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Young, up-and-coming entrepreneur, Carl Visagie is changing the way South Africans are interacting in the business sphere with a free solution, KnektMe – a business networking mobile application (app) that can be used anywhere and anytime. Created by Visagie, KnektMe facilitates start-ups looking for investors, recruiters seeking ideal job candidates, as well as general networking opportunities. “The world’s most valuable commodity is networking. Having the right people supporting you is a key factor in whether your business makes it big or falls flat,” says Visagie. “KnektMe is not just another social networking site or directory of names, it allows you to interact with real people around you, wherever you are, and in real-time.” Continue Reading Page 3

Photo: Carl Visagie (Founder of KnektMe) - Photo Credit: Danie Nel Photography


Cape Town is continually affirming its place as the events capital of Africa by securing key international and local events over the next 12 months. Eight of these signature events are set to contribute more than R3 billion to the local economy and create more than 20 000 temporary jobs.


In 2012, the City launched its Integrated Events Strategy and set out to become the events capital of Africa. Cape Town is recognised globally as the leading events destination on the continent. The City’s event support budget has grown tenfold: from R4 million in 2012 to R40 million in the 2016/17 financial year. The increase has enabled the support of 198 local and international events, with nearly half allocated to cultural events, 40% to sporting events, and 12 % to conferences. “We are working with our partners in Convenco and Wesgro’s convention bureau in order to strengthen our Marketing, Incentives, Conferencing and Event (MICE) Strategy which, we see as key to growing both our tourism market and our fast growing business tourism brand,” says Cape Town Executive Mayor, Patricia De Lille. Continue Reading Page 4

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Sleeping Bags Made From Recycled PVC Wins Gold For Street Sleeper Recycling used billboards made from end of life PVC banners not only help keep thousands of homeless city dwellers warm and dry, but has now also received the recognition it deserves from South Africa’s plastic recycling fraternity by walking away with a Gold Award in the category “Novel and Artistic Products” during the South African Plastic Recyclers Organisation (SAPRO) Best Recycled Product of the Year Awards held in Johannesburg recently. “Street Sleeper is a Cape Town based initiative that uses innovation to tackle the social and environmental challenges facing the homeless community. We upcycle PVC advertising billboards destined for landfill into survival sleeping bags,” explains Oliver Bain, the founder of Street Sleeper.

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Since 2014, Oliver and his team has made more than 8 000 sleeping bags (1 500 last year alone). Each bag uses 4sqm of end of life PVC banners thereby upcycling more than 32 000sqm (or 13 tons) of PVC billboards. Bags are distributed through feeding centres, like-minded businesses and volunteers who wish to actively engage with their homeless neighbours. SAPRO Chairman, Rudi Johannes, highlighted that the empathetic nature of the product and the volumes of goodwill left the panel of judges suitably impressed. Delanie Bezuidenhout, CEO of the Southern African Vinyls Association (SAVA), accepted the Gold Award on behalf of Oliver and his Street Sleeper team.

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The advertising industry has created a stirring tribute to the volunteers of the NSRI to mark the 50th anniversary of the organisation. Conceptualised by Ogilvy Cape Town and directed by Greg Gray of Romance Films, a powerful new TVC demonstrates the family sacrifices NSRI volunteers make every time they respond, without hesitation, to emergency calls. It shows a bride delivering a wedding speech about her absent father as he heads out into a stormy Cape ocean on a rescue mission.

Delanie emphasized that the Street Sleeper project is deserving of this accolade and that SAVA is honored to be a proud supporter of this project that transforms the negative impact of waste into immediate relief for those living on the street, whilst at the same time promoting social upliftment through dialogue and storytelling.

Major N1 Upgrade Project Is Progressing Well

A R487 million Department of Transport and Public Works (DTPW) project to upgrade 9 km of the N1 between Plattekloof Road and Old Oak Interchange is 38% complete. Approximately 120 000 vehicles travel along this stretch of road during the morning inbound and afternoon outbound peaks.


The addition of a third lane in both directions will significantly reduce traffic congestion on one of Cape Town’s busiest roads. This project is expected to have been completed in April 2019.

“We are thrilled to have won the Gold Award as our business is all about innovation. We are always looking for different ways of tackling challenges and being recognised by the recycling industry and judges in this category is not only a huge honour, but also fits well with how we go about running our social business. Whilst it is always a pleasure to be recognised for work that is done, the manufacturing of the bags is only a small part of our story.”

Work on installing the Freeway Management System (FMS) is complete. The first phase of median widening and barrier installation will be completed next month. Once this work has been completed, the widening of the road will commence.

The narrative is backed by the emotive soundtrack of Birdy’s ‘People Help the People’.

Jip de Jager Interchange - Work on the Jip de Jager Interchange is 89% complete, with asphalt rehabilitation and paving, the construction of two traffic islands, and some other minor works currently under way.

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“We would be amiss if we did not recognise and thank all the volunteers, donors, corporate supporters and employees who are involved with Street Sleeper and enable us to do what we love,” Oliver concluded. TNP1017.indd 1

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22 Year Old Entrepreneur Is Changing The Way We Interact In The Business Sphere (Continue from Page 1) Born in Cape Town, Carl spent most of his childhood years between Namibia, the United States of America, and Ireland due to his father’s work commitments. Carl describes himself as ambitious, innovative, and driven so much so that he has completed a diploma in Programming at CTI and is currently studying a Construction Engineering course on a part-time basis through the University College of Estate Management in the United Kingdom. “I believe that every young adult should use their ambition and energy that they have now and not wait for tomorrow to come - read as much as possible, learn from every conversation and keep pushing your mind,” says Visagie. According to Visagie the best choice he has made was becoming an entrepreneur at the age of 20. “The risk, the failures, the successes and the learnings I have done over the past three years, has made a positive impact on my life so far and I hope to make those changes in people’s lives, not only through KnektMe, but also through my future ventures,” he added. KnektMe was not an easy task to produce, but was a challenge Carl was ready to take when he realised that networking as a young individual was just as difficult. Five months of intense development has led to the arrival of the business networking mobile app in South Africa. “My proudest moment was at KnektMe’s launch event when I saw guests log onto the app and started connecting with one another. It is still an on-going process as I find more and more ways to improve the app – it can never be perfect, but that will not stop me from trying,” explains Carl. When asked where he sees himself in the future, Carl stated that he would like to work towards creating one of the biggest technology businesses in Africa and also start up a biotechnology company with his brother which will specialise in solutions to save the environment.

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Carl explains, “I look up to Elon Musk, my role model, who is a South African making huge strides towards changing the world for the better, and one of my favourite quotes of his is – ‘I think it’s very important to have a feedback loop, where you’re constantly thinking about what you have done and how you could be doing it better. I think that’s the single best piece of advice: constantly think about how you could be doing things better and questioning yourself.’ So, this is what I will do.”

