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always doing our best With the Western Cape’s current water crisis set to intensify during the dry Summer months, we are urging all our stakeholders to do everything in their power to further reduce consumption of municipal water to help prevent our taps running dry. Century City also faces the same critical shortage of municipal drinking water as elsewhere, but we are in a unique and fortunate position to have access to a treated effluent supply which we have been using for irrigation and other purposes. Many of the Green Buildings that have come on stream in recent years are also successfully using treated effluent for flushing their toilets as well as maintaining their cooling systems, and many other commercial landlords are looking to retrofit their buildings to do likewise. If all commercial landlords would follow this route, it could go some way towards taking pressure off the municipal potable water supply. We call on all office block owners to do so. (See pages 5 & 6 for further details). Meanwhile I am pleased to report that we are well prepared for a bumper Festive Season (see page 13) and would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a safe, prosperous and enjoyable holiday period.

Chris Blackshaw

ceo | century city property owners’ association

welcome... The year has flown by and it is hard to believe we are nearly at the end of 2017. There are, however, still a few exciting events on the Century City calendar over the next few weeks, including our hugely popular Century City Carols evening that will be held in Central Park on 3 December, the Summer Night Market at Century City Square on 8 December, and the Galileo Outdoor Cinema, also in Central Park, on 15 December, which will feature Mary Poppins. Here is wishing you and yours all the best over the Festive Season. If you are travelling during this time, take care.

Maggie Rowley ccpoa communications manager

EDITOR: Maggie Rowley | 021 550 7000 | maggie@rabie.co.za ADVERTISING MANAGER: Tatum Sieni | 021 552 6889 DESIGN & LAYOUT: Elinore de Lisle | 083 574 8937 | elinore@iafrica.com COVER PHOTO: Dax Butler and friends at the Century City Summer Night Market PHOTOGRAPHER: Michel Dei-Cont


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Rabie awarded SA’s 300th green building certification

Elegantly extended OasisClub unveiled

abie Property Group scooped the 300th green building certification at the Green Building Council of South Africa’s recent 10th annual convention at Century City. Rabie, a pioneer in green building, received the latest award in the As-Built category for its mixed-use Century City Square development – the first mixed-use development in South Africa to achieve this. The Square was also the first mixed-use development in Cape Town and the second countrywide to be awarded Green Star accreditation for a mixed-use development in the Design category. Century City Square, which was also named the country’s top mixed-use development by the South African Property Owners’ Association for 2017, comprises a 1,900-seat Conference Centre over 20 venues, a 125-room hotel, 51 residential apartments, three

office blocks, five restaurants and boutique retail and showrooms set around a public square. It is served by 1,330 parking bays situated in an adjoining structured parking garage and in a super parking basement. Rabie director Colin Anderson told delegates at the 2017 Green Building Convention that they were very fortunate at Century City, particularly with the current water crisis, to have a dual water supply, namely potable and non-potable water. He said that treated effluent is pumped to Century City from the Potsdam Water Works, where it undergoes some further filtration and is then used for irrigation throughout Century City and for flushing toilets and in the AC cooling towers in many of the green developments that have come on stream in recent years. “In fact, close on 80% of all water consumed at Century City

is from treated effluent.” Anderson said another sustainable engineering solution Century City has is its canals. “All the storm water collected from hard surfaces is cleaned and discharged into the canal system, which then goes through some filtration dams, further cleaning and polishing the water. The canals are generally unlined, therefore they recharge the water table before any excess storm water is discharged into the municipal storm-water system.” He added that to date 296 commercial properties had received Green Star accreditation but only four residential buildings had so far been accredited. “I certainly believe the industry needs to have a big marketing drive to prove to the residential market the need and benefit of sustainable Green Star accredited residential buildings.”

