Groote Post Country Market

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Yzerfontein Buurtwag

’n Plan vir ’n veilige Feesseisoen

‘n Goeie Buurtwag maak ’n groot verskil in die veiligheid van ’n gemeenskap. Koos Liebenberg deel waardevolle veiligheidswenke vir die Feesseisoen.

ARTIKEL  KOOS LIEBENBERG  |  FOTO  CONRAD MEYER

Die begin van die Buurtwag

Die Yzerfontein Buurtwag is in 2011 gestig en het ten doel om ’n veilige omgewing en lewenswyse vir die gemeenskap van Yzerfontein te skep. Ons doen dit in samewerking met die SAPD, Swartland Munisipaliteit Wetstoepassing en alle ander Gemeenskapsorganisasies.

Die Buurtwag het tans ’n ledetal van meer as 300. Gedurende 2018 is ’n baie aktiewe Plaaswag gestig wat die omliggende plase, kleinhoewes en besighede insluit. Die siening van die Buurtwag is dat die totale gemeenskap van Yzerfontein gedien word en nie slegs lede van die Buurtwag nie. Die hooffunksies van die Buurtwag kan soos volg opgesom word:

  • Insameling van inligting
  • Uitvoering van roetine sekuriteitstake en -aksies
  • Uitvoering van spesifieke sekuriteitstake en -aksies
  • Trauma-ondersteuning

Die Buurtwag is oortuig dat bogenoemde take en funksies nie alleen verrig kan word nie. Dit is dus noodsaaklik dat daar baie goeie verhoudings en samewerking moet wees (en tans wel is) tussen al die rolspelers betrokke by die handhawing van veiligheid en sekuriteit en al die gemeenskapsorganisasies van die dorp.

Yzerfontein Armed Response is ’n gewaardeerde en baie aktiewe veiligheidsmaatskappy en daarom ook ’n onontbeerlike bydraer tot die handhawing van ’n veilige omgewing in ons dorp.

Die Yzerfontein Inwonersvereniging bestuur tans die kamerastelsel van die dorp en is dus ook uiters belangrik in die skep van ’n veilige omgewing.

’n Plan vir die Feesseisoen

Yzerfontein is besig tydens die Desembervakansie. Dit is dus noodsaaklik dat veiligheidstrukture en -aksies verskerp word ten einde ’n aangename feesseisoen aan inwoners en besoekers te verskaf. Daar word jaarliks ’n Feesseisoen Veiligheidsplan in werking gestel met die volgende fokusareas:

  • Die hoofstrand
  • Swemgat
  • Schaapeiland
  • Wet en Orde
  • Oujaarsaand vuurwerke

Die hoofrolspelers in die uitvoering van die plan is die volgende:

  • SAPD
  • Swartland Munisipaliteit Wetstoepassing
  • Yzerfontein Armed Response
  • Yzerfontein Buurtwag
  • Yzerfontein Inwonersvereniging
  • Bewarea
  • NSRI
  • Yzerfontein Toerisme

Tydens hierdie tydperk word ’n Swartland Munisipaliteit Wetstoepassing Kiosk by die Hoofstand ontplooi van waar die aksies gekoördineer word.

Die Feesseisoenplan word gedurende 2019/2020 van 6 Desember 2019 tot 6 Januarie 2020 in werking gestel. Tydens die feesseisoen sal daar ook verskeie padblokkades by die ingang van die dorp wees, waar besoekers verwelkom sal word en alle relevante inligtingstukke uitgedeel sal word.

Veiligheidswenke vir naweekbesoekers en vakansiegangers

  • Maak seker dat jy die kontakbesonderhede van die verhuringsagentskap of eienaar van jou vakansietuiste het om te kontak in ’n noodgeval.
  • Maak seker dat jy die veiligheidstelsel/alarmstelsel se werking verstaan en kan gebruik.
  • Maak seker dat jy weet waar al die ligskakelaars is, veral ten opsigte van die buiteligte.
  • Sluit voertuie wat buite staan ten alle tye, veral snags.
  • Hou vensters, veiligheidsdeure en ander deure gesluit in dié dele van die huis waar jy nie besig is om te kuier nie.
  • Maak seker dat alle vensters, deure, veiligheidsdeure en hekke, gesluit is wanneer jy gaan slaap. Skakel die alarm en alle buiteligte aan.
  • Sluit alle waardevolle items in die kamer waar jy slaap toe. Moenie rekenaars, selfone, beursies, juwele en ander waardevolle items in die sitkamer of onthaalgebied agterlaat nie.

