Talk of the Town

Catch up on the latest news from Eikestadnuus as Danie Keet brings us another curated list of this week’s most interesting stories.


First female armed response officer for Stellenbosch

A female armed response officer has for the first time been employed by a local security company.

Officer Lesley Sylvester (28) has worked for AM Security for four months. Already she has displayed her capabilities by being named Officer of the Month in June.

Despite this achievement she struggled to get into this line of work.

“I’d never really seen a female armed response officer so I thought, you know what? I love guns, let me find out more,” Sylvester said. “Looking around, I didn’t find any female armed response officers so I thought let me be the first.”


Snares take their toll in Devon Valley

Eikestadnuus recently learnt that dogs belonging to various residents in Devon Valley were caught in illegal snares.

One of the residents, Sue Harvie, said some set a snare on the border of their property and that their dog, Malta, became entangled in the snare. The found the dog with the snare pulled tightly around her neck.

According to Harvie her dogs have been the victims of illegal snares three times before as well. Although no case has been opened with the Stellenbosch police, the Stellenbosch Animal Welfare Society is aware of the problem and are looking into the matter.

Pan-African art on at SU Museum

Material Gains, which opened on 25 July at the Stellenbosch University Museum, exhibits more than 50 works from Spier’s diverse collection of contemporary art.

The pieces are by emerging and established artists from across the African continent – including South Africa, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Mozambique, Congo and Nigeria.

Artists participating in the exhibition include Leonce Raphael Agbodjelou, Arlene Amaler-Raviv, Audrey Anderson, Tamlin Blake, Lizette Chirrime, Malcolm Dare, Barend de Wet, and Ricky Ayanda Dyaloyi.


Comfortably uncomfortable

For many women, pregnancy is seen as a time to slow down, hang up their hat and cut back on exercise. Exhaustion and extra baby weight are often the justification for the decision to stay home and nest.

Not so for top South African trail runner and Stellenbosch resident Landie Greyling.

Instead she has embraced her baby bump and has not only continued to trail run and climb mountains – she has notched up new podium finishes. Her fit pregnancy is an inspiring one.