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Gladiolus crassifolius

Galdiolus

Greetings to all our Village plant enthusiasts. Welcome to another exciting “Plant of Interest” article for 2017!! This week we’ll be looking at a striking member of the Iridaceae (Iris) family.

Gladiolus crassifolius (Thick-leaved Gladiolus in English, khala-e-nyenyane in Sesotho) is a widespread perennial Iris, occurring in grassveld at altitudes of up to approximately 2000
m A.S.L., where it obtains a maximum height of 100cm.

The Genus name Gladiolus heralds from the Greek short sword after which the leaves resemble; whereas the species name crassifolius is a union of the Latin “crass” meaning rough or tough and “folius” meaning leaves, in reference to the thick leaves.

The thick, firm leaves of this species are held erect by prominent veins, measuring around 600-700mm tall by approximately 100mm wide and are a grass-green to blue-green colour, usually burned brown at the apex. These form a basal sheath of overlapping leaves which spread out into a rough fan. The inflorescence of G. crassifolius is a spike borne aloft a stem; wherein the small flowers (25-40mm in diameter) are a light-deep pink and the lower two lobes have a darker purple blotch. Flowering takes place late summer from January through to March.

This lively specimen was photographed along the Sky Contour Trail in the Clarens Nature Reserve where it usually occurs in small clumps or in isolation.

Ecology

This species is pollinated by sugarbirds and long-tongued bees and is thus an important species within the grassveld biome.

Traditional uses

It has been used as a treatment for headaches by the Basotho.

Conservation Status

Regarded as of Least Concern by SANBI on account of its stable presence throughout its distribution.

 

CVC Photography Competition – Through the Looking Lens

Winter is here and it is cooold! Fear not – the CVC has news to warm the heart – the winners of the CVC Photography Competition – Through the Looking Lens!

Entries were received in 2 categories – Landscape, and subject: nature. Great photos were submitted and the judges found themselves hard pressed to select only a 1st, 2nd & 3rd place in each category. Each participant was allowed to submit up to 5 of their best images. The judges spent great care assessing composition, focus, creative perspective, the use of colour (or lack thereof) and texture in winning photos; however no distinction was made between DSLR and mobile images. Basic editing was permitted including colour, exposure and cropping adjustments and the result were some pretty impressive images. Some images were simply too good to ignore, and the decision was made to award the winning photographer prizes in 1 or more categories where exceptional images were submitted.

We nevertheless have come to a conclusion after considering all these factors – herein are our top 6 favourite photos for our 2016 autumn photo competition!

 

Category, Landscape:

 

1st Prize (Sponsored by Protea Hotel, Clarens) – Paul Naude – One night stay for 2 at Protea Hotel, Clarens plus breakfast & 1 set CVC postcards
Photo name: Adam’s Apple, taken near Glen Reenen rest camp.

Adams Apple - Paul Naude

 

 

2nd Prize (Sponsored by Ian van Straaten Photography) – Bear Hansen– Family photo-shoot and photography workshop in Clarens & 1 set CVC postcards.

Photo - Bear Hansen

3rd Prize (Sponsored by Hack ‘n Steek Knitting Club)– Kieta Weyer – A hike of Golden Gate’s Cathedral Cave & 1 set CVC postcards

Autumn    Kieta Weyer

Photo name: Autumn Dam – taken at Lake Clarens..

 

Category, Subject: Nature

1st Prize (Sponsored by Protea Hotel, Clarens)– Dons Kritzinger – One night stay for 2 at Protea Hotel, Clarens plus breakfast & 1 set CVC postcards

Photo name: Reflections in the mud, taken in Clarens

Reflections in Mud - Dons Kritzinger

2nd Prize (Sponsored by Ian van Straaten Photography) – Jondee Benson – Family photo-shoot & 1 set CVC postcards

Photo name: Waterfall, taken at the Blyde River Canyon, Mpumalanga.

Waterfall - Jondee Benson

3rd Prize (Sponsored by Hack ‘n Steek Knitting Club)– Bear Hansen – A hike of Golden Gate’s Cathedral Cave & 1 set CVC postcards
Photo name: Bee in Clarens!, taken in Clarens.

Bee in Clarens - Bear Hansen

 

A big well done & congratulations to all our winners!

Thanks also go to all our photography competition participants who supported the CVC, and an extra special thank you to our prize sponsors: Protea Hotel Clarens; Ian van Straaten Photography; Hack ‘n Steek Knitting Club and Du Toit Gas and Machinery Services, for your kind sponsorship of our prizes!

 

 

 

 

Ledebouria revoluta

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Greetings to all our Village plant enthusiasts. Welcome to the latest “Plant of Interest” article for 2016! This week we’ll be looking at a member of the Hyacinthaceae (Hyacinth family).

Ledebouria revoluta (Common Squill/ in English, Bokhoe in Sesotho) is a perennial herb of up to 15 cm metres and occurs in bushveld and grassveld from the Western Cape through to KZN to approx. 2100 m A.S.L. Growth is best in the shade of trees along streams and on rocky slopes in the grassveld areas. The distribution is largely summer rainfall but also includes winter rainfall areas.
The specimens pictured here were photographed on the Spruit trail where they prefer partial shade. The species seems to fare better in moister areas where it occurs in a darker green variant.

Ledebouriarevoluta belongs to an interesting group of succulents with Epigeal bulbs. The word epigeal is derived from the Greek Epigiaos , Epi meaning “above” and Gia referring to Mother Earth, thus “above earth” or “above-ground”, with only the root system anchoring the plant to the soil. These plants thus germinate above – ground in contrast with the majority of plants. As the common name implies, L. revoluta is regarded as the most common species within the genus. It persists for elongated periods in moister areas, but is deciduous in the drier parts of the grassveld and is thus relatively frost tolerant.

The genus Ledebouria was believed to be closely related to the genus Scilla or Merwilla; however this has now been proved a distinct genus. Huge variability in morphology has been observed for this species, likely as a result of ecological adaptations throughout its broad distribution. This is interesting in itself, and further studies will be required to ascertain whether these are actually sub-species within the genus.

The leaves of the Common Squill are lanceolate, and tapering at the points from a broader base when between 1 and 20 leaves may be fully developed by flowering season. These are a dull green (and may be rolled inwards) and often marked by purple or darker green dashes throughout the length of the leaf. The leaves envelop the bulb in a basal rosette. The inflorescence is a raceme and are held aloft a purple-grey stem. The flowers are small and bell-shaped, measuring around 5mm in diameter and are a purple-grey colour with deeper purple/magenta stamens. These in turn are held in clusters on short stems. Flowering occurs from September – January.

Medicinal

Regarded as an ethno-medicinal geophyte, a plethora of medicinal uses have been attributed to L. revoluta, including use during pregnancy; as an antiseptic for wounds; itches and scratches; in the treatment of diarrhoea and flu and for back pains. Antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and free-radical fighting properties have also been researched for the species utilising crude root extracts.

Ecology

A multitude of insects (including bees and butterflies) visit the flowers in spring for their nectar, thus fulfilling a role in the annual pollination cycle.

Conservation Status

Classified by SANBI as of Least Concern (LC).

 

Article and photographs by Damien Coulsen

Head ranger: Clarens Village Nature Reserve

CVC Report-back April 2016

 CVC April

CVC April 2016 1During April, the rangers removed several dustbin bag loads of seed-pods of Datura stramonium – Common Thorn Apple – from the Clarens Nature Reserve. All parts of this plant are poisonous if consumed; propagate readily and are easily dispersed by livestock throughout the CNR. As such the seed containing pods were carefully cut and handled to reduce spillage of seed onto the soil. This plant has encroached rapidly in the CNR and if not swiftly dealt with, could pose a threat to biodiversity in the area. This is a Category 1b A&IP, requiring mandatory removal from all properties and natural areas – it may not be grown, sold, traded or transported for any commercial or domestic use. For more information about invasive plants and their management in and around Clarens, please contact the CVC at the details provided below.

Environmental Education

 

CVC April 3The CVC continuously improves on its’ outreach to the public regarding environmental issues – whether it be through workshops; presentations at local interest clubs; events and activities at schools; enviro-articles; guided trail tours, and more. Our stall at the Clarens Country Market (Saturdays) at the Bibliophile is a great opportunity for the residents of Clarens, and visitors alike to get to know the rangers and to enquire about the work that the CVC is engaged in with the community of Clarens.

Trail maintenance & enhancements

The Caracal Contour Cycle Trail received some much needed TLC after damage caused by cattle on the trail earlier in the month.  After some time and a good deal of energy from the rangers & Clarens Working on Fire team, the trail was looking better than new as several improvements were made, particularly in some of the steeper and inherently narrower sections of the trail. Work was also done on the Sky Contour & Kloof Mountain trails in preperation for the Ashburton MTB Cycle Series.

Special activities

CVC April 4

The Ashburton MTB Cycle Series made its’ annual round in Clarens over the weekend and brought many cyclists to Clarens. For the first time, the cycle race wound its way through the CNR on both days of the race. An estimated 600 and 900 cyclists participated in the race which brought them into the reserve on the Saturday & Sunday respectively. There were thankfully relatively few injuries, and in general the rangers received many compliments about the conditions of the trails as the cyclists passed through the reserve.

CVC April 5

Our rangers on patrol

CVC April 6

Wood collectors have been observed with greater frequency and the rangers are having to be increasingly vigilant that only dead invasive wood is collected from within the reserve. Please note that the harvesting of live wood of any kind from within the CNR is prohibited, and should such an activity be observed, please contact the rangers immediately. The snakes are out and about, likely as they seek appropriate shelter in which to hibernate throughout the winter – so please don’t shortcut through long-grass, wear boots and keep your eyes peeled. Winter is definitely approaching, and the concomitant array of fall colours is truly spectacular this time of year. Anywhere that you look in Clarens, the signs are evident as more and more leaves fall on our trails. It is now the perfect time to pick up your camera and take a few happy snaps – and remember you could use these in our up-and-coming photography competition – see our Facebook page and the CVC website for details!

Donations

The CVC has received a number of small cash donations at our stall at the Clarens Country Market (Bibliophile) over the past month.  As always, your contributions go a long way in the management of the CNR and improvement and maintenance of infrastructure.  Donations of any amount can find our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ClarensVillageConservancy or through our link in the Clarens News. The CVC Banking details – Acc. name: Clarens Village Conservancy. Acc. number: 330544489. Standard Bank, Bethlehem. Branch code: 055033.

Article and title picture by D. Coulson   Cell: 076 833 8910 or 060 307 1489

In text photo credits: D. Coulson and the CVC Rangers

Email: otgtechnologies@gmail.com

 

CVC Report-Back March 2016

CVC Report back

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This past month the rangers have observed an increasing number of Datura stramonium or Common Thorn Apple, growing in the Clarens Nature Reserve and have taken measures to remove the poisonous weed wherever encountered. This is a Category 1b Alien & Invasive Plant (A&IP) as classified according to NEMBA (act 10 of 2004), requiring mandatory removal – see the article on this invasive published in the Clarens News for a detailed description of the adverse effects it has on humans. For more information about invasive plants and their management in and around Clarens, please contact the CVC at the details provided below.

 

Environmental Education

The CVC and a local volunteer have been working towards the establishment of a photography competition which aims to raise awareness of the intrinsic beauty and value of the natural environment. Great prizes have been locally sponsored and we have some ultra-keen judges aboard to help decide the winning photographs. Keep your eyes peeled and your ears open for more info relating to this exciting new competition launching mid-April. The rangers also lead guests on a guided tour of the Spruit & Mallen Wall. By the end of the hike the guests reported that they were thoroughly impressed with the level of knowledge and heart put into the tour by the rangers – why shucks!

 Trail maintenance & enhancements

cvc march 3The rangers and Clarens Working on Fire team have been hard at work preparing the Caracal Contour cycle trail and Titanic trail for the Easter holidays. Cattle had done much damage to the trails; however with the persistence of the CVC and WOF, these have been restored to their full glory. Preparations for the Ashburton MTB Cycle Series (15th – 17th April) are underway and a temporary path has been opened for the event from the top of the CNR, linking up with the sky-high Sky Contour trail and eventually, through to the majestic Caracal Contour.

Special activities

cvc report march 4Clarens experienced its first ever Lush Festival, based at Linwood farm over Easter weekend. The music fest attracted some 4 thousand campers; festival goers; runners and avid cyclists. A portion of the Lush Fest cycle race entered the CNR and several of the cyclists were able to enjoy the stunning scenery afforded from high-above in the reserve (well as much as we imagine they possibly could towards the end of a race) – all considered, it was a big success for everyone involved. The next big cycle event in Clarens is the Ashburton MTB Cycle Series wherein a total of 2500 cyclists will be taking part – 2000 of which are expected to cycle through the scenic CNR. This is almost double the 2015 figures and includes international riders and locals alike. The event is an amazing opportunity to showcase both the beauty and value of the CNR, and the race will be captured by a news-crew and televised on Supersport.

Our rangers on patrol

cvc march 5Wood collecting is on the rise as it always is on the approach to winter. Several concerned residents have spotted the wood collectors harvesting large volumes of wood along the length of the Spruit and the area of the reserve below Titanic Rock. The rangers have observed the collectors harvesting live wood in addition to dead Oldwood trees from within the CNR. Several more of our trail markers have disappeared and yet others have been found discarded some distance away from their original positions, elsewhere gates in the reserve have been bound shut with barbed wire and the prickly wire has been carefully removed by the rangers on numerous occasions. These prohibited activities may result in anyone caught engaging in them facing serious criminal charges. The CVC has a notion of the culprits’ identities in each case and are in the process of addressing the issue with the municipality and SAPS. Please be vigilant and notify the rangers of any suspect behaviour in the reserve and along the Spruit streams.

Donations

cvc march 6The CVC has received a number of small cash donations at our stall at the Clarens Country Market (Bibliophile) over the past month.. As always, your contributions go a long way in the management of the Reserve and Clarens as a whole.  Anyone willing to make a donation of any form and amount can contact us via our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ClarensVillageConservancy or through our link in the Clarens News. The CVC Banking details – Acc. name: Clarens Village Conservancy. Acc. number: 330544489. Standard Bank, Bethlehem. Branch code: 055033.

Article and title picture by D. Coulson   Cell: 076 833 8910 or 060 307 1489

In text photo credits: D. Coulson and the CVC Rangers

Email: otgtechnologies@gmail.com

A Clarens Love Story

 

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The eastern Free State is God’s own country. Wide open plains as far as the eye can see occassionally punctuated by rock outcrops & rolling grasslands flanked by magnificent mountains which form part of the western foothills of the Maluti mountains. This time of the year the landscape is lush & green, seasonal pink & white Cosmos flowers adding splashes of colour to an otherwise drab roadside. It is a landscape that is good for the soul which instantly liberates you from the confines of city life. This is big sky country inhabited by big hearted people. People still in touch with their humanity, still in touch with the old-fashioned, farming virtues of kindness, hospitality, generosity, courtesy & civility. The area has a rich local history of story-telling, legends & African Basotho folklore.This story is about Valerie Wilcocks & Johan Bestendig De la Harpe, a young couple in love. Only a year separated them. Valerie was a beautiful young woman, spirited & independent minded & her boyfriend Johan, a handsome & adventurous young man in his prime.

It was the summer of 1932. Clarens was only twenty years old, a tiny village established in 1912 with dirt roads & sandstone cottages built by Cornish stonemasons. Named after the eponymous Swiss village where President Paul Kruger spent his last years in exile. The young lovers would mount their horses & ride out from the farms of their respective families to meet at a rendezvous in the mountains near Clarens so that they could spend time precious together. They met in secret against the express wishes of their parents because of a long simmering feud between the Wilcocks & the De la Harpe families. Through the ages the sandstone caves in the area served as dwellings for San hunter-gatherers, provided shelter for Basotho worshippers & refuge for Boer families fleeing farms torched by British troops during the Anglo Boer War. We can only speculate but perhaps the young lovers met in one of these caves.

One day while riding near Mont-Aux- Sources, cruel fate unleashed a double tragedy upon their families. The young lovers were struck & killed by lightning. Their grieving families set aside their differences & buried the young lovers next to each other. Valerie was twenty two years old & Johan was twenty one. They died on 18 December 1932, one day after Johan’s twenty second birthday.

 When you travel on the road from the picture perfect Free State village of Clarens towards the Golden Gate Highlands National Park, after 17 kilometres or so you will drive through the check point & after a few kilometres you will see a small cemetery on the left hand side in a grass clearing. Turn off the road & stop next to the Van Reenen family cemetery. The dozen or so graves are enclosed by a low sandstone wall. Above the cemetery on the right, the Rooiberge of the eastern Free State with their eroded cliffs & exposed, horizontal sandstone strata in golden hues of ochre, red & orange, stand as silent sentinels watching over the graves.

Behind the cemetery, on the banks of a river which meanders through lush grassland & reeds, a solitary Weeping Willow tree, its long, thin branches whipped by the wind. This is a well chosen & peaceful, final resting place for loved ones. In this tiny cemetery on the side of the road you will find the graves of Valerie & Johan lying beside each other. In the same cemetery you will find the grave of a brave young hero called Nathan van Reenen lying just below below the tombstone of his brother Laurens. Nathan was slain by an unknown assailant on 7 December 2013 in Durban whilst coming to the assistance of a victim of crime. He was sixteen years old.

The local Sotho people living in the area say that when dark storm clouds gather, you will see Valerie & Johan riding off into the distance.

Ride on young lovers, ride away,

Ride on & forever to a better day.

 

“May God bless & keep you always,

May your wishes all come true.

May you always do for others, 

And let others do for you.

May you build a ladder to the stars, 

And climb on every rung.

May you stay forever young,

Forever young, forever young, 

May you stay forever young.”

Bob Dylan – Forever Young

Costas Ayiotis

Pavementista

Clarens 

25 March 2016

PYD Annual Career Exhibition around the corner

PYD ANNUAL CAREER EXHIBITION AROUND THE CORNER

Paphama Career Exhib.

 

 

 

Various influential reports have recently confirmed that the crisis in Science and Mathematics Education has deepened in our country. This crisis is forming an obstacle in the way of African advancement and is effecting the growth of the economy in South Africa. School performance of learners clearly indicates that:
The national crisis in (particularly) Mathematics and Science education in South African schools has deepened.
Learners are not exposed to modern teaching strategies, including the use of technology in the Mathematics and Science classrooms.
Not nearly enough FET learners will qualify for Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) or Commerce degree or diploma programmes at HE institutions. (see e.g. http://www.cde.org.za/article.php?a_id=264)

Since 2012 Phaphama Youth Development (PYD) has been hosting Career Exhibitions for 10 High Schools from Dihlabeng Local Municipality and the improvement since then in schools has been impressive. The feedback received from the schools and the Local Department of Education is humbling.

PYD is a NONPROFIT Organisation (068 – 735) and PBO (930037537) which was established in 2008 and registered in 2009 to respond to the community health and welfare services free of charge. Their offices are based in 190 Kgubetswana in Clarens. The organization operates in Clarens and nearby towns subject to demand of the service. They strive to serve the poorest of the poor, with no thought of who deserves help, but only who needs help!

PLAN AND INVITATION

Phaphama Youth Development will be hosting its annual Career Exhibition in April 2016 which will be targeting all Grade 12 learners from all the Public Schools around Dihlabeng Local Municipality. This year’s exhibition will be the biggest Career exhibition PYD has hosted so far, targeting over a thousand matriculants.

Since PYD started with the career exhibitions and other educational programmes it has seen much change in the education progress of many children of with the pass rate within Dihlabeng Local Municipality having increased over the past 3 years. Many learners are getting admitted in the higher learning institutions.

Organisations and individuals are therefore humbly invited to be part of this life-changing event whereby they will be given a chance to put up a stall and exhibit. Organisations are welcome to give a presentation on Careers available in their structures and the channels which young people should follow in order to access bursaries, internships and learnerships.

THE EVENT WILL BE HELD AS FOLLOWS:

DATE: 15 April 2016
TIME: 09:30 – 16:00
VENUE: Bethlehem Showgrounds
ENTRANCE AND EXHIBITIONS: Free

The 1 day program will enrich the youth in the areas of technology, computers, multimedia, writing, art, math, science, literature, gaming, the Internet, study skills, and social skills.
The primary function of a Career exhibition is to offer students the opportunity to consider their future and interact with various avenues of employment, training and/or further education.
There is hope that this program will create more opportunities for young people to change their way of thinking, build confidence, foster creativity, and spark interest in life building activities instead of alcohol, Drugs and Sex.

The Army Base, which next to the showgrounds, will be exhibiting the following Careers just to mention but a few:

Army Medics
Water purification
Bomb Squad
Engineering
Human recourse
Marketing and ICT

For more information or clarity anyone is welcome to contact Ntsebe Mofokeng on 078 245 1709 or Onward Mvurume on 073 054 3145.

A Visit to Motoulong (Fertility Cave)

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If you have an interest in cultural matters, or even if you just want to go on an outing, I can certainly recommend a visit to Motoulong, also known as the Fertility Caves.   This is not a typical tourist destination – and perhaps that is what makes it so special.   There are no shops or restaurants, no info centre, and not even an ablution block (which may put some people off) but the sheer size of the caves, and the spiritual essence held within them is bound to move you.   Motoulong is considered to be a sacred place and many visitors make their way to the caves (especially over weekends).   Some come to worship God, some to honour their ancestors, some to seek an answer to a vexing problem (often related to fertility) and ofcourse there are those that are merely curious.

To get there take the Clarens/Fouriesburg road and turn off onto the dirt road which is signposted to Surrender Hill.   Follow this road until you see a gate on your right and the Haritage site sign.   You may have to wait for a few minutes for someone to open the gate and pay an entrance fee before gaining entrance to a large parking area.

Last December I was lucky enough to visit Motoulong in the company of Niki Roy.   After parking the car, the first challenge was crossing the Little Caledon river.   Fortunately,  a large fallen tree trunk has bridged the river and crossing was relatively easy.   We then followed a shady path which ran alongside the river – it’s an easy relaxing walk until you get to the next river crossing.   The river was flowing strongly and the scramble from rock to rock in order to cross looked quite daunting.   Luckily there were quite a few “pilgrims” who had formed a line to ferry their luggage accross the river.  Niki and I fell in, and were soon passing parcels, blankets, and even a live chicken forwards to the next person in the line.   Finally, when all the luggage had reached the opposite bank, we too were helped accross – going from hand to hand rather like two very precious pieces of luggage.

Once across the river there is a short climb up to entrance of the cave.   Motoulong is not really a cave in the traditional sense, but rather an enormous rock overhang, moulded by the forces of nature over millions of years, into a deep, high-ceilinged cavern – deep enough to provide ample shelter and high enough to allow for plenty of natural light.    The floor of the cave is wide, smooth, and dotted here and there by well demarcated hearths where people have come to stay,  along with their goats and a collection of cats.   Motoulong is however, first and foremost a spiritual area.    Some of the larger rocks are adorned with candles – and in the same way that I want to light a candle when entering one of those large cathedrals in Europe, I had the immediate urge to light a candle.   (Luckily Niki had suspected that this might happen and she had brought a few candles along with her.)   There are recesses within the cave where visitors can meditate, and some leave messages.   Others collect the water which drips out of the cave walls, and it is said that this is Sediba water and has healing properties.

Further into the cave  one comes into a very quiet, beautifully swept area.   This is where Sam – a highly respected spiritual man used to live and study.   Sam is has moved on but his presence is still felt as no-one lives in this part of the cave.   We stopped for a while to enjoy the view and watch people crossing the river below us  (a slow and careful process) before deciding to explore a path which seemed to head back towards the car-park area, rather than face the crossing over the rocks again.

Our “alternate route” hugged the river bank.  Having been swelled by water from Katse Dam in Lesotho, the river was flowing strongly with fresh clean mountain water on its way to relieve drought stricken areas downstream.   We were right in guessing that the path would end up back at the car park area, but hadn’t counted on the fact that we would have to cross the river again – and this time without the help of a fallen tree trunk or helping hands.   Eventually we found an area where the river was shallow enough to wade across – almost waist deep in the icy cold water from Katse.

