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September 2013

Irene Town Crier

Living in peace

irenetowncrier.co.za


Sylvia Gibbons

P R O P E R T I E S

Sylvia Gibbons, 082 374 4778 gibbons@netactive.co.za

Glenda Saxby, 076 316 9632 glenda@netactive.co.za

www.sylviagibbonsproperties.co.za

Passionate about Irene property and proud supporters of the ILA

Greenfields

lawn services glenda@netactive.co.za

Glenda Saxby, 076 316 9632

Your neighbourhood lawn specialist Carroll Townsend, 082 560 9423

Frans Jordaan 082 668 2431

townca@telkomsa.net

GROW A GREENER, HEALTHIER LAWN

We visit your lawn 4 times a year, once every season and apply our magic blends of fertilizers and the agents to control weeds, insects and diseases for the best looking lawn in town.


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Contents Living in peace 4 You said it 6 Irene Village Golf Day 9 Irene Art Exhibition 11 From the ILA 12 New books in the Irene Library

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Irene Primary News 22 Small businesses 26 Small cries 28 Important telephone numbers 30 Front cover photo: Charl de Klerk Deadline for the October 2013 issue of Irene Town Crier is 23 September 2013. Advertising and editorial contact: Tracey Garde 082 460 6007

info@tlgpublishing.co.za

Irene Town Crier is published by TLG Publishing (Pty) Ltd. All material is subject to copyright and permission to reproduce may be obtained from the publisher. Editorial contributions are welcome and can be sent to the publisher. All rights in said editorial contributions, whether it be in the form of a letter or article and whether it includes graphics or not, will be treated as unconditionally assigned for the publication and copyright purposes and material will be subject to TLG Publishing’s unrestricted right to edit and comment editorially. TLG Publishing will place editorial contributions at it’s own discretion, space allowing. Town Crier September 2013


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It always amazes me how Spring seems to happen upon us overnight. It’s my favourite time of year as everything seems to come alive from the budding roses in our garden, to the parakeet dive bombing us as we try to feed the dogs under the tree he has chosen to nest in. I have enjoyed receiving many photos residents are sending through of late and would like to encourage you to keep doing so. Although I may not always be able to feature your pictures on our pages right away, I do keep them all safe for a time when I have some colour space open to display them. These pictures are far too beautiful to print in black and white which won’t do them any justice. So, please continue sharing your views of Irene through your lenses... My diary is filling up at an alarming rate - I have plans to visit the local school carnivals, Irene Homes Thanksgiving and the latest Irene Dramatic Society pantomime, Sleeping Beauty. So much to do before the end of the year is here, I hope I have time to fit it all in! Till next month

Tracey I couldn’t resist republishing this picture posted on the The Village of Irene facebook page he was spotted stealing an egg for breakfast at the Irene Dairy Farm. Apparently the chickens were not happy! Remember to ‘like’ The Village of Irene facebook page so you too can enjoy such posts.

When a king’s face brightens, it means life; his favor is like a rain cloud in spring. Proverbs 16:15

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Irene Homes is celebrating Thanksgiving Day on 21 September 2013 09h00

AGM – Irene Homes Hall

10h00

Senior House – Opening

11h30

Eucharist

12h30

Bring and share Picnic on the front Lawn (This year we are simplifying our picnic with chicken and salad)


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You said it

The opinions expressed in this readers’ column are not necessarily shared by the publisher of the Irene Town Crier. Readers’ views can be e-mailed to info@tlgpublishing.co.za.

Polly got stuck! We had an interesting rescue in our garden recently. Wendy returned home from collecting friends from the airport and Brenda noticed there was a Parakeet sticking its head out of an old Barbet’s nesting log. Not wanting to disturb it they went back inside but returned later to find it struggling to get out. The two Retrievers were very interested in it and were jumping up to see what it was.

