New water restrictions in Kouga as from Monday

Owing to the significant fall in the dam levels supplying Kouga authorities have no option but to introduce new water restrictions in the Kouga region as from Monday 5th April. Levels are certain to fall further during the long weekend owing to increased usage by holiday makers..

Unfortunately the 50 litre per day limit is being ignored by many and there exists a reality that water supply will run out before the spring rains. Some rain is expected this weekend but it seems unlikely  that there will be substantial falls in the catchment areas.

The new restrictions will unfortunately require that water supply will be restricted during certain hours of the day in much the same way as Load Shedding. Water  will be made available between 05:00 to 08:00 in the morning and then again from 16:00 until 20:00 but all water supply will be suspended between the hours of 22:00 in the evening until 05:00 the next morning.

In addition each of the towns of Jeffreys Bay, Humansdorp and St Francis Bay (including Cape St Francis) will be subjected to Water Shedding as per the schedule below. Hankey & Patensie are excluded.

SCHEDULE

Willem van Kraan of the water authority apologized for the inconvenience the suspension will cause but stated it is simply unavoidable as there has been little effort by residents to save water in spite of many pleas by the Mayor.  He did say however that should residents start showing commitment to saving water and making a real effort, Water Shedding could be lifted sooner rather than later.

A light at the end of the tunnel is that should the proposed Nooitgedacht Scheme, bringing water from the Gariep Dam be completed as scheduled later this year would alleviate the pressure on Nelson Mandela Bay water requirements. Itt is imposrtant to note that St Francis receives its water feom Impofu which is presently at a level of just

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So it is after midday and so we reveal that yes this was an April Fool’s story. If it caught you  click on the link just above this sentence.

The purpose of the story was intended to highlight the dire need to save water not only in St Francis but indeed the entire Kouga and NMB affected by the falling dam levels

Kouga Dam Levels

 

You can change names but you cannot change history

TAKEN FROM A FACEBOOK POST

A rather well stated post by the Cruthmullet (Don Clark) on Facebook yesterday with reference to changing PE’s name

So now another wave of South African names, which have served the people of South Africa for hundreds of years, are about to be changed.

For what?

Let me state categorically; and this is a fact, not an opinion. You can change the name of Port Elizabeth to Mandela Bay, Verwoerd’s Folly, Gqeberha, or Thiswindisapaininthearse, and it will not FOR ONE MINUTE change the history of this country, or make the people who were marginalized by Apartheid happier, richer, or generally more content.

It will, however, have a huge negative impact on our fiscus because it takes many, many millions of Rands to effect a name change on a practical level. This is money that COULD make the people who were marginalized by Apartheid happier, richer, or generally more content if used to fix all the infrastructure that’s been broken by our useless ANC government.

Name changing is, at best, expensive symbolism in the hands of sulky historians.

But in reality, is just PETTY POLITICAL POSTURING which will serve nobody!

After all, where will it end?

Do these pedantic bureaucrats know that, many centuries ago, the entire continent was named “Africa” by none other than those pesky pink pizza-eating Romans?

So, will they change the name of the continent too?

If so, I suggest we call it Fred.

Don Clarke – THE CRUTCHMULLET

EDITOR’S COMMENT

It takes years to build a brand and Port Elizabeth has done a superb job at creating the Port Elizabeth brand. All that is now lost and so they must start again spending millions on re-establishing the brand under a new name tht many will never be able to spell let alone pronounce. 

And of courst the cost. It will take  well over a year and is going to cost the government, the province and business millions that could have been far better spelt enriching the lives of the poor rather than the pockets of the Tenderpreneurs that are going to emerge from the dark like hungry cockroaches ready to steal as much as they can.

Social Media – The origin of the term “Tree hugger”

Tree Huggers

The village women of the Chipko movement in the early 70’s in the Garhwal Hills of India, protecting the trees from being cut down.

An interesting post by Stella Platinga gives some insight to the phrase “Tree hugger”

The first tree huggers were 294 men and 69 women belonging to the Bishnois branch of Hinduism, who, in 1730, died while trying to protect the trees in their village from being turned into the raw material for building a palace. They literally clung to the trees, while being slaughtered by the foresters. But their action led to a royal decree prohibiting the cutting of trees in any Bishnoi village. And now those villages are virtual wooded oases amidst an otherwise desert landscape.

Not only that, the Bishnois inspired the Chipko movement (chipko means “to cling” in Hindi) that started in the 1970s, when a group of peasant women in the Himalayan hills of northern India threw their arms around trees designated to be cut down. Within a few years, this tactic, also known as tree satyagraha, had spread across India, ultimately forcing reforms in forestry and a moratorium on tree felling in Himalayan regions.

Source: goo.gl/HTyZEj

 

 

Celebrating our “Tweede Nuwe Jaar”

Alcohol ban liftedWell the good news is out and tonight some will no doubt be celebrating a “TWEEDE NUWE JAAR”. One hopes that the pubs, shebeens and restaurants have stocked up enough booze to meet demand before they have to shut up shop and throw staggering patrons out the doors to meet curfew restrictions.

For those partying at home in fear they may still catch ths dastardly virus in spite of falling recorded cases, be sure to be at the bottle stores early or be risk injury in the rush to replenish lest Cyril changes his mind tomorrow.

Whilst lifting the booze ban will be welcomed by many around SA, those of us living at the coast will be equally joyful that we can now wander on to the beach without having to check for the storm troopers hiding in the sand dunes. Until now only fishermen could enjoy the feel of sand between their toes, legally, but now surfers, body boarders and even those who simply enjoy wallowing in the waves can enjoy all the health benefits we have been so unnecessarily deprived of for so long

Unhappy of course will be the criminally minded for the storm troopers can now don their blues and do what they were employed for and offer a policing service to the honest and law abiding citizens. Those 7000 souls who were pounced on by storm troopers eager to make an easy arrest  for inadvertently or unintentionally breaking the law will hopefully see the powers that be  pull a Trump out the bag and pardon them for the error in their ways.

