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Where are your heading this holiday? Experience the beauty the Western Cape has to offer
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The festive season is upon us and the Western Cape looks forward to see visitors out and about in our beautiful region in celebration of this much anticipated time of the year. As South Africa’s premier tourist attraction the area offers visitors to experience the Cape’s historical significance, natural beauty, beaches, mountains, food, wine, and many other tourist attractions. Travel from the dynamic city of Cape Town to the 5 diverse regions of the Western Cape. Discover the quiet roads of the Karoo and Klein Karoo, wine farms in the Cape Winelands, fishing villages on the West Coast, markets in the Overberg and blue seas and white sandy beaches of the Garden Route.
CRUISE TERMINAL PASSENGERS EXCEED 266 000 ARRIVALS SINCE 2015
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The V&A Waterfront’s R59-million redevelopment of the Cruise Terminal in 2015 has stimulated growth in this lucrative tourism industry, as ever-larger vessels and more cruise line operators opt to stop over in the Port of Cape Town. For the upcoming cruise season beginning in October 2019 and ending in April 2020, 21 different ships from 11 cruise liner companies will dock at the Cruise Terminal’s E Berth. One of the ships, the Aidamira, will return as many as 17 times, while the MSC Orchestra will return six times, the Azamara Quest four times, the Nautica three times and the MS Bremen and the Albatross will each make two visits. This culminates in 57 ship visits for the season. These are confirmed bookings. Conservatively, the Cruise Terminal will welcome roughly 100 000 passengers and 30 000 crew.
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Winners of the 2019 Eat Out Awards The top restaurants in South Africa were announced at the 2019 Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards on 17 November at GrandWest in Cape Town. The best of the best in the industry were celebrated in a spectacular display of gourmet food, creative drinks and top-notch entertainment which had over 700 guests, including some of SA’s favourite celebrities. The countdown from 20 to 11 revealed the names to watch out for, prior to the announcement of the much-anticipated Top 10 restaurants. Last year, The Restaurant at Waterkloof halted The Test Kitchen’s six-year streak when they walked away as Restaurant of the Year – however this year, it’s La Colombe that walks away as the new number one! The Test Kitchen remains at number 2 for a second year and The Restaurant at Waterkloof is now at number 3.
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The 2019 Eat Out S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna Chef of the Year is Bertus Basson of Overture and Eike. Bertus not only keeps colourful, true South African cuisine alive; he continuously sets the bar higher for himself and his team. Bertus tells great South African stories through his food - on all levels.
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Table Mountain Aerial Cableway turned 90 in October. A lot has changed since that ﬁrst trip up the mountain on 4 October 1929.
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Before 1929, the only way up was to hike: a feat not undertaken by too many. By the 1870s, plans were put forward to build a rack railway to the top, but the First Anglo-Boer War halted work on that.
Remy Kloos is a 31-year-old South African woman who is on track to be the youngest African to complete the Seven Summit Challenge. She is also aiming for another ﬁrst – to be the ﬁrst African to ever complete a double summit – reaching the top of both Mount Everest and the top of Mount Lhotse within 24 hours, the highest and fourth highest mountains in the world.
Another mock-charge came in 1912, when an engineer had been commissioned to build a funicular up the mountain.
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To date this Capetonian high-altitude mountaineer has summited four of the seven mountains that make up the Seven Summits Challenge - Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa, Aconcagua in South America, Mount Elbrus in Europe and Mount Denali in North America.
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In October Kloos climbed the highest peak in Oceania, Carstensz Pyramid. She is aiming to ﬁnish the Seven Summits in 2020 by climbing Mount Everest in Nepal in April and Vison Massif in Antarctica in December.
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Photo: Restaurant of the Year - La Colombe
The Eat Out Service Excellence Award went to Test Kitchen, for the second year in a row. Joseph Dhafana of La Colombe was named winner of the Eat Out Wine Service Award; a gentle and humble man with exceptional wine knowledge. FYN was recognised with the Eat Out VISI Style Award, while Jewell’s Restaurant walked away with the Eat Out Retail Capital New Restaurant of the Year Award. Jennifer Hugé was recognised with the Eat Out John Psillos Award for Outstanding Contribution to Service.
