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Volume 88 | DECEMBER 2012 | Stanford’s monthly newspaper | R13.20

It’s official: we are the Best Village in South Africa!

S TA N F O R D H I L L S E S TA T E Under construction...nearly there! Our tasting room will be completed and open as from Saturday 15 December.

Friday-Sunday 11am-4pm. Please pop in to have a look and stock up on holiday wines!

Farm Walks, Birdwatching, Fishing, Swimming, Horseriding, Aerial whale watching Self-catering accommodation , kids and pets welcome! 028 341 0841


H a n d c r a f t e d W i n e s • W i n e Ta s t i n g b y a p p o i n t m e n t • G u e s t L o d g i n g 028 3410 651 • • • Die Plaat Road, Stanford


editorial notes

For those of you who have not yet heard, this is my last edition as editor, although from next year I will still be working behind the scenes. I have thoroughly enjoyed my four years at the helm and thank Kerri Brokensha and Terry Haw who created the paper in 2005 and entrusted me with continuing in its fine tradition. I also thank my long-suffering partner in River Talk, Sandra Slabbert, whose talent has given the newspaper its crisp layout and design. She has been infinitesimally patient with me especially on print day when, many times, I have stopped the press to make sure a comma was in the right place, when all she really wanted was to go home and have a cold beer. Sandra is on the road to becoming a designer of note in South Africa – read about her and Catch Caccivio on page 10. I also owe a huge amount of gratitude to everyone who has written for River Talk – your stories have delighted and entertained our readers ... and, last but not least, the proofreaders who have made your brilliant contributions shine! As most of you will know Phil Murray is taking over the editorship. She will bring new life and her own energy to the newspaper. I have no doubt she will have all of you eating out of her hands! Lastly, if you have not already heard, we have just been voted The Best Village in South Africa in the Destination Awards (see page 6). The news does not surprise me – this time last year we had welcomed many newcomers to the village who were unanimous in their desire to make Stanford their home. In that edition our coverline read ‘Welcome to the Best Village in South Africa’. A year later we are officially just that … our prediction has came true and we are unequivocally The Best Village in the World!

COVER PICTURE: Stanford thespians at a fundraiser for The Boy Friend musical (see page 16 & 17).

letters to the editor Please send your letters to or to PO Box 228 Stanford, 7210. Try to keep letters as short as possible (100 words or less) and supply your name and address. Anonymous letters will not be published. The editor reserves the right to edit, amend, abridge or reject any letter.

Callous hit and run

Stanford Animal Welfare Society is appealing to all drivers in Stanford, residents and visitors – PLEASE SLOW DOWN AND LOOK OUT FOR CHILDREN AND DOGS. Recently there was a hit-and-run incident in Lower Longmarket Street where a beloved dog was killed in front of the owner. Yes the dog had wandered into the road, but the driver, allegedly in a SUV with CA registration, was driving over the speed limit and did not even stop! Annie Ranger, Chairman Stanford Animal Welfare

Missing Snuffles found

We would like to thank so many wonderful and concerned Stanfordians for searching for our little blind Maltese, ‘Snuffles’. Alas, we are saddened to report that John Finch found her little body floating amongst the reeds on Wednesday 21 November. In particular, a special thanks to Olga Koorts (our caring vet), John Finch and Tim Hague for sparing us even more grief by attending to matters, as we were in Cape Town. Ralph and Lucy Rosen

Boon family update

Well, let me say this, we are sooooo very, very glad to have taken this step with all the costs, tribulations and angst that go into a move to another country. We are happy and well ensconced in our home in Kessingland, Suffolk, UK. We live a stone’s throw from the North Sea with all its comings and goings. It’s so very beautiful in the mornings on a clear day, which believe it or not is often, to see the sun rising in all its northern hemisphere glory. Francis is at college doing equine studies – all things horsey and stable management. She is loving it. Sarah is at high school in Grade Ten and has settled well and is coping with great confidence. We so enjoy being in a country where one’s safety is more assured. It is a strange feeling that I am not missing anything of SA, yet I spent the best part of 42 years there! Michael Boon

New venue

After six well supported craft markets, the Craft-in-the-Courtyard team is moving to a new venue. The Art and Craft Market will be held in the garden of Pam Golding Properties in Queen Victoria Street (ex-Serendipity), on Saturday 15 December from 9am till 12pm. We thank Penny van den Berg and her staff at The Stanford Hotel for their support in the past and we are grateful to Jill Smith for hosting future markets. Denise Anderson

CONTACT US Michelle Hardie – editor , 079 2911 588 Sandra Slabbert – layout , 079 523 8453

MONTHLY CONTRIBUTORS Cath Croxton, Janika Dorland, Fred Hatman, Aron Gcotyelwa, Andrew Herriot, Peter Hood, Alexia Lawson, Jami Kastner, DM, Don MacIver, Phil Murray, SuzanneFrancoise Rossouw, Fred Smith, Naas Terblanche, Bea Whittaker and Tania Weich.

Editorial Contributions & Disclaimer Editorial contributions are welcome and should include top quality photos where relevant. Articles will be printed under the contributor’s name or an accepted nom-de-plume if the full name and address is provided. All contributions are voluntary and not paid for. The editor reserves the right to edit, amend, abridge or reject any article. Opinions of contributors do not necessarily reflect those of the editor. Copyright All material in this issue is copyrighted, and belongs to The Really Famous Publishing CC unless otherwise indicated. No part of the material may be reproduced without prior permission. Published and printed by The Really Famous Publishing CC.


letters to the editor Well wishes

Many of the readers of this highly entertaining and informative monthly newspaper were somewhat downcast to learn that our esteemed Editor will be moving on to pastures new in Cape Town in January 2013. Michelle Hardie has been the driving force and Editor-in-Chief for the past four years. She, with her layout/design colleague, Sandra Slabbert, has taken Stanford River Talk (SRT) to new exemplary heights. She has been able to balance its style (narrative, expository and persuasive) and content with a variety of ‘local’ interest articles linked to factual and literary contributions of a wider nature, thus bringing about a strong measure of attentiveness amongst its readership. Michelle, throughout her years in Stanford, has become a muchloved and noted media figure in the community. She has sensitively played an important role in helping to shape the image of Stanford through the newspaper. Budding writers, illustrators, opinion leaders and photographers have found satisfaction in contributing to this expression. Readers from a wide circulation enjoy its high-quality, pertinent and contextual themes and clearly look forward to each new issue. Whether you are a proof reader, an advertiser, the rapporteur of a special-interest group, someone with a birthday to announce, a writer or indeed an avid reader of SRT, we all wish Michelle and her family everything of the best for the future and we thank her warmly for the way she has led SRT’s development during her years as editor. Andrew Herriot

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Talented leader

Okkie Smuts Parents and Teachers Association (PTA) would like to thank Sandy Jardine for her great leadership and contribution as Chairperson of the PTA for the past three years. She is standing down as her daughter Kirra is moving to Curro High School in 2013. With Sandy at the helm, the PTA worked like a well-oiled machine and made our fundraising efforts so enjoyable that they never seemed like hard work! We will miss her enthusiasm, positive attitude and especially her creative flair. So Sandy, we wish you well and remember, ‘Life is like a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.’ Okkie Smuts PTA

The state of our cemeteries

I am devastated! When last did you visit the cemeteries in Stanford? For years I have moaned and talked about it, but never really done anything about it! We have all lost people dear to us, and would like them to be happy wherever they are laid to rest. I have never seen a more miserable place than the cemetery at the rugby field. I am sure the others aren’t better either. I am livid every time I go there. I go with good intentions and come out angry! Who is responsible for the upkeep? Would you like one of your loved ones lying in a mess like that? Come people, surely someone must know what we all can do about this? I would like to hear what you think. Nel-Sue Fourie Petronella Ferreira, Manager: Stanford comments The grass at all three graveyards is cut monthly except for July and August when the wet soil due to wet weather does not allow for it. Dry flowers and excess earth are also removed monthly. The last cut was in mid-November and will be followed up just before the Christmas holidays. In the past people spent a lot of money on tombstones, but these days only heaps of earth are left which does not look as tidy as tombstones because they do not provide nice walkways inbetween graves.

Chlorination of our water Stanford administration has had numerous queries about our water tasting of chlorine. The quality of drinking water supplied by South African municipalities to consumers has to conform to SANS 0241 drinking water quality standards. In terms of bacteriological quality, the e-coli count per 100 millilitre must be 0, with the total coliforms less than 10/100ml, and the heterotrophic plate count less than 5000/ml. The Stanford raw water supply from the Eye and the new boreholes is generally of very good quality. However the bacterial counts in the raw water do not always comply with the above standards, and need some method of disinfection to eliminate any risk of bacteriological non-compliance. The most common way of disinfection is chlorination. Other methods include ultra violet radiation and ozone, but these methods are more expensive to operate and maintain. Disinfection of the drinking water supply in Stanford is therefore being done by means of chlorine dosing. The chlorine level in the drinking water is monitored closely by operational staff to ensure that it is within the SANS 0241 limits. The Stanford water supply system achieved a 100% score for drinking water quality compliance in both the 2011 and 2012 Blue Drop assessments performed by the Department of Water Affairs. Petronella Ferreira, Manager Stanford * For water results supplied every month by Overstrand Municipality please see page 30.

Stanford Police Update CRIME UPDATE

Supplied by Sergeant RJ Gouws, Stanford Police

The crime picture for the first six months of 2012 showed a significant decrease in all the priority crimes for Stanford. Assaults (both common and serious) were a big concern in Thembelihle in the previous year. This year the rate has dropped dramatically due to the fact that more focus was put on social projects and policing of liquor-related crimes (including operations against illegal shebeens). Awareness about the Family Violence Act has also played a role. Arrests were made in most cases and, where necessary, fines issued. Burglaries and theft at residential premises have also decreased. The main problem spots for these crimes were the residential area from Longmarket Street to Moore Street as well as lower down in the village towards Sannie Badenhorst Street. The decrease is due to a geographical approach where the crime patterns were analyzed; and the affected areas policed with the intent to reduce these crimes. Several arrests were made by Stanford detectives that have led to the conviction of criminals. Where cases have not been finalized, bail was opposed successfully in most instances. So we have fewer criminals on our streets and a stern warning that crime will no longer be tolerated in our community is loud and clear. On Monday 19 November 2012 Titus Nel (29 years) was sentenced to 12 years imprisonment for the murder of Micheal Baadjies (33 years) on 10 December 2011 in Mundill Street, Stanford. Micheal was stabbed in the neck with a knife in the road after he and the culprit were involved in an argument. He died at the scene of the crime. The investigating officer on the case, Detective Fourie, is satisfied with the outcome as it sends out a clear warning that there is no place for violent offenders in our community.

