Greyton Gun Club News for June.

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Phillip Howe and Guy Emslie keep an eagle eye on Robbie Emslie

After nearly two years of delay TWK has decided to renew the lease for the Greyton Gun club. With this renewal the club has been able to commit substantial resources to its revival and upkeep. For a start the property has been fenced to keep out stray animals that over the years have caused considerable damage and most of the old installations have been replaced under the watchful eye of Guy Emslie. Also, many thanks Gemma Downing for repairing the little af dakkie, vandals had damaged the side walls and this was replaced with corrugated iron. It is also prudent to mention that the club will also now be used by law enforcement for practice when not in use by the members.

The first shoot on the new instillation started promptly on the 1st of June 2019 in near perfect conditions. This was a member’s only shoot not open to guests or visitors so as to work out any problems in the new layouts. After a few minor adjustments the range was ready to go and shooting got underway. Most participants made a good start on the very technical range with unfortunately the middle stands being the undoing of many a good score. Members elected to have lunch on the range which made for a pleasant change. Only one round of 50 English Sporting was shot in the afternoon before the range was closed. Morning shooters we joined in the afternoon by Philip Howe of Industrial Cartridge and Douglas Legg who top scored on 37/50.

Of interest there will be a member’s invitation event held by Guy Emslie on the 10th of July at the family farm just outside Greyton. This only open to all paid up members. If you have not yet been notified please contact the Chairman for details. ‘H.Saurma-Jeltsch’ hubbea@global.co.za.

The next clay shoot will be on the 29th of July at 09h45. The competition with be Greyton DTL 50 and English Sporting 50. You may shoot each discipline 3 times with best score on each to count. Prizes will be awarded.

The Greyton Gun Club is a designated shotgun club specializing in Sporting and Trap shooting only. The Club was founded in 1998 by the late Christopher Sedgwick and employs three staff. The Club is located outside Greyton on the Road to Riviersonderend on what were the grounds of the Greyton Women’s Pistol Club. Recently Greyton Conservation and its partners have cleared the final area of alien vegetation. This has left the site quite bare, but once the felled trees are cleared planting will commence with indigenous replacements.

 

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Greyton Election Results 2019 National and Provincial.

Interested to see who was voting for whom. Here are the provisional results.

DA:   National / Provincial           749           783

ANC: National / Provincial             231          201

EFF:   National / Provincial             29          17

FF+: National / Provincial           27             17

ACDP: National / Provincial             24

COPE: National / Provincial             4                   4

GOOD: National / Provincial             13             13

ZACP: National / Provincial             5

ACO: National / Provincial           4                 3

ICOSA: National / Provincial       1

ASC: National / Provincial         2

AIC: National / Provincial         2

ATA: National / Provincial         1

UDM: National / Provincial             3                   2

IFP: National / Provincial         2                                    3

ACD: National / Provincial           1

ATM: National / Provincial           2                     3

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Voting in Greyton what a pleasure.

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Greyton has got to be one of the best spots in SA to vote. The polling station is located in the old Morvian Hall just adjacent the public library. There is easy parking but most people nearly always walk and the IEC officials have a smile. They are made up of many well know personalities from around town. Even the political parties stationed outside the voting area always seem to be in a festive mood much detached from their national leaders.

It is also worth mentioning that there almost never seems to be a que and even when there is a small one it is a great chance to chat and catch up. The polling station opened on time this morning and will remain open until 21h00 this evening. It will be interesting to see if the cooler weather and chance of rain has an affect on numbers.

 

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Traditional Start to the Easter celebrations with a wet Palm Sunday.

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This Sunday parishioners were blessed with a few drops of rain as they walked through Greyton celebrating Palm Sunday. For some reason it seems that it rains more often than it should statistically over the Easter weekend in the Cape.

Long range forecast for the weekend indicate that this year it may be no different, it will certainly be a chilly one at best. Initial indications are the Greyton is in for a busy weekend. Census info indicates that Greyton’s population rises to its highest of the year over this period. A large portion being visitors and guests. With this in mind it should also be a bumper market so get there early if you don’t want to be disappointed.

