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Virgin buys Mont Rochelle Hotel & Vineyard Virgin Limited Edition, Sir Richard Branson’s luxury collection of awardwinning retreats is excited to announce that it has reached a preliminary agreement to purchase a new property - Mont Rochelle Hotel and Mountain Vineyard in Franschhoek, which would become the latest addition to the already eclectic portfolio. Sir Richard Branson commented on the news: “I’m thrilled to be able to announce that we are in the process of purchasing Mont Rochelle and what I’m sure will be a ‘must visit’ winelands experience in South Africa and a fantastic addition to the Virgin Limited Edition portfolio.” Mont Rochelle has a fabulous history dating as far back as 1688. In 2001 it was purchased by Miko Rwayitare, the South African visionary entrepreneur. Albert Gatare, family member of the late Miko Rwayitare, said: “We are proud to confirm the imminent sale of Mont Rochelle Hotel and Mountain Vineyard. It is with warmth that Sir

Richard Branson is welcomed as the new owner of this gem in the crown of Franschhoek. With both his and Virgin Limited Edition’s ambitious plans for the future of Mont Rochelle, the family of the late Miko Rwayitare is certain that Miko's vision of creating a small slice of heaven on earth will be realised.” Whist already a stunning property, following final purchase proceedings it’s proposed to close the hotel to undertake some refurbishment with a view that Mont Rochelle will re-open in August 2014.


In an area internationally renowned for its winelands and stunning scenery, Mont Rochelle boasts a unique hilltop setting and private vineyard encompassing 40 hectares. A picturesque 22 bedroom hotel set against a mountain backdrop, in the heart of Franschhoek and just 45 minutes from downtown Cape Town in South Africa; it will attract food and wine lovers visiting the world-famous wider Cape Town region and offer the perfect extension to a stay at Ulusaba Private Game Reserve.


Helderberg Centre Now Open The new Helderberg Centre opened its doors officially on 24 April. The exciting new retail centre is located adjacent to Somerset Mall at the intersection of De Beers Avenue and Flamink Road, Somerset West. The 22 000 m² centre promises to compliment and strengthen the retail offering in the area.

The interior design of Helderberg Centre is inspired by the modern Cape Winelands. The new centre is destined to provide an exceptional shopping experience with the new flagship Checkers Hyper as anchor store.

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Mercedes Trophy Golf Day raised R90 000 for Hospice The Mercedes Trophy is the largest Amateur Golf Tournament in the world. South Africa hosts 22 days of Amateur Golfing Tournaments in total around the country and the winners from each Golf Day will be flown to Mauritius for the national finals, all expenses paid.

The Auction held in aid of Hospice, raised R90 000 for Drakenstein Palliative Hospice (DPH), celebrating 23 years of free service to the broader Drakenstein, from Saron to Simondium municipal community this year.

Mercedes-Benz Boland Market Centre, consisting of Paarl Motors and Eikestad Motors held their second Annual Mercedes Trophy Golf Day on the 10th April 2014 at Pearl Valley Golf Estate, Franschhoek. There was a field of 120 golfers in this years competition. Christo van Wyk, Maritz Nel, and Paulo das Neves, the winners in each category will fly to Mauritius to compete in the national finals. The Newspaper congratulations the winners on their achievement and trust they will bring the national trophy to the Western Cape. The 2104 Amateur Golf Day sponsored by Mercedes-Benz Boland Market Centre who spoiled their customers in true Mercedes-Benz Fashion at the Gala Dinner.

Thank you Mercedes Benz Boland for raising money for this worthy cause!

Stellenbosch Bucket List winner Lifelong dream of travelling to Africa comes true The Stellenbosch American Express® Wine Routes has turned a lifelong dream into an extraordinary reality for the winner of its Ultimate Bucket List Competition in Berlin. This ultimate holiday competition forms part of the

wine route’s global wine tourism campaign, Stellenbosch Experience, to showcase the area’s diverse and unparalleled offerings to the world. The fortunate winner is adventureobsessed Dutchman, Tim Loonen of Tripbod – a global travel network which connects travellers with ‘local ambassadors’ aka knowledge sources from popular city destinations as well as far flung destinations across the world for authentic holiday experiences. He was one of more than 500 people, including top international travel trade, industry representatives and media, who entered for this all expenses paid, trip of a lifetime. Tim has never set foot on the African continent before and is thrilled to be experiencing a myriad of tastes, sights and delights from the country’s wine

and gourmet capital during this five-day adventure in the heart of the Winelands. “I have never won anything before in my life – apart from a pack of waffles when I was six years old – and visiting South Africa has been on my bucket list for so long. As Tripbod's former Head of Community and now Chief Operating Officer, I am ashamed every time I have to admit that I have never actually set foot on African soil. In my line of work, I have met many locals around the world and it would be amazing to connect with the friendly folk of Stellenbosch and South Africa as well,” shares Tim. Nothing sells a place like the place itself and we are sure that Tim will be a passionate ambassador for Stellenbosch after this trip,” says Annareth Bolton, CEO of the Stellenbosch Wine Routes.

Tim Loonen - Bucket List Winner




First Checkers Hyper for Boland Region! Over and above a wide range of food and general merchandise products, the store will feature various food service departments that include a butchery, in-store bakery, fish shop, sushi bar, a fresh fruit and vegetable department, a smoothie bar, a hot food deli as well as a coffee bar. The store will also offer an extended outdoor range providing a selection of equipment for all outdoor and DIY enthusiasts, an extensive range of homeware, small appliances, pet accessories, garden and pool care, baby products, toys and stationery at affordable prices. Wine connoisseurs will be able to browse a wide selection of top quality local wine from over 80 of SA’s leading estates and 50 international wines at the Checkers Wine Route. These can also be paired with any one of the 400 speciality cheeses from the Cheese World. The in-store Money Market kiosk is where customers are able to buy Computicket event tickets, bus and airline tickets; book holiday packages, buy lotto tickets, gift vouchers, as well as pay telephone, electricity, DSTV and TV Licence. An easy and affordable money transfer service to to any Shoprite or Checkers store in South Africa is also available. Checkers Hyper Launch 23 April 2014 - Photo Credit: Reneé Sinden

The new Checkers Hyper store in Somerset West’s Helderberg Centre, opened its doors for trading on Thursday, 24 April 2014 at 9:00. Situated next to the Somerset Mall, it is a modern onestop shopping destination for discerning shoppers and is the first Checkers Hyper in the Boland region. The New Checkers Hyper represents a culmination of carefully researched consumer preferences and modern shopping layouts. The giant hypermarket concept of old spanning massive floor space was found to be irrelevant and out-dated. The new Checkers Hyper represents a reinvention of Hypermarket shopping. Through the efficient use of space,

the modern Checkers Hyper concept has found a way to deliver the value expected from a hypermarket on a full range of consumer food and general merchandise under one roof together with a more convenient shopping experience. On the opening day there were plenty of once-off specials as well as entertainment and activities at the store. Customers were entertained by Helderberg Radio with hamper give-aways and in-store competitions. Games included pop-a-balloon, treasure hunt and win and spin, shoppers could also win the chance of getting their purchase for free if they were selected as one of the mystery grocery winners.

Helderberg Centre Now Open (continued from page 1) The centre’s retail stores includes, ATMs, a Checkers Liquor store, and two larger nationals offering electronics, homeware and furniture. The smaller stores will cover various retail and service categories, such as optometry, cellphones, banking, travel, forex, food, gifting, beauty and discount apparel. The three-level, self storage facility operated by Stor-age, operates on an international system of extended hours and ease of access to stored goods in a modern, clean and safe environment.

access from both the Strand and Somerset West and have high visibility from the N2 highway, situated in the triangle precinct. The centre has ample free user-friendly parking bays with dedicated areas for disabled customers and moms with toddlers.

The centre is well positioned with easy

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Branch manager Mona-Lisa Spangenberg and her team invite the surrounding communities to visit the Checkers Hyper and see for themselves how pleasant and hassle free a shopping experience can be. Checkers Hyper Somerset West will be opened Monday to Saturday from 8:00 to 19:00 and Sundays and Public Holidays from 9:00 to 17:00.



Aquarium’s New Exhibit progressing well The Two Oceans Aquarium officially broke ground for its brand new largescale exhibit on 28 January 2014.

