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27 July 2011

Chronicle 6 3 5 12 Winemaking offers an award-winning lifestyle co

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A world first Surgical training centre opens

Cooking up a storm Mansfield in Kalk Bay

Green is beautiful Oasis 19 years on

Off the bat Rondebosch cricket clubs unite

More recently Groot Constantia’s unique Grand Constance 2008 and Sauvignon Blanc 2010 scooped Gold at the International Wine Challenge (IWC) - the most comprehensive and influential blind wine-tasting competition in the world. The Chronicle catches up with the estate’s winemaker, Boela Gerber.

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“This is the time of year when we make up our red blends, oela Gerber – winemaker at Groot Constantia – has deciding how much of each individual batch goes into which an idyllic lifestyle. blend,“ said Boela. “We make up quite a few small blends in He lives and works in one of the most glorious wine the lab, taste, compare with other wines and other blends, estates in the world, where he creates award-winning wines. make up different blends the next day, until we are 100% When not blending, finetuning and tasting wines, he is trail happy with the result. It is the best part of winemaking and running and biking up the mountain. The view from his office window at the winery overlooks rolling green hills, dotted with really can make the difference between a good wine and a great wine.” baboons, squirrels and tourists. An enviable daily grind. Surprisingly, Boela isn’t from a farming background. On blending days, Boela tastes and spits out seven to 10 “I grew up in the Northern Suburbs, and actually knew very wines. “More than that creates palate fatigue,” he explained. little about winemaking when I finished school. I’ve always The process entails constant finetuning to achieve the perfect been interested in science and went to Stellenbosch to study combination of flavours which have won the estate 34 Gold a general B.Sc. The subjects in my first year were very similar medals in the last six years. to that of oenology first year. One of my friends managed to What does it take to be a success in the wine industry? convince me to change over and the rest is history.” “You have to have a passion for the good things in life, He is upbeat about the future of local wines: like food and wine, and the patience for attention to detail,” “The image of South African wine has come a long way over said Boela. the last 15 years. The average price of South African wine He describes his daily workload as varied. has slowly increased in the UK over the last 10 years to the “There is no such thing as a typical day in the life of a point that the average price of a bottle of South African wine winemaker. Summertime is harvesttime. We get up early, spend most of our time in the vineyards, deciding whether the is substantially higher than the average price of wine sold in the UK. This shows that the consumer sees South African grapes are ready for picking or if we should wait another day wine as above-average quality. or two. Actual winemaking then keeps us busy for the rest of South African wines dominated wine shows in the UK, the day and most evenings, including weekends. After harvest, at the end of April, we start to blend and prepare especially Decanter Trophy and the International Wine and Spirits Competition the last few years. The the new vintage’s white wines and also favourable results in unbiased competitions also bottle the new white. It’s always very Over 1000 barrels boosted our image.” satisfying to see the fruits of your labour in He says the industry needs to beef up generic a bottle. Wintertime, we take the previous have to be advertising to improve the image of “Brand South vintage’s red wine out of the barrels, emptied, washed, Africa”, especially in the US as well as Asia. sterilize and refill them with the new vintage reds. “ dried and refilled, Boela has reservations about competing in wine shows. Over 1000 barrels have to be emptied, all by hand. “I don’t want to sound arrogant or ungrateful, but washed, dried and refilled, all by hand. This takes a few I am not particularly keen on wine competitions. This takes a few months, until the end of The criticism is not aimed at any competition winter/early spring. months. specifically, but I think the system is flawed. Then the fun starts: the blending.

Boela Gerber with a bottle of his favourite wine. No wine shows at its best when tasted blind in a clinical environment in 25ml shot glasses. The accolade that I value the most was getting invited to join the Cape Winemakers’ Guild – an association of recognised winemakers striving to produce the best possible quality wine. Getting invited to the Guild means recognition from my peers, established winemakers whose opinion I respect, and this means a lot to me.” However, for those considering winemaking as a career, getting a break isn’t easy, warns Boela. “There are probably more than a 100 qualified young winemakers currently looking for a job. The global economy is still taking strain and it has filtered through to the wine industry.“


