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The City of Cape Town has been ranked as one of the top five cities in the world out of 533 cities for demonstrating leadership in our climate disclosure where we measure and disclose our energy and climate action data annually to the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP). This achievement saw Cape Town joining over 500 cities, 100 state and regional governments, and 5 800 companies who are now measuring and disclosing climate action data on an annual basis in order to manage emissions, build resilience, and protect themselves from the growing impacts of climate change.
The CDP is a not-for-profit organisation that provides the global platform for cities and companies to manage, measure and disclose their energy and climate data. Every year the CDP and AECOM highlight cities which are excelling in climate disclosure and showcase each city’s efforts with an InFocus Report. Cities across the world are taking bold action to implement the COP21 Paris Agreement demonstrating their ambition to address climate change by reducing emissions, adapting to climate impacts, and establishing low-carbon economies. Continue Reading Page 3
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Safe Freeway Project App Now Available on your Smart Phone The founders of the Safe Free Way project and Safety Information Systems (Pty) LTD (SIS) have developed a Smart Phone application called SOTERIA to handle their broadcasted Safety Messages. Every day and all day long Operators in the Incident Control Centre (ICC) gather Real-time, Relevant and Reliable information on freeways and broadcast this information to subscribers of the Safe Freeway Project.
Up to now the Safe Freeway Project has been using WhatsApp as a method of broadcasting these messages to all of its subscribers. The WhatsApp platform is great for social media chatting, but it was not designed as a Safety Application. SOTERIA was designed as a Social Safety App, and can do so much more than just distribute Broadcast messages from the Safe Freeway Project.
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Broadcast messages in SOTERIA are improved, and you can now select which Broadcast Channels you want to subscribe to, and not have to receive messages about Areas and Freeways that you don’t travel, or are not interested in - You get Real-time, Relevant and Reliable information from the ICC, while new Broadcast channels are added all the time as their user locations increase or as new regional incidents occur. Other features on SOTERIA include: A fully functional Individual and Group Instant Messaging Chat System – Watch Over Me (WOM) and Emergency Notifications and Alert Functions – all while being connected to a manned ICC with a trained operator ready to help.
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An example of a possible scenario - Your local Neighbourhood Watch’s (NHW) sector leader installs SOTERIA on his/her device and creates a group for your suburb. They add your NHW control room in that group and any other regular patrollers in and around your area. When you activate an “I need Help” Neighbourhood Alert, a new temporary group is created with any other groups you might also have in the Neighbourhood category. All patrollers and the entire suburb is notified of your alert in your time of emergency. Imagine a thief trying to escape an area when all subscribers within that suburb are on high alert assisting the person in trouble. This is what is meant by Social Safety. Can you think of other scenarios? Maybe a traveling group or a club working on a project together, a school outing etc.
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During the month of March the Cape Town Carnival, one of the city’s biggest street celebrations, took place along the Fan Walk in Green Point entertaining viewers with floats and vibrant dance routines under the theme, AMAZA– Ocean Odyssey where 2 000 performers lined the streets of Cape Town. On 19 March 2017, the Absa Cape Epic, one of the world’s greatest mountain bike stage races started at Meerendal Wine Estate in Durbanville, attracting local and international riders, international viewership on live stream, as well as local fans following the race. The race took place from 19-26 March from Hermanus with the final stage for the first time at Val de Vie Estate near Franschhoek. Continue Reading Page 3
Western Cape Drought Update As at 20 March 2017, dam levels have dropped to 28,6 % which is 1,4% down from the previous week. With the last 10% of a dam’s water mostly not being useable, dam levels are effectively at about 18,6 % of usable water with approximately 103 days of useable water left at current consumption levels. The City of Cape Town thanks those consumers who continue to find new ways of saving water but challenges Team Cape Town to see if they can get much closer to the usage target. The Mayoral Committee on 20 March 2017 recommended for noting by Council the declaration of a local state of disaster as a result of the drought. “We are in the midst of one of our worst droughts of the past century. Cape Town is in a waterscarce region, and is experiencing the impacts of climate change with an increased frequency of drought events.” The two consecutive years of drought have severely reduced stream flows into the dams of the Western Cape Water Supply Scheme (WCWSS). The dams are likely to reach extremely low levels by the onset of the 2017 winter, and are unlikely to recover satisfactorily should average to below average rainfall be experienced over this coming winter. The City’s contingency plans include further intensified restriction measures and the possibility of intermittent supply to conserve available water should dams drop to dangerous level, which would require emergency procurement of additional equipment and involve increased operational expenditure. Continue Reading Page 3
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The Western Cape’s peak events period continues, with a range of events taking place across the province.
notified. Watch this space, WOM will become a common household phrase. “We are especially excited about the Alert function in SOTERIA, and how it uses your groups to activate your Social contacts together when you need them.” SOTERIA has two Alerting functions: I am reporting an incident that I have seen, or I need help. When reporting an incident in your neighbourhood or on the freeway, only you and the ICC are involved - once the operator verifies the incident they will activate emergency services and maybe broadcast it out on a Broadcast Channel. When activating, “I need help,” On the Road Alert, SOTERIA activates your previously created On the Road groups, and inform these contacts that you require assistance. Your location is given and a temporary group chat is opened to see you through your emergency. The ICC operator keeps a close watch on the incident to make sure your contacts are able to assist you, and if not, the operator will step in. This is a powerful tool with many different applications.
WOM is a great feature of SOTERIA. This is a tool that will be used to keep a close eye on your traveling loved ones. When activated, WOM will give only previously select contact access to your pinpoint location on a Google Earth map, enabling you to watch over the travels of those closest to you, ensuring their safety. An individual chat is opened between the one activating WOM and his or her WOM contacts allowing easy communication, location sharing and even picture sharing along this trip. After arriving safely WOM is turned off and all WOM contacts are
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Construction & Relocation of Mediclinic Stellenbosch Mediclinic Southern Africa announced plans to relocate the current Mediclinic Stellenbosch to a more prominent site along the R44 in Stellenbosch. Since opening their doors in 1992, the hospital has grown from a 58 bed hospital with only 3 theatres to a world class facility with 102 beds, 5 theatres and a busy 24 hour emergency centre. Celebrating 25 years of care in 2017 Operations Executive, Willie Kruger emphasises that the need for the new hospital was driven by the heavy demand for local facilities, “Mediclinic Stellenbosch was unable to grow in line with the need for care at its existing premises and it was decided to provide a new building at an alternative site in order to allow the hospital to better service the community. “We are building in additional capacity for any future growth to ensure our patients are able to access the best available care long into the future.” The new hospital, situated on the corner of Strand Road (R44) and Elsie Du Toit Drive in Stellenbosch, will retain the original name and will offer a series of specialised units for patient centric care as well as a multi-disciplinary team of specialists and Emergency Centre. The state of the art building will also include a day hospital to be known as Mediclinic Stellenbosch Day Clinic, allowing patients with planned, non-emergency surgical procedures to be admitted and discharged on the day of surgery. The design for the new hospital has been strongly influenced by the need to create sustainable and eco-friendly facilities and will include design elements relying on natural light in patient rooms, visiting areas and doctor consulting rooms. Several other greening and environmental elements will be incorporated into the hospital to minimise the carbon footprint of the facility.
The current building situated in Die Boord, Stellenbosch will be converted to an orthopaedic unit – to be known as Mediclinic Winelands Orthopaedic Hospital. Mediclinic Winelands Orthopaedic Hospital will house a number of Orthopaedic and Rheumatology specialists aiming to create a centre of excellence serving the Winelands community, ensuring all orthopaedic disciplines are covered within the facility. A second day hospital – the Mediclinic Winelands Orthopaedic Day Clinic - has been licensed for this hospital, catering for various short stay orthopaedic procedures. Mediclinic Southern Africa Infrastructure General Manager, Kobus Jonck explains the timeline attached to the new hospital, “Our tender process closed early in March 2017. Following this certain legislative procedures need to be completed and we will be ready to break ground in May 2017. The project is expected to take approximately 20 months to complete, with the relocated Mediclinic Stellenbosch opening its doors in 2019.” The new hospital will be developed by Atterbury Properties, in consultation with Mediclinic Southern Africa.
