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Of the 12 South African public holidays, there is no denying that the most eagerly anticipated each year is National Braai Day. Without a doubt, National Braai Day on 24 September 2017 will be the most fun and stress-free way to spend a public holiday; there is no pressure to run an ultra marathon, no expectations for Christmas presents - the perfect opportunity to unite around the fire, also heralds the start of summer.

Photo: National Braai Tour 2016 - Photo Credit: Craig Kolesky

Fancam Allows Fans

To Experience Newlands As Never Before In a first for the Currie Cup, fans at the DHL Western Province and Cell C Sharks match at Newlands was captured on FANCAM and were able to tag themselves in a high-resolution picture on social media.


Described as the ‘ultimate crowd selfie’, the FANCAM technology was developed in South Africa and over the past seven years has featured at major events around the world. Now Currie Cup partner, DirectAxis Financial Services, is bringing it back home.

For over 10 years National Braai Day has lead the way in getting South Africans together, pulling the country closer with the pastime that is available to all - braaing. Lighting a fire is in our blood, prodding coals is innate, and standing in circles around the flame comes as instinctively as kicking World Cup winning drop goals.

From Taylor Swift and U2 concerts to the Super Bowl, UEFA Champions League final and Daytona 500, fans have been able to visit a dedicated website, zoom in, find themselves on an interactive 360o image and share it with friends and family on their social media accounts.

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There’s even a permanent FANCAM at Madison Square Garden, home to the New York Rangers and Knicks.

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New York City & Cape Town Sign Cooperative Agreement To Boost Travel Between The Two Destinations NYC & Company, the City’s official destination marketing organization, joined Cape Town Tourism to sign a first-ever cityto-city partnership to boost tourism between Cape Town and New York City. This is the first agreement of its kind NYC & Company has signed with a destination marketing organization on the African continent. NYC & Company President and CEO Fred Dixon and Cape Town Tourism’s CEO Enver Duminy were on hand to sign the tourism partnership agreement in New York City. The two-year alliance includes a collaboration agreement between the two destination marketing organizations, the sharing of best practices in tourism marketing and the exchange of marketing assets to boost reciprocal travel.

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“Today, we are proud to sign a first-ever partnership with Cape Town, one of the world’s most iconic and beautiful cities,” said Dixon. “New York City and Cape Town share a lot in common as capital cities of culture, cuisine and design, and we look forward to cultivating this productive tourism relationship in the year ahead.” “This announcement has been years in the making, but at the outset it was clear that New York is the ideal city for collaboration with Cape Town,” said Duminy. “We’re greatly encouraged by this tourism twinning agreement, after all, a city with a global reputation for world-class tourism is acknowledging that we have just as much value to offer the global traveller.”

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“We look forward to this partnership and to sharing the benefits with our communities.” The city-to-city partnership includes a swap of marketing and advertising assets to be activated in early 2018 to influence seasonal travel. In New York City, advertisements will appear on bus stop shelters and LinkNYC kiosks to promote Cape Town, reaching an estimated 17.6 million in media impressions. In Cape Town, an equivalent value of New York City advertisements will be featured through digital and out-of-home media, with specifics to be determined.


Photo: Group of Orcas - Photo Credit: Hennie Otto

When three great white sharks mysteriously washed ashore along the coast in Gansbaai, researchers weren’t sure what to think. But after doing necropsies (animal autopsies) on all three sharks, the researchers identified a possible culprit. All of the sharks were missing their livers, and one was missing its heart. It’s likely that an orca, also known as a killer whale, attacked the sharks and ate their organs. The great white shark is one of the ocean’s most powerful predators, yet it is sometimes prey for orcas that killed several of the formidable creatures off South Africa’s coast this month. The rare necropsies conducted on the three carcasses that washed ashore show how orcas dominate the marine food

chain at the expense of great white sharks, whose ferocious reputation (thanks partly to the 1975 movie “Jaws”) belies their vulnerability to shark nets, fishing, poaching, pollution— and the biggest member of the dolphin family. Orcas, which also face human threats, have a softer image (the 1993 film “Free Willy” helped) due to their intelligence and accessibility at water parks. Ingrid Visser, who has studied killer whales for nearly 20 years, said orcas used their powerful tails to create strong underwater currents that forced the sharks to the surface, then stunned them. Continue Reading Page 3


Cape Water Crisis - Health Clubs Turn Off The Steam In response to the serious water crisis in the Western Cape, Virgin Active health clubs in the region have closed their saunas and steam rooms and have stopped the filling of swimming pools. The latter action may mean the closure of pools when the level is no longer safe for swimming. Wesley Noble, Head of Changing Business for Good at Virgin Active, says these measures come on top of a range of actions which the clubs have already taken including shutting off high pressure sensation showers, educating members and cutting water usage in every area of the business.

As part of the agreement, New York City and Cape Town will share best practices in tourism management to increase the number of visitors between both markets in the years ahead. The two organizations will also collaborate on ways to boost travel between Cape Town and New York City through offers and incentives provided by third-party travel providers.

Noble says the company has been implementing a programme of water conservation across all of its clubs for several years, and consumption is down 11% nationally on a year-on-year basis, but the situation in the Cape “has really focussed our minds and we calculate we’ve saved as much as 10.5 million litres in the region which is the equivalent of 7 extra glasses of drinking water for every resident in the Western Cape.” Continue Reading Page 3

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South Africa is the largest African origin market for visitors to New York City with nearly 50,000 visitors in 2015. South Africa accounts for a nearly 30 percent share of African visitors to New York City. The United States is currently Cape Town’s second largest international source market. In 2015, 30 percent of arrivals to Cape Town from the US originated at or traveled via New York City airports.

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Currie Cup supporters can register on before the game to be notified when the image goes live. Win a VIP trip to the Currie Cup final As well as seeing themselves at Newlands, fans who visit will also be able to look for the Currie Cup, which has been virtually hidden in the stadium. Anyone who finds it stands a chance to win a VIP trip to the Currie Cup final. DirectAxis will take the FANCAM to two other DHL Western Province games, two Xerox Golden Lions games and the final. This is the second innovation it has brought fans as part of its Currie Cup partnership. Earlier in the season it also released a series of Currie Cup video clips featuring interviews with some Western Province players and behindthe-scenes glimpses of some unusual and remarkable trick shots. Marlies Kappers, head of marketing, explains: “This is the second year of our Currie Cup partnership and we wanted to do something more than just branding at matches. ”

“We thought the FANCAM image would be a great way for people to re-live the excitement of being at the game as well as sharing the atmosphere with their friends and family.” FANCAM CEO, Tinus le Roux, says after its success internationally, it’s wonderful to be bringing the technology home. “We’ve taken FANCAM to some of the biggest sporting events in the world and it all started at Newlands, so it’s very special to be back.” The FANCAM will be at the following games: DHL Western Province vs Toyota Free State (9 September), Xerox Golden Lions vs Vodacom Blue Bulls (16 September), DHL Western Province vs Tafel Lager Griquas (23 September), DHL Western Province vs Xerox Lions (8 October) and finals on 28 October 2017.

