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December 2018

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Photo: A view of Lions Head taken from the top of Table Mountain - Photo Credit: Craig Howes / Cape Town Tourism

Visitors, locals, tourists and hikers can experience the trails on Lions Head before the trail maintenance takes place from 7 January 2019 to 5 February 2019 as informed by South African National Parks (SANParks). During the maintenance period Signal Hill will remain open to the public as a viewing point.


Successful completion of this much needed intervention on the popular spiral trail up to the summit of Lions Head requires full closure of the trail during the maintenance period. During 2017, a Trail Audit Report for the Lions Head and Signal Hill footpath network was completed. The outcome of the report resulted in recommendations to improve the longevity of the trail, safety of hikers in the area and the environmental protection of Lions Head and Signal Hill. Since the inception of the report, the Table Mountain National Parks (TMNP) management has formulated a phased approach to implement the recommended actions. Minor work that would pose the least interrupted usage of the trail has been completed and includes closure of unauthorised pathways and desire lines, directional signage erected to guide hikers along the official trails and completion of the assessment for certification of the climbing infrastructure along the trail. TMNP will now embark on one of the more intensive phases of the project where the condition of the trail will be addressed. Kindly note that no access will be permitted to hikers or runners via the track entrance along Signal Hill Drive. This includes the restriction on access after sunset and before sunrise. Due to the maintenance in progress SANParks cannot guarantee the safe passage of visitors along the path way and hence the entire trail will be closed.



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Cape Town Now An International Trail Running Mecca Now in its fifth year, Ultra-trail Cape Town (UTCT) has established itself as a bucket list race for ultra distance trail runners, not only locally, but now internationally. The event has grown from one with 200 runners in 2014, to 1750 runners across all four of its races in 2018. With its inclusion in the Ultra-trail World Tour since last year, the event is now attracting some of the top international elite runners and their supporters. Over 300 international entries are confirmed for December, and over 300 further entries are from other parts of South Africa - which is good news for tourism. The UTCT routes combine a range of beautiful Mother City sights with the rugged technical terrain of Table Mountain. Sports Tourism is certainly gaining momentum in Cape Town, whether it be from visitors attending big events like Two Oceans Marathon, Cape Town Cycle Tour or Ultra-trail Cape Town, or to pursue adventure sports such as surfing, kitesurfing, mountain biking and hiking.

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Enver Duminy, CEO of Cape Town Tourism, says: “Events such as the Ultra-Trail Cape Town are an essential element to boosting our local economy. They generate employment and contribute to job sustainability, and they also attract new visitors as well as providing added value for locals. Events are part of our reinvention strategy as a tourism organisation; we want to give more people more reasons to visit, so the Ultra-Trail Cape Town is proof that there’s hunger for more to do and see. Visitors attend sport, business and cultural events, and then spend more on tourism activities and in our restaurants, so we value the creation of more of these.”

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Photo: Trail runner, Ultra-trail Cape Town - Photo Credit: Xavier Briel

Specialist tourism operators are emerging that focus on the sports traveller, and Lance Wynn, owner of Cape Town based Runcation, is one such operator who has witnessed the growth of UTCT and other trail running activities in Cape Town. The local trail running community has grown hugely in recent years, and with communication driven by social media channels, weekly runs are arranged by groups such as “Tuesday Trails”, and these groups are being noticed by runners planning their travels to Cape Town.



Photo: Berg River Dam - Photo Credit: City of Cape Town

The slight lowering of water restrictions and the associated tariff is possible due to the record-breaking conservation efforts by residents and businesses in Cape Town, the good rainfall over the past months which has helped the dams supplying Cape Town to recover significantly, and the continued roll-out of cutting-edge pressure management interventions by the City. The latter is saving some 70 million litres of water per day and is helping to keep Cape Town’s water usage within an acceptable range for the lowering of restrictions and associated tariffs.

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Runcation ensures that runners are able to see some of what the city has to offer while being confident of getting around and to their events on time: “It helps when athletes are focusing on such a big race to not worry about when to be where and how to get there. We are hosting the runners in at the President Hotel for December’s race, which is where all the elite runners will be staying; so an added bonus is they will get to mingle with the ‘stars’ of international ultra-distance trail running.”

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Cape Town is showing its resilience as a preferred direct air destination, with international growth figures in the double-digits for the third quarter of the year. International terminal passengers at Cape Town International Airport grew by 13% for Quarter 3 (July-September) compared to the same period last year. This demonstrates a marked increase - with Quarter 1 (January – March) reflecting 9% international passenger growth, and Quarter 2 (April – June) recording only 3% growth. The increase is a direct result of the extra airline capacity created through the Cape Town Air Access partnership, which has already seen 10 international route expansions and two new direct international connections added to the Cape Town network in 2018.

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Bornman says these sorts of tours are incredible opportunities to showcase the trail paradise that Cape Town is: “These elite athletes will be spreading the word to the international trail community. With the growth of UTCT and initiatives such as tours for runners, we can anticipate the sport of trail running continuing to support the Cape Town tourism industry in the coming years.”

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Student Project Could End Traffic Woes In Stellenbosch Traffic congestion on the R44, the main transport artery flowing through Stellenbosch, might soon be a thing of the past thanks to collaboration between two of the town’s anchor institutions, the University and the Municipality. A master’s degree student at Stellenbosch University (SU), Mr Wilko Mohr, is developing a sophisticated and tailor-made real-time computerised control system with cameras to synchronise traffic signals along this busy corridor. And he is doing so on a postgraduate bursary funded by Stellenbosch Municipality. The project will initially cover eight intersections on the busiest stretch of the R44, from Helshoogte Road at Cloetesville in the north to the Van Reede Street crossing at Rhenish Primary School in the south. The pilot phase might be extended to cover another two intersections and two signalised pedestrian crossings. The aim is to test the system in the first quarter of 2019, before eventually rolling it out across town. “Traffic congestion has become a major problem for us. We are working on various solutions and are fortunate to have the University on our doorstep. In essence, we would like to provide a ‘living laboratory’, where researchers can come up with solutions to the challenges of our town and surrounds,” Stellenbosch Municipality’s Director: Infrastructure Services, Mr Deon Louw, said at a Rector-Mayor Forum meeting on 12 October 2018. In this instance, the Municipality’s partner is the Stellenbosch Smart Photo L - R :Wilko Mohr and Stellenbosch Municipality’s Deon Louw Mobility Lab (SSML), a unit of SU’s Department of Civil Engineering that at a traffic light on one of the intersections on the R44 - Photo Credit: Justin Alberts is headed by Dr Johann Andersen, who specialises in intelligent transport systems, supported by Mrs Megan Bruwer, a lecturer in Transport EngineerThis will be the first application in Africa of software developed by the PTV Group, a ing and Mohr’s supervisor. German company widely regarded as a global leader in the field. The new system will link Anderson explained the workings of the system: “A combination of new up with the existing traffic light controllers supplied by Syntell, a South African technology cameras at intersections and existing electromagnetic loops beneath the company. The data used for the computer modelling is partially being provided by the interroad surface will detect traffic volume and flow. This data is then fed into the national navigation company TomTom. All of these firms are industry partners of the SSML. system, which will automatically adjust the traffic signals to get the traffic The PTV software is being operated successfully in countries such as Germany and moving optimally, based on an algorithm that Wilko is refining. What makes Dubai. Yet the only comparable setting to South Africa where it has been piloted is India, this different from existing systems is that human intervention will be mini- along a 3 km route with six signalised intersections on Lodhi Road in Delhi. There, average mised.” travel time has decreased by 26%, and queue length by 37%.

Waterkloof - New Number One Restaurant At Eat Out Awards For the first time since 2012, there’s a new number one. The Restaurant at Waterkloof was confirmed in the top position when it was awarded the Restaurant of the Year title with chef Gregory Czarnecki at the helm. The 2018 Eat Out S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna Chef of the Year was awarded to Kobus van der Merwe of Wolfgat, while the Eat Out Diners Club Service Excellence Award went to The Test Kitchen. Moses Magwaza, sommelier at Restaurant Mosaic at The Orient was named winner of the Eat Out Wine Service Award, while newcomer Saint was recognised with the Eat Out VISI Style Award. Janse & Co was the recipient of the Eat Out Retail Capital New Restaurant of the Year Award. Germain Lehodey received the Eat Out John Psillos Award for Outstanding Contribution to Service. The Werf Restaurant at Boschendal received the Eat Out Woolworths Sustainability Award in recognition of its commitment to implementing environmentally and socially responsible practices. The winners of the Eat Out Graham Beck Chefs’ Chef Award were Chris Erasmus of Foliage and Ivor Jones of Chefs Warehouse at Beau Constantia. The definitive list of the best restaurants in South Africa was announced at the 2018 Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards on Sunday, 18 November at GrandWest. The country’s top restaurants and the shining stars of South Africa’s restaurant industry were celebrated in a lavish extravaganza of gourmet food, drinks and entertainment for over 700 guests. The countdown from 20 to 11 listed the names to watch, before the much-anticipated Top 10 restaurants were revealed.

