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The City of Cape Town announced the qualifying bidder for Foreshore Freeway Precinct development last month. The outcome of this innovative and ground-breaking approach to partner with the private sector to achieve public infrastructure is enormously exciting and has the potential to radically transform Cape Town’s spatial reality within the next decade or so. The appointed Bid Evaluation Committee having completed the Stage 1 of the bid evaluation process, announced that Mitchell Du Plessis Projects (Pty) Ltd, trading as Mitchell Du Plessis Associates (MDA) is the qualifying bidder. With this announcement the City of Cape Town is undertaking the momentous task of reshaping an iconic but underutilised precinct - approximately 6ha in size, located under and between the existing Foreshore Freeway viaducts and between the northern edge of the central business district (CBD) and the Cape Town Harbour. MDA’s proposal entails, among others, the completion of the unfinished sections of the freeways – these are the connections to and from Helen Suzman Boulevard; and the connections to and from the N1 and N2 freeways. Furthermore, the development proposes a combination of approximately 3 200 market-related residential units and a minimum of 450 affordable residential units.
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“With no current access to the da Vinci in public hospitals, this will provide a valuable teaching opportunity across the private and public platforms,” says Dr Dimitri Erasmus CEO: Tygerberg Hospital. “Both registrars from our Tygerberg facility as well as those students training at Mediclinic Durbanville will have access to view and learn from these procedures,” Erasmus concludes.
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Abriella Bredell’s dream was to set the world record for the youngest person to swim the Robben Island Channel in order to raise funds for her favourite charity, the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital - a challenge she took upon herself. The Robben Island Swim (between Robben Island and Blouberg mainland) is considered the “Everest” of every open water swimmer in South Africa and oﬀers an unparalleled challenge to open water swimmers in South Africa and around the world.
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Two of the City of Cape Town’s premier events, the Cape Town Cycle Tour now in its 40th year, and the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon celebrating 49 years, will go ahead as planned for March 2018. The ongoing severe drought has presented a harsh reality for both events, their stakeholders and all the participants.
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The iconic Cape Town Cycle Tour #40take2, the world’s largest timed Cycle Race will be staged on 11 March 2018.
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The Mediclinic surgical facilities, access to the da Vinci robot, nursing staff and expertise from Mediclinic associated doctors, are provided free of charge in a collaboration with the local public-sector hospital. The most recent series of collaborations have been carried out across the Western Cape, Free State and Limpopo provinces with a number of other provinces still being discussed. Operations included cataract, urology and tympanoplasty (eardrum repair) procedures. Another key aspect to the relationship between Mediclinic and Tygerberg Hospital will be the training element. A team of theatre staff including a scrub nurse, anaesthetist and fellow urology registrars will be included either in the theatre or as part of a live broadcast to the doctors.
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Da Vinci robotic surgery is being introduced as part of the ongoing relationship between Mediclinic and the Western Cape Department of Health. During the next few weeks, Mediclinic Durbanville together with urologist Dr Gawie Bruwer will be providing cutting edge prostate surgery to ten patients currently on Tygerberg Hospital’s urology waiting list. The life-saving prostatectomy surgeries are the latest in a sequence of collaborations between Mediclinic and a number of provincial health departments. The pro-bono procedures reduce the pressure on public surgical waiting lists at local and regional public hospital facilities. These procedures will also help broaden access to quality healthcare for many South Africans as part of a Private Public Initiative (PPI). Mediclinic’s participation is based on shared capacity and expertise between the private and public healthcare sectors, and is aimed at lightening the burden of long public surgery waiting lists. The unique aspect of the partnership at Mediclinic Durbanville is that it is the first time that the renowned da Vinci robot is being utilised as part of the collaborative surgery. Introduced to Mediclinic Durbanville several years ago, this robotic surgery has already provided some remarkable benefits to patient recovery. “The precision of the da Vinci aids the thorough removal of cancerous tissue as well as offering the ability to perform nerve sparing surgery, which enables a faster return of erectile function as well as a better chance for urinary continence. I firmly believe that this technology is giving patients the option of improved clinical outcomes that may not be possible with open surgery,” says Dr Bruwer.
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Koert Pretorius, Chief Executive Officer of Mediclinic Southern Africa, “These collaborations are about far more than us alleviating long public sector waiting lists, it is about touching lives and - in this particular case – saving lives together. We acknowledge the severe shortage of doctors and nurses in our country and we understand how this can hamper the public sector’s ability to deliver care, but by working together in Public Private Initiatives we have the opportunity to reach beyond our traditional patient base and assist these patients.” “Mediclinic Durbanville is eager to translate this partnership into improved health outcomes for our community members. By providing access to the da Vinci machine we are not only relieving the waiting list but also using technology to benefit the patients’ recovery process,” states Christine Taylor, the Hospital General Manager of Mediclinic Durbanville.
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Top 5 For Pearl Valley Golf Course At Val De Vie Estate Golf Digest announced that Pearl Valley, Val de Vie Estate’s Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course, has been ranked as the 5th best golf course in the country. The course was also ranked as the Best Conditioned Golf Course in the Western Cape. The biennial ‘Golf Digest Top 100 Courses in South Africa’ is one of the most influential rankings as far as golf in South Africa is concerned, and Val de Vie Estate takes great pride in the 2018/2019 top five placement. Two years ago, Pearl Valley was ranked at number 8 by Golf Digest, and this marked improvement is mostly attributed to Val de Vie Estate amalgamating with Pearl Valley Estate in 2016. “The potential of our Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course at Pearl Valley has been realised over the past two years. Recognition for our hard work from leading sporting publication Golf Digest is a great honour,” commented Ryk Neethling, Marketing Director and Shareholder of Val de Vie Estate. Damian Wrigley, Director of Golf at Pearl Valley, believes that the combination of operational restructuring and course conditioning resulted in moving up the ranks: “Some of the course changes implemented over the past two years included bunker reshaping and capillary lining on holes 3, 16 and 18, focusing on the consistency of the greens and surrounds as well as over seeding the rough. Operational changes included a full revamp of the Pearl Valley clubhouse, exceptional marketing of the golf course and working closely on a long term sustainable plan with the Jack Nicklaus Design Team in the USA.” “We congratulate our dedicated golf team, Pearl Valley Hotel by Mantis and the estate’s Home Owner’s Association for this achievement. The Drakenstein Municipality has been a great partner amidst the current dry conditions, and we thank them for the role they played. We are fortunate to be working with the dynamic Golf Data team who has been instrumental in the design and maintenance of the course and continued support from Franschhoek Tourism and Paarl Tourism is also greatly appreciated,” said Neethling.
