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All media enquiries are referred to Beloftebos’ media representatives, Freedom of Religion South Africa (FORSA).

Please contact Michael Swain in this regard. 

Michael Swain   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.      (+27) 72  270 1217 www.forsa.org.za

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BELOFTEBOS: IT'S ABOUT FREEDOM

 

Following the opening of the legal case against them by the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC), the owners of Beloftebos today filed their opposing papers with the Cape High Court (Equality Court). In their papers, the owners of the wedding venue near Stanford, Hermanus, deny that their venue policy amounts to unfair discrimination against LGBT+ people. Importantly, they are also asking the Equality Court to find that the SAHRC unfairly discriminated against them on grounds of conscience, religion and belief, and that the Commission is biased and prejudiced in its treatment of them and their belief system.

 

The SAHRC’s case against Beloftebos is based on an incident that took place in 2017, when Beloftebos declined – on grounds of their Biblical conviction that marriage is between a man and a woman – to host, participate in and help to celebrate a same-sex wedding at the venue. Even though the couple subsequently married at another venue in the area and now live in the USA, the SAHRC – acting on behalf of various other complainants – have decided three years later to institute legal proceedings against Beloftebos. In their application, the SAHRC is effectively asking the Court to declare that Beloftebos’ venue policy is unconstitutional, and to force them to host same-sex weddings at their venue.

 

Significantly, the reason the owners decided to operate a wedding venue in the first place was as a consequence of their deep religious convictions regarding the meaning and purpose of marriage. For them, marriage is a religious rite (sacrament) - a covenant relationship between a man and a woman instituted by God Himself and which, in the Christian faith, reflects the relationship between Jesus Christ (the Bridegroom) and His Church (the Bride). For this reason, they would equally decline to host any other event that conflicts with their Biblical faith and beliefs.  For example, they would not allow a Halloween party, a séance or fortune-telling activities at their venue, nor would they host a polygamous marriage celebration.

 

The owners of Beloftebos have stated clearly that “all people, whatever their sexual orientation, are always welcome and will be served at our venue. We draw no distinction between people as far as serving them, catering for them or allowing them to use ‘our’ facilities is concerned. This is one hundred per cent in line with what Jesus requires of us. However, when we are approached to assist in something which we sincerely believe is not in line with Jesus’s teaching we cannot, for the reasons already set out, in good conscience comply. Our decisions have absolutely nothing to do with a person’s race, gender, sexual choices, economic standing or any other personal factor but are purely based upon our desire to do what is right before God in accordance with our beliefs.”

 

According to Michael Swain, Executive Director of Freedom of Religion South Africa (FOR SA), “The Christian Scriptures and view that marriage is exclusively between one man and one woman is one of the most ancient teachings and has been observed and celebrated for nearly 2,000 years. It has been practiced as a religious sacrament long before it was regulated by any law. Our South African legal system did not create marriage, it simply recognised and regulated an institution which predated the very existence of our nation.”

 

He further states that: “This case will have far-reaching implications.  If the Court decides against them, the owners of Beloftebos will be forced to participate in and celebrate events that violate their conscience, religion and belief or alternatively be forced to close their venue and cease to offer their services. However, the outcome of this case will equally affect every goods and service provider in South Africa, who will then be able to be forced to do work or perform services which they may fundamentally disagree with.  Ultimately, this case is about freedom – the freedom for all of us to choose to live our lives in a way that is consistent with our beliefs.  It is thus possible to support same-sex marriage and at the same time to stand with Beloftebos, because if the Court can force them to perform work that goes against their conscience, religion and belief, it can force anyone to do so.”

 

All media enquiries are referred to Beloftebos’ media representatives, Freedom of Religion South Africa (FORSA).

Please contact Michael Swain in this regard. 

Michael Swain   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.      (+27) 72  270 1217 www.forsa.org.za

 

 

Winter Season Package

We have recently opened for winter weddings due to the renovations of the venue. Now you can experience the forest through the huge 270° window panes and enjoy the rainy winters in the Cape while warming yourself by the fireplace.

 

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Exchange vows under the gracious oak trees at Beloftebos. This romantic and dreamy venue is the ideal setting to host your ceremony as well as reception.

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Situated in the heart of the fynbos floral kingdom, the farm Perdeberg Boplaas hosts four unique cottages – mostly renovated labourers’ cottages. Together they can sleep 30 - 40 guests.

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  • “I can’t say thank-you enough, you both truly provide the most amazing wedding venue. Mike and I both wish we could rewind and press the pause button to enjoy all over again!”

    – Mike & Jennifer

  • “Baie dankie vir die allermooiste en –lekkerste troue vir Bernard en Marlette”

    - Netta Nortje

  • "You and your staff got something right that some of the 5-star hotels in Cape Town can’t get right…
    Your staff exceeded my expectations”

    - Martin Fourie

  • “Just to say thanks so much for the most wonderful day… We had such a wonderful time, your help and staff were amazing, all the guests were blown away by the venue too.”

    - Emma & Dave

We invite you to learn more about Beloftebos:

Voted one of the Top 5 Most Outrageous Chapels in South Africa by Wedding Collection Magazine

6th generation family farm

140 year old oak forest

Consistent excellence for more than 10 years

More than 250 weddings

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Monday – Friday: Office days 09:00 – 17:00

Available on email and phone

Sundays: Closed
Closed on public holidays & Easter weekend.

You are most welcome to visit Beloftebos outside of these times but please note a guided tour needs to be booked in advance.

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Wedding / Event enquiries
Coia de Villiers: 082 391 5331
info@beloftebos.co.za

Accommodation enquiries:
Lorraine Kok: 072 580 3383
stay@paardenberg.co.za

Catering and Events:
Corneli from Cornelia’s Catering: 072 111 9380
corneli@beloftebos.co.za

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