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Chairman’s Column

Dear Fellow Members

All South Africans were very relieved by President Cyril Ramaphosa`s announcement on Sunday September 20th that the country would go into lockdown Level One after over 170 days of a shutdown that has left a massive impact with outcomes that are challenging for most businesses and individuals including in particular, the hospitality and leisure industry.

Whereas South Africa`s containment and management of the COVID-19 pandemic has in relative terms surpassed many other countries , the current resurgences in parts of Great Britain, Europe and America confirm that there is no room for complacency and, that we need to maintain the protocols of masks , temperature checking, sanitizing and social distancing as required by regulation.
The past month has seen a cautious move towards more normal daily living best evidenced by the substantial increase in traffic on our roads as more people have been able to return to work and schools have re-opened their gates to learners.

Rugby returned Newlands albeit without spectators in mid- October and with the Stormers now using Kelvin Grove as their pre- and post-match base for the remainder of the season. We are pleased to welcome the entire group including Chippy Solomons, John Dobson and Siya Kolisi and look forward to sharing their games!

Kelvin Grove is enjoying a slow recovery but Management and the Committee are committed to ensuring that our monthly turnover currently approximately one third of the pre-Covid numbers improves on a steady and incremental path in line with longer trading hours that are now permissible and most importantly, renewed member support.

Our half year financial position was shared with members in early October and whilst attendance at the meeting was low, details are available through the General Manager’s office but in summary, no food and beverage turnover during the lock down meant that member subscriptions were our only source of revenue requiring that reserves have had to be utilised to cover the costs of running the Club.

At this stage, we do not anticipate an increase in member subscriptions but will be asking those members willing to do so to pay their subscriptions earlier than usual and I must at the same time ask for your support of the Staff COVID Fund and, that you use our food and beverage outlets as a contribution to turnover as we bring our Club back to a degree of normality after what have been exceptionally challenging circumstances for all and, more so for many.

Jon Eagar

Editor’s Column

Dear Members

As the year draws to a close, our hearts go out to all our members and staff that are and were affected by the outbreak of COVID-19 in 2020.

We continue to strive and meet the guidance and regulations from Government and public health authorities across the globe, as our number one priority is the safety of our members and staff while continuing to serve you.

Since the partial re-opening of the Club in May, we tried to be innovative by offering home-cooked deliveries, converting the Coffee Shop into a deli for shopping made safe and convenient, and launched a new website and booking system. Kelvin App to follow soon.

We can be extremely proud to have such a beautiful Club – even though our gates were closed for a lengthy period, our team worked behind the scenes to ensure that our gardens would look pristine once open again. Our Marketing team created a 1km walking route within the Club grounds which I trust you have explored. If not, feel free to collect a map from the Coffee Shop.

Thank you for all the sporting sections that kept their members “active” by communicating via Zoom calls and participating in various Pilates or Gym sessions from the comfort of their homes.

The pandemic crippled the SA economy, and this is reflected in our turnover and member spend per head to date.It is however encouraging to note, that since officially opening the Deli in June our sales have increased by 87% in November!Thank you to all the members that are supporting the Club and enjoying the facilities – Kelvin turned 95 this year, what a year to remember!

We are constantly looking to improve our offerings and keeping up our communication to members. It was wonderful to have received so many suggestions from members over the last few months. We have implemented what we can and will continue to monitor them, to ensure that the offerings we add are matched with the demand and can highlight the value and benefit of being a KG member.

Please note, Annual subscriptions are due by the 31st March every year and our letter confirming the 2020 fees was sent to all members during November.If you have not received the letter, please contact the Membership Department.

The Functions team is working hard on making the Festive programme for this year extra special, Santa’s Family Picnic will kick off the season with the switching on of the festive lights. Christmas Eve and NYE is always one of the highlights of the year for the Club – even if we have to work around the constrains of the curfew and closing the Club early to get staff home in time. Please don’t delay in making your dinner reservations. The DHL Stormers will also be at the Club on Day of Goodwill (26th December) after their home match at Newlands, please come and mingle with them in the Pool Bar after the game.

If haven’t ordered your Mince Pies from the Coffee shop, I would urge you to make it a priority – they are selling out fast!

Last, but not least I would like to take the opportunity to firstly thank the outgoing and incoming Committee of 2020, the various sporting committees, the Executive Management Team and Staff for all their time, dedication and effort they put in to make the Club what it is today.Due to the hard work done by the team, a number of opportunities were identified which led to significant cost savings for the club during the tough times experienced during lock-down. The Committee met weekly during the lockdown and Covid-19 period to support and lend advice which has been invaluable.

The staff took many sacrifices to ensure the ultimate survival of your Club. Despite all our efforts, in these strange times we had to make difficult decisions. Our thoughts are with every staff member that we had to say goodbye too, but we are hopeful, with great challenges sometimes come great opportunities, and together we will rebuild.

Warm wishes for a blessed Christmas and prosperous new year. Safe travels over the festive period for those who are planning to go away.

Jana van der Merwe

General Manager

Your biokinetics news….

Did you know that Discovery Vitality have launched their Functional Assessment for members 65 years +? This functional assessment may be done instead of the vitality fitness test and is exclusive for members over the age of 65 years. You can earn up to 7500 vitality points and it tests cardiorespiratory fitness, balance, proprioception, stability and functional movement. If you are still requiring any end of year points and would be interested in doing this assessment please contact Michelle on 0780405070 or

The regular vitality fitness test consists of either a treadmill walk or watt bike cycle to determine cardiorespiratory fitness as well as a movement assessment which we will give you feedback on. If you require this service, please get hold of Michelle

Michelle is also available for any assistance in the gym – if you are new and require an exercise program, if you are trying to improve your performance on the sports field, or if you are battling with an injury, please contact us, it would be our pleasure to help you.

Medical aid rates apply.

0780405070 /

Club Values

In this edition we are focusing on ‘ Accountability’ and its values and importance.

We develop a culture between members, committee & staff, of being transparent, responsible, and accountable for something within their power and/or control.


We believe in good relationships and fairness and we co-operate and work together.  In our behaviour we:

  • take responsibility for all our actions
  • are honest
  • make suggestions for improvements
  • take pride in our work

Season’s Recipe

Really fast and simple apple pudding


  • Granny Smith Apples – 2 Peeled, cored and cut into wedges
  • Cinnamon powder – 2 tsp
  • Baking powder – 2 tsp
  • Milk – 1 cup
  • Butter – 1/2 cup
  • Flour – 1 cup
  • Sugar – 1 cup
  • Salt


  1. Add cut pieces of Apple in a bowl and mix with cinnamon powder and then microwave it. If you don’t have a microwave you can cook it on the stove top, but make sure you don’t overcook it.
  2. Beat ingredients together, take Sugar, Butter (115 gm), Salt, Flour, Baking powder and finally add some warm milk, and beat it well. (This batter should not be too thick).
  3. Drop the apple into the batter and place into a lined out or non-stick baking pan.
  4. Preheat the oven to about 180 degrees for 15 minutes.
  5. Bake the batter for 20 minutes until Golden crust is formed on top.

Delicious Apple Pudding is ready to serve, great with vanilla ice cream.

Sports News


Kelvin bowlers are gearing up for a busy summer. Highlights of the bowls calendar for the coming months include:

  • the club championships, with preliminary rounds of ladies’ and men’s singles and pairs and mixed pairs now under way, and the finals scheduled for December 11/12
  • a friendly with six mixed trips teams against Pinelands Bowling Club on November 14
  • the annual 2-4-2 tournament over two days in November
  • the Marion Ord trophy event in December
  • and the Personal Trust Invitational at which we host other Western Province clubs in January.

Bowls has already hosted its first post-lockdown corporate event – for golf club managers – and looks forward to welcoming other corporate guests. Hire of bowls for corporate events boosted Kelvin Grove Bowls income for the year to June 30 by R9 590.

Meanwhile, the bowling greens are getting a ramp-up in speed after lockdown through a wet winter affected their healing process. The make-over began with verti-cutting through the turf surface to slice up lateral growth and tease up the turf before mowing and this is being followed by a gradual process of brushing, grooming and cutting to get grass down to the required level of 2,5mm. Also in the pipeline is a project to build up the banks of the greens to a required height.

