Monthly Archives: June 2015

18th June, 2015

Horeb snow

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
EVENTS:
Classifieds
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

DEADLINE 19TH JUNE 2015

THERE STILL IS TIME TO GET ‘ON THE MAP’

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,

Regards
Tammy
Clarens Tourism Forum
www.clarenssa.co.za
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)


EVENTS:

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

Classifieds

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

Hypoxis costata

 

Hypoxis 1 Hypoxis 2

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.

The genus name Hypoxis is derived from the Greek Hypo (below) and oxys (sharp-pointed – in reference to the shape of the fruit) and is characterised by plants with small yellow, star-shaped flowers. The species name costata means lines/ rib-like ridges, in reference to the venation of the leaves.

The leaves of this species are relatively broad and measure 40mm wide by approx 150-170mm long. As the species name implies, the leaves are conspicuously ribbed. Leaves are densely hairy and produced with flowers. The flowers (30-40mm) are butter- canary yellow and are borne aloft a stalk as long as the leaves. Flowering occurs from Oct-Jan. Uses:

Traditional

Used as a charm to protect against lightning strikes. Hypoxis are tuberous and the corms; dark brown-black externally and yellow internally, are used for muti. Common ailments treated include dizziness; mental illness; bladder problems; weakness; burns; testicular cancer, and also provide the immune system with a general “boost”. Much research is on-going regarding the pharmacological effects of various species of the genus. Because of overharvesting for their use as muti-plants, several species of Hypoxis are under threat.

Ecology

Hypoxis flowers are short-lived and are pollinated by solitary insects and honey bees, their pollen appearing yellow in the translucent pollen-sacks of bees in flight.

Conservation status

  1. costata is listed as of Least Concern by SANBI.

Click here for more information on plants in the Clarens Village Nature Reserve

Click here for more information on the Clarens Village Nature Reserve

 

Damien1-100x100Article and photography by Damien Coulson

Head ranger: Clarens Village Nature Reserve

 

6th June, 2015

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In this Issue

Afriski – Ski season starts today
Proposed development of a Dinosaur Interpretation Centre
SAPS Station Commander to Meet Clarens Residents
Plants found in the Clarens Village Nature Reserve
A Farewell to Glynis Léstrange
June 16th:  Youth Day
Children in Need – You can Help
Proposed Clarens Map
News from the CTF
Clarens Ratepayers Association News
Our vet is on holiday
EVENTS:
Classifieds


Afriski – Ski season starts today

Afriski is ready – there’s lots of snow, and it’s time to go skiing again.   To check out the slopes have a look at their webcam: http://www.afriski.net/Home/Webcam#   See for yourself.

And if you want to find the latest news visit www.snowreport.co.za
We checked in just before sending out this newsletter: Today, we have had reports of snow from the following places : Matatiele, Tiffindell (near Rhodes), 50km east of Dordrecht, 5okm east of Maseru, AfriSki in Lesotho, 30km north of Barkly East, at the top of Sani Pass and Drakensberg Gardens.


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

The Sector Police Forum is pleased to announce that the new SAPS Station Commander in Clarens, Lt Monica Botha, is planning to meet and address the residents of Upper Clarens.  The date is Tuesday 9 June, 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.  She will explain her role, functions and philosophy and those of the SA Police Service.  She will be happy to take questions and address any issues that residents may have.  You are encouraged to attend and bring along your friends and neighbours to welcome her to her new posting.   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.

See you there!


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 something a little different, a unique species of Bracket.
Pycnoporus sanguineus is not your typical plant – in fact, this bracket mushroom actually belongs to an entirely different kingdom – one that many either love or hate and is neither plant nor animal, but lies somewhere in between (scientists observe that mushrooms are more closely related to insects than plants – freaky right?)  Yes, for those of you “in-the-know”, P. sanguineus is in fact part of the Fungi kingdom.   Read more


A Farewell to Glynis Léstrange


A Farewell to Glynis L’estrange
(1948-2015)
Please bring a Chair & plate of eats to share with the Clarens Community
on Friday 12th of June, at 11am-12.30pm
to be held at Shirley Lautre’s, home at the corner of 443 Naaupoort street and Cilliers street in the Swartland


June 16th:  Youth Day

We live in thought provoking times.   June 16th was a momentous day – and those of you who haven’t read Don Emby’s book Soweto Burning will be able to meet him on Saturday at the Bibliophile.   He was there, and he can tell you all about it…..

It is of course a day when we should be celebrating our youth, and it is therefore particularly sad to learn of the dire situation at the Charlotte Theron Kinderhuis/Orphanage in Bethlehem.   (Read the following article.)

 

 


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.


Proposed Clarens Map

You are cordially invited to attend the launch of a new Clarens Visitors Map which is in its final design process. Click here for a sneak peek. The A3 size map will be exclusively available to CTF members for distribution to their visitors. They will be printed and packaged into tear-off pads of 50 per pad. CTF Members have the privilege of a bullet-point business listing on the map as well as the opportunity to buy an advertisement ‘block’ on either the front feature page which will be up for auction at the launch, or on the back side at a fixed rate of R400,00 per 54mm x 34mm block. Detmar Ruhfus from Kamikazi Designs will be on hand to assist with the design of your ad at the nominal cost of R150,00.
The CTF will also be handing over to all current members their official MEMBERSHIP CERTIFICATES. Thank you all for your ongoing loyalty and support. Please display the certificate prominently and with pride!
WHEN:  Monday 8th June 2015
WHERE: Artichoke Restaurant
TIME: 17h15
RSVP: Nic Prinsloo rebellie@mweb.co.za 0836278391 by Thursday 4th June for catering purposes.


News from the CTF

The CTF are extremely proud of what it has achieved over the last 4 years and looks forward to continuing to market this beautiful village on all platforms available to it.
There are some exciting developments and, in association with the CVC, CRA, GCCC and SPF have embraced the ‘Unity is Strength’ motto, to work together for the success and prosperity of the entire village!
A marketing strategy plan is also under development with the assistance of one of our local residents who has vast experience in the corporate marketing field.
It is evident that the most effective marketing tools at present are via the social media platforms, i.e. facebook, twitter, websites, etc. To this end, the CTF will be inviting Mr Rich Simmonds for a ‘refresher’/start-up Twitter training workshop – you will be informed as soon as a date has been confirmed. Twitter users are encouraged to keep tweeting and re-tweeting to create a twitter buzz about Clarens.
Read more


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)


Our vet is on holiday

Please note that Katherine is on leave until 9th June.   The practice is however still open for sales etc.


EVENTS:

6 June  2015
Clarens Country Market

See you from 10 am onwards

8th June, 2015
CTF:  Launch of Clarens Visitors Map
9th June, 2015
SAPS Station Commander to meet Clarens Residents
13 June, 2015
Book signing at the Bibliophile
 16th June:   YOUTH DAY
24 June, 2015
Clarens Ratepayers Association AGM
26-28 June 2015
Platteland Preview


Classifieds

Remember to have a look at our Classifieds page on the website, especially if you’re looking for property to let, or a new employment opportunity
Browse around – you’re bound to find something of interest.

21 May 2015

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In this issue:

N3 Gateway Tourism Association
Focusing on our Animals
Plants found in the Clarens Village Nature Reserve
Paballo’s Nursing Care – Sisters on leave
CLARENS GARDEN CLUB
EVENTS:
Classifieds

 


 

