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WESTERN CAPE CYCLING SEASON IN FULL SWING The Western Cape’s prestigious cycling events earn R760 million for the local economy annually. Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, said cycling season was in full swing as the province gears up for the Cape Rouleur, the Cape Town Cycle Tour and the Absa Cape Epic. The Cape Rouleur kicks off on 1 March. Last year, 160 of the 200 riders were from overseas countries. The race provides a platform for local talent, sponsoring 16 development riders.
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A week later, 8 March 2015, the Cape Town Cycle Tour takes place where 35 000 cyclists will line up in Hertzog Boulevard in Cape Town to participate in the world’s largest timed cycling event. The Absa Cape Epic, the world’s foremost full service mountain bike stage race, drew 1 200 riders last year. It takes place between 15 March and 22 March. The Cape Town Cycle Tour
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INNOVATIVE SA COMPANY USING U.S. TECHNOLOGY TO CREATE JOBS AND DRIVE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN STELLENBOSCH
A Stellenbosch based company, Maskam Water, is using American technology to create a first of its kind self-contained sanitation unit; and using it to expand its business across southern Africa. U.S. Consulate General in Cape Town, Teddy Taylor, and Executive Mayor Conrad Sidego of Stellenbosch attended the launch of the new Advanced Absolute Ablutions Container Unit in Jamestown, Stellenbosch on 18 February 2015. Key business leaders from Zoeller, Absolute Ablutions and Maskam Water were also present.
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Left - Right: Wes Combs & Billy Walker (Zoeller), Teddy Taylor (U.S. Consulate General in Cape Town), Conrad Sidego (Stellenbosch Executive Mayor), Hanno Calitz (Absolute Ablutions), and Gerhard Cronje (Maskam Water)
The partnership between the Western Cape company and Kentucky-based business, Zoeller, is just one of many examples of how South African and U.S. companies are working together to innovate and grow their business. There are about 600 U.S. companies operating in South Africa and using it as base to invest in the region.
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The Western Cape’s most innovative entrepreneurs have secured funding boosts totalling R6.5 million to take their best ideas to the market.
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The 12 recipients of the Design Innovation Seed Fund were officially announced.
Launched last year, this is a joint fund between the Western Cape Department of Economic Development and Tourism and the Technology Innovation Agency.
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It is being implemented by the Cape Craft and Design Institute (CCDI). Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, delivered the keynote address at the announcement, held at the Design Park, a shared space where designers have access to equipment and resources to develop their innovations.
“We want to improve the success rate of businesses in the sector by at least 30%. Ultimately this could see the creation of 14 000 jobs,” said Minister Winde.
Minister Winde said: "Entrepreneurs are creating solutions for the world and building the brand of the Western Cape as a centre of innovation.”
Pro Project Engineering (Automatic bag packing machine for use in several industries, including food and beverage), PURIS (Method of increasing production of Soloton, a natural aroma chemical), Sea Monster (Production of digital content and animation which can be integrated into school curriculum), Go Metro (A back-end analytics tool that measures the performance of all modes of transport), ASHTECH (Reporting and monitoring system for food safety industry, which can be used on smartphones and tablets), iMobiMaMa (Interactive health services platform, using mobile technology to connect with pregnant women), Forge Technologies (Rewards-based mathematics and physical science game aimed at high school pupils in Grade 10-12), Nervedata, (Smart devices to track key operational data, including assets and staff, for businesses), Ajax Manufacturing, (High-resistant aluminium pole climbing shoes for professionals working on electrical or phone lines), Stroketech (Waterproof headsets for swimmers and extreme watersport athletes, allowing real time communication and audio), Ecoequilibrium, (Solar-powered pool cleaner) and Sinemac (Solar disconnector).
“We see South Africans like Mark Shuttleworth and Elon Musk who are changing the world because they invested in their ideas. Seeing the ideas of the entrepreneurs here today, I’m confident that South Africa’s next big innovator will come from the Design Park,” said Minister Winde. One of the recipients, Forge Technologies, has designed Intelleapp, a mathematics and science application for grade 10 to 12 pupils. Minister Winde said the park and fund offered valuable support to innovators for high-risk early stage innovation. “We support the growth of the Western Cape’s design sector, which contributes R14 billion to the national GDP. Projections show the Design Park could boost that to R20billion,” said Minister Winde. Minister said the park and fund were well set to increase the number of innovations that are commercialised and increase exports of design-related products.
The 12 companies and their products are:
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Innovative SA Company Using U.S. Technology (Continue from page 1) Since Zoeller and Maskam partnered in 2010, the two businesses have sold and installed approximately R10 million of water treatment plants and pumps in South Africa, Mozambique, Namibia, Kenya and Nigeria. It is another success story of the U.S government’s Doing Business in Africa (DBIA) campaign. President Barack Obama announced last year $7 billion in new financing was available to support American exports and investment in Africa. “This win-win partnership is creating jobs in South Africa and the U.S. Equally important this business is having a meaningful impact on communities improving critical infrastructure here and elsewhere in Africa,” said Consul General Taylor. “This is an US-South African partnership with a Stellenbosch company working on this innovation with international companies - another proof that we are truly the Innovation Capital of South Africa,” said Mr Sidego.
Left - Right: Teddy Taylor (U.S. Consulate General in Cape Town), Conrad Sidego (Stellenbosch Executive Mayor)
Western Cape Cycling Season in full swing (Continue from page 1) “The Cape Roleur generated over R9 million for our economy in 2014. The Absa Cape Epic netted a further R300 million last year. On average, the Cape Town Cycle Tour brings over R400 million into the Western Cape each year. These world-class events showcase the diversity of our province as a cycling destination and will play a key role in our cycling offering. These events drive interest in cycling in the province, which has led to an upsurge in hobby cycling by road and mountain bike. This is generating additional economic opportunities,” said Minister Winde. Minister Winde is leading the drive to attract 100 000 cycling tourists to the Western Cape each year. In September last year, Minister Winde launched the Cycle Tourism Framework, which is the first step towards a Cycling Tourism Strategy and in November, he launched a new mountain bike route at the !Khwa ttu San Culture and Education Centre. The Western Cape Government, Wesgro and the private sector will meet to map out plans for the province’s cycling economy. “The cycling economy adds jobs in the tourism industry, in our rural spaces and in the cycling goods supply industry. It also starts to shift minds around different modes of transport,” said Minister Winde.
Western Cape Cultural Affairs Awards 2015 Western Cape Minister of Cultural Affairs and Sport, Theuns Botha, congratulated the men, women and organisations that received ministerial awards at the Department’s glitzy Cultural Awards evening recently held at the Baxter Theatre.
“Arts and culture contribute to nation building. It teaches us about our past so that we can build a better future. It also plays an important role in uniting communities,” he said.
Since its inception in 1999, DCAS has awarded various organisations and individuals who have made a profound impact in the Western Cape arts, culture, language, heritage, museum, archives, geographical names and libraries sectors. Twelve awards were made for exceptional contributions this year. Outstanding Achievement of Women in Arts who received rewards was Sandra Prinsloo, Carina Brown & Annelise Kistoor. Hawston Public Library Overstrand Municipality & Henriette Weber received Outstanding Achievement of Youth rewards while Christopher Kindom, Cape Town Opera & Elias P Nel received National and International Contribution in the Arts awards. The Lifetime Achievement awards was received by Prof John Parkington, Prof Robert Carl-Heinz Shell, Dr Ton Vosloo & Gawie and Dr Gwen Fagan. Acting Minister of Cultural Affairs and Sport Anton Bredell said that events such as this prove the importance of arts and culture in communities.
A Conference To Bant About Cape Town, South Africa Thursday 19 February, 2015 marked a milestone in South Africa’s realm of Banting with the launch of SA's first ever low-carb-high-fat Banting Conference which took place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. The celebrated launch dinner, boasting celebrity guests like Tim Noakes and Mrs. South Africa, commenced shortly after the Conference AGM at the official Banting Kitchen Restaurant based at Greenpoint’s prestigious Cape Royale Luxury Hotel. The newly appointed Executive Chef, Brian van Zijl, and his team wowed the prestigious guests with his recently launched Banting menu, boasting creative new dishes like Game Fish Ceviche, Norwegian Salmon with Lobster as well as the famous Banting Lasagne.
