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On 24 July 2017 Wesgro and City Sightseeing South Africa officially launched the Cape Explorer Winelands tour. City Sightseeing’s iconic red tour busses operate across Cape Town and Johannesburg seven days a week, 365 days a year, and arrive at each stop at regular scheduled intervals. City Sightseeing South Africa also offers an array of community tours, from the free walking tours in and around the city to multicultural township experiences, sidecar adventures and even a chopper flip.

Garden Route Rebuild Initiative Making Headway

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Since the Garden Route fires of June, many people and organisations have come to the aid of those affected and have initiated projects to help the area get back on its feet. “As we build a more prosperous and resilient Garden Route, it is important for all of our initiatives to be coordinated so that maximum impact can be achieved,” says Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities.

The Cape Winelands of Stellenbosch and Franschhoek are renowned for their beauty, history and award-winning wines.

Western Cape Government, Minister of Economic Opportunities Alan Winde, Minister of Transport & Public Works Donald Grant, and the Mayors of Eden District, Knysna, and Bitou Municipalities met on 22 July 2017 for a progress meeting on the Garden Route Rebuild (GRR) initiative.

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Hop on City Sightseeing’s New Cape Winelands Tour (Continue from Page 1) From 1 August 2017, City Sightseeing’s new Cape Explorer - Cape Winelands Tour will take visitors to the Franschhoek and Stellenbosch winelands, and even stop for an iconic postcard view of Table Mountain from Bloubergstrand.

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The next stop is Franschhoek, where guests will have about two hours to explore the town, enjoy lunch or indulge in an extra wine tasting.

“Then we will take a scenic drive over the impressive Helshoogte Pass to the picturesque town of Stellenbosch. Afterwards we will go to a Stellenbosch wine farm for a final wine tasting before driving home to Cape Town.” The guide will highlight points of interest along the way (in English), and will be on hand to answer any questions you have about the route, wine routes or wine farms.

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“The new Winelands tour route, which for the first time takes the City Sightseeing bus out of Cape Town, promises to provide visitors to the Cape an enticing opportunity to sample the best the Winelands has to offer in a safe, scenic and even carbon neutral way. The route will stop in Stellenbosch and Franschoek among others, and tourists are encouraged to hop off the bus throughout the tour and explore the surrounding areas,” said City Sightseeing Managing Director Claus Tworeck.


The launch was attended by Western Cape Minister of Economic Opportunities Alan Winde, who used the event as an opportunity to share some insights on the province’s tourism industry and seasonality: “A total of 344 131 tourists visited the Western Cape in last year’s off-peak season (July - September).”



“This double digit (20.2%) year-on-year growth, coupled with strong growth rates to the province from all global regions, led to R3.8 billion in tourist spend (33.8% growth).”

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The Cape Winelands Tour is a full day’s excursion with an English-speaking guide aboard a luxury air-conditioned coach. The tour also includes two wine tastings (including one cheese pairing) and a cellar tour. The Cape Winelands Tour leaves Cape Town in the morning and takes a scenic drive to Bloubergstrand, for an iconic photo opportunity overlooking the ocean and Table Mountain. After visiting Blouberg, you will be treated to a cheese and wine tasting and cellar tour at a Franschhoek wine farm.

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“This positive contribution to the Cape economy during the traditional off-peak season (July - September) is a strong testament to the efforts we’re making to address seasonality through Project Khulisa.”


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Cape Town and the Western Cape buzzes with thousands of international and domestic tourists from about November to April, with a particular visitor frenzy during December. But, when it gets to the Cape’s winter months, things are a lot quieter. And, much like in Game of Thrones, ‘winter is coming’. This seasonality has been a thorn in the side of tourism businesses for many years. This is why the City has established a partnership that brings together a number of organisations with a focus on promoting tourism in the city.

Plans to Maintain Investor Confidence In Western Cape

Wesgro hosted an engagement with various stakeholders to set out the steps Cape Town and the Western Cape are taking to maintain investor confidence in South Africa and the region, following the recent credit ratings downgrades. It was led by City of Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille and Western Cape Economic Opportunities Minister Alan Winde, and featured key insights and strategies from Wesgro and Accelerate Cape Town. Attendees directly engaged these economic leaders and were able to discuss some of the challenges and successes they have experienced, contributing to the province’s plan to support local businesses and attract investment in order to boost the economy.

Fedhasa, Wesgro, Cape Town Tourism and Accelerate Cape Town are working together to find ways such as putting together unique travel packages and events to attract visitors during the quieter winter months in order to combat the impact of seasonality on the local tourist industry.

Wesgro CEO Tim Harris said: “Considering recent economic developments within South Africa, we felt that it was crucial to unite stakeholders and craft a strategy that would maintain investor confidence in the Cape and the greater South African economy.”

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“During the engagement we set out five ways we believe Cape Town and the Western Cape will be able to attract and retain investors, following the recent credit ratings downgrades.” FINANCIAL Page 11

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Lion Cubs Relocated to Buffelsdrift As Part of A Volunteer Project Dr Rudie and Marlice Van Vuuren the well-known conservationists from N/a’an ku sê in Namibia are inundated with requests from South Africa for assistance with orphaned and animals in captivity, especially carnivores. Seeing that it is illegal to move carnivores across the border from SA to Namibia, they decided on Buffelsdrift Game Lodge in South Africa to assist them in saving animals and to help contribute towards protecting those animals that are free roaming in especially SA and Namibia. According to the authorities Cape Nature, there are not many farms large enough for Lion to be free roaming in the Western Cape and are always looking for better homes for lion cubs when born in captivity. The first project of Dr Rudie and Marlice was therefore to move 3 Lion cubs that were born in a small enclosure on another Western Cape Farm to a large 5ha home at Buffelsdrift Game Lodge in Oudtshoorn. Due to the fact that they were born in captivity, they can never be released back into the wild as they will probably be killed by other Lion. These Lions will not be seen when clients are on a game drive. There will be no interaction like lion walking, lion patting, vehicles into their enclosure and many more. The only activity will be the feeding activity, exactly as it is done at N/a’an ku sê. Once a day the clients accompany the Game Ranger on an educational when he/she goes to feed the lions.

The Game Ranger explains the whole concept of conservation, facts about lion in general, why these lion are in captivity and what we have already done towards saving other animals. At this early stage we have already donated the elephant collar (thousands of rands) to save the free roaming elephants in the Mingetti region of Namibia. The three Lions are also going to form part of a volunteer project where volunteers from across the world that have an interest in conservation, will get a chance to be part of this project.

Launch of Cooperative Bank For The Medical Sector - Medicoop The health economy is to be boosted by a cooperative bank for the medical sector - MediCoop. The cooperative financial institution offers an injection into the health economy offering health professionals access to lending capital that they need to bring a new practice to its feet. MediCoop was launched on 24 July 2017 at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town. Alan Winde, the Western Cape Minister of Economic Oportunities, said in his address to an audience of high profile representatives, that the MediCoop concept provides huge potential to grow the health economy in the Western Cape and that his department is offering their support and partnership for this initiative. He said that Cape Town’s economy is growing and that the health sector forms an important part of this growing economy. MediCoop’s decision to grow their business from Cape Town is a pointer in the direction of growth for health professionals. He also said that the cooperative bank concept will empower heath professionals that have struggled to gain access to capital and investments, to be able to start their own medical business. He acknowledged that the concept of a cooperative bank is new for the health industry in South Africa, but that the concept of a cooperative is tried and tested globally, and that South Africa’s health economy is ready to challenge current structures. The event was attended by health innovators in the business sector as well as leaders of health associations across the country. Theuns Botha, MD of MediCoop CFI, said that the cooperative offered growth opportunities not only for the sector, but also for health professionals wanting to enter the sector, but needed seed capital. “MediCoop can be the medium to grow the health economy. MediCoop CFI is unique because it is a member-driven bank.” “Membership is limited to health care professionals, health care workers, medical industry stakeholders and related parties. Qualifying members are required to acquire a mandatory minimum of 1000 shares at R1 per share.

