Franschhoek Football Frenzy
We Chat to Resident Film Star, Eric Mabius - PAGE 21
A Collage of the Local ‘Gees’ - PAGE 11
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Franschhoek owes its existence to a “diverse group of courageous individuals who, in extraordinary circumstances, left their pasts behind with the promise of a second chance at life and created a society far from their homes, friends and families.” It sounds almost like the basis of a good movie plot – and rather amazingly it is. In fact the preceding quote is paraphrased from the press release that sets the scene for the soonto-be-hit BBC One series currently being filmed in the Franschhoek valley, called Outcasts.
Big names on set include Eric Mabius (Daniel Meade of Ugly Betty), Liam Cunningham (Clash of the Titans), Hermione Norris (Spooks), Daniel Mays (Ashes to Ashes), Amy Manson (Desperate Romantics) and Jamie Bamber (Battlestar Gallactica). Filmed on location in the valley, the series plays out on the planet Carpathia, in the town of Forthaven, which offers the displaced inhabitants of Earth a chance at redemption and all the inevitable human pitfalls of love, greed, lust, loss and longing. That same press release reads: “As they continue to work and live together they come to realise this is no ordinary [place].”
“It’s no wonder then that Ben Stephenson, of the BBC says: “Outcasts [the stars have] chosen is a richly intelligent, character led drama full of big ideas about what it is to be human told the inspiring FranschhoekPROPERTY through thrilling and surprising stories… with valley as their home-from- compelling characters and it is hugely exciting home. “The Franschhoek that this amazing cast is going to bring it to mountains offer us the epic life.” It’s no wonder then that they’ve chosen the inspiring Franschhoek valley as their homelocations that weSelf-catering wouldn’t Accommodation from-home. “The Franschhoek mountains Property Management find anywhere else,” says offer us the epic locations that we wouldn’t Project Management find anywhere else,” says the Pearl Valley-based producer Radford Neville.” Events Management
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Married, Single, Other and Wuthering Heights under his belt. Other notable names include directors Bharat Nalluri (Tsunami, Spooks, Hustle, Life On Mars) and Omar Madha (Spooks, Law & Order, Burn Up), Executive Producers Matthew Read (for the BBC) and Jane Featherstone, Simon Crawford Collins, Faith Penhale and Ben Richards of Kudos, the company that has produced a number of award-winning series such as Spooks, Hustle, Life On Mars and Ashes To Ashes.
The valley has accommodated the big names associated with the Outcasts production with little hype or fanfare. The well-known personalities, such as Mabius and Norris, have enjoyed the cosmopolitan nature of Franschhoek, which has allowed them to integrate themselves into the local community despite their fame. Like Forthaven, Franschhoek is no ordinary place and can truly claim to be the place to live, work and play from the famous to the outcasts.
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Dear reader... Yes, I’m devastated. My team, Cameroon, and our national team, Bafana Bafana, didn’t make it out of the pool stage of the SWC and I’ve had to turn to drowning my sorrows with frequent visits to Taki’s, The Elephant and Barrel and The Station Pub. The proprietors of all three establishments have been most supportive and demonstrated a level of enthusiasm that the French would do well to emulate in the future. How it is that each of them keeps going despite having packed pubs day after day and night after night is beyond me. I know it’s costing me a fortune. Oh, hang on… Via his blog, Neil Pendock recently laid into “frivolous” Franschhoek yet again and I found myself feeling more than a little peeved at the nerve of the man. My frustration is as unfair as his; after all he doesn’t live here. He doesn’t need half an hour just to buy milk from Pick n Pay (where buying the milk takes five minutes and the other 25 is spent chatting to the friends he’ll invariably find shopping there); he doesn’t take pride at the hanging of flags for the SWC or the Bastille Festival or look forward to the Bowls Club’s AGM (to which everyone is welcome on July 8th at 6pm). He doesn’t live in the village - he visits the tourist destination. This tension of ‘village’ vs. ‘tourist destination’ is not unique to us, but how we manage it will be. There have been many letters and comments in response to last month’s articles about the development of Franschhoek and some of them are printed on page 26.
We have an exclusive insight into the life of international star, Eric Mabius, with a feature based on time spent with him on location while filming the upcoming BBC One television series, Outcasts, on page 21. We smack our lips in anticipation of Solms Delta’s ‘veldkos’
(page 6), enjoy the fruits of wine maker Susan Wessels’ labour at Vrede en Lust (page 8) and visit the charming Knorrhoek valley for some good food and great wine on page 12. As always, local business is well-represented as we chat to Pat Ross of African Art Gallery about
Pashminas and crack open the story behind the success of Avoova, both on page 22. We meet Denise Mall of Synura Initiatives on page 3, visit Just Rock and Voluptuous on page 4 and chat to the folks behind Chez d’Or (page 3) and Genot Restaurant (page 6). We introduce Gary Jolliffe, our new correspondent on all things equine and take pride in the achievements of Nutfield Stud’s, Imperious Star, who we’ll be watching in The July (page 10). Jim Waite learns nothing about Forex on page 28 and the publisher makes his SWC Parting Shot on page 31. Great finish or own goal? You decide. And finally, The Month continues to evolve as a ‘magazine in a newspaper format’ and as such has attracted a lot of interest outside of Franschhoek. The quality content, creative layout and colourful pics have highlighted the dearth of decent local publications and a number of rags have responded by upping their game and improving their offering. This is a good thing and demonstrates the value of competition – especially to consumers (who in our case are our advertisers). Despite the number of people who have suggested to me that the Franschhoek valley can’t possibly accommodate multiple publications, I’m happy that more and more is being published in and about our beautiful valley and that the number of advertisers being accommodated increases each month, as does the quality offered to them. Enjoy the read Brett
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MINUTES WITH . . . DENIsE MALL The Month: What is Synura Initiatives?
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Denise Mall: Synura Initiatives incorporates a number of business interests and passions that I’ve developed over the years and that living in Franschhoek allows me to pursue. I’ve always had a heart for people and their development so Synura will have a strong training and mentoring focus, obviously in the civil engineering and engineering detailing business and now more generally with respect to growing small businesses and marketing. synergistic services for development, working through a community of design and engineering
TM: Why Franschhoek?
Denise Mall, owner of Synura Initiatives, located at The Siding in Franschhoek, has had a profound influence on a number of valley locals despite keeping a relatively low profile as the head of the civil engineering business Studio Mall Designs. Denise’s bubbly personality and contagious laughter are balanced by her no-nonsense approach to business and an ability to cut to the chase without causing offence. Keen to learn more about her and about the direction she’ll pursue with Synura Initiatives, The Month chatted to her in her stylish new offices just off the main road opposite la Ferme Chantelle.
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DM: I’ve always been attracted to Franschhoek. As a 20-something-year-old I visited here with my family and I just knew that this was the place for me. A few years ago I had an opportunity to look at relocating my business to just about anywhere and the thought of working here in the Winelands with this beautiful, natural, creative space made it the obvious choice. I do think that the development of the village as a business node needs to be planned carefully and once the back of the recession is broken I’m sure we’ll see a concerted approach in that regard. Possibly the most challenging issue will be the adequate housing of a large workforce, whilst still maintaining the aspirational nature of Franschhoek as we know it. In many respects I hope to give back as much to the village as it gives to me. TM: Why have you chosen to diversify?
DM: Something I learnt early on in my career is that technical skill doesn’t necessarily mean business skill and, almost more importantly, not everyone has the time for formal training or to learn by trial and error. With 15 successful years behind me I’m fortunate enough to be in a position that gives me the freedom to give something back to the community as I’ve always intended. TM: Surely Franschhoek-based businesses owners have everything going for them already; do they really need mentoring? DM: Yes we do, but we don’t all have the ability or time to grow and shape our businesses to properly enjoy everything the valley has to offer. Part of my approach as a mentor is to help grow and shape businesses with a focus on business plans, marketing and the ever-important bottom line.
TM: What projects are you currently involved in? DM: Synura Initiatives is helping a number of small businesses, like Myles Agar’s Ascapes landscaping business, to grow and refine and we’re also training up a number of junior draughtsmen in our Franschhoek offices. There’s an exciting partnership with a modular housing developer brewing but it’ll take more than five minutes to get through that so I need you to “watch this space.” TM: Thanks for your time and re-investment into Franschhoek Denise. We’ll be in touch shortly about The Month’s bottom line. See advert above for contact details.
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It is their second collaboration with the award-winning chef Richard Carstens (Chef of the Year 2005) who returns from a stint on KwaZulu-Natal’s South Coast at Lynton Hall to stamp his brand on Chez d’Or Restaurant. “It’s a classic yet contemporary bistro with Asian influences” he says and draws particular attention to the Confit Duck leg with pommes puree, lentils, mustard brussel sprouts with star anise glaze and the Asian braised Lamb shank as speciality dishes. The restaurant has moved to the front of Bijoux Square and offers 80 seats either inside or in the courtyard under the tree, and is open every day for lunch and dinner at 60 Huguenot Street. Inspired: Richard Carstens
As part of the revamp of Franschhoek’s Bijoux Square by the de Jongh family, the former Café Rouge has been re-launched under the new name of Chez d’Or Restaurant. The de Jonghs moved to Franschhoek 13 years ago and founded the Val d’Or Guesthouse just outside the village. July 2010
Chez d’Or Restaurant is also offering a Bastille Day special of a three course set menu with a glass of wine or bubbly for R180. Call 082 6692200 for bookings and for more information.
It Just Rocks Staff Reporter
the owners before buying JustRock. I made the error of asking Ian whether the sculptures are made from Soapstone and was shot a look that could have turned me to, well, stone. “We don’t do soapstone!” says Ian, “and in fact that’s the big difference between what we sell and what’s on the street.” Turns out Ian only deals in the hardier Springstone which won’t scratch or discolour and is very similar to granite. “You can’t even insure Soapstone it’s so soft,” he says.
