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Discover a world of unique experiences and be inspired by the wine, food, culture, heritage and events in Cape Town and the Western Cape. Add activities to your trip and fall in love with one of the leading destinations. Travel from the dynamic city of Cape Town with unparalleled views of the Cape Peninsula and its unique urban vibe to the 5 diverse regions of the Western Cape. Discover everything from the intensity of the Karoo and Klein Karoo’s endless skies and quiet roads, to the wine farms in the Cape Winelands, the fishing villages on the West Coast, the markets in the Overberg to the Blue seas and white sandy beaches of the Garden Route.



Cape Town and the Western Cape is excited by the announcement that the major multinational corporation, PepsiCo, has entered into an agreement to acquire the Cape headquartered Pioneer Foods Group with an investment of R24bn. “This major agreement between PepsiCo and the Western Cape headquartered Pioneer Foods is a vote of confidence in the Food and Beverage Sector of the Western Cape and South Africa, and demonstrates clearly that we are the key springboard into the rest of Africa,” said Wesgro CEO, Tim Harris. Wesgro, Cape Town and the Western Cape’s Official Tourism, Trade and Investment Promotion Agency, is proud to have worked with Pioneer Foods, assisting them with accessing opportunities on the continent and the world, through our International Trade team. Continue Reading Page 4

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Vergelegen Named Africa’s Top Winery Vergelegen wine estate in Somerset West is a treasure trove of wine, food, exquisite gardens, historic buildings and sustainable biodiversity. Already loved by locals and international visitors, it is set to enjoy even greater global recognition with the announcement recently that it is the top winery on the African continent. In the prestigious World’s Best Vineyard 2019 competition, a voting panel from around the globe analysed 1500 wineries from 17 countries. Vergelegen was named the best winery in Africa, and number 34 overall. The top estate in the world is Zuccardi Valle de Uco in Argentina. The list has been established to raise the profile of wine tourism, and to encourage visitors to explore more of the world’s best wineries, both traditional and emerging producers.

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Vergelegen’s previous accolades include the International Best of Wine Tourism, Cape Winelands and, awarded in 2016 for an unprecedented fifth time. The estate was also the first Biodiversity and Wine Initiative Champion, in 2005.


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The V&A Waterfront is one of the most visited destinations in Africa, attracting 24 million visitors every year. Since January, nearly 900 000 people have made use of the previous bridge, which means more than 200 000 visitors make use of the bridge on a monthly basis.


The original swing bridge was designed and constructed in 1997, but an increase in visitor numbers over the years has led to the need for a bridge which is able to accommodate more foot traffic. The new bridge remains 42 metres in length, but has doubled in width to 4 meters with a raised beam down the centre to encourage a separation in the direction of foot traffic. When required, the bridge can be swung away to allow ships free passage on their journey to the sea.


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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

Notable features of the new bridge are: It can operate in wind speeds of up to 60kmph and it can withstand the impact of a passing vessel and swing to free itself to protect the mechanism.

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“Tourism is a vital part of our economy, outperforming many key industries in job creation, so this is not only a proud moment for Vergelegen, but for the South African wine and tourism sectors overall.” Located an hour’s drive from Cape Town, Vergelegen’s numerous attractions make it the ideal choice for visitors who are eager to sample the best of the Western Cape and South African in one easy-to-reach destination. The estate welcomes about 100 000 visitors annually, half from beyond South Africa’s borders. Vergelegen has enjoyed a renaissance since it was acquired by Anglo American in 1987 and opened to the public. There has been extensive investment in viticulture and hospitality facilities, restoring the estate’s historic core, updating the magnificent gardens and making it a showpiece of the very best of South Africa for all to enjoy.

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“We are absolutely delighted by this award,” said Vergelegen CEO Don Tooth. “The Vergelegen team is committed to building South Africa’s reputation as a producer of world-class wines and this win is an acknowledgment of that passion.”

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“The growth of the V&A Waterfront development and its popularity with visitors continues to inspire the changes to its landscape as well as the visitor experience. From the day the swing bridge opened in December 1997, it has been an irresistible attraction, coping with footfall growth that has doubled with the new developments of the Silo District, as the most direct route to the heart of the Waterfront. The new swing bridge reinvigorates the Clock Tower precinct with a new and iconic gateway structure which purposefully unifies our public spaces for everyone to enjoy, be it on foot or a passing boat,” said the V&A Waterfront CEO,” David Green.





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SANParks Extend SA National Parks Week To Include Weekends The inaugural South African National Parks Week took place in 2006 and was aimed at linking the South African national parks system to the global national movement and to also showcase the best of South Africa’s national parks. South African National Parks will be presenting the 14th annual SA National Parks Week from 8 - 15 September 2019. This year SANParks is pleased to announce that it has extended SA National Parks Week to include weekends, heeding the request from South Africans who don’t have time to visit national parks during the week. The week grants free access to most of the 21 national parks for day visitors, especially people from the local communities. Free entry excludes Namaqua National Park and Boulders Penguin Colony and the Table Mountain Cableway in Table Mountain National Park. It should be noted that free access to parks does not in include free access to accommodation facilities and other tourist activities.

