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Photo: Ceres Rail, The Jessica with 235 of its kind being placed in service in SA between 1937 and 1949 - Photo Credit: Niel Swart

The Ceres Rail Company offers locals and tourists the incredible opportunity to experience the beautiful scenery of the Western Cape on a historic refurbished steam train journey that will take you back in time to a long-gone era of steam train travel. Travel with the Ceres Rail Company on a 3-hour train journey from Cape Town to Elgin. Depart from the heart of the Mother City at the Foreshore to the land beyond the mountains, steam up Sir Lowry’s Pass, meander through the valley and arrive in style at the bustling Elgin Railway Market.

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Best Everyday Eateries in the Western Cape Announced


The people have spoken – South Africa’s favourite eateries in the Western Cape were announced at the 2019 Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Best Everyday Eateries in Cape Town recently. These great restaurants were voted for by the public and vetted by Eat Out professional critics. Public ratings for restaurants in each category, taken from reviews on the Eat Out app and website were tallied with scores from Eat Out in a 50-50 balance. Not only is a review a vote for a favourite restaurant, it helps feed a hungry child: Eat Out pledges a meal through Rise Against Hunger for every review it receives. To date, Eat Out has helped feed over 13 500 children.

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Cutting-Edge Upgrade To Historic Farm School Boosts Rural Education In The Winelands Debbie Schäfer, Minister Of Education, Western Cape recently inaugurated the new school building at Botha’s Halte Primary School, a historic farm community school on the outskirts of Worcester which has been converted into a state-of-the-art facility.

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Central to the school’s design focus was to showcase educational best practice from around the world by making digital technology available throughout the teaching spaces. All classrooms are equipped with the latest technology such as e-beams which are connected to the internet. Operated by the Western Cape Education Department, the school harnessed top level educational, commercial and design skills and experience, to make the much-needed rural facility a reality. The design was undertaken by architectural firm Meyer & Associates.

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The fully fitted and furnished buildings can accommodate 240 learners, roughly about double its former capacity. The learners are accommodated in a single stream from Grade R to Grade 7. According to architect Tiaan Meyer, the Botha’s Halte school design applied ecological and sustainability principles.

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Photo: Celebrate Heritage Day at Benguela Cove - Photo Credit Samarie Smith

Heritage Day is a South African public holiday celebrated on 24 September every year. On this day, South Africans across the spectrum are encouraged to celebrate their culture and the diversity of their beliefs and traditions, in the wider context of a nation that belongs to all its people. Various events are staged throughout the country to commemorate this day. Heritage Day is also celebrated among many South African households with an informal braai, which is also referred to as Braai Day. For more than a decade the National Braai Day initiative has been calling on all South Africans to unite around a fire, share our heritage and proudly wave the South African flag.

Global Digital Learning Company Expands In Cape Town

Construct CEO, David Philipps, said at the announcement: “We are pleased to announce that as a result of our ongoing US $3 million expansion in Cape Town, an additional 150 instructional design, technology and creative jobs are expected to be created in the next three years. These jobs will support online programmes at universities in Boston, Oxford and Doha as well as corporates and governments across the globe.”

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The interiors are light and bright, with an abundance of colours to stimulate the creativity of learners. Furniture and equipment have purposely been selected with this design intent in mind. Included as part of the school is an auditorium-type multipurpose hall, two specialist classrooms with sewing machines, handwork and woodwork equipment, as well as a science laboratory. A Discovery Centre, where learners can gather in small groups under the “tree-of-knowledge columns”, forms the heart. Here, they make use of the multi-media equipment, computers, a screened-off audio-visual area, and good old-fashioned library books.

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Global digital learning company, Construct, formerly known as Proversity announced an exciting new name and plans to double in size.

“We have seen the growth of the edtech sector within the Silicon Cape and the first $100m+ edtech company native to the Mother City; we see ourselves as the next evolution in that edtech story.”

The original school was founded during the 1920’s and was known as “Anna Zaal”. Comprising a single hall, it served as the first school building on the property and has been restored as the new focus and reception area for the school. While the facility continues to function as the Botha’s Halte farm school - located off the R43 in the Breede River Valley, between the Witzenberg and Slanghoek mountain ranges - it now encompasses a revolutionary new building in use since April.

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The area also serves as break-out space from the adjacent classrooms, for group work or individual teaching. Operationally, the teachers involved with the school are provided continuous training for the use of the high-tech learning aids. External elements of the school incorporate two Astro turf play areas, built-in play equipment, two productive play areas have also been included, the one a lemon tree orchard and a productive vegetable garden, which will eventually supply the school feeding scheme and nearby estate restaurant, Bosjes Kombuis. From an environmental perspective, new solar and wind generator capacity now allow the buildings to function largely independent of the electrical Eskom grid. Rain and storm water is harvested for irrigation and stored in a large reservoir under the school buildings. A large rugby field/soccer pitch is planned for the lower parts of the site, which would be able to be shared with the broader community after hours and over weekends. The project was undertaken as a private-public partnership with the Bosjes Trust.

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Best Everyday Eateries In The Western Cape Announced


“We love the fact that these winning restaurants are determined by the people who eat there and review them the most,” says Adelle Horler, Eat Out’s editor in chief. “A lot of glory goes to fine dining establishments, but we also need to celebrate the everyday eateries that keep us coming back again and again, for favourite dishes prepared just the way we like them. By celebrating these eateries, we share the neighbourhood gems you may not even know about yet.” This is the fifth year that Eat Out, together with Mercedes-Benz, has motivated the public to help select and applaud South Africa’s favourite everyday restaurants via the star rating system on the Eat Out app and website. The 2019 Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Best Everyday Eateries winners and highly commended restaurants in the Western Cape are: Durbanville Hills Best Bistro - Winner – The Shop Restaurant, Three Anchor Bay; Highly commended – Groot Phesantekraal Restaurant, Durbanville. Best Coffee Shop - Winner – Pajamas and Jam Eatery, Strand (winner of this award for the second consecutive year). Highly commended – Boston Coffee, Bellville (high commended in this category for the second consecutive year). Hellmann’s Best Burger Eatery - Winner – De Vrije Burger, Stellenbosch. Highly commended – Gibson’s Gourmet Burgers and Ribs, V&A Waterfront. Tramontina Best Steakhouse - Winner – The Fat Butcher, Stellenbosch. Highly commended – Rare Grill, Kenilworth (winner of this category in 2018). Best Tapas Eatery - Winner – ChiCha Wine and Tapas Bar, Sea Point. Best Asian-Inspired Eatery - Winner – Tjing Tjing Torii, Cape Town CBD. Highly commended – Bao Down Restaurant, Oranjezicht. Best Italian-Inspired Eatery - Winner – Scarpetta, Woodstock.

Best Country-Style Eatery - Winner – Karoo Art Hotel Restaurant, Barrydale (highly commended in this category in 2018). Best Indian-Inspired Eatery - Winner – The Indian Chapter with Prim Reddy, Bloubergstrand (winner in this category for the fourth consecutive year) The qualifying restaurants were those that received the highest average star ratings between 1 October 2018 and 31 July 2019, followed by the critics’ review period in August 2019 for those qualifying restaurants that received the highest average star rating but didn’t have a critic’s review for the period. Final scores were based on a 50-50 composite rating determined by both the public and the critics.

Sasol Solar Challenge To Include Secret Routes Shorter Loops & New Towns Spectators will have better opportunities to see the carefully co-ordinated, Formula 1-style pit stops in action, and the less experienced teams will have more time to troubleshoot as they stop in with their support team more often. Teams from across the globe develop pioneering technology for solar racing events. The Sasol Solar Challenge, held every second year since 2008, is a popular testing ground for the world’s leading teams to push new equipment to the limit. Widely regarded as the most difficult of more than a dozen such events globally, the baking sun, violent storms, high winds, changing road surfaces and a record drop in altitude of nearly 2 000m along the SA route allow teams to gather invaluable data. The University’s car, Sun Chaser 3, topped the South African leader board with 2 397km in 2018. The team is one of the nine already signed up for the event. Sun Chaser 4, which will compete in 2020, is 25 percent more aerodynamic, and the team hopes to make it 20kg lighter too.

The seventh Sasol Solar Challenge (SSC) will be held in September next year, once again challenging top young engineers from across the world to drive their fuel-less, cutting-edge cars across 2 500km of South Africa’s public roads.

Seven South African teams have entered so far, including first time participants the Mpumalanga SolaFlairs and the University of the Free State, and returning teams from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Central University of Technology in the Free State, North West University, TUT, and the University of Johannesburg. South Africa will also host newcomers Team Solaris from Turkey and the Alfaisal Boeing Solar Car Project team from Saudi Arabia. With registration only recently opening, more teams are expected within the coming months.

The SSC passes through the Northern Cape for the first time in eight years, and Bothaville, Kimberley, Bloemhof, Uitenhage, Kirkwood, Plettenberg Bay and Franschhoek have been added to the route for the first time. Competitors in 2020 will have to think on their feet on ‘blind’ days, when information regarding the route is withheld until the night before, forcing teams to strategise on the go. Experienced teams usually travel the route several times in advance to prepare for all challenges, but will now need to plan for the element of surprise. The loops en route, which allow teams to rack up distance and get a lead on competitors, will also be much shorter in 2020.