Through the Looking Glass Staff Reporter ‘Alice in Wonderland’ proportions. The floor is on the ceiling with a mock runway covered in mirrors and lit by stage spotlights. The spectators’ chairs, all out of proportion and towering over you like giants, house the underwear and, together with the electric-blue mannequin posed on the armchair, sports racy red and black Wonderbras, that had this reporter repeatedly cleaning his steamed up spectacles.
Voluptuous’ Alice in Wonderland proportions
Voluptuous is the kind of shop whose name brings to mind curvaceous, buxom ladies, perhaps a little sex appeal and certainly staff reporters queuing up for the review job. Proprietor Heleen Odendaal had always dreamed of owning a shop that sells funky, young, vibrant and colourful clothes by local designers, so when the opportunity presented itself in the new lifestyle centre in town, she jumped at the opportunity, with Voluptuous as the result. The shop, at the Place Vendôme Lifestyle Centre, represents a fashion house runway with
The rest of the shop is equally sexy, with wallpaper that looks good enough to eat and curtains to the fitting rooms alive with colour. The soft, lilac, metallictinted walls, sage-green ceiling and black velvet walls are the perfect backdrop for international designers like Sissy Boy, Carducci, True Religion and Guess and local designers Michelle Ludek, Errol Arendze, Marion & Lindie, Paige Smith and Catherine Moore.
Such is the success of the shop that she has opened a new outlet on Huguenot Road next to Huguenot Fine Chocolates. It has the same grandeur as the first, with a mock runway ceiling and the spotlights, but small details make it quite different to the first and worth a visit. For more info call Heleen on 071 5261138, email her on email@example.com or visit at Shop 7, Place Vendôme at the bottom of Huguenot Road or her NEW OUTLET at 62 Huguenot Road, Franschhoek.
Of the 150 or so pieces Ian stocks, most are very contemporary and abstract. “Apart from the occasional American looking for an animal piece, most of my clients are Europeans who prefer the high qualIan Puttkammer of JustRock: fond of Springstone abstracts ity, abstract figures,” Life is not measured by how many breaths he says, adding that you take, but by how many times your breath locally he does a good trade in company foyers is taken away.. and large, modern homes. Rather than an art gallery, as the name suggests, JustRock specialise in top quality modern sculptures that will fit in with most architecture and design. Owner Ian Puttkammer has talented artists from Zimbabwe that are specialists within the field of modern-style Shona sculptures, supply direct to his shop in Franschhoek. We went along to find out a little more about one of the village’s better-known outlets. Ian, who grew up in Natal in the small town of Vryheid, studied Advertising and Business management after school for four years in Pretoria and, after completing his studies, lived in the UK; for a few months in London and then the Isle of Man before moving to Franschhoek eight years ago to open Country Lizards for
At his shop just off the main street, Ian, who has had an interest in sculptures since school days, displays the process by which large, heavy blocks of springstone – some weighing a tonne or more - are mined in Guruve in Zimbabwe, chiselled away by hand and finished off with first steel files, then waterpaper and heat and polished with clear wax. “The time the artists spend finishing pieces off gives them their value,” says Ian, fondly stroking the smooth bottom of a female abstract. You can take a look online at www.justrock.co.za , call Ian on 021 876 4047 or pop into to the JustRock Gallery at Bordeaux Street, Franschhoek.
Talking the Walk Staff Reporter
number of the company decided they wanted to go into the private sector; to build taverns and B+B’s for the sailors and so forth. Jan van Riebeeck agreed provided it lay beyond 200 metres of the fort for security reasons. So they started developing the western side of the Varsrivier such that anything on the fort side was company property and the other side was the private sector. So the first citizens set up their homesteads on Hout and Castle Streets and, to this day, east of Adderley is public sector: the Magistrates Court, the Grand Parade, the Castle, the City Hall, Parliament, Caledon square and commercial on the other side. It’s been like that since 1653. Then in the 1840s when the British had taken over the Cape and were busy sending convicts to Australia, they decided to send a convict ship, HMS Neptune, to the Cape arriving in Table Bay in 1848. Not wanting to become a penal
Andrew Boraine explains the origins of Adderley Street
As part of a group of journalists from community newspapers in and around Cape Town invited on a walking tour of the City with Cape Town Partnership CEO Andrew Boraine, I enjoyed an expert insight and an opportunity to learn more about the Mother City – its history, its culture and its future, on a Cape Town Partnership walking tour; and telling stories on the way. One story that Andrew told stood out – that of the origins of Adderley Street, the main street of Cape Town, that starts from the Heerengracht (Gentleman’s Canal) near the entrance to Table Bay Harbour and ends in Government Avenue. Four hundred years ago we would have been standing on the banks of the Camissa
river, he explained, which comes off the mountain and runs right through town into the harbour, so called by the indigenous inhabitants of the Cape meaning ‘place of sweet waters’. It was the only place you could get fresh water in the summer months for livestock between Saldahna and Mossel Bay – that’s why Cape Town exists. The Dutch arrived and what they needed most for the passing ships of the East India Company was fresh drinking water because their sailors were dying of scurvy. They built a mud fort on the banks of what they renamed the Varsrivier (fresh river) at the spot where now stands the Grand Parade, and that’s where the issue of ‘who owns what’ began. Within a year or so of building the fort, a
ply the ship and for three months it stayed out in the bay supplied only with fresh produce from the farmers of Stanford who broke the boycott. The locals appealed to a friendly MP
“The Camissa River (‘place of sweet waters’) was the only place you could get fresh water in the summer months for livestock between Saldahna and Mossel Bay – that’s why Cape Town exists.” in the British Parliament, Charles Adderley (who had never set foot in the Cape) for help in solving the problem, and he led a private member’s motion which eventually got the government to change its plans and send HMS Neptune on to Tasmania. To commemorate this in 1850, Adderley Street was renamed in his honour.
In closing, Boraine emphasised the importance of public spaces for public life: it is places like the station, the Parade and St Georges Mall, that truly connect people with the city in which they live, work and play, he said. It is clear that Cape Town is now a place to linger. It is developing a vibrant cafe society and thanks in part to the work of the Central City ImAdderley Street in the 19th century provement District security officcolony, locals, both black and white, joined in ers and social development workers, it is a safe their first non-racial protest ever and refused to place to be. let the ship dock. Local retailers refused to sup-
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Every visit to Vrede en Lust is impressive thanks to the gorgeous setting and the always effervescent and motivated staff, who, in their red outfits, reflect the meaning of the words ‘vrede’ and ‘lust’ by embodying both peace and passion. Particularly passion.
a credit to winemaker Susan Wessels’ ability. The lightly oaked Marguerite Chardonnay is matured for 10 months on the lees in French barrels with 25% first fill and exhibits a good balance of oak vs. fruit, with green pears dominating the finish.
The beautiful view of the Simonsberg from the Vrede en Lust tasting room verandah
Enjoy Yourself Staff Reporter
Klein Genot was recently sold in a high profile auction and since then there has been some speculation as to the future of the estate and the Genot Restaurant. The Month chatted to Jean Roux de Villiers, owner of Genot Restaurant, about his plans at the restaurant for the foreseeable future.
Since taking over the management of the restaurant in November 2009, de Villiers has steered the focus of the restaurant towards meeting the needs of local and South African patrons whilst still satisfying the demands of the many foreign visitors to Klein Genot. From experience he knows that South African diners rate value for money highly, with portion sizes, cost and a menu of local dishes being important to them. De Villiers has done a good job of creating a “homely venue that focuses on bringing people back with smiles on their faces.” Sure to bring smiles to moms and dads is his vision for a play
park next to the restaurant that will feature video monitoring and the presence of dedicated child-minders. There’s also talk of extending their present free local shuttle service to diners wanting to enjoy Genot’s wine offerings to the full without running foul of the law, to outlying areas and even Paarl. It’s clear that his focus is firmly rooted in building a rapport with Genot clients that will ensure repeat business in and out of season. The Genot organic garden will be replanted in September and will supply fresh produce to the restaurant kitchen and the public. De Villiers points out that this is about quality and value and it’s clear that he takes the issue of ‘value for money’ quite seriously. He also takes outdoor lovers and romantics seriously and is excited about a the new picnic area on the Franschhoek River. With 1.2km at his disposal, de Villiers has created 20 picnic spots, 50 to 60 metres apart and a short stroll from the restaurant. Each of the picnic baskets is prepared on the day and advance booking is essential. Staff are on hand to ensure that the necessaries are replenished as required and all needs met.
I visited the farm on a sunny winter’s day and found the airy tasting room busy but not packed. The twenty or so visitors were easily accommodated in the sprawling space which is very well decorated with an eclectic collection of functional items and objets d’art that consistently add to the South African feel throughout. If it’s not too cool and the wind isn’t blowing, the little verandah overlooking the vineyards is the place to be. Of the six wines tasted, none could be faulted. The fruity but dry Jess is an excellent option and extremely popular. The 2009 take on the Pinotage/Shiraz Rosé is sold-out and by all accounts the 2010 will follow suit. Expect strawberries on the palate and a crisp finish that makes for a good wine that can be enjoyed on its own or with food. The unwooded Sarah Chardonnay is a very good example of the modern trend towards fruit-dominated Chardonnays and
The Mocholate Malbec is in short supply and it’s no wonder that sales to the public are limited to a couple of bottles per person. The wine is lovely, with obvious mocha and cherry flavours and a beautiful purple hue. At your next dinner party serve this wine chilled and paired with a creamy seafood dish and turn your friends into followers. Both Platter 4-star Reserves (2004 and 2003) are great Bordeaux-style blends but the 2003 is remarkable and achieved 90 points in a rating by The Wine Enthusiast. No wonder the ladies are so passionate! Contact Vrede en Lust on 021 874 1611 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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MINUTES WITH . . . JONAThAN HEATh
TM: Quite a trip – you must have learned a lot.
