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AUSSIE: The Australian Circus Spectacular - Cape Town Launch at The Table Bay Hotel
“AUSSIE is a story about dreaming big and living an even bigger life than the one in your dreams. It is about spreading hope, especially during a time when some may think there is little to be hopeful about.” “Each night, on centre stage through the incredibly inspiring and entertaining performances of our circus stars, audiences in South Africa will experience what can be achieved when you believe. If our story and show encourages just one child or one adult to go and pursue their dreams no matter how wild or crazy that dream may be, then the AUSSIE production has been a success. But I know, it will inspire so many more” – Sebastian Cassie, Executive Producer of AUSSIE. Sebastian Cassie, is an example of the AUSSIE story and spirit. Someone who dreamed big and achieved even bigger, serving as an inspiration to young South African boys and girls. Born in Elsiesriver, Cape Town, at the tender age of 4, Sebastian and his family migrated to New Zealand and Australia – and boy did they take the antipodeans by storm (with a bit of South African, flair, energy, and humorous wit, of course)! Sebastian’s sisters, Megan, Meryl, and Monique pursued creative careers from a young age, with Megan producing number 1 hit songs and albums in New Zealand before becoming a judge on NZ Idol and a finalist in NZ Dancing with the Stars.
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According to preliminary figures and sentiments from Cape Town’s attractions, it appears as though the city has enjoyed one of the busiest ever holiday periods so far. Table Mountain Cableway and Robben Island have revealed record-breaking visitor numbers, with other big attractions also sharing positive forecasts. Table Mountain Aerial Cableway had a record December with 28% more visitors than in December 2014, reportedly because the weather was extremely favourable and they were open every single day in December. Robben Island Museum (RIM) recorded the highest increase in number of visitors in December 2015, an increase of 43% more tourists visiting the museum than in the same period in 2014.
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Outreach at Stellenbosch Air Field
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On a perfect summers morning on 22 December 2015 at the Stellenbosch Flying Club (SFC), Just Love Mission (JLM) and project “Little Annie” the Antonov AN-2 aircraft, were given the opportunity by the Stellenbosch Mayor’s office to fly 50 disadvantaged/orphaned youngsters. Being the festive season there was much excitement in the air as there were only a few days to go to Christmas and the expectancy of exchanging gifts rife. This period is synonymous with cheer and goodwill unto all men, however more than one realizes, many dread this time of year fearing and/or experiencing abandonment, loneliness, possibly abuse and/ or poverty. Councillor Valerie Fernandez from the Mayor’s office organised the youngsters from the various areas who after a short briefing by Louis Fourie on “Little Annie’s” story how she negotiates life and all its aspects, were ready to take to the skies for their first and for some possibly, the last flight of their lives. Alison Navarro chairperson of the SFC and her fine committee members gave their full support and bent over backwards to make it happen. Captain Derek Lord, a senior Captain with Airlink orchestrated the outreach with military precision and his positive attitude that nothing is too much trouble made it truly, a joyful experience.
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‘A Sporting Chance’ Twenty children from Imizamo Yethu near Hout Bay - a community that has been hardest hit by recent shack fires - recently had the opportunity to have an experience of a lifetime. With the summer holiday period now a mere memory, Transception teamed up with GrandWest to host these children for a fun-filled day joined by local sporting heroes from the Stormers.
‘ikhaya’ meaning home) aims to address this scourge by fire-proofing every informal settlement in South Africa by the end of 2020 with the application of a specially formulated intumescent paint. The project, endorsed by the City of Cape Town, has already successfully protected the communities of Wag ‘n Bietjie outside Somerset West, Flamingo Crescent informal settlement in Lansdowne, Phumlani Village in Lotus River as well as Pook se Bos in Rylands. For more information visit www.transception.co.za
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Transception has also joined hands with Hout Bay charity Thula Thula, based in Hout Bay, to not only give these kids a sporting chance, but also to help implement a fire retardent paint intervention that will help retard the rapid spread of fires in informal settlements. Justin Zietsman, Transception’s CEO says that the aim of the day was to give the youth of Imizamo Yethu who have lost all their belongings over the festive season a little joy. Each child received a “Cool Pack” to spend on activities at GrandWest, including a meal, ice skating, ten pin bowling and a movie, as well as tokens to use at the The Magic Company arcade. Thanks to Citi Shuttles, the kids were safely transported to and from the venue. Transception’s ongoing Khusela Ikhaya Project (‘khusela’ meaning protect and
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Meryl and Monique acted in internationally acclaimed TV shows such as ‘The Tribe’ and Meryl continued her career in music and TV. Sebastian, meanwhile, pursued a career in law, becoming a successful litigation lawyer, and in dedication to his homeland, committed much of his time as a lawyer to assisting the disadvantaged through pro-bono legal work. The pull of the creative world that captured his sisters finally pulled Sebastian, as he fulfilled musical, casting and Executive Production roles in theatre and circus productions in New Zealand and Australia. Sebastian now proudly returns to the Mother City in 2016 to bring AUSSIE home. AUSSIE is an electrifying, energetic and entertaining, professional international circus theatre production – marking its international debut in South Africa. South Africa is the first ticket on the AUSSIE world tour, which will be touring the country with the first stop being Cape Town on 12 February before moving onto Bloemfontein, Port Elizabeth, Durban, Pretoria and Johannesburg, with short stop-overs in George and East London. This circus theatre production has something for the whole family and will have you sitting on the edge of your seat with anticipation, holding your breath in amazement and have your hairs standing on end as the troupe of international professional performers perform death-defying acts and super human stunts right before your very eyes. AUSSIE are going to put on a wild and inspiring show, including the following few firsts for South Africa: One of the only surviving HUMAN CANNONBALL acts in the world while the GLOBE OF DEATH features up to five motorbike riders encircling each other and their daring dancer, before the Globe splits in half. The show also includes incredibly dangerous and energetic FMX stunts, and the QUEEN OF THE SILKS has perfected her act to show her incredible balance and focus. VAL DE FUN is a vaudevillian performer (internationally-acclaimed) and slapstick comedian who will take AUSSIE fans back to days of Charlie Chaplin, the Three Stooges, and Monty Python, while Giselle on the LYRA is an act that starts off as a beautiful aerial display, before developing into a high-velocity spinning stunner. The 13 year old Hula hoops star, Americus pays homage to the artistry of the hoops act while bringing something modern and new, spinning up to 25 illuminated hoops on her slender frame. The salsa-dancing QUICK-CHANGE duo dance their way through 8 instantaneous costume changes in under three minutes. DUO POLE is an operatic dance that blurs the lines between horizontal and vertical, and in which male and female artist display feats of strength and agility that will have you in disbelief. YURIY is the friendliest AUSSIE who loves to ‘get amongst it’ and join the crowd with his oddball antics and insanely funny ‘Balloon Man’ act. The AUSSIE story is about inspiring young and old to not only live their dreams but to live beyond their dreams. Presenting on stage, the Aussie spirit and message, that if you believe, you can achieve! For more information visit www.aussiecircus.co.za
City to Procure Electric Buses for MyCiTi Service Since its inception in May 2010, the MyCiTi service has significantly improved the quality of life of city residents through access to affordable, decent and safe public transport. Approximately 38,5 million passenger journeys have been recorded on the MyCiTi service to date, with a total number of 1 531 418 passenger journeys for the month of November 2015 only. As the City of Cape Town extends the footprint of the MyCiTi service across the city, they also have a responsibility to lower carbon emissions and the impact of pollution on the urban environment.
SA’s First Outdoor Ice Rink Opens in Mouille Point There’s a new attraction in Cape Town and a first for the country – an outdoor synthetic ice rink has been installed at the Rotary Blue Train Park in Mouille Point. Now children can enjoy gliding around an outdoor ice rink on the most glorious hot summer days providing hours of guaranteed fun with spectacular views of mountain and sea to top off the one of a kind experience.
Cities across the world will soon reach a point where alternative fuel for public transport is no longer a choice but a prerequisite, and as such the City of Cape Town has decided to expand their current fleet of diesel buses with electric ones. A tender for the procurement of a fleet of 12-metre electric buses is due to be advertised by the first week of February 2016. The City is also considering electric double-decker buses for longer distance trips as they have more seating. Researchers have made great advances in the development of electric buses over the past decade, some of which were presented at the African Union of Public Transport Workshop that was hosted by Transport for Cape Town in October last year.
The installation of the ice rink has been the brain child of Cape Town businessmen Sean Holmes and Cornelis Ouwehand, who have lead a project to restore and develop the Rotary Blue Train Park into a unique and fantastical family outdoor play experience. The park, which is open to the public or can be hired out as a children’s party venue has undergone substantial refurbishment in the past 15 months, including painting of existing play equipment and garden landscaping. A great portion of the park’s operational proceeds are donated to Rotary. Everything else is invested back into park operations and maintenance.
