24 September, 2015: Heritage Day

Heritage Day
Our Art Heritage Under Threat
Important Meeting
News from CVC and CRA
Clarens Garden Club:
Friends reopens:
More restaurant news:
Maluti Radio – Listen Live
Contact us


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


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!



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

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:  


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 


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.



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