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Prestigious honour for Mullineux & Leeu’s Andrea Mullineux Wine Enthusiast’s 2016 Winemaker of the Year US publication, Wine Enthusiast, has named Andrea Mullineux its 2016 “Wine Star –Winemaker of the Year”. These prestigious international awards pay tribute to the people and companies that have not only achieved success in their diverse and dynamic industries but have made a meaningful impact on the way in which wine is marketed, perceived and enjoyed around the globe. This is the first time a South African winemaker has received this impressive honour and only the third female winemaker winner in the 17-year history of the awards. Andrea Mullineux is co-owner and winemaker at Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines, with brandsMullineux based in the Swartland region at Roundstone Farm, as well as a new (and yet to be released) project based in Franschhoek at the Leeu Estate. Andrea also has a tiny California brand, Fog Monster Wines and is a member of the respected Cape Winemaker's Guild. Lauren Buzzeo, Tasting Director/Senior Editor at Wine Enthusiast, and Andrea’s nominator said, “Andrea is a wonderfully talented winemaker. I nominated her because every wine she makes is done with care, attention and masterful craft, from the more accessible Kloof Street bottlings to the superb Single Terroir range and the excitingly geeky Olerasay and Straw Wine. It’s a rare skill for a winemaker to express a brand identity and individual personality while also preserving a sense of place and terroir, and this is something that Andrea does seemingly with ease. We can talk of scores and quality – of course her wines are always high scoring and highly sought after – but it’s the passion for and dedication to her profession, her community, her fellow winemakers both at home and abroad, and the wine industry as a whole that truly sets her apart.” Since the launch of the Mullineux brand in 2007, Andrea, together with her co-founder and husband Chris, has notched up 18 five-star wine ratings

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from Platter's South African Wine Guide, the most influential wine guide in the country, as well as being named Winery of the Year in both 2014 and 2016. Today Andrea produces a select range of hand-crafted wines from the granite, schist, quartz, and iron-based soils of the Swartland and a new range of wines from old vineyards in other regions for the new brand. “I am truly humbled to be amongst a list of such talented winners and nominees, both past and present, many of whom have been my inspirations and mentors,” says Andrea. “I see this honour as not only an accolade for the wines I create alongside a fabulous team, but also recognition for the exciting wines and regions of South Africa that are still being discovered and applauded by international wine professionals and consumers alike.” The 2016 winners will be honoured at the Wine Star Awards Dinner in January 2017 in Miami. | 076 974 6679

Fire season law enforcement

With fire season here the Tatler thought it wise to catch up with Ashley Bauer, leader of the Franschhoek ward of the Winelands Fire Protection Association (WFPA). The primary objective of the WFPA is the prevention of fires. According to Ashley this includes preventative projects such as the implementation of fire breaks, member resource monitoring and training. Landowners, who are members of the WFPA, are held to a higher standard of preparation and practice with regard to fire prevention and management. Any noncompliance or infringements by members are handled by the Fire Protection Officer and WFPA Manager. While the relatively new National Veld and Forest Fire

Act does define offences, at the moment – according to the SA Police Service – prosecutions are still for arson. Ashley says that with a particularly severe summer in the offing, there will be no hesitation in laying charges against persons who deliberately or negligently set fires. Officially the fire season started on 1 November and no fires are allowed without a special permit that can only be issued by the manager of the WFPA. All unauthorized fires, says Ashley, will be reported to the SAPS and cases opened against the owner, lessee or any other person charged with responsibility for the land. Anyone who needs further information is welcome to contact Ashley at 083 457 4065.


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The Screening Room’s new home Fundraising efforts get underway The group of film lovers working to resurrect The Screening Room are happy to announce that the future home of the intimate movie theatre will be Franschhoek High School’s Centenary Library building. This historic building with its cathedral ceiling and beautiful parquet floor will also house the school’s archive. There could hardly be a better home for an intimate movie theatre; it’s just the right size, has surprisingly good acoustics and is conveniently situated on Akademie Street – walking distance from almost anywhere in the village and with plenty parking. Reg Lascaris, one of the project originators, says: “We’re pleased to have concluded a long-term lease agreement with Franschhoek High School that will see them derive significant benefit from the project. Not only will the school’s neglected Centenary Library building be restored and their archive organised and rejuvenated they will also be able to use the facility for teaching and share in any future profits from the project. We want it to be a multi-

purpose space that serves the entire community.” “We’re hoping to raise more funds than are needed for the new Screening Room project as more of the historic school buildings are in dire need of renovation”, he continues. Susan Huxter, former owner of Le Quartier Français and The Screening Room, says she is glad that the little theatre is not lost to the village and is excited about the project to reimagine it in a new guise. The project architect, Carl Morkel of Morkel Architects in Stellenbosch, has completed initial drawings and is now working on final plans, budgets and 3D renderings. Local interior designer Hildegard Geyser is also hard at work on the interior design scheme. Both these professionals are very kindly offering their services pro bono. Another local, Joe Kilian, has offered to design the electrical lay-out – also pro bono. Linda Hightower, another local film lover, has offered her services as fundraising co-ordinator. A variety of

Wine Tram supports local charities

Franschhoek Wine Tram made donations to five local charities. Pictured above are: Back row FLTR: Graeme Comrie (Co-Chairman: SPCA Franschhoek), Errol Cunnama (SPCA Franschhoek), Julianna Grobbelaar (ViceChairperson: ACVV), Mariaan van der Merwe (Chairperson: ACVV). Front row FLTR: Anne Stone (Secretary: SPCA Franschhoek), Marie-Louise Raymond (Principal of Early Learning Centre: Kusasa), David Blyth (Owner of the Franschhoek Wine Tram), Linda Coltart (Acting CEO: Franschhoek Wine Valley and Jeannie Hayward (The Cape Leopard Trust: Boland Project)

The Franschhoek Wine Tram’s ticket stub charity initiative has resulted in them donating R20 000 each to five local charities for a total of R100 000. The handover took place on 17 November. Franschhoek Wine Tram makes a donation for each ticket stub deposited by passengers at the end of the tour in one of the charity boxes located at the ticket office. In this way passengers are engaged in the process of charitable contributions and general awareness of the benefitting charities is raised. “We view these annual charitable donations as an investment in the community; a community whose support has made the Franschhoek Wine Tram possible,” says David Blyth, owner of the Franschhoek Wine Tram. “Franschhoek Wine Tram has gone from strength

to strength since launching in 2012 with just three employees and two wine estates on the service. By the end of this year we will have thirty fulltime employees and twenty-one wine estates on the service,” he continues. “The popularity of the service has surpassed all our expectations which is reflected in the more than 1 100 Tripadvisor reviews we have received to date. Currently we rank 26th out 940 attractions in the Western Cape – a remarkable achievement given our short history.” The charities that received donations this year are: ACVV Franschhoek (social work), SPCA Franschhoek (animal welfare), Kusasa (children’s educational charity), Cape Leopard Trust (environmental research and education) and Franschhoek Wine Valley’s Children’s Christmas Boxes initiative.

Ward committee nominations invited

Following the successful local government elections Stellenbosch Municipality intends to establish Ward committees in all 22 wards as provided for by the Local Government Municipal Structures Act. The objective of a Ward Committee is to enhance participatory democracy in local government. A Ward Committee is an advisory body without any executive powers; is independent; is a representative structure of the ward; is impartial and performs its functions without fear, favour or prejudice. To be elected as a member of a ward committee, a person:

• must be a registered voter in the ward concerned; • may not be a member of the Stellenbosch Town Council; • may not work for the Stellenbosch Municipality; • may not be in arrears to the municipality for rates and services charges for a period of more than three months since the date of the nomination • may not be someone who, after February 1997, have been convicted of an offence and sentenced to imprisonment without the option of a fine for a period of not less than 12 months; or • may not be someone of unsound mind who has

fundraising initiatives are being planned, with the first scheduled for 9 December. There’ll be more news on the fundraising initiatives in future issues of the Tatler. In the interim, Linda reports that a number of wellknown Franschhoekers and swallows have already agreed to ‘purchase a seat’ at R50 000 each. Anyone wishing to purchase a seat or make a donation towards resurrecting The Screening Room and renovating Franschhoek High School’s facilities can do so via an EFT to the school’s bank account. Details follow at the end of the report. All donations are tax deductible and ring-fenced for the Centenary Library renovation and thereafter, hopefully, some other school buildings too. Bank details: Hoërskool Franschhoek, ABSA, Franschhoek branch, Branch code 632005, Account number 3760 390 002. Please use your name as a reference and send proof of payment to: franschhoek.

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“This will positively be my last one!”

So said Annette at the end of her 13th SPCA Quiz Night at Bread & Wine on 9 November. Having made the same announcement last year and the year before, she added for good measure, “And this time I mean it!” Last year’s record breaking Quiz Night was a tough act to follow, but in a fun and laughter filled evening, to Annette’s great surprise and delight, even more was raised this year for the ongoing programmes of animal sterilisation. “We are making a difference”, said Annette, “but there is still a long, long way to go.” Once again over 100 guests in eleven teams battled to find answers to challenging general knowledge questions like “To which country do swallows migrate in in the English winter?” The music round – identifying dance music – ended the first half of the quiz with everyone being solemnly asked to stand before hysterically trying to follow the intricate choreography of “The Chicken Dance” with more enthusiasm than accuracy! Appropriately, after that, chicken was off the supper menu this year and replaced by pasta with a delicious vegetarian sauce concocted by Pierre Hendriks of Le Bon Vivant and an equally delicious salad put together by Neil Jewell of Bread & Wine. Doug Gurr of Pam Golding again excelled as auctioneer, coaxing winning bids at unexpected levels. Before starting the bidding Doug praised Annette’s consistent dedication to local animal welfare and her weekly visits for over 14 years to animals in need in the poorer parts of our community. As usual Lot 1 was a Chocolate Block Jereboam generously donated by winemaker Marc Kent of Boukenhoutskloof, followed by another three hitec kites “for real men” from Prism Technologies of Seattle donated for the second year by two guests who once stayed at The Garden House. Lot 5 was a “night of unashamed luxury” at Leeu House followed by a voucher for two “for a fun filled Leopard’s Leap Cookery Class” for which there was some very competitive bidding. The star lot was a dinner for 10 to be cooked by

been declared so by a competent court. • Each ward committee should consist of a maximum of ten members representing the community. How to nominate: Nominations can be done based on community sectors and/ or geographical areas. Nomination forms are available on the Stellenbosch Municipality website (, at libraries, ward offices, and the 2nd Floor, Ecclesia Building, Plein Street, Stellenbosch (IDP Office). Completed and signed forms must be submitted by 12h00 in a sealed envelope on or before Thursday, 22

a “Duet of Chefs” – Margot Janse and Neil Jewell – in the winning bidder’s own home with Peter Ferreira – cellar master at Graham Beck – acting as sommelier. Next up was a braai of succulent prawns in the winning bidder’s own home by “consultant chef, Franschhoek Uncorked drummer and extreme mountain biker Matthew Gordon” for which there was also some very enthusiastic bidding. The last lot was “a Master Glass (no typo!) in the science and wine-speak of bubbles and sparkling stemware” presented by Graham Beck’s Pieter Ferreira, for up to 8 people at Graham Beck Wines in Robertson followed by a tour of the Madeba Estate in the geologically unique Breede River Valley with its noted raconteur and Conservation Manager, Mossie Basson, and a leisurely lunch with Graham Beck wines (of course). In thanking everyone who made the Quiz Night such a success Annette mentioned all those who had donated auction items, Colleen Goosen for designing the two picture rounds, Pierre Hendriks for the pasta sauce, Matthew Gordon who also paid for the ice creams, James Stewart for the “best ever” sound system, the Friedman/Huxter family for the use of Bread & Wine, Neil and Tina Jewel and the staff at Bread & Wine for all their tireless help. Annette also thanked Glenwood, Môreson, Strandveld and Stony Brook for their donations of wine and sadly departing resident Jarno Kreizer who donated an impressive collection before returning to Holland, Woolworths for the crisps which made everyone thirsty so they bought more wine, Alex Maheri – “my little elf ” – for collecting and delivering the wine, score board etc. etc. and Doug Gurr for his brilliant auctioneering. A special thanks is also due to Dr. Adi Graiser of Drakenstein Veterinary Clinic for always being there to help and Dr Ilse Gerbach of Stellenbosch Animal Hospital for her tireless and dedicated pro bono work in sterilising up to 45 animals in a day. It remains to be seen if it really was the last of Annette’s Quiz Nights but if it was they ended on a very high note.

December 2016 at the Ward Office at the Groendal Community Centre in Stiebeuel Street. The sealed envelope must be clearly marked on the outside as “Nomination Ward Committee” and the Ward Number for which the nomination is made. An acknowledgement of receipt will be issued to the person submitting the nomination form at the ward office. E-mailed nominations will be accepted and should be sent to: The ward committee election will take place at the Groendal Community Hall at 19h00 on 31 January 2017.

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Valuation roll completed

The new General Valuation Roll for Stellenbosch Municipality has been completed and certified by the Municipal Manager. These valuations will be used as basis for the property rates from 1 July 2017. The valuation roll is the official register of the value of all rateable properties within the jurisdiction of this Municipality. In terms of the Municipal Property Rates Act, 2004, the valuation roll will be valid for four years. The valuation date has been set as 2 July 2016 and will be fixed for the period that the valuation roll is valid. Approximately 34 000 properties have been valued. Supplementary valuations will be performed at least once a year, to supplement the General Valuation Roll with new properties, or to record changes to existing properties. An official notice detailing the valuation particulars of a property will be sent to the owner of every property that has been valued. Any person may object to the valuation of a specific individual property on the valuation roll. However, an objection or appeal does not defer the liability for the payment of rates on the due date.

The valuation was determined based on the market value of the property. It is the amount the property would have realised if sold on the date of valuation in the open market by a willing seller to a willing buyer. If an owner objects against the valuation of the property an objection form must be completed and handed in at the Valuations Office in Stellenbosch, or the objection may be submitted electronically to valuations@stellenbosch. before 11 January 2017. If the objection outcome is not acceptable, the owner may appeal against the objection decision before 28 April 2017. Appeals will be processed during May 2017 and the final valuation roll implemented on 1 July 2017. The annual property rates are calculated by multiplying the valuation value of the property by the Cent-amount-in-the-Rand value as determined by Council during the budget process. This tariff has not been determined yet and will only be available after March 2017 when the budget is tabled by Council, prior to its final adoption in May 2017.

Vehicle licence renewal service for Franschhoek

Stellenbosch Municipality’s Traffic Department has extended its vehicle registration and licensing service to Franschhoek. The service operates from a dedicated satellite office at the municipal offices in Franschhoek. In a media statement the municipality explained that the extension of this service to Franschhoek was undertaken to improve service delivery to vehicle owners residing in Franschhoek. “It’s also a major step in improving overall service delivery in our Traffic Department,” the statement continued. The service is limited to motor vehicle annual license renewals and will be offered during the following office hours: Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays: 09h0013h00, 13h30- 15h00 and Fridays: 09h00 – 13h00, 13h30 – 14h00. Residents requiring other services, such as drivers’ licence renewals, will still need to visit the Stellenbosch Traffic Department in Joubert Street, Stellenbosch. | 021 808 8800 (Traffic Department)



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Price includes: • Morning coffee with fresh farm-baked muffins • A tractor ride into the vineyards to pick grapes • A wine tasting and cellar tour hosted by the cellarmaster • Traditional harvest day grape stomping • Live entertainment • A lavish buffet lunch prepared by our Executive Chef • A few other surprises Booking is essential. Contact Lizelle at T 021-876 8600 or E

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On the nose you will pick up deep purple layers of plum and blackberry, intertwined with subtle undertones of cracked black pepper. Whiffs of clove and coriander create a rich and intense aroma. Complex and well-rounded palate with an elegant tannin structure that culminates in a lingering aftertaste.. Cellar Price: R49 per bottle

Ingredients (Makes 52 cookies) 680 g flour 5 g salt 4 g cinnamon 4 g ground ginger 4 g ground cloves 350 g sugar 250 g butter 60 ml oil 90 ml Muscat de Frontignan 1 egg 80 ml milk 5 g bicarbonate of soda

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Method for cookies Sift flour and add salt, spices and sugar. Rub in butter, until it resembles bread-crumbs. Dissolve bicarb in the wine, add the egg and oil. Add the egg mixture to the flour mixture to form a dough. Rest for 1 hour. Roll out in desired shapes and sizes and bake at 200 °C for 12 minutes.

