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Newsletter
President's Report
Goals of the Swiss Club
History of the Swiss Club

 

Updates to website

Feb 2013:
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Links: Our Austrian friends now have their own website www.austrianclubcapetown.org
Membership: New Membership fees approved by AGM, forms 2013 available under Membership

 

New members

We welcome the following new members:

  • Gregor Höss, Zürich
  • Fredi & Pamela Denzler, Table View
  • Jürg & Gilberte Roth, Somerset West
  • Kurt & Heloise Zbinden-Rickert, Langebaan
  • Benjamin & Lizette Güntensperger, Parklands
  • Danielle & Dominique Loosli Sardinah, Sandown
  • Markus & Gudrun Thiering, Somerset West

IMPORTANT for existing and new members: When you pay the membership fee, please do not forget to put YOUR NAME in the reference field when paying by bank transfer!

 

How to get to the Swiss & Austrian Social Club Cape Town

From Cape Town city centre, take the Western Boulevard (M6) towards the new Stadium in Green Point, over the circle at the Stadium, then proceed to the 3-way traffic light in Three Anchor Bay, turn right into Beach Road, after 50m right again into Bill Peters Drive, take the second road on your left. The new club house is the second building on the right hand side.

Map new club house

Newsletter

The latest Newsletter is now available, please click on the link below.

Newsletter Dec 2012/Jan 2013 (2.4 MB)

Please click on the links below for previous newsletters

Newsletter Oct/Nov 2012 (2.8 MB)

Newsletter Aug/Sep 2012 (2.4 MB)

Newsletter June/July 2012 (1.8 MB)

Newsletter April/May 2012 (3.0 MB)

Newsletter February/March 2012 (2.0 MB)

Newsletter December 2011/January 2012 (1.9 MB)

Newsletter October/November 2011 (1.6 MB)

Newsletter August/September 2011 (1.8 MB)

Newsletter June/July 2011 (1.2 MB)

Newsletter April/May 2011 (1.4 MB)

Newsletter February/March 2011 (1.5 MB)

Newsletter Dec 2010/Jan 2011 (1.8 MB)

Newsletter October/November 2010 (1.9 MB)

Newsletter August/September 2010 (2.9 MB)

Newsletter June/July 2010 (1.3 MB)

Newsletter April/May 2010 (1.3 MB)

Newsletter February/March 2010 (1.9 MB)

Newsletter Dec 2009/Jan 2010 (2.8 MB)

Newsletter October/November 2009 (1.7 MB)

Newsletter August/September 2009 (1.3 MB)

 

President's Report Aug/Sep 2012     

Dear Members

2012 passes by in a speedy fashion ...... only 146 Shopping-Days left before Christmas !! Why am I starting my report in such manner ? ..... I question myself occasionally about our achievements over the past 6- 12 months for our club (?!), ....... but then I think of the vast improvements, which have taken place at our beautiful JONKERSHOEK - Property ;.....or how our joint GREENPOINT Club-House is slowly establishing itself again as a preferred meeting-place for functions or the odd informal gathering over a good plate of food and a glass of wine; all that, after having experienced such teething-problems and pains of giving birth to a NEW Club-House !! Therefore, I believe that the achievements of the past months have been nothing but GREAT, which is backed-up by the increasing numbers of new members. So, when we look forward, we have so much more to give ...... Besides wanting to create an harmonious and entertaining Club- atmosphere using our Thursday-Evenings and our Traditional Functions, we, as a committee, want to put a stronger focus on the communication and engagement with our members, specifically, with those, who could be regarded the 'seniors' of the club ! One such 'attempt' proved to be most successful, when we invited the older generation to join us for a 'Pensioners Luncheon' on Wednesday, 11th July 2012,at which some 46 of our 'young and not so young' , as well as our present and past Consuls General (Irene Flückiger and Robert Müller) enjoyed a delicious 3-course meal, prepared by our caterer, Martin. A happy time was had by all;.... some stayed a bit longer ...!!!
Our next such event is planned for Wednesday, 12th September 2012, again starting at 12.00hrs, when we will spoil you to a Cheese-Fondue, on popular request; (an alternative meal will also be available!) Following the Pensioners Luncheon, we had the"JONKERSHOEK - FUNDRAISER", on Thursday 12th July, which resulted in a full house. The +/- 65 guests were treated to a 'lekker' buffet of Venison & G'schnetzeltes, which had been prepared by Moira & Martin; a Big Thank You to Günther Ruppel, who entertained our guests with a 'musical' dessert !
Next of course is the highlight of every Swiss' Social Calender, "THE 1ST AUGUST CELEBRATION" On Saturday, 28th July 2012, we will have a fun-filled Family-Gathering at the Club-House, starting at 13.00hrs. Come and enjoy GOOD FOOD and DRINK, accompanied by the MUSIC of the 'Thelen-Trio', which will entertain you from the late afternoon, onwards. Kids will be entertained with 'Candle-Making,' preparing their Lampions, culminating with the BON-FIRE, which has been a tradition for many years. All this is topped by the highlight of the evening.........THE SWISS NATIONAL DAY - RAFFLE with the first of many prizes being a Return-Ticket for 2 to Switzerland, sponsored by SWISS INTERNATIONAL AIRLINES !!! Bringt he whole family and enjoy this memorable event amongst your Swiss Friends !! On Wednesday, 1st August 2012 - The721 Anniversary year of the Rütli-Schwur, will be celebrated with a Luncheon at the Club-House from 12.00hrs; Booking is essential through either Martin via phone or e-mail or by contacting myself (on all numbers available) This leaves me with wishing ALL THE SWISS in the Cape a festive 1ST AUGUST - CELEBRATION, as well as good health during these cold winter days !!

