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July 2015

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ENTERTAINMENT IN THE WESTERN CAPE Bastille Festival Dust off your berets and dress up in your finest red; white and blue for this year’s Franschhoek Bastille Festival, which takes place on 11-12 July 2015. Taking it up a notch visitors can look forward to three exciting festival offerings - Franschhoek Bastille Festival Market @ BICCCS, Franschhoek Bastille Festival Food & Wine Hall and the popular Franschhoek Bastille Festival Food & Wine Marquee.


Visitors will be able to sip, sample and savour some of the Franschhoek’s superb wines in the comfort of the Food and Wine Marquee, situated at the Huguenot Monument, or dine at one of Franschhoek’s award winning restaurants. Internationally acclaimed chef Marcus Fréminot who hails from the Seychelles and has cooked for the President of the Seychelles, Ambassadors, Ministers and VIPs, will be treating your taste buds to traditional Creole cuisine. He will be visiting South Africa as part of a French cultural exchange. Keeping it French - with a one-of-a-kind red, white and blue mini Eiffel Tower, a French-inspired photo booth and stilt walkers will add to the excitement of the day.

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Kitted out in its finest French flare the town is a hive of activities, which includes the popular Franschhoek Boules Tournament, the Delta Valley Entertainers as well as the Porcupine Ridge Barrel Rolling Competition. Live entertainment will add extra flare and fun at all of these venues.

Madame Zingara - The Celebration Top award winning entertainment to wow SA in Madame Zingara’s The Celebration, presented in the world’s biggest mirrored palace! The Celebration will offer audiences an unforgettable and invigorating sensory experience on a massive scale. After fourteen months of pre-production, the new show, opening in July, is expected to push the boundaries of dinner cirque theatre.

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As always, the electrifying entertainment line up in the new extravaganza will be nothing short of spectacular as the Theatre of Dreams pulls out all the stops in The Celebration, commemorating a magical 15 years of pushing boundaries and achieving the unthinkable. A line up of outstanding award winning acts will blow audiences away when they take to the ring in Madame Zingara’s highly anticipated anniversary production that premieres in South Africa on 7 July 2015, opening in Cape Town on the iconic Grand Parade.

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New Cape Town iFix Opens New Store in Tyger Valley Tourism App iFix, the recommended cell phone and device repair specialist, is excited to Cape Town Tourism has launched the Official Guide to Cape Town as a handy mobile app that is free to download for IOS and Android devices.

announce the new store opening in Tyger Valley. Renowned for their express service, iFix will bring to the community of Tyger Valley wide variety of trendy accessories as well as offer quality device protection at affordable prices.

Targeted predominantly at first time visitors to Cape Town, the app is like a “local in your pocket” with an insider guide sharing hints and tips from locals alongside a carefully arranged and easy-to-use list of practical tools. Featuring hundreds of Cape Town sightseeing landmarks, practical visitor information and user-friendly maps – the new Official Guide to Cape Town will also allow you to create and store an itinerary as you go, or simply suggest some themed itineraries for you. Users of the app will be able to find service providers, restaurants, shops, day spas, accommodation, transport, outdoor adventures and more. Users do not have to be connected to the internet in order to use the app. The Official Guide to Cape Town also allows users to share content from the app and add their own places of interest to check back in on later. For those who prefer the traditional paper guide book, Cape Town Tourism continues to publish the Official Visitors Guide to Cape Town booklet and visitors are still able to speak to a wellinformed Cape Town Tourism visitor services member either on the phone or in person at one of the Cape Town Tourism Visitor Centres. For more information visit

Founder and iFix CEO, Alex Fourie, commented saying: “We are confident about the service provided by iFix and by understanding the needs and challenges faced by many South Africans when it comes to device protection, we have tailored our brand to meet those demands.” “With the vast premium offerings to choose from, our new Tyger Valley store will deliver to the Northern Suburb community, a convenient device protection service, ensuring peace of mind for our customers”. Trading from 09:00- 19:00 Monday – Sunday, the new iFix store is conveniently situated on lower level near the food court, allowing you to enjoy a meal while your device is swiftly repaired. To welcome new customers, iFix will offer limited store opening vouchers.” Other iFix stores located in the Western Cape include: Cape Town CBD, Stellenbosch, Canal Walk and V&A Waterfront. Alex Fourie founded iFix in 2007, a business that repairs and services all Apple devices ranging from iPhones, iPads, iPods and Macs to Samsung Smart Phones and Tablets and also offers a wide range of mobile accessories and add-ons. Alex, one of 6 South African entrepreneurs once again made it onto the Forbes Africa list of most promising entrepreneurs to watch under the age of 30. For more information visit

Madame Zingara - The Celebration (Continue from page 1) After an absence of two years, the uber glam aviation goddess Cathy Specific will once again strut her stuff as the MC, bedecked in jewels and resplendent in gorgeous gowns. Directed by Richard Griffin, the Founder of Madame Zingara and the creative genius behind the brand that is now in its 15th year, the production showcases performers from 16 countries and SA, including aerial pole artist Saulo Sarmiento from Spain, the acrobatic Diablo Girls from China, a slick Quick Change duo from South Africa, a Ukrainian hand balance and contortion trio, a Korean teeter board act, the sensational singers The Specifics, and so much more. In addition, gastronomes can also look forward to a specially crafted mouth-watering new four course menu and canapés on arrival, overseen by group executive chef Heinrich Koen. The Queen of Flanders is a three storey high 650 seater mirrored palace, boasting upper level balconies, opulent interiors, and dripping with decadence. Built in Belgium by the acclaimed tent master Rik Klessen and family, it is the biggest of its kind in the world. Think 3200 mirrors, 6 tons of aluminium, 5.2 km of steel rods, 30 tons of galvanised steel, 70 000 floor screws, 1800m of velvet and 1200m of gold tassle, and you have an indication of the vast scale of the 12m high plush venue. Advanced digital sound, mind blowing pyrotechnics, intelligent lighting and a hot air balloon have also been added to the theatrics, taking the production to incredible new heights. Gearhouse Group, South Africa's leading technical supplier, has partnered with Madame Zingara and the company's involvement will further enhance the truly spectacular Celebration production that will hold audiences spellbound. Lighting design is by Mannie Manim, choreography by Sam Kotze and Craig Leo who is also responsible for stage design, vocal arrangement is by Glenn Swart, and the senior wardrobe designer is Nikki Smuts. The Celebration is on the Grand Parade in Cape Town for a very limited season from 7 July to 26 September.




