The bird interest group is still in formation. Should you wish to join please email: News items February 2014: Letter from Sanparks Honorary Rangers January 2014: Its for the B
    Leave Clarens on the R711 south, which is clearly signposted as the road to Fouriesburg.  Soon after you leave the town, you will pass a pretty valley on the left, with a small tree-lined river meandering through it.  This is the Little Caledon River, which has its source far to the east in the watershed of the Golden Gate Highlands.  The sandstone cliffs that frame the valleys in the early part of this drive flaunt typical examples of rock overhangs sculptured by many thousands of years’ weathering. After about 6 kms into the drive you will cross the Little Caledon River, which runs away to the right and snakes its way around a maze of headlands until it crosses under the road again further along the drive.  On the left you will see the turnoff to St Fort, a popular guesthouse and renowned wedding venue.  If you look back you will see the Mushroom Rock jutting above the rock shelf atop the mountain directly adjacent to St Fort.  The drive takes a gradual uphill gradient now and passes various turnoffs to guesthouses and farms. After 14 kms into the drive, look out for the Surrender Hill turnoff to the right.  Here you can get out and view a plaque erected to commemorate the surrender in 1900 of a large contingent of Boers during the Ango Boer War.  This site was originally called Slaapkranz and was declared a national monument in 1986.       At this elevated point there are views across the vast Caledon River Valley that stretches to the distant Maluti Mountains – snow-capped in winter - and Lesotho.  The Malutis and the Drakensberg together represent the largest and highest mountain range in southern Africa, originally formed through massive volcanic eruptions 180 million years ago.  The high slopes, often visible on clear days, are also southern Africa’s most significant water catchment area.  Every day, for more than a decade now, a vast volume of water from these uplands is being diverted to Gauteng by means of a tunnel under the valley before you. At the 18.5 km point, after a straight downhill stretch, two district roads from the left join the main road (separate self-drive routes will be published on these roads in due course).  The left fork winds all the way down to the Caledon River, the boundary between South Africa and Lesotho.  The right fork (S505) is a circular route, through pleasant farmlands with striking views, that eventually re-joins the Fouriesburg road further on.               Sitting here at a picnic table you will have a magnificent view to the south of long flat-topped sandstone mountains.  Standing slightly apart from one of these cliff faces is the remarkable Queen Victoria Rock, which unfortunately cannot be seen clearly from your position on the main road.  (A drive along the S505 route (signposted a short way ahead) and a visit to the Lesoba Guest Farm will afford you a perfect view of it.) To the west, on the far horizon, you will get one of your first good views of the great Witteberg Mountain Range, straddling the far end of the Brandwater Basin.  A short distance further along the road, the circular drive (S505) encountered earlier will rejoin the main road.   At about the 30 km point the Little Caledon River crosses under the road, flowing in a south westerly direction towards its confluence with the Caledon River at the Caledonspoort Border Post.  Very soon after the bridge a road turns to the right into the Rooiberg Mountains.  This is the S325 and features a host of signposts to various points of interest.  Of significance is The Rose Hip, which is the restaurant at The Rose House guesthouse facility, both with a reputation for excellence. (Take a short drive down this road and look out for the vineyard at the entrance to The Rose House.  Despite being relatively young, the vineyard is already producing excellent wine, and promises one day to make the Free State famous for its viticulture.) Directly after the turnoff is the Arpa Dam, part of an adventure farm.  The Arpa Dam is also the venue of a winter charity swim at the end of June, called the Polar Bear Plunge, where swimmers brave the very cold water to swim a sponsored distance in aid of a local charity. The last few kilometers to Fouriesburg are on a gradual incline up the slope towards the town, which is situated against a bluff of the Rooiberg Mountain Range.  To visit the town, turn right at the intersection or, alternatively, if you prefer to do the pretty drive to Caledonspoort, take the left turn.  There are places in Fouriesburg town that serve teas and lunches, to freshen up before your return journey.   Article and research by Mary Walker Clarens News: January 2014     Further reading: War in the Valley (Article by Mary Walker) Clarens - History (Extract from an Article written by Tina de Beer for Open Africa (   Click here to go to the Sightseeing/Self-Drive Routes page &n
