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The DHL Stormers had a busy programme in preparing for the 2015 Vodacom Super Rugby season by starting the year with a training camp in Hermanus and three pre-season friendlies against SWD, the Cheetahs and the Boland Cavaliers. Earlier in January a 39-man DHL Stormers squad had a pre-season four-day training camp in Hermanus with team-building exercises, on-field training as well as an open training session to ensure players are prepared for the three preseason friendly matches. The camp also included a field session under the watchful eye of SA Rugby breakdown specialist, Richie Gray. Scarra Ntubeni, Eben Etzebeth, Duane Vermeulen, Nizaam Carr and Damian de Allende – all of whom toured with the Springboks at the end of last year were part of the training camp, along with capped Springboks, Siya Kolisi, Juan de Jongh and Jaco Taute.
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DIE JAAR SKOP AF MET VERSNIT 2015! Twee eg Suid-Afrikaanse handelsmerke, Rust en Vrede en die Atterbury Groep van Pretoria het saamgespan om die jaar af te skop met Versnit 2015 – ‘n produksie wat Saterdagaand, 24 Januarie groot vermaak aan nagenoeg 400 gaste besorg het.
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Voor die Herehuis op die pragtige wynplaas, Rust en Vrede, met uitgestrekte grasperke, wingerde en berge in die agtergrond, is ‘n vingerete en wyn bedien, terwyl die gaste vermaak is deur gesogte Suid-Afrikaanse kunstenaars. Die Campére, die alombekende Johan Badenhorst van die TV-program Voetspore, het die visie van Versnit 2015 uitgebeeld. Die produksie was die vierde suksesvolle aanbieding van die Atterbury en Rust en Vrede Versnit program saamgestel deur Jean Engelbrecht en Louis van der Watt. Terwyl die klankopname van Dulsie van den Berg se woorde uit die TV-reeks ‘Agter elke Man’ weerklink, het Steve Hofmeyr ‘Agter elke man’ vir die gehoor gesing. Hy het ook op luisteryke wyse sy Neil Diamond gunstelinge met die gehoor gedeel.
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Props Wilco Louw and Frans van Wyk, both of whom are still eligible for the DHL Western Province Under-21 team, are amongst the new faces in the squad, joining flyhalf Robert du Preez, centres Johnny Kotze and Huw Jones and fullback EW Viljoen as the other newbies in the selection mix.
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Du Preez, Kotze, Jones, and Viljoen are all graduates of the DHL WP Under21 set-up from 2014, along with hooker Michael Willemse, lock Jurie van Vuuren and loose forward Sikhumbuzo Notshe, all of whom had a brief taste of Super Rugby action in 2014. National skipper Jean de Villiers is on the long-term injury list, whilst experienced loose forward Schalk Burger will join up with the DHL Stormers squad at the conclusion of his commitments in Japan.
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Springbok star Duane Vermeulen will captain the DHL Stormers in 2015, with DHL Western Province's Absa Currie Cup-winning captain Juan de Jongh named as vice-captain for the upcoming Vodacom Super Rugby season. "Both Duane and Juan are long-time and key members of the DHL Stormers playing squad," DHL Stormers head coach Allister Coetzee said. "In the past our leadership groups were able to rely on experienced campaigners like Deon Fourie, Tiaan Liebenberg, Pat Cilliers, Brok Harris, De Kock Steenkamp, Peter Grant and Gio Aplon, but there are no such luxuries this year for Duane and Juan.” The DHL Stormers will open their 2015 Vodacom Super Rugby campaign against the Bulls in Pretoria on Saturday, 14 February. Their first home game is against the Blues, at DHL Newlands, on Saturday, 21 February.
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DIE JAAR SKOP AF MET VERSNIT 2015! ( Vervolg van Bl.1) Riana Nel met haar uitsonderlike stem het ‘n lied opgedra aan Jean wat die gehoor met oorgawe begroet het, terwyl dit met sagte eggo vanuit die berge weerklink het. Die talentvolle Afrikaanse kunstenaars, sommige al volksbesit en ander splinternuut tot die bedryf, het hierdie ‘n volwaardige nostalgiese reis vervolmaak.
Laurika se Blou Kafee het die gehoor meegesleur na tye van mooi wense en drome droom, terwyl Elvis Blue die dae toe ons jonk was uitstekend uitgebeeld het. Die nuweling Joshua na die Reën het gesorg dat die Sekelmaan deur die aand weerklink, en sy optrede saam met Laurika Rauch het groot aanklank onder the gehoor gevind. Adam Tas het nie alleen gevra: “Is dit hoe die hemel lyk, is dit hoe dit proe,” maar ook die lied talentvol oorgedra. Jannie Moolman het welliswaar die “Swaarkry as die wintermaande nader kruip” op luisteryke wyse vertolk, en Amanda Strydom het die gehoor bekoor met “So loop ons verder die pad.” Die kwaliteit sang het die volmaaktheid van Versnit 2015 onderskryf. Die orkeslede, almal van Pretoria, het deurgaans gesorg dat die onderskeie kunstenaars die gehoor aan hulle voete hou, terwyl Brendon Ross ’n finominale bydrae gelewer met die saxofoon.
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‘n Onverwagte Versnit Toekenning die eerste van sy soort, is deur Jean en Louis aan Laurika Rauch oorhanding en die minlike Laurika het woorde gesoek om haar dankbaarheid te betoon.
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Stellenbosch City Orchestra Debut Perfromance at Oude Libertas
The newly formed Stellenbosch City Orchestra made its Debut under the baton of Matie alumnus, Paul Zuilenburg at a jam-packed Oude Libertas Amphitheatre in Stellenbosch on 25 January. The music performed by this 55 piece symphony orchestra covered all aspects of the symphonic genre and varied from Jazz, Broadway to movie sound tracks and light Classical repertoire. The newly formed Stellenbosch City Orchestra is based on the hugely successful model of Paul Zuilenburg’s Bloemfontein City Orchestra where amateur and professional musicians play alongside each other in a full scale Symphony Orchestra.
Western Cape Chefs Shortlist for S.Pellegrino’s Young Chef Awards 2015 Four Western Cape chefs have made it through to phase two of the S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2015 awards. One chef from each region stands the chance to compete in the international competition in Milan in June when the overall winner will be announced.
The Stellenbosch City Orchestra performed famous themes from 007, Schindler’s List, the ever so popular My Fair Lady, Phantom of the Opera, and Fiddler on the Roof, followed by Chicago, a Sinatra Medley, New York, New York, not to mention the Duke Ellington Medley as well as Les Misérables, the Pink Panther, the Jungle Book, 42nd Street, Cabaret, Star Wars Suite, and Together again. An unexpected add-on to the show was saxophonist Andrew Young’s performance.
The Western Cape finalists are Amoré Botha, chef de partie at Azure at the 12 Apostles in Camps Bay, Angelo Scirocco, sous chef at Chefs Warehouse in Cape Town, Darren Badenhorst, chef at The Restaurant at Grande Provence in Franschhoek and Katlego Sebastian Mlambo, sous chef at Rust en Vrede Restaurant in Stellenbosch. The 10 chefs will compete in a local competition, from which one representative will be chosen to battle it out against 19 chefs from the other regions in Milan in June 2015. David Higgs, the Executive Chef of Saxon Boutique Hotel in Johannesburg, a multi-award winning Chef who is world-renowned for his exquisite and artistic dishes has been selected as the mentor for the San Pellegrino Young Chef Awards 2015 representing Africa and Middle East in Milan in June 2015.
Paul Zuilenburg’s performance as conductor took the audience by surprise. He disclosed his secret to the audience - on reserving the venue for a symphonic production, he had no orchestra.“The only part of the orchestra was me,” he laughed.