Our visit to Motoulong will always stand out as wonderful, memorable morning.  Whilst not really a tourist destination, I would recommend it to anyone wanting to experience something different.

 

CVC Report-Back January 2016

Clarens Village Nature Reserve: Our rangers do sterling work looking after what must be one of Clarens’s most important assets. Furthermore, their Environmental Education projects will, I’m sure go a long way towards ensuring that this precious resource will continue to be protected well into the future.

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Clarens Creche gets a boost

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On Friday 22 January 2016, children and staff members from Medi Care Creche in Clarens were all jubilant after a generous donation of equpment and educational toys from Golden Gate Highlands National Park(GGHNP).

Although the items are not brand new, they had been lying in the Park unused for some  and donating it to a worthy institution seemed like the best idea. Soccer balls, dolls, bicycles and writing board slates are some of the items that were donated to the Creche.

The creche has 38 children (between the ages of 08 months and 5 years) and four educator and was launched in 2008 and caters for the children from the surrounding farms and Fouriesburg. Since its inception they have been struggling to get some of the basic equipment to use for the children’s learning and development.Golden Gate has been on a mission to live out the organisation’s vision of “A sustainable National Park System connecting society”  and grabs any opportunity available  to give back to the community, so far education seems to be the main beneficiary. In the past the Park donated school shoes to the children in the neighbouring schools.

Victor Mokoena, Acting Park Manager of GGHNP, said the donation was one of the many projects that SANParks gets involved in to assist the communities adjacent to the Parks, ‘We are very proud to see all these happy smiles here today and we hope we could do more to see every child in our community this happy” he said.Managing Director of the Creche, Meisie Khumalo was ecstatic at the donation “we are very grateful to SANParks for all they have given us, we hope it will really have a positive impact on our children.”

In December 2015 as part of the Corporate Social Responsibility project, the organisation handed a fully fledged science laboratory to a school in Clarens.

Issued by: Issued by SANParks Northern RegionDivhani Maremba, Northern Region Communications Manager. Tel: 012 426 5304,Cell: 074 588 5789 or Email: divhani.maremba@sanparks.org

Clarens Square: 26 March 2016

Notice from Clarens Community Forum

Dear Clarens,
Clarens Square: 26 March 2016

The NG Church in Clarens has for, at least, the last 20 years hosted a flea market on the square on Easter Saturday. All the proceeds of this market are used to uplift the community of Clarens. The church is involved in feeding schemes, schooling and a host of other charity initiatives.

Easter Saturday (26 March 2016) is a very important day for the continued support of the various community projects the church contributes towards, and has become an institution on the annual calendar of events in Clarens.

We have become aware that the AGS Church in Bethlehem has booked the square on the 26 March 2016 for its own market.

As business owners and residents of Clarens, we strongly object to this as all the funds generated will be taken out of the community of Clarens and put to use in the Bethlehem community. We feel that any charity event held on our square needs to be for the raising of funds that are directly put back into the Clarens community. This is of vital importance for the continued support of the various outreach programmes into the community.

We herewith request consent of business owners and residents of Clarens that support this petition.

Kindly respond to this notice granting the CCF permission to add your name/business on the list, accompanying the above letter directed to the Dihlabeng Municipality. If you have signed the initial form, we appreciate your support.

We trust that you will attend to this petition as a matter of urgency in a fair and timeous manner.

Yours sincerely,

Clarens Community Forum

Solving Social Problems facing Clarenites

14 January it is. Just before 9am a number of cars queued outside Margaret’s residence. A number of mature men and one lady, Pat Wagner made their way into the yard, straight to the sitting room. As a social player, the coordinator of Phaphama Youth Development, I found myself in the meeting, where almost everyone else qualifies to be my parent. What is this all about? Solving the issues that affect Clarenites is what the hearts of these mature men and women beat for, I can testify. For about an hour and a half the ten of us deliberated on ways of solving social issues, both ongoing and future plans.

Social Concerns is a wheel inside the Combined Churches In Action (CCIA) wheel. CCIA is an umbrella organisation that focuses on helping the needy holistically. Social Concerns is the arm that deals with issues that affect families and individuals, coming up with solutions that help individuals become self-sustaining. It works hand in hand with the Social Workers from the Department of Social Development and the South African Police Service. A Social Auxilliary Worker has also been appointed and she will be starting work on 1 February 2016. She will be based at Tsepong.

Social Concerns has in the past helped children with parents from Lesotho gain access to South African schools. It has also helped people who need counselling, helping them find meaning in life. In every situation where this arm gets involved, the aim is to leave a situation completely solved.

For some time now Social Concerns has been pushing to have a Safe Haven established, and relenting is not being put as an option. A Safe Haven, once established will be a place where people in danger of emotional damage or with no place to stay can be housed temporarily, while working out a permanent solution to the challenge.

Any challenge can be harnessed, when like minded people of great capacity bring their efforts together. This is the platform that Social Concerns has created. You can play a part in this. We can put our resources and knowledge together to improve the sanity level in our community.

To be part of the solution, visit Tshepong in Kgubetswana during office hours.

Onward 2Posted by Onward Mvurume

January 2016

Support a Notable Cause in 2016

I am excited to start the year with an article on some work that is focused on changing lives and establishing humanity in dominance and destiny mustering.

Bethel Christian fellowship is a church that has been in existence in Kgubetswana since 24 October 2011. The church focuses on building communities ruled by love. It also emphasises the importance of family values, where a family is made up of a father, mother and children; all staying together in harmony.

Since its birth, Bethel has hosted five international conferences, four of them under the brand TTiG, which stands for Total Trust in God. The TTiG conferences have become a typical pilgrimage, with participants coming from as far as Virginia, Potchefstroom, Klerksdorp, Johannesburg, and Zimbabwe.

Last year’s TTiG conference was held from 7 October to 11 October at Kgubetswana Community Hall. Restaurant owners, shop oowners and lodges benefited from the traffic that came, just for TTiG. The church is thus benefiting the business sector also, in Clarens.

Bethel is growing and the founding pastor, Tawanda Muviyi has written the letter below, as the church focuses on making more impact in the community:

Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Our ministry has been moving from glory to glory since its inception in October 2011, growing slowly in terms of numbers but significantly fast spiritually. We have gone through challenges but our God has proven bigger than all of them, we came out victorious.
For some time now we have been based on a temporary premise inside one of the congregant’s property, a 7m X 4.5m structure often very hot in summer and very cold in winter. By God’s grace we have just acquired an empty stand (65 Kgubetswana) where we can build a more suitable structure. Our intention therefore is to build such structure that will be able to accommodate the church as well as a day care centre/preschool for children.

The structure will be a 15m X 9m with a steel framework covered with wooden boards and roofed with zinc sheets. We have a few zinc sheets that we bought last year that will cover a third of the roof as well as some steel poles.

We are therefore extending an invitation to friends and partners of Bethel Christian Fellowship (and those that desire to be part of what God is doing) to contribute as the Spirit leads to the accomplishment of this vision. You are welcome to pay money directly to our suppliers for easy accountability, or give in kind should you have any of the listed items. Please note that we appreciate even used things such as steel poles, zinc sheets, wood etc.

Yours in Christ

Tawanda Muviyi
084 339 4340
tawandamuviyi@gmail.com

OnwardPosted by Onward Blessing Mvurume

Clarens News: 9th January, 2016

Sterkfontein Dam

Sterkfontein flamingoesSterkfontein Dam. If you’re driving from Clarens to Durban it really is worthwhile taking the R74 past Sterkfontein Dam and over the Oliviershoek pass. The road makes for easy driving, the views are magnificent and you may even see flamingoes on the dam shoreline. If you have the chance drive into the Nature Reserve down to the shore line. The yellowfish are spawning and there’s a good chance that you will see them thrashing about in the water.

Reconciliation Day – Building Bridges

RECONCILIATION DAY, BUILDING BRIDGES

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Having been involved in political activism, social activism and evangelism, I can safely and simply say, “human beings act from preconceived perspectives!” In politics, many party cadres become dogmatic at some point and will not be able to accept any other ideology. In evangelism you also meet people who have beliefs that they are not willing to give up, only because ‘they have been passed to them by the elders’. As we work to develop Clarens greater work needs to be done to develop mental faculties, if not to replace some corrupt files.

We are coming from a point where black and white are not only races, but they are messages written in block letters. Some blacks see a white person as someone who looks down upon the black race. They see an oppressor, an enemy to black development and empowerment. On the other side, some whites see a black person as an incapacitated member of the community, no matter how qualified and experienced they may be. They see a spoilt folk suffering from an entitlement syndrome. If it is in business there is rarely uniformity in what a different race expects to pay or to be paid for services rendered. What is wrong in our society? How can we correct it? How can a fair playground be constructed?

We are striving to distribute news, telling it as it is. Mental structures that need renovation are supplied with the right tools, manpower and materials. Not all work requires the same tool kit and manpower. You cannot use a wheelbarrow to cut a tree branch. I am not going to call everything that barks a dog here; very often we find sheep and cattle grazing together. Weeds also want to grow where good seeds have been sown. Not everything that is done in this community, by different races is wrong. There are men and women who are doing great works across the colour boundaries. I can mention some members of our community without reservations from my short experience in Clarens. People like Ollie, the guy who runs Clarens Xtreme has managed to excel in this vein. Mawela Mashinini who runs Fair Brothers Security among other businesses is also a figure that cannot be ignored. Gareth, the pastor of Dihlabeng Christian Church is another exemplary figure.

With tourists coming to our town daily and major world-class events finding Clarens to be ‘the place’, we have a lot to do as a combined force. Our difference in colour should not be a threat to our coexistence but an opportunity for us to serve our market well. Differences can be positively viewed as diversity, which is a precious component of any ecosystem. Let us not create a dog-eat-dog community. Business competition should be sanitized, merit overpowering colour. No activity or event should go unnoticed. Turning a blind eye to what is happening to our nose will only produce a disjointed, sickly community.

I want to encourage you to keep your eye on our events page and get to know what is happening around you. Normally giant opportunities do not use a speaker to announce themselves. The gold is in the dirt, great deals are hidden in the small font. Clarens is the place, great opportunities are around us. Let us work in unison to produce and offer the best to our clients.

The picture below is an extract from the prayer for Matriculants that was held at NG Kerk on 23 October 2015.

OnwardArticle by Onward Blessing Mvurume

5 Things to do these holidays in Clarens

 

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Clarens is well known for its Art and Craft and is often referred to as the Art Mecca of South Africa.  There is a wide selection of art on offer catering to all tastes.   Pick up a copy of the Clarens Art Route map from one of the galleries.   It’s not only a guide to the art galleries – but a wonderful way to explore Clarens.

#2.   Enjoy the Clarens Village Nature Reserve

 

 

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Beautiful walks, hiking, mountain biking, swimming.   Maps of the hiking and biking trails are available from most shops in Clarens.   Hiking – and swimming in the dam – is free, but bikers need to have a permit to use the cycling trails.   Permits are available at Clarens Xtreme in Sias Oosthuizen Street.

#3.   Visit The Golden Gate Highlands National Park.  

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The Golden Gate Highlands National Park is well known for it’s scenic beauty, as well as its wildlife and birds.    Drive the Blesbok and Oribi Loops.    (Maps are available at the Information Centre opposite Glen Reenen Rest Camp.) and be sure to visit the Golden Gate Vulture Hide.  While you’re in the park, visit to the  Basotho Cultural Village – a living museum will give you a unique insight into the ways and lifestyle of traditional Basotho people.

#4.   Eat out.

Clarens has many fine restaurants, delis and coffee shops.    This is however a busy time of the year, so booking is essential.

 

 

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#5.   Take a drive to Fouriesburg.  

 

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Enjoy scenic views over the Maluti Mountains.   Look out for Mushroom Rock (at the turn-off to St Fort) and visit the Plaque at Surrender Hill.   Further along the route you may spot Queen Victoria.   (Turn off onto the S505 to Lesoba Guest Farm to get a perfect view of her.)   Be sure to stop at The Rose Hip restaurant at The Rose House to enjoy locally produced red wine, from organically grown grapes grown right here in the Eastern Freestate.   If you want to book for lunch Contact Trish: 072 142 3183.

Nnete Foundation: Multi-Dimentsional Truth Display

NNETE FOUNDATION, Multi-Dimensional Truth Display

“Can I meet you the week after next week?” That is all Gareth Oosthuyzen asked for. It was early May 2015 and I had posted on my Facebook wall that I was going to start teaching Maths in Clarens, and Gareth had read it. About a week and a half later we were seated in my rented room and the term Nnete Foundation was introduced to my ears.
After the greetings and catching up after our first meeting six months earlier, we got to business. We discussed the Mr Onward Maths Academy idea, then the Nnete aspect. By then, Nnete was like a two months old pregnancy, only those very close to the pregnant lady would know. The premise to be used did not look like it could be a hope for many. A shop, it was from afar and from a close range. Reality was just a zygote.

It’s been over seven months now and birth pangs can be felt. The water is about to break. The midwives are attentive.
Nnete Foundation is a Non-Profit Organisation that is being established in Clarens. The place that used to be the Dihlabeng Store is becoming a place of academic upliftment and life skills development. The mandate for this work is to put Clarens on the map academically and knowledgewise. Nnete is a Sesotho term that means truth. From my discussion with Gareth, truth is going to be dished in basins. A world-class set up is on the cards. Grade 8 and Grade 9 learners from schools around Clarens are being targeted. This is not going to be a one-day event or single-year occurrence. Once a learner has been enrolled into the system they will be helped mainly with the English Language and Mathematics until they complete Matric. The idea is to make sure learners from Clarens get Matric passes that can help them study further in areas of choice. In the long run, Nnete Foundation also looks forward to source bursaries for deserving learners to help them further their studies.
Laptops have already been donated and tutor programs obtained and installed. The tutor programs can help individuals struggling with a subject, e.g. Maths, giving video lectures and exercises to tackle. If a learner struggles with an exercise, there is an option to go to a page where the problem is solved, stage by stage.

Some Grade 10 learners from Moriting wa Thuto Secondary School and learners from Clarens Combined School and Ntsu Secondary School benefited from the testing period from 15 October 2015 to 26 November 2015. 18 learners were enrolled for that period. The number is set to be increased to 30 when the Foundation gets fully operational early next year. The Official Opening is then expected to in January 2016 and there will be two staff members fully dedicated to the work.

Besides helping learners from schools the Clarens Community is also set to benefit immensely from life programs that will be run from time to time, free of charge. The only currency requested in return to services rendered is commitment and an eagerness to learn. Volunteers who are experts in their areas of specialisation will come to tutor and mentor. Health related issues, financial management, and other crucial aspects of the livelihood of mankind will be covered. Hanna Banks, originnally from the United Kingdom will be in charge of all the operations from January 2016.

Some signs are already showing that this work is set to impact the educational level in Clarens. Margaret, the principal of Dihlabeng Christian School has seen the need for such a foundation and has inspired the school to donate a sizable amount of money towards the establishment of Nnete. This is an indisputable prophecy of the impact of Nnete on mental faculties.
The work is being established, you can be part of this big dream.

Article and Photos by Onward Blessing Mvurume

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.

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.

CVC Report-Back November 2015

The CVC Report-Back for November 2015:   Yet another interesting update on everything that’s happening in the Clarens Village Nature Reserve, and the ongoing work done by the CVC Rangers.   (These reports are submitted monthly by Damien Coulson.   To catch up on past monthly reports visit the Clarens Village Conservancy page on this website or visit their own website:  www.clarensvillageconservancy.org.   They also have a facebook page: www.facebook.com/ClarensVillageConservancy.

CVC Report-Back November 2015:
Alien clearing;
Environmental Education;
Our rangers on Patrol;
Donations;
Seasons Greetings.
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Click here for more information on the Clarens Village Conservancy

 

 

Iphahamiseng Construction and Multipurpose Cooperative

Raising a self-sustaining community.

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A community that is self sustaining is well positioned for great development. “Raise yourself ” is the literal translation of the sotho term Iphahamiseng. Registered in 2010, the cooperative has already equipped and transformed lives. An hour with John Mondi, the Coordinator of Iphahamiseng gave birth to this article.

The old adage can be used here with no apologies, ” Give a man a fish and you will have to feed that man the rest of your life. Teach a man to fish and he will feed his own family!” The work that Iphahamiseng has done and continues to do is commendable. This is a for-profit organisation, with the community at heart. The cooperative trains anyone from the community to use their hands to make a living, for free. After gaining skills, any beneficiary can get employment in other companies or organisations that do work related to the skills acquired. The cooperative deals a lot with construction, and has many other facets where anyone and everyone looking for a livelihood can fit.

STEELWORKS

Fencing, buglar bars, security doors and gates, steel frames, artistic flower stands, flamboyant steel frames, …you can name it. Steelworks is like a daily bread to the men and youths at Iphahamiseng. To prove its worth, the cooperative was given a tender to do the steelwork at Clarens Primary School as the school is being taken to another dimension. That is a great achievement for a child born in 2010. All over Clarens and in establishments close to Clarens the cooperative has also been involved in fencing and other construction works.

The cooperative has personnel well trained to do paving works.

AGRICULTURE

Iphahamiseng is not only focused on the male gender. A number of ladies are doing a great work to feed their families and the community with fresh agricultural produce. They are also supplying restaurants in town with fresh vegetables. Amigos restaurant can testify to this.

Using the tunnel that was established by Trans-Caledon Tunnel Authority (TCTA) for the cooperative, different types of greens are being farmed all year round. When I visited the site, next to the Recycling Centre, I saw a good establishment of green beans, spinach, carrots, onions and tomatoes. I am an eyewitness to this, healthy eating is being advocated by this department, under the Iphahamiseng umbrella.

TCTA did not only donate the tunnel, it also helped in the establishment of a chicken project. A fowl run was thus built near the site of the tunnel. The fowl run is however not functional at the moment but plans to bring it into motion are on the cards.

Mamonini Semase is the Supervisor at the Agricultural site.

FREE SKILLS TRAINING
As I mentioned earlier, the cooperative offers skills development courses to the community for free. Anyone from the community can be trained to work with steel. Up to seven people can be trained at any given point, and the training takes four months. After the training, the beneficiary is given a cetificate that shows the skills attained. They can also be helped to look for jobs in other establishments.

The trainees are first taught how to work with meaurements. From there they are exposed to different types of machines, maintainence, safety precautions and how to use them. After showing an understanding of the machines and welding, the trainees are then given tasks to work on. One task after the other is given until one can work on a variety of jobs.

For more information on Iphahamiseng follow them on twitter @iphahamiseng

Onward 2Article by Onward Blessing Mvurume

November, 2015

One Land Love It Expedition

One Land Expedition

South African National Parks(SANParks) Honorary Ranger Mr Wayne Bolton is off to an adventure of  life time . Cycling through all National Parks in the country to raise funds for Rhino Poaching.

The expedition starts on the 28th November 2015 at Pafuri gate and he will do proceed to two national Parks that are in Limpopo Province, namely Mapungubwe National Park &World Heritage Site as well as Marakele National Park.. He will them proceed to Golden Gate Highlands National Park which is in the Eastern Free State …then off to the rest of the national parks with his ultimate destination in February 2016 at Addo Elephant National Park… When he arrives at each  gate, Park Management will meet him and sign a scroll in support of the anti-poaching campaign.

Wayne is scheduled to reach The Golden Gate on 15th December, 2015.   He will be cycling from Bethlehem to Golden Gate, and then on to Ficksburg.

www Wayne Bolton Website http://www.oneland.co.za/
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    – See more at: http://www.awesomesouthafricans.co.za/wayne-bolton/#sthash.2CqIytLM.dpuf

 

Clarens has Talent

CLARENS HAS GOT TALENT!

Working with the youths on almost a daily basis has made me see the eagerness that many youths have to have their talents exposed and appreciated. Clarens is not only the jewel of Freestate when we talk about its blessedness in relief splendour and classy hospitality, a generation of talented youths is also rising. In this wake, Dihlabeng Christian Church Youth Group has organised a platform for ‘Clarenites’ to show their talents.

The Dihlabeng Christian Church Youths will be going for a Camp from 06 January 2016. This type of camp has become an annual happenning. It helps youths to focus on being the best in the year ahead. The more focused youths a commmunity has, the more the potential it has to develop. These camps are normally paid for to attend. For 2016, the organisers are focusing on taking as many youths to the camp as never before. They thus do not want the camp antendees to be burdened by paying exorbitant fees to attend. This has made them to come up with this afundraising Talent-Show. All the funds to be raised on this day will go towards the January 2016 camp.

The Talent-Show will be held onn Wednesday 09 December 2015 at Dihlabeng Christian Church, from 17h00.

I can see two birds being hit by one stone here. First, the Talent-Show is a platform for the exposure of the talents embedded in Clarens. Secondly, the Talent-Show is a fundraising for a Camp that will change the lives of a sizable number of youths in our community. This is not a business, but an input into the development of minds and talents. One man once said,”The future of a forest lies in a seed.”. This is a plaform for the birth of a great forest, a great community.

OnwardArticle by Onward Mvurume

November, 2015

 

Interesting news for Clarens restaurants.

Tunnel WP_20151119_001#1An enterprising man, Teboho, has taken control of one of the tunnels next to the recycling shed. Under Evon’s guidance he has planted Beetroot, carrots, celery, basil, spinach and tomatoes (the tomatoes will be ready in approximately a month.)  Great news for local restaurants who want garden to table vegetables on their menus.

16 Days of Activisim 2015

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Violence should not at any point be tolerated. In all its forms it is an evil beast. Every year the need to concientize communities about the need to stop it continues to escalate. This year the 16 Days of Activism are going to be from the 25th of November to the 10th of December. As a way of campaigning to stop violence against WOMEN and CHILDREN, Phaphama Youth Development is working hand in hand with the Police to organise activities that will take place from the 25th of this month to the 10th of December.

The aim of all the activities is to open the eyes of our generation to fight against all forms of violence. Schools and the general community will get informed from the marches and gatherings that are going to take place. Mojalefa and Leralla schools are also going to be part of these campaigns. There is a great need for the farm communities to get to know their rights and fight against violence and abuse. That has made the organisers see a need to run the campaigns at 2 farms on the 7th and 8th of December.

On 25 November there will be a March as we start these campaigns and on the last day, the 10th of December there will be another march.

The community, all schools, civil society, the business sector and NGOs are being invited to take part in these campaigns.

TOGETHER WE CAN BUILD A PEACEFUL PRODUCTIVE SOUTH AFRICA!!! SAY NO TO WOMEN AND CHILDREN ABUSE!!!

To be part of it join the events as they come. You can also get hold of Mr Onward Blessing Mvurume on 073 054 3145 or Constable Mlangeni on 073 720 8483. A united voice makes more impact. Kgubetswana needs to raise its voice against violence and the time is now!

Onward 2Article by Onward Mvurume

November, 2015

Dinosaurs put Clarens in the News

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The remains of the largest dinosaurs to ever be found on South African soil were revealed at the Wits University Origins Centre on Tuesday.

Dr Jonah Choineire, a senior researcher at the Evolutionary Studies Institute, said the remains of the plant-eating creature were found between the border of Lesotho and South Africa just outside of Clarens.

“For those of you that know T-Rex, it was about 50% heavier than T-Rex,” he said.

The dinosaur, which is yet to be named, was estimated to have weighed about 14 tons.

Over the years, only several parts of the species, which is currently nicknamed the “Highland Giant”, have been found.

To date, the greatest part of the Highland Giant to be discovered was a thigh-bone.

A complete femur of the Highland Giant would measure a metre long.

Choineire said over the years a large ulna, vertebrae and claw pieces belonging to the animal have also been found.

“This is the stuff we haven’t published yet and it will be coming out in a year or two,” he said.

He said the discovery of all the bones was due to the work of hundreds of people, including students.

