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June 2012 News & Events

- What's hot in and around Botrivier -

The online version of this newsletter can be viewed on our website.

Dan Patlansky – The Edge of Blues * LIVE at Botrivier Hotel on the 10th June 2012

The word "legend" is loaded with meaning – especially when one thinks of Blues-legends. It conjures up images of seasoned older players that have been touched with a rare gift, and whose talent has been salted through the onslaught of years in the music business.

To achieve legend-status as a Blues-musician at the age of 30 is almost unheard of. Enter Dan Patlansky – an artist who shares the muse that touched Hendrix, Zeppelin and Stevie Ray Vaughan. What Dan Patlansky can do with a six-string Fender Stratocaster at the age of 30, most critically acclaimed guitarists will never quite achieve in a lifetime.

Dan Patlansky is a conglomerate of charisma, charm and musical genius - and all of this comes wrapped up in an unassuming, startlingly attractive package that bespeaks his Judeo-Spanish heritage. And yet, he doesn’t seem to realise the extent of his tactile appeal – both on stage and in person. Humility suits him well and is as much an extension of his being as his Fender. There are no airs and graces here – just sincerity and an incredible musical talent.

In only a little over a decade on the music scene, Dan Patlansky has become one of the busiest and most respected blues artists to ever come out of South Africa. His music can best be described as vacillating between slick, soulful blues and the renegade psychedelic angst and raw emotion of Hendrix and Zeppelin – fire encased in ice ... if you will.

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Brief history of Botrivier and the old wagon way by Gerald McCann

Try to picture the South-Western tip of Africa's Western Cape as it was 500 and more years ago.

It was majestic land of towering mountains covered with the country’s unique fynbos – the fine-leafed vegetation of the Cape Floristic Kingdom. The rolling hill country of the lower plains was robed with 'Renosterbos' – nutritious, low, sprawling shrubs and grassland. The lower, well-watered valleys were fertile and ideal for grazing sheep and cattle. Basin-like mountain valleys hosted small mountain forests with upright Yellowwoods, Ironwoods, Assegaai, Boekenhout and Red Alder. For the most part, the area covered by this writing was bare of any real trees.

Game abounded. Lion and Elephant roamed the plains. Cape Buffalo and Eland were plentiful, while Bontebok abounded in the rolling hill country of the immediate interior. Every kloof and krantz had its local Baboon population, later giving rise to the popular term, ‘Baviaanskloof’, or ‘Kloof of the Baboons’, ascribed to the local kloof at Botrivier.

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With Profiles we feature local personalities in the Botrivier area.

Business: Klein Paradys Equestrian Centre in Botrivier

Klein Paradys is a family business, run by Sue and Manfred Klein and daughter Deidre (now in the USA)

Klein Paradys Equestrian Centre in Botrivier is centrally situated close to Hermanus, Kleinmond, Grabouw & Caledon right in the middle of the scenic Overberg region. We have been in operation there for over 17 years, and are privileged to have access to the most spectacular and varied range of trail rides in the country. On one day riders can experience the amazing Beach Trail, riding in a Nature Reserve together with wild horses, abundant bird-life, whales & seals. Deserted beaches stretching for miles tempt the riders to gallop and rejoice in total freedom; but civilised amenities and a great lunch take care of the "inner man" at lunch time.

Their contact details are +27 (0)83 240-6448. You can also visit them at 21 Main Road, Botrivier, Cape Overberg.

Bosbou in fynbosstreke 'is nie omgewingslim'

Dis dalk nie meer ekonomies of omgewingslim om bosbou met uitheemse naaldbome in die Wes-Kaap voort te sit nie.

As plaaslike plantasies in stand gehou moet word, sal uitheemse dennebome aanhou versprei, die Kaap se watervoorraad verder kwyn en die diversiteit van die fynbosstreek onherroeplik verander.

So sê twee van Suid-Afrika se voorste navorsers oor indringerplante, dr. Brian van Wilgen, hoofekoloog van die Wetenskaplike en Nywerheidsnavorsingsraad (WNNR) en prof. Dave Richardson, direkteur van die Sentrum van Uitnemendheid vir Ingdringerbiologie (SIB) van die Universiteit van Stellenbosch.

Lees meer hieroor op ons webwerf!

Botrivier Hotel

Come stay at the Botrivier Hotel for an unforgettable experience! Bookings are essential, so please contact us to reserve your stay!

Trading hours: We are open seven days a week

Our restaurant and bar is now a WIFI hotspot, so come and tune in. We also host functions, birthdays, meals, accommodation and live music for individuals and groups.

Read more about this on our website ... !

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