Mafulatshepe Primary School Learner wins provincial prize for poetry recital

A grade 6 learner at Mafulatshepe Primary School Sizakhe Makhasi won the first prize for a poetry recital at a Free State Provincial competition held in Kroonstad on 14th October 2015. Shown in the photograph are Dr P Makate, principal, Miss Maseli, Sizakhe Makhasi. The poem is written by one of the teachers, Miss Mary Mabahlakoa Maseli who also coached him. It reads like a paen against crime. The poem reads: Now I’m Like This A superstar I used to be, Respectful sharing, socialising. Now I’m like this Futureless, without friends, lonely. I’m now a gangsta I was misled,...Read more

Local Fires Get Out of Hand

Mindlessness or sheer stupidity is often the cause of veld fires. Just what lay behind the serious blaze which did such damage to Smithfield’s golf course is unknown but clearly it was something that should not have happened. It seems that the complete denuding of any remaining fish in the fast dwindling water of the dam was one of the reasons for Sunday’s burn-out. Apparently fish were “dredged” from the last of the water and a fire made on the dam property to braai them. The situation quickly got out of hand when wind swept the flames over the dam wall and into the...Read more

Top Wool Prices

Top price reached at official CMW wool auction held on: 2015/09/16: JJ van Rensburg of Smithfield for 5 bales of 20.8mic BM sold at R96.40. 2015/09/30: W B Hattingh of Smithfield for 1 bale of 19.3mic BH sold at R94.00. 2015/10/07: HumansrustBoerdery of Smithfield for 1 bale of 21.1mic B sold at R77.10.Read more

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...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...Read more


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