Open Streets - Going Car Free On 1 October 2017 Open Streets Main Road builds on a local programme inspired by Colombia’s Ciclovía that the City of Cape Town has supported since inception. Open Streets Days have taken place in Langa, Observatory, Mitchells Plain, Bellville and the CBD. Until now, however, the route has been no longer than 2km. “On 1 October, we will be taking a major step in expanding the programme. In Colombia, hundreds of kilometres of streets go car free every Sunday and public holiday. This is, of course, something we’d eventually like to see in Cape Town: an Open Streets route that brings communities together across many different parts of the city,” says Marcela.

Part of one of Cape Town’s most historic and important thoroughfares is going car free during the first Sunday of Transport Month. On 1 October, Cape Town CBD, Woodstock, Salt River and Observatory will become a platform for Open Streets, reserving a section of the M4 for people, not cars. The 5km stretch will encompass one of the city’s biggest road closures outside of a major sporting or cultural event such as the Cape Town Marathon, Cape Town Cycle Tour or Cape Town Carnival. Closed to motorised vehicles, it will become an open space for pedestrians, cyclists, skateboarders, wheelchair users and other non-motorised transport users to move in safety. “The route features many well-known landmarks and permanent public spaces, opening up a world of possibilities for exploring, socialising, exercising and shopping,” says Marcela Guerrero Casas, managing director and co-founder of the non-profit organisation Open Streets Cape Town (OSCT).

Connecting the southern suburbs between Cape Town and Simon’s Town, the M4 is an integral part of the lives of many Capetonians. It starts as Darling Street in the CBD and becomes Sir Lowry Road and then Victoria Road in Woodstock, before continuing as Main Road from Salt River to Simon’s Town station. From there it changes names three more times, before continuing as Main Road to its end near Smitswinkel Bay. Most Capetonians know it simply as “the main road”. For most of its length, the main road runs parallel with Metrorail’s southern line and many of its surrounding communities are walkable. However, much of the road is dangerous and congested, especially during morning and afternoon peak. Between 2013 and 2017, OSCT hosted 12 Open Streets Days in five parts of Cape Town, attracting between 3 000 and 15 000 participants at each one. While colourful activities have brought these days to life, Open Streets can be a chance for mobility and experiencing the city in a different way. For more information visit




Drought Crisis - More Water Restriction Devices Coming! The City of Cape Town is preparing for its next installations of water management devices at properties with excessively high water usage across the metro. There are excessive water users in all suburbs of Cape Town. The City further reminds all consumers to adjust the water-isolating valves (stopcocks) on their properties to reduce the flow rate and save water. Dam storage levels are at 32,5%, which means usable water is at 22,5%. Collective consumption is 629 million litres per day, which is 129 million above the target of 500 million litres per day needed to build reserves for the expected harsh summer ahead. The intricate process of restricting water supply to excessive use properties is ongoing and excessive users in the areas of Durbanville, Southfield, Retreat, Oakdale, Rondebosch, Maitland, Crawford, Three Anchor Bay and Parklands will be visited over the coming weeks for the installation of water management devices.

“The water management devices, specifically for excessive users, are the latest in a myriad drought interventions, together with large-scale pressure reduction and enormous enforcement efforts. The City’s emergency supply scheme interventions are also under way.” “We are hoping that significant further reductions in water usage could be achieved if residents reduce water flow through adjusting their private stopcocks or water control tap. It is really important that all possible avenues are explored,” said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Informal Settlements, Water and Waste Services; and Energy, Councillor Xanthea Limberg. The City also reminds households that it is the property owner’s duty to detect and repair water leaks. How to adjust a stopcock to reduce water flow (this should ideally be done during the day): Close the stopcock by turning it in a clockwise direction, and open it again (about a half turn). Go to the tap furthest away from the stopcock (this could be inside the house, in the back garden/yard or in an upstairs bathroom). Open the cold water tap and see if there is sufficient water flowing. If required, adjust the stopcock a half turn at a time until a reasonable but reduced flow rate of water to the furthest cold water tap is achieved. For information on how to meet the 87-litre per day usage requirement, residents should visit the water restrictions page on the City’s website: za/thinkwater and utilise the water calculator. Residents can contact the City via email to or to report contraventions of the water restrictions or send an SMS to 31373

Say Hello To National Braai Day (Continue from Page 1) Since the dawn of time, South Africans have gathered in groups to cook on an open flame, and now National Braai Day has come to represent our national unity around the fire. ‘The actions and abuse of water by some residents is unfair on those residents who are doing so much to save water. We are clamping down on people who refuse to play their part and to reduce usage. So far, 21 500 letters have been sent to excessive users. ‘The City is engaging with affected homeowners. Households will be restricted to an allocation of 350 litres per day unless an application to increase the allocation is made to the City. Such an application must be done in the form of an affidavit which will be verified by the water inspectors. In that case, City will set the water meter to A5Henri'sAdthat -June Winter 2017.pdfallow 1 2017/05/27 11:12:02 AM a daily target would each person to use their 87 litres per day in line with Level 4b restrictions.


“We love to braai, of that there is no argument,” says the man behind National Braai Day, Jan Braai. “We share stories, relax, unwind, reflect and just enjoy the country that has given us the opportunity to burn large quantities of braai wood.” And in 2017, there is more than one opportunity to unite around a fire. Thanks to National Braai Day falling on a Sunday this year, there is a whole Saturday at your disposal to prepare for the country’s greatest public holiday. Inspired by the Dutch holiday of King’s Night ahead of King’s Day, Jan Braai is encouraging all South Africans to take part in National Braai Night the evening before National Braai Day. “This is the chance for the braaiers of South Africa to get into the Braai Day groove early. It’s the party braai to National Braai Day’s relaxing braai.”

Photo: National Braai Tour 2016 Photo Credit: Craig Kolesky

But wait, there’s more to the braai movement. Just before National Braai Day, Jan Braai and a 200-strong travelling carnival will also be touring the country as part of the National Braai Tour. Now in its fifth year, the National Braai Tour acts as a smokey, flame-grilled messenger for National Braai Day, with participants of the Tour spreading braai cheer throughout the country and ramping up public excitement for our country’s fast-approaching biggest day of braai.

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Rustic experience away from style, luxury, & five-star service Warmwaterberg Spa and Mineral Hot Spring offers visitors an authentic rustic experience away from the stylish, luxury, five-star service of state-of-theart Day Spa’s. The venue is rustic, close to earth, unspoilt, peaceful in a tranquil setting with healing elements in the water able to revitalize and rejuvenate the body and soul - meant for people who live close to nature and seek, “Water that Heals.” While relaxing at Warmwaterberg Spa guests can enjoy the beautiful panoramic view of the elevated Klein Karoo landscape with five mountain ranges including the Warmwaterberg, Langeberg and Swartberg Mountains and a horizon stretching 90km in the distance. The views are spectacular, not to mention the sunrise and sunset, Milky Way and stars at night.

