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Wednesday, 8 September 2021

Bestuurskomiteevoorsitter se boodkap - September 2021

             

In sy September-boodskap aan die inwoners van die Warmbad Renaissance Sekuriteitsaftreeoord, skryf die Voorsitter van die Bestuurskomitee, WESSIE VAN DER WESTHUIZEN: Na 'n buitengewoon strawwe winter, het die lente uiteindelik aangebreek. Nou kan ons weer eens uitsien na nóg 'n seisoen van welige groei. Die somberse tyd van die winter het ons baie nader aanmekaar gebring weens die omgee, vertroosting, gebede en deernis wat aan al die siek persone in die oord getoon is. Baie dankie aan Marietjie en Dalla vir hul onbaatsugtige hulp aan siek inwoners in hierdie tyd.

I hope that we will use this spring to ensure that our village returns to its former lushness. Our gardens should be laid out responsibly to ensure that other residents are not inconvenienced by the need to look after it on your behalf. If you can afford a gardener, be creative and do your thing. An uncared for garden is an eyesore.

My kantoor is oop vir haalbare voorstelle om gehalte lewensomstandighede vir ons inwoners te handhaaf. Ons moet egter met die werklikhede rekening hou. Ons as bestuurskomitee ondersoek tans ander kragleweringstelsels. Daar is so baie om van te kies, maar almal is nie ewe doeltreffend nie. Dankie aan Johann Benade en die instandhoudingspan wat baie moeite doen om beskikbare opsies te ondersoek sodat die regte keuse gemaak kan word. Inwoners se geduld sal baie waardeer word.

We are thrilled that our social actions will resume in September, albeit within COVID-19 restrictions. Please support us.

Blitz Fibre is op terme geplaas vir die installering van die veselnetwerk. Ons wag nou vir hulle terugvoer.

Wednesday, 1 September 2021

Jacob's pride and joy

 Knight Rider was an American action crime television series originally broadcast from 1982 to 1986. The show starred David Hasselhoff as Michael Knight, a high-tech crime fighter assisted by KITT, an advanced, artificially intelligentself-aware, and indestructible car.

Please meet our village’s equivalent (almost!) of KITT: a bicycle modified to an astonishing degree by one of our maintenance workers, Jacob Mfati (photo 1 below).

A solar panel mounted on the luggage compartment (photo 2 below) converts the sun's energy to electricity that is transmitted to a battery via an inverter (photo 3 below). The electricity thus generated powers various gadgets on the bicycle, for example an amplifier (photo 4 below) that accepts a flash drive to provide music while travelling. Next to Jacob’s hand is a microphone which is connected to his cell phone.

Jacob is planning further modifications to his pride and joy, including an alarm system which will be linked up with his cell phone in case someone tampers with his bicycle.

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Sunday, 1 August 2021

Chairman's message - August 2021

Wessie van der Westhuizen, Chairman of our Management Committee

In the August issue of our monthly newsletter, Kwêvoël, the Chairman of our Management Committee, WESSIE VAN DER WESTHUIZEN, wrote: While we find ourselves in the middle of winter at present, the warmth of our regard for each other renders the chilly weather more tolerable.

Ongelukkig is ons georganiseerde sosiale aktiwiteite tydelik opgeskort. Ons word dus die geleentheid ontsê om nuwe vriendskappe te sluit of bestaandes te verstewig. Aan alle nuwe inwoners wat nog nie die geselligheid hiervan ervaar het nie, wil ek sê dat daar ʼn aangename verrassing op hul wag sodra hulle hervat word.

This year the COVID-19 pandemic caused much distress in our village. We grieve with the families whose loved ones have passed on. We thank our Heavenly Father for residents who recovered and pray for those who are still struggling with the virus. Meanwhile I once again implore you to do all in your power not to put your own or other people’s lives at risk. If you are unsure whether it is advisable to receive guests, domestic workers, village employees and/or contractors at home, kindly consult with the Management Committee. Each enquiry will be dealt with on merit.

Ons is dankbaar dat ons dorp en oord in Julie nie deur die wetteloosheid getref is soos ander dele van ons land nie.

In closing, Jannie and Jennifer J Van Rensburg (U28) deserve our thanks for sponsoring the caring-group cards until recently. We would also like to express our appreciation to John Fourie from PNA who will sponsor the cards from now on.

