Grandmother publishes her first book of poetry

Bushman’s River Mouth Grandmother publishes her first book of poetry at the age of 84!

Write-On Publishing of St Francis Bay is thrilled to announce the publication of a beautiful little book of illustrated poems – “Apples from the Soul” – by 84-year-old Bushman’s River Mouth grandmother and artist Wendy Barker.

Wendy, an art teacher and artist of some renown in the Port Elizabeth, Uitenhage and Port Alfred areas, discovered her talent for poetry when she attended a life skills seminar some years ago.

As Wendy puts it in her “preface” poem, called simply “Apples”, in the book:

“The teacher put a basket of apples on the table and said: ‘Now write a poem about this.’ So I wrote. Then the teacher said; ‘Now write a poem about family and apples.’ And the floodgates opened!”

Wendy says she discovered that she had a lifetime of thoughts and observations that she would like to share, so she has brought some of these thoughts to life in the form of poems about the past, present, family and life in this her first little book of poems. However, her talents do not end there – being an artist, she has whimsically and lovingly illustrated each poem in soft watercolours and crayon,  in a beautifully naive style which matches her poetry perfectly.

Her poems range from some very personal and deep thoughts about her family and aspects of her long and very full life, to her feelings about everyday things like trees, summer rain, birds, listening to music and even “To Oprah”! They are utterly charming, and some are very thought-provoking.

This is definitely a book to keep by your bedside and read again and again when the mood takes you.

Wendy will be launching her book at 10am on Friday, September 21st at, appropriately, the Red Apple Emporium restaurant and art gallery in Bushman’s River Mouth.

Wendy’s book may be ordered from Write-On Publishing’s Online Store at

Books may also be purchased at various outlets in Kenton-On-Sea and Bushman’s River Mouth, and  at Fogarty’s Bookshop in Walmer, Port Elizabeth.

Police Warn Social Media Users To Verify Information

Police Warn Social Media Users To Verify Information Before Posting On Chats

The following Media Statement from South African Police Service yesterday

Police are once again appealing to social media users  to refrain from posting unverified information on social media sites.

This follows after two unrelated incidents were circulating on social media platforms yesterday, Wednesday, 5 September 2018, warning community members of incidents of  kidnapping of children in and around the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro (PE, Motherwell and Uitenhage) .Police will also like to allay fears on social media that no truck was stopped  that was used in transporting of children on suspicion of trafficking between Nanaga and Port Elizabeth  however police wish to state that a small van was stopped that was conveying  illegal immigrants. The case is being dealt with by the Hawks.

There are  a lot of information circulating around the abduction of children, and we acknowledge your fear as parents. Police would like to commend the public on their vigilance regarding  safety while at the same time we must be cautious how information is relayed on social media without verification. Distortion of facts can have dire consequences and cause unnecessary panic and mayhem in the community. Social media is an important communication platform and assist  police in combatting crime and arresting criminals.

The  South African Police Service assures the community that continuous awareness and educational talks on the safety of our children are done at schools and institutions.

An urgent appeal is made to people in instances where you suspect a crime may have been committed or anything suspicious to contact the police first to verify such information. In cases where children are involved, the Family Violence Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit (FCS) may be contacted as well as the sector manager of your particular area. Discuss your concerns and let us together make informed decisions before posting on social media. Be assured that all information is treated with the utmost urgency.

Enquiries : Col Priscilla Naidu 071 362 8726

NSRI aid Dolhin and Kite Surfer

NSRI STATION 21 - St Francis Bay

NSRI Station 6 Port Elizabeth were alerted to a dolphin stranded on Cape Recife beach on Saturday morning and Sea Rescue Volunteers, Bay World staff and members of the Nelson Mandela Bay Marine Animal Stranding Network responded straight to the scene where they found a Common Dolphin well up on the beach.

Port Elizabeth NSRI Station Commander Ian Gray said,” We helped Dr Greg Hoffman and the Stranding Network volunteers to load the adult female Common Dolphin into their special stretcher and then into the Bay World vehicle to be transported to our Sea Rescue station.
“The Sea Rescue vessel JLT Rescuer was prepared and after transferring the dolphin to the Sea Rescue boat we transported her approximately 4 nautical miles out to sea where she was released at 10h05.

” We are cautiously optimistic that she will survive the ordeal,”said Ian.


In an incident off Cape St Francis on Friday afternoon NSRI Station 21 St Francis Bay were alerted to a Kite Surfer in difficulty. The sea rescue craft Spirit of St Francis II was launched and on arrival on the scene the kite-boarder, a local man aged in his early 50’s was found safe ashore after he abandoned his kite-board in big surf and swam to shore and he was safe and unharmed.

NSRI collected his board and kite using the sea rescue craft and brought it to shore and the experienced kite boarder required no further assistance.

Dolphin stranded on Cape Recife beach

Three mauled by Pit Bulls in JBay

Two pit bulls jumped a boundary fence and killed a dog and also injured three people.

Police spokesperson, Sergeant Majola Nkohli, said that a 67-year-old woman was walking her dog in Kabeljous Street in Jeffreys Bay when two pit bulls jumped a boundary fence of a house and attacked the elderly woman and her dog.  It is believed the dogs killed the woman’s dog then attacked the woman and two other people who came to her rescue.. Majola says the three injured victims were taken to hospital for treatment.  He said the SPCA was summoned to remove the pit bulls.

He said police opened a case of contravention of the Animal Matters Amendment Act (negligently allowing an animal to cause injury to another person) for investigation.

A Final Performance

Andrew Young in his final St Francis performance.

After 3 appearances in St Francis Bay, we are delighted to present his final show of this Tour. A never seen before music extravaganza “Diamonds”

After completing his Saxophone and Clarinet studies in London, Andrew moved to Germany to pursue a desire for a broader and more eclectic involvement in all genres of music.

He had the honour of performing as soloist with various Symphony Orchestras and engaged in session work and concerts alongside Pop/Jazz/Funk luminaries such as Matt Bianco and Precious Wilson Band.

The invitation to perform in South Africa whirled an engulfing wave of success with the Kwazulu Natal Philharmonic Orchestra and newly formed 5 piece Jazz/Funk/Fusion Band “Let It Flow.”

Andrew soon became involved in the crosscurrents of South African and International music, meeting and being invited to perform with artists such as Joseph Shabalala (Ladysmith Black Mambazo), Jonathan Butler, Shakatak, Shirley Bassey, James Galway as well as American R+B artist Keith Washington and a Tour of Austria with Dionne Warwick.

A Double Medical Aid Bill?

(BLOG) Who will be able to afford two medical aids?

Being man down with a bad dose of flu (yes men do suffer flu worse than women) I had a short moment of consciousness and happened on the ENCA TV broadcast of our honourable Minister of Health spelling out the new Health Act, Whilst I couldn’t stay wake to listen to the entire presentation I did however catch the gist of it.

In a nutshell the intent is to level the playing fields so that everyone will have equal access to good health care. Certainly sounds good but one must question if will it not drive up the cost of medical aid. For it to be effective it will need people to have trust in the services. We will all be contributing to a central fund and that seems non-negotiable. This will not mean an end to medical schemes however and those who can afford both can still contribute to their own scheme which seems most likely for many.

So the question must be ‘How much trust do we have in a state run system?’

A day or two ago a friend was relating a story of her domestic helpers nephew being stabbed in Sea Vista on Saturday. His assailants dumped him in a nearby skip and basically left him for dead but fortunately his groans were heard by a passing pedestrian who called the ambulance.

The ambulance never arrived so a kind local transported the lad to Humansdorp ER in a critical condition.

Over weekends it seems Humansdorp hospital becomes somewhat like military field hospital at the height of battle and apparently the ER is overrun by the wounded from stabbings and beatings. Sadly because they were too busy to care for this critically wounded lad he had to wait his turn, no matter how critical his wounds were, Sadly some two hours later he died of his wounds never having been attended.

So the question is, will the government be able to guarantee that the same quality of ambulance and hospital services as that of the privately administered services. In a case like this unfortunate lad he would an ambulance arrive and would the hospital have sufficiently available trained staff to deal with him in an overrun ER. If so wonderful for every life is important. not only the wealthy.

However one has doubts for would it not be a case of 10 percent of the population paying for the medical expenses of the other 90% of the population. Methinks if you don’t have the funds to contribute to the state fund and your to own private medical aid the lines and the waiting periods are going to get a whole lot longer