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La Colombe, located in Constantia and well known for their culinary delights, moved up two places from number three in the Top 10 last year. Said an elated Scot Kirton, “I could not be more proud of what James Gaag and the team are doing at the moment. It has been an inspirational journey. It’s been a dream since we moved to Silvermist five years ago and we have finally achieved it. The hard work starts now.” Executive Chef James, 31, is still trying to take in the moment. “My team keep me on my toes and inspired every day. The pursuit of excellence is what drives us every day. La Colombe is my home,” says Gaag.
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The chefs of the 30 nominated restaurants were given the opportunity to vote for a champion chef amongst their peers and it was Ivor Jones of Chefs Warehouse at Beau Constantia that was awarded the Eat Out Graham Beck Chefs’ Chef Award. The Eat Out Nederburg Rising Star Award was handed to Katlego Mlambo of The Marabi Club. Annette Kesler was honoured with the Eat Out Lannice Snyman Lifetime Achievement Award. A doyenne of South African food writers, Kesler has had multiple roles as food editor, cook book author and creator of Showcook, along with mentoring many young chefs over the past several decades. Camphors at Vergelegen received the Eat Out Woolworths Sustainability Award in recognition of its commitment to implementing environmentally and socially responsible practices In an exciting turn of events, three new awards were introduced in 2019.
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The Eat Out Nespresso Innovation Award was awarded to The Test Kitchen in celebration of their ingenuity and originality of their pub pop-up. Ishay Govender-Ypma and Zayaan Khan of the SA POC at the Table initiative received the Eat Out Bridget McCarney Gamechanger Award in recognition of their efforts in creating positive change in how the industry operates.
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2019 also saw Dorah Sitole as the first winner of the new Eat Out Irna van Zyl Food Media Icon Award. She has been awarded in recognition of her significant contribution to food content creation and coverage in South Africa. Top 10 Restaurants: La Colombe (1), The Test Kitchen (2), The Restaurant at Waterkloof (3), Wolfgat (4), FYN (5), La Petite Colombe (6), Eike (7), Salsify (8), Restaurant Mosaic at The Orient (9) and Chefs Warehouse at Beau Constantia (10).
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Cruise Terminal Passengers Exceed 266 000 Arrivals Since 2015 (Continue From Page 1) There was enormous excitement on 18 January 2019 when two ships the Musica and Queen Elizabeth docked in Cape Town simultaneously. In the season ahead Capetonians can look forward to more double arrivals, notably the Artania and MSC Orchestra on 17 January 2020 and three ships, the Norwegian Spirit, World Odyssey and Aidamira on 23 March 2020. Other ship visits to note include the Queen Elizabeth which docked on 19 November, and the MSC Orchestra on 12 January 2020. The end of the 2018-2019 cruise season welcomed the arrival of the Viking Sun on her maiden voyage. It was the first occasion that her owner, Viking Ocean Cruises, included South Africa on their itinerary. In addition, last season was the visit of both the Queen Elizabeth and the Queen Victoria of Cunard Lines. Cunard’s Queen Mary 2, the biggest cruise liner in the world at 365m, will return to Cape Town on 31 March 2020. The first ship ever to be received at the new Cruise Terminal in 2015 was the luxury German liner, the Europa. Since then the harbour has had 150 ship visits, some on multiple occasions. During this period, customs officials at the Cruise Terminal processed 266 149 passengers. This number includes crew who effectively become tourists when they arrive in Cape Town. The V&A Waterfront’s Andre Blaine, Executive Manager Marine and Industrial said, “While in port, these visitors all use local transport and book tours, visit local restaurants and tourist attractions and shop for gifts, all of which positively impacts on the economy and job creation. Many passengers and crew also choose to extend their stay in the city, and they either fly home from here or fly to the next port to catch up with their ship.” But it does not end there. While in harbour, many foreign crew disembark to return home and some are replaced by South African crew. The services required by these ships also create the ocean economy’s ripple effect.
