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Tickets to the 134th edition of the Sun Met Celebrated with G.H. Mumm are in demand as racing enthusiasts and fashion trail blazers are set to descend upon Kenilworth Race Course to celebrate and experience the thrill of Africa’s Richest Race Day on Saturday, 27 January 2018. Secure your spot and witness 13 world-class horseraces gallop to the finishing line with a R1million bonus prize to the horse that is able to win both the 2017 Sansui Summer Cup and 2018 Sun Met Main Race. Watch how The Kenilworth Racecourse will be turned into Cape Town’s very own catwalk when ‘Style ahead of the Field’ encourages all race goers to come dressed ‘Afro-Chic’ in vibrant colours and prints, as well as beautiful, intricate fabric designs that immediately evoke ‘Africa’. Continue Reading Page 2

Photo: Whisky Baron, 2017 Sun Met Winner

The Ritz Returns! Cape Town Icon Reinvented

After a R120-million rejuvenation, The Ritz hotel in the vibrant Cape Town suburb of Sea Point is ready to welcome locals and tourists to the most glamorous urban resort the Mother City has to offer. An icon of the city’s skyline since the early 1970s, over the decades this oncestylish address slowly lost its lustre until, in 2016, the Ritz Hotel Management Company (Pty) Ltd or RHMC saw an opportunity to revitalise – and reimagine – this faded star of the Atlantic Seaboard. That process began with a thorough refurbishment of the 23-story building, the age of the structure necessitating a complete overhaul of the insulation, plumbing and lift shafts. With the ‘bones’ of the building brought into the 21st-century, the transformation from faded star to contemporary glamour could begin. And the end result is nothing short of staggering. A sleek porte cochere of steel and glass greets guests on arrival, a fitting introduction to the glamorous lobby of glittering golden palm trees and front desk of gleaming white marble. No mobile app checkin or anodyne staff here: rather, expect refined personalised service to become a hallmark of The Ritz. Continue Reading Page 3


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Cape Start-Up Joins UK Programme To Improve Transport Systems Cape-based start-up, GoMetro, is now part of an international programme to find solutions to the world’s biggest transport problems.

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“I want to congratulate GoMetro on this exciting achievement. Their entry into the Intelligent Mobility Accelerator is another example of Western Cape firms gaining international recognition for their innovations.” “Countries across the world, including our own, struggle with transport problems. This has resulted in the emergence of startup companies like GoMetro, who are making a positive contribution to the commuter experience.”

Tim Harris, Wesgro CEO, said: “GoMetro’s story shows how it is possible for a Western Cape start-up to make an impact on a global level. “A smart idea driven by a capable team, who persevere year after year, can break through into new markets.”


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Photo: Justin Coetzee Founder & CEO of GoMetro

“Finding solutions to these transport challenges has become an international priority. The Intelligent Mobility Accelerator estimates that the global transport systems market is worth £900 billion. GoMetro is helping to position the Western Cape as leader in this space.”

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The Intelligent Mobility Accelerator is a six-month programme. Start-ups have access to office space, an investor network and mentors. GoMetro travelled to the UK in May 2017, as part of a trade mission of the Western Cape Government and Wesgro.

Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, said GoMetro’s entry into the programme was a result of the trade mission.

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GoMetro has been accepted into a UK business support programme, the Intelligent Mobility Accelerator. The programme is a partnership between Transport Systems Catapult and Wayra UK. Their goals are to attract start-ups, with high-growth potential, into the UK transport supply chain, and support them to grow into big international firms. The focus is on companies using an evidence-backed approach to solve transport problems like congestion.

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Celebrate The Sun Met in true style, while G.H. Mumm guarantees the finest in Africa’s rich horse-racing heritage, stylish fashion and entertainment and is sure to kick off the Cape’s 2018 social calendar on a high note.


Photo: De Hoop Whale Trail, De Hoop Nature Reserve - Tom Chevallier (Volunteer Trekker) - Photo Credit: Rudolph de Girardier

A team of nature-loving South Africans in partnership with Google Street View have released a large collection of 360degree imagery of the country’s wildest areas. The announcement of 170 new trails in South Africa’s national parks and reserves follows on from The Mzansi Experience launched in March 2016, which showcased prominent tourist attractions such as Kruger National Park, Table Mountain and Cape Point amongst others.

Miss Universe 2017 Winner Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters

Miss South Africa 2017 Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters has been crowned Miss Universe, becoming the first Miss South Africa to take this prestigious title since Margaret Gardiner won in 1978. At the pageant, held in Las Vegas in the US, an ecstatic Demi-Leigh competed against 91 contestants from around the globe – the biggest number of entrants in the history of the competition – and justified the faith thousands of South Africans had that she would win. Runners-up were Miss Colombia (first princess) and Miss Jamaica (second princess).

The new trails extend the existing Street View imagery of South Africa’s wilderness areas to include all 19 national parks, 17 previously ‘un-trekked’ nature reserves and many sites of natural, cultural and historical significance in all nine provinces of South Africa.

The 22-year-old from Sedgefield in the Western Cape was one of the hot favourites going into the pageant and received huge support from around the world on social media. In the end, the Top 16 comprised four entrants from Asia Pacific and Africa; four from Europe; four from the Americas and four wild cards voted for by the judges.

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In her acceptance speech Demi-Leigh said she was both proud and humbled to have won, and that her dreams had become a reality.


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Accessible luxury with sensorial appeal is a thread that runs throughout The Ritz with a colour palette dominated by black, gold and white. Authentic Martinique wallpaper – made famous by The Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles – provides a striking backdrop to the lobby, while each of the 213 rooms (The Ritz reopened with 114 rooms, with balance completed during 2018) is decorated in a sleek modern look. Think smoky mirrors and deep-buttoned velvet bucket chairs, moody colour palettes and Louboutin-inspired wardrobes. These are rooms and suites that focus on unpretentious luxury, and finesse without unnecessary frills. The décor is only half the allure of a stay at The Ritz. Unique for a hotel in Cape Town, each and every room boasts panoramic views of both the city and sparkling Atlantic Ocean, but far and away the finest views in the city are to be found at the very top on the 21st and 22nd floors and in the hotel’s flagship restaurant on the 23rd floor. The Ritz has long been famous for its revolving restaurant – the only one of its kind in the Western Cape – and 2018 is set to restore its reputation as one of the most sought-after refined dining destinations in the city. Located on the 23rd floor, Top of the Ritz’s elegant décor – imported Philippe Starck lamps will grace each table – provides a perfect foil for the refined dining on offer. An unforgettable destination for celebratory dinners or popping that question, Top of The Ritz Restaurant may also be booked on an exclusive basis for bespoke occasions. One floor below on the 22nd, is the Dom Perignon Champagne Lounge, one of only a handful in the world, a sultry and seductive space ideal for pre-dinner bubbles and sundowner cocktails, with local DJs spinning laid-back beats from lateafternoon every day. And on the 21st floor, The Hennessy Cognac Cigar Lounge is similarly set to become an address for after-dinner digestifs and late-night cocktails. While those upper floors will enchant in the evening hours, during the day it’s down on the humming first floor that locals and travellers are set to find their home away from home.

CASA Restaurant & Cabanas brings a touch of Miami South Beach glamour to Sea Point, with all day al fresco dining that ranges from brasserie-classics to sushi and wood-fired pizza. Tables flow out from the chic interior to a sun-splashed pool deck, host to a Veuve Clicquot Bar, pouring French champagne alongside chilled Whispering Angel rosé from acclaimed Côtes de Provence producer Chateau d’Esclans. Stop by for a bite on your way to the nearby Promenade, or settle in for the day at one of the exclusive poolside Ritz Cabanas. This grand dame of the Atlantic Seaboard has certainly seen a lot since the doors first opened in 1971. Now, after a multi-million-rand revamp, this icon of the Mother City is once again ready to take its rightful place on the roster of world-class South African hotels.

Stellenbosch Brewing Company Scoops Top Award Fresh from taking top honours at the recent South African National Beer Trophy Competition for its Hoenderhok Bock, Stellenbosch Brewing Company scooped the big prize at the Cape Town Festival of Beer. Not only did the small brewery win the Best Dark Beer award for its Eike Stout, the beer also secured the Best Beer in Show trophy making it two from two.

Photo: Bruce & Karen Collins celebrate their win at Cape Town Festival of Beer

Says an elated Bruce Collins, master brewer of the Stellenbosch Brewing Company: “We are over the moon! It has never happened before that the same brewer and brewery has won the South African National Beer Trophy and the Best of Show at the CTFOB ever, never mind in the same year. They are calling it the Grand Slam of Beer.” The Cape Town Festival of Beer is considered the highlight of the South African beer festival calendar, with 45 of the province’s top breweries showcasing over 230 different beers, from the seasoned varieties to the more unique creations brewed exclusively for the event. The Stellenbosch Brewing Company officially opened its doors in late 2015, but its story started much earlier. On their many travel adventures, Collins, and his wife often found themselves sampling beers from around the world. They were intrigued by the art of brewing and developing great tasting beer. After one such trip, they got involved in a friend’s brew in a basement in Karen’s native Minnesota, USA, which got them hooked on brewing interesting and flavourful beers and they spent the next six years reading, learning, researching and trying (and tasting) many different beer recipes. “When Karen and I decided it was time to settle down, there was only one place for us, Stellenbosch. And there was only one thing I wanted to do and that was brew beer,” says Collins. “We focus on brewing beers utilizing fresh and natural ingredients which respect the heritage of traditional styles yet we creatively brew them to suit our South African taste buds, modern lifestyles, diverse cultures, beautiful landscapes and unbeatable climate.”