Katlego Sebastian Mlambo Sous Chef at Rust en Vrede
More than 3000 young chefs submitted their application together with their signature dish on www.finedininglovers.com to get a chance to participate to S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2015, the global scouting project to find the world’s best young chefs. The selection for the first 10 finalists for each region was made according to five Golden Rules: ingredients, skills, genius, beauty and message. He also revealed that the Stellenbosch City Orchestra had its first rehearsal at the Paul Roos Gymnasium only four days prior to its debut performance at Oude Libertas Amphitheatre. The evening came to an end with a standing ovation by the audience for a brilliant performance by the newly formed Orchestra. We trust to see more performances of such excellence in the City of Oaks. For more information visit www.facebook.com/StellenboschCityOrchestra
Schools Ready for 2015 On 21 January 2015, more than one million learners returned to school across the province for the 2015 academic year, and for many learners in Grade R and Grade 1, this will be their first time in “big school”. The following 4 schools opened their doors to learners in the Western Cape for the first time: Bottelary Primary School in Stellenbosch, Protea High School in Brakenfell, Itsitsa Primary School in Mfuleni and Wellington Primary School in Wellington. Every year the WCED receives a number of late enrolments. To parents who are having difficulties enrolling their child, or who have failed to enrol their child, they are advised to approach their nearest school as there could be some enrolment cancellations after the school holidays. Alternatively they may approach the local district office for assistance with finding a place at a school. The projected enrolment for 2015 is 109 000 grade 1 learners. The system currently indicates that 34 535 Gr R learners have applied successfully for a space at schools in the Western Cape. Providing Grade R to learners within the province gives them a significant advantage in their first few years of schooling assisting us in achieving better results and education levels in foundation phase learners. The WCED infrastructure section has invested heavily in Grade R over the past few years, building more than 406 classrooms in a four year period. This year 26 schools in the Western Cape will receive new Grade R classrooms. Planning for the school year is not an easy task. It requires a great deal of work and involves various structures within the Western Cape Education Department (WCED), including head office, the districts, principals, educators and school management teams. Going to school for the first time can be an anxious time for both the parents and learners. Children can achieve much more with supportive, interested parents. Without it, their entire futures could be compromised.
The shortlist of 10 chefs representing Africa and Middle East included seven chefs from South African restaurants, one from Dubai, one from Kuwait and one from the UAE’s Etihad Airways.
Darren Badenhorst, chef at The Restaurant at Grande Provence
In June during Expo Milano 2015, a jury of seven famous international chefs, “seven sages” like Gastón Acurio, Yannick Alléno, Massimo Bottura, Margot Janse, Yoshihiro Narisawa, Éric Ripert and Joan Roca, will elect the winner.
First year Maties released thousands of balloons into the air As part of being welcomed to Stellenbosch University on 22 January, some 5000 new students each wrote their hopes and dreams for 2015 on a balloon and released it into the air together. The event formed part of the official welcoming function that was held at the Danie Craven Stadium at Coetzenburg in Stellenbosch. Among others the SU Orchestra entertained guests while the Maties mascot, Pokkel amused the crowd. Students who could not understand Afrikaans were able to tune in on an interpretation service on their cellphones. The opening function also served as the official kick-off to the annual Making A Decision 2 Make A Difference (MAD²) programme. MAD² is a fun, student-driven, fundraising project in aid of Maties Community Service with this year’s theme, Challenge accepted. The public can look forward to the events on the MAD² programme. The first is the ever popular “Vensters” which will be held on 30 January with great fun for the whole family. On Saturday, 7 February from 09:00 fitness enthusiasts are invited to take part in the first ever MAD² Fun Run – a new item on the MAD² calendar. The fun run will follow a 5km route along the Coetzenburg mountain trail. For more information visit www.sun.ac.za/welcome
Where in the world can you find the Best Distillery Tour? The Best Distillery Tour in the world is on your doorstep at the Van Ryn's Distillery in Stellenbosch – this according to judges at the 2015 Distillery Experience Awards. Around the world, tourists visit distilleries while on holiday in search of unique cultural experiences, and with brandy’s long history in South Africa – it was brought here in the 1800s by Dutch sailors – there is much to tell, culminating in recent awards for Van Ryn’s such as Best Worldwide Brandy and International Brandy Producer of the Year. The Best Distillery Tour award celebrates the effectiveness of thoughtful distillery tours. Judges were in search of the most innovative tour that offers tourists an educational and memorable experience into the production and distillation of spirits. Judges commented that the Van Ryn’s team was clearly proud of their work. “They are obviously very focused on what they are doing and work hard to deliver it well.” “It is an impressive tour and great visitor numbers show that they offer visitors something quite different and interesting – such as the cooperage and the presentation on how barrels are put together. The tour also integrates well with other attractions on site and offers informative and rich content delivered in an interesting way.”
Van Ryn’s brand home manager Fre-Nay Brown said the award was fantastic news. “The team is extremely dedicated to creating a memorable and entertaining experience and we hope this award will encourage locals who have not yet visited us, to come and try our premium brandies, learn about the magic of distillation and discover for themselves why South African brandies are world-class.”
Minister Winde Welcomes Move to Roll Out Red Tape Reduction Programme Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, has welcomed the National Government’s decision to implement a Red Tape Reduction programme to support small businesses. The Western Cape Government launched its Red Tape Reduction initiative in 2011 and has since opened more than 2000 cases, achieving a resolution rate of above 80%. It was reported on 21 January 2015 that the Department of Small Businesses has decided to roll its programme out.
Minister Winde said: “The Red Tape team have saved hundreds of jobs in the Western Cape through their interventions. The unit is changing the brand of the Western Cape by sending a clear message that in this province, we are making it easier for business to do business.” “We are now moving into a second phase where we will be taking a more proactive approach to creating an enabling business environment. We are aware of the most problematic regulations and we are targeting these. If we want to remain a competitive destination, we have to cut red tape.” At the Western Cape Government’s inaugural Red Tape Reduction Conference, which was held in September last year, Minister Winde appealed to the national government to conduct Regulatory Impact Assessments to assess the cost of all proposed legislation. Minister Winde said unnecessary legislation had a high economic cost for the country. He highlighted the new visa regulations. “An independent study found that the economic cost to South Africa could run as high as R10 billion, and place 21000 jobs on the line. Cutting red tape needs a whole-of-government, whole-of-society approach. In this regard the Department of Small Business’s move to tackle red tape is a major step in the right direction.”
Spoil your Valentine
A ‘Love Story of Wines’
Love — “a wildly misunderstood although highly desirable malfunction of the heart which weakens the brain, causes eyes to sparkle, cheeks to glow, blood pressure to rise and the lips to pucker.”
At Muratie, situated in the Knorhoek Valley north of Stellenbosch, the passion for preserving the estate’s rich heritage and the intriguing human stories woven into the very fabric of its centuries old history, are captured in every nook and cranny of this family farm, where the unique old-world ambience is almost tangible. Even the wines reflect a tangible sense of time suspended.
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This year Holden Manz invites you to spoil your Valentine at the wine estate in Franschhoek. Cupid will present you and your loved one romance filled with a showcase of passion. Sneak away for a picnic under ancient oak tress next to the Franschhoek River, and enjoy a packed picnic basket with a chilled bottle of bubbly prepared by the estate’s Franschhoek Kitchen, while gazing into each other’s eyes by day at only R495 per couple. The Holden Manz Africology Spa has designed a romantic package to ease every couple into the evening of romance. Packages are made available to spoil single and couples, not to mention an experience in the couples massage room with a glass of ice cold Holden Manz Rose.
