DECEMBER 2019 | NEWSLETTER
From The General Manager Tenders Finance & Water Consumption Maintenance Bats about our Bats River Rehabilitation Process Estate Visitors Waste Recycling News From The Golf Club
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ear Members Welcome to De Zalzeâ€™s fourth and last publication of the HOA Newsletter for 2019 â€” wow, the end of another year full of exciting developments on the Collaborative Strategy side. We trust you will enjoy the newsletter and find the information interesting and useful. In this edition I would like to briefly provide feedback on some important Estate matters.
By now most members should be aware of the current process being led by the Collaborative Strategy Group (CSG) comprised of the HOA, Golf Club and the three business entities (De Zalze Lodges, Winelands Golf Lodges and Kleine Zalze). The CSG has to date had seven sessions. It is very positive to see all the entities come together, sharing ideas and knowledge and working holistically towards common goals. The CSG has established and shared the 2030 Common Vision for the Estate. 4
FROM THE GM
At the Special General Meeting in September, the members approved the appointment of an expert in the field of sustainable development in order to prepare and produce a draft Inception Report. The Board provided feedback to members regarding the draft report at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) on 3 December and more information in this regard will be shared in the first quarter of 2020. At the AGM , members approved the proposed Capex Budget for 2020/21. We will have a Financial Information Meeting during the last two weeks of January 2020 to update members on the Operational Budget and Financial Statements of the 2019/2020 financial year. I hope to see many of you at this meeting as we will also provide further feedback on Estate matters. This would also be an ideal time to see and greet you all after the December holidays. The HOA will confirm the date of the meeting with members in due course.
Please note that no building and maintenance contactors will be allowed on the Estate after 13 December 2019. We will allow small contractors back from 6 January 2020 and will open for normal operations for all large contractors on 13 January 2020. This rule does not include garden services/pool services and or emergency repairs. Please contact the 24 Hour Security Number (071 443 1779) in the event of any problems that you might have on the Estate during the period of the office closure and they will inform the necessary standby people accordingly. A special â€œthanksâ€? for the generous donations you have all made towards the Contractual Staff Christmas Donations. This gesture of goodwill will go such a long way towards providing a special treat to not only the actual staff members, but their entire families as well. The HOA puts together a large food and goody hamper, a soccer/netball ball, a meat pack and a Pick and Pay shopping voucher for each staff member,
depending on the donations we receive. This is given to all staff on 20 December, just in time to make their Christmas more special. For many of them, this is the only special treat they have during the festive season and I can see the appreciation and joy in their eyes when we hand them the gifts just before Christmas. If you have not contributed towards this initiative and would like to do so, please transfer the amount you would like to pay directly into your levy account with the reference Christmas Donation. The HOA will accept donations up to 17 December as we need to get the items ready for distribution before 20 December. As we come to the end of 2019, I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank every member and resident of the Estate for their continued support and commitment to the HOA.
FROM THE GM
I wish you and your families a joyous, peaceful and restful festive season. The HOA Offices will be closed for the week of 23-27 December, with a skeleton staff for the week of 17-20 December and 30 December to 3 January. All office staff will be back on 6 January 2020. Safe travels to you all! General Manager
The primary objective and intent of the tender process for the Security Guarding Services is: • To be one of the safest gated estates in South Africa; • To been seen as a benchmark against which other estates would like to measure themselves;
De Zalze went out to a closed tender to five companies for security services. The five companies were: • Thorburn Security Solutions; • ABC Security; • Servest Services; • AM Security; and • Xone Integrated Services
To this end it makes perfect sense that DZHOA would want to be in partnership with a service provider which makes an impactful quality difference in service delivery and in so doing provides De Zalze Estate with a tangible return on investment.
The above companies conduct business in the Western Cape and are well known. Marcia Rossouw, Security Manager, is currently busy with a cost / pros and cons comparison. A proposal was prepared and approved by the Board. Will be effective as from 1 March 2020.
LEVY ACCOUNTS Members are reminded that levies, utilities and penalties are payable in full by the last day of each and every month in which the invoice is sent. Levy amounts may not be reduced or withheld to offset against real, perceived, or partial non-provision of services or for any other reason whatsoever. Owners who are away at month-end must make arrangements to ensure the levies are paid by due date (being “on holiday”, “away overseas” or “away on business” and similar excuses are not acceptable reasons for late payment of levies). Also please note that only members in good standing can vote at the Annual General Meeting scheduled for 3 December 2019.
The average water consumption on the estate has increased by 58 percent compared to the previous year. The availability of water has improved significantly in the Western Cape compared to around 18 months ago. Members are, however, reminded that the Stellenbosch Municipality is still applying water restrictions on level 2 and we request members to continue to use water sparingly and in line with these restrictions.
