Water – Lesotho Highlands Water Project
Sir Evelyn Baring, the British High Commissioner to Basutoland, was the first to formally suggest that the surplus water of the Mountain Kingdom could potentially supplement the shortages in neighbouring South Africa. His vision set in motion the processes that would lead to one of the most significant engineering projects on the African continent.
Our photograph this week (which features in the Cluny Animal Trust Calandar for 2014)is taken in a quiet residential part of Clarens against the sandstone cliffs of the Swartland. Some of our newcomers to Clarens, and many of our visitors, might be unaware of the close proximity of this small town to a segment of this distinguished engineering feat, and of the role that the area played in the project execution. Read more
Community Braai Challenge – 29th September 2013
Oh what a day it was!! 16 Teams entered, R15000,00 was raised for local charities and the Clarens community responded – with aplomb!! The SPF, Tsusanang Care Group, Cluny Animal Trust and Mr & Mrs William Soko will each receive R3750. Read more
List of Winners, Prizes, Donations and Results
To see the list of winners, prizes, donations and results : Press here
Classic Clarens Festival 18-20 October
Start the weekend off with Kaya Mthethwa on friday evening.
Saturday: Relax in the tea garden on the square while enjoying a Vintage Fashion Show : with Phoebe from Mona Liza Garment Gallery; “Forehands” Hansie Jordaan and Rene Human (2 pianos); Working on Fire; Moriteng Choir, and
Saturday evening enjoy a classic concert with Pia Jesu Eleganza, Chris Coetzer, Andre Schwartz and Mariette Pitout.
Bibliophile Bookfest 18-20 October 2013
The Bibliophile has, once more, put together an exciting program for the Bibliophile bookfest.
Writers dinner, Film Premiere, authors, supper theatre – and lots more.
To see the program: Read more
Plants found in the Clarens Village Nature Reserve
Plant of the week: Gymnosporia buxifolia
Greetings to all our Village plant enthusiasts. Welcome to this weeks’ “Weekly Plant of Interest”. We’ll be looking at a woody plant species that is part of the spike-thorn family.
Gymnosporia buxifolia (commonly known as the Pioneer Spikethorn in English, Gewone pendoring in Afrikaans and Sephatwa in sisotho), is a medium sized plant of 2 – 3 m in height and is widespread throughout Africa. Gymno is Greek for naked and spora means seed. Buxifoliarefers to the shape of the leaves (similar to the Boxwood Buxus). G. Buxifolia grows in a wide variety of habitats including forests and grasslands – often among rocks. This tree grows alone or in dense intermingled clumps at altitudes of up to 2100 m A.S.L.
Sorry to be absent without leave last week. Your faithful correspondent had to attend the funerals of seven cattle, all victims of vehicle accidents on the roads of Clarens. Just amazing that motorists don’t recognise the cows’ right of way while grazing contentedly around the village. Quite different in the Sub-Continent where vehicles, from richly decorated buses to scooters carrying families of nine and more, simply stop and wait while the Holy Cows go about their business. Ah well. . But talking of the village, much to report: Read more
UBUNTU MONDAY 7 October at CORNELIA FARMHOUSE
THIS IS A BIG TRAVEL FOR SOME YOU but we can organize lifts…call DEAN 058 2561729 or 072 1339615
Working on Fire – Letter of thanks
May I please through your publication thank all the firefighters that converged on the farm “Ararat” last Saturday when we had rather devastating out of control fires. They were absolutely fantastic and were really fighting hard well into the early hours of Sunday morning.
Unfortunately I don’t have their names as there was no time for ‘socialising’.
On behalf of the owners, Quartus and Cobie Botha, thank you very much!
Linky van der Westhuizen
This weekend – Weather
We’re beginning to think that spring is rapidly passing by – the last few days have felt more like summer, and this year’s new spring babies are growing-up fast, as can be seen with this foal, born at Bokpport about three weeks ago.
This weekend – Live Music
Friday 4 October 2013
Grouse & Claret: 20h00 onwards: Rick and Denzl
Street Cafe: 20h30 onwards: Drywater (From Bloemfontein: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mOrvABp5oGU
Friends: 20h30 onwards Van Smith
Saturday 5 October 2013
Street Cafe: 20h30 onwatds: Drywater
Friends: 20h30 onwards: Van Smith
Slipstream is playing at the Bethlehem Expo on Saturday at 17h00 and at the Blue Barley at 20h00.
This weekend – Rugby fixtures
Absa Currie Cup Premier Divison | FIXTURES
|October 2013 Absa Currie Cup Premier Division/ Fixtures|
|4||Blue Bulls||v||Sharks||Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria||19:10|
|5||Griquas||v||Free State Cheetahs||GWK Park, Kimberley||14:00|
|5||Western Province||v||Golden Lions||Newlands, Cape Town||14:00|
|October 2013 Super Rugby Championship|
|5||South Africa||v||New Zealand||Ellis Park, Johannesburg||17:00|
|6||Argetnina||v||Australia||Estadio Gigante de arrovito, Rosaria||00.40|
MORE Coming Events : Visit the Clarens News website to find out about all the other events coming to Clarens.There’s lots happening this month.Classifieds Looking for a house to rent, a job, or wanting to sell something? You might find it in our Classifieds section.Should you wish to place an advertisement in this section please email: firstname.lastname@example.org (Classified advertisements are free.)Note from the editor AT LAST : The Adventure Page is on the website.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 check that we have the adventures you have to offer listed on the website. email: email@example.com if you’re not listed, or if you have a problem with the way we’ve listed you.
This weekend – Other things to do
Farmer’s Market outside the Bibliophile. 10h00 – 14h00.
Sunday: Hot air ballooning. Special – for this Sunday only.
R1850 per person (which includes breakfast) phone: Megan 082 4692072
The Bethlehem Expo is happening this weekend. To see the program press here
Note from the editor
AT LAST : The Adventure Page is on the website.
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 check that we have the adventures you have to offer listed on the website. email: firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re not listed, or if you have a problem with the way we’ve listed you.