Coinciding with the Unesco World Science Day for Peace and Development, the Wits Department of Science and Technology also launched an educational poster-artwork by geo-artist Maggie Newsman.

The poster depicted South Africa over 200-million years ago when the continents were splitting apart and early dinosaurs roamed the earth.

Choineire said the poster would show young learners that South Africa was a land which was rich with dinosaurs.

“And we hope that it will get them excited about studying the science behind South Africa’s incredible palaeosciences heritage,” he said.

Source: News24

 

This news, I’m sure, will bring many visitor to Clarens once the Dinosaur Interpretation Centre within Golden Gate Highlands National Park, has been established.    Good news is that the Department of Environmetal Affairs granted environmental authorisation for this project on 26 October, 2015.      (See the notice posted by the Clarens Community Forum)

News from the Recycling Centre

RecyclingClarens can be extremely proud of our Recycling Centre. Not only does the Recycling Centre keep our town clean on a day-to-day basis, but they all stepped up to ensure that the town stayed clean throughout the recent BMW Motorrad weekend. They swept, cleaned toilets, tidied and cleaned the square, stage, showrooms and surrounds, collected 1.5 tonnes of recylable material and even food for the township pigs. What’s more they paid out more than R10,000 in wages to the casual labourers from the township who helped with this huge operation. WOW!!!!

Evon Els (who runs the Recycling Centre under the umbrella of the Clarens Village Conservancy) sent in the following report:

The Recycling Centre was asked by Dr Clean from Johannesburg to do the cleaning for the BMW Motorrad week held in Clarens. We started on Tuesday 3/11/2015 and were the last to leave the square on Wednesday 11/11/2015.

I spread the news that I need people to work as cleaners on the square and they had to come down to the recycling centre to fill in application forms. It was a shock to see how many people are actually looking for work but I could only take on the first ones to apply. (It felt really awful having to turn the others away.)

I had 29 people from our Township working shifts from 08h00 until 17h00 during week days and during the weekend our shifts ran to 23h00. A total amount of R10 305.00 was paid out in wages to the people.

All workers got uniforms and caps from Dr Clean and they looked very professional.

We cleaned 77 drums (and by continually putting clean bags into the drum we could ensure that they never became full); 27 toilets, the beer tent, VIP tent,food preparation tent, tables and chairs, the stage and backstage area, the showroom and entrance, all the exhibitor tents, as well as the square itself, and the surrounding streets. We collected everything – recycling as well as food and rubbish. The food was in separate bags and I dropped it off at the pig owners down at the recycling yard. In total I collected 1.5 tonnes of recycling material. The non recyclable material was almost non existent as all food stalls used recyclable material.

This really was a magnificent effort.   All those who are already members of the Clarens Village Conservancy can give themselves a pat on the back.   Those of you who haven’t signed up as members yet click here for your membership application form.

Click here to learn more about the Clarens Village Conservancy

 

Meteor Showers for November

Meteor Showers for November

November 12 @ 8:00 pmNovember 25 @ 5:00 am

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According to the latest newsletter from Wits Planetarium night sky watchers are in for a treat this month.

Meteor Shower

November is time again for the annual Leonids Meteor Shower. As the name suggests the radian comes from the constellation of Leo the lion. The parent comet for this shower is Comet 55P/Temple-Tuttle, independently discovered by Ernest Temple (Dec 1865) and Horace Tuttle (Jan 1866). Comet Temple-Tuttle orbits the Sun every 33 years with its last appearance in 1998.

The shower runs from about 12 November – 25 November with the peak predicted on the morning of 17 November. We might see about 20 meteors and hour. The best time to view the Leonids is from 3am – 4am, looking in a North Easterly direction.

Moon Phases

Last Quarter: 3 Nov

New Moon: 11 Nov

First Quarter: 19 Nov

Full Moon: 26 Nov

Planets:

Saturn remains to be the only planet visible in the early evening sky in the constellation of the scorpion. In the beginning of the month Saturn sets by 8pm, but by mid-month it will be in the glare on the Sun.

Jupiter, Venus and Mars continue to give us a nice show in the pre-dawn sky.

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Two Minutes of Silence

Two minutes silence 

South African Legion 

Did you know that the two minutes silence and its association to Armistice Day (or 11/11) Remembrance has a South African origin?

Read on and learn a little why South Africans should stand proud of what they have given the world – and on Remembrance Sunday and on Armistice day in November – when the western world stands silent in remembrance for two minutes – take heart that this entire ceremony has South African roots.

At 05.30 in the morning of 11 November 1918 the Germans signed the Armistice Agreement in a remote railway siding in the heart of the forest of Compiègne. Soon wires were humming with the message : ‘Hostilities will cease at 11.00 today November 11th. Troops will stand fast on the line reached at that hour…’.Thus, at 11.00 on 11 November 1918 the guns on the Western Front in France and Flanders fell silent after more than four years of continuous warfare, warfare that had witnessed the most horrific casualties. World War One (then known as the Great War) had ended.

The time and date attained an important significance in the post war years and the moment that hostilities ceased became universally associated with the remembrance of those that died in that and subsequent wars and conflicts. The Two Minutes silence to remember all who paid the supreme sacrifice was a result of this expression… and it all began in Cape Town, South Africa.

When the first casualty lists recording the horrific loss of life in the Battles of the Somme were announced in Cape Town, Mr JA Eagar, a Cape Town businessman, suggested that the congregation of the church he attended observe a special silent pause to remember those in the South African casualty list. It was the church also attended by Sir Percy Fitzpatrick. In May 1918, the Mayor of Cape Town, Councillor H Hands (later Sir Harry Hands) at the suggestion made by Mr. RR Brydon, a city councillor, in a letter to the Cape Times initiated a period of silence to remember the events unfolding on the battlefields of Europe and the sacrifices being made there. Mr Brydon’s son, Maj Walter Brydon, three times wounded and once gassed, was killed on 12 April 1918.

The pause would follow the firing of the Noon Gun, the most audible signal with which to co-ordinate the event across the city of Cape Town. The boom of the gun for the midday pause of three minutes for the first time on 14 May 1918 became the signal for all activity in the Mother City to come to a halt. Everything came to a dead stop while everyone bowed their heads in silent prayer for those in the trenches in Flanders.

As soon as the city fell silent, a trumpeter on the balcony of the Fletcher and Cartwright’s Building on the corner of Adderley and Darling Streets sounded the Last Post, the melancholy strains of which reverberated through the city. Reveille was played at the end of the midday pause.

Articles in the newspapers described how trams, taxis and private vehicles stopped, pedestrians came to a halt and most men bared their heads. People stopped what they were doing at their places of work and sat or stood silently. The result of the Mayor’s appeal exceeded all expectations. One journalist described a young woman dressed in black, who came to a halt on the pavement and furtively dabbed at her eyes with a handkerchief. “One could not but wonder what personal interest she had in the act of remembrance”, he wrote.

A few days later Sir Harry, whose son, Capt Richard Hands, a member of ‘Brydon’s Battery’, had been mortally wounded in the same battle in which Maj Brydon had been killed, decided to shorten the duration of the pause to two minutes, “in order to better retain its hold on the people”.

In terms of the meaning of “two minutes” it was also argued that the first minute is for thanksgiving for those that survived and the second is to remember the fallen.

The midday pause continued daily in Cape Town and was last observed on 17 January 1919, but was revived in Cape Town during the Second World War. It had, however, become a pause throughout the British Commonwealth from 11 November 1919.

Sir Percy Fitzpatrick, author of the book Jock of the Bushveld, had been impressed by the period of silence kept in his local church after the horrific loss of life at Delville Wood became known and the casualty lists had been read out. He had a personal interest in the daily remembrance as his son, Maj Nugent Fitzpatrick, battery commander of 71st Siege Battery, was killed on 14 December 1917 by a chance shell fired at long range. Sir Percy was understandably deeply affected by the loss of his favourite son and was also so moved by the dignity and effectiveness of the two minute pause in Cape Town that the date and time of the Armistice inspired him to an annual commemoration on an Imperial basis.

Sir Fitzpatrick then wrote to King George and it was accepted and implemented by Royal decree. On 27 October 1919, a suggestion from Fitzpatrick for a moment of silence to be observed annually on 11 November, in honour of the dead of World War I, was forwarded to George V, then King of the United Kingdom, who on 7 November 1919, proclaimed “that at the hour when the Armistice came into force, the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, there may be for the brief space of two minutes a complete suspension of all our normal activities … so that in perfect stillness, the thoughts of everyone may be concentrated on reverent remembrance of the glorious dead.” 11 November was the date in 1918 that the formal end of combat occurred to end WWI. Fitzpatrick was thanked for his suggestion of the two minute silence by Lord Stamfordham, the King’s Private Secretary who wrote:

Dear Sir Percy,
The King, who learns that you are shortly to leave for South Africa, desires me to assure you that he ever gratefully remembers that the idea of the Two Minute Pause on Armistice Day was due to your initiation, a suggestion readily adopted and carried out with heartfelt sympathy throughout the Empire.
Signed Stamfordham

Story for the South African Legion by Peter Dickens

 

Newsletter: 11 November 2015

As you can see The Clarens News has a new look.   The idea is that we’ll be able to post updated news as and when we get it.   I know that many of you love the emailed newsletters – but – unfortunately they are not only extremely time-consuming to put together and post out, but very often they are out-of-date within hours of going out.  Clarens is, after all, a busy town, and there’s always something interesting happening.   It is hoped that most of you are now following us on facebook.   Our facebook page is updated regularly, and we are slowly managing to build an awesome team of Clarenites who regularly post on our behalf.   Naturally, there must be times when you also want to say something, in which case join the Clarens News Group on facebook.   Here, everyone is welcome to have their say, provided of course that we all stay civilized and friendly.   (No politics, personal wars, foul language etc. etc. etc., … I’m sure you get the drift.)

Clarens News is first and foremost about Clarens and everyone who lives here.   We will soon be launching another website which is directed more toward people who want to visit Clarens.   We are looking forward to introducing the new website soon.  It’s in it’s final design stages and our website designers are hoping that we will be able to go live before the end of the year.

The Twitcher returns

THE TWITCHER RETURNS, AS THE ACTRESS SAID TO THE BISHOP…………..

Nothing is more calculated to drag the Twitcher out of retirement and away from Robert’s book of dead birds than German engineering at its most advanced. And I’m not talking here about the Mark 46 Panzer Tank (did I promise we wouldn’t mention the war?) but rather the elegance of two wheels travelling at 340km per hour between Clarens and Fouriesburg in rush-hour traffic.

As the actress said to the Bishop, nothing heats my seat like 1200 cubic centimetres throbbing between my legs. Speaking personally I rather like a 46 F-cup in slinky leather, but that’s just me. Point is that the golden-fingered engineers of Germany’s Federal Republic have contributed the raw material for a festival of note on the greening square of Clarens. Yes, the BMW Motorrad has arrived and overwhelmed us with showmanship, professionalism and shiny objects that travel at something approaching the speed of sound.

I find it hard to believe that simple human beings, even Bavarians, can twist metal into shapes that defy gravity and spray-paint them in such delicious colours. That might be the cocktails talking but never have motorbikes been so much fun, or looked so good (sorry Harley).

There is no way of calculating the fiscal benefits of the BMW event to Clarens but it is reasonable to suppose that the two or three thousand bikers here this weekend will return with family and friends in the next 6 months. And as the actress (also) said to the Bishop, it’s not the instant gratification that counts but the long-term satisfaction. Put that equation on top of steady growth in the town’s business fortunes and you have what one might call a no-brainer. There will of course be some villagers who resent the noise and the disturbance of their autumn years, but they are not likely to be dependent on the town’s business for their income. By contrast, guest houses, shops, restaurants and pubs might have a more benevolent view as the wider economy (and rugby fortunes) of SA goes south.

With hindsight wisdom, some locals might even admit to doubting the success and knock-on effects of the annual Beer Festival, now 5 years old and still going like a train. There is not a business in Clarens that has not benefited incalculably from this beer festival and the same, for better or worse, is likely to be said for the BMW Motorrad. Assuming it survives the Mother Grundy’s and becomes an annual event of course. And assuming BMW replants the square with lush green grass and puts the baby birds back into their nests.

Like most innovative events, the Motorrad will have its champions and detractors. Speaking personally, I haven’t had so much fun since I stalked Bigfoot on the mountains or crossed ducks with Guinea fowl to improve the flavour of my lonely stew. I have sympathy with villagers whose insomnia has suffered at the hands (guitars?) of young men in cotton vests or stunt riders whose tyre tracks have carved their way into our hearts and roads. But spare a thought for the traders of the town whose fortunes may yet hang by a thread if we don’t sustain our growth.

If all else fails, Hobhouse beckons those who feel overwhelmed by this intrusion. Just think, you could sell your house in Clarens and buy eight houses, a deceased hotel and a railway station with the proceeds, in that gentle town. And if you do decide to colonise the little town to the south, it is extremely unlikely that breweries or BMWs will come calling to spoil what remains of your visit to this planet.

The Twitcher

Clarens Combined School – Awareness

Great work being done by the Police, Phaphama Youth Development Child and Youth Care workers and Tsepong Care workers. From Wednesday the 4th of November 2015 to Friday the 6th, Constable Mlangeni from Clarens Police Station worked hand in glove with Pinkie Mashinini, Mamoqebelo Mokoena, Ntaoleng Motloung, Neo Motsoeneng Rosa, Emily Nkosinkulu, Thabiso Mokebe, Mphikeleli Ncala, Tona, Sibongile Matches, Ouma, and Nometi to raise awareness at Clarens Combined School. They worked with Grade 5 to Grade 9 classes. Topics covered include: Teenage Pregnancy, Drug Abuse, Human Rights and Sexual Offense and Bullying. Here is their work in pictures.

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Onward 2Posted to Clarens News facebook page 6.11.2015

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BMW Motorrad Days Programme of Events

BMW MOTORRAD DAYS PROGRAMME OF EVENTS

 FRIDAY.
TIME ACTIVITY LOCATION
08:00 – 17:00  Test rides and Enduro Park open Daily
10:00 – 22:00  All exhibition areas and tents open Main Square
10:00  Main Square opens to public Main Square
MC Welcome Main Stage
10:00 – 11:00  Bon Tempo DJ set 1
11:00 – 11:30  Stunt Show with Mattie Griffin 1
11:30 – 11:45  MC – Brand ambassadors
12:00 – 14:00  Bon Tempo DJ set 2
14:00 – 14:30  Stunt Show with Mattie Griffin 2
14:30 – 16:00  Bon Tempo DJ set 3
16:00 – 16:30  Stunt Show with Mattie Griffin 3
16:30 – 19:00  Bon Tempo DJ set / Local Band 4
19:00 – 20:00  CrashCarBurn Main Tent
20:00 – 20:30  Welcome by BMW Team and lottery Main Tent
20:30 – 21:30  Die Heuwels Fantasties Main Tent
22:00  Main Stage closes
23:00  Black Label Beer Garden closes
24:00  Main Square closed to public
21:30 – 02:00 Nightclub (Enduro Area)

 

 

SATURDAY.
TIME ACTIVITY LOCATION
08:00 – 17:00  Test rides and Enduro Park open Daily
10:00 – late All exhibition areas open Main Square
10:00 – 11:00  MC Welcome
Talk – Brand Ambassadors TBC
11:00 – 11:30  Stunt Show with Mattie Griffin 1
11:30 – 12:30  Bon Tempo DJ set 1
12:30 – 13:00  Talk – Brand Ambassadors TBC
13:15 – 14:00  Mean Mr Mustard Main Stage
14:00 – 14:30  Stunt Show with Mattie Griffin 2
14:30 – 16:00  Bon Tempo DJ set 2
16:00 – 16:30  Stunt Show with Mattie Griffin 3
16:30 – 18:30  Bon Tempo DJ set 3
18:30 – 19:15  Mean Mr Mustard Main Stage
19:15 – 20:30  Welcome by BMW Team – Lottery prize draw Main Stage
20:30 – 21:30  Ard Matthews from Just Jinjer Main Stage
22:00  Main Stage closes
23:00  Black Label Beer Garden closes
21:30 – 02:00 Nightclub Ignition Club

 

 

SUNDAY.
TIME ACTIVITY LOCATION
08:00 – 14:30  Test rides and Enduro Park open Venue TBC
Bikers Church Service – Pastor Rene
08:00 – 17:00  Enduro Park opens Enduro Park
10:00 – 17:00  All exhibition areas open Main Square
10:00 – 10:30  Stunt Show with Mattie Griffin
10:30 – 12:00  Bon Tempo DJ set 1
12:00 – 12:30  Stunt Show with Mattie Griffin 1
Talk – Brand Ambassadors
12:30 – 14:00  Bon Tempo DJ set – Local Band Rooi Baart 2
14:00 – 14:30  Stunt Show with Mattie Griffin
15:00  Main Square closed
MC – Event close
15:00 – 17:00 Vendors to pack up

 

 

 

BMW Motorad – update

The BMW Motorad weekend is upon us and already the village is a hive of activity. Following the public meetings to inform Clarenites of the event, some changes to the plan have been made.

1) Activities will be centred along the Square and Clarens Xtreme only. Whilst the concept of a village wide event, particularly along Roos & Van der Merwe streets, is something the organisers are aiming at, they’ve put that particular concept on ice for 2015.

2) The appeal to consider the quality of the stadium grass for events planned for the stadium in the immediate future was also heard and there will be no camping at the stadium (or any other facility for that matter).

3) The road closure indicated on the plan for the Western side of the Square had been cancelled; traffic will be allowed through but no parking will be allowed. The Eastern side of the Square will be closed off for vehicles with pedestrian access only. The Dihlabeng traffic department will be in attendance to direct traffic around the Western side of the Square

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween. There’s so much happening in Clarens that you’d better dust off those broomsticks – it’s going to be the only way to do it all. Have a look at the events page on our website: www.clarensnews.co.za .
Today: The Clarens Country Market
Cherry Farm Tours
Halloween party at Friends
5th November: Guy Fawkes Trivia evening
5th November: CAT at a hot BMW Motorrad evening
6-8 November: BMW Motorad
7 November: The Clarens Country Market
14 November: Cherry Jazz Festival (Ficksburg)
14-21 November: Cherry Festival (Ficksburg)
19 November: Sandstone Estates Tours and Train rides

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).

Snow report: 1-3 November, 2015

It seems the cold front arriving early next week may bring just a little more snow with it than we first expected. The forecasts do seem to be fluctuating somewhat – however this is the latest, most accurate info we have. Late Sunday evening into the early hours of Monday morning we may see snow over the high mountain peaks surrounding Graaff Reniet. Continuing into the morning snow will reach the mountain regions of Oudtshoorn, Beaufort West, Hogsback and the Drakensberg all the way from The Eastern Cape into the KZN with heavier falls in the mountains bordering the Eastern Cape near Tiffendel and Lesotho. Regions in the Eastern Cape such as Lady Grey and Barkly East may also experience some snow in the high mountains.   (Information courtesy of snowreport.co.za)

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

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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

 

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Head ranger: Clarens Village Nature Reserve

 

 

 

Showville – Talent competition

MEDIA RELEASE

17 September 2015

 

Fouriesburg is playing host to SABC 2’s brand new Variety Talent Show : Showville.

Everybody dreams of becoming a star and basking in their fifteen minutes of fame. Every town has a story and every town has a star. Showville is coming to town to make dreams come true.

SHOWVILLE is South Africa’s small-town variety talent competition where two iconic hosts visit a different town each week selecting four finalists whose unique performances are put to a town vote to decide who walks away with R10, 000 cash and the glory of newfound fame. People living within a 50km radius of the venue are allowed to enter the competition.

Hosting the series are two award winning performers: TV star, comedian and record-breaking winner of South Africa’s “Strictly Come Dancing” Series, Rob van Vuuren; along with dancer, choreographer, and star in local dance movie “Hear Me Move”, Bontle Modiselle. They will be spending time with each town’s short listed four finalists, mentoring and coaching them, in preparation for the big show-off talent evening.

The production will take place from Monday, 28 September to Wednesday, 30 September, with most of it being filled and playing out at the Fouriesburg Town Hall.

Day One, sees Rob and Bontle host open auditions at the Town Hall. Any and every type of performer is welcome to show their stuff and tell their story. At the end of the day, the hosts will select the four acts they feel will put on the best show for the town. These are The Finalists.

On Day Two – the Coaches mentor each finalist in preparation for the big ‘show-off’ talent evening. Filming of the finalists takes place as part of the everyday, normal lives of our finalists as they juggle to rehearse, go to work, spend time with their family and most likely, get all wound up and excited for their moment of fame. The audience will have to collect tickets to watch the Grand Finale from the Town Hall from lunch time onwards on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Day Three is the grand finale, presented at Fouriesburg Town Hall on Wednesday 30 September at 17h30, where, in front of an audience of friends, family and local community, our top four perform their acts and get voted for by their peers as the best Showvile Act of the night. The winner is awarded R10,000 and a glittering trophy signifying that they are their town’s favourite act and Showville’s Town Victor! The audience must please take note: no ticket, no entry.

The Series will be screened on SABC2 each Saturday at 20h00 from 7 November 2015.

To find out if Showville is coming to your town, please visit www.Showville.co.za

Showville is being produced as a co-production between two of Cape Town’s top TV production companies, Okuhle Media and Cooked in Africa Films.

This first series – comprising 26 one hour episodes – will see the Showville crew visiting towns in the Western Cape, Free State and Kwa-Zulu Natal. “We felt it was time to visit places that rarely receive public exposure” commented Greenland.   “The Show is intended to roll out as a nationwide talent search with the hope that our second Series for 2016 will see us travelling to Gauteng and up North.”

Cooked In Africa was Founded in 2003 and is owned and run by South African filmmakers, passionate foodie and local author, Justin Bonello and Peter Gird. Cooked in Africa Films has produced over 21 television series and delivered more than 150 hours of programming across various genres to broadcasters globally. Situated in Cape Town, South Africa, Cooked in Africa Films supports a vertical model, maintaining world class standards and ensuring a consistent and seamless delivery of content to broadcasters and clients. Cooked in Africa are well known for their shows “Ultimate Braai Master” and “Charlies Cake Angels”, their most recent venture besides Showville is the well known international format, “Undercover Boss”, all bearing testament to the company’s longevity and unrivalled ability to produce high quality and original content.

OKUHLE MEDIA is a female-owned, BEE Level 2 compliant production company, their flagship shows are Hectic Nine-9, SABC2’s daily, live youth block since 2007 and the cooking lifestyle shows, Neill Anthony, Private Chef and Sarah Graham Cooks Cape Town. Established in 2003, Okuhle Media has consistently delivered excellent production, marketing and broadcasting services resulting in local and international awards. Amongst these are the Imbongi Award for best production company in the Western Cape, the Premiers Entrepreneurship award in 2014 and a number of SAFTA awards for local and international television shows, since their inception 12 years ago.

 

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Compiled by Okuhle Media

 

For further information please contact:

 

Minke Alves – 021 486 2900 or 083 254 2063

 

24 September, 2015: Heritage Day

Heritage Day
Our Art Heritage Under Threat
Important Meeting
News from CVC and CRA
CLUNY NEWS
Equinox:
Clarens Garden Club:
Friends reopens:
More restaurant news:
Maluti Radio – Listen Live
GOLD IS THE NEW PINK
Classifieds
Contact us


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Heritage Day

We at Clarens News would like to wish all our readers a wonderful Heritage Day.   And it was with great pleasure that we managed to get this photograph of Clarens resident, Gladys, wearing this very special outfit to celebrate her heritage.


