Day: September 29, 2021

Dekadente disse by !Khwa ttu

Die !Khwa ttu San-kultuusentrum buite Yzerfontein het verlede week ‘n nuwe program, waar dié inheemse bevolkingsgroep se disse ten toon gestel is, aan die publiek bekend gestel. Minister David Maynier (Wes-Kaap Minister van Finansies en Ekonomiese Geleenthede), raadsheer Harhold Cleophas (uittredende burgemeester WKDM), voorsitter van die Suid-Afrikaanse San-raad, Collin Louw en Michael Diaber (!Khwa ttu) het deelgeneem aan die verskillende aktiwiteite by die bekendstelling.

!Khwa ttu launches brand new programme

David Maynier, Western Cape Minister of Finance and Economic Opportunities, joined the West Coast District Municipality Executive Mayor, Ald. John Cleophas, and the Chairman of the South African San Council, Collin Louw, to launch the !Khwa ttu ‘Food from the Ancestors’ project which is a new gastronomic tourism attraction that offers visitors a unique opportunity to experience San culture and heritage on the West Coast and in the Western Cape.
The !Khwa ttu ‘Food from the Ancestors’ project is one of eleven projects supported by our Tourism Product Development Fund which we launched last year, contributing almost R6 million to supporting new or existing tourism products and experiences especially in our rural and coastal towns across the Western Cape.
“Linking ancient hunter-gatherer food to plants in our natural environment and food on our menu, the !Khwa ttu ‘Food from the Ancestors’ project gives visitors the chance to join local guides in a journey through the surrounding landscape, experiencing the incredible knowledge the San have of indigenous plants, and also hear stories past and present. They can also forage for plants that will then be used to prepare a delicious meal with other ingredients grown and hunted locally or sourced from local producers.
Through the Tourism Product Development Fund we have assisted !Khwa ttu to develop new structures for the ‘Food from the Ancestors’ experience. This also includes the development of the new restaurant menu, the self-guided trail(s) and guided tour with trail maps. Furthermore, we have also worked with them to develop their marketing plan and promotional materials leveraging these assets as they form part of the Cradle of Human Culture West Coast Route to boost awareness of !Khwa ttu to both domestic and international tourists.
Through the “Food from the Ancestors’ experience, !Khwa ttu hope to increase annual visitors and revenue in order to sustain 44 jobs and create an additional 16 new jobs while supporting 10 local suppliers though the new menu.
Our Tourism Product Development Fund aims to develop tourism experiences that differentiate the Western Cape from other destinations and ensure we remain a world-class and competitive option for travellers when global travel starts to recover. Everyone can play a role in reigniting tourism in the Western Cape by supporting small businesses in the tourism and hospitality sector. And please remember to do so safely, adhering to the health and safety guidelines to protect yourself and your loved ones from Covid-19.”

Munisipaliteit oorhandig titelaktes in Riebeekvallei

Uitvoerende Burgemeester van die Swartland Munisipaliteit, raadsheer Tijmen van Essen en raadslid Nicolene Smit het die afgelope week titelaktes aan inwoners op Riebeek-Wes oorhandig. Hierdie titelaktes is deel van ‘n behuisingsprojek wat in November 2019 voltooi is. Die oordrag van die titelaktes was egter vertraag as gevolg van COVID-19.
Van Essen en Smit het deur tot deur gegaan en 12 titelaktes aan begunstigdes oorhandig. Altesaam 228 aktes is reeds aan begunstigdes oorhandig. Die projek bestaan uit 244 huise en die totale waarde van hierdie behuisingsprojek beloop meer as R34 miljoen. Die meerderheid begunstigdes woon reeds in hul nuwe huise en soos die titelakteproses afgehandel word, word die eienaarskap oorgedra. Die eerste titelakte is Maandag aan Louisa Joubert (73) oorhandig. Sy het vertel hoe sy in 2019 op haar verjaarsdag in haar nuwe huis kon intrek.
Van Essen het beklemtoon hoe belangrik dit is dat inwoners hul nuwe huise moet oppas en hul aktes veilig bewaar.
“Elke inwoner wat ‘˜n titelakte ontvang, moet weet dat daar nie weer so ‘n geleentheid gaan wees nie. Dit is nou elke eienaar se verantwoordelikheid om na hul huis om te sien en die potensiaal te ontgin. Eienaarskap gee gemoedsrus en sekerheid vir die toekoms.”
Smit het bygevoeg dat dit verblydend is om te sien hoeveel trots die inwoners reeds in hul nuwe buurt wys met al die toevoegings en inisiatief wat hulle geneem het met die plant van nuwe tuine en verfraaiings van hul huise en erwe.
Swartland Munisipaliteit is daartoe verbind om eienaarskap aan alle begunstigdes te gee. Anders as in baie ander munisipaliteite, word daar gefokus om titelaktes so gou moontlik oor te dra wanneer projekte voltooi word. Hulle is tans besig om meer as 400 titelaktes te finaliseer vir die oordrag van gedienste erwe en gaan dit ook in die nabye toekoms aan die nuwe eienaars oorhandig. “Eienaarskap skep bemagtiging en dit is deel van ons belegging in die toekoms van ons gemeenskappe.”