The new Whittingdale Studio Bath Houses completed in 2015 are modern day tributes to the Historic Bath Houses. The studio units are fitted with a King size bed, custom built luxurious bath and indoor braai/fireplace and is suitable for couples looking for rest and relaxation. The fully bi-folding front doors provide an incredible indoor-outdoor flow - a perfect place to enjoy the Karoo environment. The Victorian styled ten roomed Main House or Sanatorium built in 1907 with Oregon pine floors, ceilings, doors, and windows illustrates the architecture of a typical Karoo Victorian “ostrich” house of the early 20th century. Each of these rooms include its own private walk-in 2000 litre Roman Bath where guests can luxuriate.

Warmwaterberg Spa and Mineral Hot Spring dates back to the early 19th century – with its setting in a farming community situated between Barrydale and Ladismith on Route 62 from Montagu to Oudtshoorn. The history of the farm Warmwaterberg and the hot spring, which is situated on 600ha of land, is closely interwoven with the history of the Le Grange family who today, five generations and 119 years later, still remain in control of the property.

All baths in the units are supplied with spring water at 43.5°Celsius. Three styles of Timber Chalets are available: one, two or three-bedroom units, each with its own kitchenette, shower and outdoor braai facility. Furthermore, the 20 Campsites are serviced with power and a braai-facilities, while the ablution block offers natural hot water and contains two walk-in roman baths. Other Services Another typical example of Karoo vernacular is the Old School built in 1914 for the children of the area. This building has been kept in the same state it was built, and today caters for a group of 30 people. Artesian Spring The Artesian Spring is the main attraction at Warmwaterberg Spa. This spring is believed to be 4-6 km deep with a temperature at the source of 43.5° Celsius. The source of the water is almost a thousand years old and saturated with iron and manganese, but without any traces of Sulphur, which makes it unique. The water is untreated, has a high Iron content and therefore, extremely healthy and sweettasting. The water also contains traces of Lithium which has a soothing and calming impact on the human body. Regular visitors to Warmwaterberg Spa believe they have experienced healing from arthritis and various other ailments.

The original cement dam was reconstructed as a Lapa and serves as a focal point to the Restaurant and Bar, and Kiosk, and is ideal for weddings and social gatherings, providing seating for as many as 130 guests.

In addition to the two hot swimming pools, there is a cold pool and a number of roman baths on the property. The water is untreated and comes out of the earth as it is, and is piped to the pools without any additives. The cold pool is favourably received in the summer months. Accommodation Warmwaterberg Spa offers only Selfcatering accommodation. The 1890’s mud and stone buildings (“badhuisies” or “Bath Houses”) were originally constructed as bathrooms for travellers. The Main House constructed in 1907 became the Historic Sanatorium. Wooden Timber Chalets were later built, and camping sites made available to facilitate the demand.

Warmwaterberg Spa also facilitates a full-service licensed Restaurant and Bar, open every day of the year (excluding New Year’s Day), an off-sales as well as a small kiosk offering basic necessities to guests. The Restaurant specializes in traditional à la carte “Boerekos” with favourites such as Lamb pie, Karoo chops, and Bobotie.

The Bath Houses have been retained as close as possible to its original 1886 mud and stone design. The three-roomed building consist of two bedrooms, fully equipped kitchen with a fireplace, private toilet and outdoor “braai-facility.” The main bedroom has a double bed and private bath, while the second bedroom has two single beds and private bath. Nature Barren and desolate as the area may seem to be the Succulent Plant Kingdom, unrivalled in specie numbers, diversity and beauty gives meaning to the peaceful and tranquil environment of Warmwaterberg Spa. The Spa provides its own spectacular 6km walking trail on the edge of the mountain taking you behind the spring eye where over 2000 different endemic species can be identified, and where the Springbok, Duiker and Steenbok ponder. The Hiking Trail also has its season of extra ordinary beauty which could be viewed shortly after good rains and in Spring. The long Hiking Trail is probably the finest publicly available walk through the succulent Karoo. For more information contact 028 572 1609 or visit




Stellenbosch Ranks Third In Africa For Biotech FDI Based on the research conducted during 2016 by Wesgro, Stellenbosch was the most requested wine route by international visitors. Stellenbosch was the only municipality to receive a FDI investment in a research & development project in South Africa. The GDP of the greater Cape Winelands, which includes Stellenbosch, grew from R33.3 billion in 2006 to R43.2 billion in 2015. The largest sectors are finance, real estate and business services, contributing R10 billion in 2015. According to the QS World Rankings, Stellenbosch is home to the recently ranked second best university on the African continent, Stellenbosch University, contributing towards innovation and business development in the region.

Wesgro CEO Tim Harris, Mayor of Stellenbosch Gesie van Deventer and Minister of Economic Opportunities Alan Winde hosted an engagement with stakeholders from across the Cape Winelands region to discuss opportunities for investment in Stellenbosch.

“Stellenbosch ranks third among all African cities in FDI Intelligence’s study of global biotech locations and in fact has the highest level of biotech FDI as a percentage of total FDI at 12.5%. This is largely thanks to the $42.6 million investment by Enza Zaden, which created Westcape Biotech Pty through a joint venture with Expressive Research, a biotechnological company that is active in the fields of cell and tissue culture and molecular diagnostics. This project demonstrates the potential that Stellenbosch has for biotechnology activity and has helped place it on the African biotech map,” said FDI Magazine Editor-in-Chief Courtney Fingar.

This engagement follows a panel discussion held in Cape Town in June 2017 on the province’s plan to maintain investor confidence in the regional economy following the recent spate of South African credit ratings downgrades.

Microbreweries And Craft Beer

Towns across the Western Cape have an important role to play in facilitating investment, growing the provincial economy and helping create jobs. Stellenbosch is a growing economic hub and a region ripe with reasons for investment, particularly in the technology industry: Stellenbosch ranks third among all African cities in FDI Intelligence’s study of global biotech locations. It is at the forefront of satellite technology through aerospace innovation of Sunspace and is a leading centre for innovation in the country, housing a number of key business and new technology development hubs. The Cape Winelands has attracted seven FDI projects valued at R2.8 billion as of 2015, and all of these projects were located in the town of Stellenbosch. Stellenbosch is an emerging business tourism hub and has been ranked in the top ten cities on the African continent for business meetings by the ICCA. Stellenbosch Municipality has received consecutive clean audits (2014/15 and 2015/16), offering an investment friendly service, with a commitment to cutting red tape. The Municipality is centrally located and well integrated into the Cape Town metro economy, and is encircled by towns such as Paarl, Somerset West, Caledon, and Wellington placing it in the middle of a market of over 2 million people. As the gateway to the Cape Winelands, and only a 40 minutes’ drive from Cape Town International Airport, Stellenbosch has a booming tourism industry.

