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Southern Double-collared Sunbird

Such a lengthy name for such a tiny bird! Very common in Pinelands gardens, especially those with lots of flowering plants for this nectar feeding bird to sup from. Often seen gleaning around window/door frames but not for insects which they also feed on. Here they are searching for spider webs which they gather and use to stick together plant material to make their untidy nests. This straggly nest is hung from the end of a long

and spindly branch to put it out of reach from predators, especially snakes. The female is a drab greyish brown, very unlike the brilliantly coloured male. Unrelated to hummingbirds of the Americas but, they do visit sugar feeders if presented. Text and image from Ian Sinclair co-author of Cape Peninsula Birdlife by Roy Siegfried and Ian Sinclair. To purchase a copy write to

WINTER DRAWS IN Well, Autumn arrived quite suddenly didn't it? It feels like we are quickly moving into winter. During the last week or two of summer, before the chill set in, we were given a timely warning of the change of season by an army of ants that invaded the house, gathering food for their winter storerooms. It is always a sign for us that winter is imminent. We've also seen less of the squirrels who are usually so manically busy in the garden during summer — just the odd one doing some last minute collecting before the winter hibernation. I find it fascinating how wild animals instinctively know beforehand, and have the foresight and urgency to make make preparations for the lean times ahead — not something that comes easily for us humans busy enjoying the good times without too much thought for the future. I guess in nature the laggards don't survive long as there is no-one to bail them out when the crunch comes, while us humans have many social safety nets. Perhaps that's why we are such procrastinators about storing long-term reserves in our financial pantry. If this sounds like you then our Money Matters Special Feature this month may be just the advice and incentive you need to set you up for a great financial Springtime ahead.

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Family Health Check DayS ORGANISED BY Rotary

This is a national initiative aiming to get as many of the population immunised as possible, and to test for TB, HIV and cervical 3:18 PM cancer. The health checks will be carried out by the Department of Health. Watch the press for details of a clinic near you. Call Chris Woolnough on 083 984 7824.

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11 May

Mother's Day Breakfast

Spoil yourself at the Pinelands High School fund raiser for the school history class "Paris with Harris 2014". Come to the Pinelands Club from 8:30am to 11:30am for lots of fun, entertainment, spot prizes, a raffle, and displays of products that women love. Ticket are R60. For more details call Sonia 073 124 2114.

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28 May

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Meet at 2:30pm in the meeting room at Pinelands Library to hear Barbara Erasmus talking on her book Chameleon. Call 021 689 5862 for details.

29 May

Pinelands Stamp Circle

The monthly meeting will be on 29 May 2013 at 7:15pm in the Activities Hall of the Pinelands Library. Members will offer surplus material in a society auction. One page exhibits will cover “Vikings” and “Early Steam Locos”. Visitors and those interested in stamp collecting are most welcome. Call John 021 531 1954 or David 021 531 4015.

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Pine Needles celebrate thirty years together! Pine Needles Patchwork and Quilting Group celebrated their 30th anniversary last year. They are proud to be one of the oldest quilting groups in South Africa. In 1982 Hazelmay Duncan started Pine Needles in her home. There are only two of the five founding members still involved, but the group of 20 quilters continues to meet regularly. The group consists of a mix of Traditional, Innovative and Art quilters as well as quilt teachers and quilt judges and prizewinners. Some of the members were instrumental in the formation of the Good Hope Quilters Guild in 1987 as well as the South African Quilters Guild two years later. Pine Needles have made quilts for many charities, have sold raffles, given talks and demonstrations and exhibited their work to promote patchwork and quilting. The Pine-Needles have formed strong

Above: The Pine Needles Patchwork and Quilting Group. Back row from left: Pam Lundwall, Margie Pearson, Bev McDavid, Helen Sands, Glenda Weidmann, Anneke van Dijken, Jenny Holland. Front row from left: Rose Pegoraro, Hazelmay Duncan, Wanda Carmichael, Vivienne Hilton, and Jenny Hermans. members who have moved, shared good laughs, swapped fabrics and magazines, passed on tips, recipes and advice, as well as sharing their worries and dreams. They look forward to many more years of caring and sharing together! Contact Pam Lundwall

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atthew McFarlane, a pupil at Pinelands North Primary School, achieved top marks out of all Grade 4 pupils in the country in the national Natural Science Olympiad in 2012. One paper, set on all Grade 4, 5 and 6 science work, is set for this Olympiad, which last year, was written by 27 911 children. Matthew, who is now in Grade 5, was overwhelmed to find out that he had topped the Grade 4’s and only two Grade 6 pupils had beaten him overall!















