On Sunday 11 November 2018, South Africa and the world commemorated the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice, or Armistice Day as it was also known.
On the morning of 11 November 1918, allied and German officials signed the Armistice, a formal agreement to cease the hostilities of the First World War. When the agreement came into effect at 11h00, the guns of the Western Front fell silent for the first time in more than four years.
With the fighting on the front lines suspended, the two sides could work towards a peace settlement and negotiate the treaties that would officially end the First World War—most notably the Treaty of Versailles which was signed on 28 June 1919.
The signing of the Armistice was such a momentous event that its anniversary—the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month—quickly became a key date of commemoration around the world, known as Armistice Day.
The Union Jack was raised during an Armistice celebration in Canungra, 30 November 1918. (John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland, image number 12930)
The streets in Rockhampton were crowded for an
Armistice parade, 1918. (John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland, image number 69000)
Queensland Railways employees proudly carried a banner at an Armistice procession through Brisbane, 29 November 1918. (John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland, image number 7729-0001-0037)
The tradition of stopping at 11am started on the very first Armistice Day in 1919, and continues to this day. It was initially suggested by an Australian journalist living in London, and was made official with a proclamation by King George V. His Majesty requested that “...all locomotion should cease, so that, in perfect stillness, the thoughts of everyone may be concentrated on reverent remembrance of the glorious dead.”
Communities continued to mark the Armistice anniversary each year. However, following the Second World War it was agreed that the focus should be on all those who died in service of their country (not just the servicemen of the First World War). The day was subsequently renamed Remembrance Day, but its traditions were largely unchanged.
Many will recognise the blood-red poppy as a symbol of remembrance, for it is worn on Remembrance Day and at other commemorative events throughout the year. This tradition has its origins during the First World War and inspired by the fields of poppies that grew in the battle-ravaged fields of the Western Front. In soldiers’ folklore, the vivid red of the poppy came from the blood of their comrades soaking the ground.
After attending the funeral of friend and fellow soldier who died in the Second Battle of Ypres in 1915, Canadian doctor Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae wrote the touching and enduring poem In Flanders Fields. It has since become one of the most popular and quoted poems of the First World War.
Moved by Lieutenant Colonel McCrae’s words, in 1918 an American YMCA member Moina Michael vowed she would always wear a red poppy to honour the men and women who fought and helped in the war.
She began sourcing and crafting silk poppies for others, and worked tirelessly to share her passion with anyone who would listen. With the help of organisations such as the American Legion and people like Anna Guérin, a French YMCA secretariat, they took the idea further by selling poppies to raise money for veterans, their widows, orphans, and families.
A group of sailors joined the Armistice Day peace procession through Townsville, 11 November 1918. (John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland, image number 29910-0011-0001)
The town gathered on the beach in Bowen to join in Armistice celebrations, 16 November 1918.
(John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland, image number 25357)
Eventually Ms Michael’s idea caught on, and soon poppies were being worn with pride all around the world. The tradition continues to this very day.
In South Africa, Remembrance Day is not a public holiday. Commemoration ceremonies are usually held on the nearest Sunday, at which the “Last Post” is played by a bugler followed by the observation of a two-minute silence. Ceremonies to mark the event in Pretoria are held at the War Memorial at the Union Buildings. Many high schools hold Remembrance Day services to honour the past pupils who died in the wars.
Dear Arcadia Residents,
Once again as we face a new year, I wish I would like to thank you all for your on-going support for the ARRA Committee’s efforts. 2018 was indeed a very busy year again for the committee, and 2019 promises to be the same. My special word of thanks and appreciation to the ARRA Committee.
I would like to remind all ARRA members that it is the time for renewal of your membership of ARRA. Please do as soon as possible. We do rely on these funds as well as your support as a community.
