Ground Zero Free State 11 September 2012

Weekend Weather Forecast

Fantastic, a final opportunity to snuggle up in front of the fire with someone special, before summer bakes us dark with outdoor delights…

Notes from the Editor

The Gauteng Carnival well behind us we can finally settle down to really enjoying the best town in the country (well, my favourite anyway, and you don’t need to stuff my ballot with anything more than maybe the occasional pint of golden). With a huge series of events coming our way, this may be the last chance for Clarenites to enjoy their peace and quiet before January next year. You better run run run as fast as you can to catch a free gingerbread man at the new Bon Appetit premises next to the Clarens Meander by Protea Hotel, where Valerie is giving away one to every customer who comes in to try one of her range of 30 fabulous teas. I will be there bright and early for a cup of Lapsang Souchong, which is otherwise unavailable in this country. Come and try some smokey delicious and find out what tea is all about. Kelvin is sharing his birthday with several hundred of his closest Friends again this year, with all sorts of drinks specials and a host of live music. Check out the LIVE MUSIC listings for more info about who to expect to hear while you toast his good health. Many Happy Returns Kel, see you Saturday night. Meanwhile if this is all too much for you, try a quiet weekend in with Dan at Maluti Mountain Lodge, where he is going to try very hard to keep things calm and dignified with a range of drinks specials all mentioned in the WEEKEND SPECIALS below. Word to the wise, beware of the green fizzy stuph, it tends to burst its bubbles in your head the next day… The Clarens News, always with an ear to the ground (sometimes as a result of a long evening in the Grouse & Claret), can reveal that Clarens whisky drinkers may be in for a treat of cosmic proportions.   Your correspondent, quoting unnamed but usually unreliable sources, can confirm that plans are afoot to establish the village’s first distillery, resplendent with the warm glow of copper stills and metres of delicately corkscrewing pipes.   These wondrous contraptions of traditional design and superior craftsmanship will digest and burp large quantities of barley mash, on the way to producing Clarens’  first complex single malt.   Even better news is that the global consortium rumoured to be behind the move to make Glen Clarens have decided to offer a discrete service to village imbibers, who might be otherwise reluctant to be seen lurching into the Old Stone Refreshment facility.   For a small fee, whisky drinkers can have a 10mm copper (Grade 0) pipe run underground to their homes (within a 2km radius of the square), which will discharge up to 20 tots an hour, at a metred rate.   This may be a blessing for members of The Clarens Temperance Society, who meet monthly on the deck of the Mosaic Pizzeria to gargle rare single malts and wear funny hats.   The proprietor of  Mosaic, who prefers to remain anonymous for fear of reprisal, is apparently thinking of piping Glen Clarens into a ceramic drinking fountain to meet what is rapidly turning into an unquenchable demand.    Watch this space for details of where to book your pipeline to euphoria……..coming soon!

Live Music and Weekend Specials

No matter what the weather, there is always fun and good music to be had in Clarens.FRIENDS would like to mention this special message from a very special birthday boy: “K boys and girls it’s my B-DAY this weekend the 14th-15th SEP Friday night K2 VAN SMITH SLIPSTREAM BENDOVER loads of specials double brandy come R20 promo girls Sab specials so come have a jawl” (don’t complain about the spelling, go along and soon you won’t be able to either…) Or if you just want to listen to some good rock and have couple of beers, go visit Dan at Maluti Mountain lodge Castle Draught  500ml R12.00 Castle 330 ml Bottle R8.00 Single  Brandy and Coke R10.00 double Brandy and Coke R15.00 Ooooh it’s going to be rough

Ornithological Notes

Things have gone quiet since Woody and Doris elected to take a spring break, and hired a sit-in maid (Grizelda the one-winged Guinea Fowl) to take care of their clutch of 300 woodpecker eggs buried deep beneath the Leaning Tower of MTN.   Your correspondent was however struck this week by the sudden appearance of a fairly innocuous African Pied Crow (Corvus albus, to fellow twitchers) with the most astounding call ever recorded in these fair mountains.   This little fellow has been seen and heard the length of the village mouthing (beaking?) the Moonlight Sonata, as well as a number of rather irritating ABBA songs.   Bird experts from all over South Africa have been descending on our fair village to record this extraordinary cacophony of birdsong and can be seen at all hours lurking with their binoculars and recording equipment in the village’s rapidly greening shrubbery.   Indeed, international interest has been sparked, not least because the little fellow’s choice of ABBA songs defy common decency and taste.   However, all good things come to an end, as your correspondent discovered when he bumped into the larger than life proprietor of the Phatt Chef Restaurant.   Apparently his new smart-phone, endowed for some inexplicable reason with his personal choice of ring tones, was snatched from atop his freshly-barbequed steak last Sunday afternoon (when his attention was disengaged) by – yes – a Pied Crow.   Attempts to bring the bird down with an empty wine bottle only resulted in the poor creature gulping in fright and swallowing the phone.   Anyone calling Simon should be warned that he will be stuck on voice mail for a while and that the signal may fade as the new owner ascends through 5000 metres to escape other birds equally irked by ABBA songs.   It can only be hoped that the battery dies before the Crow enters Gauteng airspace and triggers SA’s air response system.

