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Young minds focus on business futures The University of Cape Town was once again in the spotlight - when a group of postgraduate students from The School of Management Studies showcased their strengths as entrepreneurs at the annual 2011 Genesis Product Exhibition and launch. The exhibition has received rave reviews. Katja Hamilton reports.
oung entrepreneurs from the University of Cape was something for everyone. Mbrace stood out especially Town revealed their business talents at the unveiling as they donated a portion of their income to the Orphan of innovative products for the 2011 Genesis Product Care Foundation in Westlake. Their overall environmentally Exhibition and launch on Upper Campus. friendly and socially responsible product made a significant Entitled “From 50 to Infinity”, the exhibition saw eight student contribution to their brand name. businesses launch the products which they had developed But it was the T-art expression t-shirts that took first prize from concept to design and manufactured in five short in my books. Available in green, blue and black, they sport months. Each student business was started with just a ‘whiteboard’ feature on which can be written erasable R50 capital. messages, pictures or thoughts. Premier Helen Zille opened the exhibition which was held in The t-shirt has a special print surface with a specific pen that the Molly Blackburn Hall, and was well attended by students, allows the user to write on it and wipe off the message, when UCT staff and public. needed. The statement can be left to dry, and when the t-shirt The aim of the 2011 Genesis Exhibition challenges students is thrown in the wash it comes out blank. to imagine the future for South Africa if Essentially T-art turns the user into a walking young entrepreneurs can learn to create billboard, or a human Facebook page. Last year Genesis wealth from just R50, and what this could With the 2011 World Cup Rugby just around the potentially mean for the development of corner this t-shirt could become all the rage. groups were able South Africa as a brand. products for sale included interchangeable to turn R50 into as Other Similar groups in previous years have been belts, folders that can hold notes, student/business much as R200 000 cards, USB memory stick, keys, pen, exam pad and able to turn R50 into as much as R200 000 net-profit in their Genesis year. a timetable all in one simple stylish and convenient net-profit in less The businesses that stood out included space, and decorative number-plate frames, than a year. Flash ‘Em, Hout Couture, Mbrace and T-Art. among others. Flash ‘Em produced a beautifully leatherLebo Setholo of Flash ‘Em praised the Postgraduate crafted bracelet complete with discreet space for storage of a Diploma in Management in Entrepreneurship (PDME) course at customised 8 GIG flash disk. This waterproof fashion accessory UCT and encouraged other young South Africans to consider enables data to be available on hand. enrolling if they want to start their own businesses. Hout Couture created eco-chic unisex bamboo sunglasses “People think that being an entrepreneur is easy, it’s not. It’s with standard black or brown polarised lenses. Fashionable but a difficult process and sometimes you need to manoeuvre also eco-sensitive, these are lazer-engineered in South Africa. around your original idea and come up with something else. I The wooden sunglass frames are a lightweight and durable encourage young South Africans to consider starting their own alternative to plastic. businesses but would advise them to do their research and to For each pair of wooden sunglasses sold, an indigenous study their field of interest first.” tree is planted through the Eco-Schools projects in Lebo said the course was instrumental post-1994 in building a South Africa. brighter future for the young generation. Mbrace produced wrap-around bracelets with inspirational “As South Africans we need to start taking responsibility not words either embossed or printed on the soft natural leather. only for ourselves, but for all those around us. The PDME With two different styles and four different colours - there course sets up a good example to continue this legacy.”
Amelia Midgley and Ryan Hofland model the latest bamboo sunglasses from Hout Couture, one of the starter businesses that launched their products at the 2011 Genesis Product Exhibition at UCT recently.The stylist for the shoot was Cait Pansegrouw. Photographer: Pierre De Villiers.