Perhaps the major challenge in 2019 is still the issue of illegal land use and of poor by-law enforcement by City of Tshwane. We were indeed hopeful that a new regime in Tshwane would lead to some positive changes, but those wheels certainly turn extremely slowly. We continue to be vigilant and meticulous in reporting illegal usage, and have built up accurate and at times extensive case files on these properties. Please report any related concerns you may have to ARRA. We also continuously engage with the officials at the council as well as councillors and MMC’s, to demonstrate our willingness to work with the relevant authorities in order to resolve problems that affect us in Arcadia.
In terms of crime and security, ARRA continues to work closely with Quatro in providing the area-based response service to members and the initiative is working very well. With a very few exceptions (petty thefts of dustbins, post boxes and water meters) we had a relatively trouble free festive season. All residents are urged to remain vigilant. We rely on your active support in fighting crime in Arcadia. ARRA is firmly persuaded that the arrangement with Quattro is working well and we urge all residents to join the security scheme.
The recycling scheme in the area is also working well and kerb-side collection is now regular and reliable. Please support this green initiative every Friday morning and help to make it a more feasible and valuable service in going forward.
There is much still to be done in 2019 and many challenges to be confronted and resolved. Possible good news is that the heritage status of the Union Buildings will be investigated. Any upgrade in terms of heritage must have a positive knock-on effect on Arcadia. This and other initiatives will require us as a community to stand together and to commit to investing in our future by protecting our suburb, our properties (in terms of security and value) and by defending our heritage. What we have is hard-earned .
The committee wishes you and your family a very pleasant and safe 2019.
The loss of a spouse is a life-changing experience – particularly so when you have been married for nearly fifty years. It is sadly not an uncommon experience and one of the biggest challenges is for the surviving spouse to adapt to a completely different life.
Jane Rees of Merton Avenue had just that experience in July 2017 when her beloved husband Mike passed away suddenly. After many years of caring for him, she found herself with time and a need to discover new challenges. Jane returned to many of her favourite past times including gardening and reading, but there was still that space in her life. Jane decided to follow a crazy dream and began to swim. She signed up at the local gym and swam initially for a short period and eventually built up to the long 4km sessions she swims every day of the week now. Jane also added in gym sessions to build up swimming strength, but the dream didn’t end there.
In October 2017, Jane swam her first open water swim, a Midmar qualifier at Cradle Moon in Muldersdrift. She went on to swim a number of other swims including one at Buffelspoort before she completed her first aQuelle Midmar Mile in 2018. Jane also participated at SA Masters Nationals in March 2018 where she won a bronze medal. At the recent Dischem Sun City Swim in October 2018, Jane was placed third in her age category for the mile swim.
Swimming has been an incredible journey for Jane with health benefits and much success in the pool and open water events. The best aspect is arguably the friends that she has made along the way – friends like Rita and Francois Burger and others who live in the Arcadia community. It is an incredible testimony to our community that there is so much support and encouragement to be found here and if you are ever looking for an adventure when life changes unexpectedly, there are many places to find it and many friendships that await you.
On 21 October 2018, we celebrated National Garden Day, along with many fellow South Africans. We live in a country where gardens and gardening play a significant role in our lives. We grow the food we eat and our garden, is often the place where we relax, play and socialize. The Arcadia Community Garden and Playground have a similar objective. This is a place where children come to play, where parents come to relax and socialize, and our customers come to buy our fresh, organic vegetables and herbs.
On National garden day we shared delicious food and drinks, and the children made colourful flower crowns.
Our Playground at the Scout Hall, 185 Beckett street, is open every Thursday from 3-5pm and every Saturday from 9h30-11h30. Children play in the sandpit, on the swings, in the mud, and on the waterslide. Our playground provides a big, safe play area with lots of space to run around, ride bicycles and play soccer. Thanks to Axel, and his brother, we now also have a spaceship, which has taken the children on many voyages to the Moon and Mars.
It continues to be a tranquil, green urban space, which we have maintained with funds from ARRA, vegetable sales, contributions from the families who come, as well as donations. The garden and playground are available to rent for children’s birthday parties.