Kind regards ,

Stephan Pflocksch

 

Do you know...

...what events are coming up over the next few weeks? For more information see the chapter Forthcoming events.

...the website www.ixpat.com? This is an interactive platform for expatriate related classifieds, we have also added a link to it on our page Useful Links, Cape Town

...there is a new Internet website called www.WirAuslandSchweizer.ch? It's goal is to be a meeting point and forum for the 645'000 Swiss living abroad. Please click on the link and have a look.

...the Swiss Table? On the first Sunday of every month there is a Swiss Table Lunch at the Lord Neethlingshof in Stellenbosch, for details see Events.

Entrance Garden Restaurant
Gate to Lord Neethlingshof The beautiful Garden The Restaurant

 

SwissCommunity.org - Platform of the Swiss Abroad

On 21st August 2010, SwissCommunity.org, the platform of the Swiss Abroad was officially launched. Conceived, designed and delivered by the Organisation of the Swiss Abroad (OSA), SwissCommunity is a global, Internet-based network which puts Swiss people in touch all over the world. The launch of this Swiss all-time first took place at the 88th Congress of the Swiss Abroad, which was being held in St. Gallen, Switzerland. In the age of the Internet and of social networking, the Organisation of the Swiss Abroad (OSA) wondered how to facilitate the contact among the 700,000 Swiss people abroad and to strengthen their ties to Switzerland. The answer? An Internet-based platform called SwissCommunity.org! By creating SwissCommunity.org, the OSA wishes to offer a world club for the Swiss abroad. The idea is not to found an association, but to create a web-based community - something like Facebook, Xing or Linked-In, but not exactly. SwissCommunity is a quality platform open exclusively to Swiss people who have lived, are living, or are going to live, abroad. It is a "club" of international Switzerland, devised and tailored for the needs of the Swiss round the world. In just a few clicks, our fellow-citizens abroad can now enter into contact with each other and find out what is happening in Switzerland. They will also get ample information on each canton (political life, culture, tourism, education etc). SwissCommunity.org will enable them to forge special links with their canton of origin, the canton where they exercise voting rights, or simply their favourite canton. By joining SwissCommunity.org, the Swiss abroad can forge and maintain links with the Swiss diaspora round the world and with Switzerland. They will also benefit from a wide range of offers and services.

