Table of Contents:
Big Blue Skies with a touch of grey;
Phase Two: Lesotho Highlands Water Project;
The Twitcher; Report back:
Clarens Tourism Forum AGM: 22 May 2014;
CTF call for assistance please!;
Plants found in the Clarens Village Nature Reserve: Zalusianskya microsiphon;
CVC Report-back April 2014;
Upgrading of Clarens Water Treatment Works;
Paballo’s Nursing Sisters Annual Leave;
This weekend’; Restaurant Specials: During the week;
Coming Events: 25th May: ‘Awesome Autumn’ Braai challenge for charity;
Coming Events: Tuesday 27th May, 2014. Meet the Authors : Nick Norman and Chris Nicholson;
Coming Events: Cluny Trust Golf Day: 31 May 2014;
Coming Events: Clarens Country Market – every Saturday; Coming Events:
Always something happening in Clarens;
Making Clarens News Work for you;
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Big Blue Skies with a touch of grey
It may be winter – or is it still autumn, and we may have had the odd grey-day but in the main the sky over Clarens has been particularly blue over the last few weeks. Not that grey skies should not be enjoyed. Paul Cezanne claimed that if you wanted to paint a good landscape it needed to have a grey sky. In fact he was so enamoured by the way that the colour grey brings out other colours that he even painted his studio walls a muted neutral grey.
Phase Two: Lesotho Highlands Water Project
Two months ago, on 27 March 2014, the South African and Lesotho Governments met for a sod-turning ceremony. It was the official launch of the long-awaited Phase Two of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project. Phase One of the Project has been fully operational since 2004, with over 2 million cubic meters of water being transferred daily from Lesotho to South Africa via the Trans Caledon Tunnel, which runs under the Clarens Valley and emerges just north of Clarens at the Ash River Outfall adjacent to the R712 route to Bethlehem. The objective of the Project is to supplement water supplies to South Africa’s industrial heartland of Gauteng. South Africa’s biggest river, the Orange (or Senqu in Lesotho), has its source in the Maluti Mountains and flows west out of Lesotho and across the arid central and western regions of South Africa to the Atlantic Ocean, thus carrying vital water supplies away from the area where it is most needed. One major drought in the Vaal catchment area, even with Phase One fully operational, could severely impact on water availability in the Gauteng region. Eskom alone uses the equivalent of over 40% of the water volume transferred from Lesotho in any given period. Read more
Report back: Clarens Tourism Forum AGM: 22 May 2014.
The CTF AGM was interesting and informative. The afternoon started off with an a short presentation by Elsa Human from N3 Gateway. As can be seen from the Chairman’s Report, N3 Gateway has played a massive role in supporting the CTF and facilitating its presence at various important tourism orientated shows. Elsa emphasized the fact that listing on the www.n3gateway.com business directory is free and invited Clarens business owners to make more use of this facility. Of interest also was that N3 Gateway’s research indicates that tourists are mainly interested in what they can do in an area – and Elsa is keen for more information on Clarens. She can be contacted by email: firstname.lastname@example.org. We were then introduced to Professor Willem van Zyl: Associate Professor: Geography (Tourism Development and Planning) at University of the Free State. Professor van Zyl is working on a heritage and travel guide for the area and is also involved in the University’s Afromontaine Research unit. Needless to say all those involved in the Clarens Tourism industry will benefit from this work. Professor van Zyl is however looking for people who would like to contribute to the work he is doing in the Clarens area. email: email@example.com The next item on the agenda was the CTF Chairman’s report, presented by Victor Mokoena – as charismatic as ever. It is obvious that Clarens is growing as a tourism destination. Click here to read the full report. The evening finished off with Victor’s announcement that thanks to his promotion within SanParks he will be leaving Clarens and moving to Pretoria. (Congratulations Victor, and all the best.) There have also been other resignations from the CTF Forum committee, and it was concluded that rather than elect a new committee, the existing CTF committee would first meet with other stakeholders in Clarens to plan a way forward. Thank you to the CTF for all the work they have done in promoting Clarens as a tourist destination. All those of us who benefit cannot however continue to leave it those few individuals who continue to promote Clarens at events such as the upcoming Gauteng Outdoor Expo. We need to play our part: See the CTF call for assistance below.
CTF call for assistance please!
The Clarens Tourism Forum will be representing Clarens at the Gauteng Outdoor Expo at the Waterfall Estate, Kyalami from Friday 30 May to Sunday 1 June.
We need assistance in manning the stand, and are calling for any volunteers to please contact Gavin Schoeman at Mountain Odyssey on firstname.lastname@example.org or 058 256 1251 Your travelling expenses will be paid, and accommodation will be arranged.
Advertising Brochures and business cards Any Clarens businesses that would like their brochures and business cards distributed at the Expo, please drop them off at Mountain Odyssey or Clarens Destinations by 3pm, Wed 28 May! See http://www.gauteng.outdoorexpo.co.za/ Thanking you in advance for your co-operation!
