The 28 Best Restaurants in Stellenbosch

The 28 Best Restaurants in Stellenbosch

These eateries have impressed us with their excellent food, great service and stunning settings.

The historic and cosmopolitan city of oaks is justifiably famous for its heritage architecture, view-drenched wine estates, quirky art galleries and boutiques, and some of the finest restaurants in the land. Here, we round up the ones that have grabbed our attention – from haute-cuisine hotel restaurants to homely country kitchens, family-friendly farms, and even a self-service burger deck.

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Restaurants in the Stellenbosch Winelands
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Best Restaurants in the Stellenbosch Winelands

Rust en Vrede

Rust en Vrede: The Best Stellenbosch Restaurants

An all-round first-class experience awaits at the warm and welcoming restaurant on the magnificent Rust and Vrede estate. With sommelier James Mukosi on hand to guide you through the impressive wine selection, stellar service throughout your meal, and exquisitely plated, vibrant and delicious French-inspired cuisine overseen by chef Fabio Daniel, it’s no wonder that two of SA’s finest chefs – Bertus Basson and Luke Dale-Roberts – rate it among the best restaurants in the land.
Housed in the estate’s original 1785 cellar, the restaurant has garnered several prestigious awards, including a spot in the San Pellegrino Top 100 Restaurants in the World and Elite Traveler’s Top 100 Restaurants in the World.
Opening times Tuesday – Saturday, 6.30pm – 11pm
Contact 021 881 3881,
Where to find it Rust en Vrede, Annandale Road, Stellenbosch

Indochine at Delaire Graff

Indochine: The Best Stellenbosch Restaurants

Unrivalled views, superb service and world-class cuisine made with fresh ingredients picked daily from the estate’s garden, Indochine at Delaire Graff represents everything that people love about the Cape Winelands, all rolled into one.
Executive chef Virgil Kahn prepares exquisite Asian-fusion dishes (with strong South African flavours) that are beautifully presented and bursting with flavour. His much-lauded menu is inspired by his time in Asia, where he travelled and dined in prestigious restaurants such as Wanakarn, a beach resort north of Phuket offering authentic Thai cuisine, and Saint Pierre, a one Michelin star restaurant in Singapore featured contemporary French fine dining with Asian flare. The knowledge, skills and experience garnered during this culinary journey are evident in his cooking.
Opening times Daily, 12.30pm – 2.15pm; 6.30pm – 9pm
Book through DinePlan
Contact 021 885 8160,
Where to find it Delaire Graff Estate, Helshoogte Rd, Stellenbosch

Vadas Smokehouse & Bakery

Vadas Smokehouse & Bakery: The Best Stellenbosch Restaurants

Formerly Hoghouse BBQ & Bakery, this spot was relaunched in 2018 as Vadas Smokehouse & Bakery, where head chef PJ Vadas (previously of The Roundhouse Restaurant and Camphors at Vergelegen) serves hearty meat dishes (with beef, pork, chicken and eggs sourced from Farmer Angus), farm-fresh bread, and an old Hoghouse favourite: pastéis de nata (Portuguese custard tarts).
Opening times Monday – Saturday, 12pm – 3pm, 6pm – 9pm; Sunday, 11am – 3pm
Book through DinePlan
Contact 021 809 1137,
Where to find it Spier Wine Farm, Baden Powell Drive, Stellenbosch


Overture: The Best Stellenbosch Restaurants

Situated on the foothills of the imposing Helderberg Mountain on Hidden Valley Wine Farm, Overture has grown into a foodie destination of note, well-loved for its modern South African cuisine, beautiful views and impressive setting.
Drawing inspiration from their mothers’ recipes and early food memories, chef Bertus Basson and his hard-working team delight diners with refined dishes as well as bold fire-grilled plates.
Opening times Daily, 12pm – 5pm; Thursday – Saturday, 7pm – 12am
Book through DinePlan
Contact 021 880 2721,
Where to find it Hidden Valley Wines, T4 Route, off Annandale Road, R44, Stellenbosch

