was also on the agenda

wherein the CEO emphasised that there

should be heightened awareness to the

people on the issue of water,” S o g ay i s e


“The CEO highlighted that the plant that

is in the area will receive the attention it

deserves as it has not increased in capacity

regardless of the increasing demand in the

area, as there is a new township that has


Sogayise described Kenton, Bushman’s

and surrounds as a “critical tourist

destination area”.

Mandela walking

into change room



From the excitement of being in

the limelight as a top South

African rugby player and a

member of the 1995 Springbok team

that won the World Cup – to the

more sedate life of an Eastern Cape

fa r m e r.

This is the story of Garry Pagel,

owner of Glenhope Farm near

Martindale in the Bathurst district.

Educated at Piet Retief Technical

High School in Adelaide, it was

Pa g e l ’s dream to play for the

Springboks one day. Little did he

realise at the time that this would

become a reality, let alone that he

would follow in the footsteps of the

famous Os du Randt. Du Randt was

also educated at Piet Retief and both

men played in the front row.

During his years at school, it soon

became obvious that Pagel was a

talented rugby player and that he

had a future in the game. After his

under-15 year, he was immediately

selected to play in the school’s first

XV and went on to do so for three

years, also captaining the side. He

was awarded both his colours and

honours blazers and it came as no

surprise when he was selected to

play in the then North East Cape

schools team in the annual Craven

Week competition.

After matriculating in 1984, Pagel

moved to Port Elizabeth where he

joined Telkom as a fitter and turner.

It was here that his rugby career

took off and he got his first taste of

provincial rugby when he

represented the province in 25

matches between 1990 and 1992.

With a promising rugby career

ahead of him, Pagel received a job

offer through the famous Villagers

Rugby Club in Cape Town and moved

to the Mother City in 1992. As a

member of the club, he was selected

to play for Western Province in the

same year and went on to be capped

more than 100 times during the next

five years.

Pagel had started making his mark

in South Africa and was rewarded in

1992 when he was included in the

Junior Springbok team to play the

All Blacks. Two years later he was

selected to play for the South African

A side against the touring

WORLD CUP STAR: Garry Pagel proudly wears the Springbok blazer he

was presented with when selected to play for South Africa in the 1995

World Cup competition. He was in the team that made history by

winning the cup when they beat the mighty All Blacks in the final after

extra time had to be played. He now farms in the Bathurst district

Picture: BOB FORD

Argentinians and England.

With the World Cup looming in

1995, Pagel’s hopes of possibly

playing for the Springboks were

raised when he was invited to attend

the initial squad training sessions

two months before the final team

was announced. This obviously

involved a lot of hard work as

players from all parts of the country

flew to Johannesburg every Monday

morning and returned the same

evening. Pagel explained that this

was to enable then coach Kitch

Christie to get a better idea of those

players on the short list.

Obviously hopeful to make the

final team, Pagel was not expecting

to be included. So it came as a

surprise when the South African

manager, former Springbok captain

Morne du Plessis, called him at

home on a Sunday morning to give

him the wonderful news that he had

been selected.

Asked how he had reacted, Pagel

said: “I told him he must be joking. It

was a special day and a huge

honour to be at a Cape Town hotel

that evening when the team was

officially announced to the country

on TV.”

The team was together for six

continuous weeks preparing for this

rugby showpiece. One of their

training sessions was attended by

then president Nelson Mandela

when he flew to the grounds by

h e l i c o p t e r.

Once the tournament got

underway, South Africa’s first game

was against Australia. Pagel

explained this was a game that was

important to win as, not only was it

obviously good to start with a

victory, but it would take the

pressure off the team and also

influence their pool games.

He played in this game, as he did

against Romania and Canada, but

was on the bench for the French

m at c h .

Then came the big one – the final

against the mighty All Blacks. Here

Pagel started on the bench, but

replaced Balie Swart 15 minutes in

the second half and was, of course,

also on the field for the extra time

after the match had ended as a 12-all

draw after full time.

Asked what the atmosphere was

like in the changing room before the

game started, Pagel replied that the

players were quietly confident as

they had been prepared well. They

were fit and had a good team spirit.

“But what had a huge impact was

when president Mandela walked into

the change room wearing captain

Francois Pienaar’s No6 jersey. He

spoke to us all individually and told

us the whole country was behind

us,” Pagel added.

The game and result is history.

Pagel said that the devastating All

Black wing Jono Lomo had rocked

the whole World Cup with his

storming runs, but some strong

tackles on him seemed to unsettle

the All Blacks and the Springboks

were more confident that they

weren’t going to lose the game.

When the final whistle eventually

went after extra time, Pagel said the

players were “overwhelmed and did

not seem to realise what they had

just achieved”.

It was only at the function

afterwards when the players

received their medals that they

realised the significance of this

wonderful result, not only for

themselves but also for the country.

Of coach Kitch Christie, Pagel said:

“He was a very straightforward man

and you knew where you stood with

him. He was a fair man who believed

in his players. He was also strong on

discipline and you never called him

Kitch – it was always coach or Mr

Christie. Pienaar was also a fine


Pagel completed his rugby career

when he signed a contract to play for

the Northampton Saints in England.

After four years, Pagel decided to

call it a day before any “serious

injuries” and returned to SA and his

second love, that of farming, with

cattle, sheep and boer goats.

He is married to Anna, and the

couple have a daughter.

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We all know the

impact this drought is

having on our


Even the water-wise

plants are struggling.

While I bemoan the

condition of my

garden I often think

how desperate our

farming community

must be. So many

employees and

livestock depend on

their ability to provide

food and water.

So the question is:

“How do I react to

this situation?”

For some of us, the

best thing to do is

wait for the rain and

delay putting any

effort into the garden

until the it comes.


... with Simon Oliver

Being a

p r o c r a st i n ator myself

this often has an

appeal! However,

there is a lot we can

do in the garden

while the trees,

plants and lawn are

semi dormant. This is

the time to clear the

vines, cut out the

dead wood and have

a really good look at

what you have.

It is the time to

have a fresh look and

move things around,

introduce emphasis

plants and maybe

even a couple of

trees. Just a few so it

is easy to care for

them. You might also

want to put in

compost and prepare

the ground so you are

ready when the rain


Somehow I feel

better having done

something rather

than just waiting.

Tackle the problem

rather than just

hoping that it might

eventually just sort

itself out.

That brings me

around to our farming

friends. You might

just avoid them so

you don’t have to

share the pain, but

you may find that by

sharing it they will

feel better, realise

that they aren’t alone.

Please contact me

with your thought on

how best to cope with

something that we

have very little

control over. You can

call me on

082-653-5643 or

e-mail me on

s i m o n . o l i v e r @ s e e f f. c o m

I look forward to

hearing from you.

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Book launch touches many people at CMA breakfast

Writer warns on

grave danger

of bad leaders

within church

WISDOM ABOUT CHRISTIANITY: Christian minister and author

Afrika Mhlophe spoke about his new book ‘A Passion for Position’,

which was recently launched at the Christian Men’s Association

breakfast held at Tash’s Craft Bar on Saturday Picture: NTOMBI MSUTU


The first Christian Men’s

Association breakfast

for 2019, held at Tash’s

Craft bar last Saturday,

provided insight and

teachings on leadership in

churches around South


The guest speaker was

Afrika Mhlophe, who recently

launched a book called A

Passion for Position. He left

the crowd yearning for more

with his wisdom.

Mhlophe has been in

ministry since 1998 and from

2002 he became the leading

pastor of Good News

Community Church in Port


His main focus is calling

Christians to bring kingdom

influence into every domain

of life, and it is for this

reason that he has ventured

to speak and write on

difficult subjects such as

racism, corruption, idolatry,

and many other issues

affecting Christianity.

The decision to write the

book came after he realised

that Christianity had lost

value. He saw the need to

remind the church of basic

principles. He believes that

the situation is so dire that

the church should declare “a

state of emergency” and deal

with a faulty system that is

churning out bad leaders.

“I believe we need to look

into church history and learn

from men and women who

made a point of not

obscuring people’s view of

Christ, leaders who avoided

excess and anything that

distracts from the pure

message of the gospel,”

Mhlophe said.

He started writing the

book three years ago

after noticing that a

growing number of

Christian leaders were

departing from values

that are true marks of

greatness and a

distinguishing feature of

Christianit y.

“I saw that people

were no longer serving

to impress Jesus, but to

boost their egos. The

church is so full of

broken souls, some of

them use the pulpit to

mend themselves. A lot

of people are wounded

because they believe

they are not where they

should be or where they

think they should be,

therefore they no longer

serve the purpose of

their positions, which is

to lead. They are

discarding values such

as servanthood and

humility in favour of

egotism and pride,”

Mhlophe said.

In his talk at the CMA

he pointed out that

there was more of an

emphasis on

pretentious titles in the

church than in the

world. “What should we

conclude from that?” he

a s ke d .

