The Newspaper - April Edition 2014

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April 2014

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CAPE EPIC START - 2014 Riders make their own wine at Meerendal

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According to a report by Chris Whitfield Absa Cape Epic riders helped press some grapes for the Meerendal Wine Estate and those of the 1200 starters who make it to the finish will be presented with a bottle of wine made from those same grapes. Thousands of the pinotage grapes were packed into large reinforced plastic bags and laid across a 10 metre section of the course - as the riders emerged from the part of the ride that took them through the Meerendal Manor House they rode across them. The wine will be labelled as “Bigfeet - pressed by bikes” and cellar master Liza Goodwin said there would be a few bottles left over after the Epic that would be sold. The idea, she said, was the brainchild of Meerendal owner Herman Coertze. And in case anybody might suggest he was getting the riders to do his work, Coertze was among the riders taking on the eight days of the Cape Epic.

Checkers Hyper Store to open Soon In planning its brand new Checkers Hyper store to be opened in Somerset West at the end of April 2014, Shoprite Checkers carefully researched consumer preference and modern shopping habits. It found the giant hypermarket concept spanning massive floor space to be completely out-dated. What today’s consumer wants is a one-stop shopping destination, but coupled with convenience. Shoprite Checkers therefore designed a new generation super-duper Checkers Hyper for the Helderberg region. Here consumers will find anything from a bicycle to a bagel and can buy from a camping gazebo to a Chianti straight from Italy, complemented by fresh food service departments offering high quality gourmet food – without having to cover the large distances associated with the shop floors of the hypermarkets of old. Through the efficient use of space, the modern 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. What emerged is a more refined store that has the added benefit of being more accessible as it is found inside shopping centres with other complementary retail offerings close to the suburbs. As the anchor store of the new Helderberg Centre, the Checkers Hyper will also serve the surrounding Helderberg and Boland communities. Construction of the development adjacent to the Somerset Mall is underway and promises to complement and strengthen the retail offering in the area.

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The centre is well positioned with easy access from both the Strand and Somerset West and will have high visibility from the N2 highway, situated in the triangle precinct. The new centre is destined to provide an exceptional shopping experience with the new flagship Checkers Hyper.

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Western Cape’s first Supercar Driving Experience

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After a week-long competition on 93.6 FM listeners had to correctly identify the sounds of supercar engines. Five listeners were treated to an adrenaline-fuelled lap, accompanied by a professional instructor, valued at nearly R4000!

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Radio Helderberg’s Chairman, Constantine Varley visited Killarney on Friday to ensure that the five winner’s expectations and these automotive beauties did not disappoint!

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Radio Helderberg and Gift Experience South Africa had the pleasure of treating five lucky 93.6 FM listeners to a race around Killarney during the weekend of 15 - 16 March at the Western Cape’s first ever Supercar Driving Experience.

The Supercar Driving Experience hosted some of the world’s most stunning vehicles including the Aston Martin DB9, Ferrari F430, Nissan GTR, Lamborghini Galardo and the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG.


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them for our Cape events”, says Claire Maasch of Gift Experience South Africa. Gift Experience South Africa and Radio Helderberg are currently looking at another Supercar Driving Experience during the December holiday season. Stay tuned to Radio Helderberg for more information and you could be racing at Killarney before 2015.

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Absa Cape Epic Eleventh Edition

The eleventh edition of the Absa Cape Epic kicked off on 23 March with a 23-kilometer prologue at Meerendal Wine Estate in the Durbanville Wine Valley. The event saw 1 200 excited riders from 50 countries enjoy cool weather with the first group of riders starting their 8-day journey at 06:45.

Checkers Hyper Store to be completed end of April 2014

There will be ample free user-friendly parking bays with dedicated areas for disabled customers and moms with toddlers. The new Checkers Hyper store will offer customers a pleasurable shopping experience through its 24 standard pay points and an additional 12 express tills. Over and above a wide range of food and general merchandise products, the store will feature various food service departments that include butchery, bakery, fish shop, a fresh fruit and vegetable department, sushi bar, coffee bar, as well as a hot and cold foods deli. The large delicatessen makes mealtimes easy with speciality products and delicious hot and cold prepared meals, cold meats and salads. The store will also offer an extended outdoor range providing a selection of equipment for all outdoor and DIY enthusiasts at affordable prices. The butchery will provide an extensive range - from the delicious Championship Boerewors to top quality meat cuts, sosaties and chops, and customers will find the superb Steakhouse Classic range made from A-grade extra matured grain-fed beef as well as Certified Natural Lamb from the Kalahari. 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. A fully qualified pharmacist will also be available in the in-store pharmacy, MediRite, to attend to customers’ prescriptions, and offer advice on the managing of chronic medication, medication use, as well as the prevention and treatment of other health related matters. The in-store Money Market kiosk adds to the one-stop shop benefit of the Hyper, where customers are able to buy event tickets, bus and airline tickets; book holiday packages, lotto tickets, gift vouchers, as well as pay telephone, electricity, DSTV and TV Licence accounts and send money instantly to any Shoprite or Checkers store in South Africa. Shoprite Checkers recently opened its 1000th supermarket in the group and continues to expand all over the county. A number of energy efficient elements were incorporated in the design of the store. The supermarket utilises more energy efficient lighting throughout the store and makes use of heat pumps instead of geysers. All interior and exterior illuminated signage use LED lighting and the signs and parking lot lights are

activated by light sensors. Various engineering concepts have been employed to minimise sound pollution and the roof insulation has been improved to reduce heat radiation. These elements will be included in all future stores developed by the Group to achieve environmental sustainability.

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This time trial was a race against the clock to decide the seeding in the field and which teams would wear the coveted leader jerseys at the start of Stage 1 in Robertson. Other stage locations are Greyton and Oak Valley Wine Estate. Lourensford Wine Estate in Somerset West will host the finish of the race with a Grand Finale celebrations on 30 March.



