The Newspaper - April Edition 2016

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April 2016

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Standing Strong & Caring For The Earth



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WESSA (the Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa) celebrates its 90th birthday in 2016 and a number of special activities are planned for the year to mark this milestone event. Whilst the organisation can trace its roots back to 1883, it was officially formed in 1926 as The Wildlife Protection Society of South Africa, when a group of passionate individuals got together to campaign for the creation a National Parks Board (now known as SANParks), to ensure the proclamation of the Kruger National Park, and to advocate the formation of other national parks in South Africa. Over the years WESSA has continued to play a strong role in shaping conservation practices throughout South Africa.

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Where is the Coldest Place in Africa? The Physics Department at the University of Cape Town (UCT) recently acquired a Dilution Fridge, which is officially the coldest place in Africa with a temperature of 8.190mK (milli Kelvin), i.e. 122 times colder than the known naturally coldest place in the universe – the Boomerang Nebula.


The fridge had an arduous journey to the RW James building, originating in Holland, flying to Johannesburg and trucked from Johannesburg to Cape Town. Associate Professor Mark Blumenthal has been eagerly awaiting the fridge’s arrival for two years and was really frustrated when they opened it up and discovered that the R6.5 million worth of equipment had been destroyed while in transit. Spare parts were delivered to Associate Professor Blumenthal’s house, engineers came out from Holland to rebuild the fridge and the team worked throughout the night to assemble the fridge. Currently the local and international team are working to refine the working of the fridge, which is one of the largest and most powerful in the world.

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Coldest Place in Africa Is In the UCT Physics Department (Continue from page 1) Why the need for the fridge? This piece of equipment will be used to study material systems and electron transport. Professor Blumenthal and his team are working with collaborators at Cambridge University and University College London in the field of nanoelectronics and are building devices that can track individual electrons and examine the spin on electrons. In order to “catch” something as small and elusive as an electron, there is a need to cool it to a very low temperature in order to slow it down. The fridge has a powerful ten tesla superconducting magnet, which is 25,000 times more than the earth’s magnetic field, and allows the physicists to manipulate the spin of the electrons. It also has a closed cycle dry system, which doesn’t need to replace the liquid helium 3 and 4 – which is a good thing, when one considers that helium 3 costs €3,000/litre and the fridge requires 50 litres. A top-loading probe allows samples to be loaded into the fridge. Some of the research applications of the fridge are those of quantum computing and metrology, which is the science of standards and quantum cryptography. The fridge will also be used for the training of students in understanding vacuum systems, cryogenics and solid state physics. Professor Blumenthal’s area of expertise is low temperature nano-electronics. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Witwatersrand, his Diploma at the University of Bonn in Germany and his PhD at Cambridge University. He worked at the National Physical Laboratory in London and then Siemens Magnet Technology in Oxford, before joining the Department of Physics at UCT.

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Cape Town International

Standing Strong & Caring

Airport ranked as Africa’s Best

For The Earth (Continue from page 1)

The airport won the accolade at the SkyTrax World Airport Awards, hosted in Germany recently. In addition, the staff at Cape Town International Airport was named as Best Airport Staff in Africa.

WESSA engages with the challenges and opportunities presented by our country’s unique natural heritage and the social and economic systems that depend on it. One very important aspect of WESSA’s mission that has remained unchanged throughout its history is articulated in its logo: “People Caring for the Earth”.

The awards are based on surveys from over 13 million passengers across the world from June 2015 to February 2016 and involved 550 airports globally.

In a statement on its website, the awards said the rating was the “global benchmark of airport excellence.” Minister Winde commended Deon Cloete, Cape Town International Airport general manager, and his team on their achievement. “Cape Town International Airport is consistently ranked as one of the best in the world. As one of the first touch points visitors have when they reach our region, the airport team make sure tourists feel welcome here. These awards speak to the high standard of service the Western Cape is internationally known for,” said Minister Winde.

Today WESSA is working towards meaningful and sustainable capacity building solutions, which enable individuals, communities and government to make better lifestyle and environmental management choices for a more sustainable future. WESSA has become a leading implementer of high-impact environmental and conservation initiatives in Southern Africa, and a trusted and effective project execution partner. The organisation is made up of an extensive network of professional staff, dedicated Members, Branches, Friends Groups and other affiliated groups throughout the country. The critical focus areas of WESSA’s work include the international Eco-Schools and Blue Flag eco-labels, environmental training to address the scarcity of skills in our country, the conservation of life-supporting biodiversity and water resources, climate change mitigation, environmental governance, and the WESSA Rhino and Elephant initiatives. WESSA is an integral part of the international environmental community and have been entrusted with running two international Foundation for Environmental Education programmes in South Africa.



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WESSA is a founder member of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), and work with UNESCO towards strengthening their Global Action Programme for Sustainable Development, and have also implemented the SADC Regional Environmental Education Project in southern Africa for over 20 years. At 90, WESSA is proud of its history. "We are also excited about what we are achieving through our current projects and partnerships and – in spite of the significant challenges facing our environment – we look forward to the future and to all the opportunities it will present, in our ongoing quest to be champions of the environment. "




NSRI Launches New Base Station in Kommetjie The long standing relationship between the Rotary Club of Claremont and the NSRI stretches over three decades, and is characterised by mutual respect and support. Over the years these two organisations have worked hand-in-hand on many successful projects that benefitted the greater communities within their area of operations. The new NSRI building project in Kommetjie will be no different. The Rotary Club of Claremont’s donation will ensure that the NSRI’s Kommetjie unit can deliver a much needed timeous service. The NSRI offers important public services along the coast of Kommetjie which includes emergency sea rescue for boats in distress, motor vehicle accidents on the coastal roads and cliffs, as well as stranded dolphins or whales. The site identified for the new base station will resolve a major logistical problem for the NSRI in Kommetjie in the future. “Supporting the NSRI’s new building project in Kommetjie was an easy decision for us, as they play such an important role in the community, and the new base station will increase their effectivity in serving the public in times of crisis.” says Paul De Groot, Past President of the Rotary Club of Claremont. “We are incredibly grateful to the Rotary Club of Claremont for their generous donation,” said Brad Geyser, Operations Board Member of Region 1 at the NSRI on Saturday, “with the new base we’ll be able to have a much quicker turnaround time when there is a crisis and be able to save many more lives,” adds, Geyser. The NSRI volunteers will be provided with an upgraded working environment including new offices, ablution facilities and boat shed. For more information visit

City Sows Seeds of Entrepreneurship The City of Cape Town’s Social Development and Early Childhood Development Directorate is turning its attention to would-be entrepreneurs in its latest youth development initiative. The #YouthStartCT Entrepreneurial Challenge 2016 is an accelerator programme for start-up entrepreneurs who have viable business ideas that will also create jobs. The City is partnering with the Seed Academy to offer business skills development, mentoring, and cash incentives to top performers in the challenge and forms part of a broader strategy to address issues of unemployment, inequality and poverty. The Seed Academy, which is running the challenge on behalf of the City, is a training, incubation and funding ecosystem for entrepreneurs that focuses on dramatically growing and scaling high growth-potential businesses. ‘We talk often about job creation, but an integral part of that process is empowering potential employers who can contribute to our job creation efforts. It’s one thing to create a job opportunity for an individual, but it is far more beneficial to equip an individual who has a hunger and desire to own their own business with the skills to make that dream a reality and put them in a position to create job opportunities for

CapeTalk Listener Wins Epic Helicopter Trip

CapeTalk teamed up with the Absa Cape Epic to make a listener’s dream come true! It’s been Candice Chambers’ lifelong dream to go on a helicopter flight. CapeTalk presenter John Maytham surprised an audibly ecstatic Candice with a phone call live on air, confirming that she would be joining the race photographer and have an aerial view of the Cape Epic route. Candice explained that her father used to be a pilot for small aircrafts so her love for flying is in her blood, but she’s never been in a chopper. Candice who is a graphic designer and a lover of photography plans to use these passions to create one Epic experience.


