Preserving our earth on Heritage Day

Ward Councillor Helen Carstens and the Lions Club De Grendel joined forces with Wolraad Woltemade Primary School to celebrate Heritage Day.
The traditional braai was going and at the same time, pupils were learning to preserve their heritage.

The earth we now live on and the environment we now have is what we need to preserve for years to come and generations to come.  Therefore, to honor our heritage from what our forefathers have left for us and to preserve our environment for future generations is what the day was all about.

Cllr Carstens spoke about the need to preserve the Earth and all who inhabit it.  This she said was attained by respect for our surroundings.  One of the ways we respect our surroundings is in not littering or dumping and in recycling.  This will firstly keep the area clean and recycling will alleviate the drain on the landfill sites and protect the ozone layer.

“If every single person disposed of their waste in the correct way  be it a cool-drink bottle or an old wooden cupboard  we would have a clean environment and a healthy environment.  If everyone practiced the three R’s – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, think what a clean environment we would have,” said Cllr Carstens.

Everyone went around the school and the perimeter and picked up all the litter and the Lions Club De Grendel prepared burgers for everyone when they returned.

Greening the area for Arbour Month

oct16-02-1Chevron Refinery, in an effort to green their surroundings and also to celebrate their 50 years of existence,
planted a number of trees down Koeberg Road, alongside the refinery.  Councillor Carstens and Donna Fata from Chevron assisted in the planting.

Right: Celebrating Arbour Month, Ward Councillor Helen Carstens and the Lions Club De Grendel planted some trees at the Bothasig Community Food Garden.  These were donated by the Lions Club and Cllr Carstens.  De Grendel Lions President Patrick Pillay planted the trees with the assistance of Lion Allan Donaldson.

Adult colouring-in sessions continuing at Edgemead / Monte Vista Library

The Edgemead / Monte Vista Library will be continuing with their colouring-in sessions for adults on Thursdays between 10am to 1pm as they have found the sessions to be really popular “get-togethers”.   They invite anyone who wishes to just give it a try, to stop in at the library.  The library has some stock to get you going and also pictures and pencils to experiment with.  On Saturday 29 October they will be hosting a special session for all those who are unable to attend during the week as they are working.

September Competition Winner

oct16-04Left: Congratulations to Malcolm Stuppel (left), the winner of our September Competition.  He entered via SMS with the answer, Power Mode, one of two correct answers. The other correct answer was: Eco Mode.  Malcolm won a R200 gift voucher from Victor’s Pizza & Pasta in Bothasig and received his prize from Victor (right) of Victor’s Pizza & Pasta.

To enter our October competition and win a prize contact us via Twitter, Facebook or our Webpage or SMS  0218018487 and you could be a winner.

Question: According to our review in this edition, what is the top speed that the Smart FourTwo is capable of reaching?

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Competition closes 28 October and entries received after this date will not be accepted.  The October winner will be placed in the November edition of The Guardian.  Please note you must provide us with your first and last names as well as your contact number in order to go into the draw for the monthly prize.  You must be able to collect the prize to enter.  Entrants who have won a prize in our competition must wait three months before they are able to enter again.  Only one entry per person.


“PAINT BOTHASIG BLUE” project and surprise Family Day

Bothasig SAPS Warrant Officers Gert Vorster and Arno Neethling with Maureen Beukes, Julie Barret and the happy children from Maureen’s Daycare in Bothasig.
Bothasig SAPS Warrant Officers Gert Vorster and Arno Neethling with Maureen Beukes, Julie Barret and the happy children from Maureen’s Daycare in Bothasig.

Since the inception of the “Paint Bothasig Blue” project at the start of September 2016 SAPS Bothasig has been well supported by the local community regarding their participation thereof.

During September SAPS Bothasig was invited to visit Maureen’s Daycare in Bothasig. Members arriving there were pleasantly surprised when all the children as well as staff were wearing blue to support the “Paint Bothasig Blue” initiative. WO Jacques Mostert informed the children how to identify police members and handed out child safety hints while his collegues, WO Gert Vorster and Arno Neethling were swamped by the enthusiastic children of the daycare facility.

The owner, Maureen Beukes conveyed well wishes and gratitude from herself as well as that of her staff, the children and their parent’s to Bothasig police for the sterling work they do. Mrs Beukes handed over a poster made by the children, which is proudly displayed in the SAPS Bothasig community service centre as well as a blue cake baked by a parent, Mrs Cheree Szebelledi.

Bothasig police also visited the residence of Johan and Carla du Toit who had painted their postbox blue in support of the “Paint Bothasig Blue” project.

In addition, members from Bothasig police were pleasantly surprised when they attended a family day hosted by business people at Tafelberg School.

