My Viewpoint

Is it just me, or is the world spiralling out of control? To me it feels like everything is going on at once and it is like we are heading towards something, but what that something is, I don’t know.

There seems to be mayhem all over the world and everyone hurries around doing what they normally do – but at a faster pace.

Even though we are all running around like Duracell Bunnies we don’t seem to be achieving anything more today than we did yesterday or last week or last month.

There seems to be a global expectation.  But what are we expecting?  It is as if we are all, subconsciously, gearing towards this expectation without consciously expecting it on a known level.

Maybe we are heading towards a crash…or a new type of living…or perhaps it is an anticipation for a global action or reaction.  Either way I just cannot put my finger on it.

This is not something I sucked from my thumb, I have spoken to quite a few people and they seem to feel the same, so I thought that this month I would just put it out there.

Perhaps it resonates with you as well, perhaps not. Maybe you agree, maybe you don’t.  But if you do agree then what do you think it is?…More than my imagination, I am sure!

Until next month…

See ya, Nats

June Competition Winner

Congratulations to Beatrice van Rhyn, the winner of our June Competition.  She entered via SMS with the answer, in the rearview mirror, and won a R200 gift voucher from Victor’s Pizza & Pasta in Bothasig.

To enter our July competition and win a prize contact us via Twitter, Facebook or our Webpage or SMS  0218018487 and you could be a winner.  To stand a chance to win, simply find the answer to the following question in this edition of The Guardian and send it to us via facebook, twitter, our website or SMS it to us along with your name and contact  number.

Read our reviews on page 6 and answer the following question:  Which vehicle reviewed in this edition featured a panoramic glass roof?

Competition closes 29 July and entries received after this date will not be accepted.  The July winner will be placed in the August edition of The Guardian.  Please note you must provide us with your first and last names as well as your contact number in order to go into the draw for the monthly prize.  You must be able to collect the prize to enter.  Entrants who have won a prize in our competition must wait three months before they are able to enter again.  Only one entry per person.


Bothasig Police shut down hydroponics facility in Richwood

Bothasig SAPS Warrant Officer Dean Newman with some of the plants found at a hydroponics cultivating facility being operated from a residence in Richwood.
Bothasig SAPS Warrant Officer Dean Newman with some of the plants found at a hydroponics cultivating facility being operated from a residence in Richwood.

On Thursday 9 August Bothasig police achieved success when they swooped in on premises in Richwood from where a cultivation plant was being operated.

Local police received information that suspicious behaviour had been noticed at the residence. The information was followed resulting in the discovery of a hydroponics facility where dagga was being cultivated.

The members followed up on more information received and arrested a 45 year old male at an address in Bothasig which is frequently raided by local police as a result of drug activity on the premises.

Dagga plants with a street value of over R150 000 were found on the premises and seized, as well as all the equipment used to cultivate the plants.

A case of cultivation or dealing in dagga has been opened and is currently under investigation.  Anyone with more information can contact the Crime Stop number 08600 10111.

Edgemead Library news on maintenance, book clubs & activities

Afrikaans crime author, Martin Steyn, visited the Edgemead/Monte Vista Library on 29 June.  Library users were very pleased to meet him and Principal Librarian Lorraine Mathewson said she predicts that Martin will soon be mentioned in the same breath as Deon Meyer and Rudi Van Rensburg. “We had a delightful morning with this gentle tall man,” added Lorraine.

The major maintenance at Edgemead/Monte Vista Library is nearing an end with the library having opened its’ doors again late June.

The Edgemead/Monte Vista Library will be hosting their Christmas in Winter “coffee morning” on the 5th of August.  And all are welcome to attend.  They have made special mention to extend this invitation to the men of the community as well as very few attend and they hope to see more male visitors at the next one.

The Friends of the Edgemead Monte Vista library will be holding Car boot sales on the first and last Saturdays of each month, with the exception of December and January. The next ones will take place on 30 July, 6 August and 27 August. (Please note that they are not every Saturday, only every first and last Saturdays of the month.)

The Friends are hosting their winter craft market inside the library a little later than usual from 15 to 30 July during library open hours. More than 40 crafters will have goods on display to buy.

There has been a lot of confusion regarding the allocation of funds raised by the Friends of the Library. To clarify, the Friends paid for the alterations to the library desk and, during May, spent more than R20,000 on new books and dvd’s for the library and therefore for the community it serves. “We cannot thank them and our volunteers enough for all their hard work and dedication,” said Principal Librarian Lorraine Mathewson.

There are now three book clubs at the library: one meets on every first Tuesday morning of the month, there is a meeting once a month on a Saturday and they now also have an Afrikaans book club which will meet once per month once it has been properly established.

There is also a need for a teenage book club. The Edgemead/Monte Vista Library are all calling on interested teenagers to contact the library.

For enquiries or further information the Edgemead/Monte Vista Library can be contacted on 021 444 7352/3.

