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Help for TB hospital
Gift of the Givers delivers water and PPE, and plans to help broader Port Alfred community as well
Pleas from concerned Port
Alfred residents to Gift of
the Givers were too loud
to be ignored and, as a result, on
Monday afternoon the
charitable organisation made
Marjorie Parrish TB Hospital
their first port of call, delivering
much-needed support in the
form of personal protective
equipment and water.
When Dr Imtiaz Sooliman,
ch a i r and founder of the Gift of
the Givers (GotG), was asked
how the organisation found out
about Port Alfred’s water crisis,
he said: “We have been getting
calls from residents that there
has been no water in town for
quite some time.
“Apparently there is only 2%
of water left in the dam. That is
what we were told.“
Knowing that Port Alfred has
a TB Hospital, GotG treated the
report about water shortages as
a matter of urgency.
Sooliman said Port Alfred
was already on their list of
hospitals to be visited and
supplied with PPE but, after
getting calls about the lack of
water in the area, they phoned
the hospital, which confirmed
The PPE donated by the
GotG to the TB Hospital
included 3,000 three-ply
surgical masks, 1,000 KN95
face masks, 200 gowns, 100
shoe covers, 10 boxes of gloves,
five thermometers, five pulse
oximeters, 100 face shields,
100l of sanitiser and 40 scrubs.
They also filled up some JoJo
tanks with water.
Sooliman said interventions
in Port Alfred were already part
of their plans.
“Secondly, we knew that
Port Alfred has a TB Hospital, so
as part of our standard, we have
been going to different hospitals
to supply PPEs. Port Alfred was
on our list last week,” he said.
He said it was coincidentally
discovered that the TB Hospital
was about to open a dedicated
facility for Covid-19 cases a day
after the donation.
“We said, let us come today
WELCOMED VISIT: Marjorie Parrish TB Hospital receives desperately needed support in the form of water and personal protective equipment from the Gift of
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[Monday], meet the
management and see what the
facility is all about and what
“That is why we are here to
bring PPE, water and see this
facility for Covid-19,” he said.
Sooliman also said they
were planning to help the
broader Port Alfred community.
“I have spoken to my
hydrologist to see if he can
source boreholes here,” he said.
He mentioned that the
hydrologist would arrive next
week to assess the area.
He added that they were
aware there were a l r e a dy
existing boreholes which had
not been used for quite some
“We can open those
boreholes and make water
available to the hospital and to
“If necessary we will drill
new ones. That is the project,
but it is not going to happen
immediately. But it is on the list
because there is a queue,” he
Sooliman said they would
have to use a borehole for the
hospital and a separate one for
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function and prize
giving at Joba Café in
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Saturday night P i c t u re :
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Surprise as QFS gets RO plant tender again
has appointed Quality
(QFS) as the contractor
for its sea water reverse
osmosis (SWRO) plant
project – the same
company which was
awarded a R100m
overturned by the
court earlier this year.
Judge Phillip Zilwa
found a number of
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irregularities with the
tender, among them
that the municipality
had asked QFS to
submit an amended
bid, long after bids had
closed, and the paper
trail of correspondence
varying amounts for the
price of the project.
had also corrected the
QFS bid, by adding
maintenance costs of
Zilwa found that
Ndlambe had fallen
foul of the provisions of
its own Supply Chain
He found it
“shocking and difficult
to comprehend” that
the municipality had
rushed to pay QFS
R20m on May 25,
before a written
contract had been
Though the judge
said QFS would have
to repay the R20m, the
company said it was
not obligated to.
That aroused a
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response from the DA
in August, which said if
the municipality did
not initiate legal action
for recovery of the
money, the DA would
not hesitate to lay
against the directors of
QFS for theft of
The DA had
already laid a charge
Dumezweni for his
role in the unlawful
t e n d e r.
The investigation is
then had to begin the
tender process from
scratch again, and this
week announced that a
new contractor had
been appointed for a 2
megalitre (ML) plant.
After TotT learnt
that QFS had again
been appointed, we
asked DA constituency
leader MP Kevin
Mileham for comment.
“The DA notes with
concern that Ndlambe
Municipality has again
awarded the tender for
the Port Alfred reverse
osmosis plant to QFS,”
understand that an
comprising of officials
from national and
adjudicated the tender,
we remain convinced
that this outcome was
set up from the start.
“The fact that QFS
refused to pay back the
R20m paid in advance
for the original tender,
despite a judgment
requiring them to do
so, but rather chose to
equipment to that
value – and in fact
charged Ndlambe an
additional R10m for
the equipment – ra i s e s
enormous questions in
our minds, and must
surely result in an audit
disclaimer for the
m u n i c i p a l i t y,” he said.
He said QFS was
also responsible for the
installation of the
River Mouth RO plant,
which took nearly a
year to get operating at
the 3.5ML nameplate
c a p a c i t y.
water crisis in
Ndlambe is now
critical, and an RO
plant must be installed
as a matter of urgency.
“We can no longer
afford any delays.
“The DA will
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and on budget.”
for a statement last
reasoning for the
appointment of QFS,
but we have as yet
received no response.
We also do not
know the cost of the
It is, however, not
the 5ML project
envisaged in the
In its update on the
water crisis last
municipality said it was
anticipated that the
plant would be in
production by the end
of January 2021.
The feasibility of
new borehole sites was
also being investigated.
announced a revised
water schedule for Port
Alfred and Bathurst late
on Thursday, which
was revised again on
Fr i d ay.
It advised that
supply would be shut
off to the entire Port
Alfred area for 24-hour
periods every second
day due to critically
low water levels at the
Sarel Hayward Dam,
the town’s main supply.
schedule, which TotT
posted online, came
under fire from
frustrated residents as
most parts of Port
Alfred have had no
municipal water at all
since November 25.
were affected first, but
the CBD area still has
water in the pipes.
Tanks have been
placed at certain points
on the east and west
bank for residents to be
able to collect water.
Tanks had already
been placed in Nemato
and Station Hill.
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Model makes Empress SA semis
Port Alfred beauty appeals for residents' votes so she can bring crown home
APort Alfred beauty, 21-yearold
model Jennita Gongota,
has been shortlisted as a
semifinalist in the Empress SA 2021
Gongota is appealing to the
public to vote for her by smsing
“Je n n i t a ” to “35334” so she can
bring the crown home to Port Alfred.
She says voters can vote as many
times as they want – each sms costs
Gongota, who is originally from
Elliot and attended Masikhuthale
Secondary School, fell in love with
modelling when she entered Miss
Elliot 2017 and won.
“Th a t ’s how my journey of
modelling started,” she said.
She explained what Empress SA
is all about.
“Empress SA is an online women
empowerment contest, using beauty
with brains and the purpose of its
platform is to empower young
women to grow and develop
themselves by making a positive
impact in their communities,” she
Gongota mentioned that taking
part in a contest that comprised of
participants from all nine provinces
had helped her grow in confidence.
She added that she drew
inspiration from the 2020 winner of
“In this pageant I have gained
more confidence in myself and I
have been inspired by our current
winner, her supreme majesty
Annikie Rabohlale, Empress SA
“She is a very intelligent and
inspiring woman, and with the effort
and dedication it takes to win this
contest one would naturally be
inspired by her. As a semi-finalist I
am so proud of myself for making it
this far in the competition,“ she said.
“I have embraced my beauty in a
unique way, and also this contest
made me unleash the eagle in me.”
Emphasising her plea she said:
“Please help me bring the crown
h o m e .”
“Empress South Africa as a brand
is in its second year, and also is the
largest, first ever online beauty with
brains and purpose contest in world
history as they have hundreds of
contestants spread out across all
nine provinces in South Africa,” she
According to Gongota, the
Empress SA 2021 pageant winner
will be announced at the Sandton
Convention Centre on January 29
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PA water crisis mismanagement:
’My heart’s sore’
Longtime Port Alfred
resident Ed Simes raised
the concerns of many
when he met with Ward 10
councillor Ray Schenk last week
to seek some answers for the
Speaking on behalf of a
group of local residents with
whom he meets regularly, Simes
said the main factor which led
to the present crisis appeared to
be mismanagement by the
m u n i c i p a l i t y.
“My heart is very sore about
wh a t ’s happening.
“Mismanagement has been
very bad,” said Simes, who has
lived in Port Alfred for 60 years.
“The municipality waits for
things to break down and we
run out of water.
“I have friends who are
Longtime resident talks to councillor over issues
leaving town because of this.”
He asked Talk of the Town to
accompany him to the meeting
“What power does the DA
have, and you as ward
councillor?” he asked Schenk.
Schenk explained that there
were 20 councillors in
Ndlambe, 13 of which were
ANC, one EFF and six DA.
He is the only DA ward
c o u n c i l l o r.
“We have about 30%
representation. We can talk a
lot, give input, but when it
comes to a voting situation, we
are outvoted,” Schenk said.
“We try to influence and
lobby people, rather than push a
situation to a vote where we’ll
Simes said he wanted
municipal officials to apologise
for the water shortages.
“I’d like to see the
responsible officials say, ‘We
mismanaged, we buggered it
up, we’re sorry’.”
Schenk said: “Yo u ’ll never
Simes brought up the issue
of the pumps not functioning
properly at the weir when the
Kowie River was flowing
strongly and fresh water was
going out to sea.
The municipality had missed
out on opportunities to pump
water to the Sarel Hayward
Dam, which is now empty.
