The Olive Branch

July 2017

Welcome to our newsletter, written on a crisp, clear day in Prince Albert. Winter days are sunny and sparkling and after a hearty Karoo breakfast you’ll want to explore, so let’s start with a great new Prince Albert feature… our “Town Tour” a self-drive or -cycle route to interesting places where you can discover more about our innovative community.

Prince Albert Town Tour

From our Beadkidz project, PADS animal care, POP (Path out of Poverty) Centre and busy Karoo Handgemaak ladies, to our Karoo Parkrun circuit, there are inspiring things to see and caring and creative people to meet. The route, great photos and information can be viewed here and on our free app.

PADS animal care was seen nation-wide on Kwela during June… click here to see their video.

The Border Aviation Club with Deputy Mayor Linda Jaquet and Hans Burger

Prince Albert is an ideal venue for groups and our latest guests flew into our little airfield for the last weekend of June. 22 small airplanes brought us 38 pilots from the Border Aviation Club who had planned to spend one night here, but once they realised what we have to offer, they decided to make a weekend of it.  Huge thanks to Hans Burger who took care of all the logistical arrangements and to the Municipality and police who co-ordinated safety and security at our airfield.  Local photographer Gita Claassen took some evocative photos as our visitors left us after their Prince Albert experience, which you can see here.

Another large group will be visiting during July when a Probus Club from Cape Town will explore our olive and wine farms, dine at local restaurants and join our Story Weaver on her Ghost Walk.  We regularly host wedding parties, cycling groups, cookery course participants and trail runners and our on-line booking system and comprehensive website make planning a group visit a piece of cake. Our Tourism staff Henriëtte and Melinda are just a phone call away if you need additional advice or suggestions on where to stay or what to do. 023 5411 366 or

What’s on in July…

Our Garden Club use Winter meetings to work on community projects and this month they are transforming a courtyard at the local hospital into a welcoming garden for patients and visitors. Watch our Facebook page for photos. You can find out more from Sue Goosen 023 5411 558  e-mail: If you are here on Wednesday 5 July join us at 2.00pm at the hospital – visitors are more than welcome to lend a hand and there will be a picnic tea once the planting is done!

The African Relish kitchen

African Relish are thrilled to have Nina Timm back in their Karoo kitchen in July. Details about her fun-filled creative My Easy Cooking weekend 7 – 9 July can be found here.

Our local retirement home, Huis Kweekvallei will hold their Bazaar on Friday 14 July 2017 from 10am – 12 noon. Contact 023 5411 626 for further information.

Prince Albert’s carefree couple Michael and Judith Treloar who cycled from Cairo to Cape Town, 11 200km through 11 countries for 4 months on bicycles, will present a Tour d’Afrique retrospective on their crazy cycling, courageous climbs and curious countries as a fund raiser for the Fransie Pienaar Museum on Thursday 20 July. R30 tickets from the Museum and at the Showroom door, includes light snacks and cash bar.

Other July events at the Showroom Theatre includes Chris Chameleon (1st); Bottomless Coffee Band (7th); Elvis Blue (14th); 3 Tons of Fun (29th). Visit the Showroom booking site for details and tickets. Elvis Blue will be performing the title song from his latest album ‘Die Brug’. Listen to it here.

Looking ahead, here are some dates for your diary…

The first weekend in August brings our annual NG Kerkbasaar – a Karoo bazaar experience. From the potjiekos evening at the Showgrounds on the 4th to the morning street market on the 5th, with everything from meat bargains & braai to ‘bazaar poeding’ to White elephants, this is a community event that’s not to be missed.

There will be a Forrest Yoga retreat in the Karoo arranged by Simply Saffron from 21-24 September 2017. For details e-mail

Heritage Weekend (22 – 25 September) offers a good excuse to get away to Prince Albert – Unfiltered Great Karoo!

Winter Solstice - Prince Albert - Unfiltered Great Karoo. Photo: Stefanie Rohrbach

The Indie Karoo Film Festival runs from 29 September to 2 October – click here for more

Our annual Agricultural Show takes place on 20 & 21 October. Farmers and stock, tractors, horses, entertainment, dancing, great food – yet another Celebration of Karoo hospitality in Prince Albert.

Remember the Prince Albert Leesfees: 2 – 5 November… Johan Myburg, Cas Wepener and Nicol Stassen, Nick Charlie Key (Jump on the Bant Wagon), HemelBesem/Simon Witbooi and Paige Nick (Unpresidented), will all be there… visit the FB page here.

Remember, the Showroom film club meets every Wednesday, our Market and Parkrun are held every Saturday, the Full Moon Cycle ride is a monthly feature (contact Arno on 083 395 9038) and our Art Galleries host periodic exhibitions…  keep an eye on the on-line calendar, this newsletter and our Facebook page for all our forthcoming events.

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