Big Business Brings Water to Zastron

Smithfield is not the only Platteland town to benefit from the generosity and public-spiritness of individuals and organisations during our serious current drought. SmiffieNews has been put in the picture by Charlene Lamb about how Cargo Carriers, major South Africa’s transportation, logistics and supply chain service provider, responded to the current water crisis by joining hands with Water Shortage South Africa (#WSSA 2016) to supply water to the farming community of the Zastron area. Falling into one of the five provinces that have been declared disaster areas - Free State, KwaZulu-...Read more

Dramatic Responses to Drought Disaster

Husband and wife, Chris Marais and Julienne du Toit, are probably the most successful magazine writing team in South Africa, which they prove regularly, in the glossy South African Country Life – never more so than in the March 2016 issue, which is now on sale. As if to hone their undoubted skills, they also produce Karoo Space each month, their electronic media magazine which deals with many aspects of life in their beloved Karoo, When they made known their intention to investigate the effects of the hideous drought in our part of the world, and specifically the manner in which the...Read more

Dr Rudi and Surette in New Practice

Well-known members of the Smithfield community, Dr.Rudi and Surette Coertze were a vital part of the local clinic for a number of years. They now have a new role, having taken on the private practice of the late Dr Bennie Celliers. Dr Rudi will provide the full services of a medical practitioner while Surette will provide primary medical care services for people who do not specially require a doctor. The practice will be open from 8am to 4pm from Monday to Friday. At month end it will also be open on Saturday from 8am to 12noon.Read more

Farewell Function for the Retiefs

The many Smithfield friends of Peter and Linda Retief had the opportunity of saying goodbye to them and best wishes for the future at a party given at Nick's Place last Tuesday. Some of the party-goers can be seen in these photographs. The Retiefs have been a popular couple in the village for the past 15 years, when they moved here from Bloemfontein to open the Bokmakierie Guesthouse. Having created an enviable reputation for themselves in the business, the decision to call it a day was a desire on their part to retire to the Darling area of the Western Cape. Linda's role in The...Read more

Tribute to Bennie & Cecilia Cilliers

People from local townships crowded into the Rouxville Magistrates Court last Monday to register their horror at the vicious assault and murder of popular local doctor, Bennie Cilliers, and the violent attack on his wife, Cecilia. Two men were being charged in court with the crime. Four days later, at the funeral of Dr Cilliers large numbers of people, many of them his patients, paid their respects. Mrs Cilliers remains in a critical condition in hospital in Bloemfontein. The couple were assaulted and shot on their farm, between Smithfield and Rouxville on the Caledon River last week. The two...Read more

Bloutong in skape

(Jannie Fourie, NWKV Produksie Adviseur: Weskaap) Sel: 083 564 1105; Epos: Bloutong is ‘n virus (Orbivirus) en word biologies oorgedra deur bloedsuiende muggies. Muggies broei in groot getalle in laagliggende dele, langs riviere, vleie en damme, asook besproeide weidings (warm en vogtig). Hierdie siekte is seisoenaal en kom voor veral in somer en herfs-maande (Desember tot Maart). In koue gebiede verdwyn die siekte 2 weke na eerste ryp en in gebiede met matige winters kan dit self dwarsdeur die jaar voorkom. Die virus kan oorwinter in beeste wat...Read more

Bestuur van veld na ‘n droogte

(Dr. Louis du Pisani, NWKV Nasionale Bestuurder: Produksie Advies en Ontwikkeling) Sel: 082 773 9778; Epos: Veld is veerkragtig en besit die vermoë om na afloop van ‘n droogte te herstel. Hoe meer oordeelkundig die herstel, hoe beter die toekomstige produksie van die veld. Daar is twee komponente van die veld wat van toepassing is. Dit is die plante wat die droogte oorleef het en die nuwe generasie plante wat verskyn. Die nuwe generasie plante ontstaan vanaf saad wat ontkiem en vestig of vanaf plante wat as gevolg van vegetatiewe voorplanting ontwikkel, hetsy vanaf...Read more

Picturesque Wedding in Smithfield

Simon Retief and Elize van Huyssteen live in Windhoek in Namibia but they chose to join his parents in Smithfield recently for a big event in their lives. They were married at a delightful ceremony in Pula House last week, the event being conducted by James Retief from Cape Town, elder brother of the groom, making in one of the more unusual wedding celebrations. Guests arrived from various parts of the country, among them Mrs van Huyssteen from Kroonstad, mother of the bride. It was an afternoon thoroughly enjoyed by guests and the happy couple took with them the good wishes of all concerned...Read more


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