The Newspaper - September Edition 2014

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South Africa is home to 50 million people in nine provinces who speak eleven official languages, and have various racial and tribal identities: we are literally the ‘rainbow nation’, as Archbishop Desmond Tutu coined it. There are differences between us, the people of South Africa, yet when it comes to celebrating we have found a way to cast aside our differences and come together in a spectacular way. The success of the Soccer World Cup, 1994 elections, 1995 Rugby World Cup, 1996 African Cup of Nations, 2007 Rugby World Cup and 2010 Super 14 semifinal (and final) being played in Soweto, are all examples of this phenomena. The only problem with these events, is that they are not annual occurrences. This means that South Africans only sporadically received a chance to celebrate together.

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Jan Braai in Gugulethu with John - Photo Credit: National Braai Day

Cape Town & Western Cape Named Best Convention Bureau in South Africa

The Cape Town & Western Cape Convention Bureau, was awarded the South African Association for the Conference Industry (SAACI) Members' Award for Best Convention Bureau in South Africa at a gala dinner held at St. Lucia in KZN.

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Ms Thiru Naidoo, Acting Head for the bureau, a strategic unit of Wesgro, the Western Cape’s official Tourism, Trade and Investment Promotion Agency says that the award was the perfect result following hard work, passion and many hours of dedication by the team to promote Cape Town and the Western Cape as a premier business events destination: "We would like to thank all our stakeholders, clients and the rest of our colleagues at Wesgro for their continued support. This is a massive joint effort and our team is extremely honoured by this acknowledgement,” she said. Candidates were nominated by a SAACI member in order to qualify. The outcome was then purely based on member votes to determine the actual winner of the award. The Cape Town and Western Cape Convention Bureau saw off some stiff competition from their KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) counterparts to win the award.

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The Story of National Braai Day (Continue from page 1) It was this challenge that inspired Jan Braai to execute a vision and start working on the initiative now popularly known as National Braai Day.

In 2007 Archbishop Desmund Tutu agreed to become the Patron Saint of National Braai Day. We have come a long way since then. The National Heritage council officially endorsed the National Braai Day initiative, the National Braai Day song was recorded by the Soweto Gospel Choir, HHP, JR and Die Heuwels Fantasties. National Braai Day is also growing internationally: braais were held by South Africans on 24 September in the USA, Canada, the UK, Sweden, Taiwan, Dubai, the Netherlands, Hong Kong, Switzerland, Saudi Arabia, Australia to name a few.

The idea of togetherness, Ubuntu, fascinated him. Jan realised that a shared heritage is what allows South Africans to live in harmony. A shared heritage included moments of shared historical memory, contemporary social activities and the common ideals of all citizens. Jan soon realised that there was one thing he knew for a fact about every single person living in South Africa: everybody likes standing around a fire and enjoying a braai.

In 2010 Jan stepped it up a gear by breaking the Guinness World Record for the longest braai at the V&A Waterfront. The record, which was formerly held in Germany, had to become South African according to Jan. To achieve this Jan had to braai for 28 hours and 30 minutes, a monumental task in itself. (The record has been broken since, and is held by a South African at the moment)

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Last year the nation warmed to the idea of a national day of celebration however many shops and supermarkets sold out of things like meat, wood and charcoal. But this year come 24 September everyone will be ready, and South Africa will be ablaze with braais!”

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“South Africa is taking it to the next level” Jan says. “There will be extensive braaing across the country on 24 September.

2013 was National Braai Day’s biggest year yet, with 6 big events happening on the day in Cape Town, Johannesburg,

“The Irish have St. Patricks day, the French have Bastille Day and Australians have Australia Day. My hope is that National Braai Day can become the same thing for South African, a day of national celebration.” Jan says.

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Cape Town & Western Cape Named Best Convention Bureau in South Africa (Continue from page 1) “The KZN Convention Bureau has always done a sterling job in promoting their province and I congratulate them for a job well done.” “Ultimately our mandate is to promote South Africa as a premier business events destination and I think both provinces have done this to the best of our ability throughout the year,” added Naidoo. The Cape Town and Western Cape Convention Bureau have already hit the ground running in 2014, successfully securing a number of bids in their current fiscal with eight bid wins thus far - realising an estimated economic impact of R135 940 000 with an estimated delegate attendance of 9 550.


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Takealot now selling Google Glass South Africa’s fastest growing retailer, takealot.com, has announced it is selling “Google Glass Explorer Edition”, which will sell for R26 999 on the website. Commenting on the announcement, takeaot.com CEO Kim Reid said, “We are a customer obsessed company and we are pleased to be the first e-commerce player in South Africa to stock one of the hottest gadgets on sale in the wearable technology market globally.” Google Glass is a wearable eyeglass frame computer that visually connects users to the internet. Wearers communicate with the internet via voice commands and can access many of Google’s key cloud features, such as Google Maps, as well as to a host of third party apps. An optical display sits above the right eye, with a 640x380 resolution, and is the equivalent to a 25-inch HDTV sitting just 8 feet away.

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Arabella Hotel & Spa named Best Spa 2014 Arabella Hotel & Spa has been named Best Spa 2014 in the highly competitive Hotel Spa category by Les Nouvelles Estetiques South Africa in association with Les Nouvelles Esthetiques Paris, a publication “dedicated to the world of spas, well-being and beauty and encompasses all aspects of the spa industry including skincare, bodycare, nails, make-up, haircare, spa therapies and business management”. The hotel received the accolade at the 10th annual Spa Awards that were held as part of The Les Nouvelles Esthetiques Spa Conference 2014, which was held in Johannesburg. Dr Nadine de Freitas, Managing Editor, Les Nouvelles Esthetiques, South Africa, is quoted as saying: “Spas offer a precious refuge from a frenzied lifestyle. A time and place to relax and disconnect from the world as you recharge your mind, body and spirit, and an opportunity to bring your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual selves back into alignment.”

“That atmosphere of absolute relaxation in beautiful surroundings, coupled with superbly trained beauty and therapy staff, is what has led to this award. The quality of the spa matches that of the hotel and it is a credit to the African Pride Hotels brand.” The Arabella Hotel Spa offers a range of treatments, including the signature African Rainforest Experience, which has received worldwide acclaim. The Arabella Hotel & Spa is situated just over an hour's drive from Cape Town on the outskirts of South Africa’s whale-watching capital, Hermanus. Southern Right whales spend approximately six months of the year on the southern African coast (May to November) and Hermanus is arguably the world’s best land-based whale watching location. The area is also famous for Great White Shark cage diving, and for its pristine fynbos in the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve.

Amarula winning third international gold Amarula Cream has won its third international gold medal for excellence this year, awarded by the International Wine & Spirit Competition (IWSC) in London. The latest coup follows golds clinched in Europe at Concours Mondial in Brussels and in the US at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition. The IWSC panellist’s taste entries blind and as the organisers put it: "They use the Olympic principle of awarding medals so that only the highest quality entries are awarded, and they do not give medals away.

Although the price point will exclude the vast majority of South African consumers, Takealot Co-CEO Willem Van Biljon says, “We expect to sell the product to a highly engaged niche of technologists who will jump at the opportunity to be the first in the market to own Google Glass.” To support the launch Takealot created a video showcasing the life of a Takealot order shot through the lens of Google Glass. “We created a fun and engaging video which illustrates some of the features of Google Glass, while at the same time showcasing the lengths a takalot.com delivery man goes to in order to ensure that the customer gets their parcel on time, which is what Takelot is all about”, says takealot.com CMO Declan Hollywood. Google Glass was awarded the “Best Invention of The Year 2012” by Time magazine and is available on takealot. com for R26 999. For more information visit www.takealot.com

"Amarula Cream's newly released sibling, Amarula Gold, a clear golden spirit with a 30% alcohol by volume, that's made for mixing, did not escape unnoticed by the IWSC panel of global industry experts. It won a silver outstanding medal in its international competition debut in London. To achieve this A+ rating, entries must score between 86% and 90%. Launched first in South Africa earlier this year, Amarula Gold is also available in selected duty-free markets worldwide. Both Amarula Cream and Amarula Gold are made from wild-harvested marula fruit. Amarula Cream, launched in 1989, celebrates its 25th birthday this spring.

FNB Wines2Whales Welcomes Amped as Portable Power Partner Amped Portable Power has teamed up with FNB Wines2Whales (W2W) as the official Portable Power Partner of one of South Africa’s premier three-daystage mountain bike (MTB) events. Launched in November 2013, Amped has a range of portable power units that recharge USB devices such as smartphones, GPS tracking units, lights, MP3 players, action cameras, tablets and more. “We are very excited to welcome Amped as an official partner to the FNB W2W,” says Michael Meyer, FNB W2W MTB Director. “As the organizers of the FNB W2W we’re continuously striving to improve the rider experience at each of the three events. Amped will provide a fantastic service to all riders taking part in 2014. They will be able to stay in contact with their loved ones while taking on the FNB W2W MTB Challenge. Our team can also stay connected for longer while out on route.” “Access to power is one of the major rider needs on events,” says Rob Wright, a keen mountain biker and Founder of Amped Portable Power. “Communication at the event is imperative to everyone, from riders to the event crew. Race villages are inundated with demands to charge phones, GPS devices, cameras etc.