Western Cape Confirmed as Top Province The Western Cape has been officially confirmed as the country’s Top Province in the 2015/16 provincial and local audit outcomes. The Western Cape Government was officially certified with 100% unqualified audits. The Province also achieved clean audits for 12 of its 13 departments. A total of 23 out of 30 Western Cape municipalities were also awarded clean audits. This is the fourth year running that the Western Cape has led in audit outcomes in South Africa, with the 2015/16 audit outcomes the best to date. Representing the Western Cape Government at the awards ceremony, Finance Minister, Dr Ivan Meyer said that the Western Cape Provincial Treasury actively supports municipalities and provincial departments to promote good governance, strengthen financial management and encourage accountability. “While we celebrate, we are mindful that we cannot rest until every rand is responsibly accounted for.” Swellendam named as South Africa’s top eco-friendly destination
Luxury Travel Guide states that the awards “represent the pinnacle of travel and tourism achievement, championing the best in their respective fields.” “All winners of the Luxury Travel Guide Awards are subject to the same rigorous assessment criteria, carried out by our in-house professionals. This ensures only the most deserving firms and individuals walk away with one of these prestigious accolades and gain a place in our awards winners’ guide, which will be distributed “This is an excellent achievement for Swellendam and for tourism in the Western to over 500,000 professional & affluent people worldwide,” reads the correspondCape. Tourism is one of our fastest-growing sectors, and has the potential to add ence. up to an additional 100 000 jobs to our economy, if we put dedicated energy into it. On 10 April Swellendam Municipality also received an Audit Excellence Award Awards like this garner international promotion for our destination. I would like to in obtaining a Clean Audit Opinion for the 2015/16 Financial year, hosted by the commend Swellendam Tourism and the municipality for the work they are doing in Department Local Government, Minister Anton Bredell and the Auditor General of growing tourism,” said Minister Winde. In correspondence to Swellendam Tourism, South Africa Swellendam has been recognised as South Africa’s top eco-friendly destination. The Luxury Travel Guide publication selected Swellendam as the Eco-Friendly Destination of the Year-South Africa in the Africa and Middle East Awards 2017 category. Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, congratulated the destination.
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South African brandies made a clean sweep at the 2017 World Drinks Awards, claiming gold medals as well as the ultimate title of World’s Best Brandy for the Oude Meester Demant. Now in its tenth year, the World Drinks Awards is hosted in London by TheDrinksReport.com to recognize spirit drinks and select the very best in all internationally recognized styles. “With an ideal climate and a history of brandy production stretching back over 300 hundred years, it comes as no surprise that South Africa is widely regarded among the world’s best brandy producing countries,” says Distell Brandy Ambassador, Nick Holdcroft. “It’s fair to say our brandies compete on a par with the world’s most recognized cognacs, and South Africans can be rightfully proud of our reputation as a global leader in terms of quality.” This is the second consecutive year that a South African Brandy has defended its claim for producing the world’s best brandy Klipdrift Premuim walked away with top honours in 2016. “Each award-winning bottle of Oude Meester Demant comprises a sublime blend of potstill brandies that have matured in French oak casks,” explains Holdcroft. “The alluring nose of dark chocolate, nutmeg and slightly fruity notes of dried apricot and pineapple, leads to an exquisitely balanced palate with hints of oak and delicate spice that softly finish with a lingering smoothness. It’s not surprising it won this award.” Oude Meester also took the award for best extra old brandy with their 12 year old Reserve. An extra old brandy is one that is aged ten years or older. “On top of these awards, our trophy cabinet is going to need more space for the newly acquired gold medals awarded to Richelieu International, Klipdrift Premium and Oude Meester 18 Years Old Sovereign.” The judging panel comprises a cast of highly respected and experienced authorities from the drinks and hospitality industry, who adjudicate hundreds of international submissions, scoring merit on nose, palate, finish, balance, character and quality.
Explore the museums of the V&A Waterfront in a new light, after dark. After a successful pilot event in July 2016, Museum Night V&A Waterfront returns with two events scheduled for 2017, the first taking place on the night of Wednesday, 28 June. The event allows the public to access a diverse programme of museums until late, while also experiencing a curated programme of performances throughout the night. Most museum sites offer free admission to the public, with the Two Oceans Aquarium offering half price tickets on the night. Participating museums include Chavonnes Battery Museum, Robben Island Jetty Museum, Iziko Maritime Centre, and the Springbok Experience Rugby Museum, amongst other sites. The Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA), which opens to the public in September 2017, will host a programme outside the museum building. Building on last year’s V&A Waterfront Museum Night event, attendees can expect to see new sites, new exhibitions, more performances, and scheduled walking tours.
Cape Town Ranked as Global Leader In Climate Disclosure Cape Town is determined to continue leading the way through their range of projects to mitigate and adapt to the impacts of climate change. Cities are the drivers of change and the site of development and they are committed to their duty to embed responsible environmental practices into all the work.
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The City of Cape Town’s 2016 submission to the CDP included actions such as reducing emissions through waste management at landfill sites, lower carbon energy supply generation, on-site renewable energy generation, sourcing 10% to 20% of our electricity from renewable energy, and supporting the development of clean technology industries and initiatives to increase energy security. The CDP has partnered with the C40 Cities Leadership Group in connecting more than 90 of the world’s greatest cities, representing over 650 million people and one quarter of the global economy.
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Created and led by cities, the C40 is focused on tackling climate change and driving urban action that reduces greenhouse gas emissions and climate risks while increasing health, well-being and economic opportunities for urban residents. “We are indeed proud that our work is playing a part in the global efforts to address climate change and to be placed alongside other leading cities like Mexico City, Paris, Sydney, and Vancouver as one of the top five reporting cities. These results and our work to map our progress in addressing climate change is in line with the City’s Organisational Development and Transformation Plan (ODTP) and its aims to create an organisation that is more dynamic, more progressive, and more customer-centric. Our results and reporting to the CDP also underscore one of our 11 transformational priorities as part of the ODTP, to position Cape Town as a forward-thinking, globally competitive business city.” “Cape Town’s work in measuring and reporting the data for our actions to address climate change to the CDP is in line with my commitment as a board member of the Global Covenant of Mayors and Cape Town’s membership in C40,” says Patricia de Lille, Executive Mayor of Cape Town.
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Aura Boutique, neatly tucked away in the quaint ‘Chelsea Village’ in Somerset West, is a celebrated beauty and relaxation establishment. Aura boutique offers an array of high end treatments from facials, massage and even nail care treatments from their petite yet serene premises. We combine quality products with professional service in order to build long lasting relationships with our guests. We ensure a tranquil and relaxing experience. At Aura, our guests are not just a number. Our qualified aestheticians are passionate about skin care and always delivering an ‘Aura Experience’ says Business Owner Donica Valentine. About QMS Medicosmetics Over 25 Years ago Dr.med.Erich Schulte, a leading traumatologist cosmetic surgeon and skincare pioneer founded QMS Medicosmetics. His vision was to design a skincare system that today is regarded as one of the most effective to be found. Formulas combine the highest quality ingredients with cutting-edge techniques whilst maintaining the core belief that this is a skincare system that is for everyday and for everyone. QMS Medicosmetics is a medical grade skincare range originating from extensive research into the critical role of collagen in skin regeneration. It is designed to effectively treat damaged and aging skin on the face and body. QMS treated skin has a healthy collagen synthesis. Skin looks and feels rejuvenated. Aura Boutique is a proud stockist of the QMS product Range and offers a special menu of QMS skin Photo: Dr.med.Erich Schulte treatments In Somerset West.
How important are supplements? “This is skin regeneration from within. Our diet is generally lacking in certain vital minerals and vitamins, and, as we age, absorption also becomes more difficult. I do recommend Intravital, as each capsule contains the necessary vitamins to recondition, regenerate and protect the natural skin structure from within. The hydrolysed collagen is effectively absorbed and skin quality is improved.” What have been the biggest scientific breakthroughs in terms of antiageing skincare and techniques, including injections/pills/salon treatments? “Science is an absolute passion of mine, and early on in my career as a surgeon I understood the importance of revolutionising scientific techniques to improve how skincare performs.” He says, “The future of skincare is improving the delivery system and techniques to enhance the metabolism of ingredients in both products and treatments. My top three breakthroughs are: the conditioning of natural soluble collagens to be able to penetrate the skin, stem cell technology, and electro-galvanic transportations (electric micro-current technology) through the skin barrier without destroying the protective functions.” “Collagen is the most important protein in your skin, 65% of the body’s proteins are collagen and they are responsible for the elasticity of the skin. As a trauma and cosmetic surgeon I researched wound-healing and found collagen to be highly significant.” “This led me to develop a method to condition natural soluble collagens so that they can be re-absorbed into the epidermis and be applied topically to the skin, thereby allowing skin regeneration.” What is the most effective turn-back-time and anti-ageing regime /treatment short of cosmetic surgery? “Tissue augmentation with the help of skin fillers will have an immediate impact on the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.”
