The Newspaper - December Edition 2015

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December 2015

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Cape Town and the Western Cape is gearing up to entertain visitors and locals with a jam-packed events calendar including many new and unique experiences.


This season is looking like it will be busier than ever, including a number of exciting events: Cape Town Sevens Tournament, festival of lights, summer music concerts, open air movies, adventures, activities, holiday mountain bike races, Christmas markets, wine tastings, and visiting the beautiful Blue Flag Beaches in the Western Cape, not to mention eating-out at your famous seaside restaurant while having a sundowner, and many more. The Newspaper wishes all our readers a well-deserved festive season!

Are you prepared for the festive season? The festive season period is upon us and the City of Cape Town look forward to seeing residents out and about in celebration of this much-anticipated time. They are also pleased to welcome the large numbers of local and international tourists who will be visiting our shores.

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“As a well-run city, we will ensure that we are prepared to deal with the risk that accompanies larger crowds and increased internal movement. It is incumbent upon us to ensure the public safety of our residents and visitors, and see to it that the delivery of services continues uninterrupted,� says Executive Mayor, Patricia De Lille. A Festive Season Coordinating Committee has been established, comprising representatives from all relevant directorates. They are both mandated and equipped to play a city-wide co-ordinating role in getting Cape Town ready for this festive season.

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The City will make the following services available: 1 612 Metro Police, Law Enforcement and Traffic Services officers will be deployed to patrol all public spaces and conduct safety operations, 849 professional firefighters will be available to respond to major incidents, a minimum of 240 firefighters will be on duty at any given time at the City’s 30 fire stations, an additional 120 seasonal firefighters

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Winning Ways For Woolworths Wines Woolworths offers a selection of cellar favourites of consistent quality and wide variety, with many of the wines exclusive to their stores. The selection process is carefully considered, and those efforts were recently rewarded with 70 awards from three prestigious competitions. Some 18 awards, including two trophies, were presented at the Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show; 21 accolades, including one trophy, were received at the Michelangelo International Wine Awards, and 31 awards the Veritas Awards. The two trophies awarded at the Old Mutual show were for Spier’s The Hutton Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, and Windy Peak Sauvignon Blanc 2014 (both Woolworths selection). At the Michelangelo Awards, the only international wine competition in South Africa, the TM Mercury French Style Red Blend trophy went to the Woolworths Diemersdal Reserve Collection Merlot Malbec 2014. Some of the highest-ranked Woolworths wines at the recent Veritas awards included a double gold for Spier’s The Hutton Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 (Woolworths) and gold for the Spier Private Collection Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 (Woolworths). Gold awards also went to the Spier Longmarket Sauvignon Blanc/Sémillon 2015 (Woolworths) and the Simonsig Chenin Blanc Reserve Collection 2014 (Woolworths). “An increasing number of wines stocked by Woolworths are coming up trumps in benchmark competitions,” said Allan Mullins, who has been selecting and blending wine for Woolworths for 25 years. “Out of the 50 wines that were entered into the recent Veritas competition, 31 of them won awards. Many of the wines are co-branded and exclusive to us, so we see it as a great achievement,” he adds. “We are confident that our collaborators will be making even more trips to the winner’s podium this year, with the introduction of some fantastic new vintages to our shelves.” Allan further elaborated that Woolworths wines offer quality, excellent value for money and the opportunity to make unexpected discoveries. “From iconic single vineyard reds to easy-drinking blends, we have wines to match all tastes.”



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will be deployed at designated fire stations to assist the full-time firefighting staff, along with 35 volunteer firefighters who are on standby to provide assistance, 10 permanent City- employed lifeguards and 153 seasonal and parttime lifeguards will be stationed at our beaches and 2 338 temporary staff members have been hired to enhance the City’s cleansing services capacity. The Disaster Risk Management Centre (DRMC) will coordinate the response to major incidents or disasters. In addition, on high-risk days, DRMC personnel, volunteers and resources will be deployed across the metropolitan area at beaches, swimming pools and popular tourist destinations to offer crowd control and first-aid assistance. Residents are also encouraged to make use of the services and assistance that will be provided:

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Burger King® SA Localises Meat Manufacturing In April 2014, BURGER KING® South Africa celebrated the opening of its meat manufacturing plant, centrally situated in Cape Town. The state-of-the-art facility was conceptualised to produce patties locally thereby minimising import costs and aiding local expansion. The plant, a first of its kind in Africa has been supplying all 51 restaurants locally since then. According to Jaye Sinclair, CEO of BURGER KING® SA this plant is critical to support national supply chain by providing premium products to South Africans, by South Africans. “Growth and investment into local business is important to BURGER KING® SA’s expansion plans. We believe that quality is the key to longevity in the QSR market and producing locally ensures a higher quality product, because of the control over the production process.” The manufacturing plant creates 60-70 tonnes of meat products per month, which translates to about 700 000 patties monthly. 100% pure beef, manufactured according to the stringent requirements of BURGER KING® Worldwide, each patty is quality checked to ensure the highest standards are adhered to. Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies says that this venture is an example of how a manufacturing enterprise can relate to the expansion of service activities. “Service sectors are more solidly routed and have much higher growth potential if they are related to the manufacturing company providing their goods. Agro-processing plays a significant role in the South African economy in terms of job creation and sustainability.” Currently, the hamburger chain sources 99% of its products locally.




Tourism numbers Continue Upward Trend The Cape tourism sector has remained buoyant despite numerous challenges facing the industry. Cape Town has experienced steady growth in tourism numbers since 2012 that has resulted in an increase in the direct tourism spend from R14,4 billion in 2012 to R15,6 billion in 2014. These numbers are based on research conducted by Grant Thornton, on behalf of the City of Cape Town, over a three-year period. Of the 1 745 300 foreign arrivals to the Western Cape, just over 94% (1 645 469) of visitors chose Cape Town as their holiday destination. The domestic tourism market also remained buoyant, with 863 351 visitors making their way to the city, representing an increase of just over 191 000 domestic visitors. "For the first time, the research has identified the spend by domestic travellers on day trips to Cape Town, which amounted to R3,2 billion in 2013. This underscores the importance of not underestimating day trips to the city. This is a significant contribution to the economy of Cape Town." "This spending power of all visitors to our city helps to stimulate local job creation. Currently there are 38 838 permanent jobs and 15 489 temporary jobs created in the local tourism sector. Sustainable job creation is a huge challenge so every job created is most welcomed," said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Tourism, Events and Economic Development, Councillor Garreth Bloor.

Monopoly Cape Town Launches Globally The global launch of the Cape Town Monopoly board game featuring the Mother City’s hottest properties, took place at the V&A Waterfront’s Clock Tower Square on 13 Novenber 2015 with a giant dice rolled to start a game featuring life-size pieces on a 10mx10m board.

A phenomenal 28 000 000 domestic trips were taken in South Africa in 2014 and there were 10 247 614 foreign arrivals to the country for the same period. The main purpose of domestic trips taken to the Western Cape is generally to visit family or relatives (60%), followed by 23% travelling to take a holiday. There is a much higher incidence of trips to the Western Cape being taken for holiday purposes as compared with South Africa as a whole. "It is also interesting to note the shift in the visitor profile of foreign visitors to our shores. We have noticed a trend over the last few years whereby our travellers are much younger today. One of the reasons is that South Africa is known as an adventure destination, attracting younger and more active foreign tourists searching for diverse experiences and holidays that are not offered elsewhere," said Councillor Bloor. In keeping with the trend of the last few years, more than 60% of foreign visitors to South Africa are between 24 and 44 years old, with the majority (32,1%) being between 35 and 44 years old. This was closely followed by 31,8% in the 25 to 34-year-old age group. Only 10,5% of foreign visitors were 24 or younger. Just over 30% of foreign travellers have indicated that their primary purpose for travelling was to visit friends. This was followed by 19,1% of foreign travellers to South Africa for holiday purposes and 14,2% travelling for personal shopping purposes.

Mr Monopoly suited up for the occasion, as Cape Town’s very own fast-dealing property trading game was unveiled to reveal that The Cape Town Big 7 attractions each hold a proud position on the official game board. The Cape Town Big 7 is a marketing body to ensure visitors know there are seven unmissable, awesome things to do in Cape Town. The aim is to encourage visitors to extend their stay in terms of number of days and extend their range, opening up the opportunity for other sites to be visited and further boosting the flourishing tourism industry. Before the launch of the board game, Mr Monopoly has been spotted strolling along the City Walk, taking a boat to Robben Island, smelling the wild flowers at Kirstenbosch, catching the Flying Dutchman funicular at Cape Point, savouring the breathtaking views from the revolving cabin of the Table Mountain Cableway, exploring the history at Groot Constantia and experiencing the vibrancy of the V&A Waterfront as he toured the official Cape Town Big 7 attractions. Additional Cape Town locations featured in Monopoly Cape Town include The Springbok Experience, Two Oceans Aquarium, Newlands Cricket Ground, Chapman’s Peak Drive, Cape Town International Airport, Port of Cape Town, Camps Bay and Simon’s Town.

