• Life is a celebration - interviews

    - door Nathalie Dirix
    01 Nov '18
    Patricia Morales from Argentina lives in Hoeilaart together with her 10-year-old dog. As well as the leafy region around Brussels, she also adores Brussels, the capital of Europe.
  • New uses for large farms - SOCIETY

    - door Gerard Hautekeur
    01 Oct '18
    Various municipal authorities in the Rand and Pajottenland are looking for new ways of using large empty farms. Particularly in view of the high demand for multi-family dwellings and co-housing.
  • Eager to help - SOCIETY

    - door Wim Troch
    01 Oct '18
    ‘It all started with running errands from time to time. And then I ended up doing voluntary work on a regular basis.’
  • Scan of our spaces - SOCIETY

    - door Bart Claes
    01 Nov '18
    ‘The Bouwmeester Scan is designed to help municipalities with their spatial planning for people and nature in a liveable environment, says the Flemish Chief Architect Leo Van Broeck.
01 Sep '18

Three mayors set to drop out of politics
door Luc Vanheerental

Whatever the outcome of the October municipal elections, no less than three mayors will be disappearing from the Flemish Rand’s political scene in 2019: Dirk Brankaer from Overijse, Eddie De Block from Merchtem and Marleen Mertens from Grimbergen.
01 Sep '18

Ploughing their own furrows
door Nathalie Dirix

Wim Distelmans. Josse De Pauw. The pair of them from the same year. They both followed their own paths. And look where they ended up. Far from the beaten paths. Closer to their true selves.
01 May '18

Small municipalities could be forced to merge
door Anne Peeters

The Flemish Rand abounds in small municipalities, including those with language facilities. These entities are struggling to keep operating efficiently owing to the growing number of tasks they have to contend with.
01 May '18

No beating around the bush
door Nathalie Dirix

‘My roots are not in the ground but in the air.’ You can tell straight off that Irene Wolf is not pining to return to Austria.
01 Apr '18

'Shared experiences'
door Ines Minten

Beukelaers does not know the meaning of a leisurely retirement. He is 80 years old but seems to be bowling through life like someone in their early thirties. Last week London, tomorrow Paris but he managed to squeeze this interview in between the two visits.
01 Apr '18

Apprenticeship in democracy and tolerance
door Gerard Hautekeur

La Placette in Wezembeek-Oppem is the oldest cohousing project in the Rand.
01 Mar '18

Dynamic policymaking for the Rand
door Tina Deneyer

Mobility and living together are the key challenges facing the Flemish Rand. There is no real sense of a Rand identity, although there is some cohesion in sub-regional areas such as the Druivenstreek (Grape-growing region).
01 Mar '18

Time and time again
door Karla Goetvinck

Classes where everyone in all their diversity can be themselves. Where teachers have the right teaching skills to turn this diversity into an asset.
01 Feb '18

Koen Clement: Director-General of the biennial cultural festival Europalia
door Ines Minten

After 20 years in the media and nine in the world of publishing, Koen Clement was appointed Director-General of the biennial cultural festival Europalia. The one focused on Indonesia is pretty much over.
01 Feb '18

Beverley Johnson: Capturing the beauty of nature
door Nathalie Dirix

Home to Beverley Johnson is anywhere where she feels attuned to the power of nature. Beverley is from the United Kingdom but has been living in Tervuren for over 21…
01 Dec '17

The S-net: More trains for the Rand
door Luc Vanheerentals

Under the NMBS’s new transport plan, the Rand will be provided with additional trains on the S-net, starting from 10 December.
01 Dec '17

‘Buddy at the cradle’
door Gerard Hautekeur

Socially vulnerable families will soon be able to count on the support of a student ‘buddy’ thanks to the Buddy aan de wieg project to be launched in December by the Huis van het Kind in Asse and the Erasmus School of Higher Education in Brussels.
01 Nov '17

