Join The Salvation Army’s Women’s Support Group

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The Salvation Army’s Uitenhage branch invites you to a weekly women’s support group. The Home League’s Motto: She watches  ovr the affairs of her household. This women’s support group is open to all ladies both young and old from Uitenhage, KwaNobuhle and Despatch. Mothers are also welcome to gain support from the more experienced ladies in the group.

The Salvation Army frequently invites guest speakers and conducts a Bible study on the last Thursday of the month. You arel welcome to join in prayer to support each other and the local communities and townships. Below is an example of the topics covered over the last four months.

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Sometimes you may feel lonely, other times you may experience high levels of stress. There is no need to keep all the problems bottled up inside of you. Women are good listeners, and can understand the challenges faces by other women much easier. Regular meetings area source of rejuvination for every family and every household, every women and every mother.

So when you need some support or help, feel free to join the weekly meetings. Here’s the details:

  • Address: 1 Bilson Road, Central, Uitenhage opposite the Convent Pre-Primary school.
  • Time: 09h30-11h00
  • Contact: Email Major Valerie Potgieter or call Ms Murray on 071-256-7149
  • Cost: FREE!

Who is the Salvation Army in South Africa?

The Salvation Army is an integral part of the Christian Church, although distinctive in government and practice. The Army’s doctrine follows the mainstream of Christian belief and its articles of faith emphasise God’s saving purposes. Its objects are ‘the advancement of the Christian religion… of education, the relief of poverty, and other charitable objects beneficial to society or the community of mankind as a whole. The movement, founded in 1865 by William Booth, has spread from London, England, to many parts of the world.

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Despatch and Motherwell : restoration of water supply

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The water supply to most areas of Despatch and Motherwell is currently interrupted. The Municipality wishes to assure affected residents that it is hard at work at restoring the supply. Motherwell residents can expect their supply to be restored around lunchtime, while supply to the residents of Despatch will be restored later this afternoon. Water tankers have been provided at strategic points.
For more information, please contact Ms Marthie Nel at  082 780 3108, or  0800 20 5050. Residents of Despatch may also contact the Despatch Councillor, Cllr Francois Greyling, at  041 933 1469.
The Municipality regrets the inconvenience caused to consumers.


Issued on behalf of the Municipality by the Acting Communications Director, Ms Marthie Nel, at  0827803108

Wessels joins Glacier Junior Series finalists

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Brian Wessels © Glacier Junior Series

Port Elizabeth junior golfer Brian Wessels held off a spirited challenge from Southern Cape’s Jack Duthie and Ronald Baxter from the Eastern Province to claim the 22nd Glacier Junior Series title at St Francis Links on Sunday.

The 18-year-old from Newton Park navigated his way around the tough Jack Nicklaus layout in one-under-par 71 to edge out Baxter and Duthie by two shots for the title.

Wessels was delighted to pull through in the last Eastern Cape event and earn the chance to tee it up alongside the other 24 finalists in this year’s series at the national final in October.

The finalists will compete for what is arguably the biggest prize in South African junior golf – an all-expenses paid trip from Glacier by Sanlam to tee it up in the prestigious Orange Bowl Junior Invitational later this year.

A slew of top Southern Cape juniors made the trip to St Francis Bay to tee it up in the last Eastern Province event, but Wessels said he only worried about his own game.

“It was my first Glacier Junior Series tournament, so I didn’t have time to worry about the other players; I just focussed on the job at hand,” the grade 12 Grey High School learner said.

“I played really nicely and I made all the pars that counted. I dropped two shots but I made up for that with three birdies that helped me to a two shot lead.

“I’m absolutely thrilled at the prospect of teeing it up at the final. I won a 36-hole Junior Tournament in really windy conditions at Humewood earlier this year, so I’m quietly confident that my skills in the wind and at the coast will help me in the final. “

The 22nd tournament on the popular Glacier by Sanlam sponsored series drew a field of 57 players, including four-handicap golfer Imkeleen Meyer, who looked a shoe-in to win after turning in one-under. Although she struggled over the back nine, Meyer still came home in 71 to win Best Nett in the A-Division.

“I struggled a little in the wind over the closing holes and I had some bad luck when my ball spun off the green into a water hazard at one hole, but overall, I was thrilled with my performance,” said the 16-year-old from Dispatch.

“This was my first really big tournament, so I was a little apprehensive but I’m really happy with my performance, especially because I was able to play to my handicap. It was a big stage for me and I feel that I handled my first proper tournament really well.”

Meanwhile 16-year-old Mieke de Ridder carded an 80 off her eight handicap to win the B-Division, while Pieter Zietsman beat former SAGDB learner, Jamie Lee Daniels from Uitenhage for second place by in a count-out on 84.

De Ridder was thrilled to win, although she felt her score could have been even better.

“My putter just went stone cold,” lamented the 16-year-old from Lovemore Heights in Port Elizabeth.

“I was solid tee to green; every tee shot hit the fairways and I hit almost every green in regulation, but I couldn’t sink a putt to save my life. That’s golf, I suppose, but I was still thrilled to finish first.”

De Ridder said the tournament was a great experience.

“You really felt like a professional player out there because the tournament was so well organised,” said De Ridder, who was rewarded with a Cleveland lob-wedge for her first place finish.

