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Get out your lederhosen, dust off your dirndls und plait your pigtails, South Africa’s biggest, funnest, annual bierfest is back for its fourth season to rock the Newlands Brewery, Village Green from the 14th – 16th November! From the moment of setting foot in the 4000-seater Brauhaus marquee, attendees can look forward to all the sights and sounds of the legendary Munich Oktoberfest. More than just a festival of bier, each moment at Bierfest is a proverbial feast of excellent entertainment, delectable authentic Bavarian cuisine, and much interactive crowd participation! Let the festive strains of traditional oompah music get you in the spirit, while beautiful Frauleins guide you to your table before they fetch your first round of biers, each especially brewed by South African Breweries just for this event!
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Mother City Moving Up In Travel Ranks Cape Town is celebrating after moving up from last year’s eleventh spot to a single digit, fourth place, in the annual Conde Nast Traveler Readers Choice Awards.
Cape Town hotels also fared well, with several top Cape Town properties making the list of Best Hotels in Africa.
The one million votes from close to 77 000 Conde Nast Traveler readers, contributed to putting Cape Town into the mix as a global favourite.
Just beyond Cape Town, Bushmanskloof in the Cederberg fared very well, being recognised as number six on the list of Africa’s Top 20 Best Safari Lodges and Camps, number four on the list of Best Resorts in South Africa and as number 41 on the Top 100 Hotels in the World list.
Cape Town was also voted in as the #8 Friendliest City in the World; an accolade that supports the opinion of Tripadvisor users when they voted Cape Town second in line as the City with The Most Helpful Locals in the 2014 Tripadvisor World City Survey.
One & Only, Cape Town took the Number One spot.
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Says Cape Town Tourism, CEO, Enver Duminy; “We are so proud of all the players who have come together to earn us such great global recognition.
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Cape Town continues to strive to delight and intrigue our visitors. We would like to extend hearty congratulations to all our members who have featured so prominently in the results.” Says Garreth Bloor, Mayoral Committee Member for Tourism, Events and Economic Development at the City of Cape Town; "The City is particularly proud of this achievement and what it means to the city's touristic potential - and its offering as a premier events destination. As we continue to create opportunities for economic growth we encourage excellence in our tourism sector."
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Nominees for 2014 Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards
The much-anticipated list of nominees for this year’s prestigious Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards has been released – and it contains an exciting mix of new contenders as well as restaurants that have been celebrated for their excellence in the past. The nominees for this year’s awards are: Bread & Wine, DW Eleven-13, Five Hundred, Jordan Restaurant, La Mouette, Makaron, Overture, Planet Restaurant, Restaurant Mosaic, Rust en Vrede, Terroir, The Greenhouse, The Kitchen at Maison, The Pot Luck Club, The Restaurant at Newton Johnson, The Restaurant at Waterkloof, The Tasting Room, The Test Kitchen, The White Room at Dear Me and Tokara. The winners of the coveted Restaurant of the Year, San Pellegrino Chef of the Year, Grolsch Service Excellence Award and the Top 10 Restaurants will be selected from these 20 restaurants and announced at the annual awards ceremony in Cape Town on 16 November.
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Since its inception in 1998, the Eat Out Restaurant awards have grown in both size and stature, and it is considered South Africa’s most authoritative and glamorous gastronomic event to celebrate South Africa’s chefs, restaurants and the culinary industry.
The winners of the Best Steakhouse, Best Asian Restaurant, Best Italian Restaurant, Best Country-style Restaurant and Best Everyday Eatery, as well as the winner of the Boschendal Style Award and Nederburg Rising Star Award, will also be honoured at the awards ceremony. This year Abigail Donnelly, Eat Out editor and judge for the annual restaurant awards, was supported by five anonymous judges, whose identities will be revealed on awards night. In keeping with feedback received from restaurants, chefs, and the public, the winners were selected by a panel of South African judges with varied experience and backgrounds relating to the food and restaurant industry. The judges have been eating at restaurants across the country to determine the nominees and each judge scored restaurants individually. The restaurants are scored on food, service and ambience, thus taking into account various aspects that make for an ideal dining experience. For more information visit www.eatout.co.za
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Paarl and Wellington Restaurants become StreetSmart Paarl and Wellington have become the latest towns to join StreetSmart SA, a national fundraising initiative for the upliftment of street children. The Paarl and Wellington chapter of StreetSmart was launched at a cocktail event at The Light House Boutique Suites, Courtrai, Paarl. StreetSmart SA, is a non-profit organisation dedicated to family reunification and the upliftment of street children and has raised more than R8,6 million over the past nine years. Participating restaurants raise funds through encouraging diners to add R5 to their table’s bill, completely
voluntary and diners can decline or add more if they wish. Every cent raised in StreetSmart restaurants is dedicated to support organisations that run educational and family reunification programmes for street children within their own communities. Pioneering the way as the first Paarl Restaurant to become StreetSmart, is Glen Carlou Restaurant, who joined this initiative way back in June 2009. At the launch Georgie Prout, Public Relations Manager at Glen Carlou Wine Estate, appealed to other Paarl and Wellington restaurants to follow suit and make a real difference to children in need in their area.
StreetSmart SA, launched by Biggs under the patronage of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu in 2005, currently has 90 participating restaurants throughout the Western Cape and Gauteng. StreetSmart's goal is to be part of the process of social normalisation and to encourage the public not to give money into the hands of a child as this keeps them on the streets. In essence, eating and donating at a StreetSmart restaurant is the responsible way to help a street child. For more information contact 021 418 0621
A range of traditional Bierfest games, on-the-spot competitions, and fun audience participatory activities await as Bierfests own “Mayor of Munich” Hans von Tipplestein regales you with sing-alongs and hilarious stories from ze motherland! From start to finish, the atmosphere at Bierfest is easy-going and the emphasis is on having as much fun as you possibly can before getting home safely via one of the many #DrinkSmart options. Bierfest offers revellers four different ticket options, specially designed to suit everybody’s budget and requirements: The V-VIP option, The VIP option, The Über Bier Hall Ticket and The Standard Bier Hall Ticket. For more information visit www.bierfest.co.za
Distell Potstill Brandies recognised at Veritas Awards
Mercy Ships docked at V&A Waterfront
Distell’s premium brandy category showed its muscle at the Veritas Awards, held in Cape Town in October, with six products winning Gold medals and two winning Double Golds. Judges of the country’s most prestigious wine competition saw fit to award Double Gold medals to Oude Meester Demant and Van Ryn’s 15 Year Old, and Gold medals to Klipdrift Gold, Oude Meester Souverein 18 Year Old, Van Ryn’s 10 and 12 Year Olds, Richelieu International and Richelieu 10 Year Old. Klipdrift recently updated the brand to embody Gold in Every Drop, Van Ryn’s celebrates the craftsmanship aspect of centuries-old brandy making traditions, while Oude Meester showcases the Mastery that goes into making these exquisite products. “Awards like these help support the messages conveyed to the public about our brands. It reinforces our belief that South Africa has the best brandies in the world and that this is an underestimated category in the international spirits market,” said Distell Brandy Ambassador Nick Holdcroft. “The Veritas Awards are synonymous with excellence in wine and brandy, without which our brandies would not be internationally renowned. Having quality base wine is just one of the many steps in brandy making process which leads to a high quality end product,” said Caroline Snyman, Distell’s Director for Luxury brands. “As such we are pleased to make our presence felt at this auspicious occasion for the South African drinks business.”
The Africa Mercy, the world’s largest civilian hospital ship docked at Quay 6 outside the Table Bay Hotel at the V & A Waterfront from 29 September to 15 October. The purpose of the layover in Cape Town was to finalise all their preparations before continuing on its route to Madagascar for its next field service. During the layover the ship was open for 3 days for the public to visit.
Carlson Rezidor Opens another Flagship
The ship, operated and staffed by 450 volunteers, is equipped with five state-ofthe-art operating rooms and is a fully modern hospital specialising in maxillo-facial, reconstructive, plastics, orthopaedic, ophthalmic, dental, and obstetric fistula surgeries. The ship also has a Chemist, laboratory, and a CT scanner, one of the most important pieces of equipment on the ship. Other staff facilities include a school for the volunteer’s children, tuck shop, Starbucks Coffee Shop, Post Office, Bank, Hairdresser and a library.
The Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, one of the world’s largest and most dynamic hotel groups, announces the opening of Park Inn by Radisson Cape Town Newlands. The hotel offers 122 superior guest rooms and lies at the foot of Table Mountain – a flat-topped mountain forming a prominent landmark overlooking the city of Cape Town. “We are delighted to bring another flagship to Africa by opening the Park Inn by Radisson Cape Town Newlands. We are now proudly featuring a portfolio of seven hotels with 1,400 rooms in operation in South Africa; signaling our firm commitment to growth on the African continent,” said Wolfgang M. Neumann, President & CEO of The Rezidor Hotel Group.