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To clarify the meaning of Right of First Refusal: This is nothing more than an agreement between the owner of a property and another person (the prospective purchaser) that the owner will give that person the first opportunity to purchase the property should the owner decide to sell it. It is however a myth that it gives this first buyer who puts in an offer the automatic right of being given the final opportunity to increase his offer, if and when there are other competing offers. ATTORNEYS CONVEYANCERS M a c l e o d ’ s AND ESTATE ADMINISTRATORS A t t o r n e y s 021 439 7490 |


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Cannons Creek Matric dance was held at the Granger Bay Hotel School April 12th. The venue is always a surprise for the Matrics, and this year there was more fun and games as they solved clues to find their matric invites. All agreed that the Granger Bay Hotel School was a good choice. Having the Matric dance early in the year promises better weather for the event and clears the calendar for the vital matric exam studying. Photograph: Andrew Swarts



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Martin and Joyce Bester, Married for 60 years and still smiling Many congratulations to Joyce and Martin Bester on their 60th wedding anniversary. They have fond memories of their wedding at St George's Cathedral in Cape Town, on 11 April 1953 — and they still laugh at the fact that Joyce was 15 minutes early for the ceremony! They even remember their first dance when they met — it was a Tennessee Waltz — and they have never

looked back. Martin and Joyce have lived in Thornton for 43 years. They have 4 children, 5 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. They love the Lord and share a great sense of humour, which is evident when Martin is asked about the secret of their marriage happiness, he says with a twinkle in his eye "just say, yes dear, then everything will be fine!"

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Pinelands resident and keen cyclist, Paul Teubes would like to form a group of cyclists who can increase their safety by cycling together. He notes that there have been some incidents reported at Rhodes memorial and on the mountain roads, and would like to invite mountain bikers and roadies alike to join in some organised group rides. If you are interested please contact Paul

Caring for elderly parents A group of concerned Pinelanders from the Pinelands Baptisit Church have been addressing the fact that there are an increasing number of families with the responsibility of looking after their elderly parents, and face challenges that they are not prepared for. Last year the group organised talks on Aging — Emotions and Expectations, Family Dynamics, and Physiotherapy for the aging. This year there will another set of talks, starting with legal matters on 18 April (too late for this publication), followed by a workshop on capturing and documenting family histories on 1 August. Then on 17 October there will be a panel of experts answering questions on financial matters. Meetings start at 7:30pm at the Pinelands Baptist Hall. Please call Janine 021 531 3922.

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oward Centre had its first Helping Hands Promotion from 6 – 9 March 2013, where charities had the opportunity to promote their organization. This will become an annual event. In the picture is Wolanani, an organisation selling second hand books. Other organisations that took part were the Village Care Centre, Butterfly Way, Educare Centre (Vuyolwethu), SOS Childrens Village,

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Animal Rescue Organisation, Beth Uriel, Rape Unit Cape Town Trust, Wola Nani, Girls and Boys Town, Breadline Africa, St Lukes, Woodside, Nazareth House, Heart & Stroke Foundation, Cape Town Multi Service Centre, Beauty without Cruelty, Early Learning Resource Unit (ELRU). Their responses were overwhelmingly positive and they were extremely grateful for the opportunity.

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Money Matters At Crue we're passionate about helping people take control of their nancial affairs so they can enjoy genuine nancial freedom. Owned and managed by husband and wife team, Craig & Sue Torr, Pinelands-based Crue Consulting provides lifestyle nancial planning advice and services for our clients. Our nancial planning process ensures that all aspects of your nancial portfolio are addressed and managed - from planning for your retirement, protecting yourself against risk, funding for education to planning your estate. Our unique planning procedure ensures that you are nancially prepared for life's eventualities, whether forseeable or unexpected. Our specialist team is made up of legal, accounting, tax and nance experts who work together as a team to ensure that each client receives the highest level of advice and service. Come and have a cup of coffee with us.