The winning restaurants were determined by the scores of a panel of anonymous judges, convened by Margot Janse, who dined around the country unannounced. The Top 10 Restaurants are: The Restaurant at Waterkloof (1), The Test Kitchen (2), La Colombe (3), Wolfgat (4), La Petite Colombe (5), Greenhouse at The Cellars-Hohenort (6), Restaurant Mosaic at The Orient (7), Camphors at Vergelegen (8), Jardine Restaurant (9) and Chefs Warehouse at Beau Constantia (10).

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City Relocates Last Remains

Exceptional Test Facility

Of Old Lady Commodore II

Opened At International Conference A large fan and cooling system test facility, the only one of its kind in the world, was officially opened at the Faculty of Engineering, Stellenbosch University. This exceptional facility is part of the University’s participation in the European-funded Horizon2020 MinWaterCSP Project. Its opening coincided with a two-day international conference on the reduction of water consumption in concentrating solar power plants, hosted in conjunction with Stellenbosch University. The purpose of the conference was to introduce the South African industry and the wider international community to the project and the possible advantages that its results hold for the Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) industry. The Horizon2020 MinwaterCSP Project could contribute to technologies that would significantly decrease water and energy consumption in power plants, while maintaining or possibly even improving net-power output to the client, especially in drought-stricken regions where CSP plants are customary.

Following a well-planned seven-hour operation, the City of Cape Town’s Environmental Management Department, together with the contractor, removed the last remains of the Commodore II shipwreck from the Diep River in Milnerton. The wreck weighed approximately 21 tons and is estimated to be about 14 metres in length and 6,8 metres in width. The wreck was successfully relocated during a seven–hour operation.

Topics covered by the conference ranged from water management at solar power stations, the reduction of water consumption used for cleaning at solar power plants and innovative, low water consumption cooling technologies for solar plants.

A 130-ton mobile crane with a spreader beam and slings lifted the wreck, which weighed approximately 21 tons and is estimated to be about 14 metres in length and 6,8 metres in width. The wreck remained intact throughout the operation and it was transported on a low-bed truck to its resting place, a grass embankment owned by the City, near the Lagoon Beach Hotel. Since the Commodore II shipwreck was uncovered during a winter storm in 2008, there were various attempts to relocate the old lady’s remains as it could pose a danger to boats in the river and it was considered as important historical evidence. The recent relocation of the Commodore shipwreck was therefore included in the scope of work and budget for the rehabilitation and restoration of the historical Milnerton Wooden Bridge because of its close proximity to the bridge. The bridge dates back to 1901 and was built by the Royal Engineers to provide entrance to a cannon trench. It was declared a National Monument by the old National Monuments Council on 17 July 1987. During the months of preparations for the operation, the City’s Environmental Management Department had to obtain a permit from the South African Heritage Resources Agency (SAHRA) to allow the relocation because the remains are of a wreck that is more than 60 years old and SAHRA considers it to be worthy of conservation. The Commodore II is seen as archaeological material under the National Heritage Resources Act (NHRA). The Commodore II was built in 1919 in Seattle in the United States. She is believed to have featured in the 1935 American blockbuster film Mutiny on the Bounty, with Clark Gable. Apart from this, she was also used to ferry coal during World War 2. Shortly after, the grandson of President Paul Kruger bought the schooner and sailed to Buenos Aires in Argentina. It is here where her fortunes seemed to take a turn for the worse. When going up the River Plate, the ship was grounded on a mud bank and the damage to the hull took 40 days to repair. The Commodore II also caught fire but fortunately it was extinguished quickly. On her return, disaster struck again when the boat was hit by a heavy storm which left the mast, rigging and sails all severely damaged. Emergency repairs led the vessel and crew safely back to Cape Town, where the ship was stripped and the remains left to the mercy of Milnerton’s breakers. The public are able to view the remains of the shipwreck.

Photo: Conference delegates at the official opening of the large fan and cooling system test facility situated at the Faculty of Engineering, Stellenbosch University Photo credit: Lizelle Lötter Photography.

Stellenbosch University is well known for its expertise in cooling technologies, as well as solar thermal energy solutions and therefore made a significant contribution to the conference.

Amazon Announces Major New Investment Into Cape Town Cape Town and the Western Cape welcomes Amazon’s announcement of a significant new investment into the establishment of three data centres in Cape Town. Amazon is one of the world’s largest companies, recording $1 trillion market cap last month. “We believe this investment will endorse the Cape as Amazon’s hub in Africa, and expands on their existing investment in the Amazon Development Centre for Amazon Web Services, and their establishment of one of Cape Town’s largest call centres. The market-leading data centres that Amazon will be constructing on three sites will dramatically expand the computing capacity in the region, providing a boost to Cape Town’s status as the tech and big data hub of Africa.” Welcoming the investment, Minister Alan Winde, said: “Cape Town has recently been identified as the tech hub of Africa, and when tech giants like Amazon make the decision to open their data centres here, it shows massive confidence in the Western Cape economy and our skills base. The ICT sector has massive potential for economic growth and this investment by Amazon will contribute significantly towards economic development and will create new jobs in the sphere, really cementing our reputation as a space for innovation and technology.” Speaking to the power of partnerships GreenCape CEO, Mike Mulcahy, said that officials from GreenCape, the City of Cape Town, the Western Cape’s Department of Economic Development and Tourism, InvestSA from the Department of Trade and Industry and Wesgro have been working hard behind the scenes to assist Amazon to grow their business footprint in South Africa on the back of major new investments, like the one announced. “Cape Town is also home to four universities and a steady stream of engineers and the required skills to support the expansion of the tech sector. The City welcomes Amazon’s investment as we believe it further strengthens Cape Town’s position as global ideas capital of Africa.”




Henri’s - comfort food with a modern global influence

Henri’s Restaurant in Somerset West is celebrating its fifth birthday under the ownership of Pierre Vosloo, a connoisseur in the Restaurant industry. Since Pierre purchased the business from Henri’s granddaughter Laure Norton in December 2013, the restaurant experienced many changes. Firstly, Henri’s Restaurant opened for lunch and introduced a light lunch menu. In April 2014 they constructed a wood fired pizza oven to produce authentic thin based Italian pizzas. They did extensive renovations to the rooms upstairs which can be used for private functions, even normal dining. In spring 2014 Henri’s introduced a Sunday lunch menu, which has since become very popular amongst patrons. In 2015 the menus were changed to provide a larger variety of dishes. Marcel van Onselen, Pierre’s son in law joined the team as the General Manager in March 2015. With his help Henri’s updated the wine list. They acquired a wine preservation system called the “Le Verre de Vin”. This system gave Henri’s Restaurant the opportunity to offer more than 26 wines and sparkling wines across the menu list, by the glass. Henri’s Restaurant is conveniently situated on Somerset West Main Road in a heritage building which was renovated years ago into a spacious contemporary restaurant. In 2017 the building was repainted to give it a more inviting look. The menu and light lunch menus were also updated. The menu can be described as comfort food with a modern global influence. In 2018 the restaurant expanded even more - due to popular demand by local and international tourists. The menus offer dishes for all tastes. Henri’s Restaurant also offer all dishes as a take away, with the pizzas becoming a very popular take away item, not to mention that guests can also enjoy a drink on the patio or at the stylish bar. Walking into Henri’s, you will be greeted by Pierre, Marcel and the rest of the team, who will treat you like guests in their own home. Once you have discovered Henri’s Restaurant you will be back, and back again! Henri’s just grows on you!

