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TANNIE EVITA in her Voorkamer PROFILE Sister Merilyn Schreuder CLUB Darling Netbal Klub MARKET Burger Fellers WINE Cape Brandy - The Spirit of Excellence DINE Yzervark Bistro COOK Die Darling van Hoenderpasteie COOK Die Damhuis stel Kookboek bekend

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BEAUTY The Rise of the Modern Man FITNESS Acrofit KIDS Kamma Mamma Playgroup | Splashing Stars KIDS Winter Holiday Ideas SLEEP Stone Stables THE TOFFEE GALLERY When Senzeni met Dolly TO DO Mother City SkyDiving TO DO VoorkamerFest | The Darling Wildflower Show TO DO Darling ttu 24 hour MTB Enduro TO DO I j Yzer Events EVENTS CALENDAR

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ago and have been awed by what has been achieved by so few. Days spent on the side of the mountain watching cyclist ride for 24 hours, the inaugural Yzerfontein Cycle Experience, the Groote Post Country Market and the Darling Wildflower Show have really brought the community together and have shown that the spirit of the people of the West Coast is thriving, a sleepy little town Yzerfontein is no longer.

team, but don’t let that fool you. You will find her managing and coordinating events. When she is not in the office organizing for an event, she is already at the event making sure everything goes according to plan. When she is not busy with events, she is always sourcing new ideas for our brands to sell to our clients. This farm girl just fitted right into the I Love Yzer family we just love this small blond bouncing ball.

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Editorial Team Publisher Content Sub-Editors Layout & Design Advertising, Marketing, Distribution Contributors Donnay Torr Janet Withington Angelique Rossant Suzette Visser Glen Feller Dot Haddad Gavin Sinclair Hentie van der Merwe Charles Withington Hanno Swanepoel Nicky Serfontein Boytjie Basson Eldré Strydom

Contributors ANGELIQUE ROSANT has been living in Darling for eleven years and does freelance photography, writing, event PR, assists in community projects, as well as assisting with family’s security company. During her off-time she enjoys the company of her pets, reading, enjoying music and most recently took a liking to hiking.

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PIERRE-LOUIS BREDENKAMP bly al vir ses jaar op Yzerfontein, en studeer tans BCom by die Universiteit van Stellenbosch. Hy is lief vir die Weskus se kultuur, kos en mense. In sy vrye tyd doen hy bemarkingswerk vir verskeie maatskappye. Hy is passievol oor skryf en die media – veral wanneer dit te doen het met die Weskus. Volg hom op IG @pierrelouis_pilo

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FROM TANNIE EVITA IN HER VOORKAMER VOORKAMER Front room, sitting-room, reception room, drawing-room, parlour, anteroom, antechamber, vestibule. ARTICLE EVITA BEZUIDENHOUT PHOTOS STEFAN HURTER

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hen Wim Visser suggested that we create a festival set in the sitting rooms of homes in Darling, I just laughed. “How could that happen?”, I asked. Festivals are always set in halls, theatres, tents – or on a rugby field where 300 school children all dance together and sing anthems. Wim explained the background of this idea. As he is a producer of theatre in Holland, I realized that he lived in a world of excitement and madness that I had not experienced in local politics or at the NG Kerk basaar. When Russia was in the clutches of Soviet terror and people didn’t have freedom of speech or expression, they created entertainment in their homes. Meaning that in their voorkamers their children would sing and dance, a neighbour would present operatic songs, or someone’s granny would tell a long story with actions and sound effects. Meanwhile, in the kitchen, parents would in whispers spread the news of subversion and revolution while fun was being had in their front room. The idea of this unique way to present a festival moved to Holland and that’s why Wim suggested it for Darling. It was not to allow whispers of subversion to survive behind the façade of family entertainment; it would be a unique way to bring people together in a celebration of entertainment for all.

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Now after eleven Voorkamerfests in Darling, I know what he meant and thank him for his foresight. The Voorkamerfest is still a unique experience for anyone who takes part. The entertainments are in the front rooms of homes in our town. Some take place in the old Victorian houses that have high ceilings and space so that a string quartet, or a hip-hop group, have the area in which to present their art. Other venues are in the small homes of people in the former ‘disadvantaged community’. It means that in the ASLAdorp there will be homes with a front room that is also a back room, a side room and a bedroom. Twenty-five chairs will be set up while furniture is stored outside under a tree. And that is where world-class entertainment will happen: poetry, songs, comedy, drama, storytelling, dance, belly dancing, ballet, opera, vastrap and much laughter. The audience will arrive at Evita se Perron, park their cars and collect their tickets, which show various routes in different colours. They will then queue up for a taxi ride to their first venue. There will be a 25-minute entertainment, after which the taxi will take them to the second adventure and then a third experience. So, within 100 minutes, three worlds of magic will be celebrated, and new friends will be made. Owners of the homes are the theatre managers for those three days in September.


COVER After years of experience, the people of Darling know how special each one of them has become to the success of the project: one home serves koeksisters, another vetkoek. There can be scones and rusks. There is always a warm smile and a happy laugh. I have been to most of the Voorkamerfests since Wim Visser and Inge Bos established the annual event. Once I even stood in for a performer who had to go back to Cape Town to sort out a family emergency: I just sat and told the audience about what it was like being regarded as the most famous white woman in South Africa, and yet still keeping my life private and protected. And everyone got a copy of my cook book as a souvenir. There is no Soviet threat outside the doors of the homes with their front rooms. Everyone has freedom of speech and opinion. But even in the 24th year of our democracy, it is still unique and unforgettable to share such an experience among people who are still working hard at reconciliation and community support. The Voorkamerfest brings everyone together without anyone even using those words. Their experience is about sharing hope and happiness. It is about showing off talent and culture. It is about proving that the impossible can become the unique and memorable. So, don’t miss this chance to enrich your life. Don’t leave it too late and find yourself having to wait for next year because all the Voorkamers are sold out.

Diarize our dates for 2018: Friday 31 August, Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 September, at Evita se Perron where you can enjoy the food and fun of our Piazza dolcEvita, visit the Museum/Nauseum, buy some mementoes of the experience and have a life-changing experience in someone’s front room. You can also help us welcome the Fugard Theatre who is sponsoring the performances in association with the Voorkamerfest, an essential ingredient of this unique cultural koeksister! Sien julle daar, skatties! j

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SISTER MERILYN SCHREUDER ARTICLE CONTRIBUTORS JANET WITHINGTON | RIAAN NEETHLING

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e visited Sister Schreuder, second in charge at the Darling Clinic, at the end of another long day when the last of the patients was leaving, and the smell of washed and disinfected floors hung in the air. For decades this woman has been a critical part of the lives of hundreds, probably thousands, of people in need. Merilyn Schreuder is a Darling girl, born and bred in the village where her father owned the BP garage in Main Street. She was a pupil at Darling Primary School, and later attended Swartland High. Tragedy struck when, at 16 years old and still at school, her mother died. She went on to matriculate after which she moved to Paarl to pursue her nursing career. Having married and at only eight weeks pregnant there was another terrible blow when her husband passed away. Her son is now 29 years old, and whilst she has been remarried for some 16 years, old-timers who knew her before still call her Sister Burger, her first married name – old habits die hard! The many photographs on the walls of her home indicate that family and friends give her much joy, and make up a very important part of her life. Sister Schreuder returned to Darling in 1989 and for nine years worked on the mobile clinics up and down the West Coast, visiting mainly the farming communities, immunising and advising on contraception and child health. This was followed by a period back at base running the Darling Clinic. In due course she took the decision to take a break from the very stressful work load but it seems she could not stay away for long and returned in 2011, thankful to take on a supporting role to the new Clinic Manager. As we chatted, and other staff members were in and out of the room, the friendly vibe was very evident. Indeed the Clinic with its staff complement of four sisters, three staff

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nurses, a counsellor, an admin person and the very important cleaner, could only operate successfully in an atmosphere of cooperation and mutual respect dealing as it does with up to 200 patients daily. This means that each nurse is seeing up to 40 people a day, each one needing medical care, advice and understanding – surely only possible by someone with a true vocation. Sr Schreuder het ‘n passievolle omgee vir mense en sy wil net altyd help waar sy kan. Sy bou ‘n persoonlike verhouding op met haar pasiënte soos gesien kan word in van die fotos in haar spreekkamer. Haar begrip vir die soms moeilike huislike omstandighede van haar pasiënte dra by tot die skep van onderlinge vertroue. Om soms tot 40 pasiënte per dag te hanteer, is nie maklik nie maar soos sy sê, “once a nurse, always a nurse”. Die vermoë om ‘n hoë werkslading en spanning te kan hanteer, is ‘n integrale deel van die werk wat die versorging van jong tiener moeders met babas, akute en chroniese siektes, beserings, verslawings en HIV/AIDS pasiënte insluit. Die werk vereis ‘n hoë vlak van emosionele stabiliteit en wanneer die druk te erg raak, gesels en ondersteun die verpleegpersoneel mekaar onderling. Uit gesprekke met van haar pasiënte is dit duidelik dat Sr Schreuder beskou word as ‘n “baie goeie mens”, iemand wie geduldig is, omgee, altyd bereid is om te luister en uit haar pad sal gaan om mense te help en by te staan. Sy hanteer al haar pasiënte met dieselfde respek en sonder vooroordeel. As van hulle egter nie na hulle gesondheid omsien nie, of nie hulle medikasie neem nie, kan sy wel kwaai raak en hulle ‘n goeie dosis “tough love” toedien! ‘n Moeilike deel van haar werk is vir Sr Schreuder die voedingstekorte wat sy soms waarneem by van haar pasiënte en wat bydra tot hulle mediese probleme. Wat dit vererger, is die feit dat die voedingstekorte soms gepaardgaan met drank- en dwelmmisbruik wat dan ‘n bose kringloop vorm. Die plesier wat sy uit haar werk put, is dat sy ‘n verskil in mense se lewens maak en kan sien hoe die algemene gesondheid van die plaaslike gemeenskap stadig maar seker besig is om te verbeter. Sy is van nature ‘n positiewe mens en sien altyd die goeie in alles raak. Sy straal ‘n vriendelikheid en warmte uit en glimlag altyd, selfs onder moeilike omstandighede. Iets wat duidelik uitgestaan het in hierdie onderhoud, is die belangrike rol wat die kliniek en verpleegpersoneel speel as die ruggraat van die plaaslike gesondheidsorgdiens. Sr Schreuder is deel van ‘n verpleegspan wat ‘n waardevolle bydrae tot die gesondheid en welstand van mense maak en in die proses die lewens en harte van baie mense aanraak. j


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Darling Collection to dARTling TDC2018

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ix weeks of an innovative and unique project, Darling Collection, culminated in three days during the weekend of 20 – 22 of April this year. We had seven Dutch students from Fontys University of Fine and Performing Arts in The Netherlands who presented and performed thirty-five stories of our Darling community through visual art, music, dance and theatre. In a musical jazz improvisation, an awareness was created for disabilities and the grieving of a mother left only with her flaming heart necklace. A dance was presented showing how a family, even though they lost everything in a fire was still as strong as fire. Ice in all shapes and sizes was strung up hanging over empty jars, anticipating silence and darkness to create the feelings of a man who had a fear of stumbling into water, and overcame it.

