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April 2019

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The Rubik, a newly launched luxury mixed-use building situated in the heart of Cape Town’s CBD is set to challenge property development in South Africa with its iconic and unique architecture and design. Located on the corner of Loop and Riebeek Streets, The Rubik consists of premium residential apartments above luxury offices and high-end retail space, housed within a distinctive modern glass clad “tiered” building that is reminiscent of the Rubik’s cube. Marketed by Dogon Group Properties, developed by Abland - one of South Africa’s leading property developers - in partnership with Nedbank and Giflo and designed by DHK Architects, the apartments, penthouses and offices within The Rubik feature floor to ceiling windows, 24 hour concierge security, state-of-the-art technology, fixtures and finishes, minimalist elements and lots of clean open spaces. These features - coupled with the prime location and spectacular views over Table Mountain, Lion’s Head and the ocean offer highly desirable inner city living. “The beautiful and modern The Rubik has a distinctly international feel that is in tune with global trends and influences,” says Rob Stefanutto, MD of Dogon Group Developments. “This exciting building, which will stand as a design beacon in Cape Town’s CBD, allows buyers to live and work in a distinctive space within the bustling centre of one of the world’s most beautiful cities. Loop Street is vibrant and cosmopolitan, known for its night life, historic buildings, art galleries, antique shops, restaurants, bars and cafés.” Photo: The Rubik




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From Cradle of Humankind to Cradle of Human Culture

While the dawn of humankind was incepted in the limestone caves of Northern Gauteng, the story continued and grew into the Western Cape. “The ability to package the incredible offering we have around early culture and how its transpired into modern day in the Western Cape, with a globally renowned landmark such as the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site (WHS), is

an opportunity to position the destination globally and attract more visitors,” said Wesgro’s Chief Marketing Officer for Tourism, Judy Lain. “The connection between the Cradle of Humankind WHS and the Cradle of Human Culture is a connecting thread between our physical being and our aesthetic being,” said Michael Worsnip, Managing Director of Maropen.

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The Rubik - New Iconic Building For Highly Desirable Inner City Living (Continue from page 1) Work on The Rubik is expected to commence in June 2019 with completion in July 2021. “When this property came up for sale, we wasted no time in its acquisition as the location is perfect for a mixed use development. Abland have undertaken numerous high rise developments in the Cape Town CBD and we are very excited to bring this vision to life,” says Jurgens Prinsloo, Abland’s Regional Manager, who explains that the building will have a modern glass facade - with offices that are double-glazed - an air-conditioning system that doesn’t use water evaporation for cooling, energy efficient lighting and water heating systems which are in keeping with green star initiatives.

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Abland have an impressive track record when it comes to mixed-use developments and have mastered the process of creating a product that meets consumer demands – which includes things such as location, access to amenities, transport, security, sustainability, and connectivity to retail environments - just some of the key elements that must be considered.


Cape Town to host the 2023 Netball World Cup

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The City of Cape Town is proud to announce that Cape Town has been chosen as the preferred host city for the 2023 Netball World Cup. It is the first time that the largest women’s sporting event in the world will be hosted on African soil and Cape Town will work hard to make the 2023 Netball World Cup the best one yet.


The South African team, which consists of the City, Netball South Africa, national and provincial government, was notified by the International Netball Federation that its delegation offered a successful bid for the prestigious tournament.

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Having developed a strong track record as the world’s leading festival and event destination, Cape Town is best placed to make the Netball World Cup a spectacular showpiece – the same way we successfully hosted the FIFA World Cup in 2010.


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Although tourism is the major attraction of the Western Cape, the annual calendar is filled with some most iconic events. The Western Cape’s peak events period continues during the months of March and April, with a range of events taking place across the province. Cape Town and the Western Cape becomes the meeting spot for cultural enthusiast with events such as the Cape Town Carnival and the International Jazz Festival. Chicago The Musical, the award-winning Broadway and West End musical with multi-talented all-South African touring cast returns to the stage in Cape Town in March.

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The inaugural World Restaurant Awards took place in Paris on 18 February 2019 where some of the world’s best chefs and game-changing restaurants were awarded and celebrated for their role in the global restaurant industry. The new international restaurant awards comprises a more progressive list of categories – which are judged by a panel of of experts from across the globe including Eat Out’s chief judge Margot Janse – in an attempt to reflect the range of diversity in the global restaurant scene. South Africa’s very own Wolfgat was shortlisted and announced as the winner in the Off-Map Destination category and, in a spectacular ending to the ceremony, took home the awards’ highest honours as Restaurant of the Year.

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Being chosen as the host city for this global spectacle underscores the city’s status as an events capital. Apart from the direct economic impact through visitor and organiser spend, there is also the ripple effect of job creation during and after events, and the increased spend at our world-famous attractions.


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The delegation submitted its proposal for staging the netball showpiece in Singapore in November. A lot of hard work and intense preparations from all spheres of government went into the bid to present what Cape Town has to offer. It was a team effort which showcased our world-class facilities, infrastructure as well as expertise in hosting major international events.

Securing the Netball World Cup will also aid the country in promoting women’s sports and raising the profile of netball as a key sport. “We would like to thank our inter-governmental partners for the support along the way.” 2019/02/23 10:23:11

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Virgin Voyages - Scarlet Lady To Set Sail In 2020 Virgin Group Founder Sir Richard Branson and Virgin Voyages President and CEO Tom McAlpin announced that Virgin Voyages is officially open for business, with the company’s first ship, Scarlet Lady, now open for bookings for her inaugural season, with voyages departing from April 1 through October 25, 2020 now on sale. “I’ve dreamed of starting my own cruise line since I was in my 20’s, and now the launch is finally getting close,” said Richard Branson, Founder of Virgin Voyages. “We have taken the time to think about every detail and craft an experience that brings the Virgin brand to life and disrupts the travel industry.” Virgin Voyages will offer a cheeky and cheerful approach to service, as well as an inclusive approach to sea travel that removes pesky add-ons. Its Sailors will enjoy free food at the 20+ eateries onboard, free group fitness classes, no gratuities or service charges, free Wifi and free basic beverages like soda, teas, and drip coffee, as well as still and sparkling water. “At Virgin Voyages we are going beyond just great design, to defy and redefine luxury to be rebellious luxe,” said Tom McAlpin, President and CEO of Virgin Voyages. “This new luxury is about knowing you are taken care of, that you’re never being nickel and dimed, and what you want, even some of the things you didn’t know you wanted, are already taken care of for you.” In conjunction with opening bookings for sale, Virgin Voyages revealed that all voyages will feature The Beach Club at Bimini, a Virgin Voyages experience in Bimini, Bahamas. There, Sailors can enjoy an epic beach day and/or explore the island flavour and culture of Bimini and its turquoise blue waters. While on ship, Virgin Voyages Sailors will have the opportunity to choose from a festival-like lineup of all-new completely original Events & Gigs

developed by some of the world’s most-talked about producers, directors and artists in the expansion of the company’s Creative Collective. Virgin Voyages’ entertainment Creative Collective includes Jenny Gersten, Randy Weiner, Sam Pinkleton, Ani Taj, PigPen Theatre Co, The 7 Fingers, Roslyn Hart and Alfredo Guenzani and the Spark Cooperative. Sir Richard Branson will celebrate his birthday bash among celebrity friends and fellow Sailors aboard a four-night Havana After Dark voyage departing July 15, 2020. Sailors are invited to book their passage aboard this one-of-a-kind trip by visiting

Offshore Gas Find To Boost Garden Route Property Markets

While it is still early days, the exciting news around the Total gas find off the coast of Mossel Bay is set to be a major boost for the Garden Route property markets according to Seeff’s licensees. Stephen Larkin, an expert in Southern Africa oil and gas exploration and CEO of Africa New Energies has said that the discovery, which could hold 1-billion barrels of gas-condensate, will bring at least R1-trillion to the SA economy over the next 20 years. He said further that Southern Africa had become the hottest destination for hydrocarbon exploration in the world and the economic benefits of this catalytic find could be significant.

