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Executive Mayor Adv Gesie van Deventer (centre) flanked by the newly-elected deputy executive mayor, Cllr Minnie Petersen (left), and speaker, Cllr Nyaniso Jindela (right).

At a special meeting of the Stellenbosch Municipal Council on Thursday, 14 November 2019, a new deputy executive mayor and speaker were elected. Cllr Wilhemina Petersen – formerly the speaker – is the new deputy executive mayor, while Cllr Nyaniso Jindela – the former deputy executive mayor – is now the new speaker. Both councillors were elected uncontested to their new positions and confirmed through a consensus vote by all parties present in the council. The position of speaker became vacant on Monday (11 November 2019) with the resignation of Cllr Petersen as speaker. With the election of then Deputy Executive Mayor Jindela as acting speaker the position of deputy executive mayor also became vacant. During his acceptance speech, Speaker Jindela expressed his gratitude to his predecessor for the M work she has done and said he is looking forward Y

to the new challenge. Deputy Executive Mayor Petersen said it was a privilege to be elected and will continue to work hard as part of a committed team that is improving the broader Stellenbosch. The new deputy executive mayor will also hold the Mayco portfolio of Human Settlements, formerly held by Cllr Jindela. The changes make Stellenbosch the only municipality in the Western Cape with both a female executive mayor and a female deputy executive mayor. Text: Editorial Desk | Image: Stellenbosch Municipality

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Franschhoek is to host an all-new Classic Car Festival over the first weekend of November every year, with the inaugural event confirmed from 29 October to 1 November 2020. Set to be a classic celebration of cars and culture, the event will combine the finest aspects of various international classic car events. The event will leverage much of what Franschhoek is already known for – vineyards, culinary attractions, winding and scenic roads and much more. Further event

details will be revealed in the new year. If you are a classic car owner, fan or a connoisseur of style, diarise the weekend of 29 October to 1 November 2020 now! Text: Editorial Desk



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Platter’s by Diners 2020 SA Wine Guide: A Franschhoek Affair

Platter’s 2020 Editor’s Award Winery of the Year awarded to Boekenhoutskloof Winery Left to Right: Awarded by JP Rossouw to Marc Kent alongside Ethel Nyembe (Head: Card Issuing Standard Bank) and Esh Naidoo (Managing Director Diners Club Pan Africa)

Platter’s 2020 Newcomer Winery of the Year: Awarded to Pieter Ferreira Cap Classique Left to Right: Awarded by JP Rossouw to Ann Ferreira standing alongside Ethel Nyembe (Head: Card Issuing Standard Bank) and Esh Naidoo (Managing Director Diners Club Pan Africa)

Platter’s by Diners Club South African Wine Guide 2020 was launched at Cape Town’s Table Bay Hotel on 8 November 2019. All three pinnacle awards went to wineries with deep Franschhoek roots. In the 2020 edition, a total of 125 wines and one brandy achieved the coveted 5-star (95+ point) rating. Publisher of Platter’s by Diners Club, Jean-Pierre Rossouw, says: “These represent the pinnacle of South Africa’s wines, as all were highly rated in the initial sighted review and then went into a second round of blind tasting where they were assessed against their peers. The stringency of this model means that our 5-star wines truly proved themselves as being best-of-best.” The ultimate Platter’s accolade, Winery of the Year, is now a trio of pinnacle awards, each saluting excellence in South African winemaking. Firstly, the

Editor’s Award Winery of the Year for 2020 goes to Boekenhoutskloof Winery, as editor Philip van Zyl’s personal commendation of this stellar producer’s unrelenting focus on crafting wines that are not only superlative but also produced with enough consistency, depth and scale to be significant internationally. Newcomer Winery of the Year recognises the cellar that records the best results as a first-time participant in the guide. This honour goes to specialist sparkling-wine producer Pieter Ferreira Cap Classique. While, certainly, no newcomer as a

Platter’s 2020 Top Performing Winery of the Year: Awarded to Mullineux Wines.Left to Right: Awarded by JP Rossouw to Chris and Andrea Mullineux standing alongside Ethel Nyembe (Head: Card Issuing Standard Bank) and Esh Naidoo (Managing Director Diners Club Pan Africa)

winemaker, Pieter Ferreira’s brand-new wine label is off to a flying start with a 97-point rating for his debut Blanc de Blancs 2012 Méthode Cap Classique. The Top Performing Winery of the Year award goes – once more – to Mullineux, giving this Franschhoek and Swartland-based powerhouse an incredible and record-breaking fourth title as Platter’s Winery of the Year. In the new guide, Mullineux achieved a remarkable five 5-star ratings plus two Wines of the Year. Franschhoek wineries’ 5-star wines (95 points and higher) and Wines of the Year (highest scoring 5-star wine in its category) in Platter’s South African Wine Guide 2020 are: • Anthonij Rupert Cabernet Franc 2013 (also Wine of the Year) • Boekenhoutskloof CWG Auction Reserve Syrah 2017 • Boekenhoutskloof Syrah 2017

• Mullineux Granite Syrah 2017 (also Wine of the Year) • Mullineux Iron Syrah 2017 • Mullineux Schist Syrah Roundstone 2017 • Leeu Passant CWG Radicales Libres 2014 • Leeu Passant Stellenbosch 2017 (also Wine of the Year) • Anthonij Rupert Cape of Good Hope Laing Groendruif (Semillon) 2016 (also Wine of the Year) • Rickety Bridge The Pilgrimage (Semillon) 2017 (also Wine of the Year) • Le Lude Agrafe MCC 2013 • Le Lude Vintage MCC Magnum 2013 • Pieter Ferreira Blanc de Blancs MCC 2012 (also Wine of the Year) • Mullineux Straw Wine 2018 (also Wine of the Year) Text: Editorial Desk | Images: Diners Club

Green School to Open Near Simondium

Zero-energy House with a Franschhoek Connection

The founders of the first International Green School in South Africa, to be built near the Val de Vie Berg River entrance on the Simondium Rd, are preparing for its opening in January 2021.

There is a Franschhoek connection to a zero-energy house designed and built by students at Cape Town and Stellenbosch universities that has won acclaim in Africa’s first solar design competition.

In recent months the headmaster, Andy Wood, has been appointed, and architects, engineers and other members of the professional team have been working hard on all aspects of the design. Parents, learners, local organisations and other interested parties will be invited to a launch event in early 2020, to gain an idea of the site layout, building design, facilities, ethos and curriculum of the school. “We’re working with Council and the local authorities to develop a wonderful school that will be an asset to the community,” Wood says. When it opens, the school will offer Kindergarten and Grades 1 to 8, growing annually to become a school that educates up to Grade 12. It will be a doublemedium school, teaching in English and Afrikaans. The driving force behind Green School South Africa is Paarlite and mother-of-three Alba Brandt, whose family moved to Bali in 2017 so that the children could attend Green School Bali, the first International Green School, for six months. It was a life-changing experience and one that made her determined to “bring back to South Africa this unique type of education so that our children, and many others with them, can experience its magic,” she says. Like Green School Bali, Green School South Africa will be one in which every element, from the building to the curriculum, is inspired by sustainability; in which children can connect with nature and where they receive “not just an environmental education, but also a 21st century education,” states Brandt. Andy has 34 years of school experience, the last 10 as the principal of schools including the International School in Hout Bay, a school in Dubai and another in the Bahamas. “This is an exciting opportunity to look at education afresh and what an excellent school looks like,” he says. The campus will be constructed from local, sustainable materials; learners will have views of gardens and vegetable gardens from every window; the school will have renewable energy and off-grid water supplies, and the curriculum will be inspired by a dedication to a sustainable future, teaching respect for the planet and other human beings. The curriculum is developed by the Green School organisation internationally and the South African curriculum will be covered as a baseline. The approach to teaching is experiential, relational, and

Green School Head Andy Wood

‘local to global’ so that the children can be actionoriented to forge a more just and sustainable world. “There are core competencies you need to master, especially reading, writing and maths skills. It’s how you learn them, and what you do with them, that is important,” says Wood. “At Green School, students will take ownership of their own learning. They will gain the ability to identify relevant topics and the skills to explore them, then do the learning themselves, with teachers guiding the learning process. “The school will be a safe space where children are valued and they learn to be confident and assertive, but also to empathise and mediate conflict. “They will also learn the power of collaborative learning, which takes place in groups. This makes for noisier and happier classrooms.” “An important value that we share is that we are stewards of the planet and should be conscious of the effect our actions have on others, because the many little choices we make add up to serious consequences.” “In many ways, the school will help children discover the importance of Socratic questioning – the critical thinking that is at the heart of real education.” “In building Green School South Africa, we hope to impact education in our valley, our province and our country, making a positive contribution to the future of South Africa – and investing our resources and hearts right here,” adds Brandt. | Text: Editorial Desk | Image: Supplied

House Mahali, as it is called, collects its own water and uses it for evaporative cooling, has a dry toilet, reclaims greywater and has an innovative solar system that generates more electricity than the house uses. The prototype of the house was built Solar Decathlon Africa in Morocco, where it recently won second prize in the architecture category. The house was clad in recycled plastic bags, which were turned into yarn and crocheted into 250m² of wall panels by unemployed women at the Plastic Project, a social and ecological initiative in Franschhoek. (The Plastic Project sells its wares at the Saturday Village Market.) The brief was to design an affordable house of between 55m² and 110m² using local ingenuity, craftsmanship and materials, and suited to the African context. House Mahali featured a central courtyard with a water feature, while a 12m side-

The courtyard of House Mahali clearly shows the plastic wall panels produced by the Plastic Project in Franschhoek.

opening shipping container, with wooden pods attached, provided the main living space. Text: Editorial Desk | Image: UCT/US

Unusual (Wine Tram) Traffic

Left: The ticket office passes the Dutch Reformed Church. Right: The ticket office at its new location.

At 04h00 on 1 November, while most of Franschhoek was still asleep, unusual traffic was spotted in Huguenot Street. The Franschhoek Wine Tram ticket office took a little trip down the main road to its new abode, next

door to The River Café. After six years in the same spot, it now has a new view and a new neighbour! Text: Editorial Desk | Images: Shaun Havenga

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Although the Franschhoek SPCA and Safe Hands Animal Rescue’s ongoing programmes of regular sterilisation days are producing results, so many dogs are not allowed inside and have no shelter from winter rain, cold nights or shade on hot days. This Annette sees on her trips feeding alwayshungry township dogs and cats. Regular kennels are expensive – anything from R650 to R2 000. One day in Agrimark Annette saw 210 ltr plastic drums for the generously discounted price (after a little haggle) of R265 each. Could, she thought, with an entrance cut in one end, a couple With minor modifications, a plastic barrel becomes a cosy kennel of holes to prevent alternative use and stabilising blocks, a plastic drum be made into a kennel? So, money rolled in. Safe Hands Juani’s husband, Desmond Beukes, So far, 77 drum kennels have rolled off a mini made a prototype. And hey presto – it worked! With production line set up by Fisher – an evera blanket inside its first lucky resident didn’t have resourceful Mr Fixit. Delivered by Franschhoek to be asked twice to step right in. SPCA, SHARF and Alex Maheri, 77 dogs now have a The cost of each conversion and blanket came sheltered place they can call home. to R300. Annette’s many animal-loving and As always, more are needed. Call Annette on animal-indifferent friends in SA and the UK then 083 340 3439 if you’d like to help. began receiving emails offering them a home in HC Tatler New Building price. F.pdf And 1 2019/11/15 AM Franschhoek for thisAdunbelievable the Text &11:53 Image: Barry Phillips

