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15 JANUARY 2020




on surviving 3 | Tips load shedding SRA 5 | Hermanus needs support

This baboon in Pringle Bay was found feasting on the yellow pincushions (Leucospermum conocarpodendron) that grow naturally in and around the town and the Kogelberg mountains. How lovely to see them enjoying the natural vegetation instead of going through people's unlocked bins! PHOTO: Jenny Parsons

Ssspitting into the new year Writer & Photographer Taylum Meyer


black spitting cobra (Naja nigricincta woodi) was the last thing a family in Sandbaai expected to find in their home last week in the early hours of the morning. The snake, which is approximately 1.6 metres in length, was first thought to be a ring-necked spitting cobra (commonly known as a rinkhals) by Corné and Hugo Uys from Corné Uys Outdoors, who received the one-in-a-million callout at 00:30 on Tuesday 7 January. “We thought it was a rinkhals when we got the call because you do not get black spitting cobras in the Overberg,” said Corné who just finished writing his matric last year. Black spitting cobras occur east of Cape Town and northwards into much of Namaqualand, extending east to Tswalo and Witsand, and north into Southern Namibia. So how did this

snake end up in the Overstrand? “We think it hitched a ride with a family member who was visiting Sandbaai from the Cederberg,” explained Corné and Hugo. “It must have slithered into her car or luggage when she left home and then made its way into the house here in Sandbaai. She arrived on Sunday 5 January, so the snake was in the house for two days before it was found.” Luckily for the man who found the black spitting cobra behind his bar fridge, he was wearing reading glasses which protected his eyes when the snake spat at him. These cobras have a cytotoxic venom which can cause severe pain, swelling, tissue damage and, if it gets into your eyes, possible blindness. According to Corné, black spitting cobras can generate venom as fast as humans generate saliva and can spit accurately up to two metres away, making them very dangerous if you come close to them. A day or two after the snake’s capture, Corné

and Hugo were contacted by a film crew from the Czech Republic who heard about the snake through one of Corné’s friends. They are busy creating a series on spitting snakes in South Africa and the only snake they had not yet managed to find was a black spitting cobra. The film crew will be coming to Hermanus on 15 January to document this rare snake before taking it back and releasing it in the Cederberg with Corné. “We would like to remind everyone that we are in snake season and it is easy to confuse dangerous snakes with harmless ones,” said Corné. “Instead of trying to catch it yourself, call your local snake guys. Snake season seems to have started later than usual due to the weird weather we have had and we are still expecting to see many more snakes this year.”

Corné and the black spitting cobra.

Corné can be contacted for snake removals on 076 075 8004 (Facebook: Corné Uys Outdoors), or you can contact Johnathan Powers from Snake Removals Hermanus on 082 352 6000 (Facebook: Snake Removals Hermanus).

15 January 2020


Positive vibes after Don’t feel powerless during load shedding busy season Writer De Waal Steyn


his season has been indicative of how the national and international economy, personal preference and weather are reshaping how and when tourists come to spend their hard-earned money at destinations such as the Cape Whale Coast (CWC). “This means that 2020 will inevitably be the year in which we will need to change the way we look at tourism, how we attract tourists and what we as a destination have on offer for tourists to enjoy. Notably, we had more international visitors this season and we drew South Africans from across the demographic spectrum,” said CWC Tourism Manager, Frieda Lloyd. “From a tourism perspective, we are positive about what the rest of the year has instore for us. Our wine regions are extremely popular as, apart from some of the best wines in the world, they offer personalised, unhurried tastings and food to match. Our wine routes have become sought-after destinations in their own right,” said Lloyd. Businesses along the coast have reported a mixed bag of feedback, although the consensus is that the 2019/20 summer season was successful on all counts. Most business owners are upbeat about 2020 and the year that lies ahead. Brennan Davies, co-owner of Wine Glass and the Chill Guru bus service, said although the foreign tourist market grew in October and November, local tourist spend increased by a smaller margin than the international spend. All-in-all, we had a good season, but not the great season we were all hoping for. But with that in mind, we are positive about the prospects for 2020.” Marc de Maudave Bestel of Hemel-en-Aarde Brewery echoed this sentiment. “For small- to medium-sized businesses in Hermanus it is vital that 30% to 40% of their annual turnover is realised in the last two months of the year. That said, this season did not disappoint, especially the period between Christmas and New Year with high energy levels and large volumes of customers enjoying our offerings. “Events and live band performances proved to be crowd pullers, with some shows like Watershed selling out. Both our Christmas and New Year’s parties were successful, and we are confident that the remainder of 2020 will

exceed all of our expectations,” de Maudave Bestel said. Health and beauty company Refine, which recently celebrated its 10th anniversary, reported an excellent season, with several other businesses in this sector saying their turnover was on a par with last year. Louis Saaiman, owner of Fleurs, said although this season was comparable to the last, he had to put in many more hours for it to be so. “Our opening hours were twice as long as last year, so it took double the effort, but it was worth it. Businesses should be happy with the fact that we still had a good season.” Carolyn Martin of Creation Wines, said they had a very good season with both of their wine tasting and wine pairings being popular with visitors. “I think it is important that I also thank all my staff. We tend to forget the people who work so hard and who are dedicated to making the season a success. This includes not only the clients and staff, but also the suppliers,” she said. David Maynier, Western Cape Minister of Finance and Economic Opportunities, said there had been promising growth in domestic tourism, with an increase in visitors from KwaZulu-Natal, Gauteng and North West. “This is a positive indication of recovery in the tourism sector and we remain optimistic about the year ahead. Top experiences attracting visitors include wine tastings and activities at wine estates for families, cultural and sustainable experiences, local dining, events and outdoor activities, such as hiking and cycling,” Maynier said. According to him between 80% and 90% of all reservations were made online and last-minute reservations that were made directly with establishments and tourism offices increased. Visits to caravan parks increased, especially from within the Western Cape. The minister also noted that the duration of stays was between two and three days. The newly-established United Airline direct route between New York and Cape Town has had a significantly positive impact on tourism from the United States, while Germany and the United Kingdom remain the key source markets for visitors to the province. Tour operators reported a 5% increase in bookings and arrivals in the Western Cape, with forward reservations from China, India, Brazil and Russia looking favourable, the minister noted.

Load shedding. Power cuts. Rolling blackouts. Call them what you will, they’re a reality and Eskom has warned they’re here to stay for quite some time. But why is this happening you may ask? Load shedding is about Eskom balancing the power scales; it needs to be able to supply enough electricity to meet the country’s demands. When supply matches demand, everything is fine. But when the country needs more power than Eskom can generate, either because of an increase in demand or a drop in supply, then we’re in trouble. If the country’s demand outstrips the amount of electricity Eskom can supply, power stations start taking some serious strain and the system can be badly damaged. That, in turn, can lead to a national blackout – a truly worst-case scenario. For both residents and businesses, coping with load shedding will be a huge challenge, especially in these tough economic times. Handy load shedding tips: • Most businesses, including restaurants, remain open during load shedding thanks to gas and generators, but it’s advisable to check beforehand. Don’t just assume that a business is not trading during load shedding; while it may look dark inside, chances are they are still open for business. • Put the proposed load shedding times somewhere handy so that your family will have enough time to prepare for the power outage. • Install a solar geyser, get solar lamps to put outside in the garden. Get a few high-wattage solar-powered lights for your garden, and a few LED lights for inside. Light is a deterrent to would-be burglars. • Gas stoves are becoming a popular choice for people who are building a new home or re-doing their kitchen. There's also the portable option: you can buy a camping gas stove. This way you can cook food or boil the kettle, even if there's no electricity. • Use empty plastic cool drink bottles, fill them with water and place in your deep freeze. If the power is out for a long time, you can take them out and put them in your fridge to keep food cold until the power comes back on. It will also create extra freezing capacity in the deep freeze to keep your meats from thawing. • Use battery-operated lights. You can get lanterns, torches and other battery-operated lights to keep around the house when

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the power goes off. It's less dangerous than using just candles. Get a head torch or cap. You can strap the head torch around your head or get a cap with a fitted light so that you can walk around the house easily, without trying to make your way in the dark. Get a generator. Often this is the more expensive option, but depending on your needs and your budget, a generator may be a good idea. You can get ones that will keep the entire house powered, or smaller ones to keep the fridge running and perhaps just the TV on. Smart plugs are an effective way to help ensure your valuable appliances are not damaged by sudden power surges. Smart plugs can be set to switch off your appliances such as TVs, fridges and microwaves. Smart plugs typically have a companion app allowing you to set preferences, schedules and names for the devices. Invest in surge protection plugs. These red plugs are available at supermarkets and hardware stores. If you need to manually open and close your gates when you get home, try to have someone come and meet you at your entrance or arrange for an escort from your security company. Alarm systems, garage doors and electric gates generally rely on electricity so make sure that these items all have good backup batteries. Keep your cellphone charged, or invest in a portable phone charger, so that you can still call for help if you need to. Download these two apps: EskomsePush allows you to receive updates on planned load shedding and schedules. The Namola emergency app can connect you with help – and share your location – in an instant. - De Waal Steyn & Taylum Meyer


15 January 2020

Dog attacks cyclist in nature reserve Writer & Photographer Colleen Naudé


recent cycling trip along the beach took a nasty turn for Hermanus resident, Johan Coetzee. On Saturday afternoon 4 January, he and a friend, Kolvert Rautenbach from Johannesburg were riding near De Kelders. At some stage Johan noticed children on the sand with their dog lying next to them. Close by, two men were fishing in the shallow water. Suddenly the dog, a Weimaraner, jumped up. When Johan was about ten metres from the anglers the dog ran towards him and bit him on his left calf. “I fell off my bike. The men saw what had happened, but did not react. Kolvert, who was behind me, went up to them and asked them whether they were aware of what had happened,” relates Johan. Kolvert adds: “The owner did not look alarmed. That’s when I told him that his dog had bitten Johan. His reaction was a startled, ‘My dog does not bite.’

New dog zones planned The issue of whether and where dogs can be allowed to walk offleash has been a contentious one in the Overstrand for a long time.

extremely offhand about the regulations regarding dogs being on a leash in public places. Kolvert, a visitor to Hermanus, expressed surprise at the general casual attitude of the public towards an apparently serious dog problem on Hermanus beaches. At MediClinic Johan's wound (6 x 4 cms) was cleaned and the loose flap of skin secured with stitches. Since then, Johan has been on huge dosages of antibiotics that are administered intravenously.

Johan, a retired anaesthetist, adds: “Since the transplant I have had to take immuno-suppressants to prevent rejection of the new liver. These slow down the body’s immune system, thus affecting the body’s defence against germs, which means I am susceptible to infections. Even minor infections can become very serious.”

On Tuesday 7 January Johan saw a plastic surgeon who unfortunately had some more bad news. The piece of skin that had been stitched to cover the wound, was dead. That will necessitate a skin transplant that could only be done once the swelling and inflammation have gone down. A further complication is that immuno-suppressant drugs hinder wound healing, so Johan has had to stop taking the drug. This increases the risk of liver rejection, with potentially fatal consequences.

Kolvert convinced the owner of the severity of the situation and that he had to get Johan to hospital as quickly as possible. This was done. Kolvert then continued his ride back to Hermanus along the beach and on the way a large dog attacked him too, also unprovoked. Fortunately, he avoided being bitten. The owner was

Johan, who is a dog lover, holds no grudges against his attacker. “I understand that dogs react with a hunter’s instinct when they see something moving past them. The problem lies with owners who do not have their dogs on leashes in public spaces. The municipal by-laws of the Overstrand state this very specifically. Moreover,

“I then informed him that this was extremely serious seeing that Johan had undergone a liver transplant some three years ago.”

the stretch of the beach where we were cycling is part of a nature reserve where no dogs, or any animal, is allowed, not even on a leash.” The by-law relating to the Keeping of Dogs and Cats is applicable to the whole of the Overstrand Municipal District, and must be complied with. Sections 6(2) and (3) of this by-law stipulates that "No person may or cause to be allowed any dog to be in a public place unless it is kept on a leash." Since the stretch of beach where the attack took place falls within a nature reserve, even stricter rules apply, as stipulated in Chapter 8 Section 45 of Regulation Gazette Vol. 560 Pretoria, No. 9679 8 February 2012 35021: “Pets in nature reserves 45 (1) No person may, except on conditions determined by a management authority from time to time, allow any dog, cat or other pet belonging to or under the care of that person to enter and remain in or enter or remain in a nature reserve. (2) Any dog, cat or other pet contemplated in subregulation (1) which is not in the care of any person, may either be caught and removed or destroyed at the discretion of the management authority. (3) Any dog, cat or other pet not in control by a leash in a nature reserve may be impounded or destroyed at the discretion of the management authority during or after such act.”


