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  1. 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.

  2. Fundraising initiatives in Franschhoek that you can support

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    To assist vulnerable communities with relief funding needed during the Covid-19 pandemic, the following amazing fundraising opportunities are currently available and have been set up in Franschhoek.


    The Franschhoek Food Unit – Together Franschhoek



    In an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19 and help those in need, the Together Franschhoek team led by Ashley Bauer, the Franschhoek Chefs and with the support of local residents, community leaders and volunteers from the village and within the informal settlements, has partnered with local NPO’s to establish a food unit. The unit has been initiated under the auspices of Stellenbosch Municipality Community Development.

    Donations can be made via the Isabelo, Feeding hungry minds charity, Franco or the Franschhoek Lions Ladies.

    Read more about Together Franschhoek here.


    The Franschhoek Hospitality Academy

    The Franschhoek Hospitality Academy provides hospitality training and skills development to the disadvantaged youth in Franschhoek in order to create more opportunities for employment and a bright future.


    Our work in training 25 local youth in the field of hospitality is challenging! Since Covid 19 and the worldwide pandemic hit South Africa, we have been in lockdown for 50 days. Our brand new classroom is READY, our training kitchen has been installed, but our doors remain CLOSED!

    We have access to Lobsterink, a world class Hospitality training platform, yet most of our students cannot study online at home. They have no access to WiFi and can not afford data to study online.

    Your donation will go towards a future in a time when we all need some hope!

    For more information and to donate, please visit:


    Support Langrug Soup Kitchen

    The Langrug Soup Kitchen is a community scheme that has been operational for almost 10 years.  They are based at Batho’s Place in Langrug in Franschhoek. Every Saturday the Soup Kitchen prepares a meal of chicken, rice and vegetable soup for 300 Children in the informal settlement of Langrug. Funds will be used to purchase food, gas for cooking and cleaning supplies to ensure that the children receive a hot, nutritious meal every Saturday.

    Kindly support them with donations here. 


    The Val de Vie Foundation

    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 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.

    For more information on ways to donate, please go to