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Welcome Captain The Stanford community is pleased to welcome Captain Africa as our incoming Station Commander at Stanford Police (Major Sapepa has been promoted and transferred to Pacaltsdorp in George). Captain Africa is not new to the Overstrand and is a wellknown figure in the Hermanus community. Captain Africa. For the past 22 years he has been stationed at Hermanus Police and was Station Commander in Kleinmond for nearly five years. From June last year, until he took up his post in Stanford in October, he had been acting in a Lieutenant Colonel post as an Acting Vispol Head. Captain Africa grew up in Hermanus, went to primary school in Hawston and then to Caledon for his secondary education. He matriculated in 1986 when he was 17 years old. He is no stranger to study. He has a National Diploma in Police Administration, a National Higher Diploma in Policing and is currently in his last few months of a Bachelors Degree in Police Practice, after which he will start his Honours Degree in 2013. In an interview with Stanford River Talk he cited the following as major challenges for Stanford: ‘Unemployment and the social problems that go hand in hand like poverty and crime. This is not only the responsibility of the police. Social departments in government and NGOs must get involved to alleviate poverty. Crimewise, housebreaking is the biggest challenge because of unemployment and poverty; ‘Social conflict – people easily get involved in this and it can be sorted out if we make sure people are not walking around with knives and dangerous things that can be used as weapons like golf sticks. We want to make sure people can walk freely in Stanford without fear. ‘Drugs and liquor – some people who have nothing to do abuse drugs and liquor. We will be working with the municipality and other organisations so we can find the unemployed and try to engage them in meaningful work. We will be hard on drug lords and illegal shebeen owners – they should not expect any mercy. Recently in an undercover operation, we arrested a high flyer for dealing in liquor. We confiscated 14 cases of liquor, two deep freezers, a fridge and nearly R5 000 in cash. ‘I want to thank my staff who are competent and dedicated. They have brought the crime down dramatically in the past 7 months. The Community Police Forum (CPF) held a tea party recently to thank police members for their hard work. I am happy to say that the partnership between the police and the CPF is strong.’ Captain Africa is delighted to be in command of Stanford Police. ‘The village is beautiful, small and manageable and the community have accepted me here. I am a mense mens – a people’s person and my door is always open for anyone who has concerns.’ Captain Africa’s wife is also in the police service and he has two children, one at Hermanus Primary and the other at Hermanus High. We wish him every success in his new post.

Music on the Lawn Eat, drink & be merry. Music from Abba to Zappa Saturday 15 December from 18:00 Chicken prego & boerewors rolls, veggie rolls, cup cakes, pancakes, sparklers, cash bar. Bring rugs, chairs, swimming costumes… Corgi Park, Riverside Lane. All welcome – proceeds to Stanford Animal Welfare. STANFORD RIVER TALK 5

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Ward Committee Update: NOVEMBER 2012

Dog By-law Every ward has been asked to come with proposals for leash-free areas in their ward where dogs can socialise, run free and be exercised. Stanford Animal Welfare will be making the proposal that the entire wandelpad be made a leash-free area. Anyone with additional requests/proposals must please contact Annie Ranger on 028 341 0984 before 15 December. And don’t forget your dog’s name tag (with your telephone number) in case the law enforcement officer (or anyone else) finds your dog wandering the streets. Plot-clearing policy The present plot-clearing policy only addresses fire hazard situations on overgrown erven. However, under the Conservation of Agricultural Resources Act (CARA), the municipality has a ‘duty of care’ responsibility to ensure that plants that are detrimental to the environment are not growing within its boundaries – which includes private land. The municipality can therefore request land owners to clear (within reason) their land from invasive alien vegetation such as Port Jackson and Patterson’s Curse. The present policy has been met with much resistance due to its failure to address invasive vegetation and health problems posed by unkempt erven, and it is being revised at the moment. Market Square upgrade The first phase in the upgrading of the market square (hence the fences along Longmarket Street) has commenced in conjunction with the Stanford Cricket Club in order to improve the surface area for the famous Boxing Day cricket match with well-known SA sportsmen. The municipality has mowed the area and will apply weed killer, whilst the fertilising and grounds maintenance will be done by the cricket club. Leiwater will be used to irrigate the area. R150 000 from the ward-specific budget has been earmarked for the market square upgrade in the 2013/14 financial year. Working for the Coast The contract between the Department of Environmental Affairs and the Overstrand Municipality has been extended for another two years. This is excellent news, as the ‘Green Team’ has done a lot to assist the municipality and the Stanford Conservation Trust to improve environmental aspects in town. Stanford pavements All future sidewalks will be constructed by means of paving bricks. The first of these has started in Daneel Street as part of the ward-specific projects for the 2012/13 financial year. The ward committee has also requested that future pavement expenditure be used on the repaving of sidewalks, rather than the retarring thereof. Stanford sewerage works Plans are afoot to increase the capacity of the Stanford sewerage works from 500m3/day to 650m3/day. This will also mean the installation of an additional aerator, with the concomitant increase in noise. The ward committee proposed that the municipality plants beefwood trees (Cassuarina cunninghamiana) on the perimeter to absorb as much of the noise as possible. They can be planted 0.75m apart and in a double row and are perfect wind and noise breaks. They, of course, will need permanent irrigation. Using the discharge water would be the solution, and this could form part of an investigation into the use of discharged water for irrigation purposes on sport fields, as is already done in Hermanus and Gansbaai. Community centre area Bernie Oberholzer’s landscape architect students came up with some wonderful ideas for the area around the community hall and the sport fields (a low-resolution copy of the presentation is available from and can be viewed at the library. A meeting will be held in December for the community to decide which of these proposals could be realised. The Stanford Ratepayers Association will keep you informed, but in the meantime you can express your interest in attending the meeting by sending an email to the email address provided above. The idea is to obtain funds made available to the municipality (R3.5 million in total) after it won the Greenest Town/ Municipality award in 2009/10. STANFORD RIVER TALK 6

SA Destination Awards It’s official: Best Village in South Africa! It all began with our entry into the Capeinfo SA Destination Awards in June 2011. We encouraged Stanford residents, friends, family and visitors to add their reviews and ratings. Unlike some other competitions which are just based on votes, Destination Awards required qualitative input from the public. The judges visited 16 towns in one month! This was a rare opportunity to compare towns and discover what makes each one special. It started on 19 September 2012 in Mokopane, Limpopo and ended in Cape Town on 18 October 2012.

Perfect prediction: Stanford River Talk cover for January 2012. The winners A town and a village, both established in 1857, with 2001 census populations of 10,273 and 3,455 respectively, in the Overberg and Winelands regions of the Western Cape won the SA Destination Awards – Montagu as Best Town Destination and Stanford as Best Village Destination. CapeInfo will be promoting both us and Montagu over the next year to help us achieve our goals. In Stanford four catalysts have been identified: • The old Stanford House Hotel which closed several years ago poses a vacuum in the centre of the town. It is for sale and all efforts will be made to find a new owner to bring this gem back to life. • Many casual visitors to Stanford are unaware of the river that runs through it and provides such a leisure amenity. The planned formalisation of the boat launching area with a riverside boardwalk, user-friendly jetty and further amenities will add immeasurably to the town. • Stanford is on the busy tourist route to Gansbaai which sees hundreds of day-visitors in search of great white sharks and whales. • Like most towns, the racial divide has not been overcome. Stanford is of a size where an intervention can be tested and, if successful, replicated elsewhere. A significant sports & IT centre located in Stanford South will give the poorer area a sense of place and purpose, and start driving small towns as places for entrepreneurship and intellectual capital. The Stanford Association of Tourism and Business (Stanfordinfo) would like to thank all of our supporters and participants. Rina de Wet –

Art & Craft Market Sat. 15 December 9.00 a.m. – 12.00 p.m. Pam Golding Properties Queen Victoria Street Stanford

*Support Local*

Stanford Stumble success Saturday 24 November saw the second Stanford Hills Rotary Stumble come alive and in keeping with Rotary tradition it was wet and windy! Over 80 brave souls from fit runners to enthusiastic ‘crawlers’ dismissed the lure of the rugby, warm dry clothes and their sanity to help Rotary Club of Stanford raise R6 000 for the Special Educational Needs Fund. Overall winners were the Flying Slabberts – Paul and Sandra’s wings helped blow them in ahead of all others. Gordon Fenner Solomon took first male team prize and Elaine Teague and Di Barker scooped up the ladies prize. The Hoodies – Peter and Best dressed: Bridget and Laura Sally won the 2km mixed couple Bartleman. prize. The first juniors home were Rebecca and Bianca Bysshe and a special prize for Best Dressed Team went to Laura and Bridget Bartleman who were the only ones dressed for the weather conditions – wetsuits and flippers! Graham Snyman won Best Movember for his great moustache. Rotary would like to thank Peter and Jami of Stanford Hills for hosting the occasion and supplying wine; Sir Robert Stanford Estate, Vaalvlei Wines, Brunia and Birkenhead Brewery for sponsorship of the water tables; Stanford Village Properties for the ladies prize; Stanford Striders and Stanfordinfo who managed to keep the crowds under control; and jazz man Andrew Herriot who played his music free of charge. Rotary Club of Stanford

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Boats for Stanford fishermen

Community leader and head of Stanford’s Community Fishing projects, Salie Cyster, is to be applauded for spearheading the application for boats for Stanford fishermen from The National Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). The DTI has allocated funds for boats in an effort to formalise the informal fishing industry. Stanford fishermen received six boats for their cooperatives which were formed in order to apply for the grant through StratconsultSA (Pty) Ltd, a consultancy working with the DTI to help communities engage in business opportunities. The following Stanford cooperatives received boats during a ceremony held recently on the lawn outside the NGK hall: Emmanuel Fisheries Primary Cooperative; Saambou Multipurpose Primary Cooperative; Siyokha Projects Primary Cooperative; The Wavedancers Primary Cooperative; Octopus Primary Cooperative and Zizonqoba Fisheries Primary Cooperative. There are 71 members of the fishing community involved in these cooperatives. For more Hope for the future: (left to right) Stanford information please fishermen, Henry May, Clinton Moos and contact Salie Cyster on Rodowaan Dreyer. 072 024 8503.

In the family

Congratulations to Linda Paterson who has qualified as an Advanced Life Support Paramedic. Stanford is delighted that she is carrying on the ‘paramedic flag’ in the Paterson family. Mom Yvonne is an Intermediate Life Support Paramedic and sister Jane worked as a volunteer medic many years ago. It is comforting to know we have people with such vital skills in our village.


Six properties in Stanford were issued with sales certificates in October and nine in November. These figures include name transfers.