“Since 2018/2019, I have
heard things like the pump was
not working, the responsible
employee was not there – that’s
m i s m a n a g e m e n t ,” Simes said.
Schenk said from a planning
point of view, or lack of it, one
needed to look further back
than the past two years, back to
“When the political scene
started changing and rural
people started an influx into the
towns. And little municipalities
were amalgamated into larger
municipalities, like Ndlambe, in
2000,“ Schenk said.
“At that stage already, they
should have looked ahead – that
in 20 years time that [water
supply] won’t be enough.
“If you look at the township
[Nemato] today, it’s far bigger
than it was in 2000.
“The population has
outgrown the water supply.”
He continued: “Yes, the
municipality did err in
2018/2019, when water flowed
over the weir.
“There were issues with
pumps and they didn’t maintain
them. Over the years they
should have kept the dam full.
“We were also in a drought.“
However, Simes said one of
the members of his group, who
kept a record of rainfall figures,
said more rain had fallen this
year – more than 600mm – than
in the previous few years.
“We can’t excuse the
m u n i c i p a l i t y,” Schenk agreed.
“Now they’re waking up,
now they’re looking into things
they should have looked at 15
Simes raised other matters
over the pumping at the weir.
“Rumours abound, but
they’re well-founded, that the
[circuit breaker] trips when it
rains, so the pumps don’t come
on. And an employee went on
leave and he had the
pumphouse key with him.
“What are the
consequences of this
mismanagement?” Simes asked.
Schenk said the trip switch
was being attended to.
As for allegations of neglect
and dereliction of duty, he said
people needed to come to him
with the facts, so the DA could
check them out.
Simes said: “Four of my
friends have left town, they’ve
moved to Plett and Keurbooms.
“Why? Because of this
municipality. People are gatvol.
“People won’t come here on
holiday because there’s no
water. And this town needs the
revenue of holidaymakers.”
Attempted rape of child:
man gets 8 years
A Port Alfred man has
been sentenced to eight
years in prison for the
attempted rape of a 10-
year-old girl in 2019.
Sarah Baartman District
commissioner, Brig Jo h n
Lebok, commended the
investigating team for
their dedication and
which ensured a
conviction and that a
fitting sentence was
handed down to 32-yearold
Goliath was found
guilty of attempting to
rape the child on
December 26 2019.
On the day of the
incident, the 10-year-old
victim, from the Port
Alfred area, had been
sent to a shop close to
her home by her mother,
to purchase something.
The ch i l d ’s mother
wa s getting ready for a
part-time job that she
holds in town, and then
went to work.
On returning from
work at about 11am the
same day, her daughter
approached her and told
her that while returning
from the shop, Goliath
had told her that she
must accompany him to
The child did not
think anything wrong
with the request and had
gone with him.
Along the way,
Goliath said they should
take a short cut and took
the girl into the bush at
In the bush, he told
the child to undress,
which she refused to do.
He then pushed her
to the ground, took off
her pants and underwear
and climbed on top of
h e r.
When the child
started to cry out aloud,
Goliath allegedly had a
change of heart. The girl
then got up and ran
During the trial,
Goliath, a first offender,
pleaded guilty and saved
the child further trauma
by reliving the events of
the horrific incident in
In passing sentence,
Lindhoor commented as
f o l l ow s : “Society is
crying out for justice
against perpetrators of
violence against women
“Your actions are
horrendous, but don’t fall
into the maximum
He further added: “If
you did not plead guilty I
would have imposed 15
years but, because you
did, [you] prevented
more traumatic suffering
on the victim.” Lindhoor
said: “A rapist does not
kill his victim, instead he
kills her self-respect and
damages her feeling of
physical and mental
i n t e g r i t y. “
In addition to the
three orders were also
imposed: In terms of Sec
50(2)(a) of Act 32/2007,
Goliath’s particulars are
to be included in the
National Register for
Sexual Offenders; in
terms of Sec 103(1) of
Act 60/2000, he is
unfit to possess a firearm
and; in terms of Sec
103(4) of Act 60/2000,
the court ordered the
search and seizure of any
firearms, ammunition or
licences in his
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When Gift of the Givers offers their
help for interventions in Port
Alfred’s water crisis this time
around, we hope wiser heads prevail at
The charitable organisation has a stellar
track record of helping communities across
SA in similar predicaments.
But when they came to Port Alfred in
January – in the early stages of what has
turned out to be a year-long fiasco – the
municipality was ambivalent about the help
GotG was offering.
Knowing municipal officials had met
with members of GotG about the water
crisis, and that GotG had already delivered
water in tankers to Nemato, TotT asked a
question at a well-attended public meeting
in the Port Alfred Civic Centre.
“What further help is GotG offering?”
The answer from infrastructure director
Noluthando Vithi-Masiza was that GotG
had also offered to dig boreholes, but this
would cost money.
“If drilling boreholes is not for free, they
must submit a quotation. If they are more
expensive than local suppliers, then we are
not going to use Gift of Givers,” she said.
In the light of the emergency, which has
become even more dire since then, it was
an incredible answer.
GotG is a NPO, they’re not in it for the
money. And in an emergency, there is
allowance for bypassing supply chain
management policies, which Ndlambe is
well-versed in doing.
No doubt our officials were thinking
about what happened in Makana when
GotG came to the aid of the people there.
GotG had come at Makana’s invitation
because of their water crisis, and brought
tankers and drilled boreholes.
But the extent of the problem was far
greater than anyone envisaged.
GotG drew up a rescue plan and
commenced the process of “saving the city”
i m m e d i a t e l y.
They advised the municipality that the
cost to solve the problem was in the region
of R23m, requiring government funding.
Manaka Municipality said as the area
had been declared a disaster in the
government gazette, they would receive
emergency funding with which they would
GotG brought in hydrologist Dr Gideon
Groenewald and drilled 15 boreholes. They
tested the water at huge cost, brought in
special filtration systems, and delivered
bottled water and water by truck.
However, when it came to time to pay,
the department of water affairs told GoG
that only companies from Makhanda could
be paid for the drought intervention.
In an astounding and wholly unjust turn
of events, the government paid R10m to
private contractors for work that GotG did.
BIG SCHOOL NEXT: The Grade R pupils of Happy Hours Pre-primary School in Port Alfred celebrate their graduation a little differently this year,
because of Covid-19 restrictions and concerns. The graduation was held in the parking lot outside the school, while parents and family members
cheered, clapped and took photos from across the road. Principal Tracy Lloyd said she remained interested in the graduates of her little school
throughout their lives. The school celebrated its 40th anniversary this year Picture: JON HOUZET
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ANCYL relieved RO plant
to finally come to fruition
The ANCYL in Ndlambe subregion is
vindicated by the news reported in the
Talk of the Town dated November 27
2020 that the process of awarding the
reverse osmosis (RO) plant is
The procurement process was
handled with independent bodies,
including the department of water &
sanitation. It was awarded to the same
service provider, Quality Filtration
The ANCYL is pleased that there are
no appeals this time around and the
people of Bathurst and Port Alfred will
eventually get water.
The ANCYL would like to reiterate its
views that the ANC’s opposition in
Ndlambe Council uses cheap political
expediency [instead] of principle.
In the process, they mislead
innocent people to gain votes for the
2021 local government elections. The
ANCYL is disappointed in the DA
councillors who are micro-managed by
He is controlling them and they are
now losing their rational[ity] in the face
of the public due to their fear of this
individual who constantly intimidates
Once more, we want to appeal to
the DA councillors and the Ndlambe
Ratepayers Association to liberate
themselves from abuse by this
individual and apply their independent
The ANCYL would like to appeal to
the municipality and the service
provider to accelerate the actual work in
order for the people to get work and
ultimate[ly] communities to get water.
MARADONA SWARTBOOI, ANCYL
Ndlambe subregional coordinator
Thanks for help with
Christmas cake campaign
The Port Alfred Lions Club wishes to
thank the public of Port Alfred and
surrounding areas for their fantastic
support with the Lions Christmas cakes
f u n d ra i s e r.
You have certainly helped us in
assisting the less fortunate in our
The cakes have sold out.
We also wish to thank the
management of the Heritage and
Rosehill Malls for their assistance.
Finally, our appreciation goes to
Talk of the Town who always provide
us with outstanding coverage.
Guard your heart
“Above all else, guard your
heart, for it is the wellspring of
life” (Proverbs 4:23).
We need to guard our hearts
against envy. Jealousy and envy
are sometimes used
interchangeably, though there is
a difference between the two.
Jealousy can imply
Speaking about Israel, God
says to them concerning idols:
“You shall not bow down to
them or worship them; for I, the
Lord your God, am a jealous
God, punishing the children for
the sin of the fathers to the third
and fourth generation of those
who hate me …” (Exodus 20:5).
Excessive jealousy in a
marriage can be stifling and has
been the cause of divorce and
It is an extremely strong and
Proverbs 27:4 says, “Anger is
cruel and fury overwhelming,
but who can stand before
Being envious of other
people’s possessions and
achievements has a very
negative connotation in the
Bible. It could be the cause of
covetousness and selfish
Solomon, in all his wisdom
wrote, “I saw that all labour and
all achievement spring from
man’s envy of his neighbour.
I N S P I R AT I O N A L
Pastor Theo Snyman
This too is meaningless, a
chasing after the wind”
“Where you have envy and
selfish ambition, there you find
disorder and every evil practice.
But the wisdom that comes from
heaven is first of all pure; then
submissive, full of mercy and
good fruit, impartial and
sincere” (James 3:16, 17).
