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Franschhoek may soon be the first village in South Africa to have herd immunity from COVID-19. That is the aim of a mass vaccination drive, planned by Franschhoek Wine Valley, which is scheduled to start on 1 September. The campaign has the full support of Western Cape Premier Alan Winde, who recently visited the village. “It is our ambition for Franschhoek to be first town in SA to be fully vaccinated,” says Ruth McCourt – marketing manager for Franschhoek Wine Valley. “This is the only way we will get our international tourists back and resuscitate our crippled tourism industry. Victoria Falls achieved herd immunity earlier this year by vaccinating their whole town and are starting to reap the benefits of tourists coming back. This drive will save lives and create jobs in our valley as international visitors will feel safe to once again visit our valley.” From 1 September anyone aged 18 or over will be able to get a vaccine. This includes foreign nationals upon presentation of their passports as a form of ID. Vaccination dates and venues will be advised as soon as the Premier has confirmed the availability of a sufficient number of vaccine doses. The campaign will be co-ordinated by Ashley Bauer, who is well known in the valley for his emergence

preparedness and fire prevention/management work. Thus far the Groendal Community Centre, Franschhoek Town Hall and Three Streams Smokehouse have been confirmed. Large businesses are encouraged to contact Ashley to bring the vaccination drive to their premises. There will be volunteers at all vaccination sites to assist unregistered persons to register via WhatsApp for same day vaccination. The Bhabhathane Project is distributing 3800 trilingual pamphlets that were printed by FWV at all local schools to ask children to assist their parents and entire households to register for vaccination. Data is often a problem in less affluent parts of the community and employers in the valley are asked to also assist their employees and their families with registration. COVID-19 VACCINE: How to Register The public can now register on the COVID Whatsapp number by sending “REGISTER” to 0600 123 456. To register by SMS dial *134*832*your ID number# Persons who don’t have an ID number can dial *134*832# Individuals will have to present their unique code (received through SMS), their original ID document, valid driver’s licence, passport or affidavit at the vaccination site to receive their second shot.

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67 Blankets for Nelson Saving Franschhoek Mandela Day Scarf Handout Restaurants with a Snap 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day did their annual scarf handout at the La Motte feeding scheme on 19 August in conjunction with one of Sylvia Bell’s soup kitchens. It is normally done on Mandela Day, 18 July, but due to level 4 lockdown, they were unable to do so at the time.

FLTR: Suzette De Jongh, Aliki Brunt (Ambassador for 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day) and Adell Ferreira at the La Motte scarf hand-out

The “Knitwits”, as this group of ladies are known, are based in Paarl, Franschhoek and Stellenbosch. They knitted and crocheted over 350 scarves and beanies. These were hung between the trees for the community to help themselves. Each handmade item had a special message attached to it “I am not lost. If you are cold and need me, please take me. With love 67 Blankets.” 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day is a non-profit organisation that was established by Carolyn Steyn in 2014. The organisation’s purpose is to crochet or knit something warm to donate to those in need every year, either in the form of a blanket, scarf, beanie or anything else which might be of use to the less fortunate or to keep someone warm and make them feel special.

The organization has attracted thousands of members (Knitwits) in South Africa as well as all around the world. Their motto is: “Stitch by stitch we keep people warm in the name of Nelson Mandela, our father.” “We get everybody involved from schools to churches and old age homes and those who would like to do a good deed for their community,” says Aliki Brunt their local ambassador. “We would like many more helping hands to continue this amazing project,” she adds.  For further information, contact Aliki Brunt on 061 524 0129,  or visit  Text: Editorial Desk | Image: Supplied

The Premier of the Western Cape, Alan Winde, met with Franschhoek Wine Valley Tourism and restaurateurs on Wednesday, 4 August 2021, to discuss the Save the Franschhoek Restaurants Appeal. The meeting was an opportunity for the Premier to learn how some local restaurants stay operational after the COVID-19 lockdowns and explore new projects that might revitalise economic activity in this industry. After a debriefing at FWV’s offices, marketing manager Ruth McCourt accompanied the Premier on a walkabout to several dining establishments along Huguenot Street. The group’s first stop was at the French Connection Bistro, where the Premier spoke with the owner and Chef Matthew Gordon. This was followed by conversations further down the road at Let’s Frites with chefs and business partners Reuben Riffel and Aviv Liebenberg. All three restaurateurs concurred that the COVID-19 pandemic had a particularly negative outcome for Franschhoek’s food scene. The lack of international visitors means that domestic travellers now represent the most important market for restaurants in the village. While domestic travellers provide welcome relief from the absence of overseas guests, there are doubts about whether this business model is sustainable for the future. Premier Winde and the restaurateurs shared the view that quick delivery of more COVID-19 vaccines represents a crucial starting point in allowing foreign visitors to return. The Premier also expressed his satisfaction with the measures in place to ensure the safety of both staff and patrons inside restaurants.  The walkabout concluded at Oku Asian Eatery, where Chris Zietsman, CEO of payment app SnapScan, was ready with a live demonstration of how the Save the Franschhoek Restaurants Appeal would function. He explained that this Appeal follows a similar strategy to the Stellenbucks project, which saw notable success in generating revenue for Stellenbosch’s local economy. Research by Stellenbosch University estimates that the Stellenbucks project generated about R7.1 million for the local economy. According to Zietsman, Save the Franschhoek Restaurants Appeal is effectively a rewards-based

SnapScan CEO Chris Zietsman explains the functioning of the Save the Franschhoek Restaurants Appeal to Premier Alan Winde. In the background are FWV Marketing Manager Ruth McCourt, FWV Financial Director Jan van Huyssteen and Western Cape Finance and Economic Opportunities MEC David Maynier.

system used by participating merchants when customers pay with this cellphone app. Once the customer settles their bill with Snapscan a voucher will be generated automatically on their account. This voucher is redeemable at any participating establishment in Franschhoek, which encourages support for local restaurants and gives customers a discount on their next meal. Much like the Stellenbucks project, vouchers are funded through the donations and contributions of local businesses. FWV hopes to start the project with a fund of R1.5 million of which they have already raised R1.1 million at the time of writing. Several local businesses and wine estates have provided generous donations towards this fund, but FWV wishes to inform the community that a contribution of any size would be greatly appreciated. Ruth McCourt can be contacted at Text & Image: Pieter Naudé

Vehicle License Renewals via Email / EFT The temporary closure of the Traffic Services office in Franschhoek is just one of the dozens of ways in which Covid-19 has affected the public’s everyday lives. The good news is that there is an alternative available. Stellenbosch Municipality Traffic Chief Gavin Solomons explained to the Tatler that as a result of the high number of infections in the municipal area the Traffic Department’s staff are working in shifts. This reduces the number of staff that would have to isolate should a staffer test positive for Covid-19, thus enabling the department to still render a service to the public. Unfortunately it also means that there aren’t enough staff on a shift to be able to man both the Stellenbosch and Franschhoek offices. To compensate the opening hours of the Stellenbosch office have been increased to 07h00 – 16h30. To further reduce human contact, and the

need for Franschhoek residents to travel to Stellenbosch, an email/EFT renewal process for vehicle licenses has also been implemented. “We realise the current system isn’t perfect,” says Chief Solomons “but under the circumstances it’s the only solution we have.” Here’s how the process works: Step 1 – Fee Enquiry: Send an email to traffic.department@ Remember to include the vehicle type and registration number. Step 2 – Complete Required Forms: If no MLV2 form has to been received in the post, you’ll need to download the ALV form from www. You’ll also need a copy of your ID. If the vehicle in question is registered to a business you’ll need to complete a CK1, CK2 or business registration certificate. You’ll also need a copy of the proxy’s ID. Step 3 – EFT/Deposits: Pay the required license fee to: Stellenbosch Municipality, First National Bank, Branch Code: 210 554, Account No. 62869253684. NB: Use the vehicle license number (aka registration number) as reference. Step 4 – Forward Information: Email the documents listed below to traffic. (1) Proof of Payment or Deposit Slip (2) Completed/signed ALV form (3) Copy of ID (4) Proof of Address as per FICA requirements

Remember to include your contact details in case any additional information is required. In the case of a vehicle registered to a business the following forms have to be sent (1) Proof of Payment or Deposit Slip (2) Completed/signed ALV form (3) CK1, CK2 or business registration certificate (4) Copy of the proxy’s ID (5) Proof of Business Address as per FICA requirements Remember to include your contact details in case any additional information is required. Do note that this process only applies to vehicle licenses that have not yet expired. If your license has already expired you’ll have to go the Stellenbosch Traffic Services office to renew it. Text: Editorial Desk

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Chainsaw Horror

Clean-up Crew Now Branded

Andy Makoma spent his 37th birthday in hospital fighting for his life after a vicious attack with a chainsaw. The attack happened on Saturday, 7 August, in plain sight of his wife and three young children.

Franschhoek’s privately-funded clean-up crew now have a branded vehicle thanks to the Franschhoek Sign Co. The crew is sponsored by PaintSmiths, Col ‘Cacchio and PicknPay.

The attack took place in Makoma’s house at Ysterhoutlaan, La Motte, after Makoma had allegedly insulted his attacker’s wife earlier in the day. Makoma lost his left arm in the attack and sustained serious injuries to his right arm and face. Initially it was feared that his right arm might also have to be amputated. Beauty Busuku-Makoma, the victim’s wife, said their 11-year-old son is so traumatised that he is staying with an aunt in Khayelitsha. The sound of any machine now terrifies him. Makoma, who has long worked for horticulturist Jean Roux at her nursery and protea farm, is a plant lover. His duties include tending a vegetable garden that supplies local soup kitchens. Busuku-Makoma criticised Franschhoek SAPS for taking two days to arrest the attacker even though his identity was known. They had told her on the day of

the attack that he had been arrested, but it took her two more visits to the police station before this actually happened. Roux’s son, Brian Farley, has started a BackaBuddy campaign to raise for counselling, medical bills and general support for the family. Busuku-Makoma was employed in the hospitality sector, but lost her position as a result of Covid-19, leaving Makoma as the only breadwinner. Thirty-four-year-old Elroy Erasmus has appeared in the Paarl Magistrates Court on a charge of attempted murder. To support Makoma’s family, visit: https://www. or contact Jean Roux at 082 32 111 13. Text: Editorial Desk

Valley Landscapers Land Prestigious Awards The SA Landscapers Institute (SALI) annual awards were virtually announced at the end of June 2021. To simplify logistics there were two sessions; the medal announcements and the National Trophy and Shield Awards announcements. Two landscaping businesses with local connections, GvH Landscapes and DDS Landscaping Projects, were among the winners.

Clean-up crew members Ethan Leibrandt and Denver Tembani with their vehicle that now carries the branding of their sponsors.

