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Miss Dihlabeng 2015 – 2016

MISS DIHLABENG 2015-’16, LET’S SUPPORT OUR OWN

 

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Thandi Tee-bone Mashinini brought joy to the youths of Clarens by organising of Miss Teen Clarens 2015, with Siya Mofokeng. A great success was registered on Saturday, 28 November and Puleng Jobo started her reign. It is Miss Dihlabeng now and Thandi is the only one representing Clarens. Let us help her continue putting the beauty of Clarens on the map.
Miss Dihlabeng will be crowned on Saturday, 19 December, at the Bethlehem Town Hall. Thandi is one of the 24 finalists. Each of the finalists has been allocated a unique code and Clarenites can rally behind and vote for Thandi.
It is not by mistake that Clarens is called the jewel of Freestate. The beauty of our own, Thandi is also a testimony to that!
The pageant was officially launched at the Dihlabeng Mall on 19 October 2015 by the Dihlabeng executive mayor, Tjhetane Mofokeng. A lot of emphasis is being put on the importance of education. Exciting prizes are just waiting for the day.
Let us contribute in bringing the crown and prestige to Clarens by voting for our choice, Thandi (in the picture). To vote, sms ” MISS D #39″ to 43359. Each sms costs R1,50.

Barleria monticola

 

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Barleria monticola (Berg Barleria in English) is a perennial which may obtain a height of 300-400mm and tends to grow in small semi-rounded clumps in moist grassveld areas, growing in relative abundance particularly on mountain slopes and in close proximity to sandstone rock shelves. Distribution is from the Eastern Free State through to KZN. Flowering occurs from mid-September – late November.

This attractive specimen of the Berg Barleria was photographed on the slopes of the Kloof Mountain Trail where they were observed for the first time this season (for some unfathomable reason) by the author. The mauve flowers contrast pleasantly with the bright green leaves which in turn make for a striking plant against the more uniform mountainside foliage. Understandably then, the species name monticola is derived from the Greek montane meaning “arising from the mountain” or “mountain residing”.

The sessile leaves (40mmX20-25mm) of B. monticola are lanceolate-ovate, tufted; soft and covered in velvety long hears. The margins are entire and the apices are pointed. The stems are also velvety while the inflorescence takes the form of a terminal spike. The overlapping 5-petaled flowers are mauve, measuring around 30mm and always occur at the apex of the tightly clustered leaves, held aloft by a short (approx. 20mm), silky stalk. Uses:

Gardening

This species is frost resistant and drought tolerant, making it a relatively hardy species. B. monticola grows in special abundance after fires and in warmer than average spring seasons, where its presence in the veld is nothing short of spectacular. It would thus make for a very attractive garden ornamental, especially when grown in full sunlight conditions.

Ecology

The nectar-rich flowers attract many species of butterfly and bees and are thus ecologically significant from a pollination perspective. When ripe and exposed to moisture, the brown seed capsules explode, ensuring a viable population for the next generation. These will then develop in close proximity to the parent plant.

Conservation Status

The conservation status of B. monticola according to SANBI is listed as of Least Concern (LC).

Old Stone Bottle Store news

I would like to thank all the locals and businesses who have supported the Old Stone Bottle Store over the past 6 years of my ownership. It is thanks to you that it has become such a success and a joy to come into work everyday.  I wish the new owner Roger Gravett all the best! Please pop in to meet him and give him a warm welcome to Clarens.  Sherri Gersh

Clarens Community Forum – notice to residents

Dear Clarens Businesses & Residents,
 
Please note that the sewerage overflow problem that occurred three weeks ago next to Main street just above the dam, at the entrance to town from the N5, has now been fixed. The inspection manhole was installed and the surface water flow should now disappear. 
 
Thank you to Sjoerd de Boer of the Clarens Ratepayers Association (CRA) who ensured that this problem was speedily resolved.
 
Sincerely,
Melisna Grobler
​Clarens Community Forum

Lifetime achievement award

Kudu’s Lifetime Achievement Award bestowed on Free State born James Mokoena

Born and bred in the Clarens District, in the eastern Free State, James used to herd his father’s cattle and goats along the fences of Golden Gate Highlands National Park (GGHNP) before he joined Golden Gate as a room attendant in 1975. His Father, Nthodi Mokoena, also served Golden Gate for many years in the sixties as a Golf Course attendant.

With a career that spans over 40 years in SANParks, Mr. Mokoena who is a waiter in the restaurant, has over the years shown integrity, dedication, self-discipline consistency and punctuality which are qualities that are a dying breed in today’s society. In 2013, during the Northern Region Awards (build up to annual Kudu Awards) James was awarded for Outstanding Service in the workplace.

According to Victor Mokoena, Acting Park Manager at GGHNP “James has for many years been setting high standards for himself at work in order to be a person of integrity. While setting high standards, he never compromised his work beliefs and values. He is a person of integrity and performs to the best of his ability even when nobody is watching, because he knows it is not about who is watching, it is the principle of being truthful and productive. A lot of loyal customers of the hotel have known him as man of integrity for many decades.”

James has a smile that contributed heavily to the tourism income of this park for 40 years by creating a legacy of effective customer service that changed the belief that National Parks system in the park level is purely militant and law enforcement.

After he received the award Mr. Mokoena who was accompanied by his wife could not contain his joy and spoke in Sesotho “I feel honored to be the recipient of such an award. At times when you are just doing what you have been employed to do, you never know that people are watching so closely. I am therefore so humbled by this gesture and I will cherish this moment for as long as I live”
Media release: 17.10.2015. Issued by SANParks Northern Region
Divhani Maremba, Golden Gate Highlands National Park Communications Manager. Tel: 012 426 5304, Cell: 074 588 5789 or Email: divhani.maremba@sanparks.org

Moraea huttonii

Moraea hotonnii Moraea



Greetings to all our Village plant enthusiasts. Welcome to this weeks’ “bi-Weekly Plant of Interest”. This week we’ll be looking at a striking member of the Iridaceae (Iris family).

Moraea huttonii (Large Golden Vlei Moraea in English, teale-ea-noka in Sesotho) is a perennial which may obtain a height of up to 100cm. This species usually occurs in clumps, but may also occur in smaller groups of 2-3 in the early stages of development. This Moraea likes to grow in moist areas at high altitudes (up to 2400m A.S.L.) in close proximity to rocky mountain streams.  The distribution of this species is relatively wide (though sparse) from the Eastern Cape through the Free State, KZN and Mpumalanga. Flowering occurs from end Sept – mid November.

This specimen of M. huttonii was photographed on the banks of our Spruit hiking trail. Another specimen of the same species was observed along the Leucosidea trail in close proximity to the Kloof Dam.

The leaves of this species measure in the vicinity of 5-25mm wide; possess concave margins and are longer than the stem (approx. 1200mm). The flowers are relatively large (50-70mm across), and are an unmistakable butter yellow with large sunshine-yellow nectar guides on the outer tepals. The inner tepals are erect and spatula shaped. A dark hue is usually observed nearer the apex of the style. Uses:

Gardening

Moraea huttoni makes for a very attractive and altogether striking garden plant. Households in Clarens have been observed utilising similar Iris species in colourful hedges along the outside perimeters of their properties. The ornamental value of this species is thus considerable among avid gardeners.

Conservation Status

The conservation status of M. huttonii according to SANBI is listed as of Least Concern (LC ).

 

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

Click here for more information on the Clarens Village Nature Reserve

 

Damien1-100x100Article and photography by Damien Coulson

Head ranger: Clarens Village Nature Reserve

 

 

 

10 September, 2015.

In this Issue

Bookweek
News of Clarens News
NAVIGATING THE FUTURE – COMPASS CAREER EXHIBITION SUCCESSFUL
CLUNY NEWS
Visit SanParks this week – it’s free.
Plants found in the Clarens Village Nature Reserve
Clarens on the Web
Maluti Radio – Listen Live
GOLD IS THE NEW PINK
EVENTS:
Classifieds
Contact us


Bookweek

Books are making a come back and it’s book week.  AND  we were introduced to a whole new way of sharing books this week.   Friends came to visit and left a book behind at The Clarens Country House.   When we asked about it they just smiled and said:  “We’re liberating our books, setting them free, and letting them explore the world.”
It’s a great idea – called book crossing.   Have a look at their website:http://www.bookcrossing.com/.   Now, instead of leaving all those books which you’re never going to read again in the bookshelf, you can set them free.   No more excuses not to buy books on account that you have nowhere to keep them.


 

News of Clarens News

Clarens News is growing, and so is the editorial team.   We are especially excited that Onward Mvurume has come on board.   Onward played a major role in the recently held Compass Career Exhibition held recently in Clarens.   (Read the article below.)   Clarens News is also about to launch a sister website which will be focused on bringing tourists and visitors to Clarens.   The existing website will however continue to bring you local news.   More about all of this once we have the new website up and running.   Watch this space.

 

 

 


 

NAVIGATING THE FUTURE – COMPASS CAREER EXHIBITION SUCCESSFUL

A target that is out of sight is almost a definite miss. By chance, luck or coincidence, a desired future can be met, but who wants to leave destiny to luck? As humans, we were made with a longing in us to know our future, and be able to control it. Many in this life however discover late that the life paths they have followed have not been what they really enjoy. It is a pity to find yourself stuck in a career that you do not enjoy, only to stay because of job security, or the fear of the unknown.

With this in mind we organised and held the Compass Career Exhibition at Clarens Combined School on 04 September 2015. We targeted learners in Grade 7, Grade 8 and Grade 9. We gathered organisations to exhibit and speakers to challenge the 245 learners from three schools.

We want to take this time to thank the teachers who came with 13 learners from Dihlabeng Christian School, Mrs Mofokeng who came with 32 learners from Clarens Primary School and the Clarens Combined Stuff members for helping us mobilise 200 learners from Clarens Combined School. The cooperation shown was a true desire and zeal to put a block in the building of a better South Africa, from the grassroots.  Read more


 

CLUNY NEWS

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!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vhg7Xm4FXAY


Visit SanParks this week – it’s free.

 Media release:

Marakele National Park to host 2015 SA National Parks week launch

Marakele National Park situated just outside Thabazimbi, Limpopo Province will be in the spotlight as the host of this year’s launch of South African National Parks week. The event which will be officiated by the Minister of Environmental Affairs, Mrs Edna Molewa will be held on Sunday 13th September 2015.

South African National Parks (SANParks) initiated SA National Parks week in 2006 to afford South African citizens free access to all the national parks that are under its management country wide. Since its inception, National Parks Week, under the theme “Know Your National Parks” has seen well over 170 000 day visitors in all participating parks.

According to Mr Property Mokoena, General Manager of the Northern Region “Last year we saw an increased number of visitors at all our parks in the Northern Region, and we are hoping that this year will be better. Again this year we have a full program ranging from traditional dances and walking trails to keep our visitors entertained throughout the week.”

At Marakele National Park, the Minister will officially open the long awaited Bontle tented units, which are a new product SANParks is offering to its clients. This Park is home to Africa’s Big five and the largest colony of the Cape vulture.

Other Parks in the region such as Mapungubwe National Park and World Heritage Site as well as Golden Gate Highlands National Park will also be open to the public during the week. Mapungubwe situated about 70 km out of Musina remains one of the most celebrated World heritage sites and an array of activities awaits people who will visit this park during SA National Parks week. Mapungubwe hill, The Interpretation Centre and the Confluence are usually some of the highlights at this magnificent Park.

Those who wish to visit the jewel of the Free State; Golden Gate Highlands National Park can enjoy guided walks and educational tours around the Park. Visitors can also bring along picnic baskets to enjoy in the lovely sun rays whilst appreciating the scenery in this Park. “Whilst there, it will be worth your while to visit the vulture hide and make a turn at the Basotho Cultural village.” said Mr Mokoena

Access to the parks is FREE during the SA National Parks Week. Free entry excludes accommodation and any activities that people may want to participate in whilst in the park. However, all South Africans will have to produce their green bar-coded identity documents when visiting any of the parks.

Issued by: South African National Parks Northern Region Communications

Enquiries: Divhani Maremba, Regional Communications Manager on 012 426 5304, 074 588 5789, Email: divhani.maremba@sanparks.org

 


Plants found in the Clarens Village Nature Reserve

Article and photography by  Damien Coulson
Head ranger:  Clarens Village Nature Reserve

 

Greetings to all our enthusiastic and botanically minded villagers! This week’s PoI focuses on a herb from the Asteraceae (Daizy) family – now also known as the Compositae family.

Enter Berkheya – a genus which makes its first-time appearance in a biweekly PoI article. Berkheya cerciifolia (White Thistle-leaved Berkheya in English, Wildedissel in Afrikaans and mohata-o-mosoeu in Sesotho), is a perennial herb that often obtains a height of over 1.5m, especially in its preferred habitat atop moist grassland slopes and in close proximity to high-altitude streams. This species makes itself at home in high altitude (1800-3000m A.S.L.) areas in the Eastern Mountain Region (EMR) of the Drakensburg, where it is locally endemic.  Read more


 

Clarens on the Web

Travel Ground sent out a tweet this week highlighting an article on Clarens (which was written some time ago, using quite a lot of information on the Clarens News website.)  Click here to see it.   Unfortunately some of the info is now out of date, but it all goes to show that any information posted on the web has a very long lifespan.
We also found a very nice article on Clarens written by Jane Flowers.   Click here to read it.
All very good news for Clarens.


 

Maluti Radio – Listen Live

Click onto http://www.radiomaluti.co.za/gallery.html

To see the program schedule click here 


 

GOLD IS THE NEW PINK

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.


