December 2016 / January 2017
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This month Daniel includes details of an amazing house. It has a full size snooker table, 9m x 3m swimming pool, a, private movie theatre, dumb waiter, windmill, central A/C, gigantic views and more ........
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Andrea Mullineux named wine maker of the year by US publication - Wine Enthusiast!
The US publication Wine Enthusiast has named Andrea Mullineux their 2016 "Winemaker of the Year”! This is the first time a South African winemaker has received this impressive honour and only the third woman winemaker winner in the 17-year history of the awards! "This honour as not only an accolade for the wines I create alongside an excellent team, but also recognition of the exciting wines and regions of South Africa that are still being discovered and applauded by international wine professionals and consumers alike." Andrea told us.
This comes soon after the Platter's South African Wine Guide announcement that Mullineux Straw Wine 2015 is the 2017 "Dessert Wine of the Year".
Wine Enthusiast magazine have just released their 2016 Enthusiast 100 list. Mullineux Syrah 2014 is ranked number 16, with a rating of 94. This is the highest a South African wine has appeared in this list.
- REMOVAL OF RESTRICTIVE TITLE CONDITIONS ERF 497, RIEBEEK WEST
- REBATE ON PROPERTY RATES ONLY APPLICABLE ON RESIDENTIAL PROPERTIES
- CLEANLINESS OF ERVEN
- AMENDED LEVEL 2 WATER RESTRICTIONS
In the new Riebeek Valley Handbook we wrote: "Fires occasionally break out with frightening intensity. Although farm workers and others are usually on the scene very quickly, water from standard hoses usually has little effect. It can take the fire brigade an hour or more to arrive. This emphasises how careful everyone must be when vegetation is dry. A fire in the wrong place may mean that a Valley resident ends up homeless before effective help arrives."
On November 11th this happened. A Riebeek West family lost their home. We all face a risk from this peril. Some years ago a group set up a volunteer fire brigade in Riebeek West but this no longer exists. Maybe now is the time to look into the possibility of setting up a volunteer fire brigade again.
1mm fell in November which is well below the monthly average of 40mm. The hoped for storms did not materialise. We are unlikely to get much in the way of rain before next May.
Beverley Hills in Ongegund!
News has reached us of an unlikely development proposal. Various ideas have been put forward over a number of years for development of land above the existing Ongegund housing. Now Beverley Hills - 15 identical houses at nearly R3.3 million each are proposed.. Whatever one thinks of these houses they are totally out of character wit the Riebeek Valley - just have a look at the pictures.
The brochure says: "Situated so as to provide a panoramic views of the valley. Secure enclosed estate consisting of 15 units on 1000 square metre plots. Master built with quality as a priority. Asking price includes transfer duty , air conditioning and all kitchen appliances and a swimming pool."
What do you think?
CPF in action!
At the end of November the SAPS launched a "16 days of activism campaign". The objective of the campaign is to create awareness and prevent abuse against women & children. This tends to increase over the Christmas break. Members of the SAPS, Riebeek Valley CPF committee, the Riebeek West Ward Councillor, and Law Enforcement officials joined community members to pledge support in favour of the campaign.
Then it became clear that sectors of the community were attempting to introduce political motives into the formation of a newly re-vitalised CPF. Attempts were made to derail the due democratic process. But the validity of the Cpf Riebeek Valley, has been endorsed and confirmed by senior officials and structures.
CPF chairman, Erwin Law has made it very clear that the CPF will not be derailed from their task and objectives.
Tourism Branding Project
As part of the Swartland tourism branding project a workshop was held at Riebeek Valley Tourism on 24 Nov. It was attended by Shawn Hewitt, Anchen Lüdick (Swartland Tourism), Dr Pieter Steenkamp (CPUT), Jolene Janse van Rensburg (Swartland Wine and Olive Route), Dr Norbert Haydam (CPUT), Julita Markus, Gail Walters, Henk Bruwer (Swartland) and Chris Murphy. Missing from the pic is Sam Rogers. A very interesting, thought provoking session
Have Your Say!
Swartland Municipality is developing a strategy for 2017 - 2022. An online workspace (http://bit.ly/2gMxaEk) has been created where residents can obtain relevant information and can make suggestions - 24/7, fast and easy.
Allan Barnard writes: "With the summer season almost in full swing, it seems the poaching season is again rearing its ugly head here in the Valley: that's the STAFF poaching season. I was convinced that this unethical practice stopped a long time ago and that we're a group of business owners who compete fairly with a healthy dose of mutual respect. Whilst it is common knowledge that there is a severe and frustrating shortage of trainable staff available in the Valley, it is simply unacceptable to blatantly try and poach a competitor's staff. Especially when that competitor has put in the monumental effort of training waiters and all you do is lure them with a couple of rand extra per hour. My staff are perfectly happy at their current place of work, thank you. What you're doing is unfair, unprofessional and infuriating!"