Love does not envy, but
rather rejoices with those
experiencing good fortune.
Godliness with contentment
is great gain.
“Keep your lives free from
the love of money and be
content with what you have,
because God has said, “N e ve r
will I leave you; never will I
forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5).
Proof there are honest, kind people - thank you all for finding wallet
I have been here in South Africa for several years
and have heard, many times, that crime in the
area is prevalent and that I must be careful.
So, I am aware of this to be sure. Since my
adolescence I have suffered from severe memory
loss and so sometimes find life difficult.
Last week, I was shopping at Heritage Mall
and, unbeknown to me, dropped my wallet from
by handbag. It contained all my paper money
and credit cards.
When I discovered it was gone, I was
naturally very upset and tried to retrace my steps.
Fortunately I have several good friends who
rushed to my side.
After several phone calls, news of my
problem soon got around.
I was amazed to hear that a holidaymaker (I
hear from India) had picked up my wallet.
I would like to thank the girls at Pam Golding,
Kim Gardner, Margie Seegers and Bernette
Pieterse. It was just a short while before I got my
wallet back with all the contents intact.
So, who says that most people are dishonest?
I now believe the reverse is true. There must be
another reason why some people choose the
Thanks to everyone who helped, my friends
and even strangers who I had never met, but they
must have felt sympathy and felt genuinely
moved by my distress.
So thank you and God bless you all.
Em e rge n cy N u m b e rs
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Covid and beyond…
DR ILANA JOUBERT
QTell us about your
AI am currently the president
of the Rotary Club of Port
Alfred for the year 2020/21.
I am a retired geologist who
spent most of his life exploring
for diamonds for De Beers.
What is the most satisfying
aspect of the work you do?
Being in a position to help the
less fortunate members of the
community of Port Alfred,
especially during this difficult
period we are currently
What is the one tourist aspect
you would recommend to a
visitor to the Sunshine Coast?
The Sunshine Coast and
surrounding areas played a huge
part in the tapestry of South
There are many interesting
sites in the area that cover the
history of the 1820 Settlers and
how they struggled under very
If you have a bucket list, what is
the top item you would like to
Travel coast to coast over
Au s t ra l i a .
What is your motto in life?
Same as Rotary’s – “Service
What keeps you motivated?
So much to do and so little time
to do it.
With the high unemployment
rate in our country, what do
you think could be done to
address the situation?
G ove r n m e n t - s p o n s o r e d
apprenticeships with a view to
creating more self-employed
people is needed in our country.
Do you think enough is being
done to reduce our carbon
footprint on the planet? If not,
what do you think could be
done to change it.
Not around the planet.
We need to harness more
natural energy, through wind,
the sun and the ocean.
Architects should design
self-sustaining buildings that are
totally off the grid.
What is your favourite music of
Moody Blues – Nights in White
What is the one item that is
always in your fridge?
Cold fruit juice.
If you could be president of SA
for one day, what would be the
top three things you would do
for your day in office?
Make a positive start to end
corruption (more than a day’s
wo r k ! ) .
Food security for the less
privileged and elderly.
Open a circus, so all the
politicians would have job
There are currently two different
types of Covid-19 tests
ava i l a b l e :
1 To diagnose an acute
This is done via a PCR
nasal/pharyngeal swab which
test for the actual genetic
material of the virus.
This test can already show a
positive result between day two
and day five after exposure. This
means that you should wait at
least 2-5 days after being
exposed before you go for your
If your symptoms are mild, it
is not necessary to be tested, but
consult your doctor for advice.
If, however, you have been in
contact with other people and
you are unsure if your symptoms
are due to SARS-CoV2 or not,
testing is recommended to avoid
further spread and inform all
2 The other test may be done
to show a previous infection.
These are antibody tests of
which two possibilities are
available. One is done via a
blood test and sent to the
laboratory, the other is a rapid
test done via a finger prick at
your pharmacy. These tests are
NOT to diagnose SARS-CoV2
and has no place in acute
settings. Antibodies are
produced over days to weeks
after infection with the virus.
The strength of antibody
response depends on several
factors, including age,
nutritional status, severity of
disease, and certain
medications or infections like
HIV that suppress the immune
Current data suggest that
antibodies only positive from
day 10-12 onwards.
This implies that tests done
before this timeframe, may have
false negative results.
Antibody detection tests
targeting Covid-19 may also
cross-react with other
pathogens, including other
human coronaviruses and give
If your antibody test is
positive, it means that you have
had SARS-CoV2. If your
antibody test is negative it does
not mean that you have not
So what do I do if I have
been exposed to a positive
1. If you are 100%
asymptomatic, self-isolate for 7-
10 days. If still no symptoms on
day seven, than chances are
very small that you have been
infected, no test needed and can
resume normal activities
without a Covid test.
2. Should you develop
symptoms during these seven
days, and they are mild, you can
contact your doctor for advice,
and discuss the need for a Covid
Mild symptoms may be
treated at home with no Covid
3. If you develop moderate
to severe symptoms including
shortness of breath or difficulty
breathing, or have co-morbid
conditions which may put you
at higher risk of complications
(such as hypertension, diabetes,
over 60 years old, increased
BMI), then contact your doctor
and a test is recommended.
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Silver Creek Mountain
Band legends to reunite
‘70s group founders to join for
‘Better Than Ever’ perfor mance
at the Wharf Street Brew Pub
When Rod Dry and
founded the Silver
Creek Mountain Band back in
the ‘70s, little did they realise
they were creating something
which would become a
cornerstone of the folk rock/
country/bluegrass music scene
for decades to come.
It was some 10 years later,
when Schultz gave up his fulltime
membership of the band -
but by then he and Dry had
ensured Silver Creek Mountain
Band was so well established -
that it would go on to entertain
generations of music-lovers for
the next 40 years.
Dry continued to lead the
band, and he and Schultz
maintained their special
personal relationship over the
ye a r s .
Now, these two music
legends have got together once
again, and are creating the style
and quality of music which
made Silver Creek a household
name over the years.
Dry and Schultz are
combining for a few special
Better Than Ever performances,
and are rolling back the years, in
true Silver Creek Mountain
Their next performance is
on Saturday December 12, at
the Wharf Street Brew Pub.
Dry said he and Schultz
were excited to be playing in
this historic venue, emphasising
that the band had lasted for
almost as many years as the
building in which they would be
Space is limited, and so
bookings are recommended,
and these can be made by
calling 061-037-6077 during
Tickets will include
entrance, a meal and a drink,
with an “early bird” discount
available to anyone who books
before December 7.
Speaking about what to
expect in their show, Dry said
“there is many a good tune
played on an old fiddle”.
He said with him and
Schultz back together again, the
Silver Creek Mountain Band
would “definitely be better than
e ve r ”.
“We ’re going to rock, and
roll back the years,” S ch u l t z
Healing Hands focus
on holistic approach
A new addition to the Kinetic
Health Centre in Port Alfred is
Healing Hands, which is aimed
at promoting holistic wellbeing.
Caryl-Anne Austin offers
various services that include
massage therapy for stress, sore
muscles and relaxation.
In addition, she also offers
Reiki and Acudetox.
Acudetox is based on the
same principles as acupuncture
but just focuses on the five main
points in each ear.
All disease of the body is
caused by the presence of a
toxin: physical, emotional or
meta-physical (belief system),
Physical consists of
bacteria, viruses, and so on.
Emotional consists of
thoughts, memories and
traumas, whereas meta-physical
includes beliefs, values and
p a ra d i g m s .
Acudetox helps to cleanse
the body on different levels,
i m p r ov i n g physical and mind
The treatments, which differ
depending on each individual's
requirements, help with stress,
anxiety, PTSD, weight control,
bi-polar disorder, ADD and
ADHD, pain management,
quitting smoking and
Austin, a familiar face in the
area, is a NADA (National
Acudetox Association) certified
See the advert for contact
details to make an appointment
at Healing Hands, situated in
Hill Street at the Kinetic Health
BACK IN BUSINESS: Ocean Basket Port Alfred officially
reopened under new ownership last Friday, welcoming back
almost the entire staff that had not been working since the
national lockdown started in March. Manager Claire Pretorius
said everyone had quickly resumed their routines and
whipped up mouth-watering platters and salads from their
summer menu which customers were specially invited to
sample at a soft opening last Wednesday night, along with
welcoming glasses of wine Picture: JON HOUZET
24 HOURS ARMED RESPONSE
Tel: 046 624 3142 24 Hour: 046 624 2806
Sky Alarms, based in Port Alfred, have been in
operation for the past 20 years.
With a new fleet of vehicles, the security
company is ready for any emergency.
Sky Alarms supplies 24-hour guard patrol
and has access to all emergency responders
such as plumbers, electricians and doctors.
Security cameras installed by Sky Alarms
in Forest Downs are monitored 24 hours a day
and owner Louis Oosthuizen, said s e ve ra l
more were to be installed in town to ensure
the safety of all residents.
Oosthuizen said Sky Alarms could be
contacted for obligation-free quotations and
that they responded not only to their paying
clients, but to non-clients as well.
Their WhatsApp number to contact,
should you not have airtime in an emergency,
Oosthuizen is available on his cellphone
24/7 and is committed to serving the
community as Sky Alarms has been doing
since he started the business.