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To Film New Series ‘Warrior’ in Cape Town

Driving Force behind Madiba1 Ferry

Wesgro, Cape Town and the Western Cape’s official Tourism, Trade and Investment Promotion Agency, welcomes the decision by CINEMAX to order the production of Season One of a new 10-part episodic series called ‘Warrior’.

Johan van Heerden, entrepreneur and business man is the driving force behind the conceptualization of numerous development strategies across various fields, and the man behind Madiba1.

The series, inspired by an original idea from the writings of legendary martial artist Bruce Lee, is set against the backdrop of San Francisco’s Chinatown in the aftermath of the Civil War and tells the story of a martial arts prodigy who finds himself caught up in the bloody Tong wars.

Nine years down the line the CEO and founder of the company called Meltt is realizing his dream of running the Robben Island ferry route. “Having been held back by competitors, the beautiful Madiba1 is heading the runs as the best and only registered, completely safe and technically compliant ferry vessel in Cape waters.”

This decision by CINEMAX, reaffirms their recognition of Cape Town as a desirable filming location, with Warrior being the latest high-profile project to be shot in the city, following on from other such projects like ‘Invictus’, ‘Blood Diamond’ and ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’. The production and filming of Warrior in Cape Town will provide a huge boost for the industry and the local economy as it is a large budget production. The production will result in an estimated 250 local crew jobs, with an additional 6500 person-days of extras or stunts. The production will take place over a period of 21 weeks – all of which will take place in South Africa. Wesgro CEO, Tim Harris said: “We are very excited about the decision by CINEMAX to film their new series in Cape Town.” The Cape Film Studios is an excellent facility and this recent decision by CINEMAX is yet another vote of confidence in the city and in the film studios themselves.” Minister of Economic Opportunities in the Western Cape, Alan Winde added that “CINEMAX’s decision to shoot the ‘Warrior’ series in Cape Town further cements the reputation of our destination as a leading filming location. “We know that when international productions shoot in the Western Cape, our region obtains valuable exposure.”

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“The number of filming permits issued in Cape Town has doubled over the past two years.”

“Demand is growing because the Western Cape offers world-class facilities, such as the Cape Town Film Studios, and talented local crew. This production also showcases the economic value of the film industry, creating jobs for 250 residents.”

Meltt specialises in managing tenders that demand that they are on top of all of the latest innovations in the above spheres, and this drives them to deliver the best and latest in these areas. The first project of this magnitude was the High Speed Ferry, the Madiba1. The Madiba1 is licensed to carry 200 passengers, and falls under both the Tourism and Transport spheres of interest. Built to extremely high safety specifications, Madiba1 features a wave piercing catamaran hull, making her extremely well balanced with superior stability. She does not bob up and down on waves as many other vessels do, which causes sea sickness! With foam-filled hulls, Madiba1 has superior buoyancy. Life rafts capable of carrying 245 passengers as well as 250 life jackets means that at the full capacity of 200 passengers and 13 crew, the Madiba1 can carry all passengers to safety should this be required. With its three navigation systems exact navigation is possible in any sort of weather. The seating areas are contained within water tight compartments and – whilst at sea – no water can enter into the vessel at any stage. Usually loosely bundled with general places of interest and tourism attraction, heritage sites and destinations mostly do not receive the elevated recognition as heritage destinations they deserve. Meltt (Pty) Ltd endeavours to highlight South Africa’s diverse heritage inheritance starting with tours to Robben Island aboard the ferry Madiba1. For more information visit


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Programme of Cooking Demo’s Cooking demonstration takes place at 18:00 and costs R450 per person 12 January – Coastal Road Trip Join us on a coastal road trip – from Cape Town to Khosi Bay! Discover the wealth of sustainable seafood, learn how to prepare these delicate ingredients and enjoy a variety of recipes making the most of the fruit of the ocean. 9 February – Spices of the World Enjoy the fragrance and variety of spices from all over the world. From sweet cinnamon to fiery chilli, intricate cardamom to luxurious saffron. Join Chef Pieter de Jager for an introduction to the intoxicating world of spice and learn to use them to their utmost in a variety of dishes. 2 March – Flavours of Lombardy Whether it is the decadence of Risotto alla Milanese, the heartiness of Ossobuco or the traditional delight of Panettone, make an acquaintance with the charm and delight that is the food of northern Italy. 6 April – Sweet, Shweet, Swiet Heaven to those with a sweet tooth, Chef Pieter guides guests through a tempting array of delicate pastries and moreish desserts. Sweets in all its shapes and forms! For more information and reservations, visit or contact via Email: or Tel: +27 (0)21 876 8002




Bluewater Water Company

UCT Triumph in Environmental

Announces Entry in SA As Launch Pad Into Africa

Innovation at SA’s Third Greenovate Awards

Bluewater, a world-leading innovator of water purification solutions, announces it will create a strong presence in South Africa as a base to roll out its unique clean drinking water technologies for home, light commercial and public use across Africa.

Young environmental game-changes from the University of Cape Town (UCT) took first place in the Greenovate Awards for the third year running. UCT scooped up the very first Greenovate Engineering Award too. The awards programme is an exciting initiative by Growthpoint Properties in association with the Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA). The prestigious awards recognise innovative solutions for the property industry to environmental challenges.

Bluewater purifying technologies started business operations in South Africa during December as the launch pad for a full rollout throughout Africa. Bluewater operated four unique water stations during the Volvo Ocean Race visit to Cape Town during December, that are designed to create pure drinking water from non-potable water as well as slash the need for singleuse plastic bottles.

This is the third year the awards have strived to inspire and encourage students of the building environment to discover, explore and invent ways to live more sustainably. Also, for the first time this year, the awards were extended to include a second category for engineering students. The students were challenged to come up with ideas for any property-related project that makes the way we live greener and our environmental footprint lighter.

“The decision to launch the Bluewater brand in South Africa reflects our understanding of the market and our strong commitment to providing marketing leading residential, light commercial and public dispenser water purification delivery solutions to South Africa and Africa as a whole,” says Anders Jacobson, Co-founder and CEO of Blue AB, the holding company that owns Bluewater. He said that Bluewater can help transform clean drinking water production, delivery and availability across Africa by tackling the issues critical to ensuring Africans everywhere can access pristine water to drink and use. Anders said that in a world where the United Nations says almost two billion people by 2025 will be living in areas ‘with absolute water scarcity’, Bluewater intends to provide clean drinking water access to everyone, while also disrupting the beverage industry that sees billions of single-use plastic bottles being used that ultimately end up in land fill or polluting our oceans and, subsequently, the human body. Photo: Councillor Eddie Andrews at Volvo Ocean Race Village

“While the debate about plastics and pollution rages on, at Bluewater we have harnessed our human ingenuity to find here-and-now solutions to simultaneously providing clean drinking water and ending the plastics plague,” said Anders. Anders notes that Bluewater’s water purification platform is a way for consumers, business and municipal authorities in South Africa and elsewhere across the continent to address the crisis of providing access to clean water to people everywhere. Bluewater water purifiers have the ability to produce thousands of liters of clean water every day at a local level, providing pristine water to hundreds of millions of people across the continent from bore wells, polluted tracts of river and industrial scale desalination plants. “Our mission in a world where clean, safe drinking water is a growing challenge and scarce commodity is to create both value and sustainable water for South Africa based on our technologies,” said Anders. “What better place to start in Africa than Cape Town, where we already now are demonstrating how to turn non-potable water into pristine drinking water for hundreds of thousands of people in the V&A Waterfront without using scarce municipal water.”

A total of eight universities competed for both awards this year. UCT was the only one to take up the challenge in both award streams. Groups from each of the participating universities competed internally first, and the two top projects from each were chosen as finalists. This year the awards adjudicated a record 16 finalist teams. The winners were announced at a gala dinner in Sandton Central with keynote speaker, serial tech entrepreneur Stafford Masie, who said: “ much as it is about technology, it’s more so about humanity. Sustainability of any idea or innovation is collectively harnessing latent human capital, augmented with AI, to coagulate around your business from the outside.”

Photo: Greenovate 2017 Winner Craig Peter

“We need to establish ecosystems versus just building cool stuff or even just cool is the absolute substrate of continuous leading innovation. Make everything hack-able, derive less value than you create and ensure your leadership is focused on empathy...understanding what makes us human, and allows us to express that humanity, with the context of your services, builds exponential competitive edge and values.” The UCT team of Mark McCormick, Daniel Navarro and Nicholas Tennick were named the winners of the Greenovate Awards 2017. Their submission was titled “upgrading existing medium-density residential buildings with strategic green building features and initiatives holds the key to increasing affordable housing in Cape Town.” .This team of outstanding young green innovators took home R30,000 in prize money, as well numerous other rewards. UCT also took second place, with team members Tarryn Coles, Anthony Testa and Gemma Watson investigating the viability of using self-sustaining shipping container homes as an affordable and sustainable approach to student housing. For the inaugural Greenovate Engineering Award, UCT student and young green thinker Craig Peter Flanagan, supervised by Dr Dyllon Randall, took top honours with a focus on the development of an on-site nutrient recovery urinal for buildings. The award came with a R30,000 prize. For Greenovate Award participants, the benefits go well beyond winning a prize. The programme provides students with an opportunity to work with leading green building thinkers in Greenovate workshops with industry professionals.