If all goes according to plan, Transport for Cape Town will be the first municipality in the country to benefit from the latest alternative fuel technology and we will be the first city in Africa to use electric buses for public transport. This is another step towards affirming our commitment to the Compact of Mayors and strengthening our pledge to reduce local greenhouse gas emissions and enhance resilience to climate change. “Apart from electric buses being eco-friendly with zero carbon emissions if we use solar power charging stations, a green fleet holds numerous other advantages.” The operational cost of electric buses is significantly lower – not only in terms of fuel, but also in relation to maintenance as there are fewer parts to service. Electric buses are easier to drive, the motors generate less heat than traditional diesel engines, there is much less noise, and it is a smoother drive for passengers and bus drivers alike. Transport for Cape Town has researched and is exploring the most appropriate mechanism for the procurement of solar technology to offset the energy required for the electric bus fleet, thereby further reducing emissions. This is in addition to the carbon credits that the City will earn for operating a green fleet. “As we reduce our carbon footprint, Transport for Cape Town will earn carbon credits which the City will be able to sell to developed countries who are signatories to the Kyoto Protocol.” This will generate much-needed revenue for the City and result in public transport benefits for residents, making this investment even more worth our while.
The ice rink, which was opened to the public for the first time on 30 December 2015 is a key part of the Park’s restoration project. Made of Xtraice Pro Panels, the 126 square metre rink was partly sponsored by PenBev (the local bottler and distributor of The Coca-Cola Company products in the Western and Northern Cape). Denise Behrens, Corporate Communication Manager at PenBev says, “This ice rink will no doubt bring much joy to many, and at the same time it will also benefit the communities where Rotary operates. We are thrilled to be part of this wonderful project that combines great fun with such a worthy cause.” The ice panels are self-lubricated with the highest gliding degree in the industry. The rink is also environmentally friendly as it does not require electrical power to operate. Similar ice rinks have been installed in 70 countries around the world, including entertainment parks like Disneyland. For more information visit www.thebluetrainpark.co.za
JSE Adding A Presence In Mother City With Cape Town an increasingly important hub of South Africa’s financial services industry, the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) is opening a new office in the city to enhance its service to clients, build and strengthen relationships and provide accessible support to the market. “Cape Town is a major centre for global and local institutional investors as well as listed companies. Being the second largest economic hub of South Africa, and the head office base of many institutional clients and an increasing number of member firms and brokers, an office in the city is a logical part of the JSE’s client strategy,” says Capital Markets Director Donna Oosthuyse. The new office will be used for all JSE-related activities and events held in Cape Town. The JSE will be represented by Senior Capital Markets Specialist Maryke Vreulink.
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The V&A Waterfront’s visitor figures measured on the Victoria Wharf Shopping Centre only, have shown an increase year on year for the month of December. They also welcomed approximately 180 000 visitors on New Year’s Eve, over the 24 hours. In 2014 24 million visitors visited the property, and all indications are that 2015’s numbers will be roughly the same. Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens have welcomed almost 115 000 people over December 2015, excluding the very popular Summer Sunset concert audiences. Since the opening of the Tree Canopy Walkway or ‘Boomslang’ in May 2014, Kirstenbosch has seen a staggering increase in annual visitors City of Cape Town - Photo Credit Lisa Burnell / Cape Town Tourism from 800 000 to just over 1 million. Cape Point experienced a 7.2% increase in visitor numbers to 112 103 in December 2015, with 102 153 individuals specifically entering the park during the 21 peak season days from December 16 to January 5. The Cape Town Big 7 attraction not only attributes this growth to an increase in international visitors during this period compared to last year, but also to a boost in domestic visitors looking to experience local attractions and activities. The increased numbers can be attributed to a variety of factors, including events such as Cape Town 7’s at the beginning of December, and the England vs SA Cricket test which saw a strong contingent of English supporters taking advantage of the strength of their currency. The weakening rand definitely boosts the local tourism sector as the exchange rate remains favourable to international visitors, who can then afford to spend more; with locals opting to rather holiday in their home country. The school holidays once again ensured a big amount of domestic visitors.
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Cape Town Makes British Airways’ List of Top Holiday Hotspots
Cape Town has again made the list of British Airways’ top long-haul holiday destinations for 2016. British Airways’ travel experts compile the annual holiday hotspots snapshot based on past performance, forward-booking profiles, global events, travel patterns and international trends. Cape Town is typically amongst the favourite long-haul holiday choices and this year is no exception. The Mother City comes in at fifth in the top eight behind Lima, Kuala Lumpur, San Jose (Costa Rica), Rio de Janeiro and ahead of San José (California), Punta Cana (Dominican Republic) and Tampa. British Airways is the only airline to fly directly between Cape Town and London, with two flights a day during the busy Cape summer season. It operates Boeing 747-400 aircraft, amongst the largest in its fleet, with a choice of four cabins. These include the new First, ever-popular Club World, World Traveller Plus premium economy and World Traveller. Amongst the other leading leisure spots, Lima secured its place thanks to the increasing number of travellers keen to walk the world-famous Inca Trail and see the majesty of Machu Picchu. San Jose, Costa Rica owes third place to its incredible wildlife, with adventurers of all ages keen to explore its rain forests and stunning beaches. Rio, much like Cape Town did after 2010, is still benefitting from the international exposure it enjoyed during the 2014 World Cup. Of course, the much anticipated 2016 Olympics will also increase its popularity.
Blackheath Lodge in Three Anchor Bay
Millions of international travellers have selected the Western Cape’s hotels as among the best in the world. Accommodation establishments across the province have won Tripadvisor’s Travellers Choice Awards. The list is based on ratings by millions of real travellers. It recognizes the best hotels in over 90 countries. Blackheath Lodge in Three Anchor Bay was named as one of the Top 25 Hotels for Service. One guest said: “It is the perfect location to explore Cape Town and the surrounding vineyards. The perfect place to enjoy the sun, read, relax, nap or whatever it takes to rejuvenate, all while being pampered.”
Outside of South America, Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia owes second spot to the leisure travel trend, with business travellers opting to extend their stays to enjoy some leisure time. Its business-friendly reputation, rainforests and beautiful beaches combine to make it the ‘pearl of the Orient’. British Airways’ experts are betting that San José, California will quickly make up the numbers when it starts daily flights with its 787-9 Dreamliner to the capital of Silicon Valley. As well as being the world’s software powerhouse and home to tech giants Apple, eBay and Google it is the gateway to Carmel and Monterey and provides easy access to the Yosemite National Park.
2inn1 Kensington in Gardens was selected as one of the world’s Top 25 Small Hotels, with one guest describing it as a “stylish hotel”, with “excellent service”. Villa Afrikana Guest Suites is also one of the Top 25 Small Hotels. One tourist said the Knysna property offered the “best stay in South Africa”. The Garden House in Franschhoek was recognised as one of the Top 25 B&B and Inns. Visitors praised the establishment’s hospitality. Minister Winde said the awards signalled another great year for the Western Cape’s tourism sector. “We’re still in the middle of our peak tourism season and early indications suggest that several attractions are experiencing an increase in visitor numbers. I commend these hotels for garnering excellent publicity for themselves and for our destination as a whole. The world-class service we offer our visitors is definitely a key factor in repeat visits,” he said.
Punta Cana, with its abundance of resorts and palm-lined beaches is going to be hard to beat as a value-for-money Caribbean island getaway. Tampa is a perennial favourite. The warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico, extensive beaches and sultry climate make it a must-visit destination for families wanting a relaxing break in the sun.
THE “BEERGINNING” OF TIME Beer has been a preferred beverage since ancient times, amongst many cultures, genders and all ages, and so the same passion for this prodigious beverage has found its footprints here in Stellenbosch, the wine capital of the Western Cape. Notably known as Stellenbrau, they are the first operational microbrewery in Stellenbosch, and this is where they share their vision and passion for this golden liquid that so many have enjoyed since the beginning of time, or perhaps the “Beerginning of time.” WHY BEER – AND WHY STELLENBRAU? Because people drink it, love it, and for Stellenbrau – awesome to make.
Photo from Left - Brew Master Stephen de Jager and Stellenbrau CEO Deon Engelbrecht
The Stellenbrau team share a common goal of quality craftsmanship, product consistency and brilliant customer service. The Newspaper recently visited Stellenbrau where Stephen de Jager, the Brew Master explained how this luscious drink ends up inside your glass. The beer making world is filled with possibilities; this is mainly due to an enormous variety of raw materials that’s available to the brewer. In beer they use Malted Barley, Water, Hops and Yeast, but everybody knows that version. Stephen explain how this all works together at Stellenbrau and how it affects the consumer’s experience as the gratified consumer of a Stellenbrau pint. Quality of all raw materials is simple: What you put in, you’ll get out. If you put your trust in mediocre raw materials, you will simply get average beer. That’s why Stephen believes in top quality raw materials in all sectors. Malted Barley is obtained from Germany and provides consistent extraction results – a test to see if the conversion from starch to sugar of the grain is consistent with their specification. Hops is from local origin. Yeast, the brewer’s best friend by far, is also the most secret. These little single cell organisms, of which they put millions in the wort, are actually the “beer makers.” That’s right; brewers create the perfect biological environment, the wort – the sugary liquid obtained from the mash, enough food and plenty of oxygen. Then the yeast is pitched, and if they’re happy, produce the perfect batch of exceptional beer. The process however is a bit more complex, Stephen explains. “There is a saying that water is your most important element in making beer, since it makes up 95% of the final product; I fairly say all raw materials are equally important in making a premium beer. Stellenbrau’s water supply is quadruple filtered using trap filters for the first two stages, to capture any solid particles, and then the second two stages are activated carbon filters to eliminate chlorine and unwanted metallic elements in the water. This leaves them with the perfect balanced water conditions for optimal brewing,” Stephen says. When taking a closer look at the process of brewing, it all starts with a thorough inspection on all raw materials to distinguish if it meets their strict requirements. Then follows the very important milling stage where they crush the malted barley open to expose the inner starch.
