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Please join us for a "Buzz over Coffee" at the Eden Meandor Mall CATTLE BARON with Ezet Pool from Ezet Adventure Tours as we promote ourselves, our Company and our Product. You will be given the opportunity to introduce yourself and Company. Come and exhibit your product. It's Free!!! You need not reserve.

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The US dollar and stock prices are surging, prompting a flight from speculative investments.

We’ve had a number of financial crises in recent years and gold still hasn’t responded.
BUSINESS NEWS - The simple answer to the question why gold is falling is the strength of the US dollar, up nearly 10% against the Euro since February this year. That, and the resilience of the US stock market. The S&P 500 index regained nearly 6% in the last two months after a nasty sell-off in January, proving the doomsayers wrong yet again.

Perhaps the real question is why the dollar is so strong? The US economy is on a tear. Corporate profits are the best they’ve been in seven years due to tax cuts, encouraging jobs reports and resilient consumer spending. That has hurt gold’s vaunted status as a hedge against risk, though technical analysts point out that it remains within the lower ranges of a rising wedge formation and should bounce. If it breaks below this level, there could be further sharp drops. Another reason gold is low is the prospect of higher US interest rates, which raises the opportunity cost of buying gold.

The gold price hit US$ 1 276 an ounce last Wednesday (June 20), a drop of nearly 6% since April. More concerning is the nearly 17% drop in platinum prices to US$ 861/oz since January. Palladium traded at US$961/oz, marginally up over the same period.

David Shapiro, deputy chairman at Sasfin Securities, says the strength of the US dollar, which has an inverse correlation to commodity prices, is one of the reasons for the drop in the gold price.

“The gold price has been relatively flat for nearly five years now and no-one has really got to the bottom of it,” he says. “Gold is supposed to be a hedge against crisis, but there are so many other hedges out there now. We’ve had a number of financial crises in recent years and gold still hasn’t responded.”

Platinum and palladium face an entirely different set of challenges. South African platinum producers are being squeezed on both sides: they have a low dollar platinum price to contend with, and high unit costs, says Victor von Reiche, portfolio manager at Citadel.

“As a result the majority of the SA producers are cash burning at current spot prices. Above-inflation wage increases, high electricity prices and a lack of investment in the industry over a number of years have all taken their toll on the miners.”

As price takers, SA platinum producers are beholden to the ruling market price, squeezed lower by the growing threat of low-cost supply from Russia and Zimbabwe. Other factors weighing on the price are the continued growth in recycled platinum group metals (PGM) supply, growth in the market share of electric cars over PGM-consuming diesel cars (the latter are big consumers of platinum, which is used in catalytic converters to reduce noxious emissions), and changes in consumer trends.
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Danie Acker.

GEORGE SAKENUUS - Die Grondwetlike Hof het verlede week uitspraak gelewer in die hofsaak tussen die SA Jagters- en Wildbewaringsvereniging (”die SAJWV”) en die Minister van Veiligheid en Sekuriteit (“die Minister”) wat gehandel het oor vuurwapenlisensies. Die Minister se appèl is gehandhaaf en die oorspronklike Hooggeregshof uitspraak is omgekeer.

Die gevolg van die uitspraak is dat vuurwapens waarvan die lisensies reeds verval het, en waarvoor nie betyds aansoek gedoen is vir hernuwing nie, onwettig is en dat die eienaar krimineel vervolg kan word. Sodanige wapen kan nie weer geldig gelisensieër word nie en moet by die Minister ingehandig word.

Volgens regulasies in die Wet het die Minister die reg om te besluit of kompensasie toegestaan word en is die huidige kompensasie R500 vir ‘n handwapen en R1000 vir ‘n geweer. Dit is te betwyfel of die Minister bereid sal wees om te betaal en of so ‘n eis sal slaag.

Dit bly egter ‘n ope vraag of die ou groen lisensies kon verval. Die Minister is van mening dat dit het, maar daar is geen statutêre bepaling wat hulle standpunt steun nie. As ‘n persoon ‘n groen en nuwe lisensie gehad het, het hy twee geldige lisensies gehad. As die nuwe lisensie verval het, is ons van mening dat so eienaar ‘n geldige verweer teen ‘n kriminele klag sal hê.