JH: Well, I certainly knew by the end of all that what I didn’t want to do – pumping out 1000 covers a day is not for me. I much prefer preparing fine dining food in a refined and intimate way where attention to detail is important. Under Christian (Campbell, executive chef at both Delaire restaurants), I’m encouraged to bring in all sorts of Heston Blumenthal-type froths and foams using natural extracts like seaweeds and soy. I love that! TM: So where does the passion come from?
With the clear goal of entering the hospitality industry from a young age, Indochine at Delaire Graff’s new Head Chef, Jonathan Heath was already serving tables in restaurants as a teenager in Hermanus during weekends and school holidays while his mates were out surfing. Indochine is the second restaurant to open at the Delaire Graff estate so we took a drive up there to enjoy the view, meet with this confident young man and ask him: What can we expect at Indochine? Jonathan Heath: It’s a fairly upmarket Thai restaurant with a clean, defined offering. We’re aiming to make it the destination Asian fine dining restaurant of the Winelands and are trying to source as much of our product from local organic suppliers aiming to get our produce up to roughly 85% organic. Our poultry is all free-range, our meat is all free-range grass-fed, and our pork is free-range acorn-fed. We also have a greenhouse or tunnel where we grow a lot of our own vegetables following organic principles. The Month: And how did you end up here? JH: I did my apprentiship for three and a half years at the Lord Charles in Somerset West before joining the Southern Sun Group and was part of the team that re-opened Yizani restaurant. Then in early 2008 I joined their off-shore division and worked in the Seychelles, Nigeria, Dar es Salaam and then headed to Café Maude in Johannesburg. I went back to Nigeria to open a new 200-room hotel in Lagos before returning to SA with Balthazar Restaurant at the V&A Waterfront.
JH: My mum inspired me – she is, after all, the greatest cook in the world! Once I was done waiting tables I worked with her and developed a passion for baking, aiming to become a pastry chef. So first it was baking, then hot food and then I fell in love with fine dining and it sort of snowballed form there. TM: So now at Indochine, how does your restaurant differ? JH: Well, Indochine is Thailand and the surrounding region so it’s a mixture of different cuisines; laksas and Tom yums, well-known soups that we’ve turned into ‘fine dine’. Not many places do that. We only started a month ago and have just nine tables inside but can seat 72 in the summer using the verandah. I’d rather not turn tables – with one sitting the guests feel like VIPs. TM: And who’s your market, besides the VIPs? JH: Anyone who’s up for steadfast Asian food taken to the next level. But chatting to the guests so far, it looks like they’re from all over. TM: And the view is stunning... JH: Ja, I have to pinch myself sometimes. The sunset over Somerset West, Stellenbosch and Table Mountain is just incredible. It is a dream come true to work here but I’ve got little time to enjoy the view. It’s a very professional set up at Delaire and with a great team in the kitchen, food comes first. Indochine at Delaire Graff is open from 12.30 until 14.30 for lunch and from 18.30 until 21.30 for dinner every day. For more info call 021 885 8160.
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A two-course meal is R135, and a three-course meal is R155. For starters, there is a choice of crisp fried vegetable samoosa and springroll with avocado puree and warm tomato chutney, or hearty chicken, wild garlic and mushroom soup and cream, with freshly baked seed loaf. The main course, which is served with a glass of Solms-Astor Vastrap or Langarm, is a choice of curried Cape Snoek and calamari wrap with eggplant paste, braised springbok shank with turnip and sweet potato emulsion, or warm marinated salad with home smoked goat’s cheese and fynbos herb pesto. Banana and ginger pudding baked with vanilla sauce is the sweet conclusion.
Seal of Approval Staff Reporter
If you’re someone who pays attention to the various stickers that adorn South African wine bottles these days, you’ve probably noticed that a growing number of bottle-necks are sporting something new in place of the traditional Wine Of Origin label. Thanks to Sustainable Wine South Africa (SWSA), the new Integrity and Sustainability seal means that for any given bottle: the vintage, variety(ies) and origin as stated on the label are correct; the wine has been grown and produced sustainably; that it is traceable from the vine to the bottle and that it has been bottled in South Africa.
SWSA is an alliance between the Wine and Spirit Board, the Integrated Production of Wine scheme, the Biodiversity & Wine Initiative and Wines of South Africa who together are exerting a massive influence on the South African wine industry by shaping it’s commitment to sustainable and eco-friendly wine production. The seal assures consumers that diverse things such as chemical use, pest management, the health of workers, biodiversity conservation and the production of greenhouse gases are all being dealt with responsibly.
According to Su Birch, Wines of South Africa CEO, the seal gives South Africa the international lead in the production integrity of wine. “At this stage South Africa is the only country to have the means to implement and certify the concept across the entire wine industry,” she points out. To be eligible to use the seal, wine farmers complete an annual self-evaluation questionnaire issued by the Integrated Production of Wine scheme, who spot-check and independently audit participating farms over a three year cycle. Birch goes on to explain that the seal is “linked to the existing Wine of Origin system that already guarantees the source of the grapes, their varietal and vintage [and] it gives a further guarantee of production integrity and sustainability. The credibility of the seal rests on its ability to track every stage of the supply chain. Whereas the original Wine of Origin system, introduced in 1974, traces the bottle of wine all the way back to the vineyard, the new seal links the vineyard to the growing practices in that vineyard. This is a highly sophisticated tracking system that is being universally applied across the South African wine industry.” Currently more than 95% of the South African wine industry follows sustainable winegrowing and wine making principles and early indications are that at least half of the country’s producers will make use of the new seal from the 2010 vintage. This is expected to climb to 80% from the 2011 vintage. SWSA and its focus on Sustainability and Integrity get The Month’s seal of approval.
Fyndraai represents the edible side of heritage, which next to wine-making is a major priority at the Solms-Delta Wine Estate. When the restaurant opened, its brief was to pull exclusively from the Cape’s genuine food traditions. Afrikaner boerekos, with its strong European and Cape Malay (slave) influences, was mixed with ingredients first used by the Khoi nomads who settled in the Franschhoek valley 2000 years ago. The need to preserve this veldkos was the genesis for the 2-hectare Veldfood garden. Fyndraai chef Shaun Schoeman, a Franschhoek native and classically trained chef, is a convert to the breadth and flavours of these plants, and finds inspiration in reviving their use in new and modern ways. He has introduced a wealth of winter dishes that are big on both fynbos flavour and cold weather comfort at Fyndraai and also offers exceptional value.
Adults and kids alike are kept happy with a special children’s menu of familiar favourites like beef burgers and calamari nuggets along with warm, attentive service. Fyndraai was ranked as one of the nation’s Top 10 Best Restaurants for Service in the 2010 Eat Out magazine. And if the weather is fine, visitors to the farm can also enjoy picnic fare al fresco with a Solms-Delta picnic basket, available for R135 per person. Fyndraai Restaurant is open seven days a week from 09:00 to 18:00 (kitchen closes at 17:00), and is located at Solms-Delta Wine Estate, Delta Road, Franschhoek Valley. For reservations, call 021 874 3937, ext. 115 or e-mail email@example.com.
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Gig heralds new era for live Jazz in Franschhoek Having not performed at the Franschhoek Bastille festival for a couple of years, Derk Blaisse and the Cape Dutch Connection will play Col’Cacchio from 2pm until 6pm on the Saturday and Sunday of this year’s festival. The even heralds the start of a new association with the Italian eatery, where the band has signed up to play their summer season which begins on October 29th.
The Cape Dutch Connection is a jazz quintet which features vocalist Charlette Dickson, Wesley Rustin on double bass, Jack Momple on drums, piano player and band leader Derk “Fingers” Blaisse and a guest soloist on saxophone, clarinet, flute, trumpet or trombone.
What started as a modest piano and banjo duo playing for a few friends over lunch at La Fromagerie – now La Brasserie – launched one of Franschhoek’s biggest and most popular events. After eleven seasons at La Brasserie playing to audiences of up to 300 guests, Derk feels the move will add a further dimension. “I remember balmy summer evenings on village squares in Europe with performing musicians, conjuring up feelings of nostalgia and romance. It has always been a dream of mine to perform in a similar setting. Therefore it gives me immense pleasure that we will be playing at Col’Cacchio on the main street of Franschhoek for the 12th season of Jazz on Friday. I look forward to working with Elizabeth Rossouw and
The Cape Dutch Connection: Derk Blaisse, Jack Momple, Charlette Dickson and Wesley Rustin
The band plays 1920s and 1930s jazz in the style of Benny Goodman, Louis Armstrong, George Gershwin and Cole Porter as well as Brazilian bossa novas of Stan Getz and Astrud Gilberto. Occassional Cape Goema, Dixieland, swing and blues adds variation to the immense popularity of Jazz on Friday, running this coming summer season from 29th October 2010 until 1st April 2011.
her team, and the musicians are impatient to start the new season.” Col’Cacchio prepares traditional Italian food that can’t be hurried. “It could be because we’re obsessed with quality and only use the freshest ingredients, or that we follow authentic Italian recipes and are always on the lookout for new ones,” says Elizbeth. “We feel that the band is well-suited to the laid back atmosphere at
Col’Cacchio, Franschhoek and can’t wait for Bastille.” For Jazz info and bookings: t: 021 876 3695 c: 082 564 9285 email@example.com www.capedutchconnection.co.za
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Local horse sets sights on the Durban July July sees the first of The Month’s new equinerelated features that will focus on news from the Franschhoek valley’s horse breeding and horse racing fraternity. The valley is home to a number of successful breeders, trainers, jockeys, veterinarians and punters and many of these and their four legged charges will be featured thanks to the efforts of our correspondent, Gary Jolliffe.