Amped provides the power to stay in touch with work, friends and family”. “It’s great to be associated with one of South Africa's leading mountain bike events,” continues Wright. “We’re looking forward to interacting with thousands of riders, sponsors and crew. Expect a hands-on product experience and the ability to recharge all of your technology on the go”. Amped will have a number of special offers for riders taking on the 2014 FNB W2W MTB events, including 300 limited edition FNB W2W MTB branded Carbon 6’s. For more information visit www.amped.co.za

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Official launch

Beat the Pressure

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Sitari Country Estate, set to become a trail-blazing R4 billion new suburb in the Helderberg basin, was officially launched at an event held recently at Waterkloof Estate. Set between the N2 and the R102, neighbouring Croyden Olive Estate, full details of Sitari were kept under wraps until the official VIP launch event. Master of Ceremonies, popular radio personality Ryan O’Connor of Kfm 94.5, told an array of invited guests from the financial, architectural and property-related industry what was on offer and what will be included in this unprecedented lifestyle offering.

South Africans have one of the highest rates of hypertension worldwide. During Heart Awareness Month the Heart and Stroke Foundation SA (HSF) is encouraging South Africans to “Beat the pressure and get tested” by offering free blood pressure tests to the public.

Uvest Property Group are the property developers of Sitari Country Estate, and the launch sees the first phase of sales opening. Says John Coetzee, one of the Executive Directors of Uvest, who has been meticulously planning various aspects of this unique development for over three years:

When’s the last time you’re blood pressure got tested? People don’t usually show any signs or symptoms and once they realise that they have high blood pressure, it is often too late. In fact, one in three South African adults, 15 years or older has hypertension. The majority of them are unaware that they have the condition. High blood pressure is the leading cause of heart disease and strokes, with statistics showing that there are about 130 heart attacks and 240 strokes daily in South Africa. This year, to celebrate Heart Awareness Month, the HSF has arranged free blood pressure tests for the public at Clicks Clinics, nationwide, and is encouraging South Africans to “Beat the pressure. Get tested”.

“First phase sales officially started on 1 August 2014, and since then we have been selling at an average rate of two to three properties per day. Our on-site sales centre officially opened on 16 August, where clients will be able to view our largescale estate model and engage with our sales professionals in a high degree of comfort. There are three types of products on offer at Sitari Country Estate: Country Plots, Village Homes and Luxury Apartments. We have just released Country Plots as well as our first sectional title apartment complex, The Grand Olive, to the public.” The Country Plots are the quintessential option for larger families, and offer the freedom to choose your own architect and builder from an accredited panel. The Grand Olive luxury apartment complex will consist of 69 units, which range from large studios of 53 m2 to two bedroom, two bathroom apartments of 83 m2 and three bedroom, two bathroom units of 122 m2. All apartments feature top of the range fittings and finishes selected by Uvest’s interior design firm. Sitari Country Estate is set on 192 hectares, and is one of the last private accesscontrolled estates that will be built within the Western Cape. It is a country estate in the truest sense of the word, and residents are set to enjoy a combination of orchards, trees, vineyards, olives, parks and herb gardens matched with contemporary rural architectural design. Details released at the launch include the fact that it will include an inspiring main gatehouse and office; an unparalleled 24/7 security solution; Country Clubhouse with restaurant, kids’ play zone, pool and day spa; revolutionary CrossfitTRF gym; a 22-hectare wetland with timber decks and bird hides; various play parks as well as a central park spine with windmill, gardens and water features; a 14 km cycle and running route; a Curro Castle (crèche) and Curro School (junior and high) catering for over 2000 children from 3 months to high school; as well as a shopping centre, retirement village and medical centre. Power Construction has already commenced with civil works and the first registrations are expected in mid-2015. The development construction is set to roll out over the next seven years, and once complete there will be a total of 3150 residential units with the coveted address of Sitari Country Estate. For more information visit www.sitari.co.za

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Along with urging South Africans to get tested, the HSF is also encouraging South Africans to lower their salt intake by following simple steps, like adding less salt to their food when cooking, tasting their food before they add salt and adding less salt to their food at the table. “South Africans eat far too much salt, more than double the recommended daily allowance,” says Dr Vash Mungal-Singh, CEO of Heart and Stroke Foundation SA. Encouraging South Africans to lower their salt intake is important but first we need to educate them about the dangers

of a high salt diet and that’s where Salt Watch steps in. The HSF has been mandated as the implementing body of the Salt Watch campaign, a national public awareness and education campaign to encourage South Africans to reduce their salt intake.

Fortunately, in 2013 the Minister of Health signed legislation to make salt reduction in the food industry mandatory, helping to achieve the government’s target to reduce salt intake to less than 5 g a day by 2020. This makes South Africa the first country globally to legislate salt levels to help reduce the amount of salt that the public takes in from processed foods. Take your health into your hands from today by going for a free blood pressure test and lowering your salt intake. Book an appointment at any Clicks Clinic for a FREE blood pressure test during the month of September. Call 0860 254 257 to book an appointment. For more information about heart health, contact the Heart and Stroke Health Line on 0860 1 HEART (43278).

Land Rehabilitation

to Mitigate the Onslaught of Winter Rains The luxury golf and country estate, Pearl Valley, will realise many benefits, not just for itself, but also for the surrounding communities. These include absorption of the impact of climate change and urbanisation, protection of aquatic environments from excessive sedimentation, an improvement in water quality, increased biodiversity, increases in leisure space for water sports, and increases in neighbouring property values. Situated in the picturesque Berg River Valley between Paarl and Franschhoek, Pearl Valley Golf & Country Estate has commenced its largest land rehabilitation programme to date. In partnership with the Western Cape Government’s Berg River Improvement Plan, which ‘aims to change the lives of people through the implementation of simple interventions in the Berg River Catchment’, Pearl Valley Golf & Country Estate is investing more than a quarter of a million rand to clear large swathes of alien vegetation from along its 800metre river front. This includes the invasive Port Jackson (Acacia saligna) and Blue Gum (Eucalyptus). These will be replaced with endemic indigenous species, ultimately improving water quality in the Berg River. As recently as early July this year, the Western Cape witnessed record rainfall and flooding across the province. Disaster Management Teams were deployed to manage the fallout amongst people living in low-lying areas, which are particularly vulnerable to flooding. The rehabilitation programme at Pearl Valley will, over a 12-month period, see provincial government supply, plant and grow indigenous seeds and cuttings harvested from the Berg River area and grown at the Kluitjieskraal Nursery. Pearl Valley nursery will also act as a satellite nursery ensuring sustainable rehabilitation along the Berg River. This follows last year’s planting of Water Oaks (Quercas nigra), Agapanthus and fynbos along the estate’s entrance, after veld fires had destroyed the main irrigation pipeline and major sections of the foliage along the entrance road.


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Cotton On to hit the shores of Cape Town In a move set to excite the people of South Africa, leading Australian retail brand, Cotton On, has recently opened its doors at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town.

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“Diamonds are a girl’s best friend” The Sunflower Fund in association with Pampoenkraal and Miglio Jewellery will be hosting a ladies Denim and Diamonds luncheon on 5 September at Pampoenkraal, Durbanville.

At 1500 square metres, the new Cotton On store is the largest in the Western Cape and offers collections from Cotton On, Cotton On Body, Free and Rubi Shoes. The stable of Cotton On Group brands delivers on-trend basics and fun, affordable fashion which South Africans have come to know and love. Since opening their first store in 1991 in Australia, the Cotton On Group has been rapidly growing with no plans to slow down. Now with over 1300 stores in 17 countries, the Cotton On Group maintains its commitment to reach more people across the globe. The Australian retail giant has been operating in South Africa since 2011 and has opened over 90 stores nationwide. Free by Cotton On, which launched in South Africa in 2013, is also available at the new V&A store catering to the free-spirited, independent minded boys and girls (9-14 yrs) who have outgrown the kids range and are too young for adults, but want to wear a brand that allows them to express their individuality and have fun with their fashion. Free by Cotton On makes it easier for South African parents who struggle to make a transition from Cotton On Kids to finding a brand that they feel is appropriate for their “tweens” to wear.