Dutch team and global leader Nuon Solar won the 2018 event by clocking 4 034km, followed closely by Japan’s Tokai University Solar Car team, with just 93km less distance covered. Both teams compete with multi-million Rand vehicles through which they are driving research and development in engineering, renewable energy and aerodynamics globally.

The 2020 Sasol Solar Challenge is officially open for entries and boasts exciting changes. Participants can look forward to a new route, changes in format, and a renewed title sponsor. Nine participants are already confirmed.

Sasol is the title sponsor for the fourth year running, demonstrating its commitment to furthering science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) education and inspiring learners to pursue technical careers. In 2018, the nine competing teams drove a collective 16 249km.

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SA Wine & Food Tourism Conference Celebrates Country’s Top Performers tourists by 2030 and so create around 2 million jobs directly and indirectly. Wine and food tourism, especially, has the potential to contribute to this goal.” The panel honoured the best of three contenders in each of three categories: Service Excellence that goes to the very heart of the experience at a person-to-person level; The Authentic South African Experience that focuses on uniquely South African people, places and moments; and Innovation that boosts experiences, excites and delights guests, while allowing them new offerings. “That the group of nine included both veterans and newbies is very encouraging. It reflects the ability of our well-established tourism providers to refresh, renew and remain relevant, while at the same time showing that there are newer players capable of competing to the highest standards.”

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Nine of South Africa’s top wine and food tourism providers were named honourees in the inaugural Wine & Food Tourism Conference Awards at the close of this year’s Wine and Food Tourism Conference held at Spier, near Stellenbosch on 18 September 2019. They were presented with their trophies by Blacky Komani, chairperson of the Tourism Business Council of South Africa (TBCSA). Drawn from Stellenbosch, Paarl, Franschhoek, the Overberg, the West Coast and the Karoo to include a mix of well-established favourites and hidden gems, they were chosen for having created outstanding and positively memorable tourist experiences that were an inspiration to others in the industry. According to tourism doyenne Margi Biggs, who convened the judging panel of wine, hospitality and marketing specialists, the nine honourees were selected from exceptionally strong contenders across the spectrum - from those offering wine tastings and wine and food pairings to fully fledged restaurants and accommodation. The panel was chaired by Jean-Pierre Rossouw, publisher of Rossouw’s Restaurants and the Platter’s South African Wine Guide. Said Biggs: “We were delighted by the calibre of entries in this, the first year of our awards. We hope they serve to provide a benchmark to which the growing number of participants in the industry can aspire to and, in this way encourage the numerous businesses in this tourism sector to better their efforts.” She explained that the awards had been established to help boost wine and food tourism confidence and advance service standards and training. Tourism is one of this country’s highest labour-absorbing sectors. “They support the goals of the Tourism Business Council of SA’s strategy to double the number of international

The honourees are: Service Excellence - Waterford Estate, Stellenbosch; Delaire Graff Estate, Stellenbosch and Leeu Collection, Franschhoek. The Authentic South African Experience - Grootbos Nature Reserve, Gansbaai, Overberg; La Motte, Franschhoek and Die Tuishuise & Victoria Manor, Cradock, Karoo. Innovation - Creation Wines, Hemel en Aarde, Overberg; Fryer’s Cove, Doringbaai, West Coast and Spice Route Destination, Paarl.

R85 Million Contract For New Port Of Cape Town Workboats Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) will secure two new workboats by 2022 to boost marine operations at the Port of Cape Town and ensure it is recognised internationally for excellence. The more powerful workboats are expected to improve the port’s ability to maintain marine operations during challenging weather conditions. The engines will be approximately 20% more powerful on the new workboats and the bollard pull will be 80% greater as a result of advanced propeller and rudder designs. The Port of Cape Town presently has two workboats, the Kestrel and the Blue Jay, which have been plagued by breakdowns and technical problems due to their advanced age. Cape Town Port Manager, Mpumi DwebaKwetana, said: “We’ve now concluded the 12-month long procurement process and are in the process of awarding the R85 million contract for the building of the two workboats to the successful bidder with an anticipated delivery date of 2022. Acquiring these new workboats will help to reduce vessel service delays and the overall efficiency and competitiveness of our port.” Under the port’s Craft Replacement Strategy a request has also been made to bring forward the replacement of two tugs and two launches to 2019/20 instead of 2020/21 in order to meet industry needs. The port will also be introducing a helicopter service in 2021 to transfer marine pilots onto and off visiting vessels, after the traditional method of using pilot boats has become ill-suited to Cape Town’s more frequent weather-related disruptions and high swell conditions.

Let History Transport You (Continue From Page 1) Passengers can leisurely spend a few hours at the Art Deco & Art Nouveau inspired Elgin Railway Market exploring a plethora of food stalls, craft shops, delicious local produce, wines, gins, and live music before departing to Cape Town. Part of Ceres Rail Company’s mission is to help preserve and promote South African Rail Heritage, which involves restoring and refurbishing old locomotives and coaches. Ceres Rail Company have a Class 19D locomotive #3321, named Jessica, (these were manufactured in 1948 in the UK and 235 were placed in service between 1937 and 1949 in South Africa), a Class 19B locomotive #1412, named Bailey, and the very famous, one of a kind South African built (1981) Class 26, fondly known as the Red Devil.

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The rail company offers day trips from Cape Town to the Elgin Railway Market on weekends as well as other steam train trips. For more information visit

THE NEWSPAPER Working in this industry is exciting for me because there are always new innovations and more intricate surgical approaches, allowing us to deliver better results for our patients. From facelifts to rhinoplasty, anti-wrinkle injections and fillers to microneedling and chemical peels, there is so much that can be done to keep your face looking as good as possible. While the stigma around face procedures is fading, I do still find that people have so many questions that they’re sometimes afraid to ask, so I thought I’d list the most commonly asked ones below: What was facelift surgery about in years gone by? Early facelift techniques typically involved small, local incisions near the patient’s hairline and in natural skin creases, and used the patient’s skin to pull up sagging soft tissue in an attempt to ‘lift’ it back to its original position. The problem with this technique is that skin is designed to cover the face, and not support it. This skin-only or subcutaneous facelift places an enormous amount of tension on the skin, which not only causes horrible scarring around the ears, but also creates an unnatural appearance. Although a relatively safe and easy procedure, it fails to address the effects of ageing on the deeper structures below the surface of the skin. It also tends to lose its effect as time goes on and skin loses its elasticity.




What has proportion got to do with how we perceive beauty? Generally, we recognise beauty based on an overall sense of harmony and proportion in the face. In nature, this proportion has been described as the “golden ratio”, which can be seen everywhere from the formation of shells and petals, to feathers and vegetables. As humans, we perceive this ratio to be innately aesthetically pleasing − it’s been mimicked by architects and designers for thousands of years, in everything from the Pyramids of Giza to classical Renaissance paintings. How does the nose relate to this? Studies have shown cross culturally that people have a universally consistent idea of beauty and it seems to relate to proportions. More specifically, people we think of as “beautiful” will in most cases have an elegantly shaped, well-proportioned nose. You may not notice their nose at first – after all, a great nose is not as noticeable as other features like the eyes – but it will fade into the face without catching your attention, making for a pleasing overall effect. In contrast, a skewed or disproportionate nose will tend to catch your eye, detracting from the rest of someone’s face, no matter how attractive their other features are.

realistic: the best rhinoplasty candidates are people who want the surgery to address something specific that bothers them, for example a big or hooked nose. If you have only a minor imperfection, think twice about having this procedure. What advice would you give those wanting a holistic approach to ageing? When you’re young, it’s about protecting the good quality skin that you have: medical grade skin care products (one of which has to be a good sunscreen!) and a maintenance skin treatment plan will build a strong foundation for years to come. As your skin changes over time, so should your approach to skin care. Medical treatments like microneedling, chemical peels, and PRP injections work on a cellular level to restructure cells, improving your skin’s quality. We know we’re all living longer these days and we want to look as good as we feel – our skin is going to be with us for a long time, so it’s always worth the investment.

As plastic surgeons, we’re always conscious of symmetry and proportions. Given the impact that the nose has on this, a big part of improving this is done with rhinoplasty (nose surgery) or nose augmentation, via fillers or another non-surgical technique.

How has that changed today? The SMAS (or superficial musculo-aponeurotic system) is the underlying supportive structure of the face that acts as a 3D scaffolding for the overlying skin. The High SMAS technique elevates the SMAS and repositions it to its former, more youthful position. This allows us as surgeons to then re-drape the skin naturally over the new, more chiselled contours of the face. Importantly, the skin is sutured without tension and so, along with the discreet position, scars have a smoother healing process and with time, appear seamless. I believe that the High SMAS facelift technique is worth the extra investment in time and recovery, as it produces results that are beautifully refined and long lasting.