Anton Bredell (Minister of Cultural Affairs and Sport), Gawie and Dr Gwen Fagan
Well-deserved Lifetime Achievement award Winners Lifetime Achievement award winners Gawie and Dr. Gwen Fagan were honoured for their lifelong dedication to promoting and protecting the heritage and cultural landscape. They are now both in and near their nineties and have been active in the heritage and cultural landscape for more than 50 years, mostly in the Western Cape. The Fagan’s are associated with an impressive list of restoration projects that have preserved buildings, gardens and museums in the Western Cape. The two met at the University of Cape Town where Gawie completed his studies in architecture and Gwen qualified as a medical doctor. Many years later, after the 1969 earthquake in the Boland, Gwen was employed to assist with the reconstruction work in Tulbagh. The Fagan’s have been married for more than 65 years and together they have been lecturing, advising and making presentation to numerous local heritage and garden interest groups. Gwen also made a huge contribution to the restoration of historic gardens and the cultural landscape and obtained her PhD in landscape architecture in 1995. The Fagan’s have published numerous articles in journals and have retained detailed notes and pictures of the various projects they have been associated with. They have also edited and published various books, including Church Street in ’t Land van Waveren, Brakdak (flat roofs) and Roses at the Cape of Good Hope. Both Gawie and Gwen have already received many honours, including awards from the Cape Institute of Architecture and the South African Institute of Architects as well as the Drie Eeue Stigting.
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With organiser Karen Thomson at the helm, key note speakers from across the globe including: Gary Taubes (American author of Nobel Dreams, Bad Science: The Short Life and Weird Times of Cold Fusion, and Good Calories, Bad Calories, titled The Diet Delusion in the UK and Australia), Steven Thomson, Professor Tim Noakes, Aseem Malhotra, Tom Raynor, Eric Westman (Author of new Atkins Diet), Jay Wortman and Steve Phinney, attended the conference. The first seating saw an auditorium of 500 attendees soaking up knowledge on better health practice and over 600 seats filled on day two, setting the foodfocussed affair off to a stellar start.
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Kirstenbosch Hits The Million Mark The Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden in Cape Town attracted over one million visitors last year, SANBI CEO, Dr Tanya Abrahamse announced on 19 February. Attaining this historic milestone has secured Kirstenbosch’s status as one of the most important tourist attractions in South Africa, said Minister of Tourism, Derek Hanekom, who visited the garden with global leaders in tourism. The Secretary-General of the World Tourism Organization of the United Nations (UNWTO), Mr Taleb Rifai, and the President and CEO of the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), Mr David Scowsill, joined Minister Hanekom and Western Cape MEC for Tourism, Mr Alan Winde, on a tour of the garden. “The milestone achieved by Kirstenbosch is a tribute to the hard work and vision of the South African National Biodiversity Institute,” said Minister Hanekom. He said South Africa’s botanical gardens provided a window on South Africa’s rich natural heritage, exposing visitors to the country’s biodiversity. Mr Rifai underscored this, adding that the value of biodiversity for tourism was immeasurable. SANBI CEO, Dr Tanya Abrahamse, said the opening last year of the Tree Canopy Walkway, or “Boomslang” as it is known, had led to a surge in visitors, resulting in achieving the one million milestone for the first time in the garden’s 102-year history.“ The Tree Canopy Walkway has become a prime attraction as one of our legacy projects,” said Dr Abrahamse. “Kirstenbosch is well-known as a ‘must see’ destination when planning a trip to South Africa, so when international tourism experts visit the country it’s no surprise that they would like to visit this iconic spot.” SANBI celebrated its 10th anniversary last year, and next year will mark the 40th year of Kirstenbosch exhibiting at the Chelsea Flower Show in London.“This is a true reflection of SANBI’s commitment to conserving the country’s unique biodiversity,” said Dr Abrahamse.
Left - Right: Tourist, Derek Hanekom (Minister of Tourism), Taleb Rifai (UNWTO), Dr Tanya Abrahamse (SANBI CEO), David Scowsill (President and CEO WTTC), and Alan Winde (Western Cape MEC for Tourism)
South Africa is one of the most biologically diverse countries in the world and is home to nearly 10% of the world’s plant species, 7% of the reptile, bird and mammal species and 15% of known coastal marine species. SANBI protects, promotes and conserves the country’s national heritage through a variety of programmes. “Our educational and job creation projects offer many solutions to the challenges that we face, and is key to conserving our planet,” said Dr Abrahamse. SANBI’s outreach projects ensure that the youth of today become the custodians of our natural heritage tomorrow. Schools visit the gardens to gain an understanding of the value of biodiversity and why it should be protected at all costs.
Cape Winemakers Guild - Viticulture Internship Kicks Off The Cape Winemakers Guild (CWG), Protégé Programme a mentorship scheme with the goal of effecting transformation in the wine industry, has enrolled its first viticulture intern alongside three new winemaking protégés for 2015. This year’s intake of four new protégés brings to 17 the total number of interns who have participated in the programme since its inception in 2006, with no less than nine graduates currently working in the wine industry. Under the mentorship of members of the Guild and the patronage of the Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Development Trust, Oenology and Viticulture protégés are cultivated, nurtured and empowered to become masters of their craft while enjoying the rare opportunity of working side by side with leaders in the industry. Breathing new life into the programme, Logan Jooste of Kylemore outside Stellenbosch, is the first candidate for the two and a half year CWG VinPro Viticulture Protégé Programme.
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As part of the City’s strategy to leverage its economic assets in order to create an enabling economic environment and to facilitate job creation, various development options are being considered for the Good Hope Centre. The City of Cape Town has proposed that the Good Hope Centre in the city’s CBD be used as a temporary or short-term film studio for three years, with a single tenant or combination of tenants from the film industry. The decision to consider alternative uses stems from the fact that the repair cost for the facility is approximately R16 million. The land value is estimated at R145 million. Long-term plans for the centre will take three to five years to develop. In the meantime, Cape Town’s film sector has seen a boom in film and related activities to the extent that all three of the city’s current film studios are fully booked for the 2015 and 2016 seasons.
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The City was approached by a number of film companies to consider the temporary or shortterm use of the Good Hope Centre as a film studio and has commenced with this process. Current vendors have been given more than four months’ notice in order to look for alternative venues. The City has made every effort to ensure that key international events are not disrupted.
There will also be consultation with affected communities. Once the lease/rental agreement has been finalised, the City will advertise its intent. “The City’s considered view is that the centre will have a far greater economic and job creation impact as a temporary film studio, as opposed to continued (significantly subsidised) community usage. Currently, it costs more than R5 million per annum to operate, while income is less than R3 million per annum. A number of other City facilities are available to fulfil the functions of the majority of activities that take place at the Good Hope Centre,” said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Tourism, Events and Economic Development, Councillor Garreth Bloor.
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The Tale of Two Brothers – Deux Frères This is the story of two brothers, Stephan and Retief du Toit, co-owners of the Le Present farm on the R44 between Stellenbosch and Klapmuts, and their Deux Frères Wines. In 2008 Stephan and Retief decided to plant four varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon, and Petit Verdot to make up a Bordeaux blend, as well as Shiraz and Mourvèdre to make a Rhone styled blend. After their first harvest they decided to plant a small block of Malbec which they added into their Bordeaux blend, and also expanded with Mourvèdre to make a Provence styled Rosé. Stephan and two farm assistants, Niklaas and Seppi, planted 9,480 vines on a 2.2ha area all by themselves which today is all hand reared. The wines produced are showing great potential and the vineyards are doing very well. Stephan and his team put great effort into working the vineyards as organic or biodynamic as possible.
