The Newspaper - January Edition 2017

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January 2017

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City Launches Water Ratings System To Promote Savings

The City of Cape Town has embarked on an initiative to encourage industry and companies to improve their water management practices by using a newly developed ratings tool. The City hosted an awards ceremony to recognise the 19 industries and companies that have participated in the assessment process and to hand over their certificates and star ratings. The companies that participated are: In2Foods, Total Garage, Sylko Plant Hire, Advanced Galvanising, Alibaba Foods, Coastal Casings, GlaxoSmithKline, Sonnendal Dairy, Peninsula Beverages, Capegate, NGK Ceramics, Plascon, Improchem, Biovac, Johnson & Johnson, Marley Roofing, Avis Budget, Groot Constantia and Southern Canned Products. The City’s Water and Sanitation Department appointed JG Afrika (Pty) Ltd to develop a ratings system to assess water management practices. First assessments undertaken by JG Afrika and the City’s inspectors evaluated a wide range of companies in this pilot phase – from multi-nationals to small businesses in sectors ranging from the food and beverage industry to industrial processes.

The Western Cape not only attracts locals, but many international visitors flock to the area to enjoy its scenic mountains, rivers, beaches, vineyards, floral kingdom, nature reserves and many more. Although tourism is the major attraction to the province, the line-up of cultural, sporting and other lifestyle events will once again be a major draw-card to the area in 2017. Bucket list events such as the CapeTown Cycle Tour and the ABSA Cape Epic are on the hot list for serious and adventure riders, while runners flock to the Old Mutual Two Oceans Ultra and Half Marathon - not to mention the many festivals, carnivals, parades, markets and conferences taking place in and around the Western Cape.

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What’s Happening in the Western Cape? (Continue from page 1) SunMet Sun International is taking over the reins of South Africa’s most prestigious horseracing event under a new name, The Sun Met celebrated with Mumm which takes place on 28 January, 2017. From the ponies and the punters to the fillies and fashionistas, The Sun Met celebration is a prestigious equestrian event with a proud legacy and they can’t wait to share it with you! Sun Met will add to the thrill with an extra dose of elegance, sophistication, glamour and world-class entertainment the cornerstones of everything we do.


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The hugely popular Stellenbosch Wine Festival presented by Pick n Pay is back and promises to be as memorable as ever. The event will again be hosted at the Coetzenburg Sports Grounds and will take place from 24 to 26 February 2017. The three-day event offers the very best of the Stellenbosch Wine Routes, presented in an innovative, family-friendly, relaxed and entertaining outdoor format. Cape Town Carnival The Cape Town Carnival theme for 2017 is AMAZA! ~ Ocean Odyssey, The funwalk takes place in Greenpoint on 18 March 2017. Over 2 000 dazzling costumed performers and musicians will take to Cape Town’s Fan Walk, entertaining viewers with floats and vibrant dance routines. The parade will be followed by a thumping street party, showcasing some of SA’s hottest musical talent


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R400m Mixed-Use Retail Centre Opens In Somerset West

The developers behind Somerset West’s acclaimed Waterstone Village are celebrating the opening of their anticipated destination centre, a R400-million mixed-use retail and convenience development called The Sanctuary. Anchored on the corner of the R44 and De Beers Avenue, the three-storey, R400-million building offers 8,000m² of retail space on the ground floor, with a further 8,000m² of optic fibre-connected office space and a Virgin Active gym.

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Designed by SVA International Cape Town, The Sanctuary boasts the first formalised restaurant node for Somerset West, bringing with it popular Gauteng steakhouse franchise, Turn ‘n Tender – a first for the Western Cape. Other eateries include the popular Casa Bella and the new look Cape Town Fish Market, Crème De Levain artisan bakery and patisserie, and Simply Greek (opening in January 2017). The trendy Java and Craft restaurants will be opening before the end of the year as well. Adding to the centre’s appeal, say developers, is its scenic setting. Restaurants spill onto an outdoor deck which overlooks a rehabilitated water body.

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The Absa Cape Epic, an annual mountain bike stage race for elite professional mountain bikers covering 691 km and lasting eight days - a prologue and seven stages takes place from 19 - 26 March 2017 from Hermanus to the first time Val de Vie Estate near Franschhoek. Cape Town Jazz Festival


Safety will be the main priority at the City of Cape Town’s beaches this summer. The City’s Sport, Recreation and Amenities Department has employed permanent and seasonal lifeguards in order to improve beach safety over the summer holiday season. The 12 permanent lifeguards and over 100 seasonal lifeguards will be deployed at various beaches over weekends. From 1 December 2016 lifeguards will be on these beaches daily from 10:00 until 18:00. An essential requirement for appointment as a beach lifeguard is possession of a valid Lifeguard Award, as well as experience in surf lifesaving. The aim of the City’s lifeguarding programme is to provide a lifesaving standard of the highest quality, and to provide lifeguards with better career path opportunities.

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South Africa’s biggest social, sport and lifestyle event, the Cape Town 10s is taking place in Green Point, Cape Town on 3 - 4 February 2017. The event has, over the years, featured some of the world’s greatest International rugby legends including Jonah Lomu, Carlos Spencer, Tana Umaga and Christian Cullen as well as Local SA Rugby Heroes.

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The Cape Town Jazz Festival will be held from 31 March 2017 & 1 April 2017 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. Affectionately referred to as “Africa’s Grandest Gathering” - is the largest music event in sub-Saharan Africa. Decorex Cape Town South Africa’s premier décor, design and lifestyle exhibition taking place from the 27 - 30 April 2017, is a comprehensive showcase of the latest décor and design trends, products and services. 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, tapping into the very latest global design and décor trends. For more information on events taking place in 2017, visit our website for updated events throughout the year!




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On 17 November, at Pelmeadow Estate in Klapmuts, near Paarl, a horse named Baybar quietly made South African history. He was the first horse in South Africa to bravely enter into the depths of an underwater treadmill.

Overstrand residents will soon have an exciting new destination where they can indulge in a little retail therapy; Whale Coast Mall is currently under construction by shopping centre specialist developer Dorpstraat, together with its partners Hosken Consolidated Investments and Shoprite Checkers. The mall is scheduled to open in November 2017.

Since the 1990’s the benefits of underwater training have been known, and more recently a number of small animal veterinary practices have started employing this technology to aid with the rehabilitation of canine patients, especially after surgical cruciate ligament repairs. When a horse named Baybar arrived on Pellmeadow Estate, he turned the owner, Dr Deon de Beer’s perceptions of horses and horse care around. Living on a small farm without the use of a tractor, other plans had to be made to deal with stable muck.

The Overstrand area is currently experiencing major market growth, both in terms of population and spending power. Jannie Krüger, co-founder and director of Dorpstraat, explains that aside from the variety and convenience the centre brings to residents and visitors alike, its establishment is very positive for the regional economy as a whole.

At the end of 2014, Baybar Trailers started building horse boxes and farm implements that could be used by smaller-scale farmers who do not have tractors. All Baybar implements are built to be towed by quad bikes. As all horse owners know, one horse is never enough and soon a few race horses found their way to the estate once they had retired from the track. One in particular arrived with an injured tendon and Dr de Beer, against strong advice to have the horse put down, decided to give him another chance at a more peaceful life. But his injury still had to be treated. Dr De Beer therefore sought advice from colleagues in the United Stated who had successfully rehabilitated horses with similar injuries and constructed the underwater treadmill, called Baybar Active. Baybar was given the privilege of trying it out first, and gave his stamp of approval. Training a horse in an underwater environment has many benefits which can help to get horses moving and exercising much faster after injury or surgery. Where they would usually be restricted to box rest and minimal hand walking, they can now continue to exercise because the weight they have to put on injured limbs is decreased and strengthen its muscles without putting added pressure on an injury. Muscle strength is increased through the resistance provided by the water, but because horses don’t actually swim in the water their necks do not have to arch and their backs don’t hollow, making it ideal for horses with back problems. According to Mooij et al. 2013, at the highest water levels, horses bend their backs more after ten days of working on an underwater treadmill. This research also suggested that adding an underwater treadmill session to a horse’s fitness regime will relieve back pain and increase its range of motion. It seems that after six sessions, horses take fewer, longer steps in the water treadmill. (Scott et al. 2010) There are also benefits for horses with oseatoarthritis and it improved horses’ postural stability. (M.King et al. 2013; M.R. King et al. 2013). Research done by York and Walker, ( 2014) supports the idea that the physical demands on a horse is intensified while it supports the symmetry of the horse’s movement. Just walking on the treadmill may evoke more activity than trotting (Tokuriki et al.1999). The facilities are now open and will soon also facilitate post-injury or post-surgical rehabilitation for horses. Procedures are overseen by Dr de Beer himself with qualified veterinary nurses in attendance.

“The development underway provides jobs for those who work in the construction industry, and the completed centre will offer many jobs for tenants and their staff. On top of this it will require full-time, casual and operational staff – boosting the local job market and resulting in increased opportunities for employment.” Developed by Dorpstraat – the team also responsible for the establishment of the popular Weskus Mall (Vredenburg) and Mountain Mill Shopping Centre (Worcester). The new Whale Coast Mall will be built in line with international standards and cover some 30 000 square meters. It is conveniently situated in Sandbaai near the Hemel-en-Aarde Road and R43 intersection, between Onrus and Hermanus. “Whale Coast Mall will act as a one-stop destination, offering a multi-purpose entertainment centre and an all-year round comparative shopping experience – particularly in terms of fashion – in a safe, sheltered environment,” says Krüger. The contemporary new centre will boast a diverse and exciting tenant mix, including retail giants Checkers and Woolworths. Other stores such as Dischem, Clicks, Mr Price Home, Mr Price Sports and Due South will also feature, as well as food chains such as Spur, Daily Coffee, Melissa’s and Mugg & Bean. Fashion tenants include a large Foschini and Truworths, as well and a Markham, Donna Claire, Ackermans and Cape Union Mart, to name but a few. It will also offer ample free parking and feature multiple entrances to avoid traffic congestion. The mall caters to a broader market of shopper, differentiating it from the entrepreneurial businesses situated in Hermanus’ Central Business District (CBD); an innate facet of the coastal town’s charm. Krüger is excited about the opportunities Whale Coast Mall brings to the area – both in terms of economic growth, but also through offering greater diversity and convenience to shoppers.




