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LIFESTYLE Page 12 As part of its modernisation programme, the Department of Home Affairs has started upgrading its live-capture system to its offices across the country to enable automation of birth registration and re-issue of marriage and death certificates that are already in the national population register, and the printing of parents’ details in children’s passports. The department’s Director-General, Mkuseli Apleni says the upgrade will make a huge difference to the controversial issue of unabridged certificates that everyone has been complaining about. He says with the upgrades, the last page of the child’s passport will have the details of the parents, meaning that parents will no longer be required to travel with an unabridged birth certificate.
“When you apply for the passport of the child, the system will automatically go into the NPR and say these are the parents of the child and print them at the back of the passport. They will no longer need to carry a birth certificate,” said Mkuseli Apleni. Apleni says travellers into South Africa will unfortunately have to carry their children’s birth certificates if the parents details are not printed on the child’s passport. He says they have made suggestions to the international body which manages the issues of travelling globally that children’s passports should have details of the parents. If this can be approved, it means it will now be applicable to the whole world.
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South African National Space Agency to host SpaceOps 2020 The South African National Space Agency (SANSA) in partnership with the Cape Town & Western Cape Convention Bureau has won the bid to host the SpaceOps 2020 conference. The conference will bring together over 600 global Space specialists at the Cape Town International Convention Centre, with an estimated economic impact of R11 520 000. This could not come at a better time, with the new Meerkat radio telescope launched in the Northern Cape recently. Thanks to significant investments made by the Department of Science and Technology in satellite and telescope projects, the local space tech eco-system is growing. Not only is this forecast to boost infrastructure development and the economy, but will also enhance the ranks of science and engineering graduates in the country.
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The Business of Wine & Food Tourism Conference, now in its third year is set to take place at the Spier wine estate in Stellenbosch on 17 October 2018 with an impressive panel of local and international speakers that will centre their respective topics on the theme of innovation. “The Western Cape has a distinct advantage in Southern Africa. Not only does it feature breathtaking sea- and mountainscapes, but a vibrant culinary and social scene that celebrates and reﬂects its very special environment,” says seasoned tourism specialist Margi Biggs, convenor of the conference. “The wine and food scene here in the Cape, together with its interesting combination of people - tourists and locals from all levels of society - provide such a healthy environment for cultivating tourism, and now is the perfect time to explore the theme of innovation and its various facets and impact points.” Continue Reading Page 2
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Woolworths - Ditching Its Wasteful Plastic Packaging Woolworths is the ﬁrst retailer in South Africa to announce its vision of zero packaging waste to landﬁll. This means that the retailer aims to have none of its packaging end up in landﬁlls, which will requires 100% recyclable materials and a supportive recycling infrastructure. Key to realising Woolworths’ vision include the phasing out of unnecessary single-use plastics, and the commitment for all its packaging to be either reusable or recyclable by 2022. Woolworths has also committed to phasing out single-use plastic shopping bags completely by 2020. Continue Reading Page 3
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“The Western Cape has been at the forefront of South African Space tech for many years: the tracking station established by NASA at Hartebeeshoek received the first images of Mars in 1965; the first miniaturized satellite designed and manufactured in South Africa was completed at Stellenbosch University in 1999; and more recently SANSA has allocated funds to Denel Spaceteq to develop the EO-Sat1 - a high resolution multispectral imaging satellite which will be used for a variety of urban management processes. The team accompanied the local organising committee to SpaceOps 2018 held in France during June to promote the destination and entice delegates to register for the 2020 conference. Launched in December 2010, SANSA became a Space Agency after combining other Space facilities in South Africa. Making significant advancements towards addressing its mandate of deriving greater value from space science and technology for the benefit of South African society, the Agency has five strategic programmes, namely: Corporate Support Programme: ensuring SANSA functions optimally with good corporate governance and operational efficiency. Earth Observation Programme: focussing on utilisation of space to address day-today societal needs including resource and environmental management, disaster management, food security, global change monitoring, health, safety and security, planning, development and Photo: Meerkat radio telescope - Photo Credit: South African Radio Astronomy Observatory service delivery monitoring. Space Science Programme: driving scientific enquiry, knowledge creation, technology development and innovation (located in Hermanus and the only Space Weather Centre in Africa. They also run regular holiday programmes for children aged 6 - 12 years, to entice them to a career in the sector). Space Operations Programme: vehicle through which SANSA interfaces with space assets world-wide and supports the international space industry. Space Engineering Programme: driving satellite manufacturing capability to ensure a level of self-reliance and develop the local space engineering industry. Head of the Cape Town and Western Cape Convention Bureau, Corne Koch, concluded: “We are delighted to have assisted in winning the bid for this important conference. South Africa is set to lead in Africa in space technology and we’re proud for Cape Town to contribute in this way.” Koch adds that the bid was further made possible with the support from the South African National Convention Bureau who forms a key partner in bidding for conferences to South Africa.