Restoring Fountains We are restoring the fountains on the Estate after the drought experienced by the Western Cape over the last summer period. Fountains create a tranquil calming effect on the Estate.
NEW TEAM MEMBERS The maintenance team is glad to welcome two new members, Akhona Samyala and Zimisele Wayiza.
There are more than 900 species of bats in the world and, of these, at least 12 are found in the Western Cape. Bat species, apart from some fruit eating bats, are protected in the Western Cape. Some of the more common bats found in this province are the Cape serotine bat, Egyptian freetailed bat, Cape horseshoe bat and Egyptian slit-faced bat. Contrary to popular belief, bats are not blind, do not become entangled in human hair and seldom transmit disease to other animals or humans.
Bats are the only true flying mammals and are divided into two groups, namely insectivorous bats and fruit bats. Insect eating bats are the most important predators of nocturnal insect pests and can eat up to 10 times their weight in insects, such as mosquitoes, overnight. The Cape serotine bat can consume approximately 2,000 mosquitoes per night! Other food consists of beetles, lacewings, moths, mosquitoes and plant-sucking bugs.
Bat populations world-wide are declining due to ignorance, pesticide poisoning, roost destruction, habitat loss and extermination.
colonies. With bat boxes, bats get a safe roosting site outside and homeowners get the benefit of bats’ control of insects.
An understanding of the habitats of these beneficial animals can help solve problems when bats roost in buildings. Bats living in buildings do not cause structural damage nor do they chew on wires or wood. There is little reason to evict bats from buildings where they are not causing a nuisance, but the odour and noise from large colonies can become a nuisance. The best time to implement exclusion methods are between February and May, as bats hibernate during winter and cannot fly far to find new roosts and cannot forage. From September to December, new babies are born and nursed. Baby bats cannot fly.
What to do if you find a bat: • Close any doors to contain the bat in a single room or space • Open all the doors and windows • Turn outside lights on and turn the lights in the room off or down • Do not try to guide the bat with a broom or tennis racket • The bat, if allowed to, will navigate its way out using the light outside and the draft created by the open window or door • Never touch a bat with bare hands — place a can or box over the bat and slide cardboard underneath.
Bat boxes can solve bats roosting in a building as they provide alternative roosting sites for maternity
The HOA would love to hear from members who have had experiences or sightings of bats on the Estate — photos would be great too!
Sources: • NSPCA: BATS Zeekoeivlei Community News: Bats about bats! • Zandvlei Trust: Bats of the Western Cape • Ecosolutions: How many mosquitoes can a bat eat in a night?
The SMA Trust Deed and Environmental Management System of the Estate require that the Blaauwklippen River be rehabilitated. The Ecological Management and River Rehabilitation Plans tell us how to do so. The aim is to reinstate the natural zonation of local indigenous plants. The first phase identified was a section adjacent to the first fairway, near the bridge crossing to Kleine Zalze. Diseased trees and those in danger of falling into the river were identified and marked and then removed. The area to be rehabilitated was marked with input from the golf club. Endemic trees and shrubs such as Wild olives, Kiggelaria, Salvia (blou salie) and Halleria were identified and grown on the Estate nursery or purchased from an endemic nursery in Stellenbosch. The invasive kikuyu grass growing on the banks of the river had to be sprayed twice, which proved quite a challenge! 13
Due to the SA Amateurs taking place in February 2019, we had to postpone spraying. We will treat the kikuyu that keeps re-growing again in February, which is the optimal time to spray with herbicide. These photos show the planting process and what the area looks like now. The freshwater specialist and botanist assisting the Trust with this venture advised that, in their experience, working in areas such as the Berg River, the survival of plants is at about 50-60 percent. On this Estate, so far, the rate has been above 80 percent! The second phase of the river rehabilitation is planned at the third fairway, where the Blaauwklippen River enters the Estate.
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One of our Security Officers, Edgar Wyngaard recently took this photograph of these Blue Cranes visiting on the farm. The Blue Crane South Africaâ€™s national bird and is protected both by national and provincial legislation. Blue Cranes have declined in numbers due to loss of habitat (urbanisation and human population growth), poisoning and collisions with power-lines. The population appears to be stable, but is still listed as Vulnerable in the IUCN Red List. De Zalze in previous years had the honour of hosting a breeding couple and it is hoped that these beautiful birds will return to the Estate. It is for this reason that it is so important for members to keep their dogs on a leash when walking. A big thank you, too, to our security staff who regularly report on and monitor our wildlife. 15
One species that has made De Zalze their home, is the Dikkop, also known as the Spotted thick-knee. They eat mainly termites, locusts, beetles and other invertebrates, with the occasional reptile and small mammal, as well as grass seeds. In South Africa, the Spotted thick-knees breed mainly from August to December.It lays only two pale cream, buff or clay-colour eggs that are blotched and spotted with irregular angular marks of dark brown and grey. The nest is a shallow scrape on the ground next to a rock or shrub, sometimes ringed with small stones and other debris. The incubation period of 24 days is shared by both sexes, with fledging at around seven to eight weeks. After hatching, the parent birds eat the empty shells. (The Birders Column: Spotted thick-knee) Our brush cutter operators know to look out for these birds and their nests, so when you notice sections in POS or agricultural areas that have not been cut, know that these sections are temporarily not cut so that parents and off-spring are left in peace.
