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Oranjemund Bush Telegraph! / Re: Do You Want Oranjemund Opened?
« Last post by Carl Wrbka on March 28, 2019, 12:34:43 PM »
I took the survey just for the hang of it, and by jove it still

Oranjemund Bush Telegraph! / Re: Facebook
« Last post by Carl Wrbka on March 28, 2019, 12:19:44 PM »
Hi Mike,

Let me start off by saying  you rock

I am one of the guilty ones that don't visit this forum as much anymore as I used to a couple of years ago, and am truly devastated upon my visit today to discover what has been happening to Oranjemund lately. I fully understand your frustration in seeing such a beautiful town being left to slowly decay before your eyes.

For us ex-Oranjemunders living across the border in South Africa this type of situation is nothing new. We have been experiencing this non-stop decline in our once beautiful towns and cities ever since the birth of our so called "Rainbow Nation" back in '94. It just frustrates the crap out of me that the situation seems to be considered normal by the powers in charge. In the movie "Blood Diamond" Leonardo di Caprio tells a journalist: "TIA - This is Africa".

This small phrase has sunk in by me and often explains a lot of things when I see the decline of what was once a great country.
Oranjemund Bush Telegraph! / Mine starts to offload Club Buildings!
« Last post by Michael Alexander on March 28, 2019, 10:55:24 AM »
I was mortified to see that the mine has started to offload certain club buildings. Understandably places like the Yacht Club I can comprehend as they are no longer in use, but my word, to offload the Badminton Club is a gross mistake for a company that is claiming to have a social responsibility,

The Badminton Club is the one Club in the town that has experienced massive growth over the last eight years, especially amongst the youth from both schools in the town.

This club is utilised almost seven days a week and on some occasions in the week there are more than fifty kids training on the courts.

The club is currently on tour in Durban representing Namibia at the U15 SA Champs, in two short months, the same club will be on tour in Bloemfontein with at least two U13 Junior teams once again representing Namibia.

This club keeps the youth off the streets and gives them a sense of pride, a sense of purpose.

This club has produced South African champions over the last decade, The number one seeds for years all came from a town in the desert.

This club represents Namibia at the all Africa Championships year after year and afforded our children the opportunity to play in places like Mauritius, Zambia and Ivory Coast to name but a few.

This Club also consistently sends teams to the African Championships on a yearly basis.

Yet somebody has decided to shaft the only club in town  that actually needs more space without even bothering to enquire what is transpiring at the club.

Goodness me, My blood boils at how certain clubs are currently exempt from the process yet the premier and most active club gets the boot.

From a business perspective, I do understand that it will be easier for the Mine to offload the entire complex as one, but at what cost to the youth of this town....

I shake my head in utter disbelief........

Oranjemund Bush Telegraph! / Re: Facebook
« Last post by Michael Alexander on March 27, 2019, 01:14:33 PM »
Greetings & Salutations to you young Pete there under the Mountain.  BierSuip

I was criticized a few years back by a prominent person within the company, complaining that I only posted critical points aimed  towards them, I pointed out to him that this was not the case, I further pointed out or shared tales about the ins and outs of the entire town/mine . I raved about the company when they forked out 400 000 to put a new xray machine into the hospital

It is more a case of there just happens to be more negative topics to talk about than positives during this transitional phase.

I also became despondent, I covered all the reasons why things could go wrong with the transition of the town and what could save it, I spoke to individuals working with the process, yet the "Big Company" just thundered on, throwing obligatory funds in meaningless places, bringing in "experts" and tree huggers....

It dawned apon me two years ago that getting up every morning and stressing myself to the hilt about rows of dead tree's, dwindling numbers of wildlife and derelict buildings are not going change for the people running the show as they are not "Oranjemunders" and are just collecting a paycheck.

Hope sailed out the window.

When people like Kelly and Naftal opted to break the cord with the town they loved so well, I knew that we had all become disillusioned with the politicians and the company,the promises.....

I have a ton of stuff I wish to rant about, I have a ton of photographs from returnees like the Terry  Early and his boet Paul, .......... There is also topics I so badly want to scream about, but last year when I went on a verbal rampage, I realised that there are still people who hold sway and do not take kindly to being criticized, so for the time being, I will focus on my house, the business and getting my kids educated, no matter how many lawns, tree's or buildings fail....

For what it's worth, the tourism is picking up , the interest by old folk wanting to retire to a safe place (it still is even when the town opened) is the future...... I do believe this unique town will survive this, but will take at least another 10 - 15 years before stability is attained...

Anyhow, let me not rant further and just for old time sake upload a photo...

Oranjemund Bush Telegraph! / Re: Facebook
« Last post by Pete on March 26, 2019, 10:43:22 PM »
Mike Alexander - Not sure that Facebook "killed" this site off.  What "killed' this site off was the transition from a closed town to an open one.  It's happened so let's all suck it up.  We are both website administrators and know how frustrating it can be.  There are still lots of folk that drop into this site every day looking for news of their old home town and find...well...very little or nothing.   I would appeal to you to continue to play the invaluable role you played up until proclamation and bring joy into the lives of people who haven't been to Oranjemund for 10...15...20...30...40...50 years.  I can promise you one thing - social media is going to collapse or change shape completely and audiences are going to come back to sites they can trust - like this one.  Let's lead and nor follow!
Oranjemund Bush Telegraph! / Re: Facebook
« Last post by Lizette on March 26, 2019, 12:28:22 PM »
Thank you Mike and thx for acceptance to the page. I tried to join Oreanemunders on fb looks like they are not accepting me.
I was born in Oranjemund in 1958 (Terblanche) my father was in security. He died in 1963 and my mother went to cape town with my sister and I.
My grandparents were the Lazarus family that had the drycleaners my grandfather worked as chef i think in the mes and apparently worked in the bakery and butchery if i have my facts straight.
We are starting to get our Namibia Ids and passports done.
I am just trying to establish whether south africans working in oranjemund at the time had any kind of SWA Id's.
I told my older family about your group and its taking them far back. My aunt Marsha Green has probably already registered to join your group so she can give much more info.

And thank you Nada, will definitely have look at the fb page.

Have a great day.
Oranjemund Bush Telegraph! / Re: Facebook
« Last post by Nada Ulbrich (Rall) on March 26, 2019, 11:52:08 AM »
Even though FB has become more popular, this site is still amazing with all the information and history contained here. FB does not have a patch on what Mike had created at the time. you rock

So, in short, do yourself a favour and go through the information here as well.

The FB page is called EX-Oranjemunders get together.
Oranjemund Bush Telegraph! / Re: Facebook
« Last post by Michael Alexander on March 25, 2019, 12:59:16 PM »
Hi Lizette, welcome to the forum, please feel free to share your Omund memories....

Facebook actually killed this forum off. Back in the day we were way more active but as FB became more popular folks drifted off....

There is a FB page for Oranjemunders, though not top sure of what it is called, just goto Facebook and type in Oranjemund...

Oranjemund Bush Telegraph! / Facebook
« Last post by Lizette on March 24, 2019, 11:35:51 AM »
Does Oranjemund Online have  a Fb page? Couldn't find anything.
The Sports Board! / Re: The unobstructed view of Newlands cricket matches
« Last post by Robert Bruce on February 25, 2019, 10:26:38 PM »
Phew! Who drinks Castle Lite?
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