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he beautifully furnished extended clubhouse facilities at the Oasis Luxury Retirement Resort were officially opened at a cocktail party attended by more than 200 residents in November. The R4.2million extension to the clubhouse, paid for by the developer (the Oasis Joint Venture comprising Rabie Property Group and a Harries Consortium), has significantly increased the capacity of the dining room, kitchen and lounge to accommodate the growing Oasis family. The elegant finishing touches to the décor were completed by leading interior decorators Brother and Sister and paid for

by the Oasis Retirement Property Owners’ Association (ORPOA). The extension has created a very large space, and the brief to the interior decorators was to

create warmth and elegance and break up the area to create pockets of interest and places to relax before and after meals. The first four blocks in the

The Oasis residents were excited to see the new, beautifully furnished Oasis Club. Left: from L to R, Wentzel Holtzhausen, (General Manager), Lauren Singer, Sally Singer, Mignon Sharon and Selwyn Sharon. Right: Sham and Krubin Moodliar.

resort have been completed, with construction of the fifth block, Palm Brook, to be completed before the end of the year. Work has also started on the sixth and final block in the development, Palme Vue, which is due for completion in the last quarter of 2018. Sales have been going strongly, with only a handful of the 52 apartments in Palm Brook and 10 of the 42 apartments in Palme Vue remaining to be sold.


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New doctors’ surgery opens

Grand Moorings precinct nearing completion

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he last remaining site in the Grand Moorings precinct of Century City is now under development. Bordered by Century Way and Esplanade Road, Manhattan Corner will comprise a mix of residential apartments and sectional title offices in two attractive buildings of varying heights, providing a staggered skyline. The seven sectional title offices, ranging from 50 square metres to 100 square metres, will be on the ground floor facing onto Century Way, with the apartments above. Munnik Visser are the architects who are ensuring that the new development complements the existing buildings in the precinct but still imbues its own identity.

new general practitioners’ surgery has opened at the main entrance to Oasis Luxury Retirement Resort. The Gatehouse Surgery is staffed by two mid-career general practitioners, Dr Gaylene du Plessis and Dr Daniel Isherwood, who have both trained in South Africa and have further general practitioner specialist qualifications and extensive experience from the United Kingdom. The two doctors provide general practice services to the residents of Oasis Care Centre, and the Step Down Unit is now opening up its new surgery to the general public as well. Opening hours: Mon to Fri: 8.30am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm. Saturdays: 9am to 12.30pm. Sundays and public holidays: closed.

Both components of the R60m development have been acquired by an investment company for rental stock. Manhattan Corner will complete the entire block, which also includes the 63-apartment Manhattan Quarter development, the Manhattan

for further details, contact the surgery’s receptionist, haley holt, on 021 528 6138.

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entury City’s eParking system is to be expanded by a further 405 bays by March next year, bringing the total number of bays to 1,505. There are currently four different eParking sites – namely Steel Bridge, Century Avenue, MyCiTi and Socrates Way – strategically positioned around Century City. The largest is Steel Bridge, which currently has 280 bays.

eParking expands

This will be boosted to 510 bays after 129 bays are added in the first quarter of 2018. The monthly parking rate for an open-air eParking bay is currently R450 ex VAT, which will increase to R485 ex VAT in 2018. A fifth eParking facility is to

open at Waters Edge before the end of the year, providing 276 bays in a structured parking garage. As it is covered parking, it is more expensive – R650 ex VAT per bay per month – and is very popular with both corporates and Waters Edge residents.

for further details or bookings, contact lynn ford on 021 552 6889 or email lynn@centurycity.co.za

SABLE PARK AND AXIS UNDER CONSTRUCTION Construction of the 18,000 square metre Sable Park office development – comprising two different buildings, one of which will be the new regional offices of Discovery and the other the Axis residential development – is proceeding on schedule. Sable Park is due for completion in mid-2018, and Axis, which comprises 85 one-, two- and three-bedroomed apartments and penthouses, at the end of 2018.

Suites & Conferencing high-rise building, new studio offices for Bam Architects, the Endeavour Too crèche, Manhattan Park, and two very popular restaurants: Bootlegger and the Square Café & Takeout. The development is expected to be completed by mid-2018. If you have not already taken a walk down to Manhattan Park, it is well worth doing so. The public park has a number of benches where you can sit and enjoy the open space. Many of the mature shady trees of the park were transplanted from Ratanga last year and will hopefully blossom this year. For dog walkers, a poop scoop system has recently been rolled out in Century City and one is conveniently located in the park. The Century City Property Owners’ Association are also investigating introducing a small ‘kiddies’ play park’ in this area, which will be aimed at keeping the youngsters busy and entertained.


