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This month Daniel asks how much a property is worth as well as giving details of some interesting properties currently on the market.
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- AMENDMENT OF THE SPATIAL DEVELOPMENT FRAMEWORK FOR THE SWARTLAND MUNICIPALITY
- REBATE ON PROPERTY RATES ONLY APPLICABLE ON RESIDENTIAL PROPERTIES
- CLEANLINESS OF ERVEN
- AMENDED LEVEL 2 WATER RESTRICTIONS
8mm fell in December and 3mm in January. The average annual rain fall in the years 2002 to 2016 was just under 700mm
Cricket thriller - Riebeek Kasteel take their revenge!
The annual cricket match between Riebeek Kasteel and Riebeek West was held on December 26th. Last year Riebeek Kasteel were soundly beaten. This year Riebeek West scored 131 runs for 9 wickets off their allotted 30 overs. Riebeek Kasteel then scored the same number of runs with one ball remaining. Nicholas Wickham hit the last ball for four securing the match for Riebeek Kasteel.
Go Kart Derby
After several postponements the Go kart Derby will be held on March 25th. The theme this year is The Great Gatsby and there'll be prizes for the best dressed karts, drivers and spectators. Karts will start from a point just above Fontein Street. For dare devils there will be a separate course from the top of Hoof Street after 1pm. So, if you haven't got a kart, start building now!
Just a reminder to all parents with children who are weekly boarders in Paarl and Stellenbosch schools that the shuttle is available to collect children on Friday from their various schools and bring them home. The bus does a return trip on Sunday afternoons and notifies parents once their children are delivered safely.
The bus, which is a 16 seater, upmarket and safe, stops at various points along the return trip to drop off children at designated points. More information is available on these points on our website www.theflyingsquirrel.co.za. The cost for a one way trip to and from Paarl is R250 per child.
Look after your dogs!
Valley folk can be strange. Many profess love of animals, support the SPCA and look after their dogs but then.... We have come across increasing numbers of healthy looking dogs wandering about the Villages at random with no sign of owners. This is dangerous and it easy for dogs to be run over particularly at night. The animal shown appeared at The Red Tin Roof. The picture was featured on Facebook and we hope that the animal has now been reunited with his/her owner. We can only issue a plea - if you have a dog make sure that you know where it is at all times!
Judging by random conversations and posts on Facebook people seem to have been taken by surprise by the new four way stop at the junction of Bloem and van Riebeeck Streets in Riebeek Kasteel. Perhaps things will be clearer to one and all now that the appropriate white lines have been painted on the roads.
This reminds us that additional signs lines etc do not necessarily make for a safer driving environment. Over use of road signage and instructions tends to confuse drivers. Additionally if drivers observe that a regulation is not necessary they tend to ignore the regulation. Thus the authority of all road signs can be undermined and this is dangerous. We suggest that there should be a survey of all Valley four way stops to see if they are really necessary.
And on the R311, where traffic constantly speeds (particularly at night) and there is a need to slow it down, there are no traffic calming measures at all. Complaints to the Provincial Road Authority have fallen on deaf ears.
UNTIL FEBRUARY 28TH - Summertide art exhibition at the Gallery
FEBRUARY 11TH - 18km hike along Riebeeksrivier Road from Brambleberry Farm at 5:45am
FEBRUARY 14TH - SPCA Clinic Vygie Street, Esterho
FEBRUARY 16TH - SPCA Clinic corner Solomonse/ Waterkant Streets Riebeek West
MARCH 4TH - Nibs van der Spey in concert at Hoof St Conceptual at 8pm
MARCH 5TH - Dave Reynolds & Pops Mohammed in concert at Hoof Street Conceptual at 6pm
MARCH 25TH - Go Kart Derby, Hoof St, Riebeek Kasteel from 9am
We are sad to note that the entrance to the view point on Bothmanskloof Pass has been blocked off. This is popular with visitors since a good view of the Valley can be obtained from here. The view point was bought from the municipality by Kloovenburg some years ago so we wrote to them to ask the reason for the closure. At time of distribution of this newsletter we had not received a reply.
Riebeek Kasteel Square
Various people have told us that there is money available to start work on upgrading the square in Riebeek Kasteel. At the moment nothing much seems to be happening for "political" reasons we understand. We are nor entirely clear as to the nature of any work that may be carried out but we have heard the view that all parking should be banned. If parking is to be restricted alternatives must be provided (Today - a Thursday at midday, by no means the busiest time of the week, we counted 26 cars parked on the square. ) The obvious place is the land opposite the new church. On the top part terraces have already been created. The field below should also be made suitable for parking. Work done here or elsewhere should be completed before work starts on the square.
Eat Out Awards
The 2017 Eat Out Guide to the 500 best restaurants in South Africa has just been published. Included are Mama Cucina and the Royal Hotel.
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