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Daniel Christen explores life in the country and discusses the advantages of the Riebeek Valley. He suggests one or two lifestyle retreats that are up for sale at the moment.
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Rain - we need more!
50mm fell in August which is a little more than fell in the same month last year. However it is well below the monthly average of 112mm. Occasionally we get above average rain in November - many remember 2009 when 188mm fell. Aside from this possibility we are unlikely to get much more rain before next April/May. Voelvlei dam is just over 60% full. At this time of the year it should be overflowing. So we should all conserve water in every way possible and it goes without saying that water restrictions will continue and may well get stricter.
Back to the curious case of the time that there was no electricity in the night in Riebeek Kasteel. The promised meeting took place at the Royal Hotel between a team from Eskom (lead by Mr Ockhuis who is customer relations manager for the Western Cape) and lively group of local Eskom customers. Eskom had been maintaining that problems were due to cable theft. The audience expressed incredulity that thieves could steal cable without killing themselves. Eskom explained the ingenious methods that were used to take the cable.1500 metres might be taken each night. The present hot spot lies beyond Kloovenburg on the road to Malmesbury. This crossed the border between Riebeek West and Malmesbury police. Though both of these forces are in the same cluster, they apparently do not liaise with each other which compounds law enforcement problems! Riebeek West police often do not know that there is a problem.
Although cable theft is a major problem Eskom admitted that much of the system was aging. "Cables in the town are very old," one said. There was no money in the budget for maintenance. So breakdowns do occur. Several of the audience complained that the Eskom call centre was disfunctional. This seems to be creating a lot of the problems and consumer fury. Eskom denied this but as we reported in the last issue the Royal Hotel phoned to be told that there had been no power outages in Riebeek Kasteel and that no one else had complained which was quite clearly not true. Eskom needs to look into this and rectify the problem.
Finally Eskom said that if customers suffered damages as a result of power surges they could submit a claim for damages. We under stand that Shawn Hewitt will be getting a supply of claim forms.
Watching films under the stars
A new open air cinema opens in Malmesbury in October. Films will be shown on the last Saturday of each month until March. Gates open at 6pm and between then and the start of the film at 7:45pm food and drink will be available from stalls run by local vendors. The promoters describe it as being the perfect night out for couples, friends and families. The cinema is being created on the Ou Bloues Rugby sports field. For further details call 0828659513 or email: email@example.com
Steam trains in the Riebeek Valley once more
The Ceres Rail Company ran a steam train from Ceres to Cape Town and back on August 27th. This was the first steam train to run down the main line for more than ten years. A detailed schedule of trips on Western Cape branch lines is now being prepared. This includes plans to run steam trains on the Porterville branch as far as Riebeek West!
The Ceres Rail Company aims to help preserve and promote South African rail heritage. This involves restoring and refurbishing old locomotives and coaches. So far the company has a Class 19D oil fired locomotive, named Jessica, a Class 19B locomotive, named Bailey, and the very famous locomotive known as the Red Devil. So far there are four coaches - historic dining and bar cars and two lounge cars.
Once the full programme is operating there should be a significant boost to tourism in the area. The picture shows the Ceres Railway Company train on its way from Ceres to Cape Town at the end of August 2016. The train has just passed through Hermon station.
Sparky produced the above work between 2004 and 2015 when he died. It is a detailed view of Riebeek Kasteel from a platform above his house in Esterhof. As new buildings were constructed Sparky added them to his work. The picture is currently on display at the tourist office. Ways are being sought of promoting the picture so that benefit may accrue to Sparky's heirs.
The Mazda MX5 Club held a rally in Riebeek Kasteel on August 28th
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