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The Melck family honoured the estate’s fascinating history by naming all Muratie’s Iconic Wines after extraordinary characters from the farm’s colourful past, each with its own enchanting story described on the back label. And there are a myriad stories reaching as far back as the 17th century, making Muratie one of the oldest wineries in the Cape Winelands. Two of Muratie’s Iconic Wines, their flagship white blend, Laurens Campher, and flagship red blend, Ansela van de Caab, honour an extraordinary love story from the estate’s captivating past. The remarkable story of Ansela is written into South African folklore as an icon of the struggle against the horrors of slavery at the Cape in the late 17th century. Born in the slave quarters at the Castle, this little slave girl only had a Christian name, her surname being “van de Caab”, Dutch for “of the Cape”, as was the case with all slaves born at the Cape at the time. The first owner of Muratie, a passionate and determined young German soldier called Laurens Campher, met Ansela at the Castle and fell in love with her. During their 14 year courtship, Laurens frequently walked the 64 kilometres to Cape Town and back, a three day trip, to see his beloved Ansela. When she was eventually emancipated, Ansela returned as Laurens’ wife, with their three children, to Muratie. The oak tree Ansela planted to bless their marriage still stands on Muratie today, as does a small white house, their first home, built for them by Laurens.
The Holden Manz romantic atmosphere takes you into the evening, with a special set course dinner prepared by the Franschhoek Kitchen to ignite the passion, and setting the scene toward weakened knees through culinary brilliance. The Franschhoek Kitchen is located at the centre of the Holden Manz estate surrounded by its vineyards. The Restaurant focuses on farm fresh produce and uses only the finest of vegetables and fruit grown on the estate. They also incorporate their wines into the preparation of their fine dishes. Julia Hattingh, the Holden Manz Chef, with experience set as far back as a number of Michelin starred Restaurants in London and Paris, not excluding her experience at Millhouse Kitchen at Lourensford, brings you on this romantic day the taste of wonderfully prepared dishes.
Spread the Trail Love - Wear Red Dirtopia is celebrating the month of love with a fun Trail Run on Saturday, 14 February at the Dirtopia Trail Centre on the Delvera Farm, about 10 km from Stellenbosch. All participants are encouraged to wear something red as part of the theme. The ‘Love Run’ is the third in the Sportsmans Warehouse Series with distances of 15km, 12.5km, 7.5 and 5km routes to choose from. The longer routes offer great climbing on the jeep track through the vineyards towards Klapmutskop with rewarding single track trails and scenic wineland views from the waterpoint with Table Mountain in the distance.
Of course no night is complete without savouring the Holden Manz award winning wines while letting the evening of indulgence sweep you off your feet. Your passion and the Holden Manz passion neatly united into an evening to be remembered. For enquiries please contact 021 876 2738 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Valentine’s Under The Stars At Paul Cluver
Watching a film in a forest theatre is not something a lot of Valentine’s sweethearts will be expecting this Valentine’s Day, but romantics who want to surprise their partners with an extraordinary experience need do no more than buy their tickets and pack their picnic. Set in beautiful Elgin, the Hope @Paul Cluver Amphitheatre will be screening oldschool classic Top Gun this Valentine’s Day, Saturday 14 February. With tickets at a mere R100 each, it’s a date that won’t break the budget either. Spreading the love a little further - the proceeds of all Hope Festival events go to the Thembalitsha Foundation; an organisation that supports and rehabilitates some of the most vulnerable and desperate people in our society.
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The 5km run circles through the vineyards and around the farm dams with lots of birdlife. All participant who finishes the race will be awarded with a little Valentines treat as well as a medal. There will be a refreshment station on the routes with powerade, as well as drinks at the finish. Make sure you stay for the prizegiving and luckydraw. For more information contact 021 884 4752 After the movie beneath the stars, there are only two more opportunities to visit the amphitheatre this summer season: The Hidden Year’s Festival (7 March) will pay tribute to the work of some of South Africa’s foremost struggle artists and will feature Lesley Rae-Dowling, Anton Goosen, Roger Lucey and other artists performing live. On 28 March, a children’s theatre festival will take place with a performance of Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr Fox as well as the plays Get Kraken and Memory. There will also be fun improv-style theatre and lots of fun and games for the family. Patrons can bring their own food; notwithstanding, warm and cold food along with snacks, is for sale. No alcohol is permitted to be brought into the venue, but Paul Cluver wine is on sale – along with craft beer, soft drinks, teas and coffees.
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The organisation is very active in the Grabouw area - as well as across Cape Town. The Hope Festival series is a programme of live music, theatre and cinema held on the Paul Cluver Estate. The programme kicked off in November and will run until the end of March.
Ticket holders should bring blankets and cushions to sit on but folding chairs are not permitted. Seating is unreserved with every seat affording a golden circle view. Limited group tables are also available. Gates for Top Gun open at 18h00 and the show starts at 19h30. The event is supported by The Department of Arts of Culture, Business Arts South Africa and Appletiser. Bookings can be made through Computicket: www.computicket.com
New cooking Series with Neill Anthony Filmed by leading local TV Production Company, Okuhle Media and featuring talented executive chef, Neill Anthony, “Neill Anthony – The Private Chef” will provide viewers with a rare glimpse into the high-pressured world of what it takes to cater for South Africa’s high society and A-list socialites. The 13-part TV Series is scheduled to premier on SABC 3 in March, followed by an international distribution via Okuhle Media’s global distributor, Zodiak Rights. Originated and filmed by Okuhle Media, the TV Series is a joint venture production with Chef Neill Anthony, who spent 10 years in Europe honing his skills in the professional kitchens of Gordon Ramsay, Alyn Williams, Jerome Henry and Marcus Waering. On his return to the Mother City, he became a personal chef, cooking Michelin-star quality food for his clients in the comfort and safety of their own homes. Set in cosmopolitan South Africa and directed by the SAFTA Award Winning Director, Chris Lotz, “Neill Anthony – The Private Chef” is currently in production and offers a rare behind-the-scenes glimpse into the homes of Neill’s prestigious clients, socialite friends, and fun-loving acquaintances as he takes otherwise ordinary dining experiences and transforms them into exclusive fine dining extravaganzas. Each 26-minute episode begins in Neill’s contemporary modern loft apartment in the heart of Cape Town before he heads out to source the freshest local ingredients for that day’s event. As a down-to-earth and humble chef with a passion for good food, Neill uses only the best in local, seasonal, and sustainable produce as he believes this translates to better food on the plate.
His local is lekker approach will take viewers on a colourful journey through the bustling streets of Cape Town and surrounds as he shares valuable “how to” tips and ‘sourcing secrets” ahead of each glittering event. The Series will broadcast weekly on SABC 3 on Sundays from 15 March.
PERFECTION AT MONT MARIE RESTAURANT Driving alongside the picturesque vineyards toward Mont Marie, a relaxed presence fills your every desire toward an evening of non-molecular fine dining, but rather fine dining in real food.
The medium Beef Sirloin was cooked to perfection with a jus complementing the dish. The Vegetarian dishes are not forgotten and one can indulge in the Falafel served with confit potatoes and coleslaw with Malay mayonnaise.
Mont Marie, a Restaurant of Distinction was conceived through the passionate drive of the 27 year old Pieter Vlok and the kind support of Whitey Basson who made Pieter’s dream a reality. In support of his passion, Pieter as owner and Executive Chef also has the backup support of his general manager Carmen Schmidt who comes with almost 18 years experience to take the Restaurant to a new level of ambience, service and most of all, an amazing dine-out experience with family and friends.
Treat yourself to the Lemon & Poppy seed soufflé with lemon purée, home-made lemon ice cream and crème pâtissière. Should you like something less sweet, the Local Cheese Platter with a selection of local cheeses, preserves, honeycomb and grissini is the perfect way to end off a fabulous day out washed down with a refreshing glass of Chabivin Brut Rose 2011. Compliments to Pieter Vlok; the start-up of Mont Marie Restaurant a few months ago is well received. As an Executive Chef you serve well designed, prepared, and beautifully plated dishes with passion from your kitchen. Mont Marie offers breakfast and lunch Wednesday to Sunday, and dinner on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings.
