Hello and best wishes to everyone for a safe, healthy, happy 2018. It has been a torrid time in Tweni and north with water issues. Your scribe can however extend grateful thanks to those who went out of their way to make sure that water was hand-delivered to those in need, especially the sick and elderly.
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Generally, the atmosphere at the local watering holes at JTV Centre and the Caltex garage were congenial and a time to reflect on the situation we all find ourselves in – be it holidaymakers or locals.
On January 3rd, ‘water woes’ forced Terry Kotze to close the Port Shepstone Home Affairs office and SAPS had to escort staff from the building. It was a sad state of affairs as a big queue had already formed. This is the busiest time of the year for the department.
There are still some inconsiderate people setting off fireworks. Please identify the culprits and report them to 039 6825555 (law enforcement) and ask for an ‘OB’ number so that you can follow up if results are unsatisfactory.
Heed the by-laws
In fact, as from January 1, council hopes to enforce new by-laws. It is in our best interests to report anyone violating the RNM by-laws, but it is imperative that you always ask for an OB reference number.
These by-laws include: 1 Acting in a manner dangerous to life or damaging property; 2 Urinating or defecating in public; 3 Performing any sexual act, appearing naked or exposing genitalia; 4 Spitting; 5 Consuming any liquor or being drunk in public; 6 Littering; 7 Engaging in illegal business or prostitution; 8 Residents are also not allowed to start or burn fires unless it’s for the purpose of making a braai in permitted areas; 9 No one is allowed to lie or sleep on any bench or public place, street or sidewalk; 10 Beg for money; 11 Loiter with the purpose of committing an offence; 12 Hang items in a public place or on premises (such as a balcony) in a manner visible to a public road; and, 13 Set off fireworks without permission.
Tweni Spar area and the beachfront have new faces posing as car guards. They get a few tips and then spend it on drink or drugs, and let’s face it, what good are they then.
It is worth remembering that nobody is obliged to pay a car guard.
There have been some reports of towels going missing after being left out to dry, cellphones taken through open windows, bicycles stolen off verandas, microwaves and kettles and a purple duvet all disappearing. Although these items seem to be relatively minor, the fact remains that opportunists are entering yards while people are asleep, so don’t make it easy for them.
Dean Saunders, son of Dianne and John, is heading to Wartberg to start an apprenticeship. It is a wonderful opportunity and his folks, family and friends wish him all the best.
To all the 2017 matrics who passed – congratulations! Hopefully you can go on to realise your dreams. Believe in yourself and you will achieve it.
Congratulations to Janet Olden and Gavin Hess who were married locally on January 2nd and happy anniversary to Mike and Nellie Davies for this week. Belated happy birthday to Selvan Chetty (4th), Marianna Williams (5th), Ronald Tarboton (6th), from 7 to 70, young Lolla Curnow, Duane Low and 70-year Grayham Wittstock (7th) and Gavin Massey (9th).
On a sad note, John Hove from Pool Prof lost his battle with cancer on December 30. Sincere condolences to his family. Send all news to Leila.
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