Delaying the signs of ageing - By Dr. med. Erich Schulte, founder of QMS Medicosmetics Is there any way in which we can delay the signs of ageing and turn back time through just diet and lifestyle alone? “The short answer is ‘Yes, you can’. A healthy lifestyle and diet can most definitely improve the health and quality of the skin, which then results in a delay in the signs of ageing. But you need to recognise that there are limits with this method, and for best results you need to find ways to boost your skin’s health from within. Nutricosmetics are an excellent way to do this: I specifically formulated Intravital to recondition, regenerate and protect the skin.” “Always remember: enjoy life in moderation and you will look younger longer.” What are the main contributing factors of ageing that we bring on ourselves? “Our lifestyle is the main contributor to how our skin ages. Skin reacts to its external environment and our modern day living is harsh – whether dehydration from air-conditioning or pollutants in the atmosphere, all can detrimentally impact the skin.”
“For a long-term transformation getting a regime in place is key, an optimum skincare regeneration system would be to commence a collagen replacement therapy. Collagen is critical for the moisturising process; it is the protein that keeps skin’s tone, youth and elasticity. The skin’s production of collagen decreases as the skin ages, leading to a loss of moisture and the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. With QMS Medicosmetics you can help reverse the appearance of ageing by addressing the underlying cause – loss of collagen.” What is the optimum age to start an anti-ageing regime and what can we realistically expect to achieve? “From thirty is a good age to start, as from 25 our collagen production starts to decrease, and if you get into a good regime by 30 then you can take around five years off your age. If you start young you can definitely stay young.” BOOK YOUR AURA EXPERIENCE TODAY! Book a QMS treatment at Aura Boutique in the month of May and enjoy a 20% off your QMS Medicosmetics Treatment. For more information contact us at 021 851 6978 or visit www.auraboutique.co.za Aura Boutique is situated in Chelsea Village, Bright Street, Somerset West
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New Restaurant Trend “Fast Fine” is changing the way we dine – but what is it?
First, there was the “fast food” phenomenon. Restaurants like McDonald’s and KFC capitalised on the need for convenience food by serving up cheap, quick takeaways. Following the junk food backlash in which consumers expressed a need for healthier food made from better ingredients, we then saw the rise of the “fast casual” trend.
Healey’s Cheddar Triumphs at SA Dairy Championships
New winelands deli showcases the intricate art of award-winning cheese making! Healey’s Slow Matured Cheddar has churned out SA Champion status at this year’s SA Dairy Championships by soaring above all other competitors in the Raw Milk Semi Hard or Hard Cheese Category. The cheese is made by hand in limited quantities at Waterkloof Estate on the outskirts of Somerset West. The seven-month matured cheese that took top honours exudes a harmonious savoury and nutty flavour, which is in perfect balance with saltiness and acidity. Notably, it is made with unpasteurized (raw) milk – free from growth hormones and antibiotics - produced from a certified herd of grass-fed Holstein (also known as Friesian) cows from the Stellenbosch area. “It was a typical cheese produced on a specific day,” says Healey’s General Manager Jannik Le Roux. “We do not produce special cheese for competitions anymore as we want to test ourselves against the best in the business with the cheese that we make on a daily basis. Our clients can thus be assured of a competition-quality cheese on an everyday basis.” The SA Champion title follows the recent opening of the new Healey’s Cheesery & Deli at Waterkloof, where an untamed, natural approach to winemaking reigns supreme.
In the USA, chains like Chipotle Mexican Grill and Five Guys charted their success by serving food made from better, healthier, carefully sourced ingredients, and doing so just as quickly as the fast food outlets they were competing with. In South Africa, Nando’s has plucked out a path from “fast food” status to “fast casual” by investing in better looking restaurant environments that feature local art and design.
Waterkloof’s biodynamic farming philosophy sits perfectly beside Healey’s approach to natural, real cheese that is free of all preservatives, artificial colourants, flavour enhancers and anti-moulds. Healey’s joined the Waterkloof family in 2012 as a natural extension of a brand that unlocks nature’s true potential in the most natural way, but continued production at its small cheesery at Lourensford Estate where it was originally started.
The rising popularity of fast casual outlets the world over is propelled by relativelycheap-but-good meals that can be taken away or eaten in a slightly more attractive restaurant environment than a fast food counterpart. The spread of the trend has been further aided by the global economic downturn, which has reduced spending at expensive, upmarket restaurants. Enter the new “fast fine” trend, the latest movement to shift the way we eat. The fast fine concept marries the best of fast food and fast casual with all the things we love about fine dining. It does away with all the negatives - struggling for reservations, overly extensive and complicated menus, waiters, long waits for food and/or service, expensive bills and tipping – and retains all the positive aspects in order to serve up Michelin-quality meals, quickly. The focus on fresh ingredients, culinary finesse, and menus that change regularly, are perfect for the new millennial mindset which wants every meal to be an “experience”. Here in Cape Town, which is considered to be one of the foodie capitals of the world, a restaurant that fits into the fast fine category has been three years in the making, from concept to implementation, and launched recently to the delight of quickly converted fans. Known as Chefs, the progressive eatery has a respected chef, Jenny Ward, at the helm, who was previously with fine dining establishment, Bistrot Bizerca. Chefs is easy to access. You can just walk in without having to book, either for lunch or dinner. You can even choose your meal in advance, by checking out the menu beforehand via the website. The Chefs concept sees all barriers between the chef and the guest removed. Seating space and kitchen space are one and the same. The team of chefs take your order, prepares and brings you your meal in next to no time after you’ve viewed the three daily options via iPad. The food arrives quickly and all at the same time, thanks to a stylish tray, where all the elements of the meal are assembled and presented. There are no waiters. With carefully sourced, fresh ingredients going into only three daily rotating dishes, and a directional approach to the customer journey, Chefs has met the challenging task of streamlining a restaurant experience into a new and progressive dining concept. It is indeed both fast and very fine! For more information visit www.chefscapetown.co.za
Over the years, Healey’s improved its equipment and more recently, its facility too. At the end of last year, it was time for Healey’s to move on to greener pastures. The opportunity with Waterkloof and its ethos made the estate the perfect choice and it opened its new ‘home’ right at the foot of the famous winery. It is here the entire process of making slow matured cheddar takes place in a custom-designed facility. Naturally, the team was elated about the achievement at the SA Dairy Championships: “Our team managed to produce this winning SA Champion cheese in a new facility we’d occupied for less than a year, and using unfamiliar equipment,” says cheesemaker extraordinaire Desiree Stuart who oversees the small, closeknit Healey’s team. The deli where the winning cheese and others are available was designed with a specific vision in mind: the creation of a natural and flowing space for aficionados to taste the finest slow-matured cheddars whilst getting a first-hand glimpse of the intricate process involved in making these award-winning wheels of deliciousness. It has an inviting wooden deck with unobstructed views of the mountain-andsea landscape that calls for laid-back cheese sampling along with Waterkloof wine sipping with friends and family. For more information visit www.healeys.co.za
Bennie Wyngaard – A Wine Manager Par Excellence When taking a trip through the beautiful Overberg region, one of the favourite places to stop for breakfast is the Houw Hoek Farmstall on the N2 between Elgin and Bot River - open seven days a week. Besides the delectable delights - homemade pies, biscuits and cakes, freshly baked bread, local baskets filled with fruit and vegetables fresh from the farms in the Elgin Valley, you will find the best wines the Overberg region has to offer at the Overberg Wine Collection. Bennie Wyngaard, manager of the Overberg Wine Collection for the past ten years, confirms that most of the wines from the Overberg are sold at cellar prices. The wide range of wines from this wine region gives customers an interesting selection of fine wines to choose from. For more information contact 028 284 9015
Seeing Through The Eyes of the Artist! Presenting art of distinction is Palette Art Gallery’s forte. Lydia da Silva, proprietor of Palette Art Gallery visualizes the selecting of art to be displayed in her gallery through the eye of the artist. Nestled among the grand old oak trees in Church Street, Stellenbosch is Palette Fine Art Gallery. The gallery was started filling a niche in the tourist market and has evolved after 3½ years, drawing more serious Art Collectors and South African Art Lovers. The gallery now boasts many beautiful bronze sculptures varying from the human form to many species of animals and birds. Palette Fine Art Gallery has consignment work from local artists from the Western Cape. From the creative minds of the artists commissions are undertaken satisfying new Home Owners and Art Lovers alike. Palette Art Gallery has recently opened another venue at 68 Waterkant Street, Cape Quarter Piazza, De Waterkant. Palette Art Gallery showcases the works of various artists including Vincent da Silva. There is a Monumental Wind Girl sculpted by Vincent Da Silva in bronze on display in the Cape Quarter Piazza and his Life Sized Bronze Ceremental Sculpture perches elegantly on the gallery’s steps.