In order to ensure that the cooperative remains the property of its members, no entity or individual may own more than 15 percent of the bank.” MediCoop CFI is regulated under The Co-operatives Bank Act by the Supervisor of Co-operative Banks, the Co-operative Bank Development Agency, National Treasury and the South African Reserve Bank. MediCoop is also registered with the National Credit Regulator (NCR) as credit provider and with the Financial Intelligence Centre (FIC). For more information visit




Award-winning Green Building Reaches Practical Completion

Garden Route Rebuild Initiative Making Headway (Continue from Page 1) There are various areas of work that are being coordinated by the GRR initiative: Reconstruction: The details and needs of the people affected by the fires are being verified, fast-track building approval processes are being developed in both Bitou and Knysna, and consultations will be held to develop housing solutions that respond to people’s needs.

An award-winning R152 million Department of Transport and Public Works (DTPW) project to build a regional office at Karl Bremer Hospital in Bellville reached practical completion on 12 July 2017. The Green Building Council of South Africa (GCBSA) awarded the project a 5-Star Green Star rating for design, and the building will provide accommodation for 320 Western Cape Department of Health staff members. The Socio-Economic Category Pilot Award is given to a project that made a significant contribution to employment creation, economic opportunity, skills development and training, community benefit, empowerment, as well as health and safety. The Green Star rating for design measures the extent to which a building design performs well in terms of management, indoor environmental quality, energy, transport, water, materials, land use and ecology, emissions, and innovation. A five-star rating represents “South African excellence”. The facility will use less water, generate less waste, and provide healthier working conditions for occupants than other buildings of a similar size. Passive solar design minimises the need for heating and cooling. Activity spaces are open and aimed at encouraging communication between offices and promoting a sense of community. Bicycle-friendly facilities are provided for staff and visitors to encourage commuters to use non-motorised transport. The innovative and creative design will help create a comfortable and productive work environment that integrates functional offices with amenities and access to social activities. From the time the project started in January 2015, R70 million has been spent on procuring services from local contractors. The provision of high-quality facilities for provincial departments is an important step to supporting excellent service delivery. A5Henri'sAd -June Winter 2017.pdf 1 2017/05/27 11:12:02 AM Where possible, the Western Cape Government prefers to house its staff in facilities that it owns rather than in leased facilities.

Humanitarian relief: Further trauma counselling services and psycho-social support will be made available and further relief will be distributed to those who still require it. A Thusong Mobile will be stationed in the Knysna Town Hall and it will be moved to the Bitou Municipality. These mobiles bring government services – such as Home Affairs, Department of Labour, and SASSA – under one roof, providing a “one-stop shop” for residents needing to reapply for important documents and receive grant support. Further “one-stop shop” services will be provided in Knysna in the coming weeks, which will also include planning services support to those rebuilding their homes. Infrastructure rehabilitation: A significant amount of public infrastructure has been damaged, and preliminary assessments have already been compiled. These will form the basis of applications to the National Disaster Management Centre for funding. Environmental management: The key challenges are the stability of burned slopes which create a risk of mudslides, the re-growth of alien vegetation, and the continuing fire risk of people living next to wildlands. The GRR has worked with Working on Fire (WoF) to deploy 45 personnel who started work on creating a fire buffer zone in the Knysna area. In the next few weeks, further WoF teams will be stabilising high-risk slopes. Fire risk mitigation interventions will also take place between Riversdale and Nature’s Valley. Skills development: A task team of public and private training providers is meeting to design and roll out short term courses for construction skills, and longerterm courses to address the other skills needs in the area. The GRR Initiative is committed to “building back better” - our homes and communities must be resilient to climate change and disasters and should reflect the principle of sustainability.


The Initiative is working closely with relevant provincial and national departments, such as the national Department of Environmental Affairs. In addition, each of the work streams will be inviting non-governmental organisations and experts to add their skills and resources to their efforts. “It is only by combining the talents and dedication of everyone in the Garden Route that our challenges can be overcome.” Minister Winde and the Mayors stated that Eden District had received R995,000 in donations, Knysna R3.3 million, and Bitou R272,000. The majority of the donations have been given to Non-Governmental Organisations, and it is critical that these NGOs contact the Initiative to develop a joint, coordinated framework for the use of the donations which will ensure no duplication, and the most efficient use of the funds. The mayors of the region are committed to working with the GRR in respect of funds received by their administrations.

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Orange Grove Farm is the idyllic place to relax and rejuvenate

An Awakening Beauty Nestled at the foothills of Babbedasberg which forms part of the Langeberg Mountains lies the Orange Grove Farm with the 200-year-old Manor House at its centre, creating a peaceful haven surrounded by vineyards, trees, rolling lawns and rose gardens. The beauty of the Langeberg mountains form a backdrop of stone cathedrals and rocky peaks, shaped by wind and rain over many centuries. This is a place where guests can discover the wonders of nature, the majestic rock formations, the crystal-clear waterfalls, and an abundance of fauna and flora, which provide a vast range of outdoor activities. The ambiance provides the guest the opportunity to do absolutely nothing, but inhale the beauty, and succumb to the peace, quietness and its tranquillity. History During the 1790’s the farm Orange Grove, was leased to a Messrs J.H Cloete and P.J du Plessis, and the Orange Grove Manor House, today the oldest house in the area, dates back to 1812. It was almost 50 years later that the nearby town of Robertson was founded. Wheat flour to the nearby farmers and transport riders was produced at the Old Mill house powered by the passing mountain stream. With the collapse of the ostrich feather trade, vines were introduced to the area, and a storeroom with underground wine tanks was built on Orange Grove to supply wine to KWV. Nomadic people shared this paradise as their legacy of empty caves and forgotten hand tools bear testimony to their hunting expeditions. It is the fresh mountain streams and abundant food which provided a haven for all. The Farm The farm is covered with aromatic fynbos, proteas and renosterveld, which in times gone by supported a perfect harmony of birds, fish, reptiles and mammals. This included black rhino, leopard and lion, which with quaggas roamed the open spaces along with numerous antelope, including tiny steenbok, springbok, grysbok, duiker and eland.

Nature Conservation There has been an on-going effort to remove aliens such as the Pine species, Eucalyptus, and Golden Wattle, from the watercourses and other sensitive areas on the farm. The arable farming footprint is only about 50 hectares and they are committed to biodiversity conservation and aim to leave the largest portion of the property in its natural state. Orange Grove Farm’s entire operation is based on sound environmental and conservation practices. This covers a wide spectrum, from the implementation of a conservation management plan, with ongoing monitoring of water quality and rainfall, to soil erosion and vegetation cover. They also ensure the environmentally friendly solid waste disposal of the human footprint. Sustainability At Orange Grove, it is all about creating a company that can show meaningful and lasting benefits for the natural environment, and the communities that surround their operations. They believe all businesses can take less and give more, and seek to do this through their daily actions, big and small, and consciously seek ways to leave a positive legacy for the earth.

Today the farm stretches over an area of 830 hectares with a further 2400 hectares of pristine mountain catchment area with abundant streams, waterfalls, rock pools and magnificent flora. The re-awakening of this beautiful farm is a continuous process. Orange Grove farm is rich in natural beauty. The property is largely covered in mountain fynbos and houses various Protea species. Along with the stunning veld the property also is home to the Breede or Burchells River Redfin, a fish endemic to this specific area. Romantic Setting When contemplating a romantic, elegant country setting and personalized service, Orange Grove Farm is the place to be. The Self-catering cottages are located far enough from each other in order to provide maximum privacy for guests. Access to each cottage is via its own private road.

Orange Grove Farm is a remarkable meeting place for the floras of the Karoo, Renosterveld and high mountain vegetation, with the various fynbos strata as their common denominator. Situated in the heart of Robertson’s valley of wine and roses, Orange Grove is less than two hours from Cape Town and is the ideal place to relax and rejuvenate.

