The Newspaper - September Edition 2015

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September 2015

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The River Festival on Heritage Day, 24 September offers entertainment for the whole family - Photo Credit: Nico Grundlingh

Heritage Month will see communities from a diverse range of at least ten defined “dorpies” that include local neighbourhoods and hamlets, offer a large variety of art, culture and sport programmes for locals and tourists alike. The e’Bosch Heritage Programme aimed at uniting all the people of the Stellenbosch district through the creation of a shared culture, is fast developing into an effective tourism tool for the region. Now in its fifth year of existence and unique in its own right on the South African cultural landscape. Encompassing some 30 projects with 50 events this year, the programme includes an awards ceremony presented by the mayor of Stellenbosch and the rector of the Stellenbosch University to honour role players in the various communities for their endeavours to develop the youth.

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flippit app aimed at helping matric learners study

At the beginning of every year, the nation’s attention focuses closely on the matric pass rate. With the Class of 2014 achieving a pass rate of 75.8% – down by 2.4% from 2013 – debates continue to rage about the factors affecting the declining pass rate after years of upswing, and about what should be done to improve results in 2015. To assist the Class of 2015 succeed in their exams and achieve a higher pass rate than their predecessors, educational publisher Oxford University Press South Africa (OUPSA) commissioned 17 year old programming prodigy Jacques Blom to develop flippit, a study app aimed at helping matric learners study. Launching at the start of the third school term, flippit comes at an opportune time when matric students start biting down ahead of their mock and final exams.


Blom, a Grade 11 student at Westerford high school in Cape Town, together with fellow high school student and programmer Sanjiv Ranchod, collaborated with OUPSA to design the app, which is available to download for free from the Google Play Store. flippit consists of digital flashcard “decks” for 14 subjects, which allow students to learn content, test themselves, and compete against other students, making it fun and easy to study before tests and exams.

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flippit App Aimed at Helping Matric Learners Study

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“We realised that there is a definite need for technology that facilitates learning on the go, especially for tech-savvy matric students who are at a critical stage in their school careers,” says Steve Cilliers, OUPSA Managing Director. “Working with Jacques has been great as he has ensured that the app is relevant and suitable for the user – the swotting 21st century student. He thinks from the perspectives of both the developer and the user, so we’ve been able to get the best of both worlds to ensure that flippit really does help learners study.” Blom has been working with technology his entire life. He started programming when he was just five years old and now runs React Technology, a web and mobile app development company, in partnership with Ranchod. He was named one of the Top 200 Young South Africans by the Mail & Guardian in June this year and is a perfect example of how South African youth are positively shaping the educational landscape. “As a high school student, I understand how frustrating it can be to study for exams, because you’re never sure exactly how and what to memorise. flippit solves this problem by letting you study in a flashcard format, making it fun and interactive,” says Blom.

Photo: Jacques Blom

“It’s convenient, too: once a subject deck is downloaded, the app can be used offline, so a student can study for a few minutes when they have free time, wherever they are. I hope that flippit makes it much easier for matric students to do well in their exams. In 2015, OUPSA celebrates its 100th year of publishing for South African teachers and students. To celebrate this milestone in part, we want to make flippit as accessible as possible to students across the country. The app will always be free, while the flash cards will be freely available for the matric class of 2015,” adds Cilliers. “We’ve poured considerable resources into developing an engaging and accessible study aid. We hope that students will engage with flippit and give us feedback to ensure that we can help the current and future generations of South Africans ace their matric exams.” For more information visit

Heritage Month Unites Community

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Tel: 011 - 484 - 3612/8 Fax: 011 - 484 -3619 The River Festival - Photo Credit: Nico Grundlingh

Other cultural highlights include the e’Bosch Heritage Lecture, to be given by Trevor Manuel, previous minister of Finance, at the Stellenbosch University Museum, and the annual, e’Bosch School Choir Festival, in the Kruiskerk in which many local schools will participate. Throughout the month the ten towns Cloetesville, Ida’s Valley, Jamestown, Kayamandi, Klapmuts, Kylemore, Pniël, Raithby, Stellenbosch Central, Vlottenburg, and the farming community will present their own programmes which include photo exhibitions, storytelling sessions, a drama and poetry festival, handcraft show, and much more. Sport is a very important component of the activities, with events that include the Root 44 Park Run with a heritage theme at Audacia Farm; the annual Moore Stephens Night Run (5 km and 10 km) at Coetzenburg; and on Hertitage Day, 24 September the Spier Eerste Canoe Challenge from the suspension bridge in Mostertdrift to Spier Estate on the Eerste River.

Festival-goers can also enjoy local quality art, craft and food stalls, while the youngsters can try their hand at a stokbroodbraai and decorating muffins. On Heritage day, local art galleries and the university’s visual arts department will also be participating in The Last Thursdays’ early evening programme with sexhibitions and entertainment with a heritage flavour in local art galleries. An interesting novelty on this year's programme will be a commemoration cricket match on the Braak on 24 September between the Zonnebloem and local boys’ schools to celebrate the first similar match played 150 years ago. For the e’Bosch programme visit

SA Health and Fitness Expo

The highlight of the e’Bosch heritage events in town is the annual River Festival on the banks of the Eerste River on Heritage Day, 24 September with such diverse events as a tube race on the river and a performance by local artists,all promising great entertainment for the whole family.

SA Health and Fitness Expo is the biggest platform in South Africa for all the industry players allowing them to market their respective products and services. SAHFE, is a unique market place for ideas and innovations in the fields of health, fitness, wellness and sport promotion. Visitors range from fitness-enthusiastic, private visitors, corporates and investors, body & fitness conscious private consumers, athletes and fans, university students, school kids and the general public of all age groups. Join us for a weekend of Services, Products, Activities & Entertainment including but not limited to - Fives Futbol; Mr Strongman; Cape Town Fight Club; Vertical Secrets Fitness Pole Dancing; Mr & Ms Fitness SA Championships; Muscle Mania; Brazillian Jiu Jiitsu, B1 Zumba. For more information see page 9 or visit email: cell: 079 750 6575




National Lead SA Heroes

Winners of the App

Jenna Lowe and Marlon Parker have just been named this year’s National Lead SA Heroes, each receiving a cash donation of R100 000 thanks to the Dis-Chem Foundation for a charity of their choice. These phenomenal individuals were awarded at the #ChangeMakers Conference, which took place at the University of Johannesburg’s Sanlam Auditorium on 15 August 2015.

Following weeks of adjudicators sifting through contending apps, MTN Business announced the top six winners of the fourth annual MTN Business App of the Year challenge at the awards ceremony that took place in Johannesburg.

awarded at #ChangeMakers Conference

of the Year challenge

Jenna was diagnosed with Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension, a degenerative, life-threatening condition, at the age of 17. Through the Jenna Lowe Trust, her family made every effort to acquire the right medical care to improve Jenna’s quality of life. Despite the tireless efforts of her family and friends, Jenna’s health deteriorated and she passed away earlier this year

Photo: Jenna Lowe

Before she died, she left a legacy as she encouraged South Africans to register as Organ Donors through her novel birthday invitation known as

Organ donor registrations increased in the months after she launched and the campaign went a long way to raise awareness for organ donation. Founder of Reconstructed Living Labs (RLabs), Marlon was born in Silvertown on the Cape Flats. He has never allowed his circumstances to hinder his journey to a life of success and, most importantly, significance. RLabs which has its main hub in Athlone is an environment for community driven innovation and reconstruction. Its model includes establishing Youth Cafes in communities. To use the Youth Cafes, young people need to do good in their communities. For every act of social good, they are awarded with virtual currency, known as Zlatos, which can be used to purchase refreshments, attend empowerment courses, or even go to the local hairdresser. The RLabs model has proven to be such a driver for change that it has already been adopted in 21 other countries.

