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VANDALISME KOS MUNISIPALITEIT MILJOENE

 

 

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Vandalisme kos die Munisipaliteit en dus die dorp se belastingbetalers en diensteverbruikers meer as ‘n miljoen rand jaarliks. Die Uitvoerende Burgemeester, Raadsdame Marie Ferreira, doen gevolglik ‘n beroep op die publiek om ook hul oë en ore oop te hou, en die Munisipaliteit te help om die skuldiges aan die pen te laat ry.

In van die jongste voorvalle is padverkeerstekens in Kaapweg voor die Laerskool Park tot op die grond omgebuig, terwyl potplante en vullishouers in Marshstraat omgegooi is. Die pale van die verkeerstekens breek dikwels af as daar gepoog word om dit terug te buig, en dit kos ongeveer R800 elk om te vervang.

Elektriese substasies, munisipale regulasieborde, verkeerstekens, geboue en ander fasiliteite word ook dikwels met graffiti besmeer, terwyl gemeenskapsale gereeld deur vandale beskadig word.

“Ons wil ‘n ernstige beroep op die gemeenskap doen om die Munisipaliteit te help om die skuldiges aan te keer deur hulle by Munisipaliteit of die Polisie te rapporteer as hulle voorvalle van vandalisme, hoe gering ook al, waarneem of weet wie die skuldiges is,” het Raadsdame Ferreira gesê.

“Vandalisme is nie net onsinnig en krimineel nie, maar veroorsaak ook dat geld en energie wat op beter dienslewering bestee kon word, nou bestee moet word om die skade te herstel.

“Dit is ongelukkig moeilik om die kwaaddoeners aan te keer omdat hul aktiwiteite dikwels ook in die nag plaas vind, of mense wat dit sien gebeur dit nie rapporteer of wil rapporteer nie uit vrees vir vergelding. Ons wil nietemin ‘n beroep op die publiek doen om ons te help om hierdie probleem met wortel en te tak uit te roei deur ook as die oë en ore van die Munisipaliteit op te tree,” het die Burgemeester gesê.

Die publiek kan die Munisipaliteit by telefoon (044) 606-5210 kontak met inligting oor vandalisme.

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Bontebok Capture – Pinnacle Conservation – in partnership with PetroSA

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“Game capture has so many various forms and when we deal with endangered game, it is always advisable to use chemical capture. “Pinnacle Conservation is in partnership with PetroSA and we are currently managing the game for them, whilst still allowing students an opportunity to get much needed practical experience” said Aiden Beck.(Conservation manager).

The Bontebok ram capture took place on the PetroSA reserve, as there were surplus Bontebok (Damaliscus pygargus dorcas) rams. This has led in the past to cause them to start fighting over ewes. The competition between the rams is so severe that in some cases they obtain serious injuries or it can even result in death of the animals. As these are endangered species that are endemic to the Western Cape, it was given high priority to remove the surplus Bontebok rams, as soon possible. By doing this, it will eliminate the competition within these animals, and at the same time reduce some of the grazing pressures that they have on the veld too.

A successful day of chemical darting was held by the Pinnacle Conservation team, with over 5 Bontebok rams being darted and then tested (DNA samples). These DNA samples (which include: hair and blood samples) are then sent to the Zoological gardens of Southern Africa to be tested independently, which is required by Cape Nature. The animals are even required to be micro chipped now to identify them over and above the ear tags, for later identification. The students all had an opportunity to learn how to

take DNA samples, and how to work with these beautiful antelope.

Bontebok (Damaliscus pygargus dorcas) has a limited distribution and the IUCN conservation status is known as “vulnerable to extinction”. The Bontebok is one of the rarest antelope species in South Africa, which is the reason why they are considered to be vulnerable, as there are less than 3500 animals.

