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A detailed analysis of almost 2,400 reviews from safari-goers and African travel experts was carried out to determine the 50 best safari parks on the continent. And while the winner was Serengeti National Park in Tanzania, South Africa had a very strong showing with 14 parks in the top 50 (more than 25% of the top 50 were South African parks)., an online marketplace for African safaris, conducted its annual study to unequivocally determine the 50 best African Safari parks of 2019. Not only did South Africa feature strongly in the top 50, it also had two parks - Mala Mala game Reserve and Sabi Sand Game Reserve - in the top 10.


The following shows the 14 South African safari parks that feature in our top 50 and the place they hold: Mala Mala Game Reserve (3), Sabi Sand Game Reserve (9), Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park (13), Kruger National Park (18), Madikwe Game Reserve (19), Phinda Game Reserve (20), Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Game Reserve (27), Shamwari Game Reserve (28), Timbavati Nature Reserve (29), Pilanesberg Game Reserve (37), Addo Elephant National Park (38), Augrabies Falls National Park (45), Mountain Zebra National Park (46) and Karoo National Park (50). The reason South Africa has a lot of parks in the top 50 is probably because of the sheer number of protected areas in the country, and the high visitor numbers they receive. The number of parks creates a high level of competition and this means that the wildlife watching experience is generally of a high standard. Currently the country has 2 parks in the top 10 and it will be interesting to see if they can better this result in coming years. Continue Reading Page 3

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City Looks To Shift Its Events Portfolio Into High Gear Following the wildly successful Red Bull Cape Town Circuit on Sunday 2 June 2019, the City of Cape Town’s Executive Mayor Dan Plato and Mayoral Committee Member for Community Safety JP Smith hosted a media briefing to outline the City’s Events Calendar for the rest of 2019, and announced the City’s intention to add a brand new international motorsport event. The City of Cape Town has been approached by the Cape Town Formula E Consortium about the possibility of bringing the Formula E to the city. Formula E, sanctioned by the International Automobile Federation (FIA), is a class of motorsport that uses only electric-powered cars and has been operational since 2014. Supported by the City, the consortium will undertake a feasibility study this month in order to test the practicality of hosting this event in Cape Town.

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One of the Western Cape’s most hotly anticipated events, the iconic Knysna Oyster Festival, will take place from 21 - 30 June 2019 and includes a diverse range of things to do for those looking to explore the Greater Knysna area this winter. This year’s festival goers can expect an even bigger range of unique experiences than ever before - including everything from cycling to running, a wine festival to a pianist, fun runs and kiddies activities, and burgers to oysters in one of the most beautiful natural settings in the country. Continue Reading Page 3

Nearly R5 Billion In Trade Deals For Western Cape In 2018/19


Cape Town and the Western Cape’s International Trade Promotion Unit at Wesgro announced that it has helped secure R4.98 billion in trade declarations during the 2018/19 financial year, on behalf of the City of Cape Town and the Western Cape Government. This follows over R924 million in trade deals being declared by Wesgro-assisted exporters in quarter four of the financial year. The International Trade team also assisted in landing R381 million in outward foreign direct investment into the rest of Africa by Western Cape companies during 2018/19. Wesgro receives its international trade promotion mandate from the Western Cape Government’s Department of Economic Development and Tourism (DEDAT) and the City of Cape Town, and assists companies through its export advancement programme, outward selling missions and through business agreement facilitation, amongst other services. Continue Reading Page 4

In the three years that Formula E has been hosted in Hong Kong, it has contributed approximately R1,4 billion into that economy. “An economic injection and the accompanying job creation opportunities for our local communities are just some of the benefits of bringing Formula E to Cape Town. The cars run on 100 percent renewable energy and having such an event here would also assist us in raising awareness and taking action against air pollution,”added Alderman Plato. Cape Town has already proven its capability to host motor sporting events with the success of the FIA Rallycross Championship at Killarney over the last two years, as well as the annual Drift City at the iconic Grand Parade.


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“While we are excited to present this event to the residents of Cape Town, we have not yet taken a decision and our residents will be asked to give their input once the feasibility study hopefully confirms that we can indeed host Formula E in our beautiful city. We will follow all the stringent procedures and requirements that we have in place for events to ensure that all those who will be affected are satisfied with the process,” said the City’s Executive Mayor Alderman Dan Plato.


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“Hosting the Red Bull Cape Town Circuit was another feather in our cap. However, motorsport is not the only Photo: Formula E, Monaco E-Prix. Mitch Evans (Panasonic Jaguar Racing) and Lucas di Grassi (Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler - Photo Credit: LAT/Formula E sector we are looking into. As a city lined by two oceans, Cape Town has made full use of this environmental resource by staging various events including the Volvo Ocean Race and the ITU Triathlon World Cup, among others. This is the touch of the shore as we plan to explore the City’s growing potential to host events that optimise the natural environment. We are already in discussion with some organisations about possibly bringing more ocean-based events to Cape Town. An announcement on these developments will be made in due course,” said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith. Partnerships between the City and a group of talented event organisers led to Cape Town being voted the World’s Leading Festival and Event Destination for 2018 at the World Travel Awards. The City is officially launching its events e-permit system – an online tool which allows event organisers to submit their permit application without the fuss over paperwork. This forms part of the administration’s efforts to modernise events bookings and to enable the ease of doing business for the event organisers. By the end of March 2019, the Events Office had issued 1 047 event permits. The number is likely to exceed the 1 277 permits issued in the previous financial year. “Our support of events – whether through financial means or services – is also increasing every year. In this financial year, we have already supported 120 events. If one thinks back to 2012, when we first established the Events Department and adopted the Integrated Events Strategy, we only supported 28 events. The department has a budget of R50 million a year to support these events, but the return on investment is exponential each year. The top eight events in Cape Town generate over R3 billion of economic activity and every new event creates the environment for many new sustainable jobs in our city,” said Alderman Smith. Highlights for the 2018/19 financial year: Cape Town voted the World’s Leading Festival and Event Destination for 2018 at World Travel Awards, Cape Town Stadium and Cape Town Sevens shortlisted for Event of the Year at the Stadium Business Summit, Cape Town named Africa’s Leading Festival and Event Destination for 2019 (second consecutive year) and Cape Town announced as host city for 2023 Netball World Cup.

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Collaboration To Promote New York/Newark Cape Town Route As a mark of a collaborative effort between United Airlines and Cape Town Air Access, Cape Town and the Western Cape was the only destination represented at the annual United Airlines Global Sales Conference in Anaheim on 17 June 2019 to help promote the Newark/New York – Cape Town route. Cape Town Air Access and Wesgro was joined by South African Tourism in promoting the Cape to over 750 conference delegates in attendance. This collaborative promotion of the direct flight to Cape Town was further extended through meetings with US tour operators over two days following the conference. On 15 April 2019, Cape Town Air Access welcomed United Airline’s announcement of the upcoming, nonstop New York/Newark – Cape Town route. This direct flight, commencing from 15 December 2019 out of Newark Liberty International Airport, marks a long-awaited return to Africa for United. This route will provide a significant boost to the Cape economy. Western Cape Minister for Finance and Economic Opportunities, David Maynier said: “The New York/Newark – Cape Town route is a game-changer for the Western Cape. In addition to the increase in tourism revenue, through thousands of additional travellers, it is also estimated that the new route will help increase trade between the Cape and the USA, with cargo capacity on the route contributing R94 million in potential trade.

This means that we will also be growing exports, and attracting investment. This aligns with our key strategic focus of growing the economy and creating jobs across the province.” Cape Town Air Access is a collaborative, award-winning project, and the focal point for proactive international air route development in Cape Town and the Western Cape with support from the public and private sectors, including: Airports Company South Africa, the City of Cape Town, the Western Cape Government, South African Tourism, Cape Town Tourism and Wesgro. Since its commencement in July 2015, Air Access has assisted Cape Town International Airport in establishing 15 new routes – including the new Newark – Cape Town route that will be operated by United Airlines – and expanding 19 existing routes. During this period, more than 800,000 inbound seats were added to the network, doubling international seat capacity at the airport and adding an estimated R6 billion in direct tourism spending to the economy.

South Africa Dominates As Best Safari Parks On The Continent (Continue from page 1) A total of 1,363 reviews were contributed by safari tourists from 72 countries. The remaining 1,010 park reviews were written by renowned industry experts, including guidebook authors working with Lonely Planet, Rough Guides, Frommer’s, Bradt and Footprint. Karoo National Park - The Karoo National Park is a wildlife reserve in the Great Karoo area, near Beaufort West. Most of the wildlife that once roamed this area has been eradicated, but Karoo National Park is a relatively small area where the habitat is protected, and you can stop to appreciate this subtle environment. Karoo National Park is primarily a wilderness destination, although it is also home to many animal species. Two of the Big Five have been re-introduced: lion and black rhino, but they are only occasionally seen. Large herbivores to look out for are red hartebeest, black wildebeest, eland, the two zebra species, kudu and springbok. Animals can be seen year-round at the Karoo National Park. The timing of your trip should, instead, depend on the weather. The heat of the so-called Wet season (October to April) may dissuade you from visiting then, although it’s the best time to see migrating birds. Photo: White Rhino at Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve Photo Credit: Ariadne Van Zandbergen /

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The 2019 Eat Out Woolworths Sustainability Award Entries Are Now Open “At Eat Out we believe an excellent meal need not – and should not – involve the unnecessary suffering of animals or the irresponsible use of resources. There’s a way to go still, but Eat Out is as much about supporting the restaurant industry and championing the move towards more ethical practices as it is about finding great places to eat,” says Adelle Horler, Editor in chief of New Media’s Owned Titles. “This is the fourth year we’re honouring chefs and owners who are making the effort, and it’s heartening to see more and more restaurants making environmental and socially responsible practices a priority,” she adds. Says Feroz Koor, group head of sustainability at Woolworths Holdings: “We launched this award with the goal to raise awareness and acknowledge environmental and socially responsible sourcing in the restaurant industry, a practice that we strive for in our own business.” “Year on year we have seen significant progress in the quality of the entries which we believe is changing the landscape of South African dining.”