For the Garden Route, this would bring huge opportunity and skills programs to assist with upliftment which will job opportunities that will require housing and infrastructure to assist with the demand, says Pieter Jordaan, principal of Seeff George. Early bird investors will reap the benefits of an already fast-growing area. The pre-planning stage is more important than anything else, he says. This will include infrastructure, sewerage plants, land for housing and commercial activities, schools, hospitals and most of all water availability. George is seen as an excellent alternative to Cape Town for semigrating buyers for a number of reasons including value for money, security and the laid-back lifestyle. George offers a diverse and well developed property market that caters for every buyer demographic and price range, he says further. Older sectional title property can for example still be found from around R650,000 and houses from around R900,000, but there are plenty of modern developments and estates where you can find stunning family and golf estate houses, generally in the R2m-R6m range to about R8m for a sea view property. George also has a busy rental market with tenants needing accommodation across a broad spectrum, from apartments and townhouses to luxury homes in estates where landlords can achieve rental returns of up to R20,000-R30,000/ month. There is no doubt that the gas project will further boost this market, he says. Kaaiman Schutte, principal for the Mossel Bay area says that Seeff has already seen year-on-year sales growth of 20% with January 2019, the best sales month in four years. The Total gas condensate find is indeed good news for the local economy and for real estate, he says. The potential boost to Petro SA and the local economy will stimulate an even bigger demand for rental housing and also attract more buyers to the property market.

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Fine & Country Helderberg Unbeatable At Annual Fine & Country Awards Fine & Country Sub-Saharan Africa hosted its Annual Awards at Buitengeluk Lifestyle Centre in Gauteng on Thursday, 14 March 2019 to recognise the hardworking contribution of its members throughout 2018.

Once again, the Fine & Country Helderberg team were a force to be reckoned with, walking away with no less than 15 awards. Having merged their two offices together last year, the new premises at 83 Andries Pretorius Street, Somerset West, won the coveted Best Branded Office Award. Sales Director and Principal, Kelly Reifarth (Harris) was awarded Best Brand Ambassador - one of the top awards of the evening - and also received Top 20 Membership for Sales by Unit Turnover as well as Sales by Rand Value. Other winners from the Helderberg office were Property consultant, Simoné Croeser who tied in 3rd place for Sales by Unit Turnover and Top 20 Membership for Sales by Rand Value. The 1st Place Rentals Rand value Top 10 Membership was awarded to Roxanne Lynott while 2nd place went to Michonne Eatwell of Schonenberg in association with the Fine & Country office. Michonne claimed 1st position in the Rentals Unit Turnover Top 10 Membership Award with Roxanne following closely in 2nd position. Overall the Award for rental agent of the year went to Roxanne Lynott with the Helderberg Office taking 2nd place for rental office of the year. Helderberg also proudly took 1st place in the newly added Administration Award, which was handed to Carol Sumner and placed in the top 3 for Best Marketing and Promotions Category. Moving into their 5th year as Fine & Country Helderberg, the above-mentioned awards is testimony to the hard work and exemplary service the team delivers and it is because of this commitment that they continue to go from strength to strength. Congratulations to the Team of Fine & Country Helderberg.

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From Cradle of Humankind to Cradle of Human Culture

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Wesgro’s Destination Marketing Unit in partnership with the Department of Economic Development and Tourism (DEDAT), the provincial Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport (DCAS) and the Cradle of Humankind WHS, is set to officially launch the Cradle of Human Culture route in April 2019. To launch the Cradle of Human Culture a micro-site will be developed detailing information on the experience. To support in marketing the initiative a short video, imagery and a booklet will be shared on social media channels and other digital platforms. Three archaeological sites in the Western Cape - Blombos Cave, Pinnacle Point Site Complex on the south coast, and the Diepkloof Rock Shelter on the Cape West Coast – together preserve some of the world’s earliest evidence of evolution Photo Credit: West Coast Fossil Park

of modern human behaviour and for this reason they are in the process of being nominated for World Heritage Site status. Boasting ornately decorated ostrich eggs, marine shell beads, engraved ochre, bone tools and finely made bifacial points are just some of the archaeological treasures found at these sites, which display complex task processing and development of symbolic systems. As the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) nomination mentions, these sites hold an “unmatched record of palaeoenvironmental and human history in an important phase of human evolution, the development of anatomically modern humans”. Not limited to the fore mentioned sites, the dawn of human culture stretches across all six regions of the province with sites such as the West Coast Fossil Park - home to one of the world’s richest concentration of fossils dating back 5-million years - taking us into the past. Museums such as the Zeitz MOCAA, with its incredible collection of contemporary art, add a new dynamic by giving us a glimpse of the present and the not-too distant future.

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SWAPPING SUBURBIA FOR LIFE ON A SAILBOAT Travelling and living in different countries has taught me that we can get by with much less than we think. Adventure is always worth the challenge. Some challenges are so daunting to most people that for those who dare take the chance, it is uncharted and therefor incredibly exciting and rewarding. Most importantly change is never as scary as it seems. Humans are far more adaptable than we give ourselves credit for. This is why we find ourselves living permanently on our sailboat, Pluto. We are equipped with a gimbal gas oven with two stove top burners, an 84litre camping style fridge/freezer, ample space for provisioning, including netting hanging from the ceiling for fruit and vegetables. Our two cabins can accommodate 4 people easily (twin size beds in each), a shower/toilet (called head in nautical terms) and a saloon (dining area) complete with collapsible table that seat about 6 people fairly comfortably. We move around Pluto with ease and the smaller space also means less stuff to clean, less belongings to worry over and less clutter in our heads. The aft-deck gives us easy access to the water for a snorkel or a swim and the cockpit is well protected from wind and water and have seen many dinners and unplanned parties, including the past New Years’ in Knysna with some family and friends. Photo: Taking ownership of Pluto in 2017

There are a lot of things you have to let go when you sell up and move onto a sailboat. For a start; your 1800-watt hairdryer, high heels and crisp white and perfectly ironed clothes. Your sense of adventure and a great deal of patience and adaptability? Double up on those. So why would someone give up the comforts of suburban bliss in exchange for an ever-moving home exposed to all the elements nature can possibly throw at you and venture off to explore the Indian Ocean Islands on a 36ft sailboat?

We get to shore by means of an inflatable dinghy with an 8hp outboard motor when we are on anchor. When we are sailing, it is packed away on the foredeck along with spare diesel and water supplies. We are mostly self-sufficient, making our own water and electricity from solar and wind. We use local markets to shop and try to practice a more conscious, sustainable life. We explore where we are, when we can, and live by our own rules. My wardrobe is substantially smaller than two years ago; no heels, no washing machine and very little clothes that need ironing, but our horizons? So much wider.

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CORPORATE SLAVE TURNED STUNT WOMAN Jumping off buildings, doing fight scenes and being set on fire are all in a day’s work for film industry stunt woman Lana Katz. Thirty-three year old, born and bred Cape Townian (originally from Durbanville, now living in Table View) is not your typical woman. She has a mixture of beauty, strength, passion, and pure athletic talent. She has the potential to help change the ridiculous stereotype that strong, toned woman are unattractive and masculine. When Lana Katz meets somebody new, invariably the conversation focuses solely on what she does for a living. That’s because stunt work for the film industry sounds exciting and dangerous. And that’s why Lana trains twice a day, five days a week; because she needs to be in top physical shape in order to do her job. What is even more interesting about Lana’s job is that she only took up stunt work a few years ago, having previously worked in the advertising industry. However, at the age of 27 she decided to follow a new path. After a divorce in 2013, Lana decided to follow her dream of being a Stunt Performer. Along the way, fitness and healthy living became her life. Lana is constantly training, setting goals and learning new ways in which to push her body - from Crossfit, Weightlifting, Yoga, Surfing to Mixed Martial Arts. She’s always learning new skills and being amazed at what the body can actually achieve. Lana is living proof that it’s never too late to change your life and start something new! “The way I look at it, I train to work and work to train, so I am always looking to increase my skills and ensure my physical fitness. Healthy body = healthy mind,” says Lana. Lana's life revolves around 2 mottos; “Anything is Possible” and “Dreams become Reality”. Winner of Ms Figure & runner up in Miss Bikini at Fitness America 2017 in Las Vegas, she wants to help people realize that it’s never too late to make a change and there’s no such thing as a dream too big. “If you can dream it, you can achieve it!” Lana can be seen on the brand new reality TV show “The Longest Date” Season 1 which is currently airing on SABC3 Monday nights at 19h30. 16 Contestants are paired as 8 couples battle it out for R100 000. While some pairs are perfect, a few mismatches have been thrown in for mischief. The couples spend two weeks in beautiful Mpumalanga taking part in adventure sports challenges during a series of dates. If you think adventure is dangerous, try dating! Does Lana have what it takes to walk away as the ultimate winner? Stay tuned to find out more.