Tasting a wine that is more approachable, with structure, and which opens up and evolves, is absolutely fantastic - that is what Deux Frères Wines is all about, an exhilarating wine experience produced by two brothers. Stephan studied Viticulture at Elsenburg, but never engaged in the formal training of winemaking. Most of Stephan’s winemaking knowledge and experience in chemistry he acquired while working under Francois Naude. His ultimate goal is to create wine that blends in with consumer requirements. Cultivars Liberté, 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon - Petit Verdot: These are low yielding vines of 5-6 tons per hectare which were hand-picked in the early hours of the morning to ensure freshness and quality. With optimally ripe grapes the wines were fermented in open stainless steel fermenters with regular and rigorous punch-downs during fermentation. After fermentation the wines were aged for eighteen months in small French barriques. The wine has a deep ruby and purple colour which derives mostly from the Petit Verdot. Classic Cabernet aromas of black cherry, current, kirsch and tobacco stands out on the nose. On the palate the Petit Verdot gives backbone to the Cabernet with flavours of cocoa and coffee. Stephan says, “The wine is packed with dark fruit flavours with subtle tannin for a long lingering finish. If I had to do it again I would change nothing.”
Le Present produces wines under the label Deux Frères, which means “two brothers” for both the local and international market. Stephan believes that the export market gives the smaller Boutique Winemaker better exposure to boutique labels internationally than in South Africa. The Winemaker Stephan du Toit started at L’Avenir as an assistant winemaker under the guidance of Francois Naude in 2000 and worked with him for five years. When Francois retired in 2005 he stayed on for a year working under the new owner, Michelle Laroche from France. The following year he was employed at Marianne Wine Estate and worked with Christian Doriac, owner of three cellars in France. Stephan was very fortunate to experience a harvest in St-Émilion, and spent three months working in two Chateaus in St-Émilion and one in the Pomorol area of France.
The Liberté, 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon - Petit Verdot was awarded a Silver Medal at Veritas Awards in 2013; a Silver Medal at Decanter World Wine Awards in 2014, and received a Silver Medal at Veritas Awards in 2014. Fraternité, 2012 Shiraz - Mourvèdre: These grapes are handpicked in 20kg lug boxes to ensure the fruit stays at its best for the cellar. The grapes are destalked and pumped to stainless steel fermenters using punch down techniques for flavour and colour extraction. Thereafter it is aged in a selection of 225L barriques. “From the first time the Shiraz and Mourvèdre was produced it maintained a good enough quality to put under the farm's label. A challenging growing season with warm spells made it very tricky to decide on a harvest date. A beautiful blend showing each cultivar's own characteristics - black fruits and spice from the Shiraz and red berry fruit from the Mourvèdre. Easy drinking with low 13.5% alcohol,” says Stephan. The Fraternité, 2012 Shiraz - Mourvèdre was awarded 4 Stars in the Platter’s Wine Guide of 2014; a Silver Medal at Decanter World Wine Awards in 2014, and also received a Silver Medal at Veritas Awards in 2014. Blanc de Noir – 2013: The Blanc de Noir grapes were destalked, crushed and moved directly to the basket press. During pressing, continuous tasting occurred while Stephan keeps a close eye on the colour of the juice. After settling, the juice is cold fermented in a tank. After fermentation the wine was left on its lees for 3 weeks - then prepared for bottling.
2015 Shiraz in the making
To Stephan, moving away from the massive flavours and bold alcohols found in South African wines, and getting use to the French wines, more delicate, and layered in flavour, opens a whole new world to one’s taste buds.
Stephan continues, “The process of making a Blanc de Noir differs quite a lot from that of Rosé wines, and by using a varietal such as Mourvèdre, the colour of the wine is truly unique. A pale salmon/coral pink, sweet red fruits from the Mourvèdre makes this wine a delight to drink. The wine is dry and carries bold flavours that gives it dimension with or without a meal, and should be serve well chilled.” Take time out, sit back and relax with a glass of Deux Frères Fraternité, 2012 Shiraz Mourvèdre and you will appreciate this classic, well respected wine that could never be excluded from its rightful position among Wine Connoisseurs.
The Liberté, 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon - Petit Verdot is reviewed by The Newspaper as yet another of Stephan’s remarkable achievements in blending these two cultivars. Even the Blanc de Noir took us by surprise. Deux Frères is a Boutique Winery that will most definitely take the connoisseur wine drinker by surprise. For more information visit www.dfwines.co.za email email@example.com alternatively contact Stephan du Toit at 082 371 4770
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New history exhibition opens
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The 50th annual South African Antiques Art and Design Association (SAADA) Expo, took place from 13-15 February at The Lookout, V&A Waterfront. The association has been very successful in promoting and selling South African antiques.
A new exhibition on the history of Stellenbosch University (SU) opened at the University Museum, 52 Ryneveld Street, Stellenbosch on 18 February 2015 with Prof Leopoldt van Huyssteen, SU's Acting Rector and Vice-Chancellor as guest speaker at the official opening. The exhibition, titled Universiteit Stellenbosch University: verlede hede toekoms/ past present future, provides a concise overview of the history of the University since the inception of Stellenbosch Gymnasium in 1866 and Stellenbosch College in 1879, which became Victoria College in 1887. SU developed from Victoria College and was opened officially on 2 April 1918. The exhibition covers the period up to 2014.
Having undergone a bit of a re-branding the association has repositioned itself to include a somewhat younger, hipper and more culturally diverse market with the same exacting standards. The majority of exhibitors are Cape Town based with some exhibitors from Johannesburg and abroad to showcase their art. A diverse range of art was displayed at the exhibition. Contemporary Art from Holden Manz Art Gallery in Franschhoek featured several artists. Fine art from Johans Borman Fine Art Gallery included the works of well know South African artists, Pierneef and Maggie Laubser. Other displays included Antiques and Modern Design, Silver, Jewellery, Antique Books, Carpets, and Oriental Collectables, not to mention City Coins supported by the SA Mint with Krugerrands as well as other collectable coins and medals. All treasures on display have their own unique story. Ricus Dullaert, from Kunsthandel H.W.C. Dullaert, from Amsterdam, a specialist in Chinese antiques, displayed a Ming dynasty (1368-1644) charger of blue and white Chinese porcelain - a replica made in the second half of the 20th century.
“The history of the university buildings receives a considerable amount of attention, with a series of highlights from each of the ten decades since 1918 concerning events and developments at SU,” says Prof Matilda Burden of the SU Museum, who researched, planned and installed the exhibition. “Over and above those highlights, the exhibition covers subjects such as the current residences, student culture, student language, sports clubs and the current faculties and departments. In addition, there is a virtual tour of the campus and a map displaying the layout of the campus, elucidated with coloured lights.” A few interesting artefacts from academic departments that were used in teaching in years gone by are on exhibition, as well as a number of objects from three of the oldest residences: Harmonie, Dagbreek and Monica. The museum and exhibition is open to the public daily from 09:00 – 16:30, Monday to Saturday and admission is free.
Flying High with Opera Singer Pretty Yende Pretty Yende pulls no punches when she talks about her career. “Look beyond the glitz and glam and know how much you need success.” During a whirlwind two-day visit to South Africa, the celebrated soprano took some time off to speak to 350 young people from Cape Town Opera’s Community and Outreach programme about her incredible journey from Piet Retief to the world’s opera stages.
Rictus informed The Newspaper that the original piece was made for the Emperor. The piece measures 107cm in diameter. The original is displayed in a Shanghai museum and is priceless. Another favourite exhibit was The Old Corkscrew, a premier South African Antiques dealer from Franschhoek who displayed a variety of silver, copper, porcelain, glass and wine collectables. A classic at the Expo was the display by Bukhara to Cape Town Suzani Textiles. Traditional Textile Art from the heart of Uzbekistan showcased the Beauty of these Traditional Hand Embroidered Silk Suzanis. The sculptures by Chris Bladen, one of the world’s best wild fish sculptors caught the eye by surprise. His various displays of creating bronze sculptures with a chemical patination technique to render the scales and colours of the fish is unique. For more information visit www.saada.co.za
Pretty Yende with children & teachers from Cape Town Opera’s Community Outreach Programme
She was clear that talent alone isn’t enough. Achievement takes burning ambition, dogged determination and a huge dose of commitment. Pretty’s journey began in high school, when she saw a British Airways’ television advertisement featuring the Flower Duet from Lakmé and she knew what she needed to do. Some 13 years later British Airways flew the now internationally recognised soprano from Italy to South Africa, to perform at the eve of parliament function in Cape Town. What has happened in-between is remarkable. Pretty joined the school choir, where her determination took her from high school to UCT, where she studied under Virginia Davids, the associate professor of singing, where she graduated cum laude. She started singing at prestigious international competitions and won. Her list of achievements include winning all the big prizes at the Hans Gabor Belvedere as well as wins at Montserrat Caballé, Savonlinna, Leyla Gencer and Bellini. In 2012 winning Placio Domigo’s Operalia competition led to her becoming the first black opera singer to perform at the famous Teatro All Scala. A year later she made her debut at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York. With minimal rehearsal and despite falling on-stage on opening night, she went on to deliver a performance which won a standing ovation and critical acclaim. Her career has taken her to opera houses in Moscow, Vienna, New York, London, Edinburgh, Los Angeles and Barcelona. Back in South Africa her message to the young people at the Cape Town Opera was: “There’s a lot of talent and opportunity here, but to turn it into success we need people who dream bigger, work harder and never give up.” Pretty’s debut album will be out later this year on Sony Classics.