Photo: Marlon Parker

“Both Jenna and Marlon have shown the power of one active citizen, and we are delighted that the funds from the Dis-Chem Foundation can go towards strengthening their legacy by building capacity at the Organ Donor Foundation, and RLabs,” said Dis-Chem Foundation founder, Lynette Saltzman.

Over the last year, Lead SA has called on the public to nominate ordinary South Africans doing uplifting work in their communities.

WWF-SA Project Brings Hope to Fishermen “We were losing hope in fishing as a way of feeding our families, but now the WWF-SA fisheries improvement project will give us a meaningful role in restoring our fisheries and enable us to support our livelihoods.” These were the words of Kleninmond’s Llewyllen Arthur, who has been a fisherman for the past 20 years and has experienced the despair of dwindling fish stocks and an increasingly difficult retail market. The project which has given him hope is a partnership between WWF-SA, Pick n Pay and local Kleinmond restaurants. “This partnership aims to help bridge the gap between small scale fishers and restaurants by cutting out the middleman,” explained WWF-SA small scale fisheries officer, Mkhululi Silandela.

Photo: Llewyllen Arthur & Ray Williams

“More often than not the traditional fisherman loses out, so this project will help ensure that they at least benefit from their hard work.

It’s also about ensuring the health of our natural resources,” said Silandela. “We know that business as usual will lead to degraded marine ecosystems and the collapse of social structures in the fishing communities. We set out to change that by shortening the value chain and helping fishing communities to end their reliance on fishing as the sole source of income.” The R1-million Fisheries Improvement Project (FIP) aims to empower communities and ensure long term sustainability. The project has explored various strategies to ensure successful implementation. These include engaging with retailers like Pick n Pay to specifically buy from local fisherman.

The MTN App of the Year challenge seeks to unearth innovative and customised apps that will create a distinct customer experience. WumDrop was selected the winner in the Best Enterprise category and overall winner for their courier and fleet management application that allows users to pick up or deliver anything, anywhere and anytime in real-time. Developed by Benjamin Claassen and Muneeb Samuels, the WumDrop app is available to business clients and can be incorporated in their e-commerce offering. Other winners include: DStv Now in the Best Consumer App 2015, Vula Mobile, the Most Innovative App 2015, CPUT Mobile walked away with the Best Enterprise Development App 2015, EskomSePush won the Best Breakthrough Developer App 2015, while M4JAM was conferred the Best Wild Card App 2015 category. “We are encouraged by the level of innovation and creativity that were showcased at the 2015 MTN Business App of the Year Awards. We wish to congratulate our overall winner and runner-ups for investing their time and energy to bring solutions to everyday challenges facing the enterprise sector,” said Alpheus Mangale, Chief Enterprise Officer for MTN Business South Africa. “The key to this year’s challenge was not to simply add another new App to the current line-up, but to look for an innovative idea that is set to add value and change the way business is conducted. It is for this very reason that MTN Business uses technology as a catalyst to enable and inspire its customers’ sustainable growth and development – not only in South Africa but throughout the continent,” said Mangale. The annual MTN Business App of the Year Awards has grown exponentially since its inauguration in 2012. Today, MTN Business App of the Year Awards is the premiere app awards event in South Africa.




Phelophepa Health Train

7 Western Cape Finalists for

The train’s first stop was at De Doorns where it was stationed until 21 August 2015 where after it left for Oudtshoorn.

After much deliberation and debate, the judges for the 2015 Sanlam/Business Partners Entrepreneur of the Year® have announced the 15 finalists who will advance to the next round of the competition, with the overall winners to be announced at an awards ceremony in September 2015.

Welcomed In The Western Cape

The Phelophepa Health Care Train has reached 23.5 million people in South Africa since 1994. The health-care services provided from the train are largely free of charge or offered at an exceptionally low cost to communities in rural areas. The services include a health clinic, dental clinic, eye clinic, psychology clinic and cancer 5 screening services. The Phelophepa Health Care Trains comprise two locomotives that use existing rail infrastructure to deliver vital healthcare services to South Africans in remote, rural areas who would otherwise not have access to a doctor or be aware of any health problems they may or may not have.

Entrepreneur of the Year Competition

According to Christo Botes, spokesperson for the 2015 Sanlam/Business Partners Entrepreneur of the Year® competition, the finalist judging process was extremely challenging, due to the number of high quality entries received.

The trains travel for 35 to 36 weeks each year visiting various communities in rural areas each week. The main objective is prevention and early detection of medical conditions, as well as screening and education by making people aware of the importance of looking after their own health.

He says that the entrants have once again provided the judges with a vast variety of thriving businesses to select finalists and winners from.

The Phelophepa Healthcare Trains are the only primary healthcare trains in the world and recognised as one of the more innovative designs in primary healthcare in South Africa and globally. The Western Cape Government fully supports this service provided by the Transnet foundation. It provides communities with much needed healthcare assistance as well as alleviating the pressures on the already overburdened healthcare facilities. “We are especially grateful for the eye clinic service available on the train, as this helps clear the backlog in the public health system.” The train will be visiting George, Swellendam, Ashton and Saldanha during the Month of September.

Botes says that they received entries from a wide selection of entrepreneurs. “The 15 finalists operate in various sectors, with the most prominent being the services, industrial and

Photo: Charles Du Plessis

manufacturing sectors, with the majority originating from Gauteng and the Western Cape. We have very prominent and established businesses within our 2015 finalist pool, all with very strong financials.” He says that over 120 entries were received this year, with the majority of entrants originating from the greater Gauteng and Western Cape regions. The 2015 finalists stand the chance to win prizes worth R2 million, which includes cash prizes to the value of R350, 000. “We are excited to move onto the next round of the competition and wish all the finalists continued success and good fortune,” concludes Botes. The 2015 Sanlam/Business Partners Entrepreneur of the Year® finalists from the Western Cape are: Alex Fourie (iFix Retail), Lewis Thomas (Partners Hair design), Charles Du Plessis (C3 Technologies), Jean Nico Jacque De Villiers (Ad Maths), Bryan Anderson (Delta Steam Systems), Michael Roberts (Robhur Management) and Kim Whitaker (Once in Cape Town).

Construction Underway at Saldanha Bay Industrial Development Zone Construction is well underway at Saldanha Bay’s Industrial Development Zone, which is set to position the Western Cape as a rig repair hub. Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, said that enabling oil and gas servicing at Saldanha was central to Project Khulisa’s drive to grow the sector. “Focusing specifically on upstream and midstream services such as rig repair, this sector already provides 35 000 formal jobs opportunities in the province. Through Project Khulisa, we have the aspirational goal of adding up to a further 60 000 formal jobs in this sector and increasing its economic contribution up to R3 billion, from its current R1 billion.” Minister Winde said he had requested an update report from the Saldanha Bay Licencing Company on the progress of construction at the IDZ. “Excavations for the various civil engineering services are taking place and trenches for sewer and water lines are being hollowed out. The roads are being box cut and the site offices, which will be a multi-user facility for contractors and trainers, is set to be completed soon. Transnet National Ports Authority has also started construction on its Offshore Supply Base, which is expected to be commissioned in September next year,” said Minister Winde. The Minister added that civils works for the upgrade of the Saldanha Bay Wastewater Treatment Works has commenced.