WATERSTONE VILLAGE SHOPPING CENTRE EXPANDING Waterstone Village Shopping Centre in Somerset-West will be extended with a further 1132m² of retail and a raised parking deck above the existing parking area in front of the Virgin Active Gym building. The project started on 4 March and proposed completion date is September 2019. Access to the deck will be taken from two positions, firstly, from the existing slip lane from Main Road and, secondly, from within the existing parking area. The existing parking area will become a “semi-basement”, with the open parking deck above. This will effectively form a podium to the gym building. Additional parking will also be added at the back of the Shopping centre, against the Schonenberg wall. “By adding the deck and parking behind we will be able to provide an additional 150 parking bays which the Local authority insisted on.” Transport planning: Upgrades will be done to Main Road/R44 and the Main Road/ Lobelia Street intersection to help with the flow of traffic. This project is intensive but well overdue. “We will have six months of interruptions but we are doing this to keep Waterstone Village the number one Centre in the Helderberg.”




SOUND WAVES - MEDICINE OF THE FUTURE Example: Heading an article by Robert Mc Kie, Science Editor at “The Guardian”, 31 October 2015: “High power sound waves used to blast cancer cells” confirms that the medical field is starting to appreciate this astounding source of healing. This is just 1 of countless similar findings all over the world.” SOUNDWAVES HEALTH CLINIC on the Gordon’s Bay beachfront uses the most advanced elements of Frequency Therapy. You can have a full body scan and treatment with truly front-line technology.

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Our Foundational Scan examines every system in your body, even your eyes, skin, teeth etc.; search-

FREQUENCIES… Mysterious elements invisible to the eye, yet present in every object – human, animal, plant or rock; body organs, bacteria, viruses…indeed, every single thing that has been created. Today, technology even allows us to hear the beautiful “songs” generated by the vibrations, or frequencies, of the planets and stars resonating through the universe!

ing for the source of your problem; equipping you with information about your own body. That means your treatment starts at the source, not the symptoms, with no meds, no discomfort – just pure relaxation!

Huge scientific strides since mid-20th century have allowed mankind to exploit this phenomenon in numerous arenas – including Frequency Medicine (also known as Bio-resonance/Energy Medicine); thus sparking fresh interest in a natural, noninvasive, non-artificial approach to good health care. How does it work? The answer is based on 1 simple fact: Every single object vibrates at its own unique RESONANT FREQUENCY. The frequencies at which viruses/bacteria etc. can be killed have been mathematically determined many decades ago. This means medical disorders can be treated by pulsing specific frequencies (sound waves) into the body, thus destroying microbes and other pathogens – even tumours, benign or malignant. Consequently, there is now much more hope for healing in a world where viruses/ bacteria are mutating so rapidly that science can’t keep up with developing new antibiotics. Sound waves are not only used for treating physical illness, but even emotional disorders, i.e. depression, anxiety, ADHD and many more. Because of the harmony between body and mind, the one always influences the other. Frequency Therapy can take care of both …without chemical invasion. Can this type of therapy treat cancer? YES! Globally, Frequency Therapy is used effectively in the fight against cancer.

A further great benefit: our scan includes a “pap smear”, “mammogram”, or “prostate check” - ALL done with frequencies; NO bodily invasion. Early detection is especially crucial for successful treatment in case of a life-threatening disease or tumour. For people suffering from arthritis, rheumatism and painful joints, our Low Level (Cold) Laser Therapy and Millimetre Waves can ease your discomfort while we deal with the root of your problem. Our brand new website is waiting for you to explore the fascinating world of Frequency Therapy.

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This is true “medicine”: not only of the future, but most assuredly also for the here and now! The articles and information on our website will give you insight into our range of work, and help you understand that there is a better way to good health. “You need sound information to make sound choices!”

Why? Frequencies are able to kill the cancer cell: without radiation/chemotherapy; thus no hair loss, no nausea, no scars from surgery - no side-effects! (This does not preclude life-saving surgery when necessary). In fact, many health professionals and scientists are growing excited about the seemingly inexhaustible ways sound waves are enhancing human (and animal) health!

Charl de Villiers, distinguished Therapist in Bio-resonance Medicine, has a proven track record in this field ranging over 2 decades – read more of his “story” on our website. He keeps abreast of new developments by constant research, and is steadily working his way toward his Doctorate in Energy Medicine and Bio- Resonance. Sharing his vision and enthusiasm, his wife and business partner Anne-Marie sees to the smooth running of the daily schedule. They feel blessed, being able to offer genuine hope to countless people. SoundWaves Health Clinic: Suite 6, Old Cape Mall, 33 Beach Rd, Gordon’s Bay Enquiries and bookings: 083 267 9745 Email: Website: Article by Anne-Marie de Villiers

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Indlovu Gin – made in Africa, designed by elephants Translated from several African languages, ‘Indlovu’ means elephant. Whilst sipping on her G&T on safari in Kenya, watching a herd of elephants quietly grazing, Paula recalls the game ranger telling them about the elephants’ foraging habits. Although elephants graze constantly throughout the day only a small percentage of what they consume is actually digested. This led to Paula’s lightbulb moment of researching and eventually creating an elephant dung-based gin, together with her ‘partner in crime’, husband Les. Elephant dung is known to be brewed as a tea in Africa, as well as being used in traditional medicine for its remarkable healing properties. These medicinal qualities have been ascribed to the large variety of fruit and plants that an elephant consumes throughout the day. That same Savannah vegetation gives the Indlovu Gin its uniquely wooded, earthy flavours. The gin is a crystal clear golden colour, with aromas of Juniper, citrus, grassy and an element of earthiness. A world first - this handcrafted, juniper led twice infused, distilled gin is made from elephant dung. Borne out of a ‘what if’ moment by ‘Ginnovators’ Dr Les Ansley and Professor Paula Ansley, whilst on a family safari, has resulted in something so unique you can’t help wanting to discover more. In an increasingly crowded market, the key differentiator is that the botanicals used in the gin are selectively foraged by elephants, then extracted and cleansed from their dung for infusion. Under the guidance of leading ‘Gin Master’, Roger Jorgenson, the Ansleys created Indlovu Gin – an innovative gin that incorporates the foraging habits of the world’s largest land animal.

On the palate are a blend of flavours such as Juniper, Angelica, citrus with earthy undertones and spice from the elephants’ favourite foraged botanicals. “A sip of our gin will transport you to sundowners in the tranquillity of the African bush,” says Les. As Les and Paula are passionate about wildlife and biodiversity, it became important to them that the brand underpins a strong conservation message. Therefore, 15% of the profits from the sale of the gin will be donated to the Africa Foundation to support their work in conservation through the Phinda Wildlife Project. For more information o visit

Benguela Cove launches new bespoke wines Treasure Benguela on 6 April 2019 sees the launch of Benguela Cove’s limited release wines – Vinography and Catalina. But where did the idea for these wines start? Winemaker Johann Fourie thought about naming his small batch wines like any dad would ponder about the name of his first born. Not that this would be the first time he pushes the boundaries, but it would be the first time that Benguela Cove would highlight vineyards with a trajectory of consistent quality. “Benguela Cove wines communicate a ‘somewhereness’ - that innate quality that exudes destination, telling you where this wine is from,” says Fourie. Those who followed Benguela Cove growing up as a brand, would’ve noticed a few changes along the way, moving away from black and gold to echo its home with sandy and deep ocean blue colours. It has been well received as a sophisticated identity true to the message of fine wines produced from a cool wine region. “Winemaking is an ongoing process. One can never become complacent and always need to investigate the road less travelled and try new things outside your comfort zone. This is what Vinography is all about.” Vinography serves as a diary of both winemaker and nature. If one can tear a page from their winemaking book on a day they strayed from the textbook, this is what it would look like. It represents everything that became instrumental in completing a wine – from vineyard to cellar. The SA Platter’s Five Star Winner, Benguela Cove Catalina Semillon represents exceptional quality and longevity while honouring the history that etched the land on which Benguela Cove is built today. The lagoon that borders the estate was used as a base during WW2 for Catalina flying boats. Of the fourteen soldiers stationed at the base, three returned to marry South African women. “Catalina is not driven by experiments like we try to achieve with Vinography. This is rather a consistent approach to reward a vineyard that always produces quality. It is produced from a single vineyard that has been a champion at the SA Young wine show for consecutive years.”