“Building a big new exhibit is the next best thing to building a new aquarium. It offers fantastic learning opportunities for staff. Our new exhibit will allow us to showcase beautiful marine animals and to further our education and awareness about the oceans. I am very proud to be project managing this expansion on behalf of the Aquarium,” said Mike de Maine, the Aquarium’s Technical Manager. The Aquarium expansion project is one

Woolworths Waterstone Store Design, Named World’s Best At a ceremony at the Four Seasons Hotel Ballroom in Las Vegas, the Association for Retail Environments (A.R.E.) awarded Woolworth’s flagship Waterstone store in Somerset West the Grand Prize for Design in the Supermarket/Grocery category. The awards honoured all aspects of retail design from around the world, and winning projects were located in the U.S., Chile, China, Turkey, Italy, Singapore and France. Woolworths was the only winner from South Africa, and joined an illustrious group of winners including RH Restoration Hardware, Karl Lagerfeld, Apple, Under Armour and Whole Foods.

The new exhibit, being constructed on the parking lot between the existing Aquarium building and the One & Only Hotel, will contain 1.5 million litres of seawater and will be six metres in depth. A single acrylic panel, measuring 9m long and 4 metres wide, will provide a seamless window into the exhibit. Included in the exhibit is a 10m complete full tunnel. Some of the animals on display will possibly include spotted eagle rays, honeycomb rays, smooth hound and spotted gully sharks, two species of tuna and Yoshi the loggerhead turtle and Cannelloni the green turtle. Building has progressed steadily with the base of the exhibit being poured during the second week of April.


Conceived by an in-house design team, Woolworths Waterstone store was recognised by the A.R.E. for its intuitive layout, simple and consistent signage, and raw and natural materials. According to the A.R.E.: ‘Custom gondolas of concrete, steel, brick, tile, oak and reclaimed wood hold bulk items, while steel and reclaimed timber tables present merchandising displays. Fluorescent and metal halide lamps accent the store, with natural light brought in with skylights. Shops within the shop, such as a sushi counter, butchery, fishmonger, and a stylish cafe, break up the space and keep the store’s original boutique feel.’ of several development projects underway at the V&A Waterfront. According to David Green, CEO of the V&A Waterfront and Chairperson of the Aquarium’s Board of Trustees, “The official start of this project brings with it much anticipation for the improved offering that will be unveiled. This project falls in line with our continued development with the view to improvement, reinvention and innovation, raising the bar and making the visitor experience that much better”. The new exhibit is scheduled to open in time for the summer holiday season in December 2014. The A.R.E. Design Awards are judged by an independent panel of respected retail professionals from around the world.

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Commenting on the award, Zyda Rylands, Managing Director of Food at Woolworths said, “We are very proud to accept this award, particularly as it is for a store we are so passionate about. Waterstone is our biggest Woolworths food market to date and reflects the latest view of our ‘food market of the future concept’ as we continue our journey of becoming a big foods business.” In keeping with Woolworths Good Business Journey, the store also features a number of ‘green’ design elements, such as natural light from skylights and a system that automatically dims the store’s lights in bright daylight conditions. The store also recaptures waste heat from refrigeration to heat the store, and the fridges in the store use a natural gas which does not harm the ozone layer.

Space project gets lift-off Income generated from building parts for Nano-satellites will assist in financing South Africa’s own satellite, ZA-AeroSat. The Electronic Systems Laboratory (ESL) at Stellenbosch University is busy building 15 control units used in the orientation of satellites. The project is made possible by a recent financial injection. The ESL in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, and the Surrey Space Centre in the UK have been working together on the QB50 project, for some time. The recent financial injection will enable the ESL to share its knowledge by building the 15 control units for participants in the project. The QB50 project is an international network of 50 CubeSats (50 Nano-satellites, each measuring about 10cmx10cmx20cm) that will be launched in January 2016 to gather multipoint, in situ measurements of the lower thermosphere, between 200 km and 350 km above the earth. This project is part of the European Space Agency (ESA)’s atmospheric modelling research to improve predictions of what

happens to space objects as they enter the earth’s atmosphere. Weighing only 2 kg, this CubeSat ZAAeroSat is Africa’s only satellite in the QB50 project and is currently being manufactured at the ESL. The ESL has developed the ZA-AeroSat’s on-board computer (CubeComputer) and the orientation control system (CubeSense and CubeControl) locally and has tested it for use in space. The team is very excited about the QB50 project, as this involves groundbreaking work for South Africa’s space exploration efforts.

Computer model of the ZA-AeroSat




gastronomic journey at Rust en Vrede the season the wine shows a restrained, fresh, herbaceous tomato leaf character that emphasis the smoky and spicy character of the pure. The third course, the Crown Roasted Kroon Duck served with Butternut, Star Anise, Lentils, Chestnut, and Pancetta indicated a lighter style of wine, to match the texture of the duck, with good structure and sweet aroma profile to compliment the sweet and spicy nature of the dish. The Bouchard Finlayson Pinot Noir 2004 on jeroboam achieved this with a distinct Walker Bay Pinot Noir character of sweet red fruit and spice, while the jeroboam provided excellent complexity from age without losing freshness due to the limited amount of oxygen to wine and low temperature fluctuation due to larger volume. It is early evening as we drive alongside the vineyards toward Rust en Vrede. In ceremonious style we are met outside the Rust en Vrede Restaurant by the host Ronalda. She directs us to a terrace patio table overlooking the rolling lawns and the vineyards in the distance where canapés and sundowners are served. Seated, we are served a glass of Sauvignon Blanc and a canapé consisting of Parmesan cumin straws, Curried Popcorn, Flavoured “Braaibroodtjies” with cheese and Tomato on saffron mayonnaise, and Onion and Fennel Bahji dough, while we are able to enjoy the beauty of nature, the last of the setting sun, and its pink rays cutting through the vineyards in the distance. Cecele, the Maître d’, appears from within the Restaurant through the large double glass doors leading onto the Restaurant patio. She invites us into the luxurious dining room with its open plan showcase kitchen, guides us to our table, and asks, “May I take your jacket, Sir,” to which I gladly responded “Yes”. The chairs are drawn from the table and as we sat down, pushed in. She turns to me and points to the waitress and says, “Your waitress for the evening is Marilize”.

Head Chef - John Shuttleworth

Marilize presents us with some sparkling water, and in a most elegant way she holds a napkin by the side of the glass to prevent any escaping sparkles while pouring. She returns and presents us with the menu which reflects the option of choice, either the Four Course or the Six Course Menu. The four course menu reflects regular dishes with a selection of one of three dishes within each of the four courses, while the six course menu reflects a sequence of finely designed dishes. Each of the six dishes includes a wine pairing option. In royal style, having been seated, the gastronomic journey at Rust en Vrede begins. The Six Course Menu becomes the preferred choice of the evening. The waitress, Kirsten presents us a tray selection of appetizing mini breads consisting of Guinness loaves, mini Sundried Tomato and Olive Focaccia, mini white perfectly round rolls, mini Black Sausage and Thyme, and mini Sage and Onion Brioche. What an unexpected pleasure to be greeted with the presence of pure white goat’s milk butter as spread on these freshly baked mini loaves. Barry Scholfield, the assistant Sommelier introduces himself, and in a very professional manner explains the various pairing to the dishes on the menu. The first course, the Pan Seared Tuna, with marinated Octopus, Seaweed, Pickled Ginger, Teriyaki, and Sesame, is paired with a developed style of Champagne, the 2000 Guy Charbaut Premier Cru Millésime Brut and perfectly complemented the umami rich, salty, maritime, light and elegant quality of the dish. It is a Champagne blended

The fourth course, the Chalmar Beef – Head to Tail a combination of cheek, Rib, Sirloin, Oxtail is served with Parsnip and Coffee Purée, and Baby Marrow. On their main courses the Chef always prepares more rustic red meat dishes and, taking into consideration the delicate nature of John's cooking we source directly from our vinotique. Aged wines lose their harsh tannin structure and in the case of our Rust en Vrede Estate Shiraz 1998, produced by Kevin Arnold, shows great complexity with developed farmyard, meat, leather and red fruit character which perfectly complement the meaty flavours of the dish. The fifth course is the Twice Baked Goat Cheese Soufflé, with quince, and Peanut Brittle. With the goats cheese Soufflé pairing is confronted with the issue of lightness and freshness against musky goats cheese flavours. Deciding against the conventional compliment pairing the dish is contrasted with a light fresh and floral 2012 Viognier by Francois Villard from Condrieu. A very well made, typical condrieu with delicate floral aromas and a slightly waxy texture.

