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Cape Town Air Access is an outstanding example of a government and public sector collaboration that works. The project was born out of adversity when Cape Town International Airport (CTIA) lost two significant international airlines. Recognising that international connectivity and accessibility is a key enabler of economic prosperity and job creation in the province and city, the Western Cape Provincial Government and City of Cape Town, together with partners Cape Town Tourism and Airports Company South Africa, mandated Wesgro in 2015 to set up a division that would focus exclusively on international route development for the CTIA. The success of the project speaks for itself.
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Desalination Plant Launched In South Africa The first highly cost-effective solar powered desalination plant in South Africa will be commissioned by the end of October 2018 at Witsand, Hessequa Municipality, Western Cape.
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The project was initiated by Prof. Erwin Schwella, Professor of Public Leadership at Stellenbosch and Tilburg Universities with the Municipality of Hessequa. This project is co-funded by the Western Cape Government through the drought relief fund, and by the French Treasury, through a fund dedicated to the implementation of innovative green technologies. In this Municipality 250km east of Cape Town, several coastal villages are suffering from a structural water deficit, even outside of drought periods. A site, part of Witsand village suffering from critical water shortages, was designated for the implementation of this first solar powered desalination unit. The plant will produce 100kl of fresh water per day powered by the solar energy only, to address the normal local water requirement. The plant offers the possibility to supply drinking water besides sunlight hours through the connection to the local electricity grid.
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Adventurer David Grier Passses The Halfway Mark Attempt To Become The First Person To Run The Great Wall Of China In Both Directions Extreme explorer, Cipla Foundation trustee and ambassador, David Grier and fellow extreme athlete, Andrew Stuart have passed the half-way mark of their gruelling 70-day, 4200 kilometre journey across the Great Wall of China. This challenge is a feat that Grier already completed in 2006 when he became one of the first people in history to run the 4200km distance in 93 days. This time Grier has returned to take on the Wall in the opposite direction.
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Photo: Meerkats with their young - Photo Credit: Cango Wildlife Ranch, Oudtshoorn
Two meerkats at the Cango Wildlife Ranch in Oudtshoorn have become proud parents to not one, but four adorable pups after an arranged courtship. It has been a while since the squeaks of new-borns have had the Cango staﬀ, especially animal-keepers, buzzing! Although the Zoological team had their suspicions that Macy, a 2 year old Slender Tailed Meerkat, might be ‘expecting’ - no one and nothing could prepare the team for the heart-melting, knee-rattling and jaw-dropping level of cuteness that was about to be experienced.
Acclaim For Spier At Responsible Tourism Awards Spier received silver at the African Responsible Tourism Awards 2018 in the category of Decent Work and Inclusion at World Travel Market Africa in Cape Town on 18 April 2018.
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Starting where the ocean meets the Great Wall in Shanhaiguan, the pair are attempting to run roughly 60 kilometres per day in order to complete this challenge on time.
The journey has not been without challenges, according to Grier. “Things turned against us pretty early on, from weather to injuries. None of this has dampened our spirits or resolve to get to the end no matter what is thrown at us. Starting off in the mountains with the snow was extremely difficult - treacherous even. And this was part of the reason for our injuries. We needed to keep tightening shoes, which restricted our tendons and caused tendonitis.” He explains that in addition to creating awareness and assisting youth suffering from kidney disease, Ignite Hope is also a call to action to engage with inspirational individuals to inspire the youth and reignite passion and hope in their lives. The Ignite Hope project has set up various community initiatives to educate people about kidney disease.
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Over the past five years, Grier and Stuart have run more than 9 000kms, across India, the UK, Ireland, Cuba and Thailand, and also did the Man versus Beast adventure together.
Every day they traverse narrow mountain paths with cavernous drops on either side, run through dark tunnels with roaring trucks as their only company, claw their way up rocky cliff faces and crumbling walls of ancient buildings, and emerge back up to the wall to reach jaw-dropping vistas. Then doing it all again the next day.
Stuart and Grier have taken up the challenge to create awareness for the Ignite Hope initiative, which funds and assists youth suffering with kidney disease. Grier is also a trustee and ambassador for the Cipla Miles for Smiles Foundation, which creates awareness and raises funds for Operation Smile to facilitate corrective surgery on children born with cleft lip and palates.
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Over the past nine years, David has run roughly 20 000kms across the world for Miles For Smiles, which creates awareness about cleft lips and palates and helps raise funds for corrective surgery. More than 2 000 people have received corrective surgery. Here are some of his adventures completed: The Great Wall of China run – 4 200km, Ran the coast of South Africa – 3 300km, Paddled from Africa to Madagascar – 500km, Run Madagascar – 2700km, Ran India – 4008km, Ran the UK and Ireland – 2400km, Ran Cuba – 1500km and Thailand – 1100 km.
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South Africa Wins 36th Gold Medal At Chelsea Flower Show Leon Kluge took over the reins from multi-award winning designers Davidson and Raymond Hudson, who designed and created the Kirstenbosch-South Africa Chelsea Flower Show exhibit for 24 years. The theme of this year’s Kirstenbosch–South Africa Chelsea Flower Show exhibit, and Kluge’s first design, is Iconic Landscapes. The exhibit takes the viewer on a journey around the sub-continent, where the designer has taken a rather light-hearted approach to the style in which the landscapes are presented, by using the very powerful and iconic forms of contemporary township art that depict cultural life in these landscapes. Kluge was in the area of Khayelitsha photographing arum lilies, where he got inspired by the view of Table Mountain with the houses of Khayelitsha in the foreground, blending in with the landscape of indigenous flora. He then saw this blend of nature and culture depicted in the colourful creations of the local crafters.
Photo: Leon Kluge, Kirstenbosch-South Africa exhibit at Royal Horticultural Society Chelsea Flower Show in London
The South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) has received the good news from London on 22 May 2018 that the Kirstenbosch-South Africa exhibit has received another GOLD medal at the Royal Horticultural Society Chelsea Flower Show. Leon Kluge, SANBI’s new designer, is overjoyed: “It was an experience compared to none representing South Africa at the world’s most prestigious flower show, the Chelsea Flower Show. Winning an award is an added bonus. My team and I hope that we made South Africa proud and that we convinced many, many people here in Europe to visit our magnificent diverse country.” SANBI Board Chairperson Nana Magomola and CEO Dr Moshibudi Rampedi, both at the Chelsea Flower Show praised the team for the superb work they have done in presenting South Africa’s unique biodiversity to the world.
This is where he met Elmon Muringani, a crafter in the area since 2006, whom he invited to create the art work that forms the backdrop of the exhibit. The backdrop was produced at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden in Cape Town, where Muringani and his team crafted scenes out of recycled materials. The exhibit starts off with Cape Town and its Table Mountain National Park, often associated with the Cape Floral Region or fynbos biome, then travels northwards along the West Coast with its very different vegetation of succulent forms and the architectural styles that make this home to the West Coast fishermen, and then moves north of the country to Limpopo, Gauteng and Mpumalanga with its own unique and diverse flora. SANBI’s team in London consisted of designer Leon Kluge and assistant-designer Chris Randlehoff from Leon Kluge Garden Design, SANBI’s Mpendulo Gabayi (horticulturist at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden), Ricardo Riddles (horticulturist at Karoo Desert National Botanical Garden) and Lihle Dlamini (Marketing Director for SANBI), as well as a team of dedicated volunteers: Rentia Hobbs, Annalie Skein, Linda Keevy, Norah de Wet and Roben Penny.
