Monthly Archives: November 2015

Iphahamiseng Construction and Multipurpose Cooperative

Raising a self-sustaining community.

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A community that is self sustaining is well positioned for great development. “Raise yourself ” is the literal translation of the sotho term Iphahamiseng. Registered in 2010, the cooperative has already equipped and transformed lives. An hour with John Mondi, the Coordinator of Iphahamiseng gave birth to this article.

The old adage can be used here with no apologies, ” Give a man a fish and you will have to feed that man the rest of your life. Teach a man to fish and he will feed his own family!” The work that Iphahamiseng has done and continues to do is commendable. This is a for-profit organisation, with the community at heart. The cooperative trains anyone from the community to use their hands to make a living, for free. After gaining skills, any beneficiary can get employment in other companies or organisations that do work related to the skills acquired. The cooperative deals a lot with construction, and has many other facets where anyone and everyone looking for a livelihood can fit.

STEELWORKS

Fencing, buglar bars, security doors and gates, steel frames, artistic flower stands, flamboyant steel frames, …you can name it. Steelworks is like a daily bread to the men and youths at Iphahamiseng. To prove its worth, the cooperative was given a tender to do the steelwork at Clarens Primary School as the school is being taken to another dimension. That is a great achievement for a child born in 2010. All over Clarens and in establishments close to Clarens the cooperative has also been involved in fencing and other construction works.

The cooperative has personnel well trained to do paving works.

AGRICULTURE

Iphahamiseng is not only focused on the male gender. A number of ladies are doing a great work to feed their families and the community with fresh agricultural produce. They are also supplying restaurants in town with fresh vegetables. Amigos restaurant can testify to this.

Using the tunnel that was established by Trans-Caledon Tunnel Authority (TCTA) for the cooperative, different types of greens are being farmed all year round. When I visited the site, next to the Recycling Centre, I saw a good establishment of green beans, spinach, carrots, onions and tomatoes. I am an eyewitness to this, healthy eating is being advocated by this department, under the Iphahamiseng umbrella.

TCTA did not only donate the tunnel, it also helped in the establishment of a chicken project. A fowl run was thus built near the site of the tunnel. The fowl run is however not functional at the moment but plans to bring it into motion are on the cards.

Mamonini Semase is the Supervisor at the Agricultural site.

FREE SKILLS TRAINING
As I mentioned earlier, the cooperative offers skills development courses to the community for free. Anyone from the community can be trained to work with steel. Up to seven people can be trained at any given point, and the training takes four months. After the training, the beneficiary is given a cetificate that shows the skills attained. They can also be helped to look for jobs in other establishments.

The trainees are first taught how to work with meaurements. From there they are exposed to different types of machines, maintainence, safety precautions and how to use them. After showing an understanding of the machines and welding, the trainees are then given tasks to work on. One task after the other is given until one can work on a variety of jobs.

For more information on Iphahamiseng follow them on twitter @iphahamiseng

Onward 2Article by Onward Blessing Mvurume

November, 2015

One Land Love It Expedition

One Land Expedition

South African National Parks(SANParks) Honorary Ranger Mr Wayne Bolton is off to an adventure of  life time . Cycling through all National Parks in the country to raise funds for Rhino Poaching.

The expedition starts on the 28th November 2015 at Pafuri gate and he will do proceed to two national Parks that are in Limpopo Province, namely Mapungubwe National Park &World Heritage Site as well as Marakele National Park.. He will them proceed to Golden Gate Highlands National Park which is in the Eastern Free State …then off to the rest of the national parks with his ultimate destination in February 2016 at Addo Elephant National Park… When he arrives at each  gate, Park Management will meet him and sign a scroll in support of the anti-poaching campaign.