Good news too on the Vaccine front! Or is it?

Covid Vaccine

Whilst going through the future acquisition of vaccine doses one has the distinct impression that there was little certainty of supply. It is almost as if government is visiting all the flea markets around the world what may have vaccine stock rather than having a direct supply from a manufacture. We have already heard SA is paying some US$2 (R30) extra per dose on the Astra-Zeneca from India so hopefully whoever is doing the shopping is better a bartering than the guy who did the Indian deal.

What a fuss was made around the arrival of the Oxford University-AstraZeneca vaccine from India on TV yesterday. It is doubtful whether had it been the Pope or even Jesus himself being welcomed at OR Tambo that the event would have been given more coverage. Pouring rain probably put a damper on what the Pres was hoping would be a huge PR opportunity but truly, what was the big deal?

Present to welcome 1-million little glass vials, all safely packed away out of sight in special cold storage packaging were the President, the Deputy President, The Indian Ambassador, of course Zweli himself and no doubt a few hangers on all who literally went unnoticed owing to the pouring rain. With nothing to see the TV commentators had their work cut out  describing the scene with probably highlight being the Presidents photo-op when he walked over to the plane and checked the delivery note.

The shipment will by now be in  Bloemfontein where it will undergo tests to make sure it is the real thing. It is doubtful the Indians would have sent us vials filled with alcohol or something that would arrive frozen thus ruling out water. We have been promised by Zweli that there will be no corruption in the distribution and admiration.  There is a certain cadre who holds court in Mangaung region and he has been quite outspoken on how he doesn’t see a problem if his family can make a few bucks out of government contracts so hopefully someone is keeping eye on him lest he adds to achievements.

One Million vaccine doses for a population of 60 million? It will be a long, long time before anyone in these parts has to roll up a sleeve for a jab for the AstraZeneca edition requires two doses. Will this first consignment even inoculate all the health and essential workers?.

Renewing a Firearm License?

If you complied with the first Fire Arm Amnesty a good few years ago your Green License ( No Expiry Date ) was replace by a new License ( With Expiry Date ). For Gun Owners who still have Green Licenses or New Licenses that have expired there is a revised Weapons Amnesty; you have until the end of this month to reapply.

If you fail to submit your application you will be arrested and charged for being in possession of an unlicensed Fire Arm with severe legal consequences. When you do submit your Re-application you are compelled by law to surrender your Fire Arm which will be returned should you be successful with your re-application, this can take up to a year.

What you need to know is if you failed to renew a License on the given date you are seen to be irresponsible and therefore not worthy of owning a Fire Arm, the Fire Arm then becomes state property and is then said to be destroyed.

I have just been through this processes as my Fire Arm License has expired, my main concern was the value of the weapon if handed in at the SAP and scrapped, you will not receive any compensation regardless of its value.

What you are not told is handing your weapon in to a Gun Dealer who de-registers the weapon giving you two legal options, to start your application process from the beginning ie a completely new Fire Arm License or the Gun Dealer will sell your Fire Arm on your behalf.

Hope this is of some Help.

Jo Biden starts his four years in the hot seat

Jo Biden InaugerationAmericans may be loud and brash when we meet them touring but one thing we can say is they know how to put on a good show. Those who didn’t watch last night’s inauguration of now President Biden certainly missed a great show.

Every speaker was worth listening to and had a message worth listening to held one’s attention, even the priest at the start and the preacher at the end for neither went on too long.

So interesting was seeing the ex-presidents being introduced with all the pomp and pageantry that is probably more British than the Americans would like to admit. Clinton, Obama, all looking good and nice to see them interact with the last last Republican president, George W Bush.

Mike Pence was there to wave the Republicas flag choosing to witness the inauguration of a new president rather than say goodbye to his old boss at nearby Andrews Airforce Base Not surprising really considering the nasty things Trump had to say about his VP in the final days.  

Lady Gaga’s entrance was, well …..  Lady Gaga!  Her rendition of the Anthem was thankfully pretty much as the composer intended for so many who are given the honour, totally destroy what really is a magnificent anthem.

We had that once when a Rasta singer was given the job when the Boks were touring overseas and he managed to do a total number on our Soutth Africa anthem.

Where to designers come up with outfits like that worn by the Lady for surely it must be hellishly uncomfortable.  I know nothing about fashion but must say of the two J-Lo was dressed to fit the occasion rather than to steal the occasion.

Without doubt the highlight of the inauguration was Amanda Gorman, the youngest Poet Laureate ever. What a presentation. For five minutes she held an audience of millions in her hand. Her words were a lesson for all and if you weren’t tuned in and want to hear  what was quite simply outstanding you can listen to it and better still watch it here.

I have just listened to her again and no doubt will during the course of the day listen and watch again. Not poetry in motion, better!!

And so it was Jo’s turn. It is doubtful Donald would have been watching as he was probably cleaning his golf gear in preparation for his game in the morning but if he was, I doubt that television survived what must have been a missile assault of anything The Don could throw at it.

What a great speech the oldest president in US history gave and there can be no doubt he calmed the attitudes of many a Republican who was sitting on the fence. Conciliatory certainly but he lost no opportunity in calling out the need to stop the lies that dear  Donald had sprouted over the past week’s as he refused to give up the fight.

One thing that was different to Trump’s inauguration was, as I remember, it rained throughout the ceremony. Yesterday it apparently snowed shortly before the event then cleared with the entire ceremony taking place under bright sunshine. Maybe a good omen?