Riebeek Kasteel now has a resident's Committee and one is soon to follow in Riebeek West and business forums as well we think). The members are:
Paul Harrison Chairperson
Lisa King Deputy Chair
Yvette Hezlett Secretary
Mary Walker Treasurer
Cathy Allen PRO
Shawn Hewitt Member
Don King Member
All residents are automatically part of the Association and there are no charges. A representative said: " We are a group of people working to try and assist residents with issues which they have perhaps been unable to resolve themselves with SAPS, the Municipality or any other legal body or organisation, and we do not want any remuneration"
For the time being this committee seems to be concentrating on rubbish collection. However their efforts might be better applied to issues such as protection from the danger of fires (see paragraph above), traffic speeding and so forth.
DECEMBER 4TH UNTIL FEBRUARY 28TH - Summertide exhibition at the Gallery
DECEMBER 1OTH - Oldies but Goldies at 7pm at Die Bruid Die Pixie en Die Vaalhond
DECEMBER 1OTH - Candela at Red Tin Roof at 8pm
DECEMBER 17th - Village Christmas Market from 16h00 Everything those empty stockings need!
DECEMBER 26TH - Cricket Match Riebeek Kasteel v Riebeek West. Anyone interested in playing, umpiring, commentating, scoring (or streaking) at this year's Annual Cricket Derby between Kasteel and West on 26th December at RPC ground in Riebeek West, please contact Kyle Ovens - for West (084 688 1024), or David Wickham - for Kasteel (082 8989 663). There will be a couple of net practices in the week before the game.
Riebeek Cellars employee wins Best Potential category at 2016 Agri Worker Awards
Riebeek Cellars employee Thandisizwe Eric Mnyango was announced as the provincial winner in the Best Potential category at a ceremony held at the Nederburg Wine Estate in November 2016.
The Western Cape Prestige Agri Awards are presented annually by the Western Cape Department of Agriculture in partnership with Shoprite, to recognise agricultural workers' valuable contribution to the sustainable growth of the South African agricultural sector. What started as a regional competition with 36 entries in the Hex River Valley in 2002, has now grown to a national event with 1200+ entries from 15 separate regions.
Thandisizwe Eric Mnyango has been working for Riebeek Cellars since 2009, when he started as general cellar worker. His supervisor, Alecia Boshoff, noticed his potential and he was promoted to team leader within six months from his appointment. He took advantage of all the education opportunities the cellar made available to him and is well on his way to achieving his goal of becoming a winemaker.
Mnyango hopes his achievement will inspire others: “I feel it is good for me to show others that you can make your dreams a reality by working together with your employer to achieve great results, both for the business and yourself.”
Security in Hermon
Erwin Law writes: "Many thanks to Drakenstein municipality officials, particularly Rean Smuts of the security portfolio, for the assistance and advice given regarding the improvement of the delivery of safety and security to the citizens of Hermon. Assistance and advice far exceeded my original request. Officials have asked to be invited to meetings of Riebeek Valley CPF. It is really refreshing to work with a municipality that supports the efforts of the CPF in keeping the citizens of its municipality safe".
This poem has been bought to our attention. We do not know who wrote it. Perhaps the author might like to come out of the shadows and take a bow!
I am the Riebeek Valley, tell me what you see?
Purple, green and gold
Mountain peaks that touch the sky,
Colourful birds, flying by.
Sun setting in the West
Flowers in the East,
Calm, Relaxing breeze,
And mountains filled with trees.
Tell me what you see?
Happiness, Love and beauty?
Everyone is free,
The way life was meant to be
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 of items are discussed. The meeting ends and a similar list is discussed at the next meeting but nothing happens.
With all these committees it is quite clear that a new committee is needed to co-ordinate all the other committees. It would be able to collate views and to present single sets of proposals to bodies such as the Municipality.
A boules tournament was held on the square in Riebeek Kasteel
Scenes for the series "The Crown" have been filmed at Bartholomeus Klip
The Municipality have announced that the person who wished to erect a communications tower on erf 1433 Riebeek Kasteel has withdrawn the application.
Chris Tokalon and Steve Newman played at Hoof Street Conceptual.
Fancy running a brewery? Now is your chance because we hear that Flagship brewery in Kerk Street, Riebeek Kasteel is up for sale.
There will be no reporter at the end of December since we are travelling north for Christmas and the New Year
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