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A look at Cape Town’s property landscape for 2019 With an eventful 2018 drawing to a close and the new economic year a largely unknown entity, many homeowners are considering what the markets may be doing in 2019. Mike Greeff, Greeff Christie’s International Real Estate CEO says, “This year has seen the market contend with political instability, rising inflation, recession and recordhigh fuel prices. Despite all the challenges, the real estate sector has remained more buoyant than many expected. While there has been visible tightening at the higher end of the market, the middle and lower markets have been very resilient and have not been as dramatically affected as the industry expected.” “The outlook for 2019 seems quite promising with the results of the elections expected to provide clarity to the general populace. Foreign investor confidence is also gradually on the rise, due to Moody’s rating of the country as stable.” “While sales may be lagging behind previous year averages, various areas of the market are performing very well.” The Southern suburbs - “Sales in the Southern suburbs, one of the mainstays of the Cape property market, are reported to be historically lower than the boom of previous years but still stable,” according to Simon Raab, Director of Greeff Christie’s International Real Estate. “According to Propstats, sales for the area over 2016 to 2017 totalled R3.5 billion from 1001 transactions.” “Properties took on average just 50 days to sell with the difference between asking and selling price a mere 7%.” “When compared to 2018, using the exact same time period, proof of the slowing is reflected by the numbers; 925 transactions totalling R3.22 billion with a 7.7% price difference. Time on the market was also up by 5 days.” “The trend is expected to continue into 2019 due to buyers adopting a wait and see attitude but should ease post elections as the political climate stabilises.” “Investors are set to see numerous developments in the Southern suburbs being completed around the same time. The sectional title market specifically has seen an increase of stock becoming available thus leading to buyers having more choice.” “The bracket between R1 million and R2.5 million has been especially liquid, with our sectional title team concluding a sale on average every four days,” adds Raab. City Bowl and Atlantic Seaboard - Ryan Greeff, Director of Greeff Christie’s International Real Estate City Bowl

and Atlantic Seaboard says, “The City Bowl and Atlantic Seaboard of Cape Town is the place to be for young buyers who are looking for a trendy location in the heart of the city. While sectional title units remain popular due to their lock and go convenience, there has been some affordability tightening in the bracket above R3 million. The housing segment which ranges between R3.5 million and R5 million has remained relatively buoyant, but with buyers hesitating to spend more than R5 million. The luxury market (above R10 million) has seen buying primarily by foreign buyers. Upcoming areas to take note of as possible investment hotspots are developments in Vredehoek, Higgovale and Oranjezicht.”

Southern Peninsula - “All signs point to Noordhoek increasing in popularity due to schools being planned and developed in the area as well as road infrastructure being completed. This in turn should ease traffic congestion in the area,” says Jeremy Barnes, Regional Manager of the South Peninsula division. “Kommetjie and Scarborough continue to offer the best of both, village living paired with modern infrastructure that facilitates remote working. A new commercial development in the Simon's Town area has led to increased interest in the area and while there are still excellent ‘value for money’ properties available, stock in the area is limited which will possibly lead to prices rising. An exciting development to keep an eye on would be the Harbour Bay development which is nearing completion of its first phase as well as the Harbour Bay Mall which has already been completed. Fish Hoek and its surrounding areas have become very feasible areas for first-time buyers who cannot afford areas closer to the CBD or the Southern suburbs. Promising hubs - According to FNB’s property barometer, Somerset West, Strand and Gordon’s Bay have experienced a promising upswing in property prices having grown by 12% in the second quarter of this year. The suburbs of Observatory, Woodstock, Salt River showed price inflation of 17.6% in the same period. These pockets of excellence are responsible for the renewed health of the Cape Town market, considering the fact that the success rate for bond approvals has risen by 8% since the three months (prior to September 2016 to the three months prior to July 2018). The market has also experienced the unique phenomenon of bonds being declined by one bank only to be approved by another. The 2018 real estate year, while challenging at times has provided valuable insight into the psychology of the market. If current trends continue, market growth is expected to hover in the 3% - 4% range for the next 12 to 18 months.

Sell your Home using nav» in the FNB App nav» the financial GPS on the FNB Banking App, continues to introduce the latest disruptive tools that help customers to manage their money digitally. FNB launched its more recent digital innovation on the nav» Home functionality that enables FNB customers to securely list and sell their homes privately to buyers who most likely qualify for a Home loan, while saving costs associated with the process. “With over 8 million properties registered in the deeds office, we see a significant opportunity to become a game-changer in the property industry. The bank continues to innovate by delivering customer-centric integrated financial services underpinned by digitisation. Substantial investment has been made to ensure that our digital platforms are not only helpful but also built to enhance the overall customer experience; ultimately helping consumers to help themselves,” says Raj Makanjee, FNB Retail CEO. nav» Chief Imagineer (CEO), Jolandé Duvenage, says “Since launch in 2016, nav» has become a trusted platform that has enabled a multi-channel approach, which empowers our customers to navigate their financial journey. A first within the home market, the new functionality allows known FNB sellers to connect with known FNB buyers in a reliable, cost-saving and secure environment. This allows us to build upon our existing Home marketplace, which enables the ability to either sell through an estate agent or privately.” “Through this solution, our sellers and buyers can engage, arrange to view a listed property and negotiate the price, via Secure Chat on the FNB Banking App. Sellers and buyers can disclose personal contact information only when they are comfortable to do so,” says Duvenage. This latest innovation follows the overwhelming response to FNB’s nav» Home solution, which helps customers to search for houses, get pre-selected for finance and uncover associated costs with calculators. To date, nav» Home has over 1 million unique visitors and has paid out R4.7 billion worth of home loans since inception”. “Providing our customers with more choice through our self-service channels helps match sellers with buyers,” says Duvenage. She unpacks the benefits for selling and buying a house privately via nav» Home: Sellers - Access thousands of buyers most likely to qualify for a Home Loan; Conveniently calculate your savings upfront; A quick and convenient 6-step listing process; List for a fair price using an instant free value estimate for your property and view similar and current listings in your area; Manage and edit your own listing at any stage; Monitor number of views & likes (provides valuable customer insights; Filter buyers on the likelihood to qualify for a Home Loan. Buyers - Engage in a trusted environment; View photo galleries of properties; Request a quick and easy pre-approval and Home Loan application; Access other nav» Home tools like calculators, instant free value estimates, area and property reports; Access a standard Offer to Purchase document; Get 50% back in eBucks on the first Home Loan repayment and get up to 50% off bond registration fees with a selected panel of attorneys. “This latest innovation forms part of our broader strategy to be a bank which does more to help its customers through its integrated digital banking solutions,” concludes Makanjee.




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Innovation For The Blind

Mustek New Home

Launches Coffee Range

At Atterbury’s Richmond Park

Your alarm goes off. You sleepily roll over to hit the snooze button. You press it again until you absolutely have to get up, then you drag yourself to the kitchen for your first cuppa coffee. After a short while, you feel invigorated and ready to take on the world. This cycle repeats by late morning, and again later in the day.

Atterbury’s Richmond Park development, the site of the biggest land restitution in the Western Cape, will see its first large commercial building completed before the end of the year. Mustek, the largest assembler and supplier of personal computers in South Africa, will operate from its new office premises at Richmond Park.

Now you can do it all for a good cause! Innovation for the Blind, previously known as the Institute for the Blind, recently launched their brand new coffee packaging, now available at your nearest Checkers or Shoprite store in the Western Cape. Packed by the visually impaired, the Blindiana range is a collaboration with Beans for Africa, known for their commitment to coffee excellence. The range (250g) includes the Blindiana Beans, a dark roast which is full bodied with a bitter sweet balanced taste; the Blindiana Filter, a medium to dark filter roast with a full well-rounded taste; Blue Mountain, a medium to mild blend with a smooth, spicy, rich citrus flavour; and Mocha Java, a medium filter roast full-bodied sweet breakfast coffee.

You can also support this organisation by visiting their Blindiana Barista Coffee Shop and Venue Centre at their premises in Worcester, where you will meet Joseph Matheatau, South Africa’s first blind barista. Innovation for the Blind has been catering to the all-inclusive needs of visually impaired persons, including those with additional disabilities, since 1881. They still provide care, therapy, as well as skill and vocational development to the visually impaired in a protective environment, thereby enabling them to lead fulfilling lives amongst friends. There’s no denying it – caffeine really helps when it comes to getting you moving and functional. Innovation for the Blind’s idea of good coffee is simple: carefully selected high-grade beans, combined with disciplined procedures and a practical take on roasting and brewing.

