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06 Nov 2012 @ 19:40:59 pm
clive joyce
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Which Forum members belong to a Caravan Club and whats the name of your club.

 

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06 Nov 2012 @ 19:42:10 pm
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I belong to two clubs.

The Freewheelers and Sunshine Coast

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06 Nov 2012 @ 20:57:18 pm
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Hi, we belong to The Trekkers Club - Laarger 1  which is in KZN.

Regards MArg

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07 Nov 2012 @ 08:02:04 am
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Yes ...... Yes ...... Caravanparks.com forum! Denying that this is a club doesn't change anything in my mind ---- there are a great bunch of people out there, probably even better than club mates.

After my topic on laagers, (don't laugh) I have joined CCSA and become a member of the Magalies region (greatfully introduced to them by a forum member).

If you think of it, you may find this interesting ----- there are other regions quite close, but that's another long story! I attended a rally (or should I rather say "was present") by the closest region. That was the worst "closed Laager" I have yet seen. I have attended some of their rallies - and so far have only found "Lagers"

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DR DRAKE GP that's not a Doctor nor a GP.

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07 Nov 2012 @ 08:17:43 am
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Oh David, I am so proud of you. You have come out.  As I have always said, don't judge all clubs the same. There are clubs out there that are not regimented closed unfriendly laargers.

Come on everyone Clive Joyce asked about who belongs to a club and the name of your club. It can not only be 3 of us.

 I have heard of the Sunshine Coast club  mentioned before but don't know what club it is. Is it the C.C.S.A. Sunshine Coast region?

 

Regards Marg

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07 Nov 2012 @ 09:38:48 am
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Hi there,

yes the Sunshine Coast is CCSA

I am in the Alfred County also of the CCSA

 

cheers

 

graham B

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07 Nov 2012 @ 10:17:14 am
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Hi, Another question. How do the clubs feel about you belonging to more than one club. The reason I ask is because there are places we would like to go to but our club does not go there, and we see other clubs do. Do other clubs allow visitors?

Regards MArg

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07 Nov 2012 @ 15:28:54 pm
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Hi Marg,

Any of   the CCSA clubs would welcome you as a visitor, I am sure, definitaly the Alfred County, we are down here situated in Margate and camp anywhere from IFafa to Port Edward, once a month.

the Sunshine is closer to you and I am sure you would be welcome there as well

 

 

Regards

 

Graham

 

 

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07 Nov 2012 @ 20:13:01 pm
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Member of CCSA Natal Highway. I dont join other clubs when our club goes to a venue that doesnt suit the wife and I. We just take a miss or go away by ourselves. Which i think is needed every so often

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08 Nov 2012 @ 09:11:35 am
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I belong to SAWA Roodekruin in the Roodepoort/Krugersdorp area

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08 Nov 2012 @ 17:46:16 pm
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We are not members of any club.

No particular reason, cept we just havnt got so far to enquire.

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09 Nov 2012 @ 10:08:38 am
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S A W A KREMETART

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09 Nov 2012 @ 13:38:52 pm
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Not a member of any caravan club and doubt that we ever will be.

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21 Nov 2012 @ 22:24:36 pm
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2012-11-21

We never thought we would want to belong to a Club at all, but after a while we got bored going away on our own and was introduced to Trekkers. That was 24 years ago, and if we had not joined them I doubt bthat we would have ever used our caravan as much as we have. We have an venu list drawn up, and plan our social engagemnts around that list, going away for a weekend once a month, every month. The company is good, and there are no "politics".

Can really recomend it

Hughie

 

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22 Nov 2012 @ 09:43:06 am
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Hughie

That's what I like about our rallies, it’s informal yet we are a lekker crowd that does what they want and we braai together once or so over the weekend.

Please join us on one of our rallies.

Handtekening

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22 Nov 2012 @ 11:59:16 am
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Hi all.

Thanks for the feedback. 657 forum members viewed this topic and only 7 are members of a Caravan Club.It seems Caravan Clubs are not popular amongs the forum members.

Marg most if not all caravan clubs welcome visitors and you will be more than welcome as a visitor to our clubs.