What tips do you have for those considering rhinoplasty? Of all plastic surgeries, rhinoplasty carries one of the highest revision rates, so choose your surgeon very wisely, and research the pros and cons of the various rhinoplasty techniques. Most importantly, be


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It’s not easy to ignore the long list of legislative obligations a business must adhere to. One woman is bent on changing and creating a sustainable business-government network by acting as the link between it all. This is the vision of Amanda van der Merwe, Managing Director of SFD Corp. Van der Merwe spent many years at Eskom as a Microsoft Professional observing the disconnection that existed between businesses and government, and the side-effects it had on businesses of any size. When the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment legislative framework was first introduced, Amanda realised that things are about to become vastly more complicated. “I quickly realized that as with almost all legislation, the information around the implementation and interpretation of the BEE framework was shrouded with manipulation, it did not sit right with me. Information and knowledge are free, and it is what you do with it that really matters,” says Van der Merwe. Van Der Merwe could see no benefit to businesses and government operating in a climate of constant frustration and she decided to create an entity that links businesses to government and facilitate these relationships. She started SDF Corp. to embody this link and to apply information and knowledge to everyone’s advantage. In 2019 SDF Corp. will be celebrating its 20 years anniversary as the link between businesses, government, and legislation. SDF Corp. grew over the years to aid Western Cape and Gauteng businesses in complying with legislation around BEE, Skills Development, and Training. Van der Merwe’s passion still lies with helping people, and SDF Corp. provides her the best opportunity to do this every day. “Helping people has always been my passion. Through SDF Corp. I can achieve my goal, ensuring that companies fully benefit from relevant legislations as well as doing business with us,” says Van der Merwe. Van der Merwe explains her model for the success of SDF Corp: “Our specialist advisors ensure that businesses navigate Skills Development in a way that is beneficial to the business and its people and communities. We manage the training budgets, recruiting, and hosting for Learnerships and bursaries in partnership with colleges, universities and accredited training providers. The reason we stick to this approach is because it works – we don’t want to create more frustration or leave businesses with having to do more work,” she says. “SDF Corp. is a 51% Black Women Owned Level 2 EME. Our approach is holistically adding maximum value to Preferential Procurement, Enterprise and Supplier Development, and Social Economic Development,” Amanda concludes. For more information on our services and commitment to service excellence, visit

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LOCAL COMPANIES SIGN EXPORT DEALS WORTH OVER R1,8 BILLION As a result of these export deals, 56 business agreements have been signed that will translate into approximately 733 jobs being created by exporters in Cape Town over the next five years. The agreements were signed with buyers in countries such as Japan, Singapore, China, The Netherlands, Ethiopia, Senegal, France, the UK, Mozambique, Nigeria, Thailand, Malaysia, the USA, Kenya, Rwanda and the United Arab Emirates. It covers key sectors for the Cape Town economy including agri-processing, manufacturing, medical devices and cosmetics. Wesgro also reported that as part of the Outward Foreign Direct Investment (OFDI) Strategy, which seeks to help Cape Town companies invest in the rest of Africa, over 10 OFDI business agreements were signed during the financial year to the value of over R1,4 billion. This far exceeded the target range set at between R200 million and R500 million. Over R1,8 billion worth of export deals have been signed by Cape Town based companies in the 2018/19 financial year. It is pleasing to note that Wesgro, the City of Cape Town’s international trade and investment promotion agency has helped to facilitate over R1,8 billion worth of export deals for local companies in the 2018/19 financial year. These figures were revealed in Wesgro’s combined quarterly report for the year against a set target of between R103 million and R210 million.

“This strategy is a critical component of our efforts to leverage the projected growth on our continent, and to help ensure that Cape Town becomes the headquarters of choice for local and global companies looking to do business in the rest of Africa.” According to research conducted by Wesgro, over half of the companies surveyed on their Africa strategy said that Cape Town was the best, or one of the best base cities for doing business into the rest of Africa. Currently the Western Cape exports more to the rest of Africa than anywhere else in the world, valued at R46 billion as of 2018. These figures all confirm that Cape Town has established itself as the go-to-city on the African continent.

DIGICLOUD AFRICA ANNOUNCES CHANNEL PARTNERSHIP WITH GOOGLE CLOUD Digicloud Africa announced it has joined Google Cloud’s partner ecosystem as a Value Added Distributor for Google Cloud Platform and G Suite in Africa. Digicloud Africa will operate as a two-tier distributor supporting G Suite and Google Cloud Platform resellers across Africa, which in turn will work with Google’s cloud customers in different vertical market segments. Digicloud Africa has already signed up new Distributor Authorised Resellers in Kenya and South Africa and will partner with more Sub-Saharan resellers over the next two years. “We’re excited to work with Digicloud Africa to empower customers and partners in South Africa,” said Avinesh PIllay, Head of Cloud Partners for Sub-Saharan Africa at Google Cloud. “Our collaboration with Digicloud includes providing training and upskilling, reseller on-boarding, and deep local knowledge to help partners grow their Google Cloud practices.” Digicloud Africa CEO Gregory MacLennan says the Distributor Authorised Resellers in South Africa and Kenya that have already been signed include specialists in Data & Analytics, Infrastructure Modernisation, Collaboration & Productivity, Cloud Migrations and Machine Learning. Resellers will be able to draw on Digicloud Africa’s technical skills to offer more complete solutions to their customers. “For example, a specific client solution may require expertise in both Machine Learning and Data & Analytics. Rather than losing out on the business, a reseller that specialises in Machine Learning but lacks Data & Analytics skills, can call on our Data Analytics experts to work with them to give the customer a complete solution,” MacLennan explains.

“Digicloud Africa is partnering with Google Cloud as a best in class cloud hyperscaler that can digitally enable the African continent. Google Cloud brings a unique approach to digital transformation. The Digicloud team have experienced Google Cloud’s innovation first-hand and have built the organisation around the organisation’s experience,” MacLennan says. “Over the next two years, Digicloud Africa intends to onboard at least another fifty resellers in Africa, which have the specialised skills to address the African cloud market,” he adds.







Shimmy’s Beach Club To Host The Bubbly Festival: Champagne & Bubbly be at the event and accessorising a prize winner with their outfit. Don’t’ know what to wear? Courtney Cousins House of Fashion can assist you with an outfit suited to the theme. The winner of this year’s competition will win a bottle of Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Reserve Exclusive Champagne. Nicolas Feuillatte Champagne, the number one selling Champagne Brand in the world, Reserve Exclusive Brut is an iconic Champagne that perfectly encapsulates Nicolas Feuillatte house style.

Events and More are thrilled to announce that they will be hosting The Bubbly Festival Champagne and Bubbly to be held at the premier and upmarket Shimmy’s Beach Club at the V & A Waterfront, Cape Town on 5 October 2019. “We invite you to join ‘the bubbly passio’ and experience a fabulous day out as you sip on some of the finest international and local Champagnes, Prosecco’s and MCC’s.” Best dressed Competition - Dress to impress in a striking gold and white outfit with a touch of pink to stand a chance to win the best dressed competition. This year they are thrilled to announce that the Courtney Cousins House of Fashion will

Live Entertainment - The Kiffness the Headline act ft Mathew Gold will entertain the guests. The Kiffness is a live electronic act from Cape Town, South Africa. The project was founded by David Scott in 2011. Mathew Gold is best know for this smooth and dreamy vocal. Gold couldn’t refute the pull he felt towards music as a young boy, especially having grown up in a musical family. Mathew’s talent for music and theatre become evident. Mathew has collaborated with the Kiffness on numerous occasions. The Playground Twins will keep you entertained during sets: These twins (Josh and Nate Swart) are no strangers to the Cape Town night life with residencies at Cape Town’s hottest night clubs, Shimmy Beach Club. They have their ear tuned to high energy electro house, deep house, sometimes a disco groove might feature and when they are pushing the boundaries on the dancefloor, they might pull out some techno. Tasting stations open at 1pm until 6pm, all ticket holders receive 10 free tasting tickets, additional tickets will be available at R20. The afterparty starts at 6pm until late. You don’t want to miss this event, rally your friends, plan your outfits and buy your tickets for a fun filled glamorous day. General entrance tickets are R360. For more information visit or buy your tickets via quicket at:

Finding your strength post-partum It’s no secret that finding time for yourself with a new baby can be quite a challenge, let alone having a cup of tea, or catching up on the latest episode of your favourite series. Whether it’s going for a well-earned manicure, indulging in a back massage, or getting back into a fitness routine, women need to make time for themselves after having a baby. Local health and fitness celebrity Lisa Raleigh has been training with Bodytec on and off for the past seven years and keeps coming back because she knows that it works. “I am stiff after every session, no matter how fit I am, and I love that it’s so quick, convenient, and effective.” she says. Just one 20-minute session a week saves hours in the gym, allowing moms to get fit and strong while baby catches 40 winks after a feed or makes friends with the personal trainer - there goes the excuse of finding someone to watch the baby. Used in conjunction with regular bodyweight exercises, electro muscle stimulation gives women the edge when building muscle. According to Raleigh, it is far more effective than simply lifting weights. “The (EMS) activates the muscle, while you’re doing a movement such as a lunge or squat, taking strength training to a whole new level.” Women can improve their strength, endurance, muscle growth, speed, responsiveness, and overall physical wellbeing. They can also regain strength in their pelvic floor muscles and stabilise common muscular imbalances such as lower back pain - something that most moms are all too familiar with. Strength training also increases lean muscle mass, which speeds up metabolism and the body’s ability to burn fat. Raleigh says she has Bodytec to thank for helping her get back into shape so quickly after giving birth, even whilst breastfeeding. “We just focused on other key problem areas, such as my tummy, triceps, butt, and thighs.”

