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Hospitality Academy Students Graduate


Graduation is reason to jump for joy!

Despite a torrid 2020, 24 out of 25 students at the Franschhoek Hospitality Academy graduated at a ceremony in April held at the Franschhoek Cellar. The academic year was characterized by classes disrupted due to Covid-19. The class also had to be split into two sessions per day; half the students attending in the morning and the balance in the afternoon. This created onerous conditions for Jeremy Davids and his teaching staff who were required to repeat lessons and exercises daily. The Academy’s academic year normally comprises eight months of mainly classroom training followed by a four-month internship at a restaurant, hotel, wine farm, etc. Due to the disruptive effects of Covid precautions, the internship programme also had to be extended. Despite all this, a very proud and very happy group of graduates received their certificates at a moving ceremony attended by parents, ambassadors, friends of the Academy and sponsors, including executives from Defy which has become

a significant benefactor of the Academy. Other significant benefactors and friends of the Academy are JP and Marina Colmant who presented a cheque for R47 230. Carol Davids, the mother of Caryn Davids who is one of the students currently studying at the ITM College in Austria, addressed the gathering about the value of the training her daughter had received at the Academy. Then it was the all-important presentation of the certificates to the graduates by Academy Head, Jeremy Davids, followed by great celebrations commemorating a very special day in 24 young lives! The Academy wishes to thank Franschhoek Cellar for the assistance given in the hosting of the ceremony. Text & Image: FHALC

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Geloofsvryheid-monument A Master Plan for Franschhoek ’n Monument om vryheid van geloof, vryheid van geloofsvervolging, vryheid in Christus en vryheid om God in eie taal en kultuur te mag aanbid is einde April by die Wawiel kampterrein van Die Voortrekkers by Wemmershoek onthul. Die Geloofsvryheid-monument bestaan uit ’n brons Statebybel met gebreekte kettings. Die Bybelvers uit Jesaja 40:7: “Gras verdor en blomme verwelk, maar die woord van ons God bly vir ewig” beklemtoon die verganklikheid van die lewe en natuur teenoor God se almag en ewigheid. Geloofsvryheid-monument is opgerig ter herdenking van die Bybelgenootskap van SuidAfrika se tweehonderdste verjaarsdag, 1820-2020, in samewerking met Die Voortrekkers. Die monument sou verlede jaar onthul geword het, maar ingevolge Covid-19-inperkingsregulasies was dit nie moontlik gewees nie. Dr. Danie Langner, hoofleier van Die Voortrekkers, het by die onthulling gesê die Bybel is die fondament van Die Voortrekkers. “Daarom is dit vir die Voortrekkers belangrik om die 200 jaar van die Suid-Afrikaanse Bybelgenootskap sowel as die mylpaal van die 2020 Afrikaanse Bybel-vertaling te vier met die oprig van die monument.” Dr. Paul du Plessis, voorsitter van die Bybelgenootskap van Suid-Afrika, sê: “Die rol van die Woord spreek om te versprei. Die boeie wat gebreek word, maak nes die Woord vry. Die Woord gee lewe en hoop. Dit is wat hierdie monument simboliseer”. Jacques Müller, ’n beeldhouer van Pretoria, het die Geloofsvryheid-monument geskep. “Die balans tussen monument en natuur is harmonieus. Omring met dennebome, ’n klein

VLNR: Dr. Danie Langner, hoofleier van Die Voortrekkers, Jacques Müller, beeldhouer van die Geloofsvryheid-monument, Elizma Smith, lid van Die Voortrekkers se hoofdagbestuur, dr. Paul du Plessis, voorsitter van die Bybelgenootskap van Suid-Afrika en dr. Francois Sieberhagen, hoof van die department kommunikasie, bemarking en sendingprogramme van die Bybelgenootskap van Suid-Afrika.

lappie grond in die oopte, by ’n bestaande amfiteater wat deur Voortrekkers gebou is, met ’n uitsig oor ’n vallei en die pieke van Simonsberg wat op die agtergrond die hemele aanraak, beleef kinders die grootsheid en skoonheid van God se Woord- en Skeppingsopenbaring op ’n unieke manier,” het Müller verduidelik. Teks: Redaksie | Foto: FAK: Bronwyn Bloem

Hey Joe Brewery Wins Big At European Beer Challenge 2021 Hey Joe Brewery had a successful maiden outing at Beer Challenge 2021. They beers and won two awards: double gold.

spectacularly the European entered two a gold and a

“The European Beer Challenge is the pinnacle of the industry,” says Gavin Magrath founder and owner of Hey Joe Brewery. “The Judges really know what they are talking about - and we are truly honoured to have won these medals.” Hey Joe’s winning beers were the Session IPA, which received a Double Gold medal and the Witbier which received a Gold medal. “We are extremely proud to be the only craft brewery from South Africa to win awards at the EBC 2021. This accomplishment comes with great team work, hard work and dedication” adds Anja van Zyl, Head Brewer. The European Beer Challenge is organised by the largest beverage awards organisation in the world and is judged by Europe’s leading beer buyers. The panel of judges includes key decision makers from top retailers, importers, distributors and wholesalers. The event was hosted at the London County Hall in the shadow of the London Eye. Thousands of entries from 39 countries fought head to head. High profile entrants included Glen

Gavin Magrath (Founder and Owner of Hey Joe Brewing Co.) and Anja van Zyl (Head Brewer) proudly display the certificates awarded to their beers at the European Beer Challenge 2021.

Affric Brewery, Manchester Union, Brasserie du Mont Blanc, The Hofmeister Brewing and Realeza Brewing. All entries were tasted blind taking into consideration all elements of each beer including the appearance, flavour profile, aromas, and structure. Text: Editorial Desk | Image: Supplied

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With over 150 years of experience between them in many different fields, a team of architectural professionals from the Heritage Committee of the Franschhoek Heritage & Ratepayers Association – Brian Howard, Migo Manz, Alastair Thorns and Ronalda Basson led by Larry Oltmanns - have been working on a Master Plan for Franschhoek. At this stage it is only an outline plan and can be modified. Its aim is to maximise the social and economic value of three sites owned by the Municipality to bring the greatest possible benefit to the community. NORTH SITE Erf 412 in Groendal is the green space in front of the new library on the left as you enter Franschhoek, once an informal settlement known as Vietnam. The plan is for the development of a convenience shopping centre with units for startup businesses with affordable 2 bedroom flats above for rental - and a KFC. A filling station anchors the development and helps ensure the viability of the other businesses to create jobs and business opportunities for local people and amenities of value for the community. Erf 284 - the vacant land with a frontage to Provence Street and behind the Groendal clinic – would be developed to provide affordable 2 bedroom flats for rental. It is suggested that a private developer might finance, build and manage the development as part of a Public Private Partnership. The municipality’s share of income could be used for community facilities and public parks. CENTRAL SITE In the centre of Franschhoek, it is proposed that the old tennis courts behind Hospice House be levelled to become an accessible car park with bike racks replacing and adding to the bays in front of the informal traders. The informal traders’ side of Church Street would be a central village garden with amenities such as a tourist information kiosk, bandstand, new planting for shade, paving, seating, a coffee station - and maybe even a giant outdoor chess board – so the whole area can become a focal point in the village and help increase business for the informal traders. The other side of Church Street will then be for two way for traffic. SOUTH SITE While keeping it as a public park for picnics and passive recreation, the Plan proposes the development of the former Circus Ground with a softly landscaped outdoor amphitheatre for festivals and concerts and a Heritage and Wine Museum. There would still be an outdoor gym and braai and picnic facilities. The combination of the Huguenot Monument and Museum, Perfume Museum and a Heritage and Wine Museum could create a unique cultural and heritage precinct to enhance Franschhoek’s appeal as a destination for South African and, in a post Covid world, overseas visitors. The landscaping of the Circus Ground will also enhance its key position in one of the Franschhoek Valley’s most important Graded Landscapes and Green Transition Zones and Excelsior Road

as a Scenic Route in the Stellenbosch Heritage Inventory, It is intended that the Circus Ground development will be funded by sponsorship by local and international winemakers so there is no recourse to public funds. An international competition for a detailed design is expected to generate further sponsorship. The Master Plan outline has been approved by the Ward 1 and 2 Committees and their Councillors. The development of the tennis court car park is expected to be included in the next Municipal Integrated Development Plan. Ward 1 Councillor, Aldridge Frazenberg said ““This is a roadmap for the best use of vacant municipal property in Franschhoek. It will create jobs, entrepreneurial opportunities and housing for our people, make Franschhoek an even more attractive destination for our visitors and bring a lasting benefit to all who live in the Valley.” Minnie Petersen, said “As Councillor for Ward 2 which includes Groendal, Langrug and La Motte, I would support all efforts and endeavours to better the current economic and social situation of our people in this beautiful valley. It is therefore important for the Community of Ward 2 to be part of the future planning of the broader Franschhoek Town. I also support sustainable economic development in Franschhoek and Ward 2 in particular in order to uplift our communities economically, socially and in providing them with dignified living conditions. As a result of this proposed plan, I foresee great benefits when investing in the Franschhoek Valley. This initiative will be beneficial to the communities of both Groendal and Langrug as well as La Motte and for the investors and Franschhoek as a whole.” Petersen added, “When considering the input from community members, the broader community of Franschhoek will feel more involved as they are the one’s experiencing challenges in meeting their needs.” Larry Oltmanns, as leader of the Master Plan Project Team, said “As the world emerges from the Covid-19 crisis, we believe it is essential to reaffirm Franschhoek’s position as a premier destination. We see these three projects as the beginning of an ongoing initiative that will be of lasting benefit to everyone who lives, works and visits our village.” If you would like to make any comment or suggestion, please email Barry Phillips at barryphillips505@gmail.com or call him on 083 441 8280.