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The evening was a huge success, raising R185 000 to ensure that the Academy can continue in its efforts to train local youth from our historically disadvantaged communities in all hospitality-related subject areas. The evening started off with a kneeslappin’ bang when Uncorked – The Band performed their best Country songs, followed by a delicious curry prepared Guests at Tracey Kirsten’s Hoedown put their line dancing skills to the test. by Academy Ambassador, Chris Erasmus. Shirley and Barbara of Best Western Dance Academy Franschhoek Life. demonstrated a few line dancing moves which The Academy’s Class of 2019 assisted the team entertained all the participating guests. Doug Gurr throughout the night, led by the Academy head then stole the show, giving his highly anticipated Jeremy Davids, and showcased the many skills performance during the successful auction! they have acquired during the year. They have all The auction comprised of artwork by Andrew completed their in-classroom training and are Ntshabele, represented by the Travelling Art Gallery as currently undergoing their compulsory 4-month well as a painting by Hilton Edwards called ‘LANGA’. internships before graduating in February 2020.  There were also fabulous getaways and experiences The Academy would like to thank Tracey Kirsten, sponsored by Jewells, The Spice Route, GlenWood Linda Hightower, the Uncorked Band, Doug Gurr, Vineyards, St. James Seaforth Manor Guest House, Chris Erasmus and all the guests as well as all the The Marine in Hermanus, a 4-Ball at Pearl Valley and a wine, beer, food and all prize sponsors for all their weekend at a private Clifton Bungalow. Our local Chefs support in making this a fun and successful event.  Scott Armstrong and Kevin Grobler donated a private If you would like to find out more or support the dinner “in your own home” and Darren Badenhorst Academy for their Class of 2020 by making a muchdonated a luncheon at his new restaurant, Le Chêne needed donation towards their R1.4 million target, at Leeu Estate. The auction item that raised the most please visit or email was a 3-night safari at the Kalahari Plains Camp in Botswana made possible by Wilderness Safaris and Text: Editorial Desk | Image : Prismatic Innovations

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Cellar Chat Mark Tanner

They used to say jokingly that during the First World War, if you joined the army, you were given a gun, a tin hat, a sandwich and told to go and shoot anyone who put a verb at the end of a sentence. Compared to the reality of the trenches this is a gross simplification. It happens with wine too. The other day I was reading a well-known UK magazine that covered cuisine and the kitchen. One of the editorial team was asked what wine she had paired with a beef stroganoff. When pushed to explain her choice she simply said, “Because the wine is delicious”. While wine descriptions may stretch from the sublime to the ridiculous, she might have mentioned something about maturation or tannins or various links to confirm an area of compatibility. But no, she just over simplified and that would indicate to me that she should be moved to the subscription department or at least somewhere far from any stroganoff. Wine snobs are also guilty of over simplification when they raise their eyebrows to an assembled company while sampling a French Chateaux wine, as if to say, “Do I really have to explain? Philistines!” However, in line with simplification were the two housewives swapping recipes. The one said, “I have some good ideas for using left over wine,” The other replied, “Sorry, what is ‘left over’ wine?” Of course, there is lots to do with the remains in a bottle. By extracting the air (wine shop gadget) you reduce the formation of acetic acid-vinegar and by reducing the temperature (fridge) the wine can be saved for future consumption. Just remember to take it out of the fridge long enough to get it to room temperature. It follows therefore that the smaller the

space in the bottle, the better the results. I use it for cooking. A red wine and cornflower mix makes a tasty gravy for a stew/casserole. I have an old cookery book; actually it is very old because there is a recipe that begins, “Take a few roast chickens…” Those were the days – large families to feed and maintaining the correct protocol at the table. From the past I offer the following wine guide from this book for those who wish to turn back the clock and savour each course in the correct order. Hors d’oeuvres: Light white wine Oysters: Dry Champagne Soup: Dry Sherry or Dry Madeira Fish: Champagne or dry white wine Entrees: Claret Roast meat & game: Burgundy Fowl: Dry Champagne Sweets: Sauternes Cheese: Port or Brown Sherry Coffee: Liqueur or old Brandy Champagne seems to have been popular and rightly so as it goes with just about everything including chocolate and ice cream, two of the most difficult of pairings. As we are dashing headlong towards Christmas (I am writing this in early October after having seen Christmas crackers for sale at Pick n Pay) I offer you a festive tip to impress an important guest. Add a tablespoon of brandy to a decanted bottle of ‘Vin Ordinaire’ and the guest will happily recall the excellent wine he tasted at that vineyard in France, across the river and next to the monastery! I wish you a blessed Christmas.






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Haute Cabrière: Evolving Mont Rochelle Appoints and Living Beautifully New Executive Head Chef Mont Rochelle Hotel & Mountain Vineyard has announced the appointment of Arek Witadzek as its new Executive Head Chef.

Haute Cabrière, with its iconic setting on the scenic Franschhoek Pass, has since its founding 25 years ago transformed into a world-class space for visitors to immerse themselves in the culture established by proprietor Achim von Arnim. “The project has been about honouring the legacy of our heritage; while celebrating the beauty of evolution. Even though the wines and the destination are ever-changing, it will never lose its essence,” says Takuan von Arnim, Director of Wine and second generation Cellar Master. “Every element of the project was ultimately designed to allow and inspire our guests to create and celebrate their own beautiful food and wine experiences,” continues von Arnim. The architect’s brief was to design a space that would continue to create a stylish and authentically meaningful experience for guests; one that could adapt and cater to a variety of needs, for both local and international visitors. The existing canvas of spectacular views and majestic stone arches ensured that the spirit of ‘living beautifully’ could be executed elegantly. Says AD Muller, lead architect at A3D: “The whole ambience is lighter. There’s a powerful sense of arrival, while the flow of the property guides guests through the different spaces and offerings. All of this is offset by an exquisite view of the landscape on one side, and the original European-inspired underground stone cellar on the other. A creative approach to décor has brought a fresh feel of modernity and an elegant style.” Christiaan Barnard of Christiaan Barnard Interior and Design says: “We’ve retained the elegance and sophistication, which are synonymous with Haute Cabrière, but the interior design is much more ontrend now. A key aspect was to bring more light into the indoor space. We achieved this with the clever use of lighting and the choices in material and furniture.” The most notable change at Haute Cabrière is the outdoor area which has been transformed and encapsulated in glass, with an expansive infinity deck,

allowing guests to enjoy the different spaces, all yearround, while guaranteeing a spectacular view. “We have been considering what we can offer to make visitors feel catered for and welcome and how to broaden our appeal” says Nic van Wyk, Haute Cabriére’s Head of Destination. A strong desire to stay true to Achim von Arnim’s original vision of creating a wine portfolio that is accessible has been mirrored at the tasting room and restaurant by making the offering available for longer and with varying options. “My inspiration has always been classically French, with an appreciation for the South African palate, which is a natural fit for Haute Cabrière,” says van Wyk. “I would describe the food as elegant yet comforting, and the menus offer dishes that would satisfy locals, yet impress international guests with something completely unique.” Haute Cabrière now offers a food and wine element from breakfast to dinner, and all the inbetweens! The brand-new deli and bakery offers with freshly baked artisanal fare, fresh produce from the vegetable garden, and condiments from the menu, enabling guests to take the Haute Cabrière experience home. Wine tasting is open from Monday to Saturday from 10h00 to 19h30, offering Cellar Tours between 11h00 and 16h00. Breakfast is available from Monday to Saturday from 08h00 to 11h00; tapas are served between 11h00 and 19h30; the bakery and deli are open from 08h00 to 16h00 and the à la carte menu is available from 12h00 to 19h30. Haute Cabrière is open on Sundays and closes at 15h30. | 021 876 8500 Text: Editorial Desk | Image: Supplied

The Haute Cabrière Restaurant interior has received a contemporary makeover

Arek joins the Mont Rochelle team after holding the position of Executive Head Chef at Stellenbosch’s award-winning Asara Wine Estate & Hotel – a five-star Relais & Chateaux property. Arek hopes to bring his passion for combining South African dishes with a twist of European classic cuisine to the kitchen at Mont Rochelle. James Basson, Estate Manager of Mont Rochelle, said: “I’m delighted to welcome Arek to the Mont Rochelle and Virgin Limited Edition family. He has already settled in very well and I have no doubt our guests are in for a real treat with his culinary delights.” Born and raised in picturesque village called Rydzyna in Poland, Arek’s passion for food started at a young age. Growing up he grew his own vegetables and spent much of his time learning to cook from his grandmother. After holding several positions and completing his chef’s training, he left Poland for the UK where he stayed for four years before making the permanent move to South Africa in 2009. Commenting on his appointment, Arek said: “I’m absolutely thrilled to join Mont Rochelle and its wonderful team. I’m truly passionate about creating menus that showcase the diverse flavours of South Africa while complementing the incredible views that are still taking my breath

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away on a daily basis.” Miko Restaurant is Mont Rochelle’s flagship restaurant with impeccable 180-degree views over the Franschhoek Valley Miko’s cuisine is best described as a taster of South African favourites with a twist. The Country Kitchen is Mont Rochelle’s informal restaurant adjacent to the wine cellar, an ideal spot for light lunches. Miko Restaurant and Country Kitchen are both open for lunch seven days, while Miko is also open for dinner daily. 021 876 2770 | Text: Editorial Desk | Image: Supplied

Mont Rochelle’s Miko Restaurant offers 180-degree valley views

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Le Lude Releases Second Vintage Of Award-Winning Cuvée Méthode Cap Classique (MCC) producer Le Lude Wine Estate has released the second vintage of their flagship Le Lude Vintage Cuvée 2013. Earlier this year, judges at the Decanter Wine Awards awarded Le Lude’s maiden vintage 97 points – a platinum award, the highest accolade yet to be bestowed upon a South African MCC. Just over 3 000 bottles were bottled in 2013 and degorged earlier this year, with maturation at an impressive 69 months. “The long ageing period has created a bubbly which has a slightly nutty, brioche character, with subtle hints of bruised apple, grapefruit and lime leaves,” said winemaker Emma Bruwer. The soft mousse and lingering acidity balance the linear and tight acidity that carries this fine example of MCC, which is made from 64% Chardonnay and 36% Pinot Noir grapes. “We source parcels of the finest grapes from different terroir around the Western Cape, namely

Robertson, Bonnievale and Franschhoek; this creates complexity in the final product.” After being hand-harvested in the cool, early morning, the grapes are packed into shallow picking crates and stored in the cold room to reduce core berry temperature before being whole-bunch pressed. “The famous champagnes from France are made in the same way.” What makes the Le Lude Vintage Cuvée different from its stablemates is that different quality fractions of grape juice are selected at pressing. “The Cuvée uses only the highest quality free-run juice, the Première Taille Deuxieme Taille.” The juice is a cold fermented and a small percentage of the Chardonnay portion is fermented in third and fourth fill French oak barrels, while

Unwind With a Country Picnic at Grande Provence

Enjoy a relaxing country-style picnic under majestic oaks in beautifully landscaped gardens at Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate. Packed to the brim with delicious artisanal foods, the Grande Country Picnic basket is a pure indulgence for a family escape in the Winelands. Picnic treats include fresh seasonal fruits, tomato basil & feta tartlet, estate-made hummus, local cheeses and preserves, salad, Danish pastries, charcuterie, farmbaked ciabatta and a decadent Valrhona chocolate brownie. There’s a special basket for vegetarians filled with alternative mouth-watering eats including roasted vegetables and fresh seasonal fruit added to the mix. The picnic basket includes a bottle of Grande Provence’s popular Angels Tears wine as well as still or sparkling water. Children are in for a treat with a picnic basket

filled with chicken strips, seasonal fruit salad & honey yoghurt, ciabatta, crisps, Danish pastries and a Valrhona chocolate brownie. Appletizer (275ml) and water are also included. The Grande Country Picnic is available until April 2020 at R700 for two people sharing or R350 for a single basket. The cost per child under the age of 10 is R150 for the kiddie’s basket. Bookings required a day in advance. Picnics are weather dependant and limited baskets are available per day, so book early to avoid disappointment. | 021 876 8600 Text: Editorial Desk | Image: Grande Provence




