The intent of this page is to list news flashes and items of interest, as well as to provide a space for
shareholders to offer items for sale, request information etc. There is also a Discussion Forum for shareholders to use to post directly on the website ( once
registered ) and share experiences, suggestions and comments and to encourage more open communication amongst
Please submit any contributions to the Member Notice Board by sending an e-mail to John and Lorna Hill at
. Photos should be sent via e-mail.
Posted 11/01/2019 - A new weather
forecast has been updated under Weather where a 9-day forecast for the
farm can be obtained to assist with getaway planning.
Posted 06/01/2019 - Good rainfall
arrived at last in December with 133 mm recorded for the month.
Posted 06/01/2019 - Shaun Mare
and Salmon Vermaak have been running a project on the farm over the last 3 years trying to
capture pictures of leopard on the farm with a trailcamera and have submitted some wonderful
pictures which are posted under Unusual Sightings.
Posted 10/12/2018 - 40mm rain has
fallen in the last two days which should spur new growth after the fire.
Posted 15/09/2018 - The minutes
of the AGM have been uploaded.
Posted 16/08/2018 - Please
diarise Saturday 10 August 2019 as the date for the 2019 AGM.
Posted 20/07/2018 - The notice
for the 2018 AGM to be held on 11 August has been distributed and the documentation published
Posted 18/10/2017 - The minutes
of the 2017 AGM have been uploaded to AGM 2017.
Posted 15/08/2017 - Please
diarise Saturday 11 August 2018 as the date for the AGM 2018.
Posted 15/08/2017 - Three female
sable were purchased and delivered to the farm on Thursday 10th August. They are between 16 and
18 months old and curretly in a seperate camp until they settle.
Posted 15/08/2017 - Thank you to
all shareholders who attended the AGM. The Chairman's presentation has been added under AGM 2017.
Posted 08/06/2017 - A total
of 786 mm as at the end of May has been measured so far this season which makes it the
second highest rainfall over the last 12 years.
Posted 07/02/2017 - The date of
the 2017 AGM is Saturday 12 August 2017, and will be held at the Entertainment Centre at the pool
as usual, starting at 11h00.
Posted 01/02/2017 - Rainfall for
the season to the end of January was 557 mm, with 254 mm falling in January. The rainfall so
far is higher than the full amount for the previous two years.
Posted 11/08/2016 - Thank you to
those that attended the AGM on Saturday. The MD's presentation can be found under AGM 2016.
Posted 12/07/2016 - The Notice of
AGM and associated documentation has been loaded under AGM 2016. The AGM
will be held on Saturday 6 August at 11h00 at the Entertainment Centre.
Posted 31/05/2016 - Rainfall
for the season as at the end of May is 447
- Posted 20/01/2016 - We are sad to
announce the untimely passing of one of the permanent residents, Therese Kriel, on Saturday 16 January
after a short illness. Therese was the inspiration and driving force behind the transformation of the
gardens at the entrance to the farm and at the gatehouse and dedicated many hours a week watering and
maintaining the plants. Our thoughts are with her husband, Willie at this time.
Posted 06/01/2016 - With the
reduction of available water in the mountain, the sable have been more visible of late, visiting
the plains in search of
- Posted 30/09/2015 - A baby eland was
spotted in Breekloof by Evert Lourens recently and a photo uploaded to the Photo Gallery.
Posted 26/08/2015 - A few photos
of the Sable, which have been elusive of late, have been posted in the Photo Gallery.
Posted 21/08/2015 - The minutes
of the AGM have been published.
Posted 10/08/2015 -The MD's
presentation from the AGM held on Saturday 8 August has been included under AGM
Posted 25/07/2015 - 9 mm of rain
was measured on the farm in the last 24 hours which is very unusual for this time of the year.