pedigree and put her in training with Glen Kotzen, who is the trainer of the 2009 Durban July Winner, Big City Life. Imperious Star ran her first race in November 2009 at Scottsville. She won it with ease. With the success she has had in subsequent races, she has quickly become a favourite. Out of seven runs thus far, she has won five times and placed
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Gary gave up a career as a civil engineer to follow his passion for horses when just 27. Having played polocrosse at national level in Zimbabwe, Gary trained race horses for 16 years and then joined his wife in their full-time horse breeding operation where he specialised in the training of young horses. After relocating to South Africa five years ago “with Mugabe’s persuasion,” Gary now runs Golden Lodge Thoroughbred Services which deals with all aspects relating to the equine industry. Gary is currently writing a book about the starting of young horses which he plans to publish soon. He is actively involved in the running of stud farms in the Cape and can be contacted on 082 345 4115 for more information or with respect to features in The Month. This month’s submission is from Nadine Maheri. Tucked away up the Verdun Road is Nutfield Stud, one of the many beautiful equestrian properties in the Franschhoek valley. Owned by John and Beth Brandtner, who started breeding racehorses in 2002, the stud was moved to Franschhoek from the Natal Midlands in 2006. Nutfield has recently started to make its mark in the horse racing world. And now their brightest prospect, Imperious Star, has been nominated to run in this year’s Durban July. John and Beth bred Imperious Star, sired by Navarone (USA), in 2006. Her dam is Imperious Sue, who in her day was champion racemare and won the J&B Met (Gr.1) in 1997. When Imperious Star was not sold at the National Yearling Sales in 2008, John and Beth decided to keep her rather than send her to one of the other Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association sales. They knew their filly had a first-class
second once. She seems to run with joy; characteristically with her ears pricked forward, making her gallop appear effortless. Her most recent race, the Woolavington 2000m (Gr.1) on Saturday 5th June 2010 at Greyville, which she won, was a deciding factor as to whether or not she would go on to run in the Durban July 2010. The race is usually held on the first Saturday of July but due to the FIFA Soccer World Cup this year, the Durban July will be held on Saturday 31st July. Traditionally, ‘The July’ has tremendous international significance as many of its previous winners, such as Ipi Tombe (2002), Greys Inn (2004) and Hunting Tower (2007), have gone on to have measurable success in the United Arab Emirates. On a national scale, the Durban July is one of South Africa’s premier horse racing events. Previously known as the ‘Durban Turf Club Handicap’, it was run for the first time at Greyville Racecourse in July 1897 over a distance of a mile (approx 1600m) with seven runners. Today there are 20 runners at the start and it covers a distance of 2200m. The race is open to horses of all ages. From a breeder’s perspective, it is surely every breeder’s dream to be able to say that they have bred a Durban July winner. For John and Beth Brandtner, who have been breeding for less than 10 years, this dream might soon become a reality. Regardless of whether Imperious Star wins the Durban July this year or not, I look forward to watching this talented young filly’s career unfold and no doubt all of Franschhoek will be watching too. Contact Nutfield on email@example.com
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Not Too Far From Here... Staff Reporter
A mere 30-odd kilometers from Franschhoek, via the Klapmuts road, lies the Greater Simonsberg wine route, a subroute of the Stellenbosch wine route and home to 32 great wine estates . The route includes the Simonsberg-Stellenbosch Ward and it was to a portion of this ward that I travelled recently to visit the four farms that lie along the T25/Knorhoek road. The drive from Franschhoek takes less than an hour so allows for a leisurely main road breakfast or lunch and a stop at the Potbelly Pantry if you fancy some smoked pork ribs, koeksisters or preserves and intend doing a round trip returning to Franschhoek via Pniel, as I did.
Knorhoek facts that reflect its past, the piano and the two armchairs to the friendly and knowledgeable staff, Muratie is quirky enough to be intriguing and authentic enough to be quite fascinating. The cobwebs really are something - so be warned - but by all accounts the spiders seem to be quite friendly. All Muratie wines are good value for money and their Cape Vintage fortified wine, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Shiraz are fabulous. Maratie’s small restaurant is uber-cool and rather exclusive given that it doesn’t accommodate many people at once. Advance booking is essential and the traditional farm lunch of
The western slopes of the Simonsberg seen from Knorhoek
My first stop was at one of the earliest homes of South African Pinot Noir, Muratie, where the first Pinot Noir vines were planted in 1927. The farm is charming and unpretentious with a bit of history, a dose of great wine and a mass of cobwebs! The tasting room is next to the old fermentation tanks (which double as a restaurant) and does nothing to hide the fact that this is a small, family affair. From the pictures and cobwebs on the walls, the pages and arte-
Tripe or Lamb Shank/Neck is well-worth the R185 price-tag. Delheim is close-by and just as good to visit but completely different. It borders the Klapmutskop Renosterveld Conservancy, is bigger than Muratie and geared for tourists. The Delheim restaurant is a treat with a strong German flavour and their extensive wine offering is sure to satisfy every connoisseur and lighten any
wallet. Try the unique Delheim Pinotage Rosé, their clean but complex Chadonnay Sur Lie or the only 2010 Platter 4-star Late Harvest, the Spatzendreck (and be sure to ask about the origin of the name). At a shade over R200 for all three, you’re well-advised to take along a couple of friends to help you carry all the boxes! The short drive back down the hill and left to Quoin Rock will give you time to look back at the Conservancy and if you’re of the adventurous ilk, call Dirtopia (021 884 4752) for access to the various trails that run through the five farms that share ownership of the land – Delheim, Elsenburg, East Hill, Le Bonheur and Warwick.
to pre-book and it’s only open Wednesdays to Sundays. It’s a charming farm, far from the hustle and bustle of daily life and if you have the time, buy a bottle of any of their very well priced reds and head for one of the outside tables and drink in the tranquility. The Pantere blend is sublime and the Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Two Cubs Rosé all made their way off the farm with me.
Quoin Rock is a relatively new winery, with ties to Quoin Point in the Agulhas region where the bulk of their white varietals are grown. Despite the newness and the large tasting room and cellar, I was struck by the intimacy The William Kentridge Collection of the winery evident in the treatment I received from their staff and dem- July sees the release of their 2010 Sauvignon onstrated by a notice on their website that Blanc which by all accounts will sell out as reads: We regretfully do not offer tasting and quickly as the 2009 vintage did. winery tours to tour bus operators with groups larger than eight. It’s a good place to enjoy the If you’re looking for a rural Winelands experioutdoors on a sunny day with a bottle of their ence not too far from here but want to avoid excellent MCC or a glass of Quoin Rock Vine the sticks, the Simonsberg-Stellenbosch Ward Dried Sauvignon Blanc poured over crushed is the place for you. ice.
Muratie’s intimate ex-fermentation tank-cum-restaurant
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Property & Lifestyle Section Pre-empting the Next Wave Staff Reporter
Bev Malan, the new head of Sothebys in Franschhoek, was a champion tennis player, a Springbok athlete, a Comrades and New York Marathon runner and a three times Two Oceans winner. We spoke to her about Franschhoek, her past and asked her whether she carries through her competitive spirit into the world of Property?
Bev Malan: Look, obviously we go into business because we want to be successful and becoming ‘number one’ is a business objective. Like competitive tennis or marathon running, to be number one in real estate you need to be tenacious and work hard – it’s no different. I’ll certainly strive to be the best in Franschhoek.
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...continued from previous page The Month: The Real Estate business is as competitive in the Valley as the restaurant or retail sectors. I’m sure you’re familiar with The Month’s tack by now so let me ask you – what’s the original angle that will take Sotheby’s there?
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TM: What’s you’re feeling about the property market here?
TM: Are you positive about Franschhoek property?
BM: It’s certainly a buyers’ market with lots of stock around – we need to find buyers and I doubt they’ll come from the Western Cape. Although there’s interest in the security estates
BM: Very positive. I think prices probably need to drop a bit to clear the market but I don’t blame people for being a bit unrealistic with their asking prices - it’s a unique lifestyle af-
BM: I think I differ in the sense that, in my opinion, the next big wave to this area will come from the north and, coming from there, I still have excellent relationships in Jo’burg and Pretoria. A lot of the residents from the upmarket northern suburbs there are looking to move this way in the next three to five years. Not necessarily to start a business here but to own a nice property. I’ve recently had a number of Gautengers looking in the area and those relationships I nurture.
TM: And do Sotheby’s give you a good reach? BM: Certainly. It is an internationally recognised brand and, as such, we enjoy receiving leads from overseas offices as well as via the internet. We also advertise in Johannesburg. Recently, we have had quite a few enquiries from Natal and there are always the Capetonians looking for a weekend get-away.
TM: Tell us a little about how you arrived in Franschhoek. BM: Well I’m originally a PE girl although my husband, Danie, is from Paarl. His parents owned Beyerskloof which, at the time, was only a small farm since under the quota system, farms could only sell a certain amount of grapes to the KWV - now it’s a huge farm I understand. I’d been in sports marketing for seven years when I started in property in Jo’burg in 1995. We came down one Christmas and stayed at Chamonix Cottages, looked at the different developments and bought a stand in La Petite Provence as an investment. Then we built on it (still considering it an investment) and started using it as a holiday home. When we finally decided to move south we looked for an opportunity and Sothebys popped up. I feel I’m still living a dream having escaped from Jo’burg!
BM: Obviously that it’s a beautiful place to live, relaxed, gentle and of course, there are good schools and low crime. But a lot of my buyers are buying a second home so it’s more a lifestyle, vacation decision than a business, family home one. I like it that most people get to work at 9am only – that’s a great selling point! – but there’s probably too much retail space right now; empty shops aren’t good. I hope the developers can get it right and I’m sure they will if we keep engaging them.