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SEVEN HABITS OF THE FINANCIALLY SAVVY By Sue Torr Director at Crue Consulting

The difference between financially stable individuals and those who grapple from pay-cheque to pay-cheque has less to do with inherited trust funds or perfectlytimed stock market winnings, and more to do with a set of financial disciplines followed by the financially astute few. We suggest the following seven habits of the financially stable.

1 They know where they’re going

The first step towards financial freedom is defining your end-point and determining exactly what you wish to achieve financially, from the home you live in, your children's education, the car you drive, vacation goals, as well as your longer-term retirement plans. In the wise words of Yogi Berra, “if you don’t know where you are going, you’ll end up someplace else.”

2 They have a map

A written financial plan is, in essence, a road map which provides exact directions on how to achieve your goals. Unsupported by a clearly defined road map, financial goals remain aspirational dreams as directionless as Alice in Wonderland when she asked the Cheshire Cat, “Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?“. “That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,” said the Cat. “I don’t much care where.” said Alice. “Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,” said the Cat.

3 They understand and harness the power of compound interest

Also known as the seventh wonder of the world, for the financially uneducated the sheer wonder of compound interest can never fully be appreciated. The most financially stable people started saving from their first pay-cheque and never interrupted the magical cycle of compound interest. Whilst your retirement funding shortfall may appear alarmingly large right now, there’s no doubt it will appear near insurmountable this time next year unless you take immediate action. In the words of Karen Lamb, “A year from now you may wish you had started today.”

4 They follow a budget

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that are financially savvy understand that a budget is in fact an enabler of financial freedom. A budget provides essential insight enabling you to channel your income towards what’s really important to you. When it comes to finances, there’s nothing blissful about ignorance, and knowledge really is power.

5 They live within their means

Whilst a budget may tell you what you can’t afford, it doesn’t have the power to stop you from buying it. There’s nothing undignified about living below one’s means. Calvin Coolidge once remarked, “There is no dignity quite so impressive, and no one independence quite so important, as living within your means.”

6 They protect the downside

While you are able to work, your single greatest asset is unquestionably your ability to generate an income. All your financial goals — whether short, medium or long term — are dependent on your ability to earn money over the period of your working life. If you’re earning an income, make sure you have an appropriate income protection benefit that will replace your income in the event of illness or disability, and secure your retirement funding in the long term.

7 They look to educate themselves financially

Remaining financially astute and educated is vital. Benjamin Franklin said “If a man empties his purse into his head no one can take it away from him. An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.” Whilst one may seek advice from a financial planner, those who are financially astute take personal responsibility for their finances and retain full control over their affairs. Our advice is to put these habits into practice today and reap the rewards of a financially fulfilled destiny. 

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South African motorists are being urged to physically check that their motor vehicles are properly locked before they walk away, if they use a remote key, in order to avoid the consequences of the ‘remote jamming scam’. The concept behind the scam is that some third party remote controls can interfere with a vehicle’s remote control if both are used at the same time. The ‘scammer’ presses their remote at the same time as the vehicle owner presses their remote to lock the vehicle, jamming the remote control locking mechanism of the vehicle. The car owner does not realise that the car remains unlocked. The danger is that this scam causes break-ins with no visible forcible entry, placing vehicle owners at risk of insurance claim rejections. Whether an insurance Christelle Fourie, MD of MUA company will pay out this Insurance Acceptances, gives type of claim varies greatly the following tips to avoid between insurers and policies. falling victim to the scam: However, for a claim to be successful, the insurer would most likely request some form of proof from the client, which is tricky unless the vehicle happened to be parked in view of a security camera and the footage can be obtained.  Article supplied by Rory Mitchell, General Manager at GVC Insurance Consultants.

• Double check that the vehicle has been properly locked before walking away. • Make sure that nothing is visible. If items must be left in the car, store them in a locked compartment. • Consider extra security features such as smash and grab film on the windows.