Walking into Henri’s, you’ll be greeted by the owners and the staff who will treat you like guests in their own home. dozens if not hundreds of others,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Social Development and Early Childhood Development, Councillor Suzette Little. The #YouthStartCT challenge is open to residents of Cape Town aged 18 to 35. After the closing date for applications, the Seed Academy will assess the submissions and select the top 100 entries. This group will participate in a 10-week mentoring and training course, after which the group will be whittled down to the top 50, top 10 and then the top 3. The overall winner will receive prizes and support in the implementation of their business idea. The City will also devise a strategy to help further the ideas and plans of each of the top 100 participants. "This challenge forms part of our commitment to making progress possible together. This is an example of how government is helping individuals help themselves. We need to move away from the perception that government alone is meant to solve our socio-economic challenges. So this really is a call to action to those young people who believe that they have an idea that will take off and make a meaningful contribution to our job creation and poverty alleviation efforts," added Councillor Little. Those interested in entering the #YouthStartCT Entrepreneurial Challenge will be required to make a short video explaining their innovative idea for creating employment in their community and upload it to a public platform like YouTube. The link to their video must be uploaded as part of the #YouthStartCT application form on the City’s website. Applications close on 15 April 2016.

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Banking On The Barkly

Bizweni Centre for Disabled

Sea Point Development

Children Opens New Skills Development Unit

A prime new Sea Point development, known as The Barkly, will offer eight meticulously-designed units combining spectacular views with cosmopolitan urban convenience. The residences will be perfectly located on the corner of Barkly Road and Ocean View Drive, an arterial route linking the Atlantic Seaboard to the city centre.

The Bizweni Centre for Disabled Children in Somerset West now has a new skills development unit that will cater for 30 children who require specialised care and stimulation. The children celebrated the official opening of the new unit on 17 March 2016 by telling a short story with actions and singing some of their favourite songs. Two large classrooms, toilets with wheelchair access, a patio for outdoor activities and a new office are part of the extensions completed by Rotary Club of Helderberg in partnership with Peninsula Beverage, Rotary Club of Newlands and several large and small sponsors. The extension to the existing building, which cost more than R2 million, was completed last month. Bizweni Centre has been operational for 18 years. It currently has 56 children in attendance all of which have physical, intellectual or developmental disabilities like Autism, Cerebral Palsy, and Down’s syndrome. The majority of the children come from homes where services like individualised occupational, speech and remedial therapy are increasingly difficult to obtain. For many of the children placement at the appropriate special needs school will not be a possibility. The newly expanded unit will serve the needs of 30 of these children between the ages 12-18 years old. “Ideally we want to keep stimulating these children with social, educational and physical learning opportunities as they grow up so that they are able to improve in all areas and ultimately enjoy the best possible quality of life,” says Vicky Hinrichsen, Bizweni Centre for Disabled Children Project Manager.

In addition to the glorious mountain and ocean vistas, residents will have all the convenience of modern shopping centres, restaurants and coffee shops just down the road. Piazza St. John in the Main Road offers outlets such as Woolworths, Ocean Basket, trendy shops and coffee bars, while The Point offers everything from groceries to medical services. The building is a joint venture by Signatura, the private label property brand of John Rabie and GAIN property consultants and developers. GAIN CEO Ari Efstathiou and Rabie have previously collaborated on the Chelsea on Main apartments in Green Point. Architect Juan Bernicchi, who has worked with Signatura on a number of previous projects, has laid out a blueprint in a contemporary architectural idiom, with characteristically clean lines and strong sculptural elements. Bernicchi and his talented team have ensured every element of the development complements the exemplary setting. It has been meticulously designed to ensure the building is pleasing on the eye, while functioning optimally. The Barkly offers five two-bedroom residences, two on the first floor and three on the second floor. They range from 83m² to 128m², each with a north-facing terrace. Prices start at R4,65 million. There is also a three-bedroom unit on the first floor, with an extensive 73m² terrace. Two penthouse apartments (of 154m² and 164m², on the third floor) each feature three bedrooms, with a 20m² and 37m² terrace. Parking access is directly from Ocean View Drive into a secure area, while dedicated pedestrian access into the lift lobby is from Barkly Road. The interior and external spaces will be integrated with fine detailing and the use of a grey to off-white palette, creating a warm but modern ambiance. At ground level the building will be set back from the boundary to form a comfortable interface with the streetscape. The terraces will be deep-set and thus shaded from the strong overhead sun in summer, but will allow warm winter sunshine to pour in during the cooler months. Extensive landscaping will include a planted parking roof slab and trees along the Ocean View street edge and pedestrian walkway. The development is scheduled for occupation in May 2017.

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Children will learn basic computer skills, gardening, cooking and cleaning skills as well as how to write in the new unit of the centre. The physical wellbeing of children at Bizweni is another vital part of the curriculum, where children are encouraged to develop their muscle strength and mobility under the guidance of carers.

Little Optimist Does It For Sick Kids Raising R24 361.15, Greg Bertish, big wave surfer and previous Stand Up Paddle Board and Lifesaving National Surf Ski champion, lasted 24 hours in his little Opi in a paddling pool at the V&A Waterfront recently. In total, he aims to raise R200 000 to contribute to building a bigger and better Paediatric ICU at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital in Rondebosch. “It was a long night in the little Opi, but it was completely worth it to show just what we are capable of achieving when we put our minds to it. I believe that together with the Children’s Hospital Trust, we are capable of raising R10 million over the next four months to complete the R100 million-plus expansion and upgrade of the ICU,” says Greg Bertish.

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The Optimist (Opi) is a single-handed sailing dinghy intended for the use of children up to the age of 15. His stunt at the V&A Waterfront precedes his biggest adventure yet: the Little Optimist will sail the actual high seas covering 200km from Cape Hangklip to Saldanha Bay around Cape Point. Every day in hospital is a day less of childhood. SMS “ICU” to 40465 to donate R20 or donate online and visit




MAGNETIC INSECT SCREENS – DIY KITS KEEPING ALL BUGS OUT! BUG OUT is a concept designed, sourced and perfected to keep all bugs out - resulting in a cost effective and easy to install Do It Yourself (DIY) window insect screen. The concept came about when Liesel du Plessis met Richard Dolder 3 years ago. Richard owns and works full time at Floor Coverings in Paarl. He designed something similar in Spain using a ‘roller blind’ idea, while Liesel developed insect screens for her parent’s farmhouse where Richard was introduced to the screens Liesel made using Velcro. Since the Velcro option provided no durability, BUG OUT was born through extensive research and development. BUG OUT DIY kits are comprised of parts that can be assembled and installed within minutes, thereby creating a product with no harmful sprays and pesticides – a permanent, healthy solution against bugs.

