Napier Farm Stall for top quality ‘plaaskombuis’ meals

Napier Farm StallThe Napier Farm Stall has set the standard in Napier for top quality ‘plaaskombuis’, or as the English refer, a wholesome country meal.

Created by Ilze Vos in 1999, this farm stall has become an Overberg landmark . Travellers from all over the world stop here to experience the peaceful country setting, to watch the world go by under a cool vine-covered veranda, and savour hearty country fare you would not normally have at home. Ilze’s passion for unpretentious tasty fare has set her apart. Lovers of good food keep coming back for more. She turns the ordinary into extra-ordinary though careful selection of ingredients and experience.

The farm stall itself is filled with delightful farm visuals and goodies. Browsing requires time. Even going to the bathroom is an experience. For the road there are candies and homemade tarts, for the gourmet cooks there is truffle oil, for the health-orientated there are honey rye rusks. Plus plenty bottles of extra-ordinary jams and preserves, deli items and gifts. Heaven !!

For the young, and young at heart, there is a slide and hula hoops to expend the extra energy gained from the Farm stall’s mouth-watering selection of cakes. And Ilze does not skimp on helpings. You will be sated but wanting to come back for more.

Contact Ilze at the Farmstall on: 028 423 3440  or mobile 083 457 5027

Wise words from Patrick Seeton (a staunch supporter of doing the right thing)

iec-scaled500Seats allocated for Cape Agulhas Municipality:
DA – 6, ANC – 3, DLP – 1, KAPCO – 1.

By the time you read this the Local Government Election 2016 will be history BUT this does not mean your participation in local government affairs need necessarily end with the three X’s cast on Wednesday. Your choices need to be monitored to ascertain whether they were/are effective and worthwhile.

In my opinion this is what we, the electorate, failed to do during the last Council term; we allowed the nine who represented our interests [four ANC, four DA and one Independent who sided with the ANC in return for the office of Deputy Mayor] to conduct affairs without being truly accountable to the electorate.

The so-called “imbizos” were a dismal failure … a one-way street bulldozed by the Executive Mayor to tell the people at extraordinary length what the Cape Agulhas Municipality – CAM – was going to do. There certainly was no meaningful interaction.

A Mayoral Imbizo is described as, “an on-going Mayoral Outreach Programme aimed at bringing government closer to the people, whereby the Municipality interacts with communities regarding upcoming service delivery projects in their areas and progress on existing ones.”

For a moment I want to go back to a July 2, 2015, meeting; a meeting between the chairpersons of three residents associations in the region and the Executive Mayor, Municipal Manager and the Chief Financial Officer of CAM.

The meeting was held at the request of the Residents’ Associations, namely, Suidpunt [covering L’Agulhas, Struisbaai and Suiderstrand], Bredasdorp and Napier to object to the process followed with the acceptance by CAM Council of the 2015/2016 budget, a budget heavily burdening residents with across-the-board tariff and rates increases.

There was a lot of talk at that July 2 meeting, 2½-hours of it. If there was one notable quotable quote to come out of that marathon encounter it is possibly that of the representative of the Bredasdorp Residents’ Association.

“Upon conclusion of our meeting with CAM and the absolute frustration and realisation that we had exhausted all possible existing channels open to us without hope; I realised that the best of the entire exercise of the day was that it was the first time that we three Associations had gathered as a united front. I am of the opinion that it is in the interest of all if we could meet more regularly and share information.”

This is so true. Prior to 2001 each of the towns within the Cape Agulhas region had its own municipality, council and set of personnel. For the last 15 years we have been ONE municipality and THREE separate residents’ associations. It rather seems, from where I’m sitting, the municipality has gone ahead into the 21st Century – warts and all – while the residents’ associations are wallowing in the last Century.

I believe, now that the election is behind us the mood is right to act in unison – one force – for the best interests of all in the Cape Agulhas Region. I know there have been initial talks but am unaware of how far the concept has progressed. It needs to get “wings”.
Finally, our thoughts move to be in support of the Gauteng Lions tomorrow Saturday [August 6] at 09h35 when they meet the New Zealand Hurricanes in Wellington [New Zealand] in the Super Rugby final.

