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Great Brak Post May 2016 free community newspaper for Great Brak River and surrounds



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Dear Mike   Thank you and your team for a really great “Post” – you make us proud! You highlighted the work done by the Municipal Electricity Department here in Great Brak River in your February edition. I feel that not often enough is credit given when due.   In fact I would like to compliment the whole of the Mossel Bay Municipality for the excellent service we always experience. We hear and read of numerous horrific problems residents experience on a daily basis in so many other areas around South Africa these days.  Corruption is rife and service delivery seems non-existent. Living in Great Brak for 14 years now we can honestly say that the service to residents in our region has been outstanding.   On several occasions we have called or emailed the Municipal offices in Mossel Bay to report a fused street light, water meter problem etc. and without exception have had the problem attended to within an hour or two. This is impressive and they deserve our appreciation and acknowledgement. This includes the staff at the Municipal offices who attend to our calls in a courteous and efficient manner.   Well done to all of you and thanks again.  Barry Greyvenstein  



The ATKV’s Hartenbos Museum is situated in the

cultural heartland of Afrikaans, this top class

facility presents the Great Trek of 1838, the

Symbolic Centenary Trek of 1938, and the

general history of Hartenbos.

Hierdie spogmuseum fokus op die Groot Trek en

huisves 'n verskeidenheid interessante

voorstellings en uitstalsale wat smaakvol

georden is met aantreklike oudhede wat die

lewensomstandighede van die

Voortrekkerpioniers van 1835 tot 1848 visueel

laat leef.

Benewens die lewensgetroue voorstellings van

die Groot Trek is daar ook ‘n gedenksaal van die

Simboliese Ossewatrek van 1938, 'n besonderse

voorstelling van 'n eg-outydse winkeltjie terwyl

Hartenbos se geskiedenis ook hier uitgebeeld


Die ATKV het reeds in 1937 besluit om die

Hartenbos Museum te vestig. Aangesien die idee

van die Simboliese Ossewatrek van 1938 op

Hartenbos ontstaan het, is besluit dat die

hooftema vir die museum Die Groot Trek (1835

tot 1848) sal wees.

This migration that took place between 1838 and

the 1840s, led to the establishment of the

republics of Natalia, the Orange Free State and

the Transvaal.

Among the numerous reasons for the trek was

the general dissatisfaction with British colonial

rule in the Cape Colony. The men, women and

children who set out from the eastern frontier

towns of Grahamstown, Uitenhage and Graaff-

Reinet represented only a fraction of the Dutch-

speaking inhabitants of the colony, and yet their

determination and courage has become the

single most important element in the Afrikaner

folk memory. However, far from being the

peaceful and God-fearing process which many

would like to believe it was, the Great Trek

caused a tremendous social upheaval in the

interior of southern Africa.

The museum displays are divided into ten halls

depicting various aspects of life during the Groot

Trek (Great Trek).

Besoek hierdie eiesoortige museum waar die

Groot Trek leef! Vriendelike personeel is gereed

om jou te begelei deur van die aangrypendste

kultuurhistoriese momente wat nie net die

Afrikaner se geskiedenis gevorm het nie, maar

ook ‘n besliste invloed gehad het op die breër

Suid-Afrikaanse verlede.


Maandae tot Vrydae: 09:00-16:00 - Museum

gesluit tussen 13:00 en 14:00 asook op publieke

vakansiedae - Saterdae en Versoeningsdag (16

Desember): 9:00-12:30

Geringe toegangsgeld betaalbaar

Kontak besonderhede: 

Telefoon: +27 44 601 7238/7200

Faks: +27 44 695 0770


Straatadres: Majubalaan, Hartenbos



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By Wendy Wiles A really hot topic at the moment is water scarcity, with this in mind we should all be planning water- wise gardens and this means planting indigenous plants that belong in this area and are adapted to local conditions. So before your property is cleared look carefully at what grows there. Many indigenous plants can be rescued beforehand and put into pots and then be replanted in the garden. This beautiful flower belongs to a ground orchid Eulophia speciosa. If you’re observant you may have seen a tall flower spike with ten or so flowers in various stages of opening growing on vacant plots, road verges or in gardens in the summer. Although it is regarded as common in sandy coastal areas it is at risk when property owners clear their plots to build or even to cultivate their gardens. Another orchid worth cultivating is the Green Wood Orchid (Bonatea speciosa), which grows in the understory of coastal bush and flowers in October/November. Having bushy sections of garden filled with indigenous plants ensures that you’ll have lots of birds to watch too.
2nd birthday



Aneli Gerber (Chief Operations Officer) en Jamie-Lee Botha (Grootbrak Info Kantoor) het gedurende Maart ʼn besoek gebring aan Klipheuwel Padstal ten einde hulself te vergewis van al die ontwikkelinge in die omgewing. Aneli was aangenaam verras met al die moontlikhede wat vir ʼn familie gebied word.  Die groen grasperke met oop ruimtes is ʼn welkome bries in die natuurlike landelike omgewing met rotskoppe in die verte.  Gaste het tydens die uitstappie die geleentheid gekry om by Salty River Beerhouse die wye verskeidenheid “craft” biere te proe en Boplaas het gespog met hul nuutste toekennings en uitsoek verskeidenheid wyne. Die Trail Park bied aan bergfietsryers en hardlopers die geleentheid om langs die Klein Brakrivier op privaat grond hul oefening te kry.  Terwyl dit ʼn heerlike veilige speelplek is vir kinders kan ouers gesellig kuier rondom die pizza oond en  ruim stoeparea. Aneli en haar personeel is besig om met ‘n nuwe bemarkingsaanslag  om Mosselbaai en omliggende areas se tradisionele uitkyk op Toerisme op sy kop te draai. Sy het die volle ondersteuning van die Mosselbaai Munisipaliteit en wens ons haar en haar span alles van die beste.


Take care of your expensive gear

The principal maintenance activity is to keep your camera equipment clean. Mostly external cleaning and a case or bag reduces this need. Use a soft brush, separate blower, a microfibre cloth or lens cleaning tissue. A big headache with digital SLR’s is dust on the sensor. Minimise the problem by , switching off your camera before changing lenses, sensors are electrically charged and will attract dust; point the open side of the camera body downwards, dust floats down not up; affix the new lens before putting away the old one and find a secluded wind and dust free place to change the lens. If you do detect dust spots on your camera sensor follow instructions in the manual, the best option is take it to a shop that offers a cleaning service. There are dust removal features on newer cameras, these do not always work, there is also dust detection and deletion methods using compatible camera and computer software, check your manual for this.

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