Things to Do

BOOK LUNCH AT THE GREEN GOOSE Lunch at The Green Goose is a simply must do for Clarens residents, as well as visitors staying in the area. The 93km drive may seem far, but given the stunning scenery, the good road, and the wonderful lunch waiting at the end, every kilometer is well worth the drive. From Clarens, take the R711 to Fouriesburg, then the R26 towards Ficksburg, but turn right onto the R70 (15kms before you get to Ficksburg). You’ll see the sign to the Green Goose on your left, where you turn onto the farm road, drive past the dairy, the fields of contented cows and other farm animals,  and the cheese factory to a well sign-posted parking area.  (GPS Co-ordinates: S28° 42’42′ E 27°55′ 54′.)  The Green Goose is the home the famous Ficksburger cheese, that so many of the Clarens residents are addicted to, but this truly organic farm also produces many other fine cheeses. Lunch is served either under the trees overlooking the farm dam (see photo of the view)  or beside a blazing fire – depending on the weather.  (The group of Clarens residents who lunched there on Wednesday, started off outside, but then moved inside once the wind started blowing.) All the food – including the delicious home-baked bread – is lovingly prepared in Anneke’s farm kitchen, where, in true organic farming tradition, the ingredients are based on what’s available on the farm, and since this is a dairy farm, you can count on an excellent cheese platter. Special food, needs time to prepare, so you need to book before you go, and remember that this is not the usual run-of-the-mill restaurant, so you need to take your own wine. To book contact  Anneke: Cell: 082 925 2770. Tel/Fax: 051 933 5754 Email: Visit the website:

Coming up soon

The MG Indaba is happening next weekend, come and see what class really means

The MG Car Club is the largest and most active marque club, not just in South Africa, but all over the
MG stands for Morris Garages and the cars were built in the little town of Abingdon near Oxford.
One hundred and fifty MG’s will be coming to Clarens on 21 September. These cars range from a 1933
MG J2 to the very latest MG6 now available for sale around South Africa.
Members from Gauteng, Cape, Border, Kwa Zulu Natal, and Limpopo will be joined by overseas
members and guests at the Castrol Edge MG Indaba 2012.
There will be a car display on the Square on Saturday morning, 22 September from 09h00 with a
Concourse d’Elegance and Concourse Comique at 11h15.

Or if you prefer your cars a bit quieter:The Sasol Solar Challenge will see the best of local and international solar powered vehicals racing around the country, with one of the legs coming from Harrismith to Bethlehem, lets hope the road works are done by then.And then the following weekend you better book your tickets right now for the symphonic feast to comeAnd the weekend after that the Bethlehem Veteran Car Club is having a Fees, with oh so many attractionsAnd a hint of what is to come for the Centenary, amongst other attractions, be sure to check outPeter Badcock-Walters Artist, Author and Illustrator at the Sheepshed Gallery Peter was conceived in Zambia, born in South Africa and educated in Rhodesia.  He is the author and illustrator of six best-selling books and now lives in the Eastern Free State village of Clarens, where he works from the Sheepshed Gallery, on the Clarens Golf Estate. As one of the last war artists of the twenty-first century, he was author and illustrator of three books on war in southern Africa, 1965 to 1981.   Two of these, Shadows of War (1978) andFaces of War (1980) captured the anguish of the bush war in Rhodesian (Zimbabwe), while the third, Images of War (1981) recorded the conflict in South West Africa (Namibia).    Peter’s astoundingly detailed monochrome drawings are complemented by evocative poetry, in the great tradition of Sassoon, Brooke and Owen.  These bestsellers and limited, leather-bound editions, now out of print, are regularly traded on Amazon and other international web and auction sites, together with his original drawings and prints. In 1985, Peter designed and illustrated The Illustrated Bosman, a celebration of South Africa’s most famous short-story writer’s wit and irony.  Selling over 25,000 copies in five editions, the book included 85 highly stylised illustrations reflecting a turbulent century of adventure, seen through the eyes of Oom Schalk Lourens, Herman Charles Bosman’s wry narrator and reputedly the greatest liar in the bushveld.  Trying to balance life in the slow-lane with a return to full-time writing and art in Clarens, Peter is currently working on a themed sequel to The Illustrated Bosman, entitled Marico Moments. In startling contrast, Peter also wrote and illustrated an off-the-wall children’s series, Fresh Out of Africa, set in The Land of Euphorbia.  Best sellers in both English and Afrikaans,Hironymus, the hippopotamus who couldn’t swim (1988) and Englebert, the elephant who wouldn’t stay grey (1988) blend quirky humour with multi-media illustrations of quite unique vibrancy.Original illustrations and limited edition prints from these books and collections will be exhibited for the first time at the Sheepshed Gallery in 2012.  The gallery also features a large collection of Peter’s oil on canvas wildlife and landscape painting, confirming his passion for Africa’s big sky country and the creatures who roam it. Peter lives in Clarens with partner, horticulturalist and author, Toni, and is returning to art, writing and publishing after a career in international consultancy.  Peter and Toni live and work in a century-old renovated sheep shed (The Clarens Country House), which – not surprisingly – houses the Sheepshed Gallery.   Go to to see publications and pictures, and to see the Sheepshed Gallery and guesthouse. Visit the Sheepshed Gallery, 213 Clarens Golf Estate/Email 082 8510484 or 058 2561978.