“I was always fascinated by the Cliff Divers in Acapulco. Perched high above the cliffs, they hurtle their bodies in a gracious curve with outstretched arms, reminiscent of a swan’s wings. Seconds before hitting the water at breakneck speed, they bring their arms together and clench their fists to brace for the impact of hitting the water. This takes tremendous courage and one can imagine how many near misses they have.” - Lydia da Silva
Swan towers 2.2m high and epitomizes the inspiration and fascination with the Mexican Cliff Divers for its creator, Lydia da Silva - Photo taken at Webersburg Wine Estate, Stellenbosch
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Financial Fitness Starts Today Rising costs are making it harder and harder for millions of South Africans to make ends meet each month. Putting some money aside for savings is even harder, but if you want to realise your dreams and retire well, then saving for tomorrow is exactly what you need to start doing today. John Manyike, Head of Financial Education at Old Mutual, says that Government is under increasing pressure to balance its own budget. The country currently has debt of R2.2 trillion, which is the equivalent of 49% of GDP. This makes any significant increases in the level of social grants or pensions for struggling South Africans highly unlikely. “It is therefore important not to rely solely on the Government pension for your retirement – but to start saving as early as possible to ensure that you can maintain a reasonable standard of living when you do stop working, Old Mutual Savings and investment monitor also reveals that one in three South Africans believe that the government will look after them when they retire.” He adds that consumers need to get creative about stretching their income. Cutting down on indulgences such as eating out in restaurants or buying clothes on a store-card that has a high interest rate, or even packing your own lunchbox instead of buying takeaways, will go a long way towards enabling you to save a little extra each month. He points out that even a small increase in the amount that you put away each month can make a huge difference over time, thanks to the power of compound interest. Manyike believes the key to achieving financial fitness is to live within your income and not your credit limit.
Set your goals and stay committed - Determine what your goals are and set financial objectives for the short, medium and long term. Goals must be realistic to be achievable. Prioritise goals in order of importance, estimate how much you need to save for each, and settle on a timeframe. Be emotionally connected to your goals as this will keep you disciplined during difficult times such as the festive season and holidays, when you may be tempted to overspend. Determine your needs honestly - Cut back on lifestyle expenses that you can do without, and then use those savings to pay off debt. If you eat out in restaurants once a week, decide as a family to reduce that to once a month. The money saved will help you settle debts or save for your children’s education. Before you spend money on ‘nice-to-have’ items such as home décor, expensive shoes, or a new car, ask yourself if it is a ‘need’ or a ‘want’. Don’t spend on items that are not absolutely necessary when your goal is to destroy debt. Stay focused on tackling your bad debts - Pay off your most expensive debt first. Your credit cards or store cards generally carry higher interest rates than your bond, for example. Consider consolidating all your debt into one loan to replace multiple interest charges, service fees and debit order fees with one consolidated payment. The benefit is that the debt-free date is clear – and we all love to see the end line and feel a sense of satisfaction when reaching a goal. However, be warned that the zero balance on your credit card and store cards may tempt you to spend. Resist this temptation!
Old Mutual Financial Education’s 5 Tips On How To Create Financial Wellbeing Face reality. Face the facts: - For some this will be a tough task. Open all your bills, review your bank statements and request a credit report from one of the credit bureaus. You are entitled to a free credit report once a year, in your birth month. This will give you an idea of what your credit profile looks like and alert you to any negative listings your creditors may have registered. Most credit bureaus have call centres, try one of them.
Budget. Budget. Budget - There is a lot of wisdom in the old adage, ‘if you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it’. Your budget will help you to live within your means so it is vital that you record all spending. If you want to reach personal financial freedom, a budget is invaluable. Keep your eyes focused on your goals and be disciplined about staying on course. If need be, change your friends to better your chances of sticking to your budget. Manyike concludes, “Whether you are determined to start planning for retirement or saving for a new home or children’s education, consult an accredited financial adviser. Today’s the day to seek great advice and then put it into action.”
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Acquiring a 2 nd citizenship - in Europe Having dual citizenship is becoming something that many South Africans want to attain. The primary reason is to assure their family’s future by protecting against political risk and economical instability. Dual citizenship in Europe offers the unique opportunity to enjoy unlimited access to the whole of the EU & the UK – meaning you and your family have complete freedom of movement in all European countries. Cyprus, an ex-British colony, full EU member and not part of Greece, currently has the most attractive 2nd passport plan on offer: citizenship is granted in 3 months via Cyprus’ “Citizenship through investment” programme. The programme applies to the main investor, the spouse and all dependent children up to 28 years of age who will all secure their EU citizenships and passports. Protect yourself, your family and your assets from unpredicted events by taking advantage of the opportunity to secure EU citizenship before the programme closes: it is open for a very limited time. Think of getting dual citizenship as guaranteeing your family’s future. Some other attractions that having an EU passport offers:
a. Effective tax planning to safeguard your wealth; b. Increased financial and personal privacy; c. Exponential investment opportunities; d. More choice on where to live and retire; e. Visa-free travel to more than 169 countries; f. Freedom to conduct a business with no exchange control; g. Freedom of education including access to vocational & continuous training plus the right to possibly receive free compulsory education; h. Public and private health care in the EU of a high standard and available to everybody. Your EU Health Card provides insurance for emergency treatment when visiting other participating EU countries. Cyprus is a very popular choice not only because of the very quick time for the EU passports to be issued, but because of the following 7 benefits that are predominant differentiators to other citizenship programmes: 1. You are investing – not donating - your wealth! After 3 years, you can sell the entire investment as long as you retain a single property valued at min €500,000. With a conservative appreciation of 5% per annum and the same annual rental returns, you’re looking at min 75% ROI after 3 years. 2. Dependent children up to the age of 28 qualify, thus giving your adult children the ultimate access-key to travel, live and work anywhere in the world’s largest economy: in Europe. 3. Citizenship is passed on by descent, offering a real legacy to future generations. 4. You can rent out the property to earn a Euro-based income. Some properties are zero Vat-rated and some come with a rental guarantee for long-term rentals.
An astute offshore property investment that works for you in the short, medium and long term is the achievement of a lifetime. In Cyprus investing in the “Citizenship through Investment” programme not only makes financial sense, but it will tangibly benefit your family for generations to come. Can you afford not to take advantage of this while the programme is still open? Cypriot Realty – a proudly South African company in operation for nearly 9 years – can assist you. We are recognised and respected as Southern Africa’s authoritative offshore investment specialists, promoting Cyprus as an ideal destination for acquiring EU citizenship or permanent residency, property investment, immigration or retirement and starting an EU-based business - we understand investor’s needs.
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Woolworths Celebrates The Future Of Sa Fashion Woolworths launched their 2017 ‘StyleBySA’ seasonal campaign at SA Fashion Week by showcasing home-grown talent, featuring a capsule collection by eight local designers who are emerging as game-changers in the fashion industry. The Woolworths show featured a range of cutting-edge designs which embraced local aesthetic and contemporary youth culture: from modern streetwear and gender-neutral apparel, to oversized sleeves, unconventional pleats and accessories inspired by Africa. The collaboration points to a fresh new direction for Woolworths fashion, and the pieces were remarkably well received by the audience, generating cheers and applause throughout the show. Woolworths made the collection available online straight from the runway, a first for SAFW, resulting in a flurry of online sales throughout the evening. The significant partnership between Woolworths and SAFW has prioritised fast-tracking South Africa fashion from the runway to the rails. Charmaine Huet, Woolworths’ Group
Director of Marketing and Sustainability, says, “As a passionately South African retailer we want to boost the visibility and viability of local designers. The quality of the work on show at Fashion Week, and the response to it, is compelling proof of the incredible local talent the South African fashion industry has on offer.’’ The show has been a triumph for South African fashion, creating an opportunity for hugely talented South African creatives to showcase their designs in a mainstream space. As Thebe Magugu, one of the eight designers collaborating for Woolworths, states: “I’m so excited because it’s opening us up to a completely new set of clientele for local designers, so the exposure is incredible.” A similar sentiment is echoed by Rich Minisi: “It’s a big deal for all of us, because our clothes will now be more accessible and easily available nationally … I think it’s an interesting case study and it’s a huge privilege for us as designers.” For more information visit www.woolworths.co.za
Experience the Seven Clan’s of the Rooibos Route Modern tourists don’t want to see, these days they want to experience. Just what the Rooibos Route in die Cederberg offer the tourist. With this in mind, Marietjie and Sanet, the Rooibos Tea House owners come up with the idea to create an unique experience for Rooibos lovers. With the Cederberg as backdrop and the only place in the world where Rooibos is cultivated - a Rooibos Route was long overdue. The Rooibos Route website offer the tourist the tools to decide themself which direction they want to travel and to plan their trip to experience the most of the Rooibos industry.
