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Dooprok 114 jaar in gebruik

Die gesegde wat lui dat geskiedenis homself soms herhaal, se betekenis kon onlangs nie nader aan die waarheid wees nie toe klein Sophia Lambson van Malmesbury in ‘n ware erfstuk van oor die honderd jaar oud gedoop word.

Die spierwit dooprokkie is ‘n ongelooflike 114 jaar gelede vir die eerste keer deur haar oupa Johan Loubser se oupa op sy doopdag gedra.

Asof Sophia nie reeds ‘n stukkie geskiedenis op haar spesiale dag na vore gebring het nie, dateer haar naam ook al ses generasies terug.

“Daar was ouma Sophia Christina Chatarina Cardinal, dan my ouma Stella Sophia (Erasmus), my ma Sorita Sophia (Loubser), ek, Stella Sophia (Lambson) en nou Sophia Catherine,” vertel Stella Lambson, Sophia se ma.

Sy het met haar dogtertjie se geboorte reeds besluit die naam Sophia moet voort gaan.

Die dooprokkie is destyds gemaak deur Engela Mostert vir die doop van haar seun Jaap wat op 8 Junie 114 jaar oud sou word.

Marie Loubser, dogter van Jaap Mostert en oumagrootjie van Sophia was die tweede baba wat in die rokkie in die Swartland NG Moeder-gemeente se kerk op Malmesbury deur ene ds. Pienaar gedoop is.

Sy is vandag 89 jaar oud. Sophia, haar negentiende agterkleinkind wat nou nege maande oud is, was op 7 April vanjaar die derde baba wat in dié pragstuk van ‘n rokkie gedoop is.

Sophia se ma en kleindogter van Marie vertel dat daar geen ander opsie was as om haar dogtertjie in daardie rok te laat doop nie, nádat sy vir die eerste keer daarvan gehoor het .

“Dit was vir my baie belangrik om haar in daardie rokkie te laat doop,” sê sy.

Haar ouma het nog effens geprotesteer, omdat die motte glo reeds aan die materiaal begin kou het, vertel Stella. Behalwe vir die klein kolletjie wat deur die motte bewerk is, lyk dié rokkie nog splinternuut en spierwit, vertel sy.

“My ouma het die rokkie baie goed opgepas,” voeg sy trots by.

Volgens Marie, is die dooprokkie binne ‘n ou kamerjas bewaar.

Die doop is van maand tot maand uitgestel tot Sophia uiteindelik in die rokkie gepas het.

Sophia het onbewustelik die voorreg gehad om die rokkie vir die eerste keer weer in 89 jaar te dra toe sy deur Jacobus Snyders in die Swartland NG moedergemeente se kerk gedoop is.

Die rokkie kry een van die dae ‘n plekkie iewers teen die muur waar dit behoorlik uitgestal sal word, wanneer daar nie in gedoop word nie.

Hoewel dit onduidelik is waar oupa Jaap in 1905 gedoop is, sou dit steeds in die Swartland plaasgevind het, aangesien hy op ‘n plaas tussen Darling en Malmesbury grootgeword het.

En wie weet, miskien herhaal dié stukkie geskiedenis homself wéér na nóg ‘n eeu.

!Khwa ttu wins at African Responsible Tourism Awards

The winners of the African Responsible Tourism Awards 2019 have been announced and Cape West Coast based tourism destination !Khwa ttu has taken the title in the Best Responsible Cultural or Heritage Experience category.

Announced at World Travel Market Africa 2019, the African Responsible Tourism Awards celebrate the shining stars of responsible tourism on the African continent – those who are making a positive impact on local cultures, communities and biodiversity.

Finalists and winners of this prestigious award have a passion that extends far beyond the commercial – but also focuses on the well-being of local people and communities and the longevity of their environments.

The !Khwa ttu San Cultural & Education Centre situated an hour from Cape Town’s CBD on the West Coast’s R27 main route, is a non-profit tourist destination which celebrates the San culture and spirit - both the past and present – by educating the general public about the world of the San, providing training to the San, restoring and protecting the cultural heritage of the San, and promoting the long-term financial sustainability of San development in Southern Africa.