NEWS

The opening of Red Cross Children’s Hospital

Surgical Training Centre

Katja Hamilton ollowing eight months of construction, the Surgical Skills Training Centre at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital officially opened this month. “It’s been amazing to actually see the fruition of this project which was completed on time and within our budget. It’ll be fantastic when we see the centre being used,” said Louise Driver, CEO of the Children’s Hospital Trust - the fundraising arm of the hospital and paediatric healthcare in the Western Cape. The Surgical Skills Training Centre’s first training session – an ultrasound course hosted by Dr Rebecca Gray – kicks off on August 10. The R13.1m centre sets a precedent as currently there are no specialised paediatric endoscopic surgical training centres in sub-Saharan Africa, and African specialists and surgeons are forced to travel to Europe or to the United States to train in paediatric endoscopic surgery, “The new centre is not only going to keep us on the cutting edge of what’s happening across Europe and US, but our children are going to benefit in the same way that children abroad are benefiting from state-of- the-art keyhole surgery and will experience less post-operative pain, less risk of

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infection and a shorter hospital stay,” said Louise. Headed by Professor Alp Numanoglu, the centre is equipped to train surgeons in multi-disciplinary endoscopic (minimally invasive) surgery in a virtual technology laboratory. The courses are applicable to both adults and paediatric patients, as well as general surgery. Located on site at the Institute of Child Health - a building owned by UCT - the training centre comprises eight work stations and one master station for the trainer, all with pendant-mounted surgical lights and monitors. Endoscopic surgery equipment at each station completes the simulated operating-room environment. A virtual reality trainer will be available to all trainees during workshops. In addition to the skills lab, the centre has a seminar room for 40 people and a boardroom for 12 people. Both areas have bidirectional audio and video connection to the operating rooms for live surgery viewing. The centre links in nicely with the opening of the operating theatre complex in 2009 and the new D1 surgical ward in September last year. Paediatric Surgeon, Dr Sharon Cox also confirmed that a video conferencing unit will be introduced to the centre. “This will mean information can be beamed out to venues that can receive tele-conferencing whether this be locally, the middle of Africa or internationally,” she said. “It’s great to have these facilities here because of the effect this has on teaching surgeons from outside the country,” said Cox who – together with Professor Alp Numanoglu – was involved in the design and the setup of the training centre, She said that unlike apprentice-type surgery where you can

train somebody in general surgery in a live setting, you can’t train endoscopic surgery in a live setting. To this end, she was excited at the prospect of the surgical training centre fulfilling this need. “We are blessed to have the Children’s Hospital Trust who can raise the money for us to do this,” she added Upcoming developments at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital include the Burns Ward, currently under construction, due to open in September. In October the upgrade of the B1 Medical Ward kicks off, cost estimated at between R12 and 14 million. It treats babies with infectious diseases and chronic illnesses and hasn’t been renovated since the hospital was built in 1956.

The newly opened surgical training centre at Red Cross Children’s Hospital comprises eight work stations and one master station for the trainer, all with pendant-mounted surgical lights and monitors.

DID YOU KNOW?

A street by any other name wouldn’t be as sweet

associate, had a new road named after him. In a sense he Which authority should name our roads and streets? helped to develop this part of the suburb thus bringing more Should it be left to politicians at any of the three levels money into municipality coffers. of government or should it be the decision by the Names like Bolus and Pearson are familiar and easy enough consensus of the general public? Either of these would leave someone, somewhere dissatisfied so maybe all roads to catch my attention. They were both well-known men in the botanical world and have been honoured by having should simply be given a number? avenues named after them in Kenilworth. Harry Bolus was Having questioned as above, it is interesting to note after a stockbroker, deeply interested in botany, and had owned whom, in the past, it was considered worthy to name property in the area. Professor Harold Pearson was the first streets and the reasons for doing so. It seems to me though director of Kirstenbosch having been instrumental in its that in every generation there will be names considered founding. I am sure many visitors to this lovely garden have inappropriate for various reasons. Further, that at the same read his epitaph : “If ye seek his monument look around”. Both time there will also be many homeowners who have no men not only helped in bringing local plants to knowledge of the history of their own street the attention of the public but were involved in name or any interest in finding out details. Mansergh was the opening up of what has become a worldThis subject of local street naming has been involved in the renowned centre of botanical excellence. much in the news over the last couple of design of the Red Brian Mansergh Close is in the old part of years and it is good to know that, at last, there Cross War Memorial Wynberg. Mansergh was a distinguished architect will be renaming and the removal of names who owned property there. He was involved in the considered unsuitable or downright hurtful. Children’s Hospital. design of the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s As I go about my business I often write down Hospital as well as many other buildings. His father a name I see for further investigation. In CLW Mansergh was a councillor for the Wynberg Municipality most cases the name of the street/road/avenue/lane is quite between 1923 and 1926. innocuous. Take Robinson Avenue, Claremont, apart from A somewhat unusual street name is that of Rosendale Road, possible descendants, who knows that this gentleman, Julius Rondebosch. Unusual in that it makes reference to the origin Robertson, married the daughter of a property owner in of one of the 1657 free burghers, Jacob Cornelissen, a soldier the area and having become both a son in law and business