The Parakeet had climbed in underneath where the bottom of the log had been pecked out by the birds. It had then tried to get out of the normal entrance but got stuck in the process. Brenda had her finger pecked through her glove attempting to get it out so when I got home I put on my welding gloves which were impervious to attack! Tony and I then sawed the log carefully to extricate poor Polly. It reminded us of the old circus trick where the lady climbs in a box and the magician saws her in half! We finished off the job with metal cutters and finally freed the poor bird. Since the tools were by Stanley we named him that and he flew rather weakly, but much relieved, into the sunset. Moral of the story is that Polly must be careful where he puts his pecker in future! Malcolm Fawkes Lavender Lane.


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Smuts House Museum Jan Smuts Ave, off Nellmapius Rd, Irene

www.smutshouse.co.za

Ouma’s Tea Garden (Tea Garden closed on Mondays)

Small Functions, Arboretum & Trail Art show every 2nd Sunday of the month Dogs on leads welcome Smuts House: 012 667 1176/80 071 100 8481 smutshouse@iburst.co.za Tea Garden: 083 595 7293

Elize van den Berg 082 924 5178 012 667 2273


Irene Art Exhibition The recent Irene Art Exhibition was a great success. The show was dedicated to two wonderful women who ran it for many years in the past (write-up below) and those who visited the show were invited to take a little ceramic creature. 27 Artists, young and old, participated with a great variety of items such as photos, digital prints, drawings, canvasses, watercolours, etchings, brass sculpture, pottery, glassware and fabric bags.


Dear Residents and ILA Members Private schools have just gone back to school after a good long break and before we know it we are rushing headlong into the last quarter of the year. Life seems to be so hectic with many demands on our time and energy and we hope that you are taking just a little time to enjoy the small things in our village that others don’t have the privilege to enjoy. Simple things, like walking the dogs or taking the children for a bike ride or a gentle stroll around the Oval at sunset. Keeping it clean Walks around our village are enjoyable not only due to the sense of security and community that we share and contribute toward but also due to our village being devoid of large amounts of litter and casual advertising that seem to plague every other residential area. We thank those who assist in picking up litter on walks and would encourage our residents to join the ILA in the removal of illegal advertising by removing street pole ads and stickers on everything from sub stations to dustbins and keeping sidewalks clean. (Should anyone want a litter spike, please contact Heather on 083 498 8777). Dog owners who walk their dogs on the Oval are beseeched to please take a bag along and pick up their dog faeces as this would contribute hugely to the enjoyment of the public space. Those residents undertaking building projects are reminded to please remove building rubble and materials on sidewalks as soon as is possible. Lastly, we would ask residents who donate goods of any nature to our guards to not leave the items at the guard posts as this creates a negative first impression of our village. Should you wish to give anything to the guards please could we ask you to make arrangements to have the items delivered to the Oval for appropriate storage until they can be removed? Our village is beautiful and we would like to keep it that way! Security Crime has remained very low over the last while. This good run is in no way an opportunity to relax and we ask our villagers to remain alert and vigilant on their own properties to ensure that every effort is made to eliminate crime altogether.


The electric fence upgrade is scheduled for completion over two or three months and is progressing well with work currently proceeding from to Alexandra Road to Albert Rd. All gate cameras are fully operational with the LPR (license plate recognition) cameras recording the registration numbers of all cars entering and leaving the village. These numbers are then immediately compared with the SAPS database for stolen or suspicious vehicles. The overview cameras that have been installed at the gates record all activity at the gate and the surrounding area for reference in the event of an incident. Our guards We believe that some of our guards have the tendency to ask residents for donations at the gates. Residents are requested to not adhere to these requests but please to report the incident to the Village Manager, Jan Swanepoel. Please also notify your domestic workers not to loan any money to the guards as this leads to confrontation when money is not returned. Leaving Irene? Residents are kindly requested to let Alyson or Jan know if they are planning to leave Irene or sell their home. It is important that with the upgrade and implementation of infrastructure and new technology, we encourage all new owners to support our security scheme. We still find that newcomers are unaware of the ILA and we would appreciate the contact details of new tenants or buyers. Membership Our services are dependent on the support of our membership. However, the ILA needs to grow to cover costs and improvements in the future. Should you not currently be a member and would like to contribute toward the on-going security of our village, please contact Jan or Alyson. Contact numbers: Alyson Lea-Cox:

072 714 3740

Jan Swanepoel:

083 607 6600

Wishing you a very good and safe Summer season!