In terme van voorlopige inligting oorweeg die Minister amnestie teen vervolging vir ‘n paar maande. Amnestie moet deur die Parlement goedgekeur word, maar die aansoek is blykbaar nog nie daar ingedien nie. Indien amnestie wel goedgekeur word, sal onwettige wapens ingehandig kan word en sal die eienaar nie vervolg word nie. Die wapen sal getoets word en indien die wapen met misdaad verbind word, sal vervolging vir die betrokke misdaad ingestel kan word, maar nie vir die onwettige besit van die wapen nie.

Dit is tans onseker of ‘n eienaar in besit van ‘n onwettige vuurwapen aansoek sal kan doen vir ‘n nuwe lisensie vir die wapen wat ingehandig is onder die amnestie. Dit is te betwyfel of die Minister bereid sal wees om dit toe te laat en maak die Wet of die Hof se uitspraak nie daarvoor voorsiening nie.

Die gevolg van die Hof se uitspraak is dus dat enige vuurwapen waarvan die lisensie verval het, by die polisie ingehandig moet word. Waar hulle dit gaan bewaar en hoe die polisie die volume gaan hanteer is onseker, maar sal die wapen uiteindelik vernietig word.

Belange organisasies soos SAJWV is tans in gesprek met die Minister oor die pad vorentoe en om sinvolle oplossings te probeer kry vir die onsekerheid wat die Hof se uitspraak nou veroorsaak het. Dit wil voorkom asof die Minister bereid is om deel te neem aan gesprekke en om oplossings te vind. Sekere politieke partye neem ook deel en die VF+ het aangedui dat hulle deur ‘n mosie van privaat lede gaan voorstel om die Wet te wysig en sodoende die probleem aan te spreek.

Die Minister het sy sin gekry. Of hulle die vermoë het om uit te voer waarvoor hulle gevra het, sal gesien moet word. Wat belangrik is, is egter dat eienaars betyds (90 dae voor die vervaldatum) moet aansoek doen vir die hernuwing van hulle vuurwapenlisensies.

Artikel deur Danie Acker. Vir enige verdere inligting of navrae, kontak gerus Ferdi Scheepers by 083 772 2777 of per e-pos by office@rgprok.co.za. Volg ons op Facebook en lees meer op ons webwerf.
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God is en bly vir altyd Groot!!!

Deur: Karlien Husselman Singer

Ek gee vir jul hierdie stuk wat ek vanoggend geskryf het... ek deel dit uit my hart se diepste kamers!!
God is en bly vir altyd Groot!!!

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On the foothills of the Rooiberg Mountains lies The Cat and Cow Guest Farm, situated near Van Wyksdorp in the heart of the Klein Karoo. The Klein Karoo offers nothingness, which is increasingly valuable, in terms of space, silence and solitude. Urban people live in stressed societies… and the Karoo offers a healing experience. Warm days culminate into breath-taking sunsets and the magic of the night sky will leave you in awe.


Van Wyksdorp is a charming, small, quiet hideaway nestled between the Langeberg and Rooiberg mountains. The area can only be accessed by good gravel roads which indicates just how removed we are from the hustle and bustle.

Our farm offers an opportunity to live IN nature where the only sounds are those of birds, bees, crickets, frogs and the like. If you listen closely you may hear the call of the fish eagle that lives in our valley. At night the owl will return your ‘whoo whoo’ with an eager reply. And if you are really lucky you may wake from the call of the jackal in the distance announcing their passing through.

There are four self-contained cottages, each with magnificent views of the Rooiberg and Langeberg mountains. With interior finishes handmade by owners Graeme and Babette who has given a unique and creative flair to each cottage. Simplicity and style meet in these newly renovated workers cottages and no attention to detail was spared. Each cottage consist of a well equipped kitchen, a comfortable lounge with fire place, a retro style bathroom with shower, main bedroom with a queen bed and second bedroom with either two single beds of family unit with a single and bunk bed.

We have a back-packers unit that sleeps 6 for those who are on a tight budget. This is a ‘dorm’ type room with shared facilities. The room has a fridge and coffee/tea making facility.