Computer Boffin

Removal of Adverse Credit Information

Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies announced that South Africans with paid-up default judgments against their names at credit bureaus are set to have their adverse records cleared in the next few months. The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has published regulations for the removal of Adverse Credit Information, which as of 1 April 2014 indicates that all adverse information of a consumer who has paid up their debt is removed from credit bureaus. The Minister stated that they have two months thereafter to clear up their systems.

and how they were making payments on loans or accounts. Credit providers would still be able to assess risk by looking at one's profile. Those with paid-up judgements would not have to approach a court and go through various other processes before the information was removed from their credit profiles. Among the critics have been the Banking Association of SA and Moody's ratings agency, which said it could create a bigger risk of borrowers defaulting because it would reduce the amount of information available to banks.


on his way to New York An ‘obstinate (but not foolish) refusal to give up’ is the attitude that got a Maties computer student into the final round of the largest and most competitive mainframe computing competition in the world. Rijnard van Tonder, an MSc student at the MIH Media Lab and the Computer Science division of the Department of Mathematical Sciences at Stellenbosch University, is one of 43 contestants from around the world to go head-to-head in the IBM Master the Mainframe World Championship to be finalised from 5 to 9 April in New York. This is after they out competed nearly 20 000 other contestants from around the world. According to an IBM media release, the championship is designed to assemble the best university students from around the globe, who have demonstrated superior technical skills through participation in the regional contests. The final round began on March 10 and students competed head-to-head in “creative problem-solving for online workloads, server applications and systems programming on the mainframe”.

Davies acknowledged fears that this would heighten the risk and cost of credit, but said the government was intent on pushing ahead with the measure, which will result in the debt rehabilitation of 1.6 million blacklisted consumers. If there is terminology applying to you saying you're a slow payer or irregular payer, it must also be removed. The regulations do not mean people who did not pay their debts would be automatically cleared. The credit profiles of South Africans would still show on the system, including information on how many credit agreements people had

The new regulation will result in the immediate and ongoing rehabilitation of blacklisted consumers who have paid their debt, but are still prevented by credit bureau listings from getting loans, housing and sometimes jobs. National Credit Regulator (NCR) chairperson Trevor Bailey said the object would not be to write off existing debt or to enable people to take on more credit if they could not afford it. Rather, it was to give some of those blacklisted in the past a clean slate so that they could have access to housing and jobs. This would stimulate economic growth.

On 5 April the finalists will travel to New York City to showcase their application to a panel of judges. The winners will be announced at the IBM Mainframe 50 Anniversary event on April 8. Rijnard says he decided to enter the preliminary round, which ran from 5 February to 3 March, because of his interest in solving problems in the context of computer systems. The competition also required no prior experience in mainframes and the prizes (from custom-made T-shirts to Google Nexus 10 tablets) looked good, he adds. However, it was by no means easy,

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as the challenges were time-consuming and required perseverance: “Perseverance is a state that I would describe as ‘I'm completely stuck, I'm pressed for time, I've tried everything, I'm tired, and I've had enough!’ followed shortly thereafter by ‘It's time to try harder.’” “It's an obstinate (but not foolish) refusal to give up, and that's the attitude that would help you most for this type of competition, and programming in general.” He has stern advice for students missing out on these kinds of opportunities because of limited programming skills: “I think students in South Africa exaggerate the fact that programming is too challenging. At first it is intimidating, but like any other skill it develops over time; and programming requires a large initial investment of time. All around the world the skill is being adopted at a growing pace, and it is becoming increasingly accessible to a variety of disciplines”. For Rijnard it is a privilege to be part of this challenge, and he is especially looking forward to staying in the internationally-renowned Waldorf Astoria on Park Avenue in Manhattan, New York. Later this year, he is heading off to Carnegie Mellon University, where he has been accepted to do doctoral research in the topic that he is actually most interested in, computer security. The MIH Media Lab at Stellenbosch University was founded with the purpose to promote research in ‘new media’ technology in South Africa. In close partnership with MIH, the internet division of Naspers, the MIH Media Lab aims to participate in research on next-generation technologies that will influence the ways in which humans interact with computers, the Web and other forms of electronic media.

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Do you need vaccinations before travelling abroad?


New meeting place for Africa’s Travel industry

It is important that immunizations, preventative medications, and general precautions should be considered before travelling to different parts of the world.

The launch of ‘Africa Travel Week’ by Reed Travel Exhibitions (RTE) will take place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) from 28 April to 3 May 2014.

Travel vaccines are used to prevent illness and disease while travelling. They can range from typhoid fever, yellow fever, malaria and many more. The various vaccinations are administered at least 4 - 12 weeks before travelling to ensure enough time to develop an immune response before exposure to an illness or disease.

Africa Travel Week will target Africa’s inbound and outbound markets under RTE’s established portfolio brands of World Travel Market Africa (WTM), Incentives, Business Travel & Meetings (IBTM Africa) and the International Luxury Travel Market (ILTM Africa).

Vaccinations will vary from person to person, depending on the following: the country you will be visiting, the season, your age, health condition, length of your visit, and if you are staying in a rural or urban area. Although few immunizations are compulsory for international travel, some are recommended for the traveller’s protection. Many countries require you to have a certificate confirming the various vaccinations. Which vaccines you should get before you travel Vaccines that are necessary for travel are divided into three categories: routine, recommended and required vaccinations. Routine Vaccinations - Ensure that you are up to date on your routine vaccinations. These vaccines are necessary for protection from diseases that are still common in many parts of the world like: Tetanus, Polio, Measles, Mumps and Rubella, Diphtheria and Influenza (Flu). Recommended Vaccinations Recommended vaccines are travel vaccinations that can protect you in areas where there is a high risk for contracting certain illnesses or infectious diseases. They also help prevent the spread of diseases from one country to another. Required Vaccinations The only vaccine required by International Health Regulations is the yellow fever vaccination for travel to certain parts of Africa and South America. Most important vaccinations for Travellers Here is a list of vaccines that are recommended for international travellers as well as the areas reflecting a high risk for contracting certain illnesses or infectious diseases. Hepatitis A - An infection of the liver caused by the hepatitis A virus. This

viral infection spreads through contaminated food, water, shellfish, or person to person contact where poor hygiene is common. Areas most common: Africa, India, North and South America, South East Asia & Eastern Europe. Hepatitis B - An infection of the liver caused by the hepatitis B virus. This virus is transferred from one person to another through infected body fluid, such as blood contact, infected medical equipment and sexual transmission. Areas most common: Africa, China, Southeast Asia and India.

‘Africa Travel Week’ will be an event that reveals the best of the continent to a global audience that covers the entire travel industry from leisure to luxury and business to conferences, all focused on the African tourism market, under one roof.

