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From Paw Paws and Baobab to Litchi and Titch

Litchi & Titch's Lecia Durham & Debbie Shriekker

A new shop – almost entirely devoted to soft, smooth skin – has recently opened opposite the Franschhoek Town Hall. The Tatler stopped by to find out more.

Litchi and Titch is the brainchild of Lecia Durham with business partner Debbie Schriekker – respectively the Litchi and Titch in the business’ name. Lecia and Debbie both have sales and marketing backgrounds and share a passion for all things natural and environmentally conscious, especially cosmetics. Starting a business to profit from their passion seemed a logical step, so they took it in 2017. Their first product, a paw paw balm, proved an instant success and they soon started adding other products to the range.

Solms-Delta Reimagined

CEO Tommy Hall with the first two official wines released by the Solms Delta Wine Company the Amalie 2023 and Hiervandaan 2023.

24 November 2023 marked the launch of the Solms-Delta Wine Company, an entirely new venture established to continue the ambitious journey of land restitution and community upliftment that was begun by Mark Solms in 2001. While Solms’s goals were laudable, the business and economic challenges of the wine industry proved to much for his dream of community upliftment and workers holding the title deed to the lands they worked. With the investment and expertise of American Fortune 500 executive, Tommy Hall, this seems set to change.

The vehicle for this change is the Solms-Delta Wine Company, which has been established as a stand-alone wine venture that is 100%-black-owned by the Hall family.

Green Products for Healthy Youngsters

Sander Lebon CEO of IQ Green Solutions with Zukiswa Belo from Mzamo Educare Centre and businessman Ralph Schoenberg

The most basic argument for choosing organic cleaning products is that they reduce the presence of harsh chemicals in both our own bodies and the natural world. This is particularly important for children whose growing bodies are more prone to absorbing toxins and who stand to inherit a planet suffering the effects of excessive chemical use.

Eco-friendly hygiene can therefore be an investment in our youth which is why IQ Green Solutions partnered with Hope Through Action and Krooked Kings MC in July to donate organic cleaning products for twenty crèches in and around Franschhoek. Each crèche received five litres of IQ Green Disinfectant Solution as well as a monthly bottle of IQ Wound Care Solution.

Wordsworth Bookstore Opens in Franschhoek

After much whispering and growing excitement, Wordsworth Books is officially opening in the next few days. Much hard work has been poured into making this branch perfect for the local and international clientele in Franschhoek.

Tucked away in the corner of Bijoux Square, 61 Huguenot Street, you may first be drawn to the allure of Truth Coffee. Venturing a bit further into the square, you will find this quaint bookstore emanating warm light from within, inviting in avid readers of all kinds, and also your casual strollers-by. If you love the company of books and crave some new ideas or a refreshing new read, visit this store. It is certainly (Words)worth it!

The Wait Is Over – for Good!

Good Food & Co
The airy interior at Good Food & Co's new Bijoux Square premises

Fans of Good Food & Co will be glad to learn that after a month of being deprived of their favourite deli products and heat & eat meals they have now reopened in their new centrally-located premises at Bijoux Square. To go with the move Chef Nico Vorster has also created four brand new menus – including a vegan one – to tempt locals and visitors to savour their fare. Another new addition is Truth Coffee which can be enjoyed indoors, in the courtyard or as a take-away. All the friendly front-of-house faces are also back to welcome guests with efficient service and a friendly smile. It really is as they say: Good things come to those who wait.”

Opening times: Sun & Mon: 08h00 – 17h00 Tue – Sat: 08h00 – 21h00 (Book online or phone)

Tuesday Burger Nights are back. Buy one get one free! | | 021 876 3556

Boschendal to host dialogues about regenerative farming in restoring natural ecosystems

Boschendal to host vital dialogues about role of regenerative farming in restoring natural ecosystems

Boschendal is hosting a critical discussion on April 26th to raise awareness and funds to support Africa’s leading role in the regeneration of nature.

Presented in partnership with Project Biome and titled ‘Regenerating Soil, Water & Human Dignity’, the event will see leading experts including Zach Bush, Jay Naidoo and Rutendo Ngara as keynote speakers on the day.