He would like to thank his staff for their
loyalty, as well as their clients for their
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Dry taps take
tiring toll on all
BRIGHTER SKIES AHEAD
TotT readers air views on prolonged water cuts
TotT’s Facebook question
was: As a resident, or in
business, what do yo u
find difficult to do because of
water restrictions and prolonged
In response, Sally Claasen
said: “Run my five self-catering
guest houses – no water no
guests. The whole town loses
out. We have rainwater tanks
but need rain,” she said.
Joan Delport said the water
bill remained the same despite
the water restrictions.
“Never water available and
still get charged for availability
[and] drought water [tariffs].
“All that comes through
pipes is air. Buggered up my
solar geyser and I am constantly
now on tank water. Never had a
bath for years.
“Alexandria, don’t hold any
hope for our forgotten, rotten,
Arthur Hinde said: “We
have three issues in Port Alfred:
sewage smell, rotten water and
equally rotten corruption. All
s t i n k s .”
Robin Collett associated the
water situation with lack of skills
and political will within the
municipality. “Understand why
this mess hasn’t been sorted out
for years and years. Have we no
people in this municipality who
have got any skills or care or
brains to sort this mess out. It’s
time for big change,” she said.
Unaware of the long-delayed
reverse sea water osmosis plant
project currently underway,
Megan Grundling asked: “W hy
can’t the municipality invest in a
desalination plant that can
convert sea water into fresh
wa t e r ?
”If electricity is an issue then
get a couple of wind turbines.
We have plenty of wind.”
Cheryll Williams Lewarne
said: “Start harvesting rain water
and use that. All the old folk
used to have water tanks.
“One cannot rely on this
administration to supply
anything, least of all a working
infrastructure. It is not a lack of
rain, it is a lack of competent
municipal leadership and
rampant theft of funds.”
Ronel Wilken said it was
difficult having to fetch water
from a tank, which was running
low, for bathing, cleaning, doing
laundry, and so on.
“What about businesses, the
staff, what do they do if they
can’t use the bathrooms? They
can’t flush and can’t wash
h a n d s ,” she asked.
Dominique Hechter Pattie
also said she was finding it
difficult to do dishes, flush
toilets and bath.
Colleen Pansegrouw said it
was difficult to accommodate B
& B guests.
Eve Folley said: “Having to
plan on when to do washing.
Th a t ’s now out the window, and
alternatives need to be found”.
Lara Cowley said the East
Bank had not had water since
Wednesday November 25. She
said some areas had been
without water for about 10 days.
Megan Grundling said:
“Same on West Bank. We don’t
have clean tank water so have to
buy water for dishes, etc.”
Lynne du Plessis said she
was still paying a water
Magda Mügge said:
“Running a guesthouse [is]
impossible. Bed linen, towels,
etc. I’m forced to close until we
have water again.”
Noelene Lee said: “We are
in the middle of a pandemic and
there is no water for
handwashing. I find it difficult to
see a happy ending in this.”
COLOURFUL CREATIVITY: Port Alfred High School Grade 2 pupil Ethan Greene proudly shows
off his artwork in the last days of term four, in what can only be described as a tumultuous
academic year. The school has closed for 2020 due to the spike in Covid-19 cases in the
community and will reopen on January 27
T’s & C’s
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N E I G H B O U R LY NOTES
E-mail Rob Knowles at email@example.com or fax (046) 624-2293
or drop in at 29 Miles Street from 8am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday
CHRISTMAS is coming and the goose is
It is almost time for businesses to close
down in anticipation of the upcoming
festive season holidays.
However, being 252 days into the
national lockdown, there are three really
big issues that need to be resolved before
we start celebrating.
This year has been brutal to so many
businesses in the area, but one of the
worst affected is the hospitality industry.
My father was a chef and he used to say
that everyone needed to eat, which I
presume was a good motivation to get
involved in hospitality at the time.
But my father could never have
imagined the Covid-19 lockdown where
eating establishments have been
prevented from operating and can still
only allow a certain number of patrons.
If these restaurants and cafés are to
survive, they need customers.
So, it is up to the locals to help out and
visit local eating places as often as your
wallet will allow. Hopefully, those brave
holidaymakers who visit us will help keep
these businesses afloat.
Aside from the lockdown, the Eastern
Cape has been identified as a coronavirus
hotspot and this may well deter visitors
this holiday season. This is unfortunate
and will mean a general lack of revenue
for the town this year.
The other serious problem is the water
situation. It appears most people forgot
that Ndlambe (in fact, the entire Eastern
Cape) is a water-scarce area, and carried
on using water as though it would never
run out, even after the warnings.
Now there is no water in the area
(particularly those fed predominantly
from the Sarel Hayward Dam) and severe
water rationing has been implemented.
Yet, there seem to be mixed messages
regarding cut-off times. It is normal that,
when water is cut off, the low-lying areas
(Kowie flats) will be the last for taps to run
dry, and the first t to receive water when
the valves are turned back on.
High-lying areas (most of the east and
west bank, Forest Downs, and so on)
would be the first taps to run dry and the
last to receive water.
But, if we are already suffering, how
will our visitors handle the situation?
ON a more positive note, for those who
are lucky enough to still be working, what
is your company or office doing for your
Christmas party this year?
At Talk of the Town we have a “Dirty
Santa” gift exchange. All presents are
under R50 and are placed together, and
each member of staff, in order of a
number picked from a hat, gets to choose
whatever present they want from the pile.
The “dirty” part is that, once opened,
the next person can swap their gift with
you, and this blatant pilfering continues
until the last present has been selected.
It’s lots of fun.
We must remember though to think
local this Christmas and make the most of
the holiday break. We all need it.
PEOPLE of Bathurst, be aware that the
Lions Bike Rally will be held this weekend
(Friday through Sunday).
You have been asked for your patience
over the weekend and the bikers (who do
an excellent job of fundraising for
charities) have promised they will keep
the noise down to a minimum.
IT was World Aids Awareness Day on
Tuesday December 2. With all the hype
around Covid-19, many have forgotten
that Aids is a very real problem in SA.
About 7.7 million people, about 20%
of the population, are HIV-positive. This is
a far greater problem than Covid-19 (just
under 800,000 cases reported).
However, antivirals, along with
polyclonal and monoclonal bacteria, are
now available that can make living with
HIV and even full-blown Aids virtually
normal. Yet, there is still no cure.
CONGRATULATIONS and happy
birthday greetings to everyone celebrating
a special day in the week ahead,
especially Jenny Kieck, George Bax,
Candy Oosthuizen, Marianne Fryer,
SHOWING OFF HIS CHEST: Always in good spirits, and having come
through surgery this year, Billy Futter, left, shows off his scar when receiving
the Vasbyt Award from Kowie Striders chair Sticks Stiglingh at the annual
prize-giving last Saturday Picture: JON HOUZET
Orme Burn, Ilse Wicks, Anita Thomson,
Deyzel Burger, Jen Elliott, Mary Lloyd,
Declan de la Mare, Jean Brummer, Derek
Phillips, Ryan Reynolds, John Moss,
Garner Rieger, Koleka Nkwinti, Annie
Pike, Charidene Malan, twins Keagan and
Ross Coetzee, Dylan Brown, Wanda
Kelbrick, Brad Taljard, Paul Griffiths,
Janine Groenewald, Stewart Evans, Rudi
van der Merwe, Loren Hilpert, Gary
Jones-Phillipson, Denise Gunn, Mike
Loewe, Nico Scheepers, Carol Behrman,
Daniel Ross, Gregory Gudmanz, Mia
Mary de Aroujo, Jean Botma, Donné
Piquet, Vivienne Reid, Akhona Qunta,
Yvonne Vermeulen and Donne Wentzel.
WELL done and continued success to all
businesses celebrating another
anniversary. Good luck for the future to
Ke n ny ’s Sports Bar.
THE good news is that there was a drop in
the petrol price as of midnight on Tuesday.
Mind you, there was a slight increase in
the price of diesel. However, with Covid-
19 showing resurgence around the world
and more stringent lockdowns being
announced almost daily, markets are still
v u l n e ra b l e .
Making things worse is the battle
between the EU and UK which is
inexorably heading toward a no-deal
Brexit, and the US/China trade wars are
This is making investors uncertain of
the safest countries and companies in
which to place their money.
The announcement of several Covid-
19 vaccines had the markets bubbling a
week ago but their enthusiasm has
calmed significantly as the problems of
production, storage and distribution
With 2019’s figures in brackets, the
Rand is trading at R15.33 to the Dollar
(R14.67), R20.44 to the Pound (R19.03)
and R18.36 to the Euro (R16.24).
Commodities are trading with gold at
$1,804.05 per fine ounce ($1,470.07),
platinum at $987.70 ($900.25) and Brent
crude oil at $47.48 ($60.96).
SPECIAL thoughts and prayers are with all
who are not well, having or have already
had tests, operations and treatments.
Sterkte Roy Potter, Andrew de Vries,
Jenny Groenewald, Jan Haig, Bev Young,
Fred Golombick, Graeme Sunny Hill and
OUR heartiest congratulations and good
wishes for continued happiness to the
following couples celebrating their
wedding anniversaries in the week ahead,
especially Neville and Tilly Handley,
Chris and Irene Snyman, Trevor and
Melinda Linforth, Gerry and Wanda
Loxton, Russell and Kerry Bartlett, Clayton
and Kim Lloyd, Keith and Sherle Hackart,
Brandon and Alexa Calitz, Andrew and
THOUGHT for the week: “If you want a
limitless, abundant, loving life, make sure
that all that your beliefs are limitless,
abundant, compassionate and loving.”