Vision of need There are many people living in Stanford who are reaching the age where poor health and dwindling finances are forcing them to make the decision to sell their homes and look at retirement complexes, assisted living or even frail-care centres. All are expensive and emotional decisions. However, there are the stirrings of a vision in our village that will offer an alternative option. A community project, headed by resident professionals, Dr Mariaan Steyn, Sr Martie du Toit and social worker Rialet Wood, aims to provide homecare, home maintenance, home nursing, medical and social care. This will assist the elderly in retaining their independence by staying on in their homes as long as possible and provide support for people caring for the elderly. Carers would undergo a comprehensive three-month training course after which they would be available for day/night shifts when necessary. Volunteers would also play a key role in meeting the needs of the sick and/or elderly. If you are in need of these services or know of anyone who would benefit from them, please call 028 341 0540 between 09h00–13h00 weekdays only. To determine interest in this project, a village meeting is planned early in the New Year. Date still to be announced. Kerri Brokensha STANFORD RIVER TALK 7

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Announcement by Rotary Club of Stanford

Wage increase Please be advised that the minimum wages for domestic workers will increase with effect from 1 December. Domestic workers in urban areas, working more than 27 normal hours per week will from 1 December 2012 onwards earn R1746 per month, compared to the R1625.70 of 2012. Domestic workers in rural areas will now earn a minimum wage of R1376,25 per month. According to The Federation of Unions of South Africa (Fedusa), the minimum wages set by the Department of Labour are only a guideline and the bare minimum. Fedusa encourages employers to discuss a realistic increase with their domestic workers which is linked to the rising cost of living. Domestic workers are also protected in terms of the Basic Conditions of Employment Act which makes provision for paid annual leave of 21 consecutive days, family responsibility leave, maternity leave as well as sick leave. Domestic workers are also protected in terms of the maximum working hours per week of 45 hours and 10 hours overtime with a one hour meal break per day and a rest period of 36 hours. According to statistics, South Africa employment in private households has increased from 1098 million in June/September 2011 to 1123 million in June 2012. For more information on domestic wages go to

Showcasing Stanford

Touring the village: The staff of Kleinmond, Hermanus and Gansbaai tourism offices and Overstrand Municipality were treated to an educational tour of Stanford on Thursday 8 November. Many thanks to River Rat, The Art Café, Die Kleine River Valley, Mosaic Farm, Klein River Cheese, Birkenhead Brewery and Stanford Hills for making this tour a success.

BAGS of LOVE… Christmas Cheer for the needy Initiated and coordinated by the Hermanus Catholic Church and now well supported by many others, BAGS of LOVE, synonymous with Christmas and the spirit of giving, encourages donors to fill a bag with basic groceries for the poorest of the poor who have little cheer or comfort at Christmas time. In past years Badisa (Social Services), Stanford NG and United Churches have been very active in promoting BAGS of LOVE, while Rotary Club of Stanford has supplied care packages to the needy. This year we have joined forces and our Rotary member, Tony Coates, will act as sub-coordinator for the campaign in Stanford. All bags donated in Stanford will be distributed in the greater Stanford area. Spar Head Office has supplied large strong bags which contain a list of basic grocery items. To fill a bag with the basics will cost about R120 and with a few treats a bit extra. While you can fill your bag at any food store, both Stanford Spar and Stanford General Dealer have generously offered the filled bag at R120, including extra treats. YOU CAN: • Collect a bag from us, fill it up using the enclosed list and return to us for distribution; • Short of time? Donate cash and a Rotary member will do the shopping for you. Drop the bag and the cash at either Stanford Spar (speak to Nicolene or Ian) or Stanford General Dealer and they will fill it for you. They will also have a few bags in store, and will contact us for collection; • The NG Church and Badisa offices also have a supply of bags; • Contact Tony Coates on 028 341 0349 or 076 053 2567 to collect your bag/s or make a cash donation. Your generosity will be greatly appreciated.

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Music concert


he Hardie family is relocating to Cape Town to find adventure, but they are not selling their Stanford home, oh no. They have planted olive trees here, and when one does that one has to watch them grow and take root. Olive branches, olive trees, olives themselves are special things and are not to be trifled with. So then, why the move? John and Michelle’s children will both be at Rustenburg Girls High School from next year, having lived and enjoyed their childhoods in Stanford. John is on contract in Kalemie, DRC and so, with all this flux, now seems the natural time to take the plunge and move to the Mother City. ‘But we don’t feel as though we are leaving,’ insists Michelle. ‘We’ll come back often, as long as we get invitations!’ Michelle gets emotional as she speaks of the friends she has made in Stanford. ‘It is a rare thing at my age – semi-antique,’ she laughs, ‘to connect with such wonderful people.’ She giggles when she remembers the story of a resident who took her dogs on the longest walk in the history of the world, leaving home at 8am. Passing a friend’s house she was invited in for tea, and a different house for lunch, and yet another house for dinner … after which she staggered home with her dogs at 8pm – now that is Stanford for you! Michelle says her family rolls their eyes when she says she is popping out to Spar for a few minutes, because even buying milk in Stanford can take two hours. She will miss her long interesting chats with people in and outside the Spar and at the post office! So what has it been like with John away in the DRC? Michelle chuckles and says she has reclaimed her kitchen and become a domestic goddess (John is renowned for his cooking). She says she, Ursula and Lydia appreciate him much more now that he is away, and they look forward to seeing him at Christmas time. Conspiratorially, Michelle leans forward and says that she thinks the real reason John has gone to the DRC is in the hopes of finding a forgotten Irma Stern painting. Irma Stern travelled extensively in the Congo (as the DRC was then known), and found it a most exhilarating place that inspired great artistic energy. John has a history of having great luck finding forgotten art, even picking up a Kenneth Baker off a trash heap, ready for the crusher. So he is placing himself in the perfect position for Lady Luck to reward him again, and he has his sights set on Irma. As Sandra pours a katspoegie of wine for us, I ask Michelle for some guidance and advice on how best to look after this adolescent child of theirs, Stanford River Talk. And this is what she had to say, ‘Just have fun, and don’t take anything too personally.’ I think this is a great mantra for life. Have fun, Michelle. May adventure rise to meet you, and may your friends and family wrap their arms around you. Phil Murray

Sweet sounds: Lara Tomlinson on piano supported by her teacher, Janika. Over 30 students played at the end-of-year concert held by The Janika Dorland Music School.


We are sad to say goodbye to Constable Shadrack Gweyi who has been transferred to Caledon Police. The Stanford Constable Gweyi. community would like to thank him for his hard work and dedication to fighting crime in Stanford. Constable Gweyi is known for his big warm smile, people skills and passion for doing a good job and we will miss his presence in the village. We wish him all the best in his new post.

NOTICE FOR ARCHITECTS & DEVELOPERS Stanford Administrative Area • Buildings/other structures/trees older than 60 years • Properties in the Core Conservation Area • Properties/farms greater than 5000 m2 in extent To align the Stanford Heritage Committee’s (SHC) routines to those of other heritage bodies in the Overstrand there will be a change to the submission procedure of applicable sketch plans and working drawings, effective January 2013. The SHC will meet monthly, usually before the 15th. An intention to submit plans to the committee must be lodged at the Overstrand Municipal office in Stanford by the last working day of the previous month. The committee will endeavour to respond to submissions within 3 days of its meeting. The SHC recommends an initial discussion over sketch plans in advance of a formal submission. If required a request for an opportunity to make a presentation will be accommodated. Enquiries to or 082 465 4801.


business talk By the Old Boar

finance matters Contemplations over Christmas The season of joy and celebration is upon us once again. How quickly it comes around – only slightly slower than my plummeting bank balance. Supposedly this is a period of R&R, but for many Stanfordians who rely on the holiday season to fund the rest of the year, this is their busiest time. They have to put in hard work and long hours keeping the ‘immigrants’ happy and helping them spend their bonuses which, hopefully, have not been decimated by the economy. Obama has been re-elected – probably the better of the choices available to the Americans as they try to pilot themselves and the rest of the world out of a mess. Will they run out of money at the end of the year and fall over the ‘fiscal cliff’ that everyone is talking about? I think some sort of skullduggery will keep them going and, perhaps best of all, as new technologies open more resources, it is possible that in 10 years time the USA will be the world’s principal supplier of oil. That will certainly tip the balance of power! Back home we have our own political dilemmas and we are lucky to have talented people such as Zapiro to help us see the funny side of the shenanigans presented to us by members of the ruling party. As always ‘Best wishes for your Christmas’ is all you’ll get from me. But in the wonderful long evenings that bless us at this time of year, spend some time thinking about how lucky we Stanfordians are and think of others less fortunate. And perhaps contemplate mysteries that Mr Einstein never solved – like how is it that a whiff of flatulence can travel at the speed of light?

Wines shine bright

Congratulations to Stanford wines for achieving four stars or more in the 2013 Platter’s South African Wine Guide. Boschrivier: Shiraz 2009**** Brunia: Shiraz 2010****; Sauvignon Blanc**** Raka: Cab-Sauv 2010 ****; Cab-Franc 2009 ****; Malbec 2009****; Mouverdre 2009****; Petit Verdot 2010****; Biography Shiraz 2010**** ½; Figurehead Cape blend 2009**** Sir Robert Stanford Estate: Shiraz 2010 ****; Hansom 2010 **** ½ stars; Sauvignon Blanc 2012 **** Springfontein: Jonathan’s Ridge Pinotage 2009****; Jonathan’s Ridge Mendocino Pinotage 2009****; Jil’s Dune Chenin Blanc 2010**** Stanford Hills: Jacksons Pinotage 2011 ****; Jacksons Chardonnay 2011 ****

Irreverent colour and pattern A little piece of Stanford now smiles from the shelves of Mr Price Home stores across the country. Kiekie, a graphic design company founded by Stanfordians, Catch Caccivio and Sandra Slabbert, was scouted to be part of Mr Price Home’s Co-Lab Collection, showcasing South Africa’s trending talent. Well done, girls, you have made your village proud. Phil Murray * Stanfordians will have to travel to Mr Price Home Somerset Mall to purchase Kiekie items ranging from scatter cushions, table cloths, aprons, tea towels and pouffes.

Stanford Valley News

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The talented, charismatic trio Vanessa Harris, Margeaux and Delray Burns perform the greatest chart topping hits from the past fifty years featuring covers of artists such as Tina Turner, Cher, Justin Bieber and Elton John. The girls perform live vocals with heaps of attitude and sassy moves to match. These three gorgeous and equally talented performers own the stage and will wow the audience with their powerful harmonies and slick choreography. That’s not all… keep your thinking caps on, because the show is a game and the whole audience gets to play along. It’s a foot-tapping, mind-boggling affair – an hour of world-class entertainment to get everyone in the groove. Come play! Join us at Stanford Valley for the show and a plate of light snacks. Bring a group/table of 4, 6, 8, or 10 friends and your own wine and enjoy an evening of seriously good fun. Saturday December 8th, 7:30 for 8:00pm Cost: R150 Contact Eric on 0721980862 to book your place or e-mail Stanford Valley Farm is not licenced, so please bring your own drinks STANFORD RIVER TALK 10



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life talk

Letter to Luda Cath Croxton our ex-Kazakhstan correspondent now living in Stanford continues her musings to her friend Luda, back in Kazakhstan

Strikes and chocolate


t’s odd but as the months fly by and I settle more and more into my new country, my time in Kazakhstan and Central Asia seems to be fading into the murky shadows of the past. I have a new reality now and it is very different. As I said, I have moved to somewhere without an ‘end-date’ and I can feel the roots digging deep as I speak. Yet, my connections with your land are not yet severed. I still hear stories from time to time and some things happen here that remind me of Kazakhstan. All people share the same struggles and issues wherever they live and whatever language they speak. There are some basic key necessities that should be readily available for all; including a living wage, decent housing, clean water, access to health and education, and most importantly a sense of hope. South Africa believes itself to be a modern developing society but there are far too many people who don’t have these things. And there are far too many people who have way more than they need. Blatant inequalities I find hard to swallow.