The Africa Mercy provides free medical care both on- and off-ship to patients suffering from a variety of curable medical conditions all across Africa.
During their last ten-month field service in the Republic of Congo, Mercy Ships provided 2 524 total surgeries and anticipate a similar outlook for their next field service in Madagascar.
The opening of Park Inn by Radisson Cape Town Newlands brings a brilliant new Smart Meeting and Events hospitality concept to South Africa. The high-tech conference rooms can host up to 163 delegates and are equipped with all modern conference must-have, such as controls that access sound volume, air-conditioner and projector screens with one touch. The facility also features a nifty chalk board wall for group brainstorming sessions. Showcasing its dedication of community involvement and responsibility, Park Inn by Radisson Cape Town Newlands has partnered with the Deaf Federation of South Africa (DEAFSA). The hotel has a huge emphasis on accessibility. It offers five wheelchair-friendly rooms and a series of ramps. The hotel also has a 30% deaf team members, serving in both back and front of house roles.
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The surgeries and care are provided at no cost to the patients and the focus of care is on those patients who have very little or no access to specialised surgical healthcare. Operations are only performed when the ship is docked. Founded in 1978 by Don and Deyon Stephens, Mercy Ships has worked in more than 70 countries providing services valued at more than R11 billion, treating more than 2.5 million direct beneficiaries. Each year Mercy Ships has more than 1 600 volunteers from more than 40 nations, including South Africa. Professionals including surgeons, dentists, nurses, healthcare trainers, teachers, cooks, seamen, engineers and agriculturalists donate their time and skills to the effort.
FoodPods recently hosted a community volunteer day with students from Kayamandi High School and Paul Roos Gymnasium. About 40 students and Heart Capital interns came together for a fun afternoon of team building, games, music, and hard work! Taylor Holland, FoodPods Kayamandi Project Manager, summarized the day, “Foodpods is a community-centered project, so we wanted to host a volunteer day that brought together the diverse youth of the Stellenbosch community." With a little friendly competition, the students from both high schools successfully cleaned up and prepared FoodPod’s Kayamandi site and helped another Heart Capital venture- Wonder Plant- with inventory management. A lot of work was completed, while new friendships and partnerships were made while Musician Casper Ace volunteered his talents for the afternoon and stated, "What FoodPods is doing is basically seeding future cooperation of the next generation." For more information visit www.heartcapital.co.za
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Industry leader in Persian Carpets The Persian Carpet is owned by Clive Jefthas, who has been in the Persian Carpet Industry for more than 22 years. Since Clive opened doors in Franschhoek and Stellenbosch in 2009, he became known as The Persian Carpet Specialist, servicing and repairing Persian Carpets throughout the Western Cape. The company was established to fulfil the growing need for cleaning and restoring both corporate and private owned Persian Carpets, using only authentic Eastern methods to restore carpets to its previous glory.
Innovative start-up Technology business
Matt Putman and Ramsay Daly, two schoolboy friends raised and educated in Durban, are co-founders of the South African based disruptive financial services brand iKhokha, an innovative start-up technology business that has developed and taken to market an African first in the Mobile commerce space, the iKhokha Edge. The business has progressed from nothing more than an inspired idea to becoming the first internationally accredited mPOS solution to be developed in Africa. iKhokha is also the first bank agnostic financial services brand offering mobile card payment services to the SME market in SA. Over the last two and a half years of their journey, the young founders have been faced with substantial local and international obstacles, but have persevered, driven by their desire to improve the lives of SME's nationally.
The Persian Carpet specialises in Persian Carpet Sales, Persian Carpet Cleaning including Dhurries, Kelims and handmade rugs, Persian Carpet Repairs and also assists Interior Designers. They also provide service in refraining, moth damage and overcasting, depending on the degree of the damage. The Persian Carpet gives free quotes, will find a buyer for your Old Persian carpets, and their mobile cleaning unit will collect and deliver repaired carpets, free of charge. The cleaning process takes between two to three weeks from date of collection and as clients, you will always be kept informed of the work in progress. The Persian Carpet company has a dedicated team and at all times strive to deliver excellent service and guarantee an exceptionally high standard of workmanship. For more information visit Shop 17, Stellenbosch Square, Stellenbosch or call 021 880 2335. Also visit Shop 6, The Village Centre, Franschhoek or call 021 876 2072/073 184 9977 www.thepersiancarpet.co.za
Based in Cape Town, Daly is responsible for managing operations within Emerge Mobile, including the creation of business development, marketing, and digital strategies for the company and for its direct to market product, iKhokha. This includes customer acquisition, retention and service. He also plays a key role in information architecture design for the company’s mobile phone payment, website merchant management, and tablet payment applications. Daly has a strong digital marketing and digital product development background. Prior to joining Emerge Mobile, Daly held several positions in the online marketing and publishing sectors, including the role of Digital Manager for John Brown Media, and Online Strategy, Project Management and Sales, at RL Daly, a law firm specialising in large scale debt collection.
Based in Cape Town, Daly is the custodian of the iKhokha brand with a weighted creative focus on user product experience, digital strategy and customer communication and profiling. He also plays a key role in information architecture design for the company’s mobile phone payment application, website merchant management and tablet payment applications. Ramsay Daly is the marketing director of Emerge Mobile, a South African based technology company specialising in the mobile point of sale (MPOS) payments space.
Akademia spog met groot nuus!
Akademia het ’n besige Oktober gehad wat nuus betref! Eerstens is hulle nuwe graad, BCom Bestuursrekeningkunde, goedgekeur) en tweedens het Akademia en eNuus 14 Oktober, die loodsing van die Elite Beursprogram by Hoërskool Waterkloof in Pretoria gehou!
Die nuwe BCom Bestuursrekeningkunde-graad word binne die internasionale CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants) program ontwikkel. CIMA is die grootste professionele liggaam vir bestuursrekenmeesters ter wêreld. Volgens Appie Pienaar, lid van CIMA se Afrika-streeksraad, verdien lede van CIMA uiters mededingende salarisse en geniet hulle internasionaal erkenning as geoktrooieerde bestuursrekenmeesters. “In vergelyking met die meeste ander rekeningkundekwalifikasies waar mense opgelei word met die oog daarop om in ŉ privaatpraktykomgewing te werk, en waar die fokus op eksterne oudit en belastingkwessies val, berei CIMA mense voor vir ŉ loopbaan in besigheid.” aldus Pienaar. Pligte eie aan ŉ geoktrooieerde bestuursrekenmeester sluit in: advies aan bestuur
oor die finansiële implikasies van projekte; die formulering van besigheidstrategie; begrotingsbestuur; interne beheer; en die organisasie se plek binne die breë sakewêreld. Hierdie kursus is die tweede geakkrediteerde BCom-graadkursus wat Akademia ten volle in Afrikaans aanbied. Die ander groot nuus is dat Akademia en eNuus vyf Elite-beurse ter waarde van ±R210 000 elk vir studies in Akademia se BCom Ondernemingsbestuur graad bekendgestel het. Puik presterende, gebalanseerde studente staan die kans om hul studieskoste, boekekoste, tabletrekenaar, kursusse in persoonlike ontwikkeling, asook uitkomsgebaseerde werkservaring vir drie jaar te verseker! Dit sluit selfs ŉ reis oorsee na hul derde jaar in. Vir meer oor hierdie opwindende Elite beursprogram, asook om te registreer hiervoor, besoek gerus Akademia se webwerf op www.akademia.ac.za/elitebeursprogram. Onthou, aansoeke vir die Elite beursprogram sluit 20 November! Registrasie vir studies by Akademia in 2015 sluit 4 Desember 2014!
Le Kap Lifestyle Fair Le Kap Lifestyle Fair is one of the most eagerly anticipated events on the social calendar, attracting luxury aficionados from far and wide. This opulent affair is a perfect symbiosis of gourmet food, artisanal drinks and fine wines that meet fashion and show jumping. Nestled on the piedmonts of the Stellenbosch mountain range, the newly-revamped Blaauwklippen Wine Estate, Stellenbosch will host the Le Kap Lifestyle Fair on 6 December 2014. Why not discover a one-of-a-kind couture dress whilst luxuriating the finest French champagne or savoring gourmet hors d’oeuvres? Or repose on leather couches while sipping fine whisky contemplating the colour you’d prefer the Bentley Continental GT V8 to be in?