The Vine Bistro

Vine Bistro at Glenelly: The Best Stellenbosch Restaurants

Fronted by chef-owner Christophe Dehosse, and head chef Alex Rykaart (whose small French-inspired menu changes regularly), this gem is housed within a state-of-art building at Glenelly Estate and could easily compete with some of the biggest rivals in the area. The dining experience is reflected in the warm, yet elegant decor that includes a mix of 19th-century chairs and classic Parisian café tables.
On chilly days, it’s rather nice to cosy up to the fireplace, or gather in the elegant wine-tasting area above the restaurant; but if the sun is out, sit at one of the long tables on the deck under the pergola, and enjoy beautiful views of the vineyards and surrounding hills while enjoying your meal.
Good to know May de Lencquesaing, owner of Glenelly Estate, is quite the glass collector; she has one of the largest privately owned glass collections in the world. Glenelly Estate’s glass museum provides a fascinating glimpse into 2 000 years worth of glassmaking.
Inside info Wine aficionados will be interested to know that The Vine Bistro will soon be adding a small selection of rare Pichon wines to its menu.
Opening times Tuesday – Sunday, 12pm – 3pm; Thursday – Saturday, 6.30pm – 8pm
Book through DinePlan
Contact 021 809 6444,
Where to find it Glenelly Estate, Ida’s Valley, Lelie Street

Jordan Restaurant

Jordan: The Best Stellenbosch Restaurants

You’ll find George Jardine’s acclaimed restaurant on one of Stellenbosch’s most picturesque wine estates. Here, George and head chef Kyle Burn’s meticulous dishes are served by professional, enthusiastic staff. If you love cheese, you’ll fall in love with the walk-in cheese room filled with cheeses such as Cremalat, Gorgonzola and Karoo Blue.
Opening times Winter (May – September 2019): Tuesday – Sunday, 12pm – 2pm
Thursday – Saturday, 6.30pm – 8pm
Summer (October 2019 – April 2020): Daily, 12pm – 2pm
Book through DinePlan
Contact 021 881 3612,
Where to find it Stellenbosch Kloof Road, Stellenbosch

The Kraal at Joostenberg

Kraal at Joostenberg: The Best Stellenbosch Restaurants
Sam Linsell

Situated in a stone-walled courtyard, which was once the farm’s original cattle kraal, the restaurant’s rustic chairs and tables is the perfect spot to enjoy deliciously wholesome, farm-fresh food with friends or family. And on cold days, you can sit inside the rustic Cape Dutch style wine tasting room, where a cosy fireplace and old vinyl records enhance the atmosphere.
Available for Sunday lunch only, Chef Lanri Marais’ three-course set menu changes weekly, but diners can expect a seasonally driven menu made using locally sourced, organic produce – some of which comes from the farm itself!
If you’re looking for a fuss-free, festive Sunday lunch – among wild olive groves and fruit trees – with delicious estate vino, you’ve come to the right Kraal.
Good to know Children are welcome, but there is not a separate children’s menu. Booking is essential.
Opening times Sundays, 12pm – 2.30pm
Book through DinePlan
Contact 079 641 1320,
Where to find it Joostenberg Wine Estate, Hoopenberg Road, Muldersvlei

The Restaurant at Clos Malverne

Clos Malverne: The Best Stellenbosch Restaurants

Set amidst vines and lush meadows, this welcoming winelands restaurant fulfils the need for fuss-free yet elegant dining. Guests can order from an à la carte menu, or choose between the three-course or popular four-course food-and-wine pairing, enjoyed with breathtaking views from the restaurant’s wraparound balcony.
Insider info Clos Malverne is a small family-owned farm steeped in tradition. Wines are handmade, using time-honoured wine-making traditions such as basket-pressing, and open-top fermenters in the cellars.
Book through DinePlan
Contact 021 865 2022,
Where to find it Clos Malverne, Devon Valley Road