Listed below are our charges:  These charges are for visits to the nursing rooms. Vitals – Blood Pressure, Oxygen Saturation, Glucose, Respiration and Temperature, plus relevant information & advice  R75.00  Cholesterol Check  R50.00  Glucose Check  R35.00  Haemoglobin Check  R50.00  E.C.G.  R100.00  Nebulising  R100.00  Drawing Blood (on instruction of Doctor)  R50.00  Wound Dressing  R150.00  Burns  R50.00  Oxygen  R50.00  Defibrillator Machine (emergency care) R200.00+  Infusion R175.00 +  Home Visit R150.00   All of the above come with relevant information and advice. - The nurses also can administer a variety of injections. - Many of the above tests involve the use of very expensive medical equipment and consumables. All the above charges should be seen in the context of having 24 hour professional nursing available in Clarens. - For medical assistance visit the nurse’s rooms behind the pharmacy (opposite the Protea Hotel). Sister Henriette Hohne 082 327 1035 or Sister Antoinette Earle 083 236 1293.  We thank you for your continued supp
  In a game of chess it is a risky move to retreat to a corner of the board when your defences are compromised.  In a corner and thus ruling out further retreat, you must be sure that effective frontal attack, or even attack from the rear on your opponent, is still an option open to you.  Without adequate opportunity for this, the outcome is most likely not going to be in your favour. This is the hard lesson learned by the Boers in the Brandwater basin during the Anglo-Boer War. Our photograph this week is of the Sunnyside area, looking west towards Clarens and further on, towards Fouriesburg, with the Rooiberg Range straddling the northern side of the landscape, stretching all the way to the Witteberg beyond Fouriesburg.  This is the view that Olivier, one of the Boer leaders who refused to surrender to the British, would have seen, had he looked back while on his hurried march to Golden Gate, the last remaining escape route out of the valley. But his was a small force in comparison with the rest of the Boers encamped within the Brandwater Basin.  A vast contingent of fighting men and burghers, including women, wagons, Cape carts, black attendants, oxen, horses and artillery had moved south into the valley in response to advancing British columns from the north.  Amongst them was the president of the Free State, President Steyn.  The British knew the layout of the Brandwater system very well, and had already earmarked the weakness in the natural mountain fortress, passes that the Boers might escape through, but also by which the British could advance. Initial skirmishes at these passes left fatalities on both sides, but the tactics of the British and their ploys to confuse the Boers of their intentions, caused the Boer leaders, and in particular General Christiaan de Wet, to become increasingly edgy about their position in the basin.  An urgent meeting was called and a decision reached to escape the basin.  Three breakout columns were planned for execution over consecutive days, while a fourth group were to remain in the basin to protect the passes from British advance.  Military critics identify a lack of communication and a lack of proper chains of command as the main reasons that these strategies failed. Only one of these breakouts took place successfully.  General de Wet and his contingency, together with President Steyn, escaped through Slabbert’s Nek, and moved away swiftly to the west.  But due to the remaining forces having been left without their leader, and without effective communication or proper authority, much time was wasted electing a new leader and regrouping.  De Wet’s escape from the basin has received some criticism in military circles.  His leadership in the Brandwater had been indispensable and, had he not departed, the British would have had a considerably bigger battle on their hands. While the British were considerably effective in their sealing off of the Brandwater Basin, despite operating in the type of terrain much more familiar to the Boers, they completely failed to anticipate and prevent the escape of Olivier and other leaders through the difficult Golden Gate pass, thus losing a number of Boer forces to the east as well. Boer surrender after de Wet left was inevitable.  Their spirits were low, and they were a force who had largely lost interest in the fight.  While many were happy to lay down arms, there were some who were less ready to actively surrender and remained in the network of surrounding hills, hiding out in thickly vegetated ravines and caves.  