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South African wine exports to China are increasing rapidly, having reached 11 million litres in 2014. The Western Cape is driving a focused strategy as part of Project Khulisa to sustain this growth. Premier Helen Zille and Economic Opportunities Minister Alan Winde led the delegation on an official visit to China to promote the province’s wine offering in this key market.

Those who have passed the Panorama ‘medical belt’ recently will have seen an impressive new three-storey building on the corner of Hennie Winterbach Street and Rothschild Boulevard. This is the new 6700 m² Panorama Health Care Centre which was officially opened on 29 October.

Since 1994, South African wine exports have grown from 50 million litres to 500 million litres globally, with China currently South Africa’s 6th largest export market for packaged wines by volume. During a press conference in Shanghai Premier Helen Zille and Economic Opportunities Minister, Alan Winde, briefed Chinese media on the province's plans to boost wine exports to the Asian country. Premier Zille and Minister Winde also met with one of China's biggest importers of Western Cape wine, Perfect China. Premier Zille said South Africa was one of the world's most unique wine destinations. “As an example, ours is the only country to produce the Pinotage cultivar. South Africa is one of only a few countries to have launched a traceability seal which guarantees that wine was produced ethically, an important feature for the Chinese market which prioritises high quality offerings and food safety,” says Premier Zille. Earlier Premier Zille had told the South African and Chinese businesses that growing trade with China was a priority of the Western Cape Government. Minister Winde confirmed that China Customs statistics for the first half of 2015 were promising: “We have doubled our market share and our value share is up 104%. Through Project Khulisa, we aim to double the export of wine to China by 2025. If the current trend continues, I am confident we will reach that goal.” Minister Winde said the wine industry was an important job creator, employing over 289 000 people in the country and 167 000 residents of the Western Cape.

Major tenants include the Origin Family-Centred Maternity Hospital, Advanced Health Surgical Day Hospital (comprising three theatres and 27 beds), an Intercare primary healthcare centre and Fresenius Dialysis Centre. Retail tenants include a Bank, a Durbell Pharmacy which includes optometry and a specialised maternity section, a Bakery and coffee shop. The anchor tenant of this building, and set to operate 24/7, is Origin Family-Centred Maternity Hospital, which will open its doors in December. The Origin model of family-centred and midwife-led maternity care is the brainchild of social entrepreneur Suzette Bester-Cloete. At her side as Chief Operations Officer is well-known midwife and trainer Sydney Grove, who has assisted at over 23 000 births and was instrumental in pioneering water birth as a medical, written procedure in South Africa. Says Suzette: “Origin is the first boutique birth hospital specialising in a maternity care model found nowhere else in South Africa, where midwives and obstetricians work hand in hand. Origin boasts 6 luxurious birthing suites, each with a water birth pool, en-suite bathrooms and queen-size beds for father/ family to stay over, plus three standard, well-equipped birth rooms, and three separate postnatal double rooms, all with en-suite bathrooms.” “There is also one major operating theatre equipped for emergencies, a coffee shop, large training room/board room, and full-time/sessional rooms for doctors and therapists.” Origin is also the first hospital in South Africa to have the wireless and waterproof Philips Transducer System, which means that women are still able to move around in active labour as they wish, and even to be in birthing in water, and the system can still monitor the baby’s wellness throughout. Origin also offers Welless Programmes, as well as full antenatal care and a mobile postnatal care unit to visit mothers and babies at home.

Refurbishment of Strand Sea Wall The rehabilitation of the sea wall to protect Beach Road along the Strand beachfront from windblown sand and frequent flooding during high tides and storms will commence early next year.

Premier Zille and Minister Winde's programme also included a meeting with Perfect China. Over the past three years, Perfect China has imported ten million bottles of South African wine into China. The company plans to host a wine training workshop for its staff in the Western Cape next year. They have more than 10 000 outlets in China and also expressed an interest in hosting larger staff events in the province.

The refurbishment of the Strand sea wall forms part of the City of Cape Town’s Strand Pavilion Precinct upgrade project, initiated to create a wellmaintained and inclusive public space for local residents and visitors alike.

Premier Zille and Minister Winde committed the Western Cape Government's support for these events and undertook to engage in further discussions with Perfect China.

The manufacturing of the pre-cast concrete wall units is one of the first jobs at hand. It is estimated that the first phase of the project will be completed within 18 months, if all goes according to plan. The sea wall will be rehabilitated from the lifesaving club, past the Strand Pavilion to Greenways. The construction is set to commence by the end of January 2016 and will take place in three phases, with each phase to be concluded within 18 months, if all goes according to plan: the first phase will be undertaken from the Strand Pavilion to Da Gama Street, the second phase will be undertaken from Da Gama Street to the lifesaving club and the final phase will be undertaken from the Strand Pavilion to Greenways. A five-metre wide promenade will be created along the sea side of Beach Road, stretching from the lifesaving club in the west to Greenways in the east. In addition, a precast concrete recurved sea wall will be constructed between the promenade and the beach, the top of which will be 0,75 metres above the promenade level and 1-2 metres above the beach. The estimated cost inclusive of all three phases is R180 million.


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HEMPIES DU TOIT “Nature gives us the raw materials. I only add my thumbprint to the wine.” Hempies du Toit, owner and winemaker at Annandale, has a passion for his craft that shines through in every bottle bearing the Annandale logo. Hempies brings with him generations of winemaking experience, and is proud to be part of a heritage of winemakers, as he learnt the craft at his father’s knee. His father Piet was winemaker at Alto starting in 1959, and the young Hempies grew up in the cellar and vineyards, absorbing the detail of winemaking as part of his daily routine. By 1976, he was helping Du Toit Snr with the winemaking duties and when his father retired in 1983, he became manager and winemaker at a farm that is famed for its Cabernet Sauvignon and a red blend simply called Rouge. In 1996 Hempies set out on his own and bought the historic Annandale property. Planting only red varietals, Hempies has stayed true to his heritage and passion in making robust, old school wines that are a reflection of their terroir. Vines are carefully selected and wines are allowed to age in barrel before release, ensuring that only the best make it to bottle. “Wines need time to become great. These things can’t be rushed.” History of the Farm Annandale is said to be the oldest farm in the Helderberg Valley. The Dutch East India Company’s Governor, Simon van der Stel, granted the title to Jan Wismaar, the property’s first owner, in 1688. The farm was known as Brakelsdal, until in the early 1800s, when the then owner fell in love with a girl from the Annan River Valley in Scotland, and changed the name of the property accordingly.

Annandale CVP Port 2004 A smooth blend of Shiraz fortified with matured Brandy, this port is a perennial favourite. It shows a dark ruby colour with a garnet edge, deep stewed fruit aromas combined with hints of ripe plums and blackberries. The port has a smooth aftertaste showing neither too much tannin nor heat, or sticky sweetness, but rather, a velvety fruit finish that lingers in your mouth. Made in small quantities, this rich, fruity port is perfect for winter and a wonderful addition to the Annandale stable.

The buildings are charmingly ramshackle but that’s not surprising as they include a cellar which predates 1700 and a manor house built in the middle of the 1700s. A river runs through the property flanked by trees planted in the late 1600s as a result of Governor Van der Stel having mandated that any tree cut for homestead purposes needed to be replanted. In 1954 Annandale was bought by the Van Reenen family, at which time it became a riding school and a shelter for abandoned horses. In 1996 Hempies purchased the property and restored it to its winemaking roots, although the horse image on the Annandale logo still reflect this part of the farm’s heritage. Winemaking The Annandale philosophy is one of simplicity and honesty. With as little intervention as possible, wines are guided from the vineyard into the bottle, and allowed to express the best of what nature has to offer. The property is planted with Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Shiraz. All Annandale wines are made from grapes grown on the property, and wines are allowed to age in French oak for up to 8 years before release.

The tasting room is open every weekday and Saturday from 09h00 to 17h00. Wines are shipped free of charge to all major centres in South Africa, should you order two or more boxes.