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Joon Airline To Fly From

Paris to Cape Town Three Times A Week From 1 April 2018 Cape Town Air Access, a partnership between Wesgro, the Western Cape Government, the City of Cape Town, Airports Company South Africa, South African Tourism, and Cape Town Tourism, welcomes the announcement by the airline ‘Joon’ that it will be flying direct flight from Paris to Cape Town next year. The airline, which is part of Air France, has been designed to meet the expectations of younger travellers in particular. This new service will replace the current Air France service offering, and will fly from Paris to Cape Town three times a week, as of 1st April 2018. Cape Town International Airport is emerging as a key regional airline hub, on the back of Cape Town and the Western Cape’s continued popularity for both business and leisure tourism. There has been a notable increase in arrivals from France over the last few years. Between 2016 and 2017, arrivals increased by 35%, from 55 029 to 74 278. The top ranking source cities for arrivals from France are Paris, Nice, Lyon and Marseille, all of which have had double-digit growth between 2016 and 2017.

Joep Stevens, South African National Parks General Manager Strategic Tourism Services states that an effort to align Table Mountain National Park fees with the rest of SANParks where differential fees were implemented as early as 2003, will be implemented in November 2018. “At the time the differential system was implemented, a benchmarking exercise was embarked upon comparing our conservation fees to those of reputable national parks locally, across Africa, and globally with rates that were set accordingly,” continues Stevens.

Wesgro CEO, Tim Harris said: “This is not only good for our tourism industry, but also for business. Indeed, according to South African Tourism, 41% of travellers from France to Cape Town visit for leisure, and another 39% for business. This is precisely why Cape Town Air Access is so important for economic growth and job creation in the Cape. By making it easier for more people to visit our beautiful city and province, we will increase tourism, trade and investment, and most importantly, boost job creation.”

The reason that differential Conservation Fees were not implemented in 2003 was due to the complexity of processing visitors at the two key access points, namely Cape Point and Boulders. The process required visitors to provide proof or residence and/or nationality and given these are high volume access points, it would delay access. A new system is being sourced for these access points with the emphasis on reducing processing at the gates. Guests and operators will be able to capture permit details online before arrival and certain validation would take place for payment to be made before arrival. This means as of 1 November 2018 the standard conservation fees will be as follow: Cape Point - R300 (€19 or $21) for international adults, R150 for SADC nationals and R75 for SA Residents, while the fees for Boulders will be R150 (€9-50 or $11) for international adults, R75 for SADC nationals, and R38 for SA Residents. Besides the new access system currently being sourced, there are upgrades taking place at both facilities and SANParks believes that these two iconic destinations offer excellent value for money. “We further aim to increase accessibility to South Africans, especially the sectors of society that do not traditionally visit national parks, ” Stevens concludes.

Executive Mayor of the City of Cape Town, Patricia De Lille said: “We are excited about this news and express our thanks to Joon for their confidence in Cape Town. This will be a welcome boost to our efforts to position Cape Town as a globally competitive business destination. We look forward to welcoming more tourists from France but also seeing more businesses and investors connect with us with much more ease thanks to these flights. Cape Town is the ideal city to live, work, play and invest in.” The Western Cape Minister of Economic Opportunities, Alan Winde added: “This is excellent news for our tourism sector. Improving air access is a key priority of our Project Khulisa Growth Strategy, and we’ve seen the positive impact of increased air routes. International air arrivals have grown by 27% year-on-year. I would like to commend the Cape Town Air Access team for this achievement and I would like to thank Joon for their business confidence in our region.”

Spectacular Summer In Boland Towns of Paarl and Wellington Summer is the ideal time to head for the outdoors and the stunning Boland towns of Paarl and Wellington are ready to welcome visitors for a sizzling summer. From picnics to game drives, outdoor events and adventures as well as great gourmet offerings, wine tastings and amazing accommodation deals, Paarl and Wellington should be your summer destination of choice. As part of the #discoverpaarl and #heartwellington summer campaigns, participating tourist attractions, restaurants and wineries are pulling out all the stops to ensure unforgettable summer holiday memories. Conveniently located within an hour’s drive from Cape Town, Paarl and Wellington are perfect for quick daybreaks, but have enough to offer to keep guests entertained for a multi-day stay. There is no better way to enjoy the incredible natural surroundings of the Boland than joining friends and family for a delicious picnic with panoramic views of the majestic mountains or lush vineyards and valleys. Whether you want to picnic under the star-light African skies, next to a tranquil lake or under the trees on sprawling lawns, the perfect picnic awaits. Visit our website to see the vast variety of available picnic options. Most venues offer special kiddies picnics and there is even a kosher picnic option. Alternatively, try an authentic South Africa braai (barbecue) on Paarl Rock or in the lapa of a game reserve. Stop at our wine route members for exciting food and wine pairings ranging from traditional pairings of award-winning wines with biltong, charcuterie, tapas, cheese and olives or even gourmet mini pies and home-made jams. If you’re looking for outdoor adventures or just like to keep active, sign up for a quad bike tour, practise your aim during paintballing or air rifle target shooting or enjoy some of our amazing MTB or trail running tracks or beautiful hiking trails. Get closer to Mother Nature during a game drive, reptile adventures and even croccage diving.

Even entertainment is heading outdoors with an outdoor movie night, a fire and flame performance, live music, a popular riel dancing contest on the schedule. Looking for a slower pace? Head for a rose farm to pick your own roses, enjoy a fragrant rose pampering session, take the kids on a tree hunt or do some last minute gift shopping. Paarl and Wellington have become renowned as the ultimate kids-friendly destination with loads to do for the youngsters, special children’s play areas as well as special kids’ menus at most participating restaurants. Despite the current water restrictions in the Cape due to the ongoing drought, tourism officials assure visitors that Paarl and Wellington are most definitely open for business. Although visitors are advised to join in the water conservation efforts, there are still plenty of fun activities to enjoy. For more information visit or






food Mussels with white wine, leeks, lemon and cream: the perfect pairing for our award-winning 21 Gables Chenin Blanc.

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WATER Every drop counts! What we’re doing to tackle the Cape’s water crisis – and how you can help.


ENVIRONMENT How Spier’s nursery is boosting biodiversity.


EVENTS From comedy to trail runs: discover what’s happening this quarter.

GOLDEN HERITAGE Raise your glass to more than 300 years of winemaking history. Inspired by our farm’s unrivalled Cape Dutch architecture, the 21 Gables Chenin Blanc 2015 has won the first-ever Veritas Vertex Award for overall champion wine at the 2017 Veritas Wine Awards.

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Spier’s 21 Gables Chenin Blanc 2015 won the inaugural Veritas Vertex Award at the 2017 Veritas Awards, defeating 1638 other entries to be crowned the competition’s overall champion wine. This adds to Spier’s remarkable achievement of taking home six Double Gold and nine Gold medals from the prestigious awards. The Veritas Vertex Award takes its name from the Latin word “vertex” – meaning “highest point” – alluding to the pinnacle of achievement that the award represents. Paying tribute to Spier’s pioneering winemaking heritage, the 21 Gables Chenin Blanc is a wine of outstanding pedigree. The 2015 vintage was recognised as one of South Africa’s best Chenin Blanc’s through its inclusion in the 2016 Standard Bank Chenin Blanc Top 10 Challenge, and also scored 95 points in Tim Atkin’s Annual South African 2017 Special report. Spier’s other Double Gold winners were the Ideology Chenin Blanc 2016, Signature Chenin Blanc 2017, 21 Gables Cabernet

Sauvignon 2012, 21 Gables Chenin Blanc 2016 and Creative Block 3 2012.


most respected wine tasters. About 900 wines were blind-tasted over three days.


“The fact that four of Spier’s six Double Golds were awarded to Chenin Blanc wines – varying both in price and style – illustrates that our decade-long emphasis on the varietal is bearing fruit,” says Cellar Master Frans Smit. Frans’s philosophy has involved sourcing high-quality grapes from lower-yielding, older vineyards in coastal areas that deliver more consistency. IN A NUTSHELL: THE SPIER 21 GABLES CHENIN BLANC 2015

“Picked on five different dates to maximize complexity, Spier’s top Chenin is wild fermented in 70% new wood. It has a little sweetness, but not botrytis, and a very complex, concentrated palate. Peach, patisserie and cinnamon spice are supported by vivid, mouth-watering acidity,” Tim Atkin comments in his Annual South African 2017 Special report.