The focus of the crew is on areas outside the jurisdiction of Stellenbosch Municipality or public areas where the municipality can’t provide sufficient area cleaning services. These include the Franschhoek Pass, Berg River Dam area, Franschhoek Park / Old Circus grounds, Robertsvlei Rd, Middagkrans Rd and adjoining areas. The

statistics are staggering. On average the crew collects 10-15 black bags of litter per day! (Plastics are separated and taken to Green Spot Recycling, while the rest of what’s collected goes into the municipal waste stream. Text: Editorial Desk | Image: Supplied

Police Allegedly Trade Liquor Four members of the Franschhoek SAPS appeared in the Paarl Magistrate’s Court in August. The accused allegedly bought liquor from a man from whom they had earlier confiscated the liquor. The events took place just after the Level 5 lockdown was implemented in March 2020. The four police officers who appeared along with a former officer at the Stellenbosch Police Station are: WO Leon Boonzaaier (who was acting station commander at the time), Sgt Marize Mentoor, WO Reinhard Prins and Sgt Danelia Uys. According to a SAPS spokesperson the anticorruption unit investigated the case. The accused appeared on charges of corruption, illegal trade in alcohol, contravening the Disaster Management

SALI prize winners: The Halamandaris holiday home garden (left) and the Fynbos Cottages and Gardens at Babylonstoren (right).

GvH Landscapes, owned by Richard von Hoesslin and his son Graham, operates throughout the Western Cape, although most of their projects are in the Garden Route area. (Most locals probably know Richard better as the former owner of La Fontaine Guest House, for his involvement in numerous community organisations, his passion for cricket development and his long association with the Groot Drakenstein Games Club.) DDS Landscaping Projects was founded in Stellenbosch in 2010, by qualified landscaper and town planner Danie Steenkamp. They are now based at the Handelshuis in Simondium where they are busy creating a water-wise landscape. GvH Landscapes have, over the past 15 years, won countless Gold and Silver Awards, as well as four National Trophies at the SALI Awards. This year they walked away with a Double Gold, a Gold, two Silver and a Bronze Medal at the first session. The Double Gold going to a residential project on the Robberg Beachfront in Plettenberg Bay for the

Halamandaris family of Famous Foods fame. These awards were capped by a National Trophy, received at the second session. The Mayford Trophy for the Best Use of Colour in the Landscape was also awarded for the Halamandaris family holiday home garden. The judges were effusive in their praise of the garden praising its vibrant mix of water-wise colours and greens and describing it as “a peaceful and delightful landscape.” The night’s big prize, the Shield of Excellence, and Trophy for the Best Landscape Construction with In-house Design went to DDS for their work on the Fynbos Cottages and Gardens at Babylonstoren.  Steenkamp says the aims with the 3-hectare site were to make it look like the cottages have always been there amid the renosterveld and to create an environment that showcases the Western Cape’s beauty and diversity of the Cape Floral Kingdom. Text: Editorial Desk | Images: GvH and DDS

Clean Audit Is a Beacon of Hope, Says DA The Democratic Alliance (DA) announced on Monday, 28 June 2021, that “Stellenbosch Municipality, under the leadership of Executive Mayor Gesie van Deventer, her DA caucus and a team of capable administrators, has obtained a clean audit from the Auditor-General of South Africa for the 2019/2020 financial year.” The DA said in its press release that “This outcome confirms that taxpayer money is honestly and transparently managed by the DA-led Stellenbosch Municipality. It illustrates what is possible when voters elect a DA government that does not tolerate cadre deployment and corruption, and instead appoints officials on the basis of merit and their ability to get things done.” The release continues “what makes this audit outcome particularly remarkable is the fact that, when the Covid pandemic struck in early 2020, DAled Stellenbosch implemented one of the most comprehensive financial relief packages of any municipality in South Africa. This encapsulates the

DA difference: not only do we run the most honest and financially sustainable governments in South Africa, but we also use resources to benefit citizens rather than political cronies.” DA Stellenbosch Constituency Head, Dr Leon Schreiber, added: “While ANC-led municipalities crumble, DAled Stellenbosch has already set its sights even higher by becoming the first municipality in the country to begin eliminating load-shedding. With the support of voters during the October municipal elections, the DA in Stellenbosch Municipality is ready to get even more done in service of the people of this region.” Text: Editorial Desk

Act and defeating the ends of justice. They will appear in court again on 2 September. The four are rumoured to have been reported by an ex-policeman whose wife worked in the Franschhoek Police Station and is being investigated for thousands of Rand that cannot be accounted for. Text: Editorial Desk

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Franschhoek Wine Valley Focus Leopard’s Leap

Franschhoek Uncorked Festival Celebrates Summer in Style

Pardus by Hein Koegelenberg 2018

16 & 17 October 2021 Not only does the new season bring with it the promise of warmer weather, but it’s also time for this year’s Franschhoek Uncorked Festival (16 & 17 October). What better excuse to explore one of South Africa’s premier wine destinations, while uncovering a fine selection of wine gems from the Franschhoek Vignerons. This year 12 wineries have already confirmed their participation, with more to follow. Participating wineries in and around the valley will use the opportunity to showcase this season’s new release wines, which include MCCs, white wines, rosés and even a few summer-inspired reds. Live music and great food add extra excitement to a fun day out. Be on the lookout for a few special events guaranteed to pique your interest. Pack the car and set off for fresh country air and exquisite views while travelling from farm to farm. With so many wineries participating in this weekend festival there promises to be something for everyone. If visiting from elsewhere, why not make the most of your Franschhoek outing and turn this two-day event into a weekend of unforgettable memories. Book into one of the valley’s luxurious accommodation establishments, which range from quaint B&Bs and guest houses to 5-star boutique hotels. This will allow you ample time for a leisurely stroll down the main road, uncovering world-class shops, art galleries and boutiques. COVID-19 safety regulations will be in place at all establishments. Pre-book your Uncorked Weekend Pass through, at R220 per person. Your Uncorked Weekend Pass (valid for both days)

6 bottles of the featured wine!

The nose is layered with multiple dimensions. A lively combination of red and purple fruit aromas, with subtle spices follow through on the palate. Pardus is a sophisticated and elegant wine with great balance between the fruitiness, oak and spices. It lingers with a finish that is long and elevated by the fine and ripe tannins, making it a well-structured and balanced wine. Elegance captured in a bottle. Cellar door price: R180

Leopard’s Leap Rotisserie Mushroom Risotto Ingredients 1,5 litre vegetable or mushroom stock; ½ medium onion, chopped; 3 cloves garlic, chopped; 10 ml extra virgin olive oil; 500 g Arborio risotto rice; 250 ml white wine; 2 sprigs of thyme; 250 ml chopped assorted porcini; 50 g butter; 50 g Grana Padano Parmesan, grated; 20 ml cream; 20 ml chopped parsley; Salt and freshly ground black pepper Method Heat stock until it reaches a slow simmer. Sweat the onions and garlic in the olive oil until they become translucent at a moderate temperature. Add the risotto rice and stir, to coat evenly with the olive oil.

Deglaze with white wine and allow the liquid to be absorbed. Once the alcohol in the wine has cooked out, reduce pan heat to low. Add one ladle of hot stock at a time and stir continually until each ladle is absorbed by rice. Continue until the grains of rice are cooked. In a different pan, over high heat, fry the mushrooms in some olive oil and butter for roughly 2 minutes or until they are cooked. Then drain the excess oil and water from the cooked mushrooms and add to the risotto. To finish the risotto: add the last ladle of stock and allow to be absorbed, then add the cream, butter and Parmesan (off the heat) and incorporate. Finally, add the chopped parsley and truffle oil. Serve in a warm bowl. . ò  021 876 8002

allows you access to all of the participating wine farms as well as a complimentary tasting glass and a minimum of two free wine tastings per farm. For more info and accommodation availability contact the Franschhoek Wine Valley offices on 021 876 2861, visit or follow them on Twitter @Franschhoek_SA, for regular updates.


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Cellar Chat Mark Tanner

Rows of neatly stacked barrels, bricked ceilings and clever mood lighting all add up to a romantic maturation cellar. The working cellar is different. Towering stainless steel tanks look down on you, the floor is awash with water, hosepipes, couplings and pumps. This is rubber boot territory and about as romantic as a dairy. I came across a compromise when I visited Clos Malverne in Stellenbosch in early June. Here the word ‘tradition’ reigns supreme. There has been little change at this cellar over the past 50 years. Open fermenters invite a hands-on approach and the reds are subjected to a basket press process. Traditional indeed, and with a touch of old-world romance. And the wines? I recognised a female touch. Somehow our lady winemakers manage to put elegance and finesse into bottles. I am reminded of northern hemisphere coolerclimate wines, no harsh tannins here. Kudos to Suzanne Coetzee, consultant and earlier

winemaker at Clos Malverne. The range includes a sparkling Sauvignon Blanc and an MCC ‘Ellie’ from Shiraz, pale, pretty pink and delicious. ‘Auret’ 2018, a blend of Cabernet, Pinotage and Merlot has netted many international awards and is regarded as their flagship wine. My favourite, however, was the 2017 Pinotage Reserve with its hint of mocha and a long life ahead. A family operation, Clos Malverne weaves a common thread of tradition and quality from the cellar to the wines. Their restaurant is also excellent and service smiling. Devon valley has several really good vineyards so why not explore? *** Winning a Formula 1 Grand Prix is thirsty work as evidenced by the liberal and extravagant use (or abuse?) of quality champagne to slake thirsts on the winner’s podium. Classic Champagne Houses like Moet and Mumm have in the past supplied accordingly, but now there is a new bottle on the block. It is called ‘Ferrari Trento’ a premium Italian sparkling wine and not a champagne, prosecco, cava or sekt. It is the new season’s refreshment on contract. So, no matter what team wins the name ‘Ferrari’ will always appear on the podium. Not bad PR one might say? Imagine the potential for competition, however, on that score, I am definitely keeping Mumm.

Dalewood Does More Dairy Like many of us, Dalewood Fromage’s Rob Visser and his team found that they had a bit more time on their hands during lockdown. Unlike many of us, they put that time to good use! The result is the addition of a whole new range of dairy products to their range.

Dalewood’s range of new dairy products

Visitors to the Cheesery Shop on the farm can now also stock up on buttermilk, cream and crème fraiche for their cooking or baking projects. While there they might as well pick up some of the estate’s hand-made, lightly-salted butter and the full-cream stirred Jersey yoghurt. The latter is entirely free of additives, preservatives, thickeners, stabilisers, emulsifiers, milk powder and sugar making it as natural and healthy as can be. For your home-made pizzas and salad the full-cream Feta is just the ticket! Dalewood’s unique recipe was formulated by Rob Visser who studied Dairy Technology at Elsenburg College. After years of experimenting, time in France sniffing out traditional cheese making secrets and countless cheese tastings Dalewood

Cheese was launched in 2000. Dalewood’s single Jersey herd grazes each day on bio-dynamically grown pastures surrounded by vineyards. Because of its focus on regenerative farming Dalewood is able to produce all-natural products with no preservatives, colourants or flavourants and suitable for vegetarians. The Cheesery Shop™ is open: • Monday – Friday 09h00 – 16h00 • Saturdays 09h00 – 15h00 • Closed on Sundays and Public Holidays. Due to Covid and the size of our Shop we are unfortunately unable to offer any cheese tastings. Text: Editorial Desk | Image: Supplied

Join Hands To Save Animals A Friend for Life

Another Goodbye

Getting a dog or cat seems like a fashion to some people. It's something they like for a season, then when they get bored with it, they want a new one.