Theo Cromhout, CEO at Boschendal, says the event comes at a critical time for the Earth’s biosphere. “As a leader in conservation, sustainability and regenerative farming practices, Boschendal is proud to host our esteemed speakers and look forward to a day filled with inspiring and important discussions about the future of our planet, and our collective role in achieving a more sustainable path.”

Recent data indicates that more than three-quarters of the world’s land area is already degraded, and over 90% could be degraded by 2050. Water scarcity is also becoming a major concern: two-thirds of the world’s population could live under water-stressed conditions in the next two years.

Project Biome is an initiative aimed at catalysing ecological healing within the planet’s biospheres, with the objective of uniting, inspiring and empowering the shift to regenerative food systems as a means of restoring nature.

Speakers on the day include:

  • Zach Bush, a renowned, multi-disciplinary physician of internal medicine, endocrinology, hospice care and internationally recognized educator on the microbiome as it relates to human health, soil health, food systems, and a regenerative future. He is also the chairman at Project Biome;
  • Jay Naidoo, a social activist and former cabinet minister with a passion for youth causes that place ecology and indigenous wisdom at the centre; and
  • Rutendo Ngara, an Indigenous Knowledge Systems practitioner and transdisciplinary researcher.

Proceeds from the event will go toward supporting Project Biome’s work, which includes a three-pronged approach to healing the carbon and water cycles of our planet.

Launching on Earth Day on April 22nd, Project Biome will prioritise three key activities, namely:

  • Rewilding river systems to reverse the ecological collapse associated with the loss of natural habitats along rivers;
  • Regenerative food systems and agriculture, which aims to speed up adoption of regenerative farming practices on a large scale; and
  • Distributed regenerative technology and economics for restoration of rural and indigenous livelihoods and cultures, which empowers rural communities with tools and resources to unlock move to more sustainable and humanitarian forms of job creation, economic stability, and educational opportunity.

Event Details

Date: Wednesday 26 April 2023

Time: 9am – 1pm

Venue: Boschendal

Price: R1800 (early bird ticket), R2500 (normal price)

RSVP: Please click HERE.


Franschhoek makes Time’s ‘World’s Greatest Places’ list for 2022

Autumn in the Franschhoek Valley

Franschhoek has made Time Magazine’s prestigious list of ‘World’s Greatest Places’ for 2022.

This collection includes 50 destinations from around the world that Time’s correspondents and contributors nominated for exploring because of the destination’s offer of “new and exciting experiences.”

La Petite Colombe Welcomed to Leeu Estates

The interiors at La Petite Colombe were crafted by MR Design Studio.

La Petite Colombe, sister restaurant to the highly acclaimed La Colombe in Constantia, re-opened its doors on 6 November at a stunning new location on Leeu Estates, on the outskirts of the village.

Leeu Collection’s Le Quartier Français was home to La Petite Colombe from its opening in August 2017, when the hotel group invited the La Colombe team to manage the food and beverage offering, as part of its desire to partner with the very best in class in the fields of wine-making, artistic endeavour and dining out. La Petite Colombe’s success (including an Eat Out Top Ten award and stellar reviews on TripAdvisor) led it to look for a larger venue, which it has found on Leeu Estates.

Biltong & All That’s Good

Two locals taken their love for biltong and droëwors and turned it into a small business: Village Biltong & Deli.

Owner Herman du Plessis and shop manager Bets TerBlanche decided early on that they would only stock hand-selected, premium biltong products that are ethically sourced. “Our beef product suppliers rear their livestock with care and no steroids or growth hormones are given. You can taste the difference,” says Herman.

Good Food & Co in Good Hands

Emmarentia Klaasen and Joey Stiglingh (left) have sold Good Food & Co to Nico Vorster and Kelly Pilkington (right).

The restauranteur sisters Emmarentia Klaasen and Joey Stiglingh, of Good Food & Co, have hung up their aprons and handed the keys to their successful restaurant and deli to Nico Vorster and Kelly Pilkington.

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