Clarens Country House Photo Competition

Send your entry to win 2 midweek nights at The Clarens Country House for 2

Clarens Village Conservancy

The trail maps are on sale at various outlets (recommended retail price is R10 per map.)  Conservancy members can however get the maps for R5. For further information please contact Toni: 082 4492 082


Please remember this is the time of year when fire is the biggest risk to our area. We ask anyone seeing a fire of any sort to please phone Rodney Wainwright on 0836807770 immediately.

WORKING ON FIRE is a community development program facilitated by volunteers in the area. To find out more, please go to and if you see anything burning phone Rodney on 0836807770
Elemental energyPLEASE NOTE: From the beginning of August it is closed season in terms of open fires in the Eastern Free State. With high winds, warm temperatures and dry bush all around we ask all our readers to be especially careful this year

Clarens Connections

Going on an interesting trip? Readers are welcome to share their holiday blog as a way of keeping everyone up-to-date on what they’re up to. Crispian and Elizabeth Trace are barging around France at the moment. Elizabeth’s posts make for interesting reading, especially if you’re planning a barging trip or planning to buy a barge. Even if you’re not, you can share their adventure by clicking onto their 

Business News

Times Gone By – “Coming soon. .. Toys, Trinkets and Treasures from a bygone era.. – Almost open And if you are thinking of opening a business in Clarens, there is an opportunity for a great set of premises in the very busy Highlands Centre

Clarens Shops

THE HENN’S TOOTH It’s Heeltyd Speeltyd at the Kids Korner in front of the TOYSHOP Clown shows, Jumping Castles, Entertainment

BIBLIOPHILE And as the shadows lengthen what could be better than a good book?

HIGHLAND COFFEE First thing in the morning you can find the Clarens locals congregating around the fresh roast smell of


 Gingerbread Man special this weekend, free with every tea or coffee

OLD STONE BOTTLE STORE And for a quiet drink (or a noisy one with friends)

MONA LISA There’s no need to dress up special, but if you want to

BEAN 2 CLARENS And remind everyone where you had the best weekend ever with a souvenier from

MOOI NOOI Classic Free State design and bric a brac

THE CLARENS VILLAGE GROCER For your groceries and treats while you’re here

THE ROCK SHOP No visit to Clarens is complete without a visit to the Rock Shop filled with he most amazing stones and crystals.

Clarens Restaurants and Pubs

CLARENS BREWERY For a pint of hand crafted delight with a delicious snack platter go to the Brewery, and be sure to come to the Festival next year as well. Click on the image below for more info

MOSAIC PIZZERIA Best Biltong and Feta Pizza in town

FRIENDS Great steaks, live music and Kareoke –

CLEMENTINES Fine food, booking highly reccommended – Steak Talliata is amazingClementinesA byword for fine dining in Clarens. This is where you should book a table for that special occasion. Phone Shelley: 082 4537060 If you are looking to pack a picnic basket, have dinner with Sue and then visit the Deli to get the ingredients. EnjoyFor a truly XLNT breakfastAnd while you are at the Willows Centre don’t forget the opening of the Bakery next week

THE HIGHLANDER For a great Clarens meal out of the winter coldThe Highlander

ARTISTS CAFE In the Blue Donki centre on the corner of the Square Great food – all day.

