Category Archives: Clarens Community Forum

Dog walking in Clarens

Many Clarenites enjoy the sense of freedom that comes from being able to walk their dogs practically anywhere and anytime in and around the “Village” of Clarens. This is just one of the many privileges bestowed on residents which, all too often are taken for granted. For the most part, a harmony exists between dog-owners, their dogs, the public and other dogs; there is however an exception to every rule.

A particular point of concern regards the walking of dogs in the Clarens Nature Reserve without a leash. According to the NEMPA Act 57 of 2003, s. 50 (1&2) no domesticated animals may be permitted within a protected area. Due to the proximity of the CNR to the Village and its popularity with locals, the CVC – as designated management authority – agreed to allow dogs in the reserve. Unfortunately of late there have been cases of dogs chasing hares, dassies and Mountain Rhebok and even instances of dogs mock-charging other visitors (and occasionally the rangers) in the reserve. The rangers have even observed dogs out walking alone in the reserve.

Therefore the CVC has no other option than to request that owners utilize a leash in the proximity of other people and dogs, and within 100 metres of the main entrances to the reserve (demarcated by large signboards). This is to protect both residents and tourists using the reserve, as well as wildlife that reside within the reserve, in terms of the Animal Matters Amendment Act no. 42 1993 s.1 (1), which provides for criminal liability. Please note that the CVC does not incur any liability for an incident that happens in the reserve, it is the owner of the animal that is prosecuted.

Please be sure to have a leash on your person when walking your dogs in the CNR and be reminded that the rangers are authorised to request that dog-owners display their leashes at any given time. Furthermore any dogs that are known by their owners to be likely to chase wild animals must have their dogs on a leash at all times. Failure to do so can result in the rangers instructing said owner to leave the reserve immediately, and repeat offenders may be liable to prosecution or their animals being impounded.

The CVC does not wish to police every activity and endeavours to make the time in the CNR a memorable and unique experience for all users in so far as this understanding exists. Keep in mind that a “memorable” user experience entails each user considering the enjoyment and safety of themselves as well as that of other users and have an environmental and safety responsibility from the moment they enter the reserve.

Proposed Development of Dinosaur Interpretation Centre

Dear Clarens,

 

RE: NOTIFICATION OF ENVIRONMENTAL AUTHORISATION: PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT OF A DINOSAUR INTERPRETATION CENTRE WITHIN GOLDEN GATE HIGHLANDS NATIONAL PARK, FREE STATE PROVINCE DEA REFERENCE: 14/12/16/3/3/1/1468

 

On behalf of the Clarens Village Conservation, you are hereby informed that the Department of Environmental Affairs granted environmental authorisation on 26 October 2015 for the above mentioned project, in terms of the National Environmental Management Act, 1998 (Act No.107 of 1998) and the Environmental Impact Assessment Regulations, 2014.

A copy of the Environmental Authorisation (EA) is included in this notification.  A copy of the EA may also be downloaded from the website www.enviroworks.co.za/projectdownloads.php, or alternatively contact Enviroworks.

 

Please see attached letter explaining the Appeals Procedure.

 

We trust you find this in order and thank you for your participation on this project.

Sincerely,

Melisna Grobler

Communications Coordinator

T: 078 486 5729

B.A (Hons) HRM

Clarens Water Update

Dear Clarens,

As you all are no doubt aware, the entire country is experiencing a drought. Water shedding and water restrictions are being implemented in many municipalities.

Clarens ordinarily draws its water from the Klein Caledon river, which has now run dry. We do, however, have access to the Katse Dam water tunnels. We have been getting our water from this tunnel for the last six weeks. This is very advantageous to us as a community.

However, please be aware that water is a very scarce resource and whilst we are very fortunate to have access to this water, we need to be water wise to avoid possible restrictions in the future.

We do understand that use of the water from the Katse Dam may attract additional costs, but are unable to quantify this at this time.

Sincerely,

Melisna Grobler

Communications Coordinator

B.A (Hons) HRM

Reminder from Clarens Tourism Forum

Dear Clarens,

On behalf of the Clarens Tourism Forum, we would like to send out a friendly reminder to all.

The attached visitor map and registration forms include all the  2016 membership benefits, kindly submit your applications.

Sincerely,

Melisna Grobler

Communications Coordinator

B.A (Hons) HRM

Click here for visitor map

Click here for Membership form

Click here for more information on The Clarens Tourism Forum

Municipal billing glitches

Dear Members,

The Clarens Ratepayer Association is aware of the current municipal billing glitches. If you are experiencing the same issue, kindly forward your name & Dihlabeng account number to us for investigation.

Sincerely,

Melisna Grobler

Communications Coordinator

B.A (Hons) HRM