The 2018 edition of the authoritative Platter’s Wine Guide has awarded a prestigious and much coveted five stars to the Cape Winemakers Guild Auction Reserve Frans K. Smit 2013. Only 600 bottles of this limited-edition wine were produced exclusively for the 2017 Cape Winemakers Guild Auction, which annually showcases the finest and most exclusive wines produced in small quantities by some of South Africa’s leading winemakers. It’s the fourth time that a red blend bearing Smit’s name has received five stars from Platter’s. Now in its 38th edition, South Africa’s best-selling wine guide reveals the very best the Winelands have to offer. In order for a wine to be considered as a five-star champion, the wine had to be rated more than 95 out of 100 by a panel of the country’s

The CWG Auction Reserve Frans K. Smit 2013 is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (52%) and Merlot (40%), with a touch of Cabernet Franc (8%) playing a supporting role. The blend pays tribute to Smit’s great love of wine, his winemaking skills and dedication to the process. “Matured for four years before release, this wine has the makings of a long-distance runner,” Frans says. “The mild season allowed the fruit to mature for longer and develop excellent flavour concentration and well-balanced, velvety tannins. It’s thanks to the terroir, really. The fruit all hails from the Stellenbosch Helderberg by far the best South African terroir for this style of red blend.”

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Nothing beats the distinctive flavour of fresh black mussels, straight from the beautiful West Coast. Don’t overcook them – they just need a few minutes of hot steam in your pot of wine and leeks. Some lemon rind adds a nice zesty touch. Serve hot with crusty bread to mop up the sauce. This recipe serves four to six people. Prep and cooking time is 30min. Ingredients:

• 30 ml olive oil • 30 ml butter • One small bunch of leeks, finely chopped (white parts only) • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped • Half a bottle white wine (Chenin works well) • 1.5 – 2kg fresh black mussels, cleaned • 125 ml fresh cream • Rind of a lemon, finely grated • Salt and pepper to taste • Chopped fresh herbs, to serve (parsley & dill work well) Method:

To clean the fresh mussels, rinse them under cold tap water. Scrub the outsides if they are a little “hairy”, then pull off the grassy “beard” from the pointy side to the round side. They are now ready for the pot. Any mussels that won’t close before cooking must be discarded. And any mussels that won’t open after cooking, should also be tossed. In a wide heavy-based pot or casserole, heat the oil and butter over medium heat. Fry the leeks and garlic until soft and translucent, but not too brown. Add the wine, turn up the heat and bring to a boil. Add the mussels all at once and cover with a lid. Bring to a boil again and steam for 5-8 minutes until they are open and justcooked. Add the cream and heat through, then take off the heat and add the lemon rind. Season to taste with salt and pepper (some mussels can be very salty already, so be careful). Serve scattered with chopped herbs, with a glass of Spier 21 Gables Chenin Blanc.




Spier’s commitment to conserving water dates back to long before the Western Cape’s current drought.

IN 2007, WE SET THE GOAL OF HALVING OUR MUNICIPAL WATER CONSUMPTION. Ever since then, we’ve constantly been searching for ways to improve efficiency and consumption. 100% of our black and grey wastewater is recycled by our own eco-friendly treatment plant. Installed a decade ago, it can process up to one million litres at any given time and produces 50 million litres of clean water annually. It would take a river 350km to purify what the wastewater treatment plant cleans in one day. The water is used for flushing in the estate’s busiest washrooms and to irrigate our gardens and lawns. We have also installed 400 water-saving devices on showers, basins and toilets in our 153-room hotel, conference centre, restaurants and other public spaces. As part of the FEDHASA Cape Waterwise Pledge, Spier Resort Management has committed to reducing our water usage and consumption by 40% over the period of one year, ending on 12/10/2018.

ALREADY, OUR CAREFULLY MONITORED WATER CONSUMPTION AT SPIER HOTEL HAS BEEN REDUCED BY MORE THAN 50% OVER THE PAST SIX MONTHS. From 389L per guest night to 165L per guest night. With your help, we’d like to reduce this even further.






Planting team - from left: Vuyolwethu Juta, Bulelani Keyizana, Abongile Xandi, Sam Moloi, Wilton Sikhosana, Sithembile Ntyato and Kwanele Nzwana Over one million bulbs, 87 000 trees and shrubs and 6 000 succulents have been propagated and re-planted across Spier’s 620ha since our nursery was established in 2007. The re-planting has attracted a wealth of bird and animal life back into the area. The conservation and rehabilitation of Spier’s natural heritage saw it becoming one of 38 farms in the Western Cape to carry the WWF-SA Conservation Champion label on its wines. The Cape is home to the world’s smallest but most diverse floral kingdom. Of the 9 500 different plant species found here, 70% of these occur nowhere else, making it all the more important that the sensitive ecosystems in which they’re found are protected. Wilton Sikhosana, Spier’s nursery manager for almost a decade, grew up in northern KwaZulu-Natal. When he was a child, his grandfather – a traditional healer – sent him to collect medicinal plants in the veld. Wilton first began flexing his green fingers when he started growing some of these varieties close to home – so he wouldn’t have to walk so far to retrieve them. Almost 180 different indigenous species are growing in the Spier nursery. Wilton and his team collect cuttings and seeds at Spier farm and nearby. Cuttings are nurtured in the cuttings tunnel while in the germinating tunnel, seeds are propagated in trays. There are 10 000 plants growing there.

Outside, three different soil mixes are created, using varying quantities of bark, sand and compost. The compost is made on the farm, using wood chips, grape pips and nutrient-rich organic waste. The mixed soil is placed in bags where the seedlings can be planted. The seedlings are then placed in one of two greenhouses. Containing a total of 30,000 plants, both have 50% shade cover to protect the plants from too much sun while they’re young. Once the plants are big enough, they’re placed outside for a few months for hardening. Wilton studies the ecology of each plant species that he propagates, so he knows which plants should grow where. Spier farm has a variety of different habitats – including its river network and wetlands where bulbs are planted. On sandy, drier patches a variety of fynbos species and trees are planted. There are many areas across Spier where thirsty alien vegetation has been cleared so that water-wise indigenous species can be planted in their place. The newly-planted “nature strips” create diversity surrounding the vineyards and pastures. Combined with the pre-existing patches of endangered vegetation, these protected zones will ultimately form one continuous conservation corridor across the farm. This will minimise the potential localised extinction of species and ensure that the maximum biological diversity is conserved.




also created beautiful fashion accessories from waste items – a creative reminder to think twice before throwing items away. “Technically zero is not about achieving zero waste to landfill as much as it is a holistic approach that aims for a change in the way materials flow through our business,” Heidi says. “Our commitment to the final couple of percent means that we are consistently evaluating our purchasing decisions as new items are brought into the stream all the time.”

Princess Mabindisa From June 2016 to May 2017, just 1.75% (5 812 kg) of Spier’s waste – the equivalent to slightly less than six bakkie loads was sent to landfill.

“CHANGING PERCEPTIONS AROUND WASTE IS CRITICAL TO FIND LONG-TERM SOLUTIONS,” says Heidi Newton-King, Spier’s Director of Sustainability.“Each section of our business sorts its waste individually, with waste storage and categories differing before it’s taken to the farm’s sorting facility and sorted a second time to make absolutely sure the waste can’t be recycled and to help us identify any new non-recyclable items in the waste stream.”

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“WITH A DRIVING FORCE OF MINIMISING OUR IMPACT ON THE ENVIRONMENT, WE BELIEVE TEAM TRAINING AND EDUCATION IS CRITICAL TO CHANGE PERCEPTIONS ABOUT WHY RECYCLING IS IMPORTANT AND THE BENEFITS OF DOING SO BOTH AT WORK AND AT HOME,” SHE SAYS. All of the packaging and utensils at Spier are either 100% compostable and biodegradable or reusable. Utensils are made from bamboo and corn starch bioplastic – making them 100% biodegradable. With recycling bins helpfully located throughout the farm, we encourage our visitors to help us on our journey towards zero waste.

Non-recyclable items are mostly multi-film packaging (such as coffee bags and tea sachets) as well as surgical gloves, hair nets and pot scrapers. Recently Spier invited crafters based at its Craft Market to transform non-recyclable waste from Eight, Spier’s farm-to-table restaurant, into works of art. Eight staff members

SEASONAL PICNICS The Spier Farm Kitchen is the collection point for

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Our 5km and 10km trail races take you past Spier’s pastures and vineyards against the backdrop of the majestic Heldeberg mountains.

Our 5km and 10km trail races take you past Spier’s pastures and vineyards against the backdrop of the majestic Heldeberg mountains..

Time: 10km – 18.00; 5km – 18.05 Place: Registration and start is in front of

Time: 10km – 18.00; 5km – 18.05 Place: Registration and start is in front of

the Hoghouse on The Werf. Cost: 10km: R100pp for pre-entries, R120pp for late/on-the-day entries. 5km: R60pp for pre-entries, R80pp for late/on-the-day entries. BOOK:

the Hoghouse on The Werf. Cost: 10km: R100pp for pre-entries, R120pp for late/on-the-day entries. 5km: R60pp for pre-entries, R80pp for late/on-the-day entries. BOOK:





Kick off your shoes and have a chortle on the lawns under the stars while Stuart Taylor casts his special brand of magic and mystery over the Werf audience at Spier.

Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Spier! Feast on a picnic while watching the classic romantic comedy, Pretty Woman, on a big screen in Spier’s historic Werf.

Taylor’s award-winning formula of a meticulous fusion of comedy and magic earned him recognition as South Africa’s Comedy Magic Champion.

Time: Gates open at 18.00. Movie starts at 20.30 Place: The Spier Werf Cost: Movie ticket – R95/adult & R70/child

His uncanny ability to cast spells of unbridled laughter will have you rolling in your picnic blanket. Time: 17:00. Show starts at 18:30

Duration: 60min (no interval) Place: The Werf at Spier Cost: R170 per person BOOK:


(includes pop-corn on arrival). Add a prebooked picnic basket for R700 (serves 2 adults, and includes a bottle of Spier Secret Sparkling. Does not include movie ticket). BOOK:




Lottering will help you remember how good laughter is for the soul. Prepare to crack up over a glass of wine and one of Spier’s generous summer picnics. One of South Africa’s icons of stand-up comedy, Lottering will do a special performance on Spier farm after a touring his 2017 show Hashtag Lottering! – a show that covers a broad range of topics, ranging from how to successfully live in debt, to the dangers of a WhatsApp family page!


Feast on a picnic on the lawns of Spier’s historic Werf whilst watching the spy thriller film, The Tailor of Panama (2001), on a big screen. Time: Gates open at 18.00. Movie starts at 20.30 Place: The Spier Werf Cost: Movie ticket – R95/adult & R70/child

(includes pop-corn on arrival). Add a prebooked picnic basket for R700 (serves 2 adults, and includes a bottle of Spier Secret Sparkling. Does not include movie ticket). BOOK:

In this show at Spier, Lottering will be sharing his all-time favourite stories.

easter at spier

Whether you join us for lunch in our courtyard, enjoy a picnic on the lawn, or tuck into an Easter-inspired a la carte brunch at Eight, Easter at Spier is sure to be a memorable one. There’ll also be an Easter egg hunt for the kids. Visit for more details


Our 5km and 10km trail races take you past Spier’s pastures and vineyards against the backdrop of the majestic Heldeberg mountains.. Time: 10km – 18.00; 5km – 18.05 Place: Registration and start is in front of

the Hoghouse on The Werf. Cost: 10km: R100pp for pre-entries, R120pp for late/on-the-day entries. 5km: R60pp for pre-entries, R80pp for late/on-the-day entries. BOOK:



Time: 17:00. Show starts at 18:30 Duration: 60min (no interval) Place: The Werf at Spier Cost: R170 per person BOOK:





Feast on a picnic on the lawns of Spier’s historic Werf whilst watching the spy action comedy film, Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997), on a big screen. Time: Gates open at 18.00. Movie starts at 20.30 Place: The Spier Werf Cost: Movie ticket – R95/adult & R70/child

(includes pop-corn on arrival). Add a prebooked picnic basket for R700 (serves 2 adults, and includes a bottle of Spier Secret Sparkling. Does not include movie ticket). BOOK:

Photo credit: Peter Kirk Media

Photo credit: Peter Kirk Media


6 Artisan Studio

Craft Market


8 Eight Restaurant


1 Werf Cellar

Segway Tours


Spier Mosaic Kraal


Wine Tasting

Eagle Encounters

4 Wine Collection Point


12 Manor House

14 Old Wine Cellar Conference Centre

15 16 Amphitheatre


Wastewater Treatment Plant


Spier Spa



Spier Hotel

Spier Hotel Restaurant & Wine Bar

Spier Shop



menu includes flavoursome grass-fed beef, pork, lamb and free-roaming chicken supplied by Spier’s Farmer Angus, perfectly paired with Spier wine or Hoghouse’s craft ales. Contact: +27 (21) 881 3174 or

Hoghouse Bakery & Café


Surrounded by beautiful Cape Dutch Buildings, Spier’s historic farmyard - the Werf - has been meticulously restored.


Spier Farm Kitchen




The 1822 historic Manor House has been extensively restored and three different meeting rooms are available. The building features artworks from the Spier Collection - one of the largest collections of contemporary South African art in the country.

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


Spier has an open air venue hosting artistic and corporate events with a capacity of 1100 people.


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


Spier’s Old Wine Cellar is South Africa’s oldest dated cellar building (1767), and is used for conferences & private functions.

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

7. ARTISAN STUDIO The Spier Artisan Studio welcomes guests to see mosaic and ceramic artisans at work as they create artworks in collaboration with South African fine artists.

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





Witness our winemaking team in action at the Spier Werf Cellar as they handcraft Spier’s first estate wine, made from organic vineyards that grow on the Spier farm.

The wood-fired oven and bakery kitchen, located in the historical Jonkershuis on the Werf, serves fresh bread, pastries and treats – which can also be pre-ordered 48 hours in advance. Chef PJ Vadas’s barbeque-focused lunch and dinner

The Spier Farm Kitchen offers everything visitors need to make their own tasty farm picnics – as well as a delicious array of locally sourced and made produce to take home. Help yourself to nutritious, farm-inspired food and linger on the stoep overlooking the Werf with a glass of wine or relax nearby under one of the Werf’s giant oaks. The Spier Farm Kitchen is open 7 days a week, including public holidays, from 10.00 to 16.30 daily.

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

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

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

4. WINE COLLECTION POINT 5. Mosaic kraal The country’s first permanent outdoor exhibition of mosaic features the works of 16 contemporary South African artists – all crafted by the Spier Arts Academy.


Download the VoiceMap app and listen to our two audio tours on your smartphone:

• Walk the Farm: an exploration of the estate and our sustainable approach to farming.

(Starts at the Hotel entrance)

(Begins at the Tasting Room)

• Gables: a fictional journey based on the historic reality of 19th century farm life.

A list of instructions is available at our reception desk.


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


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


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


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

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

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




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Chef Garth Almazan Opens ‘Leeto’ Restaurant In Paternoster Enjoy a culinary journey of refined and contemporary West Coast cuisine at the newly opened Leeto Restaurant by Chef Proprietor Garth Almazan. Authenticity and local specialities merge with sophistication in both the menu and restaurant design. Leeto (Khoi language: ’journey’) stays true to its unique beach location, capturing local flavours, whilst at the same time boasting spectacular views. Chef Garth Almazan has opened his much anticipated restaurant in Paternoster. Leeto overlooks the beach and is located on the north eastern side of Paternoster. Seating 60 diners, but up to 80 for weddings and private events, the restaurant presents refined and contemporary West Coast cuisine showcasing local culinary treasures including sustainable seafood and free range venison, as well as a selection of creative vegan and vegetarian dishes. The restaurant design and decor is clean and modern with a ‘beachside sophistication’ that pays homage to its unique location. Designed to incorporate the natural elements of authentic Paternoster, Leeto is a tranquil, stylish and modern space in muted natural colours set as backdrop to the surrounding ocean, beach and fynbos. It comes with a fully stocked bar with excellent coffee and a good selection of local craft gins and beers, as well as a wine list that promotes wines from the West Coast region. Almazan and his wife Cecile operate Leeto as destination restaurant in partnership with Simone Jacke and Deon Brand. Seasoned hospitality experts and property developers in Paternoster and abroad, the Jacke/Brand couple are also the owners of the award-winning 5-star Strandloper Ocean Boutique Hotel, neighbouring the new restaurant. Leeto is proud to support and help upskill the Paternoster community with employment and in-house training of kitchen and waitron staff.

trained under Garth Stroebel at the Belmond Mount Nelson for three years before working as Head Chef at Shamwari for two years. This was followed by a record 18-year stint as Executive Chef at Catharina’s, the fine dining restaurant at Steenberg in Constantia, where he cooked to great acclaim and raked in several accolades over the years.

For Almazan (43) Leeto is a dream come true as some of his earliest food memories include the delicious, spicy seafood family dinners prepared by his Philippine grandmother when he was a young boy. Born and bred in Cape Town, Almazan

Leeto is a welcome addition to the growing ‘foodie-scene’ of Paternoster, and is one of very few restaurants that are open seven days a week, right through the year - welcoming diners for both lunch and dinner.

StreetSmart Restaurants

What To Expect This Summer

In Oudtshoorn Help Street Children

At Benguela Cove

Get your carnival spirit on and enjoy this summer with Benguela Cove. Benguela's new restaurant Moody Lagoon opened on 15 December 2017. Bring the family and enjoy face paintings for the kids, marimba music, wine cocktails and much more. Executive Chef Annie Badenhorst says, “The entire team is extremely excited about the launch of the new restaurant which caters for up to 100 people. Moody Lagoon will be open for lunch 7 days a week from 12 - 3pm and dinner Thursday to Saturday 6 - 9pm. All day platters will also be on offer.” Penny Streeter OBE, owner of Benguela Cove says, “The whole idea behind adding more facilities and activities at the estate is to make the property attractive to everyone from kids to adults.” Photo: Niel Els (Owner, Turnberry Hotel), Saretha Conradie (Owner, Karusa Wine Estate) and Melanie Burke (Chairman, StreetSmart SA)

StreetSmart SA, a non-profit organisation dedicated to the social integration and upliftment of street children, has launched in Oudtshoorn and is rallying restaurants and hospitality establishments to become involved in helping to rebuild the lives of the town’s children at risk.