Buyers from across the globe are introduced to African suppliers through an appointment program to build relationships and grow their businesses. WTM Africa – 2-3 May 2014 WTM Africa aims to match the success of sister events, WTM London (for the past 53 years), and WTM Latin America. WTM Africa will draw exhibitors from all categories of the leisure travel industry within sub-Sahara Africa and North African destinations. This inaugural event will cover topics such as responsible tourism, including the business benefits of sustainable tourism, education within the African tourism industry, blogging and how businesses can successfully work with

Typhoid Fever - This disease may be contracted through contaminated drinking water or food or by consuming food or beverages that have been handled by an infected person. Areas most common: Africa, India, Americas, Eastern Europe and most parts of Asia. Yellow Fever - This infection leads to the degeneration of kidney and liver tissues. Yellow fever is spread through infectious mosquitoes. It causes very serious illness and usually death. Areas most common: Parts of Africa and South America. Japanese Encephalitis - This type of viral brain infection is transmitted by the bite of an infected mosquito. Areas most common: Asia, India, China, Japan, Southeast Asia, the Philippines, or Pacific Islands. Rabies - A very serious disease that most people get by way of a bite inflicted by a dog, a bat, a monkey, a skunk or a raccoon. Areas most common: Africa, Southern America and Asia. Malaria - Malaria is an infectious blood disease caused by the bite of the female Anopheles mosquito that injects parasites into the human bloodstream and infects the red blood cells. Areas most common: Africa, Asia, Central or South America. Meningitis - Meningitis is a serious infectious illness which affects your brain and spinal cord. Areas most common: Parts of Africa, Saudi Arabia, Northern Pakistan, Northern India and parts of South America.


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IBTM Africa – 28-30 April 2014 The following sectors will attract: inbound and outbound meetings, events, incentives and business travel sectors of sub-Sahara Africa, suppliers from the Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions” (MICE) sector including hotels, venues, convention bureaus, DMC’s, technology providers and suppliers of services. IBTM Africa delivers an exclusive platform for high value pre-scheduled face-to-face meetings between top level buyers and suppliers for three days of business, networking and education. ILTM Africa – 28-30 April 2014 ILTM Africa is where the leaders of the African luxury travel community meet.

As the finale of Africa Travel Week, WTM Africa will showcase a wide range of tourism products from pan African and international exhibitors and will attract a broad audience of local, pan African and international visitors from all tourism sectors focusing on both inbound and outbound travel markets. The Hosted Buyer Programme will bring in 300 high-profile buyers from across the globe looking to source products and services from the WTM Africa exhibitors. Book your stand or register to visit WTM Africa. If you work within the African travel industry you can’t afford to miss WTM Africa!

Getaway Travel Show Africa’s leading travel, outdoor and adventure show, The Cape Getaway Show took place on 14 - 16 March at Lourensford Wine Estate in Somerset West and was a bigger and better travel extravaganza than ever.

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Over 200 leading travel, outdoor and adventure brands gathered under one roof to exhibit beautiful destinations, accommodation, the latest camping and outdoor gear, 4×4 vehicles and accessories, interactive demo areas, tent city, outdoor accessories, not to mention the amazing deals and discounts.

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There were fun for the whole family, great prizes in the spin-and-


travel bloggers, travel technology and the latest trends in the region.

win area, a delicious food deli, Best Value Wine Tent, live music at the Sedgwick’s Original Watering Hole, scenic morning hikes, photography workshops, a 4×4 track and lots more.




PROPOSED GORDON’S BAY OUTLOOK POST Another lifestyle and popular regional, national and global tourist attraction is on the cards for the Helderberg Basin. Piet Maré recently concluded a study on the possibility and feasibility of a Tourist Outlook Post on the slopes of the Hottentots Holland Mountains slightly above and to the west of Gordon’s Bay Harbour overlooking False Bay. The proposed tourist attraction, is in line with some of the most exiting tourism sites Cape Town has to offer. The site is easily accessible from the R44 and the N2 with an entry point at Steenbras dam above Gordon’s Bay. People of all ages including the disabled would be able to enjoy the facility. The hospitality and tourist industry in particular, can most definitely benefit from this attraction. From this point most of False Bay is visible. It includes the whole of the Helderberg, the areas of Sir Lowry’s Pass, Gordon’s Bay, Strand and Somerset West. In the distance Macassar, Khayelitsha, Mitchell’s Plain, Muizenberg, Fishhoek, and Simon’s Town also loom on the horizon with Table Mountain as backdrop, and Cape Point to the west. The entire project is eco-friendly. No excavations will be required as the terrain is flat which is ideal for

viewing purposes. It is envisaged that the Outlook Post will consist of a free standing wooden cabin structure, with a wooden deck. On the deck three powerful telescopes will enhance quality close up viewing of the broad spectrum of the spectacular scenery. It may also be noted that emphasis will be on nature conservation, history, tourist information and events in the Helderberg and bigger False Bay area. The Outlook Post will be complimented by a kiosk which will provide light snacks, cool drinks local art paintings/handcraft and memorabilia e.g. T-Shirts, caps, coffee mugs, carry bags, key holders etc. for visitors to the Outlook Post. Piet Maré’s research has been well received and is supported by the Provincial Minister of Finance, Economic Development and Tourism (Alan Winde) the Ward Councilor of Gordon’s Bay (Johan Middleton), Gordon’s Bay Business Forum, the Rotary Club of Gordon’s Bay and numerous guest houses in the Helderberg. He states that nowhere in the False Bay/Helderberg area there is a more suitable point to appreciate the surroundings and the beauty nature has to offer, not to mention the spectacular sunrises and sunsets.

Wine Tourism Campaign Goes Global

View from Proposed Outlook Post

FOOD ROUTES Planning your ultimate culinary travel adventure is now a piece of cake with the newly launched Food Routes platform. Showcasing unique and diverse South African culinary destinations via an interactive website, Food Routes empowers food-loving travellers to pick and plan their preferred ‘wine, dine and recline’ experiences at the click of a button. Whether you are an avid traveller; intrepid explorer; foodie lover, or pleasure seeking businessman, Food Routes ticks all the right boxes when it comes to offering the country’s warm hospitality through a fusion of excellent accommodation offerings and memorable epicurean experiences. Via its effortless online booking system, one gets access to endless journeys of enjoyment destined to fulfil the food lover’s quest for the Eden’s of eating and the Shangri-La’s of sleep – enhanced with authentic taste adventures and food related points of interest guaranteed to enchant the Foods Routes traveller whilst en route.