According to the Advocate of the family day, Louis Slabbert, they wanted to participate in the “Paint Bothasig Blue” project but also express their thanks to Lt Col Patrick Jacobs and his hardworking staff for the good work they do in the Bothasig precinct. The theme of the day was, of course, “blue!”

The members and families were treated to board games and a jumping castle for the children, who also made good use of the swimming pool. Members and family members were given the opportunity to participate in de-stress exercises hosted by a fitness instructor. The attendees were howling with laughter as the exercises really tested their physical co-ordination levels.  Married couples later played a game, which required very careful thinking, as they were subjected to questions regarding their relationships…marriage dates and other information which could get you into trouble!

After all these activities, members were treated to a scrumptious lunch after which they could sit back and enjoy the day with their families.

Members attending the function were requested to support the SAPS Bothasig School feeding project by sponsoring spreads which could be utilized on sandwiches for the learners. The attendees responded very positively with the result that the children will have tasty sandwiches for quite some time!

The Station Commander, Lt Col Patrick Jacobs, expressed his gratitude to everyone in the community for supporting the Paint Bothasig Blue project and added that the effect their support had on the members was immeasurable.

He also expressed his gratitude to the hosts and organizer of the Family Day. He added that their support was amazing as everyone forgot about work for a while and enjoyed great company.

Edgemead Bowling season opens

On Saturday 1 October, Cllr Helen Carstens opened the Edgemead Bowling Season on their greens on Edgemead Drive.

Edgemead Bowling Club is a vibrant club with many prominent bowlers who have made the Club proud.

“I am indeed proud to have such strong sporting codes in my ward and Edgemead Bowling Club certainly qualifies as one of the strong codes,” said Cllr Carstens.

Carstens did the first roll and was told that she did very well and should consider taking up bowls.


44 years ago The Lions Club De Grendel was established in our area and found it necessary to source ways of raising funds to use to finance the Clubs’ activities.

New ways were required because the club was in competition with the many newly established Churches, Schools, Sports bodies and other bodies providing a service to the local residents.

Many of the areas housing developments were still on the drawing board and both Monte Vista and Bothasig were only about one third occupied. The residents were serviced by convenience stores, Pick ‘n Pay was just starting up and other conglomerates were due to follow later on. Edgemead and all the other suburbs extending from the Plattekloof Road side of Monte Vista right up to the Tygerberg Hills were wild and covered in bush.

Obviously there were no restaurants, nor take away shops that could give the local housewives a break from their daily cooking duties.

Coincidently the Lions Club was offered a full weeks catering opportunity in celebration of the opening of Kenilworth Shopping Centre. They worked full days over weekends and during the week started at 16:30 until late each working day selling boerewors rolls, hotdogs, chips, steak rolls, cold drinks, coffee and tea. The enormous success of this catering project paved the way for the future fundraising direction. Soon the Lions were selling hotdogs; pancakes, popcorn and candy floss wherever they were able to obtain a booking. The Lions Club De Grendel said that they have an excellent Italian cook in Teresa Pontecelli and along with chef Freddy Coetze (Both Club members) this enabled them to provide tasty Italian takeaway foods on the last Saturday afternoon of each month; Here they offer delicious spaghetti bolognaise, lasagne and other delights. (European Foods were still in the process of gaining popularity here in South Africa at the time) The local housewives gratefully supported this take-away project.

Next the club followed this venture by hosting a food stall at the Cape Town Community Chest Fair for the next 30 years. They hosted food stalls at Goodwood 75 and Parow 75 celebrations and as well as the S.A Railway District Sports Function at the Goodwood Show grounds, each of which ran for a week. But their major successes came from the catering of weddings, birthdays, dances and special occasions. They also won the tender to supply food for the FESTO PNEUMATIC Training Courses that occupied eight days each month for a period of eight to nine years. Additionally they were also the caterers for the Readers Digest Prize Award Draws. Reluctantly the Lions Club had to withdraw from these events when certain key members were transferred away from Cape Town. This catering Heritage continued and they still assist the Cheshire homes, The Parow Catholic International Food Fair; and, various potjie competitions – with distinction, each year.

On the evening of 28 October 2016 and the afternoon and evening of 29th October 2016 the Lions Club De Grendel will once again be stoking up the fires at our two day Beer Fest Event that will be held at the Edgemead Sports Grounds. Saturday afternoon will be for the families whereas the evenings will be for adults. Good foods, music – 4 Bands, participating prize events, entertainment and many beer varieties will be available at this spectacular Beer Fest event which should not be missed!

The profits will be directed to the numerous service projects that the Lions have in the community.