Entries for the 2019 Eat Out Woolworths Sustainability Award, South Africa’s most prestigious accolade for restaurants contributing to more socially and environmentally responsible practices, are officially open.

Candidates can find the entry form on the Eat Out website. Entrants will be judged based on a strict set of criteria in three categories: responsible sourcing, community impact and environmental impact. Scores are allocated for the sourcing of meat, seafood and fresh produce; the design of menus; the impact of the restaurant on its surrounding communities; treatment of staff; use of resources like water and electricity; and efforts to recycle, among other measures.

Introduced in 2016, the Eat Out Woolworths Sustainability Award acknowledges the restaurant that brings its customers seasonal, local and ethically sourced produce with minimal impact on the surrounding environment while also making positive social contributions.

All criteria need to have been met for six months or longer in order for a restaurant to qualify for this award. The Werf Restaurant at Boschendal won last year’s award, in recognition of its commitment to implementing environmentally and socially responsible practices.

In the build-up to the awards, Eat Out hosted two workshops in Cape Town and Johannesburg, designed to help interested restaurants on the journey to more sustainable practices.

The winner will be announced at the 2019 Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards, which will be held in November. Interested parties can download the entry form from the Eat Out website. The closing date for entries is 31 August 2019.

BA Using Biometric Technology To Streamline The Boarding Process More than 250,000 British Airways customers have experienced a glimpse of the journey of the future by using their face as their identity to board a flight from the US in the last 18 months. The introduction of new biometric facial recognition technology has transformed the airport experience for customers travelling from Orlando, Los Angeles and New York, JFK by streamlining the boarding A5Henri'sAd -June Winter 2017.pdf 1 2017/05/27 11:12:02 AM process and halving the amount of time it takes to board an aircraft.

The technology means that customers no longer need to present their passport or boarding pass at the departure gate – only when they check in and go through Security. Instead travellers simply look into a camera prior to boarding, wait for their biometric data to be verified and then walk onto the aircraft. The commitment to this technology is part of the airline’s £6.5bn investment for customers. British Airways was the first UK airline to use biometric technology to board flights from the US, working in close partnership with the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to implement the technology, which has enabled the airline to hugely speed up its boarding process. At Orlando, British Airways is boarding almost 240 customers in 10 minutes – becoming the first carrier to set up permanent facial recognition gates at the airport.


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Heathrow - British Airways was also the first UK airline to use the technology on domestic (UK) flights. More than three million customers have boarded an aircraft this way – with all domestic departures from the airline’s home hub at Heathrow Terminal 5 now boarded biometrically. For international flights, self-service boarding gates have now been installed at the terminal, allowing customers to scan their own boarding cards to gain access to their flight. It’s the first step towards biometric boarding on international flights from the UK. Investment in technology - Raoul Cooper, British Airways’ Senior Digital Design Manager, said: “We are continuing to pioneer the use of technology and automation to enhance the airport experience and ensure that our customers’ flights depart on time. The airport of the future will be built upon biometric technology, from checkin and baggage drops to security checks and boarding. These days, automation is a part of everyday life, as is biometric technology via our mobile phones. We’re working with our technology partners and the US government to explore how we can use this technology in new and innovative ways to give our customers the stress-free, easy airport experience they tell us they want, while ensuring security is always our top priority.” In October 2018, Heathrow Airport announced a £50 million project to roll out new end-to-end biometric services from summer 2019.







INTRODUCING THE RADIUS SEATING RANGE The Radius seating range, recently launched at Decorex Cape Town, is the latest addition to the minima brand’s growing collection of lighting and furniture products. The Radius furniture pieces follow a similar design logic to the original minima lighting pieces; that of components radially arranged to create curved forms. And in the case of the new seating range, gentle curves perfect for comfortable seating. Expressing the designers’ love of geometry, the common radius shared throughout the range provides a visual thread linking the individual pieces with a subtle coherence of form. With minima’s trademark simplicity, clean lines and attention to detail, the new furniture pieces are well proportioned, comfortable and will make a contemporary statement in any space. Made from sustainable Birch Plywood, they are suitable for indoor or covered outdoor areas and are robust enough for commercial use. About the Designer South African designer Jacques Cronje has spent his entire career working with wood; initially in technical detailing for timber homes and resorts, and since 2007, focusing on the design of timber homes and projects via his architectural practice, Timber Design. His growing interest in the rapidly evolving field of digital design and fabrication, combined with his love of wood, led him to product design in 2012. And later to the launch of his product design brand, minima, at the 2014 Design Indaba expo. Makers of digitally-cut wooden lighting and furniture, minima has created over 30 different styles of pendant lights - made from birch-ply or bamboo , a series of occasional stools, including the playful Baobab duo, his Modulus range of clip-together stools and the award-winning Flow bench. By combining his design sense and use of digital technology with a love for wood, Jacques and his dedicated team find a deep sense of fulfillment in creating pieces of functional wooden art. To view the full current product range visit For more information on Jacques’ architectural work visit

WILLOWBRIDGE MTB EXPO TO SHOWCASE CYCLING BRANDS The 3-day Willowbridge MTB Expo taking place from 2 - 4 August 2019 is a dedicated cycling event hosted in collaboration with Into Cycling Newspaper and Shaun Peters commentating and media. The Expo will shine a spotlight on exhibitors from within the industry including the latest mountain bikes, accessories, nutrition, bike trails and a Pump Track. “We aim to create an event for all to enjoy from granny gears to professionals. Non-riders can enjoy live music, shopping, the urban Slow Market while MTB enthusiasts explore. Entry Is Free and includes exciting giveaways as well as Complimentary Parking For Tygerberg MTB Members.” Brands to be showcased include: 32GI; Ah!ha; Anatomic; Bike Box; Biogen; BioSport; Black Line Sprinting; BOS; Chilled Squirrel; Chris Willemse Cycles; Ciovita; Cycle Sense; D’Ville Cyclery; Enduren; Falke; Geco Cycles; Hammer Nutrition; Herbex; I Love Boobies; Imbuko Wines; Java MTB; KM Nutrition; Krank’d; Langeberg Link MTB; Leatt; MNI Lifestyle; Petrichor Adventures; Radtrax; Reeds | IZUZU; Specialized Tygerberg; Sportsmans Warehouse; Squirt Cycling Products; STBB; Stillwater Sports; Thule; Tygerberg MTB; Ultima Sport and WP Cycling. The much-loved shopping destination has become a gathering place for avid sports enthusiasts and proudly hosts the Wietse Run, ILoveBoobies Run and Xtreme For Kids Cycle Tour. The greenbelt behind the centre provides a beautiful setting for cyclists. Willowbridge is in the heart of the Northern Suburbs MTB mecca which is also

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SA Frame homes, quality managed construction The speed of light steel frame construction, followed by its super energy efficiency, is the answer, awesome straight and true lines and angles, clean and unobtrusive designs, excellent fire properties, will never rot, green and non-evasive, these are some of the advantages of the lightweight steel frame construction method. Design using your preferred architect, and we will assist your architect with anything they require to design your home - or our in-house architectural facilities provided by Evolve Architects ( The SANS 517 and 10 400 codes of construction, are used in Lightweight steel frame design. The entire home is engineered; therefore, we take the engineered plans with its Engineers Form 2 to council, which means that on approval we design, roll-form the steel frame, assemble, erect, fix, brace, and clad your home. The energy efficiency is as much as 3 times that of brick and mortar. We have in-house “preferred” electricians, plumbers and specialist finishers. This high tensile, lightweight, galvanised Steel frame, even very close to the sea, is designed to last hundreds of years. This lightweight steel frame method of construction can be more cost effective, and is certainly more energy efficient.

Lightweight steel frame building Advantages The two main advantages for using Lightweight steel frame versus other materials, are quality and efficiency. It is estimated that about 15% of the construction costs could be saved using LSC as a more resourceful, efficient, and adaptable building construction. Minimal waste on site, as everything is measured. In addition, this technology is suited to the needs of contemporary architectural solutions that employ available technologies to create a quality finished product.

Quality of the lightweight steel frame option - Complies with the rational design requirements of the National Building Regulations as well as the SANS regulations. - It is a building technology that has been refined and shown to last, using top quality materials with professional finishes. - Its increased strength means that larger open plan spaces can be achieved resulting in more usable space and less material wastage. - Each finished home is signed off by the specialist structural engineer. - Steel frames have been designed to offer better fire resistance as well as more safety or earthquake resistance (even allowing for some foundation movement without cracking). - Thermal insulation can be specified to be superior to conventional brick and mortar buildings. - Frames are assembled under controlled factory conditions. - Design elegance, and the astute use of materials results in a thin and light architectural aesthetic, which speaks to the needs of contemporary homes. - The “light” construction and installation phase means that the building has less of a direct impact on the local environment, leading to less disruption over a shorter period.