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the large majority is fermented in temperaturecontrolled stainless steel tanks. “The final blend is made up of various parcels that were kept separate throughout production. This allows for unique terroir characteristics to be expressed within the blend.” In a process which was pioneered in South Africa by Le Lude, the second fermentation which happens in the bottle takes place under crown cap to control the rate of gas exchange and ensure optimal ageing. “We have high hopes that our Vintage Cuvee 2013 will follow in the footsteps of our exceptional 2012,” said Bruwer. The wine retails at R1195 per bottle at the cellar door and on the estate’s newly relaunched website. | 021 100 3465 Text: Editorial Desk | Image: Supplied

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Tatler Motoring MICHELE LUPINI

HIGH5 RAV4 Toyota’s SUV pioneer keeps on leading The first Toyota RAV4 was a pioneer – it established the small SUV niche a quarter-century back and it has made it its own ever since. Of course, being a Toyota has helped, but RAV4 has always been a bit edgy and different – as any market leader should be. The original 2-door proved a hit in SA in ’95 and by 1998, the bigger, bolder second-generation followed with five-speed manual or four-speed auto boxes turning all-wheel drive and powered by 2-litre petrol or turbodiesel engines. The four-door third generation grew 130mm longer in 2006 with short or long wheelbases, a stiffer monocoque and independent suspension in a wide range of petrol and diesels and manual or automatic. Gen Four was 205mm longer again, wider and more spacious with an even broader engine line-up. While not all RAV4s are all-wheel-drive these days, RAV4 stands for ‘Recreational Activity Vehicle: 4-wheel drive – a car that has carved a special niche for itself over the years and this all-new fifthgeneration model takes RAV4 to the next level to once again redefine the fun SUV niche in an expressive and angular look – and it’s growing on us! This particular GX-R is especially cool – its naval hues, subtler grille treatment and cool alloys set it apart as much as they complement the newcomer’s shorter, lower, wider stance and longer wheelbase. Inside, this one’s military grey ‘Orchid Brown’ art-leather trim offset by orange touches reminds me of a prototype aircraft. GX-R also has a Black option, while GX models get black fabric trim, and VX offers Black or Ivory leather. RAV4 comes in two, responsive and fuel-efficient variable valve timing four-cylinder Dynamic Force petrol engines — a 127kW 203Nm 2-litre good for 6.5 l/100km and 147g/km CO2 and this 152kW 243Nm 2.5-litre that sips 7.3 l/100km at 165g/km. Transmission choices include a base 6-speed manual and this 10-step Shiftmatic CVT in the 2-litre, or an 8-speed automatic transmission in the 2.5-litre. We found the middle of the road 2-litre to be lithe and responsive on the road – in part of course thanks to the fifth RAV4 also benefiting from a stiffer platform, lower centre of gravity, latest all-wheel drive technology and

dynamic torque vectoring. Rear Driveline Disconnect further manages torque distribution between the rear wheels for stable performance and accurate cornering response, whatever the driving conditions. AWD Integrated Management automatically adjusts different vehicle systems – steering assist, brake and throttle control, shift pattern and drive torque distribution — to ‘Mud & Sand’ and ‘Rock & Dirt’ drive modes. Not that it needs all those modes — it’s damn good on the dirt, all by itself.  Top end RAV4 VXs come impressively stacked with TFT multi-info and large LCD speedo displays, as well as the expected infotainment bits and a Panoramic View Monitor Plus. Add a reverse camera and rear park distance control that all models get, leather seats with lumbar and heating, a leather steering wheel, smart entry, and auto-dimming mirror and wipers, wireless charging and climate control, memory seats, a power tailgate and front PDC. There’s more – Auto High Beam, a Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert and all the safety too, from a full set of Airbags; ABS, EBD, Brake Assist, Vehicle Stability, Hill Assist and Trailer Sway controls to Toyota Safety Sense with Adaptive Cruise Control, Steering Control Lane Departure Alert, a Blind-Spot Monitor and even a Pre-Crash System. All RAV4s carry a 6-services/90 000 km service plan with 12-month/15 000km intervals and a 3-year/100 000km Warranty, with all those regular Toyota plusses, of course. That’s more than adequate for a five-hundred grand car – RAV4 is a supremely equipped, well-built, dependable and reliable. A family 4x4 that performs as well on and the beaten track as it does off it, you will also get most of your money back one day too. Little wonder that third of South Africans buy Toyotas rather than just cars… Toyota RAV 4 Pricing 2.0 GX MT 2WD – R436K 2.0 GX CVT 2WD – R447K 2.0 VX CVT 2WD – R528K 2.0 GX-R CVT AWD – R531K 2.5 VX 8AT AWD – R604K Images — Dylan McKay

Giordano Almost There Franschhoek racer on brink of race title He Tatler had gone to press by the time Franschhoek race driver Giordano Lupini took to Killarney to put the finishing touches to his 2019 Burly Pro GTi Challenge Class C racing championship on 30 November. “I have a 20-point lead, so I need to finish in front of my nearest rival in Saturday’s sprint to clinch it,” Giordano explained pre-race. “It will take the pressure off to wrap it up before the afternoon’s endurance race, where I will share the car with veteran Ebrahim Levy.” On the face of it, Lupini has had in incredible season, but it has certainly not been easy: “We started with a double victory, but a component failure caused me to crash and destroy my car on the eve of race two. “We sold the wreck on the spot, acquired a new car that afternoon and worked through the night to prepare it in time for qualifying, but I put it on pole position and won both races! “From there we had a decent run, bar a few penalties, and won most of the races until another part failure caused another huge accident in the August race. “That time we worked flat out to rebuild the car and scraped into qualifying for the next round a month later and put it on pole

and won that first race, but the car overheated and I retired on the last lap of race two. “Anyway, it’s not been the easiest of seasons, but I have won eleven races, had nine pole positions and nine fastest laps, of which several were lap records. “I’m more than happy with our performance in spite of the challenges and I have several people to thank — our sponsors La Vie de Luc, CIR Construction and Accelerate 102, Gozzi and the GAP Motorsport team. acciDent Guru and my dad and family for all the support. “Here’s to a great end to our season!” Text: Michele Lupini | Image: Supplied

Join Hands To Save Animals FIREWORKS ARE BANNED!

Please remember that fireworks are not allowed in the Winelands. A great deal of time and resources were unnecessarily expended on those not adhering to this law over Guy Fawkes, and we appeal to everyone in the Franschhoek community to uphold responsible and law-abiding behaviour, particularly over the Festive Season.

THANK YOU Thank you so much to everyone who supported us at the super successful Tails and Trails Day. Dogs and their owners enjoyed a lovely walk through the beautiful vineyards, and a fair number of pets were microchipped, making it so much easier to identify their owners and return them home safely should they ever get lost or stolen. A big thank you to Annette and Barry Phillips for hosting the Quiz Night fundraiser at Hey Joe. Thank you also to everyone who generously donated the auction prizes for this fantastic event, and to all the enthusiastic participants. Special congratulations to Neil Palmer from

Dog of the Month Cooper is a calm and relaxed, 9-year-old, male Terrier Cross. He is good with other dogs, cats and kids. Adoption policies apply. To adopt Cooper email: See our FB page for more animals needing a forever home.

Table 6 whose superior knowledge earned him first place!

STERIDRIVE: Bosbou We were extremely sad to announce that our mass SteriDrive planned for November had to be cancelled due to lack of funds. This is a devastating setback for us. We would be so grateful for any contributions to help us build up adequate capital resources. Monthly debit orders or direct EFT donations into our account would really help us cover our endless monthly expenses, as well as make our next SteriDrive possible.


Spaying and Neutering Myths Continued... MYTH #4: Real men need real – unneutered – dogs. FACT: Pets don't have any concept of sexual identity or ego. Neutering will not change a pet's basic personality. He doesn't suffer any kind of emotional reaction or identity crisis when neutered. Your dog really doesn't care if he has all his equipment back there, so be a real man and set an example of responsible dog guardianship. MYTH #5: It's too expensive to have my pet spayed or neutered. FACT: Our local Franschhoek SPCA and your local rescue organisation SAFE HANDS ANIMAL RESCUE FRANSCHHOEK spay the animals for free! There is no excuse! MYTH #6: Preventing pets from having litters is unnatural.

Barry Phillips holding up the enormous bottle of chili gin auctioned at Quiz Night

FACT: We have already interfered with nature by domesticating dogs and cats. We domesticated the dog 15 000 years ago and the cat 8 000 years ago. In doing so, we helped create this problem. Now it is our responsibility to solve it. It's also unnatural to be euthanising so many domestic animals in SPCAs and shelters each year.

Upcoming Events Festive MuzzleToe Brakfest When: 8 December | Where: Cafe Des Artes | What: Breakfast and a Beverage for only R200 | Fantastic raffle prizes to be won!

Our banking details: Kapunda Trust FNB | Paarl Acc Nr: 620 529 94194 Branch Code: 200110 Ref: Franschhoek Rescue & your name and surname Registered Charity: NPO 235-331

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REVISED OPENING TIMES & DISPLAYS December is the start of the museum’s busy

‘mountain master’...

increased in order to accommodate the greater

In 1899, Daimler Motors Corporation

number of visitors. From 1 December 2019 to 31

established a factory in Vienna to produce

March 2020, the opening hours are Monday to

copy-cat Daimlers. The company became

Friday 10h00 to 18h00 (last admittance 17h00),

Austro-Daimler in 1906 with Ferdinand

Saturday and Sunday 10h00 to 17h00 (last

Porsche as director, and became an

admittance 16h00). The museum is closed on

independent concern in 1909. Apart from

Christmas Day. See panel below for further details. In addition to the lengthier hours, changes

win, his Tyrrell-Ford 007 will be on show in Hall D.

have been made to a number of the displays.

Hall B has been completely changed to include

Some of the cars on view in Hall A (veteran and

a ‘cylinder count’ (from none – a Wankel rotary

vintage) and Hall D (motor sport and exotics) have

– to 12), five air-cooled models, and five unique

been replaced to give a slightly different overall

South African models. Similarly, Hall C has been

view. To celebrate the 40th anniversary of South

revamped to show five examples each of cars

African Jody Scheckter’s F1 World Championship

from Italy, America, Germany and Great Britain.


producing Zeppelin engines as a sideline, Austro-Daimler manufactured luxury cars of its own design, including the famous Prince Henry model. Porsche left in 1923 but had laid the foundation for the new ADM model that proved to be a tour de force. This was gradually developed into the ADR, which won many prestigious hillclimb events and led to the introduction of the Bergmeister.

A review of one of the motorcycles currently on display at FMM.

believed to be only four that were built. This

Under the lengthy bonnet, the Bergmeister

car’s bespoke two-tone cabriolet bodywork

boasted a new 3 614 cm3 straight-six engine

is by Gläser Karosserie of Dresden and was

that produced 89,5 kW at 3 600 r/min. Mated

completed in 1934.

with a four-speed gearbox, top speed

Every now and again a motorcycle comes along that changes everything, and the Manx Norton 500 is just such a machine. Only briefly seen on the race circuits in 1939-40, it re-emerged after

racing legend Paddy Driver rode a Manx Norton

the war but with new telescopic front forks. In

500 as a privateer and finished a remarkable 6th

1948 the bike got twin leading front brakes to

at the Isle of Man TT. The Manx still scored a few

deal with a top speed that reached 192 km/h.

successes in GP racing as late as 1957, but the

‘featherbed frame’ that would set the machine

Currently on view in Hall A at the foot of

the Franschhoek Mountains is an Austrian

season and the opening times have been

Then, in 1950, Norton switched to a new


most amazing result occurred in 1961 with a double hat-trick at the TT.

apart from its rivals for many years, and in the

The riding position takes some getting used

hands of Geoff Duke it became a regular winner,

to; you sit way back on the bike and, unlike

taking the GP title in 1950 and 1951. Norton also

contemporary machines, the gear change on

dominated the 500 cm3 and 350 cm3 classes at

the right-hand side and the foot brake on the

the famed Isle Of Man TT races. By 1954 it was

left. It has lots of power and quick acceleration,

becoming clear that the old single was reaching

the likes of which you would expect of any 500

the end of the line as the Italian bikes became

today. It is easy to see why Norton was the

dominant. However, in 1956, South African

dominate force back in the 1950s.






was around 140 km/h. But power was not

operation and within a few kilometres the

the Austro-Daimler’s strongpoint, it was

Bergmeister’s solidity is soon apparent.

roadholding. The key was the forked tubular

Once into top gear, the lack of mechanical

backbone chassis with a special floating rear

fuss typifies a premium sports car built for

axle designed to prevent camber and toe-

cruising by the wealthy. On winding roads,

in changes. Huge mechanical drum brakes

its manoeuvrability shines through – no

were used on all four wheels, and the

wonder its predecessors were a sporting

handbrake operated on the rears.