Cuvée at Simonsig Wine Estate

Cuvee: The Best Stellenbosch Restaurants

Cuvée on Simonsigis the epitome of warm hospitality and old-world elegance, with a proudly modern-South African twist. The oak-covered terrace has uninterrupted views of the majestic Simonsberg Mountain, making it a lovely venue for a leisurely breakfast, lunch or dinner under the shade of the trees.
The passionate and dedicated culinary team uses local and seasonal ingredients to create an ever-changing menu of fresh but comforting flavours, with dishes that pair superbly with the estate’s terroir-driven wines.
We recommend the refreshing grilled pear, rocket, walnut and chevin-mousse salad, followed by the mouthwatering Butchers Cut of the Day with carrot purée, pomme anna, and salsa verde, paired with a crisp glass of their famed Kaapse Vonkel.
Insider info As a warm welcome the restaurant occasionally treats a lucky diner to a traditional sabrage, whereby you can open your own bottle of bubbly with a sword. Lunch and a new-learned party tick? Sounds like the perfect day in the winelands to us!
Opening times Monday – Saturday, 8.30am – 11am
Sunday, 11.30am – 4pm
Friday & Saturday, 6pm – 9pm
Book through DinePlan
Contact 021 888 4932 or 076 207 8930,
Where to find it Simonsig Wine Estate, Kromme Rhee Road, Koelenhof

Postcard Café

Postcard Cafe: The Best Stellenbosch Restaurants

This laidback restaurant is aptly named, as it can be found at one of the most naturally beautiful settings in the Jonkershoek Valley. With a selection of casual lunch options and delicious baked goods, the venue is ideal for a lazy family lunch or sumptuous winelands breakfast. All of this can be enjoyed in view of vast lawns and a tranquil dam.
Opening times Wednesday – Sunday, 9am – 4pm
Contact 021 861 7703,
Where to find it Stark-Conde Wine Estate, Jonkershoek Valley

Bertus Basson’s The Deck at Hidden Valley

The Deck at Hidden Valley: The Best Stellenbosch Restaurants

On the same estate as Bertus Basson’s Overture, you’ll find his more casual alternative, The Deck. Though the atmosphere is more relaxed than its sister restaurant, the commitment to quality remains the same, albeit with a simpler menu. The limited number of items available includes one of Bertus Basson’s specialities: an expertly made burger with fries. This can be enjoyed on an outdoor deck by a tranquil pond, with views of the mountains and meadows. An experience that illustrates the beauty in a simple thing done well.
Opening times Daily, 11am – 4pm
Contact 021 880 2721,
Where to find it Hidden Valley Wine Farm, Annandale Road, Stellenbosch NU

Gåte at Quoin Rock

Gate: The Best Stellenbosch Restaurants

On the slopes of the majestic Simonsberg Mountains lies Quoin Rock Wine Estate, home to Gåte Restaurant. The 50-seater restaurant is intimate with a decidedly contemporary look, and spectacular views of the surrounding landscape. The elegance of the surroundings matches the presentation of the flavourful dishes.
Opening times Tuesday – Saturday, 6.30pm – 10pm; Sunday: 12pm – 4pm
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Contact 021 888 4750,
Where to find it Quoin Rock Wine Estate, Knorhoek Road, Knorhoek Valley, Stellenbosch

Tokara Restaurant

Tokara: The Best Stellenbosch Restaurants

Perched on the edge of a cliff overlooking a valley of vineyards, Tokara Wine Farm is one of the most breathtaking spots to spend the day (or just the morning!). It appears so suddenly while winding down the beautiful Helshoogte Pass into Stellenbosch that it’s easy to miss – but, trust us, you’ll be glad you didn’t.
The acclaimed restaurant offers mesmerising views of vineyards and rolling hills stretching all the way to False Bay. Presided over by executive chef Carolize Coetzee (formerly Dornier Bodega, Cuvée and Delaire Graff), guests can expect dishes that are elegant in their simplicity, made with fresh, locally sourced ingredients.
Good to know Tokara Wine Estate is also home to the family-friendly Tokara Delicatessen – a great spot for a laidback, view-drenched winelands breakfast.
Opening times Daily, 12pm – 2pm; Tuesday – Saturday, 6.30pm – 8pm
Contact 021 885 2550,
Where to find it Tokara Wine Estate, Helshoogte Road