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Showing a beautiful ink black, dark plum colour. This Bordeaux blend is an exceptionally complex wine with smoky spice, cherry tobacco and hints of cedar oak on the nose. Presenting a rich full palate with firm tannins and lingering black fruit juiciness. Cellar Price: R125 per bottle

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Ingredients 3 medium oil-packed anchovy fillets (optional, adjust salt if added), rinsed and minced; 2 tsps brined capers, drained and rinsed; 3 tsps Dijon mustard, 2 large egg yolks; 400g beef tenderloin, diced, covered and refrigerated; 2 tbsps finely chopped red onion; 2 tbsps finely chopped Italian parsley; 4 tsps olive oil; 3 dashes Tabasco; 6 finely diced baby gherkins; 4 dashes Worcestershire sauce Method Combine anchovies, capers, and mustard in a nonreactive bowl. Mash ingredients until combined; mix in egg yolks. Fold remaining ingredients into mustard mixture until thoroughly combined. Season with salt and ground black pepper. Serve immediately with Potato Crisps 4 medium potatoes, peeled and sliced paper-thin, 3

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tablespoons salt, 2l oil for deep frying Method Place potato slices into a bowl of cold water as you slice. Drain, rinse, then refill the bowl with water, and add salt. Let the potatoes soak for at least 30 minutes. Drain and rinse. Heat oil in a deep-fryer to 185’C. Fry potato slices in small batches. Once they start turning golden, remove and drain on paper towels. Continue until all of the slices are fried. Season with additional salt if desired. To Garnish:Petit Celery Leaves, Thinly Sliced Heirloom Baby Beetroot and Radishes, Country Style Mustard, Sweet roasted Garlic Aioli Orangerie Restaurant 021 065 0503

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Send your answer to: The winner will be informed by return mail before 15 November 2016. Prizes have to be collected from the Franschhoek Info Office before end November 2016 or be forfeited.

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On and Off Course Lawrence Gould

‘It’s about being the best you can be’

“Why is golf so popular with business people?” I am often asked. Recently returning from Gaborone, on the flight back to Cape Town, I discover an article in the Botswana Wealth Magazine written by Marius Meyaard, Phakalane’s golf course manager. Here’s his reasoning: “As a form of corporate entertainment, golf ’s first virtue is that people of any age can play the game. That means if you are trying to build a business relationship with a prospective client who is 65 years old you can easily do that on a golf course. (As opposed to a football pitch, or tennis court.) “Unlike almost every other sport, golf ’s emphasis is in on skill – not physical prowess. “There are no age barriers and this is great news for young up-and-comers who need to connect meaningfully with more experienced people in the community. Golf ’s second strength is that, thanks to the handicap system players of widely different

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differing abilities can compete against each other. This makes the game more fun. It’s not about being better than your opponent – it’s about being the best that you can be. In this way, newcomers to the sport have just as much chance of winning as seasoned enthusiasts with years of experience. Because you only spend a fraction of your four-hour game actually hitting the ball, you have plenty of time to talk shop and discuss the finer points of a potential deal. “Beautiful greenery, peace and quiet, wide open spaces, all enjoyed at leisurely pace – a few hours of golfing is the perfect antidote to stress. The game improves mental capacity and concentration, elevates your mood and reduces the risk of depression.” Last, and most importantly, golf is a fine test of character. “When you do business with people, you need to know how they react in the face of victory and defeat. Golf rewards players who remain calm under pressure, never lose their temper and think strategically. These are all virtues in business,” continues Meyaard. Intriguingly, a study conducted by the University of Maryland in 2011 found that bosses who don’t play golf are paid 17 percent less on average than those who do. Could this be because the qualities that make a good golfer – a mixture of competitiveness with strategic thinking and coolness under fire – also make for a good executive? With credit to Marius Meyaard

Winemaker & Young Winemaker of the Year

The winners of the Diners Club Winemaker and Young Winemaker of the Year awards were announced at a gala dinner at La Residence Hotel on Saturday, 19 November, with Pierre Wahl and Murray Barlow claiming top honours respectively. This year’s Diners Club Winemaker of the Year, Pierre Wahl, with over two decades of winemaking experience, delighted the judges (consisting of South Africa’s best minds and palates in the industry, and including international wine critic Nancy Gilchrist) with his 2014 Private Cellar Chenin Blanc from the Rijk's Cellar. The 2016 Diners Club Young Winemaker of the Year, Murray Barlow, delivered an unforgettable red blend: The Rustenberg RM Nicholson 2015. This talented young man was also the Diners Club Young Winemaker of the Year in 2013, and a finalist last year. The winning winemaker receives R50 000 while the

young winemaker receives R25 000. Both winemakers get two return business class tickets on Delta Airlines to any wine producing region in the USA.


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Cellar Chat

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The Swiss are precise. In fact, precision is part of their lifestyle. You can set your Rolex by the arrival time of the next bus. This however should never be confused with monotony – far from it. The Swiss use such talents to ensure that they aim at the best of the best. One would not normally connect a country renowned for glaciers and ski lodges with wine. On the lower slopes however, wine is made with pride, and of course, precision. While Swiss wine never scores highly internationally, it is carefully and lovingly coaxed from rootstock to bottle for a proud population. To ensure that the finished product is acceptable, the Swiss take elaborate pains to make the best of the ammunition available. Vines cling to

hillsides' thin, barren soils, thriving on land where nothing else would grow. As a producer Switzerland is small, but impeccable, with only 14 800 hectares divided into countless tiny properties. They are super-efficient. By taking careful charge of their vines and by making the best use of irrigation and fertilisers, they achieve yields far greater than those in neighbouring countries. National and local regulations restricts the yields. The weight of grapes that each vine may produce to achieve top quality is also restricted. Maximum quality for white grapes may not exceed 1,4kg /m2 and for reds 1,2kg/m2. Chasselas is by far the leader among white grapes and Pinot Noir among reds. Chasselas wines can be seductive as an aperitif. They are light and refreshing and somewhat floral. Rather surprisingly the white/ red balance is about 60/40 and their reds are gaining in popularity. All wines may be paired quite easily with the typically dairy-orientated country cuisine. I was privileged to spend some time in the central Vaud on the shores of Lac Leman. Here, between

Montreux and Lausanne, one finds perhaps the best of the Chasselas wines. Epess and St Saphoran come from the village of Dèzalay. The vines are steeply terraced with interleading paths providing access for miniature tractors. Every so often there is a small, flat concrete platform. "For what", I asked. "For the helicopters of course ", was the reply. Grapes are actually flown from vineyard to the press by helicopter in a space and time saving exercise. No wonder the wines are not cheap. As a variation to the norm, a whole range of rosè wines are made by the 'sussdruk' - literally 'sweet pressing'. Their fruity character, lively yet delicate, has made them much sought after. Sadly, we are unable to enjoy these wines. Exports are virtually non-existent. However, when you next pop off to Zurich to have your Longines or MasterGraaf ultra-flat Tourbillon serviced, do call in at the basement wine cellar at Globus in the Bahnhofstrasse. They are all there. As are The Chocolate Box, Warwick's Trilogy and other homesick cures!

The Platter’s by Diners Club South African Wine Guide 2017 was launched at the end of October. The launch put an end to anxious waiting as it was also revealed who achieved the sought-after accolades of Winery of the Year, Red Wine, White Wine and Dessert Wine of the Year. Another eagerly awaited announcement was that of the Five Star wines – reserved for “South African classics”. The guide’s ultimate accolade, Winery of the Year, this year was awarded to the iconic Nederburg Wines, making this the second time that they have won, the last time being six years ago in the 2011 edition. In this 2017 edition, they achieved no fewer than four Five Star results, the most of any producer. The prestigious Red Wine of the Year accolade went to The Winery of Good Hope for the Radford Dale Black Rock 2014 and White Wine of the Year was awarded to Stellenrust for the 51 Barrel Fermented Chenin Blanc 2015. The Dessert Wine of the Year award again went to last year’s Dessert Wine winner, and 2016 Winery of Year, Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines, for their Straw Wine 2015. A total of 94 Five Star wines, as well as one new Five Star brandy, are featured in the 2017 guide. Publisher of Platter’s by Diners Club, Jean-Pierre Rossouw, says: “As per last year, all wines that

were scored 4.5 stars or higher in the primary assessment went into a second round of tasting, conducted blind (without sight of the label) by small panels including experienced palates from outside the team. It is testament to the exceptional quality of the highly regarded 2015 vintage that we saw a good run of results, particularly in the white wine categories. Hearty congratulations to all winners!” Emerging from this thorough review process with their first ever Five Star ratings were the following 17 producers: Artisanal Boutique Winery, Bartinney Private Cellar, Bosman Family Vineyards, Diemersdal Estate, Donkiesbaai, La Vierge Private Cellar, Laibach Vineyards, Môreson, Mount Abora Vineyards, Olifantsberg Family Vineyards, Perdeberg Winery, Restless River, Ronnie B Wines, Skaap Wines, Stellar Winery, Thorne & Daughters Wines and Trizanne Signature Wines. Also worthy of note are a fantastic run of three Five Star ratings for Cape Chamonix Wine Farm, David & Nadia, Kleine Zalze Wines, Newton Johnson Vineyards and Sadie Family Wines.

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La Motte wins for farming practices

La Motte Wine Estate has been recognised as the Overall Winner for Best Farming Practices in the 2016 Nedbank Green Wine Awards and was also acknowledged as the Leader in Community Development. “Judges in the Best Farming Practices category looked at not only what goes into the bottle, but considered the wellbeing of farm employees and surrounding communities and the wider impact of farming on the surrounding environments,” said the awards’ organisers. Although what goes into the bottle is of the utmost importance to the team at La Motte CEO Hein Koegelenberg and Cellarmaster Edmund Terblanche La Motte, its people and celebrate their most recent green success. the environment have always received priority. “Quality in wine is non-negotiable, recognised in this way.” but so is the conservation of our natural environment La Motte was voted the winner by a judging panel and the support and development of our employees of industry leaders, along with members of the WWF and community,” says Hein Koegelenberg, CEO and fellow producers. of La Motte. “We are humbled and proud to be | 021 876 8000

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Celebrate Christmas & New Year’s Eve at Grande Provence

This festive season treat friends and family to a fine-dining feast at Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate. With the perfect backdrop of the Sculpture Garden and surrounding mountains, The Restaurant at Grande Provence offers guests a lavish four-course Christmas Day menu prepared by Executive Chef Darren Badenhorst. To welcome in 2017, a luxurious New Year’s Eve buffet will sustain you until the magic hour. Christmas Eve and Christmas Day four-course feast For starters guests can tuck into a choice of coldsmoked Angus beef tartar or saffron-cured burrata. For the entrée, there’s a choice between the 24-hour beetroot-cured local trout or BBQ langoustine. Meat lovers will enjoy the braised Karoo lamb neck for the main course, while the pan-seared local cob is available as a seafood option. For the ultimate festive finish, the dessert comes with a selection of caramelised white chocolate pot au crème served with an aerated vanilla sponge, hazelnut crémeux, salted caramel popcorn and rose caviar, or a colourful display of summer berries, indulgently paired with a variety of handmade chocolate. New Year’s Eve luxury buffet Throw caution to the wind and bid farewell to

2016 with a lavish New Year’s Eve buffet. You will be spoilt for choice with BBQ langoustine served with an avocado emulsion and the famous Grande Provence coronation chicken for as a starter. Vegetarians have plenty to indulge in from Chef Darren’s signature deconstructed Waldorf or Italian burrata salad, to the pickled roasted and smoked baby root vegetable salad served with truffled goat’s cheese labneh. With an assortment of freshly baked estate breads served with lashings of butters and other delicious toppings, be sure to come with a healthy appetite. For mains, Chef Darren is stepping up the pace with his “live-action Mediterranean seafood station”, a selection of fresh, sustainable seafood prepared with your choice of spices and sauces. Meat eaters can look forward to slow braised Karoo lamb neck with Grande Provence Cabernet Sauvignon and rosa tomato ragout, chicken Makhani made with traditional Durban spices and sambals, or free-range duck served with orange-glazed rainbow carrots and gin-braised and blackberry compote. The vegetarian options include tender stem broccoli served with baby asparagus, griddled courgette, new spinach salad and

wild sprouts, smoked porcini pommes duchesse, saltcured and parmesan-roasted cauliflower floret gratin, and “Nasi Padang”, an Indonesian-style coconutsteamed rice. As a final indulgence to wrap up the year, the “ice cream nostalgia” offers a flashback of artisanal ice cream and sorbet. Chocolate lovers can look forward to the caramelised white chocolate pot au crème followed by coffee served with rose and white chocolate, chocolate truffles and coffee crèmes. If you prefer ending your food extravaganza on a more savoury note, Chef Darren will stack his cheese trolley with the finest French and local artisanal cheeses. The Restaurant at Grande Provence will be serving both the Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve dinners at 19h00, with the Christmas lunch served at 12h00. The cost of the Christmas lunch is R1 175 per person, whilst dinner, with a few additional festive surprises, is R1 590 per person. Both meals include a handmade Christmas cracker, a glass of Grande Provence wine and canapés on arrival. The New Year’s Eve luxury buffet is served at R1 950 per person and includes a welcome drink, a complimentary glass of sparkling wine and a night full of entertainment



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New chef duo at Haute Cabrière

In a move that will excite both hungry locals and gourmet travellers, the von Arnim family of the iconic Haute Cabrière estate has partnered with two most talented chefs to reaffirm the Haute Cabrière Cellar Restaurant’s position as one of the finest in the Cape Winelands. Chefs Nic van Wyk and Westley Muller have honed their skills everywhere from fine-dining kitchens to relaxed winelands bistros, and bring decades of shared experience to the Haute Cabrière kitchen, where they recently launched a new menu of modern classicallyinspired dishes that neatly walks the line between inspired Continental cuisine and informal fine dining. “The new menu is all about classic dishes done in a modern way,” explains Muller, who says that while presentation is important, “in the end what counts is working layers of flavour into each and every dish.” Across the menu visitors to Haute Cabrière Cellar Restaurant will now be tempted by bold dishes inspired by classical French cuisine. Lamb Loin is served with an intense tomato basil jus, black rice and Provençal vegetables; Smoked Ham Hock with pork belly and Brussels sprout brims with continental flavours; while a fragrant Cape Bouillabaisse makes the most of abundant local seafood. Local valley produce is celebrated in the Smoked Franschhoek Trout served with farm asparagus and herb butter gratin, while the chefs’ love of Continental cuisine is evident in the Veal Sweetbreads and tongue

with a veal jus and sauce soubise. Memorable saucing is certainly set to be a touchstone of the menu, with the pair pouring hours of labour into creating memorable foundations for each dish. “In sauces there are no shortcuts. Nothing must detract from the final product,” says van Wyk. A key element of the new menu offering is mirroring Haute Cabrière’s founding philosophy of Sun-SoilVine-Man on the plate. Here the estate’s sizeable vegetable gardens have been a boon for the two chefs, with a steady supply of fresh asparagus, tomatoes, leeks, artichokes and herbs making their way from the farm to the prep stations each morning. In the near future the kitchen will also offer a dedicated ‘Garden Menu’; a daily table d'hôte menu built around whatever is fresh from the fields that same morning. Further, the revitalised menu celebrates the synergy between the cellar and the kitchen that has long been a hallmark of the Haute Cabrière Cellar Restaurant, combining the talents of van Wyk and Muller with those of cellarmaster Takuan von Arnim. Perhaps the best reflection of this partnership is in the six-course tasting menu dubbed ‘The Marriage of Food and Wine’, where each dish is paired with a wine from the estate. Here for instance the bright acidity of the Haute Cabrière Unwooded Pinot Noir is a perfect foil for the Asian Venison Tartare, while Braised Chargrilled Octopus in a salsa verde

is an unforgettable match for the much-loved Haute Cabrière Chardonnay Pinot Noir. Paired with the Pierre Jourdan Blanc de Blancs, Muller’s superb Orange Soufflé is a memorable sweet ending to the tasting experience. While the tasting menu features wine pairings recommended by the cellarmaster, the à la carte menu offers diners more flexibility, with well-trained waiters on hand to walk diners through the recently expanded wine list that includes the full Haute Cabrière and Pierre Jourdan range alongside a focused selection of local estates. “The grilled linefish on vinaigrette potato salad is just incredible with the Pierre Jourdan Tranquille,” recommends von Arnim. “It’s an explosion of flavour that knocks your socks off!” Happily, Haute Cabrière’s famed Pierre Jourdan range of Cap Classique sparkling wines makes the choice even easier as the summer days heat up. “If I had the choice I’d pair bubbly with everything!” laughs van Wyk, a familiar face for local foodies thanks to his role in the popular television cooking series Kokkedoor. “It’s the most versatile thing you can drink with food. Take anything on the menu and one of the Pierre Jourdan bubblies will pair beautifully with it.” Partnering with the von Arnim family and Haute Cabrière in this exciting new venture, van Wyk and Muller are set to bring a steady hand to the kitchens at Haute Cabrière Cellar Restaurant. Aside from keeping


Good tidings from Good Food & Co

It’s been a good year for Good Food & Co, say owners Joey Stiglingh and Emmarentia Klaasen. Since buying the business a little more than a year ago the sisters have turned it into a place that foodies cannot stay away from. A quick gander reveals why their customers keep coming back. Old favourites – if one can call them that after only a year! – are still there: freshly baked pies, quiches, all manner of condiments, preserves and spices and a freezer stocked with delectable frozen meals. (Their chicken a la king is indeed fit for royalty!) The sisters aren’t resting on their laurels though. New items and ranges (that could soon join the favourites list) include: bone marrow butter, the Low Carb Pantry range, Biscuit Artistry chocolate brownies and biscuits, Cocoafair chocolates, the Shweshwe salt range, Annique’s teas, gluten-free pastas and loads more.

