Local designer dresses students for Nqweba matric ball

Nqweba Secondary School in Umasizakhe held their Matric Ball on 27th March, and the venue of the Panorama Guest House in Graaff-Reinet proved to be ideal for the function.

The guest speaker was Mr K Wildschut from the local Department of Education District Office, and a representative from the school ‘s governing body, Miss N Menzi, also spoke some encouraging words to the matriculants.  Zenande Nocanda replied on behalf of the learners.

The theme for the evening was “sassy and classy”, and the venue interpreted this just as the students wanted.

Ten of the 57 learners were dressed by the designer Intombi Stoann, originally from Aberdeen but now based in Port Elizabeth.

Successful past pupil

Teachers and pupils of Aberdeen Secondary School are very proud of one of their past learners.

Davéne Sedras, daughter of Dawid and Helen Sedras, was admitted as an Attorney of the High Court of South Africa recently. She was admitted in the Grahamstown High Court on 20 March 2018.  Davéne matriculated in 2007 from Aberdeen Senior Secondary School and went on to study a Baccalaureus Legum – LLB Degree at the then Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (now NMU).   In her first year of studies she got a Golden Key invitation. Membership to this prestigious award is limited to the top 15% of degree students, from all disciplines, who have completed at least one year of study. The university identifies these students as meeting these high criteria and wants to give recognition.

In April 2015 she graduated and started her Articles of Clerkship in August of the same year. She started and completed this at the private firm Liston Brewis and Company. Davéne believes that hard work eventually pays off, and will always be grateful to her parents, family members and everyone who had an influence on her life, for believing in her and words of encouragement when days seemed dark.  She is a firm believer that nothing worthwhile comes easy.

Feast of rugby


Aberdeen Rugby Club is hosting the Cape Town Warriors on Friday and Saturday, and there will be a feast of games for spectators at the Showgrounds on both days.

Local primary schools will also be involved, with a coaching clinic for school players at the showgrounds on Friday morning from 9am. This will be the Cape Town team’s way of giving something to the community, and there is already great enthusiasm from the schools involved.

On Friday afternoon, the first match will be between Kamdeboo Primary School and Aberdeen Full Service School, followed by Aberdeen Secondary School against Aberdeen Rugby Club’s B team. The afternoon will finish off on a lighter note, with ladies’ and men’s sevens games.

There is a full afternoon’s play on Saturday, kicking off with Aberdeen’s first reserves against the Cape Town first reserves. Next it is the turn of the “old men” –with Aberdeen Veterans playing Hampshire Veterans from Graaff-Reinet. The climax to the weekend, when the A teams meet, will be at 4pm.

Spectators are very welcome at all the games, with a nominal charge of R10 for adults, R5 for children, and R5 per car. The Aberdeen Rugby Club is very grateful to all those who have sponsored the tournament –too many to mention individually, but very much appreciated by all.


Garden and Social Club visit Greenfield House

The Aberdeen Garden and Social Club held their March meeting at Greenfield House in Aberdeen, home of Graham Ashington and Daniel Louw. The weather played along, being overcast for most of the morning with the sun coming out only by lunch time. Members appreciated the privilege of being in this luscious garden, which as always was in immaculately condition.

The meeting was very well attended, with the bonus of a very special guest, Johanna Konig, one of the founder members of the Aberdeen Garden Club.

Graham Ashington gave the members some details about the renovation of the house and his current work-in-progress, explaining that renovation of such an old building never stops. Several members drew on his experience and asked questions on building and renovation, as most also live in old buildings. He also spoke about the irrigation system they installed for the garden from their borehole, meaning that they use very little municipality water.

Dan Louw gave an overview of the lay out of the garden, with the succulent area, palms and the vegetable garden. He pointed out very special and rare plants in each area.

The members then dispersed, some doing a tour of the house with Ashington, looking at all the items they have collected that fit in so well with the house. The rest toured the garden with Louw, who gave interesting information on different plants and shared knowledge on the soil and water in Aberdeen.