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One of Africa’s longest & Highest Ziplines Re-opens In The Mother City Cape Town Ziplines, an SA Forest Adventures initiative, re-opened in Silvermist Estate on Hout Bay Road recently. Following a two year closure, the site has been re-opened with GoPro partnering with Cape Town Ziplines last month. Reported as one of the brands top selling products, the partnership marks the first GoPro resort partnership on African soil. Present to officially re-open the Zipline was the Provincial Minister of Transport and Public Works, Minister Donald Grant, who commented: “Tourism has long been identified as a key driver of the Western Cape’s economy and forms part of our economic growth strategy. This zipline, as an addition to our many tourist attractions, will not only expose visitors to this area’s natural beauty and distinctly South African topography, but will also offer a unique experience to our visitors, unlike that which they may have experienced elsewhere.” Open no matter the weather, the 2.3km Zipline tour is one of Africa’s longest and highest situated in the heart of the Mother City, easily accessible from all major transport routes including the Hop-on, Hop-off City Sightseeing Cape Town Bus. The excursion starts with an exhilarating 4x4 trail up the mountain. Boasting views of the southern side of Table Mountain as well as the Constantia Winelands stretching across to Muizenberg, the 240-metre-long cable suspended 70 metres above ground marks the start of the adventure. Cables range from 190 metres to just under 500 metres, with the tour lasting around two hours. Silvermist Estate has a number of facilities including a restaurant, conference facilities and other team building options. Commenting on the importance of attractions in the tourism offering, Wesgro’s Chief Marketing Officer, Judy Lain, said: “SA Forest Adventures has taken a beautiful natural environment and created an experience that will attract local and
international visitors, all within the guidelines of responsible tourism. Hiring staff from the community, the Zipline has created much needed permanent employment in the area.” Clinton Lerm, owner of SA Forest Adventures, added: “We are thrilled to reopen one of Cape Town`s top tourism attractions. Cape Town Ziplines forms an integral part of our South African product offering and within minutes of reopening our bookings we were swamped with inquiries. Our Zipline Tour in Cape Town offers first time and seasoned thrill seekers the opportunity to experience a zipline adventure in an environment unlike any other. Most of our Staff have been unemployed since we closed, we were over the moon to welcome them back and two days after the go-ahead we were operational again in-part to the commitment from all our staff members.”
Panasonic Launches South African Headquarters In Cape Town! Panasonic South Africa – a subsidiary of Panasonic Corporation – launched its new South African Headquarters in Century City, Cape Town. The event was attended by the Managing Executive Officer of Panasonic Corporation in Japan, Mr Daizo Ito, Premier of the Western Cape, Helen Zille, Western Cape Minister of Finance, Dr Ivan Meyer, Head of the Africa Region, Mr. Hiroyuki Shibutani, and the Managing Director of Panasonic South Africa (Pty) Ltd, Mr Hidetoshi Kaneko.
Mr Hidetoshi Kaneko said, “We are excited about our new headquarters in Cape Town. We decided to move to the Western Cape because of the growth in our customer base in this region, and access to other large companies located in the Cape. We are also encouraged by its strong skills-pipeline.”
More than 40 staff will be based in these offices, with many relocating from Johannesburg. “We are also very excited about their plans for growth and expansion, and our investment promotion team is on stand-by to assist them.” At the launch, Premier Zille said: “It is” a great vote of confidence in our region to have such a major global player set up base in Cape Town. Since 2009 we have worked tirelessly to create a conducive environment for businesses to operate freely, create jobs and grow the economy. The latest move by Panasonic will have a positive impact for our economy, and I am certain it will clear the way for other investors to do the same. The new Century City based facility has established a “Life Experience Centre”, open to the public and designed to enable Panasonic to hear customer voices with the aim of developing new products which are uniquely suited to the South African market. On display are several Panasonic products which are available in other parts of the world but have not been introduced into the South African market as yet. Among others, these include their electric bike, robotic vacuum cleaner, facil steamer, dish washer, hand-held massager, OLED television, Technics sound system, and the Nano-e dryer. In March, Panasonic launched the “You can be the light” project in collaboration with the Nelson Mandela Foundation. At this ceremony Panasonic donated the first batch of Panasonic-branded solar lanterns (414 units) to the Foundation, who in turn will distribute the units to those in need of lighting in off-grid areas. As 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of Mr. Nelson Mandela’s birth and the founding of Panasonic by Konosuke Matsushita, Panasonic multiplied 100 by two and aims to donate 10,000 lights over the next few years. Springbok Captain, Siya Kolisi, who appeared on the first video clip to promote the project, received a plaque from Panasonic at the event and welcomed the company’s efforts to assist poor communities.
