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					            Friends of Iziko South African Museum
                     Postal address: P O Box 61 Cape Town 8000 South Africa
                Physical address: 25 Queen Victoria Street Cape Town South Africa
      Phone: 021 481 3913 Fax: 021 481 3993 Cell: 072 225 6893 E-mail: samfriends@iziko.org.za

                                   NEWSLETTER – September 2007

As the Friends’ programme begins to wind down for 2007 and winter at last recedes we can look forward to
some interesting events to bring this year’s activities to a close.

PARKING AT THE IZIKO SOUTH AFRICAN MUSEUM: Limited parking is available in the Museum
grounds. Please respect the guidance of the Iziko parking attendants who are dressed in black Iziko T-shirts
and have official nametags, and not the ‘freelancers’ in reflective jackets. Please DO NOT park in
Government Avenue under any circumstances. The Avenue is covered by CCTV cameras and should
anyone use it as a parking space the Traffic authorities are quick to react.

LECTURE PROGRAMME FOR 2007: The last three events for 2007 will be held in the Whale Well at Iziko
South African Museum at 19:00. Lectures are free for members and non-members pay R20.00.
Members are asked to show their membership cards when attending lectures or visiting the
Museum.

THE DIFFERENT FACES OF CHINA: The lecture programme for 2007 comes to a close with two
popular speakers who will present two very different insights, on different dates, into the enigma that
is China today.

ADDITIONAL SPECIAL LECTURE

Wednesday 24 October 2007
Speaker: Clem Sunter
Venue: The Whale Well at Iziko South African Museum
Time: 18:30 for 19:00
Topic: China’s Game: the dragon in Africa
Well-known scenario planner and popular speaker, Clem Sunter, will provide insights into ‘China’s game’ and
vision for Africa. Clem was invited to China in 2006 to participate in discussions and consultations with
China’s top business people and will speak about interesting, amusing and intriguing aspects of these
consultations.

REGULAR MONTH–END LECTURE

Tuesday 30 October 2007
Speaker: David Grier
Venue: The Whale Well at Iziko South African Museum
Time: 18:30 for 19:00
Topic: Running the Great Wall of China
David Grier takes his audience on a 4 000 km journey from the desolate Gobi desert to the east coast of
China. A journey of extreme physical endurance, but also a spiritual journey of discovery measured not by
what he and Braam Malherbe achieved, but by what they learnt along the way. David and Braam raised
R500 000 for Operation Smile enabling 54 children to have life changing surgery and SMILE.

END OF YEAR FUNCTION

Tuesday 27 November 2007
Brian Warner and friends – Gus Ferguson, John Orr, Finuala Dowling
Title: Muse … um
Venue: The Whale Well at the Iziko South African Museum
Time: 18:30 for 19:00
Natural history with a poetic twist of wit, ingenuity, humour and music. Join the intrepid band of readers –
Finuala Dowling, Brian Warner, Gus Ferguson and John Orr when they present a miscellany of poems and
music which, in some way or another, will connect directly or tangentially to the activities of an ideal
museum. Musical interludes will be provided by the talented Dave Ferguson.
Join the Friends and celebrate the close of another successful year with the Friends.
Cost: Members – R50.00 Non-members – R60.00. Includes a glass of wine, fruit juice or mineral water.
BOOKING ESSENTIAL

FINAL OUTING FOR 2007

Saturday 6 October 2007
Intriguing Intaka Island with Philke Cakebread
Spend an interesting morning discovering the many bird species and indigenous plants in the tranquility of
this natural oasis close to the City Bowl. See how a working wetland can exist in harmony with the largest
shopping and entertainment complex in Africa. Walk around the ephemeral pans that are associated with
sand plain fynbos typical of the Cape Flats of 200 years ago. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy this in one of the
two bird hides.
Cost: Members R50.00 Non-members R60.00
Time: 09:30–14:00

REPORTBACK ON RECENT OUTINGS

HEXPAS/GECKO ROCK WEEKENDS IN AUGUST WITH JOHN ALMOND

Two groups, on consecutive weekends in August, enjoyed a camping trip with a difference. Beginning with
an exhilarating (read ‘cold’!) ride in the open carriages of the Hexpas Express between the Hexpas and
Tunnel stations along an abandoned 3’6” guage railroad. As they travelled along the scenic route the group
learned about the history and botany of the landscape.

It was then off to Gecko Rock, an eco-reserve between two distinct areas of the Karoo where John Almond
guided the group through the natural wonders of the Karoo, taking in the geology, fossils and botany of this
beautiful area. A final thought provoking talk about the view of man over the centuries, as the group sat
under a vertical krans of the Witteberg formation, provided a wonderful close to a most enjoyable weekend.

Thanks to committee member, Elmara Willis, for leading the group on this excursion.

AN EXCURSION TO CLANWILLIAM WITH JOHN PARKINGTON: 17–19 SEPTEMBER 2007

John Parkington guided the group through a varied and interesting few days which began by studying a
graveyard as an archaeologist would approach such an activity, a very different and interesting way in which
to begin a Friends outing.

