Our photograph this week shows a cluster of cosmos flowering blithely against the backdrop of a high ridge on the Rooiberg range. In the late summer months these resilient flowers enrich our roadsides with their shades of pink, red, mauve and white, their distribution extending from the midlands, through the northern parts of KwaZulu-Natal, the Drakensberg foothills, the Eastern Free State and many parts of the highveld. The story of their introduction to South Africa is well documented. Cosmos, closely related to the sunflower, is listed as an alien plant species in South Africa. Once exotic plants become ‘naturalised’ and able to propagate and establish themselves in natural surroundings, their impact or potential impact should be assessed and, where necessary, management procedures put in place. Read more
Community Braai Challenge – 29th September 2013
Please submit your entry forms as soon as possible. (Certainly no later than noon on Saturday)
Appeal for Braai Challenge Prizes
WE APPEAL TO YOU ALL FOR A ‘DONATION/SPONSORSHIP’ OF A FUN PRIZE – COULD BE A ‘COFFEE + MUFFIN’ OR A ‘MAKE YOUR OWN PIZZA’ OR JUST A PIZZA OR A MEAL VOUCHER, SPA TREATMENT, PAINTING LESSON, COOKING/BAKING/CAKE DECORATING/MUSIC/SINGING LESSON, JAR OF PICKLES/PRESERVES, ANYTHING AT ALL, JUST USE YOUR IMAGINATION. IN THE MEANTIME, PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD, ENTER YOUR TEAMS, CHALLENGE YOUR ‘COMPETITORS’ AND BUILD THE MOMENTUM TOWARDS A FANTASTIC COMMUNITY EVENT! PLEASE EMAIL VOUCHERS/DONATION DETAILS TO EITHER NATALIE MEYER Natalie@clarensbrewery.co.za or TAMMY HANCOCK firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you to the following establishments for their generous support in Prize sponsorships for the event:
Clarens Brewery, Homing Instinct, Highland Roastery, Clarens Yoga Centre, Horeb Butchery, Clarens Destinations, Garment Gallery, Posthouse Restaurant, Brambleberry, ClarensXtreme
Plant of the week: Moraea stricta
Greetings to all our Village plant enthusiasts. Welcome to this weeks’ “Plant of the week”. We’ll be looking at a plant at the far end of the spectrum as opposed to last week’s plant of the week – this time around we’ll be looking at a small bulbous wildflower that has only been observed in 2 localities over the last month.
Moraea stricta (commonly known as Bloutulp in Afrikaans), is a small plant of between 15 & 25 cm in height and is widespread throughout Africa. Stricta refers to the straight or upright appearance of the flower. M. stricta grows in grasslands in close proximity to rocky outcrops and slopes at altitudes of up to 2400 m A.S.LM. stricta is interesting in that the leaves are usually absent during the flowering stage (Sept – Nov). Read more
Illegal Activites in the Clarens Village Nature Reserve
Over the past two weeks the C.V.C. rangers have noted an increase in the number of ripped-open bags being dumped along the Spruit. This week
Please submit your entry forms as soon as possible. (Certainly no later than noon on Saturday)alone, 6 full bags of household refuse have been cleaned-up and removed from the trail.
One instance of illegal muti-digging was observed in the Clarens Nature Reserve. An individual dragging 2 very heavy sacks behind him was asked to open them for an inspection – both were full of medicinal plants (bulbs, tubers, corms, roots, etc.), some of which were protected and vulnerable plant species. The rangers also asked the individual to produce a permit, which he did, however the permit seemed suspect. Some while later down at the station, the police found the permit to be fraudulent and on questioning, the statement of the culprit was as one of the rangers so eloquently put it, “kind-of like a Jackie Chan karate movie – completely fong-kong and full of loops!”.
All jokes aside, the rangers are working hard to keep the environment that we all love and enjoy in as pristine a condition as possible, but even they cannot be everywhere at once. This week the rangers got lucky and apprehended a culprit red-handed, however the eyes of the community need to be kept vigilant to similar activities. Thanks to those of you who have assisted the C.V.C. with information at times, and to the rest – stay sharp
In connection with illegal or suspect environmental activities the C.V.C. can be contacted at:
Head Ranger:Damien Coulson – 076 833 8910;
C.V.C. Chairman: Rodney Wainwright – 083 680 7770.
A Black South Easter Blows into town
Black South Easter blew into town unexpectedly this week, and blew all of us who saw them away. Band members Nkoza Sitsholwana (vocals), Jim Curve (base), Dan Boshoff (guitar) and Jerry Mbowa perfromed for us at Street Cafe, Artichoke and Friends. We loved it – and fortunately Black South Easter love us too. They plan to re-vist Clarens again soon. (Look out for their new album: Black South Easter In Waves)
Environmental Education: 88 students at St Fort
On Tuesday the 17th of September the C.V.C. rangers attended an environmental education event at St. Fort farm on invitation from Clarens Xtreme with a total of 88 grade 6 students from Jordania Primary – a local school based in Bethlehem. The students were out on a 4 day leadership camp where they would learn about teamwork and the basic problem solving skills necessary to become the next group of prefects. The experiences of those 4 days would help the students to develop these attributes and ultimately play a role in prefect selection in early 2014. Read more
This weekend – Live Music
Friday 27 September 2013
Grouse & Claret: 7.30pm onwards: Ric and company
Street Cafe: 8.30 pm onwards: Grumpie Old Men
Saturday 28 September 2013
Street Cafe: 12h00-15h00: Deon, the Soutie from Toti
Artichoke: after the rugby: Jana and Mia
This weekend – Rugby fixtures
This weekend – Other things to do
Farmer’s Market outside the Bibliophile. 10h00 – 14h00.
Dinner Dance at Courtyard Cafe. R150pp Includes 3 course meal. Phone 082 6501503 to book
Community Braai Challenge on the square. 14h00 – 18h00.
Coming Events : Classic Clarens Festival
Coming Events : Bibliophile Bookfest 2013
Writers dinner, Film Premiere, authors, supper theatre – and lots more.
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Note from the editor
The best laid plans of mice and men. We promised you an Adventure page on the website last week…..sorry. We are still struggling with the web design aspect of the news. (Probably because the editor would much rather be doing something else!)
ADVENTURES. We have all been working hard at collecting information on all the adventures on offer in Clarens. Our aim is to build a website which reflects Clarens and everything it has to offer, but, we need your help to achieve this. Please let us know what adventures you have to offer to our Clarens visitors: email: firstname.lastname@example.org