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Local at the Olympics

Michelle Weber

When the Tatler learned that Franschhoek-based open water swimmer, Michelle Weber, qualified for the Olympic Games in Tokyo we just had to get in touch. We managed to have a coffee two days before she departed for Tokyo and were mightily impressed by the humble and determined athlete we met.

More Wheelchairs from Bread Tags and Bottle Caps

Bridge House Servest staff was on hand at the handover of the wheelchair to Mavis Vingi.

Bridge House’s collaboration with the Bread Tags for Wheelchairs organisation reached another milestone during the recent school holiday when the seventh and eighth wheelchairs obtained in this way were presented to worthy recipients.

The seventh wheelchair was handed to Franschhoek resident Mavis Vingi, who has advanced osteoporosis in both knees. The eighth chair went to Yolanda Petersen from Somerset West, who has no right kneecap and suffers chronic back and hip pain.

If you’ve ever wondered how many bread tags are required to pay for a wheelchair the answer is 200 kg. To put that into perspective, a bread bag holds 1 kg of tags. So, keep eating bread!

In the case of bottle caps, 450 kg of bottle caps is needed for a wheelchair. The difference is down to the fact that they’re made from a different material for which a lower price is paid.

A request from the school though, please do not mix your tags and caps and make sure no other objects make it into the containers.  Odd finds like batteries and toothbrushes are laborious to separate and if missed damage the recycling company’s machinery.

Since Bridge House started collecting tags in 2017 the initiative has grown to such an extent that the school now receives tags from communities all over the country – and even Australia! The seventh wheelchair was obtained through contributions from the Bridge House community and the other was a team effort between collectors in Australia and South Africa.

Text: Editorial Desk | Image: Bridge House

Giordano Back on Track!

Franschhoek racing talent Giordano Lupini returns to the track at Killarney after a year away on 10 April, when he commences a come-from-behind title chase in Class B of the Cheaper Cars GTi Challenge.

Town and gown unite against COVID-19

FLTR: Maties SRC Chair Xola Njengele, Stellenbosch University Rector and Vice-Chancellor Prof Wim de Villiers, Stellenbosch Executive Mayor Adv Gesie van Deventer and Visit Stellenbosch CEO Jeanneret Momberg in the town’s iconic Victoria Street, which runs through the University’s campus. Key town-and-gown stakeholders are taking coming together in a campaign against COVID-19. (Photo: Stefan Els)

If we all work together, we can minimise the coronavirus risk, protect lives and livelihoods, and safeguard the success of the academic project. WIM DE VILLIERS (Rector and Vice-Chancellor of Stellenbosch University and Chair of Higher Health)

Stellenbosch and surrounding towns have of late become busier again in the runup to the formal start of our academic year on 15 March 2021. The return of students and staff may be a thrilling prospect for businesses, but some fears have also been expressed around COVID-19. Let me explain our approach, in collaboration with other role-players in our university town.

Place Vendôme Tree Massacre

The stumps of the once majestic trees that shaded the Place Vendome courtyards.

Franschhoek residents reacted with horror when they saw that three magnificent wild fig trees at the Place Vendôme Lifestyle Centre in Main Rd had been cut down at the end of January.

Local resident, Cindy Douglas, in an email to the Tatler, expressed how many villagers felt: “I presume there is a really vitally important and life-threatening reason why these trees had to be cut down… I shed a tear as I drove past, I have photographs of my son in the tree as a little boy and we have spent many hours playing in the branches of these majestic trees.”

To Have a Harvest Is a Blessing – Even In 2021

Golden harvest hour at La Motte Wine Estate.

Harvest time has arrived in the Cape Winelands and despite the Covid-induced fight for survival, the industry is excited about the promise and blessing of a new vintage.

“The freshness of an early-morning walk through the vineyards, the activity on the farm and in the cellar as well as the energy and excitement of harvest-time lift my spirits and I believe, also those of local wine-making communities. Of course, it doesn’t help to make more wine when you can’t sell it, but for those who work in the vineyards and cellars, there is a joy to the harvest that, for a moment, transcends the marketing and sales dilemma”, says La Motte CEO, Hein Koegelenberg.

Spreading Christmas Cheer

Lining up to receive Christmas groceries.

An English couple, Colin and Julie Forrester from Manchester, who have been gladly “stuck” in Franschhoek since the start of lockdown decided to bring a little Christmas relief to the 22 families living in the informal settlement next to the Groot Drakenstein Station.

With the help of Eden Cloete and his team at Franschhoek Holiday Rentals it was resolved that every family would receive substantial Christmas provisions and treats for the children.


Lede van die Franschhoek Klub en hul gesinne het op 11 Desember 2020 die letters afgewit wat die dorp se naam teen Middagkrans uitspel.

Lede van die Franschhoek Klub en hul gesinne het op Saterdag, 11 Desember 2020, weer die letters wat die naam Franschhoek uitspel op die hang van Middagkrans afgewit.

Die letters is omtrent 18m hoog en dit het 110 liter verf gekos om hulle almal weer af te wit. Die verf is deur die Franschhoek Klub aangekoop.

Defy Assists Isabelo to Enrich Local Lives

Margo Janse accepts the donation of appliances from Defy representatives.

Defy has donated various appliances to Margot Janse’s Isabelo charity as part of their campaign to recognise often unsung heroes.

Janse was identified as a hero with a heartfelt cause who needed help. Keeping food fresh and warm was a challenge for the schools supported by Isabelo. That was solved with the delivery of Defy appliances on 25 November 2020. Four grateful schools humbly accepted the donation as Defy, along with the Isabelo team, delivered refrigerators, chest freezers and microwaves to Dalubuhle Primary School, Little Dolphins Early Learning Centre, Kusasa Early Learning Centre and Weseind Primary School.

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.

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