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This month Daniel discusses renovations to houses and the thorny issue of evicting tenants. A few (stunning as usual) wildlife pictures are added for good measure.
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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 3 WATER RESTRICTIONS
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 11th - Rocco de Villiers at Die Bruid Die Pixie en Die Vaalhond at 7pm
MARCH 12TH - Cat at Groenrivier at 6pm
MARCH 25TH - Go Kart Derby, Hoof St, Riebeek Kasteel from 9am
APRIL 23rd - Exhibition Hannetjie de Clercq and Van Wessels
MAY 6TH AND 7TH - Olive Festival
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Go Kart Derby
A reminder - 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. This is a community event and help is needed.
- 500 straw bales have to be delivered from Porterville to Riebeek Kasteel on 23 March. These bales will be sold for R5 each after the event.
- 15 marshals and 3 timekeepers are needed on the 25th. No experience necessary. (If you've always wanted to wave the chequered flag - now's your chance! )
Organiser, Yvette Puchert says: "This day is for you and everyone in our community, let's make it fabulous. For more information on how you can help phone 083 441 2083 or go to Riebeek Valley Go-Kart Derby on Facebook.".
There was really no rain in February. The 1mm recorded reflects a few drops which fell early one morning. By the time most people awoke there was no sign of any moisture. The ground is bone dry. The risk of fire is ever present so be very careful. More stringent water restrictions are now in place and tariffs are once again being increased. We have heard that the increased tariffs are having a negative effect on businesses such as those staging weddings when a lot of water can be used. They are beginning to re-consider the viability of running such events. See official notices for details.
Housing Development for Elderly in Riebeek West
A new housing development - Silver Oaks - has been announced. It is designed for the elderly. There will be twelve secure units. The chosen site lie adjacent to Huis Bergsig in Riebeek West and thus frail care and medical facilities will be available to the residents in the new development. Pets will be allowed. It is described as a green development - solar geysers with battery and/or solar connections for some lights will be used. Additionally storm water will be collected in a dam and used for watering gardens, cleaning cars, and so forth. Those interested will be asked to sign a contract covering the purchase of a plot, building contract to an approved design and membership of the home owners association. Building will then take place over the next year or so with owners making regular payments to cover costs. The land must be re-zoned before development can start in later this year.
With an aging population there is a continuing need for this sort of development. However the initial contracts will need to be carefully drafted due to the length of time it will take to complete the work. Problems could arise if any of the prospective home owners, or indeed the developer, are unable to see the project through to completion.
Contact John Coetzee, who lives in Riebeek Kasteel, on 076 454 4065 if you would like further details.
ACVV Sets Out to Achieve New Goals.
We think that most local people if asked what ACVV does would say that they are an Afrikaans organisation which looks after the needs of the elderly and infirm. They might comment on the excellent work being done in Riebeek West and Kasteel citing frail care facilities, sheltered housing, meal service and clinics as examples.
So we were interested to learn, at a recent meeting, that ACVV was set up after the Boer War, when conditions in many places were dire, to help uplift the whole community and not just the elderly. In the light of this the committee that runs ACVV in Riebeek Kasteel are looking at ways of expanding the role of the organisation in the Valley.
A lengthy discussion took place. Some of the topics covered included:
- Making the organisation more representative of the whole community
- Placing more emphasis on helping those other than the elderly such as children, the poor in Riebeek Kasteel as well as Esterhof, combating, loneliness and so on.
- Achieving more co-operation between the ACVV organisations in Riebeek Kasteel and Riebeek West
- Fund raising so that targets can be met. Special mention was made of the re-cycling scheme and the charity shop.
You may have ideas on what ACVV could/should be doing in which case do get in touch. In the first instance contact Gloudine Kellerman on 0224481715 or email her at email@example.com
There have been problems since some people are putting out refuse for collection in advance of the day on which it is due to be collected. Bags of unattended rubbish get attacked by dogs and other animals and the poor are liable to scavenge for items that might be useful. As a result of these activities stuff gets hurled about in all directions which is highly undesirable. So please do not put out rubbish until the morning of the day when it is due to be collected. If you are throwing out items that might be useful to others place them separately where they can be seen. Otherwise:
- use wheely bins if possible.
- make use of the re-cycling bins in both Riebeek West and Kasteel. ACVV also have a re-cycling scheme and the money raised goes to help the needy in the community.
We received this delightful note from the doctor's wife during the month - very much a reflection of living in the country. In our experience many urban doctors do not function on Saturdays and emergencies are referred to a covering service of some description. This is just one of the advantages of living in a place like this. She wrote:
"Tomorrow is, Saturday and the practice will be open between 09h00-12h00. We work on a "first-come-first-served" basis as usual. Do me a favour and check out the aches and pains as far as possible so that I can "borrow" the doc for some DIY at home. Doc might pitch up for emergencies looking VERY informal."
We are told that maintenance work will soon start on Riebeek West Town Hall. This structure has been deteriorating for years so we hope that this involves some serious work and not just a lick of paint here and there.
The annual Riebeek Cellars grape stomp was held at the end of February
For years there have been requests for traffic calming measures in Riebeek Kasteel. These have all been ignored, rejected, or turned down for one reason or another. Now, low and behold, the first speed hump has appeared outside the school. Is it the first of several we wonder? And what about the R311 where speed calming measures are desperately needed?
This structure has appeared opposite the Church Hall in Riebeek Kasteel. Various suggestions (not all of them printable) have been made as to what it might be used for. In fact, we understand that it is being built to house a new gym.
Mama Cucina has been selected by Eat Out Magazine as being one of the best Italian restaurants in the country. They say:
Reliable fare continues to keep locals and tourists happy. Go for a popular wood-fired pizza, with delicious toppings like bacon, goat’s cheese and sun-dried tomatoes, or a chalkboard special of prawn-and-saffron risotto, or artichoke ravioli with creamy basil sauce. Portions are generous, with the focus on warm hospitality
Captain Madjiet who is now in charge of the police station in Riebeek West
Last month we mentioned that the entrance to the view point on Bothmanskloof Pass had been blocked. It is still blocked and we have not received notification as to why this is so.
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