In A Bubble Of Its Own

Cape Town is renowned for its mountain, natural beauty and winelands. With the winelands comes an array of brands, blends and tastes which not only provides satisfaction to distinguished wine drinkers, but also creates an atmosphere which appeals to the outdoor lifestyle enjoyed by many. It is no surprise that the growth of microbreweries and craft beer has added to these wonderful tastes of the Cape and Air Products is fortunate to have been a part of this growth process. Freshline™ gases such as carbon dioxide and nitrogen forms an integral part of the manufacturing process as well as the presentation of craft beer to beer drinkers. As one of the market leaders in Freshline™ gases, Air Products has been supplying product to a number of microbreweries in the Western Cape area. Many beer lovers across the world have tried to master the art of brewing craft beer at home as a hobby, but this has grown to become an art in its own right. Craft beer production created an opportunity for brewmasters to refine this process to a skill which results in a variety of distinguished tastes for a trendy and rapidly growing market.

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The process of producing craft beer is much more than ingredients such as malt and hops being added together and fermented to result in a mature beer taste. It requires a dedicated and passionate brewmaster, key ingredients and components which forms part of the chemical processes involved in producing a perfect craft beer. A brewer is able to create a unique beer by producing small quantities which delivers strong flavours. The ingredients used by microbrewers are different to those used by large, commercial brewers. The introduction of craft beers to South African beer drinkers has created a new excitement in the marketplace as there is now a wide range of tastes available and beer drinkers are no longer restricted to the same brands and styles which have been available over the last few years. Air Products’ Regional Sales Manager – Western Cape, Nita Müller explains the importance of understanding the use of Freshline™ gases in craft beer brewing: “We strive towards outstanding customer service, coupled with ensuring a secure supply of Freshline™ gases through the complete value chain of craft beer offered to the end customer.” Müller further highlights: “I believe what distinguishes Air Products from the rest is the fact that we are committed to partner with our customers - from the brewing process, to tap, to glass.” The first microbrewery supply agreement Air Products signed in Cape Town was with Cape Brewing Company (CBC) approximately five years ago, followed by Darling Brewery. The latest signings includes Noon Gun Brewery and Devils Peak Brewing Company and Air Products is committed to play an integral role in the brewing process. Air Products’ infrastructure enables them to supply microbreweries via Cylinder, Maxitank, Minitank CryoEase® or Bulk. When speaking to the craft brewmasters, craft beer is expected to take at least 10% total market share of South Africa by 2022.










DELIVER HOPE & INSPIRATION TO SA YOUTH It was an unforgettable day at Salesian Life Choices when two of South Africa’s brightest stars visited the NPO’s office in Cape Town on Monday, 14 August. The excitement was feverish before actress Charlize Theron and comedian Trevor Noah arrived accompanied by a group of visitors. Charlize has been a funder of Salesian Life Choices for a number of years through her Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project (CTAOP) and she was full of praise for the work that Life Choices do with youth from the Cape Flats. The visit started in the newly renovated office in Landsdowne where they were introduced to the team and some students attending a coding course, moved on to Oaklands High School for a entertaining “Straight Talks” session with Grade 9 learners, as well as a visit to a mobile clinic in Langa. The visitors were introduced to the different initiatives of the youth organisation that reach more than 9 000 young people every year with a holistic approach to promote healthy living; to assist parents and families; to encourage excellence through leadership and to empower young entrepreneurs to create jobs. Salesian Life Choices director Sofia Neves explained her organisation’s belief in choices, not charity. “We believe that once off interventions are not enough to transform a young person’s life. We partner with vulnerable youth in the Cape Flats on a journey of growth and development, delivering lasting change in the lives we touch.”

From October 2017 the Winelands will welcome a surgeon with a special interest and passion for breast cancer in the area – right in time for breast cancer awareness month. Dr. Liana Roodt is a specialist general surgeon with a passion for cutting-edge breast care and surgery, including breast conserving cancer surgery. Evidencebased medicine and rigorous surgical discipline form the foundation of Liana’s practice, but what differentiates her is her drive to provide truly integrated and holistic patient care. She believes in offering not just surgery, but access to a complete package of breast and personal health care services. Liana’s firm belief in these principles culminated in Project Flamingo, a successful non-profit company which she created in 2010 to help address the long and distressing treatment waiting time faced by breast cancer patients in the public health care sector. Liana obtained her MBChB from the University of Pretoria in 2006. She completed her internship at Groote Schuur Hospital and community service in Barberton, Mpumalanga. After she returned to Cape Town, she worked at GF Jooste Hospital as a surgical medical officer, while also completing a post-graduate certificate in Integrative Medicine at the University of Stellenbosch. Liana joined the Groote Schuur Department of Surgery in 2012 where she obtained her FCS (SA) and MMed (Surgery) Cum Laude from the University of Cape Town. For the past two years, Liana has been working as a consultant surgeon in the Surgical Breast and Endocrine and Trauma Surgery Units at Groote Schuur Hospital, and will remain affiliated to them while building her private practice in the Winelands from Advanced Vergelegen and continuing her non-profit work with Project Flamingo.

During a question and answer session a group of Leaders’ Quest participants were given the opportunity to get to know Charlize, Trevor and their guests. Charlize gave learners career advice before she turned to more serious topics. South Africans are a resilient people, she said. “As soon as I moved to America, I realised an advantage I had. I have a thick skin and I can bounce back.” She learnt that not having equal opportunities don’t have to limit your success. Charlize said she felt proud to be able to invest in South African youth and acknowledged the struggles of young people growing up surrounded by poverty and violence. “Your lives aren’t easy. Our circumstances may differ, but as South Africans, we know where the struggle is. My own struggle made me aware of the struggles we all face. Own your own truth. I used that in a way to drive myself, to push myself. That was my engine.” Trevor added to Charlize’s powerful message when responding to a question about his confidence on stage. “I genuinely don’t have the confidence you think I have. What I do have is confidence in my work ethic. When I get onto the stage I’m terrified and all I can do is rely on the work I’ve put into myself before I got onto the stage. That is when work pays off.” His message to South African youth was to work as hard as they can. “You may not be the best at a thing or the most talented, but what you can do is work the hardest.”

She has recently been named one of ten “Inspirational Women to know in South Africa” ( for her work as founder and director of Project Flamingo and are excited about this new chapter. For more information visit “So when you’re in your coding class you can just work harder, spend more time on problems, read more.” “What you achieve is the reward for the work you put in.” Trevor also spoke about how South Africans don’t value themselves enough. “Being proud of your own achievements is how you start transforming yourself”, Trevor said. The success he achieved in his own community inspired him to embrace bigger challenges. “Because it starts from there – at home. People often think they have to leave the township to become successful. I say why not bring the success to the township? Start drawing from the inside.” “Take what you have, find the value in it, encourage other South Africans to see the value in it as well. If we keep on doing that, we can create in a microcosm of something amazing that can change the world.” Before Charlize and her guests left, she said what she loves about Salesian Life Choices is that young people have a space to talk about things and be themselves. “Take advantage of what you have here. Trevor and I have been saying to each other ‘I wish I had this when we were in school.’”

