17th July, 2015: Let’s Go Hiking

In this Issue

Let’s Go Hiking: Clarens Village Nature Reserve
Guided Hiking Tours
CVC Report – Back
Plants found in the Clarens Village Nature Reserve
It is time to plant fruit trees
SAPS Update
Clarens Recycling Centre – Let’s keep it going
Dihlabeng Christian Church
Charlotte Theron Kinderhuis- You can Help
Maluti Radio – Listen Live
EVENTS:
Classifieds
Contact us


Let’s Go Hiking: Clarens Village Nature Reserve

Whether you’re looking for a fun outing for the whole family or an adventurous hike to get your blood flowing, the Clarens Village Nature Reserve has a lot to offer.   What’s more – it borders the town, so you don’t need to drive anywhere before you put your hiking boots on.   The Clarens Village Conservancy has just brought out an informative and descriptive map of the Hiking Trails, as well as three highly recommended, carefully designed hiking routes.  (A big thanks goes to Richard Rennie jnr. who spent hours on the lay-out and map design.)  The maps are available from various outlets including The Old Stone Bottle Store, Protea Hotel, Mountain Odyssey, Clarens Xtreme, On The Square Gallery, Gosto, Patcham Place, and The Clarens Country House, and cost only R25 each.   (All proceeds to go to The Clarens Village Conservancy which manages the The Clarens Village Nature Reserve.)


Guided Hiking Tours

The Clarens Village Nature Reserve rangers offer guided tours.   And since the rangers know and patrol every square inch of the Reserve and are responsible for maintaining the trails and keeping the Nature Reserve as beautiful and well-maintained as it is, I can’t think of anyone better to go with.   (You can read about the work they do in the monthly CVC reports on the Clarens News website:http://clarensnews.co.za/clarens-village-nature-reserve/   )   The June Report-back follows:


 

 

CVC Report – Back


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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. Welcome to this weeks’ “bi-Weekly Plant of Interest”. This week we’ll be looking at a member of the rather large Asteraceae (Daizy) family.

Gazania krebsiana Less. subsp. serrulata (Common Gazania in English, Bruingousblom in Afrikaans and shoeshoe in Sesotho) is a perennial herb, distributed from the Western Cape – Mpum. Don’t let its’ diminutive size fool you though – this tough little guy can survive tough high-altitude winter and summer conditions at up to 3000m A.S.L.

The specimen photographed was observed recently on the Kloof Mountain trail. This find was lucky as usually the rocky grassland plateau is heavily grazed by cattle (for whom the flower is a delicacy).  Read more


 

It is time to plant fruit trees

The Clarens winter may be harsh for some …..but it is peak trading season for De Leeuw Fruit Tree Nursery just outside Clarens. During the coldest months thousands of carefully cultivated, two-year old deciduous fruit trees are lifted from the field. The trees are sold to retail nurseries, small fruit growers, government departments and to individuals who just like picking fresh fruit off their own trees in the backyard.
The nursery which is situated about 10 km outside Clarens was started by Jim and Flos de Leeuw more than 80 years ago.  Their vision was to make fruit trees available to as many people as possible at affordable prices. Three generations later the vision continues with trees now supplied as far afield as Mpumalanga and KZN and exported to Swaziland and Lesotho.
Jimmy de Leeuw was one of the early headmasters at Clarens Primary School. He started planting peach pips as a hobby and initially gave the trees as gifts to friends and acquaintance. Florence Johnson, originally his colleague at the school, later became his wife. She initiated the importing of cultivars from overseas for grafting purposes. Florence (or Flos) de Leeuw later became the mayor of Clarens – apparently she was the first female mayor in the Free State – quite a feat for the village at the time! Read More


 

SAPS Update

Clarens Police Station: The leading station in the district

Crime is at an absolute low this month; the Clarens Police are determined to keep the Village safe for villagers and tourist’s – Lt Botha is extremely proud of her unit and the fantastic effort of her police officers.
Other than keeping the Village safe for its inhabitants and visitors, the Clarens Police will during the month of August –Women’s Month- educate the community on general safety, issues like abuse, and how to seek help  –  Lt Botha is open to suggestions should villagers have any topics or issues they would like the police to address.
If you notice any suspicious behaviour, persons, or witness any sort of crime kindly contact the police immediately. Charge office – 058 256 6000/1/2 or Officer on duty – 082 466 8904
The Police Forum will meet again on 11 August 2015 at 16h00 in the NG Church Hall.


 

 

Clarens Recycling Centre – Let’s keep it going

I’m sure that every Clarens resident is familiar with Evon’s bakkie and trailer picking up the town’s recycling materials, and that we all agree that she makes A HUGE CONTRIBUTION to our town.   We really need to keep this project going, and the time has come for all Clarens citizens to step up and show their support.

Click here to find out more about the Clarens Recycling Centre


Dihlabeng Christian Church

Dihlabeng Christian Church is a community church in Clarens which, not only serves as a place of worship, but also facilitates various outreach programmes within the community; these outreaches aim to uplift the people of Kgubetswana spiritually, emotionally, and economically.   Two of these programmes are specifically geared toward the children of Kgubetswana – an annual ‘Holiday Club’ in the June/July school holidays, and the Nnete Foundation which is set to open its doors in September 2015.