Although competitive in motor sport, the

Austro-Daimler became part of Steyr-

Bergmeister was conceived as an elegant

Daimler-Puch in 1934 but was closed down

sports car not a race car, and FMM’s example

in 1936. The Bergmeister stands as the jewel

is thought to be the last of what is commonly

in the company’s history.


SLOT CAR CHAMPIONSHIP In November, FMM’s slot car group had the final race meeting of the year during which the championship season’s prize giving took place. Races consisted of friendly challenges but were nevertheless highly competitive with Jackie van Wyk having a great night, winning the Formula Carrera category with his Audi RS5 DTM and the non-magnetic Formula FMM with his Porsche 917. FMM Curator Wayne Harley handed out the

Wayne Harley (left) and Jon Lederle

awards, which for the premier Formula Carrera

title. Jackie and Thys Roux each received a gift for

championship went Jon Lederle, with Mark Venske

their efforts in setting up the new four-lane track,

second and Mike Monk third. Mark also won the

and Mike was presented with an award for running

fastest lap of the season prize. Jackie won the

the championship over the past two years.

Formula FMM championship with Andre Loedolff second, and Franklin Smit took the Formula Libre

LOGON FOR FREE NEWSLETTER To keep abreast of all that is happening at the museum and other interesting features on local veteran, vintage and classic cars and motorcycles as well as updates on sporting events and suchlike, logon to FMM’s website,, and signon to receive the free monthly newsletter.

The first race night of the New Year will take place on 5 February 2020.


to FMM along what participants described as

Bentley Jamboree organised by the Rolls-





“one of the most scenic routes in the world”

Royce Enthusiasts Club was held at the Kelvin

for coffee and a tour of the museum while

Grove Club in Newlands, Cape Town. At the

the cars were parked around the quadrant, a

conclusion of the event, 30 of the cars drove

bonus for visitors on the day.

MUSEUM OPERATING HOURS Visiting is currently by appointment only – phone 021 874 9002 to make a reservation. There is ample secure parking on site. Motorcycles and buses larger than 23-seaters should park at Anthonij Rupert Wyne from where visitors will be transported to and from the museum by charabanc. Opening hours are Monday to Friday 10h00 to 18h00 (last admittance 17h00), Saturday and Sunday 10h00 to 17h00 (last admittance 16h00). The museum is open on most public holidays except Christmas Day and Good Friday.

ENTRY FEE R80 adults, R60 pensioners and motor club members (with membership ID), R40 children (ages 3-12). Guided tours are available upon request at no charge. An on-site Deli offers refreshments and a selection of wines produced by Anthonij Rupert Wyne. Tel: 021 874 9000 | Fax: 021 874 9100 | E-mail: | Web:

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Surprising, ‘Everyday” Factors That Affect Our Mental Health While trauma, divorce and bereavement can send anyone into a downward spiral of depression, there are some surprising, ‘everyday’, factors that also heighten our risk for mental illness. Abdurahman Kenny, Central Nervous System Portfolio Manager at Pharma Dynamics says the growing incidence of depression and anxiety worldwide implies that there are other factors too that make modern-day society more vulnerable to mental illness. “Research shows that spending too much time indoors, being stuck in traffic, heavy social media use, lack of movement and even slouching could all be triggers,” he says. According to research done by Harvard’s Medical School, staying cooped up indoors is not only bad for our physical health, but mental health too. These days most of us spend the majority of our days inside denying our bodies of much-needed vitamin D, which may provide some protection against depression. Kenny says exposure to sunlight increases the brain’s production of serotonin – a hormone associated with an elevated mood. “By just spending 10 to 15 minutes outside with our arms and legs exposed to the sun (without sunscreen), is enough for our bodies to produce the required amount of vitamin D. “Our indoor lifestyle has led to more than a billion people across the globe being Vitamin D deficient – even in the sunnier parts of the world, such as Australia, more than a third are deficient. Evidence shows that a lack of vitamin D increases the likelihood of depression by up to 14% and suicide by 50%, so be sure to make safe sun exposure – either in the morning or late afternoons a habit,” he remarks. Life satisfaction and happiness also takes a dip among those who have to suffer through long commutes to work and back. A report by the UK’s National Office of Statistics showed that people who commute for longer than half an hour to work each way (regardless of the mode of transport) have greater levels of stress and anxiety. Kenny says the average South African spends almost three hours a day in traffic, which doesn’t do our mood any good. He suggests speaking to employers about working flexi-hours or from home

if the type of job you do allows for this arrangement. “Alternatively, put on your favourite tunes or listen to motivational or interesting podcasts to keep you positive.” Heavy social media use – equal to two or more hours a day – has also been associated with poor mental health. “Researchers from Ottawa Public Health found that those who spend more than two hours a day on social networking sites are more likely to suffer from psychological distress and suicidal thoughts than those who spend less time online. “While social media isn’t all bad, it’s important to set boundaries, as too much time on networking sites can have damaging consequences. Commit to not checking social media at meal times and when spending time with family and friends. Also schedule regular breaks from social media. Studies have shown that week-long breaks from Facebook can lower your stress levels and lead to higher life satisfaction.” Sitting too long also makes us anxious! This is according to a study published in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine which tracked almost 9 000 women over a ten-year period. Researchers found that those who were sedentary for more than seven hours a day were 47% more at risk of developing depression than those who sat for four or fewer hours a day. Women who didn’t exercise at all, were 99% at risk of depressive symptoms, compared with those who exercised regularly. Kenny says it’s no wonder that depression rates are on the increase when one considers that almost 40% of SA adults (men and women) are inactive based on the latest WHO statistics. “Make a point of including exercise into your daily routine. Find something that you enjoy and stick to it. Exercise has shown to improve mood and forms part of a holistic treatment regime to help prevent the onset of depression.” Surprisingly, a bad posture and slouching in one’s chair have also been linked to an increase in depressive symptoms. San Francisco State University found that those who

slouched felt more negative about themselves and had lower energy levels. Kenny points out that the way we sit or stand not only has an emotional effect on ourselves, but also on the way others view and treat us. He also encourages the public to follow a healthy, balanced diet, getting enough sleep, limiting alcohol intake, spending quality time with friends and family, and making time for hobbies and interests, which all contribute to a healthy mental outlook. In the past decade, depression rates have risen by nearly 20%, making it the leading cause of disability worldwide. More than 300 million people are affected and at its worst, could lead to suicide. In South Africa, an estimated 20% will experience a depressive disorder at least once in their lifetime. Text: Editorial Desk | Image: Pixabay

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Gardening in December NATIE FERREIRA

And here we are at the end of 2019. With only four weeks left of the decade to make some final memories I am sure gardening might not be high on the agenda for many of our readers. This is the time to sit back and relax and spend some quality time with family and friends. Let’s enjoy our outdoor spaces to the full. We live in one of the most beautiful areas in the world. Get out and spend some time in nature. That is where I find most of my inspiration. I am happy to see that the trend in landscaping towards more natural spaces that work with nature instead of trying to control her is continuing. Gardening should never be a chore and especially during the festive season you should not allow the mundane everyday garden tasks to become an added stressor. Let’s look at a few ways to free up some leisure time. December in the Western Cape is hot and windy. You want your garden to be as protected from the

elements as possible. If you can afford the luxury of extra help in the garden, I suggest you get a team in to spread a thick layer of mulch throughout the garden and a thin layer of lawn dressing on the lawn. This not only preserves water and cuts down on watering time, but it is also a quick fix to neaten up a neglected garden and get some greenness from the grass. Think creatively about wind protection. We have some amazing indigenous options when it gets to windbreaks. Brachyleana discolor, Tarconanthus camphoratus, Rhus crenata, Tecomaria capensis and Kiggelaria Africana are all good options and will be far more effective than any boundary wall or fence. Giving roses a light summer prune will cut down on deadheading later in the month. Make sure that the vegetable garden is clear from rotten fruit and dying plants. I love hand watering, but it is the most timeconsuming task of all. A DIY watering system for your pots can be a rewarding Saturday project and will save you plenty of time later. Adding a water-retaining gel to potting soil and compost when planting up pots or new shrubs protects plants against some yearend neglect. Learning to accept some mediocracy regarding your lawn and pool will free up some time and relieve plenty of anxiety. We cannot be excellent

at everything. If you want to brag about something rather brag about your food growing skills. I am going to spend my free time in the vegetable and medicinal garden. There are few events so rewarding to the gardener than serving up a homegrown meal. A basket of organic fruit and a bunch of freshly picked flowers makes a wonderful dinner party gift without costing the earth. The bragging rights are priceless. Getting the children interested in the food garden at an early age will ensure a continuous source of free help in the garden later. Gardening as a family makes for a bonding pastime and is one of the most wholesome ways to spend a day at home. Most summer vegetables can still be sown or planted. Spray tomatoes against rust and blight and pumpkins against powdery mildew. Bait against pumpkin fly. Also, spread a thick layer of compost around newly planted veggies to retain some moisture and slowly fertilise the plants as they grow. Remember to water the garden deep and frequently. I notice more insect activity this year. Careful monitoring is your best defence. Reaching for the sprayer on the first sign of a hole on a leaf is the worst thing to do as you will probably kill more beneficial insects than pests. A holistic approach

is the best in the long run, but this will need commitment and patience. Strategies include companion planting, host plants, higher diversity, insect repellent plants, home-made sprays and target specific soft chemicals. A healthy plant is a strong plant. Regular foliar feeding combined with healthy soil is your best defence. Happy gardening. See you in 2020!

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Local residents always know where the best deals are to be found and which shops have to be visited regularly to see what the latest gems and bargains on offer are. Occasionally one even finds a shop where gems and bargains are the very same items! Peaches & Scream, the second hand and country furniture shop next to BuildIt Franschhoek is one of those shops.

Shop owner, Jonathan Peach, says that since the shop opened they have been overwhelmed by the response. Stock – ranging from antique cupboards to vintage homewares and contemporary lounge sets – is practically flying out the doors. And it’s not only regular Joes buying; even interior decorators have cottoned on to Peaches & Scream. Jonathan says that the shop’s stock is often bought at auction, but now much of it also comes from people scaling down or making space for something new. With so much demand, not only from Franschhoekers, a second Peaches & Scream shop has now been opened in Pniël. Housed in the historic cottage next to the Caltex filling station the shop offers more of what the original is already known for. 021 876 4410 | 083 464 1413


Rainfall Figures Measured at La Cotte/Nerina Street

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2010 740mm

2014 1033mm

2015 661mm


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There is a burn prohibition during the fire season. This means that all fires and smoke will elicit a full fire response from our fire services and guilty landowners will receive bills. Burn operations may only occur

Franschhoek Lions LODINE MASKE

during this period with authorization from the WFPA for agricultural and ecological purposes only.

