Tag Archives: Plants found in the Clarens Village Nature Reserve

Opuntia ficus-indica

Opunta ficus-indica
Opunta ficus-indica Opunta ficus-indica

Greetings to all our Village plant enthusiasts.  This week we’ll be looking at an alien member of the Cactaceae (Cactus family): Opuntia ficus-indica.

Opuntia ficus-indica (Sweet Prickly-pear in English, Truksvye in Afrikaans, Terofeiye in Sesotho) is an invasive weed (Category 1) that obtains a height of around 5m as a shrub and occurs throughout much of South Africa. It was originally introduced from Mexico to act as natural hedges in biological cattle kraals. The fruit of which is also a tasty treat – especially when eaten cold – beware those fine hairs though which itch like mad when they get into your skin.

The flower pictured here was photographed opposite the old Post Office. As a Category 1 weed its control, removal or destruction if possible is mandatory. No trade or planting of prickly pear is allowed, with the exception of the fruit if used for non-commercial human consumption.

The leaves are large; succulent; broadly obovate and flat, the stems woody. The stems are sub-divided into flattened, narrow, elliptical segments that are green but covered with a waxy layer. Small bristles protrude from the leaves in clusters. The fruit are roughly egg shaped, and like the leaves – are covered in clusters of fine bristles. Flowers are yellow-orange and measure around 50mm across. Flowering October – December. Uses:

Commercial products

Extracts of O. ficus-indica have been used in jellies, candies, teas, and alcoholic drinks.


This invasive has been used in the treatment of type 2 diabetes, inflammation, ulcers and the treatment of first degree burns.


Invasive weed. Removal is mandatory if at all possible. The fruit is a favourite of birds, mammals and humans. Pollinated by bees and butterflies.

Conservation Status

Naturalised invasives are not defined under the SANBI National Red List categories.

Click here for more information on plants in the Clarens Village Nature Reserve

Click here for more information on the Clarens Village Nature Reserve


Damien1-100x100Article and photography by Damien Coulson

Head ranger: Clarens Village Nature Reserve



24th April, 2015: Celebrating Freedom

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Celebrating Freedom

On Monday (27th April) South Africa celebrates Freedom Day.  Freedom Day (27 April) is a national public holiday in South Africa and serves to commemorate the country’s first democratic post-Apartheid elections, held in 1994.  It’s also a day where we can all take a little time out to reflect on the role which each and every South African needs to play to ensure that our country moves forward – and who could say it better than Nelson Mandela:

Our daily deeds as ordinary South Africans must produce an actual South African reality that will reinforce humanity’s belief in justice, strengthen its confidence in the nobility of the human soul, and sustain all our hopes for a glorious life for all. 

Clarens News would like to take this opportunity to wish all our readers a wonderful weekend, and a meaningful Freedom Day on Monday.

Ashburton MTB Clarens

The Ashburton MTB race held in Clarens last weekend was a resounding success.   The event attracted 2200 entrants – many of whom had travelled from Europe – and comments ranged from “this is the best in the world” to “fabulous route, fantastic scenery…it simply couldn’t be better.”    Advendurance organizers put a large part of their success down to the wonderful co-operation they got from the farmers en-route, who went to great lengths to make sure that the event would be a success.   The Clarens Village Nature Reserve’s new trail (Caracul trail) which formed part of the route also got rave reviews.   This is an event which Clarens can certainly be proud of and speaking to Clarens restaurants and businesses, it quickly becomes obvious that this event helped to make for a bumper weekend in the town itself, so a big THANK YOU to Advendurance for bringing MTB to Clarens.
Local organizer Paul is very pleased with how well the event went off, and anticipates that interest in Clarens MTB will continue to grow and to go from strength to strength.   He did however add, that the size of MTB Clarens will always be limited by the amount of accommodation available in Clarens.
Have a look at the Ashburton MTB series website:  http://www.nationalmtbseries.com.  to see their video feature, highlighting this year’s race.