In the Dog Box There have long been mumblings amongst Franschhoekers about dog poop being left on sidewalks, on trails and in other public places. Some dog owners have a habit of not picking up after their dogs and instead just leaving it where others walk and live. To combat this problem, wooden boxes have now been placed at convenient spots along walking trails in Franschhoek. A notice on the boxes indicates that the boxes are not for the disposal of litter but very specifically for dog waste. This is a project of the municipality’s Parks and Cemeteries Department. It is a first in the Winelands although it seems to be common in other places. The municipality has for some time been searching for suitable containers for dog waste and eventually found the attractive ones we see at Primwood. Nineteen boxes are currently in position and more are planned. Dog owners are asked to provide their own bags; it is easy enough to carry a used grocery bag in one’s pocket. It is hoped that pet owners will remind one another to ‘take along a bag’ when they go for walkies. The boxes will be emptied regularly and the contents taken to the landfill. The municipality has always been keen to cater for pet owners and their needs. They are pleased that the paths they for instance created are

Respectable people put dog poop in the receptacle!

regularly used for walks by the two-legged and the four-legged. There is also a dog park on the Middagkrans Road where man’s best friend can be taken to play. Some trainers are using it for classes. A notice board on the property displays the appropriate rules. A further item on the department’s to-do list is bat boxes at the ‘leiwater’ dam. This should provide some control of the many insects like gnats and mosquitoes that breed there. Text & Image: Editorial Desk

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A Glass of Gold

Reinventing and Restoring Rugby at Franschhoek High School Former Springbok assistant coach Gary Gold recently joined Train Camp at Haute Cabrière as a guest of Franschhoek Tourism, where they toasted some new developments in a decade-long relationship. Train Camp said, “We asked Gary to consult on the strategy for our Rugby Programme at Franschhoek High School. He was part of the team that beat Richie McCaw’s All Blacks twice in New Zealand and the British & Irish Lions, and he’s one of the great thinkers of the game.” Head Coach of USA Rugby since 2018, Gary divides his time between the Cape and Colorado – and the Tatler sat down with him, over a glass or two, to talk about his vision for rugby in the valley. So how did this partnership come about? I’ve always wanted to get involved in the development of rugby and rugby players, and that starts at school level. I’ve coached at provincial, club and national level for twenty years, and the time is right to use that experience to drive development. When Dick Muir and I coached the Springboks under Peter de Villiers, Dick introduced me to the guys at Train Camp – so we go back over ten years. They showed me what they’re doing at Franschhoek High School, it was a great fit for my thinking on the evolution of the game – and we took it from there. What changes are you bringing to the rugby played by FHS? It’s more the introduction of strategic development for individual players, and systems that support that. The programme has the squads living in the hostel – so we can build strong teams from around 60 of the best young players, and develop them individually like you would at an academy. Inevitably there’s a talent deficit in some positions, and that’s where we’ll identify and recruit players and offer bursaries. We’ll look for local Winelands players from the community for the bursaries, because we want to keep building the game in this region. And of course, we want to make the school a force in the game nationally.

Gary Gold with the Springboks

How will it work with your national commitments in the USA? I’m contracted with USA Rugby until the end of World Cup in 2023, so I will be consulting to Train Camp for now. That’s said, I’m passionate about the strategy – and developing this level of rugby is a long-term commitment for me. We’ll also have

Toulouse Players Antoine du Pont and Cyril Baille in their Serge Blanco fashionwear

Train Camp’s sponsorship of the FHS rugby jersey in 2018

a good team; small, but very focused. A head coach, an athletic performance coach – and we’ve developed a very good talent identification and scouting network here in the Cape. We’ve had a lot of interest in the head coach position, and I’m also here to discuss some of those names. Train Camp already has the sports science expertise lined up. We just had lunch with global swimming delegates and officials. What does Train Camp have up its sleeve in terms of Rugby partnerships? To start, they’ve brought in the Serge Blanco fashion brand to package the team and its kit. Their team has collaborated with Toulouse, and recently announced Cheslin Kolbe as a global brand ambassador – so that’s an exciting relationship. Serge Blanco’s son, Sébastien, works with Train Camp and has close ties with the French clubs, so maybe there’s an opportunity to bring overseas players here to play – rather than them scouting ours. What makes this project special for you?

The fact that it’s at a school. South Africa already has the best rugby schools system in the world, while some top test nations don’t even have a schools rugby culture. That’s why many of our players are scouted straight out of matric, but it’s only a matter of time before they expand their own full-time programmes to this age group. South Africa needs to up its game at this level to stay competitive, and for us the head coach role is as much about mentorship as technical training. He gives them structure and discipline, and they have to perform in class as well if they want to play. Also, an academic institution gives the players options. We can introduce coaching accreditation, sports science and sports management to the curriculum, and they and the other students can have a career in the future. It’s good for the whole school. Text: Editorial Desk | Images: Gary Gold, Serge Blanco, Train Camp

Where’s the Chalk? Teaching at Franschhoek High School made a technological leap earlier this year with the introduction of interactive whiteboards in all the classrooms. The installation was made possible by a generous donation from a local charitable trust. The Tatler’s editor visited the school to see the changes for himself. Teaching has certainly changed in the thirtyodd years since I last graced a school desk. I was surprised to see that the old single and double school desks with their flip-up lids are no longer there. (I still vividly recall discoveries like weekold egg sandwiches when, against my better judgement, I opened the lid of my desk!) In their place, there are now individual desks (sans flip-up lids) and chairs. Also gone are all the green chalkboards and with it the ear-piercing screech of a hard bit of chalk on said board. In my day there were two types of chalkboards: fixed metal ones (the screechy ones!) and coated fabric boards. The latter were on a roller system, so the teacher could ‘scroll up’. These were considered quite a perk as they offered twice the writing space of the metal ones. Teachers with chalk phobia preferred using overhead projectors. These should not be confused with the LED projectors we’re used to connecting to our laptops these days. Essentially they were horizontal lightboxes that used two lenses mounted on an arm to project the image vertically on a wall or screen. An interactive whiteboard is really an assemblage of different pieces of equipment. There’s the

whiteboard itself, a specialised pen, an overhead LED projector, a speaker and a software package. All of which requires an Internet-connected laptop to run most effectively. Walking around the school with Maths teacher, Tanya Crous – who coordinated the project – we discuss the advantages of the interactive whiteboards. As their name implies interactive whiteboards allow learners to interact with the study material in a variety of ways, e.g. seeing, hearing, drawing or writing. The study material can also take many forms, from slide presentations to games and videos. Everything happens in realtime, so feedback on progress is immediately and corrective action can be taken without delay if needed. The boards can also be connected to practically any kind of digital device from video cameras to microscopes. The result is that as the brochure states “Students are more attentive in the classroom. Comprehension improves. Test scores rise. Literacy increases. Students learn better and remember it. When children engage more in the classroom, learning always increases.” Of course, there is also no more chalk dust! It was clear from talking to some of the learners

Teachers Corna Siebrits, Marietjie Maritz and Tanya Crous in one of the classrooms that now feature interactive whiteboards.

that they are enjoying the more interactive teaching enabled by the whiteboards – as one would expect of a digitally-savvy generation. One learner also pointed out that “Movies have much better sound now than with just a laptop.” Impressed as I was by what I saw, I’m willing to assume these are mostly educational movies! To protect the whiteboard investment the school’s security system also underwent a major upgrade. In addition to the armed response and alarm system, there are now also security cameras

monitoring all the school buildings. Headmistress, Marjorie Myburgh, thanked the trust for its investment in the school and the future of the learners, and Nashua Winelands for the professional installation – all of which was done during the school holidays to minimise disruption. I guess the era of a learner being asked to go next door to ask for some chalk has now finally passed… Laptop chargers are another matter though! Text & Image: Editorial Desk

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Franschhoek Wine Valley Focus La Motte

Winter in the Valley The slight chill in the air is a clear indication that winter is almost here. Winter brings with it a myriad of comforts, but the best news is that Franschhoek is ‘Open for Winter’ and guaranteed to keep the cold at bay. Franschhoek is the picture of absolute perfection during this time and the winter scenery that welcomes us in the mornings is guaranteed to take your breath away. Although we tend to hibernate during this time let us not forget those magical winter days. A clear sunny winter’s day is perfect for a hike in the Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve or tackling one of the many mountain bike trails. If you prefer the indoors why not visit one of our many wine farms, which offer a cozy fireplace to keep warm, whilst sipping on a robust red. Winter is all about comfort food and the restaurants in and around the valley are guaranteed to check all the boxes when it comes to enjoying a delicious seasoninspired and hearty meal. Our valley is absolutely beautiful and during this time it also makes for the ideal opportunity to explore what our region has to offer. Not only are you bound to discover some hidden gems, but you’ll be supporting local businesses as they continue to stay afloat and do the best they can during these challenging times we all find ourselves in. Together we are stronger.

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Millennium 2018 Raspberry (Merlot), a slight herbaciousness (Cabernet Franc) and English toffee (oak) combine in a harmonious way. Malbec and Petit Verdot provide colour and spice. Very perfumy and aromatic with beetroot earthiness and leafy undergrowth. Juicy concentrated blueberry fruit on palate with fresh acidity and toffee sweetness. Spicy cinnamon finish. Cellar door price: R99

Pierneef à La Motte Restaurant Slow roasted lamb ribs with white beans and pesto

We’re also excited to be hosting the Franschhoek Bastille Festival again this year – Covid-19 dependent. After a year’s hibernation we are ready to welcome visitors back to the valley as we celebrate our French heritage. The dates have been set for the weekend of 16th, 17th and 18th July, at decentralized venues throughout Franschhoek. It’s the same festival but in a slightly different format, allowing us to take things up a notch. Save the dates and keep an eye on our social media pages for more information on one of our longest running events. Please pop into our offices in Huguenot Street if you have any queries, or for more information on what’s happening in and around the valley visit our website at www.franschhoek.org.za or follow us on Instagram at franschhoek_sa.