Contact Christel 082 3967806
Al ooit gewonder wie is die sangeres wat Arcadia se strate vul met haar nagtegaalstem op Woensdae-aande?
Erin Beck is gebore op 12 Maart 2004. Sy is 14 jaar oud en bly in Arcadia, Pretoria, waar sy ‘n Graad 8 leerder is aan die “Afrikaanse Hoër Meisieskool Pretoria”.
Erin het op die jong ouderdom van sewe jaar begin om sanglesse te neem in “Belcanto styl”, onder leiding van Christo Botha van Respiro Studios. Hier het Christo Erin se talent raakgesien en haar aangemoedig om aan verskeie kompitisies en kunstefeeste deel te neem, waar sy by die meeste as wenner aangewys is. Algehele junior wenner Beeld Eisteddfod – 2016, Algehele junior wenner Garsfonteinkunstefees – 2017, Prestige toekenning – Centurion kunstefees – 2017, Spur sing star – 2017, om maar ‘n paar te noem.
In 2016 wen Erin die “Solis vir Christus” nationale sangkompitisie met haar weergawe van Leonard Bernstein se “Somewhere” uit die musiekblyspel West Side Story. Hierdie is ‘n produksie van Anthonie Bougas wat op Kyknet-nou uitgesaai word. In 2017 nooi hy haar terug om as gaskunstenaar in sy sustersprogram “Sing in Harmonie” en die regstreekse uitsending hiervan op Kyknet-nou op te tree. Sy sing die formidabele “Nessun Dorma” van Giacomo Puccini uit die opera Turandot. Sy sing hierdie lied op drie vertonings by Siverstar Casino en ontvang volle staande toejuigings by al drie, van oor die 8000 toeskouers. Sy was net 13.
In 2018 begin Erin die vrugte te pluk van harde werk, toewyding, dissipliene en nederigheid.
In April nooi Johan Heystek van Mosaiik Teatro in Johannesburg Erin uit om deel te wees van sy paasproduksie “Haya Halleluja”, ‘n modern weergawe van “Handel se Messias”. Sy deel die verhoog met groot Suid-Afrikaanse kunstenaars soos Sonja Herholdt, Dozi, Jak de Priester, Themba Maseko, Coopay en Marlee van der Merwe.
In Mei nooi “Sing in Harmonie” Erin weer uit om as gaskunstenaar op te tree by hul semi-finale rondtes te Emperor’s Palace. Die radiostasie Classic1027 sien vir Erin raak, en nooi haar vir ‘n onderhoud vir jeugmaand, met die baie talentvolle musikant en opera sanger Kutlwano Masote. Dit was ‘n eerste vir Erin en sy pak dit met groot nederigheid en dankbaarheid aan. Dit is hier waar die groot legendariese dirigent Mnr. Richard Cock van Erin te hore gekom het.
In Julie/Augustus tree Erin as gaskunstenaar op in die Krone 5 produksie saam met groot name in die bedryf – Juanita du Plessis, Kurt Darren, Elandre, Brendan Peyper, Jo Black, Refentse, Snotkop, Nadine om maar ‘n paar te noem. Dit is alles te danke aan Niel Schoombee van Select musiek. Sy sing “Barcelona” van Freddie Mercury en Montserrat Cabellé saam met die nuwe pop/opera mansgroep genaamd Serenade en die legendariese Nicholis Louw. Hulle het twee vertonings in die Sun Arena – Menlyn Maine gedoen, en een vertoning in die Grandwest Arena in Kaapstad. Al drie vertonings was uitverkoop met meer as 20 000 toeskouers, en weer stel Erin nie teleur nie en slaan asems weg… en slaan ook ‘n hele artikel in Beeld los.
