Monthly Archives: September 2015

Showville – Talent competition

MEDIA RELEASE

17 September 2015

 

Fouriesburg is playing host to SABC 2’s brand new Variety Talent Show : Showville.

Everybody dreams of becoming a star and basking in their fifteen minutes of fame. Every town has a story and every town has a star. Showville is coming to town to make dreams come true.

SHOWVILLE is South Africa’s small-town variety talent competition where two iconic hosts visit a different town each week selecting four finalists whose unique performances are put to a town vote to decide who walks away with R10, 000 cash and the glory of newfound fame. People living within a 50km radius of the venue are allowed to enter the competition.

Hosting the series are two award winning performers: TV star, comedian and record-breaking winner of South Africa’s “Strictly Come Dancing” Series, Rob van Vuuren; along with dancer, choreographer, and star in local dance movie “Hear Me Move”, Bontle Modiselle. They will be spending time with each town’s short listed four finalists, mentoring and coaching them, in preparation for the big show-off talent evening.

The production will take place from Monday, 28 September to Wednesday, 30 September, with most of it being filled and playing out at the Fouriesburg Town Hall.

Day One, sees Rob and Bontle host open auditions at the Town Hall. Any and every type of performer is welcome to show their stuff and tell their story. At the end of the day, the hosts will select the four acts they feel will put on the best show for the town. These are The Finalists.

On Day Two – the Coaches mentor each finalist in preparation for the big ‘show-off’ talent evening. Filming of the finalists takes place as part of the everyday, normal lives of our finalists as they juggle to rehearse, go to work, spend time with their family and most likely, get all wound up and excited for their moment of fame. The audience will have to collect tickets to watch the Grand Finale from the Town Hall from lunch time onwards on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Day Three is the grand finale, presented at Fouriesburg Town Hall on Wednesday 30 September at 17h30, where, in front of an audience of friends, family and local community, our top four perform their acts and get voted for by their peers as the best Showvile Act of the night. The winner is awarded R10,000 and a glittering trophy signifying that they are their town’s favourite act and Showville’s Town Victor! The audience must please take note: no ticket, no entry.

The Series will be screened on SABC2 each Saturday at 20h00 from 7 November 2015.

To find out if Showville is coming to your town, please visit www.Showville.co.za

Showville is being produced as a co-production between two of Cape Town’s top TV production companies, Okuhle Media and Cooked in Africa Films.

This first series – comprising 26 one hour episodes – will see the Showville crew visiting towns in the Western Cape, Free State and Kwa-Zulu Natal. “We felt it was time to visit places that rarely receive public exposure” commented Greenland.   “The Show is intended to roll out as a nationwide talent search with the hope that our second Series for 2016 will see us travelling to Gauteng and up North.”

Cooked In Africa was Founded in 2003 and is owned and run by South African filmmakers, passionate foodie and local author, Justin Bonello and Peter Gird. Cooked in Africa Films has produced over 21 television series and delivered more than 150 hours of programming across various genres to broadcasters globally. Situated in Cape Town, South Africa, Cooked in Africa Films supports a vertical model, maintaining world class standards and ensuring a consistent and seamless delivery of content to broadcasters and clients. Cooked in Africa are well known for their shows “Ultimate Braai Master” and “Charlies Cake Angels”, their most recent venture besides Showville is the well known international format, “Undercover Boss”, all bearing testament to the company’s longevity and unrivalled ability to produce high quality and original content.

OKUHLE MEDIA is a female-owned, BEE Level 2 compliant production company, their flagship shows are Hectic Nine-9, SABC2’s daily, live youth block since 2007 and the cooking lifestyle shows, Neill Anthony, Private Chef and Sarah Graham Cooks Cape Town. Established in 2003, Okuhle Media has consistently delivered excellent production, marketing and broadcasting services resulting in local and international awards. Amongst these are the Imbongi Award for best production company in the Western Cape, the Premiers Entrepreneurship award in 2014 and a number of SAFTA awards for local and international television shows, since their inception 12 years ago.