Development at Richmond Park has gained exciting momentum. By the end of 2019 the park should boast six completed buildings, have another four under development and the brand-new Richmond Corner shopping centre will be going up. Richmond Park is a multibillion Rand mixed-use development in Milnerton, Cape Town, by major shareholder Atterbury, the leading South African property investor and developer, and partners the Richmond Park Communal Property Association (CPA), Old Mutual Properties, Qubic 3 Dimensional Property and Bethel Property. One of the largest property developments in Cape Town, Richmond Park’s 300,000m2 of greenfield development rights are on an 84ha site that is part of the milestone land restitution settlement. The land is owned by the Richmond Park Community who were forcibly removed from it between 1972 and 1984. In 2014, the land transferred back to the Community, some 401 families representing 5,300 people spanning five generations. Mustek opened its Cape office in 1990 and went on to buy a then-new building in the Cape Town CBD two years later. It expanded the building from 1,200m2 to 4,200m2 within the next four years to accommodate its growing business. After 26 years in the same building, and with the increasing traffic congestion in the city centre, Mustek decided it was time to move and started comparing several sites around Cape Town CBD. The new Mustek premise is on a 5,324m2 site and spans 4,000m2 over two levels, comprising 1,800m2 of offices and 2,200m2 of warehousing. Atterbury plans to start construction of the 6,000m2 Richmond Corner convenience centre in April 2019, anchored by a Pick n Pay and have the perfect mix of retail to serve the park and its community.

William Bailey - Mind Over Matter To Achieve His Goals “I look back on it now as the greatest gift I could have been given, because it was sort of the rocket fuel that drove me to do something with my life!”- Sir Anthony Hopkins. Natal-born, William Bailey (69) has proven the above expression to be the absolute truth, as his very own life speaks of pure passionate determination, not only to become successful, but also to overcome obstacles, one of which was dyslexia, diagnosed at the age of 6. Growing up, perfectionist William faced quite a few challenges and after leaving home, he grasped and held onto the wisdom and guidance of an old family friend, Mr Tony Factor, bespoke SA Business Entrepreneur! Tony, who used to be dyslexic himself, taught William exactly how to overcome his insecurities, mainly caused by the ignorance of society concerning dyslexia. So, instead of fighting it, he started to live with it and embraced it, in order to put MIND OVER MATTER to achieve his goals! And, so he did…with much passion and self-confidence, William was the first South African to graduate with a BSc in Mechanical Engineering, purely by completing his examinations verbally at the University of Natal! This magnificent achievement was concluded with a dissertation in The Mathematical Invention of Innovation in Design. Today, William is a well-experienced Turner Machinist, Marine Engineer and Tool and Dye-Maker, who owned Burlin Engineering for over a decade. His passion for innovation continues, with his designing of motorcycle canisters and silencers at Lion Engineering, Cape Town. For more information contact William on 083 405 0972 or

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Lourensford The Dome Chardonnay

Lourensford Estate recently introduced their sensational export wine range, The Dome Chardonnay and The Dome Pinot Noir, into the local market.


Stylish Dome wines now in South Africa Lourensford has recently released its stylish The Dome range in South Africa. Consisting of a Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, the range was originally developed for overseas clientele but the immediate success of it prompted Lourensford to also introduce it in locally. “The Dome is one of those fairy tale brands” says Koos Jordaan, GM of Lourensford. “Hannes Nel, Lourensford’s Cellarmaster, worked closely with the client determining the style of wine. When the issue of a brand name came up Hannes suggested the Dome, referring to the highest peak of the Helderberg Mountain Range that overlooks the estate. It just made logical sense considering some of Lourensford’s top vineyards are planted on the higher slopes of the Helderberg. The style, quality, name and packaging just works so well together and it immediately drew positive reaction from trade and customers.” Nel says: “We are so blessed that our 98ha of vineyards are spread over an area of more than 700 ha, all with different soil types, aspects and microclimates. This of course is a tremendous benefit for a winemaker, since we have a selection of building blocks to blend the wine to exactly what we want.”

Lourensford The Dome Pinot Noir

The Dome Chardonnay is a perfect expression of a classic Chardonnay with ripe pineapple, melon and orange blossom flavours on the nose, supported by hints of lemon cream, grapefruit and dried apricots. Flavours of white peach, cashew nuts and caramel linger on the pallet.

The Dome Chardonnay costs R135 and The Dome Pinot Noir costs R170, both wines are available at the tasting room or online from

The wine has a brilliant linear acidity and dominant dense core with layered sweetness due to the natural fermentation.

Lourensford Wine Estate is a feast for the senses and worth a day outing in the winelands. With another bumper holiday season lined up, don’t miss their Festive market kicking off on Friday, 30 November from 16h00. This will continue on Saturday, 1 December and Sunday, 2 December from 10h00 – 15h00.

The roundness on the pallet and a beautifully integrated texture supported by a creamy finish coats your mouth and make you want to spend more time in the presence of this big wine.

The two wines can also be found at selected wine shops and restaurants in the Cape Town area.

The Dome Pinot noir is bright ruby-red in colour. There are aromas of fresh, ripe cherries with an undertone of well-used leather on the nose. On the pallet the wine has a silken texture and gamey complexity.

Why not gather your family or friends and enjoy the beauty of Lourensford? Whether it is a stroll through the lavish gardens, a coffee at the Coffee Roasting company, lunch at the Millhouse Kitchen or a yoga or spa session at Life Retreat, there is something for everyone.

Best served slightly chilled and suitable for pairing with most fish dishes like salmon and tuna, the wine can also accompany chicken, duck and venison. The 2017 Pinot noir has been awarded 2 gold medals at the prestigious Michelangelo competition and the Vitis Vinifera Wine Awards.

The Tasting room offers a variety of tasting experiences of which the chocolate and wine pairing is the most popular. For the connoisseur, there is a tasting of Lourensford’s top white and red wines, the Chrysalis, or a selection of four wines of your choice.

Cellarmaster, Hannes Nel

Wine tasting at the estate

Enjoy with friends and family

For more information, contact the Tasting room at 021 847 2300 or visit

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Welcome to Bluebird Café, where there is an unique seat for everyone! Bluebird Café is the place to pop in for top notch coffee and breakfast or a leisurely lunch with family and friends. For unwinding after work, there’s delightful tapas, pizza’s and drinks. This tranquil establishment is run by three sisters, each with their own special contribution, flanked by a team of dedicated staff. Drawing inspiration from everyday life, places visited and the less mundane, while sourcing produce from suppliers with vision, these ladies ensure that there is decadence with integrity all around. The Style of the Café is barn-style chic with open spaces and a comfortable collaboration between yesteryear and current trends, finished with superb attention to detail. There are whispers of high teas in the near future as well as evenings with live music and themed dinner parties, prepared family meals for take-aways and veggie boxes.

Karoo Lamb pizza, Roasted Springbok leg and also salads that will make a vegetarian smile, are but a few examples of what is on offer. On Sundays the Harvest Table which has elements of traditional South African cuisine, will leave you full and satisfied. Bluebird Café is child and tourist friendly. While mainly open during daytime, they have extended hours during the holiday season, with Private functions in the evenings. A small selection of gifts are available to browse through and purchase at your leisure. Come and enjoy your birthday party, High teas, family gatherings or any other celebrations with us at Bluebird Café in the beauty of Stellenbosch Winelands.

For more information & bookings contact 021 205 7120 or visit

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Gecko Grill - Taking Pizza-making to a whole new level! Eskom is planing load shedding once again – and it might run into the December holiday period. This time, we have to do things a little more clever. If you can wear a watch that will not only tell you the time, but also the weather, or if you’ve had enough sleep, and how many steps you’ve taken, surely there must be a way for us to still have delicious meals without any power. Everyone has to prepare lunch or dinner during load shedding – or for someone just looking for a great Christmas gift. A couple of innovative engineers in Sasolburg designed a pizza braai which works perfectly for making your own pizzas, but is also, capable of preparing a variety of other meals. The first braai was developed with a “wall mounted” design, hence the name “Gecko,” which one normally would see on a wall. To make your own pizzas: You make a small fire with approximately 16 charcoal briquettes and spread them out evenly once they’ve turned grey in colour. Roll out the pizza dough on the flat plate provided with the unit, and build a pizza to your liking. Using the handle provided, you place the plate on the top deck for approximately 8 minutes, before moving it to the lower deck for another 8 minutes. After 16 minutes your pizza is ready to enjoy! With the small “door” in place the “oven” heats up to around 170°C – 180°C which makes the baking of mushrooms, garlic bread, potatoes dishes, focaccia, and many other dishes possible. Furthermore, the top plate works well for flap jacks or fritters. The Gecko Grill Pizza is made of 304 stainless steel and 3CR12 duplex steel, preventing it from rusting. It comes with two different height settings and are packed in a handy canvas bag. To make two pizzas simultaneously, you can order an additional Pizza base plate.

Other products in the Gecko Product range includes a Gecko Grill Deluxe with Carbon steel, conventional built-in braai with cable height adjustable grill, Gecko Grill Maxi with stainless steel outer & carbon steel inner wall mounted braai with ash catchment tray and chimney, Gecko Grill Midi with stainless steel outer & carbon steel inner wall mounted braai with ash catchment tray and the Gecko Grill Potjie with Stainless steel compact potjie and baking braai.


