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It always seems impossible until it is done This week we mourn the great life of our nation's father, Nelson Mandela. People around the world will forever be inspired by his strength and courage in the fight for what is right. As we remember this man of hope, Kariega Game Reserve has received the great news that Thandi the rhino  is pregnant. Although this may be a small step toward winning the fight against poaching, we remember Madiba's words, "It always seems impossible until it's done." Although it is a time of great loss, we celebrate the incredible life of Mandela and of Thandi's miraculous recovery, and  draw from them great inspiration, courage and strength to fight for what is right. The Kariega Foundation Save the Rhino fund patron and Kariega co-owner Graeme Rushmere said: “This is incredible news, a real miracle if the tests are correct. Thandi having a calf will be a real reward for her courage and everyone’s unbelievable efforts in saving her and hoping that she is able to lead a normal and peaceful rhino life after her horrific ordeal.” SEE PAGE 3 FOR MORE.

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You can’t change the wind but you can adjust your sails Let me join our national leaders, people of South Africa of all races and age, leaders of our African continent and those of the international community in expressing heartfelt condolences and sympathies to the Mandela family and the ANC for the passing of gigantic revolutionary icon of the 20th Century, the former first black president of South Africa after the demise of the apartheid system. The country, the continent and the world continue to share our grief for our loss of the son of the soil. You can’t change the wind but you can adjust your sails. We are now at the end of the year and we need to look at the direction in which we set our sails and assess if we are on course to reaching our destination or if we need to adjust our sails to get back on course. We also need to assess if we need to re-plot our route based on the changing circumstances, identifying areas such as: • Reduction of poverty levels • Reduction of extreme inequalities • Empowering disadvantaged by bringing them into our economy • Create an environment for employment opportunities • Integration of communities through Ndlambe Municipality

2013 started off with the New Year’s festivities that were unfortunately not appreciated by all in our community despite the jovial spirit. The economy of Ndlambe took a boost from the spending of the travellers and I would hope that tourism have put programs into place that will attract more people and boost our economy further. I trust that for the 2014/15 financial year our LED together with our tourism will come up with exciting bankable programs to attract more events into our area. Water remained an issue and was addressed throughout the year and we are now at the point where quick fixes are being implemented and will continue to be implemented to address areas that experience regular outages. Here again the staff need to be commended for providing alternate water sources to those communities. The decline of chicory, and the effect that it had on the people of Alexandria in particular, we look forward to 2014 to see positive interventions in that area through a revitalisation program headed by the LED unit. During 2013 we noted positive movements on LED projects and hope that they continue into 2014. Beautification projects took place throughout the area and this has made

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in Port Alfred and the positive impact it has had on job creation and project opportunities for SMME’s. The areas in which further road rehabilitations are to take place are to be looked at in future. The employment of co-operatives during the year again created opportunities for SMME’s and this needs to be expanded on in the future as the impact was clearly noted in as far as the parks, cemeteries and verges is concerned. This year I embarked on an extended Imbizo Program to workshop the IDP and budget and this yielded positive comments from the community, but our target of increased capital budget and maintenance budget was not achieved. We have to look at this very closely when approving the 2014/15 budget. Our sails were flying high and we made great progress against strong winds but we need to adjust our sails to focus on the fundamental issues highlighted in the freedom charter. In closing I congratulate all Councillors and Staff on the sterling work they have done throughout the year under difficult circumstances and wish every one of Ndlambe and our visitors a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Please be safe and enjoy the festive season with your love ones. MAYOR SIPHO TANDANI

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The festive season has arrived and the municipality is mentation agency, have a contingency plan in place. In ready for the influx of people that will be visiting our a nutshell the municipality is more than ready in all area. This does not seek to say permaother essential services for the season. nent residents are given less attention Last but not least, Ndlambe MuniciI can therefore but the municipality must upscale its pality is rated fourth by the National vigilance and make sure our infrastruc- confidently pronounce Department of Environmental Affairs ture which is always stretched to its and Tourism in the Eastern Cape for the limit during this time of the year copes. that the municipality is Greenest Municipality Competition. We The spin-offs to this is that the holi- ready to deliver quality have turned around our towns by upliftday makers will obviously stay for the ing their faces in particular Alexandria services during this full duration of the holiday as planned and the CBD and beaches of Port Alfred. festive season. and our visitors and tourists will once We also pride ourselves as one of the again flock to our towns and townships municipalities that are flying the Blue in seasons to come because we can Flag Beaches with Kelly’s Beach in Port provide quality services to our residents, thus creating Alfred and Kariega Main Beach in Kenton on Sea flying more jobs and more money will be spent in our area. the Blue Flag Status for the 9th season and 5th times in I can therefore confidently pronounce that the mu- a row respectively and an addition of the Marina. nicipality is ready to deliver quality services during I would like to wish the visitors and the permanent this festive season. The bulk water projects that are residents of Ndlambe Municipality, a happy season currently in progress will not be a hindrance to the and prosperous New Year. I would also like to wish our provision of water to our residents. If there are any councillors and the staff the same and should come unforeseen circumstances that can be a hindrance, the back even more agile than before next year. municipality and Amatola Waters, which is the impleMunicipal Manager Rolly Dumezweni

Farewell Madiba "Man’s goodness is a flame that can be hidden but never extinguished." - Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, 1994.