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The Stellenbosch University (SU) Choir made a clean sweep at the prestigious Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod in Wales, winning all three categories they participated in – Youth Choirs‚ Mixed Choirs and Open Choirs. The choir finished first in the Youth Choir category with a score of 95,5%, won Mixed Choirs with 90,3% and Open Choirs with 95%. André van der Merwe, conductor of the SU Choir, was awarded the Jayne Davies Prize for Best Conductor at the Eisteddfod.
A University of Cape Town (UCT) interdisciplinary team, the Centre for Autism Research in Africa (CARA), led by Prof Petrus de Vries, Professor of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at UCT, recently received two prestigious international awards for their research in autism spectrum disorder. Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental that is associated with difficulties in social interaction and communication, and a pattern of repetitive and ritualistic behaviours. ASD is recognized by the World Health Organization as a global public health concern, but in Africa very little research has been done and clinical services for families who live with ASD are extremely limited. The International Society for Autism Research (INSAR) awarded the CARA team the inaugural Cultural Diversity Research Award “to recognize and support investigators or teams who conduct community-based or community-partnered research that leaves a lasting impact on under-served and under-researched communities.” The award was made at the Society’s May 2018 conference in Rotterdam.
Van der Merwe says he is incredibly proud of the choir’s achievements in Wales. “The true spirit of making music together has triumphed. The warm reactions of audiences to our music was really moving. I feel the artistic dimension of the choir has deepened because we could share the soul of South Africa on an international stage.” The International Musical Eisteddfod took place from 5 - 8 July 2018. This festival yearly attracts around 50 000 visitors and 4 000 participants, including 150 choirs, from across the world. The SU Choir was one of only four choirs invited to perform in the International Celebration Concert in front of an audience of 2 000. This concert was the official opening of the Llangollen Eisteddfod and was broadcast on British TV. The SU Choir also took part in the colourful International Parade through Llangollen which sees the participating choirs walk through the city as representatives of their countries. Following their visit to the UK, the choir heads for the 2018 Interkultur World Choir Games in Tshwane in which more than 300 choirs from across the world will participate, because André van der Merwe is chairperson of the artistic committee of the Choir Games, the choir is not allowed to take part in the competition. However, the SU Choir, which has been number one on the Interkultur ranking list of 1 000 international choirs for the past five years, has been invited to perform as demonstration choir at the Choir Games.
Prof de Vries commented: “I was delighted by this international recognition of the outstanding work done by my wonderful team. We really believe that research is about working together and collaborating with passionate and positive international partners. Without this teamwork none of our work or achievements would be possible”. At the same conference, Prof de Vries was one of the first group of researchers elected as INSAR Fellow. The Fellowship is awarded “to honour distinguished members of INSAR whose research has made a significant international impact on the scientific understanding of autism spectrum disorder, clinical practice, educational methods, and/or policy.” Prof Dan Stein, Head of the Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health at UCT said: “These awards speak to the tremendous work that the Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry has initiated in this key area.” “I am delighted by the international recognition of our autism research, but given the enormous burden of ASD, particularly in Africa and other low-resource settings, we all have much to do,” de Vries concluded. This remarkable achievement speaks to UCT’s goal of being a research intensive university with the aim of producing new solutions to challenges facing the African continent and the world.
Is It Goodbye To Unabridged Birth Certificates For Travel? (Continue from Page 1) “The issue of parents requiring an unabridged birth certificate for their children for travel purposes has plagued the industry for years, so we welcome this move on behalf of the Department of Home Affairs to reduce barriers to entry to South Africa.”
“Of course, it will take time to trickle down to ground level, since it will require new passports being applied for in order to carry the appropriate information, but this is a step in the right direction. We look forward to more of these kinds of forwardthinking approaches that will revitalise tourism,” said Enver Duminy, CEO, Cape Town Tourism.
