Swellendam Winter School – a HUGE variety of things to do!

I wonder if you have heard about this wonderful initiative, which is taking place in Swellendam this winter (June, July, August).

Swellendam Winter School – Various throughout Swellendam
 From R1,500 to R3,450
 Starts May 28 Ends August 31st




ONLINE BOOKLET  Winter School Guide

The beautiful, historical town of Swellendam is full of gifted artists, talented musicians, creative writers, enthusiastic hobbyists, crazy adventurers, knowledgeable experts, inspiring entrepreneurs, meditation muses and many more.

They have all come together to create a unique project; during the months of June, July and August, Swellendam is hosting over 75 courses for adults – some 3 days, some 5 days, some weekends. All those things you would have loved to have done at school – but they just weren’t on the curriculum! Along with traditional Crafts, Art, Painting and Writing, there are brilliant courses on Food and Wine, A Walk on the Wild Side, Flora and Fauna,  practical courses about car and motorbike maintenance – adventure courses like Rock Climbing and there’s even a Rock School – create your own recording in only three days!

Ideal for Capetonians looking to get a bit of a break from the city and have a immersive experience in our stunning, safe town with no water restrictions! During the three weeks of the school holidays we are running an extra programme concurrently for kids aged 10 and up, so families can book and each do something different

Treat yourself to a winter break like no other in this gorgeous small town, where you will be made so welcome

This is a unique initiative where townspeople from all walks of life have come together to provide an insight – not just into their areas of expertise but also their lifestyle and surroundings in this safe, beautiful town

Among the enthusiastic hobbyists (who have all undertaken training in managing their courses) there are some well known professionals running courses e.g

Bev Missing  (Founder of Rain Africa)

Andries Gouws (Artist)

Ingrid Winterbach (Author)

David Schlapobersky (Potter)

Tony Laurens (Rock Climber)

Henk Venter (Master Photographer)

And many respected experts in their fields e.g  Jaap Viljoen (horticulturalist on Aloes) David Shackley (professional bassist from UK on Rock School)

info is 076 503 3505  and email is admin@winterschool.co.za

Southern Tip Day ~ MAY 2019

“In 1488 Bartolomeu Dias turned back after he failed to reach the East in search of a trading route.   On his return journey he passed a certain flat piece of land on May 16.   He named it after an Irish monk, St Brendan, whose festival day it was: “Ponte de Sao Brendao”. “

Come and enjoy a day of festivities to commemorate Bartolomeu Dias’ sailing round the southernmost tip and all the shipwreck victims that lost their lives along the Cape Agulhas Coastline through celebrating living at the Southernmost Tip of Africa and in a World Heritage Site (Cape Floral Kingdom).




Street closure:  MAIN STREET FROM 9:00 TO 14:00



What Makes the Southernmost Tip Unique?: an art exhibition in Cape Agulhas Lighthouse. (Contact person:  Mosie Hope, 082 296 0144)

17 May 2019

KABA Fees Dans, Suidpunt Dienssentrum, 19:00 vir 19:30, R100 pp. (Contact person:  Eloise Krige, 082 821 0287)

18 May 2019

International Museum Day

Visit your local Museums:  Bredasdorp Shipwreck Museum, Lighthouse Museum, Elim Heritage Centre.

L’Agulhas Street Festival ~ By the community for the community


Wine Boutique on the Shipwreck coast

First Sighting Wine tasting with STRANDVELD VINEYARDS, Wine Boutique, Main Road, L’Agulhas.  (Contact person:  Sonja Martin, 084 979 0866)

L’Agulhas Village Birding

Birding in L’Agulhas village with Dr Wim De Klerk; meet at the L’Agulhas green area (Wessel, Dominee, James Orchard, Hoffman), 07:30.  (Contact person:  Emmerentia De Kock, 028 – 4356078, 8:00 – 16:00)

Southern Tip Day Art walk

From the Southernmost Tip Africa Monument to the Cape Agulhas Lighthouse and through the village of L’Agulhas, 09:00 to 16:30.  (Contact person:  Mosie Hope, 082 296 0144)

Park Run & Walk

From the Cape Agulhas Lighthouse on a new trail in a westerly direction, different distances; Run starts at 7:30 for 08:00 and the walk at 8:30 for 9:00.  (Contact person:  Emmerentia De Kock, 028 435 6078, 8:00 – 16:00)

Southern Tip Street Market

Southern Tip Crafters on display, 9:00 – 17:00, Open space between the Laundry and Crafty Pig, 184 on Main.  (Contact person:  Cindy Jacobs, 028-425 5582)

NSRI Stasie 30 Agulhas

NSRI Exhibition, Parking space, L’Agulhas, corner of Main and School streets.  (Contact person:  Danie Viljoen, 079 287 0526)

Colourful Notes Music Academy Struisbaai

Music Academy kids performing all day.  (Contact person:  Anita Timewell, 072 584 0923, http://www.colourfulnotes.co.za)

Zoetendal Academy Mini-Parade

Drum majorettes & Floats, 10:00.  (Contact person:  Yolanda De Waal, 072 186 0349)

Suiderhart Coffee House

Morning of song and guitar (Contact person: Wilhelm Lotz, 083 304 0015)

For more information contact:   Emmerentia De Kock, Alliston Appel, 028-4356078, 08:00 – 16:00; 072 601 6168.

Everything you need in this glorious home!

Napier Property

We are delighted to bring to the market this spacious, 4 bedroom property, sited on approximately 920m² grounds.The home is offered for sale & is ideally suited to those seeking a family home in a rural location.

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This home is situated in very close proximity to the police station, and is within walking distance of the centre on the village.