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et’s celebrate Arbor Week by planting a tree – it’s the best way to lower your carbon footprint. Your carbon footprint is a measure of your activity and its impact on the environment. It estimates your carbon emissions through, for example, your consumption of petrol and electricity. So, whether you are shopping, on the road or at work, the energy you use in your daily life has an impact on climate change. The size of your car, how far you drive and the condition of your vehicle impact on your carbon footprint. Planting a tree is the best way to keep your carbon footprint down, simply because trees absorb carbon dioxide and turn it into oxygen. It’s why I absolutely love The Billion Tree Campaign, launched by the United Nations Environment Programme and the World Agro-forestry Centre in 2006, in response to the threat of global warming. Thanks to this campaign, two billion trees have been planted in 18 months, with the target being raised to seven billion trees this year. Ethiopia planted the most trees with a count of 700 million, followed by Turkey with 400 million, Mexico with 250 million, and Kenya with 100 million. Over half of all tree plantings took place in Africa. In tune with the UN Environment Programme I am calling on individuals, communities, business and industry, civil society organisations and governments to evolve this initiative to a new and even higher level. Extending a helping hand with planting your tree, are some fantastic organisations. My pick of the month includes Greenworks (www.greenworks. co.za). This is an environmental awareness website that provides tips on how each of us can reduce our impact on the Planet. It facilitates a tree planting programme by assisting in the purchase of a tree. Greenworks will make the arrangements for a tree to be planted on your behalf. You will receive a Plant a Tree for Life certificate electronically.
I also love Greenpop (www.greenpop.co.za) a social enterprise that plants trees in schools and community centres on behalf of corporates on the Cape Flats, sets up creative ways of sustaining trees through community involvement and spreads environmental education in SubSaharan Africa. Its objectives are to uplift communities, green urban and rural areas, create environmental awareness, combat climate change and make greening fun and popular so that a greener, more conscious movement is inspired. I’m also a big fan of Food & Trees for Africa (www.trees.co.za), a similar project to Green Pop but focused on a national level. It has planted just over 4 million trees since 1990. It is a Section 21 social enterprise registered with the Department of Welfare and the Public Benefits Department. You can plant a tree in honour, gratitude, celebration or in memory of a loved one, friend, relative or business associate, and give a growing and everlasting gift to someone less fortunate in a barren and dusty settlement. I’m particularly fascinated by this organisation’s Bamboo for Africa programme where bamboo plantations, found to be highly effective in offsetting carbon emissions, are earmarked for public schools and open tribal land. This Arbor Week give back to your environment and leave a lasting legacy for the younger generation, because we don’t inherit the Earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children. Katja Hamilton
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On Christmas Eve last year, members of the Ottery Baptist Church were seen driving in convoy with trucks and bakkies intent on delivering hundreds of donated toys and sweet packets to the poorest of the poor children in the informal settlements of Ottery. This year on December 24 with God’s grace and blessings we are planning another drive and would like to deliver toys and sweets to children residing in Parkwood, Lansdowne, Ottery and parts of Hanover Park. As the Outreach Team of the Ottery Baptist Church, we are appealing to all who can collect and donate toys for boys and girls from two to 12 years of age. If you want to assist, ask family, friends and your local school, business or church to get involved - if they have no similar projects planned. If you have unwanted toys you want to donate, please do. We stress that no money donations will be accepted. We’d rather you spend the money on either toys, sweets or chips and donate them. With your generous donations many trucks and bakkies can be filled with presents for disadvantaged children. The motivation for us is the joy and looks of appreciation that were engraved in our minds and hearts as we handed out the toys and sweets last year, and the year before. To be part of the convoy contact pastor Wally Thomas on 021 7043598 or 084 9191955, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively contact Keith Blake on 021 704 0053 or 073 8776207, or email email@example.com. Keith Alfred Adolph Blake Ottery
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In the photo are Georgina McLoughlin (the delighted owner of the camera on the right hand side) and her cousin, Isabelle Baker from England on the left. The good news is that the owner of the camera that was reported missing in our last issue of The Chronicle has been found. Thanks to media coverage initiated by Lesley Kohne, who downloaded photos from the camera and emailed them to us to be published, many readers recognised the faces and contacted her as a result. The owner of the camera is Georgina Mcloughlin. “We have an extremely delighted little girl with the return of the camera!” said her mother, Gemma. The camera went missing in Hermanus on Father’s Day. Lesley picked it up at a lookout point at the beach. She approached restaurant owners in the area as well as The Hermanus Information Centre and the police to see if they knew of anyone who had lost a camera, with no luck. Then she called The Chronicle. It turns out the McLoughlins live