Alerting the senses will be the sound of horses’ hooves pounding on the estate’s sprawling, lush lawns as musical kur dressage show enraptures spectators. Riders will showcase their astounding skill as they perform a pattern of choreographed movements to music. There is perhaps no sport that carries such prestige and class that equestrianism does. Grace, precision and perfection will be magnificently displayed in the showjumping competition. Fashion cognoscente will enjoy a carefully curated luxury and contemporary vogue experience as they gather on the wine estate’s scenic terraces and watch a fashion show featuring South Africa’s top designers. Unique to Le Kap Lifestyle Fair – fashionistas and guests will be able to shop at the pop-up stores after the show. Fancy an opportunity to enter a world of luxurious high-performance? Gracing this year’s Le Kap Lifestyle Fair is one of the most expensive forms of transportation on the planet, a helicopter as well as a display some of the finest luxury motoring marques to delight guests throughout the day. Celebrated South African chefs will showcase their virtuosity as they prepare gourmet food and artisanal drinks for your relish. These moreish bites will be available from international trend food trucks adorning the grass. Wine connoisseurs can also look forward to tastings from 10 of South Africa’s top wine estates. Tickets are available at Computicket
MaxMara Summer Collection The Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate in Franschhoek will provide the magnificent backdrop to showcase MaxMara Summer 2015 in South Africa on 15 November. The simplicity of the Estate’s Cape Dutch architecture promises to be the perfect setting for the effortless elegance and timeless modern design of top Italian fashion brand, MaxMara. Fashionistas will be able to catch a glimpse of the latest lines from MaxMara’s Summer Collection, while enjoying three exquisite courses of signature dishes designed by Executive Chef Darren Badenhorst, matched to perfection with awardwinning Grande Provence wines. There will also be an opportunity to purchase select items from the collection on the night – promising to make this one of the highlights on the fashion calendars of top trendsetters. A percentage of the ticket sales will go towards the Out Of Africa Children’s Foundation. After an evening of glamour, The Owner’s Cottage at Grande Provence offers 5-star accommodation for guests who would prefer to wind down and extend their visit to this beautiful estate. With attentive staff and meticulous attention to detail this quaint guest house is a testament to period grandeur and contemporary luxury. For more information contact 021 876 8600
Kirstenbosch Summer Concerts What can be better than easing out of the weekend and into a new week than with music that satisfies the most diverse of tastes? Where the venue is so spectacularly beautiful that Sunday takes on a whole new ambience? Where friends and family gather their picnic baskets and blankets to enjoy the floral heritage and the mountain as the music rolls over them? The Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts offer all this and more, from 23 November - 5 April, 2015 with a magnificent line – up offering something for every taste. The tradition of top local and international artists appearing on this stage continues in this botanical garden that highlights the Western Cape’s rich floral heritage and at the same time showcases world-class entertainment in an environment second to none. The 2014/2015 season of Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts boasts one of the best line-ups ever and celebrates 23 years of outstanding concerts. Such is the prestige of appearing on this stage that many of the artists cite this as the highlight of their careers. Newcomers include The Soil and Barbara Hendricks and the SA National Youth Orchestra. Back by popular demand are: Oliver Mtukudzi, Prime Circle, Johnny Clegg, Mi Casa, The Parlotones, Matthew Mole, Jimmy Nevis, Freshlyground, Goldfish, and Jeremy Loops. Beatenberg and Gangs of Ballet share the stage as do Al Bairre and Shortstraw.
Making a welcome return are Just Jinjer and the energising Hot Water - all bound to please. Launching the season on 23 November and making their debut at Kirstenbosch are the hugely popular acapella group, The Soil. On November 30 a classical concert will delight fans of the SA National Youth Orchestra, featuring world famous soprano Barbara Hendricks with a line-up of top local and international artists. The 7 December concert sees ever popular band Just Jinjer return to the stage to wow the audience.
A sell out success last year, Zimbabwean sensation Oliver Mtukudzi is back on 14 December. Donovan Copley will delight audiences with the energy and brilliance of his unmistakably South African music on December 28. What better way to bring the New Year in than with Mango Groove and Arno Carstens for the New Year’s Eve concert on December 31. Tickets available at WebTickets
Same day surgery – the way of the future Day Surgery Facilities throughout the world have transformed the surgical experience for millions of patients by providing them with a more convenient alternative to hospital based surgery, achieving the highest possible quality standards and positive patient experiences on a cost effective basis. CURE DAY CLINICS Somerset West day hospital opened their doors in October 2014 and is housed in the Paardevlei Specialist Medical Centre in Somerset West, opposite the Somerset Mall. The hospital specialise in ambulatory surgery which is also known as sameday surgery which does not require overnight stay. Same-day surgery has grown internationally and locally due to the improvements in medical technology and anaesthesia, leading to faster recovery times and fewer side effects. Cure Day Clinics strive to provide quality, affordable and specialised day surgery.
Succeeding Against the Odds Three Stellenbosch University students were rewarded for their hard work and perseverance despite difficult circumstances. This year marked the 10th anniversary of the Rector’s Awards for Succeeding Against the Odds.
who was born with a cleft lip and palate and as a result was in and out of doctors’ surgery rooms for most of his childhood. He was often made fun of by other children for looking different and therefore always felt like an outsider. Hard work earned him a sport in the BEng (Engineering) class of 2010, but he struggled academically and financially, living in a three room house without hot water in Paarl. After a few sessions at the Centre for Student Counselling and Development, he enrolled for BA International Studies for 2011, received a full bursary and was also placed in Wilgenhof Mens Residence. “I saw this as a second chance,” says Blain. He completed his undergraduate degree with 10 distinctions and went on to do his honours.
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The Maties who exceled academically despite challenging socio-economic conditions, limited opportunities or disability was officially announced at the annual Rector’s Awards for Outstanding Achievement. These awards recognised students who excel in academics, sports, culture, community interaction, service and leadership. The three students received bursaries of R85 000 which will enable them to build on their academic success. One of this year’s recipients of the Rector’s Award was Blain van Wyk, a BA honours student in Political Science,
He also started the Operation Smile Student Society in 2012, raising funds for an international children’s medical charity that performs cleft lip and palate surgery. Over the last 10 years a total of 40 undergraduate and 25 postgraduate students received recognition for “Succeeding Against the Odds”. The Student Representative Council’s Award for Outstanding Alumni was presented to venture capitalist and wine enthusiast, Michael Jordaan. Jordaan, the former CEO of FNB, now heads up a private investment company, Montegray Capital. He was also the guest speaker at the prestigious event.
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CURE DAY CLINICS’ Somerset West welcomes all surgical disciplines that are suited to the day hospital offering and includes gynaecology, plastic and reconstructive surgery, urology, dermatology, ophthalmology, Ear-Nose-and-Throat Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery, dental, gastroenterology and general surgery. The day hospital, which consists of 3 operating theatres (one of which will be dedicated to ophthalmic surgery), will be operated by The Hottentots Holland Ophthalmology Group (HHOG) in a 50% shareholding with Cure Day Clinics, who have set the goal of providing more affordable, and therefore more accessible, healthcare to private paying patients. HHOG (a group of 5 specialist ophthalmologists in the Somerset West and Helderberg area) will occupy 600m2 in Paardevlei Specialist Medical Centre and will establish a dedicated Eye Clinic where specialised facilities and equipment will be shared between their individual practices to provide excellent and convenient quality care to their existing patients. Although not a completely new model, the concept of day surgery clinics to curb rising healthcare costs, is fast gaining momentum in South Africa. Funders, patients and doctors are now considering day hospitals as the ‘next big thing’ to save costs, improve efficiencies, reduce waiting times and free up beds in acute hospitals for more serious cases. CURE DAY CLINICS’ Day Hospitals provide a solution for the escalating costs in health care due to their service offering by attending to healthy patients in need of a minor procedure. CURE DAY CLINICS’ vision is to have a national footprint of day hospitals in South Africa and endeavour to expand to all provinces in the country. Should an emergency occur during the procedures at Cure Day Clinics day hospitals, and the patient needs to stay overnight, contingency plans are in place to transfer a patient to an appropriate facility. All CURE DAY CLINICS day hospitals are fully equipped for any medical emergency and our staff are trained accordingly. For more information visit www.curedayclinics.co.za
Pebbles Project Reaches Major Milestone
This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Pebbles Project who have established themselves firmly within the wine industry as an organisation which aims to enrich the lives of children from disadvantaged backgrounds with special educational needs. Started as a tiny pebble by Sophia Warner who came to South Africa from the UK with a 13-year background in special needs teaching, the organization has developed into a much larger pebble, all thanks to the support of the wine industry and other role players. The Pebbles Project was started in 2004 with the main emphasis on children with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, but after a lot of research and advice from local specialists, they widened their scope to support the holistic development of children. Currently the Food for Thought Nutrition Programme provides breakfast, lunch and two snacks a day for 110 children within the Pebbles Project organisation and the goal within the next few months is to have 250 children benefitting from this programme.