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Tap into Century City’s recycled water supply

Cut back your water consumption

entury City commercial stakeholders are encouraged to tap into the CCPOA’s treated effluent supply line, not only for irrigation purposes but also for flushing their toilets and for their cooling systems. Chris Blackshaw, CEO of the Century City Property Owners’ Association, says Century City is in a unique and fortunate position as the developers have installed a dedicated pipeline to convey treated effluent from the City of Cape Town’s Potsdam Water Works to Century City, and this is available for irrigation and other uses via a metered connection. Blackshaw said that most, if not all, of the 17 Green Star-rated buildings in Century City were using treated effluent for irrigation, flushing of toilets and for their cooling systems.

“Owners of some of the older buildings are looking at retrofitting them to be able to do so as well, and we would urge all landlords to consider doing likewise.” He said the charge rate for treated effluent was determined by the CCPOA based on input costs and a minimal CCPOA administrative charge, but was considerably lower than that for potable water. Blackshaw stresses that the treated effluent must under no circumstances be used for human consumption, and the City Council’s Treated Effluent by-law needs to be adhered to, including inter alia the use of different piping to distinguish it from drinking water pipes. Taps, valves and sprayers of treated wastewater must be so designed that only authorised people can open them, and there can be no

connection between the treated wastewater and potable water reticulation systems. WELLPOINTS AND BOREHOLES He said that all groundwater abstraction points such as wellpoints and boreholes had to be registered with the CCPOA before they could be used. “The water in our canals is in fact groundwater exposed through excavation and, so as not to impact on the canal water levels, it is imperative that no groundwater abstraction points are established within 30m of any canals without permission from the CCPOA.” for further information on tapping into the century city treated effluent supply or on groundwater extraction points, please contact gordon ralph of the ccpoa on gordon@ centurycity.co.za

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hris Blackshaw, CEO of the Century City Property Owners’ Association, has urged all stakeholders to further reduce their consumption of municipal water. “We all know the Western Cape is experiencing a major water crisis. Significant rainfall is unlikely going forward, and unless we cut back significantly, the taps could well run dry before the 2018 winter rains come.” Blackshaw says it is time to move beyond the blame game and for everyone to drive down water consumption. “It is not impossible to lower our personal consumption. Some people are down to 17 litres per person per day. This amount of water usage – probably even lower – has

been a daily reality for many people living in desperate circumstances in our city for most of their lives.” He said it was also not impossible for businesses to reduce consumption further. “If every person saved 10 litres per day, it could drive down the total consumption in the City by 40 million litres per day. If they saved 20 litres each per day, it would lower consumption by 80 million litres per day, and so on. “Total average daily consumption has been around 585 million litres, and we need to get this down dramatically. We cannot rely on water resource augmentation to save the day as these infrastructure schemes can be subject to delays.”

NEW RULES AND REGULATIONS The Century City Rules and Regulations have been updated and are ready to download from our website. These rules are updated annually and cover a variety of items, including the new Century City Security Operations Centre (SOC) – the nerve centre of Century City’s safety and security operations; Alarm Monitoring, CCTV by Exception and Armed Response as part of the expanded and integrated security solution; and Treated Effluent being made available for irrigation and other uses in lieu of using potable water, which is subject to restrictions, as well as Groundwater and Borehole use. For more information, please visit www.centurycity.co.za


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Upcoming events at Century City

BEAUTIFUL INTAKA BOOKS FOR SALE

CENTURY CITY NATURAL GOODS MARKET & ART ON THE ISLAND

A limited number of copies of a glossy, commemorative coffee-table book on Intaka Island, published in celebration of the wetlands’ 21st year, are available for sale in the Intaka Island Eco-Centre. The book highlights the history of Intaka from its inception, the Eco-Centre’s environmental education programmes, and the flora, fauna and birdlife on Intaka. It is illustrated with stunning photography provided courtesy of the birders who visit Intaka with great regularity to capture the birdlife and other fauna and flora of the wetlands reserve. The books are selling for R100 apiece and will make a great festive season gift. The Eco-Centre is open seven days a week, 364 days a year, excluding Christmas, from 7:30am to 7pm October to April, and from 7:30am to 5pm May to September.

