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Thinking of selling? Daniel suggests that it is a good idea to fix those house maintenance problems that you've been meaning to do to for ages before you put the property on the market. And he has a couple of stunning houses and a plot on offer.
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- REBATE ON PROPERTY RATES ONLY APPLICABLE ON RESIDENTIAL PROPERTIES
- CLEANLINESS OF ERVEN
- AMENDED LEVEL 2 WATER RESTRICTIONS
Rugby Player of the year
Chris Murphy reports: Pieter-Steph du Toit from Kloovenburg, Riebeek Kasteel, was named the SA Rugby Player of the Year at an awards function in Johannesburg. The 24 year old is following in the footsteps of his grandfather Piet ‘Spiere’ du Toit. Piet Spiere represented South Africa as a tighthead prop between 1958 to 1961 and played in 14 Tests, including in the series against the All Blacks in 1960, which the Boks won.
The first Valley beer festival was held during the month now we have two brewries). It marked the long awaited return of No Pressure. Folk were delighted to see Bas van Kampen playing the saxophone once more having undergone a long and painful recovery process having been involved in a road accident earlier in the year.
SPCA in Riebeek West
Colette Mang (chairman) and her team from Swartland SPCA descended on Riebeek West to give a presentation at the Riebeek Valley Hotel on the work of the organisation. Swartland SPCA is based in Darling. She stressed that the main functions were sterilisation and education. A member of the audience said that Valley people were sometimes reluctant to support the SPCA since they felt that their contribution would be spent across the region rather than solving problems in the Valley. Plans are in hand to open an SPCA shop in Malmesbury.
Riebeek West market news
Saturday 5 November 9am to 1pm – all set once again to have everyone join in the Market. As usual, the organisers will be there from 07h30 to help place new traders and ensure that everything goes smoothly.
Saturday 3 December morning market 9am to 1pm and finally there is our Christmas evening market on Saturday 17th December from 4pm to 7pm.The organisers realise that the Christmas market date is well into the school holidays and those traders that are on leave. Exhibitors who are unable to attend will be missed. But for those that can be there - it’s always a great get together and once again it is planned to have wine/cold drinks and some snacks from 19h00 to round off the year.
10mm fell in October which is well below the monthly average but exactly the same as last year. September which is above average for the month. Voelvlei dam is now around 72% full. This figure is likely to decrease as summer progresses. There is still the possibility of the odd storm this month. Let us just hope for the best!
Busy day in the Valley!
- The Village Market in Riebeek West (in the morning). Details: 0834928381
- Tilapia Classic fishing competition from 6am until noon. Details: Riebeek Cellars
- Summer Boule Championships on the square in Riebeek Kasteel 2pm until 6pm. Details: 0834412083
- Die Bruid die Pixie en die Vaalhond Theatre Jacques G at 12 noon. Tickets R100. Details:0834759395
- Evoo Expo at the Olive Boutique. Details: evoo.co.za
- 1 Die Bruid die Pixie en die Vaalhond Theatre Danielle Pascal at 7pm . Tickets R100. Details:0834759395
When we arrived in the Valley there was relatively little in the way of community organisations. Riebeek West did have a rate payers association which eventually faded away. There have been suggestions that there should be a similar organisation for Riebeek Kasteel but nothing ever happened. There was no Riebeek Valley Tourism. The Community Police Forum did exist and the odd meeting was held as a result of which nothing seemed to happen.
But now the Valley has changed and the pendulum seems to swinging in the other direction. New enthusiastic residents have moved into the Valley and the announcement of a new forum almost seems to be a daily occurrence. There are community forums, disabled forums, environmental forums ....... and so on. Amongst other things the community police forum seems to have been rejuvenated. Let us hope that all this activity and meetings have some positive outcomes! We have been to more than one meeting where long lists are of items are discussed and then discussed again at the following meeting with nothing discernible appearing to happen.
The 2017 Riebeek Valley Handbook will be distributed during the month. Keep an eye on your post box. As usual the Handbook will also be given to estate agents for distribution to those interested in settling here. It will also be placed in guest bedrooms. It will also be on sale at local outlets if you need an extra copy or two.
If you are looking for something unusual maybe you should have a browse through the large range items on sale at King Olaf in Sarel Cilliers Street Riebeek Kasteel.
A wedding parade in Hoof Street Riebeek Kasteel
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