Kleinfontein an Afrikaner settlement near Pretoria

Pretoria - The petrol station attendant warns me I am going to get killed in Kleinfontein. "Are you sure you want to go there?" he asks, looking concerned, after I stop to ask him for directions. According to my GPS, I am five minutes away from the settlement, an Afrikaner cultural community near Bronkhorstspruit. "Yoh my man, the white people are going to kill you there. You are not the right skin colour. They will stop you at the gate and won't even let you in." I tell him I am going to see for myself. As I approach the entrance, I am scared. Large white letters, "Ons God Ons Volk Ons Eie" (Our God Our People Our Own) are affixed to the grey wall next to the boom gate. What if the petrol attendant was right? Tense wait A skinny, mustachioed man wearing camouflage trousers, black boots and a khaki cap, and holding a clipboard and a pen, approaches me after I stop at the boom. He asks me in Afrikaans who I'm visiting. I identify myself and tell him I …
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Ciara Lodge – One of our best sellers in Pretoria!

Featuring a lush garden, Ciara Lodge is located in Pretoria and offers an outdoor swimming pool, children’s playground and terrace. Loftus Versfeld Rugby Stadium is 15 minutes’ drive away. Guests have access to free WiFi. With wooden furnishings, Ciara Lodge’s units are decorated in warm and neutral colours. Each is fitted with a flat-screen satellite TV, safe and barbecue facilities. The bathroom includes free toiletries. Guests can prepare meals in the privacy of their self-catering unit. Some units have a fully equipped kitchen or kitchenette, and some has a microwave with tea-and-coffee-making facilities. Pretoria’s city center is within 7 km and the Menlyn Park Shopping Mall is 15 km away. Laundry services are available at an additional fee and an airport transfer can be arranged upon request. OR Tambo International Airport is 45 minutes’ drive away. Rietfontein is a great choice for travelers interested in scenery, tranquillity and zoos. Couples in part…
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Oudminister Danie Steyn sterf op die ouderdom van 94 in Pretoria

Oudminister Danie Steyn, ’n lid van oudpres. P.W. Botha se kabinet, is Saterdag in die ouderdom van 94 jaar in Pretoria oorlede. “Dit is hartseernuus,” het Pik Botha, ’n jare lange vriend en kollega van Steyn, Sondagmiddag gesê. P.W. Botha het Steyn, ’n ingenieur, in 1980 as adjunkminister van onderwys en opleiding aangestel, voordat hy minister van mynwese en energie geword het. Steyn was later minister van ekonomiese sake en tegnologie. Hy het in 1989 uitgetree toe oudpres. F.W. de Klerk as NP-leier en president by P.W. Botha oorgeneem het. Pik Botha (nou 85) was minister van buitelandse sake toe hy en Steyn kabinetskollegas was. “Toe die Hertzogiete (van dr. Albert Hertzog) in 1970 van die Nasionale Party weggebreek het om die Herstigte Nasionale Party (HNP) te stig, was ek ondersekretaris van die departement van buitelandse sake. “John Vorster (eerste minister) het my toe gevra om die politiek te betree. Willie Marais, wat destyds die kiesafdeling Wonderb…
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Vat my hande dat ek opstaan vir my volk – inskrupsie van ‘n indrukwekkende grafsteen in Pretoria-Wes

In die Nuwe Kerkhof in Pretoria-Wes (Rebeccastraat) staan ’n indrukwekkende grafsteen – ’n massiewe rotsblok waarop die veelseggende inskripsie aangebring is: Vat my hande dat ek opstaan vir my volk Dit is die laaste rusplek van een van Suid-Afrika se bekendste, maar ook een van die mees omstrede krygsmanne, generaal Manie Maritz. Salomon (Manie) Gerhardus Maritz is op 26 Julie 1876 in Kimberley gebore. Op 19-jarige ouderdom het hy na Johannesburg verhuis; vanweë sy vrywillige diens aan die Republiek met die Jameson-inval is aan hom die burgerregte van die Zuid-Afrikaansche Politie (ZARP) toegeken en met die uitbreek van die Anglo-Boereoorlog sluit hy hom as manskap by die Boksburg-kommando aan, om veral in Natal diens te doen. Maritz was ’n kort, bonkige man wat oor buitengewone liggaamskrag beskik het. Sy moed en dryfkrag het hom ’n gedugte teenstander gemaak. Hy het ’n rustelose geaardheid en ’n haastige humeur gehad wat hom baie vyande besorg het, maar sy patriotis…
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Oudste persoon ter wêreld in Pretoria te ruste gelê

Die “wêreld se oudste persoon” is op Saterdag 10 Junie in Pretoria begrawe nadat sy verlede week in die ouderdom van 134 oorlede is. Volgens die Gautengse departement van maatskaplike ontwikkeling het dié bejaardevrou, Johanna Rametsi, van Hammanskraal in die verre noorde van die stad, die oudste persoon in die wêreld geword nadat die Indonesiër Saparman Sodimejo in April vanjaar in die ouderdom van 146 oorlede is. “Gogo Rametsi is op 1 Januarie 1883 in Krugersdorp aan die Wes-Rand gebore. Sy word oorleef deur twee van haar 16 kinders – haar dogters Wilhelmina Phiri (97) en Ouma Thema (79). Sy het 78 kleinkinders en 247 agterkleinkinders,” het die departement gesê. Die departement was aan die stuur van gemeenskapsinisiatiewe om vir Rametsi ʼn waardige begrafnis te reël. Die begrafnisdiens het om Saterdag 08:00 plaasgevind in Stinkwater, Hammanskraal, in die gemeenskapsaal langs Maratola Primary School.
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Free Wi-Fi in Pretoria still on, for now