@TheWineSamarie - I say Syrah, you say Shiraz It is the charm of both styles that makes this a challenging category to judge, but all the more reason for the judges to be thoroughly prepared to navigate themselves through the wines and to put themselves in the winemakers shoe with every wine that passes their nose. What makes it quintessentially cool climate? What are those luscious attributes you get from a warmer region? And where lay those subtleties (captured through excellent winemaking) that highlight the best of both worlds? This is why Shiraz SA introduced its new slogan: I say Syrah, you say Shiraz. The organisation was created as a platform for producers to share knowledge and at the same time create a stronger consumer awareness. This includes an annual technical workshop for industry members to discuss trends and the latest technology.

South Africans love Shiraz – so much so it is worth having an annual competition to identify the best of the best. This competition also “spills” some light on the array of styles made in South Africa. Syrah and Shiraz is made from the same grape albeit there are certain stylistic differences that distinguish the two. The French made it famous as Syrah in the Rhone valley – more reserved in style with its delicious fruit core hemmed with a savoury note and familiar spicy edge that adds a delicate perfume. The Australians are famous for their Shiraz – more robust and fruit-forward in style that exudes a typical ripeness that its followers love. It doesn’t mean that either of these styles is exclusive to one country and South Africa has proven that both can be mastered in our diverse southern “terroir-tories”.

The judging for the SA Shiraz Challenge commence on 9 April where single cultivars as well as blends from different regions will be judged. The outcome will be 12 distinctive examples that capture the essence of this grape in South Africa. The 2019 panel consist of Dr Andy Roediger (Cape Wine Master) as chairman, Charles Hopkins (cellar master De Grendel), Edmund Terblanche (cellar master La Motte, Chairman Shiraz SA) Samarie Smith (wine writer, brand manager at Benguela Cove) Claus Fischer (International Judge Germany, Mundus Vini), Jeanne-Mari de Villiers (consultant, owner VinJeanne), Elsie Pells (Cape Wine Master) and Morgan Steyn, a Cape Wine Guild Protégé and 8th judge. Producers who are game to take full advantage of the approaching winter will take part in the annual Seven Days of Shiraz and Venison – celebrated between 10 and 16 June. With more than 700 shiraz of syrah wines to choose from, this event is supported by more than 30 producers, each curating their own program to pair their style of wine with a quintessential South African dish. Every producer will have the freedom to celebrate this the way they see fit. Menus will see various expressions of venison whether it be Springbok shanks, a kudu rump or slow braised meat used in arancini or a hearty ragout. For more information visit



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escape to the farm with spier’s new winter package

Winter is Spier’s secret season — a time for slowing down. Hibernate by the fire in your cosy hotel room. Watch the oak leaves fall on the Werf. Enjoy lungfuls of crisp, clean air as you stroll by the river or cycle through pastures. Feast on farmto-table food matched with beautiful wines. Make the most of the season with Spier’s Winter package — an incredible value getaway aimed at recharging and rejuvenating even the most stressed of city slickers.

As I arrive at Spier, the Helderberg mountains are aglow with the early morning’s sunlight. I pull into the empty parking lot and breathe in the calm before the day starts. Outside, the air is crisp and earthy. About Emma-Jane Emma-Jane is a Cape Town based photographer, and occasional blogger on Emmajanenation, which she started in 2008. After finishing a design degree eight years ago, Emma-Jane briefly dipped her toe in the advertising world before pursuing a full-time career in photography. She enjoys a cold glass of bubbly and weekends away in the mountains. Her dream is to open her own fine art photography print shop this year.

AS I WALK ACROSS THE WERF’S GLITTERING GRASS, I CRUNCH ON THE LEAVES THAT HAVE FALLEN FROM STATELY OLD OAKS. The day starts at the Farm Kitchen with a flat white from the friendly barista, and a quick hello to the ladies behind the deli counter, as they set down the still-warm bread from Vadas and start prepping the day’s salads.

Coffee done, we head out to seek stories — each fresh yet so steeped in history. As the sun flirts with the gathering clouds, we dance among the gold-leafed vines and ride bikes past sculptures and 300-year-old buildings. We rest with a glass of Signature Cabernet Sauvignon by the Hotel bar’s roaring fire. We stop at Eight for food photographs featuring the season’s bounty, feasting on farm fresh butters and wholesome, hearty flavours. I leave Spier with tired legs, a full memory card and belly, and the biggest smile. No matter the season, each shoot I’ve done at Spier over the last three years has been an adventure — always involving delicious food and wine served with the warmth and friendliness I consider hallmarks.


The package includes: • Wholesome breakfasts at the hotel, crafted by our chefs • Lunch at Eight – Spier’s renowned farm-to-table restaurant • A Signature wine-tasting at the Tasting Room • A pampering treatment at the Spier Spa • Two nights in a Signature Room at Spier Hotel • During your free time, explore the farm on foot, by bike or Segway — or read a book by the fire! The Spier Winter package costs just R1 720 per person sharing per night (for a 2-night stay) and is valid until 31 September 2019.

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VADAS Winter Special

From Monday to Saturday, VADAS is slashing 50% of its Chef’s Platter! For just R200pp - you save R195! you can feast on: • Smoked corn and goat cheese arancini • Smoked harissa chicken wings • Beets with feta, grapes and pistachio • Beans and radish salad, sourdough crumb and Caesar dressing • Smoked brisket and BBQ sauce • Pork belly with apple ketchup Ingredients change depending on availability. This offer is available from 1st May - 30th August, and excludes Sundays and Public Holidays.

Book now: 021 809 1137/

The ingredients used at Vadas Smokehouse & Bakery is at the heart of everything the restaurant does. It’s about local, high-quality and ethically sourced ingredients to make delicious dishes.

and vegans. All the vegetables he uses are grown organically in Spier’s food gardens or close by. Surplus veggies are fermented or pickled to use in future dishes, ensuring as little food waste as possible.

Vadas’s collaboration with Spier is central to achieving this. Farmer Angus supplies all our beef, pork, chicken and eggs. “Although it’s the fashion to be sustainable and organic, at Spier we really do achieve that” says PJ Vadas, Vadas’s owner and executive chef. The restaurant works closely with the butchery on Spier farm and allows for a ‘farm-to-butchery-to-table’ experience. This enables the chefs to work with the whole animal, from noseto-tail.

Guests are also treated to scrumptious seafood. Vadas Smokehouse & Bakery was one of the first supporters of Abalobi – an initiative enabling small-scale fishers the ability to track environmental events that affect their fishing as well as maritime, safety, local development market opportunities.

Although meats are a large focus, Chef PJ Vadas is increasingly known for his innovative and modern vegetarian dishes and has a loyal following of both vegetarians

Abalobi has replaced the middle-man between the chef and the fisherman. Chef PJ receives a daily alert as to what fish is being caught, and places and receives his order within a few hours. Vadas’ fish of the day is determined by whatever is available through Abalobi that morning, and is always served fresh.

pizza nights

Each Friday night at Vadas Smokehouse & Bakery is pizza night. Served from 18.00 until close, these are no ordinary pizzas. The pizza bases are sourdough — made with stoneground flour and fermented for 48 hours. Buffalo mozzarella is sourced from Buffalo Ridge, the only water buffalo dairy in South Africa and the country’s only producer of buffalo mozzarella. All meat products used are from Farmer Angus, raised on Spier Wine Farm. You can choose from five different pizzas such as The Fat Butcher (bianco base with creamed leaks, salsa verde, bone marrow, thyme and smoked cheddar) or The Porky (a tomato base with buffalo mozzarella, Farmer Angus bacon, avo and feta). Your pizza can be paired with a selection of Spier wines including the Farm House Organic Chenin Blanc, Rosé or Straw Wine.


give hope, take home a tree Tree-preneurs, a Spier Growing for Good learning initiative, teaches members of impoverished communities – Tree-preneurs – how to care for indigenous plants. You can support this project by taking home one of the trees displayed at the Spier Farm Kitchen in return for a donation. The money you give goes towards food vouchers, clothing, bicycles, educational support and other essentials that are exchanged with the growers once the seedlings they’ve been given to nurture are big enough.