 

 

EVENTS:

For more upcoming events visit the Clarens News website:   www.clarensnews.co.za

11 September, 2015
Clarens Country Market
10am onwards
The CVC rangers will be on hand to sell CVC maps.   If you haven’t got yours already, this would be a good time to show your support.


 

Classifieds

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

14th August, 2015

In this Issue

CVC Report-back July, 2015
Illegal dumping
Plants found in the Clarens Village Nature Reserve
Sterilization of Pets is key to community veterinary welfare
Tourism Enterprise Partnership 
Fermenting Workshop- a Comprehensive look into Fermented Food and Beverages & Digestive Health
Maluti Radio – Listen Live
EVENTS:
Are you passionate about Clarens
Classifieds
Contact us


CVC Report-back July, 2015


Damien Coulson has sent us another one of his interesting monthly reports.   The rangers have been as busy as always.
Click here to read the full report.


Illegal dumping

It is a great sadness that Clarens News has received yet another notice about illegal dumping.  Anyone reading the monthly ranger’s reports must surely appreciate how much work they need to get through just to keep our Nature Reserve as beautiful and pristine as it is.  It can only be hoped that the following notice will be taken as seriously as it needs to be.


Plants found in the Clarens Village Nature Reserve

Article and photography by  Damien Coulson
Head ranger:  Clarens Village Nature Reserve

Greetings to all our Village plant enthusiasts.  This week we’ll be looking at a member of an attractive plant family, the Leguminosae – formerlyFabaceae (Pea/Legume family). Species of this family may take the form of either herbs or shrubs, and may be either annuals or perennials.

Indigofera dimidiata (Trifoliate Indigofera in English, musa-peloa-thaba or qoi-qoi in Sesotho) is a small perennial herb that obtains a height of around 100-300mm, depending on locality. It grows best in grasslands in proximity to streams, but will also grow at the base of sandstone cliffs where water collects at altitudes of up to 2600m A.S.L.  Range extends from the Eastern Cape – Malawi.

The genus Indigofera was so named for the indigo dye obtained from several species of the genus.  The species name dimidiata refers no doubt, to the diminutive size of the dwarven-sized herb. This particular specimen was photographed on the Titanic trail below Titanic rock.  Read more

 


Sterilization of Pets is key to community veterinary welfare

Article by Mary Walker

 

Sterilization of pets is key to community veterinary welfare.  Populations of unwanted dogs and cats are not something we can rest easy about.  Apart from the inevitable suffering of these animals, which no civilized peoples wish to witness, there is the risk of disease transmission in uncared for populations.

Cluny Animal Trust places sterilization campaigns high on their list of priorities.  It is not only a service to the indigent community pet owners, but also a service to the wider communities as a whole, and contributes to a more compassionate animal ethic generally.

Since the recent arrival of the Mobile Theatre, Cluny Animal Trust has carried out several sterilization clinics for cats and dogs.  The most recent one was in Bethlehem this last Saturday, 1 August.

The idea is to carry out as many sterilizations as is practicable in one day, even if it means starting very early and finishing late.  The emphasis is on numbers of sterilizations per day, and the reason for this is that the overhead costs of running the Mobile Theatre can be spread over a greater number of patients, thus reducing the overall cost of sterilizations per patient to the minimum.   Read more


Tourism Enterprise Partnership

Nuchey van Neel, the newly appointed Provincial Manager (Northern Cape & Free State) for TEP  visited Clarens recently and popped in to see us at Clarens News.   Nuckey is very excited to be able to work with those of us in Clarens connected to the Tourism Industry.  (And I think that includes just about everybody.)   There are funds available, and Nuckey is keen to help Clarens Businesses to access these funds, in order to promote tourism in our area.   Her contact details are:  Cell: 0833876931, email: nucheyvn@tep.co.za.    Should you wish to learn more about TEP visit their website:   www.tep.co.za


Fermenting Workshop- a Comprehensive look into Fermented Food and Beverages & Digestive Health

Deborah Sutherland is planning to visit Clarens in mid-September to run a 3-day Fermenting Workshop.   The workshop is structured so that all aspects of fermenting foods, beverages, condiments, nut and seed cheese’s may be covered. The history of fermented foods; why fermented foods and beverages are so important in gut health; understanding the digestive system; understanding the plant kingdom and our inter-relationship with one another…. Therefore understanding the true meaning of what health is about.   Deborah has recently held a workshop at Oaklands Manor  and the Clarens course will follow the same structure: Click here to see the program.
Should you be interested please contact Colleen:  colleenmc@mweb.co.za
To learn more about Deborah Sutherland and her workshops visit her facebook page


Maluti Radio – Listen Live

Click onto http://www.radiomaluti.co.za/gallery.html

To see the program schedule click here 


EVENTS:

Click  onto the links to learn more.
For more upcoming events visit the Clarens News website:   www.clarensnews.co.za

15 August, 2015
Clarens Country Market
10am onwards.
The CVC rangers will be on hand to sell CVC maps.   If you haven’t got yours already, this would be a good time to show your support.

 

 

15 August, 2015
Bibliophile – Book signing
Attention SA history buffs and collectors of Anglo Boer War publications:
Johannes van der Walt, author of “Johannes Strydsmann – Legendariese Boere verkenner en Kaapse rebel” will be at the shop on Saturday 15 August from 10 am to 12 pm to promote his book on his grandfather’s adventures during the Anglo Boer War 1899 to 1902.

 

 

 

 

19th August 2015
CRA – CVC – CFA Important Meeting

 

 

 

 

 

28-30 August 2015
Getaway Show
G
et your brochures ready!

 

 

Regretfully, the Clarens Comedy Festival has been cancelled.


Are you passionate about Clarens

Clarens News is looking for someone to help run the newsletter and promote our second website (still under construction.) Duties would include liaising with community organisations in Clarens, and may also include some travel – for instance to the Getaway Show to promote Clarens.  An ability to write and interact with people is essential. Some  knowledge of (or a willingness to learn)  websites and social media would also be useful.   Please send CV and contact details to edtior@clarensnews.co.za.


Classifieds

Remember to have a look at our Classifieds page on the website: there is also an employment opportunity for someone in Real Estate,  property for sale…….etc.etc.
Browse around – you’re bound to find something of interest.


Contact us

email:  editor@clarensnews.co.za

Indigofera dimidiata

Indigofera 1 Indigofera 2

Greetings to all our Village plant enthusiasts. Welcome to this weeks’ “bi-Weekly Plant of Interest”. This week we’ll be looking at a member of an attractive plant family, the Leguminosae – formerly Fabaceae (Pea/Legume family). Species of this family may take the form of either herbs or shrubs, and may be either annuals or perennials.

Indigofera dimidiata (Trifoliate Indigofera in English, musa-peloa-thaba or qoi-qoi in Sesotho) is a small perennial herb that obtains a height of around 100-300mm, depending on locality. It grows best in grasslands in proximity to streams, but will also grow at the base of sandstone cliffs where water collects at altitudes of up to 2600m A.S.L.  Range extends from the Eastern Cape – Malawi.

The genus Indigofera was so named for the indigo dye obtained from several species of the genus.  The species name dimidiata refers no doubt, to the diminutive size of the dwarven-sized herb. This particular specimen was photographed on the Titanic trail below Titanic rock.

The leaves of I. dimidiata are small, (approx 30X10mm), trifoliolate, grey-green and sparsely hairy and are purched apon stalks of between 10-20mm, arising from a stem of 100-250mm in length.  Stipules of up to 4mm wide can be observed at the base of the petiole. The inflorescense is in terminal racemes and are very compact, whilst the tiny flowers (around 5mm) are light-deep pink, forming between Sept and Feb. Uses:

Traditional

Used medicinally to treat fevers and also used in funeral ceremonies. I. dimidiata is said to bring about good fortune to the wearer who uses it as a charm.

Gardening

This species of Indigofera may be small, but they still make for an attractive horticultural ornamental.

Ecology

Flowers of this species are pollinated by bees, butterflies and long-tongue flies.

Conservation status

I. dimidiata is listed as of Least Concern by SANBI.

 

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

Click here for more information on the Clarens Village Nature Reserve

 

Damien1-100x100Article and photography by Damien Coulson

Head ranger: Clarens Village Nature Reserve

 

 

Helichrysum adenocarpum

Helichrysum 1 Hlichrysum 2

This week we’ll be looking at another member of the rather large Asteraceae (Daizy) family.

Helichrysum adenocarpum subsp. adenocarpum (Pink Strawflower in English, Pienksewejaartjie in Afrikaans and senkotoana in Sesotho) is a perennial herb, and occurs often in a reclining position, but may also be erect. The distributed is widespread from the Eastern Cape – Zim. This everlasting species is found in grassveld regions in close proximity to, or on moist slopes. It is a hardy species, as it tolerates both frost and drought and grows even at altitudes as high as 3000m A.S.L.

The specimen photographed was observed along the margins of the Porcupine trail, and was made even more eye-catching by the general dearth of other flowering plants in the vicinity in comparison to the almost iridescent pink-white sepals of this wildflower.

The flowers of H. adenocarpum subsp. adenocarpum occur as solitary flowerheads, appearing as glossy pink orbs atop grey-green and wooly flowering stalks of between 40-450mm in length. The leaves of this species are rounded and semi-cylindrical, measuring 30X20mm. The flowerheads (25-35mm when open) appear almost glossy pink-white under bright sunlight. Additional flowering stems may arise from the side of existing flowerheads. Flowering usually takes place over a good 9 months of the year from January right through to September. Uses:

Medicinal

This attractive everlasting has reportedly been used in traditional medicines to treat diarrhoea as well as vomiting, and is more commonly used on children.

Gardening

This species makes for a great garden plant, on account of it being both hardy to the elements as well as being visually pleasing.

Conservation status

Helichrysum adenocarpum subsp. adenocarpum is listed as of Least Concern by SANBI.

 

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

Click here for more information on the Clarens Village Nature Reserve

 

Damien1-100x100Article and photography by Damien Coulson

Head ranger: Clarens Village Nature Reserve

 

17th July, 2015: Let’s Go Hiking

In this Issue

Let’s Go Hiking: Clarens Village Nature Reserve
Guided Hiking Tours
CVC Report – Back
Plants found in the Clarens Village Nature Reserve
It is time to plant fruit trees
SAPS Update
Clarens Recycling Centre – Let’s keep it going
Dihlabeng Christian Church
Charlotte Theron Kinderhuis- You can Help
Maluti Radio – Listen Live
EVENTS:
Classifieds
Contact us


Let’s Go Hiking: Clarens Village Nature Reserve

Whether you’re looking for a fun outing for the whole family or an adventurous hike to get your blood flowing, the Clarens Village Nature Reserve has a lot to offer.   What’s more – it borders the town, so you don’t need to drive anywhere before you put your hiking boots on.   The Clarens Village Conservancy has just brought out an informative and descriptive map of the Hiking Trails, as well as three highly recommended, carefully designed hiking routes.  (A big thanks goes to Richard Rennie jnr. who spent hours on the lay-out and map design.)  The maps are available from various outlets including The Old Stone Bottle Store, Protea Hotel, Mountain Odyssey, Clarens Xtreme, On The Square Gallery, Gosto, Patcham Place, and The Clarens Country House, and cost only R25 each.   (All proceeds to go to The Clarens Village Conservancy which manages the The Clarens Village Nature Reserve.)


Guided Hiking Tours

The Clarens Village Nature Reserve rangers offer guided tours.   And since the rangers know and patrol every square inch of the Reserve and are responsible for maintaining the trails and keeping the Nature Reserve as beautiful and well-maintained as it is, I can’t think of anyone better to go with.   (You can read about the work they do in the monthly CVC reports on the Clarens News website:http://clarensnews.co.za/clarens-village-nature-reserve/   )   The June Report-back follows:


 

 

CVC Report – Back


Read more


Plants found in the Clarens Village Nature Reserve

Article and photography by  Damien Coulson
Head ranger:  Clarens Village Nature Reserve

 

 

Greetings to all our Village plant enthusiasts. Welcome to this weeks’ “bi-Weekly Plant of Interest”. This week we’ll be looking at a member of the rather large Asteraceae (Daizy) family.

Gazania krebsiana Less. subsp. serrulata (Common Gazania in English, Bruingousblom in Afrikaans and shoeshoe in Sesotho) is a perennial herb, distributed from the Western Cape – Mpum. Don’t let its’ diminutive size fool you though – this tough little guy can survive tough high-altitude winter and summer conditions at up to 3000m A.S.L.