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CONNECT TO ADVANCED VERGELEGEN DAY HOSPITAL The only day hospital in the Somerset West area Latest addition of Surgeons Dr Liana Roodt

What is the difference between a day hospital and a larger hospital? Advanced Health, who owns and manages 10 facilities in South Africa are often asked this question. Bibi Goss-Ross, Executive Manager of the group and Director of the Day Hospital Association of South Africa (DHA) says: “To a patient, there is no difference besides the fact that a day-hospital does not offer an overnight stay. You are operated on the same day and return home. The biggest difference will be the price reflected in ward fee and in the per minute theatre fee. With a lean and productive management team and no specialised units or kitchen facilities on site, a day hospital is able to provide the same service at a more cost-effective rate. According to recent statistics, only 10 – 14% of day cases are performed at a day hospital and the rest is conducted at a larger hospital, indicating the growth potential for day hospitals.” State-of-art equipment and instrumentation Day hospitals are equipped with the same, if not more advanced technology. Modern equipment include: c-arm units (x-ray machines) in the theatres, camera stacks, links to the radiology department, spacious theatres, instrumentation to the specialist’s requirement and a professional nursing component attending to a specialist’s every aspect during the short stay at Advanced Vergelegen. Can any doctor operate at a Day hospital? A specialist attending to his overnight patients and performing major surgeries at a larger hospital in the area, is also able to undertake procedures at a day hospital. The concept of a day hospital is still new in South Africa, but because technology evolved over the last few years, day hospitals are now able to cater for most disciplines of surgery.

Dr Liana Roodt, specialised breastsurgeon whose journey of patient care directed her to Advanced Vergelegen. Dr Liana has been interviewed by various journalists regarding her involvement in Project Flamingo. She recently featured in a local TV series, “In jou skoene,’’ where Karlien van Jaarsveld ‘’walked’’ with Liana at Groote Schuur Hospital for a 24-hour period to raise breast cancer awareness. Liana will conduct a private practice from October 2017 from the premises of Vergelegen Healthcare Centre, Summerhill Drive, Somerset West. Patient convenience There is no reason why you should have to stay overnight for a short procedure. Advanced understands that Hospitalisation is never a pleasant experience. The discomfort and fear of the waiting times are not something experienced in a day hospital. The convenience of a day hospital is something that Advanced Vergelegen is proud to have perfected. There are no lengthy waiting times at admission, and the time before going into theatre are more controlled, as the hospital only provides short-stay surgery. Doctors are not delayed due to long case surgery. Theatre time is planned, and Advanced Vergelegen can proudly state that the booked theatre time of a patient is 99% accurate without delays. If you are a patient, you can choose to be admitted to a day hospital if your surgery is a day procedure. Spending time with a patient during this short stay procedure enables Advanced Vergelegen’s staff to provide detail attention to the patient, to walk the extra mile, which depicts the day hospital with the difference. There are no fixed closing times for Advanced Vergelegen. We leave the premises when our last patient is ready to return home after surgery. All need to be part of the solution to curb healthcare costs Although your medical aid will most probably reimburse the same procedure in a day hospital as in a larger hospital, the cost when comparing the two facilities are significant. The annual double digit increase in medical aid premiums will be as a result of not supporting the cost-effective healthcare services provided. Discovery, Medscheme, GEMS, Polmed, Bestmed all support the concept of a day hospital. Advanced Health supports the Competition Commissioner currently investigating private healthcare costs. Advanced Vergelegen believes that every doctor as well as every patient should be linked to a day hospital to ensure that medical aid premiums do not increase with double digits.

All specialists are free to make use of a day hospital. We often find doctors informing patients that a day hospital is not equipped to deal with an emergency, or operate on a specific discipline, which is not true. All these aspects are diligently taken care of. More important to any surgeon is that the same theatre and ward staff will form part of the support staff. At Advanced Vergelegen we work with a minimum of agency staff and are focussed on ''back to basics" in nursing care. In a day hospital environment, the surgeon is aware that the patient must be discharged on the same day. The anaesthetists-group in the Vergelegen area work with Advanced Health to improve the surgical process of the patient and to manage the pain post operatively. Advanced Vergelegen works with like-minded specialists including orthopaedic surgeons, urologists, general surgeons, dentists, maxillo-facial surgeons, reconstructive surgeons, gynaecologists and ENT surgeons.

You can contact the hospital if you need a supporting specialist. Advanced Vergelegen is located off Sir Lowry’s road behind the Vergelegen Plein Checkers Centre in Somerset West. Connect to a day hospital – connect to Advanced Vergelegen for a different healthcare experience! For more information contact 087 234 9771, email or visit vergelegen-surgical-centre/



Feastfox App Launches

In Cape Town Last Minute,“let’s eat out” Moments! Feastfox has been designed for those last minute, “let’s eat out” moments. The app includes a great lineup of top eating and drinking spots in Cape Town. Discover new spots on the slick map and image view and make your choice without the hassle of phoning around or waiting for booking confirmation. Making last minute reservations has never been easier. Most meals are spontaneous events that occur when the need arises. Whether it be the craving of a morning flat white, a healthy and scrumptious lunch between meetings or an incredible fine dining experience; with two taps on the app Feastfox has you covered! Feastfox launches in collaboration with over 60 of Cape Town’s top restaurants, bars and cafés including: Reuben’s, Kyoto Gardens Sushi, La Boheme, Nobu, Culture Club Cheese, Clarke’s, Hokey Poke, Scheckter’s Raw and Shio. Co-founder and Cape Town local, Stuart Murless explains, “with a busy lifestyle, I never had time to plan ahead and make bookings. I wanted something which fits into the way I eat out, which is generally on impulse.” “With Feastfox, we are moving from the traditional “book now, eat later” concept to “book now, eat now”. This way you can go from craving to feasting with the click of a button.” The launch area includes the CBD, V&A Waterfront, De Waterkant, Green Point, Sea Point, Gardens, Vredehoek & Tamboerskloof. For more information visit