Kazakhstan has the same issues but it deals with them in a different way. Take for instance Kazakhstan’s striking oil workers and South Africa’s striking miners. Both groups are fighting for a fair wage. Both groups take huge physical risks to earn their money but what they earn is a pittance in comparison with the remuneration of their bosses and the shareholders who invest in these operations. Both protests have led to human tragedy with dozens of strikers and protesters being killed by trigger-happy police. However, in Kazakhstan these stories are muted. The papers hardly mention it and the accused ringleader has been the subject of a ‘show-trial’ and is now safely behind bars. The government is even contemplating changing the name of the town involved from Zhanaozen to Beket-Ata. Some people say it is an attempt to wipe the town (and its history) off the map. Here in South Africa, the government would love to have a ‘show-trial’ and lock up a few individuals but they daren’t. Marikana (the site of our atrocity) is a

word on everybody’s lips, and on every newspaper’s front page. Some predict that the after-shocks might bring down the ANC government. On a slightly sweeter note, I see you had a recent chocolate controversy. Apparently a chocolate manufacturer from Obzhorka created a new range of adult chocolates modelled on eight Kama Sutra illustrations (the ancient Hindu sex-life manual). Unfortunately, this did not go down well with your Muslim compatriots and public prosecutors are now investigating the company. But I think it’s a great idea and South African chocolate manufacturers should take note. After all chocolate is so boring. Cadbury’s, or the fancier Lindt, dominates our shelves. But we all love it – women especially. There is nothing like curling up in front of the TV with a bar – so why not heighten this great oral pleasure and give us the option of sucking on something more physical in shape? Well done Kazakhstan for coming up with the idea. I am impressed.

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history talk

Obesity in pets

History on foot

By Stanford veterinarian, Dr Olga Koorts

Phil Murray shows us how to slow down over the holidays and soak up the rich history of Stanford The booklet Historical Stanford on Foot, published by Stanford Heritage Committee, provides a charming and delightful way to mosey around the village, following the route map which ‘Pacmans’ its way around the town, pointing out the numbered houses and buildings. Walking around the village this way offers sprint walkers and shamblers, dog walkers and child herders an opportunity to read up a little piece of history on each residence, the original purpose of the building, or the eccentric original owner, while also allowing one to vaguely voyeuristically peer into other people’s gardens and homes . . . Stanford is proud of its heritage. Our little village puffs out its chest and shows off its popular Victorian cottages, ‘eclectic villas’ with distinctive Cape Dutch gables, the stone masonry of the Dutch Reformed Church, simple farm cottages and grand, sprawling farmhouses. Villagers have dug deep into their own pockets to preserve the beauty of history without its mustiness. Attention to detail in all renovations makes the difference between authenticity and vulgarity. Thatch is preserved and corrugated iron is laid in stripes where it is right. Wonky loft ladders teeter and wooden window shutters open their eyes to see. Gardens range from English country to French potager to wild fynbos, and the leiwater system drenches the veggie patches with mineral water. Old cities the world over offer historical tours; guided or unguided; by bus, boat or foot; with booklet or audio device, and Stanford’s walking tour is amongst those that are truly worth it. Coupled with the Art Stroll, the historical walk is unpushy, quirky, interesting and endearingly personal. Get your booklet at Stanfordinfo in Queen Victoria Street and set your own pace.

Historical landmark: Bugler’s Cottage

Obesity is the most common nutritional disease in household pets. Almost 50% of dogs seen by veterinarians are overweight! Although certain diseases such as thyroid problems and arthritis contribute to weight problems, the most common reasons remain owner-related – too little exercise and too many calories consumed. A common misconception is that neutering is the cause of obesity. Overweight pets are at the same risk from obesity-related diseases such as heart problems, diabetes and arthritis as humans. Studies agree that obesity shortens life. So how do you know if Fifi is overweight? A simple test is to run your hands over her ribs. They should be easily felt. She should also have a distinct waist when viewed from the side and above.

Tips i to keep your pet trim • everybody in the household must commit; • reduce calorie intake by increasing fibre and decreasing calories – special diets are available; • do not leave a dish of food out at all times; • no snacks; • increase exercise – strolls are not considered exercise; by the end of a short-leashed walk (without sniffs) both you and your dog should be breathing faster; • increase exercise for cats by using toys such as laser pointers; • and monitor weight loss by weighing at regular intervals. Remember, just like humans liaise with a medical doctor, it is important to consult your vet before starting your pet on a diet or an intensive exercise programme. * Stanford Animal Welfare is on Facebook. Like them at Stanford Animal Welfare Society to see what they are up to.


Unravelling Stanford’s history When the new owners of 11 Morton Street (Bugler’s Cottage) recently received their title deed, they were intrigued by the date the property was first transferred – 10 June 1857! This means that it was a labourer’s cottage on the original farm of Robert Stanford, and transferred into the name of whoever lived in it when Stanford was proclaimed a village in 1857. If this is the case, it is the only labourer’s cottage in Stanford of which the exterior has not been changed, and therefore one of Stanford’s most precious historical assets. Strangely enough it does not appear on the recently compiled list of historical buildings in Stanford – an oversight which will have to be corrected. It would be interesting to know which other houses in Stanford (especially along Caledon Street) have 1857 as their first date of transfer. This would give so much more background for the museum that is planned for Stanford. If you have any such information, please call me on 028 341 0430 or email The house was named Bugler’s Cottage because Mr Swart, the postman, lived in the cottage in the early 1900s. He had to collect the post by horse and cart in Hermanus. When he crossed the bridge over the Klein River, he used to blow his bugle to alert the villagers that the post was coming. Swart was slightly crippled and thus known as Hans Hinkepink. Bea Whittaker

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sport talk


The November hike was scheduled for a fynbos trail in Napier but because of heavy rains which made the area inaccessible, it was changed to ‘Grootberg’ in the Flower Valley area. The hike, led by At Roux, was well attended. There was an abundance of flowers in bloom and the view from the top of the mountain was stunning. Shortly after reaching the summit, the mist rolled in but fortunately it did not last long. We ended the 10km hike walking through the indigenous forests. Rob Koppel • Hikes for the early months of 2013 will be announced in the January edition.

ENTER YOUR POT! Share your culinary delights in the potjie e competition at the S.C.G on 26th December. Individual or teams entries welcome. Compete against the cricket teams playing on the day. For more information contact Johan on 082 550 3552.

The Fynbos Trail Few people have an inkling of the treasures hidden in the hills to your left as you drive along the R43 between Stanford and Gansbaai. The threeday, 26km Fynbos Trail meanders through hidden pockets of indigenous forest alive with birds, to Tolkeinesque dells of dense lichens, tumbling waterfalls and streams and, you guessed it, through exquisite fynbos. It’s a true voyage of discovery, led by passionate, expert guides Sean Privett and Billy Robertson who point out the various endemics and rare species and explain the role that the various birds, ants, fire and other participants play in the symphony that is fynbos. More than 800 fynbos species have been identified along the route and, whatever time of year you walk there’s always something in bloom. As you walk, you learn about the remarkable diversity and fascinating ecology of the proteas, ericas, reeds and wonderful bulbs, gaining an understanding of their preferred habitats and many stories of co-existence and survival. There are swimming opportunities in the dams and pools on each day and the views of Walker Bay, across to Dyer Island and over the rolling hills are stunning. But it’s not just the natural beauty that makes this trail so special. It’s the people you will meet along the way; the beautiful accommodation at Fynbos Retreat and Bodhi Khaya; the meals and hospitality; planting a tree as part of the Stinkhoutsbos Forest restoration project on Flower Valley; local wine tasting and a celebratory lunch at Grootbos on completion of the journey. For more information on the Fynbos trail and the newly launched Discovery day trails from Fynbos Retreat see:

Tae-bo queens: (left to right) Sandy Jardine, Anna Tomlinson, Sandra Slabbert, Tina Louw and Sarah Gordon represented Stanford in the SAJKA Tae-Bo Competition held in Hermanus recently. According to reports, they only just missed out on the winning title (not good enough at sit-ups) and first place went to the Hermanus team. But all was not lost. Sandra Slabbert knocked the socks off everyone in the individual entry walking off with the trophy for Best Tae-Bo in technique and fitness. Sweet victory. Well done Sandra! RUNNING TIMES Die Vlakte Marathon 42.2km: Sarah Gordon 3:33 (PB) and Andre Koekemoer 3:85. 10km: Tina Louw 0:55 min.

* Congratulations to Sarah Gordon who finished in second place

overall and was first in her age group with a personal best of 3:33 for 42.2km. The speed queen of Stanford does it again!

Rural ramble When an artist and a botanist go a-biking Living in and around Stanford we have an abundance of fantastic hiking, trail running and mountain biking routes to choose from. By Sean Privett I have always wanted to mountain bike from Stanford to Cape Agulhas and a few weeks ago joined Baardskeedersbos artist Neil Jonker on a ride across the Agulhas Plain. The day dawned wind-still and we were on our steel steeds just after six in the morning. Powered by Neil’s freshly concocted green veggie juice, we meandered along the back roads from Baardskeedersbos through the fynbos and farmlands to Viljoenshof. There I stocked up on some toxic treats at the local general dealer – who supplies an interesting menagerie of items from locally produced gifts, padded bicycle seat covers to tractor tube patches. From Viljoenshof we rode past some beautiful relic islands of endangered Elim fynbos, stopping to marvel at the intricacy of mouse-pollinated pincushions and scheming up plans of using sculptures to draw attention to these last bastions of our unique floral heritage. Then it was on to the magnificent, pristine stretch of coastline between Rietfontein and Brandfontein in the Agulhas National Park. Good rains in October means plenty of long-tongued horseflies in November, unwieldy creatures that pollinate many equally longtubed flowers and have a fondness for human blood. Somehow they seemed to prefer the botanist to the artist’s blood resulting in a long cold swim when we reached the end of the sandy track at Brandfontein. A more beautiful and isolated stretch of coastline I have never ridden, and we both agreed that despite having to push our bikes along much of the track this was the highlight of the day. A little while later we parted ways – Neil heading northwards to Bredasdorp via the site of the original fence constructed by a forward-thinking farmer to protect the last Bontebok, and myself back west through the quaint thatched cottages and historical buildings of Elim – unanimous in the knowledge that there was still plenty to discover and many more tracks to explore in our back yard. STANFORD STA TAN ANFO NFORD RIVER NFORD RIVER TALK TALK 15 15

The Boy Friend – Stanford’s home-grown musical It’s finally here! After nearly six months of practising, our amateur thespians, The Stanford Players are ready to bring the church hall stage to life with the musical The Boy Friend. Set in the carefree world of the French Riviera in the Roaring Twenties, The Boy Friend, written by Sandy Wilson, is a comic pastiche of 1920’s shows. The musical’s original 1954 London production ran for 2 078 performances, making it briefly the third-longest running musical in West End or Broadway history. This musical marked Julie Andrews’ American stage debut.

