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June 2016

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SA WINS GOLD AT CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW There was jubilation at the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI-Kirstenbosch and Harold Porter) exhibit at the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Chelsea Flower Show when designers David Davidson and Ray Hudson and the team of SANBI staff and volunteers learned that they had won South Africa’s 34th gold medal in 41 years at exhibiting at the prestigious show.


“The waiting is the worst part, but this makes all the hard work worthwhile,” said Lihle Dlamini, SANBI’s Director of Marketing and Communication, who is part of the team at the show. “It is just fantastic!” Exhibiting at Chelsea is a long term commitment. The designs are planned months before. The plant specimens are carefully nurtured, collected and packaged for their long journey.


Then, on the Saturday and Sunday before the judging, it is non-stop hard work to get the exhibit picture perfect and fit for The Queen, who tours the exhibits after the judges have made their decision. Photo: SANBI-Kirstenbosch & Harold Porter Exhibit at the (RHS) Chelsea Flower Show

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WESTERN CAPE LAUNCHED CLIMATE CHANGE PLAN The Western Cape Government launched a ground-breaking climate change response strategy, known as Smart Agri, and was unveiled recently by Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, and Anton Bredell, Minister of Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning.


The comprehensive climate change response plan sets out a roadmap to combat the impact of extreme weather events on the province’s agriculture sector. Research and climate change modelling shows annual temperatures are rising and droughts, floods and heat waves will become more regular in the province. These trends highlighted the need for a co-ordinated response from government and the private sector to mitigate the impact of climate change. The final assessment, and the mitigating steps it proposes, is the result of two years of extensive collaboration and engagement between the Western Cape Government (specifically the Departments of Agriculture and Environmental Affairs and Development Planning), the University of Cape Town’s African Climate and Development Initiative and a wide range of stakeholders in the private sector.

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“By Sunday night, we know that we have done what we can, and it is over to the judges to make their decision on Monday morning,” commented designer David Davidson. “We are kept on tenterhooks – and away from our stand - while the celebrities and Queen Elizabeth enjoy the show, so we only heard the happy news this morning!”

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SANBI CEO Tanya Abrahamse had high praise for the team. “We took a new direction this year by choosing to showcase different aspects of our rich and unique biodiversity with a focus on the Harold Porter National Botanical Garden, and it has certainly paid off,” she said.

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“The plants from the garden, located as it is within the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve, are unique. This is a place of such natural beauty and complex floral diversity to be recognised as perhaps the world’s greatest biodiversity hot-spot. It was a privilege to be able to recreate such bounty here, at Chelsea.”

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A win at Chelsea has a far-reaching effect. The SANBI stand is one of the “must-see” attractions of the Chelsea Flower Show, drawing many of the over 150 000 visitors to the grounds of the Royal Hospital over the five days of the event.

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Photo's: SANBI-Kirstenbosch & Harold Porter Exhibit at the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Chelsea Flower Show

“Once again the important role that botanical gardens play in contributing to the country’s tourism statistics is underscored,” Dlamini said. “Our exhibit provides a snapshot to the country’s botanical heritage and many people decide to visit our country after seeing what we have on offer here.”

Cape Filming And Events Industries Are Booming The filming and events industries are exceeding expectations in the Mother City, with the City issuing nearly 3 000 permits in just three months. This boom could potentially create additional economic opportunities for entrepreneurs and SMMEs.

Last year, just six events contributed a phenomenal amount of R2 billion. From January to March this year, 172 events were supported – up from 100 for the same period in 2015.

Cape Town’s variety of locations, competitive film tariffs and production costs underpin the city’s attractiveness as a filming destination. In addition, the conclusion of multi-year agreements to anchor six big events will bring a guaranteed boost to the economy for the next few years.

"The employment opportunities created by these two industries are most welcomed. Filming is a labour-intensive industry and therefore has a long value chain. The film production sector also adds value to a wide range of other sectors in the local economy through the creation of demand for products and services." The industry showcases Cape Town, its diversity of locations, technical film capacity and talent, and also provides value-added marketing and investment collateral for the city. This booming industry ensures valuable skills transfer from international crews to our local crews, which is critical to the future sustainability of the industry. The film industry plays a vital role in the economy of the Western Cape.

The City of Cape Town issued 2 870 permits for various film shoots from January to March 2016. Year-to-date numbers are equally impressive, with the number of permits issued increasing from 3 943 in 2014/15 to 6 173 in 2015/16. Collectively, the 2 870 film shoots in the first quarter of 2016 contributed upwards of R3,58 million to the City’s coffers for services rendered. The bulk of the filming permits were issued for the following: Micro-shoots (1 066), Commercials (846), Stills photography (769), Television series (51), Television films and productions (30), Music videos (27), and Feature films (11). The film industry contributes approximately R5 billion to the local economy and has over the past three years created more than 35 000 jobs. A number of local and international movies and series are currently being filmed in the city, including ‘Black Sails’ Season 2 (UK), ‘Dominion’ Season 2 (USA), ‘Wallander’ (USA), ‘Grand Theft Auto’ (USA), ‘Detour’ (USA), ‘Honey 3’ (USA) and ‘Odyssee’ (USA) to mention a few. Added to this mix are the bigger sporting events that attract a large number of domestic and international participants and media. These events are the biggest contributors to local coffers. Further multi-year agreements for more anchor events are in the process of being concluded. This will add a significant amount to the revenue generated annually.



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"It stimulates growth, generates substantial employment, and brings in valuable foreign exchange," said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Tourism, Events and Economic Development, Councillor Garreth Bloor. The economic impact across the sectors for the filming of a feature film can be illustrated as follows by using the example of ‘Safe House’: Job creation - A crew and cast of approximately 860 people were employed for varying periods, but in most cases in excess of six months. The total payroll spend was approximately R40 million. In addition, approximately 5 000 people were hired as front-of-camera extras, adding another R3 million to the payroll. Training - A record-breaking 22 trainees were involved in the production of ‘Safe House’. The total value of the training was in the region of R1 million. Invaluable on-the-job training was also derived from the international key crew who worked hand-in-hand with local crew members. Forty local actors also had the opportunity to work alongside and learn from acting icons such as Denzel Washington. Car rental - A total of R5,8 million was spent across a number of Cape Town car and truck rental companies.

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Hotel Accommodation - R11,3 million was spent across a number of Cape Town hotel establishments. Catering - R5,5 million was spent with Cape Town-based caterers who had to gear up their crews to cope with the numbers. Per Diem - A total of R6 million was paid out to foreign crew and cast in per diem allowances, which was in turn spent in local restaurants, bars, shopping centres and cinema complexes.




Emirates Introduced A Third Daily Flight To Cape Town Emirates, the world’s largest international airline, announced that it will introduce a third daily service between Dubai and Cape Town from 4th July 2016. The new service will supplement the two current daily flights between the two cities to meet growing demand on the route, and offer outbound and inbound travellers even more convenience and choice. Operated by Emirates’ popular Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, flight EK 778 will depart Dubai at 10H50 and arrive in Cape Town at 18H30. The return flight, EK 779 will depart Cape Town at 20H05 and arrive in Dubai at 07H30 the following morning. The timing of the flights will give Cape Town customers and those from across Emirates’ global network, greater flexibility in their travel plans and offer convenient transit times to connecting flights through the airline’s modern hub, Dubai. Cape Town is one of the most popular destinations in the Emirates global network, and the additional flight will help meet the growing demand for seats into and out of the city, further supporting the local tourism and hospitality industry. The increased frequency underscores South Africa’s importance as a major business and tourism destination. The Boeing 777-300ER, will be in a three class configuration with eight private suites in First Class, 42 lie-flat seats in Business Class and 310 spacious seats in Economy Class. As with all Emirates flights into South Africa, customers will experience the famous on board service from its multi-national cabin crew from 130 countries, including South Africans, and enjoy regionally and internationally inspired meals prepared by gourmet chefs. The aircraft also features Emirates’ award winning ice entertainment system, offering up to 2500 channels of on demand movies, television programmes, music, audio books and music. In Cape Town, Emirates also offers First Class and Business Class customers a complimentary chauffeur drive service, as well as a dedicated and luxury lounge facility at the airport, which Platinum and Gold members of its

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Frequent Flyer Programme, Skywards, can also enjoy. Key outbound markets for Cape Town customers include various points in Europe, the United States, Middle East, West Asia and the Asia Pacific region, with the new flight (EK779) enabling convenient connections onto Emirates flights from Dubai, as well as for inbound customers from across the network transiting for the flight (EK778) to the city. The added frequency will also provide up to 23 tonnes of cargo capacity on the aircraft per flight, giving businesses and traders opportunities for increased imports and exports. Emirates first launched services to South Africa 20 years ago, and in addition to Cape Town, the airline also operates four daily flights between Dubai and Johannesburg, and a daily flight between Dubai and Durban.