Efficiency - Speed: up to ± 20% of the construction time could be saved. - Accuracy: limited error as all junctions are exactly 90° and walls are straight. - Light weight: a steel framed wall with cladding offers a massive weight saving of up to 90%, compared with a double skin brick wall, thereby improving the material consumption. - Structure: foundations can be designed for less structural loading due to the low mass of walls. - Sloping - uneven sites: various type of column foundations and suspended floors, reduce the cost of building. - Minimal waste of building materials. All materials are measured. - Energy efficient: better thermal insulation results in lower energy costs (heating/ cooling) overtime. The CSIR have conducted a study comparing Lightweight steel frame to masonry demonstrating LWS to be more energy efficient. - Flexibility and adaptability: horizontal or vertical additions can be changed easily, at any time. - Extra floor space: reduced thickness of external walls compared with a double skin brick wall. Up to 10% more usable floor area in your home. - Services: installed in wall cavities therefore easily retrofitted without damage to walls. Less downtime when changed later.

- Shorter construction period and faster installation times. - Accurate cost budgets. - Endlessly recyclable materials. - Long-term robustness: Steel frames are not as susceptible to organic types of decay. - Optimal use of available resources, with long-term life spans and highly efficient future proofing and low energy use, means that this method of construction leaves room for some adaptation in future, without unnecessarily harming the environment, and while also improving the quality of life of its users. SA-Frame-Homes (Pty) Ltd Construction provide any form of construction, lightweight steel frame, timber, brick and mortar, containers and other. For more information contact John Biermann 082 4583 171 | | Facebook: saframehomes






SPECTACULAR WINTER WONDERLAND IS BACK Disney on Ice is returning to GrandWest from 10 -14 July 2019 with their winter wonderland titled: Disney on Ice presents Magical Ice Festival. In this year’s muchanticipated show, Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse will bring the most magical moments from across the Disney kingdom to life on ice. In a new twist on fairy-tale fun, comical parts of everyone’s favourite Disney films set the scene for the show stopping on-ice stories of princesses Ariel, Rapunzel and Belle. There will also be a special appearance by Anna and Elsa, and the loveable snowman Olaf, from Disney’s Academy Award winning Frozen.

Save the date for SA’s French inspired 26th annual Franschhoek Bastille Festival, which takes place at the historic Franschhoek Huguenot Monument over the weekend of 13-14 July 2019. A social calendar highlight, the two-day event is guaranteed to bring out the Parisian in you.

“This beautiful show is one of our highlights every year,” says Elouise Matthys, the PR and Promotions Manager at GrandWest. “The Disney characters that children love are brought to life in this magical show. It takes place at the Grand Arena which is turned into an enormous ice rink for this charming event. This is definitely a show not to be missed. Tickets do sell out, so make sure you buy tickets soon. It is an honour and a pleasure to host Disney on Ice at GrandWest again this year,” she says.

The village, which will be ‘dressed’ in its finest French attire, is a hive of activities, embracing its French heritage, and adding to the hype and excitement the weekend has become known for. Although the valley embraces the French theme to perfection, the Food & Wine Marquee, which is set against the backdrop of the historic Huguenot Monument, is the place to be and be seen. As Winter sets in the marquee is guaranteed to keep out the cold yet still offering exquisite views of the mountain. Ample parking on the grounds allow for comfortable walking distance to and from the village. Sample the wide selection of Franschhoek wines on offer or treat your taste buds to the variety of delicious gourmet fare available to purchase from some of the Valley’s well-known eateries. The quirky caricature artist who captures your Bastille experience, the popular Porcupine Ridge Barrel Rolling Competition and live music add to the elements for a fabulous festival. A beret and baguette add the extra pizzazz needed for a memorable winelands French experience. For more information visit

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WINTER WARMERS AT BENGUELA COVE When you wake up, and you know it’s gonna be a very cold and chilly Cape Town winter’s day; then you go out, with a smile upon your face and know exactly where to buy that special case. Yup – it might be winter but Benguela Cove Lagoon Wine Estate is still blessed with sunny winter days to lure you into the heart of the Walker Bay. Curry July - To kickstart the curry celebration, week one (2 – 6 July) introduces the Malaysian Beef Rendang. We recommend the Benguela Cove Syrah 2017 that will echo the spice but stand up with delicious dark fruit. Week two (9-13 July) will introduce the Murgh Makhani (Butter Chicken). This curry invites the Benguela Cove Sauvignon Blanc 2018 to the table. From 16 to 20 July, chef Annie enters the Thai realm with more subtle spice nuances and the prawn and chicken Thai red curry is the perfect partner to the Lighthouse Rosé 2018. The colours on your plate and in your glass will ignite the union between the two while the subtle blend of hot, salty, sweet and sour flavours will awaken the intricate layers of the rosé. Curry fans will have to wait untill 23 July when the Lamb Rogan Josh will be served until 27 July. It is here where the Benguela Cove Pinot Noir 2018 will make itself heard. Not only does it awaken that deep flavour of a Rogan Josh but it also displays the elegant yet powerful nature of Pinot Noir. So curry up and make your booking! August - Ladies – Benguela Cove is ready to celebrate women! On 9th August the team will host another vineyard walk – graced with wine tastings along the way to explore the wines and the vineyards where they are first and foremost made. Adventure, tea and tee-off times - Dressed warmly, the vineyard and cellar tours remain popular throughout the year, but make sure the little ones are also treated to a game of pirate golf. There are many prizes up for graps until the end of August. Pirate Golf is open every day throughout the school holidays. The Tea Terrace provides the perfect space to celebrate Women’s month and the Benguela Cove team will be thrilled to tailor-make your experience. For more information visit

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WINE Spier launches Seaward - A new range inspired by the Cape’s coastal terroir.

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SEAWARD MAKES WAVES The new Seaward Tasting — a tasty soup pairing at our cosy Tasting Room — celebrates the launch of our new Seaward range. Inspired by the Cape’s unique coastal terroir, the range features a sophisticated, lightly-wooded Chardonnay and a layered, spicy Shiraz.

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Spier has spent the last two years developing a unique duo of wines that pay homage to the benefits of growing grapes along the coast. The aptly titled Seaward range is comprised of a sophisticated, lightly-wooded Chardonnay and a layered, spicy Shiraz. Seaward wines are truly differentiated by their terroir, both within South Africa and globally. The Cape is one of the few wine growing regions in the world where two different ocean currents converge. Moreover, our coastal vineyards are distinct from those located inland, because the surrounding mountain ranges act as a natural barrier to those very cooling sea breezes that give ocean-facing grapes their unique character – a character that reflects resolutely in both Seaward wines. The Spier winemakers, under Cellar Master Frans Smit, make their selections from a narrow band up to 25km from the icy Atlantic seaboard and influenced by the temperate waters of False Bay. “These vines grow in some of the oldest soils in the world, comprising decomposed granite and weathered shale. The water retention is excellent due to their high

clay content, which enables us to farm these dryland (without irrigation), giving them an intensity of flavour,” Smit says. At the height of summer, the confluence of the cooling ocean breezes and cooler soils allows the vines to thrive in optimal conditions for gradual ripening. The vines grow relatively disease-free, and minimal intervention is needed to produce a crop of outstanding quality flavour intensity, year after year. Because ocean-facing grapes have thicker skins and are generally smaller in size than their inland counterparts, they tend to yield less fruit – these factors make it a considerable commitment on Spier’s part to invest in making wines solely with these grapes. Yet the benefits are clearly evident in the resulting wines. “There is a purity of fruit in these wines, with great concentration, balance and finesse,” Smit says. “The common thread is a saline minerality, given the proximity to the ocean.”




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Made with grapes sourced from the Tygerberg Hills, this lightly-wooded wine has aromas of ruby grapefruit, mango, citrus with undertones of raw almonds. The creamy palate offers fresh citrus and nectarine notes with well-integrated vanilla on the finish.

High-quality Shiraz grapes were selected from Darling, Durbanville and the southern side of Stellenbosch for this wine. Having matured for 14 months in a mixture of first, second and third fill oak barrels, the Shiraz has beautifully layered aromas of mulberry, violets and plum supported by infused allspice. The palate has richness with good length and smooth tannins.


SPIER BLENDS SHINE AT PRESTIGIOUS CONCOURS MONDIAL DE BRUXELLES 2019 Spier has scooped three of the fifteen gold medals awarded to South African wines at the prestigious Concours Mondial de Bruxelles 2019. Judged by an international panel, Spier’s flagship Frans K. Smit Red Blend 2015, as well as the Creative Block 2 2018 and the Creative Block 5 2016 blends, were awarded Gold. Named after Spier’s Cellar Master, the Frans K. Smit pays tribute to his role in transforming Spier into the internationally accoladed winery it is today. The Bordeaux-style red blend is comprised of Cabernet Sauvignon (50%), Merlot (30%) and Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot (both 10%) — all sourced from Stellenbosch’s Helderberg region. “This wine represents the very pinnacle of our commitment to crafting terroir-driven wines of exceptional quality,” Frans Smit says. “We’re delighted that this, along with our Creative Block wines, have received this award.” The Spier 21 Gables Chenin Blanc 2017 and Spier 21 Gables Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 both received silver medals. About Concours Mondial de Bruxelles 2019

The Seaward range is available at R120 each from the Spier Tasting Room and online store ( Join the Wine Club and you’ll get 15% off these wines, with free delivery! Visit for more info.