However, they do not mill the grains to a fine powder, they only crush open the kernels, since they believe they are not making mealie-meal or baking a bread, but rather, making beer. They also need the husk of the kernel to be just cracked and in whole condition. Once the malted barley has been milled, inspected and passed, they fill the mash tun – the vessel where the conversion of starch to sugar occurs with enough warm water to specification. This water, also called strike water, will be at an exact temperature and volume. The rakes inside this vessel are switched on and they mix in the crushed malted barley with the water. The rakes help to gently and evenly mix the grist and water together. After mixing, they leave these two together to know each other better. The enzymes present in the malted barley starts converting the starches to sugars, or better known as maltose. After the set time in the mash tun and after continuous gravity tests – the concentration of sugar in the water followed by the pH tests, the Brew Master carries out an iodine test to obtain results of complete conversion of starch to sugar by the enzymes. The next phase is called lautering; this is where they separate the sugary liquid, called the wort, from the grains in the mash tun, and it is important that the husks remain in a just-cracked condition. This is where it comes in very handy, the husks of the malted barley being dispersed throughout the mash acts as a natural filter. Almost like mixing clay with rough sand. All the grist lies on top of a finely perforated sieve-like false bottom that forms part of the “filter”. The wort is then circulated by pumping the strong wort from the bottom of the vessel to the top, mixing it. The wort is lautered via gravity and is collected in another vessel called the underback. The Brew Master also perform a step called sparging, where they add warm water to the grains during the lautering stage. This is done to collect most of the sugars by “rinsing” the grains as the water runs through it. The collected wort is now transferred to the boil kettle where the wort undergoes a vigorous boil. Boiling has few purposes namely to boil off DMS, due to evaporation achieve the correct original gravity, sterilize the wort and utilize the hop resins and oils for bitterness, taste and aroma. After boiling they transfer the wort to the whirlpool where it circulates the wort to collect all the vegetal matter from the hops and coagulated proteins in the centre of the whirlpool, let it rest and then they drain the unwanted matter. After a nice rest in the whirlpool, and drained, the wort is cooled from a temperature of between 90-100°C to the required temperature for pitching the yeast. While cooling the wort, oxygen is injected directly into the cooled wort. The yeast now acclimatises to their new home and starts metabolizing. The yeast chows away on the sugars, excretes alcohol (ethanol) and “farts” carbon dioxide (CO2). This process is called fermentation, the actual beer making phase. The temperature of this process is electronically controlled and kept at the optimum fermentation temperature for the yeast to do its work. Like all, when engaged in physical work they generate heat, the same with yeast, it generates heat and by the amounts they multiply, it heats up the beer, therefore they need cool the beer to the correct temperature. Gravities, being the measurement of the amount of sugars left in the beer, are taken daily to monitor the progress of fermentation. After fermentation they condition the beer; this is where colour and flavour development takes place and the yeast clean-up, the yeast literally cleans up after themselves by consuming by-products which it contributed during fermentation. When this conditioning phase is completed, the Brew Master get the beer sparkling clear via two methods, their Craven Craft Lager is filtered while their Alumni Ale and Governor’s Red Rooibos Lager undergo the traditional method of Finings. The final beer undergoes various tests to determine if the beer meets Stellenbrau’s strict requirements and guidelines after which they package their beautifully hand crafted product for the customer’s sincere enjoyment. For more information contact 021 8833622 or firstname.lastname@example.org visit www.stellenbrau.co.za
Antiques, Art, Vintage Jewellery
At SAADA Expo Cape Town
Furniture, Interiors & Fine Art
The SAADA expo, taking place at The Lookout in the V&A Waterfront from Friday 12-14 February 2016, is a boutique-style event that will appeal to anyone who is interested in design, incorporating the full spectrum of design – from old to modern. Visitors to this year’s SAADA expo in Cape Town can expect an interesting mix of antiques; vintage jewellery, from traditional European, Georgian and Victorian furniture through to superbly crafted pieces made in the heart of the Cape. “Nothing at our expo is mass-produced or ‘churned out’: if you want something unique then this is the place to be,” says SAADA CEO Paul Mrkusic.
Although now largely unknown, Sandra McGregor occupies a very unique place in the history of South African Art. Born to great privilege and wealth in Johannesburg she was lucky enough to study art in London, Paris and Florence. However, after sixteen years travelling, studying and painting in Europe she returned to South Africa in 1962 – suitably accomplished, but virtually penniless. Today at 87 she is impoverished, surviving on the charity of others.
Tennant Street, District Six by Sandra McGregor 1971 Pen, Sepia and Gouache on Paper
Arriving in Cape Town in 1962, Sandra met fellow artists who encouraged her to begin painting again and they organised a very basic studio space. As her confidence grew her friend Buck Jones introduced her to District Six. “I felt something tremendous move inside me and immediately knew this was where I had to paint.”
“The exhibitors are passionate about the pieces that they have sourced, researched and incorporated into their curated stands and are happy to share their knowledge. The items on display are so much more than just physical objects – they all have incredible stories behind them, which makes them that much more unique,” continues Paul.
The buildings, the spirit of the people and imagination of District Six immediately inspired her and from that moment on she created a moving, historically important account of the changes and lives of the inhabitants. From 1962 to 1979, Sandra spent 18 years drawing and painting and recording the dreadful destruction of the buildings and community by the Apartheid government. She was welcomed wholeheartedly into the varied community, making friends with the people and gangs who ruled the area and therefore forming a very special bond with District Six. Although much of her work is now lost, various pieces survive in private collections and the District Six Museum. Sandra held 5 exhibitions in Cape Town from 1967 – 1990 and she still lives in the City, a short distance from District Six. In 2010 ‘Sandra McGregor, Onse Artist in District Six’ by Dolores Fleischer was published to considerable acclaim and has reawakened interest in this remarkable artist. For more information contact 021 876 44 77 or visit www.ebonydesign.co.za
Ricus Dullaert Art & Antiques Dealer If you love good European and Dutch colonial antiques visit the stand of Ricus Dullaert on the SAADA Expo. Ricus from Amsterdam is a 42 years antique dealer and has a very good eye for quality. He brings a superb and rare William and Mary armoire to the fair inlaid with star patterns.
The gala event on 11 February always has an electrifying buzz; likeminded individuals interested in good design, antiques and unique pieces mingle and chat, while enjoying a few glasses of MCC, sponsored by Steenberg Vineyards. Guests to the gala event are also the first to see the superb collection of collectable items on show at the expo.
Similar early 18th century armoires you can see in films like "Pride and Prejuidice". Ricus also brings two nice Dutch colonial chests with nice brass mounts also 18th century. A collection of Meij period Japanese Katana Swords is worth a visit on it own, as well as a good collection of Qing dynasty (1644-1911) chinese blue and white porcelain.
A rare baby size Dutch colonial chest with interesting brass mounts with hearts pierced into it
The highlight in Ricus collection this year are his collection of Dutch and Flemish paintings 17th-19th century. Amongst others are a top quality stable interior depicting a noble man on a horse in 17th century costume painted by the famous Antwerp painter Baron Henri Leys (1815-1869), who was created a baron by King Leopold the First of Belgium in 1862 and who thought Sr. Laurence Alma Tadema.
Exhibitors at the SAADA Expo include EBONY (Cape Town and Franschhoek), KUNSTHANDEL H.W.C DAULLAERT (Johannesburg), RIAAN BOLT ANTIQUES (Johannesburg), and DELFT HUIS (Franschhoek) and many more. For more information visit www.saada.co.za
Another highlight of the collection Ricus brings to Cape Town are a pair of oval Dutch flower still lives, signed and dated J. Heijde 1798. For more information contact 011 483 2568 or visit www.chineseantiquesdullaert.com
William and Mary Period (1689-1702) "Star Cupboard" also called "Kruisvoet cupboard"
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Specialist In Fine Cape & Transvaal Antique Furniture
Diamond Jubilee with Othello
Riaan Bolt Antiques specializes in fine Cape and Transvaal antique furniture and related objects, 20th century South African art and South African studio ceramics.