Western Cape Launched Climate Change Plan

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resilience to climate change through climate smart agriculture. Owing to its position as a highly vulnerable sector, the agricultural sector is the first sector in the province to benefit from a sectoral climate change response framework and plan. The SmartAgri Plan presents the “road map” for the agricultural sector to travel towards a more productive and sustainable future.” The final report offers tailored climate change response plans for each of the Western Cape’s key agricultural regions. To start, the team categorised the different regions of the province’s agriculture sector into 23 “agro-climactic zones”. The plan stipulates the nature of that specific region’s agri-enterprises and the climate challenges which are likely to be experienced in each area. Using scenario planning, SmartAgri predicts detailed outcomes for a series of possible situations, which include droughts, heat waves and cold spells. The following findings show unequivocally that, if not addressed, climate change will have negative impacts on our region: Higher minimum and maximum temperatures, particularly inland; Increases in annual temperatures of 1.5 degrees to 3 degrees; More hot days and fewer cold and frost days; Reduced annual rainfall by mid-century; and the Possibility of increased rainfall.

The SmartAgri plan puts forward the following six priorities to be driven by government and industry as solutions: Conservation agriculture, Restoring degraded landscapes, Improved catchment management for water security and job creation, Energy efficiency, “Climate-proofing” the Western Cape’s agri-processing sector and Integrated knowledge system for climate smart practices.

Minister Winde said: “In the recent past we’ve had severe floods, droughts and heat waves. Between 2003 and 2008, these events cost our economy over R3 billion. If we do not act, potential jobs and revenue are on the line. Scenario planning shows us that if we continue without a co-ordinated response, the knock on effect will also mean increased food prices. It is our duty to act now to ensure we have a sustainable agriculture sector in the future. Minister Bredell agreed that extreme weather events are threatening food security and economic growth.

"Through this priority project, we are seeking to ensure our extension officers become the first port of call for farmers requiring information on smart agriculture."

Bredell stated, “A strategic and inclusive approach is required to build long-term

Minister Winde concluded: “SmartAgri is the most authoritative source of information for how climate change will affect our future. It also details concrete action plans for how we can mitigate these threats to build a sustainable agricultural sector which is able to withstand the climate of our future. Our job is to ensure that this plan lands across the Western Cape. This is a challenge we are determined to achieve in collaboration with our partners across all spheres of our province.”




Distell Assembles Dream

FEDHASA Cape Creating Opportunities

Team for New Centre Of Excellence

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Rather than rest on its laurels, Distell, the reigning worldwide distiller of the year that took the title at the International Wine & Spirit Competition (IWSC) in London, is intent on advancing its already formidable reputation for quality. The JSE-listed company has assembled a dream team of top talent who will combine their skills at what it calls, the Centre of Excellence: Intrinsic. The new department will have as its key focus, the intrinsic quality of the products across the range of wines, spirits, ciders and other ready-to-drinks. Led by Johan Venter, a celebrated brandy master internationally recognised for his contribution to South African brandy, the centre will provide strategic guidance to the production arm of the company. It will also be responsible for maintaining excellence in farm management and viticulture and play a crucial role in building and expanding the company's luxury and craft portfolio. The centre forms part of the company's supply chain function, directed by Schalk Klopper.

In an effort to create sustainable careers in the hospitality industry for young South Africans in the Cape region, FEDHASA Cape (Federated Hospitality Association of Southern Africa) hosted its annual golf day at Devonvale Golf and Wine Estate last month. Passionate about the industry and firmly believing that education is a fundamental driver of personal success which ultimately benefits the local economy, FEDHASA Cape is proud to announce that they will be offering the FEDHASA Cape Youth Bursary Fund for the 4th consecutive year. “Offering financial assistance to future ambassadors of the hospitality industry is an opportunity to contribute to the growth and development of one of South Africa’s most thriving sectors,” says Rob Kucera Chairman of FEDHASA Cape. By 2017, it is estimated that the hospitality industry will generate roughly R161bn per year of South Africa’s GDP.

Bursary Recipient: Janice Paulsen

It is with this understanding that FEDHASA Cape has identified investing in education as the biggest return on investment for the industry. According to Noli Mini FEDHASA Cape Youth Chair, “The Youth Bursary is our pledge to new members joining our ranks that this industry rewards a commitment to education and when coupled with experience, members are well on their way to success.” Venter said with the company's growing international profile and its rising participation in fiercely contested developing and developed markets, it was essential that Distell not only maintain but augment its established quality credentials by remaining at the forefront of skills development and technology.

116 golfers took part in this year’s golf day with support from local celebrities including Breyton Paulse and KFM’s Jeremy Harris. The event raised an amount of R 48,500.00 – a welcome boost to the organisations bursary fund. The FEDHASA Cape Youth Bursary is open to students and trainees currently in the employ or studying at FEDHASA Cape member institutions and establishments.

Amongst those reporting to Venter are Razvan Macici, a former Diners Club Winemaker of the Year. As Distell's head winemaker his focus is to highlight style and innovation in a way that is aligned with the company's strategy.

Entrants should have successfully completed their second year of study and have entered or will be entering their third year of study.

Working closely with him is viticulturist Drikus Heyns, who is responsible for all the company's own farms, its jointly-owned farms and the technical services that embrace wine, grape and apple supply.

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Master distiller Andy Watts will focus on the company's entire whisky portfolio, while Mare-Loe Prinsloo will be responsible for Distell's internationally lauded brandy and cognac portfolio as well as all other spirits apart from whisky.


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Mowbray Maternity Hospital Mowbray Maternity Hospital, the largest dedicated maternity hospital in South Africa, officially opened its doors in 1916. In the lead up to the actual centenary anniversary date in December, the facility officially launched its ‘9 month’ centennial countdown, which symbolises the length of normal pregnancy. Arranged by the hospital’s Health Facility Board, the occasion provided the opportunity to pay tribute to the history and heritage of the remarkable facility and acknowledge the enormous contribution it makes to maternal services offered to mothers and their new-born infants in the Western Cape. Speaking at the function, Western Cape Minister of Health, Dr Nomafrench Mbombo commended the facility for unceasingly providing quality maternal services to the residents of the province throughout the years. Janine Joemat, Chief Executive Officer of Mowbray Maternity Hospital says that although the facility operates under immense service pressures, especially given the rise in the need for specialised services for pregnant females, it has continued to serve the community by providing quality healthcare. Joemat highlights that the unique legacy of Mowbray Maternity Hospital is thanks to the dedicated and committed staff. Peninsula Maternity Hospital (PMH) closed its doors on the 12 of January 1992, after serving the community of District Six for more than 70 years. The facility amalgamated with Mowbray Maternity Hospital on 13 January 1992 and meant that many of the staff from PMH joined the personnel of Mowbray Maternity Hospital. Currently, the facility has 132 obstetric beds and 73 neonatal beds. Apart from the local primary service drainage areas, the facility also provides obstetric and neonatal clinical support to five Midwife Obstetric Units (MOU); namely False Bay, Guguletu, Hanover Park, Mitchells Plain and Retreat. “With a staff compliment of 361, Mowbray Maternity Hospital’s workload has increased from 4 500 deliveries per year in 1993 to over 10 000 deliveries annually in recent years,” says Joemat. In 2007, Mowbray Maternity received recognition for outstanding performance in the field of healthcare by winning the "Premier's Service Excellence Award" for service delivery in the Western Cape. Other successes include being the first hospital in the world to deliver sextuplets [Rosenkowitz] who survived infancy. The facility has also been at the forefront of implementing the latest initiatives in prenatal, antenatal and postnatal care. This includes being accredited as a ‘Mother - Baby Friendly Initiative’ (MBFI) hospital in 2003.