versed when I consider Madiba's life. His death deserves the global attention it is receiving. Not because his life was more valuable than anyone elses, not because he was I'm really not the type who usually mourns 'famous', but because he represented the the death of a public figure. When celebri- success of a seemingly impossible ideal in ties die I'm the first to start making dis- an unyieldingly realist world. tasteful jokes about them. It's not that I Madiba lead his life in such a selfdon't sympathize with their families, it's less and directed manner that he conmore that the death of a public figure usu- structed in the minds of all who observed ally serves to reveal a most disgusting in- him a very real sense of the hopefulness equality in the valuation of human life. Why of human potentiality. He effectively beshould the whole world mourn one famous came a transcendent symbol of hope and attention-whore and completely ignore the love, in an all-too-dark world, through deaths of those in their own community?  his tireless devotion to his noble ideals. Likewise, I'm not usually one to cling to ide- Madiba restored the notion of compassion als. I feel like the world is too harsh and cha- to politics and proved that idealism is the otic for idealism to have a hope of realisa- greatest asset a devoted, driven human tion. I tend to argue that the needs of today can have. I take comfort in the fact that his and tomorrow ought to be met and focussed greatness secured him immortality, as he on, and that aspirational dreams of better will live on as a symbol of seemingly superfutures tend to distract from the needs of human compassion in the annals of history.  society and the downtrodden in the present.  GUEST EDITORIAL On both these counts, I am profoundly reDylan Lloyd


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Thandi the rhino is pregnant At a small press conference on Saturday the 7th of December, Kariega Game Reserve announced that recent blood tests reveal Thandi is pregnant. Wildlife veterinarian Dr Fowlds said, “During the last facial procedure we added another blood profile to her routine tests which we have been running from the beginning courtesy of IDEXX Laboratories. This time, with fingers crossed, we requested a progesterone assay which measures the hormone that is generated in increasing amounts during pregnancy. The results, a mere 3.9 parts per billion of her blood are enough to indicate that she is towards the end of her first trimester of pregnancy. I don’t recall such a small value carrying such huge significance for anything in my professional life. Thandi is arguably the single most important rhino alive as I am not aware of any individual animal that has carried the plight of the rhino out to the world to the extent that she has and continues to do. Her story has touched the lives of so many people across the globe and her courage is reflected in our love for her and the species that she represents. The prospects of a successful pregnancy

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Well known local fisherman and strandloper, Peter van Ginkel, will open a seafood eatery with a difference during the season in Port Alfred to cater for the influx of tourists over the season. The uniqueness of PETE’S PLACE is that the seafood on the menu will be caught by local fisherman and served fresh on the day. Peter specialises in paellas; crab curries; prawns; pickled fish; seafood braais and fish cakes etc to die for! Pete grew up in a commercial fishing business in Port Alfred and his family had a cafe known as Maxi’s Angling Nook whom many will remember   and Commercial Fisheries, both on Wharf Street. “I learnt about the trade being hands on from a young age and know these waters well” said Pete. “Fishing and the cooking of seafood is my passion. There is nothing better than to create tasty and distinct delicacies from the local produce and I so appreciate people enjoying my dishes. I will always make a plan for the kiddies and vegetarians   – that’s what Pete’s Place is all about” he added. Pete’s Place will be open at the Port Alfred High School Clubhouse which is fully licensed, every Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights from the 19th December – 11 January and reservations are a must. Pete will cook for any special events and has some exciting ideas for the New Year which include boat trips to enjoy an outdoor meal alongside the Kowie River. Call Pete on 0733098259

Shale gas exploration for Eastern Cape The Eastern Cape Department of Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism has launched the first phase of shale gas exploration across a wide swathe of the province covering four district municipalities. In addition to Cacadu into which sections of the Little Karoo fall, the department is also looking at shale gas potential in Amathole, Joe Gqabi and Chris Hani district municipalities. The Chris Hani DM includes the towns of Cradock and Queenstown and stretches close to Graaff-Reinet in the West; the Joe Gqabi DM is in the North East of the prince bordering on the Free State and  includes the towns of Aliwal North and Burgersdorp and Amathole essentially takes in the rural areas around Buffalo City. The Department said in a statement that in collaboration with the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) it was seeking "to invest in a cutting edge scientific research capability that would provide scientific data on various study areas of the shale gas”. "The initial phase of the project involves the creation of a foren-

sic base-line for shallow ground water reservoirs in the Eastern Cape ahead of shale gas exploitation. This will be achieved through a ground-water monitoring program with community-based participation to stimulate capacity building and entrepreneurship." The project has been named FLOW2 (Field Level Operation Water Watch). The department said the aim of the first phase would be: To determine what is not known about shale gas and the reserves To conduct a forensic analysis of water and gas fracking in the Karoo to determine whether it was safe, cost-effective and beneficial Monitoring against the natural base-line, and Conducting an assessment of the technical skills needed by the provincial economy to maximize the benefits. The initial study period will last two years and cost R16 million of which R7.3 million will be capital expenditure. The funds were provided in the Adjustment Budget tabled in the Eastern Cape Legislature last week. "The project will produce scientific data that will be applied

in the work on shale gas exploration and will also be used to train artisans and scientists who will be better equipped to participate in shale gas exploration." According to the Econometrix research it is estimated that developing just one 10th of South Africa's estimated shale gas   resources could boost the economy by R200bn ($19.56 billion) a year and   create 700 000 jobs. The project also dovetails with the initiative to make the Eastern Cape a new energy hub of South Africa that includes a substantial number of wind farms and Nuclear 1, the nuclear power station planned for Thyspunt near Oyster Bay about 80 kilometres from Port Elizabeth on which a final decision is awaited. Sunshine Escape would love to hear how you, our readers ,feel about these developments. We encourage you to read about the other side of the story here: http://www.citypress.co.za/business/ seismic-tests-enrage-ecowarriors/