On entering Mont Marie Restaurant you are met by the hospitality of the front of house manager who guides you to the terrace overlooking the splendour of the dam and the beauty of the Blaauwklippen Valley surrounded by the gracious Hottentots Holland Mountains, with the setting sun changing the landscape scenery every few minutes. The interior is well designed and modern styled, with an open plan kitchen where the delightful dishes are prepared.
The Restaurant is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. Furthermore, Mont Marie can facilitate various private group functions, even small weddings in its selected entertainment lounge and private bar. Mont Marie is looking toward to accommodate corporate clients with Corporate Functions like Full & Half Day conference as well as entertaining overseas clients for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Set menus are created for groups of 10 and upwards with choices on the Starter, Main & Dessert. For any birthday party or any special celebration, Mont Marie is the place of choice with many of the locals and foreigners; and attention to detail assured them 3rd place on “Tripadvisor” in the Stellenbosch region.
Feeling relocated to another world, Chef Pieter makes his appearance with a word of welcome while we sample homemade bread, poppy seed lavash, hummus with a honey & mustard sauce and garlic emulsion. The dishes on the menu are well selected with a choice of either a two or three course meal.
The Kiddies play area see parents stopping by for Breakfast, lazing away into lunch, with no haste or urgency to leave. The enclosed play area assures that the kids are safe and parents can still throw an “eagle eye” from the deck on their little ones, whilst enjoying a crisp glass of white wine overlooking the dam. The Seared Tuna starter with sweetcorn salsa, avocado, Asian dressing and crispy leek, melts in your mouth, not to mention the perfectly combination of flavours of The Smoked Rump Salad with greens, baby tomato, coleslaw, croutons and pesto dressing - which stimulates the taste buds. The Pork Belly as a main course served with roasted vegetables, apple sauce and a soy sauce was out of this world.
The breath-taking sunsets is a definite winner with cocktails being sipped away at “sundowner” hour; every Friday from 17h30-19h00, even just enjoying a glass of wine without having to feel oblige to stay for dinner. Trust Pieter and his team to make your eat out experience memorable. Visit Mont Marie for a food experience that will stay with you for a long time and which will urge you to go back for more! Remember to make a booking ahead of your next visit. For more information Contact 021 880 0777 or email@example.com
ART & DESIGN
Franschhoek to showcase at SAADA Expo
Regarded as one of South Africa’s leading wine producing regions and premier culinary destination, Franschhoek is also home to some of our country’s finest artists.
This year internationally acclaimed potter, David Walters, together with The Old Corkscrew, Holden Manz and Ebony, will be exhibiting at the annual South African Antiques Art and Design Association (SAADA) Expo, which takes place from 13-15 February at The Lookout, V&A Waterfront. The association, now in its 50th, promotes selling South African antiques. Having undergone a bit of a rebranding the association has repositioned itself to include a somewhat younger, hipper and more culturally diverse market with the same exacting standards.
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Web ref # 10165681 Situated in an exclusive security complex, this double storey property offers 6 en-suite bedrooms, open-plan reception areas with multiple fireplaces, a wine cellar and a sauna. Entertainment areas include a private courtyard with a splash pool and a large balcony with built-in braai and beautiful mountain views.
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The public will be able to enjoy a diverse range of objects including Art – Contemporary and Classical, Antiques and Modern Design, Silver, Jewellery, Coins, Books, Carpets, Oriental Collectables and potters. Select Franschhoek Vignerons will be showcasing their wines at the expo, allowing you the opportunity to sample superb wines whilst admiring the beautiful artwork on display.
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Expo, Conference & Festival Design Indaba, the much-anticipated multidisciplinary experience including a conference, simulcast, expo, film festival and music fair will get the creative juices flowing from 20 February -1 March 2015. The events will be taking place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) and a few subsidiary venues in Cape Town.
Design Indaba Conference and Simulcast -This world-renowned conference from 25-27 February will take place at the CTICC and will host thought leaders and design gurus from across the world who are the front-runners in their industries. The simulcast is a live conference broadcast in different locations in South Africa Design Indaba Educators - For the first time ever and in an effort to spread creativity through education and give back to local communities, the Design Indaba will host a one-day free conference for educators on 28 February at the CTICC. Teachers are invited to broaden their horizons and further their knowledge about creative learning.
Design Indaba Filmfest - This creative celebration opens with a cinematic festival from 20 February - 1 March at the Labia. Known as the Design Indaba FilmFest, this showcase brings a firstrate assortment of design-orientated films to the historic Cape Town cinema.
Design Indaba Music Circuit - To accompany the designer’s conference and expo, the Design Indaba is primed to host its Design Indaba Music Circuit. This event provides the soundtrack to the three-day conference and exposes audiences to a range of genres at the Delegate Clubhouse across the road from the CTICC after the conference each day. Design Indaba Expo - From 27 February - 1 March, the Design Indaba Expo, is a showcase that features some of the nation’s top local exhibitors, invites the public view on all new cast of creative. The grand display boasts a seemingly endless supply of bespoke wares, including hand-crafted jewellery, carefully honed furniture designs, handmade craft projects, illustrated cards and stationery. The Winter/Autumn 2015 fashion will feature the collections of South Africa’s top established and up-and-coming local designers, with something for all tastes and disciplines.
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Paul Steyn - ‘The Man of Steel’ Paul Steyn, also known as ‘The Man of Steel’ has walked many miles through the Western Cape the past years with the purpose of assisting disadvantaged amputees to obtain prosthetic limbs. Paul’s dream is to serve the community and to make a difference in the lives of others in a similar situation. He is planning various new projects for 2015 to establish awareness with authorities, society and interest groups to raise funds to make his dream come true. Paul lost his leg in an accident at school in 2000 when he was only thirteen years old. His leg was amputated below the knee after he spent nearly six months in hospital. Because of family difficulties he was taken into foster care and later went to a children's home in Potchefstroom. After school Paul held various jobs before he decided to further his education. After being rejected by many institutions, he was accepted at Boland College in Worcester, even though he suffers from dyslexia. During his studies Paul participated in various community fundraising projects and the experience he gained created a passion in him for community work. In 2010 Paul could not keep up with his studies and decided to call it a day. His passion to assist people inspired him to start the Paul Steyn Foundation, a non-profit organization (NPO) in 2011 to provide an institute that would benefit amputees, support the most needy to obtain a prosthesis and to bring the plight of amputees to the attention of the general public, medical organizations and corporate entities. Paul also visits people whose limbs had recently been amputated, give moral support and provide encouragement during the recovery process. The trust raise funds through various projects, but mainly through long distance fund raising walks undertaken by Paul Steyn himself. Since 2012 he walked about 2500 kilometres to help Bronwyn van der Bergh, Marius Landman, Coenie Struwig, Suzette Olivier, Shannon Phillips and Craig Opperman, a nine year old to receive prosthesis.
At the end of December 2014 Aphiwe Ntamo acquired a prosthesis through the foundation as his plight and story deeply touched them. The 21 year olds life was changed due to a senseless act of violence as he and a friend were robbed at gunpoint at an ATM. Aphiwe did not have money to give the robbers, and they shot him in the leg, which had to be amputated. Aphiwe's dream of becoming a football player was shattered, but with the help of the foundation he could walk again. This year from August to November Paul is planning his next walk from Durban to Cape Town – a distance of 2400km which he wants to complete in 120 days. Imagenheart, with the award winning team of Desmond Denton, the Producer and Kobus Louw, the Director will be producing a 13 part documentary series of the walk.