Vineyard Hotel Wins International Sustainability Award Cape Town’s Vineyard Hotel was announced the winner of the international Skål Sustainable Tourism Awards in the Urban Category, at the opening ceremony of 78th Skål World Congress that was held in Hyderabad, India on 6 October 2017. Three independent experts in sustainability, judged entrants from 28 countries according to a series of criteria including nature preservation, carbon offsetting, climate change mitigation, human rights protection, local employment, etc. Judges were impressed with the sustainable journey the owners and management of the Vineyard Hotel have undertaken since 2006. Since 2006 staff and friends of the Vineyard have committed time and resources to clearing invasive plants from a 8.5 hectare area at Silvermine, in the Table Mountain National Park. River and beach clean-ups are also undertaken. The hotel’s 7.5 acre garden is maintained using natural, eco-friendly principles. As a result, owls have made their homes in the boxes in the garden and many birds and animals, including a spotted genet, visit this urban oasis. The hotel also has permits to look after 12 indigenous tortoises that have been dropped off by members of the public. “Two renewable energy projects are in place: a 20kW 80 panel installation and a 60 panel PVT solar and PV combined installation generating 15kWp electrical and 75kWp thermal energy. Nearly all lights are LEDs, a pool cover was installed on our heated indoor pool, timers on external lights, central control of air conditioners in conferencing, efficient hot water storage, airconditioner controls in rooms, efficient laundry and dishwasher facilities. Green energy certificates are procured from the City of Cape Town to offset the energy component of the Vineyard’s conference centre. On average we are recycling 92% of our waste.” “The Western Cape is experiencing the worst drought in 100 years, and significant reduction in water consumption was required. In January 2017, our highest daily usage was 148 kilolitres. We implemented changes starting with installing 28 meters to monitor consumption. Guests were asked to participate ­– we removed the bath plugs, installed shower timers, stepped up maintenance and repairs to leaks, and implemented other interventions. As a result, we are using 75 kilolitres per day – a 50% saving – with our lowest daily consumption rate being 47 kilolitres.” “In 2016 our staff attended 6 550 hours of training, divided over more than 40 training interventions, with a food & beverage service skills programme.”

“This programme was also open to unemployed learners who, with their newly acquired skills, can apply for positions in-house and elsewhere.” Last year the Vineyard also offered 15 learnerships, 22 internship placements and 18 in-house traineeships, with 12 trainees enrolled for culinary arts through SACA and 6 studying towards a hospitality management qualification through the International Hotel School and CPUT. Furthermore, the hotel is a regular host to matric students plotting their career after school by offering job shadow opportunities in various departments. The hotel is certified a Fair Trade Tourism property, and has focused outreach efforts via their Kids of the Cape Project, which supports a number of organisation. The Skål Sustainable Tourism Awards aim to highlight sustainable tourism, which is defined as “tourism that takes full account of its current and future economic, social and environmental impacts, addressing the needs of visitors, the industry, the environment and host communities.”




Capetonian Dewald Brand Wins

Cape Town - A City To Live,

2017 Cape Union Mart Adventure Film Challenge

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Stories of remote journeys, ground-breaking expeditions, and cutting-edge adventures told through the eyes of adventurers, authors, photographers, and filmmakers from around the globe, come to life during the annual Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour 2017, courtesy of Cape Union Mart. South African audiences are also treated to the screening of an additional five-minute film: the winning submission from the Cape Union Mart Adventure Film Challenge. This annual film competition encourages South African filmmakers, adventurers to capture and celebrate local outdoor culture.

“To expand our efforts of building an inclusive city, the City is also allocating more permits to enable communities to celebrate our diverse cultures and sport. In the 2016/17 financial year, we processed 1 856 applications and issued 1 447 permits – up from 1 244 permits in 2012. The City supported 11 events in 2012 and this increased to 198 events supported in 2016/17 financial year,” De Lille continues.

Dewald Brand (32), this year’s winner, adds. “I decided to enter because I’d recently done my first real hiking trip in Norway. It made me fall in love with the outdoors even more than before, especially combined with filming. I made a film of that Norwegian trip and while scouring online to find hiking film festivals, I found the Cape Union Mart Adventure Film Challenge and decided to enter.”

Photo: Dewald Brand

Brand met Christiaan Pretorius and the SA Fly Fishing Team by chance at the Dubai airport. “We all had a couple of hours’ layover. I was filming with a chef and photographer and Chris saw the camera toys, so we started talking. We stayed in touch and about two years later started filming One Fly At A Time. Chris is a professional fishing tour guide all over the world, and we do quite a bit of travelling too, so it was difficult to coordinate our diaries as well as the weather.”

“Plus, for some reason the days that we did go out to film there weren’t any fish. We had to keep going back until we found the prefect light along with the perfect fish! He jokingly adds that the film was completed about an hour before submissions were due. The introduction to the film was shot at the Pescatarian Society in Cape Town and the outdoor scenes were filmed in the Du Toit’s Kloof region. Brand adds that the highlight of filming was “spending time outdoors in Mother Nature with excellent company – the perfect combination.”

Cape Town has become the envy of many global cities as a result of its wideranging events portfolio with more domestic and international visitors making their way to our city to enjoy and compete in events. Events provide enormous benefit to the local economy and play a pivotal role in generating visitor expenditure. It is important for the city that this translates into economic inclusion of all communities in Cape Town. The City could not have done this without the incredible investment from our event organisers. Our jewel or signature events include: the HSBC Sevens Rugby, the Cape Town Cycle Tour, Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon, Design Indaba, Mining Indaba, Absa Cape Epic, Cape Town International Jazz Festival, Cape Town Open, Sanlam Cape Town Marathon, the Volvo Ocean Race, and Africa Travel Week. Major international events coming to Cape Town this summer include: AfricArena 2017, International Africa Tech Conference, FIA World RallyCross Championship, 15th Annual Nelson Mandela Lecture, Cape Town Open (golf), Volvo Ocean Race, HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, Manufacturing Indaba, Investing in African Mining Indaba Design Indaba and Cape Town Carnival.

Photo Credit: Cape Town Tourism/Craig Howes

The City’s own major events include: Switching on of the festive lights, Cape Town Summer Market, New Year’s Eve celebration in conjunction with the V&A Waterfront and Assistance with funding the Tweede Nuwe Jaar Minstrel Carnival. Some of the major events on the Cape Town International Convention Centre’s calendar for the next few weeks include AfricaCom 2017, the Windaba and the Brand Summit and Awards South Africa. The City’s aims to create stability in the events industry and ensure that these events return to the city each year. “By taking events to the next level, we will enhance their economic impact and tackle socio-economic challenges in our communities by creating more muchneeded jobs. We are also making it easier for organisers to obtain permits for their events.” Only events with crowds bigger than 200 attendees need to apply for a permit. The application process consists of five steps. Safety at events is one of the key factors the City looks at when issuing a permit. Organisers must include a safety plan, emergency plan, and medical plan when they submit their application. The City is developing an electronic permitting system to enable organisers to submit and track their application online. “While we must celebrate the economic and social benefits that these events bring to our shores, the City is also ensuring that they are sustainable and they don’t place a burden on our scarce resources, including water,” De Lille concludes.

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Woolworths has launched at the Table Bay Mall, which serves as the hub of the Big Bay, Bloubergstrand, Parklands, Sunningdale and West Beach areas. The mall is the largest regional one of its kind, located on a 20-hectare property on the edge of Sunningdale along the R27 (West Coast Road). Built on a single level to provide easy navigation for shoppers, the new Woolies store has a fresh, modern aesthetic throughout and is a ‘supermarket with a difference’. Woolworths own comprehensive range of products is available – including some exciting new concepts - as well as a range of favourite South African brands. The WCafé serves a wide choice of light meals and snacks prepared using fresh, seasonal produce. In keeping with Woolworths Good Business Journey, the store features a number of ‘green’ design elements including energy-efficient lighting; 80% of refrigerated space has doors to bring down electricity usage; the fridges in store use a natural gas which is not harmful to the ozone layer instead of synthetic gases; and heat from refrigeration is re-captured for warming the store. The Woolworths Store in Table Bay (G026) is open from 9:00am to 8:00pm seven days a week, including public holidays.

