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Welcome to the awesome holiday

edition of Sloep Wes Magazine, the

only guide to the West Coast you

will need this Holiday Season!

From a variety of restaurants to handy local

businesses, this guide is a must have.

Have a look at our events calendar and map for

your convenience to guide you on your trip

through our beautiful West Coast. Visit the

Sloep Wes website and Facebook page for daily

updates on events and listings of local

companies.

From the Sloep Wes team, we would like to

thank all our loyal supporters and wish each and

everybody a safe and Happy Holiday season!

For any further information regarding the

website or advertising in the magazine, please

don’t hesitate to contact us on 066 214 6220 or

email at info@sloepwes.co.za

The Sloep Wes Team



West Coast Summer Safety Tips

Enjoy a safe summer holiday by

following these easy steps:

1. Protect against sunburn and heat.

Stay hydrated. Drink enough water and fluids.

Always remember to regularly apply sunblock,

especially after swimming. Wear loose light

clothes and a sun hat. Never leave dogs and

children unattended in a car this could lead to

overheating. Remember, the sun is most

dangerous between 10am – 3pm.

2. Be safe around water

Anybody who can’t swim should not go into the

water alone, child or adult. Children should not

be allowed to play near water or unfenced

swimming pools unsupervised.

Beware of rip currents in the ocean, as well as

beaches where there are no lifeguards on duty.

Parents should learn CPR, as this can save a life.

No one should ever swim if they have

consumed alcohol. If heading out on a boat,

everyone aboard should be wearing a

well-fitted life jacket.

3. Stay buckled up, helmeted and padded

Ensure everybody travelling in the vehicle is

buckled up, including babies in their infant

seats.

When cycling, skateboarding or out on your

scooter/motorbike, always wear the necessary

protective gear.

4. Ensure your food and water is clean

Ensure that all food and water is clean and

fresh to avoid Gastro. Always remember to

wash your hands. If you do get infected, stay

well hydrated by drinking isotonic fluids like

Rehydrate salt.

5. Beware of snakes & scorpions

Summer season is snake season! Always be

vigilant. Don’t walk through thick bush areas;

always stay on paths or walkways. If you are

hiking, always wear closed shoes. If you are bit,

do nothing but keep the person calm and get to

your nearest hospital immediately for

treatment.

6. Know when a bite or sting is serious

Bees are the main culprits when it comes to an

allergic reaction from a sting. If any swelling,

difficulty breathing or any other severe reaction

occurs, seek medical attention immediately.

Never remove bee stings with your fingers, use

the blunt side of a knife or a credit card to

scrape it out ensuring that the poison sack is

removed with the sting.

If bitten by a spider and it causes a painful red

area filled with fluid, or a red or purple ring

forms around the bite area, head directly to a

doctor. With a tick bite, watch out for any signs

of tick bite fever which include headache,

body pains, a spotty rash and a wound that

starts forming at the side of the bite.

If you experience any unusual reaction,

regardless the bite, like dizziness, vomiting,

slurred speech ext., head directly to casualty for

treatment.

7. Stay safe from human predators

Always know the whereabouts of your children,

never let them wonder off alone! Teach them to

never give out any personal information, and

never to speak to, go with, or accept anything

from someone their parents haven’t approved

as safe.

8. Emergency numbers

In the West Coast area you can contact the

provincial or private hospitals in Vredenburg. If

you require an ambulance you can dial the

following numbers: Atlantic Medical Response

022 772 2377, SA Paramedics 021 551 299 or

Metro Emergency Services 10177 or 112 if

calling from a mobile phone.







What’s your plan for 2020?

In the previous edition, I asked the question, “what

is your big idea?” trying to get you to think about how

to approach and select an idea to work on, to take

things forward. As we hastily approach the end of the

year and the beginning of another, we’re reminded

that nothing lasts forever and that there are always

opportunities for new beginnings. Some we choose

and some are chosen for us.