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Some of the parks include: Addo Elephant National Park, Agulhas National Park (The Park is an open access park with no pay points), Bontebok National Park, Camdeboo National Park, Garden Route National Park, Karoo National Park, Mountain Zebra National Park, Table Mountain National Park (Free entry excludes Boulders Penguin Colony and the Table Mountain Cableway in Table Mountain National Park), Tankwa Karoo National Park and West Coast National Park.

Nadal, Federer To Meet In Cape Town In February 2020 Two of the world’s greatest tennis players, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal will go head to head in Cape Town to raise funds for the Roger Federer Foundation which will go towards education in Africa. Cape Town Mayor Dan Plato confirmed the match, which will be hosted at 8pm on 7 February 2020 at the Cape Town Stadium. “We are very excited. We are grateful, happy. Looking at their followers, lots of tennis spectators will follow them down to Cape Town,” Plato told SABC. The Cape Town Stadium, which has a capacity of more than 50,000 spectators, will also host a celebrity/pro doubles match between Federer and Bill Gates, best known as the founder of the Microsoft Corporation, versus Nadal and South African comedian Trevor Noah. As the excitement mounts, the legendary pair are expecting to raise a record amount for charity and achieve one of the highest attendance numbers for a tennis match ever. “I will play in my mother’s home country against my toughest rival and friend Rafael Nadal. We share not only the love for tennis but also for the good cause of giving children a better start in education and in life. It will be a once-in-a-lifetime moment for my family and I,” said Roger Federer. Nadal, who is equally excited, said, “Roger and I have shared so many magical moments on and off the court. Travelling with him to Cape Town and playing for the benefit of children is something I am very excited about. It will be my first time in the region with Roger as a tour guide – that will be fun.” Tickets are only expected to go on sale from September this year and no prices have yet been announced, but you can officially register for tickets.

The tickets will be priced to ensure the match is accessible to as many fans as possible. All net proceeds will be benefiting the Roger Federer Foundation’s (RFF) programs in the region. The RFF has been particularly active for many years in South Africa’s Eastern Cape region, where it supports charity projects. Federer personally has been to the Eastern Cape several times to have a look at the foundation’s work first hand. The 37-year-old also has strong relationships with South Africa since his mother, Lynette Federer was born in Johannesburg. Roger Federer, therefore, holds dual citizenship of Switzerland and South Africa. For more information visit




Mediclinic Moves Into Its New World-Class Stellenbosch Hospital The hospital began operating from its new home from 1 June 2019. Besides the hospital’s state-of-the-art facilities developed to Mediclinic’s specifications, its design and décor features reflect its unique location in Stellenbosch, and restorative views of the town are revealed through its windows. It is fitting that the building celebrates Stellenbosch and its people; both Mediclinic and Atterbury are good corporate citizens of the town with offices there, and with Mediclinic’s being its headquarters. An extremely convenient location is one of the key benefits for the community that Atterbury was able to provide the new hospital, which is just off the R44 Strand Road, at the corner of Elsie du Toit Drive, in Brandwacht. The bigger private hospital responds to growing demand in this community and means that residents of Stellenbosch and the surrounding Winelands areas will no longer need to travel long distances to access specialist medical services. Mediclinic has started operating from brand-new, world-class medical facilities in Stellenbosch, purpose-built for the private hospital group by Atterbury and its partners to serve the growing demands to care for the Winelands community. Leading South African property developer and investor Atterbury began the development in May 2017 and delivered the new 16,000sqm Mediclinic hospital in Stellenbosch in March this year.

It houses over 100 beds, a 24-hour emergency centre, five theatres, reception, gardens, coffee shop, and a pharmacy. Its departments cover general surgery, medical patients, ophthalmology, urology, ICU, general theatres, radiology as well as a day clinic. Its second phase, due for completion at the end of July, includes gynaecology, maternity, paediatrics and obstetrics. In addition, the old Mediclinic building in Stellenbosch, located in Die Boord, remains operational for orthopaedic, rheumatology and day clinic services. The two Mediclinic facilities are operated as one.

Cape Town Next Host City For The Netball World Cup In 2023 Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith represented the City of Cape Town when the International Netball Federation (INF) flag was presented to team South Africa, signalling the start of the journey to 2023. South Africa was one of the top performers at the 2019 event and is now ranked among the top four Netball nations In the world. In March, Cape Town was announced as the host city for the Netball World Cup in 2023 after a successful inter-governmental bid which included the national and provincial governments as well as Netball South Africa. Alderman Smith was part of a South African delegation which presented the plans for the 2023 World Cup to the INF Congress in Liverpool. “It is an honour for us to officially take our place as the next host city for the Netball World Cup. There is2017.pdf a lot1 of hard11:12:02 work A5Henri'sAd -June Winter 2017/05/27 AM and preparations that will take place over the next four years.”