The Wolftrap Steakhouse Champion of 2017 is Crowned

Rare Grill in Kenilworth took top honours in the Wolftrap Steakhouse Championships 2017 with over 150 steakhouses competing to become South Africa’s Steakhouse Champion. In the first round during May, the public seeded the field by voting, via Facebook, for their favourite steakhouse. The Top Ten Finalists, as voted by the public, were then visited unannounced during June by expert judges led by Pete Goffe-Wood, well-known MasterChef personality, and assessed according to a strict score sheet that focussed on the steak on the plate, as well as looking at the side dishes and the quality of the hospitality. Ultimately it was debut entrant Rare Grill in Kenilworth that claimed top honours. This marks the first Cape winner in the five years of The Wolftrap Steakhouse Championships. Rare Grill owner Greg Bax was overwhelmed to claim the Championship title, as well as Newcomer of the Year, a new award this year. “For an intimate steakhouse like Rare Grill, such an accolade is really going to put us on the map!” Bax said. Pete Goffe-Wood, head judge, added: “Rare Grill is a gem, an owner-operated steakhouse where Greg personally mans the grill and takes immense pride in the quality of his beef.” The other two new awards this year were Steakhouse Legend of the Year which was awarded to The Godfather in Centurion, a stalwart in the industry, and Steakhouse Chain of the Year which went to the Cattle Baron Group for having four outlets in the top 30: Cattle Baron Tyger Waterfront, Cattle Baron George, Cattle Baron Tableview and Cattle Baron Mossel Bay. The Wolftrap Steakhouse Championships is a blend of public involvement and expert arbitration - and the ultimate winner is therefore not only very good indeed, but also a public favourite. To the victor belong the spoils: the ultimate bragging rights of being the Champion for a year, and also a full year’s supply of The Wolftrap wine. Steak is a South African passion and the steakhouse is our favourite national restaurant - The Wolftrap Steakhouse Championships is proud to celebrate South African steakhouses and thanks them for all the hard work!


Treat Yourself To An Unforgettable Dining Experience at Henri’s Restaurant & Wine Bar

After four years at Henri’s Restaurant and Wine Bar, Pierre Vosloo the owner and his staff still meet every patron with the charming Front of House hospitality. Over the years Pierre has spent time and effort in changing Henri’s into a restaurant with distinct charm, offering excellent service and creating a desire for patrons to return frequently. Henri’s well-balanced menu with excellent complementing wines is just the place to treat yourself to an unforgettable Dining experience. The menu offers “Something Different”, just another way of creating variety with a different combination of dishes. Well known for their aged grass-fed beef as well as the freshest local seafood, Henri’s menu can be described as comfort food with a modern global influence. Two of the most recommended and well-presented starters are the Crispy Patagonian Calamari, deepfried in a spicy paprika crust served with rocket, lemon aioli and spicy tomato salsa, and the Beef or Springbok Carpaccio, topped with a caper dressing, with red onions, rocket and Parmesan. Award winning steaks served as a main course is always a winner, and a must for meat lovers. Another favourite is the cubed lamb shoulder on the bone in a cape malay curry served with basmati rice, sambals and a roti, not to mention the delicious thin based pizza’s prepared in the wood fired oven. Man’s worst enemy is the challenge to indulge in mouth-watering deserts. You can simply not leave Henri’s without indulging in either a cream Brulee or the Baked Chocolate Fondant in Chantilly cream. Not to mention the choc-mint cookie dessert drink with chocolate, peppermint liqueur, amarula, ice-cream and chocolate. Henri’s Restaurant and Wine Bar offers a light lunch menu during the day which includes a kiddie’s menu. Guests can also enjoy a drink either on the patio or at the stylish bar with their wide selection of craft and imported beers. Henri’s Restaurant and Wine Bar is open Monday to Saturday from 12h00 till late, including Sunday lunch. For more information contact 021 852 6442 for reservations or visit Cnr Main & Lourensford Roads, Somerset West

Highest International Recognition For South Africa’s World Class Brandies

Fine potstill brandies from the House of Van Ryn’s and Oude Meester dominated the podium at the 2017 International Wine and Spirits Competition (IWSC) in London, collecting Gold Outstanding awards for the Oude Meester Souverein 18 Year Old and the Van Ryn’s 20 Year Old Collector’s Reserve. Founded in 1969, the IWSC is considered to be the most prestigious competition of its kind in the world, and awards given by the competition are among some of the highest honours in the industry. Judging for the Competition is unique in that it has two stages; first, the products are tasted blind by expert panels, selected from over 300 fully experienced and qualified industry judges. Products which receive the top medals are then subject to technical analysis before results are released; this crucial stage ensures that the medal winners receive complete validation, and can make a rightful claim to be among the world’s best. The judges were impressed by Van Ryn’s 20 Year old, waxing lyrical in describing a hint of cinnamon and fresh baked buns on the nose, leading to a palate carrying hints of leather, spiced cream and a suggestion of ginger. The Oude Meester Souverein proved equally popular with the judges, who found a rich veins of vanilla and oak on the nose, followed by notes of spiced cooking apple with ice cream. The palate entices with hints of red apples, stone fruit and nutmeg before leading to an elegant finish enhanced by subtle notes of sweet grape and leathery oak.







Hermanus Whale Festival celebrates whales and all marine life As previously, the 26th Hermanus Whale Festival, being the oldest and largest festival on the Cape Whale Coast is a celebration of the whales and all marine life! From 29 September to 1 October 2017, Hermanus will be packed with community and cultural activities, great food, quality crafters, great sport events, kiddies entertainment, a music stage, a Vintage Car Show, an interactive marine themed eco village, adventure activities down in the Old Harbour and of course whale watchingLand, Boat and Air based whale watching! The Eco Marine Tent purposely partners with a number of local, internationally awarded, eco- tourism operators to share their information, whilst uniquely interact with the visitors, a real and rare commodity most valuable for driving sustainable practices that are most important to marine tourism on the Cape Whale Coast. The main focus of the Hermanus Whale Festival remains to create awareness and celebrate the annual return of the Southern Right Whales to our coast. “We have embarked upon a major campaign to change the way ocean wildlife is perceived on the Cape Whale Coast. Our interactive exhibitions are aimed at the youth, our future conservationists.” “We believe that by reaching children at an early age, we leave them with a love, passion and respect for marine wildlife and the knowledge to preserve our blue planet.”

The Hermanus Whale Festival highlights local efforts to protect the whales from extinction, through ocean-themed activities and exhibits that emphasize education and environmentally responsible adventures and products. For more information visit

100th Darling Wildflower celebrates the Cape Fynbos Kingdom The Darling Wildflower Society has been around for more than a century and the Society’s Show takes place annually from 14-17 September 2017. It celebrates an integral part of the Cape Fynbos Kingdom comprised of Renosterveld, Rietveld, Sandveld, and Strandveld where more than 1200 different species of flowers can be found. This year’s show will be the 100th event, the Centenary Show! The display will focus on the Wildflower Society’s development through the past 100 years as well as the Herbarium project. The Flower Show will offer a variety of activities to entertain young and old including the Landscaped Hall depicting the flowers of the area in their natural habitat, an orchid display, a free ride on a tractor-drawn wagon, Craft & Gourmet Food Market, a Veteran Tractor/Car Display, and an Entertainment Tent. Visitors can also look forward to a range of workshops. Khwa ttu will be doing kids’ and family workshops about fynbos and its links to traditional San culture and their heritage. A talk by Simply Bee about bees and the importance of their conservation will be hosted at the entertainment tent on 15 September. For more information visit

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New format for Cape Town Fringe The Cape Town Fringe will be back in the Mother City from 21 September - 8 October 2017 in a brand new format.



