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Neighbourly Notes – 25 February 2021

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Neighbourly Notes – 25 February 2021
HAPPY 90th BERYL: Beryl Smith celebrates her 90th birthday on Friday February 19, with family and an Asian-themed social gathering.

AFTER 336 days of lockdown, we at the second are actually into 2021, but Covid-19 remains to be causing problems in many areas of society including in the hospitality, tourism and leisure sectors. The official unemployment figures were printed on Tuesday and accumulate no longer paint a correct image, with bigger than 32% of South Africans out of work. Due to the politics enthusiastic, definite sections of the country are excluded from these figures including participants who’re no longer any longer looking out for employment, alongside with others. The perfect unemployment charge in SA is closer to 50% and even elevated. There is never any probability that the tax from no longer up to half the inhabitants pays to encourage participants who’re no longer contributing. That used to be what started your total financial mess in basically the important put of abode, with a handful of americans supporting the majority. The authorities needs to achieve that they are milking the obscene money cow. The unfathomable propensity to employ authorities employees in any appreciate ranges, (central, provincial and municipal) doesn’t resolve the utter. The vernment pays these employees from the money it receives from taxes from those employed in the inner most sector. If all americans worked for the authorities, how would the salaries be generated? We dangle to desert the egotistical ideals of a nationwide airline, hurry after participants who gave us a failed form on the Kusile and Medupi energy stations, introduce and serve just energy producers, fall company tax on newly established businesses but carry inner most taxation on someone who earns in excess of R600,000 every year, including politicians and a total lot more. By encouraging contemporary commercial (and that entails worldwide businesses to boot as local) more participants will have the opportunity to finding work and thereby carry the tax imperfect. Renewable energy and recycling are two of the hot topics that need to mute be seriously pursued as they will require a wholly contemporary group, and SA has an gigantic pool to make a probability from. We’re a really long technique from returning to prosperity and except the authorities takes a firm hand in pretty redistribuing wealth, and no longer relying on the minority (many of whom are struggling on wages of no longer up to R150 per day) to pay for nearly all, we’ll never accumulate so.

THIS 300 and sixty five days’s matric results are well-known higher than anticipated even in the occasion that they understandably dangle taken a fall across the country. Right here in the Japanese Cape, the implications were disappointing at 68.1%, down from 74.6% remaining 300 and sixty five days. The Japanese Cape is now the second-worst performing province in the country, factual beating the Northern Cape, which perfect attained a 66% cross charge. While the IEB results at inner most colleges retained a cross charge of about 90%, here is conclusive proof that our school system needs to be reanalysed and adjusted to cross well with the in vogue period. With little to no salvage entry to to studying cloth, it’s miles never graceful the more rural provinces need to mute suffer basically the most severely in relation to matric results. We dangle to scheme factual infrastructure and provide free wifi related devices to allow our formative years to learn the abilities they will require in due route. The Victorian academic system is too used and rigid and could well perchance perchance be changed with but any other becoming for the 2020s. The contemporary antiquated system will no longer put together our formative years for the challenges they will face in their instantaneous future, equivalent to water scarcity, pollution, local weather switch and more.

Early Newspaper

HAPPY birthday and will the 300 and sixty five days forward be the correct ever is what we desire all americans taking part in a undeniable day this week, especially Jessica Inexperienced, Storm Gretton, Ange Hutchinson, Sheryl Ann Drennan, Andrew Dempers, Chenelle Freeman, Glenda Kent, Monica Watson, Annette Coetzee, Rita Hope, Lorna Els, Teagan Shaddock, Angelique Botha, Danielle Spaumer, Biance Twynham, Samie Step, Jerusha Govender, Anna Byrd, Val Dugmore, Mike Hockin, Rohan Myburgh, Dan Hilpert, Delonore Schafer, Colleen Shaw, Jenna Henning, Jennifer Worrall, Nicole Owen, Pam Taylor, Günter Johannsen, Mauneen Charter, Kaine Charter, Orpa Westraadt, Ziyanda Bans, Darryl Hanstein, Jill Lengthy, Monique Harvey, Athol Waters, Dave Tyrrell, Gordon Bunting, Kathy Turner, Stuart Vincent, Angela Welsh, Kathy Mansfield, Bev Monaghan, Lee Anne Sawyer Repinz, Pat Wilson, Brenda Hulley, Saskia Swart, Pieter Retief, Cyril Tyson, Ivor Gray, Ivan Schafer, Ken Butler, Bernard Meech, Elsabe Wiseman, Louise Grottsch, Trisha Van Wyk, Dominique Pattie, Lynn Coetzee, Andre van Vuuren, Natasha Pawley, Stella Reifman, Giles Shepherd and Jeremy Kohler.

CONGRATULATIONS, perfect wants and persevered success to all businesses having an anniversary, especially to Top Carpets (Rosehill Mall), Buy n Pay Liquor (Heritage Mall), Kowie Vet Health facility (nook of Southwell and Atherstone Road) and LP Gaz (Bathurst Avenue, East Bank).

THE markets are unstable at the second and noteworthy to elaborate. One thing for certain is that the price of rude oil is progressively rising and could well also hit the $70 per barrel impress forward of the tip of the 300 and sixty five days. The stock exchanges of basically the important trading worldwide locations are progressively rising in anticipation of an end to the pandemic with vaccines being rolled out internationally. On the different hand, creating worldwide locations, particularly here in Africa, are mute struggling financially and, except the decision by French president Emmanuel Macron and echoed by President Cyril Ramaphosa and others for the developed worldwide locations to donate 10% of their contemporary vaccines to the less developed worldwide locations, SA (with its variant) could well perchance perchance also dwell out in the chilly for a whereas to come assist. With remaining 300 and sixty five days’s trading figures in brackets to evaluate in opposition to, the Rand is R14.60 to the Buck (R15.15), R20.68 to the Pound (R19.59) and R17.77 to the Euro (R16.51). Gold is trading at $1,807.16 per elegant ounce ($1,664.12) with platinum at $1,262.00 ($851.76) and Brent rude oil to $65.07 per barrel ($53.79).

SPECIAL thoughts and prayers are with all who’re no longer well. Sterkte Roy Potter, Andrew de Vries, Jenny Groenewald, Jan Haig and Lesley Stevenson.

WE lengthen our sincerest condolences to Carole Christie and family on the passing of her husband Malcolm. May perchance honest cherished memories of instances spent together carry you thru this unhappy time.

HAPPY anniversary greetings and perfect wants for loads of more to the next couples on their particular instances: Hayden and Anneli Hanstein, Allan and Michelle Miles, Andrew and Ronel Bartlett, Kevin and Marlene Brown, David and Megan Waddington, Trevor and Stephanie Warner, Tyler and Sasha-Lee Schafti and Kenny and Liz Hill.

THOUGHT for the week: “Simplest in level-headed waters accumulate things assert themselves undistorted. Simplest in a level-headed mind is ample belief of the world.”

BEST regards


The Team

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Neighbourly Notes – 25 February 2021