Air Access Boosts Economic Growth! (Continue from page 1) Within the first three years of operation 13 new routes and 15 route expansions have been announced. This equates to an additional 750 000 international inbound seats, doubling the capacity at the Airport. The estimated effect on direct tourism spending for the Province amounts to R4.2 billion. CTIA subsequently has seen significant growth figures over this period. In 2016, the Airport reached the 10 million passenger mark for the first time, driven by an impressive 16% growth in international terminal passengers. This was followed by 20% growth in international terminal passengers in 2017, with total airport passengers increasing to 10.7 million. Due to the increased number of flights and airlines serving the airport, the volume of cargo handled has also increased substantially resulting in aircraft belly freight increasing by 52% in 2017 to a record high of 57 000 tonnes. Winning for a third year in a row, CTIA was crowned as the best airport in Africa and ranked 21st best airport in the world - beating world renowned airports such as Dubai, Paris Charles de Gaulle and Atlanta, at the annual SKYTRAX World Airport Awards held in March 2018. Following the successes of Cape Town Air Access, South African Tourism joined as a partner sponsor in 2017 together with private sector funders including Investec, Naspers, Leeu Collection and Tsogo Sun - all of which contribute directly to the route development initiatives of the Air Access team. Wesgro CEO, Tim Harris, commented: “Cape Town Air Access has played a vital role in boosting economic growth and job creation in the Cape.”
“By making it easier for people to visit our beautiful city and province, tourism, trade and investment will increase. Our Air Access team remains dedicated to expanding direct flight offerings, connecting Cape Town to many other cities around the world.” For more information visit www.wesgro.co.za
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The South African National Roads Agency SOC Limited (SANRAL) would like to inform the public of special maintenance road works that will be carried out on the N2, Section 2 from the Gordons Bay Intersection to Houw Hoek Pass. The project, which starts in May 2018, includes the resealing of distressed areas of the road surface, an asphalt overlay, as well as shoulder widening at the foot of Sir Lowry’s Pass, Steenbras River and near Kromco. Works will extend for a total length of 39 kilometers. Construction will be concentrated in specific work zones and will not affect the entire stretch of road at any one time. During the construction period, one-way traffic will be accommodated on certain sections of the road, and traffic will be regulated with Stop/Go systems during day time and traffic signals at night. Up to four road closures, covering a maximum length of two kilometers will be encountered with an average waiting time of approximately 15 minutes at each point.
Photo: MeerLICHT telescope in its dome in Sutherland, South Africa. Photo Credit: Twan Bekkers, a member of the MeerLICHT installation team.
The MeerLICHT optical telescope located at the Sutherland station of the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) was launched on Friday, 25 May 2018. The MeerLICHT telescope will be permanently linked to the MeerKAT radio telescope, South Africa’s precursor to the Square Kilometre Array (SKA). The fully robotic 0,65m MeerLICHT telescope aims to provide a simultaneous, real-time optical view of the radio (transient) sky as observed by MeerKAT. As such, it provides a uniquely broad contemporaneous view of the southern skies through multiple windows of the electromagnetic spectrum. Photo: Sir Lowry's Pass - Photo Credit: Google Maps
Construction work between the Gordons Bay Intersection and Grabouw will be carried out during night time, however limited work will be required during day time. “Motorists are requested to reduce speed in the construction zone and to be on the look-out for workers and pedestrians at all times. It is anticipated that the project will be completed by July 2019,” said Randall Cable, SANRAL’s Western Region Manager.
MeerLICHT is a custom-built telescope with a 2,7 square degree field of view and a single 110 megapixel CCD camera, and will receive its pointing information from the MeerKAT radio telescope array, matching the radio telescope’s observing schedule in real-time (at night time only). MeerLICHT is a South African – Netherlands - United Kingdom collaboration involving researchers from six different institutes from the respective (SKA) partner countries. The MeerLICHT consortium is a partnership between Radboud University Nijmegen, the University of Cape Town, the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research, the South African Astronomical Observatory, the University of Oxford, University of Manchester and the University of Amsterdam, in association with the South African Radio Astronomy Observatory, the European Research Council and the Netherlands Research School for Astronomy.
First Solar Powered Desalination Plant Launched In South Africa (Continue from page 1)
Photo: OSMOSUN®40 – Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates OSMOSUN® unit with a capacity of 40m3 per day, operating with solar energy only, without batteries. Photo Credit: Mascara
The feature will be specifically used to address the December holiday peak period with a daily production capacity increased to 300kl. The technology, OSMOSUN®, developed by the French Company Mascara Renewable Water and brought to South Africa by their local partner TWS-Turnkey Water Solutions, is the world’s first reverse osmosis desalination technology coupled with photovoltaic solar energy without batteries, designed to supply coastal or borehole-dependent communities, with drinking water at a competitive price and without CO2 emissions. An intelligent system of membranes enables the plant to cope with variations in solar power availability: all parameters are instantly optimized to ensure the best energy performance and simultaneously to guarantee the maximum lifetime of both installation and membranes. Mascara Renewable Water already have several key-references worldwide, for both seawater and brackish water solar powered desalination: in Abu Dhabi, BoraBora (French Pacific island), Rodrigues (Mauritius), Mozambique (Gaza Province, 6 plants).
Africa’s First Carbon Neutral Brewery Darling Brew, a craft brewery based in the town of Darling in the Western Cape, has been officially declared as Africa’s first carbon neutral brewery. The brewery is expected to offset a total of 687.96 tons of CO2 over the next year. This will be equivalent to having eliminated the same amount of carbon from the environment as 17 829 tree seedlings having grown for 10 years. In order to become Africa’s first carbon neutral brewery, Darling Brew has calculated their carbon footprint by means of a greenhouse gas audit. This carbon footprint is then offset through impactChoice, a provider of end-to-end environmental sustainability solutions, who also ensure the emissions are offset via responsible carbon capturing and reduction projects. In 2016, Darling Brew released Africa’s first carbon neutral beer, Blood Serpent, with the intention of later extending it across the range. Blood Serpent was seen as a catalyst within the African beer industry, especially towards decarbonisation and company buy-in for carbon neutrality. The beer was celebrated for being an innovation, not only within the craft beer industry, but towards sustainability in Africa. Darling Brew has been on their sustainability journey since opening in 2010, when they created their line of craft beers which drive awareness on animal conservation in Africa.
In addition to the carbon offsetting and consumption tracking, Darling Brew have implemented a series of green initiatives in the brewery that includes water efficient fittings, waterless urinals, ongoing recycling and food waste management and the use of upcycled furniture and recycled wood in the brewery and tasteroom area. “We are excited to progress on this journey,” says Kevin Wood. “Going carbon neutral is a massive step for us, but certainly not the last.” Carbon Offsetting Process In order to simplify how much impact humans have on the environment, environmentalists have equated all impacts to one measurable yardstick: carbon emissions. Carbon emissions refer to the amount of greenhouse gas released into the atmosphere as a result of human activity, such as burning of fossil fuels. This is measured in metric tons of CO2. impactChoices’ technology provides a unique solution that enables Darling Brew to apportion these emissions through their brewing process and then mitigate these through the purchase of certified Carbon Credits resulting in a carbon neutral brewery and line of beers.
“It’s not about doing what we like with our operations and just offsetting our impact,” says Kevin Wood, owner and founder of Darling Brew, “It’s about our commitment to continuously reducing our carbon footprint as much as possible whilst using the offsetting process as a way of further redressing our impact.” In order to ensure that the brewery is reducing its impact, Darling Brew have teamed up with sustainability consultants Ecolution Consulting who, in addition to guiding the brewery through the carbon offsetting process, are working with Darling Brew to reduce the water and energy consumption, as well as the brewery’s waste to landfill percentage. “We are identifying short and long-term strategies to ensure that Darling Brew continues to travel further along their sustainability journey,” says André Harms, sustainability engineer and founder of Ecolution Consulting.