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CAPE TOWN VOTED NUMBER 1 CITY IN AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST In Travel + Leisure’s 2018 reader’s poll, Cape Town has been named number one favourite city in Africa and the Middle East for the 17th year. The eminent global travel publication cited a favourable exchange rate, the opening of the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa, its world-class hotels and the fact that it’s a regional hub for business and leisure travel among the reasons for the city’s ongoing success. Cape Town’s tourism offering is well known, but the city’s tourism officials are particularly thrilled about this year’s achievement, given the region’s challenges with a water shortage during the period: “We’ve maintained an ‛open for business’ approach throughout our efforts in driving sustainable tourism, and this accolade reveals that this strategy has worked; we remain an unparalleled destination on the continent, and one whose multiple initiatives in saving water has ensured that we can continue to attract visitors. We’re honoured that so many travellers remain confident in our ability to offer fantastic attractions and experiences,” says Enver Duminy, Cape Town Tourism CEO. According to South African Tourism’s CEO, Sisa Ntshona, “This accolade is testament to South Africa’s rich and varied travel offering for travelers from the continent and the Middle East and an affirmation of our 5-in-5 goal of attracting five million more tourists by 2021.” The water shortages as experienced in Cape Town and other parts of the country have certainly placed us at the forefront of leading the drive towards sustainable and responsible tourism in a meaningful way. Through the country’s #WaterWiseTourism drive in action, Travel + Leisure readers have given a stamp of approval that South Africa remains very much open for tourism,
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with responsible tourism practices becoming entrenched as the ‛new normal’. “South Africa has become a benchmark for how world-class cities respond to future climate threats associated with water, it is our responsibility to share our learnings and encourage others around the world to help adapt to the new normal”, concludes Ntshona. The city’s efforts in reducing water usage include bringing alternative water supplies on board, as well as locals reducing household water use. In the tourism sector, hotels and the big attractions have rolled out varied strategies that reduce water usage while minimising the impact on visitor experience. It was recently announced that these efforts, coupled with healthy winter rainfall, have contributed to a great recovery in the water crisis, although residents and visitors are encouraged to carry on in the same way to ensure that this recovery can be completed.
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Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI), internationally known for its efforts in securing plant diversity for the well-being of people and the planet, has accredited the Stellenbosch University (SU) Botanical Garden, the oldest university botanical garden in South Africa, only the second botanical garden in Africa and the first in South Africa to receive this honour. BGCI Accreditation recognises achievements in plant conservation with institutions carrying out a range of conservation-related policies, practices and activities. Accreditation can result in tangible benefits for participating gardens – such as recognition, peer review, creating standards for excellence, and funding – and will act as a motivator for botanic garden leadership. In congratulating SU in receiving the accreditation, Dr Paul P. Smith, Secretary General of the BGCI based in the UK, said that the SU Botanical Garden is very special due to it being the only university-managed botanic garden in the Cape Floristic Region. Photo Credit: Mark Chipps
WWF South Africa is celebrating 50 years of protecting and nurturing our natural environment, ensuring that some of the most remarkable places in Southern Africa are preserved for people and nature. Many of these places have become pristine and much-loved destinations for South African and international visitors, but they would not exist were it not for the significant conservation and lobbying efforts of WWF SA. Here are three significant WWF SA milestones which ensure our spaces and natural resources are protected and sustained for all to enjoy: Wildlife: Rhino relocated to breeding projects on community-owned game reserves - Since the 80s, WWF has been involved with conserving the iconic and endangered African rhino – both black and white. With great foresight in 2003, far ahead of the devastating rhino horn poaching crisis, WWF established a breeding and subsequent relocation project for the critically endangered black rhino. In 2007, the first community-owned game reserve received a group of black rhino from WWF’s breeding project. To date, 11 new groups of about twenty black rhino have been relocated and successfully established. Water: A million hectares of alien plants cleared, freeing up natural water flow - In the mid-90s WWF helped to catalyse a national job creation initiative in areas of high density invasive alien vegetation, to clear these water-thirsty plants from the rivers and free up natural water flow. Working for Water is now run by government with over 300 projects across all nine provinces. They have collectively trained and employed 20 000 men and women who have cleared more than a million hectares of alien plants. Oceans: Protecting our oceans and empowering seafood lovers - In the early days of conservation in South Africa, in 1969, the first funded marine research project involved tagging of 200 000 loggerhead turtles on the east coast. In recent years WWF SA has been driving change across the entire marine sector through fishing companies and retailers, as well as empowering consumers to make sustainable seafood choices through the red, orange or green grading system known as WWF-SASSI, the Southern African Sustainable Seafood Initiative. WWF SA will be hosting a fund raising gala dinner at the Cape Town International Convention Centre on Saturday, 1 September 2018, calling on all to join them as they share their optimistic vision to 2068 and take guests through the challenges and successes of their journey from 1968 to 2018 in protecting everything from South Africa’s rhino, to the oceans, freshwater sources and unique wild spaces.
