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Engaging through art

Written by Norman McFarlane

  cn_rh_frans_groenewald-TIt is Thursday January 15, just another morning in the busy life of Somerset West cartoonist, Frans Groenewald. We are sitting in his studio on Lourensford Wine Estate – and since the sign on the front intones “Open”, you can be sure that a steady trickle of visitors will wander in to observe the master at work, hopefully buy one of his exquisite pieces of art, an original or print, and probably ask the artist to sign it. The Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris set the world on its head, and I’m dying to ask Frans, as a cartoonist, his opinion of what occurred. “Do you think what happened in Paris, will have an impact on free

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Risk, trust, reward, wonder

Written by Murray Williams

  A five-year-old boy stood  perched atop a steep rockymountain in the Elgin Valley. To the west stretched the wildly beautiful Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve. Below him, the ground fell away down into a steep gorge – through which the Coca-Colacoloured Palmiet River gurgled and flowed.

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HSPC to move

Written by Norman McFarlane

cn_rh_homeless1-TThe Helderberg Street People’s Centre (HSPC), which feeds 250 to 300 homeless people each day, is to be relocated to the Somerset West Night Shelter premises in Church Street, when the current month-to-month lease on the premises where it is located in Victoria Street opposite the Somerset West Library, expires in January next year.

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Written by Murray Williams


Paddling out at sea – especially alone – offers a precious gift: time to think. Uninterrupted. The closest to an “alert” you might receive won’t be an SMS, BBM, WhatsApp, email or Facebook update, but the shrill call of an African Black Oyster-catcher, which could mean you’re close to a rocky outcrop, on which it’s perched. (Usually with its life partner nearby – they’re monogamous.)

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Festival of Light

Written by Norman McFarlane

  cn_rh_festivaloflight-TThe Hottentots Holland High School drummies, above, were in fine form at the Somerset West Festival of Lights, which took place last week.Other organisations and schools taking part in the parade were Paul Steyn, Halli Trust Mascot, SSW Rotary Club Small brass band, Beaumont Drummies, Dr JG Joubert drummies, Parel Vallei Marching Band, Hottentots Holland Brass Band, Cape Whaler Field Band, and a large group of motorcyclists.

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