Classic Cars:  SARRA MacGregor Maluti Meander

Classic car enthusiasts are in for another treat this Sunday.   (And didn’t you just love the jaguars that visited us in March.)   This weekend SARRA are holding the MacGregor Maluti Meander and the 29 Classic cars participating in this event will arrive in Clarens on Sunday, where they will be joined by classic cars belonging to the Maluti Auto Club.
SARRA stands for the South African Regularity Rally Association.   Classic Regularity Rallying is modeled on the rallies of earlier times where a crew of driver and navigator needed to keep their rally car on the route and on time, catering for many scheduled speed and direction changes, the weather, traffic and road conditions. The famous LM rally was run on this principle until the 1970’s, as was the Monte Carlo rally. It is a sport of precision and accuracy, rather than an all out quest for speed like the modern special stage rallies.
To learn more about Regularity Rallying visit the SARRA website: http://www.sarra.co.za/

7 Things to Do in Clarens

We love it when we find a blog about Clarens.   Have a look at http://myslowjourney.com/2015/04/21/7-things-to-do-in-clarens/
There are of course a lot more than 7 Things to Do in Clarens.   Just have a look at the Clarens News Website page for Activities:   http://clarensnews.co.za/activities

And even MORE Things to Do in Clarens

Dons Kritzinger has sent us a list giving information on activites, clubs and the churches in Clarens.   Dons put this list together specially for  Newly Arrived Inhabitants of Clarens.   (And even though we’ve been around for a while, we found quite a lot of information we didn’t know about.  Thank you Dons.)
Click here to see the list

Plants found in the Clarens Village Nature Reserve


Article and photography by
Damien Coulson
Head ranger:
Clarens Village Nature Reserve

Greetings to all our Village plant enthusiasts.  After some time out due to the recent MTB Cycle Series race through Clarens this past weekend, the CVC can now breathe a sigh of relief…and continue producing interesting articles. This week we’re going off on a slightly fresher tangent – we’ll be focusing on an exotic member of the Asteraceae (Daizy) family.

Cirsium vulgare (Scotch Thistle in English, Skotsedissel in Afrikaans) is considered a naturalised exotic in S.A. This group are Alien & Invasive Plants (A&IP’s) that have occurred within our country for a long enough period of time, measured in decades, to be deemed “natural” (though not to say beneficial, and more likely detrimental to local ecosystems). C. vulgare occurs naturally in parts of Africa and Asia, New Zealand, Australia, USA, Canada, South America, Hawaii and the Pacific islands, but is classified as a Category 1 weed.  Read more




Foot Clinic in Clarens


The editorial staff had a special treat this week.   Sister Julie visited us on the Golf Estate and tended our feet.   Oh what bliss.   And to think we didn’t even have to go anywhere for this amazing treatment.   Sister Julie works at Hospice in Bethlehem, but is happy to call on you after hours and over weekends  to make your feet happy for you .

Street Numbers in Clarens

(Letter from the Clarens Chamber of Commerce)

The CRA has put communiques out regarding the implementation of street number changes, specifically the deadline.  This process was kicked off several years ago before the existence of the Chamber of Commerce.  The Chamber has received complaints from businesses regarding the changes, specifically the cost of change,  and has had meetings with the CRA to try and determine the reasoning and where in the process the change is. Besides wanting to conform to street numbering in the rest of SA, the CRA is concerned that erf numbers do not appear on GPS tracking data making it impossible for emergency services, deliveries and visitors to track places down.  Whilst this may have been the case many years ago when the process was kicked off, it is not the case today and every erf number in Clarens appears on GPS data maps; probably a result of Google charting the data 2 or so years ago.   As part of the process the CRA has  contacted Garmin to determine how long it would take for street numbers to be listed as opposed to erf numbers and the answer is quite simply that they don’t know.

 To this end, the position of the Chamber is that none of the businesses (or the residents for that matter) are obligated to display the street number as opposed to the erf number until such time that the electronic and print versions of the relevant maps have been updated.

Big upcoming Event in November – Get ready NOW!

 BMW Motorrad Days 6 – 8 NOVEMBER 2015 Make Life a Ride – all the way to BMW Motorrad Days 2015 WANTED:  Your Accommodation WHY:BMW are bringing their Motorrad event to Clarens in November, attracting 2000 – 3000 enthusiasts. Every single bed in Clarens and its surrounds will be booked out for this event. Problem is, not every bed is known! Please supply the details of your establishment/guesthouse/B ; B/farmstay etc., with email address, to ensure that you do not miss out. Please spread the word to those who do not have access to the internet. Tell your friends, family, neighbours, etc. Details can be sent to: TAMMY HANCOCK ctf@clarenssa.co.za   or NATALIE MEYER clarenschamber@gmail.com


25 April  2015
Clarens Country Market

See you from 10 am onwards 

29 April, 2015
Clarens Garden Club Meeting
St. Fort
30 April – 2 May
Photography Workshop – Rosendal
Presented by Hanne Koster
1st and 2nd May 2015
Andre the Hilarious Hypnotist
Martie Lotz Hall
2nd May, 2015
Gule Wamkulu
Ism-Skism Gallery“Gule Wamkulu:The Big Dance”
by Africa Geographic photographer Andrew Brukman.
  3rd May, 2015

Book Launch: Bibliophile
The Pursuit of Life, David Zefferit

David Zeffertt has been a soldier, a shepherd, a trade-union organiser, a public servant, an advocate, and, for over forty years, a professor of law. He continued full-time lecturing until the age of seventy-two and published his last legal book in his eighties.
This delightful collection of short stories is his first published work of fiction. and will be launched to the public at 10 am on 3 May 2015 at our bookshop, Bibliophile.