 

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Compiled by Okuhle Media

 

For further information please contact:

 

Minke Alves – 021 486 2900 or 083 254 2063

 

24 September, 2015: Heritage Day

Heritage Day
Our Art Heritage Under Threat
Important Meeting
News from CVC and CRA
CLUNY NEWS
Equinox:
Clarens Garden Club:
Friends reopens:
More restaurant news:
Maluti Radio – Listen Live
GOLD IS THE NEW PINK
Classifieds
Contact us


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Heritage Day

We at Clarens News would like to wish all our readers a wonderful Heritage Day.   And it was with great pleasure that we managed to get this photograph of Clarens resident, Gladys, wearing this very special outfit to celebrate her heritage.


Our Art Heritage Under Threat

It’s rather ironic that proposed new legislation regarding copyright on all art in South Africa should come to our notice on Heritage Day.
News Release ( Adv. Anton Alberts)
The new Copyright Bill holds ominous consequences for all artists in South Africa and comes down to a song such as Steve Hofmeyr’s “Pampoen” will one day automatically belong to the state if the singer is no longer alive, Adv. Anton Alberts, the parliamentary spokesperson on trade and industry says. The sinister Bill was quietly published in last month’s Government Gazette. It contains various worrying aspects, of which the most important is that inheritance of copyright goes to the state. Adv. Alberts says this affects all artists such as writers, film makers, photographers, sculptors, painters, musicians etc. According to media reports today, the Bill of the department of trade and industry stipulates that ownership of all copy right after a person’s death will automatically and permanently be transferred to the state. As far as it is known there is no such rule in any country in the world. The Bill furthermore determines that the state cannot in any way give up this ownership by, for example, selling it. It is the state’s exclusive property to do with it in accordance with its own discretion. Another stipulation of the Bill is that it makes provision for an Intellectual Property Tribunal with wide-ranging powers and the establishment of a required minimum for locally produced content for the broadcasting industry. This content for public broadcasters is set at 80% while it is 60% for private broadcasters, with heavy punishment for institutions who do not adhere to it. If it realises, viewers could prepare themselves for a myriad of repeats – much more than what the case is at present. Adv. Alberts says the Bill is one of a long list of bills with a communist slant which is aimed at gaining control over everything possible to the detriment of citizens. “The FF Plus will oppose it in the parliamentary portfolio committee for trade and industry on which I serve. “We invite all artists to register their opposition by sending an e-mail to; help@vfplus.org.za with the title “Copyright” and the person’s name, surname, contact details, e-mail address and the nature of his/her industry in order that an organised campaign opposing this Bill could be launched,” Adv. Alberts said.


Important Meeting

Please see attached notice of an information session 28 September at 4pm at the Protea Hotel. The same session will be repeated on 30 September for your convenience, please choose whichever suits you best.
Come and enjoy a drink and a snack, and please spread the word. This notice will be distributed to all members under the various forums/associations in Clarens, the purpose being to reach the entire community


News from CVC and CRA

The newly formed  CRA (Clarens Ratepayers Association) management committee is:

 Chairman – Sjoerd de Boer  +27 83 646-3321 +27 58 256-1708   – deboeratlast@absamail.co.za

Chris green

Debra Stewart

Francois Schoeman

Martin Ball

Natalie Dell

Richard Beeming

Please note that all future communication regarding CRA should kindly be directed Sjoerd until further notice.

The CVC management committee has elected the office bearers for the next year as follows:

 Chairman – Santi Meintjes +27 82 925-4203 santi.mentjes@worldonline.co.za

Vice-chairman – Sherri Gersh

Secretary – Engela Wessels

Treasurer – professional to be appointed


CLUNY NEWS

Each calendar is for sale at R120.  The outlets in Clarens are Horeb Winkel and Old Stone Bottle Store, as well as at the Clarens Vet Surgery.  There are several outlets in Fouriesburg and at the Fouriesburg Vet Surgery.

The photos are taken by various photographers including Amanda van Blerk.  Lucinda Hooley contributed quotes and Amanda van Blerk arranged the printing of the calendar.