The average shoulder height for Bontebok is 90cm and they the rams weigh 62kg on average. They resemble the Blesbok in regards to size and their physical appearance, but there are slight differences that set them apart from Blesbok;
• Dark brown and glossy coat, where the coat of the Blesbok is a reddish-brown with no gloss.
• Bontebok’s white blaze on face is unbroken, while the Blesbok has a broken white facial blaze.
• Bontebok always has white buttocks and the Blesbok’s buttocks are usually pale.
• Bontebok are also slightly smaller than Blesbok browse. They graze mostly on the short grasses of the low-lying coastal plains and they prefer regularly burned veld. Bontebok are diurnal but are more likely to be less active during hotter midday hours. They are also seasonal breeders that mates from January to April and their gestation period is approximately 8 Months (230 – 254 days). Bontebok lambs have a mass of 6-7 kg at birth and have a pale to creamy colouration.There are roughly thought to be 11 pregnant Bontebok ewes at the moment, so the herd will increase in the next few months as the lambs are born.” •

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Mossel Bay Tourism welcomes announcement on World Heritage Site status for Pinnacle Point Caves.

Mossel Bay Tourism has welcomed today’s announcement by the Western Cape’s MEC for Cultural Affairs and Sport, Dr. Nomafrench Mbombo, regarding an application to UNESCO for the declaration of a World Heritage Site for a series of South African caves which are significant to understanding the emergence of modern humans.

The list includes Mossel Bay’s Pinnacle Point Caves, which have revealed the earliest evidence for modern human behaviour, and which have been – and continue to be – the subject of ongoing research by a team of scientists from around the world since 2000.

MEC Mbombo said that the Western Cape Government and Heritage Western Cape are working on an application to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) to declare the Pinnacle Point Caves in Mossel Bay, the Blombos Cave (near Still Bay in the Western Cape), the Diepkloof Rock Shelter (near Elands Bay in the Western Cape), the Klasies River Caves (near Humansdorp), the Border Cave (in the Lebombo Mountains of KwaZulu-Natal), and the Sibudu Cave (in northern KwaZulu-Natal) – as well as a number of similar sites that show significant signs of occupation during the Middle Pleistocene – as a collective World Heritage Site (technically a ‘serial nomination’).

“When these sites are looked at collectively they tell the story of the origins of humankind. They display the very first evidence of cognitive human development, early nuclear family life, art and human values associated with modern humans today,” said Minister Mbombo.

She said that the serial nomination has already been placed on UNESCO’s tentative list of heritage sites.

“Once a site is on the tentative list, a comprehensive process of collation of data and compilation of supporting evidence needs to take place…

“The Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport has initiated this process and we estimate that we would have completed our work by 2016. Because a country can only make one nomination of this kind in a year, 2016 is the aim as it will coincide with the conclusion of our research.

“The fact that these sites are recognised and have been placed on the tentative list is reason for us to be proud of the work we have done thus far. We look forward to the next two years as we conclude this process of our nomination,” she said.

Mossel Bay’s Dr. Peter Nilssen and his colleague, consulting archaeologist Jonathan Kaplan, discovered Middle Stone Age middens in the Pinnacle Point Caves (about 12 km west of Cape St. Blaize) during the environmental impact assessment for the development of the Garden Route Casino and Pinnacle Point Beach & Golf Estate in the late 90s.

Dr. Nilssen and Professor Curtis Marean, an associate director of the Institute of Human Origins and professor at the School of Human Evolution and Social Change at Arizona State University, began test excavations in 2000. The team published its first significant paper on the finds in the peer review journal, ‘Nature,’ in 2007 (‘Early human use of marine resources and pigment in South Africa during the Middle Pleistocene’).

Prof. Marean later established the South African Coastal Palaeoclimate, Palaeoenvironment, Palaeoecology and Palaeoanthropology (SACP4) Project in order to expand the scope of the study.

The SACP4 Project is now the largest scientific project of its kind in the world, having so far received more than $10 million in funding from the USA’s National Science Foundation, the Institute of Human Origins and the Hyde Family Trust. More than forty top scientists are currently involved in the research.

“The Pinnacle Point Caves have revealed the earliest evidence for modern human behaviour, which places South Africa’s Southern Cape region as the birthplace of culture and advanced, modern technology,” said Dr. Nilssen.

This includes the earliest use of ochre for colouring (which places Mossel Bay as the birthplace of culture), and the earliest evidence for systematic harvesting of marine resources (important both because of seafood’s role in the development of our modern brain, and because this behaviour indicates the development of advanced thought).