He said the situation

indicated a departure

from orthodox

Christianit y.

This is not a first for

the church, but the

situation only changes

when lovers of the truth

rise and protest, he


“The book is a clarion

call for the church to

refocus on raising

leaders who value

personal purity more

than power. And



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character more than

charisma. These are

Christian leaders who

are Christians first,

before they are leaders.

In other words, they

don’t lead with a

dissonance between

their words and their

wa l k . ”

In the book Mhlophe

points out two

important things about

leadership and what

determines a good

l e a d e r.

“People are not

leading by positions but

by the people

occupying them.

Therefore, obsession

with position and titles

misses the whole point

of what leadership is

about. We have lost

track as the church.

Secondly, a leader is

raised for people and

not for a position. A

leader should therefore

be judged, not by how

long he/she has

occupied a position, but

the difference he/she

makes in people’s lives.

In fact, an effective

leader doesn’t even

need a position in order

to lead. But he does

need love and concern

for people,” Mhlophe


After the talk he was

asked to lead prayer for

rain for the areas in

South Africa that are

currently faced with






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IF you have never played bowls and

consider it an old person sport, think

again. The Kowie Bowls Club Night Bowls

tournament is due to begin at the club this

Friday evening. The atmosphere during

night bowls tournaments in the past has

been very social with young and old

rolling their bowls along the finely

manicured grass in an attempt to get their

bowl closest to the jack (a smaller white

bowl bowled at the start of each “end”).

But there is far more strategy involved

than that. Each four-person team consists

of a “skip” who directs his or her

teammates where to bowl to block the

opposition bowls or to knock an

opposition bowl out of the way.

There are slots for 16 teams, and business

such as Leach Pharmacy, Pick n Pay,

Kenny’s Sports Bar and many others have

entered teams. The winners walk away

with terrific prizes. . Contact event

organiser Mike Tomlinson at the club

should you like to participate and may

your bowls run smoothly.

THE story of how R92,000 from a stokvel

fund was allegedly stolen from the vehicle

of ward 7 councillor Mbuyiseli Yali

following a traffic accident he was

involved in at Bathurst on December 15

last year has been a hit on social media

r e c e n t l y.

Although the money was paid back due to

personal contributions from Ndlambe

speaker Vivian Maphaphu and Ndlambe

executive committee member councillor

Monica Mateti and Yali’s own contribution,

most of the 26 stokvel l members are still

pressing charges against the councillor for

alleged fraud and theft.

They say that Yali owes them over

R150,000 that they would have received in

terms of interest on their investment.

However, financial restitution at this point

has not made up for the problems the

members encountered through not having

the money they had expected to receive

before the Christmas season, which they

needed to purchase food, clothing as well

as school uniforms.

The Sarah Baartman ANC regional

executive committee (REC) instructed Yali

to pay back the money and, at least as far

as he is concerned, this has been done.

Yali is due to meet with the REC on


Albany Vintage and Classic Motor Club Museum

opens on the last Saturday of each month – 9am-12

noon – Hawkins Industrial Park, Alfred Road, Port


Alzheimer SA East Cape Support Group meets the

last Thursday of each month at 3pm at Brookshaw

Home at 9 Donkin Street, Grahamstown. The Support

Group is for family, friends and caregivers of those

with Alzheimer’s Disease or any form of dementia.

There is usually a speaker followed by discussion and

tea. Contact Dr Heather Rauch on 081-350-8079 for

information and to get on to our mailing list.

Bathurst Farmers Market – Every Sunday rain or

shine at Yesterday Today and Tomorrow Nursery,

Kowie Road from 9am-12.30pm.

Birdwatching Tours and Three Sisters Saunter.

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Cricket Club – Practices on Tuesdays and Thursdays

at the Port Alfred Country Club, French Street from

5pm. Contact Rob Nel on 076-394-4067.

East Cape Shotokan-Ryu Karate, Port Alfred -

Mondays and Thursdays: 4.30pm for beginners,

5.15pm for intermediate class and 6pm for the

advanced class. Contact Gary Grapentin on

073-346-0059 for more information.

Healing Horses Therapeutic Riding Centre –

Therapeutic and recreational horse riding activities for

people living with disabilities. Mondays at 09.30am

and 10.30am, Wednesdays at 10am and 11h00. To

book a ride, or find out about volunteering, call Jann

on 078-346-5412.

Hockey Club – Practices on Tuesdays and Thursdays

from 5pm at the Port Alfred Country Club, French

Street. Contact Chris Pike on 082-350-0900.

Kenton Garden Club meeting second Wednesday of

the month at 9.30am. For info visit

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Kenton Pub Quiz – 6.30pm – first Sunday of each

month at Kenton Bowls Club. Cash bar available.

Cash and other prizes. Teams of four to six. All


Kleinemonde Morning Market on the first Saturday

of every month, from 8.30 to 10am. Kleinemonde

Community Hall. Enjoy breakfast and browse the

stalls selling wholesome farm chickens and home

produce, including quality meats, vegetables,

pancakes, frozen meals, quiches, bread, rusks,

gingerbread houses, home-baked cakes, doggy treats,

candles, gifts and more.

Knit and Knatter Crafters club at Holly House, every

E-mail Rob Knowles at or fax (046) 624-2293

or drop in at 29 Miles Street from 8am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday

FRIENDLY SUPPORT: Christel Erasmus, centre, was ordained at Port Alfred Presbyterian Church on Saturday, and

friends Danielle Nortier, left, and Phumeza Mciteka came to support her


Tuesday next week, but he is being

challenged to resign his position as a

councillor by the EFF who took up the

cause on behalf of the stokvel members.

We will know after Tuesday what

happened at the REC meeting and will

report back when the news is released.

IN two separate incidents in

Seafield/Kleinemonde in the early hours of

Tuesday morning houses were broken into

within 20 minutes of each other. In one

some beers seem to have been the only

thing stolen whereas in the other a

R40,000 necklace was stolen and the

resident, an old lady alone, was punched

in the face and her wrist was hurt.

There is no clear indication that the events

were related.

It seems that incidents such as these are a

common occurrence and the temptation is


E-mail or fax (046) 624-2293 or drop in at 29 Miles Street from 8am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday

Wednesday at 9am. All welcome. Contact Kathy on

(046) 624-4452 for further information.

Kowie Auctioneers - monthly auction every last

Thursday of the month at 35 North Street. Entries for

the auction need to be in on the Tuesday before the

auction. Viewing day prior from 2pm. For more

information call Colin Maclachlan 083-521-3623 or

Peter Charter on 082-569-3478.

The Kowie Camera Club monthly meeting, the last

Monday of every month (except December) at 7pm in

the Settlers Park Retirement Village hall. Contact

Herman Groenewald 078- 428-9551.

Kowie History Museum, at The Old Railway Station,

Pascoe Crescent. Open 9.30am-12.30pm

Tuesday-Saturday. Closed Sunday/Monday and public

h o l i d ay s .

Kowie Striders time trial – every Tuesday at 5.30pm

at the Port Alfred Country Club. Distances of 3, 5 or

8km. Runners and walkers welcome. Contact Sticks

Stiglingh on 071-612-7339 or Alan Robb on


Kowie Striders casual long run from the Duck Pond

every Sunday at 7am . Runners and walkers welcome.

The route will be determined on the morning of the


Lower Albany Historical Society meets third

Thursday of the month – some meetings in Don Powis

Hall, Settlers Park, others, outside trips. Call Avonne

on 083-473-6823 for details.

Lower Albany Woodworkers’ Guild, meets first

Tuesday of each month. Call Brian Edwards on (046)

624-2945 for more information.

Memory Book Scrapbook Club meets twice a month

on a Thursday afternoon. All welcome. Contact Cheryl

(046) 624-2733 / 083-556-7562.

MOTHS – Old soldiers never die – Calling all

ex-servicemen “Ou Manne” and their ladies for a

get-together on the first Sunday of every month at 12

noon at the MOTH Hall (next to the Ski-boat Club) for

a light lunch and some memories. RSVP MOTHS at

082-537-9033 for catering purposes.

National Sea Rescue Institute practices every

Wednesday at 5pm. To join the NSRI visit the base in

person to undergo an evaluation.

Port Alfred Art Club welcomes new members, both

experienced or wanting to learn. We meet weekly

offering a monthly DVD from leading artists, giving

excellent tips and guidance on how to draw and

paint. Contact Jenny (083-292-2650) or Paddy


Port Alfred Bowling and Croquet Club invites you to

try your hand at lawn bowls. Free coaching and bowls

available. Situated next to the Nico Malan Bridge.

to dismiss them as, “just another robbery”,

yet this should not be the case. We need

to each protect our neighbours by

reporting suspected criminal activity as

soon as it occurs. If we all do this for one

another then we will help eliminate crime

that is so prevalent at the moment.