9th May, 2015

Cluny Animal Trust Golf Day

  15-17 May, 2015
Dan Patlansky Guitar Weekend

Only 30 places available – book now if you want to attend.

  16 May, 2015

Anglican Autumn Fair

Uitkyk Farm (Green Goose)

  18-21 May, 2015

Richard Rennie “Paint with Me” workshop





Win 2 tickets to the Smoking Dragon Adrenalin Festival

It sound like fun, fun, fun.   To win 2 tickets be the first person to print a page of this newsletter and take it round to Lauren at Peter Badcock-Walters Gallery On the Square.

And – Speaking of Events:

SA’s most loved festival will be back in 2016. We cannot wait to see all you craft beer lovers again…
Tickets will go on sale in November, take our advice and book your accommodation now.


Remember to have a look at our Classifieds page on the website, especially if you have property to let.
Browse around – you’re bound to find something of interest.

Trifolium burchellianum

Trifolium burchelianum

Greetings to all our Village plant enthusiasts. Welcome to this weeks’ “bi-Weekly Plant of Interest”. This week we’re focusing on a member of the Leguminosae (Pea or legume) family.

Trifolium burchellianum (Wild Clover in English, Wildeklaver in Afrikaans and musa-pelo in Sesotho) is a creeping annual herb growing to a regal height of just 200mm. For something so small it manages to scale to incredible heights of around 2800 m A.S.L., and enjoys moist grassland and grassland-rock ecotones. This tough little herb has a wide geographical distribution, ranging from the Western Cape through to the equatorial regions of Africa.

As the name Trifolium implies, the leaves of this herb are arranged in 3’s (tri = 3 and folium = leaves). T. burchellianum differs from a very similar species – T. africanum in that the former has broad leaves and pink florets, whilst the latter has narrow leaves with almost red florets. Their distribution does overlap so look closely, as what may appear as a single subspecies could possibly be 2. T. burchellianum is one of only 2 subspecies that are indigenous to Africa.

Leaves are hairless, 3-foliolate, broad (25 X 20mm) and wedge or heart shaped and very finely toothed. The floret head (approx. 30mm) is held aloft a stalk of around 70mm and is clustered and pink/purple. The flowers are small, often measuring less than 10mm. Flowering: Dec-March. Uses:


Our rangers report using this herb as a light snack as kids. The flower head is predominantly eaten and has a cabbage-like aftertaste – not completely unpleasant. It could make for an interesting decoration in some food dishes such as pasta or even a curry. Livestock have been seen grazing this species as an almost favourite food-source.

Traditional Uses:

Reportedly, T. burchellianum has been used in traditional medicines – it can be chewed, infused as a tea to combat heart ailments, it has diuretic properties, helps induce sweeting and cleansing and is used in the treatment of sore throats.


The fragrant flower-heads are frequented by insects such as butterflies during the summer season. It may also have a role as ground cover in relatively well-shaded areas.

Conservation Status

The SANBI conservation status for T. burchellianum is listed as of Least Concern.

Click here for more information on plants in the Clarens Village Nature Reserve

Click here for more information on the Clarens Village Nature Reserve


Damien1-100x100Article and photography by Damien Coulson

Head ranger: Clarens Village Nature Reserve


19th December, 2014: Merry Christmas

Christmas treetiff

Editors note

With Christmas now only days away, we would like to wish all our readers everything of the best for the festive season.   We too are taking a break, so there will be no newsletter next week.   We will however keep you informed of events you should know about via our facebook page.


The week that was

Lots of excitement in Clarens since our last newsletter.   The NG Kerk market was fun – and despite the fact that we had fewer feet than in previous years, the CVC still managed to sell nearly R1000 worth of Christmas Trees.   Scotch also opened their doors (see article below) and Mathias Chirombo was in town with the opening of his exhibition: Sacred Spaces at the Ism-Skism Gallery.   And we couldn’t help but notice a few smiles with the crowning of Miss South Africa, Rolene Strauss, as Miss World 2014.