“We created a website with an interactive map that shows you where the specific company or farm is, what they have to offer, and how to get in touch with them. You create your own trip, deciding which of the seven categories you would like to experience: cultivation, history, activities, restaurant, tea house and accommodation. With Clanwilliam, as the rooiboscapital you must experience this unique and healthy South African product first-hand. Tourists can visit the different points in their own time and at their own pace.
You would be able to see and feel the tea plants in their natural state, learn about the harvesting and find out how this green plant becomes a tea and ends up in a bag.
On Route you can visit/take part in: Production - with farm and factory visits, History - Museum and buildings, Restaurants - with foodpairing and rooibos dishes (cook and bake), Teahouse - taste, drink and buy more than 100 flavours/ blends, Treats - buy cosmetic products and delicious rooibos products like bread, spreads, fudge, etc, Activities - hiking, cycling, 4x4, birdwatching, Accommodation - on a rooibosfarm, camping, self-catering or in town at a Guesthouse with warm Rooibos hospitality. For more information visit www.rooibos-route.co.za
Music Means Something To Everyone SRH Music School Music means something to everyone. It can provide a creative outlet for often inexplicable emotions, give inspiration in moments of loneliness and sorrow, connect people, and communicate beauty. Regardless of what music means to you, chances are that it adds colour and splendour to some area of your life. Playing a musical instrument is likely to add a dimension of creativity and joy to your day while stimulating your mind.
SRH Music School is based on a holistic educational approach, and strives to facilitate enjoyment during the learning process. We understand that lessons should be altered to the individual’s specific needs and cater for all age groups. Whether you are interested in learning music for the first time, pursue a new instrument, or brush up on your skills, or engage in ensemble playing, SRH Music School will be able to assist you in the musical journey. Madaleen Botha, the Director of SRH Music School, is a PhD candidate with a fervent interest in Music Psychology. Her experience in music education includes teaching saxophone and piano at various private and public schools, as well as lecturing at the University of Pretoria from 2015-2016. Her qualifications include BMus (UP); BHons (Psych)(NWU), MSc (Psych) (Lond.) and MMus (UP).
A race against time
The tale of the travelling stem cell
Salon 58 and H&M connect the (fashionable, sustainable) dots
Over the past 25 years, the South African Bone Marrow Registry (SABMR) – the only registry in South Africa that supports an active unrelated donor match and transplant programme – has helped save the lives of hundreds of patients with lifethreatening blood diseases. Currently, approximately 30 times a year, couriers travel to fetch stem cells from anonymous overseas donors, delivering them to South African patients awaiting bone marrow transplants. Timing is everything when a patient needs a bone marrow transplant to survive and the journey of stem cells for transplant is planned like a military operation. From searching for the right tissue match – finding someone who is like an identical twin found in the general public – to co-ordinating the collection and delivery of stem cells, the SABMR leaves nothing to chance. Finding a matching donor - The SABMR’s mission is to find matching unrelated bone marrow donors for critically ill South Africans who need a transplant to live, but who do not have a match in their family. This represents the majority of patients – over 70% – living with disorders or illnesses such as leukaemia. Stem cell transplants can help patients recover from these serious maladies and live a long and healthy life. Since the chance of finding a matching donor for a patient is approximately one in 100 000, identifying a suitable match is a complex process that can take weeks, or even months, to find. With only close to 74 000 registered donors in South Africa, the SABMR has partnered with donor registries in 56 countries worldwide to increase the chance of finding the perfect match for local patients. Andrew Melck, 27, is a representation of the 70% of patients who rely on finding a match from an unrelated donor. Andrew was diagnosed with leukaemia in September 2015. The SABMR conducted a search across local and international databases but a match was not found in South Africa. Just two months after Andrew’s diagnosis, the SABMR found a 10/10 match on the German database. Comments Andrew: “The thought that a donor may not be found is one that slowly wears down your energy and emotions, leaving you open to worry and frustration. I was ecstatic and relieved when I heard the news that an international donor had been found.” Transporting the stem cells, often from overseas, to the patient - Once a Photo: Jane Ward match is found, the SABMR coordinates the transport of the collected cells to the patient’s bedside in a transplant centre in South Africa.
“H&M’s Conscious Exclusive collection shows how the best style can be mindful of the planet to help protect it for the future. It’s such a desirable collection, with pieces made from sustainable materials that you want to wear for seasons to come.” These are the words of Natalia Vodianova, the face of H&M’s new sustainable collection. Small wonder then that Jackie Burger and H&M collaborated on Salon 58’s latest soirée that focused on sustainability in fashion held at Cape Town’s Gallery Momo recently. Burger believes that this requires us to be sustainable in everything we do, something the Swedish retailer has committed to in its 2016 Sustainability Report. The range of trousers, shirts, dresses and skirts is all made from recycled and/or sustainably produced fabrics and materials. Centre stage was a gossamer pink evening gown made from soft chiffon that once was plastic bottles washed up on a beach. In addition to this trademarked Bionic fabric, H&M is the world’s biggest user of cotton certified by the Better Cotton Initiative. Their goal is to use only recycled or sustainably sourced fabrics by 2030 and to be climate positive throughout the company by 2040. This undertaking starts with using only renewable energy in the production chain. Burger and H&M’s Amelia-May Woudstra were joined by select panellists for the conversation around conscious living. SARIE editor Michelle van Breda, Tarryn Oppel, Marie Claire’s fashion director; architect Ilze Wolff and photographer Gerda Genis all highlighted different aspects of this “new way of thinking”. To illustrate how easy it can be to take a more sustainable approach to fashion, guests were asked to bring unwanted clothes and drop them into the recycling bins provided by H&M’s global Garment Collecting initiative. Since its launch, over 35 000 tonnes of garments have been collected. In exchange, shoppers are rewarded with vouchers to use towards their next H&M purchase. Burger will host her next salon on Saturday, 24 June whereafter she will launch a series of smaller, tailored Salon 58 experiences that focus on personal style.
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The bag of life-saving stem cell fluid – live human tissue – must be transported by a personal courier and arrive within 72 hours of the start of collection to remain effective for transplant. It is kept in a small, cool, temperature-monitored hamper and closely watched to ensure its safety. Couriers may not take alcohol or sleeping pills on the plane and must keep the container within sight at all times, taking it with them wherever they go. SABMR Assistant Harvest Co-ordinator, Jane Ward, is one such courier who has travelled locally and across the world to courier stem cells from donors to the bedsides of patients in South Africa. As a seasoned courier, Jane knows the importance of delivering stem cells on time. On one occasion, while travelling from Sheffield, England to Manchester Airport to catch her connecting flight to Heathrow Airport, Jane found herself in a taxi stuck in traffic for more than an hour. Out of his own will, the taxi driver decided to risk getting points deducted from his driver’s licence to get Jane and the cells to the airport on time. Upon arriving at the airport, and with less than an hour until boarding time, Jane needed to make her way through security. The hamper carrying the cells cannot be X-rayed as this can destroy the cells. Thus, in order to prevent this, couriers have to be prepared and follow strict security protocol. After waiting for more than 20 minutes while the security manager verified her documents, Jane boarded the flight with minutes to spare.
Andrew concludes: “Words can’t describe the gratitude one has for the people involved in providing you with a chance of survival. On a mission to deliver the cells from the unselfish donor, the courier takes part in a race against time and is often faced with immense challenges. Their determination saves lives and we, as patients, are eternally grateful for this.” For more information visit www.sabmr.co.za
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Despite the challenges presented by international collections, most courier trips are uneventful. The moment the stem cells reach the transplant centre, couriers are met with the feeling of relief and satisfaction that their job is done. Jane adds: “It is a great privilege to be a part of potentially giving someone a second chance at life.” The SABMR’s role in helping save the lives of patients in need of a bone marrow transplant is an intricate one that is carried out with the utmost care. The selfless acts of couriers like Jane bring hope to patients like Andrew for a second lease on life.