1 November 2019 signified the official start of the

The Lions Club Ladies have again started a fund for

2019/2020 fire danger period. (It comes to an end at the

logistical support during the season. This fund has

end of April 2020.) This period, often referred to as the “fire

proven invaluable in the continued management of

season”, means increased resource capacity within the

fires in the valley. Should you wish to make a donation

district fire services, the availability of aerial firefighting

please use ‘Lions Ladies Fire Fund’ as a reference

resources from 1 December 2019 and all professional

Franschhoek Lions Ladies Fire Fund

contracted fire ground teams being on standby.

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Within the valley our fire volunteers have increased their readiness increasing our community resilience. This is further bolstered by the recently-trained fire bosses

Acc: 2008 176 894; Code: 147 005 Let’s keep our valley fire free this season. Fire is our collective responsibility.

who coordinate fire suppression until the fire services

Please be vigilant and report all smoke and fire to the

arrive. They may also be deployed for bigger incidents as

District Fire Control room immediately. (021) 887 4446

required in various incident command roles.

Be Safe

Franschhoek Wine Valley News REINHER BEHRENS

As we bid farewell to 2019, let’s make the most of

Enjoy being a tourist for a day by exploring the valley

the festive season we are entering. The valley offers

with the Franschhoek Adventure Bus – you may just

a delightful alternative to the usual festive season

find a new hidden gem. The Sunset Fan Aloe Trail Hike

destinations for celebrating this memorable time with

is perfect for nature lovers and for those wanting to

family and friends. A number of our members will

catch the ultimate Franschhoek sunset. The extended

be pulling out all of the stops with lavish Christmas-

operating hours of most of the shops and galleries is

inspired lunches and dinners, whilst others will be

another reason to stay in Franschhoek this December.

hosting fabulous New Year’s Eve parties. Celebrate

This adds to the charm of our small village with many

the start of 2020 in style with an indulgent evening

interesting shops and boutiques all within walking

filled with exquisite food, wine, live entertainment and

distance. Your shopping experience allows for a

spectacular views.

leisurely stroll through town as well as making time to

As a destination geared towards a relaxing break from work, we invite you to further explore the valley and its

have a meal and enjoy a glass of wine at one of the restaurants along the way.

many new experiences. These include the revamped

We value your feedback and invite you to pop into

Haute Cabrière, Chef Calvin Metior of Monneaux

our offices. We’re also more than happy to assist with

Restaurant’s pass-to-plate dining experience as well

more information on what’s happening in the region.

as live entertainment at The Werf at Boschendal on a

Our website,, is also a reliable

Friday and Saturday evening.

hub for news.

The Lions Club of Franschhoek inducted a new member into the Club. In the photo (FLTR) are: Dylan van Blerk (new member), Jihann Kriek (member) and DG Bennie Smith, who was the inducting officer.

Open Gardens Festival Following two years of punishing drought, we were delighted to re-introduce this very popular event. However, this year was not without its own challenges – notably the torrential rain which we experienced during the festival, effectively reducing the time on show by half. We still sold in excess of 680 tickets (about half of our estimate for a fine weekend). Despite the rain, we had visitors from all the provinces of South Africa, and several

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COLLEEN DOUGLAS Our first movie premier, Rocketman, was a sold out within a few hours. Our supporters enjoyed canapés and a drink before watching an amazing movie which was thoroughly enjoyed by all who attended. ‘Thank you’ Franschhoek Theatre for nominating Franschhoek Hospice. On 8 November, guests experienced an evening of fine dining and wine paring at Reuben & Co Café @ The Yard, Val de Vie. This evening completed the Reuben Riffel & Friends Golf Day. Thank you to the following for making this evening possible: Eugene, the Chefs, Reuben, Kyle, Oliver, Richard, Peter, Luca and the staff of Reuben & Co Café, Gerard and Migo – owners of Holden Manz – for their generous donation of wines, Carrol Boyes for wines, chocolates and prizes and Basil from Courtleigh. To everyone who supported the RR Golf Day, thank you and see you next year. Our Potjiekos Lunch took place at the Domaine des Anges clubhouse on 9 November. It was a fabulous Saturday spent under the oaks eating delicious potjiekos and dessert prepared by volunteers and hospice staff. Wines were kindly donated by Haute Cabrière, Franschhoek Cellars and Chamonix. Thank you to the following: Residents of Domaine des Anges for their generous donation of the Clubhouse and facilities, Mrs Mostert, Trevor J, NG Kerk, Pat Morgan, Adel, Bertie, Tinus, Esmé, Emma, Pearl, Marelize, Tiana, Evelyn, Raoul and Cornelia. Your donations and support made this fundraiser a huge success.

NB: Hospice will be closed for the Christmas holidays from 13 December 2019 to 6 January 2020. The shop at Hospice House will remain closed in preparation of the opening at the new shop on 17 January. Please continue to drop of any items for the new shop at Hospice House. We will set up a system at the new shop for recording and receiving of donated items. Shop Opening: We are relocating our Charity Shop to the big Pick n Pay Centre, Shop No 7. Opening on 17 January at 09h00. Our two shop managers, Pearl and Evelyn will be there to welcome you. See you at the opening! New shop hours, Monday to Friday 09h00 to 17h00 and Saturday 09h00 to 13h00. Not open on Sundays or Public Holidays Diarise these dates: • 5 February: Volunteers Tea at Hospice House, 10h00. Please come and join us for a morning of refreshments. • 14 February: Valentine Hop with UNCORKED, NG Kerk Hall, doors open 18h30. R250pp, bring your own picnic and dance the night away. Prize for the best-dressed couple and more. Tickets available at Hospice.

from overseas. Webtickets were introduced as an option this year and we will continue with this alternative next year. Many visitors commented upon the great strength of our festival being in its diversity of gardens. This year saw the return of old favourites, as well as the introduction of several new gardens, large and small.

The La Motte rose garden was one of the gardens on display

Our sincere thanks go to the garden owners, and

sponsored aspects of the weekend and everyone

their helpers, for being able to maintain the condition

who gave their time so generously to ensure its

of the gardens over a trying weekend – and also to

continuance. The funds raised by the festival provide

the dedication of the garden sitters who braved the

ongoing benefits to the residents of Fleur de Lis – the

weather to keep the gardens open. The one fine day

most recent being the installation of a generator for

(Saturday) enabled the teas at La Brie to be a great

use in times of power outages.

success, as was the champagne tasting at Franschhoek Manor. Many thanks to all involved.

As we sign off for this year, we reflect on the challenges faced and the lessons learned – and what

The re-run of the “Garden in a pot” competition was very

comes over very clearly is that garden enthusiasts will

popular and demonstrated the wealth of talent in different

brave much to view beautiful gardens, but what we

communities. We hope to expand this event next year,

cannot compete with is RUGBY!!

with more competitors taking part. Prize winners this year were: Bomba Matthews (First), Lungile Sikhephe (Second),

The next festival is being planned for 23, 24 and 25 October 2020.

Richard Banda and David Malies (Joint third). Finally, we cannot thank enough all those who

Text: Open Gardens Committee

• 16 February: Hospice Sunset Music Festival on the lawns of the Huguenot Monument, featuring The Bubble, CODA, The Galaxy Dress and Melorie Jane. R250 per person, bring your own picnic basket and blanket. Show starts at 18h30. Tickets/armbands available from Hospice. • 21 February: Bridge Drive Lunch at Domaine des

Wellness Day at Pniel Library The Pniel Library in association with Stellenbosch Municipality’s



Anges. Please call Lyn de Villiers 082 454 9102 for

Department hosted a Wellness Day for local

further details.

residents on 29 October 2019. Attendees had the

To everyone in the community and our volunteers

opportunity to undergo free HIV and TB screening

who supported Hospice during 2019 in many ways and

as well as diabetes and blood pressure tests.

to the staff of Hospice, thank you for your dedicated

addition there were also a number of informative

hard work and support. Wishing all of you a very Merry

talks on health-related topics. The event was also

Christmas and Prosperous 2020.

supported by CANSA, Virgin Active, Stellenbosch


Hospice and Right to Care.


There will be no speaker in December as we celebrate

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maintain an interest in the topical issues of the day. • Nurturing positive attitudes to ageing through group recreation and the sharing of information on issues of concern to Senior Citizens.

the year end with our Christmas lunch. As we do not

• Support in grief and illness.

meet in January our following lunch will be on 3 February

• Speakers at monthly luncheons who provide a fresh

2020 when we welcome Jenny Cullinan who will give an

mental challenge and stimulation.

enlightening talk on bees. March, again, will be without a

• We are a-political and non-sectarian

speaker as we hold our AGM on the second.

• We are mindful of the fact that costs are an important

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activity to a calmer way of life.

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Dear Editor GO BOKKE!


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Cup 2019 victory!

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Editor’s Letter

of yet more factors associated with walkable neighbourhoods, such as “higher incomes, better health





industries, more liberal social attitudes and less

Siegfried Schäfer

violent crime.” Again, walkability remained closely tied to upward economic mobility. Having

Dear Readers





walkability and economic mobility the authors

Bridge House Maths Wiz

I like to walk. In fact, I’ve long believed that society would be better off if more people walked,

of the study started looking for reasons for this

ran and hiked.

relationship. Three broad reasons are suggested for

Bridge House School can rightly lay claim to a wizard – a mathematics wizard, that is! Grade 9 learner, Lizete Viljoen, is already making her mark on the international mathematics front.

fewer cars mean less pollution (air and noise) which


means a healthier environment and healthier

This saves them a major expense. And being in a

bodies which translates into saving in medical costs

walkable neighbourhood also likely brings residents

– not only for the individual but also for society as a

into closer proximity to a wider range of jobs and

whole. I could go on, and on. Let’s just say that both

economic opportunities. … By reducing the need for

individuals and society benefit in dozens of ways

a car … a more walkable city opens its employment

from more walking and fewer cars.

possibilities up to a far wider range of prospective

The benefits of getting out there and out of our cars are multiple and often connected. For example,

Lizete’s most recent achievement is a 21st place in

Being positively disposed to walking I was

the Estonian Mathematical Olympiad. The Estonian

delighted to come across a US study that found

the association. Firstly, “families and kids growing up in walkable are





employees than a less walkable city.” Secondly,





that children from ‘walkable’ neighbourhoods have

– at the school, town/regional and national levels. The best

Lizete Viljoen challenge she was invited to join the UCT Inner Circle,

neighbourhoods are also healthier neighbourhoods.

greater levels of ‘upward economic mobility’. (I’m

“Healthier people with higher levels of happiness

performers in each round are invited to participate in the

which is open only to those who advance to the third

pretty sure the findings would hold in other places.)

and well-being tend to achieve more academically

next round. Approximately 110 students are invited to

round of the challenge or better. She was also selected

The study by Columbia University, the University of

and are likely to find better jobs and are more

take part in the final round. Students from Grade 9 to 12

for the Boland A team in the 2019 ASSA Mathematics

Virginia, and the University of Illinois looked at the

productive at work. Walking also stimulates thinking

compete in the Olympiad, with each grade given separate

Team Competition, where her team came second.

relationship between a neighbourhood ‘walkability’

and creativity—factors which are associated with

measure and “the probability that children from

both higher levels of well-being and employment in

households in the bottom fifth of the income

higher-paying knowledge jobs.”

Mathematical Olympiad is held annually in three rounds

problem sets. Lizete also competed in the Australian Mathematics Competition in which she achieved 75%.

Lizete attends mathematics classes at Stellenbosch University on Friday afternoons.