ANOTHER year has passed and another

birthday has arrived for those celebrating

a special day in the week ahead.

Congratulations and all good wishes on

this occasion to Claire McKinnon, Sandra

Knight, twins Connan Hill and Shannon

Hawkes, Tanya Elliott, Shaun Uys, Buck

Buchholz, Hugo Slater, Dee Joiner, Wendy

Kretschmann, Lisinda Hanstein, Clinton

Millard, Samantha Jones-Phillipson,

Candice Larken, Cecil Jones-Phillipson,

Peter Keeton, Stanley Richter, Pat Clough,

Pieter Ehlers, Twiggs Britz, Warwick

Strachan, Sai Pieterse, David Krige, Steven

van Rooyen, Claudia Blumrick, Derek Blair,

Jaco van Rensburg, Bronwyn van Zyl,

Chris Butt, Val Simpson, Willem Mouton,

Oonah Butcher.

CONGRATULATIONS, well done and

wishing all businesses having an

anniversary all the best for further success

in the future. Good wishes especially to

The Health and Wellness Centre, JD

Electrical, El Shaddai School, St Andrew’s

College and Seafield Liquor Store.

A LT H O U G H President Cyril Ramaphosa has

stated that the independence of the South

African Reserve Bank must be retained,

calls for its nationalisation are still

affecting the markets in South Africa and

making investors nervous and resistant to

ploughing any more money into the

e c o n o m y.

Enquiries: Rod Wilson at: 082-375-2968 or (046)

624-5671. See our website at: w w w. p a b c c . c o . z a

Port Alfred Bridge Club – Now meets at the Eddie

Grant MOTH Hall (next to the ski-boat club) every

Monday and Thursday – 1pm for 1.30pm start. All

bridge enthusiasts and persons wishing to learn to

play bridge are most welcome.

Port Alfred Community Police Forum meets on the

third Tuesday of each month at the Port Alfred Police

Station at 2.30pm.

Port Alfred Floral Art Group (PAFAG) meets on the

3rd Saturday of the month at Settlers Park hall at

2.30pm. For more information please phone

082-464-4606 (Hennie de Bruin). All welcome.

Port Alfred Park Run, Civic Centre. Every Saturday


Probus Club of the Kowie meets on the second

Tuesday of each month at 10am at the Port Alfred

River and Ski-boat Club.

Rocky Ridge Farm Market opens every Saturday and

Sunday from 9am with a variety of home-made

delights, “egg-cellent” free-range eggs, honey,

biltong, droë wors, as well as its very popular

morning breakfast. Contact Desia Holmes on

083-589-0765 for more information.

Rosehill Mall Art and Crafters Market, the first

Saturday of every month, from 9am-4pm. A true art

and craft market. Only handmade items available by

our local crafters. Large selection of goods.

Scrapbook workshops and classes: Bcreative offers

monthly workshops, night classes, social classes and

a whole lot more. Call (046) 624-3096 to book or for

more information.

Self Drive Heritage Map: All the historical sites in

Port Alfred, Bathurst and surrounding areas. Available

at the tourism office.

Sunshine Coast Women’s Forummeets every fourth

Tuesday in the Don Powis Hall, Settlers Park at

2.30pm. Come and join us. Visitors welcome. For

more information contact Tosca Spenceley (046)


U3A – Port Alfred Branch meets on the fourth

Thursday of every month at 9.30 for 10am at the Don

Powis Hall, Settlers Park village. All welcome.

Friday January 18

Night Bowls at the Kowie Bowls Club – 6pm for


Saturday January 19

Port Alfred Floral Art Group monthly meeting –

2.30pm – Settlers Park Hall. Demonstration: “Fun

with Voilage” by Carol Taggert. Homework: Any

This means that jobs will not be created

and the billion US dollar paper pledges

Ramaphosa and his team managed to

secure last year with many overseas visits

might just stay on paper and not be

enacted. This will lead to further job

losses, more unemployment and the

promises of the ruling party being largely

u n a c h i e va b l e .

With the national election scheduled for

May it will be interesting to see how

markets react to the lead-up and ultimate

conclusion of the elections. With last

year’s figures in brackets to compare

against, the Rand was trading at R13.72

(R12.33) to the dollar, R17.65 (R17.00) to

the pound and R15.63 (R15.05) to the Euro.

Gold is trading at $1,289.11 ($1,335.45) per

fine ounce, and platinum at $803.30

($1,011.00) per ounce. Brent Crude is

trading $60.67 ($68.81) per barrel.

SPECIAL thoughts and prayers are with all

those folk who are not well, having or have

already had tests, operations and

treatments. ‘Sterkte’ to Roy Potter, Andrew

de Vries, Jenny Groenewald, Rowena

Collin, Marian Eaton, Malcolm Cock and

Brenda Shelton.

SINCERE condolences to the family and

friends of Dawn Millar who passed away

peacefully on Friday December 21, 2018. A

memorial service will be held on Saturday

February 9 at the Presbyterian Church at


OUR heartiest congratulations and very

best wishes for your future happiness to

newlywed couple Dean and Charis (Will)

Charter who tied the knot on Wednesday

January 9 in Germany. Also

congratulations to father and mother of

the groom Peter and Mauneen Charter.

WEDDING anniversary congratulations and

sincere good wishes for many more happy

years ahead to Gavin and Delene Deenik,

Rob and Ann McKay, Gerrie and Pat Bosch,

Kevin and Sheilagh Scott.

THOUGHT for the week: “Do not spoil

what you have by desiring what you

have not. Remember what you now

have, was once among the things you

only hoped for”.

BEST regards as always,

The Team.

design of your choice, “Holiday Inspirations”.

Inquiries: Hennie de Bruin 082-464-4606. All


Monday January 21

Tennis – PAHS 1st team girls tennis vs the town

ladies at the PA Tennis Club

C r i c ket – PAHS U11 cricket vs Shaw Park on the PAHS

school fields

Tuesday January 22

Meeting at PAHS – Compulsory meeting for all PAHS

matrics and their parents, Port Alfred High School hall

at 5.30pm.

Wednesday January 23

C r i c ket – PAHS U11 and U13 cricket vs PA Primêre

Skool on the PAHS school fields

Thursday January 24

U3A meeting – Michael Soroczynski speaking on

M a d a g a s c a r.

Saturday January 26

Diaz Cross Bird Club outing to Alexandria Forest. We

will meet at Heritage Mall at 6am and Robby’s in

Kenton at 6.30am. Cost for those without Wildcards

R77 per adult. Those with Wildcards, no charge.

Visitors welcome (R10 per person to DCBC). For

further details contact Tim Cockbain 083-675-1520.

Monday February 11

Port Alfred Tennis Club AGM at 6pm.

Thursday February 28

U3A meeting – A newcomer to Port Alfred, David

Rose, will be speaking on “The escalating dichotomy

between science and religion”. He is a practicing

catholic who questioned the conflict of these two.

Saturday March 2 to Saturday March 9

The 115th Pineapple Cricket Tournament –the

world’s oldest club cricket tournament of its kind will

take place at various locations around the Ndlambe


Friday April 5 to Sunday April 7

Bathurst Agricultural Show – at the showgrounds.

Friday April 19 to Sunday April 28

The 2019 Amanzi Challenge.

Friday April 19

Good Friday.

Sunday April 21

Easter Sunday.

Monday April 22

Family Day

Saturday April 27

Freedom Day.

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NO LONGER AROUND: The Central Private Hotel, which later made way for apartments

The golden old hotel era

In the heyday of Port

Alfred, circa the late

1800s/early 1900s, the

village was a magnet for


Obviously, this did not

lessen, although with the

advent of the petrol-driven

motor car, and later the train,

visitors from Grahamstown, who

seemed to make up the bulk of

the tourists, were able to make

their visit to the sea for a day,

and then go home the same day.


... with Bev Young

There was a plethora of

accommodation establishment –

somewhere in the region of 18,

in various guises.

A few offered a bed only,

while others advertised “evening

meal”, as an enrichment.

The enchantment,

as we look back

almost 200 years

later, is that there are

a few of these

buildings left in

e x i st e n c e .

Sadly, the Central Hotel was

demolished, making way for

modern apartments.

With a drive around the town,

one is able to, if you are wellinformed,

identify some of the

older establishments.

Pseudo warfare in the African bush

An insider’s look at conflict which created Zimbabwe


Local author Digby Pocock

revisits his life as a veteran of

the Rhodesian bush war that

ravaged the country, now

Zimbabwe, for 15 years from July

1964 to December 1979 and led to

the deaths of thousands of

soldiers and civilians. He gives an

honest account of his feelings

and challenges during the


Born in the UK, Pocock’s father

was a mining engineer who

travelled broadly in the execution

of his duties, which accounts for

his sister being born in India and

his brother in South Africa.

Pocock grew up on a farm in

what was then southern Rhodesia

(now Chimanimani, Zimbabwe).