Photo: Pearl Valley Golf Course At Val De Vie Estate - Photo Credit: Daniel Saaiman
As part of the greater Val de Vie Estate, the golf course is part of an unrivalled lifestyle offering in the heart of the Winelands. The estate has been rated by New World Wealth as the top residential estate in South Africa in 2015, 2016 and 2017. With the reputation as the safest estate in Africa, Val de Vie offers pristine polo fields, vineyards, world class equestrian facilities and lifestyle centres fitted with state of the art gym equipment. Neethling further added that “in sport, as in business, the real challenge is to stay at the top and to keep reinventing your offering.” Future plans for the course include reducing cutting corridor, coverage of bunkers and irrigation sprinklers. The design will remain on championship level and minor alterations will ensure that higher handicaps also enjoy the course.
“We Shape Our Cities, And Thereafter Our Cities Shape Us.” (Continue from Page 1) It is proposed that the market-related residential units be located in 11 new tower blocks with heights ranging between 63m, 123m, and 143m with views of the mountain, sea, and harbour. According to the proposal, the different heights and location of the towers will ensure that the iconic views of Table Mountain and the sea from the harbour and public spaces are retained. The new viaducts or fly-overs will be higher than the existing freeways. According to the proposal, this is to provide enough space, natural light and airflow for the development in the podiums. The proposed podiums beneath the highways will accommodate the bulk of the affordable residential units, parking bays, convenience and speciality shops, retail space, and community facilities. In this way, the space under the highways will be transformed into a lively urban environment.
The other sites that the qualifying bidder has identified as part of their proposed Foreshore Freeway Precinct development are the Ebenezer road maintenance depot; the MyCiTi Prestwich bus depot; the Gallows Hill traffic centre; and the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) parking garage. MDA also proposes to finance or cross-subsidise the new roads and affordable residential units through the development of upmarket and mid-market residential units. “Once developed, the precinct will reshape how we live, move, interact, and work in this area. It will also have a significant impact on how we enter and exit the CBD. This is a bold and innovative step by the City to find a sustainable and long-term solution to a number of challenges we are currently facing,” says Councillor Brett Heron, Mayoral Committee Member for Transport And Urban Development.
Part of the proposal is also to build another 10 residential buildings on the northern edge closest to the harbour under or between the existing east-bound freeways between DF Malan and Christiaan Barnard Streets. These buildings will host affordable residential units. Importantly, the qualifying bidder’s proposal is ecologically sensitive and addresses the impact of the development on the environment with water, energy, and lighting design solutions. Grey water recycling, rainwater harvesting, and water treatment systems are included, as are measures to mitigate the impact of high winds and noise. The build costs of the core development are estimated at R8,3 billion (2017 rand values), which includes the new highway infrastructure. The development is to be largely self-funding. It is anticipated that the building work could commence in 2020, subject to the successful completion of the Stage 2 process, and all mandatory property disposal, development and other statutory processes, and approvals. Given the scale of the proposed development, it will take at least a decade to come to fruition.
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Table Mountain Cableway has donated state of the art technical equipment to Wilderness Search and Rescue which will significantly increase the safety, efficiency and speed of rescue operations and enable missions into areas where the terrain prevents the use of traditional pulley-based systems. Nic Le Maitre of Wilderness Search and Rescue said the world of technical rescue rigging was changing fast and as a public benefit organisation they greatly appreciated Cableway’s donation of a Harken Rigger and a Milwaukee Super Hawg Drill. “Using the new winch driven by the battery powered drill driver will increase safety and efficiency of rescue operations and will assist us with cliff based technical rescues where speed is of the essence or terrain prevents us from using our normal pulley-based systems,” said Le Maitre. “We estimate that we could reduce the time required for a rescue from around 45 minutes to 15 minutes in total.” Cableway Managing Director Wahida Parker, speaking at the equipment handover during the Cableway’s annual Supplier Function said: “We have always maintained a close relationship with Wilderness Search and Rescue, and will continue to assist them where we can. We hope this additional piece of equipment will make a pivotal difference to future rescue operations and the incredible work that Wilderness Search and Rescue do on a daily basis.” For more information visit www.tablemountain.net
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Coaching. Not Just For Sports. These pampered individuals and teams are somehow a little too stressed and exhausted as if it’s a blanket excuse for their lack of performance. Whilst this may very much be a relevant argument at times where is the similar outpouring of sympathy for the business owners, the entrepreneurs, businesses and employers. In those world’s there are no off seasons, no outside perspectives, multiple and ever changing rules of the game and sadly these same people do not have the benefit of decades of concentrated and singular training and coaching in one discipline. In those world’s the entrepreneurs, business owners and leaders are in fact expected to be ‘Jack of all trades and masters of many’. ActionCOACH business coaching, the World’s Number 1 Business Coaching Firm, has since 1993 ensured the same success catalyst for entrepreneurs and business owners as has been available to elite athletes. Now operating in over 70 countries and coaching in excess of 15,000 businesses per week they drive performance, sustainability and profitability across businesses the world over. No average athlete, nor sport’s team, would ever consider going for ‘gold’ without a coach. In fact, at the top of any sporting discipline, the reality is that the professionals have multiples coaches. Add to that the fact that every sports person has an off season, has hours and hours of training and preparation for limited and short bursts of execution, has the benefit of outside perspectives, video analysis, mental toughness training, stable rules, performance drivers, personal bests etc. “I’m surprised therefore that we often have sympathy for the professional athletes saying things like ‘Shame the Springboks (replace with Proteas, Stormers, Bafana Bafana and so on) are playing too much sport.’”