She recommends a weekly session to all her clients in addition to a healthy eating plan and regular cardiovascular activities. New moms can begin EMS training 6-8 weeks after natural birth or 8-12 weeks after a C-section. Not only does regular exercise and creating time for oneself serve as an incredible stress reliever, but by becoming strong and fit, moms are quite literally empowered to handle whatever motherhood may throw their way. Bodytec is South Africa’s leading Electro Muscle Stimulation training franchise offering a time-efficient strength workout in a contemporary environment using innovative technology in 40 studios nationwide. BODYTEC studios in the Western Cape include: Century City; City Bowl (Foreshore); Durbanville; Gardens; George; Newlands; Paarl; Sea Point; Steenberg; Stellenbosch and Tygervalley. For more information visit

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Lets Drink Some Pink! Benguela Cove's Lighthouse Rosé


Lets Drink Some Pink! Benguela Cove's Lighthouse Rosé There is white wine, rosé and red wine. Sadly “rosé” or the middle-child of wine always had a bit of a bad rap under the consumer nose. The misconception has been that this is the in between-wine, the haphazard mix of red and white, the afterthought, or the sweet party pleaser. Alas, not only layered with flavour and delicious fruit aromas, this wine reveals some interesting historical and contemporary facts. With summer fast approaching, this is the wine that you should shamelessly stock up on. It echoes the South African lifestyle where we celebrate the outdoors, red painted skies and beautiful food that match this colour. And, you want to serve it ice cold on a sweltering day. Known as rosé in France and South Africa, the Italians calls it Rosato and in the Spanish says Rosado. But it was most certainly the ancients Greeks who dabbled with this style first and the very first wine most probably resembled a shade of pink. The French revived it in the 1930’s when mandatory vacation days were introduced and families travelled to Provence to soak up the sun. Soon Rosé became synonymous with fun and celebrations. Seen as the “ladies” drink it was nicknamed “blush” or “pink”, but research supports that this category is finally showing more muscle as “brosé”. There has been a significant growth in the premium rosé category and the lads are taking up a major share in this trend. But how is rosé made? There are three ways: The first technique is to crush and press black grapes in the same way as one would treat white grapes. These grapes are managed in the vineyard to become rosé and picked at the appropriate ripeness to maintain freshness and acidity in the final wine. The juice spends a breath of time on the skins and extract only a little bit of colour to achieve a delicate shade of pink. The second method is called saignée – the French word for bleeding. This is where black grapes are harvested to make red wine, crushed and allowed to macerate for colour and flavour extraction. The winemaker will keep an eye on the colour and when the perfect shade is achieved, the desired amount of juice is drained off the skin and fermented as if it were a white wine. The last method is to add red wine to white wine. This should not be confused for black and white grapes that is co-fermented to become rosé – that relates to the first method. This third method is primarily used to make inexpensive, fruity wines. So don’t hide your pink in the fridge or behind the menu in the restaurant. Enjoy those luscious aromas that can vary from red berries, rhubarb, watermelon and candyfloss to more savoury notes like lemon verbena and thyme. Albeit this style was tarnished with inferior examples in the past, consumers now have an array of styles to choose from: dry, off-dry, semi-sweet and some of the finest MCC has a sparkling pink in the line-up. Enjoy it with sushi, pizza, seafood and summer salads. It also adds freshness to a spicy curry. Win a case of rosé! Benguela Cove Wine Estate ran a campaign that shared fun facts about rosé. Post a picture of yourself enjoying rosé or anything that relates to their campaign on Facebook, and stand the chance to win a case of their new Lighthouse Rosé 2019. The winner will be announced on 30 October 2019.

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Vadas Smokehouse & Bakery Embracing True Sustainability Spier is an ethically-, environmentally- and sociallyconscious farm in the Stellenbosch Winelands. With a recorded history of more than 300 years, today a family-run destination that offers good food, wine, hospitality and arts. Making a difference every day through interactions with customers, the community, and the environment; Spier is committed to nurturing a culture of excellence, working creatively and innovatively. Constantly monitoring, questioning and evaluating everything done to ensure that a positive impact is made; Spier’s sustainable approach to development, views both the farm and the region holistically with minimal impact on the environment. Located on Spier Wine Farm is the pioneering Vadas Smokehouse & Bakery. Implementing true sustainability as a restaurant is a major focus for chef and owner, PJ Vadas and partnering with Spier Wine Farm is at the heart of it. All of the restaurant’s pork, beef, chickens and eggs are sourced directly from Spier’s Farmer Angus who is one of two grass fed, pasture-reared beef producers in the Western Cape. His onsite butchery is, however, the only one processing the beef that is produced on his farm. Biodynamic and regenerative agricultural principles and practices are applied in the raising of the farm’s animals which include cattle, pigs, broiler chickens and laying hens, as well as vegetables and wine. Situated on 126 hectares of irrigated pasture at Spier, it is the only butchery in the country that does not add nitrates, gluten and nitrites to the meat. All Farmer Angus products are also 100% growthhormone free, routine antibiotic free and the pig and chicken food is glyphosate free. Any seafood served at VADAS is sourced via the ground-breaking Abalobi Ict4fisheries - an Africanbased, fisher-driven social enterprise with global reach. Working with small-scale fishers, the Abalobi approach critically broadens the sustainability lens to include socio-economic and governance elements along with the traditional ecological elements. All of which Abalobi believe are absolutely essential to providing a framework for long-term responsible fisheries management with, and for, small-scale fisheries. The focus is on achieving milestones with small-scale fishers that are related to seafood traceability, supply chain transparency, community cohesion and fair value chains. On every Vadas Smokehouse & Bakery Daily Specials menu, an Abalobi QR code is printed.

Customers are encouraged to scan the code and verify that the fish has been handline caught by small-scale fishers, which is a low-impact fishing method; and that the route the fish has travelled through the supply chain has full “Hook to Cook” traceability. In addition, the story of the fishers who caught and supplied the fish can be accessed, allowing full traceability of the fish on their plates. Stay up to date with daily specials and new dishes by following Vadas Smokehouse & Bakery on Instagram @vadas_smokehouse or Facebook @ vadassmokehouse.

For lunch and dinner, kitchen operating hours: Monday to Saturday 12pm – 3pm & 6pm – 9pm and Sundays 12pm – 3pm For bookings contact 021 809 1137 or

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Exciting New Gin Rounds-Off Silver Creek Craft Distillery’s Tantalising Trio

Light up your favourite gin cocktail this sunny season with new Prohibition Blue Gin, the latest innovation from Silver Creek Craft Distillery. This striking blue wonder gets its colour from the flower of the Blue Pea, which means it is 100% natural, and turns pink when mixed with lemon or tonic water. Prohibition Blue Gin is made in small batches and infused with juniper as well as coriander, lemon, angelica, cinnamon and a dash of rose water. Such is the quality that it has already landed a Gold Award, impressing judges at the latest SA Woman’s Wine & Spirit Awards. The new gin took many months to develop, says Silver Creek founder and distiller Mark Taverner. “What we have now is perfect - a beautifully balanced gin that not only complements our existing range but can hold its own in any company.” The new Prohibition Blue Gin joins a pink and a clear variation in Silver Creek’s gin portfolio – a versatile gathering no matter the occasion. With the launch of Prohibition Blue Gin, comes the invitation to go beyond just G&T this summer: why not make your own G&T granita? Spruce it up with apples and thyme or enjoy it as a tipple with sweet temptations like a lemon and cardamom tart! As with the distillery’s already-famous range of fine Moonshines, the Prohibition Gins are handmade, distilled to a fine spirit from carefully selected grains.