THE LIONS CLUB WETLANDS TRAILS

H&M OPENS FLAGSHIP STORE IN CANAL WALK Global retailer H&M (Hennes and Mauritz) has opened a two-level flagship store in Canal Walk. The more than 4,600-square-metre store offers fashion for the entire family, and customers are able to shop for ladieswear, menswear and kids’ clothing as well as Home, H&M Mama and H&M Sport.

BOOTLEGGER NOW TRADING UNTIL 9PM Great news for residents and office staff alike: the Bootlegger restaurant in Manhattan Park, which recently received its liquor licence, has extended its operating hours until 9pm daily. One is still able to grab a coffee for R16 from 6:30am to 8am, or a CBC draft beer at half price from 4pm to 6:30pm. The tasty lunchtime menu will also now be available in the evenings. Watch out for some special events coming soon! For more info, contact Bootlegger on 021 201 6811.

2 and 3 December 2017, Intaka Island & Central Park Journey through the Intaka Island Wetlands while fun characters hand you surprises. Other activities include a petting zoo, jumping castle and face painting. Booking is essential and tickets can be purchased through Webtickets.

26 November 2017, 28 January 2018, 25 February 2018, Central Park Held on the last Sunday of the month from September until April (no December market) on Central Park field. Relax and sample the delicious fare on sale, while the kids take advantage of the many activities on offer.

CENTURY CITY CAROLS 3 December 2017, Central Park Bring your picnic baskets and blankets and laze on the lawns of Central Park while soaking up the festivities. There’s an hour of carol singing and a range of kids’ activities, which include rides on the ever-popular Ratanga Train and a visit from Father Christmas.

THE GALILEO OPEN AIR CINEMA 15 December 2017, 19 January 2018, 16 February 2018, Central Park The Galileo Open Air Cinema welcomes you to a magical movie experience of cinematic delights, tantalising treats and breathtaking scenery under a canopy of stars. It’s the perfect setting (and excuse) for a memorable evening with friends, a ridiculously romantic date, intimate birthday party or work social.

SUMMER NIGHT MARKET 8 December 2017, 9 February 2018, 9 March 2018 at The Square Following the success of our popular Summer Natural Goods Market and our Winter Night Market, we have recently introduced the Summer Night Market held on The Square. The market boasts an array of food, drinks, goodies and gifts as well as some great live music. (No January Market.) for information on events, go to www.centurycity.co.za or contact tatum: tatum@centurycity.co.za


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Unsung hero: Sean Hattingh, helping to keep Century City safe

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ean Hattingh, now manager of the newly opened Century City Security Operations Centre, has been an integral part of Century City’s security operations since 2001, and his role and contribution have evolved in tempo with the growth of the burgeoning precinct. Prior to joining Century City, Sean had been with the SAPS, and his first job in the private sector was as a radio operator in the Canal Walk Control Centre, employed by Securicor who had the outsourced contract. He rose through the ranks and was then headhunted by the original developer of Century City, Monex, to manage the security of the common areas of