Newmark Hotels Scoops Multiple Awards

Boutique hotel group, Newmark Hotels, Reserves & Lodges, has scooped a total of ten TripAdvisor Certificates of Excellence and one sought after Hall of Fame award. TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence awards are based upon consumer reviews and take into account the quality, quantity and most recent reviews and opinions submitted by travellers over a 12-month period. The ten Newmark properties awarded are: The Dock House Boutique Hotel & Spa, the Victoria & Alfred Hotel and the Queen Victoria Hotel in the heart of the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town; and, also in the Waterfront, Dash restaurant at the Queen Victoria Hotel and Oyo restaurant at the Victoria & Alfred Hotel; Nkomazi Game Reserve in Mpumalanga; The Five-Star Drostdy Hotel in Graaff-Reinet; Motswari Private Game Reserve in the Timbavati – part of the Greater Kruger National Park;

The Nyungwe Forest Lodge in Rwanda and finally Coral Lodge 15.41 in Northern Mozambique. Another coup is that Newmark’s Victoria & Alfred Hotel has been included in the TripAdvisor Hall of Fame, which is a new award for properties that have won the Certificate of Excellence for five years consecutively. This is some achievement because only nine percent of total winners qualify for the Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame by consistently doing well over five years. Newmark Hotel’s Managing Director, Neil Markovitz said: “Our hotels and lodges not only appeal to travellers but, more importantly, we give them the service and the overall good experience they are looking for. TripAdvisor keeps us on our toes – the public don’t lie – so these ten awards confirm we’re determined to get it right on every level. We’re delighted.”

Day Patients Will Benefit from New Mediclinic Day Clinics Mediclinic Southern Africa announced the rollout of the new Mediclinic Day Clinic strategy, offering Mediclinic’s customary excellent private hospital care in a more streamlined and cost competitive format, without compromise to quality care. “This streamlined, cost-effective facility is a natural extension of Mediclinic’s continuous commitment to our promise of ‘Expertise you can Trust’,” says Koert Pretorius, CEO of Mediclinic Southern Africa. No patient is allowed to sleep over in the facility, but if a requirement or need for additional acute care treatment or procedures should arise - that the Day Clinic is not equipped to provide - the co-location model will allow for immediate transfer to a main Mediclinic hospital. The clinics will generally not operate after hours, over weekends and on public holidays. While day clinics are able to be more focused, efficient and cost-effective for the patient – they are also still able to provide the expert care and high clinical standards offered in all Mediclinic facilities. Day case surgery refers to patients undergoing planned, non-emergency surgical procedures that are admitted and discharged on the day of surgery. Mediclinic Durbanville Day Clinic opened its doors during the first week of June and is the first clinic in the Mediclinic portfolio that will focus exclusively on same day surgery. Conveniently co-located on the premises of Mediclinic Durbanville in Wellington Road, Durbanville, the facility will predominantly serve people residing in and around the northern suburbs of Cape Town.

According to Pieter Lotz, Mediclinic Southern Africa’s Operational Manager: Day Clinics, the day clinic concept satisfies the patient’s need for a convenient, efficient, and lean-cost facility, without compromising on clinical quality care. Some of the numerous advantages to patients in need of day surgery include efficient processes, ease of admission and minimal forms to be completed; personal service by one or two staff members; short distances between service points and considerable cost saving for patients and their medical aid schemes.

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Draft Events By-law Approved The main purpose of revising the City’s Events By-law was to ensure alignment with the Safety at Sports and Recreation Events Act (SSREA), which is national legislation. The SSREA has a major impact on the role and processes of the City and event organisers in approving event permits and places a strong emphasis on event planning in order to reduce risk. The SSREA specifies the requirements, while the Events By-law is complementary to ensure that all essential and emergency services as defined and required by the Act, and that must be provided by the City, are in alignment. The purpose of making amendments to the existing by-law was: - To make provision for the appointment of an event safety office. The safety officer will be required to be on site for the duration of the event, as stipulated in the Occupational Health and Safety Act. - To provide clear consequences for offending event organisers and event owners. It must be noted that the responsibility for the enforcement of laws remains the responsibility of the South African Police Service and other agencies such as Metro Police and Law Enforcement. These agencies have the authority to halt an event should there be non-compliance with the by-law. - To ensure that the event organiser provides evidence to the City Manager regarding appropriate indemnity cover and public liability insurance.


Planting Legacy Trees at Newly Opened Primary School On World Environment Day, Friday 5th June, students from Van Wyksvlei Primary School, a newly opened Government school in Wellington, planted trees with Miss Earth South Africa (MESA) Regional Finalist, Ms Sandra Badenhorst, as well as the Lima Rural Development Foundation and the Western Cape Community Work Programme. Initiated by the United Nations Environment Programme; World Environment Day is annually celebrated to raise global awareness about protecting nature and planet Earth. The Miss Earth South Africa programme, also aims to help create an awareness of sustainable development, our environment, wildlife and the conservation of our natural legacy in South Africa, and ultimately the preservation of Mother Earth. Sandra helped to identify Van Wyksvlei Primary School (VWPS) with the assistance of Trevor Johnson, Site Facilitator of the Community Work Programme (CWP) in the Drakenstein Municipality. The CWP, sponsored by the Department of Co-operative Governance, has a strong presence in Drakenstein, and has become known for uplifting communities and schools through various areas of development. Fifteen trees, indigenous to the Western Cape, were donated to VWPS by the CWP team. Mr Bailey, interim principle, acknowledged the importance of trees in a school environment.

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- To hold event organisers liable for any damages to City property when hosting an event and to provide for mitigation against damage to City property. - To amend the provisions relating to offences and penalties. Once the by-law has been adopted, a suggested schedule of fines will be sent to the Magistrate. With regard to spot fines, the Department of Justice has increased the limit to R15 000 and this cannot be increased further. ‘The City hosts a number of local community events and international events. We are bound by national legislation to ensure that all events comply with the requirements stipulated in the SSREA and that the by-law is aligned with this Act. Event organisers are advised to apply for event permits within the specified time-frames and to please ensure compliance with the conditions of their permits,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Tourism, Events and Economic Development, Councillor Garreth Bloor.