The financial benefits of these Carbon Credit purchases are received by The Kariba REDD+ project in Northern Zimbabwe, which works with communities to rehabilitate forests and through sustainable farming practices whilst ensuring gender parity and social upliftment. REDD+ is an acronym for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation and the carbon offsets carbon offsets are validated by the Verified Carbon Standard, the Gold Standard and the Plan Vivo.
“This started with the procedure of tracking and recording consumption and waste data to ensure that real progress is being made.” The brewery has recently taken to openly and prominently displaying the month to month statistics on their water, waste, energy and carbon use in the hopes of including Darling Brew’s patrons in the journey and spreading awareness.
Product Darling Brew is one of South Africa’s first well established and award-winning microbreweries since 2010. They brew a wide range of great craft beers that are loved for their flavour, high quality ingredients and slow brewing process. Each beer in the range has unique characteristics and an inspiring story dedicated to the endangered creature it honours and supports through various conservation programs. Darling Brew is available across South Africa in bottles and available on tap at approved outlets. 5L Party kegs are also available from selected distributors. Their range represents great value for money, superior quality, excellent taste and a magical experience. For more information call 021 286 1099, visit www.darlingbrew.co.za or follow them on social media Facebook, Twitter, Instagram: @DarlingBrew
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Linton Park Wines Focus On Sustainability And Conservation Malcolm Perkins, chairman of the Camelia group together with the management team at Linton Park Wines recently hosted a group of leading Cape based media to a very exclusive dinner in the private restaurant Isola, at the One&Only at the V&A Waterfront. At the dinner function, the people and wines of Linton Park were introduced to the media with an exclusive 5-course menu prepared by Reuben’s Restaurant & Bar, paired with Linton Park Wines by winemaker, JG Auret. The Linton Park estate, considered by many as an ‘undiscovered gem’ situated outside Wellington, dates back to 1699 with a rich tapestry of heritage. The estate was relaunched in 2017 after a period of about 20 years of extensive renovation by the multinational London based Camellia Group. Since the Camelia group purchased the estate back in 1995, the company invested extensively in the farm, always with a sustainability and conservation focus. Camelia is based in Kent in the UK, employing over 80 000 people worldwide with company interests in tea, macadamia nuts, avocado plantations, engineering and food service and of course wine. Malcolm Perkins, the Chairman of the group has a deep personal connection to the farm, visiting a few times a year, especially enjoying the harvest period. With a heavy focus on conservation at Linton Park, Herman le Roux, Commercial Director, stressed the importance of their philosophy regarding caring for the environment and its people.
Photo: Malcolm Perkins, chairman of the Camelia group
The team have worked extensively on sustainability by eradicating alien trees to prevent soil erosion; the recycling of wastewater from the Cellar and filtered in a newly installed water treatment plant, the installation of solar power in the cellar, and working towards reducing their carbon footprint by 15% over the next 5 years. Another ongoing conservation project on the estate is taking care of approximately 2% of the world’s rare and threatened ‘Renosterveld’.
Franschhoek Mystery Weekends Are back! Winter is here which means cozy fire places, comfort food and great wines, but best of all is that Franschhoek’s popular Mystery Weekends are back. A weekend of surprise, relaxation and pure indulgence – and if you haven’t booked you’re definitely missing out on this ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunity. Ideally suited to couples, the Franschhoek Mystery Weekends are packaged to absolute perfection, and holds the promise of revealing Franschhoek’s finest wines, world-class cuisine, bespoke experiences and so much more. And the best part is you don’t have to book anything. This year there are four fabulous packages on offer for the weekend. In the past your entire experience would have been preselected, but this year you will have the opportunity to randomly select your own Saturday dinner, Sunday lunch and two optional experiences. Your unforgettable and unique Franschhoek Mystery Weekend includes the following: Two nights’ accommodation; Breakfast daily; A surprise event on the Friday night; Dinner on the Saturday night; A light lunch on the Sunday; A selection of fun filled bespoke Franschhoek experiences which will be revealed upon your check in but are guaranteed to be memorable. The dates for this year’s series of Franschhoek Mystery Weekends have been confirmed for the weekends of 1st and 2nd June; 27th and 28th July, ending with the final one on the 24th and 25th of August. Book early to avoid disappointment.
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CPT & WC Awarded Best Stand At Travel Indaba In Durban
Cape Town and the Western Cape is on a winning streak as they claim another stand award at Africa’s Travel Indaba in Durban. This is the third consecutive prize claimed by the province in three major travel shows in South Africa, including: The Green Stand Award in the Large Stand Category at Meetings Africa held in February; the Best Responsible Stand Award at the World Travel Market Africa, and most recently the Provincial Authorities Platinum Award at Africa’s Travel Indaba. Wesgro CEO, Tim Harris, commented: “The recognition by the industry speaks volumes to the hours of meticulous design, careful curation and dedication put in by the team to ensure that Cape Town and the Western Cape are supremely showcased.
‟The stand, which was supported by regional and local tourism offices such as Cape Town Tourism, Cape Winelands, Weskus and private sector partners such as Cape Town International Convention Centre, Giltedge Travel and Spier Hotel met with over 500 international buyers across the three shows.” Designed and manufactured using green principles, 50% of the booth is re-palpable and constructed using recycled paper waste material. The steel used for the frame is repurposed from the 2016 and 2017 stands which collectively attended 12 full events. Similarly, all timber used in the stand has been re-purposed from previous years. Making use of LED lightning, a single fridge unit and limited LED display screens contribute to low energy consumption on site. The stand boasts a low carbon foot print and is fully flat packed for transport, lightweight and modular – the materials have been constructed in such a way that the design is configurable to different formats and sizes, ensuring the most can be made out of any exhibition space. There is a specific focus on water saving awareness, with #WaterWiseTourism and general greening messages clearly visible around the design. To add to the water saving message, synthetic plants have been utilised in areas outside of tactile interaction. Resonating the green message, limited brochures are printed and no gifting takes places at the tradeshows. In a final comment, Judy Lain, Wesgro’s Chief Marketing Officer, said: “A sustainable stand should also deliver a message of sustainability. This remains of upmost importance until the world is practicing sustainability as a norm. We would like to acknowledge our supplier, Resource Design, who live the sustainability message through all their design creations. Thank you for assisting us in bringing our stand design dream into a reality, and assisting us to encourage a no waste, sustainable expo industry.”