On the local mathematics front Lizete competed in the UCT Maths Challenge. Based on her results in the

distribution will reach the top fifth by age 30.” Text: Editorial Desk | Image: Bridge House

U13 Fhk Spurs Ladies Win

The third reason relates to the benefit to

Data on 9 million people and 380 neighbourhoods

communities of “greater interaction and connectivity

were used in the study. The effect of walkability was

(that helps) to create a greater sense of community

considered in view of five primary factors: school

and belonging. In contrast to suburbanites who live

quality, income inequality, race, social capital

in large houses and commute alone in their cars,

(measured as community and civic participation),

residents of walkable neighbourhoods see and

and the proportion of single-parent families. The

interact with many more people each and every day.”

study concluded that “walkability accounted for

Now that we know that walking and walkable

11 per cent of the additional variance in economic

communities are good for our society, I wonder how

mobility above and beyond these five key factors.”

many readers would be willing to give up half the

The study also considered the probability of the

parking in the main road to make more space for

result not actually reflecting the effect of walkability

walkers? Somehow I think most people are just too self-

per se, but other factors – such as density – that

centred and egotistical to give up a bit of comfort for

are associated with walkability. To test this, the

the common good… I love to be proven wrong though!

study “ran a series of additional models with

We have, of course, come to the end of another

variables for density, historic buildings, and other

year and I’d like to wish all our readers a blessed

factors associated with urban neighbourhoods. In

Christmas and prosperous New Year. If you didn’t

all of these models, walkability remained closely

achieve all you set out to do in 2019, remember that

associated with upward mobility.”

2020 offers you another chance to get it right.

Further tests were run to establish the effect

Until next year!

The Franschhoek Spurs Ladies U13 team (right) are currently participating in the Rural Sport Development Programme (RSDP). In October the team participated in the Winelands District RSDP Tournament and to their great delight emerged as victors. They have now qualified for the provincial RSDP tournament that takes place at the Brighton Sports Ground in Oudtshoorn on 7 & 8 December. In Oudtshoorn the team will be taking to the field in their new JAR-sponsored kit. “We will do our very best to make our sponsor, club and hometown proud,” say the team.

Corné the Champ Corné Johnson is a Franschhoeker; he attends Bridge House School, lives in Groendal and is a national champion. His most recent achievement was winning the National Karate Finals in his age group. In fact, he has been South African Champion of Kimura Shukokai International four times. In 2020 he will be on the national team at the World Championships in Cape Town where he will be aiming for first place. A fascination with karate when Corné was in Grade 3 started him on his path. He has now been a member of the Boland Amateur Samurai Karate Association for 9 years. Here he is coached by Chris Ensil and

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Junior 1st Dan grading. Training is strict and demanding, but there is room for rugby, hockey and swimming too. It’s music that had to be taken off the schedule. Cormelia Johnson, Corné’s mother, says when she saw him compete for the first time at age seven, she

Corné Johnson in action

knew he had talent. Excellence is a family trait; sister

though; he aims to study sports management and

Celeste is a member of the Springbok women’s rugby

recreation and continue with the things he loves and

team. Needless to say, parental support is very good

are good at. Asked about the best thing about being

and keeps the wheels turning.

successful, he says, “To have achieved something and

Corné is seventeen, in matric and loves school; he

to be able to motivate youngsters.”

does well academically and is disappointed that his school life is coming to an end. His future looks bright

Text: Editorial Desk | Image: Supplied

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How to Shelter Your Business during an Economic Storm With South Africa’s GDP growth forecast to be just 0.7% for 2019, most businesses are taking severe strain. To prevail in this difficult economic climate, each business will need to ensure that it is running an efficient operation. Here are some ways that small and medium businesses (SMBs) can reposition themselves to succeed in a downturn economy. in reducing spending on stationery and printing, downsizing your office premises or moving to a cheaper area, finding lower-cost suppliers, or bartering for goods and services with other small businesses. Identify customers who are still spending money A highly focused sales and customer relationship management strategy can pay off in a downturn. Many businesses will find that the top 20% of their customers are responsible for 80% of their revenues and profits. It’s often the case that cross- and upselling to these profitable and loyal customers is a more efficient use of sales and marketing resources than trying to get new customers. Keeping your existing customers happy and securing more wallet share from them costs less than acquiring new customers. That said, there is a danger

Review your services and operations To make your business more resilient, start with a review of the revenue and profitability of every product and service line you offer. The effect of an economic downturn can be counterintuitive, so always look carefully at the hard data. For example, you should look at how currency movements or rising electricity prices affect your margins to see whether an offering that did well in a healthier economy remains commercially viable. Conversely, you might find that demand for certain products has risen against the backdrop of a weak economy because customers are seeking lowercost alternatives. You may find it better to more aggressively market the cheaper product option to customers. You can achieve significant cost savings by streamlining your product and service line. Try to avoid cutting headcount… Many managers will respond to tight economic conditions by reducing headcount. This is not surprising, given that the payroll is the largest or one of the largest costs for most businesses. However, apart from the human cost of retrenching people who will struggle to get new jobs, the economic logic of retrenching people isn’t always sound. Cutting headcount has a negative impact on morale, which can lead to poor productivity, worse customer experience and attrition of top talent. Restructuring costs – retrenchment packages, legal advice – can be high. Plus, the longer-term expense of losing institutional memory can be significant. You may also find yourself spending more money recruiting and retraining people to replace those you retrenched when growth returns to the business. For these reasons, retrenchment should only be considered when all other options have been exhausted. …cut costs instead Before turning to payroll costs, look at the variable and discretionary costs in your business. Many companies can save significant amounts of money on travel by using videoconferencing for meetings rather than getting everyone in the same room once a quarter. There is also often some low-hanging fruit

Financial Matters CELIA MCGUINNESS

Mini Budget 2019 The Minister of Finance (MOF), Tito Mboweni delivered his mid-term budget speech yesterday. The overall reaction has been negative as it has become clear that the optimistic budget set in February is now out of reach. SA is paying the price for years for corruption and incompetence which has led to numerous management disasters. The overwhelming view among economists is that the actions taken by the present government are too few and not aggressive enough to turn the tide. We have summarised the important points mentioned in the mid-term budget speech below. Economy: Economic growth remains depressed. Treasury has now downgraded economic growth in SA for the current year to 0.5% (originally budgeted

of becoming too reliant on a handful of big spenders, so keep an eye out for new customers with a similar profile to your most valuable clients. Find ways to expand without growing your cost base Your staff and infrastructure might be underused if your business is not growing as fast as you expected. That could give you an opportunity to expand into a new market without increasing your cost base, helping you diversify risk and remain sustainable in a difficult economy. You could target more recessionproof products or industries with these new offerings – for example, regulatory compliance spending in the business-to-business consulting sector rather than bigticket customer experience transformation projects. Automate to improve efficiencies Many SMBs continue to run off paper documents, Excel spreadsheets and a bunch of other inefficient manual business processes. But there is so much great online software available for free or for a small monthly subscription that you can use to save time and become more efficient – accounting and payroll

at 1.4%). It is clear that serious reforms are needed to stimulate economic growth which, in turn, will reduce unemployment in our country (currently 29%). Debt: As a result of the above, SARS will collect far less in taxes this year than budgeted (R53bn) meaning that the government will need to cut costs elsewhere. This is a problem as it tries to bail out failing state-owned entities. The MOF indicated that more needs to be done to reduce the payroll expense of government. The national debt is now above R3tn and amounts to 61% of GDP. The cost of servicing this debt is growing at nearly 14% per annum. Eskom: Government has bailed out Eskom to the tune of R128bn this year. The debt of Eskom now stands at R450bn. The MOF indicated that Treasury cannot continue throwing money at Eskom. It is still too early to tell whether the steps taken earlier this year to try and “fix” Eskom will work, but energy experts warn that more is needed. It’s time to genuinely ask why Eskom should not be privatised? SAA: Over the past 13 years, SAA has incurred over R28bn in cumulative losses. While the MOF did not announce specific interventions, he said he has welcomed conversations between the flag carrier

software to marketing automation tools. Making use of technology can help you to use your own time and your employees’ time more wisely – so that people are doing billable work or selling to clients rather than spending hours each day on admin that adds no value to the business. Additionally, automation can help you to reduce human error in your processes, which also saves you time and money. Automated software can also help you to avoid paying a consultant to do certain work or needing to hire more people before you’re ready. The good news is that imposing discipline on a business today and running a tighter ship will help make it fitter to compete when the economy starts growing at a faster pace. Wise business leaders are always looking for ways to optimise processes and shave costs, so that they are well-positioned to succeed under all circumstances and so that they can respond quickly to the changes in the business environment. Text: Athabile Jojo, CEO of Diversity Empowerment

and potential equity partners. Government Payroll: In February the MOF announced that government wanted to cut down the state’s wage bill – which at 35% of consolidated revenue is above the global average. On Wednesday he announced that initiatives outlined in the budget, such as early retirement without penalisation, a reduction of performance bonuses and freezing of salaries had not panned out as planned. He indicated that the government would have “robust discussions” its labour partners to decrease the wage bill, but added this would not mean job cuts. E-Toll: E-tolls have long been a problem, with low payments and broad dissatisfaction among users. Mboweni said on Wednesday that while the government had considered several options, it had decided to retain the “user-pay principle” and again urged South Africans to pay for services. NPA: Mboweni announced that the National Prosecuting Authority would receive an additional R1.3bn in funding and SARS an additional R1bn for the next two years to help improve the effectiveness of the state, bolster efforts to combat corruption and to improve revenue collection.

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Towards a More Sustainable Business Space Societal expectation to act with greater environmental consciousness is increasing. Environmental matters are subject to rapid regulatory and legal developments and change, often becoming progressively stricter. While industry and large corporates are often directly impacted because their large-scale activities are regulated by regulatory approvals such as permits and licences, responsibility for change does not lie with the industrial or manufacturing sector alone, but with all businesses and even consumers. This is key to the creation and maintenance of an environmentally sustainable future for all. But how can the small to medium business – or even larger corporates – play their part, especially when bottom line costs need to be factored in for survival in the current economic climate? Environmental author Justine Sweet, who consults on content for LexisNexis South Africa’s Lexis Library, Lexis GRC and Lexis Assure solutions, offers legal and business practitioners the following practical recommendations which may help reduce environmental impacts on a day to day basis: Create a green culture Incentivize the reduction of wasteful expenditure, engage staff in recycling programmes and allow staff to benefit from cost savings by providing targets and updates. Create awareness of and partake in campaigns such as Earth Hour, Plastic Free July and Arbor Day to get staff buyin.” Embedding resource sensitive compliance within the culture of your organisation, from the top down, will have a positive outcome – both environmentally and financially,” says Sweets. Zero waste journey Move towards a paperless office environment. Use online products that allow for electronic signatures, online libraries and resources and the cloud for storage as opposed to hard copy storage avoiding the necessity of printing reams of documents. “These tools are also kept up-to-date and relevant and do not require hands-on research – professionals can access these from home, their car or from court,” says Sweet. Encourage the use of electronic devices such as tablets to replace traditional paper notepads. Purchase these wisely (consider memory, device speed etc.) to reduce the need to replace them too often. Send all memos and invoices electronically. Buy recycled paper and use pen refills to reduce the amount of plastic waste. Explore options such as refillable ink cartridges for printers and photocopy machines, eliminate plastic water bottles, disposable cups, spoons and straws or single-use catering items. Buy reusable crockery, cutlery and glasses. Recycle and reuse whatever you can and provide recycling bins on site for staff to use for any items brought in from outside. Moving towards zero primary inputs Offices in city centres typically require additional lighting, ventilation and air-conditioning systems for heating or cooling, whereas premises that are situated “off the beaten track” can provide a better outlook, more natural light and options for open windows as ventilation. Consider implementing solar panels and LED lighting to reduce electricity consumption for water heating and lighting. Keep computers, printers and other electronic devices off and unplugged until they are required and run them on energy efficient settings. Encourage staff to only use lighting when necessary.