The specimen photographed was observed recently on the Kloof Mountain trail. This find was lucky as usually the rocky grassland plateau is heavily grazed by cattle (for whom the flower is a delicacy).  Read more


 

It is time to plant fruit trees

The Clarens winter may be harsh for some …..but it is peak trading season for De Leeuw Fruit Tree Nursery just outside Clarens. During the coldest months thousands of carefully cultivated, two-year old deciduous fruit trees are lifted from the field. The trees are sold to retail nurseries, small fruit growers, government departments and to individuals who just like picking fresh fruit off their own trees in the backyard.
The nursery which is situated about 10 km outside Clarens was started by Jim and Flos de Leeuw more than 80 years ago.  Their vision was to make fruit trees available to as many people as possible at affordable prices. Three generations later the vision continues with trees now supplied as far afield as Mpumalanga and KZN and exported to Swaziland and Lesotho.
Jimmy de Leeuw was one of the early headmasters at Clarens Primary School. He started planting peach pips as a hobby and initially gave the trees as gifts to friends and acquaintance. Florence Johnson, originally his colleague at the school, later became his wife. She initiated the importing of cultivars from overseas for grafting purposes. Florence (or Flos) de Leeuw later became the mayor of Clarens – apparently she was the first female mayor in the Free State – quite a feat for the village at the time! Read More


 

SAPS Update

Clarens Police Station: The leading station in the district

Crime is at an absolute low this month; the Clarens Police are determined to keep the Village safe for villagers and tourist’s – Lt Botha is extremely proud of her unit and the fantastic effort of her police officers.
Other than keeping the Village safe for its inhabitants and visitors, the Clarens Police will during the month of August –Women’s Month- educate the community on general safety, issues like abuse, and how to seek help  –  Lt Botha is open to suggestions should villagers have any topics or issues they would like the police to address.
If you notice any suspicious behaviour, persons, or witness any sort of crime kindly contact the police immediately. Charge office – 058 256 6000/1/2 or Officer on duty – 082 466 8904
The Police Forum will meet again on 11 August 2015 at 16h00 in the NG Church Hall.


 

 

Clarens Recycling Centre – Let’s keep it going

I’m sure that every Clarens resident is familiar with Evon’s bakkie and trailer picking up the town’s recycling materials, and that we all agree that she makes A HUGE CONTRIBUTION to our town.   We really need to keep this project going, and the time has come for all Clarens citizens to step up and show their support.

Click here to find out more about the Clarens Recycling Centre


Dihlabeng Christian Church

Dihlabeng Christian Church is a community church in Clarens which, not only serves as a place of worship, but also facilitates various outreach programmes within the community; these outreaches aim to uplift the people of Kgubetswana spiritually, emotionally, and economically.   Two of these programmes are specifically geared toward the children of Kgubetswana – an annual ‘Holiday Club’ in the June/July school holidays, and the Nnete Foundation which is set to open its doors in September 2015.

HOLIDAY CLUB
‘Holiday Club’ is a week-long programme presented by Dihlabeng Christian Church, Clarens together with Jubilee Community Church, Observatory (Cape Town) – they invite children from the community to participate in games, singing and dancing, and a dramatised message from the Bible.
‘Holiday Club’ is a two hour programme that runs for the first week in July – the idea behind it is to introduce the Gospel to children by way of games, praise and worship, and visual storytelling.  Churches such as Dihlabeng and Jubilee run community programmes (like ‘Holiday Club’) to incur positive change in the lives of children, teenagers, and adults by creating spheres of encouragement and “life-sharing” in their respective communities.

NNETE FOUNDATION
The Nnete Foudation is a Non Profit Organisation supported by the Dihlabeng Christian Church – set to open its doors in Kgubetswana in September; the organisation aims to empower children within the community through educational support.
One of the biggest challenges within the community is that children are not furthering their education, they have little to no support with schoolwork at home – due to the legacy of the previous schooling system – and even top students’ marks are not good enough for university acceptance.  Thus, without proper education, support, and opportunity the cycle of poverty is perpetuated.
The Nnete Foundation alongside Clarens Combined High School will identify twenty to thirty Grade 8 and 9 learners – who don’t have the necessary educational support at home – and assist them with homework et cetera. The Foundation aims to build a relationship with these children and create a sustainable system of support which will carry them through the remainder of their schooling.
Preparing children for tertiary education is one of the main focuses of the Foundation and children will be assisted in finding university placement and most importantly – bursaries.
The vision is to curb the poverty cycle and to see the community of Kgubetswana prosper.

Clarenites are encouraged to “get involved!” The foundation will need study material, text books and volunteers to assist the children with general homework, English et cetera.
Should you wish to offer your time, resources, or both to the Foundation: contact Pastor Gareth Oosthyzen at the Church Office on 058 256 1693.

Dihlabeng Christian Church currently hosts the following community programmes:
Orphans and Vulnerable Children Support on Wednesdays: They work with 40+ children within the community
Silver Hope on Thursdays: A weekly morning meeting for the elderly.
Youth on Saturdays:  Programme run for teenagers from 16h30
 Church service on Sundays: 09h30 – 11h30
For further details contact the Church on 058 256 1693 or see their Facebook page:https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dihlabeng-Christian-Church/112211652202312?fref=ts

Article and Research:  Danielle Visser


Charlotte Theron Kinderhuis- You can Help

As you probably know the Charlotte Theron Kinderhuis in Bethlehem is in dire need of help, and it is in this connection that we received the following letter from Val Basson:

Bethlehem Christian Centre is the church I attend, and they are actively involved in supporting this worthy cause.The home has given us a list of urgent needs, which I enclose. Church office: Louise:  058 303 4604/ 033I am prepared to be the collection point (or to collect) here in Clarens, and will take any donations through to Bethlehem for distribution.I live on the corner of Horeb and Larola Streets (old no. 1, now no. 31) and can be contacted on 0835664429 or landline 1547. There is usually somebody at home. Bovril, sandwich spread, fish paste, spices & dried herbs,( cinnamon, chicken spice, BBQ spice, thyme, pepper)  baking powder, bicarb, Maizena, sugar, margarine, tomato puree, mayonnaise, chutney, yeast, vinegar, pilchards in tomato sauce, tinned bully beef, fish fingers, meat patties, vinegar,Handy Andy, black bags. And maybe some personal hygiene products – soap, tooth paste, sanitary towels?Even one item can make a difference, but a whole case would be better! Raid those pantry shelves, or add an item or 2 to your trolley when you shop.

Many thanks.
Val Basson

The Charlotte Theron Kinderhuis / Charlotte Theron Orphanage in Bethlehem has not received their Government grant for some time. They are in a dire situation unable to feed and care for the children,  and are  appealing for assistance.They house 120 orphans and children whose parent can no longer care for them. The children range from tiny babies to 16 year olds, from all the race groups in SA. The appeal is for donations of either money or necessities such as bread, toiletries, toilet paper, etc. Farmers have donated meat, potatoes and maize.   If you have goods you would like to donate, they can collate a collection out of Clarens.

If you want more information you can call Margaret on 058 307 3708.

If you want to make a cash contribution, the banking details are C Theron Kinderhuis, ABSA 0770230101, branch code 632005.


Maluti Radio – Listen Live

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To see the program schedule click here 


EVENTS:

Click  onto the links to learn more.
For more upcoming events visit the Clarens News website:   www.clarensnews.co.za

14-17 July, 2015
10th Clarens Quilt Festival
18th July, 2015
Nelson Mandela DayPlease let us know what you’re doing on this very special day for our facebook page.
18th July, 2015
Clive Scott at Rosendal
25th July, 2015
Maloi Hess Blues in Rosendal

Classifieds

Dihlabeng Christian School in Clarens, requires a Grade RR (3,4,5 year olds) teacher with an ECD qualification for the month of September 2015.
Please send CV, qualifications and 2 recent contactable references by 31 July to: The Principal –dihlabengschool@intekom.co.za
Remember to have a look at our Classifieds page on the website: there is also an employment opportunity for someone in Real Estate,  property for sale…….etc.etc.
Browse around – you’re bound to find something of interest.

Contact us

email:  editor@clarensnews.co.za

3rd July, 2015: Interesting and Informative

In this Issue

Important information for those planning to visit Lesotho;
IS OUR POST OFFICE IN TROUBLE?;
SAPS Update on recent events in Clarens;
SANParks’ Kudu Green Schools at Golden Gate;
Plants found in the Clarens Village Nature Reserve;
Clarens Ratepayers Association;
Maluti Radio – Listen Live;
Winter fires = Winter Ash;
Proposed development of a Dinosaur Interpretation Centre;
Children in Need – You can Help;
EVENTS:;
Classifieds;
Contact us.


 

Important information for those planning to visit Lesotho

As you can see from the photograph above, (sent in by Damien Coulson) Afriski has had quite a lot of snow, and the slopes are looking good.  BUT, if you’re planning to take the kids (anyone under the age of 18)  please be aware that their unabridged birth certificates are now a requirement  – even if they are travelling on their own passports!   News from Afriski and Maluti Tours is that this new law (brought in on the 1st June) has already led to massive cancellations – mainly on account of the fact that it takes so long to get the right paperwork.   Afriski is really worth a visit, but if you want to take the youngsters start getting the paperwork organized as soon as possible.
Click here for further information on visiting Lesotho as well as tours from Clarens to Lesotho
Click here for further information on driving to Afriski


 

IS OUR POST OFFICE IN TROUBLE?

The South African Post Office (Sapo) has been under intense scrutiny and pressure the last few months due to the 2014 postal strikes, delayed payment of suppliers, and rumours of bankruptcy.
In May the Sapo Administration presented before parliament the SA Post Office Corporate Strategic Plan 2015/2016 – 2017/2018 (Turnaround plan) which proposes a R7.4bn ‘financial improvement’ by 2017/2018 – allowing only three years for financial recovery and profit increase after incurring an approximate loss of  R1.6bn during the 2014 postal strike.  The Sapo Administrator stated in a press release (6 May 2015) that Sapo plan to reach their target by – amongst other strategies – reducing jobs and closing various post offices in South Africa.
The Clarens Post Office (CPO) is rumoured to be one of the many post offices that will close down in the attempt to rescue Sapo from collapse. The CPO’s rent, according to Bruce Marx, has fallen two months in arrears; it is uncertain whether they plan on settling their account – Bruce has not yet received confirmation on whether CPO will continue their lease or terminate.
At this point in time the fate of the CPO remains only hear-say; neither the Postmasters from Clarens, Bethlehem or Central- can confirm that Clarens will lose its post office. The contact persons from the Sapo media offices remain unreachable.
Read more:
http://www.fin24.com/Tech/Companies/Post-Office-in-the-black-by-2017-20150510
https://www.postoffice.co.za/group/pressreleases/2015/turnaroundplancompleted.html
https://www.postoffice.co.za/group/pressreleases/2015/rebalancingbranches.html

Article and research:  Danielle Visser


 

SAPS Update on recent events in Clarens

After chatting to Lt Botha on the phone, I couldn’t help but feel reassured that Clarens is in safe hands and Clarens will continue to enjoy it’s reputation as a relatively crime-free zone.
We do, of course, have incidents but our SAPS, together with our local residents ensure that criminals and trouble-makers are soon apprehended and brought under control.   A good example of this is how they dealt with 3 armed robbers who decided to rob one of the shops in Kgubetswana on 15th June   With the help of Kgubetswana residents who refused to be intimidated, informed the SAPS and then worked closely with the SAPS, two of the robbers were arrested and taken into custody.  (Well done and a big thank you to all the Kgubetswana residents who play such a vital role in keeping Clarens safe.) The third one unfortunately managed to escape and it is believed he is now in Lesotho.  Lt Botha informed me that that the SAPS special unit in Bethlehem is carrying out further investigations as it is believed that there may be a link between these criminals and the recent car thefts in Clarens.   And – on the subject of the car thefts – Lt Botha has appealed to all residents to stay vigilant and to warn all Toyota visiting Clarens that they need to do everything possible to keep their vehicles safe.   The same applies to visitors to The Golden Gate as it seems that the car thieves have now turned their attention away from Clarens (for the time-being anyway) to The Golden Gate where 5 Toyatas were stolen last month.

Lt Botha has also given Clarens News permission to publish her cell phone number:   082 4197094.    All residents are invited to make a note of her number, and to report any incidents or concerns directly to her.

Remember that everyone is invited to meet Lt Botha Tuesday 9 July, at 16h00, at the NG Church Hall.  Now that she has settled in, Lt Botha is keen to meet the residents of Clarens and get to know those she serves.  You are encouraged to attend and bring along your friends and neighbours.   If you have concerns about safety, security or general issues in the village, this is your chance to share them with Lt Botha and your fellow citizens.


 

SANParks’ Kudu Green Schools at Golden Gate


This past Saturday saw approximately 60 students from 13 Gauteng based schools engage in SANParks’ Kudu Green Schools Initiative. Several additional organisations including The Gauteng Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (GDARD) and Rand Water Foundation (RWF), were also invited to attend and share knowledge of an environmental nature with the students – for many of which was most likely a first-in-a-lifetime event.
The students selected for the 3-day programme (Friday 26th – Sunday 28th) based at Golden Gate’s Enviro-Centre, were chosen from a select few involved in environmental clubs and extramural activities within their respective schools. The intention was to impart to the students a sense of the environment and its relation with mankind; development and limited natural resources. This was developed to be both fun and informal as outings to the Basotho Cultural Village; outdoor hikes of Golden Gate; Abseiling and not to mention horse-rides, but also involved a more structured educational aspect in the form of enviro-games and activities.  Read more


 

Plants found in the Clarens Village Nature Reserve

Article and photography by  Damien Coulson
Head ranger:  Clarens Village Nature Reserve

 

 

Greetings to all our Village plant enthusiasts. Welcome to this weeks’ “bi-Weekly Plant of Interest”. This week we’ll be looking at a member of the Ericaceae (Erica) family.