It is with much sadness that SHARF is saying goodbye to another director. Abigail Norbury has decided she will support SHARF as a volunteer with a focus on sterilisation drives. Abi, you will be missed, and the kitties of the valley will look forward to seeing your stericrates dropped at their doors. Thank you for the tremendous hard work, dedication and many hours you have put into SHARF. It will always be remembered.

Moms get bred till they look like dairy cows. Then suddenly, instead of being taken care of after so many litters (which brought in money for the breeder alone), she must leave, not wanted anymore, out of fashion. The same goes for most males. A dog, if properly cared for it, will stay with you for up to 10 years or more if it's a small breed. After 4 or 5 years, when they are not cute and small anymore, or can't breed anymore, they are not old yet! So please do not be so selfish as to give away your 'old dog' for a cute new puppy. Learn to build a relationship of love and care with your dog or cat. Screaming and yelling, kicking and throwing things at them is not love & care! To walk them into fighting is also not. The relationship with your pet begins with how you treat it and keep the environment where they stay. It is about respecting and knowing its character, space and needs. It is keeping them safe off of roads and off of chains. It is about giving them food, water and the loving attention they need. It is about taking them for medical care or asking for help when they are sick or injured and not just leaving them to suffer. Embrace your pet as a friend for life and he will embrace you with faithfulness.

A New Way Ahead In future, SHARF is going to focus especially on daily or weekly sterilisation of animals. It's the only way we can try to impact the completely out of control backyard breeding that is going on, leading to excruciating neglect and abuse. People don't seem to understand or notice that more and more people are jobless and more and more animals are looking like skeletons as owners can't afford proper food anymore. Ninety-nine per cent of dogs have to survive on potato and carrot skins, while cats must hunt for mice. Please support our weekly sterilisation drive by donating toward sterilising the animals.

See our FB page for animals needing forever homes.

Bank Details: Safe Hands Animal Rescue Franschhoek Bank: FNB Branch: Paarl Branch Code: 200110 Acc No.: 62836203076 NPO No: NPO 235-331

SHARF 100 Club Please support SHARF by joining the 100 Club to generate much-needed funds for sterilisation, veterinary care, food, tick & flea treatments, deworming and sterilisation. The 100 Club consists of all those people who commit to paying the fund R100 or more per month on a 12/24 month basis (with the freedom to opt out with one month's notice).

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Pierre Jourdan: Cap Classique Pioneers Family-owned Haute Cabrière winery has been creating quality wines from the classic Burgundian and Champagne varietals of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir since the 1980s. The traditional method of bottle-fermented sparkling wine, known in the French province of Champagne as Méthode Champenoise and in South Africa as Méthode Cap Classique, is part of the von Arnim family’s DNA. In 1986, Achim von Arnim, Haute Cabrière’s founding cellar master, was the first to create and release a South African Cap Classique exclusively from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir – no surprise at all given his passion for pioneering unique blends. This year South Africa celebrates 50 years of creating Cap Classique wines, and Haute Cabrière is proud to be part of that history. The Early Years After many years spent in the vineyards of France and Germany, while studying viticulture in Geisenheim, Achim returned to South Africa with a vision to create a South African Cap Classique that contends with the prestigious Champagne houses of France.

After years of creating wine as cellar master for respected vineyards in the Cape, Achim set out to build his own innovative cellar and to carve his personal legacy within the wine industry. He had a dream to establish a cellar that specialised in the wine styles of Champagne and Burgundy based on the philosophy: Sun, Soil, Vine, Man. Achim chose the land at Haute Cabrière based on what he found stuck to the soles of his shoes. While visiting possible sites, the Haute Cabrière soils left his boots covered in thick clay—something he was familiar with during his time in the Burgundy region of France. The rest, as they say, is history. Cap Classique Timeline 1971: Frans Malan of Simonsig creates ‘Kaapse Vonkel’

A New Cub in the Leopard’s Leap Litter Pardus is Latin for panther or leopard and, of course, a fitting name for a new addition to the Leopard’s Leap wine collection. For Leopard’s Leap CEO Hein Koegelenberg, however, this red blend is more than a new option in the versatile range of wines: “Not only was Pardus born from a desire to make wine again, but it also acknowledges a commitment to the protection of our natural treasures – especially through our support of the Cape Leopard Trust and the plight of the vulnerable Cape Mountain Leopard.” The mountains around Franschhoek vineyards are home to many a roamer. One of them is the shy but imposing leopard, Panthera Pardus. By sponsoring satellite mapping, Leopard’s Leap assists in revealing the mysteries and meanders of the Cape Mountain Leopard, one of which was named Pardus by the Cape Leopard Trust in recognition of the cooperation with Leopard’s Leap. Inspired by the King of the Cape Mountains, the 2018 Pardus is an elegant wine, Leopard’s Leap CEO Hein Koegelenberg receives a photo of Pardus from the Cape Leopard Trust’s Helen Turnbull. beautifully balancing lively fruit and well-considered oak. “If you, like myself, get excited about a for 18 months and the Cinsaut for 12 months. delicious red blend that you can enjoy as part Pardus is a sophisticated glass on its own and of an everyday quality lifestyle, I hope you might beautiful with the earthiness of mushrooms and enjoy Pardus”, says Hein. herbs, mild and sweet spices such as Cape Malay The blend consists of 60% Merlot (Stellenbosch), curries and the complexity of matured hard 20% Cabernet Sauvignon (Paarl) and 20% cheese. Cinsaut (Darling). Grapes were hand-picked The wine is available at R180 per bottle from the and hand-sorted where after each variety was Leopard’s Leap tasting room or online. fermented and matured separately. The Merlot | 021 876 8002 and Cabernet Sauvignon were matured in a combination of new and used French oak barrels Text: Editorial Desk | Image: Supplied

La Motte’s 2021 Sémillon – Champion in SA Young Wine Show La Motte Wine Estate was recently awarded in the annual South African Young Wine Show awards for the Paarl Region, which includes wineries from Paarl, Wellington, Franschhoek and Tulbagh. The 2021 La Motte Sémillon destined as a blending component for the much-loved Pierneef Sauvignon Blanc, received the Champion Trophy for Sémillon, while the estate was also recognised as the Champion in the Franschhoek Ward. The SA Young Wine Show, dating back to 1833, gives winemakers the opportunity to showcase their best wines of the current vintage. La Motte Cellarmaster Edmund Terblanche, known for a more restrained, elegant style of wine, says the growing season for the 2021 vintage was what his winemaking dreams are made of. He continues to say that the 2021 harvest was a “moedskeppertjie” – a bit of a breather and reason to take courage in between all that was

La Motte Cellarmaster Edmund Terblanche

troublesome and uncertain at the beginning of 2021. The beautiful performance of the 2021 La Motte Sémillon echoes these sentiments. | 021 876 8000 Text: Editorial Desk | Image: Supplied

Takuan and Achim von Arnim enjoy some MCC in the vineyard

the first Cap Classique produced in South Africa. 1980: Achim becomes cellar master at Boschendal and spearheads the planting of the classic Champagne varietals Chardonnay and Pinot Noir to improve quality. 1982: Achim purchases a neglected part of the Huguenot farm Cabrière and starts replanting with Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Cellar construction begins. 1984: While waiting for the young vines to establish on his land, Achim purchases grapes from friends: Chardonnay from Danie De Wet and Pinot Noir from Jannie Engelbrecht. He begins to produce his first Cap Classique. This spends two years on the lees. 1986: Pierre Jourdan Brut is launched, using a blend of exclusively Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes. Achim, true to French tradition, names the wine after the original 1694 landowner, French Huguenot, Pierre Jourdan. The Next Generation Today, 35 years later, the Pierre Jourdan range of Cap Classiques has expanded from the first Brut to include the prestigious Blanc de Blancs, Belle Rose rosé, and the Belle Nectar Demi-Sec rosé, loved locally and abroad. Under the watchful eye of Achim’s son, Cellar Master Takuan von Arnim, the Haute Cabrière dream is continued to be achieved with each vintage founded on quality and authenticity in the cellar. “My father uncovered and cut a diamond, and I

am here to polish it,” comments Takuan. While the Pierre Jourdan range continues to offer a competitive price, it also delivers on quality. In recent years, Takuan’s focus has been the Blanc de Blancs, the flagship Cap Classique. This wine is an ode to Champagne, specifically the region of Le Mesnil-sur-Oger. The wine centres around experimentation in time on the lees, something Takuan prides himself upon and is in keeping with the pioneering spirit of Haute Cabrière. | 021 876 8500 Text & Images: Supplied

Lokaia: Wines with Vision Two of Franschhoek’s most dynamic wine makers have teamed up to create three exciting new wines. Stony Brook’s Craig McNaught and Môreson’s Clayton Reabow delved deep into the valley’s terroir and created a fresh, unusual take on three of Franschhoek’s stalwart varietals: Semillon, Chardonnay and Cabernet Franc. The winemakers say the wines were born “from the overwhelming sense that there was more to explore in the Franschhoek Valley.” They acknowledge that Semillon, Chardonnay and Cabernet Franc are central to the valley’s wine identity, but couldn’t help feeling that “their bottled form still has room for growth and refinement.” Their goal, they say, was to “extract as much personality and definition from the grapes as possible, while still maintaining each variety’s purity and brightness.” The result is three wines that eschew the use of oak in favour of extended skin contact in amphorae – large terra cotta pots that allow the wines to breathe and evolve slowly. Having worked with grapes from all parts of the valley for years, the winemakers have identified the very best terroir for each varietal – a key ingredient in producing premium wines. The grapes for their ‘Pound of Flesh’ Semillon come from the wild Bohoek known for its temperature swings and overly generous winter rainfall. “The micro-climate here allows the Semillon grapes to ripen fully at low potential alcohols, while still maintaining zippy acidity,” they say. Chardonnay likes well-drained soil and sunshine, so the grapes for ‘The Sandman’ Chardonnay are sourced from the valley floor, while the clay and sandstone-derived soils of DuToitskop’s foothills are home to the vineyard they source their ‘Call of the Void’ Cabernet Franc from. What are the wines like? Singular, expressive and unlike most anything else out there! The Semillon was harvested at a low potential alcohol, cooled and then crushed to extract aromatic phenolics from the skins. Cold-settled and then racked quickly, the juice was fermented in stainless steel at a high turbidity to create a richly textured, ‘fleshy’ wine. Grown in sand and fermented in clay, the richly-textured Skin Contact Amphora Chardonnay spent two months in the amphora in contact with the skins and stems while protected by

a layer of olive oil. The Amphora Cabernet Franc is an “outright departure from regularity” – bright, naturally low in alcohol and with plenty of body and depth as a result of being fermented and matured on the skins for 4 months in a small amphora. According to the winemakers they can find nobody else in the wine world using similar wine making techniques. This means it’s pretty safe to say you’ll never come across anything like these wines anywhere else – possibly ever! If that doesn’t motivate you to try them, you’re probably just not into wine… Oh yes, don’t go looking for Lokaia on a map. Lokaia, or more properly ‘Ole Lukøje’ (pronounced Ole Lokaia) is the spirit of sleep and dreams from Hans Christian Andersen’s fable of the same name. In English we simply know him as ‘the Sandman’. If you’re looking for the wines they’re available online, or from the cellar doors at Stony Brook and Môreson. | 084 510 1496

