• Weekend Weather Forecast
  • Notes from the Editor
  • Live Music
  • Ornithological Notes
  • Things to Do
  • Coming up soon
  • Clarens Country House Photo Competition
  • Clarens Village Conservancy
  • FIRE
  • Pathways to  Clarens
  • Clarens Connections
  • Clarens Shops
  • Clarens Restaurants and Pubs
  • Clarens Accommodation
  • Weddings and Events
  • Clarens Property
  • To Let
  • Clarens Adventures
  • Clarens Tours
  • Clarens Services

Spring Edition – 6 September, 2012

Weekend Weather Forecast

Notes from the Editor

WITH APOLOGIES FROM THE EDITORIAL STAFF – POWER OUTAGES and INTERNET CONNECTION PROBLEMS have combined to make this a rather late edition. Who would have thought that we were all sampling potjies at the potjie competition in bright sunshine last weekend.  It seems that almost everyone in Clarens was at the Cooking for Cluny event – either cooking or eating. Our thanks go to Debra at the Bibliophile for the use of her venue. The general concensus was that we should have this event at the Bibliophile every year, rather than on the square. We would also like to congratulate the chefs at Protea for coming up with the winning potjie. Officially spring starts on September 1, and we’ve all been enjoying a change in the weather, so I could hardly believe it when I looked across to the Maluti Mountains on Thursday morning to see that they are once again wearing their snow blankets. Apparently there is more snow on the way. (According to the Afriski report they are expecting 2-5 cms of snow in Lesotho over the next three days.) Afriski, incidentally is closed for this month (so if you had planned to going skiing this year – it’s too late now.)  Next month they open their summer season. Fortunately, here in Clarens, we can look forward to a brightening sky this weekend.

Live Music

No matter what the weather, there is always fun and good music to be had in Clarens.Following on the phenomenal success of last week’s Johnny Cash Pilgrimage at the Ariichoke, Bruce is welcoming Christian Van Zyl to play at The Artichoke this Saturday (8th September) from 12,30  to 4.30 pm. Be sure to book a table with Claudia on 083 2768096, And what would Clarens be without the late-night vibe at Friends. This friday Slipstream(Denzell, Obi, Rudo and Victor) will be playing from 8.30pm until late.  For those who haven’t seen them yet you can get an idea of what they’re like by watching them on You Tube.http://youtu.be/v6TG6kTmtmI. (Great video clip – but not nearly as good as seeing them live.)  AND on Saturday night you are invited to sing your heart out at the Friends Karaoke evening.  The fun is scheduled to start at 8.30pm. Next weekend its Calvin’s birthday bash and Friends is set to really rock. Bands includinig Slipstream, K2, Van Smith and Bendover will all be there. Read next week’s Clarens News for more information. I’m sure that everyone is looking forward to listening to the Durban City Orchestra (under the directorship of Edrich de Langeon 29th September. Joining them are the Campus Dance Studio and the Winsome Fuller Studio of Dance. There will be both  matinee (12h00) and an evening (19h00) performances to be held on the Clarens Golf Estate. Everyone is welcome to bring a picnic baset, chairs and blankets, and there will also be food and drink for sale and a separate area and entertainment  for kids Tickets: R100 adults/R90 for pensioners/R50 for children. Info and tickets are available from classicsinclarens@hallmarque.co.za. You can also contact Carol Cochrane  (Cell: 082 9666 303) timmerskraal@telkomsa.net. or go to http://www.facebook.com/pages/Classics-in-Clarens/481374718541002 and hit LIKE.

