Tydens Sirkel Middelland se
Konferensie op 20 Maart 2019, in die Sun Boardwalk Internasionale
Konferensiesentrum in Port Elizabeth, het die Tak op verskeie maniere erkenning
Behalwe die Dankiepersoon, Jean
Watermeyer, wat aangewys is, het die Tak het die trofeë ontvang vir Uitstaande
Administrasie, sowel as 3de meeste nuwe lede.
Annalie Lategan het ook 3de plek in Woordkuns verower en kry 89% vir
haar prosa getiteld “Niemand het dit verwag nie”.
Verder is Aberdeen se Voorsitter, Lea
van der Vyver, reeds sedert 2017 Sekretaris van Sirkel Middelland en is sy
tydens hierdie konferensie ook as Visepresident verkies.
Aberdeen VLV nooi vroue in die dorp en
omgewing wat nog nie betrokke is nie om as gaste by te woon of te kom aansluit. Die organisasie bied die geleentheid om ander
vroue beter te leer ken en saam iets nuuts te leer, om jou talente te ontwikkel
en om in die gemeenskap betrokke te raak.
Enige huidige VLV lid kan genader word in die verband.
Kamdebo School Management Team (SMT) has been delighted to
welcome some dedicated and talented new teachers to the school this year.
In the first term, Janaine Pieterse moved across town from
Aberdeen Full Service School to teach grade R, Stephanie Mathews from
Graaff-Reinet joined the school as a grade 1 educator, and Irené van Schalkwyk,
also from Aberdeen, took up a School Governing Body post with a grade 2 class.
At the beginning of the second term, Kamdebo Primary
welcomed Hilldene Vermaak from Kleinpoort as a grade 3 teacher, Chené Muller
from Jansenville for grade 4, and Cecilia Ackerman from Secunda as a grade 5
Capt Vernon Minnaar, who was recently appointed as Station
Commander for SAPS in Aberdeen, is no stranger to the town as its residents.
He spent 15 months in the town as Acting Station Commander,
from March 2014 until May 2015, during which time he got to know the area, and
gained the respect of the community for his integrity and commitment.
With the appointment of Capt Advocate Qashani as Station
Commander, Capt Minnaar returned to the Graaff-Reinet police station as a
relief commander. In September 2016 he transferred to the cluster office, as
coordinator for the Visible Police (Vispol) crime prevention section.
Capt Advocate Qashani left Aberdeen at the beginning of this
year when he was promoted to the post of Lieutenant Colonel at the police
station in Libode, 28km from his home town of Umtata, creating a vacancy in
During February, Capt Minnaar requested a transfer to Aberdeen
to take up the post, looking for the challenge of more responsibility for a
wider field of operations. He was appointed as Aberdeen Station Commander on 4
As well as visible policing, his responsibilities now include
the oversight of logistics, finance and the staff, including the detective
branch. Aberdeen SAPS has five warrant officers, three sergeants, ten
constables and four administrative clerks, as well as four warrant officers,
two constables and an administrative clerk at the detective branch.
Capt Minnaar commented that there is a shortage of staff,
but he is determined to work with the people available to give the best service
possible to the town and surrounding farms. He plans to move to Aberdeen as soon as possible to be on hand for the
community, and to attend to complaints with improved professionalism.
One area that he will be working on is to take better care
of state resources, such as the vehicles, as vehicles in good running order are
essential to be able to get to the community when needed.
Some 38 Aberdeen farmers were thrown a small life line last
Wednesday when three links of mielies arrived for them, made available by the
Department of Agriculture.
After making application for assistance for drought aid in
March 2018, and the intervention of Agri EC who negotiated with the Department
to assist the farmers, the aid eventually became a reality. A total of six links were sent. Farmers from Aberdeen, Willowmore, Rietbron
and Steytlerville were all recipients of this assistance.
The beneficiaries would like to thank Agri EC and the
Department of Agriculture for coming together to assist the farmers. These areas are still reeling due to the
effects of the prolonged drought, and it is hoped that more assistance for
these farmers will be forthcoming.