The Stellenbosch American Express ® Wine Routes, South Africa’s first and foremost wine route and gourmet capital of the country, made its debut at the 2014 ITB, Berlin earlier this month. ITB is the world’s largest tourism convention and was the perfect platform for the global launch of the region’s wine tourism marketing campaign, Stellenbosch Experience. The aim of this dynamic campaign is to reaffirm Stellenbosch as the wine tourism capital of South Africa and the ideal hub from where to explore Cape Town and the Western Cape, and from 5 till 9 March, representatives from the granddaddy of South African Wine Routes met with top trade and media to showcase the area’s diverse and unparalleled wine tourism offerings. The Stellenbosch team engaged face to face with close to 400 members of the travel trade and media during the threeday event in Berlin. A highlight of the global launch activities at ITB was collaborating with TripAdvisor for their ITB networking event held at the popular Soho House in East Berlin. The event was by invitation only and attended by 300 of the top international trade and

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industry representatives. The latest global tourism travel results and trends, which were released at ITB confirm a rosier outlook for tourism in 2014. The good news for South Africa is that Europe, still the country’s biggest source market, is expected to show solid growth in 2014 on the back of a two-year period of economic depression. “This is good news for tourism growth in Stellenbosch, but it means we have to respond with innovative, enticing travel offers to a world that is spoilt for choice, easily influenced and still under economic pressure. We believe the Stellenbosch Experience campaign is well timed to attract more visitors to our region,” said Annareth Bolton, CEO of the Stellenbosch Wine Routes. Other Stellenbosch Experience campaign elements planned for the rest of the year, include an innovative wine tourism blogger campaign with top international and national travel, lifestyle and food bloggers that kicks off at the end of April, just before the campaign is showcased at Indaba from 10-12 May 2014.

Food Routes has now also introduced an invaluable ‘Food Forensic Tool’ called Culinary Sensibility Identities (CSI) on its website. This serves as a nifty online evaluation process in which the traveller can compare and match his own unique culinary personality profile to that of a compatible destination.

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hideaways in the Karoo; relaxing mountain retreats to awe-inspiring seaside lodging, the featured Food Route establishments are all cocooned in comfort and luxury, but are as diverse as their menus. Food Routes has also identified a selection of unparalleled and authentic dining experiences in South Africa, including some of the DSTV Eat Out Top 10 restaurant super stars of South Africa. The Food Routes website is a visual feast for the eyes and features numerous culinary experiences i.e. – a handy map and route planner – monthly chef chitchats – delicious recipes – a laserbeam focus on the best festivals and markets as well as a Table Talk blog to dish out the latest food for thought.

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Wine Maker of the Month the village he named Stellenbosch.

Van der Stel then settled Dutch farmers on farms alongside the Eerste River where Pieter de Vos in 1696 became the first Dutch Settler to be awarded ownership of the farm he named Vergenoegd, meaning “satisfaction has been achieved”. The Faure’s came to the Cape of Good Hope with the French Huguenots, and in 1820 took ownership of Vergenoegd where they have been making wine ever since. The farm Zandvliet was also owned by a member of the Faure Family, and is today known as Macassar. John Faure, the Cellar Master at Vergenoegd is the 6th Generation Faure making wine on the Vergenoegd Wine Estate.

The original farm was 600 hectare. It has since been reduced to 300 ha with the Cape Town Studios being located on land which was part of the original farm.

History claims that Van der Stel crossed the sandy wastelands from Cape Town in the direction of Vergenoegd and at the first river, which he named the Eerste River he met some Strandlopers. He then followed the river up-stream to where he proclaimed

Presently John is farming 70ha of vines, and produces about 500 tons of grapes, with the entire harvest worked through the cellar. Large volume of wine is sold off and only the best is retained by John and bottled under the Vergenoegd Label.


Famous Runner Duck Parade A childhood passion of ducks controlling snails in the vineyards has turned not only into a non-invasive farming practice, but also, into an environment friendly working force. These Indian Runner Ducks under the watchful eye of their “Duck Master” march off daily into the vineyards to forage for snails and insects thereby limiting the use of pesticides. There are between 800 - 1000 Runner Ducks “contracted” to work the vineyards. Tourists from all walks of life come to view the Runner Duck Parade,

and even indulge in a breathtaking lunch experience at the Restaurant.

Producing Good Quality Wine The factor that helps John the most in producing excellent wines is that the soils are poor which enhances concentration in the vines, with a lot of wind off the False Bay coast that not only cools the grape, and curbs the vigour of the vines. Vines at Vergenoegd are not as vigorous as further into Stellenbosch area.

Coupled with the poor soils and the wind reducing growth the vines produce small berries with thick skins. In red wine production it is all about the skins. The flavour and the colour are all in the skins. For the past 45 years Vergenoegd has been bottling their wine under their own label. It was consistent from year to year as they only bottle the best. Consistency has been very even over the years and in a poor year they were able to produce at least 2 tanks. Vergenoegd produces only red wines, and sells quite a lot of bulk wine. Only 15% of its best wine is bottled annually. Grapes for the production of the Runner Duck White Wine are the only cultivar that is not grown on the farm. These grapes are either bought in or swopped with red grapes. Runner Duck White Wine is produced in the Vergenoegd Cellars.

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A Cellar Master Handpicked In his own words John said, “I have a lot of respect for the history and believe that wines are made in the vineyards. Growing up on a family farm with generations of knowledge passed down, you start with such an advantage over a winemaker that would come here and then try and make the best wine he can make. You are not going to get it right in one or two years. We are blessed with the handed down knowledge which is a huge factor.” John obtained his diploma at Elsenburg and graduated in 1983. He respected his father’s success and knowledge and did not start immediately implementing everything that he had learned. Over the years they started experimenting and blending modern techniques with tried and tested traditional practices.

If they see it’s a cool year, they might pick a little later and give a longer skin contact than in a warmer year. 1989 was the first odd year that broke the trend of even years being better than the odd years. The climate is no longer as relevant as winemaking has adapted to get the best out of each vintage. Vergenoegd, by being a family farm, has ensured that during the last 20 years there was only one winemaker at Vergenoegd, and over the last 50 years only 2 winemakers. This helps in consistency and heritage.

Vergenoegd produces two ranges of wines. The first is the Classic Range with its Vergenoegd traditional label, bottled as the Vergenoegd Estate Blend, the Vergenoegd Cabernet Sauvignon, the Vergenoegd Shiraz, the Vergenoegd Merlot, the Vergenoegd Terrace Bay, and the Vergenoegd Old Cape Colony Vintage Port. The second is the Runner Duck Range, labelled the Runner Duck Red, the Runner Duck White, and Runner Duck Rose. The Runner Duck Red is a blend of Touriga Nacional, Cabernet franc and Malbech. The white is a Sauvignon Blanc, a more tropical easy drinking wine. The Rose is made from their red grapes – a more full body Rose. When the red grapes are ripe, they are harvested, left on the skins for a day, and only thereafter is one third of the juice drained off and kept separate. The best expression of Vergenoegd is the flagship Bordeaux styled Estate Blend, a combination of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and, Cabernet frank. The Terrace Bay blend is “Vergenoegd in a bottle”, if you don’t know Vergenoegd Wines the Terrace Bay will give you an idea what the rest of the range is like.

