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The Rep 16 March 2018

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4 Tel: (045) 839-4040 Emergency: (A/H) 083-272-0955 ° Editorial: sonjar@tisoblackstar.co.za - advertising: charodinev@tisoblackstar.co.za THE REPRESENTATIVE 16 March 2018 LOCAL IS LEKKER Do you live in Dordrecht – or call Cacadu home? Is Cofimvaba your place of residence or does Stutterheim have a special place in your heart? Send us your news C O U N T RYWAT C H KOMANI NEWS SEND YOUR NEWS Our country correspondents are active in their respective areas and will gather your news. Contact sonjar@tisoblackstar.co.za for details of the correspondent in your area. Country news deadline: 10am on a Tuesday. STERKSTROOM – The annual NG Church bazaar was held on Saturday at the NG Hall. The day went well. As usual cakes, pancakes, and lunches were popular. The NG Church will hold another fundraiser later in the year. Sandy Prins and Adele Richardson were delegates attending the Women’s Agricultural Association (WAA) conference in Ugie on Saturday. Mary Botha attended as a visitor. The Sterkstroom WAA forms part of the North Eastern Cape Women’s Agricultural Association, consisting of six branches. Guest speaker Yvonne Buchler of Ugie gave an interesting talk on "Tomorrow starts today" and there was also a talk on the popular Lady Grey Passion Play that takes place over the Easter weekend with renowned actors of the Hattingh family of Molteno as main characters. Several Sterkstroom members took places in the various baking, sewing and knitting competitions. Amanda Oelofse won the koeksister section and received the award for the most outstanding article in the baking section. Megan Moorcroft got a first place for a lady’s skirt. Rose McDougall also made a sterling effort with the little girl’s dress she sewed. Megan also knitted a beautiful lady’s jersey and gloves, while Sandy Prins won second place for her scarf and beanie. Kayla Richardson entered a picture she had drawn into the children's section. As a result of these GREAT SHOW: The Lifestyle trophy won by the Sterkstroom branch of the Wo m e n ’s Agricultural Association Picture: ADELE RICHARDSON entries, Sterkstroom won the lifestyle section and was awarded a certificate and trophy. Both Megan Moorcroft and Adele Richardson serve as conveners on the NEC WAA Circle. Sterkstroom is fortunate to have Izak van Heerden living in the district. He assists the branch and is a judge. Izak is often a guest at the WAA meetings. FORWARDS: The Chris Hani District Municipality is involved with a programme focusing on the artificial insemination of cattle Picture: SUPPLIED Chris Hani farmers to benefit from programme ALL DONE: From left, Mario Ferreira and Lichelle Heidtmann recently completed their 150th parkrun in Stutterheim. They were cheered in by Laurent Howe and Barbara van de Vyver Picture: SUPPLIED STUTTERHEIM – The Stutterheim Amateur Dramatic Society (SADS) is up and running for 2018. The first Fish Nite was held recently and the next will be on April 20. Stutterheim High School will present Sarafina, an African musical/dance performance, at the SADS Theatre today at 6pm. The show is directed by Chantelle Pa n d e l a e r e . Tickets are available at Colletts Pharmacy. They are R35 for adults and R20 for children. Booking is essential and is open now. On Friday March 23 and Saturday March 24, Sharon Parker directs Jesus on Trial – an Easter play featuring local talent, including Taki Kyriacos. Tickets cost R40 for adults and R30 for children. Booking is at Colletts. In the second half of the year, SADS will present Stut terheim’s Got Talent. Entry forms are available from Colletts. Auditions will be held in May and the final performances will take place in late July/August. So brush up on your acting/singing/dancing and enter! BOWLS – Stutterheim have entered two mixed teams in the Ciskei League. The A team consists of Craig Ainslie, Coert Oosthuizen, Lodie du Plessis and Marlene Williams. The B team is Neil Cawthorn, Pam Buchler, Geoff Smith and Des Flanegan. On Sunday, the B team played against Kidd’s Beach and King William’s Town B. They lost 15-21 in the first game and also lost the second game 15-21. The A team played against KWT B and lost 27-13 and then won 23-19 against KWT C. PARKRUN – On March 3, 55 athletes splashed their way around the route. With all the visitors who were in Stutterheim to take part in the Merrifield Mile on the Sunday, there were almost more visitors than locals. Congrats to Glen de Villiers from Sunrise on completing his 50th parkrun and to Mario Ferreira and Lichelle Heidtmann who both completed their 150th parkruns and to Penny and Cassidy Esprey who completed their 10th parkrun to become members of the Junior Club 10. On Saturday, 62 athletes completed Event #176 in muddy conditions, so times were not the greatest as everyone was carrying an extra few kilograms on their wet, muddy takkies! There were again several visitors from East London. Well done to all who completed the Cabbage Patch in Komga. THE Chris Hani Development Agency, Farm Vision, C o o p e r at i v e Resources International (CRI) US, CRI SA, Synchro Genetics, Delindlala Farmers’ C o - o p e r at i v e and Ikhephu Secondary Co-operative and its farmer members have joined hands to enhance the lives of Chris Hani district farmers. CRI has been conducting a Cooperative Development Programme (CDP) in South Africa funded by the United States Agency for International Development (Usaid) since 2010. Farm Vision has been contracted to implement the CDP in South Africa. Two of the co-ops that are part of the CDP – Ikhephu Agricultural Secondary TARKASTAD - Smash Ngalo, a theatre actor from Cape Town, moved to Tarka late last year. He decided to interact with the local schools this year to set up a drama programme which aims to help develop the youths’ interest in the arts and give them a positive outlet to express themselves. In the past two months, Ngalo has worked with the town's two public high schools – Ta r k a High School and Raymond Mhlaba Senior Secondary School. The programme has contributed to the efforts to unify and integrate the different areas of the town. The schools involved in the programme travel to and fro to interact and to support each other's respective drama programmes. Co-operative in Elliot and Delindlala Farmers’ Co-operative in Indwe – are part of the Chris Hani District Municipality livestock improvement programme. The Ikhephu board approached CDP Phase II manager Jannie Str ydom regarding the possibilities of training some members on artificial insemination (AI) so that an AI service could be rendered by the secondary co-op to its members and non-member fa r m e r s . Artificial insemination is the technique in which semen with living sperm is collected from the male and introduced into the female reproductive tract at the proper time with the help of instruments. In this process, the semen is inseminated into the female by placing a portion of it, either in a collected or diluted form, into the cervix or uterus by mechanical methods. Through the CDP, six people started an AI training course conducted by Norman Rothman in George. Of the six trainees, four will attend the final testing in George before next month. AI is not merely a novel method of bringing about impregnation in females. Instead it is a powerful tool for livestock improvement. AI can, over a short timespan, contribute to the improvement of genetics in a herd. The germplasm of bulls of superior quality can be effectively utilised with the least regard for their location. LET’S TALK ACTING: Smash Ngalo hosting the drama program at Tarka High School Picture: LOYISO GXOTHIWE

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