Letters to the Editor

Worse than stepping in dog poo

Stepping in dog poo in your own garden is the pits. But stepping in dog poo in your own garden when you don’t even have any dogs of your own is even worse. 

We reside in Bothasig and have a palisade fence in the front of our property. We don’t have any pets and yet there is often dog poo on our lawn, inside the fence! Clearly some people in the neighbourhood think that it is ok to allow their dogs to defecate on other people’s property just because they are small enough to fit through the fence. I’m sure we are not the only residents who experience this problem and find it very annoying, inconsiderate and even rude. Besides the inconvenience to us and other residents, surely, as dog owners, you should know that it is illegal to allow your dogs off their leash in public and that you are expected to pick up after your dogs???

All we ask is for you to show some common decency and consideration when walking your dog in the neighbourhood, just as we are sure you would expect the same from the next person!!

Annoyed resident, Bothasig

Interview with the DA candidate for Bothasig and Edgemead

JULY16-07With the elections looming on the horizon we had a chat with the DA candidate for our area, Helen Carstens.

Helen Carstens has been the Ward Councillor for Edgemead and Bothasig (Ward 5) since August 2014 where she came in through a by-election after the previous Ward Councillor went on to the National Assembly as a Member of Parliament, creating a space for a new Councillor for the area.

Councillor Carstens achieved a 99.67% victory for the Democratic Alliance in that by-election.  She has been selected by the DA as the candidate for the upcoming Local Government Elections on 3 August.

We decided to track her down and ask her a few questions – her schedule proved to be very busy, as we soon found out.

The Guardian:  What motivates you to do this?

Helen Carstens: It is very difficult to put my finger on the exact motivation.  I think it is a combination of things that motivate me.

TG: Can you elaborate on that?

HC: I think it stems from my long involvement with politics as well as with the previous Councillor.  I enjoy helping people and I think that stems from my background in psychology.  I believe in the DA and believe it is the only party that has a solution for the issues facing our country.

TG: What is your greatest achievement in your term of office?

HC: I think that I can, without a doubt, say the change to the Bothasig Clinic.  The clinic was a sore point for many years due to the lack of services.  It focuses on primary healthcare services, which are just not enough for the needs of the community.

Attempts to upgrade the services were made many times with no success.  When I was elected in August 2014 I made it my mission to change that and have a permanent expanded range of services available.

It certainly was not easy but I was relentless in my approach and I would not let it slide.  The fact that it is currently changing hands to Provincial Health and a range of expanded services is something I am most grateful for as it will assist so many residents.

TG: So, when will the actual change-over take place?

HC: That is a difficult one to answer because of the many variables.  However I can confirm that it has come to Sub Council for approval in June.  It will now appear before the Full Council for approval.  Council resumes in the new term which starts after 3 August.  And obviously should the DA retain the Cape and I, the ward, it will certainly be approved, it will be the best day  and I cannot wait, as once it is approved it will be a matter of weeks.

TG: Can you give us an idea of some of the challenges you face?

HC: There certainly are a number of challenges but I think the fact that not everyone fully understands the workings of the council and the municipality, and that certain procedures must be followed and time frames differ greatly from that of a corporate environment.

TG: How does your family handle your busy schedule?

HC: I am certainly blessed to have the most fantastic family.  They understand fully and support me in every way.  I am indeed extremely thankful.

I often feel very guilty for being away from home so often, so their support and understanding means the world to me.

TG: What are your plans for the new term?

HC: Should I be elected, and the DA retain this ward, there are so many.  This will be a full term of five years as opposed to the short one and a half years of this current one, so will provide me with more time to plan and do.

I want to build on expanding sporting opportunities.  I would like to look at a development for the seniors that can provide a frail care facility and is income based.  I would like to create more community involvement in open spaces by way of food gardens, dog parks and more.  I have a very long wish list, so these are just some of my wishes and they are not cast in stone.

We did not have any more time so had to conclude with the Councillor at this point as she rushed off to another engagement.  We thank her for taking the time out of her busy schedule to chat with us and wish her well in her campaign.


"Who's been sleeping in my bed!" - Monique Rockman (Mama Bear) , Robyn Maree (Papa Bear), Carmen Maarman (Baby Bear) find Desle McConney (Goldilocks) in their beds in a scene from Goldilocks and the Three Bears, which is currently running at the Nassau Theatre.
“Who’s been sleeping in my bed!” – Monique Rockman (Mama Bear) , Robyn Maree (Papa Bear), Carmen Maarman (Baby Bear) find Desle McConney (Goldilocks) in their beds in a scene from Goldilocks and the Three Bears, which is currently running at the Nassau Theatre.

