30 August 2012
It’s that time of year again! Many of us are
walking around, sniveling, with runny noses, swollen
eyes – all indications that the canola is in
full bloom once again. Low flying planes are also
in evidence, a reminder that crop spraying is also
taking place – something else adding to the
upper respiratory tract irritation. But all of this
is bearable simply because it heralds the imminent
arrival of SPRING! Many visitors are left breathless
(sometimes literally) by the beauty of the Overberg
at this time of year. It is truly a time of renewal.
And that goes for the town itself. One sees many a
home getting a fresh coat of paint, many a garden
replanted and a spring in the step of many a resident
Businesses in town also go through an annual rebirth
at this time of year. The local OK is stocked like
never before, Gunners has a new owner…and a
new look! The old “Good Food Café’
has a new coat of paint and a new name – we
all wait in anticipation to see what ‘Wild Thyme’
brings to our village. Pascal’s of Napier is
in the process of setting up a new cocktail lounge
and wine bar and refurbishing the “back room”,
Reneesance is moving back to the main house with a
gorgeous looking garden taking shape and the hotel
is about to re-launch, offering visitors and residents
a whole new experience. Dave from Dave’s Country
Kitchen is moving off to Struisbaai around mid September
to offer fresh fish and chips to all and sundry and
the Red Windmill will continue the tradition of an
eatery, deli and nursery all under one roof. As we
slowly pack away the winter blankets, tentatively
try on last years short pants and revel in the warm
sunshine, let’s take a moment to remember how
lucky we are to have so much choice in our little
village of Napier.
Oh…and tonight’s a blue moon. I am told
it is quite unusual- to have two full moons in one
calendar month – and when it happens, the second
is referred to as a “Blue moon”. Therefore
the saying “Once in a Blue Moon” - a rare
Anna Chadwick says…Thank you for latest Natter……..
I'm still laughing at Frank's hilarious doggie barking
competition … I'm afraid that our family includes
a "two block's away barker". Sorry Napier!
Mark Smith re the Gymnogene article:
“I agree, the Natter is certainly informative
and often amusing. Please will you help me with some
information on the shooting of birds of prey. I remember
the article and meant to follow up and offer help.
I am a fan of wild birds and am very willing to assist
with removing of snares, patrolling of areas where
the birds are being shot and any other help that is
If anyone has any info regarding the above request,
please let the Natter know and I will pass it on to
Monique Bentall re the alcohol abuse article in
the last Natter:
Marah Project Update
“Once again thank you for an interesting and
informative Napier Natter, which I always wait for
I would like to add to your Soap Box article. I have
the privilege, so I thought, to have one of the loveliest
Victorian homes on the main street of Napier, situated
next door to Saver’s Lane and the local bottle
store. I bought my home some 7 years ago, after having
a home in ‘Tamatie Kraal’ for 2 years.
The house was viewed on a Sunday and at that stage,
I did not frequent the main road, so had no idea of
what awaited me.
It has been, to say the least, a difficult road I’ve
had to walk with the “main” patrons of
the bottle store next door. Many residents had negative
comments about my “ugly, unsightly fence”
when I erected it. Little do they know what it’s
like living next door to a bottle store? I have had
my entire fence on the bottle store side broken, I
have had abuse thrown at me when I’ve asked
patrons to move on, and have had to phone the police
on an almost daily basis to remove patrons who have
either fallen over drunk and are defecating and urinating
directly through or on my fence. A lot of these patrons
are women with children who are totally unperturbed
by their parents behavior, As this behavior is often
all they know, they will doubt also be patrons in
a few years from now.
These people congregate outside the bottle store from
08:30am until 6:00pm when the bottle store closes.
The owner rarely if ever comes out to ask them to
move on, and they are served alcohol whether they
are sober or in a drunken stupor, unable to walk.
For me this is indeed a moral issue - these people
are drinking the cheapest wine available - I’m
sure often toxic in the quantities they consume.
I now hear that a new “off sales” will
be opening in September. This then is a total of two
bottle stores and a wine shop on the main road, two
bottle stores in Nuwerus - and this does not include
the illegal establishments that sell alcohol. Do we
honestly need so many bottle stores in this town?
Thanks from the Marah project.