The only time rain has been recorded in July between 1998 and 2015 was in 2006 when 10 mm
Posted 24/07/2015 - Below are a
few pictures in memory of Anneke, young daughter of Daan and Margha Mostert, whose young life was
cut short tragically on 12 July 2015. The thoughts and prayers of the whole Hermanusdoorns
community are with her parents, siblings and
Anneke loved her visits to the farm,
where these pictures were taken despite an encounter as a 2-year old toddler, where she was spat at in
the eyes by a Mozambique Spitting
Posted 16/07/2015 - Frits van
Oudtshoorn undertook another veld assessment in July 2015 and his report can be found under
- Posted 30/06/2015 - Six additional
wildebeest and 6 additional zebra were introduced during the last two weeks along with 3 young sable
- Posted 23/06/2015 - Further to the photo
of a giraffe eating a piece of PVC piping on 02/09/2014, another shareholder has sent a photo of a
bushbuck eating plastic over this last weekend. Despite continuous pleas to not litter and clear building
rubble from yards, littering still remains a problem. Please be responsible and keep the environment
clean and pristine snf impress this upon unaccompanied family
Posted 17/06/2015 - Six
additional woldebeest ( 1 male and 5 female ) have been purchased and delivered to the farm.
Posted 10/06/2015 - Another
giraffe has made its appearance in the last 2 days following a further birth about 6 weeks ago,
bringing the total to 18.
Posted 07/05/2015 - Rainfall for
the season to the end of April is 486 mm.
Posted 17/11/2014 - The first
blesbok and impala lambs of the season have started arriving.
Posted 02/09/2014 - This
photograph taken last weekend shows a giraffe eating a piece of PVC piping which seems to be an
off-cut from an electrical installation. The giraffe subsequently swallowed the PVC. Please
ensure that no litter is left in the veld around your houses after maintenance activities as this
could result in animal fatalities and please do an inspection of your property for foreign
objects that should not be lying
- Posted 24/04/2014 - For anyone driving a
bakkie with 255/70 R15 tyres, please bear in mind when replacing tyres, that there could still be some
life left in the tyres for farm vehicles for usage on the farm. Please contact Pieter in this regard.
Posted 23/04/2014 - A special
"thank you" to Pieter and his team from affected shareholders for fixing the road up Breekloof in
time for the Easter weekend so that shareholders could visit and enjoy themselves on the
Posted 11/03/2014 - A
webpage has been created under Rainfall with March 2014 pictures
showing the water on the farm.
Posted 06/02/2014 - Contact
details for a thatcher, recommended by a shareholder, have been added to Service
Posted 06/02/2014 - A new giraffe
has arrived, born about 2 weeks ago.
- Posted 12/11/2013 - A farm layout map has
been created and is to be found under Site Layout under the "Farm"
Posted 12/11/2013 - The 2013 Veld
Assessment Report has been received and has been posted under Conservation.
- Posted 15/10/2013 - The swimming
pool repairs were completed last week and it was commissioned over the weekend where
temperatures on the farm reached 34 degrees and is really looking
- Posted 12/09/2013 - There has been a
request to develop a page with useful contact details of various service providers in the area that other
shareholders have used and recommend - eg tiling, plumbing, electrical etc. Please forward any contacts
you would like to share. A Service Providers page has been
- Posted 13/08/2013 - As a result of the
adoption of the new Memorandum of Incorporation as presented at the 2013 AGM, the Articles of Association
and Memorandum of Association are no longer applicable. The Shareholder Agreements have been ammended
Posted 23/06/2013- Some beautiful photos submitted by Ahdel
Carter have been added to the Photo Gallery.
Posted 06/02/2013 - January was
another good ranfall month with 187 mm recorded and 59 mm for February up to yesterday, with all
rivers running strongly and dams full. This would bring the total for the season so far to 597
Posted 27/01/2013 - Changes to Transfer Duties have been updated.
24/01/2013- Estimated births for the season are 40 impala, 5 blue wildebeest, 2 red
hartebeest and 2 blesbok.
24/01/2013- Further good rains fell in December with 151 mm recorded and total YTD
of 351 mm.