Older buildings, or a new build, can be made “green” using sustainable and green building practices and materials. By choosing premises away from the city centre and out of high cost metropolitan areas, you may be able to reduce staff travel distances and costs thereby having an added environmental impact. Reduce office footprint and travel Provide staff with remote and flexi-work options to reduce the size of your office space, thereby reducing rental costs as well as the need for air-conditioning a larger space and providing refreshments and ablution facilities for a larger staff contingent. Allowing a casual and comfortable dress code where possible will prevent the need for added heating or cooling facilities. Conduct E-meetings via video conferencing or calls. Reduce the cost and carbon impact of client service travel, limiting travel to essential meetings. Use online tools that allow for safe and secure signing of documentation, to prevent the need for printing of hard copies and additional physical meetings. Clean Green Use environmentally friendly or low impact cleaning products and buy these in bulk to reduce packaging. Fill your office space with lush green indoor plants that clean the air and provide a calming, natural environment. Connect with green partners Choose business partners that value the environment and make sustainability a core function in their service and product delivery chain. Buy fair trade or organic items such as tea, coffee or milk. Use local suppliers where possible to further reduce the carbon footprint of your supplies. All businesses and consumers will be impacted by the additional carbon tax included in the fuel tax and this expense will have spin-offs on the cost of all goods and services that require transportation at some stage in the production or delivery chain. By identifying even small areas where businesses can make changes, the domino effect will have an impact on the environment. Text: Editorial Desk | Image: Supplied


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Year-end Madness – A Time for Renewal, Not Distress! Have you ever wondered why we pile on the pressure towards the end of the year; at the end of each month, each quarter? It is crazy, isn’t it? I have asked this question many times and the answer is always the same: “Yes, it is crazy!” So if it is crazy why do we do this to ourselves? The simple answer is that there is no simple answer. What is certain is that it causes unnecessary stress and discomfort. The more complex question is what can we do about it? Dealing with stress is in itself complex and multifaceted. But one of the keys is to strive towards creating balance in one’s life. Balance cannot be done in the instant. It requires one to consider the future and to determine what the real priorities are. In this context, it is essential to understand why the future counts. You should read the work of Daniel Kahneman. He has some really interesting insights into how we think and the consequences of our thinking. We do not have the space to devote to unpacking his thinking but there are some key insights to help us get to grips with dealing with year-end stress and to help prepare better for an uncertain and dramatically changing future. The first of these is that the more you know the worse you can expect your predictions to be. So it is important that you do not try to over-analyse things. We have an amazing capacity to decide quickly and intuitively. See what Malcolm Gladwell has to say about this! This intuitive decision-making capability has served us well and has protected our futures from the dawn of civilisation. Secondly, simplicity is critical. We usually overcomplicate things. This is unnecessary. Simplifying means focussing on the priorities and making sure that we communicate these to all those around us so that they understand why and how we do what we do! Thirdly, teamwork is critical in facing the challenges of the world. There is a growing realisation that collaboration and teamwork are


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with Jeremy Davids, Head of Academy at the Franschhoek Hospitality Academy and Learning Centre What is taught at the centre? Our curriculum is designed in a manner that will secure our students a job and provide them the necessary skills to keep a job. Our courses offer students an introduction to all areas of Hospitality: Food and Beverage Service Standards, Cooking, Wine, Housekeeping, Front Office, Customer Service, Life Skills, Franschhoek Concierge and Mindfulness. We also have an online learning and training platform in Lobster Ink. The Academy also offers evening courses to the public throughout the year. Who are the lecturers? Jeremy Davids: Food and Beverage Service Standards and Life Skills Shaneill Jefthas: Front Office Professional and

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Talking to Strangers By Malcolm Gladwell Publ: Allen Lane. 385 pages. I usually review fiction, but in a Blink I reached a Tipping Point and became an Outlier, in reviewing Malcolm Gladwell’s latest non-fiction book “Talking to Strangers.” Astute readers would have noticed that the three concepts I used in my opening sentence are all derived from Gladwell’s writings, and that all of them have entered the vocabulary of contemporary discourse. Gladwell is one of a new generation of international public intellectuals who can juggle literary criticism with cultural commentary while taking swipes at advertising and marketing. He is also fascinated by how the brain functions and takes a delight in debunking popular misconceptions about the way we think. Over the years his columns for the “New Yorker” have earned him a reputation as an original and inventive writer. In his latest book Gladwell draws upon the work he has previously done and, although he has not come up with a snappy, recognisable concept, he leaves us with a number of startling revelations related to famous court cases, or to historical events. In his book called “The Tipping Point” he showed how an “idea epidemic,” can build up momentum about the reputation of a product or a concept. This can continue until they become acceptable – even though, in the process, the original idea might

Franschhoek Concierge Alexia Neo: Mindfulness Alison Sussex: Wine Professional Hurst Campus Culinary Academy : Cooking course Leading Franschhoek Chefs: Master Classes in their own kitchens Johan Geers: Counsellor who supports our students in coping with the pressures of life and full time studies. How and why did you get involved? I was approached by the founders. I got involved because the academy provided me another opportunity to develop youth. Franschhoek, being the Food and Wine Capital of SA, will always have a quality food and wine offering, we do however need to provide consistent good service to ensure

have changed substantially. There is a similar insight in “Blink” called ‘thin slicing’, which means that a consumer can quickly evaluate a product on a relatively small amount of data. So, it is obvious that Gladwell is brilliant at pattern recognition, and in “Talking to Strangers” he scrolls through recent history and finds patterns of behaviour which appear inexplicable or unexpected. In all the examples he gives there is an interaction between an observer and a high profile person who is typified as a “stranger.” The observer is trusting, or naïve, or ill-informed and the “stranger” is a perpetrator, or a celebrity, or someone in authority. Anyone who has read the international headlines over the past years will recognise names like Amanda Knox, Bernie Madoff and Sylvia Plath. The case of football coach Jerry Sandusky and that of Sandra Bland (the black woman shot by a white cop) will perhaps be more known to American readers. In each case someone interacts with a stranger with sometimes startling (or toxic) results. For instance, the suicide of Sylvia Plath was strongly linked to place and context, which he calls “coupling.” There was a spate of female suicides in England in the early 1960’s related to the availability of British Gas, which contained a substantial amount of carbon monoxide, making it potentially lethal. This form of gas was replaced over 10 years by natural gas, which is not toxic. This caused the number of suicides to drop dramatically. Gladwell argues that these later women did not choose another means of suicide because the”coupling” which had become embedded in British social behaviour was no longer valid. (In American mainly male suicide by gun has remained fairly constant for many years.) Another phrase Gladwell coins is “defaulting

our guests come back. The academy would play a vital role in building brand Franschhoek in offering quality training and make our youth aware of the opportunities in the hospitality industry. How and why did Shaneill Jephthas, your administrator, get involved? We were looking for a passionate person with a hospitality background that could share their knowledge and motivate our students. Shaneill was a good fit for our team as she wanted to contribute to society and needed a challenge to develop her career. What are the graduates qualified for? Our graduates have a strong work ethic and are able to work in any area in hospitality. Upon graduation they receive a number of certificates: First Aid Level 1, Front of House Wine training through the Cape Wine Academy, Point of Sales training through, Lobster Ink related certificates, Financial Literacy training through the Clothing Bank. How successful were the 2019 students? Our retention rate for this year is 72%. Two of our students are furthering their studies at the ITM College in Austria and the others are all busy with their internships at various Franschhoek establishments. They are all working in areas that they are passionate about. We are confident that they are an asset to their employers and will be permanently employed on completion of their internships. How is the course funded and how much is needed annually? The Franschhoek Valley has been extremely

to truth.” This means assuming the best about another person, even when evidence to the contrary is so brazenly obvious. He maintains this is an essential trait that has helped created modern society, and those occasions where our trusting nature gets violated are both inevitable and tragic. He cites examples of CIA spies in Cuba who got away with working as double agents, or US paedophiles who operated quite openly. Both sets were not suspected because the authorities “defaulted to truth” and chose to believe their version of events. Gladwell cites case after case of misguided belief. Joseph Chamberlain believing Hitler. Investors believing Bernie Madoff. The waterboarding interrogators believing the confession of the terrorist who masterminded the Twin Towers attack. The author argues that we should accept the limits of our ability to decipher strangers because we underestimate the importance of the

generous to us and believed in our dream from inception. We raise a lot of funds through events and we also have private donors. We need R1,5 million annually to keep the programme running. Why do the students have to contribute financially? Our students become our partners and ambassadors. They form part of our team. By contributing financially we want to instill a sense of pride and ownership that will hopefully lead towards a greater sense of responsibility. Who qualifies for application and how is selection done? Any person between the ages of 18 and 35 with the right attitude is eligible. Matric is a preference. A potential candidate must have a good understanding of the hospitality industry and must not be under the illusion that it will be a quick and easy process. The candidate should have respect for others and must be willing to work in a team. We short list and interview potential candidates, then we select candidates that will fit into our team and programme. What are your biggest challenges at the academy? Having to raise R1,5 million every year to keep the programme running; and not having our own training kitchen in Franschhoek. What are the rewards? Changing the lives of our students. Every day we see the difference we make. It’s also very rewarding to see how happy our students are in their jobs and knowing that we are meaningfully contributing towards eradicating unemployment.

context in which a stranger operates. This is a fascinating and intriguing book, and a useful antidote to our easy assumptions about cause and effect in a social context. It reads like a thriller and leaves us shaking our heads at ourselves and everybody else who was ever fooled because they failed to read the signs.


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Seeing Satori

Brenda’s Cars & Enzo’s Dinner

The ballet lovers amongst the Franschhoek Culture Vultures were both surprised and delighted to find that Cape Town City Ballet was presenting another production this year. It was the triple bill Satori scheduled for a few performances at the Artscape Opera House. Arrangements were quickly made and at 18h00 on a rather lovely spring evening Patrick picked the local cultured ones up and drove them to the city. They arrived in plenty of time and when the curtains went up the group were in their usual seats in the stalls. The first ballet on the triple bill programme was Concerto Barocco choreographed by George Balanchine and danced to violin music by Bach. It has been described as “A timeless masterpiece” and “A ballet about ballet, and its marriage to music.” Beautiful! Incorporating a touch of jazz and an off-centre touch, it was very well done. The second ballet was called Sheeple referring to “People compared to sheep in being docile, foolish, or easily led.” More than twenty dancers were on stage doing unconventional steps close together with remarkable precision. Michelle Reid’s choreography was unexpected and also breathtaking. The third ballet, choreographed by the

award-winning Kenneth Tindall, was called Polarity. The pas de deux, duets and corps were testimony to the talent of the company, as they illustrated opposites and duality in their wonderful dancing. Another memorable element of the programme was the artistic lighting of all the dances. A very happy group leant into the wind outside Artscape as they made their way to the waiting bus. What a lovely evening and what a fitting way to celebrate by raising glasses of Leopard’s Leap bubbly and wine from the Franschhoek Valley. If you would like to receive information on future outings, please send your name, cell phone number and email address to Text: Editorial Desk

Sounding out Tarabu Local band Tarabu launched their new album, Odyssey, on 29 November. They kept things local by doing the recording and production at UV Productions on the Happy Valley Road with Uys Visser, who according to them is a master sound engineer. They stayed in the valley for the launch too and organised a picnic-type affair at The Theatre at Bridge House. Keeping things together on the night was the very entertaining MC Ashley Pienaar, well-known for his comedic talent and tours with Emo Adams. The Tarabu band members are: François le Roux on saxophone and clarinets, Lucas Heinen on accordion and piano and Philip Malan on acoustic guitar – he is a finger-style specialist! Stressing their uniqueness they say, “It lies in the fact that it’s an unusual combination of instruments.” Yes, they do invite a vocalist. Sometimes. Even additional instrumentalists. The name Tarabu is also unusual; it’s derived from the Swahili word tarab referring to traditional East African music. François brought the word back with him after he and his family lived in Tanzania for 6 months. It is charming to see how excited the band members are about the new album for which Lucas composed the title track. The album has eight tracks all composed by the band members. They describe the music as “featuring a large variety of influences but it has a strong swing vibe.” Their music generally fits comfortably into the Jazz and World Music genre. Composing and recording new music had to be scheduled between performances and day jobs. Said performances range from corporate gigs to weddings and recently to being the resident band for SA legends at the Suidoosterfees. Although they have plenty of original music of their own, the band will do cover versions of popular music if the occasion calls for it. Talking of day jobs, François and Lucas are both teachers at Bridge House and Philip commutes from Durbanville. The trio who love doing what they do, break their routines to make unusual music together and share it with keen listeners remark, “Our music is actually very good, it’s a pity not more people know us.” Well, now more do! The album will be available digitally at most major online stores and a limited edition of CDs is available directly from Tarabu, either at their concerts and events or through a special order. For a taste of the album go to: https://www.