Lamb - Ingredients: 1 kg Lamb ribs; 1 Garlic head; 2 Rosemary sprigs; Salt; Pepper Lamb - Method: Preheat oven to 160°C. Wash and pat dry ribs, season and set aside for 30 min. Place in roasting dish with garlic and rosemary. Cover with foil and roast for 1 hour. Remove foil and roast for another hour until crispy and falling off the bone. White beans - Ingredients: 100 g White beans; 1 Bouquet garni; 1 Carrot; 1 Celery stick; 1 Onion White beans - Methods: Soak beans overnight. Wash, place in large pot, cover with 3L of water. Add bouquet garni and vegetables and simmer until beans are soft but not falling apart. Drain and remove the vegetables. Reserve the beans. Caper, parsley and anchovy pesto - Ingredients: 100 g Flat leaf parsley; 1 Tbs Salted capers washed 6 Anchovy fillets; 100 g Extra virgin olive oil; 1 lemon zested and juice Caper, parsley and anchovy pesto - Method: Chop all ingredients together. Add olive oil, lemon

zest and the juice of half a lemon. Lamb Jus - Ingredients: 2.5 kg Lamb bones; 250 g Onions; 250 g Carrots; 250 g Celery; 125 g Mushrooms; 1 Garlic head; 375 ml White wine; 187 ml Port-style wine; 2.5L Brown Stock; 1L Water; 12 g Thyme; 1 fresh Bay leaf Lamb Jus - Method: Wash and roast lamb bones at 180°C for 90 minutes until brown. Brown vegetables and mushrooms. Add alcohol to the pot and reduce to 1/3. Add vegetables, herbs, bones, stock and water in this order. Bring to the boil and turn down to a simmer. Simmer for up to 90 minutes. Remove the bones and pass through a chinoise and double muslin. To assemble: Warm four tbsp white beans per person in a little lamb jus, add a tbsp of pesto and remove from the heat. Place a few roasted lamb ribs on top. Serve and enjoy. . ò info@la-motte.co.za; pierneef@la-motte.co.za  021 876 8800

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Cellar Chat Mark Tanner

Our wine industry is hurting and it’s not only due to a lack of foreign tourists. Recent weather has slowed the ripening of the grapes. The whites ripen first and were picked in appropriate sunshine. It’s the red grapes that, at the time of writing, were mostly still on the vines which leads to a delayed harvest, and all that entails. We have, according to Mr Platter’s excellent wine guide book, some 49 wine producers in our valley, which incidentally, now extends beyond Simondium. (Back in the 80’s Boschendal was considered foreign territory.) Many of them offer food varying from fine dining to simple snacks and cheese platters. Some offer interesting pairings such as wine and chocolate, biltong and even Turkish Delight. So, why not try something different? While the lack of foreign tourists gives you time and space, why not enjoy a lunch hour or two on a wine farm? They would love to see you and help you to get a little closer to the fruits of the vine. I have a cookery book that has an excellent recipe for chicken kebabs. It identifies the ingredients, describes the preparation and method and then gives a cooking time of two glasses of Chardonnay. Very thoughtful, even if one’s sipping speed may vary. It reminds me of the intricacies of food and wine pairing, and that at the end of many detailed and sensible suggestions comes the ultimate comment: Does it matter? Of course, it really does make a difference. Ideally one should seek a sense of balance. Paring a full-bodied red with steamed fish will result in the fish being overpowered by the wine. The operation can be fine-tuned to arrive

at something more ‘sensible’. Let the steamed fish be served with an unoaked Chardonnay or Pino Grigio and the required balance is obtained. Some foods do require special attention. Ice cream will deaden the taste buds but a good natural sweet wine or a Muscadel will go well. Chocolate also needs a similar wine but if in doubt just fall back on a handy MCC (Champagne) or quality sparkling wine. Happily, MCC goes with just about anything. Eggs can be a problem too. A light white wine like a Semillon would go well if they are scrambled. Add smoked salmon and pull out the stops with a good bubbly. For Eggs Benedict a friend suggested a Bloody Mary! From Christmas Pudding (‘Asti’, the sparkling Moscato from Italy’s Piedmont) to Kangaroo (Premium Australian Shiraz or South African Merlot) the possibilities are endless. Kippers? How about a nice cup of tea? The wine box or ‘Chateau Carton’ first saw the light of day in Australia in the 1960s providing an economical means of dispensing nondescript or pedestrian wines. Simonsig in Stellenbosch was the first local vineyard to follow this trend. In the 1980s its popularity grew, with nine million boxes being sold – with half of these in the Transvaal. The main plus was that as wine was drawn off from the laminated polyester bag inside, the bag would collapse without allowing any air in so there was no deterioration and much longer life. Boxed wine can often have a better quality than bottled wine. As mentioned in an earlier issue, the financial benefits can be worth attention too.

New Vintage La Motte Sauv Blanc and Cab Sauv It is hard to ignore the relationship between the two new La Motte vintages released in May: 2021 La Motte Sauvignon Blanc and 2018 La Motte Cabernet Sauvignon. Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Franc are the parents of Cabernet Sauvignon. Until quite recently it was thought that a red grape could not have a white grape as a parent. This changed in 1996 when Dr Carole Meredith and her PhD student, John Bowers, at the University of California, Davis, through DNA typing established the parentage of Cabernet Sauvignon. It is now believed that Sauvignon Blanc spread to the region around Bordeaux where it spontaneously crossed with Cabernet Franc sometime before the mid-1750s. 2021 La Motte Sauvignon Blanc While a popular aperitif-style wine, La Motte Sauvignon Blanc is also renowned for its elegance and for the 2021 vintage, cool climate grapes and the addition of 8% Semillon contribute complexity. 25% of the grapes used originate from the Cape South Coast, with another 25% from Franschhoek and 50% from Stellenbosch. A light straw in colour with a hint of green, the 2021 La Motte Sauvignon Blanc offers abundant flavours of Cape gooseberry and green apples, supported by tropical fruit such as pineapple and passionfruit as well as refreshing lemon. As a result of the cool growing season, acidity is crisp, yet beautifully balanced with ample body and good concentration. The palate is intense but lingers with a refreshing aftertaste. With its natural acidity and a fine texture, this wine is refreshing on its own, but has enough complexity to be a versatile and delightful partner to food. Try it with seafood – from freshly grilled fish to more luxurious crayfish, salads – fresh or with grilled Mediterranean vegetables, oftenchallenging and spicy Asian flavours and of course, its natural partner, Goat’s cheese.

The 2021 La Motte Sauvignon Blanc is available online or at the cellar door for R89 per bottle. 2018 La Motte Cabernet Sauvignon La Motte Cabernet Sauvignon is known for its elegance and exceptional maturation potential. To contribute complexity to this elegant style, grapes from various origins and clones are used. For the 2018 vintage, 67% of the grapes originate from Stellenbosch vineyards planted in high-potential soils of granite and sandstone origin, while the remaining 33% of grapes are from Franschhoek vineyards in sandy soils, also of granite and sandstone origin. Grapes from different blocks were fermented and matured separately. Fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks with malolactic fermentation partly in barrels. Before blending, the various components were matured for 16 months in 300-litre French oak barrels – 33% new, 33% second-fill and 34% older barrels. The Franschhoek grapes contribute berry fruit and a creamy texture while the Stellenbosch grapes ensure volume and a charming mintiness. Thanks to its prominent minerality, firm tannins and flavourful intensity, this wine is a natural partner to lamb and beef, while it goes well with almost any other red meat. It makes for a beautiful combination with charred onions, root vegetables such as beetroot as well as hard herbs such as rosemary and thyme. The 2021 La Motte Cabernet Sauvignon is available online or at the cellar door for R149 per bottle. www.la-motte.com | 021 876 8000 Text: Editorial Desk | Images: Supplied



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In the Cape grain farming is today almost entirely associated with the rolling hills of the Swartland region. Even long-time residents of the Winelands will be surprised to learn that in the past most farms in the area planted at least some grain. This was also the case in the Franschhoek Valley. Shortly after European settlement at the Cape, there was great demand for wheat to supply passing ships and the growing colony. By the early 19th century most wheat was grown in the Cape and Stellenbosch districts. In the early years, although some farmers in the Franschhoek Valley did grow wheat it was mostly for their own consumption. Grain production figures for the period 1804 - 1827 reveal that wheat, rye, barley and oats were grown in the Valley but only wheat and rye were produced in significant quantities. The variation in the harvests was extreme. Abundant harvests in one year were sometimes followed by no harvest the next. Barley harvests were only recorded in 4 of these years and oats in 7. Wheat production peaked in 1806, then declined through the next 15 years until 1821. In the following years until 1826 it didn’t get any better. The only grain to have been harvested uninterrupted throughout this period was rye. Several farmers had watermills on their properties to grind grain into flour for household use. In 1810, ten farms in the Franschhoek Field Cornetcy had mills: La Dauphine, La Brie, Bourgogne, Keerweder, La Cotte, La Terra de Lac, La Provence and Cabrière. By the late nineteenth century most of these mills had either disappeared completely or fallen into extreme disrepair – a sign that grain was by then no longer a significant part of the agricultural landscape of the Franschhoek Valley. Today the only remaining mills in the valley are those at La Cotte and La Motte, while an outbuilding on La Dauphine is said to incorporate part of a former mill. STORIES FROM OUR VALLEY – brought to you by Franschhoek Cellar

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Sy naam is John, John Jacobs ‘n Jong heer van Franschhoek volg sy passie stap vir stap en is tans baie gelukkig oor die stap wat hy pas voltooi het. U ken hom dalk, dis John Jacobs. Behalwe vir sy voltydse werk is hy ook ‘n vryskut akteur en het pas klaar geskiet aan die rolprent Bloed Betaal 2 vir Mojam Films met Mark Matroos as regisseur. Omdat die rolprent nog nie op die kringloop is nie, is daar tans nie veel inligting beskikbaar nie en ons sal moet wag om meer oor John se karakter uit te vind. Die storie blyk egter ‘n opvolg met enkele nuwe karakters te wees van die oorspronklike aksiedrama, Bloed Betaal, wat afspeel op die Kaapse Vlakte en verband hou met bende bedrywighede. John het op Rickety Bridge grootgeword en aan Groendal Sekondêr matriek geskryf. Op skool was drama vir hom ‘n buitemuurse aktiwiteit en na skool het hy by die Youth Affair van Dr Jeremy Davids aangesluit waar hy tweemaal toekennings gekry het vir Beste Akteur. Hy geniet verhoog werk baie, veral die onmiddelikheid van kommunikasie tussen akteur en gehoor, sonder die gerief van ‘n tweede kans. Om film werk te doen is ewe opwindend want in plaas van dae lank repeteer en teks memoriseer word dit gou geskiet en indien nodig oor gedoen, weer en weer tot dit reg is; tweede kanse dus. Oor sy eerste rolprent sê hy, “Dag een op stel was opwindend. Die realiteit van al die tegnologie en professionele mense het dit tuisgebring dat dit nou regtig gebeur.” Fliek skiet gebeur vinnig en spelers moet die heeltyd gereed wees, soms 05h00 in die oggend. Dit skeel John min, want hy kon nie wag om op stel te kom nie. Dit was vir hom veral besonders om met Mark Matroos te kon werk; ‘n regisseur wat sy akteurs ken en weet hoe om hulle vaardighede vir verfilming aan te wend. Hy het tuis gevoel op die stel, gevoel hy hoort daar en dat hy Mark absoluut kon vertrou. Wanneer John vertel van hoe hy aansoek gedoen het vir die oudisie nadat hy ‘n advertensie in die koerant gesien het, onthou hy dat hy sy monoloog vir dae geoefen het en toe hy in die ry saam met ‘n horde ander aspirante staan en wag vir sy beurt, toe verander hy die hele monoloog. Dit was ‘n waagstuk, maar het gewerk, want hy het die rol gekry! John se agentskap kyk uit vir ‘n volgende rol vir hom en hy sien uit na dit wat voorlê. Hy verfyn

John Jacobs

intussen daagliks sy vaardighede tuis in Groendal. Hy het uit ondervinding en harde werk geleer en sê sy boodskap aan jong mense wat dalk moedeloos is, sou wees, “Jy is nie jou omstandighede nie. Daar is ‘n ander lewe daar buite wat wag om ontdek te word. Gaan haal dit, gaan doen dit.” Teks: Redaksie | Foto: Verskaf


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BEHIND THE WHEEL Una Freccia d’Oro dal Cuore Sportivo is a phrase

coupés. The two-door

that Alfa Romeo aficionados will recognise as

Freccia d’Oro sits on

meaning A Golden Arrow from a Sporting Heart –


and that describes a model that helped restore the


company’s status in the early post-war period. When

independent suspension

WW2 ended, Alfa Romeo had to resort to reviving

with hydraulic dampers

a car that was in production before 1939 and that


meant the straight-six-cylinder 6C, but it was no easy

rims with steel spokes and hubs were used along

and takes a bit of familiarity to operate smoothly.

are accepted. The museum is open from

task. Alfa’s prestigious Portello works had almost all

with hydraulically-actuated drums at each wheel.