SITARI COUNTRY ESTATE TO LAUNCH SECOND PHASE AFTER FIRST PHASE PLOTS SELL OUT
Uvest Property Group plans to officially launch phase 2 of sales on site at Sitari Country Estate on 7 March 2015 by way of a ‘Country Market’ exclusively intended for pre-registered buyers and their families. According to the Developer, Uvest Property Group: “Sitari Country Estate is a remarkable development with a very special feel, and it has lived up to our expectations and proven to be a very popular product. All 92 erven made available in phase 1 were snapped up within just 20 weeks.” “We also expect phase 2 to sell exceptionally well, and are making some of the best located erven in the entire development available in this phase.” The launch on site will give potential buyers a glimpse of what it will be like to live at Sitari Country Estate. Once the estate is fully established it is envisaged that a regular Country Market will be hosted there for all residents to enjoy, as part of the country lifestyle that this estate will offer. With its 22 hectare wetlands with bird hides and boardwalks, orchards, meadows, vineyards, parks, herb gardens and 40 m wide green corridors, this is a low-density estate that embraces a country feel. Fully 36% or 71 hectares of Sitari Country Estate comprises green areas for residents to enjoy. Add Uvest Property Group: “Sales personnel will be available on 7 March with a large physical model and state-of-the art 3D presentations.” “We urge all interested parties to register their interest by visiting www.sitari.co.za in order to obtain an invitation to the launch and to be first in line to secure a property.” “First purchase rights are given to pre-registered clients, and we expect as much interest as we had with the release of the first phase.” Of the opportunities still available in phase 1, 60% of the luxury apartments in The Grand Olive have been sold, and only 8 of the first batch of completed, ‘turn-key’ Village Homes remain. Aerial photo of Sitari Country Estate showing the location of phases one and two.
Contact Sitari Property Sales Martin van Rooyen on 083 452 6909 or Office 087 890 0033, or visit www.sitari.co.za to register for phase two.
CAPE RETIREMENT & LIFESTYLE EXPO The Cape’s first Retirement & Lifestyle Expo takes place at the Lord Charles Hotel, Somerset West on the 6 – 8 March 2015. The expo aims to become the premier retirement and lifestyle expo in the Western Cape. It is for people planning their retirement and those already retired, seeking a happier and more active, secure and hassle-free lifestyle. During the early part of 2014, Rob Jones of Shire Retirement Properties shared a concept with Okkie Potgieter that he had been considering for some time – the development of a retirement expo in the Western Cape, organised by the industry members themselves with the assistance of an experienced event organiser. Peter Aspinall of SBS Conferences and Exhibitions was approached and immediately agreed to run the expo. Several major participants in the retirement and lifestyle sectors in the Western Cape were contacted and immediately warmed to the idea of an expo that delivered what the industry wanted, close to their own developments and at an affordable price. One of the great things about this expo is that SBS is working with a group of knowledgeable industry experts to ensure they keep the focus on retirement and lifestyle. The exhibition will be open from 10:00-17:00 on Friday, 06 March, 09:00-17:00 on Saturday, 07 March and 09:00 – 15:00 on Sunday, 08 March. The exhibition visitor costs are R50 - which includes free workshops and parking.
To enhance visitor’s experience even more there will be a series of free 45 minute workshops running on the first two days, Friday and Saturday 6 & 7 March. These will address; investments, structuring your estate, choosing and buying a retirement property, nutrition & health and managing dementia & Alzheimer’s. Entrance to the workshops will be free subject to space availability on a first come first served basis. For more information contact SBS on 021 914 2888 or visit www.sbs.co.za/retire2015
From Humble Beginnings to Successful Business This is the story of Natasha and Lindy van Diemen, despite growing up in Grassypark, the two sisters raised from humble beginnings to successful business owners and entrepreneurs - both driven by passion and determination to make a success.
Today, Corporate Companies use the mobile showroom as a marketing tool to promote their products and services by going to private clients, taking their brands to the market. Using Orisons promoters trained in product and brand knowledge, interacting with their customers, assisting and hosting launches, measurable brand awareness is created. Orisons Promotions has organized close to 400 activations with the mobile showroom in 2014. Eternal Child was born The story continues when corporate clients from Orisons activations requested Lindy and Natasha, as brand ambassadors, to provide hand and neck massages at some corporate events offering wellness days to their clients and staff. First they used body products provided by their clients, but then decided it was time to follow their own passion and produce their own luxury body products – a dream becoming a reality!
Natasha and Lindy van Diemen
Today they not only own Orisons Activations, a brand activation and promotions company but are the proud developers of the Eternal Child luxury body care products range as well as the wellness Spa, situated in the southern suburb of Tokai - rated as one of the top Wellness Spa’s in the Southern Suburbs of Cape Town. In 1999 the two sisters decided to start a modelling agency. Although the two sisters are complete opposites of each other, they work well together as a team. Sixteen years ago, with a good understanding of modelling Lindy and Natasha started Outlook Models. Soon their clients were also interested in them assisting with promotions and events. Natasha realized that there are many brands on the market that need to promote their products. Natasha van Diemen Natasha used her entrepreneurial skills to create Orisons Promotions in 1999, a company which provides high quality active strategy’s and brand ambassadors to both main and formal markets. As a business-woman she achieved great success in the events and brand activation industry over the past 12 years. In 2009 she was the winner of South African Breweries Kick-Start Competition and was funded a Mobile showroom, the first in the country. As Natasha had no formal training she decided to study at the Louis Group Business Academy in 2011, where she was awarded 3rd prize out of 70 students. Lindy van Diemen Lindy has been with Orisons since the start. She has managed activations, trained promoters, engaged in client negotiations and has closed many deals - Motorola, GrandWest Casino, Distell and SAB to name a few. She also managed major events such as North Sea Jazz Festival, Grand West smoking casino. Currently Lindy manages the Finance Department.
The name “Eternal Child” was born while brainstorming with staff in finding a suitable name for their new Body Care Company. Lindy and Natasha decided to leave a legacy for their children – therefore the E for Eternal stands for Emma, Lindy’s child, and the C in Child stands for Chloe, Natasha’s daughter. Background In 2012 Natasha and Lindy started with the Research and Development of Eternal Child. Spending time learning about the wellness industry in Holland. Together they created a luxurious range of bath and body products that would leave a person feeling as royalty. In October 2013 Eternal Child opened doors as a day Spa with 4 treatment rooms, providing treatment for individuals or couples. Eternal Child became a brand designed and developed by the Van Diemen sisters and promoted through Orisons Activations. Presently Natasha is the spokesperson, attending all the workshops and interviews with her outspoken personality, while Lindy is the one that is office based, handling the finances and operations. They started manufacturing the foot care range first, followed by other products in smaller quantities to personalize their product range for their clients.
Orisons Promotions Run by Natasha Van Diemen, Orisons has more than 11 years’ experience in taking brands to the market for clients such as SAB, Capitec, Grandest, Heart FM, KFC and many more and are equipped to service all markets. As part of a business competition in 2009, called Kickstart, Natasha was asked to come up with a product or showroom that can enhance Orisons Promotions and make it easier for brands to reach out to the main market. As winner of the competition, a mobile showroom was built and launched in 2010 at the Fernwood Estate as a South African Breweries and Orisons collaboration. The first luxury mobile unit was used for corporate events and company branding by Nissan, GrandWest Casino, Pick ‘n Pay, Capitec, Avroy Slain, Curves Ladies Gym, Hansa Pilsner, Department of Transport, SAB, Western Cape Government, schools, and many more which quickly led to Orisons increasing its number of mobile units.