Our Art Heritage Under Threat

It’s rather ironic that proposed new legislation regarding copyright on all art in South Africa should come to our notice on Heritage Day.
News Release ( Adv. Anton Alberts)
The new Copyright Bill holds ominous consequences for all artists in South Africa and comes down to a song such as Steve Hofmeyr’s “Pampoen” will one day automatically belong to the state if the singer is no longer alive, Adv. Anton Alberts, the parliamentary spokesperson on trade and industry says. The sinister Bill was quietly published in last month’s Government Gazette. It contains various worrying aspects, of which the most important is that inheritance of copyright goes to the state. Adv. Alberts says this affects all artists such as writers, film makers, photographers, sculptors, painters, musicians etc. According to media reports today, the Bill of the department of trade and industry stipulates that ownership of all copy right after a person’s death will automatically and permanently be transferred to the state. As far as it is known there is no such rule in any country in the world. The Bill furthermore determines that the state cannot in any way give up this ownership by, for example, selling it. It is the state’s exclusive property to do with it in accordance with its own discretion. Another stipulation of the Bill is that it makes provision for an Intellectual Property Tribunal with wide-ranging powers and the establishment of a required minimum for locally produced content for the broadcasting industry. This content for public broadcasters is set at 80% while it is 60% for private broadcasters, with heavy punishment for institutions who do not adhere to it. If it realises, viewers could prepare themselves for a myriad of repeats – much more than what the case is at present. Adv. Alberts says the Bill is one of a long list of bills with a communist slant which is aimed at gaining control over everything possible to the detriment of citizens. “The FF Plus will oppose it in the parliamentary portfolio committee for trade and industry on which I serve. “We invite all artists to register their opposition by sending an e-mail to; help@vfplus.org.za with the title “Copyright” and the person’s name, surname, contact details, e-mail address and the nature of his/her industry in order that an organised campaign opposing this Bill could be launched,” Adv. Alberts said.


Important Meeting

Please see attached notice of an information session 28 September at 4pm at the Protea Hotel. The same session will be repeated on 30 September for your convenience, please choose whichever suits you best.
Come and enjoy a drink and a snack, and please spread the word. This notice will be distributed to all members under the various forums/associations in Clarens, the purpose being to reach the entire community


News from CVC and CRA

The newly formed  CRA (Clarens Ratepayers Association) management committee is:

 Chairman – Sjoerd de Boer  +27 83 646-3321 +27 58 256-1708   – deboeratlast@absamail.co.za

Chris green

Debra Stewart

Francois Schoeman

Martin Ball

Natalie Dell

Richard Beeming

Please note that all future communication regarding CRA should kindly be directed Sjoerd until further notice.

The CVC management committee has elected the office bearers for the next year as follows:

 Chairman – Santi Meintjes +27 82 925-4203 santi.mentjes@worldonline.co.za

Vice-chairman – Sherri Gersh

Secretary – Engela Wessels

Treasurer – professional to be appointed


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


Equinox

Yesterday (September 23) was equinox:

The September equinox occurs the moment the Sun crosses the celestial equator – the imaginary line in the sky above the Earth’s Equator – from north to south. This happens either on September 22, 23, or 24 every year.


 

Clarens Garden Club

CLARENS GARDEN CLUB – NOTICE OF MEETING
Due to the fact that the speaker can’t come to Clarens on 23rd September, the Garden Club meeting has been moved to Wednesday the 30th and will take place at the home of Nellie Hugo. The speakers, Leon and Elise Scholtz, from the Bristle Cone Nursery in Mpumalanga will be talking about general garden matters and they will also bring some plants to sell. The catering team will be Judy Roos, Jenny Pringle and Michelle Coleman.Please remember to bring a chair and a plant to sell.

Directions: Go up Main Road past the Dutch Reformed Church and turn right into van Reenen Street which becomes le Roux Street. Go past the castle and up to The Ridge development. Drive on the tarred road taking the second turning left and you will arrive at Nellie’s home which is the first house on the left next door to the only house with a red roof. The name of the house is “Rus in Urbe”.Hoping to see you all there.


Friends reopens:

Friends are back at last.   Their kitchen it not quite ready yet, but the garden and pub are open.
HIS WEEKEND:   SLIPSTREAM will be playing on Friday and Saturday nights.


 

More restaurant news:  

LIVE MUSIC AT AMIGOS

Thursday Night     17H00 – 22H00                               Tian

Friday afternoon      14H00 – 17H00                           Deon

Friday night from         17H00 to 22H00                     Simon

Saturday Afternoon   14H00 – 17H00                       Simon

Saturday Night –        17H00 to 22H00                       Tian

 World Cup Live Rugby over five TV

Food and drink specials available

 


 

Maluti Radio – Listen Live

maluti radio

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To see the program schedule click here 


GOLD IS THE NEW PINKFight Like a Kid

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.

 

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

 

 

CRA and CVC Committee members

Clarens Ratepayers Association

Chairman – Sjoerd de Boer  +27 83 646-3321 +27 58 256-1708   – deboeratlast@absamail.co.za

Chris green

Debra Stewart

Francois Schoeman

Martin Ball

Natalie Dell

Richard Beeming

 

Please note that all future communication regarding CRA should kindly be directed Sjoerd until further notice.

 

 

The CVC management committee has elected the office bearers for the next year as follows:

 

Chairman – Santi Meintjes +27 82 925-4203 santi.mentjes@worldonline.co.za

Vice-chairman – Sherri Gersh

Secretary – Engela Wessels

Treasurer – professional to be appointed

 

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

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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

28 August, 2015: Spring

In this Issue

Spring
Gateway Show
Community News from Clarens Chamber of Commerce
Dinosaur Interpretation Centre
Plants found in the Clarens Village Nature Reserve
CVC, CFA, CRA AGM Feedback
COMPASS – Responding to a Need
Dihlabeng Christian School update
Maluti Radio – Listen Live
EVENTS:
Classifieds
Contact us


Apple IMG_0989Spring

Spring is here, and nature appears to add more decorative blossoms and shades of green to the Clarens landscape every day.   Accuweather forecasts plenty of sunshine for the week ahead – with perhaps a shower on Tuesday.   It’s tempting to pack away all those winter duvets, but, long-time Clarens residents warn that we usually have a cold snap sometime in September.   Of course, spring is traditionally a time to spring clean – and also to start thinking about your diet and all those lovely spring salad vegetables……but as always, there’s always a downside to everything.   Someone recently sent me an article on how useless lettuce is from a nutritional point of view.   Click here if you really, really, want to read it…..or if you’re looking for an excuse to just bring out the braai and forget about the salad.


Gateway Show

Thanks to hard working members of the Clarens Tourism Forum, Clarens is THERE.


Community News from Clarens Chamber of Commerce

Update on the Postbox situation

Carl Swerts got the following information from the branch manager of SAPO Bethlehem. SAPO will send a vehicle from Bethlehem every day with mail which will be either placed in the boxes, or delivered to a street address by their employees.
Bruce Marx has agreed that the post boxes will remain where they are until 30 November where after they will be moved to another site and serviced in the same manner. (It’s not Bruce’s responsibility to move them, it’s SAPO’s). The exact site is unknown at this stage. This vehicle travelling daily is a temporary measure; SAPO is planning to operate via  a Regional Post Office Agency which a privately owned business fulfilling certain functions for SAPO. Anyone interested in this business opportunity should contact the Chamber of Commercia via clarenschamber@gmail.com for details.


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). A Basic Assessment process is being undertaken for the above project. The date of placement of this notice is 5 September 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: 086 601 7507 or Email: adel@enviroworks.co.za.
5. 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 orbefore 5 October 2015.


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 a rather large family, the Leguminosae (Legume or Pea family).
Tephrosia diffusa (Creeping Tephrosia in English, Visboointjie in Afrikaans) is a herbaceous perennial which, as its common name suggests, is a creeping wildflower. It tends to form relatively thick carpets in grassveld, usually in close proximity to water and rocky outcrops. T. diffusa is distributed from the Eastern Cape right through to KZN at altitudes of up to 1950 m A.S.L.    Read more

 

 


CVC, CFA, CRA AGM Feedback

The CVC,CFA, CRA AGM was held on Wednesday 19 August 2015 and about 40 people attended. New volunteers were announced for the CRA committee and their names will be announced by the CRA in due course. Rodney Wainwright gave feedback on the activities and achievements of the CVC over the past year, and is now stepping down as chairman of the CVC. The new commitee, as approved by the AGM, consists of Sjoerd de Boer, Lothar Vogl, Francois Schoeman, Niki Roy, Sherri Gersh, Santi Meintjes and Engela Wessels. The four rangers and Evon Els (recycling) are not officially committee members but do attend and report back at committee meetings. The office bearers will, by request of the AGM, be elected by the committee themselves, and will be announced as soos as done. Rodney also gave an overview about the activies of the CFA, and shared some challenges that are facing them in the year ahead. The AGM approved a change in  membership fees (combined for the 3 organisations) from 1 January 2016: R1000.00 per year if you pay in a lump sum, R100.00 per month if you pay by monthly stop order or monthly EFT (membership is per household, not per person). Pensioners are welcome to approach the committee for negotiations about reduced fees, but there is no general reduction applicable. Please support these three organisations so that Clarens remains the leisure destination of choice in the eastern Free State.


COMPASS – Responding to a Need

Onward Mvarume is an inspiration to us all.   In response to seeing the great need amongst the young people in our community he has organised a career exhibition which is to be held at the Clarens Combined School on 4th September.

After working as a volunteer teacher at Clarens Combined School from February 2015 to May 2015, I have seen the need for learners to be guided career wise. The majority of learners have no idea of the relationship between what they are learning and the careers they may want to pursue. Of those that seem to be serious with their studies, quite many of them have not decided on what they will pursue, in relation to their gifts and inner interests.

Another challenge that I have discovered is that the young people around Clarens lack exposure since Clarens is a small-rural-tourist-resort-town. Many are growing up with no ambition at all, and of those who are sometimes ambitious many are discouraged by grown-ups who have not seen anything better.

We have thus created S.H.A.P.E. to Share information, Help dreamers, Administer projects, Pioneer ventures, and Equip this generation and generation-next to benefit humanity.   Onward Mvarume.
Click here  to see the Program and list of exhibitors


Dihlabeng Christian School update

We are happy to inform our readers that Dihlabeng Christian School have managed to find someone for the post we advertised in our last newsletter.   They’ve also sent us their latest informative and interesting newsletter.
Click here to read it.
You can also find out more about the school by visiting their page on the Clarens News website.


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

29 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.
28-30 August 2015
Getaway Show
Clarens is being ably represented by members of the CTF this weekend.
31 August 2015
Spring Dressup Party 
31 August, 2015
Klopse
Klopse will be welcoming Debra Stewart for an enlightening talk: Hours in a Bookshop. She will be touching on a little bit of history/philosophy – all stemming from her experience of selling books at the Bibliophile – a very special bookshop.
6 September, 2015
MacNollie – hosted by SPF

 


 

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

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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

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

31 July, 2015: Springbuck on The Golf Estate

In this Issue

Springbuck on the Clarens Golf Estate;
Clarens Toursim Forum Report Back;
Plants found in the Clarens Village Nature Reserve;
Guided Hiking Tours;
Clarens Recycling Centre;
Fermenting Workshop- a Comprehensive look into Fermented Food and Beverages & Digestive Health;
Charlotte Theron Kinderhuis – Report Back;
It is time to plant fruit trees  (Reminder);
Maluti Radio – Listen Live;
EVENTS:;
Classifieds;
Contact us

Springbuck on the Clarens Golf Estate

13 Springbuck (1 ram and 12 ewes) were introduced to the Clarens Golf Estate on Wednesday.  And they are beautiful! Francois Schoeman the estate manager told Clarens News that aesthetics is the main reason for introducing the springbuck, and The Clarens Golf Estate is now the only 18-hole golf estate in the Eastern Freestate that offers golfers a bit of game viewing as they make their way around the course.   The springbuck are part of the Beukes Wildlife breeding program, and it is hoped that another 8 will be introduced towards the end of September.  Mrs Beukes however informed Clarens News, that it all depends on how well they settle in.   It seems that moving game is a tricky business and a lot of care is taken to ensure that animals adapt well to their new environment.  Hopefully all will go well, and these new residents will flourish in their new home.


 

Clarens Toursim Forum Report Back

The CTF held its AGM on Tuesday 28th July 2015 at Mont d’Or Hotel.   A new committee has been elected and they have a lot planned for the next year, including the Getaway Show, as well as a Market Research Survey.   (And since the last one was done in 2010 this is probably well overdue.)   Click here to read the full report.


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 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.  Read more

 


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/   )


Clarens Recycling Centre

A very big THANK YOU to everyone who contributed towards the repair of the bailing machine.  We are happy to report that the bailing machine is back at the recycling centre and working well.   THANK YOU.  THANK YOU. THANK YOU.

Click here to find out more about the Clarens Recycling Centre


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


 

Charlotte Theron Kinderhuis – Report Back

Charlotte Theron Kinderhuis in Bethlehem has finally received their grant, so the crisis is over for the moment.   (What a relief.!)   They are managing well, but could, of course, always do with a little extra, especially 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 personal hygiene products.

For further information 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.


It is time to plant fruit trees  (Reminder)

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


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

5th August, 2015


7-10 August. 2015
Rosendal Winterfees

 

 

 

11th August 2015
Police Forum and SAPS Update
NG Church Hall:  4pm

 

 

 

 

 

19th August 2015
CRA – CVC – CFA Important Meeting

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

Classifieds

PLEASE NOTE THAT SR. ANTOINETTE EARLE OF PABALLO’S NURSING CARE @ CLARENS IS AVAILABLE FOR A NIGHT NURSING POSITION FROM AUGUST 2015.  PLEASE CONTACT SR. ANTOINETTE ON 083 236 1293

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

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

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

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

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


 

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

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.

 

18th June, 2015

Horeb snow

In this issue:

Light snow in Clarens
Proposed development of a Dinosaur Interpretation Centre
SAPS Station Commander to Meet Clarens Residents (again)
Plants found in the Clarens Village Nature Reserve
More news from the Clarens Village Nature Reserve
News from the Clarens Tourism Forum
Snow bubbles
Children in Need – You can Help
Clarens Ratepayers Association News
EVENTS:
Classifieds
Contact us


Light snow in Clarens

We were treated to some light snow in Clarens this week,  but sadly for snow lovers we don’t seem to be due for more snow until (according to Acuweather)  3rd July.   Temperatures are warming up and we are set to enjoy some sunny weather until Wednesay 24th, when temperatures drop and we can all rush outside at dawn to make some snow bubbles!   (See the article further on.)   Go on….we dare you.


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 (again)

Following a very successful meeting on 9th June between Clarens residents and Lt Monica Botha, Lt Monica Botha, is planning to make this a monthly event, and she has set aside every second Tuesday of the month for this purpose.   The next meeting will be on 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.


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 a rather large family – Hypoxidaceae (Star-flower).

Hypoxis costata (Small Yellow Star/African Potatoe in English, Geel-sterretjie/Afrika Patat in Afrikaans and Tapole in Sesotho) is a small perennial that obtains a height of around 150mm and grows best in moist rocky areas near kloofs and seepages at altitudes of up to 2400m A.S.L. The genus Hypoxis is cosmopolitan, occurring in Africa; North and South America; parts of Asia and Australia.   Read more


More news from the Clarens Village Nature Reserve

There’s always a lot happening in the Clarens Village Nature Reserve: Alien clearing, trail maintenance, environment education, and over 220 indigenous trees were planted in the nature reserve in May.    Click here to find out more.


News from the Clarens Tourism Forum

DEADLINE 19TH JUNE 2015

THERE STILL IS TIME TO GET ‘ON THE MAP’

Hi All

The new Clarens Visitors Map is progressing beautifully and has been met with great enthusiasm and excitement. This map will be available to Clarens Tourism Forum’s members only! You have until Friday the 19th to join up to get a business listing on the map. All advertising space has been filled for the 1st print run. Detmar Ruhfus from Kamikazidirt will be prepping the final layout at the end of this week. Click here to have a look at the latest draft copy, and click here for membership. Please complete and return to Nic Prinsloo rebellie@mweb.co.za In 3 easy steps, you too can be ‘on the map’! Sign up, pay up and return to Nic! Any questions, do not hesitate to contact any of the following people:

Ollie Esplin 0825636242;  Nic Prinsloo 0836278391;  Enrica Geyer 0849123773; Valerie Kneppert 0798731318; Leone du Preez 0823471379 or Tammy Hancock 0828249365.

Thank you,

Regards
Tammy
Clarens Tourism Forum
www.clarenssa.co.za
Cell:       082 8249365
Phone:   058 2561086


Snow bubbles

Should you be able to resist the temptation to stay in bed on these very chilly mornings, here’s a challenge you may like to try.   Temperatures between -9 and -12 Celsius are ideal for making snow bubbles – and judging from the photographs by Hope Thurston Carter, snow bubbles are absolutely gorgeous.
For more pics: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2955640/How-create-snow-globe-Soap-bubbles-blown-freezing-temperatures-turn-stunning-ice-crystals.html
And – so if you manage to capture some good pics of your snow bubbles – please send them in to editor@clarensnews.co.za.   We’d love to see them.


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


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)


EVENTS:

Click  onto the links to learn more.

20 June  2015
Clarens Country MarketSee you from 10 am onwards
24 June, 2015
Clarens Ratepayers Association AGM
26-28 June 2015
Platteland Preview
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
9th July, 2015
SAPS Station Commander to meet Clarens Residents
14-17 July, 2015
10th Clarens Quilt Festival

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.  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

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.

21 May 2015

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In this issue:

N3 Gateway Tourism Association
Focusing on our Animals
Plants found in the Clarens Village Nature Reserve
Paballo’s Nursing Care – Sisters on leave
CLARENS GARDEN CLUB
EVENTS:
Classifieds

 


 

N3 Gateway Tourism Association

Giving you over 150 experiences to Discover with the N3 Gateway  (Media Release)
The N3 Gateway Tourism Association has recently completed its third edition of the Discover the N3 Gateway Itinerary Brochure. The third edition tantalizes travelers with 37 new enjoyable adventures. This latest phase of the project brings the total number of itineraries available on to over 150. The brochure aims to package the regions abundant range of things to do and see into organised self-drive and facilitated itineraries. Each itinerary enables travelers to better understand the pre-trip logistics such as when to go or what to pack; and determine whether the experience is within their budget. The third edition was focused on including market research outcomes and therefore we included our Top Ten Itineraries as voted for by our fans. If you enjoy historic Battlefield tours or wine tasting in the Drakensberg or Meandering the Midlands there is plenty for you to do. For the adventurer there are expeditions into Lesotho or treks across the passes only the Voortrekkers were brave enough to conquer. Readers also have a choice of country wedding venues, challenging Tugela rafting adventures or Vaal river cruising luncheons. The cherry on the top is a Hot Air Balloon Flight ending with a champagne breakfast! The brochure will be distributed to our 14 recognised Tourism Information Nodes in May 2015 and will also be available at consumer shows such as the Gauteng Getaway Show in August.
Dont delay! Discover over 150 Itineraries with N3 Gateway.


Focusing on our Animals

A note from Cluny Animal Trust:

Finally our Mobile Veterinary Clinic arrived the 9th of May 2015, to everyone’s great surprise!
After nearly three years of agonizing waiting, disbelieving looks, and derision, we have reached the first step in our goal to provide proper veterinary care to all the impoverished animal owners and end the needless suffering of all types of animals. This past Tuesday, Dr Katherine Barker did the first sterilisation in our Mobile Unit. The dog named Vovo was neutered quickly, efficiently, and without any stressful travelling up and down. It is only the first of many happy dogs and owners benefiting from our mobile unit.

For more information or to see how you can support us, go towww.clunyanimaltrust.co.za

Our local Vet, Dr Katherine Barker, has moved to 59 Church Street (at the back of the house)– next to Lake Clarens Guest House.  Katherine’s consulting hours are 9.00 a.m. until 11.00 a.m. on weekdays, but the practice will be open from 8.30 a.m until 12.30 p.m. for the purchase of food, etc.  Diana Breshears will be in attendance at Reception during this time.

Look out for Hazel Moller and Michelle Maree who will be passing through Clarens next Monday.   These two crazy ladies are running the distance of 10 Comrades Ultra Marathons in 10 days!  

WHY????   It’s all about raising awareness for PETS

PETS (Pet Empowerment in Townships) strives to empower animals in townships and poor communities.  PETS was founded by Anoux Massey in 2007. She is a former heroin addict who believes a dog saved her life and got her off the streets. Animals have incredible therapeutic powers! PETS as three branches – JHB, Witbank and CT. They work with the community to improve the lives of these disadvantaged animals by giving them daily meals, warm shelters, regular inoculations, sterilisations and vet care in emergencies. They also rehome those ones that are unwanted, unloved or lost. PETs tries to instill in the communities, a responsibility and pride for their animals by not just empowering the animals, but also by educating and helping the people uplift themselves. They believe in working hand in hand with the animals and people of these impoverished areas to create unity, trust and stability for all.


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-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.   Read more

 

 


Paballo’s Nursing Care – Sisters on leave

 

PABALLO’S NURSING CARE @ CLARENS

PLEASE NOTE THAT SISTER ANTOINETTE EARLE AND SISTER HENRIETTE HOHNE WILL BE TAKING THEIR ANNUAL LEAVE FROM TUESDAY 19 MAY 2015 UNTIL TUESDAY 9 JUNE 2015.


CLARENS GARDEN CLUB

The Clarens Garden Club is meeting at the home of Ann de Boer on Wednesday 27th May at 09:30 for 10:00 am. Ann’s address is 422 Berg Street. Dr Gideon Groenewald will speak to us about the Paleontological findings in Dr Gideon Groenewald will speak to us about the Paleontological findings in the Clarens/Golden Gate area. The catering team will be Trish Crichley, Margreet Koch and Sue Morel. Please remember to bring a plant to sell. There is no need to bring a chair on  this occasion.
Directions: From the Square, drive down van Zyl Street, passing Clementine’s Restaurant  on your left. You will come to a T-junction in front of Aspen House. Turn left  down Berg Street and go as far as the second last house on your right. There is  ample parking space. Hoping to see you all there. Kind regards, Leoné du Preez (Secretary) Tel: 058 256 1738 Cell: 082 347 1379 Fax: 086 275 6273 E-mail: leone@tiscali.co.za


EVENTS:

 

22 May  2015
Clarens Country MarketSee you from 10 am onwards
20-24 May, 2015
Marke Meyer at Robert Badenhorst Art Gallery
22nd May, 2015
Desire Crowther Art Gallery opening
22 – 24 May, 2015
Smoking Dragon – Adrenalin Festival
27th May, 2015
Clarens Garden Club meeting
9.30 am at 422 Berg Street
Speaker:  Dr Gideon Groenwald
22nd May, 2015
Marke Meyer Exhibition – Official opening by Barbie Meyer
6pm Robert Badenhorst Gallery
30 May, 2015
Opening of Madame Butterfly’s sister shop
Rosemary Centre
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

8th May, 2015

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A very tough job ?  (Specially for Mom)

Some would say that this is the toughest job in the world.   Have a look at
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HB3xM93rXbY.    Some of you may already have all the necessary experience.


 

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT FROM THE POLICE FORUM:

Since posting this item on our facebook page four days ago, this announcement has reached 1,480 people and been shared 15 times.    But just in case you’re not a facebook fan…..here it is again.

Toyota Thefts in Clarens

The Clarens Sector Police Forum has received important information on the recent spate of Toyota thefts in Clarens. Vehicles, all Toyotas, have been stolen from private residences and hotels in the village over the past few weeks in spite of a campaign by the Police Forum to alert Toyota owners to this threat. However, the diligence of a Police Forum reservist has provided details of the vehicles used by the gang responsible.
The residents of Clarens are asked to be on the lookout for the following vehicles, believed to be involved in the Toyota thefts:
• An old-model white Isuzu double cab bakkie which is known to be changing its number plates, although the following numbers have been observed: BDB 461 H; PRB 895 B (both orange numerals); and FND 895 GP
• A newer, blue Ford Ranger double cab, for which no numbers are available. These vehicles are known to travel together but please be aware that the occupants are considered to be armed and dangerous and should not be approached. If you see either of these vehicles please contact the Clarens Police station on 058 256 6000/1/2; Warrant Officer Steyn (082 466 8904); or Lt. Botha (082 419 7094).
The SAPS would also like to remind the public that there is an anonymous reporting box situated at the Trading Post next to the Post office, which can be used to anonymously provide information that may be useful to the police.