Paul Steyn - Photo Credit S.L.T Photography
Funds are currently being raised to make the walk and the series possible. Please support this worthy cause and help make a difference in the lives of others! For more information on this project visit www.paulsteynfoundation.org.za
Importance of health checks for children Parents are urged to take children for regular general health checks-ups, including vaccinations, if this was not on their “to do list” before the “back to school preparations. According to the National Childhood Immunisation Schedule, children are given the tetanus and reduced strength of diphtheria vaccine (Td Vaccine) at the age of six, followed by another round at the age of 12. “I want to urge parents to ensure that their children receive these vaccinations, which are administered via an injection in their upper arm. Prevention is always better than cure. Also, our clinics offer these immunisations free of charge,” said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Health, Councillor Benedicta Van Minnen. City Health staff are also well placed to provide advice on good nutrition, which is a key focus of the Directorate’s awareness and education programme. It makes sense to prevent more people from getting sick, which is why we place such heavy emphasis on responsible behaviour, but also good nutrition. Our staff can help parents with advice on finding a balance for their child’s lunchbox that will positively aid their growth and development, but also keep them healthy. Child obesity is a grave concern around the world, so we need to do everything possible to promote healthy eating habits and exercise,’ added Councillor Van Minnen. The City’s Environmental Health staff conduct hundreds of awareness campaigns at schools and Edu-care facilities throughout the year, focusing on personal hygiene and other health matters.
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Is it safe to smoke ‘hubbly bubbly’? The City of Cape Town will escalate its efforts this year for legislative clarity on the wide array of ‘alternative’ smoking devices and habits that have become commonplace in South Africa. Ongoing research into hookah pipes (or ‘hubbly bubblies’ as the devices are commonly known) indicates that they are decidedly more dangerous than societal attitudes suggest. The most recent study in the United States of America found that 39% of teens and young adults who had previously smoked hookah pipes went on to smoke cigarettes. Hookah pipes are very popular in Cape Town, not just among adults, but also children because there is a perception that the flavoured tobacco is somehow not harmful. Tobacco is tobacco, no matter what the flavour.
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“We need to be more mindful as a society about the burden we’re placing on the healthcare system. In the Cape especially, we have very high levels of TB and other respiratory diseases and so we need to make every effort to combat those, including prevention through responsible personal choices,” said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Health, Councillor Benedicta Van Minnen.
City Health has met with researchers from both the University of Cape Town and the University of the Western Cape. The consensus is that while the research is not definitive, smoking hookah pipes is harmful to the health of an individual. The researchers are also in agreement that nicotine remains one of the most addictive substances, especially for young people. “I will be raising the issue with the National Health Minister to push for legal clarity on the use of hookah pipes and e-cigarettes sooner rather than later. I am not necessarily pushing for a ban on the devices, because to be fair there is not definitive proof of their impact, but we do need to close the legislative vacuum where these devices are concerned,” added Councillor Van Minnen
Stargazing picnic at Taalmonument
Stargazing enthusiasts should not miss the Stargazing Picnic at the Afrikaanse Taalmonument on Paarl Mountain on 21 February. At these picnics visitors can discover the night skies with the help of the Orion Observation Group (OOG), an informal stargazing club from the Boland.
The theme for the evening is “Cosmic Matrimonial Dance”. The picnic starts at 18:00. A guided tour of the Monument starts at 18:30. From 20:00 to 22:30 visitors can watch the skies through telescopes under the guidance of OOG members. A photography workshop will also be presented at the Stargazing Picnic on 21 February.
Participants will learn to take timeexposure photographs to record star trails. This practical workshop by professional photographer and registered tour guide Peter Haarhoff, of the Cape Photographic Company, is suitable for beginner and intermediate photographers. A digital or 35mm single lens reflex (SLR) camera is essential. A workshop fee will be charged. Visitors are welcome to bring their own picnic baskets or they can order one from Volksmond Coffee. Volksmond will be open for coffee and light refreshments. No dogs and fires are allowed. Safe parking is available and access is controlled. Visitors are advised to bring along binoculars and warm clothes. Stargazing Picnics will be cancelled if weather conditions change. The last Stargazing Picnics for the season will take place on 21 March with the theme, The Southern Cross and nine stars. For more information visit www.taalmonument.co.za
The AfrAsia Bank Cape Wine Auction
The AfrAsia Bank Cape Wine Auction, the incredible fundraising initiative that raised an astounding R7.045 million for education in the South African Winelands at its inaugural 2014 event, with the legendary John and Erica Platter as the Auction’s 2015 Honorary Chairpersons, has the pleasure of announcing the 34 phenomenal Auction lots for the 2015 event which is taking place on 14th February at the magnificent Boschendal Estate.
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Summer is here! Join the Franschhoek Vignerons at the annual Summer Wines Festival on Saturday, 7 February at Leopard’s Leap Family Vineyards from 12pm to 5pm.
Franschhoek winemakers will be showcasing their top white, rosé or MCC wines at this intimate event. Enjoy delicious food from the rotisserie kitchen, while you relax on the lawn or on the veranda to the sounds of local performers. Keeping things cool, dress elegantly in white. For more information contact 021 876 2861
Cape Classic Festival The Cape Classic Festival takes place every year in an area of unique beauty, wonderful landscapes, breath-taking views and endless vineyards. This idyll unites nature and man. Additionally, the intimate nature of the unique chamber music festival, with its international artists, guarantees every evening that the audience may indulge themselves in music, lost in their own thoughts, happy and content with the world. The love of classical music and enthusiasm for South Africa were Gabi Zahn’s motivation to found, ten years ago, an annual chamber music festival in the winelands of the Western Cape. The bases of these festivals are compositions of the baroque, classical and romantic eras, often including rarities by unknown and forgotten composers of the same periods. Cape Classic, you will not offer mundane programmes! Famous instrumentalists who have performed for Cape Classic are Daniel MüllerSchott (violoncello) and Igor Levit (piano), to name just two of the approximately ninety musicians who have come to South Africa. Jochen Kupfer (baritone), Tobias Bernd (baritone), Franziska Gottwald (alto) and Katja Stuber (soprano), amongst others, also performed at the festival. All artists declined a performance fee and volunteered to work for Cape Classic without remuneration. Only in this way were they able to generate a surplus of the ticket sales in order to assist selected social projects which support township children. Since 2005 the Non-Profit Organisation Cape Classic e.V. has donated more than €70000 to various projects for underprivileged children. Cape Classic has paid school fees for orphans, English lessons for Afrikaans speaking children and study fees for highly talented students. Cape Classic also bought school uniforms for the poorest.
Nerine and Francois Pienaar bidding at the 2014 Auction
The glamorous 2-day affair will launch on the evening of Friday 13th February 2015 with The American Express Cape Wine Auction ‘Barrel Tasting & Preview’ hosted at The Dylan Lewis Sculpture Garden in Stellenbosch. For the first time ever guests will have access to this paradise and embark on a wine and food journey under the vast African sky with a backdrop of natural fynbos and magnificent sculpture. The grand lunch-time 2015 Auction event at Boschendal Estate, taking place on 14th February 2015, promises to be another extraordinary day of generosity and glamour. An exquisite Feast, prepared by Relais & Châteaux Grand Chef, Peter Tempelhoff, and Christiaan Campbell, Executive Chef at Boschendal Estate, will be accompanied by some of the greatest hand-selected South African wines. Prominent wine aficionados and philanthropists from around the globe will be hosted by the Auction Ambassadors, headed up by the Auction’s Honorary Chairs for 2015, John and Erica Platter, the founders of the iconic Platter’s wine guide. When the astonishing line-up of Auction lots come under the hammer of auctioneer, Iain Banner, guests will be invited to dig deep in their pockets to make a serious difference, to raise significant funds to benefit education in the South African Winelands. All Auction proceeds will be overseen by Strauss & Co fine art auctioneers while Dan Nicholl will be Master of Ceremonies on the big day. For the second consecutive year, AfrAsia Bank is the Auction’s headline sponsor. This global showcase of South African wines is committed to changing people’s lives through the powerful tool of education. Charity beneficiaries to date include the Pebbles Project, the MAD Charity, the Click Foundation as well as 10 other charities, all of which are focused on education in the winelands from many different angles: from infant development through to technological innovation, the provision of a leadership academy and tertiary educational endowments. For more information please visit www.thecapewineauction.com
In addition Cape Classic, consciously and with enjoyment, practises an active cultural exchange by building human and cultural bridges through their master classes with students from South Africa and through our school concerts with the pupils of Khayamandi, a township in Stellenbosch. The festival of 2015 starts on 11 February at the residence of the German Ambassador in Bishopscourt and ends on 21 February with a matinée in Casa Labia, where Italian charm encounters the turquoise seaside. In such picturesque surroundings, our audiences get together with our excellent and internationally renowned artists against a backdrop of beautiful vineyards with their welcoming Cape Dutch homesteads, historical wine estates and impressive manor houses,- forgetting the usual hype of an international festival! Without a doubt, our concerts at Morgenster, Babylonstoren and in the residences of both, the German and the Italian Ambassadors are THE highlights of every festival season! Hospitality, surroundings, excellent food and wines blend together to create a fantastic, unforgettable atmosphere, comparable with a well composed symphony! For more information visit www.cape-classic.com
Western Cape's Top Achievers 2014 NSCAwards Helen Zille, Premier of the Western Cape and Debbie Schäfer, Minister of Education in the province hosted the Western Cape National Senior Certificate 2014 Awards Ceremony at Leeuwenhof on 14 January 2015. “I am honoured and proud to be here to acknowledge and celebrate the outstanding success of schools and individual learners from throughout the province in the 2014 National Senior Certificate examinations. I am very proud of the learners and schools here today, and all who have achieved outstanding results in the 2014 NSC. I am especially proud that the Western Cape is the only province in the country, where all eight education districts have achieved a pass rate of over 80%. This is an outstanding achievement,” says Minister Debbie Schäfer.