Photo L-R: Richard Dolder and Liesel du Plessis

The Product BUG OUT uses top quality Fibreglass mesh (ISO9001 standard of approval), pvc strips, pvc corner clips and magnetic strips with high-quality double-sided tape, all rolled and packaged together with instructions. This provides a much sought after solution to keeping all insects outdoors, day and night. Fibreglass mesh is specifically manufactured NOT to allow any insects through, including gnats 'miggies'. The double-sided tape alone has been specifically designed to withstand intense heat of almost 200 degrees Celsius. The tape cures 2 weeks after installation and increases in strength. BUG OUT currently manufactures 7 standard sizes of which the smallest size covers air vents being the most used entrance for bugs. The DIY kits match standard South African window sizes. Once the window frames have been measured, the search for the BUG OUT kit applicable to the size required commences. This means that if the window frame measures 500mm x 300mm, the BUG OUT kit sized 600mm x 350mm must be selected. Using a pair of scissors simply cut the pvc and magnetic strips to the correct size. Slide pvc strips into corners forming a window frame. Lay the mesh over the frame, press the 1st magnet with grooves into the pvc frame over the mesh. Cut excess mesh off around the borders and finally place the 2nd magnetic strip onto the 1st magnet. Peel transparency off double-sided tape, and adhere to window frame. To open and close or clean these windows, pull corners to separate the magnets. Magnets work independently to each other. Many recognize the words ‘MAGNETIC insect screen’ and think it won't work on wood. BUG OUT double sided tape sticks to anything including walls. BUG OUT also manufactures custommade sizes with specifically designed screens for security gate and sliding doors in residential complexes where there is a need to keep sliding doors open at night. To accommodate burglar bars, clients are requested to purchase a foam from a local hardware store to be used as mounting foam. This foam is placed between the burglar bar bolts, with BUG OUT screen then adhered to the foam, leaving no gaps for insects to crawl through. Each kit includes instructions. Step-by-step illustrations are also available on the Bug Out website. BUG OUT, operating for the past 2 years, imports various components as well as use local suppliers in the manufacturing of their products.

Locally employed workers in Paarl manufacture the kits in bulk to ensure constant stock levels, while a two-day Courier service provides excellent service delivery to customers. BUG OUT is currently exporting their products to Namibia, Botswana, Mauritius, Spain, and Australia – hopefully this service will be available to the United Kingdom by May 2016. Development & Research Liesel is in the process of developing a range of organic mosquito repellents which include essential oils that will not only repel insects for the same time as other products on the market do, but also beneficial to health problems caused by asthma, flu viruses and many more. The aim of the repellent is to produce a healthy alternative with regard to the prevention of mosquito bites, especially when relaxing outdoor during evenings. This range will be launched in May. Having done extensive research regarding mosquito's, flies, and insects in general, Liesel has come across some disturbing scientific facts. “The effects of using harmful sprays, wall electric plug-ins, lotions, and coils are ignored and is continuously used in children’s rooms at night.” “These children are inhaling those poisons which potentially cause great damage. Some types of poison even create harmful genetic disorders that only appear generations later.” Liesel continues, “A Report says that pesticide is to blame for microcephaly outbreak - not Zika. Right now, the Internet is abuzz with questions over a report that states it’s more likely that the outbreak of microcephaly - a rare neurological disorder that causes newborns to develop abnormally small skulls and brains - is linked to pesticides rather than the spread of Zika virus.” “The pesticide in question is pyriproxyfen - a larvicide that targets the Zikaspreading Aedes aegypti mosquito.” What are the Health Effects of Pesticides? Health effects of pesticides can cause both acute and chronic problems. Acute health effects appear shortly after exposure to these pesticides and can include: skin and eye irritations, headaches, dizziness and nausea, weakness, difficulty breathing, mental confusion and disorientation, seizures, coma, and death. Chronic health effects may not be apparent until months or years after exposure. Such health aliments include nervous, reproductive, and immune system disorders, and cancer. Children can be particularly sensitive to exposure to chemicals due to their small body size, immature immune systems and rapid growth Val du Charron Manor House cycles. Although everyone is at risk from exposure, the most vulnerable groups are children, pregnant women, the elderly, patients undergoing chemotherapy, and people with compromised immune systems.” According to the Journal of Environmental Health, “Pesticides have been associated with the development of certain cancers in children, including leukemia, sarcomas, and brain tumours.” “Many classes of pesticides have been shown to adversely affect the developing nervous system of experimental animals. Parental exposure to pesticides has been linked with birth defects in children. New studies suggest that pesticides may compromise the immune system of infants and children.” Bug Out Stocks in the Western Cape Brackenfell Durbanville Goodwood Langebaan Langebaan Noodhoek Paarl Riebeek Kasteel Wellington Struisbaai


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Franschhoek Wedding Showcase It’s where wedding dreams become a reality. Offering the perfect, and without a doubt most romantice settings, find out why Franschhoek is one of the world’s favourite wedding destinations at this year’s Franschhoek Wedding Showcase, Saturday, 16 April. Tailor made to suit any bride’s budget Franschhoek has it all – exquisite views, world class venues, fine food and award-winning wines. The perfect showcase for all romantics at heart to make that special day extra special. A centralised venue will be set up at The Franschhoek Cellar where you’ll get the opportunity to meet a selection of wedding suppliers. These include venues, dress designers, wineries, photographers and so much more. To ensure a stress free day for you and your guests make use of Franschhoek’s unique online wedding registry. This allows the bridal couple to select wedding gifts from specialist shops and wineries in the Valley. Tickets are available from

Authentic Indian Cuisine In the Western Cape MoKsh reflect the authentic name in Indian Cuisine in the Western Cape. It is the place where guests can truly engage in a traditional Indian experience, indulging in exotic cuisine prepared with artful and exquisite combinations of spices.

Where Fashion & Film Collide In this content-saturated world where the average Joe and Josephine are bombarded with countless bites of info, images and memes, a brand - and particularly a fashion brand - needs an innovative approach when it comes to finding the spotlight. Enter the short Fashion Film; a beautifully directed, shot and scored few minutes of art, that tells a story rather than becoming white noise, evokes a mood, rather than pushing a product. As the views on video-sharing sites such as YouTube continue to skyrocket it makes savvy sense to harness the power of this medium when it comes to advertising. Whole careers can be hinged on one well-viewed video, just look at Justin Bieber. Much like aspiring musicians up-and-coming fashion designers and Luxury brands are using the power of the moving image and social media to promote their wares. However, not just any moving image, we're not talking your everyday punt-a-brand ad here, we're talking a piece of film that engages and captivates the viewer on an emotional and viral level. Increasingly, more international fashion brands are turning to narrative cinematic techniques when it comes to advertising, forgoing an agency in favour of a director and in so appealing to today’s more discerning customer.

Sunil, originally from Mumbai India, is the brainchild behind the MoKsh Group of Restaurants. The Group is home to four restaurants; the first was set up in Worcester, followed by Paarl, then Somerset West, and now also in Durbanville. MoKsh means freedom or Liberation, and attains the highest level of satisfaction. Sunil believes that “quality of food lies in the honesty of its ingredients.”

Just look at examples such as Chanel’s release of Reincarnation, a short fashion film by Karl Lagerfeld ft. Pharrell Williams, Cara Delevingne and Géraldine Chaplin. This video has received over 4,085,325 views and is just shy of 2000 comments. Or remember First Kiss, the video that was hitting up everyone’s social media feeds in 2014. The video created by Tatia Pilieva, for Wren’s 2014 fall collection shows a bunch of seemingly random strangers sharing an awkward first kiss.

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It has reached viral status with over 110,958,921 views to date! The Mercedes-Benz Bokeh South African International Fashion Film Festival soon to be celebrating its third year is a platform that celebrates and rewards such an art form. Founded by director Adrian Lazarus, the festival aims to promote and reward young directors and designers crafting in that magical space where fashion, film and advertising collide. “I think that film has its place amongst all of the mediums that brands use. These days it’s becoming mandatory for a brand to have a Fashion Film in its arsenal of communication platforms,” says Lazarus. With 'Bespoke' as the theme this year, and title sponsor Mercedes-Benz on board for the third year running, aspiring filmmakers are invited to create a unique short film that conjures up feelings of the bespoke nature of Mercedes-Benz vehicles.