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Cape Town Lowers Unemployment & Keeps Moody’s Credit Rating Cape Town’s growing employment is a testament to the City’s efforts to create an enabling environment for businesses to invest and to create new jobs. “I am pleased to reflect on the city’s encouraging economic results where 89 000 more Cape Town residents were employed in the fourth quarter of 2017 than during the same period in 2016. In addition, Cape Town has the lowest official unemployment rate, at 21,7%, of all the metros in South Africa,” says Executive Mayor, Patricia De Lille. The recent Quarterly Labour Force Survey 2017 for the fourth quarter, from 1 October to 31 December 2017, shows that Cape Town’s strict unemployment rate is far below the national strict unemployment rate of 26.7%. Cape Town’s job creation efforts continue to yield positive results as our unemployment rate is lower than all the other major cities including: eThekwini (21,9%), Tshwane (26.9%), Johannesburg (28.2%), Ekurhuleni (33.6%) and Nelson Mandela Bay (36.9%). Cape Town’s strict unemployment rate decreased by 1.5 percentage points from the previous quarter and decreased by 2.2 percentage points on a year-onyear basis. The city has the lowest expanded rate of all major cities. Cape Town’s expanded rate of unemployment (23,5%) is far below the national expanded rate (36,3%). Statistics South Africa’s figures show that the number of unemployed people in Cape Town has decreased on a quarter-on-quarter basis by 30 235. At present, 1 285 791 Capetonians are employed in the formal sector while 170 089 are employed in the informal sector. Encouragingly, this is the sixth consecutive quarter that the employment level in the city has increased. During the last three months of 2017, the City’s funding to Wesgro and industry bodies such as the Business Process Enabling South Africa (BPeSA) and GreenCape facilitated R1,3 billion in investments. These investments created 1 370 jobs in the business process out-sourcing, ICT, manufacturing and renewable energy sectors. The City’s Enterprise and Investment Department works closely with
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Crowdfunding and its Role in the Future of Business Crowdfunding started gaining real traction around five years ago and has grown exponentially since then: It is estimated that 2017 will have seen US$34 billion raised globally. According to data analysed by Cowgill Holloway, ‘crowdfunding’ is the most frequently searched term relating to business funding in the UK. The industry is set to be valued more than $93 billion by 2025. South African rewardsbased campaigns by SA rock band Fokofpolisiekar, and Sugarbird Gin both raised over R1 million in 2017. A note of caution though, although it provides businesses with amazing funding opportunities, Crowdfunding is not as easy as it sounds. There are many projects that fail to raise funds. There’s no way of guaranteeing crowdfunding success, but by studying the projects, strategies, and crowdfunding secrets that have worked for others, you can certainly maximize your chances. Two Western Cape entrepreneurs have raised over R200 000 towards achieving their dream of opening their own wine bar, Proof, in Somerset West.
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Rather than calling on investors to provide seed funding, or taking out a bank loan - Dan Crowe and Wayne Mongie, made the decision to reach out to their network of friends, family and strangers by launching a fundraising campaign with Thundafund, a South African crowdfunding platform.
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Boost Kids Performance In The Classroom Parents looking to boost their kids’ performance in the classroom are turning to the latest skill-building educational toys. From programmable robots to code-teaching caterpillars and colourful chemistry kits, South Africa’s leading toy retail chain Toys R Us, are the latest stockists of popular STEM toys. Known to encourage skills development in core disciplines of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, these toys applies to learning and activities that focus on logic, problem-solving, creativity and experimentation. “Toys R Us STEM toys are all about promoting learning through fun. With children having so much access to screens and devices these days, it’s important that STEM toys be introduced as an alternative. Kids can still have fun but they will be learning at the same time,” says Nicole Annells, marketing manager Toys R Us & Babies R Us South Africa.
“A university is a place where dreams are pursued and realised. Every year, thousands of students come to us with big dreams for themselves, their families and the broader community. Our role is to welcome those students and, through higher education, help them achieve their dreams. To this end, we need well-equipped buildings in which excellent learning and teaching can take place. We need smart buildings, green buildings, buildings of the future,” says Prof Wim de Villiers, Rector and Vice-Chancellor of Stellenbosch University (SU). “Despite great advances in information and communication technology, there is still a need for human interaction. Personal interaction between lecturer and student as well as between students from different backgrounds remains essential when it comes to learning together and from one another. And for that, one needs suitable buildings.” De Villiers explained.
Annells added that toys like erector sets and chemistry sets do much more than keep kids busy. “They enforce the necessary science, technology, engineering, and mathematics skills children will need in the future. STEM games, such as chess; puzzles; and logic games, provide hands-on learning that fosters critical thinking skills. Our stores are filled with many quality products made from trusted brands in the industry,” she said. Research has shown that a STEM education gives children the edge in becoming economic and technological leaders of the global marketplace. It is never too early to set your child on the path to an educated future. Annells says that in the months ahead, Toys R Us plans to further build on its science and engineering offerings, adding that parents enjoyed the increased play value that came with these toys.
The new building that will rise on this site will create the capacity to make the University even more accessible. Nestled between the Langenhoven student centre and the Polymer Science building, the Jan Mouton Learning Centre will have a low-carbon footprint, including a greywater system that will serve the ablutions. The infrastructure will be readied for a future photovoltaic roof panel installation, while rain and groundwater will be harvested and stored. The centre will boast an atrium and terraced seating that will create light and flow, providing a welcoming place for students while they tackle the latest theories and concepts. Group-work classrooms respectively seating 350, 270 and 150 will provide the flexibility for lecturers and students to adapt their environment to facilitate discussion and teamwork. Triple-volume circulation spaces dotted with pause areas for interaction will connect the auditorium and computer classrooms. This will minimise congestion and promote an effective learning and teaching space. A gather-and-share communal space adjacent to the main rooms will accommodate breakaway discussions and peer-to-peer interaction. An undercover walkway will link the centre with other campus buildings, and a restaurant will offer meals to keep students sustained and eager to learn. Work on the centre, which will accommodate more students than any other current teaching space on campus, started in October 2017 and is set to be completed towards the end of 2019.
In addition, a wide variety of skills and traits are built when playing with STEM toys. These include: problem solving; cognitive development; engagement; overcoming challenges; teamwork; cooperation and patience. Durban-based occupational therapist, Amy Engelbrecht says she was very excited about the upcoming release of these educational toys. “As an occupational therapist, I know children learn best through playing games and having fun. The dawn of the age of the ‘ipad’ and screens have caused the decline in play based learning as well as their fine and gross motor skills. In my experience, children’s skills improve a great deal when physically playing with various toys and games,” said Engelbrecht.
Drought Dries Up School Feeding The current drought and resulting water crisis have started to impact school children in a very direct way; their school feeding. Instead of their usual hot cooked meal for lunch, over 25 000 youth in over 140 primary, high schools and tertiary educational institutions are now receiving a sandwich for their lunchtime meal. Level 6B water restrictions were implemented on 1 February, limiting Cape Town water users to only 50 liters each. This necessitated Peninsula School Feeding Association (PSFA) to be pro-active and reduce the usage of water for their cooking. For the past few months schools in the Cape Peninsula have experienced water interruptions which resulted in preparers being unable to access water for cooking of school meals. This further impacted on the stock piling of ingredients like samp, beans, rice and soya mince. These ingredients are used in the daily menus which included meals such as fish, rice and butternut or samp and beans with fresh fruit. About a decade ago PSFA developed a cooked menu with the assistance of nutritional experts from the Department of Education to provide for 30% of a child’s daily recommended dietary intake (RDI) of nutrients. “While we cannot match the balanced nutrition of the cooked meal, we adapted our new ‘dry’ lunch menu to include as much nutritional value as possible,” explains Amelia Koeries, operations manager of PSFA. “We have sourced a baker to especially bake a brown bread for us. This will be served with toppings such baked beans, alternated with pilchards, high in omega oils.” PSFA has been keeping a watchful eye on the serious water crisis in the Western Cape. “We have done our research on how much water it takes to prepare our meals in schools and have come to realise that over 200 000 litres are used monthly in the preparation of lunch meals in the 147 schools on the PSFA scheme alone,” says Petrina Pakoe director of the association. PSFA is, however, also the service provider under tender for the Western Cape’s department of education to provide school feeding in a further 459 schools and educational institutions as well as 54 early childhood development centres (EDCs).