BEST regards as always,
SUDOKU - WHARF STREET FRUIT & VEG
Complete this Sudoku and be in line to win a R50 voucher
from Wharf Street Fruit & Veg in Wharf Street.Entries must
be in by 3:30pm on Tuesday at the TotT office - 29 Miles St.
Winner to please collect voucher (must show ID) from TotT
offices before attempting to redeem prize. Last week’s winner
is Lynn Day.
WIN A VOUCHER FROM THE HIGHLANDER PUB
SOLUTION TO LAST WEEK’S SUDOKU
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OFF TO BIG SCHOOL: The Port Alfred Pre-Primary Lions Class held a very special graduation ceremony where Grade R teacher
Melissa Tweedie, back right, and headmaster Nigel Adams wished them well for 2021 in Grade 1
EXPLORING EGYPT: Grade
5 pupil Ibenathi Kondile
presented his term 4 history
project which entailed
technology. Each pupil had
to build a pyramid as well as
a shadoof, which is a lever
crane irrigation tool used in
agriculture by the early
Egyptians since 2000 BC
HOME STRETCH: Lilitha Veto and Erin Birch from El Shaddai
Christian Academy were all smiles while taking a breather from
writing their final exams
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GOLF W E E K LY
Wednesday November 25: S i b u ya
Game Reserve/Arabella Wine
Individual Stableford, with 72
p l aye r s
1st: Ross Wright – 41, 2nd: André van Zyl
– 41, 3rd: Rick van Zyl – 39, 4th: Dallas
Cowie – 39, 5th: Mark Warren – 38.
6th: D Sinclair, R Pryce
8th: L Bohnen, N Nell
10th: D Painting
13th: C Poulton
Best Gross: 72 – Colin Mavuso
Best Nett: 67 – Ross Wright, André van
Nearest The Pins:
Fishaways/Debonairs – 6th: Simon
Galileo Risk – 8th: Charlie Poulton
Tekserve – 11th: Leon Nell
The Firm – 13th: Charlie Poulton
The Firmest Drive – 18th: Jason Sharrock
Remax Kowie - Nearest for 2 on the 1st:
Saturday November 28: Build It
Betterball Stableford, with 40 players
1st: Kevin Heny, Nigel Forrester - 46
2nd: Bobby Jones, Trevor Stötter - 46
3rd: Roger Acton, Leon Nell - 44
4th: Nathi Mbabela, Earl Tsolikile - 43
4th: E Tsolikile
6th: Roger Acton
Best Gross: 74 – Roger Acton
Best Nett: 66 – Trevor Stötter
Nearest The Pins:
Mooifontein Quarry – 6th: Roger Acton
Tekserve – 8th: Nigel Forrester
Sibuya Game Reserve – 11th: Lindy
Fishaways/Debonairs – 13th: Ian Moncur
The Firmest Drive – 14th: Roger Acton
Royal St Andrews - Nearest for 2 on the
1st: Ian Moncur
Monday November 23: Annual Ladies’
Day, 29 players in cool conditions
Winners on 37: Jenny Adair, Nic van der
Merwe, Eugene Erasmus.
Moosehead on 42: John Heather, Neil
Shaw, John Feather, Mo Marsay.
Good Scores: 49 - Dallas Cowie, Shirley
Heny, 48 - Maureen McGarvie, John
Feather, Sheena Warren, Sonia Reynolds,
Glynis Renecle, 47 - Pru Peacock, Jane
Bladen, Ted Baines, 42 - Jenny Adair.
Two Clubs: 8th Dudley Kieser, Dallas
C ow i e .
Thursday November 26: 19 players for
the Annual Awards Game
Winners on 40: Peter Rinaldi, Neal Shaw,
Patrick O’Kelly, Dallas Cowie.
Moosehead on 46: Bryan Robinson,
Eugene Erasmus, Stan Weyers.
Winners of the Dale Wisener Trophy –
(Most Mooseheads): Dallas Cowie.
Good Scores: 48 - Patrick O’Kelly, Dallas
C ow i e .
LADIES’ R E S U LTS
Playing in strong winds, 35 ladies
competed in the inaugural Juan Pretorius
Architecture Individual Stableford
Running out a clear winner, Sonia
Reynolds scored a fantastic 46 points to
take 1st place; 2nd place was taken by Jill
Lake on 39 points and she counted out
Helen Lockyear, also on 39 points, into
In 4th place was Ingrid Griffiths on 38
The longest drive on hole 9 was won by
Angela Trollip in the 0-21 handicap
division, while Jo-Anne Hilliar was
longest in the 22-onwards division.
Two clubs were made by Chante van
Zyl on the 6th hole and by Jenny Ralph on
Helen Lockyear was nearest the pin on
the 11th hole and Chante was nearest on
In spite of the conditions, there were
several good scores: Sonia Reynolds 62,
Jill Lake 69 and Helen Lockyear, also 69.
The competition on December 8 will
be a Viv Jordan Individual Stableford.
PORT ALFRED MIXED RESULTS
A small field of only 10 players took part
in Saturday’s Port Alfred Mixed
Starting off with an easterly wind which
calmed down to nothing and then picked
up again from the west, Tim Shanks, Greg
Shanks and Guy Cash put together a
creditable score of 90 (85+5) points to
win the competition.
Close behind, in second place were
Nick Oosthuizen, Kevin Lee, Derek
Sinclair and Heather van Harmelen.
The final three players, Len Bohnen,
Graham Finlay and Neal Shaw made the
longest walk by scoring 84 (79+5)
Kevin Lee was closest to the pin on the
8th and won a bottle of wine.
Tim Shanks’ two-club on the 11th
earned him a bottle of wine as well.
However, Guy Cash’s nett 69 was the
best nett of the morning and won him a
voucher from Fishaways.
LADIES’ MIXED RESULTS
The last Sunday Mixed Competition of the
year, organised by the ladies’ section of
the golf club and sponsored by
Continental Deli in Kenton, with the
nearest the pins sponsored by O’Neill
Insurance Brokers, was held on Sunday
The format of a 4 Ball Alliance attracted
a field of 60 players to enjoy the
Christmas theme with two scores to count
on each hole, but with an added twist.
One of those scores had to be player A,
B, C or D but the covey only discovered
which player was included when they got
to the pin on the green.
Winners of the competition on 87
points were Margie Siegers, Craig
Griffiths, Kevin Lee and Sue Roll.
In second place on 83 points were
Chante and Andre van Zyl, Jo-Anne
Hilliar and Russell Warren.
Third place, on 81 points, was taken by
Shirley and Kevin Heny, Wendy
Counihan and John Wood, who counted
out Jane and Geoff Bladen and Sue and
The longest walk was made by Ingrid
and Paul Griffiths, Bobby Jones and Lindy
Wright, on 69 points.
Nearest the pins winners were Roger
Acton on the 6th, Sonia Reynolds on the
8th, Peter Thompson on the 11th and
Trish Barwick on the 13th.
Chante van Zyl was successful with the
straightest drive on the 1st to round off a
day thoroughly enjoyed by all
The next mixed organised by the ladies
is scheduled for January 31.
Tuesday November 24
Forecast early morning rain was absent
but the promised westerly wind was
present to add spice to the 32 players who
entered a Stableford Alliance 2-scores-tocount
Jimmy van Rensburg, Don Thomson,
John Abbott and John Dell took
conditions in their stride to post an
unbeatable 98 points to finish convincing
Some way behind, though still happy
with their return, Tom Tagg, Barrie Brady,
Andy Barnes and Paul Fryer took second
position with 91 points.
Sharing the Hamer en Sukkel at prizegiving
were Martyn Weaver, Brian Shirley,
Andy Manson and Eugene Erasmus, along
with Rick Hill, Derick van Harmelen,
Heinz Czepluch and John Muggeridge,
who were stunned to find that their joint
scores of 87 points had trailed the rest of
Don Thomson birdieing the 13th hole
captured the carryover pool for his covey.
The individual round of the morning
went to Arnie Schultz with his nett 67.
Friday November 27
A beautiful day, with a moderate wind
mostly from the south, saw 41 players
enter the draw to play a Stableford
Alliance 2-scores-to-count competition.
Enjoying the conditions were Don
Thomson, Dave Curran and Shaun (AKA
Johan) Uys, playing a three-ball tied with
John Abbott, Paul Parker, Ian Storer and
Paul Fryer on 93 points to finish in first
The Hamer en Sukkel eventually
resided with Mark Warren, Arnie Schultz,
Andy Manson and John Muggeridge with
their return of 79 points landing the
undesired trophy on their table at prizeg
iv i n g .
Birdies on the par threes were in short
supply and James Lobban's on the 6th
was surpassed by Bryan Robinson on the
11th to capture the pool.
Matt Chadwick's and Neil Loundar
both with nett 66 were the best rounds of
The highlight of the morning was Jenny
Ralph's eagle three on the par five 9th
hole to round off a thoroughly enjoyable
M AT T E R S
How to survive 2021 and
beyond, with a family budget
The world will forever
devastating effect of the
At this stage, nearly
1.5 million people
worldwide have died
d e va s t a t i o n
millions is suddenly
or facing income cuts.
are closing their doors
and laying off a large
percentage of their
2020, the pandemic
suddenly hospital beds
were filled with
critically ill people.