Steering needs strong input through bends but

10h00 until 17h00 Monday to Friday, and from

been wiped out, but by May 1946 it was rebuilt and

Right-hand drive was retained, a legacy of Italy’s

the Alfa bowls along quite majestically and with

10h00 to 16h00 on Saturday and Sunday.

ready to go and the first 6Cs were produced mainly

protracted gradual transition from right- to left-

some panache.

All of the Government’s statutory measures

from parts left over from before the war.

hand drive that commenced in 1923.



ladder-frame carrying



Visiting FMM is by appointment only and via online booking. Only electronic payments


The 6C 2500 was expensive and sold to wealthy

regarding attendance at public places in place

The 6C line began in 1927 with a 1500 – the Sport

The Freccia d’Oro was assembled by Carrozzeria

customers. One was featured in The Godfather

and continually being enforced including the

model having the first Alfa engine to feature double

Alfa Romeo and is a big machine. The 2443cc

movie in 1972. Just 680 were built until the 6C line

compulsory wearing of masks, appropriate

overhead-camshafts – followed by a 1750 in 1929,

engine had three states of tune and FMM’s car

ended in 1952, but the car had done enough to

sanitisation, social distancing and no crowding.

a 1900 in 1933, a 2300 in 1934, and a 2500 in

is a middling 1947 Sport model with peak power

restore Alfa Romeo’s standing in the marketplace.

For bookings, further details and other

1938. A variation of body styles was made available

of 67kW at 4400 r/min and has a four-speed

The Golden Arrow had made its point and FMM’s

information as well as signing on for a free

including a series of berlinas and two Freccia d’Oro

gearbox. The shifter is far from precise, though,

example is on display in Hall B.

monthly newsletter, logon to www.fmm.co.za

BIKER BITS The exact vintage of FMM’s little Germanbuilt Ph’a’nomen (BOB 100 is rather difficult to determine, but it appears as though the model was produced from 1937 to around 1941. It is a remarkably well finished-off little moped and customers had the wide choice of two colours, grey and black, but for five Reichsmarks more you could get another colour. With its bicycletype pedals and 26-inch wheels you can’t mistake its pushbike heritage, and the riding position is identical to a standard bicycle. The BOB 100 came standard with a Sachs 98 cm3 motor

Tatler Motoring MICHELE LUPINI

Family Man Workhorses on Test Launched ten years ago, the Ford Ranger and Isuzu D-Max automatic double cabs still fight for a deserved market slice. They’ll be replaced in a year, so what about the future of high-value upmarketoriented models like this? Isuzu says the comfortable and convenient 2.5 D-Max X-Rider auto is both business and family

AT A GLANCE Ford Ranger 2.2 TDCi XL Sport Output: 118 kW 385 Nm 2.2-litre TD I4 Drive: 6-speed auto RWD Payload: 750 kg Towing: 3500 kg 0-100km/h: 12.69 sec 80-120km/h: 8.91 sec Fuel: 6.5 l/100km LIST PRICE: R515K

or phone 021 874 9000 or e-mail fmm.co.za. delivering 2,5 hp (1,7 kW) that provided a top

more serious note, this little bike

speed of 50 km/h, depending on the rider’s

represents a very important

weight... However, this only applied to lat, open

part of motorcycling history and

roads as BOB has only a two-speed transmission.

recalls something which is often

When faced with a steep incline, riders had to

forgotten with our modern biking

stick it into low gear and start pedalling to help

lifestyle, namely that motorcycles

the little Sachs motor along.

and mopeds are, and always will

As for the brakes, they really are not good. But with its 7-litre fuel tank and a claimed consumption






be, one of the most cost-effective and efficient ways to commute. FMM’s


motorcycle gives excellent fuel consumption

PH’A’NOMEN (that is how it’s spelt

and a range of over 370 km, although a journey

on the badge) is currently on view

of that length would take some time. But on a

in Hall B.

friendly. Ford reckons its attractive and comfy 2.2-litre XL Sport Pack adds flair to day-to-day practicality. Different words. Same intentions. So we put them both to the test. Together. They still look good — both have aged gracefully and their latest spits and polish do them well. Bold and blackened with extras and cool upsized wheels, step inside and the Isuzu gets red stitched black leather and Bluetooth six-speaker audio. The Ford doesn’t bother with hide and trim, rather step up to suit your techy wan with eight-inch touchscreen infotainment, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and the kitchen sink. There’s nothing special under their turbodiesel bonnets, either. The Ford has an old-school 118 kW

Isuzu D-Max 250 X-Rider 100 kW 330 Nm 2.5-litre TD I4 5-speed auto RWD 1025 kg 2000 kg 11.93 sec 10.38 sec 8.1 l/100km R527K

385 Nm 2.2-litre four-cylinder, the Isuzu an equally archaic 100 kW 320 Nm 2.5-litre. Both address automatic bakkie demand in low-tech style, the Ford with an old six-speed, the Isuzu an even simpler 5-speed. The Ford’s 3500 kg braked towing trumps the Isuzu’s 2100 kg. But the Isuzu has over a ton’s payload versus the Ford’s 750 kilos. The Ford is a slicker all-round package and while the Isuzu has a more agricultural engine, it’s quicker. Yet the Ford’s more economical. Neither is a drag racer. The Ford is car-like, the Isuzu’s more a bakkie – as it’s been since both arrived a decade ago. The Ford has a good gearbox with a bit of a fragile rep. The Isuzu auto does the job you’d expect of a value-aged bakkie.

Service and back-up seem much of a muchness and you’ll likely negotiate a fair late-life discount either way. All of which makes this a tricky call. Where one of these bakkies stars, the other struggles. And vice versa. So it’s a split decision. But we’ll call the Ford the winner. Either way, if you’re looking for a decent working man’s family bakkie, one of these half-million midrange pickups will better suit your needs than the other. Or is that the family man’s working bakkie? You choose!

Keep up with Michele & Giordano’s latest motoring antics on theauto.page Images: Giordano Lupini

Franschhoek Driver Lupini Returns in Winning Style Franschhoek driver Giordano Lupini has returned to the track in race-winning style. The 2019 GTi Challenge C champion took a year out through lockdown, but Lupini and his Bullion IT and Banhoek Chilli Oil Jetta 2 are right back in title contention in spite of missing the opening championship round. “We got going a little late this season, but it’s been a good start nonetheless,” Giordano explained. “We have enjoyed some great form since we stepped up to Class B with the Bullion IT Banhoek Jetta – we were on pole position, won a race and set a new Killarney lap record in our debut and repeated that with an overall victory as well last time out. “Special thanks to our sponsors Bullion IT

and Banhoek Chilli Oil, both of which are Franschhoek connected, and to my dad and Nian du Toit Racing for a splendid car.” Giordano is also celebrating 95 years of racing for the Lupini family, following on from great-grandfather Gigi in 1926, grandfather, Mario in the 1950s and ‘60s and dad Michele more recently. Gio’s next race is at Killarney on 5 June.

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Gardening in June NATIE FERREIRA

Winter has arrived on point this year. The rains skipped Easter weekend, but then arrived a few weeks later, bringing with it the first snow and some really cold mornings. One almost senses a sense of normality in the discomfort that winter brings to the Cape. Those cold mornings are made for staying in bed, but that is not the nature of the gardener! We want to get out there and get our boots and gloves muddy and sticky to create, recreate and rejuvenate what we can in our gardens. We are often blessed with the most amazing sunny and warm days in between the cold fronts and those make the best gardening days. But there are some tips and tricks and rules to apply when working in a winter garden. Damp weather brings a consortium of potential diseases to the garden. Garden hygiene is therefore of the utmost importance during winter. Sterilising your pruning shears in between shrubs, picking up fallen fruit before they rot, cutting out dead and diseased branches and pruning to allow light and airflow into your garden will all help to keep disease away. As tempting as it may seem never cultivate wet soil. Digging or even just walking on waterlogged soil will damage the structure and negatively affect the sensitive balance in the soil. If you have been diligent in placing mulch around your garden, you might by now have a thick enough carpet to walk on – use your common sense in this. Once the soil has dried out enough after the rain June is the best month to establish or revamp an indigenous or Mediterranean garden. I have often seen how quickly plants planted in the right season catch up and often overtakes those planted in the previous summer. Soil preparation is a big aspect to plant health and rapid growth. I use

plenty of manure in winter. The rain helps to leach excess nutrients into deeper layers of the soil. I am also convinced that we have healthier microbial soil life in winter which helps to break down and make available all the nutrients that our plants need. A soil test is not expensive and will help to make the right choices regarding specific deficiencies. There are labs in most big towns that can assist with this. A visit to Kirstenbosch or any of the other botanical gardens will inspire you greatly. There are so many plants in flower, and you will get a good idea of the plants that survived or even flourished during the years of the drought. Read a few good gardening books, talk to experts, get your friends over to give some advice and even get some professional help. Now is the season to plan something great. The food garden will also need your attention. It is probably too late to plant a legume cover crop, but mustard (or Canola if you can get your hands on some seed) can be sown for quick cover. June is still good for the sowing of root crops, salad veggies and leafy greens. Your brassica seedlings should be healthy and strong and ready to be transplanted. I am going to leave the pruning of my fruit trees until later this year – possibly into July. Your olives should be harvested by now and so should the soft citrus. Give those trees a good handful of a balanced fertiliser and mulch with fresh manure. Guavas have become a favourite in my kitchen this autumn. We pick them as they ripen and boil them in a light syrup of 1 part sugar to 2 parts water for 10 minutes. This makes the most amazing sweet treat or dessert when served with a bit of whipped cream or evaporated milk. Happy gardening!