The second course, the Smoked Tomato Tortellini’s with Blue Cheese, Walnut, Pesto, and Tomato Leather, is paired with a Babylonstoren Mouvedre Rose 2013. Harvested slightly earlier in

In the comfort of upholstered chairs, dishes served on crockery handmade by the designer craftsman potter David Walters and wine enjoyed in glasses shaped for different wine varieties with its heavy silver cutlery dressed on fine linen, is the character of this world class restaurant neatly etched. Rust en Vrede Restaurant being regarded as a World Class Restaurant pride themselves on anticipating what the Guests may require before asked; provide a setting in an old Cape Dutch farm-styled building - an atmosphere which blends in, and matches well with elegance the presentation of their flavoursome dishes. Rust en Vrede upholds quality, style, and a smooth service of fine dining with a romantic touch. Last but not the least; the Sommelier applies his genial ability

The sixth course, the Chocolate MilleFeuille, the chef expertly contrasted the bitter salty nature of the chocolate with the fresh fruit character of the passion fruit. It was decided to build on this with a clean, light and fresh style of sweet wine. The Hermanuspietersfontein Nr.2 Sauvignon Blanc Noble Late Harvest from the Sondagskloof ward of Walker Bay was an excellent choice in quality, light and an elegant Noble Late Harvest with exceptional purity of fruit. John Shuttleworth, the Head Chef, attends to the setting of each dish. His gracefully prepared dishes in miniscule portions plated on porcelain slate plates invite guests to engage with each flavour. It is these flavours that bring out an amazing sensation through the combination of elements. John is able to excite the taste buds by the sheer range of ingredients meticulously decorated on the porcelain slate

from two thirds Pinot Noir and one third Chardonnay, and showed a rich palate with developed aromas and an elegant mineral structure.

- a constant drive toward excellence.

to pair wine with the flavourful dishes graciously prepared by John. For the wine connoisseur Rust en Vrede provides a selection of 1000 different Vintages, local as well as from almost all wine producing regions around the world. Rust en Vrede Restaurant operates a pre-book operation. It is advisable to make all reservations ahead of time. The Restaurant is operative from Tuesday evenings to Saturday evenings. The operating hours are from 18h30 to late. The Restaurant is closed on Sundays and Mondays. For more information Call 021 881 3881 or visit




From Schumacher’s Valley to Schoemanshoek small farms and have over these years governed their farming businesses in producing tobacco, seed, feathers of ostriches, and many more. In 1897 two brothers, Stoffel and Hekkie Spies, sons of Christoffel Fredirik Jacobus Spies of 1833 constructed the first Tobacco Factory in the Schoemanshoek Valley which was completed in June 1901. In 1908 they also registered the Spies Mild Tobacco Bag where after they packed their tobacco in these bags and sold it on the South African market.

Hidden in a lush valley with its small farms and homesteads, when traveling north from Oudtshoorn on the R328 to the Swartberge, is the little village of Schoemanshoek.

Over the years farming has taken on new dimensions with the likes of a Winery and an olive producing farm in the Schoemanshoek Valley.

In 2003 Johann Landman purchased Portion 19 of the Farm Roodewal nr. 47 from Kobus Spies, grandson of Hendrik Stephanus Spies. He kept the original name Vogelsang, and established a vineyard and a Wine Cellar – the Karusa Premier Winery and Craft Brewery.

It is recorded in the archives that Heinrich Schumacher, born in 1700 in Bosau, Holstein Germany, employed as a sailor of the VOIC, arrived from Sleeswijk-Holstein on the ship Meijenberg at the Cape of Good Hope on 21 October 1724. After his arrival at de Caap de Goede Hoop he changed his birth names and was henceforth known as Hendrik Schoeman. Ten years later on the 1st October 1734 he married Martha Olivier. They had three sons and one daughter. The first son named Johannes Hendrik Schoeman, born on 6th October 1738 was later in life allotted the land area known as De Rust in a leasehold agreement. The second son named Jurgen Schoeman, baptized on 6th August 1740 was later in life allocated the land area Roodewal under a similar leasehold agreement. It is the Roodewal area which became known as the Schumacher’s Valley, and only toward 1895 or shortly thereafter that it was renamed Schoemanshoek. Johannes Ulrich Spies, born in Amburg, Bavaria, Germany in 1730 was the first Spies to arrive at the Cape of Good Hope in 1747 employed as a Soldier by the VOIC. He married Anna Johanna Beukes on 6th April 1755. His eldest son Johannes Jacobus Spies, born on the 24th March 1755, is the father of Johannes Hermanus Spies born 14th November 1792. He and his family of 11 children lived in "de Cango" at Rust and Vrede and became the first in the Spies-family to set foot in Cango Valley. Johannes Hermanus Spies of 1792 is the father of Christoffel Fredirik Jacobus Spies, born on the 3rd March 1833. Christoffel Fredirik Jacobus Spies became the first in the Spies-family to set foot in Schumacher’s Valley when he married Regina Catharina Schoeman on the 7th April 1856. As wedding gift she inherited Potion 20 and 22 of the farm Roodewal nr. 47 from her brother, Hendrik Stephanus Schoeman.

He replanted the fruit trees and secured a Fresh Fruit producing Export Farm. Jacques Conradie, the winemaker of Karusa was selected the Winemaker of the Month. Karusa also offers tourists the opportunity of enjoying their Wines, their Belgium Styled Beer, and Tapas at their Restaurant. Bella Mea Olives & Pottery Seven years ago the Serfonteins sold their business and smallholding in Pretoria. Chris, an attorney, and Mariaan, a radiographer left their field of expertise and bungee jumped into olive farming and pottery on a small farm, a portion of Roodewal nr. 47 which they purchased in Schoemanshoek. The undeniably beauty, and the attractive surroundings with its green pastures even during the hottest, driest summer is what makes them function optimally. They purchased an Italian Olive press, trained themselves on bought-in olives, and today harvest their own olives and produce high quality olive oil. Even before they had completed the construction of their new house, Mariaan‘s pottery was functional.

Oue Werf Country House & Manor Today, 158 years later this gift evolved into the establishment of the Oue Werf Country House and Manor, a family run business. It not only lends itself to a Four Star Guest House, but also extends its services to its own Orchard Fine Food Deli and Coffee shop, and Evening Markets – an experience not to be missed. The Evening Market takes place on the last Friday of each month from September to the end of March. Take a weekend break and enjoy the luxurious accommodation and traditional countryside hospitality this winter. Call Tharina at (044) 272 8712. The Schoeman-families and the Spiesfamilies have over the years became the landowners of almost all these

Karusa Wine Cellar

Chris is no longer intimidated by an olive harvest, neither is Mariaan hesitant about her own pottery ideas. In fact doing things their way, without fear, favour or influence is probably the backbone of their venture. Both the Olive Oil and Pottery are on sale at their studio in Schoemanshoek. Contact Chris on 083 388 7100 and Mariaan on 083 483 3132 for more details. If you are a descendent of either the Schoeman or the Spies Family write to The Newspaper and tell us your life story. Email:

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WINEMAKER OF THE MONTH FROM THE “LAND OF THIRST” Karusa, the Khoi-San word for “Dry Land” or ”Land of Thirst”, is situated in the farming settlement of Schoemanshoek Valley, 13Km from Oudtshoorn en-route to the Cango Caves. Karusa is a 350ha well developed farm with an area of 35ha consisting of stonefruit and 8ha of wine grapes. The rest of the farm is mountain and veld, while the vegetation is the typical Karoo fynbos with succulent Karoo-aloe and spekbos with many more indigenous plants, not excluding the presence of wildlife. Johann Landman took ownership of the farm Vogelsang in 2003 and renamed it Karusa. The family business is run by his son Theo Landman (Estate Manager), daughter, Saretha Conradie (Financial Manager), and Son-in-law, Jaques Conradie, (Winemaker, Brewer Master, and vineyard consultant). The past 11 years has seen the development of Karusa into becoming a premium producer of export fruit and quality wines. The farm has become a tourist destination, with its Tapas Restaurant, and Wine tasting. And to the connoisseur beer drinker it is home brewed Beer in fine Belgium Style. Since taking occupation of the farm over 95% of all the initial orchards planted before the take-over in 2003 have been replaced by high density planting techniques. Most of the "old" cultivar fruit were also replaced with new exciting and modern cultivars, especially plum and apricot cultivars. Karusa is one of the first farms in SA to ever start picking apricots in November. The largest percentage of all fruit harvested is freshly packed and exported to UK supermarkets and some selected outlets throughout South Africa.

