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  1. Val de Vie Foundation supports the most vulnerable in the Cape Winelands through Covid-19 fund

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    The Val de Vie Foundation, a non-profit organisation that supports people in under resourced communities in the Paarl-Franschhoek Valley, is collaborating with multiple stakeholders in a response to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

    Thousands of people in the Valley are unable to work, have lost their jobs or can’t get to feeding schemes during the lockdown, with the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) reporting that the need for relief has tripled during this time.

    In a response to the Foundation requesting support from Val de Vie Estate residents, generous donations were given to the fund both in monetary value and as volunteers, enabling the distribution of household food parcels to the most desperate people.  The Foundation is partnering with our Social Investment Managers, Valcare, and a host of credible organisations, to help provide and pack thousands of vetted food parcels to the most vulnerable communities within the region.

    The food parcels are distributed in close partnership with 43 of Valcare’s non-profit member organisations and 68 of Inceba Trust’s Early Childhood Development centres, who are already operational in communities of the Cape Winelands. The organisations had to register their network’s food needs and go through a criteria process to ensure that the recipients are priority.

    The communities where the parcels will be distributed will stretch from Mbekweni, New Rest, Wellington, Lantana, Chicago, Klapmuts, Simondium and Gouda, depending on the availability of funds.

    The goal is to raise R4 375 000 million to enable the distribution of 2500 household food parcels per month, for five months up until August 2020. The project will however be reviewed on an ongoing basis.

    The Val de Vie Foundation, The Aslan Trust and The Hanneli Rupert Getuienis Trust – three of Valcare’s core funders – have generously committed to match the total funding received from the public.

    Ryk Neethling, Val de Vie Estate Marketing Director and Shareholder commented: “The Val de Vie Foundation’s ethos has always been to leave a lasting, positive impact on the larger community. We realise that the need in our community during these unprecedent times is great, and the way our residents have opened their hearts and their wallets is inspiring.”

    After the first week of operations on 18 April 2020, R1 168 994 funds were raised, with 528 food parcels and vouchers distributed to 2222 beneficiaries. In addition, Val de Vie Estate had 47 residents volunteer their time to pack, sort and sanitise the parcels, and multiple companies have sponsored goods in kind to support the response plan.

    “We are encouraged by the generosity and sacrifices of many people so far, but we realise that we have a long way to go. We need everyone who is able to give or assist in any way, to contribute to the Covid-19 fund to ensure that as many people as possible don’t go hungry,” says Ivan Swartz, CEO of Valcare.

    Miss World 2014, medical doctor and Val de Vie Estate resident, Rolene Strauss, has also added her plea for donations to the fund, by sharing on her social media channels, “so many families are affected by Covid-19 and it breaks my heart to think that families with children are going to bed hungry. We are all affected by this, your support (however big or small) will make a difference. I urge you to find and support those organisations around you who are assisting the vulnerable.”

    The Foundation’s Covid-19 Fund is coordinated in partnership with Valcare, Inceba Trust, Jak1:27, The Aslan Trust and The Hanneli Rupert-Getuienis Trust.

    For more information on ways to donate, please go to

  2. Franschhoek: A Valley Of Generosity

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    It was an Easter weekend with a difference. Traditionally many South Africans take advantage of this (really) long weekend to travel to nearby destinations to escape and unwind from the hustle and bustle. However, the new norm is to stay indoors and stay safe and resulted in Franschhoek locals remaining safely in the confines of our beautiful village. 

    This did not stop the Good Samaritans from still lending a helping hand to those less fortunate. 

    Florence (above) used her time this past weekend to bake for those in need. Chocolate brownies for the boys and delicious cupcakes for the girls.

    Franschhoek is a village brimming with amazing talent, and this includes Stephanie Rutherford who utilized her gift as a soap maker to donate beautifully handmade soap bars (above) to those who desperately need it.

