Athlete shines


Kamdebo Primary School is very proud of two of its young athletes, who competed in the Sarah Baartman District athletics championships in Port Elizabeth on 16th February, representing Karoo schools.

Roelene de Klerk  won a silver medal in the shot put event for 10 year old girls, and narrowly missed qualifying for the Provincial championships.

Jaydon Jacobs came fourth in the high jump event for 13 year old boys.


Roelene de Klerk  with coach Niel Pienaar

Valentines fun at Kamdebo Primary

On Valentine’s Day the hall of Kamdebo Primary was covered with red and black hearts, carefully cut out and arrangeded by organiser Esteline de Jager and her team of teachers and enthusiastic learners.

Before the main party started, the children were able to buy small treats, all provided and donated by the parents. Each child paid either R2 (juniors) or R5 (seniors) to be part of the day, and on payment, each child was given a blank Valentine card which they could give to their dream partner!

The festivities at the school this year took a slightly different form to previous years, and it was decided that the children should be split into two different age groups for their discos. In the morning, grades R to 4 enjoyed two hours of dancing in the hall, and having their photos taken in the photo booth area complete with romantic props.

When the morning session finished, the teachers enjoyed a special braai in the new school garden created last year by Niel Pienaar.

From 4pm till 7pm, the senior children had their dance, and a prize was awarded for the best dressed couple. Winners were Maurizio de Jager (grade 5) and Zelicke Finnis (grade 6).

Over R2 600 was raised for the school from the sales of tickets and food, and the organisers are very grateful to the parents, acting principal and other teachers for their support.

Aberdeen Full Service School valentines dance


The learners of Aberdeen Full Service School had a wonderful day last Friday when the celebrated Valentine’s Day with a “sokkie”.

Each child paid R2 and came to school in an outfit of their choice, with many choosing red and white as the traditional Valentine’s colours. The DJ for the morning was teacher assistant Brendan Flippies, and the children had a great time dancing and listening to the music, which had been organised by teacher Gordon Job.

There was also a good turnout from the parents, who also enjoyed the music, and watching the learners have a good time. Close to R500 was collected towards school funds from the event.

Ward 7 DA branch executives elected


At a recent AGM, the Aberdeen ward 7 branch of the DA elected their new executive and committee.

Andrew Mentoor was re-elected as Chairperson, with Valerie Denham again as his deputy.  Zola Miller will act as secretary, with Anchen Ludick the Youth representative  and Estelle Van Wyk as the DAWN representative.  Dick van Wyk is an additional member, and the committee is under the leadership of ward councillor Rudy Jacobs.

“Our aim this year is to tackle service delivery issues where the municipality is failing, and which is unfortunately becoming the norm” said Cllr Jacobs. He believes this committee is very strong, as they have already arranged events to take place within ward 7 for the next two months.

In response to the frustration of community members with service delivery issues, the committee plan to go door -to -door to collect complaints and refer them to the relevant people at the municipality, following up where necessary. “This branch is very committed, and vows to serve not only DA members but also those from other political parties” concluded Cllr Jacobs.

Kamdebo Primary Athletics stars


On Friday 9th February some of Kamdebo Primary Schools top athletes represented Aberdeen at the Karoo Primary Schools athletics championship at the Kollie Koeberg Stadium in Graaff-Reinet.

Jaden Jacobs received a silver medal for high jump in the event for 13 year old boys. In the shot put event for 10 year old girls, Roelene de Klerk received a gold medal for her effort.

The athletes were accompanied by teacher Niel Pienaar.

On Monday, the school received the exciting news that both of these learners’ results were good enough to qualify them to represent Karoo Schools at the Sarah Baartman District event, to be held this Friday at the Oval in Port Elizabeth.

Garden and Social Club outing


Although only six members were able to attend last week’s inaugural outing of Aberdeen’s newly-named Garden and Social Club, all those present enjoyed every moment of it.

The group members were privileged to be able to visit Kriegerhoek Nature Reserve, which is not open to the public, thanks to the generosity of owners Bert Schade and Arpana Landheer.