Fresh salmon (or rainbow trout, as a substitute) is a royal treat and it is so very easy to prepare. The cream cauliflower puree is super tasty, carb-free and much more elegant than regular mashed potatoes — the perfect dinner party main course when paired with Creative Block 2.

To plate:

Spoon some warm cauli puree on a plate, then top with a piece of cooked salmon. Spoon some of the sauce over the top and scatter with more fresh dill.

(Serves 4. Prep/cooking time: 30 minutes.)

Serve immediately with a glass of Spier Creative Block 2.


About the wine: Creative Block 2


This Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon offers aromas of gooseberries, limes and white peaches, with underlying notes of fynbos and a touch of white asparagus delivering serious depth. The palate is young and tropical, leading to a long, mineral tail that is tight and structured.

• 1 large head of cauliflower, cut into florets • 1 cup (250 ml) fresh cream • 1/2 teaspoon (2,5 ml) salt • a grinding of black pepper FOR THE DILL BUTTER SAUCE:

• 125 g butter, melted • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) fresh dill, finely chopped (plus more for serving) • 2 teaspoons (10 ml) honey • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) fresh lemon juice (plus a few lemon wedges for serving) • salt & pepper

From R110. Available from leading supermarkets, or online from


• 1 tablespoon (15 ml) olive oil • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) butter • 600-800 g fresh salmon / trout steak, cut into 4 portions • salt & pepper Method

Place the cauliflower, cream and salt in a medium size pot and bring to a boil. Simmer over low heat, covered with a lid, for about 10-15 minutes or until tender. Place the cooked cauliflower and cream in a food processor and process to a smooth puree (or use a stick blender). Taste and adjust the seasoning if necessary, also adding black pepper if needed. Set aside. Mix the melted butter, dill, honey and lemon juice in a small jug, then season with salt & pepper and stir well. Set aside (can be reheated in the microwave oven if the butter starts to set). Heat the olive oil and butter in a large non-stick pan, then fry the fish skin-side down over medium-high heat for about 3-4 minutes depending on the thickness of the steaks. Season with salt & pepper. Turn the steaks over carefully, then cover with a lid and remove from the heat to steam for about 2 minutes. The fish should still be slightly pink in the centre.




The wall outside the Spier Artisan Studio is now home to a new mural by acclaimed artist Liza Grobler. Made with mixed materials, JUST ADD WATER depicts Spier’s historic and ecological setting. The Eerste River which flows through Spier is represented as a vivid blue line that form the artwork’s spine. Its prominence highlights the importance of this river to the farm and its surroundings, emphasising the importance of water as a means of life-giving nourishment and connection. The drawing is executed in monochrome with details in smalti (glass mosaic) which pay homage to the artisan studio within the building. Hand-painted ceramic tiles capture intimate corners of Spier’s historic farmyard — the Werf, while porcelain cones provide a habitat for indigenous plants that will grow around the “river”. Currently containing succelents, these cones will in the future feature South African plants sourced from Tree-preneurs, a Spier Growing for Good Learning Initiative which teaches members of impoverished communities how to care for indigenous plants. Liza was a participant of the Spier Artists Patronage Programme, in which we offer support over an extended period (of four to five years) to artists we consider to be exceptional and who we believe will benefit significantly from the freedom provided by a supportive patron.

Liza’s work — which has been exhibited extensively both at home and abroad — blurs the traditions of craft and fine art, and breathes new life into discarded, massproduced materials through traditional craft techniques like crochet, beading and weaving. Her work explores the tangible qualities of materials and the connections between people, artworks and the world around us; her installations creating dialogues with the spaces in which they are displayed. The viewer is encouraged to travel with her into an imaginary world where fact and fiction become one, everything is in flux, and anything is possible. In addition to JUST ADD WATER, there are numerous works by Liza showcased across Spier. In 2015, she also curated, Decor-Z — an exhibition in the Spier Farm Kitchen featuring her own work along with five other leading South African artists.




Spend a long weekend on one of Stellenbosch’s oldest wine farms, and enjoy an abundance of activities with your family. From delicious farm-style meals and an Easter Egg hunt to encounters with eagles and awe-inspiring artworks, every minute is play time for children. Here’s ten things to do with kids at Spier this Easter:

1. Inspired by the delicious bounty of the sea and the richness of Cape Malay culinary heritage, this Good Friday feast features braaied snoek, mouthwatering mussels, seasonal salads and so much more. 2. See the dancing owls at the Eagle Encounters, a bird-of-prey rehabilitation and conservation project, which also hosts daily flying displays in which you can participate. 3. While the adults indulge in a chocolate and wine tasting of our Creative Block blends, the little ones can enjoy a grape juice tasting and learn more about our farm with an educational colouring sheet. 4. Farmer Angus’s pasture-reared favourites from the fire take centre stage at the Easter Spit Braai Dinner Buffet on Saturday, 20 April 2019: think fire-roasted

pork belly, chicken kebabs, tender lamb, and more. Not to be outdone, though, are the deliciously inventive seasonal salads and freshly baked bread and cinnamon buns. Come hungry! 5. Admire some art: Amongst many noteworthy works and installations, we have an interactive musical rock sculpture installation, The Songsmith, which plays music when the rocks are stroked. The children will be enchanted! They are also welcome to visit the Spier Artisan Studio, where mosaic artisans showcase their work in progress. 6. Shop for souvenirs: The Craft Market sells beautiful local woodwork, beaded items and ceramics – all handmade. 7. Take part in our annual Easter Egg Hunt around our restored historic farmyard at the Werf on Sunday 21 April at 11:00. Explore the beautiful lawns, boulders and buildings or search the food garden for hidden delights. Kids joining their parents for Easter lunch at Spier join the hunt for free. If you are just joining us for the hunt, children under 5 pay R50 while those between 6 and 12 pay R100.

8. Spend Easter Sunday with your loved ones at Spier. Choose between a hearty, farm-to-table lunch at Eight, a braaied lunch in the Manor House Courtyard, or an Easter picnic to be enjoyed on the Werf lawns. There are specially-designed kiddies menus at each that will be sure to please our young VIP’s. Children booking for the set lunches can join in the Easter Egg Hunt, starting at 11:00, for free. 9. Long weekends call for sleeping in but, trust us, you don’t want to miss the opportunity to explore the Spier farm on a Segway. Want to give your teens a taste of the fast lane? They’re guaranteed to love this: it’s undoubtedly the coolest way to do a breezy lap around the farm. On this exhilarating glide past our pastures and vineyards against the backdrop of the soaring Helderberg, you’ll also learn about Spier’s natural farming practices and commitment to a sustainable future. Contact 021 809 1157 or visit www. to book. 10. Head home with some hot cross buns from Vadas Smokehouse & Bakery. Lightly spiced, filled with mixed dried fruit and glazed with a sticky syrup, these fluffy, soft buns are a special addition to the bakery menu during April. R10 each - buy 5 and get one free.



Segway Early Bird Special 9am Farm Tour (1 hour) @ R300 p/p (Normal rate: R375 p/p. 20% discount.) Includes a breakfast bun from the Spier Farm Kitchen.