In 2016, proposed amendments to the by-law on cats and dogs caused wide-spread reaction. The changes proposed that instead of being compulsory for dogs to be on a leash at all times, they be allowed off their leash, but under strict control of their owner after 18:00 in the evening and before 08:00 in the morning, except on specific swimming beaches, where they are not allowed at all. In the end, the proposed changes were never served before council, meaning that dogs always need to be on leashes. Now, the municipality is set to start a public participation process at the end of January that will allow for the creation of new designated areas for dogs, or ‘dog zones’. This comes after mayor Dudley Coetzee, asked Nature’s Valley Conservation Trust to assist with a pilot study on the impact of dogs on various beaches. The aim is to introduce three zones – red, orange and green – starting at beaches in Gansbaai (Pearly Beach), Grotto and Kleinmond (Main Beach). The red zones will be where dogs are not allowed, the orange zones will be the areas where dogs must always be kept on leashes and in the green zones dogs can be let

off leashes but must be kept under control. The first round of discussions with stakeholders started in December 2019, and a public workshop will be held at the end of January to introduce the concept to the public. Following the public participation process the final proposal will be open for public comment for a month before the proposal will be taken to council for consideration. According to the municipality, zoning will be advantageous to people, dogs and shorebirds. “With the new dog zones, the needs of our companion animals, wildlife and beach-goers are taken into account. We are striving to find a compromise that affords every type of beach-user space on the beach that they can enjoy,” the municipality said in a statement. Until such time as council has taken a decision, dogs must always be kept on a leash in public places. Public spaces include any beach, road, path, bridge, footpath or garden, and any other place under the control of the municipality. “Dog owners making use of Overstrand’s beaches that earned Blue Flag status – Grotto, Hawston, Castle Beach and Kleinmond – must respect the stipulation that no dogs will be allowed on these beaches whilst the Blue Flag is flying,” said the municipality.


Notice is hereby given that:

Kennisgewing geskied hiermee dat:


Abner Francois-Andre Inghels, registered owner of Erf 3551, 6 Radyn Street, Onrus has applied to establish the OnrusVermont Special Rating Area (OVSRA) in terms of the Overstrand Municipality: Special Rating Area By-Law, 2016 read together with the Overstrand Municipality: Special Rating Area Policy, as amended (1 July 2019), to include all properties in the area bound by the boundaries of Onrus, From the Onrus Main Road/R43 intersection in the East to the Vermont Lynx Road/R43 intersection in the West, the coastline on the south, and the ward’s boundary on the mountain on the north. This includes all areas in Ward 13 Overstrand Municipality including Onrus, Onrus North, Berghof, Vermont & Paradise Park.


Abner Francois-Andre Inghels, die geregistreerde eienaar van Erf 3551, Radynstraat 6, Onrus, aansoek gedoen het om ’n SAG wat bekend sal staan as die Onrus-Vermont SAG te stig ingevolge die Overstrand Munisipaliteit se Verordening op Spesiale Aanslaggebiede (2016), saam met die Overstrand Munisipaliteit se Beleid vir Spesiale Aanslaggebiede soos gewysig (1 Julie 2019). Die gebied sluit in alle belastingbetalende eiendomme wat omsluit word deur die dorpsgrense van Onrus, van die Onrus Main Road/R43 kruising in die Ooste tot by die Vermont Lynx Road/R43 kruising in die Weste, die kuslyn in die Suide, en die wyk se grens teen die berg aan die Noorde. Dit sluit al die areas in in Wyk 13 Overstrand Munisipaliteit insluitende Onrus, Onrus-Noord, Berghof, Vermont en Paradyspark.


The application, together with related information, is available for scrutiny on the OVSRA website at: and at the Overstrand Municipality, Hermanus Municipal Offices, 1 Magnolia Street, Hermanus. (Enquiries: Ms Johette Basson, tel +27(0)28 313 8133).


Die aansoek, tesame met toepaslike inligting, is beskikbaar vir bestudering op die OVSAG-webwerf by en by die kantore van die Overstrand Munisipaliteit, Hermanus Munisipale Kantore, 1 Magnolia Straat, Hermanus. (Navrae: Mev Johette Basson, tel +27(0)28 313 8133).


Any objections to the establishment of the Onrus-Vermont SRA must be submitted in writing to the Municipal Manager, PO Box 20, Hermanus 7200, or e-mailed to or delivered by hand to the Municipal Manager, Municipal Offices, 1 Magnolia Street, Hermanus.


Besware teen die stigting van die Onrus-Vermont SAG moet op skrif gestuur word aan die Munisipale Bestuurder, Posbus 20, Hermanus 7200, of epos aan of per hand afgelewer word by die Munisipale Bestuurder, Munisipale kantore, Magnoliastraat 1, Hermanus.


Objections must be received by the office of the Municipal Manager by not later than 14 February 2020.


Besware moet die kantoor van die Munisipale Bestuurder nie later as 14 Februarie 2020 bereik nie.


A public meeting will be held, the purpose of which will be to inform all attendees of relevant information pertaining to the application; and to discuss the practical implications relating thereto.


‘n Openbare vergadering sal gehou word met die doel om tersaaklike inligting rakende die aansoek te verskaf; en praktiese implikasies te bespreek wat daarmee verband hou.

Date and time: Wednesday, 29 January 2020 at 18:00 Venue: Onrus Dutch Reformed Church, Berg Street, Onrus

Datum en tyd: Woensdag, 29 Januarie 2020 om 18:00 Plek: Onrus NG Kerk, Berg straat, Onrus

All property owners in the proposed SRA are requested to attend the meeting.

Alle eiendomseienaars in die voorgestelde SAG word versoek om die vergadering by te woon.

Enquiries may be directed to the OVSRA Steering Committee at

Vir navrae kontak die OVSAG-loodskomitee by


15 January 2020

Hermanus SRA needs the support of all property owners by month's end Writer De Waal Steyn


ith the Onrus-Vermont Special Ratings Area receiving the required number of votes to apply to the municipality for the establishment of a Special Ratings Area (SRA), the next challenge lies with drawing enough votes for the creation of an SRA for Hermanus. According to Michael Farr, chair of the Hermanus SRA committee, a total of 2 751 yes votes are required before an application can be brought to establish an SRA. “To date we have only obtained 1 027 votes in favour of the SRA and 50 votes against. The target needs to be reached by the end of January if the SRA is to be established in July this year,” he said. Following a public meeting on 19 December, the committee plans to hold further meetings with ratepayers during the month on the proposed business plan, which is available at www. The boundaries of the Hermanus SRA are from 17th Avenue in the East to Swartdam Road in the West, with Still Street as the southern border and Fernkloof Nature Reserve as the northern border. Suburbs included in this area are Westcliff, Westdene, Industria, Northcliff, the Central Business District, Eastcliff, Hermanus Heights, Fernkloof, Kwaaiwater and Voëlklip. “We believe that it is vital for the future of

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Hermanus that crime prevention and public safety should be a priority. Our business plan proposes an annual budget of R8.3 million for the period 1 July 2020 to 30 June 2021. Funding for HSRA will be provided from a Special Rating Area levy charged by the municipality to property owners. The additional monthly rate payment for the SRA will be determined by the property’s municipal valuation and will amount to 0.00061 cents in the Rand per annum,” said Farr. He believes that should property owners fail to support the establishment of an SRA in Hermanus, the likely consequence will be an escalation in crime and a decline in property values, tourism and business enterprises. “I want to urge property owners to obtain their consent forms from our website and to complete these before the end of January. We have had very little response from business property owners in the CBD and the industrial area and I want to ask those owners to become part of the SRA process.” According to the municipality, there are 5 503 registered properties in Hermanus. One of the municipality’s requirements for the establishment of an SRA is that a perception survey should be done and that 25% of the property owners need to participate in the survey. A total of 1 393 individuals participated in the survey that was done on behalf of the SRA committee by business development and research consultants, Douglas Parker Associates.

The survey revealed the following key findings in terms of safety and security:

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Although more than half of the respondents had never been a victim of crime, the majority believed safety in the town was becoming a problem and that they still felt safe in Hermanus, but only during the daytime. Additional security services, such as the HPP, neighbourhood watches and security companies were viewed very favourably and deemed essential in preventing crime. Typically, major security services, such as municipal law enforcement and SAPS, tended to be viewed as merely average by a majority of the respondents. Regarding traffic control, a majority viewed these services as between very good and average. It would thus appear that, if municipal law enforcement and the police are not deemed completely effective, additional services are viewed as necessary to help limit crime. In terms of crimes, respondents viewed burglary as the biggest problem in Hermanus, with theft without forced entry being deemed the second biggest problem. Regarding the breaching of bylaws, respondents viewed trespassing on private property as the biggest problem, with unlawful dumping of rubbish and malicious damage to property as the second largest problems (perhaps due to the recent rioting and unrest). More than half of the respondents agreed with, and supported, the statement that all property owners should share responsibility for ensuring a safer town.

Key findings in terms of cleanliness of the town:

Most respondents expressed the opinion that Hermanus was an attractive town, but that litter (especially during the holidays) and the illegal dumping of rubbish were very problematic. Positively, a majority of the respondents felt that the municipality was doing an excellent job with regard to the maintenance of public walkways, pavements and benches.



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What are the supplementary services provided for by the SRA? Patrol officers on foot in the CBD and vehicle patrols throughout the area. The vehicle patrols will be on a 24-hour basis, 7 days a week. Foot patrol officers will be used primarily in the CBD, on Hoy’s Koppie and the Cliff Path, which stretches from the New Harbour to Grotto Beach. Vehicle patrols will take place throughout all the suburbs included in the HSRA area. All activities will be monitored through GPS tracking from the control centre. The HSRA NPC will have access to a minimum of 19 monitoring CCTV cameras (pending a municipal decision to transfer existing Hermanus Public Protection (HPP) assets to the HSRA). Provide additional street sweeping, waste picking and refuse collection in all the public areas of the HSRA; and Promote waste minimization by providing supplementary municipal services in the area, including but not limited to, more waste bins and waste recycling opportunities, strictly in alignment with official municipal policies in this regard. The HSRA will also support the Overstrand Municipality with an effective litter collection service on the Cliff Path and Hoy’s Koppie.

Final thoughts by respondents: Almost all of the respondents stated that the preservation of the natural environment was important. (This fits in with respondents’ view that littering and illegal dumping of rubbish are problematic.) With reference to the questions dealing with safety and security, respondents viewed the safety of residents and visitors as being the greatest need for Hermanus to address. An attractive and clean town was deemed the second biggest priority requiring attention. Respondents emphasized equality for all (including the provision of housing) which could lead to a decrease in crime and breaching of bylaws. Other issues emphasized included baboon management, the revitalization of the CBD, the New Harbour and dog-related issues. Based on comments by respondents, most factors appear interconnected in some way, eg greater equality could lead to fewer illegal activities (like theft, damage to property and trespassing), which in turn, will improve safety and security (and hopefully, cleanliness of the environment). These improvements will positively affect tourism and thus the economic health of the town.

What are the benefits for the SRA members? A safe, clean and healthy environment will contribute indirectly to an increase in the value of properties. The community as a whole will share the benefits of a safe, healthy and clean environment for living, working and relaxing. Quick and effective monitoring and reporting of any signs of degeneration and decay in public areas. All rateable property owners will equitably share the cost of HSRA operations by contributing the same number of cents in the Rand value of their properties. Visitors will feel safe in Hermanus and will therefore be more inclined to invest in the town and its environment. OM Traffic and Law Enforcement Departments will be supported. Law enforcement will be able to respond and apprehend law-breakers more quickly and more effectively, since camera film footage will be available as evidence in a court of law.

Who manages the SRA? The SRA will be managed as a Non-Profit Company (NPC), controlled by its members and the board they elect. The HSRA will be operated by a management team appointed by the board. Property owners will be required to sign up for NPC membership to allow them to participate in the SRA’s affairs. The Overstrand Municipality will not be involved in its day-to-day operations but will exercise financial oversight and ensure legal compliance.