In September nooi Paul Vonk van Mayford Seeds Erin uit om deel te wees van hul Lentekonsert te Linder Ouditorium in Johannesburg. Hier het sy die voorreg om saam met die Johannesburgse Feesorkes onder leiding van mnr. Richard Cock te sing, ‘n Baie groot mylpaal vir Erin. Sy deel die verhoog met Burgerd Botha, Andrew Gilbert en Jean-Pierre Calitz. Sy sing twee solo items – Nessun Dorma en Nella Fantasie, asook “The Prayer” saam met Burgerd Botha. Sy ontvang staande toejuigings vir al drie items.
Na aanleiding van hierdie Lentekonsert, nooi Richard Cock vir Erin uit om haar debuut te maak op die RMB Starlight Classics verhoog met Darren Hayward as regiseur. Met haar weergawe van Nessun Dorma, sing Erin weer twee staande toejuigins los. Dit was vir Erin ‘n eer en ‘n voorreg om ‘n oomblik te kon beleef saam met die groot name - Elza van den Heever, Ard Matthews, Zoë Modiga, Rocco de Villiers, Mafikizolo, Phenye Modiane, Aubrey Lodewyk, Connell Cruise, Marcella Solimeo en die Soweto Gospel Choir.
In Oktober vanjaar het Erin weer die voorreg gehad om “The Prayer” voor meer as 4000 mense in die Silverstar Casino vir die finaal van “Sing in Harmonie” te sing. En weer betower sy almal en is geskok met nog ‘n staande toejuiging.
Vir November en Desember lê Kerssangoptredes voor, aasook ‘n optrede by die Jakaranda Liggiefees op 8 Desember 2018. Hou gerus sosiale media dop.
Erin is baie passievol oor haar skool. Sy presteer akademies, asook op kultuurvlak. Dis vir haar ‘n eer om deel te wees van AHMP se prestige meisieskoor “Die blou engele” onder leiding van Renette Bouwer. Hierdie koor behaal wêreldwyd ‘n derde plek in die onlangse “World Choir Games”.
Groot liefdes in haar lewe is haar maats, ballet en haar twee troetelworshonde.
Erin is nog baie jonk, maar gryp elke geleentheid ten volle aan om haar drome te bewaarheid.
For the first time in history, more than 50 percent of the world’s population now lives in towns and cities. By 2050, this number is expected to increase to 66 percent. The shift from rural to urban areas, mainly in Africa and Asia, is due to poverty and related socio-economic factors.
For the most part, the rapid expansion of cities takes place without any land use planning strategy and the resulting human pressure has highly damaging effects on forests, landscapes, as well as green areas in and around cities. The environmental impacts of urbanization are often intensified by climate change and include increased pollution, decreased availability of food and resources, as well as increased poverty and frequency of extreme climatic events.
Urban trees can help to mitigate some of the negative impacts and social consequences of urbanization, and thus make cities more resilient to these changes. Here are nine ways in which urban trees and forests contribute to making cities socio-economically and environmentally more sustainable:
1 Trees can contribute to the increase of local food and nutrition security, providing food such as fruits, nuts and leaves for both human consumption and fodder. Their wood, in turn, can be used for cooking and heating.
2 Trees play an important role in increasing urban biodiversity, providing plants and animals with a favourable habitat, food and protection.
3 A mature tree can absorb up to 150 kg of CO2 per year. As a result, trees play an important role in climate change mitigation. Especially in cities with high levels of pollution, trees can improve air quality, making cities healthier places to live in.
4 Strategic placement of trees in cities can help to cool the air between 2 and 8 degrees Celsius, thus reducing the urban “heat island” effect, and helping urban communities to adapt to the effects of climate change.
5 Large trees are excellent filters for urban pollutants and fine particulates. They absorb pollutant gases (such as carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, ozone and sulphur oxides) and filter fine particulates such as dust, dirt or smoke out of the air by trapping them on leaves and bark.