Over the many days during which the surrender was formalised, motley groups of individuals came down out of the hills, finally accepting the outcome. The Boer surrender in the Brandwater basin was considered a great military success for the British, despite the two escapes through the passes.  However, the escape by de Wet through Slabbert’s Nek, not a major setback at the time, came back to haunt the British later. The Boers were on the brink of changing their tactics in the war.  Traditional warfare was not something that best suited the natural bent of the Boer, and they had started implementing tactics that completely confounded the British army.  Guerrilla warfare.  The British, having captured many key Boer leaders across both Boer States, expected that the war would be coming to a close soon.  But it didn’t; and for another two years the British struggled to subdue the Boers. The most formidable leader in guerrilla warfare, and the biggest thorn in Britain’s side, was de Wet, the man they had let slip through Slabbert’s Nek without detection.  Despite fighting at the front throughout the war, both in conventional and guerrilla warfare, regularly impairing and incapacitating British strategies and defences, de Wet consistently eluded the British net, and evaded capture right to the very end of the war. The picture insert features in the 2014 calendar produced by and sold in aid of Cluny Animal Trust.  Calendars can be purchased at Clarens Gallery, Clementines Restaurant and the Old Stone Bottle Store, in Clarens.  Alternatively they can be ordered from Katherine on 0827886287, Jan on 0782462553, Helen on 0582230918 or by email to .   Article and photograph by Mary Walker         Things to do: Self Drive:  Clarens to Fouriesburg   Further reading Click here for more articles on Clarens History   &n
  Imagine a turquoise sea so flat and clear you can see the shadow of a small boat gliding across the sand below it.  Imagine small outcrops of lushly vegetated islands rising like shaggy green pillars from the water.  Islands with frilled skirts of ivory sand, too numerous to count, untouched, unspoilt, languid in vast fields of sea and sky.  Imagine sea-gypsies, nomadic, living in their wooden boats, subsisting from the sea.  In this place, idyllic beyond conception, Stella Hancock spent most of her first few years of life. Stella and her mother, Mary Clarke, came to Mergui Archipelago when Stella was barely a year old.  She admits her memories of Mergui are vague but, somewhere in the deep recesses of her mind, the images remain.  Her father was a skipper in the merchant navy and they saw little of him.  But when he could, he brought them nearer to the seas he sailed; and the Andaman Sea, off the west coast of Burma, was within his range.  But illness brought this period to a sudden close, when Mary contracted the mosquito borne dengue fever.  They sailed for Britain, Harry, Stella’s father, accompanying them. After a spell in a tropical disease hospital in London, Mary recovered fully and they returned to Scotland.  Stella had been born in Arbroath, Scotland, a small town a little way north of Dundee on the North Sea coast.  They settled back in Arbroath, a new baby on the way, and Harry returned to sea. Stella was nearly six when Joyce was born.  They spent a quiet couple of years in Scotland which, in Stella’s recollection, revolved around a growing baby sister, and around her own first years of schooling.  But after two years they were off again to South East Asia, this time Singapore. Stella talks of Singapore with fondness.  A cosmopolitan place of diverse culture, she recalls the Chinese, Malays, Indians and Europeans, English and Dutch, and she smiles when she remembers their ‘amah’, a Chinese nursemaid.  After two years they left Singapore to its last decade of placid pre-war British rule, and returned to Scotland.  A third daughter had been born in Singapore, an invalid, who Stella describes with affection and sadness, recalling that she had only lived a few short years. Stella and Joyce attended school in Arbroath for an undisrupted five years.  When they sailed again they were headed for Aden.  They sailed across the Mediterranean, through the Suez Canal, and down the Red Sea.  Aden, then a British Colony, is on the southern coast of Yemen, and there they had a rendezvous planned with Harry’s ship. Harry, on long leave, transferred to their ship and they continued on, through the Gulf of Aden, round the Horn of Africa, down the east coast, docking at several exotic African ports, Mombasa, Zanzibar with its Arab-looking fort, Dar es Salaam with its striking beaches.  At Mombasa they had disembarked and travelled to Nairobi, taking a safari tour to Namanga, on the Kenyan-Tanganyikan border, a vast protected area of wildlife, with a magnificent view of Mount Kilimanjaro.  Their final port was Beira, where they disembarked and travelled by train through Portuguese East Africa to Salisbury in Southern Rhodesia.  