Century City. At the time there was just Sean and one operator, a far cry from the more than 100 staff now responsible for Century City’s safety and security who work in three shifts through the day and night. Sean is in charge of running the control room of the Security Operations Centre (SOC) and is responsible for the technical infrastructure, the collation of data and stats, and looking for trends to ascertain how best the SOC’s human resources can be deployed. The SOC, which opened earlier this year, is at the cutting edge of international trends to keep Century City at the forefront of

crime prevention and combatting initiatives in the Western Cape. Century City’s fibre-based CCTV surveillance system, with its network of dome and fixed cameras linked to digital video recorders, together with Licence Plate Recognition (LPR) cameras at all the entrances to Century City, is monitored in the SOC. In addition, the newly expanded and integrated security solution provides for individual intruder detection alarms, and CCTV monitoringby-exception alerts of both commercial buildings and residential developments are also fed to the SOC. “These multiple sources of data and information enable the SOC to ensure an appropriate tactical response to any incidents that are detected,’’ says Sean. Sean says it is chalk and cheese from the early days when they had to rely on VHS footage at the various entrances to help solve cases. “This was reactive and time-consuming. “With our sophisticated cutting-edge technology we are now able to focus much more on crime prevention than just reaction, and have had a number of breakthrough crime prevention cases as a result. “The fact that Century City offers a safe and secure environment is one of its greatest attractions to those living and working here, and the SOC, together with the new expanded and integrated services, will enable us to keep it that way.”

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Mass rescue operation for three-car pile-up

Janko De Beer sculpture for Century City Arts Trail

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wo people were killed and eight others were seriously injured when one of two speeding cars rammed the other and a third ploughed into them, flipping into the air and landing on its roof near Liberty Circle in Century City. Bodies were strewn across the road from the force of the high-impact pile-up,

and smoke billowed from the mangled wrecks. First on the scene were the Century City Venue Hosts who checked for survivors to assist. Within minutes the wailing sound of sirens filled the air, with emergency vehicles arriving en masse – ER24, seven ambulances, Disaster Management, Traffic Services and Law Enforcement. Other motorists and office workers watched in horror as dozens of rescue workers rushed to put out the flames and remove the injured and dead from the scene, which resembled a war zone. Within 45 minutes the

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ambulances had ferried the dead and injured away and the vehicles were cleared from the scene with all rescue workers decamping for a debriefing. Yes, it was another successful Emergency Disaster Management Response Exercise, which forms part of Century City’s Festive Season Preparedness programme, to prepare emergency services for real disasters, but so realistic was it that many onlookers were none the wiser! Two visibly distressed Grade 8 learners from Abbotts College saw the accident from afar and came to investigate. “’Yoh! Yoh!” said Siyanda

nternationally acclaimed South African artist Janko De Beer has been commissioned to do a sculpture for the Century City Arts Foundation that will have pride of place near the newly completed Waters Edge residential development in Century City. Janko, who hails from Somerset West, was recently nominated for a Global Art Award and he has established a strong international following with his powerful sculptures now held in private collections in England, Switzerland, Scotland, Belgium, Dubai, Australia, and Monaco. Janko’s Equus sculpture will form part of the Century City Arts Trail, which currently comprises 24 different artworks. This bronze horse head sculpture will be mounted on a steel base on the banks of Intaka Island on the pedestrian walkway to Canal Walk Shopping Centre. The sculpture, which will weigh 130kg (dimensions of 1,300mm x 1,100mm x 550mm), forms part of Janko’s Equus Collection, which comprises eight different bronze sculptures. The inspiration behind the horse head sculpture is to encapsulate the mythical connection between humans and horses during the period of human civilisation.

Tshokotshola and Merari Mkunu in unison, shaking their heads and covering their eyes. “This is bad, very bad. I don’t want to see dead bodies,” said Merari, even after he was reassured that it was just a simulation. “It looks so real.” “Nah,” said a now much braver Siyanda. “I could see the blood was not real.” But they stayed around quite a time longer, just to make sure.


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entury City is well prepared for a bumper festive season, when millions of visitors are expected to flock to the precinct for shopping and fun. Canal Walk alone is expected to attract more than 2.4 million shoppers in December, of which more than 100,000 are anticipated on Christmas Eve, according to Vanessa Herbst, Marketing Manager for the shopping centre. Chris Blackshaw, CEO of the Century City Property Owners’ Association (CCPOA), says the Operational Management Forum, which is driven by the CCPOA and which coordinates and facilitates law enforcement, security, traffic and disaster management issues within Century City, has been

proactively preparing for the 2017 festive season. Representatives from Canal Walk, Ratanga Junction, SAPS, City Law Enforcement, Milnerton Traffic Department and Century City Security recently met with CCPOA management to update the plan. In terms of traffic, all the signalised intersections are on the SCOOT system, which results in signal timings changing automatically according to realtime traffic patterns. Blackshaw said the newly opened Century City Security Operations Centre (SOC) has a direct line to the Goodwood Traffic Management Centre’s operations manager to facilitate rapid adjustment to timing settings of traffic signals when required.