TM: And apart from your extremely successful advert in The Month, what other marketing tools do you employ?
(Pearl Valley and La Petite Provence) surprisingly most of my potential buyers are looking for the village lifestyle. With the strong rand, I think a number of the swallows have struggled with rising maintenance costs and have put their properties on the market choosing rather to rent over Christmas than keep their own place. Everyone is feeling the pinch, for sure.
ter all. Those selling for a reason (emigrating, moving on, etc) tend to be more realistic, the others will just have to wait. But I like the fact that people are fairly chilled here compared to Joburg and the hard part about real estate here is being realistic with friends who want to sell!
BM: I feel I want to share news about this unique area so I’m starting an email newsletter to our database all over the world talking about local news, property and lifestyle so maybe The Month can help there. There’s always something to talk about. It also fits nicely into this concept of pre-empting the next wave. TM: Thanks Bev, it was great talking to you. Bev says that there is always coffee on offer at Sothebys in exchange for a good chat! Call her on 021 876 8480 or go to www.sothebysrealty.co.za
TM: And what are the selling points?
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Comfortably Famous Staff Reporter
Mabius is extremely complimentary of the Cape winelands and Franschhoek in particular. I challenge him to summarise his thoughts in a sentence. “It’s the viticultural and gastronomic centre of the universe,” he responds without hesitation. Turns out it’s a description he’s shared with many of his friends back in the States despite the fact that he knows they can’t comprehend the true impact of the description. “No one back home can believe that literally every 500 metres boasts a wine farm offering great wine and a unique experience which encourages collaboration within the community rather than competition between neighbours.” He’s been Eric Mabius: “one of the most desirable men alive” so inspired, he says, that Eric Mabius, aka Daniel Meade, the lead he’s even planning to male in the hit sitcom Ugly Betty, is an in- plant some vines back home in California. He ternational superstar and veteran of almost goes on to rate the local restaurants and the 40 productions. Watching him on the set little village playschool, Bumble Bee, just as of the BBC production, Outcasts, currently highly. being filmed in the Franschhoek valley and in the purpose-built Film Afrika studio in We turn to more introspective issues and I Kuilsriver, it is clear that he wears his fame ask him about his life as an actor. It’s glamcomfortably and could pass for the guy next door were it not for his undeniably good looks and commanding presence, both on and off the screen. It’s the guy-next-door quality that most impresses though. Despite his status, his first words on seeing me on set are “Have you been waiting long? Can I get you something to drink?” As he fixes two cups of strong Rooibos tea, the American of Irish descent transports me into the world of stage and silver screen heroes and never once makes me feel like an outsider. It’s a quality reflected in his relationship with his wife, Ivy, and echoed by both of them in their daily interaction with many in the Franschhoek valley. As temporary residents of the valley, they have crept into the hearts and lives of many locals, not because of their fame, but because of their genuine interest in the lives of those around them and in an authentic experience of the South African way of life.
orous to be sure, but it’s hard work and takes a particular toll on family-life. As he makes a genuine pause to collect his thoughts, it’s obvious that his wife and family are top of his list of priorities. He speaks with insight about the unhealthy motivation of some who choose acting as a profession. “My advice to anyone who wants to become a professional actor is this: Get a job and sort out your issues with some decent therapy, not in front of the camera.” He suggests that age has brought with it a measure of self-knowledge that is reflected in his acting and I realise that his ever-present humility and high EQ are a large part of what makes him so attractive. We change tack as one of the production crew signal to him that he’s required for a photo shoot. Expecting the make-up lady and the wardrobe guy to be all over him, I’m rather taken aback as he simply sets down his cup and steps up to the camera. A few minutes later the impressive stills are done and we’re back in conversation. No wonder then that People Magazine have voted Mabius one of the most desirable men alive. Eric’s latest role is in the BBC One series Outcasts. In the series we are introduced to the “characters at a moment of incredible anticipation, they’ve lost all contact with Earth but the arrival of the last known transporter signals fresh hopes and dreams. Will Stella’s husband and daughter, who she heartbreakingly left behind, be on board? Why does Tate seem anxious about one particular passenger, Julius Berger? Most nerve-wracking of all, will it land safely and bring a fresh perspective on the new world with it?”
Amy Manson and local actor, Langley Kirkwood on location in the Franschhoek valley
Ayoba Avoova! Staff Reporter
What would you do with a handful of broken Ostrich eggshells? If you’re Gideon Engelbrecht you’d turn it into an exquisite functional art piece, and if you’re Tom Goddard you’d turn that art piece into the basis of a successful business. You’d be called Avoova and that would be Ayoba!
Details of all the processes are a closely guarded secret so there’s not much more to say than that it involves Ostrich eggshell pieces collected in the Prince Albert region, cleaned and treated, sorted, shaped and then meticulously placed into intricate designs by highly skilled and extensively trained local community artisans
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Bastille’s French Corner Staff Reporter If World Cup fever has you hot and bothered this winter, escape to the relative tranquility of Franschhoek and enjoy one of the many ‘Value Added Weekend’ packages on offer for the rest of the month.
by homeward-bound SWC visitors. (As it’s Franschhoek, there’s bound to be more than enough of the good stuff for everyone who wants it! - Ed)
Despite being far from the madding crowd, Franschhoek-based soccer fans won’t miss a moment of the excitement as all matches are screened in the main road pubs and most of the accommodation establishments. Visit www.franschhoek.org.za for details. Franschhoek’s annual Bastille Festival takes place on the weekend of the 17th and 18th of July and includes a brand new French Corner Market in the historic Town Hall. The market will be overtly local, with a focus on home-baked and hand-made produce and food that will complement the infamous Marquee awash with wine and bubbly not snapped up
Expect French food, locally grown olives and infused oils, fruit preserves, herbs mixed into bouquet garni, spiced pomanders, lavender and honey products, handbags, cushions, embroidered and decoupaged items, French-styled souvenir candle decorations, beaded pieces and jewellery. Fresh vegetables, plants and garden goodies as well as ‘objet trouve’ and kids’ competitions and prizes, face-painting and a bouncy castle will complete the family-friendly offering. If misbehaviour threatens, there’s an opportunity to ’lose your head’ at the fun guillotine; where the moment will be captured on film or a T-shirt.
A resident of Prince Albert, Engelbrecht comes from an artistic family; both his parents are accomplished oil painters and his father is a published author. With a background in graphic design and experience in construction, welding and rock carving, Engelbrecht has designed the beautiful Avoova range which is the choice of top interior designers, appearing in the form of bespoke table tops for the private yacht of the Russian Oligarch, Roman Abramovich and fills three Avoova shops in Cape Town, Prince Albert and Franschhoek. His designs include ornamental boxes, mirrors, lamps and much in between. Intrigued by the toughness and texture of ostrich eggshell, Engelbrecht decorated an old school chair with eggshell and offered it to the Prince Albert Gallery. Within days the piece had sold and over the next six years he developed and refined his techniques to the extent that he had created a truly unique and eminently useful art form.
who need a thorough appreciation of the art piece and a well-developed sense of proportion. Many of the designs incorporate inlays of copper, brass, sterling silver or pewter. Engelbrecht was ‘discovered’ by businessman Tom Goddard in 2004. After 15 years in the UK, Hong Kong and China marketing luxury consumer products, Goddard returned to SA and was immediately attracted to the “unique and beautiful” designs. The two soon joined forces and today, whilst Engelbrecht focuses on design and production, Goddard manages Avoova’s administration, marketing and product development. The business currently employs 30 people from the local Prince Albert community – developing their skills and offering them the hope of a new life. Now we just need them to come up with a novel and lucrative use for grape skins. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 021 876 3503 for more information.
Local artists (Jacqueline Crewe-Brown, Thomas Henning, Paddy Howes, Peter Hager, Eloise McCarthy, Vuyisa Potina, Johannis du Plessis, Kobus Stander and David and Sarah Walters) will exhibit items that include ceramics, haute couture, metalwork and silver smithing, painting and photography, upholstery and woodwork. Money raised at the market is in aid of the local SPCA. Fore more information contact Polly Meyer or Heidi Muller on email@example.com www.themonth.co.za
Bounce Per Ounce The Dave Rundle Financial Column
some believe that it should be regarded as an asset class in its own right. Most managers believe that it is worth investing into gold as it has no correlation with stock markets, which means that no relationship has been defined over time between the performance of gold and that of stocks. There is, however, a negative correlation between gold and the US$. When the dollar weakens, gold tends to strengthen. Another interesting correlation is that when the oil price rises the gold price tends to rise. This correlation could be because gold and oil are both affected by geographical tension. Will the recent BP oil disaster in the Gulf affect the oil and gold price?
I have just returned from various investment conferences in London and a common theme most fund managers are considering for their clients is an investment into gold. I thought it might be a good idea to look into this and to see why they are so interested in this asset.
Gold, according to some, will continue to rise as long as you have two things - low interest rates and macro-economic uncertainty. Governments are likely to keep interest rates low to encourage economic growth and macroeconomic uncertainty will remain. The current focus has been predominantly on Europe but the US should come into the spotlight in the future. With interest rates likely to remain low in the short-term, it could create a great environment for gold as the opportunity cost of holding a non interest-bearing asset such as
it has a currency nature. Even though gold has been in oversupply, it has risen in price when real interest rates have declined and has continued to trade as a currency. The biggest issue offshore investors currently face is not knowing which currency to hold. Most developed economies are in a shocking state with massive debts that need to be funded and this takes time, and a lot of pain, to rectify. In this environment, holding gold would be a good thing until the economic mess sorts itself out. There are many ways of holding an exposure to gold:
Gold bullion: Rundle’s bet in this economic environment
I think investors should know that it is not a low risk investment. Most of these managers are saying that 5%-10% of a portfolio in gold would be prudent. The precious metal continues to hold its own as a ‘safe haven’ asset and
gold, is negligible. A recent article written by Investec mentioned that gold could possibly reach a high of US$ 1400 an ounce in 2010. Another very interesting aspect of gold is that
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3. Gold Mining Companies There are many listed shares that you can purchase but in our opinion you increase your risk considerably if you consider this option as the companies are often leveraged to the gold price. 4. Unit Trusts - Fund management houses have put together unit trust funds with the underlying assets invested into gold shares. This obviously transfers the difficult choice of which gold shares to hold to the fund managers who have to blend a variety of shares in the fund.