CINTRON PINK POLO - BRINGS SPECIAL EMPHASIS TO BREAST CANCER AWARENESS Acclaimed as one of South Africa’s most reputable events on the Western Cape’s social and polo calendar, the prestigious Cintron Pink Polo returns for its 8th consecutive celebration that brings special emphasis to Breast Cancer Awareness on Saturday, 4 November 2017. Unmatched by any other, this highly commended Polo with a Purpose pursuit will be hosted on South Africa’s leading wine- and polo domain; the immaculate Val de Vie Estate. The event celebrates survivors of breast cancer and their inspirational stories of hope, healing and triumph. Funds raised on the day are donated to create awareness of symptoms for early detection as well as assisting women affected by the disease, throughout South Africa. The 2017 event supports the St. Stephen Oncology Centre & Sub-Acute Hospital located in Paarl, where vital and convenient cancer care is provided to patients in the Valley. PinkDrive, powering South Africa’s first mobile mammography and educational unit through South Africa, will also receive assistance for the vital services they render. The inaugural world class event will showcase a fusion of glamour, bespoke fashion and enthralling polo in authentic luxurious African style.

Since inception in 2010, the event has become a powerful conduit through which attendees are introduced to the Sport of Kings in an exclusive, luxurious setting whilst lending a voice to the fight against breast cancer. Tickets are limited and available from Computicket


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Phones Keeping Students From Concentrating During Lectures aged to develop blended learning initiatives and bring tech – videos, podcasts, Facebook pages, etc. – into the classroom more and more to offer students the enhanced experiences enabled by digital media. They warn, however, that an important effect of these initiatives has been to establish media use during university lectures as the norm. “Studies by ourselves and researchers across the world show that students constantly use their phones when they are in class. “But here’s the kicker: if you think they are following the lecture slides or engaging in debates about the topic you are mistaken. In fact, this is hardly ever the case. When students use their phones during lectures they do it to communicate with friends, engage in social networks, watch YouTube videos or just browse around the web to follow their interests.” The researchers say there are two primary reasons why this form of behaviour is problematic from a cognitive control and learning perspective.

Photo L - R: Mr Douglas Parry & Dr Daniel le Roux - Photo Credit: Stefan Els

Digital technologies, especially smartphones, have become such an integral part of our lives that it is difficult to picture life without them. Today, people spend over three hours on their phones every day. “While ever-smarter digital devices have made many aspects of our lives easier and more efficient, a growing body of evidence suggests that, by continuously distracting us, they are harming our ability to concentrate,” say researchers Dr Daniel le Roux and Mr Douglas Parry from the Cognition and Technology Research Group in the Department of Information Science at Stellenbosch University. Le Roux heads the research group, while Parry is a doctoral candidate. Their work focuses on the impact of digital media, particularly phones, on students’ ability to concentrate in the classroom. According to them, today’s students are digital natives ̶ individuals born after 1980 – who have grown up surrounded by digital media and quickly adapted to this environment to such an extent that “they are constantly media-multitasking, that is, concurrently engaging with, and rapidly switching between, multiple media to stay connected, always updated and always stimulated.” The researchers say it shouldn’t be surprising that university lecturers are encour-

“The first is that when we engage in multitasking our performance on the primary task suffers. Making sense of lecture content is very difficult when you switch attention to your phone every five minutes. A strong body of evidence supports this, showing that media use during lectures is associated with lower academic performance.” “The second reason is that it harms students’ ability to concentrate on any particular thing for an extended period of time. They become accustomed to switching to alternative streams of stimuli at increasingly short intervals.” “The moment the lecture fails to engage or becomes difficult to follow, the phones come out.” The researchers say awareness of this trend has prompted some lecturers, even at leading tech-oriented universities like MIT in the United States, to declare their lectures device-free in an attempt to cultivate engagement, attentiveness and, ultimately, critical thinking skills among their students. “No one can deny that mobile computing devices make our lives easier and more fun in a myriad of ways. But, in the face of all the connectedness and entertainment they offer, we should be mindful of the costs.” The researchers encourage educational policy makers and lecturers, in particular, to consider the implications of their decisions with a much deeper awareness of the dynamics between technology use and the cognitive functions which enable us to learn.

Winning Young People Hack Retail Security MoreEyes, a team of young people from Cape Town, won R20 000 and incubation support for their innovative security solution at the Santam Hackathon which took place at the SABC Education SA Innovation Summit recently. The Santam Hackathon asks radical geeks, lateral thinkers, innovators and problem solvers to find solutions to South Africa’s safety and security challenges. One such challenge is in-store robberies, particularly where employees are complicit in the crime. MoreEyes have a solution: the use of biometric data to recognise and possibly prevent such crimes. The idea is to utilise facial recognition, heart rate and body temperature data to determine stress levels of employees and customers in the store. This data can then be used to identify current or imminent threats and can help alert security personnel while confirming the culprits of the crime. It is the second time that Tamarana, who comes from the Mdantsane township in the Eastern Cape and is currently a student at Red & Yellow School in Cape Town, is part of a winning team at the Santam Hackathon. Last year he was part of a team that came up with a transport solution, similar to Uber, for servicing disabled people in rural areas.

Photo L-R: Xolisa Tamarana, Zizipho Mzuzwana, Brent Tollman and Lunga Mabovu

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Take the road to Romansbaai Beach & Fynbos Estate

The exclusivity of Romansbaai Beach and Fynbos Estate, is due to its rarity: offering secure living, an exclusive north facing beach and luxuriously large full-title properties nestled between endemic Walkerbay Fynbos.

Set on the Danger Point peninsula, views are unobstructed, endless and breathless. The location of Romansbaai is perfect for a weekend breakaway and close enough to Cape Town to leave after work on Friday afternoon.

Situated outside the town of Gansbaai, which is home to the highest density of the Great White Sharks in the world, Romansbaai Beach and Fynbos Estate is located in a prime tourist and visitor area.

The two hour drive, with choices of driving through the rolling farms of Caledon and Stanford, or either via Botrivier and Hermanus, or a special awe-inspiring drive along the coast, you’ll start to relax before you’ve even reached your destination.

During the months of July to December, the waters around Gansbaai are home to the Southern Right Whales, who come to our shores to mate, birth and raise their young calves. These two fascinating marine creatures attract many visitors, both local and international, as well as many film crews from all over the world. Romansbaai Beach and Fynbos estate offers so much more than the exclusive and pristine north-facing beach and endemic Fynbos of the Walkerbay region. Its location offers access to a vast selection of exciting activities right on our doorstep. Select to play a round of golf at the Gansbaai Golf Club, the southernmost golf course in Africa, or be a bit more adventurous and book for the world renowned Great White shark cage diving in Kleinbaai. For those wanting to explore the region, head out to Lomond Wine Estates’ stylish tasting room, which is situated a mere 15 minute drive from Romansbaai and enjoy their award winning wines while enjoying local cheese, charcuterie or a trout platter, which is farmed at their estate dam, or, throw your eyes up to the skies and immerse yourself into the magic of the cosmos by joining the Southern Cape Astronomy Club for a stargazing evening.

With the endless growth the Western Cape is experiencing, popular areas such as Hermanus, Hemel & Aarde Valley and Vermont are bursting at the seams and the Overberg is enjoying a new found interest from those seeking the charm that comes with small towns of the Cape. Romansbaai Beach and Fynbos Estate encompasses the idea of a solid investment, offering the property owner the opportunity to generate passive income off the leisure-rental market, which is enjoying an increase in visitors to the area, year on year.