Pinnacle Point has also revealed the earliest manufacture of tiny stone blades that were embedded into other materials (wood or bone) to produce more efficient tools, and the first use of fire to anneal silcrete, and so turn this otherwise unpromising stone into an ideal raw material for manufacturing top quality tools – both of which place Mossel Bay as the birthplace of advanced technology.

The Pinnacle Point Caves were declared a Provincial Heritage Site in December, 2012.

Mossel Bay Tourism board member, Fred Orban – who coordinates public visits to the Pinnacle Point Caves via The Point of Human Origins Experience (which donates 20% of its turnover to the conservation and preservation of the Caves) – said that World Heritage Status would deliver significant advantages for the sites.

“It’ll help us in marketing South Africa – and particularly the Southern Cape – as the birthplace of modern human behaviour, but it will also help to protect the Caves against the effects of curio collectors. This is important, because the material in the caves is of irreplaceable value to our understanding of where we’ve come from – and where we can expect to go to in the future.”

Mr. Orban said that Mossel Bay is currently working towards the creation of an interpretive museum for the Caves.

“We congratulate Minister Mbombo, and look forward to working with the Western Cape Government to ensure the success of this application,” he said. • Mosselbay Tourism

Vredebest Verpakking word twintig!

 

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Vredebest Verpakking Mosselbaai vier in September 2014 hul twintigste bestaansjaar. Hierdie onderneming toon voortdurende groei om te voldoen aan hul kliënte se behoeftes en is tans besig om addisionale parkering aan te lê vir hul kliënte.

Ter viering van hul twintigste bestaansjaar, sal daar verskeie spesiale aanbiedinge en gelukkige trekkings wees gedurende 1 tot 12 September 2014. Die suksesvolle onderneming het ‘n groot verskeidenheid produkte beskikbaar onder een dak. Besoek hul gerus vir hul unieke partytjie reekse, model motortjies, bak produkte, skoonmaakmiddels, verpakkingsmateriaal, speserye, souse, eiers en vele meer. Hulle is oop vir die publiek asook handelaars. U word ook uitgenooi om hul webwerf by www.vredebestpackaging.com te besigtig.

Vredebest Verpakking Mosselbaai doen gratis aflewerings van hul produkte in Mosselbaai, George, Klein Brakrivier en Groot Brakrivier.
Vredebest Verpakking ag kwaliteit kliënte diens baie hoog en streef daarna om die beste diens en pryse aan hul kliënte te verskaf. Vredebest Verpakking bedank hul kliënte vir hul lojale ondersteuning gedurende die afgelope twintig jaar.

Twintigste bestaansjaar vol nuwighede
Vredebest Verpakking is al vir die afgelope twintig jaar gevestig in Mosselbaai. Hierdie suksesvolle onderneming het deur hierdie tyd gegroei en verander, om aan te pas by die verwagtinge van hulle kliënte. Ter viering van hulle twintigste bestaansjaar, sal daar verskeie spesiale aanbiedinge wees asook gelukkige trekkings wat op Vrydag, 5 & 12 September 2014 sal plaasvind. Die groot verskeidenheid produkte, waarvan die gewilde partytjie reekse, verpakkingsmateriaal, bak produkte, skoonmaakmiddels en vars eiers slegs ’n paar is, is altyd beskikbaar teen bekostigbare pryse. Hulle is oop vir die publiek asook besighede.

Addisionele parkering word tans aangelê vir Vredebest Verpakking kliënte. Die perseel is ook gedurende Oktober 2013 opgegradeer om aan te pas by die verskeie produkreekse wat alles onder een dak beskikbaar is. Die uitsonderlike reeks model karretjies wat beskikbaar is, is reeds welbekend aan versamelaars en voortdurend word daar gefokus op vernuwing. Besoek gerus die webwerf by www.vredebestpackaging.com waar u ons uitgebreide produkreekse kan besigtig. Aflewering van ons verpakkingsmateriaal en ander produkte in Mosselbaai, George, Klein Brakrivier en Groot Brakrivier is gratis.

