Wise words from Patrick Seeton (a staunch supporter of doing the right thing)

iec-scaled500Seats allocated for Cape Agulhas Municipality:
DA – 6, ANC – 3, DLP – 1, KAPCO – 1.

By the time you read this the Local Government Election 2016 will be history BUT this does not mean your participation in local government affairs need necessarily end with the three X’s cast on Wednesday. Your choices need to be monitored to ascertain whether they were/are effective and worthwhile.

In my opinion this is what we, the electorate, failed to do during the last Council term; we allowed the nine who represented our interests [four ANC, four DA and one Independent who sided with the ANC in return for the office of Deputy Mayor] to conduct affairs without being truly accountable to the electorate.

The so-called “imbizos” were a dismal failure … a one-way street bulldozed by the Executive Mayor to tell the people at extraordinary length what the Cape Agulhas Municipality – CAM – was going to do. There certainly was no meaningful interaction.

A Mayoral Imbizo is described as, “an on-going Mayoral Outreach Programme aimed at bringing government closer to the people, whereby the Municipality interacts with communities regarding upcoming service delivery projects in their areas and progress on existing ones.”

For a moment I want to go back to a July 2, 2015, meeting; a meeting between the chairpersons of three residents associations in the region and the Executive Mayor, Municipal Manager and the Chief Financial Officer of CAM.

The meeting was held at the request of the Residents’ Associations, namely, Suidpunt [covering L’Agulhas, Struisbaai and Suiderstrand], Bredasdorp and Napier to object to the process followed with the acceptance by CAM Council of the 2015/2016 budget, a budget heavily burdening residents with across-the-board tariff and rates increases.

There was a lot of talk at that July 2 meeting, 2½-hours of it. If there was one notable quotable quote to come out of that marathon encounter it is possibly that of the representative of the Bredasdorp Residents’ Association.

“Upon conclusion of our meeting with CAM and the absolute frustration and realisation that we had exhausted all possible existing channels open to us without hope; I realised that the best of the entire exercise of the day was that it was the first time that we three Associations had gathered as a united front. I am of the opinion that it is in the interest of all if we could meet more regularly and share information.”

This is so true. Prior to 2001 each of the towns within the Cape Agulhas region had its own municipality, council and set of personnel. For the last 15 years we have been ONE municipality and THREE separate residents’ associations. It rather seems, from where I’m sitting, the municipality has gone ahead into the 21st Century – warts and all – while the residents’ associations are wallowing in the last Century.

I believe, now that the election is behind us the mood is right to act in unison – one force – for the best interests of all in the Cape Agulhas Region. I know there have been initial talks but am unaware of how far the concept has progressed. It needs to get “wings”.
Finally, our thoughts move to be in support of the Gauteng Lions tomorrow Saturday [August 6] at 09h35 when they meet the New Zealand Hurricanes in Wellington [New Zealand] in the Super Rugby final.

The Hurricanes beat the Chiefs 25-9 in Wellington in the first semi-final delivering an outstanding defensive effort and out-scoring the visitors three tries to nil.

The second semi-final in Johannesburg saw the Lions beat the Highlanders 42-30 to book their place in the final.
The Lions playing in Johannesburg scored five tries to the Highlanders four and were always ahead in the encounter.

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New look website – new energy – new opportunities!

Contact Gideon & Marné Joubert for information, they’re  available to chat with you about YOUR listing on the website

 

Gideon & Marné Joubert have given the theoverberg.com a facelift! They have improved it to the extent that anyone can upload their own material to the website. And they can edit their own listings to suit their business and personality!

Included in the improved website is the ability to showcase your business or service AND AT THE SAME TIME run your social media campaigns too.

It even has the facility to allow you to place CLASSIFIED ADVERTS online.

Contact Gideon or Marné to get more information on how you can be part of this dynamic web presence:
Marné: 061 402 1951 or marne@theoverbeg.com
Gideon: 079 117 5434 or admin@jouweb.biz

Since the launch of the website in 2005 theoverberg.com has become THE website of reference for this region in the southernmost part of the Cape. It is widely regarded as the definitive online business directory and guide to the Overberg – one of the most divergent and inviting areas in South Africa. When the website was developed the excellent SEO (search engine optimisation) ensured that most searches on the internet brought theoverberg.com listings to the top of the search engine pages. This has given the Overberg region more prominence than it ever had in the past.

Car licence renewal – some questions answered …

Car licence diskRead this article from Wheels24: “SA car licence renewal confusion: 5 questions answered” …. also remember that when you go to renew your licence, you need to take proof of residence with you (… more red tape that’s REALLY not necessary but makes for GREAT BUREAUCRACY!)