The grade 6 and 7 learners were chosen to participate in the planting activation. Sandra presented an outdoor lesson on the importance of trees to our environment as well as to our very existence as human beings. Thereafter, the students were divided into groups and energetically planted the trees, proudly naming each one of the fifteen. Sandra added that it has been an honour being selected for the MESA Leadership and Empowerment Programme, as it provides an excellent platform to further explore our roles on this planet. “We all have a part to play in guarding our environment, for ourselves, and more importantly, the future generations. Every person has the power to make a positive impact,” added Sandra. Special thanks to the CWP team including Trevor Johnson, Naym Daniels, Sithembele Nyalela, Charles de Waal and Fuwaaz Messina for sponsoring the trees, Jacqueline Saaiman from Lima Rural Development Foundation for technical support, Mr Bailey and the Van Wyksvlei Primary School learners for their active tree planting participation.

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Jans Rautenbach, hailed as a pioneer of the South African film industry and father of the Afrikaans arts film, received the first Hermanus FynArts Legacy Award at a function during the Hermanus FynArts 2015. The prize, that will be awarded annually, gives recognition to someone who has made an exceptional contribution to South African arts.


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Hermanus FynArts director Mary Faure, who founded the festival in 2013, announced the prize before the première of Abraham, Rautenbach's first film after a thirty year silence.


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involvement with the extremely poor community of Vlakteplaas, close to his home, Oulap, near De Rust in the Klein-Karroo. A visibly moved Rautenbach received the sculpture, made by Carole Harris of Hermanus.

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In addition to his wife, Almeri, and their children, two of his godchildren, as he refers to them, were also at the presentation. The two sisters are both visually impaired. Rautenbach introduced them, proudly recounting that Willine de Villiers (15) had recently won three gold medals at the Paralympics for schools, and that Julia (17), who can barely distinguish between dark and light, is being trained as an aroma therapist that will help ensure her independence and earning a living. These are but two of hundreds of children that he has rescued from a debilitating poverty trap. The conditions these children and their families endure form the background of Abraham, based on a true story.




SA Wedding Show’s Best Baker Ilse Rousseau of i.cakes, was nominated by public vote, the Winner of the Greatest Baker of the Year Competition held at the SA Wedding Show 2015 in Cape Town. She entered the SA Wedding Show Greatest Baker 2015 Competition, the first of its kind.


Competitors had to bake 2 flavoured cakes one of which was to be paired with a wine of Nitida’s selection, and the other for normal tasting. They were also to present a decorated cake at their booth at the SA Wedding Expo to attract public response and public vote on the best presented and best tasting cakes. Ilse started baking and decorating cakes a few years ago, and from that moment she was unable to suppress her desire to learn all about cake baking and decorating. She says, “I had no formal training, I am self taught and over the years developed the skills to work with the different elements such as the fondant and different icings.” It is through friends that her cakes were named Ilse’s Cakes, which took on the name i.cakes, a product which became well known by word of mouth. Ilse has a curtain manufacturing business; baking cakes and decorating it has become the perfect way to take the stress out of her full time occupation and give expression to her creativeness. To her the challenge of spending hours baking and decorating 3D cakes or any other novelty cakes is most relaxing. She consults with the clients beforehand to ensure that each and every cake is personalised. It may be a number plate on a car or motorbike, a birthday date as a bar code, a special little bird or heart on your wedding cake. They need to have that special “little something” on the cake that makes that cake personal.

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Winelands Bridal Fair 1-2 August 2015 Winelands Bridal Fair, the Cape’s most renowned bridal show, is happening at the beautiful Spier Wine Farm on 1-2 August and will once again offer those who are planning their wedding (or even a special event or birthday party) access to everything they need for their special day, all under one roof. Winelands Bridal Fair brings together service providers and products from across the Cape and puts visitors in touch with the various experts they need in order to plan their wedding or host a successful event. Show hours will be as follows: Saturday 1 August: 09:00 to 17:00; Sunday 2 August: 09:00 to 17:00 Entry costs just R80 a person, which includes viewing of the fashion shows at 11h00, 13h00 and 15h00, live music, lucky draws after each fashion show,” Win-4-Your-Wedding” packages and over a 100 exhibitors to view all indoors in case of winter weather. Tickets can be purchase at the entrance and Parking for the full day is for free. For more information contact 021 910 2779 / 084 596 1753 visit

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First Vanessa Gounden Flagship Store in London Vanessa Gounden, one of South Africa’s pioneering female entrepreneurs, has taken her success to a new level with the launch of her first flagship store in London. This makes her the first South African designer to own and open a freestanding store in the United Kingdom. The Vanessa Gounden store, perfectly positioned on Conduit Street, one of the most iconic streets in Mayfair, was unveiled at an intimate event. Alongside the talented Daisy Lowe, Vanessa opened her new luxury womenswear store to a private guest list comprising of curators and leaders within the art and fashion industry. The new flagship store reveals the intrinsic fusion of art and fashion, offering a unique sensory retail experience. Founded by one of South Africa’s most successful female entrepreneurs, Vanessa Gounden was launched in 2011 in London, and has previously been seen on women such as Yasmin Le Bon, Jade Jagger, Poppy Delevigne and Natalia Vodianova; all of whom reflect Vanessa’s ideals of strong women that have an appreciation of the arts and dressing in a considered manner. Vanessa Gounden’s trademark is to translate renderings of photographic imagery into engineered, graphic prints through multiple layering processes. The process involves hand painting, intricate detailing and 3D elements such as embroidery and surface textures, as well as the addition of hand-painted buttons to complete the brand’s signature trademark look. Often inspired by the image of the rose, which played a large role in Vanessa Gounden’s childhood; her collections often incorporate roses or flowers within the designs.