Annandale Cavalier 2004 Annandale Cavalier is a tribute to the estate’s rich equestrian history. It is a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Shiraz. The wine was aged in French oak barrels for 8 years before being released. The wine exhibits a dark ruby colour and an exquisite nose of rich, ripe black fruits combined with oaky, vanilla aromas with a touch of earthiness. The Cavalier is rounded off by its well-integrated tannin structure and rich mouth feel. Annandale Shiraz 2005 This vintage is the third release since the first Annandale Shiraz was introduced in 1996. It is a wine worthy of 100% new French oak maturation for 8 years producing a dense, concentrated wine of typical Shiraz aromas with spices, pepper nuances and dark fruit evident. This wine is exciting and demanding - almost dangerous. Definitely Annandale’s flagship wine and a great addition to any home cellar. Annandale Cabernet Sauvignon 2004 Carefully selected from three individual vineyard blocks, this wine exhibits full flavour and concentration. Barrelled in French oak for 8 years, this is a sensational Cabernet unique to this country. This classic wine is made in an Old World style. The wine exhibits dark fruit, with plums and mocha on the palate, supported by typical Annandale tannins. This wine is ready to drink but will age well in bottle for years to come.

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Tech Revolution - Exciting New Career Opportunities With almost daily, rapid advances in technology, the opportunities provided in the IT sector continue to expand and evolve at a similarly fast pace. This means that prospective students – regardless of their major field of interest – should do careful research to determine whether there might be a match between their aspirations and strengths, and a career opportunity in this burgeoning industry, an education expert says.

one for the rest of your life. Because as education adopts technology, new professions are emerging.” Payne says that it is also worth noting that even within the field of IT, rapid tech advances have demanded swift adaptation from workers. “IT employees have had to make this shift and learn how to incorporate these technologies into their careers. Education providers have had to review their IT qualifications to develop their students into these emerging careers.” “If you are in a career in IT, or intend to pursue one, it is imperative that you constantly upskill and adapt yourself to ensure longevity in your career. It is impossible to predict the future of IT, but the one certainty is that it will change and that change will happen quickly,” says Payne. Likewise, someone considering a career in sales or marketing may not be aware that they could actually specialise in the fast-growing field of social media marketing, which is no longer just a sub-function of being a marketer.

Nola Payne, Head of Faculty: Information Technology at The Independent Institute of Education, SA’s largest and most accredited private higher education institution, says often prospective students will only be exposed to more traditional options, but that there is a world of new choices where skilled graduates are highly soughtafter. “Careers now exist which were non-existent 5, even 2 years ago,” says Payne. “With this shift, forward-looking education providers are incorporating new technology and new careers into their curricula, and future students would do well to investigate new growth industries within their field of interest,” she says. Payne cites the example of someone interested in studying education, or already working in the sector. “That does not mean that you only have the option to become a teacher and stay

Payne says the current technologies and trends to be taken into consideration are: Social media, Mobile technology and the various platforms (smart phones, tablets), Cloud services and virtualisation, Big Data and real-time data analytics, Gamification of business, The Internet of Things, Networking for these technologies and New hardware (3D printers, drones, robotics). And some of the hottest new careers include: Business Architects, strategists and analysts, Data scientists who are proficient in big data, Security strategists and architects, Social media architects and user experience gurus, Mobile Technology experts in mobile application development, Cloud integration specialists, and Game developers. “Then it is also important to carefully consider the best match of course or combination of courses to the envisioned career, and finally the best institution at which to study. Many of these new fields and career options rely heavily on the ability to do, rather than just theoretical knowledge. It’s a new world out there, with lots of exciting new choices to make,” says Payne.

Return of Goods by Consumer: Consumer Protection Act With the end of the year and Christmas approaching so rapidly we all are preparing to purchase that special gift. But what if the gift needs to be returned? When can goods be returned? Under the Consumer Protection Act (CPA) there are a number of sections that allow Consumers to return goods to the suppliers. Under the CPA there are four general instances when one can return goods, namely: The Direct Marketing 5 day Cooling-Off Period In terms of Section 16 of the CPA, should a Consumer purchase goods as a result of direct marketing, then for a period of 5 days after receiving the goods, the consumer can return the goods, cancel the entire transaction and receive a full refund. The only penalty being that the consumer will have to pay the costs to return the goods to the Supplier. Goods not seen before purchase In terms of Section 20 of the CPA, should a Consumer not have had the opportunity to inspect the goods before purchase, when the goods are delivered the Consumer is entitled to inspect the goods and should on this initial inspection it be found that the goods do not meet the ‘type’ or ‘quality’ a Consumer could reasonably expect to receive, or where the goods were made in terms of a ‘special’ or ‘custom’ order and the goods do not reasonably conform to the specifications of the order, then the Consumer can refuse to take delivery, cancel the entire transaction and receive a full refund. In this instance such cancellation shall carry no penalty in that the supplier shall be liable for the costs of returning the goods.

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Brand Your Business with Orisons Promotions Orisons is a Cape Town based Promotions and events company offering brand activation and eventing services to Corporate and private clients in various business industries. This is the story of two sisters, Natasha and Lindy van Diemen, who, despite growing up in Grassy Park, and raised from humble beginnings to successful business owners and entrepreneurs, were both driven by passion and determination. Today,16 years later they are the proud owners of Orisons Activations, a brand activation and promotions company situated in the southern suburb of Tokai, from where they conduct their business. In 1999 the two sisters started a modelling agency. Although the two sisters are complete opposites of each other, they work well together as a team.

With a good understanding of modelling, Natasha and Lindy started Outlook Models, and soon clients became interested and requested their assistance in promoting company events. Natasha realized that there are many brands on the market and that corporate companies need to promote their products.

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more as they are highly skilled in servicing the various markets, while attending to the Corporate need. The first luxury mobile unit was dispensed for corporate events and company branding of the products of companies such as Nissan, GrandWest Casino, Pick ‘n Pay, Capitec, Avroy Slain, Curves Ladies Gym, Hansa Pilsner, Department of Transport, SAB, Western Cape Government, schools, and many more. This led to Orisons increasing their number of mobile units to meet market demand. Natasha and Lindy van Diemen

Entrepreneurs Natasha used her entrepreneurial skills to create and establish Orisons Promotions in 1999, a company providing high quality active strategy and brand ambassadors to both main and formal markets. With no formal training, Natasha in 2011 studied at the Louis Group Academy and out of seventy students she was awarded third prize. As businesswomen gaining experience over the past 12 years, both Natasha and Lindy have achieved great success in the events and brand activation industry. In

Orisons provide the full spectrum in serving their clients. They provide events from decor to catering to entertainment and manage everything from year-end functions to retail store promotions. Orisons also specializes in Brand Product launches. “When we promote beauty products, we will launch the brand into the field of fashion, or when the need calls for the promotion of beer, we will launch the brand into the field of bottle stores, pubs, and when finance promotions are requested, we present the brand into malls, and various types of venues suitable to capture the audience,” says Natasha. Their success is based on the availability of promotional items at these launches. Today, more and more Corporate Companies use the Orisons’ mobile showroom as a marketing tool to promote their products and services. By providing their mobile showroom to private clients, Orisons is able to successfully take their client’s brands to the entire market.

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Orisons provides trained promoters in product and brand knowledge to interact with customers, assist in hosting launches, create measurable brand awareness at events, festivals and concerts, provide detailed feedback, and can also assist clients with providing promotional clothing, branded gifts and promotional items.

Orisons Mobile showroom, One of its kind in SA

To date Orisons Promotions organized close to 400 activations with the mobile showroom in 2014, and their success throughout 2015 has escalated.

2009 as part of the SAB Kickstart Business Competition Natasha’s assignment was to come up with a product that can enhance Orisons Promotion and make it easier for her company to successfully brand the products of other companies in order that they may reach their main target market. Back to the drawing board both Natasha and Lindy researched the possibilities of mobile showrooms. In their research they discovered Movico the largest mobile showroom manufacturer in the world, and set off to the Netherlands. They spent a week with Movico, and what seems to be an experience not only gained, it resulted in Natasha winning the Kickstart Business Competition. South African Breweries Kick-Start Competition funded the building of a Mobile showroom for Orisons being the first of its kind in the country. Orisons took delivery of this mobile showroom in 2010 at the Fernwood Estate during a South African Breweries and Orisons collaboration. Lindy on the other hand manages activations, trains promoters, and engages in client negotiations - closing many deals with companies such as Motorola, GrandWest Casino, Distell and SAB to name a few. She also managed major events such as North Sea Jazz Festival, GrandWest smoking casino and currently she manages the Finance Department. In her strive to become successful Natasha received many awards over the years, the Business woman of the Year, ABSA Business Person of the Year, and the SAB Kick-start Trophy to mention a few. Orisons Promotions Orisons has more than 11 years’ experience in taking brands to the market for corporate clients such as SAB, Capitec, GrandWest, Heart FM, KFC and many

Managing Director of Orisons hosting one of the client’s events

Orisons Promotions pride themselves in being a community-involved organisation, and therefore strive to provide communities with opportunities and benefits through their various efforts. Contact the leaders in the promotions and events industry today to manage your next event! For more information call 021 712 2566 or visit




PASSIONATE POMEGRANATE - "HEALTHY, DELICIOUS & ALL-NATURAL" The Van der Merwe brothers from Merwespont, Bonnievale, a fruit and wine farm established in 1883 in the Breede River Valley, are the proud owners of Pont Juice, also known as the Passionate Pomegranate Company. They were the first farmers to grow Pomegranates commercially in South Africa.