Farm Workers Turn Carbon Credits Into Cash

A game-changer in Western Cape agriculture has seen farm workers benefiting from carbon credits earned through a climate change mitigation initiative by an organically certified estate which practices regenerative farming. 27 workers on the Spier estate in Stellenbosch are to share half the R204 000 paid out from carbon credits - derived from practicing regenerative farming on a section of the organically certified wine farm. An average of R4 000 was given to each worker, with those managing the cattle component receiving a larger portion of the credits. “The farm has acquired the credits for sequestering 6 493 tons of carbon dioxide in its soil, which is cultivated in as natural way as possible by using regenerative farming practices like high density grazing,” says Spier Wine Farm’s livestock farm manager, Angus McIntosh. “This is a technique that involves frequent stock rotations aimed at using livestock to mimic nature by restoring carbon and nitrogen contained in livestock and poultry urine into the soil profile.”

Among institutions that have bought credits is the office of the Premier of the Western Cape, Helen Zille. “We now have a sixth revenue stream from carbon credits in addition to our other five - from sales of beef, chicken, eggs, pork and lamb, says Spier Sustainability Director, Heidi Newton-King. Livestock farming on the Spier Wine Farm practices high-density rotational grazing alongside the vineyards. 74 hectares of pastureland supports about 300 cattle, 4 500 laying hens, 1 200 broiler chickens, pigs and sheep. Soil samples from the livestock farm were tested over an 18-month period by a leading US laboratory. “They confirm a significant and rapid enhancement of soil organic carbon over this period,” shared Credible Carbon. “The presence of a great many animals in a confined space for a short period of time deposits enormous amounts of manure and urine on the land leading to healthy, vigorous pasture growth without the need of fertilizer,“ says McIntosh. “No inorganic fertilisers nor grains are used as animal feed, thereby disassociating the farming practice with industrial agriculture.” FAO estimates that carbon released from soil sinks is responsible for about one third of GHG emissions. However, says the FAO, “There is major potential for increasing soil carbon through restoration of degraded soils and widespread adoption of soil conservation practices.” “This is the second tranche of carbon credits earned by the farm following a smaller previous payout bringing it to a total of 7 852. This initiative adds to the farm’s sustainability and underlines that regenerative farming is not only good for the environment but makes good business sense,” shares Newton-King.

City Launches Water Ratings System To Promote Savings

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Globally, the conversion of grass- and forest land to crop and grazing lands has resulted in losses of soil carbon, explains the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO). Organic carbon accumulates in soils through photosynthesis as plants absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Carbon escapes into the atmosphere if land loses its cover of natural vegetation and becomes denuded and degraded through practices such as intensive agriculture and monoculture, and use of inorganic pesticides and herbicides. The credits were bought by a South African bank, brokered by Credible Carbon, a business dedicated for making carbon work for the poor as it facilitates carbon trading through credits earned for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and global warming.






The assessment covers different aspects of water management, namely: Where the water comes from; How the water is used on site and in operations, What measures are in place to reduce potable water demand, How much effluent is discharged into the system and the quality of this effluent and The ratings tool looks at potable water, grey water and black water systems. Companies were awarded points: if they had implemented measures to reduce their potable water consumption; if they had made changes to operating systems in order to re-use grey water, thereby reducing the volume of potable water required; if they are treating black water, thereby reducing the level of contaminated water entering the sewer system which would ultimately need to be treated at a wastewater treatment plant. Companies who receive one star are compliant with the relevant water legislation and the City’s water by-laws, between two and five stars have implemented measures to reduce water consumption and limit water pollution. Companies who achieve five stars are being innovative in their operations and are finding unique ways in which to conserve water and limit water pollution, whether via stormwater or sewer disposal. The information from the assessment can be used to guide the industries towards the areas that require attention, or where there is potential for improvement.

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"Looking after your skin is as much our responsibility as yours …" Chameleon Aesthetic & Laser is a stylish, purpose build modern facility, conveniently located in the most recent and upmarket addition to the Helderberg shopping arena, The Sanctuary Boutique Convenience Centre which offers patrons abundance of natural sunlight and breathtaking mountain views. Chameleon Aesthetic & Laser offer customers regular pampering, relaxing treatments and signature treatments using state of the art equipment. Chameleon Aesthetic & Laser was established in 2004 by Lilanie and Tertius Joubert. Lilanie grew up in Paarl and went to Paarl Girl’s High School. After school, she studied jewellery design, qualified as a nursing sister in Paarl, and worked for 2 years in the UK managing an estate agency in London. While she pursued a Corporate career in Dimension Data, she studied Beauty therapy part time and completed a 3-year course at Camelot International. After completing her masters in Mesotherapy, Lilanie also obtained extensive experience and training in medical skin peeling. The Team The dedicated staff of trained professionals is by far the foundation of the company, and the work provided by these professionals are set at the highest level possible to ensure that each treatment and every product offered exceeds the customers’ wildest expectations.

Virtually Pain-Free permanent hair reduction with In-Motion Technology with no burning or dermal damage. The laser is efficient on ALL skin types, including, Asian, African and Mediterranean skin and all hair colour, except grey with breakthrough client comfort, procedure speed and consistent efficiency and results. Eclipse Micropen® - Hollywood’s Hottest secret. The Eclipse Micropen® is a revolutionary cordless dermal micro-needling device used by skincare professionals across the globe. The Eclipse Micropen® has several advantages over previous generation anti-age devices and dermal needle rollers. The benefits of micro-needling can include a reduction in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, younger-looking skin with fewer signs of aging. Eclipse MicroPen® may also have a positive effect on the appearance of hyper-pigmentation, hypo-pigmentation, acne scars, traumatic scars and stretch marks, and generally creates a fresher appearance or glow to the skin. Environ DF Machine - The DF machine is used to enhance the penetration of anti-oxidants (Vitamin C & A) through the skin providing far greater penetration of the active vitamins and essential factors into the skin and therefore provide faster, more effective results, including the stimulation of collagen production, fade age spots and improve the tone and texture of the skin.

Chameleon Aesthetic & Laser’s years of success is based on a simple concept in which they address their customer’s needs first and foremost by offering them the best value for money treatments, complimented by a carefully selected group of products offering the best possible results. Treatments Chameleon Aesthetic & Laser offering includes all the regular pampering and relaxing treatments as well as result driven anti-ageing treatments, laser, Nouveau contour permanent make-up/micropigmentation (from Germany) performed by Nadine Minns and advanced medical treatments offered by Dr Liezl Knoll, including the very innovative alternative to botox and fillers, PDO threading. Their selection of world-class equipment includes the Alma Soprano Ice laser hair removal machine (Worldwide Best laser hair removal platform winner 2015), Environ DF machine and Dr Kern Tan Solarium. “Our feelings when we look in the mirror are a personal experience that can have a profound experience on our daily lives and self-perception. At Chameleon Aesthetic & Laser our practice reflects this understanding through helping men and women achieve their own individual vision of beauty, with fully proportionate and natural looking results for the face and body,” says Lilani. “I would like to improve customers experience by offering them the latest treatments and the best products that is result driven,” she adds. Signature treatments Laser Hair removal with the awardwinning Alma Soprano Ice diode laser. (Worldwide Best laser hair removal platform winner for 2015 & 2016).

PDO threading - Embedded threading is a treatment that involves the use of PDO that is injected into the hypodermis of the skin, providing a lifting and smoothing effect. Slimming (Chili Wraps) - Chili Wrap is a unique slimming concept that not only assists a person in achieving centimetre reductions, but is also very effective in treating cellulite and firming and toning of the body. It is important to note that you do not need to be overweight to have cellulite – as it is not as such a weight problem, but a combined dilemma of increased fat cells, waste accumulation and inadequate circulation. In recent years Chameleon Aesthetic & Laser won the following awards: Thalgo - Best stockist Eastern & Western Cape; Thalgo - Best stockist in Africa which won them a trip to the French Riviera; Environ – one of their elite stockists and Mesotherapy, 2nd largest stockist in Africa award. Chameleon Aesthetic & Laser is the Stockist of Environ, Mesoesthetics, Lamelle, Mapp & Heliocare Suncare, and Thalgo products. Visit Chameleon Aesthetic & Laser on First Floor, Sanctuary Shopping Centre, Somerset West For more information contact 021 851 8434, or




New luxury Virgin Active Collection health club One Of The Best In The World! “We are privileged to be part of the remarkable transformation of the Silo area of the Waterfront and have curated a highly personalised, premium health and wellness experience for this spectacular space.” Virgin Active Brand Director Richard Lamb-Hughes believes the Silo District club “delivers a form of luxury which is the product of immense dedication to detail and allowing the design to be informed by the superb surroundings.” The Silo District club has a 20m lap pool and high performance training facilities, including the latest Technogym Artis’ coveted collection of cardio and strength equipment, and a bank of Wattbikes described as the most intelligent exercise bikes in the world. It also offers dedicated Pilates, Mind Body & Suspension Yoga studios for that beyond boutique experience. The spaces for what Lamb-Hughes calls ‘relaxification’ include spa pools, steam rooms and saunas; luxurious his & hers changing rooms; rain, sensation and power showers; a Kohu Café & Wine Bar serving fresh nutrient-rich foods; a shoeshine service; a FoxBox Finishing Bar and Groom Den providing men’s and women’s grooming services.

Founder of the Virgin Group Sir Richard Branson describes the new luxury Virgin Active Collection health club in the Silo District of Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront as “one of the best in the world”. Branson launched the luxury health club on the 31st of October with a characteristic flourish and an introduction to Suspension Yoga. The 3912m² space, which is being submitted for an interior four-star Green Star SA rating, opened its doors on the 5th of November 2016. It’s the first of its kind in Cape Town and is situated right next to the eagerlyawaited Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa. Virgin Active Africa MD Ross Faragher-Thomas says the facilities on offer and the location of the club cannot be bettered anywhere; “It has been a long-held aspiration for us to have a Collection club in all major metropolitan cities in South Africa.