Here is your guide to who’s who in the musical.

Thaya Bedford Thaya plays the lead role of Polly; a young, shy, rich girl attending a finishing school in the south of France. She has been sent there by her busy father. She is wooed throughout the play. Thaya lives in Stanford and runs a vintage online store.

Bea Whittaker Bea plays the role of Madame Dubonnet, the headmistress in charge of the girls at her finishing school. She lives in Stanford and has her own consultancy business.

Phillip Gordon Phillip is the young and dashing male lead Tony, who falls in love with Polly. He is the son of aristocracy but has been sidetracked by life. In real life Phillip is a radio presenter for Whale Coast FM.

Mortimer Lee Mortimer takes the role of the rich business tycoon widower, Percival, and father to Polly. He works for Bouchard Finlayson Estate in the Hemel en Aarde valley.

Annaliese Lubowski Annaliese plays Nancy, one of the girls at the finishing school. She is an attorney and a qualified natural therapist, and she lives in Stanford. STANFORD RIVER TALK 16

Michelle Hardie Michelle plays the bossy Lady Brockhurst, who keeps her slightly errant and flirtatious husband in check. She is the outgoing editor of Stanford River Talk.

Janet Marshall Janet plays the role of Dulcie, one of the girls in the musical. She is a presenter for Whale Coast FM and lives in Stanford.

Clinton Burls Clinton is Alphonse, one of the male dancers. He recently arrived in Stanford with his family and runs his own business.

Rasheed Khota Rasheed plays the delightful role of Lord Brockhurst, henpecked but savvy at having flirtations with the ladies. He is retired and lives in Stanford.

Ian Pieters Ian is one of they young men in the show. In his role he is a rich South African and has an eye for the French maid, Hortense. Ian lives in Stanford and works at the Spar.

Brosnan Robertson Brosnan is Marcel, one of the male dancers. He is at Hermanus High and lives in Stanford.

Laina Lesicnik Laina is the Stage and Dance Director. She is the ‘find’ of the year and has the dual role of Choreographer Extraordinaire and Stage Director. She is fairly new to Stanford and lives on Klein River Cheese Farm.

Cathryn Herriot Cathryn plays the role of narrator to ensure that the audience are kept abreast of the spoofiness of the plot and the mysteries surrounding the extraordinary medley of characters.

Sarah James Special mention of our long-suffering prompt must be made. During rehearsals over the past six months, Sarah has sat in the wings helping the cast with their words.

Rina de Wet Rina plays Hortense, the saucy French maid at the school who tries to protect the girls’ innocence from the temptations of boys. She is also the producer of the play. Rina lives in Stanford and is the marketing consultant for Stanfordinfo.

Andrew Herriot Andrew is the Musical Director and makes sure everyone stays in tune! In real life he is Stanford’s jazz man and plays for audiences all over the Overstrand.

Tayana Dorland, Indica Squires, Ruby Walne and Reuben Burls all live in Stanford and dance in the musical. They are our future musical and stage actors.

Thanks go to the following people working behind the scenes: Stewart Alcock – stage manager; Erwin Lesicnik, Ian Wilson, and Barry Jones – stage builders; Lyn Mossop, Cobus van Niekerk, Val Myburgh and Sarah Abbott – stage designers; and Retha Fourie – back stage.

Where and when

The Boy Friend will be performed on Thursday 20 and Saturday 22 December at the Dutch Reformed Church Hall. Tickets are available at Stanfordinfo, Queen Victoria Street. Call 028 3410 340.


nature talk

Tadpoles of Stanford

By Naas Terblanche

Catching tadpoles and watching them grow is part of childhood . . .


think it appropriate to discuss tadpoles as there are millions around at this time of year. I don’t think it will do any harm if you put a few in a glass container with clean water (not chlorinated tap water – get some from a pond or stream) and feed them chopped lettuce which has been briefly cooked. Replace the water regularly and watch how they develop. You can release them later. Frogs are amphibians as you know. The word amphibious is derived from the Greek words Amphi meaning two and bios meaning life. Amphibious therefore means that they have two lives; one in water as a ‘fish’ with fins and gills with which to breathe; and then a second life as an animal with four limbs with which to walk or jump and a pair of lungs to breathe. When fertilised frog eggs hatch, tadpoles emerge and begin to swim. There are two main types of tadpoles. First the benthonic type which lives at the bottom of the water

source and feeds on debris, algae and plant material. These tadpoles have mouths that are positioned at the bottom front of their bodies. Their mouths are adapted to feeding on plant material. They sometimes have several rows of hard teeth-like structures and soft papillae on the outside of their mouths. Most of our waterbreeding frogs are benthonic. The other main type of tadpole is the nektonic. They usually hang upside down in the middle layer of water and filter plankton from this position. They create upward water currents with their tail movements which help to circulate the water to move new sources of plankton-rich water to them. The Platanna tadpole is a classic example of a nektonic tadpole. Although it is difficult and sometimes confusing to try and identify the different types of frog tadpoles, look at these photos and sketches and try to note the differences in appearance.

Heads & tales

By Sally Hood

Since I last shared news with you in 2011, the farm has continued to flourish. The wonderful winter rains have filled the dams to busting point and the animals have grown fitter and fatter. We now have two horses and a growing flock of sheep to add to our wild contingent. There never ceases to be something of interest to enjoy but none stranger than the events of last Sunday.


zee and I returned from our early morning walk to a curious scene being acted out in the very middle of the farm. Deep in the long grass almost hidden from the naked eye, was a new born lamb being closely attended by ... a zebra! There was no adult sheep close by and the only possible mum could have been the ewe about 100m away, grazing contentedly with a new-born lamb. This mum obviously had had twins and the first born had been found by the broody zebra mare. We walked out into the veld, shooed Mrs Zebbie away, picked up the baby and took it to the ewe, who by this time was alerted to the fact that she had another baby to attend to, by the pitiful bleating of the abandoned lamb. All was well and mum and baby had a joyful reunion. This, however, was not to last long! Later that day we arrived back from our afternoon walk with our vertically challenged geriatric Jack Russell, when we noticed that the baby lamb was back with the zebra herd again. We allowed this situation to play itself out for a while to see if the zebra was going to walk off and leave the baby to be reunited with mum. However, she was adamant that this was going to be her baby, and imprinting had already done its job. Everywhere she moved the little lamb followed gambolling happily at her hooves. This obviously could not continue, so another rescue job was mounted and baby lamb came to spend the night in our spare bathroom, where she soon settled down after a good drink. Early the next morning we were amazed to see the zeebie mare actively kidnapping the remaining lamb. She forced herself between mum and baby and scared off the poor ewe and then herded the lamb towards the other zebra. This needed some serious intervention and so Mpangusha’s son came in the trusty Colt and literally drove the zebra away from the sheep, picked up the lamb and after herding the sheep into a pen for safety, reunited both babies with a very happy mum. And so ends the tale of the broody zebra and the new-born lamb. * Swahili terms: Mpangusha - landlord , Mzee - term of respect for aging husband! STANFORD RIVER TALK 18

A bird in the hand

The drama began with a commotion on the roof – black crows were attacking a young Yellowbilled Kite. This raptor is a huge bird with a wingspan up to 140cm. There was much pecking and flapping during the attack resulting in the Kite falling to the ground unable to fly. Along came Melody Schweyer, birdwoman extraordinaire. With help from weekend guests, Melody transferred the bird to her laundry room where it was given water via an eye dropper. This was followed by delicious titbits of raw chicken breast. All the time Melody was feeding the bird she whistled and spoke softly to it. By the next day the Kite was taking food from her hand. Unfortunately the bird did manage to sink its claws into her hand and was close to having its own neck wrung! Painfully the claws were removed one by one leaving Melody with a numb thumb. Susan Swart came to the rescue by stuffing Epsom salts inside raisins, placing them on the wounds and bandaging them. This ancient Boereraad drew all the infection from Melody’s hand. A vet in Hermanus has splinted the Kite’s broken leg and it is now doing well and enjoying meals of dead mice. In six weeks’ time the raptor will be set free in the Gansbaai area. Thank goodness we have people in our village who care enough to help distressed birds – thank you Melody. Annie Ranger

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Prefects 2013: (front left to right) Muricia Appel (vice head girl); Zander Anderson; James Gordon; Marco Muller; Sonja Louw; (front left to right) Rafick Bedi (vice head boy); Gabriel Stratford (head boy); Noël Boshoff; Anrika Brand; Amy Hattingh; Chelaine Dickson; and Tume Bester (head girl).

Hostel prefects 2013: (back left to right) Rafick Bedi, Paul de Waal (headboy); (middle left) Lee-Ann Prins (headgirl); (front left to right) Zander Anderson; and Coenette Goss. Media prefects 2013: (front left to right) Griffin Foxcroft; Johannely Appel; Mar-Lizé Potgieter; (middle left to right) Kelley May; Milleney Julies; Brenzil Tobias; (back left to right) Paul de Waal (head prefect); Jo-Cesta Koopman; and Daniel v/d Walt. Absent: Japie Louw.

Academic colours: (front left to right) Griffin Foxcroft 87.8% (Gr4); Gregory Muller 80.4% (Gr4); (back left to right) Gabriel Stratford 88.2% (Gr6); Anrika Brand 85.2% (Gr4); Amy Hatting 81.5% (Gr5) and Tumé Bester 80.9% (Gr6).

Best bilingual learners: (left to right) Rafick Bedi; Gabriel Stratford; Tumé Bester; and Muricia Appel.

Sportman en Sportvrou 2012: Kyle Bent en Kelly May.

Best progress rugby: (front) Gian Bester U11; (back left to right) Kyle Bent U13; and Geolin Baartman U14. Best progress netball: (front left to right) Genéve Goedeman U10; Leonay Plaatjies U10; (back left to right) Shilla Senzani U13; Sisipho Skiti U1; and Amy Hattingh U11.

Skaak – Suid-Boland Liga Wenners O/13, sertifikaat, medalje en een Suid-Boland Wissel trofee: (links na regs) Simon Kronk; Hamish Ground; en Dylan Jonker.

Chris and Amanda Geldenhuys Trophy: Kirra Jardine for Achievement in Grade 7: Leadership, setting an example, loyalty, sportsmanship, wide interest, friendly nature, sense of duty and diligence. Hulpvaardigheid: Mary-Ann Lewies. STANFORD RIVER TALK 20

Best cricket progress: (left to right) Kyle Bent senior cricket; Beyano Braaf mini cricket; and Luke Taberham U/11.

Best progress soccer: John Malgas.

Graduation Day at Funimfundo Pre-School


mbitions run high in Stanford’s Die Kop community and this was clear during the celebrations for the graduation of 15 Grade R learners from Funimfundo Pre-School. When asked by their headteacher, Nonkosinathi Apleni, what they wanted to be when they grew up, the 5 and 6 year olds announced through a large microphone to the cheering, tearful and proud audience their plans to be doctors, teachers, policemen and women. One child also announced his wish to be a kung-fu artist! The support from the crowd was audible. The whole community gathered for the

event. There was cheering and singing, dancing, prayers and food. When mothers weren’t dancing traditional Xhosa routines and community leaders weren’t wishing the children a bright future, the children and guests moved to the beats from the disco sound system. Stanford policeman, Chris Mgu was the Master of Ceremonies and community leaders, Simon Jacob and Mr L Nonyusa both used the opportunity to thank local NGO, Food 4 Thought, for helping to set up the school, assisting with the physical management of the school and for its continual fund-raising efforts.