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Emirates is most awarded airline with 5 wins including Best Airline in the World, Best Major Airline - Middle East & Africa, Best Economy Class, Best First Class and World’s Best Airlines.
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Emirates has been recognised as the Best Airline in the World in the inaugural TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice® Awards for Airlines. In addition to clinching the grand prize, the airline was the biggest winner with 4 other awards including Best Major Airline - Middle East & Africa, Best Economy Class, Best First Class and World’s Best Airlines - Top 10.
As well as the £400 million investment in Club World, the latest-generation technology in the air and on the ground, African customers will also benefit from additional capacity on African routes, new lounges and enhanced catering. British Airways has also confirmed it will again operate its expanded Cape Town schedule, including three weekly flights from Gatwick, over the 2017/18 southern hemisphere summer. At its peak this schedule provides 19 weekly services between London and the Mother City. More good news for African customers flying into Gatwick is that all operations have now been moved into the South Terminal, where a new premium check-in area has been created. The new First and Club lounges, with sweeping views of the runways, have 40% more floor space. Other features include power sockets with USB ports in most seating areas and upgraded Wi-Fi; a study with project tables, PCs and a printer; modern shower suites with Elemis amenities; a hot and cold self-serve buffet; full bars and tea and coffee stations and; centrally managed lighting set by time of day in different zones. At Heathrow’s Terminal 5 British Airways has launched a new ‘First Wing’ check-in area, including a dedicated two-lane security channel and direct access to the Galleries First Lounge and Concorde Room for the first time. The new security lanes will also reduce the number of travellers passing through the existing lanes, helping to speed up the journey. The programme of lounge investment will see revamps of the Terminal 5 lounges as well as the Johannesburg lounge at OR Tambo.
This is the first year TripAdvisor has introduced a category for airlines in its signature Travelers’ Choice® Awards. The awards highlight the world’s top carriers based on the quantity and quality of reviews and ratings for airlines worldwide gathered over a 12-month period. Sir Tim Clark, President, Emirates Airline said: “We are honoured to be named the Best Airline in the World at the TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards for Airlines 2017. The fact that the awards are a result of unbiased reviews and feedback speaks to our commitment to deliver a superior travel experience for our customers. We want travellers to continue making Emirates their first choice whenever they think to travel. That is why we continue to invest in products and services across all classes, and why our service teams work hard and put their hearts into providing the very best experience for our customers both on board and on the ground every day.”
Catering has been a focus across Africa and improvements have already been made across a number of routes, most recently Accra. Johannesburg will be the next route to benefit. In addition to improvements to the on-board menu a new service style is being introduced across Club World in September, with display trolleys allowing customers to select dishes from a choice of freshly prepared starters and desserts, providing an experience similar to that of a premium restaurant.
“We are proud to announce the inaugural Travelers’ Choice® Awards for airlines, to help travellers make the most well-informed air travel decisions, based on the experiences of the TripAdvisor community,” said Bryan Saltzburg, General Manager for TripAdvisor Flights. “It’s a high honour for Emirates to be recognised as the top airline in the world by the TripAdvisor community and speaks to their continued focus on delivering fantastic customer experiences.” Emirates is the world’s largest international airline, with an extensive network that has grown to offer its customers a choice of 155 destinations in 83 countries across six continents. It operates one of the world’s youngest modern wide-body fleets, and is the first and only airline in the world to operate a fleet of all Airbus A380 and Boeing 777 aircraft for its passenger flights. The airline recently announced a multi-million dollar cabin interiors upgrade programme including an enhanced Onboard Lounge for its flagship Airbus A380 aircraft which will make its debut in July. Emirates also recently underwent a product overhaul with a host of exclusive products introduced to its First and Business Class cabins. New additions include the world’s first moisturising lounge wear in First Class, luxury blankets, skincare from organic brand VOYA and a new range of amenity kits from Bulgari. In the last year, Emirates has also introduced several new products for customers travelling in Economy including the world’s first interactive amenity kits and sustainable blankets made from 100% recycled plastic bottles.
The on-board improvements extend to the latest-generation Wi-Fi, which will be rolled out across the long-haul network from April. Customers will be able to use their own devices to browse the internet, access email and check social media. In addition they will be able to stream video content from sites such as Netflix and YouTube. Technology is also helping customers simplify and speed up their journeys through the airport. Customers are now able to self-service bag drop at Heathrow and Gatwick, enabling them to label their own bags and drop these off before proceeding through security. Additionally British Airways has opened the first three automated boarding gates for UK domestic flights at Terminal 5. The gates use facial recognition to allow customers to simply scan their boarding pass before walking onto the aircraft.
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Calls on Public to be on the Lookout for Turtles
Each year between April and June, a number of juvenile loggerhead turtles wash up on Cape Town beaches. Concerned citizens bring these stranded turtles to the Two Oceans Aquarium for rehabilitation. To date, five loggerhead hatchlings have been brought to the Aquarium and are undergoing rehabilitation.
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The Aquarium is calling on all beachgoers to keep an eye open for these little sea turtles and to contact the Aquarium if they happen to find one. What the public should do if they find a turtle on a Western Cape beach: Remove the turtle from the beach and DO NOT return the turtle to the sea, keep it dry and at room temperature – DO NOT place the turtle in water, place the turtle in a container that has ample air holes, and make a note of exactly where the turtle was found. Please note: This advice is only valid for marine turtle strandings around the Western Cape. Should you come across a turtle elsewhere around the South African coast, please contact the local aquarium or animal rehabilitation centre. Chris Bertish, internationally acclaimed Speaker, Big Wave Surfer and SUP Guinness World Record Holder, was greeted by a massive crowd at Cape Town International Airport Chris last month after he finally return home after completing the First Ever Solo Unsupported Transatlantic SUP Crossing. Bertish set off on the greatest ocean adventure ever attempted from the coast of Morocco on 6 December 2016 and traversed 4,050nm/7,500km, paddling 1,944,000 strokes across the Atlantic Ocean for 93 days, to reach the finish in English Harbour, Antigua on 9 March. Bertish stand up paddled to the English Harbour shores to receive a hero’s welcome and flotilla on the water to guide and encourage him to the finish line. Chris’ own brothers, locals and project supporters from around the globe turned out to watch the dramatic arrival take place and cheer Chris on during the final strokes to the finish. Photo Credit: R. Leeuwner
Sea turtles are temperate water animals and when they are washed up on Western Cape beaches they are often suffering from hypothermia, dehydration and possibly infection. The Two Oceans Aquarium rehabilitates the stranded turtles and once they are strong and healthy enough, they are released. For more information call 021 418 3823 or visit www.aquarium.co.za
World First for Simon’s Town’s Lawhill Maritime Centre
Simon’s Town School’s Lawhill Maritime Centre has officially opened its new education and boarding facilities which include a ‘world-first’ electronic navigation classroom for secondary school students, a Marine Sciences classroom, a Ships Library and Resource Centre, and additional accommodation. Twenty-two years ago Lawhill became the first school in South Africa – and possibly the world – to offer students a maritime-focused education while they are still at secondary school. It introduced two subjects, Maritime Economics and Nautical Science, with the aim of reducing youth unemployment and poverty by preparing young South Africans for careers in the industry in Grades 10 to 12. The two maritime subjects form part of the South African curriculum and National Senior Certificate. “Until recently, Nautical Science instruction included training on paper charts and paper radar plots. While there are theoretical modules relating to electronic navigation systems, Lawhill identified the need to provide PC-based simulation training, especially in electronic chart display systems (ECDIS) as the students will encounter ECDIS both in their tertiary navigation studies and at sea.
As the nearly 20’ specialized SUP craft, the ImpiFish, shoved to shore for the first time in three months, after much cheering, hugging and tears of joy, Chris commented, “If you truly believe in yourself and persevere, anything is possible, and here we are. After over three months solo on the open ocean, I am here, on land again with friends and family – my feelings of accomplishment and extreme gratitude for everyone that made this incredible journey possible are beyond words.”
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Over R5 million has already been raised via the SUP Crossing. Chris together with his team will continue to raise funds for several charitable organisations including The Lunchbox Fund, Operation Smile and Signature of Hope. Bertish personally committed to funding one operation for a child in Africa through Operation Smile for every World Record he achieved on this epic Transatlantic journey. With Bertish’s long time experience as a keynote and inspirational speaker known internationally for inspiring audiences with his tales of courage, determination, and skill to overcome seemingly impossible obstacles in pursuit of his dreams,” Chris added, “Reaching your goals and breaking records is all about beating the odds and challenging your own limits until you achieve what you never imagined could be accomplished. Nothing is impossible.”