Vredebest Verpakking streef daarna om aan u as kliënt slegs die beste diens en pryse te verskaf. Geen besigheid kan sonder lojale en getroue kliënte suksesvol wees nie en elke individu en besigheid wat Vredebest Verpakking gereeld besoek, word bedank vir hulle ondersteuning. Dis ook nie net produkte en pryse wat van ’n onderneming ’n suksesverhaal maak nie. Die personeel van Vredebest Verpakking is altyd vriendelik en hulpvaardig en die bestuur bedank elke werknemer vir hulle lojaliteit en diens.

Daar word met groot verwagting uitgesien om nog vir baie jare verskeie produkte teen bekostigbare pryse en puik diens aan die inwoners van Mosselbaai en omgewing te verskaf. •

 

 

HEALTH CARE TRAIN BACK IN MOSSEL BAY

The Transnet Phelophepa Health Care Train will arrive in Mossel Bay and will be at the Mossel Bay station to provide health care services to the Mossel Bay public from Monday, 25 August 2014 to Friday, 29 August 2014, and from Monday, 1 September 2014 to Friday, 5 September 2014.
The aim with the train is to support the Department of Health as well as to provide services that are not yet available at all clinics. The train is operated on a day-to-day basis by a team of health care professionals. Most of the services are free, although fees may be payable in some cases. It will, however, be minimal and the most that anyone will pay, is R30 for a pair of spectacles.
The services provided include a basic health education programme for community volunteers. The aim of this programme is to inform them on issues such as personal and environmental hygiene, oral rehydration therapy, immunisation, family planning, prevention of STD’s, HIV and AIDS, alcohol abuse and smoking. It is anticipated that once trained these volunteers will be utilised as support systems in communities to Community Health Nurses and Workers.
Another service on the train is the Roche Health Clinic, of which the main function is to do screening for health problems and to do health education.
The Eye Clinic on the train provides screening for visual problems and ocular pathology while there is also a Dental Clinic which provides oral health education as well as a range of dental services. The majority of the services are free, although there will some charges. People are advised to come early as they will be assisted on a first-come first-served basis.
Qualified psychologists as well as final-year psychology students man the psychology/counselling unit on the train and provide individual and group counselling. This team also provides workshops on request to social workers, nurses, teachers, community centres, hospitals, clinics, religious leaders, police and parents.

More information on the train can be obtained from Ms Haylene Claassen at the Mossel Bay Municipality at telephone (044) 606-5228 or 0846503970 or by e-mail at hclaassen@mosselbay.gov.za.

PHELOPHEPA-GESONDHEIDSTREIN – Terug in Mosselbaai
Raadslid Venolea Fortuin, Burgemeesterkomiteelid vir sosio-ekonomiese aangeleenthede het op Dinsdag, 26 Augustus die bestuurder van die trein ontmoet en ook die fasiliteite op die trein besigtig.

Die doel is om gesondheidsdienste, wat nog nie by klinieke beskikbaar is nie, aan die publiek van Mosselbaai te verskaf.
Dienste is die week tot 29 Augustus beskikbaar en weer vanaf Maandag 1 September tot Vrydag, 5 September 2014.
Vir meer inligting oor die trein kontak: Ms Haylene Claassen by Mosselbaai Munisipaliteit by:
044 606 5228 of
084 650 3970 •

Postcards, art and archaeology connect Mossel Bay and Europe

South African born artist Laura Emsley is using postcards to connect the people of Europe with their African origins via her ‘Modern Minds’ exhibition, which was developed during a three-month-long residency at La Maison des arts Georges Pompidou. It’s been on show in the French town of St Cirq Lapopie (www.saint-cirqlapopie.co.uk) since the 6th of July, and is also a feature of the Lot Valley region’s Contemporary Art Festival.
St Cirq Lapopie is situated close to the famous Pech Merle Cave, which is decorated with rock art that dates from the Gravettian culture (which thrived more than 25,000 years ago), and possibly from the later Magdalenian era (18,000 years ago). The seven chambers of the cave sport lifelike images of woolly mammoths, horses, reindeer, and humans, as well as many abstract symbols. The system is one of only a few French rock art sites that are open to the public.

Mossel Bay’s Pinnacle Point Caves, on the other hand, have revealed the earliest evidence for modern human behaviour – dating to 162,000 years ago. This includes the systematic harvesting of seafood, the earliest complex technology (in which tiny, precisely made stone bladelets were embedded in other media – wood or bone – to create more efficient tools), and the earliest use of fire to anneal a raw material (silcrete), and so create a superior product from which tools were made.