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An Excellence despite barriers to learning reward was presented to Sisipho Khubukeli from the Pioneers School for the Visually Impaired in Worcester. The candidate received a certificate, an award of R 6 000 and a laptop. While guided by her 75 year old grandmother, Noluthulanda Kibubukeli to the podium, the audience applauded her for several minutes. After the ceremony the said, “Can you believe - the Premier, Helen Zille hugged me. All that I can remember was the louder than normal applause!” Sisipho was blind from birth and from the age of 8 she attended the Pioneer School. She will be doing a Bachelor’s degree at Stellenbosch University and plans to become an Interpreter. Special Awards
Ulrich Christiaan Retief, with his parents and Helen Zille
In the learner subject awards all candidates with the highest mark in the subject received a certificate, an award of R6 000 and electronic device. The categories are as follow: Excellence in isiXhosa Home Language (Sanelisiwe Mpathi – Centre of Science and Technology), Excellence in English Home Language (Julia Ashley Hampton – Herschel Girls School), Excellence in Afrikaans Home Language (Antoinette Schoeman – Hoërskool DF Malan), Excellence in Mathematics (Dean Basil Blackburn - Hoër Jongenskool Paarl), (Pieter Ernest Jacobs - Paul Roos Gimnasium), (Takudzwa Blessed Mtombeni - Diocesan College), (Somara Elizabeth Sabharwal - St Cyprian’s School), Excellence in Physical Sciences (Azrah Ismail – Wynberg Girls’ High School), Excellence in Accounting (Mari-Alet Smit – Hoërskool Punt), Excellence in Engineering Graphics and Design (Ulrich Christiaan Retief – Hoërskool Strand), Excellence in Civil Technology (Tehillah Jansen van Rensburg – Hoërskool Punt), Excellence in Information Technology (IT) (Daniel Paul Mesham – Diocesan College) and Excellence in Computer Applications Technology (CAT) (Cassandra Da Cruz – Hoër Meisieskool La Rochelle).
Every year there are numerous candidates who achieve excellent academic results in the face of tremendous hardship, ill health and personal obstacles. This year Minister Schäfer recognized two learners who exemplify the exceptional courage and determination shown by many, in achieving their success. Masolino Willemse, from Scottsdene Secondary School in Kraaifontein is one of the candidates who has faced and overcome extreme hardship. He has grown up and lives in an area where violence, gangsterism and drugs are prevalent and the death of a close friend nearly derailed him. He was arrested for possession of drugs and his father told him that he would never get anywhere or pass matric. Despite these difficult conditions, he worked hard and with determination, once he decided to go for it and passed the National Senior Certificate with 2C
Masolino Willemse with his mother
and 5D-symbols and obtained access to Bachelor's degree study opportunity at a Higher Education institution.
Pieter Ernest Jacobs, Helen Zille & Jannie van der Westhuizen
WCED Merit List for 2014 were allocated according to the marks obtained in the best six subjects that fulfil the requirements for the award of a NSC. Two candidates from Bloemhof Carike Anker and Olivia Viljoen were among others who received this award.
Congratulations to all Achievers!
Impak Learners Make An Impact Over the past few years, Impak has grown into more than just South Africa’s largest homeschool curriculum provider. With more than 200 registered private schools and tutor centres in the Impak stable, in addition to its traditional homeschool learners, Impak’s innovative education solutions have allowed it to take advantage of the growth in private education. Impak registered nearly 7 000 learners in 2014 and is expecting a 35% growth in learner numbers for 2015. This is driven, in particular, by a strong growth in learner numbers at its schools and tutor centres. Impak is especially excited about its offering to private schools, which was introduced in 2014. The company already provides products and services to 21 private schools with an estimated 1 100 learners. The company, of which PSG Group is a majority shareholder, was formed in 2002 and has established itself as the largest service provider of its kind in South Africa over the past 12 years. Impak offers a comprehensive CAPS-aligned curriculum for Grade R to 12 and is registered with SACAI, an Umalusi-accredited examination board offering the National Senior Certificate .The performance of Impak’s matriculants in 2014 bears testimony to the company’s winning recipe. Some 650 candidates wrote the National Senior Certificate examination, with a 72% pass rate. The group’s top achiever in 2014 was homeschooler Aletia Steenkamp, with six distinctions and an average of 82,6% and plans to study Optometry at the University of the Free State. Petrus Erasmus was close on her heels with his six with an impressive average of 79,7%, he will be attending the University of Stellenbosch to study Megatronic Engineering. For more information visit www.impak.co.za and become part of the Impak family.
A lifestyle and Polo Affair
L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate 2015
Avowed as one of Cape Town’s most anticipated annual events, Veuve Clicquot Champagne proudly announces the return of the annual Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo Cape Town 2015. The event is a luxury lifestyle and polo affair drawing socialites, fashion cognoscente, celebrities and equestrian lovers.
The 154th L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate took place on 10 January 2015 at Kenilworth Racecourse, where race-goers, beautifully dressed in the event’s signature blue and white, enjoyed a day of horseracing.
The Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo is a blend of fashion, the exhilarating sport of polo, fine champagne as well as Cape Town’s most elegant company. Guests are guaranteed an afternoon of audacious pleasure with a perfectlychilled flute of champagne in hand. The riveting 10-goal polo tournament will showcase the skill of the country's top international-level players. As a highlight on the South African social calendar for the fifth year, this day of splendor is set to take place in the Paarl-Franschhoek valley at South Africa’s first and only wine and polo estate – Val de Vie Estate, on 7 March 2014. Veuve Clicquot is internationally recognized for its long association with Polo and sponsors some of the world’s leading polo events such as the UK’s Gold Cup, USA’s Manhattan Polo Classic and LA Polo Classic. Drawing inspiration from polo’s global presence, the Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo Cape Town is now one of Cape Town’s most anticipated events and the only one of its kind on the African continent.
The event was an unqualified success for the sponsors, who have elevated the LQP to horseracing’s classiest party of the year. Whether twelve races of Neil Andrews humour is your cuppa or not, it was great entertainment. The L'Ormarins Queen's Plate's Best Dressed Panel for 2015 featured Sian Parry Jones and renowned South African fashion designers Craig Port and Errol Arendz. Deborah Calmeyer won the overall Best Dressed Award, Reggie Ansah won the Best Dressed Male Award, & Beverly Napier won the coveted Best Hat Award.