The Hurricanes beat the Chiefs 25-9 in Wellington in the first semi-final delivering an outstanding defensive effort and out-scoring the visitors three tries to nil.

The second semi-final in Johannesburg saw the Lions beat the Highlanders 42-30 to book their place in the final.
The Lions playing in Johannesburg scored five tries to the Highlanders four and were always ahead in the encounter.

New look website – new energy – new opportunities!

Contact Gideon & Marné Joubert for information, they’re  available to chat with you about YOUR listing on the website

 

Gideon & Marné Joubert have given the theoverberg.com a facelift! They have improved it to the extent that anyone can upload their own material to the website. And they can edit their own listings to suit their business and personality!

Included in the improved website is the ability to showcase your business or service AND AT THE SAME TIME run your social media campaigns too.

It even has the facility to allow you to place CLASSIFIED ADVERTS online.

Contact Gideon or Marné to get more information on how you can be part of this dynamic web presence:
Marné: 061 402 1951 or marne@theoverbeg.com
Gideon: 079 117 5434 or admin@jouweb.biz

Since the launch of the website in 2005 theoverberg.com has become THE website of reference for this region in the southernmost part of the Cape. It is widely regarded as the definitive online business directory and guide to the Overberg – one of the most divergent and inviting areas in South Africa. When the website was developed the excellent SEO (search engine optimisation) ensured that most searches on the internet brought theoverberg.com listings to the top of the search engine pages. This has given the Overberg region more prominence than it ever had in the past.

Car licence renewal – some questions answered …

Car licence diskRead this article from Wheels24: “SA car licence renewal confusion: 5 questions answered” …. also remember that when you go to renew your licence, you need to take proof of residence with you (… more red tape that’s REALLY not necessary but makes for GREAT BUREAUCRACY!)

Thanks for this link, Alan Rosenmeyer (who now hosts the Motoring Matters show on ChaiFM which broadcasts out of Johannesburg

Goodbye Cowan Properties – Hello, Rawsons, new in Napier

Best 2Cowan Properties has been active and successful in the Real Estate market in Napier and the wider Overberg region for 12 years but the time has come for us, Pat & Neville Cowan, to hang up our SOLD signs and move on to another adventure.

We have made many friends in the rewarding times we’ve had in the lovely village of Napier. We have had so many laughs, fun and even some tears but the whole experience has been magic!

We thank all who have come into contact with us for enriching our lives during this period. We are officially passing our Real Estate business to Altia and Jacques de Lange who will be opening as Rawson Properties on the 1st February 2016 but we will be active and available to conclude existing transactions until then – or even to give advice or guidance on any property-related matters.  Rawson Letter of Introduction

Both of us are confident that Altia and Jacques will provide you with the service and expertise you have come to expect from us and we wish them well in their new venture in Napier – we are pleased to tell you that Rawsons will also be operating from our old premises (next to Gunners Diner) on the Main Road in Napier.

Our Gift Shop – the Cow-an-Bell will also continue to operate under Altia and Jacques’ hand in the same premises.

Thank you for being such an important part of our very pleasant time in Napier. We would love you to stay in touch with us – our email address is: pat.nevillecowan@gmail.com

Yours in fun, laughter and property

Pat & Neville

I was sent this letter … (it’s worth reading)

OUTA“We would like to thank you for being one of 117,301 Active Citizens who took the time to comment on Government’s proposed changes to AARTO legislation through our portal. This is arguably the highest number of public submissions ever seen on draft legislation amendments in our new democracy.

Unlike petitions, submissions on draft legislation cannot easily be ignored by Government as they must provide proof that submissions were properly considered. Failure to consider all submissions could render the legislation challengeable in court. If these responses are ignored and prosecution is attempted, it leaves the door open for OUTA to defend our members from prosecution.

Of interest: When Gauteng’s freeways were declared as tolled routes (in 2008), they did so with only 30 public comments.  This time around, things are very different.

