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Clarens News: 18 July 2014: Mandela Day

19th July 2014: Mandela Day.

Nelson Mandela International Day; Mandela Day in Clarens; Clarens Community Organisations : Making Every Day a Mandela Day; The Twitcher; Golfing for Rhinos; Plants found in the Clarens Village Nature Reserve:  Printzia laxa; CVC Report Back June 2014; It’s Fire Season Again; Clarens Tourism Forum; This Weekend; Restaurant Specials; Coming Events; Classifieds; An information tool; Making Clarens News work for you


Clarens Community Mandela Day

Nelson Mandela International Day

Nelson Mandela Day


Today is Nelson Mandela International Day – a day which Ban Ki-moon, Secretary General of the United Nations refers to as a call to action.    Each of us can celebrate this day by helping to address real problems in our communities. Together we can give great meaning to our celebration by paving the way for a better future.  For more information on this day, Click here for the article on the South Africa info website.Several organisations and businesses in Clarens are answering the call.

Mandela Day in Clarens

Several Clarens organisations (and at least one business)  are answering the call to celebrate Mandela Day by doing something uplifting for the community.


Phaphama Youth Development

Our nation’s elderly are a precious resource. We need to honour them. To cherish them. To thank them. You can give back to the elderly by joining us on the 19 July 2014 when we do our Mandela Day part by cleaning the centre, donating some goods and spending time with them.

Old Age can be of a nice thing to many but to others it means loneliness, isolation and monotony which can be soul destroying. Being one of the life changers we believe it is up on the youth and the current generation to take care of them elderly and to support them and show them that they are cared for and loved.

Phaphama Youth Development is the way to bring hope to the hopelessness, our cutting edge services bring so much impact on those we touch or work with.

You are not sure of what to do for Mandela day and you are probably thinking what can I do in Clarens on that weekend? If your answer is YES; well Phaphama and FNB Volunteer Team is giving you a chance to be part of this much needed event that is scheduled as follows:

Date: 19 July 2014  Venue: Ratanang Luncheon Club (158 Kgubetswana)  Time: 14:00 – 15:00
Contact Ntsebe Mofokeng @ 078 245 1709 or via email at nmofokeng23@gmail.com

The Department of Agriculture and Rural Development

The Department of Agriculture & Rural Development held their Mandela Day event  at Ithuseng Disabled Centre at 10h00 this morning. From there we will be heading to Saron Farm to do gardening for 2 Pensioners.

Action: Preparation of soil and planting of vegetables seeds.

Contact: Tsepiso Mosia, Department of Agriculture & Rural Development, Phone: 071 0791332

Unfortunately, Clarens News were not able to attend this event, but Tsepiso has promised to send us some photographs.

Golden Gate Highlands National Park

Golden Gate Highlands National Park are holding an event in Mokobobong (informal settlement) Clarens on 21 July, 2014 at 10h00. They have decided to extend a helping hand to a particularly needy family (identified by Bana Ba Hlokang) in Clarens by building them a shack.   The event starts at 10h00, starting with a welcome and opening address by Clarens Ward  Councilor –   Matshidi Mokoena, which is to be followed by an introduction to the event by the Program Director Mr. T. Mdlalose, and an explanation of the Purpose of the Event  by   Golden Gate Park Manager – Ms. S. Mhlophe.  Therafter there will be a short Speech  by Ms. Innocentia Lekau – Dept of Soc Dev Bethlehem, followed by another short Speech by  Mr. Thomas Thaele  (Tshepong Care Centre).   Everyone will then participate in the building of the shack, after which a family member will propose a vote of thanks.

For further details contact:  Mr T Mdalose Tel: 058 255 0991  Cell: 073 028 2319  Email: thulani.mdlalose@sanparks.org


Saturday is Mandela Day at Bon Appetit (Rosemary Centre, Clarens)

A percentage on all meals and drinks ordered that day will be donated to Cluny Animal Trust.

School Events

The schools are on holiday at the moment, but we are sure that they will be commemorating Mandela once they get back on Monday.   Keep an eye on our facebook page to find out what is happening.