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Changing Consumer Expectations We are in the midst of the most extraordinary change since the Industrial Revolution. Technology is increasingly playing a central role to enhance the consumer’s experience, and fundamentally altering the way we travel, shop and engage with service providers. One of the effects of rapidly developing technology is the expectation customers place on businesses to engage, communicate and service them immediately. “The landscape for Business isn’t changing because of social media, its changing because consumer expectations are evolving.” - Brian Solis. We live in a 24/7 world. Information is accessed and connections are made in devices we carry around in our pockets. Consumers are used to getting what they want, when they want it. This kind of dependency results in a “right now” mindset that seems unlikely to change. As the Millennial generation becomes more powerful in the marketplace the “I want it all, I want it now” stereotype may sound familiar. But, it distracts from the more relevant millennial desire - they’re seeking experiences over material possessions. It stands to reason, then, that the best way for brands to generate loyalty in a “post-sale, on-demand, attention economy” is to understand the changing expectations of today’s consumer: Customers expect a personalised shopping experience (66% of consumers say they’re likely to switch brands if they feel treated like a number, not a human); Customers expect immediate, responsive service (With new consumer expectations being set by companies that disrupted their respective markets — Uber, Amazon, Netflix — the previously accepted levels of customer service are no
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longer good enough); Customers expect consistency (73% are likely to switch brands if they don’t get consistent experiences across multiple channels such as web, mobile, in-person, social); Predictive, anticipatory service is increasingly the norm (Customers will share personal data - in exchange for better service); and 61% of Millennials are happy to share personal data if it leads to a more personalised in-store or online shopping experience. Today, a typical customer has come to expect delivery times and levels of service that they would never have imagined 10 years ago. When new players enter the market and do things a little quicker, slicker or smarter, consumers see what is really possible and become reluctant to accept anything less. For more information visit www.businesstrends.co.za
FEDHASA Cape Pays it forward with Youth Bursary Applications to enlist in FEDHASA Cape’s 2018 Youth Bursary programme are open and students studying towards a hospitality qualification are invited to apply. Jeff Rosenberg, chairperson of FEDHASA Cape says the annual scholarship, awarded to deserving hospitality students will give them the opportunity to secure their third and final year of studies and also provides that stepping stone students need in order to develop into up and coming hospitality industry leaders. “This bursary is FEDHASA Cape’s way of paying it forward and we urge eligible students who meet the necessary requirements to enlist,” Rosenberg says. The bursary covers the course’s tuition fees using proceeds raised at the annual FEDHASA Cape Golf Day recently. In-line with the stringent application requirements, Rosenberg says training institutions are also requested to provide FEDHASA Cape with selected student’s academic progress at least twice a year.
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Furthermore, if the candidate fails to complete his/her studies, FEDHASA Cape is well within its right to request that he/she repays the bursary in full, and another recipient will be selected from the association’s shortlist.
According to a research study conducted by auditing firm Deloitte headlined: The exponential importance of learning: Learning in the Flow of Work; workplace learning is a business, economic and social imperative. The report finds that learning and development is the fastest growing headcount growth in the HR function. “The learning curve is the earning curve,” the report states, and also redefines a career as a series of developmental experiences, leading to growth, not always promotion. Richard Rayne, CEO of iLearn – a leading South African learning solutions business that offers accredited and non-accredited learning programmes, as well as digital learning solutions. Rayne stresses the importance of fast-tracking workplace learning to upskill and develop staff in areas where the organisation needs it most. He says iLearn offers a personalised approach to learning that supports interactive learning. The organisation helps companies identify skills gaps and create learning pathways that encourage continuous employee learning, which aids both career development and business growth. “If skills gaps exist in key sectors in this country and employers know they do, then learning while you work is absolutely necessary and needs to be part of the business strategy. It’s one good way of producing employees who are skilled and properly equipped to do what the job requires and so much more,” he says. Ticking the on-the-job learning box can easily be achieved if employers remain open to introducing their employees to workplace learning programmes like Learnerships or short courses. A Learnership is a vocational training programme that links structured learning and work experience to obtain a registered qualification. It combines workplace practice into a qualification registered by the National Qualifications Framework (NQF). And since skills development has become a priority element of an organisation’s BBBEE scorecard, companies can use Learnerships, not just for talent development and management, but also to boost BBBEE levels. “The advantage of a Learnership is multifaceted – it empowers and develops employees in multiple areas and in-turn the employers benefit too. If your workforce is made up of skilled individuals who work hard and smart, the business will grow. If the business grows and does well, it will be able to compete effectively; which is necessary to boost economic growth and exactly what we need in South Africa,” Rayne says.
The requirements are: Hospitality students from FEDHASA Cape member establishments in second year; Full academic record; A letter of recommendation from a lecturer; Motivation highlighting financial obstacles that could hinder study payments. “With this bursary, candidates from less fortunate social circumstances will have the opportunity to complete their studies without the burden of worrying where the funds will come from.” “There are many such candidates out there and this scholarship will make things a whole lot easier by allowing students to focus solely on their studies,” Rosenberg says. To access the application form visit fedhasa.co.za/2018-fedhasa-cape-youth-bursary-application-form/. Applicants are urged to complete the form and return it via email to firstname.lastname@example.org by no later than noon on 31st August 2018.
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Benguela Cove Wine Estate
Col’Cacchio Making Tuesdays
The wine consumer is inundated with a choice of chocolate & wine parings. Whilst the presence of tannin in both red wine and dark chocolate may cause these two not to marry up, people still love the combination.
Col’Cacchio, the Italian-inspired franchise known for its gourmet thin-based wood-fired pizzas, hearty pastas and crisp fresh salads, is launching an “I Love Twosdays” promotion. Purchase any pizza or pasta and get the second one free. The promotion kicks off on Tuesday 8 May and will run until the end of July.
Launch Bespoke Chocolate & Wine Pairing
To entice the sweet tooth, the Benguela Cove Lagoon Wine Estate have launched their take on chocolate and wine called Sweet Senses – a tasting journey that includes the basic tastes of sweetness, saltiness, sourness, bitterness and umami (savouriness). These five tastings suggest the sublime balance between food and wine. The tasting is also set up to honour the special terroir and sustainability at the Estate, while giving the guest a bespoke chocolate and wine experience. Sweet Senses: The tasting includes a macaroon, a chocolate rock and three chocolates presented on a soil made from dark chocolate, sea salt, nori and olive crackling as a bow to the terroir and environment.
The special offer works in twos: for every two pizzas ordered you will get the cheapest one free, and the same goes for pastas. Col’Cacchio’s wide range of pizzas, from the classic range to gourmet pizza options filled with flavourful taste combinations, ensures that you can choose from spicy or fresh, decadent or simple - you’re bound to find a dish that will satisfy your palate. The “I love Twosdays” promotion provides the ideal opportunity to try out the new winter menu, which now includes a variety of vegan options. The Col’Cacchio winter menu features 10 new additions: Some highlights are: Allentante Salad - lettuce, roasted butternut, cranberries, basil, croutons, sesame seeds, cucumber and vinaigrette; Salubre Pasta - linguini with Pomodoro sauce, butternut, feta, pumpkin seed praline, caramelised seeds; Spaghetti and Vegballs Pasta - vegan meatballs, pomodoro sauce, vegan parmesan; Spinach Gnocchi Pasta - spinach gnocchi, pomodoro sauce and peppadew piquanté peppers; Isolano Pizza - jerk chicken, pineapple, peppadew piquanté peppers and periperi sauce; Cosi Verde Pizza - spinach
Ode to the Fynbos: Dark green macaroon with apple ganache, fynbos jelly and dried pineapple, served with a tasting of the Benguela Cove Sauvignon Semillon 2016. The sweet and sour combination of the macaroon highlights the fruit in the wine that shares a similar earthy character. Guests are encouraged to tear off a piece of pineapple to add acidity or dip a finger into the soil if they want some extra sweet, salt or bitter notes. Benguela Boulder: This chocolate boulder celebrates the estate’s proximity to the ocean - milk chocolate with Turkish apricots, hazelnuts and edible moss. This is accompanied by a tasting of Benguela Cove Chardonnay 2016 that mirrors the tangy apricots with a nutty hem that trails behind. Pretty Perfect: Who would’ve thought? This pairing illustrates how the impossible can be made possible. Twenty years ago no one would’ve considered planting vines here. Now the pinot Noir 2015 is proof that wines of elegance and finesse can be produced here. It is paired with a white choc dome filled with litchi and rose ganache, served with dried strawberry. The silky marriage between cocoa butter and Pinot Noir are one of those big secrets, whilst the litchi and rose echoes the aromatic qualities of the wine. The pairing celebrates the gentle power of wines made here.