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“With dozens of threatened plant species only represented in your collection and in no other collections globally, the SU Botanical Garden is of critical importance for global research and conservation efforts.” He added that with various wellregarded academics and research groups within SU, the SU Botanical Garden provides the “perfect platform” from which to build international partnerships and drive various research and conservation projects.
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“The Garden has an important focus on environmental conservation and especially the protection and study of species that are critically endangered. This accreditation also reflects the increasing role that the Garden plays in the international pursuit of environmental conservation,” comments Prof Stan du Plessis, SU Chief Operating Officer. He also credited Mr Martin Smit, former curator of the SU Botanical Garden as being instrumental in SU receiving this accolade. “Not only did Mr Smit greatly enhance the research value of the Garden – he for example introduced new standards of recordkeeping in the garden – he also initiated large-scale projects. These include restoring the heating system for the lily dams to accommodate the specific needs of the giant water lily, Victoria cruziana – with the garden being the only garden in Africa, apart from Madagascar, where visitors can observe this unique lily. He also renovated and enlarged the tropical glass house – now home to the world’s smallest water lily, Nymphaea thermarum.” This critically endangered water lily disappeared from the Rwandan wild a decade ago, and there is only a handful of botanical gardens worldwide who have succeeded in propagating and growing this sensitive little plant. On Smit’s initiative the long-forgotten underground water reservoir was renovated, just in time to keep the plants alive during the current drought. The garden’s database has been digitalised and via the IrisBg database the garden is now connected with other botanical gardens worldwide. This also means that visitors can learn more about the plants via the downloadable Garden Explorer app on smart phones. The accreditation is valid for a period of five years with the expectation that gardens will maintain the necessary standards in areas of activity specific to botanic gardens, such as documentation of collections and supporting scientific research and conservation.
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Nom Nom Eateries & Wine Bar Nom Nom Eateries & Wine Bar is a sister property of the Benguela Cove Lagoon Wine Estate. It opened its doors in Somerset West this past January and has since fast become a favorite amongst the Helderberg community and city slickers alike. Positioned on a corner, right in the middle of the small town, the chic and quirky atmosphere compliments the aesthetic well with a cosy fireplace and pastel decor hues. Culinary master, Sebastian Smith, concocted the colorful menu with six dining categories to choose from: Brunch, Nibbles, Breads, Light, Hungry and Sweet. All of which accentuate Nom Nom’s tailor-made cuisine experience. The foodie fare is often curated specifically to compliment the Benguela Cove wine range. Each bottle carries the stamp of its cool origin, bringing the essence of the farm to Nom Nom’s doorstep. This trendy hotspot comes with a variety of winter warming specials. Guests can brush up on their selfie game with the Soup, Sip & Selfie promotion running from Tuesdays to Saturdays. The chef’s team will prepare a daily soup accentuated with the sommelier’s choice of wine for only R75. Share your selfie with @NomNomEateries with the tags #soupsipselfie, #winterwarmers, and #BenguelaCove and stand the chance to win a case of wine every month. Alternatively, drop in on Wine Wednesdays where guests can indulge in a cheese and charcuterie platter for two, including a bottle of Benguela Cove Pinot Noir 2015 for only R290. For a weekend comfort food treat, Friday Pie -Day sees the Pie of the Day paired with a glass of the in-house expert’s wine recommendation at R95. For the hungry patrons amongst yourselves, the lamb shank and truffle mayo is an absolute must try. For more information visit www.nomnom.co.za
La Colombe Re-Opens After Revamp The ultimate dining experience is a seamless integration of many elements - an inspiring setting, the finest seasonal ingredients, service excellence, a talented team and an executive chef with a clear sense of purpose. The internationally acclaimed La Colombe located at the Silvermist Estate in the Constantia Valley recently underwent an extensive renovation, with all these elements being carefully assessed, with the aim of providing customers a pinnacle dining experience. The La Colombe interior has been comprehensively revamped, offering a sense of space and tranquillity that mirrors its environment. La Colombe means ‘the dove’ and you’ll see this bird’s subtle presence throughout. Firstly, in the majestic, hand-drawn artwork by Lucie de Moyencourt on the main feature wall, and then also the carved wooden doves by local artisan Lameck Tayengwa. The white oiled chevron oak floors, travertine mosaic and hand-cut bespoke terracotta tiles, and the touches of brass and oak complement the crisp white linen of fine dining.