Thank you to all those kind folk who have dropped off
wrapping paper, ribbon and lovely ‘goodies’
with which to fill our gift boxes for older people at
Christmas. We are very grateful for all the donations.
Thank you also to those who are helping financially
towards the purchase of chocolates to make these gift
A big thank you to Mark & Steven at PASCALS for
receiving and storing the goods donated so far. Your
help and support is much appreciated.
Should anyone want more information about the project,
please call me, Jenny, on 028 423 3439.
A watchful eye
Napier Framework in place for Effective
A skeleton framework is in place for an effective
neighbourhood watch routine in Napier. Metaphorically
speaking it is rather akin to a LEGO assembly
– okay, okay, for those of you who go
back a bit longer – let’s say,
akin to a Meccano structure. Wow! Remember
You can construct, deconstruct and move…
take a “bridge” from here and
put it over there where it will be more effective,
build new “roads” where needed
and then sit back and watch a plan come together.
Get the idea?
The plan is not cast in stone, it is pliable
and positively flexible to adapt to input
from any one or all residents of the town.
Then, for those who are committed to an existing
community-watch structure and want to continue
their dedication in that manner they can maintain
contact with Jacobus Gabriels on 073 22 81
998. This plan does not intrude on any existing
structure. It is designed to put an all-encompassing
successful surveillance “watch”
system in place.
There will be no marching around in the middle
of the night. Suspicious behaviour is not
confronted head-on but reported to the SAPS.
Central to the overall plan is an alert and
ever-watchful populace in a village ingeniously
divided into manageable areas [currently seven
of them]. Each area resorts under an “area
representative”. Each street has a “street
representative” who reports to the area
representative. All homes in a given street
report to the “street representative”.
The area representative reports to an overall
“co-ordinator” who, in turn, reports
to the South African Police Services through
the Community Police Forum and any other umbrella
body concerned with the overall wellbeing
of the town.
Three of the [initial] seven “area representatives”
needed are already in place. Others are being
sought as we write this. The area representatives
will canvass their respective areas for street
representatives. Get it; the LEGO blocks –
the metal strips, plates, angle girders, wheels,
axles and gears, with nuts and bolts of the
Meccano set – are being put into place.
The plan now being positioned has resulted
from the work of a concerned group under the
chairmanship of Mr Peter Borgstrom. The group
next meets on September 5 and all who read
this or become aware of the plan are invited
to submit comment to the area representatives.
Here follows a list of names of the area representatives
already in place. More information, for instance,
the final boundaries of the “areas”,
additional area representatives will follow
as and when these become available:
Area 1. Tamatiekraal, Neville
Cowan, 37 Krag Street, Telephone 028 423 3669,
Cell 082 95 58 670, email, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Area 2. Central town bounded
by Sarel Cilliers, Church/Kerk, Protea and
Kort Streets, [still to be indicated]
Area 3. Bounded by Hoog,
Kuys, Grobbelaar, Plein, Steyn and Church
Streets, Patrick Seeton, 6 Plein Street, Telephone
028 423 3865, Cell 072 44 33 571 email email@example.com.
Area 4. Bounded by Sarel
Cilliers, Bodorp, Reservoir, Cecil, Plein,
Grobbelaar, Kuys Streets, John Macdonald,
12 Plein Street, Telephone 028 423 3439, Cell
073 11 96 816 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Area 5. Bounded by Sarel
Cilliers, Rooilaan, Hillside, Reservoir, Bodorp
[still to be indicated]
Area 6. Bounded by River
Road to furthest extent, Reservoir, Hillside,
Rooilaan to intersection with Sarel Cilliers
[still to be indicated]
Area 7. Town centre again
[abutting Area 2], bounded by, Sarel Cilliers,
Kort, Hertzog, West [still to be indicated].
Remember, a neighbour can get to you first.
Keep your eyes peeled.
• Information compiled and distributed
by Patrick Seeton, 6 Plein Street, Telephone
028 423 3865, Cell 072 44 33 571 email email@example.com.
This article will be made available in Afrikaans.
The Caledon Country Fair takes place from 7th to 9th
September, starting at 13h00 to 17h00 on Friday; Saturday
09:00 to 17h00, Sunday 09h00 to 14h00.