It can be used in vinaigrettes, wine-based gravies and cocktails. Mix with crushed garlic and olive oil it can be used as dipping sauce with freshly baked bread. Ruby syrup – Grenadine available in plain, rose or chilli flavour – sugar added. Enjoy as a healthy treat with Greek yogurt and cashew nuts or muesli. The fruity syrup can be drizzled over fresh fruit salad, ice cream or waffles. It adds an interesting slant to a salad of rocket, baby spinach, blue cheese and garlic croutons. Enjoy over French toast or waffles. Did you know that Pomegranates are the number 1 Superfood and has more anti-oxidants than any other known food/fruit on Earth? NUTRITIONAL VALUE AND HEALTH BENEFITS Pomegranate Juice is an exceptional source of vitamin A, C and E with minerals such as calcium, phosphorous, potassium, iron, folic acid, niacin, thiamine, folates, and riboflavin.

HISTORY Agricultural pioneers Jan, Willem, and Hugo Van der Merwe imported the first pomegranate plants from Israel in 2003. Thirteen thousand pomegranate trees were planted and a nursery established. Their main focus was to export the fruit, and provide seedlings to other farmers. In 2006 they harvested their first pomegranates, a small crop as many of the fruit burst open. Hugo decided to make juice of these pomegranates. Having travelled the Middle East, and having tasted fresh Pomegranate juice sold by vendors on the streets, the brothers decided to produce the first 100% pure Pomegranate Juice in South Africa. The Van der Merwe’s experimented with the juice to create a healthy, superior tasting Pomegranate juice. In February 2011 Pont Juice commenced trading as the Passionate Pomegranate Company. The fruit is harvested manually from early March to end of April. The first grade fruit is reserved for the fresh market, export and retail purposes. The second grade fruit is sold to a company that packs and markets the fresh arils (pomegranate pips) in plastic containers. The third grade is washed and sterilized before entering the factory. Once inside, it is cut open and the bright red arils are separated from the skin and pith by hand before being placed in the press. From the press the juice is pumped into a stainless steel cooler. The juice of several sweet and tart pomegranate varieties are mixed to acquire a pleasing juice combination. PRODUCTS - HANDMADE & FARM FRESH In 2011 Jan and his wife, Maretha decided to expand to pomegranate syrup, reductions and preserves. Maretha perfected the products and experimented with it in various recipes. Several restaurants and acclaimed chefs have since started to use these products in their kitchens. Fruity and Robust Pont Juice - 100% pure Pomegranate – healthy, delicious and all-natural. It is unpasteurized, not made from concentrate nor diluted with water. Neither are any other fruit juice nor juice concentrates added. As it is unfiltered, the sediment adds to its character and flavour. No preservatives or additives are added. The juice is sold frozen and must be kept frozen until thawed to drink. Once thawed, it must be kept refrigerated and be consumed within 5 days. It is available in 235ml &1 litre bottles. Preserves – available in Pomegranate (plain), Pomegranate with Rose and Pomegranate with Chilli – sugar added. The plain Pomegranate preserve, and the Pomegranate with Rose pairs well with Vanilla ice cream, scones with cream or waffles with ice cream. For a decadent breakfast, drizzle over layers of French toast, Camembert wedges and crisp bacon. The Pomegranate preserve with Chilli (a mild, sweet chilli), pairs well with cheese platters, soft cheese moulds, chocolate mouse or chocolate ice cream. Garnet Chef – A sticky Pomegranate reduction with a distinctive fruity Pomegranate flavour - no sugar added. It can be used with Greek yogurt, in fresh fruit salads, over leafy Greek salads or cold meat cuts. Ruby splash – A light pomegranate reduction – no sugar added. Drizzle over leafy salads, fresh fruit salad or roasted vegetables. Use as a marinade with garlic and fresh herbs in meat dishes or pan sauces.

Pomegranate has been used for medicinal purposes in the Middle and Far East regions for thousands of years. Pure Pomegranate juice has disinfectant and antiseptic properties. It contains antioxidants like anthocyanin and ellagic acid, and punicic acid, an omega 5 polyunsaturated fatty acid, and flavonoids like quercetin. Antioxidants are molecules that protect the body from the harm done by free radicals. Pomegranates also contain estron - a natural oestrogen which is also produced by the human body. Heart – It keeps the arteries flexible, it decreases inflammation in the lining of the blood vessels, and known to reduce atherosclerosis. It helps to raise the levels of “good” (HDL) cholesterol, reducing “bad” cholesterol (LDL). Consult with a medical practitioner when using anti-cholesterol or blood pressure medication. Maintains Blood Sugar Levels – Although pomegranate juice contains fructose, it does not elevate the blood sugar levels as other fruit juices do. Diabetics should consult a medical practitioner before use. Protection From Cancer – It eliminates free radicals from the body and inhibits the growth and development of cancer and other diseases. Pomegranate contains the fatty acid CLA, a powerful anti-cancer agent. Soothes the Stomach – It is used in the treatment of diarrhoea and dysentery as it plays a vital role in the secretion of enzymes which aids proper digestion. Boosts Immunity – It has strong anti-bacterial and anti-microbial properties which help fight viruses and bacteria and boost the immunity system. Prevents Anaemia – A condition caused by the deficiency of red blood cells in the body. Anti-Aging Benefits – It help to slow down the process of ageing by reducing wrinkles and fine lines caused by constant exposure to sun. All products are PAREV and HALAAL endorsed and available through various retail outlets, markets and delis in the Western Cape, Eastern Cape and Gauteng. Passionate Pomegranate is a regular exhibitor at Food Exhibitions and Taste Shows. For more information call 071 691 1806 (9h00 – 12h00) or visit - "Where to buy"




New Weekly Gathering

New Diabetes Recipe Book

at Spier Werf Market

A new diabetes-focussed recipe book by well-known foodie, Heleen Meyer, in partnership with Pharma Dynamics, the Centre for Diabetes and Endocrinology (CDE) and the Heart and Stroke Foundation SA (HSFSA) launched during National Diabetes Awareness Month in November. Meyer, who is known for her practical, easy-to-follow recipes in the Cooking from the Heart recipe book series, says the latest edition offers people with diabetes advice on how to live the life they want to through optimal nutrition and will contribute to the overall health and well-being of everyone that chooses to follow this way of eating.

The wine farm that understands sustainability presents the Spier Werf Market, in Stellenbosch, a weekly gathering hosted under the ancient oaks on Spier's newly-restored historic farmyard every Saturday. This farmers' market is a regular family-friendly gathering where ugly fruit is beautiful, worms stay in hotels and people earnestly swap seeds and share food and if you’re more into sipping wine on a grass bank under a tree, that works too.

