Monthly Archives: August 2015

28 August, 2015: Spring

In this Issue

Spring
Gateway Show
Community News from Clarens Chamber of Commerce
Dinosaur Interpretation Centre
Plants found in the Clarens Village Nature Reserve
CVC, CFA, CRA AGM Feedback
COMPASS – Responding to a Need
Dihlabeng Christian School update
Maluti Radio – Listen Live
EVENTS:
Classifieds
Contact us


Apple IMG_0989Spring

Spring is here, and nature appears to add more decorative blossoms and shades of green to the Clarens landscape every day.   Accuweather forecasts plenty of sunshine for the week ahead – with perhaps a shower on Tuesday.   It’s tempting to pack away all those winter duvets, but, long-time Clarens residents warn that we usually have a cold snap sometime in September.   Of course, spring is traditionally a time to spring clean – and also to start thinking about your diet and all those lovely spring salad vegetables……but as always, there’s always a downside to everything.   Someone recently sent me an article on how useless lettuce is from a nutritional point of view.   Click here if you really, really, want to read it…..or if you’re looking for an excuse to just bring out the braai and forget about the salad.


Gateway Show

Thanks to hard working members of the Clarens Tourism Forum, Clarens is THERE.


Community News from Clarens Chamber of Commerce

Update on the Postbox situation

Carl Swerts got the following information from the branch manager of SAPO Bethlehem. SAPO will send a vehicle from Bethlehem every day with mail which will be either placed in the boxes, or delivered to a street address by their employees.
Bruce Marx has agreed that the post boxes will remain where they are until 30 November where after they will be moved to another site and serviced in the same manner. (It’s not Bruce’s responsibility to move them, it’s SAPO’s). The exact site is unknown at this stage. This vehicle travelling daily is a temporary measure; SAPO is planning to operate via  a Regional Post Office Agency which a privately owned business fulfilling certain functions for SAPO. Anyone interested in this business opportunity should contact the Chamber of Commercia via clarenschamber@gmail.com for details.


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). A Basic Assessment process is being undertaken for the above project. The date of placement of this notice is 5 September 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: 086 601 7507 or Email: adel@enviroworks.co.za.
5. 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 orbefore 5 October 2015.


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, the Leguminosae (Legume or Pea family).
Tephrosia diffusa (Creeping Tephrosia in English, Visboointjie in Afrikaans) is a herbaceous perennial which, as its common name suggests, is a creeping wildflower. It tends to form relatively thick carpets in grassveld, usually in close proximity to water and rocky outcrops. T. diffusa is distributed from the Eastern Cape right through to KZN at altitudes of up to 1950 m A.S.L.    Read more

 

 


CVC, CFA, CRA AGM Feedback

The CVC,CFA, CRA AGM was held on Wednesday 19 August 2015 and about 40 people attended. New volunteers were announced for the CRA committee and their names will be announced by the CRA in due course. Rodney Wainwright gave feedback on the activities and achievements of the CVC over the past year, and is now stepping down as chairman of the CVC. The new commitee, as approved by the AGM, consists of Sjoerd de Boer, Lothar Vogl, Francois Schoeman, Niki Roy, Sherri Gersh, Santi Meintjes and Engela Wessels. The four rangers and Evon Els (recycling) are not officially committee members but do attend and report back at committee meetings. The office bearers will, by request of the AGM, be elected by the committee themselves, and will be announced as soos as done. Rodney also gave an overview about the activies of the CFA, and shared some challenges that are facing them in the year ahead. The AGM approved a change in  membership fees (combined for the 3 organisations) from 1 January 2016: R1000.00 per year if you pay in a lump sum, R100.00 per month if you pay by monthly stop order or monthly EFT (membership is per household, not per person). Pensioners are welcome to approach the committee for negotiations about reduced fees, but there is no general reduction applicable. Please support these three organisations so that Clarens remains the leisure destination of choice in the eastern Free State.


COMPASS – Responding to a Need

Onward Mvarume is an inspiration to us all.   In response to seeing the great need amongst the young people in our community he has organised a career exhibition which is to be held at the Clarens Combined School on 4th September.