Erica cerinthoides L. var. cerinthoides (Red Hairy/Fire Heath in English, Rooihaartjie in Afrikaans and semomonyane in Sesotho) is more commonly associated with the Fynbos biome of the SW Cape where it occurs alongside other species of the Proteaceae and Restoniaceae; however the distribution of this particular species extends as far as Mpumalanga at altitudes of up to 2300 m A.S.L., and is the most widely distributed Erica in the country. This highly distinctive species of Erica grows to around 500mm but may occasionally form an elongated shrub of up to 900-1200mm.   Read more


 

Clarens Ratepayers Association

The Clarens Ratepayers Association held their AGM on 24th June, 2015.  The association is calling for volunteers from the Clarens community to serve on the Committee.  Both Pat and Ralph Raubenheimer as well as Rodney Wainwright and Santi Meintjies have stepped down and will no longer be serving on the committee. Since Clarens is a growing town and faces many challenges every Clarens resident needs to take this appeal seriously.   Click here to read the AGM Minutes and to find out more about the work of the CRA.


 

Maluti Radio – Listen Live

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Winter fires = Winter Ash

Now that the cold nights are upon us, I’m sure that many of us are staying warm by burning wood in our winter stoves or fireplaces.   (And even if you’re not doing it to stay warm, I can’t think of a more romantic way to spend a winter  evening – accompanied with a glass or two of red wine, of course.)   The only down side is that you are faced with ash to clean up the next morning.   So what should you be doing with this ash.   Well – you could make lye and return to doing your laundry the old fashioned way.

Seriously?   No – we’re not really suggesting that.   Here are a few (more sensible) suggestions:  Read more


 

Proposed development of a Dinosaur Interpretation Centre

Proposed development of a Dinosaur Interpretation Centre on the Remaining Extent and Portion 1 of the Farm Glen Reenen No. 1361 within Golden Gate Highlands National Park, Bethlehem, Free State Province.
Notice is hereby given, in terms of the National Environmental Management Act, 1998 (Act No. 107 of 1998) (NEMA) EIA Regulations of 2014, that SANParks (the
Proponent) is proposing the above mentioned Project. The intended development shall trigger the following listed activities: Activity 12 of Government Notice No. R983 of 4 December 2014 (Listing Notice 1) and Activity 14 of Government Notice No. R985 of 4 December 2014 (Listing Notice 3). The date of placement of this notice is  4 June 2015. Queries regarding this matter must be referred to: The Environmental Consultant, Enviroworks, Suite 116, Private Bag X01, Brandhof, 9324 or contact Adél Groenewald  at Tel: 051 436 0793, Fax: 051 436 0791 or Email: adel@enviroworks.co.za.
Parties wishing to formally register as an I&AP are requested to forward their comments (and contact details) to Enviroworks within 30 days of placement of this advertisement, which is on or before 8 July 2015.


 

Children in Need – You can Help

The Charlotte Theron Kinderhuis / Charlotte Theron Orphanage in Bethlehem has not received their Government grant for the last two months. They are in a dire situation unable to feed and care for the children,  and are  appealing for assistance.

They house 120 orphans and children whose parent can no longer care for them. The children range from tiny babies to 16 year olds, from all the race groups in SA.

The appeal is for donations of either money or necessities such as bread, toiletries, toilet paper, etc. Farmers have donated meat, potatoes and maize.   If you have goods you would like to donate, they can collate a collection out of Clarens.
If you want more information you can call Margaret on 058 307 3708.

If you want to make a cash contribution, the banking details are C Theron Kinderhuis, ABSA 0770230101, branch code 632005.

Artist’s Café and Mona Liza’s Garment Gallery are hosting Andre Swiegers on the 4th of July 2015 @18h30 for 19h00  with the Charlotte Theron Kinderhuis as the beneficiary .
Tickets are R100 pp . 50 tickets available will enable us to give CTK a donation of R5000 . We would love to see this cause well supported by our locals.
Please come get your tickets at the Artist’s Café. Regards Karen and Phoebe

 


EVENTS:

Click  onto the links to learn more.
For more upcoming events visit the Clarens News website:   www.clarensnews.co.za

 

 

4 July, 2015
Fouriesburg Polar Bear Plunge
Be Luney for Cluney
4th July, 2015
Andre Swiegers at Artists Cafe
in aid of Charlotte Theron Kinderhuis
4th July, 2015
Paul Roux Christmas in July
9th July, 2015
SAPS Station Commander to meet Clarens Residents
14-17 July, 2015
10th Clarens Quilt Festival
18th July, 2015Clive Scott at Rosendal
25th July, 2015Maloi Hess Blues in Rosendal

 

 


 

Classifieds

Restaurant, Guest House management for DecemberRemember to have a look at our Classifieds page on the website, especially if you’re looking for someone to house sit your guest house or restaurant, or space to rent.  There are also people wanting to make ontact with old friends.   (See…..We’re looking for…… on the classifieds page.)
Browse around – you’re bound to find something of interest.


 

Contact us

email:  editor@clarensnews.co.za

Erica cerinthoides

Erica cerinthoides 1

 

 

 

 

 

Erica cerinthoides Erica cerinthoides 2

 

Erica cerinthoides L. var. cerinthoides (Red Hairy/Fire Heath in English, Rooihaartjie in Afrikaans and semomonyane in Sesotho) is more commonly associated with the Fynbos biome of the SW Cape where it occurs alongside other species of the Proteaceae and Restoniaceae; however the distribution of this particular species extends as far as Mpumalanga at altitudes of up to 2300 m A.S.L., and is the most widely distributed Erica in the country. This highly distinctive species of Erica grows to around 500mm but may occasionally form an elongated shrub of up to 900-1200mm as shown above.Greetings to all our Village plant enthusiasts. Welcome to this weeks’ “bi-Weekly Plant of Interest”. This week we’ll be looking at a member of the Ericaceae (Erica) family.

The specimen photographed was observed on the Maluti View hiking trail on an island of soil in close proximity to a cliff of Clarens Formation Sandstone, from which it derives a modicum of shelter from the elements as well as moisture. Fynbos species such as E. cerinthoides, are usually adapted to grow on nutrient deficient and relatively shallow soils which is why this species is seen to occur so far from the Cape . Several Erica’s are also adapted to propagate following a fire which is another possible explanation of why this species would occur in the grassveld biome.

The leaves of this species are needlike and are very small (<5-15mm) in whorled clusters of 4-6 at nodes along the length of the stem.  The bright orange-red flowers are the most striking feature of the plant and are visible at a good distance in the grassveld. These are large (25-35mm), tubular – characteristic of flowers of the Ericeaea family – and velvetly hairy (hence the common name), occuring in apical clusters. Flowering depends to a degree on locality but generally occurs all-year-round.

 

Uses:

Traditional

Sucked by children and herdsmen in Lesotho as a form of natural candy.

Ecology

Erica’s are pollinated by sugarbirds and sunbirds, which thrive on the energy provided by the sweet nectar.

Conservation status

Cerinthoides L. var. cerinthoides is listed as of Least Concern by SANBI.

 

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

Click here for more information on the Clarens Village Nature Reserve

 

Damien1-100x100Article and photography by Damien Coulson

Head ranger: Clarens Village Nature Reserve

 

Clarens Ratepayers Association AGM Minutes

CLARENS RATEPAYERS ASSOCIATION (CRA)

 

MINUTES

of the Annual General Meeting held at the Methodist Church Hall, Clarens on Wednesday June 24, 2015 at 16h30

 

Present from the CRA Executive Committee:

            Pat Raubenheimer (PR)                                           Rodney Wainwright (RJW)

Ralph Raubenheimer (RGR)                                   Santi Meintjies (SM)

Sjoerd de Boer (SDB)

 

Members of the Community: – As per attached Attendance Register.

 

The meeting opened at 16h30 and PR presented the following to those present.

 

  1. The current CRA team:

 

P Raubenheimer (Chairperson)               Rodney Wainwright (Vice Chairperson)

Ralph Raubenheimer (Treasurer)            Godfrey Allcock (Secretary)

Santi Meintjies                                        Sjoerd de Boer

Francois Schoeman

 

She reiterated that as had been stated in recent communications, Rodney, Ralph, Santi and she would not be standing for re-election and that volunteers were being sourced from the community.  To date, Chris Green had advised that he would be interested in joining the committee.

 

  1. What is CRA

PR explained that the CRA was a non-profit, voluntary association, formed to promote the rights and interests of residents with the purpose of ensuring an acceptable level of quality municipal services at an equitable cost and improvement of infrastructure.  The CRA worked with the Conservancy and Fire Associations with the aim of protecting the environment.  The CRA endeavoured to ensure that economic development was within the constraints of the infrastructural capacity of the Town and this involved engagement with Local, Provincial and Central Government.

  1. Key Area of Focus

The key areas of focus for CRA were Service Delivery – water & sewerage, roads, rubbish removal, village cleanliness, Municipal Accounting.  There was a 4/5 year check on valuations to ensure fairness across the board.  Experience had shown that when the new valuations are put forward, properties were missed and some incorrectly valued. CRA had input to the Spatial Development Framework, the Integrated Development Plan and to the Budget process.

  1. Achievements to date

The CRA have built good, productive relationships with previous Dihlabeng Municipal Managers (4 in all),  with the Chief Financial Officer, Raymond Provis, Pubic Works, Town Planning, Building Inspectors, Councillors and Local Unit Managers (3).  This allowed us to be consulted on matters mentioned above.  We also had input to the determination of rates over the years which allowed us to ensure equitable rates increases; we were now at a stage where other associations in Dihlabeng were also invited to participate.  PR advised the meeting that the Municipality’s Chief Financial Officer, Raymond Provis, with whom we had worked for many years, had resigned and would be leaving the next day.  Raymond had always been helpful to and supportive of ratepayers associations in general and Clarens in particular and his leaving and the fact that we still did not have a replacement for Peter Reed in the Clarens Unit, did not bode well for Clarens.

The CRA had successfully objected to the first pass of valuations in 2009 and 2013; ensure that the Golf Estate properties were correctly valued and reflected on the Municipal system.  A 50% reduction in sewerage rate charges had been negotiated for those village residents whose property had septic tanks and small bore pipes.  A reduction in property rates for pensioners had also been negotiated.  The CRA had input to and liaison with the Ward Committee; had at the request of the Municipality, worked with then and the Provincial Government to implement Street Numbering to ensure they were in line with other South African Towns and to effect easier location of properties by emergency services.  This project had started in 2006, but due to the numerous changes of personnel in both the Dihlabeng Municipality and the Provincial Department with whom we were dealing, this project had taken considerably longer than at first anticipated.  It was now completed and the new, sequential numbers had been appearing on the Dihlabeng Accounts since November 2014.  There was some push back on this from some Villagers, but over time the street numbering would be fully implemented.  Members of the CRA had been assisted with objections to certain property developments, but this assistance was only given when such objections were considered to be within reason and the development believed to be to the detriment of the Village.  At the request of certain residents who were adversely affected by the construction of the alterations to the Village School, CRA had secured representation on the Community Steering Committee, but unfortunately had not been involved from the inception of the project.  There were numerous complaints about the denuding of the site and the noise of the construction over weekends and late into the night.

CRA had covered the cost of the missing street signage in the Village as the Municipality had no money to cover this and had objected to the siting of the MTN 3G Mast behind the Museum; alternative sites had been put forward as we believed the Mast was necessary.

  1. Issues facing Clarens going forward:

PR reported that as mentioned previously, a replacement Municipal Manager had not been successfully appointed and that whilst someone had been appointed some months ago by the Municipality, the appointment had not been approved by Council and the incumbent had been suspended.  With regard to the appointment of a Clarens Unit Manager, the position was still vacant and the staff were endeavouring to carry on without direction; although Michael and Linda trying hard to keep things going.

With the increase in tourism and the additional dwellings built over recent years, Clarens’ water supply was under strain, more particularly when the Village was busy at the weekends, as had been experienced over Christmas 2015 when for 2 weeks the supply was intermittent.  Our water supply and quality has to be constantly monitored.

The promise of a new water treatment plant, which had appeared on the IDP, was not considered a priority by the Municipality – this had become evident at the Budget Meeting – as the Municipality did not have the funds to cover their portion of the costs.  PR explained that the majority of the funds for such a project would come from MIG.  However, MIG only funded projects for the previously disadvantaged and whilst they would pay say 75% towards this project, given that Kgubetswana residents would also benefit, the remaining 25% or so would have to be covered by the local Municipality.

The next property valuation process would start again in 2017 and would have to be reviewed, as would the annual rates increases to ensure fairness.  And, whilst a new township had been planned for a number of years behind Phahameng, providing 500 houses, no further information was available.

PR said that she and the outgoing Committee members felt that it was necessary to have a fully functioning Ratepayers Association.  Should the CRA be dissolved, then the assets would not be paid to members but would be transferred by donation to the Conservancy and Fire Associations as specified in the Constitution.  A discussion ensued with no volunteers coming forward.  RJW said that in terms of the Constitution, a minimum of 4 but no greater than 8 Committee members were required; with the addition of Chris Green, there were now 4.  Further discussion ensued and it was agreed that PR, SM, RJW, RGR would remain until the CVC AGM in two months’ time.  Until then, everyone was asked to canvas the community to find volunteers.

The meeting was advised that there were currently 306 paid up members, comprising 69 from the Village and 237 from the Estates.  Unfortunately, it had been our experience that the Village membership typically increased whenever there was a crisis, which was not an ideal situation.  The CRA Executive believed that the membership fee of R300 per annum, which afforded membership to the CRA, CVC and Fire Association, was not excessive, given the work done and the fact that it was carried out by volunteers.

  1. Financials:

A high level view of the financial were presented and accepted, the meeting being advised that copies of the financials and any other documents could be obtained on request.

 

The meeting closed at 17h15.

 

 

P Raubenheimer

 

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Chairperson                                                                                                             Date:  2nd July 2015

Certified as a true reflection of the contents of the meeting.

