Tag: Boschendal

  • Solar makes cents, and Boschendal becomes a significant producer

    About two years ago, the V&A Waterfront commissioned 4,207 solar panels (7,000m²) installed on the roofs of the main Waterfront buildings, with a total electrical output of 1,093.8 kWp at a cost of R20 million.  It conserves about 1,721,956 kWh annually, significantly reducing the Waterfront’s environmental footprint.  At the same time, Boschendal commissioned its first, small […]

  • Bucking the trend in the drought

    The Western Cape has faced its worst drought in a century, and this is the third consecutive year of that drought.  Cape Town’s mayor has been at pains to point out that — with climate change — “This is the new normal.” With dwindling water supply to farmers, crop productions have been slashed and, across…

  • Pniel’s home-grown entrepreneur

    Elrico Pietersen was born in Pniel on the slopes of the Simonsberg and went to Pniel Primary School and then Kylemore High School, a few kilometres up the road.  “I wasn’t one of the lucky ones to go away to school — my mother is a baker with two children,” he says. Elrico ran two…

  • A breakfast ride on Boschendal Estate

    When most people are stuck in their car in the traffic, or staring at their laptop screen, I went for a breakfast ride up the slopes of Drakenstein mountain on Boschendal Farm.  Is there a better way to start the day?

  • The best ‘good news’ story from the Winelands?

    The two best ‘good news’ stories from the Western Cape are probably the V&A Waterfront and Boschendal Wine Estate.  Both were sold about a decade back — the Waterfront to foreign owners who expatriated the profits but stopped all new development and Boschendal to a local BEE consortium who made their money from property development…

  • Boschendal Reborn — and even the cows have happy lines!

    There’s good reason to celebrate when an iconic estate like Boschendal turns around its fortunes to regain its position as one of South Africa’s premier wine estates for all to enjoy.  Anglo American Corporation sold it many years ago to a local investment company which was primarily interested in the development potential of the real…