Voet van Afrika Rich in History with Strepies van Wyk

The Voet van Afrika dates back to 1978, when the FIRST 'Voet' was held in Bredasdorp. This Overberg Marathon has some of the richest history of its kind in the South African marathons, all sparked by an idea to bring people closer the special location of the Southernmost Tip of Africa.

In an archive article written by our local paper the Suidernuus, from 18 October 1991, it is stated that they would have liked to erect a few monuments in Church Street, Bredasdorp. Acknowledging the achievements of those that helped. Well, Strepies van Wyk never got her monument, but she is still a pillar in her community.

For many people living in the Overberg, Strepies van Wyk is not only an icon of the real estate industry in Struisbaai and L’Agulhas, but a role model and inspiration. One of her earliest achievements was with her involvement in the 14th Voet van Afrika Fees in 1991 and the Moedskep Trein.

Strepies’ enthusiasm and passion for this region resulted in a collaboration with Isabel du Plessis, at the time from West Coast Tourism, to promote the Overberg as a Tourism Destination. It was with typical foresight that Strepies decided to partner with an established region, harnessing their experience and expertise to accelerate the overall marketing result.

The Moedskep Team of 1991 built a splendid marketing strategy and developed a magnificent train journey from Cape Town through the towns of Napier, Bredasdorp, Elim and Arniston. With the support of local entrepreneurs, the Baardskeerdersbos band, as well as celebrities; famed Spies en Plessis; Miss South Africa 1987, Wilma van der Bijl, paired with some of the best local delights such as suurvytjiekonfyt, Geelstert & patats, lamb on the spit. The press couldn’t get enough of this momentous event!

“Dit was ‘n belewenis wat Bredasdorp en sy omgewing nog nooit tevore ervaar het nie.” Die Burger 24 October 1991

The Foot of Africa Marathon is celebrating over 40 years of success, with participants engaging with some of the country’s most spectacular scenery here in the historical town of Bredasdorp. Still known as “The toughest race with the warmest heart.”

Strepies’ involvement and devotion to the Overberg region and local community hasn’t stopped. In 2013, Strepies, together with Naas Vermaak, was instrumental in the first Cape Agulhas Classic Mountain Bike Race, the Cape Agulhas Classic MTB is the Southernmost annual mountain bike race, designed to test the skills and stamina of participants while simultaneously rewarding them with spectacular ocean and mountain views. According to Strepies, it is simply wonderful to work with her Team. They are all hands-on people that do not shy away from hard work, and the success of every project they champion lies in the dedication of her team. Without her team, and her husband Piet, none of it would be possible!

" Ongelooflike lekker Race gewees. Die roete was goed uitgewerk. Deur al die mooi gedeeltes van Struisbaai en omgewing." Nelius Zeeman

Strepies and her team at Chas Everitt Cape Agulhas are still giving back to the community, it's simply the character of Strepies, and also the Chas Everitt International Team with their Chas Cares initiative.

For Strepies and her team, joining the Chas Everitt International group, with their dynamic and supportive infrastructure, focus on family values and unwavering integrity, has enabled them to be even more invested as a cornerstone of the community of Struisbaai, L'Agulhas, Suiderstrand, Bredasdorp, Arniston, and Napier.

Images from Die Burger Newspaper 24 October 1991

Wilma van der Bijl en Nina le Riche
Baardskeerdersbos Orkes
Eps Joubert Vader van die Voet en Jan Spies

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