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FFInteriors The Art of Living - “Purposeful Design Turns A Good Space Into A Great One” Reflecting on the word “Home” and what it means to me, I found myself thinking back to my childhood & the time spent at my grandparents home in Italy, I left Italy when I was about two years old but we went back every year for the summer breaks. It is an old house on a little wine and olive farm, each room within the house is adorned with pieces which hold beautiful stories layered through time with love and patience.

While these are key elements, it takes a combination of core principles to translate them into an elegant interior. I call them: “The Golden Fundamentals” which are; Personality is the cornerstone of my work. I'm fascinated by what makes each of us unique and I believe one's home should be an expression of your personality - the story you choose to share. This is what makes the house you live in, your home. Simplicity is about creating free flowing spaces that are both accessible and functional. Sustainability is not only about being eco-friendly, it's also about choosing interior elements that can be repurposed over time to create new spaces, as you refine your style.

One of my favourite pieces in the house is the old wooden dining table which stands proudly in the kitchen. I can still vividly see my beloved grandmother “my Nonna” teaching me how to make home made pastas, breads and wonderfully baked desserts, how to set it all just beautifully so… using the most wonderful pieces.

Nurture is very close to my heart. I believe the primary role of all interiors is to encourage growth. We achieve this through a combination of safety, stability and fun! Elegance, which I believe is the art of gracefully refining our interior style, or as Coco Chanel put it, "Adornment, What a science! Beauty, What a weapon! Modesty, What elegance!"

I can still feel the sunshine on my skin, a child bubbling with happy feelings while I followed her through the veggie garden picking up the different produce or the mornings spent climbing up fruit and almond trees with me never coming home with a full basket, funny how most of it never made it into the basket in the first place!

Francesca & Her daughter

And then there was my Nonna’s favourite place & most treasured possession her flower garden, I can still see her like a fairy dancing within an enchanted secret garden, taking care of each flower like it was her own child. I always felt it was a magical place, a place where all my dreams came true, it was a home where everything was there for us to be used and enjoyed, a place that nurtured us and made us feel safe and unconditionally loved. I believe home is where we relax, play, love & entertain. I would like to invite you to take a moment to think about the time you spent at home last weekend. How present or distracted were you in that space...?

My Nonna (grandmother)

I believe that our ability to be present and focused on what we care about is significantly affected by the quality of the space we are in.

Your home needs to be a sanctuary and we will work with you to achieve this. We at ffinteriors believe that successful interiors are more than the colours, fabrics, flooring and accessories we choose.

I personally believe in taking the time to explore my clients' stories - preferences, needs, likes, dislikes & dreams because it plays a great part in making us who we are... Through the richness of these experiences and emotions, I find direct inspiration - styles, colours, textures - which I then translate into living spaces that, while being beautiful, functional and nurturing, are exquisitely personalised & unique. I Know How Difficult Getting Started Can Be... Our home is a reflection of ourselves, our lifestyle and our personality. It’s important that our home not only looks great and feels inviting, but is also practical and functional to suit our individual living requirements. With the vast array of products, trends and interior design influences available, it can be a confusing and a daunting task trying to decide what will work best for your home. Or, perhaps you have clear ideas of what you’d like to achieve, but do not have the time to pull the necessary elements together. We will work with you to create your style, plan & execute your scheme in the manner most suited to you… “Purposeful Design Turns A Good Space Into A Great One” Article by Francesca Ferguson By appointment only email: Like us on Facebook FFInteriors Follow us on Pinterest Follow us on Instagram Visit




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

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

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

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

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

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

agri HOMEs YOUR SOLUTION TO FARM HOUSING For more information contact Louis on 072 050 1655 or email: visit




Neill Anthony - The Private Chef L’Avenir Launches A Cutting-Edge Neill Anthony - The Private Chef is a food television series including 13 episodes that will start on the Food Network on 7 April 2016 and exposes the life of being a personal chef in South Africa. Neill Anthony is invited to cook in the homes of his prestigious friends, acquaintances and clients for their personal dinner extravaganzas, the location may be an ocean-side villa, a game farm or even a tiny galley kitchen on a yacht.

Conferencing Centre in the Winelands

With an eye on the future, as always, L’Avenir has created a facility with uninterrupted panoramic views dedicated to inspiring innovative & expansive thinking. The facility has been constructed as the lynchpin of AdVini’s strategic focus on Africa which centres on excellence & specialization. The intention of the facility is to encourage innovation, collaboration, education & interaction not only within the growing business community in the local winelands, but also increasing international commerce taking place on African soil.

The Audience gets to watch and learn how to cook restaurant quality food for their own dinner parties with all the prochef tips included. With a cheeky smile, naughty eyes, smouldering good-looks and a sixpack (so we hear), no situation is too much to handle for Cape Town’s everso-charismatic personal chef, Neill Anthony, when he swoops in and steals the hearts of audiences from all over the world with his internationally acclaimed chef bravado, while he cooks for and entertains his high-profile clients.

Chef Neill Anthony

Lismore Wines In The International spotlight

Lismore Estate wines from Greyton in the Western Cape, have achieved considerable success internationally in recent reports and commendations from Neal Martin in Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, Decanter Magazine and Jancis Robinson of the Financial Times. Samantha O’Keefe’s “fabulous” 2014 Syrah is the only SA red to achieve ‘Top 50’ status in Robert Parker’s Top 50 Picks of 2015. The team at Robert Parker Wine Advocate tasted 30,000 wines, and chose 21 whites and 29 reds. Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Editor-in-Chief of Robert Parker Wine Advocate commented: “These were the most exciting new wine releases in 2015, based on absolute quality, singularity and hedonistic/intellectual appeal.”

Whilst the concept, design & construction of the facility itself make use of raw materials like steel & wood, all crafted into a finished product by hand on-site; the technology within meets the needs of any business, both local & abroad. The same hands that cultivate the vineyards for the flagship Single Block wines have crafted this venue with the same precision & passion applied in the vineyards. Nuanced reflections of the Single Block, and the philosophy it embodies, have been integrated into the new venue – from the angles of the structure & the decking mirroring the aerial view of Block 2; to each varietal of grape trailing up the pillars; to the water, which is the lifeblood of our vines flowing through the facility. This culminates in an artwork entitled “The Harvest” which celebrates harvest, with one foot planted firmly in the traditions of French winemaking heritage and the other firmly planted in South African soil.

World's Best Brandy Accolade for Klipdrift Premium

In a boost for Distell's reputation as a producer of world-class brandies, the popular Klipdrift Premium has been named as 2016’s World's Best Brandy at the World Brandy Awards. Samantha O’Keefe

Neal Martin, wine critic and author with The Wine Advocate and eRobertParker. com., wrote in his November 2015 review: “This is one of the best Syrah’s I have encountered from South Africa - a truly complex Syrah, one of the best you will find.” Neal Martin sums up wine maker Samantha O’Keefe’s progress saying, “Over the last two or three years it's been great to see both Lismore and Samantha gain more and more recognition. Her recent releases, which I tasted at the Cape Show … continue to furrow that path of cool-climate white and reds.”Samantha O’Keefe, winemaker, commented; “It’s wonderful, and a little humbling, to get recognition from people and publications like Jancis Robinson, Neal Martin and Decanter Magazine. We continue to do our best to grow and harvest the best cool climate grapes we can, and to make wine which brings out the complexity and nuances that the soil and climate in Greyton allow.”

