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Municipality celebrate Women in the Workplace

West Coast District Municipality launched its Women’s Month Campaign with various internal and external activations. At the official launch of Women’s Month Cllr Maranda Schrader encouraged the women to create a legacy for future generations.
She used the theme “Gender Equality Today for a Sustainable Tomorrow” to encourage staff to be the change in society to create a better future for all.
In addition to the internal activations the municipality’s Disaster Management and Fire and Rescue Services partnered with Emergency Medical Services to celebrate the elderly women by visiting ACVV Huis Moorrees, a retirement home in Moorreesburg. The team donated @Spekbome@ to the elderly ladies under the theme “Grow where you are planted”. The purpose of the visit was to acknowledge the women for the sacrifices they make and for the role they play in society.
Other Women’s Month activities for the month of August include a decor and themed exhibition of all municipal buildings, seed planting and nurturing competition, “Doek Friday” where the ladies will have a chance to wear innovative and colourful headwraps and a “No Handbag Day” . All these activations will lead up to a Women’s Breakfast on the 25th of August 2022.

Caption 1: Two former teachers, Johanna Coetzee and Ans Carstens were two of the ladies who received spekbome from WCDM’s Disaster Management and EMS teams.

Caption 2: Estrolita Esterhuizen, Edna Peters, Melonese Raman, Dhylene Heyns, Philida Boer and Evalencia Petersen with their “doeke”.

Tiere kraai liga-koning

Wenners: Die Tiere van Moorreesburg-rugbyklub het hul rugbyliga gewen in die eindstryd teen Rawesonville. Hulle het dié span met 31-28 geklop.

Wiele vir Interskole

Haval Malmesbury borg hierdie week die voertuig waarmee skoolhoof Justus Schoonraad, hoof van die Hoërskool Swartland op Malmesbury, vir die interskole week sal rondry. Hier ontvang hy sy voertuig van JC Campher, algemene verkoopsbestuurder van Haval Malmesbury, saam met Antionete Wynjeterp, handelaarshoof van Haval Malmesbury.

Groen en goud

Wahldo Neethling van Malmesbury het hierdie pragoomblik vasgevang. Die goue gloed van die sakkende son het oor dié bouval tussen die koringlande geval en dit in sy warm strale gehul.

Taste whisky in the Winelands of the Cape

OK, many of us have done a wine tasting – perhaps quite often! But whisky tasting? Doesn’t it all taste the same? Well, actually, no. There is just as much expertise and mystique in making whisky as there is in making wine.
And you don’t have to be an expert to tell the difference between a smoky, peaty malt whisky from the Hebridean island of Islay (3500 people and 9 distilleries!) and the classic flavours of honey, vanilla, and ripe green fruits in the Speyside whiskies from the north east of Scotland.
Now there is the opportunity to experience the joys of whisky tasting at the McGregor Whisky Weekend from 16th-18th September.
With its strong Scottish connections, stunning mountain scenery, often described as “Scotland with sun”, and the expertise of eight of South Africa’s leading whisky distributors, this new event in the historic and beautiful village of McGregor has something for everybody.
The main event, at the Lords Winery overlooking the village, will feature at least 40 Scottish whiskies and more than a few others. You can taste as many as you dare!
In addition, there will be Masterclasses on the Friday and Saturday nights, where experts will explain the subtleties of producing the malt, distilling the spirit and storing the whisky in carefully chosen casks, which can account for up to 60% of the flavour – with more samples to taste, of course!
And if that’s not enough for you, there will be wine and MCC tasting at Lords, and some of the other 50 wineries in the Breede Valley; a masterclass on making whisky cocktails; the chance to get to know Shanky’s Whip, the newcomer on the scene, and other attractions such as Allendale farm close to Lords, where sheep are milked to produce cheese.
And after all that tasting, there are the many and varied eateries in McGregor, where you can relax and enjoy outstanding food.
More about the McGregor Whisky Weekend can be found on the website, where you can also buy tickets for the main event and masterclasses.
There are also some stunning places to stay in McGregor but space is limited, so don’t delay if you want to enjoy this unique experience.

Slainte Mhath

HSS hou reünie

Die Matrieks van 1992 het Saterdag hulle 30 Jaar reunie by die Hoërskool Swartland op Malmesbury gevier. Die reunie is gereël
deur Gwendoline Kriek, Jean du Plessis, Heinrich Schreuder en Ansie Powell – links. Christiana Blom het ‘n geraamde Springbokbaadjie van Marius van Heerden 800m atleet ontvang. Hy was deel van die 1992 matrieks en is gedurende 2021 aan Covid oorlede.

Nuwe winkel vir ACVV

ACVV MOORREESBURG maak binnekort hul tweedehandse winkel oop op Moorreesburg te Kerkstraat 18 – agter Shoprite.
Die winkel sal Dinsdae tot Vrydae van 09:00 soggens tot 13:00 middae oop wees vir besigheid.
Die winkel se hoofdoel is om fondse in te samel vir die ACVV Maatskaplike Kantoor Moorreesburg om al hul finansiële verpligtinge bietjie ligter te maak. Hulle doen ‘n beroep op ondersteuners om enige bruikbare items wat in hul huis is en in die pad staan soos meubels, boeke, breekware, linne, te skenk sodat hulle dit in die winkel kan verkoop. Met hierdie fondse wil hulle soveel moontlik mense in die dorp help met kos, doeke, hofsake en soveel meer.