Why establish an SRA? According to the SA Constitution (Sections 152 & 153), the objective of a local authority is to provide all its residents with certain basic services such as water, electricity, sanitation and refuse removal, etc., to an equitable standard. For communities wishing to enjoy municipal services at a higher level, an SRA provides them with the option of paying for these additional services, which should be affordable and sustainable.



15 January 2020


Taking back our piece of mind in 2020 If hindsight is the key to perfect vision, then we as a community have a lot to look back at in the past and a lot to look forward to in the future. Looking around us, we have much to be proud of. Our economy is slowly picking up after the dismal year we experienced in 2018. There has been an increase in tourism numbers; we are taking positive strides in the fight against crime; we

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to problem-centric rather than vision-centric.

have successfully established the Hermanus Varsity, allowing locals the opportunity to receive tertiary education at a fraction of the cost of going to another institution, and our property market is showing signs of improvement.

2020 – the year of perfect hindsight, as some people are calling it, lies before us with all the ups and downs one can normally expect.

Taking all this into consideration, we have to realise that often we tend to miss the positives and therefore also the opportunities. In the words of Adrian Gore, CEO of Discovery, we underestimate the importance of our country and the size of our economy. Because we are constantly being confronted by the negative, our default setting has changed

The time has come for us to acknowledge our progress, be proud and celebrate it. We must recognise our problems as serious but solvable, we must take the positive with the negative and we must realise the potential that is locked up in us as a community and start investing in that. We need to realise that we can all make positive changes in the lives of those around us and in turn, positively influence our communities. The first step in this direction has been taken by

voting yes for the establishment of a Special Ratings Area (SRA) in Onrus. We can lengthen these steps by establishing an SRA in Hermanus and in all the other areas along the Cape Whale Coast. We have listened long enough to the warmongers, let us start this year by paying attention instead to the change-makers. Let us not give consideration to those who preach division, let us rather follow those who offer solutions. Let us reclaim our peace of mind. We can make the Overstrand great again. Yes, we can! This is the good NEWS - Ed

2020 – The Year of Plenty now. Don’t wait for old age to wear purple. (Purple hair is actually very trendy nowadays, so you go, Grandma!)

By Hélène Truter Plenty? What’s she on about? Doesn’t the woman watch the news? We’re in a depressed economy, I know. But plenty doesn’t necessarily imply money, honey. Today I’m offering you a gift. Absolutely free. It’s called Regina Brett. Who? Exactly my first reaction. Regina Brett is 98 years old and decided to share her pearls with a couple of billion Internet addicts – including moi. It’s only fair that I pass them along. Brace yourself, I even added a few pearls of my own. Now we have plenty. A string. And I’m game to share. 1) Regina from Cleveland, Ohio claims: When in doubt, take the next small step. Hélène from Amulet, Hermanus reckons: When in doubt, push personality. This goes hand in hand with the belief that you shouldn’t wait to be senile before you become eccentric. Be eccentric

2) If people gossip and spread horrible rumours about you, kill them. With kindness. If that doesn’t work, just kill them (kidding!). Which brings me to the old tannie’s next pearl to all ‘you youngsters’ (applicable to everyone who’s not dead yet): Don’t take yourself so seriously; no one else does. What other people think of you is none of your business. 3) If it’s sore when you wake up in the mornings, it means you’re still alive. Yay! So choose to live your life fully. If you reside in a seaside town and you don’t bother to look and marvel at that incredible, ever-changing expanse of water every day, you may as well stay in Sasolburg.

6) Make peace with your past so it won’t screw with your present. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone. Wow, that’s a biggie. But hey, let’s give it a try. Doesn’t mean I won’t get irritated with certain rude individuals who cross my path – the ones that I’m planning to kill (with kindness, as previously mentioned). 7) Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful. Turn up the music. Burn the candles, use the good sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don’t save it for a rainy day or a special occasion because today is special. I feel magnificent already.

how to get rich. (Oops.) But, hey, being rich means different things. I for one love my family, my house, my pets, my country, my town, my shop, my customers. On occasion, I even like myself. I’m rich, girlfriend, stinking rich. 10) Don’t compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is about. Don’t judge. Be tolerant. I’m not saying I comply with all of the above, but I’m trying. Treat the person in front of you with respect. You never know who she could turn out to be. Watch it, rude woman. You have no idea who you may be talking to.

4) Sadly, there is no such thing as a miracle diet. Your body shape was inherited. When it comes to the big C (chocolate), resistance is futile.

8) Use loadshedding to do stuff you never get round to. Go for a walk. Talk to your wife (now there’s a challenge). Have sex. Then talk afterwards. Phone your mother. (It’s up to you if you want to tell her about your great sex; trust me, your kids don’t want to hear it.) Prune your hydrangeas. (Not necessarily in that order.)

11) It’s never too late to have a second childhood. But the second one is up to you. This time round, you can’t blame your parents, your teachers, your siblings… go out there and rock ‘n roll. Rediscover your sense of humour!

5) Beware of plastic surgery. Too much of a good thing makes little children cry.

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LET'S TALK Healthy and robust debate are crucial for democracy. The Village NEWS firmly believes in freedom of the press as well as the right of individuals to freely express themselves, as long as they don’t infringe upon the rights of others. The opinions, beliefs and viewpoints expressed by the various authors therefore do not necessarily reflect the opinions, beliefs and viewpoints of The Village NEWS. Letters may be shortened and/or edited for clarity and style. Enjoy our paper. Send your letters to

Klein River Estuary may need artificial breaching The article on the Uilkraals Estuary in The Village NEWS of 20 November 2019 detailed how all the relevant authorities were involved in considering the reasons why permission was sought, and given, for the artificial breaching of that estuary. Given the similarities at play in the Klein River system, it seems strange that there have been no moves to breach the lagoon – which hasn’t opened for some years. By then we’d had an average rainfall, so it seemed uncertain when the lagoon would open again, naturally. If urgent action had been taken it

may not have been too late for the lagoon to be breached, and I was hoping that the Municipality would give consideration to this matter. The Village NEWS reported that the Municipality would reach a decision after 27 November, but since then there has been no further comment. Clearly, the time when the lagoon might have been opened artificially has now long gone. In the late winter of 2019 a very high tide just lapped into the lagoon, and in 2018 it came very close to opening naturally. Developments upstream from Stanford have reduced the

Portable pools waste water Having read about the water restrictions in The Village NEWS in December regarding the watering of gardens and not being able to top up swimming pools with municipal water, it begs the question of why all the local supermarkets and other stores are selling portable swimming pools which can only be filled with municipal water. While not depriving people of a means of cooling off, we do have the sea on our doorstep with safe bathing areas.

inflow, and it seems that the lagoon will only open if we have more than average rainfall or a sustained period of rain la e in the season. Neither of these is certain to happen and the estuarine environment does require periodic opening to avoid utter stagnation. May I suggest to the relevant authorities that they meet in, say mid-winter 2020 and assess the situation looking forward. If the lagoon subsequently reaches a height where it could be breached but seems unlikely to do so naturally, then an artificial breach could take place. Dr John Truswell, Voëlklip

People may not be aware that maintaining the Cliff Path is a community-led and -financed initiative through the CPMG. Maintenance of the Cliff Path relies heavily on private donations, so every Rand counts. We appreciate the offers of donations, large and small, that will assist the CPMG to keep the path in good shape for the enjoyment of all who walk there. The CPMG policy on the Cliff Path since its inception has been that every effort must be made to avoid visual clutter along the path and to

keep the surroundings as natural as possible – especially in view of the fact that the Cliff Path is part of the Fernkloof Nature Reserve. On the other hand, we realise that major donors may wish to have recognition of their contributions. It is important that signage acknowledging such donations should be both environmentally and visually sensitive. CPMG will consult with all the relevant stakeholders, including the Overstrand Municipality, as soon as possible to draw up guidelines for acknowledging donations towards the upkeep of our favourite walk. In the meantime, happy walking in 2020! Anina Lee Chair: Cliff Path Management Group

The Hermanus Night Shelter Association (HNSA) held a street collection in December 2019 and thanks to the generosity of the Hermanus community an amount of R14 838.00 was raised. We thank all those who opened their purses and gave willingly to bolster the project funds – you proved that you ‘Have a Heart for the Homeless’. Our grateful thanks also go to all the volunteers who gave of their time to stand at the various locations. Your willingness to help is always sincerely appreciated. Ray Hartmann, Treasurer: HNSA

Checkers supports Cancer Fund Those who receive them show great pleasure and appreciation to have been supported in a small way when they are coping with so much.

The Cliff Path Management Group (CPMG) is truly heartened by the positive response it has received following the article, Hermanus Cliff Path – One of the world’s best walks in the Village NEWS of 17 December.

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The contents of these food bags are all purchased at Checkers Hermanus and we would like to say a big thank you to the staff there who help to collect and load all the items into individual boxes for us. The two we would most like to mention are Ellen and Samuel and those who help them with the

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The Cliff Path Management Group, in partnership with Overstrand Municipality, replaced 20 old and faded signboards along the Hermanus Cliff Path in December. The Cliff Path is one of the most unique attractions of Hermanus and stretches from the New Harbour along the coastline to Grotto Beach. From left, at the back are Ashrick Marhinus (Coastal Monitor), Micheal Henn (Field ranger: Environmental Management Services) and Anina Lee (chairperson of CPMG). In front is budding environmentalist Anathi Feni and Ward 3 Councillor Kari Brice.

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The rat – and other fynbos rodents #AllOverOverberg we’ve got you covered. With nearly 22 000 members, The Village NEWS - All Over Overberg Facebook group is one of the largest in the Overberg. Each month, over 15 000 active members contribute or look at over 1 000 posts for all the latest news and happenings in the Overberg. To view some of the posts that went “viral” on our group over the holiday period, go to the search bar and type in the key phrases mentioned below and click on the first post that comes up:

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ABOVE: The Common Vlei Rat (Otomys irroratus) PHOTO: BELOW: Cape Spiny Mouse LEFT: Four Striped Mouse


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n 25 January billions of people will enter the Chinese Year of the Rat. I really have no idea what that portends, but it gives me the opportunity to write about my favourite fynbos rat– the Vlei Rat. The Common Vlei Rat (Otomys irroratus) has shaggy hair, a short tail and grows to the size of a small cat. They are so named because they hang out in ‘vleis’ (marshes), streams and swamps. They feed on grass, reeds and other vegetation by biting through the stem near the base and then, holding each end of the stem with a paw, eat short pieces in the middle. The Vlei Rat doesn’t seem to have a special function in fynbos other than being food for other fynbos species like raptors and snakes. Despite the fact that they are rather large rats, they are totally harmless and very cute. So if Vlei Rats are not much use, what about other small fynbos rodents? Let’s look at the Hairy-Footed Gerbil (Gerbilliscus paeba), the Four-Striped Mouse (Rhabdomys pumilio) and the Cape Spiny Mouse (Acomys subspinosus).

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It is well established that the striped mouse and spiny mouse are both attracted to the musty smell of ground proteas (e.g. Protea scabra, where the flowers are borne at ground level). The rodents stick their noses into the flower to get the nectar, or to nibble a bit of flower. As they do so, they get dusted in pollen which they then carry to other flowers. In this way, these small rodents are important pollinators of the fynbos. In a previous article (Village News 4 December 2019) we looked at seed dispersal by ants (myrmecochory). Do we also have seed dispersal by rodents? Indeed, it appears that not all rodents are purely seed eaters and that some species may play an important role in seed dispersal.

The Hairy-Footed Gerbil (but not the spiny mouse) is an important seed-carrier, favouring restio seeds. They bury or cache them for future consumption. But not just any seeds – they prefer seeds without elaiosomes, the fleshy part on the surface of some seeds. This is interesting if we remember that it’s the nutritious elaiosomes that attract ants, causing them to carry the seeds into their nests. We must conclude therefore that gerbil and ant behaviour is complementary rather than competitive when it comes to seed dispersal. The major evolutionary advantage to the plants, we must conclude, involves protection of their seeds from fire, rather than from predators. What factors determine which seeds will be eaten and which dispersed by rodents? It’s a bit like Goldilocks and the three bears’ porridge. Some are too small, some are too big and some

are just right. Rodents prefer to consume small seeds with thin hulls. Large seeds and seeds with thick hulls are usually neither eaten nor buried. Medium-sized seeds with medium hull thickness are more often buried and thus they are more likely to be protected from fire and live to germinate at the right time after the fire. I have no idea what the evolutionary advantage is of selecting medium sized seeds, which would obviously stabilise this particular seed trait in a population. One can guess that puny seeds are not vigorous enough to convey advantage in a tough world, so they may as well get eaten. And large seeds are just too heavy for the little carriers. So average is seemingly the right size for success in the fynbos world.