Launched in late 2013 the Owethu Clinic currently offers health services to eight farms with a total of 792 children on the Hello Health Database. Established as a result of a major donation of clinic infrastructure from the Cipla Foundation and support from Villiera wine farm, the clinic offers a free service to the children, with adults paying a nominal monthly contribution, from neighbouring farms in the form of basic medical and dental services, family planning and wellness programmes. For more information visit www.pebblesproject.co.za
HOME & LIVING
Attractive investment to Foreign Buyers South African property continues to be an attractive investment option for foreign buyers, says Andre de Villiers at Coetzenburg Real Estate in Stellenbosch. The latest Lightstone research and data of foreign buying and selling trends within the domestic property market proves that despite the dip the global market has taken in recent months, foreign confidence in South Africa is holding firm.
Lightstone’s data shows that between 2013 and 2014, of the 280,395 property registrations that took place across South Africa, 8,530 of those properties belong to foreign buyers. The five provinces that have the highest number of foreign buyers are: Gauteng – 4054; Western Cape – 2343; KwaZulu Natal – 1024; Eastern Cape – 376; Mpumalanga – 185.
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While the numbers seem high, foreign ownership of property only sits at around 3% of the total property ownership in South Africa.
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When compared to other Western countries, we actually have a significantly lower amount of foreign owners of property. In the UK, foreign ownership of property is about 15% of new properties bought; in the USA, foreign ownership is just above 6%; and in Brazil about 1% of land is foreign owned, which is due to their stringent regulations.
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He told The Newspaper that while operating from Durbanville they noticed the need for a closer outlet in Stellenbosch and in 2014 he opened the Stellenbosch Glass Centre and Aluminium business.
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Van Wyk's claim to fame is that as a business operating from Stellenbosch he is able to provide a professional service to all in the area.
The business provides glass and aluminium products to the home owner who plans to engage in renovations, as well as Building Contractors, Construction Companies, and Developers.
His business is equipped to execute on-site repairs, and installations. Nelius believes that his products are made available to the market at more affordable prices, and that the workmanship is of high standard. For more information visit Stellenbosch Glass at Corner Bird & Muller Street, Stellenbosch or call 074 145 1294 visit www.stellenboschglass.co.za
KAMERS Summer 2014 Fresh from the fantastic WDC2014 winter pop-up in Cape Town’s historic Castle, KAMERS returns to Stellenbosch at Webersburg from 4-9 November. Since last year’s sold out KAMERS, they have scoured SA for new handcrafted design, fabulous tastes and unique musicians and will be combining these with most popular traders from years past, in a fusion of talent that only this crazy wonderful country of ours can offer! Win a R5 000 KAMERS voucher Rate your personal KAMERS Top 10 from the 120 traders offering fashion, accessories, crafts, home-styles, kids stuff and delicious food and wine. Your list goes into the lucky draw for that R5 000 voucher, courtesy of 1st for Women Insurance. Don’t miss SA’s pop-up treasure trove of handcrafted creativity! Photo Credit - Geneviève Fundaro
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The Newspaper visited Nelius van Wyk, owner of the Stellenbosch Glass Centre and Aluminium at his business at 182 Bird Street, Stellenbosch.
He believes that professionalism is reflected through in-house manufacturing of their aluminium windows and doors, custom made shower doors, and frameless showers, as well as providing back-up support and product service to already installed items.
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Height cuisine from beef tea to Burgers It was an idea which made Imperial Airways’ Silver Wing flights famous and over 85 years later is still the benchmark by which many travellers judge an airline’s onboard service. In 1927, British Airways’ predecessor, Imperial Airways, removed two seats from the Argosy aircraft it operated on the London/Paris route to allow a steward to serve food on board. It was the first in-flight meal service. Although the fare was simple; sandwiches or biscuits, beef tea, and a choice of beer, whisky or mineral water - passengers considered the idea of being served a meal in flight the height of luxury. Today for full-service airlines in-flight catering remains integral to the flying experience and getting it right is a science. Altitude was not a problem 85 years ago, as aircraft flew relatively low were not pressurised. A modern jet aircraft cruises at around 35 000 feet and the cabin is pressurised to 8 000 feet. Under these conditions you lose about 30% of your ability to taste, so food can seem bland or insipid.
The airline calls the approach it has adopted to counter the effects of altitude, lower humidity and other sensory inhibitors in aircraft cabins, Height Cuisine. It uses ingredients which are high in umami, a savoury flavour known as the ‘fifth taste’, which occurs naturally in foods such as seaweed, tomatoes, mackerel and parmesan cheese and works particularly well in catering at altitude. British Airways took this research forward by developing World Traveller menus that included citrus juices and spices in Indian chicken tikka and rich umami of tortellacci with tomato and olives. An umami-rich First menu might include British fillet of beef with herb crust, summer vegetables, char-grilled fondant potatoes and a horseradish, dill and chive sauce. The concept of Height Cuisine isn’t limited to making food taste better and paring it with suitable wines. It’s a holistic concept that extends to the choices customers have as well as how the food is served.
First Liquid Nitrogen Ice-Cream Store Open its Doors in Cape Town N2IceCream, South Africa’s very first liquid nitrogen ice cream has opened its doors in Parklands, Cape Town.
Located at the Emporium in Sandown Road, Parklands, N2IceCream is a small lab themed kiosk doing extraordinary things. Wearing white lab coats and protective gloves N2IceCream brrr-isters can be seen combining ice cream with science while making ice cream from scratch once an order is placed.
The concept of using liquid nitrogen to freeze ice cream, while massive overseas has not yet hit the shores of Cape Town yet. Owner of N2IceCream, Maija Groenewald explains why this gas is so important in creating quality ice cream:
As a starting point N2IceCream will be offering Vanilla, Chocolate and Strawberry, plus one guest flavour per month/ week. Customers are then able to choose from 10 decadent toppings to add to the flavour.
“Liquid nitrogen is so cold and freezes so fast that it reduces the size of ice crystals which form ice cream. Smaller ice crystals create smoother ice cream.” Traditional ice cream manufacturer’s aim to freeze the ice cream as fast as possible, which is still a two-step process explains Groenewald.
For more information visit www.n2icecreamlab.co.za
Local Butchery & Deli Striving towards Success De Nieuwe Rodenburg Butchery & Deli, after taking over from the previous owners re-established itself as the same Butchery & Deli which served the community for over 52 years since 1951. Even Louisa Rodenburg, founder of Rodenburg’s can vouch for a steady upliftment in meeting her standards of yesteryear.
The Newspaper would like to share their view with the public stating that De Nieuwe Rodenburg Butchery & Deli has succeeded in providing excellent service at all times, and that we received positive feedback from customers who visited De Nieuwe Rodenburg Butchery & Deli.
From the outset De Nieuwe Rodenburg Butchery & Deli under the management of Quintus van Rooyen followed an exceptionally high standard of professionalism toward their customers.
Many a happy customer said, “I think the De Nieuwe Rodenburg Butchery & Deli has a great future! The quality of meat is of high standard and well-priced.”
They have been very passionate about their business, and also extremely helpful and friendly in providing excellent quality and service. De Nieuwe Rodenburg Butchery & Deli’s main focus is to ensure that each and every customer’s need be met – always prepared to go the extra mile.
The Newspaper wishes to congratulate De Nieuwe Rodenburg Butchery & Deli with their approach, and service to the community. Well done Quintus and your staff! You are a huge asset to the community – keep up your high standards, and your reward will be great!
De Nieuwe BUTCHERY & DELI
De Nieuwe SLAGHUIS & DELI
TEL: 021 853 6320 43 WESLEY STREET, STRAND
WINEMAKER OF THE MONTH
Success begins in the vineyards at Kleine Zalze
To RJ Botha, the chemistry behind wine- and beer making is the reason he enrolled as a B.Sc. student at Stellenbosch University.