“It aims to inspire, motivate and educate the estimated 3,5 million South Africans living with diabetes, but to also create awareness among the broader public of the risk factors associated with the condition,” says Meyer. The Cooking from the Heart recipe book series complements Pharma Dynamics’ on-going drive to promote healthy eating among the South African public and forms an integral part of its umbrella wellness campaign, called iChange4Health. The iChange4Health initiative, which focuses on diet, physical activity, smoking cessation and alcohol use, has been specifically created for healthcare practitioners to help them motivate patients with high risk factors to make healthier lifestyle choices – promoting a preventative strategy over a curative approach. “Managing your diet is the key to good diabetes control. Each of the 25 recipes, that include breakfast, snack, dinner and dessert ideas, are low in saturated fat, refined carbs and salt. It also provides twists on traditional favourites, nutritional and meal planning advice, along with portion control and most importantly, tastes great,” says van Mariska van Aswegen, spokesperson of Pharma Dynamics. The recipes have been analysed by HSFSA dieticians to provide full nutritional information for every recipe. A healthy plate model and lists of alternatives to help plan a healthy meal complete the edition, giving those affected by diabetes a cookbook that promises eating can continue to be one of life’s great pleasures, as well as the most important part of a treatment plan. For more information visit

If phrases like 'organic', 'local', 'seasonal' and 'homemade' tickle your fancy, you've probably tried your hand at some form of urban farming. You ambitiously planted herbs and dutifully watered them while dreaming of fresh homegrown salads, jars of pesto and giving bunches to friends. Instead, your efforts often yield just enough to garnish. You've probably wanted to ferment things, make your own compost, even try your hand at beekeeping, but got a few funny looks when asking for a yeast starter kit or a worm farm at the shop. Help is at hand - selected ethical producers who offer everything you need, including seedlings, medicinal plants and more. They also have an heirloom seed exchange where visitors can swop seeds, and the Treepreneurs have a stand where you can donate money in exchange for indigenous plants. There's plenty on offer for your pantry too: from organic seasonal fruit and vegetables to grass-fed beef biltong and farm eggs. And, if you get peckish while you browse, you can snack on a selection of artisanal cheese and freshly baked pastries, washed down with a glass of Spier wine, a craft beer or a gin cocktail. Activities for kids include farm games, a chicken-shaped jumping castle, face painting, workshops, a kids’ entrepreneurial market and more. Join Spier Werf Market for a picnic - just pick up a picnic set at the info stand, buy bites from a few of the traders or buy cheese, baked goods, biltong, fruit, olives, treats and more from the Deli, stop by the bar for refreshments, find a blanket in a spot of shade and relax. Entrance to the market is free! The brand new Spier Werf Market takes place every Saturday from 9am – 2pm at Spier Wine Farm, R310 Baden Powell Road, Stellenbosch.

Family Farmstall - Bringing The Old Back To Life The Family Farmstall in Paarl North is not just a farm stall, but signifies the character of the nostalgic yester-year commingled with the modern. A “19-voertsek” Morris Minor with drive-in speakers” draped on the front canopy of the building in the company of “Koos on his Bicycle” draws you right into an exhibit of what a 1000-words cannot describe. It is all there - no end to discovering something new - something you never considered could still exist, and when you think you have found something, another pops up to your surprise. Zeugnétte Nortier, a “café-cat” as she calls herself, has been at the helm of Family Farmstall since the age of 21, and as experience has taught her, she seeks those items that has become redundant, the old things lost to society, turning it into an “I want it” desire. The many surprises that face you are coloured enamel goods, glassware, oregon pine furniture as well as furniture of reclaimed wood, not to mention the variety of labels on “grandma’s” canned fruit, jams, and many more to choose from. It is the season of great celebrations and the perfect time to indulge in the wide selection of Christmas gifts. For more information contact Zeungétte at 021 872 4854

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The first “Rooibos-Wooded” Cider by Windermere Estate The idea of making craft cider began way back in 1994, when Andre Le Roux and Mark Standford brought bitter-sweet apples from Europe to South Africa. Four years later they started experiments and in 1998, as the trees finally produced sustainable fruit, the first Craft Cider in South Africa was produced in the Elgin Valley, and Windermere Cider was established.

New Rooibos Cider launched Tamsin is excited to launch the two newest additions to the award-wining Windermere Cider range, namely the Rooibos-wooded apple cider and Perry. “Since re-opening in 2012 we have had immense public support, but, the same public has always called back for more.” “I constantly get asked: what else do you have?” she said. “Windermere has no desire in adding new flavours since anyone can do that.” Also saying that Windermere’s claim to fame is the creation of a unique product. Trevor Strydom, owner of Audacia Wines, approached Tamsin with an insane idea in 2014, and tried to convince Windermere Cider to remove sulphur and replace it with Rooibos. “Lucky for him, we’re as mad and passionate as he is,” Tamsin responded.

As the South African Market at that time was not receptive to craft cider, the production was limited to smaller quantities, and private consumption amounts. Since re-launching the Windermere Cider brand in 2012, the craft cider has won first prize at the SA on Tap 2013 Award held in Durban. Windermere Craft Cider also received third prize at the World of Beer Championships in 2014 hosted by SAB, as well as taking the prestigious Silver Medal in the Australian Craft Cider Wood, among two hundred entries from around the globe. The family operated business, Windermere Cider, is located between the apple orchards on the Windermere Estate in Elgin, Western Cape, managed by three partners - Tamsin Mullins, the Managing Director, her farther-in-law, Mark Stanford, and her father Richard Stephens. The perfect triangular-partnership for the re-launch of the Windermere Cider was established when Tamsin, a UCT graduate, with her knowledge in the wine industry and her extended data base, her father-in-law, owner of the Windermere estate, and her father, with years of experience in the Beer Industry, joined forces.

The paradigm shift came about when Windermere Cider removed large quantities of sulphur and replaced it with large quantities of Rooibos and Honeybush chips, changing the oxidation process unto a process of adding antioxidants to the cider, thereby making the cider a healthier drink, pleasant on the nose, with a wonderful taste. A Rooibos and Honeybush wooded cider is exactly what Windermere has achieved. For the production of ciders Windermere use 10,000 litre tanks to control any form of bacteria, especially patelina which can adversely affect the quality of their cider. The application of the Rooibos and Honeybush chips to their product creates a natural process of preserving. Once the juice has gone through the second phase of fermentation it preserves itself naturally. Windermere cider produced 10,000L of Rooibos cider during 2014, with no added sulphites, nor preservatives. Mullins went on saying, “It’s so delicious, and we are making an additional 20,000L in 2015, just to keep up with the demand.” Why Rooibos? The reason craft cider has developed so successfully over the years, is because customers are looking for something premium, something new, and low in Kilojoules. A Cider with Rooibos blends into a healthier way of living, and, as a product without sulphur, it is a cider with a higher antioxidant potential. Rooibos is that product now incorporated into the making of Windermere Cider. The shelf life of their first ciders was only 6 months. Today, the use of Rooibos and Honeybush has added an extended shelf life of up to two years to their cider products. Markets

The Windermere Estate is a 60ha apple farm of which only 40ha produces well in excess of 4000 bins of Grade A export apples annually. It is from these apples that Tamsin pre-selects the various varieties for the making of Windermere Cider. Some varieties have a higher acidity, some suitable for juice, some good for colour and some are excellent for sweetness. The Granny Smith apple variety is very high in acidity, while the Pink Lady has a much sweeter juice, therefore they accurately balance the quantities of the different apples in order to produce acceptable cider. The manner in which Windermere Cider produces their cider is to mimic the values of their business, which is to operate on absolute ethical values. Windermere Cider produces cider of 100% pure apples, juiced with no other juice added, nor any added concentrate, neither any water added – pressed apples in its natural form. An average of 8.2 apples are required to produce a 340ml bottle of cider. Export apples are harvested during the months from March to May and are stored, as close as possible to nature for a short period of time, before the production of cider commences. Normally, the juice is pressed during May and June, where after it is placed in French oak. Once pressed, sulphites is added for oxidation, followed by organic enzymes. The function of the enzymes is to detach the juice from the skins and allow for greater juice yield.

Windermere’s primary markets are Cape Town and Johannesburg, and, they are currently also expanding into Kwa Zulu Natal and Port Elizabeth. Cider is a very seasonal drink – a great drink in summer, yet, not so much a drink in the winter months. Windermere Cider has therefore set its focus on Kwa Zulu Natal – a continuation of the summer climate. Currently Windermere Cider also exports their cider to Australia. Japan, the biggest importer of Rooibos worldwide, has presently also caught on to the Rooibos and Honeybush antioxidant cider. Windermere Cider is today the proud effort of the farm owner Mark Stanford, the cider expert Andre Le Roux, Tamsin Mullins, the Managing Director of the Company, supported by Richard Stephens’ knowledge of the Beer Industry. Cheers to the red revolution, cheers to no sulphur nor preservatives in drinks, cheers to longer shelf life, cheers South Africa! For more information contact 083 722 1099 or e-mail or visit




Master Curator Behind Interior Specialists Founder of Interior Specialists, Craig Parr, was introduced to a world of design 10 years ago at his first job where he was the only designer and his exposure to design, clients and suppliers were at a high level from day one. Other jobs followed suit including OKHA Interiors and FVE Interiors where he gained a collective experience of over six years. Following extensive experience in the industry, Parr left FVE Interiors. Interior Specialists was then born - a venture which Parr considers to be the professional highlight in his career. Interior Specialists create spaces that people want to be in, where beauty meets function, creating inspiring interiors. Believing in intelligent design and implementation, Interior Specialists cater for not only the retail but also commercial, corporate and residential sectors. Parr adds, “We leave no stone unturned. If you have a complicated space, we like a challenge. We believe in intelligent problem solving and inspiring outcomes. We implement the entire process, every brick, nail and scatter cushion as well as deal with documentation, council, engineers and builders.” Currently, Interior Specialists is contributing to South Africa’s interior design arena, with the aim of growing into an international brand. Parr adds, “Interior Specialists prides itself in delivering unique designs to each client with careful attention to detail…and world peace!” By providing unique and carefully crafted interior design solutions in the home, hospitality and retail sectors, Parr hopes to contribute to society through the employment and empowerment of local designers and craftsmen.



