26 July 2012

Hello Napier

The Soapbox
Today our “Napier Natter” banner reflects what we are soon to experience. The skies are crystal clear, the wheat is getting taller, the canola is on the brink of bursting into full bloom, and soon the Overberg will be dressed in glorious colour.
It’s almost enough to make one forget the cold!

The letter from Madeline and Julian Reed regarding the protection of wildlife in the Napier area, and the impact our pets sometimes have on this wildlife, elicited a good response from the Natter readers. In the same vein, I would like to highlight the issue of the Gymnogene’s – or Harrier Hawks as they are now known (Kaalwangvalk in Afrikaans) that have made this area their home.

It seems as if not everyone is happy about this and claims are being made that they are being shot by local inhabitants. Although they are not an endangered species, the shooting of these birds, as with most wildlife, is prohibited. All raptors are protected by law, i.e. they may not be disturbed, or killed. Shooting of a raptor is allowed only when a permit has been issued, and this happens very rarely. Eddie Kisane was telling me that a pair of Gymnogene’s made a nest high up in the tree close to his home and he could see 3 chicks in the nest. Then one day the mother simple disappeared and the three chicks were left to starve to death – they were far too high up in the tree to rescue. It is likely the mother was shot and killed. Raptors, like the Gymnogene, feed on birds and small mammals and they do go for small chickens which is often why they are targeted and shot – but this is the way of Nature and if folks care properly for their chickens, losses can be minimized. This bird serves an important purpose in that it helps control the population of the “bosduiwe” as well as the common starlings.

Many people enjoy hunting and shooting raptors for sport, often justified by the belief that these birds kill livestock. In fact, very few birds of prey are large enough to injure an animal as large as a lamb, let alone kill it. Most often the stock is killed by some other cause and a raptor may fly in to eat the carrion. There are very few eye-witness accounts of raptors killing domestic stock. When this does occur, it is often a result of unnatural destruction of the local food source, thus forcing the bird to look elsewhere.

Adult raptors have few predators apart from man and may live for 20 to 30 years. In common with other long-lived species, raptors have a slow breeding rate and a high mortality among young birds. Approximately one-quarter of raptors survive their first year, and only half of these will reach maturity and raise their own young. When adult survival drops as a result of poisoning and hunting, the population of the affected species will be drastically reduced.

Should you have any first hand information on anyone killing these or any wild raptors, please let the local conservation officials know so steps can be taken.

In response to “Shining a light on the community” (Napier Natter 6 Jul 2012)
Ove Scheuble writes:
“About the illumination of the clock faces in the steeple. Let me clarify something. The article in the latest Natter states It is worthwhile noting that the clock is linked to the local electricity grid and when there is a power outage the clock stops. That in turn is linked to the lights and so if the clock time is way out, the lights will switch on and off at odd hours.

It is merely the timer of the lights (and the lights themselves) that are linked to the electricity supply. So in the past when the power supply was interrupted the timer reset itself and the lights came on at inappropriate times. Good news that JC Barry fixed that up. The mechanism driving the hands of the 4 clock faces is a beautiful 1927 mechanical clockwork powered by a weight that descends inside the steeple. Good solid, beautiful mechanical engineering but it predates automatic temperature compensation. That is why an expert needs to adjust the length of the pendulum to ensure accurate time-keeping with seasonal changes in temperature. It is that mechanism that is now being tended by Louis Nigirini. The man who has the demanding task of winding our clock (raising the weight) is friendly Bill Coen. “

On a high note:
Sometimes people move to our village without many of us even knowing they are here. It recently came to my attention that we have a renowned opera singer living in our midst and thought I would share a little background.

Her name is Joan Wilken and will soon be taking up residence at the Napier Retirement Village, along with her friend, retired architect, Rika Van Rooyen.
Joan has a degree in Music from Wits University as well as a teacher’s diploma from RAU. She studied singing with the famous Nellie du Toit as well as with Rodolfo Mele in London. She received a Special Nederburg Opera Prize for role of Konstanze in Mozart's Il Seraglio and sang roles in productions of Marriage of Figaro by Mozart, Orff's Carmina Burana as well as oratoriums like Handel's Messiah and Bach's St Matthew Passion.
Her repertoire also includes operetta, musicals and light popular music. Joan taught music at both Potchefstroom University and Jan van Riebeeck High School, where she also trained the choir. We welcome you to Napier!