Fans of Lust Bakery’s artisan breads can now also buy these at Good Food & Co over weekends. Place your order during the week and collect on Saturday or Sunday. Also don’t forget that Joey bakes gluten-free bread. Just give her a call and it’ll be ready in a few hours. Visitors to the Franschhoek Village Market will have noticed that Good Food & Co now has a stall there where they offer a selection of treats from the deli, favourite pies and quiches, fresh flowers from Franschhoek Flowers and other goodies. Anyone still looking for a gift or stocking filler for a foodie friend or relative should also note that they will be at the Christmas Market from 5-8 December. For work functions and larger gatherings Good Food & Co offer a variety of palate- and pocketpleasing platters – from meats to sandwiches and anything in between. Should you have any special

requests that are not part of their offering they’ll do their best to accommodate you. Joey and Emmarentia are thankful for the loyal support of their customers, whether they are locals, swallows or visitors. “They’re the most important part of our business,” they say. “We want everybody to become regulars, so we always welcome suggestions and feedback!” With the holidays imminent Good Food & Co would like to wish all their customers and friends a peaceful and relaxing festive season and a happy and prosperous New Year. Good Food & Co is open from 08h00 – 18h00 (Monday – Saturday) and 08h00 – 16h00 (Sunday). Open until 15h00 on 24 Dec. Closed on 25 & 26 Dec. | 021 876 3556

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Haute Cabrière’s chef duo: Westley Muller and Nic van Wyk

diners happy this summer the pair’s long-term goal is a simple one. “We believe this restaurant has so much potential,” says van Wyk. “We see the restaurant once again becoming one of the best; not just in Franschhoek, but in South Africa as a whole.” Haute Cabrière Cellar Restaurant is open for lunch Tuesday to Sunday from 12h00 to 15h00 and for dinner Tuesday to Saturday from 18h30 to 21h30. | 021 876 3688

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Summer fare at The Restaurant at Grande Provence

Embark on a culinary journey at The Restaurant at Grande Provence this summer and savour the new seasonal gems on the menu. Whether dining in the elegant interior or soaking up the sun, or shade, under the oaks in the Sculpture Garden, your visit to Grande Provence is bound to be a joy for the eyes and palate. Inspired by the time-honoured practices and precision of French cuisine, combined with bold flavours of Asia and locally sourced ingredients, Executive Chef Darren Badenhorst and his team ensure that each meal is perfection on a plate, down to the last micro herb. Choose the three-course à-la-carte lunch, or make it an evening affair with a six-course dinner. With Grande Provence wine recommendations by cellar master Matthew van Heerden, you can expect a memorable experience. Chef Darren does not like to be rushed, so taking hours over each carefully prepared dish is his forte. His 18-hour pork belly is one of his signature starters, while dinner guests can opt for his rabbit and confit pulled duck terrine. Carnivores are spoilt for choice between hot-smoked blesbok shank with a toasted coriander crunch, and slow braised beef short rib served with Asian pickled mustard and exotic mushrooms for mains. Adding a twist of Asian flavours to excite the palate is one of Chef Darren’s specialties. Fish lovers will find plenty to tuck into. Consider masala cured salmon served with a sushi rice dumpling and pickled cucumber, and local tuna yukhoe for starters. For mains, there is a choice between chimichurri baked local hake served with a celeriac and summer apple remoulade, and farmed local cob with vanilla and tonka squid ink risotto, Hermanus white mussel and harissa baby squid. For vegetarians, there is a delicious local oyster mushroom with salt cured BBQ cauliflower, beetroot

carpaccio, hay smoked organic carrots, and butter bean and cauliflower puree. The dinner menu includes an asparagus garden of smoked pea arancini with Danish feta mousse, pea sprout salad and pickled mushrooms. Dessert is absolute seduction, from caramelised white chocolate pot au crème, to the salted and bitter chocolate golden semi-sphere tasting plate, and a summer berry “ice cream sandwich”. The cheese course comprising a parcel of baked French brie, pancetta crisp, candied walnuts and sour cream semi-freddo panna cotta mousse brings this culinary adventure to a seductive close. Lunch at R395 per person and dinner at R695 per person is served daily. | 021 876 8600

Kudos for Coco Africa

Coco Africa, a Franschhoek-based business that designs and produces timber lifestyle products, was bestowed with the 'Best Product - Anura Kamers 2016’ award at the pop-up retail show’s recent stop in the winelands. Owner Cindy Douglas (pictured above holding the award) says that every item they sell is skilfully crafted by an artisan from the Franschhoek community. “We focus on the highest standards of manufacturing joinery and finishing. This results in the beautiful smooth finish that has become a trademark of Coco Africa’s products,” she says. | 072 383 3227

Hurst students deliver

The Hurst Culinary Academy is a remarkable campus in the winelands. Located on Backsberg Estate on the Klapmuts road, students receive training for a dream career. The CEO and Founder, Rebecca Hurst, generates joie de vivre, with her enthusiasm for teaching the love of food, wine and hospitality to students who can enrol in a one-, two- or three-year course. A delightful final-year student, Marinda Armstrong, invited a guest from the Franschhoek Tatler to her graduation dinner in a pop up restaurant. Guests were hosted by a group of 5 students in their final year of study. The function was planned, created and styled by the small innovative group of students, whose presentation was judged by food journalists and accomplished chefs. The dinner was a commendable example of the attitude on campus that mixes study and wholesome pleasure. This unique campus, one

of only 5 similar ones in South Africa, guarantees the graduates full-time employment in the hospitality industry and opportunities to work internationally. On a balmy pre-summer evening this team of students had, that very day, converted the open air terrace into an charming, restaurant, which they called “Kuleana“. Live music set the tone, while the décor created an alfresco theme for a dinner with trendy crockery and carefully selected wines and beverages. The 6 -course tapas–style meal was delicious and inventive with appealing flavours and many gardengrown garnishes. Graduates had to use their new found entrepreneurial skills to get sponsorship for the majority of costs. This graduation challenge was the proof of the pudding. The Hurst Culinary Campus delivers on its promise. The results were there for all to see and taste.

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La Motte scores 5 Platter stars for 2014 Pierneef Syrah Viognier

La Motte recently celebrated the extraordinary performance of its premium Pierneef Collection Syrah Viognier in achieving a Five Star rating by the 2017 Platter wine guide. This recognition followed shortly on the wine being appointed as one of South Africa’s Top 100 wines by The National Wine Challenge and its inclusion in the highly coveted Consistency Awards. La Motte CEO Hein Koegelenberg together with Cellarmaster Edmund Terblanche have a passion for and expertise with Rhône-style blends and have achieved a red blend that consistently offers tight, concentrated tannins and a distinct spiciness. Acknowledging the success of introducing cool climate styles to the estate’s portfolio, the limited volume Pierneef Syrah Viognier is made from grapes obtained from vineyards grown predominantly in the cooler South Coast region. The result is a wine full of flavour and complexity but with a certain elegance and finesse typical of a cool climate South African Syrah. The 2014 Pierneef Syrah Viognier reflects aromatic herb and perfume notes integrated with sweet fruit and

toasted oak. Tight and restrained on the palate, with a pleasing, dry finish, this blend of 95% Syrah and 5% Viognier guarantees exceptional maturation and promises to maintain its elegance for many years to come. | 021 876 8000

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Celebrates the Magic


The people of Le Lude MCC are excited too present the following events during the Champagne and MCC festival this month.

Ultimate Champagne Tasting Friday, 2 December 2016, 18h30

On Friday evening, 2 December, there will be an exclusive champagne tasting in the maturation cellar of Le Lude. Wellknown brands like Dom Perignon, Bollinger, Agrapart, Bonnaire and Le Mesnil, to name a few will be part of the tasting. All in all, 9 of the world’s top champagnes will be tasted. Canapés and a social gathering after the tasting, will take us into the night. A few tickets are still available at R2600 p/p all inclusive. Bookings call 021 065 0505.

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Sunday, 4 December 2016 at 10h30

Paul Gerber, Chevalier

Paul Gerber is the winemaker at Le Lude, a worthy title, but not his only one in the world of wine; he also has a French title as member of the Les Chevaliers order in Le Mesnil sur Oger. The honour was bestowed on him when he was invited to become a member of the of the Le Mesnil-sur-Oger village’s chapter at the beginning of this year. At the end of April he was formally inaugurated into the order of Les Chevaliers de l’Arc, Le Mesnil-Sur-Oger. Le Mesnil-sur-Oger has been Paul’s go-to destination in the Champagne-Ardenne region in France for the last seven years. He became a regular hand in the cellar of a co-operative based in the village. His love of terroir is well catered for in this special grande cru village. Its vineyards lie on a slope with three different elevations giving three different ripenings, micro terroirs if you will. Vintage and non-vintage champagne produced here is from 100% Chardonnay. Pinot Noir is bought in for a Brut Rosé Champagne carrying their second label. Paul started his working life as a mathematics and chemistry teacher. A wine course beckoned and as he worked through the material, he discovered a new passion. He found he especially enjoys the relationship between wine and chemistry and so bade goodbye to teaching and immersed himself in oenology and viticulture. With his new degree tucked under his arm he set off to work in local cellars at harvest time and then took off for cellars in Italy, France and Germany. Back on home soil he did the wise thing of working with Pieter Ferreira at Graham Beck as a harvest intern. Suitably qualified, he applied for the newly-created winemaker position at Le Lude, got the job and started making MCC in the purpose-built cellar.

Ask Paul why he loves making MCC and he tips his science hat to the craft. It’s all about the bubbles; the number, the size, the why, the aesthetics. “It’s lovely how it works,” he declares. He admits to being OCD which apparently is helpful when making this style of wine. The production steps – from picking to bottling – are finicky and require the kind of attention to detail on which Paul thrives. He likes “getting things just right”. It’s a matter of elegant finesse. Paul believes we should not mimic champagne in SA; we should emulate stylistic characteristics, but the terroir should show in the wines. Again he refers to terroir and quotes Mr Ferreira, “As Pieter says, in SA you have to show the sun in the fruit”. Our flavour profile is different and should be accepted (and celebrated) as such. He has the knowledge and experience to make such pronouncements and produces indisputable proof with the fine product released from the Le Lude cellar.

Petronel Malan to visit

The well-known pianist, Petronel Malan, will perform in the Franschhoek NG Church on Thursday 20 April 2017. Her April performances include a solo performance at the Baxter theatre, with the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra in the City Hall and during the KKNK in Oudtshoorn. Her Franschhoek performance will be sponsored by Nic & Ferda Barrow. Watch the press for more details.

Cap Classique, classical music and canapés. A difficult combination to improve on, unless it’s presented in an underground MCC cellar, which it is! Join the Amici String Quartet for a recital of works by Vivaldi, Mozart, Hayden, Dvorak and Wolf. Round off the experience with Le Lude Cap Classique and canapés. Only 50 tickets are available at R260 p/p inclusive of bubbly and canapés. Tickets can be purchased at Le Lude during office hours or via

Agrafe®: traditional and exclusive to Le Lude Méthode Cap Classiques (or MCCs) are produced using the traditional French Méthode Champenoise that sees the wine undergoing two fermentations. The first converts the grape juice into a dry, still wine; while the second, bottle fermentation, turns it into a bubbly. You could say that this second fermentation is where the Magic of Bubbles is created. At Le Lude there is, however, something else that makes this second fermentation ‘magical’. These days the preferred bottle closure during the second fermentation is a crown cap – just like you’ll find on a beer bottle. This wasn’t always the case though. Traditionally the

bottles were sealed with a special cork and an oversized staple known as an agrafe. Le Lude’s winemaker, Paul Gerber, in his quest to produce the best possible bubbly decided to carry out experiments with agrafe closures to see if they make any difference. They did – and it’s easy to taste! The second fermentation on cork gives the bubbly more mouthfeel and texture, imparting savoury flavours and complexity that most bubblies only develop with age. In other words, the agrafe seal allows Le Lude MCCs to have both freshness and complexity right from the start.

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Leeu Estates welcomes celebrity Indian fitness expert Dhiraj Singh

Book now for yoga master classes at Leeu Spa & Gym

Leeu Estates’ revitalising yoga lawn is set among vineyards and overlooks the majestic Franschhoek Mountains. Robyn Silberman, our certified yoga teacher, bases her classes on Ashtanga Yoga, but also offers a choice of Restorative Yoga, Yin Yoga, Yoga for Pregnancy or Vinyasa Yoga if preferred. Postures are modified to each individual’s capabilities and flexibility, allowing both beginners and the more advanced an opportunity to enjoy individual attention, safe instruction and professional guidance. Leeu Estates is now offering an opportunity not to be missed by passionate yoga practitioners! Celebrity Indian fitness expert and consultant Dhiraj Singh, who holds a M.Ed. Sport Medicine and D. in Yoga and Naturopathy (DNYS), will be presenting a series of yoga master classes from 13 to 27 December 2016 at Leeu Estates. Each class will accommodate up to 8 people.



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The bakkie’s bakkie

Meet Isuzu’s sharper new KB Think Isuzu KB. The bakkie’s bakkie is designed and built to do what a bakkie does best and that’s to work. Not so much pretending to be a car than some of its rivals may, this one’s strength is its no-nonsense approach in delivering a range of pickups, stretch and double cabs built to be bakkies and not pretending to be something else. New KB has been revamped and renewed with a newer, sleeker and more streamlined look inside and out, complete with smarter new instrumentation and an improved sound system. New KB gets a fresh radiator grille, fog lamps, and bonnet along with new headlamps with projector, integrated LED day time running lights on LX models. Other enhancements include stylish new 18- inch alloy wheels on LX models with the rest of the range fitted with new 16- inch styled wheels and gear shift indicator for manual models, while 3-litre 4x4 LX Double Cabs also benefit with towbar, sports bar, roof rails and power adjustable leather seats as standard items.

Franschhoek Tatler Inside, key features include a touch screen infotainment system with satellite navigation, internet, Wi-Fi, and smartphone integration. Not much has changed under the bonnet – it never really needed to, but the powerful common rail direct injection turbodiesel 3-litre DTEQ delivers hefty 130kW and 380Nm outputs in range topping models. Add impressive 7.9l/100km combined-cycle fuel consumption for the 4x4 double cab and extended cab models and 7.7 litres per hundred for the 4x2 versions, while the single cab 4x2 instead uses 7.7l/100km with the 4x4 single cab consuming 8.0l/100km. All LX double cab models include passive entry and start system with keyless entry and Start/Stop ignition. Leather is available as standard on the 4x4 auto and manual double cabs and as an option on 4x2 Double Cab derivatives A new 2.5-litre DTEQ common-rail direct injection turbodiesel with 100kW and 320Nm gets a variable geometry for fine boost pressure management, a 20% increase in torque and vastly improved driveability. The two workhorse 250 Base Single Cab and 250 Fleetside single cab models feature a 58kW 170Nm Direct Injection 2.5-litre 4-cylinder turbodiesel good for 7.9l/100km, while all models get revised suspension for a smoother ride. KB also carries Isuzu’s Complete Care programme to cover all routine maintenance; regular servicing and roadside emergencies.