Wicket re-opens

Thank you Mr Tim
Last Tuesday 9th December, A Devastating Accident occurred when a Taxi Drove Straight into Wicket Candle Shop. Luckily no one was harmed as the Employee Amanda, had left just 5 minutes earlier.  With the long weekend approaching Wicket Candle Shop due to the Damage would not have been able to open. But Thanks to Tim Moorcroft and his Stumble blocks a wall was put up in just under an hour.
Ricky (The Shop Owner) is Grateful for all the support from friends.  Thanks to Tim was able to open for that long weekend and is still open and back in business.

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Scotch Whisky  Lounge opens its doors


Spending time in the  Scotch Whisky Lounge is fascinating.
So many bottles, so many shapes, so many subtle hues of colour, so many different origins, so many different types, interesting labels, interesting stories….and that’s all before you’ve even had a taste!   Spending time with Colleen McLaughlin in the Whiskey Lounge is a real treat – even for a non whiskey drinker like myself.  (Or perhaps I should amend that last statement –  having now had the opportunity to learn a little bit about whisky, and got the amazing variety of perfumes that escape as you open the top – I know that somewhere in Colleen’s amazing whisky collection, there is a whisky that would suit my particular taste buds perfectly.
The range of whisky on sale is based on Colleen’s personal whisky collection and is made up of mainly single malt Scotch whisky, along with Irish whiskey, and American Bourbon, but also includes Japanese and Taiwanese whisky.   (Incidentally the Japanese recently won an international award for the best single malt whisky in the world.)   Also in the collection is Bains Cape Mountain whisky – a South African whisky voted the world’s best grain whisky in 2013. Read more

Our rangers on Patrol

ICVC waterfall picts summer! That means good food, good company and, when in Clarens – stunning scenery. A walk along our trails will yield a veritable eye-feast of waterfalls, copious water containing streams, lush greenery, birds of every feather and impressive landscapes. Come and enjoy a hike or picnic in the reserve – guaranteed it will be well worth-it.

The above is an extract from the November 2014, CVC Report.   As informative as alwlays.  Click here to read the full report.




Plants found in the Clarens Village Nature Reserve

Boophane disticha tiffArticle and photograph by Damien Coulson
Head ranger
Clarens Village Nature Reserve

Greetings to all our Village plant enthusiasts.  This week we’re focusing on a member of theAmaryllidaceae (Amaryllis) family.

Boophone disticha (Bushmans Poison in English, Boesmansgif or Gifbol in Afrikaans & Leshoma in Sesotho) is a perennial geophyte which may grow to 600mm tall. This extremely toxic bulb grows in grassland and rocky areas, usually on hill slopes. B. disticha occurs from sea-level right through to 3000 m A.S.L, distributed throughout S.A. Boophone distich is both drought tolerant and frost resistant. This particular specimen was observed on the Kloof Mountain Trail; however additional sightings above Scilla Walk, Porcupine and the Sky Contour trails have been recorded. Please note (again) that this plant is both highly toxic to people and livestock.   Read more


Christmas 2

20 December 2014 Paphama Youth Development Christmas Party:  Tshepong Centre

It feels unbelievable that it is almost Christmas time again! As we get into the spirit of giving and sharing with our loved ones, we must reflect on how privileged we are to be surrounded by our precious family and friends, that we need to remind ourselves that there are little children who are affected by HIV do not have a Mom & a Dad to love & feel loved and this time of the year is a sad and desolate time for them. We cannot fill this void but we can ease their sadness by showering them with gifts and a fun filled day.    Contact Ntsebe Mofokeng @ 078 245 1709 during office hours.

Nena logo 15 -19 December:  Nena Small Child Development:
White & Black event 20 December:  White&Black Events Co. Launch
Annie Sloan 20 December, 2014 : Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Workshop
white Y black events 21 December, 2014: White&Black Braai Day
Nena logo 22-24 December Small child development Holiday program: Christmas
NG Kerk 24 December, 2014: Carols by Candlelight
Christmas 2
24 December/25 December 2014.
Christmas Eve Dinners And Christmas Lunch at various restaurants in and around Clarens.  (See Restaurant News below)
Annie Sloan 27 December, 2014: Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Workshop
Nena logo 29-31 December: Small child development Holiday Program: Old Year, New Year
Christmas 2  31 December 2014:   New Year’s Eve
Watch our facebook page for events.


Restaurant News

The following restaurants have indicated that they will be open on Christmas Day.

