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9th May 2014: A change in the Weather


Snow on Mount Horeb Clarens

Table of contents: A change in the weather; Other changes? Oh yes – we had elections this week; The National MTN MTB Series –  Report Back; Parking in Clarens; Upgrading of Clarens Water Treatment Works; The Twitcher; Clarens Tourism Forum AGM; Letter from Clarens Ratepayers Association; Plants found in the Clarens Village Nature Reserve; Female Entrepreneur Awards : Closing date 14 May 2014 Paballo’s Nursing Sisters Annual Leave Helping SA – Cancer awareness campaign Coming Events: Mother’s Day Coming Events: Super rugby Making Clarens News Work for you

A change in the Weather.

No – we haven’t had snow yet, but since this editions photograph was taken on 11th May last year we can’t be blamed for thinking that it could snow at any time now.   We’ve certainly been blessed with the most fabulous weather recently, but  a quick look at accuweather – shows much coolet weather ahead.  They’re not predicting snow…….. but you never know!

Other changes?  Oh yes – we had elections this week.

Letter from Mandy Prior

Well another election has come and gone. There is some good news!! The DA has become the official opposition in the Free Sate. The sad news is that the voters’ numbers were down from the last Local election, however way up from the last National election.

Unfortunately in National elections the word on the ground is that “we must vote ANC so that the White government never comes back into power”.

Do not lose heart though because every year sees the majority become more and more educated in the ways of government.

Unfortunately, there still seems to be an apathy amongst White and youth voters to take ownership of the country. I can quite understand the resentment amongst the middleclass as they watch their rates and taxes squandered and the infrastructure of the country crumble.

The only way available to us to bring about change is to vote.

Thanks to all who made the effort, no matter which way you voted, to give a voice to the country.

Clr.Mandy Prior

For more comments on the elections see The Twitcher below.

The National MTN MTB Series –  Report Back

Letter from Clarens Toursim Forum:

And so another superb event concludes in Clarens. Sincere thanks to Advendurance, event owners and organisers of the MTN MTB Series in Clarens.

Thanks also to other contributors to the success of this event:A Massive thank you from the Advendurance Team to the entire Clarens Community for their support of this event. 2014 Saw their largest number of entries to date for the Clarens leg – 1825 unique entries with a total of +/-2200 riders over the 2 days. This event first started in Clarens in 2004 with 250 mountain bike riders so the growth over the last 10 years is evident! In a post-event meeting attended by Wessel van der Walt and Francois Theron (Advendurance), Paul Pretorius (Advendurance representative), Rodney Wainwright (CVC + Fire Association), Dawn Wainwright (Paballo’s Nursing Services) and Tammy Hancock (CTF), the future of the event in Clarens was discussed with the objective and vision to further improve, grow and enhance the event. To this end the date of the 2015 Clarens leg has been moved to 17 – 19 April 2015. Contributing factors to the date change are:

i.         to avoid the conflict with a usually productive long weekend in Clarens; and,

ii.         date change of another major mountain bike race event.

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Parking in Clarens

Parking in ClarensIf facebook is anything to go by, the recent cycling event in Clarens seems to have sparked off the perennial debate on parking in Clarens.  We published an excellent article by  Louw van Biljon  in Clarens News last year.  Click here if you missed this well researched article.  There’s much food for thought.

Upgrading of Clarens Water Treatment Works

Clarens Water Treatment Works Click here   for Background information: Introduction; Environmental Authorisation Process; Overview of Currrent water infrastructure; Technical Details; Potential environmental issues; Registration to participate in Environmental Authrotisation Process; Comment Sheet      

The Twitcher

Whew!  Another election gone and everything stays the same.  Give or take a percentage point here or there, all we have to show for billions of Rands-worth of hot air in the media is the introduction of red berets to the Parliamentary fashion ramp and the demise of the oldest politician on the block.  Along with some other long-standing stalwarts of Parliamentary privilege, Mangosuthu and his late-lamented goat herders have largely disappeared, leaving KZN with some pretty boring okes in dark suits.  Gone forever are nights of intrigue in what was briefly the world’s smallest provincial capital (to whit, a one-roomed hotel and a three-storey parliament) and cow’s foot soup for breakfast.  He will be missed, not least by journalists everywhere, as the longest speech-maker in contemporary history.  Your faithful scribe actually remembers the world’s newspapers calling his offices in Ulundi (or should that read, in desperation), asking them to halt a 794-page faxed speech from their silky leader.  Ah, those were the days of real communicators.  Goodbye Gatcha and enjoy the pension.   Read more