They continued on to the Victoria Falls and experienced one of British Colonial’s famous establishments, the Victoria Falls Hotel.  Their final journey on the train brought them to Pretoria. The family spent several months in South Africa, visiting relatives who had immigrated here, touring in the Kruger National Park, and finally spending a month on a holiday farm in Manderston near Pietermaritzburg.  Stella has vivid memories of carefree days of horse riding in the green, rolling hills of the Natal Midlands.  Finally the holiday was over and they sailed from Durban.  This time it would be to another new home – Bombay, India. It was two years before the war broke out and Stella, aged seventeen, threw herself into Bombay life.  She signed up with a commercial college to study shorthand typing and joined the YWCA hockey club.  She talks about that time as her ‘coming out’ year; perhaps the Bombay equivalent of a debutante year.  She seemed to thrive.  Once qualified, she took a shorthand typist job with an insurance company, and on her first leave she embarked on a sea voyage on her own. Travelling across the Gulf of Oman, they entered the Persian Gulf and sailed past places famous today, like Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, until they reached the southern tip of Iraq, and Basra.  There she recalls the sudden change in atmosphere.  The tension, the urgency.  She recalls the American oilmen, packing up and leaving.  She recalls the blackouts on the ships.  The Second World War had started. With the outbreak of the war, younger sister Joyce was taken to South Africa to finish her schooling.  Stella moved to Calcutta on the far eastern side of India, taking a job at the Swiss Consulate.  During a holiday she and her mother spent time in much sought after Darjeeling, an area of mountainous tea growing estates, high up near the border of Nepal in the Lower Himalayas.  She vividly recalls seeing Kangchenjunga, the third highest mountain in the world.  Another thing Stella fondly recalls about India is the friends she made, particularly those made during the early war years, who she kept up an enduring correspondence with.  She mentions a young man, the brother of a friend of hers.  She continued to write to him over a long period during his life on the seas as a junior officer in the merchant navy.  His name was Jimmy Hancock. Tensions were growing as the war progressed.  The Japanese had occupied Burma and air raid drills had started.  Harry made a decisive move.  He took leave from his ship and removed the family from India.  He took them to South Africa. Very quickly Stella decided to apply for a job with the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force in Johannesburg.  Kimberley, a well established base in South African aviation, had a South African Air Force training base, to which Stella was transferred.  There she worked until the base was relocated to Tempe, Bloemfontein, about a year later.  She was transferred back to Johannesburg.  The war dragged on.  Then a letter came from Jimmy Hancock. Stella took a short leave and travelled to Durban.  Jimmy’s ship was docking and he would get a few days shore leave.  When she returned to Johannesburg, she was engaged to be married.  Jimmy went back to sea, but plans were made for the wedding, which was to be on his next shore leave in Durban.  In January 1944 Stella and Jimmy were married at the Old Fort Road Chapel in Durban. Once again Jimmy returned to sea and Stella returned to Johannesburg, this time armed with a marriage certificate, which facilitated her legitimate discharged from the WAAF.  The whole family moved to Durban, renting two flats in a block in the city.  Jimmy in due course returned for a long leave, and during this time he announced the plans for their future.  He, being from Cheshire in England, would take Stella to Crew, the town of his birth, where she would live while he continued in the merchant navy.  She smiles when she recalls his plans, and how she thwarted them.  She knew she would not be going anywhere.  She was going to have a baby. He left the merchant navy and found a job in Durban.  Stella produced three sons, Bobby, Barry and Doug, in quick succession.  After many years Jimmy was transferred to Port Elizabeth, where their fourth son Tony was born.  After eight years they returned to the Durban area.  It was the late sixties. Stella becomes grave at this point.  She talks about the early seventies as the time when ‘everything went wrong’. She talks about how Bobby died in a road accident in 1970.  He was only 23 years old.  Harry, long retired from his career at sea, had settled with the family in Durban.  In 1972 he and his wife, Mary, an elderly couple then, while crossing a road in Durban, were struck by a speeding car.  He saved his wife’s life by pushing her aside, but he took the full blow and died.  