6 Research shows that living in close proximity of urban green spaces and having access to them, can improve physical and mental health, for example by decreasing high blood pressure and stress. This, in turn, contributes to the well-being of urban communities.
7 Mature trees regulate water flow and play a key role in preventing floods and reducing the risk of natural disasters. A mature evergreen tree, for instance, can intercept more than 15 000 litres of water per year.
8 Trees also help to reduce carbon emissions by helping to conserve energy. For example, the correct placement of trees around buildings can reduce the need for air conditioning by 30 percent, and reduce winter heating bills by 20-50 percent.
9 Planning urban landscapes with trees can increase property value, by up to 20 percent, and attract tourism and business.
A city with well-planned and well-managed green infrastructure becomes more resilient, sustainable and equitable in terms of nutrition and food security, poverty alleviation, livelihood improvement, climate change mitigation and adaptation, disaster risk reduction and ecosystems conservation. Throughout their lifetime, trees can thus provide a benefit package worth two to three times more than the investment made in planting and caring for them.
Planting trees today is, therefore, essential for future generations!
Source: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
In the previous edition of The Arcadian, Claus Schutte wrote a very interesting article on the trams of Pretoria. He ended his article by saying: It is unclear what happened to the trams after being replaced by trolley busses, which still used the overhead powerlines but ran on rubber wheels independent of the tracks.
We are delighted to have an answer from James Boale.
(Heritage Resources Management: City of Tshwane)
Thank you very much for your informative magazine and please find the photos of the only surviving Tram in the City.
Below are the pictures of the last remaining Tram that is standing today at the Fort Klapperkop and the last Wooden Tram Station is inside the Burgers Park, I will get you a photo sometime this week. The pictures start from A to D showing the stages of conservation that was undertaken by the City to restore, display and protect the Tram.
I have been the street representative for Pine Street for many a year now. Since the beginning I decided to invite everyone who owns property or lives in Pine Street every year to a get- together to discuss any security concerns, make everyone aware of the current security arrangement we have with Quatro and for the opportunity to put a name to a face and faces to names within our WhatsApp group. There are a few regulars who always attend and then some new people who have moved into our wonderful street. At the last get- together we had on 30 September and we were some 20 persons in attendance. It really is heart-warming to see people who barely know each other have conversations about this and that whilst we all get to know a little about each other. It also enhances our sense of security knowing we can call on anyone in the street for help or assistance. Some are even suggesting we do it more frequently than once a year.
I challenge all other street representatives and streets to take the initiative and do the same or similar. It really is a worthwhile event every time and I believe more of this in Arcadia can only make our suburb better and a safer and a more pleasant place to live than what it already is. Our own recipe is simple: Start a WhatsApp group by collecting names and numbers of all in your street, decide on a venue, send out a WhatsApp message some 3 weeks before the event to all whom you have contact with in your street, provide some light snacks (eg. Cheese, crackers), ask everyone to bring their own drinks and then discuss general security and ask every one attending to give a 30 second introduction to themselves and where they live. Ask everyone to voice any security or other concerns as well say what makes them happy in Arcadia.
THE ARCADIA URBAN COMMUNITY FOOD GARDEN is producing fresh organic herbs and vegetables, which are sold to customers who come to the garden, or families who order weekly - we deliver to houses in the area. We are very proud that the popular restaurant - Harries Pancake has become one of our regular customers.
Our most popular product is the mixed salad and herb bag, which sells for R30-00. In it you will find a selection of our green and red lettuce, baby spinach leaves, herbs such as mint, oregano, basil, parsley, thyme and edible flowers. We are also selling trees, herbs in pots, as well as raw honey all of which are locally produced, and not packaged in plastic.
185 Beckett street
Opening times: Thursdays 15h00 – 17h00, Saturdays 9h30-11h30
Contact details: Christel Andersen 082 3967806 | email@example.com
Our annual art exhibition and auction was held at the lovely Ca Ira Guesthouse on Saturday 6 October. We were very fortunate this year to have one of our residents and acclaimed pianist, Prof Wessel van Wyk, entertaining us whilst we admired the art, enjoyed the delicious snacks and drinks and chatted to friends and neighbours.