Dis ‘n Bok!

Daar het ‘n Springbok die naweek sy verskyning in Yzerfontein Spar gemaak! Bryan Habanna, voormalige Springbokrugbyspeler is die naweek op Yzerfontein gesien toe hy hier aangedoen het en die oggend in hierdie winkel spandeer het. Die personeel van die Yzerfontein Spar het hul Bok-entoesiasme gewys deur breed te glimlag vir die kamera.

Rally ready and set for Riebeek

Hyundai Malmesbury will host the start of the Cape Car and Motorcycle Club Riebeek Kasteel Rally on Saturday 2 October 2021. With no Western Province Rally Championship at stake the event will be considered a shakedown for what promises to be a real humdinger season in 2022.
2019 Western Province champions, Llewellyn Jones and Christophé Pichon, will lead the 25+ strong entry away in their immaculately prepared 434 S5 CPMCC CEJ Plant Hire Subaru Impreza N12 WRX STi 2.0 Turbo 4×4.
Favourites they might be, but, keeping up with the Jones’s have stepped up the odds as their greatest threat may well be coming from young Owen Jones. Now, without wanting to make this sound difficult Lewellyn Jones is the cousin of Shaun Jones and Owen Jones, the son of Shaun, really wants to kick his uncle’s butt! Shaun, so cautious of Owen’s pace, he did not even enter this event.
On debut in Porterville both Llewellyn and John Peiser found the pace of this youngster so impressive they withdrew from the event with mechanical maladies. Quadruple WP champion, John Peiser, now doing his PPL in an effort to drive (or is it fly) faster than Owen and Aden Bredekamp as they managed to win overall in their 454 S5 CPMCC Subaru Impreza N10 WRX STi 2.0 Turbo 4×4. The youngest ever combination to win a rally overall in the Western Cape! Unfortunately Aden will be missing the Riebeek event and Eastern Cape based Ingrid Jeacocks will be substituting as navigator.
On paper the Damseaux Motorsport prepared 431 CCMCC S5 Toyota Run X 4×4 S2000 of Ismaeel Davids and Yusuf Ganief should be untouchable. Warren Scholtz and Justin Gay the dark horse entry in their 444 S5 CPMCC N10 Subaru Impreza WRX STi 2.0 Turbo 4×4 on debut.
But, this is rallying, and even a 1000cc three cylinder turbocharged 125 S5 CPMCC VW Polo GT have the potential to lead everyone home. Paul-Hendrik Franken and Lloyd Brady will be back in the rather unique Franken Motorsport car that is still giving authorities headaches as to how it should be classified in local motorsport. Sounding much like the legendary DKW the car has proven deceptively quick in almost every terrain.
With the dreaded pandemic disrupting everyone and everything there is no championship to be won in 2021 and as such many teams have opted to use the balance of the year preparing for a proper return in 2022. Quadruple WP drivers champion, John Peiser, and his double WP navigators champion son, Weston Peiser, will not be present in Riebeek as John has to focus on completing his PPL. Apparently studying is more challenging than driving!
Paul van Wyk is building a “new” N14 Subaru Impreza WRX STi 2.0 Turbo 4×4 for double WP rally drivers champion, Lourens van Rensburg, whilst also developing his own acciDent Guru 469 S5 CPMCC Audi S3 Turbo 4×4 for the new season. Werner “The Mayor of Mykonos” Koekemoer is also on the comeback trial and is scheduled to debut a BMW E36 328i in 2028 with one of the twins as navigator! And that is a concrete rumour!
The good news is that some are also treating Riebeek as shakedown for 2022 and we will have three visiting teams from the Eastern Cape present. The Swartland based Du Plessis brothers, Inus and Jean, were pretty well known for their antics in various rear wheel driven BMW rally cars and Inus du Plessis is set to return with Piet Carinus navigating in the 461 S4 Coastal Hire BMW E36 328i originally intended for the E36 Cup series at the Killarney International Raceway Rally X circuit.
Jean du Plessis recently sold his similar BMW E36 328i to fellow Swartlander, Carel Viljoen, and he was to have made his rallying debut with Ike Viljoen as navigator. They have opted to rather delay their debut to 2022.
Warren Köhler and Matthew Köhler also felt the need to step up a gear in rear wheel drive, acquiring the impressive 465 S4 CCMCC Köhler Pac E36 BMW 328i formerly campaigned by Danie van Niekerk at Killarney International Raceway.
We have grown almost accustomed to the Namibian teams joining in on the Western Cape events and on the odd occasion somebody from the Eastern Cape makes the trip. Well, this time, there will be three Eastern Cape based teams making the trip to Riebeek Kasteel.
Etienne MALherbe needs no introduction as he could be considered a local competitor now based in George on the beautiful Garden Route and his classic Silverton Radiators George Datsun 160U SS is something of an institution anywhere in South Africa. In 1983 he and Eric Storbeck made their rallying debut as young SAAF apprentices, driving a Mazda RX2 Rotary that Etienne bought for R380 off a pavement in Sunnyside, Pretoria. They were much faster than the older Mazda and rolled it into a million pieces at AFB Pienaarsrivier near Hammanskraal (Ditholo) during the 1984 Martin Jonker Rally.
At the time Johan de Jager and (SAAF) Patrick Vermaak also did the 1984 Lowveld 500 Rally in an Alfa Romeo Guilia 2.0 whilst Etienne and Erick upgraded to a second Mazda RX2 Rotary.
Though their friendship grew over the past 37 years, Etienne MALherbe and Patrick VerMAAK will be competing as a team for the first time in the Team Malmaak, or should that be VêrMal, 54 ARC / CPMCC S3 Datsun 160U SSS. Why? Simply because they feel the need to do so!
H.T.S. Daniël Pienaar, the oldest technical school in Southern Africa and only school that offers motorsport as an outdoors activity to their students actually have two Eastern Cape rally cars contesting under the banner of the Algoa Rally Club. Mr M.Kleingeld heads the motorsport section with two teachers driving and students as navigators and service crew.
The first car scheduled to leave the Hyundai Malmesbury start venue at 09h00 on Saturday 2 October 2021 and the first team is expected to finish the event at Nuweplaas, corner of R46 and Riebeekrivier Road, at 16h00.
Unfortunately Covid-19 Level 2 restrictions still apply and as such spectators will not be permitted.