Prohibition Craft Gin is versatile, inspiring a range of cocktails. In glass, it shows a fresh, crisp burst of citrus with a base of juniper and a hint of cinnamon. Prohibition Pink Gin is the clear variation further infused with raspberries and blueberries, and a touch of hibiscus flowers and rose water. Where the newcomer is concerned, Mark maintains that it’s not only the blue colour that makes it so intriguing, but also that it changes to pink with some mixers. “When it comes into contact with tonic water or lemon, the pH balance changes the colour to a sparkling pink.” He adds that the blue colouring is 100% natural and likely to fade over time so should be ideally stored out of direct sunlight, in a cupboard or the fridge. Another fascinating fact about the presence of Blue Pea is that in traditional medicine, the flower - Clitoria Tetnatea - is said to have aphrodisiac and antioxidant powers, amongst other life-enhancing properties. In this libertarian twist, it also links with the legacy of the Prohibition name. Prohibition was a ban imposed on liquor through the campaigns of America’s ultra-conservative Temperance Movement of the early 1900s. The ban created a fertile environment for the illegal liquor trade and entertaining tales of gin-making by the light of the moon and lively underground speakeasies. Prohibition only lasted for 13 years, ended by overwhelming objection and to this day, its death knell in 1933 is widely celebrated. Silver Creek Craft Distillery joined that commemoration with Prohibition Gins, part of the proud tradition that does everything by hand – from mashing and fermentation to distillation and bottling. This process allows for extra special care, which is why every bottle is signed by the distiller. Prohibition Blue Gin is bottled at 43% ABV and available through online shop along with Silver Creek Craft Distillery’s full range and will soon be in all major retailers countrywide. For more information visit

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New V&A Waterfront Home For Cause|Effect South Africa’s Groundbreaking Cocktail Kitchen

Photo L - R: Cause | Effect Proprietor and Mixologist Kurt Schlechter with Bartenders Justin Awehwolf, Michael Mudzenda, Patrick Whelan and David van Zyl

Cape Town’s cocktail scene is getting a shake-up this Spring with the opening of a brand-new home for pioneering cocktail kitchen CAUSE|EFFECT. The brainchild of award-winning mixologist Kurt Schlechter, now known as CAUSE|EFFECT Cocktail Kitchen & Cape Brandy Bar, has created a stir in the Mother City since opening in late-2017. Now in new larger premises in the bustling V&A Waterfront, CAUSE|EFFECT is set to bring its memorable menu of Cape-inspired cocktail experiences to a wider audience. “We’ve added some cool new features that will assist us do what we’re great at, which is telling stories through our cocktails,” says Schlechter. Those stories are inspired by Cape Town, channelling the mountain, oceans, fynbos and vineyards into an energetic menu of inventive cocktail creations.

You should start with an Aperitif spritz drink, which is made with local and Italian vermouth. The main course is the Experiential cocktails, and to finish you look to a Vintage, Classic or Dessert cocktail. That approach has never changed.” For cocktail connoisseurs there are the Sensorial Drinks such as Richie The Rainbow Sparkle Unicorn, the Mouth Amusers including Kiff Pink Gin and Vermouth Slammer, and The Golden Age offering of brandy-focused Cape Flip.

It’s behind the hefty oak bar counter where the magic happens. Here a solera system of barrels age Old Fashioneds and Boulevardiers, while apothecary style jars of herbs, spices and ingredients create a mixologist’s playground of flavours. “We make all our own bitters, tinctures, vermouth, kombucha and cordials from scratch,” says Schlechter. We’re obsessed with fynbos and what it can bring to the world of cocktails,” says Schlechter,

The Karoo Oyster Large comes with an egg yolk, Cape brandy Worcestershire Sauce and apple cider vinegar. Alongside the drinks menu will be a selection of platters and small plates created to complement the cocktails. Think prawn toasts and sliders, generous platters of cheese, Coppa and Parma ham. Truly curious cocktail fans will also want to book a seat in the innovative Schweppes Bartender’s Lab. Seating just six guests at a time, the Lab will see a dedicated bartender create a selection of genre-busting bespoke cocktails, each paired with small plates. “We’re burning, freezing, solidifying, dusting, grating, atomising, spraying… there are so many things going on in this bar!” enthuses Schlechter. “We’re an experiential cocktail kitchen, so we want you to have an experience.” Perhaps most memorable is the Nitro Martini, where customers select their own fynbos blend from the bundles strung above the bar. These are frozen in liquid nitrogen and infused into a Cape-inspired martini of vodka and Caperitif. All of the fynbos used at CAUSE|EFFECT is also sustainably farmed on the southern Cape coastline and in the Breedekloof valley. Schlechter is also passionate about premium pot still brandy from local Cape distilleries, and CAUSE|EFFECT has partnered with industry collective, the Cape Brandy Guild, to offer more than 60 handcrafted brandies. Whether it’s from a potstill or indigenous pelargonium, the spectrum of African flavours on the new menu is nothing short of remarkable. In the ‘Tree Of Life’ you’ll find baobab and cardamom bitters. In the CAUSE|EFFECT Margarita the sea salt is infused with lemon pelargonium. Buchu blends with dry vermouth and prosecco to add local flair to the Spritz Service. The light and refreshing cocktails in the Spritz Service form part of the Aperitif section of the menu. “I’ve always seen CAUSE|EFFECT as a three-course experience.

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For more information visit 280 Dock Rd, V&A Waterfront Cape Town, or call 021 422 0266


Benguela Cove Lagoon Wine Estate launches

sculpture park and gallery in collaboration with artist and sculptor Anton Smit

Once you think Benguela Cove Wine Estate has reached its full potential with a plethora of offerings including food, wine and art, it introduces another reason to visit the estate. Owner of Benguela Cove, Penny Streeter OBE, set out to merge food, wine and art on a collective platform to celebrate its importance in the South African wine and hospitality industry. “These art forms embrace the rich heritage, natural produce and talent in South Africa. The terroir is celebrated through exceptional wine, local produce is honoured with delicious food and now the art of a master South African sculptor will also grace our premises.”



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Internationally revered for his sculptures that often includes monumental pieces like heads and masks, but his work also communicates something vulnerable and delicate, Smit explains.






The sculpture park and gallery will be open for viewing from 1 October 2019 and the official launch on the 26th of October will unveil all 40 pieces, led by the work called Oblivion of the PRICE INCL. VAT Waves with a formal introduction by Smit and Streeter.

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“Oblivion of the Waves will suit its new home at Benguela Cove, so close to the sea. This work investigates the landscape of the soul, offering a fleeting glimpse of eternity. The dimness of our reflection in the mirror of the universe leaves us gasping for immortality as we sink into the abyss of the self.” This exhibition is the first chapter of what is planned to become a world-renowned art and sculpture park at Benguela Cove’s sister property in the United Kingdom, Leonardslee Lakes & Gardens. “Looking at the vast spaces and the spectacle of colour, I could envision the grounds being graced powerful works of art,” Streeter explains the moment of realisation that made her reach out to Smit to discuss a collaboration and prospects of a sculpture park. The works that will be on display at Benguela Cove will vary from pieces the size of a man’s first to some sculptures standing three metres tall. The art will be open for viewing seven days a week. For more information contact +27 (0) 87 357 063 or visit

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Leading South African Personalities Join The Fight Against Breast Cancer

Dr Rolene Strauss returns as host for the Pink Polo teaming up with Nico Panagio, well known South African personality. For the tenth consecutive year, polo serves as a platform to create awareness for breast cancer at the Pink Polo presented by Biomedical Emporium on Saturday, 9 November 2019 when the much-anticipated event returns to Val de Vie Estate. Dr Rolene Strauss first hosted the Pink Polo in 2018 and for the first time this year was the MC and auctioneer at Pink Rise. She is a former Miss World, graduated medical doctor, director of RevitaHealth and a Val de Vie Estate resident. Nico Panagio’s path first crossed with Pink Polo when he was MC for the event in 2016. He is an South African actor, presenter and businessman; widely known for presenting Season 7 of Survivor South Africa. The charming duo is a talented combination of strength and compassion in facilitating awareness for breast cancer in our nation. This year, some of South Africa’s most influential celebrities join to unite behind a message of hope and healing for the 10th consecutive year of ‘Polo with a Purpose.’ The Pink Polo legacy members include Minki van der Westhuizen, Donnalee Roberts, Ivan Botha, Tanya van Graan, Sechaba G, Siba Mtongana are joined by our MC duo. Biomedical Emporium, pioneers in skin care and professional treatments, is the headline sponsor for the first time for this prestigious event. Dr Judey, Biomedical Scientist and CEO of Biomedical Emporium remarks that: “As a partner of Pink Polo, we aim to provide awareness of optimal and aesthetic healing using some of the most advanced biotechnology for breast cancer patients who have had mastectomy surgery. Furthermore, our range of cosmeceutical products contain safe and gentle ingredients suitable for use for patients undergoing chemotherapy or radiation, specifically to assist with skin conditions associated with the side effects of cancer treatments.” Guests can look forward to a day in the picturesque Winelands filled with all things pink and polo-inspired, with many memorable moments in store to share with friends, family or colleagues. The event pays tribute to survivors of breast cancer and serves as a platform to raise awareness for a disease that is most prevalent in women, but also affects a high number of men. Polo attracts an enthusiastic, diverse and loyal community. It is exhilarating for spectators who not only enjoy a high-speed game but watch it with all senses fired up. It is exciting on the eye, with the sound of thundering hooves and the crack of mallet against ball adding to the thrill of the game. Luxury fashion label, ElricoZarr by Elrico Bellingan, will adorn the female MC, Pink Polo Legacy Guests and models in the bespoke fashion show as official Fashion Partner. Argentinian luxury polo attire brand, La Martina, will ensure the male MC and models are the epitome of style for a day at the polo as Polo Fashion Partner. The dress code for this year’s event is ‘Authentic Polo’, encouraging guests to dress chic yet comfortable for an afternoon under the summer sun on the lush green grass of the Val de Vie Estate polo field. For more information visit

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Creamy Smoked Chicken & Chive Pasta with Spier’s new Seaward Chardonnay