The Daily Coffee Café Franchise Group currently comprises of coffee cafés in Blouberg, Brackenfell, Durbanville, Kuils River, Noordhoek and Somerset West (Stellenbosch opening September) in the Western Cape and is looking to further expand both locally and nationally.


The Wolftrap Steakhouse Championships is again hunting down South Africa's greatest steakhouse to find the national champion for 2016! The first round has been completed. This was a public voting phase to identify South Africa’s favourite steakhouses, and the 20 that gathered the most votes have now made it through to the judging round. The 2016 finalists in the Western Cape are: Cattle Baron (Tableview), HQ (Cape Town), The Butcher Restaurant (Camps Bay), The Hussar Grill (Rondebosch) and Woodstock Grill & Tap.

The Daily Coffee Café Kuils River - Photo Credit: Johan du Preez

“We do not only sell coffee, we afford a lifestyle and a warm emotion,” says Adriaan de Bruyn, CEO of The Daily Coffee Café Franchise Group, an independent truly South African owned business based on world-class standards. “Our cafés offer seclusion for a lingering me-time breather, a homely corner to catch up with a friend, an appealing ambience for business discussions and a relaxing setting to treat the family. And we have the best coffee!” he adds. De Bruyn established the first The Daily Coffee Café in 2013 in Paarl. “I became frustrated with typical coffee shops which look like one another, even serving the same taste-like-one-another’s coffee. It was time to introduce something with genuine appeal,” he says. The Daily Coffee Café soon became a destination of choice. The support was so overwhelming and the demand for similar coffee cafés so strong, that it gave De Bruyn the proverbial green light to introduce five more franchise owned cafés by April 2016.

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Inspired by the café life so prevalent from Cape Town to New York, The Daily Coffee Café prides itself on its excellent professionally prepared five-senses espresso coffee and other coffeebased drinks. The modern, striking, yet subtle interior of the cafés together with its hassle-free atmosphere of genuine hospitality, uplift, relax and prepare the visitor for a refined experience.

Key to this is the pleasing and much talked about New York meets Karoo theme of the cafés which takes patrons on a visual journey where they can expect hints of upmarket Big Apple urbanism, combined with shades of customary down to earth South African appeal. Welcome to The Daily Coffee Café – home of the finest coffee and warm emotions. Discover the feeling today. For more information or for details on franchise opportunities, contact Adriaan de Bruyn on 082 781 0899 or Kobie Malan on 083 263 5196 or visit

This judges’ round during May was a steak show-down during which a team of expert judges, led by Pete Goffe-Wood, well-known MasterChef judge, visited the Top 20 to test the field. The steakhouses did not know when the judges would arrive and each were assessed on a score-sheet that's designed to separate the good from the great – looking at the total experience but focussing on the quality of the steak. The big reveal will take place at the Awards Ceremony on 21 June at the current Steakhouse Champion, Little Havana in Umhlanga Rocks, where The Wolftrap Steakhouse Champion for 2016 will be announced. Steak is a South African passion and the steakhouse is our favourite national restaurant. The Wolftrap Steakhouse Championships is now in its fourth year.

TASTE HELDERBERG 2016 Get your gourmet and grape groove on at the 2016 Taste the Helderberg showcase when this winter blues-busting food and wine affair celebrates the talents and tastes unique to this thriving region on 15 June. This sensory showcase of all things Helderberg serves up a treasure trove of the finer things in life with more than 100 premium wines to sip on and dishes from eminent local chefs and artisanal producers to warm the cockles. The NH Lord Charles Hotel in Somerset West is set to be transformed into a one-stop wine route of home-grown happiness with more than 25 prominent wine producers who will share their wines with a cosy crowd. These include the likes of Bilton, Ken Forrester Wines, Longridge, Lyngrove, Peter Falke, Somerbosch, Vergenoegd and Waterkloof Estate. Food lovers are also in for a royal treat where a delicious smorgasbord of sumptuous delights ranging from signature dishes to decadent sweets will perk the most jaded palates. The Helderberg Winelands area stretches from Somerset West to Stellenbosch and Sir Lowry’s Pass Village, with some of the country’s most lauded cellars, restaurants and eateries adding their passions and pleasures to this booming area. For more information visit

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Riaan Roos Paints Sunny Scenario For Western Cape Property CEO of MSP, Riaan Roos, has a sunny attitude to living and property investment in the Western Cape. He explains why – and also how inflation can be your friend. MSP is coming close to having developed and delivered 6000 properties since 2002, so people often ask his opinion on where they should best invest in property.

Riaan’s advice is to choose a property that is affordable enough to use as a starting point for your portfolio, compare various options, and identify which meet your objectives and budget. The right property is one with relatively low risk and a reasonable yield. If Riaan had to choose a specific development to live or invest in, it would be Buh-Rein Estate in Cape Town’s Northern Suburbs. It was recognised by the South African Planning Institute (SAPI) for its innovative layout and won the SAPI award in 2010. It continues to go from strength to strength, with sustained demand. MSP sell 25-30 homes a month in the various developments of the estate, and demand is not slowing at all, even after the interest rate increases. Which brings Riaan to why and how inflation can be your friend. “Over the past 50 years other investments have fluctuated, but property values have shown consistent appreciation. This is partly due to inflation, which increases the replacement cost of a house – and thus pushes up its value.”

“I may come across as biased, but I put my focus on the Western Cape. This province has a lot going for it – it is well managed and administered, and there is definitely a clear trend of people moving down from the northern parts of the country. As a result there is sustained demand - which supports above average capital appreciation,” says Riaan. “From an investment point of view the statistics also support my view. The Western Cape House Price Index rose by 12% (year-onyear) during the first quarter of 2016 – beating all the other provinces.” “Add to this the fact that the Tenant Profile Network (SA’s biggest tenant data bureau) tells us that the Western Cape has the highest percentage of residential rental tenants in good standing (at 88.7%). Quite frankly, that is where the buck stops for an investor.”

Featherline Art & Design Featherline Art & Design was founded by Karen Cronje 14 years ago as a part time business. Soon it became a full time business committed to good service at affordable prices. Initially Featherline Art & Design only offered graphic design, but realized that there was a need for a more comprehensive service regarding design, printing and marketing material. Thus, Featherline Art & Design have expanded their repertoire to include the complete proses from conceptualizing, layout, printing, manufacturing and delivery of the final product.

"So while everything gets more expensive – so does the value of your property and your property investments. Inflation is currently at 6.3%, but building inflation is even higher, at 7.2%. In this way inflation benefits those who have committed to the residential market – but is a disadvantage for those who keep delaying getting in,” Riaan continues." "In terms of MSP developments overall, they work across varied socio-economic communities: from historically disenfranchised areas to more traditional suburban developments and even retirement housing." “For me personally, knowing that we have helped our clients create wealth through property ownership is the overall crowning success,” Riaan concludes.

Idiom Unveils Its New Mountain-top Helderberg Winelands Destination Toasting ten vintages of award-winning Idiom wines, the Bottega family is embarking on a new sensory adventure with the unveiling of an inspiring venue located at the top of their mountain vineyards on the outskirts of Somerset West near Sir Lowry’s Pass. The new Idiom Restaurant & Wine Tasting Centre flaunts unique, panoramic views of the majestic Helderberg basin and the full expanse of the Cape Peninsula, from Table Mountain to Cape Point, with False Bay glistening in the foreground.