Wayne is scheduled to reach The Golden Gate on 15th December, 2015.   He will be cycling from Bethlehem to Golden Gate, and then on to Ficksburg.

www Wayne Bolton Website http://www.oneland.co.za/
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    – See more at: http://www.awesomesouthafricans.co.za/wayne-bolton/#sthash.2CqIytLM.dpuf

 

Clarens has Talent

CLARENS HAS GOT TALENT!

Working with the youths on almost a daily basis has made me see the eagerness that many youths have to have their talents exposed and appreciated. Clarens is not only the jewel of Freestate when we talk about its blessedness in relief splendour and classy hospitality, a generation of talented youths is also rising. In this wake, Dihlabeng Christian Church Youth Group has organised a platform for ‘Clarenites’ to show their talents.

The Dihlabeng Christian Church Youths will be going for a Camp from 06 January 2016. This type of camp has become an annual happenning. It helps youths to focus on being the best in the year ahead. The more focused youths a commmunity has, the more the potential it has to develop. These camps are normally paid for to attend. For 2016, the organisers are focusing on taking as many youths to the camp as never before. They thus do not want the camp antendees to be burdened by paying exorbitant fees to attend. This has made them to come up with this afundraising Talent-Show. All the funds to be raised on this day will go towards the January 2016 camp.

The Talent-Show will be held onn Wednesday 09 December 2015 at Dihlabeng Christian Church, from 17h00.

I can see two birds being hit by one stone here. First, the Talent-Show is a platform for the exposure of the talents embedded in Clarens. Secondly, the Talent-Show is a fundraising for a Camp that will change the lives of a sizable number of youths in our community. This is not a business, but an input into the development of minds and talents. One man once said,”The future of a forest lies in a seed.”. This is a plaform for the birth of a great forest, a great community.

OnwardArticle by Onward Mvurume

November, 2015

 

Interesting news for Clarens restaurants.

Tunnel WP_20151119_001#1An enterprising man, Teboho, has taken control of one of the tunnels next to the recycling shed. Under Evon’s guidance he has planted Beetroot, carrots, celery, basil, spinach and tomatoes (the tomatoes will be ready in approximately a month.)  Great news for local restaurants who want garden to table vegetables on their menus.

16 Days of Activisim 2015

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Violence should not at any point be tolerated. In all its forms it is an evil beast. Every year the need to concientize communities about the need to stop it continues to escalate. This year the 16 Days of Activism are going to be from the 25th of November to the 10th of December. As a way of campaigning to stop violence against WOMEN and CHILDREN, Phaphama Youth Development is working hand in hand with the Police to organise activities that will take place from the 25th of this month to the 10th of December.

The aim of all the activities is to open the eyes of our generation to fight against all forms of violence. Schools and the general community will get informed from the marches and gatherings that are going to take place. Mojalefa and Leralla schools are also going to be part of these campaigns. There is a great need for the farm communities to get to know their rights and fight against violence and abuse. That has made the organisers see a need to run the campaigns at 2 farms on the 7th and 8th of December.

On 25 November there will be a March as we start these campaigns and on the last day, the 10th of December there will be another march.

The community, all schools, civil society, the business sector and NGOs are being invited to take part in these campaigns.

TOGETHER WE CAN BUILD A PEACEFUL PRODUCTIVE SOUTH AFRICA!!! SAY NO TO WOMEN AND CHILDREN ABUSE!!!

To be part of it join the events as they come. You can also get hold of Mr Onward Blessing Mvurume on 073 054 3145 or Constable Mlangeni on 073 720 8483. A united voice makes more impact. Kgubetswana needs to raise its voice against violence and the time is now!

Onward 2Article by Onward Mvurume

November, 2015

Proposed Development of Dinosaur Interpretation Centre

Dear Clarens,

 

RE: NOTIFICATION OF ENVIRONMENTAL AUTHORISATION: PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT OF A DINOSAUR INTERPRETATION CENTRE WITHIN GOLDEN GATE HIGHLANDS NATIONAL PARK, FREE STATE PROVINCE DEA REFERENCE: 14/12/16/3/3/1/1468

 

On behalf of the Clarens Village Conservation, you are hereby informed that the Department of Environmental Affairs granted environmental authorisation on 26 October 2015 for the above mentioned project, in terms of the National Environmental Management Act, 1998 (Act No.107 of 1998) and the Environmental Impact Assessment Regulations, 2014.