If you are looking for a quick and easy midweek dinner packed with flavour, Spier’s got the perfect recipe for you. This Creamy Smoked Chicken & Chive pasta pairs wonderfully with the new Spier Seaward Chardonnay 2018. The recipe is designed to serve two, but the quantities can be adjusted to your liking to increase the number of portions. Creamy Smoked Chicken & Chive Pasta for two, served with Spier Seaward Chardonnay 2018. Ingredients: - 15 ml olive oil - Small bunch of spring onions, finely sliced (reserve some for serving) - 1 garlic clove (finely chopped) - 2 medium size smoked chicken breasts (sliced) - 250 ml fresh cream - 10 ml wholegrain mustard - Salt & pepper (to taste) -Generous handful French chives, chopped (reserve some for serving) - About 200 g pasta of your choice, freshly boiled & drained. Method: 1. In a wide pan, heat the oil and fry the spring onions and garlic over medium heat until they are soft and fragrant. 2. Add the chicken and fry for a few minutes until lightly golden, then add the cream and mustard. Stir and bring to a simmer. Cook for 2 minutes. 3. Season with salt and pepper and stir in half the chives. 4. Add the pasta and toss to coat, then remove from the heat at once. 5. Serve hot, scattered with more spring onions and the rest of the chives. 6. Pair with Spier Seaward Chardonnay 2018. About the Spier Seaward Chardonnay 2018: Made with grapes sourced from the Tygerberg Hills, this lightly-wooded wine has aromas of ruby grapefruit, mango and citrus with undertones of raw almond. The creamy palate offers fresh citrus and nectarine notes with well-integrated vanilla on the finish. Enjoy with pork chops, roast chicken, creamy mushroom pasta – and, of course, seafood. The Spier Seaward Chardonnay 2018 retails for R110.00 a bottle and is available at the Spier wine shop and leading liquor outlets nationwide. For more information visit seaward

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BUH-REIN RETIREMENT VILLAGE - AFFORDABLE FULL OWNERSHIP RETIREMENT Only 10 apartments remain on offer in phase 1, and registration has just been opened for phase 2. Apart from its highly competitive selling prices, the success of Buh-Rein Retirement Village is also linked to its comprehensive, state-of-the-art facilities. These include a Care Centre run by Medwell SA (set to open 1 November 2019), which includes options for both Frail Care and Memory Care households, as well as a Dementia Bureau. The Clubhouse features two restaurants, a heated indoor swimming pool, wellness salon, hairdresser, beautician and massage therapy, activity-orientated gymnasium with shower facilities, deli, library with Internet access, bar/refreshment area, courtyard with central water feature and ample seating, lapa with indoor and outdoor braai facilities, and a function hall which can accommodate 500 people. The gatehouse runs the security and access system as well as the security system for the village, and will include hobby areas such as a workshop for woodwork, and a studio for handcrafts such as pottery and knitting.

Officially launched just under a year ago, in November 2018, Buh-Rein Retirement Village set within the award-winning Buh-Rein Estate in the Northern Suburbs of Cape Town has achieved record sales, with 142 units sold to date. The independent living apartments and the assisted living apartments on offer at Buh-Rein Retirement Village are priced from R919 900 (including transfer duty), and are being purchased at an average rate of 15 sales per month. Sales have been made up of both types of units, mostly to buyers from Cape Town. Priced from under R1 million, Buh-Rein Retirement Village cater for retirees who wish to stretch their available funds, but also to enjoy a great lifestyle now and in the future. This retirement village speaks to a segment in the market that has never been addressed before, and our sales indicate that we have certainly hit the spot in terms of demand. We are now arguably the fastest selling new retirement estate in the Western Cape.”

The specialised landscaping is complete and includes large trees in courtyard areas where residents can read or relax with friends, in addition to strategically placed fountains. A doggy park is being developed for residents to walk their dogs – to enable both pets and owners to socialise. This is besides all the offerings of the greater Buh-Rein Estate itself, which include a Bossa family restaurant with swimming pool, open-air gym, 10km jogging trail, 24-hour security, camera surveillance and a multi-functional sport field. A shopping centre with Checkers as anchor tenant is set to commence construction later in 2019 and will be complete by October/November 2020. The retirement village is open to those aged over 50 years and once complete will include 461 one- and two-bedroom apartments, in buildings of three storeys each, that include lifts. The first residents started to move in on 1 August 2019, with over 50 residents currently staying in the estate.

KAMERS/MAKERS RETURNS TO FAVOURITE VENUES THIS SUMMER KAMERS/Makers’ first half of 2019 has been nothing short of amazing, with thousands of handpicked, handmade South African products being showcased at their autumn shows in Cape Town and Joburg. These two shows launched over 70 brand new Makers - many of whom reported record sales, so a heartfelt thank to the SA public who continue to boost the artisan SME economy. Since 2003 the Boland ‘up’-market has been a highlight on the calendars of many decor, design and craft lovers. Expect nothing less from 29 October - 3 November 2019 as KAMERS/Makers return to the scenic Blaauwklippen Vineyards, which in 2018 proved to be one of the best-loved venues yet. With more than 190 handpicked Makers it will be the biggest Boland show yet! KAMERS/Makers will close off the year with the ever-popular Irene event at Cornwall Hill College in Pretoria. Each of these shows sees 170 or more of SA’s most creative Makers showcasing everything from handcrafted decor and fashion to artisan food and wine. As always, expect a proudly South African celebration of true artisan craft, design, and so much more... a truly inspiring experience. “Our partnership with Consol Glass is proving to be a perfect match and we have, to date, taken a staggering 100,000 plastic bottles out of circulation through the hugely popular Curvy glass bottle giveaways. Together we are removing the need for single-use plastic bottles at all our shows. Consol Glass unveiled their pop-up shop at our St John’s event and this will be an ongoing feature at all future shows.” And if you want KAMERS all year round, check out the KAMERS Online Marketplace, an award-winning selection of some of the favourite Makers at Photo's Credit: Charl du Preez, Stylist: Nicky Myburgh

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A skills training initiative by G&D Training and Double Tree by Hilton Hotel G&D Training Company provided a one year learnership to enhance the qualifications of two staff members of the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel. Damon Arendse and Angelica Phillips were awarded the opportunity to build their career profiles in Professional Cookery level 4 and Linda Tshaka successfully completed the Accommodation Services Level 2. The company has been a leading skills training service provider for over fourteen years. In 2013, they further expanded their business profile by offering their first learnership and has since offered first-rate learnerships to leading hotels and renowned companies and has become a preferred service for learnerships. G&D Training always extended a helping hand to South Africa’s disadvantaged communities by uplifting them through offering skills training. In the community they follow a precise skills development programme. The foundation of a student’s training commences with Assistant Chef Level 2, which is followed by Professional Cookery level 4 and may even lead to a learnership at a company or hotel. G&D Training uses their partnerships with hotels and companies to link community members to learnership and career development opportunities. Passionate students who wish to further their studies can enrol in the QCTO Occupational Chef level 5 Diploma. Learnerships G&D Training aims to give students a new perspective through learnerships, by preparing them for the realities of the hospitality industry. Students receive in-house practical training accompanied with strong theoretical knowledge in their field of study. Learnerships therefore not only enhance students’ skill levels, but also effectively prepares them for the workplace and accompanying challenges. They are therefore making a significant difference within work environments by successfully developing staff members’ skills.

what makes their training unique. G&D Training is proud to have experienced and knowledgeable assessors and moderators with whom they entrust their students. The company is home to excellent culinary leaders such as Chef Lucian, Chef Owen and Chef Mark. The company’s excellent Chefs combine their years of practical experience and expert theoretical understanding to provide high-quality training. G&D’s experienced staff and love for their industries are part and parcel of what makes them incomparable. G&D Training is overjoyed to play a pivotal role within the South African society by forming superior students who are workplace ready. Over a period of fourteen years they have trained around 10 000 students in various disciplines. G&D Training has been accredited by Cathsseta to offer the following programmes: National Certificate: Professional Cookery; National Certificate: Fast Food Services; National Certificate: Food and Beverage Services; National Certificate: Accommodation Services; Further Education and Training Certificate: Hospitality Reception; Customer Service Programme; Customer Service Programme; Assistant Chef; Bar Attendant; Cook - Convenience Foods; Cook-Fast Foods; Drink Service Assistant; Food Service Assistant; Kitchen Cleaner; Table Attendant; Conservation General Assistant; Senior Field Ranger; Field Ranger Law Enforcement (Unarmed); Cultural Site Guide; Nature Site Guide; Assistant Housekeeper; Fitness Instructor; Volunteer Safety Monitor; Sport and Recreation Leader; Event Support Assistant: Generic; Assistant Lifeguard; Coaching Athletics For Youth And Junior Athletes.

The learnerships presented by G&D Training additionally affords a wonderful advancement opportunity for many people starting out in the fields of tourism and hospitality and has thus far been privileged to offer learnerships at the Mount Nelson Hotel, Vineyard Hotel, Feedem and most recently the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel.

“We are a company with heart, and has always placed our desire to assist our communities above profits.”

