Time for Breakfast!

According to Sally Gracie, MD of the Cape Town South’s Chas Everitt real estate franchise one of the glorious things about Spring is breakfasts!  “Getting up a little earlier and taking some ‘me time’ with a friend or even alone, and enjoying a yummy breakfast at one of the many glorious restaurants in our area just reminds you of the many breathtaking spots we can enjoy on our doorstep,” said Sally.

Referring to this month’s The Inside Guide which features a very good selection of top breakfast spots Sally and Chas Everitt Cape Town South have offered to sponsor a breakfast for two to the value of R350-00 at the venue of your choice to one of our blog subscribers who joins us in September as part of the many #ReadyForSpring activities.
To enter the competition just enter your email address (see right column next to this article) and receive in your email our local posts and keep informed as to what is happening in your neighbourhood like this post! You can of unsubscribe at any time.

Sally’s personal favourite is included in the list.  It is the Chardonnay Deli (above) located at 87 Constantia Main Road, Constantia

Here’s a #ReadyForSpring idea! Why not start a Breakfast Club and take full advantage of what’s on offer and make some new friends! Add R10-00 a head and use the fun opportunity to raise some money for a worthy cause. Remember – no cell phones LOL!

Read More and view the 30 Best Breakfasts here

Featured image is The Conservatory at The Cellars-Hohenort


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The Constantia Crush

Constantia CrushThe Constantia Crush aims to bring wine farms from all over the province to your neighbourhood in a family focused festival.

On the 13th February 2016 they invite you to crush, sip and swirl over 100 beautiful wines from 25 spectacular wineries from across the Western Cape.

Whether you a wine connoisseur, a Sauvingnon Blanc sipping soccer mum, a cash strapped box wine fundi or tantrum throwing toddler this is the wine festival for you.

Bring your children along, they will be looked after and entertained while you taste through the wonders of the winelands in a fun and relaxed atmosphere.

We have all your needs catered for; Craft beers for the non wine drinking partners in crime, plenty of food options to satisfy all appetites young or old, we even have free parking available for your designated driver.

Then once you’ve finished tasting, and ready to start drinking, all wines will be on sale at cellar door prices. So buy that bottle of your favorite new discovery, chill on the grass and enjoy the live music in the glorious Constantia sunshine.

Before you go don’t forget to stock up your wine rack at home and the one your friends don’t know about in your garage.

Buy tickets on Quicket


Update on the Ladies Mile Waste Site

ladies_mile_depot-300x151Rumours are rife regarding what is happening at the ‘Ladies Mile site’ and the owners/developers have at last allowed us to provide an overview.

In August 2015, the CPOA attended a presentation by the owners (represented by Mr Rashaad Solomon), Shoprite Checkers Property Division and members of their project professional team.

Firstly, it is important to define the property in question as it is not the entire site bounded by the M3, Ladies Mile, Spaanschemat River Rd and Kendal Road (i.e. erf 4724). It is limited to erven 13707 and 13708, together comprising a trapezoidal shaped land portion of approximately 1,5 hectares between the traffic lights and the M3 – around 20% of the whole site.

Rashaad gave an overview of the history of the property which the Solomon family purchased in 1902. They farmed vegetables and grapes for both local consumption and export. The property was considered to be Constantia’s commercial hub and there were 3 farm stalls (fresh produce, butcher and a dairy) where other farmers (of all races) sold their produce and bought provisions. The family were forced to leave the property in the 1960’s under the Group Areas Act.

Having been awarded the property in a protracted land restitution claim process, the family are keen to “bring back what was there”, although obviously farming is not a viable proposition. The Land Claims Commissioner required a business plan from the claimants as part of the Settlement Agreement. Thus the vision for the entire site, including another portion east of the M3, is for a mixed use development including residential and public open spaces which can be cross subsidized with some commercial and retail components.

The proposal for this first portion is for an ‘upmarket’ retail centre comprising a flagship Checkers on the M3 side and signature buildings on the Ladies Mile side including restaurants and convenience shops. A basement will cover the entire site to accommodate parking, services, storage and loading. The intention is to create an ‘open environment’ with low level walling, landscaping and lighting will be ‘low intensity’. Checkers will have a trading space of approximately 2900 m2 and the total development is approximately 9850m2 including basement parking etc.