N3 Gateway Tourism Association

Giving you over 150 experiences to Discover with the N3 Gateway  (Media Release)
The N3 Gateway Tourism Association has recently completed its third edition of the Discover the N3 Gateway Itinerary Brochure. The third edition tantalizes travelers with 37 new enjoyable adventures. This latest phase of the project brings the total number of itineraries available on to over 150. The brochure aims to package the regions abundant range of things to do and see into organised self-drive and facilitated itineraries. Each itinerary enables travelers to better understand the pre-trip logistics such as when to go or what to pack; and determine whether the experience is within their budget. The third edition was focused on including market research outcomes and therefore we included our Top Ten Itineraries as voted for by our fans. If you enjoy historic Battlefield tours or wine tasting in the Drakensberg or Meandering the Midlands there is plenty for you to do. For the adventurer there are expeditions into Lesotho or treks across the passes only the Voortrekkers were brave enough to conquer. Readers also have a choice of country wedding venues, challenging Tugela rafting adventures or Vaal river cruising luncheons. The cherry on the top is a Hot Air Balloon Flight ending with a champagne breakfast! The brochure will be distributed to our 14 recognised Tourism Information Nodes in May 2015 and will also be available at consumer shows such as the Gauteng Getaway Show in August.
Dont delay! Discover over 150 Itineraries with N3 Gateway.


Focusing on our Animals

A note from Cluny Animal Trust:

Finally our Mobile Veterinary Clinic arrived the 9th of May 2015, to everyone’s great surprise!
After nearly three years of agonizing waiting, disbelieving looks, and derision, we have reached the first step in our goal to provide proper veterinary care to all the impoverished animal owners and end the needless suffering of all types of animals. This past Tuesday, Dr Katherine Barker did the first sterilisation in our Mobile Unit. The dog named Vovo was neutered quickly, efficiently, and without any stressful travelling up and down. It is only the first of many happy dogs and owners benefiting from our mobile unit.

For more information or to see how you can support us, go towww.clunyanimaltrust.co.za

Our local Vet, Dr Katherine Barker, has moved to 59 Church Street (at the back of the house)– next to Lake Clarens Guest House.  Katherine’s consulting hours are 9.00 a.m. until 11.00 a.m. on weekdays, but the practice will be open from 8.30 a.m until 12.30 p.m. for the purchase of food, etc.  Diana Breshears will be in attendance at Reception during this time.

Look out for Hazel Moller and Michelle Maree who will be passing through Clarens next Monday.   These two crazy ladies are running the distance of 10 Comrades Ultra Marathons in 10 days!  

WHY????   It’s all about raising awareness for PETS

PETS (Pet Empowerment in Townships) strives to empower animals in townships and poor communities.  PETS was founded by Anoux Massey in 2007. She is a former heroin addict who believes a dog saved her life and got her off the streets. Animals have incredible therapeutic powers! PETS as three branches – JHB, Witbank and CT. They work with the community to improve the lives of these disadvantaged animals by giving them daily meals, warm shelters, regular inoculations, sterilisations and vet care in emergencies. They also rehome those ones that are unwanted, unloved or lost. PETs tries to instill in the communities, a responsibility and pride for their animals by not just empowering the animals, but also by educating and helping the people uplift themselves. They believe in working hand in hand with the animals and people of these impoverished areas to create unity, trust and stability for all.


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-monthly Plant of Interest”. We’ll be focusing on a member of the Caryophyllaceae (Carnation) family.

Silene undulata (Gunpowder Plant or Dream Root in English, Wildetebak in Afrikaans and Molokoloko in Sesotho) is a frost and heat resistant perennial that grows up to 1000mm tall on moist, steep hill-slopes at altitudes ranging from 1550–2880 m A.S.L. This plant occurs from the Western Cape right through to Zimbabwe.

S. undulatamay be differentiated from a similar species; S. bellidoides primarily through its ecological range and habitat – S. bellidoides prefers open grassveld, and is substantially smaller at only 600mm. The species name undulata is derived from undulate, in botanical terms this refers to the undulating or “waving” nature of the leaves. The common name Gunpowder Plant is a reference to the dark colour of the seed-baring capsules held by this species. This particular specimen was observed for the first time on the new Caracal Contour Cycle trail on the day of the MTB Series race through the CNR.   Read more

 

 


Paballo’s Nursing Care – Sisters on leave

 

PABALLO’S NURSING CARE @ CLARENS

PLEASE NOTE THAT SISTER ANTOINETTE EARLE AND SISTER HENRIETTE HOHNE WILL BE TAKING THEIR ANNUAL LEAVE FROM TUESDAY 19 MAY 2015 UNTIL TUESDAY 9 JUNE 2015.