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In extension and celebration of women’s month ladies are invited to a lovely day of pampering and fun in support of a worthy cause. Ladies are encouraged to dress in their best Denims and Diamonds. Fabulous goodie bags, raffle prizes, silent jewellery auction, pamper packages, pop-up shopping and a glass of bubbly will be served on arrival. A fantastic line up of amazing guest speakers talking about “A man is not a financial plan” and Miglio giving exciting accessory tips. All proceeds generated from this event will be used to pay for the tissue typing of potential bone marrow stem cell donors to increase the Bone Marrow Registry of South Africa in turn giving patients suffering with leukemia and other life threatening blood disorders the hope of finding their 1:100 000 donor match. For more information contact 021 701 0661

Focussing on building a progressive future, the Group’s philanthropic arm, the Cotton On Foundation, has funded projects to the value of and provides opportunities in education, healthcare, infrastructure and sustainability, all with the aim of ending global poverty. Their recent partnership with the Nelson Mandela Foundation is indicative of their commitment to the South African community, where they will generate funds with the aim of reaching 5000 children through the sale of Foundation products in Cotton On stores nationwide. For more information visit www.cottonon.com

Franschhoek Uncorked Festival Get into the swing of spring and sample superb wines at this year’s Franschhoek Uncorked Festival, over the weekend of 27 and 28 September. Wineries in and around the Valley will be putting out the stops showcasing limited releases wines and possibly a new release (or two). Don’t miss out on the wine specials either, valid for the weekend only. The perfect excuse to stock up on your wine collection as you travel from farm to farm. Choose to stop and sample wines or take in the entertainment and activities on offer at some of the farms. Look forward to cellar and vineyard tours, food and wine pairings, art exhibitions and live entertainment. For more information visit www.franschhoekuncorked.co.za


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The art of a Sculptor Even though he planned on doing a Masters in Architecture after obtaining a B.Arch degree, practicing architecture never materialized. As the scales of economy were not in his favour prior to being permitted to enrol as a student in M.Arch, it was required practice that he gained two years practical experience. The world at that time was gripped in a recession, therefore Vincent decided to set forth his passion for sculpting. As an artist Vincent reflects a very analytical way of producing bronzes, yet the ferocity and grace in which he produces the art is intuitive. Wildlife sculptures captured his imagination and to his surprise the wild nature of the horse demanded exploring and drew his attention; which became another form of expression. Meticulously planning and gently stripping away the perception of the horse, he echoed the raw nature of the horse in the way expressed in his wildlife works. Looking back over the period of sculpting while studying architecture, Vincent reveals that while focused on studying architecture it took up most of his thought and every moment of his time, and when the holidays came he felt such an intense release being able to sculpt.

Through the eyes of a sculptor, Vincent Da Silva sees movement, and brings to life bronzes of distinction. His attention was drawn by the inherit movement and grace of animals, particularly the cat. Vincent explored the subject matter, and developed an understanding of the anatomy of the cat as well as other animals in general. As a child, Vincent grew up in Johannesburg and at the age of 7 the family moved to Cape Town. His uncle, an architect, inspired him to study Architecture. However, as a scholar, Vincent discovered that he had a natural affinity for art.

From the moment he disassociated himself from architecture and engaged in sculpting full time, he discovered that the sculptures he produced were in his own opinion of a far better and more mature making, breaking different boundaries, and creating different ways, leaving him time to sit with one piece as opposed to trying to complete work within the limited time during his varsity holidays.

While in High School Vincent made a sculpture and the teacher advised him to have it bronzed. Having never heard of “bronze”, Vincent set off to a foundry. During school holidays he came to understand all that there is to know on bronze and how bronzes are produced. He took his savings and invested it in casting his first two bronzes. These two bronzes were displayed at the Bordeaux Gallery in Franschhoek, and were promptly sold. Vincent competed during 2007, his final year in high school, in the PPC Young Sculptors Competition and became an exhibited finalist. He then decided to continue sculpting, and slowly built up his portfolio. It was in 2009, after having completed his first year as a student in Architecture at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth, that Vincent opened his Gallery in Church Street, Stellenbosch. Notwithstanding the responsibilities with regard to his studies, he still continued his art in sculpting, and produced work for the Gallery.

Vincent has moved his studio four times in his quest to finding the best suited space. To him the studio is where everything begins. It is this space in which he can sit, reflect, and even think about things related to creating sculptures. Art is never finished, there is no end to sculpting, it is a constant need from within to create and make something. He believes that sculpting is not some form of art that he wishes to end, but rather, he sees himself sculpting until his old age. Vincent says, “When I started sculpting full time, I realized that my work has some inherent sense of movement. The subject is actually a secondary aspect to the movement.” “So initially I sculpt a pose, a mood, or like some form of shape, and I find a subject that will only add to expressing that sense of movement. That is why I chose the cats simply because the cat inherently reflects a lot of movement a very expressive animal.” Larger commissions came his way, and a larger than life herd of Rhims Gazelle, a rare endangered animal native to the Middle East, saw the light. More recently a life sized white rhino was also commissioned for a South African client. Freedom of expression to Vincent is bringing the art of sculpting back to the simplest most honest way of understanding. He prefers not to complicate things, neither to explain his work, nor name his works. Art should speak for itself. As part of a summer exhibition you can view his sculpture of a life sized horse at the entrance gate of Erinvale Hotel & Spa in Somerset West. For more information visit www.vincentdasilva.com or visit the gallery in Church Street, Stellenbosch


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Cuisine at Upmarket Steakhouse - "Big Easy" THE CHEF As Chef, Jean-Pierre Lopion grew up in a family of cooks and enjoyed it so much that while at high school his friends would put all their money together and purchased the required ingredients in order that he may cook lunch for them. He decided to follow a career in culinary art, completed a chef course and achieved distinction in all three years of the advanced course. Jean-Pierre worked in various restaurants in Stellenbosch and Cape Town, and finally took up the position as Executive Chef and General Manager of The Big Easy Restaurant & Wine Bar. Jean Pierre says, “My thinking behind food is that it should be traditional, yet perfect. I would rather add fewer ingredients and amplify the flavours.” He enjoys positive response on dishes prepared especially when guests say, “This is what it is supposed to taste like.” He also believes that changing dishes, which include the likes of Soup, Gnocchi, Line Fish, Chicken Fillets, Cheesecake, the Els Platter, and Big on Chocolate Platter, on a weekly or even a daily basis is the reason for guests’ continuous return.

SERVING EXCELLENT FOOD A gem in the heart of Stellenbosch is the Historical National Monument, La Gratitude built by the Rev. Meent Borcherds, the parson in Stellenbosch from 1786 to 1830.

In a relaxed atmosphere of the Wine Estate Room our gastronomic experience began. As a starter, we enjoyed the roasted vegetable soup prepared from fresh vegetables and herbs, served with a toasted herbed bruschetta.

Today, La Gratitude, also known as “The Grand Old Lady” is home to Big Easy Restaurant & Wine Bar, the Ernie Els Signature Restaurant. It reflects a blend of Cape Dutch, Georgian and Victorian architecture, tastefully styled and decorated in an eclectic collection of art and rich fabrics with various rooms to accommodate all type of diners. “Each area has a different theme” says Jean Engelbrecht, one of the five owners of the restaurant.

Another favourite starter dish on the Menu was the Venison Carpaccio thinly sliced kudu loin, served with a port-wine reduction, Parmesan shavings and balsamic caramelized red onions. For fish lovers the Cured Norwegian Salmon Carpaccio served with crème fraîche and guacamole is a winner.

The Restaurant was established in December 2008 lending Ernie’s nickname “Big Easy” as the name of the Restaurant. One of the rooms, “The Golf Estate Room” displays Ernie’s favourite golf courses while the other “Ernie’s Bar” displays his trophies and memorabilia. It also features Johan Rupert’s “Karoo Room” decorated with pictures reflecting Johan Rupert’s love of the Karoo, inclusive of a beautiful painting of the Karoo desert.

The Braised lamb shank as mains, was an excellent choice. According to the chef the lamb shank was slow roasted for hours before being braised in red wine, fresh garlic and herbs, served with roasted garlic and fresh herb creamed potatoes, and flavourful julienne vegetables.

The “La Gratitude Private Dining Room” is surrounded by photos of the historic building while the Barista, also known as “The Glass Room” is decorated with wine bottles of the owners and pictures of their vineyards.

Another delicious item on the Menu is the Grilled King Prawns served with a special savoury rice, side salad and béarnaise sauce. Most popular dishes requested include the Ostrich Fillet and Venison Loin.

The “Wine Estate Room” has a touch of elegance with a heartening fireplace and photos of the different vineyards and wine estates of the Big Easy Restaurant & Wine Bar owners; not to mention that Sport lovers can enjoy a glass of wine at Ernie’s Bar surrounded by his golfing photos and a Big Screen. To the alfresco diner, the Dylan Lewis is the most popular area in summer, with outside tables fully covered by umbrellas and surrounded by oak trees.

A meal at Big Easy is not concluded before indulging in the mouth-watering desserts on offer. The classic Crème Brule finished off with a caramel brittle to create contrasting textures of being smooth yet crunchy, is a true favourite at Big Easy. The perfect way to end off a wonderful “Big Easy” dining experience is to indulge in the “Or Els Platter” combination of three - a French white chocolate and caramel cheesecake, a tequila sunrise sorbet and berry bavarois topped with a berry coulis, accompanied by Jean Engelbrecht’s dessert wine from Donkiesbaai, called “Hooiwyn.” What a winning combination!

PARTNERS PAR EXCELLENCE Patrons can enjoy wines from the cellars of Big Easy owners, Jean Engelbrecht of Rust en Vrede, Guardian Peak Wines, and Donkiesbaai; Johann Rupert of L’Ormarins, Anthonij Rupert Wines, and Protea; Paul Harris of Audacia; and Ernie Els of Ernie Els Wines. Jean Engelbrecht was influential in putting the impressive wine list, a variety of more than 170 wines, together. Giuseppe Ciucci, the fifth partner of Big Easy, supplies the restaurant with olive oil from his Villa di Buona Speranza at Lucca in Italy. The olive oil is especially imported for Big Easy. The Courtyard and Garden areas are two additional outside areas with umbrellas and water features. The Big Easy is all about serving great food and fantastic wine in a relaxed setting. Guests can choose between fine dining in a private area, wine pairing in a grand room, or a light lunch outdoors. To Ernie dining means the inclusion of the “Big Easy Beef Burger” which he insisted on having on the menu, followed by the “Big Easy Seasonal Salad” as well as the “Or Els Platter” which reflects a combination of three desserts on one single plate.