Segway Tours - South African Family Special This one-hour tour combines a beautiful glide through the farm, to the first block of vineyards, with some interesting facts about Spier’s farming techniques. From R299 p/p (four people minimum), available between May - Aug 2019.







twilight trail run

Our 4 or 8km walk or fun run trail races take you past Spier’s pastures and vineyards against the backdrop of the majestic Helderberg mountains. Great wines, craft beers and food available from the Vadas Smokehouse & Bakery or the Spier Farm Kitchen. Time: 19:00 Place: Spier Farm Kitchen Cost: R100pp - 8km, R60 - 4km


good friday seafood buffet

Inspired by the delicious bounty of the sea and the richness of Cape Malay culinary heritage, this feast features braaied snoek, mouthwatering mussels, seasonal salads and so much more.. Time: 18:30 Place: Spier Hotel Restaurant Cost: R380 per adult; R150 per child under 12


easter spit braai dinner buffet

Farmer Angus’s pasture-reared favourites from the fire take center stage at this feast: think fire-roasted pork belly, chicken kebabs, tender lamb, and more. Not to be outdone, though, are the deliciously inventive seasonal salads and freshly baked bread and cinnamon buns. Come hungry! Time: 18:30 Place: Spier Hotel Restaurant Cost: R380 per adult; R150 per child under 12


easter egg hunt

Kids are invited to join Spier’s annual Easter Egg Hunt on the rolling lawns of Spier’s farmyard, the Werf. For those having lunch on the farm, participation is free. For kids just doing the hunt, there is a small fee.

kids between 6 -12. Kids joining their parents for Easter lunch at Spier join the hunt for free.

under 12 (includes Easter Egg Hunt)


easter courtyard lunch

As you enjoy live music and catching up with your family and friends, tuck into a feast in our historic courtyard. Expect pasture-reared meats from the braai, a bounty of seasonal veg and fresh salads — but be sure to save space for the decadent Easter-inspired desserts. Time: 12:00 Place: Spier Manor House Courtyard Cost: R410 per person; R200 per child


mother’s day lunch at eight restaurant

Tuck into a buffet feast featuring ingredients from the farm and nearby at Eight — from slow-braised pork and roasted root vegetables to oxtail potjie and Amarula milk tart. Each mom who joins us for lunch will receive a little gift to take home too! Time: 12:00 Place: Eight Restaurant Cost: R450 per adult; R200 per child

under 12 (includes Easter Egg Hunt)


Feast on hearty dishes made with delicious, seasonal and fresh ingredients at our acclaimed farm-to-table restaurant, Eight before tucking into the decadent desserts on offer. Time: 12:00 Place: Eight Restaurant Cost: R450 per adult and R200 per child

Time: 11:00 Place: Spier Werf Cost: R50 per kid under 5, and R100 for



easter harvest platter lunch

traditional easter picnic basket

Find a shady nook and spread out for a leisurely afternoon on the Werf lawn with a picnic hamper crammed with delicious Easter-inspired dishes, many of them made with ingredients from our farm. Kids are invited to join our Easter Egg Hunt as well as supervised games and play on the Werf. Time: 12:00 Place: Collect your hamper from the Spier

Farm Kitchen Cost: R600 per basket (includes a bottle of Spier Secret Sparkling or Signature wine); R180 per kiddies’ basket (includes games and Easter Egg Hunt)


mother’s day eagle encounters

Moms can enjoy a free cuddle with Wally, the world’s most lovable Wahlberg’s Eagle when visiting with hubby and kids. Gift vouchers available on request. Place: Eagle Encounters Cost: R80 for adults & R65 for kids.


mother’s day lunch at vadas

Treat Mom to a three-course set menu. Place: Vadas Smokehouse & Bakery. Cost: R395 per person BOOK: 021 809 1137 /


mother’s day spa special

Our indulgent Hibiscus and Blackcurrant Skin Renewal therapy is guaranteed to make Mom relaxed, rejuvenated and ready to take on the world. The two-hour treatment, which usually costs R1300, is available for just R940 for the whole month of May. It features: - Hot stone reflexology - Leg and foot softening scrub - Cocoa butter melt massage - Restoration back mask - A gift to take home Place: The Spa at the Spier Hotel Cost: R940 per person BOOK: 021 809 1100 or


mother’s day high tea at the hotel

Spoil Mom with an elegant High Tea — featuring the finest brews accompanied by dainty finger sandwiches, fresh scones, decadent macarons and much more. There’ll be a special surprise gift for Mom too. Time: 14:00 Place: Spier Hotel Cost: R300 per adult; R150 per child



father’s day eagle encounters

Dads can enjoy a free cuddle with Wally, the world’s most lovable Wahlberg’s Eagle when visiting with wife and kids. Gift vouchers available on request. time: Open daily from 9:30 - 17:00 Place: Eagle Encounters Cost: R80 for adults & R65 for kids.

conference guests event We hosted our annual Client Event in February. We were delighted to be able to showcase Spier’s warm farm-style hospitality, introduce guests to our Spier family and share how we are positively impacting the environment and community.


Eagle Encounters

1 Songsmith (Great Karoo)




7 Artisan Studio


Werf Cellar


Eight Restaurant


Craft Market

Wine Tasting

6 Spier Mosaic Kraal

Wine Collection Point


13 Manor House Old Wine Cellar

15 16 17 Amphitheatre


Spier Hotel


Spier Hotel Restaurant & Wine Bar


Wastewater Treatment Plant

19 Spier Spa

14. Vadas Smokehouse and Bakery

Conference Centre


Spier Shop


6. Mosaic kraal

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

Overlooking the Werf, this self-service restaurant offers dishes showcasing the quality of ethically and locally sourced ingredients. Cooking with fire and smoke takes centre stage with a delicious range of pasture-reared meats. There are organic vegetarian options, too, as well as freshly baked breads and pastries.

Vadas Smokehouse & Bakery


The country’s first permanent outdoor exhibition of mosaic features the works of 16 contemporary South African artists – all crafted by the Spier Arts Academy.


Spier Farm Kitchen


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


Segway Tours

2. Songsmith (Great Karoo)


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

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


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


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


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


Artist Jenna Burchell has transformed 12 ancient rocks from the Great Karoo into interactive sound sculptures that “sing” when you place a hand on them.

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


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


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


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

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

4. WINE COLLECTION POINT 5. SEGWAY TOURS The Segway PT (Personal Transporter) is a two-wheeled, self-balancing electric vehicle. The tour is a beautiful glide through the farm to the vineyards with some interesting facts about Spier’s farming practices and wastewater treatment plant on the way. Contact: 021 809 1157 or visit


Order your favourites from the comfort of your armchair – and get them delivered to your home. If you buy two or more cases, you qualify to join our Wine Club which offers a 15% discount on cellar door prices, free delivery and many more incredible benefits.

Sign up at or our Tasting Room. T&Cs apply.


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


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


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


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


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

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

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







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Start your day with a nutritious breakfast How often do you skip breakfast or grab a coffee and pastry on-the-go to stop the mid-morning hunger pains? Once a week? Twice? Everyday? ‘Breakfast’ literally means to ‘break the fast’ that occurs overnight. After approximately 12 hours without fuel, it’s easy to see why it’s called the most important meal of the day – providing the energy your body needs to get you going in the morning.

Power your brain - Improved mental performance, concentration and mood – three more reasons to enjoy a morning meal! Without breakfast, you may struggle to focus and are more likely to be irritable and tired. Breakfast helps to top up the energy stores that your body has used overnight to repair and renew. Vitamins and minerals also contribute to the reduction of fatigue.

Fuel your body - Kick-start your day with essential nutrients! As well as providing energy (calories), a healthy breakfast can give you the nutritional boost your body needs, including fibre, vitamins and minerals.

The F1 shake is available in 9 delicious flavours: Vanilla, Chocolate, Strawberry Tropical, Banana Cream, Cookies & Cream, Cappuccino, Raspberry & Blueberry, Toffee Apple & Cinnamon, Mint Chocolate Crunch and F1 Free From Vanilla.

Take control of your weight - Skipping or eating a breakfast that lacks essential nutrients can make you more likely to reach for unhealthy, high-calorie foods later on. In fact, research shows that individuals who consume a good quality breakfast tend to have a healthier daily food pattern than those who don’t.

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A blend of Cape Lifestyle and refined English charm, this picturesque retirement estate in Somerset West is nestled between mountain and sea and meets all of your practical and lifestyle requirements. The Lord Somerset Clubhouse, the heart of The Somerset, boasts a range of engaging amenities including a bar, lounge, restaurant, library & conference room, gym, and chapel. An on-site CPOA Care Centre ensures that your current and future care needs can be met through services such as assisted care options within your home, emergency care assistance, clinic services and full-time care.