Fashion aficionados can look forward to a carefully curated luxury experience as they gather on the scenic estate’s clubhouse terraces to marvel at models revealing chic summer outfits. Guests will be located on the sprawling grass lawn which offers the perfect space to be a polo spectator, socialize, play exciting Veuve Clicquot games and enjoy fine champagne. Now regarded as one of the most glamorous daytime events of the Cape Town season, guests of the Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo, will no doubt take full advantage of the opportunity to step out in traditional polo style and create unforgettable fashion-forward moments. Tickets are available at Computicket
An array of classic and modern vehicles, provided by the Franschhoek Motor Museum and BMW South Africa, graced the outskirts of the racetrack. The ninth race, L’Ormarins Queensplate was won by Futura and the Queensplate was handed over by the British High Commissioner Mrs Judith Macgregor. As a part of winning the LQP Race, Futura & Bernard Fayd’herbe qualify to enter the Breeders Cup, the biggest annual race day in the USA.
15th Annual Classic Car & Bike Show
Live your best retirement
On 17-18 January 2015 the International Police Association celebrated the 15th Annual Classic Car & Bike Show at Timour Hall Villa in Plumstead.
“Live your best retirement” is the theme for the 2015 Ready Set Retire Conference, brought to you by Alexander Forbes and Personal Finance on 9 March at The Lookout V & A Waterfront, Cape Town.
Established as a fundraiser, this event was not only one of the highlights of the International Police Association (IPA) calendar, but it has become an institution in the Cape amongst nostalgia fans. With this proud heritage, it is important for the Western Cape Region of IPA to make a difference in the local community.
The conference is for people close to retirement - hosted by Peter Ndoro, Ready Set Retire will give real and practical advice about what you can do to retire the way you want. Empower yourself with the tools and information you need to live your best retirement. This year the focus will be based on health and well-being, and how to make this part of your retirement plan. The conference also recognises the importance of a healthy lifestyle, so that once you reach retirement you are in the position to enjoy it to the full. The programme includes the following presentations: Tax and legislative update, Investing for and in retirement, Retirement, Healthcare in retirement, Managing your money in retirement, and Eating healthily in retirement. The Classic Car & Bike Show was entertainment for the whole family with plenty of refreshments, a number of food stalls and the ever popular, well shaded beer garden.
The one-day conference will be followed later in the year by Ready Set Retire club sessions dealing with topics in more depth. For more information visit www.readysetretire.co.za
TRAVEL & TOURISM
BUMPER SEASON FOR WESTERN CAPE TOURISM Like clockwork, summer in the Western Cape saw an increase in GP number plates making their way from town to town. More visible this season was the number of international visitors seen at the key attractions and beaches. It’s no wonder then that Cape Town and the Western Cape has experienced one of its best summer seasons to date. With 5 028 362 visitors during November and December 2014, the V&A Waterfront experienced its best year to date, exceeding 24 million visitors over the course of the year for the first time. Other big attractions like Kirstenbosch also saw a spike in visitor numbers over the summer period, attracting 86 117 and 116 986 visitors for November and December respectively. Its November percentage change seeing a 23% spike and December realising a 31% increase in visitors when compared to the same period for 2013.
BEST NEW TOURIST ATTRACTIONS The travel guide company Lonely Planet released its list of the World’s best travel experiences of 2015, which forms part of its latest ebook “New in Travel. “New in Travel will take travellers off the beaten track to places in Ireland, Panama, USA, Argentina, Spain, New Zealand, Hong Kong, England and South Africa. One of the new attractions listed by Lonely Planet list was Cape Canopy Tour, new adventure activity in the Western Cape. An adrenaline rushing cliff gliding experience harnessed hanging from a cable overlooking the gorges through the Hottentots Holland Mountain range.
Photo Credit: Mossel Bay Tourism
Judy Lain, Chief Marketing officer at Wesgro, the Western Cape’s official Tourism, Trade and Investment Promotion agency says that the Province remains a big draw card for both domestic and international visitors alike: “The continued increase in visitor numbers is confirmation that our beautiful scenery, amazing activities and friendly people edged throughout our province continues to draw visitors from far and wide. We are confident that visitor numbers from across the Province will paint a positive picture for tourism over the summer season,” she says.
Cape Canopy Tour is just an hour’s drive from Cape Town, situated in a World Heritage Site within CapeNature’s Hottentots Holland Nature Reserve, located in the scenic Elgin Valley.
Mossel Bay conducted a survey which indicated that visitors to their information offices were up from 2013 figures. Says Mossel Bay Tourism’s Marcia Holms; “the largest number of respondents (39.7%) indicated that they had come to town for holidays of between one and five days; about a third (29.2%) for six to ten days; 11% for eleven to fourteen days; and 12.4% for fifteen to twenty-one days. 7.6% of respondents were staying for more than three weeks.” “(26% of respondents were overseas visitors, and 74% domestic; Our largest domestic source markets were Gauteng (34%), the Free State (18%), the Western Cape (13%), and the Northern Cape (10%),” said Holms. Other key attractions in the Province that experienced good year on year growth when comparing December 2013 to 2014 include; the West Coast National Park who welcomed 36 598 visitors in 2014 compared to 35 852 in 2013, while the Wilderness National Park in the Garden Route increased its December numbers by 21.7% hosting 25 495 visitors in 2014. Harold Porter National Botanical Garden, Kogelberg Nature Reserve, Bontebok National Park, Agulhas National Park and Cape Agulhas Lighthouse all in the Cape Overberg experienced increases in visitor numbers. Cape Town International Airport Arrivals for December 2014 makes for very good reading. International arrivals were up by 3.2%, regional arrivals which includes departures from Namibia, Botswana, Lesotho and Namibia, increased by 13.8% while the domestic arrivals make up the majority during December with 6.5%. “The increase in visitor numbers throughout the province is reassuring to an industry that contributes more than R18 billion to our provincial economy annually and employs approximately 150 000 people.”
Photo Credits: Cape Town Tourism
“The fact that the Province has experienced a good season is encouraging and reflects the hard work done by the industry to promote tourism. It is important that we keep this momentum going in 2015 as we continue to invite visitors to discover Cape Town and the Western Cape,” Lain adds.
Budget Cape Town Holds Plenty For Locals And Visitors “Cape Town can easily be enjoyed with very little cash in your pocket. We are lucky enough to be surrounded by abundant nature and lots of beautiful urban gardens where you can relax and enjoy a slice of history or a sense of community,” says Cape Town Tourism Executive Marketing Manager, Velma Corcoran.
Cape Canopy Tour is a fully guided nature experience with a strong emphasis on client comfort and Safety, and lasts approximately 4 hours. The tour consists of 13 platforms, eleven thrilling slides, some over 300m long, each ending on a platform constructed on the cliffs and fynbos covered mountain slopes above the Riviersonderend Gorge. You slide along steel cables from platform to platform, taking you past waterfalls and through valleys, enjoying all that Mother Nature has to offer.
Cape Town Tourism has been hard at work creating a list of fantastic budget experiences that cost no more than R50 per person. Visitors on a budget can also explore the city’s many hidden gems and there are a number of high value budget accommodation outlets to stay in. Last year the Lonely Planet voted Cape Town’s The Backpack as top of their list of the best value hotels in the world. From hippo and bird spotting at Rondevlei Nature Reserve in Zeekoevlei, to visiting the Slangkoppunt Lighthouse near Kommetjie, visit the Sculpture Garden in Kirstenbosch Garden or picnicking in the Greenpoint Urban Park, there is plenty of low-cost Cape Town to go around. People-watch for hours at the cost of a cappuccino at one of Cape Town’s favourite Coffee Shops, learn something new on a tour of South African Breweries’ historic Newlands headquarters or take a short sea trip on the Just Nuisance boat in Simonstown harbour or feel the wind in your hair at the Cool Running’s Toboggan Track in Tygervalley. Keep it salty and simple with fish and chips on the Kalk Bay harbour while watching the seals or take a stroll on the Mouille Point Promenade with a round of putt-putt. More recently The Lonely Planet also found Cape Town to be number two on their Best Bargain Holiday Destinations for 2015. Photo Credits: Alice Notten
For more information visit www.capetown.travel
South Africa was also one of Lonely Planet’s top value destinations for 2015 due to currency fluctuations, inexpensive transport, and free museums.
