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Amy Jones to Perform at Bubbly Festival

South African singing sensation Amy Jones is set to perform at this year’s Franschhoek Cap Classique & Champagne Festival which takes place at the Huguenot Monument in Franschhoek on Saturday December 3 and Sunday December 4.

With multiple chart-topping singles Jones is on the precipice of urban pop success on a global scale. Local and national radio loved her debut single Sunrise (2016) as well as her follow-up hits Burn and Forget the Day (2017), You and Me and Get a Little (2018), Dance on My Own (2020) and her latest release Waiting for Me which came out this year.

Checkers is Giving Away a Car a Week until Christmas

Lucky shoppers can win a Toyota Corolla Cross XR Hybrid every week until Christmas.

It’s going to be an Xtra special festive season for Checkers Xtra Savings members as the retailer is giving away a Toyota Corolla Cross XR Hybrid vehicle every week until Christmas.

The Toyota Corolla Cross XR Hybrid was voted South Arica’s 2022 Car of the Year. It was also the category winner in the New Energy category, and its reduced environmental impact aligns with Checkers’ sustainability journey to lower its carbon emissions.

To enter the Win a Car competition, shoppers must purchase any three participating products and swipe their Xtra Savings rewards cards at any Checkers, Checkers Hyper and Checkers Foods nationwide between 7 November and 25 December.

Sixty60 users who have linked their Xtra Savings cards to their profiles in the app, and purchase three participating products, will also stand a chance to win a Toyota Corolla Cross XR Hybrid.

Joining the Checkers’ rewards programme is free, easy, and paperless. Shoppers can sign up for Xtra Savings in store or via any of the following channels:

WhatsApp (add +27 87 240 5709 as a contact and say “Hi!”)

USSD (simply dial *134*569*CARDNUMBER#)

Online (visit

Terms and Conditions apply.

Franschhoek Cap Classique & Champagne Festival Returns!

Bubbly lovers will be delighted to hear that after a two-year absence, the Franschhoek Cap Classique & Champagne Festival is back!

Once again presented by Sanlam Private Wealth, the two-day event is set to take place at the Franschhoek Monument on Saturday December 3 and Sunday December 4 from 11:00 to 16:00. Tickets are now available from Webtickets and cost R450 per person – including a souvenir tasting glass and 10 tasting coupons. The first 100 buyers can take advantage of an early bird special and purchase tickets for only R400 per person.

Festivalgoers will get to enjoy Cap Classiques from Graham Beck, Anthonij Rupert, Villiera, Morena and many more as well as Champagnes from a still to be confirmed list of French producers. Fabulous fare from a variety of stalls and local favourite restaurants will keep the hunger pangs at bay, and live music from local superstar Amy Jones and DJ Shen FM will add to the elegant yet laid back atmosphere of the garden-party-style event.

As in previous years, the dress code is Blue & White, and those judged the best dressed will be in line to win great prizes on both days.

Festival organiser Darielle Robertson says: “The 2019 Cap Classique & Champagne Festival was completely sold out weeks before the event, and tickets for the 2020 show were selling like hotcakes before we had to cancel due to the pandemic. Last year’s festival became another Covid-19 casualty due to lockdown restrictions.

“Tickets will be much sought after as bubbly lovers are going to want to make up for the missed two years, so pre-booking is essential as the new look and feel allows for a limited number of guests only.”

Adds Theesan Moodley, CEO of Sanlam Private Wealth: “As always, we are excited to partner with this luxury lifestyle event as it provides us with the perfect platform to collaborate with fellow experts in their craft and create an exclusive experience for guests.”

A full list of the Cap Classique and Champagne producers attending the festival will be released soon.

Now at AITY Gallery

The work of Thembalethu Manqunyana, an isiXhosa artist from Gqeberha who is now based in Cape Town, is on display in a solo exhibition at the AITY Gallery in Franschhoek until 19 November. He has already exhibited across three continents and has achieved widespread recognition.

The charm of his free-form style stems from his tangible, playful depiction of personas, a trend in contemporary art, but also by his superb translation of previous masters done with a lightness of suggestion and always within his own parameters. His supporters are intrigued by the delicate balance of his own narrative and that of others and the balance between European art theory and African art depictions. (www.