Thanks for this link, Alan Rosenmeyer (who now hosts the Motoring Matters show on ChaiFM which broadcasts out of Johannesburg

Walk and take photos – why not try THIS?

👣 Come Join Us at harvest time in the
Cape Winelands, hiking The Whale Trail all while improving your photography skills! 👣
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Stanford (Image theoverberg.com)

Stanford (Image theoverberg.com)

11-14 February 2016 The Cape Winelands
4-day tour
 
If you can’t come for all four days – join us for 24 or 48 hours in Tulbagh, Robertson or Franschhoek! R1250.00 per person for 24-hours for photography instruction – pay for your own travel and meals – book your own accommodation. The Winelands are full and incredibly beautiful at the moment. Its harvest time and there is plenty going on! We will do portrait photography on the grape pickers, still life photography on the many scenes that present themselves during harvest time, architectural photography on the old Cape Dutch buildings, landscape photography, low-light photography in cellars – and so much more!
Come Join in the fun while we share our knowledge and experience!

For more details and bookings – simply click on this link –
http://thephotowalkers.com/winelands-11-14-febuary-2016/
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29 April – 3 May 2016 
(includes 1 May which is a public holiday) The Whale Trail
6-day hike – There is nothing quite as thrilling as hiking through the De Hoop Nature Reserve while taking photographs and knowing that every day only 12 people have the opportunity to be there.
This is a rare and unique experience that should not be missed.
We take care of everything including transport, meals, cartage of bags. You just need to bring your personal effects, camera gear and lunch time snacks.
Non-photographers welcome too. Limited space – early booking is advisable.For more details and bookings – simply click on this link
http://thephotowalkers.com/whale-trail-29-april-2016/

1 cyclist, 6000km 80 days, 19 National Parks

SANPARKSWayne Bolton of One Land Love It and a SANParks Honorary Ranger leaves Aghulas National Park and the Southernmost Tip of Africa for Bontebok National Park on the 28th January 2016 – this will be his 14th SANParks National Park in his epic cycle of 6000kms.  He then heads into the Eastern Cape and continues towards Wilderness National Park, followed by Karoo National Park, Camdeboo National Park, Mountain Zebra National Park and  then the finale at his home park of Addo Elephant National Park.

He completes his expedition creating awareness of the plight of the rhino and the significant role that SANParks plays in protecting the integrity of our natural heritage in Addo on the 13th February 2016.  Here he will be met by his fellow SANParks Honorary Rangers and the staff of Addo along with Kingsley Holgate who will be part of the group welcoming him home.

Wayne hopes to have inspired ordinary South Africans to consider their talents and resources and to make a difference to conservation in whatever way that they can.  The only difference between ordinary and extraordinary is the extra we put in and we can do that according to our means but whatever you do don’t do nothing!  Please have a look at our webpage www.oneland.co.za and follow us on facebook.

 

Kind regards

Nikki

Unleash your inner genius …

Greyton ArtJoin renowned Debbie Field www.debbiefield.co.za  for a 2 ½ day course combining outdoor drawing work with follow-up processes and methodology turning on-site observations into paintings.

The emphasis is on expression through colour use rather than illustration.

No experience is needed. Space is limited so be quick to book.

Time:  09h00 – 16h00 Friday & Saturday
09h00 – 12h00 SundayCost: R2200 including 2 luncheons and daily coffee & teasVenue: Anglican Hall GreytonBooking: Detailed information and booking through Liesel Naude liesel@skyeye.co.za
cell. 083 680 9934

I was sent this letter … (it’s worth reading)

OUTA“We would like to thank you for being one of 117,301 Active Citizens who took the time to comment on Government’s proposed changes to AARTO legislation through our portal. This is arguably the highest number of public submissions ever seen on draft legislation amendments in our new democracy.

Unlike petitions, submissions on draft legislation cannot easily be ignored by Government as they must provide proof that submissions were properly considered. Failure to consider all submissions could render the legislation challengeable in court. If these responses are ignored and prosecution is attempted, it leaves the door open for OUTA to defend our members from prosecution.

Of interest: When Gauteng’s freeways were declared as tolled routes (in 2008), they did so with only 30 public comments.  This time around, things are very different.

SANRAL are getting desperate to force the collection of e-tolls, and will certainly hope the amendments to the regulations are passed into law, unchallenged. We trust the authorities will take us seriously, however, if they choose to ignore society’s input, the resistance against e-tolls will enter a new phase. We will challenge every step.

Please allow us to continue communicating our progress and your continued role in this matter, by remaining subscribed to this email list. We believe that Government’s attempt to force these regulations and other legislation into place – thereby coercing the public into paying e-Tolls – must be challenged.