Imagine having studied for years, set yourself up in a business or having worked your way up in a firm only to be struck down with an illness, disability or impairment that will impact your future working career. Have you ever thought how important your income generating ability is and how quickly it can be halted by an unforeseen event? Can you imagine the impact on your family and the financial implications of not earning an income temporarily or permanently? Your income earning ability is your most valuable asset and the need to protect this asset is as important, or even more important, as insuring your car, home and valuables. Income protection is a vital form of insurance which will take effect if you become temporarily or permanently unable to work due to medical, mental or physical disability. Who wants to become a burden on the state, one’s family or children? To determine your needs an holistic financial plan must be done to ensure that the correct form of Income protection is put in place. The correct product can then be implemented and the benefits must be flexible during your working career so that changes can be made to fit in with your type of employment and your changing income. This benefit can be purchased as a stand alone product or part of a fuller financial plan. It can be set up for a term or for the whole of your natural life.  Article supplied by Jill Ingram, Certified Financial Planner ® at Wealth & Asset Financial Services.

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Philadelphia on the west coast

Dating back to 1863, the story goes that local farmers grew tired of driving the long distances into Durbanville or Cape Town to attend church, so Jan van Schoor made available 20 morgen of his farm Dasvlei for the founding of an NG Kerk. A picture perfect village soon grew around this handsome church with its square steeple. Park on the large square behind the church, in the shade of towering bluegums: everything is in walking distance. The heart of the village is no doubt the Pepper Tree Art Stable and Coffee Shop, open Tuesday to Sunday — comfortable wooden chairs and tables, prettily decorated with freshly picked flowers, tempt visitors to sample from a daily menu of light lunches, sandwiches, salads, wraps, and enough desserts to persuade you to interrupt your diet! Linger in the dappled

shade of the flourishing pepper tree (its branches clearly loved by kids), watch the birds splashing in the water fountain, and enjoy homely country-style cooking. Their apple crumble with ice cream and their cheesecake with berry coulis are irresistible. Pop in at the little shop, to pick up homemade jams and preserves, farm-fresh eggs, baked goods, and some delightful works of art. Nearby, you will find Magic Minerals, selling a vast selection of rocks, minerals and gemstones, ornate handmade jewellery, wind chimes, colourfully painted wooden items, necklaces made of stone beads, an eclectic assortment of objets d’art, as well as an array of succulents and cacti.

this year, we discovered a labyrinth in the spacious garden at De Malle Meul. The friendly proprietor told us that she had finished building this four-element labyrinth in May last year. A great playground next to it will keep the nippers occupied — the labyrinth itself is not safe for small children. Meditatively walking such a labyrinth is an ancient spiritual tradition of clearing the mind, gaining insight, and reaffirming your life purpose. Philadelphia is celebrating its 150-year anniversary this year with an exciting program of events. see 

Photographs and Text by Regine Lord


he historic village of Philadelphia on the R304 just off the busy N7, about 26 km outside Durbanville, is one of our favourite destinations. Nestled among brilliantly yellow canola fields and rolling green fields dotted with dairy cows, and exuding plattelandse rustigheid, it invites visitors to slow down and take a deep breath.

Above: Richard Lord enjoying a relaxing morning at the Pepper Tree restaurant.

Opposite the church, De Malle Meul, where you can eat a delicious Sunday buffet, is a gorgeous venue for weddings, musical performances, conferences and other functions. If you aren’t ready to leave Philadelphia yet, sleep over in their two snug self-catering cottages, or attend one of their workshops. The art centre and gallery proudly displays the work of Pieter van der Westhuizen, who was a resident of Philadelphia for 24 years. When we visited the village in March

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Teaching your child the value of money How to teach the value of money?

A good question, as the new trend is for parents to give their children as much as they can. They do this simply because they are in a position to do so and because manufacturers are producing items which are affordable. These items are easy to obtain and the only input from the parents is financial.