Patrick Vermaak
083 701 8116

Porterville shows off this weekend

The countdown has begun to the fourth annual Proudly Porterville art event, taking place in the beautiful country town of Porterville from Friday 01st to Sunday the 3rd of October.
This popular art experience – now in its fourth year – provides visitors with the chance to view and purchase a wide variety of art from both emerging and acclaimed artists. There is something for everyone, with art ranging from paintings, jewellery, and ceramics to bespoke tableware, woodwork, mosaics, crochet, quilting, beading and more.

Must-do workshops
An exciting aspect of this event are the various workshops that will be taking place over the course of the weekend, carefully curated and offered by several local artisans and artists.
On the Friday, Saturday, and Sunday there will be children’s recycled craft & sewing workshops & demonstrations, as well as soap making workshops taking place. On the Friday is also a planter head workshop. Saturday and Sunday see acrylic pouring workshops for beginners, and a cheese platter ceramics workshop is also a must-do on the Saturday. On Sunday there is a kokedama workshop taking place. For more details on these workshops visit
Must-visit venues
15 venues throughout the town will be showcasing the work of a myriad of artists.
The starting point for the weekend is the Flyers Lodge where visitors can collect a map showing all the participating venues and must-visit locations and view a collaborative exhibition featuring the work of all the contributing artists.
Places to visit include the studios of artists Alna Prodgers, Andre du Toit, JP Meyer, Anneke Pasque, Carin Dorrington, Joey Koen, Katja Abbott & Paul Kristafor. Other must visit locations are Die Lighuis, Ebonymoon Studio, the Mosaic House, Poppie and Picasso, Rendezvous and The Red Tricycle. For more information on these venues visit
Also worth visiting is the Mosaic Route which features the mosaic art of several talented youth from Monte Bertha, a neighbourhood that is a legacy of the former apartheid dispensation. The route tells the story of historic moments and sites in mosaic and the full detail of each site can be read when scanning the QR Code on the mural.
Artists to anticipate
Some of the artists to anticipate at Proudly Porterville, in addition to those whose studios are mentioned above, are John Bauer, a ceramicist and materials engineer; Clare Menck and Arend Louw, both painters; as well as Annelie Janse van Rensburg, a ceramicist.
Also look out for paintings by Zandre de Villiers, Warren Voight, Isobel Knox, Elton Jagels, Joan Shrauwen and Adele van Niekerk; ceramics by Ronel Bakker and Annamarie Gerber; bespoke tableware by Monique Nienaber; photographic art by Erna Muller; and jewellery by Sharon Botha.
Food, fun and more
In addition to art and the workshops, this highly anticipated weekend provides an opportunity for foodies, families, outdoor enthusiasts, and anyone looking for a city escape to get out and about, make memories, and have fun.
There truly is something at Proudly Porterville for everyone. Stock up on fresh local produce, preserves and many other delicacies at the Farmers Market.
Enjoy a delicious meal at one of several top restaurants in town.
Go mountain biking or running on the beautiful local trails. Relax and savour small town life – the list goes on.
Nearly all the attractions are within walking distance from each other, so visitors can park and stroll through the town, enjoying the art exhibitions, stopping for a meal, buying local fare – all with a beautiful mountain backdrop as Porterville is nestled at the foot of the Olifants Mountains.
Porterville is only 150 km’s from Cape Town so close enough for a day trip. However, visitors are encouraged to stay over for the entire weekend to make the most of the experience. Tickets are not required for the Proudly Porterville weekend as entry is free, but accommodation bookings, restaurant reservations and workshop bookings are recommended ahead of the time due to demand.
For more information visit or contact Porterville Tourism Office (022-931 3732).