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Thank you to our members for continuing your recycling efforts. The waste statistics for this year, up to October 2019 are as follows: 18
VALENTINES DAY 14TH FEB FEBRUARY is the month of love and romance. De Zalze Golf Club is bringing back a repeat of “MOVIE NIGHT UNDER THE STARS”. Mark the date for an evening of love, popcorn, great wine and food. BOOKINGS OPEN ON 1 JANUARY 2020. Enquiries Karen firstname.lastname@example.org “Film as dream, film as music. No art passes our conscience in the way film does, and goes directly to our feelings, deep down into the dark rooms of our souls” Ingmar Bergman 19
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POP-UP GALLERY JANUARY 13TH â€“ 19TH at De Zalze Golf Club A pop-up gallery showcasing the collections of select South African Artists, ranging from seasoned professionals to emerging talent, you will discover powerful images and sculptures of African Wildlife, portraits of the many beautiful Faces of Africa, interspersed striking and bold. We look forward to a fantastic season ahead on the course and we welcome all new home owners The club offers a social membership to homeowners with great perks, please direct enquiries to Tiaan at email@example.com 20
Fri, 31 January 2020 We invite you to bring join us for an evening of live music. We have various ticket options available. Venue: Waterford Wine Estate Date: Friday, 31st January 2019 Time: 18h00 - 21h00 Standard ticket - R 350 | Standard ticket incl. a bottle of wine - R 450 A picnic basket for 2 people, incl. a bottle of wine (2 x R 1 200) - R 600. Terms & Conditions apply.
Fri, 21 February 2020 Venue: Koelenhof Wine Cellar Time: 08h00 to 17h00 Our one day Practical Workshop covers the basics Brandy and Mampoer, as it relates to Processing, Fermentation, Distillation and Spirit Enhancement. Learn to make your very own brandy, witblits, mampoer and eau-de-vie – all in one course. A fun day learning how to make brandy, witblits, mampoer, or eaude-vie and then make it! MASTER PRINCIPLE: • Fractionating - Cutting out bad aromas • Workshop Contents: • Brandy, Witblits, Mampoer and eau-de-vie overview
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Brandy facts and history in South Africa Distilling safety Distilling legalities in South Africa The Cultural Distillers Guild Traditional vs more modern distilling Fermentation Sugar and alcohol calculations Basic distilling physics Still types The basic distillation process Alternative distilling processes Enhancement after distillation Brandies from the world - tasting
(Dependant on availability of representative) Visit www.distillique.co.za for more information and bookings. 22
Sat, 25 January 2020
Venue: Knorhoek Road, Stellenbosch, 7600 TIME: 10h30-15h00 The 2020 Delheim Harvest Festival again promises a feast of entertainment, complete with the ever popular and unmissable grape picking and stomping. There will be live music, tractor rides and plenty of food and drink provided in true festival-style by various food stalls. Among the highlights is a gift included with every adult ticket sold – a surprise reward for your hard work in the vineyards. Without giving away too much, this is a keeper: a grand gift for a grand occasion. The price of a ticket also includes a bottle of Delheim Rosé 2019/Sauvignon Blanc 2019 or Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 that can be enjoyed at the festival or taken home. Additional wines will be available for purchase from Delheim’s wine bar.
The grape picking-and-stomping kicks off promptly at 10:30, whilst the feasting will start at 12h00. Tickets are limited to keep it intimate and special – just the thing for a special day to enjoy with the family. Ticket details Tickets are R480pp for adults. This price includes four food items, a complimentary bottle of Delheim wine, live music entertainment, grape picking-and-stomping, a tractor ride and an exclusive take-home gift. A total R100 per ticket goes to the Pebbles Project. Tickets for children under 18 are R280pp and include grape picking-and-stomping; two juices; a snack treat and three food items. The festival is free for kiddies under 3 years of age and there’s also access to the kiddies play area and face painting. Tickets are limited and must be purchased online via Quicket (www.quicket.co.za). For more information visit www.delheim.com or contact Delheim on firstname.lastname@example.org or 021 888 4600.