The club has a fully equipped business suite, which will fulfill the needs of budding entrepreneurs and busy executives with services on tap; Mac work stations, wireless printing, unlimited wi-fi and lockers with convenient charging plugs. A Health Suite of wellness experts is on hand with Biokineticists, Physiotherapists and Personal Trainers. Membership includes international reciprocity with access to Virgin Active Collection clubs worldwide. In addition to Silo District, Virgin Active Collection South Africa clubs are Alice Lane and Melrose Arch in Johannesburg, Menlyn Maine in Pretoria and Moses Mabhida in Durban. For more information visit

Global Rugby Icon Bryan Habana Releases His Genetic Information Springbok rugby hero Bryan Habana has shared his DNA information giving the world a look at his genetic power, endurance and recovery disposition. The release of Habana’s personal genetic information is part of a global challenge to rugby players across the world to have their DNA tested and analysed. Global vision - Habana has joined the vision by global biotechnology company DNAFit to create the largest rugby genetic database in the sporting world, and has put his money where his mouth is by being one of the first professional rugby players in the world to be tested. Setting the ambitious target of 1000 rugby samples genotyped for research and analysis by the end of 2018, Habana said he had released his personal genetic code and associated information “to encourage other players from around the world to do their DNA test and help build this very important database.” Habana did a simple mouth swab test from DNAFit to collect a DNA sample, which looked at 45 genes known to determine power, endurance and recovery. Supported by independent research, the test used the DNAFit Peak Performance Algorithm, based on validated genetic variant scoring methods, to determine Habana’s personal genetic score for power/ endurance response and other important information to assist training. Unsurprisingly, as one of the best wings in South African rugby history, Habana’s DNA revealed he is genetically pre-disposed to be a very well-rounded athlete.

Analysing his results and looking back at his career, Habana believes the information could have made a huge difference to his performance. “As a legacy, I want other players and athletes to have the opportunity of understanding the make-up of their DNA and how best to train as a result. Looking at these results and what they say about my genetic make-up means that I probably could have pushed myself further in certain areas and who knows the difference this could have made?” Already a decorated rugby superstar, world cup winner and international icon, Habana understands the difference between winning and losing. “It’s sometimes that 1%, the smallest of margins that can be the difference between winning and losing. This information and data gives you that edge,” he said. Realising the difference that this could have made in his own career, Habana has launched an initiative aimed at helping rugby players from around the world become better, faster, healthier and stronger players. “Through the use of science and understanding how we are made, we can develop the ability to create programs using DNA information that will bring out the best of us and change the way people train and possibly the way positions are chosen.” “Gathering these samples and hopefully many more, has the potential to make a huge impact into our understanding of how to truly unlock our full potential.”




With The Right Training There Is A Career In The Arts! Nine’ Academy believes with the proper training in the Stage and Film Industry there is a career in the arts awaiting young South Africans. They understand the difficulty in pursuing a career in Stage and Film. Nine’ Academy’s expertise in training will prepare students for the challenge and equip them with the means required to “break” into the industry, as well as attain the stamina to maintain it.

Her joy and passion for training young performers and introducing them to the world of arts is evident in the results she achieves and testimonies from her past students.

Nine’ Academy realizes that the path to success in the South African Performing Arts industry is based on diversity and longevity. They provide training in the technical and practical aspects required in the industry, and also develop the abilities of young artists to become creative in their work, providing a sustainable career and ultimately securing a lifestyle they are passionate about.

Janine is a qualified Speech and Drama Lecturer (Trinity College of London), and is trained in Modern Dance (Association of International Dance Teachers – AIDT).

The academy provides students with skills and training required to develop the arts - in front or behind the camera. Students can achieve joy, fulfillment, and confidence by developing their natural talents and abilities; enabling them to define what part of the industry they would like to explore and expand.

How to obtain a Nine’ Academy performance diploma? Nine’ Academy’s performance diploma is an in-depth study of all the requirements for performance on stage and in film, honing student’s abilities in singing, dancing, acting and most importantly managing a career. Students are further exposed to the multitude of possibilities in film and theatre production, the departments and skills required. This involves the introduction to requirements of film and theatre production from visualizing, designing, writing, directing, choreographing, managing and technical support. On completion of their courses the Academy strives to ensure that students have a clear direction to further their careers, whether it be in performance, technical support or teaching. Nine’ Academy Courses

Background Nine’ Academy of Film, Theatre and Dance offers students over 30 years of experience in stage and film. Janine Holthuysen, principal of Nine’ Academy understands the nature and requirements to become successful and sustain a career in Stage and Film. Having worked as a performer in the world of arts, she gained these insights first hand, and recognized the desire young artists require in establishing their own careers. Janine has gained in-depth experience in Stage, Film and Commercials, having been contracted to theatre companies and performing in professional shows as a dancer, an actress and a singer. Her portfolio of roles include: “Evita”, “Fiddler on the Roof”, “Hair”, “Cabaret”, “Gershwin”, “Queen at the Opera”, “Poison” and “Annie”, to name a few. Janine furthermore performed in international and national film, television and commercials such as: “Cape of Good Hope,” “A Woman called desire”, “The morning star”, “Trouble in Constantia”, “Sorry Samantha”, “Against the wind” and “Charlie”.

Exposure to the professional world - Attending current shows, films, events, visiting venues, attending workshops presented by industry people. Practical presentation - producing and presenting theatre shows, music videos or short films. Performing - practical application performing in shows and outreach programs to audiences. Musical Theatre - Triple threat performance technique in combining acting, singing and dancing. Voice and body - Vocal training for theatre and camera performance. Characterizing speech and accent work. Performance for Stage and Film - Working with recognized techniques and methods on character development, script analysis, performance, dramatic movement and physical theatre. History of performance - Study of the practitioners and materials expanding student’s repertoire in film and theatre. Stage and Film production - Introduction to aspects that contribute to a successful production. Writing, directing, producing, props, set design, costume design, make-up, lighting and sound.

International & National Casting Director In her career, Janine gained valuable experience as a Casting Director working on numerous international movies which enabled her to work closely with directors and producers, gaining insight into performance before camera, and requirements of an artist and a director. Additional work as an Assistant Director and Cast Coordinator on sets gave her exposure to the mechanics of working on set, and the technical skills required by film and commercial crew.

Diploma exam - Examinations yearly by Trinity College of London. This is an Internationally recognized Trinity College of London diploma course in performance arts or musical theatre, recognized by Ofqual/CEA/ACCAC in Great Britain on teaching qualification. The aim of Nine’ Academy is to ensure that students are industry ready on graduating.

Janine was privileged to work with top actors such as Nicholas Cage, Colin Farrell, Meg Ryan, Leon Schuster and William H Macey. Productions include: “The Deal”, “Sinking the Lusitania”,” Scorpion King Rise of the Akkadian”, ”Mama Jack”, “The Librarian”, “Lord Of War”, “Ask the Dust”, “Free Willy” and “Faith Like Potatoes”. Working on various TV series such as the American “ER”, and the local series - “Survivor” and “Boer Soek ‘n Vrou”, has further enriched Janine’s experience.

The Academy is based in the Helderberg, Western Cape, in the heart of the Cape Winelands, set in beautiful surroundings to enhance and stimulate creative minds - an Academy where quality counts.

Janine has been training students in Stage and Film since 2011 achieving 100% pass rates of which 98% achieved distinctions set out by Trinity College of London. Awards achieved by her students have included the Overall Trophy award for the South African Championships and the Best Overall National marks for the Trinity Solo exams.

Auditions for 2017 Nine’ Academy is currently auditioning for 2017. Due to the level required for the Performing Arts industry strict criteria regarding applicants is followed, and students should have achieved Grade 12 or equivalent. Nine’ Academy is also set in a boutique environment where the number of students enrolled are limited in order to ensure maximum one on one development. Newspaper Article - Hollywood Reporter noted that South Africa was set for an increasingly brilliant film and TV future: “South Africa emerges as a prime spot for International Filmmakers.” South Africa is presently receiving increased attention from International filmmakers as being one of the world’s preferred destinations to produce their films, while South Africans are divulging more of the country’s own tales. The South African entertainment industry generates about R12-billion a year and is set to double over the next number of years. For more information contact Janine Holthuysen for an audition in January 2017 at 083 977 5803, or visit



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Is the workspace available 24/7 and can I leave my personal belongings on my desk? “Safety is undeniably important,” says Beadle. “It’s important to check whether 24-hour security is provided. Should you have to work late, you want to feel comfortable doing so. Find out from current tenants if there have been any breaches of security and be sure to check that you don’t have to lock your laptop away every time you leave.” Hot desks are to be avoided because service providers tend to ‘oversell’ this option. Beadle explains, “If you rent a hot desk, you have to pack up and take home your personal belongings every day, not knowing where you’ll sit the next day. On busy days you may not even find an open desk. Ideally, you want your own safe space where you can leave your laptop and files, knowing you’ll find them there when you return the next day.” What comes as value added, when you rent office space here?


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PEOPLE Spier is home to a diverse bunch of people. We’d like to introduce you to them.

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WINE Saving water in ways that are kind to the earth.


FOOD Executive Chef Lolli Heyns shares the secret to good food: high quality, seasonal ingredients, cooked with love.


EVENTS Summer happenings on the farm.

HAPPY NEW YEAR! This summer raise your glass to new beginnings with Spier Secret Sparkling. The blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir comes sealed with a retro cap that pops like a soda bottle. Taste the sensations of strawberry and raspberry with hints of Muscat on the nose. The rich, honeyed palate bursts with vivacious bubbles and has a crisp, fresh finish.

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“BASICALLY, WE’RE PUTTING BACK INTO NATURE WHAT NATURE IS GIVING TO US,” “I had never farmed organically till now. It’s a big responsibility.” says Marilise, who has worked at Spier’s Nooitgedacht for the last nine years.


She enjoys being a supervisor because it means she’s able to learn new things every day. “I dropped out of school when I was in grade 11, but I was so fortunate to come and work on this farm because I’ve received many opportunities here,” she says. These include computer and secretarial courses. “We also get an Individual Learning Spend which can be used to pay for studies or for our children’s education.” This year, Marilise used her ILS to buy her son a new school uniform as he has just started high school.