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The Bartering Waste Ninja It’s safe to say that over the last year, many of us have revaluated how we live. We have all had more time on our hands, and this has enabled us to pause, reflect and perhaps change the way we do things A few weeks ago I chatted to local Franschhoek entrepreneur and jewellery designer Jackie Hahn about her inspirational journey to making a big change in the way she lives, in the hopes of helping the environment in some small way. On a scuba diving holiday in Bali in 2019, Jackie was deeply saddened to find herself swimming through a coral graveyard: no sea life, apart from one or two lowly fish and all white, bleached coral. On her return to South Africa, she enveloped herself in her research, learning as much as she could. She watched the second season of David Attenborough’s ‘The Blue Planet’ where she was truly shocked to learn that 800 million tonnes of plastic are dumped into our oceans annually and that, due to climate change, our ocean temperatures are going to rise by 2 degrees Celsius.

She also watched and was inspired by Lauren Singer’s Ted Talks. Singer, every year, creates only one glass jar of waste! Inspired by Singer, during our lockdown last year, Jackie created the Instagram handle @Helo_ waste_Ninja and put all her efforts into living a zerowaste lifestyle. She however soon realised that this would be rather challenging and instead joined the UN Institute for Sustainable Communities and came to number 11, and in so doing, committed to living her life as sustainably as possible. Friends told her about their neighbourhood Facebook group ‘Constantia Valley and Surrounds Barter Group and, having seen the need, she created the Stellenbosch Barter Group in November 2020 and the Franschhoek Barter Group in March this year. These groups have only further inspired Jackie to look

for creative ways to reuse, recycle, create as little waste as possible and help the community simultaneously. Her research led her to Eikelaan Farm in Tulbagh. The farm grows organic produce and supplies fresh organic eggs, free-range meat, balsamic vinegar, tapenades and more. Best of all, they deliver to Franschhoek, Cape Town and surrounds. On delivery, they collect all your used vegetable matter for composting. Lauren Singer suggests freezing your vegetable waste in brown paper bags, should you not be able to dispose of it immediately. From the produce she gets, Jackie dries the seeds and propagates them to give away on the barter groups. So far she has planted succulents, peppers and patty pans. Jackie’s main goal in creating the barter groups is to add value, sustainably, with compassion and with no hidden agendas and no strings attached. Anyone hoping to get inspired on how to ‘go green’ can find Jackie on Instagram @Helo_ waste_Ninja, or find her on her Facebook groups Franschhoek Barter/Stellenbosch Barter.

Jackie Hahn

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Fleur de Lis News MARIËTTE HUGO

Another month has gone by and the winter is creeping up on us. With the leaves turning in a breathtaking performance of different colours, we at Fleur de Lis are doing our best to keep the winter out and spirits up. Woensdagoggend 21 April, was die inwoners opgetof en reg vir ‘n onvergeetlike plaasuitstappie. Sonja Hellinge het almal hartlik op die plaas ontvang. Almal is bederf met die lekkerste verversings en tee. En om die oggend nog meer opwindend te maak, is ‘n wildsrit deur Chamonix onderneem. Die wild het seker gemaak dat almal hul kon sien! During April a Curro school from Durbanville


came with gifts for the Fleur de Lis personnel, to say thank you for their hard work and caregiving during the Covid pandemic. Die 12-de Mei is verpleegstersdag gevier. En by Fleur de Lis is al die verpleegpersoneel bederf met lekker pizza, kollewyntjies en nog bederfies. Baie dankie aan al Fleur de Lis se verpleegpersoneel vir jul harde werk. Keep warm and stay safe.

Die studenteleiers van Franschhoek se hoërskole is soos volg: (VLNR): Justin Calderwood en Chrissie Blaisse (Bridge House School), Lauren Boonzaaier en Sandile Plaatjie (Franschhoek Hoërskool), en Britney Williams en Keene Munnick (Groendal Sekondêr).

Museum Tour for Museum Day


International Museum Day was celebrated on 18 May around the theme of “The Future of Museums: Recover and Reimagine”. To mark the event the Huguenot Memorial Museum teamed up with the Pierneef Museum at La Motte Museum and the RupertArt Museum in Stellenbosch to offer a guided tour of all three museums to the Gr.11 art learners from Bridge House School.


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A Magical “Night at the Opera” Sandstone House, Clive and Joanna Venning’s majestic home, was the venue for the Franschhoek Hospitality Academy’s elegant fundraising soiree “A Night at the Opera”. On arrival at sunset on the lawns, guests sipped bubbly kindly donated by JP and Marina Colmant with background music provided by violinist Galina J. The team of acclaimed Franschhoek Chef de Cuisine Darren Badenhorst treated the guests to an assortment of delicious canapés and sushi. Guests adjourned to the conservatory and were treated to stunning operatic performances by Lynelle Kenned (soprano), Garth Delport (baritone) and pianist and conductor, Stefan Lombard. The music ranged from classic opera to songs from “Showboat” including “Old Man River” and also favourites from “Phantom of the Opera”. Guests reluctantly released the artists after two encores! The auction, expertly and humorously conducted by Doug Gurr yielded R435 000, which made this event the most successful the Franschhoek Hospitality Academy has ever organized. Besides providing his home as the venue for the soiree, Clive Venning offered, as an auction prize, the opportunity for a group of people to drive five of his classic cars, including access to the private racetrack at L’Ormarins, thanks to Wayne Harley of the Franschhoek Motor Museum, and a wine-paired lunch at Anthonij Rupert Wine Estate’s Terra del Capo restaurant. A further auction item was a four-night stay at Clive and Joanna’s Pringle Bay beach house. Chris and Andrea Mullineux exceeded all expectations by donating a barrel (equivalent to

Bidding success!

about 300 bottles) of their superb Schist Syrah wine. Award-winning Chef de Cuisine Darren Badenhorst donated a private dinner for ten people at either his restaurant Le Coin Français or in a private home. Franschhoeker Dee Cunningham, who has 25 years of success in the interior design world, donated her consulting time to two lucky bidders. Finally, Chef Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen, whose Nicebased restaurant Jan, was awarded a Michelin Star, donated a meal at his Innovation Studio restaurant in Cape Town. The Hospitality Academy team – Michaela, Brian, Jeremy and Shaneill – were overwhelmed by the generosity displayed and wish to extend a huge thank you to everyone involved and who attended the soiree. Also, a special thank you to Clive and Joanna Venning for the use of Sandstone House and for the unwavering support the team received throughout the planning and execution of the event. The Franschhoek Hospitality Academy and Learning Centre is a nonprofit organization that provides broad-based hospitality training to disadvantaged youth in the area. www.fhalc.co.za Text & Image: FHALC

The museum tour started at the Huguenot Memorial Museum Bridge House School’s Gr. 11 art learners toured three where Chrisben February took museums on International Museum Day. the learners around the museum and monument. They also visited the Kumanov Visual Arts and Physiological Sciences, artists and Perfumery at 2 Huguenot Street. From there they community members that uses art as a way to departed for the Pierneef Museum at La Motte address stigmatisation regarding mental illness Museum where Curator Elzette de Beer introduced and neurodegeneration-related illnesses. Another them to the Pierneef Heritage Collection and big drawcard at the museum are the monumental current exhibition, ‘Celebrating the Love of Johannesburg Station Panels by JH Pierneef. Art’ – a personal selection by Hanneli RupertLater the same day the Huguenot Memorial Koegelenberg. accompanied them on a tour the Museum also hosted the local round of a speech Pierneef Private Collection. Fortification was also on contest for grade 10 and 11 learners. The Top offer in the form of a snack pack which included Three contestants won floating trophies for their a sketchbook and charcoal pencil for a drawing schools and the opportunity to take part in the activity during the walkabout. from the La Motte online Grand Finale event, hosted by the Western farm shop. Cape Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport, The final stop on the tour was at the Rupert later in the year. The theme for the speeches was Art Museum in Stellenbosch where the learners “Museums and the important role they play in our were welcomed by Curator Eliz-Marié Schoonbee. communities”. The Top Three contestants were: Current exhibitions at the museum include Joshua de Jongh, Gr. 10, Bridge House (1st), Sesethu “Nature Morte” (featuring works from the Rupert Tyatyeka, Gr. 10, Franschhoek High School (2nd) Museum’s permanent collections) and “SCIENCE and Hannah Raubichon, Gr. 11, Bridge House (3rd). MEETS ART” a transdisciplinary project between the Stellenbosch University’s departments of Text: Editorial Desk | Images: Supplied


by Neil Dendy Young


Truth or dare?

June 2021 | 11

Business Bowls Final On Thursday, 15 April 2021, the finals of the Matoppie Social Business Bowls League were held at the Franschhoek Country Club. A more exciting finale couldn’t have asked for! Competing for first and second place were Rickety Bridge Winery and the Bo-Hoek Bowlers. With a nailbitingly close game, Bo-Hoek Bowlers managed to push through right towards the end, taking home the Matoppie Social Business Bowls trophy. The Big Bowls Boyz team deservedly came third. Although this league was intended to bring companies and people together on a bowling green to network and have some social fun, the organisers also wanted to use the league to help the community. Each team picked a charity of their choice and the charities chosen by the top three winning teams received cash donations. For the first-placed Bo-Hoek Bowlers R5000 was donated to the Little Fighters Cancer Trust. Secondplaced Rickety Bridge Winery ensured that R3000 was donated to a Franschhoek local fighting a battle against cancer. The Big Bowls Boyz chose poachedrhino.org as the recipient of ‘their’ R2000 cheque. The organisers, Franschhoek Country Club, say that while it was “an amazing feeling to help these charities” the teams also walked away with some great prizes for which they want to thank all the incredibly generous sponsors: Sotheby’s Franschhoek, MCC Franschhoek, Franklyn & Co, BP Franschhoek, BP Klapmuts, La Couronne Wine Estate, Topiary Wine Estate, Karoo Craft Breweries, The Country Club Franschhoek, Off The Hoek, Wild Horse Kleinmond, Franschhoek Studio, Rickety

The victorious Bo-Hoek Bowlers

Bridge Winery, Ossie Sauermann and Pigcasso, Bonaire and GlenWood Vineyards. Should you be interested in playing some casual bowls, are planning a function or conference, or if you would like Franschhoek Country Club to put together a fun mini day championship for you and your friends contact them on info@fhcountryclub. co.za or 083 384 1670. Text: Editorial Desk | Images: Supplied

Franschhoek Leeskring SUSAN MÖLLER

Malene Breytenbach, skrywer van Stellenbosch, deel tydens die Leserskring se byeenkoms op 3 Junie die agtergrond oor haar twee nuutste boeke. Sy vors graag geskiedenis na en is gefassineer deur die invloed daarvan en van die doen en late van ons voorgeslagte op die lewe van hulle nasate. “My ouers se besluite en omswerwinge, my koloniale agtergrond en die gedwonge aanpassing van die buitestaander, die inkommer, beïnvloed natuurlik my skryfwerk” sê sy. ‘Verdiende Wraak’, ‘n historiese fiksie, handel oor

die vete tussen twee families ná die Boere-oorlog.” ‘Skadumagte’ is die opvolg op Malene Breytenbach se roman ‘Bloedgrond’ wat in 2011 verskyn het. Hier lei haar navorsing haar na ‘n geheime organisasie wat plaasmoorde wreek. Besoekers is welkom om vanaf 14h30 ‘n koppie koffie/tee saam te geniet voordat die verrigtinge om 15h00 begin.

