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...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...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...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...Read more

Illegal Poisoning Of Wildlife On The Increase

The recent death of vultures, Blue Cranes, Brown Hyaenas and other wildlife due to illegal poisoning should be a wake-up call for South African conservation authorities, law enforcement agencies and conservationists. While rhinos are faced with a grave poaching threat, other equally important wildlife species, especially scavengers and predators are at risk of joining rhinos on the route of steep decline if the current spate of illegal poisoning continues. The recent death of sixty six vultures in the Lowveld was confirmed by toxicological analysis as a poisoning case; at least one carbamate...Read more

Welcome Commercial News

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


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