1. Physical gold - at present, South Africans can buy and sell wrought gold. Wearable jewellery, decorative applications, commemorative coins and Krugerrands are examples. In conclusion, we believe that investors should 2. Exchange traded funds (ETF) - if you want to invest into gold without having the hassle of storage and insuring the physical gold then ETFs are a possibility since the costs involved in holding an ETF are low. A security called NewGold Bullion issued by NewGold Issuer Limited, (a vehicle set up by Absa Capital) is an example of an ETF. They sell debentures that are backed by approximately 1/100th of a fine ounce, so that the price is about one percent of the Rand price of one ounce of gold.
consider an investment into gold in the current economic environment. The Fed Fund rate should remain low in the short-term, inflation is starting to tick up very slowly and a situation of negative real interest rates could occur – all this is a good environment for gold. Dave Rundle Rundle Management Services 083 658 8055 This article is solely intended to provide you with objective information about financial products and services and is not intended to constitute a recommendation, guidance or proposal with regard to the suitability of any product in respect of any financial need you may have.
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gown in Bordeaux-red silk which featured a bustier-bodice and a softly-floating long skirt embellished with ‘mille feuille’ ruffles” and her “discreet cleavage and a three-strand necklace of platinum and diamonds, with matching earrings, by Chaumet.” Dior, diamonds, décolletage and pashminas seem go together rather well. Although the pashmina shawl has been popular with Southern Asian aristocracy for centuries, it only took off in the West when designers in London, Paris and New York began to include them in their collections in the late ‘90s. Since then fashionistas have come to recognise that the pashmina is as essential to any wardrobe as the ever-present “little black number.”
Heading for Humility Dear Doctor Chi When SA won the right to host the World Cup, I rushed out to buy soccer kit; I followed the game domestically and abroad and even prayed for our national team daily. In return they’ve dropped me! Please tell me I haven’t wasted my time and that there’s some good in all of this. Deflated Fan Dear Deflated Fan Take a look at what’s happened in the Soccer World Cup thus far. Many of the ‘great’ teams of the world have lost their status and are floundering against the underdogs! The soccer-divas, applauded profusely as individuals as they come out onto the pitch, have failed us and the dependence on individual players to ‘save’ the game has been exposed as humanly impossible! Instead, teams with obvious humility, with an awareness of a force greater than themselves, are the ones achieving! Bafana Bafana opened the World Cup with pride, strength and a glowing faith in something beyond themselves – this country, Man-
dela and a power that was greater than their own. When their second game was screened the obvious lack of this initial energy was overwhelming. In the first half of that game a sense of arrogant entitlement was evident and by the second half a primal, aggressive, unskilled and humiliating display of emotions culminated in a red card and the goalie being sent off! I am not suggesting that we all overtly practice our awareness of a force greater than ourselves but it sure wouldn’t harm us to tap into humility a little more! The arrogance of the soccer divas has created enough negativity within the team to help them to lose! Imagine what skill combined with humility could generate.
A little over a year ago Hilary Alexander of The UK’s Telegraph, labelled Carla BruniSarkozy “French fashion’s secret weapon.” Since her rise to fame as the French president’s leading love, Alexander suggests “the former supermodel, folk singer and, now, First Lady of France, has been le derniere cri in elegance.” She goes on to ask what it is “about Carla Bruni-Sarkozy which makes grown men go weak at the knees, normally taciturn back-bench editors fight for adjectives to describe her looks and which has reduced at least two rock-stars to love-struck devotion, not to mention the President of the French Republic after a whirlwind romance.” Pat Ross of African Art Gallery, situated on the main road in Franschhoek, suggests that it’s her expert use of one particular fashion item available to all who visit her iconic shop – the pashmina. Alexander seems to agree. When describing Bruni-Sarkozy’s “master-stroke of style,” she lists the “paisley silk, tribal pashmina” along with the “daring and glamorous Dior ball-
Although pashminas are, strictly speaking, made from Cashmere wool only, they often include silk to add sheen and softness. Pat is hesitant to sell Cashmere pashminas given that a number of Chinese breeders are raising Cashmere goats and creating non-authentic Cashmere products but still charging exorbitant prices. “After all, a pashmina is an investment,” she points out “and we would rather deal with ethical suppliers while still offering clients an affordable option.” Items in her store start from about R300 and even the most expensive items will set you back less than a few thousand rands. The shawls and stoles on her shelves include the most intricate patterns and designs and come in every colour imaginable. Some are hand embroidered in India and she has a strong relationship with the Indian government and the Cashmere region. Affordable viscose options are available and it seems that the once-maligned fabric is becoming popular again given that the essentially natural fibre drapes like silk, feels like wool and is both lightweight and warm – all the qualities of a good pashmina. Pat points out that “a pashmina is very much a work of art” and makes the perfect gift, albeit that buying art for someone else can be quite difficult. Fortunately she’ll happily exchange items bought as gifts, particularly those bought by love-struck hubbies, whether they’re French presidents or not. See advert on page 22
If ever we were given a chance to reflect on what arrogance, entitlement and the ‘diva-like/ superstar’ attitude creates in terms of a greater effect – the World Cup offers just that! Dr Chi
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Werner Smit of Winelands Experience Celebrate South African History With the hosting of a thus-far successful FIFA World Cup tournament. South Africans know that the world now has a more realistic perception of South Africa, its infrastructure and people. One of the ‘must visit’ destinations for all South Africans and international travellers is the Groot Drakenstein Correctional Facility from where Nelson Mandela was released in 1992. A lone bronze statue of Mandela stands where he took his first steps as a free man.
school until the outbreak of the Anglo Boer War in 1899. The church was made bigger in the 1880s and restored to its present appearance in 1968.
Huguenot Memorial Museum Franschhoek is today known as one of South Africa’s prime tourist destinations, but for the French Huguenots who arrived in the Cape, becoming the Gourmet Capital probably wasn’t foremost in their minds at the time. The Huguenot Memorial Museum portrays the rich history of yesteryear whilst exhibitions of Huguenot families are also displayed. Visitors can also visit the wildflower garden and the restaurant behind the main building. The museum was opened in 1967 and still serves as an information, research and education centre with respect to the Huguenots and their environs. The museum offers lectures with slides and videos on these themes and guided tours are also available.
Five-pot furious Road Test: Audi TT RS Race and rally fans will remember the noisy rumble that the great five-cylinder Audi Quattros made on stage and track – and the noise is back! Albeit that the cheep-cheepchirp that punctuated the roar as it rushed through the forest or around the racetrack is far more muffled in Audi’s latest Quattro, the TT RS.
intriguing Sport button that offers a raunchier exhaust note to add some excitement along with a modicum of improved engine responsiveness. In truth, I’m not quite sure why it’s there – who’d want to switch it off in the first place? – Michele Lupini
The museum and monument can be visited weekdays and Saturdays from 09:00 to 17:00 and also on Sundays from 14:00 to 17:00. Expect an admission fee of R10 per adult and R2 per child for the museum and also R5 for adults and R1 for children if visiting the Monument.
Franschhoek and its Religious History Visitors and Franschhoek locals with architectural or historical interests should pay a visit to the Dutch Reformed Church, or simply attend a Sunday service there, to enjoy the impressive heritage piece first-hand. Declared a national monument in 1972, the church was completed in 1847 with funds raised from all over South Africa. The Joseph James Turpin Neo-Gothic building and the original chapel doubled as a
Did you know? 1) The original name of Franschhoek was Olifantshoek and the last elephant and her calf were seen leaving the valley in 1840. 2) The original name of the Berg River was Rio de Santiago and it was first named the Berg River by Abraham Gabbema in 1657. 3) Franschhoek High School is the oldest school in South Africa still in use.
Pressing on over the Franschhoek Pass it makes you feel like Walter Röhrl or Sarel van der Merwe. Not to mention the 250 kilowatts and 450 Newton-metres from the turbo 2.5-litre fivepot that delivers a repertoire to stun an M3. Audi was looking to achieve just that with this car and it’s no small coincidence that the über-TT’s arrival is timed to coincide with the quarter-century celebrations of the great original. It shares much of its spec with the original too – Quattro all-wheel drive, a turbocharged five-pot mill and dimensions that deliver a hint of how the squat monster looked, although I’d have preferred the remake to have an even wilder style.
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The TT RS produces the goods too – its sub-5 -second 0-100 dash, 13.4-second quarter mile and supercar slaying 3.8-second 80-120km/h at the coast humble the M3 everyone compares it to. It positively thrashes the Beemer up in the thin air of the Reef where it got round Kyalami in 2 minutes 2 seconds – that’s quick! If you want it, Audi will even up the RS’ top end from 250km/h to 280km/h as an ‘option’.