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Child Protection Plan There has been an increase in crime and child abduction in the Western Cape during the past few months, and protecting our children is more important than ever. Essential Life is giving back to the community and we are sponsoring 100 students with a Child Protection Plan! This plan provides each child with emergency medical services via road or air should they have any sort of accident, also included is a doctors visit with stitches or a cast if needed. Each child receives an identification wristband with their unique client number on it so that paramedics can identify them easily and check the database for any allergies, medical cover and other important information. The plan also includes immediate missing child assistance with the help of P.S.A.R.U (People Search And Rescue Unit) as well as trauma counselling! An added bonus for parents is the kids taxi service where we will fetch and drop your child within a 50km radius if they are stuck in a meeting! We also provide a homework helper which has been proven to increase the children’s understanding of their schoolwork and increase their marks. To make things fun for the children we have R15 movie tickets at any Nu Metro cinema, and more! 10 schools we have identified: 1. Dr. G.J.Joubert Primary School 2. IES International Helderberg School (Pty) Ltd 3. Temperance Town Primary School 4. Firgrove Primary School 5. EL Mar Primary School 6. Hindle High School 7. Bardale Primary School 8. Die Wingerd Primary School 9. Oklahoma Primary School Principal Martin Leukes with our Child Protection Plan recipients from Dr. G.J.Joubert 10. Beverley Park Primary School


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Open Door Restaurant, the latest venture by restaurateur and sommelier Neil Grant and business partner Barry Engelbrecht of Burrata (Eat Out Italian Restaurant of the Year 2013) is now open in Constantia on the former River Café premises at Constantia Uitsig.

StreetSmart South Africa, a community initiative that has raised nearly R10 million in partnership with restaurants for organisations effecting social normalisation for the country’s most vulnerable children, turns 10 this year.

The existing restaurant space has been opened up and stylishly revamped to offer several dining areas with menus that will cater for all palates and appetites. With a spectacular Art Deco inspired bar at the centre, there is a dedicated area to suit every occasion. Open Door features a bright lunch and breakfast room leading onto a spacious wooden deck, as well as a cool lounge terrace for drinks and nibbles.

“Going forward, we will focus on our organisation's long term plan of expanding the national footprint while still remaining locally relevant in the areas where StreetSmart currently operates: Cape Town, Franschhoek, Helderberg, Stellenbosch, Swellendam, Plettenberg Bay, Knysna, Oudtshoorn, Paarl, Johannesburg and Pretoria.”

”Raising nearly R10 million over 10 years, R5 at a time from donations by diners, is no small feat and we are so grateful for their generosity and the commitment of our participating restaurants, giving responsibly to meet a real need in society,” says StreetSmart SA chairperson, Melanie Burke, who has big plans for the future.

StreetSmart’s impact is in providing an additional income stream for existing and well-run beneficiary organisations. This assists social workers, and supports and enables skills training and job creation that directly and positively affect the lives of street children.

A sophisticated dining room with elegant banquette seating accommodates guests for dinner. Foodies will take delight in the wonderful ‘kitchen table’, a unique feature of the main dining room, where guests can dine next to the open plan kitchen in full view of the chefs. Adjacent to the main dining room and tucked away in the space that was once a wine shop, a multi-functional dining area is perfect for private dinners, wine events and functions. The menu is designed by Executive Chef Annemarie Steenkamp, who is the driving force behind the delectable food at sister restaurants Burrata and Bocca. This time around, the cuisine deviates from Italian and can be described as ‘modern contemporary’. The menu offers exciting, stylish and sophisticated fare. A caféstyle menu will be available for lunch, including some creative, wholesome kiddies options. Moving into the chic dining room at night, the menu becomes a little more ‘serious’, to complement Neil Grant’s first love, an interesting wine list of some 130 wines housed in a 1000-bottle, temperature-controlled wine cellar. Some dishes on the inaugural menu include Lemon butter poached crayfish tail, Braised lamb neck with Jerusalem artichoke, and Venison sirloin with orange sweet potato, but expect changes to the menu as seasons and creativity warrant!

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To celebrate 10 years of making a difference, StreetSmart held a birthday party for children from TLC Outreach Projects, a current beneficiary operational in the Cape Town area. Africa Melanie, popular radio personality, was the master of ceremony at this fun-filled party, which was attended by several StreetSmart board members. StreetSmart participating restaurants display a StreetSmart card on the table informing patrons that a voluntary R5.00 donation will be added to their bill. They will have the option to give more than R5.00 (or not give at all). This donation is registered separately in the restaurant till and StreetSmart collects the funds. Diners should see their donation reflected on their restaurant bill. Every cent raised in StreetSmart restaurants goes to carefully selected beneficiary organisations that provide programmes for vulnerable and marginalised children, particularly education, skills development and family re-unification. To quote Emeritus Archbishop Desmond Tutu, founding patron of StreetSmart SA: “Do your little bit of good where you are. It's those bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.” StreetSmart South Africa is registered as a Non-Profit Company, a Public Benefit Organisation and a Non-Profit Organisation. Similar StreetSmart organisations also run independently in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, India, USA and The Netherlands. For more information contact StreetSmart SA on 021 418 0621 or visit

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Restaurant of The Month @ Food & Wine

@ Food & Wine is a contemporary and classic restaurant situated in the heart of Hermanus, with the emphasis on more formal dining, where diners can enjoy a perfect evening with beautifully prepared dishes to their specification and satisfaction.

Food lovers are invited to indulge in some culinary delights at Franschhoek Kitchen, conveniently located on this estate where they can settle down with some of the estates award winning wines, setting the romance by beautifully presented winter dishes surrounded by the majestic mountains guarding the farm. If wine is what you are after, be sure to sample the award winning wines this estate has to offer. Some of the world’s most sought after awards have been captured by the versatile range that have been crafted to satisfy even the biggest critics. The Holden Manz family and team prides themselves on producing beautiful offerings throughout the estate and looks forward to being able to share this piece of paradise which they call home. After taking ownership of @ FOOD & WINE Restaurant a few months ago Jonathan Grobler has already established a regular customer basis. Jonathan’s excellent front of house skills, his passion for food, inspiring his chef and waiters and offering the customers only the best service possible - is what makes @ Food & Wine a great Restaurant. Before deciding on the exciting starter menu, we were treated on a curry potato soup, with the complements of the Chef. The Newspaper shares Jonathan Grobler’s compassion for food and recommends the well-presented starters on the menu, being the Tiger Prawn Tempura with Japanese Mayonnaise, Sweet Soya sauce with an Asian Salad, and the Chicken Liver Sautéed in Garlic, Peri-peri with a creamy rum sauce and toasted Ciabatta.