“SOC’s Traffic Management CCTV console will monitor traffic patterns in and around Century City, with the desk monitored 24/7 by a trained CCTV operator. “SOC is now able to view selected freeway traffic cameras via the new link with the TMC. Real-time traffic information on the neighbouring freeways is useful as Century City traffic flows are directly affected by freeway traffic congestion.” Blackshaw said extra parking assistants will assist with the flow of traffic into and out of Canal Walk, and there will be temporary parking signage guiding traffic both off the Boulevard and within Canal Walk parking areas. In addition, Century City’s two traffic officers will work split shifts from 6am to 10pm, and

City Traffic will arrange a second vehicle for the traffic officers for when their shifts overlap. Century City’s two contracted law enforcement officers will also work the busiest shifts, with overtime allocated according to operational requirements. Blackshaw said that to accommodate the anticipated parking demand on peak days and on Sundays (when Hillsong Church requires parking), Ratanga Junction will be using the parking garages at The Square, and again the electronic Variable Messaging System (VMS) will be used to guide motorists. Regarding public transport, he said the MyCiTi, Golden Arrow and minibus taxi services will operate until 10:30pm to accommodate the extended Canal Walk trading hours. He said that all Century City security service providers – including the 24/7 Century

City SOC, CCTV surveillance operators and the two Metro law enforcement officers deployed to Century City – will be on heightened alert, and Canal Walk and Ratanga Junction have both stepped up their security. “SAPS has included Century City in their Festive Season Plan. SAPS Milnerton will deploy an officer to the SOC to assist with any issues and expedite any action when necessary. “CCPOA foot and bicycle patrols have been reviewed and additional bicycle patrols have been introduced to ensure increased visibility.” Blackshaw stressed that in the event of an emergency, the Century City SOC should be contacted immediately, and they in turn would contact SAPS, City Traffic Control Centre and other emergency services. The contact number for the 24/7 Century City SOC is 021 202 1000.

canal walk festive season shopping hours Canal Walk is extending its shopping hours from 9am to 10pm from Friday 1 December until Saturday 23 December, while shops will close at 9pm on Christmas Eve. Trading on Christmas Day is optional for shops, but will resort to normal hours until Monday 1 January. On New Year’s Day shops will close at 7pm, with optional trading thereafter.

RATANGA OFFERS SPECIAL HALF-PRICE GROUP RATE Ratanga Junction is offering half-price tickets at R89.50 for groups of 20 or more for the first 22 days of the Summer Season, from 24 November until 15 December 2017. The normal price of a Full Adventurer ticket is R179. This is part of the park’s strategy of offering ticket specials in the off-peak periods to enable as many people as possible to have one last ride before the park closes for good at the end of business on 1 May 2018. Ratanga will be open daily for its Summer Season from 24 November 2017 until 16 January 2018. Tickets will revert to full price for the peak season from 16 December 2017 until 16 January 2018. The operating schedule from 16 January 2018 is currently being finalised. While the theme park is continuing to operate on a seasonal basis until 1 May next year, its popular function facilities will be operating daily (except Christmas Day) until the park closes. for further details, go to www.ratanga.co.za


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Upcoming events at Canal Walk

Festive Fare to have your family calling for an encore

MAGICAL GIFT WRAPPING

Prep time: 10 minutes the day before and 30 minutes on the day Cooking time: 4 to 4½ hours Preheat oven to 120–130°C

EXPERIENCE THE MAGIC WITH SANTA

1.5kg luxury fruit cake mix from a good baking shop 100g crystallised orange and lemon zest from a good baking shop 100g extra red cherries 100g extra green cherries 6 tablespoons brandy, plus extra for feeding 400g butter 400g soft brown sugar 8 large eggs 400g cake flour 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon mixed spice ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg 4 tablespoons dark molasses grated zest of 1 orange grated zest of 1 lemon

7–15 December 10am to 6pm 16–24 December 10am to 9pm Canal Walk Centre Court Holidays are memories in the making and kids can have their photographs taken with Santa until 24 December. Santa will be hard at work, listening to all the children’s wishes and checking who has been naughty or nice this Christmas!