The Newspaper can highly recommend the cuisine at this upmarket Steakhouse, tastefully prepared with an emphasis on using the finest, freshest ingredients to produce world-class food. Meals are reasonably priced when compared with dishes at other Restaurants. Big Easy is open for breakfast from 07h30 - 11h00, Lunch from 12h00 - 15h00, and Dinner from 18h00 22h00. Tappas is served from 11h00 - 1200, and from 15h00 - 18h00. It is recommended to book in advance to avoid disappointment. For more information contact 021 887 3462 or visit www.thebigeasyrestaurant.co.za


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GETTING MARRIED

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Planning Your Special Day During The Newspaper’s recent visit to Celeste Potgieter, of Celeste Styled Events she said, “In another life I may very well have been a story writer.” When prompted the reason behind her statement it becomes obvious – “I believe in the story that makes life worth living, and in the happy ending we all work towards reaching.” Celeste operates an Event planning, coordination and styling company. Her business stretches throughout most of the Western and Southern Cape which allows her company the opportunity to not only cover a diverse segment of the wedding market, but also to adapt to the different needs of her clients – taking the nitty-gritty out of an industry that has grown exponentially in the last few years – and making the essence of the day a reality. She had the privilege of working in the wedding and event industry for the past 7 years. In January of 2013 she took a leap of faith and started her own company offering boutique planning service to brides. She offers a one-on-one service to all her clients thereby creating the opportunity to build up a personal relationship with them. In essence she understands every element of their dream and can ensure no details of what was discussed will go amiss. Very often they become close friends, and she is blessed to still be in contact with some of her very first clients. She is able to share in their joys, memories, and play a role in creating them.

Celeste is blessed with incredible patience and very good listening skills. She guides her clients in talking comfortably about what they see in their big day without taking charge and interpreting her own vision, and therefore put in every effort that the day be a reflection of who her clients are from beginning to end. She points out that “One cannot do this job without your clients being able to trust you.”

The Wedding Planner Experience has taught Celeste that the average bride does not even know where to begin with her planning. Media has bombarded the bride to be with so called “tools” to assist in the process, but these are very often contradictive of each other and merely used as additive marketing material to drive sales. These “tools” are not constructively planned out, or put together, nor come with the need-know to equip a bride with knowledge able to tick off from those tick lists.

The Wedding Planner guides the bride towards making informed decisions, at the right price, and in line with the overall theme that is being worked towards. It “sieves” between the numerous options on offer and showcases a portfolio that is actually directly in line with what the clients initially wanted.

The Make-up Artist The Newspaper’s recent visited to Marlize Louw revealed that she is an accomplished professional Makeup Artist, who specializes in, and has a passion for, Bridal Makeup. She started her career in the Overberg and, apart from the occasional visit; she is now based in the Durbanville Winelands. She also does make up for Engagement shoots, Pregnancy shoots, Fashion shoots, Matric Dances or any other special occasion. Her love for makeup and her keen eye for the arts and beauty become visible in everything she touches and is the essence which makes her work truly unique. Her industry experience and exposure has allowed her to develop her own signature style and along with her appreciation for everything natural, she truly believes in enhancing each client’s beautiful features.

Photo Credit - Ronel Kruger Photography

Having a background in Photography gives her the exceptional ability of creating that ‘perfect look’ every time. Being Internationally certified has allowed her the opportunity to enjoy the audience of industry leaders and she has even enhanced her own personal portfolio through working for a well-known, and world renowned cosmetic brand. Her repertoire also includes Hair and Lash Extensions. Apart from being featured on various beauty blogs and TV Shows, her journey has also included being part of many red carpet events.

Most elements with regards to wedding planning occur behind the scenes – drafting, conceptualizing, sourcing, budgeting, negotiating, comparing and presenting. What the bride actually see is the tip of the iceberg. With most brides working on a full time basis, and also with most couples having to pay or contribute to their own wedding, it would make sense to have a wedding planner that is objective to assist the bride in making the right decisions and at feasible quotations. For more information call 082 393 1239 or hello@celestestyledevents.co.za www.celesestyledevents.co.za

Being next to, and in front of the camera of some of the best photographers in the industry, has given her the ability to capture those special elements that are essential for any memorable event. What makes her different is that she honestly enjoys what she does. She always goes the extra mile and will travel to any event and stay until the last touch-up has been done. One thing is guaranteed; she’ll immediately put you at ease, so that every second will be filled with fun and laughter. For more information call 084 470 5555 or marlize.louw@gmail.com


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The Sounds of Music What is a wedding without a DJ? Music is the foundation of success when working with the best service providers to deliver on what they are contributing towards the event. The Newspaper visited Riaan Geldenhys owner of Cape DJ’s recently. He says, "This company was born from a love of music, becoming an award winning DJ Company.” They have proven to be one of the best in the entertainment and events industry. Cape DJ's is one of Cape Town’s most experienced and popular DJ’s with over 20 successful and happy years in the industry. They refined their skills by offering a professional and personalized service to the public.

Photo Credit - Lindy K Photography

Cape DJ's forte is specializing in weddings celebrations, birthday parties and corporate functions, but has also been involved in fashion shows, product launches and outdoor events. They have achieved top honours by winning the annual ABIA (Africa Bridal Industry Academy) Gold Award three times, as the best wedding DJ Company in the Western Cape. These Awards recognize and reward the best suppliers in the bridal industry as voted by bridal couples. Cape DJ’s is also accredited and licensed with SAMRO, the South African Music Rights Organization, and SAMPRA, the South African Music Performance Rights Association, making them 100% legal operators in the industry, preventing any unnecessary legal issues at events when they perform. Cape DJ's provide a professional service at all times, by regularly updating their music collection, spanning across all types of music genres and thousands of songs. This in return enables them to cater for any age group or function. The audio and lighting equipment used is unobtrusive and state of the art, ensuring quality reliable sound, also available is a colourful lighting display. For more information call 083 255 4026 or info@capedjs.co.za, www.capedjs.co.za

The Venue

The Smart Choice

Legend has it that tying the knot where two rivers meet blesses the union with abundant happiness and prosperity. Holden Manz wine estate in the heart of Franschhoek, offers couples the chance to make legend a reality and declare their promises of love under the ancient oak trees at the convergence of the Franschhoek and Stony Brook rivers. At Holden Manz, your dreams of wedded bliss will be realized with a team of professionals who are there to make your day an unforgettable one. With its striking backdrop of mountains and vineyards, to the world-class food and wine from the estate restaurant, Franschhoek Kitchen run by talented chef Julia Hattingh, Holden Manz epitomizes the charm and beauty of a winelands wedding. After the “I Dos”, guests can retire to the gardens of the guesthouse to sip on champagne and tempt their taste buds with Chef Julia’s delicious canapés. From there it is a short stroll along the river, or through the vineyards, to the sensational Franschhoek Kitchen, which is used exclusively for the special night. The bride and groom can complete their magical evening by returning to the 5 star Manor house to experience personalised service from the guesthouse staff.

Photo Credit - Artifex Creative Photography

What may seem to be a tent to The Newspaper during their visit to Andy Hawes, co-owner of Cape Tents, became the perfect venue solution for any exclusive outdoor wedding event. Their range of high quality stretch Bedouin tents add pizazz and elegance, while protecting guests from the elements. Their product is practical, yet also modern, flexible and aesthetically pleasing. With over 20 years experience in the events industry, this passionate and energetic duo of business owners pay attention to detail and have hands on management style, overseeing every setup personally. Bedouin tents are waterproof, fire retardant and UV resistant, and can be set up on different surface types as well as in various configurations to accommodate the bride’s specific needs. Their products comply with South African fire standards and they provide structural certification to comply with council regulations, thus making them safe for any kind of event, providing total peace of mind.

Holden Manz will always go out of their way to make the experience as stress free and memorable as possible which is why the staff are happy to help couples plan the wedding from the word go. Let the dedicated team assist you and remove the pressures of creating this unique experience from inception to the moment guests are happily tucked up in their suite or have been delivered to the country house of their choice in Franschhoek. For enquiries or bookings please contact: 021 876 2738 or visit www.holdenmanz.com

In addition to the above mentioned services Cape Tents are also able to assist with the following event services which include the likes of ambient mood lighting, DJ’s, dance floors and outdoor heaters to keep the chill away on those winters’ nights. Be different and hire their eye-catching stretch Bedouin tent to host your wedding event, not to mention other special events. Cape Tents would love to be part of creating and implementing your vision. For more information call 072 764 6226 or info@capetents.co.za, www.capetents.co.za

The Photographer Hidden among the many wedding photographers in the Western Cape is a little gem. Lindy K Photography has silently crept up in the ranks, and has brought her own touch and style of romantic wedding photography. The Newspaper paid her a visit and was pleasantly inspired by the work displayed in her portfolio. Her eye, through the lens of her camera, captures the moments any bride would wish for. For more information call 072 2422 722 or info@lindyphotography.co.za, www.lindyphotography.co.za

Photo Credit - Lindy K Photography

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FOOD

FIRST OFFICIAL BRAAI DAY SINCE 1927 Heritage Day, 24 September is celebrated in South Africa as National Braai Day. On this day De Nieuwe Rodenburg's Butchery & Deli will be hosting a braai at the same building 87 years later! De Nieuwe Rodenburg's Butchery & Deli invites you to attend their first official ‘Braai Day’. The new owners are proud to be blessed with a history of 87 years Butchery-trading. Even Gavin Hapgood-Strickland, having worked at the Rodenburg's Butchery on Saturdays and during the Christmas holidays from 1993 to 1996, was pleasantly surprised at the upgrading, and product quality.