Clarens Community Organisations : Making Every Day a Mandela Day

The overarching objective of Nelson Mandela International Day is to inspire individuals to take action to help change the world for the better, and in doing so build a global movement for good. Ultimately it seeks to empower communities everywhere to “Take Action; Inspire Change; Make Every Day a Mandela Day.”

Clarens is blessed with many organisations and individuals who Make Every Day a Mandela Day.   Have a look at the Community Oganisations page on the website for more information on the work they do – and how you can help to make every day a Mandela Day.


The Twitcher

Clarens Village Life The Twitcher

You’re lying on a river bank, soaking up the sun, king of all you see, and then……………….

The Twitcher sent us this video clip along with some totally irrelevant comments on life in Clarens (which doesn’t have a river or a river bank, or even a sun-bathing spot at the moment so the editor decided you could work out something out for yourselves.)




Golfing for Rhinos

Golfing for Rhinos

Clarens is in for a rare sight early next week.  Heinrich Adriaan du Preez is a South African amateur golfer, and the holder of 28 golf related world records, including 15 Guinness World records, is taking on a new challenge in order to raise funds for The Rhino Orphanage.   From the 19 – 27 July, he is trading in his golf cart for a New Holland T5 Tractor.  He is aiming to play a round of golf in all 9 SA´s provinces in just 9 days – using the New Holland T% Tractor (which has the same top speed as a standard golf cart….35km/h) as his golf cart – and as his mode of travel between the different golf courses.  (He will be  travelling about 2000 km and playing 9 rounds of golf in just 9 days.)   Read more

Rhino Orphanage Rhino Orphanage

The reason behind this epic road trip is to raise funds for the world´s only Rhino Orphanage. This facility looks after baby rhinos who´s mothers have been killed by poachers. To find out more about the rhino orphanage please click here

Plants found in the Clarens Village Nature Reserve:  Printzia laxa

Printzia laxa


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”. This week we’re focusing on a member of the Asteraceae (Daisy) family.

Printzia laxa (Giant Daisy Bush in English, and Sephomolo in Sesotho), is a perennial herb which grows to around 2 m tall. This plant grows in moist scrub below Clarens Formation sandstone cliffs and in close proximity to streams. Growth has been recorded at altitudes of up to 2400 m A.S.L from the EC through to Mpum.

The name laxa; is derived from the Latin laxus and refers to the drooping growth-form of this species. P. laxa makes use of an unusual flowering timing (but by no means isolated) in that it is one of few plants in the province to flower in winter. The advantages of this system are that there are fewer other plants with which to compete for pollination services, and could theoretically result in increased reproductive success. The flowers of this species are highly variable and may appear pinker in certain regions.  Read more

CVC Report Back June 2014
Clarens Village Conservancy

Clarens Village Conservancy Report Back June 2014

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It’s Fire Season Again

Given the dry and windy conditions, It looks as though we are going to be particularly vigilant this year.   Please have a look at The Clarens Fire Association page on the website.  Everyone needs to familiarize themselves with the protocols to follow in case of a house or a veld fire and on how best to be prepared in case of fire.

Whilst you’re on the website, please also check out the IMPORTANT NUMBERS page.  Make sure you have them handy – you never know when you may need them.

Clarens Fire Association Newsletter

Clarens Fire Association

Fire Season Activities





Clarens Tourism Forum

The CTF is holding a general meeting at Mont D’Or on 29th July to discuss the way forward for the CTF.  They  have ideas on how they think the CTF should continue as a more professional marketing organisation we would like to present and discuss with all stakeholders.  Anyone and everyone to attend. Clarens Tourism Forum Notice


Friday 18th July:
Amigos:  OB will be playing from 16h30
The Grouse: Denzl and Hensie from 20h00 onwards

Artichoke:  Deon is playing from 12h30  (until the rugby)
Straight after the rugby:  Ric and Victor

Amigos:  OB will be playing from 14h00.  (Then it’s rugby!)




Restaurant Specials

Artichoke:  A great new speciality: LARGE savoury pancakes with chips and salad (or two sweet pancakes)  from 11 to 5 o’ clock daily.

