If 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.
if you missed this well researched article. There’s much food for thought.
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org Click here for more about the Clarens Ratepayers Association
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
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:
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
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