Winemaker Jacques Conradie Jacques, matriculated at Oudtshoorn High School in 1996 where after he completed his diploma in Cellar Technology in 1999 at Elsenburg and took office at Mooiuitsig Wines in Bonnievale. After a 2 year stint he was appointed winemaker at Graham Beck Wines in Robertson under mentorship of Cellar Master and MCC guru, Pieter Ferreira. He was also greatly influenced by Gary Baumgarten the GB Manager and Charles Hopkins the Graham Beck Franschhoek Cellar Master. It is to these 3 men that he owes his passion, knowledge and skill, which also became the reason, “Why Karusa”. When Jacques was given the opportunity to make 1 x 300 litre barrel of his own wine at Graham Beck in 2004 he realized that was the start he needed. The wine, being a co-fermented Syrah/Viognier received a 4 star rating in the 2005 Platter Guide which he and his wife bottled by hand. The 380 bottles was scooped up by Belgium importer Stefaan de Vriendt - with whom they do business till this day.

Microbrewery Karusa has a very primitive and basic microbrewery system. During May through September they brew, ensuring optimal productivity in the winery. In the summer months they receive lots of European visitors to the tasting and Tapas facility.

Wines of Distinction One Tree Hill Pinotage is one of Jacques' favourite cultivars. It reflects a vibrant style, dark colours and rich density with ripe blackfruit, cherry tobacco and vanilla flavours with a fresh yet full complex long aftertaste.

grape for the hot Karoo-region, yet it reflects a good example with great value in comparison to what is available in SA - Candy floss, ripe strawberry and whiffs of white pepper with a seamless soft tannin structure.

Southern Slope Sauvignon Blanc has since 2012 been the champion white wine in the Southern Cape/Klein Karoo for 2 years. It is an excellent wine for a "warm climate". This Sauvignon Blanc is loaded with green pepper, green lime and fresh white fruits and a fine minerality balance.

Cuvee de la Maison Chardonnay is the first ever MCC produced in the Klein

Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon is Karusa’s biggest volume seller. Over delivery of quality on every point from the rich dark colour, roasty toasty berry flavours to the smooth yet full tannin structure Aloe Ridge Chardonnay is an elegant unwooded style wine with flavours of ripe citrus, dried pear and apple rings, with a full round taste from the glycerol producing CY3079 yeast. The Ancients Pinot Noir is a difficult

The beer is Belgium styled with less of the typical overhopped bitterness and aromas and appreciated more by Belgium, German and Dutch visitors. Karusa brew only for their own resLong Neck Blonde is a basic fresh lightly coloured "session" beer with taurant and a few outlets in Oudtshoorn flavours of citrus and passion fruit low and the Southern Cape. Due to the size bitterness and 3.8% alc, especially for and time constraint of trying to brew and the extreme hot climate of Oudtshoorn make wine they keep their beer as a during summer. niche product, saying, you need to visit Zwartberger Karoo Draught Amber is to try it! copper/amber coloured ale with up front flavours of flowers and sweet caramel and toasty/roastiness-slightly more bitter, but great balance.

The Caveman Dry Stout is not for the faint hearted! This is an extremely big and intense beer. Pitch black colour, flavours of dark espresso, liquorice, caramel and dark chocolate with a rich bitter, but creamy aftertaste - the perfect winter beer. Karoo- with sunshine in the burst of the bubble! A fresh style with light yeasty flavours and loads of fresh white fruitelegance in the "mousse" will keep for many years and develop beautifully. Cuvee de la Maison Pinot Noir Brut Rose is a 100% Pinot Noir - 12 months "sur lies". A fresh style with a beautiful copper/salmon colour- bursting with flavours of frambois and light red berries-vibrant "mousse" to awake the senses. Soleil de Karusa Red Muscadel is a non-vintage Solera styled barrel aged Muscadel - the current bottling has a percentage of every vintage from 2009 in it. Turkish delight rose petal and dried candy up front flavours-light touch of spice from the barrel ageing- soft creamy taste with amazing spirits integration-great neat better served with ice on a hot Karoo summers day!

Karusa Tapas Restaurant The Restaurant received a "Smulpaap" award for the 2nd year running. The award is a Southern Cape/Klein Karoo recognition for constant quality and innovation. The Restaurant offers light lunches using local ingredients including fresh breads, cheeses, ostrich/springbok carpaccio, trout and tramazzini's. The food, hot climate and the fresh fruit driven wines all compliment the relaxed "kick-back" farm atmosphere while gazing over the majestic Swartberg Mountains from the Tapas stoep.

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Once again, the Good Food & Wine Show (GFWS) Cape Town is set to inspire its visitors from 29 May - 1 June at the Cape Town Convention Centre (CTICC). This year the show focuses on new sensations, foraging, sustainability and world food trends. As visitors arrive, they will be given 3D glasses and enter the show through a ‘sensations’ tunnel before they encounter the various hubs inside.

ents, which visitors can create at home. Each Celebrity Chef in the Chef Lounge will have 30 Golden Tickets to give away during their demonstration. South Africa’s top food trucks will be battling it out for a spot at GFWS 2014, while Kyknet Kook features a celebration of Afrikaner culture, heritage and food.

This year’s Features of the 2014 Good Food & Wine Show is even more impressive than ever before.

Other highlights include a Kiddies show by Katy Ashworh, Regional Wine Tasting tours, a Baking Centre, a Coffee Threatre and a Live Show with Liezel V - a foodie talk show with Celebrity chefs and other foodie personalities.

Top restaurants will offer their signature dishes from their winter menu and showcase their winter specials in The Restaurant Quarter. Visitors will be able to enjoy lunch in an old school Drive-in dining area complete with topless VW vans and a big screen. In the Celebrity Chef Theatre local & international celebrity chefs will demonstrate their signature recipes, using local ingredi-

Some of the celebrity chefs and cooks who will be attending the Show are the Triple Michelin Star Italian Chef, Carlo Cracco, the winner of the Australian MasterChef Series, the South African MasterChef finalist, Leandri Van Der Wat and SA’s Giggling Gourmet, Jenny Morris. For More information Visit:


New Deli Café opens in Stellenbosch Three individual dreams, three individuals, and one new business - Vernuft Deli Café at the Woodmill in Stellenbosch.

Ferns from Stellenbosch 360 was the guest speaker. The 45 guest were treated with Canapé’s as well as a cheese tasting and wine.

It all started way back in 1998 when Hester began the production of her own high quality yoghurt and cheese with milk from her own dairy. Her ingenuity became the cornerstone for the production of Hijke, her own brand of cheese and yoghurt. The yoghurt, high in protein, low in GI, with no added preservatives, neither any stabilizers nor sugar, is the basis of her success.

During a visit to the new Vernuft Deli Café The Newspaper was pleasantly surprised at the quality of their well prepared and neatly plated light lunch.

Today, two additional dreams have become a reality. Her daughter Eleonor, a wine maker by trade, and daughter in law Kari, a former teacher, both brought their skills to Vernuft. Kari runs the Deli with Hester, while Eleonor, who previously worked at Spier as wine maker for almost 8 years, is now making her own wine that will be sold at Vernuft Deli Café in the near future. On 10th April Vernuft Deli Café officially opened their doors to the public. Johann Rademan from Radio Sonder Grense was the MC and Annemarie

Vernuft Deli Café has a bouquet of meals on offer from breakfasts to luncheons. They focus on Hijke yoghurts and cheeses as well as other super foods, fresh fruit and vegetables in season combined with proteins, artisan breads, salads, quiches, and herbs grown in their own garden. Their service is extended to business and private functions on request. The Deli Café is set in the quiet surroundings of The Woodmill, away from the hustle and bustle of Stellenbosch center, and provide guests with ample parking. Trading hours are Monday to Friday from 08h00 to 16h30, and on Saturdays from 08h00 to 13h00. Enjoy a healthy food experience at Vernuft! Call Hester or Kari on 021 882 8573.

Kari Hoogendijk; Johan Rademan (RSG); Eleonor Visser; Annemarie Ferns (Stellenbosch 360); Hester Hoogendijk

Eat Out Zonnebloem Produce Awards The Eat Out Zonnebloem Produce Awards winners announcement took place at the Stellenbosch Slow Market, Oude Libertas Estate to acknowledge and celebrate outstanding, independent South African food producers, markets and outlets for their innovation, passion, integrity and care for the environment. Nominees from across South Africa submitted their produce to the expert panel of judges and were assessed by a set of criteria per category. Overall aspects such as taste, presentation, innovation and care for the environment were taken into account to select the 23 winners.


Angus McIntosh has been producing pasture-reared eggs since 2009 on the Spier Wine Farm, near Stellenbosch. Applying biodynamic agricultural principles, he raises cattle, sheep, laying hens, vegetables and vines. Dè-Mari Kellerman, Global Marketing Manager for Zonnebloem wines, says, “Zonnebloem is proud to be associated with the Eat Out Produce Awards and recognises the craftsmanship that goes into creating winning produce. Congratulations to all the winners.”