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being presented by Flame Harris- Cabaret Shows and Solo Singing PerforMetter who has in the past two mances around the area. years, since moving to Port AlThe Show is an English Comedy with fred produced and performed in lots of fun situations the cast find themselves in. The cast consists of; Flame, Bev Lear, Therese Viljoen, Warren Steenkamp, Rob Knowles and Colin Taylor. These core performers form the base of the newly formed Community Theatre Group - The Kowie Players. Along with the acting Members of the group are Leonie Steenkamp and Hennie Marias helping in the pre-production of the Event. The performance proceeds will go Charms R45.00, directly to benefit our local Port Alfred N.S.R.I. Tickets for dinner and the show Bracelets R95.00. are R160.00, and if you just want to catch only the performance, ticket price for (Compatible with Nomination range) the show is R80.00. Dinner will start at 19:00 with the show following at 20:00. The Anchorage - Gluckman Str Port Alfred There are two performances one on FriThelma de Waal • Tel/ Fax: 046 624 5805 day December 20th and one on Saturday Gold & Silver Jewellery, Watch & Clock Repairs, December the 21st. We hope you can all Engraving, Gifts, 21st Keys come out and catch this fun event and also support our N.S.R.I. Email: leonthelma@gmail.com

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Exciting plans for the Highlander In the first quarter of this year Mr Martin Bekker, a retired business man from Johannesburg, purchased the Royal St Andrew’s Lodge. In July, Bekker along with his new management team, Rob and Sue Roll, made the decision to close down the hotel and the pub for renovations. This decision has not been a popular one with the locals, as many of them did not fancy the idea of any changes to their favourite watering hole. And it was not long before rumours began to fly around town about what changes were going to occur. Whilst discussing the renovation plans for the Royal St Andrew’s Lodge (hotel), the Highlander (pub) and the Thistle (fine dining restaurant) it became apparent that the renovations that were taking place were not only to upgrade the business, but rather they were extremely necessary. “There were major structural problems throughout the building that led to us having no option but to make full changes” Bekker said. The aim of this venture is to turn the Royal St Andrew’s Lodge into a resort hotel, a true holiday des-

tination for visitors. However, Bekker also made it very clear that he hopes that the Highlander will still be a favourite pub amongst the locals. When asked about what the Highlander will look like after renovations, Bekker said that the basic shape will stay the same and that all furniture, wooden doors and window frames have been restored by locals. Bekker added that it was very important to him that local people and businesses were involved in the renovation and that is why Roy Bowles was awarded the construction contract. Without revealing too much Bekker did note that in addition to upgrading the hotel, there are plans for relocating the swimming pool and adding an adventure centre, a health spa, conference centre, a business lounge and even a deli that will serve breakfasts and light lunches. There are also plans for an additional kitchen to support the conference centre, a proper service and delivery entrance and a walk in cold room. Unfortunately The Royal St Andrew’s Lodge will not be open until August 2014, but with plans like these, it is going to be well worth the wait!

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The little Settler village of Bathurst survived turbulent times in its infancy, to emerge today as a peaceful haven situated in the midst of green hills intermingled with patches of natural bush and magnificent trees… Bev Young Whether you are an historian, art lover, pub crawler or desperate Christmas gift shopper – perhaps all or even none of the above, rest assured ‘little’ Bathurst has it all, and is waiting for you to call. KINGSTON FARM, three kilometres outside Bathurst on the Shaw Park Road, hosts the well-established and intimate restaurant, Tea Garden, accommodation and Appaloosa Stud. The restaurant at Kingston Farm provides classic dishes in elegant surroundings. There is usually a set menu of three courses for R 250.00 per person. Now fully licensed, the wine list features wines from the iconic Thelema Mountain vineyard. Reservations are essential at least 24 hours prior to dining. The menu for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day can be viewed on their Facebook page; facebook.com/kingstonfarm. za There is also a Tea Garden that provides light refreshments without the need to make a booking. Set in a delightful rose garden overlooking the horse paddocks, guests can enjoy tea or a drink with a scone or Panini. Kingston is, in addition, a working Appaloosa stud, where these colourful North American horses are bred and trained. For more information phone: 046 625 0129 & 083 262 4813 or e-mail kingstonfarm@mac.com www.kingstonfarm.co.za

THE CORNER GALLERY offers gifts for “every kind of being … man, woman and child” – craft, clothing, toys and ceramics and everything is locally made. “So while you are parting with you hard earned cash you know that it is going to a really good cause.” The hand printed fabric and related range of products has been a hit from the start and the latest range of bags are exquisite. There is art – paintings, sculptures, photos and ceramics; home ware and stationary – cards, tags, wrap and bags and so much more… The coffee shop – the village idiot – offers piping hot fresh coffee, a delicious selection of cakes and bakes and a variety of light meals. In addition the deli stocks: preserves, locally grown olive products, ginger bread men, cookies…

Step into the days of yore and visit the BATHURST AGRICULTURAL MUSEUM. It has something on offer for everyone with a collection of more than 1400 rare and unique items. The collection ranges from ox-wagons, horse drawn vehicles, agricultural implements and tractors, steam engines, dairy and household utensils, veterinary equipment, ostrich incubators to name but a few of the exciting exhibits the Museum has to offer! The Ploughman, managed by Dave Ford, is one of the best kept secrets of the area. It’s a rustic, historical and charming olde worlde style pub catering to the farming community as well the village folk, where every stranger, is friend you haven’t met. Ploughman’s

is a “member only” pub but of course, visitors to the area are definitely not turned away. For locals and visitors that would like to join this small fraternity the fee is R250 a couple and R150 for a single person. This membership amount is good for one year and includes your membership to the museum.