Editor’s Letter Siegfried Schäfer

Dear Readers Like many other people, I’ve been trying to do my bit for the environment by, amongst others, recycling more of my waste. Although I think I’m doing quite well I’m not yet in any danger of beating Lauren Singer who manages to fit her non-recyclable waste for an entire year in a single glass jar! I’m quite chuffed with the fact that no garden waste leaves my plot these days – what isn’t composted is used when I braai. Veggie waste from the kitchen is also composted and the dog does her bit for the environment by taking care of most of the meaty bits! Glass, plastic, paper and metal are all easily recyclable, so those are cleaned – if needed – and kept separate and then dropped off at Green Spot recycling every two weeks or so. The nett result is that I hardly have to put out my wheelie bin anymore when it is rubbish day. I haven’t done so for three weeks and my bin still isn’t even half full. Before I start singing my praises too much, I have to confess that everything I’m doing constitutes what one could refer to as ‘low hanging fruit’. Nothing I’m doing requires any significant skill, expense or lifestyle changes. Pretty much anybody can do what I’m doing. Things get more complicated when one moves further away from home though. I recently came across a report by the International Energy Agency on what changes will be required of the global energy sector by 2050 if the increase in global average temperatures is to be kept under 1.5 degrees Celsius. The changes required / challenges are daunting and thirty years is not a lot of time to realise them. To give you a taste of what would need to be done, here are some of the milestones that will have to be achieved: • Starting this year, no new oil and gas field developments should be approved, or new coal mines or mine extensions allowed. (Now take into account that SA is developing

new gas finds off the Cape south coast, Mozambique is developing massive oil fields off its north coast and Namibia has found huge gas reserves in the Caprivi strip. Suddenly this goal looks much less attainable…) • Also from this year, no new unabated coal power plants should be developed. (From what I understand Eskom’s new Medupi and Kusile power stations are unabated, although they use new generation technology that is cleaner than previous generations of coalfired plants.) • By 2030, unabated coal plants have to be phased out in advanced economies, all new buildings must be carbon neutral and 50% of new car sales must be electric. • By 2035, half of all heavy trucks must be electric and no more cars with internal combustion engines may be sold. Overall, advanced economies must be at nett zero emissions from electricity generation. • By 2040, 50% of existing buildings must be retrofitted to be carbon-neutral, 50% of aviation fuel must be low-emission fuel, globally we must be at nett zero emissions from electricity generation and unabated coal and oil power plants have to be phased out. • By 2050, 70% of electricity generation must be from non-carbon sources. Just thinking of any one of these milestones and what’s involved in achieving it is quite intimidating, let alone all of them! But then, humanity does seem to do its best work when the chips are down. (Writers will know the feeling. There’s a reason why it’s said that nothing focuses the mind like an immovable deadline!) Rather than be overwhelmed by milestones such as the above ones, we should each continually do what we can to improve our own environmental footprints. Once you start looking for and thinking about environmentally friendly options or solutions it becomes a habit that spills over into all facets of your life and before you know it you’ve made dramatic changes to your own life and possibly even inspired others to also do so. Until next time! PS: We’re taking a 2-month winter break. The next Tatler will therefore be the September issue.

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VALUATIONS IN THE WINELANDS Art • Silver • Oriental Works of Art Strauss & Co specialists will be in the Winelands from 7-10 June to conduct free and confidential valuations. SOMERSET WEST: Monday 7 June 2021 Manor House, Lourensford Wine Estate, Lourensford Road STELLENBOSCH: Tuesday 8 June 2021 Rupert Museum, Stellentia Road PAARL: Wednesday 9 June 2021 Paarl Museum, 303 Main Road, Bertville FRANSCHHOEK: Thursday 10 June 2021 Café Bon Bon, La Petite Dauphine, Excelsior Road

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ART: jean@straussart.co.za | 076 125 8162 SILVER & ORIENTAL WORKS OF ART: Sophie-Louise@straussart.co.za | 079 427 3834 Lectures focusing on art and wine will be held in conjunction with the valuation days. For more information: www.straussart.co.za | 021 683 6560 All Covid-19 protocols will be in place. Please wear a mask. Alexis Preller, Herdboy, R 1 500 000 - 2 000 000, Professor Leon Strydom Collection

12 | June 2021

Business Leadership TONY FROST

Genuine Caring It is one of the fundamental requirements of great teams to care for your colleagues. The size of the team is not the question. This principle applies to all teams, from a family to a country. If there is no caring there is also no real cohesion. Without caring, the members may go through the motions, but it needs real, deep caring for real cohesion. This must be a caring that is not only given but also felt. It is this real caring that builds the unbreakable bonds in the best teams. I have just completed riding a bicycle from Johannesburg to Komani/Queenstown to raise money for bursaries. We have done this tour 10 times now. Covid-19 temporarily put paid to our 10th tour in 2020. But what was amazing is the care and love shown by the 13 signed-on cyclists for each other and our support team. The team decided that we would do a virtual tour to demonstrate our commitment to the cause and each other. We felt protected in a cocoon of care. It also alleviated the chill and fear of Covid by consciously doing something together (albeit at distant locations) and for the good of others. We joined each other from Pretoria, Gqeberha, Cape Town and Johannesburg via cyberspace for 850 minutes representing one minute for each kilometre we normally ride when on the road. We were met by the heads of the 13 schools we support in Komani. In 2021 we resumed riding the real tour down through the Eastern Free State to the hill-girt town of Komani. We experienced a deep commitment and caring for each other and an equally intense understanding of why we were doing this… Nine days on a hard little saddle to change the lives of people we had never met. You learn the importance of proper caring on a journey like this. If the Covid-19 crisis revealed just one good thing to us it is that we are much better when we actively care for each other enough to make huge sacrifices. It has also shown us that survival can only be a joint strategy. No individual, group or country can survive this type of devastation on its own – even if President Trump seemed to think it is not only possible but desirable. History has shown him to be misguided. Countries the world over are working together like never before. This is a good thing. It shows that there

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is a caring side to our human nature. It is something we should recognise and nurture. This quality of caring does not just happen by accident, or by chance; it is a conscious mindful effort – especially in the beginning. In the beginning, it is often difficult for some people to accept the care offered. Some people find it difficult to let others into the aura of personal protection. But when the care just keeps on coming slowly the defences are lowered, trust grows, and these same people begin to make themselves vulnerable by showing their softer side and begin giving care to others themselves. It is when this level of caring starts to happen that the cohesiveness in the team begins to be solid and strong when it becomes a case of all for one and one for all; better and stronger together. At this level, team members can give and receive teasing in the spirit in which it is intended. Part of the caring process is this quality of interaction. The teasing and ragging that goes on in top teams is an essential ingredient in building a collective consciousness that belongs uniquely to that team and no other. One person may well be a member of several teams and the quality of teaming in each will be quite different. At the pinnacle though is the team where real caring takes place. We mentioned earlier that this does not happen by accident. This is true and it starts with leadership. The leaders must set the tone and make sure that the caring is genuine, that the teasing is without malice and that team members understand the criticality of really caring for each other; that the primary value in the team is intense support for each other. One of the most critical elements of demonstrating care is the giving of time. We cannot relive a moment in time. We are not given any extra time, we only have this instant. We cannot change the past and we cannot predict the future. We only have now and it is in this now which we need to learn how to share generously. This is no easy task. It does not come naturally, but it does start with thinking about those around us before we think of ourselves. We are naturally selfish beings. It is difficult to be generous with time, and very easy to make all sorts of seemingly valid excuses about why we cannot care for someone else now. But that is exactly what they are: excuses. There will be no better time. Once this moment is gone it is gone forever. Care now; it is your best opportunity! The saying is so true: Real caring, is real sharing. Sharing is at the heart of collective success and sustainability and communal strength. tony@siroccostrategy.com

June 2021 | 13

Book Review


The Happiest Man on Earth

with with Paul Nel CEO of the Franschhoek Wine Tram How is the Wine Tram doing and how has the Covid-19 pandemic influenced your business? Considering all the external factors influencing our business we cannot complain! Yes, the impact of Covid-19 and the subsequent lockdowns, restrictions at the wine estates and on travel have had a significant impact on our business. However, in saying this I have been encouraged by the resilience and depth of our local market when we have been able to operate, especially now in 2021. Although summer is still some months off, I am seeing positive signs and thus remain optimistic about the season ahead! How long has the tram been in business and when did your beautiful terminal open? Franschhoek Wine Tram started with humble beginnings on 17 November 2012 and has grown from year to year to become a real attraction in the Franschhoek Valley. Due to the growth a new departure point was required and thus our new terminal was opened in November 2019 and has proven to be a win for both our operations as well as the customer experience. What happens at the terminal and what happens at the kiosk next to Terbodore? The terminal serves as our departure platform for both Tram and bus departures for the routes here in Franschhoek. All customers check-in here and receive their information for the day. While waiting for our monitor to announce their departure they can browse our retail section as well as purchase refreshments, from fresh juices to a cappuccino to a freshly prepared beignet or panini! We are aware that we have numerous potential customers that are utilizing the B&Bs or visiting Franschhoek for the day and thus we have an Information Kiosk placed at the Terbodore Café for answering questions, making bookings and offering a free shuttle to our main terminal. How many trams and buses do you have and which transport permits do you have for them? Currently we have more than 12 vehicles and 3 trams in our operation. These two operations require permits from both the NPTR (National Public Transport Regulator) as well as the RSR (Rail Safety Regulator) which both require high standards of operation. You seem to have a lot of routes, why so many and what add-ons do you offer? Currently we offer 8 routes with departures from our Franschhoek and Groot Drakenstein platforms. On average we have 8 wine estates on each route offering a wide variety of estates from which to choose. We also offer a transfer service from Cape Town and the surrounding areas to and from our terminals as well as two additional tours, namely our Curated and Exclusive Wine and Cuisine Experience, both proving to be very popular! Which are your busiest days, and can you avoid having too many clients to accommodate sometimes and nobody at other times? Since we have no or very little international customers currently, our busiest day by far is a Saturday. We limit the number of customers per departure and per route and thus can control the number of guests on our service, we cannot however control when and where they hop on and off and can only guide customers subject to their questions and preferences.