From the dARTling project we had twenty-two of our local talents performing in between the stories, parts of their ‘Heal the World’ production as well as dancers, musicians, artists and actors who produced solo pieces in the four weeks before the festival weekend was combined in a CD of their own. We hope to give Darling talents the stage they deserve. j

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INTERNATIONAL FOOD EVENING ARTIKEL ANTOINETTE VAN HEERDEN FOTO’S ANTOINETTE VAN HEERDEN | HENRé PRETORIUS

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ie Darling-gemeenskap kon op 26 April hulleself weereens verlustig in smullekker kosdisse uit verskeie wêrelddele, dansky Darling Kollege se jaarlikse “International Food Evening”. Elke graad is ’n ander land toegedeel, en hulle moes dan disse uit dié land voorberei en dit in ’n versierde stalletjie uitstal en verkoop. Die lande verteenwoordig was: Mexico, Suid-Afrika, Indië, Amerika, China en Italië. ’n Verskeidenheid van geure, kleure en teksture het elkeen se smaak- en reukorgane geprikkel! Plaaslike ondernemings het weer gesorg vir lafenis vir die keel. Die aand het vir groot opwinding gesorg, en was die ideale geleentheid om lede van die gemeenskap asook skoolouers bymekaar te bring vir ’n heerlike kuier. Darling Kollege bedank elkeen wat gegee, gewerk, beplan en die aand ondersteun het – sonder julle sou dit beslis nie ’n groot sukses gewees het nie. DANKIE, en tot volgende jaar! j 12 THE WINTER ISSUE 2018 j I LOVE YZER DARLING

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he Darling Trust Black Tie Dinner & Auction, held at Evita se Perron on Friday 4 May, was the launch of a spanking new bi-annual fundraising initiative for The Darling Trust. The event, which is the brainchild of trustee and Darling Sweet co-owner Hentie van der Merwe, was a resounding success, raising a record R158,000 for the Darling community! Only a hundred tickets were made available for this prestigious event, which were snapped up in no time. Upon arrival guests were treated to a welcoming drink served outside by celebrity chef Jenny Morris herself. Waiters wandered around with platters of perfectly roasted rolled Waylands beef while the sun was setting over the Swartland. At seven o’clock guests were welcomed into the Perron, which has never before looked so magical and glamorous, thanks to Darling resident Nina Monda, from Monda PR, who stepped in to help raise sponsorship, co-ordinate the event and dress the venue. The five-course menu was presented by the two main sponsors of the event; the much-loved celebrity chef Jenny Morris and Karibu South African Dining restaurant in Cape Town. Morris and Karibu executive chef Jamie Rowntree, assisted by five trainees from Morris’ cooking school, prepared each of the five delectable courses. The highlight of the menu was undoubtedly the Karoo lamb cutlets served on traditional beans and samp with wilted baby spinach, as succulent and tender as could be. This was followed by the dinner’s second highlight; the most decadent dessert imaginable, called “Zuma’s Mess”, and its description on the menu is worth quoting: “State Captured Malva Pudding set on Crème Anglaise and topped with a corruption of yoghurt, whipped cream, impeached guavas and mini meringues, drizzled with the most dishonestly amazing melted toffee sauce.” Lizz Meiring, who acted as both MC and auctioneer, made sure the guests stayed charmed and entertained throughout the evening. She auctioned off eleven sought-after lots, such as original works of art and signed magnums of collectable wines. The eleventh lot was offered on the spur of the moment by billionaire in attendance, Christo Wiese; a twonight stay for four guests on his exclusive game lodge in the Karoo which fetched a record R15,000. The star of the evening was undoubtedly Tannie Evita herself, delivering her welcoming speech with her usual razor sharp wit. She then posed for selfies with guests before hurrying away to a ‘family function’. Pieter-Dirk Uys, founder of The Darling Trust, soon joined everyone for dinner and at the end of the evening thanked all for their support in a most touching way. 14 THE WINTER ISSUE 2018 j I LOVE YZER DARLING

The multi-talented Dr. Darren Green entertained guests and serenaded the Tannie in his velvety voice while the evening was concluded with a stunning performance by the cabaret duo Godfrey Johnson and Nicholas McDiarmid. It was a night of unforgettable fun and glamour and for those who missed out on a ticket this time round, the next dinner is scheduled for May 2020. j

CONTACT INFO T 022 492 3384 E tasha@thedarlingtrust.org W www.thedarlingtrust.org


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It was with great trepidation that I decided to make your butter chicken. My husband has some dietary hang ups and a rather delicate digestive system.!!

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ie Darling Netbal Klub (DNK) is ’n niewinsgewende klub wat al sedert 1975 ’n barshou speel. Die klub is lid van die Westkus Netbalunie, en speel jaarliks tussen Mei en Augustus teen ander klubs / dorpe in die Weskusstreek.

Darling-besighede is genooi om gemengde spanne (vroue en mans in een span) in te skryf om aan die fondsinsamelingstoernooi deel te neem. Die betrokke besigheid het dan “hulle” span geborg. Nege spanne het ingeskryf, met vriende en familie wat deelnemers van die kantlyn af aangemoedig het.

Die DNK is dalk ’n klein klub wat gewoonlik net een of twee spanne oplewer, maar het deur die jare al verskeie kere as ligawenners in hulle afdelings uit die stryd getree. In die afgelope paar jare het die klub begin om weer spoed op te tel: die DNK lewer tans jaarliks spelers wat deel word van die Weskusspanne wat aan die Weskaap Kampioenskappe en Suid-Afrikaanse Netbaltoernooi deelneem. Spelers met potensiaal kry dus beslis geleenthede vir blootstelling!

Op die ou einde het die volgende spanne gewys dat hulle nie onderskat moet word nie: 1ste Darling Brew 2de Farmco 3de Darling Laerskool Span met die meeste gees Wrong Direction Span met goeie potensiaal Groote Post

Omdat die DNK niewinsgewend is, is fondse altyd ’n uitdaging. Die klub wil soveel moontlik spelers betrek, maar lidmaatskapfooie is ’n wesenlike uitgawe. Die eerste Darling Besigheids Netbaltoernooi het egter op 23 Maart vanjaar gepoog om die probleem op te los – en sommer die hele dorp deel te maak van netbal!

Danksy al die deelnemers en borge was die geleentheid ’n groot sukses – en die DNK het dus besluit om dit ’n jaarlikse instelling te maak. Alle Darlingers word uitgenooi om solank te begin voorberei vir volgende jaar se toernooi: dit is groot pret, en die DNK is altyd op soek na goeie potensiaal en nuwe spelers! j

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WAT JY MOET WEET Die netbalseisoen vind jaarliks vanaf Februarie tot September plaas. In 2018 oefen die DNK Maandae en Woensdae van 17:30 to 18:30/19:00. Fooie is jaarliks betaalbaar en beloop R240pp vir 2018.

KONTAK INFO T 083 260 1843 E suzette.visser@odllac.com Suzette Visser FB DarlingNetbalKlub THE WINTER ISSUE 2018 j I LOVE YZER DARLING 17


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ARTICLE & PHOTOS GLENN FELLER DESCRIBE YOUR PRODUCT:

We serve classic burgers using only top quality products.

NAME 5 TIPS FOR ANYONE WHO WANTS TO START SELLING THEIR PRODUCTS AT MARKETS:

WHEN DID YOU START YOUR BUSINESS AND HOW DID IT BEGIN?

The first trailer was launched in October 2015 and the second trailer a year later. My brother, John and I initially wanted to open an eco-friendly restaurant but there was just too much red tape, so we decided to go mobile and become part of the growing trend of street food.

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Provide quality products. Advertise clearly. Don’t overcharge guests. Make guests feel special. Make your product memorable to ensure repeat customers.

PLEASE SHARE A SPECIAL MOMENT YOU EXPERIENCED AT WHEN AND WHERE DID YOU TRADE AT YOUR

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FIRST MARKET?

For us, there is nothing more precious than when someone comes back to the trailer to compliment us on the meal we just served them...it validates the passion we’ve put in. j

The first market we ever attended was the Groote Post Country Market in early 2016. WHAT IS YOUR BEST SELLER?

It really does depend on the crowd, but both beef options are very popular. I have to say though, our chicken burger is increasing in popularity on a monthly basis.

MARKETS WHERE YOU CAN FIND US Groote Post Country Market | Atlantic Beach Night Market Luncheon every Friday in Century City from 11am to 1pm.

WHAT ARE THE DIFFICULTIES TO OVERCOME IN ORDER TO BE A MARKET TRADER?

I think if the organizers haven’t done their research prior (meaning checking to see how many other markets there are in the same area on the same day) then it’ll be a revenue challenged day for sure. WHY DO YOU LOVE PARTICIPATING MARKETS?

It’s all about the “Market Vibe” – the hustle and bustle of like-minded people enjoying an outing and trying new things. Also, the friendships you make with fellow vendors – the comradery is legendary amongst traders.

CONTACT INFO T 079 283 2560 E burgerfellers@gmail.com W www.yzergardens.co.za FB BurgerFellers

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WINE

COMPETITIO Win a bottle of Voorkamer Cape Brandy worth R400. Simply buy or redeem a Darling Gift Voucher any time between now and the end of August and you will be automatically entered into the draw.

The SPIRIT of EXCELLENCE

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am not sure if it is a mindset peculiar to South Africa or whether it is a reaction built in from the sanctions era, but the perception of “imported is better” still prevails.

What I do know is that more often than not it takes a visitor to our country to say “wow this is special” about something which we might take for granted but should be seen as a South African highlight. One of these highlights is CAPE BRANDY. First distilled in Cape Town in 1672, it has evolved into what is now an absolute world class product. There is very little awareness among consumers that there are in fact different types of Brandy produced in South Africa, each with very different end products. The best known is classified as “blended brandy” or even better described in Afrikaans as “menger brandewyn” (as in “Klippies and coke”). This is produced with 70% neutral wine spirit, expressly designed to be consumed with a sweet mixer such as Coca Cola or Ginger Ale, and is, to a great extent, a functional drink - good yes, but certainly nothing to blow your socks off! Less well-known, is the 100% pure potstill brandy (Cape Brandy) which is to all intents and purposes, Cognac made in South Africa. That said, we are not able to call Cape Brandy Cognac as it is not produced in that region of France. Nor would we want to; our Cape Brandy has a style and signature of its own, equally as good, with arguably more layers and diversity than Cognac itself, with our riper fruit providing richer flavours. ALBERTA BEVERAGE AWARDS VOORKAMER PROUDLY SOUTH AFRICAN

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ARTICLE | PHOTOS CHARLES WITHINGTON

TO BE CLASSIFIED AS A CAPE BRANDY, A BRANDY MUST BE:

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Produced from grapes grown in the Cape Wine Regions of South Africa. Produced from Sulphur free wine – VERY significant this. Aged in Oak casks of less than 340 litres for a minimum of three years. Quality certified by an independent body.

As the saying goes – the proof of the pudding is in the eating so please see the notice below and join us at the Marmalade Cat for a tasting of Cape Brandy presented by Master Distiller David Hooper on Wednesday 4th July. Next Issue : We look at organic, vegan and residual sugar in wines! j


DINE

Yzervark Bistro As the saying goes: “It’s good to be lekker!” And Yzervark Bistro aims to bring you that lekker experience…

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zervark Bistro has a casual, relaxed West Coast atmosphere that focuses on home-cooked meals. We have a different option on our menu every week, so there will always be something new to try whenever you find yourself here. Yzervark Bistro also offers homemade produce such as rusks, oven-fired farm bread, preserved goods, a variety of locally handmade leather goods, freshly baked cakes, scones and biltong. Our large, open garden, jungle gym and jumping castle welcomes all kinds of children: young and furry are more than welcome to join in, while parents sit back and relax.

COFFEE OF, COURSE!

Our coffee is locally roasted by Uncle Bear, offering you the smooth, enjoyable cup of coffee you deserve. There’s a different blend every month, so you always have a good excuse to come and give it a try. Make yourself at home while we make it a lekker experience you won’t forget!

ARTICLE REECE AND TYLA MARITZ PHOTOS REECE | YZERVARK STAFF | TYLA | BILL

“It’s too cold?!” Not to worry: the Yzervark has you covered with warming fires burning both inside and out of the bistro and pub. FUNCTIONS

Once a month, the Yzervark Bistro runs market days where all local stall holders can showcase their goods. Expect anything from wine tasting to fresh farm produce and unique arts and crafts. Follow us on Facebook to keep up to date with our market dates, or keep an eye open for our posters around Yzerfontein and Darling. Yzervark Bistro and Iron Pig Pub Is also available for venue hire: be it birthday parties or kitchen teas, contact us for our reasonable fee. THE HOSTS

In addition to the Yzervark Bistro, The Iron Pig is a West Coast pub where you can sip away on a variety of craft gin and -beer in a unique atmosphere surrounded by locally made art and second-hand goods. The Iron Pig opens up to a deck that overlooks a West Coast garden with Yzerfontein ocean views and sunsets in the distance. Every month we offer new craft beers and different types of gin. Our wine and cocktail list is always expanding and changing.

Tyla and Reece Maritz are in and out the kitchen, bringing your meals and making you feel at home. Owners Bill and Susan Vos can be found behind the bar pouring your drinks and making sure the Vos is with you. BRINGING IT TO A CLOSE

Yzervark wishes you to feel relaxed and at home, while enjoying the good things in life... So please come by, say hi, and be lekker! j

LIVE MUSIC

What would the world be without music? We offer live music every Friday night along with our delicious, handmade, oven-fired pizza. Sunday is fun day with a traditional meal on special and live music to help you ease into the week.

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Die Darling van HOENDERPASTEIE ARTIKEL | FOTO’S PIERRE-LOUIS BREDENKAMP

As die winter aan jou beendere kom kou is Sanna se ryk hoenderpastei nét die ding om jou te lawe…

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o, vanwaar dié heerlike hoenderpastei? Sanna is oorspronklik van ’n klein Karoodorpie met die naam Marriesburg. Voor sy heerlike disse begin brou het, het sy vir nege jaar lank in Vishoek gewerk. Sanna het egter seker gemaak om so twee keer elke maand vir haar familie op Darling te kom kuier. Tydens een van haar besoeke is daar ná kerk afgekondig dat die plaaslike aftreeoord hulp nodig het. Dit is hier waar Sanna toe vir Cecile van der Westhuizen ontmoet het: ’n vrou wat haar nie net die kuns van hoenderpastei geleer het nie, maar ook van allerlei lekkertes wat op ’n tipiese naweekspyskaart tydens ’n Oumakuier gevind kon word. Sanna noem dat daar een ander persoon in die oord was wat sy nooit sal vergeet nie… Noel Duckit was iemand met wie sy altyd kon gesels, solank sy met ’n roos of teetjie in die hand aangekom het!