After arrival, the visitors decorated pots as gifts for Valentine’s Day. Each person then potted a cutting or plant that they could take home afterwards. After some refreshments, the hosts shared some interesting information on the history of the farm, and this was followed by a walking tour of the farm yard and surrounding buildings. The highlight of the day was an hour-long game drive around the reserve. They spotted several groups of giraffe, zebra, different kinds of antelope and some blue wildebeest.

On their return to the farmhouse, each member was treated to a glass of sparkling wine. As this was just before lunch, the picnic baskets were unpacked and everyone feasted in the shade of the beautiful garden. Members were truly grateful to hosts Bert and Arpana for their hospitality. All returned to Aberdeen very grateful and satisfied after a day well spent in good company, enjoying nature at its best.

Future activities and outings planned for this year include a visit to Karoo Catch in Graaff-Reinet, a bowls day, and workshops on painting and pottery and making garden ornaments. Knowing and recognizing invasive species in your garden is a topic that will be covered at a later stage, and farm visits in the cooler weather with the intention to go out into the veld to learn about the interesting plants in the local environment. Chairperson Estelle van Wyk also promises something special for Arbour Day in August.

New year, new name for Garden Club


The first meeting of Aberdeen’s Garden Club for 2018 was held last week at the home of David Millar.

The meeting was mainly a planning meeting for the year, combined with a social gathering. Past chairlady Jadre Lategan has stepped down due to personal reasons and lack of time, and Estelle van Wyk has kindly agreed to take over for this year, with the help of David Millar and Meredith Kraut.

At the meeting, Lategan was thanked sincerely for all she has done over the past two years. Arranging venues and times for visits, as well as keeping contact with members, is a very time-consuming job, and with the current drought, Lategan finds she is too busy on the farm to be able to commit to Garden Club for this year.

The membership fees for this year will remain unchanged, at R75 per person. A donation is made every month for tea, and members were asked to be generous when it is their turn to provide eats!

Each member was asked to write down their suggestions for venues for the coming year, and some very interesting ideas were received. A provisional programme for the year will be finalised during the coming week, and will be made available to members shortly.

In response to many requests, the name of the club has been changed to Aberdeen Garden and Social Club. It is felt that this more accuracy reflects the current interests and functions of the club. Members expressed interest in meetings covering a variety of interests and activities, covering lifestyle, home, hobbies and socialising as well as gardening.

The first outing for the year will be on Thursday 8th February, when those interested will be heading to Kriegershoek Private Nature Reserve for a picnic and game drive.

Dr Jack Finestone


Dr Jack Finestone bekende kinderspesialis van Jeffreysbaai en sy broer, Edward, het die afgelope naweek ‘n paar dae sy ou tuisdorp, Aberdeen besoek.

Hulle was die gaste van hul ou skoolmaat Gina de Beer.  Daar is heerlik gesels en gekuier met besoeke aan al die ou skoolmaats en vriende soos Archie Marx, Estelle Snyman, Willie Erasmus, Jack Rich, Padgie Pienaar en Rita van Niekerk, suster van oorlede Jat van der Vywer.

Verskeie bekendes in die dorp het hom herken as die pediater wat in die verlede hul ernstige siek kind behandel en gesond gemaak het.

‘n Heerlike middagmaal is ook by die weldoener David Millar geniet saam met Gina, Jack Rich en John en Jean Watermeyer.

Dr. Jack het in 1951 aan die Hoërskool, Aberdeen gematrikuleer en daarna na die Pretoria universiteit gegaan om hom as mediese dokter te bekwaam.

Gedurende sy skooljare verloor hy sy vier jarige sussie toe sy in Hoopstraat deur ‘n vragmotor noodlottig getref was.

Sy vader verloor hy op jong ouderdom en gedurende sy tweede studiejaar verloor hy ook sy moeder as gevolg van ‘n terminale siekte.