The World Brandy Awards panel pronounced Klipdrift Premium as having "aromas of milk chocolate, sponge cake and caramel", "gentle woodiness" and "a sweet, fruity finish”. “The award is confirmation that blended brandies are improving in quality and is proof that there is indeed gold in every drop of Klipdrift,” said Klipdrift Marketing Manager Genius Mnywabe. The latest award follows a string of international accolades that the company has won in recent months. Late last year, Distell won the International Wine & Spirit Competition's (IWSC) Distiller of the Year award; the IWSC Best Worldwide Brandy trophy for the Van Ryn's 12 Year Old potstill produced according to the traditional technique made famous in Cognac, as well as a cache of gold medals for brandies in the company's Klipdrift, Richelieu and Oude Meester ranges.

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City Start-Up Changing Small

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Business Payment Landscape

Provides Free, Unlimited WiFi

A City-based start-up is changing the way South African small businesses accept card payments. Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities visited Yoco to showcase the spirit of entrepreneurial innovation in the Western Cape and met with Katlego Maphai, Yoco co-founder and CEO, at their CBD offices in Loop Street. Minister Winde said: “Yoco is an excellent example of a tech start-up which is embracing innovation to make it easier to do business. The team at Yoco are a world class example of how technology can be used to take the economy forward.” “Yoco have developed a solution which responds to the needs of small business, and which reduces the red tape they face in processing payments. Cutting red tape is all of our business.”

Wesgro, in conjunction with the Cape Town Partnership, is proud to pilot the Isabelo Smart Bench – a stand-alone, entirely solar-powered free Wi-Fi hotspot for public use complete with USB charging points, night lighting and easy seating - on the corner of Adderley and Wale St in the Cape Town CBD. This is another boost for the Cape as a world class tech hub, coming on the back of significant investment by the provincial government in fibre and wireless connectivity, as well as the City of Cape Town in investment in Africa’s largest open access fibre network, and free Wi-Fi in sites like the nearby Company Gardens. A new user of the Smart Bench can connect to “Isabelo Free Wi-Fi” network to enjoy free, unlimited internet service with their smart phone or device, and charge their batteries at the free power point.

Photo L-R: Katlego Maphai & Minister Winde - Photo Credit: Gregor Röhrig

“The Western Cape Government has put a dedicated Red Tape Reduction team in place which is aiming to save small businesses R500 million by 2019 by tackling poor and outdated legislation,” said Minister Winde. Yoco reduces the complexity in processing payments for small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) in South Africa. Its integrated card payment and point-of-sale system enables SMEs to securely accept card payments at the store or on the go. Yoco also offers a free point-of-sale app that works with a choice of two mobile card readers that connect to a phone or tablet and transform it into a card acceptance terminal. The system gives merchants access to extensive business intelligence, enabling SMEs to run their business better. Yoco’s growing ecosystem of partners and SMEs illustrates that it is here to evolve alongside SMEs in the long-term. Officially launched in 2015, Yoco now employs 24 people with over 1 000 small businesses using their platform, processing over R 25 million in card payments each month, and growing fast.

The Isabelo Smart Bench was invented by Louise Meek two years ago while she was studying for a Masters’ Degree in Urban Infrastructure Design and Management. She says “Isabelo aims to reduce the digital divide in African cities and create inclusive, vibrant public spaces where everyone feels welcome to sit down and get connected.” Isabelo has joined with Cape Town Partnership and Wesgro to provide a Wi-Fi range of 15 metres around the bench with connection speeds of up to 10mbps. Judy Lain, Chief Marketing Officer for Wesgro, believes Isabelo will generate realtime data from visitors and enable them to share information around events in the province. “We can use these insights in our marketing strategies to develop campaigns that are highly effective and experiences that are sharable”, says Judy Lain. Bulelwa Makalima-Ngwewana, CEO of Cape Town Partnership said, “The public benefit of increased Internet access gets us, and our partners in the city, exited. Busier spaces are often safer and provide more opportunities for relationship building. The bench is an exciting experiment in placemaking.” For more information visit

GOOGLE’S MZANZI EXPERIENCE PUTS CAPE POINT IN THE GLOBAL SPOTLIGHT The launch of Google South Africa’s Mzanzi Experience – Discover South Africa at Cape Point sees Google Maps Street View venturing into the Table Mountain National Park for the first time, giving its billion plus active monthly users the opportunity to walk across Dias Beach and hike up through Fynbos lined paths to the lighthouse to drink in the spectacular view. Cape Point is just one of the many attractions featured in Mzanzi Experience Discover South Africa which Mich Atagana, head of Google South Africa Communications and Public Affairs, said was part of a campaign to showcase the beauty of South Africa as a tourist destination for local and international travellers. The 360-degree images which create the immersive experience were collected using the Street View Tripod and Trekker and can be viewed on phones, tablets or computers. For more information visit

mySOS – A Life-Saving Emergency App when you don’t know who to call This easy-to-use mobile application can save your life, or those around you. It is as simple as that. With 40,000 users, and increasing daily, you cannot afford to be without the unique mySOS emergency app. It gives you easy access to the nearest and most relevant emergency services and health care professionals – quickly and efficiently, anywhere in South Africa. When you have an emergency and use mySOS, the app uses your smartphone’s GPS to make the coordinates available to most of the emergency services, while you are still making the emergency call. Simple navigation straight to the incident! In the Find-Near-Me module, mySOS

gives users access to more than 20 000 healthcare and emergency response service providers, validated by MedPages SA and mySOS. Apart from the contact details, you now have the ability to navigate to the nearest hospital, doctor, pharmacy, dentist, vet and police station. According to Albert van Urk from mySOS, this is the perfect app for everyone leaving their home – whether to go for a bike ride, run, or travelling on holiday to another part of the country – just use the Track-Me function – if you don’t cancel the timer within the set time, your emergency contacts will receive details of your route and the last position.

“It is like carrying your own personal “911” service with you,” he said. “And to make things even easier, mySOS can be used to navigate to the emergency destination. It is all about fast emergency response and support. The very things you need to save a life.” When you register with mySOS, you can add up to 5 personal emergency contacts. When you, for example, call an ambulance these personal emergency contacts will immediately receive an SMS and email showing your location and type of emergency. Information on your medical aid and security service can also be loaded on mySOS, which makes for handy information in case of an emergency.

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SPORTS SCIENCE INSTITUTE OF SOUTH AFRICA "When you're finished changing, you're finished." - Benjamin Franklin The relevance of Benjamin Franklin’s words echo today more than ever, as one of the only certainties we all face daily is change. Change requires adaptability, but it also provides us with new opportunities, fresh insights and the drive to survive in a dynamic environment. No stranger to this phenomenon, the Sports Science Institute of South Africa (SSISA) is extremely excited to officially announce the appointment of their new Managing Director, and the commencement of a new operating model, in which SSISA and UCT’s Division of Exercise Science and Sports Medicine (ESSM) cement their partnership and gear up to develop innovative services and products in the field of exercise science and sports medicine. Moreover, it is part of the combined mission and vision of these institutions to maximise their reach and impact to improve the health and performance of all South Africans.

A report from Continuing Medical Education (CME), the leading medical Continuing Professional Development (CPD) journal in South Africa, estimates that SA has over 5 000 patients with end-stage renal failure, 50% of them awaiting kidney transplantation due to declining numbers of deceased donors. “Transplantation is more cost-effective and provides a much better quality of life for these patients than dialysis,” noted Dr Elmi Muller, who penned the report.