Assuming he was to be a farmer,

he attended the Royal

Agricultural College in

Cirencester in the UK before

returning to his family homestead

where he found that, through an

error of dosing in the cattle dip,

the animals were dying and the

farm was lost.

It was at this stage that then

Rhodesian prime minister Ian

Smith announced UDI (unilateral

declaration of independence),

and Pocock joined the British

South Africa Police.

It is clear from Pocock’s writing

that he, like many former

Rhodesians, was frustrated at

Britain’s reluctance to grant the

then Rhodesia independence as it

had already broken the federation

it had proposed between

Southern Rhodesia (Zimbabwe),

Northern Rhodesia (Zambia) and

Nyasaland (Malawi) and granted

the other two countries

independence from the British


But frustration soon led to war,

with thousands of Cuban/Russian

trained operatives entering

Rhodesia and causing havoc even

before the civil war began.

The infiltrators, referred to as

terrs (terrorists), acted as agent

provocateurs and relied heavily

on the support of local citizenry

to ensure their safe passage from

bordering Mozambique and

elsewhere, and for their supply of

food and places to stay.

Po c o c k ’s rapid promotion in the

police, from new recruit – a lot

older than was usual – to his

appointment to special branch

and the criminal investigation

department was meteoric, but

this is not a standard story of

police investigative work. It is the

story of a police officer in the

throes of war, and is more likened

to the story of a soldier, a leader

and a man fiercely attempting to

make sense of an ultimately

destructive and senseless war

that claimed many lives and

poisoned the minds of the

indigenous people into

committing some horrific crimes.

Having been told that the army

would conduct “pseudo” raids on

“terrs” and their encampments,

Pocock shrugged off any criticism

of his actions and recruited his

own spies among the population

in an attempt to infiltrate the

enemy and forestall plans of

dest ruction.

Pocock writes from a first-hand

perspective, giving his views on

the situations he found himself

in. He does not hide his

frustration at some of the

decisions made by those higher

up in the hierarchy and his own

feelings toward the forces who

had invaded his land.

He takes matters into his own

hands and, by and large (aside

from a particularly nasty incident

where he was shot in the leg and

spent time in hospital) won the

day. He must have kept

meticulous records as he is able

to detail the exact number of

weapons, ammunition and other

items taken on these pseudo

raids. His description of the

fighting, usually under the cover

of darkness, shows the hostility

and very often the incompetence

of those he was fighting.

If you are a former Rhodesian

this book will no doubt bring

back memories of the bush war

and the very real suffering of

those involved. To a new

generation, it will highlight the

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Talk of the Town 13

The circus – the

fading enjoyment

of innocent youth

Controversy dogs last of its kind


The days of an innocent visit

to the circus are long gone,

as has been made clear not

only in Port Alfred, but in towns

and cities around the country

where the McLaren Circus has


A Google search reveals there

have been protests by animal

rights activists against the

circus in a number of places,

including for the two weeks it

was in East London before it

came to Port Alfred. About 20

locals picketed at the entrance

to the Port Alfred Hospital field

when the circus was in town for

three shows last week.

McLaren Circus, the last

remaining travelling circus in

South Africa, features a number

of animals in its performances,

including lions, tigers, camels,

horses, miniature horses, goats,

poodles, alligators and snakes.

The SPCA inspects the

condition of the animals and

their access to food and water,

and circus owner David McLaren

said he had never been

prosecuted for cruelty to

animals. He also said all the

animals were born in captivity

and conditioned to the life.

The view of the activists,

however, is that the life of a

circus animal is cruel in and of

itself, as they are confined in

cages for much of the time,

spend long hours on the road,

and are trained to perform for

human entertainment.

They also believe the method

of training involves intimidation,

reward and punishment.

TotT was invited to one of the

shows in Port Alfred last week.

We were permitted to take

photos and videos, with one

exception – the lion and tiger


David McLaren himself is the

“lion tamer”, and with whip and

stick in hand – never used on

the animals in the act – he had

the tigers roll over and the male

lion jump through hoops. Each

time they received a meat treat

on the end of the stick as

reward. The lioness took it

directly from his hand. The act

itself is brief, as are all the acts

involving animals.

HULA HOOPLA: Miss Jaicer delighted the audience with her

stunning hula-hoop performance, including one sequence with

flaming hoops

Pictures: JON HOUZET

In between are the longer

human performances, featuring

acrobats, a hula-hoop dancer, a

juggler who also does a

balancing act, a trapeze artist

and of course the ever-popular


They are all incredibly

talented people and, as in

previous years, there was an

international flavour with some

performers from Venezuela and


As for the other animal acts,

two horses briefly circled the

ring and then stood with

forelegs on raised platforms

while miniature horses galloped

around them. There are also

goats who balance on barrels,

camels who briefly circle the

ring and pose on the platforms,

and poodles who jump over

obstacles and through sacks

and ride on little scooters.

The alligators and pythons are

really just for show and for

photo opportunities during the

inter val.

McLaren’s animals all look in

good condition and well fed. But

the use of animals in the circus

remains an emotive issue.

At present there are many

more people who take their

children to the circus than those

who protest against it, as was

evident at the shows in Port



Jones with one of

the miniature horses

in the McLaren

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AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION: Orlando Castillo, left,

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Passed away peacefully

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Memorial Service to be

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2019 at 15h00 at the

Presbyterian Church

in Port Alfred.

Our great friend Bill Hill

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Shaddai grade 1s, from

left, Jesse Ndoro,

Micah Turner, Daniel

Galpin and Somila

N o n ko n ya

ORDINATION TEAM: Marge Wesselo, left, and

Cheryl Corcoran handed out programmes at the

ordination ceremony held at Port Alfred

Presbyterian Church on Saturday



husband Marshall at the ordination ceremony at

the Port Alfred Presbyterian Church on Saturday


PAHS PREFECTS CAMP: The 2019 prefect body led by head boy Joel Austin

and head girl Lynn Baaitjies spent two days at Assegaai Trails

Conference Centre where they workshopped their plans and goals for the

year ahead

BESTIES FOREVER: Port Alfred High School

pupils Ashley Colville-Reeves, left, and Kaylee

Wilmot couldn’t contain their joy and

excitement at finding out on the first day of

term that they were in the same grade 2 class

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January 17, 2019

Flute, marimba join forces for

start to Classics performances

It’s time for the first Classics at

the Castle Cultural Soiree at

Richmond House, where

Magdalena de Vries will

enthral on the marimba and

Malane Hofmeyr-Burger will

accompany her on the flute.

This feast of music will be

held at 3pm on Sunday

February 17.

There will be works by Haydn

and Bartok, among others, and

a detailed programme along

with a welcome drink which is

included in the ticket price.

Kanna nominee De Vries is

regarded as South Africa’s

pre-eminent performer on the

marimba. She has won a range

of South African music prizes

and two overseas scholarships,

which took her to Japan as the

first foreign student at the

Tokyo College of Music under

Professor Atsushi Sugahara.

She obtained her postgraduate

diploma cum laude.

She has also notched up

several orchestral appearances

in Covent Garden in London

and at Cambridge.

After winning first prize in

the Performing Australian

Music Competition in London

she was featured as guest

soloist on a live BBC3

b r o a d c a st .

Back home, she has worked

with the Cape Town

Philharmonic and now

performs regularly with the

JPO and the Johannesburg

Festival Orchestra

De Vries’s first solo album,

MarimBaroque, was released in

November 2013. Although she

also has a full teaching and

adjudicating schedule, she

strives to expand the marimba

repertoire by commissioning

SA composers and promoting

the classical marimba as a

full-blown solo instrument.

Flautist Hofmeyr-Burger,

chamber musician and teacher,

like De Vries, is a stalwart of

the Johannesburg

Philharmonic Orchestra. She

comes from a musical family

and started playing piano and

recorder at the age of seven.

At 12 she took up flute

studies and in 1987 completed

her B Mus at Stellenbosch

University, winning the ATKV

Forté Music Competition and

the Oude Meester Music

Competition. She furthered her

studies in Vienna and attended

master classes with top

international flautists like

Shigenori Kudo, William

Bennett and Trevor Wye.

Hofmeyr-Burger has

performed as a soloist with all

major South African orchestras,

is a keen chamber musician

and member of various

ensembles (The Umoya

Woodwind Quintet, the Sunset

Serenade Ensemble, the Flute

and Marimba Duo with

Magdalena de Vries as well as

Flute, Violin and Piano Trio).

As a member of the

Johannesburg Philharmonic

Orchestra she has performed

on stages all over South Africa,

as well as Zambia,

Mozambique, the Seychelles,

Austria, Belgium, Italy and


Her classical and crossover

jazz CDs Air and African Rondo

(with Hester Beyers-Martin)

were both nominated for


Tickets at R90 will be on sale

from Monday January 21 at

Kowie News Agency.