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DECOREX CAPE TOWN REVEALS TRENDS TO LIGHT UP ANY SPACE When it comes to interior design, the final element that ties the room together - while enhancing the standout décor pieces - is lighting. The intricacies of this particular interior design item will be beautifully showcased by lighting experts, Fundi Light & Living at the 2019 Decorex Cape Town taking place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from 1-5 May 2019. “Over the past few years, we’ve enjoyed watching the emergence of lighting as a dominant design feature, rather than an afterthought,” said Sian Cullingworth, Portfolio Director at Reed Exhibitions. “The product variations, styles and materials available nowadays offer the perfect lighting solution for every interior and exterior space. We are thrilled to welcome Fundi Light & Living – leaders in this industry – to feature at the latest Decorex Cape Town installation, The Lighting Project.” Cathy Newton, Managing Director of Wire World – exclusive manufacturers and distributors of Fundi Light & Living - explained that the choice of lighting can completely transform the mood of any space: “To achieve the proper atmosphere, you need to first understand the different types of light and how they interact with each other. Ambient, functional and accent lighting all need to be considered when the function of the room is determined.” She said the incorrect lighting method could have disastrous effects on the overall feel: “A restaurant owner would not put harsh fluorescent lighting above his dining area tables, nor would a business owner put dark ambient lighting in his office area.”Fundi Light & Living share the top 3 lighting trends for 2019: Artisanal Lighting, Minimalism and Sustainability. Get to Decorex Cape Town where Fundi Light & Living will showcase a trendy selection of table lamps, floor lamps and pendants in The Lighting Project. Expect inspired lighting solutions such as woven lights in resin and recycled t-shirt yarn; contemporary lampstands in birch ply and sustainable oak; and lighting selections in wire, covered in a variety of fabrications – all of which are proudly South African made. In addition to The Lighting Project, Decorex Cape Town will feature: Decorex Urban Living Trend House with Sevens, InStudio Trend Theatre by ABSA, Children’s Playroom & Décor Project, The Trend Kitchen, Kitchen Design Project by the Studio Collection, The Bathroom Project, The Designer Project, Decorex International, Gourmet Cooking Theatre, Wine & Bubbly Bar furnished by Homewood, The Gin & Rum Garden and Design & Dine Restaurant + Bar.

EIGHT LARGER THAN-LIFE MONSTER JAM® TRUCKS HEAD TO SA Get ready for full throttle family fun when Monster Truck Juggernaut Monster Jam® tears through Cape Town on 27 April 2019 at the Cape Town Stadium. With the best truck line-up assembled for an international stadium performance, the show will feature eight of the world’s most famous Monster Jam trucks, including Monster Jam World Finals® champions, Grave Digger® and Max-DTM, providing an unforgettable experience for the entire family. Monster Energy, Gas Monkey GarageTM, Megaladon®, ZombieTM, El Toro Loco® and Monster Mutt Dalmatian® join the larger than life spectacular that takes place on specially-designed tracks that optimise mobility so the most recognisable trucks in the world can go head to head in wheelies, donuts, obstacle course racing and freestyle competitions pushing the Monster Jam trucks to their limits. The 2019 Monster Jam season sees trained, world-class international male and female athletes battle it out for supremacy on the track. They have mastered not only the physical strength and mental stamina needed to compete but the vital dexterity to control 4, 500 kg machines capable of doing backflips, vertical two-wheel skills and racing at speeds of up to 110 km per hour to produce jaw-dropping, live motor sports action seen around the world.

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CELEBRATE SA CHEESE FESTIVAL’S 18TH YEAR IN 2019! The popular South African Cheese Festival celebrates a huge milestone in 2019 – its 18th anniversary! Festivalgoers can look forward to a truly unique experience of cheese and more during the three-day festival from 26 April - 28 April 2019 at Sandringham outside Stellenbosch. Come and experience why this award-winning festival deserves its most recent accolade as the Cape Wineland’s “Festival of the Year”! Discover the biggest variety of local and international cheeses, explore exciting taste combinations, browse and buy the finest niche produce, and enjoy a relaxing day out with family and friends. The festival programme includes food theatres with tastings and presentations, live music, as well as fun activities such as the daily Ladismith Cheese carving competition. The festival times are from 10:00 to 18:00 daily. Sandringham is conveniently located next to the N1, Stellenbosch turn-off (exit 39), between Cape Town and Paarl. For more information visit

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7 reasons to get permanent residency in Europe Securing permanent residency in another country is very desirable as it allows the bearer of that residency permit the legal right to live indefinitely in that country, despite not being a citizen. A residency permit is a sought-after Plan B because it is effectively an insurance policy to be able to relocate to that country at any time without a visa required; and without having to go through the normal onerous immigration processes and procedures. Cyprus, an English-speaking ex-British colony, full EU member and not part of Greece, currently has THE BEST permanent residency programme available in Europe. The programme is an investment in real estate; and with Cyprus’ positive property growth, demand for long and short-term tenants, this offers a very attractive investment for the short, medium and long term.

Here are the 7 reasons why South Africans desire Cypriot permanent residency: 1. Permanent residency is secured in 6 – 8 weeks of making application. 2. It’s the only programme in Europe where 3 generations in the same family line ALL secure permanent residency on the same application. 3. The programme includes all dependent children up to age 25; as well as both the parents as well as the parents-in-law. 4. The permanent residency permits are FOR LIFE for everyone and they automatically renew. 5. You can rent the property out for short-term holiday market or the long term lets, thereby earning an attractive Euro-based income. 6. You only need to visit Cyprus 1 day every 2nd year for the residency permits to remain valid. 7. There is no inheritance tax so on your death you can dispose of your assets to your loved ones without having to pay the Cypriot government any death duty. This is very advantageous for legacy planning. Protect yourself, your family and your assets from unpredicted events by taking advantage of the opportunity to secure permanent residency in Cyprus. Think of getting dual citizenship as guaranteeing your family’s future. 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 Fast Track residency programme not only makes financial sense, but it will tangibly benefit your immediate family. Can you afford not to take advantage of this while the programme is still open? Cypriot Realty is a pioneer in actively and consistently promoting property opportunities primarily in Cyprus. They have successful been doing this from their Cape Town and Sandton offices since 2008. As a result, the company is recognised and respected as Southern Africa’s authoritative investment specialist for promoting Cyprus as an ideal destination for acquiring permanent residency/citizenship, property investment, immigration/ retirement and starting a European-based business.

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Enjoy the unbeatable views of Blaauwberg Beach Hotel

Bloubergstrand is now home to the newly opened Blaauwberg Beach Hotel. After years of speculation surrounding the formerly vacant property, guests are now able to enjoy the unbeatable views of Table Mountain and Robben Island.

With its 140 bedrooms, Blaauwberg Beach Hotel has something for everyone, all rooms boast sea views, either overlooking the iconic Table Mountain or historic Robben Island, with majority of rooms offering private balconies. All rooms are equipped with necessary amenities, including air-conditioning, hairdryers, robes, complimentary Wi-Fi, HD satellite television, tea and coffee facilities (including an espresso pod coffee machine), iron and ironing board as well as an in room safe. For the perfect dining experience, the hotel invites all guests from near and far to enjoy the Italian inspired Waves Restaurant, located on the ground floor of the hotel highlighting the uninterrupted views of Blouberg Beach Front, Table Mountain and Robben Island. Guests will be welcomed with open arms and will be spoilt for choice with many delectable dishes on offer. For those wanting a bit of pampering, the hotel is also home to Blaauwberg Wellness Spa and William Roberts Hair Salon who will help you feel like a new person! Comfort and elegance will envelope you while you sit back, relax and be taken care of. Blaauwberg Beach Hotel aims to assist guests in creating exceptional memories, so next time you’re heading to Cape Town and perhaps looking for a break from the city centre, keep the new and exciting Blaauwberg Beach Hotel in mind. For more information contact +27 21 205 7555 or visit

A New Era For Elgin Grabouw Tourism

2019 started on a prosperous note for the Elgin Grabouw Valley, with exciting developments that have paved the way for the relaunch of tourism. As at 30 June 2018, Elgin Valley Tourism closed, however, Wines of Elgin recognised the vital role tourism plays for the Valley and led the decision of a relaunch. Wines of Elgin is recognised internationally for its highly acclaimed and award-winning cool climate wines, and as such welcomes the opportunity of taking the Elgin Grabouw Valley Tourism to the attention of local and international visitors.