More than 9000 wines from 46 producer countries competed in the Concours Mondial de Bruxelles 2019, with Silver, Gold and Grand Gold medals awarded to 43 countries around the globe.


When the mercury drops and the rain clouds gather, the soup ladle and the wine glass are the best of friends. That’s why, until 31 August, visitors to Spier’s cosy Tasting Room can enjoy three hearty vegetarian soup pairings served with an assortment of focaccia. Two of these are matched with wines from Seaward, Spier’s brand-new range of single varietals. First up, is carrot soup topped with goats cheese and cashew dukkah, paired with Spier Creative Block 2, a crisp white blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon. Next, there’s cauliflower and smoked cheese soup paired with the lightly-wooded Spier Seaward Chardonnay. This is followed by a spicy roast tomato and basil soup paired with the richly suave Spier Seaward Shiraz. Lastly, enjoy a vegan brownie with a glass of the wonderfully warming Spier Cape Vintage. MORE INFO

The Winter Seaward Tasting is available at R120 per person, and is vegetarian-friendly. Enjoy it at the Spier Tasting Room until 31 August. OPEN:

09:00 – 16:30 Mon to Sat 11:00 – 18:00 on Sun

CONTACT: +27 (21) 809 1147 for more info




FOR THE SAUCE: • 45 ml olive oil • 3 cloves garlic, crushed/grated • 2 cans (800g) whole tomatoes, blitzed to a smooth pulp • 10 ml (2 teaspoons) sugar • salt & pepper, to taste

FOR THE MEATBALLS: • 30ml olive oil • 1 onion, finely chopped • 1 fennel bulb, finely chopped (save some of the fronds for serving) • Rind of a small lemon, finely grated • 10ml smoked paprika • 1kg pork mince • Salt and pepper, to taste Method

PREPARE THE SAUCE: Heat the oil in a medium pot and fry the garlic over medium heat until golden. Add the smooth tomatoes, sugar, salt & pepper and bring to a boil. Simmer uncovered for about 15 minutes or until reduced by a third. Set aside.

PREPARE THE MEATBALLS: In a wide pan, heat the oil and fry the onions, fennel and lemon rind until it is soft and fragrant. Remove from the heat and transfer to a mixing bowl, adding the smoked paprika, mince salt & pepper. Mix well. Shape into balls (about 4-5 cm in diameter). Using the same pan as before, add more olive oil and fry the meatballs on all sides over medium heat until just cooked. Serve with the warm tomato sauce, scattered with fennel fronds (and pasta / starch of your choice, optionally). Pairs beautifully with a glass of Spier Seaward Shiraz.




The Spier’s collection of contemporary artworks has grown with the arrival of two new installations. Emerging Illusionistic Bend

This artwork by Rodan Kane Hart can be found near the Spier Hotel, where it adds visual interest to the landscape through the illusion and interplay of material and shadow, and invite guests onto the riverside walkway.

The public spaces at Spier provide a wonderful opportunity for visitors to engage with our diverse South African culture through art. Continuously searching for works that live well outdoors, the Spier Arts Trust intends to add large-scale works periodically, contributing to the visitor experience while providing artists with a platform for their unique artistic expression.

Created in 2015, the work forms part of a series of metal sculptures by the Joburgborn artist that unpack the shapes and ideologies of contemporary South African cities. Emerging Illusionistic Bend uses a 90 degree angle as the primary rubric. This shape has been reproduced, inverted, and placed in regular intervals apart to generate complex structural patterns and forms; essentially creating the illusion of bending steel. Uthomi

A large-scale mosaic fountain conceptualised by Mozambican artist Lizette Chirrime has been installed in a water feature close to Vadas Smokehouse & Bakery. The ambitious, vividly coloured work was produced by the Spier Artisan Studio. Uthomi, which is Chirrime’s first mosaic project, celebrates and showcases her talent for combining colour and abstract form, offering a vibrant playground for the imagination. Having grown up on the Maputo coast, the Cape Town-based Chirrime often references water and other elements of nature in her work. Informed by a keen awareness of the negative impact humans can have on the environment, she hopes to inspire and evoke positive change through her art.


The Mosaic Kraal

The Songsmith (Great Karoo)


A large mosaic by Marco Cianfelli situated between the Conference Centre and the Spier Hotel. It features nine 4.1m high columns that together create a completed picture based on Michelangelo’s image of a male slave in the ecstatic throes of dying.

Situated between the Wine Collection Point and the Tasting Room, at the entrance to the Werf, the Spier Mosaic Kraal features the works of 16 contemporary South African artists. It is South Africa’s first permanent outdoor exhibition of mosaic.

Artist Jenna Burchell has transformed twelve ancient rocks into interactive sound sculptures, which have been installed along the dam near the Tasting Room.

Visitors to Spier estate can also pop into the satellite Stellenbosch space of the Spier Artisan Studio. The airy, light-filled studio allows guests to see artisans at work as they create pieces in mosaic and beadwork in collaboration with South African fine artists.

VoiceMap Art Walking Tour

Download the VoiceMap app (available both on Android and iOS from and listen to our latest audio tour, which showcases a small selection of Spier’s art collection.




Spier’s Growing For Good initiatives invest in learning that empowers our communities to make positive social and environmental change. One of these initiatives is the Community Keeper programme at SPARK Lynedoch, a primary school which is close to our farm in Lynedoch, just outside of Stellenbosch. This is the sixth school in the SPARK network, which is dedicated to offering high-quality, affordable private education, with many learners coming from disadvantaged backgrounds. Some of the children who attend SPARK Lynedoch School encounter significant challenges at home and in their communities. These include a lack of access to basic resources, unsafe and, at times, violent home environments as well as the ongoing prevalence of foetal alcohol syndrome. “Given the socioeconomic challenges they face, we knew that there was a need for socio-emotional support to learners and their families. The partnership with Community Keepers has provided a unique network of specialised expertise to best support the children,” says Jess Schulschenk, the director of the Sustainability Institute, which was instrumental in rolling out this programme.

The Community Keeper office employs Mieke van de Merwe, a qualified social worker who conducts therapy at SPARK throughout the week. An additional therapist visits weekly to counsel learners who need extra support. Through contributing to the children’s social and emotional wellbeing, the Community Keepers programme aims to motivate students to reach their full potential and to provide assistance in areas of need. Children often need professional support to face and overcome the dangers and challenges of society. The programme’s activities fall into four areas: The Support Keepers initiative offers oneon-one individual assessments, therapy and counselling. The Life Keepers initiative offers personal and social development to the kids in a group setting — through classes and workshops. The Parent Keepers initiative provides parents with workshops and developmental sessions to enhance their parenting skills. Lastly, the Teacher Keepers initiative provides professional support and development of educators so that they are better equipped to deal with the psycho-social challenges they face in the classroom and among colleagues.

“It’s a privilege serving as the Community Keeper at SPARK in Lynedoch,” Mieke says.

“ALTHOUGH THE CHILDREN’S CIRCUMSTANCES CAN BE DIFFICULT TO DEAL WITH, IT IS REWARDING TO BE PART OF POSITIVE CHANGE IN THEIR LIVES. EVEN THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE SEEMS SMALLER WHEN WE TAKE A STEP CLOSER AND TAKE ACTION.” Mieke finds being able to contribute to the overall wellbeing of the community one of the most fulfilling aspects of the role. “Previous clients who bring their classmates to the Community Keepers office for psychosocial support, vouching for the services we offer, makes it all worth it,” she says.

These include tackling one of South Africa’s most pressing challenges, youth unemployment, through mentorship in hospitality, wine and agriculture. All Spier wines display the Growing for Good icon – a heart in a vine leaf that represents both community and the environment. This icon reminds consumers that, by choosing Spier, they are contributing to positive social and environmental impact. Their support ensures we can continue to invest in initiatives that make a meaningful difference. Our focus on learning is because of its ability to unleash the potential of people, catalysing a ripple effect of change that goes far beyond Spier.

About Spier Growing for Good Our ethically conscious approach to all the facets of our business is embodied in Spier Growing for Good: a range of learning initiatives designed to empower staff and communities to create positive social and environmental change.





A 42kW solar power system installed almost two years ago on the Spier Conference Centre roof has resulted in significant energy savings, offsetting roughly 40% of Centre’s annual power usage. The 156 solar panels are also an important tool in the fight against climate change.

self-sufficient and sustainable future that will benefit both people and planet.”

“Carbon emissions from electricity generation is one of the biggest culprits responsible for global rising temperatures,” explains Spier’s GM, Joep Schoof. “Harnessing our ample sunshine to generate clean power forms an important part our commitment to a

The Conference Centre panels form the third and largest solar PV system to be installed at Spier by RenEnergy, Spier’s energy partner (which is also based on the estate). In the coming months, additional panels will be installed at the Spier Hotel and Tasting Room.