And on a similar note:  Be aware

Tim Moorcroft has had his credit card “skimmed”  over the last two to three days.   The fraud squad suspect that this took place in either Clarens or Bethlehem.   I suppose all of us in Clarens need to realise that we are part of the big wide world after all.   On the upside – where else would this incident make the NEWS ?


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 focusing on a member of the…take a deep breath because it’s another long unusual scientific name… Orobanchaceae(Broomrape)family – whew!

Known by its English common name, Yellow Witchweed (or Verfblommetjie) Alectra sessiliflora is actually an herbaceous hemiparasitic plant on grasses, occurring at altitudes of up to 2900m A.S.L., from the Western Cape through to equatorial Africa. Hemi-parasites are very interesting and rather unusual in that they can obtain nourishment from photosynthesis (as with all true plants), but can also leach nutrients from other plants. A more common example of this occurs in the plant Viscum capense – the Cape Mistletoe. This food production strategy could theoretically afford these plants an advantage of most other plants that rely solely on photosynthesis for the production of sugars, especially in areas of semi-permanent shade, in waterlogged soils or in low soil ph.
Read more


More about our Plants found in the Clarens Village Nature Reserve


Damien Coulson
Head ranger:
Clarens Village Nature Reserve

Damien’s articles are attracting attention far and wide.   Clarens News frequently gets letters asking for Damien’s details, and it seems that his informative articles are being used to good effect:   See the letter below:

Dear Damien
Hope you good and well, I have exciting news. The article on Scabiosa columbaria has been published online Sanbi’s  Plantzafrica, I couldn’t have done this without your assistance your photographs were of great help. Thank you very much, keep on assisting not only me and also others.  The link:

http://pza.sanbi.org/scabiosa-columbaria

Kind regards, Ofentse Naanyane, Conservation Intern, Free State National Botanical Garden


Paballo’s Nursing Care – Sisters on leave

PABALLO’S NURSING CARE @ CLARENS

PLEASE NOTE THAT SISTER ANTOINETTE EARLE AND SISTER HENRIETTE HOHNE WILL BE TAKING THEIR ANNUAL LEAVE FROM TUESDAY 19 MAY 2015 UNTIL TUESDAY 9 JUNE 2015.


Press release issued by Business Connexion  Johannesburg, 5 May 2015

Business Connexion, in partnership with Clarens Combined Churches in Action (CCIA), have come together to provide community development initiatives for the community of Kgubetswana in Clarens by supporting the Bana ba Hlokang (children in need) Community Centre.

Since 2009, Business Connexion has been making an annual monetary donation, which has contributed to the running of Bana ba Hlokang Centre, an initiative of a network of churches in Clarens called Combined Churches in Action.

The non-profit organisation works to improve the lives of the community of Clarens through programmes such as youth development, HIV/Aids education and programmes for the physically disabled. Through this donation, the centre is able to offer children computer classes, sports, after-school lessons, play therapy counselling, and helps feed over 200 children a week. The donation also contributes to supporting the arts centre, which is aimed at bringing an education of the arts to the community, which includes programmes such as ballet, art and music. CCIA is also one of the nine development organisations that was chosen to be part of the shareholding structure of BCX.   Read more


EVENTS:

 

9 May  2015
Clarens Country MarketSee you from 10 am onwards
9th May, 2015
Cluny Animal Trust Golf Day
10th May, 2015
Rock and Roll Mother’s Day Brunch
from 11am at Bon Appetit, Rosemary Centre 
15-17 May, 2015Dan Patlansky Guitar Weekend

Only 30 places available – book now if you want to attend.

16 May, 2015
Anglican Autumn FairUitkyk Farm (Green Goose)

 

20-24 May, 2015

Marke Meyer at Robert Badenhorst Art Gallery

 

22 – 24 May, 2015

Smoking Dragon – Adrenalin Festival

22nd May, 2015
Marke Meyer Exhibition – Official opening by Barbie Meyer
6pm Robert Badenhorst Gallery 
30 May, 2015Opening of Madame Butterfly’s sister shop
Rosemary Centre

 

 

 


Classifieds

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

24th April, 2015: Celebrating Freedom

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Celebrating Freedom

On Monday (27th April) South Africa celebrates Freedom Day.  Freedom Day (27 April) is a national public holiday in South Africa and serves to commemorate the country’s first democratic post-Apartheid elections, held in 1994.  It’s also a day where we can all take a little time out to reflect on the role which each and every South African needs to play to ensure that our country moves forward – and who could say it better than Nelson Mandela:

Our daily deeds as ordinary South Africans must produce an actual South African reality that will reinforce humanity’s belief in justice, strengthen its confidence in the nobility of the human soul, and sustain all our hopes for a glorious life for all. 

Clarens News would like to take this opportunity to wish all our readers a wonderful weekend, and a meaningful Freedom Day on Monday.


Ashburton MTB Clarens


The Ashburton MTB race held in Clarens last weekend was a resounding success.   The event attracted 2200 entrants – many of whom had travelled from Europe – and comments ranged from “this is the best in the world” to “fabulous route, fantastic scenery…it simply couldn’t be better.”    Advendurance organizers put a large part of their success down to the wonderful co-operation they got from the farmers en-route, who went to great lengths to make sure that the event would be a success.   The Clarens Village Nature Reserve’s new trail (Caracul trail) which formed part of the route also got rave reviews.   This is an event which Clarens can certainly be proud of and speaking to Clarens restaurants and businesses, it quickly becomes obvious that this event helped to make for a bumper weekend in the town itself, so a big THANK YOU to Advendurance for bringing MTB to Clarens.
Local organizer Paul is very pleased with how well the event went off, and anticipates that interest in Clarens MTB will continue to grow and to go from strength to strength.   He did however add, that the size of MTB Clarens will always be limited by the amount of accommodation available in Clarens.
Have a look at the Ashburton MTB series website:  http://www.nationalmtbseries.com.  to see their video feature, highlighting this year’s race.


Classic Cars:  SARRA MacGregor Maluti Meander

Classic car enthusiasts are in for another treat this Sunday.   (And didn’t you just love the jaguars that visited us in March.)   This weekend SARRA are holding the MacGregor Maluti Meander and the 29 Classic cars participating in this event will arrive in Clarens on Sunday, where they will be joined by classic cars belonging to the Maluti Auto Club.
SARRA stands for the South African Regularity Rally Association.   Classic Regularity Rallying is modeled on the rallies of earlier times where a crew of driver and navigator needed to keep their rally car on the route and on time, catering for many scheduled speed and direction changes, the weather, traffic and road conditions. The famous LM rally was run on this principle until the 1970’s, as was the Monte Carlo rally. It is a sport of precision and accuracy, rather than an all out quest for speed like the modern special stage rallies.
To learn more about Regularity Rallying visit the SARRA website: http://www.sarra.co.za/


7 Things to Do in Clarens

We love it when we find a blog about Clarens.   Have a look at http://myslowjourney.com/2015/04/21/7-things-to-do-in-clarens/
There are of course a lot more than 7 Things to Do in Clarens.   Just have a look at the Clarens News Website page for Activities:   http://clarensnews.co.za/activities


And even MORE Things to Do in Clarens

Dons Kritzinger has sent us a list giving information on activites, clubs and the churches in Clarens.   Dons put this list together specially for  Newly Arrived Inhabitants of Clarens.   (And even though we’ve been around for a while, we found quite a lot of information we didn’t know about.  Thank you Dons.)
Click here to see the list


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.  After some time out due to the recent MTB Cycle Series race through Clarens this past weekend, the CVC can now breathe a sigh of relief…and continue producing interesting articles. This week we’re going off on a slightly fresher tangent – we’ll be focusing on an exotic member of the Asteraceae (Daizy) family.

Cirsium vulgare (Scotch Thistle in English, Skotsedissel in Afrikaans) is considered a naturalised exotic in S.A. This group are Alien & Invasive Plants (A&IP’s) that have occurred within our country for a long enough period of time, measured in decades, to be deemed “natural” (though not to say beneficial, and more likely detrimental to local ecosystems). C. vulgare occurs naturally in parts of Africa and Asia, New Zealand, Australia, USA, Canada, South America, Hawaii and the Pacific islands, but is classified as a Category 1 weed.  Read more

 

 

 


Foot Clinic in Clarens

 


The editorial staff had a special treat this week.   Sister Julie visited us on the Golf Estate and tended our feet.   Oh what bliss.   And to think we didn’t even have to go anywhere for this amazing treatment.   Sister Julie works at Hospice in Bethlehem, but is happy to call on you after hours and over weekends  to make your feet happy for you .


Street Numbers in Clarens

(Letter from the Clarens Chamber of Commerce)

The CRA has put communiques out regarding the implementation of street number changes, specifically the deadline.  This process was kicked off several years ago before the existence of the Chamber of Commerce.  The Chamber has received complaints from businesses regarding the changes, specifically the cost of change,  and has had meetings with the CRA to try and determine the reasoning and where in the process the change is. Besides wanting to conform to street numbering in the rest of SA, the CRA is concerned that erf numbers do not appear on GPS tracking data making it impossible for emergency services, deliveries and visitors to track places down.  Whilst this may have been the case many years ago when the process was kicked off, it is not the case today and every erf number in Clarens appears on GPS data maps; probably a result of Google charting the data 2 or so years ago.   As part of the process the CRA has  contacted Garmin to determine how long it would take for street numbers to be listed as opposed to erf numbers and the answer is quite simply that they don’t know.

 To this end, the position of the Chamber is that none of the businesses (or the residents for that matter) are obligated to display the street number as opposed to the erf number until such time that the electronic and print versions of the relevant maps have been updated.


Big upcoming Event in November – Get ready NOW!

 BMW Motorrad Days 6 – 8 NOVEMBER 2015 Make Life a Ride – all the way to BMW Motorrad Days 2015 WANTED:  Your Accommodation WHY:BMW are bringing their Motorrad event to Clarens in November, attracting 2000 – 3000 enthusiasts. Every single bed in Clarens and its surrounds will be booked out for this event. Problem is, not every bed is known! Please supply the details of your establishment/guesthouse/B ; B/farmstay etc., with email address, to ensure that you do not miss out. Please spread the word to those who do not have access to the internet. Tell your friends, family, neighbours, etc. Details can be sent to: TAMMY HANCOCK ctf@clarenssa.co.za   or NATALIE MEYER clarenschamber@gmail.com


EVENTS:

25 April  2015
Clarens Country Market

See you from 10 am onwards 

29 April, 2015
Clarens Garden Club Meeting
St. Fort
30 April – 2 May
Photography Workshop – Rosendal
Presented by Hanne Koster
1st and 2nd May 2015
Andre the Hilarious Hypnotist
Martie Lotz Hall
2nd May, 2015
Gule Wamkulu
Ism-Skism Gallery“Gule Wamkulu:The Big Dance”
by Africa Geographic photographer Andrew Brukman.
  3rd May, 2015

Book Launch: Bibliophile
The Pursuit of Life, David Zefferit

David Zeffertt has been a soldier, a shepherd, a trade-union organiser, a public servant, an advocate, and, for over forty years, a professor of law. He continued full-time lecturing until the age of seventy-two and published his last legal book in his eighties.
This delightful collection of short stories is his first published work of fiction. and will be launched to the public at 10 am on 3 May 2015 at our bookshop, Bibliophile.

 

9th May, 2015

Cluny Animal Trust Golf Day

  15-17 May, 2015
Dan Patlansky Guitar Weekend

Only 30 places available – book now if you want to attend.

  16 May, 2015

Anglican Autumn Fair

Uitkyk Farm (Green Goose)

  18-21 May, 2015

Richard Rennie “Paint with Me” workshop

 

 

 

 


Win 2 tickets to the Smoking Dragon Adrenalin Festival

It sound like fun, fun, fun.   To win 2 tickets be the first person to print a page of this newsletter and take it round to Lauren at Peter Badcock-Walters Gallery On the Square.


And – Speaking of Events:

SA’s most loved festival will be back in 2016. We cannot wait to see all you craft beer lovers again…
Tickets will go on sale in November, take our advice and book your accommodation now.


Classifieds

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

10th April, 2015: Welcome to Autumn

 

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Nights are getting cooler, and it’s time to start ordering your firewood, and unpacking your winter coats.   There are signs of seasonal change everywhere, so despite the sunny days, and the greening brought about by our recent rain, we need to start preparing for much colder weather ahead.   People are predicting snow for Clarens this winter.   Oh well, we just have to wait and see.


 

Meiringskloof

Meiringskloof has always been a very good reason for people to visit Fouriesburg.   We sent Lauren Moorcroft to go and have a look – and she’s written an article about her “Day out of Clarens.”   Click here to read it.  (We really enjoyed her recount of the creatures she met in the cave – and can only hope that Damien had nothing to do with this particular part of her adventure.)

If you’re planning to visit Fouriesburg, have a look at the articles on the Self-Drive pages of the website.
Clarens to Fouriesburg
C
larens to Fouriesburg (The Caledon Loop)


Creative Hands – 60 artists/crafters receive their certificates

 

You could almost taste the excitement when 60 local artists and crafters gathered in the Martie Lotz Hall yesterday, to receive their Clarens Creative Hands Certificates.   The Creative Hands project has been working with these artists and crafters for nearly two months, and it has been extremely exciting to see how the Art Aid team have managed to coax and inspire our local artists, giving them the encouragement and confidence needed to go forward and establish successful careers in a most demanding field.   It was a very special occasion.  Not least because we had the opportunity to meet  Dr Narissa Ramdhini, CEO, of the Ifa Lethu Foundation.   You very quickly get the impression that she is not only committed but also extremely determined not only to enable artists and crafters to build sustainable businesses, but also to preserve our cultural heritage with skills from the past being developed and passed on to the next generation.   What’s more Ifa Lethu is committed to continue helping our local artists and hope to establish a retail outlet for these talented artists and crafters right here in Clarens. Read more


Clarens Fire Association Newsletter

Everyone will remember the devastating wildfires of 2014.   During these fires we had tremendous goodwill from the community which helped to keep the morale of the firefighers high.   We also had great support for our fundraising golf day held on Saturday 1st November 2014.   This was our most successful golf day held to date and enables us to keep or Clarens Working on Fire team operational.  The cost of transporting and providing food only for the WoF teams utilised over the last fire season was nearly R100,000.   Read more


Foot Clinic in Clarens

 


Welcome Sister Julie
Sister Julie specialises in foot care and especially foot care for diabetics.
So now there’s no excuse not to go walking in the Clarens Village Nature Reserve.


Clarens has a new Pub.

Clarens has a new pub:   Jack & Jill, Pub & Grill.
They’re opening today.   You’ll find them in Sias Oosthuizen Street (next to Fully Connected.)


 

China in South Africa Week:  12-20 April, 2015

The Free State Provincial Government, lead by the Hon. Premier. Mr E.S. Magashule will be hosting approximately 500 Chinese investors during the week of the 12th – 19th April 2015.

The objective of hosting this event is as follows:
1. To improve the relations and partnership with our current and future Chinese investors;
2. South Africa imports more commodities and goods than we export, our aim is to sell our province and its potential to the Chinese, work towards providing an enabling platform for the Chinese to invest in our province with the intention and view to increase our export profile.
3. To provide a holistic tour experience across the province, in an aim to temporary increase consumer spending during the tours and to sell the Tourism sector as a growing sector in the Free State Province.

Click here for more information


 

Big upcoming Event in November – Get ready NOW!

 

BMW Motorrad Days 6 – 8 NOVEMBER 2015

Make Life a Ride – all the way to BMW Motorrad Days 2015

WANTED:  Your Accommodation

WHY:  BMW are bringing their Motorrad event to Clarens in November,

attracting 2000 – 3000 enthusiasts.

Every single bed in Clarens and its surrounds will be booked out for this

event. Problem is, not every bed is known! Please supply the details of your

establishment/guesthouse/B & B/farmstay etc., with email address, to ensure

that you do not miss out. Please spread the word to those who do not have

access to the internet. Tell your friends, family, neighbours, etc.

Details can be sent to: TAMMY HANCOCK ctf@clarenssa.co.za   or

                                   NATALIE MEYER clarenschamber@gmail.com


EVENTS

11 April 2015
Clarens Country Market

2-12 April, 2015Stars of Sandstone

A large collection of Heritage items from 2-ft narrow guage locomotives, steam traction engines, vintage agricultural machinery, old cars, aircraft and military vehicles are brought to life during the show.

Josie Field

10 April, 2015

Josie Field in Rosendal

Rosa Theatre

    11 April, 2015
Clarens Sector Police Forum, Kia and Radio
Maluti Golf Day.
 18-19 April 2015
Ashburton National MTB Series – Clarens
Clarens hosts #3 of the Ashburton National MTB Series: an exciting 7 leg  National marathon mountain biking series spanning 6 South African provinces.

Classifieds

Remember to have a look at our Classifieds page on the website, especially if you have property to let.

 

27 March, 2015

The Clarens Village Nature Reserve

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I’m sure that every Clarens resident would agree that that The Clarens Village Nature Reserve is a real asset to Clarens.  We are so lucky to have a team of dedicated rangers to protect and maintain this very valuable “little piece of heaven” .   It doesn’t however just happen.   It takes hard work and commitment, as you will see when you read the Reports sent in by head ranger Damien Coulson.    Click here to find out what the rangers have been up, news on the new trail, and the on-going battle against aliens.


Writing is a dangerous occupation?

It seems that writing should now be seen as a dangerous occupation.   Even expressing an opinion could be seen as being prevocative enough to invite violence.   And if you think that this sort of thing could only happen in France or the Middle East, think again.   The recent attack on Zainub Priva Dala in Durban proves that even in South Africa, one needs to be extremely careful.   And where is this going to stop.   Clarens News shared a post from the Books Live blog http://sapen.bookslive.co.za/blog/2015/03/24/open-letter-from-pen-south-africa-violent-intimidation-of-writers-must-not-be-tolerated/ on our facebook page.   The blog starts off with the following:

On Wednesday March 18 author, Zainub Priya Dala was violently attacked as she left her hotel during the Time of the Writer Festival in Durban. A woman driving alone, she was harassed by three men who forced her off the road, cornered her, held a knife at her throat, smashed a brick in her face, and called her “Rushdie’s bitch”. The day before she had been asked about writers she admired: Salman Rushdie’s name had figured on a long list of others. People walked out in protest.

We at Clarens News hope that you will agree that every South African citizen has the right to their own opinion, although clearly there are some who don’t agree.

(And to think that in last week’s news we celebrated Human Rights and Storytelling Day.)


Word Riders visit Clarens

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Word Riders were in Clarens last Sunday, and met with Alan Goodson (Dihlabeng Christian School) along with 5 of the Dihlabeng Christian School grade 7 pupils; Pontsho Koti from Clarens Combined, as well as two other principals from local farm schools.    

The Word Riders are a group of Christian motorbike enthusiasts who travel to different parts of South Africa annually for Bible Distribution.

Along the route, the Word Riders distribute Bibles among school children who cannot afford a Bible of their own. These Bibles are made possible by the Bible Society of South Africa’s Bibles for Grade 7 learners project as well as by funds raised by the motorcyclists themselves.   You can follow the word riders experiences on their blog: https://wordriders.wordpress.com

For more information about the Bible Society of South Africa, visit  http://www.biblesociety.co.za


Plants found in the Clarens Village Nature Reserve

Trifolium burchelianum
Damien1-100x100Article and photograph by
Damien Couson
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 Leguminosae (Pea or legume) family.

Trifolium burchellianum (Wild Clover in English, Wildeklaver in Afrikaans and musa-pelo in Sesotho) is a creeping annual herb growing to a regal height of just 200mm. For something so small it manages to scale to incredible heights of around 2800 m A.S.L., and enjoys moist grassland and grassland-rock ecotones. This tough little herb has a wide geographical distribution, ranging from the Western Cape through to the equatorial regions of Africa.

As the name Trifolium implies, the leaves of this herb are arranged in 3’s (tri = 3 and folium = leaves).T. burchellianum differs from a very similar species – T. africanum in that the former has broad leaves and pink florets, whilst the latter has narrow leaves with almost red florets. Their distribution does overlap so look closely, as what may appear as a single subspecies could possibly be 2.  T. burchellianum is one of only 2 subspecies that are indigenous to Africa.  Read more


EVENTS

28 March 2015
Clarens Country Market


28th March 2015
Clarens Life-Style Cook Off

Specially for Vegans and Vegetarians 


29th March, 2015
Natalie Chapman at The Grouse and Claret
Natalie Chapman is a proud ambassador and Board Member of Epic Foundation.  Natalie will be at Friends as part of her 90 Days, 90 Towns, 180 Gigs fundraising tour for Epic Foundation:   Click here to  find out more about her tour.


Wyndford Holicay Farm

30 March, 2015

Natalie Chapman at Wyndford Holiday Farm

 

 

 


2-12 April, 2015

Stars of Sandstone

A large collection of Heritage items from 2-ft narrow guage locomotives, steam traction engines, vintage agricultural machinery, old cars, aircraft and military vehicles are brought to life during the show.


 

3-6 April, 2015

Yvette Art Exhibition: Robert Badenhorst Gallery
An opportunity to view Yvette’s art work and to meet her.   Yvette will be paining outside the gallery during the course of the exhibition.

 


3 April, 2015
The Hip Replacements:  Grouse and Claret 

 

 

 

 

 


jamming

3-6 April, 2015

Jammin n Ting

Rustlers Valley

 The festival aims to promote the best of African and African inspired music as well as providing guests with a welcoming break from the urban lifestyle. 

4 April, 2015
Festival of Dirt   (Enduro bikes)
Enduro World Mountain Madalas Ride
This year’s event will take place at “The Old Mill Drift” .


  4th April, 2015
Flea Market Clarens Square


 

Josie Field

10 April, 2015

Josie Field in Rosendal

Rosa Theatre


11 April, 2015
Clarens Sector Police Forum, Kia and Radio Maluti Golf Day.


 

  18-19 April 2015
Ashburton National MTB Series – Clarens
Clarens hosts #3 of the Ashburton National MTB Series: an exciting 7 leg  National marathon mountain biking series spanning 6 South African provinces.


 

 


Classifieds
Remember to have a look at our Classifieds page on the website, especially if you have property to let.

Writing is a dangerous occupation?

It seems that writing should now be seen as a dangerous occupation.   Even expressing an opinion could be seen as being prevocative enough to invite violence.   And if you think that this sort of thing could only happen in France or the Middle East, think again.   The recent attack on Zainub Priva Dala in Durban proves that even in South Africa, one needs to be extremely careful.   And where is this going to stop.   Clarens News shared a post from the Books Live blog http://sapen.bookslive.co.za/blog/2015/03/24/open-letter-from-pen-south-africa-violent-intimidation-of-writers-must-not-be-tolerated/ on our facebook page.   The blog starts off with the following:

On Wednesday March 18 author, Zainub Priya Dala was violently attacked as she left her hotel during the Time of the Writer Festival in Durban. A woman driving alone, she was harassed by three men who forced her off the road, cornered her, held a knife at her throat, smashed a brick in her face, and called her “Rushdie’s bitch”. The day before she had been asked about writers she admired: Salman Rushdie’s name had figured on a long list of others. People walked out in protest.

We at Clarens News hope that you will agree that every South African citizen has the right to their own opinion, although clearly there are some who don’t agree.

 

March 21, 2015: Equinox, Rights and Storytelling

Equinox

Today – March 21 – is the Equinox – a day when, to quote Wikepedia, the sun’s disk crosses the horizon directly in the east at dawn and directly in the west at dusk.   An event which is important enough to dictate the date of Easter.   Christian churches calculate Easter as the first Sunday after the first full moon on or after the March Equinox – and the official church date for the equinox is March 21.   (So now you know why Easter dates change from year to year.)