CANAL WALK’S SPACE STATION 7 December 2017 to 14 January 2018 (closed 25 December) at the Centre Court. 10am to 9pm (45-minute sessions start every hour on the hour). Tickets from R50 – available at Computicket Canal Walk’s annual festive season entertainment is synonymous with family fun for all ages. This year, the shopping centre is erecting a super-galactic space station that will delight young and old. This includes a gigantic inflatable Space Station where space travellers can explore a series of zones – black holes, mirror land, interactive constellations, an asteroid field that presents a physical obstacle challenge for the more active, and much more. Also included in the price of the ticket is a pop-up planetarium for that extra starry experience.

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8–23 December 10am to 10pm 24 December 10am to 9pm Venue: Pick n Pay and Checkers Courts Prices: From R15

NEW STORES

CANAL WALK EXPRESS

Day-before prep Put the dried fruit cake mix, crystallised orange and lemon zest and cherries in a mixing bowl and pour the brandy over evenly before covering with a lid or tea cloth. Allow the fruit to absorb the brandy for a day. You will need two 20cm diameter deep round baking tins. To ensure the cakes do not burn during the long cooking period, it is advisable to tie thick cardboard strips around each tin.

7 December 2017 to 14 January 2018, 10am to 5pm at the Centre Court. Tickets cost R10 per person Be part of the merry fun and hop on the Canal Walk Express!

On the day 1 Preheat the oven to 120–130°C. Line each baking tin with thick foil, allowing a generous rim

Sportscene and Exact flagship stores opened on 26 October. Fabiani Women First in SA, opened on 27 October. Bogart Man and Gary Rom Hairdressing First in the Western Cape, opened on 1 November. H&M flagship store opened on 18 November.

container. 9 Feed the cakes with brandy once a week or as desired.

scrumptious shortbread Prep time: 15 minutes Cooking time: 45 minutes Preheat oven to 160°C Ingredients for two round or one rectangular baking tin which can be folded back over the cake when cooking. Spray the foil with non-stick spray. 2 In a mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar together with an electric beater until light and fluffy. 3 Beat the eggs in a separate bowl and gradually whisk the eggs into the creamed mixture. 4 Sieve the flour, salt and spices into a separate bowl and then, using a spatula, gradually add these ingredients to the creamed mixture. 5 Gradually fold in the fruit mix, molasses, orange and lemon zest. 6 Divide the batter into two equal parts and transfer into the prepared tins – approximately 1.6kg for each tin. Cover the top with a double layer of silicone, baking paper or brown paper and loosely fold the foil flaps over the paper topping. Bake for 4 to 4½ hours, but check the cakes after 3 hours and then every 30 minutes so as not to overbake. 7 Cool the cakes in the tins for 30 minutes and then remove them to a cooling rack to cool completely. 8 When cooled, make small holes in the top with a skewer and feed the cake with a few teaspoons of brandy. Wrap each cake in double silicone paper or tinfoil and store in an airtight

500g soft butter 250g white sugar 600g cake flour 150g cornflour 4 tablespoons castor sugar for sprinkling (optional) 1 Cream butter and sugar well with an electric beater until light and fluffy. 2 Sieve the flour and cornflour together and add in batches to the butter mixture until you have a firm dough. 3 Knead the mixture well before pressing dough into greased baking tin or round tins and cutting into squares or wedges. Make sure the mixture covers the tin evenly before pricking all over with a fork. 4 Bake at 160° for 45 minutes until golden. Remove from the oven, sprinkle with castor sugar and recut.


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