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Some of his latest projects include work on Baia Restaurant (V&A Waterfront), NorthGate Island, Angolan Consulate and Jarryd’s Espresso Bar and Eatery amongst various residential properties in the Camps Bay and Hout Bay areas. The biggest challenge Parr is faced with is making each design unique, however he manages to overcome this with regular brainstorms, staying abreast of international trends. This is what he loves about his work – every day and every project is different. Born and bred in Cape Town, Parr saw himself growing up to be anything but an interior designer. Instead, he saw himself as a fighter pilot, flying jets and considered Brave Star, Batman, Superman and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles as his role models.

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When not being a pioneer in design, Parr enjoys various sports such as CrossFit, trail running, fight club and SUP, all of which he adds are amateur at best. When asked to describe himself in three words, Parr would say he’s a ruler, a joker and kind, living by the saying “you reap what you sow” – this is evident in his venture for Interior Specialists, his biggest achievement having built himself up from nothing. Parr concludes that if he were president, he would educate people. “Knowledge is something that once gained, cannot be lost.” For more information visit Shop 4, Centre Du Village Huguenot Road Franschhoek Just behind French Connection Tel: 021 876 2501 Email:

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to buy property in sought after Krigeville. Perfectly situated within a few seconds of 5 excellent Stellenbosch schools as well as a short walk to the the centre of town, Coetzenburg Sports Grounds and hiking trails. The property offers 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 2 are en-suite and an open plan kitchen, dining and lounge area. Move in today or come and build your dream home!



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CABLEWAY SUPPORT LOCAL SUPPLIERS As part of celebrating World Responsible Tourism Day last month, Table Mountain Cableway confirmed its commitment to support the growth and development of local suppliers. Over the past year the Cableway has significantly reduced the number of imported products sold in its outlets, and replaced these with products sourced from the local market. “Over 90% of the goods sold in our retail outlets are sourced from local suppliers,” said Sabine Lehmann MD of Table Mountain Cableway. “We have also adapted our financial policy to ensure a smooth and consistent ordering system with smaller suppliers, ordering weekly and paying within seven days. This rare business practice supports suppliers’ cash flow and smooths their production curve as this is often difficult for small businesses to manage.” Reducing its carbon footprint through efficient waste management is a key responsible tourism initiative and the Cableway encourages its suppliers to follow this example by

delivering their goods plastic free and by promoting recycling at their properties. Partnering with protected work centres for cerebal palsied people and the mentally handicapped, local businesses such as The Bean People in Kommetjie have been able to signifigantly assist their surrounding communities. Other local companies to profit are Roots of Creation, which has been supplying handmade curio items to the Cableway’s Shop at the Top for nearly 15 years, and Synergy Frontiers, a sweet production company run from a Cape Flats home and creating employment in the local community. As a custodian of South Africa’s New 7 Wonder of Nature and one of the country’s most popular tourist attractions, Table Mountain Cableway has, over the last 3 years, reduced water usage per visitor by 23%, reduced electricity usage per visitors by 19% and increased the amount of recycling per visitor by 80%.

HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY EDUCATION “The success of an educational institution can to a large extent be measured by the career success of its former students,” says Susina Jooste, director of The Stellenbosch Private Hotel School that recently celebrated a decade of growth during an event heralding their alumni who has since made their mark.”

Photo L-R: Robin Boltin (1st year student), celebrated with Jeff Rosenberg (Tsogo Sun, Waterfront, SA) and Susina Jooste, Director of The Private Hotel School.

“Whether employed as chefs, event managers, food writers, assistant managers or human resource managers at leading accommodation establishments – or working as entrepreneurs – institutions such as ours need to know that we’ve properly prepared them for this tough, fast-paced industry.” “A hands-on approach, cultural awareness, entrepreneurial skills and pathways for lifelong learning are vital to succeed in today's competitive global economy,” she says. “Educational institutions in the private higher educational sector have to embrace and adapt to the needs of the global hospitality industry – the world’s largest employment sector.” According to Susina the extent of partnerships with a variety of industry players further strengthens the offering of an institution offering hospitality training and education. She adds that international connections are invaluable in offering students the opportunity to gain international experience. People considering this industry would do well to tick the following points when applying at a training institution: Is the institution registered with all the local authorities? Are the programmes the institution offer approved by the quality assurance bodies (DHET for higher education or QCTO for occupational education)? Are the qualifications that they offer registered on the SAQA National Qualification Framework (NQF)? Do they have links with the International Hospitality Management Schools? Are there articulation possibilities if you want to convert to another qualification or another institution? Are their students employed and respected in the industry? Are they in partnership with leading hotels and restaurants for high value internship placements? According to Jeff Rosenberg, general manager of the Tsogo Sun Waterfront hotel and Vice Chairperson of FEDHASA Cape and speaker at the celebratory event, the hospitality industry is not for sissies.

THE WESTERN CAPE DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT MINISTERIAL YOUTH EXCELLENCE AWARDS 2016 Invitation to Apply!!! Are you a social entrepreneur that has found a solution to uplift the youth of the Western Cape? If you are you are invited to apply for the Ministerial Youth Excellence Award for 2016. The Western Cape Department of Social Development wishes to recognise outstanding individuals that have contributed towards youth excellence in their respective fields. The Department is interested in awarding exceptional projects that solve public problems for YOUTH DEVELOPMENT initiatives and YOUTH AT RISK through its Ministerial Youth Excellence Awards 2016. The awarding categories include: • Youth transitions and change; • Youth life chances and opportunity pathways; • Youth leadership development; and • Youth – their advancement in rural and farm areas We accept projects from government, civil society, the private sector, universities and projects that have partnerships with government. For further enquiries, contact Yasmina at or 021-918-4390. Please note that the application deadline is the 20th January 2016. Impumelelo Social Innovations Centre will be managing the process for the Western Cape Department of Social Development.




Chevron Cape Town

Waste-To-Energy Plant

Five Star Head Office


Chevron Century Boulevard is a R200 million, 9000 square metre head office with a difference. It is a water-positive building, collecting more water than it consumes. Both rain water and air-conditioning condensate is harvested from the roof and balconies and stored in a tank below the basement, which is almost the size of an Olympic pool.

A new waste-to-energy plant at the City’s Kraaifontein Integrated Waste Management Facility (KIWMF) will see roughly 500 kg of plastic converted to 500 litres of oil per day.

This amounts to a reduction in water consumption in the building by approximately 90%. Chevron Century Boulevard is one of a handful of buildings in the area that has been awarded a FiveStar Green Star rating bestowed by the Green Building Council of South Africa for excellence in green building design, construction and management. Chevron South Africa trades under the Caltex brand in the country. Occupied since 2014, the new Chevron South Africa headquarters has reduced its electricity consumption by roughly half. Contributing to the reduction in electricity is the installation of a sophisticated lighting control, known as Digital Addressable Lighting Interface, which is energy efficient and permits control over each light individually. The award winning Louis Karol Architects, who focused on using mostly locally sourced materials in the building, believes that design for detail permanence and creative re-usability are an important contribution to architectural sustainability, behaviour, which is so important considering South Africa’s water and energy needs. In addition to the recognition for its environmentally friendly features, the developers also fetched an award for safety at the 2013 Master Builders’ Association for achieving a zero-injury status during the construction period of 450 days. “Chevron South Africa has maintained a longstanding presence in the country dating back to 1911 and Chevron Century Boulevard is the modern symbol of our on-going contribution to the country and the economy of Cape Town.” “This year, government has put more emphasis on improving the struggling economy, creating jobs, developing service delivery and making South Africa more energy secure.”