 

Human Right’s Day

Today is also Human Right’s Day, which is linked to the Sharpeville events in 1960.   This is however not just a day for reflection on what happened in 1960, but also to celebrate our Bill of Rights, in terms of which everyone has a right to life, equality and human dignity – summed up as follows:

 All persons have a right to citizenship and security. Persons and groups are entitled to freedom of assembly, association, belief and opinion, and expression. They have the right to demonstrate, picket and petition; everyone has the right to be free of forced labour, servitude and slavery.
All persons have a right to privacy and to exercise political rights; all have a right to access to information and just administration action. They have rights when arrested, detained and accused, and must have access to courts. Protected rights include a healthy environment; housing, health care, food, water and social security.
All have a right to freedom of movement and residence and of trade, occupation and profession. In the workplace everyone has a right to engage in trade unions and labour movements.
Anyone has the right to purchase property anywhere, and to a basic education.
They have a right to language and culture and communities; and not least, freedom of religion and belief.

The Bill of Rights also specifies the rights of persons belonging to cultural, religious or linguistic communities and the rights of children. In addition, there are specific laws to safeguard women and protect children.  


World Storytelling Day

Today is also world storytelling day – a global celebration of the art of oral storytelling.   The theme for 2015 is “Wishes”.   The message:  Dream big and let everyone know about your plans.   I can’t think of anything nicer than sitting around a dinner table and sharing stories with friends and family.   Happy story telling everyone.   (And yes – we think it’s OK to tell a tall story or two – but why wait for World Storytelling Day.  In fact we think you should tell stories and make wishes, and tell stories about your wishes at every opportunity.)


 

Craft in Clarens:  Just getting better and better

We stopped in at the Martie Lotz hall to see how the crafters were getting on.   I can hardly believe they’ve learnt so much in such a short time.   John and Laurette – here with Ifa Lethu – are certainly inspiring teachers.   Next week the crafters will be concentrating on their business skills.   We are certainly looking forward to seeing these talented artists go from strength to strength – and to see more of their craft on offer in Clarens.

Click here to learn more about Ifa Lethu.


 

Arts Centre at Tshepong in Kgubetswana

Some years ago CCIA (Combined Churches in Action) has erected a beautiful hall on church premises in Kgubetswana. Its main users are the 200 orphans and vulnerable children (OVCs) (Bana ba Hlokang) who every weekday after school receive a nutritious meal. Later in the afternoons a host of educational activities take place in and around the hall.
Because we envisaged it as a place of excellence and expression of love the name TSHEPONG (Place of Hope) is apt, and it stuck. Tshepong also houses the Counselling Centre, and provides the venue for many community activities.
One of our exceptional projects is a Ballet School, but the problem was the lack of proper facilities. Through hard work and generous donations we succeeded to add to the Tshepong complex a new building we call the Arts Centre. Here not only the Centre Ballet School can be housed (in state of the art facilities), but also the Music department, as well as a room for the finer arts. Children can here receive tremendous empowerment through quality development.
On Tuesday 10 March this Arts Centre was officially opened. A large number of guests could share in the wonderful display of the talent of singing and dancing. The attached photos will indicate something of the joyful atmosphere.   (Article by Dons Kritzinger)
Click here to find out more about Combined Churches in Action (CCIA)


 

News from CRA

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.

Information supplied by Pat Raubenheimer:  Chairperson, Clarens Ratepayers Association
Phone: 058 256-1123


 

EVENTS

21 March 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).  See you from 10 am onwards.


24 March 2015
Blood Drive
Protea Hotel
Step up and donate blood – you could save a life! 

 


21 March 2015
NG Kerk Golf Day22 March 2015
NG Kerk Spitbraai 

 

 

 

 

 


23-26 March 2015
Richard Rennie “Paint With Me” workshop 

 

 

 

 


25 March, 2015
Clarens Garden Club
This month the Clarens Garden Club will be learning all about rosehips – followed by lunch at  The Rose Hip Restaurant. 

 

 


28th March 2015
Clarens Life-Style Cook OffSpecially for Vegans and Vegetarians

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

29th March, 2015
Natalie Chapman at Friends 
Natalie Chapman is a proud ambassador and Board Member of Epic Foundation.  Natalie will be at Friends as part of her 90 Days, 90 Towns, 180 Gigs fundraising tour for Epic Foundation:   Click here to  find out more about her tour. 

 


2-12 April, 2015Stars of Sandstone
A large collection of Heritage items from 2-ft narrow guage locomotives, steam traction engines, vintage agricultural machinery, old cars, aircraft and military vehicles are brought to life during the show. 

 


 

3-6 April, 2015Yvette Art Exhibition: Robert Badenhorst Gallery
An opportunity to view Yvette’s art work and to meet her.   Yvette will be paining outside the gallery during the course of the exhibition. 

 

 

 


3 April, 2015
The Hip Replacements:  Grouse and Claret 

 

 

 

 

 


4 April, 2015
Festival of Dirt   (Enduro bikes)
Enduro World Mountain Madalas Ride
This year’s event will take place at “The Old Mill Drift” . 

 


  4th April, 2015
Flea Market Clarens Square

 

 

 

 


 

11 April, 2015
Clarens Sector Police Forum, Kia and Radio Maluti Golf Day. 

 

 

 

 

 


 

  18-19 April 2015
Ashburton National MTB Series – Clarens
Clarens hosts #3 of the Ashburton National MTB Series: an exciting 7 leg  National marathon mountain biking series spanning 6 South African provinces. 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 


 

Classifieds

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

 

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.

13 March, 2015: The Cosmos are back

The Cosmos are back

Cosmos in Clarens

The Cosmos is back – a sure sign that we are nearing the end of summer.  We trust that everyone has had a lucky Friday 13.   We certainly feel lucky just to be in Clarens


Clarens Caps

Clarens Recycling Centre

Rolf Schlub:  

I have now sold the second 100 Clarens Caps and the proceeds of R 3400,  this time goes to Evon Els from the Clarens Village Conservancy (CVC)Recycling Project.  My thanks go out to Maureen, Dean and Jenny from Maluti Tours and Ronel from Clarens Grocery who have sold the caps in their shops.Evon is a Volunteer CVC Committee member who runs the Clarens Recycling project, collects waste from the town, keeps the place clean with a couple of guys and does this tirelessly always with a smile on her face.  It is therefore that I feel that Evon deserves this recognition and support. I hope that I have made a small contribution to her efforts.

The Clarens Village Conservancy would like to thank Rolf for his support of this very worthy project. Without the tireless efforts and commitment of Evon and her team, we would not have one of the most successful volunteer recycling projects in the Free State. Thanks to the concern and generosity from Rolf, we can keep the team committed and motivated. Rodney Wainwright (for CVC Committee)


TOYOTA OWNERS BE WARNED!

 

Residents and visitors to Clarens should be aware that a criminal syndicate is targeting Toyota vehicles in the Eastern Free State.  Several of these have been stolen in Clarens over the last few weeks and we don’t want yours to be next!  If you own a Toyota or have guests or friends who own one, please ensure that the alarm is properly engaged and that the vehicle is parked safely and securely in the evenings and at night, ideally behind a locked gate or in a lockable garage.

 

The Clarens Community Police Forum is undertaking an initiative to place Warning leaflets under the windscreen wipers of every Toyota which enters Clarens, via the good hands of the Police Forum’s Reservists.  In the event that your vehicle is tampered with or stolen, or you see another Toyota being broken into, please report the attempted theft or theft to SAPS on 058 256 6000/6001/6002.  Alternatively, call the Duty Officer on 082 4668904.

 

Clarens has a well-deserved reputation as one of the safest towns in South Africa.  Please be vigilant and share in the task of keeping Clarens crime-free and the safest destination in the country!

Please note – the thieves concerned are a well-organized crime syndicate which is operating throughout the Free State.   Both the local and provincial police are doing everything they can to put a stop to this.   Sadly, Clarens is not immune to this type of criminal activity.


 

Plants found in the Clarens Village Nature Reserve

 

Kniphofia thodei baker

Damien Coulson

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

Greetings to all our Village plant enthusiasts. This week we’re focusing on a member of the Asphodelaceae (Red-hot Poker) family.

Kniphofia thodei Baker (Thode’s Poker in English and Leloele in Sesotho) is perennial monocotyledonous herb growing to a towering height of just 500mm. Unlike many other species of the Red-hot Poker genus, this little guy enjoys a bachelor’s solitary existence including freedom from group tyranny and peer-pressure. One will need to prepare a backpack to find our hero as he prefers “hanging-out” on moist high-altitude grassveld mountain slopes at up to 2750 m A.S.L. He is also an endemic to the Eastern Mountain Region (EMR), making him even more interesting…and don’t all bachelor’s lead interesting lifestyles?

Photographed on the steep slopes near Titanic Rock and our Sky-Contour Trail, this individual was no easy find (as is any decent bachelor) and may at first glance be misidentified for several of the more prominent of the Red-hot Poker genus in the area.   Read more


 

Dihlabeng Christian School

Dihlabeng Christian SchoolAutumn Fair It’s the Dihlabeng Christian School Autumn Fair this Thursday, and as you can see from the poster – there will be a lot on offer.

Click here To find out more about the School.

And while you’re on the web, have a look at their facebook page  .   As you can see from the photos below they’ve been having lots of fun – and I’m sure they’re all learning a huge amount in the process.

Dihlabeng Christian School

 

Dihlabeng Christian School

Dihlabeng Christian School


Looking for the laundry?

The Clarens Laundry room has moved too the back of the old Cranford Inn parking area in Larola.

Phone: Yolndi Storbeck: 082 855 3473


EVENTS:

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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 


Maluti antique

14 March 2015

Legends of Yesteryear

Maluti Auto Club

Bethlehem Showgrounds


Simon Silcock

15 March 2015

Garden Picnic Party

at Millpond House

This will be a good time to catch up with other Clarens residents.   (I think everyone is going to be there.)

 


BLOOD DRIVE 16 March 2015

Blood Drive

Protea Hotel

Step up and donate blood – you could save a life!

 


Dihlabeng School fair

19th March, 2015

Dihlabeng Christian School Autumn Fair

 

 

 

 


NG Kerk

21 March 2015

NG Kerk Golf Day

22 March 2015

NG Kerk Spitbraai

 

 


 Richard Rennie 82

23-26 March 2015

Richard Rennie “Paint With Me” workshop

 

 


the-rose-house

25 March, 2015

Clarens Garden Club

This month the Clarens Garden Club will be learning all about rosehips – followed by lunch at  The Rose Hip Restuarant.

 

 


CLARENS COOK-OFF

28th March 2015

Clarens Life-Style Cook Off

Specially for Vegans and Vegetarians

 

 

 


Natalie Chapman

29th March, 2015

Natalie Chapman at Friends 

Natalie Chapman is a proud ambassador and Board Member of Epic Foundation.  Natalie will be at Friends as part of her 90 Days, 90 Towns, 180 Gigs fundraising tour for Epic Foundation:   Click here to  find out more about her tour.


 stars of sandstone 2015 flyer_img_6

2-12 April, 2015

Stars of Sandstone

A large collection of Heritage items from 2-ft narrow guage locomotives, steam traction engines, vintage agricultural machinery, old cars, aircraft and military vehicles are brought to life during the show. 

 


 

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3-6 April, 2015

Yvette Art Exhibition: Robert Badenhorst Gallery

An opportunity to view Yvette’s art work and to meet her.   Yvette will be paining outside the gallery during the course of the exhibition.

 


 

Hip Replacements

3 April, 2015

The Hip Replacements:  Grouse and Claret

 

 

 

 

 


 

Festival of Dirt

4 April, 2015

Festival of Dirt   (Enduro bikes)

Enduro World Mountain Madalas Ride

This year’s event will take place at “The Old Mill Drift”

 


 

Clarens Square IMG_0002

4th April, 2015

Flea Market

Clarens Square

 

 

 


SPF golf day

11 April, 2015

Clarens Sector Police Forum, Kia and Radio Maluti Golf Day.


 

Ashburton MTB

18-19 April 2015

Ashburton National MTB Series – Clarens

Clarens hosts #3 of the Ashburton National MTB Series: an exciting 7 leg  National marathon mountain biking series spanning 6 South African provinces.

 

 


Classifieds

Remember to have a look at our Classifieds page on the website, especially if you have property to let. 

Browse around – you’re bound to find something of interest.

 

5th March, 2015: It’s all happening in Clarens

The Clarens Craft Beer Festival

The Clarens Craft Beer Festival

Come rain or shine – the Clarens Craft Beer Festival just seems to get better and better.  This well-organised event has become recognized as probably the best craft beer festival in South Africa. What, you may ask makes this festival so special.   Well, for a start, all the breweries represented at this festival have their brewers on-hand to talk about their craft.   And, probably equally important, access is limited to ticket holders so that everyone can enjoy the space without being swamped by hordes of people.   Then there’s also excellent food and good music all set in what must be one of the prettiest villages in the country.   What more could you ask for. 

Have a look at the Clarens Craft Beer Festival facebook page:  loads of photographs and interesting news snippets.


Clarens is Art

Clarens is Art

Clarens is lucky enough to have young entrepreneurial artists continually creating a great vibe and excitement around the art-scene. Ism-Skism certainly added to the atmosphere over the beer fest weekend painting up a storm at the On The Square Centre.   On your next visit to Clarens be sure to pick up a map of the Art Route  you’re bound to find something to your taste at one of the many galleries in town.   You should also take a look at the Galleries page on the Clarens News website:   http://clarensnews.co.za/listings-category/art/galleries/


Ifu Lethu in Clarens – nurturing the creative spirit

Ifa Lethu

 IfaLethuMG_0014

Ifu Lethu are still here in Clarens working with 60 young artists and crafters from Clarens, Phuthathitjaba, Bethlehem, and Fouriesburg.  

Clarens News stopped in at the Martie Lotz hall to see how they were getting on, and found everyone hard at work.   Ifa Lethu will be in Clarens for another two weeks and we can’t wait to see the results of all the training, advice, and encouragement being given to the local artists and crafters.  

Click here to find out more


Attention all Toyota owners

Your car is in demand!   A Toyota was stolen from outside a guesthouse in Clarens last weekend, and there was also an attempt to steal a second Toyota.   It seems that the Toyota thieves are back in Clarens.   If you have a Toyota please ensure that it is properly secured and in a safe place.   Guest house owners should also warn their guests, and do everything possible to ensure that these thieves don’t get away with another one.


Plants found in the Clarens Village Nature Reserve

Crinum

 

Damien1-100x100Article and photography by

Damien Coulson

Head ranger: Clarens Village Nature Reserve

 

Greetings to all our Village plant enthusiasts.  This week we’re focusing on a member of theAmaryllidceae (Bulbous lily) family.

Crinum bulbispermum (Orange-River Lily in English, Vleilelie in Afrikaans and Lelutla in Sesotho) is a perennial bulb of up to 900mm tall, usually observed at moderate altitudes of 1600 m A.S.L. in damp areas such as wetlands and streams. This plant occurs from the Western Cape – Limpopo. Crinum has its origins in the Latin Krinon – Lily, whilst bulbispermum means “bulblike seed” or “bulbous seed”.   Read more


Garth Lezard in Clarens 

Garth Lezard

Garth Lezard is a Global Endurance Humanitarian Adventurer, who passed through Clarens a few days ago (March 3rd) on day two of his mammoth journey which will combine motorcycling and running/trekking through 24 countries and 6 continents.   

My passion for global travel, endurance sports, photojournalism and Leonard Cheshire Disability Homes has lead to many adventures which I have documented over the years.My official capacity as a public figure was confirmed when I was voted in at the Annual General Meeting of the Queensburgh Cheshire Home, as ambassador for the charity in 2012.Prior to this my role was focused more on raising awareness and not on fundraising.I now use my Global Endurance Humanitarian Adventures to raise both awareness and funds for the charity.

We’ve been following him on twitter – and see that he has already made the Botswana border !   Garth told us that he intends to come back to Clarens at the end of his journey – which he thinks will be in about three year’s time.

Bon Voyage Garth.

Click here To find out more about Garth


Looking for the laundry?

The Clarens Laundry room has moved too the back of the old Cranford Inn parking area in Larola.

Phone: Yolndi Storbeck: 082 855 3473


EVENTS:

Clarens-Country-Market1618453_361809250627472_967076778_n-300x225

7 March 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 

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7th March 2015

Surrender Hill Marathon

For further details visit the Bethlehem Marathonklub website

 

BACHARACH

9th March 2015

Burt Bacharach with Cat and Simon

What the World Needs Now, Say a Little Prayer, Do you know the way to San Jose……….

Gostos Restaurant will be serving cheese boards, pate and stunning desserts.

Arts Centre

10th March 2015

Official opening of Art’s Centre pf Tshepong

Centre Ballet School, Bana ba Hlokang choir, products of the children’s Art School.   The event will be combined with the (short) AGM of CCIA.

Maluti antique

14 March 2015

Legends of Yesteryear

Maluti Auto Club

Bethlehem Showgrounds

Simon Silcock

15 March 2015

Garden Picnic Party

at Millpond House

BLOOD DRIVE

16 March 2015

Blood Drive

Protea Hotel

Step up and donate blood – you could save a life!

NG Kerk

21 March 2015

NG Kerk Golf Day

22 March 2015

NG Kerk Spitbraai

23-26 March 2015

Richard Rennie 82

23-26 March 2015

Richard Rennie “Paint With Me” workshop

CLARENS COOK-OFF

28th March 2015

Clarens Life-Style Cook Off

Specially for Vegans and Vegetarians

Natalie Chapman

29th March, 2015

Natalie Chapman at Friends

Classifieds

Remember to have a look at our Classifieds page on the website. If you’re going to Johannesburg on Sunday, David Groenwalt is looking for a lift.   And there are some gorgeous dogs 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.

 

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.

30 January 2015

Damien's photo

Sunshine piercing through the veils of darkness

A majestic sun tries to pierce its way through the veils of darkness. Captured shortly after sunrise on the Fouriesburg road into Clarens. The dark purple and undulating mountains contrast starkly with the brilliant golden rays of the rising morning sun.

Clarens has talent!   The photograph and text above was sent in by Damien Coulson (head ranger for The Clarens Village Nature Reserve.)   And – just in case you think this is just a flash in the pan (no photographic pun intended) he also sent in the following:

A hot-air balloon rises from the Golf Estate and drifts languidly on the light early morning breeze towards the Naauwpoort Neck. It moves silently and majestically with the occasional sound of gas billowing in short bursts from the burner from as far as 600 m away.
Thank you for sharing with us Damien.

Of course we all know that Clarens provides inspiration for many talented artists, writers, poets, photographers, cooks, designers  ….. oh the list goes on and on.  We’re also lucky enough to have one of the best book shops in the country, run by Debra Stewart who also manages the Bibliophile Writers’ Support and Social Club: A network of established and aspiring writers,storytellers, scribes and scribblers who inspire and support one another’s creative endeavours in a convivial environment.  Click here to find out more about Bibliophile


Curbing Crime in Clarens with the Sector Police Forum

Have you ever wondered, by way of a rhetorical question, why Clarens is comparatively crime free? To start with, look at the evidence. In December 2014/January 2015, only two crimes in Upper Clarens were brought to the attention of the Clarens SAPS: An attempted housebreaking in Collet Street and an unreported bicycle theft from the Clarens Backpackers. In a situation where close to 5000 visitors per day were strolling the streets of the village, climbing its conservancy trails or rafting its white waters, this is simply extraordinary.

Granted, there was also a partially successful SAPS drug-bust at a Clarens watering hole in early January 2015; neither do these statistics take account of the situation in Kgubetswana. That said, for a tourist town on the Lesotho border, in an economic downturn, it is remarkable compared with the situation one year before: Over Christmas 2013 and New Year 2014, Clarens recorded 12 break-ins, drunk driving, domestic violence and incidences of violent confrontations in various nightclubs.

Why the decline? One key reason is the presence on the Clarens streets of the Sector Police Forum (SPF) patrols (Kgali, Phillip and Patricia) as well as Stephen Vorster on mobile patrol with his mountainous dog, Fifi. This presence, part of the SAPS three-tier crime prevention structure, has contributed in no small measure to a community-led response to crime and its early prevention. The drug-bust referred to above was carried out on the strength of SPF intelligence, for example. With limited exceptions, the lack of vagrants on the Clarens Square is due to SPF vigilance and gentle persuasion. In short, this presence on the ground provides the eyes and ears so critical to early warning and detection of crime, from whatever source.   Read more


Feature Film:  The Jakes are Missing

The final scene of the movie is to be shot on the square this Sunday – and everyone’s invited to join in the fun.   It is however going to be a long day, so it’s suggested that you either pitch at 8am and be prepared to hang around until 3pm or come at 3pm and stay until 11pm.   This is your chance to be in the movies.


Click here To read more about the movie – and to see who’s starring in the movie (apart from you of course)


The Clarens Ultimate Frisbee team

Chris Pefanis, a self-confessed Frisbee fanatic, together with Graham Rodin is keen to develop aClarens Ultimate Frisbee team.  Chris has been in touch with a Pretoria team – The Labradors – who are planning to visit Clarens 13-15 March. They are willing to help us learn the rules and throwing techniques of the game that weekend.

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


Agapanthurs campanulatus 2
DamienArticle 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 Agapanthaceae (Agapanthus) family.   Agapanthus companulatus subsp. paten (Bell Agapanthus in English, Bloulelie in Afrikaans & Lera-laphou in Sesotho) is a deciduous perennial herb which may grow to 100mm tall. This species prefers moist rocky areas such as waterways and drainage lines, near valley bottoms and rocky slopes. A mid-high altitude species, it is commonly found growing at the 1800-2400m A.S.L. band. A. companulatussubsp. paten is found occurring in the Eastern Mountain Region (EMR) of the Drakensburg in montane grassland through to Mpum, the Eastern Free State and Gauteng.       Read more


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

Clarens Country Market1618453_361809250627472_967076778_n 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 

31 January 2015
Shades of Broadway at Bon Appetit
6-8 February, 2015
Annual Birding Weekend at Golden Gate
7th February, 2015
Book launch:   “Woord-engel” by Azette Wiesner. 
(With songs on the Woord-engel CD  performend by Jeanette Jacobs, a local singer, and the Clarens Vintage men’s choir with René Human.)
13-15 February, 2015
Love Rosendal Festival
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
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.   There’s also a new employment opportunity this week.

Paballo’s Nursing New Working Hours

26 January 2015

DETAILS OF NEW WORKING HOURS ETC. FOR 2015

Dear Community Members,

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

We also have to inform you that our prices have increased as from 1 January 2015. Please note that this is our first increase since 2011. A list of price increases is posted in the nurses’ rooms and on the community notice board.

Thank you all for your support.

Kind regards,

Dawn Wainwright

Trustee/Secretary – Paballo’s Nursing Care @ Clarens

17 January 2015

Mount Horeb, Clarens

Mount Horeb

As I wake up to the music of the birds early on a warm summers day
When I open my window
There is sunshine in my eyes
I close my eyes and when I open them again I can see you in a distance smiling proudly back at me.
You stand bravely not afraid to express your beauty
From place to place
From town to town
There are others,but none Can be compared to you.
Your beauty is like that of A precious pearl

Poem by Nthabiseng Constance Nyefolo
First published on the Bibliophile Writers Support and Social Club website page

The Bibiliophile Writers Support and Social club is a of established and aspiring writers, storytellers, scribes and scribblers who inspire and support one another’s creative endeavours in a convivial environment.   For more information please contact Debra at Bibliophile: 058 256 1692


More news on the literary front:

31 degrees eastLocal author Don Emby’s new book 31 Degrees East, is now available as a digital download from Amazon. As a promotion, Don has arranged for downloads to be free from Monday 19 Jan to Friday 23 January, and says that any feed-back would be very welcome.

Resume:
Even if the current global campaign against the barbaric practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) continues at its current level of success, it will take 60 years until the total of more than 125 million women and girls now affected, is reduced by half.
Excerpt from a statement by Navi Pillay, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights; and former High Court Judge.