Ensuring a hands-on involvement of members representing the relevant sectors in the valley, the newly established tourism body will be represented by the following committee members: Marion Smith (Chairperson and co-owner of Elgin Ridge Wines), Nicky Wallace (Paul Wallace Wines), Liesl Cluver Rust (Paul Cluver Wines), Nick King (South Hill Wines), Roger Orpen (Elgin Railway Market), Pieter Silberbauer (Trails End) and Alfra Cox, assisted by Edward Cloete (representing Theewaterskloof Municipality). The committee will be supported by a full time Executive Head of Tourism, Catherine Boome, who resides in Elgin on a family apple and pear farm. Mariaan Meyer manages the administrative tasks.

Photo L - R: Chairperson, Marion Smith and Executive Head of Tourism, Catherine Boome

The new structure and name encompasses the entire Elgin and Grabouw community, offering a broader scope of information for local and international tourists. These include all sectors, namely wines, the new Elgin Railway Market, outdoor adventure activities, restaurants, accommodation facilities - that range from authentic farm experiences, mountain bike hotels to glamping – as well as the traditional farmstalls that feature as an integral part of most passing travellers’ journey. The Valley sits within the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve, a 100,000 hectare UNESCO designated home to the most complex biodiversity on our planet with more than 1,880 different plant species. The valley is approximately 70km from Cape Town, and is internationally recognised for its cool-climate wines and warm hospitality. World-class eateries, accommodation and outdoor activities which add extra appeal to visitors. The region rewards visitors taking a meandering trip off the beaten track to #experienceelgin in all its beauty. There are plans in place for an on-site office, but for the interim the committee feel it would be the ideal opportunity to put their innovative ideas to the test. For more information visit

City’s Third Mobile Visitor Information Centre Ready To Hit The Road

The City’s tourism partner is responsible for providing visitor information services and through their vast experience have been able to merge technology with tourism knowledge to provide real-time access to information. The purpose of Thando, which aptly means ‘love’ in IsiXhosa, is to meet travellers and locals wherever they are, out on the beat enjoying what Cape Town has to offer. Thando 3, with its mobile facilities, has the flexibility to support any event whether outdoors or indoors. “Tourism is a part of my portfolio and I was literally blown away by Thando 3. She boasts a unique feature in that she is powered by a renewable energy source in the form of solar panels. This enables the service team to be self-reliant and fully functional where ever they are deployed.” “The mobile facility is able to serve tourists and locals on any tourism enquiries and is manned by a determined, passionate and capable team,” said Alderman James Vos. Thando 3 offers the following exciting services: Free information brochures regarding tourism in Cape Town and the surrounding areas; Free distribution of the Cape Town Visitor’s Guide that contains a wealth of information on Cape Town’s new activities, hotspots, and a variety of free vouchers to use at various places in the city which are valid for the year; Booking services for accommodation, car hire, tours, activities and transfers; SANParks reservations as well as My Green Cards and My Activity Cards; ticketing services such as Webtickets and Computicket; Free Wi-Fi in the proximity of the vehicle; and sale of specialised maps and Cape Town Tourism products.








MATIES vs UWC (Varsity Cup Rugby)

1 April

Danie Craven Stadium, Stellenbosch

IKEYS vs CUT (Varsity Cup Rugby)

1 April

UCT Rugby Fields

Adventure Lifestyle Show

5 - 7 April

Meerendal Wine Estate, Durbanville

Cableway Charity Challenge

6 April

Table Mountain

Impi Challenge #1

6 April

Coetzenburg, Stellenbosch

Stellenbosch Wine Festival

6 April

V&A Waterfront

FAB Bridal Expo

6 April

D'Aria, Durbanville

World Travel Market (WTM) Africa

10 - 12 April

Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC)


10 - 18 April

Artscape, Cape Town

Wilderness Festival

12 - 14 April

The Wilderness Hotel, Wilderness

Freedom Swim

13 April

Robben Island to Blouberg

Pinotage & Biltong Festival

13 - 14 April

Perdeberg Winery, Paarl

Garden Route Walking Festival

19 - 22 April

Garden Route

DHL Stormers vs Brumbies - Cape Town

20 April

Newlands Rugby Stadium

Two Oceans Marathon

20 April

University of Cape Town

Andrea Bocelli

22 April

Val de Vie Estate, Franschhoek

SA Cheese Festival

26 - 28 April

Sandringham Estate, Stellenbosch

Walkerbay Xtreme

26 - 28 April


Elgin Cool Wine & Country Food Festival

27 - 28 April

Elgin Valley

Monster Jam

27 April

Cape Town Stadium

Oysters, Bubbles and Blanc Festival

27 April

Hillcrest Quarry, Durbanville

Knysna Motor Show

28 April

Knysna High School Fields, Knysna

Safari Half Marathon

1 May

Hugenote High School, Wellington

Decorex Cape Town

1 - 5 May

Cape Town Convension Centre (CTICC)

Knysna Speed Festival

2 - 5 May


Overberg Wedding Fair

4 - 5 May

South Hill Vineyards, Elgin

Riebeek Valley Olive Festival

4 - 5 May

Riebeek Kasteel & Riebeek West

Franschhoek Literary Festival

17 - 19 May


Greyton Genadendal Classics

24 - 26 May


Vintage with Love 2019

31 May - 2 June

Cape Town Cruise Terminal, V&A Waterfront



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CELEBRATE THE NUY VALLEY FESTIVAL YEARLY HARVEST ON 11 MAY 2019 The Nuy valley festival celebrates the valley’s yearly harvest. The young, old, energetic and laidback are all invited to dig into traditional country food, tasting olives, listening to live music while sipping on fine wine. The hosting venues are Nuy Winery, Conradie Penhill Artisanal Wines, Willow Creek Olive Estate and Leipzig Country House and Winery which is situated on the R60 halfway between Worcester and Robertson. For the energetic the festivities kicks off with either a MTB or a Trail Run. For those who just want to soak up the warm sun and fresh air can relax listening to live performing artists, while the children are kept busy with a number of activities just for them. Tickets cost R95 for adults, R35 for teens and children under 12 are free. The price also includes traveling on the Nuy Valley Tractor Express giving you free access between venues. Tickets available on the day, book online via webtickets or visit

IMPI CHALLENGE EQUATES TO THE PERFECT TEAM BUILDING EXPERIENCE “The obstacles challenge teams to focus and help each other. We always have a good laugh for weeks after the event.” The team from Travelstart entered the IMPI Challenge for various reasons including: team building, health, fitness and having fun with work colleagues. “The IMPI Challenge is awesome, fun and challenging,” says Royden Michael Scholtz. “Not only do you help your team members to complete the obstacles, you also offer assistance to other teams or passers-by. After the event you get to relax in the Festival Village while chatting to colleagues who aren’t necessarily in your department. It’s a professional event, an awesome social experience, makes you aware of where you are from a fitness point of view and the obstacles are awesome.”

The IMPI Challenge is the perfect event for corporate organisations that are looking for a fun way to promote team building.

For Massimiliano Mosca, Rialto Foods, the IMPI Challenge is a challenging, but fun experience. “We had so much fun at the IMPI Challenge in 2018, that we’ve doubled the number of entries this year,” says Mosca. We can’t wait for our first IMPI Challenge experience of 2019.”

According to Karla Steyl from La Montanara, the company entered the IMPI Challenge to enjoy the event as a team. “We really enjoyed the event,” said Steyl. “The IMPI Challenge is a great team building exercise. We all have our own strengths and weaknesses. As a result we could help each other at different stages. I would definitely recommend this event to other corporate companies.”

“The IMPI Challenge is a great team building outing,” says Khakhi Diala, Spur Group. “It’s challenging, fun and fantastic to partake in. Our team actually trains together leading up to the event. Completing the challenge is a huge achievement and it feels great to be part of a team. I wasn’t fully prepared for the last IMPI Challenge. I still enjoyed it though, but will definitely be better prepared next time”.

Photo: IMPI Challenge - Photo Credit: Mark Sampson

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