When electricity demand in the Centre is low and generation is high, the excess power is used by other buildings on the estate, ensuring this energy doesn’t go to waste.

CHEF PJ’S FABULOUS FERMENTS FROM SAUERKRAUT TO KOMBUCHA, THERE’S AN ABUNDANCE OF FERMENTED FOODS AND DRINKS AT SPIER Chef PJ Vadas has been satiating the growing appetite for fermented delicacies at both the Spier Farm Kitchen and VADAS Smokehouse & Bakery. “The demand for fermented foods has surged in recent years, and for good reason,” PJ says. “It’s is a really great and healthy - way of adding interesting flavours and textures to food.” PJ uses seasonal vegetables picked from the Food Garden such as cucumbers and mushrooms, which he places in brine to achieve lacto-fermentation; the inclusion of vine leaves releases tannins which help to keep the veggies crisp. After fermentation, the mushrooms, he says, are “super umami - almost like soy sauce”.

Using brine means the fermented veggies are smoother and less tart than products pickled in vinegar. “It all depends on what style of fermentation you want,” he says. He’s made a vinegar with Spier’s organic red wine that he’ll be using to pickle products in the months to come. Some fermented items, like his sauerkraut, are used as sides at VADAS, while others are bottled and sold at the Spier Farm Kitchen, making them ideal as pantry-fillers and gifts. His kimchi and kombucha are available at both. The kombucha is a refreshing blend of rooibos, green tea, combined with lemongrass and other herbs. You can also enjoy it in a house cocktail at VADAS,


where it is artfully combined with gin and tequila. “We’re continuing to experiment and expand our selection of fermented products,” PJ adds. He’s even used locally sourced buffalo milk to make kefir — a thin yoghurt-like fermented milk.


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This running event offers three distances which means plenty of fun no matter your fitness level. Farm views and fresh air guaranteed — for the whole family. REGISTRATION:

From 08:00 at the venue Pre-entries (closing date: 22 July) 7km R130 11.5km R160 20km R220 COST:

• Enter online at

from 08:00 – 09:15. • Register online at • Online/pre-entries close 2 days before the run at 5pm.

09:30am PLACE: Spier Farm Kitchen TIME:

COST: 3km R30 pre-entries. R40 for late entries. 5km R60 pre-entries. R80 for late entries.

R100 pre-entries. R120 for late en-

VADAS Winter Special

WINTER trail run

Join us for the Spier Winter Trail Run Series. Our 3km walk or fun run, and 5km or 10km 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 the Spier Farm Kitchen. The 3km is a non-timed walk / jog / fun run, and the 5km and 10km are timed. Registration and entries:

Registration and late entries:



WINTER trail run

Join us for the Spier Winter Trail Run Series. Our 3km walk or fun run, and 5km or 10km 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 the Spier Farm Kitchen. The 3km is a non-timed walk / jog / fun run, and the 5km and 10km are timed.





This fun family event offers distances of 22km and a 50km. Entries are limited to 2000 riders. The picturesque routes are ideal for beginner to intermediate riders. Riders can expect well stocked refreshment stations, technical support on route, a bubbly point on the longer route and a special commemorative medal. At the finish carnival there will be kids’ entertainment, food and drink, and a lucky draw with loads of prizes. start at 08:00 Pre-entries (closing date: 24 July) 22km R190 50km R330 TIME:



from 08:00 – 09:15. • Register online at • Online/pre-entries close 2 days before the run at 5pm. TIME:

09:30am The Spier Farm Werf


3km R30 pre-entries. R40 for late entries. 5km R60 pre-entries. R80 for late entries. 10km

R100 pre-entries. R120 for late en-


From Monday to Saturday, VADAS is slashing 50% of its Chef’s Platter!



I See U: Imagining a Space for Freedom - is an exhibition celebrating 25 years of South Africa’s democracy. It showcases more than 35 works from the Spier Collection, encompassing painting, sculpture, photography, beadwork and drawing. Entrance to this exhibition is free. 29 August 2019 - 30 November 2019 PLACE: Old Wine Cellar


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 until 30th August and excludes Sundays and Public Holidays. Book now: 021 809 1137/

The package includes: • Wholesome breakfasts at the hotel, crafted by our chefs • A delicious farm-to-table lunch

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 a delicious farm-to-table lunch 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.

• A Signature wine-tasting at the Tasting Room • A pampering treatment at the Spier Spa • Two nights in a Signature Room at Spier Hotel The Spier Winter package costs just R1720 per person sharing per night (for a 2-night stay) and is valid until 30 September 2019. Book ONLINE AT


Eagle Encounters

1 Songsmith (Great Karoo)




7 Artisan Studio



Eight Restaurant

3 Werf Cellar

Craft Market

Wine Tasting

6 Spier Mosaic Kraal

Wine Collection Point


13 Manor House

Vadas Smokehouse & Bakery

6. Mosaic kraal

Spier Farm Kitchen



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.

Segway Tours

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.

7. CRAFT MARKET / Closed for a winter break

Witness our winemaking team in action at the Spier Werf Cellar as they handcraft Spier’s first estate wine, made from organic


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.


2. Songsmith (Great Karoo) 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.

3. WINE TASTING 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

Old Wine Cellar

15 16 Conference Centre

vineyards that grow on the Spier farm.



Spier Hotel


Spier Hotel Restaurant & Wine Bar


Wastewater Treatment Plant


19 Spier Spa

Spier Shop



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


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.


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.

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:

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


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


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

13. MANOR HOUSE 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.

14. Vadas Smokehouse and Bakery Overlooking the Werf, Vadas offers dishes showcasing the

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 audio tours on your phone. • Walk the farm: This hour-long tour will introduce you to the farm’s many facets: from art and wines to hospitality and heritage. • Sannie’s Story: This short historical tour was written by one of South Africa’s foremost playwrights, Brett Bailey, and explores the farm through the eyes of fictional slavewomen Sannie de Goede. • Art Walk: Discover some of Spier’s incredible art collection that’s dotted around the estate on this quick 20 minute walk.


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.




Carla’s Au Pairs - The chance of a lifetime to work overseas

Paula Thiart, Franchise owner of Carla’s Au Pairs Cape Town, grew up in George and completed her B.Com Business Management Sciences degree as well as her honours degree in B.Com Marketing at the Stellenbosch University. After she had finished her studies, she set off on an overseas adventure - a life-changing experience that would broaden her horizons.

experiencing the culture of a foreign country

Paula decided to take a leap of faith and became an Au Pair in America, where she had the opportunity to live with an amazing host family, meet new friends, and travel the States. “Being an Au Pair has taught me things I couldn’t learn anywhere else. Knowing that nobody can take that knowledge and independence away from me - is one of my greatest accomplishments. I would love to encourage and inspire young people to dream big, be courageous and experience life abroad,” says Paula. Tell us more about Carla’s Au Pairs Carla’s Au Pairs recruit young people for a once in a lifetime experience, being an Au Pair abroad. Carla was an au pair herself in the USA in 2001. She started recruiting au pairs in 2009 on a temporary basis and in 2012 she established her business, Carla’s Au Pairs. Currently Carla’s Au Pairs have 10 offices across South Africa, one in Namibia and have recently launched their first American office. “Carla Verster, Franchisor of Carla’s Au Pairs has a tremendous passion for cultural exchange and believe that an experience like this will change and enrich a person’s life forever. It is an absolute privilege to make these opportunities a reality for so many young people, and to see how they grow and learn in the process,” says Paula. In which countries can young people au pair? Carla’s Au Pairs currently places au pairs in America, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Sweden, Italy, China and Germany. How much does it cost to au pair abroad? There are certain programme costs involved to au pair abroad, but the au pair programme is probably one of the most affordable “work abroad” programs available. Extra costs include the following: applying for a passport, police clearance and International Driving Permit. Visa costs and programme fees also need to be considered by applicants. These extras will be different for each programme. Some programmes, such as au pairing in America, will include the flight costs. Explain the requirements? Applicants need to be 18 - 29 years of age, have a Grade 12 high school qualification, be willing to commit for at least 12 months, be unmarried and have no children of their own, and have some experience with children. Some countries also require an International Driving Permit. How does Carla’s Au Pairs choose host families? Carla’s Au Pairs work with amazing partner agencies abroad who are in charge of signing up host families. The selected families are rigorously screened and need to participate in an acceptance process and a home visit. Partner agencies also arrange fun events for the au pairs. This gives the au pairs a chance to meet the international team and make new friends with au pairs from all over the world.

“Carla’s Au Pairs keep personal contact throughout your stay abroad. You will also have back-up support abroad from the overseas agencies, but can always come to us if you need any advice, have questions or concerns, or just need someone to talk to,” Paula explains. Training sessions “We truly believe in the power of personal assistance, face to face meetups, and personal interaction. Our training/orientation sessions are more than just education. These sessions will prepare you for your stay abroad, help you to communicate more effectively, and assist you to understand yourself better - a tremendous advantage in preparing you for your year abroad.” Testimonials

Why should someone au pair? Being an Au Pair is a wonderful and affordable way to take a gap year and see more of the world. It’s the chance of a lifetime to work overseas, whilst experiencing the culture of a foreign country, as well as meeting interesting people along the way. “When you are an au pair, you are not just a normal tourist. You see and experience the lives, cultures and traditions of an international family on a daily basis. You also get to know yourself on a whole different level, and experience so much personal growth during your time abroad,” adds Paula. What makes Carla’s Au Pairs different from other Au Pair Agencies? “Personal attention and TLC is our motto. Each Au Pair is an individual, each with her own unique personality, needs and wants. You are not just a number! You are a name, a face, and someone we care about.”

“Wow, ‘AMAZING’ is the word to describe Carla’s Au Pairs! They are so helpful before you go overseas and the whole time that you are there and even after. Carla and her team are professional and remain involved in every girl’s journey. I would highly recommend them! Love this Au Pair agency! Thank you guys, for making my dreams come true,” says Nastasha Vermaak. “Absolutely the best Au Pair agency! They’re there whenever you need them! It’s truly a Sisterhood. I can recommend them to anyone looking to go Au Pair overseas! You won’t be disappointed. They will help you with everything and that makes everything so much easier! Carla is a wonderful person and all her staff members are just as great! CAP team all the way,” says Bianca Stephens. If you live in Cape Town and surrounding areas and you’re interested in becoming an Au Pair abroad, contact Paula on Cell: +27 (0) 66 247 1301 Email: or visit




Get curried away this winter - by Samarie Smith Winter invites warm and hearty aromas and we all like to indulge a little more to conquer the cold. I find wine and curry combinations both exciting and challenging. Consumers should feel free to explore and experiment, but there are some golden rules when pairing wine with curry. Remember that you can tweak the dish but not the wine, so be mindful of the wine you choose. Secondly, honour the time you spend in developing those intricate flavours of your curry to make sure that both the food and wine give the other a platform to perform at its best. South Africans have sweet palates, but it is up to you to evolve that by introducing balanced flavours of sweet, sour, bitter, salty and umami. Before you spoon a dollop of chutney onto your plate to add sweetness, let the wine do that for you. That being said, not all wines need to be sweet to go with a curry. Aromatic wines do a great job to create that percieved sweetness and tricking your brain into believing you have mastered the balance. The fifth element when enjoying food and wine will always be the place and and company in which they are consumed so be sure to make an occasion of any food and wine experience, no matter how small. Guidelines for all you curry and wine lovers Sweetness: Off-dry wines are a go to for a great curry experience. Riesling is a good example and offers both sweetness and lovely aromatics. For more intense curries, more luscious wines like muscadel and bukettraube can be ideal to temper the heat and the spice. Ripeness: Big and bold CheninBlancs are favourites to pair with warm curries as the higher alcohol (and the texture the glycerol provides), can balance the experience without the heat dominating the wine. Intensity: Wines with great intensity that lingers in your mouth like a well made Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir are great curry partners. Just be mindful of rich tomato sauces that can make these wines taste steely. A riper Cabernet Sauvignon could do the trick. But yes, good intensity and concentration allows the wine to have the final say and linger longer than the taste of the curry itself. Temperature: Wines can be served at a cooler temperature which will also relieve your palate. Aromatics: The wine will always be the more gently partner when it comes to texture, but its intensity and aromas can never be underestimated. Viognier’s alluring perfume of florals, peach and spice adds finesse to your curry experience and elevate it to a different level. Spice: Gewürztraminer can be dry or off dry but its nuances of rose petals and Turkish delight makes it a fond partner for any curry. Light: Believe it or not but light white wines low in alcohol, serve a purpose here. They can serve as a cooler, quench your thirst and certainly beats beer! Samarie Smith is a certified taster and committed to spreading the wine gospel where she goes, albeit on wine judging panels, educational tastings or sharing the love while cooking for friends and family. She is also Brand Business Manager at Benguela Cove. Follow her on instagram @SamarieSmith.

The Chocolate Festival is back! Chocolate, chocolate and even more chocolate! That’s what you are guaranteed to find at this year’s Chocolate Festival. Heaven for any sweet tooth fanatics, this two-day chocolate extravaganza takes place over the weekend of 31 August - 1 September at The Woodmill in Stellenbosch. Expect to find a chocolate line up of gastronomical proportion. The usual plus a handful of artisanal gems and more. Oodles of chocolate, macaroons, decadent chocolate brownies, indulgent donuts, deliciously creamy (and dreamy) ice-cream, liquorice, marshmallows, candyfloss and so much more. There’s no end in sight for the sweetness overload at this not-be-missed event. Balancing out the sweetness will be a selection of non-chocolate offerings. These range from charcuterie, hamburgers, pizzas, artisanal cheeses and breads and so much more. The young ones will be kept entertained with a movie lounge, face painting and popcorn. While the little ones are kept entertained in a supervised area mom and dad can relax and unwind with live music, gin, bubbly, wine and craft beer offerings. A fun family filled day to the winelands with something in store for young and old. Pre-booking via Webtickets.

S.Pellegrino Announces Line-up of Young Candidates

One Hundred and thirty-five young chef candidates from 12 regions, representing 50 countries, are now one step closer to reaching the S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2020 Grand Finale. There were over 2,400 applicants from all over the world who wanted to take part in this globally renowned competition to find the world’s best young chef, and of those 135 who successfully reached the semi-finals seven are from South Africa. Each young chef’s application and signature dish was evaluated by culinary experts at the World’s Leading International Educational and Training Centre for Italian Cuisine, ALMA, who are in charge of the candidate selection. ALMA’s selection process hinged on three key criteria: technical skills, creativity and a personal belief in the transformative power of gastronomy as a device for positive change in society. Applications for the 2020 edition of the global competition grew by 20% compared to the past edition, moreover, the percentage of women registered among the candidates increased to more than 10% - a number that needs to grow, but that shows the first results of the commitment taken by S.Pellegrino for gender balance and inclusivity. Between August and December 2019, the candidates of each region will compete in the regional challenges. Each region will have a jury composed of leading independent chefs – which in the past have included luminaries such as David Higgs and Chantel Dartnall – who will judge the candidates’ signature dishes and select the regional winners of the four awards. South Africa is well represented in the Regional Finals for the Africa and Middle East region, with seven out of ten places awarded to young chefs from some of South Africa’s top restaurants including 3 young chefs from the Western Cape. The semi-finalists are: Kayla-Ann Osborn (The Chefs Table, Umhlanga), Logan Leisse (Cavalli Estate, Somerset West), Callan Austin (Le Coin Français, Franschhoek), Daniel Payne (View Restaurant at The Four Seasons Hotel, Johannesburg), Marcus Gericke (Qunu at The Saxon Hotel, Johannesburg), Meshen Pillay (Reuben’s at The Capital Moloko, Johannesburg), Paul Thinus Prinsloo (The Restaurant at Waterkloof, Somerset West), Elissa Abou Tasse (Maroun Chedid S.A.L, Beirut, Lebanon), Aytekin Yamaç (Hezarfen Restaurant, Turkey), Martim Moreau Maita (The Park Hyatt, United Arab Emirates). By the end of December 2019, whichever of these Young Chefs become official finalists, will then move on to the Grand Finale to be held in June 2020. Throughout the months of preparation for the competition, each finalist will be accompanied by their Mentor Chefs, who will provide them with guidance on how to improve their signature dishes and support them in their preparation for the international finals.

Photo: Logan Leisse from Cavalli Estate, Somerset West




SPACE AGE TECHNOLOGY: HEALTH CARE WITH NO SIDE EFFECTS? IS THIS POSSIBLE? ABSOLUTELY - WITH FREQUENCY THERAPY! SoundWaves Health Clinic in picturesque Old Cape Mall in Gordon’s Bay, has through the years proven Frequency Therapy as a highly scientific system of treatment without medication. Our amazing Hunter NLS Scanning System offers you this 3-fold benefit: 1) Scan 2) Analysis 3) Treatment. No chemicals; no side effects!

Hence the frequencies transmitted to your nails are instantly transmitted to you - and only you, wherever you are in the world – because of the unique identifier present in every cell of your body: your DNA. We could use a few strands of hair, or even blood …but nails are the most convenient medium.

Wouldn’t you love a system that can discover a lurking growth, while it’s still the size of a pinhead – a system that is able to get rid of that? How about a prostate check; a mammogram; a “pap smear” – with no one touching you? Your child struggling with allergies, ADHD etc … Wouldn’t you love to discover the cause of it all; to be able to improve your child’s condition without chemicals? Our system can identify and eliminate the origin of a disease or condition, whereas conventional medicine treats symptoms. If necessary, we can scan your chromosomes; DNA; genes; cell walls; the nucleus of a cell; even your mitochondria! Scientific studies, medical records and video footage¹ substantiate that frequencies (sound waves) do in fact destroy bacteria, viruses, parasites, even tumours - without endangering any part of the body system.

How exactly does Remote Mode work? Your DNA consists of 2 strands coiled round each other, forming a double helix. This acts as an antenna, transmitting and receiving encoded information. During a scan/treatment our Frequency Generator transmits the designated frequencies not only to your DNA sample (i.e. nail clippings) but also instantly to the source of that DNA: YOU.

Charl demonstrating how to be scanned in the most tranquil manner!