Although their water-less lunch menu is saving water, PSFA is not serving a waterless menu as it is continuing with a cooked fortified maize-meal porridge served for breakfast. “We are certainly using ‘less water’ in our ‘water-less’ menu, but PSFA needs to remain true to its objective - to reduce short-term hunger. We have to make sure that no child is going hungry during this drought as you can’t teach a hungry child,” concludes Pakoe. PSFA has been feeding school children since 1958 and is celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2018. They feed over 290 000 children daily. Apart from the 25 000, also some 260 000 youth are fed as part of the tender, providing meals to selected schools and learners under a quintile system. The schools or learners falling outside the quintile system for the tender are fed with fundraising efforts from PSFA, including the annual Blisters for Bread fun run as well as donations from individuals and companies.
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FOOD & WINE
Nom Nom - New Eatery in Somerset West Now Open Nom Nom, a new eatery located in the town of Somerset West opened its doors to the public on 29 January 2018. The restaurant, open 6 days week, offers customers a calm and relaxed space to enjoy every moment. Nom Nom has something for everyone from brunch, lunch, dinner and a variety of freshly baked goods. The previous fine dining restaurant, known as Benguela On Main, underwent a rebranding to create a new, everyday eatery. Nom Nom is now open to the public and will be serving strong, freshly brewed coffee, daily baked sweet treats, signature cocktails and wines. A modern menu and new space is what the residents of Somerset West can expect from Nom Nom, a key aspect for the restaurant is rebranding into a space that is more accessible and comfortable for everyone and anyone. Nom Nom will have a wine bar serving Benguela Cove wines, and a variety of plates with snacks making it perfect for after work socialising and company meetings. Executive Chef of Nom Nom, Sebastian Smith says: “I am proud to head up the Nom Nom team, there is so much on offer in the new space. The menu is designed to offer everything for anyone with a sweet tooth, a health kick, coffee craving or comfort food feeling. The classic, Knickerbocker glory is one dessert that must be tried out at Nom Nom, it has decadent toppings like fudge, fresh strawberries and chocolate - this is one of the many memorable items on the menu”.
"A Gem Overlooking False Bay" Onderkloof Wine Estate
Visitors can expect a calm and relaxing atmosphere at Nom Nom, Chef Sebastian has put a lot of thought into the design of the new menu concept. It will comprise of six different categories including; Brunch, Nibbles, Bread, Light, Hungry and Sweets. Chef Sebastian holds exceptional pastry skills as well as modern classic competence which will be showcased in the new menu allowing guests to create their own experience and craft their own meal. Stop by at Nom Nom and explore the various offerings under one roof, the restaurant will continue to locally source ingredients from surrounding areas as this is what set Benguela On Main apart from other restaurants. Even though Nom Nom is now the new eatery, the philosophy and need for fresh, local and seasonal ingredients will still play a major role in the cuisine. Owner of Nom Nom and Entrepreneur, Penny Streeter OBE says: “Revamping Benguela on Main to Nom Nom has been a great experience for the team and myself. The eatery will be open from 10am for brunch with tasty pastries paired perfectly with a great cup of coffee or tea. The aim of opening Nom Nom is to create a space that will be open from early until late for residents of Somerset West. We will have free Wi-Fi for the people that want to get away from the desk and work in a different environment.”
Onderkloof Estate is one of the world’s quaintest wine farms. Situated in the historical Stellenbosch wine region, the Onderkloof vineyards overlooks False Bay while embraced by the Hottentots Holland mountains. Hence the name Onderkloof which means “below the valley”. This dates from the 18th century when Dutch governor of the Cape Willem Adriaan van der Stel’s sheep grazed here. In the 1990’s Beat Musfeld, a Swiss Project Manager, visited South Africa and fell in love with the country. His lifelong passion for fine wine inspired him to acquire Onderkloof. After grapes had been produced here for decades, Onderkloof bottled its first vintage in the new cellar in 1999. In 2012 the owner’s son, Yves Musfeld, became Onderkloof’s winemaker. Yves studied viticulture and oenology at Geisenheim University, Germany, did his apprenticeship in Switzerland and was assistant winemaker at Casa Lo Alto, Spain and Clos Du Val, Napa Valley before taking the reins at Onderkloof. Yves’ world class winemaking experience, Swiss perfectionism and elegant European instincts produces some of the finest modern classics. Today Onderkloof prides itself in a list of award winning wines: Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinotage, the Sir Lowry Red Blend, Sauvignon Blanc, Floreal Blanc de Blanc, Chardonnay and Rosé. In 2017 Onderkloof Cabernet Franc was voted South Africa’s Best Value Red out of 1 700 wines by esteemed Master of Wine and international wine journalist, Tim Atkin. For more information visit www.onderkloof.com
Onderkloof Tasting Room Open the first Saturday of every month 10:30 - 15:00
Proving Dreams Do Come True Twenty-three year old Carmen Eksteen, an alumni chef from The Private Hotel School in Stellenbosch has celebrated the new year with the tremendously exciting news that she will be winging her way to New York to work for world renowned pastry chef Dominique Ansel. Ansel (43) is a French-born pastry chef and owner of Dominique Ansel Bakery in New York City. Since its opening in November 2011, the chef’s eponymous bakery has become known for many signature creations including the Cronut, Cookie Shot, Frozen S’mores and many other pastries. He is also the chef/owner of Dominique Ansel Kitchen in New York, Dominique Ansel Bakery Japan in Tokyo, Dominique Ansel Bakery London, Dominique Ansel Bakery Los Angeles and 189 by Dominique Ansel, also in LA. In April 2017, Ansel was named the World’s Best Pastry Chef by the World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards, making him the youngest and only US-based chef to be awarded the honour. So it’s no wonder that Eksteen is beside herself with excitement at the prospect of working for Ansel.
Photo: Carmen Eksteen
From a young age, Carmen had a huge sweet tooth and never wanted to eat her food. Having a passion for baking and, especially pastry, is a understatement. She took consumer studies at school and she just knew that she wanted to be a pastry chef. “I can’t imagine doing anything else. Pastry is not just my job, but my hobby as well.” In 2015, after graduating from The Private Hotel School, she started her internship at The Tasting Room in Franschhoek where she worked for a year and learned from the head chef, Gerald van der Wald. In 2016 Carmen moved to The Birdcage, a bakery in Stellenbosch, learning how to bake cakes and pastries. Last year she did a three month internship at La Creuzette in France where she gained amazing experience. Dominique Ansel has always been her pastry icon. When working in France she sent her CV to their bakery in New York. A week before she was due to come back to SA, she got a email from Dominique’s Executive Pastry chef and a week laer they offered Carmen a 12 month contract to work for them as a pastry chef.