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Essential great whites for summer Writer Hedda Mittner


hile most of us spend the first month of the New Year with empty pockets due to overspending during the festive season – we might as well rename it Januworry – we are only halfway through summer and there are still plenty of hot days and balmy evenings left to enjoy while knocking back a refreshing glass of cold white vino. So how do you ensure a stocked fridge during this worrisome, cashstrapped month? (After all, just to get through it, we need more wine, not less.) Most wine lovers have developed a taste for pricier wines, but not all of us can afford to be wine snobs all year round. Besides, it’s a mistake to stick to what you know and ignore wines you’ve never tried – sometimes specifically for the reason that they are cheaper and must therefore taste awful. Not so! After doing some research of my own and consulting our local wine gurus, Tourism Manager Frieda Lloyd, Jacques le Roux of The Wine Glass and the Du Toits of Wine Village, I’ve managed to track down some gorgeous great whites at under R100 a bottle (in some cases, way under!).

Sticking to Sauvignon Blanc, which is most wine drinkers’ go-to summer quaff, you should, primarily for the sake of your wallet but by no means to the detriment of your palate, try the following: • Ashbourne Sauvignon Blanc Chardonnay – a refreshing, aromatic, vibrant and easy-drinking wine from our own valley which, according to Cathy du Toit of Wine Village, has been one of their top sellers this season. (The distinctive art deco label is a winner, too.) • Cape Atlantic Sauvignon Blanc – an entry-level wine made by acclaimed winemaker, David Nieuwoudt. This crisp, zesty wine pairs well with seafood and poultry. (After pay day you could upgrade to David’s Cederberg Sauvignon Blanc or the exquisite Ghost Corner Sauvignon Blanc.) • Slanghoek Sauvignon Blanc – a well-rounded, balanced and fruity wine that is a real crowd pleaser. You could also try their Chenin Blanc and Chardonnay; the latter was voted one of Winemag’s Best Value wines in 2019. • Van Loveren Sauvignon Blanc – a hugely popular wine, with good reason. Aromatic, robust and full-bodied, it can be enjoyed with a wide variety of food, including tuna,

salmon, seafood, creamy pastas and chicken. Protea Sauvignon Blanc – an easy-drinking wine with generous tropical flavours from the prestigious Franschhoek cellar, Anthonij Rupert. The gorgeous bottle designs of the Protea range (you could also try the Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Grigio) are becoming collectors' items. Porcupine Ridge Sauvignon Blanc – a fresh, light-bodied wine with soft tropical fruit notes that goes well with seafood and summer salads. The Chenin Blanc is delicious, too, crisp and vibrant. The perfect summer quaffs that won’t break the bank. Balance Sauvignon Blanc – a no-nonsense wine for every-day drinking, screw cap and all. It pairs well with fresh, light flavours, especially Asian-inspired food. You could also try the Chenin Blanc, which I think is rather awesome and pairs exceptionally well with oysters (if you can afford them right now!). Groot Phesantekraal Sauvignon Blanc – brimming with luscious, tropical fruit, this is another value-for-money wine that goes down a treat with fish and seafood. Oak Valley Fountain of Youth Sauvignon Blanc – a wine bursting with a beautiful depth of fruit. Aided by a small component of

Semillon, this typically elegant cool-climate wine from Elgin also comes with a cool price tag. Seven Springs Sauvignon Blanc – a seriously seductive wine with a fresh, green character that was awarded 4.5 Platter stars last year. I know I’m cheating because this wine is priced at just over R100, but it’s just too good not to mention. Ditto the Seven Springs Unwooded Chardonnay.

Other fun recommendations for great whites by Wine Village (and we may be moving slightly beyond my self-imposed R100 per bottle bracket here) include: Two Dogs, a Peacock and a Horse Sauvignon Blanc; Grootte Post Sea Salter Sauvignon Blanc (5 Platter stars); Die Kat en die Snor Sauvignon Blanc; Hermanuspietersfontein Kaalvoet Meisie; Wijnskool Sauvignon Blanc; Miss Lucy Pinot Grigio; Villion Blanc de l’Atlantique; Beaumont Chenin Blanc; Domaine des Dieux Chardonnay; Creation Viognier; and Marié, a private label by Whalehaven winemaker, Reino Thiart, which is a heavenly blend of Rousanne, Clairette Blanche and Viognier. Over at The Wine Glass, which offers 96 wines and 12 bubblies (all from local wineries, from Botrivier to Agulhas) by the glass, you can try out any of these premium wines, either, as co-owner Jacques le Roux says,

to see what all the hoo-haa is about or to calibrate your own palate. He also points out that the smart option would be to invest in trying out those wines that you could not easily find by the glass anywhere else or would typically not risk buying a bottle of, especially if it falls in the premium price range. So you could use The Wine Glass to do your ‘research’, as it were, before making your purchase. A few wines on Jacques’ personal list of recommendation are The Berrio Weather Girl and Hermanuspietersfontein Kat met die Hout Been (both Sauvignon Blanc – Semillon blends); Ghost Corner Sauvignon Blanc; Strandveld Pofadderbos Sauvignon Blanc; Villion Henning Chenin Blanc; Beaumont Hope Marguerite (wooded Chenin Blanc), a consistent 5 star Platter winner; Lötter Family Wines Chardonnay; Crystallum The Agnes Chardonnay; Newton Johnson Family Vineyards Chardonnay; and Hamilton Russell Estate Chardonnay. We really are spoilt for choice in our neck of the woods, surrounded as we are by several wine routes and countless wineries producing quality wines to suit every pocket and palate. Why not be a bit more adventurous? Move out of your comfort zone, broaden your horizons and discover your new personal favourites this summer. Happy quaffing!


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A taste of France in Harbour Road 2

By Hedda Mittner



most inviting little bistro had caught my eye every time I drove down Harbour Road in recent months, but, as I always seemed to be hurrying off to be somewhere else, I had not had the opportunity to investigate until last week. And what a surprise it was stepping into this little oasis next to Auberge Burgundy, where Originals Gallery used to be (the latter moved to new premises across the road a few months ago). Owned by Martina Muller (known to all as Tina) of Auberge Burgundy, this new venture was intended as a breakfast room for the hotel’s guests. In honour of Prof Frances Gonin, the original owner of the house that was bought by Tina’s parents and turned into the Auberge Burgundy in 1995, the bistro is called Frances. (Interestingly, Prof Gonin was also the mayor of Hermanus for a short period in the early 1980s.) Simplicity rules in Frances, from the décor, which is light, airy and uncluttered, right down to the compact menu. One of the most attractive features is the stacked windows which can be opened all the way, linking the interior to the vibrant street life of Harbour Road. “I wanted to create a French café style where it almost feels as though you are sitting on the pavement,” says Tina, who took charge of the interior design and décor. For the design of the kitchen and development of the menu, Tina consulted well-known local restauranteur, Petri Hendriksz of Pear Tree and Char’d, whose signature flair is clearly evident in the innovative dishes on the breakfast/brunch menu. (Petri is an old friend who incidentally did the catering at Tina’s wedding – “We love his food!” she said.) 1

1 - Frances at Auberge Burgundy has the look and feel of a French street café. 2 - Auberge Burgundy is one of Hermanus’s most iconic guesthouses, built in the Provencale style. 3 - The new bistro next to Auberge Burgundy is named after Prof Frances Gonin, who owned the house that was bought by Tina’s parents and turned into a guesthouse. 4 - The owner of Auberge Burgundy, Tina Muller (right) with the GM of the guesthouse, Lize Shaw. PHOTOS: Hedda Mittner Apart from the attractive breakfast buffet, the brunch menu includes a variety of options such as mouth-watering Eggs Benedict made with English muffin, poached eggs, wilted spinach and wild truffle mushrooms topped with Hollandaise sauce (available in full or half portion); Decadent Banana Bread French Toast with caramelised banana, peanut butter and Nutella served with lemon creme fraiche; Wholesome baked apple with homemade granola, honey and yoghurt; and that French classic, Croque Monsieur, made with Klein River cheese, ham and Dijon mustard and served on home-baked sourdough bread. Especially delicious are the fresh juices (try the Ginger Shot for a refreshing pick-me-up), smoothies and brunch cocktails, not to mention the coffees, brewed from organic, single origin beans that are locally roasted in small batches. There is also a delightful kids’ menu offering a Babyccino and four dishes with quirky names that are sure to bring a smile to any parent’s face – I Don’t Know; I’m Not Hungry; I don’t Care; and I Don’t Want That. Tina, who grew up here and matriculated at Hermanus High, is passionate about supporting local. “Quality ingredients are my top priority and we have an abundance of fresh produce right on our doorstep in the Overstrand. We love giving visitors a taste of local flavours, which is why most of our produce comes from the area, including the handmade yoghurts, farm butter, berries, cheeses, homebaked bread, honey and coffee.” Although she practically grew up in a restaurant – her parents, Wessel and Marolene Heunis owned Burgundy Restaurant since 1993 and ran both the restaurant and the guesthouse until her mother died a decade later – Tina says it’s the last thing she ever thought she’d end up doing. “I saw how hard my parents worked when they ran the Burgundy, especially my mom, who did most of the cooking before she became ill. But here I am and I’m loving it!” Tina and her husband, Rickus Muller, an electrician and property developer who has also become known as the co-founder and chair of the Overberg BMX Club, are typical entrepreneurs. They are also parents to two young children, the youngest of whom was born in 2018 just a few weeks before Tina’s father died, leaving her as the

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custodian of the family legacy. Auberge Burgundy remains one of Hermanus’s most iconic guesthouses and can only benefit from Tina’s fresh eyes and innovative spirit, while ensuring that she retains the same quality and Provencale look and feel as her parents intended, and which have been enjoyed by visitors for almost 25 years. Shortly after opening Frances in early spring last year, Tina decided to open it to the public, although it primarily serves the Auberge Burgundy’s guests. I think it was an excellent idea to share this little gem with the locals, many of whom have become regular and enthusiastic customers. If you haven’t popped in, be sure to do so any day of the week between 08:00 and 14:00. Frances at Auberge Burgundy is available for private functions and will be hosting special dinners from time to time. Keep an eye on their Facebook page (Auberge Burgundy Guesthouse) or call 028 313 1201.

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15 – 25 JANUARY 2020 Hermanus Country Market A favourite among the locals. Young, old, two-legged and four-legged family members are all welcome. You’ll find wholesome goodies, homemade crafts, local produce, beers and wine, speciality foods, coffee and live music. Next to Hermanus Cricket Field | 09:00 – 13:00


Hermanus Bird Club Monthly Meeting The guest speaker is Carin Malan, who will be presenting her talk Discover Zululand – Way beyond the Big 5. Join Carin on an armchair journey as she gives practical tips and advice on what routes to follow to discover Zululand. She will be taking you on an adventure through the big forests of Zululand, all the way from Stanger to Ndumo and tell you all about ‘stiff neck’ birding. All guests are welcome. Wine is available at a donation of R10 per glass. For more information, contact the club chairperson, John Saunders, on 078 955 9785 or antares@hermanus. Fernkloof Hall | 18:00 for 18:30



Whalers Athletic Club Join the Whalers for their weekly time trials, every Thursday afternoon. Runners and walkers of all ages are welcome. Choose between a 3 km, 5 km or 8 km route. Meet at Hermanus Sports Club | 18:00 Rotary Club of Hermanus Visitors are welcome at Rotary’s weekly meetings every Thursday. Contact Frank on 082 870 1187 to confirm your attendance. Mollergren Park, Main Road, Hermanus | 19:00



Hermanus Hacking Group Volunteers are welcome to join the HHG in the clearing of invasive vegetation every Friday morning. Meet at the beginning of Rotary Way. For more information contact Charlyn

on 082 558 8731 or charlynvosloo@ Rotary Way | 06:45 for 07:00 Bhuki Café Everyone is welcome at Friends of the Library's Bhuki Cafe where a cup of tea or coffee and delicious eats will cost only R25, every Friday. Each cup helps to raise funds for new books. Hermanus Library | 09:00 – 11:30 Kolwyntjie Teetuin Enjoy a sweet treat and tea or coffee at a nominal fee, and make new friends at the Onrus Care Centre every Friday morning. Onrus Dutch Reformed Church | 09:30 – 11:30 Wine Down Friday Join Hermanus’s trendiest wine bar for their 2-for-1 special every Friday afternoon. Buy a glass of any of their lifestyle wines, beers or bubblies (MCC), or a tapas dish of dates and bacon, and get the second one free. A great way to wind down your week and ease into the weekend! The Wine Glass, 2 Harbour Rd | 16:00 - 18:00