Furthermore: Frequencies are among the most globally acclaimed and proven ways of winning the war against cancer. ² ¹YouTube: Search for “Killing with frequencies” and watch numerous fascinating demonstrations. ² We also take care of painful joints with Cold Laser and Millimetre Waves. And now for something astounding! Remote Treatment Since 2017 we’ve been treating people without them needing to visit us in person…by Remote (Distance) Treatment. But in early 2018 we started scanning as well – at a distance! This is a tremendous breakthrough that’s opened a whole new avenue for us to help anyone who, for whatever reason, can’t visit us at our consulting rooms! This allows you the freedom to do anything you want, wherever you are – while being scanned or treated! You can work, relax, exercise, watch a movie etc. In short, you can carry on with your daily life without interruption, while we do all the work. What’s more, it saves you travelling and other expenses. All you must do is to send us some nail clippings!

To illustrate, let’s take a cell phone as example. Today’s satellite technology enables us to make calls all over the globe. However, you must punch in the precise digits, or else you won’t reach the person you want to contact. In the same way the designated frequencies pulsed into the sample of nail clippings can’t go wandering off anywhere else, because they only search out the source of that DNA sample – and nothing else. No obstacle can block these frequencies. In fact, we service people all over South Africa and across the border; also in Australia, Belgium, Dubai, England, Germany, Netherlands, Scotland - and we expect this list to grow longer soon! Who are we? Charl de Villiers, distinguished Therapist in Bio-Resonance Medicine, has a proven track record in this field ranging over the past 2 decades. He keeps abreast of new developments by continual research, while working toward his Doctorate in Energy Medicine and Bio-Resonance. Anne-Marie de Villiers: As his wife and business partner, I love sharing his passion and vision: to help people enjoy good health! Discover more on our new website about who we are; the extensive range of services we offer; but most of all: what we can do for you. You will be amazed – but be prepared to have your mindset challenged in a very positive way!

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This type of scan/treatment was thoroughly tested over many months, comparing in-house sessions with those done by remote. The results proved consistently identical. How is this possible? Modern physics call it “quantum entanglement”. Thus: if any part of a single organism is removed to a different location, any action performed on that part will also be performed instantaneously on its source - and vice versa. Your nails are part of a single organism, namely you.

“You need sound information to make sound choices!” Article by Anne-Marie de Villiers




Stellenbosch University starts training of Data Engineers Data Engineers must critically analyse complex systems in order to engineer innovative solutions to real-world problems to effect fundamental societal impact. The Faculty of Engineering at Stellenbosch University will introduce a new BEng degree in Data Engineering from February 2020. This degree is a new specialisation stream in the existing undergraduate degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, the BEng (E&E). “The purpose of this new specialisation in Data Engineering is to prepare our students for the Fourth Industrial Revolution where the world of work has fundamentally changed and there is a deluge of data that needs to be structured, modelled and analysed. The purpose is to enable data-led organisations to discover the underlying knowledge and make well-informed decisions,” says Prof Wikus van Niekerk, Dean of Engineering at SU. Data Engineering encompasses all tasks required to make data available for analytics, knowledge discovery and decision-making processes. Data engineers develop and maintain an organisation’s data pipeline systems, and implement algorithms to transform data into a useful format for analysis. Tasks include the collection of data, storing data, data synchronization, data transformation, data cleansing, data governance, and the development of data models. Data engineers must have technical skills, including a deep knowledge of database design and multiple programming languages. Furthermore, they need excellent communication skills in order to present their findings in a manner that can be easily understood by an audience. From the first year of study, the Data Engineering specialisation is built on the solid foundation of Mathematics, Statistics, Computer Science, and Artificial Intelligence. The specialisation also introduces new undergraduate modules in Data Engineering that cover topics such as Big Data Platforms, Probabilistic Graphical Models for Machine Learning and Fundamentals of Deep Learning and Artificial Intelligence.

Students will develop the engineering skills to create mathematical, physical and statistical models of real-world systems, including data systems. Upon obtaining the qualification, Stellenbosch University’s new Data Engineers will be able to integrate these knowledge areas to critically analyse complex systems in order to engineer innovative solutions to real-world problems to effect fundamental societal impact. This will be demonstrated by students successfully completing a capstone project related to Data Engineering in their final year of study. The existing BEng programmes and specialisations will have a limited exposure to Data Science, but the new specialisation in Data Engineering will go into depth into the mathematical and statistical fundamentals of Data Science. This initiative supports the soon to be established School for Data Science and Computational Thinking at Stellenbosch University.

SA Entrepreneurial Business Acquired By Global Organisation A small team of Cape Town entrepreneurs who invested R22 000 in 2006 to start up a fledgling business recently saw a phenomenal return on their founding capital when they sold their business to US based organisation Ecolab - a major global provider of technologies and services to the water, food, energy, healthcare, industrial and hospitality markets. Lobster Ink, which is a pioneering technology platform that provides online training to the desk-less workforce in the hospitality and tourism sector, was acquired by Ecolab for an impressive multiple on their annual $24 million turnover. From small beginnings in South Africa, Lobster Ink has grown rapidly and has trained people digitally in 133 countries across 13 languages for the world’s largest and most luxurious hotel groups - from Africa to the Middle East and the US. Lobster Ink is now based in Geneva, Switzerland. Fasie Malherbe, co-founder and President of Lobster Ink, explains that he and his business partners started Lobster Ink out of a desire to travel more and experience the best in hospitality, while uplifting and developing skilled employees within the industry. Together they came up with the idea of providing personalised and customised training to the hospitality staff in order to maximise the guest experience. “Whether it was food, wine, housekeeping, guest relations etc., the focus was always performance and development, ensuring that a considerable return on investment was presented after every major initiative. We developed training modules for the relevant staff members and went out and conducted this training ourselves.” “It was centered around providing hospitality staff with the skills required to deliver on the luxury expectations of some of the world’s most discerning travellers. The hospitality industry is one of the only industries where you can take someone with no experience off the street, or fresh from college, or out of the military and rapidly train them with the necessary skills to enjoy years of career success and growth.” Malherbe, who was a chef and studied hospitality, says that many of the staff they trained in some of the most expensive tourist destinations in Africa had no previous experience in luxury hospitality. It turned out that there was a huge need for the training provided by Lobster Ink, and things evolved from there. Lobster Ink went from face-to-face training into video production - developing video-based African focused versions of their training modules. Following this, demand saw their product evolving to become mobile friendly and online based. “This was our break into the global space,” says Malherbe. “Hard work and careful planning paid off. The first pioneering clients who gave us our big break were Singita and Wilderness Safaris, both of whom made huge investments into the training of their teams. Then came City Lodge and Southern Sun and the like. Clients that followed included Hilton Worldwide, IHG, Four Seasons, Marriott International Hotel Group. Malherbe advises that Lobster Ink being acquired by Ecolab was neither luck nor chance but was a targeted strategy as Ecolab align 100% with the vision that Lobster Ink have, which is to Photo: Fasie Malherbe enable potential in people.” co-founder of Lobster Ink Malherbe adds that it is not just about foundation skills for initial employment but also about up-skilling and remaining relevant in the face of constant changes within that particular industry. “In line with online, on-the-job learning that allows employees to earn while they learn is the re-establishment of apprenticeship programmes in South Africa – such as they have in Europe currently. This allows young South Africans to start working, earning and learning at a young age.” Malherbe is a serial entrepreneur with a history of business start-up successes. Lobster Ink is the third major business built from scratch before being sold for a solid return - with Malherbe also having founded the well-known Roundhouse Restaurant in Cape Town, as well as innovative beverage distributors Under The Influence. With his extensive knowledge and experience on entrepreneurial success Malherbe provides some advice for SA entrepreneurs, saying that there is so much money available right now for good ideas, and that the time is now to get in before the large corporations find all the good ideas and come up with the disruptions. “On the global business stage there is more money available than ever before to invest in wild ideas. Wealthy individuals all across the globe all looking for the next great ‘get rich quick’ idea. But you need to go big or go home,” Malherbe concludes.




6 reasons to own a property in Cyprus

Nothing is more expensive than a missed opportunity! Owning an offshore property to realise a Plan B is a dream than many South Africans would love to achieve. However the choice of where to invest can be intimidating; plus the financial, legal and tax implications coupled with language & cultural difficulties sometimes makes this a barrier to entry.

Europe remains being the preferred geographic location for the majority of South Africans as not only is Europe the world’s largest trading block, but the opportunities are enticing. Cyprus, an English-speaking ex-British colony and full EU member, is an extremely popular destination in Europe for South Africans to invest. Here are the 6 reasons why South Africans are buying property in Cyprus: 1. You can acquire permanent residency or EU 2nd citizenship by buying property without having to live in the country. 2. Properties in Cyprus offer excellent value for money when compared to other European countries – especially homes right on or near to The Med. 3. Cyprus’ positive property growth and demand for long and short-term tenants offers a very attractive investment for the short, medium and long term. 4. Cyprus is a very popular tourist destination so owning an investment property will reap an attractive offshore income.

5. Cyprus has been voted one of the safest countries in the world so your personal safety and property investment is assured. 6. The discovery and imminent exploration of natural gas is already having a positive impact on foreign investment and infrastructural development. Billions of Euros are already pouring into the economy. In Cyprus investing in either the “Citizenship through Investment” or the “Fast Track permanent residency” programmes will reap financial rewards and lifelong benefits for the family. Don’t miss the opportunity to be part of this while both programmes are still open in Cyprus. Investing overseas is a huge financial and emotional commitment, but your offshore journey can be made easier when you get advice from professionals. Always check exactly what you are buying before signing any contracts; and take your time – there will always be a good deal to be had. Going across on an inspection trip to personally view the property opportunities and to do the groundwork could save you thousands in the long run! Cypriot Realty arranges personalized property inspection trips for you to come to Cyprus to look at the property options and to experience for yourself the lifestyle on offer. From arranging property viewings, meeting with taxation and legal specialists, to opening up your offshore bank account – we hold your hand every step of the way. Contact us for a confidential meeting to discuss how we can help you realise your and you family’s Plan B in Europe.