During 1974 Jimmy took ill suddenly and was admitted to a hospital where he died shortly afterwards.  Later in the decade her mother too passed away. After this difficult time in Stella’s life, she and young Tony moved back to Port Elizabeth, where she revived her interest in art, taking lessons and exhibiting at Port Elizabeth’s Art in the Park  For many years she lived in Port Elizabeth, but finally moved to Johannesburg to be closer to her two older boys.  During this time there was a wedding.  Stella’s granddaughter, Kerry, was to marry Gregg Mousley of Clarens.  The family came down to the wedding.  That was the start of the Hancock migration to Clarens. Stella moved into a house in Larola, Clarens, ten years ago and several members of her family have established themselves in the area as well.  Last week, on 2 December, she reached the age of 93, which she celebrated with her many family members.  She remains active in art circles and other social circles and continues to drive her car. Stella casts her mind back over the many decades, to Scotland.  The day her family sailed for Aden in Yemen, when she was a mere sixteen years old, was the last time she would sail from Scotland.  This is her only regret, she says, that she never again saw the land of her birth. Article by Mary Wa
  In the East End of London it appeared to me that there were standard yet somewhat obscure answers to some things.  On one occasion I was waiting in a reception area to see someone, and I asked the lady at the desk when the person would be able to see me.  “When he’s ready”, she said. The photograph this week is taken on a roadside in Clarens.  About a year ago I had returned from a very hot walk around the back of Clarens in the vicinity of the dam.  Coming back through town I came upon this wilful migration of flowers that had expanded beyond the garden fence, out into the public domain of the pavement.  I set my daypack down and got busy photographing. This morning, on opening my front door, I noticed for the first time a bank of green wispy-leafed stems taking over the flowerbed.  For a moment I wasn’t sure, then it struck me.  Of course, it’s December.  Cosmos! They’re a long way off flowering.  The stems must first grow tall and thicken, and the secondary shoots must multiply and fill out, giving the stand a denseness and height.  Then early in the new year the buds will appear, sparsely at first, opening one by one, until they all seem to fling themselves open in a great orchestrated burst of colour and radiance. But I question my knowledge of this.  How would I be sure when it is that the first buds will open?  I recall in London the tradition of looking for the first daffodils in March.  When the first flowers appear, the first day of spring is declared.  While some claim that the daffodils have it accurately timed to almost the same day each year, my own experience of London daffodils was that the arrival of spring fluctuated considerably from year to year. Nature always has us confounded.  Human inventions concerning time and seasons have a rigid clock and calendar around which we make our plans and have our expectations.  Yet all our attempts to control the things that surround our lives have little impact on the events of nature.  The first rains have their own timing.  We might see the signs of weather building, the wind, the heat and dust; then it dissipates again for weeks.  Somewhere in the biorhythms of nature the answers to these mysteries lie, well concealed from intellect, inconsistent in our understanding of their timing. One thing is for sure, though.  The banks of cosmos will break into flower.  But only when they’re ready. Our own lives, too, if we go a little deeper than the mechanical activities of our day, have a rhythm of their own.  But we seek to control every aspect of our passage through life.  We plan, diarise, budget, set dates, programme, establish goals, have agendas, work out steps and procedures, do check lists.  We need certainty, both about what to expect, and when to expect it. Yet we yearn for the unprogrammed.  We look for it in books, in films, in fantasy.  Underneath our surface runs a current as independent as the rhythms in nature are of our Swiss-made clocks.  How often we decide to do something, but are emotionally hell-bent on doing something else completely contrary.  Is this not our connectivity to our source, to our Mother Earth, to a greater spirit, in some similar way that the flowers are connected, and respond?  How completely insipid and uninspiring life would be if it were to unfold in a manner entirely conceived in our human intellect. Sometimes it seems as if, no matter how hard you try to do something, or to bring about something, or even to prevent something, your efforts are in vain.  The wilting young shoot of the first spring growth waits in anguish for the rain, but the rain doesn’t come.  Not till it is ready.  There are times that I too wait in anguish for something I most want.  And I too must leave it to the rhythms, like the young shoot, and know that what’s to be will come.  But only when it’s ready. The picture insert features in the 2014 calendar produced by and sold in aid of Cluny Animal Trust.  Calendars can be purchased at Clarens Gallery, Clementines Restaurant and the Old Stone Bottle Store, in Clarens.  Alternatively they can be ordered from Katherine on 0827886287, Jan on 0782462553, Helen on 0582230918 or by email to .   Article and photograph by Mary Walker Clarens News: December 20