Mountain biking enthusiasts will find endless trails to explore as well as an array of MTB and trail running events to attend throughout the year.

With the stresses of day-to-day life, the need to ‘get away’ is on everybody’s lips. Your private residence, will offer you just that. Safe and secure whilst you are away, or, the ideal profile estate which high-paying visitors seek.

One of the many charms of this estate, is the fact that the land sizes are extraordinarily large, the Romansbaai beach is exclusive and it’s all set on an estate with 24-hour access control.

Romansbaai Beach and Fynbos Estate is for the discerning few, who demand the best life has to offer. We invite you to come and spend enchanting evenings and unforgettable days overlooking the vast Atlantic Ocean from the comfort of your Home. For an introduction to this exclusive investment, please contact us. Viewings are by appointment only.

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Pearl Valley Hotel Now Open


City Beaches a Blue Flag above the rest

Helen Zille, Western Cape Premier, officially opened the Pearl Valley Hotel by Mantis on Friday, 20 October. “The linkage between Val de Vie and Pearl Valley and the development of the land has a far-reaching effect on the community and the economic growth of the Paarl-Franschhoek Valley. The hospitality industry has the ability to beat poverty and offer people crucial jobs,” said Helen Zille. She further added that: “The Pearl Valley Hotel by Mantis is a visionary and beautiful hotel. Thank you for driving economic development in this valley and giving people a sense of hope.” The Pearl Valley Hotel by Mantis is a luxury establishment situated on Pearl Valley which forms part of the award-winning Val de Vie Estate; internationally recognised for its polo facilities, world-class amenities, and the acclaimed Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course at Pearl Valley. Set in the picturesque Paarl-Franschhoek Valley, Pearl Valley Hotel by Mantis affords guests easy access to the best food, wine and cultural experiences in the Cape Winelands. The hotel has 38 fully equipped rooms of which 23 are one-bedroom suites, one is a wheelchair friendly one-bedroom suite and 7 are two-bedroom suites. Guests can look forward to all the classic comforts and conveniences expected of a luxury hotel along with the exceptional service that has become synonymous with the Mantis Collection. Pearl Valley has a fully operational restaurant and bar at its Clubhouse where guests are welcome to indulge in the chef’s signature dishes or enjoy a supreme selection of single-malt whiskies and award-winning wines. The hotel suites are easily accessible from the Clubhouse, located 100 metres away, by golf cart or a leisurely stroll.

The City of Cape Town has kicked sand in the eyes of other coastal cities and again boasts the highest number of Blue Flag beaches in the country. Ten of the City’s beaches were given the status at an announcement made in Jeffrey’s Bay. This forms part of the national Blue Flag programme, coordinated by the Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa. The following City beaches were awarded full Blue Flag status for the summer season period, i.e. 1 December 2017 to 31 January 2018: Bikini Beach, Mnandi Beach, Strandfontein Beach, Muizenberg Beach, Fish Hoek Beach, Llandudno, Camps Bay Beach, Clifton 4th Beach, Melkbosstrand, and Silwerstroomstrand (midDecember to mid-January). In addition, Seaforth Beach was awarded pilot Blue Flag status for the summer season and will be considered for full Blue Flag status if certain criteria are met within a specified period of time. Blue Flag is an international accreditation awarded to beaches that display excellence through meeting 33 criteria covering four categories: environmental education and information, water quality, environmental management, and safety and services. Participation in this international programme is voluntary and the status indicates that the beaches are clean, have adequate ablution facilities and parking, are environmentally sound, are safe and secure to visit, and adhere to international safety and tourism standards. The accreditation is awarded for one season at a time and if conditions deteriorate at the beach, it can be withdrawn.

Pearl Valley Hotel is developed, managed and marketed by The Mantis Collection; a family run collection of award winning, luxurious hotels and eco-escapes located on all 7 continents of the World. Each Mantis property is set off the beaten path and is an authentic celebration of the culture, gastronomy, architecture and nature of the location in which it is found. Founded by Adrian Gardiner in 2000, Mantis is committed to the spirit of conservation and restoration, and each property is sensitive to its surroundings in respect of the building, environment and local community. The diverse portfolio of handpicked properties link up to create exceptional journeys. Pearl Valley at Val de Vie Estate distinguishes itself as the epitome of luxury living, with a variety of facilities that allow for a unique and unforgettable experience. Hotel guests will enjoy the world-class security and services that make this superior estate a hallmark of Winelands’ society.

The City has successfully participated in the Blue Flag beach programme since its inception in South Africa in 2001. Not all beaches in Cape Town have Blue Flag status, but Alderman Smith emphasised that this was not a negative reflection on the beach. Three marinas also achieved Blue Flag status. They are the Water Club at Granger Bay, Harbour Island, and the False Bay Yacht Club. Blue Flag marinas help to ensure better business opportunities for tourism enterprises, while promoting economic development in the boat-building industry, thus creating job opportunities. The Western Cape has achieved the highest number of Blue Flag sites this year, with 28 of the 44 beaches, all 11 boats (tourism boats that do environmental tours and educational programmes), and six of the seven Blue Flag marinas falling in the province. This is an increase of three Blue Flag boats from the previous season, and one additional marina.

Air Mauritius Announces New South African Sports Ambassador - Grant Lottering Survivor, motivational speaker, ultra-endurance cyclist and Laureus Sport for Good Ambassador, Grant Lottering, has entered into a 12 month sports ambassador agreement with Air Mauritius. As the national carrier’s official sports ambassador, Lottering will play an integral role in showcasing Mauritius as a sporting destination, while simultaneously promoting Air Mauritius as the airline of choice to the island, and beyond.

“The current lifestyle trend indicates that cycling is becoming extremely popular in Mauritius. Leading on from this, we are 100 percent in support of Lottering’s The Im’possible Tour™ 2018, where he will attempt, and no doubt ~ succeed, in riding the length of the French Pyrenees and Alps, in one ride, with the purpose of raising funds for the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation. The stats are astounding, but Lottering continues to prove the impossible, possible ~ many times over.”

Says Carla da Silva, Air Mauritius Regional Manager, Southern Africa and Latin America, “For Air Mauritius, the ambassador dimension has been embraced in order to accommodate and support the unprecedented year-on-year growth of the brand.” “Sport has become a strategic value proposition for Air Mauritius. We have tracked a substantial increase in sporting and adventure events, as well as MICE travel to Mauritius (for this purpose,) over the past 36 months. Lottering is an exceptional and highly admired sportsman.” “As an athlete, as well as avid philanthropist, he combines top performance in his sporting discipline and CSR interventions, with utmost passion and excellence. These are precisely the qualities that are interwoven throughout, and embodied within our business and operating culture.” Amongst others, the dynamic partnership will see Lottering present motivational talks across the country, as well as deliver the key note address, at the Annual Air Mauritius Travel Oscar Awards, taking place in February, 2018. Air Mauritius celebrated its 50 Year Anniversary on June 14, 2017. The national carrier’s golden anniversary is testament to the credibility of the airline’s longevity, staying power and ultimate success. Da Silva expounds that the synergies between the two brands are both numerous, and harmonious - and that Lottering was a natural choice as ambassador, building-on and extending the brand’s enthusiastic commitment towards sports.

Photo: Grant Lottering - Photo Credit: Trimax Magazine



Early School Years Crucial


City Empowers Employees

For Cultivating Emotional Intelligence

Through Education And Training Programmes

Of the twelve years that children spend at school, the foundation phase - years one through four - are the most critical for cementing the long-term potential of children and enabling them to become successful adults, an education expert says. “It goes without saying that academic excellence is important, but developing children’s emotional intelligence may literally make the difference between success and failure in their lives,” says Chris Van Niekerk, head at Founders Hill College, part of Africa’s largest private education provider, ADvTECH.