Going to be towing this festive season? Make sure you’re doing it right Whether it’s a trailer, boat, caravan or a brokendown car, towing should be done right to avoid damage to your vehicle and accidents on our roads. Les McMaster, Chairman of the Motor Industry Workshop Association (MIWA), says the first thing to ensure is that the trailer or caravan has been properly serviced by a competent person. “During the service the following areas should receive special attention: brakes (if fitted); electrical connections and components such as lights, cables etc.; wheel bearings (these need to be greased if the trailer has been standing for a lengthy period); and tyres with emphasis on the tyre age i.e. cracks etc.” He adds that it also important to ensure you have the correct licence and what you are towing falls within the legal requirements in terms of weight in relation to your vehicle. “Many motorists don’t realise that their drivers licence regulates what vehicle they can drive and what type of trailer they can pull. The AA provides a break-down of license codes and the corresponding trailer weight. It also explains how to calculate the trailer to car weight ratio. It is important that motorists don’t attempt to tow an item that is too heavy for their vehicle,” says McMaster. The cost of fuel and fuel consumption is also a factor to consider before heading off on holiday with a trailer, boat or caravan in tow. “Towing roughly halves your normal distance so be careful to plan your stops beforehand. It’s also important to budget for the additional fuel you’ll use when

towing. You’ll need to double your usual fuel expenditure,” he advises. McMaster says that speeding is the number one cause of accidents when towing. “Drivers need to be aware that the stopping distance is far longer when towing and allow for this.” He adds that passing heavy vehicles and vice versa creates a vortex which can affect the towing combination stability. “Ensure that you are not caught unawares. Do not use excessive braking when descending a steep descent as this may overheat the brakes on the units and lead to premature brake failure. Rather select a lower gear to assist with the braking force and keep to the recommended speed limit.” He also encourages drivers who stop to assist a broken-down vehicle to ensure they use the correct equipment before attempting to tow the vehicle. “Use only approved towing equipment such as towing bars and ropes. Be aware when using a rope that it will slacken on deceleration. By using the correct rope you avoid the risk of the rope snapping on acceleration. A tow bar should be used if the towed vehicle’s brakes are not working. Be aware that the steering on the towed vehicle may be extremely heavy when the engine is not running so too are the brakes without vacuum assistance,” he adds. “Every December and January we have many fatalities on our roads. Let’s make sure that we tow responsibly and take it easy on our roads this festive season,” concludes Mc Master.

Dominant Giordano Driver of the Day

Sixteen-year-old Giordano Lupini emerged Driver of the Day at Killarney's 12 November Power Series after taking two pole positions, setting the fastest lap and driving to a dominant maiden victory in Class C of the Bold Marine WP GTI Challenge. The rookie put in an exceptional showing to power his Monroe Racing RSA Bakkie & Car magazine Golf 1 GTi to a lights-to-flag victory in race 2. "The weekend stared well with my first two pole positions on the big track," the former karter, who has progressed strongly through his first year on the main circuit, explained. "I fluffed the start of the first race and then got involved in a huge four car-spat for the lead, but the passing traffic wasn't kind to me and I ended up fourth - four-tenths of a second behind winner Jarred Simpson in a group of four cars with Jarred and my MRD teammates Bryan Morgan and Dillon Joubert. "I made no mistakes in race two – that was the best start I ever had and I found myself close to the front of Class B; from there I just paced it home and made sure that every time a Class B guy passed me, it was in the right place so I never lost any time. From there it

was just a matter of driving it home. "What a wonderful day – we won at Kyalami a few weeks ago and now this! Congratulations to Brian Morgan on winning the overall GTi Challenge championship today and to the other winners and my rivals. I have a lot of people to thank – my dad especially – this is the seventh year of our racing adventure and it has not always been easy, but he's believed in me and known I had it in me all the way, so it has been great to deliver these results," said fourth-generation racer Giordano. "Also huge thanks to Brian Maunder, Nian du Toit and the team at MRD for turning my car into a real race winner; to everyone who has contributed to the last year in Challenge, to my sponsors Monroe Racing RSA, Bakkie & Car magazine, La Vie de Luc mineral water, CIR Construction, acciDent Guru, Bob-Ric Motors and Fuchs Lubricants; my mom and sister and the rest of my family and friends for all your support – this is turning into a special year after all!" Franschhoek Bridge House School student Giordano now takes a break from racing to write his Grade 10 exams before returning for the GTI Challenge finale at Killarney on 3 December..


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Rotary News Mark Tanner

On 5 November the Rotary Club of Franschhoek Valley held a Fifth Anniversary Dinner at Haute Cabrière. The club’s Charter President, David Courts, presented a resumè of the club’s achievements to date. In its first five years, the club has disbursed over one million Rand in service projects and community initiatives. As a result of these projects: • 450 children living in abject poverty in a desperately deprived informal settlement just outside Paarl now have an ablution block and classrooms for after-school work. • 32 residents of the frail care unit of Fleur de Lis Home for the Aged in Franschhoek now have wheelchairs and non-slip floors in their bathrooms. • Children at the Kusasa Early Learning Centre now have a fully furnished, well stocked library • Martha and Mariska, local nursery school teachers, have had vocational training in Switzerland. • 25 grade 10 and grade 11 students from local


Errol Cunnama & Graeme Comrie The last four months have been truly amazing for the Franschhoek SPCA, due mainly to the incredible support we have received from the Franschhoek community. A huge ‘thank you’ to everyone who has contributed in any way to assist us. To the young Renee Louwerse,who donated the R500 she raised by selling lemonade, to Anne Marie who donated a kennel, to the many people have been kindly donating animal food in our box positioned in Pickn Pay, to Franschhoek Tyres who didn’t charge for a replacement tyre on the SPCA bakkie, to the Franschhoek Wine Tram who, on 17 November, presented the SPCA with a donation of R20 000 and to the many, many other anonymous donors who have shown their support, we really cannot thank you enough. On 12 November, Guy Clarke and Samantha Nolan of the Creative Culinary 1693 team held a fabulous – course dinner and wine pairing evening at the historic Bellingham homestead. A portion of these ticket sales were donated to the Franschhoek SPCA, as was a portion of the Bridgehouse Boogie tickets sales. Annette Phillips’ Annual Quiz was, yet again, a great success and it too added to coffers of animal welfare in the valley. (See separate report.)

schools have attended leadership camps, returning inspired and motivated with new leadership skills • Very many terminally ill patients now have more regular visits from palliative care nurses as a result of the car we donated to Franschhoek Hospice • Up to 40 preschool children a year in the Groendal township now have a spacious, fully equipped crèche, in a newly constructed, fire proof, fibre cement building • Babalo and Cardia, two delightful local students will complete their high school education with bursaries from our club, and • An elderly gentleman in Groendal had his eye-sight saved when he visited our free pop-up clinic on Rotary Family Health Day. The club is now well on the way to providing a minibus for the Franschhoek Valley Community Sports Centre, and we will shortly be installing some waterless toilets in informal settlements near Franschhoek. The Rotary Club of Franschhoek is open to visitors who are welcome to attend meetings and discover how projects grow from suggestions to realities; realities that provide better living for those less fortunate. Membership costs less than R5.00 per day and we are always open to new ideas. Please contact Mark Tanner on 082 773 9217. Without this kindness and generosity we could never have achieved so much in such a short space of time. Your support is allowing us to directly improve the lives and welfare of animals in our valley. On 3 November we sterilised 38 animals and plan to do a similar number on 1 December. Our Inspector Lilly Konstabel attended a refresher course in Johannesburg. We installed a Tracker computer system which helps us keep track, with addresses and contact information, of all the animals that we attend and treat, to allow us to follow up where necessary. Some committee members have been assisting the team on street patrols. We now carry tools to assist people who need their yards secured. Once the yards are secure, we encourage owners to free their animals from their chains. Two of our committee members patrolled over the firework ‘season’ and, together with great support from the Groendal community, confiscated fireworks that were being sold illegally. (Fireworks are only allowed, with a permit, for exhibition purposes.) Many animals were spared the shock and terror these would have caused and we had far fewer animals in our kennels as a consequence. We hope to repeat this activity for fireworks over New Year’s Eve. So once again a very big ‘thank you’ for your support! Please continue to support us wherever or however you can … You are making a difference! Here's to the next four months!

December 2016

Landbouvereniging sê “Dankie”

Die Franschhoek Landbou Vereniging (FLV)het tydens hulle algemene jaarvergadering op Donderdag, 10 November, sertifikate van waardering oorhandig aan twee instansies wat ‘n groot rol speel in landelike beveiliging, nl. Pepler Alarms en Dogs and All. FLV voorsitter, Jaco Visser, het tydens die oorhandiging gesê, “Hierdie maatskappye offer baie tyd op, sonder betaling, aan die landbougemeenskap. Hierdie sertifikate is net ‘n klein manier om dankie te sê.” In die foto regs is VLNR: Pieter Pepler (Pepler Alarms), Jaco Visser (FLV) en Jacques Lume (Dogs and All).

Fleur de Lis Nuus Carol Dendy Young

Fleur de Lis visited Lavender Farm on 20 October. Tanya and Daniel treated their elderly guests to tea and coffee and delicious eats. Later they were also spoiled with champagne. Everybody received a beautiful gift and thoroughly enjoyed socialising under the shady trees. The calming swimming pool was also a favourite spot. We are very grateful that there are so many caring

Ballet babes

people in our valley who make the lives of our elderly persons so much more enjoyable. Fleur de Lis would like to thank the Franschhoek Community for all their support during 2016 and wishes everyone a blessed Christmas and prosperous New Year.

Hospice News Colleen Douglas

These six students of Anma School of Ballet have successfully completed their very first Royal Academy of Dance international examination. FLTR are: Sarah Buchanan, Anne Mocke, Janke de Necker, Elsofia Malherbe, Kallen Mitchell and Ava Penlington.

Bridge House top achiever

Thank you to all who responded to our appeal for a cot for our baby. She can now move around safely. Our shop has been in need of a revamp. Thank you to Hillary, Helen and Malcolm for taking on this project. Looking very good so far and will be painted in the New Year. Please note that the office and the shop will be closed from 16 December 2016 to 16 January 2017. A Sister will be on duty and available on the Hospice cell phone number for emergencies Please diarise the following dates: 1 February 2017 – Volunteers Tea at Hospice Hall @ 10h00; 10 February – Hospice Hop at the N G Kerk Hall @ 19h00; 19 February – Remembrance Service at the V G Kerk @ 09h00; 24 February 2017 – Annual Bridge Drive Luncheon at Domaine des Anges Wishing everyone in the valley who supported us during 2016 a Merry Christmas and a prosperous 2017!

Probus Club Julie Mitchell

Jeremy Davids “We see things not as they are, but as we are. Remember smooth seas don’t make skilful sailors”

Elvina Persents represent the 4 Simon Aftercare Centre on the Franschhoek Youth Forum. 4 Simon is a beautiful centre on Bergvliet Farm in Simondium that aims to assist the kids of the farm workers with after school activities. These activities range from assisting them with their school work, having art classes and motivating them to stay healthy and active by riding their bicycles. Elvina resides in Simondium where she became a role model for the youth of the region through her incredible story of how she managed to turn her own life around. Elvina loves kids. She has fond memories

Developing Supporting Youth Leaders in the Valley Contact Jeremy Davids (Director) 082 472 5156

of how she, after difficult circumstances, took the opportunity to become a Sunday school teacher. It was there that she realized her potential in working with kids and the huge passion she has for them. Her grandparents became her role models as they motivated her to become disciplined, have respect for others and to set boundaries for herself. Elvina wants the Franschhoek Youth Forum to become a group where young leaders can find the space to do more. A group where they are motivated to think about ways of building our community as a collective. Her dream is that the Youth Forum can grow into becoming an independent organisation where members will have the responsibility to play a bigger role.

Nina Buys was the top achiever at Bridge House School’s College Awards Ceremony on 13 October 2016. She not only picked up several academic awards, including first in Grade 12, but also the King Constantine Medal; the Sportsmanship Trophy and the Founders’ Shield, which is awarded to the Grade 12 pupil who personifies the qualities of initiative, independence of spirit and self-motivation, coupled with the qualities of humanity and selflessness. To top it all off Nina was also awarded a Gold Presidents Award (known internationally as the Duke of Edinburgh Award) along with fellow Bridge House pupil, Sam Stevens, and past pupil, Andie Pols.

Our next meeting is on Monday 5 December 2016. It will be our Christmas lunch at Franschhoek Cellars. January 2017: No meeting Monday, 6 February 2017: Andrew Kenny – Topic: Prospects for Nuclear Power in South Africa and a Russian Deal at Franschhoek Cellars Monday, 6 March 2017: A.G.M. 
WHAT IS PROBUS ALL ABOUT? In South Africa there is a rapidly growing number of Probus Clubs, which offer retirees the facility to manage successfully the transition from high pressure executive, professional and other vocational activity to a calmer way of life. This is achieved through these features of membership: • Opportunities to extend compatible social contacts and maintain an interest in the topical issues of the day. • Nurturing positive attitudes to ageing through group recreation and the sharing of information on issues of concern to Senior Citizens. • Support in grief and illness. • Speakers at monthly luncheons who provide a fresh mental challenge and stimulation. • We are a-political and non-sectarian • We are mindful of the fact that costs are an important consideration. Membership fees, therefore, are kept to a minimum; while monthly luncheon costs vary. • Probus is not a Service/Fund Raising organization. If you are interested in joining or just wish to come along to any meeting please contact me on 083 303 333 .


Riana Pretorius ACVV Franschhoek het ‘n besige 2016 gehad. Die sosiale probleme word nie minder nie. Mientie, Anelisa en Penny het hierdie jaar hard gewerk om die kinders van Franschhoek ‘n beter kans in die lewe te gee. As ek nou terug kyk oor die jaar wat verby is, was daar sukses verhale en hartseer verhale. Volunteers, sponsors and donors made it worth our while to shed a tear and share a smile. Life is all about sharing and caring. Thank you Franschhoek for helping ACVV Franschhoek care. ACVV Franschhoek staff wishes everyone a Blessed Christmas. Our gift for Franschhoek is love, care and being thankful.

December 2016

Letters Franschhoek Open Gardens festival Dear Siegfried Once again the end of October saw a most successful Open Gardens Festival weekend, with ten gorgeous local gardens open to the public. We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to all the garden owners and their staff for their on-going generosity in helping this truly unique festival to continue to be so popular. Thanks also go to all those who helped with support, work and sponsorship, before and during the weekend. The “Garden in a Pot” competition – run this year for the third time -- saw even better entries. First prize went to Chris Fredericks, second prize to David Malines and third prize to Owen Nyandeny. Congratulations to them and thanks to all the other enthusiasts who took part. Music was once more enjoyed in several of the gardens, for which our appreciation and thanks go to the Manroses, a local family group of musicians who gave generously of their time during the weekend. The plant sale drew lots of interest as usual, and with the proceeds from this added to the large number of tickets sold, a substantial amount was once again raised, all of which was donated to the Fleur de Lis home for the aged. We wish all our supporters a lovely summer and happy gardening. Regards The Open Gardens Team

Re: Cockerel Research In response to ‘A rather tired resident’s’ letter to the Franschhoek Tatler, next time you bite your pillow,

Franschhoek Tatler why not put the other one over your head? Jokes aside, we did our utmost to resolve our late cock Hennie’s apparently controversial crowing by inserting him in a box and hiding him in the garden shed to muffle any noise every evening. Tragically in November this constant abuse resulted in Hennie succumbing to the shock of constantly being shunted around. Hennie was a pet – dearly loved by all of my family and friends. His passing has caused us all great distress. But he’s in a better place now — a place where folk may understand that cocks will crow. Strangely enough, while he was still alive and crowing, Hennie lived in Franschhoek — a country town set beautifully in the middle of farmland and countryside and barely a block away from the nearest agricultural holding. Never mind the hadeda, Egyptian goose and guinea fowl-infested duck pond even closer to home. Still we’ve had neighbours wake us at 04h30 complaining about Hennie the cock crowing. Never mind residents up the road on several occasions wasting Law Enforcement officers’ time and focus in inane protest on several occasions — seven policemen once turned up to tackle a cock crowing in the morning. Have you ever? What a waste of manpower and your tax money… Like it or not, we live in the countryside, so you have two choices: the most obvious of which would be to fit in… Otherwise bugger off back to the big city and find a security estate that may cater for your alleged silent sanity. Oh — by the way — Hennie may have left to crow away in cock heaven, but he’s already been replaced. Enter JZ — our shiny, new, big, black cock proudly continues a great legend with the same gusto that Hennie once did. RIP Hennie. Tim Adams