This upgrade will increase the capacity of the Treatment Works. “We are also seeing healthy interest from the private sector. To date, non-disclosure agreements have been signed with 20 local and international investors. The activity at the IDZ is a result of partnerships between the Western Cape Government, the local municipality, Transnet and the National Department of Trade and Industry.”





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Agri-Homes - Solution to Farm Housing Agri-Homes SA®, with its subsidiary Farm-Homes®, brings to light the most significant, yet, affordable change in housing for Farm Labourers ever to be made available to the Agricultural industry within South Africa. Farm-Homes is an ever green product, and can provide a 100% green turnkey product. Its designs are architecturally attractive, cost effective, energy efficient, durable, and fire resistant. Farm-Homes are made in steel frame panels each to fit specific designed modules, and are historically less expensive than competing forms of construction.

Services Plumbing and Electrical wiring are installed in wall cavities without chasing of walls. External services such as Photovoltaic Panels, and Solar Hot Water Panels, and sewerage systems are available on request. Durability Agri-Homes finishes are secured with its high strength and protective coatings. The Steel Frame Modules used in Agri-Homes are impressively durable and these environmentally controlled buildings will perform well in excess of one hundred years. Architecturally Flexibility With Agri-Homes Steel Frame Modules, the designer has extensive choices of finishes to achieve the desired architectural vernacular. Some of the exterior wall finishes commonly combined with Steel Frame are, Single skin brick veneer; Fibre Cement Sheets; Vermont Plank (Ship Lapped); Brick, stone, ceramic tile and concrete veneers; Prefinished plywood; Exterior insulation and finish (EFIS) systems, and Cement plaster (stucco) on metal lath. Structural Flexibility

The Product Steel in the manufacturing of houses, granny flats, warehouses, shopping complexes, office blocks, and now even Farm houses for labourers have become an eminently sustainable material, through the modernization of production processes. The mass of a wall in a Steel Frame Building is less than 10% of a double skin plastered brick wall. Significant energy savings are achieved merely in the transport of the materials to the building site. Furthermore, wastage of materials on site is minimized, eliminating the need to remove truck loads of building rubble. The most significant energy saving is building with the Agri-Homes Steel Frame Modules which are optimally insulated suitable to every geographic region within Southern Africa, resulting in energy savings for heating and cooling. Construction

These Agri-Homes are designed to accommodate horizontal and vertical additions which can be effected easily in stages – giving it that Almost Limitless Design Freedom. The Agri-Homes Steel Frame Modules can be used for almost any building construction – in ground floor exterior axial load bearing walls or even unsupported spans of up to 24 meters. Health and Reliability The Agri-Homes Steel Frame Modules are reliable products that will not shrink, warp, swell, creep or otherwise move, which enhances and maintains construction quality. Its Steel Frame Modules are non-organic and cannot rot or support unhealthy infestations of mold and fungus growth. These Steel Frame Modules are not hospitable to, nor will vermin such as termites and rodents damage it.

Time saving in the construction of these Agri-Homes is estimated to be more than 40%, compared with conventional building. All frames are manufactured and assembled under stringent factory conditions, maximizing quality and efficiency. Therefore, cold or wet weather is not an issue when constructing Agri-Homes. The Agri-Homes Steel Frame Modules have a higher strength to weight ratio and are lighter than wood or masonry of comparable size. This has a positive impact on the building's seismic resistance, as it may allow economical spread footing foundations and it may also allow upward expansion in a building originally not designed for an extra floor. A great deal of time, money and effort is spent on the Thermal insulation of all Agri-Homes. Thermal insulation can be specified to be up to 5 times more superior to conventional brick and mortar buildings. The Agri-Homes Steel Frame Modular building method lends itself to column foundations and suspended floors, reducing the cost of building on uneven sites.

Structural Engineer Certificate The use of sophisticated software has greatly benefited the design and engineering of the Agri-Homes Steel Frame Modules. Therefore, all Agri-Homes plans are approve by a registered consulting Structural Engineer controlled by the South African Steel Frame Association - SASFA. Finance, Costs, Delivery, and Occupation Various Financial Institutions have acknowledged their support in writing, and are willing to provide finance on projects designed and constructed by Agri-Homes. Entry level Farm-Homes can be supplied for as little as R65,000.00. Delivery of Agri- Homes Steel Frame Modules is approximately two weeks and occupation of a Farm-Home for Labourers is possible within 3 - 4 weeks from date of order. NHBRC Approved All Agri-Homes complies with the rational design requirements of the National Building Regulation, approved by National Home Builders Registration Council NHBRC.

agri HOMEs YOUR SOLUTION TO FARM HOUSING For more information contact Quintus on 073 865 1437 or email: visit




International Tutankhamun Exhibition at Grandwest The international exhibition ‘Tutankhamun – His Tomb And His Treasures’ opened at GrandWest in June and runs until 27 September 2015. This captivating exhibition gives patrons the unique opportunity to experience the treasures of the tomb at their moment of discovery. This amazing adventure begins with a multimedia presentation illustrating the fascinating story behind the exploration and excavation by British archaeologist, Howard Carter, the history of Tutankhamun, and the culture of ancient Egypt.

Art tasting in Greyton Greyton, a picture-perfect village in the Overberg region of the Western Cape, is hosting the first ever Greyton Creative Arts Festival in September this year. Long-known for its laid-back lifestyle and exquisite scenery, the festival organisers felt that the village's creative environment needed to be brought to the attention of discerning art lovers everywhere ... and the idea of doing this through an art festival was born.

Seen by over five million people worldwide and by over 70,000 visitors in Johannesburg, the exhibition has faithfully reconstructed the tomb of Tutankhamun to scale.

Detail of the Middle Coffin of the Pharaoh Photographed by A.M. v. Sarosdy

There are over 1,000 exquisitely reconstructed burial treasures produced by the finest Egyptian craftsmen under scientific supervision. These exact replicas coupled with state-of-the art technology and video material provide a vivid illustration of the culture and spiritual world of the ancient Egyptians. Visitors will also discover what these magnificent historical finds reveal about the religion, deities, dynasties, and mysterious hieroglyphics of the empire on the Nile.