Twenty-one years ago, inspired legends Professor Tim Noakes and Morne du Plessis had the vision to develop the SSISA; its mission being to improve the health and sporting performance of all South Africans through science. The successes have been multi-fold and diverse, with impacts felt at various levels – from individual lives to global policies and practices, and from the cardiac patient who obtained a second lease on life, to the Olympic Gold medallist, victorious against the fiercest competition. It is impossible to accurately measure impact and success, but what is clear is the profound legacy that these icons have developed and shaped. In June of 2016, after more than two decades, we see the changing of the guard at SSISA, as Morne du Plessis (MD of SSISA), hands over the baton to our new MD, Dr Phathokuhle Zondi.

Despite an increasing waiting list for kidney organs, the number of transplants annually has not increased in the last ten years relying mostly on living donors. Consent rates for deceased organ donation are often negatively influenced by religion, socio-economic status and race. In the private sector or higher socio-economic groups, these are between 80 and 100%. The Organ Donor Foundation reports that in 2013, 36% of kidney donors were related to the recipient. Dr Heleen Bierman, a Specialist Physician in the field of Nephrology, from The Urology Hospital in Pretoria confirms, “Seven lives can be saved from one donor and by becoming an organ donor for the heart, liver, pancreas, lungs and kidneys, you can save at least 50 lives by donating tissues, such as corneas, bone and skin.” Bierman adds, “For those concerned about their loved ones who have passed, they can rest well knowing that organ or tissue donations from deceased donors do not leave the body in a disfigured state.” The National Kidney Foundation reports that the average waiting time for a new kidney varies from time to time but currently can be anything between 6 to 12 years. They confirm that one year after transplantation, 90% of transplanted kidneys are still functioning well. For more information visit


Operation Smile has partnered with Fair Cape Dairies and Libraries in the Western Cape to change the lives of children across South Africa who are born with a cleft lip or cleft palate. The campaign started in 2015 and raised enough money to give four children the life-changing operation. On 24 February 2016 the Operation Smile campaign was launched and will end on World Smile Day in October. The aim is to double the amount of money raised in 2015.” “We encourage the public to collect plastic bottle caps from Fair Cape Dairies products as well as any other plastic bottle caps.

L-R: Dr Phathokuhle Zondi, Prof Vicki Lambert, and Morne du Plessis Photo Credit: Greg Beadle

This happens a year after world-renowned sports scientist, Professor Tim Noakes, handed over UCT’s ESSM baton to Professor Vicki Lambert. “To be handed the baton of leadership of such an iconic institution is a great privilege” says Dr Zondi about this exciting appointment. “I am thrilled to be joining the SSISA family and look forward to building on the foundation laid by my predecessors. The cemented relationship between SSISA and UCT’s Division of Exercise Science and Sports Medicine is an exciting development, and I am confident it will better the output of the institute both in terms of research, and services offered to athletes and the community at large”. A medical doctor, sports physician and MBA graduate, Dr Zondi has an array of diverse experience that will help her fill the very large shoes of her predecessor. Dr Zondi has clinical experience as Chief Medical Officer for Team South Africa at the 2014 Commonwealth Games and Medical Officer at the 2012 London Olympic Games and 2010 Youth Olympic Games. Each operation costs R5500 and every kilogram of bottle tops collected will be recycled. The fundraising will be independently audited.” “Every three minutes, a child is born with a cleft lip and/ or a cleft palate. Children born with cleft conditions may suffer from torments, malnourishment and difficulty with speech,” says Adva Brivik from Operation Smile. “It is estimated that two billion, or one-quarter of the world's population lack access to care. Billions more lack access to safe and well-timed surgery. Only 4% of an estimated 234 million surgical procedures performed each year go to the poorest third of the global population. Operation Smile will not stop #untilweheal the last child that needs our help.” “This is the fourth most common birth defect in the world and it takes as little as 45 minutes to repair a cleft lip and/ or cleft palate to allow these children to smile and live normal lives,” says Louis Loubser, CMO of Fair Cape Dairies.” “Saving your plastic bottle tops for recycling is such an easy thing to do. We really hope that the public will back this campaign so that the lives of many children can be changed.” Look out for collection bins at the following libraries in the Western Cape: Sea Point, Athlone, Somerset West, Strand, Brackenfell, Goodwood, Parow, Fish Hoek, Claremont, Rondebosch, Obervatory, Woodstock, Pinelands, Tableview, Bothasig, and Belville.




PROTECTING YOUR FAMILY AND POSSESSIONS THE “OLD SCHOOL” WAY Vetus Schola Boland was established in 2010 due to a concern at the rising crime levels in the Helderberg area and the conviction that the situation demanded a security provider that would be equipped to offer a service that was more effective than those that were currently available. “Vetus Schola” means “Old School” in Latin - this is how they refer to their group of elite soldiers who strive to get things done the tried and tested way. Although personal safety and security is one of the human rights ingrained in the constitution of RSA, it is unfortunately not something which can be taken for granted. Our objective is to take whatever steps are necessary to ensure that the assets and lives of our clients are protected and guaranteed as far as humanly possible. Helderberg Crime Watch is a registered NPO and has been operating in the Helderberg since 2000. In 2010 Vetus Schola were granted the tender to be their preferred service provider. The partnership has proved to be an exceptionally productive one resulting in over 600 arrest during the past 5 years. Each of Vetus Schola's vehicles are equipped with state of the art equipment and personnel as well as trained Response K9 - giving them the edge when it comes to protecting your loved ones or recovering stolen goods that are important to you. Backed up by a 24/7 staffed, state of the art, SAIDSA and PSIRA approved and registered Control Room as well as a highly efficient technical department, Vetus Schola is your ultimate one stop shop when it comes to providing for your security needs. For more information on our vast array of services contact: 021 852 9009 or 074 163 0485 (Lee Marshall)

HANDCRAFTED WITH CARE BY MEMBERS OF THE LOCAL COMMUNITY Kiewiet Reclaimed Oak Products are manufactured on a farm in Joostenberg Vlakte where handcrafted wooden products are produced from reclaimed oak wine barrels discarded by the Western Cape wine industry. These materials include wine barrel, and staves which are oak planks hung inside stainless steel wine tanks.

The start-up of the business was a slow and difficult process as they could not afford decent machines or even wine barrels. In the beginning Kiewiet Reclaimed Oak Products focused on working with wine-stained oak planks they picked up for free from selected wineries. For almost 2 years they manufactured a unique range consisting of mostly crates and wine-stained oak tables. In 2009 Kiewiet Reclaimed Oak Products was selected to take part in Kamersvol Geskenke, the innovators of large-scale pop-up creative trading spaces in South Africa, offering them an excellent opportunity to showcase their handcrafted products. The wine-stained crates proved to be a winner, with a sell-out at all shows for the past 2 years. The cash injection and reliable platform allowed Kiewiet Reclaimed Oak Products to purchase more machinery, and streamline production to include a cutting board range which is also a winner. Other products include coffee tables, oak chairs, platters and many more. The rapid growth in world wine production, and the slow growth of northern hemisphere oak trees, has seen the demand and price of wine barrels increase drastically over the last 2 years. This fact, accompanied by the weaker Rand, has put a tremendous strain on the budget of South African winemakers.

The manufacturing of reclaimed oak products take place in dilapidated buildings, which were restored - creating a multifaceted and spacious workshop. The Kiewiet Reclaimed Oak Products team are made up of 6 previously unemployed young staff members and the founder of the initiative, known as Kiewiet. As a varsity student, Anthony Laubscher – or Kiewiet amongst friends and family – resided on the farm where he co-existed with the farm workers and their children, and through mutual living had the chance to build good relationships with them, which later became the strong foundation on which they together would build their success story. After finishing varsity and not being able to find work in the 2008 recession year, the team slowly came together. Woodworking was a skill taught by his father, a carpenter by trade, which in turn Kiewiet taught the youngsters.