BATHURST BUTCHERY is run by the affable Vaughn Muir, a keen outdoorsman and family man. The Bathurst Butchery and Shangri-La Supermarket is an interesting ‘hot-spot’ in the village and a place you simply have to visit while here. It is almost like a mini supermarket from the days of yore - so full of appealing merchandise. The butchery is persuasive, with the vast displays of meat and poultry. Working in the family owned store, the Muir’s, originally from the Transkei, also include mom, Nadine, and dad, John, and they make a formidable team behind the saws. The butchery is inviting and tempting as the family are always full of suggestions on ‘cuts’ and at times how to cook the meat. Vaughn did stints in the Air Force in the armored division. After various meanderings, he felt that Hoedspruit, where he had been stationed, called to his sense of belonging to smaller communities, hence the family’s decision to settle in Bathurst. “We love the feeling of belonging among the wonderful people who live here. Our customer base stretches as far as Grahamstown and beyond. Lovely too, are the holiday-makers we have befriended and who visit us here year after year. We like to think that they come here for our meat and in addition, the essence of familiarity and knowing that they are always welcome and are assured of perfect service,” says Vaughn. Contact Vaughn to arrange you festive meats, for your convenience the butcher offers cooked and uncooked gammon and corned beef.

THE WILES GALLERY in Main Road Bathurst houses a collection of paintings by three generations of artists from the Wiles family: WG Wiles, the grandfather, his son Brian Wiles, Brian’s wife Lucy Wiles and daughter Jane Wiles who built the gallery in Bathurst.  A variety of paintings by all 4  Wiles  artists is on display in  gallery  and available for purchase.  There is also a large range of Lucy Wiles prints which are offered at a special discount of 50% over season.

Lose yourself in the olde worldy ambience of RELIX, a delightfully charming shoppe offering a wide variety of antiques, vintage items, collectibles and books. Owned by Lizz Briggs and managed by Lynette Cordett with some part time assistance from Ché, this interesting shop has been open for 2 years and has already begun to expand! Lynette is very knowledge-

The Bowker Plough 1821"Today's Machinery is Tomorrow's History"A Touch Museum where there's something of interest for everyone, young or old.

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able and most helpful so don’t hesitate to ask her about any special requirements you might have. This is the spot to go to for something “different” and reminiscent of a by-gone era, for those special gifts.

TWO SAGES stocks original, authentic Eastern objet, from laughing Buddhas to incense, crystals and crystal jewellery to stunning vibrantly coloured clothing and accessories. The range of health products in stock are selected for their integrity and owner Marcel Pullen, a trained aromatherapist, is on hand to offer advice. Also on offer is Marcel’s own range of hand-made glycerine soaps and related body products. The Two Sages range is popular not only among members of the public but also with Bed & Breakfasts and other hospitality industry vendors in the area. There are spices and herbs, raw honey, a selection of teas and Succulento speciality condiments created and crafted in Port Alfred and a range of esoteric books courtesy. Wander into RICHARD PULLEN’S pottery and ceramic studio next door, while already well-stocked for season new items are added almost daily and the gallery upstairs features work created by the talented artist over the past year. THE WORKSHOP is owned by Mark & Margie Addenbrooke who renovated a 1948 “eyesore” of a building on the main road into Bathurst, and turned it into an Art & Craft Gallery.Over 150 talented local artists and crafters exhibit in the spacious gallery and visitors will be captivated by the huge variety which include: Pottery & Sculpture Wooden bowls & Handcrafted & Antique Furniture Handspun Wool & Mohair, Handweaving & Handwoven Baskets Oregon Pine Frames, Mirrors, Coatracks & Easels Shweshwe Fabric & Khosa & Masai Beadwork Mosaic, Stained Glass & Recycled Aluminium Recycled Glass Jewellery & Papier Mache` Bowls Felted Hats, Quilting, Cushions & Sheepskin Slippers Artist-print Stationery & Hand-painted Historical Maps Handmade Scented Candles & Organic Soaps Leatherwork & Handcrafted Wooden Toys Famous Faerie T-shirts & Hand-knitted Garments and Toys Indigenous Trees E.Cape Olives & Relishes Visit well known local Chef Lara’s new restaurant LARA’s EATERY, located behind Relix and Bathurst Arms. Chef Lara’s food is fantastic and locals and visitors alike can expect a fine dining treat.

Kowie Rd, Bathurst Tel: 046 625 0166 Wide selection of stock with new items exhibited daily. Best pottery & ceramic creations for the year on display in the upstairs Gallery.

BATHURST BUTCHERY & SHANGRI-LA MINI MARKET Marcell Pullen of Two Sages with two of Richard Pullen, The Bathurst Potter's exquisite new creations.

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What’s on the diary this HOLIDAY? Continued from page 5 • 20th: The Lions Club of Port Alfred presents Centrestage’s flagship show - The Magnficent 7 -at the Port Alfred High School Hall at 19:30. A cash bar (no food) and security is available. The seating is reserved in theatre style and tickers are R120 and can be pur- • chased from Vanessa at Leach Pharmacy, Heritage Mall. • 20th: CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT PRESENTED BY The Rotary Club of Kenton on Sea at 19:00, Kenton Methodist Church Gardens – Kariega Road, Bring Chairs, Rugs and Picnic Baskets, but please - No • •

Book early to secure a table for Christmas lunch or end of year functions. Christmas Lunch - R300.00 per head Functions – R120.00 – R280.00 per head

Wishing all our diners a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year 18 Wharf Street, Port Alfred Tel/Fax: 046 624 4947 Email: goodtimes@wharfstreetbrewpub.co.za www.wharfstreetbrewpub.co.za