A copy of the Environmental Authorisation (EA) is included in this notification.  A copy of the EA may also be downloaded from the website www.enviroworks.co.za/projectdownloads.php, or alternatively contact Enviroworks.

 

Please see attached letter explaining the Appeals Procedure.

 

We trust you find this in order and thank you for your participation on this project.

Sincerely,

Melisna Grobler

Communications Coordinator

T: 078 486 5729

B.A (Hons) HRM

Dinosaurs put Clarens in the News

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The remains of the largest dinosaurs to ever be found on South African soil were revealed at the Wits University Origins Centre on Tuesday.

Dr Jonah Choineire, a senior researcher at the Evolutionary Studies Institute, said the remains of the plant-eating creature were found between the border of Lesotho and South Africa just outside of Clarens.

“For those of you that know T-Rex, it was about 50% heavier than T-Rex,” he said.

The dinosaur, which is yet to be named, was estimated to have weighed about 14 tons.

Over the years, only several parts of the species, which is currently nicknamed the “Highland Giant”, have been found.

To date, the greatest part of the Highland Giant to be discovered was a thigh-bone.

A complete femur of the Highland Giant would measure a metre long.

Choineire said over the years a large ulna, vertebrae and claw pieces belonging to the animal have also been found.

“This is the stuff we haven’t published yet and it will be coming out in a year or two,” he said.

He said the discovery of all the bones was due to the work of hundreds of people, including students.

Coinciding with the Unesco World Science Day for Peace and Development, the Wits Department of Science and Technology also launched an educational poster-artwork by geo-artist Maggie Newsman.

The poster depicted South Africa over 200-million years ago when the continents were splitting apart and early dinosaurs roamed the earth.

Choineire said the poster would show young learners that South Africa was a land which was rich with dinosaurs.

“And we hope that it will get them excited about studying the science behind South Africa’s incredible palaeosciences heritage,” he said.

Source: News24

 

This news, I’m sure, will bring many visitor to Clarens once the Dinosaur Interpretation Centre within Golden Gate Highlands National Park, has been established.    Good news is that the Department of Environmetal Affairs granted environmental authorisation for this project on 26 October, 2015.      (See the notice posted by the Clarens Community Forum)

News from the Recycling Centre

RecyclingClarens can be extremely proud of our Recycling Centre. Not only does the Recycling Centre keep our town clean on a day-to-day basis, but they all stepped up to ensure that the town stayed clean throughout the recent BMW Motorrad weekend. They swept, cleaned toilets, tidied and cleaned the square, stage, showrooms and surrounds, collected 1.5 tonnes of recylable material and even food for the township pigs. What’s more they paid out more than R10,000 in wages to the casual labourers from the township who helped with this huge operation. WOW!!!!

Evon Els (who runs the Recycling Centre under the umbrella of the Clarens Village Conservancy) sent in the following report:

The Recycling Centre was asked by Dr Clean from Johannesburg to do the cleaning for the BMW Motorrad week held in Clarens. We started on Tuesday 3/11/2015 and were the last to leave the square on Wednesday 11/11/2015.

I spread the news that I need people to work as cleaners on the square and they had to come down to the recycling centre to fill in application forms. It was a shock to see how many people are actually looking for work but I could only take on the first ones to apply. (It felt really awful having to turn the others away.)

I had 29 people from our Township working shifts from 08h00 until 17h00 during week days and during the weekend our shifts ran to 23h00. A total amount of R10 305.00 was paid out in wages to the people.

All workers got uniforms and caps from Dr Clean and they looked very professional.