The fragile and valuable original artefacts cannot be transported, so this exhibition offers visitors an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to view the (perfectly replicated) antiquities from King Tut’s tomb - all under one roof. Brought to South Africa through a partnership with producer SC Exhibitions (Germany), Great World Exhibitions and GrandWest, the exhibition brings the historic moment and the story of the burial treasure’s discovery to life in a unique way. Located in the new “SunExhibits” centre at GrandWest, previously known as the “Magic Castle”, exhibition goers are guided through the exploration “journey” with the help of an audio guide that makes the fascinating experience more enjoyable and fulfilling. There is even a special children’s audio guide to maximise their experience too. For more information visit

Issues of Fracking Disclosed at Exhibition

Karoo Disclosure, a collaborative art installation that investigates the highly contentious issue of fracking, opened at the Iziko South African Museum in Cape Town on 29 August 2015. The exhibition explores notions of heritage, culture, ownership, and legitimacy in the context of external economic and political drivers that threaten to change the landscape and the lives of communities in unforeseen ways. “The Karoo has always been a feature of the exhibitions in the Iziko South African Museums, the Quagga foal on display perhaps being the most symbolic representation of fragility of this region. Iziko encourages exhibitions like Karoo Disclosure that stimulate debate about important issues,” says Hamish Robertson, Director Natural History Collections at Iziko Museums of South Africa.

Art by Derric van Rensburg

The festival will take place over the weekend of 25-27 September, and besides art there will be much to entertain and amuse visitors during the course of the event. Greyton is extremely fortunate to have several well-known and internationally respected artists in its midst. Amongst these are Catherine Paynter, whose fabulous themes and deft style have garnered her fans across the world, and David Kuijers, whose quirky paintings on canvas and glass are sold to an ever-increasing group of discerning buyers. Works by sculptor Jacques Dohnt, a former Greytonresident who uses mostly natural media like wood, bone, bark and stone, will also be on display. A further artist exhibiting is Derric van Rensburg who lived in Greyton in the 90’s and is internationally renowned for his superb impressionist paintings. Artists using a broad spectrum of mediums have been signed up to exhibit. Workshops for both children and adults have been arranged to take place at various times over the weekend. And the cherry on the top? Three painting by artist David Kuijers will be auctioned to round off an event that the organisers are sure will become a must each year for art lovers everywhere. For more information visit

KAMERS Summer 2015 KAMERS’ two new Autumn venues proved a great success – introducing a new frisson in the beautiful heritage venues of St John’s College in Johannesburg and the City Hall in Cape Town. The KAMERS carnival of vibrant new SA creativity brought a fresh energy to these venerable buildings - with rave reviews from our 20 thousand plus visitors! KAMERS 2015 Hermanus is an exciting new show and will take place at Curro Private School from 24 – 27 September 2015 in Hermanus. The KAMERS mission is to unearth SA’s hottest new creative talent and product ideas, combining these with ‘back by popular demand’ traders in a fantastic fusion of design and crafts, all under one roof. In this way KAMERS forms a vital interface between young entrepreneurs and developing creative talent, and the public who wish to support the most deserving SA craft and design.

Photo Credit: Karoo Disclosure Collective

The film, Karoo Disclosure, which was selected for the Karoo Indy Film Festival and shown at That Art Fair, is the focal point of the exhibition. Photographic works as well as objects, artefacts, rocks, fossils, animals and insects from the Iziko Natural History Collections found in the Karoo area will also be showcased. The collaborating artists include: Deborah Weber, Damien Schumann, Elgin Rust, Gina Waldman, Margaret Stone, Maxim Starcke, Lisa Bauer, Michelle Liao, Tom Glenn, Peet van Heerden, Hendrik Dudumashe and Paula Kingwill. The exhibition is on display at the Iziko South African Museum until 15 November 2015

It’s an ‘everybody wins’ platform where their creative traders get maximum exposure in the cocoon of a nurturing and supportive retail environment, whilst KAMERS shoppers get to explore and enjoy our country’s ever-growing creative talent.

Photo Credit: Photographer Charl du Preez & Stylist Nicky Myburgh

The date schedule for KAMERS 2015 Winelands is 27 October – 1 November 2015 and will take place at Webersburg Wine Farm in Stellenbosch. Don’t miss SA’s pop-up treasure trove of handcrafted creativity! For more information visit




PEACOCK BLUE EMPLOYEE TO PLAY AT ST ANDREWS Just over a year go Peacock Blue moved their menswear shop from the Cape Quarter to Bird Street in Stellenbosch. Their first employee was Phillip Swanepoel a very good amateur golfer. Phillip, who is from Pretoria, started his degree course in Industrial Psychology in January at the University of Stellenbosch, and in June he played and won in the South African Universities USSA Golf Championship at Port Shepstone Country Club in Durban. This has qualified him to play next year at St Andrews in Scotland in the World Universities Championship. The future looks bright for Phillip, whether he pursues a professional golfing career or goes on to put his studies to good use in an industrial career. In the meantime he can be found from time to time at Peacock Blue in Bird Street where he still works in his spare time. Peacock Blue was started by Patricia Eccles in Franschhoek. It provides fashionable clothes for the discerning man whatever his age. Peacock Blue specializes in Linens; shirts, shorts and trousers and most of its own label offerings are made locally in the Cape. In addition they import the Scotch and Soda label from Amsterdam and stock Polo South Africa and other local brands For more information Contact Franschhoek 021 876 4691 | Stellenbosch 021 882 9996 or visit

FIRST INDO ASIA FESTIVAL Indo Asia festival is coming to Cape Town for the very first time with a fresh new concept and will include over 60 exhibitors that will showcase their products from 5–13 September 2015 in the Cape Town International Convention Centre. The “Indo – Asia festival” will be bringing wholesale manufacturers as well as retailers from India, Pakistan, Syria, Dubai, Iran, Turkey, Thailand and many more with a variety of handcrafted goods and clothing. Products range from beautifully handmade Kashmiri and Persian carpets, a host of Indian handcrafts, including home decor, furniture and jewellery boxes. Carefully selected leather products will be on sale including, shoes, bags and jackets. Other products will include beautiful Turkish and Kashmiri scarves, sterling silver jewellery from Iran and Rajasthan and a variety of costume jewellery. There are so many other unique products on sale, visitors must come and discover the rest for themselves. Besides shopping till you drop… the event organisers have made sure the food on offer will have a taste of India. Visitors will have a variety of delicious Indian dishes to choose, ranging from butter chicken, chicken tikka, dhal, roti’s and a number of other mouth-watering Indian treats and curries. Why is the Indo – Asia festival different from the rest - the difference is that exhibitors are the actual manufacturers that are selling their products directly to the public. For more information visit Computicket


Join Franschhoek as the wineries open their doors to #Braai4Heritagefhk at the annual Franschhoek Uncorked Festival, 26 to 27 September. What better way to celebrate your heritage than over a glass of newly released Franschhoek wines paired with delicious food cooked over an open flame as Franschhoek prepares to Braai4Heritage. Don’t miss out on special festival offerings – the perfect excuse to stock up on wine for the upcoming festive season! For more information visit








Casual Day has welcomed on board The Association for Hearing Loss Accessibility and Development (AHLAD), a newly formed Cape Town organisation that promotes the interests and rights of persons with hearing loss.

Running offers children many benefits from improved cardiovascular and immune systems, weight gain prevention, improved sleeping, academic performance, confidence, a sense of belonging and life-long positive habits.