With more than 40 scientists from around the world, and massive grants from the USA’s National Science Foundation and the Hyde Family Trust, the South African Coastal Palaeoclimate, Palaeoenvironment, Palaeoecology, and Palaeoanthropology (SACP4) Project is led by Curtis Marean, an associate director of the Institute of Human Origins and professor at the School of Human Evolution and Social Change at Arizona State University. It is the largest scientific project of its kind in the world today.

“In Europe, the common belief still seems to prevail that the modern mind with its ability to create symbolic form appeared there, out of nowhere, during the Upper Palaeolithic” (or Late Stone Age), said Ms. Emsley.

“The significance of the finds in South Africa does not seem to have penetrated the European public’s consciousness. The aim of this project is to disrupt this Eurocentric version and create a greater awareness of [humankind’s] links to South Africa.”

For her exhibition, Ms. Emsley made videos in both Pech Merle and Cave 13B at Mossel Bay’s Pinnacle Point, which is the focus of the SACP4 Project – an interdisciplinary study of the Middle Stone Age archaeology and other aspects of various caves in the Southern Cape.

She said that her project links the abstract markings seen on the walls of various European caves to markings on artefacts like those on the famous engraved ochre block that was found by the team led by Prof Chris Henshilwood (of the Institute for Human Evolution at the University of the Witwatersrand) at Blombos Cave in the Western Cape – and which accord with theories advanced by David Lewis-Williams in his seminal book, ‘Mind in the cave.’

According to Dr. Peter Nilssen, a consulting archaeologist who brought the Pinnacle Point Caves to the attention of the scientific community at the end of the 90s (when he and his colleague, Jonathan Kaplan, discovered the finds during a routine survey of the land that would become the Pinnacle Point Beach & Golf Estate), Ms. Emsley has focused her project on the use of the word ‘modern.’

“She looks at how the word defines ourselves and our concept of time, and how relics and art of the archaeological record connect our minds across the space that separates Europe from South Africa.

“In order to physically and symbolically make the connection between Pech Merle and Mossel Bay – and between Africa and Europe – Laura has created a limited edition of fifty works by adapting one of the Postcards from Pech Merle, with a painting of a mammoth on the front, and the label ‘Post-modern’ on the back.

“These are available at five Euros each, and the proceeds go to the trust that sees to the conservation of the Pinnacle Point Caves.

“Laura gets the buyers in France to address the cards to themselves, and to put them into envelopes which she posts to us in Mossel Bay.

“When we get them, we write a short greeting from the Point of Human Origins on each one, and stamp and post them back to their owners via the postbox at the historic Post Office Tree in the Bartolomeu Dias Museum Complex – complete with a special commemorative frank from the world’s South Africa’s oldest post office,” said Dr. Nilssen.

“The participants’ contribution to the preservation of the Pinnacle Point Caves is acknowledged through a listing on the Roll of Honour on Mossel Bay’s Point of Human Origins website – and the circle linking humanity across the planet is completed,” he said.

