De Grendel Lions Club celebrates 43 years

The Lions Club De Grendel celebrated its 43rd birthday on 29 May, representing 43 years of voluntary service to the community and other citizens of the Cape Peninsula and South Africa.

“This was no small achievement and deserves our thanks together with our greatest respect,” said Lion Mike Wood.

“The club continues its legacy and amongst many other projects the food collection and delivery project is paramount where, thanks to our sponsors, food is collected and delivered on 26 days each month.  Weekly we feed 250 people, which amounts to providing over 13000 meals per year,” he added.

This is just one of the club’s responsibilities that will ensure future generations can look back on the club with respect and gratitude and be proud to be associated with the club.

Members soon develop belief in themselves which, coupled to a whole-hearted approach, make it possible to visualise different approaches towards achieving their target.  “At times, in order to make things happen, ice must be broken to allow rivers to flow freely,” Mike said. Read more

Bothasig AFC donates kit to De Grendel Lions Club

On Monday 6 June the De Grendel Lions Club received a generous donation of soccer kit from the Bothasig football club. This will be distributed to less fortunate clubs who do not have the necessary finances to purchase football kit.


Above: Ian Feldtman Junior Chairman Bothasig AFC, Allan Donaldson President Lions Club De Grendel and Bradley George kit promotional manager Bothasig AFC.

Edgemead/Monte Vista Library delivering service through on-going maintenance

Edgemead/Monte Vista Library will be hosting craft sessions for the June/ July holiday on Thursday 7 and 14 July at 10:00am.

With the visit of Afrikaans thriller author, Martin Steyn,  on 29 June, library will be launching an Afrikaans book club.  Anyone wishing to know more about the club can contact the library.

Edgemead/Monte Vista Library are collecting soft toys to hand over to children in hospital for Mandela day on 18 July. Should anybody still have unwanted soft toys lying around they are asked to please take them to the library.

The Library also wants to remind their patrons that they are still delivering a service even though they will be closed for a few weeks. They are currently running from Ward Councillor Carstens’ office and the veranda. Principal Librarian Lorraine Mathewson said that the staff are quite willing to respond to specific telephonic request for books and will man the telephone inside the library as they will still continue administrative tasks as well as moving furniture around to give the workers access to work spaces.

The library are quite willing to visit crèches, pre-schools and groups of children who are in day care facilities for story times and library orientation, should it be impossible to visit the library.

For further details the library can be contacted on 021 444 7352/3.

Councillor’s Corner


Dear Residents

We are already half way through the year and less than two months away from the Local Government Elections.  As the Voter’s Roll has been closed now, I thank the thousands of residents who made the effort to check and register/re-register.

The first half of the year has been extremely busy and this will continue for the next half of the year, with the many commitments of Council as well as those of the Democratic Alliance.

Bosmansdam Road verge has unfortunately become somewhat of a track where people are racing their quad bikes and suchlike.  This is causing damage to the verge and it will soon become unsightly to passing motorist.  In order to prevent this, I have had a signboard erected prohibiting this type of activity.

Speeding on our roads has become a common occurrence and the only way to curb this is by a permanent show of traffic enforcement. I do continuously write to the Traffic authorities asking that they regularly clamp down on the lawlessness of motorists ignoring traffic rules and turning our residential streets into racetracks.

This however is not possible due to their limited staffing, but I do constantly request their intervention.  I was quite shocked at the report provided for the month of April where 88 motorists were fined in Bothasig for exceeding the 60km/h speed limit on De Grendel Avenue.  Some were caught doing speeds as excessive as that of 120km/h.  On Vryburger Avenue in Bothasig, 185 motorists drove 103km/h and 72 motorists at 150km/h, in a 60km zone.  This blatant disregard is alarming and I urge motorists to look out for each other and their community where at any point in time a child or an elderly person can venture onto any road and become another statistic. Read more

Hyundai Tucson 1.6 Turbo Executive review for her

JUN16-18Hyundai has reintroduced the Tucson SUV back to the public with the new model.  Back in 2005 the Tucson was available here and was later replaced by the ix35.  Hyundai SA’s marketing director said that the overall total sales of the Tucson and the ix35 prove just how popular this SUV is.

There are offerings of a diesel engine or a turbocharged petrol engine.  The six-speed manual 1.6 Turbo Executive was the model that I drove.

The Tucson is certainly well-rounded in the SUV contender range, with a dynamic design, solid build quality, a range of creature comforts, loads of space and offers a smooth, light drive.

The interior is spacious and the rear seats fold down, to create a large and versatile option.  The centre console has a six-speaker audio system with Bluetooth connectivity, USB and auxiliary inputs.   Features include daytime running LED lights and auto lights with auto windows and side mirrors.  The rear view mirror is auto dimming and the Tucson has cornering lights which are always most helpful when driving at night. Additionally the side mirrors fold in on locking.  The Tucson also has auto-locking doors on drive-away – this remains one of my favourite features on a new car as I am very security-conscious, which anyone on the road should be.  Another feature I really enjoyed was that of the reverse camera that displays in the rearview mirror. Read more



Have I chosen right? Do I need to CHANGE while I have the chance?

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If you don’t get it right in grade 9, then you face the possibility of NOT being able to study for your career choice after school, and WHO wants to CHANGE subjects in Grade 12?

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  • YOU as a whole
  • Your VALUES

JUN16-19and offers you POTENTIAL skills to identify the direction you are MOST LIKELY to be going in…

THIS in turn will give YOU clarity on what subjects you should be taking to support your chosen career field.

There is plenty of INTERACTION in the process, it is very clear and it brings you PEACE OF MIND / CONFIDENCE when handing in that CHOICE form.

SESSION 1: Assessment – 90 mins – a REPORT is drawn up and sent.

SESSION 2: Mediation – 45 mins – discuss the report at length and allay any concerns AND then 45 mins with PARENTS to give feedback and discuss ALL in order to finalise decisions…

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Many CONFIDENT learners are heading into Grade 10/11/12 and I’m please to say Synergy has many HAPPY tertiary students who are now following their dreams!



“These biscuits are quite the nicest I have tasted in a long time, they are simply irresistible.”


  • 270g cake flour
  • 90g oats
  • 3 ml bicarbonate of soda
  • 8ml cream of tartar
  • 15ml ground ginger
  • 5ml ground cinnamon
  • 5ml mixed spice
  • 270g hard butter or margarine
  • 250g brown sugar

In a bowl, combine the flour, oats, bicarbonate of soda, cream of tartar and the spices.

Grate the butter into the dry ingredients and rub in well until mixture resembles breadcrumbs.

Add the sugar and then press all the mixture together.

Press down firmly into a greased baking tray (measuring approximately 32cm by 22cm) with a floured fork.

Bake at 160°C for 20 – 30 minutes or until pale brown.

Remove from oven, cut into squares while still warm and leave in the tin to cool completely.

Store in an airtight container.

De Grendel Lions Easter Egg Hunt


Above: The Lions Club of De Grendel held their annual Easter Egg hunt on Sunday 22 May at the Edgemead Football Club.

This was for children from various places of safety in the area. The children had to look for the Easter Eggs which had been hidden in various locations on the fields. Afterwards they were treated to hot dogs, cold drinks and snacks. The De Grendel Lions wish to once again thank the Edgemead Primary School for the previous donation of Easter eggs which made this event possible.