A lot of thought has gone into dealing with site access/traffic and the planners have discussed the possibility of a traffic circle at the Ladies Mile/Spaanschemat River Rd intersection with the City.

The application process has commenced, with applications having been submitted to Heritage Western Cape, the Provincial Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning and the City of Cape Town – the Application Pre-Consultation Phase has been concluded with the City.

Subsequent to finalisation and formal acceptance of the Land Use Application by the City, the application will be advertised in terms of a public participation programme whereby the public will be afforded the opportunity to comment on the proposed development.

View Map of Waste Site Here

Original Source: Constantia Property Owners’ Association


Constantia Waldorf School Recycling Depot

Area: Constantia, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
Physical Address: Spaanschemat River Road, Constantia, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
Phone: +27 (0)21 794 2103
Fax: +27 (0)21 794 1105
GPS Co-Ordinates: -34.030807, 18.438823
recycle002Embracing the vision of sending minimal waste to landfill, the Constantia Waldorf School is wholeheartedly involved in recycling. Sorting stands take the place of dustbins, both in the classrooms and outdoors. The pupils take responsibility for emptying their classroom sorting stands into the collection bins. A composting bin transforms the school’s domestic organic waste into compost, which is used in the grounds.

The different categories that you can bring to the depot are as follows:

    • Glass bottles and jars.
    • Corrugated cardboard – please flatten boxes.
    • Mixed paper and card – such as egg trays, cereal boxes, loo rolls, phone books, magazines, envelopes, junk mail, coloured paper, low quality white paper.
    • High quality white paper – such as office paper, exam pad paper, books with covers removed.
    • Tin cans and aluminium cans – food, beverage and aerosol.
    • Foil.
    • Polystyrene – trays and packaging.
    • Bread tags.
    • Opaque bottles – such as milk bottles – MUST BE RINSED.
    • Transparent bottles – such as beverage and oil bottles.
    • Miscellaneous plastic – we collect number 5, we take the rest to another collection point for recycling.
    • CFLs (energy saving light bulbs).
    • Small batteries.
    • Computer ink cartridges – in good condition for re-use.

What not to bring:

    • Windowpanes, mirrors, glassware, ovenware, crockery, pottery.
    • Waxed cardboard boxes – such as banana boxes.
    • Tetra Paks – such as juice, milk and wine boxes.
    • Photographic paper, wax paper, tissues and serviettes, disposable nappies.
    • Bubble wrap, cling wrap, crinkly-cellophany-type plastic.
    • Paint tins, scrap metal, garage waste.
    • Fabric, broken articles, e-waste



Constantia Fresh

constantia freshConstantia Fresh Fine Wine and Food Festival

Local produce, gourmet canapés and over 200 wines are ripe for the picking at this popular annual event.

The fresh green lawns of Buitenverwachting Wine Estate is where you’ll find foodies and wine enthusiasts on Saturday, 27 February 2016 for the seventh annual Constantia Fresh Fine Wine & Food Festival. Over 200 wines will be available for you to swirl, sip and savour, while you nibble on gourmet canapés prepared by some of Constantia’s most talented chefs (Peter Tempelhoff, Christian Harbeck, Brad Ball, Edgar Osojnik, Annemarie Steenkamp and Garth Almazan, among others).


Upper Constantia Living


New release in Upper Constantia

Upper Constantia lies in one of the greenest and most ambient parts of Cape Town, where ‘old money’ and style are the operative description for stately homesteads, long drive ways and oak-lined streets.

With Constantia being centrally located, sought after areas within Constantia offer a wide range of premium residential lifestyles, for those wanting to indulge in the ‘finer things in life’. A family orientated suburb offering a variety of property styles over a vast green valley region.

Set on half an acre in the heart of Upper Constantia, is this charmingly elegant Georgian home. Offering comfortable family living with four bedrooms plus an outside flatlet. Read more about this Upper Constantia property for sale.

Contact Sally Gracie on 084 459 9523 or Di Forster on 072 122 9798 for additional queries.

Showhouse this Sunday, 13 December 2015 from 2pm – 5pm.


Leaps Adoption Day

12314082_10153691374510575_4182037549261376452_nThe Leaps Adoption Day will take place this Sunday 13 December from 10:00 – 15:00 at the Alphen Centre, opposite Constantia Village. Join Leaps and meet their rescues who are all hoping that Sunday will be their lucky day and that they will get to spend Christmas with their new forever families.