It is of concern that, although funding has been made available
by National Government for drought relief, it is not reaching the farmers in
The Aberdeen Botter Ossies, who in March completed their
second long walk for charity, were delighted to be able to hand over the amount
of R9 000 to the Kamdebo Primary School’s Governing Body fund on Monday.
Hannelie van der Westhuisen, Umelda van Rensburg, Debbie Barnardt and Lizemari
Jordaan walked a distance of 25km this year to Grootvlakte farm, raising a
magnificent R37 000 for local charities and projects.
Debbie, who is in her second year of study towards a
Bachelor of Education, spent the first term this year helping out at Kamdebo
Primary, teaching grade 3 learners in a governing body post. The teachers were
very supportive of her determination and commitment to the walk, and themselves
contributed an amount of R3260 towards the fundraiser.
It is fitting then that Debbie was the representative of the
Botter Ossies to hand over the donation to the school, and that Niel Pienaar,
who acted as a second and general “encourager” to the ladies during the walk,
was one of those to receive the gift. Principal Daniel Pieterse was delighted
to accept the generous donation, and assured the ladies that it would be spent
A small but enthusiastic group of members of Aberdeen’s
Garden and Social Club enjoyed a wonderful relaxing trip to visit Dickie and
Colleen Ogilvie on their farm Doorndraai.
The farm is situated about 50km from Aberdeen, the last 28km
of which is a well-maintained gravel road.
The Ogilvies welcomed the group warmly, and there was much
informal chat and socialising in the garden over tea, coffee and snacks.
Dickie then gave a brief history of the farm, which was
bought by Colleen’s father in 1965. The area was experiencing a dreadful
drought at the time, very similar to the current situation. The veld had been
overgrazed by the previous owners, but with a great deal of hard work, it was
restored and Colleen’s brother Alex took over the farm when her parents moved
to Four Winds, just outside Aberdeen. He was very keen on game farming, and was
responsible for the introduction of fallow deer to the area. Sadly, in 1986 he
was diagnosed with cancer, and passed away in May the following year.
After much soul-searching and consideration, Dickie and
Colleen gave up their teaching careers in Port Elizabeth and came to the Karoo
at the end of 1987 to run the farm. Although Dickie is from a farming family,
his family’s farm was very different to Doorndraai, and he relied heavily on
his father-in-law for help and advice for the first few years.
After 32 years of farming, he is now very well respected in
the area, holding leadership positions in the farming community, and he has built
up his breeding stock to produce top quality mohair and wool. During his time
at Grootfontein Agricultural College he became a Springbok Kop, a qualification
only awarded to those who prove to be expert wool sorters. Every year the
farm’s wool and mohair achieve top prices at the international auction in Port
The boundaries of the farm stretch over a large area,
roughly 37km long and 12km wide, covering about 14 000 hectares. Two
additional farms have been added on to the original Doorndraai to make one
Dickie then talked eloquently about the devastating effects
of the current drought, now in its fourth year. With only 40% of the usual
rainfall in this time, the farmers in the area have been very hard hit, and all
available funds have been used to feed the depleted stock. Like most others,
the Doorndraai stock has been reduced to a nucleus of sheep and goats as a
breeding herd. This particular area seems to be in “dry belt”: thunderstorms
are seen, but circle the area and seem to follow the same route, which is not
over the farms in part of the region.
Many extremely generous donations of feed have been received
by farmers in the area, some free and some at a reduced price, but transport
for this is extremely expensive. As the drought bites harder, more and more
farmers are affected, with some being virtually on the breadline. The Garden
Club members present were obviously aware of the drought, but few had realised
just quite how critical the situation is.
Colleen the provided a delicious lunch of lasagne and salad,
which was an unexpected treat. She then took the guests to see the dam, in the
hope of spotting some fallow deer. Only one was seen, in the distance, but
after a seemingly precarious trip along the top of the dam wall, the goats grazing
nearby all rushed to the bakkie, expecting to be fed. There was much clicking
This proved to be a most enjoyable and enlightening visit, with everyone leaving a little more aware of some of the problems facing the farming community.
This year, Aalwynhof’s annual bazaar was held early in the
year for the first time, instead of the usual September or October, and the
event last Friday proved to be a great success.
There was a variety of stalls, offering braai meat, frozen meat and venison, a popular cake table with a selection of home-baked treats, and the irresistible typical bazaar puddings.
Christa van Rensburg looked after an assortment of items on the white elephant stall, and the ever-popular pancakes sold out when the team ran out of batter, despite having made enough for 500 pancakes!
The vegetable stall was well supported, with vegetables
picked by members of the Board the previous day on Thabo van Rooyen’s farm.
Cabbages and onions were also kindly donated for this stall by Toesie Slabbert.
The cherry on the top was the Café, which was run this year
by relative newcomers to the town, Archie Norval and Nico Kemp. Despite only
returning from a trip to Dubai the previous evening, the pair managed to
conjure up a wonderful selection of dainty cakes and savouries, tea, coffee and
their trade mark gingerbeer floats, all sold at extremely reasonable prices.
The Board of Aalwynhof would like to convey a huge vote of
thanks to all the convenors, workers, buyers and donors.
The first clean-up event for Ward 7 and Revivify
Aberdeen took place on last Saturday, assisted by some members of the Garden
and Social Club.
Cleaning up Aberdeen (and this means all
the different suburbs and not only town centre) is a priority for the Revivify
campaign, and indeed for the community as a whole. “A clean town creates a
renewed sense of pride among residents” explained Archibald Norval, one of the
founders of Revivify.
The first volunteering helping hands
clean-up crew were out in Aberdeen to pick up litter in town, by doing so supporting
the health of the community. There is a need for groups like this because of
the lack of service delivery by the proper authorities, but members of the
group stress the need to work together with the local community and municipality
to share the idea with all the people of Aberdeen. Ward Councillor Rudy Jacobs
was one of the organisers, publicising the campaign, and certainly did his fair
share of getting “down and dirty” cleaning furrows!
The area tackled in the first session
included the blocks in front of Foodzone and USave, the empty lot next to
Foodzone, and the furrow from the butchery to the road. The volunteers also
cleaned the area outside the Aberdeen Club, and along Rabie Street all the way
Some casual labourers, arranged and paid
for by one resident, cleaned the building detritus and rubble near the
supermarket on the corner of Grey Street.
One of the people working that day
expressed her disappointment that so few people had turned up to help, although
some who were unable to attend supported in other ways with donations of black
bags and cooldrink for those working. A major cause of frustration was that the
furrows outside Foodzone and Usave were so dirty, with a great deal of litter
causing both an eyesore and health hazard.
Saturday’s helping hands clean-up crew was
small but did amazing work. The litter that was collected filled 25 refuse bags:
“Imagine what a few more of these clean-up crews could do to clean up all the
suburbs of Aberdeen” said Norval wistfully!
Walking along the streets to pick up litter
along the way gave some the opportunity for chatting and mingling with pedestrians
and residents sitting on their stoeps, as a useful but informal way to meet the
town dwellers. Others had a rather more mucky time, ankle deep in water and
picking up used condoms from the furrows!
The next clean-up day will take place on
Saturday 11 May. All residents of ward 7 and ward 1 will be very welcome to
join in, as the amount of litter collected in the time will be directly
proportional to the number of volunteers.
The meeting place this time will be between the two parks in the centre
Through SETA, a learnership programme has been launched in
Aberdeen for aspiring hairdressers.
The programme is being run by Lorita Ehrke from Gauteng,
director and principal of Excelsius, the Skills Development Provider. Lorita
has been involved with shorter skills programmes in rural areas of Mpumalanga
and Limpopo for many years, and is excited about imparting her vast array of
skills and knowledge to the enthusiastic students in Aberdeen. This will be the
first rural area where the company will be hosting a full qualification, which
will be achieved after three years of training.
There were many more applicants than the 30 places
available, o candidates were accepted on a first come, first served basis.