    The super talented Patel family – Kiara, Jasmine and Amber – brightened many people’s day with their selection of delicious iced Easter inspired biscuits (below). 

    In addition to offering support for the Franschhoek Food Unit, Boschendal has also been working with Old Bethlehem, churches, schools as well as community leaders in the Dwars River Valley to help those less fortunate facing hardship during these times. This has included distributing food to those most vulnerable during lockdown. An abundance of produce has allowed Boschendal to make a real difference in our community. 

    Saturday was without a doubt a ‘sweet day’ with a large donation of Easter eggs (below) from a very generous donor. These certainly brightened up the day for many people in the area.

    In collaboration with the Franschhoek Disaster Management team Safe Hands Animal Rescue (SHARF – below) has started a feeding program for the animals in need in the different communities and farms in the valley.

    Franschhoek’s chefs have rolled up their sleeves and are now providing food aid to the local community battered by the economic fallout of the Coronavirus. Many chefs from a wide variety of local restaurants are volunteering long hours and applying their expertise to make thousands of nutritious (and tasty) meals for households in the area. We are so proud of what they have achieved so far. Please assist them with donations of any kind.

    The nutritious food parcel, which costs R250 is enough to feed one household for two weeks. You can make a donation here.

    To learn more about this amazing Franschhoek feeding scheme follow Disaster Management Franschhoek on Facebook or visit our website for all of the details and how you can get involved.

    For more information on how you can assist our various charities, please visit our website here.

  3. Kindness In A Time Of Need: Honouring Franschhoek’s Heroes

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    There is no time like the present to reach out to your community to show how much you care. 

    Since the start of lockdown we’ve seen an outpouring of community initiatives and acts of goodwill to help those in need during this time of uncertainty. From volunteers, essential service providers and restauranteurs, we want to use this opportunity to highlight those acts of kindness which have made a difference to those who need it the most.

    Below are a few of the local stories and initiatives we would love to share with you and hopefully brighten up your day a bit. We hope to make this a weekly feel good post as we receive more news from our amazing community. 

    Langrug Soup Kitchen recently launched “Soap To Save Lives”, which is the brainchild of Aliki Brunt, who identified the dire shortage of soap and water in Franschhoek’s informal settlements. The overwhelming support allowed Aliki and his team to distribute their first batch of 500 bars of soap this week. 

    In addition to collecting and distributing bars of soap, the Langrug Soup Kitchen team will also ensure that the children in the informal settlements receive a much-needed meal. 

    One of the local heroes, Jonathan Peach, owner of hardware store Build It, took it upon himself to build up the uneven floor at the Franschhoek taxi rank, allowing the handwashing system to have an even footing. In addition he also donated the hose pipes and irrigation components for the handwashing system. 

    One of three handwashing systems (above and below), brainchild of local resident Jeremy Astfalck, have been installed in and around Franschhoek with high foot traffic. Jeremy was not alone in his efforts to get this up and running and received help from Build It’s Jonathan Peach (see mention above), Gable Manor and local residents, amongst others. The main objective is to create an active awareness around hand sanitizing during this time. The handwashing system installed in the village’s rose garden is dual purpose. Not only do you get to clean your hands, but the beautiful roses are treated to some water regularly. 

    Amy Phillips, Nicolene Barrow and Gordon Logan (pictured below) are some of the chefs assisting chef Chris Erasmus of Foliage Restaurant with preparing meals which are delivered to indigent, child headed and disabled households in and around Franschhoek. Other local chefs offering their culinary skills in the kitchen for this cause are Margot Janse, Neil Jewel, Connor McKibben, Archie McClean, Oelof Voster and Darren Badenhorst. Foliage Restaurant operates as the hub for the food unit during this time. 

     The food unit, which has been spearhead by Franschhoek Disaster Management’s Ashley Bauer, and with the support of local residents, community leaders and volunteers from the village and within the informal settlements, was initiated under the auspices of Stellenbosch Municipality Community Development. The sole purpose of the unit is to keep residents at home, and in doing so do their bit to flatten the curve.