Photo: La Colombe - Photo Credit: Andrea van der Spuy
Having been closed for six weeks for this major revamp, La Colombe reopened with former Head Chef James Gaag, now full time at the helm as Executive Chef. There’ll be a new menu, keeping true to form to deliver the kind of dishes diners have come to expect of this award-winning establishment. “I’m delighted to finally realise my dream of running La Colombe. My team and I are excited for this new and exciting chapter. We’ll be keeping some signature dishes on the menu, and can’t wait to introduce everyone to the new dishes. First and foremost, is a balance of flavours. I believe food should be delicious and inviting and not overthought, overworked or overcomplicated,” says James. For more information visit www.lacolombe.co.za
A Must Visit On Route 62 - Klassikaroo Brasserie & Karoo Saloon At the Klassikaroo, Barrydale’s Brasserie, located in the beautifully restored Mud Centre, guests can choose to dine alfresco, in the cosy courtyard or dine inside the Gallery, where some of Barrydale’s best artists exhibit. The menu includes steaks, grills, curries and daily specials accompanied by local wines. If you are just passing through and have no time for a stop-over, Klassikoffie is the right place to provide you with the required takeaway coffee, pie, sandwich, and even a breakfast - not to mention a light lunch, accompanied with their home-made sourdough bread.
The quaint village of Barrydale, situated on Route 62 within the Overberg region, is regarded as one of the most renowned stopovers en route to Oudtshoorn both for local and international travellers all year round. Janet Brewer, owner of several eateries in the area, such as the Karoo Saloon R62 Rock Roadhouse, Klassikaroo, Barrydale’s Brasserie, and Klassikoffie, has more than 30 years of experience in the hospitality and tourism industry, both locally and internationally. This dynamic lady brings vision and enthusiasm to the town with a number of new ideas for future events and improvements. The Karoo Saloon on the famous Route 62 between Montagu and Barrydale, located only 15km from Barrydale, offers tourists comfortable en-suite accommodation as well as a campsite for those who wish to stay overnight and enjoy the splendour of evenings under Karoo skies, listening to live music, enjoying drinks at the vibrant rock bar or indulging in dishes such as Kudu or Springbok Pot Pies, Bobotie, Lasagne, Prego Rolls, Pizzas, and Ribs at the Restaurant.
“We enjoy challenges,” Janet says, “The prospect of meeting all these wonderful travellers, both local and foreign sharing many interesting stories, makes us look forward to the future.” For more information on the Karoo Saloon R62 Rock Roadhouse contact 072 250 9055 visit www.karoosaloon.com KarooSaloon For reservations at the Klassikaroo, Barrydale’s Brasserie contact 028 572 1017 BrasserieKlassikaroo
Photo's Top: Klassikaroo Brasserie Outside; Bottom Left: The Gallery, Bottom Right: Restaurant outside courtyard
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Heritage Tour Visits Namaqualand The 51 participants in 27 vehicles will arrive at Matroosberg 4x4 near Ceres and will leave via Malmesbury, Darling and Yzerfontein to Velddrif. From there they will travel via Piketberg and Leopoldtville to Lambertsbay. On 24 September they will return via Clanwilliam, Citrusdal and Porterville to Ceres, where the gala event will take place. The two oldest vehicles taking part in the 2018 Heritage Tour belongs to Philip Kuschke and Ockert van der Berg, who will both be driving 1915 Ford Model Ts. Phillip and Amanda Rosser will be travelling in the second oldest vehicle, namely their 1926 Ford Model T. These Model Ts have become icons of the tour and excite a lot of enthusiasm wherever they go, with lots of townspeople who want to take their selfies with these grand old cars. The 7th Heritage Tour of the Southern Cape Old Car Club (SCOCC) will be visiting the West Coast from 21 – 25 September 2018. The Heritage Tour celebrates National Heritage Day, and a visit to the Westcoast will provide an opportunity to admire Namaqualand’s flowers that are in full bloom. Owners Hannes and Carol-Ann van Jaarsveld are based in Graaff Reinet. “Although I have always been interested in old cars, my sons and I have only recently started collecting old cars and motorcycles. We believe our support can help conserve our rich car heritage for future generations,” said Hannes. They are the proud owners of 42 cars and 9 motorcycles, and they plan to open a new museum, called ReCollection Drives, in the Eastern Cape town. Veteran and classic cars generate a lot of interest wherever they go, and residents and visitors to towns along the 2018 Heritage Tour route can look forward to a display of cars, some of which date back to 1915.