The accommodation comprises; living room (with an open fireplace and Dover stove), kitchen/dining room, utility room leading to a large garage and workroom/storage. The home has 2 bathrooms & 4 double Bedrooms, 1 en-suite. Other features include; alarm system, off street parking, swimming pool with salt chlorinator, high ceilings, large covered verandah with built in Braai, pool-side fire pit. There is also a large Wendy House, with water and electricity, that could be used as a studio or teen pad. There is also an outside bathroom…

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Why it makes sense to pay only 3% commission!

Napier Property

Residential real estate is usually your biggest asset. The process of selling a home can be difficult, and even after the sale is concluded, legal problems can occur. You deserve real estate attorneys who can represent your interests from the moment you decide to sell.

List your property with us – Our fees for a Sole Mandate are 3% + VAT (why pay more than that? It just makes sense!)

Prior, During, and Post Sale

Prior to the sale of a home, we will (at NO extra charge):

  • Market your property using our own client database, internet portals, social media and property role player referral network. (You do not need to appoint a separate estate agent!) for an agreed fee
  • Draft an Agreement of Sale that will be tailor-made to your circumstances and needs. It will ensure that your intrests are protected
  • Handle all legal issues regarding any mortgage that needs…

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The Big Birding Day – who’s coming?

You are hereby invited to take part in a Birding Big Day fun experience in the Agulhas Plain. Teams consist of a maximum of four birders and must register online at:


Teams record as many species as possible in a 24-hour period. You will need to download the free Birdlasser App.

Teams will compete for the first time for the AGULHAS PLAIN BIG BIRDING DAY TROPHY for recording the most species in one day.

For information: Go to www.agulhasplainbirding.co.za, or https://www.birdlife.org.za/events/birding-big-day or
Contact Wim De Klerk at doc@agulhasplainbirding.co.za.
Emmerentia De Kock at emme.dekock@sanparks.org

Attorneys selling properties – it makes sense!

Buying or selling a house is one of the most significant transactions in life. It stands to reason that you’d want to turn to a professional rather than navigating the process on your own. If you’re purchasing a new home or considering selling your house, your first inclination might be to enlist the help of a real estate agent. Agents can be a good option, but you might be surprised to learn that your best option would be to use a specialist attorney.

Attorneys have a very clear duty to their clients.

The real estate lawyer/client relationship provides for a high degree of privacy and confidentiality, which does not exist in a real estate agent-client relationship because a real estate agent’s obligations to his or her client are somewhat limited, and they may not necessarily be working in your best interest. Did you know that a real estate agent can represent both the buyer and the seller in the same transaction? They could even be the buyer, which could leave you in a very vulnerable position.

A real estate attorney will be representing you, and only you, in the buying or selling of a property. It is vital to know that an attorney is not incentivised by increasing or decreasing the purchase price.

The typical practice in South Africa is that people hire an agent for the marketing and advertising portion of the sale of the property. However, it is the real estate attorney who will typically get involved during the transactional phase.

So, doesn’t it make sense that your real estate attorney can attend to the marketing and advertising of your property as well? Is there really any need for a separate estate agent?

A real estate attorney will give you the best and most unbiased representation possible.

Compensation: Real estate agents are usually paid by commission, which they will only receive if the transaction closes. If the transaction doesn’t close, they aren’t paid. This means agents are motivated to “seal the deal,” which on the surface may sound like a good thing. But that motivation may cause an agent to push for a closing that might not be in your best interest.

On the other hand, an attorney (specifically a real estate attorney), will be paid directly by you. Their fees will be made clear to you from the start but the attorney will be motivated by the fact that they are your representative, and not because of commission.

By dealing with Neil Parker Attorneys, your fees for selling a property will be 3% + VAT. This is signifiantly lower than estate agents may charge you. This means that the price barrier a buyer may encounter is taken out of the equation, and your property will sell quicker! Everyone’s a winner.

If a closing falls through or you decide you don’t want to go through with a deal, it won’t affect your representation by an attorney.

Local resident, Irene Harris, is the property consultant for the experienced Real Estate Attorney, Neil Parker. Based in Napier, she deals with all properties in the Overberg Region. Give her a call on 076 315 1668 to hear how she can help you with your property transactions.

Electronics ban on flights into the UK

Saffa's in the UK

News reports today outlined changes in what one can and cannot take on board certain electrical devices! Read the full article HERE

In a nutshell, ONLY mobile phones can now be taken on board in hand luggage – laptops, tablets, kindles must be placed in luggage that goes in the hold of the aircraft. This regulation affects passengers travelling on some direct flights to the UK from certain countries.

How does this affect South Africans travelling to the UK? Any passenger who travels on the following airlines may be affected: Turkish Airlines, Pegasus Airways, Atlas-Global Airlines, Middle East Airlines, EgyptAir, Royal Jordanian, Tunis Air and Saudia.

However, you should assume that even though your port of ORIGIN is not one of these countries listed, people travelling from South Africa via any of the Middle East cities to the UK, should expect that large devices will not be permitted to be…

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… we’re at the gate of the year

Grumpy's Book of Knowledge

finger family travels at the beach as conceptSo, we made it through 2016! We lost some folk along the way … family, loved ones, friends, celebrities … but we have so many of the same who remain to accompany us through the year ahead. Many years ago my mother shared this with me, which was penned by Minnie Louise Haskins (it was also quoted by King George VI during his Christmas message that was broadcast to the nation in December 1939) …

And I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year:
“Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.”
And he replied:
“Go out into the darkness and put your hand into the Hand of God.
That shall be to you better than light and safer than a known way.”
So I went forth, and finding the Hand of God, trod gladly into the night.
And He led…

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