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Hermanus Botanical Society AGM The annual general meeting will include a talk by Dr Donovan Kirkwood, Curator of the Stellenbosch University Botanical Garden on What Botanical Gardens do and should do. Refreshments will be served after the meeting. Fernkloof Nature Reserve | 18:00





BirdLife Overberg outing Join BirdLife Overberg for one of its highlights of the year – the Red Flower morning outing to Rooiels and Harold Porter Botanical Garden in Betty’s Bay, which had to be cancelled last year due to the devastating fires. For a R50 petrol levy you can catch a lift, or you can make your own way and meet up with the group in Rooiels at 08:15. Bring a picnic basket as the restaurant in Harold Porter has closed. RSVP Anton via email at or WhatsApp at 082 550 3347. Meet at Onrus Trading Post parking area | 07:30 Hermanus parkrun Meet for the weekly 5 km timed walk or run, come rain or shine. Run for your own enjoyment at your own pace. The route is dog friendly and children are most welcome. Camphill Road, Hemel-en-Aarde Valley | 08:00 Betty’s Bay parkrun Join this free weekly 5 km timed run (or walk) where it’s only you against the clock. The whole family is welcome. Harold Porter Botanical Garden | 08:00 Groeneweide parkrun Bring the whole family (dogs on leashes are welcome too) and enjoy this free, timed 5 km run/walk at your own pace. Register online at www. Groeneweide, Franskraal | 08:00 Guided walk with Tim Attwell January is the month to go looking for the Red Disa, Disa uniflora, the Western Cape’s most iconic flower. Join the Kogelberg branch of the Botanical Society of SA for its annual pilgrimage to Leopard’s Kloof in the Harold Porter National Botanical Garden. The trail is through shady forests, up, beside and across the Leopard’s Kloof stream, and climbing sturdy ladders up to the picturesque waterfall where the Disas can be spotted on the cliffside. All are welcome. Bring snacks and drinks. For enquiries, contact Tim Attwell on 082 343 2501. Meet in parking area of Harold Porter Botanical Garden, Betty’s Bay | 09:00 Elgin Railway Market This bustling steampunk station market, where Art deco meets Victorian, is unlike any other in South Africa, with more than 30 different stalls providing local wine, craft beer, arts & crafts and artisanal foods. Visitors can greet the steam train on the platform or view its arrival from the upstairs viewing deck. There’s live music throughout the weekend, and plenty of activities to keep children entertained, such as a jungle gym, roundabout, and even indoor and outdoor climbing walls. The market is open weekends, and the coffee shop with workspace is open during the week from 09:00 – 17:00. Oak Avenue, Elgin | 09:00 – 17:00

Die Markie Looking for koek? Vetkoek, pannekoek, soet koekies, sout koekies, lewer koekies? A peaceful place to while away Saturday mornings, glass of wine in hand, with Woefie lying at your feet? Olives, freshly shucked oysters and other nibbles made by real people? Served on real porcelain, using real cutlery, sipping wine from a real wine glass? Then you’ll want to hotfoot it across to Die Markie at Hermanuspietersfontein. Here safe parking is a doddle and life is easy. Hermanuspietersfontein Wine Cellar | 09:00 – 13:00 Market in the Garden Hunt for treasures at this peaceful market set among the shady trees of a beautiful garden. St Peter’s Church, Main Road, Hermanus | 09:00 – 13:00 Stanford Saturday Morning Market Come and sample the artisanal delights on display, from home-made sheep and goats’ cheeses to cured meats, farm-fresh vegetables and deli delights to tantalise your taste buds! Stanford Hotel Stoep | 09:00 – 12:00 Gansbaai Farmers' Market Specialising in organic, homemade and homegrown products such as fresh farm produce, oven-fresh bakes and pastries, local wines and craft beers, and indigenous plants and herbs. No plastic or polystyrene packaging; only eco-friendly wood, paper, glass and earthenware used to display goods. For enquiries, contact 028 384 1439 or Kapokblom Street, opposite Gansbaai Tourism | 09:00 – 14:00 Connecting to your creative core This monthly multimedia art workshop offers the opportunity for self-reflection and individual expression. You will be guided to a space where you feel comfortable within yourself to set your creativity free, so that it can flow with ease. There is a







new theme every month and all art materials are supplied. All you need to bring is your work apron. Booking is essential at R300 pp. Contact 076 181 2964 or gillianhahn14@gmail. com, or visit Gillian Hahn Art Studio on Southern Right Wine Farm, Hemel-en-Aarde Valley | 10:00 – 13:00



L2L Practice Walk Join the Lighthouse 2 Lighthouse ladies on their first practice walk of the year. This beautiful but challenging walk through the fynbos and wine farms of the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley is open to everyone: women, men and children. The distance is 21 km (circular route) and should take about 6 hours, with a rest stop at Die Plaaskombuis. Meet at Sumaridge Wine Estate | 07:00 OAK Beethoven Concert Overstrand Arts/Kunste (OAK) celebrates the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth with pianists, Francois du Toit and Grethe Nöthling. Together, Francois and Grethe will perform Sonata Opus 6 in D major for two piano duets and the Turkish March from the Ruins of Athens; Francois will perform Sonata Opus 31 no. 2 in D minor (The Tempest); and

Grethe will play Sonata Opus 57 in F minor (Appassionata). Tickets at R150 pp (R60 for students) are available at the Tourism Office (Tel: 028 312 2629). For further enquiries contact René du Plooy on 082 940 4238. Municipal Auditorium | 15:30



Overberg Quilters Meeting The Overberg Quilters Guild will have their first meeting of the year. For more information, contact Elize on 082 374 1533. De Wet Hall, Roos Street, Onrus | 09:00 for 09:30 BirdLife Overberg monthly talk The guest speaker at BirdLife Overberg’s first public talk of 2020 is Dr Alistair McInnes, the manager of BirdLife South Africa’s coastal birds conservation division, who will talk about African Penguins in crisis – navigating multiple threats to avoid losing an iconic African species. Everyone is welcome to attend. Catering at R100 pp or R30 pp if you only attend the talk. Remember to bring your own drinks and glasses. RSVP Elaine at or WhatsApp at 082 455 8402. Mollergren Park community hall, Main Road, Hermanus | 18:30 for 19:00

HAC Monthly Meeting Join the Hermanus Astronomy Centre for a presentation by John Saunders entitled The story of British Astronomer Patrick Moore – an amazing and fascinating man. Patrick Moore was the UK’s most well-known and popular astronomer. His eccentricity along with his huge range of knowledge made him a must watch on the BBC for all of NASA’s Apollo programmes. His TV programme Sky at Night is the longest-running TV series with the same presenter in history. For enquiries, contact 081 212 9481 or petermh@hermanus. Our Lady of Light Catholic Church, Lord Roberts Street, Hermanus | 19:00



We are Songwriters This popular series presented by Marcia Moon is back at The Gecko and features diverse singers/songwriters who share their original music and songs in an intimate setting. Come and meet Luna Paige, whose sultry voice has a mesmerising way of luring the listener into a world of beautiful images and emotions. Entry is free. To book, call 028 312 4665. The Gecko Bar, Hermanus New Harbour | 18:00

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Under Pinot Skies Join the 7th annual Hemel-en-Aarde Pinot Noir Celebration hosted by Hemel-en-Aarde Wines. The spotlight will be on our world-class Pinot Noir as guests unwind in picturesque wine country whilst being informed and inspired by passionate winemakers over two days. (Find all the details on P 14.) For more information and to book your full weekend tickets, go to Nidderdale Farm, Hemel-en-Aarde Valley | 16:00



Wielie Walie Trail Run Wielie Walie Speelskool together with Raka Wine Estate will be hosting their second trail run in aid of the school. There will be a 6 km (R80 pp) and a 12 km (R100 pp) route through picturesque fynbos and vineyards on the farm. Walkers are most welcome. The 12 km event starts at 08:00 and the 6 km at 08:15. A great Lucky Draw will be held with loads of lovely prizes and there will be plenty of food and drinks stalls (or a wine tasting in the cellar), as well as entertainment for the kids. Enter online at www. or from 07:15 at the venue. For more info, contact flow-

Andrew Young Concert Join Benguela Cove for an openair summer sunset concert on the edge of the Bot River lagoon, where internationally-renowned saxophonist Andrew Young and his band will be delivering a memorable evening of gentle jazzy and blues tunes. Tickets at R250 pp (R100 for children 4 – 12 years and U4s enter free) are available from Computicket or contact or 087 357 0637. Benguela Cove Lagoon Wine Estate | 17:30 (doors open at 16:30) A Taste of Hemel-en-Aarde Dinner Celebrate our famous Pinot Noir and a taste sensation with local chefs and Jason Lily set up under the oaks of Nidderdale Farm. You’ll be joined by local winemakers on a journey of food and wine from our award-winning Hemel-en-Aarde wine region. At this grand finale to the weekend’s Pinot Noir Celebration, guests will be treated to four food stations, four Hemel-en-Aarde wine bars and amazing local live acts, amongst many other delights. Tickets at R795 pp are available online at Nidderdale Farm, Hemel-en-Aarde Valley | 18:00

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he 7th annual Hemel-en-Aarde Pinot Noir Celebration is a twoday event, created to celebrate our world-class Pinot Noir. Hosted by Hemel-en-Aarde Wines at Nidderdale Farm over the weekend of 24 – 25 January 2020, this much-anticipated event will see world-renowned winemakers, wine influencers and wine lovers flock to the beautiful region of Hemel-en-Aarde to explore and celebrate our famous Pinot Noir and the proprietors and winemakers behind them. Besides the exciting wine tastings and wine safaris, it is the relaxed and festive atmosphere that sets the Hemel-en-Aarde Pinot Noir Celebration apart from all other wine festivals. Guests will find themselves unwinding in picturesque wine country whilst being informed and inspired by passionate winemakers. FRIDAY 24 JANUARY 16:00 – 17:00 - Welcome to Pinot Paradise Guests will be welcomed at Nidderdale Farm for registration with bubbly and oysters. 17:00 – 20:00 - Among Pinot Friends Proprietors and winemakers will collectively present an exclusive evening of older Hemel-en-Aarde Pinot Noir vintages, curated international Pinot Noir and selections from private cellars. Acclaimed chef, Craig Cormack from SALT will entice guests with his flavourful bowl-based creations.