Environmental Awareness Day

3 Dec 2016, Fhk Valley Community Sports Centre Illegal dumping is a great concern in many countries. At cause it’s not so much about the lack of options as to how to get rid of one´s waste, but rather about the lack of knowledge of what dumping does to the environment, including health issues. On the other hand, recycling and upcycling of diverse so-called waste materials is still in its infancy in many places. To enhance awareness about environmental issues, SCORE has redesigned programming to ensure that Environmental Awareness is central to what young people, children and youth do to preserve Children and SCORE members cleaned up the Stiebeuel River on 21 October 2016. their community. water clean. It was a great success with more than 40 In July this year SCORE in partnership with Adidas black bags being filled with refuse. This was possible hosted a week long camp, part of which focused on with great support from Stellenbosch Municipality educating young leaders about environmental issues. through the provision of tools and equipment as well This was followed by an upcycling workshop held at as the transport of the collected waste material. the sports centre. The workshop brought together Cleaning sessions are to be continued on a regular young leaders and SCORE staff from head office, base. To build up a sustainable programme in the Mbekweni and Franschhoek. community an Environmental Awareness Day for With the help of Dr Petra Blumenroth, a all interested parties will take place on 3 December microbiologist, who is currently volunteering at in Groendal. On this day the entire community the Franschhoek Valley Community Sports Centre will be invited to turn up and participate. The to incubate the project, an environmental project programme will start at 09h00 and finish at 15h00. group has already been set up to teach kids and There will be plenty of environmentally-driven youth upcycling skills. The project group will focus activities with lots of prizes for children. This day on upcycling waste material into sellable goods. will also be in partnership with various stakeholders Upcycling is a great idea to give more value to noincluding Stellenbosch Municipality and a number of longer-used items or even waste, like plastic bottles government departments. and newspapers. Dr Blumenroth also intends to set – up an exchange store, where children can redeem a In other news from SCORE Franschhoek was variety of second hand goods such as clothes, toys represented at SCORE’s Youth Skills Forum in Pretoria etc. This will help build up stock of plastic, cans, during October 2016. Franschhoek was represented by bottles and paper for upcycling purposes. Bongumusa Xulu, Monique Africa and Bernard Moses. The focus with the project is to ensure that children In addition to this the Franschhoek Cup of Heroes understand the processes involved in reducing, Team won both the Environment and Health Projects reusing and recycling. On 21 October, a group of at the annual SCORE International “Cup of Heroes” about 40 children and SCORE members started the Competition, which was held in Pretoria alongside the awareness programme with a cleaning session of Youth Skills Exchange Forum. the Stiebeuel River as part of creating community awareness of the value of keeping this source of

FWV News Franschhoek becomes adventurous

Already a popular destination when it comes to food and wine experiences, Franschhoek has something fun and exciting in store for outdoor enthusiasts too. Adventure tourism in South Africa appeals to a thriving niche market and the Franschhoek Wine Valley caters to these needs with a variety of offerings. Ranging from a leisurely walk to an adrenalin-pumping mountain bike trail there’s something for every outdoor fanatic. The area surrounding the Berg River Dam offers pristine hiking trails offering panoramic views of the valley whilst admiring the flora and fauna along the way. The Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve situated along the scenic Franschhoek Pass offers a variety of hiking trails, ranging from easy to moderate; perfect

for the novice and more advanced hiker. Enjoy the easy Breakfast Rock Trail that covers a distance of roughly 2km, or if you want to work up a sweat then the Perdekop Trail – categorized as moderate and covering about 13km – will be perfectly suited to you. La Motte, renowned for its wines, food and art is also home to the Sustainable Hike. This trail reaffirms the estate’s commitment to the highest conservation and biodiversity standards, as well as the protection of precious indigenous flora and fauna in the mountain area surrounding the estate and the adjoining Wemmershoek Mountains. It offers the ideal opportunity to explore some of La Motte’s greatest assets – the abundant birdlife, a Protea garden, sustainably-farmed vineyards, a wealth of flora, resident mammals and reptiles and breath-taking vistas of the Franschhoek Wine Valley. If you prefer the thrill of the wind through your hair, then the sky’s the limit when it comes to choosing the perfect mountain biking trail. Biking enthusiasts can choose between any of the following routes:


Editor’s Letter

Siegfried Schäfer

Dear Readers, I’ve been on a bit of a history binge with my editor’s letters in recent months. Some of you – I hope! – have been enjoying them, while others might have found them boring. To those who were bored I promise that I’ll get back to writing controversial things early in the new year! For now though, I’m sticking with history as a significant milestone passed this year that deserves to be recorded: the Franschhoek Trust celebrated its thirtieth anniversary this year. For those not familiar with the Trust it is the officially registered heritage conservation body for the Franschhoek Valley. The Trust was founded in 1986 by founder members Douglas Aikman, Marianne Gertenbach (then curator of the Huguenot Museum), Pieter Haumann (then Mayor of Franschhoek), the late Jan Roux (master builder and restorer), the late Anthonij Rupert, Shirley Parkfelt (Chair until 2006), Cheryl Trull (wife of Michael Trull who started the Vignerons de Franschhoek) and Hannetjie du Preez (then with the former National Monuments Council). The Trust was founded in response to the proposed development of a large retirement village between Cabrière Street and the Franschhoek River that would have irrevocably and dramatically changed the ambience of the village. By 1987 the Trust had started recruiting members for whom they offered a programme of outings and talks every month. The next year saw the commencement of a major project that would result in the Todeschini and Japha Guidelines for Development in the Village and Valley. These led to the formation of an Aesthetics Committee, which – until it was disbanded by Stellenbosch Municipality – ensured that development took place in a sympathetic way. Parts of the Todeschini and Japha Guidelines have subsequently been incorporated into later town planning regulations. 1988 was the tercentenary of the arrival of the French Huguenots at the Cape and also saw the opening of the reconstructed R45 from the Paarl (R301) turnoff to Franschhoek. The Trust, with the support of SAPPI, planted 300 trees along the road. Although many didn’t survive they are still a major feature of the drive into Franschhoek. Another major feature of the drive into Franschhoek, especially in spring, is the white Lord Macartney roses that edge the road in places. These have been a feature of the road for more than a hundred years and the Trust encouraged their planting when the road was upgraded. (As an aside I’d say that anyone concerned about

security need only plant these roses along their boundaries to keep out unwanted visitors. Rosea bracteata, to use its Latin name, is ‘a wild and feral beauty’ and soon forms an impenetrable barrier.) One of the Trust’s major achievements came in 1989 when it restored the historic watermill on La Cotte with money raised in association with the Franschhoek Wine Cellar. Ten cents on every bottle of the La Cotte brand wine that was sold was donated to the project. The impressive sum of R30 000 was raised in this way. Also in 1989 the Trust started giving out awards for good architecture and excellent restorations. Another big project followed in 1990 when the Trust restored the wall around the old Dutch Reformed Cemetery with funds from the Roland and Leta Hill Trust. Later that year the Trust won the Cape Times Environmental Award for its work. In 1991 the Trust developed a self-guided heritage walking tour and brochure for the village. This was updated in 2007 and this version is still available from the tourist information office. Maintenance of the Dutch Reformed Church’s thatched roof had become a challenge and so in 1993 the Trust hosted two dinners to enable it to set up a trust fund for the continued thatching of the roof. Both Dr A. Rupert, the Trust’s then patron, and Mr Eric Samson were most generous donors towards this project. A village museum was started in 1998 and in 1999 the Trust developed the rose garden outside the Town Hall, which it planted with old rose varieties. For a period the Trust was also the custodian of the wetlands at the R45/R301 intersection. After the Franschhoek Ratepayers Association disbanded the Trust changed its constitution to empower it to also deal with these types of issues – at least to the extent that its resources allowed. For the past few years the Trust’s profile has been lower as the number of active members has declined and it has been focussed on commenting on the constant stream of development applications that are made in Franschhoek. Measures are however being taken to revitalise it and ensure that it protects what makes Franschhoek special for residents and visitors alike for at least another 30 years. On a completely different note: This month we’re adding another regular column to the Tatler. Called Music Alchemy it is written by James Stewart. For those who don’t know him, he is an Emmynominated, multi SAMA Award-winning, charttopping songwriter, singer and music entrepreneur. And a Franschhoeker! Welcome to the gang, James. With that said, all that remains for me to do this year is to wish everyone a blessed festive season in the company of those they love. Until next year!

Deadlines - December 2016 Issue: Ad Bookings: 15 November 2016 Artwork: 16 November 2016 | Editorial: 15 November 2016

English standouts

Three Bridge House pupils achieved superb results in the South African Council for English Education (SACEE) Annual Challenge. Luke de Villiers achieved joint first place in Grade 7 with 99%, while Lizete Viljoen achieved third place in Grade 6 with 96%. Among the college students, Benjamin BarclayLoggie, came third in SA in his age group.

Matoppie Loop Matoppie Mast Climb Wolwekloof, which includes three technical loops: Snake Alley; Lower Dam Vista Track; and the Skelmhoek Contour Assegaaibos Dassenberg Loop The Franschhoek Urban Trail These trails are not for the faint hearted. Some areas are technical, but an average-skilled mountain biker can ride it all without putting his foot down, except for a few river crossings. Thrill seekers delight! To ensure a safe adventure experience hikers and cyclists will be requested to pay a nominal fee, which is used towards the maintenance of the reserve and security staff who monitor the surrounding area whilst keeping a watchful eye on your vehicles. The cost is R40 per person for a day permit. An annual permit costs R500 per person for non-residents, and Franschhoek residents pay R200 per annum per person. The permits can be purchased from the

security guard at the entrance or from the tourism offices situated in the village. A detailed map will be made available via the Franschhoek Wine Valley website, allowing visitors to plan their routes at leisure. For those preferring some assistance local hiking and mountain biking trail guides are on hand to steady any nerves. Franschhoek’s Adventure Tourism project is an inclusive initiative for all the residents of the area. It aims to assist the community members through a number of ventures, which are currently in the planning stages. Make the most of your outdoor adventure and turn a day visit into an overnight experience. Franschhoek is home to some of South Africa’s finest restaurants, award-winning wine producers and world-class accommodation establishments. With exquisite boutique shops lining the main street you are guaranteed the ultimate outdoor adventure and lifestyle experience. | 021 876 2861


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Gardening in December Natie Ferreira

And that was 2016! Unbelievable as it might sound, this is the last column of the year. Clichés are flying around about what a rush this year has been. It surely has been a busy one for many, with the world stopping in its tracks a few times as people take power back from the establishment. Let’s reflect on the year and look at a few significant trends and events on the gardening and agricultural front. One does see a maturing of social media and this is playing through into the gardening arena. Various gardening and urban farming platforms allow fellow gardeners to share problems, solutions, seeds, plants and general bits of advice. Advice and solutions are often offered in real time; empowering beginner gardeners to tap into a wealth of experience. This collaboration of likeminded individuals is powerful and a trend to be watched. Resistance to poisonous herbicides and pesticides is growing, with alternatives being tested and shared freely. Pressure is placed on governments to decriminalise the growing of medicines. Seeds and cuttings are collected and redistributed freely. All of this must be so scary to the industry and their backers in office. I would suggest you join a few of these gardening platforms and see what it is about. 2016 was also a year of drought. In the Western Cape, we are facing some of the strictest water restrictions ever. A complete hosepipe and irrigation ban has meant that many people had to rethink their gardening habits. You can keep a few precious plants alive with watering cans, but you won’t keep the front lawn green! Rain water catchment for use in the garden is not much of an option – 1 or 2 irrigation cycles will empty out all but the most expansive tank systems. I see a trend towards collecting rain water during the winter to use as a potable source in the house; allowing our dams and reservoirs to recover during the rainy season. In summer, we are left with few alternative sources of irrigation water. A borehole or well-point comes to mind, but with water tables dropping it is also not a sustainable source. That leaves you with the options of utilising grey water and protecting the moisture in the soil. As predicted, food growing and urban farming has become big. People are directing their resources towards growing their own healthy food. Local has become lekker indeed; and I see farmers’ markets moving beyond trendy to becoming an essential link in the food distribution chain. Linking growers and consumers is still a challenge; and I sure hope that

we will see more innovative schemes to bring locally grown organic produce to the table. December is a month of gratitude. Walk out into the garden and be grateful for what you have. Be thankful for the survivors, the fruit bearers, the food providers, the flower showers, the seed producers, the shade givers and the oxygen pumps that we have all around us. Breathe in the scents of summer and say thank you. Take a walk into the mountains. Enjoy life and live it outdoors as much as you can. Back in the garden I am only focusing on growing food. One again we are challenging ourselves so that at least 50% of our Christmas feast comes from the garden. We are lucky to have a borehole, but I believe this is achievable even with only grey water at your disposal. If you are too late for Christmas, try setting yourself a goal for Easter weekend. And that is the key to growing your own food – start with those veggies that you like to see on your plate. Plan a meal and then work backwards from there. Finally, I will share some Christmas food ideas. Quiches are easy, and if you have your own chickens, one of the easiest ways to prepare an entire meal from the garden. The daily garden salad is a staple in my house. Whole artichokes with melted butter makes for an interesting starter. Stir-fried vegetables are a great side dish. So is oven baked vegetables. Try something exotic this summer – I have grown a liking for the texture and distinctive taste of Okra for instance. Patés, spreads, pickles, preserves, ferments and smoothies are all welcome additions to snack platters and al fresco lunches. Merry Christmas!

Plant of the Month

December 2016 Zinnia

Frankie Brookes

Warming up the Beds

If it’s warm, rich colours you are after then our November companions are perfect for you! Marigolds are first up, offering their warm sunny colours for most of the year and outlasting many other annuals. Their colourful flowers come in shades of orange, yellow, red and bi-coloured, with many flower shapes and sizes to choose from. Zinnia is our other hot companion and they make for great festive colour in a garden with their upright green foliage and kaleidoscope of warm and inviting colours. Marigolds

Zinnias are great companions for Marigolds as they also enjoy basking in full sun and are very drought and heat tolerant. To promote a longer flowering period, deadhead spent blooms to encourage new ones to bud. Zinnias are butterfly and bee magnets, bringing much needed life to spring gardens. They are perfect for containers or as a bold border for your garden beds.

The modern Marigold hybrids are very uniform in growth and stay compact, making them a superb choice. Whether you have a border or edging that needs creating, a container that needs filling, a vegetable patch that needs a natural pesticide or just a dry sunny flowerbed begging for some company, marigolds can fill that gap. They also look very attractive when inter-planted with other bedding plants like salvias, purple basil or verbenas.

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December 2016

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How to Trump Global Investment

The initial intention with the article was to touch on the subject of USD and ZAR long term investment returns for international equity investors. However, with the recent USA election we have to digress shortly from the initial plan. The recent Republican victory potentially has fundamental economic implications. Regardless of personalities and preference, the election of Mr. Trump will not only impact the USA but also the world economy. According to Trump’s election manifesto, government expenditure on roads, schools and the like (fixed investments) will receive a substantial boost. Government spending on these items as a percentage of GDP is currently the lowest it has been in forty years, but that may be about to change. The implication of the above is a potential boost to inflation in the USA, which has already led to a material price correction of at least 10% in the so-called safe haven American treasuries. DIY investors sometimes tend to think there is safety in numbers and since everybody else was buying these instruments, it led to a bubble which has partly burst. I have read many in-depth research reports over the last fortnight and the amounts that Trump intends to spend on fixed investments will be material. If he delivers on the election promises, this will definitely be to the advantage of a company like Honeywell that has been in my international portfolio for a long time and will probably be there for a while to come.

Business Leadership Tony Frost

Yes, variety is the spice of life!

We have so much going for us and yet we contrive to make sure that there is at least as much going against us in our country. We are experts in self-inflicted pain. Most of this is because we allow misguided, and even unguided, missiles to direct our daily affairs. It seems that we are waking up to this reality and slowly starting to do something about it. The local government elections is but one example amongst a number of high profile indications of this awaking. The #FeesMustFall initiative is another, although it is clear that that is a project that has lost its way and is painting itself into a corner. We have come a long way as a country. We have learned a lot and we have made great gains but we have also left a great deal behind and neglected. Some of this neglect was unfortunately inevitable. Some of it could relatively easily have been avoided. The big obstacle that we face, and not only in South Africa, is our own mindsets. We are suspicious of difference. We want others to be like us, to think like us and to behave like us. The “us” I refer to is whichever group you happen to be part of. These groups, our groups, act like self-perpetuating psycho-cybernetic reinforcement loops. We look at our similarities and work hard at projecting those as the only, or at the very least, the ‘correct’ way. And that is where we start to go wrong. Everything we do to try to benefit from the diversity in our society, what we do to try to level the playing field plays out against this backdrop of who is different from us and how can we make them the same. This is a critical failing and can only lead to disaster. This does not mean that we should try to create the universal person. Not at all. What we should be doing is seeking out those that are most different from us

Franschhoek Tatler Another sensible long-term share to own at this stage and that also passes our investment hurdles and criteria is the US railway company, United Pacific Corporation. However, let me jump back into the original thinking about international diversification. One does not only diversify for reasons of Rand weakness but also to reduce systematic risk and to avail yourself of other opportunities. The numbers though are always of interest to the man in the street. The total annual return of the MSCI World Index was 8.61 % per annum since 1970. This is excellent considering that the global inflation rate was close to 2.5% and hence it delivered a real return of close to 6% per annum over this period. Adjusting for the currency depreciation, the compounded annual return in ZAR has been 14.06% per annum over the period which is excellent considering the lower volatility of the MSCI World Index and the free diversification achieved. The local JSE All Share Index has delivered a similar return over the last 46 years. While performance should not be viewed in isolation, international diversification has not only been sensible, but also profitable. Other factors like risk profile, costs and income requirements should also be considered in international diversification. Source: MSCI

and inviting them closer to us so that we can benefit from their differentness. If you think about it, when you surround yourself with people who think the same, behave the same, have the same belief systems … what is it that will challenge your thinking, tap into your creativity and energise your innovativeness? Everything around you will merely reinforce the notion that you are alright as you are! This is good for no one and definitely not good for our country and our society. The geneticists will tell you that we are much more similar than we are different. And the differences are truly miniscule; that is why we can procreate with other races, donate blood that can be used by anyone, eat the same food, breathe the same air, share so many things without any ill effect at all. The DNA differences between all of us are so small that they can hardly be measured and then only with very specialised equipment and deep scientific knowledge. So, if we are so similar, why do we spend so much time seeking out the differences? It doesn’t seem to make sense. In our quest to change the mind-set in our country perhaps the time has come to cease looking for difference but rather to seek out variety so that we can all benefit from the consequent interaction and the crucial conversations that result from interacting with those whose mind-set may be somewhat variant from our own. We can start this approach by seeing ourselves as the stranger in the room, by acknowledging that everyone else is the same and that you are the different one. This level of humility will help you to listen much more carefully to the similarities between us and to realise that our challenges are the same challenges that all of us face either directly or by association. There is no escape, no special haven for a select few. For example, if the rains don’t come we will all suffer not just some of us. It is this which is the engine-room of innovation; the germ of creativity and heart-beat of collective consciousness and commitment.

