Ra­dio’s Elana Afrika-Bre­denkamp and Cape Town City Bal­let’s Laura Bösen­berg tell us about their trea­sured fam­ily heir­looms – a piano and an ac­cor­dion that be­longed to Afrika-Bre­denkamp’s fa­ther, and a sil­ver mustard pot that dates back to 1899 that was a

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - HOME - By Bianca Cole­man

HER­ITAGE means dif­fer­ent things to dif­fer­ent peo­ple. The fol­low­ing is what some South African celebri­ties shared with us about their pre­cious heir­looms: Elana Afrika-Bre­denkamp en­joys a busy life in Cape Town and Gaut­eng, pre­sent­ing Work Zone on Jacaranda FM daily, from

9am un­til noon in Gaut­eng, Cen­tu­rion and Midrand. She is also the owner and host of par­ent­ing ini­tia­tive Baby Brunch, which holds an an­nual event and pro­duces the only na­tional par­ent­ing pod­cast.

“I’m lucky that things I have been given are from peo­ple who are still alive,” she says. “I have a piano my dad bought many years ago for my sis­ter, Helga (she went to live in London about 20 years ago). It is the in­stru­ment on which I learned to play as a child.”

Afrika-Bre­denkamp has sub­se­quently bought two more pi­anos – an­other up­right and an elec­tronic baby grand which is in her Cape Town home.

“My ac­cor­dion was also dad’s. He can no longer play be­cause of a sore back, but he taught me,” she says.

Afrika-Bre­denkamp has a col­lec­tion of in­stru­ments, in­clud­ing an­other ac­cor­dion from hus­band Ian’s Oom Ben, a key-tar (“not a gui­tar, a key-tar”), a gui­tar and a beau­ti­ful Ital­ian ac­cor­dion.

“I also have a con­certina my hus­band bought me as a birth­day gift.”

With two young daugh­ters, AfrikaBre­denkamp will pass on her love for mu­sic to her fam­ily.

“I love teach­ing my chil­dren. It makes the house jolly when you make mu­sic,” she says.

Cape Town City Bal­let’s lead­ing bal­le­rina, Laura Bösen­berg, is pre­par­ing for Cin­derella at Artscape Opera House (Oc­to­ber 5-21) and Swing­time in De­cem­ber.

She has a sil­ver mustard pot with great his­tory.

“It orig­i­nally be­longed to Al­bert Vic­tor Lind­bergh, founder of CNA, and dates to 1899. It is stamped with the crown seal of Elk­ing­ton & Co,” says Bösen­berg.

“I also have a beau­ti­ful an­tique tile from the panelling around my grand­mother’s Ed­war­dian fire­place.”

The pot has been handed down through gen­er­a­tions and was a gift to Bösen­berg from an aunt who mar­ried into the Lind­bergh fam­ily. The tile is a warm re­minder of the fam­ily get-to­geth­ers Bösen­berg en­joyed as a child.

“To me, her­itage is mean­ing­ful mem­ory, hav­ing a trea­sured pos­ses­sion that re­flects huge per­sonal sig­nif­i­cance, nos­tal­gia and sen­ti­men­tal­ity,” she says.

Next week Proverb and Nipho Mkhize tell us about their trea­sured heir­looms

Award- win­ning tele­vi­sion and ra­dio per­son­al­ity and mom- trepreneur Elana Afrika- Bre­denkamp with her in­her­ited ac­cor­dion at her par­ents’ house in Bel­lville. Her fa­ther, Hen­nie Afrika, taught her to play the piano and the ac­cor­dion. PHO­TO­GRAPH: PHANDO JIK

Cape Town City Bal­let’s lead bal­le­rina Laura Bösen­berg with a a sil­ver mustard pot that dates back to 1899. The pot was given to Bösen­berg by an aunt. PIC­TURE: AL­LI­SON FOAT

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