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Liquor. Service 45 – 60 minutes. The R5.00 Entrance Fee includes a candle, holder and song sheet and a collection will be taken up for Rotary Community Service. 21st: Cannon Rocks annual charity Fun Run/Walk at 06:00, registration from 05:00  at the – Cannon Rocks Community Hall. Registration Fees: R10.00 per person for 5km and R20.00 per person for 10km. For more information contact the event organiser: Ben Liebenberg on (046) 6540402 or 083 2612488. 21st: Kowie Craft market – library lawns 21st: Flame Presents “KEY for TWO”  a Farce in Two Acts – Dinner at Green Fountain Farm Resort 19:00 and show at 20:00 - tickets are R160. All performance proceeds to go to N.S.R.I. For more information Contact: Flame 072 632 1281. 22nd: FUN RUN 2013 at 16:30, entrants meet from 15:15 at the Kenton Primary School Sports Field. Prizes for all ages, 5 years to ancient; 6km walk/run. Cost: Adults - R30; Children under 12 - R20. All proceeds to the Kenton & Bushman’s Child Welfare. 22nd: Wife carrying competition in Wharf Street, Port Alfred. 23rd: Kowie Craft market – library lawns 23rd: KENTON JUNIOR BEACH CLUB – Bowls on the beach at Kariega beach – Age Group 7 – 17: 10:00 12:00 24th: KENTON JUNIOR BEACH CLUB – Sandcastle building for the family from 10:00 - 13:00 at Kariega Beach 25th: CHRISTMAS DAY 27th: KENTON JUNIOR BEACH CLUB – Sandcastle building for age group 13-17 from 10:00 - 13:00 at Kariega Beach. 27th: KENTON ‘TOUCHIES’ @ Kariega Beach Homewoods, registration 07:30; Captain’s Brieifing 08:4509:00; Start 09:30. Entry fee per team R100, eight members per team and competition limited to 32 teams only. To enter you team or for more information contact Christo Botha on 072 238 4463 or christobotha@igen.co.za ; or Pierre Swartz on 082 454 1096

December at MyPond SATURDAYS let’s Lounge Around on the Kowie River banks -with DJ’s playing smooth summer sounds, cocktails and various specialsSUNDAY is Braai day R95 p.p. -Everything from Fish Braais to Spit Braais & traditional local favouritesCHRISTMAS LUNCH R270 p.p. -Kids 12y and under Half the price-Bookings are essentialNEW YEARS EVE 6 course dinner R175 p.p. -Bookings are essential*Children always welcome* For reservations please contact: Tel +27 (0)46 624 4626 Email: events@mypondhotel.com Web: www.mypondhotel.com

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or pierres@vulcan.co.za of visiti the GameOn touchies page on Facebook. 27th: BRRAG (Bushmans River Ratepayers) AGM 09:00 in the Bushman’s Hall 28th: Kowie Craft market – library lawns 28th: KENTON JUNIOR BEACH CLUB – Teenage disco -Age group:13 – 17 from19:00 - 00:00 at KentonTown Hall. 29th: Hospice Kowie Mile, Spar Sponsor Enter online at www.kowierivermile.co.za. Entry forms are also available from Nemato SPAR and Rosehill SUPERSPAR in Port Alfred and Sunshine Coast SPAR in Kenton-onSea. 30th: THREE SISTERS SAUNTER is a guided walk (09:30) from Riet River  covering  many aspects of environment, birds, shipwrecks  and  historical background. R90 pp – book with Anne Williams - 046 675 1976 or 083 719 4950. For more information www.annesbirding.co.za 30th: KENTON JUNIOR BEACH CLUB – Teenage disco – Age group 8 – 13 from 19:00 - 23:00 at Kenton Town Hall. JANUARY 2014 1ST: NEW YEAR’S DAY 2nd: THREE SISTERS SAUNTER is a guided walk (09:30) from Riet River  covering  many aspects of environment, birds, shipwrecks  and  historical background. R90 pp – book with Anne Williams - 046 675 1976 or 083 719 4950. For more information www.annesbirding.co.za 3rd - 6th: CANNON ROCKS KITEBOARDING CLASSIC 2014 - http://www.cannonrocksclassic.com/ 16th: Memory Book Scrapbook Club first meeting of the year, 14h00-17h00, at Presbyterian Church, Port Alfred. Contact Cheryl 046 624 2733/083 556 7562. 24th: BURNS NICHT at Don Powis Hall, Settlers Park, 18:30 for 19:00. Tickets: R100. For more information contact Jean Black on 046 624 2887/079 652 222. 30th: Memory Book Scrapbook Club, 14h00-17h00, at Presbyterian Church, Port Alfred. Contact Cheryl 046 624 2733/083 556 7562.

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SPAR dives into Kowie River Mile Following the success of the inaugural Kowie River Mile in Port Alfred last year, SPAR Eastern Cape has announced that it will dive in as title sponsor of the event on December 29. The retailer will wrap up its 20th anniversary celebrations in the province by expanding its footprint in open-water swimming. According to SPAR Eastern Cape marketing manager Abri Swart, the event perfectly complemented the group’s long-standing sponsorship of South Africa’s oldest open-water event, the Redhouse River Mile, now known as the SPAR River Mile. “Based on the success of that race, we were looking to expand our sponsorship in the region and the Kowie River Mile proved to be the perfect opportunity,” said Swart. He said the race “ticked all the boxes” in terms of promoting healthy living and family-oriented fun in aid of a good cause. “We would love it to become an annual highlight on the Sunshine Coast calendar.” With the annual influx of holidaymakers to the seaside town, over 500 swimmers are expected to take part this year. This is more than twice the number for the 2012 event, which was won by Olympic open-water swimmer Jessica Roux. Swart said proceeds from the entry fees would go to the local Sunshine Coast Hospice, which offers homebased care for terminally ill people throughout the Ndlambe municipal area. The organisation currently serves over 300 patients