Terroir: The Best Stellenbosch Restaurants

Situated on the slopes of the Kleine Zalze estate in the famed Stellenbosch winelands, this venue is so much more than its four walls. Dining at Terroir is an absorbing experience in which time simultaneously stands still and slips by. This could be attributed to the rustling of the oak trees, or the view of the verdant golf course, or the food, the hospitality or the wine. But we think it’s the combination of all.
Guests can choose to dine on the outdoor terrace or head indoors. The relaxed décor makes you feel right at home, with warm service complementing this feeling. When your waitron has worked in the same restaurant for close on a decade, you know you’re onto a good thing.
No matter the season, you can count on head chef Michael Broughton and his team for exquisitely plated dishes and flavour combinations and textures that surprise and delight.
Good to know Should you wish to linger even longer, the estate is home to a four-star lodge with sweeping vineyard and mountain views.
Opening times Tuesday – Sunday, 12pm – 2.30pm; Tuesday – Saturday, 6.30pm – 9pm
Book through DinePlan
Contact 021 880 8167,
Where to find it Kleine Zalze Wine Estate, Die Boord, Strand Road, R44

Best Restaurants in Stellenbosch Central

Bertus Basson’s Eike

Eike: The Best Stellenbosch Restaurants
Claire Gunn

As an homage to Eikestad (the city of oaks), Bertus Basson opened this, his sixth restaurant in an historic building on Stellenbosch’s Dorp Street. The intimate space is beautifully styled – think sumptuous emerald-green velvet chairs, an up-to-the-minute geometric-tiled wall and a kitchen that overlooks the 30-seater dining area.
Food-wise, the menu is a paean to the seasons, serving dishes that reflect Bertus and chef Kyle du Plooy’s passion for South African flavours. There is no limit to these two chefs’ imaginations.
And, to match the food, the wine list is wonderfully curated, with some unexpected and rare gems.
Says Bertus: “Eike is the expression of being South African. It’s a celebration of local cuisine, inspired by childhood memories of classic dishes and travels through the physical and cultural landscape of our diverse land. And, it’s our only eatery where we offer a set menu.”
Opening times Tuesday – Saturday, 7pm – late
Book through DinePlan
Contact 021 007 4231,
Where to find it 50 Dorp Street, Stellenbosch

Restaurant Jardine

Jardine: The Best Stellenbosch Restaurants
Samantha Clifton

George Jardine, the talent behind the acclaimed Jordan Restaurant, opened this exciting eatery in 2016, having earmarked the spot opposite the Stellenbosch Hotel years ago, and patiently waiting for it to become available. Inside, an old house has been converted into a warm and homely space where guests can expect a mouth-watering smorgasbord of chef Jardine’s signature flavourful dishes, paired with some of the best wines in Stellenbosch.
Opening times Tuesday – Saturday, 12pm – 2pm (à la carte lunch); 6pm – 8pm (two or three-course dinner)
Please note The restaurant is closed for lunch from mid-May to mid-September 2019
Book through DinePlan
Contact 021 886 5020,
Where to find it 1 Andringa Street

De Volkskombuis

De Volkskombuis: The Best Stellenbosch Restaurants

Situated in a recently renovated heritage building dating back to the beginning of the 20th century, De Volkskombuis serves traditional boerekos – the kind of food that would grace the tables of Dutch farmers back in the day. Expect hearty dishes that match the rustic charm of the setting, such as chicken pie with mash, springbok and lamb boerewors, and rack of Karoo lamb. There’s also a selection of wood-fired pizzas, and desserts such as baked cheesecake with a brownie biscuit base. All of this can be enjoyed in a homely space warmed by fireplaces, or outdoors in the peaceful garden. An authentic countryside experience.
Opening times Monday – Saturday, 11.30am – 3pm (pizza is served until 10pm), 10pm – 11pm (bar closes at 12am); Sunday, 11.30am – 4pm
Contact 021 741 0980,
Where to find it Aan de Wagen Road, Stellenbosch

Genki Sushi Bar & Japanese Tapas

Genki: The Best Stellenbosch Restaurants

This cheerful eatery in a treed courtyard, just off Stellenbosch’s happening Church Street, does heavenly Japanese sushi and tapas. No wonder SA’s top chef Gregory Czarnecki and Majeka House’s Lucas Carstens both rate it as a must-visit! The intimate lantern-lit inside section seats 18 people, but you really want to sit in the outside section (yes, even in winter), under the oaks, rubbing shoulders with diners from the other eateries on the square.
Opening times Monday – Saturday, 11.30am – 3pm, 5.30pm – 10pm
Contact 021 887 5699,
Where to find it Corner of Bird and Church Streets, Stellenbosch