The closure of the Saldanha Steelworks is a poignant

example of a new beginning that we have not chosen,

what we are able to do however, is choose how we

react to it. Yes indeed we could be angry at corporate

entities which for years have taken profit out and

haven’t been able to keep the operation afloat, and

yes we should be angry at how our government (local

and national) have not managed to maintain a

significant employer in a growing IDZ, but at the same

time we should be thankful for the years of income

and investment that the community has received and

started thinking about how we as a community

absorb 900+ workers throughout 2020.

Here we have skilled artisans, qualified engineers,

security guards caterers, drivers etc… all now

available, right here on our doorstep. So as many on

the West Coast face a bleaker than usual Christmas, I

ask my next question. What is your plan for 2020?

Because in order to execute you must first develop

your idea into a plan, a strategy if you wish, that you

can execute. Having a set of New Year’s resolutions is

pointless if there’s no plan to execute against. Some

of us will set unrealistic goals like losing loads of

weight in January, and some of us will set goals make

small lifestyle changes to lose a little bit of weight

consistently throughout the year and thereby to lose

loads of weight by the end of 2020.

When we set unrealistic goals and fail we feel

demotivated and each time we fail we feel just a little

more despondent and incapable of achieving the next

goal we set, so we give up setting goals.

But whether you’re forced into a new beginning or

choose it, you can turn your dreams into reality by

breaking your idea, or goal, into smaller, realistic

actionable steps. Steps that are small enough that if

you fail you’re ok to pick up and try again. Steps that

are easy to explain to others, especially those whose

support you require. Steps that when achieved one at

a time leads to a beneficial long term change in

circumstances. And if you’re stuck with which

direction to go in, consider that most choices are

binary, yes or no, left or right, stay or go, and once you

recognise which two choices you’re presented with

you simply choose the option that’s going to take you

closer to achieving your long term goals.

Andrew Donaldson, Co-Founder @ simplylocal.co.za





Tuesday, December 10th

Make Christmas Wreath

Playtime, Vredenburg @ R35pp

Kids Cooking Demo Classes @ R200pp

Age: 8- 18 years (3 hours) - 12pm-3pm

Crystal Lagoon Lodge, Langebaan

UPCOMING EVENTS

Wednesday, December 11th

Ice gingerbread men

Playtime, Vredenburg @ R35pp

Hartsdinge Mark Curro, Langebaan 10am

Summer Christmas Cooking Class

@ R350pp

Demo, Lunch and secret gift voucher

(WhatsApp. 079 854 4936)

Crystal Lagoon Lodge, Langebaan

11:30am

Thursday, December 12th

Make Christmas photo frame

Playtime, Vredenburg @ R35pp

Hartsdinge Mark Curro, Langebaan 10am

Kids Cooking Demo Classes @ R200pp

Age: 8- 18 years (3 hours)

Crystal Lagoon Lodge, Langebaan

12pm-3pm

Armand Hofmeyer

Die Watergat, Langebaan 8pm

Friday, December 13th

Make snow globe

Playtime, Vredenburg @ R35pp

Hartsdinge Mark Curro, Langebaan 10am

Vigenica Payne

Shelley Point Hotel, St Helena Bay 1pm

Friday Night Light Meals @ R150pp

Fish, Schnitzels, Hamburgers

Crystal Lagoon Lodge, Langebaan

6pm-8pm

Kurt Darren

Kapstadt Brauhaus, Langebaan 8:30pm

Saturday, December 14th

Market Day Queens Cottage

Langebaan 9am

Hartsdinge Mark Curro/Langebaan 10am

Pop-up Gin bar Windtown/Langebaan

11am (weather permitting)

Kids Cooking Demo Classes @ R200pp

Age: 8- 18 years (3 hours)

Crystal Lagoon Lodge/Langebaan

12pm-3pm

Saturday, December 14th

Wouter Van De Venter

Blikkies Pizzeria/Paternoster 12pm

Shane Sonkind

Shelley Point Hotel/St Helena Bay 1pm

Emo Adams & Band

Club Mykonos/Langebaan 8pm

Sunday, December 15th

Wouter Van De Venter

Shelley Point Hotel , St Helena Bay 1pm

Monday, December 16th

Ruhan De Toit - Sound of Silence Tour

Die Watergat, Langebaan 8pm

Tuesday, December 17th

Ice biscuits for Santa

Playtime, Vredenburg @ R35pp

Kids Cooking Demo Classes @ R200pp

Age: 8- 18 years (3 hours)