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• It is all very well to be elitist, but there are more of the general public than those of the elite. G Lailann, Cape Town Geagte Redakteur
Last month’s feature on the meeting of developer Robert Maingard, local property expert Thys Geyser, tourism board member Malcolm Rutherford and The Month generated a number of heated and thought-provoking responses that have all added to the growing conviction that the valley needs an oversight body like a Chamber of Commerce to manage its inevitable development. Below are three of these responses that represent the general sense of the contributors. The second is in Afrikaans and an English paraphrase is provided for our many foreign readers while the third was considerably longer and was edited as a result. Dear Sir I read with interest the article “On your ‘Gard” in the June 2010 issue and have a couple of comments to make: • Firstly, Robert Maingard does not own Franschhoek - it is a National Asset. • Secondly, with that in mind it should be affordable for anyone to be able to visit. I agree that an Ocean Basket would lower the prestige of the place; however, there are plenty of people, like myself, who have a taste for quality but no matching bank account. • If the developers want people to stay a couple of days then the establishments offering accommodation should make it more affordable to do so. Not everyone can afford to stay at a golf resort.
Dis ‘n baie netjiese streek koerant - het dit by die restaurant, Tokara gelees. Ek was beindruk met die kwaliteit van begin tot einde. Hoe is dit moontlik om te verwag die dorp moet groei sonder om ook in ag te neem die grootste getal inwoners is nie ondersteuners van al die luukse restaurante, gastehuise en eksklusiewe winkels nie. (Selfs Tokyo Sexwale sal hieroor onrustig slaap!) Gereelde dag besoeke aan die Franschhoek dorpie (eet, drink en soms ook ‘n naweek besoek) is gaaf, maar niemand kan eers probeer om dit te vergelyk met die buurdorpe waar finansiele groei die wagwoord is nie. Die werkers sit gereeld hul dae om in die eksklusiewe winkels en selfs op ‘n vakansiedag hoor mens die klagte dat daar geen kopers is nie – “almal kyk net,” is die algemene terugvoer! Soos ek besigheid verstaan, is dit beslis nie lonend nie. Tensy, en dis miskien waaroor dit gaan, niemand werklik belangstel in groei en finansiele vooruitgang nie, wel in die ‘karakter en eklusiwiteit’ met uitsluiting van ketting groep restaurante. Vriendelike groete Helene Van der Merwe Translated: How can there be an expectation of growth in the town without considering that the majority of inhabitants don’t support the up-market restaurants, guesthouses and shops. Whilst regular visits to Franschhoek are enjoyable, no one can compare the town to its neighbours where financial growth is preeminent.
The Lighter Side of the Beautiful Game If you’re tired of all the post match dissections, the over-analysis and the incessant replays of goals and non-goals by panels of experts, ex-players and expats, you’ll be pleased to know that all is not lost. PlayHugeLottos tackles the SWC semis on the 6th and 7th of July and the final on the 11th with an irrev-
erent look at the Beautiful Game through the eyes of their panel of comedians at the Sabrage Bar at the Val de Vie Polo Estate. Slightly-weird-guy-next-door, Dave Levinsohn, ‘Bunny Chow’ scriptwriter and lead, David Kibuuka, observational comic, Loyisa Gola and
Staff in the exclusive shops regularly complain that many visitors are “just looking” and not buying. From my understanding of business, it certainly isn’t lucrative. Perhaps the exclusion of restaurant chains suggests that no one really cares about growth and financial development but rather in “character and exclusivity” instead. Dear Sir, I read the two articles expressing concerns about the nature and impact of proposed developments in Franschhoek, more specifically the mooted shopping mall and the role of the community and the Stellenbosch Municipality in approvals of development proposals. I made enquiries about organisations in Franschhoek some time ago but was told that there wasn’t even a homeowners association or branch of the Stellenbosch Chamber of Commerce, but did speak to a few individuals and encouraged them to link up with the Stellenbosch SRA and website. The desire by smaller communities outside the municipal limits to be respected and heard is not uncommon, Franschhoek is to Stellenbosch, what Stellenbosch is to Cape Town both are in danger of being subordinated to the interests of the larger entity (inter alia the insatiable need for a broader tax base). The answer is not separation, but engagement through the establishment of representative community organisations which register as Interested and Affected Parties in public participation processes. There is of course also the political avenue, becoming involved in the selection of public representatives, from the local to the provincial and national level which remains the most effective way of influencing public decision making. Kind regards Andre Pelser, Stellenbosch
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Eat First then Moralise?
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An opinion piece on why we’re expecting way too much of Valley Tourism “It’s the economy, stupid!” was the phrase which probably won Bill Clinton the Presidency in 1992, a year after the US slid into recession. When times are tough, things change. Here in the Valley, where unrealistic expectations are the norm, there is a greater than normal expectation of Valley Tourism to act as a joint marketing body to bring enough people here to make all our businesses profitable.
blamed because the perception is that they are geared to bring us our customers when, in reality, what we’re observing is just economics in action. The argument for a Chamber of Commerce in the Valley, which The Month has been endorsing in the last few editions, has never been more appropriate. It will serve exactly those NEW, optimistic retailers and restaura-
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more people, it is to bring discerning clients here to enjoy food and wine. It serves, in short, the ‘old’ brand of Franschhoek. It does not serve an evolving business environment, nor can it. It is manned not by business brains but by tourism brains and aims not to bring ‘enough’ people to the valley to fill our shops and restaurants but a discerning few and, largely, to the places that fit the brand. The fact that we’re now in the ‘people’ business, needing to feed the restaurants and retail that has burgeoned as a result of the success of those few at the start, means we need a different mindset, and take a business approach to achieve that. ‘The Rest’, for want of a better term, are now by far the larger group – those that look to benefit from, but don’t necessarily conform to, the brand.
Departure from the brand is a dangerous thing
Walking down the main street and chatting to retailers and restaurateurs, both are lamenting the lack of people and, somewhat surprisingly, blaming Valley Tourism. This is irrational. We don’t blame poor judgement in the opening another restaurant or another shop in a place that’s over-supplied already, nor do we blame ourselves for being disorganised enough to have allowed unchecked growth without proper information, guidance and expectation management. Rather the tourism body gets
teurs lured to SA’s gourmet capital with high expectations as well as organise and assist the existing participants: what both need is information, advice and guidelines. That we expect the Tourism body to provide any of this is as unrealistic as the expectation of profit these newcomers have. Why? Because the body is principally a tourism, not a business, organisation and they acknowledge this. Its mandate is not to bring
Perhaps the only criticism that could be levelled at the Tourism body is for drawing on ‘the Rest’ for funding on the promise of ‘benefit by trickle-down’ - that by promoting ‘the brand’ more people will result and the benefits will trickle down to every member of the association. No-one can blame the body for wanting to expand their association and fee scope but they are now getting blamed by ‘the Rest’ for not providing ‘enough’ people to make their businesses work. Do they seriously expect to get marketing from their limited fee contribution? It is clearly unfair to expect Valley Tourism to be able to do this but equally unfair to accept fees from businesses they cannot help – in short, we can expect external advertising but not external marketing. The truth is, the Valley needs a complete seachange in its approach if ‘the Rest’ are to succeed here. As long as developers continue to create retail space and retailers keep coming into Franschhoek with unrealistic expectations, the only solution is ‘more people’ which, as Malcolm Rutherford points out, is a departure from the brand that has served us well. But there is no way to turn back the clock and ‘the
Rest’ are getting restless. They are not making it in business and are looking for someone to blame.
“The Chamber needs to think bigger, think long-term and think of the valley as a business.” The Chamber has identified what these businesses need to succeed: information, marketing, advice and the adherence to a clearly defined and marketed brand. And it needs to confront, head-on, the issues of dealing with more people, yet maintaining and protecting the brand. The Chamber needs to think bigger, think long-term and think of the valley as a business. And ‘the Rest’ need to be realistic. If the ‘more people’ idea within the ‘aspirant’ brand is to work, we all need to read from the same song sheet. And that song sheet needs to be protected, managed and understood by all. And it’s particularly critical in a recession because struggling businesses are more likely to depart from the brand - to do things that they believe will benefit them even at the expense of the brand - when times are tough. If we fight with each other instead of fighting together, the result will damage the brand and prosperity of fellow members.
“The fact that we’re now in the ‘people’ business, needing to feed the restaurants and retail that has burgeoned as a result of the success of those few at the start, means we need a different mindset, and take a business approach to achieve that.” The ‘eat first, then moralise’ approach is shortterm by nature. Surviving a tough business environment will make us stronger in the longterm but for there to be a long-term, a brand custodian needs to be appointed and given the power to enforce the brand for the future prosperity of us all. Maybe the chamber is the entity to fulfill this role.
The Waite of Indecision Jim Waite As a conclusion to the series of Forex articles featured in The Month this year, I wanted to highlight the pitfalls of being drawn in by the hype that surrounds Forex trading in the interests of the community (and because you really want to be taken seriously by The Month - Ed). Time and again I’m encouraged to sign up with Forex companies, trade online and part with my hard-earned cash. If I was a little more tolerant, I’d get half-hour long calls daily from foreign Forex consultants keen to ‘help me’ with my trades. They tell me the service is free but surely there’s a catch. So I asked my good friend Feiran Greede to give me the low down and this is what he said: “Think about how Casinos make money. The business model of a Casino is very simple: they pay out 94% of what they take from the betting public. That 6% will be larger the more people they have betting so their ONLY aim is to get people there and let nature take its course. The trading platforms are not dissimilar. They receive feeds from Reuters
with the up-to-the-second prices of, say, currency bids and offers and also have trading accounts with the big banks. They mimic these prices and make them available to clients signed up to their platform in real time. If they have enough ‘players’ it is likely that buyers will, more or less, match sellers in which case their profit is ‘the double’ – the difference between the buying and selling price. If too many of their clients go the same way they can lay off their exposure with the banks in much the same way that bookies do at the races. ‘The double’ is similar to the casino’s 6% - the more players, the more profit for the platform. So the platform’s job is to encourage you to trade in the same way as the casinos job is to get you through the door. Casinos build massive and impressive structures, hotels, resorts and give punters free drinks, food and accommodation. Trading platforms offer you first hand trading ‘knowledge’ and advice.” I told him I’d been considering a career as an online trader since my job as The Month’s environmental correspondent suddenly and inexplicably fell through, so I asked him
what three things should I be aware in anticipation of trading the Forex markets, promising him that when I made my fortune I’ll be happy to pay him then. He said: “Firstly, are you in control of your emotions? Because once you start getting emotional about profit and loss, it’s game over. Secondly, you wouldn’t expect to become a qualified Doctor overnight and you won’t become a successful trader on the quick either. So be prepared to invest time, energy and hard work. Thirdly, remember that currency trading is a zero-sum game. For you to profit, someone else is going to have to lose. You need, therefore, to be better, sharper and more aware than them to win.” So the markets really are driven by fear and greed? “Yes Jim, perhaps if you focus on your literary skills instead - you are less likely to lose your shirt. There’s a saying in the market; if you want to make a small fortune in Forex trading, start with a big one.”