Funimfundo (‘seeking knowledge’) is a community run pre-school teaching 50 young learners aged 3 to 6. Tuition is in Xhosa language with the focus on building the basic skills needed to allow children to excel at later stages of schooling and life. For more information see: We actively encourage people to visit our school. Please call 028 341 0401 or 083 240 8454 for more information. Local businesses The Stanford Table restaurant and Compuworld SMB Server Solutions, support Funimfundo. Cath Croxton

Proud moment: Tiny-tot graduates, their teachers and carers pose for the camera to preserve this auspicious occasion. (Back left to right) Anele Mgeni (home-based carer); Sandisiwe Gwija (teacher); Nandipha Mthanyana (teacher); Nonkosinathi Apleni (headteacher); Maryanne Ward (chairperson); Roland Stevenson (driver & maintenance manager); Simon Jacob (community leader); Chris Mgu (Stanford policeman). (Front left to right) Desnay Pieters; Lisanda Zawula; Asiphile Sidelo; Inam Bukatya; Esihle Valiko; Mpho Inam Meslane; Elethu Mgu; Sonwabise Ntonto; Inam Badula; Sandise Bangani; Asakhe Mthanyana; Awakhe Lubilo; Liyema Mafumbuka; and Khanyisa Tyhaliti.

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Grootbos Graduates The Grootbos Foundation is proud to announce that a new group of students will be graduating from both our Green Futures Horticultural and Life Skills Training programme as well as from our Growing the Future Food Production and Life Skills Training programme. Our students have learnt the following skills during the past year – Green Futures: Plant identification; An appreciation of fynbos and its ecology; How to use fynbos in indigenous gardening; Fynbos propagation and nursery skills ; Garden design, garden establishment and maintenance using water-wise techniques; Numeracy and literacy; Interpersonal skills; Basic computer skills; Basic business skills; and First Aid. Growing the Future: Organic vegetable growing; Basic soil science, soil improvement and soil preparation; Propagation techniques, planting and care of vegetables; Seasonal planting, interplanting; Basic permaculture concepts; Organic feeding and pest control regimes; Beekeeping and the processing of honey; Basic animal husbandry which includes taking care of pigs and chickens; Life Skills Training which includes literacy, life orientation and basic computer skills; and First Aid. All of our students are available for employment. For more information, please contact Susan Lochner for Green Future students on (082 436 4730), or Viola Siyotywa for Growing the Future students on (084 830 7489), or Grootbos Foundation office (028 384 8048). GREEN FUTURES STUDENTS

Akhona Mbezeni – I like working with anything to do with nature. Although I would like to be a guide, I can also do landscaping, design and many other things from my experience at Green Futures.

Luthando Folitshi – I would like to work in a nursery because I like to work with plants. I know how to do cuttings of fynbos and other indigenous plants. I would like to work with people so that we can help each other.


Khanyisa Dyesi – I can work in a big nursery, do landscaping or work anywhere where I can deal with nature. I also wish to further my studies and learn more.

Luyanda Siyotywa – I learnt more about plants and can do cuttings of special fynbos as well as other plant species. I also like to do landscaping and planting.

Vuyiswa Higa – I can maintain a garden by weeding, pruning and planting and also propagate plants in the nursery. I am a passionate person and I love nature and taking care of the environment.

William Pheliso – I learnt a lot of different things during my time at Green Futures. I would like to do garden maintenance or landscaping.

Ziyanda Bayi – I have learnt many things including: how to prepare soil; make compost; make organic sprays as well as how to extract honey.

Asanda Masela – I learnt how to plant without using chemical fertilisers, control pests by using organic sprays and companion planting, as well as a lot about permaculture, designing and managing a space.

Amanda Condoba – I learnt a lot about planting vegetables, as well as computers, beekeeping and preserves.

Nwabisa Masela – I learnt a lot about making healthy food from the garden and how to plant vegetables; how to compost and make good soil. I love my work.

Sinethemba Siqwepu – I have learnt many things during my year at Growing the Future including soil preparation for planting, computer skills and beekeeping.

Anchelle Damon – I have learnt a lot about permaculture, agriculture, making compost, different types of soil, worm leachate, natural fertilisers and companion planting, making three dimensional gardens, as well as beekeeping and animal husbandry.

Nobubele Adonis – I have learnt a lot about computers, different vegetables, composting, and making my own sprays.

Noxolo Ntlongotya – I have learnt about food production, animal husbandry, beekeeping and life skills. STANFORD RIVER TALK 23

garden talk

(continued from last month)

By Suzanne-Francoise Rossouw

Spring weeds On a daily basis, customers bring samples of all types of plants to the nursery to be identified. This includes weeds found in the veld or people’s gardens. So here are a few that are probably currently growing in yours . . .

BROMUS DIANDRUS (Predikantsluis/Ripgut brome)

LOLIUM MULTIFLORUM (Italiaanse raaigras/Italian rye grass)

This is a fast-spreading annual grass in the Western Cape originating from Mediterranean countries. The long grass seeds were developed to hook into anything that brushed past. You’ll find them stuck in your socks and trousers if you walk in any area in which they grow. This grass is not good to have near grazing animals as it hooks into the animal’s skin and cause abscesses. Dogs get them stuck in the soft tissue of their paws or in their thick coats. If they are not removed immediately they cause an infection. It is very difficult to kill this grass; the seedlings usually dig back deep in the soil as soon as they germinate.

This annual grass can be found distributed all across South Africa. The grass originates from Europe and is one of the rye grass varieties sown for grazing. The grass has a tendency to self-sow and distribute its seeds into the wild. It is a real pest in wheat fields. It is easily controlled with grass-specific weed killers.

TARAXACUM OFFICINALE (Perdeblom/Common Dandelion) Dandelions are commonly found in home gardens growing in flowerbeds and in lawn. This is a useful weed if you do your research. The leaves are eaten by all animals and are a favourite for tortoises. If you like the taste, they can be put in salads or cooked as a vegetable dish. The roots are used medicinally for many ailments and as a coffee replacement. The young plants are easily treated with systemic weed killers or can be removed by hand.


IPOMOEA CAIRICA This is a fast-growing indigenous climber that can be used to cover any fence fairly quickly. It does have a tendency to strangle other plants in its quest to grow towards light. This plant is family of the morning glory that has been declared an invasive plant in South Africa. They are easily removed by hand.

Environ talk

Understanding how Stanford sewage works Grey Beard says, ‘You too, can help to stop sewage polluting our river’


he pollution of our drinking water has become an international problem, as man strives ever more diligently (and avariciously) for perfection. In Stanford we enjoy a near-pristine environment, with a beautiful river and wetlands supporting the birdlife that makes this part of the Overberg very special, attracting many visitors upon whose patronage residents depend for their financial largesse. But it is not only the birdlife – the beauty, the heritage, and architectural aspects of our village are attractive to both visitors and residents. To minimise the possibility of pollution, a little common sense goes a long way. Essentially, when we suffer a power cut – Don’t pull the Chain. Surely it is logical that if there is no power at the sewage pump stations and the waste water treatment plant (sewerage works), they won’t be able to operate either? Pump stations are so designed that they overflow when full. To understand how sewage reaches the works, it is necessary to know how the reticulation system functions. Here it is in Noddy language. Your drains run from your home, carrying both sewage (black water) and wash water (grey water) from the bath, shower, sink, washing machine etc, and combine into a sewer which flows away (usually by gravity) from your house, down a long pipe. Not long afterwards, this long pipe joins in with other sewers, often on the boundary of your property. This pipe is enlarged at this point (a complex calculation by experts, so we’ll leave this essential bit to the engineers that know). Suffice to say that the liquid raw sewage (both grey and black water combined) finds its way, by gravity, down to the wet well of a sewage pump station. This wet well (similar to a sump or buried tank) can be pretty commodious, and in this case the bigger the better, as the occupied volume counters the risk of overflow. The volume is calculated by engineers for the number of properties served and spare capacity is allowed for in the event of electrical failure and maladministration. The down side of volume is the time taken for the pumps to ‘pump it down’ using electricity paid for by the ratepayers/ property owners in their rates bill. Most well designed large pump stations have two pairs of matched pumps, so wired that only one is ‘on duty’ and there is often a spare pair, in reserve, to cope with an emergency, such as mechanical failure. Large transfer pump stations are usually equipped with two, three or four pairs of pumps and, some in cities, have even more; but they are all inter-wired in case of emergency. Pump No 1 [of a pair] will pump down

about 85% of the sewage, then No 2 will take over to complete the other 15%. This means that 10% of the raw sewage will remain; mostly containing rags and pieces of plastic which sink to the bottom and cause pumps to block. Switch gear is another technicality; the old method, as with many rural satellite stations, they rely upon mercury switches which ‘hang

Don’t flush while the power is off!

natural force of gravity. So our river may well be polluted! Domestic discipline There are two methods to avoid a spillage or overflow: * Don’t use water. * Using a generator to power the sewage pumps. A stand-by generator is all very well, but it costs plenty of bucks; it has to be fuelled, maintained by workshops and managed on site. Often these ‘back-up’ units are more trouble than they are worth, besides the local authority needs one per pump station (often specified by the consulting engineer). Mobile units serving multi-stations are even more subject to abuse and misuse. Then they have to be transported and they incur maintenance problems and management decisions about where they are needed most. There would be an outcry from residents and rate payers if ‘gennys’ were paid for and used only for the odd outage. If they are otherwise employed, there may be a management problem in their correct allocation. So domestic discipline is the answer – Don’t flush while the power is off! (Continued on page 25)

over’ the raw sewage, and turn over when ‘floated’, thereby switching the pumps on. And conversely off when hanging free. More advanced stations rely upon laser telemetry to activate them. Sometimes, depending on the municipal engineer, the wet well could be pumped dry: ‘They must pump the product’. There are professional operational pros and cons at play here! On larger pump stations No 3 & No 4 are kept in reserve, often alternated periodically with No 1 & No 2, to allow even impellor wear (raw sewage is surprisingly abrasive). The exception is if the duty pump is battling (e.g. partially blocked) with items, such as textiles, and the sleeping pump is ‘load’ wired to ‘cut in’ and assist. In smaller, satellite pump stations, the pumps Can you believe this? usually work at a rate of 45 litres Large items like nappies, face cloths and jerseys are per second (about 2,700l/min). caught by a mechanical trap before the raw sewage The rising main (an up-hill or goes into the system for treatment. Smaller items like vertical sewer) into which the raw earbuds slip through and clog the sump and trip the sewage is pumped from the wet pump, resulting in the malfunctioning of the works. This well, may become a gravity line happens about every two weeks. The sewerage works (when it gets over its summit – highest point of the natural ground can only operate efficiently if ‘fed’ with the correct waste. The more it has to struggle with unacceptable waste like level), and collect more waste earbuds, newspaper and telephone directory paper, the water from more houses. The harder it has to work to deliver the required effluent. The sewer gets larger in diameter as harder it has to work, the more chemicals, electricity and it progresses towards the works). manpower are needed, thus chasing up our tariffs. So This is the reason why hilly areas next time, please use the waste bin for those earbuds ... like Westville (outside Durban) still Petronella Ferreira use septic tanks for most domestic Manager: Stanford Administration housing (where the soil is suitable for percolation – to enable the soakaways to work properly). Hilly suburbs are expensive pump station-wise, and expensive to operate [electricity-wise], plus they are frequently difficult to ‘get to’ for adequate service. So it follows that if there is a power cut, or outage [as Eskom metaphorically terms it], there will be an overflow. What goes in must come out! – a pint pot will not hold a quart, be it beer, raw, or processed!). Most pump stations Stanford sewage: littered with earbuds. will overflow downhill, aided by the