Franschhoek Creates

Ebony - Franschhoek Square

27 October to 3 November

Aesthetes and patrons of the arts, can look forward to ‘Franschhoek Creates’ – a week of curated gallery exhibitions, interactive showcases and a feast of visual storytelling.

The week of jam-packed exhibitions, performances and special offers begins with the renowned Everard Read Franschhoek, proudly presenting the latest solo exhibition by Swain Hoogervorst, a Cape Town-based artist known for intimate still life works and recently his larger abstract paintings. Enjoy ‘Great Heart Wines’ as the partner for this exhibition, a staff empowerment project of Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines. Other top local gallery, Ebony/Curated will be showcasing two separate exhibitions, ’The Point’, which focuses on large-scale ceramic works featuring baboons and their relationship with the local environment by Lisa Ringwood. There’s also Oliver Scarlin’s 5th solo exhibition exploring perception, form and colour in his exhibition titled ‘New Paintings’.

Pickard wins the 2022 K-Way MaxiRace Cape Winelands 120km in under 14hrs!

Lodelia Odendaal on her way to victory in the ladies 120km race.

The heat was no match for Douglas Pickard, at yesterday’s 120km 2022 K-Way MaxiRace Cape Winelands presented by Banhoek Chilli Oil in association with On Running and Yenn Health, seeing him set a strong lead from the start and finishing in a blistering time of 13hrs57min31sec. The fight for second place saw Anele Bans and leading lady, Lodelia Odendaal rallying each other for a while with Anele taking the lead and finishing 2nd in a time of 15hrs38min46 , and Lodelia taking 3rd overall and the 1st lady over the line in a time of 15hrs59min07sec.

Cangro Business Challenge About To Launch

The Cangro Franschhoek Business Challenge is about to start. Planting starts on 7 October.

The Cangro Franschhoek Business Challenge is about to commence. The participants are lined up – see the list below – and are furiously devising ways to grow the biggest upside down tomato plant. It’s all for a good cause and with the intention of having a good deal of fun too!

On 7 October, 10 volunteer students from Franschhoek High School will be helping to pack all the elements for the challenge at the F1 packing shed.  On the 11th the competition officially begins and deliveries start. Thanks to Tuk-Tuk Franschhoek who’ve volunteered to help deliver packages. Cangro is hoping to have a planting station in town where participants can collect their packages and plant with the Cangro team and other participants. Watch social media for more info on this.

Keep working on those plans, good luck and may the best plant win!

Franschhoek Business Challenge Entrants:

1aa Wilhelmina Luxury Apartments | Abe Opperman Gallery | AMB Supermarket(Pnp) | Anthonij Rupert Wyne | Boschendal Farm School | BP Garage Franschhoek | Du Toit Classique Jewellery | Cape Dutch @ Keerwerder | Cartel Coffee | Chanteclair | Checkers Foods | Chef Ryan Team | Christies Original Designs | Coco Africa | ColCacchio Franschhoek | Country Kids | Debbie Deakins | Delta Colours | Desray | Deux Lions La Bourgogne Farm | Dr Nicholas Els | Eikehof | Elephant and Barrel | Essence | Explorers Club | Expressions Painting Contractors | Flambé Gallery | Franschhoek Country Club | Franschhoek Electrical | Franschhoek High School | Franschhoek Motors | Franschhoek Pharmacy | Franschhoek Physiotherapy Associates | Franschhoek Plumbing | Franschhoek Wine Tram | Fransvliet Estate | Friendly Reception | Gallop Hill | Get Lost Coffee | GlenWood Vineyards | Hamu Hospitality and Tourism Group | Hornbill Group | Hugo broers | Huguenot Fine Chocolates | Kaap Agri | La Bri Wines | La Chataigne | La Cotte Farm | La Fontaine Guest House | La Providence Farm | La Residence | La Roche | Lamara | Laurelin | Le Bon Vivant | Le Cotte gardeners | Le Petit Manoir | Le Petit Paris | Le Poirier | Levant Logistics | Lynx Wines | Magnas Tours | Maison Cabrière | Maison Chablis | Marcelle Richardson | Masquerade | Masterbuilder | Mont Rochelle Hotel & Vineyards | Myles Agar | NG Kerk | Pam Golding | Paserene Wines | Pepler Alarms | Petit & Grande Plaisir | Plaisir Wine Estate | Plumwood Inn | Ria Pools | Rickety Bridge Winery | Salon la Belle | Salon la Nailz | Seeff Properties | Shofar Christian Church | Smitten | Still Man Distillery | Sue’s Gardens | Th2owel | The Cottage | The Digby Trust | The Franschhoek Beer Company | The Franschhoek Lions Club | Tracey’s Diamonds | True State Management (Pty) Ltd | Tuk Tuk Franschhoek | Tykana Properties | Upscale Project Management | VillaZA | Well Seasoned Hen | Zhero