The luxurious cottages are named after the areas where the owner mined diamonds, and each has a unique story to tell. They combine comfort and beauty, offering a setting in which to linger and relax. Each cottage is fully serviced daily by friendly staff, leaving the guest only to concentrate on unwinding and enjoying the magnificence of the surroundings. A private veranda and swimming pool to each cottage provides a relaxing vantage-point to take in spectacular mountain views, the overwhelming sound of silence, and the truly prolific birdlife.

Orange Grove looks forward in welcoming you as their guest to enjoy such luxury.

At night the crystal-clear sky, and no artificial lights, will spectacularly display the breath-taking canopy of the southern stars, simply leaving the guest breathless.

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Beaumont Primary Generates Own Electricity

Earlier this year RenEnergy has installed a 79 kWp Solar Photovoltaic system that consists of 299 Solar PV panels on the Beaumont Primary School's roof situated in Somerset West.

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The local RenEnergy South African Head Office team from Stellenbosch, engineered, designed and installed the system. The system will generate just over 135,000 units (kilowatt hours) of electricity in its first year of operation and will pay for itself, out of savings within 5 years. The lifetime of the system is a minimum of 25 years, and in the 25th year will still generate 80% of its first year generation, making this an incredibly attractive investment and savings mechanism for the school. The system is calculated to provide an average annual return of 29% over the guaranteed generation period of 25 years. “In addition to the savings and investment value, the schools own generation will dramatically reduce their carbon footprint. The CO2 equivalent to the 135,000 units produced in year one alone, is equal to planting 2459 tree seedlings and allowing them to grow for 10 years,” says Jean-Roux Heyns, Chief Operations Officer of RenEnergy South Africa. RenEnergy completed detailed monitoring of Beaumont Primary’s electricity consumption prior to providing the bespoke solution. According to Heyns the system is designed to maximise self-consumption of self-generated electricity (80%). Approximately 20% of generated electricity generated annually will be fed back into the City of Cape Town’s electricity grid. This will largely take place over weekends and school holidays. Beaumont Primary will receive credit to their electricity bill, for power that is fed back under the SSEG program. This installation falls under the City of Cape Town’s Small Scale Embedded Generator Program (SSEG).

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“RenEnergy’s in-depth assessment of the school’s usage and infrastructure prior was critical to the success of the project. Correct design and engineering is incredibly important to the success of any Solar PV project, and this can only result from the correct experience in designing and engineering the bespoke Solar PV system.” “Our team of internationally trained staff, designed, installed and commissioned the system. We directly manage each step of the process to provide the customer total peace of mind. The Solar PV has a monitoring system that shows in real time how the system performs and provides day to day, month on month and annual reports. This can be accessed by computer or even on smart phone, whilst on the move. RenEnergy monitors the system off site as well, and provides the school with monthly reports as to the performance of the system,” Jean-Roux Heyns concludes.

Wesgro Secures One of World’s Largest Water Loss Conferences Wesgro is proud to announce that Cape Town and Western Cape Convention Bureau – a division at Wesgro – has secured the International Water Association’s (IWA) 2018 Water Loss Conference. This water loss reduction speciality conference will be the biennial event’s ninth in a series, and will take place from 7-9 May 2018 at the Century City Conference Centre and Hotel. It will be one of the world’s largest water loss conferences and is expected to attract over 500 participants from more than 50 countries. Many of the world’s leading experts in the field of Non-Revenue Water Management will attend the conference to discuss the latest developments, strategies, techniques and applications of international best practices as well as successful case studies. In addition they will present a one-day pre-conference workshop on 6 May 2018 to provide an introduction to the issue of Non-Revenue Water Management and an overview of the latest IWA Methodology for reducing water losses from Municipal water supply systems.


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The conference is being organised under the auspices of the International Water Association’s Water Loss Specialist Group which has over 1 200 members in over 100 countries. Africa will be the focal point of 2018’s Water Loss Conference, and delegates are already expressing their excitement to return to Cape Town next year. Many successful case studies will be showcased from South Africa which is highly regarded worldwide in the field of water losses and is considered to be one of the leaders in advanced pressure control. “The IWA Water Loss Conference comes at a critical time considering the environmental challenges the Western Cape is currently facing. We are certain this conference will provide attendees an unparalleled opportunity to share insights and potentially collaborate to find sustainable, long-term solutions to one of the biggest challenges facing, not just the Cape, but regions across the globe,” said Wesgro CEO Tim Harris.


Vast sea views and endless Fynbos; own this exclusivity We’ve all considered owning a home by the sea for sublime weekend escapes and long lazy December holidays, or possibly contemplated a slower country lifestyle to retire to. Your search is over, as we present you with the property jewel of the Overberg and her best kept secret: Romansbaai Beach

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Set on the Danger Point Peninsula, the views are unobstructed, endless and breathtaking and the Estate offers extraordinarily large erf sizes. Hidden at the foot of this peninsula is a pristine north-facing beach which is exclusive and protected from the wind in summer. All this is situated on a 220 hectare estate with 24-hour access control. The location of Romansbaai Beach and Fynbos Estate is perfect for a weekend breakaway as it is close enough to Cape Town to leave after work on Friday afternoon. The two hour drive, with choices of routes through the rolling farms of Caledon and Stanford, or Hermanus, or take an awe-inspiring drive along the coast, will have you relaxing before you’ve even reached your destination. The Western Cape is experiencing unprecedented growth, and popular areas such as Hermanus, Hemel & Aarde Valley and Vermont are bursting at the seams as the Overberg enjoys newly discovered interest from those seeking the genteel offerings of small towns of the Cape.

Come Live here Families seeking a change in lifestyle will be pleasantly surprised to find superb primary and high schools in the area as well as school buses to Hermanus. The popular Curro Hermanus also offers its scholars a bus service from Gansbaai. Safety too is paramount to us, and Romansbaai offers what no other estate can: views without walls. ClearVu fences run along the perimeter into the sea. The gate house, with power supplied by our own wind turbine, has 24-hour security and hightech fingerprint technology for resident’s entry. The architectural style of the Estate recognises the history of Danger Point Peninsula as a remote and wild place, and



will result in the development of a truly appropriate architectural language unique to this very special section of coastline. The homes will not call attention to themselves but will let the Fynbos and natural features of the site prevail.

Come Explore The Overberg region offers a host of activities both for those seeking a quiet breakaway from the city rush and for those seeking an adrenaline rush. One can choose from shark cage diving, boating between the majestic Southern Right Whales during winter, or hiking through one of the Cape Floral regions world heritage sites, where 70% of the plants are endemic to this region. And the fun doesn’t stop there. Head out for a drive along spectacular scenery of Protea varieties and settle in for an afternoon of wine tasting at Lomond Wine Estate in Elim, where you can sit back and enjoy a tasting of their award winning wines while you delight in local cheese and charcuterie at their stylish tasting room. Indulge in wholesome and hearty food and hospitality when visiting one of the many monthly farmers markets and immerse yourself in the very popular arts and craft route and rub shoulders with well-known writers, poets and artists.

Mountain bike and trail running tracks between ocean and Fynbos are plentiful in this region, and with events such as the Festival of the Geese in July and the Funky Fynbos Festival in September, there is always something for the whole family. Select to play a round of golf at the Gansbaai Golf Club, the southernmost golf course in Africa, or, visit the African Penguin and Seabird Sanctuary, both which are adjacent to Romansbaai Beach and Fynbos Estate.

Come and see There are too many wonderful things to write about, so why don’t you pop into our offices, on-site at Oystercatcher Road, Romansbaai Beach and Fynbos Estate, and come enjoy a taste of the Overberg hospitality for yourself. We’re able to assist you in the design of your home to suit your budget and we’ll put you in touch with a selection of contractors and service providers and, before you know it, you’ll be finding any reason to lose yourself in the sights, smells and sounds of nature in Romansbaai Beach and Fynbos Estate.