Violent Protests in Mosselbay

The riots started unexpectedly in the morning on Sunday, 10 August 2014, when a group of people marched to the Louis Fourie Road/Mayixhale Street junction where they vandalised and damaged a set of traffic lights and also burnt objects in the road. They then moved to a municipal building in Mayixhale Street, which houses the housing offices, and set the building alight, causing hundreds of thousands of rands. The damage to the traffic lights amount to R300 000 and as the lights are uninsurable, the bill has to be footed by the ratepayers.
At no stage was an application made for permission to stage a protest march, nor was this granted.
They subsequently set the Garden Route Primary School, the Thusong Centre, the KwaNonqaba Community hall and the KwaNonqaba satellite police station in Asla Park alight. These fires could, however, be put out and the damage was minimal. They continued to vandalise other stuctures such as the Thusong Centre fence and traffic signs and also looted spaza shops. They continued to burn tyres on roads and threw stones at passing traffic on internal roads as well as on the N2. It is clear that criminal elements became involved.
Attempts were made to talk to the leaders but the they wanted the Mayor to address a mass meeting which she refused to do for personal safety reasons. The leaders were invited to meet with the Mayor on Friday, 15 August 2014 and their response is awaited.
The hot spot appears to be illegal dwellings in Thembelihle, Umfuleni and Sijaji Streets where problems continue to be experienced with illegal electricity connections. Although a notice was issued to these people to refrain from this practice or face prosecution, no illegal connections were removed in the past month.
The Municipality has in close proximity to this area:
– Completed 440 new houses in the 2013/2014 financial year, while another 220 are due for completion in March 2015
– Serviced another 400 sites, with another 250 due to be completed in March 2015.
– Built 441 Access to Basic Services units with flush toilets and basins (one unit for every five households) for people who do not have a house or serviced site. Most of these structures have been vandalised in the meantime. Vandalism and theft continue to be a major problem.
The residents have over a period of time demanded electricity, although this cannot be given to them due to the Department of Energy’s policy that houses cannot be electrified if people have located themselves on a flood plain or a school site, as in this case, or if they are going to relocate within three years or if there is not housing plans in the long term for the particular site.
The influx of informal settlers is very high and the Municipality is unable to keep pace with demands with limited resources. The Municipality is furthermore dependent on the National Government for housing grants and at present has a housing waiting list of 14 000 families. It would be grossly unfair to provide housing to new arrivals at the expense of people whose names have been on the waiting list for years in some cases.
It is believed that the riots are politically motivated as political flags have featured during the riots and as there is a by-election in a nearby ward.
The SA Police is in control of the situation. It is generally calm at present although sporadic incidents are apparently occurring in the KwaNonqaba area. •

MOSSELBAAI KRY NOG ‘N VROULIKE BURGEMEESTER

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Die Uitvoerende Bestuur van Mosselbaai se Jeugraad vir 2014/2015. Van links na regs verskyn Darcia Bencsh (Curro); Chané Terblanche (Hoërskool Punt); Carmia James (Hillcrest);  Jade James (Sao Bras); Ashley Moos (Sao Bras); Cuan Terblanche (Sao Bras) en Danica Barnard (Curro).

Mosselbaai het nog ‘n vroulike Burgemeester gekry toe Carmia James van Hillcrest Sekondêre Skool verlede week tot die Junior Burgemeester van Mosselbaai verkies is. Saam met haar is nog vier jong dames tot die Uitvoerende Bestuur van die Mosselbaaise Jeugraad verkies.

Die verkiesing van die Junior Jeugraad vir 2014/2015 het op Vrydag, 8 Augustus 2104, onder die wakende oog van mnr Chris Balie, uitreikingskoördineerder van die Onafhanklike Verkiesingskommissie in Kaapstad, plaasgevind.

Die Junior Jeugraad is verkies uit die verteenwoordigers van die vier hoërskole in die Mosselbaaise munisipale gebied. Elke skool kon vier verteenwoordigers, wat almal stemgeregtig was, na die verkiesing stuur. Die onderwysers van die Hoërskool Punt, Curro en Groot Brakrivier, wat teenwoordig was, het as waarnemers van die verkiesingsproses opgetree.

Benewens Carmia, is die ander lede van die Uitvoerende Bestuur Chané Terblanche (Junior Onderburgemeester, Hoërskool Punt), Jade James (Junior Speaker, Sao Bras Sekondêre Skool), Ashley Moos (Junior Munisipale Bestuurder, Sao Bras Sekondêre Skool), Cuan Terblanche (Junior Uitvoerende Lid vir Sport), Sao Bras Sekondêre Skool), Darcia Bensch
(Junior Uitvoerende lid vir Jeugsake, Curro Mosselbaai) en Danica Barnard (Junior Uitvoerende Lid vir Gemeenskapsdienste, Curro Mosselbaai).

Hierdie jong mense sal saam met die amptenary aandag gee aan die prioritisering van jeugontwikkeling gedurig deur geprioritiseer word. •

HEALTH CARE TRAIN BACK IN MOSSEL BAY IN AUGUST 2014

The Transnet Phelophepa Health Care Train will visit Mossel Bay again from 25 August 2014 to 5 September 2014 to provide a range of medical and related services to the community of Mossel Bay.