Brenda Vernor with one of Jody Scheckter’s F1 racers. Brenda and Jody remain good friends to this day.

If you’re looking for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to hear stories from someone who worked closely with Enzo Ferrari from 1972 until his death, this is your chance. A unique dinner is planned for 14 December to celebrate Brenda Vernor, Enzo’s private secretary. A mother figure to many Ferrari racers, including our own Jody Scheckter (the friendship continues to this day) British-born Brenda was a rose among 199 men at the Ferrari headquarters. Enzo, a famously private person, remains an enigma to most. Brenda, however, knew him very well. “Enzo did lots of good things for people, and nobody knew about it,” she says. “Underneath, he was a softy. He did a lot for his workers. Most of his workers were local people. He gave jobs to the local people, and he understood them because he came from nothing. He knew what it was like not to have anything. If he could help somebody he would. “He could get angry, too sometimes. He’d get red in the face, shout and scream, and in 10 minutes, it was finished. Back to normal. “He was a lovely guy. I loved him. I was privileged to work with such a man.” As if spending time with Brenda is not enough, Anna Davel will be performing Shirley Bassey`s much-loved music in her “Diamonds are Forever”

tribute show during “Enzo’s Dinner”. Her rendition of Chris Rea`s “Shirley, do you own a Ferrari?” will leave you with goosebumps! The “Brenda’s Cars” exhibition takes place on 14 December at the Franschhoek Motor Museum – a very appropriate setting seeing as many of the iconic cars will be on display (Brenda’s favourite is the 275 GTB/4), followed by “Enzo’s Dinner” at the recently-restored Franschhoek Town Hall. If you’re interested in attending and to hear Brenda’s tales of racing drivers and an era of motorsport long gone, as well as the characters involved, contact Sonja-Liezel Theron at or phone 082 8577 844. Book early to avoid disappointment. Text: Hannes Oosthuizen | Image: FMM

François le Roux, Lucas Heinen and Phillip Malan are Tarabu

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Discover Franschhoek’s Pristine Mountainland Situated high above the Franschhoek Valley the Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve (established 1983) is part of a UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site - the Cape Floral Region Protected Areas (2004) and linked to the UNESCO-designated Boland Biosphere Reserve. Ever since 1823 mountain springs in the reserve have provided Franschhoek with high quality drinking water. The reserve is known for its spectacular views of the valley, diverse plant and small animal life and well-maintained network of hiking trails. It is also a popular jumping-off point for paragliders and is becoming a favoured destination for trail runners. The Franschhoek mountainland consists of Table Mountain sandstone that was raised as a mountain range more than 265 million years ago. The present mountain and valley landscape is the result of erosion over the past 140 million years. Three large peaks dominate the reserve: Perdekop (1575 m), DuToitskop (1418m) and Middagkrans (1029 m). In summer southeasterly winds can form impressive 'cloudfalls' over Middagkrans. Both summer and winter weather conditions in the reserve can be challenging to the uninitiated - the former being hot and dry and the later wet and cold with occasional snow on the higher ground. The reserve's flora consists of montane fynbos established on leached acidic sandy soils. Fynbos (the world's smallest and most diverse plant kingdom) is primarily characterised by four types of plants: Proteas, Ericas, Restios (reed-like plants resembling grass) and geophytes (bulbs).

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Create your own way of living From R4.525 million incl VAT In the heart of beautiful Franschhoek, you’ll find the new La Demeure Lifestyle Village. La Demeure offers the opportunity to create, with complete peace of mind, your own, unique way of life. Whatever your individual or family lifestyle needs, the estate offers the independence of hassle-free, secure living. La Demeure also features a comprehensive range of care options. This charming estate is inspired by the unique character of the Cape’s delightful “French Corner”. Surrounded by the exquisite Franschhoek Valley’s majestic mountains, La Demeure Lifestyle Village is a compelling invitation to a new way of living. • • • • •

Elegant 3- and 4-bedroom homes, with flexible design options available as single or double storey Procare health services, including child care, frail care and emergency medical assistance Advanced security measures Residents only: indoor pool, gym and entertainment area Solar power, accessible borehole water and a retention dam

For more information on La Demeure please contact: Jeanine Allen +27 82 410 6837 | Doug Gurr +27 72 610 7208 | Franschhoek Office +27 21 876 2100

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R6 950 000

THREE BEDROOM FRANSCHE HOEK ESTATE Stunning views from this contemporary home set amongst the vineyards on a secure agricultural estate. Large open plan living areas and three bedrooms en-suite. Tom Clode 079 955 3114 | Terry-Lee George 082 650 9194







IN A CLASS OF ITS OWN – FRANSCHE HOEK ESTATE A truly distinctive four bedroom home, with no expense spared in both the build quality and the finishes, characterised by generous living areas both inside and out with a focus on year-round comfort whether you are fireside, poolside or just relaxing on the deep covered terrace. Tom Clode 079 955 3114 | Terry-Lee George 082 650 9194




GORGEOUS 4/5 BEDROOM INCOME-PRODUCING HOUSE Joint Mandate. Quiet but central location, plenty of flexible accommodation, set within a stunning garden with mountain views & pool. Currently run as a 4 Star Guest House with excellent ratings.


CHARMING 4 BEDROOM FAMILY HOME IN VILLAGE This home offers everything a family needs. Large open-plan living areas, lounge, dining room and kitchen with scullery. A large covered veranda with swimming pool and very private, absolutely gorgeous, country-style garden. Tom Clode 079 955 3114 | Terry-Lee George 082 650 9194

Tom Clode 079 955 3114 | Terry-Lee George 082 650 9194


R14 950 000


R7 500 000


MAGNIFICENT 4 BEDROOM HOME ON CABRIERE STREET. This imposing home, built in a Cape Georgian style, has grand proportions throughout. A truly outstanding and unique home intelligently laid out and in one of Franschhoek’s most prestigious streets. Must be viewed. Tom Clode 079 955 3114 | Terry-Lee George 082 650 9194







R17 950 000


R8 950 000









R12 950 000

EXCEPTIONAL 4/5 BED PROPERTY IN THE HEART OF FRANSCHHOEK Set at a desirable address on a leafy village street, this gorgeous 4/5 bedroom home is equal measure of charm and grand Georgian “villa” set within a large private landscaped garden. Tom Clode 079 955 3114 | Terry-Lee George 082 650 9194





R7 950 000


R23 000 000

FOUR BEDROOM FAMILY HOME Well-proportioned double storey family home on large plot. Spacious living areas with a large farm style kitchen. Large gardens with pool and mature trees and views.

GORGEOUS 6 BEDROOM HOME IN VILLAGE This exceptional property offers breath-taking views and sophisticated living in a quiet corner of Franschhoek. Includes two extremely well appointed guest suites with separate entrances.

Tom Clode 079 955 3114 | Terry-Lee George 082 650 9194

Tom Clode 079 955 3114 | Terry-Lee George 082 650 9194

Franschhoek Office 23 Huguenot Street, Franschhoek, 7690 +27 (0)21 876 3322

Park Lane Office 119/121 Park Lane, London, W1 +44 (0)207 079 1515


R10 500 000

7.96 HECTARE SMALLHOLDING A short drive from Franschhoek, this 7.9ha small holding with large 6 bedroom home offers an exciting opportunity to develop into an equestrian, tourist, agricultural or related activity. The property boasts stunning mountain views. Price excludes VAT. Tom Clode 079 955 3114 | Terry-Lee George 082 650 9194

Regionally 20 offices throughout Western Cape Nationally 50 offices across South Africa Internationally Over 300 offices globally

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CONTEMPORARY CHARM IN QUIET VILLAGE POSITION. Located in a cul-de-sac, this character home has open plan living, covered outside dining terrace, two bedrooms en-suite downstairs, a large upstairs loft with two children’s bedrooms, study/playroom, a mature garden and pool. Tom Clode 079 955 3114 | Terry-Lee George 082 650 9194


R10 950 000









R6 950 000

Tom Clode 079 955 3114 | Terry-Lee George 082 650 9194

Tom Clode 079 955 3114 | Terry-Lee George 082 650 9194


R8 500 000

FAMILY LIVING ON DELTA CREST Immaculate 4 bedroom home presents as a traditional thatch on the outside and contemporary finishes on the inside with stunning views and large pool. Tom Clode 079 955 3114 | Terry-Lee George 082 650 9194









R12 900 000

CHARMING 4 BEDROOM FAMILY HOME IN VILLAGE Classic Cape Dutch style home perfectly suited to family living with older children. Large sophisticated living areas, generous accommodation in 4 large bedrooms.

Franschhoek Office 23 Huguenot Street, Franschhoek, 7690 +27 (0)21 876 3322

QUAINT 2-BEDROOM COTTAGE IN QUIET VILLAGE NEIGHBOURHOOD This 2 bedroom cottage offers a front garden, covered porch, large lounge/ dining room with fireplace, separate kitchen and family bathroom, plus 2 automated garages as well as a parking bay at the rear of the property. Tom Clode 079 955 3114 | Terry-Lee George 082 650 9194


CHARMING 3 BEDROOM FRANSCHHOEK VILLA WITH LOADS OF CHARACTER Currently operating as a self-catering holiday home, this three-bedroom property would suit an investment buyer or small family. Easy walking distance to the village centre. Worth viewing.

Tom Clode 079 955 3114 | Terry-Lee George 082 650 9194


R3 200 000


THREE BEDROOM VILLAGE HOME IN ESTATE Character three bedroom, two bathroom home set in a quiet gated estate within walking distance of the Village centre. Currently run as a self-catering cottage this property would be ideal as an investment and/or lock up and leave holiday home.




R4 250 000





IN A CLASS OF ITS OWN – FRANSCHE HOEK ESTATE Light, bright and airy four bedroom en-suite family home with doublevolume living areas flowing seamlessly from one space to another. Stunning location bordered by fynbos and uninterrupted mountain views. Price excludes VAT. Tom Clode 079 955 3114 | Terry-Lee George 082 650 9194





R8 950 000




R5 950 000

FIVE BEDROOM FAMILY HOME This much loved family home is located in a quiet cul de sac in an elevated position with stunning views. Large open plan living/dining area with high wooden ceilings, open plan kitchen, five bedrooms, two bathrooms. Tom Clode 079 955 3114 | Terry-Lee George 082 650 9194

Park Lane Office 119/121 Park Lane, London, W1 +44 (0)207 079 1515





R6 500 000

THREE BEDROOM FAMILY HOME ON LA PETITE PROVENCE ESTATE Family home with spacious living/dining room an open plan kitchen with. The living area flows directly out to a covered patio area overlooking the back garden, ideal for outside entertaining. The Estate includes 24 hour security, Club house, tennis court, pool and jungle gym. Tom Clode 079 955 3114 | Terry-Lee George 082 650 9194

Regionally 20 offices throughout Western Cape Nationally 50 offices across South Africa Internationally Over 300 offices globally

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