in Constantia, a mere 3km from Lesley. Georgina’s father Steven said the response to the appeal was overwhelming and he was thrilled the camera has been found since he had not insured it. He was grateful to Lesley and her husband Roger for their help. “Given the state of the nation and the world, the extent to which Roger and Lesley went to return the camera is beyond the call of duty,” he said. Steven said he had bought his daughter the camera for her birthday and that she had since become an avid photographer taking the camera with her to every family event including their holiday in Hermanus. He said once he realised the camera had gone missing, he thought it was the last he’d seen of it. “I am excited and elated that the camera has been found,” said Lesley. She added she was grateful that she could return the photos of Georgina with her dad, especially of their time at the World Cup Soccer, as they were keepsakes of fond memories. Self-effacing, Lesley downplayed her actions. 7 September page 2011 2
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he lives of five Cape Town street vendors have changed for the better thanks to a significant cash injection from a socially conscious pharmaceutical company. Noel Yasini (28), spotted some months ago at Constantia Mall, says it’s going to be a busy Spring season for them. “When we started out back in 2003 it was all about putting food on the table. Soon we may be talking investments,” this street vendor from Delft enthused. Noel and his team have been commissioned by a leading generic medicines distributor, Pharma Dynamics, to produce thousands of beaded wire flowers as part of one of the company’s marketing initiatives. Mariska Fouche, spokesperson at Pharma Dynamics says each of the five kinds of flowers crafted by Noel represents a product within its Central Nervous System medication range. “The floral theme was inspired by Van Gogh, who had been troubled by mental illness throughout his life. Most of his paintings included flowers, such as irises, sunflowers, poppies, water lilies and moon flowers. “We were so impressed by Noel’s striking flower creations
and genuine love of art that we placed an order for an upcoming product launch right there and then. Since then, due to an overwhelming response from our customers, we have placed regular orders throughout the year,” says Fouche. These regular orders have made the world of difference not only to Yasini, but his entire team of workers. Yasini says that the ongoing income stream has made it possible for him to pay for his wife, Yvonne’s final year of IT studies, and to enrol his four-year-old son, Anotida in a better school. Co-worker Leo Mashapaidze says his living conditions have vastly improved – from staying in a tiny shack in Philippi to renting a two-bedroom flat in Kraaifontein. He too is now in a position to provide better education for his son.
From left are Fanuel Mafunhe, Noel Yasini, Innocent Mutizwa and Mariska Fouche, spokesperson of Pharma Dynamics.
Top debating team from Westerford
Westerford’s junior and senior debating teams attended the Western Cape Provincial Tournament from August 6 to 8. The seniors made it to the semi-finals, losing on a split panel decision to Rondebosch, the eventual winners. Despite this narrow loss, Emil Chetty was ranked 8th individually, Dan Corder, 4th and Colin Basaans, 2nd. These three were also selected to take part in the WC trials which were to be held on the following weekend. Georgia Rowley and Jack Calland were also selected to take part in the Junior WC trials. The trials went very well, with both Colin and Dan being selected for the WC, Senior A side, and Emil being selected for the WC Senior B side. Westerford competed in the Rotary Debating Competition which has been taking place for 22 years. It attracts about 40 schools which compete in a round robin system against another five schools in the knockout stages. Westerford won the quarter-finals against Fairmont, their semis against Rustenburg, and then faced Herzlia in the finals. This was Westerford’s first final. Emil Chetty, Duncan Hobbs, Jessica Hichens, Daniel Corder and Colin Besaans are coached by UCT students Ilan Price. They managed to win the debate by a very narrow margin. They won the Rotary Cup as well as R1500 for the school’s library. The 2012 World School World School Debating Championships (WSDC) will be held in Cape Town, South Africa. The bid for this was supported by Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu and the Premier Helen Zille, among others.
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Monkey business at The Baxter
Monkey Nuts written by Geraldine Naidoo and featuring Matthew Ribnick has opened at The Baxter for its second season in Cape Town. Experience the hilarious antics of multi-award winning actor, Matthew Ribnick when he returns to The Baxter stage acclaimed writer/director Geraldine Naidoo’s Monkey Nuts. Acknowledged by critics countrywide as one of South Africa’s most cleverly crafted and funniest shows currently staged, Monkey Nuts received the prestigious Naledi award for “Best Comedy Performance” earlier this year at the 2011 National Arts Festival in Grahamstown. The new show sees Ribnick portraying numerous characters from diverse backgrounds – switching roles with ease and dexterity. Like the previous Ribnick/Naidoo collaborations Hoot and The Chilli Boy, Monkey Nuts has had audiences in stitches with its clever mix of situational comedy, storytelling and hilarious characters. Monkey Nuts runs at the Golden Arrow Studio at The Baxter Theatre Centre until October 1. Shows run weekly at 8.15pm 50x40-Earspace-P.indd from Tuesdays to Saturdays with ticket prices ranging from R100 from Tuesdays to Thursdays and R130 on Fridays and Saturdays. The show is not suitable for persons under the age of 16. Bookings can be made through Computicket and at The Baxter Theatre Centre.