“The distance between your dreams and reality is called actions. Step out of your comfort zone, nothing usually grows there,” Carmen concludes.
Cape Town’s New Drought-Edition Gin
If you enjoy a double Gin & Tonic, just pour yourself a single! Inspired by the impending Day Zero, local distiller Andre Pienaar of Pienaar and Son has announced that the brand will be releasing a Drought Edition version of each of its classic gins. The concept is a simple one: in the production process, gin comes off the still at a strength of around 80% alcohol. Approximately 200 litres of water is added per batch to dilute this gin to a drinking strength of 43% alcohol. Thanks to the drought, Pienaar & Son has decided to skip this step with a Drought Edition gin, simply bottling it at the initial phase with 80% alcohol. “It started to seem quite silly when we were trying everything we could to save water in the distillery, that we were diluting gin only to see most of our customers pour double G&Ts. It seemed so pointless. Over half a bottle spirit at 43% alcohol is water. It’s not adding any flavour. It’s just diluting the alcohol to a sipping strength, and I imagine only a tiny portion of gin drinkers are enjoying it neat,” says Master Distiller: Andre Pienaar. The goal of releasing this Drought Edition Gin is to remind people of all the small steps we can all take to become better at saving water. Starting and continuing conversations that don’t revolve around finger pointing, but personal responsibility. “I am well aware of the fact that our industry uses a lot of water and maybe the water saved through this initiative will hardly make a dent, but thats not the point. The point is that no one, and no business is exempt from trying to make a difference in this difficult time. No matter how big or how small,” says Andre Pienaar. The Drought Edition gin will be available at any good bottle store or online. So you can sip on your gin free of water-related guilt.
It’s Time To Diarise Decorex
Unharnessed creativity and the latest in quality design trends are set to flow through the Mother City as the 20th edition of Decorex Cape Town kicks off at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from 27 April to 1 May 2018. This well-entrenched exhibition is the ideal place for those looking to interact with leaders in the field of décor and design while drawing on world-class inspired creations and sampling the latest in lifestyle products. For home renovations, office refurbishments, the establishment of world-class boutique hotels – and everything in between – Decorex Cape Town offers a range of inspired décor solutions, all in one setting. Themed ‘Rhythm of Life’ visitors to this year’s Decorex Cape Town can look forward to a selection of the show’s most popular features, including the interactive Builders DIY Theatre, the @home Trend Haus presented by Decorex and Decorex Designer Spotlight. And, to celebrate two decades of leading the décor, design and lifestyle industry, Decorex Cape Town is introducing a host of new features at the 2018 edition, including: Rooms to Grow - Baby, Toddle, Tween & Teen, Appliance Feature, The Rhythm Bar, She Sheds Project, The Beach House | The Hotel Room | The Apartment, Lighting, Natural, Textile and Design Elements, The Tasting Room Wine Bar, #withlovefromdecorex Feature, The Kitchen Trend Project and The Bathroom Trend Project. Taking in all these incredible features requires refreshment and quality sustenance which is why the Decorex Food Zone will be overflowing with gourmet goodies. Light and tasty snacks; wholesome meals; on-the-go fillers and delightfully decadent desserts and treats will be in abundance with visitors welcome to relax and rest their feet in the spacious seating area.
The Cape Wine Auction
Trustees Celebrate 17.5 million Raised at 2018 Event
The Cape Wine Trustees woke with sore heads after celebrating the R17.5 million raised at this year’s Cape Wine Auction event which was held at the Rustenberg Wine Estate recently. One hundred percent of the money donated by the bidders will go to 27 carefully selected beneficiaries, all of whom contribute to the education and wellbeing of children in the Cape winelands. The day’s highest bid of R750 000 went for the Oneiric French Riviera Lot which included five nights in a private villa in Cannes on the French Riviera for eight people and lunch or dinner in the private dining room of South African chef Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen’s JAN, the award-wining Michelin star restaurant in Nice. Four signed magnum bottles of the sold out First Quantum Grand Reserve Bordeaux style 2011 blend were included in the package. Other highly-contested lots included a getaway to Azura Benguerra Island in Mozambique and five cases of Chateau Pas de Loup wines from France’s Loire Valley; a sumptuous three-night stay at Morukuru Beach Lodge (opening July 2018) inclusive of a Warwick Estate wine experience and the American Express lot of trip to the BFI London Film Festival, concert tickets for Shania Twain at the O2 and courtside seats at the men’s and women’s quarter finals of the 2018 US Open Tennis Championships in New York. The Cape Wine Auction – sponsored by Nedbank Private Wealth – is regarded as one of the most significant international wine charity auctions ever conceived in South Africa, uniting the industry around a single goal of raising money for education. The auction has created a benchmark in philanthropy, raising almost R73 million, with all proceeds going to 27 carefully selected worthy charities.
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TRAVEL & TOURISM
Moontide Guest Lodge
Rolling out SA's Bike Friendly
Moontide Guest Lodge in Wilderness won worldwide acclaim recently when it was crowned World Luxury Lodge of the Year in the Luxury Travel Guide (LTG) Awards. The glittering awards ceremony took place in London, where Moontide was one of 155 finalists from all around the world, competing in 31 global categories.
During March 2018 South Africa’s first-ever Bike Friendly Certification Programme, with the new Bike Friendly signage will go up for display at participating venues! This exciting initiative recognises and promotes businesses that welcome cyclists. The programme also assists businesses to become more bike friendly, while making it easy for cyclists to find top bike friendly spots like cafe’s and places to stay and visit.
Wins Worldwide Award
The Luxury Travel Guide Awards recognise and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the affluent travel and tourism industry. Almost two million subscribers were invited to vote for the best places they have stayed around the world, and having won in the LTG Africa & Middle East Awards category, the judging panel, which included hospitality experts and several celebrity figures, voted Moontide Guest Lodge the outright winner.
South Africa’s first-ever Bike Friendly Certification programme recognises and promotes businesses that welcome cyclists and cycle tourists. The programme also assists businesses to become more bike friendly, while enhancing the South African bicycling experience. The programme is open to businesses in the service and tourism industry: Restaurants, Cafes, Wineries, Breweries, Food shops; Accommodation establishments providing lodging or camping; Bike Shops, Bike Rentals or Cycle Tour Operators and Retailers/Shops, Attractions, Visitor Centres or Tourism related businesses.