We cleaned 77 drums (and by continually putting clean bags into the drum we could ensure that they never became full); 27 toilets, the beer tent, VIP tent,food preparation tent, tables and chairs, the stage and backstage area, the showroom and entrance, all the exhibitor tents, as well as the square itself, and the surrounding streets. We collected everything – recycling as well as food and rubbish. The food was in separate bags and I dropped it off at the pig owners down at the recycling yard. In total I collected 1.5 tonnes of recycling material. The non recyclable material was almost non existent as all food stalls used recyclable material.

This really was a magnificent effort.   All those who are already members of the Clarens Village Conservancy can give themselves a pat on the back.   Those of you who haven’t signed up as members yet click here for your membership application form.

Click here to learn more about the Clarens Village Conservancy

 

Clarens Water Update

Dear Clarens,

As you all are no doubt aware, the entire country is experiencing a drought. Water shedding and water restrictions are being implemented in many municipalities.

Clarens ordinarily draws its water from the Klein Caledon river, which has now run dry. We do, however, have access to the Katse Dam water tunnels. We have been getting our water from this tunnel for the last six weeks. This is very advantageous to us as a community.

However, please be aware that water is a very scarce resource and whilst we are very fortunate to have access to this water, we need to be water wise to avoid possible restrictions in the future.

We do understand that use of the water from the Katse Dam may attract additional costs, but are unable to quantify this at this time.

Sincerely,

Melisna Grobler

Communications Coordinator

B.A (Hons) HRM

Meteor Showers for November

Meteor Showers for November

November 12 @ 8:00 pmNovember 25 @ 5:00 am

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According to the latest newsletter from Wits Planetarium night sky watchers are in for a treat this month.

Meteor Shower

November is time again for the annual Leonids Meteor Shower. As the name suggests the radian comes from the constellation of Leo the lion. The parent comet for this shower is Comet 55P/Temple-Tuttle, independently discovered by Ernest Temple (Dec 1865) and Horace Tuttle (Jan 1866). Comet Temple-Tuttle orbits the Sun every 33 years with its last appearance in 1998.

The shower runs from about 12 November – 25 November with the peak predicted on the morning of 17 November. We might see about 20 meteors and hour. The best time to view the Leonids is from 3am – 4am, looking in a North Easterly direction.

Moon Phases

Last Quarter: 3 Nov

New Moon: 11 Nov

First Quarter: 19 Nov

Full Moon: 26 Nov

Planets:

Saturn remains to be the only planet visible in the early evening sky in the constellation of the scorpion. In the beginning of the month Saturn sets by 8pm, but by mid-month it will be in the glare on the Sun.

Jupiter, Venus and Mars continue to give us a nice show in the pre-dawn sky.

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Two Minutes of Silence

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Did you know that the two minutes silence and its association to Armistice Day (or 11/11) Remembrance has a South African origin?

Read on and learn a little why South Africans should stand proud of what they have given the world – and on Remembrance Sunday and on Armistice day in November – when the western world stands silent in remembrance for two minutes – take heart that this entire ceremony has South African roots.

At 05.30 in the morning of 11 November 1918 the Germans signed the Armistice Agreement in a remote railway siding in the heart of the forest of Compiègne. Soon wires were humming with the message : ‘Hostilities will cease at 11.00 today November 11th. Troops will stand fast on the line reached at that hour…’.Thus, at 11.00 on 11 November 1918 the guns on the Western Front in France and Flanders fell silent after more than four years of continuous warfare, warfare that had witnessed the most horrific casualties. World War One (then known as the Great War) had ended.

The time and date attained an important significance in the post war years and the moment that hostilities ceased became universally associated with the remembrance of those that died in that and subsequent wars and conflicts. The Two Minutes silence to remember all who paid the supreme sacrifice was a result of this expression… and it all began in Cape Town, South Africa.