Babylonstoren, situated in Franschhoek were announced the winners in the Best Small Producer Award (Baked Goods category). Karen Pretorius, enthuisiastic head Baker says the bakery follows sustainable practices, grow their own wheat, rye and barley, stone grind the flour, and bake it in a wood-fired oven that runs on invasive alien wood species – thus protecting the indigenous renosterveld on the farm. Farmer Angus, the winner of the Best Free Range/Organic Producer award has won this award previously, but the judges felt strongly that he continues to raise the bar in free-range practices.

Babylonstoren, Winners in the Best Small Producer: Baked Goods category




Holden Manz Art Collection Nestled in the heart of the winelands Holden Manz Wine Estate not only offers award-winning wine, a 5 star guesthouse and restaurant, but also boasts an impressive array of art by local South African artists for purchase. The gallery was founded in 2006 in Cape Town,but was later moved to Franschhoek when owners, Gerard Holden and Migo Manz bought the wine farm. The art, which is carefully chosen by Migo Manz, cannot only be viewed at the gallery in the picturesque town of Franschhoek, but throughout Holden Manz wine estate too. Migo Manz explains why he decided to bring the artistic flair to the estate, “I have always had a love of art from a young age and specifically a deep appreciation of contemporary

South Africa artists, so when Gerard and I acquired the wine farm, I saw the possibility for a synergy between the two.

Extending the artistic theme to the actual wine, the wine labels for every Holden Manz range is also carefully thought of and personally designed by Manz and incorporates his love of abstract paintings.

The artists and art we represent is purely based on our personal choices of whatever South African contemporary art inspires us. It is an educated choice, but always decided by the heart, not the head.”

“Each wine label reflects the essence of the wine and the estate,” says Manz, “My belief is that artists do their work, then let go of it, and the one experiencing it might see and feel something completely different to the artist which is just as true and valid and one of the main reasons that I love art as it influences and speaks to everyone differently.” The gallery currently represents the following uniquely signed artists: Karin Miller, Trevor Potter, Luhanri Bekker, Marie Stander, Donna McKellar, Carl von Bach, Dedre Fouquet, Jayne Cully, and Marinda du Toit.

Although much of the artwork is on display at the gallery, guests to Holden Manz wine estate can enjoy displays of art throughout the farm, with artwork adorning the walls of the restaurant, Franschhoek Kitchen, as well as the guesthouse. Each room in the guesthouse features one of the unique artists signed to the gallery and is available to purchase by visitors.

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Visit the gallery at 30 Huguenot Street, Franschhoek

Cape Town lounge

Get Creative with Pottery Paint your own ceramics is a wonderful activity for all ages and perfect for the winter months when the weather keeps you indoors. Pottery 2012 provide a variety of functional and playful ceramics for children and adults whether you are 3, 33 or 103! You don’t need to be an artist! Lines and shapes look great after they glaze your ceramic. The paints are non-toxic and water based; so there is no need for Moms to worry. It washes out! David Tieties (with his 3 day old donkey) - Verneuk Pan, Northern Cape, - Daniel Naudé

British Airways officially opened its new £1.1 million (R19.8 million) lounge at Cape Town International Airport, the first in South Africa to be modelled on its Galleries Lounges in Terminal 5. Twice the size of the previous facility and able to comfortably accommodate 148 customers, the Cape Town lounge opened a month before the airline increases its winter schedule to the Mother City from seven to 10 weekly services. The Galleries lounge concept was first introduced at Terminal 5 and contributed to it being named the world’s best airport terminal. It has since become the de facto benchmark for British Airways’ lounges at key destinations around the world, of which Cape Town is one. The original Galleries lounges took the best of British design, style and art from past and present to create a series of carefully curated rooms within larger, flowing spaces. The same idea has been applied at Cape Town International, expect here it integrates both British and South African design. To achieve this, the British Airways’ team worked with local design agency, Tonic, Striking and innovative interior surfaces created by the London-based Giles Miller Studio and fabrics from Osbourne and Little, the renowned UK fabric and wallpaper designer, combine with locally manufactured furniture and art by upcoming South African artists. Gary Cotterell says: “How exciting for artists to be part of this corporate col-

lection in a space shared with travellers about embark on journeys of their own. " As well as creating elegant, peaceful spaces the designers also had to account for the varying needs of customers. Two large bathrooms each boast a luxury shower, ample washbasin and toilet, while allowing enough room to get changed and accommodate a carryon suitcase. In keeping with Galleries standards, a range of complimentary Elemis products are provided. A spacious quiet area, separated from the rest of the lounge, provides large, comfortable seats for customers to relax or read before boarding. There is complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the lounge as well as two desktop positions in the business area. A new feature is an ‘air’ printer which enables customers to print from anywhere in the lounge. The abundance of power-points throughout the lounge, able to take conventional plugs or USB chargers, is immediately apparent. Food and beverage is central to the lounge experience and British Airways chefs have worked with local suppliers to create a new lounge menu. There is also a full range of complimentary drinks from the bar. The wine area is a new feature. Similar to an upmarket wine bar, it showcases the best of Cape wines, including those served on-board. It includes a dedicated tasting area where local estates will occasionally present wine tasting.

The activity creates great fun, stimulates creativity and add value to Birthday parties, Showers and team building functions. Pre-school theme days are offered anywhere within and around the Helderberg Area and Suburbs of Cape town.

Pottery 2012 come to the school and run a class as part of our end of term Mad Hatter Party. I was so impressed by Nikki's set up and efficiency and it was an absolute pleasure to witness the sheer joy on the children's faces as they creatively expressed themselves by painting their own unique mug. Nikki then took the mugs away and had them glazed and delivered back to the children, beautifully packaged. Well done Nikki and I look forward to working with you again in the future.” Tanya du Toit - Principal Kids Company Montessori Pre-school Technopark

Between 10 and 100 people are required to function a Pottery 2012 event, and they will provide the pottery and tools. Pottery 2012 also supply custom made Tableware and functional accessories for Homes, Gift Shops, Restaurants and Coffee Shops. Happy Customers “Kids Company Montessori Pre School in Technopark had the privilege of having

How it works > Choose your bisque.

> Plan a design

> Paint it with our non-toxic, water based paints.

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Customers come First at Torga Optical It was Magdél Gouws’ dream to be a part of a Franchise where the need of the consumer comes first. As a newly qualified optometrist she was hired by the Torga Optical Mokopane (Potgietersrus) branch in 2010 and when Torga Optical opened their new store in (Polokwane) Pietersburg she was appointed as manager and Optometrist. From a young age she desired to open her own business. She moved to Bredasdorp in 2013, and after a year a Torga Optical Franchise in Somerset West became available, she immediately took up the offer. Her dream came true as the Torga Optical store opened on 24 April in the newly constructed Helderberg Centre in Somerset West, adjacent to Somerset Mall. Gary Willman, a Mechanical Engineer from Manchester, England, helped Magdél to make her dream come true. “I was sold on the Torga Optical Group instantly,” Gary said. Gary is a silent partner and has a business orientated mind. Since qualifying as an Engineer he has moved to South-Africa and started a number of successful ventures. Torga Optical’s main focus is customer service. “People have become too familiar with poor services as part of their lives,” Magdél and Gary says. As a service orientated business, Torga Optical would like to impress people by

showing them that good service does exist. They go through a process with the client, do the examination and then provide the correct product that suits the need of the client. They go the extra mile. The quality and pricing of their products are more than competitive and real value for money. Torga Optical design and manufacture their own frames and lenses, eliminating the middle man and cutting costs to benefit its clients. The company imports all their basic lenses from Germany and make Freeform High Definition lenses on demand in their Laboratory in Maitland, Cape Town. Torga Optical offers free visual screening which gives a basic understanding of what could be wrong with the patient’s eyes, even before the patient goes for a full eye examination. They also supply visual certificates free of charge for those who require drivers licence certificates, eliminating standing in long queues at Traffic departments. Other licences include JCB, forklift, pilot, and skipper licences. To the customer Torga Optical offers a 12 month guarantee on their lenses and frames, and a 30 day exchange guarantee should the client not be satisfied with his/her lenses. Only the difference can be paid in a case where there is a shortfall.