Also visit the Holden Manz Collection conveniently situated in the main road of Franschhoek across from the post office. If you find yourself passing through and miss the opportunity to try some of these great wines or stay, eat or play, fear not - the range is available for purchase online on their website at

New ‘Chefs Who Share Young Chef Award’ Launched

This year will see the introduction of the 'Chefs who share - Young Chef Award’, an inspiring new initiative that sets out to showcase and nurture South Africa’s young culinary talent. The award is part of the spectacular black-tie charity gala ‘Chefs who share – the ART of giving’, which will be held in Cape Town in September 2015. It will offer a once in a lifetime opportunity for South Africa’s younger generation of chefs, with one young chef also winning an incredible trip to Europe. Bringing together 14 of South Africa’s best chefs is at the core of 'Chefs who share’. On the night of the gala, the chefs work in seven teams of two, plus a dedicated sommelier, with each duo creating its own unique four-course menu for 36 guests.

Chef Michael Badenhorst

@ Food & Wine specializes in meat dishes. The 28-day matured steaks aged on the bone is perfectly cooked to specification by Chef Michael Badenhorst, presented with his own recipe of pumpkin fritters, sweet potato wedges or triple cooked chips.

The fillet steak accompanied by blue Cheese and biltong fritters was succulent, melting away in the mouth and can be compared to the steak prepared for the Oil Barons of Texas. Another delicious dish on the menu was the catch of the day, pan fried Cob with steamed vegetables, savoury rice, and orange hollandaise sauce.

The event organisers are now taking this concept one step further with the `Chefs who share - Young Chef Award’, inviting the country’s top restaurants to put forward their most talented and promising young chefs who are keen to fast-track their careers and make a name for themselves. The aim of the ‘Chefs who share – Young Chef Award’ is to find talented young chefs, give them opportunities, inspire them and help them to develop their skills. The 14 chefs will be working with on the night count amongst South Africa’s culinary elite, and will act as role models and mentors for the emerging kitchen stars. To enter the award, the up-and-coming chefs have until 15 July to create an innovative canapé that will be served together with a glass of Moët & Chandon Impérial as a culinary highlight at the ‘Chefs who share’ gala evening. In August the canapés submitted will be judged and seven young chefs will be selected as finalists, where they will each be given a spot in the event kitchen and will get to work alongside their kitchen heroes.

Man’s worst enemy is the challenge not to indulge in mouthwatering desserts! Patrons can simply not leave the Restaurant without indulging in the Dark Chocolate Mouse with caramelized pecan nuts and vanilla ice cream finely sprinkled with salt crystals.

To further enhance this once-off opportunity, the young chefs will be mentored by Swiss chef and Swiss International Air Lines brand ambassador Reto Mathis during their time in the Mother City. On the night of the ‘Chefs who share’ gala on 10 September, Mathis and the 14 participating South African chefs will vote for and announce the overall winner of the ‘Young Chef Award’ 2015. The young champion’s prize includes a trip to Europe where he/ she will have the opportunity to spend several days cooking in a Michelin-starred restaurant, will be invited by Moët & Chandon to visit its headquarters in Épernay, a VIP tour of the Maison, as well as the opportunity to participate in a workshop with a member of the Moët & Chandon winemaking committee and a resident chef. The experience will no doubt inspire the young chef to create perfect food and wine pairings and memorable dining experiences for his or her guests in years to come. For more information visit

The Newspaper can recommend the high quality, good portions, well presented dishes, while the wine list offers an impressive selection of excellent wines. Book now for an unforgettable eating experience! For more information contact 028 312 1349 or visit




WESTERN CAPE CELEBRATES NATIONAL BLOOD DONOR MONTH The aim is also to encourage more people all over the world to donate blood voluntarily and regularly. Encouraging people to donate blood regularly and voluntarily is quite a challenge in itself. The WP Blood Transfusion Service (WPBTS) places much emphasis on regular blood donors and they are identified as those donors who donate blood at least twice a year. It has been found that regular donors are the safest source of blood donations. The 2011 Census indicated that the Western Cape has a population of approximately five million people. Sadly, less than 1.2% of the community in our region donates blood. This is a worrying statistic, as further research indicated that at least 75% of Western Cape inhabitants might need a blood transfusion during their lifetime. In an attempt to increase awareness of National Blood Donor Month, World Blood Donor Day, general blood donation and blood safety, WPBTS hosted a road show with their big red blood bus, the Blood Buzz, visiting various destinations in the Western Cape with the aim to increase the number of new donors, as well as reinstate former donors. Annually, during June, South Africans celebrate National Blood Donor Month, while countries worldwide celebrated World Blood Donor Day on 14 June. Worldwide the theme for World Blood Donor Day is “thank you for saving my life.” The theme focuses on thanking blood donors who save lives every day through their selfless act of donating blood.

Blood donation takes about 20 - 30 minutes of your time every 56 days. It requires you to be between the age of 16 and 65, weigh over 50kgs, be in good general health and lead a safe sexual lifestyle. It does not cause you any bodily harm, since only 475ml’s of blood is taken, which is replaced within 24 hours. For more information contact 021 507 6300 or visit


SOUTH AFRICA’S FORGOTTEN PEOPLE Netcare, through its corporate social investment (CSI) arm, the Netcare Foundation, is reaching out countrywide to disadvantaged individuals with certain medical conditions who are in urgent need of assistance. “We are offering the resources at our disposal to help people needing life-altering corrective surgery for a range of medical conditions,” says Mande Toubkin, Netcare’s general manager: emergency, trauma, transplant and corporate social investment.

congenital abnormalities and can cause physiological problems, such as problems with swallowing and speech defects, as well as psychosocial difficulties. The cleft lip and palate programme has positively impacted nearly 500 people since its inception in 2004. After the repair operations, there is little to indicate that these children were born with a cleft and/or lip defect.

“Through our craniofacial, cleft lip and palate, and sight programmes, we are offering free medical interventions that will help alleviate the burdens faced by individuals afflicted with these conditions,” says Toubkin. The Netcare Foundation was established in 2010 and is registered as a public benefit company. It is governed by a board of trustees. “Aside from the physical aspects of such medical conditions, many people with craniofacial anomalies or cleft lip and palate are often stigmatised and shunned by society,” notes Netcare Foundation’s CSI operations project manager, Adelaide Senabe. She says that cataracts, on the other hand, rob people of their independence and can prevent them from even undertaking simple day-to-day tasks, such as cooking and reading, as well as their livelihoods in some cases. Cataract blindness is also almost always reversible, through an operation to remove the cataract and replace the lens of the eye. The Netcare Foundation in partnership with various organisations and healthcare practitioners has changed the lives of hundreds of South Africans afflicted with these conditions through its CSI programmes. “We have helped many people to realise their full potential, and are now looking to reach people in more remote areas of South Africa, those very individuals who are so often forgotten by our society,” Senabe explains. Craniofacial programme - It is estimated that one in every 2 000 babies is born with craniofacial anomalies, many of which are congenital, resulting in lasting deformities in the bones of the skull and face. Sadly, this disfiguration of head shape and facial structure commonly leads to these children being hidden away and forced into an isolated existence. Cleft lip and palate programme - Cleft of the lip, palate or both is one of the most common