Hoe gemaak met Oktober in my tuin

Niemand sal met my stry nie: Oktober-maand is nou maar die mooiste maand in ons tuine. Alles wys nuwe groei en byna elke plant is vol blomme. Mooi bly maar mooi – alle eer aan ons Skepper!
Verlede Oktober het ons gesels oor snoeiwerk in jou tuin. Moenie vergeet om gereeld die snoeiskêr byderhand te hou vir daardie baie noodsaaklike vormwerk aan jou struike en bome nie.
Onthou: Daar is ‘n verskeidenheid blombolle wat nog steeds geplant kan word. Vir die somertuin is die volgende soorte nou beskikbaar:
Amaryllis – met hul groot blomme, op lang stele, ook nuwe dwergsoorte beskikbaar.
Zantedeschia – dit is nou ál die gekleurde variëteite van ons aronskelke en baie mooi.
Let wel: Minder water vir hierdie somerblommende soorte
Dahlia – Hier is ook ‘n paar soorte in ‘n verskeidenheid kleure beskikbaar, van die dwergsoorte tot die reusagtige “dinnerplate” variëteite.
Gladiolus – Swaardlelies, soos ons dit ken. Hul pragtige kleure, met lang ritse wat uiters geskik is vir snyblomme, kan in sarsies geplant word, want dit blom ongeveer 100 dae nadat jy dit geplant het.
Indien jy ‘n nuwe bedding in jou tuin aanplant, onthou die voorbereiding is 100 maal belangriker as die uiteindelike aanplant van blomme en struike.
Alle ou plante en struike moet DEEGLIK verwyder word. Dan moet daar ruim kompos (ongeveer een sak van 20 dm kubiek per vierkante meter) plus superfosfaat en beenmeel ingewerk word.
Daar kan ook “All purpose” pille van Atlantic Fertilisers ingewerk word om die nuwe plante daardie ekstra voorsprong te gee. Indien jy inheemse fynbos, proteas, speldekussings en tolbosse gaan plant, moet jy net kompos gebruik, want hulle hou nie van FOSFAAT in hulle grond nie.
Nadat al hierdie voorbereiding gedoen is, kan jy begin met die plantproses. Druk plante stewig in die grond vas, stut waar nodig en gooi dit dadelik nat, so ook die eerste maande daarna.
ONTHOU: ‘n Plant kan sogenaamd waterwys wees, maar eers drie tot ses maande nadat dit geplant is.
Geniet die lente en die tuinmaak.
Groetnis tot volgende keer, ons gesels weer 27 Oktober.

George Retief

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KaapAgri se AgriMark het verlede Donderdag hul splinternuwe tuinsentrums, GardenZones, bekend gestel op Riebeek-Wes en Darling. Die sentrum bied alles wat die tuinier benodig onder een dak en is ‘n toevoeging tot die bestaande dienste wat hierdie groep aanbied. Bo is Fergie Thompson (takbestuurder Riebeek-Wes) en Jacques van Rooyen (streekbestuurder).