When the first casualty lists recording the horrific loss of life in the Battles of the Somme were announced in Cape Town, Mr JA Eagar, a Cape Town businessman, suggested that the congregation of the church he attended observe a special silent pause to remember those in the South African casualty list. It was the church also attended by Sir Percy Fitzpatrick. In May 1918, the Mayor of Cape Town, Councillor H Hands (later Sir Harry Hands) at the suggestion made by Mr. RR Brydon, a city councillor, in a letter to the Cape Times initiated a period of silence to remember the events unfolding on the battlefields of Europe and the sacrifices being made there. Mr Brydon’s son, Maj Walter Brydon, three times wounded and once gassed, was killed on 12 April 1918.

The pause would follow the firing of the Noon Gun, the most audible signal with which to co-ordinate the event across the city of Cape Town. The boom of the gun for the midday pause of three minutes for the first time on 14 May 1918 became the signal for all activity in the Mother City to come to a halt. Everything came to a dead stop while everyone bowed their heads in silent prayer for those in the trenches in Flanders.

As soon as the city fell silent, a trumpeter on the balcony of the Fletcher and Cartwright’s Building on the corner of Adderley and Darling Streets sounded the Last Post, the melancholy strains of which reverberated through the city. Reveille was played at the end of the midday pause.

Articles in the newspapers described how trams, taxis and private vehicles stopped, pedestrians came to a halt and most men bared their heads. People stopped what they were doing at their places of work and sat or stood silently. The result of the Mayor’s appeal exceeded all expectations. One journalist described a young woman dressed in black, who came to a halt on the pavement and furtively dabbed at her eyes with a handkerchief. “One could not but wonder what personal interest she had in the act of remembrance”, he wrote.

A few days later Sir Harry, whose son, Capt Richard Hands, a member of ‘Brydon’s Battery’, had been mortally wounded in the same battle in which Maj Brydon had been killed, decided to shorten the duration of the pause to two minutes, “in order to better retain its hold on the people”.

In terms of the meaning of “two minutes” it was also argued that the first minute is for thanksgiving for those that survived and the second is to remember the fallen.

The midday pause continued daily in Cape Town and was last observed on 17 January 1919, but was revived in Cape Town during the Second World War. It had, however, become a pause throughout the British Commonwealth from 11 November 1919.

Sir Percy Fitzpatrick, author of the book Jock of the Bushveld, had been impressed by the period of silence kept in his local church after the horrific loss of life at Delville Wood became known and the casualty lists had been read out. He had a personal interest in the daily remembrance as his son, Maj Nugent Fitzpatrick, battery commander of 71st Siege Battery, was killed on 14 December 1917 by a chance shell fired at long range. Sir Percy was understandably deeply affected by the loss of his favourite son and was also so moved by the dignity and effectiveness of the two minute pause in Cape Town that the date and time of the Armistice inspired him to an annual commemoration on an Imperial basis.

Sir Fitzpatrick then wrote to King George and it was accepted and implemented by Royal decree. On 27 October 1919, a suggestion from Fitzpatrick for a moment of silence to be observed annually on 11 November, in honour of the dead of World War I, was forwarded to George V, then King of the United Kingdom, who on 7 November 1919, proclaimed “that at the hour when the Armistice came into force, the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, there may be for the brief space of two minutes a complete suspension of all our normal activities … so that in perfect stillness, the thoughts of everyone may be concentrated on reverent remembrance of the glorious dead.” 11 November was the date in 1918 that the formal end of combat occurred to end WWI. Fitzpatrick was thanked for his suggestion of the two minute silence by Lord Stamfordham, the King’s Private Secretary who wrote:

Dear Sir Percy,
The King, who learns that you are shortly to leave for South Africa, desires me to assure you that he ever gratefully remembers that the idea of the Two Minute Pause on Armistice Day was due to your initiation, a suggestion readily adopted and carried out with heartfelt sympathy throughout the Empire.
Signed Stamfordham