WE ARE LOOKING FOR NEW EXCITING TRADERS!

Sanna woon nou al vir 10 jaar lank op Darling. En sy kan sommer geblinddoek ’n smaaklike bobotie met die een hand optower, terwyl die ander een ’n gevaarlike chicken a la king bewerk! Haar groot liefde bly egter die hoenderpastei. Dié hoenderpastei kan op drie maniere bedien word: as ’n enkelporsie, as vingerhappies of as ’n groter dis om te deel. BESTANDDELE • • • • • • • •

15 ml Growwe swartpeper 10kg Hoenderboude 15 Heel naeltjies 600g Sampioensop 8liter Water 6 Rolle Today skilferdeeg 2 Eiers 400g Sago

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Kook hoender in water met naeltjies tot sag. Skep in groot skottel om af te koel. Dreineer hoenderaftreksel deur sif. Ontbeen gaar hoender. Voeg sago by 4 liter van gedreineerde hoenderaftreksel. Laat kook en roer aanhoudend tot deurskynend. Voeg hoendervleis en peper by gaar sago. Meng sampioensop met 500ml water totdat dit ’n pappery vorm. Voeg mengsel by hoender en roer goed saam. Kook vir 15 minute – roer voortdurend. Skep hoender in panne en laat dit afkoel. Plaas skilferdeeg bo-op – volg instruksies op houer. Klits 2 eiers en verf bo-oor skilferdeeg. Bak op 180 grade vir 25min tot deeg mooi bruin is. j


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Die Damhuis

stel kookboek bekend

ARTIKEL | FOTO’S DIE DAMHUIS

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ierdie is meer as net ‘n kookboek. Ja, daar is resepte en pragfoto’s, maar hierdie boek is ‘n liefdestaak wat oor jare bymekaar gesit is, ‘n stuk letterkunde oor ‘n huis en sy mense en ‘n deel van die geskiedenis van ons land. In kort, Damhuis: Resepte en herinneringe aan ‘n huis is ‘n versamelstuk. Die sjef Stèfan Meintjes het in 2009 Die Damhuis saam met Boet en Marianne Lombard begin. In Oktober 2011 het Dirk en Reinet Nagtegaal saam met Bev Maritz die Lombards se aandele gekoop. Dirk het ook die historiese gebou waarin die restaurant is gekoop en die vier vennote het dit uitgebou na wat dit vandag is. Die idee van ‘n kookboek was vinnig reeds daar. Die restaurant was immers bekend vir geregte soos hul botterskorsie-en-amandelbobotie, Damhuishoender en kaaskoek en mense het ver gery om deel te wees van die Weskus-gasvryheid in hierdie historiese gebou. Die boek beslaan tien hoofstukke en speel af oor die tydperk 1776 tot 1814. Elke hoofstuk word ingelei in die vorm van ‘n essay wat deur Reinet Nagtegaal, die bekroonde skrywer wat in 2014 oorlede is, geskryf is. Die essays fokus op die beskikbare feite rondom die Damhuis gedurende voorgenoemde tydperk en word dan besonders fyn ingekleur met fiksie soos net Reinet kon doen. Elke hoofstuk het ‘n tema onder meer Krisjan en Gesina Brand, die eerste inwoners van Melkbosstrand, se huwelik; die bouery van die viskuur wat later Die Damhuis sou word en die Slag van Blaauwberg. Vir elkeen van dié hoofstukke het Dirk en Stèfan resepte ingeweef wat daagliks in Die Damhuis se kombuis voorberei word. Die resepte is ook aangevul met van Dirk en Stèfan se ander gunstelingresepte. Die boek word verder illustreer deur pragfoto’s van die geregte asook foto’s van Die Damhuis en sy mense. Damhuis: Resepte en herinneringe aan ‘n huis word uitgegee deur African Press Publications namens Die Damhuis. Die boek is by Die Damhuis, uitgesoekte boekwinkels en op Die Damhuis se webwerf by www.diedamhuis.co.za beskikbaar.

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Wen ‘n kopie van DAMHUIS resepte en herinneringe aan ‘n huis. Stuur jou naam en kontak besonderhede na: iloveyzer@gmail.com teen 31 Aug 2018. T&C’s apply

DAMHUISHOENDER 6 Porsies BESTANDDELE • 1 hoender van 1,5kg of meer • 1 heel ui • 2 hoenderaftrekselblokkies • 1 wortel,gekap • 1 ui, gekap • 1 klein groen soetrissie, gekap • 1 klein rooi soetrissie, gekap • 2 e botter • 3 e mielieblom • 1 t paprika • 1/3k witwyn • 2 k gekerfde sampione of 1 blik (285 g) knopiesampioene gedreineer • 1 k room • Sout & varssgemaalde swartpeper, na smaak METODE Sout die hoender. Sit saam met die heel ui, aftreksel en wortel in n pot. Voeg water by tot n derde van die hoender bedek is. Kook vir 5 minute, verlaag dan die hite en prut stadig oor baie lae hitte vir 1 uur. Haal die hoender uit en laat dit afkoel. Behou die sous. Ontbeen die hoender sodra dit koud genoeg is om te hanteer en trek die vleis met n vurk in repe. Gebruik n mediumgroot pot en braai die gekapte uie en soetrissies in die botter. Roer die mielieblom en paprika by. Gooi 1 k hoendersous by en roer deurentyd tot die sous begin kook. Verlaag die hitte. Gooi die wyn en sampioene by en prut tot die sampioene gaar is. Roer die hoender en room deur en prut vir n paar minute. Garneer met vars kruie. j THE WINTER ISSUE 2018 j I LOVE YZER DARLING 23


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INLIGTING VERSKAF DEUR SWARTLAND MUNISIPALITEIT HUIS EN TUINVULLIS

Vullissakke en 240l wheely bins sal slegs vanaf die sypaadjie verwyder word. Geen ander dromme mag uitgesit word vir verwydering nie. Glasstukke moet in ‘n dik laag koerantpapier toegedraai word, voordat dit in die sakke geplaas word. Houers van besighede, skole, woonstelleblokke, groepsbehuising en gemeenskapsentrums sal slegs van een sentrale punt op die perseel verwyder word. Growwe tuinvullis en Bourommel moet van Yzerfontein na Darling vullisterrein gebring word.

YZERFONTEIN

VEREISTES VIR VULLISSAKKE

Vullisverwydering begin om 07:30 - Winter / Somer. Vullissakke moet betyds op die sypaadjies geplaas word, maar nie alreeds die vorige aand nie. Geen bourommel, sand, olie of metaal soos bv. enjin onderdele mag in sakke geplaas word nie. Geen vullis mag buite die sakke geplaas word nie. LET WEL

Dun takke kan in bondels van een meter lank gebind word en saam met huisvullis uitgesit word. Swaar sakke of houers met sand en klip sal nie verwyder word nie. Alle sakke moet eers op die oggend van verwydering uitgeplaas word. Tuinvullis kan saam met die huisvullis in vullissakke uitgeplaas word. VAKANSIEDAE

Geen verwydering vind plaas op openbare vakansiedae nie tensy anders vermeld. Geliewe daarop te let dat verwyderings in daardie gebied wat op ‘n vakansiedag val sal verskuif na die volgende dag en in geval van ‘n Vrydag na die Donderdag in daardie week, tensy anders vermeld.

VULLISVERWYDERINGSGIDS

Bepaal die kleurkode van u perseel met behulp van die kaarte. Vullis sal eenmaal per week op die kalenderdae met dieselfde kleur as u gebied verwyder word. j

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BESIGHEIDSVULLIS

Besigheidsvullis word op Maandae en Donderdae vir Yzerfontein en Dinsdae en Vrydae vir Darling verwyder. (Voedselbesighede se vullis word Maandae en Donderdae vir Yzerfontein en Dinsdae en Vrydae vir Darling verwyder, of soos ooreengekom). Hoeveelhede handelsvullis sal verwyder word, soos ooreengekom, teen ‘n vasgestelde tarief wat vooraf bepaal word. STORTINGSTERREIN URE IS AS VOLG:

Maandag tot Sondag: 08:00 - 13:00 & 13:30 - 18:00 Koepons vir besigheidsvullis kan by Swartland Munisipale Kantore gekoop word. Die stortingsterrein/oorplaasstasie sal op Kersfees en Nuwejaar gesluit wees. LET WEL Geen storting buite terrein nie.

WE DO SOLID WOODEN DOORS, WINDOW FRAMES & DECKS, CUSTOM KITCHEN DESIGN & CABINETRY, LAMINATED FLOORING AND ANYTHING WOOD. OFFICE: 022 492 2596 LIONEL: 082 447 6255 JOHAN: 083 266 1089 PRESTIGE@KINGSLEY.CO.ZA THE WINTER ISSUE 2018 j I LOVE YZER DARLING 25


Zanthè Seaton • Registered Senior Architectural Technologist: 083 651 8359

New Earth Design: 084 707 7700

Hardie van Schalkwyk Architecture: 082 737 7151

Atelier Architects • Richard Taylor: 082 855 5971

Architects:

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Whale O A Time Self Catering for 2-18 People: 082 414 3212

Turquoise Breeze Ocean Villa: 073 545 1841

The View Exclusive B&B: 073 888 5154

Strandkombuis B&B: 022 451 2360 079 440 0092

Spearchukka Cottages: 083 505 2707

Woodii Projects: 074 155 7327

Lewens-Essens B&B: 022 451 2390 083 680 8718

Buffelsfontein Game & Nature Reserve: 022 451 2824

Aardblom: 082 655 2944

Events j Venues j Weddings:

Urban Dezign & Décor: 076 320 1233

Regalia • Paint Techniques: 081 832 5940

Raspro Upholsters & Interior Design: 081 378 0678 / 022 713 5557

Prestige Cabinet Designs: 022 492 2596 083 266 1089

Interior Images • Shutters & Blinds: 022 451 2114 / 072 136 0398

Haus of Décor • Interior Design • Shutters Blinds • Upholstery • Decor: 081 554 6006

Design j Décor j Furniture:

Yzer-Board: 022 451 2159 / 083 656 0533

Pink Lady • Needle Work • Alterations Wool • Haberdashery: 022 492 2440 Trailer Hire Yzerfontein: 082 772 5203 Windor Services: 082 650 5838

Lulas Restaurant: 072 232 3885 082 396 7643 Meeurots Restaurant: 022 451 2608 Rosemead Artisan Patisserie: 066 222 5076

Yzervark Bistro: 079 352 4137

Wild Flour Coffee Shop: 022 451 2315

!Khwa ttu MTB • San Guided Tours: 022 492 2998

Pest Control Specialists • West Coast: 022 719 1380 / 082 551 2343

Kaijaiki Country Inn Restaurant: 022 451 2858

Things to do:

NetDirect Internet Service Provider: 087 985 0739

Weskus Padstal: 071 658 9167

Marine Taxis: 0861 434 0434 / 082 769 4034 Droograk Coffee Shop • Restaurant: 022 451 2257 / 061 727 8409

Lotus Gas • Domestic Gas Installations: 076 107 7560

Electronic Newsletter Advertising • Yzer Darling • Weskus: 022 451 2202

Dorpie’s Multiman: 022 451 2290 072 723 2116

Beulah Farm Deli: 083 233 5355

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The Marmalade Cat: 022 492 2515

The Flying Pig: 022 492 3677 / 073 361 1091

Peter’s Pizza’s: 022 492 3434

Café Mosaic: 022 492 2307

Buffelsfontein Game & Nature Reserve: 022 451 2824

Westland Home Improvement: 072 258 4328

Kaijaiki Country Inn: 022 451 2858

Yzerfontein Elektries: 083 262 5804

Darling Tyre Services: 022 492 3007

!Khwa ttu: 022 492 2998

Top Tool: 022 451 2035

Inglenook Organic Farm: 082 772 6618

Blocked Drains: 083 438 1189

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Steve’s Electrical: 022 492 2522

Yzerfontein Buurtwag: 022 451 2330 083 411 3794

Yzerfontein Armed Response: 022 451 2747 082 961 0366

Lexan Clearbars • Multisafe Security: 082 469 3351 / 022 451 2110

Darling Neighbourhood Watch: 083 325 4148

Safety:

Shell Vulstasie • Yzerfontein: 022 451 2682

Roger’s Jewellery: 022 492 2211 082 899 1844

PurrSona Clothing: 076 830 7011

Honeybird Manor: 083 505 2707

Places to Eat:

Yzerfontein Dierekliniek: 022 451 2087 083 868 0520

SPCA • Darling: 022 492 2781

Omega Dog Food for Sale: 022 451 2875 072 595 2911

Darling Veterinary Clinic • TAH: 022 492 2545

Pets:

Yzer Mediese Ondersteuning: 083 383 8874

Pretty Cute • Gifts & Decor Shop: 076 734 3853

Mate.Bike • Electric Bicycle Sales: 072 605 8751

Steelform: 082 613 3873

Rens Meyer Plumbing: 084 513 2957

Prinro Building & Steel Merchants: 022 772 2334 / 022 715 1426

Otto Elektries: 072 655 7713

LeRoi’s Lighting: 022 451 2476 / 083 565 9190

Lee Construction: 082 771 9594

J.F. Kirsten Vervoer: 022 492 2620

It’s Purified • Water Purification Services & Systems: 060 896 3257

Henton Homes • Timber Construction: 083 268 4609

Kotie du Toit • Sielkundige: 082 337 2188

Dominator Garage & Gate Systems: 021 555 3293 / 021 555 3295 Mike’s Pharmacy: 022 451 2095 083 708 1262

JW Hamilton-Attwell • Physio/Fisio: 082 570 6338

De Roubaix Bouers: 082 926 9809 022 451 2293

Chez James Self Catering Apartment: 082 925 3189

Buffalo Drift • Captain’s Cabin • Blombosch Farm: 072 599 5663

90 Atlantic Drive • Self Catering for 2: 082 414 3212

16 Mile View Self Catering: 083 411 0142

12 Pikkewyne Self Catering Unit for 2: 076 313 0659

YZERFONTEIN:

Buffelsfontein Game & Nature Reserve: 022 451 2824

!Khwa ttu Tented Camp & Guest House: 022 492 2998

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Infoprop Real Estate • Denise: 083 448 1726

Van Zyl Chartered Accountants: 022 492 3223

Babysitting • Kaelin Muller: 082 648 1988

The Darling Wine Shop: 022 492 3971

Fresh Start Cleaning Services: 072 546 5374

Hospital • Velddrif • Ambulance Service: 022 713 4590

Kamma Mamma Speelgroep: 072 599 7849

Medical:

SAPS Darling: 022 492 3146 Snake Catcher • Darling: 084 250 5468 Snake Catcher • Yzer • 082 370 9768.

H&A Hardware: 081 435 9388 / 081 479 7595 I j Yzer • Darling • Weskus Products: 022 451 2202 Kwikspar & Tops • Yzerfontein: 022 451 2628

Dr Anine Vermaak: 022 492 2339

GP • Dr Lindie Walters: 022 451 2941 083 270 6914

Hannelie de Klerk • Clinical Psychologist: 082 855 4874

Anton Mitchell Land Surveyors: 083 763 3351

Bouvest Building Services: 022 451 2816 082 718 0581

Darling Aluminium & Glass: 082 542 7600 082 047 8777

www.iloveyzer.co.za j info@iloveyzer.co.za j 022 451 2202 j Office • Shop j Shop 5 • Yzerfontein Business Centre • Buitekant Street

Office Hours: 022 451 2366 Emergency After Hours: 022 487 9400

Yzerfontein Municipality:

NSRI: 082 990 5974 Darling Vleismark: 022 492 2633

Construction j Renovations:

Darling Sweet: 083 235 4002

Jumping Castle Hire: 084 677 0077

Darling Pre Primary: 022 492 2444

Hospital • Malmesbury: 022 482 1161

Hospital • Netcare Blaauberg: 021 554 9000

Harbour Manager • Yzer: 082 921 1192

Buitekant Square • Yzerfontein: 076 734 3853

Blikaspaai • Décor & Gift Shop: 022 451 2114 / 072 136 0398

Office Hours: 022 487 9479 Emergency After Hours: 082 925 2244

Fire Emergency:

Office Hours: 022 492 2237 Emergency After Hours: 022 487 9400

Darling Municipality:

Emergency Numbers:

Yzerfontein Tourism: 022 451 2985

Yzerfontein Sport & Recreation Club: 022 451 2819

Yzerfontein Cycle Experience: 022 451 2202

Book League • Books • Stationary Computer Consumables: 022 492 2667

Darling College: 022 492 3429

Retail:

Yzerfontein Property Developers: 073 190 5895 / 021 683 3433

Sotheby’s International Realty • Johan: 083 383 2659

Rawson Properties • Marijanne van Nieuwenhoven: 072 207 2135 / 022 451 2445

Rawson Properties • Heleen Plaskitt: 082 700 5212 / 022 451 2445

Pam Golding • Sue Smuts: 082 961 3220

West Coast Way: 086 132 1777

West Coast Fossil Park: 022 766 1606

West Coast Explorers Club • Bicycle Rental: 022 451 2114

VoorkamerFest: 022 492 3384

The Darling Wildflower Show: 084 916 1111

Mother City SkyDiving: 079 337 2443

Groote Post Country Run: 022 451 2202

Groote Post Country Market: 022 451 2202

Elite Charters & Wet Bike Hire: 072 702 9919

Darling Scarecrow Festival: 022 492 3361

Darling ttu MTB 24hr Enduro: 022 451 2202

Darling Museum & Tourism: 022 492 3361

CIA NG Kerk: 022 492 2513 / 022 451 2616

Buffelsfontein Game & Nature Reserve: 022 451 2824

Ăshêr Christain Fellowship Church: 060 852 9076 / 072 666 6383

Darling Apteek: 022 492 2782

SpaClean • Waterless Window Cleaning: 082 612 3660

Shoreline Carpet Cleaning Services: 083 438 1189 / 084 555 4447

Cleaning Services:

Kids:

Ormonde Vineyards: 022 492 3540

Acrofit • Acrobatic Gymnastics: 062 153 6342

Yzergardens • Brian: 072 819 9640

Groote Post Vineyards: 022 492 2825

Tony’s Gardening Service: 082 853 7943

The Roses’ Place 4 Plants: 078 421 3627

Carine Carstens Garden Services: 083 232 7147

Gardening:

Pam Golding • Ilona du Toit: 082 853 5983

McNeil Real Estate: 022 451 2038 079 249 5961

Harcourts • Suzette Ferreira: 072 685 1876 022 451 2120

Momentum Consult Table Mountain: 022 487 1905 / 022 482 1053 / 082 454 1689

Yzerfontein Financial Services: 083 453 2336

Harcourts • Koot Blaauw: 082 878 7898 022 451 2120

Harcourts • Ina Rudolph: 084 511 7861 022 451 2120

Cape Country Properties: 083 600 2441 022 492 2902

Property:

Yzer Inks • Cartridges: 083 656 0533

PixBuzz Media Graphic Design & Printing: 082 780 2583

Kirsten Printers: 060 896 3257

Printing j Graphic j Design:

Marinda Swanepoel Consult: 082 458 4242

Leesure Assurance Brokers: 022 492 2567

Calldo Rekenmeesters: 083 462 2080

Bellamy Consultants & Brokers: 086 111 5284

Financial j Legal Services:

Yzerfontein Bowls Clubhouse: 083 629 4789

Strandkombuis: 022 451 2360 079 440 0092

Star Functions: 083 711 2712

I j Yzer Event Coordination: 022 451 2202

Yzerfontein Bewarea • Conservancy: 082 494 7004 / 083 300 6171

Darling Cellars: 022 492 2276

Cloof Wine Estate: 022 492 2839

Black Eagle Craft Brewery: 072 884 8299

Beer j Wine:

Yoga with Leoni: 082 352 6837

The Cutting Crew: 079 160 6939

Megz Hair & Beauty: 022 451 2794

Hair on Main • Darling: 022 492 2487

Gorgesss Nail & Beauty • Darling: 076 678 5171

Darling Tattoo & Art Studio: 072 889 8072

Bio Sculpture • Darling: 083 627 6530

Be Pretty • Beauty Salon: 076 991 6894

Beauty j Hair j Health:

The Toffee Gallery Art Exhibition: 022 492 2101

Creative Pottery: 082 210 3331

Blue Square Pottery Studio & Lessons: 082 567 4940

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint & Workshops: 022 451 2114 / 072 136 0398

Art j Crafts j Exhibitions:

Flowers on the Stoep: 082 573 7736


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Finding a home in Darling has become a ‘lifestyle investment’ for those who choose to relocate and settle here. The influx of buyers with young families has proven that Darling is not a retirement destination (as is often the perception), but rather a growing community of all ages. Dot Haddad from Cape Country Properties opens a window into the world of estate agents…

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started my property career in 1990 with Durr Estates where I was trained and qualified as an estate agent. After many years of selling property in the Tableview / Blouberg area, I moved on to manage 16 agents and do training for Homenet Realty. After relocating to Darling in 2000, I took the plunge and Cape Country Properties was born. 18 Years later we are still going strong and serving the community with honesty and integrity. After Lydia Juliana joined Cape Country Properties three years ago as an intern, our vision and service were able to include the whole of the Darling community. I believe that communication is one of the key factors in being a successful agent. This involves keeping buyers and sellers updated with feedback and updating them on new property-related regulations and the costs involved in both selling and buying property. Over the past 18 years, the property market in Darling has grown steadily – perhaps not at the same pace as Cape Town and the coastal areas, but realistically for a country village surrounded by farms. The market has slowed down a bit these past few months when compared to the last quarter of 2017, but it has certainly not come to a standstill. We are experiencing a demand for smaller homes in the R1 million to R1.5 million price range in the old village. Vacant land sales hold steady, with prices ranging on average from R230 000 to R380 000 for a single plot and R450 000 upwards for double plots (depending on position), thus making building an affordable option. Our sales of houses in Darling north have been in the R160 000 to R650 000 range, also depending on position and extensions.

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If you are thinking of selling, keep these pointers in mind: • Be sure to price correctly. Overpricing is one of the factors that leads to a property being on the market long after others that are comparable and correctly priced have sold. Ask for a comparable market analysis of recent sales in the area, always keeping in mind that a listed price is very rarely the selling price. • Choose your agent based on experience and sales in the area, not because they give you the highest marketing price. • Buyers do their homework and have access to data providing recent sales figures, and then they make their offer accordingly. • Keep in mind ‘the first offer is the best offer’ saying, which nine out of ten times is correct. • When considering an offer, it is not only the price offered that should be considered, but also the terms of the purchase, such as cash, bond, or subject to another property selling – time is money and these factors all play a part. Cape Country Properties is here to serve you with integrity and professionalism – please give us a call if we can assist you with your property decisions. j

CONTACT INFO Dot Haddad M 083 600 2441 E dot@capecountryproperties.co.za Lydia Juliana M 079 523 8055 E lydia@capecountryproperties.co.za T 022 492 2902 A 9 Church Street, Darling W www.capecountryproperties.co.za THE WINTER ISSUE 2018 j I LOVE YZER DARLING 29


NATURE

BIRD OF THE YEAR 2018 AFRICAN BLACK OYSTERCATCHER Haematopus moquini

FIVE FUN FACTS • ARTICLE DR MARK BROWN PHOTOS BIRDLIFE SOUTH AFRICA | NVT

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ystercatchers roam the coastlines of almost every continent, inspiring people and creating special memories of encounters with this enigmatic group of shorebirds. There are currently 12 extant species of oystercatcher, after one species, the Canary Islands Oystercatcher, went extinct last century. The African Black Oystercatcher is a charismatic bird of our shores and much sought after by photographers and birders alike. With its bold black plumage and striking red legs, beak and eyes, it is the perfect iconic species to highlight coastal bird conservation concerns and efforts. With a restricted distribution that ranges from Angola in the west to Mozambique in the east, coupled with low population numbers, this near-endemic species is dependent on ongoing conservation efforts to ensure its population continues to increase. A MODERN-DAY SUCCESS STORY The African Black Oystercatcher is a modern-day conservation success story, having being downlisted in the regional Red Data Book from Near Threatened in 2000 to Least Concern in 2015, with a 37 per cent rise in population numbers in the past 35 years. The current population is estimated to be some 6700 individuals. This success can be attributed to a combination of reasons: greater access to food as a result of the proliferation of the alien Mediterranean mussel, a ban on vehicle access to beaches since 2001, successful cat eradication on islands and general conservation awareness efforts.

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The oldest African Black Oystercatcher on record was 28 years, 11 months and four days old. Females are larger than the males, and have longer, more pointed bills. The longest recorded movement for the species is 1515 kilometres, from Knysna to Swakopmund. Oystercatchers don’t really eat oysters! They eat mostly mussels and other bivalves, polychaetes, whelks and crustaceans. The chicks can swim well and can dive to escape danger.