“The whole concept of making wine is intriguing – the way you take a wellgrown grape and it ends up becoming something totally different,” says Henrich. “My favourite wine is the 21 Gables Chenin blanc which I’m very proud of having helped to make. You can taste the ageing and the extra bit of energy put into crafting it.”


Heinrich joined Spier seven years ago as a farm worker. Now a senior cellar assistant, “the growth has been so fast – I’m still learning and still developing,” he says. “Spier really tries to assist you where there’s a problem or where there’s an opportunity to grow.”

Henrich loves cars – so when he’s not at work, he’s either fixing one up, or watching ‘Street Outlaws’, an American drag racing show. “I also enjoy spending time with my five-year-old son. He makes me laugh – the small things he does, simple jokes he makes.”


Become a member of the Spier Wine Club and enjoy a fantastic range of benefits – including discounts on our wine, hotel and farm to table restaurant, Eight. Membership also gives you exclusive access to special events.


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The Western Cape is experiencing one of the driest summer’s on record – meaning every drop of water counts. Drawing on the know-how stemming from nearly two decades spent among the vines, Johann Smit, Spier’s viticulturist, reveals the earth- friendly ways that Spier is preventing water being lost or wasted – across both its conventional and organic farms. Smart watering:

“In dry years like this one, we irrigate less frequently, but for a longer duration to wet the roots and not just the topsoil. This is done at night.” Natural cover:

When pruning is done in the winter, the offcuts are placed right below the vines and clover is planted there too. This reduces root and soil temperatures, enabling the vines to withstand the Cape’s notorious heatwaves. When it rains, the prunings also act as a sponge, slowing down the flow of water and encouraging infiltration into the soil. Between the vines:

We plant cover crops like oats mixed with vetch (a member of the pea family) between the vines. In September a tractor and roller flattens the crops, pushing nitrogen back into the soil and creating a dense carpet. Not only does this preserve the water in the soil more effectively but it also prevents weeds (which compete with the vines for water) from sprouting. This means that unlike many other farms, Spier doesn’t have to pull a weed-killing disc through the vines – a method that ends up breaking the soil’s “seal”, leading to greater water loss. Our ducks munch the slugs, keeping the vineyards pest-free naturally. Taking root:

Sometimes we plant radishes between the vines. After the rolling, the radish dies and disintegrates, leaving behind holes in the soil which allow more water infiltration and oxygen. Sharing is caring:


Spier’s innovative and eco-friendly approach to saving water has been shared with other wine farms in the region, as illustrated in the picture on the left which was taken at a ‘think tank’ on our Nooitgedacht farm. We believe that collaboration and knowledge sharing is essential to tackle the regionwide challenge of water scarcity.

Spier’s eco-friendly treatment plant recycles 100% of Spier’s wastewater. The clean water is then used to irrigate the gardens and grounds.



GROWN WITH LOVE, MADE WITH LOVE: CHEF LOLLI ON THE SECRET OF GOOD FOOD “Working on a farm makes you more aware of changing seasons,” says Lolli Heyns, Spier’s Executive Chef. “You feel more connected to nature here, and this inspires us in the kitchen. Whether you’re dining at Eight or in the Hotel, we want to serve up memorable dishes that embody simplicity and honesty, using the freshest, best quality ingredients.” Chef Lolli’s menus change depending on what is available from Spier’s food gardens. Here Farmers John and Neil grow greens, fr u it a n d v e g g i e s organically – without the use of pesticides or chemical fertiliser. Chef Lolli sources pasture-reared beef, pork and chicken directly from Spier’s Farmer Angus, or nearby local farmers. Farmer Angus also supplies her with delicious eggs – which are laid by happy hens that scratch around freely in the fields. None of his animals are given antibiotics or hormones.


And so at Eight, expect to tuck into the likes of zucchini and parmesan cheese soufflé with salad – or perhaps a beef burger with Brie, caramelised onion and hand cut chips. Dessert includes Eight’s famous flourless chocolate cake as well as a Vanilla panna cotta with spiced pineapple, bitter chocolate and honeycomb. Chef Lolli did her cooking training in Franschhoek, London and with the acclaimed Edgar Osjinik at Buitenverwachting. Before joining Spier, she had stints at The Showroom, the Cellars-Hohenort Hotel and Singita. In 2011, she travelled to Berkeley, California to spend time in the kitchen of Chez Panisse. Its owner, the chef and author Alice Waters is one of her biggest inspirations. “She was pioneer of a culinary philosophy that maintains that cooking should be based on the finest and freshest seasonal ingredients that are produced sustainably and locally,” says Chef Lolli. “That really changed my approach to food as a whole.”




• Completely pesticide-free plants which reduces harm to animals, people and the environment. • Our hens feed on organic pastures. The grazing of a variety of grasses and legumes growing in our pasture contribute to our egg’s unique flavour and intensely yellow yolks. • The hens also feed on all kinds of bugs, keeping the soil healthy. • Cattle grazing creates thick mulch that keeps the ground cool in summer. • 100% natural and organic, our soil is nourished by the organic fertiliser (dung) from our free-roaming animals. • 18 different legumes growing in our pastures extract abundant nitrogen from the air to boost plant growth. • Our pigs feed on non-meat food waste from Spier’s kitchens. They graze the pastures, rooting up old grasses to make way for the new.


SPECIAL OFFER : LESS 20% Immerse yourself in everything Spier is known for. Treat yourself to healthy farm-to-table dinners, award- winning wines, fresh air, walks out in the vineyards and farmland. Pre-book spa sessions,

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get comfortable next to the fire, and settle into a winelands summer, the way it should be.

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Hotel guests only. Enjoy a movie on the lawn as you tuck into a traditional Sunday roast. Time: 18:30 Place: Hotel Restaurant Cost: R350 per adult / R150 per child



Hotel guests only. Make your own delicious burger. Time: 18:30 Place: Hotel Restaurant Cost: R250 per adult / R120 per child



Hotel guests only. Celebrate the sea’s bounty with a braaied snoek and hearty mussel pot simmering on the fire. Time: 18:30 Place: Hotel Restaurant Cost: R350 per adult / R150 per child






Hotel guests only. It’s braai time! Enjoy Farmer Angus’s grass-fed meats, reared on Spier’s pastures, and veggies roasted on the fire.

Hotel guests only. While a jazz duo plays, relax on a hay bale and munch on a pita bursting with slices of Karoo lamb roasted to perfection on the spit.

Time: 18:30

Time: 18:30 Place: Hotel Restaurant

Place: Hotel Restaurant

Cost: R250 per adult / R120 per child

Cost: R350 per adult / R150 per child




Hotel guests only. Let live acoustic music serenade you as you take a journey through the Cape’s colourful culinary heritage: a spicy feast featuring traditional Malay curries. Time: 18:30


All guests. Relax on the lawn at Eight with a picnic and enjoy timeless classics under the stars! Time: 19:30 Place: Eight lawns Cost: R100 per adult / R70 per child

R500 gourmet picnic (serves two, excl. movie tickets)

Place: Hotel Restaurant



Hotel guests only. Grab a spot on a hay bale around a roaring fire and listen to African beats while delicious potjie stews bubble away. Time: 18:30




All guests. MCC and Oysters served in the Hotel Lounge and Lobby. Some lights to be dimmed and switched off for this period. Normal ala carte and buffet to be served lobby and lounge areas decorated with candles with live pianist. Time: 20:30 Place: Hotel Lobby Cost: R195p/p




All guests. Dinner at Eight and Hotel Seafood inspired Buffet selection and Harvest Table.

Place: Eight & Hotel Cost: R400p/p

Cost: R350 per adult / R150 per child


All guests Open to public.


All guests. Movie – Best of Me Place: The Werf Cost: R 750 per couple basket to share

including a bottle Secret Sparkling / 200 Pax

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Place: Hotel Restaurant Cost: R395p/p


Cost: R350 per adult / R150 per child



All guests. Easter Egg hunt on Bamboo Lawns for kids. Place: Bamboo Lawns Cost: R400p/p - Spit Braai Lunch R395p/p FOR MORE EVENT DETAILS VISIT OUR WEBSITE: WWW.SPIER.CO.ZA/EVENTS





The 2016 edition Spier Secret Festival was the first one hosted in Johannesburg – at the Nando’s Central Kitchen in Yeoville. The food and wine event was held on Sunday 6 November. The day of workshops, talks, eating and drinking explored the way that food is an intrinsic part of our cultural history and identity.

Speaker highlights included the artist collective Cateringa & Kompanen from The Netherlands who showed how algae is the super food of the future, and treated delegates to algae smoothies at the interactive algae bar. Ash Heeger, the chef at Cape Town’s acclaimed ASH, cooked lunch (sponsored by Woolworths) and chatted about her food philosophy and passion for using ethically reared meat. / #spiersecret



Spier got the festive season off to a radiant start on Saturday 10 December, when choreographer Jay Pather transformed Spier into a light-filled, multi-sensory cross-cultural wonderland. Guests joined the procession winding across the farm, encountering opera singers and a choir amidst the oaks as well as large-scale dance performances and video and light installations.

The exclusive Spier Arts Collection launched at Union House in Cape Town’s CBD on the 27th October. Special guests were treated to a tasting of eight wines presented by Spier cellar master Frans Smit. The Spier Arts range celebrates our Danish customer’s 150th birthday as well as the era-defining work of four South African artists of our time: Sam Nhlengethwa, Mohau Modisakeng, Alex Emsley and Michael Taylor. #spierarts


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WIN Take a picture of yourself AT SPIER using the hashtaG #SPIERNEWS AND stand a chance to win a lunch for 4 at Eight RESTAURANT TO THE VALUE OF R1000 AND your picture COULD be featured in the next edition of the newspaper.

Competition ends on 31 March 2017. Terms & Conditions apply. mariettedth: Traditional local treats like roasted termites, Mopani worms, peanuts, Thihove (samp beans and peanuts mixed) and Tsophi (Butternut and pap (porridge) balls) with Mnqombothi (local beer) and @spierwinefarm wines enjoyed on Lake Albasini last night. Today we meet the women who make these beautiful Venda textiles.

seth_shezi: Sprinkler Surprise @spierwinefarm. When you’re posing for a photo and a sprinkler startles you and it all happens to be caught on camera by a delightful stranger from Iran. PAGE 7

melissa1franke: We stayed at a hotel on a wine farm in South Africa, and it was lovely! Everywhere we looked, there were gorgeous paintings, weavings, drawings, and art of all types. This piece is made entirely of beads.