After the opening address by art collector and resident, Harrie Siertsma, the auction of donated artworks was held under the hammer of Nic Coetzee.
A big thank you to all who contributed to making this such an enjoyable evening.
In September, Margaret van Heerden, who lives in Tom Jenkins Drive, found a dog outside her property. Here is her story and an opportunity for Arcadians to support a worthy cause.
I would like to update you regarding the black male dog that was left outside my property at 3 Tom Jenkins Drive yesterday. He quite clearly originally comes from a good home as he was obedient, used to people and not aggressive. His one thigh was quite badly injured with unhealed wounds. I later learned that this was probably caused by a bigger dog biting him. He was also suffering from tick bite fever.
Ina Roos suggested that I contact WetNose and Wollies to see if either organization would take in the dog. Wetnose rather rudely turned me away, saying that there was no space at their facility. Wollies is apparently closed on Wednesdays. Neither organization is willing to collect strays.
Earlier this morning I went to my vet at Berg Veterinary Clinic in Annie Botha Avenue, Riviera to discuss the issue. He lent me a leash and my daughter came from Johannesburg to help me get the dog into my car.
We eventually decided to drive to Pretoria Dog Rescue, a registered non- profit dog shelter (NPC 2015/4 16285/08) in Valhalla. They were also full, but one of the people working there agreed to take in the dog and take it to one of the vets who assist them.
This is the message Reinette le Roux from the shelter sent my daughter:
“Thank you Kelda. He is at the vet. Definitely bitten by a big dog. .He also has tick bite fever, which I suspected. He will be okay. I call him Danny. “
I am donating R 500.00 to Pretoria Dog Rescue. They are a non- profit organization and do very valuable work rescuing dogs. They have a policy of not euthanising unless absolutely necessary.
Pretoria Dog Rescue is run by:
Celia van Zyl (tel: 082 509 2663, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com)
Ina Schutte (tel: 082 789 9195, email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Reinette le Roux (tel: 061 365 4824, email: email@example.com).
They rent privately owned kennels and are in constant need of donations of food, baskets, leashes etc as well as monetary donations. Their bank details are:
Pretoria Dog Rescue
Account Number 138 357 0580
Branch Code 470010
Come on Arcadians. Show you care and support this worthy cause. Their motto on their website says it all.
As a result of successful gatherings of domestic assistants in Colbyn and other areas, the Community Policing Forum of our area decided that it would be a good idea to duplicate this for ARRA members’ domestic assistants and gardeners. The meeting was held on 21 June 2018 at the Scout Hall in Beckett Street and was attended by some 30 domestic assistants and other workers in the area as well as Constable Tefu and others from the SAPS Sunnyside. The refreshments were sponsored by Quatro and Fidelity/ADT.
The attendees were addressed by the SAPS with regards to their personal security (2 incidents in Arcadia in the last 2 months) as well as what to do in the event of seeing suspicious persons in the area, being attentive to scams and criminals so as to reduce the opportunity for crime in Arcadia. The meeting was well received by all and everyone who attended feels more comfortable with SAPS and the security companies’ efforts and intentions of keeping our area safe.
The annual Halloween-Trick-or-Treat is definitely a highlight in our neighbourhood. The Scout Hall was abuzz with excitement on Saturday 27 October as all the little Arcadians arrived in their outfits ranging from superheroes to scary monsters, skeletons to fairies and so much more. Even some of the moms and dads dressed up and joined in the fun.
We divided the children into two groups according to their age. The residents of Arcadia never disappoint and gave so generously to the children. Their pumpkin containers, bags and baskets were soon overflowing.
Thank you to Erin and Laura for organizing the event and a very big thank you to all the residents who handed out treats.