base, vegan cheese, broccoli, edamame beans, vegan basil pesto, spring onion, black pepper; Salmone Pizza - smoked salmon trout, rocket, sour cream, black pepper; Apple Tart - warm apple tart served with ice cream and caramel sauce. Founded in 1992, Col’Cacchio has a reputation for crafting artisanal meals with the freshest sourced ingredients. Pair that with the quality and innovation that has always been at the heart of Col’Cacchio’s dynamic offering, and you discover the reason we love pizza. The “I Love Twosdays” special is available all day, every Tuesday until July 31st 2018. For more information visit www.colcacchio.co.za
Fria’s Superfoods Expands Footprint
Savoury spells: The word savoury is often misunderstood. It refers to the subtle thread of saltiness that supports the fruit in the wine and adds another flavor dimension. A periwinkle shaped chocolate introduces a creamy ganache with olive crackling, served with a tasting of the Benguela Cove Syrah 2015. The combination lays the foundation for a well-poised wine with a nod to both the ocean and the olive trees that adds character to the farm. We’re smokin: As genteel the wine from Benguela Cove can be, so can they also portray masculinity with broad shoulders and a solid backbone. The treasure box shaped chocolate is filled with a smoky ganache that adds to the intensity of the Benguela Cove Cabernet Sauvignon while illuminating the dark fruit core. For more information visit www.benguelacove.co.za
Dineplan Makes Restaurant Bookings Easy Dineplan has launched South Africa’s first instant booking platform for restaurants. It is an innovative app that enables patrons to browse and instantly make restaurant reservations according to customer ratings, specific cuisines, availability, name, area or even by current location. The team wanted to make it easy to secure and manage a restaurant booking on-the-go, and to include a broad list of features and functionality. The Dineplan app allows users to conduct location-based searches, create lists of their favourite restaurants, browse customer ratings and even research different cuisines on offer. Diners can also check a restaurant’s operating hours and even share reservation information with fellow diners including Google Map locations. Dineplan not only offers a platform for restaurant patrons, it also has a reservation solution that makes it easier for restaurant owners to manage bookings. When a restaurant combines this reservation management software with the app, guests can view a restaurant’s availability in real-time and make bookings that are confirmed immediately.
Photo: Fria's Superfoods Peppermint Mousse Cake Cup Photo Credit: Jurie Senekal
Since the announcement of Fria’s Superfoods entering the retail industry with it’s first merchandising opportunity being Wellness Warehouse Lifestyle on Kloof in early April a phenomenal three further stores have jumped on board, namely Wellness Warehouse Cavendish and SPAR Vredehoek and Sea Point. Owner of Fria’s Superfoods, Fria Hiemstra says: “I never would have imagined that we would see such phenomenal growth in a matter of a few weeks, and still there are so many more opportunities as requests are streaming in from Fria’s customers to stock our products even further afield than Town and the Southern Suburbs.” Fria’s Superfoods is a locally owned delicatessen specialising in wholesome treats such as lemon bliss balls, matcha mint and liquorice balls, sweet potato brownie balls, black bean truffles and peppermint mousse cake cups; only found in select Cape Town outlets or via online orders through the company’s website. In even more positive news, Hiemstra has been announced as a South African brand ambassador of Vibrant Health / Natural Vibrance products – a trusted brand of thoughtfully-sourced vitamins, minerals, probiotics and proteins. Hiemstra continues: “My relationship with Vibrant Health is a really exciting one as it’s a global brand that is gaining traction in South Africa as Natural Vibrance and is one of my favourite range of products. In fact, I add Vibrant Health Pro Matcha protein to most of my treats, so it’s a natural collaboration.” For more information visit www.friassuperfoods.co.za
WINTER IS COMING...DO SHARKS CARE?
The rain has arrived (finally!), the fires are lit, the surf is cooking.....it must be winter in Cape Town. While we pull out the hoodies and ugg boots and watch our JoJo tanks fill up, what does this change in season mean for great white sharks in our area, and most importantly, for shark safety?
“Our research program has been studying sharks in Cape Town for over 14 years and has shown that while white sharks are present in Cape waters year-round, they show a strong seasonal variation in how they use False Bay.” During the autumn and winter months (May-September), white sharks aggregate around Seal Island in the middle of False Bay. This is the time when the young of the year seal pups leave the island for the first time and make for an easy meal for the white sharks. During the spring and summer months (October - April), the seals learn to avoid the sharks’ predatory attacks, and the sharks change their diet and generally move inshore where they patrol up and down the coastline in search of prey such as yellowtail, smaller sharks and rays. Spring/Summer is therefore considered a higher risk period for shark bites as this is the time when there is the greatest spatial overlap between people and sharks.
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Shark Spotters Winter Operating Times
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PUTTING PLASTIC TO GOOD USE
35 MIL LITRE WATER RESERVOIR
Owl Rescue Centre, a registered non-profit rehabilitation facility concerned with the well-being of all owl species in Southern Africa, has come up with a genius use for recycled plastic that benefits the birds as well as raises funds for a much needed cause. The organisation’s founders, Brendan and Danelle Murray recently decided that, moving forward, all Owl Rescue Centre conservation products, including owl houses, bat houses and bee hives would be manufactured from recycled plastic instead of wood. Says Brendan Murray: “This year we decided to implement a new and ground-breaking approach to environmental management, giving special attention and focus to plastic waste.” “This project will extend to an ocean cleanup mission and the acquisition of a sea-going vessel is on the agenda. We aim to recycle sixhundred tons of plastic per year, making this a feasible environmental project.” To this end the Murrays have started a scheme whereby members of the public can purchase a large plastic recycling bag for R199, delivered to your door for free and, when the bag is full, send a Whatsapp for free collection and a replacement bag. Says Murray: “Plastic waste affects all the world’s oceans and seas and very little effort is currently applied to this matter in South Africa. With a believed 8.8 million metric tons of plastic waste that are dumped in oceans each year, widespread harm is caused to the marine environment. “This is our project to try and reduce plastic waste and we hope the public will support us as it will not only go some way towards helping our precious environment but at the same time, it provides housing for our rehabilitated owls.” For more information visit www.owlrescuecentre.org.za/Our-Projects/
ENHANCING SERVICE DELIVERY
The new reservoir, which was constructed at a cost of R53 million, is situated next to the existing 15 million litre reservoir. It has also been connected to the existing reservoir thereby effectively creating a single 50 million litre reservoir for this burgeoning area. Investing in large-scale water infrastructure projects remains vital for the City to be able to continue to provide reliable services to all of its residents. The elevated setting on a hill, some 5km from Durbanville, is the perfect location for the reservoir. The City has also been able to use the existing pipeline that supplies water from the Voëlvlei bulk water pipeline to these reservoirs while the existing pipeline that supplies water to the Durbanville area is also being used. The design of the reservoir started in July 2014. The construction period was 18 months and was completed in November 2017. This reservoir will feed Fisantekraal, which includes the Greenville Garden Cities housing development, the greater Durbanville area and the higher-lying areas in Brackenfell, among other areas. It is absolutely necessary that we invest in and maintain our water infrastructure. Such water projects are funded by tariffs that are used to provide reliable water services provision to our growing city. “To put the project scale into perspective, the volume of water that this reservoir holds is equal to 20 Olympicsized swimming pools or to use another example, if one fills 2-litre cold drink bottles with water and places them in a single line, it would span a distance of some 250km,” said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Area North, Councillor Suzette Little. “We thank our residents and the community for their support during the construction of this project. Enhanced service delivery and proactive infrastructure planning in our communities is vital to ensure that our city and communities go from strengthto-strength,” said Councillor Little.