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Backsberg Now in DGB Stable Premier wine company, DGB, has concluded a deal to acquire the majority shareholding in Backsberg, which has been in the hands of the famous Back family for over a century. The transaction follows the sale of Backsberg’s main Simondium farm late last year. Backsberg’s cellar equipment will be relocated to Franschhoek where the portfolio of wines will now be produced under a newly-formed entity Backsberg Family Wines. The transaction also includes the Kosher wines under the “Unorthodox” trademark, together with the Tread Lightly and Backsberg Sydney Back Brandy brands. The estate’s alembic brandy pot still will be incorporated into a new artisanal distillery DGB is building in Franschhoek under the name of The Old Road Distillery Co. Tim Hutchinson, executive chairman of DGB, says, “We really respect the legacy of the Back family who have had such a profound influence on the South African wine industry and besides their successful farming interests we have always admired their sustainability and community upliftment work. Backsberg will complement our portfolio of premium brands which include Boschendal, Bellingham, Douglas Green, Franschhoek Cellars, Brampton, and Fryer’s Cove. “Backsberg shaped much of the local wine

industry, and this was largely through the late Sydney Back, both in terms of commitment to wine quality as well as visionary contributions to the local regulatory wine framework, such as laws allowing estate wine production. “In turn, Sydney’s son Michael made a major contribution towards green vineyard practices and Backsberg was the country’s first carbon neutral winery as well as being a WWF Conservation Champion.” The new Backsberg winery will be housed in a property adjacent to the Franschhoek Cellars winery, and Hutchinson is confident DGB’s extensive route to market in both the local and international markets will ensure a new chapter is written in the history of Backsberg. “We are delighted the Back family will continue its involvement with the brand, as Simon Back will remain a director of Backsberg Family Wines. Our goal is to build on the success of Backsberg together with the Back family who, I am glad to say, share our excitement and optimism for the road

Caption: FLTR: Simon Back with his father, Michael Back, and DGB’s Tim Hutchinson.

ahead,” says Hutchinson. Michael Back says, “As I head into retirement after 45 years in the wine industry I am thrilled that Simon and DGB are joining hands to grow and develop the Backsberg brand. Family businesses need to evolve, be flexible and fleet-footed, and coming together with DGB - a strong, principled,

and innovative wine company - meets this goal.” Simon Back says, “I am excited to work with the DGB executive team in building on the work that my family has done, and taking the Backsberg brand to new heights.” Text: Editorial Desk | Image: DGB

Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show 2021 The results of the 2021 edition of the Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show were announced at the end of June 2021. Several wines produced by members of the Vignerons de Franschhoek garnered silverware for their creators, including a much sought after trophy. The organisers said: “Despite a lower medal count overall, there was a broad spread of trophy winners covering almost all the major categories. It is clear that the industry has more or less recovered from the devastation of the drought years, though with entries down 10% on 2020 not from the 19 weeks of trading bans imposed during the first two waves of the pandemic.” There were 673 wines entered, of these, 32 were awarded gold medals of which 16 won trophies, 111 took home silver and 355 won bronze. This result pretty much tracks the statistics since the inception

of the competition in 2002. Over the 20 editions of the Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show, 19404 wines were judged, 7223 bronze medals were awarded, 1907 silver medals, 590 gold medals and a mere 346 trophies. Franschhoek’s trophy winner, appropriately, is from one of the valley’s signature cultivars – Semillon. The trophy was awarded to Old Road Wine Co.’s. Grand-Mére Semillon 2017 in the Old Vine Class. Both Franschhoek gold medals were awarded to Méthode Cap Classiques, namely the Boschendal

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Jean Le Long Prestige Cuvée Méthode Cap Classique 2009 and Sauvage La Bri Méthode Cap Classique 2015. A total of thirteen silver medals were awarded to the following Franschhoek Vignerons: Allée Bleue, Anthonij Rupert Wines, Babylonstoren, Bellingham, Boschendal, Cape of Good Hope (Anthonij Rupert), La Bri, La Motte, Leopard’s Leap and Old Road Wine Co. Numerous bronze medals were also achieved. The full results are available at: https://www.trophywineshow. Text: Editorial Desk


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A Poor Season for Whales

with Lilly Konstabel – Inspector at Franschhoek SPCA What is your current position at the Franschhoek SPCA? I am the Inspector for the Franschhoek office of the SPCA and also an Animal Welfare Assistant, or AWA. I began my training back in 2002 and a year later I joined the rest of the team here as an AWA once I passed the exams. Like every SPCA unit, Franschhoek needed an Inspector so I resumed my studies to step into that position. In 2005 I completed another set of exams and became the first SPCA Inspector of the village. How has your work changed since you became an Inspector? When it comes to administering treatment or medications to animals, or diagnosing their needs and problems, the training and knowledge of an AWA is required. We are like the nurses of the animal world since we can treat minor problems, but making sure that serious cases are referred to a veterinarian is also a big part of our work. As an Inspector I focus more on the legislation surrounding animals and their owners. Sometimes I write reports on animal mistreatment that must serve as evidence in court, other times I follow up on paperwork and permits of horse farms around Franschhoek. I even work with the fire brigade to asses if any wild animals, like owls, need help after major mountain fires. What kind of training does the Franschhoek SPCA require in its employees? We are one of the smaller offices of the SPCA which means that our employees need to handle a wider range of responsibilities related to animal welfare. In cities or bigger towns employees would often specialise in one particular area, but here we have to be prepared for a wider variety of situations and problems. You grew up on a sheep farm in the Northern Cape. How did you come to work in Franschhoek? Yes I did! Well, my mother came from this village and it was because of the family link that I decided to come down and explore this incredible industry of wine and food. I had a friend at the time who was working for the SPCA while I was waiting tables, and when she resigned she recommended that I apply for training to fill her position. Fortunately I was a very good waitress to my future employer! Why do you find your work so rewarding? I truly love animals and having a job that seeks to improve their livelihoods is wonderful. It is also an incredible feeling when you come across members of our community that express gratitude for the work we do. We have had people who come in with a R5 coin to pay for their pet’s major operation. It is all they have to show their thanks for how the operation improved the lives of their pets. These

little things really fill our hearts. Is there any part of your job that is particularly difficult? After all these years it is still very difficult when we have to put an animal to sleep. Even in those cases where it is obviously the only solution to ease an animal’s suffering, it is still my biggest struggle. You really have to prepare yourself when euthanasia is the only solution. In a time when the COVID-19 pandemic has deeply affected South Africa, what were some of the struggles of the SPCA Franschhoek? As you’d expect, insufficient funding and trying to cover all our costs has been very difficult throughout the pandemic. The ban on gatherings in particular has hit us hard because it limits our opportunities to hold productive fundraisers and conferences that provide us with much-needed money. For example, we had to stop our evening clinics completely during which we would sometimes tend to sixty dogs at a time. Worse still is that we have been taking in a higher number of pets since some owners can no longer afford to keep them. In these cases we try to help by lowering prices for food and healthcare because people really love their pets and the hate giving them up. We have found ways to work around the challenges created by the pandemic, but it has been terribly difficult. What kind of fundraisers does the SPCA do in Franschhoek? Since lockdown restrictions have been eased a little we were able to have a lovely golf day at Boschenmeer Golf Estate in March. We would also like to do another mobile treasure hunt again soon, and they are usually a lot of fun. The aim is to try fun events that work outdoors so that we can get a little money coming in. Medication is a particularly big cost that we need to cover at the moment. Is there a way for the Franschhoek community at large to help the SPCA? Something very few people know is that you can help animals through the SPCA without even seeing or working with them in person. Obviously monetary assistance is always appreciated given that a large part of our backing consists of donations and membership fees. However, volunteering is also a good way to help us whether this involves assistance with administrative tasks, helping to organise fundraisers, or even doing presentations at local schools. The Franschhoek community is also our eyes and ears which means that reporting any animal-related problems or misconduct is also an invaluable assistance. Are you a dog or a cat person? I love dogs! Rottweilers are my favourite breed.

By Michiel Heyns. Publ: Jonathan Ball. 319 pages. Michiel Heyns, former professor of English at Stellenbosch University and an award-winning translator of note-worthy Afrikaans novels into English, has written eight elegant novels all set in South Africa. He has created a distinctive voice, witty and ironic, perfectly suited to depict the lives of his sophisticated, well-educated and rather precious characters. His latest novel, “A Poor Season for Whales”, continues the trend. The main character, Margaret Crowley, a highly successful architect, decides to retire at the age of 56 to Hermanus. She likes the idea of Hermanus, mainly for the annual visitation of the gigantic, mysterious denizens of the oceans, the whales. She is convinced that if ever there were a tsunami in the Indian Ocean, her carefully designed house would be quite safe. Her situation seems to be idyllic. Her twentytwo-year-old son Carl is a student at UCT, her twenty-four-year-old daughter Celia is a violinist with the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra. She has few regrets and is ready to celebrate this new, uncluttered stage in her life. Even the fact that her husband left her for a younger man has been submerged by the even flow of her life. The author is a master of witty, clever dialogue and there are several pages that consist entirely of scintillating conversations. They are so good that they could easily be transposed onto the stage as two-handers. Heyns peppers the conversations with relevant quotes like “Stalin said that gratitude is for dogs” or “As Auden put it ‘poetry makes nothing happen.’” Obviously, something must happen to disturb this idyllic situation and the author warns us in a short prologue not to take Margaret Crowley’s happiness for granted. He writes “It was therefore hardly to be foreseen that in her fifty-sixth year she would kill a man with a kitchen knife.” The Russian playwright Anton Chekhov said if there is a gun on the wall in the first act, it must be fired in the last. The only question is who will use it, and when. Armed with this knowledge the reader experiences with increasing alarm the events as they unfold in sunny, innocent Hermanus. The first warning occurs with the arrival on the scene of Jimmy Prinsloo-Mazibuko who rescues Margaret’s dog Benjy from a cliff face. Jimmy is one of those “It could happen in South Africa” characters, perhaps a creation by Pieter Dirk Uys. 

His father was a high-flying ANC functionary and his mother was an ordinary Afrikaans girl. After his father died in a car crash his mother blossomed into a full-blown socialite in the new South Africa. Jimmy is well-read, astute, and a manipulator of note. He inveigles himself into Margaret’s life, and she, partly from boredom and partly because she is intrigued by him, allows Jimmy to take up residence in her house. The bitingly satirical story is embroidered by the comings and goings of a whole catalogue of characters taken from Cape Town society, ranging from Camps Bay to Gugulethu, from gossiping matrons via sinister gangsters to housekeepers who know their rights in the Rainbow Nation.  This novel is a delight to read, with its multicultural cast of characters and its neatly wrappedup murder. You will look at Hermanus in an entirely new way.