CLARENS GARDEN CLUB

The Clarens Garden Club is meeting at the home of Ann de Boer on Wednesday 27th May at 09:30 for 10:00 am. Ann’s address is 422 Berg Street. Dr Gideon Groenewald will speak to us about the Paleontological findings in Dr Gideon Groenewald will speak to us about the Paleontological findings in the Clarens/Golden Gate area. The catering team will be Trish Crichley, Margreet Koch and Sue Morel. Please remember to bring a plant to sell. There is no need to bring a chair on  this occasion.
Directions: From the Square, drive down van Zyl Street, passing Clementine’s Restaurant  on your left. You will come to a T-junction in front of Aspen House. Turn left  down Berg Street and go as far as the second last house on your right. There is  ample parking space. Hoping to see you all there. Kind regards, Leoné du Preez (Secretary) Tel: 058 256 1738 Cell: 082 347 1379 Fax: 086 275 6273 E-mail: leone@tiscali.co.za


EVENTS:

 

22 May  2015
Clarens Country MarketSee you from 10 am onwards
20-24 May, 2015
Marke Meyer at Robert Badenhorst Art Gallery
22nd May, 2015
Desire Crowther Art Gallery opening
22 – 24 May, 2015
Smoking Dragon – Adrenalin Festival
27th May, 2015
Clarens Garden Club meeting
9.30 am at 422 Berg Street
Speaker:  Dr Gideon Groenwald
22nd May, 2015
Marke Meyer Exhibition – Official opening by Barbie Meyer
6pm Robert Badenhorst Gallery
30 May, 2015
Opening of Madame Butterfly’s sister shop
Rosemary Centre
26-28 June 2015
Platteland Preview

Classifieds

Remember to have a look at our Classifieds page on the website, especially if you’re looking for property to let, or a new employment opportunity
Browse around – you’re bound to find something of interest.

News from the CTF

The CTF are extremely proud of what it has achieved over the last 4 years and looks forward to continuing to market this beautiful village on all platforms available to it.

There are some exciting developments and, in association with the CVC, CRA, GCCC and SPF have embraced the ‘Unity is Strength’ motto, to work together for the success and prosperity of the entire village!

A marketing strategy plan is also under development with the assistance of one of our local residents who has vast experience in the corporate marketing field.

It is evident that the most effective marketing tools at present are via the social media platforms, i.e. facebook, twitter, websites, etc. To this end, the CTF will be inviting Mr Rich Simmonds for a ‘refresher’/start-up Twitter training workshop – you will be informed as soon as a date has been confirmed. Twitter users are encouraged to keep tweeting and re-tweeting to create a twitter buzz about Clarens.

The Website will be updated and refreshed with all current members. Please ensure that your information remains current by sending regular updates to the website manager Sigal Zahavi sigalzahav@gmail.com

The educational/marketing program that proved very successful in 2012 will be re-launched for September/October 2015. This marketing drive targets the media, hospitality and travel/tour operators to come for a visit to gain some product knowledge. A mail-drop in this regard will be going out requesting participation from all local sectors, for sponsored accommodation, meals, activities, etc. The CTF will construct a jam-packed itinerary showcasing all that Clarens has on offer. The 2012 program resulted in feature articles in a number of high end magazines with a total combined value in excess of R100 000,00.

Clarens will also be present at the Getaway show at the end of August as part of the N3Gateway’s award-winning exhibition stand. These trade shows are invaluable and creates opportunities for database building while marketing Clarens, The Destination. Please indicate whether you would like to attend the show to assist with the running of the stand over the weekend of 28 – 30 August.

The CTF together with the other associations would like to embark on a ‘crew training’ program. A questionnaire is being designed for completion by willing candidates to be trained up in a variety of fields, i.e. cleaning, marshalling, waitering, guiding, recycling, etc. These candidates can then be called upon to assist at any event/function in the village. Your participation, expertise and input is vital for this to be successful.

Look forward to seeing you all on Monday the 8th of June for a glass of liquid refreshment and a snack.