Medical staff all
over the world were
fighting to save lives.
were built and
expectation of the rise
masked faces were
seen in shopping malls
and social distancing of
1.5m became the
numbers decreasing, as
more and more people
Sadly, there are still
deaths though, and the
cases are increasing
U n f o r t u n a t e l y,
there are still those
who think only other
people will contract
the Covid-19 virus.
agree we are living in
and uncertain times,
but I can assure you
that there are ways of
Now is the time to
involve the whole
family to try and
Very few families
do a proper monthly
budget and that could
easily be the cause of
Don’t try budget in
your mind, but do it in
writing on paper.
An idea might be to
obtain a black
hardcover book and
name it your family
The best way of
doing your family
budget is to involve the
whole family and get
the assurance that they
have all “bought into
Set certain targets
and if reached, reward
e ve r yo n e .
For instance, if you
can fully settle the
clothing account this
month, the family can
all go and enjoy a steak
at a restaurant.
You will be amazed
how positive the
reactions may be.
Firstly, in one
column, list all income
receivable for that
particular month and
add these together.
Now you have
established your total
household income for
another column, or
new page, with the
Now start listing
firstly all your fixed
expenses, followed by
essential expenses, and
If a family can
work together towards
whether economic or
health goals, you will
find a much healthier
family with fewer
medical issues, as well
as fewer financial
Let’s all say
goodbye to the terrible
year of 2020 and
welcome a prosperous,
Wishing you and
your loved ones a
and a healthy and
Stay safe and have
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ROTARY FUNDS NTSIKA UPGRADE
Four years ago, the Rotary Club of
Grahamstown was approached by
Ntsika Senior Secondary School
principal Madeleine Schoeman for
assistance in refurbishing and
upgrading the school’s ablution
facilities, plus connecting the school to
the municipal sewerage system,
replacing guttering and supplying t anks
to harvest rainwater.
Once plans had been drawn up and
quotations obtained, it was learnt the
project would cost R2m, making it far
larger than any previous project the
service organisation had undertaken,
said Rotary spokesperson Belinda
Tu d g e .
Nevertheless, Grahamstown Rotary
gave the project the thumbs-up and
(the late) Bill Mills championed it.
In September 2018, members of the
Uttoxeter Rotary Club in the UK visited
Makhanda (Grahamstown) and were
shown around Ntsika.
“They enthusiastically agreed to
help finance the project,” said Tudge.
Other Rotary Clubs then came on
board, including Jackson Hole, Smith
Mountain Lake and Fort Collins Rotary
Clubs in the US, Port Moody in
Canada, plus others in Brazil and SA.
With the necessary finance raised,
construction was about to begin when
the Covid-19 lockdown resulted.
Tudge said: “It was only after
construction activity was again
permitted that contractor Multiworks
and MD Plumbers were able to
In the months that followed, all the
pupil and staff ablution facilities at
Ntsika were tiled and completely
refurbished, a scullery constructed and
the school linked to the municipal
Importantly, gutters were replaced
and rainwater tanks installed.
“The need for adequate water and
sanitation is well-recognised by Rotary
as it is important for health and is a
matter of human dignity,” Tudge said.
Meanwhile, Rotarians Sally Terry,
Andy Long and Budgie Vassiliou
visited the school last week and were
shown around the upgraded facilities
by the principal.
THE VIC ESCAPES FIRE DAMAGE
Word got around swiftly last Friday that
the iconic Hotel Victoria, a New Street
landmark, had burnt down.
No, it was not ‘The Vic’ as such that
was ravaged by fire, but several flatlets
of Hotel Victoria Mews two doors
down from the hotel proper.
The hotel itself emerged unscathed,
but the Hotel Victoria Mews suffered
considerable damage. No-one was
injured in the blaze.
Despite the municipal fire station
situated just 300m away in Knight
Street being temporarily closed due to
a Covid-19 case within its ranks, fire
chief William Welkom alerted fire
fighters and the fire was extinguished
before it could spread to adjoining
A resident in the neighbourhood
said he was awoken by a “commotion
in the street” and saw flames reaching
skywards from the building and people
For decades ‘The Vic’ was the
stomping ground of many a Rhodes
University student seeking to quench
his or her thirst.
Emily O’Meara wrote in the coffeetable
book Grahamstown Reflected,
published in 1995: “The Hotel Victoria
in New Street, scene of 1001 nights of
student roistering, more vividly
recalled by some Old Rhodians than
the hallowed halls of their Alma
M a t e r.”
Diagonally across the New
Street/Hill Street intersection, and just
100m from Hotel Victoria, was Bambi
Snack Bar, where students would buy
late-night Bambi Burgers from popular
owner Charlie Bambi, after spending
the night at ‘The Vic’.
HI-TEC FIXES CITY STREETS
While senior Makana Municipality
directors and officials were ensconced
in their respective City Hall offices last
week, and employees of the relevant
department were doing whatever they
do, Hi-Tec Security staff members were
in upper High Street doing a jolly fine
job repairing the potholed street.
I’m not sure how many local
residents have been aware of the
atrocious state of High Street in the
area of the Cuyler Street exit and in
front of the municipal finance offices.
Incidentally, Hi-Tec has also
repaired potholes in New Street, while
Makana Revive and other entities have
done the same in other parts of the city.
Thank you to all of them.
WHOLE LOT OF WRITING
A total of 927 Makhanda pupils h ave
either completed their 2020
matriculation examinations, as is the
case with Independent Examination
Board (IEB) candidates, or are nearing
Local schools that have had
candidates in the 2020 matric exams
are: Diocesan School for Girls (DSG) –
84 candidates; Gadra Matric School –
202; Graeme College – 61; Khutliso
Daniels Secondary School – 37;
Kingswood College – 79; Mary Waters
High School – 62; Nombulelo
Secondary School – 95; Ntsika
Secondary School – 104; PJ Olivier
High School – 29; St Andrew’s College
– 90; and Victoria Girls’ High School
(VGHS) – 84.
FESTIVAL WILL BE BACK
The National Arts Festival (NAF) has
announced that there will indeed be a
festival in 2021, and has opened the call
for artists to submit their interest in
being considered for the festival,
expected to be held in July.
Artistic director of the NAF, Rucera
Seethal, said: “It is obviously difficult to
predict what will happen next year, but
we will be going ahead with a 2021
festival and will adapt our formula if
The 2020 festival went entirely
virtual as the Covid-19 lockdown
made it impossible to host a live event.
IT’S NOT OVER
I have been taken aback – no, let’s
rather say shocked – at the large
numbers of people I’ve seen out on
local streets not wearing masks.
The Covid-19 pandemic is, once
again, it seems, spiralling out of
control, what with its second wave.
Yet there are people who just don’t
care and refuse to, or are reluctant to,
wear masks. But that’s just one aspect.
Here in Makhanda, like other cities
and towns, people are attending
parties, concerts, night clubs and
celebratory functions in large
numbers, many not wearing masks and
not practising safe distancing.
The World Health Organisation
(WHO) calls these big events “super
spreaders” of Covid-19.
Clearly there are those who are
under the impression that the Covid-19
pandemic has disappeared into thin air
now that the nation is down to level 1,
and that life can carry on as before.
How wrong they are.
Continue to wear your masks,
continue to practise safe distancing,
avoid travelling to high risk areas, and
refrain, if at all possible, from attending
crowded indoor events. Stay safe!
COROLLA FROLICS IN THE FOREST
Tim Dold (navigator) of Makhanda and
his long-time rally partner Brandon
Hattingh (driver) of Uniondale finished
third in their class and 11th overall at
the Heinesport Rally in the Longmore
Forests last week.
They were competing in Hattingh’s
1984 ex-works Toyota Corolla.
The winning car in their class was a
The rally, organised by Algoa Rally
Club, attracted an entry of 18 cars, with
four retirements and 14 finishers.
Dold said after the event: “Th e
LOYAL TEACHER RETIRES: Principal of Good Shepherd Primary School, Manie Cronje, left, hands over a painting
of the Good Shepherd buildings to Katie Appollis upon her retirement after teaching at the school for 43 years
Longmore Forest is certainly made for
rear-wheel drive cars and it was
incredible to do a rally sideways!”
CALENDARS ON SALE
SPCA Grahamstown’s 2021 calendars
are available at R100 each from the
SPCA charity shop at 31 High Street
(cash or card), SPCA kennels in the
industrial area (cash or card), Hoof and
Hound in Pepper Grove Mall (cash
only), Grahamstown Vet Clinic in
Fitzroy Street (cash only) and Ikhala Vet
Clinic in the industrial area (cash only).
A SPCA spokesperson said: “Th e
calendars include a selection of stories
and photos of special animals that
crossed our path during the course of
2019 and 2020.”
CHANGES ON CAMPUS
The Covid-19 lockdown has not only
had a drastic effect on education in
2020, but is also reaching into 2021 as
educational institutions announce
revised programmes and calendars for
According to the Rhodes University
term dates for 2021, first-year students
will report on campus over the
weekend of March 6 and 7, whereas in
past years they arrived at the beginning
Rhodes opens on January 4, while
2020 exam results will be released
between January 11 and 13.
Orientation Week for first-years
runs from March 7 to 11, continuing
students return to campus over the
weekend of March 13 and 14, and
undergraduate lectures begin on
Meanwhile, the graduation
ceremonies have been set down for
April 28, 29 and 30.
HUNTERS RETURN TO CAPE TOWN
Andrew and Claire Hunter – Dean and
Reverend respectively of the
Grahamstown Cathedral – announced
at a recent service that they will be
moving to Cape Town after 13 years at
Claire has been appointed Rector of
St Thomas Anglican Church in
R o n d e b o s ch .