Please help spread the word by sharing this message and tell anyone who is thinking of adopting.

Their cutie pies need their second chance at life and love; if you’d like to get the ball rolling by filling in an adoption form, please contact Sharnelle on 083 447 0096 or


Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts 2015/16

The only place to be on Sunday evening…

kirstenbosch_LMcC_0833The annual Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concert season will be kicking off in late November. As usual, the magnificent gardens provide the backdrop for these open-air concerts – the perfect place to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon.

New Year’s Eve show

To usher in the new year, Kirstenbosch will be hosting a New Year’s Eve party on 31 December from 8.30pm. The opening act is the talented Grassy Spark whose music fuses ska with rock, funk, reggae and Latin. Cape Town’s own Jeremy Loops will then take to the stage to entertain the crowd with his version of modern folk music.

It is a picnic-style concert, so bring a blanket and picnic basket.

Tickets cost R330 and are available from Webtickets.

The line-up

The 2015/2016 line-up is amazing with Freshlyground kicking off the season on 22 November, the Parlotones being the first show for 2016 on 3 January and Beatenberg getting on the stage on 27 March 2016.

22 November Freshlyground (R150)
29 November Zonke Dikana (R150)
6 December Arno Carstens (R150)
13 December Mango Groove (R150)
17, 18, 19, 20 December Carols at Kirstenbosch (R90 to R100, adults; R65 to R75, 6 to 18 years; R20 to R25, 2 to 5 years)
27 December Jimmy Nevis (R150)
31 December New Year’s Eve concert: Jeremy Loops / Grassy Spark (R330)
3 January The Parlotones (R175)
10 January Prime Circle (R150)
17 January Karen Zoid and Francois van Coke (R150)
24 January Mi Casa (R150)
31 January The Soil (R150)
7 February Cape Town Folk ‘n Acoustic Music Festival (R150)
14 February Matthew Mole / Rubber Duc (R150)
21 February Goldfish (R150)
28 February The Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra (R150)
6 March Shortstraw / The Plastics (R110)
13 March Al Bairre / Bye Beneco (R110)
20 March Zebra & Giraffe / Monark (R110)
21 March Fundraiser: Performer to be confirmed
27 March Beatenberg / John Wizards (R150)
3 April December Streets / The Vanilla (R110)

Gates open at 4pm, and concerts start from 5.30pm to 7pm.

As always, the tickets for all the concerts are available online at Webtickets and at the gate on the day, depending on availability. Physical tickets will be on sale from the Tuesday before the concert at the Kirstenbosch Box Office. Come rain or shine, the concerts will go ahead.

Original Source: Inside Guide


Constantia Living at its Finest

13 IMG_0704cConstantia lies in one of the greenest and most ambient parts of Cape Town, where ‘old money’ and style are the operative description for stately homesteads, long drive ways and oak-lined streets.

Situated in a very quiet area of Constantia, this family home offers a spacious open plan lounge with fireplace, A large enclosed covered verandah with built-in braai that is ideal for entertaining and overlooks the garden and pool area. Read more about this Constantia property for sale.

Contact Shanaz Herskovitz on 082 746 7788 for additional queries.


City Invites Bikes on Green

Cycle TrailWith more and more people cycling to school, work, shops or for exercise and leisure the City of Cape Town is considering allowing cycling for fun on some of its greenbelt areas in Constantia.

A proposal on this intention is available for public comment until the end of this month. The proposal even goes so far as to suggest a cycling route to link the City Bowl and the Southern Suburbs in a safe, off-road trail network in future.

Belinda Walker, mayoral committee member for community service and special projects, says the popularity of mountain biking has grown tremendously in Cape Town.

“People from across Cape Town are wanting to enjoy the social and health benefits of cycling and families are increasingly looking for safe recreational cycling routes away from the dangerous roads,” she says.

Families also don’t necessarily feel comfortable taking on the technically difficult trails on the mountain. People from all walks of life, including the young and old, enjoy the social and health benefits of cycling, she says.

It is for this reason that the City wants to partner with cycling organisations to improve the network of cycling routes in greenbelts and public open spaces across the city.