Big Performances to Big Rugby While theatres in Cape Town rely mostly on online streaming platforms to survive the COVID-19 pandemic, the Franschhoek Culture Vultures continue to enjoy recordings of shows at the Franschhoek Theatre. Even if the traditional bus excursion to the Mother City might not happen soon, they still had the opportunity to enjoy first-rate international shows from the comfort of their local big screen. The most recent outing was on 17 June to see a production of The Phantom of the Opera filmed at Royal Albert Hall in 2011. This was a historic recording since the performance commemorates the 25th anniversary of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Charles Hart’s musical masterpiece. The leading role of the Phantom was played by West End legend Ramin Karimloo while the role of Christine, the ‘angel of music’, was given to American actress Sierra Boggess. The pair was often described by critics as an electrifying leading cast for a show that spared no expense, and a guest performance by Sarah Brightman was the finishing touch to a spectacular commemoration. The Franschhoek Theatre closed shop during South Africa’s second Level 4 lockdown, but the projector’s lamp didn’t stay dark for long. The matrics of Franschhoek High needed help to prepare for their English exams. Their prescribed text for this year is Hamlet by William Shakespeare. The excitement of the matrics was contagious

as they clutched popcorn and took their seats while adhering to social distancing protocols. Soon Shakespeare’s masterpiece filled the screen with Dr Who’s David Tennant starring in the titular role of a ‘modern-dress’ production. Other veterans from the Royal Shakespeare Company included Patrick Steward as Hamlet’s stepfather, Claudius, and Oliver Ford Davies as the ever-exasperated Polonius. Before returning to class the matrics repeatedly expressed their gratitude for this visit to the theatre. They enjoyed seeing real actors giving life to the characters as opposed to reading the words on a page, and several remarked that they understand the complexities of the story ‘just a little better now’. Once the Franschhoek Theatre’s doors could reopen on 28 July, there was finally a chance to show the remaining two rugby tests between the Springboks and the British & Irish Lions. Excited fans were treated to a complimentary glass of wine or bubbly sponsored by Boschendal and exceptionally delicious boerie rolls were served at

Rugby in socially-distanced luxury

half time to help soothe any frayed nerves. Several viewers remarked that it was the opportunity to experience the game together that made the Springboks’ overall victory much more enjoyable. They remarked that the advantage of the big screen is both the immersion viewers

experience in whatever they are watching and also how many excited fans you can fit in front of it without breaking social distancing protocols. Text: Pieter Naudé | Image: Supplied

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BEHIND THE WHEEL mselves as sporting cars of quality. The 1920s

is not known. It was imported

to operate smoothly. A 450 mm steering

Bentleys were something special and victories at Le

to South Africa in 1937 and its

wheel controls the low-geared worm-and-

Mans in 1924, 1927, 1928, 1929 and 1930 certainly

ownership trail is known right

nut steering, which is naturally heavy at lower

did nothing to harm the company’s image, despite

up to 2006 when FMM bought

speeds, lightening up as pace increases. Ride

Ettore Bugatti’s jibe about Bentleys being ‘fast lorries’.

the car from renowned local

quality is comfortable, which is why the Bentley

A total of 720 4½-litre cars were produced between

collector Bertie Bester.

was such an excellent long-distance tourer in

1927 and 1931, including 55 with a supercharged


its day, while that victory at Le Mans illustrates

engine, a model that became known as the Blower

presence. Based on a steel,




its sportier attributes. Top speed was 148 km/h.

Bentley. Ironically, the 4½ that won at Le Mans in

lattice-frame chassis suspended on semi-elliptic

coupled with dual ignition and Bosch magnetos,

The 4½ stands out as one of Bentley’s pre-merger

1928 was a naturally-aspirated 4½.

leaf springs front and rear, the car is 4 380 mm long

peak power was 82 kW at 3 500 r/min with a

successes and FMM’s model is a fine example of this

One of the prized vehicles in the FMM

with a wheelbase of 3 302 mm. It is heavy, tipping

rev limit of 4 000. A single overhead camshaft

quintessential British sports tourer. It is currently on

collection is a 1928 4½, still with its original

the scales at around 1 625 kg. Brakes are 17-inch

operates four valves per cylinder, which was

view in Hall A.

Vanden Plas 4-seater Sports body. The car’s first

drums on all four of the 21-inch wheels.

technically advanced for the time. However, the

owner was Sir Charles Thomas Hewitt Mappin,

The car’s cast-iron, in-line four-cylinder engine

four-speed gearbox has no synchromesh so

who became a WW2 war hero, but its UK history

displaced 4 398 cc. Fed by twin SU carburettors

requires some familiarity, timing and dexterity


cc DKW Hummel (Hummel is German for

The company DKW – Dampf-Kraft-Wagen, which translated means steam-powered car – was founded in 1916 by a Danish engineer Jorgen Skafte Rasmussen in Saxony, Germany, whose focus was on steam power. But in 1919, Rasmussen adapted and started making smallscale two-stroke engines that were fitted into motorcycles. These machines were referred to as Das-Kleine-Wunder, ‘The Little Marvel’, and by the end of 1930 DKW was the largest motorcycle manufacturer in the world. Before becoming part of Auto Union in 1932, DKW would produce some amazing and very revolutionary motorcycles. In FMM’s motorcycle collection is a 49

Tatler Motoring MICHELE LUPINI

Wild Thing! We Test BMW’s Controversial M3 Competition It was still dark. Bar a steely sheen in the eastern sky. I swung the BMW M3 Competition’s door open. Its lurid orange-trimmed and illuminated cabin

AT A GLANCE BMW M3 Competition Engine: Drive: 0-100 km/h: 400m: 120-160 km/h: VMax: LIST PRICE: RATED:

Bumblebee), a machine claimed to be the world’s first 3-speed moped. It was introduced in 1956 and stayed in production until Auto Union was taken over by Volkswagen. FMM’s example is one of the last to be built and boasts such luxuries as a plush seat and integrated headlight. The bike has a pressed-steel frame and the same engine, 3-speed cable-operated

one of the last examples ever to be bought in

transmission and 23-inch spoke steel wheels

South Africa. It was donated to the Heidelberg

with expanding drum brakes as the original

Transport Museum in 1985, and relocated to

model introduced almost a decade earlier.

the Franschhoek Motor Museum in April 2005.

Top speed was still 45 km/h, and even in first

The machine has never been taken apart or

gear to get moving it was still advisable to

restored, and must be one of the finest and

pedal it off the line, just like a bicycle.

unmolested examples around today. It is

The museum’s Hummel must have been

seemed to explode as it lit up the night. It’s a battle to squirm into those pews, but once in… oh boy! Click, whirr. Boom! Is it purring? Or is that a growl! M3’s tautness was immediately apparent as I fumbled through the complex M menu to select Sport+ and extinguish the traction control. Onto the road it instantly lit the rear axle. No! Rather click MDM back on until that 19” rubber awakens. This thing is vicious! The 12 km long, Franschhoek Pass has about 135 corners, twists and bends. Manna from heaven. More like paradise in the M3. Its 3-litre biturbo straight-six is a jewel. Its wonderfully noisy too. A

375 kW 650 Nm 3-litre turbo petrol I6 8-speed automatic RWD 3.86 sec 11.6 sec @ 193 km/h  3.22 sec 290 km/h R1.879M 10

currently on view in Hall C.

constant mechanical rote accompanies that gruff straight-six grunt – just like a race car. I allowed the rubber to find temperature before extinguishing the nannies again. Then it was magnificent! Of course, driving 650 Nm bareback demands circumspection. Feed it in gently, learn what it wants. And then get braver. Still, I was soon at ease pressing on with the M3 Competition. Splendid to revel in, handling is sharp, taut and perfectly balanced – its wonderfully lively rear end likes to be steered by the throttle. Yet steering is positive and the brakes brilliant. Vicious, actually. And raucous when really asked. And when it does break traction, this M3 becomes a drift master. Further on, I re-awakened the MDM. It allows ample slip and retains the car’s aft wan too. Not that I was any the wiser for it! Settling down to a regular pace on the national road, I was impressed by M3’s thrift. Those chairs may make you feel like you’re wearing the car, and despite my bulky frame, I was comfortable in that spectacular and superbly equipped zone. But they’re hard. So I stopped

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earlier than I expected to for a coffee break. Weighing in at 1730 kg, the M3 Competition delivers a 223 kW per ton power-weight ratio. The car delivered precisely what BMW promised it would in our tests. Performance really is mesmerizing – certainly right up there in the supercar realm. All of which leads us to that elephant in this room. Those looks! It’s offensive and that nose split opinion in the office as it did everywhere else too. This cars’ face certainly has made headlines. But its looks matter little. I was enthralled by this BMW M3 Competition. By it’s under the skin sophistication and its ballsy big performance. Now we must also drive the all-wheel drive M4 xDrive. I imagine that will be a very different prospect. That also renders this wilder rear-wheel-driven car quite unique. A bit like a live and bounding dinosaur. And if like me, that turns you in, then it matters very little how much sharper the AWD one is. This is the one for us! Keep up with Michele & Giordano’s latest motoring antics on

Giordano’s Record Run

Franschhoek racing driver Giordano Lupini has enjoyed another record run over his past few meetings aboard his Bullion IT and Banhoek Chilli Oil Jetta in the cheapercars GTi Challenge at Killarney. Gio won twice, has repeatedly broken the lap record and set an all-time record Class B pole position lap too. Despite starting the season in the second round, Lupini has closed to within a few points of the class championship lead and

sits fourth overall with four rounds left to race. “We have had a brilliant run,” Giordano confirmed. “My pole lap in June was the fastest ever Class B lap by more than half a second, I twice broke the all-time class lap record in the races and won two races, one of them from lights to flag. Special thanks to all our sponsors and my team for a really great car. “Now we have a really exciting development coming in September — watch this space!”

10 | September 2021

Franschhoek Open Gardens

Gardening in September NATIE FERREIRA

It’s here. The month every gardener waits for. September is planting time. Sowing time. Gettingyour-hands-dirty time. This year, our spring excitement will be intensified by the proper winter rains we’ve had this past winter. Our dams are full, the soils are soaked and water tables the highest they have been in years (now is a good time to note drainage problems). Let us not forget the dry years; a gardener should always plan, and the lessons learned should all be applied now that we have the chance to revamp and re-landscape our gardens. Most of my energy will be poured into the vegetable patch. Your fruit trees should all have been pruned. Cuttings can be made from figs and berries before they sprout. The strawberries will be looking promising, put down some mulch under the ripening fruit. It is not only the gardener that has a sweet tooth, and we lose a big share of fruit to millipedes and other soil-borne critters. Hopefully the mulch will help. I did some very early sowings of tomato, chilli, eggplant, green beans and squash under cover – not sure how many days I will score in the end. But in September almost all summer crops can be sown or transplanted. I am often tempted to stock up on nursery seedlings this time of the year – simply because they are so well advanced already. I have already indulged in some; if only to make sure I have some salad tomatoes by Christmas! Beans, pumpkins, cucumbers, squashes, broccoli, Brussel sprouts, brown onions, beetroot, carrots, chard, and sweetcorn; all of them can be planted now. You can even attempt some late sowings of peas and broad beans. The first asparagus spears are showing – one of the most joyous moments in the gardener’s year. If you are one of the lucky ones who have too much ground available, consider planting some green manure summer crops. I am going to make some space for lucerne and sorghum, even if only to be used as composting material. Green manures are an excellent way to conserve water by adding humus to the soil. The ornamental garden also needs your attention now. It might be a good idea to get some outside help in, just to get all the time-consuming routine tasks that are due now out of the way. Lawns must

29, 30, 31 October 2021 We are pleased and proud to announce that this very popular event on the annual Franschhoek calendar will once again be held this year. The festival is to be over the last weekend in October, from Friday, 29, through to Sunday, 31 October 2021, and open daily from 10h00 to 17h00.

be fertilised with a higher nitrogen fertiliser – you cannot go wrong with a chicken manure-based fertiliser; some are formulated specifically for lawns. In fact, the entire garden can do with some fertiliser now. Keep an eye on the weather forecasts and feed before rain is predicted. Weed all beds and apply mulch immediately afterwards. Lawns can also be top-dressed with some fine compost mixed with sand for an instant greening effect and to level out bumps and holes. Apply agricultural lime now if your soil pH is low – lawn grass generally prefers sweet soil. Winter flowering perennials like red hot pokers and aloes can be deadheaded now – or let them go to seed and cut the dead stalks later. Prune away up to a third of the spent flowers on Proteas and pincushions. Keep a close eye for pests and diseases: we don’t want to start spraying so early in the season; rather work towards healthy plants this year. These fight pest and diseases better and will also be more weather resistant. We always try to eat what is in season. This transition period between winter and spring is probably the most challenging of them all. Apart from some cabbages and too much kale and spinach, there is not a lot around. I can’t wait for the first peas and asparagus spears, the next crop of carrot and beetroot and some very early green beans and squash. Happy spring gardening!

Words on Birds This is an appreciation, not a review. The BEDSIDE BOOK of BIRDS: An Avian Miscellany by Graeme Gibson, published by Bloomsbury Publishing (2021), is not a field guide, nor is it a story about birds or a birder’s (auto)biography. As its title suggests, it is a book you leave on your bedside table, forever. The others you might keep in a bookcase, or even your car. This you will want always to have close to hand, because it will undoubtedly enrich your experience of birds, whatever the level of your interest. Published in hard cover, it is as elegant a book as you’ll ever find. Everything about it: its content, its presentation, even its heft, suggests excellence, and Canadian novelist and birdwatcher extraordinaire, Graeme Gibson’s credentials cannot be improved on. What’s more, in an age when concentration spans are short, the content comprises bite-sized pieces of fact, prose and verse. This 2021 edition has a foreword by Gibson’s partner of 48 years, Margaret Atwood, herself a distinguished multi-award-winning figure in Canada’s literary world. She, better than anyone, understood what made Graeme tick. ‘He wasn’t much interested in

making lists of the birds he’d seen … Instead it was the experience of the particular, singular bird that enthralled him: this one, just here, just now.’ Later, she gives an insight into how the book came to be written. ‘Wherever we went (and they travelled widely) and whatever he was reading, Graeme collected myths about birds, folktales about birds, paintings and drawings and sculptures featuring birds, bird poems, excerpts from works of fiction, accounts by biologists and travellers.’ It’s divided into nine different categories of what you might want to read about birds, such as Folk tales and parables, Birds we use, eat, wear and sell

Franschhoek Valley including propagating and growing Proteas and fynbos for your garden. Jeanne will also be giving a demonstration on using these plants in flower arranging. Join Jeanne on Saturday and Sunday at 11h00 at 18 La Cotte Street. The duration will be about an hour. Entrance is free with your Open Garden Ticket. All proceeds raised are donated to Fleur de Lis home for the aged and this year we include the local emergency and medical services. Finally, we would like to take this opportunity to thank the many who make an event of this kind possible: • Lions Club of Franschhoek, • Fine & Country for financing the posters’ design and printing, • La Cotte farm for financing the design and printing of the brochures and hosting the teas, • Franschhoek Wine Valley, • The many “garden sitters” who give up a large part of their time over the weekend, and – not least, • The many garden enthusiasts who continue to support our festival despite the occasionally unpredictable weather. In the uncertain world we currently live in, one constant remains and that is that Franschhoek is a caring and involved community and this is always shown in the immense local support for this event. Thank you one and all and please stay safe. Text & Image: Open Gardens Committee

and so on, each introduced by two or three skilfully crafted pages by Graeme himself. Here is an example from Part VI on REMEMBERING IS NOT SEEING: Correspondences and transformations: ‘We might speculate that birdwatchers on the prowl are unconsciously hoping to experience something of their better selves. Perhaps our engagement with the birds is an instinctive quest. If so we should remember that the results of quests can be unpredictable: we never know what we will discover. We might even find there is something greedy in us, a wish to control birds by naming them. On the other hand we might uncover something wonderful within ourselves.’ The book is full of lyrical poetry and prose, and rich in fact. There are excerpts from Laurens van der Post’s Lost World of the Kalahari, and quotes from the Book of Genesis, and the writings of Lewis Carroll, William Blake, Charles Darwin and others you’ll have heard of; and many more whose names you won’t know. And the artwork is breath-taking, on beautifully weighted and textured paper. It’s a worthy addition to any bird or nature lover’s library. It’s available from various online retailers. Text: Nick Norman | Image : Supplied


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The resilience of our local gardening community is commendable given that the past few years we have faced a severe drought, devastating fires and currently are battling the Covid-19 pandemic. These challenges have placed severe strains on all of us but the gardens continue to bloom under the dedication of their owners and helpers. Well done and a big thank you to all of them! This year there are 10 gardens on show and we are delighted to be introducing five new gardens. The variety of gardens and plantings on show always sets the Franschhoek Open Gardens apart and this year is most certainly no exception. The gardens range from small village gardens with their own special charm to larger farm gardens some with very unusual features. Prepare to be surprised. The traditional “Tea in the Garden” which is always a firm favourite with visitors will be held at La Cotte farm. We are grateful for their kind and professional assistance. This year we will be using Web Tickets as a point of sales inclusive of the usual ticket sales on the day in Franschhoek. The ticket price per person is R200 for all 3 days. We have not increased the ticket price and it remains the same as in 2019. Jeanne Roux will be hosting a fascinating talk on the unique Protea varieties found in the

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Real Physical Hunger versus Emotional Hunger I call real hunger, stomach hunger, and emotional hunger, mouth hunger. Some people struggle to differentiate between the two. When I ask them why they ate something inappropriate they say, “Because it tastes nice” or “I just felt like it”. The following will hopefully help you to differentiate between the two types of hunger. Real stomach hunger usually develops slowly inside you – you gradually start to realise that you are receiving hunger signals from your body. Emotional hunger can occur at any time and can suddenly appear, usually in conjunction with an emotion. So even straight after eating a full meal, you can experience emotional hunger. If you are physically hungry, you will eat anything and usually will choose whatever food is at hand or what you consider healthy. However, emotional hunger normally involves needing to eat a certain food or type of food – usually sugary and/or fatty.

If you are eating for real hunger, you will usually be able to stop when you feel physically full, whereas emotional hunger can cause you to overeat and result in you feeling overly full when you finally stop eating. The reason why you can keep eating and eating for emotional hunger, and never feel full, is that food cannot satisfy emotions. You don’t feel better, so you keep eating hoping you will feel better. You will generally never feel guilty for eating for physical hunger reasons whereas emotional hunger often results in feelings of guilt and remorse. You feel regret for either eating too much or for eating the wrong food or both. These emotions for many of us are easier to live with, than the initial emotions, such as

depression, loneliness, feeling overwhelmed or anger. You should feel like you have a certain amount of control over your physical hunger and can delay gratifying it if necessary. However, emotional hunger often feels overwhelming and that you can’t control it and that it needs to be satisfied instantly. Helping clients learn to identify their common mouth hungers and how to deal with them is a vital part of working with a dietician. It is the only way

to finally be able to stop dieting, get off the weight loss-gain cycle and begin your journey of discovering how to learn to choose your food, rather than your food choosing you. 082 925 0931 | Text: Karen Protheroe (BSc Med Hons Dietetics) Image: Mohamed Hassan from Pixabay


Franschhoek Hospice The Chairman and members of the Board of Governors of Franschhoek Hospice cordially invite you to attend the Annual General Meeting on Tuesday, 28 September 2021 at 17h30 at N.G.Kerk Hall, Franschhoek RSVP Colleen Douglas Tel. (021) 876-3085 | Cell: 082 887 8666 e-mail: before 19 September 2021 Due to COVID numbers are limited

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A Life’s Work

Hospice News

Much has been said about the value of looking back – or not. If you’re fortunate you’ll be able to say, like 19th century US Vice President John C Calhoun, “In looking back, I see nothing to regret and little to correct.” Attending Danie Malan’s 82nd birthday celebration/book launch with friends and family on 9 June I got the distinct feeling that he is in that fortunate category.


We would like to thank our sponsors for their generosity and support to host the Franschhoek Hospice luncheon on 27 June 2021. Gert and Louis for the venue (La Petite Dauphine Stables); the Café BonBon team of Chef Mia-Lou, Sharon, Lena, Peter Musa, Peter Seyani, Nancy, Blessing and Wanangwa; Isaac for security and Hospice Volunteers Marelize, Pearl, Adel, Evelyn and Cornelia. Further thanks are due to: Café BonBon for equipment, furniture and tableware, Good Food & Co, Annette Philips, Top Table, Adriatic Ship & Trading Co. and Zayne Browne (music). Food ingredients supplied by: Chef Pierre Hendriks of Le Bon Vivant, Macarons by Alena, Trout by

Three Streams Smokehouse, Dairy and Cheese by Malan’s Diary, Fruit and Veg by Mrs Mostert, Meat by Hartman Butcher, Dessert by Good Food & Co, Bread by Leopard’s Leap, Coffee by Café BonBon and Terbodore. Wine & MCC: Colmant, Franschhoek Cellars, Haute Cabrière, Mont Rochelle, Stony Brook Vineyards, Lyn de Villiers, The Franschhoek Farm and Chamonix. Water: Aquella and La Vie De Luc. It really was a luncheon to be remembered. The weather was perfect on the day, the venue magnificent with amazing views and the food delicious. A huge ‘thank you’ to Gert and Louis for all their input and assistance in making the day a fabulous success.