“We are happy to provide a tourist attraction that caters for all.” The Adventure Pirate Golf course will be open to the public in January 2018, this will allow for competitive fun that offers plenty of thrills and laughs to just about anyone and everyone.

The St Francis Drop-In Centre, providing daily services to street children, has received R25,000 raised through local StreetSmart partners to boost local community upliftment. The StreetSmart funds were handed over at an event held at Karusa Wine Estate. The donation is part of an allocation of over R1 million awarded nationally for the fourth consecutive year by StreetSmart SA, an organisation dedicated to helping vulnerable children rebuild their lives, through donations from partner establishments in the Western Cape, Garden Route, Gauteng and KZN. Establishments in Oudtshoorn are now part of a network of restaurants, accommodation venues and wine cellars running this worthy initiative in the southern cape along with George, Knysna and Plettenberg Bay. Nationally Cape Town, Franschhoek, Stellenbosch, Paarl, Somerset West, Wellington, Worcester, Swellendam, Johannesburg, Pretoria and Durban are all doing their part. Since 2013, the St Francis Drop-In, affiliated with FAMSA Karoo, runs youth development programmes in Oudtshoorn that form part of a holistic approach to assist children between the ages of 7-8 years. Their mission is to protect children against all forms of abuse and neglect through accessible services focusing on all levels of protection. The StreetSmart donation will go towards the Drop-In children’s activity programmes. There are currently three restaurants in Oudtshoorn, the Restaurant @ Karusa Wine Estate, Restaurant @ Boulders Lodge & Spa and the Turnberry Restaurant, that have embraced StreetSmart’s vision to make a real difference to the lives of street children or children at risk of living on the streets. Funds are raised by adding a R5 donation to each patron’s bill. This donation is voluntary and donors are able to contribute more if they wish to. StreetSmart partner establishments and their guests are generously contributing to making a difference in the lives of vulnerable street children in their local communities. Nationally this partnership has raised R1,120,000.00 during 2017. StreetSmart SA was set up in 2005 by a group of concerned Capetonians under the patronage of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu and comprises resourceful board members representing business and the hospitality and tourism industries.

Visit Blackbeard’s Diner for a quick bite or to enjoy some time out of the sun with our chilled drinks. Enjoy wine tastings at the Cellar Door and Jazz on the Lagoon from 1 January 2018 and every Sunday thereafter. Benguela Cove strives for excellence and ultimate customer satisfaction, the property is wheelchair and kid friendly as the development has been built on flat structure. Dogs are welcome provided they are on a leash. Stay tuned to our social media pages and Benguela Cove website for more exciting news and competitions. Benguela Cove is the ultimate hot spot for family outings, corporate functions and tourists alike. For more information visit




Franschhoek Motor Museum - Motoring Heaven

The Franschhoek Motor Museum, which features a distinctive collection of more than 220 unique vehicles, is located on the L’Ormarins wine estate on the R45 in Franschhoek. Opened in 2007, the museum has become a popular attraction not only as an outlet for pure motoring fanatics, but also for tourists visiting the region. The vehicles, of which all are in pristine condition despite their age, are kept in four de-humidified halls which are arranged in chronological order. Some of the vintage cars in the collection hold significance as their production dates back to more than 100 years ago, while more recent models feature simply by being exotic or rare. The museum is home to some of the world’s rarest cars including models from Ferrari, McLaren, Bugatti and Maserati.

It tells the story of how the car evolved through the ages and is abundantly rich in motoring history. An important piece of South African history is also portrayed by the exhibition of the exact bulletproof BMW 7-series car used by Nelson Mandela during promotion of his 46664 HIV/Aids campaign. Vintage motorcycles and bicycles are also on display. It should be noted that visits to the museum are by appointment only. Estate package - For those that seek to explore more than just the motor museum, purchase of the “Anthonij Rupert Estate package” allows visitors the opportunity to travel onboard a tram between L’Ormarins and adjacent Anthonij Rupert wine estates. The package includes a visit to the motor museum as well as wine tastings and lunch. Stops are made at various visitor points where guests can spend as much time as needed before getting onto the next available tram. Whether it is a brief visit to the motor museum or a whole day of exploring, the charming style and rich heritage of the L’Ormarins estate delivers an impeccable experience. For more information visit

Affordable Lifestyle, Cheaper Housing

Do Airbnb Hosts

Boosts Swellendam/Overberg Property

Have Enough Protection In Place

A lower cost of living and more affordable property prices is a big boost for country-side property markets that is generally keeping most towns top of mind for local buyers, but also many buyers who are migrating from the big urban areas to the Cape country-side, says Ian Badenhorst, MD for Seeff Country. He said that the desire for a more secure lifestyle and a better quality of life is a big driver of the demand for country property.

With tougher economic conditions and high debt burdens, many consumers are turning to alternative income sources to supplement their income over the holiday season. Some homeowners, particularly those who have second homes or are going away, are turning to short-term rentals, such as Airbnb, as a form of additional revenue to help line their pockets.

There is almost no traffic, even in the bigger towns of the Overberg and you can find excellent facilities including good schools, medical care and hospitals and shopping centres across most towns. The local municipal services are generally excellent with these towns often voted as some of the best to live in. You also have good access to bigger centres which are mostly reachable within 1-2 hour’s drive. Take a town such as Swellendam in the Overberg for example.

While there is no doubt that the rise short-term rental online platforms can be considered one of the biggest disruptors of the rental space and a positive boost to our ailing economy, Vera Nagtegaal, Executive Head of, cautions homeowners to be aware of the various regulations and bylaws governing the rental sector. “Short-term rentals are a fantastic way for homeowners to earn a little more spending money. But, for any homeowner who is considering renting out their home, it is important that they are aware of the regulations, insurance implications and security risks involved.” Realising the growth opportunity that comes with Airbnb, The City of Cape Town signed an agreement with the company in October this year in order to promote the benefits of people-to-people tourism for Cape Town residents and their communities and promote Cape Town across the world as a unique travel destination.

It is located just over two hours’ drive from Cape Town and George and is a gateway to the Garden Route and a popular stop-over for trips to the Overberg, Garden Route and Eastern Cape. With the beautiful Langeberg Mountains as a backdrop and rolling farmlands all around, the scenic location epitomises the attraction of the Cape country-side. With reduced security, travel and living costs and lower property prices, people can settle here and have a much better quality of life. You also have access to local fresh food and meat. There is no major commercialisation or industries, the air is clean and the climate excellent and well-suited to family and retirement living. Swellendam is the third oldest settlement in the country with a fabulous history and rich heritage of historic buildings. Since the Dutch East India Company settled in the Cape in 1652, it had been trading as far inland as Swellendam and by 1745 settled in Swellendam, named after Governor Hendrik Swellengrebel and his wife, Helena ten Damme. The town has been declared and independent ‘republic’ on two occasions, first in October 1795, and more recently in 2011. With plentiful water resources, the area is very fertile and boasts a bustling agricultural sector. It is the largest grower of youngberries in the world. Other agricultural products include fruit, dairy, sheep and grain farming and the area is also popular for equestrian pursuits. There is also a busy tourism industry with many sought-after guest houses and popular historic attractions such as the Drostdy Museum which dates to 1747. Facilities in the town includes a hospital, primary and high schools, a shopping centre along with an Superspar, OK Grocery store, the well-known Bukkenburg Pottery Studio, Rain Health Spa and Retail shop, and the Faerie Sanctuary.

According to Airbnb’s ‘Overview of the Airbnb community in South Africa’ report, approximately R817 million was earned by local households and more than R2.4 billion in total economic activity was generated between Airbnb hosts and guest spending in the country in 2016. In Cape Town alone, there are 17 600 active listings on the short-term rental website and hosts have earned a combined income of R762 million over the past 12 months. Nagtegaal points out that in interviews post the City’s announcement encouraging tourists to make use of shortterm rentals, Counsellor Brett Herron warned that homeowners should be mindful of the municipal planning by-laws, which indicate a block of flats cannot be used for holiday accommodation or hotel purposes. Any owner wishing to do short-term holiday letting from a block of flats, irrespective of the platform facilitating such letting - such as Airbnb or otherwise - must ensure the property is appropriately zoned and must apply for consent from the city’s development Photo: Vera Nagtegaal management department. “In letting out your home, this also has an impact on your insurance cover,” explains Nagtegaal. “Should the home be used for commercial purposes, an insurance claim can run the risk of being repudiated if inadequate cover or the incorrect type of cover is in place.”

The new Rotary Park Retirement Village is another highlight as it has a frail care and is in great demand. Just outside the town, is the popular Kam’Bati River Resort on the banks of the Breede River. Swellendam also offers access to several nature reserves including the Bontebok National Park and the Marloth Nature Reserve, both of which offer good hiking trails.

Nagtegaal says it is extremely important that homeowners also understand the different types of cover available to protect against theft, damage and any other possible claims that can be made.

