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Louis Jansen van Vuuren Art Exhibition

FLTR: Louis Jansen van Vuuren, Ilse Schermers, Laurent Alberti.

Louis Jansen van Vuuren and friends staged an art exhibition at the Huguenot Memorial Museum. The exhibition was curated by Ilse Schermers of IS Art and opened on 13 March 2022 by Laurent Alberti, the French Consul General in Cape Town.

A Little Something French

During March French culture is celebrated worldwide. For the first time Franschhoek is part of the Festival Francophonie. Get out your beret and do something with French flair on the Human Rights Day long weekend.

From South to North and Back Again

Dick Muir
Dick Muir, former Assistant Springbok Coach and now Head Coach of the Russian National Rugby Team will be transforming talent at Train Camp Franschhoek

Dick Muir played five tests and five tour matches for the Springboks and 183 first class games, but it is as a coach that he is best known – famously helping to steer the Boks to a Lions Series win and a 3-0 TriNations whitewash of the All Blacks in 2009.  Perhaps his greatest asset is an instinctive eye for talent, and how to develop it – having spotted the gifts of Bok legends Frans Steyn and Beast Mtawarira, amongst many others.  We caught up with him on a call to Moscow, where he now coaches the Russian national team.

No More Organic Waste to Landfill – by 2027

Composting is the preferred solution for most organic waste

Local authorities have had headaches because of a lack of landfill space for several years. Stellenbosch Municipality currently transports its waste to a private landfill site, while a high voltage powerline is moved that bisects the Stellenbosch landfill site to make way for another cell to extend the life of the site. (It will reopen in 2024.) Increasing emphasis on recycling saw a state-of-the-art material recovery centre being opened in 2021, household recycling programmes implemented and building rubble being separated, crushed and turned into bricks. Organic waste is the next target in reducing the amount of waste going to landfill.

At the January 2022 Stellenbosch Town Council meeting an Organic Waste Diversion Plan (OWDP) which aims to reduce the volume of organics waste that goes to landfills was approved for public participation.

Yet Another (Preventable) Truck Accident

Accident scene
The overturned truck and trailer shortly after the accident.

It was déjà vu again for Franschhoek residents on 27 January 2022 when yet another out-of-control truck hurtled down Lambrechts St from the Franschhoek Pass, crashed through the intersection with Huguenot St and overturned.

Dramatic video footage circulating on social media shows the moment at 13h26 when the eighteen wheeler truck and trailer, which appears to have lost its brakes, speeds down Lambrechts St and overturns as the driver tries to make a desperate left turn to safety into the Bohoek road. Skidding to a standstill on the bus parking area at the old circus grounds the trailer’s cargo of pears scatters over a large area, with two bins wrecking the vehicle entrance to 2 Huguenot St.

Another Clean Audit for Stellenbosch Municipality

Mayor Gesie van Deventer
Executive Mayor Adv. Gesie van Deventer

The Auditor General of South Africa, at the end of January, announced a clean audit for Stellenbosch Municipality for the 2020/21 financial year. The clean audit outcome reflects that the municipality maintained a healthy financial position and that all funds spent are properly accounted for. The latest audit outcome marks the 14th consecutive year of unqualified or clean audit outcomes for Stellenbosch Municipality.

La Motte Harvest Experience – You’re Invited!

La Motte Harvest Experience
The La Motte Harvest Experience is a Winelands treat

Harvest time is the most important time on a wine farm, but it is also a time to celebrate the season’s special tastes and traditions. After a beautiful cold and wet winter and relative cool start to summer, quality expectations are high and the La Motte winemaking team invites visitors to share in the excitement of harvest time in the Winelands. Enjoy a tour of the vineyards and cellar, try fermenting grape juice from the tanks, taste the estate’s latest vintages and linger for lunch in the garden with a special harvest platter.

For the La Motte team, harvest is also a time of thanksgiving. When booking for the Harvest Experience, you are invited to join them by sharing what you are grateful for on a complimentary tag that you can hang in the vineyards.

What you can expect from the La Motte Harvest Experience:

One of the estate’s enthusiastic and knowledgeable wine tasting ambassadors will guide you on this celebration of unique harvest traditions:

·       In the vineyard – enjoy an introduction to the various varietals, harvest processes and the estate’s biologic farming practices. Spot the differences between the various varieties and taste the sweetness of the ripe berries. Write and hang your tag in the vineyard.

·       In the cellar – experience the hand-sorting of grapes, crush, pump-overs and other cellar activities, concluded with a tasting of grape must (fermenting grape juice) from a fermentation tank.

·       In the tasting room – sit down to a tasting of La Motte’s award-winning collection of wines – six wines from the La Motte Collection as well as the two wines from the estate’s renowned Pierneef Collection.

·       In the shade of the age-old oaks – relax in the calm ambience of the estate gardens and enjoy Chef Eric Bulpitt’s special Harvest Plate – with a glass of wine of course!