Tour d’Afrique - one of the world’s greatest cycling trips The 2015 Tour d’Afrique started on 9 January 2015 from Cairo to Cape Town. From the watchful eyes of the immortal Sphinx, the cyclists head south along the Red Sea and the Nile River in Egypt, visiting the famous sites of Luxor, Aswan and Abu Simbel, before entering Sudan. After enjoying the desert climes and warm hospitality of the Sudanese people, the tour climbs up into Ethiopia which is renowned for its rugged, almost biblical landscapes.
The trans-African crossing from Cairo to Cape Town has been one of the world’s epic journeys ever since Cecil Rhodes’ 19th century dream of connecting South Africa and Egypt by rail. Since then, the route has become an iconic goal for global adventurers .Over the years individuals have attempted to complete the route using every kind of transport imaginable, with many forced to abandon their quest due to physical challenges and geopolitical complications. In 2003, the inaugural Tour d’Afrique succeeded in cycling the entire 12,000 km distance and in the process established the Guinness World Record for the fastest human powered crossing of Africa.
Having conquered the challenges of Ethiopia, the tour then enters more westernized Kenya, crossing the remote Dida Galgalu desert on a notorious lava rock road en route to Nairobi. With Mount Kilimanjaro looming in the distance, the cyclists will ride into the verdant and wildlife rich country of Tanzania. The tour then descends into less known Malawi, the “Warm Heart of Africa,” where the riders will savour the shore and surf of Lake Malawi and ride alongside some of that nation’s many cycling farmers. After crossing Zambia from east to west they will arrive at the Zambezi River and the world famous Victoria Falls.
The final month of the trans-Africa expedition begins in flat Botswana where they are bound to encounter elephants along the road. From there the tour spins into Namibia, and across its harsh, but stunning desert landscapes. After crossing the Senqu (Orange) river the tour enters its 10th and final country, South Africa, a land of beauty, contrast and rich history. The tour comes to an end during May in Cape Town, where the riders will look back at their amazing journey and celebrate with lifelong friends.
Ivan Zimmermann’s Cairo to Cape adventure One of South Africa’s foremost media intelligence providers, ROIAfrica, under the leadership of its MD, Tonya Khoury, has joined hands with actor, Ivan Zimmermann, in his Cairo to Cape Tour d’Afrique mountain bike challenge between 9 January and 9 May 2015. ROi Africa will be monitoring all media coverage of Ivan’s trip for the duration of the challenge and provide media insights about the challenge. The monitoring and intelligence will include media coverage through countries like Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Botswana, Namibia and South Africa. ROi Africa’s system is characterised by Smart Technology which learns and identifies trends surrounding the challenge across all media platforms. These platforms includes global and local print, radio, television, online and social media. ROi Africa uses the largest social media pipe in the world – over 200 million platforms. The ROIAfrica team will also be involved in the Can-A-Kilo initiative, where Ivan hopes to collect at least 12,000 cans of food for the hungry, a can for every kilometer he travels on his bicycle. This food will be distributed by the Hanna Charity and Empowerment Foundation in South Africa,” says Zimmerman. Collection points for the tins can be found on Ivan’s website www.ivanzimmermann.com.
“Let Nature Give You A Run For Your Money” South Africa’s premier three day stage trail run, the ProNutro AfricanX Trailrun presented by New Balance returns to the Festival Village on the grounds of the Houw Hoek Inn, Grabouw the weekend of 13 – 15 March 2015. Teamwork forms an essential part of this leading stage race, with participants having to rely on each other’s experience, strength and expertise in order to complete the route. Teams of two (male/female/mixed) will be seen battling it out on a route varying in distance between 22 - 34km each day. The three routes have been planned in such a way that the participants will have the opportunity to tackle a different breath-taking scenic route each day, allowing them to enjoy the full beauty of the Overberg. Entries are LIMITED to 300 teams. Enter now to secure your spot on the start line. For more information visit www.stillwatersports.com
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Buys & Beukes Seeking Overall Podium Finish In 2014 Philip Buys thrilled South African audiences by winning two stages of the Absa Cape Epic with the then Cross Country World Champion Nino Schurter. On the final stage the South African/Swiss combination worked to help their Scott Factory Racing teammates Matthys Beukes and Gert Heyns take the much soughtafter win of the Grand Finale. The 2015 edition takes place from 15-22 March, and will once again take 1 200 riders through some of the Western Cape’s most unspoilt territory. The Untamed African stage race starts with a prologue on Table Mountain, starting from the University of Cape Town, and finish eight days later at Meerendal Wine Estate in Durbanville. This year Buys and Beukes have teamed up to form what might be the strongest South African combination at the event. They have raced together before – in 2013 when they finished sixth overall, while wearing the Absa African special jersey (for the first all-African team). Buys said that they would be aiming to finish in the top three overall: “A podium finish will be our primary goal, and I'm sure the Absa African jersey will be on our shoulders if we are in that podium position.” Buys is the reigning African cross country champion while Beukes was the South African champion, in the same discipline in 2010. Both paid tribute to the role of the Absa Cape Epic in fostering mountain biking: “Out of all the events I have done, the Absa Cape Epic is definitely the international benchmark for mountain biking events,” said Buys. “It gives local riders the rare opportunity to get international exposure and prove themselves to the world. It brings the international mountain biking community to South Africa.” Beukes added: “The Absa Cape Epic is the most prestigious mountain bike stage race in the world. It has a massive worldwide following both in media and public, so for us
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this is one of the bigger objectives of the season.” Meerendal Wine Estate will host the finish of the race and the Grand Finale celebrations for the very first time on 22 March 2015. The Grand Finale will kick off with live entertainment, a Farmer’s Market, delectable food and wine as well as glorious scenery. Dedicated vantage points will be accessible to the general public, so that all may have a piece of the mountain biking action.
New Innovations Ready to Rock - Varsity Cup 2015 The FNB Varsity Cup presented by Steinhoff International is ready to rock, with new innovations and even more excitement set to form part of this year’s competition. The 2015 season kicks off on 9 February and among some of the exciting innovations, is the return of the White Card.
This is just another way Varsity Cup ensures it remains at the forefront of sporting innovation and assist SARU in testing ideas. This season will also see the addition of the Defensive Scrumhalf. The Defensive Scrumhalf is a simple change in rules where the scrumhalf defending the scrum will not be allowed to pass the mouth of the scrum once the ball has been inserted - in other words, the defending scrumhalf will not be allowed to follow the ball. Founder of the competition, former Springbok captain Francois Pienaar, believes this year will be even bigger and better than last year. The 2014 edition saw UCT Ikeys crowned champions after an emphatic comeback. Ikeys scored three tries in five minutes to beat NWU-Pukke 39-33, after being 15-33 behind.
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The competition is also a springboard for players to further their careers. Last year’s Currie Cup final saw 29 of the 44 players come from a pool of former Varsity Cup players, evidence that the platform is breeding some of the best talent in the country.
The white card, which allows coaches and captains to refer decisions for review to Television Match Officials during games, was first introduced during the inaugural Varsity Cup competition in 2008. The system makes a welcome return and is endorsed by the South African Rugby Union.
As usual, there will be hotly contested derby matches between Ikeys and Maties, Shimlas and CUT, UJ and Tuks as well as a repeat of last year’s final in Potchefstroom. There will be two televised fixtures on SuperSport channel 201 each week, to make sure that the rugby keeps on rocking.