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South Pacific

Frolic in the Flowers!

a classic musical that still resonates

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South Pacific is an epic musical romance by Rodgers & Hammerstein about love and conflict during World War II. It originally premiered on Broadway in 1949 and by the time it closed in 1954, it was the second-longest running musical in Broadway history.

Photo: Richard White as Lt Joseph Cable and Kaylene Hendricks as Liat Photo Credit: James Maritz

The story follows American nurses and sailors stationed on a Pacific island during the war. Ensign Nellie Forbush, a self-ascribed “hick” from Southern USA, is falling in love with Emile de Becque, a French expat living on the island. Nellie is optimistic about their future, but their relationship hits an unexpected bump. She discovers he has two mixed-race children from his late Polynesian wife and is unable to overcome her deepseated racial prejudices. Meanwhile, Lt. Joseph Cable enters a passionate relationship with Liat, a local Polynesian islander. He too finds it difficult to overcome how their love might be received back home. He describes how racism isn’t born in you - that it happens after you’re born - in the song “You’ve Got To Be Carefully Taught”.

South Pacific is revered for its message of tolerance and humanism, making it still resonate strongly. “The high-energy story carries both humour and sadness, which is the essence of any good musical,” said the director of the show, Kyla Thorburn. “It delves into questions about love, war, what is worth living for, and culturally embedded bigotry – questions still relevant today.” South Pacific is running at the ArtsCape Opera House from 20 July - 10 August 2019. Tickets available at Computicket

The circus is back in town and ready to wow you!

To all wildflower enthusiasts - Clanwilliam invites you to frolic in the flowers and view the `Blomkerk` displaying the annual Wild flower show from 23 August until 1 September 2019 with Harmony as this years theme. The focus this year is the balance between agricultural expansion and conservation. The stark reality of climate change cannot be ignored. The Clanwilliam flower community is acutely aware of the responsibility to repair and conserve. “This is exactly why we should celebrate our natural wonder and never take it for granted.” The flower show is a landscape creation by community volunteers displaying the largest Aloe to the smallest Cyanella alba. The specie room boasts 350 - 400 species for individual viewing. The colloquial names of these flowers provide an amusing dimension to the wild flower experience. For more information visit

Triple the celebration at Totalsports Women’s Race on National Women’s Day

On 24 - 25 August 2019 Zip Zap performers will be taking to the stage in the second edition of The Greatest Little Circus Show. A brand-new show to wow audiences of all ages. From nail-biting aerials to extraordinary ground acts and catchy acrobatics, to authentic African dancing, the Zip Zap performers promise a show that will keep both your mouth and eyes wide open all while dancing in your seat. Witness the amazing showcase of teamwork, passion and diversity from the Zip Zap performers. Directed by Zip Zap’s newest member (and one of the organisations first-ever students), Christine Chapman, The Greatest Little Circus Show promises to mesmerise audiences of all ages with amazing skills and choreography. “Viewers can expect ordinary kids doing extra-ordinary things with performers demonstrating daring ability,” says Chapman. The show validates Zip Zap’s ethos - kids of all ages, genders, shapes, colours and sizes from all backgrounds, getting together to perform on stage as one, showcasing their aptitudes that have resulted from the effort and energy put in to years of practice. “Brent and I are so happy to welcome Christine back. Her show experience and her passion for the circus arts have matured throughout the years and we know our kids will benefit immensely. I can’t wait to see her work in this upcoming production”, says Zip Zap CEO, Laurence Esteve. Christine Chapman is living proof that the organisation promotes a ‘pay it forward’ mentality and it seems that once again, Zip Zap has spun its magic. For more information contact Brigette on 021 421 8623

Photo: Totalsports Women's Race Cape Town - Photo Credit: Mark Sampson

For the first time since the events inception in 2001, South Africa’s largest Women’s Day Celebration, the Totalsports Women’s Race will be hosted on one day (Friday, 9 August 2019 / National Women’s Day) across three major cities (Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban). “We are extremely excited to host the Totalsports Women’s Race on one day across three cities,” says Agne du Plessis, Stillwater Sports General Manager: Road Running. “In previous years the event would kick off in Durban in July before heading to Johannesburg and Cape Town. This year we will triple the fun on National Women’s Day with women from all walks of life in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban uniting to take on a 5km or 10km road run (or walk) in support of PinkDrive.” “The Totalsports Women’s Race is a fun filled Women’s Day celebration that encourages a healthy lifestyle and supports PinkDrive,” says Patrick Singh, Head of Totalsports Marketing. “We are proud to host South Africa’s largest Women’s Day celebration and extremely excited to be doing so in three major cities on one day in 2019. This year we will emphasise the message that we are #StrongerTogether. People run for various reasons, irrespective of the reason we’d like to invite all women (grandmothers, aunts, sisters, mothers and daughters) to run united as we support PinkDrive and raise awareness around breast cancer because we are #StrongerTogether.”





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An Adventure Under the Sea

15 June - 7 July

Canal Walk Theatre

Amaranth (Cape Town City Ballet)

22 June - 7 July

Artscape Opera House

Jive Cape Town Funny Festival

1 - 28 July

Baxter Theatre

Berg River Canoe Marathon

3 - 6 July

Paarl - Velddrift

Darling Winter Beer Festival

6 July

Darling Brew, Darling

Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival

5 - 14 July

Stellenbosch Konservatorium

Disney On Ice: Magical Ice Festival

10 - 14 July

Grand Arena, GrandWest

Tops at Spar Wine Show

11 - 13 July


Franschhoek Bastille Festival

13 - 14 July

Franschhoek Monument, Franschhoek

Stadsaal Soiree

17 July

Town Hall, Stellenbosch

Winterfest Extreme Beer Festival

20 July

Paardevlei, Somerset West

South Pacific (Musical)

20 July - 10 August

Artscape Opera House

Stellenbosch Farm Run

27 July

Spier Wine Farm, Stellenbosch

Woodstock Winter Beer Festival

27 July

Castle of Good Hope

Willowbridge MTB Expo

2 - 4 August

Willowbridge Shopping Centre

Klein Karoo Klassique In Oudtshoorn

8 - 11 August


Hermanus Kalfiefees

8 August


Totalsports Womens Race

9 August

Grand Parade, Cape Town

Robertson Slow Food & Wine Festival

9 - 11 August

Robertson Wine Valley

Stadsaal Soiree

14 August

Town Hall, Stellenbosch

Cape Winemakers Guild Auction

15 August

Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC)

Sleeping Beauty (Cape Town City Ballet)

17 - 31 August

Artscape Opera House

The President Hotel’s Cup Golf Championship

18 - 24 August

De Zalze, Stellenbosch

Clanwilliam Wild Flower Show

23 August - 1 September


Greatest Little Circus Show

24 - 25 August

Zip Zap Circus School, Cape Town

Blisters for Bread - Family Fun Walk

25 August

Green Point Cricket Club

Homemakers Expo

29 August - 1 September

Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC)

The Chocolate Festival

31 August

The Woodmill, Stellenbosch

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Cape Town City Ballet presents popular - Sleeping Beauty

Photo: CTCB dance in the Prologue of previous production of Sleeping Beauty Photo Credit: Pat Bromilow Downing

Cape Town City Ballet presents the popular favourite Sleeping Beauty as part of its 2019 Autumn/Winter Season. For the production, the company welcomes leading international guest artists Vadim Muntagirov and Sarah Lamb (The Royal Ballet), Precious Adams (English National Ballet), Andile Ndlovu (Washington Ballet) and Siphe November (National Ballet of Canada). Sleeping Beauty staged by esteemed South African ballet legend Denise Schultze Godfrey. Performed to Tchaikovsky’s delightful music, this timeless story follows Princess Aurora’s 100 year sleep and magical awakening, as well as encounters with fairies and fairytale characters such as Little Red Riding Hood, Puss in Boots and the Bluebird and Princess Florine, that will enchant young and old audience members alike. “Our 2019 Autumn/ Winter programme is a marriage of work by international icons and South African legends, who are leading lights in the global dance arena.” “We are honoured to be welcoming our international guest artists, some of whom are returning home for the Season, as well as working alongside ballet masters who have been a pivotal part of CTCB’s journey, ”says Debbie Turner, CEO of Cape Town City Ballet. Dates for performances with the international guest artists are: 17 and 18 August 2019 - Andile Ndlovu (Washington Ballet), Precious Adams (English National Ballet), Siphe November (National Ballet of Canada). 28 and 31 August 2019 - Vadim Muntagirov and Sarah Lamb (Principals of the Royal Ballet). Sleeping Beauty will be performed at the Artscape Opera House from 17 - 31 August. Tickets cost from R180 to R 695 with concessions for pensioners, scholars and block bookings of ten or more. CTCB will be accompanied by the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra at selected performances. Bookings via Computicket on 0861 915 8000 or online at