Portion 3 of Karree Kamma Farm, van Wyksdorp, 6690

GPS co-ordinates:

Latitude -33.758262 , Longitude 21.500361

From Route 62 between Barrydale and Ladismith take the van Wyksdorp turn off.

Travel 34km past gate 2 of van Wyksdorp, continue straight for 900m, turn left at the sign board "Karee Kamma" Travel 3.8km and turn left just after a small fenced cottage on the right
Travel 1.1km where you will see white cottages on the left, this is The Cat and Cow Guest Farm.


Please feel free to contact us for any further information or for reservations. Make use of the contact form or email us directly at reservations@catandcow.co.za Also feel free to contact us via telephone on +27 (076) 709 7869. We look forward to hearing from you.

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At the beginning of June, petrol increased by 82 cents a litre
Source The Citizen | Monday, 18 June 2018, 11:52

Petrol price could increase by another 32c

At the beginning of this month (June), petrol increased by 82 cents a litre, while diesel climbed by 85c/l.
NATIONAL NEWS - The Automobile Association (AA) expects an increase of 32 cents a litre (c/l) for petrol and 30c/l for diesel next month, Ladysmith Gazette reports.

Illuminating paraffin is likely to jump by 22 cents, if current trends continue.

The AA based its estimation on unaudited data from the Central Energy Fund.

At the beginning of this month (June), petrol increased by 82 cents a litre, while diesel climbed by 85c/l.

This pushed prices to record levels, a trend that looks set to continue, much to the dismay of motorists.
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Ongoing blackouts are just part of woes that are threatening the economy, but a willingness to implement change can turn it around.

Source The Citizen | Monday, 18 June 2018, 08:14

The high price of load shedding

Eskom spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe said the power utility was unsure on whether all its staff would return to work today, which meant its stability status was still uncertain.
NATIONAL NEWS - Recessionary conditions are threatening the economy amid continued warnings of South Africa plunging into darkness, while experts say the power utility’s road back to profitability will be long and hard, but not entirely impossible.

It would, however, require possible job losses at the utility, whose finances are already stretched thin.

Despite the fact that workers are expected to return today, the effects of last week’s labour action would be felt for days to come.

Economist Chris Hart said although Eskom had assured the public that load shedding was a “thing of the past” two years ago, the utility now appears to be in a precarious position.

However, he said Eskom still had the opportunity to improve and bounce back to profitability.

He pointed out that one of the biggest concerns was that their wage bill was inefficient, and that the continued increase in the amount of well-paid workers would worsen its ongoing cash flow problems, which would in turn lead to even less profitability and less cash flow.

Although the simplest solution to most would be staff reduction, fellow economist Mike Schussler said it was more complicated than that.

He said while staff reduction definitely needed to be implemented, only a small percentage of the utility’s revenue went to its workers, which made it a minor issue compared to the other burning issues.

These included interest rates and toll controls. However, he said a reduction of staff was inevitable, and would be the most emotional and difficult issue to deal with.

Eskom spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe said the power utility was unsure on whether all its staff would return to work today, which meant its stability status was still uncertain.

He also added that once stability had been reached, it was the intention of the utility to carry out a “mop-up” operation to fix everything broken within its enterprise to prevent revenues from being lost and companies reliant on power from closing down.

The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa’s (Numsa’s) general secretary, Irvin Jim, said the union “views the agreed process of engagement as necessary in resolving the dispute between us and Eskom management, and laying the grounds for the negotiations to continue”.

“We are ready to engage meaningfully with Eskom on our demands, as has been our attitude from the beginning of the negotiations.”

According to the department of public enterprises’ Richard Mantu, the resolutions from the meeting on Friday were to “resume negotiations with immediate effect, as it was agreed the 0% offer from Eskom was off the table, and to normalise operations immediately and restore production to ensure the security of electricity supply, to engage on other key issues that are impacting on the future sustainability of Eskom such as the cost of coal and impact of policy – including the independent power producers programme – and to begin a process to build a trustworthy relationship following the wage negotiations.”
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Our Host : Charmaine & Henro

Venue : OLD SCHOOL TRAIN RESTAURANT - 2793 KNYSNA RD ( Next to old Radermacher's opposite the SASOL Garage.)

Date : Thursday - 21 June 2018

Time : 09h45 for 10h00

Dress : Working clothes.

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