The second day was a full and energetic one as the group went in search of rock art sites along the Jan
Dissels River valley. With the spring flowers still in abundance we walked through nature’s colourful garden
along the way, it was a multi-sensual experience. Welcome shady stops at various sites provided plenty of
time to look at the many different images and, with John Parkington’s expertise, the chance to interpret and
attempt to understand these fascinating records left for us to wonder and speculate. The lunch break high up
on a rocky overhang with breathtaking views was not only a welcome respite, but provided an appreciation of
why the early hunter gatherers chose such sites for shelter and to record their stories.

On the final morning visiting Spanish archaeologist, José, told one of the San stories from the Lloyd and
Bleek collection in his delightful accent before the group was taken on an interesting guided tour of
Cederville by David, one of the guides trained at the Clanwilliam Living Landscape Project.

The Friends were able to sponsor two students from Wynberg Girls High School, Spokasi Bangiso and
Rehana Odendaal, who were a delightful and enthusiastic addition to the group.

Our grateful thanks to John Parkington for giving the Friends an interesting and varied programme. Any
surplus from this trip will be donated to the Clanwilliam Living Landscape Project, an important project
initiated by John Parkington some years ago. Visit http://www.cllp.uct.ac.za/index.htm and learn about the
work done by this initiative.

DARLING IN SPRINGTIME WITH PHILKE CAKEBREAD

In a week when the uncertain Cape weather caused much anxiety, a group of flower lovers spent an
enjoyable day with Philke Cakebread strolling amongst the glorious displays of wild flowers blooming in the
Darling area. The morning began with a walk along the Bokbaaivygies Trail where the farmer’s wife, Trix de
Villiers, told us about the management of the farm, explaining that the copious rain and cold weather had
delayed the flowering of the bokbaaivygies. We then moved on to the Tienie Versfeld Reserve with its
prolific display of bulbs. A new boardwalk financed by SANBI (South African National Biodiversity Institute)
ensured that our feet stayed dry. Here the red sundew, Drosera cistiflora, was in its prime.The group
enjoyed a picnic lunch in the garden of Evita Se Perron and had time to explore different aspects of this
unique venue. The afternoon was spent at Oude Post where we saw, Geissorhiza radians (cup-of-wine
flower or witring kelkiewyn), Geissorhiza eurystigma (kelkiewyn), Heliophilla sp., and Lapeirousia jacquinii.
The final stop as the afternoon began to fade was an interesting walk through Waylands where we saw
more Heliophilla sp., Wurmbea marginata and Babiana rubrocyanea (kelkiewyn bobbejaantjie) – a very
special flower as it is seasonal and only found in the damp granite soil of the West Coast near Darling.

A special thanks to Philke Cakebread for making the day in Darling an interesting and memorable
experience.

A PERSONAL NOTE FROM MAXINE: Outings with the Friends are for me a wonderful experience, not only
because of the interesting places we visit and the outstanding scientists who accompany us, but for the
opportunity to interact with members and discover what an interesting cross section of people choose to join
the Friends of Iziko South African Museum and become actively involved in our activities. Thank you for
enriching my life as we share these journeys.

NAMIBIA 2008

The Friends trip to Southern Namibia in May was a big success – see comments below. John Almond has
made himself available to guide a similar trip in 2008 should there be sufficient interest. The dates he has
suggested would be Friday 25 April - Friday 2 May so that we can take advantage of the public holidays. In
order to go ahead with this trip it is essential that we have a clear indication of how many members would be
interested in joining the group. Please let Maxine or Jill know at any of the numbers included in this
newsletter as soon as possible so reservations can be made and deposits paid to secure the bookings.

Comments on the previous Namibia trip: Excellent; very enjoyable; absolutely wonderful programme;
very interesting and enjoyable; imaginative; interesting and detailed; meticulously researched and presented
and very high standard that John always sets.

WEBSITE: Keep up to date with all the activities at Iziko South African Museum by looking at the regularly
updated website – http://www.iziko.org.za/sam/friends/html. This will take you directly to the Friends of
the South African Museum page where you will find the latest newsletter as well as an archive of previous
editions. A membership application form can also be downloaded if you want to give one to your friends.
You will find some of the images from previous outings which will give you an idea of the kind of activities
enjoyed by the Friends.

ELECTRONIC TRANSFERS: As technology takes over it also presents some mysteries. There are an
ever-increasing number of unidentified deposits in the Friends bank account. Please ensure when making
an electronic transfer or depositing directly into the bank account that your name and the word ‘subscription’,
or relevant activity, is clearly stated and that you forward a copy of the transaction by fax, e-mail or post to
the Friends office so we have a paper trail to follow. If you have not received a 2007 membership card or
any acknowledgement of a payment made to the Friends please contact the office.

OFFICE HOURS: The Friends office at the Iziko South African Museum is attended by Maxine Davies and
Jill Franks on Wednesdays and Fridays from 10:00–16:00. Should you wish to make contact at other times
you may phone Maxine at 072 225 6893.

WELCOME TO ALL NEW MEMBERS: It is a pleasure to welcome the following new members who have
recently joined the Friends – we look forward to meeting you at our future activities.

Maureen Copley                  Linda Helfet                 Moira Niehaus                  Trevor Wilkins
Patrick Hanratty                William Hilliker             Janine van der Linde

Maxine Davies
Editor – newsletter
Friends of the South African Museum

				
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