Fewer barrels are imported, and even discarded barrels are now purchased back by the northern hemisphere for further use in making fortified wines. This all lead to a dramatic drop in availability of barrels for use by local artisans, and Kiewiet Reclaimed Oak Products presently experiences a decline in production volumes. Continued support for the purchase of wine barrels at affordable prices by top wineries such as Kanonkop, Fairview and Lourensford, who recognises the importance of local job security, has kept Kiewiet Reclaimed Oak Products in business. However, the future of Kiewiet Reclaimed Oak Products is now completely in the hands of local winemakers and farm owners, he says. Kiewiet Reclaimed Oak Products are available at acclaimed wineries, craftmarkets, farmstalls and the brand is popular in various coffee shops and restaurants within the Western Cape. Kiewiet Reclaimed Oak Productsalso offer opportunities for companies to brand their own products. For more information contact 079 972 7542 or visit



South African Cheese Festival in the Spotlight The increasingly popular South African Cheese Festival celebrates a phenomenal 15 years of existence this year, and as the main focus, CHEESE is in the SPOTLIGHT, from the most well-known and popular cheeses to the more exotic, handmade boutique kind. Festival goers can complement this unique experience with superb wines, good music, celebrity chefs and famous personalities that will place the SPOTLIGHT ON CHEESE. So invite your friends and family to join you for a day of ultimate enjoyment at Sandringham, near Stellenbosch - home of the South African Cheese Festival from 30 April - 2 May 2016. Tickets are available at any Computicket outlet, Shoprite or Checkers store. No tickets will be sold at the gates. The festival times are from 10:00 to 18:00 daily. Sandringham is conveniently located next to the N1, exit 39, between Cape Town and Paarl. For more information visit

Decorex Cape Town 2016 The Cape’s leading décor, design and lifestyle exhibition once again promises to be the destination of choice for those intent on turning house into home. Decorex Cape Town 2016 – a comprehensive showcase of the latest décor and design trends, products and services – kicks off on 29 April and runs for four days, until 2 May, at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC). In keeping with its new theme, ‘Take it Home, Make it Home’, the Cape Town exhibition promises visitors infinite ideas and inspiration for their interior and exterior spaces. Covering every aspect of the home and offering the ultimate shopping experience, this year’s theme taps into the very latest global design and décor trends. Providing everything the homeowner needs to renovate, restore, build or decorate a home, Decorex Cape Town will be a one-stop shop for all things house, be it requirements for DIY or decorating, for building or furnishing, for creating a state-of-the-art kitchen or a blissful bathroom.


Grind Obstacle Course Race Thousands of participants will run through more than 25 obstacles in a 5K or 8K mud race at Hillcrest Wine and Olive Farm in Durbanville on 16-17 April 2016. After a challenging race, all runners can join in the fun at the Post Race Party and relax with family and friends. The joint offering between Darling Brew and Riot Beer is the newest Grind OCR sponsorship deal. They will provide one large mud pit (which might smell and taste a bit like beer on the day) directly in front of the beer tent which will be pumping out ten different craft beers.

THE GRIND - Obstacle Course Race has been created for everyone and offer a unique spectator friendly experience for everyone from corporate fun seekers to fitness enthusiasts and elite athletes. The Post Race Party will consist of DJ’s, vendors and sponsors, a beer garden, food & beverages, and contests and prize giveaways. Ticket sales are open and all entrants will receive a finishers medal. All online entrants that register before cut-off will receive a goodie bag. Optional extras upon registration are pre ordered T-Shirts, Caps and meals. For more information visit

Jimmy Carr Funny Business Tour Jimmy Carr is a British stand-up comedian, television host and actor, he is known for his signature laugh, deadpan delivery and use of edgy one-liners. The dark-humoured comedian is one of the biggest selling live acts in UK comedy; that often sees his shows with sold-out performances. His latest tour, Funny Business, will see him perform to over 200,000 people and will form part of an international tour where he visits places like Serbia, Sweden, Australia and South Africa. Jimmy has been described as, ‘The hardest working man in comedy.’ Let’s face the facts though, it is not that impressive. It’s like being the ‘Tallest Dwarf’ or the ‘Healthiest Scotsman.’ It really is not that big a deal. ‘Funny

New to the show will be the Décor & DIY Theatre offering a series of talks and interactive advice-sharing platforms that will arm visitors with a complete arsenal of fresh decorating know-how. The perennially popular 100% Design South Africa will present 100% Textile, an exclusive exhibition showcasing commissioned fabric designs, an interactive maker’s hub, and 100% Talent. Those with a passion for all things artisanal, will love the Craft + Create market, and in true market style, it will feature live bands and craft beers in addition to offering a colourful collection of unique handmade lifestyle products. Foodies, too, will get their fill of the fun with delicious culinary experiences and endless dining options, from casual cafés and full-service restaurants to the ever-enticing cooking and cuisine shopping experience.

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Business’ is Jimmy’s brand new stand up show; that will be coming to Cape Town on the 8th April 2016 and Johannesburg on the 9th April 2016. Come for the witty and incisive musings on the human condition; stay for the gags. Tickets available at Computicket

16th International Conference on Emergency Medicine The 16th International Conference on Emergency Medicine, ICEM 2016 will be held at the Cape Town Convention Centre (CTICC) from 18-21 April - the largest emergency medicine conference ever to be held on African soil. The theme of the conference, “Emergency Medicine Now: Knowledge, Action and Accountability” is well represented by the myriad topics and workshops that will be offered. Many of the conference streams and talks will cover important aspects of emergency medical care including pre-hospital care, emergency nursing and clinical lectures. The keynote speakers are all leaders in their respective fields and visitors will be enthralled with subject matter as diverse as paleontology, a life in emergency medicine, combat medicine and the WHO emergency and trauma care programme. Ethics and medical education will be covered as topics and there will be a focus on research. The abstract submissions have closed and the conference will showcase excellent emergency medical research during the oral and poster sessions. The influx of local and international emergency medical care personnel will have a lasting impact on the region. It is an opportunity to exchange knowledge and to learn as well as an opportunity to expand horizons and to collaborate with colleagues. It is a chance to showcase South Africa and the strong culture of emergency medical care that prevails in our healthcare system.

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Louis Visser - Living the dream Since Louis Visser, junior cyclist from Oudtshoorn made contact with LEADout Cycling in 2015, he had an extraordinary year with highlights in the Tour of Good Hope and finishing the Cape Town Cycle Tour first in the category for Juniors, only 3 minutes 08 seconds behind the winner and took 36th place overall. Louis started his cycling career at the age of twelve when he participated in a few fun rides where after he was spotted by Eden Cycling’s president, Corné Bence. Even though road cycling is his first love, he enjoys mountain biking and takes part in most local races. He has won 4 MTB Marathon races, as well as cross country MTB races. The biggest achievement before the Cape Town Cycle Tour was the gold medal he won at the African Continental Track Championships in January 2015 where he won 4 medals.

After his European tour with LEADout in 2015, Louis came back highly motivated and started training with LEADout director Barry Austin. For the first time he was introduced into a training program with long term goals. Louis’ performance the past year was outstanding. He won the 2015 Western Cape MTB Marathon Championships, took second place in the Western Cape Road Championships, and third place in the Western Cape Time trial Championships. In the Herald Cycle Tour, he came second in the Juniors, with a 16th overall performance. In the SA Road Championships Louis finished seventh and in the SA Time trial Championships sixth. The Tour of Good Hope placed him in 35th overall place, 13th in the U/23, and first as a Junior. His best performance up to date and a highlight in his career is the 2016 Cape Town Cycle Tour where he was 1st in the category for Juniors and 36th overall completing the race in 02:39:00 - only 3 minutes 08 seconds behind the winner. The 5-day Tour of Good Hope and the Cape Town Cycle Tour has been a highlight to Louis, not only because of the good results he achieved, but rather the opportunity to start and race against the country's best road cyclists. The dynamics of a big multi day road event is crucial in honing the skills needed to be competitive.