On the banks of the Wilderness lagoon, 24km from George Airport, Moontide Guest Lodge is only two minutes’ walk from pristine Wilderness beach. The four star graded guest lodge has elsewhere been heralded as “the most romantic retreat in the Garden Route”, as well as “best value Garden Route accommodation” with 8 individually styled cottages and rooms, each with private entrance and outdoor seating area. A birder’s paradise, Moontide is shaded by 400-year-old Milkwood trees overlooking the lagoon to provide a tranquil and luxurious escape that provides excellent access to the attractions of the Garden Route. Built in the 1920s, Moontide was one of the first residences in Wilderness. It was purchased in 1984 by the current owner, Maureen Mansfield, who restored the thatched homestead to its former glory. In 1994 she opened Moontide to the public with just four rooms, and over time to meet increased demand, another four guest rooms have been added. For more information visit www.moontide.co.za
The programme will boost the thriving cycle tourism market and the local cycling community. Cycling is one of the fastest growing sports and recreational activities in the country, with events like the Cape Town Cycle Tour and the Cape Epic, bringing millions to the region. By joining the programme business owners will be primed to tap into this growing segment of the economy. Some benefits of the initiative include: build customer loyalty and attract new cycling customers, being bike friendly is good for business, get featured on SA’s leading cycle tourism platform, the location-based directory showcases bike friendly businesses across SA, access Membership Benefits and encourage more people to bike local, shop local and create healthy, happier more active communities. For more information visit www.bicyclesouth.co.za
WI-FI Taking Off
On Board British Airways
Cathay Pacific Flies
Non-stop to Cape Town from November Cathay Pacific airline has added a new seasonal Cape Town service, which will contribute towards the growth of tourism in South Africa. The airline will launch a seasonal non-stop service to cosmopolitan Cape Town later this year, directly linking one of South Africa’s biggest business and leisure tourism destinations with Hong Kong, for the very first time. The three-times-weekly service launches on 13 November 2018 until 18 February 2019 and will run alongside Cathay Pacific’s existing daily non-stop flights to Johannesburg. The new service will be operated by state-of-the-art Airbus A350900 aircraft. Cathay Pacific Chief Executive Officer Rupert Hogg said: “We are very pleased to be able to expand our services in Africa, a booming aviation market. Growing our reach to destinations that are not otherwise served from Hong Kong creates considerable new opportunities for business, trade and tourism, in addition to strengthening our home hub.” He added that the new service will meet customer demand for travel to the scenic Western Cape throughout the southern hemisphere’s peak summer months, as well as provide an additional option for South African-based travellers looking to fly on Cathay Pacific to Asia and beyond via Hong Kong. Cape Town, a major financial and business services centre and also the gateway to the Western Cape’s flourishing wine and agricultural region, is set against the backdrop of the famous Table Mountain plateau and its enviably long list incredible attractions make it a true multicultural marvel. From jaw-dropping scenery to centuries-old architecture contrasting with minimalist modern design, bustling Cape Town encompasses it all. Its lively harbour and streets house nightlife and storefronts, and its beaches and mountainous surroundings are bursting with flora and fauna.
British Airways has started powering some of its long-haul aircraft with high-speed Wi-Fi, with its first three connected aircraft now in service. The airline will connect 118 of its long haul aircraft over the next two years. Customers will be advised of the availability of Wi-Fi when they board a connected aircraft allowing them to browse and stream from the comfort of their seat. Using the latest generation technology, British Airways will provide high-speed bandwidth to customers, with internet being available approximately 10 minutes after take-off when the aircraft has passed 10,000ft. The portal will work with the latest operating systems from Apple, Android and Windows, allowing customers to connect on a variety of devices. To celebrate the launch, British Airways is partnering with Visa to connect customers on board the first Wi-Fi enabled flights. For a limited time, customers will be able to connect to high speed Wi-Fi and enjoy an hour of free browsing and streaming, courtesy of Visa. Customers can choose from two paid-for Wi-Fi packages including the ‘Browse’ package, which supports internet surfing, social media and WhatsApp, or the ‘Stream’ package, which supports streaming of music and entertainment, from the very best online content services, including Netflix. The packages are available to purchase for one hour, four hours or the full flight. Carolina Martinoli, British Airways’ director of brand and customer experience, said; “British Airways has launched its multi-million pound investment plan to benefit its customers with more choice and quality for all. Staying connected is important to our customers who want to be able to work, browse and stream in the air. They can now look forward to enjoying the latest generation Wi-Fi across our long haul fleet over the next two years.” British Airways has launched its multi-million pound investment plan to benefit its customers with a focus on excellence in the premium cabins and more choice and quality for all.
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Get Ready for Cape Town Cycle Tour Expo Imagine rows and rows of all things bike, fitness and health; a place where cycling enthusiasts can find specials on spares, discounts on awesome kit and info on new cycle safaris; where riders in the Cape Town Cycle Tour can get a medical checkup from the Momentum Wellness stand, a sports massage and collect the race packs ahead of the Cycle Tour on Sunday, 11 March 2018. In addition to boosting the economy of Cape Town, the Expo gives some of those charities reliant on the Cycle Tour, a platform from which to spread their message and raise awareness of their projects. The Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust was formed 20 years ago with the express purpose of raising money for charity. Every cent, after costs, goes to the Rotary Club of Claremont and the Pedal Power Association and is put towards their community upliftment programmes. The 28th Cape Town Cycle Tour Expo is the biggest cycling exhibition in Africa. Held at the Cape Town Stadium from Thursday, 8 March to Saturday, 10 March, it offers more than 300 stands showcasing the latest and greatest in cycling gear and paraphernalia. Whether you’re riding the Cycle Tour or not, if you’re an avid cyclist or a weekend fun-rider you shouldn’t miss this! All Cycle Tour participants will gain a once-off Expo entry with a scan of their RaceTec chip. General admission tickets for the public are also available at R50 per person. Photo: Cape Town Cycle Tour Expo - Photo Credit: Cape Town Cycle Tour
The 3 day Cape Town Cycle Tour Expo will take place at the Cape Town Stadium from 8 – 10 March 2018.
