When dreams dovetail, wonderful things can happen. The dream of two self-styled “geriatric microlighters” is to fly west from Gauteng to the Atlantic Ocean, turn north over Namibia and fly back to raise R125 000 for the Reach for a Dream Foundation to give 25 kids with life-threatening diseases a chance to reach their own dreams in their short lives.
Tom Klaassen (of Dutch descent) of Tom’s Backpackers in Hennops River was invited to the Netherlands Embassy in Pretoria to view a live wide-screen broadcast of the investiture of Prince Willem-Alexander as the new King of the Netherlands. The occasion, on Queen’s Day, 30 April, was attended by foreign dignitaries and a merry crowd of admirers, most of them dressed in brilliant orange.
”The Hennops Primary School’s Potjiekos Competition must be the most enjoyable local social event of the year!” says Nick Foster. He and his wife Karen and Heidi Schutte, a teacher at the school, are some of the main movers behind this annual fund-raising effort.
Two years ago the Rhenosterspruit Nature Conservancy won a R20 000 prize from the Gauteng Department of Agriculture and Rural Development for its work on the invasive Pompom weed. This effort has now been expanded by Mercia Komen, chairperson of the Crocodile River Reserve (CRR) which aims for Nature Reserve proclamation of the larger region in which the Conservancy falls.
The finding of a dead leopard just off Hendrik Potgieter Road on the West Rand in July last year was the catalyst for Bob Boden. “I love all animals but have a special passion for the leopard (Pantheras pardus) and the dead leopard indicated a probable population in the greater area,” says Bob.