This summer, one of Cape Town’s most iconic and best loved theatres celebrates its diamond jubilee. For 60 years, since its inception in 1956, an annual Shakespeare play has been staged under the stars at the Maynardville Open-Air Theatre which is now regarded as one of the most beautiful open-air theatres in the world.
Capetonians can look forward to a finely curated selection of Cape antique furniture juxtaposed with bold abstract artworks and colorful Linnware ceramics. Furniture highlights include a fine Cape stinkwood bone inlaid chest of drawers made in the Eastern Cape around 1830. After the arrival of the British Settlers in 1820, there was a need for locally manufactured furniture based on the English prototype of the time. Local stinkwood was used to simulate mahogany.
Maynardville’s 60th anniversary coincides with another very auspicious anniversary for the Bard of Stratford-upon-Avon as 2016 marks the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death in 1616. Throughout 2016, theatre companies across the globe will pay tribute to William Shakespeare’s lasting legacy as the world’s preeminent playwright.
A Cape Stinkwood Bone Inlaid Chest of Drawers, Eastern Cape, 1830 - 1850
Having staged Shakespeare for over a decade, Artscape has selected to revive their critically acclaimed 2015 production of Othello in partnership with the City of Cape Town. Hailed as “a triumph” by the local press, Othello drew such large audiences in 2015 that additional performances had to be added and the run extended. This will be the second time in Maynardville’s 60 year history that a play is revived by popular demand.
Artists represented at the exhibition include Christo Coetzee, Maud Sumner, Erik Laubscher, Barbara Burry, Gordon Vorster, etc. A large abstract art work by Christo Coetzee, made in Paris in 1957 and from the collection of Anthony Denney, is a personal favorite. "With the ever growing popularity and limited availability of Linnware, we are pleased to have a large selection on offer for Cape Town collectors. Three large jardinieres with signature blue-green glaze are particularly attractive."
Erik Laubscher (SA 1927 - 2013), "Boland Landscape", signed and dated '67'
3 large Linnware Jardinieres, c. 1940s
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Delft Huis Ceramics And Antiques The Dutch East Indies Company imported Chinese Ming Porcelain items into Europe. The porcelain was used as balast in the tea clippers. In view of the high price of the Ming porcelain the items were sold to the aristocracy and the nobility. In the 16th & 17th Century the Dutch Potters in Delft started to copy the Ming patterns on their locally produced ceramic pottery. The items were affordable to the local population.
Of all Shakespeare’s plays, Othello resonates most within a South African context with its themes of racism, jealousy, passion, obsession and betrayal. These themes powerfully combine in a devastating domestic tragedy that is as gripping today as it was when it was written over 400 years ago. The play is a major attraction for schools all over as it is currently being studied as a Grade 12 set work and is also open to the public. Artscape is also pleased to announce that internationally acclaimed Cape Town star, Pope Jerrod, has signed on to play the title role of Othello. Pope has proved to be one of South Africa’s most versatile actors having featured in numerous television and film productions locally and internationally such as “Safe House” alongside Denzel Washington, Taste of Rain, The Lost Future, Hansie Cronje as well as Stokvel and Isidingo amongst others. The production runs from 26 January till 23 February 2016. For more information visit www.artscape.co.za
Picnic and Ballet Under The Stars With Night & Day Cape Town City Ballet opened its very popular annual outdoor-ballet season in the Maynardville Park on 24 January with the hit production, Night & Day. Lovers of dance can once again get their picnic baskets ready to enjoy the leafy park surrounds with sundowners and snacks before watching the ballet on the breathtaking stage of the open-air theatre.
In 1840 Theodorus Colenbrander was born in Holland and qualified and worked as an architect. He moved to Paris at the time of the first Art Nouveau exhibition in 1869/70 and became inspired by this art form.
This year’s ballet, Night & Day, is danced to the fabulous music of Cole Porter and takes the audience on a romantic journey of the famous songwriter’s extraordinary life and times. The brainchild of choreographer and Artistic Director of Cape Town City Ballet, Robin van Wyk, the ballet found its inspiration in the award-winning film, De-Lovely.
Theodorus joined the Rotenburg Factory in The Hague in 1884 and designed Art Nouveau Ceramics. The considered him too avant grade for the period and dispensed with his services. During this period Vasily Kandinsky the Russian Art Nouveau artist studied and worked with Colenbrander and was influenced by him. He worked with a number of ceramic and carpet manufacturers until 1920 when his friends and admirers founded a company for him in Arnhem called "RAM". At first he designed and produced beautiful Art Nouveau Ceramics and by 1925 also started to produce Delft. For the next ten years they produced very fine Delft. The two chargers, one in blue and the one polychrome were produced around 1930's and are fine examples of the work of the Ram Factory in Arnhem and reflects the style of Colenbrander. Thjeodorus Clenbrander died in 1930. For more information contact 083 623 4662, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Says Van Wyk, ‘The ballet is simply spectacular, champagne-popping entertainment, absolutely perfect for enjoying a relaxing Sunday evening out in one of Cape Town’s most beautiful outdoor settings! Night & Day is truly one of the sparkling jewels in Cape Town City Ballet’s repertoire and definitely caters for just about all tastes in dance’. To achieve this, Van Wyk invited top choreographer colleagues, Kirsten Isenberg, Mervyn Williams, Nigel Lucas and Paul Johnson to add their creative magic to the mix. The result is an extravagant celebration of classical and neo-classical ballet, a generous sprinkling of jazz and tap dance and even a hint of sexy Latin and ballroom. Performances at the Maynardville Open-Air Theatre in Wynberg will only take place on Sunday evenings at 20h15 until 21 February.
FOOD & WINE
Sugary Drinks Leading Cause of Obesity and Impaired Learning With hundreds of thousands of learners back at school, parents are reminded to restock their fridges and pantries with foods and beverages that provide brainboosting nutrients to help their children perform at their best. SA’s recently released National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (SANHANES) refers to the poor state of children’s school lunches in the country. Of particular concern is the high intake of sugary cool drinks – about 2 in 3 learners buy sugary drinks at least twice a week, with each soft drink containing up to 55g of sugar. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) that is 40g more sugar than the recommended maximum daily limit for children. Drinking too many sugary drinks is considered to be the leading cause of obesity in adolescents, especially among schoolboys. The study points out that the prevalence of obesity has doubled in teenage boys the past six years, making them more prone to chronic lifestyle diseases such as diabetes. According to nutritional experts, these beverages are loaded with empty calories and provide little or no essential nutrients. Nutritionists recommend water or herbal teas as a healthier alternative to fizzy drinks or sugar filled fruit juices, with Rooibos tea topping the list. Ernest du Toit, spokesperson of the SA Rooibos Council says Rooibos is as effective as water for hydrating the body and has additional health properties that water doesn’t have. “Rooibos is affordable, tasty and amazingly beneficial for children. It is rich in antioxidants which helps to protect healthy cells from damage caused by free radicals and can reduce the risk of a variety of diseases, including cardiovascular disease and some cancers. Rooibos also prevents DNA damage, inflammation and is helpful in combating diabetes.“Added to this, Rooibos contains no caffeine, fats or carbohydrates, is a natural immune-booster and relieves allergy symptoms, which are common in children,” remarks du Toit. In contrast, Rooibos tea will keep your child’s mind sharp since it shields the brain
from stress and it protects against a process known as lipid peridoxation (where free radicals damage brain cells and nerve tissues.)
Feast of the Grape
The Oak Café Itching for grape amusement? Kick off your shoes for some squishing and splatting at this year’s Durbanville Wine Valley’s Feast of the Grape, a weekend of harvest fun hosted by 12 wine farms in the Valley. Celebrating the bounty of harvest season, the festival takes place on 27-28 February 2016, which takes place at the picture perfect D’Aria Wine Farm. The 12 farms coming together from the Durbanville Wine Valley to take part in the grape festivities are: Altydgedacht, Bloemendal, D’Aria, De Grendel, Diemersdal, Durbanville Hills, Groot Phesantekraal, Hillcrest, Klein Roosboom, Meerendal, Nitida and Signal Gun.
The Oak Café is located in a tranquil setting nestled at the foot of the mountain in the Helderberg Nature Reserve. One can sit in the cosy indoor restaurant equipped with a fire place for those cold winter months or in a lovely garden where the weaver birds can be observed setting up their nests in the middle of the nearby pond.
“This year’s festival will be very special as it brings all our member farms together on one wine farm, rather than each hosting its own separate harvest celebration”, says Angela Fourie, Marketing Manager of the Durbanville Wine Valley Association. “With this we salute the region’s great harvest traditions of the past, bringing together the community to celebrate the season’s bounty. For more information visit www.durbanvillewine.co.za
Entries Open for S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2016
Once in a while a big tortoise may come by looking for a piece of lettuce. The café is a favorite spot for the hikers coming down from the mountain enjoying an ice cold beer or a cup of tea with Elke’s famous apple crumble cake.