A thoughtless act.
This contribution from Helen Berry.
“My 2 children made a disturbing discovery when we visited our small holding this morning. Someone has buried their lamb in my tiny “forest” bordering the river on River road. It is a very shallow grave for the poor lamb, and my children were very upset to discover a little hoof sticking out of the ground. I do not have animals running on my land, so I have no idea who the unfortunate lamb belongs to. Could you please include a note, in the Natter, to the anonymous owner, that decomposing lambs and young children do not go together?”

Acts of kindness should not go unnoticed, so here are the necessary acknowledgements – Lindy Warren
A brickbat to Constant and Ulrich on changing the flat tyre belonging to a visitor on 5 July. The lady had no idea that she was “running on the rim” when stopped by Constant and together the chaps of Napier duly changed the tyre.

This is not the first, some 2 months ago the team included Andre, Rudi and others when a caravan lost its wheel in Sarel Cilliers Street. The travellers, from our area had just set off on their caravanning holiday when the wheel broke off and careened down the street. Well done chaps, you make us very proud.

On another track
Thank you to the residents that afford lifts to Napierians between Napier and Bredasdorp. The taxi charge is R20 one way and this is unaffordable for most.

Napier Car Pool Service has been set up. Need to travel to Cape Town, Somerset West or Hermanus or maybe have something dropped off? Under the banner of Lifts offered and Lifts wanted, your details are recorded and where possible matched. Destinations are likely to be central, such as the CBD or en route – and thus reaching your destination in Kalk Bay or Blouberg will see you using city links. Travel costs do apply and will be defined by destination and aimed at serving the community while assisting the drivers.
Call in at Napier Media House and record your details. 028 423 3834

Lift required to CT on 4 August – 1 passenger
Lift required from CT 15 August – 1 passenger

SAARP Napier Social 31 July 2012. Warwick Trust presents on their free services to SAARP members on Wills and Estates at Napier Retirement Village @10h00.
Robin Brizony and her team will take instructions on drafting/updating your will and will be on site until 15h00. SAARP membership is free, club membership R50 per year.
Contact Lindy SAARP social secretary on 028 423 3834

SAARP Napier is joining SAARP Hermanus on an outing to Eagles Rest on 16 August 2012. R60 including lunch. Booking with payment essential by 9 August.
Contact Lindy 028 423 3834.

Patatfees 2013
Patatfees 2013 got off to a good start last week with a fruitful first meeting at Pascal’s. Thanks to all who attended and for all the input. We look forward to updating you with a lot more detail in the next Napier Natter!

7de Laan in Napier
A "7 de Laan" fund raising morning is to be held at the NG Kerk Hall from 9.30am on the 4th August. Proceeds will go towards the Anél Fourie fund. As on the TV 'soapie' 7de Laan, there will be a deli, butcher, 'Oppie Koffie' coffee shop, book shop as well as a jewellery and clothing boutique. At 10.30 there will be a demonstration at the butcher and at 11.30 at the Deli. All visitors most welcome.

Live Music evening @ The Suntouched Inn
Trip-jas will be performing live at Suntouched Inn on Saturday 28th July at 8.00pm.
Entrance R20 per person

Napier Overberg on Facebook
It is really nice to see the Napier/Overberg Facebook page at full speed again – promoting the town and local events to the world in a positive and funky way - and the photographs are awesome!
If you have not visited in a while, do so!

Ponder this ...
Every man dies. Not every man really lives. - William Wallace

More useless facts ...

  • A dentist invented the Electric Chair.
  • Nutmeg is extremely poisonous if injected intravenously - it can kill you.
  • The tiny poison arrow frog has enough poison to kill over 2200 people!
  • Statistically you are more likely to be killed by a champagne cork than by the bite of a poisonous spider.
  • Cockroaches can live for nine days without their heads, at which point they die of starvation.
  • On average, right-handed people live 9 years longer than their left-handed counterparts.
  • The leading cause of deaths for children between the ages of 1 and 4 are motor vehicle crashes. (USA and Europe)

Any upcoming events or issue's the village should be aware of?
Please let the Napier Natter have the details for inclusion in the next edition. Email us at info@napier.co.za

Until next time

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