  DETAILS OF NEW WORKING HOURS ETC. FOR 2015 Hours for Nursing Rooms Monday           09h00-15h00 Tuesday          09h00-15h00 Wednesday     CLOSED Thursday         09h00-15h00 Friday              09h00-15h00 Saturday         09h00-13h00 Sunday            On call On call for Emergencies every day until 22h00 (after this time, the nurses’ need to be available for the elderly folk with whom they live). After 22h00 telephonic advice will be given. Or - Telephone Hoogland Medi Clinic (058 307 2424) emergency ward} (private patients) Or - Telephone Dihlabeng Hospital (058 303 1000) (government patients) Or - Telephone Ambulance Services: ER 24                                       086 108 4124 Netcare 911                             079 146 9144 Government Ambulance      058 303 1226 We also have to inform you that our prices have increased as from 1 January 2015. Please note that this is our first increase since 2011. A list of price increases is posted in the nurses’ rooms and on the community notice board.     New price list: 2015.   Consultation at rooms                                                                              R140:00 Consultation at home or out of town or on farms:                            R170:00 Includes taking of temperature, pulse, oxygen saturation, respiration and blood pressure R2.00 /km will be added for travel costs out of town.   Tests Blood glucose test                                                                                       R35:00 Haemoglobin test                                                                                         R50.00 Drawing of blood on Dr’s orders only)                                                     R50.00 Monitoring on defibrillator (Including stickers) 1st hour:                                   R200:00 Add for each additional hour after that.                                       R50.00 Take of ECG + referral to hospital or GP.                                    R180.00   Treatments – Excludes all consumables Nebulising (excluding medication) up to 1 hour                                                R100.00 Nebulising (excluding medication) longer than 1 hour                                    R150.00 Include regular observation of pulse respiration, and oxygen saturation Treatment of small wounds, cleaning, dressing.daily and removal of stitches or clips.                                                                        R75:00 Treatment of large burn wounds cleaning and dressing daily                        R150.00 Treatment of large and septic wounds, cleaning, irrigating and dressing.                                                                                                R150.00 Administration of oxygen per 30 minutes or part thereof                      R50.00   Insertion of IV line. IV needles IV line      15 and 60 drops/min IV Fluid:         Saline 200 ml Saline 1000 ml                         Dextrose 5% 200 ml Dextrose 5% 1000 ml Maintelyte 1000 ml Ringers Lactate 1000 ml                                                     R280.00   Bandages, plasters, burn shields and consumables The price of dressing are dependant on type and size. Sizes  :           100 mm                                                                      R20:00 – R35:00 150 mm                                                                     R25:00 – R40.00 200 mm                                                                      R30:00 – R45.00 250 mm                                                                      R35:00 – R50:00 Tri-angle bandage                                                                                       R20:00 Plaster            Transpore 2 cm roll                                                              R35:00 Transpore 10 cm roll                                                            R50:00 Micropore 2 cm roll                                                              R50:00 Micropore 10 cm roll                                                            R60:00 Burn shield:  Small                                                                                      R35:00 Limb                                                                                       R45:00 Face + body                                                                          R55:00 Jelonet                                                                                               R20.00 – R40.00 Preptic’s.                                                                                                        