To ensure that our Nautical Science course remains current and relevant, and to provide a headstart for those of our learners who wish to embark on a seagoing career, we felt it imperative that the students are exposed to ECDIS while at Lawhill,” says Lawhill Head, Mrs Debbie Owen. The appropriate simulator software, valued at over R1 million, was donated to Lawhill by Maretek’s Captain Kieron Cox. Captain Cox developed the ECDIS system which is currently in use in a number of countries across the world. Electronic equipment was also donated by the AP Moller Foundation/Safmarine and ECDIS training provided by the South African Maritime Training Academy (SAMTRA) who will be using the new ECDIS facility during school holidays to train qualified officers, which will provide an income for Lawhill and support sustainability, as Lawhill does not receive any direct Government funding and relies solely on grants, donations and sponsored student bursaries to fund our operation. The Lawhill Maritime Centre has also worked closely with the Two Oceans Aquarium to develop a Marine Science curriculum as the Aquarium is committed to education and has been visited by over 1 million school group children.
There are also several interesting items donated by the family of the late Captain Dai Davies, one of the country’s most prominent salvage experts, and Rob Young, another very prominent figure in the South African shipping industry and marine engineering sector.
When consulting with the Aquarium it was decided that introducing a subject into the school curriculum would be a service to students wishing to participate in the Oceans Economy, could benefit enormously. With dedicated assistance from Aquarium staff, the document is now awaiting National Education Department approval. The new Lawhill facilities also houses several important maritime photographic collections that record maritime history in Cape Town for many decades such as the collections of Robert Pabst, Karel de Vries, Michael Stuttaford and Unicorn Lines.
Coupled to this is the stated aim to gain more South African-owned and operated ships and to employ more South African seafarers.
The building of additional cabins has also made it possible for Lawhill to introduce its programme to more young people and the facilities is particularly significant when considering the importance of the shipping sector to the South African economy. A few years ago, the South African Government launched Operation Phakisa to focus, amongst others, on job creation in the maritime sector and on ways of extending the number of young people entering worthwhile careers in the sector.
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Brings Swan Lake to Artscape The CAPE TOWN CITY BALLET brings a timeless classic to the ARTSCAPE Opera House from 2-18 June in a production which showcases the art of classical ballet at its best and epitomises the seamless integration of the beauty and grace of ballet with the athleticism required of today’s dancer. This version of Swan Lake is based on that of Vladimir Bourmeister and was first taught to the CAPAB Ballet Company by Frenchman, Attilio Labis, in 1971. Labis had danced as a guest in Russia in several different productions and it was from these that he chose the elements to make it one of the most eclectic in the world.
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This is the nineteenth time that this production has been mounted for this company, known for the past twenty years as the CAPE TOWN CITY BALLET, having been the UCT Ballet Co from 1934 to 1963 and the CAPAB Ballet Co from 1963 to 1997. It showcases the depth of balletic talent in a truly South African company!
At two performances, our Senior Principal ballerina, Laura Bosenberg, will be joined by Burnise Silvius, recently retired from the Joburg Ballet. Laura will appear as the White Swan, Odette, with Burnise as the Black Swan, Odile. They will be partnered, as Prince Siegfried, by South Africa’s top male dancer, Thomas Thorne. At a third performance, Laura will dance Odette opposite Mariette Opperman as Odile. The CAPE TOWN CITY BALLET welcomes back Kirstel Jensen in the role of Odile opposite Claire Spector as Odette, with Daniel Szybkowski as the Prince. The last pairing is Hannah Ward as Odette with Leanè Theunissen as Odile, partnered by Conrad Nusser. The ballet will be accompanied by the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Brandon Phillips. The production runs from 2nd to 18th June in the ARTSCAPE Opera House. For more information visit www.capetowncityballet.org.za
It’s Cab Franc Carnival Time Again At Avontuur This May
The world’s first celebrity chef and enfant terrible Marco Pierre White and South Africa’s first Michelin-starred chef Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen will be turning up the heat as the international headliners at this year’s 2017 Good Food and Wine Show taking place from 2 - 4 June at the CTICC. The latest foodie trends will be dished up and South African foodies will have the chance to interact with the line-up of exciting food personalities, including headline chef, restaurateur and foodie Joao Da Fonseca, popularly known as J’Something, who will share his secret recipes by preparing a tasty feast for the shows. Reza Mahammad, Jenny Morris, Lentswe Bhengu, Sarah Graham, Neill Anthony, Lisa Raleigh, Sherwyn Weaich and Vanessa Marx are also on this year’s Good Food and Wine menu, in addition to headline sommeliers Lloyd Jusa (Saxon Hotel), Gregory Mutambe (12 Apostles Hotel) and Tinashe Nyamudoka (The Test Kitchen) – who will all share some of their fine wine knowledge with show attendees. Over 60 000 visitors attended the three Good Food and Wine Shows in 2016, and this year’s footfall is expected to increase with chefs like White and Van der Westhuizen on the bill of fare, the biggest elephant cake in the world and a wide selection of vendors and interactive installations showcasing food and fare from around the globe. The floor will be divided into nine specific exhibition areas for attendees to explore: Market, Street Food, Gourmet, Baking, Kids, Wellness, Lifestyle, Wine, Beer and Alcohol. This year, the show hosts nine theatres, of which seven are free of extra charge for entry, serving up even more value for those attending: Eat Well/Live Well, Wine Theatre, Baking Theatre, Cake Deco Lab, Chefs’ Table, Chefs’ Open Theatre, Cooking with Chefs, the Kids Deco Lab and the SCASA Barista Championships - a new partnership with the Speciality Coffee Association of Southern Africa (SCASA) partnership and the show to host the 2017 Western Cape, Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal Regional Barista Championships. Tickets are available online at www.goodfoodandwineshow.co.za
Kurt Wenner’s masterful 3D Meseum of Wonders Kurt Wenner, the internationally acclaimed 3D artist and inventor of this fun and spectacular type of artwork as seen on pavements around the world launched his “Incredible Illusions” exhibition at the V&A Waterfront Watershed in April and will be on show until 23 July 2017. Commonly known as 3D interactive pavement art, the pieces on exhibition are completely interactive and educational - a concept very different from the general idea that is given at conventional museum of no touching, no photographing.
After two successful years of the Cabernet Franc Carnival, presented by Avontuur Estate, fans of this unusual varietal will once again get the chance to celebrate their favourite grape on Saturday, 20 May 2017 at the family-owned wine estate between Stellenbosch and Somerset West. In addition to the tastings and purchasing of wines directly from the wineries, visitors can book for one of three tutored tastings of the Top 6 wines in the 2017 Cab Franc Challenge, presented by head of the judging panel and Cape Wine Master Christine Rudman. “This is the only chance to taste the Top 6 together as many of these wines are extremely rare and were kept aside especially for the tutored tastings,” says organisor Cobie van Oort. The very popular public “vote” to choose the favourite wine of the day, will once again take place which will give an interesting perspective on the differences between expert and amateur palates. Participating wineries are: Avontuur Estate, CK Wines, Doolhof Wine Estate, Edgebaston, Hannay Wines, Hermanuspietersfontein, Knorhoek Wine Farm, Lynx Wines, My Wyn, Nelson Wine Estate, Oldenburg Vineyards, Ormonde Vineyards, Raats Family Wines, Rainbow’s End Wine Estate, The Garajeest, Uva Mira Mountain Vineyards, Vrede en Lust, Warwick Estate, Whalehaven, Zorgvliet Wines. Tickets available from Computicket
Wenner was inspired by anamorphic perspective, but had to invent an entirely new geometry in order to create his astonishing 3D pavement art images. Kurt produced his first commissioned mural at the age of sixteen and within a year he was earning his living as a graphic artist. He attended both Rhode Island School of Design and Art Center College of Design, before working for NASA as an advanced scientific illustrator, creating conceptual paintings of future space projects and extraterrestrial landscapes. After participating in countless festivals, Wenner returned to fine art painting on commission and also created sculptures, decorative stucco relief, ceramic murals, architectural designs, and numerous images for publicity and advertising. His creation is his book Asphalt Renaissance, which documents the history of pavement art and his role in transforming it from a dying tradition to a dynamic multi-dimensional art form. The exhibition includes an educational zone that shares the history of Pavement Art and how geometry plays a pivotal role 3D painting, immersive and interactive art pieces. To conclude your experience there is a “Art Jamming” zone where visitors can learn the basics of 3D painting and express themselves. For more information visit www.incredibleillusions.co.za
Century City Investor’s Paradise as Shortage of Developable Land Looms The two factors that contribute most to the ever climbing prices of property in Century City firstly include the shortage of available land - limiting the expansion of the suburb - and secondly the ideal location it affords its residents. So says Helga Clemo, MD for Seeff Century City, who has worked in the suburb for 11 years. Century City has experienced a 16% growth in freehold property prices and up to almost 16% growth in some sectional title complex prices in the past year. “Besides the fact that Century City is centrally located to all major areas without the overcrowding of the CBD, has direct access to the N1 highway and is just 15 minutes away from the city centre, Cape Town International Airport and multiple popular beach locations, there will also come a point in the near future when no new development would be possible anymore and this will lead to a decrease in stock, making property even more sought after.” “The suburb also offers amenities on its doorstep, these include Canal Walk Shopping Centre, Intaka Island Nature Reserve, kilometres of canals for various water sports as well as Central Park which hosts events such as the Day Market, Night Market, Full Moon Hike, Touch-Rugby and has also played venue to the Galileo Open Air Cinema.” Clemo continues that while Century City is only a 250 hectare suburb, more than half of the land is occupied by canals, nature reserves and commercial properties. The remaining land boasts a whopping 2 958 residential properties of which 77.2% are made up of sectional schemes and the remaining percentage of freehold.