Regards

Tammy

Clarens Tourism Forum

www.clarenssa.co.za

 

Cell:       082 8249365

Phone:   058 2561086

 

Clarens Ratepayers Association AGM

The Clarens’ Ratepayers’ Association will hold the 2015 Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, June 24th 2015.  The meeting will be held in the Methodist Church Hall at 4.30 p.m. prompt.

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.

We do hope you can make the time to come along.

Date:     Wednesday 24th June, 2015

Time:    4.30 p.m.

Venue: Methodist Church Hall.

Pat Raubenheimer (Mrs)

Chairperson

Clarens’ Ratepayers’ Association

Phone: 058 256-1123

Cell: 083 450-7070

email:  raubenheimer@icon.co.za

Pycnoporus sanguineus

Pycnoporus sanguineus
Greetings to all our Village plant enthusiasts. This week we’ll be looking at something a little different, a unique species of Bracket.
Pycnoporus sanguineus is not your typical plant – in fact, this bracket mushroom actually belongs to an entirely different kingdom – one that many either love or hate and is neither plant nor animal, but lies somewhere in between (scientists observe that mushrooms are more closely related to insects than plants – freaky right?)  Yes, for those of you “in-the-know”, P. sanguineus is in fact part of the Fungi kingdom.
Many refer to fungi in a very general sense as mushrooms.  But what exactly are mushrooms then, how do we differentiate between different forms of mushroom, and to top it all, is it even correct to refer to all fungi as mushrooms? Well no, and yes – confused?  While it isn’t generally incorrect to refer to fungi as mushrooms, the term is more applicable to fungi whose growth-form (physiognomy) consists of a distinct stem (stipe) with a cap (pileus) and gills (lamellae) under the cap. A good example of this are the various species of edible capped mushrooms (usually agarics) found in your local Pick ‘n Pay or Checkers. Fungi are heterotrophs (obtain food from other organisms – not unlike animals) yet have cells with cell walls (as do plants) consisting of chiton (the exoskeletons of insects) and may be classed in 1 of 2 groups – macrofungi or microfungi (microscopic i.e. invisible to the naked eye). Macrofungi differ greatly in morphology, size, colour and edibility and these characteristics are the basis of differentiating between various forms; although it is always best to consult a reputable field or pocket guide before deciding whether or not a mushroom should be handled or consumed.
Pictured above is the bracket fungus P. sanguineus, always found occurring on decomposing wood from trees such as pine. This particular specimen was found on an old and partially decayed Weeping Willow along our Spruit trail. It is widespread and inedible, although non-toxic. It is of small-medium diameter, bright orange, and is observed “fruiting” from November – April.

Uses
Throughout history, mankind have found fungi to be of great appeal. Much mystery and mythology surrounds fungi. They have found a place in children’s fairy-tales, been used to stimulate unearthly visions and often vivid hallucinations, have found their way into traditional medicines and are the basis of modern antibiotics (such as penicillin). They have been used in the production of an array of adult beverages and have been used the world over in a huge plethora of culinary masterpieces. Fungi can either be beneficial as already mentioned or be the source of acute poisoning in humans and livestock.
One particularly alien species Ophiocordyceps camponoti-rufipedis, is known to abduct carpenter ants Camponotus rufipes by rooting itself in their brain-stem, driving them into sunlight and sprouting from their heads whilst simultaneously killing the host in the process – talk about bizarre! (Don’t worry – their distribution is limited to certain tropical forests). For the most part fungi play an important ecological, cultural and spiritual role the world over.
Ecology
You’ve heard of the Food pyramid in school yes? Well fungi form the basis of this pyramid as decomposers. As implied, their primary ecological role is to decompose and restore to the earth, in basic form, all plant and sometimes animal matter; thereby facilitating the growth of new life forms. Careful examination of almost all known terrestrial biomes and ecosystems will reveal the presence of fungi of one or another form.

 

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Damien1-100x100Article and photography by Damien Coulson

Head ranger: Clarens Village Nature Reserve