This will be held in the beautiful, rugged Caledon
Wild Flower Garden set against the backdrop of the
imposing “Venster” Rock and surrounding
mountain range. Fair entrance: R30 adults R10 children,
under 6 years free
As Caledon is a farming town, this is a fair with
a FARM FEEL and COUNTRY LIFE exhibited in all its
- Flower Tent, artistically displaying
Fynbos scenes and artistic layouts
- Farm produce stalls, selling all the
bounty of the surrounding area:
- Stone ground wheat; Olives; Honey;
Lavender; Goats cheese; Dairy products; preserves
and jams; biltong; Herbs; dried and fresh fruit/vegetables
- Fynbos varieties; Various trees and
garden plants on sale
- Food stalls, again offering the Boerekos,
Cape Malay influence; and heritage delicacies
- Arena with on-going events, such as:
- Sheep shearing display
- Dog obedience and skills
- Energetic Xhosa dancers
- Slithery Snake show
- In the Flower tent an Eagle encounters
show for Raptor enthusiasts
- Children will have a Fun Fantasy section
all to themselves
- Petting zoo for children to learn
about; touch and experience.
- To keep the young bulls occupied,
there will be paintball battles (Fee additional to
- Tractor parade and vintage cars from
Villiersdorp, to see up close and personal.
- Local artists are holding an interactive
Art workshop/exhibition and competition
- Crafts on show and for sale- pottery;
leatherwork; beautiful Quilts on display from Riviersonderend
- Refreshment tent with the wine tasting
where one can sit, eat, and charge the batteries under
- Some Fast/slow foods to lunch on while
strolling around, or making it a picnic in one of
the garden’s Lapas away from the crowd.
- Christian Motorbike Association (CMA),
Boland Chapter ending off the week-end with a combined
worship service in a tent.
Muncipality Update – 22 Aug.
Water problems in Napier
The problems with water provision in Napier
were caused by the pump at borehole 9 used
in conjunction with borehole 10. Initially
it was thought that the water problems were
caused by leakages within the network and
a leak detection company was contracted but
they found no leakages. Borehole 9 was then
found to operate below capacity and was sent
for repairs. Unfortunately the pumps at boreholes
6, 8 and 15 were already removed for maintenance.
The Municipality went to Riversdal to get
these pumps and re-installed boreholes 6 and
8 last night, with bore hole 15 re-installed
this morning. The reservoirs were taken out
of operation to get water in the network as
soon as possible. Borehole 9 will be cleaned
and its equipment will be sent for repairs.
Certain areas are suffering from low pressure
due to air in the network. If you still experience
problems, please do not hesitate to contact
the Municipality. We apologise for any inconvenience
but trust that you will appreciate that unforeseen
problems do occur and that the Municipality
endeavoured to repair the problem as soon
Draft Housing Administration Policy
Cape Agulhas Municipality is presently awaiting
comment on the draft housing administration
policy, which is available for public scrutiny
at all municipal offices and libraries, as
well as on the website www.capeagulhas.com
The draft housing administration policy describes
the integrated approach to human settlement
development, housing database, housing allocation
policy, pre-emptive right, as well as regulating
informal settlements, land invasion and evictions
from land. The public and interested and affected
parties are invited to provide comment or
input on the proposed policy no later than
21 September 2012.
RECYCLING & SAFE DISPOSAL OF ENERGY SAVING
GLOBES (CFLs) & BATTERIES IN NAPIER
Napier Residents’ Association was asked some
time ago to look into providing the means of safe
disposal of various items including the above. After
investigating several options, all of which proved
infeasible due to our distance from a major centre,
Woolworths have kindly donated one of their very neat
recycling bins, with separate containers for both
items, for use in Napier. This has been placed in
the Agri and we urge you to make use of it. The contents
of the bin will be removed periodically and taken
to Woolworths in Hermanus, where they will be picked
up for safe disposal.
Please note that CFLs should preferably be placed
in the bin in their boxes
(either save these when you buy the globes or use
the boxes from the replacements). If you don’t
have the box, wrap the globe carefully in a plastic
bag. It is important that the globes do not break
in the disposal process.