In the Newspaper’s interview RJ revealed that he had no formal farming experience before heading off to Stellenbosch University, yet, after 4 years he was one of three students in his class of 40 who successfully completed a B.Sc. degree, and employed immediately. His winemaking career started off at Natida Cellars in Durbanville. RJ took two trips to France during employment at Natida. During his first visit he followed an internship at Château Angelus in St Emelion Bordeaux, and during his second trip he and his wife, also a winemaker, engaged in harvesting Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon and limited Muscadel for a period of four months where after they travelled the whole of France, a portion of Italy and up to Switzerland before returning to South Africa. During his time as Winemaker at Nitida Cellars, he won countless medals for his wines at a host of local and international shows and events. In 2010 RJ was named Diners Club Young Winemaker of the Year for the Nitida Calligraphy. During late 2012 RJ was challenged with making a tough decision. Staying with Nitida, or taking up the offer as winemaker at Kleine Zalze. Having been the Winemaker with a rather smaller family-owned wine estate, he took up the challenge and moved to join a larger family-owned wine estate. “Kleine Zalze is one of the most renowned winemaking cellars in South Africa and I am very happy that I joined the winemaking team. Kobus Basson established a wonderful winery. Ambition at Kleine Zalze is at the order of the day,” says RJ Botha.
Kleine Zalze is one of the most highly distributed South African brands in the UK market. The Kleine Zalze Méthode Cap Classique Vintage Brut 2010 is a classically-style Sparkling Wine crafted from the best, selected vineyard parcels of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Intense and rich, the full-bodied wine delivers a tantalizing dance of fine bubbles, elegance and balance.
Awards Kleine Zalze received countless awards over the years for their wine and boasts with numerous double gold, gold, silver, 5 Star, and some trophy’s this year, including Veritas, Michelangelo International, International Wine & Spirit Competition, Mundus Vini International Wine, Concours Mondial, Standard Bank Chenin Blanch Challenge, Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show, Platters South Africa Wine Guide, Sommelier Wine, and Decanter World Awards. Chenin Blanc Family Reserve is the latest wine added to the Family Reserve Range. They launched the 2013 and received gold at Old Mutual, top 10 Chenin Blanc, and double gold and best wine of the show at Michelangelo.
Wines Sauvignon Blanc Family Reserve - A wine with ripe pea, fig and full floral herbaceous flavours on the nose and intense complexed lime, ripe asparagus and peppery notes on the palate. This full bodied, rich style Sauvignon Blanc shows a good balance of the characteristics of the two regions which each contributes to this full flavoured wine. Chenin Blanc Family Reserve - Concentrated aromas of lime, winter melon and apple fruit on the nose with layers of citrus and herbs on the palate. This magical finesse of fruit are supported by complex well integrated French oak wood flavours which gives this wine a creamy mouth feel and an elegant, long, fresh, earthy finish. Shiraz Family Reserve - The wine shows prominent blackcurrant and mulberry flavours on the nose. On the palate the 2010 vintage reflects a wine with finesse, fruit and supported by well-integrated firm French oak tannins. Due to its balance, this wine can be matured in the bottle for another ten years.
The Vineyards Kleine Zalze Wine Estate has about 80 ha under vineyards. They also manage 2 other farms of 120 ha. In total they manage about 200 ha with a yield in the order of 2 200 tons – 2 800 tons. The terroir at Kleine De Zalze is suitable for excellent Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz production. Being the winemaker he prefers to harvest “bush vine” Chenin Blanc of age which they get mostly from Stellenbosch and some from “Agter Paarl”. The older the “bush vine” the better the quality. As Winemaker they also visit other grape producing farms from Lutzville, Darling, Durbanville, Walker Bay, and Somerset West, and select only the best toward their Sauvignon Blanc label from these areas.
Winemaking Varieties Kleine Zalze’s mainstream winemaking varieties are Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Shiraz and Cabernet. Kleine Zalze produce their Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon in 3 different tiers. The top of the range is the Family Reserve Selection - the show wines, followed by the Vineyard Selection - the more food related wines for restaurants, and the Cellar Selection - the entry level wines.
Cabernet Sauvignon Family Reserve - The wine shows sweet, rich, dark fruit and berry-plum aromas with well integrated French oak tannin. The 2010 vintage is a vintage of fruit and this wine has a great length on the palate with alluring combination of spicy, plum fruit. This wine shows pure grape savory fruit with a firm white cedar oak tannin finish that delivers a long lingering after taste. Méthode Cap Classique Vintage Brut 2010 - An old world style sparkling wine crafted from the finest selected parcels of the traditional grape varieties Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, bottle fermented and matured for three years prior to disgorgement. Chardonnay contributes elegance whilst Pinot Noir provides intensity and richness. A subtle pale gold colour in line with a very delicate and elegant nose. A full-bodied classical style Method Cap Classique. Beside for the Wine, the beautiful Kleine Zalze Estate is also home to Terroir Restaurant, pairing mostly Kleine Zalze Wine with their food, Kleine Zalze 4-star Lodge and 18-hole golf course, set amongst the working vineyards and winery. For more information visit www.kleinezalze.co.za or call 021 880 0717
Family-friendly experiences during the holidays With the long school holidays looming, Mom and Dad do not have to succumb to off-loading the offspring at the grandparents to stay sane during the festive season, as Stellenbosch offers so many budget-friendly, fun and educational attractions for kids of all ages which earn high marks as engaging experiences for the entire family.
Tame your ‘little monsters’ by treating them to a roaring time at the Vredenheim Big Cats Park, home to various species of wild cat including white lions, Bengal tigers, leopards, cheetahs and more, all to be viewed up close, from the safety of their viewing decks. Or waggle your way to Vergenoegd and witness their famous duck parade as the Indian runner ducks march off to forage in the vineyards, under the watchful eye of their herder. One of the most popular stopovers on the R44, Butterfly World, unleashes a magical world of tropical butterflies, small animals and reptiles whilst the Giraffe House Wildlife Awareness Centre invites young and old to get some fresh air in their lungs and relax with a picnic, while they learn more about conservation and African wildlife.
Just because the parents will be enjoying some quality wines from South Africa’s pioneering wine route during the holidays, does not mean that the kids will have to go cold turkey. Spier offers Grape Juice Tastings, which includes three different juices and a fun activity sheet, which highlights the role insects play in the vineyards. While there they should also check out the Eagle Encounters to get up close and personal with birds of prey. Teens can buckle up for the coolest two wheeled way to see the farm and enjoy a Segway glide amidst the vines and fynbos. Middelvlei also serves up a non-alcoholic tasting for children to test their senses by identifying different flavours, textures and tastes. Their famous Boerebraais cater for a fun-filled lunch. Kids can play in the oversized sandpit, feed the farm animals, ride kick bikes, braai their own marshmallows and stokbrood or simply enjoy the vast open space of a working wine farm. The DelVera Agri-village, one of the biggest kids party venues in the Stellenbosch Winelands, is a popular retreat for parents who want to turn their couch potatoes into outdoor-loving beings. There they can run around freely, feed and pet the donkeys, take a spin on the under-roof go-kart track, go on a horse ride or saddle up for the kids bicycle track.
To tap those hyper energy levels why not swing by the Adventure Shop, who can hook you up with adrenalin-filled horse riding, guided bike tours, quad biking, paintball and even an amazing treasure hunt. Take your kids to the Toy and Miniature Museum for a world of enchantment that you will also love. Amongst the treasured miniature houses, antique dolls, cars and cuddly toys, you can also see a detailed and lifelike miniature of South Africa’s famous Blue Train, travelling from a miniature Stellenbosch to the mountains of the Karoo. Many of the wine farms, outdoor markets and delis in and around Stellenbosch have special facilities for kids such as play parks, jungle gyms and slides, but one that truly impresses is Weltevreden Estate. The Family Farm, visible from the R44 is a delightful farm where families and friends can spend some quality time together. It is the perfect outdoor venue for kiddies’ parties and even has on-site braai facilities.
The ‘Magic of Bubbles’ Festival End the year off on a high note at this year’s Franschhoek Cap Classique and Champagne Festival ‘The Magic of Bubbles’, Presented by MasterCard, which takes place over the weekend of 29 - 30 November 2014. Relax in the grand marquee situated on the lawns surrounding Franschhoek’s iconic Huguenot Monument or engage with winemakers as they present some of South Africa’s finest Méthode Cap Classiques (MCC) and France’s best Champagnes. Complementing the selection of bubblies are mouth-watering delights offered by the local restaurants that have firmly entrenched Franschhoek’s status as one of the world’s premier culinary destinations.