The City of Cape Town, in partnership with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), opened its plastics-to-oil conversion plant, kicking off a six-month pilot project that will provide invaluable insights into the potential for creating fuel from plastic waste diverted from landfill sites. Japan is a world leader in waste minimisation and applying their technology in a South African context aligns with the City’s commitment to a future that is more energy secure, resource-efficient, and resilient to the impact of climate change. By using the existing structures in the form of its Think Twice recycling collection initiative, the City, together with technical assistance from the Japanese engineers, built on available resources to support the functioning of the plant. After harvesting the three types of plastic (polyethylene, polypropylene and polystyrene) from the stream processed at the KIWMF, these materials are brought to the processing plant where they are washed, shredded, heated and converted to oil. The yield of 500 kg of plastic materials per day works out to approximately 500 litres of fuel. These yields will be assessed by specialised technicians on site to determine the quality and quantity of fuel being produced in different combinations and ratios of the three types of plastic. Ultimately, the aim is to test the best combinations to yield the highest quality. Approximately 70% of fuel produced by the pilot plant will be channelled back into the running of the plant, powering the 150 kilowatt generator on site. The rest could be used to power any other machinery that runs on diesel if the oil is of a good quality. While the City of Cape Town is a leader in the country in terms of waste minimisation, there is still a long road ahead. Meanwhile, the City’s recycling rate is still low, at 16%, and the bulk of the waste is sent to landfill sites.

Vessel Donation Acknowledges 30 Years of Custodianship The Nautic Group, a Paramount Group company, in acknowledgement of the conservation work being undertaken by South African National Parks (SANParks), has donated a Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat (RHIB) to commemorate the 30th birthday of the West Coast National Park. The boat will greatly assist the park in responding to poaching activity and provide valuable patrol capacity for the upper end of the lagoon where the low water levels currently make vessel access unviable. “Nautic Africa wishes to contribute in a meaningful way to the security of our coastline as well as the protection and sustainability of our natural resources,” says CEO, James Fisher who believes that the vessel donation is a fitting way for a shipbuilder to recognise the Park’s efforts over the last 30 years. The RHIB, which was handed over in a ceremony at the Park on Wednesday 18 November, is equipped to carry a maximum load of 500 kg and features a 50 hp motor. The West Coast National Park will now not only be able to more effectively patrol the lagoon waters, but also be able to quickly respond to emergency situations when necessary. The RHIB is light and easy to launch with four carrying handles and features eight foot-straps for additional safety of passengers on board especially in rough waters. The Nautic Group, through this donation, seeks to acknowledge SANParks as the custodian of the country’s indigenous fauna, flora, landscapes and associated cultural heritage.



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Galileo Open Air Cinema more stars, more venues, more magic! The Galileo Open Air Cinema is back with a blockbuster line-up of over 100 movies, more venues and even more magical experiences, both on and off the silver screen. Celebrating their fourth year as Cape Town’s premier open air cinema, The Galileo has gone to town this season, with new Friday screenings at selected venues across the city - The Palms, Central Park, Fedisa Rooftop, Meerendal Wine Estate and UCT, tasty new food and drink vendors, and even a VIP section that allows movie lovers to enjoy a more exclusive experience.

The popular Saturday Winelands events have also increased from one to two screenings per month with Cape Town’s most spectacular backdrops; Knorhoek, Lourensford, Anthonij Rupert, Warwick, Rhebokskloof, Rustenberg, Nederburg, Vergenoegd, Backsberg, Stellenbosch Vineyards, Boschendal and Zevenwacht, in addition to weekly screenings at Hillcrest Quarry, Kirstenbosch Gardens, and the V&A Waterfront. Every venue offers a unique experience, from when the doors open at 6pm onto a festive market with delicious mouth-watering artisanal food and drinks, interactive games on hand and lively music in the air, to when the sun sets and the stars come out, both in the sky and on the screen. Of course the real highlights are the movies themselves, which range from romantic comedies (Bridget Jones’ Diary, 50 First Dates) to toe-tapping musicals (Mama Mia, West Side Story), cult classics (The Breakfast Club, Point Break) and even acclaimed documentaries like Searching for Sugar Man. Be sure to book early for special events like Valentine’s Day. The Galileo runs until the end of April 2016 with your favourite movies and venues with a few special touches to ensure a magical evening under a canopy of stars. For more information visit

Arts & Music in The Helderberg On Saturday 19 December visitors to the Helderberg Nature Reserve in Somerset West can enjoy an open-air art exhibition featuring more than 15 local artists. On display will be works in pencil, charcoal, watercolour, oil, pastel and acrylic paint. Many of the works will be available for sale during the show which will be open to all visitors at no charge. Visitors will just pay the normal admission fees to enter the reserve. The exhibition will be open from 10 am to 4pm. Why not make it a day out in the beautiful surroundings of the nature reserve? The art show complements the season of very popular Sunday evening Sunset Concerts presented by The Friends of Helderberg Nature Reserve and now in its 17th year. The SA Navy Band will launch the season on 6 December. For more information on the art show and the Sunset Concerts visit



Singin' in the Rain Singin' in the Rain, another critically acclaimed award-winning production direct from London's West End, will be produced and presented in South Africa by Pieter Toerien at the Artscape Opera House from 11 December to 10 January 2016, immediately after its international tour to New Zealand, Hong Kong, the Philippines and Singapore. Set in 1927, Singin' in the Rain tells the story, made famous by Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds in the iconic 1952 MGM movie, of the first Hollywood musical. The spectacular production is packed full of the charm, romance, comedy and tinsel town glamour of one of the world’s best-loved films and features wonderful tap dancing sequences and all the well-known songs from the glorious MGM score including Good Morning, Make ‘em Laugh, Moses Supposes and the classic, Singin’ in the Rain. The magical Singin’ in the Rain scene ‘rains’ (and recycles) over 12,000 litres of water per performance. This famous part of the show is one of its big highlights, leaving audiences in the front rows a little wetter than when they first arrived! Singin' in the Rain tells the story of the first Hollywood musical where Don Lockwood, a silent movie star, has everything he could want in fame, adulation and a wellpublicised ‘romance’ with his co-star Lina Lamont. But Hollywood is about to change forever and there is a rumour in the studio of a new kind of film, where the actors actually talk, sing and dance.

Photo Credit: Hagen Hopkins

Can Don and the uniquely voiced Lina make the transition and will chorus girl Kathy Selden fulfil her dream of stardom and capture Don’s heart along the way? Musical star Bethany Dickson, who hails from Cape Town and was nominated this year for a Fleur du Cap Theatre Award for her performance as Maria in South Africa, China and New Zealand, stars as the aspiring actress Kathy Selden, opposite Grant Almirall who makes his debut as the charming Don Lockwood. The cast of 27 includes Steven van Wyk as Cosmo Brown, Taryn-Lee Hudson as Lina Lamont, James Borthwick as RF Simpson, Mark Richardson as Roscoe Dexter and Anne Power as Dora. With its joyous story, high-energy choreography and sumptuous set design and costumes, Singin’ in the Rain showers you with everything you could wish for in a hit musical.

Franschhoek Cap Classique and Champagne Festival What better way to end off the year than at the Franschhoek Cap Classique and Champagne Festival - ‘The Magic of Bubbles’ which takes place over the weekend of 5 - 6 December at the iconic Huguenot Monument. This year’s theme is Black and White with a touch of Bling. Relax in the grand marquee situated on the majestic lawns or mingle with winemakers as they present some of South Africa’s finest Méthode Cap Classiques (MCC) and France’s best Champagnes. Complementing the selection of MCC’s are delectable delights offered by the local restaurants that have firmly entrenched Franschhoek’s status as one of the world’s premier culinary destinations. Well-known local MCC producers at SA’s social calendar highlight include Pierre Jourdan, Morena, Môreson, La Motte, Boschendal, Groot Constantia, Colmant, Genevieve, L’Ormarins, JC le Roux, Pongracz, Graham Beck, Steenberg and Villiera. Newcomers include Maison Wine Estate, Grande Provence and Le Lude. Some of France’s best Champagnes will be represented by brands such as Piper Heidsieck, Billecart Salmon and Veuve Clicquot. Bread & Wine, Haute Cabrière, Le Franschhoek, L'Ermitage, The Restaurant at Grande Provence and Mont Rochelle are a few of the restaurants showcasing their menus during the festival. The best-dressed couple will be awarded each day with a R5 000 MasterCard gift card, which is the perfect excuse to dust off your best bling shoes, jacket or hat. Adding that something extra to the festival former Elle Magazine editor and style icon, Jackie Burger, will be sharing some insight on the trends for Summer 2016. If you’ve ever been in doubt on what to wear, and more importantly what not to wear, you don’t want to miss this! Tickets available from