Four young, newly qualified doctors, set out on a celebratory safari to visit the spectacular Murchison Falls in Uganda. On a lone night drive one of the doctors discovers the body of a young girl lying in the middle of a disused track in the Murchison Falls National Park.  Read more


The As(h) River

CLARENS   NEWS received an the following interesting letter from Pieter Olivier in response to our article “Tight lines on the Ash River” published in last week’s newsletter.   It seems that our reference to the Ash river is totally incorrect.  Pieter wrote as follows:

The only historic reference to the naming of the As (Axle) River which I know of, is the following from the “Bethlehem 125” history book by the late A P J van Rensburg (1989) : Page 10 : “ Vanaf Uys-se-Kuile is Retief se trek oor die suidelike gedeelte van die plaas Smalfontein (tans Bonnington, die plaas van mnr. F S liebowitz), oor die rand van die plase Poortjie en Trekpad en deur die Asrivier – so genoem omdat die as van ‘n wa hier gebreek het en hoogs waarskynlik die drif geblokkeer het en so die trek vertraag het. Hiervandaan het die Voortrekkers Klipnek deurgegaan en op die middag van 23 September 1837 in die Liebenbergskloof, vandag Liebenbergsvlei, uitgespan.”

The Liebenbergsvlei River and the Axle River come together in the Saulspoort Dam (now called the Sol Plaatje Dam to commemorate the 51 residents from the Sol Plaatje Municipality – Kimberley – who drowned there in on 1 May2003. The Axle River carries the water from the Lesotho Highlands Water Project to the Wilger River and onwards to the Vaal Dam. The Bethlehem dam is the first municipal storage dam in South Africa to receive the high quality water via the Project.

I did try two or three years ago to convince SANRAL to rectify the matter at the river crossings but to no avail. The other gross fault is the big signboard near Clarens indicating the “ Ash River Outfall” (!!!). Greetings, Pieter


Annual Birding Weekend in Golden Gate Highlands National Park 

Registrations are now open for birders to participate in the Sasol Golden Gate annual birding weekend which takes place from 6th-8th February 2015. This event organised by the Free State Region of the Honorary Rangers, raises funds for SANParks conservation projects within Golden Gate Highlands National Park. 

The Golden Gate Vulture Hide was partly funded by previous birding events and provides birders the opportunity to spot the rare bearded vulture.   Read more


CVC Report Back:  December 2014

CVC Dec 2014 header

 

Damien Coulson has sent in another one of his interesting reports on the work being done in  the Clarens Village Nature Reserve.   Highlights in the December report back include news on a new trail specially for cyclists.   The trail is not complete yet, but work is well underway and the trail will be completed well before the MTN cycle race in April.   Click here to read Damien’s full report.


EVENTS:

Clarens Country Market 17 January 2015
Clarens Country Market
Burns night 24 January, 2015
Burns Night at Coutryard Restaurant
26 January, 2015:   Klopse Friendship Club Meeting
6-8 February, 2015
Annual Birding Weekend at Golden Gate
Shades of Broadway 31 January 2015
Shades of Broadway at Bon Appetit
Woord engel Azette Wiesner 7th February, 2015Book launch:   “Woord-engel” by Azette Wiesner. (With songs on the Woord-engel CD  performend by Jeanette Jacobs, a local singer, and the Clarens Vintage men’s choir with René Human.)

 

Love Rosendal 13-15 February, 2015Love Rosendal Festival

Bieliemielie 2015 19-22 February 2015

27-28 February 2014
Clarens Craft Beer Festival


Classifieds

Remember to have a look at our Classifieds page on the website – espcially if you’re looking for a flat to rent.

9th January, 2015

The “week” that was

Chirstmas has come and gone we are now in 2015 and  I’m sure that most of us have already forgotten those New Year’s Resolutions.    Traditionally, this is however, a time to reflect on what we’ve achieved and to set our goals for the year ahead.   A thought that immediately springs to mind, is that we live in a fabulous place and one of the reasons why Clarens is so special is that we are lucky enough to have so many wonderful community organisations and generous individuals who are prepared to give of their time and resources to ensure that our village just keeps on getting better and better.   Please have a look at the Community Page on our website:   You too, may be able to make a positive contribution.


 

The Twitcher returns

Yes indeed.  Can’t keep a good man down, as the actress said to the Bishop.  The Twitcher is back to enlighten and entertain, and in some rare cases, abuse.  But no-one in our fair village of course.  It seems like an age since we last talked; well, you listened possibly while I rabbited on.  After a spell in a Siberian prison for a small, perhaps even insignificant demonstration in Red Square, in support of the Bolshoi Ballet’s cake sale, I came to understand that the key to the meaning of life is in fact Cricket.  Yes, nothing like a set of rusty prison bars to focus the mind and all mine could conjure was the sight of Dale Steyn, thundering down the pitch to decimate an innocuous Australian, flailing his bat helplessly at the oncoming bouncer.  The rest is history of course.  Our own thugs at the top of the heap, verbally abusing the rest.  Glorious game, cricket.

Which brings me to the subject of this return to Clarens News.  In short, the need to share a cricketing highlight from the glorious annals of this noble sport on our own oblong, er, square.  I quote verbatim from a missive recently to hand from a foreign Sporting and Hunting Correspondent, RW ‘Belcher’Agar:  Read more


 

It’s all about Trout

A recent article on the CNN website:  African sushi:  Mountainous fish farm links Lesotho with Japanese chefs     http://edition.cnn.com/2014/11/21/business/lesotho-trout-for-japan/   highlights the trade in trout from Katse Dam to Japan.   Have a look – it makes for an interesting read for anyone living in or visiting Clarens, since Clarens played an important role in the construction of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project.   This project has featured in quite a few articles which were written for our newsletter and which appear on the Clarens News Website:

Launch of Lesotho Highlands Water Project- Phase 2  (Clarens News: May 2014.  Article by Mary Walker)
Lesotho Highlands Water Project – Phase 2  (Clarens News: March 2014. Article by Mary Walker with  historical insight into building of Phase 1)
Water – Lesotho Highlands Water Project (Clarens News: September 2013.  Background on the Lesotho Highlands Water Project, with reference to the impact of this project on Clarens)
Self Drive – Ash River Outfall Drive  (Clarens News: April 2014) Map and information.
Self drive: Clarens to Katse Dam  (Clarens News: March 2014.) Article by Rod and Rose Smart on their Katse experience – with tips on driving in Lesotho.)
Katse Dam  (General information on Katse Dam, Tours to Katse Dam from Clarens, and the Katse Botanical Gardens.)


 

Tight lines on the Ash River


(Photograph:  Clarens Fishing)

A subject seldom touched on (but featured in the WildFly Fishing Series on Supersport) is the excellent trout fishing to be had in the Ash river just below the Ash River Outfall.   It seems that trout in our local rivers has become a bit of an environmental hot potato, with purists arguing that they do not belong in our rivers where they impact on the local indigenous fish population, and pragmatists that argue that the benefits of having trout in our rivers far outweighs the damage that these fish may cause.   Whatever your beliefs, the fact remains that we have a thriving trout population in the Ash river which provides almost perfect conditions for trout – and these fish are not only thriving, but also breeding in the river.   So much so, that the Ash river is now considered by many to provide the best trout fishing in South Africa, and Clarens is attracting fly-fishing enthusiasts from far and wide.
For more information on Fishing in the Clarens area – visit the Clarens News website page on Fishing:  http://clarensnews.co.za/fishing/  


 

Annual Birding Weekend in Golden Gate Highlands National Park 

Registrations are now open for birders to participate in the Sasol Golden Gate annual birding weekend which takes place from 6th-8th February 2015. This event organised by the Free State Region of the Honorary Rangers, raises funds for SANParks conservation projects within Golden Gate Highlands National Park. 

The Golden Gate Vulture Hide was partly funded by previous birding events and provides birders the opportunity to spot the rare bearded vulture.   Read more

Please note that registration for this event closes next friday: 16th January, 2015


 

Plants found in the Clarens Village Nature Reserve

Article and photograph 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 Lamiaceae (Sage and mint) family.

Ajuga ophrydis (Bugle Plant in English & Senyarela in Sesotho) is a perennial herb which may grow to 250mm tall. This remarkable yet understated herb grows sparcely distributed in rocky grassland areas, in close proximity to rocky slopes at higher altitudes up to 2700 m A.S.L, occurring from the Eastern Cape through to Mpum.

An altogether attractive plant, this specimen was observed above the Porcupine Trail, along what will soon be our new cycle route – the Caracal Contour. Interestingly this specimen and several new wildflowers were only observed in the area in which cattle have been excluded and in which an intact portion of fence remains, and is evidence of the need to conserve our natural heritage. As a matter of interest, this is the only member of the Ajuga genus which has been recorded in S.A.

Click here to read more


 

EVENTS:

10 January 2014
Clarens Country Market
24 January, 2015
Burns Night at Coutryard Restaurant
26 January, 2015:   Klopse Friendship Club Meeting
6-8 February, 2015
Annual Birding Weekend at Golden Gate
31 January 2015
Shades of Broadway at Bon Appetit 
Azette Wiesner 7th February, 2015

Book launch:   “Woord-engel” by Azette Wiesner. 

(With songs on the Woord-engel CD  performend by Jeanette Jacobs, a local singer, and the Clarens Vintage men’s choir with René Human.)

 

13-15 February, 2015Love Rosendal Festival


Classifieds

Remember to have a look at our Classifieds page on the website – espcially if you’re looking for a flat to rent.

Clarens Water Crisis

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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.

19th December, 2014: Merry Christmas

Christmas treetiff

Editors note

With Christmas now only days away, we would like to wish all our readers everything of the best for the festive season.   We too are taking a break, so there will be no newsletter next week.   We will however keep you informed of events you should know about via our facebook page.


 

The week that was

Lots of excitement in Clarens since our last newsletter.   The NG Kerk market was fun – and despite the fact that we had fewer feet than in previous years, the CVC still managed to sell nearly R1000 worth of Christmas Trees.   Scotch also opened their doors (see article below) and Mathias Chirombo was in town with the opening of his exhibition: Sacred Spaces at the Ism-Skism Gallery.   And we couldn’t help but notice a few smiles with the crowning of Miss South Africa, Rolene Strauss, as Miss World 2014.


 

Wicket re-opens

Thank you Mr Tim
Last Tuesday 9th December, A Devastating Accident occurred when a Taxi Drove Straight into Wicket Candle Shop. Luckily no one was harmed as the Employee Amanda, had left just 5 minutes earlier.  With the long weekend approaching Wicket Candle Shop due to the Damage would not have been able to open. But Thanks to Tim Moorcroft and his Stumble blocks a wall was put up in just under an hour.
Ricky (The Shop Owner) is Grateful for all the support from friends.  Thanks to Tim was able to open for that long weekend and is still open and back in business.

Wicket crash -WA0003[4] Widket before -WA0001[8] Wicket After-WA0000[7]

 


Scotch Whisky  Lounge opens its doors

Scotch

Spending time in the  Scotch Whisky Lounge is fascinating.
So many bottles, so many shapes, so many subtle hues of colour, so many different origins, so many different types, interesting labels, interesting stories….and that’s all before you’ve even had a taste!   Spending time with Colleen McLaughlin in the Whiskey Lounge is a real treat – even for a non whiskey drinker like myself.  (Or perhaps I should amend that last statement –  having now had the opportunity to learn a little bit about whisky, and got the amazing variety of perfumes that escape as you open the top – I know that somewhere in Colleen’s amazing whisky collection, there is a whisky that would suit my particular taste buds perfectly.
The range of whisky on sale is based on Colleen’s personal whisky collection and is made up of mainly single malt Scotch whisky, along with Irish whiskey, and American Bourbon, but also includes Japanese and Taiwanese whisky.   (Incidentally the Japanese recently won an international award for the best single malt whisky in the world.)   Also in the collection is Bains Cape Mountain whisky – a South African whisky voted the world’s best grain whisky in 2013. Read more

Our rangers on Patrol

ICVC waterfall picts summer! That means good food, good company and, when in Clarens – stunning scenery. A walk along our trails will yield a veritable eye-feast of waterfalls, copious water containing streams, lush greenery, birds of every feather and impressive landscapes. Come and enjoy a hike or picnic in the reserve – guaranteed it will be well worth-it.

The above is an extract from the November 2014, CVC Report.   As informative as alwlays.  Click here to read the full report.

 

 

 


Plants found in the Clarens Village Nature Reserve

Boophane disticha tiffArticle and photograph by Damien Coulson
Head ranger
Clarens Village Nature Reserve

Greetings to all our Village plant enthusiasts.  This week we’re focusing on a member of theAmaryllidaceae (Amaryllis) family.

Boophone disticha (Bushmans Poison in English, Boesmansgif or Gifbol in Afrikaans & Leshoma in Sesotho) is a perennial geophyte which may grow to 600mm tall. This extremely toxic bulb grows in grassland and rocky areas, usually on hill slopes. B. disticha occurs from sea-level right through to 3000 m A.S.L, distributed throughout S.A. Boophone distich is both drought tolerant and frost resistant. This particular specimen was observed on the Kloof Mountain Trail; however additional sightings above Scilla Walk, Porcupine and the Sky Contour trails have been recorded. Please note (again) that this plant is both highly toxic to people and livestock.   Read more


 EVENTS:

Christmas 2

20 December 2014 Paphama Youth Development Christmas Party:  Tshepong Centre

It feels unbelievable that it is almost Christmas time again! As we get into the spirit of giving and sharing with our loved ones, we must reflect on how privileged we are to be surrounded by our precious family and friends, that we need to remind ourselves that there are little children who are affected by HIV do not have a Mom & a Dad to love & feel loved and this time of the year is a sad and desolate time for them. We cannot fill this void but we can ease their sadness by showering them with gifts and a fun filled day.    Contact Ntsebe Mofokeng @ 078 245 1709 during office hours.

Nena logo 15 -19 December:  Nena Small Child Development:
Telephones
White & Black event 20 December:  White&Black Events Co. Launch
Annie Sloan 20 December, 2014 : Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Workshop
white Y black events 21 December, 2014: White&Black Braai Day
Nena logo 22-24 December Small child development Holiday program: Christmas
NG Kerk 24 December, 2014: Carols by Candlelight
Christmas 2
24 December/25 December 2014.
Christmas Eve Dinners And Christmas Lunch at various restaurants in and around Clarens.  (See Restaurant News below)
Annie Sloan 27 December, 2014: Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Workshop
Nena logo 29-31 December: Small child development Holiday Program: Old Year, New Year
Christmas 2  31 December 2014:   New Year’s Eve
Watch our facebook page for events.

 


Restaurant News

The following restaurants have indicated that they will be open on Christmas Day.

As we get their menues these will be uploaded onto our Events Page, but in the meantime, here are their telephone numbers so that you can be sure to have a table booked.

278 On Main:  0825565208   (278 Main Street) buffet lunch Click here to see the menu

Adamo Restaurant : 058 256 1212  (Protea Hotel) Click here to see the menu

Amigos Restaurant :   082 797 5079 (Main Street) Christmas dinner bookings essential

Artichoke:  058 256 1283 (Main Street)

Bon Appetit: 079 873 1318  (Rosemary Centre – Main Street)Click here to see the menu

Clementines: 058 256 1616/ 082 453 7060 not Christmas style 3 course meal.

Courtyard Cafe : 082 650 1503  (Oosthuizen/Main Street) Christmas dinner only on Christmas eve

Gosto: 082 416 3687 (On The Square Centre) Portuguese style dinner

Maluti Lodge: 058 256 1422/3   072 725 8549  (Steil Street)

Mont D’Or : 058 256 1272

The Lazy Gecko:  (Main Street): 061 405 8776 Breakfast/Lunch not Christmas style

The Trout & Mallard: 072 805 4448/058 255 0129 (Golden Gate Road) Click here to see the menu


 

Community News

Letter from the Clarens Ratepayers Association:Hi there,
With regard to Street Numbering, just a reminder that you should be making efforts to display your new street number on your property. Street numbering (as it is officially termed) has been on the cards since 2008 and has now been finalized and now brings Clarens into line with other towns across South Africa. Remember that your stand number is not changing, that will remain the same on Title Deeds and business documents, however, you will be required to advise your bankers and interested parties of your new street number. You will be required to produce proof of address in which case use your Municipal Account. Mail for Clarens is typically addressed to
Box Numbers, as we no longer have postal deliveries to properties, but of course the main reason for this change is to ensure that properties can more easily be located by emergency services and tourists and to conform with the rest of South Africa. Even although this change has been in the pipeline for more than 6 years, we understand the inconvenience which we will all have to bear, but it is for the greater good.

We wish you and your loved ones peace and happiness over the festive season.

Kind regards
Pat
Pat Raubenheimer
Chairperson
Clarens’ Ratepayers’ Association
058 256-1123/083 450-7070
email:raubenheimer@icon.co.za


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……..

 

 

Letter from Clarens Ratepayers Association

Hi,
With regard to Street Numbering, just a reminder that you should be making efforts to display your new street number on your property. Street numbering (as it is officially termed) has been on the cards since 2008 and has now been finalized and now brings Clarens into line with other towns across South Africa. Remember that your stand number is not changing, that will remain the same on Title Deeds and business documents, however, you will be required to advise your bankers and interested parties of your new street number. You will be required to produce proof of address in which case use your Municipal Account. Mail for Clarens is typically addressed to
Box Numbers, as we no longer have postal deliveries to properties, but of course the main reason for this change is to ensure that properties can more easily be located by emergency services and tourists and to conform with the rest of South Africa. Even although this change has been in the pipeline for more than 6 years, we understand the inconvenience which we will all have to bear, but it is for the greater good.

We wish you and your loved ones peace and happiness over the festive season.

Kind regards

Pat
Pat Raubenheimer
Chairperson
Clarens’ Ratepayers’ Association
058 256-1123
083 450-7070
email:raubenheimer@icon.co.za

12 December 2014: Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays

Clarens is just fabulous for holidays.   There’s something for everyone.   Have a look at the all the Activities we have listed on our website:   http://clarensnews.co.za/activities/
We are often asked what there is for the kids to do.   Some suggestions include:
Picnics in the Clarens Village Nature Reserve.   Adventures such as Quad biking, Paintball, Zipline, Archery, Climbing Wall, as well as horse and pony riding, swimming (under supervision of course),  Putt Putt and Fishing – all of which can be enjoyed by people of all ages.   Nena – see the events below – are also holding the first of three programs specially for smaller children.


Good news from Greater Clarens Chamber of Commerce

The letter (see below) is great news.   After all, where would we be without all the businesses who contribute to making Clarens the special town it is.

Click here for your membership form


Clarens Open Feedback

 Article and photography
by Mary Walker

 

 

Last weekend the final event of the year for the top golfers in the Free State province took place in Clarens.  The Heineken Clarens Open is a three way partnership between Heineken, The Clarens Golf Estate and the Free State Golf Union, and counts towards provincial colours and points.
This is the second year of the event, which was held over two days, last year’s having been played on one day only.  The Clarens Golf Estate General Manager, Francois Schoeman, envisages that it will become the biggest annual amateur golfing event in the Free State.  This was the only Free State Golf Union tournament that has been able to fill its field this year, and neither Eskom nor the weather were successful at undermining the success of the event.  To see the results etc Read more 


More News from the Golf Estate

Contact:
Phone:  058 256 1270 / 1319
Cell: 082 326 4908
Email: gm@theclarens.co.za


Order your Christmas Trees

What a fun (and useful) way to support the CVC.


More about Christmas Trees

Tips for keeping your tree looking good:

The most important thing you can do is keep the tree watered.   Cool temperatures also help.   If you’re not bringing you tree in right away, let it sit in a bucket of water outdoors or in a cool place inside.

Try to keep it away from direct sunlight, winds, and sources of heat like heaters or appliances.

If your tree has been sitting for more than a day, make a fresh cut at the bottom at least 10cm above the original cut.   A smooth, clean cut will help the tree absorb water more readily. Place the freshly cut tree in lukewarm water,

Do not overload electric circuits.   If a fuse blows when you turn on your lights, it means that the line is overloaded or something is defective.

Lots of presents under the tree will of course, also help it to look good!


EVENTS:

13th December: NG Kerk Christmas Market

Ons hou Saterdag vlooimark op Clarens Plein, ons verkoop boerewors rolletjies, sosaties, skilpadjies en pannekoek. Daar is baie stalletjies – boeke, klere, juwele, handgemakte items, kersbome, tuisgemaakte produkte, olywe en nog vele meer. Kom geniet die dag saam met ons.

 

 

 

 

 


 

13 December:  Bark for Life  Can/SA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

13 December: Andre Swiegers in Clarens

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 


Raoul and Black Friday at Friends


 

15 -19 December:  Nena Small Child Development:
Telephones

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

20 December:  White&Black Events Co. Launch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Restaurant News – Christmas Lunch

The following restaurants have indicated that they will be open on Christmas Day.

As we get their menues these will be uploaded onto our Events Page, but in the meantime, here are their telephone numbers so that you can be sure to have a table booked.

278 On Main:  0825565208   (278 Main Street) buffet lunch Click here to see the menu

Adamo Restaurant : 058 256 1212  (Protea Hotel) Click here to see the menu

Amigos Restaurant :   082 797 5079 (Main Street) Christmas dinner bookings essential

Artichoke:  058 256 1283 (Main Street)

Bon Appetit: 079 873 1318  (Rosemary Centre – Main Street)Click here to see the menu

Clementines: 058 256 1616/ 082 453 7060 not Christmas style 3 course meal.

Courtyard Cafe : 082 650 1503  (Oosthuizen/Main Street) Christmas dinner only on Christmas eve

Gosto: 082 416 3687 (On The Square Centre) Portuguese style dinner

Maluti Lodge: 058 256 1422/3   072 725 8549  (Steil Street)

Mont D’Or : 058 256 1272

The Lazy Gecko:  (Main Street): 061 405 8776 Breakfast/Lunch not Christmas style


Clarens on the Word Wide Web

Traveller 24
It seems that Clarens is going to be really busy these holidays.   traveller24.news24.com have Clarens listed at no 4 of South Africa’s top busiest towns this festive season.   To see the full list click onto their blog.

Travel Ground
Clarens has  also been featured in two separate Travel Ground blogs.   (The second one being an abbreviated version of the first.)   Click here  to see the second blog.

And if you missed the first blog:  Click here

Clarens News
We at Clarens News are also working madly and getting everyone listed.   In the meantime, our presence on the web seems to be growing nicely.  As of today we have 2,333 likes on our facebook page, and our google rating is improving steadily.   Please keep sending us photographs etc for your Clarens News listings.   (There is no charge for being listed on the Clarens News website.)


Prince Harry visits Lesotho

Maliba Lodge, Based in the Ts’ehlanyane National Park in Lesotho had the great pleasure of hosting both Prince Harry of Wales and Prince Seeiso of Lesotho over this past weekend. They were in Lesotho together to continue their remarkable work with their Lesotho based charity Sentebale.

To find our more about Sentebale visit theirwebsite.

Being that we are so close to Lesotho, Clarens is an ideal base for those wishing to explore the mountain kingdom.  (Remember to bring your passport.)

The Clarens News website has several articles on visiting Lesotho.   The articles are full of useful tips.   Have a look at http://clarensnews.co.za/exploring-lesotho/

 

 

 


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……..

Letter from Mandy Prior

Letter to all DA residents of Ward 20 (Clarens) from Mandy Prior

 To all DA residents of Ward20 (Clarens).  I would like to thank you for your support over the past three years.

Unfortunately, due to health concerns, I have handed in my resignation as Councillor.

Fortunately, I hand you over into the capable hands of Councillor Roger Nhlapo, in the knowledge that he will keep the DA base strong in our area.

With the country in the state it is, I can with confidence say, the Democratic Alliance and its policies, is the only party that gives us hope for the future.

Best Wishes.