Dit was ‘n krisistyd in sy lewe want daar was nog op skool ‘n sussie en vier broertjies, Sylvia, Edward, Norman, Solly en Davy.  Gelukkig kom tot sy redding Rem de Beer en sy moeder tannie Kotie wie al die Finestone wesies onder hul sorg geneem het.

‘n Hegte vriendskapsband ontwikkel tussen Rem en Jack wat steeds gegroei het tot Rem se heengaan in 2012.

Na voltooiing van sy studies open hy ‘n praktyk te Klipplaat maar gaan na ‘n jaar terug na Pretoria om hom as kinderspesialis te bekwaam.

Hy aanvaar ‘n pos te Uitenhage hospitaal waar hy sy eggenote Dons Dodds ‘n verpleegsuster ontmoet en in die huwelik tree.  Vier kinders is uit die huwelik gebore, Brett, advokaat te Kaapstad, Juanita, lektrise aan die universiteit van Grahamstad, Phillip, bekende oogspesialis te Eye and Laser Kliniek te Port Elizabeth en Robert, tans in Australia.

Hy vestig hom te Port Elizabeth en later op Jeffreysbaai.  Sy eggenote se gesondheid kwyn en hy trek terug na Port Elizabeth en bly naby sy seun Phillip op die kleinhoewe te Sardiniabaai.

Hy verloor sy eggenote ‘n jaar gelede maar op 84 jarige ouderdom gaan hy nogsteeds op Maandae, Woensdae en Vrydae na sy Jeffreysbaaise spreekkamers om siek kindertjies te behandel.

Aberdeen is voorwaar trots op ons Aberdeen seun wat swaarkry oortref het, maar ‘n sukses van sy lewe gemaak het.

Courses to be offered by DBN training academy


After Council approved the strategic partnership between Nelson Mandela University and the Dr Beyers Naude Local Municipality last week, arrangements are being finalised on the logistics of the final offerings that will be made available to the local communities.

The municipality expects to receive the Service Level Agreement from the University by the end of next week.

The first programmes to get underway are expected to be the short skills intervention programmes, which are designed for both the unemployed and employed.

The ten courses that have been approved are as follows:

*National Diploma in Customer Management. This will be especially useful for those working in positions where they have to deal with members of the public.

*National Certificate in Real Estate. This is aimed to enable those, particularly from previously disadvantaged backgrounds, to compete in the field of estate agency work

*National Certificate in Governance and Administration. In-service training will be offered to municipal employees wishing to further their studies

*National Certificate in New Venture Creation. This will focus on entrepreneurship, offering information on all levels to those wishing to run a successful small business

*National Certificate in Project Management and

*National Certificate in Project Support Services. These two courses will enable small businesses and contractors to run projects in a professional manner

*National Certificate in Home Care Practices. This will include instruction on the care of the disabled, palliative care, and frail care, and is seen as very valuable in communities where there are insufficient facilities to care for the aged.

*National Certificate in Organisational Transformation and Change Management. This is particularly needed in this municipality, as the smaller towns struggle to cope with the effects of amalgamation.

*General Education and Training Certificate in Hygiene and Cleaning. This will be important for smaller spaza shops to train in food hygiene, and also those who work in schools.

More information regarding the infrastructure and logistics will be available within the next few weeks.

The COO of the municipality, Hans Hendricks, is very enthusiastic about the project, which he sees as “making people employable, and improving the skills of those already in employment”

Zileke excels again


Zileke de Jager of Aberdeen continues to excel in her chosen equestrian field of Saddle Horse events.

After a recent competition in Parys, in the Free State, Zileke was chosen for the senior Protea side to travel to the United States later this year in the 5-gaited event. This is a wonderful achievement for this 17 year old matric student at Hoer Volkskool.

Once again, she has also earned her junior Protea colours in the 3-gaited event. This team will be competing in Namibia later this year.

Zileke has only been riding her new horse, M C Victory, for a few months- her previous horse died suddenly only a couple of weeks after she had bought him.

Zileke is coached by former Springbok Enid Norton of Grahamstown, and she travels to Grahamstown every weekend for training.