Monday:  Protea Hotel: 17h00 – 19h00:  Soup and Sherry specials (R35) includes assorted breads and and the 1st sherry free.We also have periodic cake specials at R35 for cake and coffee/hot chocolate/cuppachino.Monday – Friday:  The Posthouse breakfast! Sart the day on the right note.  The Posthouse Breakfast ranges from R22 – R30, and includes tea and coffee.


Friends Happy Hour from 20h00 to 21h00.  Live music.

Wednesday:  Brambleberry @ The Ash (Old Cranford):  Burger and Pizza Specials

Thursday:   Golden Age Day at Bon Appetit Bistro: (Rosemary Centre) Every Thursday (except Public Holidays) is now “Golden Age Day” @ Bon Appetit Bistro. If you are in the Golden Age (over 65 years old), come enjoy Breakfast (served all day), a light lunch, tea, coffee or cake and get 10% discount on your bill.  Open from 9.30am till 4.00pm.

Thursday:  Brambleberry:  Happy Hour 17h30 to 18h30 followed by two-course meal special

Friday:  Courtyard: Specials at the Cafe every friday from 12 noon, and at the Restaurant every friday evening from 18h00

Friday:  The Highlander: Happy Hour from 17h30 to 18h30. Need to make a booking?   Click here for a list of Restaurant telephone numbers

SundayProtea Hotel:  First Sunday of every month, carvery at the Protea Hotel. Please book in advance to avoid disappointment. Price R125  (Ph: 058 256 1212)

Coming Events

Visit the Events page to see other coming events

Mountain Breeze Clarens Women's Day event





Remember to check out the Classifieds page on the website…   Brandon is looking for 50 hay bales.   (LOOK On the Classifieds page under STUFF – Wanted)

Should you wish to place an ad please contact editor@clarensnews.co.za



An information tool

The Clarens News website is an information tool.   Our objective being to give you  Everything you need to know about Clarens.   Since we do not have a dedicated info centre inClarens we all need to step into that role and be in a position to give Clarens visitors the information they need in order to keep them coming back. We also need to keep abreast of what’s happening in our community – and it is hoped that by visiting the community pages on the website everyone will be in a better position to lend a helping hand where necessary.  If you have information you would like to add to the website or our facebook page, please feel free to contact us:  email: editor@clarensnews.co.za.  In the meantime, please make use of the website – accommodation owners especially well find it a useful resource to answer questions such as how do we get to Clarens, what should do whilst we’re there, and even…. when is it going to snow?

Making Clarens News Work for you

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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:

Click here:  To see what else is happening in Clarens

Super rugby

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Clarens Tourism Forum AGM Notice





Notice is hereby given that 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.

Registration will take place from 15h00.



– A member may be represented at a general meeting by proxy, who must be a member of the CTF.

– A proxy must be lodged with the Association at least 24 (twenty-four) hours before the commencement of the meeting.

– The chairman of the meeting may agree to accept a proxy tendered at any time before or during the meeting.

You are cordially invited to appoint a proxy to act on your behalf at the Annual General Meeting by completing the attached Proxy Form and forwarding same via e-mail or fax, to be received on or before Monday, the 19thof May at 15h00.   NOMINATION AND ELECTION OF COMMITTEE MEMBERS

– Committee members shall be required to rotate on an annual basis

– Committee members shall continue to hold office from the date of his/her appointment to office until the annual general meeting next following his said appointment, at which meeting each committee member shall be retired from office but will be eligible for re-election to the committee.

You are cordially invited to nominate Members (not more than two) who you would like to see elected as Committee members of the Clarens Tourism Forum. If you would like to nominate a Member/Person, please ensure that the Member/Person concerned is willing to stand for election. Once the nominee’s consent has been received, kindly complete the attached nomination form and ensure that both, you and the person seconding, and the nominee sign same in the appropriate places. The nomination form may be handed in at the Clarens Destinations offices or at the AGM.   VOTING RIGHTS OF MEMBERS

– Members shall be entitled to vote only on the matters raised at every general meeting.

– Each member, present in person or by proxy and entitled to vote, shall have one vote for each nomination.

– No person other than a member who have paid membership fees payable to the CTF in respect of or arising out of his/her membership and who is not suspended, shall be entitled to be present or to vote on a question, either personally or by proxy, at any general meeting.

Click here for Proxy form

Click here for Agenda