SANRAL are getting desperate to force the collection of e-tolls, and will certainly hope the amendments to the regulations are passed into law, unchallenged. We trust the authorities will take us seriously, however, if they choose to ignore society’s input, the resistance against e-tolls will enter a new phase. We will challenge every step.

Please allow us to continue communicating our progress and your continued role in this matter, by remaining subscribed to this email list. We believe that Government’s attempt to force these regulations and other legislation into place – thereby coercing the public into paying e-Tolls – must be challenged.

Please note that OUTA’s resources are limited to defending motorists who donate to the cause by becoming OUTA members. To those of you who are already one of OUTA’s donating members, you remain protected under OUTA’s E-toll Defense Umbrella, which means OUTA will take steps to defend and rectify attempts to withhold your vehicle or driver’s license – or if you are criminally summonsed for non-payment of e-tolls.

If you are not a contributing member of OUTA, consider becoming one by joining a growing force shaping the future and defending citizens’ rights in South Africa.

Click here or go to www.OUTA.co.za to become a contributing member.

Kind regards

Wayne Duvenage
OUTA Chairperson”

“Banting” food request was no problem …

Banting breakfast at The Red

Banting breakfast at The Red

The excellent menu had items we were not wanting to include in our meal – Dee made “a plan” that allowed us to enjoy their excellent cuisine in the style we choose to enjoy.

The Farmhouse Breakfast had the bacon, scrambled eggs and sausage we wanted but we asked that instead of toast was it possible to include a few mushrooms? Dee rustled up the perfect breakfast with a large grilled mushroom and warm green salad (including grilled cherry tomatoes and cheese) to accompany our meal.

The delicious meal was also served with decaffeinated filter coffee and pouring cream.

It is THAT type of service and the ability to provide exactly what the customer wants that keeps me going back to The Red Windmill each time we visit Napier.

You don’t have to travel! (Specialist tax advice is in the Overberg)

Advantax composite

SARS will open the website for filing on 1 July this year and extend it until 21 November 2014.

Lindsay Wright is a specialist tax consultant who deals with all types of clients – from the “Mr Average” to the complex business, including the large farming community – and has specific advice for specific industries:

  • BUSINESS OWNERS AND INDIVIDUALS
  • ESTATE AGENTS/REPS AND COMMISSION EARNERS
  • FARMERS
  • PLANTATION FARMERS

Lindsay uses her home in Napier as a base as she  regularly consults with farmers, business owners and individuals right here in the Overberg so there’s no need to inconvenience yourself.

Read more in the Advantax Newsletter May 2014

The ‘Heartbleed’ Bug … more on Radio Overberg this morning at 11…

Hand holding mobile smart phone with blank screen. Isolated on white.Rob & Kendal will be chatting about the latest “Heartbleed Bug” on Silver Surfing this morning just after 11:00 …

How safe is your data? How do I protect my data and my devices?

Listen to Radio Overberg 98.4fm or live stream by CLICKING HERE

Earn money working from home …

Earn money from home

Earn money from home

Here’s the deal: earn R25 per hour + commission working from home – you need good internet connection, good spoken English … there is NO selling involved.

This is NOT Multi Level Marketing, AMWAY, Herbalife nor any other similar scheme

I have been asked to “test the waters” to see if there are any interested people – it would entail using an online CRM programme that has already been set up … phone calls (using Skype) would need to be made to businesses and the objective is to make an appointment for a representative to go and visit the business. That’s all!

If a successful sale is made by the representative, then the  person setting up the appointment (that’s you) will receive a further 1½% of the value of the sale as a commission.

The necessary training (on-line) will be given.

Requirements –

  • a good, continuous internet connection that supports Skype (Skype video is not required).

  • Good spoken English and the ability to understand and comprehend

Interested?

Then contact me for more information … please send an email to me to: info@theoverberg.com with the heading:

  • “SEND INFO TO EARN £’s” …

  • Then just put your NAME and EMAIL ADDRESS that you want to use in the body of the email (some people don’t want to use a business email address) … and include your Mobile Telephone Number

  • I will then get information sent to you.