AHLAD will be raising sticker donations through the Casual Day infrastructure to support their work in the community. “We are happy to join the Casual Day family and join hands with such a reputable brand. The donations coming from generous citizens will go towards eradicating the barriers that prevent persons with hearing loss from fully participating in life,” says Michele Tonks, AHLAD chairperson. In South Africa, about 7.5 percent of school-going children have varying degrees of hearing loss, and approximately one-third of persons older than 65 years are affected by disabling hearing loss. Casual Day ambassador Simone Botha was born profoundly deaf, but was the recipient of a cochlear implant when she was 22 months old. She is a professional ballet dancer and recently got a group of ballet dancers rehearsing for a show at UCT Ballet School to “spring into action” for Casual Day. “I was lucky enough to have the benefit of this technology and I want others to have it too. This is a wonderful way for the entire country to show their support for persons with disabilities.” Michele Tonks continues that there has been a lot of progress in cochlear implant and hearing aid technology – and that their work is not only about supporting persons with hearing loss to attain their maximum level of independence and integration into the community, but also about lobbying at various levels for subtitles on television programmes, SMS services from companies providing emergency and medical services, and prevention of occurrence of deafness. Casual Day ambassador Jabulile Ngwenya was also born deaf, but only received her cochlear implant as an adult. “Having a wider range of tools for communication has made the world of difference to me as a writer.”

Running on the trails adds all the advantages of being outdoors in nature. Trail Kids gives children an opportunity to learn about running in a fun environment to inspire and instill a lifelong passion for running and a healthy lifestyle. They focus on skills, fitness, developing new friendships, building a connection to nature, and very importantly gaining self belief. They are designed with every child in mind, not just the potential super athlete, and every participant is a winner! Following the positive response to their first event, Trail Kids Trail Kids is organising more fun filled mornings at The Lourensford Harvest Market for the whole family on 26 September and 31 October. The interactive programme of fun, tips, exercises and running with experienced coach and long distance athlete, Bennie Stander, is designed to kick start or extend your skills and passion for the trails The trail itself is a beautiful, undulating single track of 5km - perfect for legs of all sizes with an extended 15km route available for those seeking more of a challenge. Nutrition and sporting equipment experts will also be on site to give advice, including extreme adventurer, conservationist, international motivational speaker, TV presenter, and author of the bestseller “The Great Run,” Braam Malherbe, who will inspire both the young and adults alike.

The organisation was recently instrumental in getting the South African Disability Alliance (SADA) to accept a proposal regarding the freedom of choice (for all persons with hearing loss). AHLAD are a group of passionate volunteers and need the support of the community - Spring into Action for Casual Day on 4 September. To support the work of AHLAD visit

Braam has worked extensively as a youth developer, where he teaches children about survival skills and to make a difference in their own lives and in the lives of others. In 2006 he put his convictions to the test when he and David Grier achieved a world first by running the entire length of the Great Wall of China, a distance of 4218km, at a pace of a marathon a day for 98 days. This expedition funded the inaugural mission in South Africa for Operation Smile, which provides corrective surgery for children born with cleft lip and cleft palate disfigurements. For more information, email or visit

LEVI’S FOOTWEAR LAUNCHES DUNK D.C. SNEAKERS Levi’s Footwear has launched Dunk DC sneakers, in memory of a young cancer sufferer’s great design ideas – and a percentage of profits from the sale of the range will be donated to the Childhood Cancer Foundation (CHOC) each quarter, to help other youngsters survive the disease.

Regarding the impact of the campaign, CHOC’s Programme Development Manager, Adri Ludick says, “The campaign has translated into a steady increase in the bed occupancy in CHOC houses over the past years. Thus more children are being diagnosed and treated, which is good news.”

The Dunk D.C. range was inspired and designed by 18 year old Daniel Copans, who is the nephew of Laurence Slotsky, Owner of Footwear Trading South Africa.

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Slotsky says, “The idea came together when he and Daniel visited the Levi’s flagship store in Sandton City. Daniel spotted a particular shoe that he liked, but the store did not have his size. He suggested a redesign to Slotsky, taking the fabric upper combination of that shoe, and putting it onto a Dunk, with a couple of other modifications.” Within two weeks of samples being created and delivered to Daniel, his health had deteriorated significantly. When Daniel eventually saw his shoe design, the amateur designer had a few more changes to ensure the final product matched his sporty and urban casual style. The denim-inspired fabric gives the shoe a personalised touch that differentiates it from other Dunk sneakers in the Levi’s range. Daniel Copans passed away just two days later, but his memory will live on through the Levi’s partnership with CHOC: the brand has already given more than R30,000 to the Foundation to help further its work with youngsters suffering from the disease. In Daniel’s honour, the outsole of the Dunk DC features a unique yellow plug, representing all those suffering from Sarcomas.







Black Perigord Truffle Discovered At Altima Woodford Truffles South Africa has recently confirmed the discovery of the first Black Perigord Truffle in the Western Cape on the farm Altima, one of the properties within the Anthonij Rupert Wyne portfolio. After six years of the required nurturing and care by Coenie and Hanene Van Dyk, the managers at Altima, their Truffler aka Clyde the Jack Russel sniffed out the 200g truffle in the brulé of one of the inoculated oak trees. The Altima property is owned by Johann Rupert and is situated near his Elandskloof property near Villiersdorp. According to Marda and Trevor, Woodford Truffles SA’s dog trainers have been on the prowl for the elusive truffle for the past two years. Italian truffle guru, Prof Alessandra Zambonelli predicted the imminent appearance of truffles in the area after a thorough on site root inspection of the orchard trees earlier this year, before it was discovered by Clyde’s ‘clever nose’ in July. In the future, the orchard will be monitored on a weekly basis until the end of the winter harvest season. This will be done by Clyde and his fellow furry companion, Bonnie, who will be joined by Zippy the farm’s latest addition. South Africa’s first black diamond truffle was unearthed in Mpumalanga in January this year.

EU Lifts Ban

on South African ostrich exports Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, said the European Commission lifted the ban on the export of fresh ostrich meat into the EU, effective late August 2015. “This is excellent news which stands to grow the size of the ostrich industry, which contributes over R1 billion to the economy. The industry was initially severely economically impacted by the 2011 highly pathogenic avian influenza outbreak, but has since recovered somewhat through the export of processed ostrich meat. Processed meat will continue to be exported, parallel to the export of fresh ostrich meat. This will lessen the impact of any future incursions of HPAI (Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza) in the industry.

‘Chefs Who Share - Young Chef Award’ The seven finalists in the inaugural ‘Chefs who share - Young Chef Award’ have been announced after their innovative canapé creations earned them a spot in the star-studded kitchen of the black-tie charity gala ‘Chefs who share – the ART of giving’, to take place in the Cape Town City Hall on 10 September 2015. The award is an inspiring new initiative that sets out to showcase and nurture South Africa’s young culinary talent, with the seven finalists having this once in a lifetime opportunity to join their idols on the night and gain exposure to a high-profile audience - with one of them also in line to earn a dream trip to Europe. The Finalists are: Germaine Esau, Sous Chef (Makaron Restaurant, Stellenbosch), Marisa Botes, Pastry Chef de Partie (Pierneef à la Motte Restaurant, Franschhoek), Ludwig van Biljon, Demi Chef de Partie (Indochine Restaurant, Stellenbosch), Etienne Wessels, Chef de Partie (Bosman's Restaurant, Paarl), Edna Visser, Commis Chef (Restaurant at Waterkloof, Somerset West), Jamie-lee Saunders, Commis chef (Red Indigo Restaurant, Grootbos, Hermanus) and Anand Bhana, Demi Chef de Partie (Hartford House, Mooi River).