    This is just a handful of the uplifting stories we’ve received and are grateful to Franschhoek residents for sharing these with us. We are so proud of all our heroes for doing their bit to help those in need. 

    Watch this space as we share more of our good news stories with you.

  4. Helping Hand in An Hour of Need – Together Franschhoek

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    In this ever-changing environment, Together Franschhoek, symbolises the  strength in community collaboration that the Franschhoek Valley is known for!

    Assisting the community in establishing food distribution points throughout the valley, through the supply of fresh produce and ingredients, the installation of handwashing stations, and ensuring that social distancing measures and guidelines are in place, the Together Franschhoek team led by Ashley Bauer, with the help and guidance of community leaders, NGO’s and other key stakeholders, continuously assesses and re-assesses the needs of our community with food relief remaining a primary focus.

    This mammoth operation is made possible through the team of volunteers from local businesses and residents, the wonderful NPO’s and the generosity and support of people like you!

    Under the guidance of Foliage Restaurant’s Executive Chef, Chris Erasmus, and Isabelo’s Margot Janse,  a group of Franschhoek chefs, are ensuring that no hungry mouth goes unfed in the Franschhoek Valley.

    Although there have been some very generous contributions since the unit was launched, they do rely on continued support. Just R250 will go a long way in sustaining this operation.

    Franco headed by Rian Coetzee, the Isabelo Feeding Scheme, headed by Margot Janse and the Lions Ladies Club Franschhoek, headed by Lodine Maske, have offered their fundraising facilities to assist in this regard.

    To follow their efforts follow them on Facebook.

    Nedbank (Franschhoek)  Branch #167005
    Account : 1670006654
    Swift Code NEDSZAJJ
    Reference No: FDM Fund

    First National Bank- Franschhoek
    Branch #250655
    Account : 62802899221
    Swift Code FIRNAJJXXX
    Reference No: FDM Fund

    Franschhoek Lions Ladies
    Nedbank- Franschhoek
    Acc: 2008 176 894
    Code: 147 005
    Ref: Lock Down


    Franschhoek chefs helping everyone eat out.Pictured here are Amy Phillips, Nicolene Barrow and Gordon Logan, who under the direction of master chef Chris Erasmus of Foilage, are hard at work prepping meals.

  5. Franschhoek Wine Valley COVID-19 Statement: Taking Proactive Measures

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    Franschhoek Wine Valley has created a special page on their website with the latest news on COVID-19, which is in accordance to the president’s statement issued recently. The information, which is of relevance to members, residents and travellers to Franschhoek, includes updates on travel bans, festivals, and tips on what we can do to curb the spread of the virus.

    To view this information visit 

    In addition, some of the valley’s hospitality establishments have temporarily closed their doors to the public in an attempt to curb the spread of COVID-19. Visitors to Franschhoek are urged to make contact with relevant establishments ahead of time to find out if they are open during this time. Franschhoek businesses that are in operation have implemented additional precautionary measures to ensure the health and safety of their customers and staff.

    ‘During this time of uncertainty we want to remind people to remain calm. Instead of cancelling your planned trip to Franschhoek we ask that you postpone your visit. We can assure you that your visit will be worth the wait,’ says Franschhoek Wine Valley CEO, Reinher Behrens. 

    The Franschhoek Wine Valley tourism office remains open to tourists seven days a week, and visitors are also more than welcome to engage with the team via the alternate communication channels, which are as follows:

    Phone : 021 876 2861

    Email :

    WhatsApp: 066 224 6360

    Hand sanitizers or wet wipes at the tourism office entrance will be provided to disinfect hands when entering facilities. 

    For official COVID-19 advice, updates and queries, please make use of one of the following numbers:

    • National Hotline – 0800 029 999

    • WhatsApp – 0600 123 456

    • Provincial Hotline – 021 9284102

    For any queries contact the tourism office via email on