Naturist News from Western Cape
Yes, Winter has finally (and suddenly!!) arrived after our lengthy and rather hot Western Cape Summer season.
These past few days of June have certainly given us a taste of what is to come, sometimes it seems as if it’s night before it’s noon, but the Winter months are only cold and dreary for those who have no warm and beautiful memories and here in our Western Cape Naturists Association, we certainly have an abundance of amazing Summer memories
Just thinking of Badensfontein, Romanskraal, Du Toits Kloof, Sandy Bay day events and those friendly and genial house events where the traditional Braai was the order of the day which will always remind me that pure naturism sure is a wonderful and healthy freedom to enjoy especially when you are in the company of pure naturists!!
The colouring of our beautiful Western Cape has certainly changed, the grape season has come and gone, but the vineyards, now almost in their dormant stage, are a subtlety of colours and innumerable ingenious little touches combined to give the whole landscape a degree of perfection, the leaves seem to glow from inside, a most beautiful transformation of nature.
They say that if you drink wine you will sleep well and if you sleep well you will not sin,
therefore if you avoid sin you will certainly be saved, so let’s drink wine and be saved!!
Before we start indulging ourselves with this so called “soul saving” brew, let’s find out more about this wonder juice:
The majority of South African wine regions are located in the Western Cape, which is the largest wine producing region in South Africa, divided up into 6 main wine regions stretching roughly from the Olifants River valley on the West Coast, all along the coastal regions, into the Overberg, Breede River Valley and deep into the Klein Karoo.
All South African wines which have “Wine of origin” sign on the label is a certification that the wine is composed entirely of grapes grown in that particular region.
Some of our Winter Wine Attractions in the Western Cape:
Winter in the Western Cape is synonymous with red wine, good food and to reconnect with family and friends, what better place to experience this in the picturesque Western Cape, home of some of the most respected names in the wine making world of S / Africa.
Some say that the Winters of the Western Cape are not that friendly, but let’s look a bit further into what our “wintery” Western Cape has to offer, and just to mention a few of the wine festivals this time of the year, we have, starting with the High Street Winter Wine Festival in Durbanville, 23 – 25 June, where you can tantalize your taste buds with mushrooms, oysters, a variety of cheeses and chocolates together with a wide selection of superior wines from the Durbanville area.
Still close to Cape Town we have the Stellenbosch Wine Festival, 28 – 31 July, with a comprehensive program of festivities which include an opportunity to taste over 500 wines, meet winemakers and watch professional chefs in cooking competitions.
Then moving further into the Boland we have the Rawsonville Breedekloof Soetes & Sop Annual festival, 22 -23 July, hosted by the various wineries in the Breede Kloof Region who are the red wine, muscadel and port medal winning champs and there will be a host of multi talented performers for entertainment.
Winter Wine Attractions:
Tulbagh is the place to be on the weekend of 25 – 26 June, where you can expect a taste of a South African Winter Christmas at this Festival with the village decorated with Xmas lights and trees, traditional Xmas dinners served at local restaurants and ending it with a Santa Clause rock party!!
Eastwards into the Klein Karoo, on the well known Route 62, we have the Port & Wine Festival in Calitzdorp known far and wide as the Port capital of South Africa and this is no idle statement, as they will offer you Pink Port, White Port, Chocolate Port, Tinta Chocolat, Tinta Mocha, Tinta Barocca and original Expresso, I think that’s about half of what you can expect!!
As I said before, Winter is only cold and dreary for those who have no warm and beautiful memories, we have plenty of great Summer memories so let’s make this Winter a Winter to remember and when the Summer season comes we can all look back and say that although we had a physically cold and rain filled winter season, mentally we are filled with warm and beautiful memories that were enjoyed together with some of the best wines in the world!!
Although a great subject that we can write books on, let’s now see what is happening in our Association:
First of all, a very warm welcome to F&L from the Strand who are back with us on the WCNA website, great to have you guys with us again and glad that you are up and about again L
We have had numerous enquiries regarding membership, 3 pending members have recently been interviewed and approved by the Committee and their profiles will be on the website shortly. 10 more are in the wings waiting approval.
Once again as I said before, the approval process may seem lengthy, but this is done to ensure that WCNA remains a pure naturist organization.
This has been completed and is being updated regularly; however there are several Profile Questionnaire and Disclaimer forms outstanding.
Once again, as explained before, these documents are necessary and are kept private and for the eyes of the committee only. Birthdays are another reason for the profile, so birthday wishes can be sent out to our members and those who do not have direct access to our website will be contacted in whatever way suits them.
The new website that we had planned to launch early this year has not met with our expectations nor our requirements, however Serge our Chairperson has been in contact with new members, who are in the software business and together they have come up with a great user friendly website for WCNA.
A trial product has been put forward and as soon as a few minor adjustments are made and finalized, we will start the process to first inform you and then substitute our current website.
WCNA Financial Statements:
Our financial statements are reviewed and discussed in detail at each monthly committee meeting as well as our quarterly members meeting with the closing balance of the Business Cheque and Savings account noted in the minutes and then posted on the WCNA website. As always, a detailed compilation of these accounts are available to all on request. Please contact our Treasurer, Aimee Hoppe or myself for a copy of these accounts.
Chairperson: Srdjan Pavlovic: Somerset West
Treasurer: Aimee Hoppe: Durbanville
Secretary: Mervyne Matthee: Wellington
C/Member: Johann Steyn: Somerset West
The C/ member vacancies as well as a replacement which I also mentioned in the May Newsletter was due to the resignation of Gideon Visagie because of work related issues.