Yzerfontein-inwoners en die Buurtwag sien met verwagting uit na ’n genotvolle en veilige vakansietyd en versoek almal se samewerking in die verband. 

NOODNOMMERS

Buurtwag:  083 444 0672

Yzerfontein Armed Response: 082 961 8874

SAPD Darling: 022 409 1300  |  NSRI: 082 990 5974

Swartland Munisipaliteit Nooddienste: 022 487 9479

Bambi Kellermann

Don’t call her “bokkie“

She’s notorious, she’s glorious…
Bambi Kellermann (aka Pieter-Dirk Uys) is baring all in an exclusive Q&A with I Love Yzer Darling magazine!

PHOTOS SUPPLIED BY PIETER-DIRK UYS

Let’s start with the question you said was embargoed: when last did you see your sister?

BK: Since I returned to South Africa in 1995, I have seen her once. That was in 2015 when we thought our mother was on her deathbed. Only then did we realise that it was her way of getting her two daughters together. I immediately left without saying anything to anyone. So that was four years ago. We haven’t spoken since the mid-1980s. That all sounds terribly depressing.

Since reconciliation is the catchword in our democracy, can’t you two sisters lead by example?

BK: You are so right. Reconciliation starts at home. I hope to speak to her in the year ahead. As someone said to me: do it soon, because one day you will be in the same room together, but one of you will be in a box. Believe me, if my sister was in the box and I walked into the room, she would get up and walk out!

Is there anything you both agree on?

BK: Yes, that our mother Ouma Ossewania Kakebenia Poggenpoel is a vampire and will never die! Ouma Ossewania is… Dare I speculate: 119 years old? They say Prime Minister Hendrik Verwoerd kissed her hand and nibbled it too at the Republic Celebrations of 1961. Maybe he was a vampire as well?

For those of us who have heard about you but don’t know you, who is Bambi Kellermann?

BK: I was born in Bethlehem in the Orange Free State in 1938 as Baby Poggenpoel. My sister Evangelie Poggenpoel is the person you all now know as Evita Bezuidenhout. I left South Africa as a teenager and went to Vienna in Austria. I started stripping in a nightclub. I married an older man and became a countess. He turned out to be a Nazi. I ran away to Hamburg and became a star on the Reeperbahn. My life became a rollercoaster of ups and downs. Let’s just say if you find me on Wikipedia you will read that Bambi Kellermann was one of the grand horizontals of the Northern Hemisphere.

Your new show? ‘Never Too Naked’? Really? An 80-year-old woman without clothes on stage?

BK: Oh my goodness no! I would never be naked on stage in South Africa at the pathetic prices they charge for tickets. Ridiculous! No, I tell what I call my bedtime stories about life, love, loss and longing. With a side of laughter, the
best medicine.

You talk about sex like some of us talk about rugby.

BK: Isn’t it about time someone did? Sex unites us all. It’s the picnic in the minefield of life. I chose it, because I refuse to be manipulated by men. So the language of sex was an international way to stay safe and secure. Men are funny old things: they just want to be loved and then they leave a fortune on the table. Anyway, I think I owe it to the youth to warn them about the dangers of being sexually naïve and far too trustworthy in relationships.

Would you agree that to some people you are politically incorrect?

BK: I sincerely hope so. Political correctness doesn’t really make sense to me. When was politics ever correct? I want to rattle everyone’s political cage so that people rethink their prejudice. And let’s face it, sex can also be very funny. Rather laugh at my stories than giggle at a nervous naked husband. That’s no way to start a family.

How would you talk to your children about sex?

BK: I don’t have children, so I try and have conversations with young people without sounding like an old lady wagging a finger from her moral high ground. I firmly believe parents need to be the only people to talk about
sex to their children. Sadly too few do. There is also too much reliance on the internet and googling sex can only lead to trouble. There is no condom available on social media; just the magic words: delete and switch off.

You say holidays are the most dangerous times for young people. What do you mean?