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of Rosendael. This man would have been part of the slow development of the Cape settlement at a time when finally the Dutch East India Company had to acknowledge that the settlement was a permanent one and that ways had to be found to provide the men and women with locally produced food. Mosque Road, Wynberg refers to the Yusufeyah Mosque built in 1866. In 1887, a new building was erected and by the late 20th century, it was further expanded. These people were instrumental in the development of the Cape Peninsula. FACTS FOUND: Historical Research Bureau 021 715 9156 http://factsfound.isat.co.za.

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F OOD & W I N E

Jeremy Mansfield takes a turn to Kalk Bay

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Jeremy Mansfield seen here at the launch of his book Zhoosh! Faking It at Kalk Bay Books.

f it’s good, simple, scrumptious food you’re after, look no further than Jeremy Mansfield’s Zhoozsh! Faking It the radio personality’s new cookbook out on the shelves today. Authored with wife, Jacqui Mansfield, the new book follows in the wake of the success of the first in the series. It won multiple South African awards in 2007, including Best Cookbook, and was shortlisted third in the world at the International Gourmand Awards. “The great thing was that we beat Jamie Oliver,” said Jeremy during his talk to a group of fans at the launch of Zhoozsh! Faking it! at Kalk Bay Books. The couple share behind-the scenes anecdotes in their compilation of the book. “If you think building a house, shopping for clothes or raising children together is tough - write a book together,” said Jacqui with a smile. “So, of course, when our publisher approached us for a second book we said ‘no’. But just like childbirth, you forget the pain and you do it again - so we agreed.” Explaining how the concept for the book came about, Jacqui said: “Everyone enjoys presenting a dinner that looks like it took hours to prepare, but we didn’t want to do that – it had to be different. During the recession, we came up with the idea of focusing on budget-stretching recipes. We were looking at feeding a family of four with starters, mains and dessert on a R100 to R150.” Clinching the book’s title and giving it a different identity to the first book, proved to be the biggest challenge. The point of difference came in the presentation of tasty, uncomplicated high-end food using cost-effective substitutes, hence the subtitle of the book Faking It! said Jacqui.

For example, using cuts of meat such as brisket and blade steak. “These are a lot cheaper and are so versatile that - if cooked slowly - are magnificent to eat,” said Jeremy. “We also show readers how to use crabsticks to make a lobster bisque that tastes just like the original. We have used mushrooms as a substitute for snails in a traditional snails and garlic recipe.” Most of the recipes have been collected on the couple’s many travels. The snail-garlic recipe came about as the result of their holiday in Mana Pools, Zimbabwe. “We were on a tented safari with friends. This was glamping not camping. We had a chef who cooked scones and cake on a fire and one evening he came out with garlic snails – the recipe with the mushrooms,” said Jeremy. However, it is his witty memories of the trip (recorded in the book) that bring the recipes to life. “On the first night we sat on the Chitaki riverbed next to the water. When Jacqui went to take shower in the little canvas partition we heard the impala calling in alarm. One came running through the riverbed. It was being chased through the water by 24 wild dogs. They ran past and they caught the impala right next to where Jacqui was showering. By then I was on my fifth G&T.” The audience at Kalk Bay Books erupted with laughter at Jeremy’s anecdotes. If you want to read more, you’ll have to get your hands on the book. Jacqui and Jeremy are also available to share their recipes and anecdotes for exclusive corporate functions. See www.zhoozsh.co.za.

Popular bistro on the move The Bizz, the popular bistro next to Woolworths, Blue Route is moving lock stock and barrel 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 and healthy snacks. Robyn invites all her regulars and new customers to visit the new premises which will open mid September. Robyn says, there’s plenty of parking right outside the door, which makes it even more accessible for breakfast, lunch or a snack. See advert on page 12.