Gecko Grill Pizza

Gecko Grill Potjie

Gecko Grill Midi

For more information contact 063 686 8681 or visit

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Best-in-class delicacies from the world Imagine a Mediterranean or Middle Eastern food market - the bright colours, the beautifully displayed wares, the friendly greetings, the sound of a scoop plunging into a pile of nuts, the tempting scent of freshly baked treats and newly ground coffee. If only we had something similar in South Africa. Welcome to the bustling treasure trove of The Good Batch! Everywhere you look, from floor to ceiling, is an exquisite array of hand-picked delights sourced worldwide. Jars piled high, sacks overflowing with treats and the best coffee in town. Nuts, from pistachios and pecans to walnuts and macadamias, raw or roasted in-store. Truffles, pralines and chocolate salami. Turkish delight, authentic halva, old-fashioned bonbons, nougat and fudge. Delicious dried berries, fruits, seeds and biltong. Handmade, just-baked biscuits and cookies. And some of the world’s finest coffee beans, freshly roasted on the spot. The Good Batch is a family-run taste emporium in Canal Walk that gathers together best-in-class delicacies from the world over and from small local artisans. It is the brainchild of Alexi Hadjidakis who was inspired by the quality and displays at a food show he visited in Dubai. Hadjidakis was determined to bring that market-style experience home. If you love really great coffee, need a small, bespoke treat for a host or hostess or a large gift for a special client or loved one, the perfect solution will be waiting at The Good Batch.

For more information visit

Favourite Things Market - returns bigger, better & bolder Make a festive diary note for your next country getaway, because you won’t want to miss the new and improved Favourite Things Market at Gabriëlskloof. The all-round, fun-is-the-new-black, crowd-pleaser is back this year and preparing to be bigger, better and bolder on 14 - 16 December 2018. Following a one-year hiatus, the Favourite Things Market will feature 45 handpicked stalls stuffed with this season’s must-have goodies. The focus has always been on treasures stylish, handmade, homemade and collectable and this year will be no different. This is the event to shop for festive season gifts and have a good time doing it too. From baked treats to beautiful jewellery; home-knits to rare finds – it’s all there, in one glorious location. Gabriëlskloof’s hilltop spot outside Bot River – a mere 80-minute drive from Cape Town – offers sweeping views of the Babylonstoren Mountains and surrounding wheat fields. Its stylish visitor centre is a landmark destination that offers tastings of wine, chocolates and its olive oil, and is home to an attractive country-style restaurant where slow-cooked, shared meals are served with authentic platteland passion and a generous hand. Now imagine the gardens decked out in bright colours and a merry vibe inviting you in and you’ve got the spirit of the Favourite Things Market. This is the place for families – and friendly dogs are welcome too! You just must make a weekend of it.

For more information contact 028 284 9865

Elgin Railway Market - Such good taste! Elgin Railway Market is drawing in the crowds – by road and rail. The Elgin Railway Market is 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 of Elgin. 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. 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. Once in the venue, market visitors can choose from food vendors purveying everything from fragrant curries to schwarmas, pizza, ribs, burgers, Mexican dishes, pies, tarts, quiches, cheeses, breads, dips, pates and dolmades. Health conscious treats include fresh juices, low carb breads with various fillings as well as local items such as jaffels, vetkoek, pancakes and a soup of the day. Visitors can also stop in for a snack from the biltong stall. Sweet treats are abundant, including home-made cakes and ice-cream and waffles-on-a-stick. A bar serves local wines, beer, cider and an artisanal gin bar serves up local craft gins. 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 offers live music throughout the weekend with a children’s play space which provide climbing walls and a jungle gym.

For more information visit

Photo: Elgin Railway Market - Photo credit Heinrich Knoetze

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The Range – tucked away – in the middle of suburbia the perfect spot to bring family and friends, a wonderful place for children to enjoy The Range is tucked between the wine lands of Constantia Valley and the woodlands of Tokai Forest, offering two venues with spectacular views. Our beautifully new and improved rustic Log cabin venue offers the ideal venue for all types of functions and conferences and we also have our own permanent marquee that is situated at the foot of the Constantiaberg Mountain. Every Friday we have a food market from 4h30 to 9h30. Guests to the market can enjoy live music every week with an extended food market scheduled for the 19th, 20th and 21st December 2018 with a special visit from Father Christmas who will jingle and mingle. There is a wide variety of food to choose from including potjies,salad and vegan options, Mexican, Greek, Chinese, Indian food, Sushi, Biltong, macaroni balls, a chocolatier, chimney cakes, Belgian waffles and so much more. The venue offers open spaces for children to play on a jungle gym for the little ones, structured play, art activities and more. The Range stocks local wines from the valley and have ice cold draft beer on tap as well as a Gin and cocktail bar. Seating is available inside and outside the marquee. On 31st of December New Years will be celebrated with a New Years Dance with The professors playing.

For more information contact 021 713 2340 or visit

Gaikou Lodge - relax with breathtaking views of the Mountains, River and Forest within Marloth Nature Reserve Whether you live in Swellendam or just a visitor, you cannot deny the exceptional variety of Swellendam’s outdoor adventures including hiking and mountain biking. This picturesque, historic town boasts an incredible abundance of natural endowments, making it the prime playground for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers alike. You can experience nature from the luxury 4-star, Gaikou Lodge, situated within the Marloth Nature Reserve. The Lodge offers bed & breakfast (B&B) accommodation on the 16 hectare private property at the foothills of the Langeberg Mountain with breathtaking views of the mountains, river and forest. The 10 luxurious decorated air-conditioned/heating rooms and villas include private patios or wide verandas, flat-screen TVs, kitchenettes and bathtubs and showers are standard in all the units. Nature invites you to enjoy hiking and walking trails on foot or on horseback, and is the start and end of the Marloth Mountain Bike trails. Enjoy family fun in the chlorine free swimming pool, petanque, bird watching or practice your golf on the driving range or try out fishing Black Bass in Gaikou’s two dams, surrounded by native wild flowers. Away from the hustle and bustle of the city, Gaikou Lodge is also the ideal venue for productive conferences or meeting or private functions. Breakfast is served on Gaikou Lodge’s veranda or inside, at the reception area. The historic Swellendam can be found 20 minutes’ walk from the lodge with shops, attractions and restaurants nearby. This property also has one of the best-rated locations in Swellendam!

For more information contact 028 514 1133, Email: or visit

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It’s hard to imagine a world without chocolates, even more if it is handcrafted to perfection Gaspard Bossut, a Belgian Chocolatier is GaBoLi Chocolates - a small artisanal chocolate enterprise which is located in the quaint village of Betty’s Bay along the Whale Coast (R44). Gaspard only uses the traditional methods hand making excellent Belgian Chocolates, using quality ingredients - cream, butter, additional chocolate and other delights like fine South African spirits. GaBoLi Chocolates creates mouth-watering Belgian chocolates that has a delicious look with a symphony of taste and texture. The idea of making Belgium chocolate came in 2001 when he was the Chef Patron at the Whaling Station Restaurant and planning the upcoming Christmas menu with Belgian Chocolates as dessert. The chocolates went down like a treat, and he started selling chocolates in the restaurant. One day a real chocolate connoisseur walked in and told Gaspard that his chocolates certainly wouldn’t be famous if he didn’t pursue his chocolate making dream. Gaspard has been making chocolates since 2001 and has progressed to the point where he acquires two tonnes of Belgian chocolate a year, recreating the various slabs, truffles and other delectable creations. The flavours Gaspard infuses into his chocolates are truly exotic. GaBoLi Chocolates offers a delicious range of specialist dark, white and milk chocolates, made up in the following categories: Dark Chocolate Slabs (55%) are made with a range of interesting flavours, such as Chilli, Ginger, Hazelnuts, Himalayan Salt, Maldon salt to name just a few. The flagship in the dark range is the 70% slab, an absolute taste sensation, close your eyes and you think you are in Belgium. An 85% version is also made for the affecionades as well as a 100% slab.

Milk Chocolates Slabs (33.5%) looks after the sweeter tooth. A combination of 50/50 Milk and White creates the Brown Cow, each and every slab is a unique bit of art, with the imagination running wild. White Chocolate Slabs (29.5%) on its own, and especially for the Kiddies with Marshmalows. The health conscious are catered for with both a Dark (54%) and Milk (33.9%) Sugar Free/Diabetic range. Both these are totally unique in taste and does not leave an unpleasant aftertaste in the mouth at all. Then there are the little round Truffles made in Dark, Milk and White Chocolate, within which Gaspard places various ganashe fillings such as Brandy, Whisky, Amarulla, Chilli ‘n Coffee, Speculaas, Blue Cheese, Chilli, Coffee, Fynbos, Ginger, Salted Caramel, Irish Coffee, Rooibos, Fynbos, Tiramisu, Violet, Vanilla, Café Latte, Marzipan, and many more.