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Eight is a farm-to-table eating experience in a beautiful setting next to the Eerste River. Like its name, the restaurant is an expression of balance, cycles, harmony, infinity and abundance. The produce used at Eight is either grown on the farm or sourced from nearby farmers. Natural and organic ingredients are preferred and combined to create nourishing, healthy, and delicious food. Contact: +27 (21) 809 1188 or at


Next door to Spier’s acclaimed farm-to-table restaurant, Eight to Go offers ready-to-eat food, lovingly prepared according to the same principles as Eight. Local, natural and organic produce is used wherever possible, and food grown on the Spier farm is preferred. Wholesome picnics and sandwiches are available to be enjoyed with a bottle of award-winning Spier wine on the lawns of the farm. Contact: +27 (021) 809 1188.



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At Eagle Encounters raptor rehabilitation centre, get up close and personal with birds of prey, and find out how these magnificent animals keep the Spier farm healthy and balanced.

2. CRAFT MARKET From fridge magnets to masterpieces, the Spier Craft Market, right next to our Tasting Room, offers a wide range of art and crafts, made with a diverse range of materials, including mosaic, beads, textiles and ceramics.

3. SEGWAY TOURS The Segway PT (Personal Transporter) is a two-wheeled, self-balancing electric vehicle. The tour is a beautiful glide through the farm to the vineyards with some interesting facts about Spier’s farming practices and wastewater treatment plant on the way. Contact: 021 809 1157 or visit

4. WINE TASTING Our Tasting Room on the banks of the Spier dam pairs our award-winning wine with delicious snacks. Relax in the airy lounge area, or take your glass outside onto the patio which has stunning views of the Helderberg mountains. Contact: 021 09 1143/7

Spier’s historic farmyard – the Werf – has been meticulously restored. Visitors can wander through the food garden or relax on the lawn under ancient oak trees. The Werf is surrounded by beautiful Cape Dutch buildings which now host pop-up exhibitions and events.

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Conferencing includes an auditorium that seats 430 people and three breakaway rooms, which can be used separately, or combined, to seat 250 people. Conference rooms are adjacent to the Eerste River and have views of the Helderberg mountains. Contact:


The 1822 historic Manor House has recently gone through an extensive restoration and three different meeting rooms are available. The building features artworks from the Spier Collection - one of the largest collections of contemporary South African art in the country.


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Our newly revamped spa offers an indulgent array of massages and facials that will ensure you leave rejuvenated and relieved of stress. Contact:

In 2007, Spier installed a pioneering centralised wastewater treatment plant which is the embodiment of our approach to waste management. It recycles 100% of our wastewater, treats it using only environmentally friendly methodology and the clean water is then used to irrigate the garden and grounds.


Spier has an open air venue hosting artistic and corporate events with a capacity of 1100 people. The wood-fired oven and bakery kitchen, located in the historical Jonkershuis on the Werf, serves fresh bread, pastries and treats – which can also be pre-ordered 48 hours in advance. Chef PJ Vadas’s barbeque-focused lunch and dinner menu includes flavoursome grass-fed beef, pork, lamb and free-roaming chicken supplied by Spier’s Farmer Angus. Diners can design their own meal by choosing various cuts ordered by weight. Accompanied by tasty sides – such as roasted beetroot or cheese-drenched broccoli the meats are perfectly paired with Spier wine or Hoghouse’s craft ales. Desserts include tarts and artisanal gelatos. Contact: +27 (21) 881 3174 or

11. OLD WINE CELLAR Spier’s Old Wine Cellar is South Africa’s oldest dated cellar building (1767).



Move night on the Werf – Best of me R750 per couple including Secret Sparkling / 200 PAX Go to for more info on how to book


Enjoy a glass of wine or a cocktail on the terrace with bar snacks, or breakfast, lunch or dinner at the Spier Hotel restaurant. Both the restaurant and wine bar strive to source the freshest available produce for the menus from a range of local suppliers and our farm. Contact: +27 (21) 809 1100


A carefully curated selection of products both for the home and for the body is available in the shop adjoining Spier Hotel’s reception and at the Tasting Venue, allowing you to take home a piece of the Spier farm life.


The 4-star Spier Hotel is next to the calming waters of the Eerste River. The rooms are situated in village-style buildings grouped around six private courtyards, each with its own swimming pool in a design reminiscent of the Bo-Kaap or Mediterranean villages where pedestrians have right of way. Contact:

ART - The spaces of the Spier Hotel and conferencing rooms are adorned with art from the Spier Collection - one of the most extensive collections of contemporary South African art in the country. Spier believes that the visual arts can provide both guests and staff with new insights, and challenge us to take a fresh look at our world and environment.

WALKS AND TRAILS - Stroll around our peaceful water-wise gardens or visit the River Walk on the Eerste River’s south bank, which showcases our national flower. Download the VoiceMap app and listen to our two audio tours on your phone: Walk the Farm (which starts at the Hotel entrance) and the historic Gables tour (which begins at the Tasting Room). 5km and 10km running route maps are available from the Spier Hotel reception.




THE BEST RESIDENCY PROGRAMME IN EUROPE! 3 generations all get residency for life!

A growing number of South Africans are exploring the option of purchasing a property overseas to acquire permanent residency or a 2nd citizenship to leave a legacy for their family; but the choice of where to invest can be daunting.

5. Culture like RSA: With gorgeous outdoor walks, nature reserves, golf estates and open spaces – you will feel right at home. There are plenty of expats who have moved to Cyprus to make it their new home – the Cypriots are warm and friendly and don’t have any xenophobic attitudes or prejudices. 6. Very advantageous tax benefits: a. NO inheritance tax (death tax)! In South Africa, you pay 20% b. NO capital gains tax on any property purchased by 31 Dec 2016! In South Africa it is 16,4% c. Very low personal tax: the first €19,500 of your worldwide income (including pension income) is exempt from personal tax. d. Very low municipal rates: it is 75% cheaper than South Africa being calculated at between 0,1 and 0,2% of the property value.

7. English-speaking universities: On offer is a Medical School faculty (from Oxford University), a variety of post and undergrad degrees; and a host of colleges. You can secure your child’s future by educating them in Cyprus! Cyprus – a full member of the EU – currently has THE BEST permanent residency programme on offer where THREE generations of the same family all secure permanent residency FOR LIFE through the purchase of a single property! This means that the main applicant, the spouse, all dependent children up to the age of 25, PLUS both the parents & the parents-in-law each secure permanent residency permits FOR LIFE by buying one property. No other country in Europe offers this!

Cyprus represents an excellent Plan B investment destination and the property prices are affordable. The choice of where to buy is very personal and the type of property depends on your lifestyle requirements, budget and long term plans. With an impressive portfolio of over 330 completed projects, every style and location of property is available from seafront and hillside villas to beachfront apartments and townhouse complexes. We will find you your ideal home!

And their 2nd citizenship through investment programme is acknowledged as the best on offer because it is the quickest programme in Europe (passports are issued in 3 months); and dependent children up to the age of 28 also qualify! In Cyprus, not only is there no inheritance tax applicable, but the cost of living and the property ownership costs are a fraction of what we pay in South Africa. Being voted THE SAFEST country in the world with a population of under 5Million – investing in Cyprus is a good option. Cyprus is in the most enviable position in the EU in that the refugees from North Africa and Syria are not interested in landing on her shores because Cyprus is not on the migratory route to Europe. There are no work opportunities for the migrants; and no direct access to the wealthy Western European countries (they would have to catch a boat or fly to get there); so this is another reason why investing in Cyprus is a good option. There are a number of other reasons why Cyprus is so appealing: 1. No language barrier: Cyprus is an ex-British colony, so everyone speaks English. The road signs are in English, your telephone accounts and municipality rates accounts are in English; and you feel right at home. 2. Strong economy: Cyprus’ economy is booming with increased foreign investment pouring into the country – this year their growth is predicted to be 2,8% (RSA has zero growth!).


They are on a massive infrastructural drive building new marinas, a casino and new golf courses. And Paphos (the province on the West of the island similar to the Western Cape) is The Capital of Culture for 2017. They are expecting more than 1,6Million additional tourists coming to Paphos alone next year. Cyprus is an appealing investment destination because of the solid fiscal policies, offering tangible benefits to investors and having the perfect location being where East meets West. 3. Politically stable: Cyprus is a democratically elected government and has a president with a zero tolerance on bribery and corruption. 4. Incredible lifestyle: You have every modern convenience coupled with incredible outdoor living, a plethora of outdoor activities and loads to do. Being on the cusp of The Med means travelling across to Europe and the UK quick and cheap.

Be clear on the reason why you want a Plan B in Europe. You will approach your investment decision with a different mind-set if you are looking to acquire residency/ citizenship, are wanting to relocate and create a legacy for the children and grand children versus investing in a property to rent out to earn a subsidiary income. Buying a home overseas is not only a major financial and emotional commitment, but a decision that is made easier when you get advice from professionals. It is recommended that you always check exactly what you are buying before signing any contracts. The cost of a property inspection trip to personally view the property opportunities and do the groundwork will save you thousands in the long run. Cypriot Realty is a pioneer in actively and consistently promoting the property opportunities primarily in Cyprus. They have succesfull been doing this from their Cape Town and Sandton offices since 2008. As a result, the company is recognised and respected as Southern Africa’s authoritative investment specialists for promoting Cyprus as an ideal desitination for acquiring permanent residency/citizenship as well as property invest-ment & immigration/retirement.

Jenny Ellinas Founder of Cypriot Realty

Contact us for a confidential meeting to discuss how Europe can fit in with your family’s plans – we will assist and guide you every step of the way to realise Your Plan B.