Bowls gains new members

A gain of 16 new members, offset by some resignations and deaths, saw Kelvin Grove Bowls membership at 185, the annual meeting in September was told.

These new members will be among beneficiaries of a formalised training programme developed with the help of senior players, says Elaine Anderson, who was re-elected bowls chairman. The launch of the programme, which aims to provide a more advanced level of training primarily to members who are in the third category of player, was thwarted by the lockdown, but it will be introduced as soon as practically possible.

Kelvin Grove Bowls champions were presented with their trophies at the annual meeting in September. They are (from left): Vyv Deacon, winner of the Cecil Craig Cup for handicaps 1-6, Avril and Liz Melville, ladies’ pairs champions, Karen Redman, ladies’ singles champion, Louis von Broembsen, Roz Webb and (right) Penny Steynor, winners of the Marion Ord trophy, and Gary Lyttle, the men’s singles champion.


The bridge players are a garrulous, happy lot and it is sometimes difficult to decide whether one is at Kelvin Grove bridge or at a rugby match!

Despite the fun and noise, the standard of bridge is on the high side. Much to the delight of most of the bridge players, boxes are now being used.

As one does not play with a regular partner at Kelvin, advanced or difficult conventions are discouraged. However, if you would like to play bridge, but have not played for a while, you are more than welcome to join the club for a trial run. The very pleasant players will nudge you along gently. Unfortunately, beginners are not catered for.

Bridge is played on Monday and Friday afternoons from 13h30-17h00. If these times do not suit you, you may come later or leave earlier.

Everyone is welcome except, firstly, those who criticize their partners and, secondly, those who have colds or coughs.
If you find yourself at a loose end on a Monday or Friday afternoon, think about spending an hour or two at bridge. There is no commitment, nor do you have to come on both days. There are several players who come once a week. For more information please contact Daphne Hawkins on 072 358 4280 or Dee Krauss 0721947007.


The lifting of restrictions, due to the Coronavirus, to level one was greeted with relief and excitement to the members of the croquet section. Although certain restrictions were still in operation, we were able to resume play in compliance with level one rules.

Although all inter club matches and tournaments have been cancelled for the remainder of 2020, we have been able to hold club competitions.

On 17th October 2020, our handicap doubles was held successfully and enjoyed by all players. Runners up were Margot Prosser and Marilyn Bailey. Trophy presented by Nicolette Ketterer.

The winners were Thea Lotz and Jean Farrell.
Congratulations to the winners and to Thea for winning her 26th croquet section trophy.

Anyone interested in joining us on the croquet courts, please come along to our beginners coaching lessons to be held on the first and third Thursdays of each month. Please simply add your name and contact details on the sheet as displayed on the croquet section notice board. Alternatively contact our secretary Jean Farrell 082 856 5010 or our coach Di Schuurman 083 287 4415.


The year is nearly over and despite the trials and tribulations of Covid and the effect it has had on all of us, there are a few happy memories we can take with us and the club championship is one of them.

Our 2020 Club Champs wrapped up a few weeks ago. Thanks to all that participated this year, where we crowned some new club champions.

The winners and runners-up of the various sections were:

Mens’ Section

Winner: Jonathan Hill
Runner-Up: Richard Hilton

Plate Winner: Michael Cresswell
Plate Runner-Up: Pierre Huchon

Video Footage of the Mens Final:

Ladies’ Section

Winner: Gill van Vlaanderen
Runner-Up: Kim Commins

Plate: Final still to be played.

Video Footage of the Ladies Final:

Masters Section

Winner: Richard Hilton
Runner-Up: John Commins

Plate Winner: Philip Lundwall
Plate Runner-Up: George Johnson

Video Footage of the Masters Final:

Doubles Section

Winners: John & Kim Commins
Runners-Up: Chad Cobbledick & Gill van Vlaanderen

Plate: Final still to be played.

Video Footage of the Doubles Final is still outstanding. It will be shared on the Squash at the Kelvin Grove Facebook Page once it is available.

Junior Section

Winner: Katie Swain
Runner-Up: Tom Boutall

Video Footage of the Juniors Final:

Special Awards

HicCup – Awarded to the person who best enters into the spirit of the game off the court.

Winner: Johan Carstens

Admin Cup – Awarded to a person in recognition of a significant contribution to the administration of the section.

Winner: Mike Dodd

Willoughby Abbott Cup – Awarded to the person who has set an excellent example both on and off the squash court. Someone who, both in his/her play and involvement in the game, has been a good ambassador for the game of squash. Someone who is held in high regard by team mates and opponents, and someone who sets values in life that we should all strive to follow.

Winner: Ian Dudlyke-Thomas
Well done to all of this year’s winners!

I am sure we are all looking forward to next year when we can settle down to some normal squash. In the meantime, a very happy Xmas and New year from all the Committee to all the squash players.


As I pen the golf summer newsletter, I am amazed at how 2020 has “flown” and how Covid-19/lockdown has messed with our calendars. Post lockdown has allowed us to play in three golf days at King David Mowbray GC which all of our members have welcomed and thoroughly enjoyed.

23 August 2020 32 players

Winners: – Marianne Kiessig
Mike Kiessig
Brian Gombart
Andre du Toit

20 September 2020 32 players

Cancelled after 9 holes as a result of poor weather

18 October 2020 28 players Winners: – Andre du Toit
Dave Liddell
David Welsh
Josh Maree

We always play four-ball alliance with different scoring formats and members are able to enter as a four-ball, two ball or individually as we encourage our members to experience playing with new players.

2020 calendar:

22 November 32 players off both tees starting at 07h30
13 December 32 players off both tees starting at 07h30

All our games are played at King David Mowbray GC (KDM GC) with whom Kelvin Grove Club has a very attractive reciprocity arrangement with members receiving a favourable reduction in annual subscriptions and green fees.

KDM GC has offered Kelvin Grove members the following special green fee for 2020/2021:

  • Peak time R325 for 18 holes
  • Off peak time R 275 for 18 holes

If you are interested in joining KDM GC or would like to know more about the arrangement please contact either Dave Reynolds ( or Keith Sabatta (

I would also like to thank our long standing captain and one of the original founders of Kelvin Grove Golf society, Geoff Clark for his numerous years of leadership and organising. Both Geoff and Paul Dukas have decided to “retire” from the organising committee and have handed the reins over to me.

Thank you for your contribution and commitment to Kelvin Golf.

See you on the fairways
Keith Sabatta

A big thank you to Keith Sabatta for picking up the organising and chairing of Kelvin Golf – I know it’s in good hands.
And thank you to all players for the camaraderie and fun over the years – and for helping with organising when called on to do so.
It’s been a pleasure and I look forward many more years on the fairways and greens…………………..

And yes as always ……………… MAYPD
Geoff Clark


Kelvin Junior tennis academy players dominate the U11 section during the Cape Town Wilson tournament hosted by Kelvin Grove in October. KG academy players won 1st and 2nd place and 4 players finished in the top 5 positions!


Despite the current uncertain times with COVID still very much a part of our lives, clubs were determined not to give up their league matches and got going early September. Not all clubs decided to particiapte and notwithstanding some challenges, changes and saftey protocols, league matches were played in the same good spirit as always.

Thank you to all the league team captains and players who participated and represented Kelvin with pride. A big thank you to the ladies at reception who are always willing to assist with league schedules and booking of courts etc. If anyone would like to try out for league please drop the tennis manager an email.

Our teams vary in level from Prmeier league champs to lower level leagues. if you play at a competitive level and enjoy either singles or doubles and would like to to give it a go please make contact.

Mixed league (mixed doubles and ladies and mens doubles) will start in Janurary.

From left: Anna White, Faye Mohr (2nd), Annamae Smith (back), Eloise Rowe Davies (bottom right 1st place) and Anna Sherren


Commenced first week of November with a fantastic entry! Our largest entry to date with some hot competition lined up over the weeks to come. The events are Men’s singles U50 and 50 +, Women’s singles U50 and Plus 50, Men’s doubles, Women’s doubles and Mixed doubles.