Plants found in the Clarens Village Nature Reserve:
Article and photography by Damien Coulson with input from Wim Wybenga Greetings to all our Village plant enthusiasts. Welcome to this weeks’ “bi-monthly Plant of Interest”. This week we’re focusing on a less oft’ observed member of the endemic Scrophulariaceae (Figwort) family. Zalusianskya microsiphon (Short-tubed Drumsticks in English, Kortbuis-Zaluzianskya in Afrikaans and malithungthung in Sesotho), is a perennial herb which grows up to 400 mm tall. It grows in the altitude band 1525-2745 m A.S.L., in rocky grassland areas. Z. microsiphon grows from the EC – Mpum. The Latin Microsiphon translates to “small tube”, referring most likely to the very narrow stalked pollen tube of the flowers. This particular solitary specimen was photographed this week on a section of the Porcupine Trail prone to partial shade in the autumn season in which it grows. Interestingly enough, several references have stated that the flowers only open in full sun. The leaves of Z. microsiphon are arranged in a basal rosette, are tufted and may appear blue-green to grass green. Read more
Damien Coulson’s Report-back for April 2014 makes interesting reading: not only have the rangers been involved in the removal of Alien and Invasive plants, but they’ve continued with the on-going battle of protecting the reserve (including the removal of cattle from the reserve), trail maintenance, and the never-ending clearing away of rubbish. (We find it extremely odd that people who visit this pristine area – presumably because they enjoy it – then not only find it necessary to leave their rubbish behind but to also damage or remove the trail markers.) Click here to read the full report-back for April 2014. Cick here to read the full report. You can also lend your support and keep all their hard work going by becoming a member of the Clarens Village Conservancy. Click here to find out more.
Upgrading of Clarens Water Treatment Works
Click here for Background information: Introduction; Environmental Authorisation Process; Overview of Currrent water infrastructure; Technical Details; Potential environmental issues; Registration to participate in Environmental Authrotisation Process; Comment Sheet
Paballo’s Nursing Sisters Annual Leave
Restaurant Specials: This weekend
JOIN THE ARTICHOKE RESTAURANT THIS WEEKEND FOR A SEAFOOD BONANZA: ON THE MENU: Cacciucco, Grilled Trout, Spaghetti with Clams, Frittura di Mare. ARTICHOKE MUSIC: FRIDAY: GAIL ON GUITAR AND VOCALS SATURDAY: DION ON GUITAR AND VOCALS COURTYARD RESTAURANT Regular Sunday buffet lunch special: R110 per head. Booking is essential: 082 6501503 Calling all restauranteurs: We plan to make Restaurant specials a regular feature on Clarens News. These will be posted on the Clarens News facebook page on those fridays when we are not posting out a newsletter. Please send your specials to: email@example.com
Restaurant Specials: During the week
Monday – Friday: The Posthouse breakfast! Sart the day on the right note. The Posthouse Breakfast ranges from R22 – R30, and includes tea and coffee. Wednesday: Friends HAPPY HOUR from 20h00 to 21h00. Live music. Thursday: Golden Age Day at Bon Appetit Bistro: (Rosemary Centre) Every Thursday (except Public Holidays) is now “Golden Age Day” @ Bon Appetit Bistro. If you are in the Golden Age (over 65 years old), come enjoy Breakfast (served all day), a light lunch, tea, coffee or cake and get 10% discount on your bill. Open from 9.30am till 4.00pm. Friday: Courtyard: Specials at the Cafe every friday from 12 noon, and at the Restaurant every friday evening from 18h00 Friday: The Highlander: HAPPY HOUR from 17h30 to 18h30.
Coming Events: 25th May: ‘Awesome Autumn’ Braai challenge for charity
Coming Events: Tuesday 27th May, 2014. Meet the Authors : Nick Norman and Chris Nicholson
Geologist Nick Norman, co-author of the popular GEOLOGICAL JOURNEYS will be in Clarens on 27th May to talk about his latest geological ’ guide, GEOLOGY OFF THE BEATEN TRACK. This companion volume offers insights into areas like the TANQUA KAROO, the RICHTERSVELD and iconic BARBERTON which illustrate so richly the unique geological heritage we South Africans are privileged to have on our doorstep.Copies of Geological Journeys, of particular interest to Clarens residents because it includes a section on the Golden Gate Highlands National Park, will be on sale at the talk at Bibliophile. Nick’s hope is that he can imbue his audience with some of the sense of enormous privilege he feels as he drives around our amazing country. Chris Nicholson – legal eagle, novelist and raconteur direct from Franschhoek Literary Fest, will be joining us on Tuesday to chat about his books “No Sacred Cows” (published May 2014), “One Hand Washes the Other” (published 2013), “Papwa Sewgolum: From Pariah to Legend” (published 2005) and “Permanent Removal: Who killed the Cradock Four?” (published 2004). To find our more about Chris Nicholson and his books visit: http://www.chrisnicholson.co.za An opportunity not to be missed. Phone: 083 765 8901
Coming Events: Cluny Trust Golf Day: 31 May 2014
To all the Golfers out there The Cluny golf day will be on Saturday 31 May 2014 at The Clarens Golf Estate. We hope to see all the old supporters there, but there’s always space for new friends. If you would like to book a 4ball, sponsor a hole, or a prize please contact Jan Sander at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Coming Events: Clarens Country Market – every Saturday
Remember to visit the Clarens Country Market on Saturday. 10am – 3pm, outside Bibliophile, Church Street.
Coming Events: Always something happening in Clarens.
Next month sees Cat Simoni Paul Spence back with two totally different shows: Noel & Gertie, and Rocky Horror Bite Nite! Click here: For more information on what’s happening in Clarens.
Watch all the action at one of our local Clarens pubs (and if you want to watch it on a big screen go to Artichoke). The atmosphere is great – almost like being at the game!
The Classifieds page on the website has some very interesting ads. Click here to have a look. email:email@example.com to place your ad on this page.
Making Clarens News Work for you:
Clarens News is here for you to enjoy, use, and to promote all things Clarens. Click here to have a look at our new website: www.clarensnews.co.za. You may notice that we haven’t got all the listings loaded yet, but in the meantime you can get a good idea of what the website is all about. email:firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss how to go about getting your business listed.
Whilst this isn’t exactly about just Clarens, this fantastic video clip is worth watching. Hidden miracles of the natural world