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Growing green veggies in Heaven’s Nest T
he children at Heaven’s Nest, Ottery, are eating organic veggies thanks to SPAR Distribution Centre in Philippi that commissioned the garden. Elaine Bester co-ordinator at the home said: “It was a great feeling to harvest spinach six weeks after planting. We had enough to feed the children, supply our soup kitchen, which we operate from St Francis Church in Strandfontein, and send some home with the carers. We will initially sell the excess to staff and members of our church.
“The beans we planted are slow growers, so we are experimenting with beetroot and spring onions. We will continue to experiment to achieve optimal output from this garden. “The aim of the project is two-fold,” she said. “The vegetables can be harvested every six weeks, which allows us to provide fresh organic seasonal vegetables for the children, and what we don’t use can be sold, with the funds allowing us to provide them with food, clothing and necessities.” Heaven’s Nest is currently providing care to 12 children between three and seven years old. These numbers change constantly, since they do not institutionalise children, but rather care for them when they are in a state of need, until they can be re-integrated into their families or placed in foster care. “With the cost of providing holistic care to our children, self-sustainability has to be our ultimate goal,” says Elaine. “The donations and sponsorships we receive are wonderful and help us to keep doing what we do; but as everyone with children knows, the operational costs are constantly increasing. This garden is an excellent way to allow us to cater to these increasing needs and to continue to provide a safe and loving environment to children in need.” Heaven’s Nest was opened in 2004 and is run by the task team of St Francis of Assisi in Strandfontein. Their mission is to be a safe place of care and nurturing for some of the projected millions of orphans to emerge from the HIV/AIDS pandemic and other “children in need”. If you would like to support Heaven’s Nest visit www.heavensnest.org.za/support/ or contact Eleanor Bester on 021 703 9781, 084 919 6967 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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Be careful if you live in Rondebosch, comedian/actor Anthea Thompson is watching you! You could be the inspiration for her next comedy character. When did you first begin acting and in what production, where? Well, I had a fairly inauspicious start, taking to the stage for the Kildare Nursery School Nativity at the age of four. I was the blue bird of happiness and cried the whole way through. When I was seven, I was cast as Ben Dekker’s granddaughter for a special on at the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. The minute I saw him, I burst into tears. Filming was delayed by an hour while my mother was brought in to pacify me. I don’t know how I got into this profession! Which actor do you admire the most? I admire any working actor who has managed to stay in the profession through sheer guts, passion and entrepreneurial determination. I admire guys like Rob Van Vuuren, Louw Venter and the Joe Barber boys who’ve managed to create extraordinarily funny comedy brands. If I could develop my character comedy so that it becomes the mainstay of my career, I would be delighted! What was it like working with Anthony Sher in Broken Glass? Working with Sir Anthony Sher was an incredible experience. It was like witnessing a master class in acting every day. I spent a lot of time backstage and there was never a time that I wasn’t engaged and utterly transported by what he was doing on stage.
Award-winning actress Anthea Thompson appears in ‘Living Remote: Bertha’s guide to life, love and pharmaceuticals’ at Kalk Bay Theatre until September 24. Anthea created Bertha while performing with an allfemale comedy group ‘The Cracks’ at the Baxter. To book phone 073 220 5430.
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How and when did you get involved with the Cracks comedy team? I started working with the Cracks just before the World Cup last year when Marianne Thamm phoned out of the blue to ask whether I’d like to be part of the venture. I didn’t know her personally, but had great respect for her journalistic work. I didn’t hesitate to say yes and I’m so glad I did. I love those girls now! How did your Cracks’ character Bertha get her own show? I’d had an idea for a very long time which dealt with a lot of the themes that Bertha plays with. In developing her for Cracks she started taking on a life of her own, so it felt natural to give her the slot I’d booked for myself. She’s a determined old biddy! What do you enjoy about living in Rondebosch? Rondebosch is a wonderful place to people watch. Interestingly, there are a lot of older people and then there are the university students. I’ve witnessed many delightful scraps between the generations which have become fodder for my comedy. What are you reading at the moment and why? A John Grisham novel because it puts me to sleep – and I need sleep, being an insomniac! Were your parents involved in theatre work? My father’s mother, Molly Thompson was involved in radio and was considered a huge talent in the field. I remember she had the uncanny ability to sound five when she was 50.