Your ILA


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Spring Special

Spring is finally here and with it many fantastic treatments. Brazilian blow wave for only R850-00 (includes cut). Get your hair in shape for Summer.

The team consists of : Magda - Hairstylist Arrina - Hairstylist Elna - Nail technician Waiting for our new Beauty therapist

Call us for your appointments today. Cnr Nellmapius & Main Road Tel: 012 667 6551 Cell: 0824837747

COMPETITION IRENE SPRING GARDEN 2013 Spring is around the corner and Irene is known for its beautiful gardens. Stand a chance to win a great prize, by sending me pictures of your beautiful spring garden before 31st October 2013. Jump in and start pampering those owers and trees.

Best of luck! Liza Smit 082 990 6468

liza.smit@leapfrog.co.za


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Ronel & Liza Liza :- 0845871878 liza@jawitzcenturion.co.za Ronel:- 072 633 9538 ronel@jawitzcenturion.co.za

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NEW BOOKS IN THE IRENE LIBRARY - AUGUST 2013 Adult non-fiction The diamond project: ordinary women leading extraordinary lives – Cynthia Hurst (305.4 DIA) Jumping through fires – David Nasser (248.246092 NAS) The power of appreciation – Noelle C. Nelson (158.1 NEL) 1001 places to see before you die: places to go, things to do in southern Africa (916.804 GET) Birds of Africa south of the Sahara – Ian Sinclair (598.0967 SIN) English fiction The Buddha of suburbia – Hanif Kureishi A wild sheep chase – Haruki Murakami Play dead – Harlan Coben Obsessed – Ted Dekker Blessed child – Ted Dekker and Bill Bright Black – Ted Dekker Saint – Ted Dekker Red – Ted Dekker Showdown – Ted Dekker White – Ted Dekker House – Frank Peretti and Ted Dekker Junior and Teen English fiction Girl 15, charming but insane – Sue Limb (Teen) Girl 16, pants on fire – Sue Limb (Teen) Toddler Dinosaur sleepover The messy one


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Sleeping Beauty

From the wit and imaginations of Patrick and Vickey Bosch, and Katie Walker that brought you Snow White and Jock and the Beanstalk comes a brand new pantomime that is two hours of pure colour, comedy, song and dance. Irene Dramatic Society invites young and young at heart to shout out, clap and sing along, and discover the magic of musical storytelling in their latest pantomime, Sleeping Beauty, starring Livy Dennis as Princess Aurora and Huw Williams of Charleston Dance SA as her childhood friend, Will. Livy Dennis and Huw Williams, who play Princess Aurora and Will the kitchen lad, practise a dance for Aurora’s 16th birthday.

Performances will take place on Friday, 18th, Saturday, 19th, Friday, 25th and Saturday, 26th October 2013 at the Irene Village Hall, Pioneer Street, Irene. Evening performances will start at 19h30 and matinees on Saturdays at 15h30. Half-price tickets for pensioners and children under 12. Prepare to be spellbound! To book, call Sue Inglesby on 082Â 959 6316.

Katie Walker plays the evil fairy Malevolence, who puts a curse on the castle.