Assorted Ready to Braai Meat

Photo's Credit: Junita Rossouw

Popular Roasts - Ideal for Family Dinner

By pure co-incidence Gavin decided to visit the butchery one Saturday morning, only to find his former employer Louisa Rodenburg visiting the new owners. Many other old customers arrived the same day at the Butchery, and all were pleasantly surprised to find Louisa and the new owners in conversation with Gavin, the former cashier. Louisa sold the butchery in 2003 after taking ill. Eleven years later the Butchery once again changed hands, and to Louisa the change has re-called wonderful memories. She sees the Butchery excel upon the foundation secured by her and her late husband, Pieter - a foundation that will extend beyond her own imagination. Even The Newspaper has now become a favourite supporter of De Nieuwe Rodenburg's Butchery & Deli. The butchery has proved beyond doubt their credibility, they serve the customers professionally, and they are able to ensure that all customers, whoever they may be, receive the best service, as well as offered the best in quality.

Hijke Yoghurt @ Vernuft The need for natural healthy food without unnecessary additives resulted in the founding of Hijke Yoghurt 14 years ago when Hester Hoogendijk started making her yoghurt by hanging cultured milk in cloth to drain the whey.

zero carbohydrates, and also children, because the nutrients are highly concentrated.

The popularity of Hijke yoghurt increased and the draining in cloth could not meet the demand. Hester’s sons, Gus and Christiaan, then designed and built the Hijke factory.

The double thick which is only available at Vernuft Deli, has a higher protein content and the fat content is between 2 and 3%, and all the other nutrients such as sodium and calcium are higher than that of the fruit flavoured and natural low fat yoghurts.

They developed the manufacturing process, designed the layout, sourced all the equipment which could be sourced, and built all the equipment which they required. The manufacturing and cleaning processes are controlled from a touchscreen computer. Any process started may not be interrupted by power outages, hence the power supply is via a UPS and the incoming power is backed up by a diesel generator. Yoghurt produced by Hijke has no additives, however, the cloth separation is replaced by computer controlled extraction of the water from the milk prior to incubation. Plain Hijke yoghurt contains no carbohydrates, no sugar and no thickeners. All the nutrients are concentrated because the yield from 100 litres of milk is 50 litres of yoghurt. It is a low fat yoghurt available at various retail outlets and at Vernuft Deli at The Woodmill, Stellenbosch, they also have a double thick natural yoghurt. Hijke yoghurt is especially suitable for diabetics, persons on

Hijke fruit yoghurt contains 5,7% protein and the fruit concentrate is produced to meet Hijke requirements.

Saturday Sports Snacks - Biltong & Droëwors

De Nieuwe Rodenburg's Butchery & Deli For more information contact 021 853 6320 or visit 43 Wesley Street, Strand

Protection of Rooibos could boost economic growth

The recent ruling to protect the rooibos trademark under Geographical Indicators (GI) framework of South Africa’s intellectual property (IP) laws is a major step in protecting South African products and promoting economic growth and competitiveness. The reciprocal agreement between South Africa and the European Union sees South Africa’s rooibos and the EU’s feta cheese get GI protection and gives rooibos producers ownership and authority over the name. “Governments have an obligation to protect their nations’ assets and the Department of Trade and Industry’s (Dti) efforts in securing GI for rooibos could provide real impetus for other intrinsically local products, says De Villiers. “By rights, a GI for rooibos should be a fairly simple undertaking. It’s grown in a very specific and limited part of the Western Cape and nowhere else in the world. “So an attempt, for example, by the French company Compagnie de Trucy to register rooibos as French was mischievous, to say the least. We were delighted that the Trade and Industry Minister, Mr Rob Davies scrutinised the issue from all angles and then acted boldly.” Gazetting a proposal to protect rooibos and names such as Rooibosch, Rooibostee, Rooitee and Red Bush under the Merchandise Marks Act now protects this globally unique product under domestic law. This enables the Dti to seek international protection usiWIPO (World Intellectual Property Organisation), explains De Villiers.

Vernuft was born from a dream of Hester, Kari (daughter-in-law) and Eleonor (daughter) who wanted to combine their skills in cheese, yoghurt and wines which they make being available to the public; to offer healthy products to those who are concerned with food quality and to give advice to their clients regarding healthy food and drink. For more information contact 021 882 8573

“This could help set a precedent for the protection of other products from a specific, localised area, such as tea and Karoo lamb. GI’s are used to protect products specific to a region, which is why champagne may only be labelled as such if it comes from the Champagne area of France, and Darjeeling tea from a specific area of India, and Colombian Coffee from Colombia. Other crucial benefits include rooibos’ use as a powerful tool for promoting regional tourism and for protecting the biodiversity of the area, which is especially important considering the fynbos region’s fragile ecosystem. It means, in short, that SA’s rooibos tea producer can take ownership of the rooibos name and that name may only be used on products they produce and which are endorsed by them, concludes De Villiers.


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WINEMAKER OF THE MONTH

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Andries de Klerk - Believer in Qualitative Winemaking Driving through the gates at Morgenhof Wine Estate, situated on the slopes of the Simonsberg Mountain, just outside Stellenbosch, visitors encounter a sense of grandeur, an immediate comfortableness, a feeling of dynamic farming in progress, not just a static dry and dusty farm displaying ancient farming equipment. Madame Anne Cointreau was the first French person to invest in the pre-democratic South African Wine Industry in 1993, having recognized and celebrated the new direction taken by leaders in South Africa. She took a once barelyknown farm and built it into a successful and respected wine producing estate.

Andries de Klerk Photo Credit: Greg Landman

Cultivars Top of the range is the Morgenhof Estate 2005. It is wine produced from a combination of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, and Cabernet Franc. An interesting character of the Blend is the Merlot harvested from vines in the extent of 25 years. When tasting the Estate Wine it reflects the full ripe flavours of black berries, prune and black cherries which entice you on the nose. These intense flavours follow through to a layered and complex palate with added hints of dark chocolate and mixed spice. The tannins are full ripe and supple.

She approached the “dry land” philosophy as the basis for the Winemaker at Morgenhof to produce quality wines. Today only the very best grapes are harvested. Her philosophy contributes significantly to the excellent classical, elegant style of wine made by the Winemaker, Andries de Klerk. Andries, born in Ficksburg, son of a medical practitioner, decided to study winemaking at Stellenbosch and not to follow in his father’s footsteps to graduate in medicine.

Andries de Klerk concluded his internship at Hamilton Russell Vineyards in the Hemel-en Aarde Valley near Hermanus. For a short period he was the Harvest intern at Jordan Wine Estate, where after he was appointed Red Winemaker for Wellington Co-op, simply because he believes in quality, rather than quantity. He set out to gain experience, and for 3 years travelled the world spending time on wine estates in New Zealand, Australia, Tasmania, and later joined the Kendall Jackson Group in the Russian River Valley located in Sonoma County, California, before he returned to the Western Cape to take up employment at Morgenhof as Winemaker.

Morgenhof Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, being a dark ruby red colour welcomes you to a nose filled with flavours of cassis & dark chocolate. These flavours follow through onto a balanced palate with a hint of spice and a lingering finish. Morgenhof Merlot 2010 is a rich dark ruby coloured wine which lures you to a complex nose full of intense black cherry, mulberry and mixed spices. Its enticing flavours follow through on a supple soft palate. It was kept 18 months in French Oak. The Morgenhof Chenin Blanc 2013 is a wonderful expression of refreshing pear, and citrus flavours, well integrated with French Oak. The wine finishes with a lingering sensation of dried fruit as well as reflecting a soothing creaminess. The Chenin Blanc is harvested from vines of between 44 and 46 years in age. After completing its fermentation process ranging between 14 to 21 days the wine spends 9 months in 225 liter French Oak barrels. Another great success is the Morgenhof Sauvignon Blanc 2014. It is a combination of grapes harvested from vines of between 7 and 31 years in age. The Sauvignon Blanc shows lovely flavours of asparagus and gooseberries which follow through onto a full palate reflecting a crisp fruitfulness as well as a pleasing, lingering aftertaste. During the process of making this extraordinary Sauvignon Blanc it was fermented with 100% commercial yeast strains. The Morgenhof Estate Chardonnay 2013, fermentation took place in Burgundy French Oak barrels and maturation stretched over 10 months in French Oak barrels.