GaBoli Chocolates are available at Elgin Railway Market and the Wine Village in Hermanus. Clients are welcome to visit Gaspard at his home from where he works and is available for Sales and Chocky Chats and Demo’s. “If we are here we are open,” says Gaspard. Visitors regularly require Gaspard to make special orders for weddings, parties, and events. Gaspard also offers one on one Chocolatier Classes.

For more information contact Gaspard on 082 394 1016 or visit Please save the earth as it is the only Planet with Chocolate

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Let it flow, let it flow, let it flow! Bengeula cove adds more sparkle to their offering

With a sunny Christmas around the corner, Benguela Cove Lagoon Wine Estate has just added more sparkle to their wine tourism destination package. Inspired by the brilliant facets of a round diamond, they will uncork the festivities with the launch of their new MCC sparkling wine, Cuvee58. Apart from being great filler for those Christmas stockings, they have also crafted special ruby chocolates to echo the sparkling wine’s character. “Ruby is the most uncommon chocolate discovery in 80 years and will bedazzle you with a complete new chocolate taste. Its natural ruby colour, with no added colour or preservatives, is complemented with an intense fruitiness and fresh sour notes to perfectly match our sparkling wine. Off course, with our own twist on the filling.” The cool Walker Bay is renowned for sauvignon blanc, which became an obvious choice to create a new MCC that is different from their more serious MCC called Joie De Vivre. The Cuvee58 is made to be enjoyed chilled on a hot summer day, served with al fresco dishes. With growing interest from young couples wanting to tie the knot at Benguela Cove, cellar master Johann Fourie also wanted to create a wine that would add a bright and celebratory feel to any special occasion. Get your tickets for the sparkling event of the year! Join in for a bottomless bubbly afternoon when they raise the first glass of Cuvee58 to their beautiful “la bella” surrounds. Come and indulge in one of the quintessential sunsets over the Bot River Lagoon and the Atlantic Ocean. When: Saturday, 8 December 2018; Where: Benguela Cove Lagoon Wine Estate; Time: 4 – 8pm; Tickets: R320 pp. Bottomless bubbly and plateless pizza will be served between 4 and 6pm only. Live music will continue until 8pm.Dresscode: Sparkle in white For more information visit their website for their complete festive calendar suited for families and friends | +27 (0) 87 357 063 |

Photo: Meticulously crafted into 58 facets, a round brilliant diamond echoes the precision the winemaker applies to his craft when producing method cap classique. The finest detail is brought to light when vivid aromas explode on the surface. Fresh with a tangy finish, Cuvee58 is all you need to celebrate the magic of Christmas and salute a new year.

Love fashion. Love you. Love Contempo Contempo is a fast-growing local women’s fashion retail chain, currently with over 60 stores across South Africa with stores in the Western Cape in Tyger Valley Centre, N1 City, Promenade, Cape Gate, Blue Route, Kenilworth, Parow, Table Bay and Somerset West. The newest edition to the Contempo stores opened in the Somerset Mall in October 2018. The Contempo concept is renowned for stylish quality fashion at affordable prices. Covering ranges from career wear to casual wear, they focus on the modern-day contemporary women, developing colourful, well- coordinated product ranges that are influenced by seasonal catwalk fashions. “We pride ourselves on being the perfect store to pick up everything you need for a head-to-toe look. Our collections consist of a wide variety of styles available in sizes 8 – 24, suitable for all women.” “We are passionate about our customers and strive to help South African women look beautiful, feel confident, be happy, content and successful in their daily lives.”

Global Water Story opens at the Iziko Museum Water is the most vital resource for life on Earth; no living thing exists without it. Iziko Museums of South Africa opened a new exhibition, H2O Today, at the Iziko South African Museum on the 29th November 2018. The exhibition, organised by the Smithsonian Institution Travelling Exhibition Service (SITES), examines the diversity and challenges of water sources worldwide and promotes conversation, creativity and innovation through art, science and technology. H2O Today is part of the Smithsonian’s #ThinkWater Initiative to raise awareness of water as a critical resource for life. Using immersive content, interactive activities, and digital media, this international exhibition – supplemented with Iziko curated African content and collections objects – brings a global conversation at a critical time within the Western Cape context, having recently experienced the worst water crisis in living memory. H2O Today dives into what it means to live on a planet where 71 percent of the surface is covered in water, of which less than three percent is drinkable. The exhibition highlights water’s criticality in daily life worldwide through water power, industry, agriculture and home use. It explores the science of water from the hydrological cycle, weather and climate to its physical power as an architect and sculptor of landscape. The exhibition showcases global examples and striking imagery augmented with audiovisual material that tells the story of Earth as the water planet, water as our home, ways that water shapes culture, rising tides and sea level rise, and innovative solutions to some of the planet’s greatest water challenges. An immersive 3D artwork of Victoria Falls, anthropology objects that chronicle the evolution of the water canister from an ostrich egg used by the Khoi San to the plastic water bottles that we use today, a selection of iconic images that document Cape Town’s water crisis, specimens from Iziko’s collections that showcase the aquatic life of Table Mountain and the two oceans flanking it, and a time lapse of tidal waters that influence Cape Town’s rich marine biodiversity, presents an African and local context. “Water scarcity is not a uniquely Cape Town story – it is a shared global phenomenon. This exhibition brought to South Africa in partnership with the US Consulate in

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Cape Town, and the Smithsonian Institution is an example of a multi-dimensional relationship enabling an inclusive conversation at this critical time. It demonstrates how museums, through its exhibitions and programmes, can create awareness of relevant societal issues”, says Ms Rooksana Omar, CEO, Iziko Museums of South Africa. Unparalleled on the African continent, the Iziko South African Museum, situated in the prestigious precinct of the Company’s Garden, is the second oldest scientific institution in South Africa and an iconic Cape Town attraction. The museum is a hub of indigenous knowledge generation, heritage, biodiversity and science geared towards creating better understanding of the earth and its biological and cultural diversity, past and present. H2O Today is on show daily from 09:00 until 17:00, at the Iziko South African Museum.




Now is the time for your Plan B in Europe!

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Some attractions that Cyprus offers are: - Euro-accredited education gives your children a distinct advantage when they enter the global job market ; - being an ex-British colony, there is no language barrier – everyone speaks English and all your documentation is in English. No need for a translator! - The discovery of natural gas is already having a positive impact on foreign investment and infrastructural development; - low cost but high standard of living; - Europe on your doorstep: Cyprus has 2 International Airports and several marinas; - 1st world medical facilities & affordable healthcare with highly qualified doctors and specialists. An astute offshore property investment that works for you in the short, medium and long term is the achievement of a lifetime. In Cyprus investing in the “Citizenship through Investment” or the “Fast Track residency programme” will reap financial rewards and lifelong benefits. Can you afford not to take advantage of this while both programmes are still open?

Acquiring permanent residency in Cyprus is very attractive because it gives 3 generations in the same direct family line the legal right to live in Cyprus without having to go through onerous immigration processes should they wish to make a permanent move. All dependent children up to age 25, plus both the parents and the parents-in-law qualify for residency on the same property purchase under the main investor. The property can be used as an investment tool to earn a Euro-based income; and there is no need to live in Cyprus for the residency permits to remain valid. No other programme in Europe offers this! Unlimited access to the EU & the UK is where Cyprus’ 2nd citizenship programme excels. All dependent children up to age 28 plus the parents of the investor qualify. Chief benefits include travelling, living, working & studying anywhere in the European Economic Area; plus visa-free travel to more than 171 countries in the world. In Cyprus your investment is not a donation to the government but an investment that will enjoy capital appreciation, rental income and low tax implications.

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TABLE MOUNTAIN CABLEWAY HALF-PRICE SUNSET SPECIAL Locals can head up Table Mountain for half price this summer with the Cableway’s Sunset Special, valid from 6pm daily until 28 February 2019, excluding 20 December 2018 to 2 January 2019. To experience spectacular African sunsets atop one of the world’s New 7 Wonders of Nature, purchase a return ticket at R145 for adults and R72.50 for children under 18 years of age. It’s the perfect opportunity to take advantage of the season’s long balmy evenings, and don’t forget your camera so that you can capture your #SunsetSpecial moments! Ticketing - Tickets can be purchased online from or from the Lower Station Ticket Office at any time, but are only valid from 6 pm daily. Have your ID ready - When purchasing Sunset Special tickets online you’ll need to enter your SA ID number and the SA ID numbers of the people who you are buying tickets for. The same rule applies at the Ticket Office. Note: Children under 18 years of age do not require an ID or ID number.