Please note that OUTA’s resources are limited to defending motorists who donate to the cause by becoming OUTA members. To those of you who are already one of OUTA’s donating members, you remain protected under OUTA’s E-toll Defense Umbrella, which means OUTA will take steps to defend and rectify attempts to withhold your vehicle or driver’s license – or if you are criminally summonsed for non-payment of e-tolls.

If you are not a contributing member of OUTA, consider becoming one by joining a growing force shaping the future and defending citizens’ rights in South Africa.

Click here or go to www.OUTA.co.za to become a contributing member.

Kind regards

Wayne Duvenage
OUTA Chairperson”

Do THIS before 6th January … or get ripped off some more!

C eTag freeIt doesn’t matter WHERE in South Africa you live – if you have a car, ultimately THIS will adversely affect you! There are 3.4 million cars in Gauteng, 13 million countrywide and only 19,200 comments on the proposed new legislation classifying non payment of e-Tolls as a fine-able traffic offense.

Government claims not enough objected to e-Tolls and thus implemented them 2 years ago, which is why we all need to comment now on the new legislation through OUTA’s portal at this link:

http://www.outa.co.za/site/comment-on-recently-proposed-amendment-of-the-aarto-act-and-regulations/

PLEASE SHARE THIS FAR AND WIDE (deadline is 6 January)

ANNIE SLOAN CHALK PAINT™ COLOURS – NOW IN STOCK AT THE PLOUGH SHED

Stocked shelves30 X ANNIE SLOAN CHALK PAINT™ COLOURS NOW IN STOCK
AT THE PLOUGH  SHED 

  • PURE WHITE
  • ORIGINAL WHITE
  • OLD WHITE
  • PARIS GREY
  • COUNTRY GREY
  • DUCK EGG BLUE
  • FRENCH LINEN
  • PROVENCE
  • FLORENCE
  • COCO
  • CREAM
  • OLD OCHRE
  • VERSAILLES
  • CHATEAU GREY
  • OLIVE
  • ARLES
  • BARCELONA ORANGE
  • SCANDINAVIAN PINK
  • ANTOINETTE
  • LOUIS BLUE
  • GREEK BLUE
  • OLD VIOLET
  • AUBUSSON BLUE
  • EMPERORS SILK
  • PRIMER RED
  • HENRIETTA
  • PALOMA
  • EMILE
  • GRAPHITE
  • ANTIBES GREEN

WAXES

  • CLEAR WAX – only 120ml pots (we are waiting for our imported stock to arrive)
  • DARK WAX – we have stock

ANNIE SLOAN™ BOOKS in stock

  • Creating the French Look
  • Colour recipes for Painted Furniture
  • Annie Sloan Workbook

WORKSHOPS in JULY :  INTRODUCTION TO ANNIE SLOAN PAINT

(FOLLOW UP “DECORATIVE” WORKSHOPS WILL BE SET UP ON DEMAND)

BOOKING ESSENTIAL: R500 including materials and tea/coffee & cake

Small classes given in English

 

SAT 5 JULY                           9AM – 1PM

WED 9 JULY                         9AM – 1PM

WED 16 JULY                      9AM – 1PM

SAT 26 JULY                        9AM – 1PM

 

Programme:

  • Learn 4 paint techniques – Whitewash, One colour ‘Smooth, Chic’ look, 2-Colour layered, distressed look, Antique ‘cracked’ look
  • Use of Clear and dark waxes AND bring a small piece from home to paint with our paints eg. tray or picture frame

Lismore Wine Tastings for the benefit of Greyton House Village School

LismoreFriday 16 May 6:00-8:00pm  …… and also on Saturday 17 May 5:00-7:00

For four years running, Lismore Estate Vineyards has hosted a series of tasting events that have been full of scenic beauty, fun and delicious wine.  All for the benefit of Greyton House!

Lismore will present its internationally recognized wines with new releases of the Viognier and Syrah.

On the Lismore Veranda at sundown, a beautiful setting with interesting people. What a great way to spend a Friday/Saturday evening!

Light snacks will be served along with a tutored tasting.

Greyton owl croppedThe charge of R100.00 goes directly to Greyton House and 15% of all sales generated from the evening will go the school as well.

2 evenings have been set aside with a maximum of 16 people.  Booking and pre-payment is essential.  More dates will be added on demand.

Contact Sally Harris, Greyton House School 028 254 9260

Please note, if you would like to put together a private group of family or friends (10-16 people) with the same premise to benefit Greyton House, please contact Samantha to reserve a time and date.

Samantha G. O’Keefe
Director, Winemaker
Lismore Estate Vineyards (Pty) Ltd
PO Box 76, Greyton 7233 South Africa
(082)343-7913  phone/ samantha.okeefe  skype
www.lismore.co.za