We’re also looking forward to the Cooking for Cluny event next month.   (10th October, 2015.)   And with this thought in mind, we’ve found a great video for you to watch:   Really good for a laugh!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vhg7Xm4FXAY


Equinox

Yesterday (September 23) was equinox:

The September equinox occurs the moment the Sun crosses the celestial equator – the imaginary line in the sky above the Earth’s Equator – from north to south. This happens either on September 22, 23, or 24 every year.


 

Clarens Garden Club

CLARENS GARDEN CLUB – NOTICE OF MEETING
Due to the fact that the speaker can’t come to Clarens on 23rd September, the Garden Club meeting has been moved to Wednesday the 30th and will take place at the home of Nellie Hugo. The speakers, Leon and Elise Scholtz, from the Bristle Cone Nursery in Mpumalanga will be talking about general garden matters and they will also bring some plants to sell. The catering team will be Judy Roos, Jenny Pringle and Michelle Coleman.Please remember to bring a chair and a plant to sell.

Directions: Go up Main Road past the Dutch Reformed Church and turn right into van Reenen Street which becomes le Roux Street. Go past the castle and up to The Ridge development. Drive on the tarred road taking the second turning left and you will arrive at Nellie’s home which is the first house on the left next door to the only house with a red roof. The name of the house is “Rus in Urbe”.Hoping to see you all there.


Friends reopens:

Friends are back at last.   Their kitchen it not quite ready yet, but the garden and pub are open.
HIS WEEKEND:   SLIPSTREAM will be playing on Friday and Saturday nights.


 

More restaurant news:  

LIVE MUSIC AT AMIGOS

Thursday Night     17H00 – 22H00                               Tian

Friday afternoon      14H00 – 17H00                           Deon

Friday night from         17H00 to 22H00                     Simon

Saturday Afternoon   14H00 – 17H00                       Simon

Saturday Night –        17H00 to 22H00                       Tian

 World Cup Live Rugby over five TV

Food and drink specials available

 


 

Maluti Radio – Listen Live

maluti radio

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

To see the program schedule click here 


GOLD IS THE NEW PINKFight Like a Kid

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness month – one of the Helping SA initiatives.   They have two areas of focus: Helping SA’s cancer awareness campaign and Helping SA’s Children in Need.

Click here to find out more – and to make a donation.

 

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

 

 

CRA and CVC Committee members

Clarens Ratepayers Association

Chairman – Sjoerd de Boer  +27 83 646-3321 +27 58 256-1708   – deboeratlast@absamail.co.za

Chris green

Debra Stewart

Francois Schoeman

Martin Ball

Natalie Dell

Richard Beeming

 

Please note that all future communication regarding CRA should kindly be directed Sjoerd until further notice.

 

 

The CVC management committee has elected the office bearers for the next year as follows:

 

Chairman – Santi Meintjes +27 82 925-4203 santi.mentjes@worldonline.co.za

Vice-chairman – Sherri Gersh

Secretary – Engela Wessels

Treasurer – professional to be appointed

 

10 September, 2015.

In this Issue

Bookweek
News of Clarens News
NAVIGATING THE FUTURE – COMPASS CAREER EXHIBITION SUCCESSFUL
CLUNY NEWS
Visit SanParks this week – it’s free.
Plants found in the Clarens Village Nature Reserve
Clarens on the Web
Maluti Radio – Listen Live
GOLD IS THE NEW PINK
EVENTS:
Classifieds
Contact us


Bookweek

Books are making a come back and it’s book week.  AND  we were introduced to a whole new way of sharing books this week.   Friends came to visit and left a book behind at The Clarens Country House.   When we asked about it they just smiled and said:  “We’re liberating our books, setting them free, and letting them explore the world.”
It’s a great idea – called book crossing.   Have a look at their website:http://www.bookcrossing.com/.   Now, instead of leaving all those books which you’re never going to read again in the bookshelf, you can set them free.   No more excuses not to buy books on account that you have nowhere to keep them.