Other child-friendly destinations worth a visit include Skilpadvlei, which boasts an outdoor and indoor play area, the Jonkershoek Café which is frequented by hiking and cycling families, featuring an awesome mini BMX track for young dirt hounds. Warwick Estate is the ideal family-friendly wine estate to have a lazy day out and sports various kiddies attractions including a ‘junior’ gourmet picnic whilst Delheim Estate’s riverside picnics also never disappoints. For more information contact 021 883 3584
Crystal clear Libertas voices invite you The world acclaimed Stellenbosch Libertas choir, South Africa’s first permanent adult choir under the baton of prof Johan de Villiers, will present a quarter century anniversary performance in the Endler Hall, Stellenbosch on 2 November. Choir lovers can look forward to classic choir music. The list includes works from Händel, Mendelssohn, Rachmaninoff and Karl Jenkins. Most of these will be accompanied by the famous organist, Zorada Temmingh.
Well-known local MCC producers at the Festival include Pierre Jourdan, Morena, Môreson, La Motte, Boschendal, Leopard’s Leap, Noble Hill, Plaisir de Merle, Anthonij Rupert Wines, JC le Roux, Krone, Pongracz, Steenberg and Villiera. Some of France’s best Champagnes will be represented by brands such as Piper Heidsieck, Champagne Guy Charbaut and Veuve Clicquot. Adding extra sparkle to this year’s event is the participation of the recent Amorim Cap Classique Challenge winners, who will also be showcasing their superb bubblies. This is the only competition committed exclusively to the Cap Classique category. The award-winning producers are Graham Beck Wines, Simonsig, Laborie, Colmant and Domaine Des Dieux. Bread & Wine, The SalmonBar, Haute Cabrière, Le Franschhoek, L'Ermitage, Restaurant at Grande Provence and Mont Rochelle are a few of the restaurants showcasing their menus during the festival. The theme for this year’s festival is black and white, with an emphasis on Panamas and Parasols. In keeping with tradition, a prize will be awarded to the best-dressed couple on each day. Book directly through www.webtickets.co.za
The famous local musician Camillo Lombard will bring a true Cape flavour to the event. He will also direct when the choir sings two of his songs. A preview to the main concert will be done by the Bosch ensemble, a group of 20 singers from the Libertas choir, under the guidance of prof. de Villiers. With piano and accordion by Gerhard Niemand, the choir will in addition sing famous songs from the movies and some of the most popular hits from the Afrikaans music treasure. Since the choir’s establishment in 1989 they have maintained their vision for transformation and musical excellence in the past 25 years. They are admired worldwide and people appreciate and enjoy their music. The choir reflects the kaleidoscope of South Africa’s society through their music and members who exceed boundaries of culture, race, social status and religion. According to prof. de Villiers the choir was established to promote a spirit of trust and unity and the choir also shows the “Rainbow Nation in Harmony”. The Stellenbosch Libertas choir also shared in the striking 20 Years of Democracy a Choired Taste performance which was attended by 5000 music lovers in the Grandwest Arena in August. For more information contact 021 863 0397
First Annual International Pinotage Day
About Pinotage day
FOOD & WINE MADE FROM PINOTAGE
On 11 October 2014 Pinotage, South Africa’s national wine, made history by celebrating the first International Pinotage Day - an event to be celebrated annually on the second Saturday of October.
Tim Collins, Front of House Manager, welcomed guests to their table and presented a tray of appetizing Pinotage bread. As a starter a choice of either Bobotie Spring rolls with Pinotage apple, or oysters with cold Pinotage was served. As a main course a selection of Cob served with vanilla saffron and Pinotage/Chenin butter sauce, a Pinotage Burger, Matured Rump with Pinotage jus, or Chicken pasta with tomato based Pinotage sauce was served.
The inauguration of the first International Pinotage Day is proof of the effort by the South African Pinotage Winemakers’ patriotism in aggressively promoting Pinotage - a uniquely developed South African grape variety, providing wines of superior quality.
Various wine estates in the Western Cape, such as Simonsig, Neethlingshof, Kanonkop, Diemersdal, Longridge, Welbedaght, Clos Malvern, KWV, Bon Courage, Nuy, Fairview, Mervida Wines, Deetlefs Estate, Bergsig Estate, Spier, De Waal Wine, Rijks, Avontuur, Mellasat Vineyards, Landskroon, Temple Wines, and many more, joined in the celebrations, each at their own estate.
The highlight of the menu was the Chocolate Mousse Cake with Pinotage Gelato and Dark Belgium Chocolate Pinotage Cream. To the Beer drinkers Pinotale, a Pinotage infused Craft Ale, was served. Other drinks served to patrons included Pinotage Dom Pedro, Pinotage Milkshakes, and not to mention the variety of Beyerskloof wines.
Dark Belgium Chocolate Pinotage Cream
This has surely been a day in which all wine-lovers, wherever they were celebrating the First International Pinotage Day, were encouraged to raise their glass to the country’s most celebrated contribution to the wine world of Pinotage!
Photo Left to Right - Abrie Beeslaar, Koos Kombuis, Beyers Truter & Andrè Combrink
On the International front the Michelin-starred restaurant Hertog Jan in Bruges, in Belgium, joined in the celebrations allowing their customers a glimpse of the Pinotage magic. Even General Francisco Furtado of the Humpata Highlands in Angola uncorked a Pinotage Diesel at his residence in Luanda and joined the celebration. Three others, Murgado an Angolan, George, a Portuguese, and Koos, a Sourth African, laid hands on a bottle red wine labeled JP, renamed it Jolly Pinotage, and from Quinta Crescent in Angola celebrated a “Jolly Pinotage Day.”
CELEBRATION The Newspaper joined Beyers Truter and his Beyerskloof team in celebrating this prestigious event. To Beyers, the chairperson of South Africa’s Pinotage Association, the International Pinotage Day is not just about talking, but rather, about doing, and that is precisely what materialized at Beyerskloof’s Red Leaf Restaurant - everything on offer was structured around Pinotage. The day provided many exciting moments. Patrons could taste their popular Pinotage, Pinotage Blends as well as some older superb vintage wines. Live entertainment filled the day, and a guest performance by local legend Koos Kombuis entertained the guests with his very own Pinotage song. The Red Leaf Restaurant presented their guests a Pinotage infused lunch menu – a gastronomic experience par excellence presented by the Chef Frank Menezes.
Photo Left to Right Rian Truter, Jan Boland Coetzee, Beyers Truter, Hennie Bekker, and Divan Serfontein
Tim Collins serving guests
Guests enjoying Pinotage Day
Pinotage is most definitely a trump card of the South African wine industry. As a wine superior in quality the Pinotage Winemakers have proved their capability in producing wines which can hold their own against any varietal from any wine growing region of the world.
Well done Pinotage Association You make South Africa Proud! For more information call 021 863 1599 or visit www.pinotage.co.za
The Art of Mosaic - Putting together broken pieces
The Newspaper recently met Karen Costigian, an “Organic Mosaic” artist and the founder of Organic Mosaics. She lives art founded on the principle of brokenness. Everything that comes her way reflects the simple stature of an art derived from brokenness unto healing. To Karen mosaic is her life. She goes to bed at night sleep-thinking mosaics, and will wake up still pondering on mosaics.
Life took a sudden turn fifteen years ago when Karen lost her husband, aged 38. Stranded as a single mother with two young children, she was left with no alternative, but, to find a new source of income to sustain life for her and her children.
Karen is drawn to the textural and reflective qualities of tiles and love the majestic enchantment of colour that comes with these pieces, a phenomenon which resulted in her exploring mixed media.
Recycling is part of her art in mosaic. Collecting materials is a huge part of being a mixed media mosaic artist. Karen loves working with recycled material as she constructs the various items from discarded objects. In reality, Karen is recycling as she develops her mosaic masterpieces. She calls it, ‘Planned recycling’. Her love for found objects is fulfilled in both mediums. Interesting items will sometimes be discovered in her works of art such as old taps, or even a piece of driftwood collected from a lonely stretch of beach. She loves to teach others the art in mosaic. To get her hands dirty with the grout gives her great joy. “My hands talk for me,” she says.
Karen says, “There have been many moments in my life that I have felt broken like mosaic pieces, and, I have come to the knowledge that I needed love and understanding to gather together the broken pieces. “My children Janine, Ryan, and son in law Phillip, means the world to me and we have realized what loss is, and how precious every little aspect of life is – every moment is valuable, just like the mosaic pieces. To someone discarding broken items is acceptable, but to me, using the broken object in creating something new; be it a beautiful masterpiece made from brokenness.”
Karen does not believe in boundaries, simply because she is always moving them. Since meeting Willie Schmidt, the owner of Aspidistra Garden Centre she discovered that her boundaries have moved even further. Willie has supported her by buying her mosaic masterpieces, and secondly, has made her think outside her comfort zone - pushing her to new boundaries.
