Current Outings Programme

SIMON VAN DER STEL FOUNDATION OUTINGS FOR FEBRUARY – JUNE 2021

The organiser’s cell number is given at each outing. Make use of this service to establish whether an outing will proceed in case of inclement weather or to get directions. Use these numbers only on the day of the outing.
NOTE: we do not have an office telephone. PLEASE contact us via email

  • All the bookings are made via email: simonvdstel@outlook.com 
  • The Foundation is not responsible for any injuries or loss incurred during outings. Members and their guests take part at their own risk. 
  • Please note non-members are charged an additional fee of R25pp for outings booked (extra fee not applicable to lectures that are sponsored by the Conservator Trust).
  • Requests for concessions on outings could be discussed with Pat in confidence. 
  • Banking details: ABSA Wynberg Branch Code 632005. Account 38019980011 Savings Account Simon van der Stel Foundation.  Please state your name in reference column.
  • EFT payments please (cash deposits attract bank fees).
  • Only a limited number of people can be accommodated per outing. You are therefore advised to book early.
  • Cancellation fee: 25%. Cancellations made 1 week or less before the event – no refund.
COVID has proven difficult to arrange outings for this programme, however, we do have a couple of extras that we hope to slot in, in due course.

As per the Covid-19 protocol we are required to check the following with attendees – should you have suffered over the past 10 days from COVID-19 related symptoms, we ask that you consider remaining at home and update us accordingly. Masks must be worn for the duration of the outing.

Wednesday 10 February 2021 at 09:45 V&A Waterfront: Guided walk and lecture

Price – R120pp
Limited to 20 members.
Not wheelchair friendly.
Organiser: Lesley Cox (083 448 7016) & Andrew Jones (082 928 2808).
Duration of outing: 45 min walk, 45 min talk
Meet: Protea Breakwater Lodge Hotel reception area.
Directions: Approach the Waterfront from Portswood Road and park in the Portswood Parking Garage, under the Portswood & Commodore Hotels, or via Dock Road and park in the Portswood Garage opposite the Watershed.

We will take a short walk from the Breakwater Lodge Hotel, occupying what was the Convict Station for prisoners who built the first Breakwater in the harbour. We will look at some of the historic buildings, including the old Treadmill and Time Ball Tower along the way. We continue to Jetty 1 from where the prisoners were shipped out to Robben Island. Here Christo Brand, who was Nelson Mandela’s prison warden will tell us about his time at the prison and his relationship with Madiba. He is the author of ‘Doing Life with Mandela, my prisoner my friend’). Christo’s book will be on sale at a special price. Should you wish to purchase his book, please bring cash.

Note: wear comfortable shoes, bring a hat and water (and of course a mask).

R120.00Book Now

Saturday 13 February 2021 at 10:00 Modernist Homes: Rowan Lane & Huis Stekhoven

Price – R230pp
Incl refreshments
Limited to 20 members.
Not wheelchair friendly.
Organiser: Nikki Zigras (063 161 8578) & Andrew Jones (082 928 2808)
Parking: as Rowan Lane is a cul de sac, please park in Morgenrood Rd or Rowan Avenue.
Directions: From Main Road, Kenilworth (M4) at the traffic lights by Noyes Corner (pharmacy), take Mains Road towards the mountain and turn right at the third turning into Morgenrood Road, cross over Rowan Avenue into Rowan Lane.

Continuing our mid-Century Modernism theme, join us for a tour of two beautiful examples by the architectural power couple Adele Naude Santos and Antonio de Souza Santos. First a stylish townhouse in Kenilworth where the current architect-owner will give us a talk about the architect couple who worked and lived in this country for only five years. Then on to a beautiful home in Newlands, still owned by the couple who commissioned it in 1972. Refreshments will be served in the garden.

R230.00Book Now

Thursday 18 February 2021 at 10:00 Kalk Bay Walking Tour

Price – R100pp
incl a donation to Kalk Bay Historical Society.
Limited to 20 members.
Not wheelchair friendly.
Organiser: Lesley Cox (083 448 7016)
Duration of outing: 1 ½ hour.
Directions: From Cape Town take the M3 southbound, at the end of the highway turn left, and then right onto the Main road, towards Kalk Bay. Turn right into Clairvaux Road and then immediately right to enter the Outspan car park and meeting point.

Steve Herbert, Secretary for the Kalk Bay Historical Society will take us on a walk through Kalk Bay, exploring the historical roots of this remarkable fishing village. Steve will share many stories including, the Filipino settlers, the fishing industry and impact of the Group Areas Act on the area.

Note: The route will incorporate some walking uphill, so please wear comfortable shoes and bring a sunhat and water.

R100.00Book Now

Thursday 11 March 2021 at 10:30 Guided visit to Vergelegen

Price – R270pp
Limited to 15 members.
incl guide & lunch at Stables Restaurant (Entrance fee R10/R5 (pensioners) and drinks for own account) Limited to 15 members.
Wheelchair friendly.
Organiser: Andrew Jones (082 928 2808) & Anlen Boshof (073 604 0582)
Directions: From the N2, take the R44 turn off towards Stellenbosch, Broadway Blvd. At the traffic lights turn right onto the M9, Main Road, and continue until the 4th set of traffic lights to turn left onto the M168, Lourensford Road. Follow this until you see the turn off to Vergelegen, on the right. Cross the bridge and turn left, then left again to the entrance (fee R10, R5 for pensioners. Ask for an estate map.) Drive through and park at the wine tasting building.
Meet: walk through to the library.