Traditionally winemaking was made according to a recipe but now they evaluate each season and adapt the “recipe”. These traditional winemaking techniques were characterised by the odd/even year phenomena, when following these standard recipes, evident during the vintages of the 70’s and 80’s. Awards During the 60’s Vergenoegd planted Cabernet Sauvignon, which was relatively unheard of in the Cape at that stage. In the early 70’s they received the General Jan Smuts Trophy for the best wine on show with Cabernet Sauvignon and went on to win the trophy 4 years in a row. This set them on the road to bottling wine under their own name. Today their focus is more on the bottled wine shows where members of the public can buy the wine. Vergenoegd sells one third of its wines from the farm, a second third to the local trade, and the last third to the International market. Even though their wines are well received in Europe, their biggest export market currently is China. For more information visit or call 021 843 3248.





Senecio Fun Run 2014

Val du Charron, an exquisite estate on the outskirts of Wellington, is showcasing their new vintage Theatre of Wine range at an extraordinary event in their wine cellar from 1-3 May. Enter a world of wonder and be enchanted by an evening of dress-up, make-believe, theatrical displays, carnival cuisine, live music, dancing and award winning wine. The Theatre of Wine, a magical mix of interactions and happenings in a spectacular arena, is a unique opportunity to step out of your everyday life and enter a world of fantasy. Plan a special night at Val du Charron’s Theatre of Wine with the best blended wines in an exciting presentation, entertaining you with splendid stories that you will tell your grandchildren. For more information contact: (021) 873 1256. The Senecio Fun Run 2014 is to take place on Saturday, 12 April at Blaauwklippen Wine Estate on the R44, Stellenbosch. Walkers and Runners have a choice between 5 and 10km. The 10 kilometre route includes some challenging hill climbing, whereas the shorter route is easier and suitable for all ages. The route provides a rare treat through vineyards alongside the Stellenbosch Mountains. The 10km route extends through the Kabouterbos forest. Water points will be available along the route. For wheelchair users there is a paved and tarred route available through the beautiful wine estate which follows a different course.

The Woodmill Night Market The Woodmill Market at Vredenburg Road, Stellenbosch is located in a perfect indoor setting, and offers a large array of delicious artisan food, drinks & lifestyle products. Delightfully delectable cocktails, ice-cold Craft Beer poured straight from the tap and perfectly chilled boutique wines as well as fresh & healthy organic fruit smoothies and juices awaits you. With live music, a supervised & fun kiddies playroom, there is not much more you could want for a fantastic Friday Night out, come rain or shine! To add variety, each month will be a different and exciting themed event that will run along with the Night Market to keep you coming back for more! This contemporary market runs at The Woodmill on the last Friday Night of every month, 17h30 to 22h00. Contact Nikki @ 083 755 2877 for more information.

SA Cheese Festival @ Sandringham For a magnitude of cheese, look no further than the popular SA Cheese Festival taking place from Saturday 26 to Tuesday 29 April at Sandringham outside Stellenbosch. This Cape foodie highlight takes cheese lovers on an unrivalled culinary expedition of cheeses and other mouth-watering products brought together in celebration of the good life. A lifetime wouldn’t be enough to explore all of cheese’s possibilities, but they will undoubtedly impress you with the widest variety, a packed programme of demos by food personalities and all sorts of fun in beautiful surroundings. The Cheese Festival offers so much more. More of your favourite cheeses – more to learn – more to taste – more to experience and more to broaden your culinary expertise in an informing environment. The commitment to an innovative approach keeps cheese lovers coming back for more. The 2014 exhibitors will wow you with their delightful wares. The SA Cheese Festival has a reputation of providing world-class gourmet entertainment, while simultaneously educating the thousands of cheese lovers about the exciting uses of cheese. The Afrox Cooking Pot is the ultimate food theatre where foodies can take a respite from the tasting and browsing and learn a thing or two from several celebs in the world of food. The six different daily sessions include the following: A darkly delicious Toffee & Coffee experience by Sweet Temptations Toffees and Gourmet Coffee Roasters. Learn how to brew a killer coffee at home, taste high quality handmade toffees with espresso beans. See food innovation in action when MasterChef sisters Seline and Leandri van der Wat cook up a storm with a surprise basket of ingredients. Join the Great Grain and Grape debate and decide for yourself how cheese fits in. Beer guru Lucy Corne (the Brew Mistress blog) and wine writer Cathy Marston will share their passion for this subject. Fun and games galore will keep the little ones content in the Fair Cape Kiddies Corner: think jumping castles, a new festival milk song, DStv’s Cartoon Network and the animals of the Milk Factory. For more information

Medals will be awarded to the first 500 to finish and the first, second and third participants in each category will be eligible for gift hampers from Newton Running SA. A lucky draw will be held at the end for all participants. The Senecio Fun Run is an ideal event for young and old, fit and unfit as well as people with disabilities to participate together. This is a fundraising and a disability awareness event and all proceeds will go to Senecio Support for People with disabilities. Please help us to make a difference in their lives! Online entries through Top Events




