Mrs. SA Finalist a Real Greenie
Caption: Dianne and her two girls Isabella (9, left) and Simone (6) are in their element on the banks of the river at the game ranch.
Southern Cape Finalist for Mrs. SA Title, Dianne Erasmus from Great Brak River loves the outdoors and animals- a Real Greenie
One of the two Southern Cape finalists for the Mrs SA 2011 title, Dianne Erasmus (30) from Great Brak is a real “greenie”. She loves the outdoors, has a passion for animals and is forever exploring new avenues to make her environment and surroundings more eco friendly. “I’m a nature girl who enjoys a wholesome life” she describes herself.
She loves challenges and the latter is playing a huge role in her latest venture, a function venue and restaurant Yellowoods that she and her husband Carl opened on 1 October on their game range. The venue is a beautifully restored building, known as one of the oldest in the district and it is situated on the restant of the Botlierskop farm. The ranch will soon also house a buffalo sanctuary which will have the largest number of privately owned buffalo in the country.
Church Groups will be invited to make use of the beautiful naturally formed amphitheatre on the ranch
“As soon as the accommodation tents and chalets adjacent to the restaurant is erected and the ablution facilities completed, we will be extending an invitation to particularly church groups to make use of the beautiful naturally formed amphitheatre on the ranch. People will then be able to organise religious rallies and bring the whole family to camp out along the river and in the beautiful valleys” she said.
Dianne loves to experiment with new and innovative ideas in catering.
Dianne and her husband Carl, better known as “Elvis” after winning an Elvis competition in Las Vegas (best voice second to Elvis) way back in 2001, and their two daughters, Isabella (9) and Simone (6) moved to Great Brak during December 2010. Carl is a game farmer and has been in the industry since 1993. During 2000 he and Dianne became involved in the tourism aspect of game farming and they both believe that if hunting is regulated and controlled, it helps to conserve the different species. She became involved in the catering and hosting side of the industry and love to experiment with products to come up with new and innovative ideas to present dishes to the visitors.
At the new venue Dianne uses their own organically grown vegetables, they catch the rain water for use in the restaurant and use local ingredients available from the area. All the rubbish is disposed of in a natural way and the electricity comes from solar panels. “We all have to do our bit to conserve the earth’s resources” she added.
In Mozambique she was also involved in a project to supply shoes to the children of the country. “It is awesome to see a child’s face after he has received a pair of shoes – the first ever in his life!” she added.
Dianne also has a passion to help other people and also gets involved in community projects
As one of 16 finalists Dianne has to get involved in community projects. She has already started working on one for the Penguin Sanctuary outside Mossel Bay and she is involved in the small mission town of Friemersheim. Another cause that she has committed herself to is that of raising funds for the second stem cell transplant for Zac Bruwer, a two year old boy from Mossel Bay that contracted brain damage after a motoristed motor gate fell on him. Dianne met up with his mother when the evangelist Dr Fergus Buchan, visited the Southern Cape and she organised for a visit to Zac.
On 8 November Dianne and the other Mrs SA finalists will attend a dinner at the Kalahari Theatre. Carl and another Great Brak resident, Marius du Bruyn will be performing in “Double Booking”. The show revolves around the double booking on the same date for two of the greats, Elvis (Carl) and Neil Diamond (Marius). Both rock up at the venue to find the other one booked it. However they decide to make the best of the bad scenario and it is hilarious to see them together on stage.
The public is invited to attend and to meet the finalists. Tickets at R30 per person is available at the theatre on 044 874 5000.
If you feel that you would like to support Dianne in becoming the next Mrs SA 2011, then send an sms to 35959. A sms cost R3,00 and unfortunately free smss do not apply.