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For more information contact Jenny Ellinas on +27 83 448 8734 email Visit




TIPS TO ENSURE SAFETY IN TABLE MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK! With the sun rays heating up the Mother City, here are some helpful tips to ensure your safety, while you enjoy the Table Mountain National Park (TMNP) and surrounding sites in Cape Town and the Western Cape. Take a hike, walk or cycle in the park, but don’t embark on the trip on your own. Travel in groups of 4 or more, but less than 10. Walk, run or cycle at the speed of the slowest person. For a light walk, take the scenic Constantia Nek trail or for something more challenging tackle the world class Lions Head. Do not cycle or hike before 08:00am or after 18:00pm. If you are visiting the picnic and braai sights this holiday, remember to keep the area clean from litter and do not throw your cigarette butts out of your car window – summers are often dry and windy and it takes just one spark to start a devastating fire. Take plenty water with you en route. Wear sunblock, a hat and take a light, all-weather jacket with you as you can never be sure how many seasons you’ll get in a day! Avoid carrying valuables such as cash, cameras, i-pods etc. If you are confronted by suspects - do not resist. Programme the TMNP emergency phone numbers 0861-106-417/ SAPS 10111 onto your cell phone and make sure someone at home knows where you are.

The Table Mountain Cableway is currently running a ½ price Sunset Special promotion from 4 January to 28 February 2017, whereby return tickets are half price after 18h00pm for children and adults. Also visit www. where you can download the free audio tour app.

Use this number if you see suspicious individuals on the mountain, if you get stuck, lost or injured – rangers are there to help you.

Due to capacity constraints and ongoing road works at Cape Point, the public need to have patience as there may be delays or temporary gate closures at popular tourist spots such as Boulders and Cape Point. Visitors are advised to head to the park early for a picnic or braai, as space is limited.

Please do not feed any baboons you may encounter – they are wild animals and can become dangerous. Lastly, remember to enjoy the park the way she is meant to be enjoyed – but please, take nothing but photographs and leave nothing but footprints.

My Activity Permits and My Green Cards can be purchased from Cape Town Tourism Visitor Centres in addition to the Tokai Wild Card Sales Office.


A project to improve air access into the Western Cape played a key role in increasing international arrivals and generating R3 billion in direct tourism spend for the province.

“Between September and October 2016, 147 622 international arrivals were recorded at Cape Town International Airport, up from 119 451 passengers last year. International air arrivals into Cape Town are increasing by 22% year-on-year.”

Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, said there had been a significant increase in international arrivals at Cape Town International Airport since the launch of the Cape Town Air Access initiative - a partnership between the Western Cape Government, the City of Cape Town, Airports Company of South Africa and Cape Town Tourism.

Minister Winde said increased air access made a significant impact on jobs and growth and added that forward bookings from the airlines showed increases from several countries.

“We have secured six new routes and eight route expansions, resulting in over half a million more two-way seats coming into Cape Town. Since July last year, this additional capacity generated R3 billion in tourism spend for the Western Cape.”


“British Airways this summer added three Boeing 777-200 flights from Gatwick to Cape Town to meet the increasing demand on that route. Across airlines, bookings from the United Kingdom for the summer season are up by 15%.” “Lufthansa Airlines launched its all-year non-stop flight between Frankfurt and Cape Town. Germany is our second largest tourism source market and we welcome 170 000 German tourists each year.” “There’s a 17% increase in bookings from Germany for our summer season this year,” Minister Winde concluded.


YEAR-ROUND LINK TO FRANKFURT Lufthansa Airlines launched their new year-round, non-stop route between Frankfurt and Cape Town to grow the Cape’s business with Germany. Currently the market is the province’s sixth largest trading partner, our second biggest foreign direct investor, and our second largest tourism source market - with 170 000 German tourists visiting every year.

Photo: Boeing 747, World Traveller Cabin - Photo Credit: Stuart Bailey / British Airways

British Airways is operating its busiest schedule ever to South Africa this summer season, offering up to 33 flights a week over peak periods. Over the periods of especially high demand, from 1 – 9 January and 3 – 27 February, British Airways will offer two more Boeing 747-400 services from Heathrow. During these periods there will be 19 flights a week between the UK and Cape Town.

A number of major German logistics, manufacturing and energy companies have opened successful branches in the Cape, and others such as DHL are running their entire African operation out of the Cape. The new route will help to grow the relationship as it provides three weekly direct flights between Cape Town International Airport and Frankfurt Airport. The route is the result of extensive lobbying and support from Cape Town Air Access. “For nearly six decades, Lufthansa has connected Africa to the rest of the world, and South Africa as a key market remains a strategic focus for the group.”

“The Cape Town route has grown consistently over the past few years and now even doubling the winter capacity isn’t enough to match demand. Fortunately Gatwick gives us the flexibility to add more services, using aircraft that are ideally configured for leisure customers,” said Sue Petrie, British Airways commercial manager for Southern Africa. “These and the extra two Heathrow services mean that over the peak of peaks we’ll be offering over 6 000 seats a week on the route.” Western Cape Minister of Economic Development and Tourism, Alan Winde, said: “In the past year, we’ve added over 400 000 direct two-way seats between our region and key international markets. Forward bookings for our summer season show an increase in tourists travelling to the Western Cape, including 15% growth from the United Kingdom. As an important partner in driving this growth, I would like to thank British Airways for their continued business confidence in the Western Cape.” British Airways has been promoting the Gatwick – Cape Town service in the UK using a social media campaign featuring fun, pop-up displays of African animals appearing at train stations. The 747s it is operating boast refreshed interiors and state-of-the-art inflight entertainment systems, similar to those on its newest aircraft. They are also specially configured to offer more Club World seats.

“Cape Town has risen significantly in global rankings as a preferred destination for both leisure and business travellers and we plan to extend the service to five weekly flights in the European Winter season of 2017/2018,” said Tamur GoudarziPour, Lufthansa Vice President for Sales Africa and Middle East. This new route will also be supported by a Munich flight in our summer season, and Wesgro looks forward to welcoming the new influx of German visitors.




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Benguela Dining is a Hub for Foodies & Wine Connoisseurs alike Escape into the world of fine dining and relaxed sophistication where the dishes appeal to your every sense. Benguela on Main (Somerset West), Benguela Cove Pop-up (Hermanus) and Benguela Brasserie & Restaurant (Sedgefield) all form part of the Benguela Collection. “Famed for the marriage of wine and food, our restaurants are dining experience focused. Fresh, local ingredients paired with our chef’s’ culinary genius ensure a memorable lunch or dinner. Explore all three restaurants this holiday season with a journey from the Winelands in Somerset West to Sedgefield which is situated in South Africa’s famous Garden Route.” Benguela on Main (Somerset West) Benguela on Main is a haven for gourmands in the Winelands and Cape Town which encompasses a fine dining restaurant with an onsite vinoteque and tasting room. Expect dishes with a French and English flair prepared by executive chef Jean Delport and his team. Chef Jean is well known for his appreciation of fresh, local ingredients showcasing flavour explosions in inventive ways. He understands the symbiosis between good food and good wine and is intent on showing how these interact and complement each other. Open for lunch, dinner and wine tasting Tuesday – Saturday. Benguela Cove Pop-up (Hermanus) Benguela Cove Lagoon Wine Estate’s fabulous seasonal Pop-up restaurant has recently reopened in the spectacular Benguela Manor House. Set in the opulent ambiance of Benguela Manor, chef Annie Badenhorst has created a succulent menu which complements the beauty of this Walker Bay estate and its wines. Surrounded by the estate’s olive groves, lavender fields, lush vineyards and boasting with a panoramic view of the Bot River Lagoon in Walker Bay

Queen’s Plate Becomes A Multi-Day Festival

– this restaurant is guaranteed to set the scene for a tranquil and relaxing summer-dining experience. Guests are invited to enjoy either a 2 or 3-course meal complete with complimentary Benguela Cove wines (as the restaurant is currently unlicensed). Open Thursday – Sunday for lunch & dinner Benguela Brasserie & Restaurant (Sedgefield) Set in the outskirts of the scenic Garden Route town of Sedgefield near Knysna, Benguela Brasserie & Restaurant is the epitome of relaxed dining. With the Swartvlei lake as a backdrop, executive chef Kelly-Annie Pietersen is acclaimed for her ability to transform classic French dishes into a unique culinary dining experience. Enjoy endless sunsets and views as you are taken on a flavour journey. A tapas menu is available for lunch where 2 and 3-course options are available for dinner. Benguela Brasserie is open all day for breakfast, lunch and dinner, seven days a week. For more information Call: 087 357 0637 to make a booking at any one of the Benguela Dining restaurants or visit

Contemporary Italian Eatery Opens At The Alphen This contemporary new Italian eatery is located in the height of luxury at the iconic Alphen Hotel in Constantia. Blanko boasts a vibrant “all day” atmosphere, where locals can eat and drink in a series of beautifully designed spaces within a heritage location. Blanko’s all-white gallery-style space reflects the contemporary style synonymous with the Kove Collection. Italian marble tables, a dramatically-lit white bar and textured furnishings all highlighted in ambient lighting provide the perfect backdrop to the sumptuous food. The outside terrace with a central water feature is the ideal spot for a meal with friends or family. Group Head Chef, Amber-May Deetlefs delivers her culinary philosophy in her unique Italian style, “I believe the best food is prepared from the heart – it not only has to taste good, it should be something sincere and uncomplicated.”

Photo L-R: Roan & Kitty Kok, L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate 2016

South Africa’s premier horse-racing event, the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate, is excited to introduce an additional day to 2017’s line-up of festivities, set to take place on Friday & Saturday 6th–7th January at Kenilworth Racecourse.

In a first for Cape Town, in collaboration with Cape Town’s Goodman Gallery, the walls of Blanko feature work from some of South Africa’s greatest contemporary artists. MD of the Kove Collection, Paul Kovensky has a passion and appreciation of art which is evident in every aspect of Blanko.