Stellenbosch sports science student wins a trip to see FC Barcelona

The Stanley FC Barcelona Striker Challenge South African winner has been announced. Stellenbosch sports science student, Marinus de Villiers won the grand prize of a VIP trip for two to see FC Barcelona (Barça) live in Spain at the end of April 2016. The prize is the ultimate football fan’s ‘money can’t buy’ experience, along with winners from 29 other countries globally, Marinus will represent South Africa when he competes in the Stanley Barcelona Striker Challenge. Marinus has never been to Spain before or seen Barça live and he is taking his father with to Barcelona. Both Marinus and his father will receive a personalised FC Barcelona kit before taking part in an exclusive training session with Barça’s world class coaches. While training at one of the club’s top facilities, they will learn the art of taking the perfect penalty kick and represent South Africa competing in a skills competition that will result in the crowning of the 2016 Global Striker Champion. “I think that I have a very good chance of winning the Striker Challenge as I am going to practice even harder now than before to win the challenge. The harder you practice the luckier you get,” says Marinus.

Louis’ short term goal is to be ready for a CSA junior selection racing championship which takes place in Pietermaritzburg during May 2016. At this camp junior riders will be selected for a team to participate in Europe, where after Louis will prepare for the transition from a junior cyclist to that of a U/23 rider. In retrospect - the biggest contributor to Louis' growth over the last year was Barry Austin. He provided Louis with a proper training programme, but even more important, insight into what it takes to be a cyclist. “If you aspire to be the best at what you do, you need to train like the best and race against the best.”

Maiden victory

for Cronje on Glacier Junior Series Boland golf star Daniel Cronje won the second tournament on this year’s Glacier Junior Series when he claimed the Sunshine Tour tournament at King David Mowbray Golf Club. The 15-year-old Cronje signed for a three-under-par 69 to win his first Glacier Junior Series title by two strokes over Luca Filippi. It was a sweet victory for Cronje who last year finished second to Filippi in a Glacier Junior Series tournament at Atlantic Beach. “It’s great to win for the first time. I’m really going to enjoy this. It’s probably the biggest win of my career,” said Cronje.

Photo L-R : Jansen van der Westhuizen, Trade marketing manager of Stanley, Black&Decker Southern Africa, Marinus de Villiers and Affana Essop store manager at Struben’s Valley Makro

The Champion will take his/her place on the team and officially sign for FC Barcelona as an honorary player and sit with Barça in their dugout during a live match. Either way, Marinus and his father will be treated as VIPs to a live match at Camp Nou, a special tour of Camp Nou stadium. At Camp Nou Marinus and his father will meet some current and former Barça players, he says, “Because I am a Goalkeeper myself I would love to meet Andre ter Stegen and/or Claudio Bravo and to meet the clubs icons, Messi and Iniesta, would be a huge privilege.” To qualify for the competition Marinus bought a Stanley 12 in 1 multi-tool and a Stanley screwdriver with a cushion grip at Struben’s Valley Makro as his Stanley purchase for at least R300 and entered the sms based the Stanley FC Barcelona Striker competition.

“I love the competiveness of the Glacier Junior Series. It’s great to come down those final holes and you know it’s tight with somebody like Luca. It’s great to have that competition.” Daniel was a scholar at Paarl Boys High but later joined the golf academy at Theewaterskloof. This year his best finish before this victory was fifth in a National Order of Merit tournament in Benoni, where he has represented Boland golf at provincial level.

Daniel Cronje Photo Credit: Glacier Junior Series

He is now trying to qualify for the South African under-16 team for the upcoming Italian International Under-16 Championship later this year. He needs to make it into the top four in the country to qualify for this team. He is currently ranked 10th.

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Sanlam Cancer Challenge inspiring golfers to score for their communities

The Sanlam Cancer Challenge, South African golf’s biggest charity drive in the fight against cancer, will tee off its 23rd year at golf clubs around the country with thousands of amateur golfers joining together to try and beat the over R3.5 million raised last year. From March to July, amateur golfers around South Africa will take part in their local golf club’s Sanlam Cancer Challenge golf days with the double aim of raising money for the Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA) as well as trying to qualify for their respective regional finals. The winners of the regional finals, which will be played from July to August, will then qualify for the National Finals to be played on both the Gary Player Country Club and Lost City Golf Club courses at Sun City from 9-12 October. The shared spirit of being proactive in the battle against cancer is what underpins a tournament that is committed to using golf as the vehicle for social change in South Africa and inspiring golfers to work together as “Wealthsmiths” for the greater good of their community. In 2015 this was epitomised by the Magersfontein Memorial Golf Estate near Kimberley whose golfers outperformed every other golf club when they raised a Sanlam Cancer Challenge record of R121 140 at a single golf day. The Sanlam Cancer Challenge has in 23 years distinguished itself as a tournament that encourages people to become greater custodians of their health while at the same time working together for the good of those who are less privileged. Last year golfer Anelie van Niekerk summed up this community spirit behind the tournament when she described her own story of surviving cancer. “You are surrounded by people who have gone on a similar journey and now walk this road

Herschelle Gibbs supports the Sanlam Cancer Challenge - Photo Credit: Sportzpics

with you. For that reason alone it remains an honour for me to support the Sanlam Cancer Challenge golf days. When I put that t-shirt on with the words ‘CANSA. Educate. Research. Support’, I remember again what a blessing it is to be alive. I am a survivor, and now I have the opportunity through to carry this message to others.” "Our campaign this year is all about encouraging golfers to be proactive and to protect themselves against the sun,” says Sanlam Sponsorship Manager, Gary van Loggerenberg. “Since 1993 the Sanlam Cancer Challenge has proved that together we can help people to live better and how as a community of golfers we can become a major force in the constant fight against cancer.” For more information visit

Discovery World Triathlon & Duathlon Cape Town The Discovery World Triathlon Cape Town forms part of the ITU World Triathlon Series. Taking place for the first time alongside The Discovery World Triathlon Cape Town, after a successful debut in Johannesburg last year, is the Discovery Duathlon Cape Town. The duathlon will give those with running and cycling experience the opportunity to compete in a multisport event and enjoy the challenge of a run-cycle-run race. Part of the event’s appeal lies in the chance to see the world’s elite triathlon athletes in action. The elite field attracts 65 elite men and 65 elite women. With the Rio Olympics around the corner in August, the world’s finest will be eager to lay down a marker for their Olympic challenge. South Africa’s Richard Murray, a medal hopeful for Rio, will almost certainly be aiming for a morale-boosting win in front of his home fans. “We want people to get active and get healthy, but we also realise that sport is not a ‘one size fits all’ approach,” says Maclean. The third Discovery World Triathlon Cape Town and the inaugural Discovery Duathlon Cape Town, takes place from 23-24 April 2016.

“The Discovery World Triathlon Series Cape Town and the Discovery Duathlon Cape Town are great events for both novice and competitive athletes to experience two or three different sports in one event.”

Both events will take place in and around Cape Town’s iconic V&A Waterfront and Green Point precincts, creating a brand new weekend festival of multisport in Cape Town.

Maclean adds, “The weekend is a multisport festival where families are able to experience the Mother City in a unique way, but are also able to witness the world’s best athletes in action.”

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