Our March South African fresh produce bulletin

Our March South African fresh produce bulletin

In our March fresh produce market take we discuss prospects for another record South African citrus season, prospects for better market access in the current international world of Corona, progress with the grape variety, Joybells and the launch of a new branded apple...

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We are getting used to quieter times at the Goukou River

We are getting used to quieter times at the Goukou River

So much have been written about the unprecedented times we are living in. Here on the banks of the Goukou River on South Africa’s Southern Cape Coast it is no different – an eerie sort of quietness has settled around us. Almost like the build-up of summer thunder...

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Taking on new challenges – from Fredo’s pen!

Over the past two years Fredo and Janey commented much on our travels to research the history of South African table grapes. The coffee table book, The South African Table Grape Industry – 125 Years in Pursuit of Excellence, was finally published in May this year....

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Memories of special moment at pan in Etosha

Memories of special moment at pan in Etosha

Since our first day time in Etosha Fredo and Janey have always been sold on this beautiful wildlife sanctuary in Southern Africa. We are not, however, happy with this beautiful place being over-crowded by visitors at certain times of the year – especially from Europe...

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Old Jan Huppelbeen finds peace

Old Jan Huppelbeen finds peace

Old Jan Huppelbeen’s spirit has become legendary at Riverside on the banks of the Goukou River near Stilbaai. Old Jan lived there many moons ago, before other people even dreamt of settling there. When he died, his spirit was left in a state of distress – the pain of...

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What happens after next week in South Africa?

What happens after next week in South Africa?

South Africans go to the polls next week in perhaps the most important election since 1994. While nationally politicians are bombarding South African voters with their election messages, it is really very quiet in the Southern Cape. At Stilbaai (which means a ‘quiet...

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Welcome!

During the summer months – from October till April – the valleys of the Cape region provides the best of summer fruits – look out for our stories on grapes, peaches, nectarines, plums, apples and pears! We also write about our wonderful avocadoes and citrus fruits, and our berries and cherries!

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Our Books

We publish books on life stories, the history of our country and its peoples and poetry. Look out for ‘Thoughts of a Long Time ago’, the Quest for Quality, a historical review of South African table grapes and its products and peoples.

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