With 23 years’ experience in the industry “graphics” is like second nature. Designs to date have covered Corporate ID’s (logo’s, business cards, letterheads, etc.), Folders, Calendars, Brochures, Catalogues, Certificates, Posters, Newsletters, Book Covers, International Conference Programme books and much more. Featherline Art & Design strives to fulfil the needs of customers from every walk of life, building long-term relationships with them. Being a graphic design studio Featherline Art & Design enjoys very good prices from a variety of quality printers and manufacturers in the Cape Town area maintaining delivery times and quality. Quotations and proofs are submitted before any job goes to print or manufacturing, giving customers piece of mind. Although Featherline Art & Design specializes in Design and Printing, they also arrange the manufacturing of signage and other marketing material which include Banners, Flags, Vehicle decals, signage boards, magnets, pull-up banners, Corporate Clothing, Gifts & Accessories. Fine art has also been done on an ad hoc basis. Featherline Art & Design is based in Durbanville, but customers range from different fields, both locally and abroad. For more information or a free quote contact 083 763 3542 or

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The building, masterfully designed by architect Thomas Leach in close partnership with Idiom owner Alberto Bottega and his son, Roberto, mirrors South Africa’s unique positioning in the world of wine; a composition of New World modernism on a base of Old World support. Roberto expresses his vision: “The concept at Idiom was to achieve a dialogue between the modern and traditional, bringing together our family’s South African and Italian heritage. The arched porticos and stone viewing tower offer subtle reminders of our Italian heritage while the concrete, glass and timber structure reflect our South African roots. The fusion of styles means that the building constantly surprises and looks different from every angle.”The dramatic structure bears witness to the character of Idiom Wines and brings multiple aspects of the terroir into the space. It is a modern metaphor that salutes the outdoors with 360 degree views and the various natural aspects of the rolling vineyards and mountains blend into the space like art or a great wine. The self-supporting arches, made from local stone quarried on the farm, and the signature solid wooden posts and beams, which have been masterfully cut from selected alien Eucalyptus Cladycalyx (Bluegum) trees, preserve a harmony with nature and the immediate environment. The building co-exists within the natural fynbos biosphere, with a consistent colour palette that reflects the mountain setting with rich, earthy tones of stone and wood. The combination of grey concrete slabs and granite rocks, showcase the positive synergy arising from the technical precision of man and the warm hand of nature in the structure built by Giuricich Construction. The venue, which opens its doors in June 2016, will offer fusion dishes of South African and Italian cuisine with a modern twist. The exclusive 60-seater dining space is linked to Idiom’s concrete wine tasting ‘cube’ where wine lovers can sample and purchase the flagship Idiom blends. The restaurant will offer a seasonal a la carte menu and one of the features will be the multi-course degustation menus which will available only by prior booking. Walk-in wine tasters will be able to choose from the lighter canapé and wine pairing selections.




Two Oceans Aquarium Released African Penguin Conservation at Ragged-tooth Sharks Rehabilitation Facility In Gansbaai The Two Oceans Aquarium released all the ragged-tooth sharks from the current I&J Predator Exhibit from the aquarium in Cape Town. The sharks were released during the last week in May off Mossel Bay. This was done in preparation for the closing of the I&J Predator Exhibit for repairs in mid-June and the long-awaited opening of the new large scale exhibit, the I&J Ocean Exhibit. Staff removed the ragged-tooth sharks from the I&J Predator Exhibit while divers manoeuvred each shark into a transparent PVC cone. Once secured, the sharks were moved to a holding tank that had been placed into the exhibit. From there, the sharks were moved to a 6,000 litre holding tank on the back of a transport truck. The truck and tank were fitted with complete life support systems that maintained the water quality during the journey to Mossel Bay and overnight. The sharks were transported to the harbour, transferred to a boat and taken out to an offshore reef for release. The sharks have been tagged with internal VEMCO multi-purpose transmitters. These transmitters have a 10-year battery-lifespan and will transmit to various acoustic monitoring receivers that are dotted along the southern African coast. “As with all our previous shark releases, we are really excited as we will receive data from these transmitters for the next ten years and through that will continue to contribute to the scientific research being conducted on sharks around the southern African coast,” said Tinus Beukes, Operations Manager for the Two Oceans Aquarium.

Eland Have Settled In Well At City’s False Bay Nature Reserve The City of Cape Town, in partnership with the Gantouw Project, has successfully reintroduced five eland to the Cape Flats, which was historically part of their natural rangelands. The eland ‘bokkies’ have taken well to the natural vegetation of the endangered Cape Flats dune strandveld from which they have been absent for over 200 years. The City of Cape Town partnered with the Gantouw Project, a project of the Cape Town Environmental Education Trust (CTEET), to move five eland from Wellington to the Rondevlei Section of the False Bay Nature Reserve in October 2015. The eland were released into the veld and, after close monitoring over the past six months, it is evident that this small herd of eland has adapted well to the natural vegetation and seem to be an effective browsing management tool for the reserve. The Cape Flats dune strandveld (CFDS), of which only 7% is found in proclaimed nature reserves, is endemic to the coastal areas of the Cape Flats and is found nowhere else in the world. The veld has not been browsed upon by indigenous browsing herds for many years and this has resulted in bush encroachment that is threatening the ecological health of this vegetation type.

Ninety birds lost a week for the past thirty years has led to the African penguin, South Africa’s only penguin species, being classified ENDANGERED. From a population of over a million in the 1920s to only 18 000 breeding pairs left today the African penguin could be extinct in the wild by 2030. As an indicator species this devastating loss reminds us of the fragility of our environment. Historical factors of guano scraping for agricultural fertilizer destroyed their breeding habitat leading to predation during the crucial fledgling stage. An estimated 13million plus eggs were harvested as a delicacy causing the initial crash in numbers. Now they face issues of oiling, marine pollution, and a lack of fish with overfishing in their crucial hunting grounds. The Dyer Island Conservation Trust has since 2006 been rescuing birds and providing unique nests to help in the fledgling stage. In 2015 the Trust finally opened its own rehabilitation facility in Gansbaai – the African Penguin and Seabird Sanctuary (APSS). With a fully equipped lab and a vet on standby birds can be immediately treated thereby increasing their survival rate.

The absence of eland from these and other landscapes over the past few hundred years has led to an increase in the shrub component of natural areas in Cape Town. This has changed what should have been an open habitat into a closed dense thicket, resulting in the shrinking of populations and the disappearance of certain plant and animal species that are adapted to the open habitat. Since their release, the animals have been weaned and have a daily routine that consists of spending nights in a boma and feeding on natural vegetation during the day. The boma provides them with shelter and security at night, and during the day they are led by eland monitors through the veld. These eland have become ambassadors for their species, providing opportunity to the local surrounding community to see and learn about their important conservation value. Eland are present on the Cape Peninsula at Cape Point, but they have been absent from the Cape Flats as most of the remaining natural areas are too small or have complex social problems that preclude the reintroduction of eland. In some of the City’s larger more rural reserves, it is still hoped to accommodate free-ranging eland. Some of the other larger mammal species that can be found at Rondevlei include the Cape grysbok, hippo, porcupine, caracal, scrub hare, Cape hare, otter, and genet.

The birds are also released in the area so as to repopulate the Dyer Island colony which was once thriving at 25 000 breeding pairs in the 70s but there are now less than 1500 pairs left. The APSS also hosts tourists and school groups and every day reaches more people with the message of not only the African penguin but all our vulnerable seabirds. The sanctuary depends heavily on donations to help save our feathered friends. The African Penguin and Seabird Sanctuary is open every day from 8am to 4pm with feeding times that can be observed at 8h30 and 3pm. FREE ENTRANCE. Coffee/tea and cake is available for purchase and a curio shop is on site. Photos courtesy of Dyer Island Conservation Trust




Dr Errol Visser - Emergency Medicine Specialist That Cares! People might be wondering if there really was a need for another private hospital Emergency Centre in the Helderberg Basin – what is your take on this Dr Errol? I remember when there was no private hospital in the area, the town was considerably smaller, and the public hospital was seen as an extension of a community where most people either knew each other personally, or had a good idea with whom they were interacting. Businesses had a relationship not only with individuals, but with families as well, which was in some instances even generational! And then I remember when the private hospital, still MediCity at the time, was built on the lawns and orchards of Bizweni farm and rapidly grew into the large presence which it is today. As a general practitioner in the area at the time, I admitted and cared for patients at both public and private hospitals. The capacity steadily grew for both facilities, and later I took on the running of the Emergency Centre at the MediClinic, once I stopped my private practice.

Dr Errol Visser

The population of the Helderberg basin has however continued to grow, extending up the mountain slopes, over previous farmland to the east, open grassland and fields where I used to play, have almost fully been built on and now the previous clear zone around the De Beers / AECI dynamite factory is another area which is being occupied.