Protea of the Valley Christiana (Tiana) Leonard of Franschhoek Hospice’s palliative care team was recently honoured by Valcare by being named one of their “Proteas of the Valley”. This is her story. “My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humour, and some style.” Christiana Leonard is an inspiring woman in the community of Franschhoek. She has endured many challenges in her life, including the sudden death of her mother when she was only 13 years old. Her divorce later on was another difficult experience, which led her to raise her two children as a single mother. Through dedication, she managed to get both of her daughters to obtain tertiary qualifications. After studying to become a Social Auxiliary Worker, she worked as a caregiver before joining the Franschhoek Hospice palliative care team thirteen years ago. Christiana serves the community in every single aspect of her life.  Through her work, she provides food to the needy, spends hours assisting patients with grants, and helps orphans and vulnerable children. She also has the difficult task to coordinate bereavement services after the passing of their loved ones. Her free time is also spent giving to others. She is part of the social upliftment projects at her church to promote women empowerment, and is available to help the elderly day or night. As a diabetic, she sets a great example of following

Danie: A Life’s Work – a tribute to a sport mentor is not a conventional autobiography. Instead, it is described as “an unconventional reflection on a life serving sport and showcasing how participating in sport, in any format, can change and enrich one’s life.” The book consists of a collection of chronologically presented newspaper clippings and personal contributions by people whose life paths were enriched by crossing Danie’s. These include Springbok rugby players and athletes; sports journalists and administrators; former pupils; co-workers and friends. The calibre and diversity of contributors in themselves say a lot about the man. Expect to see names like Eben Olivier, Johan Fourie, Tom Petranoff, Moss Mashishi, Mthobi Tyamzashe, Corne Krige and Christo Wiese to name a few. Summing up Danie’s career in sport in a paragraph is near impossible – especially considering that he was engaged in it (mostly) in the 1980s and 1990s when politics and sport were almost inseparable. It’s clear that what made him successful was his combination of business savvy, unquestioned integrity and personal warmth. Some career highlights include being the first sport secretary at the then newly-established University of Port Elizabeth where he led the team that developed the Summerstrand sport complex and being Johannesburg’s first director of sport where he was responsible for developing the sports precinct around Ellis Park Stadium. While in this position he organised the 1994 World Corporate Games, the 1998 World Cup athletics meeting, the 1999 All Africa Games and co-chaired Johannesburg’s bid for the Olympic Games in 2004 with Dr Frederik van Zyl Slabbert. When the national competition for the bid ultimately went to Cape Town he then

Danie Malan with his wife, Bev, and children, Lisa and François

became the deputy chair of Cape Town’s bid. A long, successful and happy life (including 49 years of marriage to wife Bev) qualifies one to offer some advice. After having done so much to integrate sport in South Africa and using it as a tool for development and reconciliation, one can forgive Danie if he’s not quite as optimistic about the future of the country anymore as he might have been some years ago. “South Africa will need a miracle to succeed,” he says. “This miracle can only happen if all of us become realistic, committed and dedicated to creating a country that is successful as a result of hard work and better productivity. We will have to stop blaming each other and join hands to make this a better place for everybody.” The optimism isn’t dead though and the can-do attitude is still there, as he suggests that “Saturday or Sunday can become ‘South Africa Day’. One weekend day to clean up dirty areas, one for planting vegetables or flowers, one for teaching, one for physical exercise, etc.” Heeding the words of our elders is generally a good idea. Danie Malan has certainly earned his elder status. Text: Editor | Image: Malan family

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a healthy lifestyle. She is compassionate and respectful. She is a Protea of the Valley. On a different note: A very big thank you to the hospice volunteers who continue to donate delicious soup and sandwiches for our patients. We thank you on their behalf.

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Letters Franschhoek 2021 ‘Now is the winter of our discontent’. Better times? Maybe, maybe not. Anyone in touch with life in the Franschhoek valley will be wondering what is happening to our town. The town is virtually devoid of tourists. Prime position shops are empty. Property sales as advertised in the local newspaper have been reduced to one or two pages. Guest houses and B&Bs are down to 3040% occupancy. Some restaurants have closed, and others open only on weekends. The pandemic has not only given us a virus – it has brought about a change in people that is disturbing and may well have long term if not permanent consequences. Speaking to a local business owner who interacts daily with residents, she had this to say. “There is a general apathy amongst some people that was not there before. It is almost as if they have given up!” Use this time to take stock of your life – this will undoubtedly lead to some change in lifestyle but more importantly how

one sees the world we live in. Project this condition onto the town and it may partially explain why there are now so many shops standing empty-an anomaly being that there are as many art galleries as there are restaurants! Still, there is a certain romance in dodging tractors racing down the main street with freshly picked fruit! The town is surrounded by fruit farms and vineyards, and yet one will struggle to find a reasonably priced wine in the restaurants. What is evident is that in many situations the pandemic has brought with it challenges, not least of which is the change to the quality of life enjoyed in the valley. This time will pass. That we come out of it stronger and wiser will depend on all of us, individually and collectively. Hang in there! There are better times ahead if you ignore the politics, the bikers, power outages, and the ridiculous prices in some restaurants. Smith

Sinothando Arts & Culture The sun is beginning to set over the Franschhoek Cemetery. A group of people look on as a coffin is lowered into a grave. A soft humming is slowly growing louder. Soon it becomes a beautiful gospel song, sung in harmony. The Sinothando Choir is singing at the funeral of a well-known Franschhoeker.

Sinothando Arts and Culture are planning a multi-purpose community centre in Mooiwater. Pictured above is the Sinothando Gospel Choir.

The choir is a regular performer at celebrations and functions like golden wedding anniversaries or jubilees. It is part of Sinothando Arts and Culture, consisting of the 37-member gospel choir and the art group with 21 skilled performers who focus on poetry, drama, dance and percussion. Sinothando was founded in August 2008. The choir performs all over the country when an opportunity presents itself and participates in competitions and gatherings with other choirs nationwide. And with considerable success. The Sinothando Choir has reached a position in the top five out of 36 choirs in the Western Cape in a rating by the Western Cape Clap and Tap Federation. Furthermore, the choir will perform at Dumisa TV, Masimbonge TV, KZN TV and Cape Town TV and will shortly start recordings for a music video (DVD and CD). Success requires commitment, so it’s no surprise to learn that the choir’s sopranos, altos, basses and baritones rehearse five days per week. The members of Sinothando Arts and Culture see themselves not only as performers. Sinothando means “we have love” and consequently the members treat each other with humanity, kindness and love. They also feel a responsibility to help their community where possible. One member expresses this as follows “We work with youth and promote leadership through the development of skills”.

The challenges are multiple. For starters, costs for travel, uniforms and rehearsal space need to be covered. Residents are, no doubt, familiar with the singers dressed in white and blue performing at Standard Bank every Saturday when there is a market. It is essential fundraising, but not enough. Singing at funerals and celebrations also creates an income. Finally, there is solid charity support to make ends meet. Another challenge is the rehearsal space. The choir is practising in a leaking shed that is rented from a church. “We are grateful that we have this space available,” says chair Masande Nyanga “but it needs a lot of repairs and will never be a solution in the long run”. So Sinothando needs their own venue. Sinothando developed a plan with its members to create a multipurpose community centre. There they will offer music, singing, drama and theatre, dance, cooking, a soup kitchen (financially fully covered), poetry, gardening and garden maintenance, etc. They have identified a suitable building and secured the financing for repairs and improvements from the patrons of Sinothando. “The expectations that this will work are very high,” says Masande. To reach Sinothando Arts and Culture you can contact Asive Nyanga on 073 036 3273. Text: Nasiphi Nombewu | Image: Trish Heywood

Birds, Beasts and Bush Club ROBYN KADIS

After a couple of months’ break due to Covid19 restrictions, our club members got together in August for a fascinating talk by one of our members, Chris Colston. Chris is a qualified snake handler and is one of the brave people you can call if you ever find yourself face to face with a slithery visitor in your home. He told us about his snake journey as well as about the snakes we are most likely to encounter here in Franschhoek and what we should know about them (Chris can be contacted on 072 717 0786 if needed for snake issues). In June we went mushroom foraging with local Barbara Spaanderman who showed us which mushrooms were good for eating and which we should stay clear of, and also, great places to find them! An interesting and valuable outing for all who attended.

For any novice birders in the area, we will be holding a Beginner Bird ID Course on Saturday, 12 September, from 10h00 to 15h00 at the Salamander Lounge, Artemis, 37 Uitkyk Street and a practical session on Sunday, 13 September, from 08h00 to 22h00. Cost is R300 per person which includes the course manual. The course is open to all, so please book your spot. Our next meeting takes place at the same venue on Wednesday, 15 September, at 19h00. We will be entertained by members of our club who will report on a recent month-long trip to Botswana. Meetings are open to all, so please do join us. For more info or to book the course, please Whatsapp Robyn on 072 999 8581 or email

Editor’s Letter Siegfried Schäfer

Dear Readers This month I’m returning to a subject I’ve written about before – happiness. As it’s one of the few things we can probably all agree we want more of, I hope you won’t mind! My return to happiness was prompted by a recent article in The Atlantic by Arthur C. Brooks who is the William Henry Bloomberg professor of the practice of public leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School, a professor of management practice at the Harvard Business School and host of the podcast The Art of Happiness with Arthur Brooks. Brooks starts by pointing out that the United Nations’ World Happiness Report assumes “that people around the world define happiness and answer happiness surveys in roughly the same way. If this assumption does not hold, then happiness indexes are about as reliable as a ranking of music quality based on how much residents of each country say they like their local songs.”  He then goes on to show how people in different parts of the world define happiness. While people worldwide generally said “they found happiness in achieving ‘inner harmony,’” it was clear that what constitutes inner harmony is not universal. For example, a 2016 study found that 49 per cent of Americans refer to family relationships in their definitions of happiness, while only 22 per cent of Portuguese, 18 per cent of Mexicans and 10 per cent of Argentines do the same. A study by two Japanese academics also found that there are cultural differences in definitions of happiness. “In the West, they found happiness to be defined as ‘a high arousal state such as excitement and a sense of personal achievement. Meanwhile, in Asia, ‘happiness is defined in terms of experiencing a low arousal state such as calmness.’” This cultural difference can even be found in language, Brooks points out. In Germanic languages (such as English), the root of the word happiness is found in “words related to fortune or positive fate.” In Latin languages (such as Italian), “the term comes from felicitas, which referred in ancient Rome not just to good luck, but also to growth, fertility, and prosperity.” Brooks then creates four models of happiness based on two parameters; firstly, whether they have an ‘inner’ or ‘outer’ focus, i.e. are they based on introspection or interaction with others, and secondly, whether the definition is “relation” or “task” focused – people-oriented versus doingoriented. Combining these parameters yields

four models of happiness. 1. Happiness comes from good relationships with the people you love. “This is a combination of the “outer” and “relation” foci. In this model, friends and family are who deliver the most happiness. A good example of a country that fits this model based on how the population tends to define happiness is the United States.” 2. Happiness comes from a higher consciousness. “This is a combination of the “inner” and “relation” foci and is the model for highly spiritual, philosophical, or religious people, especially those who place special importance on coming together in community. Southern India has been found to be home to a lot of people who follow this model.” 3. Happiness comes from doing what you love, usually with others. “This is a combination of the “outer” and “task” foci—that is, a dedication to work or leisure activities that are deeply fulfilling. This is your model if you tend to say “My work is my life” or “I love golfing with my friends.” Look for it in the Nordic countries and Central Europe.” 4. Happiness comes from simply feeling good. “This is a combination of the “inner” and “task” foci. It is the model for people who prioritize experiences that give them positive feelings, whether alone or with others. It’s a good way to assess your well-being if, when you imagine being happy, you think of watching Netflix or drinking wine. This model is most common in Latin America, the Mediterranean, and South Africa.” The odds are that you’ll find that your idea of happiness fits one of these models. If not, don’t be worried; many people’s ideas of happiness will be a hybrid of the above models. They nevertheless provide a useful framework for understanding what makes us happy. Brooks’ idea of happiness is also a hybrid of these models. Fittingly he was writing his article in Barcelona, which he describes as a ‘hybrid city’ – “Spanish in its emphasis on leisure and friendship, yet more Northern European in work habits ... It is a hardworking, entrepreneurial place, but one with a lot of laughter and bonhomie. It is also where I got married many years ago, and thus where I have most of my loving relationships. As such, it matches my own hybrid concept of happiness: a deep absorption in and enjoyment of my research and teaching and a strong commitment to the people in my life. Barcelona is the happiest place in the world—for me. “You have your own Barcelona someplace. Go find it.” Until next month