 

6th June, 2015

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In this Issue

Afriski – Ski season starts today
Proposed development of a Dinosaur Interpretation Centre
SAPS Station Commander to Meet Clarens Residents
Plants found in the Clarens Village Nature Reserve
A Farewell to Glynis Léstrange
June 16th:  Youth Day
Children in Need – You can Help
Proposed Clarens Map
News from the CTF
Clarens Ratepayers Association News
Our vet is on holiday
EVENTS:
Classifieds


Afriski – Ski season starts today

Afriski is ready – there’s lots of snow, and it’s time to go skiing again.   To check out the slopes have a look at their webcam: http://www.afriski.net/Home/Webcam#   See for yourself.

And if you want to find the latest news visit www.snowreport.co.za
We checked in just before sending out this newsletter: Today, we have had reports of snow from the following places : Matatiele, Tiffindell (near Rhodes), 50km east of Dordrecht, 5okm east of Maseru, AfriSki in Lesotho, 30km north of Barkly East, at the top of Sani Pass and Drakensberg Gardens.


Proposed development of a Dinosaur Interpretation Centre

Proposed development of a Dinosaur Interpretation Centre on the Remaining Extent and Portion 1 of the Farm Glen Reenen No. 1361 within Golden Gate Highlands National Park, Bethlehem, Free State Province.
Notice is hereby given, in terms of the National Environmental Management Act, 1998 (Act No. 107 of 1998) (NEMA) EIA Regulations of 2014, that SANParks (the
Proponent) is proposing the above mentioned Project. The intended development shall trigger the following listed activities: Activity 12 of Government Notice No. R983 of 4 December 2014 (Listing Notice 1) and Activity 14 of Government Notice No. R985 of 4 December 2014 (Listing Notice 3). The date of placement of this notice is  4 June 2015. Queries regarding this matter must be referred to: The Environmental Consultant, Enviroworks, Suite 116, Private Bag X01, Brandhof, 9324 or contact Adél Groenewald  at Tel: 051 436 0793, Fax: 051 436 0791 or Email: adel@enviroworks.co.za.
Parties wishing to formally register as an I&AP are requested to forward their comments (and contact details) to Enviroworks within 30 days of placement of this advertisement, which is on or before 8 July 2015.


 

SAPS Station Commander to Meet Clarens Residents

The Sector Police Forum is pleased to announce that the new SAPS Station Commander in Clarens, Lt Monica Botha, is planning to meet and address the residents of Upper Clarens.  The date is Tuesday 9 June, at 16h00, at the NG Church Hall.  Now that she has settled in, Lt Botha is keen to meet the residents of Clarens and get to know those she serves.  She will explain her role, functions and philosophy and those of the SA Police Service.  She will be happy to take questions and address any issues that residents may have.  You are encouraged to attend and bring along your friends and neighbours to welcome her to her new posting.   If you have concerns about safety, security or general issues in the village, this is your chance to share them with Lt Botha and your fellow citizens.

See you there!


Plants found in the Clarens Village Nature Reserve

 

Article and photography by
Damien Coulson
Head ranger:
Clarens Village Nature Reserve

Greetings to all our Village plant enthusiasts. This week we’ll be looking at something a little different, a unique species of Bracket.
Pycnoporus sanguineus is not your typical plant – in fact, this bracket mushroom actually belongs to an entirely different kingdom – one that many either love or hate and is neither plant nor animal, but lies somewhere in between (scientists observe that mushrooms are more closely related to insects than plants – freaky right?)  Yes, for those of you “in-the-know”, P. sanguineus is in fact part of the Fungi kingdom.   Read more


A Farewell to Glynis Léstrange


A Farewell to Glynis L’estrange
(1948-2015)
Please bring a Chair & plate of eats to share with the Clarens Community
on Friday 12th of June, at 11am-12.30pm
to be held at Shirley Lautre’s, home at the corner of 443 Naaupoort street and Cilliers street in the Swartland


June 16th:  Youth Day

We live in thought provoking times.   June 16th was a momentous day – and those of you who haven’t read Don Emby’s book Soweto Burning will be able to meet him on Saturday at the Bibliophile.   He was there, and he can tell you all about it…..

It is of course a day when we should be celebrating our youth, and it is therefore particularly sad to learn of the dire situation at the Charlotte Theron Kinderhuis/Orphanage in Bethlehem.   (Read the following article.)

 

 


Children in Need – You can Help

The Charlotte Theron Kinderhuis / Charlotte Theron Orphanage in Bethlehem has not received their Government grant for the last two months. They are in a dire situation unable to feed and care for the children,  and are  appealing for assistance.

They house 120 orphans and children whose parent can no longer care for them. The children range from tiny babies to 16 year olds, from all the race groups in SA.

The appeal is for donations of either money or necessities such as bread, toiletries, toilet paper, etc. Farmers have donated meat, potatoes and maize.   If you have goods you would like to donate, they can collate a collection out of Clarens.
If you want more information you can call Margaret on 058 307 3708.

If you want to make a cash contribution, the banking details are C Theron Kinderhuis, ABSA 0770230101, branch code 632005.


Proposed Clarens Map

You are cordially invited to attend the launch of a new Clarens Visitors Map which is in its final design process. Click here for a sneak peek. The A3 size map will be exclusively available to CTF members for distribution to their visitors. They will be printed and packaged into tear-off pads of 50 per pad. CTF Members have the privilege of a bullet-point business listing on the map as well as the opportunity to buy an advertisement ‘block’ on either the front feature page which will be up for auction at the launch, or on the back side at a fixed rate of R400,00 per 54mm x 34mm block. Detmar Ruhfus from Kamikazi Designs will be on hand to assist with the design of your ad at the nominal cost of R150,00.
The CTF will also be handing over to all current members their official MEMBERSHIP CERTIFICATES. Thank you all for your ongoing loyalty and support. Please display the certificate prominently and with pride!
WHEN:  Monday 8th June 2015
WHERE: Artichoke Restaurant
TIME: 17h15
RSVP: Nic Prinsloo rebellie@mweb.co.za 0836278391 by Thursday 4th June for catering purposes.


News from the CTF

The CTF are extremely proud of what it has achieved over the last 4 years and looks forward to continuing to market this beautiful village on all platforms available to it.
There are some exciting developments and, in association with the CVC, CRA, GCCC and SPF have embraced the ‘Unity is Strength’ motto, to work together for the success and prosperity of the entire village!
A marketing strategy plan is also under development with the assistance of one of our local residents who has vast experience in the corporate marketing field.
It is evident that the most effective marketing tools at present are via the social media platforms, i.e. facebook, twitter, websites, etc. To this end, the CTF will be inviting Mr Rich Simmonds for a ‘refresher’/start-up Twitter training workshop – you will be informed as soon as a date has been confirmed. Twitter users are encouraged to keep tweeting and re-tweeting to create a twitter buzz about Clarens.
Read more


Clarens Ratepayers Association News

The Clarens’ Ratepayers Association will hold the 2015 Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, June 24 2015. The meeting will be held in the Methodist Church Hall at 4.30 p.m. At the AGM, we will be electing new Committee Members. I will be stepping down after 6 years as Chair, so too will Ralph and Rodney; Santi Meintjes, Sjoerd de Boer and Godfrey Allcock will remain on the Committee with one or two additional volunteers. We will also share with you various issues facing Clarens.  (Pat Raubenheimer)


Our vet is on holiday

Please note that Katherine is on leave until 9th June.   The practice is however still open for sales etc.


EVENTS:

6 June  2015
Clarens Country Market

See you from 10 am onwards

8th June, 2015
CTF:  Launch of Clarens Visitors Map
9th June, 2015
SAPS Station Commander to meet Clarens Residents
13 June, 2015
Book signing at the Bibliophile
 16th June:   YOUTH DAY
24 June, 2015
Clarens Ratepayers Association AGM
26-28 June 2015
Platteland Preview


Classifieds

Remember to have a look at our Classifieds page on the website, especially if you’re looking for property to let, or a new employment opportunity
Browse around – you’re bound to find something of interest.

News from the CTF

The CTF are extremely proud of what it has achieved over the last 4 years and looks forward to continuing to market this beautiful village on all platforms available to it.

There are some exciting developments and, in association with the CVC, CRA, GCCC and SPF have embraced the ‘Unity is Strength’ motto, to work together for the success and prosperity of the entire village!

A marketing strategy plan is also under development with the assistance of one of our local residents who has vast experience in the corporate marketing field.

It is evident that the most effective marketing tools at present are via the social media platforms, i.e. facebook, twitter, websites, etc. To this end, the CTF will be inviting Mr Rich Simmonds for a ‘refresher’/start-up Twitter training workshop – you will be informed as soon as a date has been confirmed. Twitter users are encouraged to keep tweeting and re-tweeting to create a twitter buzz about Clarens.

The Website will be updated and refreshed with all current members. Please ensure that your information remains current by sending regular updates to the website manager Sigal Zahavi sigalzahav@gmail.com

The educational/marketing program that proved very successful in 2012 will be re-launched for September/October 2015. This marketing drive targets the media, hospitality and travel/tour operators to come for a visit to gain some product knowledge. A mail-drop in this regard will be going out requesting participation from all local sectors, for sponsored accommodation, meals, activities, etc. The CTF will construct a jam-packed itinerary showcasing all that Clarens has on offer. The 2012 program resulted in feature articles in a number of high end magazines with a total combined value in excess of R100 000,00.

Clarens will also be present at the Getaway show at the end of August as part of the N3Gateway’s award-winning exhibition stand. These trade shows are invaluable and creates opportunities for database building while marketing Clarens, The Destination. Please indicate whether you would like to attend the show to assist with the running of the stand over the weekend of 28 – 30 August.

The CTF together with the other associations would like to embark on a ‘crew training’ program. A questionnaire is being designed for completion by willing candidates to be trained up in a variety of fields, i.e. cleaning, marshalling, waitering, guiding, recycling, etc. These candidates can then be called upon to assist at any event/function in the village. Your participation, expertise and input is vital for this to be successful.

Look forward to seeing you all on Monday the 8th of June for a glass of liquid refreshment and a snack.

Regards

Tammy

Clarens Tourism Forum

www.clarenssa.co.za

 

Cell:       082 8249365

Phone:   058 2561086

 

Clarens Ratepayers Association AGM

The Clarens’ Ratepayers’ Association will hold the 2015 Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, June 24th 2015.  The meeting will be held in the Methodist Church Hall at 4.30 p.m. prompt.

At the AGM, we will be electing new Committee Members.  I will be stepping down after 6 years as Chair, so too will Ralph and Rodney;  Santi Meintjes, Sjoerd de Boer and Godfrey Allcock will remain on the Committee with one or two additional volunteers.  We will also share with you various issues facing Clarens.

We do hope you can make the time to come along.

Date:     Wednesday 24th June, 2015

Time:    4.30 p.m.

Venue: Methodist Church Hall.

Pat Raubenheimer (Mrs)

Chairperson

Clarens’ Ratepayers’ Association

Phone: 058 256-1123

Cell: 083 450-7070

email:  raubenheimer@icon.co.za

Pycnoporus sanguineus

Pycnoporus sanguineus
Greetings to all our Village plant enthusiasts. This week we’ll be looking at something a little different, a unique species of Bracket.
Pycnoporus sanguineus is not your typical plant – in fact, this bracket mushroom actually belongs to an entirely different kingdom – one that many either love or hate and is neither plant nor animal, but lies somewhere in between (scientists observe that mushrooms are more closely related to insects than plants – freaky right?)  Yes, for those of you “in-the-know”, P. sanguineus is in fact part of the Fungi kingdom.
Many refer to fungi in a very general sense as mushrooms.  But what exactly are mushrooms then, how do we differentiate between different forms of mushroom, and to top it all, is it even correct to refer to all fungi as mushrooms? Well no, and yes – confused?  While it isn’t generally incorrect to refer to fungi as mushrooms, the term is more applicable to fungi whose growth-form (physiognomy) consists of a distinct stem (stipe) with a cap (pileus) and gills (lamellae) under the cap. A good example of this are the various species of edible capped mushrooms (usually agarics) found in your local Pick ‘n Pay or Checkers. Fungi are heterotrophs (obtain food from other organisms – not unlike animals) yet have cells with cell walls (as do plants) consisting of chiton (the exoskeletons of insects) and may be classed in 1 of 2 groups – macrofungi or microfungi (microscopic i.e. invisible to the naked eye). Macrofungi differ greatly in morphology, size, colour and edibility and these characteristics are the basis of differentiating between various forms; although it is always best to consult a reputable field or pocket guide before deciding whether or not a mushroom should be handled or consumed.
Pictured above is the bracket fungus P. sanguineus, always found occurring on decomposing wood from trees such as pine. This particular specimen was found on an old and partially decayed Weeping Willow along our Spruit trail. It is widespread and inedible, although non-toxic. It is of small-medium diameter, bright orange, and is observed “fruiting” from November – April.

Uses
Throughout history, mankind have found fungi to be of great appeal. Much mystery and mythology surrounds fungi. They have found a place in children’s fairy-tales, been used to stimulate unearthly visions and often vivid hallucinations, have found their way into traditional medicines and are the basis of modern antibiotics (such as penicillin). They have been used in the production of an array of adult beverages and have been used the world over in a huge plethora of culinary masterpieces. Fungi can either be beneficial as already mentioned or be the source of acute poisoning in humans and livestock.
One particularly alien species Ophiocordyceps camponoti-rufipedis, is known to abduct carpenter ants Camponotus rufipes by rooting itself in their brain-stem, driving them into sunlight and sprouting from their heads whilst simultaneously killing the host in the process – talk about bizarre! (Don’t worry – their distribution is limited to certain tropical forests). For the most part fungi play an important ecological, cultural and spiritual role the world over.
Ecology
You’ve heard of the Food pyramid in school yes? Well fungi form the basis of this pyramid as decomposers. As implied, their primary ecological role is to decompose and restore to the earth, in basic form, all plant and sometimes animal matter; thereby facilitating the growth of new life forms. Careful examination of almost all known terrestrial biomes and ecosystems will reveal the presence of fungi of one or another form.