It was a different town then. My parents knew that education was pivotal in ridding one of the yoke of apartheid, and I was then sent to schools closer to Cape Town as those were the only English medium schools available to someone like me. Then on to the University of Cape Town where I studied under a special permit, as my “appropriate” university was meant to be University of the Western Cape, which did not offer medicine as a course, more likely since job reservation was still strong, and certain people were earmarked for certain categories of employment.

Schools, retirement and security villages, churches, supermarkets and petrol filling stations have grown in number. Yet, only two hospitals continue to serve this growing population. And by my estimation, their capacities are stretched. So yes, I believe there is scope for another healthcare facility, not only to ease the burden of existing hospitals, but also to offer more possibilities for the increasingly diverse community of the Helderberg to choose where they wish to take their health concerns. I had a stint at Peninsula Maternity hospital which gave me a love of Obstetrics which formed a strong base for my later private practice in the Strand, followed by some time at Khayelitsha Day Hospital. After that I opened up my practice in the Strand, as at that time I was not allowed to do business in the Somerset west CBD, and so set up shop in one of the housing estates as I could also not legally be in the Strand CBD. This was a wonderful time where I came to know the community of the Strand very well, and still today adult patients are ones I remember delivering as babies, treating whole families and listening to stories of community and interconnectedness.

When you talk about the town, it seems as if you know it well. I understand that you grew up in the area? Yes, I was born here in the Hottentots Holland Hospital, and went to school here for most of my primary schooling. So my younger days were spent playing in leiwater sloots, looking for froetangs in those same fields I spoke of earlier, and generally knowing the people and places of my town, and where to have pears for free, drink water from neighbourhood gardens and at which toy shops to stop.

The time came to end that chapter, and I then took up the leadership of the Emergency Centre at MediClinic, which was a growth period for me, culminating in me being conferred my specialty both here and with the Royal College of Emergency Medicine. I also qualified in Hyperbaric Medicine and also enjoyed times doing Air mercy flights, seeing my region from the air while still being a doctor in the sky! And now I find myself running an Emergency Centre at Paardevlei, named for the farm originally granted to Frans Van der Stel, and which actually belonged to my family until 1899 when De Beers began their dynamite factory here. In fact the De Beers siren was what kept me in time for my trains to school! So yes, I do believe I can say I am “from here:” My growth in medicine and my knowledge of people and the community is firmly rooted in this Basin, and the way I make sense of the world has been formed here. And informs the way I practice Medicine.



So I try to support the community – we have done health assessments at a school for mainly disadvantaged children, the caterer I use is a local woman who makes food from her own kitchen and we often provide medical care at local sporting events. Where did you go and work after leaving MediClinic ? I had spent some time working in the UK as Accident and Emergency consultant in Blackpool and knew that I preferred working in South Africa instead. So when I left MediClinic, I took up a position as the Emergency Consultant at Eerste River Hospital. I especially enjoyed the range of pathology there and the teaching of local and international students, and junior doctors, while consolidating the emergency practice in the newly extended Emergency centre there. I had established a certain cohesiveness of practice in the unit at Vergegelen MediClinic, and found myself establishing – and thoroughly enjoying – a consultant led service there too. Both these environments are cost conscious: for the medical aid containment as well as in the low resource setting of the State and I actually enjoyed seeing how lean we could manage, and empowering others to do the same, and finding solutions by innovation.


I laughed the other day as I took a facebook quiz and it said that I am a Defender – yet that is so right. I will do battle on behalf of a patient or for a principle. I guess this is what I now bring to the BUSAMED, wanting to do right, for the right reasons, as often as humanly possible. So you have now commissioned the unit at Paardevlei BUSAMED, similar to how you took on the three places you mentioned before, to establish a service level which was not there before and here where it is entirely new. I have heard people say that it is however quite expensive? That is the perception, apparently. The unit is quite unique in the area in that it is Emergency specialist led, and the medical personnel are either consultants in their own right, or at the very least have postgraduate qualifications in primary emergency care. I am there most days to ensure continuity and clinical governance.

It is the ability to deal with unpredictability and do things as correctly as possible the first time which stood me in good stead in my next posting where I commissioned a field hospital in Mogadishu, Somalia, for the United Nations and delivered care in that war zone as the only Emergency Physician. It is my own private unit within the BUSAMED facility which is the landlord. Legally, a doctor may only be employed by the state, such as in a government hospital, or by other doctors in association. We are not employed by BUSAMED, which is actually illegal. This is to ensure no perverse incentives and only independent decisions devoid of financial coercion. So we strive to do ethical business. Therefore there are two accounts levied, one from the “landlord”, and one from the medical practice. This is why it is seen as a double billing, and thus perceived as expensive. Yet we strive to curtail over-servicing as contained in our ethical guidelines and our holistic care often decreases the need for additional professionals to be involved.

So it sounds as if you bring not only a public and private perspective to the unit, but also an International one. What would you say is the common thread? I learned to stand up for what I believe and speak the truth in diverse places, as I would like to think I have a strong sense of ethics, and I am dedicated to delivering the highest standard of clinical care possible in any environment, while looking at those I care for holistically.

We have a strong sports injury and musculoskeletal service and tend to treat people in the unit. One of our doctors is actually trained in osteopathic techniques at Oxford University and myofascial releases. Another has presented at international conferences about the dangers of too much medication in the elderly, and brings this knowledge too. And in this way we contain some other hidden costs.

Mass Casualty Response for the UN in Somalia

In a war zone, and in a corporate environment as well as in the state, I found that sometimes I needed to remind myself where I had come from and what I was doing. My purpose is informed by my past. So I cannot work in an environment where ethics are altered for financial gain or for political brownie points, as I know we can do better, and often do! I am dedicated to maintain a standard and seeking excellence – I guess this comes from having been thought of as a second class citizen, and having to fight for education.

I believe we provide a high level of integrated care, with integrity and strive for ethical actions, and we hope that people will choose us in alignment with their own values. For more information contact Dr Errol Visser Specialist: Emergency Medicine, Hyperbaric Physician Paardevlei Emergency Centre Tel: +2721 840 6642/3, E mail: Website:




Maskam Water Manufactured First Fusion on South African Soil

How Green Is Your Headquarters ?

A challenge came along in 2009 when one of Gerhard Cronje’s irrigation customers asked him to help source an on-site sewage treatment plant. In the same year the US commercial service contacted Gerhard with the purpose of him importing and distributing Zoeller pumps from the USA. What started off as a customer looking for a sewage treatment plant and the US commercial service looking for a South African distributor for Zoeller Pump Company, was the beginning of a new challenge for Gerhard Cronje, and Maskam Water was founded by 2010. The Fusion (treatment plant) in itself is world class technology and by far the greenest way of treating waste water. Power consumption starts from as little as 60 watts (1 – 20 people) to 340 watts (per 100 people). It is absolutely the answer in waste water treatment – low energy, low maintenance, small footprint, underground, can easily be incorporated in the architecture of the building or installed in the garden. Maskam Water manufactured the first Fusion on South African soil! Local manufacturing of the Fusions are done in conjunction with Zoeller, the USA supplier of these plants.

An African Utility Week delegation of Service professionals from throughout the country visited the City’s Green Star-rated Electricity Services headquarters in Bellville to see first-hand the green design features. The African Utilities Week programme is the only global meeting place, conference and trade exhibition for African power and water utility professionals and offers a unique networking opportunity for engineers, stakeholders and solution providers alike. The delegation was taken on a tour of the building’s green features. Notable features include: an air conditioning system that achieves a 150% improvement on the requirements set out in the South African national standards for energy efficiency, without compromising the comfort levels of staff; smart lighting controls, motion sensors and timers that ensure that lights aren’t left on unnecessarily; a design which maximises natural light, a system of 400 solar panels to power the building; water-wise plants the recreational areas, and grey water reuse capabilities. In addition to the above, all materials used to construct the building were chosen to minimise pollution. “In terms of eco-friendly design, this building is one of the continent’s flagships and, as such, can serve as a blueprint for municipal buildings in Africa. We trust that the visiting delegates gained valuable insight into which green interventions would be feasible for their own unique contexts back home.” “In the modern context one cannot think about the provision of utility services without discussing how to use resources in an efficient way.”

The manufacturing of the Fusion here in South Africa is the product of hard work, dedication and two countries joining expertise to solve problems and offer opportunities to communities, companies and government.