Clr.Mandy Prior

CRA Community Notice: Sewerage Charges

Following on from my email of Nov 15, when I reported that some residents in the Village had received their September Municipal Account with the overstated sewerage charges, it appears that on some accounts, the error is still appearing on the November accounts.
The Municipality apologises for this error; they had thought that it had been corrected when we raised it with them at that time and they are now going through the process of rectifying the error.  It would appear that the 50% discount, which the CRA had negotiated some years ago for those on the small bore sewerage system, had inadvertently  not been processed.

Regards
Pat Raubenheimer
Chairperson
Clarens’ Ratepayers’ Association
Phone: 058 256-1123/083 450-7070
Email:raubenheimer@icon.co.za

5th December, 2014 newsletter

Golf course

THE CLARENS OPEN

This weekend Clarens will be welcoming all those golfers (as well as their families and supporters) taking part in The Heineken Clarens Open.   Players will be playing 54 holes of stroke play on the newly planted course. Playing 36 holes on Saturday the 6th of December and finishing with 18 holes Sunday the 7th. The clubhouse will also be showcasing its new menu’s and recently updated facilities.

The golf course is looking magnificent (as can be seen in our feature photograph above taken by Mary Walker.)

Francois Schoeman (General Manager: The Clarens Golf Estate):  THE CLARENS GOLF ESTATE has gradually been climbing the ladder toward becoming the premier golfing destination in the Free State. Recently the entire Golf Course was rejuvenated by re-seeding the entire course. Adding to the new turf they purchased three machines of the highest quality to further help improve the course to attain top national standards.    Read more

 


MORE NEWS FROM THE GOLF ESTATE

Clarens Golf Estate Community Association Manager
Earns International Qualification

Francois Schoeman, General ManAger of The Clarens Golf Estate, has been named a Certified Manager of Community Associations (CMCA®) by the Community Association Managers International Certification Board (CAMICB). The board administers the CMCA examination, a rigorous test that measures knowledge of community management best practices. Francois Schoeman joins CMCAs worldwide who have demonstrated the skills essential for managing homeowner and condominium associations and cooperatives to the highest levels of Business expertise.

Francois Schoeman has joined an elite few with this qualification in South Africa. Management has been seemingly easy to Francois Schoeman and he has continued to develop himself personally into one of the top Community Associations Managers in South Africa. With his latest achievement he is set to continue his steady climb to the top of the industry.

There are +-3 000 Home owners Associations and 56 000 Sectional Title Schemes in South Africa. An Estimated 5 million people reside in organised communities.
Managers like Francois Schoeman manage assets in excess of R800 billion in the South African residential market. The value of property in organised communities is 27 percent of total residential property in South Africa. These skilled professionals are trained in the evolving complexities of community association management. CMCA-certified managers have the expertise needed to safeguard the assets of community associations, protecting home values and providing homeowners with peace of mind.

The CMCA is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) and complies with the NCCA’s stringent international standards for a professional certification program.

CAMICB is an independent board that sets the standards for community association managers worldwide. It is the first and only organization created solely to certify community association managers and enhance the professional practice of community association management. Merging existing Business acumen with industry specific knowledge. Francois Schoeman is currently the only CMCA in the Free State Province, South Africa.

CONGRATULATIONS FRANCOIS!!


 

TRAVEL GROUND POSTS A BLOG ON CLARENS

TRAVEL GROUND

Travel ground have posted an excellent blog:  Clarens – An Artists’ Haven for Everyone by Roseanna McBain.    The article has been shared on all their social media sites which have at present 5,329 Twitter fans, 28,831 Google+ followers and 66,643 Facebook fans.

It will likely also be shared on LekkeSlaap (their sister website) once it is translated to Afrikaans, to their fan base of 1460 twitter followers, 123,972 Facebook followers, and 10,969 followers Google+ followers.

This is great news for Clarens and will we believe go a long way to re-establishing Clarens as a major Art Centre.


Myosotis semiamplexicaulis

PLANTS FOUND IN THE CLARENS VILLAGE NATURE RESERVE

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 our first member of the Boraginaceae (Borage) family.

Myosotis semiamplexicaulis (Forget-me-not in English, Vergeet-my-nie in Afrikaans & sethutu in Sesotho) is a bushy herb which may grow to 600mm tall. This little bush prefers moist ground amongst scrub and often rock (near ravines or on well-shaded southern mountain slopes) with an altitudinal range of 1400 right through to 3000 m A.S.L.

The genus name Myosotis harks from 2 Greek words – myos meaning mouse and otis meaning ear, most likely referring to the characteristic petal shape. The species name likewise comprises 2 words – semi or “partial” and amplexicaulis or “stem grasping” in reference to the leaves at their basal point closest to the stem.   Read more

Editor’s note:  When Damien sent us this information he drew our attention to the SANBI status for this species is DDT (explained in-text). So if you know of any varsity students looking for a research project, here’s a possible subject.

 


Order your Christmas Trees

Christmas tree sale

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What a fun (and useful) way to support the CVC.

 


Small child development over the holiday period

Nena

Small child development, holiday program

Dates: 15 -19 December, 9:00 – 12:00, Theme: Telephones

            22 – 24 December, 9:00 – 12:00, Theme: Christmas

            29 – 31 December, 9:00 – 12:00, Theme: Old Year/New Year

For children, age 4 – 5 years

                     (Min. 6 children/group – Max. 12/group)

                      Bring own snacks

Place: N.G. Church Hall, Clarens   Cost:   R90/child/day

For more information, contact: Nanette Campher: Cell: 072 240 8561

E- mail: nenanettecampher@gmail.com


Upcoming Events

There’s a lot happening this month.   For more Events please have a look at the Events page on the website.

 

Heinieken Open 20131206_104030[2] 6-7 DecemberClarens Open
Save our horses comedy 6 DecemberBrian Taylor Comedy Eveningat Shumba Valley 
Clarens Country Market10171100_386446191497111_6617258284236721055_n 6 DecemberClarens Country Market
Belly dance 6 DecemberYalla Habibi
Christmas 2 13 DecemberNG Kerk Christmas Market
Andre Swiegers 13 DecemberAndre Swiegers in Clarens

 


Restaurant News

The following restaurants have indicated that they will be open on Christmas Day.

As we get their menues these will be uploaded onto our Events Page, but in the meantime, here are their telephone numbers so that you can be sure to have a table booked.

278 On Main:  0825565208   (278 Main Street) buffet lunch

Adamo Restaurant : 058 256 1212  (Protea Hotel) details only available 1st week of December

Amigos Restaurant :   082 797 5079 (Main Street) Christmas dinner bookings essential

Artichoke:  058 256 1283 (Main Street) details only available 1st week of December

Bon Appetit: 079 873 1318  (Rosemary Centre – Main Street)not Christmas style 3 course meal.

Clementines: 058 256 1616/ 082 453 7060 not Christmas style 3 course meal.

Courtyard Cafe : 082 650 1503  (Oosthuizen/Main Street) Christmas dinner only on Christmas eve

Gosto: 082 416 3687 (On The Square Centre) Portuguese style dinner

Maluti Lodge: 058 256 1422/3   072 725 8549  (Steil Street) details only available 1st week of December

Mont D’Or : 058 256 1272 details only available 1st week of December

The Lazy Gecko:  (Main Street): 061 405 8776 Breakfast/Lunch not Christmas style

 


 

Community News (Notices and Letters)


Letter to all DA residents of Ward 20 (Clarens) from Mandy Prior

 To all DA residents of Ward20 (Clarens).  I would like to thank you for your support over the past three years.

Unfortunately, due to health concerns, I have handed in my resignation as Councillor.

Fortunately, I hand you over into the capable hands of Councillor Roger Nhlapo, in the knowledge that he will keep the DA base strong in our area.

With the country in the state it is, I can with confidence say, the Democratic Alliance and its policies, is the only party that gives us hope for the future.

Best Wishes.

Clr.Mandy Prior


Clarens Ratepayers Association:  re Sewerage

 Following on from my email of Nov 15, when I reported that some residents in the Village had received their September Municipal Account with the overstated sewerage charges, it appears that on some accounts, the error is still appearing on the November accounts.

 The Municipality apologises for this error; they had thought that it had been corrected when we raised it with them at that time and they are now going through the process of rectifying the error.  It would appear that the 50% discount, which the CRA had negotiated some years ago for those on the small bore sewerage system, had inadvertently  not been processed.

 Regards

Pat Raubenheimer

Chairperson

Clarens’ Ratepayers’ Association: Phone: 058 256-1123/083 450-7070

email:  raubenheimer@icon.co.za

 


Tshepong Christmas Party

The Tshepong Chistmas party has come and gone, but for those of you who couldn’t be there Dons Kritzinger sent us some photographs:   Click here to see them.


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……..

 

 

Celebrating Art

Richard Rennie 50111


Today is Richard Rennie’s 82nd birthday!   HAPPY BIRTHDAY RICHARD!    I’m sure it will be quite a celebration at the Richard Rennie Gallery this afternoon  See you there.

AND on this special occasion it seems appropriate not only to celebrate Richard’s birthday, but also to celebrate art in Clarens.   Clarens is known as an art centre – and our art scene seems to be getting more and more vibrant.   One of the things that is so special about the art in our town is that there is such a wide range of art on offer – something to everyone’s taste.   The website has a list of the galleries in town – and a new ART ROUTE is about to be published.


Calling all artists:

Clarens News has  already uploaded most of the Art Galleries to Galleries Page on our website, and are happy to promote all art (and related) courses on our events page.  (If you have a gallery, please check the information on your page – and if you can’t find your listing, please send us your information so that we can rectify the matter.)

Clarens News would however like to take our website a step further and honour all those artists who live and work in Clarens but do not have a gallery of their own.   We’ve seen your work in our restaurants, hotels, and shops, but we’d love to have you listed on our website as well.   Please send us your details:  who you are, your contact details, a description of your work with one or two images if possible, and where visitors can see your work.     We are also happy to highlight news from your blogs or facebook pages in our newsletters.

And on that note.   We’ve been following Peter Bonney’s blog:   http://peterbonney.co.za/my-far-away-vondeling-paintings/   Click onto the blog and catch a glimpse of his latest work.


Clarens on Printerest

Another exciting development for Clarens News is that we are uploading images of Clarens onto our Printerest page.   (We were thinking of adding a gallery page to our website – but concluded that using Printerest would make it much easier for everyone to share.)  We’ve already started with a few and are about to upload an image posted to our Clarens News timeline on facebook from Lize Artist On Demand.   Lize writes:

I stay in Midlands KZN and was on holiday in Clarens in August. I went to Kado and was fascinated with the old Chev and took a photo as I decided I had to do a painting and thought I will share it with the Clarenites.


Klopse

Have you heard of the Klopse?   The KLOPSE is kind of Friendship Club that meets monthly (every month on the last Monday evening of the month) in the Methodist hall.   It had its beginning around 2001 as the “Afrikaanse Aand”. Although never exclusively Afrikaans it provided an opportunity for especially Afrikaans speakers to come and share with others their professional and general interests. The name was adopted after a talk by the late (Professor) Daan Wybenga (an eminent linguist) in which he explained the origin of the “Klopse” movement among the Coloured people at the Cape: they observed the “Clubs” of the British, and decided to have their own “Klopse” (from the word “club”). So Clarens’s own “Klopse” was born!

The KLOPSE in Clarens welcomes all friends who are interested in an informative talk (often illustrated) on a wide variety of subjects. In 2014, for example, subjects like the following were dealt with by knowledgeable local people: The Incas of Peru; African Music, Legends and Heroes from the Greek Classics; Sustainable Development of Cities; The Science of Diamonds; A sea voyage along the coast of Norway; The Conservation of the Clarens Environment. The variety is great, and the subject matter always interesting.   All are heartly invited to the gatherings at 18:30, on the last Monday of the month (except December). More information is available from Dons Kritzinger, 082-849-1505 or 058-256-1179.

The November meeting was postponed to this Monday (1st December, 2014)  .   You’ll find further details on the Events Page..


Ebola – A Threat to our Tourism Industry

Having just visited the Netherlands, Greece, France and Italy, I can’t say I am particularly surprised to receive an article from The Economist:  Economic Consequences of Ebola.  As soon as anyone we met discovered we were from South Africa they asked about Ebola.   We did our best to explain that it wasn’t a problem in South Africa, and those that believed us and didn’t move away, then asked if we knew any of the schoolgirls that had been kidnapped (Nigeria), or if we (like the “blade-runner”) slept with a weapon next to our bed.  It all seems so far-fetched, but yes these factors are probably having an impact on the number of tourists who visit South Africa – and will be felt even in Clarens.

So what can we do about it?   Not much except to spread information on the facts as widely as possible.   Derek Joubert’s article Ebola and Africa written for AG Africa Geographic is an excellent read, and we would suggest that it be passed on whenever possible.  ( You never know – it could make a difference.)  Click here to read the full article.


EVENTS

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:

28th November:  Richard Rennie’s 82nd Birthday
29th November:  Cherry Food Market at Cafe Moulin
29th November, 2014:  Clarens Country Market
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
30th November:  Christmas Carols service
KLOPSE FRIENDSHIP CLUB:  Ist December  Klopse Friendship Club
Brian Taylor Comedy Evening at Shumba Valley
6-7 December:  Clarens Open
6th December: Yalla Habibi

 

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


 

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).

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……..


Final Thought: Happy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving was celebrated in the USA yesterday.    Speaking personally, I give thanks everyday that I am lucky enough to live in Clarens.

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.

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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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14 November, 2014: The newsletters are back

Rainbow over Clarens

After all the recent welcome rain – how could we not head this newsletter with a photograph of a rainbow.   It’s so nice to see smiles on the faces of our farming friends, and to see the dams filling.

Yes – the newsletters are back

We had so many requests for our newsletters that we decided to post them out again.Thank you to all our faithful Facebook followers for staying in touch via facebook. We will continue to post news – especially about Clarens weekend music events – on facebook, but since facebook is not really that suitable for our more in-depth articles, these will be published in our newsletters as well as on the relevant pages on our website: www.clarensnews.co.za.


Website News

The Clarens News website is getting better and better, and we’re slowly catching up with all the business listings. And GOOD NEWS FOR BUSINESS OWNERS, we have taken the decision to list all Clarens businesses for free.   So if you haven’t yet sent us all your details, please send them to editor@clarensnews.co.za.  We will get your business listed  as soon as possible.  (You may have to be a little patient, since doing the listings is a rather time consuming business.)   Clarens still does not have an official info centre (but we’re holding thumbs that the CTF may yet pull something out of the bag.)   In the meantime, Clarens News, will continue to strive to provide everything you need to know about Clarens.

 


Construction begins on delayed Stortemelk hydro plant near Clarens

Clarens News received the following google alert:

South African hydropower NuPlanet has broken ground on a new hydroelectric power generation plant on the Ash River. The plant, which will be built into the wall of the Botterkloof dam, is expected to cost R200m and be operational by the middle of 2016.The original plan, which was approved under phase 2 of the national Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement program (REIPPP) was due to come online this year, but was delayed by the REIPPP and a refinancing initiative, NuPower managing director Anton-Louis Olivier told htxt.africa.The existing dam will be unchanged, Olivier says, and the plant itself built on currently unused farmland.Stortemelk is a very small plant capable of producing just 4.1MW of energy at peak capacity – enough for a few thousand homes – and around 25GWh a year. It is being built with the backing of a local charity which will be returning profits from the plant back into other community project.NuPlanet already operates a similar hydroelectric installation at nearby Bethlehem.[Via – HydroWorld, Image – NuPlanet]


Plants found in the Clarens Village Nature Reserve

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Head ranger Damien Coulson has added yet another plant to the list of Plants Found in the Claren Village Nature Reserve.   The latest addition is  Pachycarpus macrochilus (Large-lipped Pachycarpus in English & leshokhoa in Sesotho)  a perennial geophytic herb whose stems grow to 140-330mm tall.   Click here to read more about this interesting plant.

 

Click here To see all the plants that Damien has written about so far.

 

 

 


 November is Cherry Time

IMG_1358The Ficksburg Cherry Festival kicks off on  20th November,  and Ionia Farm has already started doing Cherry Tours.  For further details visit the Events page on our website.

But of course, there’s also a lot of other things happening in November.

This Weekend:  Welcome back Dan Patlansky

Dan Patlansky
This weekend we welcome Dan Patlansky and all the guitarists taking part in his guitar workshop.  Unfortunately, this event has been booked out months ago, but, as with previous Dan Patlansky workshops, Clarenites can get  to hear some of the guitarists on their last night here.   They will be playing at the backpackers on Sunday evening from about 7 pm onwards, and anyone wanting to braai something to celebrate the occassion will be happy to learn that there will be braai fires available for them to use.

 

 


This Weekend: Golden Gate Half Marathon (Saturday)

runnersSouth African National Parks (SANParks) together with the Department of Environmental Affairs and Setsing Super Spar will host the Working for Water QwaQwa Golden Gate Half marathon on Saturday 15th November 2014 at Basotho Cultural Village inside the Park. The marathon will end at Setsing Super Spar in QwaQwa.

The marathon, which aims to improve the wellbeing and heath of the surrounding communities, was initiated by Biodiversity Social Projects (BSP)’s Working for Water in the Park as part of SANParks vision of ‘Connecting to Society’. It is a follow up to the successful marathon held last year and this year promises to be even bigger.

Click here for further details


 

This Weekend:  Daniele Pascal at Bon Appetit (Sunday)

Daniele Pascal A treat for all music lovers – and especially for Francophiles.    Daniel – known as an ambassador of the French Chanson is renowned for her work on Edith Piaf, Jacques Brel and the French Café Song genre.

Daniele will be performing at Bon Appetit on Sunday even1ng (6.30pm)  For bookings call 079 873 1318

Tickets are R230 per person, which includes a 2 course meal.


LADIES NIGHT at Artist’s Cafe  with Salon Norma Jean   (20th November)

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Salon Norma Jean have teamed up with Artist’s Cafe and are hosting a Ladies Night on the 20th November, to launch their exciting new range of Hannon products.

Booking is essential.

Click here for For further details

 


RICHARD RENNIE turns 82 on the 28th November

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Richard continues to be an inspiration to all.    He will be celebrating his 82nd birthday on the 28th November, and everyone is invited to join him at the Richard Rennie Gallery from about  noon onwards. It promises to be a fun afternoon – extending into the evening.


Christmas Party – Phaphama Youth

 GIVE AND PUT A SMILE ON A CHILD

Letter from Ntsebe Mofokeng:  Paphama Youth Development

It feels unbelievable that it is Christmas will be approaching us soon! As we get into the spirit of giving and sharing with our loved ones, we must reflect on how privileged we are to be surrounded by our precious family and friends, that we need to remind ourselves that there are little children who are affected by HIV do not have a Mom & a Dad to love & feel loved and this time of the year is a sad and desolate time for them. We cannot fill this void but we can ease their sadness by showering them with gifts and a fun filled day.
You can replace the brick that the little boy is pushing as a toy car and the little girl whose eyes are shining bright and made the doll out of ragged cloths.

We are asking, most sincerely, for you to consider making a contribution to this special day. We would like to ask for any gifts for children aged between 06 – 14 years in supporting our Christmas Party for 100 Orphaned and Vulnerable Children. We would also like to have the jumping castle sponsored. (Clarens News will be sponsoring the jumping castle.)We humbly request the company to purchase toys and refreshment for children. To most of these children it will be the first time receiving a gift and feel like they are cared for and belong somewhere.
The Christmas Party is planned as follows:
Date: 20 December 2012
Time: 12:00 – 16:00
Venue: Kgubetswana Community Hall in Clarens

Vision: Developing individuals, restoring relationships, motivated and revitalizing communities.

All the donations are needed and appreciated, regardless of the amount. Please think about this and how important the work of Phaphama Youth Development is, and consider about the positive impact it will make in the community we live in. Please, send the donation to Phaphama Youth Development at the below bank account. Your help will help us to expand and outreach every individual affected with the issue.

For more information or clarity you are welcome to contact Ntsebe Mofokeng @ 078 245 1709 during office hours.

Click here For more information on Paphama Youth Development.


 

Clarens Open – Time to book NOW

Clarens Open

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 Comedy Evening at Shumba Valley (6th December)

Comedy Evening

 

I’m told that Brian Taylor is really funny and will appeal to all those of us who belong to the slightly older generation that still have a sense of humour.

Click here for further details

 

 


 

 

Cluny Animal Trust – Fundraising

Cluny bookshelf

This is our latest fundraising effort, a tiny library/bookstore. We would like to put them at guest houses, guests can then read, buy or exchange the books by putting a donation in the tin. We will exchange the selection once a month. Please leave us a message in the comments if you are interested in getting involved! Share, Share, Share with everyone that might be interested!    Click here for more information on The Cluny Animal Trust.

And don’t forget to buy  your copy of the new Cluny Animal Trust Calendar, on sale at various outlets in Clarens.


 

 Classifieds – and all sorts of other information.

Remember to check out the Classifieds Page on the website.   AND  if you’re looking for a plumber, electrician, or any other services in Clarens please to to the Eat, Sleep and do more page

 

Pachycarpus macrochilus


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Pachycarpus macrochilus (Large-lipped Pachycarpus in English & leshokhoa in Sesotho) is a perennial geophytic herb whose stems grow to 140-330mm tall. In order to observe this species one will need to get on a proper set of hiking boots and head up to the rocky higher mountainous areas of the grassveld (1600-2200m A.S.L.) occurring from the Eastern Cape through to Mpum.

Break the stem of this guy and your fingers will be covered by sticky milky latex (as with most members of this family). The Latin macrochilus is derived from macro meaning large, and chilus, in reference to the lip-like structure of the flower corona.

 

On first inspection one will notice the stems of this little herb are sparsely and coarsely hairy. The leaves measure 30-150mm long by 17-43mm wide. The leave margins (on stalks of 5-15mm) are slightly undulating and also have sparsely distributed coarse hair. The flowers – occurring in clusters of2-6 -are what make this plant really interesting as they are cup shaped. When young the closed flowers are borne aloft, but hang when mature and open. The flowers measure 16-28mm and are green-yellow-clay red. The lobe tips are open and somewhat re-curved and measure 13-25-9-17mm. Flowering occurs from October-Jan. Uses:

Food

This species has been known to be browsed by goats in summer despite the plants milky latex.

Photography

Although not a “beautiful” plant per se, P. macrochilus is certainly an interesting and unusual plant to observe, and thus makes for a remarkable specimen for photography.

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Head ranger:  Clarens Village Nature Reserve

 

 

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

 

Cluny Animal Trust: Fundraising

Cluny bookshelfThis is our latest fundraising effort, a tiny library/bookstore. We would like to put them at guest houses, guests can then read, buy or exchange the books by putting a donation in the tin. We will exchange the selection once a month. Please leave us a message in the comments if you are interested in getting involved! Share, Share, Share with everyone that might be interested!

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

ART EXHIBITION TONIGHT – 4th November, 2014: 19h00

 

 

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The group of artists (Mook Lion, Skumbuzo Vabazo, Mr Migo, Martin Lund, Sakhile Mhlongu, Sven Chritian, Niko and Matt Wareley – ably assisted by local artists Morgan and Edward) who have been working in Clarens over the last week have yet another treat in store for us.  Stop in at On The Square from  19hoo  tonight  to view their exhibition (part of the Flatlands Tour)  as well as a video of their work in Clarens AND if it doesn’t rain they’ll be doing some live painting on a car.

The artists would also like to extend a warm thank you to Gosto Restaurant for providing them with daily meals, as well as a message of the thanks to the Artists’ Cafe and the Clarens Brewery for providing us a delicious lunch.

Eskom load shedding

According to the Eskom Load Shedding Schedule on their website, Clarens is due for load shedding today from 12h00 until 14h30. The rest of the week is as follows:

Tuesdays from 16h00 until 18h30
Thursdays from 06h00 until 08h30
Saturdays 12h00 until 14h30

From November 9 until end of November, Sundays are not included in the load shedding.

However, this may or may not happen, some of you may recall that we were scheduled for load shedding before and it did not happen, but be prepared anyway.

Information thanks to Pat Raubenheimer, Clarens Ratepayers

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