 

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

Click here for more information on the Clarens Village Nature Reserve

 

Damien1-100x100Article and photography by Damien Coulson

Head ranger: Clarens Village Nature Reserve

 

Silene undulata

S. undulata

Greetings to all our Village plant enthusiasts. Welcome to this weeks’ “bi-monthly Plant of Interest”. We’ll be focusing on a member of the Caryophyllaceae (Carnation) family.

Silene undulata (Gunpowder Plant or Dream Root in English, Wildetebak in Afrikaans and Molokoloko in Sesotho) is a frost and heat resistant perennial that grows up to 1000mm tall on moist, steep hill-slopes at altitudes ranging from 1550–2880 m A.S.L. This plant occurs from the Western Cape right through to Zimbabwe.

S. undulatamay be differentiated from a similar species; S. bellidoides primarily through its ecological range and habitat – S. bellidoides prefers open grassveld, and is substantially smaller at only 600mm. The species name undulata is derived from undulate, in botanical terms this refers to the undulating or “waving” nature of the leaves. The common name Gunpowder Plant is a reference to the dark colour of the seed-baring capsules held by this species. This particular specimen was observed for the first time on the new Caracal Contour Cycle trail on the day of the MTB Series race through the CNR

The leaves of this species occur in a basal rosette (120X30mm) and smaller leaves also occur on the stem (80X20mm). The ovary upon which the flower is perched is tubular, obloid, green-ribbed, measures 20-30mm and is slightly hairy.  The flowers vary in size with the largest almost double the diameter of the smallest which measure 20mm across. The flower is a cream-white and is deeply lobed, resembling a heart. The flower margins are slightly undulating and the flower produces an agreeable sent from early evening. The flower is open early mornings just before dawn (and in the shadow of south-facing mountains) and again around dusk. Flowering occurs from December – mid-April. Uses:
Traditional uses
This seldom-observed flowering species is regarded by sangoma’s as a sacred plant with the ability to induce vivid prophetic dreams as well as in the facilitation of communication with ancestral spirits. The plant can be ingested as a tonic, solid or the foam from brewing can also be ingested. Larger doses can cause nausea and vomiting. It is believed that if foam doesn’t occur after preparations that the timing of the ceremony for which it was prepared is either ill-advised, or that the ancestors don’t approve of the ceremony.
Ecology
S.undulata is pollinated at night by insects such as Hawk-moths.
Conservation Status
The SANBI conservation status for S. undulata is listed as Least Concern

 

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

Click here for more information on the Clarens Village Nature Reserve

 

Damien1-100x100Article and photography by Damien Coulson

Head ranger: Clarens Village Nature Reserve

 

CRA Newsletter: March 2015

CRA:  Water Testing –  Recent water testing arranged by the CRA reveals that our water is still safe for drinking.   A further test will be done in approximately two weeks’ time.  Incidentally, the Municipality regularly have the water tested.

 

Water Supply:  With regard to our water supply, the Reservoirs are now full –the pump station was not fully operational but with the assistance of a CRA Committee Member, the Municipality has fixed numerous problems that have plagued the system.

 

Street Numbering:  A reminder that you should by now have your new street number displayed on your property for ease of access to Emergency Services.  To correct some misunderstandings:

Stand or Erf numbers do not appear on most GPS systems. In other towns and cities one can input a street number to the GPS and you will be guided to that property.  In the absence of a GPS, a property is found by using the logical street numbers  running sequentially with odd numbers on one side and even numbers on the other. The current difficulty experienced by tourists, visitors, couriers  and most importantly our emergency services where time is crucial, to find a specific property when stand numbers are not sequential has proved to be a major problem over the years in Clarens.  Many will also recall the numerous meetings and discussion regarding the problem of proliferation of non-standard signage to guide visitors to accommodation or business. If all residents, property and business owners do not cooperate by changing to the new municipal street numbering we will soon have even greater confusion for our inhabitants and visitors.  Refer to your municipal rates account to get your correct street number.

Thus it is to your benefit to have your new sequential, logical street number displayed on your property.

 

Upcoming Event:   There will be a Mayoral Imbizo in Clarens on March 21st  to which all the wards from the various Dihlabeng towns have been invited.  This will be held in the Clarens Stadium and  is the culmination of a series of Imbizo that have been held throughout Dihlabeng since 28 February.

13th February, 2015: Time to fall in love

My Kgubetswana Experience

My first venture into a tavern and I did not know what to expect, by mid-morning we arrived at our first Tavern, Hunters Pub. As we walked into the tavern gates the first thing I noticed was how beautiful & clean the tavern was. I felt good vibes as we greeted the taverns customers and they were friendly back. When we went inside we met Mampho Mokoena, we purchased a 750ml Hansa and a 1l coke. I was shocked when I got change back, the Hansa only Cost R13 & the coke was R14. I left the boys Ben & Matt, to play a game of pool and I spoke to Mampho.   Read more


 

Ifu Lethu in Clarens

Ifa Lethu

 

 

Creative hands truck cropped

 

Ifu Lethu are in Clarens working with 60 young artists and crafters from Clarens, Phuthathitjaba, Bethlehem, and Fouriesburg.   Clarens News has been in contact with Dr Ramdhani  – Chief Executive Officer of Ifa Lethu to find out more about this exciting project.   Dr Ramdhani told us that they aim to train and develop 60 young, new entrants, to enable them to participate in the growing creative industry and to develop creative enterprises, resulting in sustainable job creation and a potential spin-off of 400 new jobs in 5 years.   
Click here to find out more


 

The Clarens Beer Fest

Tickets for the Beer Fest weekend are selling like cold beers!   If you haven’t already bought your tickets you need to either go on line and buy them, or stop in at the Clarens Brewery to ensure that you too can take part in this exceptional event.   Visit their website www.clarenscraftbeerfest.com.   to buy tickets, or – if you haven’t yet organised accommodation over that weekend you’ll find a list of establishments in the area which may be able to help.


 

The Clarens Ultimate Frisbee team

This sound like fun!!!

Chris Pefanis, a self-confessed Frisbee fanatic, together with Graham Rodin is still looking for Frisbee players with a veiw to developing a Clarens Ultimate Frisbee team.  Chris has been in touch with a Pretoria team – The Labradors – who are planning to visit Clarens  this weekend (13-15 March.) They are willing to help us learn the rules and throwing techniques of the game.If you’re interested, inbox Chris  (www.facebook.com/chris.pefanis) with your contact number and let’s get playing!


Plants found in the Clarens Village Nature Reserve

 


Disa porecta 1
Article and photography by

Damien Coulson
Head ranger: Clarens Village Nature Reserve

 

 

Greetings to all our Village plant enthusiasts. Welcome to this weeks’ “bi-Weekly Plant of Interest”. This week we’re focusing on a member of the Orchidaceae (Orchid) family.

Disa porrecta (lekholela in Sesotho) is a perennial epiphyte of between 200-600mm tall, usually observed at higher altitudes of up to 2000 m A.S.L. in damp grasslands from the EC – the FS. Disa ordis means 2, in possible reference to the style wings, or alternatively dis meaning rich[ly coloured] referring to the bright orange-red flowers of the genus. Porrectus means to lean forward or outwards.   Read more


 

Recyling Trailer

The recycling trailer has been moved round the corner from its old location.   You’ll find it outside the municipal offices between the offices and the police station.   Evon would also like to thank all those who regularly use the trailer for all their “recylcables.”
Click here to learn more about the Clarens Recylcing Centre
Click here to find about more about the why, what, and where of recycling


 

Paballo’s Nursing Care: New Hours etc for 2015

Hours for Nursing Rooms
Monday           09h00-15h00
Tuesday          09h00-15h00
Wednesday     CLOSED
Thursday         09h00-15h00
Friday              09h00-15h00
Saturday         09h00-13h00
Sunday            On call

On call for Emergencies every day until 22h00 (after this time, the nurses’ need to be available for the elderly folk with whom they live).
After 22h00 telephonic advice will be given.
Or – Telephone Hoogland Medi Clinic (058 307 2424) emergency ward} (private patients)
Or – Telephone Dihlabeng Hospital (058 303 1000) (government patients)
Or – Telephone Ambulance Services:
ER 24                                      086 108 4124
Netcare 911                            079 146 9144
Government Ambulance         058 303 1226
Click here for more about Paballo’s Nursing Care
Click here for other important telephone numbers


 

Radio Maluti

Clarens is featured on Maluti Radio’s Hoezit program with Garth Brook from 09h00 every Saturday  Be sure to tune in.

 

 

 

 


 

EVENTS:

14 February 2015
Clarens Country Market

Cluny Farm Goats Milk products will be on sale tomorrow at the Clarens Country Market and every Saturday thereafter for the duration of the season (summer) Feta. Cream Cheese and Plain Yoghurt will arrive tomorrow. See you from 10 am onwards 

13-15 February, 2015
Love Rosendal Festival
If you would like to know more about Rosendal, have a look at the events page – we’ve just uploaded a lot of media articles on this very interesting little town
13-15 February, 2015
H.O.G. Valentine’s Rally
SPF will host the Harley Owners Group, or HOGS, as they are better known.  This event will be hosted off the Square, on Market Street West, and include live music until 11:00pm; there will be no road closures, parking on Church Street and ablutions facilities will be brought into Clarens.  Arguably most importantly, all the drinks involved will be locally-purchased, adding some weight to the local economy.  All proceeds of this weekend will go to the SPF.

 

19-22 February 2015
Bieliemielie Fees
14 February 2015:  Valentine’s Day
Have a look at the Events page on the website to see the Restaurant menus and specials.

 

23-26 February 2015
Richard Rennie “Paint with me” workshop
27-28 February 2015
Clarens Craft Beer Festival
 

28th February 2015

Cansa Shavathon

 


Classifieds

Remember to have a look at our Classifieds page on the website – especially if you’re looking for space or a flat to rent.   And could there ever be a better way to fall in love than to fall in love with a special mutt looking for a forever home – as they say:  who ever said that diamonds are a girl’s best friend has never owned a dog.  Go on……take a look, you’re bound to fall in love.

Clarens Water Crisis

Pic1 Pic2

The Reservoirs and the Townlands Dam.

 

  Rodney Wainwright has been in meetings, discussions and inspections of the various critical components of the system and has provided a clearer picture of the situation:

1.The Townlands dam that is our only source for water is at a significantly reduced level. This has been caused by the recent heavy rains in the catchment causing the water quality to drop to a level that it could not be pumped to maintain the dam level. Additional temporary pumping capacity is planned to be installed over the next few days to remedy the situation.

2.The water treatment plant is running at full capacity around the clock to maximise the water inflow to the various village reservoirs.

3.The various village reservoirs are currently estimated to be below 20 percent and it is critical that this be increased to handle the peak loads and possibility of a mechanical or electrical failure.

4.The current water consumption is obviously very high due to the dramatically increased number of consumers. This is making recovery of the water system from the current crisis situation more difficult. As supply cannot be increased, the only recovery opportunity is by reducing the demand / consumption. Every resident and visitor therefore needs to make their contribution.

The Clarens Ratepayers Association (CRA) will be holding further discussion with the Municipality on how this avoidable and unacceptable situation occurred and the necessary action to better manage future supply.  The CRA will continue to provide updates as they work with the Municipality and monitor the situation.

 

 

Clarens Municipality Water Notice:

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Please help the Town by making every endeavour to reduce water consumption.

21 November, 2014: So much happening

SAMSUNG CSC

Not only do we have the Cherry Festival taking place in Ficksburg this weekend, and Tshepong are having their Christmas party this afternoon.

Tshepong Christmas party

And there are a lot of other events coming up in and around Clarens.   Have a look at the events page on the website.   With Christmas happening next month it seems that there’s already a lot of planning going on in Clarens to celebrate this special day.   But – why wait until Christmas – there’s a lot of fun to be had in Clarens before then.   Check the Clarens News facebook page on friday afternoon for news on the weekend’s music and weather.    Other events coming up soon include:

24th November:  70’s evening with Cat at Gosto’s Restaurant

28th November:  Richard Rennie’s 82nd Birthday

29th November:  Cherry Food Market at Cafe Moulin

29th November:  Anton Benzon & Dianne Erasmus at Robert Badenhorst Art Gallery

29th November:  Christmas time show at Martie Lotz  hall

30th November:  Cherry Food Market at Cafe Moulin

AND then there are some really exciting events coming up in December, but more about those in the next newsletter.  (You can, ofcourse, take a sneak preview by visiting the Events page on the website.)


Clarens open

Oh – yes, it’s the Clarens Open.   It’s only happening next month but you need to book now.   And just in case, you think you may not be up to it – have a look at the Richmond Golf Club rules below.   Reading through them not only says something about golfers, but it also makes playing the Clarens Golf Course sound really easy!   Click here for more about the event and how to book.