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What we are setting ourselves up for? After schooling, can we afford to send our children to University or College, purchase a flat and provide them with a car? This will be the expectation of your children if one purchases too much for them without them having learnt the value of money and not having them work towards a desired item or goal. Our children will become the entitled youth and we need to bear in mind that it will be of our making. They have simply been taking advantage of what we have offered or set ourselves up to offer — the expectation that we have created.

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into a shop just to look at the toys. They can have a notepad specifically for them where you can write down the items that they like and are possibly interested in. This can then give you a great list for their birthdays and Christmas presents.

Learning to share the cost

You can also plan with them to earn 50% of the cost of the item and create a chart at home where they can monitor their savings towards it. They can be given extra tasks around the house and be given a realistic amount for them. (Don’t overdo this as this is another learning lesson too.) They can watch their savings grow and when they have achieved the amount, make a special outing to the shops to purchase it. Take a photograph for them to show that they purchased their own toy or book. They will be proud of this for many years to come.

The value of earned possessions

One can continue with this process right up to when they leave school. I have seen a child purchase their own second-hand car and boy, you could see how proud he was of what he had achieved! The many hours that he stood at the garage pump were worth it. The care that was taken of the vehicle that he purchased himself far exceeded that of any of his mates who were just given cars. Interesting!


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The point to remember is that we are trying to teach them something for life. It is not about us simply being able to afford it, so therefore we buy it. If we do that, they do not learn anything and they ‘pay’ for it later in life. It becomes a hard lesson as they land up in financial difficulties. The use of credit cards adds to this problem unless they have been taught how to do financial planning and have realistic expectations.

The same applies to equipment purchased for our children.

We need to teach them that it costs money, that somebody had to work for it and that they need to care for it as it cannot (or should not) just be replaced when lost. I remember, many years ago, a young pupil was bought a very expensive hockey stick by his father. He did not like the brand and so on the first hockey practice, set about breaking it so that he could get his father to purchase the hockey stick of his choice! Clearly he had not been taught a thing about the value of and respect for the item purchased for him. In short, if we teach our children to work for something, they will not only have succeeded in a huge lesson in life, but also feel very proud of what they have achieved; and learn to look after it as they were the ones who put in the effort! 




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John Gilmour


fter ten years of teaching at Pinelands High School and five years as principal of Abbott's College John had another look at the way he had been implementing his plan to give an equal opportunity to the children of Langa. John was still aware of the extreme inequity of the children living in Pinelands, the original Garden City, and those children living in the dormitory suburb of Langa, built just metres away to house those that the government of the time wanted out of the cities. John realised his plan of transporting children from Langa to the 'white' suburb for a couple of hours of teaching was not really working. It pulled the children out of their cultural norm and disturbed their natural development. When his twin daughters were very young, John took the leap, left his full time teaching position and devoted his time to starting a school where children from Langa could get

a good education and still be comfortable in their own cultural upbringing.

platform to get more people together to work for the common good of all.

For the first eight months John struggled to get funding. That was in 2004. Now almost 10 years later he runs two LEAP schools within the buildings donated by the Old Mutual at Mupine, and there are three LEAP schools in Gauteng and one in Limpopo. He feels happy that he is contributing to the rebuilding of our society in South Africa, and he is seeing proof of his success in a 94.7% matric pass rate, which is making funding easier and allowing the development of more LEAP schools.

John's sporting days at school saw him as the coach for first team cricket and hockey. Nowadays his lifestyle revolves around his twin daughters, now 14, who keep him busy with their interests such as horse riding. John is a people person and although he understands the conservative nature of many people in this country, he has also recognised the willingness of the community to engage with his program.

John has a much appreciated mentor in Dr Mamphela Ramphele who understands the high risk of leadership. LEAP schools endeavour to instil in each pupil that they can be future leaders of our country. John believes that South Africa is on the cusp of a high potential for change and he likes to think of the LEAP schools as a

The impact made by the LEAP schools is possible through partnerships and collaboration, if you would like to get involved by financially supporting the work or through another way, please contact Sabrina on or 021 531 9715. They are also very happy to receive second hand goods, including clothes, to distribute to their community partners. See

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Photographs and Text by Glynnis Schutte

While teaching at Pinelands High School in the eighties John was impassioned by a quest to help the learners in the Langa community. The pupils of his high school class were instrumental in awakening his feelings for the community that lives on our doorstep, by asking John "how can we share what we have?" John is the founder and Executive Director of the LEAP science and maths schools, six in all, where students from disadvantaged communities can be equipped with academic and personal life skills.