Edna Visser The Restaurant at Waterkloof

The jury for the 2015 ‘Chefs who share – Young Chef Award’ comprises an expert panel of food specialists, who sifted through the over 40 high-quality entries to establish, amidst often heated discussion, the seven finalists. ‘Chefs who share – the ART of giving’ has, in a short amount of time, become a not-to-be-missed event, drawing top chefs, sommeliers, artists, guests and contributors from across the country and raising almost R4 million for charity. “Resuming exports to the EU will play an important role in increasing the number of jobs in this industry, which currently employs over 50 000 residents.”

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.

Minister Winde added that vets in the Western Cape conduct regular testing which ensures animal diseases are detected early.

The aim of the ‘Chefs who share – Young Chef Award’ is to find fresh culinary talent, give them opportunities, inspire them and help them to develop their skills.

“Strict control measures are put in place to ensure that cases that arise are managed effectively,” said Minister Winde.

The chosen finalists will be working with South Africa’s culinary elite on the night, who will act as role models and mentors for the emerging kitchen stars.

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Nearly 90 years ago Imperial Airways, British Airways’ predecessor introduced a service which made its Silver Wing flights famous and today is still the benchmark by which many travellers judge an airline’s onboard offering. Things have come a long way since the sandwiches and biscuits of the Silver Wing service, but the huge advances in aircraft technology have also posed some challenges. Amongst these is the height at which modern aircraft fly. Eighty eight years ago altitude was not a problem as aircraft flew relatively low and were not pressurised. A modern jet aircraft cruises at around 35 000 feet and the cabin is pressurised to 8 000 feet. Under these conditions most people lose about 30% of their ability to taste, so food can seem bland or insipid. With ample evidence indicating that the meal service can materially affect the enjoyment of a flight, it is no surprise that catering forms part of British Airways’ five year, £5 billion investment in products and customer services. Despite the benefits that advances in aviation technology are bringing to the flying experience, some years ago the British Airways’ catering team decided to adopt its own approach to counter the effects of altitude, lower humidity and other sensory inhibitors in aircraft cabins. It calls this Height Cuisine. Part of the approach is to use ingredients which are high in umami, a savoury flavour known as the ‘fifth taste’, which occurs naturally in foods such as seaweed, tomatoes, mackerel and parmesan cheese and works particularly well in catering at altitude.

In 2014, Orange Horizons, the consumer-facing subsidiary of the global Orange Group, launched its latest travel product – Orange holiday. This offering has now been improved further through the company’s extensive European network and now offers travellers the use of data throughout Europe, rather than just in France. Orange Horizons South Africa Country Manager, Blake Levitan, explains that this package is particularly beneficial for South African consumers travelling using the Rand, as it will assist them in minimising the cost of their communication by avoiding high roaming costs for voice and data, through the use of a local European network. The package includes: A French SIM card available in triple size format, hours of communication from anywhere in Europe to anywhere in the world, 1000 text messages from anywhere in Europe to anywhere in the world, and 1GB of data for use anywhere in Europe. With thousands of South African travelling to Europe each year, for business and pleasure, Orange noted the importance of providing a communications solutions that would allow travellers to keep in touch with their friends, families, colleagues, and business partners while abroad without having to worry about the outrageous costs associated with international roaming,” says Levitan. “Additionally, it is increasingly important to travellers that they are able to stay connected in terms of email, online applications, social networking, and general use of the Internet while abroad.” “This led to the data becoming available for use all over Europe, instead of only in France.”

Photo Left - Right: Andrew Seath (British Airways Chef) and Christopher Cole (British Airways’ food and beverage manager)

Innovation and keeping abreast of food trends is part of the recipe. The concept of Height Cuisine isn’t limited to making food taste better and pairing it with suitable wines, typically those with lots of fruit and for reds, ripe tannins with a subtle, silken palate. Similar attention has been lavished on the wine selection and it is delivering results, with British Airways named the world’s best airline for wine and picking up three other awards at the 2015 Business Traveller’s Cellars in The Sky Awards.

The Orange holiday package is operational in 49 European countries, and offers users the ability to check their credit at any time and top up using Orange Top Up. The package is valid for 14 days after first use, ensuring you stay connected no matter where you are in the world, and can be topped up using the Orange Top-Up service. For more information visit

City Sightseeing’s New Harbour Cruise

Cabin service is another important part of the experience. In the premium cabins this has meant training cabin crew to provide service that’s similar to that of a top restaurant. In First you can eat when you want and also have a choice of a formal meal service or informal a la carte snack. In Club World, the Club Kitchen complements the meal service. It provides a variety of light snacks to which customers can help themselves during the flight. The menu improvements have been extended to the other cabins. World Traveller Plus customers can choose two items off the Club menu. Other seemingly small innovations, such as a children-eat-first service ensures that parents are able to enjoy their own meals once little ones have settled down to the in-flight entertainment.

City Sightseeing South Africa, the company that operates the city’s topless red buses, is making waves with its new harbour cruise at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town. The 25­minute long cruise is a wonderful way to see the city in a whole new light, from incredible mountain views to life in and around the Waterfront harbour with its resident seals and visiting ships from around the world. Perfect for a family outing, romantic setting or fun with friends, the harbour cruise departs from and returns to the jetty outside the Two Oceans Aquarium, and is fully equipped with life jackets to ensure your safety at all times. During its roundabout trip you’ll see several key attractions including the SAS Somerset (the only surviving boom defence vessel left in the world), the largest synchrolift and the only drawbridge (Bascule Bridge) in the Southern Hemisphere. Along the route you’ll pass the Nelson Mandela Gateway, Chavonnes Battery Museum and the Clock Tower. You’ll also learn fascinating facts about the Waterfront’s luxury hotels and the international stars they have hosted, and also more about the grain silo complex as well as the factories belonging to large fishing companies.

“We make no bones about being a full-service airline and onboard dining is an integral part of this offering,” explains British Airways’ food and beverage manager, Chris Cole. “Over the years we’ve learnt that it’s not something you just get right, but demands constant innovation and improvement. That’s what Height Cuisine is all about.”

City Sightseeing South Africa’s CEO, Claus Tworeck says, “We’re very excited about our latest authentic offering – a harbour cruise that connects travellers to Cape Town’s proud nautical history.” Please note that due to the canal closure at the V&A Waterfront, the canal cruises have been suspended until construction is completed. For more information visit




Developing young women

Charity Shops Embrace

According to the Women in Engineering organisation, in a global economy with rising unemployment and a desperate need of scarce skills, increasing the number of women in engineering within any company or country is a competitive advantage.

Local charity shops have started using OLX, South Africa's largest online classifieds, to sell their secondhand items.

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South Africa is experiencing a severe skills shortage in the engineering sector. REDISA (Recycling and Economic Development Initiative of South Africa) is providing a tangible solution to the problem through Research and Development bursaries - critical to market advancement, and a core mandate within the REDISA Plan. As a Masters student in Chemical Engineering at Stellenbosch University, Kirsty Henry is one of the 14 students working with REDISA through their bursary programme. Kirsty in May received an award at the inaugural REDISA Recognition Awards for her work in research and innovation. The award was awarded to the person/organisation that through their research has contributed to advancement and innovation in the field of recycling and economic development. REDISA’s research partnership with the University of Stellenbosch sees focus being placed on the establishment of research and development to grow tyre recycling processes. The partnership involves REDISA providing the University with funding of R10 million over the next four years.