Since 1995, the City of Cape Town’s Adult Education and Training (AET) programme has empowered thousands of employees and helped them to enhance their skills. This has in turn equipped employees with the necessary skills to improve service delivery to residents. The City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Corporate Services, Councillor Raelene Arendse, visited the City’s Training Centre in Pinelands on 2 October 2017, to meet some of the students. The AET programme gives employees the opportunity to improve their literacy and numerical skills, which will assist them in further career development. There are currently 258 students registered for the AET programme. According to Councillor Arendse, the outcomes-based AET programme helps to foster a positive attitude among staff, improving self-esteem. It further enhances service delivery by giving staff members a better understanding of the value of their contributions in making this a well-run city. The AET programme consists of four levels where employees can improve their skills, with various learning areas such as communication and numeracy, life orientation, travel and tourism, and small, medium and micro-enterprises.

He says that when undertaking the important task of investigating schooling options, parents and guardians should consider more than the academic or sporting achievements and track record of a school, and also enquire about a school’s approach to instilling vital life skills. “Nurturing emotional intelligence should be considered as important as teaching children to read, write and do arithmetic - if not more – and schools, parents and communities have a duty to ensure this fundamental life skill is not left by the wayside,” he says. “It’s in years one to four that children learn to love learning; learn about a world that challenges and rewards; and learn what makes them who they are: unique human beings who hold a wealth of potential and who can do anything they put their hearts and minds into. It is during these years that these skills become part of the child’s character and personality: guiding their decisions, helping them make sense of the world, and being the foundation of their relationships with others. Starting with five-year-olds is the best place to start.” Emotional intelligence can be described as a set of softer skills that help children grow up to become “likeable”, successful human beings who can accept that not everybody in the world is going to be like you, agree with you or think like you. More than this, it’s understanding that this diversity is not only good and desirable, but to be celebrated and embraced. “It’s learning how to give and take: to compromise and to negotiate. It’s learning to relate to others: to empathise and communicate your own feelings in a situation. It’s learning to listen to what other people say, and how to speak your own mind. It’s acquiring the skills and the confidence to articulate your feelings and ideas, and it’s learning to identify what it is, exactly, that makes you respond the way you do to people and situations around you. Critically, it’s learning how to manage those feelings, instead of letting them manage you.” Van Niekerk says that emotional intelligence skills aren’t ones that can be taught in lesson slots on the timetable and should form part of all interactions, whether during academic, social or physical activities. Additionally, provision should be made for assisting children who show signs of needing early intervention to reach emotional intelligence milestones. “Success cannot only be measured academically and professionally. It is measured by the quality of our relationships, and by our ability to lead meaningful, effective lives,” concludes.

Bizweni Pre-Primary and Day Care Centre

Bizweni Pre-Primary and Day Care Centre is a Christian based Nursery school. We follow a balanced educational programme that includes extra-murals such as sport, creative dancing, puppet shows and baking. Classes - We cater for children turning 3 in the year of starting, until Grade RR. Our sister-school, Bizweni Primary, offers Gr R. Times - Half Day: 07:00 - 13:00, Full Day: 07:00 17:30. We invite you to visit us on the Bizweni Campus and meet our experienced team! For more information contact: 021-852-6601/ 079 385 1043, e-mail:

One of the achievers is Lumkile Ludziya who joined the AET programme in 2007. Through determination and perseverance, Lumkile passed all four levels and was promoted. He went on to complete his General Education and Training Certificate and is currently acting as a senior foreman within the Transport and Urban Development Authority. Awie Daniels is another shining example of what can be achieved through dedication and hard work. Awie joined the AET programme in 2008 as a Level Four student. After completing his General Education and Training Certificate in 2009, he completed his Matric in 2010. He also completed a certificate qualification in Project Management. Some of the other employees who successfully completed last year’s programme are Leon Field, Fabien Koopman and Faeez Stevens. They excelled in the Level Four learning area of small, medium and micro-enterprises. One of the many advantages of the AET programme is that it creates a foundation for further skills development, which in turn enhances life skills as it contributes towards knowledge enrichment and self-confidence.




A Wine Experience

Benguela Cove Lagoon Wine Estate

Perfect Picnic At Vergelegen

Just off the R43 and beyond the streaming row of vineyards is a quaint tasting room situated on the luxury wine farm, Benguela Cove Lagoon Wine Estate. Wine lovers from all over the world flock to this little Walker Bay gem to not only experience wine tastings, but also the soft bed of grass under their feet while relaxing under a shady umbrella and feeling the cool caress of the ocean breeze against their skin. A breathtaking sunset view over the Bot River Lagoon can intrigue the mind while holding up a glass of red wine and ever so gently tilting it for the sunlight to reflect its vigour. A moment of intrigue is exactly what Tasting Room manager, Emy Matthews want guests to feel. Her belief is wine drinking should be an experience of the senses, not just a sip from a glass. Which is why a sweet and savoury touch is added to this luxury wine tasting experience. Guests are spoiled for choice with cheese, chocolate or millionaires wine pairing. Each option is then skillfully paired with the estate’s award-winning wine collection.

Locals and visitors in search of delicious local produce and sun-ripened flavours, served in a glorious heritage environment, should book for the eagerly-anticipated summer picnics at 317-year-old Vergelegen wine estate in Somerset West. Available from early November to end-April, the famous picnics are enjoyed in fine style. They are set up in a lush camphor tree forest, seeded from the original giant camphors planted three centuries ago by the estate’s former owner Governor Willem Adriaan van der Stel. Food is served in traditional picnic baskets and guests are seated at tables covered with white tablecloths, shaded by elegant umbrellas. Sundays are bliss at the Tasting Room as live music performances take centre stage, while guests enjoy cheese and charcuterie boards. Heading down to the Tasting Room on a Sunday afternoon while appreciating the relaxing atmosphere, is the best way to wind down your weekend and prepare for the week ahead. The bustle of city life can be daunting and has, therefore, become the goal of the staff to provide an enjoyable, stress-free service to patrons. If the thought of beautifully landscaped areas, the distinct smell of the ocean and a refined glass of wine piques your interest, then make your way to the Winelands’ ultimate destination, Benguela Cove Lagoon Wine Estate. For more information visit

Spier Spring Tasting 2017

“The menu evolves every year and the 2017 courses include artisanal bread with truffle-flavoured farm butter, homemade duck liver pâté with port wine jelly, and farm style pork pâté layered with mushrooms. Our culinary team have been hard at work this winter, curing their own meats and pickling produce, so these will be served with chilli tomato chutney and zucchini pickles,” says Hospitality Manager Sharon Hosking. A salmon starter with roasted beetroot and chive crème fraiche is followed by a selection of cured meats, slow-roasted chicken breast with wild rocket salad and wasabi tzatziki dressing, and a pastry tartlet. Finally a selection of cheeses is served with homemade biscuits and preserves, while dessert is lemon cheesecake with toasted cashew net brittle, and filter coffee. Vegetarian options are also available. “To make the picnics even more memorable, our redesigned rose garden (adjoining the camphor forest, with 1500 new rose bushes) is now well-established. It will offer glorious views and fragrances for guests to enjoy when they collect their picnic baskets,” adds Sharon. Vergelegen is a multi-layered destination established on a 60 hectare cultural heritage area, so visitors are advised to allow plenty of time to enjoy its attractions before settling down to their picnics. Visitors can try out the estate’s award-winning wines at the wine tasting centre, explore the exquisite gardens and visit the meticulously restored homestead, which is furnished with beautiful antiques, porcelain and objets d’art. It also houses an interpretive centre. For more information visit