What is the best feedback you get? I am very proud to say that feedback from our customers is largely very good! A significant amount of this feedback is about our staff being friendly and knowledgeable and our service running as per schedule; this is no easy task! How many employees do you have and are they local? Our current staff complement is just over 70 members ranging from cleaners, bus and rail maintenance teams to hosts, drivers and administration staff to mention a few. As we prepare for summer our staff complement will be close to one hundred with the majority of our staff being locally based in Franschhoek and Paarl. Where did you work before and why did you choose to come to Franschhoek? I have been involved in tourism and transport since I was 23 years old with my career starting in Durban after which I moved to Johannesburg before accepting a position at City Sightseeing (Red hop-on-hop-off Buses) in Cape Town and ultimately being appointed as the CEO of City Sightseeing South Africa. Through the impact of Covid-19 and a short but fruitful relationship with the owner of Franschhoek Wine Tram (Mr. David Blyth) the opportunity presented itself to join and lead the Franschhoek Wine Team since the November 2020. Who are your family members and what do they do? I have been married for 21 years to my beautiful wife Lisa who is the Head of Group Marketing and Product for Ker & Downey Africa, an inbound tour operator. Our eldest daughter, Saskia, is the Executive Chef at the Ernie Els Wine Estate while my youngest daughter, Brondwyn, is the Travel Administrator for Product and Rates at Ker & Downey. As you can see we are all in travel and tourism industry! I have also been blessed with a grandson, Connor, who is fast approaching his 5th birthday!

The Beautiful Life of an Auschwitz Survivor By Eddie Jaku Publ. Pan MacMillan. 195 pages. In 1939 Eddie Jaku had a 6 million-to-one chance of survival. Like two other long shots, the Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel and the Italian Primo Levi, he also beat the odds and lived to write a book about his experiences in the Nazi concentration camps. Unlike the other two survivors, he waited until 2020, when he was 100 years old, before telling us his story. Eddie (he asks you to call him Eddie) was a German Jew. He was born in Leipzig in 1920 and, like so many highly educated German Jews, his loving, warm family considered themselves German first, and Jewish second. On 9 November 1938, the night immortalised as Kristallnacht, Eddie returned home from boarding school to an empty house. He had just graduated from one of the most advanced mechanical engineering colleges in Germany, with a degree in precision mechanics. He was able to create and repair intricate medical instruments and highly complicated industrial machinery. Ironically, this German qualification would help him beat the terrible odds that faced him as a Jew during the Nazi regime. The unimaginable pain, the hunger, the fear, the illness, the torture – his chances of survival were practically non-existent. Eddie has written an uplifting and inspiring story of survival and success in contrast to the stark indictments of genocide and infringement of human rights of Wiesel and Levi. His intention is to inspire hope and a belief in the inherent goodness of humanity, in spite of all the evidence to the contrary. (He shares this view with Rutger Bregman, the author of “Human Kind” which I reviewed in November.) The astonishing thing about this book is that it is not mawkish or sentimental. Nor is it a “feel good” story. It is much too down-to-earth and realistic for that. Eddie describes the full horror of the realities of concentration camps like Auschwitz and Buchenwald, and the circumstances that forced him to endure the torture of both camps. He shares with you the few moments of hope that he spent with his family as refugees at the beginning of the war in Poland. The resourcefulness of his father is remarkable. He is able, despite the danger to his own family, to save the lives of three young children who were fleeing for their lives. But, unlike Elie Wiesel who saw his father stay alive with him during part of his internment, Eddie’s time with his family is cut short. Inevitably, he loses all contact with his parents, and also with his sister Henni. For the next three years he is on his own and is moved from one death camp to another. Even the imminent liberation by the American army brings fresh hardships. However, as one reads the book one begins to understand why it is that Eddie is a 6 million-toone survivor. He mentions what he feels were the main three reasons for his survival. The first is the professional skills he learned as a precision

engineer. It is a story not unlike that of Levi, who was a chemist. Like him, his abilities saved him from certain death by starvation. At crucial moments the camp authorities ordered him to do maintenance on an essential piece of machinery. This allowed him to have access to some extra rations. The second reason is his physical endurance, his stamina in the face of starvation, and the sheer ability of his body to heal after terrible beatings and torture. (Wiesel also had a remarkable ability to endure extreme physical privations.) The third reason is the one that drives this book and underlines the message that Eddie wants us all to hear. And that is the fundamental importance of feeling connected to other human beings. During the worst of times Eddie has a companion, a fellow prisoner named Kurt, with whom he is able to communicate in spite of all the obstacles they face. They share an extra crumb of bread; they talk about their families, they plan for a future that they might never see. After liberation Eddie starts a new life in Australia and becomes involved in setting up associations of survivors of the Holocaust. He volunteers at the Sydney Jewish Museum since it’s inception in 1992. He speaks at schools and universities. His TedTalk (Google Eddie Jaku: A Holocaust Survivor’s Blueprint for Happiness) draws thousands of viewers to this day. Self-proclaimed as ‘The Happiest Man on Earth’, he saw death every day throughout WWII, and because he managed to survive, made a vow to himself to smile every day. Edie has been married to Flore for 73 years, they have two sons, grandchildren and great grandchildren. However, it is the connectedness to other human beings that is the underlying theme of this story by the 100-year old Eddie. One third of his life was spent as a Holocaust victim, and he has spent the other two thirds persuading people not to hate, not to blame others for their misfortunes, and to be happy. As he says, “Every breath is a gift. Life is as beautiful as you let it be. Happiness is in your hands.” Not bad advice from a 6 million-to-one survivor.


Lions Tour: Better On the Biggest Screen As the rollout of the Covid-19 vaccine offers sport a post-lockdown revival, South Africa prepares for the British and Irish Lions rugby tour scheduled for 3 July to 7 August. To the dismay of many, the National Coronavirus Command Council decided that all matches will still take place behind closed doors, and it seems unlikely that fans will be attending stadium matches. While most rugby fanatics will settle for watching the games from their living rooms, the Franschhoek Theatre intends to bring the stadium experience to the village. Matches between South African teams and the touring Lions will be shown live on the local big screen for a sporting experience that adds new meaning to ‘larger than life’. On their website the Lions have described this tour as the ‘Best against the Best of the Best’. Matches will take place every Wednesday and

Saturday starting with the local Emirates Lions on Saturday 3 July. The test matches against the Springboks are set to take place on 24 July, 31 July and 7 August. This will not be the first time rugby has been enjoyed at the Theatre as excited Springbok supporters gathered at the venue to watch the Rugby World Cup in 2019. The experience of feeling so close to the action had sports lovers wanting more, and the next big event was the ‘Match for Africa’, a charitable tennis match between Roger

Federer and Rafael Nadal. Beyond sports, the Theatre has also hosted The Culture Vultures who for the time being have redirected their culture evenings to the theatre instead of taking a bus ride to Cape Town. They have seen recorded versions of international ballet, opera and theatre productions while enjoying the usual refreshments provided on their bus outings. The theatre has also played host to private social groups, meetings and successful

fundraisers. These and more big screen events are constantly being planned, but whether seeing an enormous clip playing in slow motion, or small beads of sweat before a player kicks for the post, Covid-19 safety protocols remain a top priority. If you would like to know more about the theatre and what’s on, please go to www. franschhoektheatre.co.za Text: Pieter Naudé

14 | June 2021

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Community Events SPORT

FRANSCHHOEK TENNIS CLUB: Social tennis is played at the club on Fridays, Sundays and Public Holidays from 08h00. For more information contact Ross. 078 278 4843.

Franschhoek Health Club

PARKRUN: Saturdays at Rickety Bridge Wine Estate. Time: 08h00. Cost: Free. Register at www.parkrun.co.za

Ria Pools (Franschhoek)

021 876 3310

HOUSE & GARDEN Clock Repairs

028 840 1716

Lighting & Accessories

021 876 3640 021 876 2612/072 347 5355

Sue’s Gardens

083 321 3442



021 876 3025


METHODIST CHURCH: Sunday service 10h00. Rev Russell Norman. 021 872 3580 or 082 662 4509.

Marelise Bester

021 872 3530


021 876 4234/082 582 1029

NG KERK: Sondagdienste 09h30. Geen aanddiens. Ds Peet Bester. 021 876 2431. Besoekers welkom.New Apostolic Church: Le Roux Street, Groendal. Sundays 09h00, Wednesdays 19h30. Rector: Charles Leibrandt.


ST GEORGE’S ANGLICAN CHURCH: Groot Drakenstein. Sunday Services: Holy Communion and Sunday School 10h00. Revd Wilfred Meyer 084 407 1280. Office - 021 874 4008. willowdale@cybersmart.co.za


021 876 3085


021 808 8406

SHOFAR CHRISTIAN CHURCH: Services: 09h00 English service at 7 Lambrechts Street. 18h00 Afrikaanse diens by Franschhoek Rugbyklub, Groendal. Pastor Richard Wade. 083 225 8529. All welcome!


TRINITY CHURCH: Worship Sundays at 09h30 at L’Ermitage Chapel, with Holy Communion. Weekday service Thursday at 10h30 at Fleur de Lis. Contact Gavin – 083 799 0726.

Wes-Eind Primary School

021 876 2360

Dalubuhle Primary School

021 876 3957

UNITING REFORMED CHURCH: Sunday service 09h30. Dr Shaun Burrows. 021 876 2632. Visitors welcome.

Franschhoek Plumbing Danielle Smith

082 812 1476


Post Office

021 876 2342

Welfare (ACVV)

021 876 2670


021 876 4808

Bridge House School

021 874 8100

Franschhoek High School

021 876 2079

Groendal Primary School

021 876 2448

Groendal Secondary School

STORAGE Franschhoek Storage Info Office

021 876 3603

Winelands Experience

021 876 4042

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ATTORNEYS Susan Charlesworth

021 876 2592/072 402 9469

Snipelisky & Killian

083 250 0943/021 876 2084

BURGLAR ALARMS 021 876 3308


Franschhoek Tennis Club

078 278 4843

FHK Heritage & Ratepayers Ass.

