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Landcare Clean-up

Members of the Landcare committee recently organised a clean-up campaign in Smithfield. Initially each of the three school in town were contacted and told about the project. On the day, around 3 000 black refuse bags and over 1 000 smaller agricultural bags were handed out. Some bags were bought by Landcare while Andre Prinsloo, Boetie Lubbe and Johann-Adam Neethling also donated bags. The learners were also equipped with plastic gloves. Once their bags were full, the learners dropped them off at central points around town for collection by the municipality. While the majority of the learners...Read more

Patchjol Event Triggers New Ideas

By Fabrice Rebouillat ~ The Kreatiwe Lappies group from Smithfield held their third annual Patchjol at the Red Barn on Tuesday 22nd September. For the past three years this event has been going from strength to strength and we welcomed 48 guests from Bloemfontein, Zastron, Rouxville, Bethulie and Dewetsdorp. This all day event kept us busy with interesting demonstrations. We were fortunate to have Karien Du Plessis and Mari Strydom, who are qualified quilting teachers, to keep us up to date with some of the latest techniques and gadgets. Frances van der Walt went home with the 2015 first...Read more

Braaidag - Die Smithfield Manier

Deur Martin Booyens ~ As daar nou een ding is wat die Smithfielders absoluut kan doen, is dit kuier en so het ons ook uitgevind dat hulle KAN kos maak. Die terugvoer is dat die kos die beste was wat die afgelope 4 jaar nog bedien is. Die samewerking van die gemeenskap gister om al die kos voor te berei, is weereens ‘n bewys dat Smithfield ‘n omgee dorp is. Baie dankie aan al ons borge, sonder hulle bydrae sal dit onmoontlik wees om die dag aan te bied. Die dames van die VVin A (Vrystaat Vroue in Aksie) wat betrokke was by die reelings kan hulleself ‘n klop op die skouer gee vir ‘n baie...Read more

As We Dames See It - Smithfield Fun Week

by Barbara von Ahlefeldt ~ Both Fabrice and Martin have sent their reports but I will give my personal views on the two really interesting events in Smithfield this past week from a Dames point of view. Firstly, came the Patchjol, a self explanatory title meaning "patchwork fun" which it certainly was. I walked into the Red Barn, alive with more than 50 women, talking, laughing and listening to Fabrice and other speakers giving "lappies" advice plus new ideas for next year's event. Then came a delicious lunch provided by the VVinA. (We've included a couple of pictures of the lineup). What a...Read more

Important Museum Development

by Julius Bramley ~ Smithfield is rich in history and heritage, some of it going back for hundreds of thousands of years, other more recent. The current museum in Douglas Street was established at the initiative of a local farmer Jan le Roux Pieterse, about 40 years ago. The building and contents need maintenance and updating. To that end, the Provincial Heritage Department initiated discussions with members of the local community to get involved in reminiscences, memories, photographs and other memorabilia. The representative of that department, Mr Thapelo Monoane was present and outlined...Read more

Preview Party 2015

With another highly successful Platteland Preview behind them, this year's organising committee had every reason to celebrate - which is what they did on Sunday 13th September. Willie and Irene Swanepoel's farm, Groenfontein, made the ideal venue. Under huge shady bluegums and with periodic visits from the resident peacocks the team partied with friends (many of whom had in one way and another made their own contribution to the Preview). Nearby within the lovely farm gardens were the two beautiful wild cats which attracted much attention. Having so successfully chaired the committee during...Read more

New Chairman for Predation Forum

Guillau du Toit is the new chairman of the Predation Management Forum (PMF) and takes over the reign from Harry Prinsloo, who served in this “hot seat” for the past 4 years. The PMF represents the Red Meat, Wool, Mohair and Wildlife industries at national level and officials from DAFF and DEA (national and provincial) are invited to promote effective liaison on legislative matters. A gentleman’s agreement between the NWGA and RPO provides a framework for the Woolgrowers to be responsible for the predation matters and the RPO to attend to stock theft. For this reason, the chairmanship of the...Read more

Successful Woolgrowers Congress in Cala

The annual congress of region 23 was attended by more than 800 people, all seeking solutions for wool and stock theft, infrastructure, genetic improvement and sheep scab in various districts of the Chris Hani District Municipality. On the issue of stock theft, Andile Ndzendze, vice chairman for EC NWGA (communal) urged farmers to follow a programme whereby animals are tattooed and branded. Forms for branding certificates are available and farmers need to realise the importance of reporting stock theft cases and knowing case numbers. Wool theft has become such a problem that farmers approached...Read more

Peter Retief – Smithfield’s own “Naïve” Artist

Smithfield artist Peter Retief began his painting career, which has developed into one of great colour, imagination and very pleasurable viewing, simply to let off steam about how he was reacting to unacceptable elements in the highly politicised climate pre-1994. Using his son’s Humbril hobby paints he applied them to a wooden board but signed them with the nom-du-plume “Phineas Dlamini” as he was not yet ready to announce himself as the author. Neither the type of materials nor the adopted signature has ever changed although all the later work has carried his own signature as well and his...Read more

Marco en sy Span Vier met Fondue

Een van Smithfield se bekendste inwoners en sakemanne het in die eerste week van September sy 20ste jaar in die makelaarsbedryf en die 5ste jaar van sy onafhanklike beslote korporasie, Marco Heymans Finansiële Beplanners cc. Marco was vir ongeveer 14-jaar lid van Gariep Makelaars, maar hy het vyf jaar gelede sy eie makelaarsbedryf begin bloot omdat hy sy eie besigheid wou bedryf. Die logo vir sy besigheid is deur Dave Rapson, wie se vrou Lynne ook vir Marco werk, ontwerp. ‘n Ander voordeel van Marco se soort bedryf is dat dit voortsettingsbeplanning behels wat beteken dat as hy iets sou...Read more


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