CLASSIC PERFORMERS: Flautist Malane Hofmeyr-Burger, left, and

marimba player Magdalena de Vries will be entertaining the audience

at the first Classics at the Castle performance of the year, on

February 17 at Richmond House

PUT TO GOOD USE: Members of Klipfontein United Rugby Club gratefully accepted a donation from Round Table Alex/Kenton recently. From left are Jared Penny, Recado Cannon, Anneline Gunn, Marco

Taljaard, Atwell Kay, Leon Janse van Rensburg, Jacques van Wyk and Alan Malan

Round Tablers lend a hand at

up and coming Klipfontein club

Among the fundraising initiatives by Round

Table Alex/Kenton 210 over the last five

years is their support for Klipfontein

United, an amateur rugby club based near

Bushman’s River Mouth.

“We got involved with the rugby club when it

became clear that they were offering a healthy


Results for Thursday, 10 January 2019

Red Section (7 tables)

N-S 1st E Rodrigues & A Osinski 60.1%

2nd H Webber & M Newport 56.9%

E-W 1st D Ellender & B Waddington 58.9%

2nd L Kolesky & L Allin 52.4%

Green Section (8 tables)

N-S 1st l Futter & L Inglis 59.5%

2nd S Coleman & D Boyd 52.4%

E-W 1st C Janks & J Wright 60.1%

2nd G Gebhardt & D Wostenholm 58.3%

Board 19: Dealer S, E-W vulnerable

alternative to a large part of the community,”

Round Table Alex/Kenton vice-chairman Jacques

van Wyk said.

“Due to the lack of recreational activities as a

whole and the possibility of bad habits taking hold

if left unattended, we started noticing the impact

the club had in the area, where a core group of

A possible auction for this deal might be;-

¹ This 2D bid is used by some pairs to show an unbalanced hand containing

18-19 points

² Showing two key cards

East’s 4NT RKCB bid is agreeing hearts as trumps by implication: West’s

5H response shows two key cards and denies the heart Queen.

East now knows that one key card, is missing together with the heart Queen; so his/her options

are, pass, bid 6C, or bid 6H. Probably the best option is to pass.


South? You can see dummy’s four spades and two hearts; so cannot risk not playing the Ace

at trick 1. Either your partner or West is very likely to hold a singleton; so if you don’t play your

Ace the trick (and defeat of the contract) may vanish! You are almost certain of a trump trick,


possible twice. There is theoretically a way in which your trump Queen could be collected by a

clever declarer, but you need to see all four hands to make it work.

NB North is too weak to open the bidding with 3D!!

Results by section

Red Section 3NT+3; 4H +1; 5C-1 (2); 6C-1; 6H-2; 6H=

Green Section 3D-3 (N); 3NT+3; 4C=; 4H+1; 5C-1; 5C=; 5C+1

Full results at:, including details of all the hands.

Results for Thursday, 14 January 2019

Red Section (9 tables)

N-S 1st T Paterson & A Ridderhof 60.0%

2nd H Clohessy & G Ford 57.4%

E-W 1st C Fletcher & A Osinski 59.5%

2nd Patricia & David Townsend 57.9%

Green Section (8 tables)

N-S 1st R Jackson & M Smith 64.0%

2nd P Yeo & J Smith 61.1%

E-W 1st D Long & S Shaw 58.6%

2nd D McCarthy & M Hobbs 52.1%

Board 16: Dealer W, E-W vulnerable

rugby enthusiasts kept the rugby club going,” he


Initially, Round Table only aided the club with

fundraising to assist with their travelling costs and

then the municipality came on board by providing

lights on one side of the field.

There have been subsequent donations of rugby

This deal looks to be entirely straightforward: North will open 1NT, South will use Stayman to


game and the logistics of the scoring sometimes allow devious players to win a small advantage.

Everyone knows that to make a 3NT contract (most of the time) you need 9/13 of 40 points i.e.

about 25 -26 points. This can change if you have a long (usually minor suit), which can enable

you to get home with only half of the points. When you hold a combined total in the region of 30

points, together with mainly balanced hands, it sometimes favours you to play in a 3NT contract


KQ of clubs and after North has opened with 1NT you can expect him/her to have either the club

Ace, or at least the club Jack; so there will be no need to ruff a club in the South hand on the

third round. You have 13 points, so together with North’s potential 16 you hold about 29 points



outscores 10 tricks in a major, so bid 3NT, which also has the advantage of giving no suit information

to the defenders. Four players scored tops with this tactic; either wittingly, or unwittingly!!

Results by section

Red Section 4H-1; 4H (5); 3NT+1 (3) Green Section 3H+1; 4H-1; 3NT= (2); 4H= (3); 3NT+1

Full results at:, including details of all the hands.

We will be starting lessons for potential new members on February 21st 2019.

Contact Elzabe at 073 218 5735 or Marge 0828068792

kit as well as first aid supplies.

Klipfontein United is in discussions with the

municipality regarding renovating a nearby

building as a clubhouse and storeroom for the

rugby kit.

“We have over the last few years seen that our

small contributions, raised largely by means of our

annual Superbru Competition, have made a

significant impact,” Van Wyk said.

“In previous years we have seen the club

playing competitive, attractive rugby, falling just

short of higher league qualification. There has

been a steady improvement as time has gone on

as more people have become involved.”

Round Table’s next project is trying to assist the

club in getting new goal posts. Currently short tar

poles are used. This has in the past caused

problems during league games as disputes occur

when kicks are deemed to have missed.

At the recent Kenton Capers shows, where the

club’s management ran the bar as another form of

fundraising, members of the public offered

assistance with acquiring the new poles.

“We will provide more details when the

arrangements have been finalised,” Van Wyk said.

Round Table recently met with some of the

rugby club committee members to hand over their

share of the bar takings.

“We would also like to thank those that

supported the bar during our bi-annual Kenton

Capers shows and our other initiatives in the past

year. It would not have been possible without you,”

Van Wyk said.

“We will be opening the Superbru Pool for the

2019 SuperRugby season shortly and anyone is

welcome. Details will be available on our social

media platforms.”

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Large parts of Makhanda (Grahamstown)

were without tap water over the past

weekend due to a burst water main, it was

confirmed by Makana Municipality on

Monday morning.

At the time of writing at 9am on Monday

this week, the taps in the Sunnyside suburb

were still “wat e r l e s s ”.

The water outage situation at the

weekend was widespread, and stretched

across town from Westhill and Somerset

Heights to Sunnyside. Affected streets,

according to social media posts, included

Fitzroy, Huntley, Middle Terrace, Donkin,

Jackson, Glastonbury, Hope and Henry.

Residents in the Westhill area noted that

municipal workers were busy all day on

Sunday repairing a burst water pipe on the

western end of Worcester Street adjacent

to the old Grahamstown Potteries.

Makhanda residents were left wondering

whether this was perhaps a “dry run” in

preparation for “d ay - z e r o ” which appears

imminent, what with the present level of

Settlers Dam dropping at an alarming rate.


Indeed, a busy period lies ahead for

Makhanda (Grahamstown).

Public schools opened in the middle of

last week, and the city’s private schools

have been opening their campuses to staff

and pupils this week.

Then, Rhodes University first-year

students and returning students will bring

the campus alive once again from the

beginning of February. Fasten your seat



Entries have officially closed for the 2019

Pepper Grove Pick n Pay inter-company

night bowls league at the Grahamstown

Bowling Club, and event administrator June

McDougall will no doubt be hard at work at

her computer placing teams into sections

and arranging fixtures – quite a task, that’s

for sure.

Play commences on Tuesday, January 22

and continues until Friday, March 1,

beginning at 6.30pm each evening of play,

and family members, colleagues and

friends are encouraged to visit the greens

and support competing teams.

They’ve been taking part in the event for

many a year now, and the Pheasant

Pluckers have confirmed they will be

among the entries this year once more.

Other teams already entered are

Operational Rats, The Knock Shop, Bad

Boys, Atoms, Angels Forever, Mfuso Boxing,

Ryan Ferguson, The Tax House, RDC, Pam

Golding, Nine-and-Three-Quarters, GBS, St

John First lV and BUCO 46B.


New teaching staff at Graeme College in

2019 are Mr Bongolwethu Draai (geography

and isiXhosa), Miss Chelsea Coetzer

(music), Mr Odwa Xonxa (junior school

intern) and Mrs Nicole Hobson (commerce

and mathematical literacy).


Once Rhodes University’s supplementary

examinations (January 21 to February 1)

have been completed, the focus turns to

first-year student registration on Saturday,

February 2 in Eden Grove.

Orientation Week for first-years runs from

February 4 to 8, while undergraduate

lectures begin on Monday, February 11.

With the 2019 academic year well into its

stride, graduation will be held from April 11

to 13.


Despite his school recording a decrease of

8.9% in the 2018 matric examinations

compared to the previous year, P J Olivier

High School headmaster Joubert Retief was

relatively satisfied with the 2018 results.