Belonging to two clubs in my case is no problem at all as they are two totally different clubs.

To Dr Drake glad to hear you joined up with the magalies region how are you enjoying it so far

We are leaving today for Tugela Mouth Resort for our christmas getaway with our club the Freewheelers.

 

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22 Nov 2012 @ 12:08:00 pm
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Hi Hughie

Are you from KZN dont see what province you from on your avatar.

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22 Nov 2012 @ 22:59:52 pm
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Hi Clive,

Yes, I am from Kwa Zulu Natal, Queensburgh to be exact.

Apologies about the lack of information on my Province. Will fix it.

A brief word on the subject of beloning to 2 Clubs. It can work if their dates dont clash, but can be expensive with the price of fuel to go away twice in a month, specially anywhere distant.

Willem, would love to join you Guys on an outing. Will let you know when I am up your way. Thanks for the invite.

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23 Nov 2012 @ 16:07:11 pm
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Must be honest that we're probably NOT club people!! But I grew up with my folks being committee members of CCSA, and rallies were in my blood! But then I got married, and had my own kids, and we found that we had too much going on over the week-ends to be able to go away........

A few years ago, we tried to go back to rallying, but the region was not terribly friendly, and the average age was much older than us - with no young kids at all!

We do, however, have a group of friends who are 'regulars' at Salt Rock in the July school holidays like us.....

Hugs

Bev

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25 Nov 2012 @ 23:20:13 pm
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Just one last comment on Caravan Clubs.

If you are new to caravanning, or a little inexperienced, going away as the guest of a Club will defnitely save you a lot of time and high blood pressure when setting up for the first time etc. Most club Members are only too happy to share their knowlege and experiences, both good and bad when setting up, preparing for bad weather, and generally making sure you will enjoy your weekend away.

Hughie.

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26 Nov 2012 @ 16:57:40 pm
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Caravan clubs have their ups and downs, if there is to much politics then the pleasure of camping goes by the way side. My husband and I joined the Freewheelers (Gaunteng) about 3 years ago, as they are a club, where you get together once a month, and just have fun...if you want privacy you get it, if you want to socialise and catch up, that is there to...

We have become quite a close group of campers, we camp around the the verineeging area...You get the calander for the year giving you the resorts and cost for camping, so you can plan around it, if you cant make it, there are not fines or penalties or forfeits for not camping, but you will be missed. A monthly news letter gets sent out with the events that took place on the last camp...everything done is so that we all have fun, relax.

We camp with the true camping spirit, regardless, whether you are in a tent, caravan etc..you are welcome and at R50 a year, what more can you ask for...

I would not join a caravan club that has endless rules, if I want that I would stay in my office...

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27 Nov 2012 @ 16:58:15 pm
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Hi Cheryl.

Warm greetings from us here in KZN.

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27 Nov 2012 @ 17:54:24 pm
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Hi Rory.

Your posting is blank.If I am correct you are the Chaiman of Natal Highway Region

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28 Nov 2012 @ 06:35:32 am
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Yes that is correct. I was replying to this thread which by the way was a fairly long one in which I was trying to correct the incorrect perception many people have about a caravan club when suddenly my page expired and I lost the whole message.

Basically what I wanted to say was that we will welcome any person to visit our region for a weekend and they will come away with a totally new outlook regarding clubs. You do not have to do anything, it is not regimental at all, in fact it has so many benefits which people do not even think off. for example, breakdown on the side of the road and see who stops -  99% of the time it will be a CCSA member. I was once with a brokendown caravan and it was amazing to see how many non CCSA van passed without stopping to offer assisance.

I will come back on to this thread again and complete/update my thoughts on clubs, but have to rush at the moment.

Regards

Rory

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28 Nov 2012 @ 08:53:17 am
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Rory,

I've experienced the same many times before. It seems as if the thread on which you are busy, expires during your long typing stretch and when you want to post your long story, it refreshes the page and, whola, gone is your carefully typed little reply!

What I sometimes do, is to copy all the typing, photos etc. and then to post. You then have the stuff to paste if this happens.