R1.00 Gauze (100mm x 100mm)                                                                          R52.00 Gloves – sterile                                                                                             R10:00 Gloves- un-sterile                                                                                        R8:00 Linen savers                                                                                                             R5:00 each   Syringes and needles Syringes        1 ml                                                                                         R5:00 3 ml                                                                                         R5:00 5 ml                                                                                         R8:00 10 ml                                                                                      R15:00 20 ml                                                                                      R20:00 60 ml (thin tip)                                                                       R45:00 60 ml (catheter tip)                                                               R55:00 Injection needles (all sizes)                                                                       R3:50   Medication: Vit B 12 (1 ml)                                                                                               R80:00 Vit B co (1 ml) Need Dr’s prescription                                                      R80:00 Diclofenac 1 amp                                                                                         R100:00 Cortisone 1 ml                                                                                              R180:00 Maxalon/ Clopamon                                                                                                R50:00 Maxalon Suppositories       each                                                               R50:00 Astavent inhaler                                                                                           R55:00 Panado syrup 100 ml                                                                                  R20:00 Allergex tabs (10)                                                                                         R10.00 Allergex syrup 50 ml                                                                                    R20:00 Burn ointment                                                                                              R85.00 Background Paballo’s Home Care Trust is a Registered Trust with the whole community as its beneficiaries. Trust No. IT463/08 We operate under the name of Paballo’s Nursing Care @ Clarens Our Trustees are: Sr. Antoinette Earle Sr. Henriette Hohne Pat Raubenheimer Dr. Pauline Sheehan Dawn Wainwright Our Advisory Board is: Sr. Hilda Boonstra Jaapie de Clerk Gerda de Clerk Ds Sakkie van den Berg Rodney Wainwright Our Mission To render Nursing Care in a professional and caring manner, to the whole community of Clarens and environ. To improve quality of life of patients through palliative and holistic care. To provide support to patient’s families. To work hand in hand with the local clinic, Doctors and Specialists in Clarens, Bethlehem and other large centres. To ensure complete patient confidentiality in all services provided To provide these services in a non-denominational, non-political and non racial environment. Our Work Post Operative Care Home Care Terminal Care & Family Support Wound Care & Suturing Nebulizing, Vital Signs & Glucose monitoring Minor Ailments General Checks CPR & Stabilising patient until an ambulance arrives Outreach Into Community HIV Testing. Emergency first aid. HIV/AIDS Training Attending at veld fires, and road accidents. Our Charges We are a Non Profit Organisation with registration number  063-121- NPO We operate as a Non Profit Public Benefit Organisation  PBO No. 930 027 403 To cover costs and ensure sustainability of these services, consultation, procedural and medication fees will be charged. These charges may be recovered by the patient according to the rules of their medical aid. Travelling costs will be charged for home visits. Obviously if a patient cannot pay, treatment will still be provided in an emergency. Our Two Nursing Sisters Practice No. 088 000 0298271 Our nursing sisters have 60 years of experience between them in most of the sections of a major teaching hospital. Henriette Hohne :Cell Phone 082 327 1035 Marie-Antoinette Earle: Cell Phone 083 236 1293 Contact details: PO Box 347, Clarens, 9707 Email Address: Medical Centre, Corner Main St. and v.d. Merwe St. Clarens. Bank Details: Paballo’s Home Care Trust FNB,  Bethlehem Branch Code: 258622 Account No: 62191003765 &n