Everyone then came together for tea and cake which the members provided in abundance, ending the morning in a most becoming way: high tea in a tropical garden!

The next meeting will be on 5th April at the Aberdeen Bowling Club, where non playing members will have the opportunity to learn the skill of bowling, and afterwards end the morning with a lunchtime braai.

Cocktail party at Aalwynhof


Last Wednesday, Aalwynhof Home for the Aged hosted a cocktail evening to thank all those who have supported the Home over the past year.

The management and board would like to thank all those who have given their time to arrange functions for the residents and as fundraisers, as well as those who regularly donate meat and vegetables. Cash donations have also been gratefully received from many supporters, both local residents and from further afield.

Manager Rene Jongkind is also very grateful to those who have supported the fundraising functions during the year

Walkers for Aberdeen charities

A group of friends who started walking for exercise earlier this year have made great strides. Usually the three ladies walk about 4km, four days a week, and as a challenge one suggested that they should walk out to Waterkloof farm one Sunday for breakfast –a distance of about 21km!

After some discussion, the date was set for 11th March, and as an incentive, they decided to raise some money for charity at the same time. “Botter Ossies stap vir Aberdeen” was born, and as they could not decide which of the many charity groups in Aberdeen to raise money for, they decided to let each sponsor choose where their money would go.

The ladies are all well known in the town, and they were amazed at how much sponsorship came in, with only a few days’ notice. Hannelie van der Westhuisen, who runs the Kamdebo Padstal, Umelda van Rensburg from Superstore and the Aberdeen detective office, and Debbie Barnardt, formerly of Aalwynhof and the NGK office, gathered a total of close to R15 000 between them, in less than a week!

The ladies started off at 6am, and experienced a beautiful sunrise at the 3km mark. When they reached the 5km mark, Christelle and Toesie Slabbert refreshed them with coffee, bananas, water and a small chocolate.  All went smoothly and about 200m before the 10km mark their Slabbert supporters showed up with some more water. Anrihet Marx was the group’s back-up support and put out water every 2km next to the road. Anrihet and Jan-Hendrik Jordaan of Tuin Kaffee sponsored the water and bananas.

By the time the ladies had completed 15km, the sun was beating down, and they encountered a few strenuous uphills. The last 5km proved to be a battle, both mentally and physically, but with the support of each other, and the knowledge that they were raising money for others, they pushed through and arrived at Waterkloof at about 10:30 to be greeted by Suzaan Lategan with a delicious breakfast.

The causes that will benefit include soup kitchens, churches, animal welfare and the elderly. The walkers would like to thank those who helped on the day, as well as all those who so generously donated towards the Aberdeen charities.

Matla A Bana Cyclists


In 2000 Monique Strydom survived a four month hostage ordeal, and on the morning of her release, she vowed to dedicate her life to help fellow South Africans in need. Monique founded Matla a Bana – A voice against child abuse in 2001 after the terrible rapes of two babies in South Africa.

Since its beginnings it has grown to a national award winning charity helping thousands of children every year. The organisation works with SAPS, and its goals include having child-friendly reporting facilities at hospitals, courts and police stations. They also visit schools to educate children on how to deal with abuse.

On Monday, members of the Xtreme for Kids Cycle Tour 2018, one of Matla A Bana’s fundraising projects, visited Laer Volkskool and on Tuesday, it was Aberdeen Full Service School’s turn. They addressed the children from grade1 to grade 4, and gave a presentation about abuse, and the importance of reporting it to a responsible adult. The theme was “it’s Awe to tell someone”, (as in awesome!), aiming to empower the children to report an abuser. Each child was given a badge and an activity book. At Laer Volkskool, the organisers were thrilled when one young boy donated his R20 tuck money to the cause!

The tour departed from Johannesburg on 28 February, cycling an average of 180km per day under extreme conditions to raise awareness of child protection. So far, they have raised almost R214 000 towards the work of the organisation.