In 1998, the Working Group for Indigenous Minorities in Southern Africa (WIMSA) agreed that the San needed assistance in training their own people to deal with tourism and how to showcase the San culture to the world.

In 1999 the farm land was purchased to create this dream.

The original buildings on the farm were converted and the agricultural land was restored into a nature reserve.

Fast forward 20 years and !Khwa ttu - meaning ‘water hole’ in San – is open to the public and houses a world-unique and state-of-the-art San Heritage Centre with interactive displays and presentations that depict the lives of the San. San guides tell the unfiltered stories of their people - coupled with audio and film to really bring the stories to life and immerse visitors in the ways of the San. Live talks and interactive demonstrations are also offered.

The !Khwa ttu San Heritage Centre is a great deal more than a collection of artefacts and historical photos.

It’s a pioneering initiative that embraces the principle of community curation, led by a team of academics and San consultants from across Southern Africa - it is an important tool in preserving the San history, culture and stories.

In addition to the San Heritage Centre, visitors to !Khwa ttu can expect a restaurant, art gallery, gift shop, Dream Museum, San guided nature walks, mountain bike trails, hikes, trail runs, and accommodation.

“I am extremely proud to have accepted this Gold Award on behalf of !Khwa ttu,” says Michael Daiber, General Manager of !Khwa ttu.

“All nominees, finalists and winners should be proud to be part of the Responsible Tourism Awards as it means they have been recognised as leaders in increasing positive economic, social and environmental impacts and have also reduced negatives ones.” !Khwa ttu is only 70km from Cape Town located on the West Coast Way Culture Route and is open 7 days a week from 9am to 5pm. For more information and online bookings visit https://www.khwattu.org/

Make a booking by calling 022 492 2998 and follow !Khwa ttu on social media on twitter, Facebook and Instagram @KhwattuSan.

"Geen verontagsaming geduld"

Paasnaweek is om die draai en dit beteken gewoonlik dat duisende motoriste die land se paaie sal aandurf vir ‘n vinnige wegbreek gedurende die spesiale tyd.

Roman Steyn, bestuurder by die verkeers -en wetstoepassingsdienste van die Swartland Munisipaliteit doen ‘n beroep op alle motoriste om die plaaslike verkeerskantoor te bel indien daar uitstaande boetes is.

Dit geld ook vir uitstaande lasbriewe vir diegene wat moontlik inhegtenisneming in die gesig staar vir hul uitstaande boetes of verontagsaming van die hof.

“Ons gaan in volle mag op die paaie wees en geen verontagsameing van die wet gaan geduld word nie,” voeg Steyn by.

Die afgelope totaal van betaalde boetes vir Februarie was 1348 met 61 lasbriewe wat uitgereik is vir uitstaande boetes.

Gedurende dieselfde maand is daar ook 11 120 motoriste vir hul uitstaande boetes afgetrek.

Yzerfontein now part of Cradle of Human Culture

The Western Cape Government today launched the Cradle of Human Culture - archaeological and paleontological heritage routes with three anchor sites in the Western Cape alongside the World Travel Market Africa 2019 conference in Cape Town.

The project is a partnership with the Cradle of Humankind, as the Fossil Hominid Site of South Africa is already a World Heritage Site. If the Cradle of Humankind has the biological development that led to the appearance of Homo Sapiens, the Cradle of Human Culture captures the behavioural development of Homo Sapiens. The current route along the West Coast with !Khwa ttu Heritage Centre near Yzerfontein in the Swartland as part of the route has been temporarily called “The Artist’s Journey” with the engraved ostrich eggshell of Diepkloof, but also later expressions of creativity in the several rock art sites included in this route.

The Cradle of Human Culture launch showcased the routes, logo, promotional material, as well as the Virtual Reality Programme to be rolled out at different interpretation centres and existing exhibitions.

Debates around the origins of anatomically modern humans and the modernity of their behaviour are crucial to understanding the history of all modern people.