“Recently completed developments such as Mayfair Gardens, Manhattan Quarter and Palme D’or have added another 249 properties to this mix and further developments set for completion in the next year include Water’s Edge, Palm Brook and Axis.”
Sitari Country Estate Gears Up for A Busy Year
Clemo continues that Century City has always been a bubble-like market place and an investor’s playground. The decrease in available stock and the constant demand to live here has resulted in a continuous climb in property value.
The 192-hectare Sitari Country Estate just outside Somerset West is becoming a landmark on the Helderberg basin landscape, and is now around 30 months into its journey to full maturity. Since launching in September 2014 the capital growth of its properties has been strong: calculated over the 30-month period plots have seen capital appreciation of 69%, apartments of 34% and homes of 26%.
Although the average sales value of sectional title has seen no growth, investors are still receiving high capital gains as complex-specific growth has been high. Clemo adds another strong indicator of the investor’s market in Century City is that 63% of sellers in 2016 owned their property for less than five years, indicating that buyers re-sold their properties for a quick profit. Century City also caters to a big pool of buyers as 2016 buyers are relatively equally spread amongst all age groups. She concludes that high rental values are also a key point to investors here. Upmarket property coupled with the demand to live in Century City has pushed the rental values higher than in neighbouring suburbs. A very large portion of tenants in Century City are foreigners who are in South Africa for business and corporate tenants who need accommodation for their employees. “There is a large workforce in Century City needing accommodation. Letting stock is plentiful here as more than half of the properties are investor-owned, due to the high rental returns.”
We Design & Develop Modern Websites John Coetzee, Executive Director of Uvest Property Group, developers of Sitari Country Estate, says that 2017 is set to be a big year for construction in Sitari. An update on how things are progressing on this R4 billion mega-project: Since the beginning 2017 to date over R90 million sold in terms of land transactions and properties in Sitari, 12 accredited developers working on site, an estimated 700 properties being under construction in Sitari Country Estate during 2017 and will include Sectional Title Apartments, and Village and Country Homes spread across the phases. “The Site Development Plan for the Estate’s Communal Country Clubhouse is currently with Council for approval; I expect the clubhouse platform and roads to be completed this year and full construction to start by February 2018. The Wetland Design has been approved by the Local Authority and the Departments of Water and Environmental Affairs, and we will start shaping the 22-hectare wetland towards the middle of the year, while the full Stormwater Management Plan will be implemented this year. Excess stormwater (if any) will flow to our new dam, which holds 240 500 megalitres,” says Coetzee. Coetzee says that while last year much of the construction at Sitari took place along the R102 side of the estate, in 2017 much of the activity will take place along the N2. This will include the Silo Park which includes a silo with water feature, pergolas and leiwaters, as well as the icons at each traffic circle, creating an inviting view from the N2. Construction on the 12 500 m2 Shoprite Checkers shopping centre is set to start in June 2018, while the next phase of expansion at Curro Sitari private school starts in May 2017. The road infrastructure at the second Sitari gatehouse will be added this year, and construction on the second gatehouse will commence in 2018. In terms of sales, apart from the 22 Signature Collection premium plots facing onto the 40m wide central landscaped spine that leads down to the clubhouse. These include turnkey freestanding Village and Country Homes, phase 4 Country Plots and no less than six sectional title apartment schemes. The first three phases of Country Plots released for sale at Sitari Country Estate are all sold out, and 13 of the 22 Signature Collection stands that they recently released have also been snapped up within two months. Adds Coetzee: “Forty two families are currently residing in Sitari, and at the end of April the Grand Olive with 69 apartments will be completed, which means we will keep gaining residents. By the end of the year we should have 150-200 families becoming resident in Sitari Country Estate.”
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Stone takes first qualifying spot for 2017 Nedbank Golf Challenge South Africa’s Brandon Stone is the first player to qualify for the 2017 Nedbank Golf Challenge from 9 -12 November 2017 hosted by Gary Player, part of the European Tour’s newly-founded Rolex Series. The 23 year old earned his spot in ‘Africa’s Major’ when he became the second-youngest player in South African golf history after Charl Schwartzel to win the Sunshine Tour Order of Merit. Stone, who claimed a second European Tour victory at this season’s Alfred Dunhill Championship, is now looking forward to his second appearance at the Gary Player Country Club at Sun City from 9-12 November, having made his debut in the $7.5 million event last year. “Cementing my spot in the Nedbank Golf Challenge hosted by Gary Player is an incredible achievement,” he said. “It’s ‘Africa’s Major’ and it’s always a big event for a South African player.” “It’s nice to represent your country abroad but it’s even better to represent your country at home. As a South African player, the support you get at that event is always great. The new format last year really took the event to another level and I think it will only keep growing. Under Keith Pelley the European Tour is doing some incredible things.” “This new Rolex Series is opening a lot of doors for young players like myself to build their World Ranking points and climb the Official World Golf Ranking. And the Nedbank Golf Challenge is in its rightful place at the moment as part of this series. ” Stone also said he’s looking forward to mounting a strong challenge for the title as he seeks to build on what has already been an incredible start to his professional career on the European and Sunshine Tours.
“It is fantastic to have the Sunshine Tour Order of Merit title on my CV,” he said. “To be honest, I didn’t think it would happen so soon, and being 23 and having that on your CV is quite special.” “It was great to play in the Nedbank Golf Challenge last year, but I didn’t play to the standards I would’ve liked. It was the first time I had been in the Final Series on the Race to Dubai, and I hope to build on the lessons that I learned last year.” “So while it’s incredible having these things on your CV, I’m also focused on seeing what I can do from here on in.”
The 2017 Discovery Sport Industry Awards & Summit The Discovery Sport Industry Awards celebrates the best work in the business of sport and showcases all the great work that has been completed during the previous awards cycle. For the coming cycle, to cater for a fast-paced industry, several new categories have been added which include Best Management of a Sportsperson, Sport Industry Personality of the Year and New Agency of the Year. Additionally, new criteria have been added to existing categories to further increase their relevance. Dinesh Govender, chief marketing officer of Discovery added: “We are honoured to sponsor the Discovery Sport Industry Awards and Summit because it provides a platform upon which to share industry excellence, connect businesses and professionals, and celebrate the great work done in sport.” Govender notes that sport plays a very important role in society by being a vehicle for positive social change, stating, “sport promotes healthier, active lifestyles and teaches people how preparation, determination and perseverance can help them to achieve their goals.”
Photo: Douglas Ryder (Team Principal: Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka) Nominated for three awards - 2017 Discovery Sport Industry Awards Sport Industry Group has announced the launch of the 2017 Discovery Sport Industry Awards and Summit, which is set to take place on 12th May 2017 at Vodaworld Events Conference Venue and on 18th May 2017 at the Sandton Convention Centre respectively.
Sport Industry Group also announced that an extra layer of judging has been added to make the awards process even more rigorous and stringent. Deloitte will once again serve as the independent adjudicator to ensure the Awards maintain their esteemed positioning and integrity. Sgwili Gumede, chairman of Sport Industry Group commented: “We are excited about this new chapter in the Discovery Sport Industry Awards and Summit.” “We believe these incremental changes will elevate the 2017 event to new levels of excellence and participation.”
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