A healthy and flourishing tourism industry is crucial to our area’s financial wellbeing. That is why Drakenstein Municipality will use every resource available to rebuild this industry and “rethink tourism” (in line with the 2022 World Tourism Day theme) after the devastation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. We are fortunate to have all the ingredients – including natural beauty and friendly, dedicated people – to help us succeed. “ „ - Executive Mayor, Alderman Conrad Poole

We also introduce you to the brave and inspirational Kubeshni Abrahams , a senior clerk at the Municipality who was diagnosed with breast cancer last year but decided to tackle the “big C” head-on – this after taking two days to absorb the shocking news. Now Kubeshni’s “head is in the game” and she inspires us with her positive mindset. Paarl Bowls Club is 90 years old and still going strong! We look at the intricacies of this game; those who think it is an “old people’s game”, think again… In our regular ward councillor insert we feature Ward 32’s Councillor Sangolomzi Ganandana , who regards himself as a people’s activist, and Councillor Elizabeth Baron. Representing Ward 18 , she is described as a big-hearted, hands-on person.

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From the Vars editorial team


VARS | September

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