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Fans Invited To Help Choose SA’s Favourite Everyday Eateries South Africa’s best guide to the country’s best food is calling on the public to post reviews of great restaurants to help determine the people’s favourites for the 2017 Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Best Everyday Eateries. Restaurants in all nine provinces are eligible for these accolades, which will be determined by combining star ratings by the public on with ratings by the Eat Out panel. “For the third year running, we are looking to the star ratings – for food, service and ambience – by the Eat Out audience to determine the Best Everyday Eateries in South Africa,” says Anelde Greeff, editor-in-chief of Eat Out. “In a change for 2017, we have listened to restaurant owners and food enthusiasts who have asked for the experts on our panel of critics to play a bigger role in determining the winners. While in previous years the results were based solely on reader ratings, this year an Eat Out critic will visit each of the restaurants that receive enough high scores from the public to review them and give a star rating. Final scores will therefore be based on a 50-50 composite rating determined by the public and the critics.”

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The categories for each province that will be included in this year’s Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Best Everyday Eateries are: Best Asian Eatery, Best Bistro, Best Burger Eatery, Best Coffee Shop, Best Country-Style Eatery, Best Indian Eatery, Best Italian Eatery, Best Seafood Eatery, Best Steakhouse, Best Food Truck, Best Tapas Eatery and Best Mexican Eatery. Food lovers can visit to rate and review the restaurants they have visited recently. Readers can post as many reviews as they like, but only one per reader per restaurant will be counted. The closing date for reviews by the public for this year’s accolades is 31 August 2017. For each review posted, Eat Out will also pledge a meal for a hungry child through Stop Hunger Now Southern Africa. Celebrations to announce the Best Everyday Eateries will be held in Cape Town and Johannesburg in October 2017. For more information visit

Benguela on Main welcomes guests to steaming pots of tea, petit fours and an adorning setting furnished with intriguing decor on 9 August 2017. This Women’s Day, executive chef Jean Delport is pulling out all the stops to make this a special day for all ladies attending the most elegant high tea in the Helderberg.

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2017 Eat Out Woolworths Sustainability Award

Be welcomed by a fine glass of bubbles as you and your friends celebrate Women’s Day in splendour. Chef Jean will create surprising treats with gastronomical flavours and the promise of creating a lasting experience for guests to cherish for years to come. This will be one prestigious High Tea where ladies from all walks of life can indulge in the aromas of the finest teas, complemented beautifully with a delicious spread of canapes and confectionary catering. For more information visit

Great Taste! Twee Jonge Gezellen Farm in Tulbagh

Launched last year as a first for South Africa, the Eat Out Woolworths Sustainability Award acknowledges a restaurant that brings its customers seasonal, local and responsibly produced food. “We launched the award to acknowledge the inspiring work that is already being done in the hospitality sector, and to increase awareness of the many ways in which a restaurant can become an economically and environmentally sustainable business,” says Eat Out editor Abigail Donnelly. “Feedback from the 2016 awards has already resulted in restaurant owners making more connections with their farmers, asking for proof of claims from suppliers, improving the education of their consumers, and taking steps to improve their own methods and menus.”

A treasured national monument, the historic Twee Jonge Gezellen farm in Tulbagh - the home of leading MCC Krone has recently undergone a sensitive restoration and renovation directed by siblings Abigail and Sven Rands. Newly re-opened to the public, the al fresco Tasting Deck and adjoining Tasting Room now boast stylish, custom-made accessories and key pieces of South African furniture design by the likes of Gregor Jenkin, Wiid Design and Meyer Von Wielligh, thanks to the project’s creative director Tracy Lynch of Studio Lee Lynch. Vistors can journey through a series of extraordinary spaces that are filled with contemporary art, sculpture and collectible design, before moving on to sample Krone’s one-vintage-only MCC. Tastings are complimentary and the setting is extraordinary. The raised terrace offers singular views out over the picturesque valley and onto the nearby Winterhoek, Witzenberg and Obiqua Mountains, while the Tasting Room boasts a dramatic picture window that unveils the workings of the cellar. The Tasting Room and Deck are open Monday-Friday from 10h00-16h00, and on Saturdays from 10h00 to 14h00. For more information visit

Says Justin Smith, group head of sustainability, Woolworths Holdings: “We live in an age where it’s imperative for restaurants to be conscious of their environmental and social impact. The aim of the Eat Out Woolworths Sustainability Award is to inspire readers and members of the food industry to reduce their impact, to create greater awareness about responsible sourcing and eating, and to reward a restaurant that has shown true commitment in this regard.” Entrants will be judged on a strict set of criteria, which include the sourcing of meat, seafood and fresh produce; the design of menus; the impact of the restaurant on its surrounding communities; treatment of staff; use of resources like water and electricity; and efforts to recycle. The inaugural winner was The Table at De Meye in Stellenbosch, a country-style restaurant that was praised by the judges for its abundant garden, ethically sourced meat, and support of local small producers. Some of the criteria for the 2017 award have been slightly revised following feedback from the judges and participating restaurants. To enter, restaurants are invited to complete the entry form, which lists the criteria against which they will be judged. All criteria need to have been met for six months or longer in order for a restaurant to qualify. Interested parties can download the entry form from the Eat Out website. The closing date for entries is 31 August 2017. The winner will be announced at the annual Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards, which will be held at the end of the year.




A ‘New World’ Developing Beneath Strand and Adderley Streets

The Strand Street Concourse, built as an underground pedestrian walkway in the early 1970s, is undergoing a major refit.

The Strand Street Concourse is part of a broader network of underground walkways that serves as a critical pedestrian link between the Cape Town Station precinct and the St Georges Street, Woolworths, Old Mutual and the Golden Acre shopping malls. The entire network is often confused as being a part of the Golden Acre Mall and allows for protected pedestrian movement across the busy Strand Street and Adderley Street, with a number of exit points. A foot count conducted during the feasibility stage of the upgrade project revealed that about 62 000 people moved through the concourse per day. The foot count was done on a clear day and it is assumed that this number could be higher when the weather turns nasty. Additionally, the results revealed that an estimated 33% of pedestrian traffic occurs between the morning peak of 07:00 and 09:00, and 43% in the afternoon peak between 16:00 and 18:00.

The concourse as a public walkway will not be affected by this decision to use the space for municipal purposes.

With the incorporation of commercial activities, the management of the concourse became fragmented as its status gradually shifted to that of an informal mall. This led to the original purpose and functionality as a pedestrian thoroughfare being whittled away to be replaced by the activities of a mall over time. Eventually this caused an overall collapse of a cohesive management system for the facility that ultimately led to a decay of the infrastructure and deterioration of the lease management of the commercial activities.

The scope of work, which started in September 2016, includes the following: Replacing escalators, Fitting of new shop fronts, Installing new lighting and a new electrical reticulation system, Installing building control systems, Maximising the commercial and office space, Upgrading the heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system, Installing new roller shutter doors at all entrances, Construction of a banking court to cater for ATMS of all the major banks, Construction of new ablution facilities and many more.

An example of this is the escalators that have been in a state of disrepair for many years and the fact that the concourse could not be closed after hours, leading to this once bustling public space becoming a haven for anti-social behaviour.

The entire refit, spanning 1 752 m², has now reached the last mile of the major construction work. Upon completion, public interface services will include two community courts, municipal pay points, a centre management office, and offices to accommodate the City’s departments of Social Development, Building Development Management and Environmental Management.

A specialist consultant was appointed to conduct a feasibility study on the business model of the facility with recommendations coupled with the shortage of office space in the Civic Centre, resulted in the facility being earmarked for use as municipal offices instead of pursuing the commercial route once again.

This project is also a fine example of how the City plans to manage its strategic assets in future.