More than one procedure may be needed if the cleft is bilateral (occurring on the lip and palate). Where a second procedure is needed, it would likely be done several weeks after the first. The effect of reconstructive surgery on facial abnormalities fundamentally changes the way a child will live his or her life and it is therefore recommended that the surgery be done as early as possible. Early intervention can also pre-empt the need for speech therapy in young children. Sight programme - Cataracts reduce the transparency of the lens of the eye and can lead to blindness if not treated. In fact, cataracts are the leading cause of blindness in the world, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Although they occur more commonly in older people, cataracts can affect any age group. The cataract removal surgery, which completely restores vision, is performed at a number of Netcare hospitals, with the peak in such surgeries being undertaken as part of Netcare’s corporate social responsibility initiatives during Eye Care Awareness Month in September/ October. The programme is supported by Vodacom, Nedbank and Alcon, and numerous healthcare practitioners at Netcare hospitals volunteer their time and expertise to perform the surgery. Applicants or their family members are invited to contact 011 301 0374




Dinosaurs & Cycads Exhibition

Unwrap the Winelands

at Kirstenbosch

Chocolate Festival

Cycads have alienated. It dates back to the 340 million years when dinosaurs still roamed the earth before becoming extinct. For this reason, SANBI at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden has put on an exhibition to highlight the extinction crisis faced by world Cycads and in particular South African Cycads.

Sinking your teeth into a yummy bar of chocolate and savouring its smooth, creamy, luscious texture is one thing; but literally walking into an emporium filled to the brim with the best artisan chocolatiers, chocolate artists, pastry chefs and cake designers is another sweet tale all on its own. Taking place at Lourensford Wine Estate from 25-26 July 2015, The Winelands Chocolate Festival promises to be a decadent culinary celebration of the best in South Africa’s Chocolate Industry. Think gourmet bonbons, chocolate bars, chocolate enrobed honey nougat, truffles and single origin hot chocolate; this is one place to give your sweet tooth that satisfied boost. Along with show-stopping premium wines and freshly-brewed coffees and tasty bistro food for the hungry, the first ever Winelands Chocolate Festival allows you to experience chocolate in innovative and exciting ways, all while gaining knowledge about its history and production process.

Cycads are the most threatened groups of living organisms, where more than 60% of the ca. 300 species are classified as threatened with extinction (IUCN, 2010). South Africa has the highest cycad diversity within Africa (38 species), and also has the highest proportion of threatened species. South Africa also has the highest number of species classified as extinct in the wild, and is the only country with recent cycad extinctions (in the last decade) and also the highest proportion (12 out 38) of Critically Endangered species (IUCN, 2014). The main threat to Cycads is flourishing trade and habitant loss in live plants. The aim of the Extinction! Dinosaurs and Cycads exhibition is to raise public awareness about threatened status of Cycads, so as to increase public participation in Cycads conservation and support for Cycads conservation research. The Exhibitions features nine live size dinosaurs sculptures made from tins by David Huni a young Zimbabwean artist. Four of the featured dinosaurs are indigenous to South Africa include: Aaradonyxcelestae, Iguanudont, Dracovenatorregenti, Massospondyluscarinatus, Nqwebasaurusthwazi. Four more dinosaurs are included: Parasauroluphus, Tyrannusaurus Rex, Ornithocherirus, AnzuWyliei, Pteranondonlongiceps. The exhibition will run for two years until June 2017 For more information contact 021 799 8783


Highlights to look out for at the festival include the Chocolate Theatre, which will play host to a series of inspirational demos from master chocolatiers such as Kees Beyers from Beyers Chocolates and Alan Clegg from Alexander Avery; as well as some renowned pastry chefs. Also be on the lookout for the chocolate inspired Fashion Show which will take place on both days; an Art Exhibitions will display illustrations on the ‘The Chocolate Wrapper’, while thrilling Flash Mobs will add some music. Artistic chocolate sculptures, competitions and a late afternoon chocolate lounge will be available to enjoy tapas, cocktails and a glass of wine or MCC. Like a kid in a candy store, get ready to unwrap and savour the pleasantly, layered Winelands Chocolate Festival, where good flavour and exquisite chocolate designs await you. For more information visit

Hermanus FynArts 2015 The annual Hermanus FynArts celebration hosted in Hermanus during June treated the general public to an eclectic mix of some of the best in South African arts.

Honing in on the growing allure of craft beer, The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa has introduced a brand-new craft beer and craft cider tasting that may be booked for private groups of between two and 20 guests, either in The Leopard Bar, or the Conservatory. The private craft beer and craft cider tasting can be booked up to 24 hours in advance, depending on availability, any time between 10:00 and midnight. Hosted by Head Sommelier Gregory Mutambe or his colleague Richard Gosa, guests will be able to taste five different craft beers and craft ciders, together with a selection of perfectly matched canapés prepared by Executive Chef Christo Pretorius.

The programme from 5-16 June included art exhibitions, music concerts, recitals, vintage films, talks, food and art demonstrations, wine tastings and pairings, and dinners and awards. Highlights of the festival comprised of special exhibitions at various art galleries, the Old Synagogue, Municipal Auditorium, Windsor Hotel, The Marine, 7 participating wine farms and sculptures on the cliff path at Gearing’s Point, titled Biodiversity. These include Chicken Liver Granola, paired with Boston – Van Hunks Pumpkin Ale; followed by Springbok Loin with cashew cream, braised fig and wild rice puffs, accompanied by CBC – Amber Weiss; then Yellowfin Tuna – ceviche, miso dressing, baked avocado and curried paw paw, served with CBC – Krystal Weiss; and Oxtail Croquettes, to be enjoyed with Brewers & Union – Unfiltered Dark lager. As a sweet finish, Orpens Apple Cider will enhance the flavours of Chef Christo’s delicious Granny Smith Apple dessert - cinnamon and caramel terrine, caramel sauce and apple gel. Hotel residents and diners at The Twelve Apostles’ Azure Restaurant may also join the Sommelier for a complimentary craft beer tasting every Thursday before dinner, from 17:30 to 18:15. Guests will be introduced to a selection of three, mostly locally produced brews, with an explanation of the different styles and brewing methods, and food pairing suggestions. For more information contact 021 437 9029





world’s newest Biosphere Reserve Mossel Bay Tourism welcomed UNESCO’s decision during the 27th annual session of the International Coordinating Council of the Man and the Biosphere Programme to recognise both the Gouritz Cluster Biosphere Reserve and the Magaliesberg Biosphere following their nomination for biosphere reserve status by the Government of South Africa. Willem Botha, chairperson of the Gouritz Cluster Biosphere Reserve (GCBR), said that biosphere reserves exist to promote sustainable development through combining local community efforts with sound science.