Golf Rules


 

CVC Report Back

Damien Coulson has sent us his report on Clarens Village Conservancy activities during October, 2014, inclulding alien clearing, environmental education,.   As always, it makes very interesting reading:   alien clearing; environmental education; trail maintenance, and the rangers patrols.   Ofcourse, all of this work needs to be funded, and so your membership is of vital importance.  If you’re not already a member, Click here, for your membership form.   It only costs R300 a year! (Remember too that donations are always welcome.)

 

CVC Spring editionAlien clearing

Click here to read the full report.


 

Plants found in the Clarens Village Nature Reserve

Cotyledon orbiculata Damien1-100x100Article and photographs by Damien Coulson

Head ranger: Clarens Village Nature Reserve

 

 

Greetings to all our Village plant enthusiasts. Welcome to this weeks’ “bi-Weekly Plant of Interest”. This week we’re focusing on a member of the Crassulaceae (Crassula) family.

Cotyledon orbiculata (Pig’s Ear in English, Plakkies in Afrikaans & serelile in Sesotho) is a succulent shrublet whose stem may grow to 900mm tall. Many of you will have recognised this widespread plant which tends to grow on sandy or rocky soils. In the grassveld around Clarens you’ll generally find C. orbiculata at higher altitudes on the rocky sandstone mountain slopes (approximately 2000-3000m A.S.L.), occurring from the Western Cape through to Mpum.

Read more

 

 

 

 

 

 


Thank – you (from CCIA)Thank you.

For more information contact Evon at 073-708-7832 or Dons at 082-859-1505


 

News from The Recycling Centre

Clarens Recycling IMG_0062Evon reports that she is getting fantastic support from the people of Kgubetswana (including Zama Zama and Hunter’s Tavern) who are collecting and delivering materials to the recycling centre.   The children especially are getting involved.   (It seems that all the Environmental Education carried out by the CVC is having effect.)    Our ever-caring Evon encourages the children and puts aside glossy magazines for them to use in their various school projects.   (Incidentally, a cancer facility from Klerksdorp is now also collecting magazines from the recycling centre.)   A few minutes with Evon and you soon come to realise that one man’s waste is another man’s treasure.   Should you have items you’re not sure what to do with – drop them off at the Recycling Centre – Evon is sure to find a needy home for them.   And on that note, Evon would like to thank Jaap and Hilda Boonstra for dropping off a box of spectacles – which she is about to drop off at an eye clinic in Bethlehem where they will be put to good use.  Click here to find out more about the Clarens Recycling Centre, what it does, and how to get there.


Christmas is coming

Calling all Clarens Restaurants.   Please let us have your Christmas lunch menus:   We will upload them on our events page.   (Christmas Lunch is, after all, an event).


News from the Mountain Kingdom

Good news.   Maliba Lodge which suffered severe fire damage nearly two years ago has re-opened:    They sent us the following press-release:

Maliba Lodge Celebrates The Opening Of The New Main Lodge

After considerable perseverance over the past 15 months, Maliba Lodge takes great pride in announcing the completion, and opening of the newly constructed Main Lodge. Enriched with Local architectural design elements, this new building showcases a Reception area, family Restaurant, relaxation and bar area, breath-taking viewing deck and an exclusive private lounge and restaurant for 5 Star Mountain Lodge guests, an exciting enhancement from the previous building design.

Visitors to this brilliant new Lodge will be welcomed with unique furniture and creative designs and artwork representing local Basotho culture. Complimenting this exhilarating enhancement to Maliba Lodge, comes the addition of a fully independent conference centre boasting a private restaurant and bar, presentation area, adjoining accommodation and viewing deck.

In July 2013 the main Maliba Lodge building was devastated by a fire. Fortunately there was no injury as a result of the unfortunate incident, and all accommodation was left entirely unaffected, and has been perfectly operational during the construction period. The owners Chris McEvoy, Nick King, and Stephen Phakisi moved swiftly to plan, and personally fund a rebuilding program, faithful in the dedication of their valued Maliba staff.

This seemingly unfortunate event posed a silver lining whereby the new building would allow for much desired enhancements to be added to the new Maliba Lodge as well as provide contractual employment for over 50 Lesotho locals, above the lodge staff, who were incremental in the building of the new building, stepping out of their roles to be involved in the rebuild.    Click here to read more

Comment from your editor

I visited Maliba Lodge a few weeks ago – courtesy of Maluti Tours.   (The new structure is looking great.)   The great thing about visiting Lesotho is that you come face to face with Africa:  the beauty, the wildness, the clear big sky, the people…..etc.etc.etc.   This is such a contrast to Europe.   (And having just spent a month in Europe and visited Amsterdam, Athens, Rome and Paris, the contrast really hit me on this trip.)   It was specially wonderful to see how the people of Lesotho live with the seasons – and I managed to get some shots of ploughing, and sheep shearing.   Here they are:

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Lesotho shearing sheep

 

 


 

Classifieds

Remember to have a look at our Classifieds page on the website.   An interesting new building block now manufactured in Clarens has just been listed.   You may also need to order your Christmas cake……..

 

 

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7th November 2014 – Weekend Newsletter – Cherry Time


IT’S CHERRY TIME

November is Cherry Time.   Ionia Cherry Farm are running Cherry Tours (and you can book a tour from Clarens Maluti Tours), and we have the Ficksburg Cherry Festival coming up on the 22nd November.   Have a look at our events page for further details.  www.clarensnews.co.za/events/.   (There’s a lot happening this month)

Weather

Weather


Music

Amigo’s:

Friday: OB 2:oopm-5:00pm

Simon  5:00pm- 10:00 pm

Saturday: OB 12: 00pm-7:00pm

Denzel and Henzi 7:00pm

 

Grouse and Claret:

Friday:  Denzel and Henzi 8:00pm

 


 Clarens Brewery Weekend Special you don’t want to miss:

Chicken Nuggets & Chips R45

Spinach & Feta Samoosas R15

Beer Battered fried Onion Rings R15

Beer Battered fried Haloumi R15

Choices available of Plain, Mint & Sweet Chilli.


Community News:

Dean of Maluti Tours is going to Johannesburg on Thursday (13th November) and returning on friday.   Should you need to have anything collected or delivered in Johannesburg phone him:  072 133 9615/082-921-3894

31st October 2014 – Weekend Newsletter

31st October 2014 – Weekend Newsletter

Weather

Put your Brooms away and bring out your umbrellas, its going to be a wet weekend.

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Music

Amigo’s:

Friday: OB 2:oopm-5:00pm

Deon 5:00pm- 10:00 pm

Saturday: OB 12: 00pm-7:00pm

Simon 7:00pm

 

Friends Restaurant:

Halloween Party!!!!!!!! Slip Stream 8:30pm , dress up to scare!!! Prizes to be Won.


Important Notice:

Dr Lucille Steynberg Says Farewell

Dear Patients
It is with a great sense of loss that I am placing this notice.Due to circumstances beyond my control, I will no longer be practising medicine in Clarens, with immediate effect.

There was no way that I could have foreseen this sudden change in my life and I really apologise for not giving you ample notice.

DrLu-Mari Steynis taking over the practice. For appointments you can still contact Clarens Family Pharmacy at 058 256 1852.

My season in Clarens was really a very blessed one and I have come to know many of you in a very special way. Thank you for all your love and support.

God bless.
Dr Lucille Steynberg


New Hair Salon in Clarens:
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Hope you have a SPOOKY weekend, Done by Lauren May 🙂

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Asclepias stellifera

Asclepias stellifera. Plants found in the Clarens Village Nature Reserve
Asclepias stellifera (Photo: D.Coulson)

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Asclepias stellifera (Common Meadow-star in English & khola-ntja in Sesotho)  is member of the Apocynaceae (Milkweed) family and a perennial geophytic herb whose stems grow to 120-300mm tall. One will find this herbaceous species in grassland and often among rocky outcrops at altitudes of 2200 m A.S.L., occurring from the Eastern Cape right through to Botswana.

Break the stem of this guy and your fingers will be covered by milky latex. In almost all cases this says one thing about the seemingly meek little plant: Do not ingest me! I’m toxic! As its name aptly suggests, the florets have been likened to the clichéd rays of stars harking from children’s books. 

The flowers of A. stellifera occur in 4’s and have 5 petals enclosed by as many skirt-like sepals. Each petal appears almost rolled inwards along its length forming what resembles a partially closed tube and is tinted purplish-black towards the centre. The stems can measure up to 50mm and the flowers measure between 4.5-7mm long by 3-4mm wide. The inflorescence is panicle-esk. The fruit resemble cushion-star capsules of length 6-10mm by 5-12 and are slightly beaked but touch-smooth. The leaves by comparison are long and thin (10-105mm X 0.5-2mm wide) and have a prominent midrib. The margins are rolled under and the whole blade is covered in short, fine & tufty hairs. Flowering occurs from September-Jan. Uses:

Ecology

These small geophytic perennials endure annual regrowth of their stems, particularly (and shortly) after fires followed by the first spring rains. Their presence in the veld may act as an indicator of the biological diversity of the landscape. In truth only 1 in 3 plants in the grassland actually comprises grasses. The rest can be grouped into geophytes, annuals, trees and shrubs. Milkweeds are an important nectar source for bees and other nectar-seeking insects and use three defences to limit damage caused by caterpillars: hairs on the leaves, toxins, and latex fluids.

Gardening

Milkweeds are beneficial to nearby plants as they repel certain pest invertebrates. The leaves of Asclepias species are the primary food source for monarch butterfly larvae and other milkweed butterflies and thus draw butterflies to gardens. Many Milkweeds also reportedly give off a pleasing fragrance in the early parts of an evening.

Hunting

Natives of South America and Africa used arrows poisoned with glycosides from Milkweeds during hunts.

Conservation Status

The SANBI conservation status for A.stellifera is listed as Least Concern.

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Damien Coulson (Head ranger: Clarens Village Nature Reserve)

Evening Storm

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Evening storm over Clarens – Photograph by Mary Walker

Thunderclouds built over Clarens last evening, accompanied for a short while by a lashing wind. This turned out to be a mere dress rehearsal that produced a paltry shower, despite a few sharp flashes of lightning and some ominous grumbles from threatening looking clouds.
There is little as invigorating as those first fat drops of rain, cold splashes of relief on a sultry Free State afternoon. We’re into the season now for afternoon showers, but our weather pattern has been thrown into disarray this year, with cold spell after cold spell – but with little rain and no snow!
The Free State is well known for its proclivity for going through the motions of a rainstorm without actually producing any rain of note. This area is desperate for rain, so we look to the skies for a promise of it.
But we all know that it is not the dramatic thunderstorms that bring relief to our parched lands. We need steady rain, many days of steady rain, to transform our beautiful landscape into its renowned splendour of summer green.
Mary Walker for Clarens News

10th October 2014 Weekend Newsletter

10th October 2014 Weekend Newsletter


Weather

Grab your umbrellas  and put on your wellingtons, this weekend its going to rain.

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Music

Gosto’s:

Friday: Buskers 6:30- 8:00

Please book limited space available.

Amigo’s:

Friday: OB 2:00-7:00

                  Deon 7:00-11:00

Saturday: OB 2:00-7:00

                       Simon 7:00-10:00/11:00

Also Showing the Rugby on 5 Flat Screen TV’S so you don’t miss out.

Friends Restaurant:

Friday: Slipstream 8:30

Saturday:Slipstream 8:30

If you dare! try out Friends Mexican Burger.

Grouse & Claret:

Saturday: Hip Replacement (Fully Booked, but space still available at the bar)


Rugby Fixtures

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Hope you have a great weekend, Lauren May :)

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Sebaea leiostyla

Clarens Village Nature Reserve:  Sebaea leiostyla
Sebaea leiostyla (Photo: Damien Coulson)

This is the first Plant of Interest picture  taken using the new Powershot SX520.

Sebaea leiostyla is an annual herb whose stems grow to 100mm tall. One will find this herbaceous species in moist grassland areas often in close proximity to cover shrubs and streams at altitudes of 2600 m A.S.L., occurring from the Eastern Cape right through to Mpum.

To spot this little herb one must be prepared to follow one’s curiosity and really get in close to the subject. A camera with a good macro function is useful and could help aid in the identification. The word leio is Latin for smooth, styla Latin for style, in reference to the bare style on which the flowers are born.

The oval leaves of S. leiostyla measure approx. 10-15mm by 6-8mm wide, are scattered and oppositely arranged and appear dark green and somewhat waxy or glossy. The inflorescence is dense and held aloft by simple or branched and mostly bare stems. The flowers are small (5-15mm diam) with a corolla tube that’s usually longer than the petals. The flowers comprise 5 light-mustard yellow petals, partially enclosed by yellow-green sepals. Flowering occurs from Oct-Jan. Uses:

Gardening

Small they are, but they make a brilliant pot plant or alternatively planted against a wall they make great ornamentals.

Medicine

Many spp. of the Genus Sedoides have medicinal properties. S. leiodstyla is used by the Sesotho as a snake-bite remedy

Conservation Status

The SANBI conservation status for S. leiostyla is listed as Least Concern.

Damien1-100x100Article and photography by Damien Coulson

Head ranger:  Clarens Village Nature Reserve

Click here For more information on the Plants found in the Clarens Village Nature Reserve.

Rest In Peace, Rupa Kalideen

DSC09025It is with heart rending sadness that I tell you all that Rupa Kalideen passed away on the 6th October after a horrible car accident on the 26th September 2014.

Rupa has been a much loved member of this community for many years and will be remembered for her gentle smile, her kind words, her loving spirit, and her absolute love of nature and our beautiful mountains.  Anyone who came into her presence could not help but feel so warmly welcome and had the privilege of spending time with a soul so filled with peace and love for every living thing from plants to people.