Torga Optical Team - Helderberg Centre, Somerset West

Torga Optical accommodate all medical aids and budget frames are available for medical aids which only allows certain Packages. They also stock high resistant titanium frames and all frames have adjustable temples for extra hammering. Not only do the Torga Optical group work together as a team, but also supply a huge support system for administration, financial services and Optometric assistance to the owner. Torga Optical are united as a team,

they work together as a family, and share the same vision for excellent quality. Torga Optical has proved this with over 110 stores nationwide and is still growing. Come and meet Magdél and the team and find the service you have been looking for – all this at unbeatable prices. For more information visit us at Shop 18, Helderberg Centre, Somerset West or call 021 851 1702

Sasha International bringing style to the new Helderberg Centre! The new Sasha International Hairdressing Salon will offer a special experience and a great service to existing and new customers. Ladies, prepare to be pampered! Gents be ware, there are a few new options & twists to the standard cut to better suit your needs.

style, creativity & a certain je ne sais quoi is Sasha’s secret.

Loretta and Sasha

Extra! Extra! Read all about it! Sasha International opening in the new Helderberg Centre, Somerset West! With a passion for excellence & innovation Sasha and his team are opening a new salon in the Helderberg Centre. Being French it could be assumed that

Growing up in the South of France, it was far from anything Sasha could have imagined, coming to Africa and building a business and home here. Sixteen years ago however Sasha International was born in Stellenbosch, and has over the years grown and found a home in Somerset West. When the opportunity arose to have a shop in the new Helderberg Winelands Centre, it was an opportunity to good to pass up. With one salon already in the Somerset Mall, it was decided to relocate the Salon in the Somerset West CBD to the new Helderberg Centre. For those loyal Mall goers’, fear not, Sasha will continue to work in the Som-

To make your appointment today, you can contact the Sasha International, Helderberg Centre, Team on the following numbers: 021 852 2006 / 021 851 2150. The opening hours will be Monday to Friday: 9am-6pm, Saturday: 9am-5pm, Sundays and Public Holidays: 9:30 am2:30pm. Hair by Sasha - Sasha International

erset Mall, and his wife Loretta will be leading the Helderberg Centre Sasha International Team. Loretta, coming from Germany completed her Masters in Hairdressing in Oldenburg Germany, and is an exceptional stylist in her own right. With a particular flare for the fine haired, uptyles for all lengths of hair and for any occasion, she is gem. Neither Sasha nor Loretta have rested on their laurels though, sharing the passion for hair and style they both have continued throughout their careers to stay at the top of their trade - training in London with Vidaal Sasoon, Toni & Guy, and various others here in South Africa (both local & international), they are up to date with the latest & greatest.

The retail range will include all top products such as: GHD (ask about our opening special), Hannon, Paul Mitchell, Moroccan Oil (this product is relatively new and has taken Europe & the world by storm), Redken, L’oreal, Wella, Schwarzkopf, Nioxin… and more.




Go Green with Gumtree South Africans to consider greener modes of transport. Between January 2013 and November 2013, the number of hybrid cars advertised on the online classified site increased by a remarkable 721%, indicating that in a relatively short period, consumers’ automotive vehicle preferences shifted dramatically. The majority of the ads for these eco-friendly vehicles were listed in the Western Cape.

Earth Day took place globally on 22 April and raised awareness about environmental protection and sustainable living. On this day, citizens of the world were encouraged to consider living greener lifestyles – something that can be done simply by using eco-friendly products and adopting more sustainable behaviour. Doing so not only yields significant environmental benefits, but also has the potential to cut down on expenses. Gumtree, home to thousands of ads for environmentally-friendly products and services offers its users plenty of ways to improve their green credentials and save some cash in the process. Gumtree offers a category devoted to carpool and rideshares. Sharing transport not only reduces carbon emissions, but also saves on fuel costs, ensuring commuters have extra rands in their pockets at month-end. Petrol prices are currently at record highs – a motivating factor behind carpools and rideshares, but the steady price increase has also prompted many


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Improve your home this winter Pieter’s Home Maintenance (PHM) is a young and ambitious company with many years of skilled labour. The key to their success is remaining modest and handling all people with honesty and integrity.


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Skills shortage tackled by Labori High School

In an effort to alleviate the skills shortage in the building industry and engineering fields, Labori High School, the only school in Paarl and one of very few in the country to offer the full technical as well as academic portfolio, is working together with the private sector to prepare learners for the world of work. A course in construction and building science is currently being offered after hours to learners who are interested in a career in construction industry or engineering. The course is offered free of charge by Abré Marais Architects. The learners’ first project is the design and construction of a tuck-shop at the school. Building material has been made possible by the generous spon-

sorship from local businesses and the interest from the industry in assisting the learners has been overwhelming. Head master of Labori High School, Johan Batt, said this initiative aims to offer learners practical skills beyond the class room to make them more competitive in the job market or even prepare them as entrepreneurs. He adds that there are opportunities for other businesses to participate in additional courses aiming to develop students in the technical trade. “Our classrooms are equipped with state-of-the-art equipment and machinery and offers and ideal platform for businesses to offer additional courses in the electrical, civil and mechanical fields

Back from left to right: Darius Louw, Liandra Calitz, Jacques Volschenk, Jeroed Delport, Stefan Nortier, Shane Bezuidenhout and Tian Smit Front from left to right: Anja Thiart, Stefan Crouse, Ockert Christensen (Civil Technology teacher), Abré Marais (Architect), Johan Batt (Labori High School Headmaster), Hanlo Huyshamer and Faith Truter.

that would enhance the school’s current curriculum.” For more information about the project call (021) 872-8293

Eco-Schools Waste Wealth Competition On 12 April 2014 the founders of environmental NGO, Waste to Wealth Africa awarded prizes to the value of R197 000 to excellent WESSA Eco-Schools from the Western Cape in an awards ceremony at Soil for Life, Constantia. Soil for Life marked the first year of a partnership between Waste to Wealth and WESSA Eco-Schools in the Western Cape, whereby Waste to Wealth sponsored prizes for all levels of Eco-Schools in the Western Cape. Teachers and learners had been invited to receive their rewards for their hard work and ingenuity in carrying out their Eco-Schools projects like, recycling swop-shops, vegetable gardens, environmentally-focused curricular work water walks and fundraisers.

A teacher and learner from Macassar High School received their Winning prize for the International Category – where schools have run ongoing projects for five years. The Macassar learner had starred in a movie on water pollution made by Macassar High School. The school was commended by Waste to Wealth for their excellence in partnering with initiatives like the President’s Award and 90 by 2030 – a carbon reduction campaign. There was a tie for Runnerup prize. Strand High School (for their excellent SANBI indigenous garden and vegetable garden) shares this position with Beaumont Primary and Sir Lowry’s Pass Primary – these two schools worked together on a Recycling Swop Shop. (Strand High School receives

R10 000 and Beaumont and Sir Lowry’s each receive R5000). In the Platinum Category, Mondeor Eco-School, in Somerset West were determined to win this competition and were successful. The judges loved their recycled glass bricks and their Waste to Wealth product market day. Prize requests from winners have included water tanks, irrigation, garden tools, security fencing, garden assistants, solar energy, digital white boards and tablets and equipment for Mondeor Eco-School to build a seating-based pavilion from their glass bricks. WESSA Eco-Schools and Waste to Wealth look forward to an on-going partnership and are designing the competition for 2014/2015.

Akademia Entrepreneurseminaar Wat sou besigheidskenners soos Christo van de Rheede (AHI), Dr. Chris van der Merwe (Curro), Jannie Rossouw van Sanlam Besigheidsmark, Anton Roelofse van Business Partners, Pieter Geldenhuys (internasionale IT-kundige) en Mauritz Bekker van die “Entrepreneur School” in gemeen hê? Behalwe vir hul passie vir entrepreneurskap in Suid-Afrika, tree hierdie ses glanssprekers op by die Akademia Entrepreneurseminaar wat op 14 Mei in die CR Louw-teater in Sanlam se hoofkantoor, Bellville, plaasvind. Hierdie oggendseminaar het ten doel om entrepreneuriese denkers en doeners te laat deel in die sakegeheime van hierdie

kenners en bekendes. Deelnemers kry ook die geleentheid om na elke spreekbeurt hul kwelvrae direk tot die sprekers te rig. Tydens die teepouse en middagete kry seminaargangers ook die geleentheid om hul netwerke verder te bou en te versterk. Akademia pak hierdie inisiatief in samewerking met verskeie AHI-sakekamers in die Wes-Kaap aan, en dit is juis van stapel gestuur om entrepreneuriese denke te stimuleer in ʼn stadium waarin Suid-Afrika dit baie nodig het. Met die hoë verwagting oor die rol en impak wat die Klein en Medium Ondernemingsektor moet speel in die ekonomiese groei van Suid Afrika in die volgende vyf na tien jaar (soos uitgespel word in die nuwe Nasionale Ontwikkelingsplan van die regering), kan die waarde van entrepreneurskap dus kwalik geringgeskat word. Kaartjies vir die geleentheid kos R250 per volwassene, en vir skoolkinders slegs R50. Sitplekbesprekings vind aanlyn plaas by projekte/weskaapentrepreneurseminaar/, of sms die woord “SEMINAAR, jou NAAM en VAN” na 34933, en een van ons konsultante sal jou kontak. (ʼn SMS kos R2.) Akademia – waar werkendes in Afrikaans studeer Vir meer inligting besoek



De Zeekoe Farm


Meerkat Adventure


in the Klein Karoo

The adventures of the “sun worshippers”, the Meerkat, directed the Newspaper to De Zeekoe Farm and Guesthouse on the outskirts of Oudtshoorn.