Our first open club champs to inlcude two junior members, Daniel Krige and Gareth Igesund. Draws and results are posted on notice board and on line for the entrants. Finals and a social will take place for all those who entered on Sunday December 6th. Times and details to TBC.


Sunday social continues to be popular from 9-1130. Anyone is free to join on the day for some mixed and or doubles and often followed by refershement at pool bar.

Wednesday challenge from 5pm – 7pm a competitive social has become very popular as players compete for top positions with different partners. This social must be booked before hand by emailing the tennis manager as the format is arranged ahead of time. Feel free to also whatsapp jackie on 0845626335 to enquire re level.

Staff News

    There have been no new appointments since we have last welcomed the April staff.
    Due to the impact COVID-19 has had on the Club operationally, all outlets are not open, therefore you will find the staff of Kelvin Grove are being rotated across the open outlets. Our staff remain committed and dedicated to giving our members the best enjoyable experience during these trying times.
    Thank you to all the members who have been donating funds to the Staff COVID-19 Relief Fund. We have received a total amount of R21 840 as at 23 October 2020. We will process payment to staff of R250 per employee (Excluding the Executive Management Team).
    Baby arrivals: We would like to extend our congratulations to Chevonne Maree (Banqueting co-ordinator) who gave birth to a baby girl on the 23 September 2020. Further congratulating Khululwa Gqamane (trainee chef) who gave birth on the 28 September 2020 to a baby boy. Both moms are doing well and settling in with their new-borns.

Positively Positive

Having enjoyed a few meals at the Club recently, there are one or two members of staff whom I would like to commend to you. Simba in the Barn was really welcoming, efficient and a great credit to your staff last night. As was Althea whom we know more from the Deli. Jasmine always shows great appreciation for praise & communication and is a calming influence wherever she is working. Lee-Ann in the Terrace last Sunday was most attentive and gave our small party a happy dining experience – kindly offering one of the guests (who is a non-red meat eater) an alternative. All Kelvin staff are really “walking the extra mile” and we value & appreciate this.
Maaike Duk
We had an evening at a well-known local steakhouse recently. The previous week we went to the Barn. The Barn was by far the best: a great steak at really good value as well as excellent service. Many thanks and keep up the good work. All the best
Denis Quayle , The Barn Restaurant
The Terrace staff, following the very hospitable attention given by Bronwyn, were superb and the courses and drinks were served seamlessly. A friendly culture exists in the Terrace and we look forward to continuing entertain there. Celeste is a great acquisition as she has the perfect bubbly personality for dealing with member function planning. Her table setting, seating plan at the door, and preparation of seating name cards and her nonobtrusive presence right until the room had been emptied shows commitment. In conclusion, the event was a great advert for our fine club, and I congratulate you and your team and wish you a successful return from lock downs to a thriving Kelvin.
Nigel Franks , The Terrace
My mate and I were greeted with a smile and the service that followed was superb not only from the young lady who served us, but from the kitchen staff and the heartfelt request for comment from a gentleman who I assumed was the duty manager. The waitron was knowledgeable and answered my question on the freshness of the Hake confidently. Her follow up suggestions on dessert were on the money. Despite the restaurant filling up, service was excellent and accurate. We both left feeling we had a great evening. As Vincent may have told you I have only been a member since the beginning of March 2020 but have been to the club on several occasions and this service surpassed the good service I have always experienced at Kelvin.
Dan Brass , The Barn Restaurant
The food and the service were outstanding. The lunch was probably one of the best we have ever had. It really made us proud to be Kelvin members.
Ted and Muriel Thornberry , Functions
Firstly, I would like to commend Shahiema for the exceptional/professional/efficient service provided in securing our booking, the follow up meetings afterwards, and to all involved in the setting up of the ballroom and observing strict Covid-19 protocols. Secondly, to the Security company on site. Connie, Ivor, and her team were professional at the entrance to Kelvin Grove in their interaction with the members attending the AGM. Their handling of a situation that could have escalated out of control was dealt with efficiently, professionally, and swiftly.
Dawn Hillman , Functions & Security

Kelvin Grove welcome the DHL Stormers to the club to prepare for their home games. We are very honoured for the team to make use of the club’s facilities to prepare and relax before the games.  Special thank you to Deep Heat that provided the team with a welcome pack at their first home game.

The Club have a long-standing relationship with the DHL Stormers and WP Rugby.  For the past 15 years we have partnered together to raise funds for the Chris Burger Petro Jackson Player’s Fund.  2020 marked the 40th-anniversary commemorative year.

The squad has received Honorary memberships, which we hope will encourage the players and their families, to use the club, gym and general facilities.

All members are invited to come and watch the Vodacom Superugby Unlocked games in the Pool Bar & Waterside.  Wear your blue and white to show your support. After the game, come and mingle with the DHL Stormers, Lucky draw prizes will be up for grabs.

Do not miss out! We look forward to seeing you there – click on the link below to see the upcoming DHL Stormers fixtures.


We apologise in advance for any service delays that may occur during this reopening phase, but we are working hard to ensure that our staff complement balances the requirements of the Club.

Corkage of R50 per 750ml bottle allowed by pre-approval only.

Club Gates Open
Monday – Saturday 05h00 – 22h00
Sunday 06h00 – 21h00

Monday –Saturday 08:00 – 17:00

Gym & Swimming Pool
Monday – Saturday 05:00 – 21:00
Sunday 06:00 – 21:00

No Visitors.

Swimming Pool Open for use
Shower facilities for men’s and ladies by the gym are open for use.
The saunas are open for use. Limited to 2 people at a time.

Sporting Facilities
Strictly bookings only.
Monday – Saturday 06:00 – 22:00
Sunday 06:00 – 21:00

The Barn (Eat-in and Take Aways)
Monday – Friday: 17:00 – 22:00 Sunday: 17:00 – 22:00 (Family Sundays = 30% off pizzas) Last orders at 21:15 to allow for travel before the curfew.
Call and collect 021 658 4544 Bookings: or 021 658 4500
View Menu

The Terrace Restaurant
Mondays – Closed
Tuesday – Sunday Breakfast & Lunch 08:00 – 15:00
Sunday Roast Lunch 12:00 –15:00
Wednesday – Saturday Dinner 18:00 –22:00
Last orders at 21:15 to allow for travel before the curfew. Call and collect 021 658 4521
Bookings: or 021 658 4500
View Terrace Menu
View Poke Bowl Menu

Coffee Shop & Deli (Eat-In & Take Aways)
Monday – Saturday 07:30 – 17:00
Sunday – 08:00 – 14:00
Call and collect 021 658 4542
View Breakfast Menu
View Light Meals Menu

Sushi Bar
Thursday, Friday & Saturday Lunch 12:00 – 15:00 | Dinner 18:00 –22:00
Last orders at 21:15 to allow for travel before the curfew
Call and collect 021 658 4556 Bookings: or 021 658 4500
View Menu

The Pool Bar
Monday – Saturday 11:00-22:00
Last orders at 21:30 to allow for travel before the curfew
Sunday 11:00 –21:00

Dear Members,

As we move to Alert Level 1, we are pleased to provide you with the updated Operational Hours of your club including extended hours due to the curfew moving to midnight.

We have consolidated all of our kitchens and your Waterside favourites can now be enjoyed in the Terrace Restaurant. Breakfast will be served daily in the Terrace Restaurant or in the Coffee Shop from 8am.

On Saturday 26 September we will be welcoming back Rugby. Come and enjoy a great day out – please remember to book your table in the Waterside Restaurant.  Our Braai’s will also be going outside.

A reminder to please keep your Membership Account in credit in order to receive your 10% discount on all beverages.

For all restaurant reservations, please contact 021 658 4578. For Waterside reservations on Rugby days, please visit



Chairman’s Column

Dear Fellow Members

Most South Africans believed President Cyril Ramaphosa`s March 26th announcement that the country would go into lockdown for three weeks was a very temporary interruption that would not become an unprecedented four and a half month shutdown, a process and timeframe considered crucial to the containment and management of the COVID-19 pandemic that has however resulted in many negative outcomes.