In 2018, P J Olivier achieved a pass rate

of 83.33% with 25 of the 30 candidates

being successful.

Sixteen pupils passed with bachelor

passes, five with diploma passes and four

with higher certificates.

Retief said there was “no replacement for

hard work to achieve success, and I hope

the class of 2019 will raise the bar”.

P J Olivier’s top achiever was Daniel

Retief with an 83% aggregate that included

91% for visual arts, 85% for accounting and

83% for physical science.


The St Andrew’s College First Xl played

three matches against the schools’ teams,

forming part of last week’s Grahamstown

Schools’ Cricket Festival, drawing two

matches and being defeated in another.

Menlo Park High from Pretoria put

READY TO BAT AND BOWL: The St Andrew’s College First Xl that took part in

the Grahamstown Schools’ Cricket Week in Makhanda (Grahamstown) last

week comprised, from left, back row, James Mullins, Matthew Schaefer,

Nicholas Frances and Andy Clucas; middle row, Miles Danckwerts, Guy

Rushmere, Callum Francis and Liyama Dotwana; front row, Tom Vermaak, Ryan

Ford, Sam Francis and Chris Poole. Not present was Nicholas Barlow

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together the rather useful total of 248

against St Andrew’s on Lower field (Tom

Vermaak 3 for 39), to which the home team

replied with 142 (James Mullins 44). Menlo

Park won by 106 runs.

Next up was St Andrew’s School from

Bloemfontein and, batting first, St Andrew’s

College was all out for 244, with Guy

Rushmere scoring 69 and James Mullins

62. The visitors from the Free State were

180 for 9 at the close of play, forcing a draw

(Ryan Ford 4/18 and Nicholas Frances


More visitors from Pretoria came in the

form of St Alban’s College, and St Andrew’s

was able to declare at 235 for 7 against

them (Nicholas Barlow 60 not out, Miles

Danckwerts 48).

The visitors from the north were poised

on 190 for 8 at the close of play, forcing a

draw (Miles Danckwerts 3/22).


A good number of the 151 runners, joggers

and walkers taking part in last Saturday’s

parkrun in Makana botanical gardens have

recorded in excess of 100 parkruns each

and they were at it again, notching up yet

another 5km parkrun.

They were: Stavie van Aardt 218, Lynne

Henson 211, Peter Stockwell 211, Lynne

Marshall 205, Simon Wright 168, Ryan

Bruton 149, Celia van Druten 142, Ron

Weissenberg 141, Ross Marriner 140, Harry

Porthen 140, Peter Wentworth 137, Harry

Weissenberg 131, Cee-Jay Porthen 127,

Susan Wentworth 125, Andrew Stevens 122,

Mark Hazell 119, Andiswa Kaule-Nyakotyo

118, Rasayi Mdlankomo 103, Naomi Nel 103,

Nqabisa Bridget Mazwai 102 and Jackie

Arendse 101. Aaron Mdlankomo completed

his 99th parkrun on Saturday and has one

to go to his 100th.

The first four finishers in the women’s

division were: 1st Alice Godlonton – 25

minutes 15 seconds (11th overall); 2nd

Candice Serfontein – 25:31 (13th); 3rd

Chloe Walls – 25:33 (14th); 4th Shimone

Prince – 27:12 (16th).

The first four finishers in the men’s

division were: 1st Matthew Kroon – 20:29

(new personal best); 2nd Cee-Jay Porthen

– 21:49; 3rd Sam Okeyo – 22:38; and 4th

Emile Oosthuizen – 22:52.


Just as the three cricket Tests between

South Africa and Pakistan were screened

live on DStv SuperSport 2, so too will the

five one-day limited-overs matches between

the two countries.

The first ODI at St George’s Park in Port

Elizabeth will be screened live on SS2 from

1pm on Saturday, January 19, and the

second ODI in Durban from 1pm on

Tuesday, January 22.


Local resident Emily O’Meara wrote the text

for the coffee-table book G r a h a m st o w n

Reflected published in 1995, while another

local, Duncan Greaves, was responsible for

most of the fine photography.

On page 57, Emily wrote about His

Majest y’s Theatre and the Odeon Theatre

below the headline “Picture Palaces”.

Three photos accompany the story – one

of the exterior of His Majesty’s, one of the

projection room of the Odeon with owner at

the time Johnny Kluivers (senior) standing

next to a projector, and the third photo of

His Majesty’s owner Target Sonne seated in

the auditorium.

Who remembers the Odeon and His

Majest y’s and their respective owners back

in the mid-1990s?


I wonder who, among the readers of this

column, remember the furniture and

household removals company Beaumont &

Rice that had its offices in upper High

Street more or less where Café Delizzia is

today. Their workshops were in

Anglo-African Street not too far away.

I remember seeing the Beaumont & Rice

removals trucks parked in High Street

outside their premises.

The company specialised in household

removals, packing, storage, shipping and

general transport.


Eight Graeme College players represented

Eastern Province teams at cricket

tournaments across the country during the

recent school holidays.

They are Siphesihle Madlongolwana (EP

Under 19 and also selected for Warriors

Cubs franchise team), Bavuyise

Manyakanyaka (EP U19), Mark Amm (EP

U19), Lakhanya Sam (EP U17), Mihlali

Kokese (EP U17 Rural), Viwe Gana (EP U17

and National U17 Rural), Murray Tyson (EP

U13A) and Ethan Beyleveld (EP U13B).

In addition, Liam Taljaard took part in an

international junior bass angling

tournament in Zimbabwe, and Joshua

Pamphilon swam national qualifying times

at an A league gala in December.


Barely 12 hours after

this donkey gave birth

on the pavement in

Watson Street in the

Sunnyside suburb, she

was protective of her

little one. The birth

took place at about

8pm last Thursday, and

is the latest addition to

the fast-growing

donkey population in


( G r a h a m st ow n ) .

Neighbours who

witnessed the birth

named the baby

donkey ‘Wat s o n ’ Picture:


FRIENDLY READING: Grade 1 pupils of Good Shepherd Primary School gathered

in the school’s reading corner for a reading session with their reading friend,

George the Bear. From left, are T’shaan Goliath, Alupheli Ngesi, George The

Bear, Simxolele Mpako, Alviro Roman and Luncumo Ngesi


Mafumana’s smile says it all. He’s

happy to be starting ‘big school’ in

grade 1 at PJ Olivier Primary School.

The first term commenced last week

DEVASTATING: Graeme College 1st

team bowler Siphesihle

Madlongolwana, above, was in

destructive form against Cambridge

High School from East London during

last week’s Grahamstown Schools’

Cricket Festival. Madlongolwana blew

away the Cambridge batting lineup

with a phenomenal spell of bowling,

returning the unbelievable figures of

seven wickets for seven runs in six

overs. Cambridge was bowled out for

26 runs, giving Graeme victory by 218



That friend of mine with the ever-present

naughty look on his face said to me the

other day during another power

outage/load shedding session: “At least

one thing we can be thankful for is that

toilet flush systems are not electrically

o p e r at e d ! ”


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PAHS GIRL POWER: Kate Tinley, left, and Saffron Tweedie, with Scarlett

Tweedie, in front, celebrating in Jeffreys Bay on Sunday, where they

swam in the Open Water Series. The girls did very well, securing the

following results: Kate came 4th in the 5km swim (14 to 18 age group),

Saffron was placed 4th in the 3km distance (12 to 13 age group) and

Scarlett scored 4th spot in the 1km swim (13 and under age group)

Night Bowls

to start at

Kowie Club

The Pick n Pay Night

Bowls Tournament gets

under way on Friday

January 18 at the

Kowie Bowls Club,

starting at 6pm for


The tournament will

run for eight weeks

(eight Friday evenings),

but these will not run

consecutively due to

other commitments at

the club.

“As of going to

press, there are 12

teams/businesses that

have entered and paid.

“They are: Pick n Pay,

Round Table, Kenny’s

Sports Bar, Kenny’s

Quarts, Lions Club, The

Happy Veg, Leach

Pharmacy, Trellidor, PA

High School, The Pig &

Whistle and two other

businesses which

promised to pay over

the weekend, that I do

not have confirmation

of, ” convenor Mike

Tomlinson said.

There is space for 16

teams in the

competition so there

are a few spots

available at the last

minute, Tomlinson said.

“At this stage it is a

case of your entry fee

paid into the club bank

account will secure

your place,” he said.

The Night Bowls

competition is a

popular annual event

considered a team

builder for businesses

and clubs, as well as

fun for the whole

family. The Lions Club

will again be supplying

fast foods and music

around the greens.