Only 7km outside Oudtshoorn, in the Garden Route, surrounded by the famous Swartberg and Outeniqua mountains, is one of the world’s 17 "hot spots" with 3 overlapping flower zones. Surrounded by variety attractions like ostrich farms, longest wine route in the world (R62), Cango caves, Wildlife ranch, waterfalls and museums, makes this the ideal destination for a visit or a stay over in the Klein Karoo. This owner managed, 2000 hectare working farm, is malaria free and child friendly. De Zeekoe offers a unique in the world opportunity to walk with Wild Meerkats (Meerkat adventures) and to be part of the shy 5 experience! De Zeekoe offers the following: Accommodation • • • •

Standard to Superior rooms ( 20) Eco Friendly Private Cottages (3) Waterfront cabins (4) Wheelchair friendly Rooms

Dining • Welcoming drinks • Restaurant with fresh farm produce and free range meat, gluten free available • Cocktail Bar

Spa • Free neck massage at arrival

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Activities Small Game Viewing Hiking Jungle gym Fishing – bring own equipment Horse riding Canoeing Birding ( 162 species ) Eco Farm Tours Self guided walks Swimming pool – salt water Star Gazing

It was well into autumn and still dark when we arrived at the pick-up point where we followed our tour guide, Rudolph and his assistant Anke to De Zeekoe Gat Conservation area to observe Meerkat activities. Awaiting sunrise over the Klein Karoo we were treated to an early morning coffee, before setting off to experience the Meerkats. Everyone took a chair and a blanket to experience an adventure of a lifetime. En route to the meerkat’s burrow, Rudolph told us more about the territory, and informed us that they return every afternoon before sunset to establish the correct burrow location for the next morning’s expedition. As clouds were delaying the sun’s rays, the meerkats remained underground for almost 50 minutes from the time of our arrival. While we waited for the first meerkat to make its appearance Rudolph explained in detail how Dewey Ginister started the De Zeekoegat Meerkat Conservation Project five years ago. In the beginning he observed the Meerkat family by standing 300 metres away from them, talking to them and coming closer every time. After 6 months the meerkats realized that he was no danger to them. Meerkats don’t like movement and immediately feel endangered if there is a sudden movement. We were instructed to sit still while waiting for them to come up from the burrow. Sandy, the oldest meerkat suddenly made the first appearance. He stood in a sentry (upright) position for a few moments, scanned the territory, and

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then started digging up soil to warm up his body. One after the other they surfaced from different holes leading from their burrow. Not before long six of these meerkats were sitting close together, gathering heat from one another to warm up. Some meerkats started digging, while others ran around. We counted 10 meerkats in this family.

Some of them have the cutest names like Liefie, Moaner, Sandy and Uno. It was interesting to see that one of the meerkats in the family is always positioned as a security guard to watch out for danger. All of a sudden, after almost 90 minutes of entertainment the show was over. They took the road in a direction away from where we were being entertained. We were told that it is their daily routine of foraging and frolicking. We followed them for some time by foot, and then headed back. Lots of photos were taken of these small creatures while information in general was shared by the guide.

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Treat yourself to a fantastic experience and unique privilege to get this close to these little creatures in the wild. The meerkat tours last between 2-3 hours and booking is essential. Contact 084 772 9678 or visit YouTube Video: Meerkat Adventures

More facts on Meerkats Meerkats are members of the shy family which include the bat-eared fox, the aardvark, porcupine, and aardwolf. The name “Meerkat” is derived from the Latin name “Suricat”. The normal meerkat family consists of 10-17 meerkats. They sleep at night in their 3 meter deep burrow, and only come out during daytime. In midsummer the meerkats come out of the burrow at about 5 o’clock. In bad weather they hide away. If they come out and there is no sun, they warm up by digging. Their life expectancy is 12 years, and they start producing siblings from the age of 2. They identify each other by the

mother’s smell while the oldest meerkat is in control. The females stay in the family of their birth, while the males travel to find a female and start his own family. The meerkat lives in the semi dessert area. They are not designed to drink water, but eat lots of succulents that give them enough moisture. The meerkats have excellent eye sight, and can see any intruder long before they can be seen. Meerkats are not beggars of food. They hunt slow moving food and don’t share their food. They eat fast - grab and go.

They feed on insects, larva of insects, termites, worms, spiders and scorpions. While digging they also scan the area for possible danger. The Meerkat does not trust others and moves rapidly if in danger. Meerkats mate for life. The mating season is from May to July. The first babies are born after a gestation period of 75 days and weigh between 600 and 800 grams. First sight of babies is almost 3-4 weeks after birth, and all females share duties apart from mating by helping with feeding as they all have milk.

During the mating season 18 babies will see the light; however only between 40-50% will survive. Every baby meerkat goes to school. For almost 4 months they learn all the different calls. The babies shadow the mentor, learn new skills and find out what plants they could eat for moisture. A baby graduates at the age of 5 months where after he needs to do things for himself. Their enemies are the Jackal, and African wild cats. Nothing can get close to them as they are very observant. They do not make good pets and it is not possible to discipline them.





strength and perseverance. However, I never thought that being on the 7th continent surrounded by ice capped mountains, glaciers, icebergs, snow, penguins, whales and other wildlife will be so emotionally overwhelming,” says Wagner.

Hein Wagner and Laura Kruiskamp kayaking in Antartica Photo Credit: Nick Kruiskamp

Hein Wagner, blind adventurer and motivational speaker, has successfully completed the extreme Antarctic Marathon on the South Pole. On March, 9th 2014 Wagner completed what has been colloquially described as the harshest marathon on the planet. Nick Kruiskamp, well-respected athlete and race champion, was Wagner’s guide. This is the first time in the history of the 15-year-old event that a blind person has finished the gruelling race. “I always knew the Antarctica Marathon would be a test of endurance, mental

As expected, the treacherous race covered the most rugged terrain, made of mud, ice and sludge. Wagner refuses to stand back from a challenge. Despite his blindness, Wagner has a string of accomplishments to his name. He is an avid sportsman and enjoys abseiling, running and cycling; he has won the World Cup Cricket for the Blind, sailed the Cape-to-Rio yacht race, completed the gruelling Ironman triathlon and finished the legendary eight-day stage Absa Cape Epic mountain biking race. Wagner is also the current holder of the land speed record for a blind driver at 322.52 km/h. Wagner participated in the event to promote the abilities of those living with disabilities and to raise the profile of Vision Trust, an organisation dedicated to making the world more accessible to the blind. He reached his goal to raise enough money to provide 20 previously disadvantaged, unsighted individuals

Hein Wagner having a laugh in the company of penguins - Photo Credit: Laura Kruiskamp

with specialised computers and software to help them lead a normal live. Wagner’s describes the most difficult thing he has had to do, was to accept his blindness unconditionally. He describes how his sense of feeling was challenged in Antarctica: “I can only remember a few occasions in my life when I really yearned to see. Waking up to whales playing in the water, seals sun-bathing on floating icebergs and

the backdrop made up of pristine, beautiful and breath-taking glaciers left me a little envious of the sighted. It wasn’t easy, but then I started looking at it from a different perspective. I believe this was my true test of endurance and to my surprise the pristine beauty of the 7th continent is so extreme it turned out that I could actually hear the view.”

Champions today and tomorrow Winning titles at the TSA Junior National Tennis tournament in Bloemfontein recently showed Francois Kellerman (u18) and JD Malan (u16) that hard work, dedication and passion does pay off. Kellerman won both the u18 singles and doubles titles and Malan the u16 singles title. Both Kellerman and Malan train at the Kainos Tennis Academy in Stellenbosch. Kellerman started playing tennis when he was 8 and for the first few years his dad Okkie was his coach until he joined Kainos in 2012. Kellerman has set his eyes on a Top 50 placing in the ITF Junior rankings. “One day I would like to be a professional tennis player.” Malan has also been working hard and winning his first national title is a game changer for the youngster. Malan started playing tennis when he was 8 and joined Kainos at age 11.