There are over 600 000 confirmed cases in the country, just over 100 000 of those in the Western Cape and whilst the recovery rate has been good and the rate of infections are apparently slowing down, almost 13 000 South Africans have died as a result of the pandemic and 3 665 of those deaths occurred in the Western Cape.

Describing the impact of the pandemic and the shutdown as massive, is an understatement.

Every South African has been affected to a greater or lesser degree whether that be the challenge of putting food on the table , education, the ability to earn, lifestyle or the luxury of our leisure time activities while power outages and a cold and wet Cape winter have not left much to smile about.

The only certainty as we move forward are the uncertainties surrounding what is likely to be a slow but hopefully steady and incremental recovery process and that, without stating the obvious, will not be without challenges, involve change and requires a positive outlook.

Our Club has had to endure a tough period and whilst our sporting facilities have reopened slowly in accordance with the requisite legislative protocols, the increase in the number of members coming through the gates after Lockdown Level 2 was announced has been very encouraging, a hopefully continuous trend without encouraging complacency regarding the spread of the virus.

Our half year financial position will be available towards the end of September and will be shared with members at that time.

Management and the Committee are working hard to regenerate the member experience albeit under social distancing limitations, restrictions on permissible staff numbers and, maintaining trading hours that enable our staff to be home before curfew time.

Bringing our Club back to life under current circumstances may not always be a perfect experience and whilst a higher than usual level of member patience and tolerance may be necessary at times , the team are doing their level best to improve service and quality standards.

Jon Eagar

Editor’s Column

Dear Members,

We waited patiently for President Ramaphosa to relax the lockdown levels, and with the announcement of Level 2, everyone seems to have a spring in their step, just in time for September!

We apologize in advance for any service delays that may occur during this reopening phase, but we are working hard to ensure that our staff complement balances the requirements of the Club.

The team has been busy planning fantastic club events for the upcoming months. Avoid missing out by referring to our ‘’What’s on @ Kelvin’’ section for more information and to confirm your spot, being it virtually, at the club or to enjoy safely in the comfort of your home.

The Club is celebrating it’s 95th Birthday Year and September will be a month full of Celebrations. Please keep your eye out on the Specials in the Restaurant Outlets, we have some exciting things in store for all our members to say thank you for your support.

With the Rule Change 38 at the recent AGM – Members will no longer have a credit facility and all invoices will have to be settled upon receipt. You may however still transact on your membership card if you have pre-funded your account.

Did you know that by pre-funding your Member Club Account, it will enable you to enjoy a 10% discount on all beverage purchases in the restaurant outlets (excluding Tea/Coffee)?

As an extra benefit to Club Members: preferential rates are offered if you have a business meeting or function and complimentary venue hire when it is your birthday, wedding, or anniversary. The Club will require all Member private functions to be pre-funded. The Functions Department will provide a pro-forma invoice to be settled prior to the function being held at the Club. Please note functions will only resume when Government restrictions are lifted.

For Frequent Questions and Answers on pre-funding – click here

It is with great pleasure, to introduce the Club’s new Committee and Board. Jon Eagar, will take on the reins of Chairman and Tal Nieburg, Vice Chairman.

For the Committee and Board introduction – please click here

We value each Member’s constructive feedback and suggestions, and please continue to support your club and tell us what you would like to see at your Club by emailing us:

Kind Regards
Jana van der Merwe

“Develop an attitude of gratitude this year, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation.”- Brian Tracy

New Committee Members

Jon Eagar


Jon has been an active member of the Club since 1995. Jon served previously on the Committee as Chairman for 6 years from 2009-2015.

Tal Nieburg

Vice Chairman

Portfolio: Membership, Marketing & Strategic

Tal is an active member of Kelvin Grove, having joined in 2002. In his professional life Tal is the Managing Director of Morningstar South Africa, a subsidiary of a US headquartered global investment research and management business. He is responsible for the strategy, operations and delivery for all of Morningstar’s business lines in the South African market.

Colin Walker

Portfolio: Sporting Codes

Colin has been a member since 2012.

Skills and Expertise: Financial management; Business strategy; Problem Solving; Change Management; Team leader

Dave Reynolds

Portfolio: House & Grounds

Dave has been a member since 1999 and an active golfer at King David Mowbray. Currently work for Glenryck SA as a Regional Sales Manager, previously a National Sales Project Manager at Parmalat SA. His strengths are coaching, mentoring and problem solving.

Matthew McDonald

Portfolio: Membership, Marketing & Strategic

Matthew head up sales and marketing for a pharmaceutical company here in the Western Cape and has experience in sports management. He is an active KG member in all facets from sports to gourmet dinners.

Paul Kramer

Portfolio: Sporting Codes

Extensive career with Mobil / Engen running the property portfolio. Thereafter with a start-up solar company for 3 years in Tanzania. An all-rounder passionate about Kelvin providing excellent offerings desired by members of the Club.

Peter Blanckenberg

Portfolio: HR

Peter have practiced as a commercial and property law attorney for more than 40 years and is the senior director of their law firm. He’s been a member of Kelvin Grove since 1980, a director since 2015 and a committee member since 2018. Peter served as Chairman for 2 years 2018/19 and 2019/20.

Rudi le Roux

Portfolio: Food & Beverage & Strategic

Rudi works as a Chief Financial Officer for a demolition company. Member of Kelvin Grove Club for 18 years and I have a passion for wine and food.

Board of Directors

Graham Morrison

Portfolio: Food & Beverage

Graham spent 15 years in the SA Navy leaving with the rank of Commander, 25 years as a Spur Franchisee and now retired. Previously served on the Committee as Chairman of F&B.

Mike Olds

Portfolio: Finance

Mike retired as Sales Director of Bowler Metcalf a number of years ago. He has travelled overseas extensively since then for vacation and to visit his kids. Mike plays golf or tennis or gym most days.

Peter Haylett

Portfolio: House & Grounds

Peter is involved in construction and managing wide range of projects. Since 1995 his company’s focus has been on industrial buildings. Peter chair the Industrial focus portfolio at the Cape Chamber of Commerce & Industries. He is a member and past president of the Rotary Club of Constantia.


Tarrin Brewin

Portfolio: Membership & Marketing and Strategic

As an active member of Kelvin Grove since 2009, Tarrin has the privilege of enjoying everything this amazing club has to offer. Other than squash and dancing, her passion is marketing which has played a key role in her life for the last 20 odd years. Tarrin is currently Head of Marketing at Mentholatum SA.

Karin Pickard Louis

Portfolio: Strategic

Karin has been an active member of the Club Since 1988. Karin is the chairperson of Kaapstad Sakekamer and has extensive experience in public relations, marketing and events serving on various committees and chapters for the Young President’s Organisation.

Function News

Dear Members,

We are pleased to announce that we have ventured into the realm of virtual events, to ensure that we continuously keep our Members inspired and involved during these unprecedented times.

Please note, as and when Covid-19 restrictions are updated or changed by the Government, the Club’s calendar of events may also change. Where and when possible, some of the virtual events may be converted back into our normal Club Events at the Club, and Gourmet Dinner will be held in the Terrace once more.

Please continue to read the weekly mailer or view “News” on our website for updates and more information to all our Club events, as well as adhoc events that will be added to the current calendar. View events on our Events page.

We look forward to having you join us at these events. Please continue to support your club during these challenging times.

Kind regards,
Kelvin Grove Functions Team

Club Values

In this edition we are focusing on ‘Open & Honest Communication’ and its values and importance.
We have regular, open, honest, timeous communication leading to understanding and alignment. Together we treat information responsibly.


In our behaviour we:

  • do not gossip
  • address all issues directly with the person concerned
  • are proactive in supplying information

Sports News


Kelvin Grove bowlers are back on the greens after four months on the sidelines. “However, bowls is not as we know it,” says Elaine Anderson, KG Bowls chairperson. “We have a comprehensive schedule of regulations to ensure as safe an environment as possible.”