Story for the South African Legion by Peter Dickens

 

Newsletter: 11 November 2015

As you can see The Clarens News has a new look.   The idea is that we’ll be able to post updated news as and when we get it.   I know that many of you love the emailed newsletters – but – unfortunately they are not only extremely time-consuming to put together and post out, but very often they are out-of-date within hours of going out.  Clarens is, after all, a busy town, and there’s always something interesting happening.   It is hoped that most of you are now following us on facebook.   Our facebook page is updated regularly, and we are slowly managing to build an awesome team of Clarenites who regularly post on our behalf.   Naturally, there must be times when you also want to say something, in which case join the Clarens News Group on facebook.   Here, everyone is welcome to have their say, provided of course that we all stay civilized and friendly.   (No politics, personal wars, foul language etc. etc. etc., … I’m sure you get the drift.)

Clarens News is first and foremost about Clarens and everyone who lives here.   We will soon be launching another website which is directed more toward people who want to visit Clarens.   We are looking forward to introducing the new website soon.  It’s in it’s final design stages and our website designers are hoping that we will be able to go live before the end of the year.

Reminder from Clarens Tourism Forum

Dear Clarens,

On behalf of the Clarens Tourism Forum, we would like to send out a friendly reminder to all.

The attached visitor map and registration forms include all the  2016 membership benefits, kindly submit your applications.

Sincerely,

Melisna Grobler

Communications Coordinator

B.A (Hons) HRM

Click here for visitor map

Click here for Membership form

Click here for more information on The Clarens Tourism Forum

Opuntia ficus-indica

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Greetings to all our Village plant enthusiasts.  This week we’ll be looking at an alien member of the Cactaceae (Cactus family): Opuntia ficus-indica.

Opuntia ficus-indica (Sweet Prickly-pear in English, Truksvye in Afrikaans, Terofeiye in Sesotho) is an invasive weed (Category 1) that obtains a height of around 5m as a shrub and occurs throughout much of South Africa. It was originally introduced from Mexico to act as natural hedges in biological cattle kraals. The fruit of which is also a tasty treat – especially when eaten cold – beware those fine hairs though which itch like mad when they get into your skin.

The flower pictured here was photographed opposite the old Post Office. As a Category 1 weed its control, removal or destruction if possible is mandatory. No trade or planting of prickly pear is allowed, with the exception of the fruit if used for non-commercial human consumption.

The leaves are large; succulent; broadly obovate and flat, the stems woody. The stems are sub-divided into flattened, narrow, elliptical segments that are green but covered with a waxy layer. Small bristles protrude from the leaves in clusters. The fruit are roughly egg shaped, and like the leaves – are covered in clusters of fine bristles. Flowers are yellow-orange and measure around 50mm across. Flowering October – December. Uses:

Commercial products

Extracts of O. ficus-indica have been used in jellies, candies, teas, and alcoholic drinks.

Medicinal

This invasive has been used in the treatment of type 2 diabetes, inflammation, ulcers and the treatment of first degree burns.

Ecology

Invasive weed. Removal is mandatory if at all possible. The fruit is a favourite of birds, mammals and humans. Pollinated by bees and butterflies.

Conservation Status

Naturalised invasives are not defined under the SANBI National Red List categories.

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

Click here for more information on the Clarens Village Nature Reserve

 

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Head ranger: Clarens Village Nature Reserve

 

 

Municipal billing glitches

Dear Members,

The Clarens Ratepayer Association is aware of the current municipal billing glitches. If you are experiencing the same issue, kindly forward your name & Dihlabeng account number to us for investigation.

Sincerely,

Melisna Grobler

Communications Coordinator

B.A (Hons) HRM

The Twitcher returns

THE TWITCHER RETURNS, AS THE ACTRESS SAID TO THE BISHOP…………..