“It’s a great pity we don’t have more of these Glacier events in the Eastern Province. Hopefully I can get my handicap down to six so I can challenge in the A-Division next year.”

The series heads into the home straight this August and the country’s leading junior golfers have just three more opportunities to qualify for the national final and earn the chance to challenge for the grand prize.

On August 5th, Thomas Aiken hosts his event at Wanderers Golf Club while Richard Sterne has his tournament at Erinvale Country Club, European Tour winner James Kingston hosts the final event on this year’s schedule on Monday, 19 August at Rustenburg Golf Club. The venue for the national final from 3-5 October will be announced shortly.


A-Division (1-6 Handicap) 
1. Brian Wessels 71 gross
2. Ronald Baxter 73 gross (on count out) 
3. Jack Duthie 73 gross
Best Nett – Imkeleen Meyer 71

B-Division (7-18 Handicap) 1. Mieke de Ridder 80 gross
2. Pieter Zietsman 84 gross (on count out) 
3. Jamie Lee Daniels 84 gross
Best Nett – Andrew Jeffrey 76

C-Division (19-36 Handicap) 
1. Hendrik Brown 38 points
2. Desmond Goeda 33 points
3. Reece Coleman 32 points

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One who got away tells of her kidnap by Van Rooyen

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JOAN HOMAN (nee Booysen) 20 years after the ordeal.

THE only girl who escaped from notorious paedophile Gert van Rooyen almost 20 years ago says the second she looked into his eyes she saw “pure evil”. Two months away from the 20th anniversary of her escape, Joan Homan (nee Booysen) told about the day she was abducted and drugged by Van Rooyen and his lover and accomplice, Francina Johanna Hermina (Joey) Haarhoff.

Speaking at a luncheon in Uitenhage, Homan told the story of her abduction and escape.

The story of Van Rooyen and his six missing victims has baffled police and the public alike for two decades. Despite countless investigations, rumours, forensic testing and the finding of bones, the six girls have never been found.

The disappearances of Tracy-Lee Scott-Crossley, 14, Fiona Harvey, 12, Joan Horn, 12, Odette Boucher, 11, Anne-Mari Wapenaar, 12, and Yolanda Wessels, 13, have all been linked to Van Rooyen after they were abducted in Gauteng between 1988 and ’90.

Homan, then 16 and in Std 9 (Grade 11), was kidnapped for a few hours on January 11, 1990. It was Homan’s abduction and subsequent escape that gave police the evidence they needed to close in on Van Rooyen, who police suspected had been involved in the disappearances for quite some time.

Homan said she did not consider herself a hero, even after providing police with the information they needed to move in on Van Rooyen and Haarhoff.

Using Homan’s information and descriptions of the couple, police placed their Pretoria home under surveillance.

Van Rooyen shot himself and Haarhoff as police were giving chase, also killing all chances of ever finding the six missing girls.

Homan said she had missed her usual bus to school that morning, when a blonde woman approached her on Church Square, Pretoria, where she was waiting for the next available bus to take to school.

“People always warn you not to speak to strangers. I knew I should never speak to strange men but no one ever warns you never to speak to friendly old ladies. She was friendly and very kind. I never suspected a thing,” Homan said.

Haarhoff, in the now infamous blonde wig with which she disguised herself, approached Homan at the bus stop and offered her a job.

“I told her I was still at school, but we started talking. She said she could give me information which I could give to friends. She then asked me where I was going and I told her. She said she was going in that direction and offered me a lift. I did not suspect a thing,” Homan said.

On the way to school, Homan said, Haarhoff told her she needed to stop off at her home. After entering the Malherbe Street, Capital Park, house Haarhoff then said there was no one at home. They would have to wait. She offered Homan a cooldrink inside and she accepted.

“We walked through the house. She told me she worked at a nursery. As we walked past the main bedroom I saw a man behind me. It was Gert van Rooyen. He slapped me and I fell down. When I looked up I was staring into a revolver,” she said.

Haarhoff produced a handful of pills. Van Rooyen forced Homan to drink them at gunpoint.

“When I looked at him all I saw was evil. He had beady eyes. All I thought was that this man is the villain. They told me they would demand a ransom. They then locked me in a cupboard.” Homan said she said a quick prayer and then looked at how she could get out of the cupboard.

“There was a polystyrene cooler box in the cupboard. I used the lid to open the hook on the other side which was keeping both doors closed,” said Joan, who at the time was a big fan of the TV show MacGyver.

She made her way to the lounge and looked outside. Haarhoff was in the garden but there was no sign of Van Rooyen. She phoned her cousin, telling her what had happened and where the house was.

“I ran outside. There was a man driving down the street. I stopped him and told him I had been kidnapped. I got into the car and the man drove away. “I passed out in the car from the pills they gave me,” she said.

That evening the police placed Van Rooyen’s home under surveillance.

Homan said her heart went out to the mothers of the six girls who had never received closure on their daughters’ fate.

Now a manager in Centurion, Homan said she had moved on with her life. Although her children knew what she had live through, they hardly ever talked about it. She is very close to her sisters, Elsenette Cronje, now of Despatch, and Lizelle Booysen, of Durban.

source: The Weekend Post