For more information

or to enter a team,

contact Tomlinson on

046-624-4441 or

084-580-4403 or e-mail

m i k e . a .t o m m o @ g m a i l . c o m

WILL DOES IT AGAIN: Port Alfred High School swimmer William Beatt,

representing Nelson Mandela Bay in an interprovincial gala held in East

London on Saturday last week, brought home six medals. He won s i l ve r

medals for the 100m backstroke, the 200m individual medley, the 200m

medley relay and the 100m freestyle relay. His two golds were in the 50m

backstroke and 100m freestyle events

Port Alfred Bowling Club

Welcome back to all our

members who have been away

celebrating the festive season

with their families. We wish

you all a New Year filled with

happiness, good health and of

course good bowling.

We start a busy 2019

bowling calendar with the

following competitions:

ý Ryan Cup mixed singles

on Wednesday January 23

ý Peg and Horace Purdon

on Thursday January 24 at

Port Alfred

ý Eastern Areas Men’s A+B

leagues on Sunday January 27

at Kenton

Our monthly fun Friday

Night Bowls, followed by a

bring and braai, takes place

on Friday January 25. Please

join us – friends, family and

visitors are welcome.

Please check the notice

board for upcoming


Duties for the week January

22 – 26: Tabs – (ladies) Jane

Armitage, Men – Ron Orford,

Bar Duty – Peter Wansell,

Lynda Schoning and Colette


Kowie Bowling Club

No rest for the wicked. Not

that our members are wicked


... what’s happening

but the last stragglers have

just returned to the fold and

swapped New Year’s greetings

with the rest of us, only to find

that they might be embroiled

in serious bowls without

having had time to find their

feet in our social bowls.

Starting with 20 teams in

the Personal Trust Trips, we

then move into the Timm and

Vroom Cup against the old foe

– Port Alfred.

The first session of night

bowls comes next, followed by

the Eastern Areas Leagues

(men and ladies),

acknowledged as the premier

contest in any bowling

community. To fix the winning

league pennant on to your

honours wall gives you

bragging rights for the next

year. All this while we are still

in January.

Spare a thought for the

leads selected to play in the

league. None of them have

actually played lead for a few

months – it is a completely

different mindset.

In a game of fours, the lead

must lay down an acceptable

foundation. The seconds and

thirds can be more aggressive

in developing the head to

present the skip with a

positive position which he has

to consolidate and defend.

The key to all this being the

“fo u n d at i o n ” expected of the

lead.He has to deliver the jack

at the behest of his skip and

then deliver his bowls within

the precinct of the jack, while

ignoring the bowls delivered

by his opposition.

Even if he does not lie shot,

his own bowls must be close

enough to the jack to be a

matter of concern to the


Even if the opposing lead

has put his bowl “g at va s ” the

lead must suppress the urge

to take him off. By drawing

two good seconds he is

helping his team more than if

he had tried and failed twice

to remove the opponent.

With two bowls lurking

there the opposition cannot

afford to be ambitious

because they might promote

one of your bowls or take out

their own. Just remember –

you cannot develop the end

until you have two bowls in

the vicinity of the jack.

If the lead has been

unsuccessful, it is up to the

second to place them there.

The PT trips went well with

some dramatic results – even

an 8.

Last Tuesday, we were on

tenterhooks at 1.44pm

because we could only

accommodate one more

player. No one arrived and

play could proceed.

Although there were some

close finishes, Jonty

Alexander, Don Armstrong,

Lucia Nel, and George

Andrews clicked completely

and ran off with the boodle.

Last Thursday, Jonty was

back in the money. This time

he was ably aided and abetted

by Bryan Burger and Louise


Saturday was a friendly day

and no one even won the


Duties: Roll – Bob Ford, Mark

– Don Kelly/Alan Sheridan,

Tabs – Wyn Andrew.

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SPORTS COLOURS: The first term of 2019 kicked off on a fine note for three PAHS

pupils, from left, Rachel Lax, who was awarded colours for archery, Dyllan

Palmer, for bodyboarding, and Mihlali Marasi, for cricket


... runners with pride

Time trial results

8km run

Sinethemba Jilingisi


Sizakele Dayimani 31:06

Richard Legg 37:22

Rick Betts 37:22

Dave Sansbury 42:26

Mike Nelson 42:55

Marianne Stiglingh

4 4 : 37

5km run

Oliver Lange 19:45

Ayabonga Saul 19:57

David Taylor 23:54

Alex Weed 24:03

Oliver Momberg 24:37

Kevin Lee 25:37

Leah Shanks 26:06

Justin Dollery 26:34

Candice Pretorius 26:57

Sticks Stiglingh 27:41

Zanel Venter 27:41

Chris Robertson 29:17

Alan Robb 30:02

Mike Momberg 30:23

Lulu Mceka 31:32

Marietjie Robb 33:14

Kayla Struwig 36:55

Eugene Fourie 36:55

Sharon Hanson 40:17

Narita Naude 40:17

Cathy Momberg 41:31

3km run

Lethemba Jekana 10:14

Liyema Ntantiso 10:54

Asakhe Solwadle 11:02

Siyanda Xanti 12:38

Athi Klaas 12:45

Aphiwe Mvalo 12:45

Siphelele Nayika 14:43

Vanessa Barkhuisen


Rob Nel 19:15

Tristan Lange 20:35

Dinky Davenport 20:53

Nicky Lange 27:07

5km walk

Annamarie Hockley


Charlie Joubert 42:00

Sally Blake 55:27

John Howden 55:27

8km walk

Pauline Weed 1:25:00

Billy Futter 1:25:00

Wednesday January

9: BUCO Individual

Medal, with 96 players.


1st: Peter Longhurst –

67, 2nd: Paul Griffiths –

67, 3rd: Peter Dixon – 69,

4th: Steve Marais – 70

Two clubs:

6th: K Heny, B McGarvie, N

Fox, A Sap

8th: B Reed, J Tavendale, R

Lane, G Bladen

13th: K Keey, D Cooper, A


Best gross: 77 – Peter Dixon,

Kevin Heny, Steve Marais

Best nett: 67 – Pe t e r

L o n g h u r st

Nearest the pins:

Fishaways – 6th: Arjan Sap

Rise Cafe – 8th: Wayne

Wa l ke r

The Wharf Street Brew Pub

– 11th: Mike Stadler

Thymes 2 Catering – 13th:

Peter Dixon

Wimpy longest drive –

#14th: Andy Hough

Kingsley Beverages: Nearest

the pin for two on the first:

Don McGarvie

Saturday January 12: Viv

Jordan golf day two-ball

alliance, with 97 players.

Spinning Reel Cup winners:

Trevor Taylor and Nick Fox


1st: Trevor Taylor and Nick

Fox – 51

2nd: Leon Nell, Lex Henning


3rd: Bob McGarvie, Alan

Rosenthal – 50

4th: Wendy Counihan, Kim

Gardner – 50

Two clubs:

8th: C Grainger, L

O’Haughley, L Wasdell, R

Acton, B McGarvie

Best gross: 71 – Colin

M av u s o

Best nett: 67 – Trevor Taylor

Nearest the pins:

Mooifontein Quarry – 6th:

Andre Klopper

Auto Smart Body Shop –

8th: Less Wasdell

Sibuya Game Reserve – 11th:

Rob Hoar

The Whart Street Brew Pub

– 13th: Alan Harty

Wimpy longest drive - Men

#18th: Quinton Fick

Royal St. Andrews – N e a r e st


... runners with pride

Time Trial: January 10


1. Athinkhosi James 27:36

2. Uthimana Tana 31:07

3. Phumla Ngangqu 31:18

4. Jared Penny 32:09

5. Joy Stevens 32:30

6. Badela Asakhe 33:00

7. Colleen Bedford 33:04


... the results

the pin for two on the first:

Thor Einarsson

1820s GOLF

Monday January 7

Winners on 41: Rob Butler,

Ted Baines, Nick van der

Merwe, Louis van der Walt.

Moosehead on 45: Lionel

Timm, Juan Southey, Dallas


Good scores: 49 – Pe t e r

Rinaldi, 47 – Ted Baines, 46

– Eugene Erasmus, 45 –

Derek van Harmelen.

Two clubs: 8th John Dell,

Nic van der Merwe.

Thursday January 10

Winners on 41: Ted Baines,

Rob Butler, Dallas Cowie.

Moosehead on 47: Frank

Barker, John Heather, Louis

van der Walt.

Good scores: 49 – Te d

Baines, 47 – Peter Rinaldi,

46 – Stan Weyer.

Two clubs: 13th Stan Weyer.


January 8: The first

competition of 2019 saw a

turnout of 21 ladies playing

in pleasant weather.

The format was the

monthly Medal competition

sponsored by Pick n Pay.

Mo Marsay’s nett 72 won

the Silver Division with

Sonia Reynolds a close

runner-up on nett 73.

Pru Peacock won the

Bronze division on nett 75,

counting out Joy Altson into

second and Heather van

Harmelen into third.

The concomitant putting

competitions played on

Medal day were won by

Wendy Counihan (33 putts)

and Joy Altson (28 putts) in

the Silver and Bronze

divisions respectively.

