23 September 2011
in a fast moving technological age where things change at such a
pace, it’s almost impossible to keep up. We have the internet,
i-pods, i-pads, social networks like Facebook, Twitter, Tweets, Blue
tooth, Blackberry’s. The whole world around us is in constant flux,
speedily evolving, ever changing, There’s the Arab Spring in the
near East, the debt crisis in Europe, (especially Greece), the youth
running riot in London and Athens. We here in Napier have not been
spared change in our little village either. So many of us yearn for
the good old days when safety and security was taken totally for
granted, but those days are gone and there can be no moving
backwards. All we can do is to make sure we are vigilant and arm
ourselves with the information at hand so as to meet these new
challenges head on.
At the residents meeting at Grobbelaar Hall
last week, two issues became very apparent:
1) Many people
who live in Napier know little or nothing of what really happens in
2) A lot of residents see Nuwerus as an
entity far removed from their every day reality.
Both of these issues will have to be
seriously addressed if we are to find lasting solutions to the new
ill’s that pervade our lives and our thoughts. The Napier Natter
commits to help to address these problems in any way it
Eddie Cassani says…
Please note that police
officers will be patrolling on foot from 12 to 7am on random nights.
Dee Robinson says:
‘While we are
waiting for formal Watches to be established, why don’t volunteers
from each street in Napier be proactive and get out there and
compile lists of names and addresses of people in their street’s –
as well as those who are incapacitated, who are weekenders, full
timers, etc. ‘
Don’t wait for someone else to do it
– get out there!
Urgent – Do not accept
free key holders at service stations – some have tracking devices by
which you can be followed. Already happening in Jo’burg and
If you find a child crying on the road
showing his/her address and asking you to take him/her to that
address, immediately take that child to the police station and
please DO NOT take the child to the address that he/she asks!
could be a set up to lure you into a trap.
At the Grobbelaar
Hall meeting, the issue was raised there are not enough sporting
facilities and clubs for the youth to belong to, to keep them of the
streets. Herewith an abridged version of an article by Patrick
Seeton – published in Southern Post on 26 Aug 2011:
cricketers under construction but they need YOUR help!
– Here is a sports initiative for the entire region worth noting and
deserving of support.
Napier resident and one of the prime movers
behind the Cape Agulhas Sports and Education Trust – CASET – Frank
Hawks, explains the thrust behind the move is to develop youth
interest in sport and cultural activity.
For now the focus is
cricket as the initiative moves into its second season in generating
an interest in healthy participation in sport.
There are several
people in the village adding their support to training including two
members of the local South African Police Services, Ian Behr and
According to Frank a highlight of this second season
of cricket will be a Boland Cricket Union coaching clinic to which
all schools in the region would be invited to attend.
sponsors of equipment for the initiative has been the Lombardi Trust
which has already provided cricket bags, togs and clothing. More
benefactors are needed and ultimately Frank would like to see the
introduction of a suitable vehicle to convey participants in the
outreach on cultural outings and to sports meetings.
sees the initiative embracing netball and extending itself to even
stocking of school libraries. For instance, the Protea Primary
School in Napier has space earmarked for a library but there are no
Those wishing to participate in this initiative or feel a
need to contribute in some manner may be in touch with Frank Hawks
on 082 773 0024 or email another hands-on mentor, Julian Reed at firstname.lastname@example.org."
you know – Napier/Nuwerus has it’s very own soccer club,
allowing kids of all ages to participate in this sport. They meet
regularly at the sports club in Nuwerus.
A dogs life – Napier Handicraft
Tina and Simone will be giving a demonstration of
working dogs doing obedience and competition exercises. The
demonstration will be preceded by a short introduction about the
Kennel Union of SA and how they judge the dogs plus the method of
Time: 09h45 Date: 27 Sept 2011
Where: Grobbelaar Hall behind Retirement Village
and everyone welcome.
On a musical
Rouel Beukes tree op in die NG
Kerk Napier Saterdag 8 Oktober om 19:30. Kaartjies kos
R50 en is beskikbaar by die deure of Johan (0845106614) en
Barend (0836118515).Rouel is bekend vir sy talle rolle in
operas, musiekblyspele en operettes asook ligte musiek en
geestelike musiek. As Oupa Karel was hy die ster van die
rolprent "Liefling" wat onlangs op die kringloop was.
vertolk die rol van Mordegai in die musiekspel "Ester" wat
tans in die Staatsteater in Pretoria opgevoer word. Hy gaan 'n
wye verskeidenheid liedere sing. Dit is ten bate van die
Verenigende Gereformeerde Kerk (VGK) in Napier.