The South African sites of Blombos Cave, Pinnacle Point Site Complex, Diepkloof Rock Shelter in the Western Cape; Klasies River in the Eastern Cape and Border Cave and Sibudu Cave in KwaZulu-Natal, have contributed outstanding evidence of palaeo-environmental conditions and the evolution of early humans.

The aim is for the route to then develop beyond the Western Cape into the rest of the country, said Premier Helen Zille.

At the launch Anroux Marais, Minister of Cultural Affairs and Sport said, following much expert conceptualization, innovative collaboration and proactive effort, the Western Cape Government is honoured to launch the Cradle of Human Culture, not only as an archaeological discovery, but as a journey of human expression and of humanity itself.

The route encourages tolerance and social inclusion and more importantly social integration by advocating a common human ancestry, which is much needed in the sociopolitical climate in which we currently find ourselves.

“Today, once again, reaffirms that we all are united in our diversity and that a more concerted effort must be made to change the often bitter narrative of history for the better. The various measures put in place to divide us based on differing cultural backgrounds fails in its destructive objectives when heritage is celebrated in this way as a platform is created for cultural expression to contribute to awareness, understanding and acceptance”.

While two of the three sites are currently closed to the public, other sites have been included in the route which are open to tourists.

We have a total of 13 archaeological and palaeontological sites on the route, five along the West Coast, seven on the southern Cape coast and one in Cape Town. Additional experiences and products have been added to the route that show us how as humans we came from the first drawing to our latest modern art activities.

Additional sites will be progressively added to the two existing routes as they become tourist-ready and clustered into additional route

Western Cape Minister of Economic Opportunities, Beverley Schäfer added one of our key focus areas is to develop and grow the tourism market in the Western Cape.

Of the more than 1.7 million travellers arriving in the Western Cape in 2017, 55.9% identified culture and heritage as an activity they engage in, in the region. Culture and heritage activities rank as 6th among the top tourism activities in the province, ahead of eating out, entertainment and even shopping.” The logo for the Cradle of Human Culture is inspired by the engravings on the ostrich egg shells from Diepkloof Rock Shelter, and by the engravings and drawings on ochre pieces at Blombos Cave. The design alludes to fingerprints, displayed in the later rock art at the Diepkloof Rock Shelter and show a clear link with the Cradle of Humankind.

For more information on the Cradle of Human Culture, including the routes, please visit https://www.cradleofhumanculture.co.za/ .

Saaityd in die Swartland breek aan

Die tyd van die jaar het aangebreek waartydens produsente van koring en kanola reg oor die Swartland opgewonde raak oor saaityd wat vol beloftes vir vanjaar se produksieseisoen inhou.

Dit is saaityd in die Swartland met die meeste produsente wat reeds weidings soos hawer en lupiene in gunstige weersomstandighede begin saai en plant het. Die volgende gewas wat ook reeds plek-plek geplant word, is kanola wat beteken dat dié streek binnekort in 'n laslappiekombers van groen en geel sal verander.

 Kanolaprodusente reg oor die streek sal binnekort elkeen besig wees om te plant. Volgens kenners is kanola se optimale planttyd vanaf middel tot einde April. “Daar is reeds enkele produsente wat al kanola begin plant het,” voeg Gareth de Bruin, landbou-ekonoom van Kaap Agri by.

Koringprodusente sal op hul beurt eers volgende maand begin plant. De Bruin het op navraag van hoeveel hektaar koring en kanola vanjaar in die streek aangeplant sal word, gesê dat hul skatting op dié vroeë stadium toon dat oppervlaktes aangeplant, soortgelyk aan dié van die vorige produksieseisoen gaan wees. Normale klimaatstoestande kom tans voor wat reeds 'n ander, meer belowende prentjie skep as 'n paar jaar gelede waartydens produsente in droeër omstandighede die saaityd moes aanpak. Reën gedurende Maart vanjaar het onkruidopkoms op sekere plekke tot gevolg gehad dat goeie vooraf onkruidbeheer toegepas kan word, voeg De Bruin by.

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