AGRI SA LAUNCHES WATER DESK
The current amendments to the National Water Act, for example, will determine the cost of water for agricultural users, which is why it is necessary to engage with government and other key stakeholders from the start to work towards a fair outcome. The Agri SA Water Desk will also give inputs to the Water Research Commission (WRC) on research priorities and will act as a forum for top water experts to share their insights in a meaningful way. The Agri SA Water Desk will be led by Janse Rabie, an environmental lawyer and Head of Agri SA’s Natural Resources Centre of Excellence and Gregory Smith, a water scientist. “The Agri SA Water Desk will be a one-stop-shop for Agri SA members, where they can get up to date information and advice on all things water-related,” said Janse Rabie.
On 3 May 2018 Agri SA announced that it had formally launched a dedicated Water Desk that will focus on the need to ensure equitable access to water for farmers across South Africa. This initiative is in response to a host of external challenges facing agricultural water users, including severe drought, climate change and under-maintained infrastructure. The situation is all the more urgent given several policy proposals that may simultaneously increase the cost of water, while reducing the availability to agricultural users. The Agri SA Water Desk will, amongst other things, focus on water policy and legislative proposals such as the draft National Water and Sanitation Master Plan and the National Water Resource Strategy.
“Given the complexity of water rights and the fast-changing policy environment, we believe that a dedicated Water Desk is the best way to enable agricultural water users to stay abreast of all legal developments which will have an impact on the way they farm and do business.” “Agri SA is at the forefront of legislative and policy development regarding the water sector in South Africa. Agri SA strives to support government in this fundamental area through collaboration with key stakeholders and timely and well-researched inputs to policy development,” said Dan Kriek, President of Agri SA. Agri SA invites its members, and interested parties, to contact the Agri SA Water Desk to find out how they can get involved. For more information contact Janse Rabie (Head of Natural Resources) 074 451 9601 or Gregory Smith (Research Associate) 084 214 1151
A WEBSITE FOR YOUR BUSINESS IS NO LONGER A LUXURY - IT’S A NECESSITY Just because you have invested in a website doesn’t mean that it’s effective in improving your sales. While there could be many reasons why your website isn’t effective, here are some of the most common explanations for website failures. Design is not mobile friendly The mobile revolution continues to grow around the world, this trend toward “on the go digital,” will continue. In other words, internet consumption is moving away from desktops and towards the mobile devices territory. This means that your business website has to be optimized for mobile users. Unfortunately, there are still many websites that aren’t mobile-friendly. This is unacceptable for a business since it can lead to penalties from Google, decrease conversation rates and deliver your customers a poor experience. To make sure that your site is ready for mobile users, make sure that you use a responsive design, keep your layout simple, and test it using tools like Google’s Search Console Mobile Friendly Test. Lacking content A lack of content causes customer frustration when visiting a website. This is why your website should contain fresh and valuable content that answers real-life questions. Essential information Besides looking for information that will enhance functionality, if customers are browsing your website, they want to easily find information such as: - The address of your business. If you have a brick and mortar business, include a map link. - Contact information, specifically a phone number and email address. - Social media plugins. - Hours, pricing and an “about us” page. You will surprised at how many businesses still do not have adequate information on their websites. If you are like minded, you refrain from visiting such websites over security or legitimate concerns.
What services do we offer? Designing - Web Rage uses the latest software in the design industry - with an eye on new trends and a passion for creativity. We can provide you with designing solutions from logos, business cards, brochures, catalogues, adverts, and books. Printing - When designing digital artwork it is important to know your limitations, especially when designing artwork in an digital format for printing purposes. What you see on screen is not always the same as what you see on paper. We offer various printing solutions to fit you requirements. Web Design - We make use of content management system (CMS) such as WordPress for the majority of our projects and offer dynamic website solutions. Our approach is to equip our customers with success by providing a full functional website that is viewable on devices such as desktops, tablets and mobile phones. From one page websites to online shopping websites, we can design it. We can custom build your website to use features such as: registrations, login’s, bookings, and memberships. Search Engine Optimization (SEO) - Web Rage will submit your website to all major search engines. Customers cannot find you on the web via search engines if your SEO structure is not setup properly. It all originates from the name of your business, the way your site is designed, how your content is set out, and how the keywords are used. Social Media - Website and branding on social media is essential to any business! Having your social media platforms connected to your websites, makes it easier for customers to navigate to your business from platforms of their choosing.
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Content Loads too slow Customers expect a website to load quickly. In fact, 47 percent of consumers expect a website to load in just 2 seconds or less. And, that’s important to remember because an astounding 79 percent of shoppers who don’t enjoy their website experience less likely to ever return to that site again, nor buy from that site again. Outdated Information Web pages that are maintained and have a current design build trust and credibility. That doesn’t mean that you need to update your site every month. But, if it’s been years since you’ve had a major website design overhaul, then it’s time to find something more contemporary. Businesses should choose the platform that best fits their market and promote it via social media. Having a social media campaign plan is always useful as you are engaging with your customers as well as creating awareness for potential new customers. It is our goal at Web Rage to provide you with professionally designed modern websites and professional branding solutions. For more information contact: 082 628 5028 email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.web-rage.co.za
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PLAN AHEAD TO AVOID THE WORST OF WINTER It’s getting a little harder to get out of bed in the morning and more tempting to linger in a hot shower, sure signs that winter is here. For most of us this means breaking out a heavier duvet or putting more blankets on the bed, but are there any other practical steps you can or should be taking to prepare for the change of season? Financial services company, DirectAxis, gathered tips from some handymen about common problems that can occur during winter and how to prevent these. The advice covered three broad themes: planning ahead, preventative maintenance and conserving heat. Planning ahead - The laws of supply and demand dictate that if you wait until temperatures plummet before stocking up on firewood or getting more gas for the gas heater, you’ll pay more. Alternatively you’ll be faced with Murphy’s law and the supplier will have run out. Replacing old or broken heaters is also best done before the weather turns cold. Power cuts are more likely in winter either because high winds blow trees across power lines or increased demand puts strain on electrical infrastructure. It is necessary to have working torches and batteries or rechargeable solar LED lights available. If you have a generator or an uninterrupted power supply system, test them to make sure they still work. Preventative maintenance - Preventing problems is always less expensive than fixing them afterwards by doing it yourself at little or no cost, although it’s best to get professional help if you’re unsure, or don’t have the right tools. Simple maintenance includes making sure gutters are clear of leaves and other debris; weight of water in clogged gutters can break the brackets that support them; backed up water also needs to go somewhere as the wind can blow it up under the tiles potentially damaging ceilings and fittings. While checking the gutters also take a look at the roof for missing, broken or shifted tiles as it could result in leaks. If you are looking forward to a nice roaring fire, check your chimney. You should be looking for blockages such as birds’ nests and soot build up. Check for any trees that might blow over or branches that could break off and damage the house. While you’re doing your walk-around check the outside lighting.