SPRING DAISIES IN THE CAPE Although Asteraceae is the official daisy family, the Spring daisies referred to in South Africa is a loose term encompassing many plants with daisy-like flowers which appear in Spring. The broad common names given to these pretty Spring flowers range from Spring Daisy to Namaqua daisy to Cape Daisy. However, there is not solely one genus incorporating all the plants, but a few. These include Dimorphotheca, Osteospermum, Arctotis, Senecio and Gazania, among others. The common Namaqua daisies found along the West coast belong to the genus Dimorphotheca. The centre for diversity of this genus is Southern Africa. Osteospermum is a genus producing beautifully radiant flowers in a range of purple, white and yellow shades in Spring. These daisies have hard seeds, hence their scientific name; ostean is Greek for bone and spermum is Latin for seed. There are only a mere 50 species in southern Africa and Angola belonging to the genus Arctotis. These plants are popular worldwide because of their large showy display of flowers which come in a range of colours; they are also easy to grow. Senecio, on the other hand, is a much larger genus with over 1000 species. An impressive 300 of these occur in southern Africa. The genus is extremely variable, including annuals and perennials. Theodore of Gaza (1398–1478) translated certain botanical works from Greek into Latin and was honoured with the genus Gazania being named after him. These are popular garden plants because of their rich colours and wide variety.
Daisies are popular in the nursery trade. Many cultivars have been grown with a wide range of bright colours.
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Practical tips Be sure to plant Spring daisies where they receive full sun. These plants do not require a lot of feeding as they are adapted to a naturally harsh environment. Spring daisies are great for water-wise gardening but be sure to water them well when they are first planted – think of it as a welcome gift to the garden. Once established, water regularly (but do not over-water) and make sure there is good drainage.
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Springfield Senior School recently celebrated its 8th Father and Daughter Dinner with the senior girls and their fathers. This year the guest speaker was Ryk Neethling, who spoke about his dynamic journey in Olympic swimming and his life lessons. The esteemed MC for the evening was Michael Mol, who has a young daughter at Springfield. The Father and Daughter Dinner is the largest function at Kelvin Grove, it caters for 450 in the ballroom every year. This an exceptional evening in which love and pride is shared and celebrated between the dads and daughters.
Seen here: Michael Mol, Sarah Roberts, Caroline Watermeyer. Meghan Dormehl, Paige Anderson, Kathryn Carolin, Rosslee Guess, Nicole Turner and Ryk Neethling. In front: Kate Henry and Lushano Myburgh.
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Turn up the heat with supper or lunch at Bombay Chilli in Beach Road, Muizenberg. This is a cosy friendly place to spend an evening and has a mouthwatering menu. Start the feast with fragrant, fresh samoosas or chilli bites followed by either spinach-studded palak paneer for vegetarians, Kadai chicken laced with coriander, ginger and yoghurt or lamb rogan josh. The North Indian dishes are all superbly cooked by the owner Jack, who uses the freshest ingredients and spices. The atmosphere is cosy and there’s an excellent wine list. Phone 021 788 1016. Visit www.bombaychilli.co.za.
Spring is the month of change – out with PLANTING TREES FOR ARBOR DAY Claremont beauties Chanel Hurlin and Kim Rivalland planted 10 indigenous trees at Claremont Primary School with the Grade 7 learners, in support of Arbor Day. Chanel and Kim are finalists for 2011 in the Miss Earth South Africa in association with Consol and have been extensively involved in ecoawareness campaigns.