Assist Paralympian Goldy Fuchs to Reach His goals! Rio Paralympian Goldy Fuchs more than lived up to his name when he rode to double gold at the SA Road and Time Trial Championships held in Oudtshoorn recently, winning both the Time Trial and Road Race for the second year in a row and retaining the SA Champ jersey. Twenty-six-year-old Fuchs from Cape Town, racing in the T2 (tricycle - classified as an asymmetrical quadriplegic) classification tackled the 14.6km Time Trial course and clocked 26min 28.353sec to beat London 2012 Paralympian Gerhard Viljoen into runners-up spot. After having annexed the time trial earlier in the week, Fuchs was in action on the road race, held over two laps of 14.6 kilometres. He went on to win the T2 category in a time of 55min 25sec in a repeat of the time trial position. Background: At the age of 5 months, Goldy Fuchs sustained serious head injuries during a motor car accident in which he lost his father. As a result of his injuries, the strength of both his right arm and left leg is poor and creates an imbalance. Goldy started cycling during 2003 at the age of 12 years and achieved Provincial colours for cycling, swimming and athletics. Representing his province, he set national records and won numerous gold medals at the Nedbank National Championships, organized by the SA Sports Association for the Physically Disabled (SASAPD). In 2010, while a junior cyclist, Goldy decided to participate in the Senior T2 category and won the Time Trial and Road Race at the SA National Championships against much older competitors. Since then, Fuchs who has won 10 medals at international level, represented South Africa internationally in thirteen UCI Paracycling Road World Cup events, four Para-cycling Road World Championships and the Paralympics, only has his mother Janine Fuchs as his support structure. Goldy who has been cycling at international level since 2010 says there isn’t enough corporate sponsors supporting para-athletes. His biggest dream is to win the World Championships and to medal at the 2020 Tokyo Para-Olympics, but with no support, this will always be a huge challenge for him to achieve, participating in
a very competitive class with competitors getting full support form their countries. “The UCI points system, to allocate slots for the 2020 Tokyo Para-Olympics, starts from this year and if we cannot get Goldy to participate in UCI events for the next two years, there will be no points to be allocated in order to participate in the Games,” says Janine Fuchs. Goldy’s focus is on the two UCI Para-cycling Road World Cups to be held in Belgium (3 - 6 May 2018) and the Netherlands (6 - 8 July 2018) and hopefully the World Championships in Maniago, Italy from 2 - 5 August 2018. “As Cycling SA has a self-funding policy in place, I need to pay for all my expenses in order to participate in Europe during 2018. All donations will directly help me fund my fees for International competitions. By contributing you will help me reach my goals, but you will also take part in my journey of becoming a gold medallist,” Goldy concluded. For more information contact Janine Fuchs at 082 4000 232
How do ballet dancers measure up to other athletes? Ballet dancers are typically known for their grace, poise, and dedication – but professional dancers are often fitter and stronger than other traditional athletes.
ined measures of fitness including strength, balance, endurance, flexibility and psychological state.
A study conducted by the University of Hertfordshire found that the overall fitness of ballet dancers surpasses that of international swimmers.
Of these measures, the ballet dancers scored higher in seven of the 10 most important ones, when taking into account body size. One of those measures included grip strength – which in ballet dancers was 25% higher.
The study compared members of the Royal Ballet and a squad of swimmers, including members of the Olympic team, and looked at a range of tests that exam-
A separate study, published in the American Journal of Sports Medicine, pitted ballet dancers against team athletes to measure the lower-body endurance of each group. For the study, 40 ballet dancers and 40 team athletes performed an initial test of jumping onto one leg from a 30-centimetre high platform. They then performed repetitions of step-ups and jumps to build fatigue, before jumping off the platform again. The ballet dancers took significantly longer than the team athletes to become fatigued, the study found. And in terms of muscle groups, it’s not just the legs that require focus. Ballet dancers rely on their back and core muscles to provide stability, and keep those muscles engaged throughout every movement – whether it’s at the barre or on the stage. To see some of the country’s top ballet dancers on stage, book your tickets at Computicket to see the Cape Town City Ballet’s performance of Romeo and Juliet at Oude Libertas in March. For more information on upcoming events visit www.capetowncityballet.org.za
Photo: Laura Bosenberg as Juliet in the production of Romeo & Juliet
Article by: Candace Whitehead
Cape Town International Jazz Festival Local & International line-up!
Eight sensational, world class acts have been added to the 19th annual Cape Town International Jazz Festival (CTIJF) line-up. The 19th Cape Town International Jazz Festival will take place from 23-24 March 2018 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. CTIJF organiser espAfrika’s passion for jazz is rooted in Africa, but this year’s line-up lights up the globe with musicians embracing everything from swing-bop to neo-soul, hip hop, Afro soul and Zulu blues. The CTIJF is acclaimed as one of the top jazz festivals in the world, and the 2018 line-up highlights just what makes jazz fusion such a compelling, ever-evolving art form.
The CTIJF 2018 Artist line-up include: Incognito’s (UK), Simphiwe Dana’s (SA), Miguel Atwood-Ferguson: Suite for Ma Dukes (USA), Sibusiso “Mash” Mashiloane (SA), Manny Walters (SA), The Surge (SA/Russia/Slovakia/Morocco/USA/ Kyrgyzstan), and N8N (Belgium). The Liberation Project (SA) line-up of musicians combines Sipho Hotstix Mabuse (vox, sax, piano, flute), Tony Cedras (accordion, trumpet), Neill Solomon (vox, piano, acoustic guitar), Dan Chiorboli (perc), Tebogo Sedumedi (vox, bass), DRC kwassa kwassa star Bienvenue N’Seka (vox, guitar), Keeran Eshwarlall (Sufi vox, harmonium, santoor, harmonica) with special guest Roger Lucey on vox and acoustic guitar. CTIJF Festival Director Billy Domingo is enthusiastic about the upcoming programme, saying: “Great thought has been given to the nuances of the greater jazz form in this year’s line-up. This is reflected in the variety of the acts that will entertain this year’s festinos. I am delighted that our steadfast festival goers, as well as those attending for the first time, have such a wealth of talent from which to create their personal musical experiences and we look forward to sharing these moments with our audience.” The festival boasts multiple stages with over forty artists performing over two nights. The festival hosts in excess of 37, 000 music lovers over the two show days and is combined with the CTIJF Sustainable Training & Development programme that aims to uplift and educate the youth. Tickets available at Computicket
KKNK’s Brand New Kuierbuurt
Pizza & Wine Festival
Offers Excellent Performances
at Vergenoegd Wine Estate
Festivalgoers can visit the brand new Kuierbuurt between 29 March and 4 April on the Oudtshoorn Sports Grounds (REC) as well as the Vredestraat Sport Grounds. The festival takes place during the national school holidays and Easter weekend. Awê Kaktus (29 March) kicks the evening off in a slightly different manner to past concerts; music by Mi Casa, Spoegwolf, Matthew Mole and Majozi promises a wonderful party atmosphere. Kurt Darren, Leah, Craig Lucas, Paxton, Germandt Geldenhuys, Stephanie Baartman and other artists implore fans at kykNET Dans op die vlaktes (30 March).