Nabil Hasaballa: an Egyptian on the other side of the sea
door Nathalie Dirix

‘My determination and the power of curiosity are what brought me to Europe. Or as an Egyptian expression so aptly describes it: I wanted to see the other side of the sea.’ Nabil Hasaballa was 19 when he made up his mind to leave Egypt.
01 Oct '17

Figurandt: Thomas Valkeniers from Pajota real estate agency
door Ines Minten

It was 20 years ago that Thomas Valkeniers took over the Pajota real estate agency in Dilbeek and he now runs four offices. He has seen quite a lot of changes in his line of business and market trends over the years.
01 Oct '17

Maria Urbina: ‘A healthy dose of common sense’
door Karla Goetvinck

‘Flemish people are rightly proud of their identity, their history and their language. But maybe it is time to show some flexibility in certain situations? Especially when it comes to helping people who really do need assistance.’ That is Maria Urbina’s vision of how she would like things to be.
01 Apr '17

The $64,000 Question
door Karla Goetvinck

What does fate have in store for the Rand? What sort of region do we want? As part of the Visionary series of articles, RandKrant will be talking to a number of people over the next few months to find out their ideas about the future of the Rand.
01 Mar '17

Figurandt: Lydia Chagoll
door Nathalie Dirix

Dancer, filmmaker, writer, humanist and, first and foremost, an expert in the art of living. Lydia Chagoll is a wise person who has a common theme running through her life: opposing injustice.
01 Sep '17

Tatiana Potapova: ‘Art as a haven’
door Nathalie Dirix

Of Russian descent, Tatiana Potapova has spent eight of her 20 years living in Belgium in Tervuren. Her recent career change decision meant adopting a new lifestyle focused on her love for the arts.
01 Feb '17

Health picture in the Rand
door Bart Claes

In Drogenbos nearly twice as many people die of heart and vascular diseases as in Kraainem. Where you live in the Rand and your position in the social and economic pecking order have a huge impact on your health.
01 Apr '17

'You can't beat quality'
door Patrick Gijssels

Based in Asse, Sandra Van Goethem and Amy Maertens are running a wholesale business supplying hairdressing products, beauty products and nail care supplies.
01 May '17

Jan De Craen: ‘Let the people have their say’
door Karla Goetvinck

In the coming months we will be giving people who live in Rand the opportunity to ex-press their opinions. People from different backgrounds, in the hope of being able to present a broad and varied picture of how the region will be within 10 years.
01 Jun '17

Baby Love
door Patrick Gijssels

All 39 children attending the Tinkelbel crèche in Sint- Genesius-Rode can count on having a kiss and a hug, a greeting and a chat/babble every morning. However, the job has not got any easier over the years.
01 Feb '17

Increased workload
door Patrick Gijssels

‘Take an aerial photo of my desk so you can see what I am working on, laughs Jan De Gols, swinging his arm around the room. Every square inch of office or desk space is covered with folders, files, cardboard boxes and documents. De Gols is the sustainability officer for Meise municipal authority.
01 Mar '17

'As calm as a Belgian'
door Nathalie Dirix

It was 12 months ago that Indre Mackeviciute moved to Kraainem with her husband and four daughters. She feels completely at home here, in spite of missing the snow and cold winters in Lithuania.
01 Sep '17

Identifying and preventing rat-running
door Bart Claes

Traffic flows within 19 Flemish Rand municipalities are being assessed in the light of information gleaned from in-car GPS systems or smartphones, with a view to identifying and preventing overflow traffic.
01 May '17

Forensic dentist Eddy De Valck: ‘You do this work for the next of kin’
door Ines Minten

Eddy De Valck is a trailblazer in forensic dentistry in our part of the world. Identifying severely disfigured, unrecognisable victims of disasters from their teeth.
01 Jun '17

Special status municipalities: All smoke and mirrors
door Luc Vanheerentals

Relations seem to be changing for the better in some municipalities with language facili-ties, thanks to the arrival of a younger generation of French-speaking politicians. However, appearances are often deceptive.