From opening day Eternal Child Spa provided service to over 3000 customers. Clients from areas as wide as Franschhoek and Hermanus return frequently for pampering at the Spa and the rebooking of services is one of the successes of the business. The Eternal Child Spa is well established creating an environment for the customer to feel at home. Their qualified therapist’s treat customers with respect, dignity and supply them with a first class service and quality products that make them feel rejuvenated and relaxed.
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Products There are three product ranges available in the Eternal Child luxury product range. The Aloe, Pomegranate and Olive range consist of body wash, body lotion, body scrub, body salts, body butter, and massage oil. The only range that does not contain massage oil is the Pomegranate range which is more suitable for the youth, while adults prefer the olive range. The peppermint foot spa range comprises of foot salts, foot scrub, and foot butter.
Eternal Child can bring the mobile Spa utilising Orisons mobile showroom units with trained therapists to your office, home, corporate events or private functions to pamper your staff or customers with a 10-15 minute hand or neck and shoulder massage. They only use Eternal Child Body care and organic products for treatments, while body products are available to purchase.
The 100% organic products are available at the Spa - Rosegeranium mouse, Vanilla mousse, Ylang Ylang mousse, Kalahari scrub, a soy candle with lemon grass and vanilla are all natural products. Apart from the luxury Spa products, Eternal Child also offers Bathroom accessories, a Lifestyle Clothing range with towelling gowns, T-Shirts, towels, as well as cosmetics, and lifestyle bags, not to mention the fragrant candles to create your own romantic atmosphere at home. Eternal Child always emphasize the healing properties of their products.
The Mobile Spa is also used for Wellness Days, Women’s Events, Bridal Parties, Matric Dance, Baby Showers, Birthday Parties, Pamper Parties and many more. For Corporate Events hamper baskets are also made available on request. Vision
Treatments Treatments available at the Wellness Spa include Waxing, Facial, Manicure and Pedicure, and massage. Eternal Child Spa offers couple and single treatments, and also welcomes mothers and daughters, teenagers and bachelorettes. Spa packages with Eternal Child products can vary from Signature for him/her, His and Hers Sensational, Bride to be, The Busy executive, Pure Bliss or a Sparkling pamper for teens.
Eternal Child’s vision is to extend their products as the number 1 choice of body care product throughout homes in the Western Cape - opening Spa’s in Cape Town, Northern Suburbs and Cape Winelands, each region with its own mobile Spa. Part of their vision is to own a Wellness Centre and Training Academy where student therapists can be trained in-house. Their focus is empowering the unemployed and disadvantaged by training and mentoring them to become skilled, while creating job opportunities. Eternal Child also plans a men’s and babies range to their list of products in the near future. Social Upliftment Eternal Child pledges R1 to their favourite charities of every product they sell. The team also engage in pampering the aged at old age homes on special holidays as well as on Christmas and Easter. The Newspaper believes that Natasha and Lindy van Diemen’s story of a humble beginning unto great successes is an inspiration to all our readers – start dreaming, your dream can become a reality!
Eternal Child specializes in Swedish full body, back and neck message and use message oil from the Olive or Aloe range to relieve tension and to de-stress the overworked body of the customer. A traditional Indian Head message technique is used on areas affected by mental and emotional stress, bringing immediate relief. After a body treatment there is also as an optional extra on the Eternal Child Menu to choose from. Health benefits With the stress-full life we are experiencing on a day to day basis, natural message and wellness treatments can be of immense benefit to your health. It does not only relieve pain, but promotes relaxation, reduce stress, increase energy and vitality, improves your skin appearance tone; eliminate bodily toxins and many more.
All treatments are performed at the Eternal Child Spa, at 4 White Road, Tokai where all products are made available. An organic product range is also available at the Fruit and Veg City in Tokai. For more information contact 021 712 2536 or visit www.eternalchild.co.za
OVER R10.5 MILLION RAISED FOR EDUCATION
The 2015 AfrAsia Bank Cape Wine Auction, ascended to new heights when an astounding R10.565 million was raised for education in the Cape Winelands, achieving a significant 50% increase on the R7.045 million raised at the inaugural 2014 Auction.
SOUTH AFRICAN HEATS OF KIDS’ LIT QUIZ BEGINS
Q: Who was sometimes known as the Caped Crusader? A: Batman The South African leg of the International Kids Lit Quiz, in partnership with The Times, kicked off in Cape Town on Friday, 13 February. Approximately 130 South African schools across 7 regions will participate in this year’s quiz with regional heats taking place at venues across the country. The regional winners will compete in the national final in Johannesburg to determine who will represent South Africa at the World Finals to be held in Connecticut, USA. The winning team will compete against teams from England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, China, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and now China and Singapore in what has been dubbed the ‘Olympic Games of reading’. The quiz questions are set by Wayne Mills, a senior lecturer in Children’s Literature at the University of Auckland who introduced the quiz in New Zealand in 1991. Mills, who is also highly commended for his contributions to building literacy, was awarded the Margaret Mahy Medal for his services to children’s literature in 2008. Mills will travel to each of the regionals to play the Quiz Master.
Auctioneer Iain Banner in action
The entire proceeds of the 2015 Auction, without offset or deduction, will go to the Auction beneficiaries, charities actively involved with education, from infancy to adulthood, across the Western Cape. The glamorous two-day affair launched on the evening of 13 February with The American Express Cape Wine Auction ‘Barrel Tasting & Preview’ hosted at The Dylan Lewis Sculpture Garden in Stellenbosch. The excitement culminated with the grand lunch-time Live Auction on 14 February at The Olive Press, Boschendal Estate’s resplendent new function venue. In an extraordinary day of generosity and glamour, exquisite food and the finest wines, 370 prominent wine aficionados and philanthropists from around the globe were gathered to make a serious difference.
Winning team Cape Town Regional, Sweet Valley – From L - R: Megan de Villiers, Hana Gammon, Mrs Ros Senogles (Teacher), Jaden Stauch, Wayne Mills (Quiz Master) & Liam Summerton
The astonishing line-up of 37 once-in-a-lifetime Auction lots, which came under the enthusiastic hammer of supreme auctioneer, Iain Banner, included: extremely rare local and international wine collections; gourmet dinners with world renowned chefs; unique art pieces; international travel to exotic locations; exclusive private weekend parties and access to the inner sanctum of the South African wine industry. The lots flew off the hammer and the captivating energy raised goose bumps. In an incredible spirit of generosity, the Auction raised a staggering R10.565 million.
The Kids Lit Quiz, now in its 24th year, tests the knowledge of kids aged 10 to 13-years (Grades 5, 6 and 7) on various themes included in English children’s literature. The teams, consisting of four learners per school, are required to answer 100 questions on topics which are unknown prior to the contest. More than 1000 children around the world participate in regional and national heats in their countries, in order to compete and be named Kids Lit Quiz World Champions.
Generous donations are still coming in from those not lucky enough to get their hands on one of the Auction lots!
In 2013, the Roedean Girls Junior School in Johannesburg won the World Finals which was held in Durban, South Africa.
KOM MAAK JOU PLAN – NES JAN KAN Die nuwe jaar is reeds volstoom aan die gang en vir baie besigheidseienaars en voornemende sakelui is die geleentheid om weer strategies te gaan kyk na hul besigheid of besigheidsidee net ŉ luukse. Ook wek onlangse uitsprake in die parlement groot kommer oor ŉ gesonde besigheidsklimaat vir die bevordering van KMO-sakebedrywighede. Akademia bied jou as sakepersoon nou die geleentheid om te kom luister waarom een van ons bekendste sakepersone wel hoop het in ons moderne Suid-Afrika. Hy sal dalk ook ŉ geheim of twee oor wat hy geleer het oor besigheid in Suid-Afrika en selfs op internasionale vlak, met die gehoor deel. Akademia bied daarom met trots, en in samewerking met Rust en Vredewynlandgoed en Guardian Peak-wyne, op Woensdagoggend 31 Maart 2015 ŉ sakeontbyt aan by die Guardian Peak-wynkelder op die Annandale-pad, Stellenbosch. Die gasspreker by die geleentheid is Jannie Durand, die uitvoerende hoof van Remgro. Hy kom deel die oggend sy visie vir besigheid in Suid-Afrika en mag dalk ook ŉ sakegeheim of twee verklap.