For further information, kindly contact Lions Club De Grendel President Patrick Pillay mobile: 078 7973 283 or email:

Farmersfield Market opens

Farmersfield Village in Edgemead held their yearly market on Saturday 1 October. Councillor Helen Carstens presided over the opening and cut the ribbon signifying the opening of the market.

“it is a fitting place to be today as we kick off with Older Persons Month,” said Cllr Carstens “and although this is a little village for “senior citizens”, I always say that age is relative.”

Above: Ward Councillor Helen Carstens with Farmersfield Manager Keith Porter.

EPS Jazz Band shine at Artscape

During August, 113 primary and high schools, as well as many Performing Arts Centres, participated in the Artscape School’s Art Festival. The festival covers all forms of performing arts, and has meant that over 3200 learners have had the opportunity to perform on the Artscape stage, some for the first time on a professional stage. There have been performances from all over, with some learners travelling from as far as George and Knysna to perform!

Each night, a panel of judges adjudicated the performances and they have selected the very best of all the performances. Much pride was felt by Edgemead Primary School when it was announced that their Jazz Band was selected as one of the top 12 performances over the entire course of the Festival. The EPS Jazz Band were invited to perform at the Gala Evening and completely shone! They performed for top officials, including Western Cape Minister of Education, Debbie Schäfer!


Bothasig SAPS Constables Xolisa Jikeka , Jonathan Kriel and Reggie Mars with the dagga plants seized during the response to the complaint in progress of malicious damage to property on 13 September.
Bothasig SAPS Constables Xolisa Jikeka , Jonathan Kriel and Reggie Mars with the dagga plants seized during the response to the complaint in progress of malicious damage to property on 13 September.

A complaint that members from Bothasig attended on 13 September turned out quite differently than expected.

According to Const Reggie Mars, he and his colleague, Const Jonathan Kriel, were called out to a residence in Bothasig to attend a complaint in progress of malicious damage to property.

They hastened to the scene but when they arrived, the matter between family members had been resolved. Although a door had been damaged, nobody wanted to lay charges.

The members mentioned that they had to enter the residence via a back door as the front one was not in use. When they went around the house they found a Wendy house at the back with dagga plants in pots next to it, but first attended to the malicious damage as priority.  When that matter was settled they enquired about the person living in the Wendy house. The person who damaged the door indicated that he stayed there and indicated that the plants were his.

According to him he did not know that cultivating dagga was illegal. The 29 year old suspect, who had been arrested by members from Bothasig on drug charges before, was arrested on a charge of possession of dagga and he and his plants were detained at SAPS Bothasig.  The suspect has appeared in Goodwood court.

Lt Col Jacobs praised the eagle eyed members for being so observant and doing their best to assist in the fight against drugs.

On the evening of 15 September an undercover crime prevention operation under the command of Bothasig SAPS Station Commander, Lt Col Patrick Jacobs, yielded good results when two males, aged 18 and 22 years, were arrested for dealing in drugs and being in possession of drugs. Both suspects are residents of Richwood.

The initial arrests were for dealing, but when the premises of the suspects were searched, it was found that they were also in possession of drugs which was not used in the selling process. A large quantity of dagga as well as a smaller quantity of magic mushrooms was seized by police. The street value of the drugs taken is approximately twenty thousand rand.

Both suspects appeared in Goodwood court on 19 September.

During the operation, SAPS Bothasig was supported by members from SAPS Parow, Bellville and the K9 Unit.

On 17 September a Saturday afternoon turned out way different as expected for two drug dealers when the long arm of Bothasig police caught up with them.

Lt Col Patrick Jacobs explained that information was received from the community regarding drug dealing and as a result thereof he set up an undercover crime prevention operation to try to arrest the dealers.

During the afternoon a meeting was set up with the suspects with the result that a 25 and 36 year old male were arrested for dealing in drugs and being in possession of drugs in Welgemeend St, Kleinbosch. Both suspects are residents of Kensington.

A large quantity of dagga with an estimated value of fifteen thousand rand was seized by police. The late model vehicle which was used by the suspects was also seized by police. Lt Col Jacobs indicated that he will apply to have the vehicle forfeited to the State as it was used in the commission of an offence. Both are due to appear in Goodwood court.

During the operation, SAPS Bothasig was supported by members from the local community. The estimated street value of drugs seized by Bothasig police during the last two operations amounts to thirty five thousand rand.

Lt Col Jacobs thank the community for the information that was relayed to Bothasig police which attributed to the success of this operation as a result of their involvement.

He again invited members from the community to relay any information they have concerning illegal drug activities in the Bothasig precinct to the Crime Intelligence office at SAPS Bothasig on 021 559 9400. All information shared with this office will be dealt with in a confidential manner.