30 March 2012

Hello Napier

The Soapbox
Recently, someone popped in to share with me the municipal housing plan for the Overberg region. This document is of course open to the general public and can be seen at the local municipal offices and I think it is something that everybody in Napier should take the time to go and have a look at. The deadline for submissions was 22 March so it is now too late to do anything about it (should you wish to) - but each resident should make sure they know what is happening - and what will happen - in their village. Seems as if we are short about 600 something low cost houses in Napier and 3 locations have been chosen for the building of these houses. The area's are: At the Bredasdorp side entrance to Napier, in the area behind Greta's Place, a second area around Station road and the third adjacent to Nuwerus. Although many people who pass this way often see Napier as a small town that remains unchanged by time, this is certainly not the case - Napier is in constant flux, ever changing and evolving. It's our duty as residents to keep up with these changes, whether we like them or not.

Speaking of change - Rose and Neil from Gunners, so long a constant presence along the main road, have finally relinquished the reigns of Gunners Mess and will be taking life a lot easier from now on. Cocktails on Arniston beach beckons!
Neil and Rose - we wish you the all the rest and fun you can possibly handle.

This week's Napier Natter colours chosen to celebrate the new look Napier Beer lable. Well done guys!

Urban Legends, Misinformation and Electronic Cholesterol
From Alec and Cathy Buggs - in response to Eddie Cassani's security tips in the last Natter:
The Internet is a morass of urban legends, folklore, myths, rumours and general misinformation and one of the largest and most common areas of misinformation is in the realm of security. Many e-mails circulate incessantly containing warnings of 'someone' that did 'something' to 'someone' and telling you to watch out for this particular set of circumstances. In addition to the hoaxes around safety there are also many about give-aways, charity donations (the best known of these was around the London Bombings) and chain letters. Nearly every one of these e-mails is a hoax and circulating them merely adds to the already overloaded e-mail systems provided by the Internet Service Providers.

They are a form of computer virus but one that is manually spread rather than spreading on its own, but it is every bit as dangerous as those that self-replicate. Usually these e-mails come from people that are genuinely concerned for your safety as was the one incorporated into the last Napier Natter regarding the reversal of the PIN number. Eddie was genuinely concerned for the residents of Napier and for this we need to thank him, at least he took the time to show his concern for all of us but sadly the information provided is not true. As with most of this type of e-mail, it is based on a small sliver of truth and that sliver is that the technology to do this is available but it is not implemented in the ATM machines in existence today. Many of this type of e-mail do contain some good advice; essentially to ensure that you do not become a victim by maintaining vigilance, being aware of your surroundings at all times and to be suspicious of things that seem to good to be true. This is all top notch advice but they can also be dangerous. If someone uses this information and tries to reverse their PIN number the ATM will eventually swallow the card as it will see this as an invalid PIN number and the person trying to draw the money will be at the mercy of very angry thieves.

Should you receive an e-mail that tells a story about some kind of alarming situation or asks you for a donation or asks you to forward this note as five hundred forwards will give a little child an operation or asks you to put your name on a petition please simply delete it. No software in the world keeps track of the number of times that an e-mail is forwarded; simply do the math; each day approximately 294 billion e-mails, worldwide, are sent so no-one is going to look for a few notes out of that staggering mass of data and keep track of them over several days. This is simply not possible. Also petitions are not valid if they simply contain a name and nothing else - would you believe a list of names with no back-up information? Lastly, apply your own logic; if the reversal of a PIN called the police would there not be huge advertising campaigns around this face driven by both the banks and SAPS?

If you do receive one of these e-mails please spend a few minutes and go to one of the sites that will help you to determine if these are genuine or simply another piece of electronic cholesterol that will ultimately add to clogging the Internet's arteries. A couple of these sites http://www.snopes.com/ and http://www.hoax-slayer.com/

Tutor needed
Karen and Teresa are in desperate need of a grade 8 + 10 tutor for their boys who are doing home schooling curriculum, Person preferably residing in Napier. Fulltime or part time will be considered. Please call Karen on 084 2096982 or email taj@netactive.co.za

Napier Happenings

Gig Night at Gunners
Fri 6th April @7pm
Gunners Mess, Napier

Pascal's of Napier goes Classical with The Ewens Trio
Shane Mundell (piano) Barbara Ewens (violin) Phil Ewens (viola)
Including works by Haydn, Beethoven, Satie, Rachmaninov and Emil Hartmann
6 April 2012 @ 19h00 (Good Friday)
Tickets R100 each - of which R30 per ticket goes to local charities.
Performance includes a 2 course meal. Booking Essential

An invitation..."
"I have been a teacher of metaphysics for the past few decades, as well as having my works published in international publications, but oddly enough have never taught here in Napier. From time to time people do express an interest in learning more about the subtle bodies of the human energy field, and also the art of meditation, but before planning a workshop I would like to have an idea of how many folk would be genuinely interested. If the idea of expanding your knowledge in this direction appeals to you please email me at rosalinds@telkomsa.net, expressing your particular interest and also whether you would be more interested in a single one-day event, or a once-a-week for about 4 weeks."
Rosalind Stone

Municiple Updates:

Vodacom Rugby
This past weekend Bredasdorp hosted a very successful Vodacom rugby day where the Toyota Freestate Cheetahs was taught a rugby lesson by the Regent Boland Kavaliers with the latter claiming victory in the last seconds via a penalty kick. In the prelimanary matches Rangers beat Standards, Sea Hawks demolished Napier and Hawston lost to Albert Myburgh. Council wishes to thank all community members that supported this event with a special word of thanks to the Department of Community Services for all the hard work in preparing for this event. The good news is that negotiations is already underway to secure a Blue Bulls game for Bredasdorp next year. Visit Cape Agulhas Municipality's facebook page, see capeagulhasmunicipality for photos of this event

Upgrading of Long Street postponed; Church Street re-opened
After consideration the Municipality decided to wait until after Easter for the further upgrading of Long Street so as to accommodate visitors. Church Street was re-opened, but please take care as there are no road markings.