For golf lovers, there is the 9-hole Swellendam Golf Course that offers stunning views. Horse lovers can find two trails that will take you through the beautiful mountain ranges and cater for all levels of experience.

She explains that as the home is technically being used for commercial gain this has an impact on the type of cover homeowners should have in place, which could also include public liability cover.




LEARN TO RUN 21.1KM WITH OPTIFIT A PASSPORT TO NEW FRIENDS, MANAGING STRESS AND GREAT FITNESS! Have you longed to be a half-marathon runner but have convinced yourself that you will never succeed? Think again! Our human physiology and indomitable spirits show that with training – most of us can run. The trick is to progress gradually allowing your body to adapt to the process. OptiFit, which runs in association with the Sports Science Institute of SA (SSISA), will be hosting an 8 weeks to 21.1km programme for runners who can comfortably run 10km. Recent research, conducted by UCT’s Division of Exercise Science and Sports Medicine on OptiFit’s 10km programme, found it to be extremely safe and scientific with members reaching their goal with no muscle damage or pain. The course includes three sessions a week where you are trained by caring sports scientists or biokineticists – who are themselves runners. During these sessions – we will help you master the skills and gain confidence to run a half-marathon. SSISA also provide you with useful tips about running gear, groups to train with and stunning events on the calendar. They do basic health and fitness assessments at the start and end of the course and the entire group participates in their official target race the Old Mutual Two Oceans 21.1km on 31 March 2018. The course starts late January 2018. You need to be healthy and uninjured with no major health risk factors to sign up. On joining the programme, you will attend a workshop and have a basic health screening, receive a starter-pack, get discounts on gear and get some guest passes to train at the SSISA’s Wellness and Fitness Centre, where you also get preferential rates. There are limited spots available, so sign up now!

What better way to enjoy the beautiful outdoors, whilst de-stressing, getting fitter, meeting new friends and achieving a special goal. For more information visit


Fitbit the leading global wearables brand, delivers the first update to its Fitbit OS platform for a smarter, more personalized experience for Fitbit Ionic™ smartwatch users with more than 60 apps now available across a wide range of categories, 100+ clock faces, and enhanced performance. Fitbit is also introducing Fitbit Labs, a Fitbit Research initiative that will bring innovative apps and intelligent clock face experiences to users to motivate and drive behavior change, and help accelerate the company’s pace of innovation.

News: Flipboard, with stories for every interest, to quickly preview the latest health and fitness stories; and The New York Times, the global paper of record, to easily check current news headlines.

“Ionic has received strong, positive reviews regarding its leading health and fitness-focused features, long battery life, platform compatibility, and more. With this update, we are delivering on our promise to enhance the smart experience with popular apps, intelligent clock faces, and new motivating tools that help you reach your goals,” said Jon Oakes, VP of Product at Fitbit. “This is just the start – along with future enhancements to the Fitbit OS, we have an extremely engaged global developer community excited to continually bring even more unique offerings to our users via the Fitbit App Gallery.”

Travel & Transit: TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site, to easily discover restaurants and things to do nearby; Uber by Fitbit gets you fast reliable rides in minutes, displays your ride status, and provides access to your trip details; and United Airlines, one of the world’s largest airlines, to access boarding passes and check flight status.

New apps from popular brands available for free download include: Food & Drink: Yelp, the leading local guide for consumers, to easily find the best nearby restaurants. Health & Fitness: Clue, the #1 rated free female health app by gynecologists, to track your menstrual cycle and symptoms; GAME GOLF, the leader in tracking golf performance analytics, will help to improve your game by providing precise distances to the green and visualizing the hole layout; and Surfline, the leading surf reporting and forecasting company, to track swells and conditions so you can find the best waves.

Expected in January are apps for British Airways, Lyft and Walgreens, with more popular brands to be added on an ongoing basis. More motivation for global users with offline music, coming in 2018. Music is an integral part of any workout, and through a new partnership with international streaming music service Deezer, Fitbit users around the globe will have the ability to take their favorite streaming music with them, no phone required (available in 2018). Accelerating innovation with Fitbit Labs In addition to the new apps noted above, Fitbit Labs leverages the Fitbit Research & Development team’s expertise in data analysis and behavioral science to test potential new features in the form of experimental apps and smart clock faces designed to motivate users and drive behavior change. Additional apps and clock faces from Fitbit Labs will be added throughout 2018 and beyond.




Get EU residency / 2nd citizenship by buying a property in Cyprus

At the moment there is a growing urgency for many South Africans to want to diversify and invest in offshore property to secure a Plan B; as the property investment offers an insurance against political instability and economic risk.

There are many championship golf courses, traditional wine estates, lush agricultural belts and it is a quick 40 minute drive to the mountains where it snows for 3 months of the year.

Europe is by far still the preferred property investment destination as not only does the EU offer many opportunities, but Europe is also the world’s largest single market & global trading block. In The Med, Cyprus has become even more of a desirable destination due to the incredible lifestyle options on offer and being away from the mainland. Cyprus - an English-speaking, ex-British colony and full member of the EU and Common Wealth – offers property investors the option to secure either permanent residency or a 2nd passport for him/herself and the family. In Cyprus, the permanent residency permits are secured in 4 - 6 weeks of making application and extend to 3 generations in the same family – including dependent children up to age 25 as well as both the parents and parentsin-law. There is no prescription to either buy in Special Designated Areas (SDA’s) or to physically live in the country annually. The investor is allowed to rent out the property to earn a Europe-based income. No other country in Europe offers this, so it is exclusive to Cyprus. Getting a 2nd passport via Cyprus’ ‘Citizenship through investment’ programme is also unique in Europe. Citizenship is granted in 3 months; and all dependent children up to age 28 qualify. Cypriot citizenship gives the investor and his family visa-free access to more than 169 countries in the world; and Photo: Cyprus Passport complete freedom of access to the whole EU – including the UK. The whole family can live, work, study and travel anywhere in Europe with no restrictions.

Cypriot Realty - a proudly South African company in operation for more than 9 years with offices in Cape Town, Sandton and Cyprus – can assist you. We are recognised and respected as Southern Africa’s authoritative offshore investment specialists, promoting Cyprus as an ideal destination for acquiring EU citizenship or permanent residency, property investment, immigration or retirement and starting an EU-based business - we understand investor’s needs. Contact us for a confidential meeting to discuss how we can help you realise your Plan B in Europe.

The appeal Cyprus has as a country is that the lifestyle on offer is very similar to South Africa; but the country is not plagued by any social problems - nor is there a refugee crisis. The country is 1st world with English-speaking universities, international brands & facilities and world-class hospitals, yet the cost of living in Cyprus is a fraction of that in South Africa. The Western side of the island has very similar topography to the Western Cape; and South Africans tend to favour this area over the other provinces.

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Discovery Is Hosting A Get Active Weekend In Cape Town The Discovery Get Active weekend brings professional athletes and sport enthusiasts alike to experience an exciting day of swimming, cycling, and running through the scenic Mother City, with the Discovery Duathlon Cape Town and the Discovery Triathlon World Cup Cape Town set for 11 February 2018. Cape Town to host the only World Cup triathlon on African soil This Discovery Triathlon World Cup Cape Town kicks off the international circuit as the opening race on the 2018 International Triathlon Union (ITU) global calendar. It is the only World Cup triathlon that takes place on African soil. “This event is special as it attracts the best triathletes in the world, including world and Olympic champions,” says race director Gary Marescia.

Photo: Green Point Athletics Stadium, Cape Town - Photo Credit: Chris Hitchcock

Home-grown men’s defending Discovery Triathlon World Cup Cape Town champ, Richard Murray, enthuses about the Cape Town event, saying, “To race in front of my home crowd and Table Mountain is always a pleasure.” He also enjoys the dynamic of the race format: “I’m a big fan of the sprint distance events – it’s fast, furious and comes down to the line sometimes.” 11 February 2018 promises a full day of racing entertainment With the duathlon and triathlon taking place on the same day this year, spectators will be treated to a full day of entertainment. “The start times of each wave have been scheduled to ensure that athletes and spectators enjoy an action-packed day of racing,” says Marescia.

Security. “The City has developed a strong track record as an events destination.” “On behalf of the City of Cape Town, I would like to extend a warm welcome to the International Triathlon Union (ITU) World Cup triathletes and spectators.” Discovery Duathlon makes multisport more accessible Whether you’re a professional athlete or a newcomer to multisport, there’s nothing like the adrenaline rush combining two or more disciplines into one, exciting event. The Discovery Duathlon Cape Town offers those interested in a multisport event the chance to experience the run, cycle, run format.

“We are pleased that Cape Town has been chosen as a host city once again,” says Alderman JP Smith, a City Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and

The weekend promises to cater for high performance athletes, weekend warriors and novices alike. It also allows participants to experience the beauty of Cape Town and spend a day out at iconic locations, such as the V&A Waterfront and Green Point Athletics Stadium.

FNB Varsity Cup Announces

Entries are now open for the fourth Discovery Duathlon Cape Town and the Discovery Triathlon World Cup Cape Town. There are limited entries per race category.

Exciting New Power Play

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A new Power Play rule to be introduced to the FNB Varsity Cup presented by Steinhoff International and FNB Varsity Shield presented by Steinhoff International in 2018.