After a completely sold out run at the Baxter Theatre and the Nassau Theatre in 2015, The Lilliput Children’s Theatre Company will be performing one of their most popular shows, GOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE BEARS  for the July school holidays. Goldilocks and the Three Bears is back by popular demand and will run from Monday 4th July until Saturday 16th July at 10:30am at the Nassau Theatre at Groote Schuur High School, in Palmyra Road, Newlands.

GOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE BEARS – This delightful children’s classic follows the adventure of Goldilocks in the forest before her birthday. Her grandfather is organizing a Birthday party for Goldilocks. Goldilocks get lost in the woods and stumbles across a house belonging to the three bears. With nobody home, Goldilocks goes inside and makes herself at home. The three bears come home to find their visitor fast asleep with hilarious consequences. This enchanting fairytale classic is full of laughter, audience participation and is great fun for the whole family to enjoy.

Goldilocks and the Three Bears is adapted and directed by Elton John Duffy, who has been producing Children’s Theatre and delighting audiences for the past 23 years. This show stars Desle McConney (Athlone) as Goldilocks, Monique Rockman (Elsies River) as Mama Bear, Carmen Maarman (Woodstock) as Baby Bear, Robyn Maree (Plumstead) as Papa Bear and Elton John Duffy (Edgemead) as Grandpa.

Tickets are R70,00 per person. Bookings can be made at Computicket or book online at . For school block booking prices or queries, please call Elton on 083 364 8284 or (021) 558-2650 or For more information visit

KC Flooring will cover all your flooring needs

Located on Vasco Boulevard in Goodwood, K.C Flooring and Carpets was established in 1969 by Mrs. H. Winter. What started as a small family business soon became one of the bigger Flooring retailers in the Western Cape. In 2003 K.C Flooring & Carpets joined the Top Carpets group which is the biggest flooring group in the country with more than a hundred members nationwide. Each Top Carpet branch is independently owned and operated. K.C Flooring & Carpets is one of the biggest members in the group and also have one of the owners on the board of Directors of the Top Carpets Group. K.C Flooring was awarded the member of the year award in 2007, 2014 and 2015.

They supply and fit all floor coverings, incl. laminates, wooden flooring, vinyl flooring and sanding and sealing of wooden floors. They also have accounts with all major factories in the flooring trade and their workmanship carries a five year guarantee.

K.C Flooring & Carpets is also a big player in the commercial market with longstanding relationships with Garden Cities, Cipla Medpro, Naspers, Eskom and parliament to name a few.

Although their prices are very competitive, they pride themselves in their service and workmanship and customer satisfaction is ultimately their goal at the end of the day.

K.C Flooring and Carpets offer free quotations and their specialist flooring representatives will help every customer choose the correct floor to suit his or her needs. To contact KC Flooring contact 021 591 7256/7.

Councillor’s Corner


Dear Residents

We are practically on the eve of the Local Government Elections and most, if not all of my time over the last month has been taken up with campaigning.  It is the one time of a year we have the opportunity to focus on our political activity.  With Council being in recess this allows us to focus on our political side.

As the Candidate for the Democratic Alliance in the elections next month, I would like to urge everyone to make the effort on 3 August to cast your vote.  The Democratic Alliance has a sure plan to take the country forward ward by ward.  The ANC has done everything to take us backwards and now is the time to put a stop to this and focus on the future.  The Democratic Alliance has a proven track record of governing and is ready to govern wider than just the Western Province.

We are fortunate here but sometimes we forget what it is like to be under an ANC government, as it was about 10 years ago that the ANC governed here.  There is a vast difference to the level of government delivered by that of the ANC and of the Democratic Alliance.  Let us combine and keep our ward DA, our city DA, our province DA and more wards in our country DA.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their wonderful support, their words of encouragement, the emails, phone calls, sms’s and whatsapps.  Every word of thanks and encouragement means the world to me and I value each and every one.  It has been an absolute privilege and an honor to serve as your Ward Councillor for the past year and a half and I hope you will lend me your vote to continue as your Ward Councillor.

There is much that still can be done, improved on and built on, and I truly look forward to doig this in a full term.  We can only do this by keeping our ward DA.  I know that Ward 5 is blue so I ask that you come out on 3 August, rain or sun and show just how blue you are.

The country is at a crossroads and therefore I ask that you make the effort.  This is bigger than you and me, and it is something that is needed in fullness.  The general elections are around the corner in 2019 and the Democratic Alliance will grow now in these upcoming local government elections and be in a better position come the 2019 general elections.  There is hope for South Africa and it is the Democratic Alliance that offers that hope, not only to our community but to the whole country.  I know we can do it!

Some quick feedback on the Bothasig Clinic is that it has been served before Sub Council and it will now be served before full council in August and then the transfer will be imminent.  So very soon there will be expanded services offered.  However, I will certainly keep everyone informed of the exact date.

I look forward to seeing you all on 3 August.  Once again, many thanks for all the support.

Regards, Helen Carstens, Ward 5 Councillor