According to Cape Town-born Executive Producer, Ashraf Johaardien, this year’s Festival will not be based at City Hall. “Part of the ethos of Fringe Festivals across the world has been the creation of platforms and opportunities for artists who have been relegated to the margins.” “We will have a hub elsewhere in the City Centre, but the focus of the 2017 Festival will be on partnering with existing spaces across the Peninsula as well as supporting and nurturing new spaces that have relevance and resonance in the communities where they have emerged,” Ashraf announced. “We are focusing on building a ‘Cape Town Fringe Circuit’,” explained Festival CEO Tony Lankester.


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“We’ve been going for three years and the Cape Town Fringe has made its mark on the City’s arts calendar. Thousands of performers and tens of thousands of audience members have enjoyed what the Fringe has offered. However, across the City, there are venues, theatres, performers, and communities who are battling to find their way into the ‘mainstream’ and, often against enormous odds, are still managing to bring stages to life with great art. So this year we want to work with new theatre makers and spaces to amplify their platforms and the work they are putting on them.” Productions in all genres of performance are eligible for consideration. Preference will be given to smaller and medium-sized works that are able to tour to venues on the planned Cape Town Fringe circuit. Work should be bold, compelling unconventional, socially aware and relevant. Successful productions will be programmed into venues selected for participation and the Cape Town Fringe team will also work with successful venues to programme from their own networks and/or from the open call for expressions of interest. For more information visit







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Guinness PRO14 - Summer rugby comes to South Africa The Southern Kings and Toyota Cheetahs will play a season of 21 league matches in the competition, with the aim of finishing in the top six to earn a place in the finals series. The playing format is: Each conference contains seven teams with an equal split of teams from each union; Every team will play every other team at least once; Italian, Scottish and South African teams will play an additional derby fixture to even out the schedule (e.g. the Toyota Cheetahs will play the Southern Kings three times); The Guinness PRO14 Final Series will include quarter-finals allowing the top six clubs to reach the knock-out stages (teams 1-3 from each Conference); The top three clubs from each conference (excluding SA teams) will qualify for the Champions Cup, while the team with the highest points total outside of those six teams across both conferences will claim the final Champions Cup. Harold Verster CEO of the Toyota Cheetahs said: “There will be a steep learning curve for our coaches and players but we’re in it to win it.” The Toyota Cheetahs and Southern Kings will kick off a new adventure for South African rugby in a few weeks’ time when they become the newest members of the new-look Guinness PRO14 competition. The tournament featuring the leading clubs of Ireland, Wales, Scotland and Italy has been expanded to incorporate two South African teams in a ground-breaking move into cross-hemisphere rugby. The two South African franchises which voluntarily withdrew from Vodacom Super Rugby participation in July will play a schedule of 21 matches from September to the final on 26 May 2018. Jurie Roux, CEO of SA Rugby, said the decision to accept an invitation to play in the northern hemisphere competition was a ground-breaking move that added a whole new dimension to the South African season. “This development is as significant as the launch of Vodacom Super Rugby itself back in 1996,” said Roux. “We’re very grateful to Guinness PRO12 for opening the door to entry to one of the world’s top competitions, featuring some of the game’s leading club teams. We believe the Toyota Cheetahs’ and Southern Kings’ participation will be good for the competition and good for the teams.” Martin Anayi, CEO of the Guinness PRO14, welcomed both clubs to the Championship and described it as an historic chapter for the tournament and also for the game of rugby union. “The arrival of the Toyota Cheetahs and the Southern Kings marks a bold and exciting new chapter for the Guinness PRO14 in its goal to become a world class, global rugby Championship,” Anayi said. “These are established clubs who already operate to the high standards demanded by Super Rugby and they will add to the quality of our tournament.

Andre Rademan, president of the Eastern Province Rugby Union, said: “The Kings have been through tough times on and off the field over recent years, but we now have the chance to reclaim our status as one of the powerhouses of South African rugby.”

AFRICA IS MY HOME, THIS IS MY RACE. IT’S CAPE TOWN, MUST RUN IT! The Sanlam Cape Town Marathon, Africa’s must-run iconic city marathon, has won both local and international praise for its world-class management and social benefits. Through its purposeful Run4Change legacy programme, participants, supporters and the public at large are given the opportunity to better their health, whether it’s through active recreation, physical education, exercise or good nutrition. The Sanlam Cape Town Marathon weekend festival, which takes place between 14 - 17 September 2017 in the beautiful Mother City, provides a wealth of information and support through its training programmes and assistance from top experts. “The marathon is a great way to make the shift towards positive change in living a healthier life,” says Elana van Zyl-Meyer, ambassador for the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon and former Olympic silver medallist.

OPEN CALL FOR APPLICATIONS The National Lotteries Commission (NLC),established in terms of the Lotteries Act, 1997 (No. 57 of 1997, as amended) has introduced the open call for application The open-ended call for applications will be rolled-out as follows: Arts, Culture & National Heritage | Sport & Recreation | Charities | Detailed information on focus areas and application packs are available from the NLC Postal Address GrantFundingOf PrivateBagX101 BrooklynSquare 0075 Tel:0860065383

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The races for this year’s action-packed road-running spectacle include the 12km and 22km Sanlam Cape Town Peace Trail Runs, the Sanlam Cape Town 10km Peace Run, the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon 42.2km race, and the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon Peace Fun Run. Dr Jann Killops, representing Mediclinic and Er24, says that there are many benefits to incorporating exercise in your daily routine, including weight loss, strengthening of bones and muscles, and lowering your risk for cardiovascular disease. “Running stimulates key enzymes that remove fatty acids from the blood and limit the further formation of fatty acids, which in turn lowers your cholesterol and risk of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes,” she explains. The Sanlam Cape Town Marathon, which acquired Gold Label Status from the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) this year, has comprehensive training programmes available on its website, put together by leading coaches with international experience. The Sanlam Cape Town Marathon aims to encourage people to adopt an active and healthy lifestyle as part of their daily lives. “You’ll soon discover a different version of yourself as you get fitter. You’ll start feeling energised from running, and as you manage to cover longer distances, your confidence will improve,” says Van Zyl-Meyer. The Sanlam Cape Town Marathon, now in its fourth year, also encourages all participants to take the pledge to say no to doping. This initiative is supported by the South African Institute for Drug-free Sport (SAIDS) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO). “Living a healthier lifestyle means that educating yourself on what medications are allowed when competing is another aspect to consider,” says Welham. “The reward is not only the medal or sense of achievement when you cross the finish line to complete the marathon, but also in the journey itself,” says van Zyl Meyer. For more information visit