After working as a volunteer teacher at Clarens Combined School from February 2015 to May 2015, I have seen the need for learners to be guided career wise. The majority of learners have no idea of the relationship between what they are learning and the careers they may want to pursue. Of those that seem to be serious with their studies, quite many of them have not decided on what they will pursue, in relation to their gifts and inner interests.

Another challenge that I have discovered is that the young people around Clarens lack exposure since Clarens is a small-rural-tourist-resort-town. Many are growing up with no ambition at all, and of those who are sometimes ambitious many are discouraged by grown-ups who have not seen anything better.

We have thus created S.H.A.P.E. to Share information, Help dreamers, Administer projects, Pioneer ventures, and Equip this generation and generation-next to benefit humanity.   Onward Mvarume.
Click here  to see the Program and list of exhibitors


Dihlabeng Christian School update

We are happy to inform our readers that Dihlabeng Christian School have managed to find someone for the post we advertised in our last newsletter.   They’ve also sent us their latest informative and interesting newsletter.
Click here to read it.
You can also find out more about the school by visiting their page on the Clarens News website.


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

29 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.
28-30 August 2015
Getaway Show
Clarens is being ably represented by members of the CTF this weekend.
31 August 2015
Spring Dressup Party 
31 August, 2015
Klopse
Klopse will be welcoming Debra Stewart for an enlightening talk: Hours in a Bookshop. She will be touching on a little bit of history/philosophy – all stemming from her experience of selling books at the Bibliophile – a very special bookshop.
6 September, 2015
MacNollie – hosted by SPF

 


 

Classifieds

Remember to have a look at our Classifieds page on the website:  especiall y if you’re looking for an employment opportunity :   Clarens Brewery is looking for awesome people to join their energetic team. If you’re personable, chatty, human-and-dog loving, check out the vacancies on the website www.clarensbrewery.co.za

Browse around – you’re bound to find something of interest.


 

Contact us

email:  editor@clarensnews.co.za

 

Tephrosia diffusa

Tilandsia
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, the Leguminosae (Legume or Pea family).

Tephrosia diffusa (Creeping Tephrosia in English, Visboointjie in Afrikaans) is a herbaceous perennial which, as its common name suggests, is a creeping wildflower. It tends to form relatively thick carpets in grassveld, usually in close proximity to water and rocky outcrops. T. diffusa is distributed from the Eastern Cape right through to KZN at altitudes of up to 1950 m A.S.L.
The genus name Tephrosia is derived from the Greek tephros (Ashen), most likely in reference to the grey-green or silvery green shade of the leaves of various species of the genus. The species name diffusa means diffuse and refers to the trailing nature of this species.

The pinnate leaflets occur in either pairs of 2-3 and are elliptic – oblong, measuring from 8-20mm long by 3-6 mm wide. The many-veined leaflets are prominent and large oval stipules are present. The inflorescence is an apical raceme and the flowers (15-20mm) are a brilliant pink, occurring on long stalks. Flowering occurs from October – May. Uses:

Traditional

T, diffusa has many traditional uses, including treatment of a wide range of ailments including chest ailments, fevers, lice and even internal parasites.

Pesticide

The roots of this otherwise innocent seeming plant were once used as a form of fish poison.

Gardening

The creeping nature of this species makes for good groundcover, is attractive, and as with all legumes, is a great way to naturally add nitrates to the soil.

Conservation Status

The conservation status of T. diffusa, according to SANBI is listed as of Least Concern (LC ).

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

 

 

 

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

Indigofera dimidiata

Indigofera 1 Indigofera 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 an attractive plant family, the Leguminosae – formerly Fabaceae (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.

The leaves of I. dimidiata are small, (approx 30X10mm), trifoliolate, grey-green and sparsely hairy and are purched apon stalks of between 10-20mm, arising from a stem of 100-250mm in length.  Stipules of up to 4mm wide can be observed at the base of the petiole. The inflorescense is in terminal racemes and are very compact, whilst the tiny flowers (around 5mm) are light-deep pink, forming between Sept and Feb. Uses:

Traditional

Used medicinally to treat fevers and also used in funeral ceremonies. I. dimidiata is said to bring about good fortune to the wearer who uses it as a charm.

Gardening

This species of Indigofera may be small, but they still make for an attractive horticultural ornamental.

Ecology

Flowers of this species are pollinated by bees, butterflies and long-tongue flies.

Conservation status

I. dimidiata 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