SPRING IN YOUR STEP Spring is here so why not welcome in the new season with a great hike this Sunday and round off the experience with a mouthwatering breakfast. Head past Llundudno en route to Hout Bay along the Atlantic Seaboard. On the left hand side of Victoria Road is one of Cape Town’s greatest treasures, Suikerbossie restaurant and Victor’s Kloof heritage trail. Step off the beaten track for a wonderful trail walk, with a waterfall the reward for your effort. The Myburgh Waterfall Ravine is named after Hugo Hendrik Myburgh who farmed near the foot of the ravine. The name of the farm was Victor’s Kloof, the original owner being Cornelius Victor to whom the land was granted in 1714. Turn right into the contour path and contour around for about an hour. The path crosses a wooded ravine, then a small gorge,
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the old in with the new. Even a small change of routine – like finding a new place to have lunch, enjoying a beauty make over, buying new sports equipment or visiting a different shopping mall, is refreshing. Spring heralds a chance to explore a new hobby or career, adopt a dog or book an exotic holiday.
and finally the densely wooded Myburgh’s Waterfall Ravine. This is where you turn left and start the real ascent. Follow the sound of gushing water to make your way to Myburgh’s Waterfall. It’ll take half a day for your return trip, and if you start the hike early you’ll be back right on time for tea and scones at Suikerbossie Restaurant. Served with generous dollops of jam and cream, scones have become the restaurant’s signature choice for teatime, but for the more health conscious there’s also the health breakfast. For just R59 you’ll be treated to assorted fresh fruit, muesli and cereals, strawberry and Fruit of the Cape yoghurts. Served with orange juice, tea or coffee. A continental and English breakfast are also up for grabs. The breakfast buffet, available for only R119, includes pickings of all of the above. The coffees are excellent and feature lovely lattes and cappuccinos. The Sunday carvery is hugely popular. A three-course offering, the mains feature roast lamb and mint sauce, a vegetarian dish, roast chicken and onion gravy, roast gammon and condiments, roast potatoes and onions, six garden-fresh vegetables and a selection of mouthwatering salads. Breakfasts are served from 9 until 11.30 and then lunch is served from 12.30, and teas in between. Everything is freshly baked on site. Call 021 790 1450 for inquiries or even to book your corporate function.
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CO M MER C IAL FEATURE
S P RI N G I S I N T HE A I R
Spring is the time for a brand new wardrobe. For an exciting selection of locally made fashions, accessories and gifts, pop into Tessuti in High Constantia. See advert on page 10.
GOOD BEHAVIOUR TRAINING FOR DOGS For the past couple of months many of the volunteers and dog walkers at The Emma Animal Rescue Society have been attending the Open Paw dog rehabilitation programme. This is presented by Taryn Blyth, a local dog behaviourist and trainer. The Open Paw programme was created by American behaviourists and focuses on rehabilitating rescued dogs in a shelter environment and teaching basic manners which improve the dogs’ chances of being adopted and staying adopted. Open Paw aims to equip volunteers with the skills and knowledge to reduce the dogs’ stress levels and to improve their experience of the kennel environment. Volunteers are also instructed how to teach the dogs to enjoy being groomed and having collars and leashes fitted. The highest levels of Open Paw focus on teaching basic obedience and loose-leash walking, using positive reinforcement. Many people who adopt dogs from Tears are in fact quite surprised at just how responsive their dogs are and how many instructions they are able to follow! To complete the course, volunteers are required to attend four lectures followed by four sessions of practical application. They are also required to complete four short written tests to ensure that they have a thorough understanding of what they have learned. Once they meet these requirements, they are issued with a certificate stating that they have qualified as an Open Paw volunteer. To find out more about the Open Paw programme, please contact Sam at the Tears office, 021 785 4482.
Hi, my name is MEGGIE and I am a medium-sized female Labrador cross, approximately one year old. 021 785 4482 - Open Paw.
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Holiday time: If you are planning a Spring or Summer holiday in the great outdoors, then Cristy Sports is the place to shop. The team (see above) – Siyanda Mpofu, Vincent Nomgcongo and Judy Alison, will help you choose the most comfortable tents and equipment.
BRIGHTEN UP YOUR HOUSE WITH BEAUTIFUL RUGS Visit Lidchi & Frank Fine Rugs at Westlake Lifestyle Centre to look at the super selection of handmade classic and contemporary rugs. The company also offers a full interior decorating service incorporating rugs, wallpaper, upholstery and curtaining. Speak to Veronica or Mia for a free consultation on 021 702 0952 or visit their Westlake Lifestyle Centre showroom. Hot news: Lidchi & Frank Fine Rugs has secured new showrooms at Steenberg Village Shopping Centre. The new store will open November 1. BISTRO MOVES TO LADIES MILE
Rejuvenate, refresh and revive your body and mind with a relaxing back massage at La Petite, in Constantia. Enjoy the latest special. See advert on this page. Make a booking now.