Problem is - I usually forget to copy!

Admin - Do you have an answer to that problem?

Nico

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28 Nov 2012 @ 10:56:55 am
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Hi Nico Thanks for your input. My first thought when this happened was that perhaps I should have done it in 'word' And then copied and pasted. I didn't intend to say much but I wanted to explain about the benefits of belonging to a club and before I had realised I had completed a number of lines and perhaps was too slow with typing. Well I have learnt something and will copy when doing this again Cheers for now Rory
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28 Nov 2012 @ 11:07:08 am
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For those people who are not in favour of clubs please visit our website (natalhighway.co.za) have a look around and then decide if we are too regimental etc. Rory
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28 Nov 2012 @ 13:48:17 pm
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I was n member of the CCSA from sept 1990 untill june 2010. In general I had lots of fun. I let my subs lap due to work changes and the regoun requiering 2 weeks notice to atend the rally and with my work do not know 2 weeks in advance if i will be in country.

Thanks

Nico & Claudet Prinsloo

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28 Nov 2012 @ 13:51:30 pm
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So back to Caravan clubs. As with everything it all depends on your first experience. So if you did not like the one you camped with, try another one. Ask around for one that does not have your dislikes. We were fortunate that the first one we camped with we liked their “non policy” and very friendly attitude.

Our club allows you to first try it out three times, after that if you like it you can apply to join.

Although we camped for many years in a tent we knew nothing about camping in a caravan and the members went out of their way to help us set up and get comfortable. Their advice and encouragement is what we appreciated. If a person has never camped with a club I don't think they can give negative remarks that pertain to all clubs. Not all peoples tastes are the same.

Regards MArg

 

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28 Nov 2012 @ 16:55:27 pm
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Hi clive joyce,

 

sorry not sure which is name/surname...greetings from joburg...hopefully we can all meet at some stage as I know Derek (Freewheelers Joburg) is trying to orgainise a get together with you guys, so that we can all meet/greet and party...

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28 Nov 2012 @ 20:32:49 pm
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Hi Cheryl.

I am Clive and Joyce is my wife.We both take take part in the forums hence clive joyce

It will be lovely to meet  greet and party with you guys when you eventually come to KZN.

Larry has mentioned that a  get together is being planned between the gauteng and kzn hub.I am looking forward to meeting you guys.

Regards

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03 Dec 2012 @ 22:53:02 pm
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Then the Drakenville Saamtrek / Rally will be the best time / option for that get together / braai ???

Handtekening

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20 Jan 2013 @ 08:59:12 am
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Is daar enige Forum lede in die Wes-Kaap verla Kaapstad omgewing wat aan 'n karavaan klub behoort? Ons will ook aansluit by so 'n klub maar nie seker watter klub ons die beste gaan pas nie.

 

Terugvoer sal waardeer word.

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21 Jan 2013 @ 08:39:35 am
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Hi all,

You know me as the guy who says rallies are a closed laager.

As seen above, I have joined a club where I am happy.

I see a number of statements made about attending as a visitor - this seems to be where my problem arose - "How does one attend as a visitor?" Hopefully the visitors may benefit from my experiences!

I wanted to be a member of a club and attended a number of rallies, even after being invited. As an outsider I did not know how things worked .... arived a the caravan park .... paid my dues as I believed was expected of me ...... and that is where everything fell flat! Nobody helped me right, even when chatting to passers by or at the ablutions!

I also proceded in this manner when attending the rally, I was invited to. The members were hudled in a circle .... there was no way I was going to enter that closed laager .... eventually sent an SMS to the co-ordinator, who chose to ignore it and after the week end accused me of having " insecuities" - exactly, that's why I found rallies to be "closed laagers". 

When joining the forum's get together, this is exactly how it worked and why I found it easier to join in!

Please excuse the way I state this, but this is how I experienced it:

In clubs, it does not work that way - (if somebody just informed me of the process, I may have had a different point of view):

1) you gate crash the park, at the gate you inform them you are with the club ....