“It is important that the City, provincial government and national government support the Netball World Cup in 2023 with the same enthusiasm that was demonstrated for the FIFA World Cup as netball is the largest women’s sport in the world. With our excellent infrastructure, and world-class facilities to stage these events, we have assured the INF Congress of our capabilities in delivering a world-class spectacle, filled with a lot of gees,” said Alderman Smith. The 2023 Netball World Cup will be the first tournament hosted on African soil in the competitions 50-year history. “In addition to the economic benefits that will come with hosting this event, the Netball World Cup opens up opportunities to elevate the status of Netball as a national sport in the long run. This will also provide means for the development of the sport at grassroots level and nurture the next cohort of national sportswomen. The event will leave behind a powerful legacy of facilities for the development of sport which plays an important role in giving hope and opportunities to aspiring champions across our city,” added Alderman Smith.

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Why The Cape Is A Major Springboard Into The Rest Of Africa (Continue from page 1) “As the Cape’s official trade promotion agency, we have been mandated by our government partners to facilitate outward foreign direct investment into the rest of Africa, positioning the Western Cape as a global headquarter for operations on the continent. This agreement shows that this is an attractive option for major global companies,” added Harris. Western Cape Minister for Finance and Economic Opportunities, MEC David Maynier, added: “The Western Cape exported over $US33 billion worth of goods globally, with the rest of Africa being the single biggest market for these goods. In fact, 7 of our top 15 export markets are countries in Africa. The future growth of the Western Cape’s economy is increasingly linked to accessing and leveraging the remarkable opportunities emerging on our continent. This deal demonstrates that the rest of the world is noticing this, and we encourage other global companies to follow suite, and come and base their operations in the Western Cape.” Research conducted by Wesgro’s IQ unit, on behalf of the City of Cape Town and the Western Cape Government, found that the Food and Beverages sector made up almost a third of all the Western Cape’s outward investment into the rest of Africa between 2008 and 2018.




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GREEN ENERGY GAINING MOMENTUM IN SOUTH AFRICA The nation’s skewed dependence on traditional power sources has once again come into sharp focus given the energy crisis gripping the nation. As businesses and South Africans at large come to grips with an unpredictable power supply and the rising cost of electricity, the viability of renewable energy as a dependable source of power has been prioritised. Renewable energy is the answer to a responsible and sustainable future. Fairview Wine and Cheese Estate has prioritised the power of renewable energy as part of their responsible approach to business.

In a prime example of their commitment to change, Emergent Energy, with the support of Absa, has provided a comprehensive solar solution to the Estate in the Western Cape. Social and environmental responsibility is at the heart of Fairview’s approach to business. In particular, generating electricity is part of a holistic environmentally responsible model for Fairview. From removing ‘alien’ vegetation and preheating water before entering the boiler to producing its own meat and farming key ingredients for the restaurant, Fairview has seen the broader sustainable picture. Fairview invested in a system size of 305 kWp and there are 924 solar panels installed which generate an impressive 430 000 kWh of clean energy annually. An increase in investment into solar solutions through funding renewable energy solutions for businesses and households has largely been driven by the decreasing costs of technologies, increasing skills and experience within the teams who design and build these installations as well as regulatory certainty and frameworks. Substantially higher tariffs (the price you pay for units of electricity) over the last decade and the reduction in costs and increase in life spans of batteries, coupled with a strong investment into lithium ion technology, have all contributed to the appeal of solar. Emergent Energy, a leading solar photovoltaic (PV) company with the most experience in commercial scale installations and 120+ projects completed nationwide and Absa have been collaborating to make solar more accessible. “Assisting South African businesses in leveraging further their solar PV project benefits is a top priority for us,” says Robert Timmis, Emergent Energy’s Chief Executive Officer.

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DID YOU KNOW? There are new water conservation by laws applicable for renovations to existing buildings or any new developments.

“(5) Where renovations to an existing building triggers a building plan approval process, full details of any [proposed] water conservation and demand management system or alternative water systems [such as a grey water system, air conditioner or bleedoff] for flushing toilets, irrigation, swimming pool filling or top-up or other non-domestic purposes must accompany the building plans.”; and “(6) All new developments must provide for the installation of water conservation and demand management systems or alternative water system for non-domestic purposes and full details thereof must accompany the building plans.”

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NEW YORK FASHION WEEK IS COMING TO TOWN Strap on your high heels, New York Fashion Week is coming to Town! Friday, 11 October 2019 sees New York Fashion Week designers gracing the runway at Cape Town Marriott Hotel Crystal Towers, South Africa. Producers Red Carpet Creative in collaboration with Runway Prestige New York have hand-picked a curated selection of showstopping ready-to-wear and haute couture fashion designers direct from the Big Apple, bringing the freshest tailored trends to our doorstep. “We are ecstatic for this sublime collaboration of SA-NYC; transcending borders and breaking boundaries, we lift the curtain and unveil the best of the world’s culture capitals,” says Jade Allen of Red Carpet Creative. Doors open at 7pm and tickets start at R495 a pop, covering all bases from food to fashion, cocktail and beauty bars and everything in between. Gorgeous gifts, giveaways and surprise live entertainment acts to blow the hair back. Crystal Tower’s Orah bar will host the official after party. For R1400 (per person sharing) guests can upgrade their tickets with a stay over at Crystal Towers Hotel inclusive of breakfast. Runway Prestige is based on the vision of unity and exclusivity” explains Rabab Abdalla, Founder, Executive Producer of Runway Prestige New York. “We believe in fostering a space of tolerance and respect whilst cultivating and encouraging our fashion designer’s creativity and cross-cultural fashion exploration. We are extremely excited to bring our New York fashion production to South Africa. Our aim is to empower designers to explore other ecosystems of production and distribution. We are transcending geographical boundaries and creating an open platform for designers to be inspired by other cultural fashion history, trends and expression.” Innovative, modern design emanating contemporary sophistication and luxury, Cape Town Marriott Hotel Crystal Towers offers the quintessential space for a global fashion event. The hotel is centrally located in the heart of the Century City urban hub, set beside the palm-lined canal and boasts majestic views of Table Mountain. Says SA Haute Couture Designer, Jacques LaGrange: “Having worked with NYFW for the past three years consecutively, I can confidently say that South Africa is right up there in terms of vision and quality. The cross pollination of NY and SA makes perfect sense in the world of fashion and gives people something truly spectacular to look forward to and be a part of!”