Rouel Beukes will be performing in the Dutch
Reformed Church Napier on Saturday 8th October at 19:30.
Tickets are available at the doors or contact Johan
(0845106614) or Barend (0836118515).
Admission: R50. Rouel
is a very versatile artist and is well known for his many
performances in opera, musicals and operettas as well as light
music and spiritual music. At present he is performing as
Mordecai in the Gospel Musical "Esther", performed at the
State Theatre in Pretoria. He will sing "golden oldies" and a
variety of songs from different genres. This concert is in aid
of the Uniting Reformed Church (URC)
The Bot. Soc have had
a pretty busy year so far and we are very pleased that so many more
members of our community in the Overberg are joining in our
activities, both members and non members. We had a very good trip to
The Agulhas National Park recently, definitely a place to visit
again and again. Emmerentia de Kock and her staff and all the
voluntary rangers we met were helpful, friendly and knowledgeable.
The park has lovely places to rent for overnight stays and lots of
beautiful walks and drives.
Unfortunately our trip to Ziekoeivlei
with Peter Albertyn had to be postponed due to the lovely rain we
had just before the weekend planned. We did try to reschedule but
there is so much going on that it proved impossible and now the best
of the spring flowers are over so we will make it something to look
forward to next year.
There are still lovely things to see in the
veld but the year is creeping towards summer and our trips out will
naturally decrease in number. That does not mean that we will be
inactive. Watch out for announcements of interesting talks and other
Stephen Smuts our extremely busy chairman has recently been to
the AGM of the Botanical Society of South Africa which was held in
Durban. There they elected members of the council and discussed the
future of the Botanical Society and how to move forward and keep up
to date in a fast changing world. We may be tucked away in a quiet
corner of the country but we still have a voice.
So, please think
about joining us. It is not a very demanding organization, even if
you don’t always turn up for our events, the greater our numbers the
bigger our voice in helping to protect our unique flora. You will
also be able to visit National Botanical Gardens for free, you will
receive a copy of our informative……and easy to read ….magazine, Veld
and Flora, 4 times a year and get a discount at Kirstenbosch shop
for all kinds of books, calendars, cards and lovely gifts in there.
All this for an individual membership of R315 p.a or, if you are
lucky enough to be 65 years old, just R195. Speak to any of the
committee or visit the website www.botanicalsociety.org.za.
Remember the BotSoc is not just for botanists. It’s for all who just
love and want to protect our wonderful wildflower heritage. You
don’t need a degree in botany for that.
Thank you to all for your
support. We look forward to seeing you at our next gathering.
Hawkins 028 423 3672 Louise Hislop 028 423
3512 Sarah Foyle 028 423 3358
17 – 23
OCTOBER 2011. National Marine day - 21 October 2011
Rietfontein se Baai
18 October 2011 9:00 – 16:00
“Close encounters of the Marine
21 October 2011 15:00 – 16:00
presentation by and a walk with Prof Gavin Maneveldt
(Department of Biodiversity & Conservation
University of the Western Cape)
16:30 – 18:00
Rocky shore walk at
For more information please contact
Emmerentia De Kock
at 028-4356078 during office
“THE VILLAGE” Bridge Club is looking
for new members.
Perhaps you haven’t played bridge for 30 years!!
Most of us were in that position, and are now back in the swing of
enjoying 1 or 2 games a week.
Or perhaps you would like to play,
but only have time for once or twice a month.
No problem, we are
always looking for people to fill in when players are off to Cape
Town or have guests.
On the other hand, perhaps you would like to
learn to play this absorbing game.
If any of these apply, please
phone 0284233076 or 0825636642.
At the Village Bridge Club,
bridge is conducted in a friendly manner - with respect for the
other players, and particularly your partner. No acrimonious post
mortems or arguments will be tolerated.
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- Kevin Trudeau’s Mega Memory box set for sale. Set contains all
9 audio cassettes, 1 workbook and 1 pocket guide. It’s the most
complete course on long-term memory expansion and its yours for
R50. Will drop off locally. Call Olwyn on 082 875 6473
- Looking for charitable donations of children’s clothes. All
sizes appreciated. All proceeds go to Huis Klippe Drift. Please
call Olwyn on 082 875 6473.
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Items will be
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