A range expansion for the species has occurred in KwaZulu-Natal, where the oystercatcher was a rare vagrant from the 1940s to 1970s. Today it is a year-round visitor at more than 30 localities and there are breeding records at two known sites. CURRENT THREATS Although the African Black Oystercatcher population has grown, work remains to be done. The flipside of the species’ increasing numbers is the potential for heightened conflict with people, especially around coastal urban areas as more people flock to beaches. In summer, visitors invariably disturb nesting birds without realising it, not knowing that the birds are there or in the mistaken belief that being close to the birds does not impact negatively on them. Being shy nesters, incubating oystercatchers are reluctant to return to their nests after they have been disturbed. This often results in the eggs overheating and leads to a high failure rate for breeding, especially when disturbances occur frequently throughout the day. Also, opportunistic predators such as Kelp Gulls, and sometimes dogs, will take advantage of repeat disturbances and prey on unprotected eggs and chicks. j


Whether it’s a moo, meow, bah or bark our teams at Darling & Moorreesburg Veterinary clinics are available to tend to the needs of your livestock and pets

17 Main Rd, Darling Tel: 022 492 2545 Open: 8:30 to 17:30 Mon-Fri 8:00 to 12:00 Saturday

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CLEANING SERVICE This just in! We've now updated our Area of Expertise to Include MORE Services Deep Cleaning (Surface Areas) Ideal for Walls / Tiles / Decks / Extractor fans & Grouting Carpets / Upholstery / Blinds / Curtains Persian Carpets / Repairs & Deep Cleaning Essential Oil Infused Room / Linen / Toilet Spray: Cruelty free! For single purchase OR bulk Pest control treatment: Flies, Cockroaches, Ants etc We do individual units / Self Catering Units / Restaurants / Guesthouses etc For bookings & enquiries contact Lizelle | 072 546 5374 Follow us on Facebook for products & promotions

JUMPING CASTLE To rent for kiddies parties. Suitable for 2-10 year old children. Size: 3 x 3m YZERFONTEIN & DARLING ONLY R350 per day Plastic children’s tables & chairs also available. FOR MORE INFORMATION nadine@iloveyzer.co.za 084 677 0077

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YZER HISTORY

Bowties, Beautiful and the best view in the country‌

Yzerfontein-resident Boytjie Basson continues his reminiscing on the stories of his youth. This is Chapter 2 featuring the 1970 to 1980 period, with much more to come! ARTICLE | PHOTOS BOYTJIE BASSON

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he first chapter of my story covered the decade of 1960 to 1970, but we now travel into the next decade of my personal memories and chronicles of Yzerfontein, as a teenager. This period in the history of Yzerfontein was fairly dull and uneventful compared to the previous decade, and the decade following the seventies. 1970 TO 1980

Towards the end of this era, Yzer got its electricity supply (1978) and also its first tarred roads. But most importantly: the West Coast Road (R27) was being built (1976). This would change the whole landscape of Yzerfontein as it was now a comfortable and short drive from Cape Town. Previously, the only road to Yzerfontein from Cape Town was the Old Mamre road, a bumpy, tree-lined tarred avenue running between and parallel of what today is the West Coast Road (R27) and the N7. That road took you past what is Atlantis today, past Mamre, through Darling, and then onto a dusty dirt road to Yzerfontein. The Old Mamre Road was built at the end of the 18th century and lined with trees all the way from Mamre to just north of Cape Town, a distance of about 40 kilometres. This was done so that farmers could transport their fresh produce to the market in Cape Town in the shade of the Blue Gum and Wattle trees. These same alien trees with their aggressive root systems were the reason why the road was in such a poor state. But with the new West Coast Road completed, visitors flocked to Yzerfontein. 32 THE WINTER ISSUE 2018 j I LOVE YZER DARLING

Development, however, was still very slow with only a very few new houses being built, mostly in the Upper Road and School Street area and, of course, in the Avenues. The previously largely unknown seaside town of Yzerfontein was now being visited by first timers on a daily basis. Its natural beauty, its close proximity to Cape Town and the abundance of crayfish, perlemoen, snoek and other sea life, made these people take notice of the huge potential that the town had to offer, both as a holiday destination and as a retirement option. Our grandparents, the pioneers of Yzerfontein who had been the first generation of home owners and permanent residents, were now in their eighties, getting old and frail, and no longer played a big part in the daily life and running of the town. But with electricity now being supplied to Yzerfontein, their lives were at least being made easier. Lighting, modern household appliances and especially televisions and the entertainment it provided them helped to ease the long, cold winter’s nights. Aga coal stoves gave way to new electric stoves; generators, gas and paraffin lamps were now no longer required for lighting and gas geezers were replaced with modern electric ones. New electric fridges and freezers also replaced the old paraffin ones. The town, previously pitch dark at night, got its first few street lights, which lit up Main, Beach, Upper and Buitekant streets. Other luxuries like a service station with petrol and small convenience shops followed shortly.


The caravan park became a very popular place for campers and visitors and would be filled to the brim, especially during Easter and Xmas holidays. A retired couple, Jacky Bowtie (so aptly named as he always wore a bowtie and considered it his trademark) and his girlfriend, Beautiful, were the first “permanent” residents of the caravan park, together with old Steven Smuts and Red Clarke. “Permanent” not in the true sense of living there permanently, but rather laying claim to a permanent stand, which they improved, maintained and transformed into a private, cosy and homely stand and where they parked their caravans permanently. And although they had a house in Malmesbury where Jacky Bowtie had been a car salesman, they would spend most of their time in Yzerfontein. Their stand was situated in the corner of the caravan park closest to Lula’s and the Club. Jacky Bowtie was a short stocky man, and Beautiful a tall peroxide blonde who towered above him. But he was a real character and a living legend with an endearing nature, and what he loved most, other than a couple of double brandies with tap water, was playing his guitar or accordion and singing his favourite songs, which included “Daar anderkant die blou berge”. And he loved it even more when he had an audience, which was the case most of the time. Unfortunately a municipal law was passed that prohibited permanent residents in the caravan park, and after many years they had to move. This was quite a sad day for the locals, for two real legends of Yzerfontein was told to pack up and leave. They then moved to De la Rey farm just outside Yzerfontein and parked their caravan next to the dam on the farm. In the early seventies, my father bought an old double decker London bus, which he painstakingly converted into a mobile home. The bus was in very good condition, except that it did not have an engine. The top deck was converted into a bedroom with four double bunks and the bottom floor was converted into a dining room, lounge and kitchen. The bus was towed to Yzerfontein with his Ford pick-up truck,

where we had to stop and lift each telephone line to enable the bus to pass underneath it. At Schaap Island, where Pearl Bay starts today, two tractors were used to pull the bus through the thick sandy roads of Pearl Bay, then only accessible by 4x4, to a stand just south of the Tygerfontein boundary fence where it was parked on a sand dune overlooking Dassen Island, with Table Mountain visible to the South. A pit toilet with a stable door was erected on a sand dune a short distance away. With a view over the ocean, Dassen Island and Table Mountain, this must arguably have been the toilet with the best view in the country! At night, I used to lie on the top bunk and watch Dassen Island’s lighthouse beam flash its familiar pattern until I fell asleep. This was also the first time that I saw ostriches wander down to the beach and go for a swim on hot summer days. Sometimes they would go and swim deep in beyond the breakers before returning ashore. Years later a couple of ostriches entered the water south of Schaap Island and swam all the way round the rocky coastal outcrop and harbour wall until they were eventually escorted to the slipway by a fishing boat returning fom Dassen Island, where they nonchalantly walked ashore. To be continued…j

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WE CARE

Adventure for a cause

Gaven Sinclair has an unbridled urge for adventure in his blood – one that combines beautifully with an important purpose in life: making a difference. ARTICLE | PHOTOS GAVEN SINCLAIR

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rail-running across Africa is all in a day’s work for solo adventurer Gaven Sinclair. Well, maybe not just a day: it took this intrepid motivational speaker and life coach seven months to run 5000km across Africa, unsupported – and all to raise awareness and funds for Missing Children South Africa (MCSA). Gaven’s route kicked off in KwaZulu-Natal in September 2017, and meandered through Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia, before running south from Walvis Bay towards Cape Town. In April this year, he spent three days in Yzerfontein during the last stretch of this epic run, before hitting the home stretch all the way to the finish line at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town. “To go where few would like to go will always be an inspiration in my life‚” says Gaven, who completed a gruelling unsupported cycle challenge route from Cape Town to Cairo in 2016, travelling more than 10 000km over 261 days. This was also done for MCSA. “I got involved with Missing Children South Africa primarily to make a difference for a great cause, and also because of the ever-increasing, alarming cases being reported not only in South Africa but worldwide,” says Gaven. “We can all relate to the heartbreak of missing children and people. I have no kids of my own, but I love kids – they are close to my heart. I’m honoured to be an ambassador for MCSA, and to assist them with awareness and fundraising. MCSA works to assist the authorities to recover missing children by engaging with the public on our vast social media network, and through education and awareness projects.” Gaven has 18 years’ worth of corporate- and more than 15 years’ worth of extreme endurance sports experience. “Currently, I focus my energy on motivational speaking and life coaching. My underlying commitment is to make a difference and to inspire and motivate people in between fundraising and extreme endurance adventuring.” Gaven has experienced ups and downs, extreme beauty and even some fear during his adventuring. He says that 34 THE WINTER ISSUE 2018 j I LOVE YZER DARLING

each country he’s travelled through has a special place in his heart through “memories and bonds formed.” “It’s the people that make the experience real and more meaningful. The personal stories told and shared stand out the most.” Gaven plans to publish a book about his adventures – and it promises to be an exciting read! He shared a few moments with us: WHAT WAS ONE OF YOUR MOST MEMORABLE EXPERIENCES?

Falling in love with Mozambique while running one of my stages along the beaches. Stopping off at all the lodges and resorts – and getting incredible support from everyone! WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT WHILE RUNNING?

I think about life. My past, future planning and reflecting on plans and strategies falling into place. I think about always thinking and striving to be a better person every day. I think of my experiences along the way: people I’ve met who shared with me and inspired me and taught me. I listen to my body and feel my body and my surroundings. I focus on my breathing and find myself running faster, only to then slow down and pace myself when I come out of deep thought. But in general, I’m in a present state of mind, appreciating the beauty around me and all my blessings and experiences. The Okavango Delta, Namibia, to seeing all my good friends in Mozambique again… CAN YOU SHARE A FUNNY STORY WITH US?

I’d alternate every 10kms or so while running along the beaches of Mozambique: I’d turn and run backwards for a bit to shift the degree and angle of my ankles. Just imagine me running backwards past all those fishermen! j

FOR MORE INFO To help support the MCSA, visit www.missingchildren.org.za, or SMS MCSA to 41006 to donate R25 to the charity. FB Gaven Sinclair | Gaven Sinclair Adventures IG gaven.sinclair73


SPIRITUAL

The way to peace and harmony

ARTICLE IREEZE DU PLESSIS

All that we are is the result of what we have thought. Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without. - Buddha

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hese two quotes by Buddha basically summarise the way we should be living. We really are what we think, and I, among many others honestly believe this to be true. We need, now more than ever, to look to ourselves to heal, and to create an awareness that the human body has everything we need to do this. Positive attitudes are greatly instrumental in creating peace and harmony in our lives. There are two more tenets we need to live by, and they are gratitude and forgiveness, as harbouring anger and resentment create discord in our energy field and ultimately in our bodies. When we live with gratitude in our hearts, it is very difficult for anger and resentment to gain a foothold, and it becomes easier to establish stillness for reflection. I would like to take a moment here to clarify that I don’t, for one minute, advocate that doctors and medicine should be discarded at all, but that a more holistic approach be taken when it comes to healing. There is so much more to being human than just the physical attributes, and we need to address the spiritual aspect of ourselves as well. It has been proved that we are energy in motion, which I won’t go into now, and as such have an energy field as well as a physical one. The energetic side of our being has been neglected in Western culture, whereas the Eastern cultures have, from ancient times, been in tune with the energetic and spiritual aspects of the body. In the fast paced and stressful life of today, we need to take time out to breathe and be still. It is in these moments of stillness that we tune in to our spiritual aspects and healing happens. Lots of people are very sceptical of deep breathing, but it really works. And as far as meditation goes, well, this adds another dimension to stillness. We need this stillness to re-establish our spiritual connections.