“This is especially challenging in Africa due in no small part to the legacy of coal-reliant development. Furthermore, due to the economic contexts of many of our neighbours where large sections of the population have no access to electricity at all, the use of green technology often takes a back seat to other development goals. We hope that this visit would have demonstrated that green interventions aren’t necessarily at the cost of humanitarian goals,” said Councillor Sonnenberg.

This is the first time since the existence of Zoeller Company, that they allowed offshore manufacturing without them having a staff member there to control it. Local manufacturing means that more local content will be used and more jobs will be created in the manufacturing, marketing, installation and exporting of the product. The locally manufactured Fusions will also be exported to all African countries, which will help to reduce our trade deficit.

“Any opportunity for the City to facilitate progress of this nature is of great value. We are proud to play host to this event and I’m hopeful that all delegates will walk away from the conference confident that it has opened the door to mutually beneficial collaborations,” said Councillor Sonnenberg.

Photo L-R: Walter Carstens (Maskam Water - Manufacturing/Assembling of Fusions), Matthew Willet (Point Break Composites – Manufacturing of the Fibreglass Shells for Fusions), Seyed Saboohi (Zoeller Company – President of Lincoln Industries, the Department that manufactures the Fusion), Joe Clement (Zoeller Company - Manufacturing/Assembling of Fusions), Gerhard Cronje (CEO of Maskam Water) Wes Combs (Zoeller Company – Market Development)

Africa Utility Week presents a platform for role players from all over the continent to share ideas and build relationships.

What is the State of Our Nation’s Water?

Following the devastating impact of the drought on water security, food prices and rural jobs – South Africans are keen to know more about our water sector and what can be done differently in the future.

On 17 May, WWF-SA in partnership with the Young Water professionals, released a new report - Water: Facts and Futures. The launch of the report will be followed by an intergenerational debate on future water security in South Africa. Water: Facts and Futures introduces the reader to the interesting facts behind the state of our nation’s water and answers question such as: Where water comes from? Who has it? Why is it so polluted? What lives in it? Who is responsible for it? What can we do to secure a better (wetter) future? What are my water rights?

of success stories. WWF is particularly focussed on the role of nature in securing healthy water resources, essential for economic survival and growth. Nature, water, food and people are inseparably entwined in vulnerable landscapes.

These questions are addressed across 7 chapters which cover the essential elements of the water system: water resources; freshwater ecosystems; water engineering; water quality; access to water; sanitation; the public and private actors in the water sector. The report also shares some signposts for the future and celebrates a number

A growing economy needs reliable, safe water supplies.

“Our water resources are the base of our water supplies and include catchments, rivers, wetlands and aquifers. If these resources are degraded, downstream investments are left high and dry. And yet, we still plan development without considering this essential ecological infrastructure.” Demand for water is increasing.

Those demands will need to be met in an increasingly uncertain, volatile and warmer climate. A 2 degree increase in global temperatures means a 4 degree increase for South Africa.

Less rain is predicted in the western half of the country and potentially more intense flood events in the east. The report highlights the many pilots that have proven that new technologies, approaches and management models can work. South Africa has ground-breaking legislation that recognises the importance of the whole water cycle and grants the environment and people a basic right to water. Alien vegetation clearing programmes, from the private and public sectors, are grappling with the overwhelming challenge of alien vegetation invasion, and creating jobs for the unemployed. There are many rays of hope in this challenging sector, but we need to urgently focus on bringing these together quickly to ensure a brighter future. A downloadable report can be viewed at




THE WESTERN CAPE DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT MINISTERIAL YOUTH EXCELLENCE AWARDS 2016 Finalists Despairing statistics released recently indicate a rise in unemployment in the first quarter of 2016, from 24.5% to 26.7% of which 50% comprise youth. With 44% of the Western Cape's population under the age of 25, the Provincial Government has given a high level of importance to youth development initiatives. As a result the above Awards will recognise outstanding individuals and organisations that have contributed towards youth excellence in their respective fields. This year the awards process attracted 41 applications from across the Western Province of which 21 were shortlisted. All 21 projects were rigorously evaluated and recently presented to a panel of adjudicators.

This year's finalists for the prestigious awards are: Access Trust, Amy Biehl Foundation, Columba Leadership Trust, Dream Factory Foundation, enke:Make Your Mark, Graceland, Iliso Care Society, Indoni Dance, Arts and Leadership Academy, Khululeka Grief Support, Laphumilanga Youth Development Association, Net Vir Pret, Mamelani Proseed Youth Development, Oasis Association, Rainbow Arts Organisation, Rural Arts Network, SAILI, St Anne's Homes, The Communiversity of SA, The Pebbles Project Trust, The Sozo Foundation and Sunny Sky Projects.

Congratulations to all the 2016 finalists!




Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Enchantment Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Enchantment, Feld Entertainment’s action-packed ice spectacular featuring four fun-filled Disney stories that showcase many of the beloved characters from Disney Pixar’s Cars, The Little Mermaid, and Disney Pixar’s Toy Story 3, along with Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy. Joining these cherished characters are the stars of Disney’s Frozen. Presented by Feld Entertainment Inc the production takes place at the Grand Arena, GrandWest from 6 - 10 July 2016.

Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Enchantment Anna & Elsa, Disney’s Frozen Photo credit: ©Disney

In Radiator Springs, life-size Disney Pixar’s Cars characters – Lightning McQueen, Tow Mater and the crew – take their high-octane personalities to the ice. Featuring state-of-the-art, custom animatronics, their eyes and mouths move with every twist and turn on the frozen highway. Mater has amusing antics in store as the Cars characters rock the ice with jumps, spins and freewheeling fun.

“Audiences will be blown away in Radiator Springs when they encounter the unforgettable crew of animated cars, built to scale and live on ice. They will see their all-time favorites like The Little Mermaid and Disney Pixar’s Toy Story 3 and discover a story full of action, magic and unforgettable characters with Frozen,” says Producer Kenneth Feld. “Disney On Ice has become a staple Winter event on the South African entertainment calendar and we are seeing the audience grow year on year due to the quality of the various productions. In Disney On Ice presents World of Enchantment we are extremely lucky to have the smash hit story Frozen, together with other Disney classics such as The Little Mermaid, Toy Story and Cars. This is a spectacle not to be missed!” says Showtime’s Tony Feldman. Tickets available at Computicket

Winter Wonderland festival

Cape Town Philharmonic

Autumn is upon us, with the falling leaves and pollen filled streets the excitement of the winter sets in around the Helderberg area where the annual Winter Wonderland festival takes place from 24 June – 18 July with the Carnival weekends 24 – 26 June and 1-3 July. This year the venue will be Beach Road as well as Hendon Park in Gordon’s Bay.

Orchestra’s Winter Season

Winter Wonderland was conceptualized in 2011 by local resident, Margot Paulsen as an initiative by the Gordon’s Bay Business Forum. An idea that has grown exponentially, incorporating the help from local businesses and residents, creating a large sense of community, but more so a large local family. The first year drew approximately 2,000 people to Gordon’s Bay, with 10,000 visitors in 2012 and now into its 6th year, 2016 promises in excess of 40,000 festival goers. Prior to Winter Wonderland, businesses were struggling after the slow trade of winter. With this initiative there has been an increase of businesses to the village. According to Andre’ Paulsen of the Gordon’s Bay Business Forum (GBBF), last year, R4.5 million was generated by local retail, hospitality and restaurant businesses.