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Irene Primary School’s science stars shine at Regional Science Expo

On the 23 and 24 September 2013, 13 learners from Irene Primary school participated in the Northern Gauteng Regional Science Expo for Young Scientists. They displayed 11 projects on a wide variety of topics ranging from “what are the most effective study methods” to “which charcoal burns best?”. In total 64 schools participated with 386 projects on display. These were judged by 137 judges, including Irene residents. The standard of the competition was very high and many commented on the talent of the primary and secondary school learners. Irene learners had a wonderful experience sharing their knowledge with their fellow participants and explaining their scientific research to the members of the public. Their hard work and that of their teachers led by Mrs Lizan Lalk paid off and all the learners achieved medal status beyond the certificates rewarding participation. In total three projects achieved gold namely, Aryan Jaynarayan (Grade 5), Kirsten Raubenheimer (Grade 7), Shenica Redhi (Grade 7), three projects were awarded silver namely Gina Balducci, Brittney Gierdien and Bronwyn McCall (joint) as


well as Rachel Price (all Grade 7) and five projects achieved a bronze medal namely Caitlin Howie and Haley Nicholson (joint) (Grade 4), Joelle Naidoo (Grade 7), Manushr Naidoo (Grade 7), Nathaniel Pillay (Grade 6) and Kerianne Ross (Grade 5).

Back row: ShenicaRedhi, Gina Balducci, Kirsten Raubenheimer, BrittneyGierdien, Joelle Naidoo, ManushriNaidoo Centre row: Kerianne Ross, Haley Nicholson, Caitlin Howie, AryanJaynarayan Front row: Nathaniel Pillay and Bronwyn McCall. Not pictured: Rachel Price

Gold medallists Aryan Jaynarayan (Grade 5) and Shenica Redhi (Grade 7)


24 Kirsten Raubenheimerin Grade 7 also won one of the coveted special awards for her unique project “the Memory Box� earning the handsome prize of R1500.

Winner of Special Award and Gold Medallist Kirsten Raubenheimer

Proud science teacher Mrs Lizan Lalk and parents of Irene learners.

Congratulations to Irene Primary School, their teachers and learners who continue to demonstrate very high academic standards regionally and nationally.

WELL DONE Town Crier September 2013


Halloween At the last few Halloween evenings, parents expressed how difficult it was to walk around the whole of Irene looking for participating homes. This year we are trying something different! The Irene Association has kindly donated the use of the hall for a fun Halloween community event. We are asking the members of our community who normally participate and decorate their houses would come and rather decorate half a trestle table with their own Halloween things and put out candy for the kids. This way the kids can safely walk around and have fun seeing all the different tables! We are asking for a small table decor fee of R10 for half a table or R20 if you want a whole table. This money will be used to get a prize for the Best Decorated Table, help with cleaning the hall and buying small prizes for the kids.If you are interested in booking a place, please email me at amanda.comrie@gmail.com. We can only fit in 20 tables in the hall, so book fast! We will also be holding a Best Costume competition for kids of different age groups on the evening sponsored by Scrooge and Marleys, who will also be there selling exciting Halloween goodies! So please join us in this spooktacular community activity: Friday, 1 November 6:00 to 7:30 pm Irene Village Hall. Please note we ask you not to park near the hall as it is dangerous for young children walking, please park a block away and walk down. see you there !!


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Small businesses

Security/ Steelwork: Welding and repair work of steel fencing, burglar bars, security gates and motorised gates and intercom systems. Guaranteed professional work. Phone Koos Sutherland 082 374 7164.

stocks last). Phone Andrea 083 320 0266 or email andrea@ adewet.com.

Lizl on 076 719 0929.