Karen is a self-taught artist. She was born and raised in Cape Town, and became interested in mosaics when she started gathering different objects together. The first time she nipped a tile, she knew her search for what God wanted her to do, had become a truthful reality. “Being a mosaic artist makes me feel inspired to gracefully put colourful jigsaw puzzles together each day. My first ever mosaic was on a glass jar that didn’t have the artistic impact I visualized, yet I enjoyed the creative release it provided. My desire in creativity escalated. I have a passion for creating and making something that once was broken, whole again,” Karen continues. It may be claimed that not one of her artistic mosaic pieces are the same. Her claim to fame is that her mosaic journey continued with broken china. The art of pique assiette allows her to give new life to damaged or discarded china. Karen prefers to use a variety of china plates, both old and new, and views it as the past in relation to the present. Brokenness becoming reshaped, an art brought together to form lasting wholeness.
Karen comes up with the most amazing ideas. Nothing is too small or too big to mosaic, and just about anything can be developed around mosaics. You will find Karen’s mosaic masterpieces at the Aspidistra Garden Centre located on the corner of R310, known as Baden Powell Road, and Vlaeberg Road, near Stellenbosch.
The mosaic masterpieces include a collection of unique mosaic mushrooms, one of a kind mosaic stepping stones, bird baths, mosaic flower pots, mosaic urns and many more interesting mosaics are on display at the garden centre. For more information call 021 881 3494 or visit www.organicmosaics.co.za
THE WESTERN CAPE'S NUMBER 1 NEW ADVENTURE The Newspaper recently discovered a stunning new adventure activity in the Western Cape. An adrenaline rushing cliff gliding experience harnessed hanging from a cable overlooking the gorges through the Hottentots Holland Mountain range, capturing the beauty of cape fauna and flora. Cape Canopy Tour is the 7th Canopy Tour in Southern Africa, just an hour’s drive from Cape Town, situated in a World Heritage Site within CapeNature’s Hottentots Holland Nature Reserve, located in the scenic Elgin Valley. Each Canopy Tour that was established in South Africa was chosen for its unique location, and Cape Canopy Tour is certainly no exception. They have been looking for the perfect spot in the Western Cape, and didn’t want to compromise on the quality of the location, and certainly found an absolute gem in the Hottentots Holland Nature Reserve. Cape Canopy Tour partnered
It is recommended that you take warm clothes along as the weather in the Western Cape can be unpredictable, especially up in the mountains. It is advisable to wear comfortable walking shoes. Don’t forget your camera to capture the unforgettable experience. Rain gear will be provided in wet weather conditions. Cape Canopy Tour is suitable for ages 5 -75 years.
with CapeNature to bring the activity to adventurous clients who wish to experience everything that this World Heritage Site has to offer, previously inaccessible to visitors. It forms part of the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve, a site recognized by UNESCO. The same safety procedures had to be followed as the rest of the Canopy Tours. The construction of this site took 9 months to complete with every single nut and bolt checked by independent engineers, and geologists to ensure that every aspect is 110% safe.
The Tour The tour consists of 13 platforms, eleven thrilling slides, some over 300m long, each ending on a platform constructed on the cliffs and fynbos covered mountain slopes above the Riviersonderend Gorge. A unique suspension bridge between a narrow sandstone ravine high above a spectacular double waterfall is guaranteed to be one of the most unforgettable highlights of the tour. Cape Canopy Tour is a fully guided nature experience with a strong emphasis on client comfort and Safety, and lasts approximately 4 hours. After a safety briefing, guests will be transported by 4×4 high into the mountain range where the fun will begin. Two professional guides will accompany each small group, ensuring strict safety standards at all times. The guides will provide an enlightening and educational information, providing interesting facts about endemic fynbos and geology of this unique World Heritage Site. You slide along steel cables from platform to platform, taking you past waterfalls and through valleys, enjoying all that Mother Nature has to offer.
Fun Facts - It takes less than 1 hour from Cape Town - The tour includes 13 elevated platforms and a swing bridge - Slides of up to 320 metres - The Longest slide takes 30 seconds. Get ready for an adventure of a lifetime! Experience the treasures of the Cape Flower Kingdom, the smallest of the earth’s biomes, but the richest in diversity. Get a bird’s eye view of the magnificent waterfalls and glide over deep gorges, the best that the Cape’s folded mountains can offer! The rate of R595 includes the park fee, 4x4 transport to the top & a light lunch on the decks of the Sunbird Café. A discount of R40 will be offered to Wild Card Holders.
Directions to Cape Canopy Tour Hottentots Holland Nature Reserve R321, Elgin, South Africa S34 04.467 E19 03.724
For more information contact 021 3000 501 or visit www.capecanopytour.co.za, email@example.com
Elgin Valley Food & Gift Fair Enjoy a family fun day at The ElginValley Food & Gift Fair taking place during the first two weekends of November at Oneiric Farm, Highlands Road, Elgin. Delicious food provided by local artisanal producers, a slice of cake and coffee, delicious ciabattas, pies and quiches will be available or take home a bottle of Oneiric olive oil, homemade rusks, biscuits, macarons and cupcakes.
Welcome to Western Cape Blue Flag Beaches The Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa (WESSA) has announced a record 82 Blue Flag sites at the national launch of Blue Flag season 2014-2015 opening officially on 1 November. Blue Flag is the prestigious, voluntary eco-label for beaches, marinas and boats that are recognised as a trusted symbol of quality and regarded by the World Tourism Organisation as the most well-known eco-label globally. Beaches all over the world had to
Entertainment for children include face painting and pony rides. While browsing through the stalls for unique gifts and accessories, take a moment to taste the Oneiric range of wines, Boomer’s Brew craft beer and Everson’s Cider, and order a cheese board or picnic to enjoy looking over the stunning views or stop in at the Christmas stall to stock up on greeting cards, gift tags, wrapping paper, tree decorations and more. For more information visit www.elginvalleyfair.com
comply with some strict requirements to meet 32 criteria of coastal management, water quality, environmental education and management, information, safety and services. This includes the beach being clean, having sufficient ablution facilities, parking, and being environmentally sound, being safe and protected, and must follow international safety and tourism standards. The 82 Blue Flag sites in South Africa this year consist of 45 beaches, 6 marinas and 6 whale-watching boats that have been award Full Status; in addition to 25 sites that have been awarded Pilot Status, which is an important developmental stage acting as an incubation period for potential Blue Flag sites. The Western Cape boasts with the most Blue Flag sites, with 27 beaches being awarded full Blue Flag status, and five getting Pilot status. It is also home to five Blue Flag marinas, and six whale watching boats. Visit the following popular Western Cape Blue Flag beaches this summer: Silwer-stroomstrand, Clifton 4th, Camps Bay, Llandudno, Muizenberg, Strandfontein, Mnandi, Bikini (Gordon’s Bay) Melkbosstrand, Kleinmond, Grotto (Hermanus), Santos (Mosselbaai), and Hartenbos.
Barrydale Hand Weavers bringing beautiful creations to your home Carol Morris, owner of Barrydale Hand Weavers, has been involved in fabric craft for the past 30 years. In 2007 she decided to move to the quaint town of Barrydale, on Route 62 where she started the weaving business, training local community members the skill of weaving on wooden hand looms in the old fashioned way. Carol lived on a cotton producing farm in Swaziland many years ago where she learned the skill of cotton harvesting, cotton cleansing, the hand spinning of yarn, and the knitting of products. During that time Carol represented Swaziland at a Trade Show in Germany, and asked Tivane Mavuma, who was weaving carpets for another company to make woven products which she took along to the Trade Show. That’s where the whole weaving business started. The art of hand weaving was brought to Barrydale when Tivane Mavuma arrived from Swaziland and joined her in 2007 adding to the business his loom and his knowledge of the weaving arts. Today he is the head weaver, production manager and also trains, previously unskilled people, unto becoming new weavers in the same techniques with great passion and care. Since 2007 Carol’s mission is to train local people in the art of hand weaving on looms and produce beautiful hand woven rugs, carpets, tableware, fabrics and even clothing. She encourages her weavers to come up with their own designs, and as everything is handmade, each item has its own unique signature.