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SwingFit was born at the start of 2010 at the spectacular ‘Field of Dreams’ in the Pezula Private Estate in Knsyna. Since then, the Golf Academy has expanded and now provides services at Ernie Els’ signature course Oubaai, overlooking Heroldsbay, and closer to home at the prestigious SA Open venue, Pearl Valley. Having experienced SwingFit first hand I caught up with founder Simon Hunt to find out a little more about the concept.
“We are a Performance Academy providing expert golf and fitness instruction at beautiful destinations with outstanding coaches,” explains Simon, a keen amateur golfer who came over from England in December 2008 to set up SwingFit. He linked up with one of the UK’s most dynamic coaches, Rob Watts, (a performance coach on the European Tour whose clients include Darren Clarke, Scott Drummond and others) with a vision in South Africa to provide top-class and affordable performance coaching to everyone, regardless of age, ability
In his first year here at Pearl Valley, Simon has put together a strong team of world-class coaches to support him and teach the holistic approach to everyone interested in developing their game. “SwingFit’s main aim is to grow the number of people playing golf within the community, enhance their awareness of the many factors that influence performance and help each one unlock their golfing potential” he says. SwingFit is now the official coaching partner for the Boland Golf Union at both junior and senior level, runs a number of mobile coaching days at other clubs in the Boland, and has coached over 100 juniors in its first five months. “Last month, SwingFit launched a number of introductory clinics for ladies new to the game which proved very popular” adds Simon, “and from next month we are looking to encourage small local businesses to hold golf clinics as a fun way to enjoy quality time with their clients in beautiful surroundings.” So if you’d like to give SwingFit the opportunity to unlock your potential, give James Wade a call on 082 4355831 and ask him about SwingFit’s special introductory one hour lesson to new clients for just R300 which he’s running during the month of July at Pearl Valley. Or alternatively, continue your golfing development this winter in the sunnier climes of Knysna where SwingFit’s sister company, Pride Villas owns four beautiful villas overlooking the challenging Pezula course. For more info go to www.pridevillas. co.za or call Simon on 072 422 6662. (www.swingfit.co.za)
Taking IT 4 Granted Guy de WIT 2G, GPRS, EDGE, 3G, HSDPA, are the main ingredients in the cellular acronym soup, but one of South Africa’s leading service providers is on the verge of adding something really tasty.
4G or ‘4th Generation’ wireless communication has recently been demonstrated by Vodacom, with blistering download speeds that will impress even the most cynical technophobe. How fast is 4G? Well, the live test revealed speeds of up to 60Mbps download, and 30Mbps upload, which is about 6 times faster than the fastest ADSL offering at the mo-
ment. The clever guys at Vodacom claim that the network can technically support speeds of up to 150Mbps with the right modem – 35 times faster than the fastest ADSL. Simply put, at that rate, you could download a full movie in about 4 minutes, or an album in about 10 seconds. There are 4G phones available overseas, but seeing as there are restrictions around frequency allocations, and other logistical issues locally, the technology won’t see wide use until at least 2012. So there is no need to get upset if you have just purchased or upgraded your phone or signed up for another connectivity solution. There hasn’t been any news on the costs involved, or if the other big players in the cellular community will offer anything similar, but watch this space for updates. Contact Guy on email@example.com
Out But Proud
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Despite the disappointment of being eliminated in the first round, South Africans were walking tall after their valiant victory over the French. “Way to go boys,” the Sowetan daily trumpeted in its front page, saluting Bafana Bafana for a “gallant win” over the dispirited former world champions. “Out but proud,” The Citizen daily concluded, while The Star called South Africa’s 2-1 win a “bittersweet end for Bafana.” For six days before the France game they knew they needed nothing short of a miracle to advance to the next round, following their disastrous 3-0 defeat by Uruguay. And yet about 84 000 people packed into Soccer City to see Brazil beat Ivory Coast 3-1, most of them South Africans, reported IOL sport. Average attendance at this World Cup is the third-highest since 1982, after the 2002 United States and 2006 Germany editions. And from Johannesburg to Durban and Cape Town, foreign fans have marvelled at how safe they have felt.
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Action from the Franschhoek Soccer Championship final
In the valley, the Franschhoek Soccer Championships were won by Tricky T Evolution who beat La Petite Ferme Mighty Brothers in the final, 2-0. Cash, soccer balls, shin guards, a trophy, replica England jerseys and a full kit sponsored by Haute Cabriere were handed over to the winning team. Principle organiser Doug Gurr of Pam Golding International said of the inaugural Championship, “it was a success in terms of giving 16 teams from our village the chance to play in a structured league, supported by a variety of businesses. It also helped create hype around soccer building up to the World Cup but, most important of all, it unifies communities, brings us all closer together and increases respect and awareness which is so beneficial in a small society such as ours.” The second competition is expected to kick off later this year – watch The Month for information and further developments.
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Business Pick’n Up Staff Reporter The Month went in search of Stuart Downie and Leigh Courtnage to bounce some business ideas off them, given that their ‘new’ Pick n Pay store seems to be doing so well.
back forms are provided at the entrance to the store and Stuart and Leigh proactively attend to these.
I cut straight to the chase and ask them how they know whether people are happy with the new store. Expecting a little banter I’m surprised by Stuart’s answer: “We asked them.” It’s obvious he’s very busy now. I skip the jokes and respond with some quick-fire questions of my own. “What?” I ask, expectantly. Stuart thinks I’m being doff but Leigh understands; she explains that they asked a large number of clients to share what they like and dislike about the Franschhoek PnP; they asked for suggestions about things that could be improved and specifically invited commentary on their pricing.
“So I guess you’ll tell me that people don’t mind paying more at your store as it’s so convenient,” I suggest, thinking about their third question. “They do and we’re not,” says Stuart. “What?” I ask and before Stuart gives me a klap, Leigh intervenes: “Our prices are the same price as Pick n Pay regionally. Customers often go away on the weekend, see the low advertised prices and then return to our shop on Monday to find our prices are different. That’s because weekend prices are often discounted and then revert back to normal on Monday.” I prepare to wrap up and ask Stuart for some advice for local store owners. “Shop at Franschhoek Pick n Pay,” he says before smiling and adds “Nothing beats good, personal service, clear communication and hard work.” “And an ad in The Month,” I suggest. Stuart hands me a customer feedback form before encouraging me to “drop it in the box.”
Shoppers rated the convenience of shopping at Pick n Pay highly, while cleanliness, customer service and the new deli all got the nod. Requests included Pensioners’ Day specials, more fresh produce variety, leaner cuts of meat, more organic lines and better communication of out-of-stock items. “We’ve put a lot of effort into where we have got to but we’re a long way from the end. We’ve always believed the best way to grow our business is by listening to our customers,” Stuart adds. Customer feed-
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My first reaction to my son’s request to ‘go see Ronaldo’ play for Portugal versus the Ivory Coast in PE was, predictably, cynical. After all, I’d already lambasted FIFA’s ticketing strategy in The Month a couple of editions back (and was still waiting for the cheap Cape Town tickets I’d predicted would flood the market to surface) so why support the cronies? To ‘be part of it’? Whoever loses will blame the vuvuzelas for putting them in a trance or the Jabulani ball for not behaving at altitude, I thought, but patriotically persuaded I headed down the N2 determined to leave my cynicism back west. And, to be honest, I enjoyed the whole experience but I don’t like to feel corrupted. North Korea must have felt right at home in FIFA’s communist economy where the ruling council decide that all you need is crisps, chocolate and coke to sustain you during the game. And if you’re not feeling sick after that unhealthy overload, you will be once you’ve waited half an hour for the right to pay R30 for a Budweiser. Government control has given way to large corporate control I think, fighting back the cynicism.
And what obligation do the players have to us, the paying spectators? The rather pathetic 0-0 draw I witnessed was not dissimilar to England’s dismal performance against Algeria. Does Rooney REALLY not understand why he was booed off? Even Cameroon tried harder and they’d already been eliminated! That we’ve spent all this time and money to watch them perform leaves them with no obligation to at least try to deliver? But the absolute best thing I read about the Soccer World Cup was that the French team had visited an orphanage whilst they were here in Cape Town. “It’s good to put a smile on the faces of people with no hope, constantly struggling and facing the impossible” said Sipho Umboto, aged 6.
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clockwise from Left: Warren Daly and Tamara CreweBrown enjoy a spin on a motorbike after their wedding that took place at Montpellier in the Valley on 1st May. The first Kusasa Project IDOLS competition was held in June at Dalubuhle Primary School. Seen here are volunteers Emma Yandle, Guido Louwerse and the contestants with their prizes. Ryan Smith prepares in the kitchen of his new restaurant, Ryan’s Kitchen, at Rusthof Guest House in Franschhoek’s Main Road at his opening, held in early June. The victorious Franschhoek Soccer Champions, Tricky T Evolution, seen here with their sponsor Michelle Harley, their medals and the winners’ trophy.
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