 

News of Clarens News

Clarens News is growing, and so is the editorial team.   We are especially excited that Onward Mvurume has come on board.   Onward played a major role in the recently held Compass Career Exhibition held recently in Clarens.   (Read the article below.)   Clarens News is also about to launch a sister website which will be focused on bringing tourists and visitors to Clarens.   The existing website will however continue to bring you local news.   More about all of this once we have the new website up and running.   Watch this space.

 

 

 


 

NAVIGATING THE FUTURE – COMPASS CAREER EXHIBITION SUCCESSFUL

A target that is out of sight is almost a definite miss. By chance, luck or coincidence, a desired future can be met, but who wants to leave destiny to luck? As humans, we were made with a longing in us to know our future, and be able to control it. Many in this life however discover late that the life paths they have followed have not been what they really enjoy. It is a pity to find yourself stuck in a career that you do not enjoy, only to stay because of job security, or the fear of the unknown.

With this in mind we organised and held the Compass Career Exhibition at Clarens Combined School on 04 September 2015. We targeted learners in Grade 7, Grade 8 and Grade 9. We gathered organisations to exhibit and speakers to challenge the 245 learners from three schools.

We want to take this time to thank the teachers who came with 13 learners from Dihlabeng Christian School, Mrs Mofokeng who came with 32 learners from Clarens Primary School and the Clarens Combined Stuff members for helping us mobilise 200 learners from Clarens Combined School. The cooperation shown was a true desire and zeal to put a block in the building of a better South Africa, from the grassroots.  Read more


 

CLUNY NEWS

Each calendar is for sale at R120.  The outlets in Clarens are Horeb Winkel and Old Stone Bottle Store, as well as at the Clarens Vet Surgery.  There are several outlets in Fouriesburg and at the Fouriesburg Vet Surgery.

The photos are taken by various photographers including Amanda van Blerk.  Lucinda Hooley contributed quotes and Amanda van Blerk arranged the printing of the calendar.

We’re also looking forward to the Cooking for Cluny event next month.   (10th October, 2015.)   And with this thought in mind, we’ve found a great video for you to watch:   Really good for a laugh!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vhg7Xm4FXAY


Visit SanParks this week – it’s free.

 Media release:

Marakele National Park to host 2015 SA National Parks week launch

Marakele National Park situated just outside Thabazimbi, Limpopo Province will be in the spotlight as the host of this year’s launch of South African National Parks week. The event which will be officiated by the Minister of Environmental Affairs, Mrs Edna Molewa will be held on Sunday 13th September 2015.

South African National Parks (SANParks) initiated SA National Parks week in 2006 to afford South African citizens free access to all the national parks that are under its management country wide. Since its inception, National Parks Week, under the theme “Know Your National Parks” has seen well over 170 000 day visitors in all participating parks.

According to Mr Property Mokoena, General Manager of the Northern Region “Last year we saw an increased number of visitors at all our parks in the Northern Region, and we are hoping that this year will be better. Again this year we have a full program ranging from traditional dances and walking trails to keep our visitors entertained throughout the week.”

At Marakele National Park, the Minister will officially open the long awaited Bontle tented units, which are a new product SANParks is offering to its clients. This Park is home to Africa’s Big five and the largest colony of the Cape vulture.

Other Parks in the region such as Mapungubwe National Park and World Heritage Site as well as Golden Gate Highlands National Park will also be open to the public during the week. Mapungubwe situated about 70 km out of Musina remains one of the most celebrated World heritage sites and an array of activities awaits people who will visit this park during SA National Parks week. Mapungubwe hill, The Interpretation Centre and the Confluence are usually some of the highlights at this magnificent Park.

Those who wish to visit the jewel of the Free State; Golden Gate Highlands National Park can enjoy guided walks and educational tours around the Park. Visitors can also bring along picnic baskets to enjoy in the lovely sun rays whilst appreciating the scenery in this Park. “Whilst there, it will be worth your while to visit the vulture hide and make a turn at the Basotho Cultural village.” said Mr Mokoena

Access to the parks is FREE during the SA National Parks Week. Free entry excludes accommodation and any activities that people may want to participate in whilst in the park. However, all South Africans will have to produce their green bar-coded identity documents when visiting any of the parks.