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Boschendal’s growth strategy supports entrepreneurs

The new owners of the 2 000 ha Boschendal estate near Franschhoek have in the three years since taking over helped local residents establish new self-owned enterprises in security services, cabinet making and egg and poultry production. These new businesses, all of which are now up and running, are (1) Silvermine Protection Services, now employing 36 people, (2) Classic Furniture, a cabinet making business with a manager and two trainees, and (3) Integriegg, a four man business that provides 1 500 eggs per day and 2500 broiler chickens per month, all nurtured on free-range pastures. Other business activities currently run as part of the estate’s operations, e.g. alien vegetation clearance and trail building, mushroom, honey and trout cultivation, if successful, will be privatised in due course and will be followed up by further self-owned enterprises. The question he is now often asked, says Rob Lundie, CEO at Boschenedal, is why his team have chosen to go this route and how they all benefit from it. “In general,” he said, “our aim, as stated at the outset, is to have a genuinely beneficial impact on the community and environment in which we live and to operate in a way that is sustainable. To understand our motivation and mind-set you have to appreciate that from the time I started working I have been an entrepreneur and self-employed.” (Although South African, Lundie ran a property development company in London for 8 years). “I am, therefore, a firm believer in the benefits of private enterprise.” At Boschendal, said Lundie, it became clear to him and his team that there were skills in the local communities which, if developed, could bear fruit. “Any involvement with local people will reveal that in our nearby Pniel, Kylemore and Lanquedoc villages there are men and women with specialist talents. As we see it, our task is to help such people become established in business. To do this in most cases it is necessary not only to provide work premises but also a viable market at Boschendal for their goods or services. It is usually also absolutely essential to set up support systems and to help the new entrepreneur to find other clients or other markets. “We at Boschendal benefit from getting our services and goods at agreed prices and in the form we specify. We also benefit from living in a community which now has improved prospects and more hope. The entrepreneur, for his part, benefits from receiving greater rewards and satisfaction than he could ever achieve as an employee.” Lundie stressed that there is absolutely nothing

Ricardo Adams and Deon Lucas (right) the senior executives of Silvermine Protection Services, established recently with the help of Boschendal management. The new organisation provides security services for Boschendal, Solms-Delta and a wide variety of clients holding one-off functions.

paternalistic or talk-down about Boschendal’s attitude. “We are here to make a profit and to help those we support also to be profitable. What we have found is that most of them initially lack business know-how and in some cases business discipline, e.g. as regards delivery times. “Initially it may be essential to provide considerable business guidance and to handle the admin and accounting aspects ourselves, but the plan is always to coach them to a point where they become totally selfsufficient and take over such activities themselves. We monitor performance and work together on any new initiative and on negotiating new contracts to ensure that they avoid the problems that can so easily beset these. It could in some cases be quite easy to grow too quickly and then lose control. Our close involvement also helps protect and control the Boschendal brand of which these new businesses are so very much a part.” Lundie added that the new owners’ approach and attitude are breathing new life into Boschendal and its surrounding communities, the members of which had often become demoralised as a result of low wages and insufficient work opportunities. Already, he said, Boschendal has been able to increase its own work force from 50 to close on 450 and additional self-employed enterprises fostered by his team will further contribute to the welfare of all in the Dwars River Valley. For further information, contact Rob Lundie at 021 870 4200


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Leeu Collection has a new CEO

Carrie Wicks has been appointed CEO of Leeu Collection, effective immediately. Carrie was previously Operations Director at Firmdale Hotels, in the United Kingdom, where she worked for 19 years. “I am very excited to be joining Leeu Collection,” says Carrie of her appointment. “There is no doubt that Analjit Singh is an inspirational founder and I anticipate an incredible journey with him and the team as we grow and develop the portfolio.” Says Analjit Singh, aka BAS, "Carrie brings strong management capability and strength to Leeu

Collection as we enter a phase of focused attention on operations and excellence in guest experience. We are delighted to have Carrie to lead the team.” “Carrie is a driven and positive individual with recognised leadership qualities and international experience, has an eye for detail and a proven track record of creating lean, non-bureaucratic and dynamic organisations that respond rapidly to the changing demands of markets and customers, qualities that will assist her in taking Leeu Collection to an even higher level of excellence. “

Education makes the difference

While in Helsinki the edupreneurs took in some of the sights.

Franschhoek resident, James Lees, is co-founder and CEO of Advantage Learn. He was one of the edupreneurs selected for the Investec and En-novate edupreneur trip to Helsinki in October. Advantage Learn is an organisation providing quality teaching and support to high school students at a reasonable cost. They are best known for developing the first National Benchmarking Test (NBT) preparation course, which has helped over 3000 students prepare for the NBT assessment required for entry into many universities in South Africa. In 2016, the World Economic Forum (WEF) ranked South Africa 137th out of 139 countries for quality of education provided by the state and rock bottom for the quality of math and science education. Each year our education budget increases, yet the quality of education drops or at best, stagnates. Something is undoubtedly wrong and in need of correction. En-novate and Investec recognised that it is imperative that education entrepreneurs get global exposure. They decided to send representatives and 16 South African education entrepreneurs to Helsinki, to observe Finland's education system. Most of the young edupreneurs had never travelled to Europe before. During the eight day trip, they were exposed to the Finnish education system, from primary through to higher education. They were partnered with hand-picked organisations to discuss possible future partnerships and were required to present their businesses and South Africa to Finnish and European delegates. James says that Finland’s history makes him hopeful, yet apprehensive for South Africa. Finland was colonised first by Sweden and then by Russia before their independence in 1916. They then faced two world wars and a continuing threat of take-over

by Russia, yet created a country that thrives on trust and equality. One of the keys to creating such an equal, inclusive and prosperous society is their focus on education. James noted the valuable knowledge gained on the trip saying fixing our education system is critical to correcting the level of inequality that exists in South Africa. Without a good education system, we cannot compete in a world that is becoming more and more globalised and reliant on a knowledge economy. “We are fortunate to have a culture of problemsolving people set on improving the state of our nation.” He added that correcting our education system is going to take work from all of us. Throwing stones when things aren't improving is unhelpful and impractical. The edupreneurs learnt that the Finns all believe that education is the heart of the community and so everyone contributes. In addition, entrepreneurship in Finland is being stimulated ceaselessly. South Africa needs to learn how to create SMEs as fast as possible and how to ensure their long-term success. Most of the Finnish start-ups encountered by the South African group had private and/or public funding. Of the South African businesses on tour, only two or three had been funded. James says, "The State cannot fix our education system alone. The role of education organisations both for-profit and not-for-profit is extremely important. The social impact that for-profit education organisations can have is profound, so long as they are supported correctly." Thus the dialogue and on-going knowledge sharing between nations is important. James commended Investec and En-novate for their achievement on these trips. 

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with Matthew Smith, Area General Manager for Leeu Collection Your job description suggests a big responsibility. For which properties are you responsible? I am responsible for all of our Franschhoek properties; these include Leeu Estates, Le Quartier Français, Leeu House, Tuk Tuk Microbrewery and Marigold Indian Restaurant. Why did you want to come to Franschhoek? I’ve always identified with country living and from this perspective it was an easy decision. My family was based in Cape Town at the time so the move was not an easy decision to make. The opportunity and potential I saw in the projects was too tempting to ignore. At what stage of the development of the Leeu Collection properties did you become involved and which part did you enjoy most? I became involved when a decision was made to develop the then Klein Dassenberg/Von Ortloff properties into a hotel, spa and wine making venture. The property was very much in its early construction development phase where the buildings, landscaping and infrastructure was just beginning. We immediately began design changes in accordance to hotel requirements and started the process of all hotel operations set up. What is the Vastu principle which has been applied in the design of the properties? Vastu Shastra (vāstu śāstra) is a traditional Hindu system of architecture which translates to "science of architecture.” These are texts found on the Indian subcontinent that describe principles of design, layout, measurements, ground preparation, space arrangement and spatial geometry. Vastu Shastras incorporate traditional Hindu and in some cases Buddhist beliefs. The designs are intended to integrate architecture with nature, the relative functions of various parts of the structure, and ancient beliefs utilizing geometric patterns, symmetry and directional alignments. Your staff is wellinformed, capable and socially intelligent. How do you manage to find the right people to employ? It is a balance between finding people with passion and a willingness to learn. Our 6-week on-site training with a highly passionate and dedicated specialist team is extensive and in-depth and creates the foundation for excellence. Where possible all candidates are required to work trial shifts in their respective property and this very quickly determines whether the fit is correct for Leeu Collection. We are in the process of


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Franschhoek Tatler setting up a hospitality training school, where a select number of candidates will be put through a 3-month accredited program. We hope to create more qualified service staff for Franschhoek as a whole. Everything at Leeu Collection is top drawer. What do you think is the most exciting thing for Franschhoekers? We have had amazing support from our Franschhoek community across all of our properties, to date I would say Tuk Tuk Microbrewery has been the most exciting for locals. What do you want to achieve with Leeu Collection in Franschhoek, or have you already reached your goal? My vision is to raise the standards of hospitality in Franschhoek and South Africa as a whole. There is always more work and higher service standards to attain. Your hospitality experience lists many places locally and overseas. What have been your favourite places of work? Prior to Leeu Collection, Ellerman House in Bantry Bay was an incredible experience. The Covent Garden Hotel in London was also wonderful. Which talent of Mr Singh’s do you think is the most important contributor to his success? I think Mr Singh’s success is a combination of many things; attention to detail is the talent that resonates with me the most. What did you learn from working with Sol Kerzner? There was never a dull moment working for Sol, multitasking, being very creative and dealing with a large group of professionals to achieve the same goal was learnt. You love water sports, how often do you get to go to the seaside and what all do you do? We have a beach house in Kommetjie so I spend any free time I have with my family, surfing, supping or having fun on the beach. If you did not work in this industry, what do you think you would have done? Apart from hotels and hospitality I am very interested in building, project management and development. I would have to say architecture or building would have been my second choice.


Book Review

Charlotte van Zyl Mothering Sunday By Graham Swift. Publ: Scribner.132 pages. This gem of a novella contains in its 132 pages more thought and emotion than a doorstopper three times its length. It is about an upstairs-downstairs love affair. It is also about how a young woman learns to become a novelist through the experience of love. Ultimately, it is a lesson by Graham Swift on the art of the short novel, showing how a simple domestic narrative can be as mysterious and spellbinding as Joseph Conrad’s stories about adventurers confronting their fate in the Far East. “Mothering Sunday” is a book that should actually be read twice, because this allows you to check on what you have missed along the trail of directions and hidden clues. It’s all there in hindsight, the romance (as Swift calls it) or the tragedy (as the reader is inclined to call it), couched in the most luminous prose. The concrete details that frame the narrative are clear and it is up to us to intuitively discover what emotions or history hides behind the details. This is what we are certain of: it is a glorious English spring day. The date is Sunday, March 30th, 1924. The day is called “Mothering Sunday” because it is the one day of the year that serving girls are allowed to go home and visit their mothers. The historical moment is the aftermath of the Great War with nearly all the country houses with their well-born families grieving the loss of their sons on the battlefields of the Somme and Verdun. The specific setting is the upstairs bedroom of such a country house. We find the two main characters in it. They are two lovers from different worlds. Jane Fairchild is a young serving girl and Paul the privileged young master of the house, one of the few survivors of the War. In spite of being a foundling Jane has embraced life actively, determined to make a career for herself. She avidly devours the novels that her kindly employer lends her, and because of this freedom, she even dreams of becoming a student and possibly a writer. As she lies on the bed we enter her mind. She is

And so to the opera

In October the Franschhoek Culture Vultures went to the opera for the first time in months. Carmen was on at Artscape and they were not going to miss it. Violina Anguelov, who was cast as Carmen, had increased her fan base in Franschhoek after singing here in a dinner concert. Full of the joys of spring, everyone gathered to board the Davids Transport bus. Leopard’s Leap Cap Classique added sparkle to the occasion and was nicely balanced by tasty snacks. After a smooth ride Patrick stopped the bus in front of Artscape and the group proceeded to the big foyer where they waited for their seat allocation before making their way into the opera house. What a splendid production Carmen turned out to be. The orchestra was applauded for their fine work


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watching Paul, the man with whom she has just had sex, getting dressed to go and have lunch with the woman to whom he is getting married in two weeks’ time. He is a reluctant husband-to-be, even though this event will offer some consolation to the bereft families. After he leaves, Jane walks round the house naked, familiarizing herself with the contents of the rooms, relishing the fact that she was allowed to enter the front door of the manor for the first time in the six years of their affair. This process of discovery and self-reflection represents the beginning of her life as a writer. The dramatic events that follow force her to draw upon all her mental and moral resources. We can now see why Swift made Joseph Conrad Jane’s favourite author. As much drama can take place on a single spring Sunday around a bedroom, as on a schooner in the middle of the South China Sea. This small fiction is a masterpiece, one that the older, successful novelist called Jane Fairchild herself could have written.

and the curtains opened to reveal a beautiful set that rotated into a corrida for the last act. Cape Town Opera can certainly boast a line-up of fine voices! Violina Anguelov was a lovely Carmen and Noluvuyiso Mpofu as Micaëla drew gasps from the audience. After more than three wonderful hours in the opera house, the group was ready for a glass of Leopard’s Leap wine and headed for the bus. There were snacks to stave off hunger and chocolate to sweeten the deal. A spontaneous rendering of the Toreador’s song on the trip home revealed more talent than imagined. It was a happy group that waved goodbye to each other and found their way home just before midnight. If you would like to receive information on future outings, please send your name, email address and cell phone number to


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Music Alchemy James Stewart

LIVE is life

Before the invention of the printing-press, celebrated composers would be commissioned by the well-heeled to write works for special occasions. Performances were often one-off affairs. Without the technology to mass produce – to essentially democratise music – these works remained the property of the elite. Controlling ownership of copyright was a simple affair. The ability to print gave rise to the publishing business. The most loved works could now be sold in sheet music form at the local grocer to be played in living rooms, taverns and town halls. Unsurprisingly the composers and artists would be paid pennies while the technocrats, lawyers, accountants and retailers made a mint. In 1999 the complex system of royalty administration, the nexus of the music business, crashed headlong into ‘Napster’ which facilitated wholesale illegal sharing of music for free. This was in part a reaction to mainstream music becoming boring and formulaic. Where record companies used to invest in career artists in the ‘golden age’ in the ‘I’m a Barbie Doll’ plastic age they were spending five million dollars to make 6 six million dollars on one-hit wonders. Fun? Sure, pop music is disposable by nature but artists had lost connectivity with their audience. So they took

their music back to its genesis – to pubs, clubs, school halls and arenas. Live. That primal connection. Those ‘you just should have been there’ forever moments. And of course cash at the door (rather than indecipherable royalty accounts and indentured slavery to the record companies). As a performing artist of some twenty years I am well aware that playing live is not only good for the soul, it’s good for business. Lifetime relationships are forged. An ephemeral transaction occurs. The artist shows up, shares humbly and completely of his or herself to be rewarded with loyalty and love. I was fortunate to witness PJ Powers at the gorgeously intimate Mountain View (Franschhoek Cellar) last month. With a career spanning 15 albums she attracted both fans, as well as a good few patrons who had never heard of her before. The songs, the story-telling rendered those present speechless. That is, after the raucous applause. PJ is a star equally comfortable before faceless thousands (who could forget the Concert in the Park in 1985 – google it) or a favoured few. We were entranced as she connected dots between being the only ‘white’ band on the bill in Soweto to rock bottom playing in furniture stores after staring down her alcohol addiction and her triumphant return to perform for the Queen of England, her personal moments with Madiba and her international success with ‘World in Union’ as the soundtrack to our South African watershed moment at the 1995 Rugby World Cup. You can’t get this, feel this from a CD or a YouTube video. You’ve just got to be there. Keep a look out for Ard Matthews, Prime Circle, Watershed, Arno Carstens and Karen Zoid who will be performing in our village this month.