Members are only allowed to come to play if advance booking has been made and confirmed. No walk-in for any form of play is allowed – no bounce groups, coaching, practicing and casual play.
“This will obviously be up for review as and when the restrictions are reduced,” says Elaine.
“Weekend sessions for our working members are under discussion and will be introduced once we have bedded down the weekly slots.”

The changes in effect now are:

  • Booked session days have been extended by one day a week and are now on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays in the afternoons at 13h30 for 14h00.
  • There will be no more than four players per rink.
  • There will be a gap between each rink, i.e. we play on rinks 1, 3 and 5 or 2, 4 and 6.
  • This caters for a maximum of 24 players per afternoon.
  • Dress code is casual, but flat shoes remain mandatory.
  • We will play 18 ends per session.

Elaine says members have been cautioned that any violation of protocols will be in contravention of regulations as set out by the Sports Ministry and they will have to bear the consequences of their actions.

Players who are 70 years of age and over have been urged to follow international guidelines to make their own decision about returning to bowls. These guidelines emphasize that people at a higher risk of severe illness (those aged over 70 and/ or those with chronic medical conditions or compromised immune systems) are encouraged to remain at home wherever possible.

Any member displaying flu-like symptoms is urged, out of respect, and concern for their fellow members to refrain from coming to bowls.

African Scholars’ Fund gets a further boost from Kelvin bowlers

The African Scholars’ Fund, the educational trust now celebrating its 50th year of helping promising schoolchildren from desperately poor homes, has received a further boost from Kelvin Grove bowlers. Following a R5 000 donation in January, bowlers have allocated a further R3 000 to the ASF from their charity fund, made up of ‘fine’ money from any wrong bias shot, together with the surplus from a weekly draw.

ASF director Eliza James says the 50th annual report spells out the fund’s response to COVID-19 and reflects its growth in providing support to 2 500 high school learners annually across the Northern, Western and Eastern Cape regions. Apart from helping promising schoolchildren to complete their secondary education, the fund offers guidance into their choice of career and tertiary or TVET (technical vocational education and training) studies.

The modest award of R1 000 (which the ASF offers per learner / per year) allows bursars to primarily contribute towards their school fees and buy necessities such as school bags, uniforms, books and stationery, thereby relieving their families of the financial pressure of schooling.
The annual report is available on the website,

A lockdown thank you to Kelvin bowlers from the African Scholars’ Fund for a further donation.


The bridge players are a garrulous, happy lot and it is sometimes difficult to decide whether one is at Kelvin Grove bridge or at a rugby match!

Despite the fun and noise, the standard of bridge is on the high side. Much to the delight of most of the bridge players, boxes are now being used.

As one does not play with a regular partner at Kelvin, advanced or difficult conventions are discouraged. However, if you would like to play bridge, but have not played for a while, you are more than welcome to join the club for a trial run. The very pleasant players will nudge you along gently. Unfortunately, beginners are not catered for.

Bridge is played on Monday and Friday afternoons from 13h30-17h00. If these times do not suit you, you may come later or leave earlier.

Everyone is welcome except, firstly, those who criticize their partners and, secondly, those who have colds or coughs.

If you find yourself at a loose end on a Monday or Friday afternoon, think about spending an hour or two at bridge. There is no commitment, nor do you have to come on both days. There are several players who come once a week. For more information please contact Daphne Hawkins on 072 358 4280 or Dee Krauss 0721947007.


In March our season and indeed all sport in South Africa came to an abrupt end due to the coronavirus pandemic. As at the end of June 2020 we have not been able to play any croquet at our club, or elsewhere, at all.

However, in June, as per our constitution, we held our Annual General Meeting. Not at the Kelvin Grove Club but by using “Zoom”. With twenty participants, all visual on everyone’s computer screen, we were able to complete a full meeting with plenty of dialogue. The process which was new to almost all us was a success and concluded with the new Committee being duly elected.

We said a farewell from the Committee to Marilyn Bailey and thanked her for her six years outstanding contributions to the  Croquet Section.
– Marilyn Bailey.

This may be a good opportunity to inform you of our Committee.

Richard Prosser
Chairman and Treasurer

Jean Farrell

Lesley Burton
League co-ordinator

Di Schuurman
Chief Coach and Photographer

Sue Cloete
Tournaments and Refreshments

Diana Lapping
Duty Roster

There is no doubt about it, the Croquet Section has a brilliant and hard working Committee with plenty of fun participation. The above photographs taken from our Christmas party.

Kelvin Grove Croquet Section forms a vital part of the Kelvin Grove Club. It has been known as a retirement sport which to a large extent it is. But for those members who have spent years at Kelvin Grove playing sport, what better way to continue in the latter years of life playing croquet and of course bowls.

The Croquet Section offers social play on Tuesday afternoons from 2pm onwards and Saturday mornings from 9.30am onwards. Teas, coffees etc. are part of the socialisation during those days. For those members who are slightly competitive and wish to play in the Western Cape league or Robinson Cup, there is always opportunity to do so. Match practice is on Wednesday afternoons from 2pm onwards. In house competitions are held throughout the year as well. League entails meeting up with clubs like Somerset West, Helderberg Village, Rondebosch, Fish Hoek, False Bay and as far away as Greyton. These matches create many lasting new friends. We also hold social evenings, quiz nights and even challenge the Bowls section to the odd game!

Our courts (by the way not lawns!) are utilised most of the available time. Chris Lombard keeps our courts in tip top condition by watering and mowing usually on Mondays and Fridays.

Over the last few years, croquet has become very popular with large Corporations. Several Corporate days have been held which benefit financially both the club and the section.

Croquet is a game that does become addictive. Watch out for our open invitation day once the club re-opens for sport. In the meantime, give Di Schuurman a call on 083 287 4415 for some coaching or Richard Prosser 082 805 2825 or Jean Farrell 082 856 5010 for more details.


The year started A-OK – but then Whooaaa – Wuhan !!!

How crazy has it all gone???  Life as we know it – is currently a bit upside down – but the good news is this won’t last forever.

If you thought the smokers and drinkers are unhappy with the lockdown restrictions – wait until you chat with some of the KG golfers!!!!
We are a social lot and will not have our Constitutional Right to Fun interfered with.

But the good news is that since the last newsletter we have been partially let out of jail and are attempting to get back into the swing of things.
Golfers are arranging their own four balls and enjoying the fairways and greens which are in pretty good shape.  Thank you KDM management and all the ground staff.

But what the lockdown has taught us – is to cherish the privileges we are blessed with – and which we often take for granted………… The fun, the camaraderie, the friendship, the warmth …………the Abuse 😊

The activity and banter on the course and in the 19th were forced to move to digital – with the airways alive with WhatsApp’s and other suitable tech communication.  It added another dimension and another string to the bow – but it will never replace the real thing.

During early lockdown various challenges were put out there including shaving – which in some cases ended up like this……….

And there was the time honoured “Tequila Omelette” challenge which – as most people know – involves a raw egg and various liquor………

Our golfing stalwarts soldiered up and showed that the KG Golf teams were up to the challenge.

Notwithstanding the lockdown the spirit remained steadfast – and we have been rewarded with slightly limited playing concessions for which we are grateful.

The stalwarts are making full use of this and Four balls are being arranged independently and fun is being had.
And given our golfing prowess – social distancing is generally not an issue!! 😊

We all seem to be coping – but are chomping at the bit……………

Keith is in touch with KDM and awaiting news for approval of our regular Kelvin Group monthly bookings.
We will inform our fellow golfers & members as Keith hears.

Looking forward:
The future of Kelvin Grove golf is in good hands.
We had a productive meeting with the KG chairman and GM prior to the lockdown and they have both committed their full support to the golf society.
Unfortunately, the lockdown has put a hold on our planned follow up meetings – but these will be resurrected and communicated to all.

Take care, be safe and as always……………………… MAYPD

Best to you all
– Geoff Clark & Keith Sabatta


There was great excitement for the squash section when South African Squash announced that our league players would be able to resume playing squash from the 1st August. Albeit subject to some stringent conditions, e.g. when booking courts, one will have to sign an indemnity form. Good news also for our social members who will be able to return to the courts on the 15th August.