Well-lit paths and approaches potentially discourage criminals, but will help prevent you, your family or guests tripping and falling. Conserving heat - Whether you’re using a gas or electric heater, or a fire to warm your house, heating costs money. The first thing to consider if you want to save heat and money is to make sure the house is well insulated. It’ll keep the heat in during winter and keep you cool in summer. If you have insulation, check to make sure it hasn’t shifted, been torn or damaged. Also check to see if there’s a cover on the geyser. If not, you may want to think about getting one as heating water is expensive. Once you’ve dealt with the roof space, check doors and windows. It’s relatively cheap and effective to fit self-adhesive rubber seals to the bottom of draughty doors and to fix window’s that aren’t sealing properly or repair weather strips. Open your curtains when the sun’s shining and warming the house and close them when it’s dark and cold, they help prevent the warm air escaping. DirectAxis marketing head, Marlies Kappers, says preparing for winter doesn’t need to cost a fortune.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT GAS APPLIANCES & INSURANCE
Homeowners with gas appliances stand the chance to have insurance claims denied if it is found that their appliances did not meet the safety requirements set by the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) and the Liquefied Petroleum Gas Safety Association of South Africa (LPGSASA). This is according to Marike van Niekerk, Legal and Compliance Manager at MUA Insurance Acceptances, who says that insurers expect their policyholders to prove that they have taken every reasonable measure to manage the risks associated with their insured assets. “Gas is becoming more and more popular for household use, and a report by South Africa’s Competition Commission reveals that gas is used in one way or another, in at least 20% of South African electrified households and around 13% of households that are not connected to the electrical grid.”
She says that in the event of an accident involving a gas appliance, insurers may insist on proof that the appliance and its installation complied with safety standards. “For this, the policyholder needs a Certificate of Conformity, which confirms that the appliance was inspected by an authorised person who is registered with the LPGSASA. It is proof that the appliance is safe, leak free, and installed in accordance with the SABS regulations.” Van Niekerk adds that if a homeowner cannot produce the required safety documentation, there is a good chance that their insurance claims could be denied. She says that the LPGSASA has a number of requirements that should be on every homeowner’s checklist when installing a gas appliance. Only use a registered installer. Approved installers must have LPGSASA certificates and should provide you with an installation certificate on completion. Only buy gas from a qualified gas dealer. Make sure that all of your gas products have been verified and tested by the correct regulatory bodies. Regularly check whether the seal on a cylinder matches the brand of the cylinder. Regularly check gas appliances before use. No matter which appliance it is, always ensure that no pipes are damaged, no gas is leaking and that all valves open and close correctly. Lastly, she explains that homeowners need to turn off gas appliances immediately if they suspect that the equipment may be leaking. “All windows and doors should be opened and a registered gas engineer should be contacted to inspect the appliance.” To further prevent any possible claim rejections, Van Niekerk advises homeowners to get registered installers to perform annual maintenance checks. “There are major implications to using non-compliant gas appliances, and homeowners place themselves in peril – both financially and physically - if they do not manage their risks to the best of their ability,” concludes Van Niekerk.
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The Latest In Luxury Urban Retirement Claremont’s Newly Launched Quadrant Gardens Is Now Selling
Quadrant Gardens itself will offer its residents a rooftop terrace with a recreational area and croquet court, an in-house restaurant, private courtyard garden, lounge and library. “With the emergence of a new generation of retirees, the traditional notion of an old age home has been replaced by the desire to live in a secure, lock-up-andgo development that also offers an array of activities and services,” says Bloch. “Quadrant Gardens will offer this, as well as the provision of a Care Centre, which has also become increasingly important to retirees.”
Marketed by Pam Golding Properties, the upmarket Quadrant Gardens retirement development in Claremont has officially launched, and units are now selling. Available on a Life Right basis, the apartments will offer retired buyers the same benefits as owning a sectional title property but without the associated costs. “Underlining the demand for this kind of retirement living, seven of the apartments were sold prior to the development’s official launch this month,” says Bev Bloch, Pam Golding Properties specialised Southern Suburbs Retirement Sales team. Forming the fourth and final phase of The Quadrant development - a mixed-use complex that already comprises 150 apartments - Quadrant Gardens will be jointly owned by Corevest, the developers of The Quadrant, and the CPOA whom have owned and managed retirement properties for 65 years. In addition to the apartments, The Quadrant also has 3 500m2 of consulting offices and 1 500m2 of retail space which includes a renowned Italian restaurant, coffee shop, hairdresser, massage spa, wellness centre, gymnasium with 25-metre indoor pool, as well as the Claremont public library.
Designed for the over 60s, Quadrant Gardens will consist of 75 spacious apartments, ranging from studios to large two and three bedroom apartments, at a starting price of approximately R2 million through to R6.5 million. Bloch says the advantage of a Life Right purchase, which gives the owner the security of tenure for the remainder of his or her life, is that unlike with sectional title, a Life Right purchase is not a property transfer so there are no bond registration fees, transfer duties and no VAT payable. However, Life Right residents do enjoy the same privileges as buyers of sectional title units, and the developer who retains sole ownership of each unit is responsible for the development’s external maintenance. The units, intended for independent living with the option of assisted living offered through CPOA’s Care Packages, will be fitted with emergency care-call communication while a 19-bed on-site Care Centre will be available for those who require around-the-clock care. Located in Claremont’s medical precinct, tenants will also have easy access to emergency, high-care and surgical facilities at the nearby Life Kingsbury Hospital as well as the 40 or so specialist consultants based at Library Square and surrounds. With construction well underway, having already progressed to the second floor, Quadrant Gardens is set for completion during the first half of 2019 and will bring to life the concept of luxury urban retirement in the Southern Suburbs. For more information visit www.quadrantgardens.co.za
Entire Village Transforms Into One Big Art Gallery The Karoo village of Prince Albert is a haven for those with a passion for living their best life, and perhaps this is the very reason why the town boasts such a rich concentration of artists, all masters of their crafts in their own right. Being well versed in the art of hosting big bashes and entertaining visitors, the artistic community now hosts a real treat for visitors and art lovers alike. From Thursday, 5 to Sunday, 8 July 2018 the entire village transforms into one big art gallery with Prince Albert Open Studios - with a twist. “What makes Prince Albert Open Studios unique is that art lovers and anyone looking for an authentic experience not only get to browse a large selection of world class art all over our delightful town, but to also go to the actual work spaces of our local artists. Here, one gets to view the art pieces and also meet the artist in person!” Says Brent Phillips-White, owner of the Prince Albert Gallery. “Imagine going to the Museum of Modern Art in New York and having a little chat with Van Gogh about his thought process while painting The Starry Night. Prince Albert Open Studios is your chance to add a piece of art to your collection that will always have a special, unique story to tell,” says Phillips-White. “It will feel like it isn’t only the art that speaks to you, but that you got to speak to the art too!” What to expect - From local films to metal forgery, hand-woven rugs to calligraphy, photography and paintings, there really is an amazing variety of exhibitions on show - all-in-all twenty two, to be exact. And besides the art, Prince Albert is internationally renowned for a variety of attractions.
Pack a picnic basket, fuel up and go explore the iconic Swartberg Pass, visit the local olive and wine farms, take a cooking course, enjoy fantastic cycling routes, and eat and socialise at the village’s first-class bars and restaurants. For more information visit www.princealbert.org.za
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NAPIER WINE & PATATFEES
visits Cape Town Cartoon Network Live, Cartoon Network superheroes, The Powerpuff Girls, Gumball and Darwin, Heatblast, Finn & Jake visited Cape Town and Johannesburg ahead of their Live Theatre Show Premier. South African fans were in for a very special treat recently when the cast from the much-anticipated Cartoon Network Live Show were spotted in and about Cape Town and at Montecasino in Johannesburg. The Powerpuff Girls, Gumball, Darwin, Heatblast, Finn & Jake delighted fans when they decided to take in the magnificent views of the Mother City and even took the opportunity to pose with delighted fans! The performance in Cape Town will take place at the Grand Arena, GrandWest from 26 June - 1 July 2018.