Background The Johannes family worked in the field of tourism and hospitality since 1998. In 2000 the family repositioned into the field of skills training and developed G&D Training. The company started providing skills training in the field of hospitality for the Department of Labour. They have since contributed to skills development within underprivileged communities in our country. Programmes G&D Training’s accreditations have expanded to include up to 30 full/ part-time qualifications. Many of these programmes can be used as a stepping stone towards a specialised career path. As a private service provider they play a vital role in imparting years of practical experience to their students, and this is

For more information contact 021 903 0204 / 021 903 6805 or visit “Educating Today for a Brighter Tomorrow”




THE FIA WORLD RALLYCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP The FIA World Rallycross Championship touched down in Riga recently for its penultimate round of the 2019 season - the last on European soil - and another instalment of the relentless battle for the championship honours. Monster Energy RX Cartel’s Andreas Bakkerud entered the Championship with a two point lead over year-long rival Timmy Hansen. And following an action packed two-days of racing; which saw the Norwegian take the top qualifier spot, a semi-final win, and a third-place podium, Bakkerud still only has a point separating him from his Swedish rival. Despite this point being in Hansen’s favour - with the Swede having taken the overall win in the Championship final by just a couple of seconds - the two drivers are so closely matched in performance that a truly edge-of-the-seat finale now awaits in Cape Town on 9 - 10 November 2019. “One thing is for sure though - we are going to be ready for a fight in South Africa… bring it on!” Andreas Bakkerud Team mate and fellow Monster Energy RX Cartel driver Liam Doran finished 6th in the Latvian event’s final. Just after the podium, Andreas said: “It’s been a super tense weekend here in Riga, Coming here with just two points between myself and Timmy, and now leaving with an even smaller margin between us shows how stable both of us are competing at the top of the field. It’s difficult to think about Cape Town right now, because we have to process what we have achieved this weekend, under constantly changing conditions. One thing is for sure though - we are going to be ready for a fight in South Africa… bring it on!”

TOP INTERNATIONAL TRIATHLETES HEADED TO CAPE TOWN On 10 November 2019 the red carpet will be rolled out for ChallengeCapeTown, the Mother City’s first middle distance triathlon. Some of the world’s top international triathletes got a head-start by confirming their participation. British triathlete Tim Don continues his incredible comeback tour, some two years after a devastating bike accident in Kailua-Kona left him with a broken C2 vertebra, and saw him spend several months in a halo brace to stabilize his neck and torso while the bones healed. “I’m super excited to be racing ChallengeCapeTown,” shares Don. South Africa is endurance mad, and to be part of the first ever ChallengeFamily race here will be an amazing experience – right from the crazy swim in Big Bay with Table Mountain in the background, to the hustle and bustle of downtown Cape Town. I can’t wait!” Shortly before his accident, the three-time Olympian had set an Ironman world best of 7:40:23 in Brazil, and since returning to the tri arena, he has been laser focused on continuing his stellar career. He recently guided Dave Ellis to victory in the Paratriathlon World Cup. Fellow UK triathlon champ Laura Siddall is equally excited to take her place in the pro race on 10 November, and return to the city she fell in love with 22 years ago. “I’m really excited to be racing ChallengeCapeTown in November. I first visited South Africa on a school sports tour back in 1997 and vowed to go back.The course looks simply awesome and I’m looking forward to getting there and spending some time in Cape Town and South Africa.” Meanwhile, Capetonian Matt Trautman – gold medalist in 13 middle distance, and 2 full distance triathlons – can’t wait to race in front of a home crowd. “A middle distance triathlon in the Mother City has been a long time coming. It’s going to be a privilege to share this beautiful backdrop with competitors from around the world and kick-start the South African triathlon season in style.” They will be joined by a host of other top triathletes including XTERRA world champ Bradley Weiss, James Cunnama – who recently won IM 70.3 Nice – and Jeanni Seymour (USA), who recently clocked a Sub-9 IM debut at the North Ameri-

can Champs, with even more top ranked athletes joining the pro start list on a daily basis. “I am absolutely thrilled to welcome such a strong elite field to our inaugural race,” says ChallengeCapeTown race director, Gary Marescia. “Staging this event is a dream come true, not only for the organising team at WorldSport, but something the triathlon community in Cape Town has been waiting for.” ChallengeCapeTown will comprise a 1.9km swim in Big Bay, a 90km cycle with three turning points along the coastal road that will end with a thrilling finish sprint through the Company’s Garden, and a 21km run that will be completed over three laps in the Zonnebloem / District Six precinct – passing some of the City’s historical buildings and iconic landmarks in the process.

MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVES OF KIDS Cyclists will stretch themselves to the limit of their abilities to cycle 500km in 24 hours with short breaks every two hours. Concurrently running on the hour, there will be 24 spinning classes of 45 minutes each presented by Virgin Active’s energetic and encouraging instructors at the hotel. Corporates and social teams are invited to book a bike for only R950 and occupy it for 24 hours. Says Stéphan Pieterse, founder of D4D: “THE500 is a fundraising event and we encourage all participants and organisations to help us reach our R1 Million fundraising target for this year’s event. It is possible to make this a reality. Nothing is impossible!”

If you’d like to make a difference in the lives of South Africa’s future generations whilst having fun, participate in Distance for Difference’s (D4D) THE500. This bi-annual fundraising event, which takes place at NH The Lord Charles Hotel in Somerset West on 12 - 13 October 2019, and promises to test your fitness and perseverance on a bike. THE500 offers four participating options: The Full Rider (10 x 50km laps), the Lap Rider (cycle one or more laps of 50km each), the 24-Hour Spinning Team and lastly the 24-Hour Solo Spinner. The outside event starts at NH The Lord Charles Hotel, with the route taking riders through Stellenbosch and Kuils River, and back to the hotel. The night laps are partly off-road at Lourensford Wine Estate.

Pieterse continues that Distance for Difference’s aim is to create a better future for children by focussing on family life and education. He continues: “Together we can make a huge difference by using sport as a platform to raise awareness and funds for children’s charities. Fifty percent of the funds raised via THE500 will be donated to PATCH Helderberg, while the other 50% will go towards various children charities supported by D4D. PATCH provides child survivors of sexual abuse with 24-hour crisis intervention, free professional therapy, court preparation, as well as providing prevention and awareness programmes in surrounding schools within the Helderberg area of Cape Town. This event will provide many children with the treatment and support they so desperately need.” “The vibe created by the spinners in the hotel act as a much needed energy boost and encouragement for THE500 cyclists! Join in the fun and help make a substantial difference. You’ll experience a great sense of satisfaction, accomplishment and gratefulness,” Pieterse concludes.




7 TIPS FOR INVESTING OFFSHORE Investing in Europe to try and hedge against our volatile currency and possibly acquire permanent residency or 2nd citizenship is becoming more and more appealing to a growing number of South Africans - but the choice of where to invest can be intimidating. Going overseas on holiday can endear that country to you: it's easy to fall in love with the charming customs and romantic foreign language. But investing offshore can often expose a very different picture – especially if it becomes difficult to be accepted into the local community, if you are always seen as a foreigner and you don’t quite feel like you fit in. Savvy investors should take heed of the following tips to ensure they make the right decision to secure a “Plan B” in Europe: 1. Check that your property investment secures you permanent residency or 2nd citizenship status. Many countries do not offer the option to secure residency unless you live in that country for a certain number of years. Check the fine print. 2. Be aware of the minimum time prescribed to be in the country. If you have to return to the country every year to fulfil the residency requirements, the annual travel, accommodation, car rental etc. costs need to be factored into the overall property purchase price. 3. Can everyone speak English; or is there a language-barrier? When it comes to opening a bank account, signing contracts, querying a utility bill etc.; it becomes a real challenge if you need an interpreter; and you feel like you’re always on the back foot. 4. The old adage of location, location is key when investigating offshore. The property’s location and accessibility to bus routes, proximity to beaches and restaurants, shops etc. will add value when you want to sell. 5. The same reasons that put you off or make the property appealing to you are the same reasons or reservations a potential buyer will have when you want to sell in the future – so make sure you are completely comfortable with your decision.

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6. Be aware of all the annual property ownership costs: rates, taxes, levies and utility costs (water, electricity etc.). Renting the property out will result in increased water & electricity consumption so these additional costs needs to be factored in too.

7. Only work with reputable people, companies and service providers. It helps to have a locally-based team fighting in your corner. This is crucial when you need administrative support, are looking to sell your property or are dealing with a tenant query. Cyprus currently has THE BEST 2nd citizenship and permanent residency programmes available. Both of these property investment programmes immediately benefit the investor and his/her family:

Cypriot Realty is a pioneer in actively and consistently promoting property opportunities primarily in Cyprus. They have successful been doing this from their Cape Town and Sandton offices since 2008. As a result, the company is recognised and respected as Southern Africa’s authoritative investment specialist for promoting Cyprus as an ideal destination for acquiring permanent residency/citizenship, property investment, immigration/retirement and starting a European-based business. 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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Let's Celebrate Garden Day

Experience Art Franschhoek

Gardens, no matter how big or small, have the potential to bring South Africans together, which is why on Sunday, 20 October we are encouraging all plant people to wear a flower crown and celebrate Garden Day.

As with fine food and world-class wines, so too fine art needs to be experienced to be appreciated. Visitors to Franschhoek can once again look forward to a weekend of artworks and exhibitions, as the 4th annual Art Franschhoek ‘opens its doors’ to the public. To celebrate the start of this festival of art appreciation some of the participating galleries will be hosting special events during the weekend of 25-27 October 2019.