Paardevlei Specialist Medical Centre Construction Under Way

Cranes dot the sky along the R44 approaching Strand, as the construction of two new medical facilities proceed in full swing in the Heartlands De Beers Precinct in Somerset West. The larger of the two is a fully-fledged acute hospital, which is being developed by Busamed, an NEF public-funded company. The smaller of the two construction sites is the new home of the Paardevlei Specialist Medical Centre, a prestigious private Day Hospital and Ophthalmic Clinic set to open its doors to the public in September 2014. The Paardevlei Specialist Medical Centre is the product of a small group of specialists who envisaged a medical facility that would be owned and managed by the doctors who operate in it, and that would rival the best in the world in terms of patient care, affordability, patient, doctor and staff comfort, technology and prestige. To realise their dream, the group which originally comprised of 5 Ophthalmologists and an Anaesthetist, and now includes Ear, Nose and Throat, as well as Maxillo-Facial specialists, partnered with Cure Day Clinics, one of the best in terms of expertise and experience in the operation of Day Hospital facilities, to form CDC Somerset West. This partnership will be in charge of the day-to-day operation and management of the Day Hospital, and has as its goal the provision of more affordable and efficient, and therefore more accessible, private healthcare. Cure Day Clinics have already opened, and are currently operating, successful Day Hospitals in Erasmuskloof, Medkin, Midstream and most recently, Paarl. Furthermore, the original group of medical specialists teamed up with local property heavyweights, including Lazercor Developments, to form CJM Investments (Pty) Ltd, a private development company tasked with initiating and overseeing the design, development and construction of the Medical Centre. An approximately 600m2 dedicated Ophthalmic Clinic will also be established in the Centre, where 5 local ophthalmologists will be able to share specialized facilities and equipment between their individual practices in order to provide better, more efficient and more affordable quality care to both new and existing patients. Additional sectional title purchasers in the Medical Centre scheme include a Radiology Unit and Pathology Lab, and the developers are currently in negotiations with a small exclusive Dialysis Centre. The Paardevlei Specialist Medical Centre welcomes all surgical disciplines that are suited to Day Hospitals, including gynaecology, plastic and reconstructive surgery, urology, dermatology, ophthalmology, laparo-, arthro- and hysteroscopies, certain orthopaedic procedures and dental and general surgery. The Centre is also open to investor-purchasers and suitable tenants.

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New home for IS Art Gallery IS Art Gallery moved into the charming ‘old world’ space next to Le Quartier Français four years ago to establish Franschhoek centre’s first truly contemporary South African Art gallery.

Celebrating 23 years of free service Drakenstein Palliative Hospice (DPH) are celebrating 23 years of free service to the broader Drakenstein, from Saron to Simondium municipal community this year. Led by a professional team of committed staff and volunteers, the organisation provides care to patients, families & vulnerable community members infected and affected by a life-threatening illness or life-limiting conditions. Their service delivery includes palliative home based treatment, care, support and programmes focusing on health, wellness and optimal ‘living’ in the community, for the community, with the community.

A year later they established the sculpture garden, behind the gallery, in the herb garden of the world renowned restaurant of Chef Margot Janse, The Tasting Room. Over the years the gallery has had such success that it has now grown out of its home at Le Quartier Français and is moving across the road to 11 Huguenot Street (corner of Berg Street). The sculptor Kobus La Grange will feature in the first exhibition in the new space on Sunday the 11th of May. The telephone number (021 8762071) and contact details of the gallery will remain the same.


DPH, in partnership with a larger network of organisations, works together with the community to ‘do hope’ for the most vulnerable. As part of social transformation we aim to build a healthy, sustainable community that addresses the diverse needs of individuals and families by providing: physical; social; emotional; spiritual; intellectual and cultural care, support and programmes with a focus on personal capacity development and quality of life. On the 10th April 2014 Mercedes-Benz Boland Market Centre will host its second Annual Mercedes Trophy Golf Day at Pearl Valley Golf Estate, Franschhoek. All monies raised will be donated to Drakenstein Palliative Hospice. They hope to raise R75 000 this year for a worthy cause. Sculptor Kobus la Grange

Upcoming Public Holidays Good Friday - 18 April Good Friday is one of the most important days in the Christian almanac, and is a national South African public holiday. The holy day falls on the Friday before Easter Sunday, and commemorates the crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ. Family Day - 21 April The Easter weekend in South Africa concludes with Family Day, more commonly known as Easter Monday. In 1994 the South African Government renamed the national day as Family Day to include all religions (and the non-religious) in the Rainbow Nation. Freedom Day – 27 April Freedom Day is a national public holiday in South Africa that serves to commemorate the country’s first democratic elections, held in 1994. Workers' Day – 1 May Following the first democratic elections in South Africa in 1994, 1 May was inaugurated as an official national public holiday. Known as International Workers’ Day, the holiday is widely celebrated, with as many as 80 countries honouring the date and what it stands for.

World Health Day 2014 World Health Day is celebrated nationally and internationally on 7 April to mark the founding of World Health Organisation (WHO) in 1948. Each year a theme is selected that highlights a priority area of public health. The Day provides an opportunity for individuals in every community to get involved in activities that can lead to better health. The World Health Day 2014 campaign focuses on some of the most commonly known vectors and the diseases they cause and what we can all do to protect ourselves. Vectors are small organisms such as mosquitoes, sandflies, bugs, ticks and freshwater snails that can carry disease from person to person and place to place. They can put our health at risk, at home and when travelling. It is important that travellers know how to protect themselves from these diseases when travelling to countries where there is a health threat.

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The Private Hotel School outside Stellenbosch and Kayamandi High School have agreed to take Kayamandi learners for practical experience and exposure in some culinary disciplines that will aid them in their Hospitality Studies at school.

Cape Wine Auction marquee at Delaire Graff Estate in Stellenbosch

The inaugural 2014 AfrAsia Bank Cape Wine Auction, which took place on Saturday 15th March, witnessed the remarkable realisation of a bold dream when an astounding R7.045 million was raised for education in the Cape Winelands. In a grand marquee on the majestic Delaire Graff Estate in Stellenbosch, 250 prominent local and international wine aficionados as well as online bidders were invited to make a serious difference when 40 once-in-a-lifetime Auction lots came under the enthusiastic hammer of auctioneers Iain Banner and Paul Myson. The astonishing line-up of lots included rare wine collections as well as exclusive hand-selected local and international wine, gourmet and travel experiences. Highlights of the day included an art cameo by talented artist John Adams whose live 8-minute surprise portrait of Nelson Mandela fetched a staggering R460 000 on the Auction. Other lots fetching phenomenally high prices were: The Mulderbosch & Fable Mountain Vineyards American Dream Lot: R700 000; The Glenelly Estate Lot: R450 000 and The DeMorgenzon & Royal Portfolio Lot: R400 000. The Auction beneficiaries, the Pebbles Project, the MAD Charity and the Click Foundation, together with The Cape Wine Auction Trustees Michael Jordaan, Ken Kinsey-Quick, Wendy Appelbaum, Siobhan Thompson and Michael Ratcliffe, will now have the resources to take the first steps towards changing people’s lives through the powerful tool of education.