from Kleinemonde to Alexandria, with palliative care provided at Settlers Hospital in Grahamstown where necessary. Hospice fundraiser Karen Long said they were delighted to have SPAR on board as it was becoming increasingly difficult to raise funds for the organisation. “With the inaugural race last year, we saw the interest from far and wide, we knew that this had the potential to become the biggest event hospice has ever done, ” Long said, adding that the organisers quickly realised that they needed a like-minded sponsor to help grow the event. There will be entertainment for the whole family on race day, including food and craft stalls, music and jumping castles for the children. “Water safety is of course crucial, so the local NSRI has also come on board. We’ll be giving them a donation, which is what we do in this area ,” Karen added. The event starts at noon at the Kowie River mouth and offers a line-up of races for swimmers of all ages. Anyone may enter the quarter-mile (400m) or halfmile (800m) events, while there are three separate mile (1.6km) races for ages 13 and under, 14 to 30, and 30plus. The first 500 entrants will receive free t-shirts and goodie bags, with prize money and trophies for the winners. Enter online at www.kowierivermile.co.za. Entry forms are also available from Nemato SPAR and Rosehill SUPERSPAR in Port Alfred and Sunshine Coast SPAR in Kenton-on-Sea.

Joburg Schools Rampant in Boat Race Jarryd Pauls The annual South African Schools Boat Race was held on the Kowie River over the weekend. This was the 14th staging of the race, and the 13th consecutive year that it has been held in Port Alfred. The river banks were abuzz as parents, scholars and other supporters followed the action, and very few were left disappointed as there were numerous moments of high drama. After strong showings in the heads races on Friday, the Boys A final was an all-Johannesburg contest between St John’s College and St Benedict’s College. After a close first stretch, St Benedict’s pulled away and ended up convincing winners. St Alban’s College were winners of the Bronze medal, while St Andrew’s College from Grahamstown earned an impressive fifth place. St Benedict’s coach, Brad Smith, who hails from this region, was elated with the performance of his crew. “It means a lot to the boys. It’s been a long

journey for all of us. We recently competed in an event in Boston and that was excellent preparation for this event,” said Smith. The victory was St Benedict’s first on the Kowie since 2008, and captain Sebastian Julicher attributed their success to two years of hard work. In the Girls A final, St Andrew’s School for Girls earned a well-deserved victory over their rival Johannesburg school and last year’s Gold medallist’s, St Mary’s Girls School. Clarendon Girls High School from East London did the Eastern Cape proud as they took home Bronze after winning the B final against Holy Rosary School. Pete Andrew, convenor of the organising committee, was impressed by the camaraderie shown by all the rowers and looked forward to another exciting race next year. The Boat Race has gone from strength to strength since it was first held in Port Alfred in 2001, and provides an example of Port Alfred’s growing reputation for hosting successful events.

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Do you have jobs, cars for sale, services, pets, property, community notices, or other things to advertise? Blast your advert in your community newspaper! It pays to advertise! To book your advert space call 082 676 1742

garage sale 2 x Bedsitter units (single persons only) R1900.00 pm inc W&L Fully furnished Contact Terry on 082 676 1742 BACHELOR FLATS from R1500pm – R2200pm Contact Harold

083 584 1759

OFFICE/SHOP SPACE TO LET @ The Workshop, Bathurst 35sq.mt. R550 p/m incl W&L 72sq.mt. R1575 p/m incl W&L Cell: 073 392 9436 076 981 0429 COMPUTER SERVICES

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FOR SALE GESTURES OF LOVE MERYL HOWES

Can be purchased from: Com Office / Decadent / Root 72 & Natures Way @ R50-00 ea Cell: 076 379 2151 Tel: 046 604 0463

FOR SALE Beach Buggy R5,500.00 ONCO Contact: 079 298 7876 For Sale 21ft Cabin Boat with Johnson 115 motor With trailer R50,000 ONCO Contact 082 428 4558

Boknes Plot For Sale Lovely Setting R250 000 Contact 079 594 2267

REFLEXOLOGY

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Sat 14th December 9am – 1pm Corner York & Alfred Roads Contact Harold 083 584 1759

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HEALTH Energy for Life holistic health practice. Yoga therapy sessions, Energy massages, Ecopsychology and Take Time Out Retreats. Lunch hour yoga classes now available in Kenton on Sea Monday and Wednesday. (13:00-14:00) Contact Maya Lloyd on 082 393 9250 energyforlifemaya@gmail.com

HOSPICE

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WOOL NEEDED

Sunshine Coast Hospice is in urgent need of wool For their ladies who knit and crochet jerseys for the patients Any wool is most welcome Contact Karen on (046) 624 4107 SUNSHINE COAST HOSPICE Urgently require stock for their charity shop. We accept anything including furniture, crockery, cutlery, kitchen appliances, electrical appliances, glassware, paintings, ornaments, bedding, toys, bric a brac etc WE ALSO REQUIRE BOOKS ONE MAN’S JUNK IS ANOTHER MAN’S TREASURE

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TUITION Extra Math or other subject support sessions available for Grade 7-9 learners. Consolidate primary school skills in preparation or during the transition to secondary school in relaxed environment provided. Contact Maya Lloyd on 082 393 9250 or energyforlifemaya@gmail.com

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Little Brewery on the River Book your brewery tours on 046 624 8692. Wharf St Brew Pub Book your table early to avoid disappointment 046 624 4947 SPARG’S FURNITURES 046 624 1722 For all your furniture requirements antiques and collectibles. EMERGENCY NUMBERS

Emergency Calls Emergency calls from landline 10111 Emergency calls from mobile 112