 

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Much hyped Greyton protests pass off peacefully without incident.

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This morning Heuwelkroon and Boschmanskloof residents blocked the main road before marching to the Greyton TWK municipal offices to hand over a memorandum of demands which was received by municipal officials. The protest was to highlight community concerns over the increasing size of Madiba Park, a new informal settlement adjoining these two communities. A recent increase in crime in the area has been blamed on these residents. Furthermore, residents have been angered by suggestions that Twk Municipality will supply these residents with houses and services prior to the original residents of the area who have been waiting for 20 years.

The memorandum handed to TWK this morning requires a response within 7 days to address the outstanding grievances of residents. Failing this more action is planned by unhappy residents. Marchers dispersed and went about there business just before 9am returning the situation to normal. It is prudent to note that much hype was made about this event by ill-informed Greyton residents resulting in business and schools being closed without due cause. The scenes was attended by local SAPS and POPS members.

 

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Greyton Gun Club first event for 2019

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Hoffie Brand takes aim.

On the last Saturday of January members and friends of the Greyton Gun Club gathered for the first event of this year.  Shooting at this time of the year can be a little hit and miss at this time of the year when it comes to the weather. Greyton January and February’s are notorious for well above 35C sometimes. Well luckily not this time with day time temperatures peaking on the right side of 30C.

The competition this month consisted of one round of sporting and one round of Trap for a combined out of 50. Douglas Legg took the day with a very competent 45/50 followed by visitor John Preece from the UK. John travels each year making his home in the Overberg over the summer months and traveling to the shoots of the Overberg.

This year shooting sees a slight difference in pricing with the cost of shooting remaining at R50.00 per details however a R100.00 green fee in force of CTSASA registered club members and a R250.00 range fee for non-member visitors.

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John Reader and James Sedgwick build a plan before tackling the final layout.

 

 

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Greyton Protests. Twk Municipality Press Release. 16th Jan 2019

Press release: Crisis in Madiba Park Greyton caused by National Department of Rural Development
The Madiba Park situation developed two years ago when a group of people were chased out of Bereaville, Genadendal. The homeless people moved to a piece of land on Farm 39 in Greyton. This portion of land is known as Madiba Park. Farm 39 is Moravian Trust Land of which the Minister of Rural Development is the custodian.
After being chased from Madiba Park too the Municipality took a humanitarian decision to accommodate the homeless people in tents on a piece of Municipal land. The people later moved back to Madiba Park without consulting the municipality. Statements that the municipality moved the people there are lies.
The people of Madiba Park requested access to basic services from the municipality. The municipality could not comply as the Minister of Rural Development has custody of the land.
The municipality on numerous occasions informed the former minister of the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform, Mr Gugile Nkwinti that the local government did not have land that was ready to move the people of Madiba Park to. The municipality constantly requested the Minister to allow the people of Madiba Park to remain there as an interim arrangement. The municipality informed the minister that it would implement interim basic services, funded by the Western Cape Government, on Madiba Park if the minister granted approval for this.
Despite the fact that the municipality and the national and provincial administrations of Rural Development agreed on how to deal with basic services on Madiba Park the Minister did not respond.
Municipal land had been identified for a housing project and the local authority commenced with the planning of an EIA process. This housing project will amongst others benefit the people of Madiba Park. This project will take two years to develop and I appeal to the current minister of Rural Development, Ms Maite Nkoana-Mashabane to approve an interim arrangement whereby the people of Madiba Park will remain there for two years.
The removal of the interim chemical toilets over the weekend was due to a misunderstanding and when I heard of it I instructed the administration to take the toilets back until more conventional ablution facilities can be implemented.
Recent media comments of politicians about this matter indicates that they are using a very sensitive and volatile situation in Greyton-area for political gain. I am concerned that political agendas might result in violence in Greyton.
As the Mayor I spoke to the community and I will do so again tonight. With the people, I will do my best to convince Ms Maite Nkoana-Mashabane to work with the people and the municipality and to accept the municipal solution for the crisis in Madiba Park.
Christelle Vosloo
Executive Mayor
2019/01/16
Enquiries: Hugo Geldenhuys
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