www.swisscommunity.org

SwissCommunity.org – die Plattform der Auslandschweizer

Am 21. August 2010 war SwissCommunity.org, die Plattform der Auslandschweizer, in St. Gallen offiziell lanciert. SwissCommunity, von der Auslandschweizer-Organisation (OSE) konzipiert, entwickelt und umgesetzt, ist ein globales Netzwerk, das Schweizerinnen und Schweizer auf der ganzen Welt miteinander vernetzt. Als Schweizer Premiere fand die Lancierung im Rahmen des 88. Auslandschweizer-Kongresses statt. Im Zeitalter von Internet und sozialen Netzwerken stellte sich für die Auslandschweizer-Organisation die Frage, wie der Kontakt der 700'000 Auslandschweizer untereinander gefördert und ihre Verbindungen mit der Schweiz gestärkt werden können. Die Antwort lautete: über eine Internet-Plattform namens SwissCommunity.org. Mit SwissCommunity werden die Auslandschweizer-Organisation (ASO) einen weltweiten Klub der Auslandschweizer schaffen – nicht etwa im Sinne eines Vereins, sondern einer sogenannten Internet Community, ähnlich wie Facebook, Xing oder Linked-in. SwissCommunity ist eine erstklassige Plattform, die speziell auf ehemalige, heutige und zukünftige Auslandschweizer ausgerichtet ist. Ein «Klub» der internationalen Schweiz, der auf die Bedürfnisse von Schweizerinnen und Schweizern weltweit zugeschnitten ist. Von nun an können unsere im Ausland lebenden Landsleute mit wenigen Mausklicks miteinander Kontakt aufnehmen und Aktuelles aus der Schweiz erfahren. Auch stehen ihnen zahlreiche Informationen zu jedem Kanton (Politik, Kultur, Wirtschaft, Tourismus, Bildung usw.) zur Verfügung. SwissCommunity.org gibt ihnen die Möglichkeit, bevorzugte Verbindungen zu ihrem Herkunfts- oder Heimatkanton, dem Kanton, in dem sie ihr Stimmrecht ausüben, oder ganz einfach zu ihrem Lieblingskanton zu unterhalten. Als Mitglieder von SwissCommunity.org knüpfen und pflegen Auslandschweizerinnen und Auslandschweizer Kontakte zur Schweizer Diaspora weltweit sowie zur Schweiz und profitieren zudem von einem umfassenden Leistungsangebot. SwissCommunity.org vernetzt Schweizerinnen und Schweizer auf der ganzen Welt!

www.swisscommunity.org

 

Goals of the Swiss Club

The objects of the Swiss Club are:

  • To foster sociability amongst its members
  • To preserve and foster Swiss traditions
  • To maintain contact with organisations which further the interests of Swiss abroad
  • To provide facilities of various types for its members

 

History of the Swiss Club

The club was founded 30 May 1923 with about 33 members. It was purely a social club which met at restaurants or hotels managed by Swiss, or for Sunday picnics. After the arrival of a large number of young Swiss in 1932, choir, football and tennis sections, followed 1949 by the Swiss Rifle Club, were formed.
During the South African boom years after World War II, membership soared. An application was submitted to the City Council in 1963 for a piece of land on which a clubhouse might be erected. This was granted in principle, provided the Swiss Club transformed itself to meet the description as a sports club. This was achieved in 1971 when the Swiss Social and Sports Club was formed, incorporating the Swiss Tennis Club and the Swiss Football Club, whose members henceforth also had to become paid-up members of the mother club. The Swiss Rifle Club remained independent, because it is subsidised by the Swiss Federal Government and for this reason had to remain accessible to those Swiss who did not wish to become members of the mother club. On 4 October 1975 the clubhouse, football field and tennis courts were officially opened. In 1977 the bar was added to the Clubhouse. At this time Club membership was over 600.
Today the Club has just under 300 members, and accommodates a male choir, bicycle club and tennis club. Activities include Jassen, Frauentreffen, Golf, and social evenings. The Swiss Rifle Club remains an associated club. At present a major football stadium is being built on Green Point Common. As a result the Swiss Club will have to move to a new site which has, as yet not been determined.
The Swiss Social and Sports Club owns 4,4 hectars of idyllic woodlands on the banks of the Jonkershoek River near Stellenbosch. It was donated to the Swiss Club for use as a camping and picnic site by Brigadier G.C.G. Werdmuller, a fifth generation descendant of a Swiss immigrant. The facilities include two chalets, an ablution block and a roofed braai area.

Adolphe Linder