Posted 24/11/2012- A picture of a male and
female mountain reedbuck taken by Shaun Mare with a trip camera has been posted
Posted 18/11/2012- Good to see the presence of
leopard on the farm. Spoor of 2 leopard were seen during October and a leopard kill of a bushbuck
02/10/2012- The WNC has forwarded advice on where to seek the best medical care for
snake-bite treatment in the area ( including contact telephone numbers ). This has been posted
both under Snakes
& Snakebite as well as Emergency Numbers, and is well worth diarising the information in case of
Posted 22/09/2012 - An exciting contribution from Werner Merbold of a photo of a
ratel taken on the farm has been included under Unusual
29/06/2012 - Sad news is that a female giraffe died giving birth over the last few
Posted 14/05/2012 - The EWT Carnivore Conservation
Programme, in collaboration with the UNESCO Waterberg Biosphere Reserve, has embarked on two key
initiatives: the first being a citizen science trail camera survey and the second a photographic
project, with the aim of better managing the human-wildlife conflict in the area. Further details
can be found in a EWT news item published on the Conservation page.
- Posted 04/05/2012 - Please note that we have opened a new current account with RMB for the payment
of levy, electricity, cleaning and alarm invoices. For those shareholders who have not yet altered the
banking details for invoice payments, please do so immediately so that we can close the existing Standard
Bank account. The banking details can be found under Banking / Invoicing.
The 2012 Veld Assessment study by Fritz van Oudtshoorn, together with an article on Holistic
Management of the veld
Posted 22/03/2012 -
Some wonderful photo's of the eland together with a new calf ( taken in January ) as well as the
nyala bull have been submitted by Sydney & Louisa Gericke and published in the Photo Gallery.
One of the comments from the recent questionaire was a revised structure for shareholders to make
suggestions and also for transarency of these suggestions to other shareholders. Please utilize
the Discussion Forum for this purpose as the suggestions and
comments will be reviewed at each board meeting for follow-up.
Posted 10/03/2012 - A
synopsis of the National Veld and Forest Fires Act 1998 was e-mailed to shareholders and is
available on the Procedures & Regulatory
Framework page. With this is an appeal never to leave braai fires unattended, and always to
extinguish the embers before going to bed. Shareholders should also be aware that it is their
responsibility to ensure sufficient insurance cover over their dwellings in the case of fire.
Posted 10/03/3012- Some shareholders seem to be unaware of
the fact that there is a radio at the entrance gate which can be utilized to contact the farm
manager to make an arrangement to meet somehere on the farm. It is also a good idea to have a
radio installed in your home or vehicle.
Posted 12/01/2012- Please note that the phone
number for the farm has changed to 071 492 5473 with immediate effect. The existing landline will
be discontinued at the end of January due to continuous service-related issues and slow response
by the incumbents to rectifying the problems, and this will be the only phone number used to
contact the farm
Posted 25/10/2011 - 25 impala rams and 6 kudu bulls were captured a few days ago. A total
of 30 kudu bulls were planned but they made themselves scarce in the
Posted 05/09/2011 - A forum for general comments
has been added above to the website as requested at the AGM for shareholders and others to
share views and comments.
Posted 26/08/2011 - A number of shareholders had their lightning conductors tested
recently. One of the shareholders raised some questions to the service provider, and these are
provided below together with the resposes received.
it required by Law or stated in the NHBR-or-SABS regulations that a conductor for a thatched roof
residence has to be inspected
1. It is recommended by the
SABS to have lightning conductors checked
not required by Law, the NHBR or SABS, is it required by the Short Term Insurance?
The final say rests with
your insurer as to how often the lightning conductor needs to be checked, they should however
take heed of the SANS 10313 Code of Practice for the Protection of Structures Against
components do you inspect/service on the Lightning Conductor?
1. The ohmic resistance is
measured and should be under 50 Ohm in order to be SABS compliant. A physical examination of the
lightning conductor is also carried out including angle of protection and safe distance from
this inspections/services only have to be performed on Lightning Conductors that is
situated on the mountain?
1. All lightning conductors,
regardless of where they are situated, should be tested.
you issue a COC after inspection that can be produced to the Board of directors?
Yes, a COC is issued if all
is in order and the system is SABS compliant.
all the information and regulations as well as inspection intervals listed on your
The information pertaining
to SABS regulations are downloadable off the SABS website at a fee (not sure how much but know
that its not cheap).
the residents of Welgefonden Game Ranch and other Ranches and farmers in the vicinity also have
their Lightning Conductors tested/inspected annually?
1. Yes, I
frequently test lightning conductors at some of the lodges at Welgevonden and other reserves as
Posted 16/07/2011- Please be aware that there is a service
offered by the farm for yard-cleaning should your visits be infrequent. This assists in
maintaining a neat and tidy area around your house.