The LEAP Dream The campus at Pinelands, Mupine, houses two LEAP shools in the previous Old Mutual Training centre. LEAP 1 for students from Langa, and LEAP 2 for students from Phillipi, Crossroads and Delft. The children are invited to attend extra lessons in maths and science at the schools in their community for a year prior to coming to LEAP. These classes are run by refugees and African nationals through the LEAP Learning Centre. If the children are keen to study science and maths they are tested and they attend camps where their abilities and 'staying power' are measured to see if they will be able to cope with the extra long school hours – 8:15am to 5:15pm every weekday and every Saturday morning. Lonwabo, a competent young student, conducted our tour through the school, where we visited different classes and were introduced to the teachers and the students. Each class is reasonably sized and the students are keen and enthusiastic. One class was on life orientation where students were given the opportunity to discuss how they felt about unsettling home situations, teenage pregnancies, and paternities — and fellow students were offering ways of coping. It was impressive

Lonwabo Mfinyongo with the display of the school's Code of Conduct to which the LEAP students aspire.


to hear a young student urging his fellow student to respect their mother's wishes in a situation "because we don't always know all the details of what has happened". Lonwabo comments that the classes have helped him to cope and taught him how to learn through his mistakes. The grade 9 Xhosa lesson was discussing music groups and having a lot of fun. The grade 9 maths group was busy with a "please do now" exercise — a starting point for the class to attempt to solve a few maths problems on their own. This is part of John Gilmour's vision that teachers should "facilitate and not pontificate". The last class we visited was Lonwabo's science class, with the periodic table painted on the wall and depictions of various scientific experiments also adorning the walls. Lonwabo hopes to study civil engineering and is keen on doing some cricket if he can find the time between studies. The success of the LEAP schools is seen in the 94.7% pass rate for matric in 2012, with a 90% maths pass rate, an 85% science pass rate, and 78% of their students can apply for tertiary study. 72% of LEAP past students are currently pursuing tertiary studies and 12% are working. This year, LEAP is celebrating their first physiotherapist, engineering graduates and honours graduates. LEAP students are encouraged to take part in community programmes which adds to the LEAP combination of good education and personal growth. 

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Text and Photographs by Regine Lord

A lovely town on the edge of an inhospitable desert, Swakopmund sprawls along the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, its back to the undulating ochre-andred sand dunes and gravel-covered lichen fields of the vast Namib Desert. It lies just north of the Tsoakhaub (Swakop) River mouth.

Left from the top: View from the Woermann Tower looking towards the sand dunes. Pelicans at the quaint Walvis Bay waterfront, and the historic Swakopmund jetty with a seafood restaurant at its tip.

Getting There


riding in the Swakop river valley, through the dunes and along the beach. Or buy an ice-cream at the Museum Café and stroll to the front of the breakwater (the Mole), which was originally constructed north of the Swakop river mouth to create a safe harbour. This silted up, forming a beach ideal for sun-bathing and swimming. No visit to Swakopmund is complete without crisp freshly baked Brötchen from Café Treff Punkt, whose baked goods come from the Hansa Bäckerei.

Fly into Windhoek’s Hosea Kutako International Airport or Walvis Bay’s Rooikop Airport, and drive to Swakopmund. Or take the slow TransNamib train from Windhoek to the coast, or the luxury Desert Express with several excursions en route. Or hop on a shuttle bus.


It was founded in 1892 by Major Curt van Francois of the Schutztruppe as the main harbour for German South West Africa (now Namibia) — the deep sea harbour of Walvis Bay, some 30 km south, was under British control. In 1915, South Africa took control of the country from Germany, until Namibian independence in 1990. Much of the architecture is still in the German colonial style, with gorgeously preserved historical buildings, and many people still speak German.