All league matches have been cancelled as a result of a survey conducted among the various clubs, but Western Province squash are considering running tournaments towards the year end.

We look forward to seeing you all soon and hope this prolonged break has made you extra keen to get back onto the courts.

Enjoy your long-awaited return to squash!

– Margie Hunt-Kemp


Covid-19 certainly has thrown us all a curve ball but possibly also has made us appreciate being back on court more than ever before.

Thank you to all our tennis players who have abided by all the restrictions placed on us to ensure our safety and continued enjoyment of the sport.

Reminder to please wear your mask when leaving the court area. As government relaxes the protocol, we will ensure we keep you up to date on these.

With the above limitation our Wednesday social is on hold. For those who would like to continue this social we will offer this on Saturday afternoons from 1pm. Please email the tennis manager if you would like to attend. It will be on the same basis as before. Players must let the tennis manager know if they will be attending.

Saturday league has also been somewhat compromised as clubs try to feel their way back to league competition during these uncertain times. Kelvin has entered 3 men’s singles teams, 1 ladies’ singles team and an additional men’s doubles team and ladies’ doubles team. Saturday league will commence the last Saturday August and run for 8 weeks (dependent on the number of team entries).

League practice is Saturdays 1pm for all league teams. Kelvin is extremely excited to announce a new addition to the Kelvin league family. Gareth Igesund currently ranked in the top 6 U14 boys in South Africa in his first year in that age group, has already proved to be a top contender at Kelvin by taking out most of our men’s second team players during recent practice matches. A very talented all rounder sportsman who no doubt acquired some of his father’s athleticism Gordon Igesund, who was the Bafana Bafana coach in 2014. Welcome Gareth! I look forward to seeing you take on Jody Classen in the near future 😊

Morning ladies league also gets going end of August and Kelvin enters 3 teams! A lovely group of ladies who enjoy weekly practices followed by tea and cake at the coffee shop. A big thank you to Barbara Rose Innes who always puts up her hand to assist in booking courts and arranging the practice sessions!

Sunday social continues and a big thank you goes out to Craig Strang, tennis committee member who is usually the first to arrive and the last to leave. Thank you for rallying the troops Craig!


  • We have noticed an increase in “no shows”. If you have booked a court and will not be using it, please cancel your booking timeously so members may use the court.
  • visitors are welcome but only once per month and must always remain with the member while on the premises. It is the members responsibility to ensure this rule is complied with.

Thank you to those members who provide feedback relating to our facilities as we strive to keep these in top notch condition. We are aware of mould growing on some of the courts as well as court 4 needing quite urgent attention and resurfacing needed on the back courts. We work closely with the estate manager and management and have submitted a daily, and monthly maintenance plan to ensure our facilities are up to the quality Kelvin members are used to.

A big thank you to all our members who have shown your support to Jody and I during these very tough times. I know it has been tough for everyone out there and we just want to say thank you for the enthusiasm you have shown to get back on court for coaching. We have even seen a few squash players on court during this lockdown hitting a good ball and some even taking a few lessons. How about hosting a squash/tennis event together soon?

Coming soon:

  • Club Champs: Stay tuned for news regarding the start date
  • Kelvin Tennis Database: This has taken a while and with assistance from the Tennis Committee we have a final draft. We will put this up and ask that players please update so that we can direct any tennis specific news directly to our tennis members.

Stay safe out there and enjoy every minute on court!

KG Cares Initiative

For Mandela Day 2020, we introduced a knitting and crochet initiative as part of KG Cares. We asked Members to knit or crochet squares that could be used to create blankets for Ubuntu House, our chosen charity for the year.

Ubuntu House is a halfway house and safe care home for babies that been abandoned, orphaned, neglected or who was born out of an unplanned and crisis pregnancy. Since opening its doors to the first baby in 2003, the home has cared for more than 550 children, with the aim of either reuniting these children with their parents, or alternatively finding them forever homes through their adoption partners. The house parents, Naas and Miems Vermaak, have devoted their life to caring for these abandoned babies and offer their time and resources to these children, to give each and every one of them the best chance in life.

In a year that has proved that nothing is to be taken for granted, we were overwhelmed by the response we received for our Mandela Day initiative. We received over 450 squares, along with several completed blankets and donations of baby clothes.

On 16 July 2020, we had the opportunity to deliver the donations and a total of 18 blankets to Ubuntu House. They were eagerly received by Naas and Miems, and although we were not able to see their operation in action (due to strict Covid-19 restrictions), we were assured the donations would be well used.

We would like to sincerely thank everyone that participated and helps us make this initiative a success.

Staff News

    There have been no new appointments since we have last welcomed the April staff.
    We are pleased to announce the promotion of Alroy Bailey, as the Assistant Restaurant Manager in the Terrace Kitchen. This promotion was awarded prior to the lockdown and takes effect 1 April 2020. We wish him everything of the best in his new role and look forward to his contribution to the Club.
    Due to COVID-19, the friendly faces you once saw around the club in other outlets, have been rotating between the Deli and the Barn. The staff of Kelvin Grove are committed and dedicated to giving our members the best enjoyable experience during these trying times.
    At the end of September, we will be saying goodbye to Ernest Mumba (Terrace chef) who served Kelvin since 1 July 2009 (11 years). Your commitment and loyalty to the Club is greatly appreciated. We wish him all the best with his retirement, may it be a very happy one.
    Baby arrival: We would like to extend our congratulations to Kegan Lawrence, Senior Sous Chef in the Barn Kitchen, on the birth of his baby girl, Scarlett. Born at 3.3kg’s on the 7 July 2020. May she bring much love, joy, happiness, and laughter to you and your family.
  6. Congratulations to Kayleigh Jones and hubby on the birth of their baby boy Jack, born on 7 August 2020 weighing 3.02kg.
    Due to the Government Regulations, gatherings are prohibited, so we cannot hold a Staff Ceremony to celebrate these staff. However, we would like to proceed by Acknowledging and extending our Thank You’s to them for their dedication, perseverance, and hard work throughout last year.• Andile Mkaza – Most Improved Employee of the year
    • Zelia Cyster Change – Employee of the year
    • Sandile Buso – Employee of the year (Runner Up)
    • Lyndon Williams – Manager of the year
    • Nomalizo Kutuka – Manager of the year (Runner Up)
    • Brian Lippert – General Manager’s Award
    • Functions Kitchen – General Manager’s Award
    It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of one of our Gardeners, Zolani Liwani, also known to staff and members as Amos. He has served Kelvin for a period of 12 years. Our most sincere condolences are extended to his family during this difficult time.

Recipe of the Season


200g whole wheat flour
15ml mixed spice
5ml bicarbonate of soda
150ml cooking oil
180g soft brown sugar
3 extra-large or jumbo eggs beaten (if you have large eggs use 3)
Grated zest of 2 oranges
100g walnuts chopped coarsely
150g dried pears chopped coarsely
200g grated carrots
250 ml Cream cheese
1 cup icing sugar
1tsp vanilla essence
Juice of ½ lemon (or orange)

  1. Preheat oven to 150 degrees celcius
  2. Line a loaf pan with spray and cook or margarine and dust with flour.
  3. Mix flour, spice and bicarbonate of soda
  4. Beat the oil and sugar together until the sugar has dissolved.
  5. Beat in the eggs and stir into the flour mix
  6. Add the peel, nuts, pears and carrots.
  7. Spoon into the pan and bake for 90 to 120 minutes or until done, check with a skewer
  8. Remove from the oven and keep in the pan for a few minutes before turning out.

Allow to cool before icing
To prepare the icing, pour the cream cheese into a bowl and mix till slightly softened. Sift over the icing sugar and gently mix. Add the vanilla essence and lemon juice.

Positively Positive

Thank you and every time I have been to e.g. the Deli and the Barn, I can only offer HIGH PRAISE for the welcome and attention to detail each member of the Staff has offered us. Everyone has gone beyond the call of duty. THANK YOU from Maaike duk, her Family and friends.