Crystal Lagoon Lodge,

Langebaan – 12pm-3pm

Wednesday, December 18th

Ice mini doughnuts

Playtime, Vredenburg @ R35pp

Summer Christmas Cooking Class @ R350pp

Demo, Lunch and secret gift voucher

(WhatsApp. 079 854 4936)

Crystal Lagoon Lodge, Langebaan -11:30am

Wouter Van De Venter

Shelley Point Hotel, St Helena Bay 1pm

Thursday, December 19th

Make Christmas decorations

Playtime, Vredenburg @ R35pp

Kids Cooking Demo Classes @ R200pp

Age: 8- 18 years (3 hours)

Crystal Lagoon Lodge, Langebaan 12pm-3pm

Juanita Du Plessis

Die Watergat, Langebaan 8pm

Friday, December 20th

Decorate a Christmas stocking

Playtime, Vredenburg @ R35pp

Gareth James

Shelley Point Hotel, St Helena Bay - 1pm


Friday, December 20th

Friday Night Light Meals @ R150pp

Fish, Schnitzels, Hamburgers

Crystal Lagoon Lodge, Langebaan 6pm-8pm

Freshly Ground

Club Mykonos, Langebaan 8pm

Wouter Van De Venter

Captain's Cabin, Saldanha 8pm

Saturday, December 21st

Market Day Queens Cottage, Langebaan 9am

Christmas Market Langebaan Town Hall,

Langebaan 10am

Mykonos Market

Club Mykonos, Langebaan 10am-3pm

Pop-up Gin Bar Windtown,

Langebaan 11am (weather permitting)

Saturday, December 21st

Kids Cooking Demo Classes @ R200pp

Age: 8- 18 years (3 hours)

Crystal Lagoon Lodge, Langebaan 12pm-3pm

Wouter Van De Venter

Shelley Point Hotel, St Helena Bay 1pm

Sunday, December 22nd

Mykonos Market

Club Mykonos, Langebaan 10am-3pm

Wouter Van De Venter

Club Mykonos, Langebaan 12pm

John Niel

Shelley Point Hotel, St Helena Bay 1pm

Monday, December 23rd

Christmas Carols

Market Denlyn Park, Langebaan 6pm-9pm

Wednesday, December 25th

Christmas Lunch @ R375 pp, kids R200pp

3 Course meal and glass of wine Booking

essential

Crystal Lagoon Lodge, Langebaan

(WhatsApp. 079 854 4936)

Friday, December 27th

Craft Expo NG Kerk, Langebaan 9am

Friday Night Light Meals @ R150pp

Fish, Schnitzels, Hamburgers

Crystal Lagoon Lodge, Langebaan 6pm-8pm

Chris Rain

Shelley Point Hotel, St Helena Bay 1pm

Saturday, December 28th

Market Day Queens Cottage, Langebaan 9am

Craft Expo NG Kerk, Langebaan 9am

Pop-up Gin bar Windtown

Langebaan 11am (weather permitting)

Wouter Van De Venter

Blikkies Pizzeria, Paternoster 12pm

Gerry Liberty

Shelley Point Hotel, St Helena Bay 1pm

Sunday, December 29th

Wouter Van De Venter

Shelley Point Hotel, St Helena Bay 1pm

Jakkie Louw - Die Watergat, Langebaan 8pm

Monday, December 30th

Craft Expo NG Kerk, Langebaan 9am

Tuesday, December 31st

Craft Expo NG Kerk, Langebaan 9am

Wouter Van De Venter

Shelley Point Hotel, St Helena Bay 9pm

Wednesday, January 1st

Craft Expo NG Kerk, Langebaan 9am

Wouter Van De Venter

Shelley Point Hotel, St Helena Bay 1pm

Thursday, January 2nd

Craft Expo NG Kerk, Langebaan 9am

Friday, January 3rd

Craft Expo NG Kerk, Langebaan 9am

First Friday JANUARY 2020 @ R275 pp

3 Course meal and glass of champagne

(WhatsApp. 079 854 4936)

