Talk of the Town

A South African teen tennis star returns from the States to heal her injuries, Cloetesville gets a new skateboard park and SA’s top chenin blancs come of age. As always, Danie Keet bring you the top curated breaking news, events and features happening in and around the City of Oaks.

Young ace back from US for rehab

Rising international tennis star Zoe Kruger (16) came all the way from Florida, America to pursue her rehabilitation of a foot injury at the Stellenbosch Academy of Sport, under the watchful eye of performance unit manager Johan van Wyk.

For the last four years, Pretoria-born Kruger and her family have been living in America to make it possible for her and younger sister Isabella (14) to pursue professional tennis playing careers. Zoe and Isabella are the daughters of late Springbok rugby legend Ruben Kruger.

They are based at the world-renowned IMG Bollettieri Tennis Academy and coached by Thomas Högstedt, former coach of five-time grand slam champion Maria Sharapova, Eugenie Bouchard and Simona Halep.

Skate board park for Cloetesville to keep kids safe

Elmarine Anthony

She longs for a play park in Cloetesville so that her childern will not suffer the same fate as their brother.

Marianne Armoed, mother of Merlin Armoed (6), said she cannot allow that her youngest child, AJ (3), to play ball outside because she is in constant danger of being run over by a car.

Merlin Armoed (8) and Owen Witbooi (11) were killed on the night of 22 August after being hit by a care while they were riding on their skate board in Cloetesville.  The incident happened on the corner of Lang and Rhode street. The Melody flats where the boys stayed is next to the road where the accident happened.

The family says they also feel that a speed bump should be built in Rhode Street  seeing that accidents occur on regular interval in that street.

“We want fencing around the block of flats to ensure the safety of our children, Marianne said.

The principal of Pieter Langeveldt Primary School, which the two boys attended, plans a safety campaign in front of the school on Friday 14 September.

SA’s top 10 chenin blanc wines has come of age

News of the Standard Bank Chenin Blanc Top 10 Challenge winners for 2018, featuring five newcomers and five regulars, comes in the wake of unprecedented optimism in the grape variety.

“Chenin has come of age,” said chairperson of the Chenin Blanc Association Ken Forrester.

“No longer just a niche grape loved by the wine fraternity, it is acquiring a mainstream following. More and more people are believing in it, buying it, drinking it and talking about it.” He referred to the record number of entries in this year’s challenge, the growth in sales of chenin blanc this year and the global reach of a recent social media campaign.

Forrester said this year’s 159 submissions represented an increase of 17% on the 2017 challenge entry numbers, while year-on-year, local sales and exports of chenin blanc varietal wines are on the rise. Forrester also highlighted the success of the #DrinkChenin day social media campaign to mark June 15 as International Chenin Day, which generated 4,9 million impressions.