Photo Credit: Carlinda of Must Love Photography

The festival income has increased by about 25% year on year followed closely by the rising costs which include marquees costs, municipal services and fairy lights which are

imported from overseas. Functions and events during the Festival month, Carnival weekends and from various events held during the year generated 80% while sponsorships and donations from various businesses and individuals accounted for the remaining 20%, with the monetary value in discounts received from suppliers and time and effort from volunteers involved in Winter Wonderland excluded. Virtually thousands of hours of voluntary workmanship and expertise have gone into the organization of Winter Wonderland. “We are proud to say that all our efforts and hard work has been rewarded as we are able to support and uplift our local charities, schools and societies with a figure of R80,000.00 being distributed during the events over the last two years,” says Leon Theron, Winter Wonderland’s Festival Director. Charities who benefit are Lions International, Gordon’s Bay Rotary, Helderberg Hospice, NRSI, Animal Welfare Society and PATCH Child Abuse Centre. For more information visit:

The Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra’s (CPO) Winter season starts with three concerts to take place at the Cape Town City Hall. The concert includes one by Bernhard Gueller on 16 June and two by CPO principal guest conductor Martin Panteleev on 23 and 30 June. In addition, and not as part of the season, the CPO together with Cape Town Opera and Artscape, is hosting the finals of the 35th Hans Gabor Belvedere International Singing Competition at Artscape on 2 July, conducted by Kamal Khan. Soloists in the winter season are Peter Martens, who will play the Dvořák Cello Concerto on 16 June; Maciej Grybowski who will play the Schumann Piano Concerto on 23 June, and Rachel Lee Priday, who will play the First Prokofiev Violin Concerto on 30 June. Main works on the programmes are, respectively, the Tchaikovsky Symphony no 5, the Saint-Saëns Organ Symphony with Erik Dippenaar, and the Symphonic Dances by Rachmaninov. The CPO is also delighted to present works by two young and gifted composers, made possible by the SAMRO Foundation and ConcertsSA. Overture by Shaun Crawford and Revelation by Chris Jankowitz, both accessible and lively, will be played in CPO concerts on 16 June and 23 June, respectively. Tickets available at Artscape Dial-A-Seat on 021 241 7695 or at Computicket

TULBAGH CHRISTMAS IN WINTER FESTIVAL Christmas once again comes early this year as Tulbagh dons its winter cape in the month of June and welcomes the rest of the country to join them for a weekend extravaganza of wonderful winter warmers. Marvel at the array of Christmas trimmings and glittering lights, take a trip with Father Christmas down historic Church Street and help him hand out treats to the many bright-eyed children, browse through the arts, crafts, photographic exhibitions, art galleries and quaint shops.

You’re bound to find something to start filling the Christmas stockings with. Enjoy cheese, Belgian chocolate and olive tastings or join in the chilli eating and various other competitions happening. Jumping castles, face painting, pony rides, tractor trips are just some of the activities that will keep the little ones entertained. Enjoy a scenic outride on horseback and experience the beauty and tranquillity of nature or go on a Zipslide adventure further down the Valley. Be sure to enter the scenic trail run. Enticing aromas will send you in search of our gastronomic wonders. Join them for a cup of eggnog or a glass of glühwein to warm the cockles, enjoy roaring log fires, glittering Christmas trees, winter warmer lunches and traditional Christmas fare and dinners at our world-class restaurants and coffee shops. Book to see Chris Chameleon at the theatre on Saturday evening, jive to the sounds of live music, enjoy much merriment and of course good company at one of the many sports bars. 25 - 26 June, come rain, shine or (hopefully) snow, the secluded valley of Tulbagh promises you a festive celebration of Christmas in Winter.




Tips for planning

Annual Indie Karoo Film Festival

the perfect wedding

in Prince Albert

Planning your wedding can be one of the most exciting and most overwhelming times of your life. The 2016 The Wedding Expo, which takes place in Cape Town on the 11-12 June at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC), puts the focus firmly on the exciting aspects of wedding planning. Below are a few reasons to visit The Wedding Expo and ensure you have the wedding of your dreams: Look local for the best - South Africa is one of the world’s leading trendsetters when it comes to weddings, and The Wedding Expo have gathered a selection of South Africa’s finest for this year’s Expo. Know your budget, and stick to it Wedding planning on a budget can be stressful but it pays to know what your budget is from the start. The Wedding Expo Fashion Theatre - It will be easier to say choose your dress once you’ve seen The Wedding Expo Fashion Theatre, the new attraction which replaces the traditional runway show. Here brides will be able to see gorgeous wedding gowns and get tips from designers and fashion experts regarding all the intimate details of the wedding gown, from fit to embellishments. Allow yourself it be immersed in the magic of it all - Your wedding day will be one of the most magical days of your life, and with The Wedding Expo’s Make Me a Bride makeover, you could get the chance to experience the magic more than once! Volunteers will be chosen for a hair and makeup make over and will also get the opportunity to try a wedding gown before being revealed on the stage to the waiting audience! Combine the hottest wedding décor trends with your own personal flair - Most couples nowadays are focussed on weddings that showcase who they are. The SA School of Weddings will be arranging 19 beautifully decorated table settings, all showcasing the hottest trends in wedding and other event décor. The Wedding Expo is the only AAXO* approved bridal exhibition, and with a strict code of conduct, ensures that the Expo is both ethical, professional and one exhibitors and visitors can trust. Confirming excellence in the exhibition industry, The Wedding Expo is also a two time recipient of the PMR. Africa Diamond Arrow award for the best exhibition in South Africa.

The 2nd annual Indie Karoo Film Festival, a feast of films within the heart of the Karoo, will take place from 1- 3 July in Prince Albert. The Indie Karoo Film Festival not only creates a platform for independent film makers and storytellers of cutting-edge feature, documentary, experimental and short films, but also enables local audiences to discover some of South Africa's most exciting emerging talent. The Indie Karoo Film Festival was founded in 2015 and is the brainchild of film maker, co-owner of the Showroom Theatre, and local resident, Johnny Breedt. Although the festival is only a year old it has already grown in stature with selected feature, documentary, experimental and short films to be screened at four venues: The Showroom Theatre, the Zwartberg High, the Jans Rautenbach Schouwburg and the Sidwell Williams Centre. The flagship venue for the festival is The Showroom Theatre, a collaborative project created by local businesswoman Charon Landman and Film Maker Johnny Breedt. “The Showroom” boasts state-of-the-art theatre and cinema equipment, making it suitable to facilitate and attract some of the country’s top performers. The festival also includes a scriptwriting workshop presented by Daniel Dercksen, Bobby Roth’s Mastersclass in directing, as well as editing and grading workshops by LABSPACE. Director Gavin Hood (either in person or via Skype) will also be hosting a Q & A after the screening of his latest critically acclaimed film, ‘Eye in the Sky’. Initial films selected for the festival include the multi-award winning, The Boers at the End of the World, as well as local films Verskietende Ster (Shooting Star), and the innovative short film Skewe Reenboog. The three-day festival allows patrons to rub shoulders and network not only with industry professionals, but also aspiring new filmmakers and other film buffs. For more information visit

Zip Zap to perform with Al Bairre

With stats like these, The Wedding Expo is without doubt the only bridal expo you should attend for inspiration for your big day.

Learn about archiving and book repair and heritage workers, records staff and archive assistants. The workshops are presented by Pétria de Vaal-Senekal, a qualified archivist with many years of experience in the fields of records management and archives. The workshops includes practical sessions. The Records Management Workshop focuses on legal compliancy, filing, functional registry, electronic documents, and policy and procedure.

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The Afrikaanse Taalmuseum en -monument will once again present their series of popular courses and workshops in Paarl. The series focuses on the development of basic professional skills. Records Management and Archiving Workshops are offered in July and Book Repair Courses in September. The Introductory Records Management Workshop 4 - 5 July and the Introductory Archiving Workshop 6 - 8 July are suitable for librarians, museum

The Archiving Workshop focuses on acquisition and collection; appraisal; sorting and arrangement; indexing; preservation; disaster recovery; and tips on making the archives available. The Introductory Book Repair Course 19 - 21 September and the Advanced Book Repair Course 22 - 24 September are presented by book repair specialist Peter Packery. No previous knowledge is required for the introductory course. The advanced course is suitable for participants that already acquire the basics of book and paper conservation. For more information, contact 021 863 0543/4809 or e-mail

Zip Zap Circus School and classic indie pop band, Al Bairre are set to perform together for two nights only on 10-11 June at the Zip Zap Dome in Cape Town. Zip Zap’s intricately timed choreography of high-flying circus acts will complement the well-known ‘ice-cream of orchestral sounds of this local band.’ Fresh off of their highly successful UK tour, Al Bairre will, for the first time incorporate a live visual element into their show by performing with Zip Zap. The local indie pop band has performed at music festivals across the country, combining the sounds of cello, violin, keys, ukulele, bass, drums and guitars. They have also performed abroad in Cannes, Switzerland, Berlin and Amsterdam. “This is a not to be missed night out for Cape Town indie music fans. Acts to watch out for include trapeze, straps, scarf, cyr wheel, juggling and some surprises,” says Brent van Rensburg, co-founder of Zip Zap Circus School. Zip Zap is a Non-Profit Organisation that aims to foster real social change by using circus art as a tool to teach young people life skills. Through the process of learning these skills and acts, they become eminently employable; for many at-risk youth, Zip Zap is a safe place for second chances at life. In 2015 over 1000 children received free circus training from Zip Zap, which relies on income from performances and donations. For more information