WINEMAKING His winemaking experience while working abroad has paid off. Today he is able to apply his knowledge in support of Anne Cointreau’s philosophy. Andries, as Winemaker believes in qualitative winemaking, and not in the general flow toward the quantitative production of wines - just another reason why The Newspaper selected him as the Winemaker of the Month. To him the French method of maintaining high levels of tannin in the process of winemaking is the secret to success where skin contact, post fermentation contact and barreled in a purposely designed underground octagonal cellar is of utmost importance. These are the elements in winemaking which secure a Winemaker’s claim to fame. As winemaker at Morgenhof he is not pressed for time to release the wines, but rather, believes that the longer the wines are exposed to the French method of winemaking, the more balanced and more rewarding the product will be received by the market. Morgenhof Wines are only released three years after vintage. Andries says, “Since the vineyards at Morgenhof have no irrigation its yields are particularly low. The “dry land” method has an impact on the wines, and blends very well into the way he prefers to make wines. The wines are very concentrated, making the age ability of the wines much better than the average product.”

The nose has flavours of pear, passion fruit and pineapple. These tropical flavours follow through onto a creamy palate with subtle wood integration and a long, lingering finish. The Morgenhof Brut Preserve 2008 is a blend of 60% Chardonnay and 40% Pinot Noir. During its second fermentation process it is kept on lees in bottles for 4 years before it is disgorged. When tasted it provides a biscuity nose with peach and grapefruit flavours. The palate is elegantly fresh with hints of passion fruit which ends in a creamy mouth-feel with a long rich finish.

Buy wine online www.morgenhof.com or join the Morgenhof Wine Club. For more information contact 021 889 5510 or visit Morgenhof Estate for a wine tasting.


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DESIGN & LIVING

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Cape Craft + Design Institute Opens New Headquarters The Cape Craft + Design Institute (CCDI) officially opened its spacious, integrated new premises at 37 Barrack Street in the East City design district of Cape Town. All the organisation’s programmes and activities (including the Product Support Space, an assisted DIY computer-aided design-manufacturing environment) are now housed in a huge 2000m² area. Designers, craft producers and creative entrepreneurs joined CCDI staff and guest of honour Alan Winde, the Western Cape Minister of Economic Opportunities, to view the numerous facilities and check out the wide range of services.

As part of the official opening of the new CCDI space, a new Design Innovation Seed Fund (DISF) was launched as part of the proceedings. The new fund is set to give innovation in the Western Cape a welcome boost, to enable designers, inventors, entrepreneurs and product developers to apply for new DISF grants of up to half a million rands each. Entrepreneurs must match 20% of the funding in cash or in-kind contributions, and apply by 15 September this year.

“The Western Cape is home to a wealth of talented innovators,” said Minister Winde.

The seed fund grants could be used to pay for a large range of activities, said Elk. These include, but are not limited to, developing prototypes, producing market samples, undertaking market research and investigating intellectual property rights.

“Testament to this is that Cape Town was named the World Design Capital for 2014, and one of the world’s most innovative cities by a leading international publication. Our design industry’s contribution to GDP is R13 billion.”

The funding is available to: Western Cape-based early-stage SMEs, entrepreneurs and researchers; students at Western Cape tertiary institutions that do not already have an intellectual property claim to the product or service; and

Photo Left to Right - Rebecca Campbell and Marcela Guerrero of Open Streets in the reception area of the new CCDI headquarters.

Pre-revenue businesses in incubation, or entering incubation, or existing SMEs with new products/innovation that are still pre-revenue. Minister Winde said up to 14 000 jobs could be created through the Design Park (a planned Cape Town hub to test innovations) and the Design Innovation Fund. In addition, there could be more exports of design products and interest from foreign investors. The former CCDI premises at 75 Harrington Street (four floors, including the basement) are now being let to craft enterprises and design studios. For more information visit www.ccdi.org.za

Participate in creative week! Cape Town’s fifth annual expression of crowdsourced creativity, Creative Week Cape Town, is set for Saturday 13 to Sunday 21 September 2014. Creative Week is a celebration of creativity, innovation and culture, set against the backdrop of the Loerie Awards and coordinated by Creative Cape Town, a project of the Cape Town Partnership. Creative Week serves as a platform for expression, involvement and experimentation across genres by all Capetonians. A crowdsourced calendar of events with no entry requirements, the 2014 Creative Week programme is now open for submissions, which can include events, exhibitions, ideas, installations, films, dialogues and gatherings. Creative Week serves as a platform for expression, involvement and experimentation across all communities. Past activities have included public art tours, citizen inspired poetry and yoga in public spaces. Each year Creative Week hinges around a central idea or theme. The 2014 call to action is Start Where You Are. Cape Town Partnership CEO, Bulelwa Makalima-Ngewana says, “The notion of Start Where You Are is a simple statement that encourages people to make a change within their surroundings, without waiting for instruction or the ‘right’ time. To simply start where you are, use what you have, and make what you can holds the ultimate transformative power within our communities and ourselves.”

Creative Week 2013 - Jonx Pillemer for Creative Cape Town

The Start Where You Are theme of this year’s Creative Week echoes the Loerie Awards campaign Create. Affect. As Cape Town lives out its World Design Capital year positioned around design transforming lives, the notion of creativity as a change agent is taking centre stage. Not just for artists and photographers, Creative Week is an opportunity for agents, charities, clubs and educators to harness creative forms of expression to showcase their ideas. Anyone wanting to add their event to the programme is invited to do so. For more information visit www.creativeweekct.co.za

Cape Homemakers Expo Offers Bold, Bright and Individual Ideas The Cape’s trendiest home, décor and lifestyle exhibition, the Cape HOMEMAKERS EXPO, will be taking place from 4 to 7 September 2014 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) in the Mother City. Themed ‘Bold, Bright and Individual’ this year’s HOMEMAKERS EXPO boasts seven exciting feature areas for visitors to engage with specialists and industry leaders in home improvement and design. HOMEMAKERS Expo, in association with Home | Tuis magazines, will once again host the ever-popular DIY Workshop series. Visitors will be given the opportunity to get up close and personal with DIY professionals, who put their personal signature touches to various novel home and décor projects. Celebrate stylish living at inVOGUE – once again showcasing a cameo collection of the latest interior décor trends and ideas. Tantalise your taste buds in d’VINE life, with the most distinctive tastes the Cape has to offer - from the finest boutique wines to delicious cheeses, tapenades and other gourmet goodies. Explore gorgeous homegrown creativity at an ARTISANaffair - the hottest curated collection of unique, handmade craft and design by local artisans and craft entrepreneurs. Now in its second year, alfresco living teems with the most inspiring trends in outdoor living, outdoor spaces and exterior living trends. Think alfresco dining, azure pools, pergolas, designer decks, terraced herb gardens and patio glamour. Turn your dream kitchen into a reality. From kitchen appliances to work surfaces, sinks and taps, the KSA Pavilion will enthuse visitors with the latest in kitchen and functional design. The Design Project 2014 will celebrate South Africa’s most cutting edge and innovative interior, furniture and textile design. For more information visit www.homemakersonline.co.za

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Building hope through art for Stellenbosch learners Ninety Grade 8 and 9 high school learners from communities surrounding Stellenbosch were given the opportunity to explore art and design as more than just a hobby – but a vehicle of hope for their futures when they attended the second annual KickstART programme in Stellenbosch. The KickstART programme, an educational outreach initiative by the Stellenbosch Outdoor Sculpture Trust (SOST), aims to introduce learners to the world of art and design and the income-generating opportunities that exist within the related industries. “KickstART creates a platform for learners to engage with the various forms of art and design, hopefully opening up a whole new world for them. The role of art education is often underestimated, undervalued and reserved for the elite,” explains KickstART Project Manager Tarien Odendal. “Through KickstART we aim to introduce and develop the critical 21st century skills our vulnerable youth desperately need. This year, we hope to stimulate learners’ entrepreneurship, creativity and problem-solving skills.” The programme included an introduction into illustration and a drawing workshop by Rosalind Stockhall and Marike Spangenberg from the Stellenbosch Academy of Design and Photography, an entrepreneurship/vocation workshop by Francois Malherbe from An Unravelling Exploration, and a guided tour of the public outdoor exhibition, Kom Sit, currently on display throughout the Stellenbosch town centre. “KickstART is about equipping learners with skills and inspiring them to follow their passion,” says Michael van Wyk, trustee of the SOST and partner at professional services firm Deloitte, sponsors of KickstART. “In Stellenbosch, where the contrast between the wealthy and disadvantaged is so stark, KickstART acts as a catalyst for bringing people together and effecting social change. There is enormous talent hidden in our communities.”