Celebrates Opening of new MTB Trails On 13 June 2015 the organizers of the FNB Wines2Whales (W2W) MTB Events together with Cape Pine and Cape Trails, opened the latest addition to the 2015 FNB W2W MTB route, the A-2-Z Trail in Grabouw, to the public. “The A-2-Z Trail includes 26 sections of single track in the Grabouw Forest and Pine Plantations and is managed by Cape Pine,” says Johan Kriegler, FNB W2W MTB Director. “The A section starts near the exit of Gantouw Pass.”

“The Gouritz Cluster includes the coastal region from the Breede River to the Great Brak River, and inland from Montagu in the west to Prince Albert in the north and Uniondale in the east,” he said. “Our aim as the GCBR is to ensure the sustainable utilisation of the unique biodiversity of the area through creating partnerships and encouraging responsible decision-making. It’s important to include the socio-economic component to the benefit of all the people living within the biosphere reserve.”

Photo Credit: Mossel Bay Tourism

Mr. Botha cited three of the GCBR’s current projects as examples: The Jobs for Carbon Project, which involves planting spekboom (Portulacaria afra, a plant that removes large quantities of carbon dioxide from the air, and that converts it to oxygen, and adds carbon to the soil), has attracted the attention of organisations like Cambridge University.

They are also investigating a new tourism project that will hopefully see the creation of a hiking trail along the banks of the Gouritz River. This trail will stretch from the river mouth to Calitzdorp in the Klein Karoo, and will trace the route that the Khoi people of old would have followed on their journeys inland. The GCBR are working on a long-term project that will both eradicate alien plants in the region, and turn them into commodities with economic value. (This project has attracted the attention of several interest groups and government departments, as well as a Netherlands-based biofuels company.)


Photo Credit: Cherie Vale / NEWSPORT MEDIA

“The Z section is the last section, before riders leave the Grabouw Forest, to cross over a stream via a PERI Bridge on the Eikenhof farm, on their way to the finish at Oak Valley Wine Estate. Section A is the highest point and section Z the lowest point, therefore it is mostly downhill”. “The circle route that will be opened to public will be 36km in length, however the route that W2W entrants will get to experience will be 23km in length,” continues Kriegler. “Interesting features to look out for will include wooden bridges crossing over streams, berms, the Winch (steep uphill climb wooden structure over rocks), Rock-a-Roll (a long wooden structure over and between rocks that goes up a steep embankment) as well as stunning scenery”. Riders can purchase a day permit at the Cape Pine gate, opposite the Grabouw Country Club. Rated according to the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) standards, the A-2-Z Trail is a Blue/More Difficult/Intermediate rated trail. The FNB Wines2Whales MTB Events take place from 30 October to 8 November 2015.



Paarl Golf Club

Breathtaking outrides with spectacular views of vineyards, ocean and mountain ranges! Nika’s Riding Centre is an exclusive stable yard with state of the art facilities with instructors that will teach you to take care of your own horse, and teach all disciplines: Show jumping , Dressage, Showing Equitation and Gymkanha. The centre offers wine tasting on horseback with a spectacular view, while riders learn the story behind the farm and wine.

Scoops Major National Award PAARL GOLF CLUB has won the 2015 John Collier Award for Environmental Compliance and Good Governance. The award, which is open to all golf courses and golf estates in South Africa, is made following detailed assessment of a comprehensive questionnaire covering a wide range of environmental considerations including biodiversity, landscape, heritage, water resource management, turfgrass nutrient usage, pest control and energy management. In taking the award, Paarl Golf Club, which is located on Boschenmeer Golf Estate, finished ahead of 150 other South African golf courses. In presenting the award to the Club on World Environment Day, Mr John Collier praised the quality of environmental management at Paarl, stating that their 75% rating ranked it well ahead of its nearest competitors. The average score recorded the survey was 21%.

Nika’s Riding Centre caters for competitive as well as non-competitive riders, teaching riding lessons to beginners as well as advanced riders, adults as well as children. During school holidays riding camps are also hosted for children with adult riding camps held throughout the year.

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Mr Collier said that he was particularly impressed with the work that is being done at the Club. He praised the environmental planning he had seen at the Club, and remarked that it had scored highly on all the key indicators. He said that Paarl Golf Club’s rating placed it at the forefront of best practice internationally, and ranked it well ahead of most businesses his organisation monitors. Former winners of the awards, which are in their ninth year, include Leopard’s Creek, and last year’s winner Pretoria Country Club.

Marion Stewart, the Club Manager at Boschenmeer, expressed her delight at the recognition: “As the judges pointed out, what we are doing does make a difference to the big picture. We are blessed with a truly beautiful location, and this inspires us. We have been working extremely hard on a wide range of dimensions in order to achieve this.” John Peach, who is Paarl born and raised, has been Course Superintendent since 2009. Peach, who has been chairman of the Western Province Turf Grass Managers’ Association, and is one of the leading innovators in golf course management, said that he was proud of what the Club has achieved. He said that conservational and environmental issues had been at the forefront of the thinking behind the Boschenmeer concept ever since its inception. As course manager, he monitors a wide range of indicators in order to ensure that global best practice is followed. He said: “This was our first time to enter this survey, and this award provides real endorsement of what we have been trying to achieve.” We have further plans for improvement in the environmental, energy management and conservation areas, and we will intensify our efforts in order to retain our number one status into the future.” For more information Contact 021 863 1140




Mercedes-Benz Golf Hall of Fame Opened in Cape Town The Mercedes-Benz Southern African Golf Hall of Fame located at the Clock Tower precinct, V&A Waterfront was officially opened by Gary Player, assisted by the Mayor of Cape Town, Patricia de Lille and Sally Little on 2 June 2015. The opening were attended by numerous golfing legends, champion golfers, heads of golf bodies, and captains of the golf industry. Mercedes-Benz Golf Hall of Fame tells the story of the history of golf in Southern Africa, consolidates memorabilia, acknowledges those who have contributed to the rich heritage of golf in Southern Africa, retains the legacy for future generations, and expounds on the game of golf. The museum catches your attention from the moment you enter, with photographs dating from the late 1800s, Pre and Post Democracy, TPA Tour results in South Africa, South African Open and Amateur winner, amazing Trivia, International triumphs, Women and Junior golf, Major winners, and so much more artifacts which tell the story of golf in this part of the world.

