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Smithfield Water shortage

In common with towns and cities throughout the country, Smithfield has suffered a serious breakdown in water supplies in the past week, affecting all members of the community. The following municipal statement has been issued: The Municipality has encountered a water shortage problem in Smithfield from 29 October as a result of the drought faced throughout the country which severely affected our source of water when the Smithfield dam went dry due to the lack of rain. We are currently drawing water from our second water source, the Caledon River which may soon dry from a lack of rain. The...Read more

A Red-Headed Rooi-Nek In Early Smithfield

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. A KLONKIE IN THE FREESTATE - Part One By Jennifer Anne (Jenny) Vorwerk Once upon a time (all stories must begin this way), a little girl and her two sisters arrived in a village called Smithfield in the Free State. The little girl was a skinny little, freckled, rooikop. Her name, because she looked so...Read more

Top Wool Prices

…at official CMW wool auction held on: 2015/10/21: J C Malherbe of Smithfield for 2 bales of 20.7mic NKS sold at R88.20 2015/11/04: E van Aswegen of Smithfield for 1 bale of 19.9mic AH sold at R82.80...Read more

Top Award To Letsatsi

Letsatsi Game Lodge , one of Smithfield’s most popular “nearby attractions” has carved another notch in its marketing record. The beautiful lodge, a few k’s out of Smithfield, has won the National Lilizela Award for the best 4-star Game Lodge, awarded by Minister of Tourism, Mr Derek Hanekom. Letsatsi Game Lodge is a unique and exclusive venue that offers accommodation, a state of the art conference facility, wedding and function venue, team building venue with river rafting, paint ball, game drives and a mountain bike trail. Congratulations, Letsatsi!...Read more

Golden Fleece Golf Day Winners

The annual Golden Fleece Day at Smithfield Golf Club on 29 October drew 80 entries from far and wide and was won by “Team Awesome" - Sarette Coertze, Annika Smith, Anel Du Plessis and Hermien Kotze. Pete Swanepoel formally opened the day's play by firing his shotgun...Read more

Police Beat

Festive season operations Festive season operations such as roadblocks, stop and searches, and blue and white patrols are in full swing and we would like your cooperation in this regard especially when police wish to search your property. Remember Section 20 of Criminal procedure Act (CPA) allows the SAPS to seize certain articles that are believed to be concerned in the commission or suspected commission of an offence, whether in South Africa or outside borders. Section 22 of CPA allows SAPS to seize articles without a search warrant if a Police Official has reasonable grounds to believe...Read more

Ek vertel verder oor die Smithfield-Skou

deur Hennie Prinsloo ~ (Hennie Prinsloo was one of Smithfield’s best-loved characters. This is another of his popular contributions to SmiffieNews in its printed format. Uit vergange se dae….Derde uitgawe) Die Skou is gewoonlik deur ‘n “VIP” geopen, soos ‘n Minister, Administrateur, President van OVS Landbougenootskap of so iemand. Dan moes die president van die Landbougenootskap by die openingsfunksie die hoogwaardigheidsbekleërs en ander gaste welkom heet, asook die bedankings doen. Terwyl ek president was het ‘n grappige insident plaasgevind...Read more

DBU-Smithfield hou damesoggend

deur Linda Retief ~ Die DBU-Smithfield het onlangs ‘n damesoggend by die Smithfield Gholfklub gehou. Die oggend is goed ondersteun. Ds Werner Klindt het die verrigtinge geopen met sy rendisie van die liedjie “De la Rey”. Die oggend se hoofdis was ‘n praatjie oor veiligheid – ‘Jou veiligheid, Jou Keuse” – ‘n onderwerp wat vir almal van belang is. Die praktiese inligting is deur Hennie Gerber oorgedra en die meer as 45 dames wat die oggend bygewoon het, het die inligting baie relevant gevind. Dit het gegaan oor bewusmaking en paraatheid en...Read more

Tuinbouklub Jaarafsluiting

Die Tuinbouklub se Jaar-afsluiting is op 10 November 2015 om 10:00 by Buckley's. Elkeen moet asseblief onthou om 'n uitruil-geskenkie, uit die tuin of vir die tuin, saam te bring. Alle lede moet asseblief teen 2 November vir Hanlie Smith laat weet wie die oggend sal kan bywoon sodat sy getalle kan deurgee vir spyseniering. Kom geniet 'n heerlike tuin-kuier-oggend waar ons 'n jaar se tuinmaak kan deel. Tuingroete, Hanlie Smith Voorsitter Smithfield Tuinbouklub...Read more

Farming in a Time of Drought

From the NWGA ~ There is mounting evidence that the country will experience dry and hot conditions towards the summer season. These conditions may promote regional or localised drought. It is recommended that medium and shorter-range weather forecasts be monitored for the development of conditions that may alter or strengthen the expectation of the current forecast. In response, the NWGA has set up a category with the title DROUGHT MANAGEMENT on its website in an effort to proactively assist farmers with drought management. Links to articles relating to the effective management and feeding of...Read more


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