Garden Day is for everyone: beginner gardeners, indoor plant mums and dads, patio potters, rose growers and wild weeders. It doesn’t matter if you’re part of a group of gardeners growing and harvesting home crops, or a Gardashian whose perfectly pristine, rolling lawn is sure to make everyone else turn green, you’ve worked hard all year, and now it’s time to hang up your gloves and allow yourself the time to appreciate your garden. Even plant parents need a break. Garden Day was proudly created by Candide, a gardening app that connects gardeners with fellow plant lovers, public gardens and plant nurseries, with the aim of kick-starting a movement to unite all South Africans. Candide features an extensive knowledge base of plants, plant identification and growing tips and aspires to be the BFF of choice to gardeners everywhere. Enthusiasts are encouraged to show their support by making and wearing flower crowns, and hosting a celebratory event. It could be tea and cake, a glass of umqombothi, a plant swap or lunch on the lawn - as long as you’re surrounded by greenery and toasting the goodness our gardens give us all year round. Spending regular time in the garden has undisputed health advantages, and there is an abundance of scientific evidence to back up such claims. “Next time you’re feeling under the weather, down in the dumps or stressed out, don’t reach for a packet of pills – grab your garden fork instead,” says Professor Nox Makunga, a plant scientist at the Department of Botany and Zoology at Stellenbosch University. If you are under the impression that gardening is the preserve of retired folk with lots of time on their well-worn hands, think again. This well-spent time can be extremely beneficial in a number of ways: Replace screens with greens for lifelong genes. School gardening clubs teach children fine motor skills through tasks such as transplanting seedlings and tying in tomatoes. Gardening gets us off our couches and increases physical health by an average of 33%, also contributing to a decreased rate of heart disease and diabetes. Office workers who have houseplants on their desks are 15% more productive than those who don’t. A study asked two groups of people to perform a highly stressful task. During their downtime, they asked one group to read a book and the other to perform 30 minutes of gardening. Even though both tasks lowered levels of Cortisol (the stress-inducing hormone) in the brain, gardening had a higher effect. Get those hands dirty and relax.

Over the years Franschhoek has established itself as one of the country’s premier art destinations with its numerous art galleries and resident artists. Art enthusiasts can choose to leisurely browse the galleries situated along the village’s main road, and within comfortable walking distance from each other. Alternatively choose to view the artworks on display at some of the wine farms, which include Grande Provence and La Motte. Garden and art tours at Leeu Estate add an extra touch to your cultural outing. Art Franschchoek celebrates these artists, and allows visitors to experience this unique part of Franschhoek. For more information visit

Innovation and enlightenment with Cape Town City Ballet’s SATORI Cape Town City Ballet presents an exciting new trilogy of works with their Spring Season, Satori, which will be performed at the Artscape Opera House from 26 October - 9 November 2019.

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SA Guide-Dogs Association for the Blind Annual Gala Dinner

Satori encapsulates innovation and enlightenment with three inspiring works, two of which are being newly staged alongside an original commissioned work for Cape Town City Ballet by celebrated UK choreographer Kenneth Tindall. Tindall is one of Britain’s most exciting independent choreographers as well as being the Artistic Director of Digital and Choreographer in Residence at Northern Ballet.

Photo: Master of Ceremonies Kevin Abbott and Tiffany at Kelvin Grove

On the 12 October 2019 the Cape Town branch of SA Guide-Dogs Association for the Blind will be hosting their biggest annual event, the Light in the Dark Gala Dinner at The Ball Room, Kelvin Grove Club in Newlands. This exclusive black-tie event serves an important purpose as all funds raised go directly to the training of working guide dogs. The cost of breeding and training one working dog is in excess of R100 000. The visually-impaired person only pays R5 for their dog and R200 for their equipment and training. The Association does not receive any form of Government assistance, and all funds are raised from the public. GDA’s goal for this year’s Gala Dinner is to raise R800,000, enough to train 8 new dogs that will one day provide an invaluable service to the blind community of Cape Town. For more information contact Jackie on 021 674 7395

Following the wonderful response to Serenade in their Autumn Season, Cape Town City Ballet introduces a second George Balanchine work to the repertoire with his Concerto Barocco, performed to a score by Johann Sebastian Bach and this production to be staged by Diana White of the George Balanchine Trust. South African choreographer and South African dance treasure, Michelle Reid, stages a fully expanded new work of her creation Sheeple, her first production created on the Company. Performed to music from a selection of modern composers, Sheeple is an arresting, swirling exploration of the power of the masses, and the pervasive inclination of society to blindly follow the pack. Reid is an award-winning seasoned and prolific choreographer who has a 30 year history of staging work in South Africa. Lighting Design for the spring season is by Wilhelm Disbergen. Satori is an athletic and breathtaking combination of classical and neo-classical ballet with an innovative twist; another superb tasting menu for the dance lover and aficionado. Tickets cost from R150 to R300. Tickets will be available via or at any Shoprite Checkers outlet





Photo: Ultra-trail Cape Town - Photo Credit: Sam Clark

Photo: Kamers/Makers - Photo Credit: Carey Slade





5 October

Atlantic Beach Country Club, Melkbosstrand

Cape Winemakers Guild Auction

5 October

Spier Conference Centre, Stellenbosch

The Bubbly Festival Champagne and Bubbly

5 October

Shimmy Beach Club, Cape Town

Festa Italiana - Food & Lifestyle Festival

5 - 6 October

The Italian Club of Cape Town, Milnerton

Elite Sport Summit

9 - 10 October

V&A Waterfront

New York Runway

11 October

Marriot Hotel Crystal Towers, Century City

Robertson Wine on the River

11 - 13 October

Robertson Wine Valley

The500 - Distance For Difference

12 - 13 October

NH The Lord Charles Hotel, Somerset West

Cape Wine Marathon

12 October

Meerendal Wine Estate, Durbanville

Barrydale in Bloom

12 - 13 October


Open Garden Festival Helderberg

12 - 13 October


Cape Town International Boat Show

18 - 20 October

V&A Waterfront

Open Design Afrika Festival

18 - 27 October

Cape Town City Hall

Franschhoek Open Gardens

25 - 27 October


Art Franschhoek

25 - 27 October

Franschhoek Wine Valley

Cape Town International Kite Festival

26 - 27 October


Satori (Trilogy of Ballets)

26 October - 10 November

Artscape Opera House

Killarney Motor Show

27 October

Killarney International Raceway


29 October - 3 November

Blaauwklippen Wine Estate, Stellenbosch

MamaMagic Baby Expo Cape Town

1 - 3 November

Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC)

International Tequila Festival

1 - 3 November

Hamiltons Rugby Stadium, Green Point

Big 5 Comedy Show

2 November

Grand Arena, Grand West

Pink Polo

9 November

Val de Vie Estate, Franschhoek

FIA World Rallycross Championship

9 - 10 November

Killarney International Raceway

Cape Town Challenge

10 November

Big Bay, Cape Town

Torpedo SwimRun Cape

17 November

Clifton, Cape Town

IMPI Challenge #3

23 November

Wiesenhof Adventure Park, Stellenbosch

International Motor & Music Festival

23 - 24 November

Cape Town Stadium, Green Point

Ultra-trail Cape Town

28 November - 1 December

Table Mountain National Park, Oranjezicht

Cape Town Festival of Beer

29 November - 1 December

Hamilton’s Rugby Club, Green Point

The Gin To My Tonic Show: Meet-the-Makers

29 November - 1 December

Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC)

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Let Hope Fly at the 25th Cape Town International Kite Festival “Let Hope Fly” is the theme for Africa’s biggest kite festival, the Cape Town International Kite Festival, which next takes flight on 26 - 27 October 2019 at the Zandvlei Nature Reserve in Muizenberg, in support of Cape Mental Health. This will be the 25th edition of the annual flying fiesta, with kiters - from Germany, Italy, Turkey, the UK and South Africa flocking to the Mother City to fly their incredible kite creations, promote mental wellness and help prevent depression and suicide. Event host and beneficiary, non-profit organisation Cape Mental Health, has been using kites to generate funds and raise awareness of mental wellness since 1994. The annual kite festival is the highlight of the annual October Mental Health Awareness Month campaign, the focus of which for 2019 is suicide awareness and prevention. “With self-harm and suicide rates on the rise, particularly amongst children and young adults, we want to share a message of hope and encouragement,” said Dr Ingrid Daniels, director of Cape Mental Health and president-elect of the World Federation for Mental Health. “Just as kiters use a line to keep hold of their kites, hope can be the line to life. Sometimes you may find hope inside yourself; at other times it may need to come from a friend, a loved one or a professional. The important thing is to hold on and not let go.” Cape Mental Health provides free mental health services to children and adults, reaching more than 21 000 people each year through 22 programmes and projects. To show your support, go fly a kite at the 25th Cape Town International Kite Festival, make a donation or volunteer to help the organisation or simply share how you will #LetHopeFly on

Photo: Zandvlei Nature Reserve in Muizenberg - Photo Credit: Brenton Geach

social media, tagging @CapeMentalHealth. Enjoy watching the world’s most incredible kites plus free kite-making workshops, excellent local live entertainment, crafts, stalls and rides. Pack a picnic or take your pick of festival fare from the many food trucks. For more information visit

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