Phaphama Youth Development 187, Kgubetswana, Clarens Contact: Ntsebe Mofokeng @ 078 245 1709 during office hours, or email: We strive to serve the poorest of the poor, with no thought of who deserves help, but only who needs help! Phaphama Youth Development is a NONPROFIT Organisation (068 – 735) and PBO (930037537) which was established in 2008 and registered in 2009 to respond to the community health and welfare needs. Our offices are based in 187 Kgubetswana in Clarens. The organisation operates in Clarens and nearby towns subject to demand of the service. We strive to serve the poorest of the poor, with no thought of who deserves help, but only who needs help! We are offering the following services in Clarens and other towns within Dihlabeng Local Municipality: - Identification and services to Orphans & Vulnerable Children focusing on ECD - Education and Life Skills: Career guidance and exhibitions - Development Take a child to work programme/job shadowing - Poverty alleviation: Chicken broiler, Hydroponics Vegetables project and Vermiculture bins. - Community Development and advocacy - Behaviour Change and Educational Youth Camps - Team Building Sessions and Motivational Seminars We believe that the context in which we are operating makes such a project imperative. The emphasis on community-based projects makes it likely that the project will be sustainable at community level. Through your donations/funding we at PYD will provide youth basic needs programmes which inspire and encourage young people giving them a new outlook on life. Your contribution will go a long way in bringing about hope and change in childrens lives. Banking details: Bank Name: First National Bank Name of account: Phaphama Youth development Account Number: 62390469081 Branch: Bethlehem Branch code: 230 133 Kind regards Ntsebe Mofokeng   News Items Christmas Party 2014 Clarens News:  July 2014:  Paphama Youth Development commemorates Mandela Day Clarens News:  May 2014                         April 20
Thusanang is a non profit organisation rendering the following services: Home Based Care, HIV / AIDS awareness, Orphan and Vulnerable Children programme – free of charge to the community. Non-Profit Organisation Number: 057-128 Public Benefit Organisation Number: 930028124 Section 21 Company Number: Trust Number: Contact person: Bukhali Khehla Phone: 058 256 1645 Fax: 058 256 1645 Physical address: 187 Old Clinic Building Postal address: P O Box 397, Clarens, 9707 Website: News Items: The Footprint project A visit to the Thusanang Care Gro
    The wonderful work of the Thusanang Care Group Centre seems to be ever expanding, inspiring and helping so many along the way. On Friday 18 October 2013 the Daljosafat Farm School, situated 20km from Clarens on the Bethlehem road, gratefully accepted the compassion and help showered upon them by the care group. The Footprint Project, run by the Thusanang Care Group, aims to alleviate the needs of local and surrounding schools by supplying them with school material, stationary and school uniforms, funds permitting. Furthermore the care group gathers the necessary information to establish why children in the community are not attending school and what the primary cause of their absence is. The Footprint project will then determine where help is needed most and what can be done to provide the much-needed education. With funds raised during the Community Braai, the Thusanang Care Group thought it well to invest the money in schools in and around Clarens, by providing them with much needed school shoes. The Daljosafat Farm School was established in 1970 and now has a total of 57 students ranging from Grade R to Grade Seven. The Thusanang Care Group visited the school with much excitement. Educational games were played, national dances were danced and all sang together as the joy of the day filled the air. The main event of the day left many with a grateful heart as Thusanang provided the children with a rare gift - shiny new shoes and hotdogs for all baked proudly by the Thusanang bakery. A total of 45 pairs of shoes will be distributed and the First National Bank kindly donated ten extra pairs to ensure that all in need will be reached. Thusanang has built strong relationships with many schools, hosting motivational talks covering subjects such as self-discipline, teenage pregnancy and abuse. Keep an eye out for news on their Sewing Project that will make and sell Proudly Clarens Clothes. Article by Genevieve Blignaut           Click here to find out more about  the Thusanang Care Group &n