Ghosts of Tokai Manor

Although grazing rights on the lands around the Tokai Manor House were originally held by Simon van der Stel, the estate was sold in 1792 to Johan Andreas Rauch, chief of the armoury and head caretaker of the Groote Schuur Estate.

The following owner, Andreas Teubes, was responsible for the construction of a manor house which French master architect, Louis Michel Thibault, is credited to have designed.

The very high front stoep (verandah), with its massive round pillars, was created by dramatically curving the twin flights of stairs. The residence was completed in 1796 and was described as the most outstanding homestead in the Cape Peninsula.

The cost of building this splendid house ruined Teubes and he was forced into bankruptcy in 1799. In the early 1800s the residence was owned by Petrus Michiel Eksteen. He was a party-loving spendthrift who hosted the finest banquets. His parties were well-known and his cellars always well-stocked. (He was eventually declared insolvent in 1849.)

During one of Eksteen’s New Year’s Eve parties, his son Frederick accepted a wager from his father to ride his horse up the staircase and into the dining room.

The guests watched expectantly as he mounted the steep steps of the Manor House on horseback. The horseman circled the dining room table, hooves clattering, spurred on by cheers and laughter from the revellers.

Tragedy followed. The dinner guests rose to watch horse and mount depart. While descending the exception­ally steep steps, the horse tripped and both horse and rider fell. The game young man broke his neck in the fall and lay dead alongside his horse at the bottom of the staircase.

It is said that the spectral horse and rider still canter through the forest and sometimes, especially on New Year’s Eve, they still try to repeat their foolhardy act.

Over the years there have been several reports about the pair frequenting the area around the Manor House. Without a logical explanation, sometimes exuberant laughter and neighing of horses can be heard from inside the Manor House at night. In the dark early hours of the morning forestry workers have heard a horse at full gallop along the road. The rider reportedly wears clothes from a bygone era heads straight towards the old house and mounts the steps!

Property Buyer Show – Win Luxury Weekend

Easter Colouring Competition


DOWNLOAD and then print (A4 size pdf) the colouring entry form (see link below)
(or collect one from the Bergvliet or Tokai Chas Everitt office) 

Hand in your completed entry in either at our Chas Everitt office in Meadowridge Park ‘n Shop Centre or on Tokai Road or you scan and email to fiona@everitt.co.za

We will display the entries at the offices over the Easter Weekend in our shop window.

Multiple winners will be notified  (we will group by age and office).
The prizes will be a number of Easter Hampers of various goodies.

Easter Chas Bear  This link will take you to pdf download  🙂

Community Benefit

Fiona will allocate R1000 from every sale to a local community charity fund of the SELLER’S choice,
eg: crime watch, animal rescue, fire rescue, local parks etc.  Call Fiona for a valuation on 083 270 3353

Win a Shirley Valentine DVD for Valentine’s Day

A bit of fun from Chas Everitt Tokai agent Fiona Eadie for Valentine’s Day!
Go to the Tokai Community Facebook post and comment #WeLoveTokai to automatically enter to win one of two copies of this fabulous DVD.

Click here to go to post

Bark for Bingo!

bbB-I-N-G-O! That’s right fans of animal rescue, AiD4AiD invites you to join us for our year-end finale fund raiser! If you’ve attended any one of our previous bingo nights, you will know what fun they are for the whole fam!

This one is appropriately Yule-themed so get creative ‘cos there will be prizes for the best dressed!

Diarise DECEMBER 10
EarthFair, from 6pm.

See you there!
#yulebeentertained
#causeforpaws

Carols on the Common

screen-shot-2016-12-06-at-12-34-35Join us for Carols on the Common to celebrate the festive season in the spirit of community and togetherness.

The musical line up includes;

Caitlin Hallauer, Double Jeopardy, the Westlake Marimba Band and the Westlake Choir – followed by well-known carols and Christmas songs led by Charles and his friends.