Photo: Kirsty Henry from the University of Stellenbosch, receives her award from REDISA director Stacey Davidson

The funding is being used to build knowledge and expertise for the country - specifically dealing with the conversion of waste tyres into chemical products, as well as creating design processes for South African conditions.

With REDISA being the first programme of its kind globally, this partnership not only ensures skills development locally, but the advancement of South Africa as leaders in this space. Kirsty’s research is on the beneficiation of waste tyres. The objective is to upgrade the char from waste tyre pyrolysis by removing impurities so as to add value for re-utilisation.

OLX donated tablets to charity shops to enable them to sell their secondhand items online. This will assist charities to reach new supporters and raise more money. “It is due to kind donations like this that our organisation continues to function and serve the hundreds of child clients we receive each year,” says Patch Helderberg, Child Abuse Centre. Charities have to work harder than ever before to raise funds. It is difficult to get noticed and keep the public engaged and interested. Buyer behaviour is changing and charity shops need to do the same.

Photo: Louise Smith - Helderberg Hospice

All the donated tablets have the OLX application pre-installed. All the shop has to do is take a photo of the item, select the relevant category and add a short description. The items will then immediately be available for sale on the OLX platform to more than 500 000 monthly visitors. OLX Country Manager, Stephen Ballot says: “We encourage the community to join this initiative and support their local charity shops on OLX.” During the pilot phase of the project, OLX donated 5 tablets to the following charity shops: Patch Helderberg Child Abuse Centre, Helderberg Hospice, Somerset West Night Shelter, Stellenbosch Hospice and Tygerberg Hospice.

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Cape Town Fringe Festival

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With a bold and sassy programme of more than 70 productions, this year’s Cape Town Fringe – which runs in the city from 24 September to 4 October – promises to be a showcase of the best of South African theatre. Audiences can look forward to an invigorating mix of new and original work spanning every genre, the organisers say. It is the second time this annual event will be held in the City. While the programme comprises mostly theatre, dance, performance art, physical theatre, music, family theatre and magic will round off the 11-day Festival. This year's line-up aims to offer a wide choice, ensuring that the Fringe matches the vibrancy and creativity of other Fringe Festivals worldwide. A broad selection panel reviewed the proposals submitted for the Fringe this year. Led by Mahomed, it comprised Jaqueline Dommisse, Yazeed Kamaldien, Warona Seane, Sifiso Kweyama, Adrienne Sichel and Lynette Marais. Produced by the experienced team at the National Arts Festival, the Cape Town Fringe will make use of venues in the City Centre, at the V&A Waterfront and Langa. Notes V&A Waterfront CEO, David Green, ‘’As one of Cape Town’s most iconic public spaces, the V&A Waterfront has long been not only an attraction for all citizens of Cape Town, but a neighbourhood. The Fringe Festival is an extension of this inclusiveness, and we welcome the opportunity to be part of a vibrant cultural showcase. Through the Festival, locals can celebrate all that is unique about our eclectic multi-cultural city.’’

The Hermanus Whale Festival is celebrating its 24th year as the only enviro-arts festival in South Africa, - putting the creatures of the deep on stage and under the spotlight alongside top performers and musicians, from 2-4 October 2015. Hermanus, known as the best land-based whale watching destination in the world, plays host to thousands of visitors natural environment, watch the whales and revel in music, enjoy great food and enjoy the many activities available during the festival. The Whales are always the star performers at the festival and will be joined on land by great food, quality crafters, great sport events, kids entertainment, the Music stage with over 20 artists performing over the festival, Marine ECO Village, Vintage Car Show, The Whale play created and performed locally. The Hermanus Whale Festival is privileged to have the South African Defence force who will be at this years festival and will take part in the street parade led by the SA Army and Cape Highlanders bands which will by enjoyed by the thousands of people celebrating Spring in the most beautiful place on earth - Hermanus! For more information visit

Steam Train day trip to Spier Imagine travelling in a wooden vintage coach dating back to 1922. This is an experience not to miss! The Steam train departs from Cape Town station on 13 September at 09h30. After an hour and a half’s train trip with spectacular scenery, the train will arrive at Spier Station in Stellenbosch where you will enjoy the day at one of the oldest wine farms in South Africa.

“The programme has a strong Cape flavour with locally based artists making up approximately 60% of the programme,” Fringe CEO Tony Lankester said. More than 18 000 tickets were sold last year, and the event was estimated to have an economic impact of over R4-million, over and above its R2.7-million direct spend, Lankester said. Joining the City of Cape Town as a full sponsor of the event this year is Standard Bank, who will play host to the Standard Bank music stage in the City Hall. “The venue will feature some amazing entertainment,” Jenny Pheiffer, Head of Brand and Group Sponsorships at Standard Bank said. “We are proud to continue our support for the arts in South Africa through the Cape Town Fringe Festival. For Standard Bank this is a natural fit and extension of our National Arts Festival sponsorship and we look forward to seeing the best new original work across all genres in Cape Town.” For more information visit

Visitors will be treated at a state-ofthe-art Wine Tasting Centre on Spier Signature Wine Tasting, which includes 3 wines from their Signature range and 1 from each of 2 premium wine ranges, 21 Gables and Creative Block. Children can taste 3 different grape juices paired with wine gums. Each Visitor will receive a meal voucher worth R125 that can be redeemed at the farm to table restaurant, Eight or at the farm deli, Eight to Go. Spend the rest of the day relaxing on the banks of the Eerste River, exploring the Protea gardens and historic buildings or visit the Eagle Encounters rehabilitation centre where you will have the opportunity to get up close and personal with magnificent birds of prey and will be able to view a live flying demonstration.

Visitors will also receive 2 bottles of wine from the Spier’s Signature range (or 2 bottles of grape juice) to remember their special day. The train departs for Cape Town at 15h15. The cost is R500 per adult and R400 per child between the ages of 3 and 12 years old. For more information contact Atlantic Rail on or 021 558 5805




UCI Road World Championships SA Squad The cycling squad to represent South Africa at the 2015 UCI Road World Championships in Virginia, USA from 19-27 September has been announced. The city of Richmond will host the championships, the race returning to the USA for the first time since 1986. Racing begins on 20 September with the men and women’s team time trials, and culminates with the men’s elite road race on 27 September 2015. Included in the men’s team are 2015 Tour de France riders Daryl Impey, although he had to pull out after a bad crash, and Reinardt Janse van Rensburg, part of MTN-Qhubeka outfit who were a revelation in their debut tour. South Africa's leading women’s roadster, Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio, who has been having a great European season with the Bigla team, is one of three elite women. She recently rode to a fabulous fourth spot in the prestigious Giro Rosa stage event in Italy. Robbie Hunter will be the manager of the team. The full squad is: Elite Men: Daryl Impey, Reinardt Janse van Rensburg, Jaco Venter Under 23: Nicholas Dlamini, Ryan Gibbons, Jayde Julius, Morne van Niekerk Elite Women: Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio, Cherise Stander, An-Li Kachelhoffer Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio - Photo Credit: Craig Dutton/Cycling SA