Clarens Tourism Forum

Clarens Tourism Forum AGM The Annual General Meeting of the Clarens Tourism Forum will take place on the 22nd of May 2014 at 16hOO at Mont d’Or Hotel, Clarens. Click here to see the Notice, Agenda, and Proxy Form

Letter from Clarens Ratepayers Association

Hi There Dihlabeng Budget:  Attached ( Click here ) is the letter which Rodney and I compiled following the Budget meeting, which was held on April 23rd.  The letter was hand delivered to various parties in the Municipality and contains our concerns about the Budget and other serious matters.  Simultaneously an article from the DA, with similar concerns, appeared in the local “ Vrytstaat”.

High Mast Lighting:  We’ve had a number of complaints from around the Village and in Larola about the high mast lights in the Township, they are facing either upwards or into the village.  Shining into bedrooms of residents homes and the accommodation for visitors. The new one in the Stadium has exacerbated the situation.  We have talked to the Contractor at the Stadium.  He has agreed to call back the electrical contractor to adjust the lights and also to set them so that only 2 of them come on at night.  However, it may take some time to get the electrical contractor back.  Hold thumbs!

With regard to the other lights, Peter Reed advises that the guy with responsibility for these is on leave, but will be back early May, when the other lights will be adjusted as necessary. Knowing that these lights were installed in the Township for security purposes, they are not really doing much good shining in the sky.  Please pass this info to anyone else who has a problem – I don’t have the email addresses of all residents, only those who have joined the Ratepayers Association. Kind regards Pat Chairperson, Clarens’ Ratepayers’ Association 058 256-1123  raubenheimer@icon.co.za Click here for more about the Clarens Ratepayers Association

Clarens Village Nature Reserve:  Protea Plants found in the Clarens Village Nature Reserve:

Protea roupelliae Damien Coulson Greetings to all our Village plant enthusiasts. Welcome to this weeks’ “bi-Weekly Plant of Interest”. Well it’s been some time since we’ve included a woody plant in our line-up of must-see-plants, thus this week’s plant hales from the Proteacea (Protea) family. Protea roupelliae(Silver Protea in English, Silversuikerbos in Afrikaans and seqalaba in Sesotho), is a small tree that grows to between 3 & 7 m tall. This plant is found on grass slopes in close proximity to rocky outcrops, usually at altitudes of up to 2400 m A.S.L. P. roupelliae is endemic to S.A. One also gets the feel that they are in a totally different part of the country when walking among the Protea’s. The photos below were not in fact taken in the Clarens Nature Reserve but on private farmland within 10 km (or 5 minutes’ drive) of Clarens.     Read more

Female Entrepreneur Awards : Closing date 14 May 2014

Hi All.

The National Department of Agriculture,Forestry & Fisheries is running the competition for women in different sectors of agriculture.As the Provincial Department of Agriculture & Rural Development we have been tasked to invite all interested female Entrepreneurs to take part in this competition.

Thabo Mofutsanyana District is inviting all Female Entrepreneurs to take part and represent our wonderful district in the Province.If they win in the Province then they will represent Free State Province in the National Competition.  Read more

Paballo’s Nursing Sisters Annual Leave

Please note that Sisters Henriette and Antoinette of Paballo’s Nursing Care @ Clarens will be taking their well deserved annual leave as follows:

Paballos Nursing Care Clarens

Last day of work 1pm on Thursday 15 May 2014
First day of work 8.45am on Monday 9th June 2014Click here to see more notices on the Community Bulletin Board Click here for more information on Paballo’s Nursing Care

Helping SA – Cancer awareness campaign

Helping SA is having a cancer awareness campaign to raise funds for children with cancer in state hospitals.

There are a lot of children without winter pajamas or any pajamas for their stay in hospital, they also do not have much to keep them busy and their minds off what they are going through, the funds raised through this campaign will be used to buy the children clothing and toys and will also assist with the traveling for the children and their parents to and from the hospital. With this project in 2013 we made a lot of children smile and just for that minute or two they forgot about their pain and the scariness of what they are going through, we also did not just do this for children with cancer but also with other children that is ill or has dread illnesses. We will be doing the same this year to focus on all children to make what they are going through easier for them.