2) then you report to a registration point ..... which I did not even know existed or where it was.

3) there you will/may receive information on the rally .... only then are you a visitor!

I have come to appreciate that the issues raised by other forum members do not relate to "clubs" as such, but rather the people in the clubs. Like any other situation where people are involved, your experience is determined by both yours and their attitude.

In my region, I feel obliged to attend the chairman's tea - even only if to gather information which may be to my benefit - otherwise I come and go as it suits me. In fact, I have come to expect a get together on the Saturday evening where we can meet other.

Since becoming a member, I attended another region's rally and enjoyed it, even not knowing anybody.

Now that I know how it works --- introvert or not - walk in as if a hotel, past the attendant at the door and go straight to the clubs reception, pay my dues then come and go as I wish, just like the hotel - abide by the rules, respect other tenants rights, no rowdiness or leaving a mess! 

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21 Jan 2013 @ 08:42:44 am
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Hi Nico, Try the Trekkers Club, we are a member and injoy their relaxed policy. With Trekkers you can try out the club as a visitor 3 times before joining. Try it, you won't regret it. If you don't like it you don't have to join. Contact the following to get information.

Trekkers Club - Cape Town

082 333 7075

 

www.trekkersclub.co.za

Regards MArg

 

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22 Jan 2013 @ 08:11:12 am
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Hi All.

Trekkers Laarger 1 KZN. 

Nice and relaxed. Have fun.

Allan

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13 Oct 2014 @ 09:42:29 am
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SAWA Bosveld

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13 Oct 2014 @ 09:56:52 am
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At the moment I dont belong to any Club, I used to belong to CCSA Rustenburg years ago, but left and was a founder member of a new branch of a club some 15 to 20 years ago, but left them as well. I dont do the club thing to well, I really dont like any formality when I go camping with a group of people. I attend enough meetings every week and I have a boss at work dont want one when I camp.

I must admit I did enjoy it for a while, but reached the limit where nice was not nice any more.  

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13 Oct 2014 @ 10:04:50 am
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Agree with Fred. I also don't belong to a club. I love camping with my family and friends.

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13 Oct 2014 @ 11:55:54 am
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Had very good times with S A W A and can recoment clubsLaughing

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13 Oct 2014 @ 16:00:08 pm
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Was ook nog nooit lid nie.

Die WilSur vriende kamp heerlik sonder 'n baas of klaas.

Oppad na die volgende kamp.
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13 Oct 2014 @ 18:01:57 pm
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Ek wil ook nie by klubs aansluit nie, ek hou daarvan om te kom en gaan soos dit my gesin pas.

Die saamtrekke wat David en Hessie gereel het was puik, elkeen doen soos hul wil. So het ons forum lede ontmoed en goeie friende gemaak.

Sal nog probeer om 2015 saam WilSur ook te gaan, dit klink net so lekker.

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16 Oct 2014 @ 20:45:39 pm
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I am not a club member. while camping at Marlon in Port Shepstone earlier this year, the Sunshine Coast Club had a weekend rally there.I observed what happened over the weekend and thought their structured meetings and miserable attitude towards non club members was uncalled for. I am too laid back to form part of such a group........maybe the other clubs are different......maybe
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19 Oct 2014 @ 15:36:34 pm
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Ek behoort aan die Motor Home Klub van SA. Woon gewoonlik so 2 by eenkomste per jaar van hulle by, maar kamp op my eie of gewoonlik saam net vriende en werkers.
Froggy ons Sprinter bussie Harry & Yvonne
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20 Oct 2014 @ 07:31:33 am
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Ek behoort aan die dop-en-chop club.

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20 Oct 2014 @ 09:48:39 am
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Ek behoort aan die dop-en-chop club.

Groete van lid tot lid!Laughing

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20 Oct 2014 @ 12:40:40 pm
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Belong to CCSA - Pretoria. Nice mix of members, a I have 2 small children and they need to enjoy themselves while I can "dop & Chop"
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16 Dec 2014 @ 11:31:45 am
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Het Rustenburg area nog `n klub, laat weet asb.
Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please.
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