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Tribute to Anna Basson

Tribute to Anna Basson

Today is Anna Basson’s birthday! The late Anna Basson was the founder of Anna Basson Properties with her husband August on her side.  Together they established the business on strong and non-negotiable values that are still in the forefront today. “My sales strategy was very simple,” she says. “It was just being honest. I learnedRead more about Tribute to Anna Basson[…]

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De Oude Leeskamer – where does the name come from?

De Oude Leeskamer – where does the name come from?

Did you know that the Oude Leeskamer in Dorpstraat 182 was literally a room for reading in? At least three book clubs existed in the early 1800s: the Reading Club, who gathered in the Leeskamer (founded in 1847), the Book Society (1829) and the Dutch Leesgeselschap (1840). Before then the town had a postal coach service that occasionally brought books to andRead more about De Oude Leeskamer – where does the name come from?[…]

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Some more street names and where they come from – Stellenbosch

Some more street names and where they come from – Stellenbosch

Andringa street Mr Watse Sebrus Andringa was one of Stellenbosch’s early magistrates or landdroste (around the same time as Ryneveld). He became landdros in 1812, but sadly was in office only for two years before his death. For some time Andringa was secretary of the Stellenbosch estate managers  office (boedelkamer). Markotter Street Mr A.F. Markotter, or OubaasRead more about Some more street names and where they come from – Stellenbosch[…]

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The story of the sawmills

The story of the sawmills

This week I came across a beautiful historical picture of the Stellenbosch sawmills while paging through a Stellenbosch coffee table book from 1966 (the book cost R3,95): Over the past few years, there has been a lot of speculation about the sawmill on Polkadraai Road and what will happen to it. Earlier this year, EikestadnuusRead more about The story of the sawmills[…]

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Home checklist when going away this holiday
1. Service alarm system and irrigation.
2. Care of pets (feeding and walking).
3. Put your swimming pool on an automatic timer.
4. Receiving of mail and make arrangements for extra mail delivery.
5. Cancel your newspaper delivery.
6. Take extra care of electronic devices i.e. the switching off all appliances
during load shedding.
7. Empty all bins and dead flowers.
8. Empty your fridge.
9. Pay attention to spice racks and remove all old ingredients/food items.
10. Close all windows to decrease dust on burglar bars.
11. Automatic switch that switches lights on and off.
Exciting student accommodation
Follow these links for great student digs in and around Stellenbosch: