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International Fire Fighters’ Day (IFFD) – 4 May 2014. We need to spread the word and pass on to your friends as it's time to get the word out there – “Say thanks to the Fireys! “.

Shout out to your friends and families, and ask them to join us and spread the word because we need to thank fire-fighters for their passion, dedication, time and commitment that they give every day, right across the world, to protect our lives and property.

We honour all fire fighters be they career or volunteer, urban or rural, environmental, industrial, aviation, motor sport fire fighters or the operational and support personnel that ensure that we are all protected from the ravages of fire.

The Association attended an OMAF meeting on Wednesday, 19 February for a presentation by the Municipality on the Adjustment Budget for 2013/14 and the proposed Draft Budget for 2014/15. The Adjustment Budget was tabled before Council on 25 February and the Draft Budget is to be tabled on 26 March.

We were left with a level of uncertainty as regards some issues of the new Draft Budget. A great deal still needs to be clarified. There remain many unanswered questions. We have been called upon to submit proposals for the Draft Budget by no later than the end of March. Any contributions will be appreciated.

Another OMAF Meeting will be held in April when the Budget will be discussed in detail before being open for Public Comment.

The municipality once again reiterated that it had been a difficult Budget to compile, especially since SA has over the past four years experienced the worst global recession in decades. The OM claims to be aware of the continuing impact it is having on the ‘affordability and subsequent ability of consumers to pay for services’.

27 FEBRUARY 2014

Authorities prepare for clean-up at Betty's Bay MPA

Authorities are working together to prepare for clean-up operations after a chokka vessel ran aground near the Betty's Bay Marine Protected Area (MPA) on 27 February 2014.

The 19 metre vessel from Hout Bay was carrying 10,000 litres of diesel and engine oil when it ran aground at approximately 4:00am.

The vessel is five kilometres away from the Stony Point penguin colony in Betty's Bay where a seabird and animal rescue team is stationed to observe seabirds for diesel contamination.

So far, no affected birds have been recorded.

thumbnail"Diamonds are forever"

Diamonds are a girl's best friend and a man's worst enemy -- Unknown.

The Pearl is the queen of gems and the gem of queens. -- Unknown

Jewellery takes peoples mind off wrinkles. -- Sonja Henie.

I have always felt a gift diamond shines more brightly,
than one, you buy for yourself. -- Mae West.

Perhaps time's definition of coal is the diamond -- Kahlil Gibran.

A woman wears tears like jewellery -- Unknown

Download the article in PDF format here. -Ed.

Catch a falling star and put it in your pocket
Never let it fade away

Catch a falling star and put it in your pocket
Save it for a rainy day

thumbnailIn March 2004 this robotic spacecraft was launched by the The European Space Agency (ESA) to study Comet Churyumov–Gerasimenko

Download the PDF document here. -Ed.