THE NEW GOURMET SHED For Sunday Lunches and special functions.

Clarens Accommodation

Luxury Self Catering on the Golf Estate, themed around Herman Charles Bosman and quality home from Home experience Call Toni on 0824493321Artists workshops and amazing B&B experiencesThe Golf Estate has many options for a great stay go to to see your dream weekend.Golf VillasHome cooked breakfast and top quality servicePatcham Place

For enquiries and bookings, call Valerie on 079 873 1318

When style is everything call KarenKalmFor big groups and conference facilities let Dan be your ManMaluti Mountain LodgeJust off the square behind the Purple Onion

Accommodation available @ Burnsall Cottage, Malherbe Str, Clarens. Call Shelly 082 482 3267 / 073 203 8802

Weddings and Events

Tel: 084 576 0342 URL:

Clarens Property

Mark Webber Real Estate Consultant Mobile Phone                 083 613 1079 Office Clarens                 058 256 1734 E-Mail                    Thinking of selling or buying ? For free market evaluation of your Property call Mark Webber. Clarens Golf Estate from  R225 000 + VAT3 Bedroom townhouse  R1,395,0004 Bedroom character thatch home  R2,500,000(Click on any of the pics to see the property in detail) This just in PRIVATE SALE APARTMENT FOR SALE Newly renovated apartment partly furnished  in Larola. Loft Bedroom. Walk in Cupboard. Kitchen with new fridge, stove space for washing machine. Full bathroom. Open plan lounge. Patio with view of Horeb. Under cover parking. Price R399,000 Phone 083 411 2805. top

To Let

Flat for Rent Full bathroom, 1 bedroom and open plan living/kitchen. Under cover parking in Larola. R2,500 excl lights Contact 083 290 9256 House for rent, 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom, main street. open plan lounge, kitchen. underfloor heating, garage, secure complex. R5000 + electricity. Not furnished, available immediately. Call 0722910685 FLAT FOR RENT It’s one big bedroom with open plan living area, kitchen and one bathroom. Non Smoking, No Pets. Rent is R3100 (Incl water+lights, Non Furnished) per month and R3500 (Incl water+lights, Furnished) negotiable. No more than 2 persons. Call Shelley on 073 203 8802 Shop to Let – see insert in opening section on Maluti Highlands Centre

Clarens Adventures

White water rafting, Abseiling, Quad biking and so much more Have you got what it takes to call Ollie or Detmar? Click belowClarens XtremeTop

Clarens Tours

If you’re going to AfriSki, Khatse Dam or anywhere else off the beaten track, trust Dean to drive you round the bendMaluti FootprintsAnd if you still don’t know what to do, go visit the brilliant people at Mountain Odyssey for suggestions on even MORE things to do in and around Clarens


Hospitality and Events company catering for special events, weddings and conferencing in the Clarens area is seeking the following staff: 1. Events co-ordinator / Administrator Minimum qualifications Matric Drivers license 25 years of age Diploma in hospitality industry – preferred 2 years experience in similar position Computer literate in all Microsoft office programs Good command of English and Afrikaans – verbal and written Ability to work under pressure Strong communication skills 2. Chef / Sous Chef Minimum qualifications Matric Drivers license 25 years of age Diploma from recognised Chef School 2 years experience in Function catering Stock Control Ordering & portioning Management of kitchen staff Should you be interested in either of the above positions please forward your CV (maximum 3 pages) to THINK LOCAL DATA CAPTURER We are developing a Free State database right here in Clarens and require the services of a young, computer literate and efficient administrative person to assist with this. Competitive salary for fixed term of 2 months on full-time basis.  Pls send your CV to SALES PEOPLE Dynamic, self motivated sales people wanted to join successful team.  Good basic salary + commission. Pls send your CV to BOOKKEEPER Qualified Quickbooks bookkeeper required to join fast-growing concern, now expanding its directory operations into the Free State. Highly competitive salary commensurate with experience. Please send CV employment: Young dynamic assistant wanted to help in the toy shop, call Craig on 0824493321

Clarens Services

Biddy’s Homemade

“If it’s good enough for me, it’s good enough for you” Frozen meals, deserts, confectionary  & bakes.

Contact:  Phone  058 256 1734     Mobile  079 934 4362  


Range of home made frozen meals delivered to your door in Clarens & surrounds.  Phone or email for a price list.

Catering for small & family functions by arrangement.  Special quotes on application.

