Mount Horeb, Clarens

Mount Horeb

As I wake up to the music of the birds early on a warm summers day
When I open my window
There is sunshine in my eyes
I close my eyes and when I open them again I can see you in a distance smiling proudly back at me.
You stand bravely not afraid to express your beauty
From place to place
From town to town
There are others,but none Can be compared to you.
Your beauty is like that of A precious pearl

Poem by Nthabiseng Constance Nyefolo
First published on the Bibliophile Writers Support and Social Club website page

The Bibiliophile Writers Support and Social club is a of established and aspiring writers, storytellers, scribes and scribblers who inspire and support one another’s creative endeavours in a convivial environment.   For more information please contact Debra at Bibliophile: 058 256 1692

More news on the literary front:

31 degrees eastLocal author Don Emby’s new book 31 Degrees East, is now available as a digital download from Amazon. As a promotion, Don has arranged for downloads to be free from Monday 19 Jan to Friday 23 January, and says that any feed-back would be very welcome.

Even if the current global campaign against the barbaric practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) continues at its current level of success, it will take 60 years until the total of more than 125 million women and girls now affected, is reduced by half.
Excerpt from a statement by Navi Pillay, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights; and former High Court Judge.

Four young, newly qualified doctors, set out on a celebratory safari to visit the spectacular Murchison Falls in Uganda. On a lone night drive one of the doctors discovers the body of a young girl lying in the middle of a disused track in the Murchison Falls National Park.  Read more

The As(h) River

CLARENS   NEWS received an the following interesting letter from Pieter Olivier in response to our article “Tight lines on the Ash River” published in last week’s newsletter.   It seems that our reference to the Ash river is totally incorrect.  Pieter wrote as follows:

The only historic reference to the naming of the As (Axle) River which I know of, is the following from the “Bethlehem 125” history book by the late A P J van Rensburg (1989) : Page 10 : “ Vanaf Uys-se-Kuile is Retief se trek oor die suidelike gedeelte van die plaas Smalfontein (tans Bonnington, die plaas van mnr. F S liebowitz), oor die rand van die plase Poortjie en Trekpad en deur die Asrivier – so genoem omdat die as van ‘n wa hier gebreek het en hoogs waarskynlik die drif geblokkeer het en so die trek vertraag het. Hiervandaan het die Voortrekkers Klipnek deurgegaan en op die middag van 23 September 1837 in die Liebenbergskloof, vandag Liebenbergsvlei, uitgespan.”

The Liebenbergsvlei River and the Axle River come together in the Saulspoort Dam (now called the Sol Plaatje Dam to commemorate the 51 residents from the Sol Plaatje Municipality – Kimberley – who drowned there in on 1 May2003. The Axle River carries the water from the Lesotho Highlands Water Project to the Wilger River and onwards to the Vaal Dam. The Bethlehem dam is the first municipal storage dam in South Africa to receive the high quality water via the Project.

I did try two or three years ago to convince SANRAL to rectify the matter at the river crossings but to no avail. The other gross fault is the big signboard near Clarens indicating the “ Ash River Outfall” (!!!). Greetings, Pieter

Annual Birding Weekend in Golden Gate Highlands National Park 

Registrations are now open for birders to participate in the Sasol Golden Gate annual birding weekend which takes place from 6th-8th February 2015. This event organised by the Free State Region of the Honorary Rangers, raises funds for SANParks conservation projects within Golden Gate Highlands National Park. 

The Golden Gate Vulture Hide was partly funded by previous birding events and provides birders the opportunity to spot the rare bearded vulture.   Read more

CVC Report Back:  December 2014

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Damien Coulson has sent in another one of his interesting reports on the work being done in  the Clarens Village Nature Reserve.   Highlights in the December report back include news on a new trail specially for cyclists.   The trail is not complete yet, but work is well underway and the trail will be completed well before the MTN cycle race in April.   Click here to read Damien’s full report.


Clarens Country Market 17 January 2015
Clarens Country Market
Burns night 24 January, 2015
Burns Night at Coutryard Restaurant
26 January, 2015:   Klopse Friendship Club Meeting
6-8 February, 2015
Annual Birding Weekend at Golden Gate
Shades of Broadway 31 January 2015
Shades of Broadway at Bon Appetit
Woord engel Azette Wiesner 7th February, 2015Book launch:   “Woord-engel” by Azette Wiesner. (With songs on the Woord-engel CD  performend by Jeanette Jacobs, a local singer, and the Clarens Vintage men’s choir with René Human.)


Love Rosendal 13-15 February, 2015Love Rosendal Festival

Bieliemielie 2015 19-22 February 2015

27-28 February 2014
Clarens Craft Beer Festival


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