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It’s time to pop up your parasol and head out to Gabriëlskloof for a celebration of all things new, pretty, fresh and fabulous when this family-owned hilltop winery bids winter farewell with their Little Spring Market on 1 - 2 September 2018. “Spring is the season of rebirth and rejuvenation, and it’s a time we love welcoming back to the hills and valleys that surround our beautiful estate,” says Nicolene Finlayson, tasting room manager and wife of Gabriëlskloof cellarmaster Peter-Allan Finlayson. “It is this very energy we hope to capture and share with our friends through this new, vibrant occasion.” The Little Spring Market invites you to emerge from hibernation and clean out your pantry, stocking it up with wonderful new surprises in store at Gabriëlskloof.
Good news for chocoholics and those with a sweet tooth! After a year’s break, The Chocolate Festival returns to Cape Town and this year promises to be bigger, better and even more choc-filled than before! Set to take place on 18 - 19 August 2018, the Willy Wonka-themed event will be held at the Anura Vineyards in Stellenbosch.
The principle intention of our Little Spring Market is to celebrate spring and all things new and fresh – “In fact, anything to do with happy, rose-tinted days,” says Nicolene. Visitors will be able to browse an eclectic field from plants to crafts and toys to jewellery with every offering themed to the season’s joyful vibrancy. Live music and a great, spring-inspired food will naturally feature alongside Gabriëlskloof’s diverse and excellent wine collection.
Included in the line-up are the likes of Afrikoa Chocolate, Beyers Chocolates, Honest Artisan Chocolate, Huguenot Fine Chocolates, Alexander Avery Fine Chocolates, CocoaFair, Valrohna and Winston & Julia with many more favourites to be announced in the coming weeks. Says organiser Darielle Robertson of DnA Events: “A truly sublime experience awaits everyone both young and old and we really will have something for everyone to savour.” Robertson promises an array of things to do, taste, drink and enjoy at the festival including a chocolate fountain, artisanal chocolatiers, confectionery makers, ice cream vendors, chocolate-themed movie screenings, live bands, gin, bubbly and wine tents, craft breweries, charcuterie, bread and cheese stalls and much more. “A truly fun and food-filled day for the whole family,” she says Tickets available via www.webticket.co.za
#Liquidart Programme During Cape Wine 2018 Premium Independent Wineries of South Africa (PIWOSA), well-known internationally for their execution of inventive marketing programmes designed to raise the profile of premium South African wines, will be demonstrating their creative flair, for locals and internationals, here in South Africa for the first time. With a passion for the theatrical, get ready to be enthralled and enchanted by PIWOSA at Cape Wine 2018 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) from 12-14 September 2018.
“In addition to its focus on spring, Gabriëlskloof’s Little Spring Market is intended to be a relaxing get-away, so we’ve limited the number of stalls. It’s also the perfect warm up for our popular festive season market in December,” Nicolene says. The market coincides with the Bot River Spring Weekend (1 – 2 September) and kicks off Gabriëlskloof’s trio of season-inspired markets.
In Cape Town City Ballet’s Giselle
Formed in 2013 with full support from Wines of South Africa (WOSA), PIWOSA is a collective of eleven like-minded, dynamic, independent wine producers. Operating as a united force, the members travel extensively, hosting ingenious presentations in targeted export markets to capture attention, re-set opinions and build a positive reputation and increased demand for all premium South African wines. With 76 creative and dynamic events having been executed internationally over the past five years and a further 20 international events already planned for 2019, PIWOSA are looking forward to showcasing #LiquidArt: a programme of innovative events during Cape Wine 2018.
