Monthly Archives: March 2012


Aqua Est Vitae

by Deon van Huizen Our country has one of the most progressive water rights-related policy frameworks in the world, with the Constitution of South Africa stating that every person has the right to clean water. In 2010 the UN General Assembly declared that “safe and clean drinking water and sanitation is a human right essential

Kinders se held

Willie Meyer Schoemansville skryf; Soos daar al dikwels in Kormorant berig is, is daar in Hartbeespoort weinig ontsag vir verkeersreëls of die veiligheid van ander padgebruikers. Dit is veral opmerklik by die skole wanneer kinders soggens en smiddags afgelaai en gehaal word. ‘n Groot bron van bekommernis is die oorgange by die hoërskool waar ‘n voetgangerlig

Too much of a good life – the over-friendly exotics in Paradise

by Dr Johan Wentzel Many exotic plants classified as unfriendly to our environment were brought in from overseasas exterior decorators in the past – that means most of them are beautiful. In many circles, even today, gardening is viewed as “exterior decorating” and most of our indigenous plants do not fulfill that role. (Which, incidentally,

‘Numbers never end ….’

Left: Seven-year-old Jaylyn Bhula from Hartbeespoort will represent South Africa in  the international SEMAS Abacus maths competition in Taiwan in December. He has only once received less than 100% for a mathematics test and that was because he did not write neatly enough. Seven-year-old Jaylyn Bhula from Hartbeespoort, a grade 2 pupil at Thornhill Primary

Community Activists

by Deon van Huizen Our country is often perceived to be beset with public holidays. Many of us enjoyed the midweek break on Wednesday in typical South African style – braaivleis, shopping and enjoying the last of the summer weather. But how many of us understood the real meaning of Human Rights Day? (A quick

The first natives of the Magalies

Left: The fossilised skull of ‘Mrs Ples’ – in fact  a young A. africanis male Long before the marauding impis of Mzilikaats, the herders of Mogalie, the smiths of the early Iron Age or the Boers with their horses and ox wagons set foot in the valleys between the rolling hills south of the Magalies,

Spit and polish

by Daleen van Manen All of a sudden the municipality found money and manpower to fill potholes, paint the invisible lines on our roads and even fix walkways. However, not any old road, only those that will be used by the more than 9 000 expected athletes taking part in the Old Mutual ultra marathon
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Taking the puzzle apart

by Dr Johan Wentzel We live in an environment where rock outcrops abound and it would therefor make sense to dedicate one part of the garden to plants suited to this environment. I am a bit hesitant to use the term “rockery” since many people associate that with succulents which is not necessarily everybody’s favourite.

Why I didn’t stop

by Deon van Huizen I have to confess – I did not stop at the stop sign in the street where I live. I was on my way to the office yesterday morning maintaining a well behaved speed while admiring the first signs that autumn is about to invade our beautiful valley. At about the

Nugter weet

deur Daleen van Manen Nugter weet alleen hoekom sommige mense, na hulle te diep in die bottel gekyk het, hulle so wangedra dat die polisie ingeroep moet word. Die span in uniform en hulle ondersteuningsnetwerke is op die oomblik so keelvol vir sulke optredes dat hul nou dreig om dié wat hulle nie kan gedra
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Putting the puzzle together

by Dr Johan Wentzel In previous issues of the Green File plants suited to domestication and that occurs naturally on the Highveld, were discussed. What is needed now is to put the puzzle together. The first in planning is to decide which components you want in your garden. This obviously will be influenced by the