Community engagement on housing allocation
Cape Agulhas Municipality held a community engagement on housing last Friday to identify possible stumbling blocks in the successful implementation of the current housing projects. All persons attending the meeting were engaged individually to discuss challenges and alleged and/ or perceived irregularities. This engagement was deemed necessary to address rumors and perceptions of wrongdoing on the allocation of the houses in the current housing projects and forms part of the Municipality's commitment of transparent and accountable management. Individual feedback will be provided to all persons that attended the engagement.

Municipal Offices closed for Easter
Please note that the Municipal Offices will close at 13:00 on Thursday, 5 April for the Easter holidays to re-open on Tuesday, 10 April.

Earth Hour
Please note that Cape Agulhas Municipality supports Earth Hour and will disconnect street lighting on Saturday 31 March from 20h30 to 21h30 along Long-, Church and All Saint Streets in Bredasdorp as well as the main roads in L'Agulhas and Struisbaai. You are encouraged to support Earth Hour by cutting your electricity during this time.

Register on SMS- database
You are invited to contact Cape Agulhas Municipality's Client Service division to add your contact details to the database for the distribution of service delivery messages via sms-messaging.

Tune in to Radio Overberg 98.4 fm
Cape Agulhas Municipality hosts a weekly municipal program on Radio Overberg. Tune in to Radio Overberg on 98.4 fm every Wednesday at 11:00 in the morning and be kept informed on municipal programs and activities.

Southern Tip Day
"In 1488 Bartolomeu Dias turned back after he failed to reach the East in search of a trading route. On his return journey he passed a certain flat piece of land on the 16 May. He named it after an Irish monk, St Brendan, whose festival day it was: 'Ponte de Sao Brendao'. "

You are hereby invited to attend a function to commemorate Bartolomeu Dias sailing round the southern tip and all the shipwreck victims that lost their lives along the Cape Agulhas Coastline.

Talk by: Jimmy Herbert
Title: Brederode (1785): her resting place, artifacts and possible role in future tourism to the Overberg
Meal: Supplied by the Suiderlig Dienssentrum
Bring own drinks
VENUE: Suiderlig Dienssentrum, Struisbaai
DATE: 11 May 2012 TIME: 19:00 MEAL: R70,00 pp
For more information and to book:
Contact Emmerentia De Kock at 028-4356078
or Truida Groenewald at 028-4356340

Tails are Wagging
It is recommended, for good canine health, that a regular grooming routine should be followed. This should include cleaning ears and teeth, checking paw pads and trimming nails, brushing, bathing, and hair clipping if required. The grooming routine should be practiced every 4 to 6 weeks. In order to promote good canine health in our area, Club K9 is offering special rate for regular customers. Visits 6 weeks or less apart, are now billed R100 per dog for a 1 hour consultation. First time visits are still R150 for a 2hr consultation. Please remember booking is essential and salon hours are 8am to 12 noon Monday to Friday. Week-ends & after hours by arrangement.

Jeanette O'Toole - Club K9 - Domino Farm - Klein Hoewes - Napier Email: dominofarm@hotmail.co.za Tel: 072 516 1579

Napier SAARP Club
First Club Outing: "Penguin Waddle" in Gansbaai

Date: 16 April 2012
07h00 Meet at Agri parking
07h15 Depart for Gansbaai
08h15 Arrive at Gansbaai Tourism Office
Tea/coffee and muffins courtesy of Gansbaai Tourism
09h00 Penguin Waddle - short walk in support of the endangered African Penguin
(Please dress in Black & White)
11h00 Talk by biologist from Dyer Island Conservation Trust (Kleinbaai)
12h15 Lunch at the Great White House (Savoury Platter)
13h00 Potter around Kleinbaai and the harbour
14h00 Depart for Napier
Cost: R75.00 includes: Sponsored tea/coffee and muffins @ Gansbaai Tourism
R50.00 pp for lunch @ The Great White House, Kleinbaai. (Note: Beverages for your own cost.) R25.00 pp share for car pool
Departure: 07.00 Meet at Agri parking – please be prompt (wake up calls on offer)
Booking: At SAARP meeting or at Media House (payment on booking) by 10 April 2012
For enquiries call:
Membership: Maria on 028 423 3424
Outings/Activities: Lindy on 028 423 3834
Bring & Buy: Sylvia 028 423 3312

This day in history (30 March)
240 BC - 1st recorded perihelion passage of Halley's Comet
1492 - King Ferdinand & Queen Isabella sign decree expelling Jews from Spain
1533 - Henry VIII divorces his 1st wife, Catherine of Aragon
1858 - Pencil with attached eraser patented (Hyman L Lipman of Phila)
1867 - US buys Alaska from Russia for $7,200,000 (2 cents an acre - Seward's Folly)
1943 - Rodgers & Hammerstein's "Oklahoma!," premieres in NYC
1987 - Vincent van Goghs "Sunflowers" sells for record 22.5M pounds ($39.7 million)

Quotable quotes
  • It takes a lot of things to prove you are smart, but only one thing to prove you are ignorant. - Don Herold

The Last Laugh
I have short term memory loss. I also have short term memory loss. - Anonymous

Life sucks, I lent a guy ten grand to get plastic surgery, and now I don't know what he looks like. - Anonymous

It's not true I had nothing on, I had the radio on. - Marilyn Monroe

A house is just a place to keep your stuff while you go out and get more stuff. - George Carlin

Until next time

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