Chairman's Letter


2 October 2019

As I sit and write this at Hartbeespoort Dam, the wind is howling, reminding me of our holiday house on the Eastern Cape coast. Late September is supposed be HOT and the first rains been already. Neither have occurred, no rain and these past few mornings been decisively cold.

But thatís enough complaining about the weather, especially after returning from a wonderful weekend in the Blouberg Nature reserve where there was nothing wrong with the weather, scenery and ambiance not to mention the good company. See my trip report

We had a very successful workday party with a good turn out of members helping. I must say there was an even balance between old hands and new members assisting us, this is very encouraging. We fixed lights, cleaned kitchen equipment and cleaned out the cold room. There is still a lot to do so we will organise another workday party in the not too distant future. Unfortunately, the weather was not conducive to sleeping over. Only Karl and Darrell slept over to keep some young archery folk participating in a competition company. Hopefully we will get them to join the club as they regularly hold competitions just up the road from Base 4.
Open Day was not that well attended. I gave a brief talk on the good work the Peace Foundation is doing to rehabilitate the National Parks in Mozambique. There were a couple of visitors and we managed to sign on one new couple. In fact, the Lucky Draw was won by a visitor! We had a great braai afterwards with some new (old members) faces joining the usual bunch.

There have been some serious fires around Base 4 recently in the Crocodile River Reserve (CRR). I attended the CRR Fire Protection Association AGM of which the FWDCSA is a member. This was very informative, as a land owner we are legally obliged to preform certain functions and take certain precautions. Fire is a serious matter and can wipe one out totally in a matter of seconds. And should you not have taken adequate steps as stated above, your insurer could repudiate your claim. I will be pushing for a member to volunteer to stand on this committee next year.

Base 4 is our home, maybe we donít live here, but nevertheless as a member of the FWDCSA you have a stake in the property and we need to protect it as if it were your own. You only need to speak to Karl to find out how much a fire in oneís home can change your life in a matter of seconds.

The Promo and Booking Forms for the Jamboree have gone out. Donít fret there is no work party, just a gremlin slipped into the Promo! Please enter and get your friends who are not members, but own a 4x4 (even some soft roaders) to enter. The emphasis is on fun and enjoyment, not car breaking. This is The Clubs biggest fund raiser and we would like to see a big field. This is going to be not only a fun day, but a total weekend experience. Come and camp over on Friday and Saturday, we will be having a spit braai after the Jamboree. So, if you stay over and party, you donít need to worry about drinking and driving.

Open Day is Sunday 13th October, we do not have a speaker yet. Do I see a rush of people coming forward to tell us something interesting? Seriously if one of you have some interesting experience or comment to make, please donít be shy, contact myself or Karl and we will give you 30 minutes or so. Otherwise we will have the usual Open Day fare of breakfast, lucky draw, possible competition and braai. Please members do join us.

Geoff has put together a very interesting weekend Lydenburg Mountain Trail at a very reasonable rate. This is a new trail never done in a 4x4 road vehicle before.  Geoff and his friend Marcus came together to plot it. It promises to be a great weekend so hurry. There is only place for 8 vehicles.

I would like to end off by requesting you to keep in mind and pray for the speedy recovery of Mike Bell who actually had a serious motorbike accident (not bicycle as reported in my last letter) and required extensive surgery and an extended stay in hospital. Hopefully we will see him at Open Day. I would also like you to keep in mind and pray for James and Pat Hackett, James is nursing his frail wife at home or on a trip!


Peter Hutchison
Four Wheel Drive Club SA
Cell: 082 825 1893


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