For those who shared in Rupa’s gatherings, from candle lit Diwali to talks she so kindly organised and shared with us with Swami Vimokshananda, a Hindu monk originally from India, you will remember her giving and sharing spirit.

To Rupa’s family, my most sincere condolences for the terrible loss you are suffering.  Rupa has now moved on to the realm of angels and we all wish her peace on this, her next leg of her great journey.

Aum Rupa

Niki Roy  7 October 2014

Potjie Competition and Spring Wine Festival

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Photograph: Clarens News archive

The Potjiekos Competition in Clarens on Saturday, an annual fundraiser for Cluny Animal Trust, was a greater success than ever.  This year they were joined by Old Stone Bottle Store’s Spring Wine Festival, and the Waentjie catered to an alternative taste in fare.  Live music was provided by Van Smith and by Denzel & Hensi.  A marquee gave welcome shade to the many locals and visitors who gathered around the bench-tables to taste the potjiekos, listen to the music and enjoy the variety of wines on offer.

The cooking started during the early part of the morning, and there were no less than 12 competing teams.  The weather was most obliging and the event drew a large number of people.  During the cooking stage two preliminary competitions were held, one testing the intellect and the other testing physical skill.  The quiz, all about animals, was won by Team Ulwazi, a group from Kgubetswana, and the ball throwing competition was won by Team Ash River Lodge of Clarens.

At lunch time the tasting started.  The variety of mouth-watering flavours from the potjies, the lively tunes from the bandstand, and the selection of liquid refreshments on sale made for a heady and festive atmosphere.  While latecomers picked at the scrapings at the bottom of the pots, the winners of the cooking competition were announced.

Team Ulwazi impressively took the third prize, Team Latte unsurprisingly beat 10 teams to walk away with the second prize, and the hugely popular Team McLeod stormed in at the number one spot.  And so the winning streak of Protea Clarens was broken!  Well done to the winner and the two runners-up!  And to all the other teams for their fantastic food!

The venue for this year’s event was ideal, the space having been offered by Clarens Interiors in generous community spirit.  The combining of the Wine Festival with the Potjie Competition clearly had mutual benefits and provided a great outing for locals and visitors alike – with a feast of good music to boot.

3rd October 2014 Weekend Newsletter

3rd October 2014 Weekend Newsletter


Weather

Don’t leave your jacket at home going to be a chilly weekend.

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Music

Amigo’s:

Friday:  OB 2:oopm-5:00pm

                   Deon 5:00pm- 10:00 pm

Saturday:  OB & Simon  12: 00pm-7:00pm

                        Henzi & Denzil  7:00pm

Also Showing the Rugby on 5 Flat Screen TV’S so you don’t miss out.

Friends Restaurant:

Friday:Van Smith 8:30

Saturday:Van Smith 8:30

If you dare! try out Friends Jalapeno Poppers or Monster Challenge.

Grouse & Claret:

No Live music this weekend Sorry folks, Watch the rugby and try out their special Coffee & Tiramisu for R45.


Rugby Fixtures

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Hope you have a great weekend, Lauren May :)

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26 September 2014 Weekend Newsletter

26 September 2014 Weekend Newsletter


Weather

Chance of showers this Weekend so don’t leave home without your umbrella.

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Music

Amigo’s:

Friday:  OB 2:oopm-5:00pm

                   Simon 5:00pm- 10:00 pm

Saturday:  Deon    12: 00pm-7:00pm

                        Henzi & Denzil  7:00pm

Also Showing the Rugby on 5 Flat Screen TV’S so you don’t miss out.

Friends Restaurant:

Saturday:  Slipstream 8:30pm

If you dare! try out Friends Jalapeno Poppers or Monster Challenge

also Showing the Rugby so you don’t miss out.

Grouse & Claret:

Friday:   Henzi & Denzil 8:00 pm

Also Showing the Rugby so you don’t miss out.


Rugby Fixtures

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Hope you have a great weekend, Lauren May 🙂

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Hibiscus aethiopicus (Common Dwarf Wild Hibiscus)

 

 Hibiscus aethiopicus. Clarens Village Nature Reserve
Hibiscus aethiopicus (Photo:D.Coulson)
 Hibiscus aethiopicus. Clarens Village Nature Reserve
Hibiscus aethiopicus. (Photo: D.Coulson)
 Hibiscus aethiopicus. Clarens Village Nature Reserve
Hibiscus aethiopicus (Photo: D.Coulson)

Greetings to all our Village plant enthusiasts. Welcome to this weeks’ “Bi-weekly Plant of Interest”. We’ll be looking at a member of the Hibiscus or Mallow family (Malvaceae), from the widely distributed Hibisus genus.

Hibiscus aethiopicus (Common Dwarf Wild Hibiscus in English & lereletsane-le-leholo in Sesotho) is a small herbaceous species that grows to between 140 & 350mm depending on topography. This small Hibiscus grows in grasslands as well as along steep mountain slopes at recorded altitudes of up to 1800m A.S.L. H. aethiopicus grows from the Western Cape right through to Zimbabwe.

A little known fact about the derivative word Hibiscus, is that the original Greek ibiskos stems from the name given to the Marsh Mallow plant (now Althaea officinalis and yes, the root sap from the plant was used in ancient Egypt to make a rudimentary form of the popular medicinal confection and was also used to treat coughs an sore throats).

The stems of H. aethiopicus are covered in rough hairs. The leaves are 10-80mm long X 6-40mm wide with blunted apices and 3-5 veins from the base which may or may not have hairs. Leaf stalks measure 5-15mm. The flowers are not easily mistaken and measure approx. 50mm across. The colour is off-white – creamy /faded yellow (colouration is highly variable). The epicalyx (false calyx) bears 7-9 short bracts. Flowering takes place from Nov – Jan.

Garden

This species, although not necessarily a garden plant, is known to attract its fair share of butterflies and could therefore be worthwhile cultivating.

First Aid

In light of the plethora of medicinal properties ascribed to many plants of the Hibiscus genus; new studies have confirmed that “H. aethiopicus may contain an endogenous inhibitor of venom-induced haemorrhage” (basically extracts obtained from the plant have been proven to bind and render null the neurotoxic and haemotoxic components of certain cobra venoms and thus prevent death in the unfortunate recipient of the bite). Hope they get that antivenin up and running soon!

Medicinal Uses

Traditional medicines and remedies have been made from this plant. Although the exact uses could not be ascertained at the time of writing, rumour points to use as treatment for coughs, sore throats.

Conservation Status

According to SANBI, H. aethiopicus is classified as of Least Concern.

Damien1-100x100Article and phtography by Damien Coulson

Head ranger: Clarens Village Nature Reserve

 

Click here to see more plants found in the Clarens Village Nature Reserve

 

 

September 12 2014: This Weekend

Weather

Some lovely sunshine to brighten up this weekend.

WEATHER FOR THE 12 SEPT


Music

Amigo’s Restaurant:

Friday: OB & Deon

Saturday: OB

Friend’s Restaurant:

Friday: 8:30pm- Slip stream


Other:

Article Must read:

Izak de Vries by Mary Walker: Afrikaans Article on Clarens  Click here  for more information.

Times gone by (Shop):

has all new Summer stock in this weekend don’t miss out !


Rugby Fixtures:

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Hope you have a lovely weekend 😉 Lauren May

Izak de Vries – by Mary Walker

izak_de_vries_200x200I first met Izak de Vries in the leafy subtropical town of Thohoyandou in Venda some sixteen years ago.  It was then that I was introduced to his talent as a writer of Afrikaans literature, shortly after the publication of his first book Kom Slag n Bees. Recently Izak and his family spent a holiday in the Clarens area and I was again able to spend some time in the company of this warm and talented man.  I put the suggestion to him that he write something about our village and the surrounds for the Clarens News, and he readily agreed, hoping to convey something of the first time visitor’s impressions of the area. Izak has had a career devoted to creativity in the Afrikaans language.  In 1993 he was the first recipient of the M-Net Scholarship for Creative Writing and studied under the tutorship of the prolific Afrikaans author, Etienne van Heerden.  Since his first book he has written a second, Byna Liefde. It seems that the writing gene in Izak’s family faithfully delivers published authors.  Both his maternal grandparents were known in literary circles.  The Afrikaans novelist, Marinda van Zyl, and the acclaimed author, Abraham de Vries, are both relatives on his father’s side. Izak is currently a publishing consultant at Lapa Publishers.  He also writes extensively (though not exclusively) about the South African literary scene.  I have discovered too that he is a most talented photographer and has put together a lovely little portfolio of photographs on his blog, taken while on holiday in our area. Izak and his wife Elma, a medical doctor, their son Jabu, and their foster daughter Mashi live in Mowbray, Cape Town.  While this is a fair distance from Clarens, hopefully our community’s artistic, creative and literary bent will attract Izak to this area again.  And again.

 

Click here to read Izak’s article

Lessertia thodei

 

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This week we’re focusing on a member of the Leguminosae (Pea) family.

Lessertia  thodei is a perennial herb whose stems grow to 200 mm long. One will find this herbaceous species in moist grassland areas often in close proximity to seeplines and rocky flats at altitudes of 2100-2900 m A.S.L.  It is also an endemic to the EMR, occurring from the Free State to Mpumalanga.

The pods are characteristic of the Pea family and are visible from late spring through summer. 

The leaves of L. thodeiare hairless, in contrast with those of the similar spp., found growing in the region, such as L. depressa. The leaflets measure approx. 7mm X 3mm and occur in pairs of 5-9 and bear rounded tips. The inflorescence measures 30-75mm and individual flowers measure 10mm.  Flowering occurs from Nov-Feb.

Uses:

Gardening

An altogether attractive plant, it may find a suitable position in the garden as a hedge or pruned to form an ornate pathway through the garden.

Conservation Status

The SANBI conservation status for L .thodeiis listed as Least Concern.

 

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Head ranger: Clarens Village Nature Reserve

 

 

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

 

 

 

Clarens Fire Association Thank You

 

The clarens fire association on behalf of all it’s members, weary firefighters and support crews, would like to thank mountain odysseyfor co-ordinating everything and the following restaurants and individuals for providing food and cool drinks over the recent fire period.

Friends, Mosaic, Saverite Superette, Protea Hotel, Mountain Odyssey, Vito’s Ristorante, Clementine’s, Sir Henry’s, Guest House, Artists Cafe, Clarens Trading Post, Sunnyside Guest Farm, Rob and Talitha Silcock  & Estelle Hopton.

Clarens Golf Estate –  for opening a tab for firefighters to get a sandwich or cool drink etc. Unfortunately this went unused, but the Golf Estate have said they will carry this tab over for future meetings of the Clarens Fire Association.

There may be other donor’s of which we are unaware. We would also like to thank them.

These events show how our Community can pull together when we want to. Thank you once again.

Rodney Wainwright

for Clarens Fire Association

The Fire Association needs support all year round, click here for a membership.

Exciting Upcoming Events In Clarens

 

 Clarens Newsletter 8th-12th September

This Weeks Exciting Events

Why wait for the weekend to have fun with these upcoming events.

Cat & Pauls Lekker Show at Gostos

Lekker

 Book fast so you don’t miss out on the Springbok radio Jol!

September 11 7:00pm-11:00pm

For more info : http://clarensnews.co.za/event/cat-pauls-lekker/

 

 

Guitar Evening with CH2 at Bon Appetit

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Dont miss out on this Guitar duo at Bon Appetit.

10th September 6:30pm-10:00pm

For more info: http://clarensnews.co.za/event/guitar-evening-with-ch2-at-bon-appetit/

 

 Free Access to San ParksSANParks_logo_blog

 

8th September -12th October

For more info: http://clarensnews.co.za/event/free-access-san-parks/

 


 

This Weeks Weather

 Beautiful Sunny Weather for sun block and flip flops.

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Have a good week   🙂 Lauren May

 

7 September 2014 – Fire near Clarens

Fire near Clarens

The Free State has suffered badly from fires this year – and given the very dry conditions this is hardly surprising.   Thankfully Clarens is well-prepared (thanks mainly to the Clarens Fire Association and  our Clarens based Working On Fire team.)

Click here to find out more about Working On Fire

The fire above the Clarens Mountain Estate appears to be under control. Thank you – and thank you again to all our firefighters, and to those amazing mechanical dragonflies which “piss” on the fire with such amazing accuracy.

Fire near Clarens - 6th September 2014
Photograph: Toni Walters – Clarens News – 6.9.2014
Fire near Clarens - 6th September 2014
Photograph: Toni Walters – Clarens News 6.9.2014

 

Fire near Clarens - 7th September 2014
Photograph: Toni Walters – Clarens News 7.9.2014
Fire near Clarens 7 September 2014
Photograph: Toni Walters – Clarens News 7.9.2014

 

 

September 5 2014: This Weekend

Weather

Spring is in the air and is heating up.   weekend weather 6


 

Music

 

Amigo’s Restaurant:

Friday:

OB 4:00pm- 6:00pm

Deon  7:00pm – 10:00pm

Saturday:

OB 2:00pm- 7:00pm

Henzi & Denzel 7:00pm – 11:00pm

 

 

Friend’s Restaurant:

Friday:

OB 8:30pm

Saturday: 

Slip Stream 8:30pm

 

Grouse & Claret:

Friday:

Henzi & Denzel 8:00pm – 12:00pm


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  currie cup fixtures

Hope you have a lovely weekend 🙂

Lauren May