082 496 8749

Groot Drakenstein Games Club

021 874 1906

- Lejean Pieterse, Hiring Lions

080 845 1014 082 490 0405 021 876 3775

Stb Masonic Lodge (Chris)

072 211 9991

Franschhoek Rotary Club

082 773 9217

Franschhoek Probus Club

021 876 3179

ELECTRICAL Franschhoek Electric

074 313 7829/021 876 3640

Rensburg Electrical

021 876 2120/083 309 2923

EXCAVATIONS Andrew Schmidt Burger Excavations

021 876 4431/082 972 5755 072 3408518

HEALTH & BEAUTY Franschhoek Pharmacy

021 876 2940/082 821 5234

VETERINARY Fhk Animal Clinic (plus surgery)

021 876 2504 021 863 3187/082 8089 100

EMERGENCY NUMBERS Stb Fire Dept. (Buildings)

021 808 8888

District Municipality(Bush & veld)

021 887 4446 021 886 9244


- Craig Mc Naught: Captain

021 876 2532


Alcoholics Anonymous: WED evenings 19:00, Groendal Community Centre, Contact David +27 83 305 5159

Boland Bridge Club

021 876 2174


Gerald Fourie

Pepler Alarms

021 876 2211

Huguenot Memorial Museum


Tax Shop

021 876 3759


021 876 2261


10111/021 876 8061


086 003 7566

Omnipage Farm Watch

021 852 3318


021 876 2346

N1, N2 & R300 Emergency number:

021 946 1646

DENTISTS Dr Schalk du Plessis

021 876 3070

DOCTORS Dr Karin Eksteen

021 876 4622

Dr Shelley Hellig

021 871 1063

Dr Alexander Heywood

021 876 2474

Dr Hannes Van der Merwe

021 876 2304

Dr Nicolas Els

021 876 2561

Dr Bernard Fisher

021 876 4622

AUDIOLOGIST Audiologist Tracy-Ann Morris

084 264 0000


074 363 7744/021 876 4316

MUNICIPALITY (Ward 1) Clr Frazenburg (DA)

021 808 8490

(Ward 2) Clr Petersen (DA)

082 404 5055

(Ward 3) Clr Manuel (DA)

074 686 2364

(Ward 4) Clr Johnson (DA)

021 808 8019

Municipality (Office Hours)

021 808 8700

Municipality (afternoon only)

021 808 8890

Municipality 24hr Service

021 808 8700



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Email info@franschhoektatler.co.za Tension & Trauma Releasing Exercises (TRE®) Provider

Claire Louise Dovey 076 837 6527 clairewdovey@gmail.com Groups/Individuals Franschhoek treforafrica.com traumaprevention.com

Learn an internationally practiced technique to help release stress and trauma. Restore vitality & balance and achieve a healthier body & mind.

Local R350; International R800 Copyright: All rights reserved, reproduction in whole or part prohibited. Views expressed are not necessarily those of the editor. Publication of editorial or advertising matter does not imply endorsement o r warranty in respect of goods or services therin described.

June 2021 | 15

Myles Agar




For short and long term storage solutions. We offer lockable bays, containers and floor space.

mylesagar@franschhoekwildhoney.co.za 083 279 7960


PACKAGING TRAILER HIRE 6 Fabriek Street 0218762174 0823206523

Guaranteed Affordable Prices on Sales & Service of: SMART HD & UHD LED Tvs Home Theatre Systems • Multiroom Audio DSTV Satellite & Terrestrial Installations


9 New Street, Paarl, 7646 T: 021 872 1346 | F: 021 872 6625 E: sales@cathmar.co.za | Web: www.cathmar.co.za

Vicky Cell: 082 975 2494 Email: vjmuscroft@iafrica.com


Sue’s Gardens

FOR BUILDING • GARDENING • RENO VATING SITUATED BEHIND BP GARAGE • WE SPECIALISE IN: TOOL & EQUIPMENT HIRE Brush Cutters, Lawn Mowers , Chain Saws, Concrete Mixers, Drills , Compressors, Pumps, Jackhammer s

Ons gebruik ons gevorderde lugopmeting stelsel om ‘n kwaliteit besproeiingsontwerp en -stelsel te lewer. We use our advanced aerial survey equipment to supply a high quality irrigation design and system.

De Villiers Visser Besproeiing / Irrigation


Sue Norman

SERVICING & RE PAIR Light Industrial Equipment

Landscaping and maintenance of gardens, all sizes! Mulching services available.


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cell 083 321 3442

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tel/fax: 021 876 2510

+27 (0)21 876 3640 Unit A, Fabriek Nationale No 1, 9 Fabriek street, Franschhoek 7690 herman@franschhoekelectric.co.za www.franschhoekelectric.co.za

074 313 7829



Wooden floor repairs, sanding & polishing. Since 1992. Also solid wood & laminated flooring installations. Call Tim for a free quotation.


Cell: 082 442 5244 Email: floormasterstell@gmail.com Tel: 021 - 887 6707 www.floormasterstellenbosch.co.za

Our service wood floor you!


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16 | June 2021

Fransche Hoek Estate - Asking R29 million Web ref: 4680339 Modern newly built 4 bedroom 4.5 bathroom house in eco estate. Bev 082 901 6966 or bev@sirwinelands.co.za Moira 082 896 3597 or moira@sirwinelands.co.za

Secure townhouse Asking R4.5 million Web ref: 4726073 Lovely 2 bedroom 2.5 bathroom unit in sought after complex. Bev 082 901 6966 or bev@sirwinelands.co.za Moira 082 896 3597 or moira@sirwinelands.co.za

La Petite Provence - Asking R2.8 million Web ref: 4694031 2 Bedroom 1 Bathroom garden apartment in popular estate. Bev 082 901 6966 or bev@sirwinelands.co.za Moira 082 896 3597 or moira@sirwinelands.co.za

Franschhoek Village - Asking R6.995 million Web ref: 4538554 Immaculate 3 bedroom 2 bathroom house with pool in quiet street. Bev 082 901 6966 or bev@sirwinelands.co.za Moira 082 896 3597 or moira@sirwinelands.co.za

sothebysrealty.co.za Each office is independently owned and operated

June 2021 | 17

Property Showcase Franschhoek

Franschhoek Office: 021 876 2100 / winelandsint@pamgolding.co.za / pamgolding.co.za/franschhoek

Ref: FWI1512715



5 Bedrooms / 4 Bathrooms / 4 Garages


An outstanding home in a superb position. With attention to detail throughout, high-end finishes, floor-to-ceiling sliding doors, rim flow pool, and magnificent views of the mountains and vineyards. Jeanine Allen 082 410 6837 | Doug Gurr 072 610 7208

Ref: FWI1522290



4 Bedrooms / 3 Bathrooms / 3 Garages


Immaculate, spacious home in a quiet street, ideal for those in search of generous accommodation and outdoor space. Aluminium stacking doors open onto a patio for all seasons and splash pool. Jeanine Allen 082 410 6837 | Doug Gurr 072 610 7208

Ref: FWI1495229



4 Bedrooms / 3 Bathrooms / 3 Garages

EXCLUSIVE MANDATE Franschhoek Winelands 021 876 2100 E & OE

A charming character home in the village, unique in many ways, with solid wood features, French doors, country kitchen, decked terrace and loft bedroom with private patio and separate entrance. Jeanine Allen 082 410 6837 | Doug Gurr 072 610 7208

18 | June 2021

Local expertise, national presence and international audience


R4 600 000 INCL VAT

RENOVATED TERRACED COTTAGE IN QUIET VILLAGE POSITION Renovated semi-detached cottage in quiet village position. This charming 2 bedroom cottage now presents as a contemporary home with great flow and quality finishes. Within easy walking distance to the village high street, this cottage would make an ideal weekend getaway for short-term rentals or lock-up-and-go living. Price includes VAT. No transfer duty. Tom Clode 079 955 3114 | Terry-Lee George 082 650 9194


R18 500 000

HOME OF CHARM AND DISTINCTION IN CABRIERE STREET One of Franschhoek’s finest historic homes, set in a quiet, leafy position on Cabriere Street, beautifully renovated to present a classic contemporary finish.The ground level includes a gorgeous open-plan kitchen and dining area, a double volume family lounge, library, media room, two generous bedrooms and a deep covered verandah overlooking the lush north-facing garden with mature trees, lawn and eco pool. Upstairs is a cosy lounge/library, separate adjoining home office and elegant master bedroom suite with lovely garden and mountain views. A separate one bedroom barn-style cottage provides a lucrative revenue stream. Also includes a double garage, off-street parking and separate laundry. Tom Clode 079 955 3114 | Terry-Lee George 082 650 9194


R13 950 000

GRACIOUS FOUR-BEDROOM HOME ON PRESTIGIOUS CABRIERE STREET Built in a Cape Georgian style, with high ceilings and spacious rooms reminiscent of a bygone era. The living room has a feature fireplace and sash windows overlooking the rose gardens to the front of the property. The open-plan kitchen is a chef ’s delight & incorporates the dining area. Four large en-suite bedrooms all access the central walled pool area and covered veranda with stunning views of the Franschhoek mountains. Tom Clode 079 955 3114 | Terry-Lee George 082 650 9194


R9 999 500 EXCL VAT


CHARACTER VILLAGE HOME Four bedroom character home ideally located in a central but quiet residential street. Part of a highly successful boutique hotel portfolio the property is currently run as a 5 Star Villa but is also a perfect 4-bedroom family home. The heart of this property is the open plan living/dining room and well appointed chef ’s kitchen and a second spacious living/media room. The living areas have excellent flow to an outside covered stoep perfect for outside dining and overlooking a sparkling pool and with mountain views. There are 4 double bedrooms, three of which are en-suite and the fourth with access to one of these bathrooms. The property also includes a large double garage. A must-see for anybody seeking a unique opportunity to enjoy Franschhoek life all within an easy stroll to the high street. The asking price excludes VAT at 15% to be added to the sale price and no transfer duty will apply. Tom Clode 079 955 3114 | Terry-Lee George 082 650 9194

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

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

Regionally Nationally Internationally


R29 000 000

CONTEMPORARY FOUR-BEDROOM HOME ON SECURE FRANSCHE HOEK ESTATE Newly built architectural masterpiece on the secure Franschhoek Estate. Single storey home with double volume living area, high ceilings, space and views in a unique location. The contemporary high end finishes and fittings create a luxurious modern feel cradled amongst the Fynbos and views of the Franschhoek Agricultural Estate. Scope to sectionalise the 4,000 sqm werf and build a second dwelling. Tom Clode 079 955 3114 | Terry-Lee George 082 650 9194

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