10 September, 2015.

In this Issue

Bookweek
News of Clarens News
NAVIGATING THE FUTURE – COMPASS CAREER EXHIBITION SUCCESSFUL
CLUNY NEWS
Visit SanParks this week – it’s free.
Plants found in the Clarens Village Nature Reserve
Clarens on the Web
Maluti Radio – Listen Live
GOLD IS THE NEW PINK
EVENTS:
Classifieds
Contact us


Bookweek

Books are making a come back and it’s book week.  AND  we were introduced to a whole new way of sharing books this week.   Friends came to visit and left a book behind at The Clarens Country House.   When we asked about it they just smiled and said:  “We’re liberating our books, setting them free, and letting them explore the world.”
It’s a great idea – called book crossing.   Have a look at their website:http://www.bookcrossing.com/.   Now, instead of leaving all those books which you’re never going to read again in the bookshelf, you can set them free.   No more excuses not to buy books on account that you have nowhere to keep them.


 

News of Clarens News

Clarens News is growing, and so is the editorial team.   We are especially excited that Onward Mvurume has come on board.   Onward played a major role in the recently held Compass Career Exhibition held recently in Clarens.   (Read the article below.)   Clarens News is also about to launch a sister website which will be focused on bringing tourists and visitors to Clarens.   The existing website will however continue to bring you local news.   More about all of this once we have the new website up and running.   Watch this space.

 

 

 


 

NAVIGATING THE FUTURE – COMPASS CAREER EXHIBITION SUCCESSFUL

A target that is out of sight is almost a definite miss. By chance, luck or coincidence, a desired future can be met, but who wants to leave destiny to luck? As humans, we were made with a longing in us to know our future, and be able to control it. Many in this life however discover late that the life paths they have followed have not been what they really enjoy. It is a pity to find yourself stuck in a career that you do not enjoy, only to stay because of job security, or the fear of the unknown.

With this in mind we organised and held the Compass Career Exhibition at Clarens Combined School on 04 September 2015. We targeted learners in Grade 7, Grade 8 and Grade 9. We gathered organisations to exhibit and speakers to challenge the 245 learners from three schools.

We want to take this time to thank the teachers who came with 13 learners from Dihlabeng Christian School, Mrs Mofokeng who came with 32 learners from Clarens Primary School and the Clarens Combined Stuff members for helping us mobilise 200 learners from Clarens Combined School. The cooperation shown was a true desire and zeal to put a block in the building of a better South Africa, from the grassroots.  Read more


 

CLUNY NEWS

Each calendar is for sale at R120.  The outlets in Clarens are Horeb Winkel and Old Stone Bottle Store, as well as at the Clarens Vet Surgery.  There are several outlets in Fouriesburg and at the Fouriesburg Vet Surgery.

The photos are taken by various photographers including Amanda van Blerk.  Lucinda Hooley contributed quotes and Amanda van Blerk arranged the printing of the calendar.

We’re also looking forward to the Cooking for Cluny event next month.   (10th October, 2015.)   And with this thought in mind, we’ve found a great video for you to watch:   Really good for a laugh!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vhg7Xm4FXAY


Visit SanParks this week – it’s free.

 Media release:

Marakele National Park to host 2015 SA National Parks week launch

Marakele National Park situated just outside Thabazimbi, Limpopo Province will be in the spotlight as the host of this year’s launch of South African National Parks week. The event which will be officiated by the Minister of Environmental Affairs, Mrs Edna Molewa will be held on Sunday 13th September 2015.

South African National Parks (SANParks) initiated SA National Parks week in 2006 to afford South African citizens free access to all the national parks that are under its management country wide. Since its inception, National Parks Week, under the theme “Know Your National Parks” has seen well over 170 000 day visitors in all participating parks.

According to Mr Property Mokoena, General Manager of the Northern Region “Last year we saw an increased number of visitors at all our parks in the Northern Region, and we are hoping that this year will be better. Again this year we have a full program ranging from traditional dances and walking trails to keep our visitors entertained throughout the week.”

At Marakele National Park, the Minister will officially open the long awaited Bontle tented units, which are a new product SANParks is offering to its clients. This Park is home to Africa’s Big five and the largest colony of the Cape vulture.

Other Parks in the region such as Mapungubwe National Park and World Heritage Site as well as Golden Gate Highlands National Park will also be open to the public during the week. Mapungubwe situated about 70 km out of Musina remains one of the most celebrated World heritage sites and an array of activities awaits people who will visit this park during SA National Parks week. Mapungubwe hill, The Interpretation Centre and the Confluence are usually some of the highlights at this magnificent Park.

Those who wish to visit the jewel of the Free State; Golden Gate Highlands National Park can enjoy guided walks and educational tours around the Park. Visitors can also bring along picnic baskets to enjoy in the lovely sun rays whilst appreciating the scenery in this Park. “Whilst there, it will be worth your while to visit the vulture hide and make a turn at the Basotho Cultural village.” said Mr Mokoena

Access to the parks is FREE during the SA National Parks Week. Free entry excludes accommodation and any activities that people may want to participate in whilst in the park. However, all South Africans will have to produce their green bar-coded identity documents when visiting any of the parks.

Issued by: South African National Parks Northern Region Communications

Enquiries: Divhani Maremba, Regional Communications Manager on 012 426 5304, 074 588 5789, Email: divhani.maremba@sanparks.org

 


Plants found in the Clarens Village Nature Reserve

Article and photography by  Damien Coulson
Head ranger:  Clarens Village Nature Reserve

 

Greetings to all our enthusiastic and botanically minded villagers! This week’s PoI focuses on a herb from the Asteraceae (Daizy) family – now also known as the Compositae family.

Enter Berkheya – a genus which makes its first-time appearance in a biweekly PoI article. Berkheya cerciifolia (White Thistle-leaved Berkheya in English, Wildedissel in Afrikaans and mohata-o-mosoeu in Sesotho), is a perennial herb that often obtains a height of over 1.5m, especially in its preferred habitat atop moist grassland slopes and in close proximity to high-altitude streams. This species makes itself at home in high altitude (1800-3000m A.S.L.) areas in the Eastern Mountain Region (EMR) of the Drakensburg, where it is locally endemic.  Read more


 

Clarens on the Web

Travel Ground sent out a tweet this week highlighting an article on Clarens (which was written some time ago, using quite a lot of information on the Clarens News website.)  Click here to see it.   Unfortunately some of the info is now out of date, but it all goes to show that any information posted on the web has a very long lifespan.
We also found a very nice article on Clarens written by Jane Flowers.   Click here to read it.
All very good news for Clarens.


 

Maluti Radio – Listen Live

Click onto http://www.radiomaluti.co.za/gallery.html

To see the program schedule click here 


 

GOLD IS THE NEW PINK

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness month – one of the Helping SA initiatives.   They have two areas of focus: Helping SA’s cancer awareness campaign and Helping SA’s Children in Need.
Click here to find out more – and to make a donation.


 

 

EVENTS:

For more upcoming events visit the Clarens News website:   www.clarensnews.co.za

11 September, 2015
Clarens Country Market
10am onwards
The CVC rangers will be on hand to sell CVC maps.   If you haven’t got yours already, this would be a good time to show your support.


 

Classifieds

Remember to have a look at our Classifieds page on the website:  especiall y if you’re looking for an employment opportunity :   Clarens Brewery is looking for awesome people to join their energetic team. If you’re personable, chatty, human-and-dog loving, check out the vacancies on the website www.clarensbrewery.co.za

Browse around – you’re bound to find something of interest.


 

Contact us

email:  editor@clarensnews.co.za