Sunny days and balmy nights, delicious pizza and great wine - the perfect combinations for a good time in the winelands. All these will be in evidence at this year’s Pizza & Wine Festival, which takes place at Vergenoegd Wine Estate in Stellenbosch, over the weekend of 21- 22 April 2018. The perfect excuse to enjoy a selection of superb wines paired with mouth-watering pizzas and live music.
Photo: Robbie Wessels
Adam Tas, Refentse, Joshua na die Reën, Karin Kortjé, Caroline Grace, Gail & Malcolm Arendse and Fatman share a Karoo-nag (31 March) with festivalgoers during a variety concert. Boontoe: Engelstemme (1 April) offers a mix of traditional and secular songs and spirituals that will ensure soul rejuvenating music with Jo Black, Robbie Wessels, André Terblanche, Corlea Botha, Thembeka, Kyle Seconna, the Oudtshoorn High’s Ad Astra choir and orchestra Melissa van der Spuy, Tim Rankin, Henry Steele and Schalk van der Merwe. Sterrenag – Musiek met hart (2 April) brings Snotkop, Jay, Brendan Peyper, Leah, Willem Botha, Pieter Koen, Caroline Grace, Fatman, Lee Scott, Jan Bloukaas, Early B, Vernon Barnard, HemelBesem, Chris Else, Elwira Standili and Gerrie Pretorius together on stage for an unforgettable night under the stars with old and new hits that tell the stories of the heart and soul.
The evening program is concluded with Rymklets van Oos tot Wes (3 April) with HemelBesem, Yoma, Early B, Oxijin, Dj J-EFX, Yugi Yo and MC IXA. When the evening programme is concluded, festivities continue at the Castle Lager stage. Between the music, the stalls of the Kunsmark offers hours of shopping pleasure and various food stalls, bars and rest areas are available to offer the necessary refreshments. For more information visit www.kknk.co.za
With its sprawling lawns, and not forgetting the popular duck parade, the festival offers families the ultimate day out in the winelands. Parents use the opportunity to relax and unwind as the kids are kept entertained with a wide selection of fun activities. The variety of pizzas, ranging from gourmet to traditional, Flamenkuchen to Calzones, are guaranteed to add the final touches to what promises to be an unforgettable day. Explore, taste and savour the selection of fine wines on offer. Take your time as you stroll from one producer to the next picking out your favourite wine tipple of the day. Your favourite may also find pride of place in your home cellar as you may want to purchase a bottle (or two) before you make your way back home. For more information visit www.webtickets.co.za
FAB BRIDAL EXPO 2018 - Glamorous Bridal Show At D’Aria FAB, the Cape’s longest standing, most renowned and glamorous bridal show, is happening once again at the beautiful and upmarket Venue D’Aria, situated in the heart of the Durbanville Wine Route. FAB Bridal Expo is set to take place on 7-8 April 2018 and will once again offer those who are planning their wedding (or even a special or corporate event, or birthday party) access to everything they need for their special day. FAB brings together service providers and products from across the Cape all under one roof and puts visitors in touch with the various experts they need in order to plan their wedding or host a successful event. Attending the expo ultimately saves money, time and possible frustration as visitors will be able to gather advice and inspiration to cover almost every aspect of their planning. Where else can you pick a venue, book your honeymoon, meet a dress designer and discuss designs for your event stationery all in one location? Even those in need of a special garment or unique piece of jewellery will benefit. Highly experienced and creative experts in their different fields will be available over the two-day period to answer questions, assist with queries, or be of general assistance to visitors. Not only will visitors be able to see a wide selection of static displays of stunning gowns by most of Cape Town’s well known and up-and-coming designers, but FAB-goers will also get the opportunity to see and experience different designs on the ramp during the three daily fashion shows. Show hours: Saturday, 7 April: 09:00 to 16:30; Sunday, 8 April: 09:00 to 16:30. The entry fee includes viewing of the fashion shows, live music, and entertainment, exhibitor competitions and demonstrations, win-4-your wedding lucky draws after each fashion show, and 100 exhibitors to view. There will also be a restaurant area to enjoy good food and wine. Tickets available at Webtickets
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Cape Town sets the bar for hosting world-class events Cape Town has won accolades across the board, from “number one city in Africa for business tourism events” (International Congress and Convention Association, 2017) to “second-best overseas city in the world” (Conde Nast Readers Travel Awards, 2016) – and it’s not hard to see why. Not only is Cape Town South Africa’s “Mother City”, blessed with a bounty of natural beauty, cultural attractions and sophisticated facilities, it has also proven itself to excel in hosting world-class events that draw in audiences and participants from across the globe. An example is the annual show-stopping Cape Town Carnival, one of eight key events that will have contributed an estimated R3 billion to the city’s coffers last year. Every year the Cape Town Carnival sees an increase in overseas visitors coming to Cape Town to be a part of this spectacle with its incredible floats and magnificent performers that bring the city to life. “We’re constantly looking for innovative ways to maintain an exciting and invigorating experience at the Cape Town Carnival, and have had the privilege of visiting the Rio Carnival to get first-hand experience from that nearly-300-year-old iconic event,” says Jay Douwes, CEO of the Cape Town Carnival, who has had seven years’ experience in developing an internationally recognised carnival. Other significant events on the Cape Town events calendar include Photo: Cape Town Carnival - Photo Credit: Chris Hitchcock the Cape Town Marathon, which secured IAAF gold-label status – the highest standard awarded by the international governing body of Events such as these play a crucial role in attracting visitors to Cape Town. These visitors spend running – in just three years. The race had to secure an international their money locally and have a positive impact on the local economy. For example, the Cape Town elite running team, as well as comply with stringent regulations to Carnival spectator accommodation is normally the largest visitor spending category and last year become the only IAAF Gold Label marathon in Africa. contributed 48% to spending by non-local visitors, amounting to over R6 million. Then there’s the Cape Epic, a gruelling eight-day mountain-bike Job creation is another benefit of hosting these top-class events. “Most of the jobs available stage race which is a highlight on the professional racer’s calendar. might not be permanent, but the skills learnt can lead to a permanent job in the future,” says JP The Cape Epic takes more than 1 300 local and international Smith, Cape Town’s mayoral committee member for safety, security and social services. “Cape Town has showcased to the world that it can host world-class events and also provide mountain-bikers through various towns in the Western Cape in March every year, and is the most-televised mountain-bike race in facilities on a par with the standards expected from international visitors,” says Anroux Marais, Western Cape Minister of Arts and Culture. the world.
CAPE TOWN CITY BALLET presents
OUDE LIBERTAS Amphitheatre Stellenbosch
ARTSCAPE Opera House
7-10 March, 2018
28 April, 2018
Music: Prokofiev Choreography: Robin van Wyk
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