Hopefield’s Home Project

Proposal to Install A Life-Size Statue

Umoya Energy has been benefiting the community of Hopefield since 2013 when the Hopefield Home Improvement Project launched. This economic development programme, has already assisted around 590 households and has now commenced with its second phase, which will include the upgrade of 351 homes over a 3-year period and the creation of three local enterprises.

The City of Cape Town’s Naming and Nomination Committee has recommended to the Executive Mayor that the City commence with the proposal to install a life-size statue of the late former president, Nelson Mandela, and a permanent exhibition at City Hall. These initiatives form part of the broader revitalisation of the Grand Parade and surrounds as a tourist destination.

Warming Hearts And Homes Of Over 3 000 Residents

of The Late Former President Nelson Mandela

“Should the Mayor and full Council agree with the recommendation, the statue will be installed on the balcony at the City Hall where Madiba delivered his first public address after his release from prison on 11 February 1990,” said the Chairperson of the City’s Naming and Nomination Committee, Councillor Brett Herron. ‘“City Hall and the Grand Parade have great potential as tourist attractions and could contribute significantly to local job creation and economic opportunities. Those who have recently visited the Grand Parade in particular will be aware of the challenges we face in keeping the area clean and attractive. Given its location next to the Castle and opposite City Hall, we now have the opportunity to turn this historic landmark into prime cultural tourism destination,” said Councillor Herron. The proposed project is a joint effort between the City and the Western Cape Government’s Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs and the Sport Department.

It is estimated that this Project has already benefited over 3 000 residents, whose lives are more comfortable, especially during the winter. Insulation, solar heated water, safe electrical installation and carpentry, have gone a long way to improve lives in this community. “We now have a ceiling, which we didn’t have before. The newly installed solar geyser, which uses energy from the sun, is a blessing, especially in winter, it’s amazing,” commented Lorenda Bruintjies, a resident of Hopefield who has benefited from this Project. The Project was originally executed to improve the energy efficiency of low cost house in Hopefield by installing ceilings, electrical fittings, carpentry and plumbing. This has now evolved to include an Enterprise Development Programme, which aims to equip the contractors with the necessary equipment, guidance, business support and mentorship, in order to develop successful businesses. Three businesses have graduated from a start-up incubation programme, and are now the primary local enterprises contracted to implement the work during the second phase of the Hopefield Home Improvement Project. Support provided by Umoya Energy to the enterprises includes mentorship, assistance with compliance, management, Human Resource matters and general business operations, all with the objective of ensuring that these businesses are successful in the delivery of a quality service at a profitable level. The development and support of these Enterprises, also means local employment, secured by a 3-year contract with Umoya Energy, to upgrade local low-income homes. The 18 local artisans, who benefited from training during the Project’s first phase, have had two years to hone their skills. A resident that has benefited from this programme, Caroline Coetzee, commented “My house is much cooler in the summer and much warmer in the winter due to the installation that has been placed in my roof. The solar geyser, which uses energy from the sun, means that my water is nice and warm and I pay less electricity.”

The Grand Parade and City Hall have been the theatre of many national and local events and activities. It was constructed in 1905 and is a major public heritage asset. It is one of South Africa’s most imposing early 20th century buildings, an exemplary building of its type and an important visual icon of Cape Town. Set against Table Mountain, it forms a dramatic backdrop to the Grand Parade – the City’s main place of public gathering. The Western Cape Government will fund the Nelson Mandela statue which is to be donated to the City, should the Mayor and Council concur with the Naming and Nomination Committee’s recommendation. The memorialisation and permanent exhibition at the City Hall form part of the National Liberation Heritage Route, an initiative of the National Heritage Council and the National Department of Tourism. It is proposed that the permanent exhibition at the City Hall will consist of interpretive panels, audio-visual equipment, and interactive displays, to commemorate Madiba’s legacy and to honour the organisations and people who were involved in the liberation struggle, the events leading up to Mandela’s release, and the transition to democracy. The development of a Madiba legacy route is included in the Western Cape Government’s Project Khulisa which intends to add approximately 100 000 jobs to the local tourism sector and will trace former President Mandela’s footsteps in the Western Cape and City Hall counts among one of the four significant sites in the province.



Cape Town Air Access Helps CTIA Secure 10th Flight Route

Wesgro is proud to announce that Cape Town Air Access has helped secure the return of Austrian Airways’ direct route from Vienna to Cape Town. This new Boeing 777 route is Cape Town Air Access’ tenth in just under two years and will operate twice a week from October 2018. Austrian Airlines CCO Andreas Otto said in a statement, “Cape Town represents an expansion of our offering to long-haul tourist destinations in the winter.”

Cape Town Air Access is a partnership between Wesgro, the City of Cape Town, the Western Cape Government, Airports Company of South Africa, Cape Town Tourism and now South African Tourism, and is the focal point for international air route development in the Western Cape. According to Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, the direct route between Cape Town and Austria is yet another exciting achievement for our Cape Town Air Access initiative. He is confident this route will play an important role in increasing tourists to our region and have to date resulted in a R3 billion boost to our economy. Improved air access is helping to drive this growth. Cape Town International Airport (CTIA), which is at the frontline of welcoming travellers to our destination, is an important partner in this regard. Since its launch in 2015 Cape Town Air Access has landed ten new routes and facilitated ten route expansions for the Cape. This has increased CTIA’s capacity by over 600 000 seats which last year helped the airport reach the 10 million passenger per year mark for the first time. This increased air access will also make a significant impact on jobs and growth as 3 000 jobs are supported by each regularly scheduled long-haul flight, and for every 10% increase in passenger numbers the regional economy grows by 2%.

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South African Wine Tourism Goes Digital

The winelands and its tourism offering are now a click away with the newly launched wine tourism portal,, inspiring visitors to discover and explore the best South Africa has to offer in wine tourism.

This one-stop searchable wine tourism gateway to the winelands forms part of a new national wine tourism strategy and marketing initiative and is a key project of the Wine Industry Strategic Exercise (WISE). It aims to bring the wine and tourism sector together to attract a larger share of international and domestic travellers keen to experience destinations through distinctive cultural, culinary and outdoor experiences, ensuring that visitors explore beyond the well-known tourism regions. The initiative promotes collaboration and alignment between various stakeholders operating in the wine and tourism sectors, as well as government and the private sector. With the continued growth of mobile devices worldwide and its undisputed importance in the fields of leisure and travel, the new portal delivers moments of inspiration to travellers, providing a coordinated platform on wine tourism with relevant information, links and online bookings also in the pipeline. The website steers visitors effectively across a wider network of wine routes and regions, providing big and small wine regions with a platform to promote themselves.

With the tourism industry a major contributor to the South African economy and employment contributing about 9% to the country’s gross domestic product – and wine and food tourism being central to tourism – marketing this sector as a unit can only increase its economic and social contribution. Felicity Carter, editor-in-chief of Meininger’s Wine Business International, the world’s only global English language wine business magazine, said at the recent MUST Wine Summit in Portugal, “Wine tourism is a subset of experiential tourism. Most people aren’t wine geeks and they embed the wine in a larger context, usually in gastronomy tourism, which is growing.”