Owing to its growth and popularity with both local and international guests, the development promises to be a stunning new addition to the brand and firmly positions LQP as South Africa’s biggest horse racing festival with an unparalleled 18 race card. “We are thrilled to announce that the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate is becoming a two day festival. This is the first of its kind in South Africa and we hope to follow in the footsteps of other great international racing festivals such the Qatar Goodwood Festival, Royal Ascot and the Melbourne Cup,” said Katherine Gray, co-ordinator of LQP 2017. Friday’s line-up will include an exciting day of 8 races, including the prestigious Sceptre Stakes, the Western Cape’s premier sprint race for fillies. As is tradition, Saturday’s event will consist of a 10-race card, with South Africa’s finest thoroughbreds competing for the coveted L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate and R1 million purse. For the first time guests beyond the track can look forward to an exclusive inaugural Garden Party along with a delightful four-piece jazz band, sure to conjure up LQP’s age-old elegance while enjoying bottomless bubbles and feasting from picnic baskets with an assortment of delicious treats. Befitting guests who prefer a sit-down luncheon, a delectable three-course meal will be served in the Somerset Room, overlooking the racecourse and beautiful Table Mountain. While Saturday presents the Best Dressed Lady and partner with a chance to win a trip to the UK’s Glorious Goodwood horse-racing festival, Friday will be slightly less formal yet tastefully keeping to the original blue-and-white LQP aesthetic. Listed in 2014 by the UK’s Telegraph newspaper as one of the top five race days in the world, LQP is ranked alongside other illustrious races, including the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (Paris), Breeder’s Cup (California), Melbourne Cup and Dubai World Cup.

The restaurant’s white interiors provide the perfect canvas to compliment great art. Artists who feature include Diane Victor, William Kentridge, Brett Murray, Mikhael Subotzky, Robert Hodgins and Walter Oltmann. Blanko is the freshest addition to The Kove Collection’s hotel & restaurant group. The Kove Collection creates personalised experiences, highlighting fresh food, good service and innovative design and culture, while upholding a strong, sustainable approach towards the people and environment they operate in. Kovensky is excited about the opportunity, “The current social “buzz” in Cape Town, paired with the locals need for exciting new places to eat, Blanko is the ideal concept for foodies & families. “We believe Blanko’s contemporary concept provides a charming contrast and antidote to the “old world” architecture and ambience of the Alphen Hotel, bringing a breath of fresh air to the neighbourhood.”




Have a taste of Standard Bank in the Winelands Region New and re-vamped Standard Bank Branches feels like home - not a bank

While smart phones and digital devices may be the new way to do your banking, the value of one-on-one client interaction should not be underestimated. As part of Standard Banks approach to strengthen its connection to clients, the Somerset Winelands Region is proud to introduce the new Generation 8 (G8) design at its flagship branches of Helderberg and Stellenbosch adding to the recent renovation of its on-campus Neelsie Student Hub and new branch at Zevenwacht Mall. “As a bank we felt the time was right to invest in our branch network and enhance our total bank offering in order to align to and support the significant growth and development taking place within the region,” says Dale Holloway, Regional Head – Somerset Winelands Region. “The new design had to do more than look different, it had to facilitate a new experience that enables change and pushes the experience forward. The G8 design must serve as a space which acts as a visual anchor for Standard Bank’s shift to become more innovative and forward thinking.” “Irrespective of how banking develops, the human element will always be central. Our branches will display the physical environments where our customers connect with us. It seeks to connect customer and banking consultant in a more human and comfortable way.” Technology should only be used to enhance the branch where appropriate. The key objective was to be less about something new and exciting and more about being human, simple and honest. Ultimately the branch must act as a constant reminder of the spirit of invention and innovation which comes through in a tranquil, calm and considered environment. Helderberg Branch “It was time for change, after 15 years in the existing premises the branch was in need of a facelift,” says Gideon Janse van Rensberg, Branch Manager of Heldeberg. There is a welcoming feel when customers walk into the branch. Even though the experience is more personal, it still feels like a professional service, where everything is done in front of the customer, keeping the customer informed and updated on what the consultant is doing. According to Janse van Rensberg there has been a great response from clients who appreciate the Banks investment and changes made, there has been a noticeable increase in foot flow since the revamp, which validates the market research to strengthen the Banks position in the Helderberg area and embrace and accommodate the ever growing customer base in and around Somerset West,” he says. “Both Helderberg and Stellenbosch Branches have been enhanced to offer our clients a full range of banking services that aligns to our various customer value propositions. Clients are able to meet with dedicated sales and service consultants, as well as SME and Business Bank Account Executives who work side by side with our dedicated prestige and private bankers. Over and above, our allocated Financial planners, Vehicle and Asset Finance and Home Loans consultants are also on site to engage and support clients.”

Stellenbosch Branch The Stellenbosch branch is no different and employees and clients alike are proud with the transformation that has taken place. Ultimately the vision for the new branch is a design that looks, feels and behaves more like a premium retail store than a traditional bank. “The new design, look and feel of the branch takes physical banking into the future. Our new branch brings with it the right mix of customer relationships and innovation. We will provide a new generation approach to banking providing integrated, smart, value-added experiences for our Stellenbosch customers and visitors,” says Tammy Almacin, Branch Manager of Stellenbosch. “The new Stellenbosch branch creates a warmer, more personal environment for customers. Our customers can expect a user-friendly floor design to help them decide on where to go and what they may need. There will be staff at strategic points to monitor queues and attentively assist with client queries. Expect relaxed seating areas where you can take full advantage of wireless self-service banking facilities as well,” Tammy says.

Neelsie & Zevenwacht Branches Situated in the heart of the Stellenbosch University Campus is the Neelsie Student Hub. With its designated meeting rooms, free wifi, ipads and coffee machine – there’s not much the Neelsie can’t offer. Not many know this, but this branch also offers a full range of products such as Student Loans, Home Loans, Investment products and Insurance. Other than the colorful walls and funky furniture, the Neelsie is always buzzing with excitement. The Zevenwacht Branch which opened in the fast growing area of Zevenwacht Mall has grown beyond all expectation. “With the branch, fully functional since October 2015 the bank has access to an even larger pool of clients to reach our target market.”

“We are very excited about the new look and feel of our branches and we firmly believe that our investment into the branch network reflects Standard Bank’s commitment to this very important region of the Western Cape.” “We look forward to serving our loyal and future clients with a superior banking experience supported by staff who are passionate about providing the service to match,” Dale concludes.




BE SAFE AND SMART THIS SUMMER SEASON Safety tips for Beachgoers Swim only where there are lifeguards and where signs indicate that it is safe to do so. Do not swim in an area if there are no lifeguards present. Make sure that the lifeguards can see you when you are in the water. Always swim between the red and yellow flags. These indicate safe, supervised swimming areas. An area outside of these flags could have dangerous rip-currents and tides. - Only swim in areas where other people are present. Swim in groups and advise friends or family when you go swimming. - Do not swim when there are marine animals such as whales, dolphins and seals in the area. - If you find yourself in trouble, raise your arm and wave to attract the lifeguard’s attention. Try not to panic, as this will make you tired. If you see someone in trouble in the sea, alert the lifeguards or find trained help. Do not put your own life in danger as well. - Do not allow family members and friends to go into the water if they have consumed alcohol.

Be aware of Rip Currents During spring tide these rip currents are stronger than normal and although rip currents at all times pose a danger to bathers - they pose the greatest danger during the spring tide. Bathers are at risk of being swept out to sea by rip currents, while swimming or wading in water along the beach front. Even bathers wading in shallow water who find themselves trapped in a rip current that forms suddenly are at risk of being swept out to sea by rip currents.

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The Shark Spotters app provides water users with all the latest shark safety information at City beaches, including which flag is currently flying and why. The flags fly for various reasons, including: poor spotting conditions due to cloud cover, shark sightings, an indication of water temperature, the lunar phase, and an indication of whether the shark exclusion barrier in Fish Hoek has been deployed or not. The app is updated by the Shark Spotters on duty in real time so users can be assured that they always have the most current information at their fingertips to help them make a personal assessment about shark risks when entering the water. Beachgoers will appreciate the app for all of the other information of interest which it offers including the weather conditions, marine animal activity in the area (such as whales, seals, dolphins, sunfish etc.), the details of amenities on the beaches, as well as short surf videos of isolated surf spots covered by the programme that do not have live web-cams in operation. Furthermore, the app includes safety tips to reduce the risk of encountering a shark, as well as information about shark activity in Cape Town. The Shark Spotters app is available on iOS and Android platforms and is free to download.

Tips while travelling - Awareness: Think for your fellow drivers. Be alert and aware of what’s happening around you at all time. - Obey the speed limit. - Never drive in the yellow line - Wear a Seatbelt: Ensure all vehicle occupants wear a seat belt. - Maintain a safe following distance. - Long distance travelling: If you’re on a long journey, divide the driving time into two hour shifts, taking turns behind the wheel with other eligible drivers in the car. Bathers caught-up in a rip current should not panic. Simply stay afloat by treading water, don’t try to swim against the current as it will only cause exhaustion. Let the current sweep you out to sea but at your first opportunity swim parallel to the beach front until you are free of the rip current and then use the incoming waves to get back to shore. While this is happening shout for help and wave an arm to alert people on the beach to raise the alarm. Swim at beaches where lifeguards are on duty and obey the instructions of the lifeguards and only swim within the safe swimming zones lifeguards mark (using their red and yellow flags). Children should have responsible adult supervision at all times around coastal and inland waters. To report a Sea Rescue Emergency dial 112 from a cellphone

Shark Spotters app to enhance beach safety With the beach season on our doorstep, the City of Cape Town is excited to announce the launch of the Shark Spotters mobile app – an innovative app to assist swimmers and surfers to be more shark smart at Cape Town’s beaches this summer.

- Do not use cell phones when driving. It is illegal and extremely dangerous. - Be patient - Do not drink and drive. What is the Blood/Alcohol Limit for Motorists? - The blood/alcohol limit is 0,05g per 100ml of blood - Its < 0,05g What is the Blood/Alcohol Limit for Professional Drivers (Taxis/Buses/Truck drivers)? - The blood/alcohol limit is < 0,02g per 100ml of blood. This means it is effectively Zero alcohol! - 1 tot of brandy comes to 1 unit, which comes to 0.02g in the blood - so with 1 tot, the Professional driver will be over the legal limit, and a danger to self and others on the road. - However, each one of us can take the decision not to drink and drive, and by sharing that decision with your family and friends, you will influence the behaviour of others in a positive way.

The Shark Spotters app is a unique mobile application which conveniently provides water users with current and accurate shark safety information on their smartphones so they can make informed decisions about shark risks, even before arriving at the beach. The app gives users access to real-time information, allowing the Shark Spotters to render a more efficient and effective service to the community. “We believe the Shark Spotters app will be an essential beach safety and information tool for all water users in Cape Town during the beach season. This app will provide keen surfers and swimmers with specific information about their favourite beach spots even before they travel to them,” said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Energy, Environmental and Spatial Planning, Councillor Johan van der Merwe.