To recap, Johann Steyn from the Somerset Wes was given a unanimous vote by the Committee and is now our new C/member.
JP. Du Toit has now also decided to resign as C/member for the same reasons as Gideon, sorry to see you leave the team JP, but as they say, “Work before pleasure”.
We have 2 nominations for the vacancy, Rocky as well as Rod Watermeyer, the committee will make a decision at the next committee members meeting.
The next Annual General Meting will be held on Saturday 03 September, 2011 when we will all cast our votes for a Committee of our choice, so although still early, please start thinking of potential members who you would like to be on the WCNA Committee.
Please place this event as a high priority event on your agenda, as many important decisions will be made at this meeting. Details of the venue / time will be sent out shortly.
Our Sandy Bay day event that was planned for 16 April did not take place as the weather was unfortunately not that pleasant for a day at the beach.
Mild Autumn weather greeted the members attending the 27 – 29 May weekend event held at De Uijlenes Holiday 10 bedroom home in Gansbaai and judging by 3 of the many photographs taken by Rocky, our camera specialist, it certainly was a warm and enjoyable weekend.
The Afrika Burn Art Festival:
The Afrika Burn Festival is primarily a creative arts and freedom of expression festival that aims to build a temporary community through collaborate arts projects in a completely non commercial environment.
The venue for this festival is a fabulously remote, beautiful and “other–worldly area” in the Tankwa Karoo on the R355 towards Calvinia which some say is like a 3 an ½ hour drive to the moon.
For four years running these people have headed into the desert with all manner of different intentions. A kind of alchemy happens, creating a moment where we are reminded of our primal state; joy, playfulness, imagination, survival, community, celebration, invention, exhaustion, the real stuff.
With this theme they invoke the primordial mud, archetypes, the base materials, which make us. Like the stof/dust that gets into every part of your car, camping gear and the inner most parts of your psyche.
Although it was held as an unofficial WCNA 6 day event from 27 April – 02 May, 2011 Aimee, Michael and Lisa attended, unfortunately due to unforeseen circumstances, Rod had to cancel his attendance.
Roughly 4000 people attend this festival every year and our committee is now in contact with the organizers with the intention of placing this event as an official WCNA event in 2012. It is quite a distance and that means extra traveling costs but there are ways and means to ease this problem.
The Committee will discuss this event in detail at our committee meetings and a final decision on how we will participate in this event will be given with all the necessary details at a later stage.
A Winter Bring & Braai day event:
After all our wonderful Summer socializing, the Winter months can seem rather dull and lonely, so a great way to start our Winter events, to lessen those Winter blues and to forget about the looming long cold winter for a few hours, 12 midday to midnight, is to light a roaring fire, gather around with a glass of fantastic Western Cape wine and swop whatever tale comes to mind, be it fact or fiction and that is exactly what your committee has planned for you on Saturday 25 June ( This Year!!!! ) at the home of one of our members who lives in the Welgelegen area. All the necessary details have been posted on the WCNA website events calendar.
Finding venues for Winter naturist events are not as easy as in the Summer months but the Committee members are committed to search for at least one suitable venue for each month of the Winter where we can come together, even if it’s at a restaurant or theater, it sure is better to meet on a regular basis than have weeks go by without seeing each other.
Our Summer event program:
Our Summer program has already been discussed by the Committee, with Badensfontein, Riversdale and Du Toits Kloof high on the agenda. All the necessary details will be posted on the website events calendar as soon as bookings, dates and cost have been finalized.
One booking has however already been made with the Olive Glen Farm in the Du Toits Kloof mountain range for our New Years Eve Bash which will be a 3 night camping event from Fri.30 December to Sun. 01 January, 2012, the Monday being a public holiday.
All the necessary details will be posted on the Events Calendar at a later stage.
Application for Registration as a Non Profit Organization:
We have applied to register as a Non Profit Organization for obvious reasons, but this is also another lengthy process, which is still ongoing. Details will be posted on the website as soon as the process is finalized.
WCNA affiliation with Sanfed:
Insofar as the matters discussed at the Business Members meeting held on 06 February, 2011 which was hosted by Sanfed, we still have not received the minutes of that meeting nor any other form of correspondence from Sanfed!!
International Naturist Federation:
To be recognized internationally, WCNA had to be affiliated to Sanfed, but after much correspondence and sending through our application, WCNA has now received official word from the International Naturist Federation that we have permission to become extra ordinary member. This means that we are now recognised internationally and can represent naturism in South Africa. We look forward to a long harmonious relationship with the INF and hope that we uphold all the values to give naturism a good reputation in South Africa.
Aimee Hoppe, our Treasurer, was the architect in the long process of being accepted by the INF, handling all the correspondence on her own. Well done Aimee!!
And that wraps it up for this month, please share all your naturist experiences with us, send us your stories, how you were introduced to naturism, your experiences as a naturist and also suggestions, what we are doing right, what we are doing wrong, yes, we want it all and if we get it all we will always have a newsletter to look forward to each month.
Remember you cannot plough a field by turning it over only in your mind!!!
A closing thought:
I have made many statements in this letter with regard to seasons, a hot summer, cold winter, mild autumn, but actually, all seasons are beautiful, for the person who carries happiness within himself!
Till next month,