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In this issue:

Light snow in Clarens
Proposed development of a Dinosaur Interpretation Centre
SAPS Station Commander to Meet Clarens Residents (again)
Plants found in the Clarens Village Nature Reserve
More news from the Clarens Village Nature Reserve
News from the Clarens Tourism Forum
Snow bubbles
Children in Need – You can Help
Clarens Ratepayers Association News
Contact us

Light snow in Clarens

We were treated to some light snow in Clarens this week,  but sadly for snow lovers we don’t seem to be due for more snow until (according to Acuweather)  3rd July.   Temperatures are warming up and we are set to enjoy some sunny weather until Wednesay 24th, when temperatures drop and we can all rush outside at dawn to make some snow bubbles!   (See the article further on.)   Go on….we dare you.

Proposed development of a Dinosaur Interpretation Centre

Proposed development of a Dinosaur Interpretation Centre on the Remaining Extent and Portion 1 of the Farm Glen Reenen No. 1361 within Golden Gate Highlands National Park, Bethlehem, Free State Province.

Notice is hereby given, in terms of the National Environmental Management Act, 1998 (Act No. 107 of 1998) (NEMA) EIA Regulations of 2014, that SANParks (the

Proponent) is proposing the above mentioned Project. The intended development shall trigger the following listed activities: Activity 12 of Government Notice No. R983 of 4 December 2014 (Listing Notice 1) and Activity 14 of Government Notice No. R985 of 4 December 2014 (Listing Notice 3). The date of placement of this notice is  4 June 2015. Queries regarding this matter must be referred to: The Environmental Consultant, Enviroworks, Suite 116, Private Bag X01, Brandhof, 9324 or contact Adél Groenewald  at Tel: 051 436 0793, Fax: 051 436 0791 or Email: adel@enviroworks.co.za.

Parties wishing to formally register as an I&AP are requested to forward their comments (and contact details) to Enviroworks within 30 days of placement of this advertisement, which is on or before 8 July 2015.

SAPS Station Commander to Meet Clarens Residents (again)

Following a very successful meeting on 9th June between Clarens residents and Lt Monica Botha, Lt Monica Botha, is planning to make this a monthly event, and she has set aside every second Tuesday of the month for this purpose.   The next meeting will be on Tuesday 9 July, at 16h00, at the NG Church Hall.  Now that she has settled in, Lt Botha is keen to meet the residents of Clarens and get to know those she serves.  You are encouraged to attend and bring along your friends and neighbours.   If you have concerns about safety, security or general issues in the village, this is your chance to share them with Lt Botha and your fellow citizens.

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 a rather large family – Hypoxidaceae (Star-flower).

Hypoxis costata (Small Yellow Star/African Potatoe in English, Geel-sterretjie/Afrika Patat in Afrikaans and Tapole in Sesotho) is a small perennial that obtains a height of around 150mm and grows best in moist rocky areas near kloofs and seepages at altitudes of up to 2400m A.S.L. The genus Hypoxis is cosmopolitan, occurring in Africa; North and South America; parts of Asia and Australia.   Read more

More news from the Clarens Village Nature Reserve

There’s always a lot happening in the Clarens Village Nature Reserve: Alien clearing, trail maintenance, environment education, and over 220 indigenous trees were planted in the nature reserve in May.    Click here to find out more.

News from the Clarens Tourism Forum



Hi All

The new Clarens Visitors Map is progressing beautifully and has been met with great enthusiasm and excitement. This map will be available to Clarens Tourism Forum’s members only! You have until Friday the 19th to join up to get a business listing on the map. All advertising space has been filled for the 1st print run. Detmar Ruhfus from Kamikazidirt will be prepping the final layout at the end of this week. Click here to have a look at the latest draft copy, and click here for membership. Please complete and return to Nic Prinsloo rebellie@mweb.co.za In 3 easy steps, you too can be ‘on the map’! Sign up, pay up and return to Nic! Any questions, do not hesitate to contact any of the following people:

Ollie Esplin 0825636242;  Nic Prinsloo 0836278391;  Enrica Geyer 0849123773; Valerie Kneppert 0798731318; Leone du Preez 0823471379 or Tammy Hancock 0828249365.

Thank you,

Clarens Tourism Forum
Cell:       082 8249365
Phone:   058 2561086

Snow bubbles

Should you be able to resist the temptation to stay in bed on these very chilly mornings, here’s a challenge you may like to try.   Temperatures between -9 and -12 Celsius are ideal for making snow bubbles – and judging from the photographs by Hope Thurston Carter, snow bubbles are absolutely gorgeous.
For more pics: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2955640/How-create-snow-globe-Soap-bubbles-blown-freezing-temperatures-turn-stunning-ice-crystals.html
And – so if you manage to capture some good pics of your snow bubbles – please send them in to editor@clarensnews.co.za.   We’d love to see them.

Children in Need – You can Help

The Charlotte Theron Kinderhuis / Charlotte Theron Orphanage in Bethlehem has not received their Government grant for the last two months. 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.

Artist’s Café and Mona Liza’s Garment Gallery are hosting Andre Swiegers on the 4th of July 2015 @18h30 for 19h00  with the Charlotte Theron Kinderhuis as the beneficiary .
Tickets are R100 pp . 50 tickets available will enable us to give CTK a donation of R5000 . We would love to see this cause well supported by our locals.

Please come get your tickets at the Artist’s Café. Regards Karen and Phoebe

Clarens Ratepayers Association News

The Clarens’ Ratepayers Association will hold the 2015 Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, June 24 2015. The meeting will be held in the Methodist Church Hall at 4.30 p.m. At the AGM, we will be electing new Committee Members. I will be stepping down after 6 years as Chair, so too will Ralph and Rodney; Santi Meintjes, Sjoerd de Boer and Godfrey Allcock will remain on the Committee with one or two additional volunteers. We will also share with you various issues facing Clarens.  (Pat Raubenheimer)


Click  onto the links to learn more.

20 June  2015
Clarens Country MarketSee you from 10 am onwards
24 June, 2015
Clarens Ratepayers Association AGM
26-28 June 2015
Platteland Preview
4 July, 2015
Fouriesburg Polar Bear Plunge
Be Luney for Cluney

4th July, 2015
Andre Swiegers at Artists Cafe
in aid of Charlotte Theron Kinderhuis
9th July, 2015
SAPS Station Commander to meet Clarens Residents
14-17 July, 2015
10th Clarens Quilt Festival


Restaurant, Guest House management for DecemberRemember to have a look at our Classifieds page on the website, especially if you’re looking for someone to house sit your guest house or restaurant.  There are also people wanting to make ontact with old friends.   (See…..We’re looking for…… on the classifieds page.)
Browse around – you’re bound to find something of interest.


Contact us

email:  editor@clarensnews.co.za