All CFLs contain varying amounts of mercury (the cheaper
versions contain more than the more expensive ones)
and should not be deposited in dump sites as this
leads to the mercury leaching into the soil and ultimately
into the ground water. Items containing mercury have
to be enclosed in concrete to prevent leaching.
Most batteries of any kind (including rechargeable)
contain heavy metals and should not be disposed of
with general household waste for the reasons stated
Trivial Q & A
(Answers at bottom of page)
- Which entertainer who has so far sold a magical 40 million tickets holds the record of grossing
more than any other solo entertainer in history with over $3 billion?
- Although it is erroneously believed that it was built as a teaching tool for students to understand 3D objects,
its real purpose was solving the problem of moving its parts independently without the mechanism falling apart.
- What architectural term originated from the 16th century after Renaissance revived Classical construction and
created a perception of past styles as a product of barbarous tribal cultures?
- Who is the 1st century BC Roman architect who wrote that the figure of a man can be inscribed both in a
circle and a square in his best known work De architectura?
- Following a famous crime, the United States Congress adopted a statute in 1932 that was
dubbed the Lindbergh Law. The legislation made what act a federal offense?
- What was the end result of Operation Neptune Spear conducted by the CIA in 2011?
- What substance is the most used man-made material in the world?
- In the NATO phonetic alphabet, name the two dances that are used to represent a couple of letters?
- Citizens of Switzerland are prohibited from serving in any foreign army with what notable exception?
- While recovering from wounds received in World War I,
Dewitt Wallace had the idea to gather a sampling of articles from various
publications; this resulted in the birth of what popular magazine?
If you are still amazed by something
you accomplished yesterday then today has
been a waste. – Anon
Integrity - When you do the right
thing even though no one is watching. –
Work out your own salvation. Do not
depend on others. – Buddha
Random Acts of Lunacy submitted by Jeremy Impey
A man who shovelled snow for an hour to clear a space for his car during a blizzard in Chicago returned with his vehicle to find a woman had taken the space. Understandably, he shot her.
After stopping for drinks at an illegal bar, a Zimbabwean bus driver found that the 20 mental patients he was supposed to be transporting from Harare to Bulawayo had escaped. Not wanting to admit his incompetence, the driver went to a nearby bus stop and offered everyone waiting there a free ride. He then delivered the passengers to the mental hospital, telling the staff that the patients were very excitable and prone to bizarre fantasies. The deception wasn't discovered for 3 days.
An American teenager was in the hospital yesterday recovering from serious head wounds received from an oncoming train. When asked how he received the injuries, the lad told police that he was simply trying to see how close he could get his head to a moving train before he was hit.
A mother took her daughter to the Doctor and asked him to give her an examination to determine the cause of her daughter's swollen abdomen. It only took the doctor about 2 seconds to say "Your daughter is pregnant." The mother turned red with fury and she argued with the Doctor that her daughter was a good girl and would never compromise her reputation by having sex with a boy. The doctor faced the window and silently watched the horizon. The mother became enraged and screamed, "Quit looking out the window! Aren't you paying attention to me?" "Yes, of course I am paying attention ma'am. It's just that the last time this happened, a star appeared in the East, and three wise men came. I was hoping that they would show up again."
When his 38-calibre revolver failed to fire at its intended victim during a hold-up in Long Beach, California, would be robber James Elliot did something that can only inspire wonder: He peered down the barrel and tried the trigger again. This time it worked.
A passenger in a taxi tapped the driver on the shoulder to ask him something. The driver screamed, lost control of the cab, nearly hit a bus, drove up over the curb, and stopped just inches from a large plate glass window. For a few moments everything was silent in the cab, then the driver said, "Please, don't ever do that again. You scared the daylights out of me." The passenger, who was also frightened, apologized and said he didn't realize that a tap on the shoulder could frighten him so much, to which the driver replied, "I'm sorry, it's really not your fault at all. Today is my first day driving a cab. I have been driving a hearse for the last 25 years."
Trivial Q & A - Answers
- David Copperfield, Magician
- Rubik's Cube
- Kidnapping - after the kidnapping of the Lindbergh baby
- Death of Osama Bib Laden
- Tango and Foxtrot
- The Vatican
- Readers Digest