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Daniel Christen suggests that it is a good idea to delay carrying out alterations to a new home. It takes time to get used to a new house and to see what does and does not work. "The probability is that the changes that one then eventually makes, might be quite different to those which were initially planned." he says.
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- REBATE ON PROPERTY RATES ONLY APPLICABLE ON RESIDENTIAL PROPERTIES
- CLEANLINESS OF ERVEN
Platter names Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines as WINERY OF THE YEAR for the second time!
Chris and Andrea Mullineux established their wine cellar in 2007. Since then their rise to prominence in the South African wine industry has been stellar. In 2014 they became Platter Winery of the Year and now they've done it again! They are 2016 Winery of the year! Their achievements have included an extraordinary haul of 5 star wines, including Red Wine of the Year and Dessert Wine of the Year in 2016.
Since opening they have created a total of eighteen five star wines. Centre of operations is now Roundstone Farm off the Riebeeksrivier Road on the western side of the Kasteelberg. The picture shows Chris and Andrea with Analjit Singh. He joined forces with Chris and Andrea in 2013.
EVOO Expo announced!
The EVOO expo is a new olive fair which is designed to promote the niche identity that Swartland olive producers already have. The expo will bring together growers, processors, retailers and representatives of the hospitality industry.
The driving force behind the fair is Derek van der Riet of the Olive Boutique. " The South African olive industry, of which the Swartland is a significant part, is doubling in size every five years. This will be an annual event celebrating the new season's extra virgin olive oils that have been produced in the Swartland," he told us.
The inaugural expo takes place on November 12th at the Olive Boutique, Riebeek Kasteel.
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68mm fell in September which is above average for the month. Voelvlei dam is now around 69% full. We are in a better position than we were a year ago. In the twelve months ending September 2015, 550mm of rain fell. In the twelve months ending September 2016, 682mm fell - an increase of 24% . This is near enough the average rain fall recorded over the last fourteen years. The trouble is population and thus consumption has increased over this time but rainfall has not!
As the Municipality says: "It is important to bear in mind that the time to save water is when there is water to save and we should therefore not become complacent about our water saving efforts. Cape Town will never be in the position of having sufficient water to waste and we must continue to be vigilant."
We are not likely to get much more rain before next May. But we sometimes get a storm or two in November. Let us just hope for the best!
The 2017 Riebeek Valley Handbook is now at the printers. It will be published during October. At 92 pages it will be the largest edition that has appeared during the fifteen years that have passed since the first edition appeared.
A non profit making company is being set up so that funds may be raised to carry out improvements to the square in Riebeek Kasteel. Don King stated that modifications had been made to the original design. There will now be no water feature. Improvements will be carried out in phases. The first will be improvements to car parking the cost of which is expected to be R1.25 million. A grant has been approved for upgrading the gardens in Riebeek West.
The Valley Community Police Forum had the reputation of being one of the worst and most ineffective. But now a new committee has been established in conjunction wit the local police and great things are promised. Initially two issues are taking centre stage -
1. Concerns raised with regard to drinking, public loitering and littering at Riebeek West Town Hall
2. The increase in children loitering, begging and harassing folk - particularly around the square in Riebeek Kasteel.
The Go-Kart Derby has been postponed to 4 February 2017
Scenes at the October monthly market
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