Cape Wine Auction in action

Akademia loods Sakeplankompetisie Akademia het 20 Maart die nasionale Akademia Sakeplankompetisie vir 2014 geloods met ‘n prysgeld ter waarde van meer as R300 000,00. Hierdie kompetisie, wat die grootste Afrikaanse sakeplankompetisie van sy soort in Suid Afrika is, spog reeds met nasionale en internasionale belangstelling in sommige van sy 2013-wenners.

entrepreneurs terug te bring na die basisdokument van hul besighede – hul sakeplan. Rob Davies, die minister van handel en nywerheid, het onlangs aangetoon dat bykans vyf uit elke sewe nuwe klein besighede jaarliks in die stof byt.

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“The Private Hotel School is aware of its responsibility to share resources and knowledge with the community,” says Susina Jooste, director academic development. “We thoroughly enjoy the interaction with learners from Kayamandi, but also the other schools in the area, and see this as the perfect opportunity to inspire them to consider the hospitality and food industries as career option.”

Ayanda Tukwayo (left) and Landiso Bikani learn how to make pasta from scratch

Atletiekspan Hoërskool Strand Atlete van Hoërskool Strand is gedeeltelik opgeneem in 'n Boland-span wat op 14 en 15 Maart in Oudtshoorn aan die Wes-Kaap Kampioenskappe deelgeneem het. ‘n Ander groep atlete is uitgenooi om op 3 - 5 April aan die ASA Jeug- en Junior Kampioenskappe op Stellenbosch deel te neem.

Agter: Thabo Nthuthu (stap), Zaid Williams 800m), Kyle Jantjies (verspring), Arend Stapelberg driesprong), Leon Strauss (hoogspring),Ulrich Retief (hamergooi), Conrad Herbst (hindernis), Michelle Laas (hamergooi) Middel: Annamarie Louw (atletiekorganiseerder HS Strand) Voor: Cherize Steyn (200m), Christine Kritzinger (driesprong), Shannon Vermeulen (100m, 200m), Mercia Oosthuizen (90m hekkies, 100m), Danell Ras (100m, verspring, spiesgooi), Delia Meyer (stap), Marizelle Verwey (hamergooi), Simoné Rossouw (driesprong),Elke Briedenhann (hamergooi), Janida Gouws (hamergooi), Clarise Lerm (hamergooi)

Media24. Verskeie AHI-sakekamers soos die CCBC in Pretoria, die groter Tygerberg Sakekamer, asook die provinsiale AHI-streke in die Wes-Kaap en Vrystaat ondersteun reeds hierdie opbouende projek. Die 2014-kompetisie het groot pryse op die spel. Semi-finaliste in die kompetisie woon werkswinkels gratis by waartydens hul sakeplan kennis deur kenners op hierdie gebied uitgebou word. Belangstellendes word daaraan

herinner dat die sluitingsdatum vir inskrywings 19 Mei 2014 is. Belangstellendes skryf in deur ʼn sakeidee aanlyn in te dien. Vir meer inligting oor die kompetisie en seminare, asook registrasie vir hierdie geleenthede, kan Akademia se webblad besoek word by Deelnemers kan “sakeplan”, hul naam en van SMS na 34933. Elke SMS kos R2.

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FIRST HI-TECH SOLAR PLANT OFFICIALLY OPENED IN STELLENBOSCH South Africa’s and Africa’s first hi-tech solar plant was officially opened in Stellenbosch’s technology hub, Technopark, with a ribbon-cutting and plaque-unveiling ceremony by the Minister of Science and Technology, Derek Hanekom, 28 February 2014. The plant will serve as a demonstration facility for the production and marketing of a thin-film solar module that provides an effective way to convert solar energy into electricity. The opening by the Minister follows the inauguration of the plant’s equipment earlier the month by joint venture partners Photovoltaic Technology Intellectual Property (PTiP), a local technology development and intellectual

holding company, and Singulus Technologies, a listed German engineering company. PTiP, a spin-off company of the University of Johannesburg (UJ), is the first company in

module is only 3 microns, compared to the traditional first generation silicon technology with a thickness of more than 300 microns.

South Africa to convert basic raw materials through 15 production processes into a fully integrated solar energy product — all under one roof.

The development of the technology was initiated by the Physics Department of UJ in 1993, led by Prof Vivian Alberts, who is the CEO of PTiP. The facility currently employs 10 people, excluding building and equipment contractors.

The new generation thin-film photovoltaic technology was fully developed in South Africa and will be produced at Technopark, Stellenbosch. The module includes a unique homogenous semi-conductor alloy, comprising five chemical elements. The total thickness of the active materials in the thin-film

Photovoltaic technology is one of the

Stellenbosch is an environment that offers expertise for the commercialisation of the technology and to present it to the world. The aim is now to establish a fully-fledged photovoltaic industry, to train people and to stimulate job creation in the industry.

fastest growing industries in the world. In 2011, thin-film solar photovoltaic technology accounted for 11% of market share. Strong further growth in this technology is expected.

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DESIGN YOUR LIFE WITH DECOREX CAPE TOWN Decorex Cape Town, South Africa’s premier décor, design and lifestyle exhibition is set to take place over the Freedom Day long weekend from 25th to 28th April 2014. Themed Design Your Life for 2014, where all aspects of design will focus on the individual. Decorex Cape Town is a must-see for anyone with plans on the home décor and design front. It is the end of the era where onedimensional concepts of design dictate that we should live in a home that is, for example, either minimalist or baroque. No-one should be driving our style but ourselves and how we choose to live has become an entirely personal choice.


A recent visit to Celmar confirmed their ability to provide the market with high quality products. Celmar has been in the concrete manufacturing business since 1973 and has subsequently become the largest manufacturer and supplier of precast concrete walling and pavers in the Western Cape. Celmar possesses the most singled out Automated Wetcast Machine in the world for the manufacturing of precast walling. This machine is able to control the aggregate mixture whereby the production of top quality products is secured. For this reason they developed an improved dispatch centre in order that clients may receive their goods without delay. It is no surprise that they offer a “concrete” solution to the everyday need when it has to do with securing property and the erecting of precast walls. They pride on using only the latest technology and focus heavily on the strength, durability, consistency, and the quality of their products.

This new, modern era has resulted in a more realistic approach to life and we love the fact that designers all over the world are translating this movement into objects and concepts that target the individual. Decorex Cape Town will be all about inspiring you to Design Your Life. With a variety of exhibitors, South Africa’s premier décor, design and lifestyle exhibition will cover every aspect of your lifestyle with a variety of décor and design options. Explore your own creativity, find the style and the lifestyle of your dreams, and make choices that will create the home that you’ve always wanted.