KickstART learners - Photo Credit: Andrew Brown/Camera Ready

In 2013, five learners were selected to attend PJ Olivier Art Centre in Stellenbosch (until they matriculate) with full bursaries from KickstART and Deloitte. "It has been exciting being part of KickstART,” says Aphiwe Mwezeni, Deloitte KickstART 2013 bursary winner from Kayamandi High School. “I've been exposed to so many new things, and am looking forward to a bright future.” For more information follow KickstART and Kom Sit Stellenbosch on Twitter and Facebook

Impact of Grade R in South Africa limited Government’s Department of Performance Monitoring and Evaluation (DPME) has released a major new study undertaken by ReSEP (Research on Socio-Economic Policy, a research group in the Department of Economics at Stellenbosch University), assisted by some other researchers, on the effect the introduction of Grade R in most schools has had on learning outcomes in subsequent grades. It is widely accepted that early learning programmes are the most appropriate interventions to overcome the disadvantages faced by children from poor home backgrounds. The Report found that children who attend Grade R gain only about the equivalent of 12 days of learning in maths compared to children who do not attend Grade R, and 50 days with regard to home language. While children in the richest two deciles of schools gain more, those in the poorest three quintiles on average do not gain at all. In the light of expectations that Grade R can help to overcome the learning deficits of poor children, the results are discouraging. The authors believe that the differences in impact in rich and poor schools have less to do with Grade R specifically and more with factors such as the capacity of the schools to implement and support and programme of this nature. By creating a major new data set from administrative and test data, the ReSEP researchers were able to statistically estimate the size of the impact of the introduction of Grade R using a fixed effects approach.

KickstART learners - Photo Credit: Andrew Brown/Camera Ready

The workshop by Francois Malherbe aimed to put design into perspective and broaden the world view of the learners. “I teach about entrepreneurship and vocation; the point where your talents and the needs of the world meet. I want to show the learners that their passion can open up career opportunities,” says Malherbe. As part of Deloitte’s sponsorship of the KickstART programme, which the firm has supported since inception, up to three Grade 9 learners will be selected to receive bursaries to help them pursue careers in the creative industries.

The report has been praised for its technical quality and the excellent literature review of the evidence on the value of early learning. In response to the report, the Department of Basic Education (DBE) has held a two day workshop to develop an Improvement Plan that mainly focuses on improving the quality of Grade R. The authors of the report are Van der Berg, Elizabeth Girdwood, Debra Shepherd, Chris van Wyk, John Kruger, Janeli Viljoen, Olivia Ezeobi and Poppie Ntaka. Summary versions of the Report, the full report, as well as the DBE management response to the Report, can be found on the DPME website. For more information contact: 021 808 2239


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LOCALS TO #LOVECAPETOWN WITH A JAM-PACKED SEPTEMBER Cape Town Tourism is shining the spotlight on citizen tourism this September as the city celebrates Tourism Month.

“Every September, we give the people of Cape Town a challenge; go and explore your own back yard, your neighbourhoods, the beautiful place that is Cape Town…and Cape Town Tourism is going to help you do that.”

Says Cape Town Tourism CEO, Enver Duminy; “Despite living in The New York Times’ Number 1 Place to Visit in 2014, Capetonians sometimes neglect to go out and enjoy all the wonderful experiences, new and old, that our city has to offer.”

Locals will have noticed a number of ‘Yellow Frames’ going up at viewing sites around Cape Town; including the V&A Waterfront, Signal Hill, Blouberg and more recently at Look Out Hill in Khayelitsha.

Capetonians to Share and Win

The 2.8m tall by 4m wide frames designed by artist Porky Heffer, are part of a World Design Capital Project to highlight the various perspectives of Table Mountain from viewing spots across Cape Town. Throughout September, Cape Town Tourism will be encouraging members of the public to dress up or create playful interpretations of the framed view with their friends and families, then photograph it and upload it to Cape Town Tourism’s Facebook page I Love Cape Town via the page’s dedicated app. Open to Cape Town residents only, all entries should feature the hashtag #lovecapetown. The best picture will win a deluxe Cape Town experience including a stay at the Twelve Apostles worth more than R20 000. Tune In for More In addition, HeartFM (104.9fm) will be reporting back on some local adventures and giving away tickets for a host of Cape Town experiences between 1 - 4 September. Furthermore; for a roundup of the best things to see and do in Cape Town over Tourism Month and beyond, listen in to SmileFM (90.4fm) on 19 September and 1 October. For more information visit Visit www.capetown.travel for a comprehensive list of Cape Town Tourism’s best things to do in tourism month. Photo Left - New7Wonders at Lookout Hill in Khayelitsha - Photo Credit - Cape Town Tourism

western cape companies scoop innovation Awards Stellenbosch-based Blue Africa Trading has won a SIAL Innovation Award for its rooibos tea packaging while the Western Cape Fine Food Initiative received the top award being the Special Innovation Award on behalf of food producer Munch Bowls (Pty) Ltd for their eco-friendly edible bowls at Asia’s leading food and beverage exhibition, held in Shanghai. Blue Africa Trading, an international export company specializing in wine and tea, won the Innovation award for its new-look, unique tea box. CEO and owner, Mr. Charl Rudman says: “Unlike the usual square tea boxes that we see stacked on retail shelves, this box has a unique round design with a hang slot at the back enabling retailers to display the box by hanging it on the shelf and maximizing shelf space and visibility.” The design impressed the judges at SIAL, meeting the award criteria of innovation and creativity in a product or packaging. In addition, tea is a way of life in China, and the healthy properties of Rooibos tea, which is caffeine-free and high in antioxidants, makes this indigenous South African tea attractive to the health-conscious Chinese market.

Photo Top & Bottom: Munch Bowls

cape wild flowers shout spring! Nothing mirrors the promise of spring like Mother Nature’s own floral explosion as the Cape’s wild flowers burst into colour each spring. In Cape Town, highway verges, road islands and green parks show off their own seasonal signals with arum lilies, disas and daisies. From a day out to a weekend trip or extended stay; Cape Town and her surrounding flower-gazing fields are the perfect place to spend time in nature during September. With such a limited window of opportunity it’s best to go sooner rather than later, before the rolling hills of colour disappear ahead of summer. Flower Season at South African National Parks (SANParks) peaks during September. Some of the featured viewing sites include Agulhas, Bontebok, Namaqua, Tankwa Karoo and West Coast Parks. A two hour drive from Cape Town, will take you into the heart of the West Coast National Park, with The Postberg section of West Coast National Park only open during flower season.

Founded in 2009 by Charl Rudman, Blue Africa Trading targets the hospitality, gift and specialty stores focusing on organic products. They recently launched a range of exclusive Rooibos products under the brand ZAR TEA. In keeping with its trend of new, creative and innovative ideas, Rudman says the company has opened the first Rooibos Tea Emporium in Stellenbosch, where visitors can taste and experience Blue Africa Rooibos products. Nazeem Sterras, CEO of the nonprofit organization, Western Cape Fine Foods Initiative (WCFFI) received the Special Innovation Award on behalf of its member company, Munch Bowls (Pty) Ltd, for their edible crisp wheat bowls which are an ecofriendly, biodegradable alternative to plastic food containers.

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden hosts two daily walks, led by The Botanical Society's volunteer garden guides. The latest addition to the garden, a 130m long Tree Canopy Walkway, also known as the Boomslang, can also be enjoyed while at Kirstenbosch. Rain or shine, the 97th Darling Wildflower Show will take place from the 19 to 21 September 2014 at the Darling Club, where one can expect to see diverse vegetation displays of about 1 200 species.

Why wash the bowl when you can just eat it? The award was based on, among other things, the positive benefit for consumers, uniqueness, and impact on the environment and on poverty alleviation.

Head to The Hermanus Botanical Society Flower Festival 2014 from Thursday 25 to Sunday 28 September at the Fernkloof Nature Reserve and you might spot some whales along the way too.

Blue Africa Trading and the Western Cape Fine Foods Initiative were among 28 Western Cape companies that participated in SIAL China 2014.

Harold Porter National Botanical Garden, in the coastal fynbos region of Betty’s Bay, is renowned for its waterfalls and amber pools.

The mission was led by Wesgro, Cape Town and the Western Cape’s Tourism, Trade and Investment Promotion agency in celebration of South Africa’s 20 years of democracy, as well as the Year of South Africa in China, and it formed part of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)’s national pavilion.

Just missing the wild-flowers? You can rock your own daisies at the Cape’s sell-out annual music festival; Rocking the Daisies on Cloof Wine Farm, Darling. This year the festival happens from 2-5 October 2014. The line-up of local bands includes the Rudimentals, Jeremy Loops, Arno Carstens and Francois van Coke plus many more on multiple stages.

The exhibition is the primary access to the Asian market, providing a platform for South African food producers to link directly with retailers, importers, distributors, equipment suppliers and consumers.

For more information on what to see during flower season call Cape Town Tourism on 0861 322 223 or visit www.capetown.travel


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‘Half a rugby ball' could be a game-changer When it comes to rugby, South Africa is already world-class, but now "half a rugby ball” and newly-developed training drills could give local players that extra competitive edge to remain in top form, says Stellenbosch University’s Centre for Human Performance Sciences (CHPS). The Centre, which focuses on the interdisciplinary study of human performance in sport, dance, exercise and other physical activities, has teamed up with the creators of a training aid called the ShadowBall to help improve the basic passing, catching and kicking skills of rugby players. This ball enables solo practice anywhere, anytime, unsupervised, and without the need for a training partner. This means players can work on passing and catching techniques and improve some of their visual skills for rugby in their own time at their own pace. “The ShadowBall Pro and the ShadowBall Play were created by sports scientists from a Johannesburg-based company named ShadowBall. However, the concept of a rebounding oval ball was first developed for American Football. The ball was improved and reshaped for rugby by Gary Crookes, manager of the ShadowBall Sports Science Team, after he found the PassBack American FootBall on the internet. “The ShadowBall Pro is the world's first size 5 rugby ball that can be passed and caught independently of a training partner. All that the player needs is a flat rebounding surface, such as a wall. The ShadowBall Pro is engineered to rebound and come spiralling back to the passer,” explains Grant van Velden, Sport Vision and Decision Making specialist at the CHPS. Van Velden says the distinct characteristic of the ShadowBall is that it looks like "half a rugby ball", something that at first glance gave many coaches and players doubt about its value.