Luxulo star athlete

Renaldo May, a grade 5 pupil at Luxolo Intermediate School, has had an exceptional athletics season so far. He competes in the 10 year old age group, representing his school in the 100m and 200m sprints as well as the 1200m event.

He has shown promise from the first event of the season, the inter-schools, where he came second in all three events. At the Zonal meeting, he received the bronze medal for 100m and silver for 1200m, and from here he was selected to compete at the District athletics meeting in the 1200m. Renaldo again won a silver medal at the District event, and went on to receive gold in the Provincial competition.

He has received tremendous support from the school’s coaching team, and his brother Elton May. His next chance to excel will be at the National Athletics Championships, which will be held in Paarl.

Ward 7 community meeting in March


An interesting and fruitful community meeting was held recently in Aberdeen’s Ward 7, chaired by ward councillor Rudy Jacobs

The first part of the meeting was given over to Jonathan Tarantaal from the SASSA offices in Graaff-Reinet. He gave a clear explanation about the process of change from withdrawing with a SASSA card, to getting payments through a bank. Beneficiaries must first collect a form from SASSA, either from their offices in Graaff-Reinet, or on a Tuesday when they visit Aberdeen Showgrounds. This form then has to be taken to a bank of the recipient’s choice, where either a new account will be opened, or the SASSA payment will be lined to an existing account. This completed form must then be returned to SASSA.

A question was raised about those too frail to collect their own pension, and Tarentaal explained that a family member could be nominated to receive the payment into his or her account, provided that a power of attorney has been granted. Recipients will also still be able to withdraw at USave. Tarentaal also stated that negotiations are underway with the banks to reduce the fees that would be charged. A form is also available from SASSA for automatic deductions for a funeral policy.

Tarentaal closed by warning beneficiaries against unscrupulous scams, and urged them to only deal with identifiable SASSA officials.

Some of the ward committee members were then introduced to those at the meeting. There are currently two vacancies on the ward committee, as the representatives for business and religion have resigned.

Cllr Jacobs then explained how he had arranged a meeting last November with the municipal manager, and the directors of corporate services, community services and engineering and planning. He described this as very positive, although the proposed action plan, promised for November, was only received on 2nd February!

Various points were raised from the floor, including a comment that the palisade fencing around the park in the centre of town was erected upside down. Apparently, when this pointed out to the workers installing the fencing, they said that if it was placed the other way (with the sharp fork facing upwards), then children climbing over it would get hurt!

Many service delivery points were made, concerning the state of the municipal tip, slabs over water furrows, and the lack of available space at the cemetery. A disabled member of the community also informed the meeting about the difficulties she experienced accessing many businesses and offices in a wheelchair.

The final point made concerned the opening of the NMU satellite campus project, which should have been in operation already. Cllr Jacobs told the meeting that he had put in a bid at the relevant council meeting for the main campus to be in Aberdeen, to be central for all towns in the municipality. This is apparently being considered.

Saps sport against crime


On Saturday 24th February the Department of Safety and Liaison held a very successful “Sport against Crime” event at the Aberdeen Showgrounds. Kamdebo Primary, Luxolo Intermediate and Aberdeen Full Service School participated in rugby, soccer and netball for children in the 13 years old age group.

The honours were split between the schools, and great sportsmanship was shown all round. Kamdebo Primary won the rugby and came in second in soccer. Luxolo Intermediate won the soccer and came in second in netball, and Aberdeen Full Service School won the netball and came in second in rugby. Trophies and medals were handed out to the winning teams and the player- of- the- series in each discipline. All the participants were given eats and drinks.

The idea of the event is to keep the children off the streets, and to give them a positive alternative to crime and drug abuse. The schools would like to thank the Department of Safety and Liaison, the Aberdeen SAPS, and all other role players who made the event possible, for the wonderful initiative. It is hoped that such an event can be held annually.