Hierdie geleentheid dien ook as die bekendstellingsgeleentheid van die gesogte Akademia Sakeplankompetisie, wat vanjaar vir die derde keer aangebied word, met groot pryse! Die Akademia Sakeplankompetisie is ŉ niewinsgewende projek wat gedryf word deur Akademia, ’n privaat tersiêre onderwysinstelling en self ŉ geregistreerde niewinsnemende maatskappy. Die doel van die Akademia Sakeplankompetisie kan soos volg saamgevat word: Om nuwe en bestaande entrepreneurs deur middel van die skryf van ŉ besigheidsplan te onderrig in skaars besigheidsbestuurvaardighede met die doel om hul voornemende of reeds bestaande besighede volhoubaar te maak en uit te bou tot die voordeel van die groter gemeenskap rondom hulle. As jy dus wil moed skep vir jou besigheid en ’n volhoubare toekoms vir jou besigheid in Suid-Afrika, selfs al is jy self nie die eienaar van die besigheid nie, maak seker dat jy nie hierdie geleentheid misloop nie. Kaartjies is beperk aangesien slegs 50 plekke beskikbaar is. Besprekings kan vanaf 25 Februarie gedoen word op Akademia se webblad by www.akademia.ac.za
Midweek Breakaway at Spier Hotel It’s Wednesday afternoon, the week has by now taken its toll - a midweek breakaway is just what is needed to rejuvenate your body, mind and soul.
A selection of à la carte or buffet menu awaits you with a variety of Spier Estate Wines. After a delicious dinner accompanied by excellent wine, you head along the walkways back to your room. At your room you are welcomed with a Spier chocolate on your cushion, toweling gowns and other luxury amenities. After such a relaxing evening you are fast asleep, before you know it. Drawing the curtains the next morning and experiencing the beautiful day, you feel equipped to face another day at the office.
What better place to escape too, and only a 30 minute drive from Cape Town. At Spier Hotel, near Stellenbosch you will find the peaceful and relaxing atmosphere that will send you back to work the next day - totally relaxed, and revitalized. It is amazing what a midweek breakaway at the Spier Hotel can do to de-stress your body. The four star Spier Hotel’s villagestyle buildings are next to the Eerste River with spacious rooms, en-suite, and private terrace, clustered around six private courtyards, each courtyard with its own swimming pool. Lawns, gardens and walkways connect the rooms with the reception area, lounge, bar, swimming pool, terrace and restaurant. In the tranquil setting of the Hotel’s terrace overlooking the gardens, the choice is yours to indulge in a wine tasting experience, relax in one of the lounges, sit back in the late afternoon sun with a glass of Spier Chardonnay Private Collection on the terrace or enjoy a sundowner at the pool - unwinding from the past few days of stress at the office.
A scrumptious buffet Breakfast on the terrace rounds off the midweek break, and you realize it is time to leave, but you will be back soon as there is still so much to do at the Spier Estate, such as having a message at the Spa, wine tasting, Eagle Encounters, picnic or having dinner at the Eight Restaurant.
For more information contact 021 809 1100 or visit www.spier.co.za
Stellenbosch Showcases Wine Tourism In Germany
Events at Holden Manz Wine Estate
Stellenbosch, South Africa’s food and wine capital, is heading for Germany to showcase its wealth of wine tourism offerings and the ‘Gemütlichkeit’ that awaits in the City of Oaks this upcoming winter season.
It is 2015 harvest season with many exiting events taking place at the Holden Manz Wine Estate. With harvest about to start the Holden Manz staff look forward to having the estate abuzz with activities – encouraging every visitor to witness what is taking place in the cellar.
ITB Berlin – the world’s largest tourism convention which takes place from 4 to 8 March – is the leading travel trade show globally. It serves as a perfect international platform for the town’s destination marketing campaign, Stellenbosch Experience, to share with top international trade and media the depth of the region’s unparalleled offerings which reaches far beyond just quality wine. Stellenbosch Experience, which was launched in 2014 and made its international debut at last year’s ITB Berlin, is a dynamic global marketing campaign by the Stellenbosch Wine Routes and the town’s tourism outfit, Stellenbosch 360, to promote the region as a benchmark for excellence in the field of wine tourism. It encourages the growing number of local and international travellers wanting to engage in experiential wine, food and lifestyle encounters to appreciate Stellenbosch as a ‘forever young’, multifaceted destination that offers more than just a day visit for a wine tasting. “We are excited to return to ITB this year, to follow up and engage with the contacts we have made last year, whilst also attracting even more travellers to our beautiful region during winter.” “Almost 25% of all our visitors come from Germany, so this is a highly important market for us,” shares Annareth Bolton, CEO of the Stellenbosch Wine Routes. Besides its five esteemed sub wine routes producing world-acclaimed wines, Stellenbosch is also synonymous with award winning restaurants, dramatically beautiful scenery, rich Cape Dutch heritage, an unique cultural mix, modern architecture, and outdoor activities. It features a bustling town centre, brimming with students, sidewalk cafes and public art displays. As part of Stellenbosch Experience’s Winter in the Winelands campaign, the spotlight will focus on the town as a desirable, family-friendly and great value for money destination for all seasons and ages. 2015 ITB Berlin will see the international launch of the town’s winter programme which encourages enthusiasts to swap their winter hibernation for an extended stay in Stellenbosch and to immerse themselves in ultimate bucket-list encounters which are on offer through value-added Stay & Play packages. For more information visit www.wineroute.co.za
Beside grapes being harvested, the veggie, fruit and herb gardens are looking great and being harvested constantly to provide the Franschhoek Kitchen, the Guesthouse, and the picnics with the freshest produce available. The summer menu promises to take you on a gastronomic journey combining interesting flavours and taste sensations. Picture the scene - an afternoon on the terrace, overlooking the vineyards with spectacular views of the Franschhoek mountain range, sipping on some barrel fermented Chardonnay and enjoying either lunch or dinner. Even better, round off the visit at Holden Manz Wine Estate with a Spa treatment or two! Another popular way to experience the estate is by booking a trip on the wine tram and staying for lunch when stopping at the estate. Holden Manz Management will be announcing the dates for the ever so popular winemakers’ dinners - make sure to look out for these events. A fun evening, yet also informative, getting to meet the winemakers in person. For more information contact 021 8762738 or follow @holdenmanz on twitter
Celebrate Cape Town’s diversity at Cape Town Carnival 2015 Cape Town’s biggest street party – the sixth annual Cape Town Carnival – will light up the Green Point Fan Walk on Saturday, 14 March 2015. The Cape Town Carnival is a glamorous celebration of African identity, showcasing the diverse communities and cultures of our country. The theme for Cape Town Carnival 2015 is ELEMENTAL: Celebrating Fire, Water, Air and Earth – the unstoppable forces that shape us and our environment. A colourful parade will introduce the audience to astounding giant floats, wacky puppets and amazing specialty acts, each carefully built, decorated and choreographed to embody the ELEMENTAL theme. Organisers are encouraging Carnival-goers to shine bright, dive into the sea, take to the skies and come back to earth – and celebrate what the ELEMENTAL theme means to them. Visitors will have the freedom of the city streets from 16h00 as they join family and friends on the much-loved Green Point Fan Walk to enjoy the variety of food, crafts and special kids’ activities on offer.
Fantastic Children's Theatre Returns to Paul Cluver Round up the kids, pack a picnic lunch and take a trip to the magical forest amphitheatre at Paul Cluver Wines, Elgin on 28 March, for a fun-packed afternoon of children's theatre.