Spend the morning in Sir Lionel’s library at Vergelegen where we will be shown some of the special books that relate to the Phillips’s life. We will be given a talk about the couple and their contribution to South Africa. Enjoy a light lunch at the Stables restaurant (drinks for own account) and then have a guided tour of the magnificent Manor House.

R270.00Book Now

Saturday 17 April 2021 at 10:30 Art in the Winelands: Rupert Museum & Spier Wine Estate Art Collection

Price – R250pp
Limited to 20 members.
Incl lunch – drinks for own account.
Not wheelchair friendly.
Organiser: Andrew Jones (082 928 2808)
Meet: Rupert Museum
Directions: From the N2 take the Baden Powell Drive (R310). Continue past Spier to the T junction where you turn right towards Stellenbosch. At the 2nd set of lights (by the Shell Garage) turn right into Dorp Street and then right again into Stellentia Road, the Museum is on your left.
Duration of outing: full day.

Enjoy a guided tour of the various exhibitions at the Rupert Museum, including the Pierneef Train Station panels and Anton van Wouw sculptures. Stay for a light lunch in the Museum Café and then drive to Spier for a guided tour of their art collection.

R250.00Book Now

Saturday 15 May 2021 at 14:30 Illustrated lecture: Maritime histories by Brian Ingpen

Price – R50pp
Limited to 30 members.
Incl. juice & biscuits (sponsored by the Conservator Trust) Limited to 30 members.
Wheelchair friendly.
Organiser: Lesley Cox (083 448 7016)

From an early age, Brian Ingpen walked the wharves and jetties of Cape Town harbour, stimulating his fascination with ships and their cargoes. Time on tugs and aboard ships as a schoolboy made shipping a focus that naturally led him to the South African Navy for his national service and three years with Safmarine. His career path led him into education that included time as Headmaster of Simon’s Town School and Pinelands High School. Combining his interest in shipping with his profession, he has played a role in developing the Lawhill Maritime Centre at Simon’s Town. He has written eight maritime histories his latest book will be available for purchase on the day. Should you wish to purchase his book, please bring cash.

Venue: SASNEV.
Directions: From the N2 take the M52 off ramp (Raapenberg Rd/Forest Drive) to Pinelands. From Forest Drive turn left into Forest Place, right into Central Avenue and then to 4 Central Square.
Parking: in the street.
Duration: 1 hour

R50.00Book Now

Saturday 12 June 2021 at 14:30 Illustrated overview of the Africana collection at Parliament.

Price – R50pp
Limited to 30 members.
Incl. juice & biscuits (sponsored by the Conservator Trust) Limited to 30 members.
Wheelchair friendly.
Organiser: Andrew Jones (082 928 2808)

Lila Komnick, a member of this Foundation, has managed the Artworks Office of Parliament for the past decade. She will give an overview of the Africana art collection, with an emphasis on artworks and historical photographs that depict the built environment in Cape Town and further afield in the Cape Colony of the 19th century.
Note: We arranged a visit to Parliament for a guided tour of the collection by Lila on Friday 18-06-2021 or Saturday 19-06-2021. If you are booked for the Saturday tour please bring a copy of your ID along to the talk.

Venue: SASNEV.
Directions: From the N2 take the M52 off ramp (Raapenberg Rd/Forest Drive) to Pinelands. From Forest Drive turn left into Forest Place, right into Central Avenue and then to 4 Central Square.
Parking: in the street.
Duration: 1 hour.

R50.00Book Now

Friday 18 June/Saturday 19 June 2021 at 10:00 Art at Parliament

Price – R80pp
Limited to 15 members.
(Because numbers are limited, this outing is repeated)
Wheelchair friendly.
Organiser: Andrew Jones (082 928 2808)

Members who booked for the visit to Parliament in June 2020), will be given priority.
Tour by Lila Komnick of Parliament with an emphasis on its heritage aspects and art collections.

All persons joining the Saturday tour have to submit a scan of their IDs a week in advance – by Friday 11 June 2021. Saturday visitors can bring copies of their IDs along to the talk on Saturday 6th June. This is not necessary for the Friday visit.

On Friday, meet inside the Visitors’ Centre (clearly marked) below the main gates of Parliament, which are at the T-junction of Plein and Roeland Streets.
On Saturday, meet at the service entrance gates next to 100 Plein Street (Opposite the street is a small Nannuci dry cleaners, a café and a Standard Bank ATM).
Note: All members must have their IDs with them to be admitted to Parliament.
Duration: 2 hours.

As per the Covid-19 protocol we are required to check the following with attendees – should you have suffered over the past 14 days from cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, lost sense of smell / lost sense of taste or been in contact with someone known to have contracted the virus, we would ask that you would consider remaining at home.

Should you have booked but be unable to attend due to any of the above symptoms, please let us know prior to the outing. Masks must be worn for the duration of all outings. Hand sanitiser must be used on entering any building or museum.