Berry Berrier Berriest Festival Spier Tasting Room’s spring pairing celebrates the season with tasting portions made with ingredients sourced from their farm as well as nearby, trusted producers. The wine tasting experience offers award-winning Spier wine paired with innovative food offerings. The stylish venue, on the banks of the popular Spier dam, has stunning views of the Helderberg Mountains. A magnificent chandelier – made by renowned artists Heath Nash from 334 recycled Spier wine bottles and weighing 370kgs – hangs above the state-of-the-art tasting counter. A collection of new and recycled furniture in wood – including John Vogel’s Nguni chairs and parquet tables by Allan Lutge – provide seated tasting arrangements for guests. Some of the tastings to choose from: Spier Méthod Cap Classique paired with a dried apple shortbread cube, 21 Gables Chenin Blanc 2015 paired with a beetroot, couscous and feta salad, Chilled Signature Pinotage 2016 paired with Farmer Angus chicken liver pate and roasted smoky bacon bits, Chilled Creative Block 3 2014 paired with N’Duja (Farmer Angus Spreadable Salami) and crackers, a chocolate and wine pairing of Spier’s Méthod Cap Classique and the Creative Block range, or a tasting of the two premium wine ranges plus Spier’s flagship wine, Frans K Smit, amongst other offerings. The Children’s Grape Juice tasting includes different grape juices and an educational colour-in activity pack highlighting the role insects play in the vineyards. Open for tastings and sales from Monday - Saturday 9:00 - 17:00 and from 11:00 - 18:00 on Sundays. For more information contact 021 809 1143 or visit

Swellendam is gearing up to celebrate the fifth Wildebraam Berry Festival from 1 - 3 December 2017. The festival continues to grow year on year with 2017 promising to be a bumper event with an extended programme of festivities. Wildebraam Berry Festival highlights include the SPCA wiggle-waggle and Carols by Candlelight on Friday, 1 December. Saturday includes the wonderful outdoor festival with special fun-filled areas for children during the day culminating with Watershed live in concert under the stars on Saturday, 2 December and finally a scrumptious brunch with Manouche gypsy jazz band on Sunday, 3 December. The much loved Amazing Berry Race will take place on Saturday, 2 December. In aid of local charities, the race will continue its riotous dash through Swellendam with teams completing hilarious tasks and activities in aid of local charities and causes. Organisers have added a new flair with corporate teams being challenged to up the ante. Wildebraam Berry Estate, renowned for its delicious liqueurs, opens its fields from November to January to pick your own youngberries and blackberries. Visit Wildebraam to participate and enjoy the entertainment. Honest to goodness country living in the Berry Capital. For more information visit





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With lifestyle contributing significantly to the burden of disease and health economics, the focus of healthcare is shifting towards prevention.

Diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, obesity, depression, HIV, cancers etc are more prevalent in South Africa than ever before. The incidence is on the rise. The current Three Anchor Bay Medical and Dental Centre in Three Anchor Bay on the Atlantic Seaboard is shifting it’s focus to providing holistic healthcare, focusing on Integrative Healthcare and Prevention. After upgrades and refurbishment, the new Centre will operate as Atlantic Seaboard Medical & Wellness Centre, opening early December 2017. The Centre will be open 7 days per week from 8am to 8pm. Additional services to the current resident GP/General Primary Health and Dental Services will be offered, which include a range of medical specialist and holistic Healthcare options, to support physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. Expressions of interest for the following disciplines are welcome: Psychologist, Psychiatrist, Paediatrician, Gynaecologist, Physiotherapist, Aesthetic/Anti-ageing Practitioner, Nutritional & Weight management specialist (Dietitian), Podiatrist, Acupuncture, and Life coaching. For more information email

LAUNCH A NEW RADIO STATION FOR CHILDREN BY CHILDREN South Africa’s champion low-cost carrier has partnered with the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital in Cape Town by donating funds to launch a first-of-its-kind radio station by children for children in Africa, RX Radio. The donation of R150 000 made to the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital will contribute to the launch of the first child-produced radio station, where patients get trained as producers and presenters to assist other patients in their struggles to alleviate their anxiety and loneliness, whilst spending some time in hospital. Luane Lavery, Brand Communication manager for says, “ is delighted to support this pioneering project as part of our Corporate Social Investment initiatives. The project connects directly with our brand promise, which strives to connect people in a fun way, and it is our hope that RX Radio will do exactly this. “Being in hospital is never easy and we hope that the radio station will make patients, parents, health workers and other children better understand the experience of being in hospital and illness by enhancing their lives, whilst having some fun too.” The radio platform will enable the patients to share their experiences, concerns and questions with parents, health professionals and other children. Research has shown that sharing these kinds of conversations helps sick children to cope better with their illnesses and their treatment, thereby improving the overall wellbeing of children by giving them access to recreational and learning activities.

It will also help sensitise parents and health workers in dealing with children’s experiences of illness within a hospital environment. To further strengthen the fouryear-old partnership between the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital, will support the organisation with the expansion of the existing Oncology ward in the near future. This will further strengthen and position the hospital as the leading center for childhood cancer treatment in Africa.




Launched recently, the Sport Science Institute of South Africa (SSISA)’s Education Hub provides a digital platform for its high quality short courses – making them accessible to people all over South Africa and even globally. For over two decades the SSISA has led the way in providing sport, fitness and wellness information and services to both health professionals and the general public, but predominantly via workshops and courses. Using the online platform is an exciting development and allows for a much greater reach and facilitates effective distribution of educational material, provided by top experts, to consumers.

Given the huge increase in childhood autism cases, it’s the best time to step up for a jog or walk in aid of the Boland School for Autism. In addition, medals, cash prizes and lucky draws are at stake when the Afrikaans Language Monument’s and Paarl Athletics Club’s annual Evening Run takes place on Wednesday, 6 December 2017 on the picturesque Paarl Mountain. The fun 5km Word Race is aimed at the whole family, while the 10km Evening Run, follows an exciting and challenging route on tar and dirt roads. Participants can register in three ways: online before 1 December at the Language Monument, as well as on the day of the race itself. Boland School for Autism, a registered non-profit organisation, was founded in 2010 and houses tens of learners from as far as Tulbagh, Stellenbosch, Saron and Wellington. The school’s team consists of teachers, assistants, occupational and speech therapists, a biokineticist, an educational psychologist and a school manager who all firmly believe that every child has the right to education. Parents cannot always afford all these services, thus the monument offers this opportunity to help raise money. For more information contact Sybrand du Plessis on 083 770 5107 for 10km race, and Jeffrey Pietersen on 021 872 3441 for 5km Word Run, or

The Education Hub, which encompasses the educational platform and Learner Management System – is housed on SSISA’s website. First in the line-up of courses on offer, are “Training Essentials and Programme Design for Endurance Running” and “Periodisation and testing for football conditioning. Aimed at coaches, teachers, trainers, parents and sport enthusiasts keen to improve their knowledge - these courses will ensure learners have a positive learning experience and are equipped with cutting edge information,” says Justin Durandt who has spear-headed the development of the Education hub. What makes the courses so special is the level of interactivity in the courses themselves. The courses use presentations with dynamic graphics and voice overs, videos and screencasts to ensure that the content is engaging for the learner. In addition each learner will receive practical tools which will enable them to use the skills they have learnt once the course is finished. An example of this is our running course where the learners will receive 9 training programme templates. Learners can access the content at any time and there are no requirements to finish modules in a specific amount of time. Hot on the heels of these courses – will be a range of others in the sporting and fitness arena. For more information contact 021 6595637/ 5610