Maaike Duk , The Deli & Barn Restaurant

Pizza and salads – Please continue.
Many thanks

Berit Maxwell, The Barn Restaurant
Would like to compliment the chef and waitresses for the fabulous birthday lunch we had on Sunday the food was delicious and the atmosphere and service great So loved being back at kelvin Thank you so much!
Roslyn Webb , The Barn Restuarant
My wife and I came to the Sunday Roast in the Barn restaurant and we want to let you know that we really enjoyed our meal. The rare roast beef was exactly right, and the Yorkshire pudding added the traditional extra to the meal. The service was good and we were pleased to talk to Jasmine again. Please pass on our congratulations to the Chef and the kitchen staff.
Judy and Lawson Howes , Sunday Roast

View Our History

We have created the perfect scenic walking route around Kelvin Grove. Enjoy the sunshine and green gardens as you sip your takeaway coffee from the Deli. Our route covers half a mile and is a great way to get the kids out of the house and out in the fresh air.


Currently, Eskom is on stage 2 load-shedding.

Please note during load-shedding the Barn restaurant will be open as per the current operating hours.

The Barn restaurant is open between 5.00 pm – 8.30 – pm – Wednesday to Saturday. Saturday – Breakfast 8 am  – 11.00 am & Lunch 12.00 pm – 3.00 pm.

We close with enough time for you to get home safely before the curfew.


In terms of rule 28, Kelvin Grove Clubs Annual General Meeting will be held on Monday, 3rd August 2020, starting promptly at 18h00.

The AGM will be hosted online if government regulations do not permit gatherings at this time.


All resolutions, to be received 28 days clear of the AGM, it must be handed to Reception or put in the wooden box at reception, by no later than 18:00 on Sunday, 5 July 2020.


COMMITTEE Nominations of two candidates to fill vacancies on The Committee shall be a vote and signed by two members of the Club, to be received by no later than 18h00 on Sunday, 12th July 2020.

Dear Members,

Kelvin Grove Club has been affected negatively by the lockdown, as with all other institutions in the hospitality industry.

Whilst we were excited to inform you of the re-opening of the eat-in/sit-down restaurants at the Club, as announced by the President on Wednesday 17 June 2020, we unfortunately expected to hear the date and rules for opening soon after the President’s speech. Sadly the government has still not announced the date and rules. We apologize for being too proactive in our approach. As soon as we receive confirmation of the date and rules for re-opening, we will communicate to all the members.

We further request all members to please be considerate and understanding when the Club re-opens and kindly be patient and friendly to the staff, as this is a trying time for all. To re-open a Club the size of Kelvin Grove is not easy and the management and staff are doing everything they can to make the reopening as flawless as possible. We kindly request that you keep in mind the Club’s core values being Respect, Open & Honest Communication, Teamwork, and Accountability.

Finally, your Club needs your support and we are eagerly waiting to welcome you back to the Club.


Dear Members,

We are now in what are extraordinary times for our nation and the world at large, following the outbreak and spread of the Covid-19 pandemic. President Cyril Ramaphosa’s initial decision to implement a nationwide lockdown, was a decisive and necessary move to stop the spread of the virus. However, the failure, for whatever reasons, to relax the lockdown conditions has had a dire effect on our economy and obviously impacted on Kelvin Grove.

The lockdown, on the other hand, has created the opportunity to strategise and plan for a stronger post Covid-19 Club. This will require grit, passion, and unity of purpose from Members, the Committee, Management and Staff. As the Club reopens, we also need to ensure a safe and enjoyable environment for Members. The lockdown has led to the closure of the Club to Members and loss of revenue especially from functions and restaurants. However, the Exco Team led by our General Manager Jana van der Merwe, has been working tirelessly during lockdown to introduce positive ideas to generate income, support the staff and to partner with new businesses. In addition, all tenders and contacts are being reviewed to limit costs where possible.

It is impossible to predict how long our economy will take to improve and our Finance and Strategic Committees are continuing to investigate and strategise on various scenarios going forward .The Committee has established the cost and associated cash flow implications of a complete lockdown, with no activity allowed at the Club. In this instance Member’s subscriptions and interest would be our only revenue and is not sustainable to meet the monthly overheads, which include salaries, albeit at a reduced remuneration and general maintenance.

As a result of a total loss of income from functions your Committee and Management took the decision to introduce meal deliveries during the lockdown 4 stage. We have now entered lockdown 3 stage and are able to open the Deli in the Coffee Shop and offer take away meals from the Barn from Wednesday to Saturday. I urge Members, to support these two new ventures as with your support we are hoping to extend the trading hours. New initiatives will be introduced as the Covid-19 regulations are relaxed. However the financial implications of each new initiative must be weighed up against not only what revenue it will bring to the Club but also the cost to ensure that health and safety measures are strictly adhered to.

We need to generate R650 000 monthly from food and beverages to break even, a significant challenge requiring increasing and ongoing member support of the Deli, the Barn and all other initiatives as they are introduced. Support, crucial to the sustainability of our Club is in your hands as a member.
Kelvin Grove employs over 100 dedicated and loyal employees, many of whom have been with us for many years. At present, all employees are being retained at a reduced monthly remuneration and employees who are not a high Covid 19 risk, are being employed on a rotational basis and paid on an hourly basis. Accordingly, as the Club is able to open additional areas, our employees’ salaries will increase.

The welfare of our employees is important to all of us and your Committee has resolved to establish an Employee Charity Trust to assist our most vulnerable of employees. Details in this regard will be provided to Members when finalised.

On a positive note, all the buildings and assets of the Club are unencumbered, and we do have cash reserves. However, this is not sustainable as general maintenance is required to maintain these assets to the standard we accustomed to. Membership subscriptions are insufficient to cover the monthly overheads and without income from functions, restaurants and the pool bar, Members support is critical to maintain Kelvin Grove.

Members who have not settled their annual subscriptions are urged to do so as soon as possible. The Committee is aware that certain Members have been financially affected by the lockdown and we urge those Members to contact the Club to discuss payment options available as a matter urgency failing which remedy, in terms of Club Rules will be applied.

The Committee intends proposing a resolution at the AGM to no longer offer credit facilities at the Club, as we are presently struggling to recuperate over a Million Rand in unpaid Club Accounts.

Our AGM is provisionally scheduled for the first Monday in August, by way of webinar, if gatherings are still prohibited, and we urge our Members to support this important meeting. Notices will be circulated to Members in due course.

In closing, I wish all Members and Staff good health and please stay safe.

Your Sincerely,
Peter Blanckenberg, Chairman


Dear Members,

We are most definitely living in a time that no one could have ever predicted or prepared for, but with that being said, we have much to be grateful for.

Kelvin Grove hosted the annual Stormers Fundraiser in March, and it was a great success. A gratuitous thank you to all those that made the evening possible and most importantly our fantastic sponsors, who spared no cost in contributing to this fantastic evening and cause. A whopping R117 700.00 was raised for the Chris Burger Petro Jackson fund, which brings the total raised over the years to over R1 million.

Although we are still enjoying a few sunny days, the morning and evening air temperatures have dropped considerably, as we approach the Winter months. As we have mostly been confined to our homes during lockdown, we have tried to keep the Kelvin family connected with our weekly mailer content, that include some fantastic new kids’ crafts ideas, exercise tips, homemade recipes, virtual lucky draws, book reviews and much more.

We are now offering home deliveries of our delicious home-cooked meals from Thursday, 14 May, so you can enjoy them from the comfort of your own home! To place an order, please complete the order form.

Virtual lucky draws will take place on the last Thursday of every month during lockdown. Please look out for all our upcoming offerings in our weekly mailers.

In a bid to create a better experience for all our members, from function and court bookings to viewing statements and making quick convenient online payments, we have built a new and improved Kelvin Grove website. Like us on Facebook to stay up to date with competitions and what is happening at the Club.

Thank you for your continued support at Kelvin.

Kind Regards
Kayleigh Jones, Editor


It is time for new beginnings, and we are excited to announce that our new website is now live! In a bid to create a better experience for all our members, from bookings, to viewing statements and making quick convenient online payments, the new and improved Kelvin Grove website is ready to go. View the new website now on


Q: Why did we change our website?
A: We have created a website that is easier to navigate, make bookings and view your statements.