They moved to Makhanda from
Cape Town in January 2008.
FORMER VICTORIAN HOME
Last Friday, Brookshaw Home lost an
icon and wonderful character, Elaine
Andrews, who died earlier that day.
She once lived in a large Victorian
home in Caroline Close, and her
husband drove a Rolls Royce.
In the coffee-table book
Grahamtown Reflected, published in
1995, author Emily O’Meara wrote:
“Oatlands House – hidden by the
suburb which takes its name from the
original estate – was built in 1823 by
Lieutenant Colonel Sir Henry
Somerset, eldest son of the Cape
Governor, Lord Charles Somerset and
commandant of the frontier forces for
more than 30 years. He lived in it with
his wife Frances and their 13 children
until his posting to India in 1852. It was
the hub of the military and social world
in the Eastern Province.
“The current chatelaine, Elaine
Andrews, has recreated the past so
perfectly that it seems more real than
the outside world. A Victorian
gentlewoman personified, she has
always worn the clothes of that period.
“Oatlands House is a national
treasure in a proclaimed National
Monument which continues to be a
family home in the grand tradition.”
BUSINESSES PAST AND PRESENT
Here’s another of those ‘old time’
quizzes to keep (older) readers
occupied for a few minutes.
Appearing below are two sets of
names – the first is a list of local
businesses in the 1960s and 1970s,
and the second is a list of businesses or
organisations that occupy the same
premises today. Your task is simple –
match them up.
The 1960s/1970s businesses are:
Bambi Snack Bar at the corner of Hill
and Knight Streets; Westaway’s Motors
VW Dealership in upper High Street;
Helen Campbell Hairdressing Salon on
Church Square; Butterfly Snack Bar in
lower Beaufort Street; RET Butler’s
Pharmacy in Bathurst Street; Stone
Crescent Bottle Store at the corner of
New and Anglo-African Streets;
Beaumont & Rice Furniture Removals
in upper High Street; Parisian Bazaars
at the corner of High and Hill Streets;
Grand Service Station at the corner of
Hill and Huntley Streets; and
Wellington Stores at the corner of
Somerset and New Streets.
The 2020 entities occupying the
same premises are: River of Life
Church; Steers; Truworths; Mac’s Fast
Foods; Gary’s Refrigeration & Home
Appliances; Café Delizzia; Steers/
Fishaways; Sweet & Salty One-Stop
Munchies Shop; Debonair’s Pizza; and
The answers are: Bambi Snack
Bar/Sweet & Salty; Westaway’s/Steers;
Helen Campbell/Makana Tourism;
Butterfly/Mac’s Fast Foods; Butler’s
Pharmacy/Steers and Fishaways; Stone
Crescent Bottle Store/Gary’s
Refrigeration; Beaumont & Rice/Café
Delizzia; Parisian Bazaars/Truworths;
Grand Service Station/River of Life
Church; Wellington Stores/Debonair’s
Pizza. Not so easy, hey?
The Settler City Toyota open at
Belmont Golf Club last Saturday, played
as a betterball, was won by Angus
McRae and Leard King.
IN THE SQUAD
Three Graeme College players –
Garwin Dampies, Aphiwe Mnyanda and
Sonwabile Tshona – have been
selected for the Warriors Cubs squad
to take part in the SA U19 cricket week
from January 10 to 14.
ACTION AT BELMONT
It ’s a double-header at Belmont Golf
Club on Saturday, December 5, when
the Hospice golf day will double up
with the club’s annual Captain’s team
versus President’s team clash.
The respective teams will be chosen
from the Hospice competition entries.
The betterball competition has a
9.30am shotgun start, and the entry fee
Several PJ Olivier High School and
Primary School pupils have been
awarded gold, silver and bronze
certificates by the International
Afrikaans Expo run under the auspices
of the FAK (Federasie van Afrikaanse
Those awarded certificates are:
Charlene Botha (Grade 11 – gold for
short story); Shirley Retief (Grade 11 –
gold for short story and gold for essay);
Carissa Henning (Grade 9 – gold for
poetry and gold for art); Madione
Heinen (Grade 4 – gold for art and
silver for poetry); and Carla Odendaal
(Grade 11 – silver for poetry).
In addition, FAK Computer
Olympiad bronze certificates were
awarded to Nikita Heinen (Grade 12),
Anschen Nel (Grade 7) and Liandri van
Vuuren (Grade 9).
DRAWINGS CHOSEN FOR BOOK
More than 200 school pupils took part
in the Amakhala drawing competition
for a book to be published soon, and
among those whose work was chosen
for inclusion were four Graeme College
pupils – Ruben Bodenstein, Tristan Boy,
Corbien Hassim and Jedd Youthed.
Honours awards have been made in
their respective sporting codes to six
Kingswood College pupils – Zolani Booi
(basketball), Jenna Wright (tennis),
Dwayne Pharo (athletics), and Aidan
Chamberlain, Isabella de Bruyn and
Liam Lacey (all three waterpolo).
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are hereby called upon to lodge their claims
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within a period of thirty (30) days from
4 December 2020.
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Kowie Bowling Club
Many of our club members do not realise the club is
very vulnerable as a conduit for the transmission of
the Covid-19 virus, and in an extended catchment
Just because nobody has, so far, been infected at
the club does not allow us to become blasé.
Continuous self-appraisal is essential in
identifying the weakest link in our viral control
The club usually hosts about 120 players at tabsin
At each session, the players spend three hours on
Wearing masks and assisted by the ubiquitous
breeze is in itself enough to disperse any
concentration of air-borne viruses.
On average, players then spend another hour
analysing the afternoon’s game at the pub – and
therein lies the rub.
They come off the green wearing their masks,
order drinks and remove their masks to sip.
They then forget to put it on again and, by so
doing, establish a chain of transference for the virus.
Let us not delude ourselves.
At some time or other, one of our players will
arrive at bowls having been in contact with a person
with C ov i d - 1 9 .
Only then will the efficacy of our defence
protocol be tested.
Last Tuesday’s bowls was well attended, with Rob
Owsley, Linda Mey and Rob Sandilands winning the
m e g a - b u ck s .
On Thursday, we had another full house and
some very tight games.
Jonty, with Glen Burmeister and Lina Woodard
dove-tailed very well and got awarded for their
consistency by winning with a full house from Peter
Mey and Martin Slattery.
Saturday was mega-bucks day – which was won
by Steve Minnaar, Dave Thomas and Sue Connacher.
Port Alfred Bowling Club
Last week, this scribe, ladies’ captain Elsabe
(Rodrigues) and former men’s club captain John
(Hodges) travelled to Kenton Bowling Club to finalise
the dates for the annual coastal competitions.
In the Estate of the Late KENNETH
Master's Reference No: 000542/2020
Notice is hereby given in terms of
Section 35(5) of the Administration of
Estates Act that the First and Final
Liquidation and Distribution Account will
lie for inspection at the Master of the
Supreme Court Grahamstown and the
Magistrate Port Alfred for Twenty-One
(21) days as from the 04th December
Any person objecting to the said
account must notify the Master of
the Supreme Court, Grahamstown in
writing before the expiry of the said
MR H A WORMALD
c/o CHARTERIS & BARNES CC,
P O BOX 2083, PORT ALFRED, 6170
LOST OR DESTROYED DEED
Notice is hereby given in terms of
Regulation 68(1) of the Deeds Registries
Act, 1937, of the intention to apply for
Transfer No. T59236/2006 passed by
Provincial Government of the Eastern
Cape in favour of Vuyo Vinson Mapekula,
Identity Number 730727 5717 08 2 and
Nomthandazo Olivia Mapekula, Identity
Number 770812 0643 08 6, in respect of
Erf 1547 Marselle, Ndlambe Local
Municipality, Division of Alexandria,
Eastern Cape Province which has been
lost or destroyed.
All persons having objection to the issue
of such copy are hereby required to lodge
the same in writing with the Registrar of
Deeds at King William’s Town within two
weeks after the date of publication of this
Dated at Grahamstown on this 4th day
of December 2020
Brenda Campbell Attorneys
87 High Street
046 622 2757
Obviously Kenton were represented as well as
The meeting was conducted by Kowie club
captain Jonty and on the hour mark, the meeting was
over. Jonty doesn’t mess around.
Then this past weekend, three Port Alfred teams
travelled to the Albany BC in Makhanda
(Grahamstown) to participate in a Thelma du Preez
Thelma sadly passed away in March.
Trevor and his team of Mike and Joanne won two
and lost one, Mel and her team of Wim and Mike
Mpotenhauer won one and lost two, while this
scribe, his wife Mary and an Albany relative Dave
Robertson lost all three. Oh dear. There was better
luck for Hein Strombeck who turned out for an
Albany side after a late pull-out.
This team ended third. Well done Hein.
Greens and weather:
The greens were extremely fast, suiting some and
For example, one team, after the opposing skip
asked for the mat to be brought up found themselves
in trouble when both the lead and second landed all
their bowls in the ditch.
NOTICE OF MEETING
ESTATE LATE LOUIS HENRY VAN DER
BORN ON THE 20 TH AUGUST 1935
WHO DIED ON THE 6 TH OCTOBER 2020
of 27 Settlers Park Port Alfred
IDENTITY NUMBER: 350820 5048 084
ESTATE NO: 3756/2020
All persons having claims against the
above Estate are required to lodge such
claims with the undersigned within thirty
(30) days from date of publication hereof.