Reiki is a discipline that helps to facilitate healing and releasing of traumas by the Reiki practitioner creating a safe and quiet space to allow self-healing to take place. It is all there… we just need to access it! Holistic massage helps to quiet the body, and work on any tensions and traumas that are held in any areas… it is not to be mistaken for a deep tissue or sports massage but is rather another form of gentle healing and release. Do it now… take some time, just a few minutes… three deep breaths, and create a moment of stillness. Take gentle care of yourselves. j

CONTACT INFO IREEZE DU PLESSIS T 071 612 1032 E ireezea@gmail.com

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BEAUTY

THE RISE OF THE MODERN MAN The Modern Man’s Grooming Guide ARTICLE | PHOTO GEORGE ALDRICH

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ith the rise of social media alongside a growing awareness of wellness, the men’s grooming industry has undergone a bit of a makeover of late – if you will excuse the pun. 2017 has certainly seen some interesting ones (need I mention glitter beards?), so we take a look at what you can expect in the way of male grooming trends in 2018. It’s no secret that today’s modern man is more in touch than ever with his grooming routine. It’s a market that’s now worth over $50 billion, so unsurprisingly there’s a lot going on in male grooming right now. No longer associated with being a feminine trait, grooming has become a staple in the everyday man’s routine. All too often, men’s skincare routines are heavily overlooked. If your bathroom cabinet currently only contains a razor and a can of shop bought shaving cream from Christmas last year, and your idea of grooming is successfully making it to the shower in the morning, then something has gone seriously wrong. These days, there are a myriad of men’s grooming products that have become pretty essential in an ideal grooming routine. Where would you be without your face wash and moisturizer, at the very least? So, hopefully by now you should already have the basics, but there are a couple of products you should be on the look out for in 2018 to give a new lease of life to your bathroom shelf.

TARGETED SOLUTIONS

Apparently, 2018 is set to be the year of ‘targeted solutions’. Grooming jargon aside, this pretty much means that guys are increasingly demanding products that target common skin imperfections; those pesky spots and redness better watch their backs. Specifically, industry experts have highlighted that eye rollers are going to have a moment in the grooming spotlight in 2018. These can work wonders at reducing fine lines, puffiness and dark circles under your eyes, giving you an overall brighter and healthier complexion. MOISTURIZING

It might seem like a staple to some guys who are already well versed in the art of grooming, but the importance of moisturizing is also going to resurface in 2018. With social media pointing our attention to ridiculously perfect skin, many men are starting to realize that a tailored moisturizer is the key to achieving a blemish free complexion. Unlike women, men’s skin is thicker and produces more sebum so is naturally oilier, which combined with other stresses like shaving, means that men’s skin often runs into more trouble. Because of this, most men’s grooming brands have created specifically formulated moisturizing products, from moisturizers that are anti-aging to skin strengthening serums. However, if you’re unsure about your skin’s needs, it’s probably best to head to the salon #megz to get an 36 THE WINTER ISSUE 2018 j I LOVE YZER DARLING

expert to help you out – left to your own devices, you could actually do more damage than good. HAIR GROOMING TRENDS

Thankfully, the time has come when we can wholeheartedly say that the era of the man bun has come to an end. Goodbye, fair well, good riddance. It was a look that divided the nation for well over a year, and whilst some fortunate souls could pull off the look to some degree of success, the majority of guys were left looking like a rejected, bedraggled Shoreditch hipster. So take down that pony tail and fling that hair band into the distance, but don’t reach for the scissors just yet. The majority of Spring / Summer ‘18 catwalks saw models with hair heavily influenced by the worlds of skating and grunge, with a touch of Californian surf thrown in for good measure. Here it was very much a departure from the slick metrosexual look, making way for a more rough and ready style. Hair is kept mid-length, but left to hang freely around the shoulders and looks great with a bit of a wave to it. While longer hair is definitely having a moment, down at the other end of the spectrum is the shaved look, still heavily influenced by the post-Soviet/ Military era. There doesn’t seem to be much else in the middle – it’s either long, or shaved, the looks might seem a strange justification, but both actually work really well next to each other, bringing a carefree, rebellious sense to 2018 trends. ON THAT NOTE

Paying attention to the latest grooming trends might not be top on your to-do list, but who wants to get left behind in the style stakes? Keeping up to date with your grooming routine is pretty vital in looking the part – after all, there’s not much point in dressing the part, only to be let down by unruly Hair, outdated Facial Hair and Uncooperative Skin. j

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ir die meeste mense is oefen ’n uitdaging… Dit is soveel makliker om net op die rusbank te sit en ontspan as om jou drafskoene aan te trek. Maar oefen is noodsaaklik vir ’n gesonde lewe. En dit is ook belangrik om kinders van ’n jong ouderdom af lief te maak vir oefen en beweeg – dit gaan hulle eendag goed te stand kom! Die Darling Akro Gimnastiekklub het in 2017 begin, en is die perfekte kombinasie van oefen en pret vir jong mense. Afrigter Hanno Swanepoel leer kinders die beginsels van akrobatiese gimnastiek, of “akro”. Akro is ’n spansport en word op ’n vloer gedoen, met ritmiese musiek wat die pas aangee. Die dans wat die gimnaste doen word ’n “roetine” genoem, en sluit onder meer dinamiese en balanserende elemente in wat deur meer as een gimnas op ’n slag gedoen word. Daar is ook individuele elemente in elke roetine. Hanno ken sy storie. Hy het in 2016 van die Hoërskool Swartland gematrikuleer, en het ses jaar se gimnastiekervaring by Malmesbury Gimnastiek onder sy belt. Hy het jaarliks aan die SA Gimnastiekkampioenskappe deelgeneem, waar hy verskeie goue medaljes verower het. “Ek is mal daaroor om gimnastiek te doen en hou van enige oefening, solank ek net myself geniet,” sê Hanno. “Ek stap ook graag met my hond langs die see.” Hanno bly fiks deur te boks en behoort ook aan ’n klub waar hy MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) beoefen. “Ek is streng met myself en probeer om ’n gesonde leefstyl te handhaaf.” Hanno het onlangs sy nasionale fiksheidssertifikaat (National Certificate in Fitness) voltooi en kan dus ook fiksheidsafrigting aan volwassenes verskaf – as jy lus is om vetjies af te skud of wesenlike leefstylveranderinge te maak, kontak hom! Hy bied oplossings vir die hele gesin. Tans is Acrofit in ’n beginstadium en die gimnaste sal eers volgende jaar aan kompetisies begin deelneem. j

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Kamma Mamma Playgroup Yzerfontein’s bilingual playgroup ARTICLE | PHOTO HENRIETTE GRIEBENOW

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ending one’s children to their first school is a nervewracking experience for most parents, especially moms. “…but sending my first born to Kamma Mamma Playgroup, which Michael loves going to, I have peace of mind,” says Zanthé Rademeyer. “Not only do I feel relieved that someone cares as much for my child as I do, but Henriette and her team treat each child as if they were their own.” At Kamma Mamma Playgroup we aim to live up to our name by making every child feel nurtured. Another satisfied mom, Jaqui Pratt, reports: “Mila refused to go to school in the U.K. But since joining Kamma Mamma Playgroup, she loves school! Henriette has a natural talent with all children to make them feel loved, comfortable and content. They have such fun. She’s brilliant.” Since we have opened our doors in January 2018 at the Dutch Reformed Church in Yzerfontein, we have doubled in number from seven enrolments to our current fourteen. Initially the playgroup would have accommodated 2-4 year olds, but the need for 1-2 year olds was so apparent, that permission was granted for another age group. Currently we have a “Krappie-klas” with five 1-2 year olds in the loving care of Petro Blake. The 2-4 year old group of nine is in the “Krefie-klas” with Henriette Griebenow as their “Kamma Mamma”. Merol Maarman and Jeanice Williams are our classroom assistants whose caring touch and smiles we would not have coped without. Another major role player in Kamma Mamma Playgroup’s success is the Yzerfontein Dutch Reformed Church community, who is truly ploughing their generosity and goodwill into our beautiful town’s young families by making the classroom and playground spaces available to us. We are grateful for their wonderful demonstration of “one-another-

ness”. Ask any of the little ones attending Kamma Mamma Playgroup, and you will be told that “sharing is caring”… Not only do we teach our precious little ones how to be caring towards one another, but we also have fun by getting messy with paint, sand, mud, water (only a little bit!) and all sorts of touchy feely experiences with beans, lentils, barley and “slime”. We love our circle time activities singing songs, dancing and listening to stories. And the “Krefie-klas” classroom puppet, Vern, brings a special surprise in his box every Monday, Wednesday and Friday when we have playgroup. Surprises vary from books, to toys or fun activities and every now and again a little treat. Apart from our indoor fun activities, we also love our outdoor playground, which is a work in progress. We are hoping to erect some jungle gyms, swings and slides sometime in the near future and any donations of used outdoor playground equipment or contributions towards such items would be much appreciated. We at Kamma Mamma Playgroup feel privileged to shower our Yzerfontein littlies with our love and care in our child friendly environment. We look forward to the rest of this year and hope to welcome some more little “Krappies” and “Krefies” at our playgroup soon! j

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plashing Stars is a swimming school for children from the age of 2 years old. We first focus on water safety and once your child is water safe, we then teach Butterfly, Backstroke, Breaststroke and Freestyle. We only use wellpoint water due to the water restrictions and we even flush our toilets with wellpoint water to help water saving. The School is based at Merchant Walk Street, Duynefontein, Melkbosstrand. Our pool which is indoors and is 12m long, is heated and the temperature maintained at 32 degrees Celsius. We have three full time swimming teachers who are all qualified with the Western Province Aquatics and with the Swimming Teachers Associations. The Swimming Teachers

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Association is recognized in 33 countries the world over. We love teaching children how to swim and we love making children happy. j

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WINTER HOLIDAY IDEAS ACROFITNESS

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the majestic 16 Mile Beach. Leave from your car just meters away from the beach and a leisurely stroll will be rejuvenating for

Situated in the heart of the West Coast, an hour away from

those weary soles. Great for giving your dogs a run without having

Cape Town, you’ll find Buffelsfontein Game & Nature Reserve.

to worry about seeing another person for hours on a quiet day.

This 1600 ha family owned reserve is home to some of Africa’s greats such as Lion, Buffalo, White Rhino and Giraffe. Visitors can either enjoy an unforgettable guided game drive, a delicious meal, a good night’s rest or a team building/ conference that will keep everyone talking for years to come. CONTACT INFO T 022 451 2824 E info@buffelsfontein.co.za W www.buffelsfontein.co.za

GEOCACHING Geocaching is a worldwide game of hiding and seeking “treasure”. A geocacher can place a geocache (container) somewhere in the world, pinpoint its location using GPS technology and then share the geocache’s existence and location online. Participants all over the world can navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates, locate these hidden containers, sign the log sheet inside and then log their experience online at www.geocaching.com

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STONE STABLES

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n his wisdom, and at the age of 29, my husband Kevin bought our home in 1992. At that time people thought he was crazy as he was one of the very few commuters, and even fewer young, English speaking people moving into town. It was pre-PDU, and in those years, Darling was certainly not on the map like it is today. He fell in love with our house immediately (one of the 17 original heritage homes of Darling, built in 1895) and spent the next few years renovating. When he was promoted to Johannesburg a few years later, he slept on couches and at times, in his car, in an effort to keep his beautiful home in Darling. In these years though he was aware of the potential of the derelict old stables and overnight jail at the bottom of the large erf, it got little, indeed almost no attention. In 2003 he was promoted back to the Western Cape and was able to live in his home again. In 2004, once renovations on the main house were complete he moved onto renovating the derelict stables. The remains of the building have been left unchanged with the bare granite rock walls, original horse feeding trough and the jail bars in the now kitchen and bathroom windows, have been cleverly incorporated in the simple design of this cottage. The bedroom and veranda were added on, to make it a spacious, comfortable space. The cottage is built on a stream, has a very old mulberry tree next to it that is said to be over 70 years old, and is a stone’s throw from the NG Kerk so that the chimes of the church clock, the large indigenous garden it is set in and the resident birds all add to this very tranquil ambiance. In 2006, Kevin and I decided to take a year out and travel Africa with our trusty Landy, so we looked to the cottage as a source of income while we were away. With the assistance of a dear friend we were able to rent out the cottage for short

term stays and thus Stone Stables was born. On our return we found it so pleasant having people to stay in our cottage, that we never shut down operations. Sharing this very special space gives us such joy and the cottage has certainly given us a funny story or two over the years. We once had 2 adults, 3 jack russells and a parrot to stay but that is a story for another time‌ j

CONTACT INFO T 071 901 2532 E philippa@darlingbrew.co.za W www.budget-getaways.co.za/accommodation/stone-stables SEASON RATES R900 per night OUT OF SEASON RATES flat rate SLEEPS 2

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WHEN SENZENI MET DOLLY Senzeni Marasela at The Toffee Gallery ARTICLE BRENDA SCHMAHMANN

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n 2016, the Johannesburg artist, Senzeni Marasela, began a series of works representing well-known singer and performer, Dolly Parton. Comprised of photocopies of iconic images of Parton that have been overlaid with images of Marasela herself, these works involve a second layer of performance: wearing a dress constituted from red isishweshwe fabric, the urban, single and progressive Marasela appears in the series wearing a garment that is standard amongst many conservative married women in rural areas, particularly the Eastern Cape. Marasela’s wearing of a red isishweshwe dress is part of a performance she has been undertaking since 2013 that has its roots in a series, “Theodorah in Johannesburg”, begun some ten years earlier. In 2003, Marasela read the newly released Cry of Winnie Mandela in which Njabulo Ndebele, its author, speaks of women’s experiences of waiting for years for departed men to return to them. These women are, as Ndebele describes them, “Penelope’s descendants” – that is, modern incarnations of the woman in Homer’s Odyssey who waits nineteen years for Odysseus to return from his travels. Ndebele’s book and its stories motivated Marasela’s “Theodorah in Johannesburg” series – works that focus on a woman from a remote rural home wandering the city, seeking the whereabouts of a long-absent partner. “Theodorah” is the name of Marasela’s mother who left Matatiele in the Eastern Cape in 1966 to join Marasela’s father, whom she had recently married, in Soweto. But the man whom the Theodorah in “Theodorah in Johannesburg” is seeking was inspired not by Marasala’s father but rather by the cousin of her mother who, like countless other men seeking work in cities and who eventually made alternative lives and sometimes established new families there, this cousin had disappeared to Johannesburg, leaving his wife and four children, without any financial support or means of contacting him, for fifteen years. When Marasela began wearing a red isishweshwe dress in 2013, she took the theme of “Theodorah in Johannesburg” to a new level by not simply representing the numerous women in South Africa cast in the role of “Penelope’s descendants” through the advent of migrant labour, as well as political and economic imperatives that drew their menfolk elsewhere, but also by performing it. BUT WHY DOLLY PARTON?