December 2016

‘Lines of Demarcation’

- An exhibition by Ingrid Bolton I.S. Art Gallery, until 10 Dec 2016 Former Franschhoeker and 2012 Sasol New Signatures Award winner, Ingrid Bolton, returns to her former hometown with her latest exhibition. This is what she had to say about the her current work. “At the point where the absorption of carbon dioxide takes place, between the atmosphere and the ocean is the ecocline. Field biologists describe the ecocline or ecotone as that place where two boundaries or environments come together and intersect. It is also the place where the landscape meets the atmosphere. On my first reading of the word ecocline, I misread it as “ecoline”, a word that I have chosen to retain because it not only speaks of a fragile boundary that humankind may be overstepping, but also references my particular concerns and interests.” “This body of work attempts to intersect the disciplines of art and science. It is concerned with the idea of the edge: boundary or border as a conceptual notion, as well as through my art making practice. Anthropogenic climate change (caused by humans) is due in large part to the

burning of fossil fuels like coal and oil, which I use in my art making. I also use calcium carbonate, which is a compound that is essential for skeletal and shell production in marine animals. “Ocean acidification is having a profound impact on microscopic organisms, in particular those that don’t thrive in a more acidic environment. Some of these organisms exist at the bottom of the oceanic food chain and so have a knock-on effect on the creatures we eat, like fish and molluscs. “The physical spaces or ecoclines that I explore are where the land intersects with the sky and where the ocean meets the atmosphere. The encounter that I highlight in this space is that between carbon dioxide and tiny marine organisms called phytoplankton. My focus is specifically on a group of organisms called pteropods, commonly known as the sea snail or sea butterfly. | 021 876 2071

Summer high season at Moór Gallery

Moór Gallery in Bordeaux Street will be staging two exhibitions during the summer high season. The first, Vernissage, is a group exhibition featuring a selection of artworks in different mediums by some of South Africa’s most renowned contemporary artists. They include: Leandri Erlank, Hannes van Zyl, Nhlanhla Dumakude Nhlapo, Marieke Prinsloo-Rowe, Henk Serfontein, Greta McMahon, Willem Pretorius, Diane Mclean, Annelie Venter, Cobus van Bosch, Peter van Straten, Johann Du Plessis, Steven Rosin, Anthony Harris, JP Meyer, Jan Schutte, Mathew Britain, Ester Mahlangu, John Murray, Cameron Platter, Lionel Smit, Philip Rhikotso, Luigi Benzoni and Marinda du Toit. The second is a solo exhibition by Aidon Westcott, entitled Perceptions of Duality. This exhibition reflects a departure from Westcott’s use of fish as symbols of the subconscious. These are now replaced by water, symbolising intuition and emotion. Westcott explains it as follows: “The fish is contained within the water; while the water is contained within the river system or river bed. The symbolism is between the dualities of inside and outside and can be interpreted as the subconscious and conscious elements co-existing in the natural environment portrayed within the landscape which itself, represents the whole or the psyche.” Westcott’s work consists of mixed media artworks

that are filled with symbolic imagery aimed at awaking forgotten memories out of the subconscious mind of the viewer. The imagery is built up in layers of antique packaging and selected ephemera through the medium of collage which is combined with hand stitching, thread and oil paint. These materials are collected from antique stores and include leaflets, handbills, tickets, trade cards, programs, playbills, printed tins, packaging, adverts, posters, postcards, photographs and old newspaper clippings. Westcott’s work explores fragments of a former culture through the use of these found objects and simultaneously invests new and continually shifting meaning and interpretations for each individual. The artworks viewed in their full context explore the psychological realm through which one perceives the exterior world and one’s inner universe.

“Bonjour, Monsieur Brel” 17 Desember, 19h00, NG Kerk In Bonjour Monsieur Brel word Jacques Brel se beeldryke tekste in vier tale gesing deur Jannie du Toit en begelei deur ’n musiekensemble uit die boonste rakke (Tjellis Susan Mouton en pianis Coenraad Rall). Jannie is dekades reeds ’n hoog aangeskrewe Brel-vertolker en ’n standhoudende eksponent van uitnemendheid in liedkuns, onder andere in Nederlands. Sy eerste vertolkings van Brel sing hy in 1988 in die produksie Van Berlyn tot Bapsfontein saam met Laurika Rauch. Brel speel sedertdien deurgaans ’n rol in aanbiedinge soos De Kleine Man en Jannie en die Tannie saam met Christa Steyn. Sy mees onlangse optrede in ’n Brel-produksie was Brel in Brooklyn in 2010, weer saam met Laurika, met Christa by die klavier

en Sergio Zampolli as akkordeonis. Veral twee Nederlandse Brelliedere – Madeleine en Liefde van later – vestig hom vroeg in die negentigerjare as Brel-vertolker, maar sy latere Franse weergawes van La Valse en Il Neige sur Liège kry ook hoë lof van kenners. Naòmi Morgan se Afrikaanse vertalings, wat uiters gunstig vergelyk met vertalings in ander tale, verteenwoordig ’n verrassende nuwe blik op Brel se tekste. Bekende treffers is natuurlik op die spyskaart, maar ook van sy meer onbekende, ewe briljante werk. Bespreek by die kerkkantoor: 021 876 2431

Festive Fridays

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Church Services

Cap Classique & Champagne Festival Venue: Huguenot Monument. Time: 12h00 to 17h00. Cost: R350 pp. Booking:

NG Kerk Franschhoek: Sondagdienste 09h30. Geen aanddiens meer nie. Ds Peet Bester. 021 876 2431. Uniting Reformed Church: Sunday service: 09h30. Minister: Dr Shaun Burrows, 021 876 2632. All visitors most welcome. Shofar Christian Church: Sunday Services: 09h00 English at 7 Lambrechts St 18h00 Afrikaans at Franschhoek Rugby Klub, Groendal. Ps Theuns Pauw 021 876 3348. All welcome! Roman Catholic Church: Mass every 2nd Saturday of the month at the Methodist Church, Bagatelle Rd, Fhk. 073 488 6816 Trinity Church: Anglican Communion Service Sundays 10h00. Weekday Communion with Prayers Wednesdays 10h00. All services at L’Ermitage Chapel. Fr Gavin Mitchell (083 799 0726) St George’s Anglican Church Groot Drakenstein. Sunday Services: Holy Communion and Sunday School 10h00. Rector Fr Joe Humbles – 073 560 3566 Franschhoek Methodist Church: Sunday service 09h00 – all welcome. Rev Nuno Vergueiro 021 872 3580 or 082 662 4509. Contact person: 021 876 2510 or 083 287 5756 New Apostolic Church: Le Roux Weg, Franschhoek.Sundays 09h00, Wednesdays 19h30. Rector: Charles Leibrandt

3 December

Cat Simoni Downtown Girl Venue: Café Bonbon. Time: 18h30. Booking: Café Bonbon

4 December

25 December

Blair Taberer Venue: Picnics at Boschendal. Time: 12h00, music 13h00. Cost: R495 for a picnic basket for 2, R260 for a picnic basket for 1, R980 for a picnic basket for 4. Kids under 12, R115. Booking: reservations@ or 021 870 4274

Christmas Services at St George’s Anglican Church, Groot Drakenstein Sunday, 18 December: 10h00 – Eucharist and Carol Service Saturday, 24 December: 18h00 – Crib building service for children Saturday, 24 December: 23h00 – Christmas midnight mass Sunday, 25 December: 10h00 – Christmas Eucharist

11 December

Ard Matthews Venue: Franschhoek Cellar. Time: 15h00. Cost: R165. Booking: www.


Alcoholics Anonymous Contact 021 433 2709 or 073 125 0188 (Jeffrey) Backgammon Club Meets All welcome. Own board not required. Venue: Taki’s Place. Time: 19h00. Info: Graeme Oliver - graeme @ poachedrhino. org or 072 815 8209

12 December

Sustainable Hike Venue: La Motte Estate. Time: 08h00 to 12h00. Cost: R100 pp. Booking: 021 876 8820 tasting@

16 December

Food & Wine (Eikendal) pairing Venue: Le Franschhoek Hotel and Spa. Time: 18h30 for 19h00. Cost: R595pp wine & dinner only, R2895 couple eat & stay. Booking: 021 876 8900 or mpc@


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Aries, 21 March – 19 April: Rather than working according to established patterns this month, you want to find your own way to do better. Be inventive and original, but be careful not to waste time for the sake of being different. Reason is the master of the unbeliever and the servant of the believer. Taurus, 20 April – 20 May: It is time to satisfy your desires with moderation and contentment, particular in expressing your feelings. Human conventions hide true beauty; the beauty which modesty covers, art gently uncovers, while respecting the human tendency. Gemini, 21 May – 20 June: Mercury is moving into Capricorn and it is a good time for careful planning and cautious conclusions. Be practical and listen to gentle advice. A dancing soul shows its graceful movements in all its activities. The lack of understanding of the human soul brings about all conflicts and disagreements. Cancer, 21 June – 22 July: You are an idealist who wants the world to be good and beautiful. You want people to be good and noble and you are very disappointed when they are not. Unless you learn to take people as they come, you will always be disappointed. If you cannot build your hopes in Truth, in what should you build? Leo, 23 July – 22 August: It’s a good thing to be proud and consider yourself important, being respected by others is the essence for you. The negative side of this is that you are reluctant to compromise yourself and lose other people’s respect. Your goals should not always be followed to the bitter end. Virgo, 23 August – 22 September: The traits of this constellation are neatness and administration and you expect those values from others as well and you have no problem with pointing out shortcomings. Be considerate when you do this,

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otherwise criticizing others creates bad feelings. Every virtue is but an expression of beauty. Libra, 23 September – 22 October: Very often when you have to make a decision, you have great difficulty making up your mind. This is because you see both sides very clearly and it is hard to choose between them. Consequently you waver back and forth and don’t reach a decision until it is too late. Subtlety is the art of intelligent perceptions. Scorpio, 23 October – 21 November: You are not expressing yourself easily and prefer to remain behind the scenes. But at times you express powerful emotions very intensely. Your active subconscious must keep those emotions clear and pure, free of envy and attachments. One virtue can stand against a thousand vices. Sagittarius, 22 November – 21 December: Your critical mind and strong opinions can become prone to a self-righteous attitude. By finding faults and being too discriminating you are unable to see your own limitations. Being conventional and moralistic establishes only dogmatic ideas. Consideration is born in the heart and developed in the head. Capricorn, 22 December – 19 January: Do not be detached from your emotions and narrow your goals by cutting in your opinions. Be less serious and less concerned about outer forms. Life can be full of blessings when one knows how to receive them. All things in life are materials for wisdom to work with. Aquarius, 20 January – 18 February: The negative side of Aquarians is that they’re eccentric and scattered in what they do, unclear as to who they really are. On the positive side, they have more faith and capacity to surrender the ego to the divine. From that point on, they are willing to sacrifice themselves for the good of all. Pisces, 19 February - 20 March: You like to influence others, but are easily influenced and vulnerable to other impressions. Do not become dependent or make others dependent upon you. Being moved by feelings, including those that are not genuine easily moves you to sympathy or pity. Control your imagination and develop more discrimination. For a consultation contact Robert at 073 312 1265 or



Jannie du Toit sing Jacques Brel, Tjello – Susan Mouton, Klavier – Coenraad Rall Plek: NG Kerk. Tyd: 19h00. Koste: R120 pp, R100 vir kinders, Hard studenteVery en easy pensioenarisse. Besprekings: 021 876 2431


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Smalls BOOK BINDING AND BOOK REPAIRS. Contact John 021 876 4129 or john@thearmchair

PET-SITTER/HOUSE-SITTER/ CARETAKER: I am a responsible, mature woman who adores animals. I can also supervise domestic staff, pool/garden maintenance, car care, etc. You can trust me with your precious pets & belongings. Franschhoek only. Contact Sue at 083 270 9555

PROFESSIONAL POOL SERVICE REQUIRED? Keep it local! Get a quote. Call RiaPools: 072 347 5355

POOL PUMP PROBLEMS? Noise? We quote and help you out! Call RiaPools: 072 347 5355

EXCESS BOOKS? Shelves creaking, moving house or just thinning out your collection? Contact John Hicks 021 876 4129

LOCAL SPARKY: Here to help with your installations, maintenance, gate motors & electrical repairs. No job too small. Please call for favourable quote. Jenowin. 081 071 4637. References available.

LOOKING FOR THAT SPECIAL BOOK and can’t find it? Call John at the Armchair Explorer, we will source it for you. Contact John Hicks 021 876 4129 HOUSEKEEPER: I am Stella Chibambo, a 25-year-old, married Malawian lady. I have 3 years’ experience as a housekeeper. I worked at Doric Hotel (Malawi) for 2 years and at Holden Manz Guest House for 1 year. My contact numbers: 083 941 5619 or 073 878 3008. (Reference: Jane 078 727 7183 [Holden Manz]).

CHANGING TO A SALT WATER SYSTEM? Let us advise & quote for you! Call RiaPools: 072 347 5355 PRIVATE TUTORING: Scholastic help Grades 1 – 9. I completed NILD, American qualification for assessment / addressing of learning difficulties, in SA known as Brain Dynamics. Did home schooling for 11 years. Prior experience. Contact Wilma 078 475 2710

ASSISTANCE OFFERED: I am a caring, friendly, older woman who can assist you in your house, guest house, shop or office. I can run errands or drive you around. Available afternoons, evenings or weekends. 083 270 9555. RE-FIBRE GLASS YOUR POOL in any colour you like. Call RiaPools for a quote: 072 347 5355 STORAGE SPACE AVAILABLE: 1st Floor units, various sizes, priced between R500 & R1,000 per month. Contact Fiona 021 876 3171 DO YOU STILL HAVE THAT POOL LEAK? Loosing water all the time? Let us quote and take care of the problem! Call RiaPools: 072 347 5355 TRUSTWORTHY, friendly, mature lady offering home-sitting / child care / pet-sitting/ general assistance. Contact Wilma 078 475 2710 DRIVERS WANTED: Winelands Experience requires 2 drivers to cover evening shift from 16:30hrs up to normally


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December 2016 23:00hrs. This is initially a short term contract for 5 months. There is potential for full employment and Tour Guide Training for anyone who is customer oriented and demonstrates enthusiasm and personality to interface with clients. There will be a basic salary + commission on any tours sold to clients by the employee. Extra hours will also be available during the daytime to enhance income. Qualifications: PDP + PERSONALITY essential. Please contact Johnson Solomons on 074 106 4796 or 021 876 4043 for immediate interview.

ACCOMMODATION TO LET: Unfurnished 2 bedroomed garden apartment in La Petite Provence secure estate. Excellent views, under cover parking. Available 1 Dec 2016 at R8000 p.m. Phone David 082 7788 002 DOMESTIC WORKER: I’m Sylvia. I’m looking for a job, like domestic worker. I stay in Groendal. My contact number is: 063 2800 280 or 073 546 8822.

APPLE TECH SUPPORT: Need help with your iPhone, iPad or Mac? For support, training & set up services call John on 081 361 7228.

HANDY MAN: I am Kepton, from Malawi. I’m looking for a part-time job any day from Monday to Sunday as a: handy man, garden cleaner, painter, maintenance man, etc. Please call me on: 062 748 2898, 078 281 7605 or 083 538 1271.

DOMESTIC JOB WANTED: My name is Mary. I’m a Malawian. I speak English and Chichewa. I’m looking for a full-time job. Contact 062 163 6244.

MALAWIAN GARDENER: Available 3 days per week at R135 per day. Very reliable. Already working the other 2 days. Phone employer. 082 468 1802.

HOUSEMAID: I am a Zimbabwean lady aged 31 years. I am looking for a job as a housemaid. I’ve got 1 year experience and I am a hard worker. My contact number: 062 037 1364 or 084 094 5592.

HOUSEKEEPER / BABYSITTER: My name is Juliet. I come from Malawi. I’m looking for a job as a housekeeper or babysitter. I have experience for these jobs. Contact: 061 050 2522 or 062 2709 229.