Following the notable worldwide success of its first edition, with more than 3 000 applications submitted, S.Pellegrino is proud to launch S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2016, the global scouting project that aims to find the best young chef in the world.
The menu offers a wide variety of affordable homemade food ranging from breakfasts, light lunches, vegetarian dishes and delicious scones (the recipe will remain a closely guarded secret). If you enjoy the solitude and beauty of nature, The Oak Café may well become your home away from home.
The unique initiative, dividing the world into 20 areas and involving around 100 top chefs as jurors across the globe, 20 young chef finalists, 20 chef mentors and a stellar chef’s jury, reflects S.Pellegrino’s commitment to supporting emerging talents.
Come and enjoy an affordable meal in the tranquil setting of nature. Delicious homemade food, scones and cake. Small functions and memorials. Takeaway picnic baskets and platters. See our menu on: http://wikivillage.co.za/oak-cafe Our opening hours: Tuesdays - Fridays: 10h00 - 16h00 Saturdays, Sundays: 09h00 - 17h00 Tel: 021 851 4543 • Email: email@example.com
The 2016 competition entries opened on 1 January 2016, calling for entrants under the age of 30 with at least 1 year’s experience as a chef, sous chef or chef de partie to enter.
S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2016 will feature a renewed panel of judges, the Seven Sages, Come which and will enjoy be responsible the beauty for of selecting the most talented young chef of the world. David Higgs from South Africa will join this incredible jury that for theChef Nature Reserve in autumn! 2016Delicious will be composed some the world most renowned cuisine artists, like homemadebyfood andofcakes. Carlo Cracco, Gaggan Anand,and Elena Arzak, Mauro Colagreco, Wylie Dufresne and Takeaways, picnic baskets platters. Roberta Sudbrack. Local finalists will be selected to participate in regional finals between May 1st to August 15th. During these events, the area finalists will have to cook their signature dishes for an exclusive regional jury composed of independent top chefs, who will taste the dishes and select the finalist who will go on to the global final in Milan. On October 13th 2016, all the Young Chef finalists will gather in Milan for the final phase, which will consist of a two-day intense cooking competition in front of the international panel of judges, the Seven Sages, that will award the S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2016. For more information visit www.finedininglovers.com.
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1 Eagle Encounters
2 Craft Market
4 Wine Tasting
6 Eight Restaurant
The Werf Market
Eight to Go
Wine Collection Point
3 Segway Tours
11 Manor House
Hoghouse Bakery & CafĂŠ
Old Wine Cellar
12 13 Conference Centre
Wastewater Treatment Plant
Spier Hotel Restaurant & Wine Bar
EQUINE THERAPY PILOTED AT VALKENBERG HOSPITAL
With similar social and responsive behaviour to humans, horses have been noted to be a hugely beneficial mechanism used in therapy sessions for individuals with a variety of emotional and mental health issues.
Established in 2014, The Equinox Trust uses the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA) model, which specifically addresses mental health and human development needs and follows their code of ethics.
This is according to Fiona Bromfield, Trustee at The Equinox Trust, a registered non-governmental organisation (NGO) that specialises in Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) and Equine Assisted Therapy (EAT), who says that although there are many forms of Equine Assisted Therapy; EAP specifically focuses on the emotional and mental health of participants.
Bromfield states that unlike traditional ‘talk’ therapy, EAP is a unique method which enables participants to learn about themselves while they interact with the horse. Thereafter, the observed feelings, behaviours and patterns are discussed. The Equinox Trust is based on fundamentals of empowering people and is aimed at creating enabled mind-sets, which aids people to make useful decisions despite the existence of restraining circumstances. “EAP is unique in that it does not require clients to ride or get on to the horses; instead, clients are presented with semi-structured tasks, such as to catch and halter the horse, move it around, get the horse to walk through and over obstacles. It is the interpretations that participants assign to the interactions with the horses that provide vehicles for making therapeutic improvements,” explains Bromfield. “This type of therapy is extremely versatile and can be adapted to almost any population. Some of the key benefits include development and promotion of selfesteem, confidence, and group cohesion, empathy, understanding boundaries, trust and assertiveness,” she says. “We welcome this initiative by The Equinox Trust team who partnered with one of the psychiatric consultants and the occupational therapists working in the Forensic Unit at Valkenberg Hospital to pilot an EAP project specifically for individuals with mental health problems. Six male patients from the division were selected to participate in the 8 week EAP project, which started on 9 October and ended on 4 December 2015,” says Minister of Health, Dr Nomafrench Mbombo.
“EAP is an innovative and creative method for addressing a wide range of therapeutic and emotional needs in individuals. It is a short-term, collaborative effort between a mental health professional and a horse professional. Strategic activities are established for the participant to partake in with the horse, excluding riding,” explains Bromfield.
“We selected six male forensic patients, mainly with a diagnosis of schizophrenia. These patients were socially withdrawn and did not engage spontaneously, they had no major cognitive deficits and some of them having a history of aggressive behaviour,” states Nafisa Abdulla, Chief Occupational Therapist at Valkenberg Hospital.
Although animal assisted therapy isn’t uncommon, horses respond and react differently to other animals. She explains that because horses are herd and prey animals, they are highly attuned to changes in non-verbal communication in order to maintain the safety of the herd. “Horses are able to accurately assess the state of being of an individual and communicate it non-verbally. Thus, these animals make great companions for psychotherapy, because they can mirror and instantly respond to human behaviour. There's also a healing bond that can develop between humans and horses. EAP utilises this relationship with the horse as a tool to mirror a participant’s experiences and facilitate change and development. Participants are able to compare their experiences and activities with the horses to their real-life experiences.”
COOKING FOOD THE HEALTHY WAY As one of the most successful direct sales companies in South Africa, AMC has offered income earning opportunities to all South Africans for over 40 years. Preparing food the AMC way is based on fat-free and waterless cooking concepts. This philosophy makes it possible to prepare delicious meals using no extra or very little fat or oil and a minimal amount of water. AMC cookware is high quality, stainless steel cookware with important design features that provide a healthier way of eating and preparing food with optimal nutritional value. Cooking the AMC way will ensure the retention of vitamins and minerals (nutrients) in food with the waterless cooking method. Food is tastier as the natural goodness and taste is maintained, while Nutrients and flavour are not completely lost due to cooking in large amounts of water. The food is cooked through a gentle process, reducing the damage of high temperatures on the nutrients in food. With AMC cookware it is not necessary to heat your pots and pans to such a high temperature to achieve success end results. Less fat and oil is needed when cooking in AMC cookware, improving the diet as a whole. “Cooking with AMC is for life. Whether it be a literal take on our message by referring to our lifetime guarantee, or cooking the AMC way which improves your diet and enables a healthy lifestyle.”
Therapists from Valkenberg Hospital met with The Equinox Trust team to create a specific programme for the selected patients. Over the eight week period, patients were able to interact with the horses and participate in therapeutic exercises via grooming or set out obstacles, either in pairs or in groups. “Having a more hands-on therapeutic approach in this day and age seems to be proving more powerful and effective as people are more willing to engage with their issues and lower their defences around the horses,” concludes Bromfield.
Help Prevent Poaching at Nature Reserves
Great White Sharks Scarcity In Gansbaai During January 2016
On 1 January 2016, after an incredible December, white shark sightings began to slow down in Gansbaai. Eight Cage diving operators from various companies returned from the sea reporting no sightings of white sharks despite extensive attempts to find them, each trying different parts of the bay daily. Many speculative statements get thrown about whenever drops in the shark’s numbers occur. Alison Towner, Marine Biologist at Marine Dynamics Tours and Dyer Island Conservation Trust have addressed some real possibilities why the Great white sharks were so scarce during the first week in January 2016. Her findings are as follow: Seasonality - December, January and February are generally quieter months in terms of white shark numbers in Gansbaai. Even though viewing is possible year round the overall number of sightings per trip is usually the lowest. Tagging and boat based data show there are less white sharks around in Western Cape waters, particularly later in summer. Scrub Hare (Lepus saxatilis) - Photo Credit: C Dorse
Despite ongoing and concerted efforts to protect the environment, the City of Cape Town is facing a challenge with the illegal hunting of wild animals in its nature reserves. The City of Cape Town’s Environmental Resource Management Department is urging the public to be vigilant and report poachers or any suspicious activity to their nearest law enforcement or nature conservation office for investigation and further action. It is estimated that dozens of animals are poached from the City’s nature reserves each month. The main types of animal targeted and caught are small antelope, such as Cape grysbok, porcupine and Cape hare.
Migration - From satellite tracking data we now know that the majority of white sharks sighted in Gansbaai and other Western Cape aggregation sites such as Mossel Bay and False Bay migrate along the east coast in summer, as far as Mozambique, Madagascar and even across to the Seychelles and Kenya. The Tugela banks and Mozambique channel offer incredibly rich prey species diversity for white sharks - large game fish such as Sailfish, Marlin and Kingfish peak in numbers and breed at this time of year. Environmental Conditions - We are currently in the middle of a major ‘El Nino’ event - looking at the floods in Europe and droughts elsewhere one can see that climate conditions are abnormal. As a result, ocean temperatures are warmer along many coasts.