A slice of fun Charly’s Angels a reality TV show on the characters that make up Charly’s Bakery in Cape Town will be aired on SABC3 in early October as well as on BBC Lifestyle. The documentary, filmed in Zanzibar, looks at the behindthe-scenes anecdotes of Jacqui, Alex, Dani and Roche. This new series from Cooked in Africa Films will cast you into a mix of the joie de vivre, lightness and laughter that goes into making what they have coined ‘mucking afazing’ cakes. Don’t miss out.

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RE T I R E ME N T

COM M E R CI A L F E AT U RE

Seniors get the pick of crop L ifeTides Retirement Lifestyle Consulting is well on track to becoming the only ‘one stop shop’ for retirement lifestyle options in the Cape. John White the principle consultant said: “Cape Town is becoming the retirement destination of choice in South Africa. As consultants it is imperative that we are able to provide our clients with choices, not only in area, style, price and finishes but more importantly in choice of services.” LifeTides is currently working with a number of developers and operators to ensure that they are in a position to offer choices and will also market and sell the client’s current home, through their Stately Homes and Cape Splendour Homes agencies. Fernbridge Retirement Apartments in Diep River are being developed by the CPOA with north-facing spacious apartments and extra-large balconies. LifeTides launched

Luxury and comfort by the sea

Retirement can be the start of a better life for those who are ready to sell the family home and move on. Designed as a retirement hotel, St Leger Hotel in Muizenberg caters for independent living with the bonus of personal care and health service on tap. The idea of a home by the sea is also irresistible. A move to this chic, boutique environment is like taking a long holiday. Residents have no security or maintenance issues to worry about, as all the private apartments are within the grounds of the main residence. The hotel also offers the added benefits of a card room, library, sunny courtyards, laundry services, a driver and plenty of security. The St Leger’s Buy to Let option allows for approximately 7% return on the investment, depending on the price of the unit. Residents can personalise the décor in the apartments which range in size from 18 to 73 square metres. Each one has an en-suite bathroom and kitchenette. The monthly levy covers all living expenses, including three-course meals at lunch and dinner, laundry, 24-hour security and care on call. On resale of the unit, 5% of the selling price is added to the Levy Stabilisation Fund, which ensures maintenance of the overall property, protecting the integrity and value of the fabric of the establishment and your investment. Contact St Leger Hotel on 021 709 6200 or visit www.stleger.co.za.

Mountview in Kirstenhof in June and attracted a huge response. The launch of Summerley Court in Kenilworth will soon be announced. LifeTides is also involved with Livewell Suites in Somerset West which will be launched on September 1. Livewell Suites offer specialised care for those suffering with Alzheimer’s and dementia. They are situated in a beautiful Cape Dutch dwelling. Lifetides can also offer retirement accommodation in luxury hotels like St Leger (Muizenberg) and Greenways (Kenilworth). LifeTides also has units available in Riverside Manor, Pinelands starting at R720 000. Mr White recently handed over the management and ownership of Riverside to the CPOA. For further information sms Lifetides to 47021. To contact a consultant see the advert on this page.

Riverside Gardens near completion

Riverside Gardens, situated in Diep River, offers the exciting Liferight alternative to traditional retirement accommodation, such as old-age homes. The Housing Schemes for Retired Persons Act makes provision for the establishment of housing schemes to provide rights of occupation to retired persons. “We are proud to announce that the construction of the development is on track and we want to invite buyers to visit our furnished one-bedroom apartment on July 30,” says Heather Cape from Greeff Properties, the specialists in retirement-property options. Liferight holders are afforded the same status as a bond holder and therefore security of tenure is guaranteed. “We are proud to announce that Riverside Gardens offers levy capping as well as deferred payment options to make it more affordable to buy into this scheme,” says Heather. Riverside Gardens addresses all the concerns of retired individuals, including 24hrs emergency response, free sick-bay days per annum, a clinic, take-away meals, general lighting and electricity, 24-hour security, optional housekeeping and laundry services, medical and frail care when required, and social activities. Join the team at Riverside Gardens for tea and biscuits on Saturday, July 30 or call 083 320 6302 to set up an appointment.

HOUSING DEVELOPMENT SCHEMES FOR RETIRED PERSONS ACT (1988)

COMPLETED 1 BED APARTMENT

ON SHOW FOR R640 000

On A Deferred Payment Package

ON SHOW

On Show, 11am - 3pm, Saturday 30th July 2011, look out for the Greeff banners in Alnwick Road off Main Rd, Diep River. Please join us for tea and biscuits.

HEATHER CAPE | 083 320 6302 | hmcape@greeff.co.za

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