Sol Kerzner received the Harry Brews award for his selfless contribution to the development, improvement and growth of the game of golf. In 1979 he conceived and developed Sun City with two Gary Player designed championship courses and raised the standard for all S.A Golf courses.

The museum offers a huge display of golf clubs dating from 1850, the first golf balls, Sunday clubs, scrappers, odd clubs, trophies, including Louis Oosthuizen’s British Open trophy, the Canada Cup won by Harold Henning and Gary Player, and numerous other trophies. Also on display are all those inducted since 2009, as well as numerous displays and golfing memorabilia, pictures, and golf clubs belonging to Bobby Locke, Sally Little, Vincent Tshabalala, and so many others.

The guests were enthralled by numerous stories told by icons as Hugh Baiocchi, Denis Hutchinson, Dale Hayes, Johann Rupert, Sally Little, and many others, as well as a surprise video messages from David Frost and Jack Nicklaus, and then it was Gary Player’s turn to enthrall all with his energy and wonderful stories. The following day,The South African Golf Heritage Trust hosted an exclusive Golf Hall of Fame Tournament which included the likes of Deputy Minister of Tourism Tokozile Xasa, Hugh Baiocchi, Fulton Allem, John Fourie, John Bland, Dale Hayes, Denis Hutchinson, and a host of professional Springboks, and leading business personalities.

“This heritage museum will be of interest to young and old, golfer and non-golfer, alike,” says trustee, Barry Cohen.

The museum opening was followed by the ‘Golf Event of the Year’, the 6th Mercedes-Benz Southern Africa Golf Hall of Fame Induction banquet, which was addressed by the Deputy Minister of Tourism, Tokozile Xasa and where the stars of golf, captains of industry, heads of golf bodies, and many others came to pay tribute to Gary Player, 2014 inductees Fulton Allem, John Fourie, Lewis Chitengwa and others.

Photo Left to Right - Johann Rupert, Gary Player and Hugh Baiocchi

“The museum will attract the youth, tourism, helps raise funds for charitable purposes, records and retains the rich heritage of Southern Africa golf, and consolidates the memorabilia. A visit is a must!” says Dale Hayes.

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MTN-Qhubeka squad for Tour de France Seven African riders and four internationals made the MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung Tour de France squad. As an African team racing to raise awareness for the Qhubeka charity, the team will head to the Tour de France with the goal of putting 5000 African children on bicycles through the #BicyclesChangeLives campaign. Three South African riders are represented - South African national road race champion Jacques Janse van Rensburg, the African continental road race champion Louis Meintjes, and fast finishing Reinardt Janse van Rensburg have all made the selection.

MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung - Photo Credit Stiehl Photography

The Eritrean trio who were all part of Eritrea’s continental team time trial victory this year have all also made the selection. Merhawi Kudus, Daniel Teklehaimanot and Natnael Berhane will each by vying for one of the final nine starting spots. The final African rider on the list is the Algerian Tour de Langkawi victor, Youcef Reguigui.

Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung are set to make history when they become the first African registered cycling team to participate in the Tour de France this year. To be on the start line of Le Tour is a huge step forward for their team and a massive milestone for African cycling.

Four experienced internationals, Edvald Boasson Hagen, Steve Cummings, Serge Pauwels and Tyler Farrar are complementing the team. All four men have been an integral part to the development of the African riders and are now ready to help champion the #BicyclesChangeLives campaign cause at the Tour de France.

Birkett to defend

CSA welcomes

Berg River Canoe Marathon title

New Balance as Official Supplier

Andy Birkett has confirmed that he will be on the start line for the defence of the Berg River Canoe Marathon title that he won last year when then the 54th edition of the race gets under way in Paarl on 15 July 2015.

Cricket South Africa (CSA) welcomed New Balance as its official apparel and footwear supplier for the next five years.

Birkett entered the Berg River Canoe Marathon last year as part of his training for the Marathon World Championships in Oklahoma City, and felt that the 220km four day race had contributed well to his conditioning for the world title decider. Having made the South African K1 and the K2 team for the 2015 Marathon World Champs in Gyor in Hungary, Birkett was quick to finalise his plans for the build-up to the event that included returning to the Western Cape for the defence of his Berg title – last year he won the race in his first serious attempt at the title.

The agreement grants New Balance exclusivity as the official apparel supplier of Team Kit and products to CSA, its Teams, Staff and Players and as CSA’s official merchandising partner. The contract runs from 01 May 2015 to 30 April 2020.

Photo Credit: John Hishin/Gameplan Media

"I am keen to get down to do the Berg again this year," the Euro Steel star said. "It is an awesome race and it is a very important part of my build-up to the world champs." The race, widely recognised as one of the toughest ultra-distance marathon canoeing events in the world, covers 240km over four stages from Paarl north-west to Velddrif on the Cape West Coast, taking the athletes and their support crews through the Winelands, the Swartland and down the Cape West Coast. The Berg River Canoe marathon ends at Velddrif on 18 July For more information visit

Their individual sponsorships include Dale Steyn and Dave Miller. Dale and David would be the first to confirm that the technical support they have received from New Balance over the years has played an important role in supporting player standing such as Dale who remains the world’s leading fast bowler and indeed one of the greatest fast bowlers of all time. The demands that Dale's particular skill requires makes it essential that he can benefit from the industry’s latest technical and innovation advances. “New Balance is a perfect fit for our World No. 1 ranked Test team and we look forward to a fruitful and happy relationship over the next five years,” concluded Lorgat. New Balance are equally excited by the new partnership. As part of the deal, New Balance will also provide cricket equipment to CSA’s development programs.