With summer temperatures being unusually high throughout the country, Dullstroom has clearly been the place to be! Our “unusually high” is probably about 29 or 30 degrees….its been a wonderful few months!

Our one highlight in the past few months has been the formation of a Dullstroom Business and Tourism Association – DBTA, that is successfully addressing many of the community issues. They have negotiated an agreement between Eskom and the Municipality, and have subsequently been able to reinstate most of the street lights down Naledi Drive, with many more of the outlying streets to be reinstated over the next few months.

They have also been working in conjunction with private security and CMVAS (the local internet service provider) to get security cameras installed in strategic places down Naledi Drive and other key road junctions. These will be monitored 24/7 once the equipment has been installed.

Their third initiative has been to start the process of stopping excessively heavy trucks using the route through Dullstroom. They arranged for a few locals to monitor how many trucks passed through town on any typical day and how many are parked here overnight. With these stats and photos, they arranged a meeting with the “powers that be” in the Municipality, who will involve the Provincial Dept of Roads and Transport and other stakeholders. It will take a long time no doubt, but at least the process has been started.

And just today they have started to assist the Provincial Dept of Roads and Transport to address the signage along the R540 and along Naledi Drive. They have sent out the guidelines of what is legal for signage, as per the Dept who has given businesses until the 30th June to comply.

The refuse “dump” has recently been cleaned up making a big difference. Long may that last!

Going forward there is a lot happening:  The Village Market has become well entrenched and happens generally on the last weekend of every month. This month it will be held on  23 and 24 March and they are expecting anything up to 60 stalls, offering a lovely range of goods to buy, eat and drink!

There is the NG Kerk Basaar on the Village Green Saturday 30th March starting at 8:30, and again plenty of stalls offering a myriad of homemade delicacies and bakes.

On the 25th to 27th April the Recce Raid is being held in Dullstroom. An extraordinary event as it offers cyclists the opportunity to do a 420km route, 10 000m elevation with the current record being held of 27hrs 40 minutes….in the saddle – extraordinary! But you can also do the 200km, 65km or 40km routes. For runners they offer a 160km route, 100km, 65km, 35km and a 6km Fun Trail. So catering across the board for adventure runners and cyclists. The routes go through spectacular countryside, thanks to the cooperation of farmers throughout the area.

The Oppieplaas Music Festival will be held the long weekend in June, that raises funds for the Boerevereniging to be able to put up security cameras for their security and to counteract livestock theft. It is held over two days and will include many top musicians – Steve Hofmeyer, Demi- Lee Moore, Jo Black and Barto. There will be elements of an agricultural show, stalls, barrel racing, a triathalon, a trail run and a guest appearance from Choppie the sheep, their mascot. They had 3000 visitors last year and anticipate many more this year, so book your tickets and accommodation early.

Hope to see you back here soon

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Written by: The Zest Team –  013 254 0219