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Celebrate Women In August At Benguela Cove The splendour of Benguela Cove runs deeper than its obvious appeal being perched amongst the natural enchantment of the Bot River Lagoon, vistas of the Atlantic Ocean, stretches of fynbos and towering mountains. Benguela Cove Lagoon Wine Estate boasts South Africa’s longest stretch of ocean facing vineyards - at the lowest altitude of only 3m above sea level. This results in our estate’s award-winning, unique cool climate wines. August is all about women and Benguela Cove is looking forward to create a special and memorable experience for every lady visiting the estate this month. Whilst the vineyards are still in their winter dormancy, the tasting room, restaurant and surrounds remain a hive of activity, leading into Spring when the vines pushes out the first green leaves in September. To rejuvenate your winter body, they are hosting a Women’s Day Vineyard Walk. This fun 5km vineyard walk is complete with the offering of delicious wine, food and entertainment for the whole family. Enjoy four wine tastings on route while you can explore the estate in all its glory. And yes, all woofs are welcome on a leash. What to expect The first stop is located at the crossing of their south facing vineyards and olive groves. This is where the Benguela Cove Lighthouse Collection Sauvignon Blanc grapes are grown - the perfect location to taste that very wine. Here you may also sample the Benguela Cove Estate olive oil and fresh baked bread. The second tasting will be at the southernmost tip of the estate. Whilst enjoying panoramic ocean views, guests can enjoy a tasting of the Benguela Cove Lighthouse Collection Dry Rosé 2018. The third stop leads guests right between the vines and the sea to sample the Benguela Cove Lighthouse Collection Syrah 2017. The Benguela Cove Women’s Day Vineyard Walk concludes back at The Tasting Room, where guests can enjoy the final tasting of the day and toast Women’s Day with their Benguela Cove Cuvee 58 Method Cap Classique. When: Friday 9 August , Time: Registration opens at 08:00 at the estate Tasting Room. Walk starts at 09:00. There will be a lucky draw at the end of the walk with great prizes to be won. For your diary: Don’t forget your tickets to the Renate Riedemann in Concert: Sat 9 November 2019 16:00 - 19:00 | R250 per person. Enjoy the captivating craft of this world renowned violinist as the beautiful Benguela Cove Lagoon Wine Estate. For more information contact 087 357 0637, or visit

Gåte at Quoin Rock the 2019 Haute Cuisine Global Winner The World Luxury Restaurant Awards are seen as the pinnacle of achievement in the luxury restaurant industry, offering international recognition as voted by guests, travellers and industry players. Gåte has been declared the 2019 Global Restaurant of the Year Overall Winner, and as well as the 2019 Haute Cuisine Global Winner. It also secured the 2019 Molecular Cuisine Global Winner honour, plus the 2019 World Luxury Restaurant Awards’ Best Head Chef - Global Winner accolade - which recognizes sustained commitment to service excellence and outstanding achievement in the international restaurant industry. In addition, the Knorhoek Valley estate also scooped a win for 2019 Outstanding Architecture Continent Winner: Africa. Head Chef Nicole Loubser delineates the brilliance of top level dining at Gåte. Her artistry was honed at Jan Hendrik’s 1 star Michelin restaurant in Nice and at Salzburg’s 2 Michelin star Ikarus.

Gåte restaurant’s exceptional gourmet cuisine has been affirmed by triumphant wins at the World Luxury Restaurant Awards. There is much to celebrate on the lavish Quoin Rock estate and these accolades highlight the skill of Head Chef Nicole Loubser and her team.

Nicole maximizes her expertise in the farm’s unusually large kitchen. “It’s a lot of fun as it’s bigger than most in terms of space as well as equipment. Gåte is cutting edge because we not only focus on molecular gastronomy, but also on fine dining. We aim to play with the senses of the guest. As such, it’s not just another wine farm but a high-end fine dining venue,” she adds. “We focus on getting local food in, and also expensive items like truffles. We are setting up a greenhouse so we can be sustainable and have hydroponics in the kitchen for our own micro herbs and flowers.”