Looking through photographs, Marasela remembered how, as a child, her parents took her and her five siblings to a nearby photo-studio where they had photographs taken of themselves against fantastical backgrounds such as Buckingham Palace and the Eiffel Tower. Then, during a visit to Matatiele in 2013, when she visited a friend of her mother who had a collection of Parton memorabilia, she was reminded of the extensive airtime given to Parton’s music on South African radio stations in the 1960s and 1970s – how 44 THE WINTER ISSUE 2018 j I LOVE YZER DARLING

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the singer’s fans were not only in urban locales but also rural ones and included not only many white Afrikaners but also numerous black South Africans. Appearing often on television in the 1980s and 1990s, Parton had in turn become part of Marasela’s own experience of growing up. Associated by Marasela with the family’s role-playing during visits to the local photo-studio, she remembered how Dolly Parton was constructed as an inspirational icon for her parents’ generation especially. A woman who had reached heights of success despite her lowly birth as one of twelve children in rural Tennessee, and who highlighted rather than disowned her hillbilly origins, she suggested that South Africans from even the most marginalised, impoverished and disenfranchised of circumstances could, likewise, find happiness and success. Most crucially, Dolly Parton – like, Marasela, in her isishweshwe dress – performs womanliness. Or as Leigh Edwards (2017) interprets Parton’s ongoing construction of self, she encapsulates an image that combines the town tramp and the pure mountain girl. Defusing the efficacy of these two stereotypes through their ironic conjunction, Parton also uses camp exaggeration in such a way as to articulate the feminist message that gender roles are simply assumed by women rather than intrinsic to their being. Roles that are assumed rather than intrinsic can of course be shifted, and, in such a formulation, a woman can resist the constructs into which she is acculturated. One might thus argue that, by imaging herself in a red isishweshewe dress meeting up with Parton, Marasela is not simply illustrating a key category of Parton fan meeting her icon. More importantly, she is exposing the fact that her own costume is a form of camp artifice and that she too is self-consciously adopting a construct of appropriate womanliness in such a way as to transgress and question it. j References Butler, Judith (1999), Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity, Routledge: New York and London. First published in 1990. Edwards, Leigh. H. 2017. Dolly Parton: Gender and Country Music. Bloomington: Indiana University Press. Ndebele, Njabulo. 2003. The Cry of Winnie Mandela: a novel. Cape Town: David Philip.

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Sometimes the best way to clear your head is by changing your perspective. And what better way to do this than by jumping out of a plane? Mother City SkyDiving gave I Love Yzer Darling volunteer Eldré Strydom the thrill of her life... ARTICLE ELDRé STRYDOM | PHOTO MOTHER CITY SKYDIVING

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y day starts out like any other. I wake up, try to get my six-year-old ready for school, work in some threats and begging to hurry him up and make him go and brush his teeth, and then rush to make the trip to Darling. School starts at 7:30 and it’s a mere 25 minutes’ drive from Yzer, but we’re always late! It’s a typical Cape Town winters’ morning: cold, fresh and crisp. Just another morning, right? Not today. I’m making my way to Mother City SkyDiving, based just outside of Malmesbury on the N7. Drop zone operator Mike Rumble’s instructions take me straight there, right on time for my appointment to jump at 9:30am. I’m the lucky winner of a tandem jump this morning. It’s something I’ve wanted to do for as long as I can remember, and I think it’s on a lot of people’s bucket lists! A milestone that you think – and hope – will change something inside of you. A reset button, if you will. Mike welcomes me with open arms – literally. I get a big bear hug from the kindest looking man I’ve ever seen. We have some coffee and a chat, before I rush to fill in some papers. People are already coming down from their jumps, sporting the biggest smiles on their faces. I speak to a girl who says she’s had a fear of heights all her life, and that this is the day she chose to face it. And faced it she did! She says her fear is gone. Thirty minutes changed her life forever. “But weren’t you afraid before you had to take that step out of the plane?”, I ask. She answers: “You have two choices. Either panic or decide to enjoy it.” I look at Mike and say, “You have the best job in the world! You change people’s lives every day”. He smiles at me just like the proverbial monk who lived on the mountain, sharing his life secrets with anyone brave enough to climb up to him. As Mike is putting me in my harness, Fred makes his appearance. My holding-on-for-dear-life partner for the next thirty minutes. They explain the procedure to me, and we get into the airplane. As instructed, I sit between Fred’s legs. Surprisingly, I feel safe and secure – and I’ve known this man for only five minutes! Fred jokes that you form this intense

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What you should know Mother City SkyDiving combines passion with care to make sure that your skydiving adventure goes smoothly. They’ll guide you through the process from the moment your booking is confirmed until you touch down on land again. Remember: Mother Nature has her own mind, and sometimes the weather doesn’t want to play along! So, after confirming your jump, regularly check your emails for updates on weather conditions and operational capabilities. Remain flexible and double check with the Mother City SkyDiving team on the day before your jump.

relationship, and then you just walk away from it when it’s all over – but luckily, he handles rejection well by now! We fly over Darling and Yzerfontein. It’s spectacular to see it from this viewpoint. The big picture: roads and mountains and dams and farms and nature. Everything in its place. Fred says it’s like zooming out. The higher you go the smaller your problems seem to get. It rings true to me – right now, there’s nothing except the here and now. I’ve left my fear on the ground and decided that I’m going to enjoy this magical moment. I’ve waited long enough for it! 45 years, to be exact. Earlier, Mike mentioned an 80-year-old lady who jumped recently. Afterwards she wrote on the message wall: “I can’t believe it took me 80 years to do it!” The door opens, and we shuffle towards it, put our feet on the landing and acclimatise for a few seconds. The wind takes my breath away. I take a few deep breaths and off we go. The free fall is the most exhilarating feeling I’ve ever felt! It goes waaaay too quickly. Fred opens his parachute and we transition smoothly from fast, free and wild to just hanging and swooping softly, just like a feather through the sky. The quietness is striking. Fred takes my goggles off and loosens my harness a tiny bit. We just hang there for what feels like two minutes, but it’s more like ten minutes later that we land softly on our butts, just like we’ve done this together a thousand times before! I get to write something on the wall, give hugs all around and leave feeling that I can’t wait to do it again. If this is something you’ve always wanted to do, I say: just do it! j

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oorkamerfest organisers are pleased as punch to announce: Good news and BETTER news from Darling, darling! We’ve been through two years of waiting for the Voorkamerfest to re-emerge. And nearly eight years for a former president to become former! He is gone at last, and the Voorkamerfest is BACK with a passion and renewed energy to enchant and delight the lucky ones who manage to get a ticket. Voorkamerfest is usually sold-out every year, so prepare yourself for the weekend-comeback of your life: Friday 31 August, Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 September. BOOKINGS OPEN: 1 JULY 2018 The festival format remains the same – Friday one timeslot of 7 routes (21 shows), Saturday 2 timeslots (morning & afternoon) and Sunday one timeslot (morning) as well as the open-air performance for the community in Darling East. More information will soon be available on our website and social media – so for now, ink it on your calendar and book your accommodation as soon as you can! j

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he Darling Wildflower Society has been around for more than a century and the Society’s Show takes place annually over the third weekend in September. It celebrates an integral part of the Cape Fynbos Kingdom comprised of Renosterveld, Rietveld, Sandveld, and Strandveld where more than 1200 different species of flowers can be found. The show will be celebrating 101 years with the theme: Conservation and the next generation. The display will focus on the Wildflower Society’s development through the past 101 years as well as the Herbarium project. The Flower Show will offer a variety of activities to entertain young and old. Your ticket includes entry to: • the Landscaped Hall depicting the flowers of the area in their natural habitat, • a Craft & Gourmet Food Market, Times Friday & Saturday: 09:00 - 17:00 Sunday: 09:00 - 15:00 Venue Darling Golf Club, Jacaranda Street, Darling Tickets www.quicket.co.za - Group Specials on Application. Ticket Prices Adults: R60 Pensioners: R40 (Friday, 14 Sep, only) Children 2 - 18 years: R40 Children below 2 years: Free 46 THE WINTER ISSUE 2018 j I LOVE YZER DARLING

CONTACT INFO T 022 492 3384 E tasha@voorkamerfest-darling.co.za W www.voorkamerfest-darling.co.za FB DarlingVoorkamerfest

• a Veteran Tractor/Car Display, • an Entertainment Tent featuring live music from famous local acts, • safe and secure parking for vehicles, You can also look forward to a range of workshops. More detailed information about the workshops will be available on the www.darlingwildflowers.co.za. In addition there will be a shuttle driving through Darling, and stopping at places of interest including the Darling Museum, Evita’s Perron, Duckitt Nurseries and the Renosterveld Reserve. With more than a hundred food and craft stalls, everyone’s taste buds and shopping needs will be catered for! Kids will have a weekend of fun in the playpark area with entertainment ranging from face-painting to rides, while adults can relax in the Mini Wine Route & Beer Tent. Your entrance fee to the Darling Wildflower Show will help to conserve our endangered floral kingdom for future generations, so join us at the Darling Wildflower Show and contribute to conservation in our area! j

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he 24-hour Darling ttu MTB Enduro is an annual event hosted at !Khwa ttu on the R27 West Coast road. The challenge is to endure 24-hours of riding on a 10km fast purpose-built single track whilst withstanding the attractions of a 24-hour braai fire, 24-hour restaurant, social tent and entertainment. Ride as many laps as you can and enjoy the other attractions. The race is as much for those who are serious mountain bikers who want to stretch their boundaries, as it is for those who want to have a fun-filled weekend with good food, drinks, laughter, “kuier” camping and some fun riding. Bookings are now open but there is only a limited amount of entries, so don’t delay. This race will offer you a thrilling purpose build MTB trail with 100% sea views, game encounters and much more. There will be medical and bike repair support, a vibrant half way water and refreshment stop where we count your laps and boost your energy levels with special snacks and inspiration. At the race village we have a massive tent with a 24-hour restaurant, 24-hour Darling Brew beer on tap, DJ, snacks, coffee and drinks as well as a huge bonfire. We have three camping options: bring your own, basic and luxury. If you want to look the part, we also have Darling ttu race and t-shirts for sale online. Order your shirt when you enter the race and collect it at registration. For the spectators and supporters, we have many activities such as game drives, sundowners, kids entertainment and star gazing. The event is a collaboration between Darling Romery, !Khwa ttu and I Love Yzer. They are all passionate about the West Coast and creating new events and opportunities to experience the beauty of the region. Enter now and join us on 6 October. j

DARLING TTU RACE GEAR Race shirts: R495 V-neck T-shirts: R275 Order online www.darlingttu.co.za

CAMPING OPTIONS CAMP SITE Self set-up. 4 x 4m camp site. Maximum 4 people per site. Cost: R100 per camp site.

NO HASSLE CAMPING Basic 2-Man tent. 2 Mattrasses. Breakfast for 2 people. Cost: R500 per tent.

LUXURY CAMPING 4-Man walk-in tent.

Time 10 am - 10 am Venue !Khwa ttu, R27 West Coast Road Event Distance 10 km Multilap Challenge. Do as many laps as you can. Categories • Entry Fee Early Bird Entry Fee until 31 August 2018: Solo: R350 Team of 2: R700 Team of 4: R1 400 Age Limit From 14 years. Event Capped 500 riders.