Playing By Ear Andrew Herriot remembers the Ivy Benson Band


hile digging through the hugely deep annals of jazz and its many sounds, I came across a band that I had forgotten about; The UK Ivy Benson All-Girl Show Band. How could I forget this Swing Band led by a phenomenally technical saxophonist who became a household name in the 1940s, possibly, but not only, because most male musicians were otherwise engaged winning a war? My early memory is through my father. I had the good fortune to meet two sisters, Kay and Betty Yorston in the late 40s who hailed from my neck of the woods in Tranent, Scotland. They played in Ivy’s Benson’s band. I was hopelessly hooked. I wanted to be a jazz man when I grew up. Now, six decades later, ‘dubiously’ grown-up, I had to find out more about Ivy Benson and her girls, all 250 of them apparently! Ivy Benson and her ‘Rhythm Girls’ spanned 1939 to 1982 and at the peak of their fame they entertained British and American troops during WW2 and then into the 50s. You should listen (YouTube) to the HMV 78rpm version of George Bassman’s ‘I’m Getting Sentimental Over You’ (written for Tommy Dorsey) played hauntingly on Ivy’s warm alto sax backed up by strings and brass, very probably to war-weary troops who were yearning to go home. According to my local investigations, the Tranent sisters were part of the Benson orchestra at that time. Interestingly Ivy’s All-Girl uniqueness became a firm favourite with the people of Stuttgart in the 60s almost certainly as a result of the legacy of swing tunes that she left behind during the war years. Ivy and her many Girls carried on playing throughout the 70s and 80s mainly in the UK, appealing to holiday makers in places such as Butlins’ Holiday Camps (remember them?) and that great dance-hall destination, the Isle of Man. Benson with her Girls appeared in an early Jack Warner (Dixon of Dock Green) film The Dummy Talks, various BBC Television series, the 1948 London Olympics; and to top it all Eamonn Andrews successfully surprised Ivy with a This is Your Life episode. She died in 1993, aged 79. It was a monumentally sad day for many wrinkly girlie musicians in the UK who adored her.


Concert in Hermanus INTERNATIONAL GUITAR NIGHT SOUTH AFRICA Summer Season 2012 presented by Tony Cox. With Joel Farad – Canada, Natasha Meister – South Africa/ Canadaand Tony Cox – South Africa. IGN’s summer series focuses on those acoustic guitar players who not only play the guitar purely instrumentally but who also use their skills to provide a scintillating and multitextured accompaniment to their voices. This is in contrast to what is promulgated as the norm, whereby the song is sung with a strumming of the chords behind the voice. Canadian Joel Farad is a perfect example of this art and brings his evocative, thought-provoking and hilarious show to Cape Town for IGN’s summer series. Local acoustic guitarist, Tony Cox has toured extensively with Farad in Canada and has this to say of the man… ‘Joel is one of the true gents of this world, ridiculously talented, just simply a great player, great singer, humble and so very down-toearth…in his shows, he gets all this across and delivers it all with a deadpan sense of humour, the combination is just a killer!’ Also on the bill is another Canadian who is making a name for herself in South Africa and IGN’s first female guitarist, Natasha Meister…along with the show’s creator, South African acoustic guitar guru, Tony Cox. Hermanus Municipal Auditorium. Sunday 16 December @ 19h00. For more information call 079 528 8131. All Bookings: Beverages and snacks available

Coming to a stage near you . . . The Boy Friend Stanford talent brought to you just in time for Christmas! See page 16 for who plays who and how you can get tickets to Stanford’s homegrown musical.

Out of The Hat By Fred Hatman

Is Stanford skating down a slippery slope?


or crying in a ruddy bucket! Or, more humungous fuel-guzzling vehicle down to the pertinently, on a rusty old skateboard. river ... no, wait, drive it over to Hermanus What is going on in Stanford? Will some and plop yourself and your meddling mentality people not rest until our ‘peaceful, rustic, into the Old Harbour. charming old village’ has been turned into I’m fed up to the back teeth with his tripe. another Hermanus, all hustle and bustle and Stanford is a village. With its own charm. SUV-driven motor-muscle? And it’s own rules. Which, in my book, state I don’t know about you but I chose to settle that children and animals have the right of in Stanford precisely because I saw the happy, way. I grew up in a town 43 times the size of smiling children playing in Stanford and we kids the streets, safe from big-city held entire FA Cup When I visited New York attitudes. And because I saw five-a-side tournaments I saw grown men and dogs running freely down every arvie on the large the wandelpad, sticks in their women skateboarding down patch of tarmac and Broadway, hanging on to the gravel where Pelham mouths and coats glistening after a lekker goof in the river. back of yellow taxis to greatly Road met Kinnoull But now we have jobsworths Road. Cars went enhance their speed. with big-city attitudes dictating around us, the drivers that kids not skateboard in the streets but (our parents) smiling and waving. When I rather disappear indoors, consigned to their visited New York I saw grown men and women tender years spent in front of computer screens skateboarding down Broadway, hanging on and games consoles. to the back of yellow taxis to greatly enhance At this point, I can almost hear Drusilla their speed. Which, even I must admit, I Jobsworthy-Boare and/or Mnr Kleinbrein thought a tad dangerous. For the pedestrians Labuschagne rummaging in their drawers for crossing the street. some or other lawbook, in which Rule 2:17 Look. Let’s skate straight to the point here. If [Section 14d] drones on that ‘no child shalt, you feel an urgent and nibbling-away-at-yourunder any circumstances whatsoever, even peabrain need to over-regulate other people’s if the sun should be shining, be in charge of lives then naff off and live in Sandton. a board with wheels, unpropelled by engine Or, even better, make yourself at home in and/or exceeding the power driven by more Australia. I hear Perth is nice at this time of than one freckly little 10-year-old leg, on the year. roads of any conurbation in the land of South Because, if you hang around trying to Africa’. mess with the indescribable beauty of living Phooey! Take your rulebook, stuff it into your in a village where children have the almost chino pant or XXXL floral bloomers, drive your unique opportunity of not growing up to be

Aron’s word

electronically-induced zombies, then you may soon get the smart-alec idea to allow Steers, Video King and Idiots ‘R Us to schmooze into Queen Victoria Street. And don’t even mention any bright-spark concepts of building a skatepark five miles out of town. How clever would that be? Alienating our children so that boring adults can get on with their boring agendas to make Stanford yet another boring town. Pause. Deep breath. Think. Ah! How about we, as a community, choose to not use our vehicles in the village on a Saturday? Yes. A car-free day (unless you need to go outside of the village, of course). How about that? Walk over to the Saturday Morning Market. Stop to natter with your neighbours. Stop to greet complete strangers. Stop to help a friend’s daughter get back up after falling off her skateboard. And close off Queen Victoria Street from Longmarket Street to Shortmarket Street to all cars at the same time. So children can skateboard and ride their bikes in a ‘safe zone’ while their mums and dads convivialise at the market. What? Impossible? You say you can’t imagine popping up to Spar to buy your teabags without using your car. OK. I’m off to live in Baardskeerdersbos. Until you and your ilk turn up there, that is. Looking for ‘peace and quiet’, of course.

Bayethe My South Africans

(Understanding how sewage works, continued from page 25)

Zimbabwe made South Africa prominent

I came through Demoina in Pietermaritzburg and remember that water was cut off during the preceding drought for several days at a time. Fines were imposed on all those who wasted water (used hose pipes when it was taboo). The talk at braais was about meter readings and how much water you hadn’t used. (Remember all you Natalians!). We used to flush only when it smelled really bad. But, all was well, and at least we’re here to tell the tale! Raw sewage, although unsightly, is not as bad as hydrocarbon fuels (diesel). It is a natural product (human manure) and it degrades fairly easily. If it smells bad, there is usually a public outcry, and the municipal phones ring continuously, however dog walkers often accept the unsightliness of ‘soldiers bobbin’ about, if they don’t smell. Next month I’ll explain how to clean and store grey water for irrigating your garden. Grey Beard

I would like to take this opportunity to send my words of gratitude to all my column readers. Allow me to dedicate this month’s column to the Hardie family especially Michelle Hardie, Stanford River Talk newspaper editor. Michelle, if I was God I would make you live forever, but I’m just a person and I’ll give you prayers. If I was a President I would make you prominent, but now I’m just a township boy and I’ll give you ‘Thembelihle’ good-hope. Thank you to Shosholoza train for bringing you from Zimbabwe to South Africa; your timing was good to arrive and it was my privilege to be one of your columnists. You have shown the world that there is no forest made from one tree, but a forest is made by many trees. On behalf of my ‘V.I.Ps’ column readers, we are proud of you for sharing our stories worldwide in a satisfactory manner. You have contributed to Stanford and Overberg history and it rests with authors to write about it. Let me take this opportunity, as well, to say Happy Christmas and a wonderful New Year 2013 to all my ‘V.I.Ps’ column readers. I recommend that all men be Presidents of their homes and let women be the Ministers of Finance in this festive season. Men, by doing so, you will enjoy yourselves because your house will be full of love from your children to their mother. And so I say ‘I wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year’. HAPPY FAREWELL MICHELLE HARDIE! I welcome your comments on this e-mail address:


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AUDREY HAZEL BELL 26 FEBRUARY 1933 – 19 NOVEMBER 2012 We would like you all to remember Audrey as the special and vibrant person whom she was and to celebrate her life. The Paterson family would like to express their appreciation for all the support and condolences during this sad time. A special thanks to Penny, David and Yvonne. A parting message from Audrey: ‘Tomorrow will be a better day. There is always someone worse off than I am.’