However, any mammal, including caracal and mongoose, is vulnerable to nonselective hunting methods. While some of the poaching is for meat, many animals are also killed for their horns, hooves and organs. Porcupine quills are used extensively in the tourism industry. In Cape Town, however, the primary reason for much of the illegal hunting is for the practice of gambling. Dogs are used for illegal hunting and bets are placed on the various dogs involved in the hunt. Poachers can usually be identified when three to five people are walking with a pack of approximately 18 dogs near nature reserves. This act of hunting is prohibited in terms of the Nature and Environmental Conservation Ordinance and the National Environmental Management Act on Protected Areas and Nature Reserves. Members of the public are urged to be on the lookout and to support the City by reporting any suspicious activity.
Keep the City Tidy
During the Cape Town Cycle Tour It is well known that the Cape Town Cycle Tour is one of the most scenically spectacular cycle events in the world. This is one of the reasons why it’s such a bucket-list experience. However, with great beauty comes great responsibility, and the enormous implications of keeping the route and event footprint in immaculate condition are taken very seriously by the race organisers, the Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust.
Photo Credit: The Dyer Island Conservation Trust
This may well alter the prey species distribution for white sharks and thus they follow them into other areas. Sun fish, Trevally and various other warm water species were reported in Gansbaai. We know the strength of climatic phase varies (ENSO index) which may influence white shark numbers and sexual composition significantly. Warmer water temperatures may be preferentially selected by female white sharks due to higher growth rate demands for breeding. Also rapid drops in water temperature can be thermally stressful for many species, in the space of three days sea surface temperature dropped from 19 °C to 11°C in Gansbaai! Deceased Whales - If a whale carcass washes up or is nearby the area then white sharks may well be attracted to it from miles away. There have been various deceased whale carcasses recorded in the Western Cape, including a rare sperm whale and three humpback whales in Cape Town.
There is immense emphasis on ensuring the beautiful Peninsula and the areas of the city that host the event are left as they are found. Leading up to the Cycle Tour, the City of Cape Town ensures the entire 109km route as well as event footprint is in pristine condition. A constant clean-up operation occurs during the event thanks to teams consisting of around 150 people from surrounding disadvantaged communities, who are employed to perform this vital role. These teams are managed and assisted by Rotary Clubs of Oostenberg and Strand as well as Plastics SA. The crews tirelessly collect around 16 000kg of waste, generated by 35 000 competitors and many more spectators that line the route. A final sweep of the route is conducted the day after the event to ensure that the route is returned to the same immaculate condition as previously.
Trauma induced departure/flight response - It has been recorded in California, New Zealand and South Australia that when a white shark is killed, often others in the area will pick up the bio chemical signal from the rotting carcass, which usually sinks, causing them to leave the area. An observation was made that a white shark was hit in Gansbaai by a Trans Agulhas racing boat this December, while the animal was basking at the surface. This was observed by a skipper on one of the vessels who reported it immediately. High speed boats pose a huge risk to wildlife in the area, and although no white shark carcass was confirmed after the strike we know that previously documented boat propeller injuries have killed white sharks. Pods of transient orcas have been observed more frequently between Cape Town and Aghulas over the last few years and may cause a flight response in white sharks particularly if they kill one. Inevitably, white sharks are highly migratory top order predators. They do not live for extensive time periods in coastal areas. These regions provide seasonal rest and refuel pit stops for them. They are certainly not resident animals conditioned into an area for us to dive with. The species are driven by a complex array of factors and cues which will also vary depending on the sharks age and gender. Even though cage diving eco tourism in Gansbaai can usually offer diving with this species on inshore reefs in summer months, it must still be appreciated that these are migratory unpredictable animals and just like wild lions on the African plains, their presence can never be guaranteed although some times of year are simply better than others to view them.
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.
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e-Commerce Africa Confex Tasking themselves with paving the way for eCommerce growth in Africa; Global eCommerce solution providers and the industry’s most visionary individuals are gearing up to exchange inspired and innovative ideas, discuss emerging trends and make lasting connections at the eCommerce Africa Confex taking place 17 - 18 February 2016 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. The event has become a ‘must attend’ on the conference/expo calendar and will once again connect the regions’ leading merchants; major retailers; brands; developers; designers and eCommerce experts. “IT’S ALL ABOUT THE CUSTOMER” - Retailers are preparing themselves to serve this new generation of consumer, breaking down barriers and demonstrating their agility in this new era. In order to benefit from these changes companies are obliged to open up for social and mobile trends as well as multi channel concepts, same-day-delivery and new technologies. Gold Sponsor, One World Express has underpinned its on-going commitment to the eCommerce Africa Conference & Exhibition, by recently signing a three year sponsorship agreement with the Cape Town-staged show. PayU has big plans for their Gold Sponsorship at the Confex, launching products such as PayU Wallet. PayPal and FNB have teamed up as Gold Sponsors. Efi Dahan, Regional Director Africa and Israel for PayPal takes the audience “Around the world in just a few clicks” and will discuss the trends and habits of South African online shoppers in international markets. Ronnie Apteker, Founder of Internet Solutions and one of South Africa’s most restless and successful entrepreneurs, has confirmed that he will be delving into his initiatives and experiences in the online world during his keynote presentation at the Confex. Recognised as one of the most important Africans in tech, Kinetic was delighted to confirm Marek Zmyslowski, Former Managing Director of Africa’s No 1 booking portal, Jovago.com as a guest speaker. Advisory panel member and guest speaker, Emillian Popa has expressed his enthusiasm to bring his perspective as an investor.
The exhibition floor will offer product showcases; edu-hubs; live entertainment; wine, whiskey and coffee tastings; launches; give-aways; auctions, prizes and exclusive offers. DPD Laser, Parcel Ninja, Vizury, iVend Retail, RAM, Ameyo, Episerver, Fontera, Mimecast, FSS, Sage, Zapper, What3Words, Payfast, Amadeus, iGroup, Courier IT, Layby Cafe, On the Dot, This Is Me, Net Media Planet, Volive, Innovations Digital, True ERP, Vizury and Nedbank are ready to provide the African continent with great products and services at the most exclusive and by far the largest Commerce gathering on the African continent.
KykNet Buite Ekspo promote outdoor living and camping The kykNET Buite Ekspo, will be hosted once again at Môreson Farm from 12 -14 February for the 11th time in South Africa and the 6th time in the Western Cape - only 30 minutes from Cape Town on the N7 and 10km from Malmesbury (Cape Town side). The kykNET Buite Ekspo is to promote outdoor living and camping in a safe farm environment within the family context, by partaking together in the activities offered. Their goal is to invite as many families as possible as campers to the kykNET Buite Ekspo weekend and camp in the area, either in caravans, tents, trailers or chalets. About 100 Outdoor exhibitors will physically camp at their exhibition areas to create a realistic exhibit. Campers and day visitors can therefore interact in a ‘real camping’ environment with the exhibitors and experience ‘hands on’ how products function and operate. Planned activities during the kykNET Buite Ekspo include the following: 4 x 4 challenges and a nail biting experience with Andre de Villiers from Safari 4 x 4 Roete, Rally rides, 4x4 activities, Mother City Skydiving parachute displays and tandem jump opportunities, Western Cape Off-Road Club Quad bike and motorbike displays, variety of food stalls, Wine garden, performing artists, Kids entertainment and many more.
Fuelling the World’s Interest in Contemporary Art from Africa From the 19th to the 21st of February 2016, the fourth edition of the Cape Town Art Fair will be taking place at its newly appointed home, the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC). This, the leading international art fair on the African continent showcasing contemporary art from Africa and around the world, is one of the flagship events produced by Fiera Milano Exhibitions Africa. “Contemporary art in Africa was on the tip of the world’s tongues at the recent 2015 Art Basel in Switzerland and the 2016 Cape Town Art Fair is the perfect platform from which to continue the conversation,” says Matthew Partridge, new Director of the Cape Town Art Fair. “By providing a platform to showcase works by both established and emerging Pan-African and diasporic artists and exposing these artists to new local and international audiences and purchasers, the Cape Town Art Fair has the ability to further a sustainable market for the arts on the continent,” adds Architect and Special Projects Manager, Laura Vincenti, who has 10 years of experience working as the Principle Consultant Architect for Artissima in Turin. In 2015, the Fair attracted over 7000 visitors, with galleries recording upwards of R20 million in sales. The expanded venue will provide the same scale and standards of international art fairs and increase these figures by attracting top galleries from the continent as well as the rest of the world. The 2016 Cape Town Art Fair will present the best of both contemporary PanAfrican and international art, along with a curated programme. This will include art talks and curated walks by contemporary art world professionals along with special programmes. Fair Manager, Liza Dyason, who has been part of Cape Town Art Fair since its inauguration in 2013, says, “The world is certainly recognising contemporary art
from Africa and Cape Town is positioned on the international art world calendar as the city to represent the rich and diverse work on the continent.” For more information contact Liza Dyason on 076 550 1422 or Katie Brock on 021 702 2280
Cape Town International Animation Festival
The Cape Town International Animation Festival has announced an African premiere, multiple award winners and Oscar nominees as part of the line up for their fifth festival. Previously called Kunjanimation, the Festival runs from 18-21 February 2016 at the River Club in Cape Town. Curated by Animation SA, the annual Festival brings South Africans the chance to catch some of the world’s best animated films from countries such as France, Brazil, Australia, Ireland and South Africa. In addition, the CTIAF hosts an exciting range of workshops with global industry leaders, providing a rare opportunity to engage with them and learn from their insights. This year’s topics include subjects such as character animation, script writing and producing. The CTIAF is made possible thanks to generous support from sponsors Wesgro; Animation SA; the National Film and Video Foundation and the French Institute of South Africa. CTIAF has also partnered with Nickelodeon. The 2016 programme includes the African premiere of Stick Man which premiered on BBC One and was the fourth most watched programme on Christmas Day with 9.27 million viewers and 41% audience share. There will also be screenings of Cartoon Saloon’s Song of the Sea, directed by two-time Oscar nominee Tomm Moore, and recent Oscar nominee The Boy and the World, directed by AlêAbreu.