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14 | September 2021

Business Leadership

digitally savvy. We have had to. We have learned to communicate and stay in touch via Zoom, Teams, Facetime and others. We now look at and talk to screens rather than the real people. Building and maintaining teams and teamwork has become infinitely more difficult, and significantly more important. People feel more isolated, less engaged and in touch. Employees are working longer hours in their studies, bedrooms, lounges. Companies have had to spend resources on equipping their employees to be able to work more effectively from home. Office blocks stand empty and will probably never be filled by the companies that used to utilise them. It may be that some of the ego office blocks with big names on the summits of those blocks will cease to be recognisable as belonging to a particular company. So, what to do? We have been forced to review what we do and why we do it. It is a historic opportunity to revisit our lives and lifestyles, both at the individual and corporate levels. It is a time in space for us to adopt simpler, more sustainable lifestyles. We need it as individuals, but we, the people, need it most certainly for our beleaguered planet. Covid demonstrated how beneficial the simpler lifestyle can be for the planet. Greenhouse gas emissions dropped dramatically, breathing became easier, wildlife made dramatic

returns in many parts of the world. We learned that no country could possibly have any hope of solving the Covid challenge alone. We all need each other. The rich countries have had to help the poorer as much for the poorer countries as for themselves. As individuals we have reached out to help neighbours, the elderly, schools, hospitals and others in need. This is as it should always be. We can learn much from what has already been forced on us and there is much we can do to capitalise on the progress we have made in moving to a different lifestyle regime. Here are some thoughts: Before making a decision for yourself consider its impact on others Be generous with your time and expertise Focus on what your neighbourhood needs to be as healthy and as prosperous as possible – why not co-generate power (particularly alternate sources like solar and wind) and then sell what you do not need back to the grid. This may not be up and running yet but it is coming. Look after the poor; they are an indelible part of our community. If you are a business leader, make sure you are reaching out to your dispersed workforce. They need reassurance; they need to feel part of something valuable and important (more than ever now); they

need to feel that their contribution counts. Take care more than ever of the health (psychological and physiological) of your employees. Make sure your managers talk to their teams. Remember that in this time of lockdown and social distancing there is no passage talk, social discussions over a cup of coffee or over a drink after work. It is during these occasions that the real values of the organisation are cemented. It is also at these times when issues are resolved and friendships cemented. People joining organisations now have little chance to meet their colleagues, let alone get to know them. Managers should be arranging regular ‘no agenda’ chat sessions to facilitate at least a semblance of this kind of natural connecting of people with each other. Unless this is done people will be forced to operate in isolation with little sense of support; the absence of some effort in this direction also makes collective action much more difficult. If one is required to summarise all this, it must be to emphasise the need to take much greater care of our health, individually and collectively; to be very conscious of the needs of others and to continually take care of the lonely, those who are alone and those who need help. If we do this, we will generate a new much gentler, more caring society. One that is good for all, not just a few!

To make your life easier, you need to consider what type of taxpayer you are: Sole Proprietors And Independent Contractors Individuals who are not in employment and who do not receive remuneration may claim pro-rata home office expenses if the home office space is specifically equipped for the purposes of trade; and regularly and exclusively used for trade purposes. Fixed Salaried Employees If an employee does not earn mainly (more than 50%) commission income or variable payments, they may potentially still be able to claim home office expenses as a deduction against taxable income. These employees must also be able to show that they have worked from their home office for more than 50% of the tax year. They may deduct the pro-rata costs related to rent, interest on a mortgage bond, repairs to the premises, rates and taxes, cleaning, and all other expenses 2019/09/10 09:12 in connection with the dwelling. They may also

claim wear and tear as stipulated in Section 11(e) on computer hardware and software, office furniture and office equipment Commission Earning Employees Employees earning more than 50% of their total remuneration from commission or some other variable payments, based on work or performance, whose employment duties are mainly (more than 50%) performed from the home office, would be allowed to claim the same expenses as employees who do not earn mainly commission. However, in addition, they may claim other commission-related business expenses, such as telephone, data costs, stationery and repairs to the printer. Requirements for Employees Where a taxpayer is a sole proprietor or independent contractor, they effectively work for themselves and can claim any costs of working from home as part of their trade. Employees, however, need to meet all the following

requirements to be eligible to claim home office expenses: • You have spent more than half of your total working hours working from your home office in any given tax year. • You have a letter from your employer that states that you can work from home and confirms the percentage of time you spent there. • You have an area of your home exclusively used and set up for work. • Your office is specifically equipped with the relevant instruments, tools and equipment needed to do your work. What about the Covid19 lockdown? SARS has confirmed that full-time employees will be able to claim home-office expenses during lockdown. If you’ve been working from home for the past year, you can claim a tax deduction if you worked from home for more than half of your total working hours or for more than six months during the tax year that started in March 2020.


Work and Life In Our Changed World It is no cliché to say the world changed. It has and always will continue changing. But the covid pandemic arrived unexpectedly for most of us and has caused dramatic and discontinuous change that we (individuals, communities and countries) were grossly unprepared for. Some of the changes have been devastating to businesses, livelihoods, society and the general sense of well-being that we all strive for. There is pervasive fear and anxiety in the community at large. Uncertainty abounds. One dramatic statistic that I read recently, estimated that women had lost an appalling $800 million because of having to stay home to look after kids and/or having lost their jobs because of the virus. Arguably, the most dramatic changes have been in the world of work, although other social activities like sport and religion have also experienced gross disruptions. Working people have all become much more

Have You Worked From Home This Past Tax Year? SARS will allow you to deduct expenses for working from home Claims for home office expenses will not be listed on the SARS auto assessment and it is important to ensure that you add these to your tax return yourself. For home office expenses to be tax deductible the requirements of sections 11, 23(b) and 23(m) must all be met. These sections can get complicated and should be read together with Interpretation Note 28, Issue 2 (as issued by Newspaper Advert Franschhoek(PR).pdf 1 SARS on 15 March 2011).

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The Franschhoek Real Estate Sector Takes a Leap Ahead Franschhoek welcomes Vintroux International – Real Estate Specialists, founded by Gawie Nieuwoudt, formerly representing a local franchise brand. The new name and business stemmed from Gawie’s desire to offer more than the standard property sales and property rentals, to his clients. Nieuwoudt researched international trends and observed the local market carefully when creating Vintroux International Real Estate Specialists. He strongly believes when times change, so should we and as such has secured an association with one of the oldest real estate brands in the world, in order to extend his client offering. The rebranded offices are still based centrally at 62 Huguenot Road (next door to Franschhoek Tourism) Franschhoek. Now with an increased real estate offering adapted to his client’s needs, with increased services, a defined focus and several international alliances. The principal Gawie Niewoudt (Principal, PPRE) is boosted by his highly qualified team member Anna Green (PPRE) with her four international languages plus years of global estate agency experience; as well as Estelle Le Roux and Gabi Nieuwoudt (both Intern Agents). Ensuring a comprehensive offering, the team is well supported by Annerien Dykmann from Daneenl Attorneys and Conveyancers. Vintroux International offers: • Property Sales for Lifestyle Farms, Guest Houses, Luxury Homes, Commercial & Agricultural properties and importantly,

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Exlusive Mandates LA PETITE PROVENCE, FRANSCHHOEK R5.5 MILLION 3 Bedrooms / 2 Bathrooms / 2 Garages A much-loved, well-maintained home surrounded by beautiful views. An enclosed patio with glass/conservatory section offers plenty of natural light, and the open-plan living areas have high ceilings and exposed trusses. Offering comfortable living and wellpositioned on the estate. A brilliant opportunity! Ref: FWI1539839

LA PETITE VILLAGE, FRANSCHHOEK R5.45 MILLION 2 Bedrooms / 3 Bathrooms / 1 Garage

Luxurious executive townhouse, set in the centre of Franschhoek Village, in a boutique gated complex. An immaculate unit with stylish finishes throughout, with both en-suite bedrooms and office nook upstairs conveniently separated from the entertainment areas. Ref: FWI1532161

LA PETITE PROVENCE, FRANSCHHOEK R2.2 MILLION 2 Bedrooms / 1 Bathrooms / 2 Parkings

An immaculate ground floor apartment, sold fully furnished. The master bedroom and open-plan lounge open onto a private and water-wise garden. A truly magnificent opportunity to invest in an apartment only used occasionally, in absolute mint condition, and offering great value for money. Ref: FWI1539597

It is those who live their life Remarkably who inspire our own.

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DIE EIKE - SOLE MANDATE Historic property in central location on 8.5 hectares sensitively upgraded to a refined 6 bedroom country home. Also includes one bedroom cottage, apartment, 5-stable block, vineyards, olives, paddocks & lunging ring. . Tom Clode 079 955 3114 Terry-Lee George 082 650 9194

R65 000 000 ex VAT







1.2 hectare smallholding in a prime location. Luxurious three bedroom home upgraded with meticulous atte nt io n to detail and includes double-volume open plan living area. Separate very private spacious self-catering cottage with own garden and pool.

World-class 6 bedroom property, in Cabriere Street, benefitting from uninterrupted mountain views.Generous living including farm-style kitchen, double lounge with fireplaces, large dining area with folding doors out to a private garden and 11m pool alongside a cosy outdoor lounge with fireplace. Tom Clode 079 955 3114 Terry-Lee George 082 650 9194 R19 950 000

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

R19 950 000 ex VAT



A selection of Franschhoek properties sold by Fine & Country so far this year.

DOMAINE DES ANGES Provencal-style home impeccably designed to take advantage of breath-taking views. High ceilinged downstairs living areas and chef’s kitchen, deep, covered veranda with views of the designer garden with pool, vineyards and mountains. Upstairs are 4 luxurious en-suite bedrooms. Also includes wine cellar and double garage. Tom Clode 079 955 3114 Terry-Lee George 082 650 9194

Drop in to our High Street office for a chat, or give Tom or Terry-Lee a call to discuss your property needs.

Light, bright and airy four bedroom en-suite family home with double-volume living areas flowing seamlessly from one space to another. Stunning location bordered by fynbos and uninterrupted mountain views. Tom Clode 079 955 3114 Terry-Lee George 082 650 9194


R14 950 000


3 ERIKA STREET Newly renovated three bedroom home well positioned in a quiet leafy village position. A mix of exposed brick feature walls, chequered flooring, country kitchen, barn-style double-volume living creates a charming home with lots of light, generous outside living and mature garden setting. Tom Clode 079 955 3114 Terry-Lee George 082 650 9194


R8 950 000


R11 950 000 inc VAT




Quaint property, with wrap-around front porch and single level floor plan with the benefit of a prime village address. The main house offers large open-plan lounge/dining, separate kitchen and 2 bedrooms/2 bathrooms. A private, 1-bedroom cottage is ideal for guests or income-producing rental. Also includes a garden studio.

Well-appointed 3 bedroom en-suite home in a boutique development a short stroll from Franschhoek village high street. Double-volume lounge, separate dining room and kitchen. Lush private courtyard garden with pool. Suitable for both permanent and holiday living.

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

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

300 offices globally 40 offices nationally

R5 500 000

R4 475 000

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