The fundraising will be done by asking for a R100 donation towards this project ….Read more

Coming Events: Mother’s Day

Mothers Day at Mont d'Or

Coming Events:

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Super rugby

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25th April, 2014: Welcome to the New News

Clarens in Autumn

Table of Contents: Welcome to Clarens; Focus on Recycling:  Cleaning Up Clarens; Recycling: the why, what, how and where?; The Twitcher; Clarens Primary to be revamped; Clarens Village Conservancy; Plants found in the Clarens Village Nature Reserve: Female Entrepreneur Awards; Letter from the Clarens Ratepayers Association; A Dihlabeng Chicken Run; Dihlabeng Budget; Cluny Animal Trust Appeal; The MTN Mountain Bike Race: How you can make it work for you; Coming Events: 2 May, 2014:  Supper Theatre On the Square; Coming Events: 2 May, 2014: Artists Open Day at Sunnyside Guest Farm; Coming Events: 3-4 May: National MTB in Clarens; Coming Events: 31 May 2014:  Cluny Animal Trust Golf Day; More Coming Events; It’s super rugby time again; Conservation Sense

 Welcome to Clarens

Just a glance at the picture above and you know that this is Clarens.  And we at Clarens News are over-the-moon excited to launch our new website. As promised, our new website is now live. It’s a rather unusual website in that it has a dual purpose. The primary objective is to attract visitors to Clarens by telling them what a special town we have.   It is, however, also a website for the people who live in Clarens, and we hope that all the business owners and Clarens Organisations  will come to look at it as their website. In other words its a website for and about Clarens, and it’s there for both visitors and the people of Clarens to use, alongside these newsletters and the Clarens News facebook page. The website is an on-going project: we’re working on it all the time but there is still a lot of work to do – especially as far as listings are concerned, so please forgive us if we haven’t got your business listed yet. With your help – we’ll get there soon.  In the meantime, please enjoy all the information already on the website.  And should you wish to comment – please email us:  editor@clarensnews.com.

Focus on Recycling:  Cleaning Up Clarens

Clarens Recycling Centre Team

Clarens News managed to catch up with Evon Els and her helpers Mojalefa and Palo outside the Recycling Centre just after the beerfest.   Evon manages the Recycling centre, and together with Mojalefa and Palo,  goes to great lengths to collect recyclable materials from in and around Clarens.  It’s a big job – often smelly and dirty – and therefore, not for the feint hearted.

I asked Evon how she came to be so passionate about recycling, and she told me that it all started when she had an engineering business in Graaff Reinet.  She started to put aside all the scrap metal generated by her business, and next thing the community started bringing her tin cans and bottles, which she bought from them in an effort to alleviate the dire poverty in the area.  The effect verged on miraculous.  Not only was there money going into the community, but the whole town was cleaned up.  The effects of recycling are huge, and Evon is hoping that she can have the same effect on the Clarens community that she had in Graaff Reinet.

Materials are collected from the trailer parked outside the Bibliophile, restaurants, businesses, the transfer site,  schools, the Kgubetswana taverns and homes, and if you phone her, she’ll even come to your home to collect.  Read more

Recycling: the why, what, how and where?

Many of us have heard of recycling, but how many of us know the importance of recycling? I suppose that if asked, the majority of us would come up with a response like “because it’s good for the environment”, but there’s more to it than that… much much more. for the environment”, but there’s more to it than that… much much more. So why should we recycle? To start off with well … you guessed it – it’s good for the environment. The Earth only has finite resources and at some point these must run out – unless we start reusing that which we already have. But when we look deeper we will find that that it also aids socio-economic development. Recycling raises awareness which in turn prompts an alteration in behaviour which leads to action which results in positive change – streets are cleaner (reduce), attitudes are changed so that people now take pride in their surroundings and all the recycled materials can be used to make other new objects (reuse) and employment opportunities are created. Because pollution is reduced, quality of life improves – people are happier and more productive. This is particularly true of impoverished communities. This leads us on to what can be recycled? The following are just a few examples of what can be taken to recycling centres:    Read more