WINNER OF TRIP TO RUN THE BARCELONA MARATHON The Sanlam Cape Town Marathon, together with Sanlam and ASICS, are delighted to announce the winner of the 2018 all-expenses paid trip for two to next year’s Barcelona Marathon. The winner is twenty seven year old Capetonian Willem le Roux. In 2010 Willem took up running and ran his first Comrades in memory of his father. Since then he has completed six standard marathons, three Two Oceans Ultras and five Comrades Marathons. Furthermore, Willem uses running as a vehicle for positive change. Running for a cause all began, says Willem, when “In 2014, my wife dared my running partner and I to run a marathon in SA Flag swimming trunks. She was joking, but soon realized that we were not. We drew a lot of attention and had such a laugh that we decided to keep running in swimming trunks for a good cause – the Love your Nuts Foundation. The foundation raises awareness of testicular cancer in young men by educating them about early detection. A few days after this year’s Sanlam Cape Town Marathon a young man saw photos of us on social media. He went to the website, watched the videos, felt a lump, saw his doctor, and got early detection and treatment. Running and making a difference is extremely rewarding, this is why the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon resonates with me at such a deep level.” “Sanlam Cape Town Marathon is one of my favorite races which I highly recommend to any runner. As always, this years’ race did not disappoint. It really is an excellent race and overall great experience. My wife Lindy will be joining me in Barcelona,” says Willem. It will be her first full marathon. We have always talked about travelling the world and running the different races. When we heard we had won this prize, we realized it was the perfect opportunity to start living that dream,” says Willem.

Photo: Willem le Roux - Photo Credit: Jetline Action Photo

“This opportunity will give Willem the possibility of experiencing a unique road running experience, and we look forward to supporting him with leading technology performance products and our running services to ensure he ultimately achieves his own personal goals.” “The Sanlam Cape Town Marathon team is proud to be associated with Sanlam and ASICS in this exciting initiative of making runners dreams a reality. We look forward to following Lindy and Willem’s journey as they tackle Barcelona and make their dreams a reality.”

Extreme Openwater & Ice Swimmer takes up the Torpedo challenge Entries are still open for the second Torpedo SwimRun, which takes place on 19 November 2017 in Cape Town. Extreme open water and ice swimmer Ryan Stramrood has entered the race with fellow extreme swimmer Mark de Klerk as his teammate. Ryan has never worn a wetsuit for open water swimming before, and he does not own a pair of running shoes, but has decided to step far out of his comfort zone to take up the challenge.

– athletes with one common thread – the love of being in nature and challenging their bodies. SwimRun will see these athletes compete against each other over terrain that is both foreign and familiar to them, with short beach-to-beach swims and bursts of running, scrambling and rock-hopping. Ryan is a well-recognized inspirational speaker, and spends significant time pushing all his audiences to remove themselves from anything that resembles a comfort zone. The mental process and toughness needed to overcome and greatly extend time in extreme cold water conditions will inform his training, but when it comes to Torpedo SwimRun, Ryan considers himself a novice: “Torpedo SwimRun is a great opportunity to do just what I say – to my push personal boundaries and go into territory unfamiliar to me. I have never run an official race before, and participating wearing a wetsuit and running shoes will certainly be a whole new ballgame for me and my teammate Mark.” “With only five weeks left before the race, we are getting stuck into learning how to run and experimenting with swimming in a wetsuit and shoes! I am not used to competing with anyone but myself, so this race represents a significant number of firsts for me, and we are looking forward to it.” There are 6 swim segments (totalling 3km) and 6 run segments (totalling 13km) and athletes will experience parts of the coastline not usually accessible to the public. Wetsuits and running shoes are kept on for the duration of the event as there are no transition zones; you simply get out of the water and run – until the next swim leg.

Photo Credit: Greg Miller

The Torpedo SwimRun is a two-person team race where teams swim and run together from start to finish across Cape Town’s most iconic beaches and bays, with Llandudno, Oudekraal, Camps Bay and Clifton forming part of the 16km route. Based on the popular overseas format, SwimRun attracts athletes from all spectrums of the sporting community, from surfers to trail runners, triathletes to paddlers

Alessandra Bayly and Christina Geromont were the first women to finish the inaugural Torpedo SwimRun event in January this year, and the tenth team across the line. Both are Llandudno Lifesavers and have entered the race again after thoroughly enjoying the challenge. For more information visit

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Food Garden Offers Hope For Pre-Schoolers

The children of Hangberg are no strangers to violence. Just last month the seaside neighbourhood erupted into protests over fishing quotas, and the shooting of a teenager by police sent shockwaves into the wider community. Scenes like this are commonplace in this neighbourhood hard hit by unemployment, drug abuse and perlemoen smuggling syndicates. Yet, in the midst of the tension, there are tendrils of hope. Urban Harvest, a Cape-Town based organisation that creates inner-city, sustainable food gardens opened a new garden at Hangberg pre-primary school. The garden is part of the school’s ambitious aims to create hope for a new generation in Hangberg. Children who had the chance to work in a community garden also benefit from positive bonding experiences with adults. This is crucial in Hangberg where many children have been traumatised by abusive adults. Drug dealers openly peddle in the streets. Because it is relatively cheap, Tik (or methamphetamine) is the drug of

The city’s crippling water crisis has not put a brake on the project. Getz’s team also installed a grey water system that will sustain the garden through the dry months ahead. Research has shown that people’s dietary habits are developed in childhood and persist throughout their lives. According to a leading study conducted in the UK, a school garden, especially one in which the community is involved, can significantly boost children’s’ daily intake of fruit and vegetables. At the end of the day the garden project is part of a holistic approach taken by the school to provide children with the tools they need to be successful later in life.

Update on Agri Processing Agriculture choice for many. Studies show that children born to tik-addicted mothers are prone to moodiness, aggressivity as well as poor concentration (similar to ADHD). This is just one of the challenges teachers face at the school. The garden, uniquely crafted into the shape of a mandala, has been designed by Urban Harvest’s Ben Getz to help instill a sense of tranquillity and peace in those who spend time there. Studies have shown that school gardens can boost life skills and help children to work cooperatively. However, this patch of green will not just nourish the spirit, but hungry bellies too. The garden project, which was sponsored by the Real Thing Supplements, will provide organic produce for the school’s kitchen which prepares two hearty meals for the children daily.

Jobs In The Western Cape

Despite the drought, more than 100 000 jobs have been added to the Western Cape’s agri processing and agriculture sectors since the launch of the province’s Project Khulisa growth strategy. Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, the Western Cape Government team who are driving the strategy and Wesgro, today (17 October 2017) delivered a mid-term update on Project Khulisa Agri-processing, which was launched in 2014. Jobs growth, progress on skills development and transformation were among the key points raised at the briefing. The impact of threats like drought and avian influenza (AI) on the economy were also discussed. Project Khulisa was launched in 2014 with the target of adding 100 000 jobs to the agri-processing sector, and growing the Gross Value Add (an indicator of all the goods and services produced by the sector). In order to achieve these objectives, three strategic initiatives have been identified: capture a larger share for the Western Cape’s of the global Halal market; increase exports of wine to China and Angola; and to improve local production capacity for domestic and key strategic markets. “Wesgro’s 8 year old agri-investment unit has been very successful to date and it is clear that our work is having a real, positive impact in the Province. In the past 3 years the unit has secured R1.4 billion in investment, creating 1268 jobs in the Western Cape. Both of these were well above the targets set. There are also currently 26 exciting opportunities in the unit’s pipeline to the value of R1.5 billion. The Western Cape has a wealth of opportunities in the sector and our message

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A Grade 12 qualification and a valid driver’s license will serve as a requirement; 2 - 3 Years of experience in marketing (agricultural products) as well as good knowledge of agricultural products; Computer literate on a mainframe system and the MS Office suite; Must be willing to travel; Have an outgoing and friendly personality; Must be service delivery driven and marketing oriented; and Excellent communication skills in English and Afrikaans. Obaro offers the suitable candidate a competitive, commission-based remuneration package.