A note on parking - Please note that it is not advisable to use the free park-and-ride MyCiTi bus service for the Sunset Special as the service runs until 7pm only. Uber in or park along Tafelberg Road. Dress code - There is none! That said an extra layer never hurt – it can get chilly on top of the mountain after sunset or if the weather starts to change, which it can quickly. The Cableway operates weather dependant. For more information contact 021 424 8181 or visit

AUSTRIAN AIRLINES RETURNS TO SOUTH AFRICA AFTER 19 YEARS After an absence of 19 years, Austrian Airlines returns to South Africa with a seasonal direct flight between Vienna and Cape Town. This direct flight will increase opportunities for business, investment, travel and trade according to Dr André Schulz, Lufthansa Group General Manager for Southern Africa. About 60 Austrian companies have subsidiaries in South Africa and for the leisure market Cape Town is seen as a value-for-money destination. The first Austrian Airlines flight landed in Cape Town on 30 October 2018. Austrian Airlines operates two flights per week until March 2019 on the route connecting Vienna with the Mother city. The flights will be operated with a Boeing 777 aircraft with a seating capacity for 306 people. The aircraft carries the South African name “Sibanye” (we are one). Austrian Airlines also offers Premium Economy seats on this route in addition to Business and Economy Class. “We are proud to commence flight operations on this new route and are pleased to expand our offering in the tourism segment thanks to the flights to Cape Town”, says Alexis von Hoensbroech, CEO of Austrian Airlines, commenting on the flight connection from Austria to South Africa. Flight service from Vienna to Cape Town will be offered on Tuesdays and Saturdays and depart from Cape Town to Vienna on Wednesdays and Sundays. The duration of the flight from Vienna to Cape Town is about 11 hours and 25 minutes. Photo: Cockpit View - Photo Credit: Alex Cheban / Austrian Airlines

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EXPLORE MOSSEL BAY DURING THE HOLIDAYS 162 000 years ago, the coolest lodging was a seaside cave outside Mossel Bay. The remains inside the archaeologically important Pinnacle Point grottos bear witness to what countless generations thereafter have found to be true: few things beat a beach holiday! The reasons our common ancestors were drawn to Mossel Bay all those years ago are the same reasons that still beckon us today: pristine beaches, tranquil lagoons, fragrant fynbos, abundant wildlife, fresh seafood and year-round beach weather. No matter who you are, or where you’re from, the call of Mossel Bay is real. The Stone Age people felt it, the seafarers and explorers felt it, and you will feel it too. Mossel Bay is the best place to make memories, from sandcastles and first kisses to parties, engagements, weddings, honeymoons and anniversaries – and back to sandcastles again! There is a place and a season for everything and everyone in Mossel Bay. Midway between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth, it is easy to travel by land, sea or plane. You can stay in atmospheric campsites, homely holiday houses, waterfront flats, luxurious hotels and authentic game lodges.

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In the high summer season, Mossel Bay is a vibrant party of concerts, festivals and beach fun. Those in the know wait until the crowds have subsided and soak in the best weather, long days and soothing quiet.

Adventure: Mossel Bay Skydive, Sand board the Dragon Dune, Freaking Fast Waverider, White Shark Africa, White Shark Parasailing, Mossel Bay Deep Sea Adventures, and Private Game Lodges.

Attractions in Mossel Bay Heritage: Point of Human Origin, Dias Museum Complex, Jackal on the Beach, Santos Pavilion, Historical Mossel Bay on Foot, Mossel Bay War Memorial.

Other: Beaches, Post a Postcard, Explore Marine life and Wildlife, Hiking, Play a round of Golf and many more. For more information visit














KIDS TOURS: Learn about art, artists and even plants that grow in the Sculpture Garden! 10:00 – 11:00 | R25

WORKSHOPS: Paint rocks, make clay imprints, do scraperboard or make dreamcatchers! 11:30 – 12:30 | R60

ACTIVITIES: Build puzzles or listen to story telling in one of our galleries! 13:30 – 14:00 | R30






Let your kids learn and have fun with art Engage, Explore, Make and more FESTIVE WORKSHOPS: Special workshops for the festive season 13 DEC – WEAVING WORKSHOP | 10:00 – 15:30 | R750 19, 20, 22 DEC – MAKE CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS | 11:30 – 12:30 | R60 21–23 DEC – CHRISTMAS MARKET 12 JAN – WEAVING WORKSHOP | 10:00 – 15:30 | R750


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SA’s Bravest Pony

Handling Venomous Snakes

The next Chapter for Cody, the horse after Surviving Knysna fires South Africa’s bravest pony blazes a new trail of hope. Cody, a 10 year old pony, made international news in June 2017 when he found his way home 16 days after the devastating Knysna fires. Cody was part of a herd of five ponies who had been ushered across the N2 national road as a last resort when the fire encroached on their home, Essendale Farm.

Perdekraal East Wind Farm, in the Western Cape, is home to no less than sixteen different species of snakes, four of which are highly venomous. Hence, Environmental Site Officer, Chandré Kok has recently undergone additional training to ensure that she is equipped with the adequate skills to manage the task of safely identifying and removing resident snakes, in line with the industry’s best practices guidelines.

Blazes A New Trail Of Hope

Ethically it's Part Of The Job

“Cape Cobras and Puff Adders have already been identified on site, however, we know of approximately sixteen different species prevalent in the area of the wind farm and although they vary from being harmless, the endemic Cape Boomslang is highly venomous and not to be trifled with,” said Perderkraal East Wind Farm’s Environmental Site Officer, Chandré Kok. Chandré, who has a B.Sc degree in Geology and Geography and a B.Sc Honours in Environmental Management feels that she was fortunate to be nominated to attend the training provided by the African Snakebite Institute, where the appropriate handling and removal of snakes from a working area was provided.

Photo: Cody - Photo Credit: Kym Clayton

The ponies had been sent into a nearby plantation, presumed safe based on wind direction and the N2 creating a firebreak – but in a cruel twist of fate, the winds soon changed and the fire leapt across the road, turning the ponies’ intended refuge into a raging inferno. Cody’s family searched for the ponies by any means possible, but found no signs of them, except for sporadic sets of tracks that indicated that some of the ponies had escaped the plantation. “When Cody was spotted trying to cross back over the N2, 16 days after he had fled his home, onlookers mourned his coming fate. He was emaciated and badly burnt, and had been without food or water for two weeks. His digestive system had shut down, and the injuries to his eyes meant that he could hardly see. Cody appeared to be blind and without hope.” – says Karen Rademeyer, Cody’s owner. Against what seemed insurmountable odds, Cody made his way home, crossing the busy N2 just 100m from the farm where he had been born. His story captured the hearts of many South Africans and animal lovers abroad, who raised over R132,218.82 towards Cody’s treatment on donations based crowdfunding platform, BackaBuddy. No less than 272 donors sent messages of support for courageous Cody. Despite his scars, he is living a full life as a happy pony - a fine example to us all. His story of bravery, inspiration and hope has touched the hearts of thousands of people throughout the world, but, his story is far from over... As the animal ambassador for The Eden Empathy Initiative, a brand new chapter is about to unfold as Cody and his friends embark on a project aimed at achieving “the impossible”: Helping children and animals in disadvantaged communities, while breaking cycles of violence and abuse.

“I was elated with the prospect of being the dedicated snake handler on the Wind Farm and know how important it is to be able to correctly identify the type of snakes, to ensure that staff are kept safe. So, as the nominated snake handler, I see the training on how to remove a dangerous snake and the knowledge to identify snakes as critical skills,” she added. Perderkraal East Wind Farm, in alignment with the wind energy industry’s environmental guidelines works to achieve responsible development. Befittingly, the handling of snakes on site is managed by a catch and release system. There is a snake handling kit available on site, and once caught the snake is contained in a snake tube and thereafter released approximately 5km away, from where it was caught, in a safe environment. Chandré works closely with the site’s Health and Safety Management to ensure that employees are kept aware and understand the protocols that have been implemented. Initial Awareness Training is provided to all employees working on the site, which includes educating all relevant personnel on the characteristics of the various types of snakes that are prevalent in the area.