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EMERGENCY NUMBERS Alcohol Anon - 082 973 1604 Ambulance (Private) - (046) 624 4240 AVIS Rent a Car - (046) 624 4353/4044 Child Welfare - 083 652 3951/046 624 5793 Fire Brigade - (046) 624 1111 Multi Security - (046) 624 2508 Nature Conservation - 082 753 1716 NSRI - 083 212 1277 PA Hospital - (046) 604 4000 PA Municipality - (046) 624 1140 Sky Alarms - (046) 624 2806 SPCA - (046) 624 1919 Towing Service - 082 958 3839


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ROYAL PORT ALFRED GOLF CLUB WEEKLY RESULTS DATE: Wednesday 04/12/2013 SPONSOR: BUCO COMPETITION: Individual Medal PRINCE OF WALES CUP: Dennis McElwee NO OF PLAYERS: 76 Results: 1st: Nick Fox - 69 2nd: Freek van Rooyen - 72 3rd: Basil Dukas – 72 4th: Bob McGarvie – 72 5th: Tommy Meyer - 72 Two Clubs: 6th: R van Zyl, B Daniels, T Webster 8th: M Sap 11th: B Dukas, M Shelton 13th: L Evans Best Gross: 73 – Tom Wagner Best Nett: 69 – Nick Fox Nearest the Pins: Debonairs Pizza – 6th: Brian Daniels. PA River & Ski Boat Club – 8th: Magiel Sap The Wharf Street Brew Pub – 11th: Freek van Rooyen The Highlander - 13th: Brian Connock Wimpy Longest Drive - #3rd: Tom Wagner VW Market Square - Nearest the Pin for 2 on 1st: Rob Hoar Jackpot: Carry Over DATE: Saturday 07/12/2013 SPONSOR: Viv Jordan Golf Day COMPETITION: Better Ball Stableford NO OF PLAYERS: 60 VISITORS: Welcome all visitors Results: 1st: Steve Gardner, Paul Griffiths - 53 2nd: Graham Houston, Rocky Rowe - 46 3rd: Robin Gobey, Rob Turner - 45 4th: Nick Fox, At Nel - 45

Two Clubs: 8th: R Turner, C van Zyl, A Kietzmann, A White, R Acton, K Erasmus Best Gross: 70 – Tom Wagner Best Nett: 62 – Steve Gardner Nearest the Pins: Moofontein Quarry – 6th: Magiel Sap PA River & Ski Boat Club - 8th: Roger Acton PA Brick Works - 11th: Corrie van Zyl The Wharf Street Brew Pub - 13th: Steve Gardner Wimpy Longest Drive – 4th: Rocky Rowe Douglas Green – Nearest the Pin for 2 on 1st: Nick Fox Jackpot: Steve Gardner 1820’s DATE: Monday 02/12/2013 No of Players: 32 in a howling easterly wind Winners on 39: Dale Wisener, Vino Bearzi, Roy Pople, Dallas Kowie Moosehead on 46: Dennis McElwee, Kevin Reid, Noel Heale, Windsor Bagley Good Scores: 48: Juan Southey 46: Vino Bearzi 2 Clubs: 6th: Vino Bearzi, Juan Southey, John Clayton. DATE: Thursday 05/12/2013 No of Players: 37 in strong North West winds Winners on 39: Bruce Resen, Geoff Handley, Cecil Jones-Phillipson, Dudley Kieser Moosehead on 46: Mick Parker, Guy Hilton-Barber, Ray Hicks, Gordon Todd Good Scores: 48: Don Howarth, Vino Bearzi. 46: Bruce Resen 44: Ram Piers 2 Clubs: 6th: Lionel Timm

Chipembere Rhino Fund Golf Day The Port Alfred Masonic Lodge is holding a fundraising golf day, in aid of the Chipembere Rhino Fund on Friday the 3rd of January 2014 at the Royal Port Alfred Golf Club in Port Alfred (RPAGC). We are appealing to visitors to, and local residents and businesses in, the region to support this very pressing and deserving cause. This appeal has been sent to as many different organisations and businesses, in some instances country wide, in the hope of lessening the burden on the always loyal local donors. Smaller but more plentiful donations are what we are aiming to achieve. All 18 Holes have now been sponsored, making a great start to this fundraising event. Many prizes have already been donated by businesses in the Eastern and Western Cape. These donors’ names will be released at the prize

giving on the night of 3rd January 2014 at the RPAGC. Paintings of rhino, two-night weekends will also be auctioned off during this prize giving. The Chipembere Rhino Foundation (CRF) is a privately run, registered Non-Profit and Public Benefit Organization comprising of a dedicated team of conservation specialists committed to assisting in the protection and conservation of Africa’s rhino. Assisted by our donors unwavering support CRF has made an impactful difference to the safety and security of Rhino and the AntiPoaching Units that are dedicated to protecting this iconic flagship species. The commitment by all involved has led to CRF providing tangible equipment, intelligence, technology, education and relocation assistance to Rhino custodians who show a conservation

ethic that is shared by the foundation. The technical and practical experience acquired by the trustees over the past 10 years of Rhino conservation has equipped us in dealing with the Rhino crisis in the most informative and decisive manner. Our partnership with Rhino custodians and the support from donors will help CRF to maintain and constantly improve its efforts in Rhino conservation thereby staying true to its methodical approach of making a difference on the ground - where it counts! [(CRF)(A registered Non Profit and Public Benefit Organisation (PBO) No 930041354)] If members of the public or businesses wish to make a donation to this worthy cause, please contact Tim Ord on ord.timothy@ gmail.com or SMS to 084 442 9111 for details.