Nothing is more calculated to drag the Twitcher out of retirement and away from Robert’s book of dead birds than German engineering at its most advanced. And I’m not talking here about the Mark 46 Panzer Tank (did I promise we wouldn’t mention the war?) but rather the elegance of two wheels travelling at 340km per hour between Clarens and Fouriesburg in rush-hour traffic.

As the actress said to the Bishop, nothing heats my seat like 1200 cubic centimetres throbbing between my legs. Speaking personally I rather like a 46 F-cup in slinky leather, but that’s just me. Point is that the golden-fingered engineers of Germany’s Federal Republic have contributed the raw material for a festival of note on the greening square of Clarens. Yes, the BMW Motorrad has arrived and overwhelmed us with showmanship, professionalism and shiny objects that travel at something approaching the speed of sound.

I find it hard to believe that simple human beings, even Bavarians, can twist metal into shapes that defy gravity and spray-paint them in such delicious colours. That might be the cocktails talking but never have motorbikes been so much fun, or looked so good (sorry Harley).

There is no way of calculating the fiscal benefits of the BMW event to Clarens but it is reasonable to suppose that the two or three thousand bikers here this weekend will return with family and friends in the next 6 months. And as the actress (also) said to the Bishop, it’s not the instant gratification that counts but the long-term satisfaction. Put that equation on top of steady growth in the town’s business fortunes and you have what one might call a no-brainer. There will of course be some villagers who resent the noise and the disturbance of their autumn years, but they are not likely to be dependent on the town’s business for their income. By contrast, guest houses, shops, restaurants and pubs might have a more benevolent view as the wider economy (and rugby fortunes) of SA goes south.

With hindsight wisdom, some locals might even admit to doubting the success and knock-on effects of the annual Beer Festival, now 5 years old and still going like a train. There is not a business in Clarens that has not benefited incalculably from this beer festival and the same, for better or worse, is likely to be said for the BMW Motorrad. Assuming it survives the Mother Grundy’s and becomes an annual event of course. And assuming BMW replants the square with lush green grass and puts the baby birds back into their nests.

Like most innovative events, the Motorrad will have its champions and detractors. Speaking personally, I haven’t had so much fun since I stalked Bigfoot on the mountains or crossed ducks with Guinea fowl to improve the flavour of my lonely stew. I have sympathy with villagers whose insomnia has suffered at the hands (guitars?) of young men in cotton vests or stunt riders whose tyre tracks have carved their way into our hearts and roads. But spare a thought for the traders of the town whose fortunes may yet hang by a thread if we don’t sustain our growth.

If all else fails, Hobhouse beckons those who feel overwhelmed by this intrusion. Just think, you could sell your house in Clarens and buy eight houses, a deceased hotel and a railway station with the proceeds, in that gentle town. And if you do decide to colonise the little town to the south, it is extremely unlikely that breweries or BMWs will come calling to spoil what remains of your visit to this planet.

The Twitcher

Clarens Combined School – Awareness

Great work being done by the Police, Phaphama Youth Development Child and Youth Care workers and Tsepong Care workers. From Wednesday the 4th of November 2015 to Friday the 6th, Constable Mlangeni from Clarens Police Station worked hand in glove with Pinkie Mashinini, Mamoqebelo Mokoena, Ntaoleng Motloung, Neo Motsoeneng Rosa, Emily Nkosinkulu, Thabiso Mokebe, Mphikeleli Ncala, Tona, Sibongile Matches, Ouma, and Nometi to raise awareness at Clarens Combined School. They worked with Grade 5 to Grade 9 classes. Topics covered include: Teenage Pregnancy, Drug Abuse, Human Rights and Sexual Offense and Bullying. Here is their work in pictures.