As we get their menues these will be uploaded onto our Events Page, but in the meantime, here are their telephone numbers so that you can be sure to have a table booked.

278 On Main:  0825565208   (278 Main Street) buffet lunch Click here to see the menu

Adamo Restaurant : 058 256 1212  (Protea Hotel) Click here to see the menu

Amigos Restaurant :   082 797 5079 (Main Street) Christmas dinner bookings essential

Artichoke:  058 256 1283 (Main Street)

Bon Appetit: 079 873 1318  (Rosemary Centre – Main Street)Click here to see the menu

Clementines: 058 256 1616/ 082 453 7060 not Christmas style 3 course meal.

Courtyard Cafe : 082 650 1503  (Oosthuizen/Main Street) Christmas dinner only on Christmas eve

Gosto: 082 416 3687 (On The Square Centre) Portuguese style dinner

Maluti Lodge: 058 256 1422/3   072 725 8549  (Steil Street)

Mont D’Or : 058 256 1272

The Lazy Gecko:  (Main Street): 061 405 8776 Breakfast/Lunch not Christmas style

The Trout & Mallard: 072 805 4448/058 255 0129 (Golden Gate Road) Click here to see the menu


Community News

Letter from the Clarens Ratepayers Association:Hi there,
With regard to Street Numbering, just a reminder that you should be making efforts to display your new street number on your property. Street numbering (as it is officially termed) has been on the cards since 2008 and has now been finalized and now brings Clarens into line with other towns across South Africa. Remember that your stand number is not changing, that will remain the same on Title Deeds and business documents, however, you will be required to advise your bankers and interested parties of your new street number. You will be required to produce proof of address in which case use your Municipal Account. Mail for Clarens is typically addressed to
Box Numbers, as we no longer have postal deliveries to properties, but of course the main reason for this change is to ensure that properties can more easily be located by emergency services and tourists and to conform with the rest of South Africa. Even although this change has been in the pipeline for more than 6 years, we understand the inconvenience which we will all have to bear, but it is for the greater good.

We wish you and your loved ones peace and happiness over the festive season.

Kind regards
Pat Raubenheimer
Clarens’ Ratepayers’ Association
058 256-1123/083 450-7070


Remember to have a look at our Classifieds page on the website.   An interesting new building block now manufactured in Clarens has just been listed.   You may also need to order your Christmas cake……..



Myosotis semiamplexicaulis (Forget-me-not)


Myosotis semiamplexicaulis. Plants found in the Clarens Village Nature Reserve
Myosotis semiamplexicaulis (Photo: D.Coulson)
Myosotis semiamplexicaulis. Plants found in the Clarens Village Nature Reserve
Myosotis semiamplexicaulis (Photo:D.Coulson)

Greetings to all our Village plant enthusiasts. Welcome to this weeks’ “bi-Weekly Plant of Interest”. This week we’re focusing on our first member of the Boraginaceae (Borage) family.

Myosotis semiamplexicaulis (Forget-me-not in English, Vergeet-my-nie in Afrikaans & sethutu in Sesotho) is a bushy herb which may grow to 600mm tall. This little bush prefers moist ground amongst scrub and often rock (near ravines or on well-shaded southern mountain slopes) with an altitudinal range of 1400 right through to 3000 m A.S.L.

The genus name Myosotis harks from 2 Greek words – myos meaning mouse and otis meaning ear, most likely referring to the characteristic petal shape. The species name likewise comprises 2 words – semi or “partial” and amplexicaulis or “stem grasping” in reference to the leaves at their basal point closest to the stem.

The leaves of M. semiamplexicaulis are alternate and roughly lanceolate, complete with fine short bristles. The inflorescence is much-branched and the flowers are blue-white with some even tinged pink. These flowers are small, measuring approximately 7 mm wide and the throat of each flower alternates white or yellow scales. Flowering occurs from Nov-Mar. Uses:


Who wouldn’t want these little guys as ground cover in their gardens? Planted near a fence or under a windowsill they give a garden a soft welcoming feel.

Traditional Uses

Used traditionally in medicines and in enhancing memory retention in young traditional healers.

Conservation Status

The SANBI conservation status for M. ampexicaulis is listed as DDT (Data Deficient – Taxonomically problematic . SANBI declares a species is DDT when taxonomic problems hinder the distribution range and habitat from being well defined, so that an assessment of risk of extinction is not possible).

Damien1-100x100Article and photographs by Damien Coulson

Head ranger: Clarens Village Nature Reserve

Clarens News: 5th December 2014


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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)

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