SATURDAY 25 JANUARY 08:30 – 09:00 - Parking and Pastries On Saturday morning guests will meet at a central parking area in Hermanus and, after enjoying coffee and Jason’s Bakery pastries, they’ll be swept off on a day of true discovery. The Hemel-en-Aarde is famous for delivering unique styles of Pinot Noir from its three distinctive terroir appellations: Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, Upper Hemel-en-Aarde Valley and Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge. Transport will be provided for the day’s excursions, with guests divided into three groups that will visit each of these appellations. 09:00 - 17:00 - The Great Pinot Appeal Viticulturists, winemakers and guest speakers will take guests on a journey through each appellation from soil to glass, ending in a tutored tasting of each appellation’s most current vintage Pinot Noir, carefully crafted from these beautiful terroirs. It is recommended that guests wear comfortable shoes for these excursions. 13:30 – 14:30 - From Nature’s Pantry A harvest table-style feast served at the second location of the day will be perfectly paired with new vintage Chardonnays from Hemel-en-Aarde. After enjoying this lovely lunch at their respective second locations, guests will be transported to their third and final appellation. 17:00 – 18:30 - Time Out Once safely returned to their cars, guests will have a short break to freshen up for the yearly grand finale

dinner event, this year themed 'A Taste of Hemel-en-Aarde'. 18:30 – 19:30 - Many Pinots, One Love Upon arrival at Nidderdale farm, nestled in the rolling hills of Hemelen-Aarde Ridge, guests will be welcomed by winemakers offering a selection of their finest Hemelen-Aarde craftsmenship. Time to ponder the day's adventures, discuss your findings and ask the questions only these fine men and women can answer. 19:30 - Pick of the Pinots Guests will have the rare opportunity to participate in an exclusive Hemel-en-Aarde charity auction with one-of-a-kind lots. 20:00 – late - A Taste of Hemel-enAarde Acclaimed chef and baker Jason Lilley will take the reins in celebrating the best produce from Hemel-en-Aarde. He will be cooking in collaboration with renowned local chefs to present guests with four live food stations, each delivering a unique dish perfectly paired to complement the four individually-themed Hemel-en-Aarde wine bars. A dessert selection, local craft beer on tap and live local acts will complete the event. Guests have the option of either purchasing a Full Weekend ticket for the whole two-day itinerary, including all the food and wine, from R2 995 pp or a Taste of Hemel-enAarde ticket for the Grand Finale Dinner only at R795 pp. For details, visit

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Many say Mosaic is on the “peaceful side of Hermanus”, where the champagne air of Walker Bay is best enjoyed. Situated on a 1 000-hectare reserve on the southern side of Hermanus Lagoon, Mosaic is where city-weary travellers go for a secluded, restorative stay in awe-inspiring nature. ANCIENT MILKWOOD TREES, abundant birdlife, and uninterrupted views of towering mountains provide a tranquil backdrop for guests. Other attractions include a range of activities, a relaxing lunch and a gift shop. FOUR LOVELY STONE COTTAGES – catered or self-catered - have kitchens and outdoor braai firepits. Mosaic Lagoon Lodge offers all-inclusive luxury stays. Lunch can be enjoyed indoors or outdoors at Lagoon Café in the historic 1892 Spookhuis that has a fabulous history, was in a state of complete ruin, and lovingly restored in 2008. A wine cellar, craft beer and full bar are also offered. FAMILIES can enjoy activities that include guided quadbike trips, mountain and fat bike rentals, kayak and SUP rentals. Children will have hours of fun on the “slip n slide” during the Christmas season. Mosaic is the place where families can slow down and savour more. Contact: Simone 082 817 2077 or 028 313 2814

Splash out for summer Whalehaven is a boutique winery that creates small batches of exceptional Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier and Chenin Blanc, which sell out fast over the summer. “This is by far one of the best vintages of white wines we have had from Whalehaven,” says Silvana Bottega, marketing director of the Bottega Family Wine Portfolio. The Whalehaven winery and tasting room are situated at the entrance to the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley. Here winemaker Reino Thiart produces an elegant range of classic wines which demonstrate varietal integrity. The full range of Whalehaven Wines is available from the tasting room at Hemel-en-Aarde Village. For more information or to arrange for a private tasting, visit Alternatively, call 028 316 1633 or email

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Healing ourselves and our planet Writer Hedda Mittner


new exhibition by the Overstrand Artist Collective entitled 20/20 – hindsight / insight / foresight opened last week at the FynArts Gallery. The collective statement of the seven artists – Marian Binder, Andrée Bonthuys, Leli Hoch, Lyn Mossop, Val Myburgh, Yoko Reijn and Kali van der Merwe – reads: With hindsight we gain insight and hopefully go forward into 2020 with the foresight necessary for healing ourselves, our ways and our precious environment. This vision is explored by the artists from a deeply personal perspective, using a variety of mediums and techniques. As gallerist and curator Heidi Erdmann said at the opening, “Each of these seven individuals comments on a variety of issues and inconvenient truths that convey the state of our planet and the destructive behaviour of humans.” She went on to say that through their collaboration, the artists, who all live in different parts of the Overstrand, are no longer alone in the wilderness of the art world and are able to push boundaries and flourish as individuals, each with her own unique perception and expression. “In a collective there is no hierarchy and each one is part of a whole. We live in a fragile world but together we can make it a better place.” Photographer and taxidermist Kali

The seven local artists of the Overstrand Artist Collective: Kali van der Merwe, Yoko Reijn, Val Myburgh, Leli Hoch, Lyn Mossop, Andree Bonthuys and Marian Binder. PHOTO: Hedda Mittner van der Merwe hails from rural Baardskeerdersbos, and she uses road kill as inspiration for her sculptures, images and animation. Her work navigates a balance between the minuscule and cosmic, reality and theatricality, finding nuanced interconnections between death and life. She sees herself as a visual advocate on behalf of fragile ecosystems and endangered species. Sculptor Andrée Bonthuys, who lives in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, is concerned with the fragile balances in nature, which are so easily upset by mankind’s greed and thoughtlessness. Employing symbolism and mythology, she creates with organic remains gathered on her daily walks on the mountains and shores of Hermanus. The work of Stanford photographer, Lyn Mossop, embraces the beauty and fragility of our natural environment, the destructive and senseless aspects of our own nature, and the regeneration, growth and hope that exists in conjunction with the chaos of our present world. Her photographs portray the insignificance of humans and their possessions in the greater scheme of things.

Well-known ceramic artist, Cathy Brennon, next to one of Leli Hoch’s artworks. PHOTO: Kali van der Merwe

Abstract painter, Yoko Reijn from Kleinbaai, uses bold colours to express emotions, memories and sensations, and to communicate in a direct, non-intellectual manner. The organic and fluid shapes in her work refer to the oneness of all aspects of life. Stanford illustrator, Val Myburgh,

FynArts Festival Director Mary Faure with Heidi Erdmann, who opened the exhibition, and Mandie van der Spuy. PHOTO: Hedda Mittner

uses humour to portray the ridiculous, insatiable greed of humans as we turn a blind eye to everything but our own comfort and pleasure. Her work creates awareness of our shortcomings as we overpopulate and wantonly destroy our natural environment. Marian Binder, also based in Stanford, uses watercolour as a medium to illustrate nature caught in the crossfire of man’s burning desire for development. Observing and sharing the wonder of subjects in the natural world, she focuses on the miraculous minutiae of growing things. Nature artist Leli Hoch, another Stanford resident, utilises leaves crocheted or sewn with man-processed products such as raw flax and copper wire to express her concerns about man’s ongoing manipulation of our environment. Most of her work is made in situ and after completion and documentation is left to disintegrate or decompose. Highlighting the delicate balance of fragility and strength in nature, her work speaks about impermanence and transience, and becomes a tribute to the ephemeral quality of nature. The Overstrand Artist Collective will offer a walkabout during the next Hermanus First Fridays Artwalk on 7 February, for those who would like to gain more insight into this interesting and thought-provoking exhibition. The FynArts Gallery can be found in The Courtyard (behind The Wine Glass) at 2 Harbour Road. The exhibition runs until 22 February.

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Chantel Louskitt, the administrative coordinator of FynArts, surrounded by works by Kali van der Merwe. PHOTO: Kali van der Merwe

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From Ysterklip to Heuningklip – a family saga



Writer Elaine Davie


ound about the turn of the 19th Century, there were two Delport families farming in the westerly region of the Overberg – unrelated, we are told. Each of them had three children. In the case of our particular protagonists, the patriarch was Jan Delport and his children were ‘Ouman’, Fred and Blanche. When he died, each of them inherited a farm in the Kleinmond district: Ouman got the home farm, Ysterklip on the Bot River Estuary, Fred became the new owner of Lamloch and Blanche was given Heuningklip, the farm that was closest to the small settlement of Kleinmond. But well before that, the three siblings had each married, and what could be more natural or fitting than sticking to what they already knew and marrying the two daughters and one son of their neighbours, the Caledon Delports! By the mid-1920s, one of these Double-Delport couples, Ouman and his wife, Marguerite (or Maggie) had settled on Ysterklip farm with their four children, Margaret (Peggy), Daphne, Helene and baby, Jack. The farm was completely self-sufficient. The Delports grew their own vegetables, especially onions, and wheat, as well as keeping cattle, sheep and hens. They even grew grapes and made their own wine – of the plonk variety, known as volkwyn – according to grandson, Peter Gibson. Maggie was a typical farmer’s wife, making her own jam, cheese, butter, bread and candles, leaving very little but sugar to buy from the shops in Hermanus. The four children, meanwhile, lived an idyllic life of freedom on the farm. The mysterious Rooisand horses were already there – one stallion and eight mares – and each of them was given a name by the children. In the summer, the whole family would pack all their necessities onto a muledrawn cart and trek to their seaside cottage at Hawston, where they would swim, paddle in rock pools and collect shells. As Daphne’s daughter, Margot Ferreira, notes, “My mother’s life-long interest in shells and diving for them in the sea stemmed from those holidays in Hawston. By the

time she passed away, she had one of the most comprehensive private shell collections in the country.” In the 1940s, during WWII, the children, by then teenagers and young adults, would invite soldiers and sailors passing through Cape Town on war ships to spend weekends at Ysterklip and they would pitch tents on the farm and organise fishing expeditions, rugby matches and dances at the Sandown Hotel in Kleinmond, built by Ouman Delport and a Mr Pitt in the late 1930s. The Delport girls had many boyfriends amongst these young servicemen and some of them never forgot the happy times they had spent on the farm. Many years later, as an old man, one of these British sailors managed to track Daphne down, and at the invitation of Margot and her brother, Keith, he came out and spent several happy months with them all. Daphne had been, 1 he said, his ‘first crush’ and he had never forgotten her. Sandown Hotel , which continued to be a landmark in Kleinmond until it burnt down in December 2007, was very much a Delport project. Ouman’s sister, Blanche, was so captivated by the notion of running a hotel that she was prepared to sell her inheritance for it. Two years after her brother and Mr Pitt built the imposing structure with its commanding views of the Kleinmond Beach and the full sweep of Sandown Bay, she sold her farm, Heuningklip to Ouman, in exchange for a 50% share in the hotel. Seeing herself as something of a Lady of the Manor, she continued to manage it well into her senior years and became an iconic figure in the small town. When in the mid-1950s, it was time for Ouman to join the Double-Delport ancestors in the sky, he left his farms to his children, as his father had done before him. Jack was given Ysterklip and the three girls, Peggy Gibson, Daphne van der Spuy and Helene Woodin were each given one small and one large portion of Heuningkloof, the property with the 4

1 - Margot Ferreira in her holiday home. 2 - The holiday home of Margot Ferreira and her brother Keith van der Spuy high above Kleinmond on Heuningklip farm. 3 - Maggie Delport-Delport with her four children Peggy, Daphne, Helene and baby Jack. 4 - View from Heuningklip towards Hermanus. 5 - Painting of the Delports holiday house at Hawston. Like her sisters, Daphne placed the smaller portion of her inheritance in her husband, Dr Melt van der Spuy’s name. However, after 23 years of marriage, they were divorced and immediately afterwards, he sold the property to the municipality for R45 000 for the development of the new suburb of Heuningkloof, using the profit to take his new wife on a world cruise! Daphne never forgave him.

strange rock formation standing like a sentinel on the mountain slopes above Kleinmond. Jack continued to farm on Ysterklip until he retired to Kleinmond a couple of decades ago, when half the farm (both above and below the R44) was sold to the developers of the Arabella Country Estate, and the other half to a different property developer, who has left if lying fallow. Sadly, the old ysterklip farmhouse on the Arabella portion has been demolished. As one of the oldest and last of its type in the Western Cape, it was a national monument and its destruction, therefore, seems both Inexplicable and wanton. Meanwhile, the situation at Heuningklip was not without its drama.

On the other hand, Peggy, Daphne’s older sister and her husband, Jimmy Gibson, built a highly successful flower farm on their smaller 36 hectare section of the property in the 1960s, exporting proteas and other fynbos species to the UK, various European countries and the USA. Two of their sons, Peter and Barry joined them in the business and although Barry has now retired, Peter continues to run the business on a smaller scale. He recently sold this portion of land to his friend Jack Mitchell, on the understanding that he and his wife would enjoy life rights on their home and flower business. Although Jack Mitchell passed away last year, his wife Helga is planning to develop holiday cottages on the land. The larger portion of the Gibsons’ property, which reaches deep into 5

the mountains above Kleinmond is jointly owned by Peter, Barry and their two other brothers. Daphne’s children, Margot Ferreira and Keith van der Spuy also still own their mother’s 480 ha parcel of land in the mountains. In 2000, they built the small white house which stands on its own high above Kleinmond near the Heuningklip rock. Margot is currently converting the house into Airbnb accommodation for up to 18 people. The third sister, Helene sold the main section of her land a long time ago, but her children continue to use her wooden house, called The Shack, for holidays. Margot, who grew up in Potchefstroom, remembers their holidays at Heuningklip. “There were so many of us cousins together here, that we didn’t need other friends,” she laughs. “We had so much fun, sailing down the Palmiet River in tractor tubes (or tjoeps, as we used to call them), swimming all day, going for walks and picnics in the fynbos; we could go anywhere, do anything – it was completely safe. It was a different time.” And although people may come and go, the iconic Heuningklip continues to stand guard above Kleinmond. It has an air of mystery about it, like Ayers Rock in Australia, and from time immemorial it has been home to wild African bees, which do not take kindly to intruders. On several occasions, would-be climbers have been attacked by the bees and have fallen from the rock with near-fatal consequences. From Ysterklip to Heuningklip, this special section of the Overstrand has been deeply imprinted by the people who have lived here, not least the Delport family. Their story has, indeed, become integrated into the ancient history of this magnificent landscape. For information about Margot Ferreira’s Airbnb, she can be contacted on or 083 273 0923.