Bring a picnic hamper, a blanket and a torch, and join us in celebrating the season and our community!
Entrance is R50 per ticket, which includes a tea-light and songbook. 
Tickets available at the table in the Pony Club Arena.
Under-12s free and get a glow-stick. 
Snapscan and card facilities available for ticket purchases.

Candy floss, popcorn, slush puppies, hot drinks and Christmas hats on sale. Face painting for children. Cash required.

Entrance via Tokai Pony Club.
Parking in Tokai Pony Club arena and on Dennendal Avenue West (please be respectful of local residents).

To ensure a light and songbook,
PLEASE RSVP BY 2 DECEMBER and let us know how many will be joining your group.
EMAIL INFO@PARKSCAPE.ORG.ZA

Constantia Village “Green”

Constantia Village “Green”

With growing pressure on the country’s electricity grid and water supply, Constantia Village Shopping Centre has taken it upon themselves to make a difference and to contribute to the Western Cape’s goal of becoming the greenest region in South Africa. This year, one of the country’s largest rooftop solar plants has been installed at the centre. Approval by the CRRA was required in terms of a servitude Agreement dating back to when the centre was first approved. After a lot of debate, resulting in some re-design and conditions being imposed, this was granted.

The first phase of the solar installation was completed in early December 2015 and will see the centre’s consumption reduced by almost 20%. So far, 5 010m² of the main shopping centre’s roof has been covered with solar panels, and another 1500m² was added to the first half of 2016. The second phase included panels on the walkway roof which will be visible from the parking area-given that this may be visually undesirable to some people Growthpoint are looking at alternative non-visible areas for panels. The second phase panels are required to make the whole installation economically viable.

Some interesting statistics are as follows:

 Number of panels installed: 2628

 Area covered: 5010m²

 Max generation capacity: 815kw

 Energy consumption reduction:20%

It should be noted that this installation is not a solution for load shedding but rather to provide a sustainable alternative energy. When there is a power outage, the emergency circuit is powered by back- up diesel generators – however the limited input from the solar system does reduce the usage of diesel.

Original article by Constantia Ratepayers and Resident’s Association (CRRA)
Updated Nov 2016.

Alien Clearing Blitz 

Alien Clearing Blitz 

Help Clear mountains of alien vegetation on mountain slopes above Tokai.
Date/Time: 13 Aug 2016 09:00 – Meet at SANParks offices on Tokai Road

Help clear our mountains of alien vegetation. All are welcome from the young to the young-at-heart. Meet in front of the SANParks offices on Tokai Road (on the way towards the Arboretum).  Excellent security at the boom, ensuring the safety of your cars. You will be ferried by vehicle to and from the work area, or you may prefer to enjoy an invigorating walk up the hill.  After the lovely rains, the soil is now soft making the removal of the aliens relatively easy, however, a garden fork on lopper will assist.

Wear old clothes, sturdy shoes and gloves. Bring water and snacks. This will be a fun and extremely rewarding morning.  For further information, contact:  Tony on 021 712 7816, or Margaret on 021 762 3170, or Berta/Emile on 021 712 0360

Bergvliet HS Recycling Facility Closing

Bergvliet HS Recycling Facility Closing

recycle-now-logo-1024x353Request from the Tokai Residents’ Association (TRA)

We have been informed that the Bergvliet High School recycling facility is closing down this Friday, 22 April.
(Unfortunately their notice did not meet the deadline of last week’s Constantiaberg Bulletin.)

We implore Tokai residents to continue recycling responsibly.  Details of what can be recycled and nearby recycling facilities are also listed on the Waste and Recycling page of the TRA website:https://sites.google.com/site/tokairesidentsassoc/tokai-community/waste-and-recycling

If you are aware of other local recycling outlets not on this list, please advise the TRA on tra.tokai@gmail.com

Please remember that recycling has been introduced to help the environment and reduce the amount of waste going to the landfills. Small fundraising opportunities by schools have developed from this initiative but recycling staff and volunteers have limited facilities: Read more