T here were no two-clubs.

Gaby Tarpani’s drive was

closest to the pin on Top

Carpet’s sixth, Sonia

Reynolds’ on Colin Mavuso’s

Rosehill Driving Range’s

eighth and Mo Marsay’s on

Wimpy’s 11th. Wendy

Counihan was closest for

8. Sue Tinsley 56:00

9. Roger Tinsley 56:03

10. Jimmy Myerscough 56:53

11. Sam Myerscough 56:53

12. Daniel Myerscough 56:53

13. Rachel Myerscough 56:53

14. Sarah Myerscough 56:53


1. Mark Crandon 31:50

2. Vuyisani Nobi 33:22

two on River Spa’s 13th.

The longest drives were

struck by Pogs Smith and

Sue Kennedy in the lower

and higher handicap

sections respectively.

The competition on

January 22 will be a

three-ball Stableford Alliance

sponsored by Best Drive.



January 12: Mild westerly

winds blew across the

course on Saturday morning

as 27 players were drawn

into six mixed four- balls and

one mixed three- ball.

The 86 points carded by

John Ralph, Fanie Smit,

Barrie Brady and Heather

van Harmelen proved

sufficient to win the

competition, four points

ahead of runners-up Brian

and Margie Reid, playing

alongside Michelle and Peter

G u e st .

An exceptionally low

scoring round was recorded

by Keith Rugg, Pogs and

Bruce Smith, who came

home with just 60 +5 = 65

points for the team playing

the most golf.

Nevertheless, Bruce did

sink the only two-club of the

morning (6th). The best nett

rounds were shot by John

Ralph (68), Margie Reid and

Derek Sinclair (69).


Tuesday January 8: No

fewer than 52 players

attended the early morning

draw on a weather-wise

pleasant Tuesday morning.

The field was drawn into

13 four-balls to play the

usual two-to-count

Stableford Alliance.

Cliff Roberts, Dave

Thompson, Chris

Niebieszczanski and Eric

Segers combined well to

card a winning 94 points.

Hot on their heels were

runners-up John Ralph,

John Dell, Johny Johnson

and Gerald

Churchley on 93.

Way behind

them were the

awardees of the

infamous Hamer

en Sukkel: Andries Pienaar,

David Groenewald, Barrie

Brady and Matt Chadwick,

with 77 points.

Two-clubs were holed by

Mike Stadler (eighth) and

Dave Thompson (sixth and

eighth). Dave also netted the

best round of the day (67),

with other good rounds

being shot by Derick van

Harmelen (68), Chris

Niebieszczanski, Eric Segers

(69), Tom Tagg, Johny

Johnson, Gerald Churchley,

and Steve Daly (70).

Friday January 11: A very

hot morning saw 42 players

being drawn into eight

four-balls and two threeballs

to play a two-to-count

Stableford Alliance.

Uwe Blunk, Tom Tagg,

Brian Hayward and Heinz

Czepluch scored 92 points

to win the morning’s

proceedings. They were well

to the fore of Andy

Stembridge, Kevin Maree,

John Dell and Peter

Sinclair’s 88 points, which

earned them the runners-up

s l ot .

Seventy-nine points were

carded by both (1) Neil

Loundar, Rosie

Calmeyer-Leach, Martin

Lambrechts and Theresa

Loundar and (2) Barrie

Brady, Alfie Beaumont,

Eugene Erasmus and James

Lobban to share the delights

of the Hamer en Sukkel

trophy at the 19th hole.

There were two-clubs

aplenty with Matt Chadwick

(sixth), Graham Findlay

(eighth), James Lobban,

Alfie Beaumont (11th), Kevin

Maree and Adrian White

(13th) all holing out par

three birdies.

Kevin Maree and Dave

Curran both shot

respectable nett 69 in the

heat of the morning. Matt

Chadwick would have gone

home with a smile on his

face after shooting nett 70.



Not much news this week. On Friday

January 25 at 5.30pm we are going to

play night croquet. This will be followed

by a bring-and-braai. The bowlers are

also having night bowls the same

evening. The next rollover

will be on Saturday January

26. Pray for rain as we all

know the greens are

desperate for water.

Sp ort

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GOLF FOR A CAUSE: The Kleinemonde Golf Day at the Royal Port Alfred Golf Club raised money for Sunshine Coast Hospice, Kleinemonde Inter-Denominational Church, the Mashie Golf Course, the

Kleinemonde Ratepayers Association, the Kleinemonde Sports Club and the SPCA. From left are organiser Nowell Barnes-Webb, Russel Gardner who was a member of the winning four ball,

co-organiser Rory Gailey and Lynette Harbrecht, who won the ladies’ longest drive and was also part of the winning four ball. Absent for the photo were the two other members of the four ball – Anton

Emslie and Mike Harris

Exciting games at

scho ols’ cricket festival

MOUNTING RUNS: James Mullins of St Andrew’s College 1st XI at bat,

during the Grahamstown Schools’ Cricket Festival match between St

Andrew’s College and St Andrew’s School (Bloemfontein) at Lower Field

in Makhanda (Grahamstown) last Thursday

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The St Andrew’s

College first XI

cricket team

started their year

off with declaration

fixtures versus Hoërskool

Menlopark, St Andrew’s

School (Bloemfontein)

and St Alban’s College in

the Grahamstown

Schools’ Cricket Festival

hosted by Kingswood


The longer match day

format, starting at 9am

and finishing after 6pm

with no enforced

declarations, again

provided a real “Te st ”

cricket environment for

the cricketers to

experience. The second

new ball option after 50

overs also played its part

in declarations and

injected energy into the

final overs of each


Menlopark were 48/2

after 19 overs on the

morning of day one.

They then stepped on

the pedal in the next

session and were in a

commanding position on

130/2 at morning tea.

St Andrew’s struggled

to claw their way back

as Menlopark’s Z Stoop

compiled a superb 114 in

their innings of 248 all

out. St Andrew’s

debutant Tom Vermaak

bowled superbly in his

spell of 3/39.

St Andrew’s started

their run chase positively

and were well placed on

80/2 after 14 overs and

with James Mullins

scoring freely on 44* off

42 balls. However,

Menlopark were not

going to allow St

Andrew’s back into the

game. James Mullins

was involved in an

unnecessary run out and

then Menlopark’s left

arm spinner S Strydom

destroyed St Andrew’s

run chase with a

magnificent spell of

6/38 including a

hat-t rick.

Menlopark closed out

the game in the final

hour as well deserved

winners with St

Andrew’s limping to 142

all out.

St Andrew’s College

elected to bat first

against their namesakes

St Andrew’s School

(Bloemfontein) and were

bowled out for 244

leaving 58 overs for the

afternoon session.

James Mullins’ 62 and

Guy Rushmere’s 69

provided quality runs for

St Andrew’s. Leg spinner

R Cronje worked hard

throughout the St

Andrew’s College

innings and finished

FULL TILT: Chris Poole of St Andrew’s College first XI bowling during the

Grahamstown Schools’ Cricket Festival match between St Andrew’s

College and St Andrew’s School (Bloemfontein)

with sound figures of setting up the


declaration. St Andrew’s

St Andrew’s College attacked for most of the

picked up wickets at innings, but J Barwick’s

regular intervals but it 102* off 152 balls held

was again R Cronje who the St Alban’s innings

performed with a together as St Andrew’s

disciplined 90 runs off struggle to open up both

142 balls. Ryan Ford ends. The second new

(4/18) and Miles ball and Barwick’s

Danckwerts (3/59) search for his hundred

bowled beautifully with provided much

the new ball, but St excitement and drama

Andrew’s College were on Lower field as St

not quite creative and Alban’s lost a flurry of

disciplined enough in wickets. Barwick in the

the afternoon as St end finished the day off

Andrew’s School closed in fine style with 2 runs

out a draw on 180/9. off the penultimate

On day three St delivery of the day. He

Andrew’s College set up knocked one through an

an exciting run chase open mid-wicket region

versus St Alban’s and raised his bat for a

College. St Andrew’s well-deserved ton. Ryan

declared on 235/7. Ford (2/35) and Miles

Nicholas Barlow (60*) Danckwerts (3/22) were

and Miles Danckwerts again among the wickets

(48) batting superbly in but it was not enough to

force a victory. St

Alban’s closed out the

day on 190/8.

St Andrew’s played

Stanley Cricket Club in a

50 over match to round

off their term’s


preparations. St

Andrew’s batted in a

mature fashion

compiling 249/6 in their

50 overs. Callum Francis

made a quality 101 and

was well supported by

Matthew Schaefer with

his 52 runs. Stanley

Cricket Club batted

fluently in the true

batting conditions and

St Andrew’s throughout

the afternoon struggled

to stem the flow of runs.

Brent Emslie’s 53 and

Chris van de Meulen’s 41

was enough for Stanley

to secure a comfortable

four-wicket win.

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