4 Beds, including bedding. Breakfast for 4 people. Cost: R2 000 per tent.

CONTACT INFO T 022 451 2202 E info@darlingttu.co.za W www.darlingttu.co.za SOCIAL MEDIA Darlingttu THE WINTER ISSUE 2018 j I LOVE YZER DARLING 47


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FOR MORE INFORMATION 022 451 2202 j info@iloveyzer.co.za j www.iloveyzer.co.za j SM I Love Yzer

#GPCM2018

26 AUG 1 MARKET OF ST

THE NEW SEASON

30 SEP THE SPRING MARKET

28 OCT

28 OCT

THE COUNTRY RUN MARKET

2018

A mere 30 min out of Blouberg and an hour from the city, Groote Post is a gentle drive into the rustic countryside. Enjoy a day of family fun and relaxation at an idyllic Country Market nestled in the hills around the beautiful town of Darling.

MARKET AT VOORKAMERFEST DATES 31 AUG - 2 SEP 2018 VENUE EVITA SE PERRON TIMES FRIDAY 10:00 - 21:00 SATURDAY 09:00 - 21:00 SUNDAY 09:00 - 15:00 WINE | BEER | CRAFTS

DARLING TTU

GOURMET FOOD ENTERTAINMENT

24-HOUR MTB ENDURO

Contact us for trade info.

DATES 6-7 OCT 2018 VENUE !KHWA TTU, R27

MARKET AT DWFS

TIME 10 AM - 10 AM DISTANCE 10 KM MULTILAP

DATES 14-16 SEP 2018

CATEGORIES

VENUE DARLING GOLF CLUB

SOLO

TIMES

TEAM OF 2

FRIDAY 09:00 - 17:00

TEAM OF 4

SATURDAY 09:00 - 17:00

ENTER www.darlingttu.co.za

SUNDAY 09:00 - 15:00 TICKETS www.quicket.co.za ADULTS R60 | KIDS R40 PENSIONERS (FRI ONLY) R40 KIDS 0-2 FREE WINE | BEER | CRAFTS

YCE YZERFONTEIN CYCLE EXPERIENCE

GOURMET FOOD

DATE 3 NOV 2018

ENTERTAINMENT

VENUE YZER MAIN BEACH

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ENTER www.yzerce.co.za


JUNE

EVENTS

YZERFONTEIN parkrun

JAK DE PRIESTER

DATE: Every Saturday VENUE: Windhoek Farm, R315 TIME: 08:00 COST: Free

DATUM: 29 Junie PLEK: Evita se Perron TYD: 19:00 T: 022 492 3930

DAISY DARLING ART GALLERY

ANNUAL VINTAGE SALE AT CLOOF

DATE: Thursdays - Saturdays TIME: 10:00 - 15:00 By appointment only T: 022 492 2092

DATE: 30 June VENUE: Cloof Wine Estate CONTACT: Lester Pywell T: 022 492 2839

SENZENI MARASELA THEODORAH AND GABANE: DOLLY PARTON EXHIBITION

POTJIEKOS COMPETITION

DATE: until 29 July VENUE: The Toffee Gallery TIMES: Mon to Sat 08:00 – 17:00 Sundays 10:00 – 14:00 T: 022 492 2101

KIDDIES PAIRING DATE: Mondays to Saturdays VENUE: Ormonde Wine Estate Time: 09:00 – 15:00 PRICE: R40 per child T: 022 492 3540

YOUTH DAY DATE: 16 June VENUE: Yzerfontein Sports Club CONTACT: Jaco Joubert T: 072 138 7120

THEATRE OF THE MIND DATE: 20 June VENUE: Darling Museum TIME: 19:00 PRICE: R125 per head BYO Booking by 15 June – Includes 2 Course Dinner T: 022 492 3361

JOHN VLISMAS “THE GOOD RACIST” DATE: 22 - 23 June VENUE: Evita se Perron TIME: 19:00 T: 022 492 3930

QUIZ NIGHT DATE: 28 June VENUE: Yzerfontein Sports Club TIME: 19:00 CONTACT: Peter Killick T: 083 548 7340

DATE: 30 June VENUE: Yzerfontein Sports Club CONTACT: Jaco Joubert T: 072 138 7120

YZERFONTEIN ANGLING DATE: 30 June VENUE: Yzerfontein Sports Club CONTACT: Charl Groenewald T: 082 468 1466

WINTER BEER FESTIVAL DATE: 30 June VENUE: Darling Brew TIME: 10:00 – 18:00 T: 021 286 1099

COUNTRY LEGENDSJAMES MARAIS & MONIQUE CASSELS DATE: 30 June VENUE: Evita se Perron TIME: 19:00 T: 022 492 3930

JULY

YZERFONTEIN parkrun DATE: Every Saturday VENUE: Windhoek Farm, R315 TIME: 08:00 COST: Free

TANNIE EVITA PRAAT KAKTUS DATUM: 1 Julie PLEK: Evita se Perron TYD: 14:00 T: 022 492 3930

CAPE BRANDY TASTING DATE: 4 July VENUE: The Marmalade Cat TIME: 18:00

COST: R190pp T: 022 492 3971

AN AUDIENCE WITH PIETER-DIRK EISH

DUCKITT NURSERIES OPEN DAY

DATE: 14 July VENUE: Evita se Perron TIME: 14:00 T: 022 492 3930

DATE: 7 July VENUE: Duckitt Nurseries T: 022 492 2606

CAR BOOT SALE DATUM: 7 Julie PLEK: Die Stal TYD: 09:00 KONTAK: Suzette Ferreira T: 072 685 1876

ADAPT OR FLY DATE: 7 July VENUE: Evita se Perron TIME: 14:00 T: 022 492 3930

X-MAS IN JULY

CHRIS CHAMELEONKAT EN WOLF DATUM: 20 Julie PLEK: Evita se Perron TYD: 19:00 T: 022 492 3930

WHEN IN DOUBT SAY DARLING DATE: 21 July VENUE: Evita se Perron TIME: 14:00 T: 022 492 3930

QUIZ NIGHT

DATE: 8, 15, 22, 28, 29 July VENUE: Evita se Perron TIME: 14:00 T: 022 492 3930

DATE: 26 July VENUE: Yzerfontein Sports Club TIME: 19:00 CONTACT: Peter Killick T: 083 548 7340

TRIVIAL PURSUITGAME NIGHT

MARK BANKSSTARK RAVING MARK

DATE: 10 July VENUE: Wild Flour Café TIME: 19:00 for 19:30 CONTACT: Nadia T: 082 325 4907

DATE: 27, 28 July VENUE: Evita se Perron TIME: 19:00 T: 022 492 3930

BINGO DATE: 12 July VENUE: Yzerfontein Sports Club TIME: 19:00 for 19:30 CONTACT: Peter Killick T: 083 548 7340

DESMOND WELLS DATE: 13 July VENUE: Evita se Perron TIME: 18:00 T: 022 492 3930

LOLLOS & LETTIE DATUM: 14 Julie PLEK: NG Kerksaal, Darling TYD: 11:00 KAARTJIES: R80pp Ten bate van Darling Pre-Primêr. Snoepie en middagetes te koop. KONTAK: I Love Yzer T: 022 451 2202

YZERFONTEIN ANGLING DATE: 28 July VENUE: Yzerfontein Sports Club CONTACT: Charl Groenewald T: 082 468 1466

DARLING COLLEGE SPORTS DAY DATE: 28 July VENUE: Darling Golf Club TIME: 08:00 T: 022 492 3429

Visit our Social Media pages for event updates: @ILoveYzer @ILoveDarling @ILoveWeskus Want your event to be listed? Send your event info to: info@iloveyzer.co.za

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AUGUST

YZERFONTEIN parkrun DATE: Every Saturday VENUE: Windhoek Farm, R315 TIME: 08:00 COST: Free

CAR BOOT SALE DATUM: 4 Augustus PLEK: Die Stal TYD: 09:00 KONTAK: Suzette Ferreira T: 072 685 1876

DUCKITT NURSERIES OPEN DAY DATE: 4 August VENUE: Duckitt Nurseries T: 022 492 2606

ADAPT OR FLY DATE: 4 August VENUE: Evita se Perron TIME: 14:00 T: 022 492 3930

OPERA IN DARLING DATE: 4 August VENUE: Evita se Perron TIME: 19:00 T: 022 492 3930

TANNIE EVITA PRAAT KAKTUS DATUM: 5, 19 PLEK: Evita se Perron TYD: 14:00 T: 022 492 3930

EVITA’S WOMAN’S DAY DATE: 9 August VENUE: Evita se Perron TIME: 14:00 T: 022 492 3930

BOEREJOL DATUM: 10 Augustus PLEK: Yzerfontein Sport Klub KONTAK: Jaco Joubert T: 072 138 7120

YELLOW TAIL CHALLENGE DATE: 11 August VENUE: Yzerfontein Sports Club CONTACT: Theuns Kruger T: 083 306 5510

KOOS KOMBUIS DATUM: 11 August PLEK: Evita se Perron TYD: 19:00 T: 022 492 3930

TRIVIAL PURSUITGAME NIGHT DATE: 14 August VENUE: Wild Flour Café TIME: 19:00 for 19:30 CONTACT: Nadia T: 082 325 4907

BINGO DATE: 16 August VENUE: Yzerfontein Sports Club TIME: 19:00 for 19:30 CONTACT: Peter Killick T: 083 548 7340

WOUTER VAN DE VENTER DATUM: 17 August PLEK: Evita se Perron TYD: 20:00 T: 022 492 3930

PHILIP MOOLMAN DATUM: 18 August PLEK: Evita se Perron TYD: 19:00 T: 022 492 3930

DEEP FRIED MANIN GOOD TASTE DATE: 24, 25 August VENUE: Evita se Perron TIME: 19:00 T: 022 492 3930

YZERFONTEIN ANGLING DATE: 25 August VENUE: Yzerfontein Sports Club CONTACT: Charl Groenewald T: 082 468 1466

GROOTE POST COUNTRY MARKET DATE: 26 August VENUE: Groote Post, Darling TIME: 10:00 - 15:00 CONTACT: I Love Yzer T: 022 451 2202 E: info@iloveyzer.co.za

TANNIE EVITA PRAAT KAKTUS DATUM: 26 Augustus PLEK: Evita se Perron

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TYD: 14:00 T: 022 492 3930

QUIZ NIGHT DATE: 30 August VENUE: Yzerfontein Sports Club TIME: 19:00 for 19:30 CONTACT: Peter Killick T: 083 548 7340

VOORKAMERFEST 2018 DATE: 31 August - 2 September VENUE: Evita se Perron CONTACT: Tasha St John-Reid T: 022 492 3384

SEPTEMBER

YZERFONTEIN parkrun

DATE: Every Saturday VENUE: Windhoek Farm, R315 TIME: 08:00 COST: Free

CAR BOOT SALE DATUM: 1 September PLEK: Die Stal TYD: 09:00 KONTAK: Suzette Ferreira T: 072 685 1876

THE DARLING WILDFLOWER SHOW DATE: 14 - 16 September VENUE: Darling Golf Club TIMES: FRIDAY 09:00 - 17:00 SATURDAY 09:00 - 17:00 SUNDAY 09:00 - 15:00 TICKETS: www.quicket.co.za Adults R60 | Kids R40 Pensioners (Fri only) R40 Kids 0-2 Free T: 084 916 1111

GROOTE POST COUNTRY MARKET DATE: 30 September VENUE: Groote Post, Darling TIME: 10:00 - 15:00 CONTACT: I Love Yzer T: 022 451 2202 E: info@iloveyzer.co.za

OCTOBER

DARLING TTU MTB 24HOUR ENDURO

DATE: 6 - 7 October VENUE: !Khwa ttu, R27 TIME: 10:00 - 10:00 ENTER: www.darlingttu.co.za T: 022 451 2202

DARLING SCARECROW FESTIVAL DATE: 26 - 28 October VENUE: Various in Darling T: 022 492 3361

GROOTE POST COUNTRY RUN DATE: 28 October VENUE: Groote Post, Darling TIME: From 07:00 ENTER: www.trailrunning.co.za CONTACT: I Love Yzer T: 022 451 2202 E: info@iloveyzer.co.za

GROOTE POST COUNTRY MARKET DATE: 28 October VENUE: Groote Post, Darling TIME: 10:00 - 15:00 CONTACT: I Love Yzer T: 022 451 2202 E: info@iloveyzer.co.za

NOVEMBER

YZERFONTEIN CYCLE EXPERIENCE

DATE: 3 November VENUE: Yzerfontein Main Beach ENTER: www.yzerce.co.za T: 022 451 2202

GROOTE POST COUNTRY MARKET DATE: 25 November VENUE: Groote Post, Darling TIME: 10:00 - 15:00 CONTACT: I Love Yzer T: 022 451 2202 E: info@iloveyzer.co.za

Visit our Social Media pages and website for event updates: @ILoveYzer @ILoveDarling @ILoveWeskus www.iloveyzer.co.za


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