Starting as a simple country festival to pay homage to the humble Patat, (Sweet Potato), a crop widely grown here in past times, the Napier Patatfees has grown immensely. The 25th anniversary of the Patatfees will take place from 15-17 June 2018 and what better way to mark that than ‘Celebrate Our Heritage’, which is this year’s theme for the event. “Napier and the Overberg in general, are also becoming famed for its fine wines, so we aptly decided to rename the festival to the Napier Wine & Patatfees.” The MTB races, Half Marathons and Trail Runs & Fun Runs will be just as rewarding, thanks to partners such as SMS events! The carnival is scheduled for Saturday afternoon with a free concert in the evening by AKKEDIS. From there the cast visited The Teatro, Montecasino in Johannesburg where they will be performing from 3 July - 15 July 2018. Cartoon Network Live!, will feature Cartoon Network’s most popular heroes from Ben 10, The Amazing World of Gumball, Adventure Time and The Powerpuff Girls, in an interactive and spectacular stage production for kids aged 5+. In Cartoon Network Live! Kelvin Gizmo, scientist extraordinaire, takes us into the world of Cartoon Network which is under threat of Zarr, the evil robot. We travel through the Land of Ooo, the city of Townsville and Elmore and meet their famous inhabitants. With them, and the help of the audience, Kevin Gizmo will hopefully be able to stop Zarr and his evil plans. This interactive live show is one the whole family will enjoy! Tickets available via www.bigconcerts.co.za and Computicket
Franschhoek Winter Wines
After the Trail run on Sunday, a free 25th Anniversary Party is planned for all residents and visitors, with more market stalls, local musicians, entertainment for the kids, including pony rides, kids fashion show and Dogs in fancy dresses! Spend it at leisure just soaking up the slow country vibe and joining in for a delicious Patat themed lunch at one of the excellent restaurants, paired with local wine. Join the Napier Patatfees for a long weekend and have a taste of living the good life. For more information visit www.napierwinepatatfees.co.za
KNYSNA OYSTER FESTIVAL This year’s hugely popular Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival will take place between 29 June and 8 July 2018, again providing an ideal choice for a winter break for the whole family. Following the devastating fires in the town last year, the regrowth of the region has been phenomenal, and visitors to the picturesque Garden Route area will have no shortage of activities from which to choose, with more than 100 activities arranged over the 10-day period. The premium sport-and-lifestyle festival has become an institution on South Africa’s winter calendar and really does offer something for everyone: sports enthusiasts can sign up for the country’s top cycling and road-running events; families need look no further for fun-filled quality holidays; adventurers will be overwhelmed by the area’s spectacular natural scenery and thrilling adventure options, and of course for those looking to indulge in world-famous Knysna oysters with a glass or two of bubbly, the festival is a veritable paradise!
Winter is here, and the best part is that Franschhoek is #OpenForWinter. Brave the cold weather and head to the Franschhoek Motor Museum, L’Ormarins Estate for an old favourite, Franschhoek Winter Wines. Inspired by the colder weather this winter warmer festival will take place on Saturday, 16 June 2018.
As always, visitors can look forward to delicious food and drink, with local restaurants offering themed menus for the duration of the festival. Also on offer will be a variety of concerts, comedy, fashion shows and more, an adventure-filled programme tailor-made to keep the little ones busy along with the Momentum Health Kiddies Area which will be open to keep the little ones entertained.
The intimate setting of the museum is the ideal location to mingle with the Franschhoek Vignerons who will be showcasing some of their finest seasonal red wines at this bespoke event. Participating wineries include Topiary, Black Elephant Vintners, Holden Manz, La Bri, Rickety Bridge, Haute Cabrière and Anthonij Rupert Wines, amongst others. Tasty comfort food, prepared by the chefs at Terra del Capo are guaranteed to complement your wines. Salsiccia Sausages with braised Cannellini Beans; oven baked Potato Soup with gourmet toppings; and Wild Mushroom Arancini served with Truffle Aioli are the perfect food partners to a robust red. The selection of mini cakes and sweet treats will satisfy any sugary craving. Superb wines and comfort food are the perfect components for braving the cold weather, while you view some of the finest vintage and luxury vehicles on display. The Franschhoek Motor Museum offers visitors the opportunity to look back at more than 100 years of motoring history with its unique and exciting collection of vehicles, motorcycles, bicycles and memorabilia in the magnificent setting of L’Ormarins Estate. Vintage cars include a 1903 Ford and a 1935 Rolls Royce, whilst fans of the more modern luxurious cars can look forward to catching a glimpse of a 2002 Ferrari or the 2003 Mercedes Benz CLK DTM AMG.
The Momentum Knysna Forest Marathon & Half Marathon are two of South Africa’s most-hotly contested running races and will take place on Saturday 7 July. Runners can look forward to experiencing the breath-taking views over the Knysna Lagoon towards the Knysna Heads as they approach the finish line, providing all the inspiration they need.
Live music will round off what promises to be the perfect day out to the Franschhoek Wine Valley.
So plan a winter holiday and discover the wonders of the Garden Route - enjoy walks in the indigenous Knysna Forest and view the famous Knysna Heads.
Tickets available via www.webtickets.co.za
For more information visit www.oysterfestival.co.za
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Berg Marathon tables low river plan for 2018 With the Western Cape still firmly in the grips of the four year-long drought, the organisers of the 57th edition of the annual Berg River Canoe Marathon are determined to stage their annual classic race from 12 to 15 July 2018, even if it requires some lateral thought. “We managed to stage a successful race last year, despite the severity of the drought, and we are committed to making it happen this July,” said race committee chair Andre Collins. Collins said the race committee was planning a rejigged race route that will take best advantage of the most paddleable sections of river in very low conditions, but said they would remain flexible right up to the race hoping for the arrival of the annual winter rains. The race normally covers the 240 kilometres from Paarl to the West Coast town of Velddrif in four stages. But Collins explained that the back-up plan involved starting downstream of Paarl and racing the more reliable sections of the river. Under the low water rules, the first day will be raced from Gouda Bridge to Misverstand Dam Wall (46km); Day Two over a shorter segment of the same stretch of water from Gouda Bridge to Bridgetown (30km); Day Three from the normal fourth stage start at Zoutkloof to Oordraplek (49km); and the final day spanning the usual last stage from Zoutkloof to Velddrif (59km). “While we try to hold the race over the original course from Paarl to Velddrif every year, we have to be realistic,” said Collins.
Photo: Berg River Canoe Marathon - Photo Credit: John Hishin-Gameplan Media
“Under the low water plan the total paddling distance will be less than a normal Berg, the total time spent on the water will be very similar to a marathon on a medium level river,” he said. The 2017 race was held on the lowest river ever, with the Berg River running at a paltry 1,61 cumecs, but still saw 75 brave paddlers completed the race, which was won by Hungarian racer Adrian Boros. Recently the race from Gouda to Train Bridge was held in extremely low river conditions. Maties paddler Evan Knight won the outing after running six of the 15 kilometres of the race. Normal entries are now being taken online until Wednesday 27 June. For more information visit www.berg.org.za
CAPE TOWN CITY BALLET presents
6-15 July, 2018
With Ksenia Ovsyanik of the BERLIN STATE BALLET on Sat 14th @ 19h30 and Sun 15th @15h00
ARTSCAPE Opera House
Tickets: R100—R500 Book at COMPUTICKET or ARTSCAPE Dial-a-Seat on 021 421 7695
Accompanied by the CAPE TOWN Philharmonic Orchestra www.capetowncityballet.org.za