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Reaching new heights. Stellenbosch Executive Mayor Adv. Gesie van Deventer puts up the first of her election posters in Franschhoek. With her are Cllr Minnie Petersen (DA candidate Ward 2) and Reginald Pheiffer (DA candidate Ward 1).

Stellenbosch Executive Mayor Adv. Gesie van Deventer, who has been nominated for a second term in office, launched her local government election poster on 16 September 2021.

Proceedings started in Stellenbosch, where she was joined by DA leader John Steenhuisen, DA constituency head Dr Leon Schreiber and DA parliamentary chief whip Natasha Mazzone, amongst others.  The mayor later also visited Franschhoek and Klapmuts to put up the first of her posters in these towns.

K-Way Maxirace Cape Winelands Training Tips

K-Way Maxirace Cape Winelands
K-Way Maxirace Cape Winelands presented by Banhoek Chilli Oil takes place in Franschhoek and Stellenbosch on 2&3 October 2021.

With just one month to go until the start of the 2021 K-Way Maxirace Cape Winelands presented by Banhoek Chilli Oil, trail running super couple, Landie and Christiaan Greyling shared their training tips to help runners get the most out of their race.

“The K-Way Maxirace Cape Winelands presented by Banhoek Chilli Oil is going to be an incredible event for everyone to take part in!” says Landie and Christiaan Greyling. “With all 4 of the route options runners can look forward to traversing the most beautiful single tracks in and around Franschhoek and Stellenbosch.

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.

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