HOLIDAY CLUB
‘Holiday Club’ is a week-long programme presented by Dihlabeng Christian Church, Clarens together with Jubilee Community Church, Observatory (Cape Town) – they invite children from the community to participate in games, singing and dancing, and a dramatised message from the Bible.
‘Holiday Club’ is a two hour programme that runs for the first week in July – the idea behind it is to introduce the Gospel to children by way of games, praise and worship, and visual storytelling.  Churches such as Dihlabeng and Jubilee run community programmes (like ‘Holiday Club’) to incur positive change in the lives of children, teenagers, and adults by creating spheres of encouragement and “life-sharing” in their respective communities.

NNETE FOUNDATION
The Nnete Foudation is a Non Profit Organisation supported by the Dihlabeng Christian Church – set to open its doors in Kgubetswana in September; the organisation aims to empower children within the community through educational support.
One of the biggest challenges within the community is that children are not furthering their education, they have little to no support with schoolwork at home – due to the legacy of the previous schooling system – and even top students’ marks are not good enough for university acceptance.  Thus, without proper education, support, and opportunity the cycle of poverty is perpetuated.
The Nnete Foundation alongside Clarens Combined High School will identify twenty to thirty Grade 8 and 9 learners – who don’t have the necessary educational support at home – and assist them with homework et cetera. The Foundation aims to build a relationship with these children and create a sustainable system of support which will carry them through the remainder of their schooling.
Preparing children for tertiary education is one of the main focuses of the Foundation and children will be assisted in finding university placement and most importantly – bursaries.
The vision is to curb the poverty cycle and to see the community of Kgubetswana prosper.

Clarenites are encouraged to “get involved!” The foundation will need study material, text books and volunteers to assist the children with general homework, English et cetera.
Should you wish to offer your time, resources, or both to the Foundation: contact Pastor Gareth Oosthyzen at the Church Office on 058 256 1693.

Dihlabeng Christian Church currently hosts the following community programmes:
Orphans and Vulnerable Children Support on Wednesdays: They work with 40+ children within the community
Silver Hope on Thursdays: A weekly morning meeting for the elderly.
Youth on Saturdays:  Programme run for teenagers from 16h30
 Church service on Sundays: 09h30 – 11h30
For further details contact the Church on 058 256 1693 or see their Facebook page:https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dihlabeng-Christian-Church/112211652202312?fref=ts

Article and Research:  Danielle Visser


Charlotte Theron Kinderhuis- You can Help

As you probably know the Charlotte Theron Kinderhuis in Bethlehem is in dire need of help, and it is in this connection that we received the following letter from Val Basson:

Bethlehem Christian Centre is the church I attend, and they are actively involved in supporting this worthy cause.The home has given us a list of urgent needs, which I enclose. Church office: Louise:  058 303 4604/ 033I am prepared to be the collection point (or to collect) here in Clarens, and will take any donations through to Bethlehem for distribution.I live on the corner of Horeb and Larola Streets (old no. 1, now no. 31) and can be contacted on 0835664429 or landline 1547. There is usually somebody at home. Bovril, sandwich spread, fish paste, spices & dried herbs,( cinnamon, chicken spice, BBQ spice, thyme, pepper)  baking powder, bicarb, Maizena, sugar, margarine, tomato puree, mayonnaise, chutney, yeast, vinegar, pilchards in tomato sauce, tinned bully beef, fish fingers, meat patties, vinegar,Handy Andy, black bags. And maybe some personal hygiene products – soap, tooth paste, sanitary towels?Even one item can make a difference, but a whole case would be better! Raid those pantry shelves, or add an item or 2 to your trolley when you shop.

Many thanks.
Val Basson

The Charlotte Theron Kinderhuis / Charlotte Theron Orphanage in Bethlehem has not received their Government grant for some time. They are in a dire situation unable to feed and care for the children,  and are  appealing for assistance.They house 120 orphans and children whose parent can no longer care for them. The children range from tiny babies to 16 year olds, from all the race groups in SA. The appeal is for donations of either money or necessities such as bread, toiletries, toilet paper, etc. Farmers have donated meat, potatoes and maize.   If you have goods you would like to donate, they can collate a collection out of Clarens.

If you want more information you can call Margaret on 058 307 3708.

If you want to make a cash contribution, the banking details are C Theron Kinderhuis, ABSA 0770230101, branch code 632005.


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EVENTS:

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

14-17 July, 2015
10th Clarens Quilt Festival
18th July, 2015
Nelson Mandela DayPlease let us know what you’re doing on this very special day for our facebook page.
18th July, 2015
Clive Scott at Rosendal
25th July, 2015
Maloi Hess Blues in Rosendal

Classifieds

Dihlabeng Christian School in Clarens, requires a Grade RR (3,4,5 year olds) teacher with an ECD qualification for the month of September 2015.
Please send CV, qualifications and 2 recent contactable references by 31 July to: The Principal –dihlabengschool@intekom.co.za
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

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