Cape Town City Ballet's festive season line-up Capetonians and holiday makers are in for a treat this festive season with three enchanting ballets, The Nutcracker, the annual 'Fairy Parade', Night and Day, and especially for the little ones, Humpty Dumpty and Friends. From 15-24 December, The Nutcracker will once again enthrall young and old with the story of Clara's magical experience at her family's Christmas Eve party. The very popular annual 'Fairy Parade' will be held on 24th December, following the performance of The Nutcracker. Children - boys and girls - are invited to dress as their favourite fairytale character and parade onto the stage to meet the dancers and receive a little gift from Santa Claus. The sparkling ballet, Night and Day, opens with a special Gala Performance on New Year's Eve, and offers the perfect opportunity to welcome 2016 in scintillating style. The music of legendary American songwriter, Cole Porter, stood the test of time and with this production the Cape Town City Ballet puts a glamorous spin on his life with a

brilliant selection of his most memorable tunes. Audiences will enjoy songs like Let's Misbehave, Too Darn Hot, Every Time We Say Goodbye and of course, Night and Day, while classical ballet meets jazz and tap dance in sensational scenes created by top South African choreographers. Night and Day runs at Artscape until 10 January and then transfers to the picturesque Maynardville Open-Air Theatre from 24 January until 21 February with performances on Sundays only. In the world of Humpty Dumpty and Friends, everyone lives happily ever after. From 5-8 January, evergreen nursery rhymes such as Humpty Dumpty, Hey Diddle Diddle, The Cat and the Fiddle and Old MacDonald will meet Jack and Jill, Little Miss Muffet and the Itsy Bitsy Spider in fantastical holiday fun for the little ones and the young at heart. For more information visit

Laura Bosenberg & Ivan Boonzaaier Photo Credit:Pat Bromilow Downing

Dragon Boat Regatta

Eat Paint Love Festival

On December 6 2015, teams of Dragon Boat Rowers supported by their loyal followers will compete at the North Wharf V&A Waterfront for the inaugural SA Guide Dogs Dragon Boat Regatta! All proceeds of the Regatta will go towards sponsoring a guide or service dog for a visually or physically disabled person.

At ArtMode’s Eat Paint Love Festival, artists from a vibrant spectrum come together to paint a picture that speaks to your artistic mind. Hosted at the Palms in Woodstock, the Eat Paint Love Festival brings you an entity of art on 12 December. Art in Motion offers a collection of artists that personify all elements of art. From sculptors such as Janko de Beer and Boetaphyf, graffiti artists like Wayne Bks and performing artist such as Ley Mboramwe bring their craft to the festival.

Rally your co-workers, friends and family and join for a great spectacle on water – dragon boating. Led by the rhythmic teams of 10 synchronized paddlers, the dragon boats race along the North Wharf. The sport brings social groups and businesses alike down to the water to bond and compete, building a stronger sense of “team” with every stroke. From veteran paddlers to newbies, anyone can have a good time. The SA Guide-Dogs Association aims to provide blind citizens and people with physical disabilities with independence, mobility and companionship through a working-dog.

Sculptures, Charcoal drawings, Ilustrations, Mosaic, Painting as well as food and music. Rooted in celebrating and creating the lived artistic experience, Eat Paint Love Festival is the new summer festival that brings colour and life to the fleeting artistic heart.

All Guide-Dog Owners can make a difference in their communities and contribute to the economy of South Africa as mobile employable citizens.

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It is often said that the ‘greatness of a nation can be measured by its compassion and provision of services for its disadvantaged members’. The cost for one dog from breeding until they are paired with their owner is R80 000. The blind or disabled person only pays R5 for their dog and R100 for the 2 weeks board and lodging at the training centre when they received their dog. For more information visit

Swellenberry Festival If you are fun loving, food loving, family loving and festival loving - then start your Christmas holiday with a weekend in Swellendam from 4-6 December! Throughout the town of Swellendam, the berry season will be celebrated with delicious berry banquets, cocktails, decor, dances and a programme of exciting and unique activities will accompany the delicious berry feasts on offer.

Eat Paint Love Festival includes creative live collaboration of art such as Graffiti,

Photo Credit: Carlo Jorge Photography

Swellenberry Festival starts at SwellenMark Mall on Friday with live music, wine tasting, trolley dash, market, Christmas carols, and children’s entertainment. The fun continues in the local community with exciting events including a street party, puppet show, live music, celebrities, Father Christmas, and the switching on of the Christmas Lights - a historic occasion as this will take place for the first time in Railton! Three main events will take place on Saturday - The Wildebraam Berry Festival, with its wonderful crafts, liqueurs, breads, cheeses, olives and other delights, the Berry Amazing Race which takes teams on a puzzle solving, challenge breaking, fund raising adventure through the town, and the Skoffel Bessie Dans at the Wyn Tuin. The Ambagswerf at the Drostdy Museum is the place to be on 6 December for the BERRY BIG BRUNCH with a great picnic, live entertainment, and sports demos from local clubs, and an arts and crafts market. Also take a trip to enjoy the Christmas Lights event in Suurbraak, a really delightful community inspired event - with Father Christmas arriving in style on a horse-drawn cart. For more information visit

SPORTS NEWS For the dedicated fans

December 2015

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Richard Murray reaps rewards in 2015 There is no doubt that 2015 was his best year yet as a professional triathlete and Richard Murray could not be happier with the way it all went. Murray ended the season with his second World Triathlon Series victory – his first since 2012 – a third place at the Rio Test Event, two World Cup wins and two more WTS podium places. Murray won WTS Edmonton and finished third at both WTS Abu Dhabi and Chicago. He also won World Cup events in New Plymouth (New Zealand) and Cozumel, Mexico. Since winning WTS Hamburg in 2012 – it was seen as his breakthrough year – he has been a regular contender, but the victory eluded him. Last year he managed various podium places including a second place at WTS London, but a bad end to his season ruined it somewhat. This year Murray and his coach Joel Filliol did things a bit different. There was less racing, less traveling and more training with Filliol and the squad. He was also in Europe during winter – missing out on the South African summer like many other pro athletes – to work with his coach on his swimming. Along with winning WTS Edmonton the highlight of the season was for sure qualifying for the Olympic Games in Rio next year. There was much uncertainty beforehand if he would race because of financial constraints, but in the end it all worked out and Murray got some valuable exposure to the conditions and route in Rio. Murray always has high expectations and hopes, but 2015 surpassed all his expectations. “It’s definitely been more that what I expected. I always believed I can do it, it was just a case of keep working hard and never giving up.”

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Murray ended his season with a second place at the Island House Invitational Triathlon where 20 of the world’s best triathletes will compete in a unique triathlon format on the island of the Bahamas.

HOLIDAY SEASON RIDE WAY DOWN SOUTH! After a scenic two hour drive from Cape Town over rolling hills, you will find the Southern-most region of Africa, part of the magical Overberg, where the majestic Atlantic and Indian oceans meet. This area stretches from Die Dam in the west, to the De Hoop Nature Reserve in the east. On 12 December, you can enjoy this region on your mountain bike during the CAPE AGULHAS MTB CLASSIC and there are four distances on offer. The main race is 72km, testing the skill and stamina of the rider. Then there is the scenic 46km route and the slightly downscaled 35km ride, as well as a 10km event to enjoy at your leisure. Visit the unique towns and villages - Napier, Elim, Bredasdorp, Arniston/Waenhuiskrans, Struisbaai, L'Agulhas and Suiderstrand, as well as the De Mond Nature Reserve and the rugged plains of the Agulhas National Park. Feast your eyes on the beautiful fynbos, unique to this area. A visit you will always remember. The area also offers kilometers of sandy white beaches, lush vineyards and farm lands, the quaint harbour at Struisbaai and the oldest working lighthouse in South Afica overlooking the place where two oceans meet at L'Agulhas. Not only is this area steeped in rich cultural history, but offers unique fauna and flora and an abundance of birdlife. This is also home to the Blue Crane. Whether you want to explore or just relax and take in the scenery, this beautiful area has something for each and everyone. Escape the hustle and bustle and enjoy safe swimming, fishing, hiking, surfing, taking strolls on the beach or cycle to your heart's content.

Join in for this fun filled event which takes place in Struisbaai – a jewel of a town! Make sure you pre-enter on and plan your trip early. There will be medals for all finishers, kiddies entertainment, food stalls, waterpoints on the routes and wonderful prizes in the lucky draw. For more information visit