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For those who are unaware of this
unique event, it was first held in 2013 and by the popular acclaim of
participants, will be held again in 2014.
In addition, it also allows participants to engage in an age-old tradition of knitting whilst nattering. The knitting aspect is knitting for a charitable cause. Wool and needles are supplied and the wool is knitted into squares. The squares are then sewn together to make blankets. The blankets are then put up for auction at the subsequent Wild Trout Flyfishing Festival held in March each year. The charitable cause served is that via this rather circuitous route, funds are raised to buy even more blankets than can be knitted during the festival. The blankets, in co-operation with the local clinic personnel and township elders, are given to the needy to help ward off the forthcoming winter chill. The 2013 event saw squares sufficient for 2 blankets being knitted. The blanket auction realised R2000 that allowed the purchase of 16 blankets. As a matter of interest, the purchaser had participated in the 2013 Stoepsitfees! The blankets were duly presented to the 16 oldest residents of the neighbouring Zakhele Township and whose ages ranged from 74 to 94 years of age.
The general consensus in 2013 was that two days did not allow sufficient time to “kuier lekker op elke stoep”. Consequently, the 2014 Rhodes Stoepsitfees has been extended to become a 4 day event. It will be held from the 12th to the 16th of February 2014. This will allow participants to not only “kuier lekker op elke stoep” but to also attend the multi-denominational church service on the last day of the Stoepsitfees, Sunday morning, the 16th of February 2014.
To be able to participate, a Rhodes Stoepsitfees passport is essential. Each stoep has its own unique passport stamp so that each participant’s passport can be “tjapped” to record the visit. Passports together with a “goodie bag” including an event guidebook complete with Google Earth images showing the location of the various “stoepe” are available at a cost of R200/person.
Send an e-mail to email@example.com and a passport application form will be forwarded to you to set the process in motion.
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Rhodes Fly Fishing
The Guide to Flyfishing in the Southern Drakensberg is now available.