DATED at PORT ALFRED this 24 th day
of November 2020
DOLD AND STONE INC.
Attorneys for Executor
37 Campbell Street
(Ref: S G McNaughton/Elizabeth)
NOTICE is hereby given that Management
has taken a decision to close all public halls
and public amenities (open spaces) with
This decision is taken in an effort to curb
the increasingly high numbers of persons
contracting the COVID-19 virus within the
This is implemented with immediate
NOTICE NUMBER: 243/2020
30 November 2020 ADV R DUMEZWENI
GOOD WIN: Winners of the
Pam Golding sponsored
two-bowl trips played at
Kowie Bowls Club are, from
left, James ‘Foxy’ Fox, Gill
Armstrong and Dave Slater,
right, with Andrew Meyer
who presented the prizes. A
great day of bowling was
had by all who participated
The weather was great until late afternoon when
heavy drizzle dampened play, leaving many bowlers
A lot of work is being carried out on the greens
where last week B green was filled with top soil and
compost and as usual Trevor’s appeal for help from
members was amazing.
The same has to be carried out on C green, which
has already been scarified thanks to Trevor.
In this respect, Richard Henshall again showed
his valued kindness when he provided payment and
food out of his own pocket to two hired labourers
who lightened the workload.
When it comes to other sports, it’s hard luck
Proteas who lost the T20 International series to
England on Sunday and up the Bulls who edged the
Stormers in Cape Town.
Good bowling all.
LOST OR DESTROYED DEED
Notice is hereby given in terms Regulation
68 of the Deeds Registries Act, 1937,
of the intention to apply for the issue
which has been lost or destroyed.
All persons having objection to the issue
of such copy are hereby required to lodge
the same in writing with the Registrar
weeks from the date of the publication of
BIG SCHOOL PRACTISE: Port Alfred Pre-
Primary Grade R pupil Dhayron Somerset
proudly wore his school tee shirt and
wasted no time demonstrating his
colouring-in skills while spending a morning
in his 2021 Grade 1 classroom at Port Alfred
High School. The visit to the big school was
a huge success; classes are full from Kittens
(toddlers) to Grade 3 for 2021
In the Estate of the Late WARREN
ANTHONY WILLIAMS, Master's
Reference No: 003950/2019, Notice is
hereby given in terms of Section 35(5)
of the Administration of Estates Act
that the First and Final Liquidation
and Distribution Account will lie for
inspection at the Master of the Supreme
Court Grahamstown and the Magistrate
Port Alfred for Twenty-One (21) days
as from the 04 December 2020.
Any person objecting to the said
account must notify the Master of
the Supreme Court, Grahamstown in
writing before the expiry of the said
MR H A WORMALD
c/o CHARTERIS & BARNES CC,
P O BOX 2083, PORT ALFRED, 6170
NOTICE OF AN ENVIRONMENTAL
BASIC ASSESSMENT AND
BASIC ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT AND
ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT PROGRAMME
FOR THE PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT AND
CONSTRUCTION OF A LIFESTYLE ESTATE ON ERF
3485, KENTON ON SEA, WITHIN THE NDLAMBE
LOCAL MUNICIPALITY IN THE EASTERN CAPE
Notice is hereby given in terms of the
Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)
Regulations published in the Government Notice
No.R324 to R327 of 7 April 2017; in terms of section 24(5)
of the National Environmental Management Act (Act
No 107 of 1998), which Mrs. Pollos Purdon intends
carrying out the following listed activities which trigger
a Basic Environmental Assessment:
The proposed lifestyle estate development will
comprise of approximately 34 x 167m 2 s i n g l e
storey residential units, a 354m 2 clubhouse and 30m 2
gatehouse. The total footprint of the proposed
development is anticipated to be in extent of
approximately 6053m 2 . The total size of the property
is 20 761m 2 , while the coverage of the development
will be approximately 30% on completion with vegetation
clearing and bulk earthworks required. Internal
access roads and landscape gardens will further
form part of the activity. Bulk power supply will be
sourced from municipal supply (Eskom), while off
grid power options will be available. Water supply
will be sourced from bulk municipal supply, with
additional augmentation from rain water tanks and a
site by means a Clarus fusion treatment plant. The
proposed activity will further adhere to all National
In terms of the requirements of the EIA Regulations,
all Stakeholders and interested and affected parties
(I&AP’s) must be provided with opportunities to
participate in the EIA process. For further information,
and or to register as an I&AP, please contact:
Mr Warren Lange
Tel: 046 624 1522
Ta l kTow OF THE
CONTACT US WITH SPORTS NEWS: (046) 624-4356 (Jon Houzet)
Thursday 3 De ce m b e r, 2020
Sticks running on ahead
Kowie Striders holds prize-giving night
It was a bittersweet year-end function
and prize-giving for Kowie Striders’
Sticks Stiglingh last Saturday, as it
was his last as chair after five years at
But Stiglingh is graduating to
become chair of the Port Alfred Country
Club, of which the Striders is one of the
The Christmas-themed function was
catered by Joba Café, but at outside
tables spread beyond the restaurant in
“Thank you to each and every one
wh o ’s here tonight. And to those who
couldn’t be here because of Covid and
other reasons, thank you for making our
club the best club,” Stiglingh said.
He thanked their sponsors,
including Rosehill SuperSpar, Buco,
which sponsors the 27/10km run,
Remax Kowie for always helping with
the Boxing Day fun run (which cannot
take place this year), Heritage Mall
owners Western Gruppe for sponsoring
their 5/8km runs and for allowing the
Striders to hold their year-end function
there, and Talk of the Town for space
given to the Striders in the newspaper.
He said it was sad the club would
not be holding the popular annual fun
run/walk on Boxing Day, which draws
about 700 participants, but the decision
was made “after long deliberations” and
with Covid-19 in mind.
Thanks also went to Cathy
Momberg, Wimpy owner Mike
Wilcock, Anel Heyns of Woolworths,
club member Sarah Cohen for logging
the results, and Marietjie Robb for all
Stiglingh said their development
programme was growing and would be
named the Nemato Academy next year.
“Thanks to Foxy [outgoing country
club president James Fox] for
supporting the development
programme. If it wasn’t for Foxy and the
country club, we wouldn’t be here.”
In response, Fox said: “At the
moment we have 298 members at the
country club. It’s because of you
p e o p l e .”
Stiglingh awarded the chairperson’s
trophy to Zanel Venter, thanking her for
handling the club’s finances.
“After five years as chair, handing
over the baton is sad. It was not always
easy, I started with no committee.
“But people came forward and put
their life and commitment into it.
“These past five years were the best
years of my life as far as clubs are
c o n c e r n e d ,” he said.
Awa rd s :
Male walker – Jean Nepgen
Female walker – Carol Nepgen
Junior male – Lithemba Jekana
27km male – 1st Sizakele Dayimani,
2nd Xolani Mbeki, 3rd Zamile Xanti
27km female – 1st Shannon Kethro,
2nd Marianne Stiglingh, 3rd Nelly Phiri
Cyclist of the year – Ly n e t t e
H a r b r e ch t
Most improved – Sinethemba
Male runner – Sticks Stiglingh
Female runner – Avril Beyleveld
Vasbyt award – Billy Futter
EP certificates – Avril Beyleveld
(cross country), Sticks Stiglingh (cross
country and road running), Marlene
Wiese (road running)
Chairperson’s trophy – Zanel Venter
TOP OF THEIR GAME: At the Kowie Striders’ year-end function and prize-giving
held on Saturday, Avril Beyleveld receives the award for female runner of the
year, and outgoing chair Sticks Stiglingh for male runner of the year Picture: JON
Time Trial: November 24
1. Mike Varela 18:26
2. Dudley Emslie 25:00
3. Marietjie Robb 28:45
4. Alistair Blake 33:54
5. Melody Greeff 33:54
6. Sally Blake 34:17
7. Jenny Basson 34:17
8. Ray Basson 39:45
1. Sinethemba Jilieisi 15:22
2. Lithemba Jekana 17:28
3. Mpho Nxabuzi 19:01
4. Lime Valuvalu 19:35
5. Aliwa Mackay 20:25
6. Franco Klopper 23:17
7. Francois Klopper 23:33
8. Chris Roberts 23:50
9. Kevin Lee 25:57
10. John Jones 26:40
11. Gerald Greef 29:42
12. Kristine Greef 31:40
13. Patrick Knowles 32:33
14. Sarah Cohen 32:38
15. Elmi Jones 32:38
16. Lulu Mceka 32:52
17. Mike Momberg 33:15
18. Corrie Gouws 36:39
19. Cath Momberg 38:00
20. AnnaMarie Joubert 38:24
21. Stephan Gouws 38:20
22. Dianne Emslie 41:55
23. Charlie Joubert 43:00
24. Lesley Theunissen 45:00
25. Nicky Boslee 45:00
26. Billy Futter 45:42
27. Floss Howden 50:53
28. Sue Robertson 50:53
29. Zabrina Elliot 53:00
30. Lindsay Lupnow 53:00
Time Trial: November 28
The group may have been
small but that didn’t deter them
from their 5km run.
1. L u k h a ny i s o
1. Siza Dayimani 30:20
2. Reon van Zyl 37:59
3. Shawn Burren 41:45
4. Sticks Stiglingh 43:08
5. Alex Weed 43:35
6. Shannon Kethro 43:35
7. Pauline Weed 01:19:00
8. John Howden 01:19:00