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Wellness tips to kickstart your healthy year

By Dr Arien van der Merwe


truly integrated, holistic (mind, body, soul and emotion) wellness lifestyle starts with a mindset, a conscious choice you make every day, sometimes from minute to minute. It’s the unwavering commitment to the pursuit of personal, communal and planetary wellbeing. A healthy, wellness-focused journey starts with knowing your health risks. This can be achieved with a basic annual screening, including the InBody body composition assessment, to identify existing health risks, or through genetic screening, to identify a predisposition to future health risks. Lifting your head out of the sand and simply assessing your health status, is an ideal way to understand your health risks – not to scare you, but to make you aware of them and to

help you to manage them with the support of natural, holistic remedies, plant medicines and appropriate relaxation and stress management training. The health coaching process should be followed up to assess improvement within 3 – 6 months. If you got side-tracked over the high days and holidays, our Weight Control Clinic programme will help you to get back into, or start, losing the fat weight fast, before it becomes a fixture. A few of my favourite tried and tested tips to get you started • Start the day right: breathe deeply, plan carefully, stretch fully! Be grateful for the good in your life, for being alive. • Maintain fuel levels for sustained energy: eat plenty of fruit, vegetables, salads, nuts and seeds, fish, legumes and low GI carbs. Use plant oils (cold pressed, extra virgin olive, grapeseed, coconut, flaxseed oils). • Visit the watering hole regularly: drink fresh, clean water (1 glass of

Daily relaxation practise • Sit quietly in a chair, feet on the floor, arms and hands relaxed • Tense the muscles in your feet. Then relax them. Do the same with your lower legs, upper legs, buttocks, tummy, chest, hands, neck, head and face • Take your attention to your breathing. Make it deep and slow. Count to 4 or 5 as you breathe in, while pushing out your tummy. Hold your breath for 2 to 3 counts. Then sigh your breath out while you count for 5 to 7, pulling those tummy muscles towards your spine. Carry on doing this for 7 – 10 breaths • If your mind becomes filled with thoughts, simply let them flow by like clouds in the sky, and keep on bringing your attention back to your breathing • After 2 to 10 minutes, become aware of your body, slowly open your eyes and carry on with your day as usual, feeling calmer, more relaxed. Try to do this in the morning and evening

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water for every 10kg body weight: 70kg = 7 glasses) and herbal teas. Ensure optimal system support: take a daily dose of the three basic food supplements or nutriceuticals (food as medicine) – 1) a comprehensive, high-quality antioxidant combination; 2) calcium and magnesium, always together, in the correct ratio and amino acid chelated, with vitamins C and D, and minerals boron and potassium for optimal absorption; and 3) an omega 3 fish oil top-up. Use plant medicine circumspectly and safely, to treat symptoms of dis-ease. There is a plant for every problem! Consult a knowledgeable health practitioner if you’re unsure about what to use. However, there are so many safe herbs to use as plant medicine, which can be found in your own garden – e.g. lavender, rose, rosemary, basil. Your body loves to move: try fun activities such as yoga, swimming, T'ai chi, kickboxing, dancing and walking. Spend time outdoors: connecting with and opening up to nature is good for our health and happiness. Breathe deeply: to slow down your brain waves to alpha state and open up the right brain for relaxed, creative thinking. Sleep well, rest completely: 7 – 8 hours of sound sleep in darkness, allows your body to recover, defrag and rejuvenate.

Go slow Slow down and enjoy life. It’s not only the scenery you miss by going too fast, you also miss the sense of yourself, where you’re going and why.

A selection of superfoods to choose from every day • Berries – high in antioxidants • Bananas – to optimise serotonin (feelgood neurotransmitter) production. A banana before bedtime also helps for snoring! • Nuts, seeds – packed with nutrition • Green stuff to pack a punch: wheatgrass, spinach leaves, sprouts • Raw honey – make sure it’s raw with no irradiation! • Cinnamon, ginger, turmeric – take a pinch of each (or 2ml fresh) in hot water, with raw honey to taste. Drink frequently to alleviate acute and chronic inflammation, e.g. sore, stiff joints and muscles, arthritis, colds, flu, fever, sinusitis • Pulses/legumes • Garlic • Mushrooms – Shi’itaki, portobellini, oyster • Bee pollen • Aloe ferox/vera • Seaweed (nori) • Raw cacao – beans, nibs, powder, butter Berry blaze superfood smoothie Ingredients (4 servings): • 500ml full cream milk or plain yoghurt • 2 large handfuls of berries and 1 large banana (optional) • 1 wedge fresh Aloe ferox or Aloe vera (optional) • 1 T raw honey • 1 handful of nuts: almonds, pecan • 1 Vanilla pod • 2.5ml ground cinnamon (optional) Directions: Put all the ingredients in a blender and whisk away. This is great for a quick energising breakfast, or any time during the day.

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TENDER NO. SC2044/2019

TENDER NR. SC2044/2019


Tenders are hereby invited for the Provision of Cleaning Services for the Greater Hermanus and Kleinmond Area for a contract period ending 30 June 2022.

Tenders word hiermee ingewag vir die “Provision of Cleaning Services for the Greater Hermanus and Kleinmond Area for a contract period ending 30 June 2022".

Kucelwa isiniki-xabiso: Provision of Cleaning Services for the Greater Hermanus and Kleinmond Area for a contract period ending 30 June 2022.

Tender documents, in English, are obtainable from Friday, 13 December 2019, at the offices of the Supply Chain Management Unit, Overstrand Municipality, Magnolia Avenue, Hermanus from Ms Rita Neethling; Tel. 028 313 8064, between 08h30 and 15h30 upon payment of a tender participation fee of R198-00 per set. Alternatively the document may be downloaded free of charge from the website: .

Tenderdokumente, in Engels, is verkrygbaar vanaf Vrydag, 13 Desember 2019, by die Voorsieningskanaalbestuurseenheid, Overstrand Munisipaliteit, Magnolialaan, Hermanus, vanaf Me Rita Neethling, Tel. 028 313 8064 tussen 08h30 en 15h30 na betaling van ‘n tenderdeelnamefooi van R198-00 per stel. Alternatiewelik mag die dokument gratis afgelaai word vanaf die webblad

Amaxwebhu, abhalwe ngesiNgesi, ayafumaneka ukusukela NgoLwesihlanu 13 Desemba 2019, kwi-ofisi yoLawulo Lweentengo, kuMasipala we-Overstrand., eMagnolia Avenue, ku Nkszn. Rita Neethling eHermanus; Nombolo. 028 313 8064, phakathi ko 08h30 no 15h30, usakuhlawula intlawulo yokuthatha inxaxheba kwisiniki-xabiso eyi R198-00 iseti. Kungenjalo; amaxhwebhu ayafumaneka kwi webhusayiti ethi:

Sealed tenders, with “Tender No. SC 2044/2019: Provision of Cleaning Services for the Greater Hermanus and Kleinmond Area for a contract period ending 30 June 2022" clearly endorsed on the envelope, must be deposited in Tender Box No. 6 at the offices of the Overstrand Municipality, Magnolia Avenue, Hermanus. Bids may only be submitted on the bid documentation issued by Overstrand Municipality.

Verseëlde tenders duidelik gemerk “Tender Nr: SC 2044/2019: “Provision of Cleaning Services for the Greater Hermanus and Kleinmond Area for a contract period ending 30 June 2022" op die koevert, moet geplaas word in Tenderbus Nr. 6 by die kantore van die Overstrand Munisipaliteit, Magnolialaan, Hermanus. Tenders mag slegs ingedien word op die tenderdokumentasie verskaf deur Overstrand Munisipaliteit.

Pre-Qualification criteria for preferential procurement in terms of Regulation 4 of the Preferential Procurement Regulations 2017, is applicable, therefore only tenderers who are an Exempted Micro Enterprises (EME’s), may respond to this tender

Vooraf-kwalifiserende vereistes vir voorkeurverkryging ingevolge Regulasie 4 van die Voorkeurverkrygingregulasies, 2017 is van toepassing, daarom slegs tenderaars wie ‘n vrygestelde mikro onderneming (EME’s), mag tender.

Compulsory information sessions will be held on 14 January 2020: 1. 10h00 Kleinmond Library, Kleinmond 2. 14h00 Overstrand Banqueting Hall, Magnolia Avenue, Hermanus.

Verpligte inligtingsessies sal gehou word op 14 Januarie 2020: 1. 10h00 Kleinmond biblioteek, Kleinmond 2. 14h00 Overstrand banketsaal, Magnolialaan, Hermanus.

Umjikelo onyanzelekileyo wokubonisana uyakubanjelwa ngomhla we 14 Januwari 2020: 1. Ngentsimbi ye 10h00 eKleinmond Library, Kleinmond 2. Ngentsimbi ye 14h00 eBanquet hall, kwa Masipala, eMagnolia Avenue, eHermanus ngomhla we

The closing date and time of the tender is on 24 January 2020 at 12h00 and tenders will be opened in public immediately thereafter in the Supply Chain Management Committee Room, Hermanus Administration.

Die sluitingsdatum en -tyd van die tender is 24 Janaurie 2020 om 12h00 en tenders sal onmiddellik na afloop van die sluitingstyd in die openbaar oopgemaak word in die VKB Komiteekamer, Hermanus Administrasie.

Umhla nexesha lokuvala kweziniki-xabiso yi 24 Januwari 2020 ngo 12h00 kwaye ziya kuvulwa ngokukhawuleza kwiGumbi leKomiti, loLawulo Lwetyathanga Lwentengo, kuLawulo lwase Hermanus.

Please refer enquiries to Ms. H Dignas at telephone number: 028 313 8112.

Navrae kan gerig word aan Me. H Dignas by telefoonnommer 028 313 8112.

Nceda unxibelelana no H Dignas ngayo nayiphi na imibuzo kule nombolo 028 313 8112.



Isiniki-xabiso esitywiniweyo kwabhalwa, Isiniki-Xabiso No. SC 2044/2019: Provision of Cleaning Services for the Greater Hermanus and Kleinmond Area for a contract period ending 30 June 2022” Ibhalwe ngokucacileyo kwimvulophu, mayifakwe kwi Bhokisi yeZinikimaxabiso 6 kwii-ofisi zikaMasipala wase-Overstrand, Magnolia Avenue, Hermanus. Izinikimaxabiso zingafakwa kumaxwebhu akhutshwe ngu Masipala wase-Overstrand. Ukuhlelwa abo bagunyazisiweyo kuzakusetyenziswa umqathango wenkqubo yokuthengwa kwentengiso ngokwemiqathango ekuMgaqo 4 kwiMigaqo yokuThengwa kweNtengiso ka 2017, ngoko ngabaniki maxabiso abanamaShishini amaNcinci Axolelweyo (EME’s), bangafaka amaxwebhu wabo wezinikimaxabiso.


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Affordability still priority as property market lifts its head property will not sell if it is not correctly priced.

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“This being a buyer’s market, we have seen almost no sale where the asking price was the final price agreed upon. There have been quite a few tough negotiations, but we feel that the eventual sale prices are a true reflection of the current market,” says Meijer.

hile the property boom experienced by the Cape Whale Coast over the past few years has ended, the market this holiday season showed promising signs of picking up once again. “While it is still important for sellers to realise that we are in a buyer’s market, we are seeing an uptake in property sales for homes that are correctly priced,” says Stephen De Stadler, Managing Director of Fine & Country Hermanus, Arabella and Kleinmond. According to him, the peak season saw a marked increase in activity in the real estate market, including investment properties above the R8 million mark.

“It has been a challenging year. The unrest of 2017, the lead-up to the local elections and a lack of clear direction on the political and economic front have negatively affected the market. In this classic buyer’s market, sellers need to temper their price expectations,” he says.

