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  1. Keep the lights on?


    Carbon Hunter, you came the closest on this one first, so the 'Ding' is yours. The book and e-mail was titled 'Don't panic' and it was in response to the number of South Africans that were leaving the country at the time due to the load shedding.

  2. It was nice to meet you at the event last weekend Indamus, and to hear more about all the interesting ways that caches are hidden in Germany. I got some ideas now :). Happy caching in Jo'burg, and let me know if you need info on an area or if it's safe. Often the cache is in a safe area, but one has to be aware of the safety of the route you take to get to the cache - the shortest or fastest route according to the GPS is not always the safest. A nice place I can recommend is the Heia safari lodge - there are a series of caches by Geo936, and there are some zebras, giraffes and other animals.

  3. You are on the right track CH, very close. :) It was an e-mail to his employees, that eventually became a book.


    If you know the title or topic of the e-mail or book, or what "incident" caused him to write the e-mail, then I can give it to you.

  4. Congrats with your 500 CapeDoc! I can certainly agree that your caches in Cape Town are very enjoyable, as was the excellent 10 year event. I can't wait to be on holiday in Cape Town again to do some more of them.

  5. Congrats with your 2000 Gerhard, it's a great achievement!

    Thanks also to your huge contribution to the hobby with all the caches you have planted. I'm looking forward to find some of them when I'm in the area.

  6. I've ordered 10 extra and once I've received it, I will bring it along to the very next event I'm attending in Gauteng for attendees to buy.


    PM me if you're interested, should cost about R110 ($10 mentioned above + shipping to SA)


    (Cash @ the event pls, postage will be extra)


    Worm greetings


    I'm glad some people ordered extras. I would like to buy just 2 gold coins, but with the postage it's not worth placing such a small order.

  7. Thanks, it sounds fascinating! I would love to hear more. I heard a slightly similar talk from a geologist once when I did the guided Sunday afternoon walk on the central Mellville koppie. For those that are interested in this subject, I can recommend the Mellville koppie walk, since there is a lot of fascinating geology on the koppie. I don't understand geology well and I can't remember everything from the talk, but at some point on the walk one can literally see the edge of the Witwatersrand.

  8. Ok this is a bonus for GP cachers. I stashed a couple of caches in Marievale Bird Sanctuary. If you are clever, ok here I am preaching to the converted (all cachers are clever), than you will do a hunt on the caches at this reserve during March the 12th. You can do the caches during the day; have a braai the afternoon and gaze at the stars during the night and you will also learn a lot about our world. Or you can do it the other way around, do caches in Gauteng, then do the caches in the reserve during the night; that should boost your numbers. I hope the weather plays along.


    The following is an extract from our newspaper. The Springs/Nigel branch of Wildlife and Environmental Society of South Africa will host a star gazing event at this sanctuary. Two east rand astronomers will bring large telescopes to the public to have a peek at the wonders of the night sky. A guided walk through parts of this sanctuary will leave the picnic site at 16:30. This will be followed by a social “bring and braai”.


    Luciano Pazzi and Andrew Helston will after dark provide information about the stars and planets. Everyone is welcome.


    Bring your own refreshments, torch, chairs, warm clothes, binoculars and insect repellent.


    For more information phone Stan Madden on 082 471 6050 or Mike Hood 082 391 6304.


    Maybe we should hold an event for this one. I think it will be nice to have a braai, a walk and to gaze at he stars. Most of our events are during the day and very little during the night. But that will depend on the demand. Our team will be there and feel free to visit us for a chat. Gerhard


    It sounds like a very nice outing, thanks Gerhard. :)

  9. Plans are well underway for the Christmas/ year-end event on Sunday the 28th of November at 12h00.

    Redglobe kindly arranged and booked the Joos Becker lapa again, since John advised that all the lapas with day visitors will be very crowded at this time of the year. The listing will follow as soon as I have visited the site next week. Another advantage is that cachers can now camp before the event.

    The event will also be the start of the next TB race (I will coordinate with Bruce for these arrangements).


    I would like this event to be like a Christmas party for the caching kids as well, so it would be great to get them involved in the making and exchanging of Christmas themed caches (this will be optional). :P

  10. The last Sunday in November is the 28th, so that could be a good day, although the kids might still be writing exams then. Sunday the 5th of December may also be a nice date, I see the schools only close on the 10th of December this year.

  11. It would be great if your event could also be the Gauteng launch of the Great SA 2011 TB Race. My original idea was for cachers in the various regions to use their year end events in November to launch their TBs to travel for the year ahead.


    Hi, thanks for all the suggestions and replies.


    Bruce, I'm sure we can use it to start the TB's off as well, but I don't know anything about a TB race, so I'll need your help with that part of it.


    Any suggestions for a nice park?

  12. Hi Sonsoeker

    We normally visit KZN for the Christmas yearly event, so this idée is not new. You can start your arrangements and bookings now but can only list the event 3 months in advance. We will gladly help you on your first event.


    Hi Redglobe, sorry I didn't realise that there was already a yearly Christmas event. I was thinking more towards the end of November though, before Gauteng gets evacuated for the holidays. Thanks for the offer to help, it's gladly accepted. :o

  13. Hi, I never thought that I would think about Christmas in August, but with the events calendar as packed as it is this is probably a good time to "book" some space for a Christmas event.

    I just want to test the interest for the idea on the forum, before publishing the event.

    I'm thinking of having a Christmas picnic event, where each team can make a Christmas cache and bring to the event. We can then put the names of the teams in a hat, and each team can draw a name to get a gift cache, which can then be planted at any time after the event (but before the next Christmas).

    It would be nice to have lots of kids there, and get them involved in making the Christmas caches.

    I can also arrange for a jumping castle.

    Please let me know if this sounds like fun.

    It will be the first event I host, so I'm also looking for an experienced co-host to help me please.

  14. Hi Gerhard,


    It would be nice if everyone that wants to stay over can stay over at the top, since the pub at the top seems like a great place to gather and stay up late as a group. I had a look at the Sani top chalet website and tried to do a quick count of how many people are going, and it seems like there is still enough accommodation available at the top as it stands at the moment. The only problem is that the rondavels are relatively expensive at R500.00 per person per night. There are still 2 rondavels available for 4 people each and backpackers accommodation for 6 people and then there are 2 campsites for 4 people each, therefore allowing for 22 people in total. I would prefer staying at the backpackers at the top with Glider's group since I'm travelling with them - shall we go ahead to do our own booking? Otherwise the rondavels are a nice (but a bit expensive) option, although it still costs less than a -8 degrees sleeping bag. But I know that is typical female reasoning :D

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