The Harvest Experience at R120 per person includes the vineyard and cellar tour as well as wine tasting. It takes about 90 minutes and happens hourly from Tuesdays to Sundays, between 10h00 and 15h00 during February and March.

A Harvest Plate is additional and optional and is available at R220 per person. This nostalgic platter of Winelands favourites includes a sausage roll, cured meats, boerenkaas, pickles, chutney, curried eggs, farm-baked bread with butter and hummus, grapes and crudités as well as the popular La Motte mosbolletjie!

The Harvest Experience takes place outside and in the spacious cellar and tasting room where social distancing as well as all other Covid protocol are in place.

Reservations are recommended and can be made with the La Motte Tasting Room: T +27 (0)21 876 8820 or E tasting@la-motte.co.za

La Motte’s renowned harvest-time mosbolletjies are also available at the La Motte Farm Shop for the duration of harvest. They sell like hot cakes, so to avoid disappointment, order yours in advance: T +27 (0)21 876 8840 or E farmshop@la-motte.co.za

New Cape Music Collective Inaugurates With a South African Première

Four members of the Cape Chamber Music Collective premières a new South African classical composition at its five inaugural concerts in Cape Town and the Boland from 19 to 23 January. They are violinist Jeffrey Armstrong, pianist Tertia Visser, viola player Stéphanie Lawrenson and Cellist Graham du Plessis.

A brand new South African classical composition premières the inaugural five concerts by the Cape Chamber Music Collective (CCMC).  Conveniently for locals one of the concerts is in Franschhoek.

New Mayoral Committee Will Get Things Done

Stellenbosch Municipality Mayoral Committee
Stellenbosch Municipality’s new mayoral committee. Top row FLTR: Deputy Mayor and Human Settlements Cllr. Jeremy Fasser, Infrastructure Cllr. Zelda Dalling, Corporate Services Cllr. Lwando Nkamisa, Community Development (Parks, Open Spaces, Environment) Cllr. Joseph Joon and Youth, Sport and Culture Cllr. Ralphton Adams. Bottom row FLTR: Financial Services Cllr. Peter Johnson, Local Economic Development and Tourism Cllr. Rozette du Toit, Planning Cllr. Carli van Wyk, Protection Services Cllr. Rikus Badenhorst and Rural Management Cllr. James Williams

Following the inaugural council meeting on 15 November 2021 and it’s continuation on 23 November the Executive Mayor Adv. Gesie van Deventer announced her new Mayoral Committee (Mayco) for Stellenbosch Municipality.

Mayor Van Deventer said, “After an extensive consultation process, I am confident that the Mayco announced today will deliver and get things done. The Mayco plays an important role in ensuring that we achieve our goals and deliver services to all residents. This team has several new and young faces with a few familiar names to provide continuity and institutional memory. In these exciting times in politics, we see more and more young people being elected to senior positions. My hope is that this will in turn, motivate the youth of Stellenbosch to get involved in their communities and play an important role in shaping their futures.  As an experienced third-term Mayor, it’s my privilege to bring young people on board.”

“The Mayco consists of councillors appointed by the Executive Mayor in terms of section 60(1) of the Municipal Structures Act. This team has been chosen for their combination of experience, new ideas, skills, and commitment to serving residents. The mix of experience with new Mayco members has led to a diverse skillset and many talents that will be to the benefit of all our communities,” the mayor continued.

All members of the Mayco will undergo lifestyle audits and will sign performance agreements.

The Mayco is as follows:

  • Deputy Mayor and Human Settlements Cllr. Jeremy Fasser
  • Infrastructure Cllr. Zelda Dalling
  • Corporate Services Cllr. Lwando Nkamisa
  • Community Development (Parks, Open Spaces, Environment) Cllr. Joseph Joon
  • Youth, Sport and Culture Cllr. Ralphton Adams
  • Financial Services Cllr. Peter Johnson
  • Local Economic Development and Tourism Cllr. Rozette du Toit
  • Planning Cllr. Carli van Wyk
  • Protection Services Cllr. Rikus Badenhorst
  • Rural Management Cllr. James Williams

Text: Editorial Desk | Images: Stellenbosch Municipality

ESKOM May Leave Us in Complete Darkness

We may soon be going back to these.

Over the past few days, South Africans have again experienced the devastating effect of rolling Eskom blackouts. There seems to be no end in sight to the energy crisis. Load shedding has now been part of our lives since October 2007 – that’s 168 months of blackouts with no solution in sight.

We have also been informed that Eskom’s severe lack of maintenance has put the Stellenbosch Municipality at very real risk of being left in complete darkness. There are three Eskom transformers supplying electricity to our region, but only one is currently in operation. In January of this year, a transformer went offline due to vandalism. Shockingly this hasn’t been restored yet. Two weeks ago, another transformer failed, and left areas without electricity for several hours. This transformer too, is still currently offline. That leaves the entire electrical load feeding our towns on only one transformer. If this one fails, our towns could be left in complete darkness.

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