Vinyl & Wine

The ‘Rebels of the Vine’ FLTR: Jacques Wentzel, Raymond Ndlovu and Kevin Swart.

They don’t call themselves the Rebels of the Vine for no reason. Black Elephant Vintners do things differently, including tastings without the ceremony and pomp usually associated with the industry.

Traditional wine and cheese/food pairings are not what you will find at Black Elephant Vintners. Instead, you are invited to enjoy a carefully curated wine and music pairing on their beautiful farm. This novel approach to enhance the experience of wine tasting by utilising the senses of taste, touch, smell, sight and hearing is what distinguishes Black Elephant Vintners from the others.

Co-owner Kevin Swart says, “We believe in enjoying wine and make wine for real people.” The bottom line? If you’re a real person you may wish to book for one of their Saturday morning Vinyl & Wine tastings.

Where: 40A Uitkyk Street, Franschhoek | When: Saturdays at 11h00 | Price: R150 – R200 | Bookings are essential. | 021 876 2903

Celebrating the Fortitude of Huguenot Women

FLTR: Maria de la Queillerie, Titia Ballot, Marlene le Roux

National Women’s Day, celebrated on 9 August each year in South Africa, commemorates the day, 66 years ago, when roughly 200 000 South African women marched to the Union Buildings in Pretoria to protest the introduction of pass laws in South Africa. The pass laws aimed to restrict the movement of black people living and working in urban areas.

International Women’s Day, celebrated on 8 March, likewise commemorates and acknowledges women’s achievements, which has bolstered women’s empowerment and strides towards gender parity.

Huguenot women were undoubtedly among the hardiest women, whose wilful and rebellious nature had led them to embark, as refugees, on the treacherous journey from France to South Africa. They were, moreover, women willing to risk their lives for the Protestant values and beliefs which had led to their persecution. Whether or not you are Protestant Christian, these women are worthy of our admiration for their bravery in the face of persecution and immense trauma, as well as their ability to re-establish a viable life for themselves in a foreign country where they were required to assimilate linguistically. This act we should hold in the greatest esteem.

Rob van Vuuren is Still Standing

A new comedy show about the aftermath of the apocalypse.

Rob van Vuuren is a South African comedy legend. Recipient of the Comics Choice Breakthrough Act Award and 5 Standard Bank Ovation Awards as well as many other accolades that have spanned a 20-year career that have taken him to stages all over the world.

After two of the toughest years of his (and everyone else’s) life, Rob takes a brutally honest look at the pandemic and some of the more harrowing and hilarious experiences he endured during the end of the world.

Come watch Rob unpack motivation, separation, dating, hijacking, Ayahuasca and other near-death experiences in a side-splitting comedy against all odds.

Don’t miss this once-off opportunity to catch this hilarious new show!

‘Comic genius’ the Mail and Guardian

Wednesday 3 August performance will be dinner theatre style seating.

Doors open from 18:15. Show starts at 19:30

Please bring your own food and drinks.

Tea and coffee will be on sale.

Friday 5 August performance will be auditorium style seating.

Doors open at 18:45.  Show starts at 19:30

Tea and coffee will be on sale.

This performance is in partnership with Jeff Brooker Productions and Bridgehouse School

Please note that this show carries a parental guidance advisory of 15+

3 August 19:30- Dinner Theatre Style Seating

5 August 19:30- Auditorium Style Seating

R150 general

R130 Students

Table discounts available

Tickets available on QUICKET

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