Better, best, blend by Samarie Smith The consumer wine world is forever-changing. People’s tastes are determined by the latest restaurants, trendiest super foods on supermarket shelves, popular food programs on the telly and of course, what is best suited to enjoy with the weather. We are sometimes oblivious to the fact that vineyards are even more so exposed to the ever-changing face of climate and weather patterns. Small changes in temperature and moisture may have drastic effects on the vineyards that ultimately need to produce the grapes that the winemaker needs to provide a consistent product. The fickleness of nature prodded our predecessors to plant different cultivars on different slopes and soil types as a form of insurance that would later be used to our advantage in producing different styles of wines for different palates. The art of blending Bottling a single cultivar to shine on its own and to emit all those unique characteristics associated with that particular variety is an art. However, the art of blending these cultivars is also an age-old tradition to combine structure and fruit for the ultimate balancing act of acidity, alcohol, sugar and tannins. This can involve blending different grape varieties and become as intricate as blending different vineyards of the same variety (like Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot), different regions (like Walker Bay and Stellenbosch) and maturation vessels (like oak or concrete). Tediously but masterfully, each wine will be shaped to as little as 2% per cultivar to create that aimed style the winemaker has envisioned. It is imperative to understand that blending wine is no haphazard affair. Each component needs to comply with the above rule that it portrays the best characteristics that the cultivar is known for. Wine blending is a skill that comes with years of experience – understanding the different cultivars but also understanding the terroir where they grow. A label stating 100% Chardonnay can still be a blend from different vineyards on the same estate or across regions that will be indicated in the Wine of Origin status on the label. The winemaker needs to scope for components that will best suit his blend to deliver a consistent style and balanced wine.

In the case of a regional blend, this could, for example, involve adding grapes from a coastal region to add acidity or blending grapes from a region known to provide more richness. However, it goes even deeper into the soil. Grapes used from vineyards planted on different soil types can also make a massive difference to a blend, adding structure and finesse. The age of the vines is also a yardstick for style. It’s the consumers’ job to journey through various blends to understand the power of two … or five. 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. Follow on Instagram: @Samarie.Smith







OLD CAPE QUARTER DEVELOPMENT ACHIEVES RECORD SALES 22 one bedroom and 31 two bedroom apartments, as well as two exceptional penthouse suites, each featuring three bedrooms, a private swimming pool and roof-top garden. Old Cape Quarter also consists of 1590m2 of commercial space and 3510m2 of retail space. “Framed by Dixon, Waterkant and Hudson Street, Old Cape Quarter will cradle the existing retail and commercial floors of the Piazza, adding an additional four residential floors,” explains Marc Edwards, CEO of Tower Property Fund, who are the owners of the building. “Although we only broke ground on the development in June, several units at Old Cape Quarter have already been sold, with record sales for the area indicating the quality and desirability of this development,” says Edwards, who explains that investors have secured the two very exclusive penthouses for over R45 million – the second-highest price achieved for residential real estate in the area.

The second-highest price recorded for residential property in the De Waterkant area has been achieved for the currently under construction apartments at Old Cape Quarter, an exciting new luxury mixed used development in the desirable De Waterkant Old Town. Located at the popular Cape Quarter Precinct in De Waterkant, when completed Old Cape Quarter (previously known as Cape Quarter Piazza) will consist of 55 elegant apartments – all of which take advantage of the site’s prime location. The development, which is expected to be complete by February 2021, is made up of

“The Old Cape Quarter Precinct will take the historical De Waterkant area to the next level. Apartments and penthouses within the recently completed 32 Napier Street development, also in De Waterkant, have already shown marked favourable growth for buyers and we anticipate no less for Old Cape Quarter,” says Karen Muller of Leapfrog Property Group, sales agents for Old Cape Quarter. “We expect sales to remain robust for Old Cape Quarter.” Old Cape Quarter forms part of the trendy and vibrant De Waterkant Village, with its European influence, cobbled streets and sidewalk cafe’s, and is also part of the Cape Quarter Precinct. The Cape Quarter is a landmark development in De Waterkant, and one which continues to evolve, taking shape into one of the most iconic and desirable mixed used centres in the City drawing both local and overseas visitors alike.

CAPE FISH UPSKILLS EMPLOYEES TO CREATE OPPORTUNITIES Estimated to have the potential to contribute up to R177 billion to Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by 2033 and create approximately 1 million jobs, the oceans economy is a key economic enabler of Cape Town and the Western Cape. Playing their part in the oceans economy value chain and positively contributing to skills development and upliftment is Cape Fish (Pty) Ltd, situated in Paarden Eiland. Employing over 30 employees, Cape Fish started out as a wholesaler in 2012 before deciding to open the small, yet stylish retail side of the business just over a year ago. Empowering and upskilling staff who show interest and promise is key to Cape Fish’s employment strategy, an example of which is Chang Hubi who joined the team in September 2017. Having worked for minimum wage at a big supermarket, Hubi stared out as a bakkie assistant at Cape Fish, helping with deliveries. Not even two years later, he is now Cape Fish’s Chief HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point) Manager as well as manager of staff, production and orders. His salary has increased by 122% in the past three years. “One of the Cape Fish owners, Kurt Hill, took me under his wing when I showed interest in wanting to know more about how fish is prepared for customers. He taught me how to grade the quality of tuna, as well as how to prepare, quantify and present orders to our customers. He also taught me how to professionally and efficiently communicate with customers, as well as imparted skills of how to build relationships in a professional environment,” comments Hubi. After showing promise in his new role of preparing fish for orders and liaising with customers, Hill offered Hubi the opportunity to complete the HACCP Food Safety Risks Training course. This gives him the skills to utilise a highly regarded management system in which food safety is addressed and audited, and Hubi successfully passed the course to become a certified HACCP Manager for Cape Fish. “Where I came from to where I am today is such a big difference. My growth at Cape Fish has enabled me to offer my family a better life,” concluded Hubi.