D E C E M B E R T I D E TA B L E Sunrise Sunset 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31

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time 1640 1715 1753 1837 1932 2044 2207 2321 ---1234 1327 1418 1508 1557 1645 1732 1819 1908 2003 2113 2239 2357 ---1257 1338 1415 1449 1523 1556 1629 1702

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LOW WATER time height 1028 0.57 1104 0.62 1144 0.69 1232 0.76 0043 0.66 0139 0.72 0250 0.75 0410 0.73 0521 0.65 0621 0.55 0715 0.43 0807 0.34 0857 0.28 0946 0.26 1036 0.30 1126 0.37 1218 0.47 0027 0.46 0115 0.59 0212 0.71 0326 0.79 0450 0.82 0601 0.79 0654 0.73 0735 0.66 0810 0.60 0842 0.55 0913 0.52 0945 0.50 1019 0.51 1053 0.54

What’s on in Dec & Jan time 2245 2320 2359 ---1333 1450 1611 1720 1818 1909 1956 2043 2128 2213 2258 2342 ---1312 1413 1523 1638 1747 1841 1923 1957 2029 2059 2129 2200 2232 2305

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ART & CRAFT MARKET Saturday 15 December. 9am – 12pm. Pam Golding Properties garden. STANFORD’S COMPLETE CHRISTMAS HORSE SHOW Saturday 15 December. From 8am to 4pm on the Village Green. There will be showing classes, fancy dress, a Western display, barrel racing and a ‘Jump me Charlie’. Contact Maureen Wolters on 082 4503 970. MUSIC ON THE LAWN Saturday 15 December. From 6:00pm onwards. Corgi Park, Riverside Lane. Listen to great music under starry skies. Bring rugs and chairs. Food and drink on sale. Proceeds to Stanford Animal Welfare Society. Contact Annie Ranger 028 3410 984. THE BOY FRIEND MUSICAL Thursday 20 and Saturday 22 December. 8.30pm at D.R. Church Hall. Book your tickets at Stanfordinfo. Call 028 3410 340. BOXING DAY CRICKET @ S.C.G Wednesday 26 December. Village Green. 8am start. Whole-day event. Call Mandy Erwee for more information on 082 213 0512. WINE & WISDOM Thursday 3 January 2013. 7pm, R40 pp, Stanford Art Café. Contact Annie Ranger on 028 341 0984.

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Cosy cattery and kennel in lovely country atmosphere. Qualified dog trainer. Well balanced diets, love and care.

028 - 3410 961


weekly timetable

NG GEMEENTE STANFORD Sondae 9:30 in die kerkgebou. Office, tel 028 3410 966. ST THOMAS ANGLICAN CHURCH Morton St, contact Father Joseph Gabriëls 028 3410588 First Sunday of the month 10:30 Communion (Afr). Second Sunday of the month 10:30 Service (Afr) Third Sunday of the month 08:00 Communion (Eng) Fourth Sunday of the month 10:30 Service (Afr) FULL GOSPEL CHURCH OF GOD cnr Queen Victoria & Bezuidenhout St. 09:30 Sunday service. Pastor Johnny van der Schyff • 028 3410 422. VG KERK (next to De Bron School) 10:00 Sunday morning. Maureen Diedericks 028 3410 691. STANFORD UNITED CHURCH ST THOMAS CHURCH, meets at St Thomas Church, Morton St. Interdenominational. English service at 6pm Sunday. Bible Study, 7pm Tuesday night at 45 Queen Victoria St. Secretary Kerri Brokensha 028 341 0077. Monday 5h30 to 6h45pm Vinyasa Yoga with Leli, Studio @ Art Café, Leli, 082 350 0253. Monday 6h00, Running Time Trials 5km, corner Adderley and Longmarket. Monday & Thursday, 5.15pm - 6pm, Pilates, The old Beauty Spot Studio, above Tops Bottle Store, Tracy: 082 441 8307. Monday & Wednesday, 5pm, Canoeing, Slipway Church St, John Finch 028 341 0444, Jan Malan 082 452 9877. Tuesday (5pm to 6pm) & Friday (8.30am to 9.30am), Tae Bo, The old Beauty Spot Studio, above Tops Bottle Store, Ronnie 083 655 4521. Tuesday 8:45 to 10am, Iyengar Yoga with Marianne, Studio @ Art Café. Thursday 8:45 to 10am, Vinyasa Yoga with Leli, Studio @ Art Café, Leli 082 3500 253. Cycling, Tuesday & Thursday 5.30pm cnr de Bruin & Moore Sts, Sunday 6am Caltex Garage David Morrison 082 321 7996, John Finch 082 378 1935 Wednesday, 6.30pm, Stanford Rotary Club Meeting, Art Café. Everyone welcome. Friday, 5pm, Canoe Time Trials, Slipway Church St, John Finch 028 341 0444, Jan Malan 082 452 9877. Saturday, 10am – 12pm, Stanford Saturday Morning Market, Art Gallery Courtyard from Enquiries call Art Café (028) 3410 591. STANFORD RIVER TALK 29

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A Country Escape

Beloftebos Cottages B’s Cottage Blue Gum Country Estate De Klein Rivers Valley Fairhill Nature Reserve Morton Cottage Mosaic Farm Oak Grove Farm Reiersvlei Farm Lodge Reed Cottage Walshacres Riverside Stanford River Lodge The Country Cottage Upton House Villa di Baia

082 320 0982 082 391 5331 028 341 0430 028 341 0116 028 341 0048 079 495 2971 082 450 3970 028 313 2814 082 091 3914 082 213 0512 028 341 0984 082 614 6322 028 341 0444 083 553 0663 079 777 5983 082 336 1573

ACCOUNTING & TAX SERVICES Maryke Brandt 072 172 9545 ALTERATIONS Caitlin’s Dressmaking

083 358 6365


028 341 0048

PEST CONTROL Overberg Pest Control

028 312 2225

079 182 8825

PETS & PET CARE Stanford Kennels Syringa Country Kennels

028 341 0961 028 341 0961

082 732 1284 028 341 0929 074 126 7770

PRINTING & PUBLISHING The Really Famous Publishing CC 079 291 1588

028 341 0708 082 893 2282 072 111 9321

RESTAURANTS 1892 Stanford Spookhuis Art Café Stanford Gallery Barke Restaurant Havercroft’s Madré’s Kitchen

028 313 2814 028 3410 591 028 341 0116 028 3410 603 028 341 0647

SECURITY JSK Wrought Iron Safe Security

083 591 9600 028 341 0801

DRIVING SCHOOL Drive with Cait

083 358 6365

ELECTRICIAN H.C.D Electrical ESTATE AGENTS Marlene’s Properties Michael Thompson Estates Pam Golding Stanford Village Properties FIREWOOD Walshacres

028 341 0685 082 898 4889 082 324 6799 079 395 1763

Stanford Chippers GARDENS & NURSERIES Krige Tree Services Walshacres Willowdale Nursery

082 658 0427 028 341 0685 082 899 1172

SEPTIC TANK TREATMENT Bob Hadley 082 901 9011

HAIR Jeanne Retief

072 318 2478

STORAGE Stanford Storage

082 950 6007

TAXI SERVICE Anytime Transfers

082 858 6765

TRUCKS & TRANSPORT Stanford Bricks

028 341 0685

WEDDING VENUES Beloftebos Mosaic Farm Sir Robert Stanford Estate Stanford Hotel

082 542 9556 028 313 2814 028 341 0647 082 781 1704

ARCHITECTURE Guy Whittle Maureen Wolters

076 113 2741 082 450 3970

ARTS, CRAFTS & GIFTS Ons Winkel Traderoots

HOUSE MANAGEMENT Stanford Country Cottages Village Laundromat

082 320 0982 072 616 0976

028 341 0647 084 643 4504

HOME MAINTENANCE Stanford Country Cottages

082 320 0982


028 313 0660

BOOKS Sir Robert Stanford

INTERIORS Kiwinet Maureen Wolters

028 341 0209 082 450 3970

028 341 0048

CAR CARE J & J Motorwerke

028 341 0410 071 219 9212

COMPUTERS Compuworld SMB Solutions 028 341 0718 084 705 6719 CONFERENCE CENTRE Mosaic Farm

028 313 2814

CONSTRUCTION Stanford Bricks

028 341 0685

LEGAL Alcock & Associates, Attorneys & Conveyancers 074 126 7770


NEWSPAPER Stanford River Talk

Sir Robert Stanford Estate Springfontein Wine Estate

OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES African Queen River Cruises 082 732 1284 028 3410 929 Klein River Picnics 028 3410 693 Platanna 073 318 5078 River Rat Boat Cruises 083 310 0952


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The treated sewerage outlet point into the Kleinriver is at the slipway at the end of Du Toit Street. The stream in the middle of town, starting in the dip in De Bruyn Street, is partly fed by the treated effluent from the waste water treatment works which gets complemented only in winter, by the overflow of the two dams in the middle of town. The two sampling points for the river are thus respectively known as under and above the treated sewerage outlet point. Determinant (e. Coli) Under treated Above treated Sewerage Standard Sewerage Outlet poin Outlet point (Bridge R43 0-130/100ml (Jetty next to erf 396) to Hermanus) SEPTEMBER







079 291 1588

028 341 0432 082 783 7257 028 3410 647 028 341 0651 072 371 7546 028 3410 841

Escherichia coli (E.coli) – bacteria that is a normal inhabitant of the human intestine. Its presence in a sample indicates pollution from human faeces. Total Coliform bacteria – is the name for all the bacteria that produce gas and acid from the fermentation of lactose and its presence in a sample indicates pollution from the intestines of both humans and animals. Heterotrophic Plate Count – is a standard microbiological method used to determine the efficiency of operations to remove or destroy organisms, good and bad, during the treatment process. DETERMINANT



E. coli STANDARD (0/100ml)



Total Coliform bacteria STANDARD (10/100ml)


Heterotrophic Plate Count STANDARD (5000/100ml) 1232

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Celebrations in Stanford

Nellifer Upton 3 December

Irene Ivy 5 December

Taylor and Courtney Anderson 17 December turning 4

Andre Jonas 21 December

Cobus van Niekerk 28 December

Gerry Fourie 25 December

Russel Metcalf 9 December

Jessica Phillips 19 December

Jenny Hayes 11 December

Maureen Wolters 12 December

Kevin Husk 16 December Natalie Husk 21 December

If there is a birthday coming up or special occasion you want to share with the village please email

Bryan Robertson 14 December

Sandy Jardine 17 December

Maureen Diedericks (right) 28 December. Her daughter Leonie Titus (left) 24 December and her son Cameron Damon 30 December

Lyn Morris 26 December

Sean Ingles 30 December





R5 400 000



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PLOTS – large selection, from as little as R295 000 LOOKING FOR HOUSES TO RENT TO A+ TENANTS. STEWART 074 126 7770

beauty b t and d wellness ll centre t XMAS SPECIAL on TUESDAY 11th DECEMBER: BODYOGRAPHY MAKE–UP SALE AT MORTON SQUARE 1. Buy a PRIMER and any FOUNDATION and get a FREE make-over PLUS 20% off any lipstick 2. Buy a PRIMER or a FOUNDATION and get 20% off any lipstick of your choice 3. Buy an EYE SHADOW and get 20% off a LIPLINER 4. Buy a LIP LINER and LIPSTICK and get your LIPͳGLOSS FREE Colette, master makeup artist will be there for a free consultation, so bring your friends too Phone 028 313 0660 to order products and book your slot if you use special 1 above Please note no vouchers

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