14th August, 2015

In this Issue

CVC Report-back July, 2015
Illegal dumping
Plants found in the Clarens Village Nature Reserve
Sterilization of Pets is key to community veterinary welfare
Tourism Enterprise Partnership 
Fermenting Workshop- a Comprehensive look into Fermented Food and Beverages & Digestive Health
Maluti Radio – Listen Live
EVENTS:
Are you passionate about Clarens
Classifieds
Contact us


CVC Report-back July, 2015


Damien Coulson has sent us another one of his interesting monthly reports.   The rangers have been as busy as always.
Click here to read the full report.


Illegal dumping

It is a great sadness that Clarens News has received yet another notice about illegal dumping.  Anyone reading the monthly ranger’s reports must surely appreciate how much work they need to get through just to keep our Nature Reserve as beautiful and pristine as it is.  It can only be hoped that the following notice will be taken as seriously as it needs to be.


Plants found in the Clarens Village Nature Reserve

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

Greetings to all our Village plant enthusiasts.  This week we’ll be looking at a member of an attractive plant family, the Leguminosae – formerlyFabaceae (Pea/Legume family). Species of this family may take the form of either herbs or shrubs, and may be either annuals or perennials.

Indigofera dimidiata (Trifoliate Indigofera in English, musa-peloa-thaba or qoi-qoi in Sesotho) is a small perennial herb that obtains a height of around 100-300mm, depending on locality. It grows best in grasslands in proximity to streams, but will also grow at the base of sandstone cliffs where water collects at altitudes of up to 2600m A.S.L.  Range extends from the Eastern Cape – Malawi.

The genus Indigofera was so named for the indigo dye obtained from several species of the genus.  The species name dimidiata refers no doubt, to the diminutive size of the dwarven-sized herb. This particular specimen was photographed on the Titanic trail below Titanic rock.  Read more

 


Sterilization of Pets is key to community veterinary welfare

Article by Mary Walker

 

Sterilization of pets is key to community veterinary welfare.  Populations of unwanted dogs and cats are not something we can rest easy about.  Apart from the inevitable suffering of these animals, which no civilized peoples wish to witness, there is the risk of disease transmission in uncared for populations.

Cluny Animal Trust places sterilization campaigns high on their list of priorities.  It is not only a service to the indigent community pet owners, but also a service to the wider communities as a whole, and contributes to a more compassionate animal ethic generally.

Since the recent arrival of the Mobile Theatre, Cluny Animal Trust has carried out several sterilization clinics for cats and dogs.  The most recent one was in Bethlehem this last Saturday, 1 August.

The idea is to carry out as many sterilizations as is practicable in one day, even if it means starting very early and finishing late.  The emphasis is on numbers of sterilizations per day, and the reason for this is that the overhead costs of running the Mobile Theatre can be spread over a greater number of patients, thus reducing the overall cost of sterilizations per patient to the minimum.   Read more


Tourism Enterprise Partnership

Nuchey van Neel, the newly appointed Provincial Manager (Northern Cape & Free State) for TEP  visited Clarens recently and popped in to see us at Clarens News.   Nuckey is very excited to be able to work with those of us in Clarens connected to the Tourism Industry.  (And I think that includes just about everybody.)   There are funds available, and Nuckey is keen to help Clarens Businesses to access these funds, in order to promote tourism in our area.   Her contact details are:  Cell: 0833876931, email: nucheyvn@tep.co.za.    Should you wish to learn more about TEP visit their website:   www.tep.co.za


Fermenting Workshop- a Comprehensive look into Fermented Food and Beverages & Digestive Health

Deborah Sutherland is planning to visit Clarens in mid-September to run a 3-day Fermenting Workshop.   The workshop is structured so that all aspects of fermenting foods, beverages, condiments, nut and seed cheese’s may be covered. The history of fermented foods; why fermented foods and beverages are so important in gut health; understanding the digestive system; understanding the plant kingdom and our inter-relationship with one another…. Therefore understanding the true meaning of what health is about.   Deborah has recently held a workshop at Oaklands Manor  and the Clarens course will follow the same structure: Click here to see the program.
Should you be interested please contact Colleen:  colleenmc@mweb.co.za
To learn more about Deborah Sutherland and her workshops visit her facebook page


Maluti Radio – Listen Live

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

To see the program schedule click here 


EVENTS:

Click  onto the links to learn more.
For more upcoming events visit the Clarens News website:   www.clarensnews.co.za

15 August, 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.

 

 

15 August, 2015
Bibliophile – Book signing
Attention SA history buffs and collectors of Anglo Boer War publications:
Johannes van der Walt, author of “Johannes Strydsmann – Legendariese Boere verkenner en Kaapse rebel” will be at the shop on Saturday 15 August from 10 am to 12 pm to promote his book on his grandfather’s adventures during the Anglo Boer War 1899 to 1902.

 

 

 

 

19th August 2015
CRA – CVC – CFA Important Meeting

 

 

 

 

 

28-30 August 2015
Getaway Show
G
et your brochures ready!

 

 

Regretfully, the Clarens Comedy Festival has been cancelled.


Are you passionate about Clarens

Clarens News is looking for someone to help run the newsletter and promote our second website (still under construction.) Duties would include liaising with community organisations in Clarens, and may also include some travel – for instance to the Getaway Show to promote Clarens.  An ability to write and interact with people is essential. Some  knowledge of (or a willingness to learn)  websites and social media would also be useful.   Please send CV and contact details to edtior@clarensnews.co.za.


Classifieds

Remember to have a look at our Classifieds page on the website: there is also an employment opportunity for someone in Real Estate,  property for sale…….etc.etc.
Browse around – you’re bound to find something of interest.


Contact us

email:  editor@clarensnews.co.za