The Eden Empathy Initiative, a newly formed non-profit company, combines an exciting new mix of animal-related education, skills training, activities and therapy. Their focus is on pre-teen children living in disadvantaged communities. The team will be working with young children, teaching them about wild and domestic animals in novel ways. They will also be helping them develop authentic leadership skills, while removing the emotional “blocks” to feeling empathy, through proven, animal-assisted clinical therapy.

“If a snake has been spotted in a particular work area, the HSE Manager is immediately informed, she then notifies me so that I can take responsibility to identify and handle the snake,” commented Chandré.

Rademeyer says the Initiative is likely to make a significant impact – not only in terms of helping the children and animals directly involved in the programme, but also by creating an awareness of why such a dire lack of empathy exists in South Africa, how this affects all South Africans, and how we can work together to create kinder, more caring communities.

Perdekraal East Wind Farm will eliminate approximately 410 000 tonnes of carbon emissions each year compared to traditional fossil fuel power plants. In addition to zero carbon emissions and reduced use of fossil fuels, the country will benefit from minimal water consumption during the generation process and significant social and enterprise development programmes.

Once complete, the 110MW Perdekraal Wind Farm, which spans 3 055 hectares, will comprise forty-eight, 115m-high wind turbines. When operating at full capacity, it will generate around 368.8 GWh of clean renewable energy per year and is expected to supply electricity to power up to 95 000 South African homes.

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Trans Agulhas - The Toughest Inflatable Boat Race In The World The World’s Toughest Inflatable Boat Challenge starts every year on 28 December at Plettenberg Bay, South Africa. It is a fast-paced, action-packed water sports event with over 30 inflatable boats battling it out in the waves. This 31st prestigious event takes place over 5 days and competitors will visit beaches along the coast between Nature’s Valley and Gordon’s Bay where the race will finish on 1 January 2019. Boost Performance Racing is once again organizing this epic challenge that remains the most highly anticipated event on the racing calendar. This is the one that separates the men from the boys, testing both man and machine. As the flag drops on day 1 and throttles are opened, these teams push their engines and their bodies to the maximum for the coveted title of “Trans Agulhas Champions”. While this sport might look like plain sailing, there are many obstacles to navigate over the 5 days on the water. Teams will be looking to avoid capsizing in the waves, connecting with submerged rocks and then of course there are the shark infested waters near Struisbaai. Even though the teams have been preparing throughout the season, all the planning and strategizing cannot control Mother Nature on the day. Spectators are in for a super charged show at each beach as the teams compete in the surf for the title of “King of the Waves”.

The masters of survival, Trans Agulhas legends Wimpie Ackerman and Whitey Louw as well as Australian David Barnet and his co-pilot Tjaart Oosthuizen will be back on the water this year to show the youngsters why they are the Kings of the Agulhas. These teams are some of the most experienced and knowledgeable teams taking part in this challenge and will certainly keep the crowds entertained. You can download the TracTrac app on your smart device and stay up to date with all the excitement even if you can’t make it down to the beach. There is just no other challenge like the Trans Agulhas Inflatable Boat Challenge.

Shimmy Beach Club Splashes Into The Summer Season With Goldfish Shimmy Beach Club presents the 7th edition of Goldfish Submerged, Cape Town’s biggest summer residency. Following their sold-out international tour of Europe and the States, the hitmakers will resurface in Cape Town starting on Sunday, 9 December for the first of 6 shows, supported by a host of South Africa’s finest DJs and performing artists for the perfect celebration of summer.

The electronic duo, David Poole and Dominic Peters, famed for No one has to know and Talk to Me, are classically trained jazz musicians re-inventing the DJ through an infusion of live instruments and vocals, delivering dynamite live performance, with a fusion of house beats and jazz instrumental interludes, earning them their swelling international house and electronic music fan bases. Goldfish have scoured the globe for unique and cheeky samples which they twisted into endlessly fun hooks and choruses. Stirring African rhythms and melodies into the mix helped Goldfish evolve a uniquely South African house sound. Their burnished grooves and a consistent string of chart-topping hits has positioned Goldfish as one of the most influential live electronic groups in dance music. With festival-style food, world-class production and Shimmy Beach Club’s unsurpassed views of the ocean and Table Mountain, Submerged offers more than just a perfectly curated entertainment line-up this summer. Goldfish Submerged will set sail on Sunday, 9 December and will run on 16, 23, 26 and 29 December with the grand finale on Friday, 4 January 2019. Tickets available at

Experience A Dazzling Array Of Light, Sound & Artwork @ Spier Spier presents its first Light Art Show from 8 December 2018 - 30 January 2019. Each night during this period, visitors will be able to experience a dazzling array of light and sound artworks throughout the historic Stellenbosch farm. Join the opening ceremony on Saturday, 8 December or Sunday, 9 December. Choreographed by Jay Pather, sound and light sculptures will be revealed as the audience follows the procession of performers across a multi-sensory, cross-cultural wonderland. Arrive early, and enjoy a light dinner before the procession starts: Pre-book a ready-made picnic hamper, ready for collection between 17.00 – 19.00 from the Spier Farm Kitchen; you can also create your own picnic from a selection of cold cuts, cheeses, salads, breads, pâté and dips from the Spier Farm Kitchen. Settle in for a farm-to-table feast at Eight Restaurant, alternatively, Vadas Smokehouse & Bakery will be serving up ‘low and slow-smoked’ meats. For more information visit

Zip Zap Circus Entertaining Families At V&A Waterfront There’s fun for the whole family at the Waterfront this festive season where Zip Zap Circus School will be entertaining young and old with free performances every afternoon at 5pm, 2 - 8 January 2019. Professional performers and youngsters in training from the non-profit organisation will be showing off their incredible talent at the Amphitheatre in an action-packed show suitable for the whole family. Watch Zip Zappers juggling, jumping, climbing and high energy comedy acrobatics that will leave you with a taste of what spectators can look forward to. Zip Zap was founded in Cape Town in 1992, to inspire young people and help build a new culture of peaceful coexistence in South Africa. Working with a diverse community of children from all backgrounds, Zip Zap helps kids to ‘dare to dream’ and learn to make those dreams a reality. Zip Zap’s programs are all free to participants, with financial and material support coming from individuals, organisations, corporations and foundations. In South Africa and the world, Zip Zap is recognised across Governments, Ministries of Education, Tourism, Arts & Culture and private societies, as a major contributor to the development within the iconic ‘Mother City’ and providing sustainability of the circus arts in South Africa. For more information visit or



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New Venture For Blind Adventurer And One of The Best Music Duo's World-renowned blind adventurer and motivational speaker Hein Wagner, will team up with multi award winning CH2 to inspire people around the world with their mind blowing experiential session, A Blind Man with Music and Vision. Combining the remarkable successes, achievements and world records of a blind keynote motivational speaker with the internationally acclaimed, multi-award winning guitar music of CH2, they will take participants on a journey of inner exploration, turning dreams into action. Says Corneille Hutten, of CH2: “We were booked for the same event, and after hearing Hein’s incredible story and enjoying his motivational session, I approached him with a very unique idea. There is so much synergy between Hein’s powerful message and the virtuoso, exotic style of CH2, it just made instant sense. Music has the power to harmonise people’s minds and open their hearts, which makes them more susceptible to the power of Hein’s message.” Hutten continues that Wagner relies on hearing as his primary sense to get along in the world. “This, combined with music, which is audible, makes our offering a language and message of the ear and the heart. Combining the very powerful message of Hein’s life’s story and his humour with the intense playing of CH2 makes for an unforgettable session.” Wagner adds that CH2 has been conquering the world with their music from the Southernmost tip of Africa to the US and Japan. Wagner has been pushing boundaries all his life. Wagner has become such an inspiration to so many, helping them realise with gratitude how many positives they still have in their lives. He inspires people to excel at whatever they put their minds to and to focus on opportunities, rather than falling into the trap of wallowing in misfortunes. Both Wagner and CH2 have achieved success through dedication, belief, hard work, perseverance and never taking their eyes off their goals.

Photo L - R: Dirkie van Staden, Hein Wagner and Corneille Hutten

“We’ll teach you how to have faith in your abilities and set goals. It’s the first step towards turning the invisible into the visible. Our greatest weakness in life is giving up. If at first you don’t succeed, try and try again. Often you need just one more try. If you really want something, you’ll do whatever it takes, even when the odds aren’t in your favour at all,”says Wagner. Wagner continues that CH2 has been pushing the boundaries to see what more could be achieved by expanding beyond the limitations of two acoustic or classical guitarists to generate a greater, more varied and explosive sound unique to the duo. A Blind Man with Music and Vision will focus on the techniques and methods needed to achieve ultimate success for your company, yourself and also those around you, as well as overcome obstacles. For information visit and



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