CROQUET CORNER

How super it has been these past couple of weeks to have had Helga & John Wellsted visiting from Gauteng and to have seen Helga out so regularly playing and becoming very proficient! Well done and we look forward to seeing you again around Easter! Good, too, to see Val Armstrong’s Scottish friends, swallows from Fish Hoek, again. Just sorry you won’t be staying  in Port Alfred longer. As this will be the last CROQUET CORNER until early next year, let’s remember our ‘December Birthday Babies’: Noeline Kirsten on the 25th, Greta Snaith on 30th and Bill Hall on 31st. Wishing you all a very happy birthday and a wonderful year ahead, may you all be blessed with good health, plenty of fun and laughter and all you wish yourselves! Let’s not forget Rob

Avis who celebrates his birthday on New Year’s Day. Mary McGhie has a very special milestone birthday on the 3rd of January and Andy Simpson on the 9th! May your new year also bring you all good fortunes and happy times, remember, you’ve just turned a page and begun another chapter! Hope you also all have a very happy birthday! Finally to all the members of the Port Alfred Bowling & Croquet Club wishing you and your family a happy and blessed Christmas and a wonderful, memorable and a peaceful 2014. For all those who have had a ‘rough’ year, let’s hope the New Year will be brighter, happier & easier! May we all continue to enjoy our bowls and croquet and all the camaraderie of our  lovely Club!! God bless you all and keep on smiling! 

The ‘silly season’ is soon upon us, With Christmas time & all the fuss! There’s been  plenty  going on down at our Club, With Bowls & Croquet, there’s always a hub! We’ve played lots of games & had visitors galore; Probably more this year than in years before. There’s been much fun, competitions & gladness, But there’s also been  a share of sadness. We’re just so lucky that our town, Is surely the jewel in our country’s crown! So let’s now enjoy this festive time, Merry Christmas to all! That’s the end of this rhyme!

8th: Ernie Allen, Louis v.d. Walt, Mike Brown Forthcoming Events: Wednesday 11th: Marko Polo Furniture golf day – Better Ball Medal Saturday 14th: Douglas Green Wines – Better Ball Bonus Bogey Monday 16th: PSG (Open Day) – Individual Stableford Tuesday 17th: Periwinkle – 4 Ball Alliance Wednesday 18th: Pick `n Pay – 4 Ball Alliance Saturday 21st: Sotheby`s Realty - Better Ball Stableford Thursday 26th: Lalibela/Famous Grouse – Better Ball Stableford Saturday 28th: R & M Dairy/Feathers Farm – Better Ball Medal Monday 30th: Kingswood Day – 4 Ball Alliance

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NOW SHOWING: 13 December 2013 to CINE 1 (ALL) Tue - Sat Sun

KHUMBA 1h25min 11h00 15h00 14h00 17h00

19 December 2013

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Indigenous films Animation, Family

CINE 2 THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE NU METRO (10-12PG) 2h26min Action, Adventure, Sci - Fi Tue - Sat 11h00 15h00 19h00 Sun 14h00 17h00

Tickets: (Adults) R25, (Kids under 13) R20. Tuesday Specials - R12.50pp For further info visit www.rosehillmall.co.za or Facebook: Rosehill mall Tel / Fax: 046 624 1436

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Wishing our wonderful staff and customers a blessed festive season and everything of the best for the New Year. Thank you for your support throughout the year, we greatly appreciate it! From Ockie & Sandra Goosen Big Seller of Fresh Meat & Tiger Prawns Calamari Steaks New Zealand Half Shell Mussels

Season’s greetings to all our fabulous customers and to those who are about to become our customers. Pop in to our butchery for the best quality meat on offer and experience the super service from all our trained blocksmen.


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Safety First!

The fishing has been pretty slow this year with no spectacular catches. Perhaps that augers well for our holiday makers, we hope so! For the benefit of those holiday makers, who may not be aware of the rules pertaining to boating and angling. The silly season is upon us with people often behaving pretty badly on and off the water. Obeying these rules and regulations will go a long way to solving the problem.

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1. Obey the wake free zones – they are there for a reason! 2. Only qualified river skippers should be in charge of a motorized boat on the river. (Children definitely don’t qualify.) 3. The boat should have a floatation certificate. 4. Overloading is extremely dangerous, the law states that you may have one person per running meter. Obviously barges are exempt because of their width.

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5. Children under the age of 12 and people unable to swim must wear life jackets when the boat is moving. 6. One fire extinguisher per motor must be kept on board. 7. A red flag must be used when towing skiers, wake boarders, tubers etc. 8. The same rule that applies to drinking and driving a vehicle, applies to drinking and piloting a boat. 9. Consider vessels smaller than yours when passing and creating a wake. 10. ALWAYS give way to a smaller vessel or a vessel under sail or a canoe. 11. If fishing, your fishing permit must be on board. 12. When fishing off the banks of the river or off the shore, your fishing permit must be available for inspection.

A few of the most common fish caught in our area and their size and bag limits that apply to recreational angling are: Cob (caught from a boat out at sea) 50cm – 5 per angler Cob (caught from estuaries or shore) 60cm – 1 per angler Carpenter – 35cm – 5 per angler Dageraad – 40cm – 1 per angler Geelbek – 60cm – 2 per angler Poenskop – (black steenbras or musselcracker) 50cm – 1 per angler Red Stumpnose (Miss Lucy) – 30cm – 1 per angler River bream – 25cm – 1 per angler Red Roman – 30cm – 2 per angler

Santer (Soldier) – 30cm – 5 per angler Spotted grunter – 40cm – 5 per angler Please note that there is a maximum accumulative bag limit of 10 fish per angler per day and that the Copper Steenbras has been added to the endangered species list and a total ban catching them has been imposed. Fishing permits can be obtained from the Post Office. Please contact me with all your fishing news and photographs on 082 676 1742.

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Sunshine Escape 13 December