Photography: take advantage of our wonderful village Indianhead, neck surroundings and and shoulder capture memories for massage: now years to come. Contact available in Irene. Heather 083 498 8777 Relieves stress and for information on photo tension, leaving a good shoots. feeling of wellbeing Ann Campbell and increased energy LP Gas: Cannisters (ARAD – Teach Dip) levels.R130 for 30 delivered to your School of Dance: minutes, R65 for 15 home. 9kg, 19kg, 48kg. offering Pilates and minutes. All ages Phone Colin 082 856 Body Conditioning, welcome. For an 5335/Vernon 083 666 Ballet – especially appointment phone for the younger child Eleanor 082 812 7606. 6212/e-mail orders colin.cns@gmail.com. at home studio and Irene Homes Hall, Firewood/kaggel Healer: Reiki, hands Ballroom and Latin hout: Delivered per on healing, aromatherAmerican – social half ton load, one apy, massage, coungroup classes, private solid cube cut to size, selling and regression. lessons and wedding delivered at your And the widest range of dances. Phone Ann convenience. Call crystals and gemstones 012 667 5187/083 316 Oscar 078 389 9632. for sale. Contact Alda 7842 or email ann@ R780 per cube, free netcampbell.com. on 012 667 2806 or delivery included. 072 506 4823. Anthracite also Baby Guardian available. Well Baby Clinic: Keep Warm Keep Baby and children’s Lung vaccinations done in Moving: come and physiotherapy for the comfort of your join Body Conditioning children: provided by own home. Private Classes Yoga Classes a registered physio at and State vaccines in Irene. Call Carey 083 available. Flu vaccines your home at no extra 678 9889 or 012 667 cost. Please contact also available (while 4997 Small business advertisements R50 per placement. Email: info@tlgpublishing.


Irene Garden Club Saturday, 19 October Time: 9h30 for 10h00 Venue: 80 Donovan Road, Midrand Topic: A tour of and talk about a newly completed energy saving cottage in a wonderful garden Please contact Di Walker for further information 012 667 1713 or 072 476 9243 Visitors are extremely welcome Many of you may remember me, Pat MacDonald, as an ex resident of Irene and still residing nearby. I have recently joined Property.CoZa, an Estate Agency very active in Centurion. With my previous selling experience and love of the very special Irene Village, I can give you valuations and advise on selling or buying of property in the area. I look forward to being of service to you in the near future. Contact details: Cell 083Â 272 7154 Email pat.macdonald@propertycoza.co.za

Scissor man (Pieter van der Merwe) Can sharpen knifes, scissors and garden tools. Deliveries and collections can be made at Irene Homes - 2 Albert Road, Irene or Contact Maureen on 012 667 5285.


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Irene for years. Still living in Irene, she Irene accommodation. needs three days of Garden flat: two work. Please contact bedroom, one full Zodwa at 073 253 bathroom with shower 0603. and bath, lovely kitchen, ready for all Vongai is looking for appliances, R4 800 domestic employment including water and stay in or out. She is lights (max. 450kWh/ available immediately. mnth). Separate Contact 083 249 5632. entrance. Available Dorrine is looking from 1 September 2013. Phone Andile on domestic work. 083 799 9309 or e-mail Housekeeper, cleaning sibiyahome@telkomsa. ,washing and ironing. Stay in full-time. She net. has a valid work permit. Spacious fully Contact 078 086 3259. furnished flat available Victoria is looking for immediately in Midstream. Contact Jan domestic work for Monday to Friday. She on 083 641 0011. is hard working, reliable Domestics and honest. Contact details are 074 767 Plaxedes is looking 1019 and references for domestic work for are 073 199 9555. Monday to Friday. She is a hard working lady Esther is looking for and honest. Please call domestic work for her on 074 338 4375. Monday to Friday. She is hard working and Zodwa is looking for trustworthy. Contact her work three days a on 078 387 5020. week. She is very honest, loyal and has Grace is looking for worked and lived in employment. She is

extremely reliable and hardworking. She can speak basic English and is working in the Irene area. Please contact Melani 082 451 6625. For sale Second-hand pool table for sale, identical to this one http:// www.easi8.com/ node/74 (Traditional Treadplate). Includes cues and balls. Good condition. R5 000. (Costs R10 900 new) Rudolf Visagie 082 874 8815. Gardeners We are relocating back to Cape Town next month and our wonderful gardener, Daniel, is looking for work once a week on a Monday in the Irene area. He is honest, trustworthy and hardworking. He has extensive knowledge of gardening and has looked after our 70+ bush rose garden


meticulously including pruning. I would highly recommend him for any job. Daniel 078 695 8135. Reference Meg 084 554 4212.

call Jonathan on 073 542 0471.