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With just over a few weeks until ULTRA South Africa™ lands in Johannesburg and Cape Town for its landmark third annual edition, festival organizers now reveal three surprise international superstars set to perform across the four-day, two city event this February. First up to join the diverse list of DJs already confirmed, is none other than Dutch superstar and Ultra Worldwide favorite Fedde Le Grand. Known the world over for his trademark energetic Main Stage performances, Fedde will be showcasing his unique interpretation of electro house across both cities next month. Next up, fellow countrymen and DJ duo, W&W will also be making the trip to Cape Town and Johannesburg, as they prepare to make their ULTRA South Africa™ return and entertain the crowds with some high-octane trance wizardry. Last but by no means least is the masked man of mystery behind some of the biggest deep house tunes of 2015, including ‘No Eyes’ and his remixes of Gregory Porter’s ‘Liquid Spirit’ and Disclosure’s ‘Omen’ – Claptone.
2016 Oscar nominee The Boy and the World will be screened at the Cape Town International Animation Festival
The line up also includes Oscar winning Adam Elliot’s latest short film Ernie Biscuit, Sita Sings the Blues, Adama and exciting other offerings include Aardman Animation’s short film Shaun the Sheep: The Farmer's Llamas and also AKA's Lost and Found, a short film adaptation of the book by Oliver Jeffers. Festival Director Dianne Makings says, “The Festival’s programme is designed to inspire and build both the local industry and audiences, by exposing them to world class talent and content through screenings, talks, workshops and masterclasses.” A highlight is the workshop with world-famous Laika’sproducer, Mark Shapiro, who has worked on films such as Coraline, Paranorman and The Corpse Bride. Renowned producer, Christine Ponzevera will discuss different strategies to pitch to European studios, and also how co-productions work. All workshops take place at The River Club in Observatory, Cape Town. Screenings take place at the Labia Theatre and the Riverclub.
These megastars will be joining some of the biggest hitters in the world of dance music, including already confirmed headliners Tiësto (who has just been confirmed to play an extended 2-hour set at both events), Skrillex, Zedd and Afrojack, as well as support acts such as Dash Berlin, Robin Schulz, Galantis, Carnage, Seth Troxler, The Martinez Brothers, Mr. Carmack and a large selection of the finest homegrown talent South Africa has to offer. In addition, and for those Ultranauts who may be unable to make it to both days of either show, ULTRA South Africa™ today introduces special LIMITED 1-Day tickets for both Cape Town and Johannesburg shows, in addition to the standard 2-Day weekend tickets already on offer. 1-Day GA, VIP and VVIP (JHB only) are now on sale. Capetonians will have two stages on-site at ULTRA South Africa™ this year. The iconic Main Stage will be complemented by a one-off stage hosted by Strange Loving on Saturday, February 27th, before evolving into the RESISTANCE® Stage for the final day, on Sunday, February 28th. Finally, and for those choosing to camp on site this year, the Red Bull Soundsystem, hosted by South African non-profit organization Bridges for Music, will see a selection of DJs performing at Ostrich Farm’s picturesque new campsite across the entire weekend. Follow ULTRA SA on Facebook and Twitter for real-time updates on artists, tickets and camping, and for those that haven’t yet, relive the breath-taking thrills of ULTRA South Africa™ by watching the stunning 2015 Official Aftermovie on Youtube.
Cape Town International Summer Music Festival Lovers of classical music are in for a treat at this year’s International Summer Music Festival presented by the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra (CPO). The series of six concerts features internationally acclaimed conductors and musicians, kicking off on 2 February 2016 and running into March. Peter Donohoe, Tchaikovsky first prize-winner and acclaimed as one of the foremost pianists of his time for his musicianship, stylistic versatility and commanding technique, will open the festival on 4 February 2016. The gifted and glamorous Russian pianist, Olga Kern, will play two concerti in the second concert in the festival on 11 February. Jack Liebeck, a young violinist born in England, will perform the Bruch Violin Concerto with the CPO on 18 February 2016. Russian-American maestro, Victor Yampolsky, will be on the podium conducting the CPO in the tone poem Don Juan by Richard Strauss, and the Brahms Symphony No. 4. Francois du Toit, one of South Africa’s most beloved concert pianists, will play the complete cycle of Beethoven Piano Concerti with the CPO over two consecutive nights. He will play the first, second and fourth concerti on 24 February, and the third and fifth (Emperor) on 25 February. Omri Hadari (conductor) and Aviram Reichert (pianist) will appear with the CPO in the final concert of the festival. This concert forms part of the celebrations of 175 years of South African Jewry. Reichert will play Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin, while Hadari, who was formerly the Music Director of the Cape Town Symphony Orchestra, will conduct the CPO in Bernstein’s overture to Candide and the Symphony No. 2 in E-minor by Rachmaninov. Tickets are available from Computicket
My 27 Kilometres for Madiba’s 27 Years
Entries Open for Cape Peninsula & Half Marathon Online entries are open for the Cape Peninsula Marathon and Half Marathon, which takes place on Sunday 21st February 2016. Runners can enter online or collect an entry form at any Sportsmans Warehouse store in the Cape Peninsula. The marathon starts in Main Road, Green Point at 05h15, the half marathon starts at the Bergvliet Sports Club at 07h00 with both routes taking runners on a fast, flat course through to the finish at the Naval Base sports grounds in Simon's Town. The event is organized by Celtic Harriers Athletic Club in association with Top Events and is an official qualifier for the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon and Comrades Ultra Marathon, with many runners using it not only as their qualifier but also as their long distance training run. There are numerous lucky draw prizes for all participants including Nutribullet appliances and Mizuno running shoes.
2016 marks the 26th anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s historic release from Victor Verster Prison now called Drakenstein Correctional Facility, where his renowned Walk To Freedom after 27 years of incarceration took place. In celebration of one of the most significant lives in all of history, all are invited to join in solidarity, where you and your family, company or school can walk or run in the footsteps of the father of our nation, Tata Madiba or purchase a commemorative T-shirt online. To commemorate and reflect on the milestones and to best honour Madiba’s legacy, the 27 FOR FREEDOM event takes place on the 13th February 2016 for the 7th time at the Drakenstein Correctional Facility, approximately 15km outside Paarl on the R301. Entrants have a choice of a 50m toddler trot, a 5km fun walk, 10km run or walk and a 27km race – the routes will take participants past the house where Madiba spent his last few months in prison. It then continues along the historic Mandela avenue before passing the Long Walk to Freedom statue at the facility. Shortly after your walk or run in this scenic part of the world, Drakenstein Correctional Services invite you to stay for lots of lucky draw prizes, prize giving ceremony and a music concert that is bound to keep your limbs moving! In the true spirit of what Nelson Mandela stood for, Drakenstein Correctional Services invite people from all walks of life, all races and all ages to come and pay tribute to our iconic leader. Entries close on 7 February 2016.