Ornithological Notes

APOLOGY The Twitcher has been asked to apologize unreservedly to the proprietors of the Mosaic Pizza Emporium.   The disclosure, in last week’s column (Clarens News,30 August) that Woody and Doris, the town’s celebrity Ground Woodpeckers, have been dining for free on Mosaic Pizzas, has led to long queues of itinerant Indian Mynas, house sparrows, Hadeda Ibis, and even a family of merecats, demanding a slice of the action.  Mosaic’s owner (name withheld for fear of intimidation) lamented that while he was prepared to provide basic Neapolitan pizzas, the merecats’ demand for extra salami and artichoke hearts was a bridge too far.  He said that the angry birds had taken up positions on his Jungle Gym and had threatened to take hostages, while the merecats had gone into hibernation under his bar counter with a bottle of Irish whiskey.   Woody and Doris, recognizing that discretion is the better part of valour, have now reverted to ordering take-aways, which are delivered to the north-east corner of the MTN red-light district, under cover of darkness.   It is hoped that things will return to normal, although the hatching of 300 woodpecker eggs in the spring may yet threaten civil order and peace in Clarens. The Twitcher PS Early birds and late night revellers will have been startled to see two large cows grazing on the recently reinvigorated spring lawns of the Clarens Square, on Monday morning.   The fact that they were neatly tethered suggested they were not Gauteng holiday makers but locals bent on getting their greens.   The owner was nowhere to be seen but, when I went to have another look an hour or two later,  they were gone, suggesting either that the previous evening’s magic mushrooms had induced a bovine hallucination, or that the Town Fathers had acted quickly and decisively to ensure that no Harley-Davidson or Ferrari would be spattered by second-hand grass.

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: anneke@greengoose.co.za Visit the website: www.greengoose.co.za

Business News Times Gone By – “Coming soon. .. Toys, Trinkets and Treasures from a bygone era.. 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

Coming up soon

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.
Bethlehem Veteren Car Club is also holding a festival from the 6th to the 8th October, check out http://www.bethlehemveteraanmotorklub.co.za/bethlehem%20fees.html to see their offering

Clarens Country House Photo Competition

Send your entry to win 2 midweek nights at The Clarens Country House for 2 Entries so far:


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 http://www.workingonfire.org/ and if you see anything burning phone Rodney on 0836807770
Elemental energy
PLEASE 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
Pathways to  Clarens

Last week we promised to send you notes on escape routes from Johannesburg.  Unfortunately, our driver is still either still in Johannesburg – or lost somewhere en route. If you have any valuable information to contribute in the meantime, we’d love to hear from you.



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 blogsite:2oldducksanarascal.blogspot.com 


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



 We are moving to new premises soo    Bon Appetit Bistro is opening on Friday 14th September
More details and opening specials to follow.


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 amazing


A byword for fine dining in Clarens. This is where you should book at table for that special occasion. Phone Shelley: 082 4537060

XLNT For a truly XLNT breakfast

And 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 cold

The 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 0824493321

Artists workshops and amazing B&B experiences

The Golf Estate has many options for a great stay go to http://www.clarensgolfvillas.co.za to see your dream weekend.

Golf Villas

Home cooked breakfast and top quality service

Patcham Place

For enquiries and bookings, call Valerie on 079 873 1318

When style is everything call Karen


For big groups and conference facilities let Dan be your Man

Maluti Mountain Lodge

Just 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: www.weddingsinclarens.co.za

Clarens Property

Mark Webber Real Estate Consultant

Mobile Phone  083 613 1079

Office Clarens    058 256 1734

E-Mail    markw@fineandcountry.com

Thinking of selling or buying ? For free market evaluation of your Property call Mark Webber. Clarens Golf Estate from  R225 000 + VAT

3 Bedroom townhouse  R1,395,000

4 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


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. We want to Rent it out for R3100 (Incl water+lights, Non Furnished) per month and R3500 (Incl water+lights, Furnished). No more than 2 persons. 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 below

Clarens Xtreme

Clarens Tours

If you’re going to AfriSki, Khatse Dam or anywhere else off the beaten track, trust Dean to drive you round the bend

Maluti Footprints


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  

Email:  biddy@sa-homes.co.za   

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  greg28mill@gmail.com
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
 balancedhealth@telkomsa.net 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 Info@chms.co.za
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
www.goclarens.co.za Tel:  (058) 256 1542/1622 clarens@bhm.dorea.co.za

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 ansjesteyn@gmail.com 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 ansjesteyn@gmail.com 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” ,  PLEASEreturn 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 apprecaited.

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
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
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 iris@hallmarque.co.za

Weekend employment: Young dynamic assistant wanted to help in the toy shop, call Craig on 0824493321

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.”


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