Pet sitting and dog socialising for the Centurion Golf Estate residents. Going away and need to know Thomas is looking that your pets are well for work in Irene on looked after? I am Monday, Wednesday available, reliable and and Thursday as nearby. Contact Colleen a gardener. He is 082 896 3821or employed in Irene on Tuesdays and Fridays. ColleensPetSitting@ mweb.co.za for details. He is hardworking, honest and reliable. Learn to program, and Phone Thomas 061 057 develop software in C#. 6377 or Sylvia 012 667 Contact Neil 076 372 2910. 7629. Lessons R150 per hour (includes General learning material and For all tiling, plumbing, necessary software to maintenance, building get started). new structures, tar roads and driveway surfacing or painting

Wanted Needed: your broken Blue Delft or Blue Willow china or any other similar blue and white patterned china for an unfinished mosaic project. Please phone Etrecia at 079 426 4006. We are looking for a granny, or garden, flat for a pleasant, respectable lady. She retired from teaching and in addition has au pair experience of a few years. She is prepared to baby sit or to assist with other children related tasks for the privilege of getting a flat for a reasonable price. For further info phone Marié at 083 268 2693.

Naomi Smith cea 083 461 1231 naomi.properties@gmail.com Town Crier September 2013


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Important Telephone Numbers EBS 24hrs Control Room: 012 667 6337

or

071 576 5904

EBS Irene Manager (Dawie): 071 476 4110 ILA members without alarms should phone the EBS 24hr Control Room for assistance.

ILA Irene Village Manager - Jan Swanepoel: 083 607 6600 e-mail: jan.swanepoel@irene.co.za ILA Administration

Accounts (Veronica): 071Â 657 9547

(Alyson): 072 714 3740

Fax: 086 776 7452

e-mail: ilamanger@irene.co.za

e-mail: accounts@irene.co.za

Street Lights e-mail: streetlights@tshwane.gov.za

tel: 012 358 9999

Tshwane Metro Emergency Services Power Failures: 012 358 2541

Water Supply: 012 358 2111

Ambulance/Fire: 10177

Metro Police: 1 0111


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Classes are practical and fun whilst you will be learning how to: • work with sewing machines • practically apply basic clothing construction skills • turn these skills into fabulous outfits (corsets, skirts, pants or anything you desire) • use, alter and make patterns • become a fashionista Anyone from high school students upward is welcome and classes are divided according to age categories For more info contact Miri Retief: • 083 385 2507 • miriengelbrecht@gmail.com • Villa San Marco 7, Waldore drive, Centurion estate & country club

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Festivities @ Year-End

• 15th November 2013 - 14th December 2013 • Wednesday, Thursday, Friday - lunch or dinner • Entertainment available on request • Specials on beer and wine

R195.00 per person

Year end function menu Starters Hot buffet Smoked pepper trout fillets with mustard aioli Pepper cured beef with roast aubergine capanata salad Thai marinated & hot smoked chicken salad Roasted beetroot & butternut salad with toasted walnuts Avo & feta salad with sweet chili dressing Garlic bread

Chicken & beef espetades BBQ sirloin Junior T-bones Potato bake Milho frito with tomato gravy Grilled stuffed portobello mushroom Grilled seasonal vegetables

Tel: +27 (0) 12 6433650 clhbanq@legacyhotels.co.za

Dessert buffet Assorted mini desserts Pear baked cheesecake Double chocolate cake Warm baked orange dessert with chocolate custard A selection of international & local cheese & biscuits Jasmine marinated fruit salad

Bookings are essential.

Centurion Lake Hotel 1001, Lenchen Avenue North Centurion 0046

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