The Twitcher

One long weekend down, two to go.  Judging from the reaction of the restaurants, bars, coffee shops and guest houses, you could be forgiven for thinking we had won the lottery.  But if you happen to be a gallery or retail store owner, maybe not so much.  The point is that spending is selective in these stringent economic times:  Fill the tank with gas, fill the tummy with steak and craft beer and lay your tousled head upon a rented bed – and all is well with the world, apart from an upcoming election of course.  But whether or not you were on the receiving end of tourist largesse, it has to be said that Clarens at Easter was simply gorgeous: The trees are somewhere between butter and brown and the sunsets are an extreme exercise in sky theatre.  And if the Easter Bunny forgot about you, go buy your own little slice of chocolate heaven at your nearest village grocer; they need some business too!  Read more

Clarens Primary School to be revamped

Clarens Primary School

Clarens Primary, a school that was established almost a century ago will be celebrating their hundredth birthday  by receiving  a much needed revamp. The school is a non fee student school and depends largely on funding. Together with the dedicated teaching staff and helpers the school strives to bring out the best in learners by making use of what they have available.
Annetjie Coetzee - Clarens Primary School  Proud school principal Annetjie Coetzee has done her best to steer and direct the primary school through hard times. Last year (2013), after hearing about the Accelerated Schools Infrastructure Delivery Initiative(ASIDI), Annetjie  wrote to  this organisation on behalf of the school and the ASIDI, after inspecting the school, have now approved funding  (R15 million) for reconstruction. Read more

Clarens Village Conservancy

Clarens Village Conservancy - Spruit management The Clarens Village Conservancy rangers continue  their hard work.  Alien clearing from the Nature Reserve alone is a massive project necessitating much planning and physical effort, but given the systematic and scientific approach, there is hope that they will eventually overcome this massive problem,   Alien vegetation control is however one aspect of the work they do. Click here To read the Rangers April report , covering not only Alien Vegetation, but also Erosion Control, Environmental Education, and Trail Maintenance.  (You can also see previous reports on our Clarens Village Conservancy website page.) You  too can play your part, by becoming a member of the Conservancy, or by donating to the Conservancy in cash or kind.  (The Nature Reserve could for instance benefit from recyclable benches.) Click here for more information about The Clarens Village Conservancy.

Plants found in the Clarens Village Nature Reserve:

Delosperma sutherlandii D sutherlandii

Damien Coulson



Greetings to all our Village plant enthusiasts. Welcome to this weeks’ “bi-Weekly Plant of Interest”. This week we’re focusing on a striking member of the Mesembryanthemaceae (Vygie/Ice Plant) family. Delosperma sutherlandii (Sutherland Hardy Ice-plant in English), is a succulent herb growing to 120 mm high. The Latin Delos translates to “conspicuous”, whilst spermatranslates to “seed”, referring to the large capsule-shaped seeds produced by the plant. In grasslands between KZN and Mpum it grows at altitudes of up to 2100 m A.S.L. The seeds of D. sutherlandii require only a sufficient quantity of rainfall to open. One can “trick” the dry capsule into opening by sucking on it for a short while or dripping several water droplets on the capsule. The capsule opens before your eyes but will soon close as it quickly dries. Interesting to know that the vibrant looking flowers are among the largest of any Ice-plant. The photo below was taken on a section of the Kloof Mountain Trail during the spring of last year.   Read more

Female Entrepreneur Awards

Hi All.

The National Department of Agriculture,Forestry & Fisheries is running the competition for women in different sectors of agriculture.As the Provincial Department of Agriculture & Rural Development we have been tasked to invite all interested female Entrepreneurs to take part in this competition.

Thabo Mofutsanyana District is inviting all Female Entrepreneurs to take part and represent our wonderful district in the Province.If they win in the Province then they will represent Free State Province in the National Competition.

Here are the Categories of the competition:


Closing date for entering the competition is 14 May 2014.All interested farmers can contact Mr Tsepiso Mosia and get forms at his office in Dihlabeng Municipal office in Clarens. Good news is that Clarens is running for the hosting of the district event on 29 May 2014.Let us go for this challenge Clarens Farmers,remember Clarens is the unique town of WINNERS!!! Hope to hear from you soon.