RELAXING INTO SPRING MODE Stress slows down the system – to put the spring back into your life try a relaxing aromatherapy massage. Aseyah R specializes in aromatherapy de-stressing massage. She uses pure essential oils and cold pressed carrier oils to infuse the body with nutrients. The result is total relaxation in mind and body, reversal of adrenalin dominance and the harmful effects, release of endorphins, improved quality of sleep, relief of constipation and lymph drainage. Massage also relaxes and softens tight muscles , releases endorphins and helps the body to age well. Treat yourself to a September Special – book three sessions and get a free back, neck and shoulders massage. Contact Aseyah at 021 797 5319, 083 266 2461.
The Bizz, the popular bistro next to Woolworths, Blue Route has moved to the Alpine Shopping Centre, Ladies Mile, Bergvliet. Owners Robyn Clark and daughter Megan promise that the delicious home cooked meals, snacks and personal service that they are famous for, will continue. The ladies have some exciting new ideas for the bistro which include a fresh selection of baked goodies, a small deli, and a range of delicious takeaways. Robyn looks forward to seeing all her regulars and meeting new customers when they visit the new premises which will open on Thursday, September 15. There’s plenty of parking right outside the door, which makes The Bizz even more accessible for breakfast, lunch or a snack.
Hi, my name is PADDY and I am a medium-sized wire-haired Irish Terrier cross, approx. one year old. 021 785 4482 - Open Paw.
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COM M E R CI A L F E AT U RE SMELL THE COFFEE AND CRUSTY BREADS If you are looking for a new eating experience, take a drive along Constantia Main Road, to the brand new High Constantia Farm Stall. Situated next to Greens Restaurant, this German owned store specialises in European delicacies, and features a superb hot food counter, fresh crusty breads, pastries, and a coffee bar where you can enjoy a snack and some really good coffee Continental style. Contact: 021 794 1706. See advert on front cover.
HONING IN ON A NEW LOOK AT HOME Before redecorating your home, look for the best advice. Take a ride to Paint Solutions on Diep River’s Main Road (next to Turner and Turner) and speak to the owner, Warren Lewis, who opened the shop two years ago. Warren has worked in the retail paint industry for 30 years , and offers expert advice in colour matching, technical specification and project management. Inexperienced painters and decorators will greatly benefit from Warren’s vast experience. Contractors are enjoying the prompt service, accurate repeat colour matching and efficient delivery provided by the team. Keen discounts have been negotiated for September and will be passed on to the customer. Paint Solutions offers service, service, service underpinned by experience and commitment. Give them a ring on 021 712 6529. Creating a bright garden Now is the time to visit Ferndale Nursery to stock up with summer seeds, flowers, veggies and bulbs. Pop along to Brommersvlei Road, to enjoy the fragrance and colours of the glorious Spring flowers on display, and purchase fertilizer for the lawns which need a dressing of 2:3:4 every six weeks.
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FASHION DESIGNING AS A CAREER Cape Town College of Fashion Design offers career-focused education. This enables graduates to pursue one of the many career opportunities that are available in the fashion industry. Their highly acclaimed programme and high-profile internships have helped many young people launch successful careers with major designers, fashion houses and retailers worldwide. The students benefit from small classes, with highly qualified lecturers in attendance at all times. As one of the longest serving fashion colleges in South Africa, it offers a high level of education culminating in a Diploma in Fashion Design, as well an International Diploma through the City & Guilds of London. The college also offers short courses which run in the evenings between 6 and 8pm. The vision of Cape Town College of Fashion Design is to be a centre of excellence; to be a respected member of the fashion industry in South Africa; to develop the full potential of each and every student; to have a culture that recognises the unique and diverse needs of the individual and the greater community. The college also aims to provide innovative education that is responsive to the ever-changing creative and technological developments in the fashion industry and to produce graduates who possess the knowledge, skills, design, passion and work ethic to be highly employable in their chosen profession.