De Warenmarkt

De Warenmarkt: The Best Stellenbosch Restaurants

Inspired by the Cape’s history as a vital trading post, De Warenmarkt is housed in an 18th-century heritage building, where you’ll find a selection of speciality meats, the best wines from the region, cheeses, craft beer and coffee. There’s a Grab & Go Deli that serves gourmet sandwiches and salads; a tasteful wine lounge at the back with a cosy fireplace (perfect for cosy rendez-vous on icy Stellies’ days); the Kaapse Vonkel MCC and Oyster Bar in the middle serves utterly delicious fresh Saldanha Bay oysters and top-drawer bubbly; and tables and chairs in the centre where you can order a range of comforting dishes.
Opening times Monday – Saturday, 8am – 9pm; Sunday, 9am – 3pm
Book through DinePlan
Contact 021 883 2274,
Where to find it 20 Ryneveld Street, Stellenbosch

De Vrije Burger

De Vrije Burger: The Best Stellenbosch Restaurants

There are few things better than a burger done right, and Bertus Basson’s takeaway joint in the heart of Stellenbosch has got burgers down to a fine art! A 200g free-range beef patty served on a homemade butter bun with your choice of trimmings, and even a free soft-serve ice cream on the side. Simple, yet beautiful to behold. It’s no wonder top chefs such as Carolize Coetzee and Michael Deg rate it as the “best burger in Stellies, hands down”.
Opening times Monday – Saturday, 11am – 9pm
Where to find it 24 Simonsplein, 61 Plein Street, Stellenbosch

Majeka House Kitchen

Makaron: The Best Stellenbosch Restaurants

This elegant, award-winning restaurant is situated at the luxurious five-star boutique hotel, Majeka House. Executive chef Lucas Carstens oversees the kitchen, offering creative and flavourful plates utilising local ingredients (many of which are sourced within a 20-kilometre radius of the Majeka House). Enhancing the experience is an impressive wine list, with 90% of the wines coming from local wine estates and farms. Interior designer Etienne Hanekom is responsible for the restaurant’s glamorous interiors and decor, which makes it the go-to spot for celebrating a special occasion.
Opening times Daily, 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Closed on Wednesdays (1 April – 31 October)
Book through DinePlan
Contact 021 880 1549,
Where to find it 26-32 Houtkapper Street, Paradyskloof, Stellenbosch

Asta La Pasta

Asta la Pasta: The Best Stellenbosch Restaurants

Now under new ownership, this cosy Italian restaurant, with wood-fired pizzas and a variety of pasta dishes on offer, is a favourite among some of SA’s top chefs, including Gustaaf Boshoff. There’s also a small selection of wine and craft beers available. Guests can enjoy their meal on the compact outside deck during sunny weather, or inside by the fireplace during the winter.
Opening times Tuesday – Saturday, 12pm – 9.30pm (last seating at 8pm)
Contact 021 887 7300,
Where to find it 103A Dorp Street, Stellenbosch

Drum Restaurant

Drum: The Best Stellenbosch Restaurants
Heike Edeling

Nestled among the oak tree leaves on the first floor of the Black Horse Centre is a relaxed, family-run eatery hitting all the right flavour notes. Brothers Danie and Moskou du Toit (also part of the band Spoegwolf) opened Drum Restaurant in February 2018 as a passion project and side gig to their music, and it hit the quiet streets of Stellenbosch with a bang.
The small seasonal menu is organised by Nibbles (including utterly addictive deep-fried olives, arancinis and fries), Starters, Mains and Desserts. The food is presented as fine dining for everyday folk.
We recommend the mushroom tortellini, and the saffron panna cotta served with warm honey and saffron milk – large enough to share but, trust us, you won’t want to.
Each dish is evokes a childhood memory for chef Moskou, who trained under Liam Tomlin, while Danie hosts and entertains diners with some tunes. The kitchen operates seamlessly, managing to communicate effectively with very few verbal cues while the wait staff are slick and attentive, ready to cater to your every need.
Opening times Tuesday – Friday, 6pm – 11pm; Saturday, 12pm – 11pm
Please note On nights that Spoegwolf are performing, the restaurant closes, so please book ahead to avoid disappointment.
Contact 082 497 3006,
Where to find it First floor of the Black Horse Centre, Corner of Dorp Street and Market Street, Stellenbosch