Tsepiso Mosia Department of Agriculture & Rural Development FS Phone: 0710791332 E-mail: mosiatsepiso@yahoo.com

Letter from the Clarens Ratepayers Association

Hi there I would like to advise you that Chris Salt, Treasurer and Vice Chair of the CRA has resigned. Chris has been with CRA for 6 years and before that he was Treasurer of the preceding association, RAG.  Thus he has been volunteering his services to the Clarens Community for many years and we would like to thank him for his dedication, expertise and support. We will be advising you soon of the date for the CRA AGM for which Chris will prepare the financials; the meeting will most probably be held in early June.  At the AGM we will be electing a new committee; please give some thought to volunteering as a committee member – we have three to four meetings per year. I am sure you will all join me in thanking Chris for his work for Clarens. Kind regards Pat Chairperson, CRA  (Phone: 058 256-1123  email: raubenheimer@icon.co.za

Click here for more information about the Clarens Ratepayers Association

A Dihlabeng Chicken Run

Dihlabeng Chicken Run
Ben Horn

The Dihlabeng  church here in Clarens is about to take part in what they describe as a chicken run,  set to start in June this year is an agricultural  based community challenge.  This project will aim to serve three purposes: feeding those in need, educating young people, and empowering local men and women with the skills and resources to create a sustainable income. Project leader, Ben Horn, is currently doing a gap year in Clarens. (Next year he’ll be moving to Preston to start a church and study robotics at university.) Three years ago, after spending a month serving Dihlabeng Church in Clarens, and its local community, he decided he would return to do the same thing for his gap year. Ben is still at the coop building stage of his project, but is hoping soon to be in a position to house 20 laying hens producing between 15 and 20 eggs a day, which will go towards feeding those in need. The second way this project will serve the local community is by educating young people. This will be done in two ways: educating children through Dihlabeng Christian School, and getting young adults involved in the running of the project. Dihlabeng School shares grounds Dihlabeng Church, meaning that as the coops will be built at the church, they will also be on the school grounds.  Ben writes:  Through the project, we not only hope to educate children on how to properly look after hens, but also to provide a teaching aid that will help school staff teach the children about a range of agricultural and biological topics. Right from the day the project begins we hope to get young adults involved in every area of running the project, teaching them how to look after hens and a range of project management skills. Thirdly, we plan to do this by taking our model for looking after hens to families in the surrounding villages.

Dihlabeng Budget

Those of you who’ve read the twitcher in full, will have seen the comments on the Dihlanbeng Municipality Budget, which was presented to Clarens residents at the Martie Lotz Hall on Wednesday.  Your editor had planned to upload the budget onto the website – but has so-far failed to manage this. (A software glitch which we can’t seem to overcome at the moment.)   Should you wish to have a look at it, please email: editor@clarensnews.com, and we will email you a copy.

Cluny Animal Trust Appeal

Cluny Animal Trust Appeal

The MTN Mountain Bike Race: How you can make it work for you

Organisers of MTN Mountain Bike Race have approached the Chamber of Commerce offering exclusivity of the water points needed on the two race days to businesses in Clarens.  This means that Clarens businesses have the opportunity to nab the huge exposure available at these water points, back from Bethlehem businesses.   This year more than 2000 cyclists are participating who will all see your brand.  What is needed is a gazebo (preferably branded), your branding such as banners, t-shirts, etc., 3-4 people and spirit.  You need to set up by 6.30 each day , it will be out on a farm road and the length of time will depend on the race route but will be no longer than 3 hours.  You will be provided with water, drinks, apples, bananas, banana bread and jelly babies to be handed to the athletes.  You will need to brush up your motivational phrases, bring your own good cheer and strong voices, and anything else to make your brand stand out and have fun.

The race organisers need 4 water points.  Please respond to info@clarensbrewery.co.za if you want to grab one. Who knows – yours might feature on SuperSport?

The organisers also asked the Chamber to appeal to guest house & B&B owners to:

1 – offer an accommodation discount to the cyclists. (They realise this year falls on a long weekend but next year’s race has been moved to the weekend after the May long weekend)

2 – offer a discount if the cyclists skip breakfast on account of being out in the route

3 – be accommodating in a late check out if you have no guests booking in on the Sunday to allow the cyclists to have a shower after the race.