Sunday, 25 July 2021

Onthou u nog?

 Wie kan my sê wat husse is?

Husse met lang ore?

En juis hoe lyk die snaakse goed?

Waar kry ʼn mens hul spore?

Word hul miskien in Husseland

of op die maan gebore?

 

Moet ʼn mens hul in die maanlig soek,

of vroeg-vroeg in die môre?

Ek vra en vra, maar tevergeefs,

my moeite gaan verlore.

Al antwoord wat ek altyd kry is:

Husse met lang ore!

 

E Niemeyer

 


Saturday, 24 July 2021

Oord verwelkom Dora Meyer

Dora Meyer is in 1943 in Lydenburg gebore. Sy het op die Penge-asbesmyn grootgeword en in 1961 haar skoolopleiding aan die Hoërskool Lydenburg voltooi. Hierna het sy haar opleiding as verpleegkundige in 1965 aan die H F Verwoerd-hospitaal voltooi. Vervolgens het sy ʼn diploma in polariteitsterapie en ʼn sertifikaat in Hawaiise HUNA-MUA (wat beskryf word as ʼn terapie that combines the powers of the mind with the forces of nature to initiate change in your life”) behaal. Hierbenewens is sy ʼn gesertifiseerde masseer- en limfatiese terapeut.

Die hoogtepunt van haar loopbaan as ʼn verpleegkundige was waarskynlik die 12 jaar waartydens sy in Arizona, VSA, polariteitsterapie, energie-anatomie en galblaasspoeling beoefen het. Een van haar pasiënte beskryf haar as “one very gifted lady, who pays attention to the information she receives on many frequencies, and has the courage and the confidence to act on it.”

Dora het onlangs vanaf Marlothpark na E61 in ons oord verhuis. Sy is baie ingenome met haar gerieflike wooneenheid, die veiligheidsmaatreëls wat hier gehandhaaf word en die “baie nice mense om my!”

Sy het vier kinders en vyf kleinkinders 

Saturday, 10 July 2021

We welcome the Schneiders to our village

Richard (77) and Anna (72) Schneider were born and bred in a small town near the city of Wiener Neustadt in Austria. Anna became a draughtswoman and Richard, a mechanical engineer. They were married in 1966 and have one married son who lives in Wiener Neustadt.

The couple moved to South Africa in 1971 where Richard took up employment at ESKOM.

After Richard and Anna retired, they relocated from Johannesburg to a smallholding in Bospoort, Bela-Bela. Here they lived for fifteen years before recently moving to U16 in our village.

Although they are newcomers, they have already met a few other residents and look forward to making many new friends. They are impressed with the village security and are living happily in their comfortable home in pretty surroundings.

Richard and Anna spend much of their time visiting the local Aventura Holiday Resort to bathe in the warm water pools. Anna is a keen canasta player and asks that other people who enjoy card games, to call her on 072 665 2919.

 

Sunday, 4 July 2021

Munisipaliteit ten gunste van botaniese tuin

 
Andries van der Heyde skryf soos volg in ons plaaslike koerant, Die Pos, van 18 Junie: Die droom om ʼn botaniese tuin in Bela-Bela te vestig het op Donderdag 10 Junie  ʼn hupstoot gekry toe amptenare van die Bela-Bela-munisipaliteit dié konsep verwelkom het. Hulle meen die botaniese tuin hou groot voordele  vir die dorp in.

Johan Mills, voorsitter van die Bela-Bela-belastingsbetalersvereniging (BBTF) (sien inlas op die grafiese voorstelling hierbo) en Christopher Willis van die Suid-Afrikaanse nasionale botaniese instituut (Sanbi) het hul konsepplan vir die botansie tuin aan lede van die uitvoerende raad en topamptenare voorgelê. Die beoogde gebied is op Gedeelte 25 op die Alma-pad net buite die dorp (sien die grafiese voorstelling links) geleë. Die gebied grens o.m. aan die Renaissance-aftreeoord, beslaan ongeveer 40 ha en behoort aan die plaaslike munisipaliteit (sien pyl op grafiese voorstelling hierbo).

Die aansoek sal na die raad verwys word wat die nodige toestemming  moet verleen om met die projek voort te gaan.