A team of 14 postgraduate students from Stellenbosch University’s Department of Earth Sciences – and six container laboratories – will be on board the SA Agulhas II when it sets out for the 2019 winter cruise. The team will have to endure a stormy Southern Ocean, five metres high waves and no sun for most of the trip as they will be sailing as far south as possible. Dr Susanne Fietz, an environmental geochemist in the SU Department of Earth Sciences, says they are following an interdisciplinary approach to better understand the link between ocean geochemistry and microorganisms such as phytoplankton and bacteria in the ocean: “The new knowledge gained will help us to understand natural and man-made impacts on the marine ecosystem.” The group consists of two postdoctoral students (Dr Jan-Lukas Menzel and Dr Saumik Samanata), six Phd students (Jean Loock, Ryan Cloete, Ismael Kangueehi, Johan Viljoen, Margaret Ogundare and Asmita Singh), and five MSc students (Tara de Jongh, Raya Stavreva, Zandria Jordaan and Herman Boock). Two international students, Bernhard Wenzel from TU Braunschweig in Germany, and Jennifer Mary Ivanoff from the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria in Spain, will also be on board.

Photo: The group of Stellenbosch University earth science students who will be aboard the SA Agulhas II - Photo Credit : Stellenbosch University




SANLAM CAPE TOWN MARATHON WORKING ON SUSTAINABILITY The Sanlam Cape Town Marathon aims to make a real impact in key areas with which the world is currently grappling, including climate action, affordable and clean energy, health and wellbeing, as well as peace. Its Run4Change programme, which through a series of initiatives and recent key developments, is addressing these critical areas, is calling on a great number of charities to get involved in this year’s springtime event. The marathon takes place on Sunday, 15 September 2019. The Marathon has built up a network of over 50 charities that use the event to leverage change in their respective communities. Two of these are Township Farmers, which creates small-scale organic farming in previously disadvantaged communities, and Greenpop, which plants indigenous trees, gardens and forest gardens, and runs development workshops and environmental festivals. Township Farmers, using the hashtag #runningtree, is raising funds to plant 2019 trees in Khayelitsha schools and surrounding neighbourhoods, while Greenpop, using the hashtag #runfortrees, offers free entrance to the 10km Peace Run/Walk if runners are able to raise R840 – the cost of seven trees. Aiming to increase last year’s R2,5 million raised for charity by the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon to R3 million, race ambassador and Olympian, Elana Van Zyl Meyer is calling on a greater number of charities to seriously consider the benefits and enormous potential the marathon can offer as a platform to yield moral and financial support for the issues they are tackling. Environmentally, the Marathon certainly puts its money where its mouth is: it’s developed a programme to reduce or reuse litter, creating zero waste to landfill, conserving water and reducing energy, offsetting carbon, and supporting enterprise development. Sanlam has contributed meaningfully towards the carbon offsetting programme. The Marathon has had an equally positive effect in the areas of health and wellness, with no fewer than 16 health-focused charities using it to generate much-needed funds. Alongside this is the Western Cape Government’s healthy-lifestyles initiative, a women’s gathering that focuses on issues, trends and solutions related to women’s health in relation to sport, and the Say No to Doping programmes run by UNESCO and Drug Free Sport. The Marathon will this year be hosting the Sri Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace Run, a global relay seeking to inspire the creation of a more peaceful world. It will again support as two official sports-development charities Endurocad, and the Western Province Kids Athletics Development Programme. The Marathon, which attracted in excess of 23 000 athletes from over 82 countries last year, has won an array of social and environmental awards. In 2017 it was one of the first marathons in the world to win the coveted AIMS Green Award; and in 2018 it won a bronze award at the South African Eco-Logic Awards and was voted as the 2018 Event of the Year by Runners World (RSA). Certified a Climate Neutral Event by the Climate Neutral Group, the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon has applied for Platinum Label status from the IAAF.

STUDY AT THE HOME OF SPORT SCIENCE fitness, performance and wellness. “Science continues to play a central role in the activities of SSISA and is the focus of our qualifications.” Course content: Written by specialists currently working in their respective fields, the course content is innovative and contemporary. Authors include professors, doctors, and biokineticists the majority of whom work for SSISA or UCT’s Exercise Science and Sports Medicine (ESSM) department, housed at SSISA. The lecturers have the qualifications and experience to transfer knowledge and skills in an interactive environment. 30% of the course is theoretical and 70% is practical. Assessments are conducted directly after each module to enable regular monitoring and to provide learner support should the need arise.