This year Roald Dahl’s much-loved children’s tale FANTASTIC MR FOX is back by popular demand accompanied by two other award-winning plays from the Grahamstown National Arts Festival: The hilarious underwater adventure GET KRAKEN and an enchanting play called MEMORY which uses traditional
African storytelling, mime and dance to take an audience on a journey with an Elephant! The plays will be interspersed with interactive ‘Whose line is it anyway?’ style improvisation fun which will entertain young and old alike. Gates open at 11am and the show starts at 12pm. Tickets cost just R150 and are available from Computicket. If you don’t fancy packing a picnic there will be pizzas, sushi and snacks on sale as well as delicious Paul Cluver Wine. Please note that patrons may not bring their own alcohol into the venue. All Profits from this event goes directly to support the work of Thembalitsha Foundation a non-profit which exists to restore hope to some of the most needy people in the Western Cape through the provision of healthcare, education and training projects. It's guaranteed to be a wonderful afternoon for all the family - so don't miss out! For more information visit www.hope.org.za
The streets will be closed for final preparations at 18h00, giving Carnival-goers enough time to find the perfect viewing spot or make their way to one of the many restaurants along the Fan Walk before the magic begins at 19h00. An explosion of fireworks at 19h00 marks the start of the electrifying parade. Over 2000 dazzling costumed performers and musicians will take to Cape Town’s Fan Walk, entertaining viewers with magical floats and vibrant dance routines. For more information visit www.capetowncarnival.com
Cape Town’s Infecting the City returns
Adriana Jamisse & Julia de Rosenwerth - Photo Credit: Nicola Elliott
The countdown has begun to the Africa Centre’s 8th Infecting the City, Cape Town’s annual festival of public art that takes place 9-14 March 2015. The Festival is comprised of artworks derived from a multitude of disciplines that include dance, poetry, music, performance and visual art. Collectively the body of work seeks to uncover and explore the underlying experience of the human condition. All the performances and programme items for Infecting the City are free to the public and take place in the central city. The 2015 Festival expects to build on the success of 2014, when 419 artists and over 32,000 audience members were in attendance. The 2015 Festival is being curated to bring freedom of expression and unexpected meaning to the streets of Cape Town, whilst shifting artworks out of theatres and reinventing the notion of how we use and interact with our public spaces. Infecting the City’s 2015 programme includes work from both local and international performance artists. Some of the artworks includes: Living Room Dancers by Swiss choreographer Nicole Seilers. Nicola Elliot, recipient of the Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Dance (2014), will present a piece called Chalk whilst Jacqueline Manyaapelo and Khayalethu Witbooi ask some important questions about South Africa’s education system in UnEducated. Works in the Festival can be experienced either as part of a route, or independently – and often experienced unexpectedly. Routes will be activated by day and night to ensure there are plenty of spaces to enjoy refreshments and conversation along the way. Three major sponsors have partnered with Infecting the City this year: the National Department of Arts & Culture, founding sponsor Spier and the City of Cape Town. Founder sponsor Spier ‘s CEO Andrew Milne comments; “Spier is a proud partner of Infecting the City. We look forward to the annual transformation of Cape Town as people from all backgrounds are engaged through the arts and the city comes alive with new perspectives.” For more information visit www.infectingthecity.com
WORLD CLASS INSTITUTION INVITES POTENTIAL FRANCHISEES TO JOIN THEIR WINNING MOMENTUM With passion for training bred on the fire ground, an emerging market leader in Health and Safety Training was birthed. Riverport Training Academy (RTA) is a Health and Safety Training Institute rooted in humble beginnings and an inspiring history. The institute originated in East London in 1998, and through its momentous progression has flourished into an emerging market leader. The training institution was founded by the current Chief Executive Officer, Dane Herman. From a young age, Dane aspired to be an entrepreneur. Having been raised by a single mother, the first form of entrepreneurial training that he got was from his uncle who was an entrepreneur in a small town. School holidays spent helping his uncle was a formative experience. On the completion of his schooling, Dane had applied to join the municipal fire department. He passed the rigorous tests and spent more than a decade working his way up in the fire department, which resulted in him ending up in the training division. He was exposed to a vast array of massive fire and rescue operations, which included rescuing passengers off the sinking Ocean Liner, The Oceanos. After his time at the fire department, he planned to start a Health and Safety institution and gradually built up a profile of corporate clients. Further along the line, one of his clients – The South African Breweries, had a vacancy for a local risk manager and thus offered him the job seeing that they were so impressed by the standards of his work they had come to know. Dane knew it was an opportunity to learn world class standards in Health and Safety, but knew he was destined to run his own business. In the end he got the best of both worlds, as SAB agreed that he could continue running his own training business whilst working as their risk manager.
CUSTOMER RELATIONS Riverport Training Academy values their clients as integral parts of their long term success and not as a stream of faceless transactions. RTA has a standard of excellence they meet at every stage of service delivery – from when clients interact with friendly office clerks right down to when clients receive training from industry experts who collectively have over 100 years of experience in the Health and Safety industry. RTA constantly displays phenomenal work ethic and operations to grow market share. RTA has developed an unparalleled brand reputation in providing incomparable training and consulting services. In present day, RTA has market coverage in the entire Eastern Cape – with branches in Port Elizabeth and Mthatha, as well as headquarters in East London. FRANCHISE OPPORTUNITIES Through having registered Riverport Training Academy as a franchise through the Franchise Association of South Africa (FASA), the training institution is now poised to expand nationwide. The company envisions selling 25 franchised branches throughout South Africa. Franchise operations are available for the Southern Cape (1), Cape Town (2), and the West Coast (1).
Dane enrolled at the University of Port Elizabeth to do his MBA and once it was completed, he yet again yearned to work for himself. He recalls an unforgettable moment of sitting at his computer one day and seeing money flooding into his account and hearing his phone ring to no end. This moment was the major turning point for the training institution – from this moment the institution went onto gaining an ever growing market share. TRAINING ACADEMY Riverport Training Academy currently offers 53 accredited and unit standard aligned Health and Safety Training courses, in Marine Safety, Fire Safety and First Aid Training. RTA is accredited with MERSETA (The Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services SETA), as well as with SAMSA (South African Maritime Safety Authority) and with the Department of Labour. They also offer consulting and auditing services, and sell a broad selection of safety equipment to members of commerce and industry. RTA consistently increases their product offerings by acquiring new accreditations. The company is now also venturing into the High Voltage Electrical Training Field.
Exclusive territories will be granted to each franchisee. Franchisees will receive a complete turnkey operation, will benefit from the existing and new accreditation the company receives, will receive ongoing support from Head Office and will receive a return on their investment in approximately two and a half years. The training institution is inviting prospective franchisees with business acumen to join this lucrative brand and its lineage of great entrepreneurial minds. Join tomorrow’s Health and Safety Training leaders TODAY. To find out more about this exciting opportunity, contact Dane Herman at firstname.lastname@example.org Follow Riverport Training Academy on social media platforms and visit their website on www.riverporttraining.org
Absa Cape Epic Walked Away With Top Honours
The Absa Cape Epic has walked away with top honours in the prestigious Sport Participation Event category at the Discovery Sport Industry Awards for the second year running. The awards, which celebrate the most “creative, innovative and commendable” work in South Africa’s sporting sector, were held at the Sandton Convention Centre on 12 February 2015.
The Sport Participation category is designed to reward events that “demonstrate a commitment to the competitor’s experience and also measures brand awareness and the return delivered to sponsors”, according to the entry criteria. Kevin Vermaak, founder of the Absa Cape Epic, said: “We’re thrilled to have won the Sport Participation Event of the Year category once again. Our entire concept is built on being a team event – from the two-person team racing format through to the race’s vitally important relationships with its sponsors.” The awards ceremony attracted more than 1 200 guests, including sportsmen and celebrities such as Lucas Radebe, John Smit, Greg Minnaar, Barry Richards, Jacques Kallis, Quinton Fortune, Cameron van der Burgh, Kerry McGregor, Amanda Dlamini, Roxy Louw, Penny Heyns, Mark Fish and Natalie Du Toit. This year’s race takes place from 15 to 22 March and will once again take 1 200 riders through some of the Western Cape’s most unspoilt territory. The race starts with a prologue on Table Mountain, starting from the University of Cape Town, and finishes eight days later at Meerendal Wine Estate in Durbanville for the first time. The Grand Finale at Meerendal boasts live entertainment, a farmer’s market, great food and wine and unmatched scenery.