Decameron: The Best Stellenbosch Restaurants

This homely Italian restaurant on the edge of Stellenbosch Central has been a local favourite for years. Here you’ll find traditional Italian fare: homemade pasta, freshly baked bread and wood-fired pizza, as well as meat and seafood dishes. The interior is decorated with art depicting the Italian renaissance, while the outdoor beer garden is somewhat of an institution.
Opening times Monday – Saturday, 12pm – 9.30pm
Contact 021 883 3331,
Where to find it 50 Plein Street, Stellenbosch

Pane e Vino

Pane e Vino: The Best Stellenbosch Restaurants
Bernard Myburgh

A stone fireplace and brick walls create a homely vibe in this rustic osteria (the Italian word for a restaurant that serves wine and simple food with short menus) in Stellenbosch old brandy district that doubles as a tasting room for the Dalla Cia wines and grappa made nearby. It’s a home away from home for the affable Dalla Cias: winemaker Giorgio (of Meerlust fame), his son George who makes the grappa, and George’s talented wife, Elena, who owns the restaurant and prepares the delicious Italian fare. On hot days you can sit outside under cover as you would in a roadside trattoria in Italy…
The food is simple, traditional and delicious, made from fresh, organic ingredients. Visit on Saturday over lunch when the local Italian community are out in full force for a coffee and a chat.
On the day we visited, the blackboard menu, which changes daily, offered pappardelle all’aragosta (crayfish pasta), a choice of antipasti including prosciutto e melone and bresaola con rucola. Under the primi section was tortelli al ragú (large-size tortellini with meat sauce), and for secondi, there was a choice between the melanzane alla Parmigiana, arrosto di manzo (roast beef), and arista di maiale (pork belly with roast potatoes).
Opening times Monday – Friday, 10am – 6pm; Saturday, 10am – 5pm
Contact 021 883 8312,
Where to find it Behind Oude Libertas, 7B Distillery Road, Stellenbosch


Gino's: The Best Stellenbosch Restaurants

Another family-run favourite, situated on the oldest street in Stellenbosch, Gino’s is loved for its pasta, pizza and gelati. It’s a student favourite – for the prices and sometimes-raucous beer-garden vibe, so if you’re looking for a quiet pizza, this might not be ideal. The outdoor seating area is a fine place to chill with a beer and soak up the Stellies scene.
Opening times Tuesday – Saturday, 11.30am – 9.30pm; Sunday, 11.30am – 9pm
Contact 021 887 9786,
Where to find it 63 Dorp Street, Stellenbosch

The FatButcher

The Fat Butcher Stellenbosch Restaurants

It opened in 2016 and already this relatively new steakhouse is being hailed for its top-quality meat (ask for pasture-reared if that’s your preference). Set in a traditionally Cape-style building, this restaurant offers guests a choice sitting indoors in the rustic yet oddly elegant eatery, in the attractive courtyard outside, or on the street-facing porch.
We recommend the steak, obviously. And leave space for a Belgian brownie!
Opening times
Monday – Sunday, 11.30am – 10.30pm
Contact 021 882 8705,
Where to find it Number 1, van Riebeek Street, Stellenbosch

Research by Matthew Flax, Kent Cloete, Francesca Gransden, Alicia Chamaillé, Nikki Benatar, and Michelle de Bruin

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Time of publication: 06 May 2019

7 Responses to “The 28 Best Restaurants in Stellenbosch”

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    What would your recommendation be for Christmas lunch with the family?

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    Margaret Eloff

    Lovely list af Stellenbosch eateries!

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    B Botha

    Where is Spek en Bone in the list??

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    Peter Reeve

    Am I missing something here? The best 27 restaurants in Stellenbosch? I can only see 13 on my list?

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    Horst Ullrich

    I want also have all news everytime .
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