Study at the renowned The Sports Science Institute of South Africa (SSISA) with state of the art facilities and internationally recognised experts to transform your career aspirations into reality. SSISA was established in 1994 and was the first institution in South Africa to promote the advancement of sport through science. SSISA’s goal was; and continues to be “optimise the sporting performance and health of all South African’s through the application, execution and dissemination of science.” One of the governing principles is to “endeavour to provide internationally recognised sports science services, programmes, teaching and research.” Over the past 23 years, SSISA has continued to provide a holistic approach to

SSISA is an accredited service provider for the Cultural, Arts, Tourism, Hospitality, Sports Education Sector Education and Training Authority (CATHSSETA) and boasts a state of the art fitness centre with the latest training equipment, indoor track and heated swimming pool. In addition SSISA has a high performance gym, yoga/pilates studio, an endurance studio and several testing laboratories for high performance athletes. To optimise learning, SSISA has several multimedia classrooms, a student hub with computers, unlimited WiFi access and air conditioning throughout the building. Graduates of SSISA’s Personal Training and Conditioning Certificate and Advance Personal Training and Coaching Diploma could enter the following careers: Personal fitness trainers, Fitness facilities manager, Floor supervisor, Group fitness instructor, Health and wellness coach, Physical education, and Fitness club owner/ operator. The workplace options include: Fitness centres, gyms or health clubs, Corporate fitness facilities, Sports clubs, Schools, Community centres, Holiday camps, Hotels, Spas and Cruise liners.

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Pulling out all the stops at Franschhoek Uncorked Festival Bid farewell to the Winter blues and swing into Spring by heading off to the picture perfect Franschhoek Wine Valley over the weekend of 14 - 15 September for this year’s Franschhoek Uncorked Festival. What better excuse to explore one of South Africa’s premier wine destinations, whilst uncovering a fine selection of wine gems from the Franschhoek Vignerons. Participating wineries in and around the valley welcome the fresh, new season, using the opportunity to showcase their exciting new vintages and releases, as well as putting on a string of special events for visitors. New release line-ups range from MCC’s, white wines and rosés to red varietals. Pack the car and set off for the winelands with its fresh country air and exquisite views whilst travelling from farm to farm. Be sure not to miss some of the live entertainment on offer as you plan your voyage of discovery of the region’s great wines and delectable culinary treats. With most of the Franschhoek wineries participating in this fun two-day festival, there promises to be something for everyone, which includes cellar and vineyard tours, barrel tastings, food and wine pairings, old school lawn games, to name but a few. With so much on offer be sure to make a weekend of your Uncorked experience. Book into one of Franschhoek’s luxurious accommodation establishments, which range from quaint B&B’s and guest houses to 5-star boutique hotels. This will allow you ample time for a leisurely stroll down the main road, uncovering world-class shops, art galleries and boutiques during your Franschhoek Uncorked weekend. For more visit

Elgin Winter Festival, Winter, Wine and Words! There’s something quite magical and authentic about winter in Elgin. The chill brings with it a unique beauty of its own. Crisp mornings start the day with a heavy mist sunken within the dips of the rolling hills and a winter sun that shines stark over the many vineyards and fruit orchards amidst their off-season slumber. Locals greet the mornings with dragon breath and steaming cups of coffee, then wrap themselves up in the mandatory winter woollies. They are known to embrace the chill as they appreciate that the cold temperatures are good for next seasons fruit. As the last of the moody afternoon light filters through the tips of the Groenlandberg mountain, muddy boots are hung up to dry, stoves get lit, the red wine is opened as wafts of wood burning fires and homecooked meals fill the air. For those not already tempted - Elgin Grabouw Tourism are inviting you to come and experience the very first Elgin Winter Festival - Winter, Wine and Words over the long weekend from 9 - 11 August 2019. It will be a festival to celebrate all that we love about winter, fireplaces, red wine, world class entertainment, books and deliciously warm comfort food! There will also be a special focus on the ladies in honour of National Woman’s Day on 9 August 2019. A great excuse to escape your hibernation and come to experience Elgin’s warmth in the cold! The Elgin Valley will be pulling out all the stops over the weekend to impress and entertain visitors, from a first of its kind indoor Elgin Wine Festival at the Railway Market on the Friday evening, to wine master classes hosted at various wine estates throughout the weekend. Fitness enthusiasts of all levels are invited to take part in a Saturday morning Parkrun event and Sunday morning Mountain Bike Rides from Trails End Bike Hotel, which alongside South Hill Vineyards, will host Elgin Valleys very first Literary Book Festival for fans of crime writing.