Lorita already has plans in the pipeline to accommodate those who were
disappointed in a later course, and is applying for more grants for Aberdeen.
Each student will receive a stipend of R2 000 per month.
The opening event was held last week at Pagel House, and
classes will start at the same venue on 15 April. The course is a mixture of
practical and theory, and Lorita will be in attendance every month to monitor
The students are naturally keen to get started with some
practical work, and in their first lesson will be taught the correct way to
wash a client’s hair, practising on each other, and about reception duties.
Middelland se Konferensie op 20 Maart 2019 was ‘n swierige geleentheid in die Sun
Boardwalk Internasionale Konferensiesentrum in Port Elizabeth.
Tydens hierdie konferensie is
Dankiepersone aangewys – dit gee erkenning aan ‘n VLV-lid wat passie het, wat
ander inspireer en ‘n wat verskil maak in die gemeenskap. Jean Watermeyer is
deur Aberdeen Tak nomineer en was in persoon daar om haar toekenning vanaf
Sirkelpresident, Lynette Martin, te ontvang.
Alles is in die geheim met haar dogters, Colleen Ogilvie en Helen
Harris, gereël en sy was totaal onbewus van die eer wat haar te beurt val. Sy het elke oomblik terdeë geniet en was so
dankbaar vir die gebaar.
Die volgende motivering is voorgelees
by konferensie :
Jean Watermeyer – waar begin en eindig
mens om so ‘n vrou se deugde en bydrae te beskryf? Jean is ‘n volle 87 jaar oud, maar van rustig
wees is daar geen sprake nie. Nie alleen
is sy nog ‘n aktiewe lid van VLV nie, maar sy is betrokke by talle organisasies
en bedrywighede op Aberdeen. Sy leef
regtig vir haar medemens en het ‘n passie vir Aberdeen en al sy mense. ‘n Toekenning is ook deur die Aberdeen
Boerevereniging aan haar gegee vir haar jarelange bydrae in Aberdeen en sy
Sy is lid van VLV vir die afgelope 36
jaar, het ook op bestuur gedien en woon nou nog feitlik elke vergadering by,
ten spyte van die feit dat haar man John versorging nodig het. Vir elke vergadering bring Jean interressante
inligting, handwerk, ingelegte produkte of steggies saam om met lede te
deel. Sy moedig jong vroue, sowel as
nuwe intrekkers, aan om VLV by te woon en aan te sluit. Sy deins ook nie terug vir werk nie en ons
moet net keer of sy skuif selfs tafels rond om reg te maak vir vergaderings!
Wat ander organisasies aanbetref, is
Jean na 20 jaar steeds die voorsitter van Aberdeen Toerisme Vereniging. Sy kry gereeld navrae oor die dorp en het ‘n
passie om die dorp en sy besighede te adverteer. Verder is sy Aberdeen se verteenwoordiger op
die Kankervereniging van Graaff-Reinet Distrik en is persoonlik betrokke by
elke geval wat aangemeld word. Sy besoek
die pasiënt en die familie en behalwe emosionele ondersteuning sorg sy dat
enige fisiese behoeftes ook aangespreek word.
Jean het die hospitaal se tuin ook onder die vlerk en sorg vir
aanplantings in en versorging van die tuin.
Dan het sy ook ‘n passie vir die verwaarloosde kinders in die arm
gemeenskap en ondersteun die Bambino Sopkombuis projek met leiding en raad,
asook om kosbydraes vir hulle by besighede soos Pick ‘n Pay te kry. Sy besoek gereeld die projek en het die
kinders ‘n ruk gelede gewys hoe om hulle eie groentetuine te maak. Die munisipaliteit kry ook gereeld met haar
te doen oor swak dienslewering, aangesien sy nie stilbly as dinge in Aberdeen
nie reg verloop nie.
Aberdeen VLV lede het eenparig besluit
om Jean Watermeyer met hierdie toekenning te vereer en te bedank vir haar
passie, toewyding en voorbeeld van voluit leef vir elkeen wat haar pad kruis.