Q: What’s new on the website?
A: New navigation. New look. You can also book functions and make payments online now.

Q: Are my accounts or statements secure?
A: All of your personal information is safe and secure. Only you have access to your statements.

Q: I have a problem, what do I do now?
A: Please get in touch with us and we will happily assist with any issues you may be experiencing.

Q: Where is the member login button?
A: We have replaced this function with member bookings and the ability to view statements.

Q: Will there be workshops?
A: Yes, these will be arranged after lockdown measures allow us to open once more.


We are missing the hustle and bustle of regular functions at the club and within the Functions Department, but this time has certainly given us an opportunity to take a step back and reflect on what makes functions at Kelvin Grove so special.

We are reminded daily, that may we never again take for granted time spent gathering and celebrating with family, friends and colleagues – Family gatherings, birthday celebrations, weddings and anniversary celebrations, company celebrations and many others – everything around us is so temporary and we need to celebrate as many special moments as we can in one lifetime.

We would like to remind you of a few of our other offerings including a bit about what we are currently working on during this time taking social distancing in consideration:

Want improve team moral and motivation in your workplace?

We offer various team building and year end packages. We have a variety of activities including Potjiekos competitions, Lawn Bowls, Beach tennis, Sushi making classes and many more fun activities bound to encourage better teamwork and morale within the workplace.

Looking for a venue to host Corporate events and meetings?

We have a range of different size venues to suit your every need. From a corporate boardroom fully equipped with state-of-the-art equipment to seat a small group of guests for a meeting, to larger venues which are ideal for presentations, conferences, and evening functions. We will be offering a 50 % discount to members and their companies on venue hire for all corporate events in 2020 once lockdown is lifted – keep an eye out for our newsletter and Facebook notices.

Looking for a venue to celebrate your magical wedding day, birthday, or any other celebration?

From our elegant Ballroom suitable for grand occasions for up to 350 guests, to our modern and clean-cut Pavilion suitable for smaller functions, we have the perfect venue for every occasion. Tables, chairs, cutlery, crockery, and linen are included in our venue hire. When it comes to catering and beverage requirements, we can assist you with this too. We offer a delightful menu, bar and wine selection and are more than happy to tailor it to suit your needs. Our team of coordinators are always ready to assist in helping you make your celebration a success and can provide you with a list of our recommended service providers. More now than ever we value the importance of celebrations whether they are big or small, and we will be offering a 50% discount to all members and their friends on venue hire for events once lockdown is lifted – keep an eye out for our newsletter & FB notices.

Looking for a venue for your child’s birthday party?

We have ample outdoor areas and venues available to host Kids Birthday parties. We offer a range of fun themed birthday parties such as Pizza making parties, Little Baker parties, Action Sport parties to Secret Tea Garden parties. We offer yummy snacks and beverages for the kids and delicious platters and beverages for adults. We will make the planning process easy for you and be there to assist you on the day while the kids have fun and create many more wonderful birthday memories. Also keep a look out for our monthly kids calendar and events.

Club Events at Kelvin Grove

Kelvin Grove hosts a range of Club Events. From book launches and workshops to kids’ events and festivals, we are constantly working on new ideas and events, to keep our members and guests enticed and excited.

We have also made booking for Club Events a little easier, which can now be done through our website. We look forward to seeing you and for your support at our upcoming events once the club is able to host events again!
With our recently launched #KGCares initiative, we have joined hands with the community, businesses, artists, and our suppliers to provide support and spread the word about their brand. We feature these businesses in our weekly mailers. Look out for the date of our next market – we hope to see all those who we have joined hands with there!

Our most exciting project within in the #KGCares Initiative, is our Knitting and Crochet Club. We have chosen to celebrate Nelson Mandela’s life this year, through donating knitted and crocheted blankets to Ubuntu House – a registered Child and Youth Care Centre, providing a place of safety for babies from birth to two years, who have been abandoned, orphaned, neglected or born out of an unplanned and crisis pregnancy.


We are currently busy planning a few exciting festivals for the year. These include a Gin Festival, Bubbly Festival, and our annual favourite festival of the year – our Beer, Wine and Cheese Festival. We will provide dates and more information on these festivals once we are able too.


The newest addition to our list of offerings is our Home Delivery Menu. Our menu includes a selection of Home -cooked meals, Coffee Shop Treats, Barn Pizzas and “Make your own” kits.

Visit our website and click on “Book and Pay” in the top menu to view our weekly menu. Place your order online and have your order delivered to your door. All Kelvin Grove’s function facilities are available for members and non-members to use, but Members receive favourable rates.

Grand opening of the KG Deli

Kelvin’s Coffee Shop will re-open as our new Deli on Wednesday, 3rd June 2020. For now, our new Deli will be open from Wednesdays to Saturday’s every week between 09:00 – 17:00. The following delicious assortments will be on offer:

  • Home-cooked meals: Hassle-free, hearty and freshly made
  • Selection of Coffee Shop Treats: Sweet and savoury
  • DIY Cooking Kits
  • Pantry Staples
  • Wines and other beverages
  • Coming soon: Local South African homeware and lifestyle products

You can either come and visit the Deli to purchase your favourite treat or call us to place your order on 021 658 4542 which can then be collected directly from the Club’s designated parking bays.


The Barn Restaurant will be open Wednesday – Saturday evenings between 17:00 – 20:00 for take-aways. *Last orders at 19:00. Please call the Barn Restaurant on 021 658 4544 to place your order and collect from the Club. To ensure your health and peace of mind when visiting the club to collect meals or to shop at our new Deli, Kelvin Grove will ensure all health & safety protocols are in place. These include designated parking area for minimal interaction, limits on the number of shoppers allowed in the Deli at one time, social distancing practises, hand sanitiser stations and regular disinfection of the Deli.


We would like to say thank you to all our Members who have continued to support your Club during these uncertain times. We encourage members to please continue to do so by pre-purchasing a R450.00 voucher, worth R500.00 (only to be used at level 1).

Visit our website and click on to purchase your vouchers online. All Kelvin Grove’s function facilities are available for members and non-members to use, but Members receive favourable rates. Should you have any question or queries regarding hosting a function at the club, please feel free to contact our Functions team on We look forward to hosting many of your functions in the future and we hope to see you at our club functions once the club can reopen and functions are able to take place.

Kaley Gray, Conference and Banqueting Manager

Dear Members,

Thank you to all Members and their guests who have supported our restaurants & sporting facilities during the past financial year and especially all the staff and management for their dedication and commitment.

We anticipate the turnover of Kelvin Grove to be down from the previous financial year. Contributing factors are the economy that seemingly sank into technical recession in the fourth quarter of last year as well as the unprecedented rolling blackouts by Eskom.

On a positive note, the number of resignations by Members over the last 2 years has declined. Over the past year a greater emphasis has been placed on encouraging younger members and families to utilize the facilities of Kelvin Grove with the Barn becoming more “child friendly” and the upgrading of the children’s play area next to the pool.

There have been a number of staff movements in the last quarter:

Ceredwyn Nortje – appointed as new Gym Floor Supervisor

Rehan Goliath – joined as General Assistant in the Maintenance Team

Yusuf Willenberg (Carpenter), who was part of the Maintenance Team, retired on the 31 December 2019 after serving the Club for 23 years and wish him all the best in his retirement.

Tatum Campher (Purchasing admin) is expecting her second child and resigned after 6 years

Robyn Smith has resigned after working 5 years in the Pastry Kitchen

The Club continues to strive to be the Club of choice, offering many benefits to members including preferential rates when booking functions; reciprocal arrangements with more than 50 Clubs around the world, the Little Grove Kids Club and complimentary birthday treats for all club Members.

At present we receive weekly reports from our neighbour’s WPCA, regarding their development and the upgrade of the entrance to Kelvin Grove and are hopeful this will commence soon. It also appears that this will be the last year we will see the Stormers in action at Newlands and we wish them all the best for the 2020 season.

Your Sincerely,
Peter Blanckenberg