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Cape Town Cycle Tour On Sunday, 8 March 2015, 35 000 cyclists will line up in Hertzog Boulevard, Cape Town to participate in the world’s largest timed cycling event, the Cape Town Cycle Tour. From humble beginnings, the event - now in its 38th year – has become a permanent feature on the calendars of professional and recreational cyclists worldwide. General public entries for the 2015 event opened on 26 September 2014, and closed in a record eight hours. History of the Tour Back in 1978 two Cape Town cycling enthusiasts decided to hold a “Big Ride-In” to raise awareness about cycling safety and to lobby for dedicated bike paths. Little did John Stegmann and Bill Mylrea realise that their humble ambitions would give rise to one of the world’s iconic cycling events.
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Mountaintop Grand Finale for Tour De Boland One of South Africa’s premier road tours, the five-day Bestmed Tour de Boland is drawing a growing international field of professional and amateur riders eager to experience true African racing. The 2015 edition of the tour, will start on 2 March in Paarl and will finish at the Taal Monument on 6 March. The 2015 Bestmed Tour de Boland route, which is presented by Pinarello, will feature a total distance of 465km, more than 700 participants, a total vertical ascent of 4 428m and offering a serious challenge and prizes to South Africa’s top pro and amateur teams, it aims to re-establish the tradition of the iconic road tour.
The first cycle tour started in Strand Street and attracted 525 riders. Of these 446 successfully crossed the finish line in Camps Bay and 14 completed the course in under three hours and 30 minutes. It immediately became an annual event and entry numbers grew steadily, topping 2 000 in 1983, 3 000 in 1985 and then leaping to more than 15 000 in 1991. In 1997 the 20th Cycle Tour attracted 30 000 riders, and since then entries have never dropped below the 30 000 mark. Stegmann and Mylrea had planned to name the ride the “Peninsula Marathon”, but the Cape Argus newspaper came on board as a sponsor and so the “Argus Cycle Tour” was born. Within four years the race had grown so much that a bigger organisational team was needed to keep things running smoothly. For the next 18 years the Pedal Power Association (PPA) and the Rotary Club of Claremont organised the event together. In 2000 members from both those organisations joined forces to create the Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust, which has run the event since then. Now, 38 years later, the iconic ride is simply known as the Cape Town Cycle Tour. In that time it has become a celebration of Cape Town – its route winds around the beautiful Cape Peninsula – and a leading tourism attraction. It is also the world’s largest timed cycle race, attracting top professional riders and enthusiastic amateurs from all corners of the planet. It is internationally renowned for the standard of its organisation and accommodates riders wanting to race as well as those looking for a fun experience. In 2007 the then Cape Argus/Pick n Pay Cycle Tour was named one of the Top 10 cycling events by National Geographic. It is also acclaimed as one of the most environmentally-responsible sport events in the world. In 2012, charity entries were introduced for the first time with 5 000 entries offered to charities and corporate groups. Charitable causes linked to the Cape Town Cycle Tour range from as those designed to help the homeless and destitute, to preventing rhino poaching and skin cancer.
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Australian-based UCI Professional Continental team Drapac will participate in the Bestmed Tour de Boland, which is headed up by South African export Dylan Girdlestone. It will be the team’s first participation on African soil, since being awarded ProConti status last year. According to race director Carinus Lemmer, the 2015 edition promised to be the most closely contested tour to date. Franschhoek-born sprinter Nolan Hoffman will delight his local supporters as he spearheads the Abantu attack in preparation for his Cape Town Cycle Tour title defense. While the bigger teams are expected to dominate the tactics, one or two pairings could throw the cat among the pigeons. Cannondale-Blend’s seasoned climber Darren Lill, who powered up Franschhoek Pass to scoop the final stage win last year, is one such rider. Switzerland’s multiple Cape Epic champion Christoph Sauser and Tankwa Trek winner Erik Kleinhans will pair up in the colours of Aramex to drive the pace on their local training routes. For more information visit www.tourdeboland.co.za
Over the years, the Cycle Tour has attracted a number of high-profile celebrities and athletes and continues to do so. Big name international cycling stars who’ve enjoyed the experience include Greg Lamond, Miguel Indurain, Eddie Merckx, Jan Ullrich, Lance Armstrong, Chris Froome and Robbie Hunter. This year, Mark Cavendish, one of Etixx - Quick-Step’s biggest, and his lead-out man, Mark Renshaw, will participate in the Cycle Tour for the first time. “I've never been to South Africa before,” says Cavendish. “I've heard great things about the Cycle Tour and I'm excited about the trip.” “I’ve heard from a few riders who have been there before that it's a lovely place, and a beautiful event to race.”
“To ride with 35 000 people, that's not something I've ever done in a bike race before, but I'm looking forward to it. I'm really looking forward to visit South Africa for the first time and taking part in a well-organised event that comes with a history of goodwill and charity attached to it.”
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2015 Old Mutual Two Oceans Ultra Marathon The 46th Ultra Marathon, taking place on Easter Saturday, 4 April 2015, will see about 11 000 Ultra runners navigate their way around the 56 km route that enjoys international acclaim as the world’s most beautiful marathon. Further exciting news for the race organisers is that Olympic great, Haile Gebrselassie, will visit Cape Town in April. “We are absolutely thrilled to have Haile Gebrselassie support the world's most beautiful marathon,” says Stefanie Schultzen, Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon marketing manager. “We are over the moon that our technical sponsor adidas will be bringing him out to South Africa.” Ms Schultzen adds that the 41 year old international icon will be supporting the events forming part of the Two Oceans Marathon, which will include a visit to the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon Expo. He will not be running. In addition to the prize money that can be won by the Ultra Marathon winners, title sponsor Old Mutual once again offers a R1 million bonus to the winning male and female runner who respectively breaks the record for the 56km Ultra Marathon in 2015. The men’s record of 3:03:44 was set in 1988 by road running legend Thompson Magawana, while Frith van der Merwe set the women’s record a year later in 1989 when she ran 3:30:36. The closest any runner has come since then is Zimbabwean Marko Mambo, who ran 3:05:39 in 2005, and who has won the race three times. Russian Olesya Nurgalieva ran the second fastest women’s time in 2008 when she crossed the finish line in 3:34:53. This will be the 16th year that Old Mutual sponsors this prestigious road race. For more information visit www.twooceansmarathon.org.za
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South African Rugby Annual Hits The shelves The 2015 edition of the South African Rugby Annual is on sale nationwide after being launched at the South African Rugby Union Awards in Johannesburg recently. In keeping with tradition, the 44th edition of the ‘bible’ of the game once again features South Africa’s player of the year on the cover, with the newly-crowned Duane Vermeulen following in the footsteps of the likes of Jean de Villiers, Bryan Habana and Schalk Burger in recent years. “Even in this digital age, it’s vitally important to retain a physical document of record for future generations,” said SARU CEO, Jurie Roux. “SARU strives to be a world leader in the game both on and off the field and when it comes to the Annual, we are immensely proud of the quality of the book we continue to produce year in and year out. At 640 pages, the 2015 edition is also the biggest ever, and includes the following: A list of all 108 players who have played for the Springboks at the Rugby World Cup from 1995-2011, Biographical info on all 866 Springboks since 1891, Results of all 780 matches played by South Africa since 1891, Results of all International matches played across the world in 2014, Results of all 224 First-Class matches played by South African teams in 2014, Complete biographical info on all 864 players to have appeared in those 224 first-class matches, List of all 950 players to have played in a Currie Cup Final, and a list of all 71 players who have captained a team in a Currie Cup Final. For lovers of sporting trivia, the Annual also doubles for the first time as a Springbok handbook, with hundreds of “bite-sized” facts and statistics appearing throughout the book. Trivia apart, the Annual is also the official and definitive resource for the forthcoming 2015 IRB Rugby World Cup, with a dedicated section providing every stat imaginable for Springbok fans, as well as feature articles by some of the country’s finest rugby authors and journalists. With its unrivalled mix of Springbok trivia, cutting-edge research and every record imaginable, the Annual will continue to settle arguments at braais across the land, while continuing to be the perfect gift for rugby fans of all ages. The South African Rugby Annual 2015 is on sale at all leading retailers as well as online.
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