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Finally the moment that all 2013 FNB Wines2Whales (W2W) Mountain Bike (MTB) riders have been waiting for, is the opening of the spectacular Amphi Bike Park at Paul Cluver to the public. “A key FNB W2W MTB passion is to create and maintain MTB Trails that are scenic, safe and adventurous,” says Johan Kriegler, FNB W2W MTB Director. “Recently the Cluver family of the Paul Cluver Wine Estate has partnered with us, to build one of the most exciting MTB trail projects in South Africa, the Paul Cluver and FNB W2W MTB Bike Park, situated in the Amphitheatre at Paul Cluver. Dr Cluver always had a passion for wood work and creative ideas. He co-opted Anton Potgieter, who is well known for his eco-bridges in South Africa, to oversee the construction of the Pedal Power Association (PPA) swing, Raka, Slangpark, the resurrection of Pofadder and Witklippieskloof”. The unique bridges at Paul Cluver Wine Estate have been elected as one

of the design projects for the international World Design Capital Cape Town 2014. Adding to its uniqueness is the alien wood (blue gum, black wattle and black wood) that was used in construction of these magnificent bridges. The alien trees in the amphitheatre were replaced by indigenous trees. The bike park has three sections, the 7km MTB Loop, 1km technical play park and 30km(Red) and 35km (Black). All three sections start and finish at the same spot, within the Amphitheatre.

In 2013 the Mercedes-Benz Boland Market Centre, consisting of Paarl Motors and Eikestad Motors held their first Annual Mercedes Trophy Golf Day. On the 10th April 2014 they will host the second Annual Mercedes Trophy Golf Day at Pearl Valley Golf Estate, Franschhoek. 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 Mercedes Trophy is the largest Amateur Golf Tournament in the world. These Amateur Golf Tournaments are played in over 40 countries in the world, and each country will send their best players to compete.


African Youth Olympic Qualifiers The South African u18 boys and girls hockey teams returned on Sunday 16th March with gold medals to show for their efforts from the African Youth Olympic Qualifiers held in Lusaka (Zambia) from 10-15 March. The SA u18 girls results: Zimbabwe 13-2, Zambia 7-2, Nambia 9-2, Kenya 15-0 & FINAL: Zambia 5-3. The SA u18 boys results: Nambia 7-3, Zimbabwe 10-3, Zambia 3-3, Kenya 5-3 & FINAL: Zambia 3-1. From left to right: Bele Ntuli (Captain), Garth Turner (V-C), Matthew Martins, Luke Schooling, Ryan Crowe, Cody v Wyk, Jacques Bleeker, Keegan Hezlett, Neville Rothman (Assistant Coach), Tevin Kok, Tyson Ngungwana, Nick Pereira (Physio), Mo Malebye (Head Coach) and Brandon Swart (Manager).

At the Mercedes-Benz Boland Market Centre’s first Golf Day Tournament last year they won the best Dealer Golf Day in South Africa. They played at the De Zalze Estate on the 23rd of May 2103 and raised R65 000 for St Luke’s Hospice. The 2014 Amateur Golf Day is fully paid for by Mercedes-Benz Boland Market Centre and they will be spoiling their customers in true Mercedes-Benz Fashion. The Golf day will be followed by a Gala Dinner and an Auction. Mercedes-Benz Boland Market Centre wishes to extend their gratitude and appreciation toward all sponsors for donating amazing items toward the Auction. All monies raised will be donated to Drakenstein Palliative Hospice. They hope to raise R75 000 this year for a worthy cause.

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Two Oceans Marathon in wheelchair for charity On 19 April 2014, Jeremy Hazell will attempt to become the first person to complete the 56km Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon (OMTOM) in his regular wheelchair, fitted only with a third accessory wheel for improved steering and maneuverability. In taking on this challenge, Jeremy hope to raise funds for The Rachel Swart Fund and Senecio, two Non-profit Organisations. Senecio is an organisation which provides support for people with disabilities from underprivileged communities in the Helderberg region. “These are charities close to my heart, because they provide support to people whose circumstances present them with challenges that go far beyond those of

their disabilities,” says Jeremy. The Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon will present him with the greatest athletic challenge he has undertaken since being paralysed in an accident on Table Mountain 16 years ago. After 13 years of inactivity and declining health Jeremy was inspired by an article Tim Noakes wrote on the famous low-carb high-fat diet and decided to revitalise his health and start exercising seriously, losing 30 kg. In 2012 and 2013 Jeremy completed the OMTOM Half Marathon of 21 km and the Peninsula Marathon of 42km in a time of 4h41m. On 16 February 2014 he completed the Peninsula Marathon

under five hours to qualify his entry for the Two Oceans. During events, Jeremy uses a clip-on third wheel called a Free Wheel, but does not use a racing wheelchair. The Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon, draws sporting enthusiasts from across the globe to the scenic Cape Peninsula for a unique athletic experience. This year 11 000 runners will take part in the Ultra marathon (56km) while 16 000 runners will compete in the half marathon. The full marathon kicks off on Main Road, Newlands and continues through Muizenberg, Fish Hoek, over the breathtaking Chapman’s Peak Drive, through Hout Bay, over Constantia Nek before ending at the UCT Rondebosch campus. Donations - Search, Jeremy Hazel

We support Drug free sport in South Africa The I Play Fair initiative is about making a commitment to drug-free sport whether you are an athlete, supporter or coach. The SA Institute for Drug-Free Sport (SAIDS) announced last month that the president of SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC), Mr. Gideon Sam, will be leading the Institute’s I Play Fair team for the 2014 Old Mutual Two Oceans half-marathon

taking place on the 19th April in Cape Town. Sam will be running for the Institute’s proactive education campaign ‘I Play Fair – Say No! To Doping’, which aims to establish a culture of fair play in sport. Institute of Drug-Free Sport: “Drug-Free Sport is a public entity that promotes participation in sport that is free from the use of prohib-


ited substances or methods intended to artificially enhance performance, thereby rendering impermissible doping practices, which are contrary to the principles of fair play and medical ethics, in the interest of the health and well-being of sports persons. The institute’s efforts include antidoping strategy in sport; education on drugs in sport; and collaboration with other national anti-doping agencies


throughout the world. The Drug-Free Sport Act grants the Institute for DrugFree Sport statutory drug testing powers and the authority to conduct and enforce a national anti-doping programme”. The Institute is encouraging all South African sportsmen and women, coaches and fans to take the ‘I Play Fair – Say NO! To Doping’ pledge by visiting