SA National

Road and Time Trial Championships 2018

Varsity Cup and Varsity Shield will introduce a new Power Play rule to the tournament in 2018 which will encourage coaches to employ exciting, attacking tactics while fostering a generation of dynamic and adjustable rugby players. The team calling the Power Play may remove any two nominated backline players from the opposition for a period of three minutes of playing time. The Power Play can only be called by a team while in their own half, must be called by the captain, and can only be called once. If the team whose players have been removed score a try during the Power Play period, they are awarded an extra two points (seven points before the conversion).

Photo: Maties - Photo Credit: Liam Hamer-Nel/

The first priority of the Varsity Cup Board, when it comes to rule changes, will always be to encourage attacking rugby, which this rule will lend itself to.

“Yellow and red cards are such integral aspects of rugby, yet players and coaches worldwide struggle to deal with the change in personnel,” said Duitser Bosman, CEO of Varsity Cup and Varsity Shield. “This innovative new rule will foster a generation of rugby players who will be able to defend with less teammates on the field and will know how to fully utilise a numerical advantage.” This Power Play rule will allow tactically strong coaches to employ robust new strategies. University of Western Cape (UWC) coach and 1995 Rugby World Cup winning winger Chester Williams believes the Power Play rule will bring an exciting new edge to the competition. “The new rule will be good for players, coaches and, most of all, spectators going into next year’s competition, as it keeps the game fresh. Power Play will really keep the game fluid and allow for some innovative thinking from the coaches.” “It will be tactically and strategically challenging for all of the coaches, and will be interesting to see how other coaches react.” Varsity Cup will kick off on the 29 January 2018 when title-holders FNB University of Pretoria take on FNB University of Free State at Tuks Stadium. The Varsity Shield will begin on 19 February 2018. The Varsity Cup will conclude on Monday, 16 April 2018. For more information and fixtures visit

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Western Cape Cycling will host the 2018 SA National Road and Time Trial Championships taking place in Oudtshoorn from 6-11 February 2018. The Eden Cycling region will organize the event on behalf of the Western Cape. Oudtshoorn Municipality is one of Eden Cycling’s partners in hosting the 2018 SA National Road and Time Trial Championships and will support the event financially as well as with infrastructure required for the event. All routes will start and finish in Voortrekker Road with different distances for the age categories, with the start in the direction of Volmoed with a shorter loop entering the town with the finish-line in Voortrekker Road. The 1st two days of the championships will see riders compete in the time trial on a 14.6 km circuit leading out of town onto the Mossel Bay road towards the Safari Ostrich farm, and back to town. The 3rd day of the event will be the start of the road races with the all Para cyclists, U11/U13 boys and girls and U/15 girls taking place on the time trial route of 14.6 km. The next 3 days will be the road races for the rest of the categories. The following routes with distances will be utilized: 14.6km, 88m ascent, 52.8km, 473m ascent, 61.0km, 305m ascent, 86.8km, 822m ascent, 99.8km, 908m ascent 120.8km, 1,178m ascent and the 154.8km, 1,529m ascent. The main attraction at the 2018 SA National Road and Time Trial Championships will be the Elite, U/23 and Junior men’s and woman’s races that will take place on Saturday, 10 February 2018. Besides the beautiful scenery of Oudthoorn and the Little Karoo, there are many attractions including the Cango Caves, Cango Wildlife Ranch, Safari & Higate Ostrich Farms (both situated on the official routes), Swartberg Pass, Wilgewandel, C.P. Nel Museum, Zipline and Aerial Adventure Park, Meiringspoort waterfall, Rust en Vrede waterfall, Buffelsdrift and Chandelier Game farms, Meerkat Magic tours and many more. For more information visit




The Hope @ Paul Cluver Amphitheatre Summer Concert Series The popular Hope @ Paul Cluver Summer Concert Series is back. Music enthusiasts will once again get the opportunity to catch some of SA’s top artists in action until February 2018. The Hope @ Paul Cluver Amphitheatre is the most unique and awe-inspiring setting for performances and situated less than 60 minutes from Cape Town. It’s the perfect excuse to venture to the Elgin Wine Valley for a night of wholesome outdoor entertainment. The majestic Eucalyptus forest circles the intimate open-air arena which has been hewn from farm timber in its entirety. The performances are specifically chosen to match the natural acoustics of the venue, thereby creating a truly unique open-air experience, suited for the whole family. The following artists will be performing at the amphitheatre this Summer: (13 January: The Parlotones), (27 January: Elvis Blue), (10 February: Emo Adams), (24 February: Watershed) Gates for each performance open at 5:30pm and guests are more than welcome to bring their own food, but no alcohol. A selection of Paul Cluver wines will be available to purchase. Don’t worry if you’ve run out of food as there will be vendors on site selling scrumptious food to keep you going throughout the show. Keeping with the outdoors theme tasty morsels for sale on the evening include pulled Pork rolls with potato salad; delicious grilled veg and Halloumi wraps, and tasty Chicken Tacos served with a salsa relish and spicy mayo. The popular Houw Hoek pies served with piping hot potato wedges and a mayo dip are guaranteed to fill any hungry gap. Compliment your meal with something sugary from the selection of decadent sweet treats for sale. For more information visit

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Bi-monthly Street Parties a #1OAK experience Forget the streets of Paris or Rome...Stellenbosch is where it is all happening this summer, when the City of Oaks spills onto the pavements to share its vibrant street culture and jovial charm during its ever-popular Street Soirees. “Stellenbosch is not only the first (1) and foremost wine route of our country, it’s also fondly known as the City of Oaks with a plethora of one of a kind (or in short OAK) experiences for young and old. One such #1OAK offering is our bi-monthly street parties where a cosmopolitan crowd, charming country-style hospitality and culinary delights blend with cool tunes and quality wines,” shares Elmarie Rabe, Manager of the Stellenbosch Wine Routes. Proudly presented by the Stellenbosch Wine Routes, the first Street Soiree of the season presented some traffic-stopping entertainment in the historic town’s Drostdy Street on 13 December 2017. It is your ticket to savour the enviable Stellenbosch lifestyle through local street fare by prominent eateries and food vendors, award-winning wines and upbeat live music. At this pop-up party, cars make way for enthusiasts to sample unique dishes at street stalls, while wine farms offer delicious vintages to wash away those mid-week blues. “We take your #WineWednesday to the next level and offer the perfect antidote to a hectic day at the office. Why not let your hair down and swap the boring TV meals for a laidback stroll and early street-style supper with friends... while you also make a few new ones along the way,” adds Rabe.

Each Stellenbosch Street Soiree features a different selection of cellars and caterers. These communal parties are from 18h00 till 20h00 and children are welcome. Make a note of the Stellenbosch Street Soirees dates for this summer and don’t miss a single one: 10 & 24 January 2018, 7 & 21 February 2018, and 7 & 21 March 2018. For more information visit



in the ARTSCAPE Opera House Supported by PIETER TOERIEN Productions


As part of the

MAYNARDVILLE Open-Air Festival Supported by the MAYNARDVILLE Trust, LIQUIDMATCH Productions and ARTSCAPE

Choreography: Marc Goldberg

Programme includes Les SYLPHIDES

24—28 Jan, 2018, @ 20h15 Tickets: R140—R220

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COMPUTICKET or ARTSCAPE Dial-a-Seat on 021 421 7695

7—17 Feb, 2018

Tickets: R120—R270

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Red Bull King of the Air Returns to Cape Town From 27 January to 11 February 2018, the most badass, big-air Kiteboarding contest in the world returns. It is all about the amplitude as contestants go head-to-head in a “flag out” competition format. During the two week weather window riders will only face-off in the perfect conditions – when the legendary Cape Doctor is at its epic best, punching out consistent wind speeds of over 30 knots and providing the perfect swell from which to boost some extreme manoeuvres. Riders will have to master the elements in an attempt to rule the skies – leaving a wake in the atmosphere with the ultimate goal of being crowned King of the Air 2018. For more information visit

Photo: Red Bull King of The Air 2017, Big Bay, Cape Town - Photo Credit: Ydwer van der Heide / Red Bull Content Pool

Summer is in Full Swing with Franschhoek Summer Wines It’s a new year, Summer is in full swing and it’s the perfect opportunity to sample seasonal inspired wines at the annual Franschhoek Summer Wines on Saturday, 3 February, at Leopard’s Leap Family Vineyards. An intimate and exclusive social calendar highlight where the Franschhoek Vigneron’s choices for Summer will be showcased. These include a superb selection of white, rosé, Méthode Cap Classique and light red wines. The wines on show have been carefully selected by the winemakers to complement the hot Summer days. And what would wine be without delicious food? Chef Pieter de Jager and his team will ensure that the food offerings not only match the wine, but the weather too. Live music will add the final touches to what promises to be the perfect day out in the Franschhoek Wine Valley. Keep things cool, and dress elegantly in white. Tickets cost R220 per person, and can be purchased via webtickets. Pre-booking is essential as tickets are limited. The cost includes entry, a complimentary tasting glass and 15 wine tasting coupons, which can be redeemed on the day of the show between 12pm and 5pm. For more information visit



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