Products Rugs - Hand woven cotton rugs and carpets are made from a by-product of textile manufacture, which the weavers recycled into rugs using their own design ideas or made by customer specification. The rugs are luxurious with a high quality, a soft textured feel and very durable. Tableware - Hand woven cotton placemats and table runners are made from a by-product of textile manufacture, which the weavers have recycled into tableware, available in the natural cotton colour only. Table cloths and table napkins are made from hand woven cotton fabric, giving a timeless, classic feel. Tea Towels - All tea towels are handwoven using 100% pure cotton and is available in natural cotton colour with a red, navy, turquoise or sky blue stripe. Beach Towels - Towels are all handwoven using 100% pure cotton. Various designs with coloured stripes are available. Fabrics & Soft Furnishings - Are all handwoven using 100% pure cotton. The fabrics have a slub yarn woven in to give a more textured feel. Various designs with coloured stripes are available. Clothing and Accessories - Pure cotton handwoven fabrics are used to make a small range of clothing and accessories. Throws and shawls are available in both natural cotton colour and a variety of rich colours. All fabrics is durable, pre-shrunk, fully machine washable and can also be tumble dried. Barrydale Hand Weavers exhibits at Trades Shows including Homemakers Fair, Decorex, Kamers, Design Indaba, and supply products to shop outlets in Western Cape and Gauteng. For more information contact 028 5721488 or www.barrydaleweavers.co.za
MARAIS, NIENABER VICTORS AT IMPI CHALLENGE The picturesque Lievland Wine Estate, Stellenbosch, was a hub of excitement on 18 - 19 October when just over 5500 eager sports enthusiasts and lovers of the outdoors toed the line to partake in the action of the much anticipated IMPI Challenge. Multisport athlete Stuart Marais claimed gold in the men’s IMPI Elite Race with an impressive finishing time of 02hours04minutes03seconds, while Chantel Nienaber claimed a long overdue victory in the women’s IMPI Elite Race with a deserving finishing time of 02hours36minutes23seconds. Having been the first male and female IMPI to cross the finish line after successfully completing all obstacles, Stuart Marais and Chantel Nienaber each took home a whopping R10 000.00 prize purse. In the men’s race Iain Don-Wauchope came in second and Christiaan Greyling finished third. In the women’s race Dominique D’Oliveira came in second, while Tanya Rabie finished third. According to Marais, the IMPI Elite Race was a lot of fun.
Stuart Marais - Photo Credit Cherie Vale / NEWSPORT MEDIA
Trail Master Jonkershoek Manser Takes On Untamed Mountain Reserve
There is much more to trail building that removing rocks and dirt. When the fires in 2011 devastated the very limited existing trails in the Jonkershoek Mountain Reserve, a small group of Stellenbosch individuals initiated a project to restore, maintain and extend the trails across these magnificent mountains. Firstly, they needed funding, as the entrance fee to the reserve is only used towards maintaining the main road infrastructure and not the single tracks. Plus they needed an expert trail builder. Talking to Bennet Nel from Ace of Spades, with over 20 year’s experience in trail building, the trail builder behind most of Jonkershoek single-track trails, one gets to understand the challenges involved and the passion that drives him. When planning a new trail, Bennet speaks to the actual users to find out what they are looking for in a route, scouts the whole area on foot, plan around Cape Pine’s harvesting plans within the reserve, and builds in young plantations where trees still have lots of growing to do to maximize the lifespan of the trail. Bennet also emphasizes that regular maintenance of existing trails is vital for the safety of the users. Bennet employs 7 men from Kayamandi to assist him in the work, creating much needed job creation opportunities for this community. It sometimes takes up to 4 days just to build 100m of trail in difficult terrain. Testament to the success of this initiative, Stellenbosch trails were rated as one of the top 10 mountain biking playgrounds in South Africa in Bicycling Magazine and are used for challenging trail events such as the Jonkershoek Mountain Challenge. Bennet describes the main focus as being the maintenance of existing and will not be possible without funds raised to support the work. To raise further funds for this initiative, Stellenbosch’s BMT Shop team have collaborated with well-known artists, for a second BMT Bike Art Auction taking place on 26 November 2014 at Ride Inn. This coincides with the Origin of Trails mountain biking challenge, with an entry for this world-class event also up for grabs on the night plus, many other fantastic items. For more information visit www.stellenboschtrailfund.co.za
Riaan Manser is celebrated around the world for his adventures. Vasti Geldenhuys joined him on a 6 000km journey by rowing boat from the African continent to New York. Riaan and Vasti have set their sights on a new challenge – doing the 2015 Absa Cape Epic together. Manser had decided he would “love to do something with Vasti again”, while she had long been wanting to take on the Absa Cape Epic Geldenhuys said the urge to compete in the world’s premier mountain bike stage race had taken root when she and Manser watched the finish in 2012: “We were on the spectator side of the barriers and it just felt wrong.” Tackling the eight-day stage race became a regular subject as they shared a rowing boat for 133 days: “Riaan and I had a lot of time to talk on the boat and the Absa Cape Epic was one of my favourite topics.” Manser laughs: “Vasti was nagging me about it for 6000km across the ocean.” Manser rose to international prominence by completing three world firsts: cycling the entire perimeter of the African continent, circumnavigating Madagascar on a single kayak and then paddling around Iceland with partner Dan Skinstad in a double kayak. The “Take me to New York” journey in a seven metre rowing boat was the first time Geldenhuys, his partner for 14 years, joined him on one of his adventures. By doing so, she became the first woman from Africa to row across any ocean.
They left from Agadir on the Moroccan coast and arrived six months later in New York, also becoming the first people to row from the African continent to North America. “I realise the Cape Epic is extremely physical,” said Manser. “But through my explorations I know the mental part of it may be much tougher.” He is an experienced cyclist - his circumnavigation of Africa took place 11 years ago - but Geldenhuys is a relatively new to the sport: “I did my first mountain bike race about three years ago when a friend had an extra entry for a stage race. I hadn’t done any mountain biking before. I was amazed at how tough it was, but since then, I was hooked,” she said.
While not entertaining any racing ambitions, they both want to do as well as possible in the event: “We want to finish and finish well,” said Manser. “Riaan and I are both very competitive. We aren’t going for a podium finish, but would love to push ourselves and each other,” said Geldenhuys.
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Jacques Kallis Changing Lives with Red Leather Ball
One of the Foundation’s beneficiaries a scholar from Jacques’s Alma Mater, Wynberg Boy’s High, is Bhoteke Mbombi, who is currently pursuing his BSc Honours degree in Biokinetics, having attained a degree from University of Stellenbosch in 2012. The scholarship from the foundation covers the complete costs of tuition fees, boarding, and cricket for the chosen candidates, amounting to an average of R70 000 year. The funding predominately supports the child playing cricket but should they spark a fascination for rugby, the Foundation will continue to fund it. What makes the foundation different is the personal involvement and relationship Jacques has with the children, reviewing their reports four times a year and managing their progress to ensure optimum effort is put in to achieving their level best. For more information on the Foundation or visit www.kallis.co.za or call 082 784 7665 Jacques Kallis, with a love for cricket as boundless as the trajectory of a flying red leather ball, is one of cricket's most stupendous and benevolent players/ icons.
At the age of 30, Kallis used the full R550 000 raised from a benefit year in 2006 to establish the Jacques Kallis Foundation. It aids in financing educational and cricketing opportunities for promising scholars from disadvantaged backgrounds. The criteria for selection of these scholars include academic soundness, financial need, and cricketing potential. The Foundation’s goal is to expand its reach by changing the lives of 100 boys. Fundraising for the Foundation is garnered through gala dinners and auctions such as the one held on the 11 October 2014 in Cape Town, at the Zip Zap Circus. The foundation aims to create a solid, intellectual individual who has the strategic intelligence to work his way out of a tricky game. Crafting a well-rounded individual with balanced approach to life is also its mission.
Jacques Kallis was the broad-shouldered colossus of the South African cricket team, who has both a rock-solid technique and a mind impervious to distraction. A right-handed batsman and right-arm fast-medium swing bowler, he's known as one of the greatest all-rounders in the history of the game. “Providing a platform for others to have equal opportunities and education that I had, has always been at the forefront of my mind” shares Jacques Kallis. “I wanted to make a difference by focusing on helping talented young individuals who cannot afford private schooling.” adds Kallis.
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Springbok player, Duane Vermeulen has been nominated as one of the Sports Star in this year’s South African Sports Awards, presented by the Department of Sport and Recreation, taking place on 30 November at the Sandton Convention Centre. Vermeulen has been nominated in the category of Sports Star of the Year where he is up against Ernst van Dyk (wheelchair marathon athlete), Chad le Clos (swimming), Portia Modise (soccer), Khotso Mokoena (track & field) and AB de Villiers (cricket). The South African Sports Awards have been created to recognise and honour individuals and teams who have excelled both on and off the field between 1 October 2013 and 31 August, 2014. Candidates for the awards are nominated by the National Sports Federations, the sports media and the SA Sports Awards Voting Panel. Duane Vermeulen is a South African rugby union player, who represents Western Province provincially and the Vodacom Stormers in the Super Rugby Series. Vermeulen ended 2013 as one of five nominees for the SA Rugby Player of the Year Award.
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