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

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The Road to the “Copper

Mountains”

The museum has a hand drawn copy of a map showing the route taken by Simon van der Stel in 1685 on his way to visit the copper mountain. Rumours that an indigenous Khoisan tribe, the Namaqua, who allegedly lived to “the North and West of the Cape”, was rich in copper, reached the Commander of the Cape, Jan van Riebeeck. Successive expeditions were dispatched to the country of the Namaqua to look for riches such as copper, gold and pearls, none of them successful.  In 1682 the interest in copper flared up again when it was reported that some Namaqua, visited the Fort at Table Bay and brought pieces of good quality copper with them.  Several expeditions followed all unsuccessful. In 1685 the Commander, Simon van der Stel, decided to lead an expedition to the so-called “Copper Mountains” himself. Discover the full story in the museum.

CAWS 4 PAWS Kennel Project

Over the years CAWS4PAWS (C4P) has

become aware that many pet owners are not

able to afford to have their properties fenced and

their dogs are often left to fend for themselves.

This induces uncontrolled breeding, ill-discipline

and fighting.  These “pets” are also the victims of

Tik-induced crimes - having to endure

treacherous physical abuse, it’s no surprise that

these dogs often become aggressive.

In an attempt to prevent this, owners often resort

to chaining their animals, chains are often too

short for reasonable freedom of movement,

causing mental and physical suffering.  

Un-socialised, with their living space reduced to

a few square meters, their territorial instinct is

heightened with no escaping during a

confrontation, life becomes very unpleasant.

C4P is completely opposed to the chaining of

any animal, but with no other viable option they

have commenced a programme during

September 2017 of replacing some of these

short chains and holding crates with running

chains as a temporary arrangement until owners

can fence their properties. Specifications of

running chains are installed as prescribed by the

SPCA’s requirements.

After a proper assessment, these pets are being

offered kennels as most do not have the luxury

of protection against bad weather conditions.

One of the main requirements to be complied

with in order to qualify for a kennel, is the

sterilisation of all pets on the property.  Animals

must also be in a healthy condition and must

have proof of inoculation records, this

establishes responsible ownership.  Each kennel

is marked and a register is kept in order to follow

up proper maintenance of these kennels. 

Kennels remain the property of the C4P unless

the owner can afford to purchase it.

C4P strongly discourages the keeping of pets if

owners cannot afford fencing of their properties,

have the animal sterilised to prevent further

breeding, provide a decent diet, care and shelter

for their pets.

You can assist in this initiative by making a

donation, kindly use the following banking details

and use the reference “kennel project”:  CAWS 4

PAWS, Standard Bank Mossel Bay code 050-

414 – Acc # 180 576 305.

Painted Lady in Bloom

By Wendy Wiles We live in one of the richest floral kingdoms in the world and despite the drought and the fires Spring  is here and if you look in the right places there are sheets of pink Drosanthemum intermedium vygies flowering on the  road verges and lawns, and a myriad other beautiful flowers to be seen. One that I saw on the stunning St Blaize Trail recently was the aptly named Painted Lady or Gladiolus grandiflorus pictured here. This wonderful heritage needs to be documented and protected. Every week I go walking with a dedicated group of Custodians of Rare and Endangered Wildflowers (CREW) who collect plant information for the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI). We walk on recognized trails and paths from the coast to the Karoo, on farms and just bundu bash if necessary to reach the places where we might find plants that are rare, vulnerable or endangered. We take photographs to record on Ispotnature.org and GPS coordinates and the information is used by SANBI for land use planning, and the protection of plants. As our population expands and the Garden Route becomes more popular vast tracts of veld are covered with houses, complexes and lawns. So what can we do to preserve our wildflowers? Plant indigenous! But more specifically plant endemic plants that belong in our area, and leave as much of your land uncultivated to be filled with the plants that host butterflies, bees and other insects.

Skilder met woorde

Deur Lydie Terblanche Saterdag – 14 Oktober 2017 – het 12 aspirant digters by Klipheuwel Padstal om ʼn groot tafel met ʼn handgeverfde tafeldoek, ingeval. Die geleentheid – ʼn inisiatief van Laurinda Smit – was ʼn werkswinkel om te leer Skilder met Woorde, onder digter Hannes Visser se praktiese hand. Hannes het die groep begeesterdes met staaltjies uit sy kinderdae, kwinkslae en stories van mededigters, 10 basiese riglyne en heelwat wenke – op die kreatiewe spoor gesit. Hy het ʼn klomp digbundels van uiteenlopende digters soos Breyten Breytenbach, Gert Vlok Nel en Ingrid Jonker beskikbaar gestel as inspirasie en boublokke. Na ʼn teebreek met heerlike skons, kon almal uit vier temas kies, hand op papier sit en ʼn gedig skryf. Dit is agterna voorgelees en gebruik as toegeligte voorbeelde en besprekingspunte. Die hele groep het saamgestem dat die skryf- Muse weer opgeroep is en dat so ʼn werkswinkel beslis nodig is. Hopelik sal daar in die toekoms nog ʼn geleentheid wees vir diegene wat te laat geslaap het!

‘n Unieke groepie Ballerinas

in Groot Brak

Inwoners van Groot Brak en omliggende areas leef hul passies op alle vlakke uit. So het die Post op ‘n groepie unieke ballerinas afgekom. Hulle is almal oor die ouderdom van sestig en sommige al reeds diep in hul 70’s en dans nog steeds met grasie twee keer per week. Mariki Viviers gee al balletklasse vir meer as 45 jaar, geskoei op die Royal Academy of Dance- eksamenstelsel. Die ouderdomme waarmee sy
van Maandae tot Donderdae werk wissel van 3- jariges tot 76-jariges. Sommige van hierdie spesifieke groep neem al sedert 2005 les by Mariki. Hoewel sy van tyd tot tyd konserte reël vir die jonger kinders en hulle ouers, wil hierdie groep net DANS DANS DANS, want dit is hulle PASSIE.

21 DEC 2017

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