Photo: Elgin Railway Market - Photo Credit: Heinrich Knoetze

Women’s Day bubbly specials will be running all weekend long for the ladies at the charming Rojaal Restaurant, as well as a unique and very exciting “The Wine, The Women and The Wardrobe” market at Galileo Farm. The highlight of the weekend is most definitely the live entertainment at the Elgin Railway Market on the Saturday night, where multi-instrumentalist folk-rock duo Bottomless Coffee Band will be joining us to add to the festivities. Elgin River Lodge will be offering River cruises on their open air barge. There is plenty for the whole family to come and enjoy, including horse outrides and kids pony rides at Long Shadows Farm. For more information on the schedule of events visit

CAPE TOWN CITY BALLET PRESENTS SLEEPING BEAUTY Cape Town City Ballet’s wonderful Autumn/Winter Season continues with popular favourite SLEEPING BEAUTY. It will be performed at the Artscape Opera House from 17 - 31 August 2019. The production will be staged by esteemed ballet legend Denise Schultze Godfrey. International guest artists that will be joining the company for selected performances include Vadim Muntagirov, (The Royal Ballet), Precious Adams (English National Ballet), and Andile Ndlovu (Washington Ballet). Performed to Tchaikovsky’s delightful music, Sleeping Beauty is the timeless story that follows Princess Aurora’s 100 year sleep and magical awakening. It features captivating 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 Set and Costume Design for Sleeping Beauty is by Peter Cazalet, and Lighting Design for the production is by Wilhelm Disbergen. Sleeping Beauty will be performed at the Artscape Opera House from 17 to 31 August. Tickets cost from R180 to R695 with concessions for pensioners, scholars and block bookings of ten or more. CTCB will be accompanied by the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra at the 19h30 performances on Saturday 17, Friday 23, Saturday 24 and Wednesday 28 August. They will also accompany CTCB at the 15h00 performances on Sunday, 18 and Saturday, 31 August. Photo Credit: Amber Hunt

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Photo: Wine on the River - Photo Credit: Robertson Wine Valley

Photo: The Chocolate Festival




Boobaloo Expo - Moms, Tots & Babies

2 - 4 August

GrandWest Casino and Entertainment World

Winelands Bridal Fair

3 - 4 August

Nooitgedacht Estate, Stellenbosch

Willowbridge MTB Expo

2 - 4 August

Willowbridge Shopping Centre

Klein Karoo Klassique In Oudtshoorn

8 - 11 August


Hermanus Kalfiefees

8 - 11 August


Totalsports Womens Race

9 August

Grand Parade, Cape Town

Robertson Slow Food & Wine Festival

9 - 11 August

Robertson Wine Valley

Elgin Winter Festival

9 - 11 August

Elgin Railway Market

Sleeping Beauty (Cape Town City Ballet)

17 - 31 August

Artscape Opera House

West Coast Flower Trail Run

17 August

Khwa Ttu San Culture and Education Centre

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)

Capegate Craft Beer Festival

30 - 31 August

Capegate Shopping Centre,

The Chocolate Festival

31 August - 1 September

The Woodmill, Stellenbosch

Open Book Festival

4 - 8 September

Fugard Theatre, Cape Town

Namaqualand Flower Festival

6 - 8 September

Gifberg Holiday Farm, Vanrhynsdorp

SANPArks Week

8 - 15 September

Various locations in South Africa

Cape Construction Expo 2019

11 - 12 September


SA Innovation Summit

11 - 13 September

Cape Town Stadium, Green Point

Sanlam Cape Town Marathon

14 - 15 September

Cape Town

Franschhoek Uncorked Festival

14 - 15 September

Franschhoek Wine Valley

Darling Wildflower Show

20 - 22 September


Strawberry Festival

21 - 22 September

Redberry Farm, George

Hermanus Wine & Food Festival

28 - 29 September

Curro Hermanus

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Norval Foundation opens its doors to arts and culture for all on Free First Thursdays In an exciting new SA venture, Norval Foundation is granting free all-day access to art and culture in its gallery spaces and sculpture gardens on every First Thursday of the month, thanks to an annual partnership with Coca Cola Peninsula Beverages. First Thursdays will run for the course of a year and will provide crucial public access to art exhibitions that display the best of SA and African contemporary art. All over the world, brands are starting to acknowledge the cultural impact and social value of art museums and cultural institutions, realising that they can play a role in the cultural lives of society. By partnering with museums, not only are they investing in the future of arts and culture, but ultimately investing in the lives of their customers. “We are very excited and honored to follow in global footsteps with this partnership and to have Coca Cola Peninsula Beverages as our sponsor for Free First Thursdays at Norval Foundation. We look forward to welcoming all visitors to our galleries and gardens and trust that this is the beginning of a long and mutually beneficial partnership and journey,” says Elana Brundyn, Norval Foundation Chief Executive. Located in the heart of the Cape Winelands in the Constantia Valley, Norval Foundation is a new center for art cultural expression that is dedicated to the exhibition of art and sculpture that is of a global standard. Afterhours access on First Thursdays will allow for public access to this cultural environment that is closely intertwined with the natural splendor of the Western Cape Fynbos biome. “We’ve always been big fans of various after-hours museum programmes that make cultural institutions more accessible to the public. Free access is one thing, but it’s also the sociable nature of these events that have a big impact on developing new audiences for the arts. We would love to see more corporate sponsors partner with other cultural institutions to build on the initiative of Free First Thursdays at Norval Foundation,” says Gareth Pearson, co-founder of First Thursdays and Museum Night. Be sure to plan your visit to Norval Foundation to gain free access to galleries and sculpture gardens on Norval Foundation Free First Thursdays from 10am – 8pm, with last admission at 7:15pm.