GET THE POOL READY FOR SPRING macD Designer Pools has been building award-winning gunite swimming pools for more than 30 years. Thanks to gunite’s superior structural strength and installation flexibility, the pools are designed to suit everyone’s needs. These pools are built to the highest specifications and standard of quality. macD Designer Pools offers the best personal service from the original quote to hand-over. The pools are built and installed quickly, with minimum mess. This company offers a range of special features such as Rimflow pools, kiddies’ pools, beach-type pools, built-in spa baths, rockeries and waterfalls. The quoting service is free. Call Paul or Selwyn on 021 696 7930 or for more information visit the website www.macd.co.za
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The rally adventure of a lifetime Entries for the 2012 Put Foot Rally are now open. The Chronicle chats to Robyn McCormick about her adventures in this year’s inaugural event.
he Put Food Rally involves seven countries, 7000km in 17 days, seven checkpoints and seven parties. Recently 30 groups completed the 2011 journey which saw 100 people travel to Namibia, Botswana, Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique, Swaziland and then back to South Africa. They travelled in everything from an old Datsun to a Land Rover. The Put Foot Rally is raising awareness and funds for its official charity, the Bobs for Good Foundation. The Foundation donates leather shoes to school children throughout the country and beyond South Africa’s borders. Currently 7 million children go to school every day without shoes. “The school shoes represent pride, dignity and hope to children. Children are more likely to walk to school if they have comfortable shoes which make them look smart. They have a sense of pride in their appearance, which encourages them to take greater pride in their school work,” said Robyn McCormick of the Bobs for Good Foundation. Robyn was part of the media team which completed this year’s Put Foot Rally. For her, it was an experience of a lifetime and, for its inaugural launch, she joined Ben Lewis, Lauren Peter, Ron Rutland, Matt Botha and Claire Alexander. They braved the heat during the day, freezing temperatures at night, endured 200km drives, strange bugs, slept on the floor and ate goat. Robyn said she would do it all again. “Having the opportunity to take part in the Rally as part of my job was incredible. We had massive themed parties at the checkpoints and everyone got prizes and special mentions if they had broken down, or had a ridiculously hyped-up vehicle. Everybody made friends and helped each other out of a few sticky situations.” Robyn said she was amazed by how welcoming and hospitable people were in the countries she visited. “In the markets people wanted to chat to us and find out
where we were from and how we got there.” A highlight for Robyn was snorkeling in Lake Malawi. “A little boat took us to a small island in the middle of the lake and left us there with a crate of beer and some snorkel masks.” Of the two shoe drops, the one in Zambia stands out as the most memorable. “The Zambian shoe drop was incredible. The parents and children were so thankful for the shoes and enjoyed being part of the event. Knowing there’s that kind of enthusiasm and care, and that we were making a difference, was fantastic. No one was obliged to go to a shoe drop, but everyone was there – because they wanted to make a difference,” said Robyn. “I would love more people to get involved in charitable giving. The Rally brought so many people together to help others and get involved in a way they would have never considered before.” Anyone who would like to go on the Rally needs to get a few friends interested and be able to cover the fuel, food and accommodation costs. See www.putfootrally.com for further information, or visit their Facebook page. The Put Foot Rally offers adventure to every traveller who loves exploring Africa’s off-the-beaten tracks: Top: Thirty teams led the Put Foot Rally in every vehicle model from a Land Rover to a Datsun. Middle: In Malawi, the bicycle is king! A familiar sight were bikes with families, massive loads of shopping, and even live goats strapped to the back of them! Bottom: The Silly Buggers crew roared around in their orange Datsun, bought and customised on a serious budget especially for the Rally. The guys won the ‘Gees Award’ for their antics. Pictures: Jo Jansen/ D4 Productions.
HOT BODIES: The finals of the 11th annual Mr & Ms Fitness SA Pageant will be held on Saturday, September 17, 6pm at the GrandWest Grand Arena. Pre-judging will take place on Friday, September 16 from noon until 10pm. The judges will be selecting winners to be entered into the International Fitness event in Las Vegas in November. There is still time to enter so visit www.missfitness.co.za or contact Bernadette Beyer on 021 975 4061 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
SEPTEMBER SPRING SPECIALS Curries (Monday – Sunday): Chicken R69 - Lamb R79 - Fish R85 - Mixed seafood or prawn R100 Rice and naan bread separate. NBYOB. (Min of two beverages purchased to qualify for this special.)
Three-course buffet (Wednesday night; Sunday lunch and supper): R99pp. R60 for children under 12 years of age Starter: samoosas; Main: three different vegetable curries, 1 lamb, 1 chicken and 1 fish curry; plain, butter or garlic naan bread; poppadoms, atchars salads, basmati rice; Dessert: ice cream and choc sauce. Specials applicable at Westlake branch only. Valid from September 1 until September 30
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