The pleasantly temperate climate attracts visitors from up country, keen to flee

Drive east to the dramatic and desolate Moon Landscape and follow Weltwitschia Drive into the lichen fields to the largest Welwitschia mirabilis – over 1500 years old. Drive north to the angling village of Henties Bay and the largest colony of Cape Fur Seals in the world at Cape Cross, and onwards to the isolated Skeleton Coast National Park. scorching summers. An impenetrable morning fog regularly cloaks the town (10 km inland, though, the skies are blue!); clearing up mid-morning, it reveals brilliant blue skies. Desert−adapted fauna and flora depend on this fog for their survival.

Activities and sightseeing

As befits a tourist mecca, every type of accommodation is available, as well as shops, banks and internet cafés, arts, crafts and souvenir shops. Adrenalin junkies will be in heaven — take a flip in a helicopter, micro-light or small plane, go skydiving or hot air ballooning, quad-biking or sandboarding, horse-riding and even camel-

Drive south to Walvis Bay, via the beach resorts of Langstrand and Dolphin Beach. Refresh yourself with strong coffee and German Brötchen at Café Probst, admire flocks of flamingos feeding in the shallow waters of the lagoon. Take the inland road (C34) back to Swakopmund, stopping at Dune 7, at 130 metres the highest dune in the coastal dune belt. The history of Swakopmund is peopled with fascinating characters, who displayed courage and resourcefulness in the face of hardship and adversity. Amble in their footsteps and be awed by those brave pioneers who settled in the desert. 

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food from the heart

By Heleen Meyer Pinelands resident, foodie and author of Food from the heart.

Portrait: Karen Edwards Food shot: Glynnis Schutte

Quick fishcakes with sweet chilli sauce From Food from the heart/ Onthoukos

Serves 4 – 6 1 x 425 g tin pilchards in tomato sauce 1 small onion, grated 50 ml chopped fresh parsley 30 ml (2 tbsp) chopped fresh origanum or coriander 100 ml oats 90 ml (6 tbsp) cake flour 2,5 ml (½ tsp) baking powder 2 eggs 100 ml sweet chilli sauce 30 ml (2 tbsp) HP sauce or chutney salt, lemon juice and freshly ground black pepper to taste olive oil for frying 1. Place the pilchards in a mixing bowl and mash with a fork. Add the rest of the ingredients, except the oil, and mix well. Season to taste. The mixture should easily drip from a spoon. 2. Heat a thin layer of oil over a medium heat in a frying pan. Fry spoonsful of batter at a time for a few minutes on both sides, until golden brown. Drain on paper towel and keep warm. 3. Repeat with the remaining batter and add more oil if necessary. 4. Serve with extra sweet chilli sauce or chutney, baby potatoes in the skin and a salad. Lemon wedges are delicious to squeeze over the fishcakes.


4 x 120 g tins Portuguese sardines in brine would also be delicious for these fishcakes. Flake the fish and add the brine from 1-2 of the tins to the mixture.

Quick and Wholesome When you suddenly realise that supper has not been sorted out yet and you don’t know what to make, these fishcakes are just the answer. They can be whipped up in an instant and are always a hit. Many people know a fishcake as a thick, crumbed and fried version, but these fritters are like the ones from my childhood.

Pilchards and sardines are high in nutritional value, as they are packed with omega oils and the little soft bones (do include them) are rich in calcium. With so many lifestyle diseases in South Africa, we should all aim to eat fish at least once or twice a week, so this is one easy way to ensure that your family eats a healthy meal.

Not everyone loves fishcakes as they can be dry and tasteless, but make them from sardines or pilchards in tomato sauce with a few basic seasonings, and everyone will ask for more. The beauty of this recipe is that most of the ingredients are from your store cupboard and one tin of fish feeds a family.

I often make these and if there are leftovers, they make a perfect snack or light lunch in a lunch box. For supper I just serve them with potatoes in the skin together with a large salad.

About Heleen Heleen Meyer has a passion for inspiring, encouraging and teaching others about the joys of good food. Not only are her recipes creative and thoroughly tested, but they are easy to cook, interesting, delicious and healthy. As a working mom who cares about her family’s nutrition, Heleen can relate to your cooking needs.

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