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Onward 2Posted to Clarens News facebook page 6.11.2015

by Onward Blessing Mvurume

 

BMW Motorrad Days Programme of Events

BMW MOTORRAD DAYS PROGRAMME OF EVENTS

 FRIDAY.
TIME ACTIVITY LOCATION
08:00 – 17:00  Test rides and Enduro Park open Daily
10:00 – 22:00  All exhibition areas and tents open Main Square
10:00  Main Square opens to public Main Square
MC Welcome Main Stage
10:00 – 11:00  Bon Tempo DJ set 1
11:00 – 11:30  Stunt Show with Mattie Griffin 1
11:30 – 11:45  MC – Brand ambassadors
12:00 – 14:00  Bon Tempo DJ set 2
14:00 – 14:30  Stunt Show with Mattie Griffin 2
14:30 – 16:00  Bon Tempo DJ set 3
16:00 – 16:30  Stunt Show with Mattie Griffin 3
16:30 – 19:00  Bon Tempo DJ set / Local Band 4
19:00 – 20:00  CrashCarBurn Main Tent
20:00 – 20:30  Welcome by BMW Team and lottery Main Tent
20:30 – 21:30  Die Heuwels Fantasties Main Tent
22:00  Main Stage closes
23:00  Black Label Beer Garden closes
24:00  Main Square closed to public
21:30 – 02:00 Nightclub (Enduro Area)

 

 

SATURDAY.
TIME ACTIVITY LOCATION
08:00 – 17:00  Test rides and Enduro Park open Daily
10:00 – late All exhibition areas open Main Square
10:00 – 11:00  MC Welcome
Talk – Brand Ambassadors TBC
11:00 – 11:30  Stunt Show with Mattie Griffin 1
11:30 – 12:30  Bon Tempo DJ set 1
12:30 – 13:00  Talk – Brand Ambassadors TBC
13:15 – 14:00  Mean Mr Mustard Main Stage
14:00 – 14:30  Stunt Show with Mattie Griffin 2
14:30 – 16:00  Bon Tempo DJ set 2
16:00 – 16:30  Stunt Show with Mattie Griffin 3
16:30 – 18:30  Bon Tempo DJ set 3
18:30 – 19:15  Mean Mr Mustard Main Stage
19:15 – 20:30  Welcome by BMW Team – Lottery prize draw Main Stage
20:30 – 21:30  Ard Matthews from Just Jinjer Main Stage
22:00  Main Stage closes
23:00  Black Label Beer Garden closes
21:30 – 02:00 Nightclub Ignition Club

 

 

SUNDAY.
TIME ACTIVITY LOCATION
08:00 – 14:30  Test rides and Enduro Park open Venue TBC
Bikers Church Service – Pastor Rene
08:00 – 17:00  Enduro Park opens Enduro Park
10:00 – 17:00  All exhibition areas open Main Square
10:00 – 10:30  Stunt Show with Mattie Griffin
10:30 – 12:00  Bon Tempo DJ set 1
12:00 – 12:30  Stunt Show with Mattie Griffin 1
Talk – Brand Ambassadors
12:30 – 14:00  Bon Tempo DJ set – Local Band Rooi Baart 2
14:00 – 14:30  Stunt Show with Mattie Griffin
15:00  Main Square closed
MC – Event close
15:00 – 17:00 Vendors to pack up

 

 

 

BMW Motorad – update

The BMW Motorad weekend is upon us and already the village is a hive of activity. Following the public meetings to inform Clarenites of the event, some changes to the plan have been made.

1) Activities will be centred along the Square and Clarens Xtreme only. Whilst the concept of a village wide event, particularly along Roos & Van der Merwe streets, is something the organisers are aiming at, they’ve put that particular concept on ice for 2015.

2) The appeal to consider the quality of the stadium grass for events planned for the stadium in the immediate future was also heard and there will be no camping at the stadium (or any other facility for that matter).

3) The road closure indicated on the plan for the Western side of the Square had been cancelled; traffic will be allowed through but no parking will be allowed. The Eastern side of the Square will be closed off for vehicles with pedestrian access only. The Dihlabeng traffic department will be in attendance to direct traffic around the Western side of the Square