JD Malan

Malan wants to keep playing tennis and after school he hopes to join an American University and play tennis as a professional one day.

Get ready for Varsity Hockey Last year the Steinhoff Maties women’s team won the inaugural Varsity Hockey tournament. This year the tournament will have eight men’s university teams competing for the honours of Varsity Hockey Champions. The participating universities are Steinhoff Maties, NMMU, UCT, Rhodes, Kovsies, Tuks, UJ and Wits. The tournament starts on 3 May and the finals will be played on Monday 19 May. The first weekend’s action will happen at Wits, the second weekend at Coetzenburg and Kovsies and the finals weekend will be at UJ. The Maties men will be keen to follow in the footsteps of their female counterparts. Maties schedule 3 May: Wits vs Maties; 4 May: Tuks vs Maties; 5 May: Kovsies vs Maties; 10 May: Maties vs Ikesy; 11 May: Maties vs NMMU; 12 May: Maties vs UJ; 17 May: Maties vs Rhodes.




Cape Town Marathon sets its sights on World Majors

Host to a legendary cycle tour and a world-famous ultra-marathon, Cape Town is now seeking to raise her sporting profile as the grand city course for that pinnacle of all long-distance races, the classic Olympic 42.2km marathon. Invigorated by a new partnership between the City of Cape Town, Western Province Athletics (WPA) and ASEM Running, the 2014 Cape Town Marathon will be the first year of a focused, long-term development plan which is endorsed by two of South Africa’s sporting greats, Francois Pienaar and Elana Meyer.

series offering a $ 1 million prize purse split between top male and female marathon runners in the world. This collaboration of the organisers of these five historic city races aims to contribute to advancing the sport, globally raising the profiles of the athletes and encouraging running enthusiasts to take an increasing and on-going interest in elite racing. Last year, the Tokyo Marathon was accepted as the sixth race in World Marathon Majors.

“Cape Town Marathon has a vision of becoming one of the rare World Marathon Majors,” comments former Springbok Rugby Captain, Francois Pienaar, now Chairman of ASEM Running. “We believe that the Mother City is the ideal host for an Iconic African City Marathon.”

What all the World Marathon Majors have in common is that each race offers both participants and spectators an unforgettable experience of their city, whether it’s the elite athletes striving to break world records or the weekend jogger with her heart set on finishing her first marathon, the race unites people in cheering on and celebrating the ultimate in human endeavour and achievement.

The World Marathon Majors was launched in 2006 by the Boston, ING New York City, Bank of America Chicago, Virgin London and BMW Berlin Marathons as an innovative

The 42.2km Cape Town Marathon will take place on Sunday, 21 September 2014. The spectacular new route will provide runners with a unique carfree experience of the City’s stunning

Paul Roos Hockey Results Paul Roos hosted Grey High School from Port Elizabeth on 11-12 April for the annual hockey clash. These two schools have produced some memorable matches since they started their rivalry in 2005.

a high standard of play.

The u19A match took place in front of a huge crowd at the Maties Astro Complex and the supporters were rewarded for their presence as both teams produced

Every 1st team hockey match in Stellenbosch since 2006 has produced a draw. This 4-1 victory was very satisfying in front of a partisan home crowd.

The halftime score was 1-0 in favour of Grey High School. The Maroon Machine came out flying after the break and Paul Roos won by 4-1.

From left: Elana Meyer, Francois Pienaar, Patricia de Lille, Jakes Jacobs (President of Western Province Athletics)

natural and cultural attractions such as the 12 Apostles, Camps Bay, Clifton, the Company Gardens, Parliament, the Bo-Kaap, the City Hall, the Castle of Good Hope, District 6, the V&A Waterfront and Table Bay. The 2014 42.2km Cape Town Marathon is an official qualifying race for 2015 Old Mutual Two Oceans and Comrades Ultra-Marathons.

Longboard Classic The 6th Reef Liberty Longboard Classic, an annual surf contest for local surfers recently took place at the Pipe on the Strand Beach. This event, held with the aim of bringing the Helderberg surfing community together saw fun divisions like 'DressUp' and 'Anything that Floats' alongside highly competitive Open Men, Open Ladies, Veterans and Family Tag heats.

giving. Winners were celebrated and fallen friends were remembered and honoured. The organisers, Son Surf School, would like to thank the Helderberg surfing community for the support and participation as well as the many sponsors for their generous contributions.

Glassy 1-2 ft waves and offshore winds were perfect for the longboarders to show their skill. The Finals were very entertaining and had all beach-goers and fellow contestants on their feet with anticipation of the next wave. Division winners: Open Men (Kurt Dreyer), Open Ladies (Shannon Bolotin), Veterans (Mike Dunseith), Family Tag (Bjorn & Mikhail Thompson) and SUP (Tammy Robarts).

Paul Roos VS Grey High School @ Maties Astro Complex

The biggest and best prizes, including a brand new longboard, were put into a lucky draw - resulting in a packed prize

Penny Stemmet, Open Ladies finalist





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The Maties Swimming Club has a history of excellence, producing multiple Olympians, an Olympic medal, Multiple Paralympic Medals, Commonwealth Games medals, national record holders, and national champions. Swimmers face various challenges to achieve their goals, with the core stumbling blocks being access to appropriate facilities, high performance support services and experiences critical to growth. This year, Maties has chosen to partner with the Animal Welfare Society Stellenbosch (AWSS) in a Fund raising Golf Day initiative by donating a percentage of the proceeds of the Auction on the day to the AWSS. The aim of this Golf Day, which is to be held on Friday, May 9th at the Stellenbosch Golf Club is to establish a fund aimed at providing support and incentives to swimmers at every level who meet specific time-based criteria in the form of: performance incentives that reward hard work with the opportunity to improve and achieve even more; access to speciality high performance services and assistance and access to national and international competitions.

The IFBB Western Province bodybuilding and fitness federation kicked of the year with the SSN Cape Classic supported by Scientific Sports Nutrician (SNN) as the main sponsor. The event took place at the CPUT Bellville campus earlier in April with a record of 134 athletes entering the competition. According to the IFBB Western Province president, Kevin Schwartz, about 350 spectators attended the pre-judging and well over 700 the main show. The SSN Cape Classic competition is known as a stepping stone for newcomers to the sport with men’s novice u-75kg and over 75kg divisions and new beach and fitness novice divisions. The Western Cape is flourishing with new talent - evident seeing the tremendous talent on stage. The expierence of chief judge Mary Pulito and fellow judges Deon Munnik, Eddy Holloway, Rob Mellows and Sakkie Changuion shown through as the placings were spot on. The novice ladies beach bikini division saw 20 athletes in a tough competitive line-up. Newcomers to the sport, representing our area, Inka van Rhyn, from Paarl and Lindy Kannemeyer from Somerset West respectively earned first and third place in this division.

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Inka, a student at CPUT in Wellington made a decision about two years ago to change her lifestyle. Not only for herself, but to show others how to train, work hard and achieve results. Her competitive background, passion and determination paid off when she was selected the winner of the novice ladies beach bikini division. Theresa Schoeman from Gordon’s Bay, winner of Beach Bikini division over 35 entered the SSN Cape Classic 2014, because of her interest in gym, sports and nutrition. For her it was all about gaining experience, meeting new athletes, and to enjoy the day which she worked so hard for. She followed a healthy diet plan

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From left: Lindy Kannemeyer, Inka van Rhyn (Winner) and Chane Fabricius - Photo Credit: Stehan Schoeman for 6 weeks and her training programme included cardio and weight training 5 days a week. Theresa also attended the SSN Cape Classic Seminar to prepare her for the competition. Her next goal is to compete in Battle of the Titians II scheduled for 21 June at CPUT Bellville campus. Theresa’s message to the over 35’s: “This is your time to work towards achieving your fitness goal, don't wait, you can do it and you will never look back.” The ever growing men's athletic physique line-ups saw some very impressive first timers. Robert Smith secured a well deserved win in the men's athletic physique up to 178cm division, while Francois Marais took the honours in the men's athletic physique over 178cm line-up. Other outstanding performances included Shuddley Toffar winner of the novice over 75kg division and Elouise Kellerman who won the overall ladies fitness bikini title. Kevin Schwartz president of IFBB Western Province is taking the sport to new heights. The prize money for division and overall winners for the Battle of the Titans II in June have increased substantially which resulted in a greater interest among new competitors from all over South Africa and abroad. For more information contact Kevin Schwartz, on 072 447 7520 or




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