Photo: Ksenia Ovsyanick & Daniel Szybkowski - Photo Credit: Pat Bromilow-Downing
Join them at the PIWOSA Cape Wine Stand at the CTICC and be inspired by South Africa’s Liquid Art reaching new heights. Don’t miss The Flight Club, one of PIWOSA’s most successful feats, taking place in South Africa for the first time on 13 September where local sommeliers and wine professionals are invited to take up the challenge and test their skills in a series of blind comparative tastings of premium South African wines versus some of the very best wines in the world. Later that night a spectacular and surreal PIWOSA Party will take place at the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA), a masterpiece of architectural brilliance and a grand repository for thousands of African artworks: an incredible backdrop for a celebration of #LiquidArt. Throw in some outlandish human art weird and wonderful costumed characters and bizarre performers - and you’ll feel like you’ve stepped into an enchanted wonderland. Here you can enjoy meeting the people behind PIWOSA and indulge in a selection of their best wines. For more information visit www.piwosa.com
Principal Ballerina with Staatsballett Berlin, Russian-born Ksenia Ovsyanick started her training in Belorussian State Ballet College, winning a scholarship at Prix de Lausanne to go to the English National Ballet School. Her professional career started with English National Ballet and over the years she has performed on stages around the world, including the Opera National de Paris, Le Palais Garner, the Royal Opera House, Muscat, the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, the Royal Albert Hall in London and Buckingham Palace. At the age of 20 she danced her first Giselle and was nominated for English National Ballet’s Emerging Dancer award. Ksenia has just done two performances with the Cape Town City Ballet (CTCB) in this role in the Artscape Opera House, when she was partnered by Senior Principal Dancer, Daniel Szybkowski. Despite having only three days to rehearse with her new partner and become familiar with the CTCB’s version of the ballet, Ksenia and the Company were given a standing ovation at both of her performances. Accompanied by the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Allan Stephenson, the production of Giselle was a resounding success. Veronica Paeper’s popular ballet, Cinderella will be the next performance scheduled for 5-21 October 2018 and the Cape Junior Ballet Gala Performance will take place on 12 October 2018 at the Artscape Opera House. Tickets available via Computicket
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New Elgin Railway Market Brings in the Crowds
A new attraction has popped up in Elgin in the Western Cape and it’s drawing in the crowds – by road and rail. The Elgin Railway Market opened on 16 June 2018. It’s the brainchild of businessman Roger Orpen, who converted the old apple warehouse into a bustling steampunk station market boasting local vendors, live music and a gateway to the beautiful Overberg town.
Inspired by the barn’s railway-side setting, Orpen took his creative cues from the invention of steam and the industrial age, milestones accompanied by the rapid development of rail networks across the world. Creating a beautiful space where art deco meets Victorian, the Market is unlike any other in South Africa. Sweeping staircases, detailed metal archways, light fittings and wall sconces, raw brick and stone, black metal framed panes and a Charlie and the Chocolate Factory-style fan system of belts and pulleys result in a collective double take as visitors unsuspectingly enter the space. Says Orpen, “I moved to Elgin a couple of years ago and I started to reimagine this intriguing old barn. It was far from easy to buy the building and unbundle the red tape, but I felt sure there was something special in store.” Working with designer Corban Warrington, Orpen eventually set up his own workshop to complete all the fittings and décor elements that brought the project to life. Only local artisans worked in the studio and Orpen is committed to using local suppliers wherever possible. The next step in Orpen’s plan was to bring a steam train to the Market, which he now does a few times a month in partnership with the Ceres Rail Company. The whistle and steam of the arriving train is a must-see for children (and adults) and a bucket list experience for the passengers who sign up to take the ride. Visitors to the market can greet the train on the station platform or view its arrival from the Market’s leisure deck overlooking the railway. Once in the venue, market visitors can choose from food vendors purveying everything from fragrant curries to schwarmas, pizza, ribs, and burgers as well as sample Mexican dishes, pies, tarts, quiches, cheeses, breads, dips, pates and dolmades. Health conscious treats include fresh juices and low carb breads with various fillings as well as local items such jaffels, vetkoek, pancakes and a soup of the day. Visitors can also stop in for a snack from the biltong stall.
Photo: Elgin Railway Market - Photo Credit: Heinrich Knoetze
Sweet treats are abundant, including home-made cakes and ice-cream and waffles-on-a-stick. A bar serves local wines, beer and cider and an artisanal gin bar serves up local craft gins. Ground Central Coffee serves home ground brews, whilst the upstairs wine shop, stocks excellent Overberg wines. A variety of retail offerings can be found on the mezzanine and ground floor with jewellery, leather goods, pottery, wooden pieces and freshly cut flowers to choose from. The market has live music throughout the weekend and is in the process of constructing a children’s play space with climbing walls, ziplines and an area to hire for parties. Jungle gyms and roundabouts are currently keeping the little ones happy. During the week, locals and working visitors can take advantage of the hot-desk zone with free wi-fi, plug points and printer facilities. For more information visit www.elginrailwaymarket.co.za
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a CAPE JUNIOR BALLET GALA PERFORMANCE
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Fri 12 Oct, 2018 19h00 Tickets: R100
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