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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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Trans Baviaans 24hr MTB Marathon


Embracing The Grind! Obstacle course racing is becoming the fitness phenomenon of the 21st Century. As a concept it challenges all sportspersons alike: whether they are athletes, gymnasts, martial arts practitioners or fit amateurs, an obstacle course race tests each competitor to the limit. Based on the longstanding principles of steeplechase, and combined with elements of the military, the modern and the insane, obstacle course racing is the ultimate test of speed, endurance and explosive power when needed. There have been several outdoor races in the recent past, but The Grind, a team of expert obstacle course enthusiasts are adding a whole new dimension to the concept on 11 June at the Velodrome in Bellville: The Grind Indoor Sprint Obstacle Course Race (ISOCR)! The Grind team love mud, but in the depths of winter they have decided to bring the race indoors.

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The Velodrome will be kitted out with a winding, climbing, diving track that covers a kilometre, and spread over that distance will be fifteen spectacular obstacles to challenge the mind, body and no doubt soul of each athlete. In a first for South African obstacle courses, all obstacles are in full view of the spectators, which will keep everybody up to date on the athletes.

Entries for the 2016 Trans Baviaans 24 hr MTB Marathon opened on the 1st December 2015 and Event #1 sold out just over an hour and Event #2 just under a week. The race dates are 13 and 20 August 2016 respectively. This is a team event, consisting of 2, 3 or 4 cyclists per team, the concept is very different to that of an ordinary MTB race. Riders will start in the town of Willowmore in the Karoo and challenge themselves to ride through the biggest wilderness area in South Africa, namely the Baviaans Kloof. A world heritage site with a route of 230km that they would need to navigate (the route is not marked) in 24 hours to be welcomed on the finish line in Jeffreys Bay. “This has become a bucket list race for many riders and we can clearly see that, with the tremendous response we are getting,” says Wikus van der Walt, Race Director. The Trans Baviaans was a crazy idea dreamed up by Wikus almost 7 years prior to the first race in 2004, when something like this was unheard off in the MTB fraternity. The uniqueness of the event has attracted hardcore mountain bikers since 2004, with only about 250 riders taking part in the first event. “We have been through the Baviaans Kloof last week and the road surface has deteriorated on some of the steep climbs, but the water levels are fairly low, which will make for a fast 2016 race, but everything can change very quickly if the weather decides to through us a curve ball,” says Zane Schmahl, Event organizer. Team Ecobound is currently busy touring around the country with the Trans Talk Roadshow, an information evening about the race and giving some valuable tips to the rookies of the event. Team Ecobound are looking forward to a great Trans Baviaans 2016.

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The obstacle course is not only for the ultra-competitors either. Mat Bartlett, The Grind Founder explains that entrants will be participating in groups of around 15, setting off every 5 - 10 minutes, and the fastest 50% in each heat will advance to the next rounds. The numbers will be whittled down to the top 30 male and female competitors for the semi-final, to be followed by the finals, giving a full day of excitement to competitors and spectators alike. What can the competitors expect? “Anything from ladders to skipping; bucket carrying to box jumps. We realise that the top athletes will probably take final honours with a substantial prize of R10 000 up for grabs, but the main focus is on fitness, health and fun for everybody, regardless of age or sporting discipline. Participation is the key, and the focus is on enjoyment.”

Once in a lifetime rugby opportunity! More than 20 school participated in the Southern Cape Sports Tours (SCST) Rugby week held in the Southern Cape during the April school holiday, where after a SCST U/19 team was selected to represent South Africa in Christchurch, New Zealand from 28 September to 8 October 2016. Although the competition was tough the first rugby team of Parel Vallei High School, Somerset West played their hearts out and was unstoppable after they won all three matches. Five rugby players from the team were selected to form part of the tour to New Zealand - a once in a lifetime rugby opportunity! During the tour the SCST U/19 team will play three matches against Aranui, Canterbury Rugby Club as well as Canterbury Metro. The players will also visit the AMI Stadium, home of the Canterbury Crusaders. Photo L-R: Sheldon Janse van Rensburg, Willem Smit, Jason Oliemans, Emile Booyens and Ginio Meiring

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Tiger’s Milk Winter Classic - Muizenberg Tiger’s Milk have upgraded the Men’s and Women’s Longboarding Divisions to World Surfing League (WSL) Speciality status, making it the first ever WSL speciality longboard surf contest to take place in South Africa. In addition, an Over 40 Longboard division for the more mature competitive longboarders has been added to the mix. As was the case in 2015, the Tigers Milk Winter Classic will not only cater for longboarders, but will also include Surfing South Africa 3A PST rated Open Men, Open Women, Under 18 Boys and Under 18 Girls surfers, a Stand Up Paddle Waveriding contest for Men and Women, as well as the unique Men’s and Women’s Varsity Divisions for registered student surfers. With a total of R55 000 in prize money on offer across the board in this multidiscipline surfriding event, and up to 100 local and national surfriders expected to take part in the Tiger’s Milk Winter Classic is definitely a premier event on the Surfing South Africa contest calendar. Photo Credit: Graeme Field

After the success of the inaugural Tiger’s Milk Classic at Surfers Corner in Muizenberg Corner last year, the 2016 Tiger’s Milk Winter Classic from 17-19 June 2016 will not only be even bigger and better this year but will also have an international flavour added to the menu.

Online entries are open, and will close once each division is full. The 2016 Tiger’s Milk Winter Classic is presented by Surfing South Africa. Surfing South Africa is the governing body for the sport in South Africa and is a member of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) and the International Surfing Association (ISA).

Absa and the Cape Epic donate over 5000 tents to charity With adverse weather conditions fast approaching, Absa – together with the organisers of the Cape Epic – have donated 5 410 tents, previously used by Absa Cape Epic riders, to two prominent charities. The Red Cross, one of the largest volunteer driven organisations in the world as well as the Gift of the Givers Foundation, Africa’s largest disaster response non-governmental organisation (NGO), were the recipients of the donation. Each organisation will receive 2705 tents to assist in some of their future initiatives. Matshepo Majola, General Manager, Group Marketing for Barclays Africa, said: “Absa consistently endeavours to leverage our sponsorship properties such as the Absa Cape Epic to support our local communities. We are all aware of the commendable work that the Red Cross and the Gift of the Givers Foundation do. Today’s donation will, hopefully, assist them in some of their future work.” She added that Absa intermittently renews its tents to accommodate the evolving needs of the Absa Cape Epic riders. “Now that we’ve accumulated a number of surplus tents that are still in good condition, we’ve decided to donate them to organisations that consistently support communities in need.” The official handover of the tents took place in Cape Town at the headquarters of the Absa Cape Epic, with Doug Walker, Absa’s Managing Executive in the Western Cape and Lynn Naude, Chief Executive Officer of the Absa Cape Epic, representing their respective organisations. “At the Absa Cape Epic we endeavour to have a positive impact on the communities we interact with and respect our social and physical environment. We are very grateful for the work done in the Western Cape and globally by the Red Cross and Gift of the Givers Foundation respectively and trust that this donation on behalf of Absa and ourselves will ease some of the burden and enable more of this good work.’’, said Naude.

Photo: 5 410 tents, previously used by Absa Cape Epic riders are being donated

Levona Van Aarde, acting Western Cape Provincial Manager at the South African Red Cross Society said: “The Red Cross would like to express their gratitude to Absa and to the Absa Cape Epic for this generous donation. With the rainy season fast approaching in the Western Cape, these tents will go a long way in helping us to assist people in need.” Saadiq Natha, Project Manager at Gift of the Givers, concluded: “These tents will be hugely helpful in our efforts to provide disaster relief to people affected by harsh winter conditions all over South Africa. We are immensely grateful to both Absa and to the Absa Cape Epic for their support.”