Coming Events: 2 May, 2014: Supper Theatre On the Square:

Theatre in Clarens - Cat Simoni Phone Carol at Gosto’s for further details: 082 416 3687Click here to find out more about Cat Simoni

Coming Events: 2 May, 2014: Artists Open Day at Sunnyside Guest Farm

Artists Open Day at Sunnyside

Coming Events: 3-4 May National MTB in Clarens

MTN in ClarensClick here For further information

Coming Events: 31 May 2014 Cluny Animal Trust Golf Day

Cluny Animal Trust Golf Day

The purpose of the event is to raise funds for the development of an animal hospital in Fouriesburg and the surrounding areas.


Animals are mans best friend, they are always there when we’re lonely, they never give up on us and share our joy and sadness

Contact Details: Jan Sander (c) 0782462553, (f) 058 223 0727 email: jansander22@gmail.com

More Coming Events

Have a look at the website for the list of other coming events.

It’s super rugby time again

Watch all the action at one of our local Clarens pubs (and if you want to watch it on a big screen go to Artichoke).  The atmosphere is great –   almost like being at the game!

Conservation Sense:

A snippet of “conservation sense” as quoted from an old varsity buddy: “Chocolate comes from cocoa, which is a tree. That makes it a plant. Chocolate is salad”.

Thought it might make somebody’s evening. Any weight-watchers out there? Cheers, Damien

Letter from the Clarens Ratepayers Association

Hi there

I would like to advise you that Chris Salt, Treasurer and Vice Chair of the CRA has resigned.

Chris has been with CRA for 6 years and before that he was Treasurer of the preceding association, RAG.  Thus he has been volunteering his services to the Clarens Community for many years and we would like to thank him for his dedication, expertise and support.

We will be advising you soon of the date for the CRA AGM for which Chris will prepare the financials; the meeting will most probably be held in early June.  At the AGM we will be electing a new committee; please give some thought to volunteering as a committee member – we have three to four meetings per year.

I am sure you will all join me in thanking Chris for his work for Clarens.

Kind regards

Chairperson, CRA

20 December 2013: Season’s Greetings



Table of Contents:

  • We wish you a Merry Christmas;
  • Thank you;
  • Clarens Skies –  Sagittarius;
  • New Rangers in town?;
  • Letter from Clarens Ratepayers Association;
  • Paballo’s Nursing Care @ Clarens;
  • Plant of the week: Rosa rubiginosa;
  • Clarens Village Conservancy Christmas Trees;
  • Golf News: Caddie Championships;
  • Golf News: Festive Season operating hours;
  • Festive Season – Weather;
  • Festive Season – Wining and Dining;
  • Festive Season – Music;
  • Church Services;
  • New Year’s Eve;
  • Other Events;
  • Note from the editor



We wish you a Merry Christmas

May you find your pot of gold under the Christmas tree.


Thank you

Kobus Rust phoned in yesterday to say what awesome people we have in Clarens. He arrived in Clarens yesterday morning, in his convertible, and since the morning was bright, hot and sunny, he decided to leave the top down whilst he went off to explore our town.  Then – once he was a fair distance from his car the heavens opened, and since he knew he would never make it back in time to his car, he accepted that his car would soon be turned into a water-bucket, and that its electronics would probably be severely damaged. Imagine his relief and surprise, when on returning to his car he found that some thoughtful Clarenite had covered the car completely in plastic.  Kobus has not been able to establish who this thoughtful person is, and has asked Clarens News to pass on his thanks.  In fact – he is so struck with Clarens that he has decided to buy property here.  (Now isn’t that a nice story.)

Clarens Skies –  Sagittarius

Genevieve Blignaut

Nestled in the middle of our Milky Way lies the ‘Archer’, poised in the Sagittarius Constellation. The constellation is 27 000 light-years away from Earth, and therefore most of the constellation’s stars are easily concealed in the steam of starry lights. This is due to cosmic dust. The bow (with its teapot shape) of the Archer however, is fairly easy to see.

About Sagittarius

Many a centaur in Greek Mythology was violent, untrustworthy and drank too much. The centaur Chiron however, was different. The Sun-god, Apollo and Goddess of the Moon and Wild Animals, Diana, thought it good to educate Chiron with kindness, wisdom and gentleness.

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New Rangers in town?

No.  They’re just the same fabulous four Clarens Village Conservancy rangers dressed in their new uniforms. And wow – don’t they look great.  Look out for them as they do their rounds around town and in the Clarens Village Conservancy. The rangers provide a valuable service keeping our town crisp and clean, maintaining the trails as well as the environmental integrity of the Nature Reserve, providing environmental education and encouragement for recycling in our schools and always willing to help  out with numerous other projects whenever extra hands are needed. Show your support by becoming a member of the Clarens Village Conservancy (and if you already are a member, be sure to renew your membership.)
Click here for your membership form.   (See the letter below from the Ratepayers Association for a breakdown on how the membership money is spent.)

