Laager 21 Khomeesdrift Outspan

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Laager 21 Khomeesdrift Outspan


Members started arriving from 1pm on the Friday at Khomeesdrift and much to our delight the grass was green and freshly cut. Everyone as they arrived, were eager to unpack and just needed to chill and relax as most of us were struggling to find our grove back at work after the Christmas holidays.

We had a Tippman gas gun display by Don. He displayed the range of the gun and the different kinds of ammunition it took. A few guys were very eager to try their hand at it using the trees for target practice. Needless to say, this earned Don the wooden spoon at Indaba. At “gesels vuur” we found ourselves with not a breath of wind and with no one having to dodge smoke. John and his guitar lead us into song with Leighton as choirmaster teaching us a song called “Lekker sing” After a catchy chorus we each had to do a rap about Khomeesdrift. After a few drinks and chillaxing, most people fell asleep at the fire side. Don was so relaxed with his glass of coke he dozed and almost fell off his chair.

Saturday morning we woke to a beautiful calm morning, a bit overcast but humid. A few of us went to Ou Meul for breakfast while others chilled at camp. Don’s piggy oven was introduced to everyone with oohs and aahs and 2 beautiful loaves of bread were baked in it later that evening.

We met at the dock of the bay at 6.00pm and dressed up for a group photo. The group was divided into those that would Lip sync and those that would sing along. We caused quite a stir as other campers were gathering in groups to observe the theatrical scenes. After our braai/potjie on the deck we settled down with our torches/lights and our bingo cards. Merlin did a great job at calling. Lesley was the lucky lady winning bingo prizes 3 times followed by Don who won twice. In the end, there were no more balls in the barrel to call but a few were still patiently waiting not realizing that they had past their long awaited chance to shout “Bingo”. In their defence, it was about 11pm at this stage and it was a long day.

After Indaba, a blustering wind and a few raindrops forced most of us to pack up early and make our way home. Choc and vanilla slab cake and coffee was enjoyed by everyone before heading home

Renee & Merlin Smith

Welcome to all for 2020 and hope that everyone will have many more happy camps this year!

Benny opened up in prayer and led us in Praise and Worship.

Attendees: Atkinson, Carelse, Jurgens, Murray, Pietersen, Shaw, Smith,

Apologies: Arulandu, Cable, De Kock, Gilbert, Hendricks, Labuschagne, Lawrence, Liederman, Manuel, Rogers, Saffier, Schwulst/Morris, Scholtz, Sinden, Simons, Vicars, White & Williams

Thanks to Renee & Merlin Smith for hosting. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the singalong and Bingo!

Marty was given to Renee & Merlin for hosting..

Congratulations to the following people on your birthdays!

Danie Labuschagne 4 Feb
Roland Carelse 5 Feb
Hilton Rogers 9 Feb
Leighton Shaw 10 Feb
Keith Arulandu 15 Feb
Keegan Arulandu 15 Feb
Nicole Scholtz 16 Feb
Rudy Atkinson 18 Feb
Cindy-Lee Williams 21 Feb
Hazel De Kock 24 Feb
Tamia Saffier 25 Feb

Upcoming Outspans:

Onrus 21st – 23rd Feb 2020
Bergriver (Combined) 13th – 15th Mar 2020
Members have PROVISIONALLY CONFIRMED, costs still to be advised by PC
Kombati 24th – 27th Apr 2020
Mountain Breeze 29th – 31st May 2020
Oostewal 26th – 28th June 2020
All camps and outspan dates will be confirmed once firm arrangements has been made.

Final orders to be sent to the Secretary by 31st January 2020, all members are encourage to purchase a standard blue top.

Please bring monthly items to camp or give a monetary donation – please indicate your name_charity when making the deposit for this.

Note of thanks was received from Turfhall Cheshire Home for the donations and gifts.

Notice received from the Provincial Chairman who received correspondence from the producers of Kom Ons Kamp, they are looking for participants to take part in the TV series – filming at Ou Skip 11 12th Feb and at Zonnekus 23 - 24th Feb and again 25 – 26th Feb. Please let the Secretary know if you are interested.

Tips for Campers
• Don demonstrated that the back cell phone cover can be used to protect the front of your phone as well.
• Don also advised that there is a good self defense weapon available on Takealot which can be used for
protection, it is marketed as a paintball weapon.

Members present inquired if we could have a spit braai. They indicated their willingness to pay towards the cost. It was agreed that we could consider this idea for the birthday party in July 2020.


Fines Master: – was Penny.
Monies for the fines will be collected at the next outspan by the Treasurer.

Ingrid: for showing off Don’s new toy “varkie” she bought him
Don, John, Roland & Leighton: for shooting Don’s gas gun into the trees and scaring off the birds
Ann, Ronald, Sandra & John: for waking us up so early talking about all kinds of doctor’s procedures
Ronald: for drinking out of a Rhino horn when he knows this is a protected species
Lesley: for winning most of the prizes at Bingo
John & Sandra: John didn’t listen to Sandra not to wear his sandals at the river and fell on his buttocks down the slippery bank
Benny: couldn’t find the light switch so Des had to ask Don to help

Don: for bringing a dangerous weapon to camp!

Remember folks the issue of fines is a fun event and all proceeds go to charity.

Get to Know Your Constitution – Part 6

Procedures for Appeal Against Disciplinary Action Being Taken By A Laager (Section 13B)

The member concerned in a disciplinary action has the right to appeal his/her punitive sanction if they feel it was unduly harsh or unwarranted. Such an appeal has to be made to the President’s Committee. This committee will then be known as the Appeals Committee and it will have the following powers:
• To allow or dismiss the appeal
• To alter or modify the original decision
• To order a re-hearing

An appeal hearing is not a rehearing. Only new evidence must be submitted, and this in conjunction with the minutes of the initial hearing, will be taken into consideration.

1. Should the member concerned wish to appeal, the following steps needs to be taken by the member:
1.1. Inform the Hearing Chairperson within one week that he/she wishes to appeal the decision.
1.2. Within two weeks of informing the Hearing Chairperson, the member concerned must inform the Appeals Committee and provide them with written reasons for the appeal.

2. The notice of appeal must contain the signature of the appellant (member concerned) and be supported by the signatures of at least a third of the members of the Laager.

3. An appeal fee of two hundred Rand (R200) must be payable to the National Treasurer for every appeal launched. Should the appellant’s appeal be successful this amount will be refunded to them.

4. The Hearing Chairperson will submit copies of the minutes of the hearing together with a copy of the sanction imposed, to the appeal authority.

5. On receipt of the written reasons for the appeal from the member concerned and the documentation from the Hearing Chairperson, the President will constitute a meeting of the Appeals Committee. The Appeals Committee will consider all documents submitted.

6. Should they deem it necessary, the Appeals Committee may call for additional information or clarification from those submitting the documentation.

7. The Appeals Committee will consider all the facts presented and consider whether the sanction imposed was fair and reasonable in their eyes.

8. Once a decision is made, the Appeal Committee will give written notification to the member concerned and the Hearing Committee.

9. The decision of the Appeals Committee is final and no further appeal is possible.


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