Marvellous Place For A Moon Dance

By Tanya von Ahlefeldt ~ After leaving behind a cold, wet England recently to embark on an epic journey to Smithfield that took me via Ireland and Abu Dhabi, I made sure that I took advantage of a shower at a guest house in Bloemfontein before landing in Smithfield in the middle of a devastating (in my opinion) water crisis being experienced by many towns and cities in South Africa. I was visiting my parents, at last, who are about to celebrate living in Smithfield for 20 happy and most interesting years, ten of which owning and running one of the first Guest Houses in the town and for the...Read more

Police Report

Festive Message From Cluster Commander ~ It’s been a year full of action. There were ups and there were downs in terms of crime. We had great successes in solving crime, great successes in disturbing the path of criminals and also a few Court sentences for Murder and rapes that occurred within the Cluster. The above achievements were not possible without the assistance of the community. The assistance of the community is highly appreciated and would like to encourage everybody to support the fight against crime to ensure that a healthy and viable environment is achieved and therefore...Read more

Beste Student In Kleinvee

Die 2015 Nasionale Wolkwekersvereniging prys is oorhandig aan Dr. Daleen Roos (née Bester) wie aangewys is as die beste student in Kleinveekuddegesondheid en –produksie by die Universiteit van Pretoria. Die jaarlikse trofee is oorhandig deur Prof. Ken Pettey van die Fakulteit Veeartsenydienste tydens ‘n toekenningsgeleentheid aan die einde van November. Daleen het grootgeword as 'n plaaskind in die Noord-Oos Vrystaat. Sy het gematrikuleer aan Hoërskool Vrede waarna sy haar BVSc graad aan die Universiteit van Pretoria verwerf het. Vir veeboerdery het sy 'n...Read more

Petrichor – How We Long For A Whiff of It

One of the great pleasures of rain falling on dry ground is the marvellous smell that results. For those of us who have been deprived of this pleasure for so long but who remember it with great fondness this mention in Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia is enough to bring tears to our (dry) eyes. Petrichor is the earthy scent produced when rain falls on dry soil. The word is constructed from Greek, petra, meaning "stone", + ichor, the fluid that flows in the veins of the gods in Greek mythology. The term was coined in 1964 by two CSIRO researchers, Isabel Joy Bear (Australian) and...Read more

Smithfield All Set to Welcome You

It’s almost here, the 2015 Festive Season, with schools and businesses about to close for the year. Here in Smithfield our ever-popular guesthouses and restaurants await your arrival – ready to offer the high-quality accommodation and food for which they are so renowned. The Christmas season is the busiest time of the year for our tourism businesses, and 2015 is already promising to be no exception. Bed and breakfast and restaurant owners in this key stopover on the N6 holiday route report particularly heavy bookings well ahead of the holidays. Because of the close relationship...Read more

Contemporaries remember Jenny Vorwerk

Jenny Vorwerk’s story, which we ran over several weeks in SmiffieNews Weekly Digest, has rung bells with several people who have asked to be put in touch with the writer. What has made the process even more worthwhile is the thrill this has given Jenny, in her home in Andalusia in Spain, from where she wrote to us, saying: "I have to thank you, hugely, for putting me into contact with Henrie Smith." "Firstly, we are, almost, contemporaries. And secondly, we are probably related, as we both come from exactly the same forefathers who settled in Smithfield in the 1830's...Read more

Final Part of Jenny’s Memories of Smithfield

Klein Japie’s Family Stuff, and Friends ~ SmiffieNews would be happy to pass on to Jenny Vorwerk, now living in Spain, details of any of our readers who would like to make contact with her. As kids at the hostel, we made many friends, and were lucky enough to be invited to some of their farms, although my ouma and oupa seldom permitted us to return the favour. I guess, having brought up three sons, and had to do with all their goings on, they were not that tolerant of having to endure that all over again. So we really only got to know our friends and their families via the hostel. Folk...Read more

Police Beat

MEDIA STATEMENT FROM THE OFFICE OF THE PROVINCIAL COMMISSIONER FREE STATE SOUTH AFRICAN POLICE SERVICE The 16 days of activism in support of women and children are in full swing in Smithfield Cluster. The events have started well and will continue up to 10 December. Social Crime Prevention of SAPS, CPF chairperson, Community Patrollers, Sivile Victim Centre and NYDA have joined hands and assisted about 100 female learners of thirteen years and more with a packet of sanitary towels each. Mofulatshephe Primary and Relebohile Senior Secondary learners benefited from these good Samaritans. The...Read more


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