Letter from Clarens Ratepayers Association

Firstly, season’s greetings to all and if you are travelling over the holidays, drive carefully.

The Numbering of Clarens’ Properties in line with the South African Protocol is now complete, i.e., approved by Province and is being handed over to the Municipality for inclusion in their billing system; so you should see your new house number next year on your Municipal Account.  Thanks Ralph and Rodney for your had work on this.

It is time to call on you for your support by either renewing your membership or, if you are not already a member, joining these three associations.  The cost of subscriptions is as follows:

  • Village R300.00 per annum for each household, with a 50% reduction for pensioners
  • Housing Estates R120.00 per annum

As most of you are aware, the funds are shared as follows – 50% to the CVC, 25% to the CRA and 25% to the CVFA, with top-ups from the CRA to the CVC and/or the CVFA as required throughout the year.  We have to pay our Rangers and of course, we want to keep them, so please dig into your hard earned cash and join us.  Of course should you wish to donate more that the subscription amount, any sum will be most gratefully received.

Click here for Membership Form and Bank Details  (Please let me know if you require an invoice)

Many thanks.

Ph:  058 256 1123   email :raubenheimer@icon.co.za

Paballo’s Nursing Care @ Clarens

Paballo’s Nursing Care @ Clarens wish all their patients, friends and visitors to Clarens a Happy and Healthy Fetive Season and New Year.  Both our professional nurses will be in the village during this period for normal and emergency care.  The nurses provide a variety of services as well as relevant information and advice and are even prepared to do home visits.   For medical assistance visit the nurse’s rooms behind the pharmacy (opposite the Protea Hotel).  Sister Henriette Hohne (phone 082 327 1035) or Sister Antoinette Earle (083 236 1293) will attend to your needs. To see the list of services provided and their charges please click here. 

We really are very very lucky to have 24 hour professional nursing available in Clarens. A big thank you to Paballo’s Nursing, and our best wishes for the festive season and the New Year.  Let’s hope that the nurses are not kept too busy to enjoy this very special time.

 Plants found in the Clarens Village Nature Reserve

Plant of the week: Rosa rubiginosa

Damien Coulson
Greetings to all our Village plant enthusiasts. Welcome to this weeks’ “Weekly Plant of Interest”. We’ll be looking at a non-indigenous species of the Rosaceae family that many of you may already be familiar with, but is of great interest nonetheless.
Rosa rubiginosa (known as the Eglantine Rose or Sweet Briar in English, Wilderoos in Afrikaans & mamarosa in sisotho), is a deciduous shrub of around 2-3 m high. The name eglantine is from Middle English eglentyn, from Old French aiglantin or from aiglent meaning ‘sweetbrier’. Sweet refers to the subtle fragrance of the leaves which are reminiscent of the scent of apples, while briar or brier refers to the plant being a thorny bush. R. rubigonosa may be found growing in dense groves in disturbed areas and near rivers or streams, and even on moist south facing slopes in the Eastern Free State. Widespread from the WC – Kwa-Zulu Natal. The leaves of R. rubigonosa are pinnate and vary between 50-90 mm in length with 5-9 oval leaflets with serrated margins and bearing small hairs. The stems are green-reddish brown, approx 1 cm in diameter and have numerous small hooked thorns. The flowers are 18-30 mm in diameter, with 5 petals – white in the centre grading to pink with multiple yellow to burned-orange stamens. The flowers are usually produced in clusters of 2-7. Flowering occurs from Oct – Dec. The fruit – called “hip” (hence the common rose-hip association) are globose to oblong, deep red and 10-20 mm in diameter.   Read more


Clarens Village Conservancy Christmas Trees

If you haven’t secured a Christmas tree yet, pop in at the Farmer’s Market at the Bibliophile on Saturday, and get one from The Clarens Village Conservancy.  Christmas trees (harvested from the Clarens Village Nature Reserve as part of their alien vegetation control program) will be on sale. A small tree (1 – 1,5m) will cost you only R50, medium (2 – 2,5m)  is R70, and a large one (3 – 3,5m) is R100.