Steinhoff Maties Grand Challenge champions

After experimenting with a few different training drills, Van Velden helped design the “ShadowBall Handbook” which contains a number of different training drills. The Handbook is a result of a detailed study performed by the Centre, working with the ShadowBall sports science team. “Drills with names like 'Hooker Hold’Em', 'Scrummie Shuttle', and 'Kick Backs' were all designed to help improve the basic passing, catching and kicking skills of rugby players, with the added benefit that they would challenge the rugby player’s visual skills of eyehand coordination, anticipation timing and reaction time. “The development of these visual skills is crucial for the overall development of a rugby player. It is great to now have a practical training aid that we can use to help improve the basic skills of the rugby players in South Africa," Van Velden says. According to Prof Liz Bressan, Director of the CHPS, her team has used the ShadowBall during training sessions with a number of prominent rugby players, among them a few Stormers backline stars – Juan de Jongh, Cheslin Kolbe, Gio Aplon, Louis Schreuder and Dewaldt Duvenhage and most recently the SARU Boland Rugby Academy in Wellington. Bressan says they plan on including the ShadowBall in community rugby projects, which will target the youth. “These projects are still in the pipeline, but will hopefully be delivered by the end of 2014.”

MAKING A SPLASH

For the second year in a row the Maties Hockey Club of the Stellenbosch University has won both the men and women’s Western Province Grand Challenge League. For the men it was a highlight of a season that had its ups and downs, while the women got the treble of titles – USSA, Intervarsity and Grand Challenge – they were looking for. It was coach Neville Rothman’s first season in charge of the senior men’s team. Maties managed a place in the final of the Varsity Hockey, but lost against USSA champions UJ. “Even though we were part of the Varsity Hockey tournament we regarded the league (Grand Challenge) as our highest priority. So to defend our title – in the way we did – is a massive achievement for everyone involved. You can never expect to win the Grand Challenge as it's a tough competition with many good teams. The expectation set by ourselves and the University is to win the league so there is some pressure but the players relish this challenge,” said Rothman. Not only did Rothman lose some players to national duty he also had to make work with injuries to key players like striker Shannon Boucher. “Careful planning from the beginning allowed us to work with an extended squad during these times but you can never really plan for injuries and this is where I need to compliment the players as many of them had to play for longer periods during matches as our squad towards the end was rather depleted.” Maties men ended the season with a 4-4 draw against WPCC. “The entire season has been the highlight as we have remained unbeaten.”

One of Maties' leading goal scorers Keenan Horne on the attack

Maties women have always been a powerhouse of student hockey. For coach Jenny King winning the Grand Challenge is always a goal. “I won’t say we expected to win the league, but we do put everything in to ensure we do secure the title. There is always pressure when you play for a Maties team.

Everybody always wants to beat us, which is great as it drives us to keep improving. Losing players to injury and national duty was part of our planning and we were prepared. We always train with a squad of 20 so as to keep the continuity in the game and team performance.” The treble were all part of the planning for King and her team. “Our focus now shifts to the 2015 Varsity Hockey.” Maties women are the defending champions. What is most pleasing for King is the fact that the Vics women team are currently lying second on the log. “It proves the depth of our high performance programs, players and coaches.”

Exercising in water is becoming increasingly popular mainly because it is suitable for people of all ages and levels of fitness, is effective and best of all fun. According to Christine Sparks, personal trainer with Virgin Active, exercising in water is amazingly good for you and comes with benefits that land-based equivalents can’t offer. Taking a ‘Splash’ class at one of the 99 pools within the Virgin Active Health Clubs offers an interactive, high energy class with music to spur you on. The exercises help strengthen muscles and improve cardio fitness which all help enhance your performance in other activities such as cycling, running or dancing. It’s not just your heart and muscles that stand to benefit from a Splash class, working out in water is also fantastic for your internal organs and lymphatic system. These extra benefits help explain why participants feel so good after a class. The body is refreshed rather than exhausted. Splashing, stretching, twisting, camaraderie and laughter are all common characteristics of a Splash class. Plus there’s always great music which helps blend together a safe, challenging, pool-based workout that’s cardio-conditioning, body-toning and, most of all, exhilarating. Pool noodles, water dumb bells and kickboards are just some of the equipment used to intensify the exercises and create different options. Aqua exercise is suitable for people of all ages and varying degrees of fitness. It helps with rehabilitation and those recuperating from injuries and is also an ideal form of fitness for mothers-to-be. Warm-water exercise is beneficial for people with arthritis and, in general, swimming and water exercise are excellent and popular forms of exercise for the elderly. Exercise in the water is good for anyone carrying excess weight, again the buoyancy puts less stress on joints and allows you to exercise for a longer period of time. The top reasons to Splash out includes the following: improves core strength, endurance and muscle tone; non-weight bearing, improves flexibility and cardiovascular conditioning, while burning enormous amount of calories. It is also a fun and enjoyable form of exercise. For more information on Splash class visit www.virginactive.com


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Launched as a two-day ‘festival of running’ from 20-21 September 2014, with a 42.2km classic city marathon on the final day - the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon has achieved significant planning targets in the build-up to the Marathon. Towards its five-year vision of becoming an internationally accredited marathon, an International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) delegation will be in attendance to assess its eligibility for classification as a Bronze Label event.

“We offer the highest purse for a South African standard marathon, with total prize money exceeding R1,6 million, a requirement for IAAF Label accreditation,” says event ambassador Elana Meyer, South Africa’s Olympic medallist and repeat record holder in long-distance running.

Cape Town 10km Peace Run. “Along with Kipketer, our very own Elana Meyer has been made a ‘Champion of Peace’ for Peace and Sport, joining another 78 athletes from around the world,” says fellow marathon ambassador and Rugby World Cup 1995 winning captain Francois Pienaar.

Several requirements are in place for IAAF Label accreditation, among them a legacy of carrying social investment along with an enviable line-up of participating elite international athletes.

“Supporting Kipketer’s role is our confirmed line-up of international athletes. We are proud to announce the participation of the esteemed: Ethiopian long-distance runner Goitom Teseme, Kenyan Willy Kibor Koitile and fellow countryman Josphat Kamzee Jepkopol,” says Meyer.

Sanlam Cape Town Marathon has through its lead charity partner, “Peace and Sport, L‘Organisation pour la Paix par le Sport”, confirmed the attendance and participation as a Champion for Peace of Wilson Kipketer, an Olympic silver medallist and three-time world champion over 800 metres. He will be taking part in the Sanlam

The marathon takes place on the International Day of Peace, 21 September, allowing Peace and Sport to take part in a symbolic celebration in former South African president Nelson Mandela’s homeland of peace.

Friends Inspired by blind adventurer - Hein Wagner Friends Edrich Fivaz (33) and Steven Dimond (37) from the Northern Suburbs of Cape Town have announced their plans to take on the legendary Absa Cape Epic in 2015 to raise funds for The VisionTrust. Founded by adventurer, businessman and motivational speaker Hein Wagner, the organisation has worked tirelessly since 2007 to assist people living with visual impairment to find meaningful employment and live fulfilling lives. One of the greatest barriers to enter employment for blind and partially impaired people is the high cost of specialised, assistive computer software. The team hopes to present one laptop computer customised with specialised software to a deserving blind or partially sighted person at the end of each of the eight days of the race. Hein Wagner and his passion and commitment to The VisionTrust inspired

the team. Wagner was born blind, but despite this sightlessness has a string of accomplishments to his name. An avid sportsman, Wagner enjoys abseiling, running and cycling; he’s won the World Cup Cricket for the Blind, sailed the Cape-to-Rio yacht race, completed the grueling Ironman triathlon, finished the legendary Absa Cape Epic mountain biking race, completed the extreme Antarctic Marathon on the South Pole and recently accepted the role of Honorary Patron of the Imago Maris, the only ship in the world to be manned by a blind and partly sighted crew. Wagner is also the current holder of the land speed record making him the fastest blind driver in history. “Our decision to ride the Absa Cape Epic for The VisionTrust started with a desire to give back. We wanted people to understand that disability doesn’t differentiate between race, gender, religion and any other disposition and we

Photo From Left to Right - Steven Dimond & Edrich Fivaz

both feel so privileged to be living our dream.” says Dimond. Fivaz understands that while he is unable to give a blind person the ability to see by his participation in this race, he hopes that by riding to raise funds for The VisionTrust he can help to bridge the communication barrier between sighted and blind people. The team is planning a range of activities to raise funds for The VisionTrust. For more information visit www.heinwagner.co.za/about-the-visiontrust

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