Junior Men: Keagan Girdlestone, Greg de Vink, Kyle de Wet, Jarrod Hattingh

Junior Cyclists return from Europe Six junior cyclists from LEADout Cycling Academy returned to South African soil after spending 32 days in Europe competing against the world’s best juniors in the most prestigious and difficult UCI categorized races. The six young cyclists Jarrod Hattingh (Cape Town), Aidan van Niekerk (George), Kyle de Wet (Cape Town), Emri Vorster (Johannesburg), Waylin Young (Bloemfontein), and Louis Visser (Oudtshoorn) were handpicked by Barry Austin and John-Lee Augustyn who may be reckoned as the cream of the crop when it comes to junior cycling performance in South Africa. Between these juniors they hold various African and South African road, track and MTB titles. Taking these junior riders to Europe was never about results, but rather giving them exposure to real pro-cycling, even though they are still amateurs. The LEADout team competed in four UCI category 2.1 stage races. Their tour commenced on 17 July at Oberösterreich Juniorenrundfahrt (Austria) and was followed by Internationale Niedersachsen-Rundfahrt (Germany), and Aubel – Thimister – La Gleize (Belgium), with the last race taking place on 15-16 August in Ronde des Vallées, France. They also competed in two local criterium races in Belgium. Not only was the racing a challenge, but it also included the experience of travelling with a camper to and from races, heat waves, storms, rain, gale force winds, preparing food, staying in hotels, guest houses as well as self-catering accommodation, and coping with Air Travel weight restrictions of 30 Kg, which includes the bike with its accessories weighing almost 25Kg. “I hope this outing to Europe, racing the highest level of junior racing, is an eye opener for both our juniors and our cycling fraternity in South Africa. Whilst I can really commend the boys for taking on each race, each challenge with determination and enthusiasm, I cannot help but feel we as a Cycling SA fraternity are letting the future racers down by not providing the stimulus to take the needed steps. The heart and talent is evident, but the experience leading up to achieving International results need some work on the local front. Somehow we need to build these challenges into our local scene and provide the juniors the platform upon which they can excel. LEADout will strive to do this and bring international success, as we had in the past, back to Saffa junior racing,” says Barry Austin of LEADout. LEADout is a cycling academy under the leadership of Barry and Ciska Austin with John-Lee Augustyn as team manager. LEADout Cycling has associated partners and sponsors who assisted in covering some costs to minimize the financial input by cyclists who participated in the tour.

Photo from Left - Right: Jarrod Hattingh, Aidan van Niekerk, Kyle de Wet, Emri Vorster, Waylin Young & Louis Visser

Spier Wine Farm in Stellenbosch is one of the main sponsors. LEADout is also managing and training the Lights by Linea cycling team based in Cape Town. This team has excelled since their short existence and has become a force to be reckoned with at all the major cycling events. John-Lee Augustyn the Team Manager and Assistant Coach previously a professional cyclist was forced to retire from international cycling due to an injury. With the experience gained as a General Classification rider in Team Barloworld, Team SKY and MTN-Qhubeka, John-Lee brings a dream to life for young aspiring athletes, whilst managing the day-to-day activities of the team. Two of the team members, Jorrod Hatting and Kyle de Wet were selected to represent the South African squad at the UCI World Cycling Championships in America during September. The South African supporters wish them all of the best for the upcoming event. With this wealth of experience gained in Europe these juniors have become a force to be reckoned with in future. They are now well aware of the standard of racing, and how to succeed in reaching the highest level of satisfaction.

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New ballot entry

The Mongrel

The Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust (CTCTT) has announced a new entry process for the 2016 Cape Town Cycle Tour. In line with international best practice, it will take the form of an online ballot system to eliminate the quick sell-out of entries and ensure a more equitable process for all prospective riders.

At first the goal was to create an environment to keep injured players busy and in shape, but in recent years the Mongrel has evolved to a key component in the reconditioning of injured players.

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Johan van Wyk, Performance Manager at the Stellenbosch Academy of Sport, along with conditioning coaches Hannes Prinsloo and Llewellyn Morkel have masterminded this innovative concept. “It started originally when junior rugby became professional and injuries started to occur on a regular basis. We wanted to keep the injured players busy. Give them the environment to stay focused,” said Van Wyk. The trio started the Mongrel with the Western Province Rugby Institute and since the opening of SAS in January 2012 Van Wyk and his team of professionals has established the Mongrel as one of the core aspects to fast track an injured player back onto the playing field. “The Mongrel creates a hard working environment. There is no floating through this. It’s not a place for what we call ‘race horses’… totally the opposite. We have clear goals in each session and there is a close working relationship between the conditioning coaches and the physiotherapists.” According to Van Wyk the easiest and most simplistic way to describe the Mongrel is a conditioning session for injured players.

Cape Town Cycle Tour - Photo Credit: Sam Clark

The free registration of interest in a ballot application will be possible from 9 September at 1pm to 25 September 2015 at 1pm. This will be preceded by a Pedal Power Association (PPA) ‘early-bird’ ballot via which PPA will allocate 5,000 entries, at random, to paid-up members. Following the challenges faced during last year’s entry process – especially with entries selling out in a record time of eight hours – the online portal will be implemented to improve cyclists’ overall experience. According to David Bellairs, a director of race organisers, the online ballot entry portals have proven successful at top European and American sporting events. “Such systems have become standard practice at key sporting events around the world, including the New York Marathon and Boston Marathon. The Trust, along with its three co-naming rights sponsors – Cape Argus, Pick n Pay and Momentum – carefully researched and considered all options, and we are confident that our new process will serve riders well and further entrench the global appeal of the Cape Town Cycle Tour,” he says. General entries will no longer be accepted on a first-come-first-served basis, but will instead involve a three-step process for all public entrants. Corporate Group entries will also no longer be available, so those who have made use of these in the past will need to follow either the public entry process or take up the opportunity to support a charity, this year. As in previous years, a certain number of the entries will be made available via charity groups at varying costs. International entries will remain open until February 2016, or until the allocation of 5,000 riders is reached. The Cape Town Cycle Tour takes place on 6 March 2016 and is limited to 35,000 riders. For more information visit

“But there is so much more to it when you start analysing it. We push the players to the edge, but we do it in a safe and responsible way. There is obviously the safety zone - when the player is wrapped in cotton wool - but we believe doing something is always better than doing nothing. We make sure to take out the danger in what we do.” Some of the players who have done their rehab at SAS include Jean de Villiers, Duane Vermeulen, Schalk Brits (SpringPhoto: SAS's Llewellyn Morkel & Kyle Brown bok-rugby players), Cecil Afrika, Shaun Adendorff (both Springbok Sevens rugby players), Nizaam Carr (rugby player), SuperSport United’s Chase Parsons (soccer player) en currently Sevens player Chris Dry is busy with his rehab process of 20 weeks. For Van Wyk and his team the challenge is to make sure the player makes a safe comeback in an accelerated time frame. “We pride ourselves on what we do. It’s not only our jobs. It’s our passion. We do make the process personal and we put our reputations on the line with each player we help through the rehab process because we believe in the process, not because we have a chip on our shoulders. For us the goal is to make sure that each player that goes back on the field is not merely as good as he or she was before, but to help that player to be even better than before the injury. This hefty task demands a lot from the team. The job is actually never done. We do ad-on rehab especially with compromised joints. Micro-management – like alignment issues – is important. It is the small things we do right that will prevent serious injuries.”