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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

Versorging van vervangingsooie

(Gawie van Wyk, NWKV Produksie Adviseur, Carnarvon, Noordkaap Sel: 0832703161 ; Epos: ) Mnr Gys van Wyk, van die plaas Goraas in die Carnarvon distrik, boer al vir 33 jaar met merino’s. Hy is die vierde geslag op Goraas en daar is nog net met merino’s daar geboer. Die reënval in die streek is gemiddeld 190 mm per jaar, wat hoofsaaklik in die herfs voorkom. Om hierdie rede word sy ooie in November gepaar sodat die ooie in die herfs lam wanneer die veldtoestande beter is. Daar word baie gekonsentreer op die voorbereiding van sy ooie en ramme voor paring, sodat...Read more

Local Folk Say Thanks to the Army

Within the past couple of weeks soldiers of the South African Defence Force have experienced for themselves a taste of Smithfield’s traditional hospitality. Members of the Defence Force team who have been based in the town to assist in helping out during the water crisis, have been working hard during a period of intense heat to alleviate the problems experienced by a town whose municipality has not been able to maintain supplies of fresh water during the period of drought. As a gesture of thanks to the Defence Force team, townsfolk have been contributing snacks and cool drinks which...Read more

A Klonkie In The Freestate

By Jennifer Anne (Jenny) Vorwerk ~ A Red-Headed Rooi-Nek In Early Smithfield. As we stated in Part One , Jennifer Anne (Jenny) Vorwerk, now living in Spain, was born in the Transkei, spoke Xhosa as a kid and came to Smithfield with her family as a very young girl. She recounts some of her childhood experiences here and obviously retains a deep love of South Africa while actually living in Spain. Klein Japie’s Hostel Days Our school hostel, when we got used to being there, and were finally accepted by the rest of the kids; was pretty classy stuff. As we were later sent to a boarding...Read more

Tuinbou-afsluiting 10 November 2015 by Buckley’s

Deur Zaza Pieterse ~ Die tuine het skaars gesê hellou 2015, toe’s hy weg, die jaar 2015! Miskien het hy in ‘n stofwolk gaan wegkruip of in ‘n bevrore krip, want wees wou hy nie wees nie. Hy het besef El Nino ens gaan goeters opmors, toe vlieg hy maar verby. Maar op 10 November is hy voorgekeer deur die vrolike hoedens en die opgeruimdheid (die droogte ten spyt), van die 26 tuinmense, die heerlik kos (elke hap ‘n blom van ‘n sluk) by Buckley’s, waar die afsluiting gehou is. Kersgeskenke,alles vir die tuin, toegedraai in mooiste wense, is verwissel...Read more


Deur Zaza Pieterse ~ Onsry toe die son op sywarmsteskroeideur die Klein Poortjiehuis toe. Daarwaar ‘n ou, as hynogniemooiweetwatdroogteverdriet is nie, hydit met gevoelkankombeleef. Daar’sniksnie. Die droogte het hiersy BaccalaureusNecare (omdoodtemaak) graadkomoopgooivirbesigtiging: cum laude! Met byvakke: hoe ommens en diertewurg; hoe om ‘n alles-is-verbydepressie in korrelsoor die oggendpaptestrooi; hoe om die oorskietbossiesyswaarkry-posetelaathou en as jyaanhomroer net ‘n stoffiete word. En in die stofpadvoorons, as die hittesulkeslangedraai, huppeldanshierdie man...Read more


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