The aim with the train is to support the Department of Health as well as to provide services that are not yet available at all clinics. The train is operated on a day-to-day basis by a team of professionals.

The services provided include a basic health education programme for community volunteers. The aim of this programme is to inform them on issues such as personal and environmental hygiene, oral rehydration therapy, immunisation, family planning, prevention of STD’s, HIV and AIDS, alcohol abuse and smoking. It is anticipated that once trained these volunteers will be utilised as support systems in communities to Community Health Nurses and Workers.

Another service on the train is the Roche Health Clinic of which the main function is to do screening for health problems and to do health education.

The Eye Clinic on the train provides screening for visual problems and ocular pathology while there is also a Dental Clinic which provides oral health education as well as a range of dental services. In some cases small fees are charged for the services.

Qualified psychologists as well as final-year psychology students man the psychology/counselling unit on the train and provide individual and group counselling. This team also provides workshops on request to social workers, nurses, teachers, community centres, hospitals, clinics, religious leaders, police and parents.

More information on the train can be obtained from Ms Haylene Claassen at the Mossel Bay Municipality at telephone (044) 606-5228 or 0846503970 or by e-mail at hclaassen@mosselbay.gov.za. •

Reawakening the Knysna Wood industry

“When I was a young man and wanted to become a cabinet-maker, there was no question about it, I had to go to Knysna. In those days all wood related businesses and careers started in Knysna. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we can get that reputation back?” said Richard Henley, owner of Full Circle Furniture, Bibby’s Hoek.

Several wood merchants in Knysna share Henley’s sentiments and so the Working with Wood festival came to light. This three-day festival will run from 9 – 11 October 2014 and the organisers are mindful to include a variety of products, as long as they manufactured from indigenous and/or recycled wood.

The Working with Wood Festival, sponsored by Vermont Sales (PTY) Ltd and supported by Knysna Tourism, Knysna Municipality and the Knysna Timber Initiative will follow on from a busy September, recognised as Arbor month. “During National Arbor Month, Arbor Week and National Arbor Day, the Knysna Municipality and other stakeholders will focus on schools activities and other wood related events, all of which will add to the build-up of this exciting festival,” said Gene Kruger Working with Wood Festival promoter.

Timber Village, Welbedacht Lane will serve as the festival hub with displays, lectures, tool and project demonstrations, food stalls and entertainment for both adults and children. Festival participants receive a Timber Town Tour and Knysna Timber Route map. These maps will direct participants to relevant establishments outside of the festival grounds.
The Timber Town Tour will take them to all festival related, participating shops and restaurants. These retail outlets are bound to have several specials running throughout the festival.
The Knysna Timber Route will allow festival participants to witness wood manufacturers work their wood into beautifully crafted products within the Knysna Industrial area. These open days will not only allow the participants to experience real timber productions, but participating manufacturers will have certain items on sale at bargain prices throughout the festival as well.

“This festival meets our Naturally Knysna brand promise and speaks to the brand core values,” said Greg Vogt, Knysna Tourism CEO. “A celebration of our timber industry is well overdue and it is exciting to have an initiative that will translate into opportunity throughout the year.”

Vogt added: “Our vision for leveraged opportunities will be realised through the Green Chefs being incorporated into the timber celebrations as food service providers. This highlights our crossover initiatives kicking in earlier than we had realised and we are grateful to the festival organisers for this opportunity. I only hope our vision to bring timber initiative ‘activities’ and product into next year’s Oyster Festival is not overly ambitious”

The festival organisers have secured a demonstration by Marc Maingard. This talented man will not only demonstrate how to craft a beautiful guitar out of wood, but will astound festival participants with the beautiful sounds that these guitars produce.

Johan van Schalkwyk, Knysna Tourism Marketing Manager expressed his excited about the festival and said: “It is exciting to see this new festival take shape. Working so closely with the coordinator and committee has shown me the importance of showcasing the timber history and heritage of our town through this wonderful Working with Wood Festival.”

Should wood crafters and merchants wish to show their skills and goods during this festival they may contact Festival Coordinator, Fran Kirsten at fran@out-there.co.za.
“Knysna residents will be well advised to diarise the date (9-11 October) as not to miss out on the opportunity to witness the Knysna timber industry coming alive,” concluded Kruger. •

 

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