From the farmlands, to the court house, to the kitchen for Nicole Neethling

•Jana du Plessis Müller

Nicole Neethling, owner of food and cooking business Flour & Oil, had an incredible journey from where she grew up to where she finds herself today.
Born and raised in the farmlands of KwaZulu-Natal within a Hindu community, Neethling’s life took a few unexpected turns – from her career as a lawyer to her encounter with Christianity. She took everything she learned while honing in on her passion for interacting with people to create a business that not only connects people but also encourages them to find their ‘flour and oil moment’.
Nicole’s life was unconventional from the start. She went to a Catholic school in Durban, while being raised within the Hindu culture. After school, she went on to complete a Bachelor of Science in the field of Genetics and Biotechnology. “I wanted to be able to regenerate the eye, that was my dream then,” she says. “I paid my way through university and worked all the time while studying.”
She emphasises how this cultivated a strong work ethic and she wouldn’t have had it any other way. A smart young woman, she felt a change at the end of her post graduate year, and embarked on a postgraduate degree in law. During this time she was able to focus wholeheartedly on her studies as she was awarded a bursary.
A big dreamer, Neethling found herself in Amsterdam at the end of her law degree. “I often hear the words ‘you are either brave or crazy’ when people hear about my life, but my answer is that it can only be faith,” she says. “I didn’t have the finances for any of this, but God made it all possible.”
Upon her return Nicole was offered an article apprenticeship at a boutique law firm in Gauteng. She started practising as a patented attorney straight away and felt how her two worlds collided as the role brought her two degrees together. “It was a great time, even though my future husband was in the Western Cape.”
After two years, she returned and married her husband, Jaco. She also joined one of the most prestigious law firms in the country, complete with floor to ceiling views of Table Mountain on one side and the V&A Waterfront on the other. “I wore three-piece suits and did the whole corporate lawyer-thing. My husband and I were living a good life, but I felt this burning question: Was this it? Was this everything God had planned for me?”
This question propelled her to leave her comfortable position when their first child was born. She wanted to be at home with her firstborn and not to miss out on his life. The Neethlings took a big leap of faith and said goodbye to her monthly pay-checks and subsequent comfort zone. They moved to a small two-bedroomed apartment in Paarl.
Nicole explains the next chapter of their lives: “I came across 1 Kings 17:7-16 where the prophet Elijah is sent to a widow by God. When he arrived, the widow told him she only had enough flour and oil for one more meal. Elijah asked her to trust God and to make the meal. As it turns out the flour and oil never ran out.” This touched her deeply and made her wish for a similar miracle.
With this in mind, Nicole started cooking what she knew: authentic Indian food. The family invited people to their home for meals and conversation. “I love interacting with people – plus I was the only Indian person most people knew. We thought we could teach people how to make Indian food, the way my mom made it.” From these humble beginnings, Flour & Oil was born.
Always ready to embrace their next adventure, the Neethling family moved to Riebeek-West a few years later and is currently living in Malmesbury. Nicole highlights how choosing the simpler life has shaped how they live their lives. She enthuses how the community has embraced and supported them.
To date, Flour & Oil has hosted workshops locally at restaurants, wine farms, guest houses and in homes, and has even presented a very successful pop-up experience in Switzerland. Nicole and her cooking partner, Nolene Nel, are in awe of how the business has journeyed and made an impact on people’s lives. “My heart is for people to come sit at our dinner table and just know that they are welcome and accepted,” says Nicole.
When asked about her spiritual journey from Hinduism to Christianity, she explains that she had an encounter with God at the age of 14 when her mother took her to a Christian church. After both mother and daughter had extraordinary meetings with Jesus, they were faced with a difficult decision – either to reject Jesus and turn back to Hinduism or to leave her father’s house and the Hindu community. They chose a life with God, and so the young Nicole, her mother, and her sister, at four years old, packed a bag each and left their family home in KwaZulu-Natal.
Recalls Nicole: “As we walked out of the house my mom said, ‘Today you’ve walked out of your earthly father’s house, but walked into your Heavenly Father’s Kingdom, and you will want for nothing.’ Although people might think this extreme, it paved the way for future miracles in our lives.”
“I still only have a bit of flour and a bit of oil, but it just hasn’t run out. I really have wanted for nothing. This has been my story and I want others to have that too.”

Joyce’s se bul kraai nasionale koning

Joyce’s Angus Stud, ‘n bekende stoetery in die Swartland en omgewing, is by die Bloemfonteinskou vereer met die titel as die nasionale Angus Junior en Grand-kampioen bul vir 2022.
Die bul wat hierdie toekenning behaal het, is Joyce’s Sensation 136.
Hy het ook die D-klas gewen.
Hierdie bul is deur RC Malherbe van Roechama Angus-stoet op die kampioenveiling aangekoop.
Hanteerder Basie Erasmus is ook gekroon as die nasionale kampioen hanteerder. Hy het hierdie toekenning in 2017, 2019 en 2022 gewen.