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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.

Wine Industry Unites To Save Jobs

Stellenbosch Wine Routes and at least 300 wineries in South Africa, together with Visit Stellenbosch, are throwing their weight behind an official legal application requesting evidence from the Ministry of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs to explain the reintroduction of a blanket ban on the domestic sale and transportation of alcohol.

In an unprecedented show of industry unity, the broad-based wine industry coalition is demanding an explanation from the Minister and questioning the prohibition’s rationality. The wine industry value chain supports almost 300,000 people, is South Africa’s second-largest exporter of agricultural products and has made great strides in inclusive growth. The entire industry has now been put at risk by these seemingly irrational rulings.

Tackling Littering Together

In true Franschhoek fashion three local businesses have joined forces to tackle the twin problems of illegal dumping of refuse and littering – problems that have dramatically escalated in the past few months.

Paintsmiths, PicknPay and Col’Cacchio have combined to fund and employ a person, with his own bakkie, to patrol and clean areas that fall outside the municipality’s jurisdiction – such as along the Robertsvlei and Dassenberg Roads, at the Berg River Dam wall and carpark, around Matoppie and the area Berg River Dam area at the end of Robertsvlei Road.

A Brighter Hospitality Future with Defy

Hospitality Academy students showing their excitement with the Defy agreement

The Franschhoek Hospitality Academy has a new strategic partner: Iconic SA appliance brand Defy.

“We are delighted to have Defy help us in our ambition to afford underprivileged students the opportunity to get educated in the Hospitality and Tourism Industry in Franschhoek,” says Michaela Julian, co-founder and trustee of the academy. Defy’s investment includes world-class appliances needed in the academy’s cooking classrooms as well as contributions towards monthly overheads.

“With the company having such a strong South African heritage since 1905, we feel it’s our responsibility to show our pioneering spirit” said Evren Albas, CEO Defy Appliances. “We look forward to supporting the development of our young aspirational chefs and wish to congratulate the team of the Franschhoek Hospitality Academy for their commitment to empower the youth in Franschhoek”.

Text: Editorial Desk

GivenGain Opens Up Premium Fundraising Power To All Charities

GivenGain, the leading global fundraising platform for charity, has announced that all charities will now have access to all its Premium fundraising advantages – completely free of charge.

Marc Freudweiler, Executive Director of the GivenGain Foundation, says the online fundraising platform will no longer charge charities a usage fee – $5 per month per campaign – to gain access to advanced analytics, unlimited fundraising campaigns and unlimited users.

These and other Premium features are now free across the board.

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.

Property Dynamo Jaco Rademeyer Starts New Franchise in Stellenbosch

Jaco Rademeyer and Minki van der Westhuizen
Jaco Rademeyer, of Jaco Rademeyer Estates, celebrates the opening of his new JRE offices in Stellenbosch with television personality Minki van der Westhuizen. Picture: Willem Botha

Gqeberha-based real estate personality Jaco Rademeyer is staking his claim on the Western Cape by setting up premises in the scenic university town of Stellenbosch.

After 17 years of growing Jaco Rademeyer Estates (JRE) into one of the largest and most established property businesses in the Bay and Eastern Cape, the businessman with the big heart for the community is realising a life-long dream by opening offices in Stellenbosch’s sought-after Church Street that will service the entire Boland and Western Cape.

Tourism Minister Visits

The Tourism Minister’s visit included a tour of the Huguenot Memorial Museum and Monument. In the photo she is with Museum Manager Anita du Preez and Vignerons de Franschhoek Chairman Gerard Holden.

The Minister of Tourism Honourable Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane spent 24 hours in Franschhoek on Thursday, 18 March 2021, as part of an outreach programme to engage with stakeholders.

New Owners at Fleur de Soleil Guesthouse

The HAMU Hospitality and Tourism Group LLC – of Atlanta, GA, USA– are the new owners of the highly rated Fleur du Soleil Guesthouse in Van Riebeeck Street. This acquisition is HAMU’s first investment in hospitality and tourism in South Africa.

“We are thrilled and excited with this transaction”, said Anton Hayward, CEO of the group. “Franschhoek is widely acknowledged as the tourism destination of choice in South Africa and the established heart of the South African wine industry. It is also the culinary capital of South Africa and the town’s location and surroundings, close to Cape Town and its international airport, are breathtaking,” he continued.

Three Wins for La Motte at Best of Wine Tourism Awards

La Motte Wine Estate

La Motte Wine Estate was crowned the winner in three of the seven categories of this year’s Best of Wine Tourism Awards. This international annual competition is designed to reward the wineries in each of the Great Wine Capitals Global Network’s member regions for their excellence.

Wesgro, the Official Tourism, Trade and Investment Promotion Agency for Cape Town and the Western Cape worked closely with Vinpro, a non-profit company that represents 2 500 South African wine producers, cellars and industry stakeholders in finalising these awards.

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