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Statement by the Executive Mayor of Stellenbosch Municipality – Gesie Van Deventer

Water restrictions will remain in effect for foreseeable future In the light of the continuing drought and rising temperatures, it is important for residents to note that we are still applying water restrictions and will continue to do so until further notice. Stellenbosch Municipality has been applying water restrictions with the aim to reduce water consumption with approximately 20% since 1 July 2016. With the City of Cape Town escalating their water restrictions to level 3 for the foreseeable future, it was necessary for Stellenbosch Municipality to adjust its restrictions as well. Stellenbosch Municipality supplies water to residents by means of our own sources as well as bulk supply from the City of Cape Town. Approximately 40% of the total water supplied to the Stellenbosch comes from our own resources. The water we buy from the City is sourced from several dams in the Western Cape including Theewaterskloof Dam, Wemmershoek Dam and Steenbras Dam. The water levels of the dams that provide water to the City and the greater Stellenbosch areas, are much lower than in previous years. With water levels still declining and the end of the rainy season, it is important that every resident in the Stellenbosch area obeys the imposed water restrictions and save as much water as possible. We have to reduce our consumption by at least 20%. If we do not take care with our water resources, we will face a serious crisis. A water shortage could result in possible water shedding if the necessary savings are not achieved. Residents and businesses must take note of the fact that since the restrictions have been implemented, the water tariff has escalated accordingly. The 20% water restriction tariff has been used since 1 July 2016 and will continue to be in use until further notice. Please make every effort to save water. You can implement the following tips to save water: • Check all the pipes and taps on your property for leaks. • Do not leave taps running while you shave, wash your face or brush your teeth. • Put a plastic basin in your sink and wash your dishes in the basin. Use that water to water the garden. • A 5-minute shower instead of a bath can save up to 400 litres of water a week. • Avoid flushing the toilet unnecessarily. Dispose of tissues, insects and other waste in the trash rather than the toilet. Every time you flush the toilet, 12 litres of water is used. • Every time you boil an egg, save the cooled water for your houseplants. They'll benefit from the nutrients released from the shell. • Use "grey water" - used water from baths, washing machines and other safe sources - to water your garden. • All residents must adhere to the compulsory water restrictions which include the following: • Watering/irrigation (with drinking water from municipal supply) of gardens, lawns, flower beds and other plants, vegetable gardens, sports

fields, parks and other open spaces allowed only if using a bucket or watering can. No use of hosepipes or automatic sprinkler systems allowed. Watering times are not restricted; however, residents are urged to limit their watering to the mornings and evenings. • Golf courses, sports facilities, parks, schools, learning institutions, nurseries, customers involved in agricultural activities, users with historical gardens and customers with special requirements can apply to the Director: Engineering Services for exemption to the above. (Refer to the website for the application form) • No washing or hosing down of hard-surfaced or paved areas with municipality supply water is allowed (except for health purposes). • Users, such as abattoirs, food processing industries, industries using water to prepare for painting or similar treatments, care facilities, animal shelters and other industries or facilities with special needs can apply to the Director: Engineering Services for exemption. (Refer to website for application form.) • Ornamental water fountains/water features to be operated only by recycling the water or if using non-potable water. • Washing (using municipal supply water) of vehicles and boats only allowed if using a bucket. • Commercial car wash industries must comply with industry best practice norms regarding water usage per car washed. • Informal car washes to use only buckets and not hosepipes. • Manual topping up of private swimming pools allowed only if fitted with a pool cover. • No automatic top-up systems are allowed for private or public swimming pools. • The use of fitted pool covers for public swimming pools is strongly encouraged where practically possible • The use of portable play pools is prohibited. • Golf courses, sports facilities, parks, schools and learning institutions are not allowed to establish any new landscaping or sports fields, except if irrigated only with non-potable water (boreholes/ well points or grey water re-use). For additional information regarding restrictions and dam levels, go to our website, www. Residents who do not adhere to these restrictions will face a hefty fine. Saving water is everyone’s


Duplex home on residents pool area, with upstairs & downstars open plan living area. Neatly secluded back garden. R1050000

Well priced duplex home, with open plan living area. Downstairs seperate living area with upstairs bedroom. Undercover BBQ area, splash pool.

Swimming pools with BBQ facilities for members to come and enjoy our stunning lifestyle. This subsidises the levy to an affordable amount.

Resort borders river. Regularly used by Modern duplex 4 bedroom home, residents to swim. Resident made balcony, indoor bar BBQ, open plan, Rock Pools for all to use. ensuite, neat finishes. R1500000

2 bedroom cottage that indemnifies living here ideal for a couple breakaway . R450000.

5 bedroom home on the bank of the river with huge entertainments areas .

Home on River with 3 bedrooms & ensuites with modern finishes. Upstairs bedrooms lead to balcony, huge garden with carports R1500000

Prominent Dutch Heritage ● 24hr Access Control ● Close Knit Community ● A Host Of Various Sized Swimming Pools Catering To All Ages ● Picnic & BBQ Recreational Lawns ● Situated along the very scenic River ● Subsidised Levy ● Healthy & Wellness Living Environment ● On Site Shop & Pub Intern Agent: Carl Ruthenberg| Cell: +27 84 5083535 | Tel: +27 21 8670693 | email: |

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R5 950 000

340634 MAGNIFICENT TRANQUIL RIVER SETTING. Situated within a couple of minutes drive from the village on the banks of the Franschhoek River this jewel of a plot is just waiting to be developed into a lifestyle wine and olive estate. With extensive views of the surrounding mountains this plot offers. 6,43ha of prime land with borehole and river pumping rights. The price quoted excludes VAT.



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MODERN SINGLE STOREY HOME ON THE SOUGHT AFTER PEARL VALLEY GOLF ESTATE. Unique opportunity to own an ideal single storey lock-up and go, situated in the centre of the estate this lovely modern home offers large open plan living spaces which open out onto an entertainers undercover patio with built in braai. There is a well-appointed kitchen with separate scullery, three bedrooms of which the main has ample cupboard space and a full en-suite. The two other bedrooms share a full family bathroom. To complete the picture there is a double garage and a landscaped garden.

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FARM STYLE FAMILY LIVING. Fantastic country style living on smallholding – this fabulous property offers a buyer a spectrum of opportunities. Comprising of a stunning 5 bedroomed modern farmhouse with lovely gardens and swimming pool, it also has 4 additional income generating cottages with gardens, a 6 car garage currently being partly used for a workshop facility. The price quoted excludes VAT.



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WEB REF: 368144

TRULY SCINTILLATING ESTATE LIVING. This luxurious single storey architect designed masterpiece is positioned to capture the sublime views of the Boland. Offering 4 spacious bedrooms all en suite, triple garage, open plan family room with bar fridge and Piazzetta fireplace, lounge boasting dark wooden beams and high ceilings, dining room with glass fronted wine cellar and gourmet kitchen with built in freezer/fridge, gas/electric hob and ice maker. Quality finishes throughout include surround sound, ducted air-conditioning, underfloor heating.

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PRIVATE AND SECURE FRANSCHHOEK GEM An astounding property tucked away between the orchards featuring two self contained flats and a lovely courtyard with pool and beautiful views. Flexible accommodation with income generating potential and easy walking distance to the village.


R6 950 500 000 000 R5

6 6 256310 340634 FRANSCHHOEK COUNTRYRIVER HOME. Generous family home large plot well located the the village. Featuring MAGNIFICENT TRANQUIL SETTING. Situated withinon a couple of minutes drivein from village on the large garden and pool. River this jewel of a plot is just waiting to be developed into a lifestyle wine and olive banks of the Franschhoek estate. With extensive views of the surrounding mountains this plot offers. 6,43ha of prime land with borehole and river pumping rights. The price quoted excludes VAT.


R3 950 700 000 000 R5

Garages 21 395583 33 22 Garages 400695 NORTH FACING VILLAGE HOME. A lovely 3 bedroom home in a quiet village location. Plenty of potential MODERN SINGLE STOREY HOME ON THE SOUGHT AFTER PEARL VALLEY GOLF ESTATE. Unique to extend. to own an ideal single storey lock-up and go, situated in the centre of the estate this lovely opportunity modern home offers large open plan living spaces which open out onto an entertainers undercover patio with built in braai. There is a well-appointed kitchen with separate scullery, three bedrooms of which the main has ample cupboard space and a full en-suite. The two other bedrooms share a full family bathroom. To complete the picture there is a double garage and a landscaped garden.




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SOUGHT AFTER LIFESTYLE thatch home on sought after Domaine des Anges. FARM STYLE FAMILY LIVING.ESTATE. FantasticBeautiful country flexible style living on smallholding – this fabulous property offers flexible accommodation, and pool. aFeaturing buyer a spectrum of Comprising of a stunning 5 bedroomed modern farmhouse with lovely gardens and swimming pool, it also has 4 additional income generating cottages with gardens, a 6 car garage currently being partly used for a workshop facility. The price quoted excludes VAT.


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WEB REF: REF: 368144 401909 Garages 31 WEB 42 42 Garages EXCEPTIONAL VILLAGE APARTMENT. Immaculate two bedroom apartment with garage and communal TRULY SCINTILLATING ESTATE LIVING. This luxurious single storey architect designed masterpiece is pool in a well run block the heart of the village. Lounge and master bedroom openallonto balcony with lovely positioned to capture theinsublime views of the Boland. Offering 4 spacious bedrooms en suite, triple garage, views.plan family room with bar fridge and Piazzetta fireplace, lounge boasting dark wooden beams and high open ceilings, dining room with glass fronted wine cellar and gourmet kitchen with built in freezer/fridge, gas/electric hob and ice maker. Quality finishes throughout include surround sound, ducted air-conditioning, underfloor heating.


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R5 850 000

Designer home nearing completion in Franschhoek Estate This contemporary home almost near completion is situated on the beautiful Fransche Hoek Security Estate. Comprising of 3 bedrooms 3 bathrooms all en suite with comfortable lounge and feature wood burning fireplace and separate dining room which flows into the fitted kitchen. The double garage leads directly into the house. Double doors lead out onto the patio and the garden which flows down the valley and surrounding mountains. Don’t miss this property which is priced to sell. Levies: R 3950.00

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R 7 950 000

Beautiful thatch home in upmarket wine estate This beautiful that home is being offered for sale in one of Franschhoek’ s most sought after Wine and Olive estate set amongst olive trees and vines, it is still totally private yet still has beautiful views from every aspect of the surrounding mountains. The home comprises: 4 bedrooms, 1 upstairs with own entrance; 3 bathrooms, 2 en suite; Entrance hall; Fully fitted kitchen with upmarket finishes; Separate scullery; Open plan lounge/diningroom; Double volume over living areas; Upstairs study; Two covered verandas/entertainment areas; Pool with large landscaped gardens; Double garage. This property will be snapped up soon so don’t hesitate to appoint to view. Levies R 5000.00 +- p/m R 2300.00 +- p/m

Janice Hicks 072 991 6272 •

R5 800 850 000 R1

La Petite Provence This lock up and go apartment is situated in the secure La Petit Provence Estate. This apartment comprises of 2 bedrooms and a bathroom with open plan kitchen and lounge complete with a Juliette balcony. The apartment boast magnificent views of the Franschhoek mountains and vineyards from all windows. The Estate also offers a communal pool, tenniscourt and 24hoursecurity. Rates :R529 Levies R1890

Janice Hicks 072 991 6272 •

Franschhoek Tatler




December 2016


December 2016

Franschhoek Tatler


FRANSCHHOEK Office: 021 876 2100 •


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Franschhoek / R4.95 million Bedrooms 2 / Bathrooms 2 / Parking 1 / Delightfully charming cottage, surrounded by a stunning rose garden that we all dream about. Offering two bedrooms en suite and a mezzanine study/ third bedroom, country kitchen and large double volume lounge opening onto a patio and outside dining area. Wooden floors throughout, covered stoep and carport complete this wonderful property. Doug Gurr 072 610 7208 / Jeanine Allen 082 410 6837 SOLE MANDATE

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Franschhoek / R5.4 million

Franschhoek / R6 million excl. VAT

Bedrooms 3 / Bathrooms 2 / Parking 1 / Garage 1 / Double-volume living areas with exposed wooden beams. Spacious north-facing undercover patio with beautiful mountain views. Doug Gurr 072 610 7208 / Jeanine Allen 082 410 6837

Bedrooms 3 / Bathrooms 3 / Parking 10 / Exquisite self-catering commercial apartments located within characterful old house on Franschhoek Main Road. Three separate units. Doug Gurr 072 610 7208 / Jeanine Allen 082 410 6837


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Franschhoek / R8.9 million

Franschhoek / R7.2 million

Bedrooms 3 / Bathrooms 3 / Parking 2 / Garages 2 / Charming village home with deep veranda and pretty mountain views. Lovingly renovated within a beautifully established garden.

Bedrooms 4 / Bathrooms 3 / Garages 2 / Lovely reception area opening to a summer patio enclosed with safety American Shutters. Private garden with swimming pool.

Doug Gurr 072 610 7208 / Jeanine Allen 082 410 6837

Doug Gurr 072 610 7208 / Jeanine Allen 082 410 6837 /PamGoldingProperties


Franschhoek Tatler



R6 995 000

December 2016


R6 500 000

GEORGIAN STYLE IN PRIME POSITION WITH STUNNING VIEWS. This property offers style and charm in a quiet avenue on Franschhoek’s urban edge. Double doors welcome you into an elegant open-plan space incorporating living, dining room and country kitchen.This leads to a covered verandah with glass stacking doors and views across the garden, pool, mountains and vineyards. Ground floor has 2 large bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, and guest room with patio/ garden access. Master bedroom suite upstairs has a private lounge/study and 2nd covered patio with gorgeous views.

TRUE VILLAGE HOME WITHIN WALKING DISTANCE OF THE HIGH STREET. Open plan living areas create a seamless flow through the interiors and out into the garden beyond. A kitchen with separate scullery, a formal lounge, informal TV room and central dining area are ideal for family living. A wrap-around veranda ideal for outside entertaining overlooking garden and pool area.There are three, well proportioned, upstairs and an en-suite guest room downstairs. Two en-suite bathrooms (main & guest room) and a shared family bathroom complete this ideal family home.

Tom Clode +27 (0)79 955 3114 | Terry-Lee George +27 (0)82 650 9194 WEB: 137275

Tom Clode +27 (0)79 955 3114 | Terry-Lee George +27 (0)82 650 9194 WEB: 134653


R9 950 000

It isn’t hard to recognize this much loved and well-known historic property, currently the home, studio and gallery of master potter David Walters.This landmark, in the historic quarter of Dirkie Uys street is claimed to have been one of the earliest village homes dating to around 1840 and, while renovated over the years, still presents as a period home with all it’s quirky and timeless features.With business rights linked to its current usage as a gallery & pottery on the ground floor and it’s upstairs conversion to the current owner’s home, this property offers many different redevelopment opportunities to future custodians. Set within a glorious 2500sqm park-like garden and bordering a natural stream, this property must be viewed to be fully appreciated. Tom Clode +27 (0)79 955 3114 | Terry-Lee George +27 (0)82 650 9194

WEB: 169137



STUNNING FAMILY HOME IN THE HEART OF FRANSCHHOEK VILLAGE. In a sought after location, this lovely family home exudes charm and character .A welcoming hallway leads to a spacious open plan living room/dining room, with well-equipped open plan kitchen with bare brick features, and separate scullery.The living area leads onto a large covered North facing stoep overlooking a lovingly nurtured mature garden and pool. Upstairs are three large bedrooms en-suite. A large fourth bedroom ensuite downstairs is currently used as an office and has a lovely aspect over a small courtyard garden. Also includes a double garage and a private borehole. Tom Clode +27 (0)79 955 3114 | Terry-Lee George +27 (0)82 650 9194

R12 900 000

R9 995 000

WEB: 142181


R21 000 000 VAT EXCL

STUNNING HOUSE IN AN ENVIABLE POSITION ON EXCLUSIVE DOMAINE DES ANGES ESTATE. The heart of this home is the double volume living room with fireplace which leads out onto a charming covered verandah overlooking the mature garden and boasting some of the best views in Franschhoek. There are 4 spacious en-suite bedrooms, a large study, a scullery and double garage.The house is surrounded by mature gardens adding to the sense of country garden tranquility. The Estate offers a floodlit tennis court, a gym, clubhouse and large lap pool.

STUNNING 2.4HA LIFESTYLE SMALL-HOLDING INTHE HEART OF FRANSCHHOEK.Renovated country style farmhouse with upmarket finishes and contemporary styling. 3 bedrooms en-suite, spacious living room, dining room, country-style kitchen and an underground wine cellar. Upstairs includes large open plan study and 2nd living room. A large stoep and upstairs terrace provide awesome views.The grounds include mature trees, 2 income producing cottages separate to main house, 1.2 ha of grapes, olive, plum and other fruit trees. Also includes a large temperature controlled wine storage room and two staff cottages with separate access.

Tom Clode +27 (0)79 955 3114 | Terry-Lee George +27 (0)82 650 9194

Tom Clode +27 (0)79 955 3114 | Terry-Lee George +27 (0)82 650 9194

WEB: 144610

WEB: 136410

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