Where to get help the summer season POLICE: 10111 | AMBULANCE: 10177 | EMERGENCY: 112 | | ER24: 084 124 | NETCARE: 082 911 | Call 107 on a landline or 021 480 7700 from a cellphone for all emergencies The 24/7 alcohol and drug helpline is available on 0800 435 748



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Jason’s Hill hosts top SA performers Less than an hour’s drive from Cape Town you’ll find the family owned wine estate, Jason’s Hill Private Cellar, which is also the venue for the not-to-be missed Jason’s Hill Makietie Outdoor Music Show on Saturday, 28 January 2017. Look forward to an explosive line up of SA’s finest performers. So many of us have grown up listening to her heart felt music and now you get the chance to see much loved Afrikaans performer, Laurika Rauch, live. She will be joined on stage by Loki Rothman for part of her performance. Completing this fabulous line up is Potchefstroom native Bouwer Bosch and Cape Town based musician Gerald Clark.

Get ready for a high summer celebration at this year’s Franschhoek Summer Wines, Saturday, 4 February at Leopard’s Leap Family Vineyards. Come and taste the Franschhoek Vigneron’s choice for summer. White, rosé, Méthode Cap Classique and light reds – all will be revealed on the day! The wines have been handpicked by the winemakers to complement the hot summer days. Pair your favourites with delicious food from the rotisserie kitchen, as you relax on the veranda or the sprawling lawn with panoramic views of the valley. Live entertainment completes what promises to be a perfect day out in the winelands. Keeping things cool, dress elegantly in white. Tickets includes a wine glass and a tasting of all the wines on show between 12pm and 5pm. Tickets are available from

An evening which is guaranteed to get you up on your feet and dancing the night away. Look forward to some of their popular songs as well as a few new ones. Relax and unwind on the estate’s immaculate lawns whilst the kids run around and take in the natural surroundings before the show starts at 6pm (gates open at 4pm).

Photo: Laurika Rauch

And to ensure you don’t hunger or thirst delicious food and refreshments will be available to purchase at the venue on the day. Secure and free parking is available on the property. Tickets are available from Computicket

A Phoenix Rises From The Ashes For Delheim’s Harvest Festival Delheim’s annual Start of Harvest Festival is back! After a devastating fire on the Simonsberg Mountain put a cork in the event for 2016, it has been re-kindled with vigour and exciting changes. Now is the time to book out the family calendar for January 28 and 29, when Delheim Start of Harvest Festival returns. The event at the celebrated Stellenbosch wine farm is among the first to usher in the grape-picking season’s hustleand-bustle. This is the time that farms across the winelands prepare to bring in the fruit; a time of joy after year-long toil and tending the vines. “The fire that swept through this area forced us to cancel the event last year, but we’re back – better and stronger,” says Delheim Destination Manager Charlotte Terblanche. “In fact, our regulars have been champing, so if you’re plan to come, best book early.” Once again, the ever-popular grape stomping is back. It is an ancient tradition across the world that’s symbolic of the fellowship of wine and guaranteed to ignite the fun. There will be live music and lawn games, too.

This time however, brave participants and eager observers will light up with enthusiasm for Delheim’s new barrel-rolling races – a laugh-a-minute and certainly not as easy as you might think. As for the food, the harvest table format has been revamped. The feast is still on, but there will be even greater diversity and the opportunity to taste the eminent suitability of Delheim wines with food. Vegetarian options will be provided as well as a stand for dessert and an ice-cream truck. With Germany being the birth country of Delheim patriarch and industry icon ‘Spatz’ Sperling, you can look forward to a few tasty specialities from this part of the world like tasty Bratwurst. Every food offering will be sold with the ideal Delheim wine. Think Bratwurst with a blue-blood Cabernet Sauvignon/ Shiraz blend, or decadent sweets with a refreshing glass of Delheim’s famed rosé - SA’s first in the style made with Pinotage grapes. Make Delheim Start of Harvest Festival your first date of 2017 and share in a slow and delicious, peaceful and dreamy weekend of endless family fun. For more information visit

Stellenbosch Harvest Parade brings fanfare to City of Oaks The oak-lined streets of Stellenbosch will be invaded by a colourful community of winemaking charismatics on uniquely adorned ‘chariots’ on Saturday, January 28. The annual Harvest Parade comes to this most prominent town of South African wine to usher in the grape harvest season with convivial cheer. The memorable Stellenbosch Harvest Parade also pays homage to the people behind this labour of love and especially the invaluable contribution of South Africa’s farm workers. This proud Stellenbosch procession traditionally includes merry marching bands, inimitable Cape minstrels, drum majorettes and - the highlight of this harvest high jinks – a flotilla of bold and beautifully decorated tractors, trailer and trucks. The troupe represents participating wineries and will meander its way through the streets to bring unique Stellenbosch gees (spirit) to the season’s toil. “Our Harvest Parade recognises the work of thousands of men and women responsible for sustaining the wine industry in Stellenbosch,” says Stellenbosch Wine Routes Manager Elmarie Rabe. “At the same time, it marks the start of the grape-picking season’s hustle-and-bustle that will again yield the award-winning wines responsible for making Stellenbosch world-renowned. “Just to see the colourful convoy of big smiles and bright tractors gives one goose-bumps. And it makes me tremendously proud to be part of such a wonderful winemaking region and heart-warming tradition,” she adds. The Stellenbosch Harvest Parade is a celebration of the very essence of a vibrant and eclectic “Stellies” and should not be missed. Among the participating wineries that will set out to paint the town red in their unique way are Simonsig, Lanzerac, Waterford, L’Avenir, Eikendal, Alto, Neethlinghof, Kleine Zalze Wines, Hill & Dale and Delheim.

“Show me a product made by many people’s hard work, sweat and knowledge that can be enjoyed now or after a decade amongst friends and family, and still leave one amazed by the flavours and taste,” declares Delheim winemaker Altus Treurnicht. “For me, the Harvest Parade highlights how the making of wine begins long before fruit arrives at the cellar and wine goes into the bottle. The occasion reflects the vibe and excitement for harvest and what the new vintage will bring us.” The Stellenbosch Harvest Parade, presented in conjunction with the Stellenbosch Municipality, gets underway on 28 January from 9am. It will be followed by a harvest blessing ceremony at the town hall in Plein Street at 10am. It signals the start of the Stellenbosch Wine Festival presented by Pick ‘n Pay, which takes place at the Coetzenburg sports grounds from 24 to 26 February. Tickets are available from

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Cape Town 10s returns to Green Point South Africa’s biggest social, sport and lifestyle event, the Cape Town 10s (winner of the 2016 Discovery Sport Industry Award for ‘Best Live Experience’) will return to Green Point, Cape Town on 3 - 4 February 2017 with, Africa’s biggest fashion store as the Title Sponsor. Launched in 2009, by rugby legends, Bob Skinstad, Rob Fleck and their longstanding mate Ron Rutland, the Cape Town 10s quickly grew to the biggest ten-a-side tournament in world rugby. Starting off as a ‘rugby only’ tournament the event has since evolved into a multi-faceted sports event, including the addition of Netball, Beach Volleyball - and now - Dodgeball for 2017. The event has, over the years, featured some of the world’s greatest International rugby legends including Jonah Lomu, Carlos Spencer, Tana Umaga and Christian Cullen, as well as other local heroes such as Butch James, Percy Montgomery, Corné Krige, Bakkies Botha and James Dalton to name but a few. This event is overseen and managed by the Old School Group, a ‘really cool little sports and lifestyle business’ specialising in these sorts of sports empowered, lifestyle festivals. With the event set to kick off, team entries for the Netball and Rugby divisions are already sold out. The event is destined to defy expectation, lifting the bar just that much higher, with a whole new host of trend setting street culture, familiar celebs, rock stars, sportsmen and women as well as former legends of global sport set to take the field.

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Extreme Mountain Bike Challenge in the Attakwaskloof

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The Fairview Attakwas Extreme Mountain Bike Challenge marks the entry into its second decade of existence with UCI (Union Cycliste Internationale) status as South Africa’s premier single day mountain bike marathon gains international recognition. But the ancient landscapes which set the scene for the race which has developed a reputation as the “Hell of the South”, remain unchanged and unyielding. Long before the tyres of mountain bikes first traversed the Attakwaskloof, the wheels of ox-wagons followed the footpaths of the Attaqua Khoi-Khoi and the Khoi San. Those first men to walk the wilderness of the Attakwaskloof surely followed the trails established by elephants and migrating herds of antelope, which crossed the Outeniqua Mountains from the interior to the fertile coastal plains where the grazing was more abundant. San rock art shows that the Attakwaskloof has a long history of conflict too. Their art depicts scenes of great hunts and encounters with the first European visitors to the region. In later years the Boer War brought further conflict as the British built a string of block houses along the Outeniqua range to defend against incursions from the interior. One such block house remains near the summit of the Attakwas Pass, overlooking the wagon trail through the valley below. It’s fitting then that the UCI status of the Fairview Attakwas Extreme Mountain Bike Challenge will once again attract a large European force into the Attakwaskloof. Though this time the battle will be fought in a war of stamina and attrition, where attacks will be countered until one rider finally breaks the will of the defenders and rides off to victory. The age old question remains then, will local knowledge be able to trump foreign desire to conquer Africa? History both in terms of the Attakwaskloof and the Fairview Attakwas Extreme is not in favour of the local riders, it has been five years since Matthys Beukes, the last South African rider to win the race. Who then will lead the defence for the locals? Will last year’s 3rd place finisher James Reid step up to the challenge? Or will one of the USN PureFit team of Darryn Lill and Waylon Woolcock look to lay down a challenge ahead of their Absa African Jersey defence at the Absa Cape Epic? Expect the true locals, Erik Kleinhans and Matthew Beers to lead the line as the battle for Fairview Attakwas Extreme Mountain Bike Challenge honours emerges from the historic Attakwaskloof and into the foothills of the Outeniqua where peace has long reigned but will surely be interrupted come 21 January 2017.

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