Issued by: South African National Parks Northern Region Communications

Enquiries: Divhani Maremba, Regional Communications Manager on 012 426 5304, 074 588 5789, Email: divhani.maremba@sanparks.org

 


Plants found in the Clarens Village Nature Reserve

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

 

Greetings to all our enthusiastic and botanically minded villagers! This week’s PoI focuses on a herb from the Asteraceae (Daizy) family – now also known as the Compositae family.

Enter Berkheya – a genus which makes its first-time appearance in a biweekly PoI article. Berkheya cerciifolia (White Thistle-leaved Berkheya in English, Wildedissel in Afrikaans and mohata-o-mosoeu in Sesotho), is a perennial herb that often obtains a height of over 1.5m, especially in its preferred habitat atop moist grassland slopes and in close proximity to high-altitude streams. This species makes itself at home in high altitude (1800-3000m A.S.L.) areas in the Eastern Mountain Region (EMR) of the Drakensburg, where it is locally endemic.  Read more


 

Clarens on the Web

Travel Ground sent out a tweet this week highlighting an article on Clarens (which was written some time ago, using quite a lot of information on the Clarens News website.)  Click here to see it.   Unfortunately some of the info is now out of date, but it all goes to show that any information posted on the web has a very long lifespan.
We also found a very nice article on Clarens written by Jane Flowers.   Click here to read it.
All very good news for Clarens.


 

Maluti Radio – Listen Live

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

To see the program schedule click here 


 

GOLD IS THE NEW PINK

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness month – one of the Helping SA initiatives.   They have two areas of focus: Helping SA’s cancer awareness campaign and Helping SA’s Children in Need.
Click here to find out more – and to make a donation.


 

 

EVENTS:

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

11 September, 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.


 

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

Berkheya cerciifolia

Berkhaya cercifoliaGreetings to all our enthusiastic and botanically minded villagers! This week’s PoI focuses on a herb from the Asteraceae (Daizy) family – now also known as the Compositae family.

Enter Berkheya – a genus which makes its first-time appearance in a biweekly PoI article. Berkheya cerciifolia (White Thistle-leaved Berkheya in English, Wildedissel in Afrikaans and mohata-o-mosoeu in Sesotho), is a perennial herb that often obtains a height of over 1.5m, especially in its preferred habitat atop moist grassland slopes and in close proximity to high-altitude streams. This species makes itself at home in high altitude (1800-3000m A.S.L.) areas in the Eastern Mountain Region (EMR) of the Drakensburg, where it is locally endemic.

This lone specimen was observed in close proximity to a waterfall that intersects our newly built Caracal Contour Cycle trail. It may not be graceful but it certainly won’t be messed with and its spiny growth form is certainly worthy of our interest.

The leaves of B. cerciifolia are of 2 forms: basal – measuring up to 300X80mm, white-felted beneath with deeply lobed and sharply toothed margins; and upper leaves which are directly attached to the stem, broad nearest the stem, and resembling spiny bat-wings. The stem by contrast, is slightly silky – yet firm – to the touch. The flowerheads are comparatively large, measuring up to 80mm across. The sterile ray florets are usually white but may be a light yellow; whereas the disk florets are always yellow. The bracts surrounding the flowerhead resemble small leaves, measuring 10mm wide, and complete with spines of half – equal length. Flowering occurs from Jan – March, so you’ve (regrettably) got a little waiting to do. Uses:

Medicinal

Many species of the genus Berkheya are known to have medicinal properties; although very little research has been done on B. cerciifolia in particular.

Ecology

This species is both a pioneer of recently disturbed veld (secondary succession), and serves to stabilise the soil structure of newly colonised areas (primary succession), thus facilitating an eventual progression to the next ecological stage in succession.

Conservation Status

cerciifolia is listed as of Least Concern according to the SANBI database.

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