Dean Meijer of Chas Everitt echoes the sentiment, saying there has been an improvement in the market compared to December 2018.

seeing that is some of these exclusive properties are selling for considerably less than what they were on the market for. This shows that there is still a certain level of trust in the local market from investors,” says Meijer.

“While the investment market is slow, there is an interest in more expensive properties as some of them offer great value for money. What we are

In the R2 million to R4 million market there has been much activity over the last few months, with the first

quarter of the year showing signs of promise. According to experts, the average price of freehold property sold over the last year has reduced by 15% compared with the period 2017 to 2018. This, in turn, has led to a slight improvement in sales as sellers became used to the fact that their

According to him, there are several issues that are affecting the local market. “Every time there is unrest on the N2, be it at Bot River, Grabouw or Somerset West, we see fewer buyers coming to the area. Many people who visited Hermanus for short breakaways over weekends became property owners here. But now they are going to the West Coast or further afield on the South Coast and buying investment properties there,” says Meijer.

Nicola Lloyd of Pam Golding says their experience is the same. “Other towns on the South Coast are offering better value for money than Hermanus. Although we showed many houses during the season, we are seeing potential investors opting not to buy here as some sellers are still unwilling to lower their prices. “The exception though, is the R2 million to R4 million market, where there has been encouraging movement. Activity and affordability go hand-in-hand and that is also true for Hermanus. Other towns along the Whale Coast such as Pringle Bay, Betty’s Bay and Kleinmond offer great value for money and we have seen several sales in those areas. Potential buyers are shopping up and down the coast, looking for the best value for money,” says Lloyd. According to her findings, correctly-priced properties under the R3 million mark in Hermanus are next to impossible. “Properties that do come onto the market at the right price are quickly sold, sometimes even before they have been advertised.”

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Overstrand schools celebrate matric results F or the matriculants of 2019 the long wait was finally over when they gathered at schools in the Overstrand to receive their final exam results on Wednesday 8 January. While there were some disappointments, the overall reaction was one of joy and relief as the matrics celebrated their achievements with friends and family.


The class of 2019 made history when Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga announced in Johannesburg on Tuesday night, 7 January that the national pass rate had exceeded 80% for the first time since 1994. The Free State came out tops, with an 88.4% pass rate, followed by Gauteng (87.2%) and North West (86.8%). The Western Cape placed fourth, achieving an 82.3% pass rate, a 0.8% increase from 2018. Gauteng had the highest rate of Bachelor's passes at 44.5%, followed by the Western Cape with 43.6% and Free State with 39.1%. The Western Cape had the highest percentage of distinction passes and also achieved a trifecta in terms of the top three candidates in the country overall, and the top two matrics in mathematics. Greg Hassenkamp, principal of Hermanus High School, said on Wednesday that he was “extremely proud” of the school’s results. The school achieved a 99.4% pass rate but even more important than the overall pass rate, was the quality of the passes, said Hassenkamp. “Our Bachelor pass rate has gone up for the third year in a row, and this time with a giant leap – from 81.5% in 2018 to 85% in 2019. I am ecstatic about these results.” Of the 174 Hermies who wrote matric, all but one passed and 15 matrics achieved A aggre-

gates. The top three performers are Yadine de Kock with an aggregate of 91.7%, Denise Gerrits with 91.3% and Daeun Kim (87.8%). Gansbaai Academia achieved an 89.4% pass rate (on a par with last year’s 89%) and 40.7% Bachelor pass rate. The top three performers were Izaan Newman (70.85%), Christiaan Groenewald (70.1%), and Nkosithandile Solonga and Baxolele Nomandla, who jointly came third with 65.8% each. Both Hawston Secondary and Qhayiya Secondary saw a dramatic improvement in their results. Qhayiya principal, Nkosilungile Lolwana, said he was impressed with both the pass rate (84.7% compared to 73% the previous year) and the quality of the passes. Of the 117 matrics who passed the exam, 57 achieved Bachelor passes. The school’s top matric was Sitembi-

so Sithole, who attained distinctions in four subjects.

In the Western Cape, there were 1 207 matrics from 20 schools who sat for the exams.

Hawston Secondary’s results were no less surprising, with the school attaining an 80% pass rate, up by 15% from 2018’s disappointing 65%. A total of 27 matrics received Bachelor passes and the top three learners were Edwin Fortuin (72%), Tamia van Niekerk (71.7%) and Kaede Gardiner (68.3%).

Curro Hermanus achieved a 100% pass rate, with 95% of their 2019 matrics receiving Bachelor passes. This was the fifth matric class to graduate from Curro Hermanus and also the smallest at only 19 students, all of whom had started at Curro in Grade 8. The class average was 70.2% and five learners received A aggregates.

Northcliff House College attained a 100% pass rate for the second year in a row, and an 85% Bachelor pass rate. The three top learners were Tanisha Marais (76%), Thozamile Dondolo (74.3%) and Gabriel Ellis (74%). Matriculants at private schools obtained a 98.82% national pass rate in the 2019 final exams, with 89.51% achieving Bachelor passes.

The school’s top student, Robyn Helmbold achieved 8 distinctions and is among the top 5% of achievers in the national IEB results. She was also in the top 1% for Geography, while Nikita Roxburgh, who achieved 5 distinctions, is in the top 1% for visual art. – Hedda Mittner

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The 2019 matriculants from Hermanus High School who achieved A aggregates were overjoyed when they received their results last week. PHOTO: Taylum Meyer Kiah Saaiman discusses her results with the principal of Hermanus High, Greg Hassenkamp. PHOTO: Hedda Mittner Shreya Prag, one of Hermanus High’s A candidates, with her proud parents, Jayshree and Manoj Prag. PHOTO: Hedda Mittner Sepsi Pike, a Xhosa teacher from Qhayiya Secondary, was very pleased with her former pupil, Zithembe Doda’s results. PHOTO: Hedda Mittner Curro Hermanus High School principal, Pierre van der Westhuizen (left) and High School Academic Head, Philna Basson (right) with three of the school’s top five students: Robyn Helmbold (first in the grade with eight distinctions), Gabriella Fourie (second in the grade with six distinctions) and Milia Botha (fifth in the grade with five distinctions). PHOTO: Taylum Meyer Qhayiya matrics Chuma Stuurman, Thando Mapolisa, Alive Gxowa, Sitembiso Sithole (Qhayiya’s top achiever who is hoping to study law this year) and Yongama Mnqumeni all attained Bachelor passes. PHOTO: Hedda Mittner

Robyn Helmbold 8 distinctions

Gabriella Fourie 6 distinctions

Milia Botha 5 distinctions

Nikita Roxburgh 5 distinctions


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Kate Hodson 4 distinctions

Luka Jasprica 2 distinctions Average subject distinctions:

2,1 subject distinctions per learner in the class 5 A aggregates, 5 B aggregates, 5 C aggregates in class


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Locals triumphant in Trans Agulhas O ver 40 teams took part in the 32nd annual Trans Agulhas Inflatable boat race which was held from 28 December to 1 January. Known as the toughest boat race in the world, this competition covers approximately 700 km by boat, from Plettenberg Bay to Gordon’s Bay over five days, and is a test of both skill and physical endurance. Three locals from the Overberg, JD and Dreyer van Niekerk, and Wiltas Leeuwner participated and – not for the first time – did extremely well in the event. For Wiltas, a past pupil from Hermanus High School who now lives in Langebaan, this was his sixth Trans Agulhas race. He and his pilot, Marc Gleed from Somerset West, competed in the Modified Class as team Rusgenot Transport M1 and completed the 700 km in a total of 11 hours and 31 seconds, earning them the top spot in their class.

The Rusgenot Transport team also took home the Motul King of the Waves title for the Modified Class for winning the surf races which were held at certain beaches along the 700 km route.

King of the Waves is an M-shaped racing circuit in the surf consisting of 6 laps over approximately 1 km that competitors have to navigate, along with braving the waves, winds and fellow competitors to get to the finish arch on the beach. Upon reaching the beach the co-pilot has to leap out the boat and run underneath the arch to stop the race timer and claim their place. “This Trans Agulhas was very challenging,” said Wiltas after recovering from five days of racing. “We didn’t have one calm day – we just had gusting winds all along the coast. We even had to help another racer who was in distress because of the rough conditions.” Wiltas and Marc are

currently first in South Africa in the Modified Class. The father and son team from Caledon, Marshmallow Pop, consisting of Dreyer and JD van Niekerk also did very well in their class, Pro Stock, placing second with a final time of 11 hours, 1 minute and 21 seconds for the 700 km, just behind the winner. They placed first in their class in 2018. Dreyer has 22 years of experience in the Trans Agulhas and JD has been racing with him for the past 5 years. According to the Van Niekerks, they are currently ranked number one in South Africa in their class, thanks to all the points they have built up from racing in 2019. They expressed their thanks to their sponsors Marshmallow Pop and Toyota Bredasdorp for their support. Both teams have been selected to represent South Africa in the UIM P750 Inflatable Powerboat World Championships in their respective classes from 21 – 29 March in Stilbaai. The competition will consist of surf, flat water and long haul racing. We wish Wiltas, Dreyer and JD the best of luck and look forward to hearing their results. – Taylum Meyer

LEFT: JD van Niekerk from Caledon jumps out of the boat to run to the finish line during the surf race in Stilbaai as his dad, Dreyer brings the boat ashore. PHOTO: Taylum Meyer BELOW: Marc Gleed and Wiltas Leeuwner with their inflatable powerboat and protective gear. PHOTO: Heinrich Sauer

The Overberg Chess Team participated in the South African Junior Chess Championships (SAJCC) held in Johannesburg from 3 – 8 January. They entered three teams with 10 players in each and all of them can be extremely proud of their outstanding achievements. The U10 A team won first place and consisted of Connor Opperman,Tayden MacKenzie, Michaely Arendse, Madden Joshua, Sinawo Magida, Anelisa Mbuli, Khazimla Ntontelo, Liso Macamba, Lakeisha Hendricks and Francois Olivier. The U12 A team won third place and was made up of Samantha Brink, Lanique Beukes, Miguel da Silva, Anisa Koko, Russel Byrne, Juan Witbooi, Sintle Roto, Christiaan Muller, Mlibo Mfundisi and Zininzi Livi. The U14 A Team also won first place and comprised Jawon Gabriels, Jordan Fillis, Jared Fillis, Duwayne Thomson, Suewin Jonas, Heinrich Moses, Ayola Dondolo, Malani Hlanzela, Juan Witbooi (Petoors) and Grashwil Amsterdam. Board Prizes were awarded to Connor Opperman, Tayden MacKenzie, Anelisa Mbuli and Francois Olivier (U10), Zininzi Livi (U12) and Jordan Fillis, Jared Fillis, Ayola Dondola, Malani Hlanzela, Heinrich Moses and Suewin Jonas (U14). The Overberg Chess Federation would like to thank its committee, Overberg Sports Council, parents, guardians and head coach Marius van der Westhuizen, team managers and the Overberg community for their contributions and support which made all this possible. Most importantly, thank you to the players for their dedication, commitment and perseverance. You have made the Overberg exceptionally proud! – Overberg Chess Federation

Golf results The new Golf Operations Manager at Hermanus Golf Club, Willem Lindeque, who took over from The Village NEWS’s Putting Pirate, Julian Shaw at the end of last year, congratulates all the winners of the competitions that were played over the festive season. The results were: 14 Dec 2019 – Alliance Stableford East Course Winners: J. Ruddy, H. Schreuder, P. Cawdry & J. Perold 87 pts; South Course Winners: A. Gouws, W. vd Wettering, J. Clifford & J. Clifford 86 pts; North Course Winners: S. Koch, W. Grindrod, P. Sulley & T. Squires 91 pts 21 Dec 2019 – Individual Bogey Plus East Course Winner: J. Reynell +3 c/i; South Course Winner: H. Steyn +6; North Course Winner: T. Behagg +6 28 Dec 2019 – Alliance Stableford East Course Winners: J. Simpson, J. Beckman, P. Richardson & J. Kuhn 87 pts; South Course Winners: C. Basson, J. Cloete, D. King & S. Smit 87 pts c/i; North Course Winners: G. Brown, E. Venter, P. Carinus & J. Senekal 90 pts 4 Jan 2020 – 4 Ball Betterball Stableford East Course Winner: A. Zeederberg & J. Rowse 45 pts c/i; South Course Winner: JJ. De Wet & J. De Wet 46 pts; North Course Winner: A. v Noordwyk & P. Botha 47 pts



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