Hospitality Industry Adapting To Millennial Traveller Demands Fuelled by a powerfully influential combo of FOMO and wanderlust, millennials now represent one of the most lucrative segments of the travel market. This exponential rise in millennial travellers, while welcomed by the hospitality sector at large, does present the more traditional industry players with significant challenges. Discussing the issue Dale Simpson, the curator of Radisson RED V&A Waterfront, Cape Town says that the priorities of the millennial-minded traveller contrast quite significantly to that of their older counterparts, calling for a major shift in the traditional hotel model. He points to a global survey conducted amongst millennials, which reveals that 88% of respondents travelled overseas between one and three times a year, and that 30% travelled solo. “Rather than seeking lavish facilities and exclusivity, this new generation of traveller prefers a more social experience, opting for shared activities, and choosing to interact with other tourists and locals alike. In order to meet this demand, the Radisson RED hotel will, for example, offer daily morning yoga classes and social engagements that allow locals and guests to mingle and experience different cultures.” “There is no mistaking that technological advancement and the widespread use of tech devices has played a large role in this evolution,” says Simpson. “The millennial-minded traveller is not only technologically savvy, they are technologically dependent. In tune with the Bring Your Own Device trend, which refers to individuals increasingly bringing their own computing devices to work and school with them, millennials demand to be ‘connected’ at all times. One of the primary reasons for this demand is because, today, everything is documented in real time and shared over an ever-expanding realm of social media platforms,” he explains. “The growing social-sharing culture is, in itself, driving the rise of millennial travellers, as people are increasingly chasing that idealist vacation image they saw on Instagram and forever trying to live up to their Twitter bio of ‘wanderlust-driven adventurer’. “After all, if you didn’t post a picture, did it even really happen?” he jokes. Despite this desire for connectivity, Simpson points out that, ironically, the millennial-minded traveller doesn’t always need to interact face-to-face. “When it comes to travel services, or any service for that matter, millennials want fast, efficient service, which often means doing things online or via an app. Take, for example, the growing popularity of Uber, OrderIn, or even the online service check-in facility now offered by airports. In line with this trend, Radisson RED guests will be able to check in and out, order room service and communicate with reception or the concierge via the easy-to-use RED app.” “This noticeable shift in travellers’ priorities and preferences has undeniably played a pivotal role in Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group’s latest brand offering,” says Simpson. Simpson concludes that the wait is almost over, with Africa’s very first Radisson RED set to launch in the third quarter of 2017. “Cape Town’s REDvolution is just a few months away as the Radisson RED V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, situated in newly revamped Silo District, will be opening its doors on 12 September 2017.”







HOPE FOR “ADHD/ADD” The prolific diagnosis of these has caused countless children to rely on chemicals - resulting in various side-effects, particularly with long-term use. Many parents are now desperately searching for new ways of dealing with the symptoms. Scientific research shows that Calcium, Magnesium and Zinc deficiencies often cause typical “ADHD” symptoms. Zinc: A “mood modulator”. Zinc deficiency, common among “ADHD” patients,impedes the optimal functioning of more than 300 other essential nutrients. Copper: Vital for development and function of the central nervous system, although an excess can be toxic. Zinc- to-Copper ratio is generally low in children with hyperactivity disorders, e.g. “ADHD”. Magnesium: Essential for all brain-based skills/tasks. Deficiency may cause reduced attention span; increased aggression and fatigue; lack of concentration; irritability; nervousness and mood swings. These often are simply ascribed to “ADHD”. Raising Magnesium levels can improve the characteristic sleep disturbance - thus improving the other symptoms. Certain behaviour patterns can also cause these deficiencies. Children may resist following parents’ guidelines regarding daily diet. Also, they lack the attention span required to sit through a meal, thus not absorbing adequate levels of nutrition. This may be due to the appetite suppressant effects of certain treatment medications; or a whole range of other factors, including inadequate nutrition during the mother’s pregnancy, and many others. The above is not claiming to be an exhaustive medical report. Nevertheless, this field is well worth further personal research. Source: At SoundWaves Health Clinic we assess –and treat – all these and other deficiencies, without drawing blood. Our Hunter Non Linear System is completely safe and non-invasive for children, teenagers and adults who suffer from “ADHD/ADD” symptoms. This is just 1 of a vast range of medical conditions to be remedied by harmless, non-chemical, “alternative” therapy.

Our Foundational Scan can identify the cause of a symptom even at chromosomal level, while analysing all body systems, organs, tumours, allergies, etc. This procedure includes our non-invasive mammogram, “pap” smear and prostate examinations. At the bright and cheery SoundWaves Health Clinic, Charl de Villiers and his wife Anne-Marie are both passionate about helping people find the “sound pathway to sound health!” Article by Anne-Marie de Villiers For more information visit: No. 6, Old Cape Mall, 33 Beach Rd, Gordon’s Bay, Call: 083 267 9745, e-mail: or visit, Follow us on Facebook

REVITALISATION OF VALKENBERG HOSPITAL IS COMPLETE A R57 million project at Valkenberg Psychiatric Hospital has been completed by the Department of Transport and Public Works for the provincial Department of Health. This was the second phase of a R150 million refurbishment of the historical buildings at the hospital, and follows the completion of Phase 1 in mid-2016.

Phase 2 commenced in February 2016 and involved upgrades to, and provision of, new accommodation for support services at the hospital. These services include administration, records, archives, bulk stores, laundry, cleaning services and the staff clinic. The project also included extensive refurbishment of the existing hall and adjacent boardroom. The restoration of heritage buildings constructed in the early 1900s presented many challenges. Investigations were required to establish the condition of structural timbers and extensive remedial work was carried out to address beetle infestation and damp rot in the roof structures and floors. The impact of the ongoing drought on the landscaping was another challenge. New trees and water-wise plants have been planted to provide shade for parking and complete the historic precinct and its surrounds. The buildings are naturally ventilated using the historic Boyle ventilator system, which was fully restored and put back into operation. Other historical mechanical equipment, including an old coal-fired Cochran boiler, Weir pumps and an autoclave have been retained as significant historical artefacts. The Department of Transport and Public Works is committed to providing shortterm work opportunities and to developing emerging contractors. Over R9 million was spent on targeted contractor businesses and R2,9 million on local labour. In addition, a total of 30 people received on-site training in painting, carpentry and joinery.

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More Than 250 Women Nominated For Inspiring Fifty SA

24 June 2017 marked D-Day for nominations and an incredible 252 female candidates were nominated for Inspiring Fifty South Africa. “The caliber of women is amazing and the project has reached so many different fields,” according to project manager, Chantal Louw. The nominees are showcasing a broad spectrum of skills; 29 are academics; 76 hold C-Level positions; 87 are founders of technology or innovation organisations; 3 are in government/politicians, 2 are analysts; 37 are key influencers and 18 hold other roles in the relevant sectors. Inspiring Fifty was initiated by Janneke Niessen and Joelle Frijters from the Netherlands and has since been realized in the Netherlands, Europe, France and the Nordics. “The initiative aims to prove the philosophy that ‘if she can see it, she can be it’ therefore, we are excited about all these women who have been given the opportunity to create awareness of their roles in the technology and innovation sectors and encourage more women to join the force”, says Janneke.

Bonnie Horbach, Consul General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, adopted the concept, hosting the first platform for inspiring women in technology outside of Europe. “I am extremely excited about the number of nominees, but not surprised. If you look around you, we are surrounded by the talent of young men and women here in South Africa”, says Horbach. The nominees stem from many regions throughout the country: 124 from Cape Town, 113 from Johannesburg, 1 from the Eastern Cape, 9 from Kwa-Zulu Natal and 5 South Africans working internationally.

Horbach believes: “These women are inspiring role models for the future; Inspiring Fifty South Africa allows us to create a platform for them in technology, showing our girls that they can do the same.” South Africa’s most Inspiring Fifty women in the technology and innovation sectors will be announced on 9 August 2017, perfectly coinciding with South Africa’s Women’s Day.

Partnership With Homechoice is A Credit To Wonderbag

Photo: Bonnie Horbach

What on Earth is A Scottish Braai?

Join the Stellenbosch wine route of Bottelary Hills and acclaimed chef George Jardine for a special, fire-side lunch at Kaapzicht Wine Estate on 27 August to find out. Scottish-born Jardine takes centre-stage with wines from the unique region of Bottelary Hills at this second event in a trio of Bottelary Hills Winemakers Pop Up Lunches. Tables will be set around an open fire where Jardine will apply his culinary wizardry in this theatre of fine fare, conjured up from the best locally-sourced ingredients. At the same time, there’s the opportunity to get to know some of the personalities at the head of generations of wine expertise now responsible for the wines of Bottelary Hills. The Bottelary Hills Winemakers Pop Up Lunches have become an eagerly anticipated foodie event that showcases the essence of the Bottelary Hills wine region: family heritage, award-winning wine and authentic hospitality. Every year, a top chef is recruited to become conductor of festivities.