Crystal Lagoon Lodge, Langebaan – 6pm-8pm

Saturday, January 4th

Craft Expo NG Kerk, Langebaan 9am

Monday 6th - Wednesday 8th January

Craft Expo NG Kerk, Langebaan 9am

Saterday, February 1

West Coast Canoe Challenge

Velddrift 10am

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Across

2. What is the “Parabuthus Capensis”?

4. After which French colonial trader was Tietiesbaai

named?

7. Which Company slogan reads “from the farm to the

table”?

9. Best pizza and homemade pasta In Saldanha?

11. Small town on the West Coast, especially known

for its Bokkoms?

13. Where to take the kids on a West Coast on a

windy day to keep them busy?

14. Where on the West Coast will you find the

deepest and larges Natural harbour in the Southern

Hemisphere?

15. Whaling Station built in the early 1700’s by the

Dutch on the eastern coastline of Postberg?

16. On which farm, originally called

Geytenbergsfontein was Langebaan formed?

17. St Helena Bay, known locally as “Die Agterbaai”,

was named after Saint Helena, the mother of which

historical figure?

18. Name given to the set of fossilised footprints

discovered on the shore of the Langebaan Lagoon

dated being 117,000 years old?

19. What does Langebaan mean?

20. Great Cocktails and awesome live entertainment

in Saldanha.

Down

1. New addition to the West Coast Chilli sauces. Hot,

very Hot!

3. Which island in the Langebaan lagoon was uses by

French seal hunters to store skins and oil in the early

17th century?

5. Lodge in Calypso Beach with an unspoiled lagoon

views and mouth-watering cooking classes?

6. Estate agency with offices in Vredenburg, Saldanha

and Langebaan, established in 1972?

8. The oldest road in Velddrif where time seems to

stand still?

10. Specsavers, the name in affordable eye care, is

situated in which centre in Langebaan?

12. Although the origin of this little West Coast gem’s

name remains unknown, many people believe that

the name, which means “Our Father” in Latin, refers

to the prayers said by Catholic Portuguese seaman

when they became shipwrecked there?




Welcome to the West Coast


Focus on Velddrif

Approximately 145km north of Cape Town

lies the picturesque little fishing town of

Velddrif.

It’s here where the meandering Bergrivier

flows into St Helena Bay, famous for the

yearly Bergrivier canoe marathon which has

gained a reputation of being one of the

toughest courses in the world.

Velddrif is an absolute must for bird

watching enthusiasts, as this area is home

to over 30 000 birds, including up to 80

species endemic to the Western Cape.

The main industries include fishing, tourism

and salt production with two large salt

works that provide much of the salt in the

Western Cape.

The fishing industry is substantial in

Velddrif with factories for fish canning and

making of fish meal products being the

chief industries.

The SA Fisheries Museum, situated in

Laaiplek, exhibits the rich history of the

fishing industry along the West Coast,

from the whaling history to pelagic fishing

and the rock lobster and is well worth a

visit.

Velddrif is also the center of the bokkom

industry. These whole, salted and dried

mullet are a delicacy of the West Coast.

Take a trip down the oldest road in Velddrif,

Bokkomlaan where you will find some of

these fisheries.

As for tourism, Velddrif is well worth a visit.

Regular boat trips are taken up the river for

bird watching.

There are a variety of water sports on the

river. The area offers good fishing, for both

boat, rock and surf angling and sea going

yachts find this a safe basin to moor in.

There are a variety of restaurants in the

Velddrif, Laaiplek, Port Owen area that

form part of the Crayfish Route. Cuisine

from seafood delicacies to traditional all

country fair are served here with that warm

West Coast hospitality, as only they know

how to do!










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