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Smithfield's commercial life took a step forward in the past week, providing a useful lift for local shoppers. The newly built Usave store opened its doors to the public on Wednesday while Saamkom emerged in its new colours indicating its tie-up with the Saverite group. As is usually the case in such developments in commerce the announcements were accompanied by some useful price reductions over a fairly wide range of household products. The somewhat bleak-looking exterior of the Usave building, which we watched being erected in the past months, has given way to an interesting interior...Read more

Police Beat - Smithfield SAPS Successes

Two Nabbed For Stock Theft Two male suspects, aged 32 and 36, were recently arrested after police received a tip-off from the community that they had stolen sheep from Tupani Farm. The duo was found in possession of two sheep. One sheep had already been slaughtered and the throat of the second sheep had been cut when the police arrived on the scene. It is alleged the two farm workers were about to go and sell the meat in Mofulatshepe when they were busted. A pair of scissors that was used to kill the animals was found and confiscated on the scene. The owner of the sheep was shocked to get a...Read more

Wepener commemorated in Smithfield

Smithfield polished up its battle background in anticipation of a visit to the town by members of the South African Military History Society earlier this month. The 25 members of the society’s Eastern Cape branch visited the district to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the death of Louw Wepener, after whom nearby town, Wepener, was named. The visitors stayed over in Bethulie for the weekend, where they visited Wepener’s memorial, met descendants of the burger military leader and took part in other special commemorative activities. On Saturday morning the group drove out to Smithfield...Read more

V V in A fondsinsameling vir CANSA

deur Linda Retief ~ Die Smithfield V V in A het onlangs ‘n fondsinsamelingsdag ten bate van CANSA by die plaaslike gholfklub gehou. Miemie Pretorius het ‘n groot aandeel in die oggend se reëlings gehad. Die oggend is deur ongeveer 100 dames bygewoon. Elke tafel is gedek en versier deur die gasvrouens en het pragtig en oorspronlik gelyk. Voorsitter van die V V in A-tak, Annalize Neethling het die program geopen en het ‘n paar opheffende woorde gelewer. Die twee jong dames van die musiekgroep Polka het tussen in gespeel Elzanne van Schalkwyk het die viol gespeel en Liani Reynolds het gesing. ‘n...Read more

Kitty Does Garden Club Proud

by Fabrice Rebouillat ~ Kitty Schneider's beautiful large stoep overlooking the Smithfield mountain provided the ideal venue for the August Garden Club meeting. Despite the chilly wind everyone managed to keep warm as the almost Spring day emerged bright and clear - as only the Free State can provide. Our chair person, Hanlie Smith gave an overview of what needed to be done in our gardens in the coming month; pruning roses, controlling pests and preparing vegetable beds being the main tasks. Hanlie has one of the most gorgeous farm gardens in our area. Kitty gave a most interesting...Read more

“Phantom” by Jo Nesbo, reviewed by Anne Montgomery

The author is regarded as one of Europe’s top crime writers, and his plots are well constructed and believable. This is a long book, and like the two other “Harry Hole” thrillers I have read, because of the characters, and the detail, I was about a third of the way through the book, before all the threads started coming together. It gives a horrifying picture of the drug scene in Oslo, how crime, police and other corruption at many levels, make it so difficult to fight and try and reduce the scourge. Harry Hole is a likeable, if tough character. Formerly in the Oslo police, he left and went...Read more

Top Wool Prices

Top price reached at official CMW wool auction held on 2015/08/19: C F Swanepoel Jnr of Smithfield for 3 bales of 19.6mic BH sold at R91.80Read more

Lynden Lund – Self-Styled “Reclusive Artist”

The next in our series of Smithfield artists is Lynden Lund, who calls himself a “reclusive artist”, a situation foist on him by a long and arduous history of ill-health. Born into a family of artists, drawing and painting came naturally from an early age. Apart from a handful of art lessons as a young adult, he was essentially self-taught - “Experimenting with all art media, from pencil to oil paints, my early style was essentially realistic”. A career in the corporate world cut him off from his art until semi-retirement in 2006 enabled him to return to a true love. Two years later his...Read more

"All The Light We Cannot See" by Anthony Doerr

Review by Barbara von Ahlefeldt ~ The author, Anthony Doerr, is a best-selling and prize-winning author of five previous books and for this one was a finalist for the 2014 National Book Award. This is the first of his books that I've read. It certainly was a vastly entertaining, emotional and unusual feat of writing. It is not a light-hearted easy read, but for me (and others I know who have praised it), was a hauntingly beautiful novel with evocative images throughout, totally capturing ones emotions. In fact it is a daring vintage timepiece of research and history about the Second World War...Read more

Police Beat - Two Arrested For Stock Theft

Date: Friday, 31 July 2015. Two male suspects, 19 and 59, were arrested this morning after they had been found in possession of 21 sheep. It is suspected that they were stolen yesterday. Last Thursday night at about 18:00 members of Smithfield crime prevention were on routine patrols when they spotted a white Toyota Quantum near the mountain where livestock graze. When the police van approached the Quantum it drove off but the police members recognised the driver. On further investigations they noticed about 21 sheep in the vicinity. Another suspect (19) ran for his life when he noticed a...Read more


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