Wonderbag recently undertook a first-ever initiative in SA to sell their revolutionary, non-electric slow cookers on credit. This proudly South African company partnered with homechoice, the country’s no. 1 home-shopping retailer, at the end of June 2017 to make their eye-catching slow cooker bags available to customers on easy payment terms.

George Jardine has built a loyal following through a number of successful restaurants and his most recent project - the fine dining eatery in the heart of Stellenbosch, Restaurant Jardine.

The Wonderbag has been praised for its many positive social, health, economic and environmental impacts by celebrities and thought leaders such as Jamie Oliver and Jane Goodall. It is a portable, non-electric, heat-retaining cooker which continues to cook food for up to 12 hours without the need for a plug. The partnership brings significant benefits to consumers. Using the Wonderbag reduces energy costs and allows families to cook traditional, affordable and nutritious meals safely and easily. It reduces air pollution, thereby lessening the chance of lung-related diseases. “Our statistics show that a Wonderbag user can save up to 80% of the electricity usage normally expended on cooking, simply by bringing their food to a boil on the stove and placing it in a Wonderbag to continue the cooking process. Furthermore, Wonderbags are portable, easy to wash and can accommodate 2L to 10L sized pots.” A percentage of the proceeds from every bag sold goes towards the Wonderbag Foundation, a non-profit organization which distributes Wonderbags to rural African communities for families in need.

The first Bottelary Hills Pop Up Lunch saw Jardine mesmerise an audience of diners at Hartenberg Wine Estate, while the series concludes on 19 November at Mooiplaas Wine Estate and Private Nature Reserve. In addition to Kaapzicht and Mooiplaas, farms that are participating in this year’s event are Hazendal, Hartenberg, and Bellevue. For more information visit




Understanding the Jargon of Blacklisting If you pay your accounts on time every month your credit score will reflect this and credit providers will look on applications more favourably. For example you could receive a better interest rate and terms than someone with a lower credit score. On the other hand, if you don’t settle your accounts, or you skip a month and pay twice as much the next month, this will show on your credit score. Marlies says that suggesting a low credit score means you’ve been secretly blacklisted by some shadowy organisation is not only wrong, but ignores two important points – you have a right to know your credit score and you can do something about it.

Blacklisting is a catch-all term to describe what happens when someone is denied credit due to a poor credit record, and although it is commonly used it’s seriously misleading. “The term suggests that there’s a central blacklist. There is no such thing and you can’t get blacklisted. It’s a lazy way of trying to explain why someone was denied credit and it’s dangerous because it implies there’s nothing you can do about it,” says Marlies Kappers, head of marketing at DirectAxis Financial Services. The reality is that credit providers, such as banks and finance companies, base their decisions on whether to lend you money on information from credit bureaus. These are companies that calculate your credit score based on your behaviour - positive and negative.

South Africans are entitled to one free credit report each year. You can get this from any of the major credit bureaus. The report will tell you your score and you can also check for any mistakes. If you have a low credit score and there are no mistakes on your account, you can still improve your credit score over time by settling overdue accounts. This won’t clear your credit record, but will improve your score. Reducing what you owe and paying off debt rather than moving it around will also positively affect your score. “Remember your score is based on information found in your credit report. This includes your payment history, amounts owed, activity on an account, the age of your accounts, any judgements or defaults, and enquiries about your credit worthiness. Ultimately it is your behaviour that determines whether a bank or other financial institution will consider you creditworthy. The score is just a reflection of that behaviour – good or bad,” says Marlies. For more information visit

Should You Offer Discounts as A Small Business Owner? As a small business owner, you’ve probably offered discounts to your customers or have considered doing so. It’s a bit of a catch 22 - you are already trying to run a tight ship and need to keep your profit margins as high as possible - but, discounts could help you secure a loyal customer base who will return time and time again. Discounting can be a useful tactic in your wider pricing strategy, if you carefully evaluate your business goals and understand the financial implications. Consider these pros and cons: Get rid of older stock - Pro: Goods in your inventory are losing their value faster than you can sell them. It’s important, however, that customers don’t get too used to waiting for your clearance sales before they spend such as after Christmas and end of season sales. Con: Customers will expect the discounted pricing to become the normal pricing. One of the major dangers of discounting is that customers might always expect to pay the lower price.

Wider audience - Pro: You want to get your foot in the door with a key client. If you operate in a business-to-business environment or sell big-ticket goods to highend consumers, it might be worth giving them a discount on their first purchase. This could be a worthwhile investment in a profitable customer relationship for the future. Con: You could devalue your brand. If you’re in a premium market – for example, selling handmade furniture or artisanal food – a discount may harm your brand. Customers may think that your beds or bread are not bespoke, quality products if they do not retain their premium pricing. Opening specials - Pro: You want to entice new customers to your store. If you’re a new business or if you’re entering a new market, opening specials can be a great way to introduce yourself to your target audience. Con: Bargain hunters may not be loyal to your company. One of the most common reasons to offer discounts is to get customers to try out your goods and services, in the hope that they’ll become repeat customers. Yet many bargain hunters are only interested in chasing the lowest prices – they might not come back to fill their baskets with the goods you’re selling at full price. The result? Selling your goods or services at a loss for no benefit. Get paid faster - Pro: You want to keep cash flow going. If you operate in an industry where clients are accustomed to paying on 30-day or 60-day terms, a small discount can incentivise them to pay faster. Con: You might be tempted to cut corners. To sustain discounted pricing for a longer period, you might need to compromise on the quality of your ingredients, components or customer service. That could damage customer satisfaction and sales in the longer term more than selling a quality offering at a reasonable, market-related rate. Set a price - Pro: You want to experiment with pricing points. Discounting can be a valuable way of testing different price levels to gauge the optimal blend of sales and profitability. Do sales leap 30% when you discount by 10% and what is the impact on profitability? What happens to volumes when the prices return to normal? You may not know unless you experiment with different price levels. Con: You could start a price war. How will your competitors respond to a price cut from your business? Will they offer discounts of their own? Can you respond in turn by discounting your product even further? Competitors may see unusual discounting as a signal that your business is struggling, which may tempt them to zone in on your customer base. Article By Viresh Harduth, Vice President: New Customer Acquisition (Start up and Small Business) at Sage Africa & Middle East



Open Book Festival 2017


2017 Cape HOMEMAKERS Expo

The first authors have been announced for the seventh Open Book Festival which takes place from 6-10 September 2017. Brought to you by the Book Lounge and The Fugard Theatre, the Festival once again offers a world-class selection of book launches, panel discussions, workshops, masterclasses, readings, performances and more. The event, which also includes the popular Comics Fest, #cocreatePoetica, children’s and outreach programmes, takes place at The Fugard Theatre, District Six Homecoming Centre and The Book Lounge in Cape Town. Open Book Festival has established itself as one of South Africa’s most innovative and leading book festivals. Last year, nearly 10 000 people attended the Festival’s 125 events featuring 251 authors, and it has been shortlisted twice for the London Book Fair Excellence Awards. It is committed to creating a platform to celebrate South African writers, as well as hosting top international authors. The Festival strives to instill an interest in and love of reading among young attendees, while the programme is designed to engage, entertain and inspire conversations among Festival goers long after the event. The 2017 Cape HOMEMAKERS Expo will celebrate this year’s theme A Tribute to Your Home with an impressive range of products and professional services under one roof from 31 August - 3 September at the CTICC, proudly presented by HOMEMAKERS, the biggest home enhancement exhibition group in South Africa Packed with inspirational ideas and features, including highlights such as the live by DESIGN, take it OUTSIDE, the Home | Tuis Theatre, the MARKET and Interior Design Challenge, the Expo will offer never-to-be-repeated competitions, deals and specials - the perfect opportunity to explore, consider and purchase all the things you need for your home and garden projects.