Posted 19/03/2011 - Six
giraffe ( 3 bulls and 3 cows ) were captured together with 11 Impala rams as the quick breeding
of the giraffe is starting to outstrip the carrying capacity.
Posted 11/01/2011 -
Shaun Mare submitted a photo of a leopard photographed with a trip camera on the farm, published
11/01/2011 - Another giraffe has been
born over the last 2 or 3 days.
Despite previous requests to utilize bin-liners in the dustbins to help prevent refuse from being
blown off the bakkie on collection, a number of shareholders are still not using these. We cannot
expect the staff to be handling this waste when collecting. No dustbins will be cleaned and garbage removed unless it
is put in bin-liners. These are available at
- Posted 07/12/2010- The Building Contracts Policy as outlined at the AGM
has been published under the Procedures webpage.
Posted 01/12/2010 - The tree list has
been updated by the special interest group and marked up with trees identified on the farm so
Posted 04/11/2010 - There have been a number of queries regarding the make-up of the
electricity charge. The breakdown is contained in the MD's Report
presented at the last AGM. The charge is made up of two components - the first being usage, which
is a combination of an Eskom Service Charge, Network Charge, Energy Charge and Environmental
When calculated back to a KWh usage charge, this was R 0-80 plus VAT
until 1 Oct, and from 1 Oct will increase to R 1-00 per KWh plus VAT. From 1 March 2011 this will
increase to R 1-25 per KWh plus VAT.
On top of that there is a monthy reading and meter replacement fee of R
30, which equates to a R 90 quarterly charge included with the quarterly invoice.
31/10/2010- Another baby giraffe has made an
appearance. it was first spotted a week ago and is probably 2 weeks old. In addition, there are 2
22/10/2010 - A new webpage under "Farm"
Sightings has been created with some wonderful
photos taken with a trip camera set up on the farm of animals not often seen
Posted 18/10/2010 - A reminder from the AGM discussion
to shareholders that Electrical Certificates of Compliance need to be obtained for all electrical
installations in both new and existing houses. These need to be provided to the farm manager by
end of December. Thereafter, the farm will arrange a contractor to check and issue compliance
certificates for those houses that do not have. Please advise John Hill should you in any case
wish to make use of this
Six gemsbok were seen at the Schoongelegen road sites.
- An e-mail forwarded via
the WNC requesting information of sightings of wild dogs in the Waterberg has been published under
20/07/2010 - Hermanusdoorns has become a
member of the Waterberg Nature Conservancy. We were kindly allowed to publish all their
newsletters since 2008 for the benefit of all shareholders. A web page for Waterberg Nature Conservancy has been created where the
newsletters can be viewed.
15/07/2010- A link under Waterberg to an Environmental Management Framework for the Waterberg - Draft
Desired State dd 8 July 2010 by Environomics Environmental Consultants and downloadable from the
- Posted 03/07/2010- A reminder to shareholders
from farm management that house cleaning services are not available to shareholders while they are on the farm.
There are not enough staff to be able to provide this service. There has been a huge improvement over the last
few months in the quality of cleaning services, Should shareholders need a particular type of ad-hoc clean ( eg
windows etc ) arrangements can be made with farm management prior to their visit.
Posted 03/07/2010 - Please note that the pub is only open for special occasions, rather than having it
staffed for every sporting event screened over weekends.
- Procedures and
Regulation for the usage of Contractors by Owner Builders have been published under Farm Rules
- Posted 30/06/2010- There is a
fascinating book available on the Waterberg titled "Waterberg", comprising two short stories "Vintage
Waterberg" and "Timeless Waterberg" written by Lex Rodger who lived for many years in the Hangklip area (
today Entabeni ). The first part contains anecdotes and stories from people who lived there early in the
20th century, while the second part focuses mainly on the trees. It might become available at Black
- Posted 30/06/2010 - The Leopard Trail has recently been maintained and upgraded. Below is a
picture of one of the streams encountered on the
- Posted 01/06/2010 - Hippo spoor has been spotted on two seperate
occasions close to the river
18/05/2010 - An Approvals Framework has been
posted under AGM /