A hat-trick for Spier 21 Gables Chenin Blanc

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Spier’s 21 Gables Chenin Blanc 2016 has been recognised as one of South Africa’s best Chenin Blanc’s through its inclusion in the annual Standard Bank Chenin Blanc Top 10 Challenge. It continues a winning streak at Spier for the varietal: in previous years, the same competition has included the 2014 and 2015 vintages, while in 2014 it included the Woolworths Spier Private Collection 2013. The 21 Gables Chenin Blanc is a wine of outstanding pedigree. The 2015 vintage received Best in Class Chenin Blanc at The Alberta Beverage Awards among other prizes, while 2014’s medal haul included double platinum at the Top 100 SA Wines. This consistent acclaim is testament to the passion, dedication and experience of Cellar Master Frans Smit, a member of the prestigious Cape Winemakers Guild who has worked at Spier since 1995. A stipulation of the Top 10 Challenge that the prize money must be used to reinforce the economic and social benefits in the workplace. Spier will be donating its R25,000 prize money to community initiatives in Wellington, near the Nooitgedacht farm. These initiatives will be focused on education-based funding to support the development of farm worker children. The rich and complex 2016 vintage has been crafted with grapes handpicked from 43-yearold vines which produce grapes with thicker skins from a single vineyard in the Tygerberg region. Matured for 14 months in French oak, the result is a Chenin Blanc with superb flavour intensity and excellent ageing potential. The Chenin has soft aromas of dried apricots and ripe tropical fruit, with an oak and vanilla undertow. On the palate, there is good acidity and rounded rich flavours of white flesh peaches, almond paste and hints of cream. Smit recommends enjoying it with oriental-style crisp pork belly or Cape-style pickled fish. Spier 21 Gables is a range of single varietal wines that represent both the conditions of each vintage and the nuance of terroir. The name pays tribute to the farm’s 300-year winemaking heritage and the unique architectural legacy: an unrivalled 21 Cape Dutch Gables.

Following on the success of their previous retirement seminar, CPOA will be hosting its first Retirement Seminar on Wednesday, 20 September 2017 from 9:30am - 12:00pm at NH The Lord Charles Hotel in Somerset West. Led by a panel of experts, each with a wealth of industry experience, this free seminar will be the ideal opportunity to have those burning retirement questions answered. A diverse range of topics will be up for discussion with speakers touching on themes such as CPOA’s Life Right model, the application process, as well as what to take into consideration when looking at retirement villages. Furthermore, guests will be introduced to The Somerset Lifestyle and Retirement Village, a premium residential estate steeped in natural beauty, which offers retirees an enriching environment in which to enjoy their Golden Years. The event will conclude with light snacks, followed by a show day at The Somerset with a complimentary shuttle service to and from the estate. Limited seating available, booking is required by 15 September 2017. For more information visit or contact CPOA’s Head Office on 021 686 7830

Watch Your Drawings Come To Life At Future Park!

Interactive digital technology will breathe life into children’s drawings at team Lab’s Future Park exhibition at the V&A Waterfront’s Watershed from 23 September -31 January 2018. This perfect family exhibition will come to South Africa for the first time this year. The exhibition has seen more than four million children across the world play in an ever-changing digital environment, while they develop their fine motor skills. The exhibition’s fun, interactive activities will captivate the imagination and introduce young ones to the wonders of technology by using scanners and sensors to make each child’s colourful drawings come to life in a digital universe. At the sketch aquarium, children can colour in fish and other water creatures, scan them and watch as they swim about with other children’s creations across a floor-to-ceiling digital screen. Children will also encounter a sketch town where they can draw a car and see it drive around in a town, a light-ball orchestra filled with large balls that change colour and music as they touch it, a colourful game of hopscotch, a town they build and digitally connect, as well as a table where little people come alive. For more information visit

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Bid Winter farewell At Franschhoek Uncorked Festival The Franschhoek Uncorked Festival, which takes place over the weekend of 16-17 September 2017, is the perfect excuse to bid Winter farewell and embrace the splendor of Spring, as your taste buds are treated to a plethora of superb wines from one of SA’s premier wine destinations. Sample new releases wines as well as a handful of gems as you travel from farm to farm throughout the weekend. The Franschhoek Vignerons will be pulling out all the stops to ensure you have the most amazing wine experience. New release wines may include Summer inspired Rosés or lighter styled reds, whilst the gems is anyone’s guess. One thing is for sure - if you’re not there you’re missing out. The festival offerings are the perfect opportunity to stock up for the upcoming festive season or that special celebration you have planned. Adding to the festivities visitors will be kept entertained for hours with the activities on offer at the participating farms. Ranging from live music, giant Jenga or Spanish inspired entertainment, there is guaranteed to be something for everyone. Wine tasting is bound to work up an appetite and here the farms have it all sorted out. Choices include gourmet sit down meals or simply mouthwatering tapas style food. Guaranteed to fill any gap. With so much on offer be sure to make a weekend of your Uncorked experience. Choose from a wide selection of accommodation establishments in and around the valley to make your weekend so much more memorable.

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Long-table Braai Feast to wallow in ubuntu Gabrielskloof’s Mzansi Tapas Taster will also be available as small plate starters or sides to a main meal at their resident restaurant during Heritage Month. The month-long food and wine celebration will build up to a most memorable braai feast on National Braai Day (24 September). Situated within the stylish winery complex, a single, continuous table of unity will line the shaded veranda that surrounds the lush courtyard - the day’s grassy theatre of braai, starring Executive Chef Frans Groenewald. Here, the family-friendly Long-table Heritage Braai Feast will put Chef Frans centre stage as he applies his gourmet touch to the grill. Expect braai heaven as seasonal fare is served up with genuine Gabriëlskloof hospitality – meat on the spit, snoek and mussels on the coals, garlic rolls, roosterkoek, pap-en-sous and of course, all the tasty trimmings that go with a good old South African braai. It’s time for heritage high jinks at Gabriëlskloof when this wine and olive estate invites you to savour ubuntu spirit in true Overberg style with its month-long offering of proudly South African treats, which will culminate with a Long-table Heritage Braai Feast on 24 September 2017. For the entire month of September, the Gabriëlskloof Tasting Lounge will showcase homegrown flavours with a truly unique Mzansi Tapas Taster featuring familiar snack bites with a local twist, paired with four estate wines. Think Snoek ‘n Patat croquettes with amasi foam and chakalaka; Bobotie poppers; Tangy Pickled Fish Tacos; and Biltong in Red Wine.

And, as tradition demands, such a fantastic meal would be incomplete without a delectable sweet note brought by South African all-stars such as melktert and malva pudding. “What better day than National Braai Day to revel in the ultimate South African pastime!” This is the opportunity to savour impeccable estate wines, soak up country air and to make new friends through inimitable South African hospitality – over a plate of great food.

Breakfast Special

at Ou Meul Bakery & Cafe Somerset Mall All breakfast half price between 07h30 and 09h30 - Monday to Friday T & C’s Apply contact 021 851 1684 for details.

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New bakery in Pinelands Opening Soon!

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