Since 1986
Contact Greg Mill 
on 073 428 2478 or
All work carries a 6 months guarantee VAT registered

Medical Issues “Please note that Chief Professional Nursing Sisters, Henriette Hohne and Antoinette Earle of Paballo’s Nursing Care @ Clarens are now situated in the Clarens Medical Centre, (opposite Protea Hotel), Corner Main and van der Merwe Street, Clarens. 24 hour emergency service, on cell numbers 082 327 1035 and 083 236 1293.” Pharmacy – Gareth has just moved into the new center (which is lovely) call him on 058-2561852 for any medical advice, chronic or acute medication. Don’t weight any longer!Join the Balanced Health Slimming Club Every Monday beginning  3rd Sept from 5.30pm at the Methodist Church Hall Phone Juliet on 083 3714267 or 058 2561517 Individual Eating Plans designed especially for YOU You won’t “lose” weight here: You’ll let it go so you never find it again!

CLARENS HOME MANAGEMENT SERVICES Professional Cleaning and Management Services:- We will look after your guest house or home:- ·        Cleaning ·        Home Monitoring ·        Occasional Services ·        Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning  (Winter special R10/m2)
Please phone Jean or Carol 0832850021/0795020783
CLARENS DESTINATIONS Accommodation/Activity bookings:- ·        Diary Keeping – no charge ·        Key Holding – no charge ·        15 % commission on bookings ·        14% commission – guest houses for which we hold the diary and do cleaning.  Includes Meet and Greet/Lock Up Tel:  (058) 256 1542/1622

Ansje’s housekeeping and laundry service – The upkeep and maintenance of your guest house. I do the pre and post clean on your guest house for your peace of mind that your customers will enjoy their stay. I also service various restaurants laundry. Contact Ansje Steyn on 0824289242 or Pro Cut Clarens – problem and/or unwanted trees on your property? I render a professional tree felling service to the Clarens community for the last 15 years. Contact Ansje Steyn on 0824289242 or Special now on firewood. R40 per bag and braaihout R12 per bag Helen’s Landscaping

Landscaping, design and implementation of any garden requirements. – Helen Boucher – 076 574 3433 Wood R500 per Bakkie load, delivered to Clarens. Call 0844 082 569 or 082 764 5011

TEL: 0727067096
Kids Parties Call Knot the Juggler on 0824493321 for clown shows, jumping castles and party treats


LOST / BORROWED Would anyone with cat carriers marked “SHVC”, “Sandstone Hill Vet”, or “Lyne” ,  PLEASE return them to the consulting rooms Mon-Friday, 9-11am.  Kat used to have 7 assorted cat carriers and the number has now dwiindled to just 1.  Kat is also missing a large powder blue dog carrier with a white door. Your help in this regard would be greatly appreciated.

Pottery equipment for sale Two pottery furnaces, a potters wheel  and various other items. Contact Shirley Kennaugh on 011 672 6149 or 0824398925 Crystal Healing, Spiritual Inspiration and Tarot readings as well as courses, contact Jacqui now on 0834375250

For Sale: Honda Deputy 125cc scooter (ANF125), including helmet, padded biker jacket (M), rain suit and lock. Most reliable scooter ever. Great runaround.  Low mileage. R7500.00 Call Chris 083 419 3538 Screen Printing My name is Jean and my partner is Pienaar and we work from Bethlehem. We print T-shirts, bags, caps, socks etc. My number is 082 459 8882 and Pienaar is 0828703595 “Chief Professional Nursing Sister available to “live in”, to care for elderly or ailing person at night.  Please contact Paballo’s Nursing Care @ Clarens on 083 236 1293.” New family just settled in Clarens with boys aged 12 and 6 years-old is seeking playmates for the children. Pls Call or SMS 072 641 6704. Top


Clarens Police Station 058 256 6000
058 256 6001
Paballos Nursing Henriette Hohne 082 327 1035
Antoinette Earle 083 236 1293
ER 24 Ambulance 084 460 7007
084 460 7023
Dihlabeng Fire Department – Structural fires 058 303 5161
Clarens Fire Association – Veld Fires
Rodney Wainwright 083 680 7770
Dave Green 082 957 0739
Elliot Flight 082 897 6347
Stephan Delport 083 822 1053
Ralph Burls 082 800 8821
Tsepiso Mosia 071 079 1332
Clarens Municipality
Office Hours 058 256 1411
After Hours Michael Molaba 079 538 6887
Elias Vilakazi 076 368 9733
Simon Lekota 082 515 1250
Community Organisations Chairpersons
Clarens Ratepayers Association
Pat Raubenheimer 058 256 1123
Kgubetswana & Clarens Village Conservancy
Rodney Wainwright 058 256 1037
Eben Mofokeng 073 952 8720

If you should be on here or if you find a problem with a number, please let me know