Should you require any further information, please contact Damien on
076 833 8910.


Golf News: Caddie Championships

The Clarens Golf Estate caddies had a fun filled day of competitive Golf. The yearly Caddie Championships was held today on 19 December. Prizes were sponsored from by members of the golf club,  Clarens Golf Estate Home Owners, as well as The Posthouse, and Serendipity.  Four caddies: Piet Colin Mokoena, will be Mpho Motaung, Frank Nhlapo and Piet Miya  were selected to become part of the Clarens Golf Estate official Caddie team, and will represent the Clarens Golf Club at forthcoming events in Ladybrand and Bloemfontein. If you would like to contribute towards the costs of sending the caddies to these events please contact Ray Meyers:  082 4905617





Golf News: Festive Season operating hours

Course will be operating 7 days a week from 16 December until 6 January during School Holidays. On days before and after Public Holidays the operating hours have been adjusted to give staff well deserved time with Family and Friends.

December 24th: Course Open until 12h00 for tee off. Bar closes at 15h00.

December 25th: Course and Clubhouse closed. Christmas Day

December 26th: Course Opens at 10h00 until closing.

December 31st: Course Open until 12h00 for tee off. Bar closes at 15h00.

January 1st: Course Opens at 10h00 until closing. New years Day.

Festive Season – Weather


Festive Season – Wining and Dining

If you haven’t booked a special Christmas dinner yet you may still be able to get a table at the following venues, who are all offering special Christmas Delights.

Christmas Eve  24th December 2013
The Grouse and Claret: 058 256 1795
The Posthouse: 058 256 1534
The Phatt Chef: 058 356 1742
278 On Main: 082 5565208
Artichoke:  058 256 1283
Protea Hotel: 058 256 1212

Christmas Day: 25th December 2013
The Phatt Chef: 058 256 1534
Artichoke: 058 256 1283

New Year’s Eve
Artichoke: 058 256 1534
The Grouse and Claret: 058 256 1785  Music: Slipstream
278 On Main: 082 5565208
The Phatt Chef: 058 356 1742

Festive Season – Music

Friday 20 December 2013
The Grouse & Claret:  Slipstream

Saturday 21 December 2013
Friends: Slipstream
Artichoke: Gail (vocal & guitar)

24 December; 2013
278 On Main:  Gail

Friday 27 December 2013
Friends:  Slipstream
Artichoke:  Gail (guitar and vocals)

Saturday 28 December 2013
Friends:  Slipstream
The Grouse & Claret:  Denzl & Hensie
Artichoke:  Gail (guitar & vocals)

Monday 30 December 2013
Friends:  Van Smith

Tuesday 31 December 2013 
Friends:  Van Smith
The Grouse & Claret: Slipstream
Artichoke:  Denzl & Hensie.   Deon
278 On Main:  Gail

Church Services

Christmas Eve:  Carols by Candlelight
Garden at the Pastorie, Main Street, Clarens:  19h00
Bring your own chairs and warm clothing

Christmas Day
NG Kerk:  Main Street, Clarens:  08h00 and 10h00
Methodist Church:  134 Roos Street:  09h30  Christmas service
Anglican Church:  134 Roos Street:  06h00  Communion service

New Year’s Eve
NG Kerk:  Main Street, Clarens:  18h00


New Year’s Eve

Midnight in Paris:  Musical Tribute to Edith Piaf & Jacques Brel and music clips Les Miserables
Soloists:  JJ and Samantha Clark
Venue:  NG Kerk:  Churchhall:     19h30
Bring a picnic basket and your own refreshments.
Cost:  R60.   To book phone Lizette: 083 375 9900 or Karla: 082 302 5920

Other Events

Farmers Market: Be sure to visit the Farmer’s Market on Saturday. This is the place to buy fresh local produce, home baked goodies, and lots lots more. (Including Christmas trees.)Click here to find out what is showing at the Bethlehem Kine ClassifiedsDo you have a house you want to rent out?  Need a job? Want to buy a generator?  Remember to check out the classifeds section.  Advertising on the classifieds section of Clarens News is free.  All you need to do is to email  your advert to: editor@clarensnews.com


Note from the editor

This is our last edition of Clarens News this year, so we would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very happy Christmas, and everything you wish for yourselves in 2014.