Interested parties can email an abbreviated CV of no more than three pages, to Ayesha Vally at Use the appropriate reference number for the position you are applying for. Closing date: Friday, 10 November 2017.

remains - the Western Cape and Cape Town is a great place to invest!” said Towfiq Hendricks, Wesgro Agribusiness: Portfolio Manager. Minister Winde said a key objective of the growth strategy was to expand access to the agri processing and agriculture sectors: “I am also especially pleased to announce that we’ve expanded access to the industry, through transformation projects and support for emerging farmers.” Darryl Jacobs, Deputy Director-General of Western Cape Department of Agriculture, provided an update on the drought. “We have surveyed producers in the sector, and they expect an average decline in production of around 36.9%. If this scenario transpires, this would translate to R4.96 billion GVA decline for 2017/8, which represents 27% of our sector. The potential impact are job losses of 35 634. This is why we have committed to supporting commercial and emerging farmers, and have spent R67 million to date in monthly support.”




Bierfest – South Africa’s Original Oktoberfest is Back! Summertime in South Africa is generally marked each year by the arrival of blooms, bird song and ever since 2011 - bier! Lots of beautiful Bavarian bier as the country’s biggest annual Oktoberfest bash gets ready in a massive, oompah-fueled celebration of all things Bavarian! From the 3-4 November 2017, the TOPS at SPAR Bierfest will be parking its massive brauhaus, biers, bands, eisbeins, bootiful frauleins, beefy bierboys and a surprise or two at the GrandWest Sun Park. True to its name and time-honoured tradition, the TOPS at SPAR Bierfest takes great pride in bringing to local Bierfestarians the best of Bavarian bier culture and with its very own, especially brewed Oktoberfest bier (brewed once a year just for this very occasion), alongside the well-loved Bierfest craft beer favourite, Newlands Spring Brewing Co. Those who have attended a TOPS at SPAR Bierfest previously of course will know that the organisers always present a range of exciting, value-for-money ticket options designed to suit all budgets. This year they have designed a brand-new grade of ticket called the Braumeister Prima package. With your tickets booked, the eisbein in the oven and the biers on ice, revelers can look forward to enjoying that which makes each TOPS at SPAR Bierfest an event to remember – the entertainment! If you’ve never milked a cow, thrown your best air guitar moves on stage in front of hundreds of cheering fans, or simply oompah’d the night away arm-in-arm with all your friends and a happy stranger or two, the TOPS at SPAR Bierfest is your chance! Rock mash-up kings, The Rockerfellas, will be taking to the stage at Bierfest in a retro-tinged blast of hairspray, eye-liner and skin-tight spandex (and that’s just the guitarist), meaning everyone will be leaving the event truly rocked to their core! For more information visit

Franschhoek Cap Classique and Champagne Festival Dress to impress in your Black and White with a Splash of Summer themed outfit. With the iconic Huguenot Monument providing a spectacular backdrop you’ll have no excuse but to sit back, relax and sample some of the many local MCC’s and handpicked French champagnes on offer. The grand marquee – the place to be seen – will be oozing style, elegance and sophistication, as you mingle with local MCC producers as well as a handful of international brands. Besides the fabulous MCC’s local restaurants will ensure you don’t go hungry with their range of delectable delights. Treat your taste buds to these world-class food offerings.

Dust off your most striking outfit and get ready for the social calendar event of 2017. Stand out in the crowd as you sip on some of SA’s finest Méthode Cap Classiques (MCC) at this year’s Franschhoek Cap Classique and Champagne Festival, ‘The Magic of Bubbles’, which takes place from 2 - 3 December in Franschhoek.

“Offering some of the best locally-produced dishes and Méthode Cap Classiques, the Franschhoek Cap Classique and Champagne Festival has become a highlight on South Africa’s annual social calendar,” says Aleksandra Babic, Director of Marketing and Communications, Africa at Mastercard. “We’re excited once again to share this priceless, exclusive experience with people who love good bubbly and exquisite food.”


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Volvo Ocean race stopover in Cape Town For the 11th time the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town will host the Volvo Ocean Race from 24 November to 10 December 2017. The 17 day event is a platform to showcase the South African Maritime and Ocean sectors to both local and international audiences. Not only is Cape Town the stopover’s most sought-after location, but the V&A Waterfront’s involvement with the popular event will see a roll-out of educational programmes and projects to promote environmental sustainability and resilience, called the Ocean Life Festival. During the Volvo Ocean Race last stopover in 2014-15 the event catapulted South Africa into the international spotlight, and was viewed by over 150 million people around the world, and contributed more than R540-million to the national economy.

Photo: Volvo Ocean Race,South Africa,Cape Town, 19th November 2014 - Photo Credit: Ian Roman

This has been a catalyst for the evolution of thinking around the potential of what the Ocean Economy can look like for the Western Cape.

Art Franschhoek 27 October to 27 November 2017 As with good food and premium wines, so too fine art needs to be experienced to be appreciated. In 2016 the Franschhoek Wine Valley launched Art Franschhoek, whereby visitors to the valley were able to appreciate the fine art collection exhibits on show. This year Art Franschhoek will once again ‘open its doors’ to the public from 27 October to 27 November 2017. Visitors to the valley will be treated to an abundance of art as Franschhoek’s many galleries and resident artists showcasing their finest works. To celebrate the start of this festival of art appreciation some of the participating galleries will be hosting special events which includes a series of curated artist walk-abouts. During the month of Art Franschhoek the world renowned Everard Read Gallery will be exhibiting major works by some of our country’s finest contemporary artists, in a variety of media. Everard Read Gallery’s involvement at this year’s event signifies that Art Franschhoek is without a doubt one of the art events to experience. Ebony/Curated, with its exquisite displays of fine arts, sculptures and ceramics, will host four solo exhibitions in their two galleries, including a major retrospective landscape exhibition of the late South African master, Erik Laubscher. Embark on a journey of art discovery as you admire one of South Africa’s greatest masters, Jacob Hendrik Pierneef, at the La Motte Museum, which consists of 104 artworks as well as personal memorabilia. Be mesmerized by the beautiful ceramics created by internationally renowned ceramicist David Walters and his daughter Sarah. The Holden Manz Gallery, conveniently situated in the centre of the village, will be exhibiting the works of Donna McKellar as part of her solo show.

Photo: La Motte Museum, Franschhoek

Indulge in a relaxing yet informative garden and art tour at the breathtaking beautiful Leeu Estates, where you’ll get the opportunity to connect with art and nature in serene and meditative spaces with exceptional views. Behold the beautiful works of art on display at IS Art Gallery, which include ceramics, sculptures, jewellery and paintings in different mediums. A taster to tickle the art taste buds this is just a sneak peek of what you can expect during this time. For more information visit