A project to roll out free Wi-Fi in Pretoria is back on track, despite the Auditor General having raised concerns about it under the previous administration, a city official said on Thursday. "While this city government may not have conceived of free Wi-Fi, our aim is to perfect it," mayoral committee member for corporate services, Cilliers Brink, told reporters in Centurion. The Auditor General red-flagged R180m that had been spent on the project as unlawful and irregular expenditure, Democratic Alliance mayor Solly Msimanga said after his first 100 days in office. During a meeting with the AG in May, it emerged that the project, called "TshWi-Fi", was being paid for with grant funding meant for non-profit organisations and charities. The non-profit company linked to the deal was called Project Isizwe. The city spent months negotiating with Project Isizwe, under extremely difficult circumstances for both parties, Brink said. Amended contract The outcome was that the cont…
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Olympus Manor – Good value for couples!

Olympus Manor is located in Pretoria, 2.1 km from Pretoria Boardwalk and 2.6 km from Diep-in-die-Berg Function & Conference Venue. The guesthouse has an outdoor pool, year-round outdoor pool and seasonal outdoor pool, and guests can enjoy a meal at the restaurant or a drink at the bar. Free private parking is available on site. The rooms have a flat-screen TV with cable channels. Some accommodations have a sitting area to relax in after a busy day. Certain rooms feature views of the pool or garden. All rooms are equipped with a private bathroom equipped with a bathtub or shower. Extras include free toiletries and a hairdryer. There is a shared lounge at the property. Diep-in-die-Berg Conference Venue is 2.6 km from Olympus Manor, and Woodhill Shopping Centre is 2.6 km from the property. The nearest airport is O.R. Tambo International Airport, 38.6 km from the property. Facilities available: - Free WiFi - Free Parking - Airport Shuttle - Restaurant - Room Servi…
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This is when your home is most likely to be broken into in South Africa

Home robbery and housebreaking are among the most frightening and dangerous crimes to experience. It is frightening because it violates our private space and the one place that we think of as our sanctuary. According to the latest report released by Statistics South Africa, Exploring the extent of and circumstances surrounding housebreaking/burglary and home robbery, the general crime rate in terms of the proportion of households that experience crime has been declining during the last five years. This reality, however, has not quelled the growing perception that crime is on the increase in South Africa, the stats body said. Over 50% of all crimes experienced by households in South Africa in 2015/16 were housebreaking. Home robbery (11.9%) was the second most common type of crime experienced by South African households. Whites had the highest rates of victimisation compared to other groups both in 2011 and 2015/16. However, whites experienced the sharpest decline of househ…
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Elektriese heinings: Hoe veilig is hulle werklik?

Meeste mense steun swaar op hul elektriese heinings vir veiligheid en vertrou dit blindelings as 'n "ondeurdringbare" linie, en met reg ook so. Maar hierdie spesifieke item is telkemale, weens verskeie faktore ter sprake, nie aangewese om goeie beskerming te bied teen huisbewoners nie! Mense moet hulle dus nie blindstaar teen 'n elektriese heining vir "totale" beskerming nie en dit net in samewerking met ander items inspan as toegangsbeheermiddel teen betreders en inbrekers. Hier is 'n paar redes daarvoor en wenke daaromtrent: Elektriese heinings is 'n taamlike duur item om aan te skaf (en ook in stand te hou) Elektriese heinings verg baie instandhouding en sorg, veral as dit aanvanklik swak ge-installeer is. Bossies, takke en blare wat daarmee kontak maak, affekteer die werking daarvan negatief Hierdie goed word meestal ondergeskik ge-installeer deur onbevoegde werkers met min Tegniese kennis, ondervinding of opleiding tot hul beskikking Dieselfde met 'doen-dit-self'…
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Regter roskam SAPD se advokaat oor laksheid in vuurwapensyferaansoek

Deur Natasha Venter

AfriForum was vandag weer in die Pretoriase hooggeregshof na aanleiding van hul PAIA-aansoek in terme van die Wet op die Bevordering van Toegang tot Inligting, 2000 (wetno. 2 van 2000) waarin hulle versoek dat die Suid-Afrikaanse Polisiediens (SAPD) vuurwapensyfers bekend maak.

Dit is syfers oor hoeveel staatsgeregistreerde vuurwapens ingevolge die polisie se bateregister tussen 2009 en 2014 deur hulle verloor of by hulle gesteel en teruggevind is, asook dieselfde syfers ten opsigte van die sentrale vuurwapenregister.

AfriForum het uiteindelik ’n hofbevel teen die SAPD gekry, wat behels dat die aansoek na die polisie terugverwys word en hulle binne 60 dae die bogemelde inligting aan die burgerregte-organisasie bekend moet maak. Andersins moet wesenlike redes verskaf word waarom hulle dit nie kan doen nie. Die SAPD se advokaat moes egter eers onder regter Hennie de Vos se tong deurloop.

De Vos het die SAPD se advokaat geroska…

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