Online entries close on 14 February 2016 at midnight and no late entries will be taken after this date. Runners donations and a portion of proceeds from this event will be donated to the South African Guide Dogs Association. For more information contact Top Events on 021 511 7130 or visit www.topevents.co.za
For more information visit www.27forfreedom.co.za
“Let Nature Give You a Run for Your Money” Stillwater Sports, the organisers of South Africa’s premier three-day stage trail run, the AfricanX Trailrun presented by ASICS, are excited to continue working alongside CapeNature to ensure that the 8th running of this event from 11 – 13 March 2016 taking place in Grabouw, is the most memorable one yet. Teams of two (male/female/mixed) will be seen battling it out on a route varying in distance between 22 - 36km each day. The three routes have been planned in such a way that the participants will have the opportunity to tackle a different breathtaking scenic route each day, allowing them to enjoy the full beauty of the Overberg. “CapeNature’s legal responsibility is biodiversity conservation in the Western Cape,” says Alexis Olds, Ecological Coordinator CapeNature. “As the conservation authority of the Western Cape, CapeNature recognises that nature is everyone’s heritage. With a vision of conserving nature for a sustainable future, we believe the gift of natural and cultural heritage should be enjoyed by generations to come. We absolutely love the AfricanX Trailrun. The routes are exquisite and really showcase some of the most beautiful parts of the Cape Floristic Region. The event is very well organised and from day one Stillwater Sports has been fully supportive of our conservation initiative.” “A team from CapeNature first participated in the AfricanX in 2012,” continues Olds. “In 2014 the team decided to dress up as an endangered species for Stage 2’s Dress-Up Day. The purpose was to raise awareness for species facing extinction due to human impact. Stage One saw them dress up as Cape Mountain Zebra, for Stage Two they dressed up as Barrydale Redfin and for Stage Three they dressed as Swanepoel's Opal Butterfly. In 2016 we will carry on the tradition. Be sure to look out for CapeNature’s Wildlife Warriors.” Photo Credit: Jetline Action Photo
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Final chance to secure an Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon entry Runners still hoping to secure their place in the 2016 Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon have been thrown a final life line: Substitution entries have opened, and runners who can no longer participate are encouraged to release their entry to another runner before 23 February 2016. “The Substitution entry process provides an important logistical function that contributes to athletes’ safety on race day,” says Carol Vosloo, General Manager of the Two Oceans Marathon NPC. “Runners withdraw for a number of reasons, but it’s not just a small matter of handing your race number over to a friend. Each runner’s personal profile - which includes important medical and emergency information - is linked to his/her race number, and the substitution process facilitates the linking of a newly-issued number to the new participant.” Ms Vosloo warns that not following the proper substitution procedure could have life-threatening consequences, as emergency personnel rely on the accuracy of the information linked to an athlete’s race number.
“We are responsible for the safety of over 27 000 runners, and urge all athletes to not only follow the proper procedures, but to also take responsibility for the accuracy of their personal, emergency and medical information.” "We encourage runners to contact our Entries Team to confirm the details of the withdrawing runner or substitution voucher number first.” Don't be pressured into making any kind of upfront payment without first ensuring that the transaction is valid," adds Ms Vosloo. Runners are required to submit their qualifier, medical and running club details to their entries by 23 February 2016. This is particularly important for Ultra Marathon participants who will forfeit their entry if they fail to submit their qualifying marathon results and 2016 running club information. For more information visit www.twooceansmarathon.org.za
Less Than 200 Days to Go Before Rio 2016 Olympics 18 January 2016 marked exactly 200 days to go before the world’s biggest multi-coded sporting spectacle, the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The opening ceremony of the Games will take place on 5 August 2016 and the Games, featuring South Africa’s and the globe’s finest athletes, will run for just over two weeks before ending on 21 August. In the next few months, athletes are gearing up their final training preparations as the various disciplines attempt to make the qualifying standards. A total of 28 sports will be contested during the 2016 Olympic Games, ranging from archery to wrestling. “The year we have been waiting for in our sporting calendar has finally arrived,” said SASCOC Chief Executive Officer -Mr Tubby Reddy. “We have spent the past three years intensely investing in our sports stars and capitalizing on all the valuable lessons and experiences we learnt at the 2012 Games in London. We wish all our athletes well as they work towards their final qualifying preparations.” Each sporting code has a different qualification deadline and with code specific criteria. For more information on deadlines and criteria check the Selection Policies on the SASCOC website.
Rule changes promise exciting rugby in 2016 Varsity Cup The FNB Varsity Cup presented by Steinhoff International is entering into its ninth season and commences on 8 February 2016. Also serving as a starting block for young players to launch their professional rugby careers, a glance to the highest level in world rugby will provide assurance that this success has been certified in Green and Gold. At last year’s 2015 Rugby World Cup 23% of the Springbok squad had emerged through the Varsity Cup competition. The competition strives to constantly improve the game, enabling it to be more attractive to the general public, and 2016 will be no different. By cleaning up areas that can be frustrating to both players and spectators, Varsity Cup aims to create a more enjoyable game for players and more entertaining experience for supporters. Varsity Cup strives to maintain the strengths of SA Rugby, such as scrums and mauls - which is why they work in conjunction with SARU who give their full support in the two exciting rule changes to the scrums and mauls in 2016. In a slight change to the maul, the essence of the maul will remain the same, however there will be adjustments to the law to ensure that should the maul go static, move sideways, or in any direction other than forwards, the referee will issue a call for the maul to move forward.
FNB UFS Shimlas, 2015 FNB Varsity Cup Champions
A final ruling on the change will be made when SARU officials meet with the coaches of all 13 universities taking part in 2016 Varsity Cup and Varsity Shield competitions. Another major focus will be to reduce the number of reset scrums and to ensure the safety of players in the scrums. Fans can expect to hear a slightly different call from the referee in 2016, as the scrum sequence will now be: crouch, bind, slide. Finally, the slide call will replace set, which will ensure that there will be no impact between the front rows. Once the referee has decided that the scrum is stable, he will instruct the scrumhalf to feed the ball into the scrum as per the current law. In addition to the rule changes, spectators can expect the White Card review system, which was reintroduced in 2015, to be dropped until the semi-final and final of the competition. All the other aspects of Varsity Cup that make the competition unique will return in 2016 – the most important of those undeniably the fanatical supporters. The 2016 Varsity Cup season commences on 8 February 2016.
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Big names at 2016 SA Road Champs The 2016 SA National Road, Time Trial and Para-cycling Championships, which is expecting to see some of the country’s biggest names in cycling on the start line, and brings with it two exciting competition venues on offer in KwaZulu-Natal from 10-14 February. The four-day 2016 competition will be taking place over five days in two supreme race venues. The Time Trial and the Para-cycling divisions will be hosted in the Wartburg/Noodsburg/Harburg area from 10-12 February, with the Road Races taking place in Westville/Durban from 13-14 February. Great cycling stars will be heading to the province with guns blazing to compete for their chance at the “National Champion” title, and well-respected National Champion Jersey.
Tour of Good Hope
Race organiser, Kelvin du Sart says that it is all-systems go ahead of the event, and he is excited to have the SA Road Champs on KwaZulu-Natal’s roads once again. “From our side, we’re all ready to go – logistics, service providers – all A-foraway,” he said.
set for record field
“And we’ve just had a look at the first batch of entries – names like Impey, Meintjes and Janse van Rensburg all coming through for it, so we’re going to be seeing a lot of the big guns,” he added.
Garmin technical training partner to 2016 Cape Town Cycle Tour
The organisers of the 2016 Cape Town Cycle Tour are excited to announce that Garmin Southern Africa have come on board as the Official Technical Training Partner to the 2016 Cycle Tour. The Garmin team will be present at the Cape Town Cycle Tour Expo offering all riders technical support for their cycling devices.
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A record field is expected for the new-look Bestmed Tour of Good Hope, which offers five days and 522 kilometres of the finest road cycling in the Cape Winelands from February 29. According to race director Wynand de Villiers of ASG Events, the response to the new cloverleaf racing format, with Paarl at its epicentre, has been overwhelming. “Every one of our finishers will receive a pair of the latest Rudy Project Tralyx eyewear, which was previewed at last year’s Tour de France. De Villiers said the new amateur team category had proved immensely popular. On the pro racing side, he said all the top local teams had confirmed their participation, as had an international team led by multiple mountain biking world champion Christoph Sauser. Presented by Drakenstein Municipality and Rudy Project, the tour will comprise four road stages and a time trial. It takes place in the week leading up to the Cape Town Cycle Tour and presents the ideal opportunity for cyclists to ride themselves into form for the world’s biggest timed cycle race. For more information visit www.tourofgoodhope.co.za
The latest technology by Garmin introduces Varia Rearview Radar which warns cyclists of vehicles approaching from up to 140m behind. It can detect multiple vehicles at a time and will determine a level of threat posed by the vehicle based on the speed of the approaching vehicle. This level of threat is indicated using Orange or Red alerts. The Varia Rearview Radar works independently or integrating with compatible Garmin Edge cycling computers. It is also beneficial for cars approaching the cyclists as the tail light brightens and flashes, alerting vehicles of a cyclist ahead. “As leaders in innovative cycling technology, we’re excited to introduce our line of cycling awareness products.” “With South African roads becoming increasingly busy and thus dangerous for cyclists, a product was needed to help improve their safety,” said Walter Mech, CEO of Garmin Sub Saharan Africa. David Bellairs, Co-Director of the Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust says, “We are thrilled to have Garmin on board as we strive to make cycling a safer sport for all. Innovative products like the Varia are a huge step for the cycling community and we know that Garmin will have much to offer the Cape Town Cycle Tour going forward.”
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