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“We are excited to be announcing our first round of international authors and have again compiled a useful guide of their books so you can start reading now,” says Festival Director Mervyn Sloman. Some of the authors include: Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀ (Nigeria), Paul Beatty (USA), Nathan Hill (USA), Elina Hirvonen (Finland), Scaachi Koul (Canada), Ali Land (UK), Ken Liu (USA) and many more. For more information visit

10th SA Innovation Summit Bright ideas will be shared at the SA Innovation Summit, taking place from 6-8 September 2017 at the Cape Town Stadium. Corporates, investors, thought leaders, entrepreneurs, academia, and policy makers are invited to gather from around the globe to network, collaborate and discuss strategies that leverage technology to create and deliver African solutions to future challenges. The SA Innovation Summit has grown exponentially from hosting 70 people at its first event in 2007, to 3500 people from 19 countries last year. Now in its tenth year, the SA Innovation Summit is set to grow even bigger, with 21 African countries already interested in participating, followed by a stellar line-up of speakers booked with the theme for this year - ‘Innovation Revolution.’

Live by DESIGN offers a hand-picked collection of on-trend interiors, bespoke décor and fabrics, as well as beautiful soft furnishings for the home. Turn your outdoors into an oasis at take it OUTSIDE. Showcasing alfresco lifestyle ideas - from outdoor furniture, homeware, cookware and stylish entertaining, to garden décor and tools of the trade. Pick up insider knowledge on practical DIY, easy home makeovers and great culinary tips straight from the professionals at the Home | Tuis Theatre – your practical guide to beautiful living. Calling all foodies, the MARKET boasts a tempting selection of mouth-watering treats, boutique wines and artisanal gin and craft beer - everything to tickle your taste buds. Back by popular demand, the Interior Design Challenge will see two design teams battle it out to create the ultimate interior. For more information visit FFINTERIORS

Healthy Interiors



There is a world wide movement toward awareness when it comes to our health and the health of our loved ones. How can we apply the same approach to our homes? Whether it is an office space that helps you retain new clients or patients more easily; a kitchen that inspires you to cook healthy and delicious family meals; or a master suite that re-charges your energy and spirit daily, your home has the potential to improve your life physically and emotionally. Everyday.

Participants can also look forward to business match making opportunities, round table discussions and demonstrations. On the final day of the Summit, delegates will travel by bus around Cape Town on an Innovation Ecosystem Tour, where they will visit workshops, incubators and start-up communities for an inside perspective into the practical aspects of innovation. The Summit will once again include a Pitching Den, Inventors Garage, Hackathon and CEO Panel Debate, all providing unique opportunities for great ideas to be shared and taken from concept to market. This year’s Market on the Edge, is dedicated to the youth, with schools showcasing their entrepreneurial talent. For more information visit


THE ART OF LIVING Healthy Interiors Workshop

The first two days of the Summit, 6-7 September 2017, will offer a host of international and local speakers at Plenary sessions, including Founder and CEO of AngelHack, Sabeen Ali and Ran Neu-Ner, Co-CEO of The Creative Counsel. This will be followed by Breakaway sessions where conversations will centre around six core tracts; FinTech, BioTech, AgriTech, EduTech, Cities of the Future and Space.


I have witnessed first-hand how a purposefully designed interior -- whether a home or office -- positively affects my client's happiness, energy level, productivity, physical health and in many cases, financial success. In these workshops I will be sharing with you principles that, if applied, will help you kickstart your journey to a healthy Interior; ‣ Find your unique interior style ‣ How to detox your interiors ‣ Make your own mood board ‣ How to shop sustainable interiors

Serenita Retreat Interior Workshops • 25th – 27th of August 2017 - fully booked • 1st - 3rd September 2017 • 8th - 10th September 2017 • 15th - 17th September 2017 • 22nd - 24th September 2017 • 29th September - 1st of October 2017 - fully booked • 6th - 8th of October 2017 • 13th - 15th of October 2017 Serenita is a 5 star retreat situated in Pringle Bay within walking distance of the beach and 5m driving from coffee shops and restaurants . 2 Night Serenita 5 Star Interior Workshop Retreat Rates Sharing Room: from R2840 pp Private Room: from R3700 pp ***Please note the above rates are inclusive of a 2 night accommodation, light breakfasts, light dinners and work shop for more information and itineraries get in touch with Francesca at 072698050

‣ Learn how to Feng Shui your space and enhance its harmony


SPORTS NEWS For the dedicated fans

August 2017

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SSISA & UCT Corporate Identity Launch

Formally launched a ground-breaking merger between the Sports Science Institute of South Africa (SSISA) and the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Division of Exercise Science and Sports Medicine (ESSM). The historical partnership, now formalised, heralds a new era in health, wellness, performance science and medicine, in which the two respected organisations will work together to create and roll-out highly advanced programmes, and ensure that results of their combined research are translated to reach the greater South Africa, and beyond.

Now, with access to the academic expertise of UCT’s Division of Exercise Science and Sports Medicine, both entities will have the unprecedented opportunity of combining their skillsets and resources to develop and deploy next generation services and products in the field of exercise science and sports medicine. Unveiling the new look and positioning created to celebrate the joint venture, SSISA’s CEO, Dr Phathokuhle Zondi, explained: “Be Your Personal Best captures the brand essence of SSISA and speaks not only to personal wellness, but to our social responsiveness as a community of South Africans.” “Our new strategy reaches far beyond the constraints of this building. We are striving for a global presence, but with an emphasis on Africa first. Technological advancements, interactive, inviting and engaging digital platforms, and formal online learning qualifications are all in the pipeline.”

“That said, our Newlands home will remain a living laboratory for our innovations and the hub of our research activities. Our sports performance pillar will focus largely on cycling, running and swimming, whilst we continue contributing to the global body of research related to Rugby Science.” Professor Vicki Lambert, head of UCT’s Division of Exercise Science and Sports Medicine, says: “UCT’s Division of Exercise Science and Sports Medicine, has improved the quality of lives and contributed to the changes in sports’ rules, strategies and policies both nationally and globally.

Thought leaders, game-changers, and innovators with compassion are but a few of the descriptors attached to SSISA, some 21 years on from when Professor Tim Noakes and former Springbok Rugby Captain, Morné du Plessis, first had the inspiration and vision to create it. In 2017, in its age of majority, SSISA continues to stay true to its founders’ mission to improve the health and sporting performance of all South Africans.

It has advised such world bodies as the World Health Organisation, the International Olympic Committee, and other institutions on a plethora of matters relating to the benefits of physical activity for health and human performance. The division is also the first academic institution to offer sports and exercise medicine to economically disadvantaged South Africans through partnerships with not-for-profit organisations. “We look forward to this merger, to ensure the broader translation of our science, so that we can make a difference in the day-to-day lives of all South Africans, for sport, for health, and for quality of life, to be their personal best.” For more information visit

Gear up for Western Cape’s favourite multisport event!

The Western Cape’s favourite multisport event - the Freshpak Fitness Festival will be celebrating its 31st anniversary this year and will be taking place in Clanwilliam on Saturday, 30 September 2017. The scenic outdoor surroundings, challenging routes, comradery and a sense of accomplishment are the reason athletes come back year after year to compete in various swimming, cycling and running challenges.

The day kicks off with the 1.5km or 3km swim in the beautiful Clanwilliam dam, one of the best water-sport destinations in the Western Cape. The swim is followed by the duathlon (5km run/20km cycle/2.5km run) and biathlon (5km run/20km cycle) where participants put their speed and endurance to the test through the varied and challenging terrain. The main event, which opens the triathlon season for most athletes, is a sprint triathlon (800m swim/20km cycle/5km run) and a crowd favourite with many participants travelling nationally to compete. All athletes can compete individually or as part of a team in a relay. The younger kids can look forward to the FitKids challenge (1km run, 200m swim, 1km run) and the Run for Fun (1km). For more information visit

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