Franschhoek Stronger Together

On Friday 1 May we enter a new stage of lockdown as we move down to Level 4 with the easing of some regulations. Although movement is still somewhat restricted we welcome these new regulations, which gives us a sense of renewed hope that there is indeed light at the end of the tunnel.
Before we start our ‘new normal’ let’s reflect on the week that was.
Adding their support to the Franschhoek Community Food Relief organisation, EBONY/CURATED’s curator and co-founder, Marc Stanes, will be donating the photograph of former President Nelson Mandela to be sold on silent auction. Other prints from this series hang in many public institutions including The Parliament of South Africa, The Mandela Rhodes Foundation as well as The University of Cape Town.
All proceeds raised will be donated to the Isabelo Charity, to assist Margot Janse and her team in their efforts to feed the community. The print has a reserve price of R40 000, and the aim to raise more than this. To place your bid, please send an email to before 5pm, Thursday, 30 April.


Joining their art colleagues is the Abe Opperman Gallery who have taken all their art and created an online exhibition via their website. Since it was launched the online exhibition has been doing extremely well, which has led the curators to give back to those in need, and a percentage of online sales will be donated to the Franschhoek Community Food Relief organisation.
Access their website for their exquisite pieces as well as their Instagram page, which is regularly updated.

South African born Michelin star chef, Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen announced on his Instagram feed early last week that he and his team donated to Margot Janse’s Isabelo Charity, in their efforts to aid in helping feed those less fortunate. Over the  past year, since 2019, Restaurant JAN has been donating a portion of each guest’s bill to Margot’s initiative, which amounted to just over R180 000. This generous donation will go a long way to help those who need it most.
A simple donation of soft toys and Winter clothing for children will no doubt go a long way to keep the cold at bay for the young in our community. The generous gift was distributed to the age appropriate children in the community who will be kept a bit warmer as the colder weather comes knocking on our doors.
Craving fresh fruit and veggies? Your dream can become a reality by simply connecting with Babylonstoren. Apart from their current offering they have now added fresh vegetables and a selection of fruit to their online selection.

Sourced from their garden as well as  produce from their neighbouring farms, Babylonstoren’s offering is best described as an abundant box of colour and variety, full of flavour and nutrition. They are currently delivering to Paarl, Franschhoek, Stellenbosch and select areas in Cape Town. Order by 12pm for next day delivery (Monday to Saturday deliveries only). Visit their online shop here.
One of the advantages we can look forward to as we enter Level 4 is we’ll be allowed to purchase Winter clothing, which has been listed as an essential item. One our local independently owned boutique stores, Indian Summer, is running a special offer which expires at midnight on Thursday, 30 April, which can be accessed via their online shop.

Visit their online shop at To qualify for the 30% discount simply use the code Shop Now at Checkout.
The efforts the team behind Franschhoek Community Food Relief organisation have not gone unnoticed, even capturing the attention of media house News 24, who put together a short video clip on this amazing work being done in our valley.
Following on from this renowned foodie platform Eat Out has launched an initiative to assist a relief fund for restaurants (irrespective of their size) in these uncertain times. Since it was launched on 24 April the fund has almost reached the R800 000 mark. Most donors are ordinary individuals who enjoy eating out and want to support restaurants who have added to their memorable experiences. Read more about this amazing initiative or how you can get involved here.
Thank you to Rhodes Quality for the large donation of lunch boxes, which were handed out to various children, identified through the feeding scheme. Often children arrive to collect food with only a plastic bag in hand, so this generous gift will no doubt ensure the carefully prepared meals get home safely.

A heartfelt thanks goes to everyone who has contributed to the continued efforts of the feeding scheme, which provides nourishing food parcels during the week, and hot meals for weekends. Each nutritious food parcel, which costs R250 is enough to feed one household for two weeks. So far, the team are providing meals on a weekly basis to over 1 500 households in Franschhoek.
For more information on how you can assist visit
As an act of support local resident and businessman, Prakash Patel has taken it upon himself to put together an innovative (and visually eye catching) laser show which will be projected on the iconic church situated along Franschhoek’s main road. The objective of the laser show is to create awareness of the Franschhoek Food Relief scheme and to raise between R 30 000 and R 40 000 for the organization.
Watch this space for more information on this not-to-be missed which should be available to view virtually as well. If you have any queries or would like to get involved please email Prakash or via this email address.