BK: Young people look like schoolkids when they wear that horrible school uniform. But wait till they dress up for weekend parties. They look like movie stars. Holidays are an orgy of parties – on the beach, at a resort, in hotels. We always insist that our children don’t drink, or do drugs. Nonsense, of course they do! It’s sexy. It’s cool. It’s awesome. And it kills. So talk to your children and grandchildren and remember a song that Stephen Sondheim wrote: ‘Be careful what you say; children will listen. Be careful what you do; children will see and learn.’

Waar is jou Afrikaans? Is die Boeremeisie van Bethlehem dood?

BK: Verskoon my! Ja, ek dink nie genoeg in Afrikaans nie. Ek moes vir so lank Duits praat en in Duits dink. Nou praat ek meestal Engels, maar daar is niks lekkerder as Afrikaans nie. Ek vloek miskien meer in Afrikaans as in Duits of Engels. Ons los dit maar daar…

Share some of the highlights in your life with us (and remember there are also children reading the magazine!)

BK: I regard every day spent on this planet that ends with my life intact and a smile on my face as being a highlight. I suppose the biggest thrill was meeting US President John F. Kennedy. And also once Marilyn Monroe, but not together! I was also the part-time char in Paris for Marlene Dietrich and had to serve tea and cake to Maria Callas when she visited.

A highlight in the future will be the knowledge that South Africa’s sex workers will also be protected by our Constitution. They need a union; they need health treatment without prejudice; they need protection within the law. And they need to be allowed to strike and also expected to pay tax. Sadly the one might not lead to the other.

So are you an optimist? In spite of a life well-lived?

BK: The mere fact that I am still here at my age, after my lifestyle, in spite of the ups and downs makes me optimistic that life is there to be enjoyed and shared with those who care. Don’t waste your time on rubbish. Life’s too short.

I am sure Mrs Bezuidenhout will read this page. Do you have a message for her?

BK: Liewe sussie, if you promise not to set the Darling police on me, I would like to have a rooibos tea with you at Evita se Perron one morning. Your koeksisters will be optional. 

INFO

Bambi Kellermann will present her show “Never Too Naked” at the Woordfees in Stellenbosch on Wednesday 11 March 2020, as well as at the Fugard Theatre in Cape Town from 24 March to 11 April 2020. Check www.evita.co.za for her performances at Evita se Perron in Darling.

Yzer Challenge

Val in die pad vir veiligheid

Staan saam en neem deel aan die 2019 Yzerfontein Challenge!

ARTIKEL  |  FOTO’S  Alfie van Litsenborgh

As daar nou een uitdaging is waarvan jy beslis ’n sukses kan maak, dan is dit die Yzerfontein Challenge. Dié jaarlikse pret- en fondsinsamelingdag is al ’n instelling in Yzerfontein, en snoer vriende en vreemdelinge saam vir een belangrike doel: om broodnodige fondse vir die Yzerfontein Buurtwag in
te samel.

Vanjaar vind die Yzerfontein Challenge om 08:00 op Maandag, 23 Desember plaas. Vir slegs R50 kan ondersteuners aan een van die volgende items deelneem:

5km Pretdraf

5km Pretstap

5km Doggy Walk

12km Fietsry

12km Draf

Die roete strek deur die skilderagtige omgewing van Yzerfontein, en elke deelnemer bepaal sy/haar eie pas. Daar is waterpunte langs die roete. Of jy eerste is of laaste, ’n medalje gaan om jou nek pronk! Die prysuitdeling vind om 09:30 plaas.

Die fondse wat tydens die Yzerfontein Challenge ingesamel word maak dit moontlik vir die Buurtwag om noodsaaklike toerusting aan te koop en instandhouding te doen.

Ons doen ’n beroep op almal wat lief is vir Yzerfontein om deel te neem, en julle vriende en familie saam te bring: julle ondersteuning maak ’n groot verskil aan die effektiwiteit van die Yzerfontein Buurtwag.

Inskrywingsvorms vir die Yzerfontein Challenge is van
1 Desember beskikbaar by Yzerfontein Armed Response se kantoor te F. Duckittstraat 63, Yzerfontein (h/v Buitekant- en F.Duckittstraat). Elke deelnemer kry ’n wedloopnommer wat gedurende deelname gedra moet word, sigbaar aan die deelnemer se liggaam.

Die Yzerfontein Buurtwag wil graag dank en waardering uitspreek teenoor ons hoofborg, Seeff.  

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