While here, they restock with local goods such as food, wines, flowers and more. Some ships also require maintenance creating further employment for ship builders, welders, electricians, and a host of other technical crew. The new Cruise Terminal offers the secure, quality service demanded by cruise line operators. Although a dip was recorded in the 2016 and 2017 seasons as a result of the drought, by the close of the 2018-2019 season passenger numbers increased by 19% to 66 601. Blaine said, “Cape Town is fast becoming known as the ‘turn-around’ port for both inbound and outbound international arrivals and departures, and we aim to build on this success. Our objective is to become the number one port in Southern Africa for cruise liner business.” However, it is not just cruise liner passengers who should visit the Cruise Terminal. In 2018 Cape Town’s flagship Panama Jacks seafood restaurant dropped anchor in the Cruise Terminal, from where it continues to provide the best seafood for ships passengers and locals alike.
Kagga Kamma Nature Reserve - National Lilizela Tourism Awards Winner Kagga Kamma Nature Reserve, the winner of the Best Accommodation Service Provider in South Africa in the 4 star Lodge category, was also the winner of the Visitor Experience of the Year Award for Scenic Beauty at the Lilizela Tourism Awards 2019. The Lilizela Tourism Awards announced the names of the 2019 National Winners at a glamorous awards ceremony, held on 9 November 2019, at Sun Arena at Times Square, Pretoria.
All of the finalists from around the Country gathered at this prestigious event and were honoured for their contribution to service excellence and quality assurance in the South African tourism industry. Kagga Kamma Nature Reserve won two prestigious awards, one for the Best 4 Star Lodge Accommodation Service Provider in South Africa and the other for Visitor Experience of the Year - Scenic Beauty, which were handed over in person by our Minister of Tourism, Mmamoloko KubayiNgubane. Kagga Kamma, a rustic and down to earth 4 Star Lodge, is located in a remote and untouched wilderness area in the Swartruggens region of the Cederberg Mountains. The Nature Reserve not only offers guests a close-to-nature experience in an environment of spectacular scenery and absolute tranquillity, but also unique accommodation that includes the spectacular Star and Sky open-air Suites, where guests sleep under the stars; and good South African cuisine and fascinating tours and activities. The Best 4 Star Lodge Award recognises Kagga Kamma Nature Reserve as the best accommodation service provider in South Africa: for excellence, making an exceptional contribution to the industry, investing in skills provision and leading by example, thereby giving guests a world-class experience and contributing to international destination competitiveness. The Scenic Beauty Award recognises Kagga Kamma for the best management of a scenically beautiful location in South Africa, providing tourists with excellent accessibility, value-for-money, and an opportunity to experience the rare and exceptional natural beauty of the country.
Holiday Hacks For You And Your Family If you’re travelling with a laptop, take it out of its bag ahead of time and move swiftly through security. Safety first: Remember the regulations on what you can carry in your hand-luggage: it’s not just the bayonet which your grandad brought home from the war and which is now used to cut the cake at any family wedding, like the one you’re flying to. Security staff are also likely to confiscate nail-scissors, multi-tools and even toy weapons. “That floppy rubber sword your little Jack or Jane Sparrow likes to brandish? It might be taken away, much to your pirate’s distrrrrrrress,” warns Pozyn. Give Junior a tablet: And if you’re travelling with youngsters, you’ll be grateful for toys and games that keep them busy. But while Lego and Meccano are excellent for kids’ creativity, the small parts will be tricky to retrieve from the floor of an airline cabin. This may be the one occasion to let the kids play on a smartphone or tablet, for as much as they like.
With the festive season approaching, many of us will be planning visits to loved ones or holiday destinations. It’s a wonderful time of the year, with opportunities to reconnect with friends and family, and to take a break from commutes, meetings, teleconferences and to-do lists. This does lead to airports getting over-crowded, but that needn’t mean getting caught in the throng. Shaun Pozyn, Head of Marketing at kulula.com and British Airways (operated by Comair) offers the following clever tips to make the most of your airport experience. Take care of business online: In our fast-paced world, most airline customers opt to use their laptops, tablets and smartphones. With pretty much everybody connected 24/7, checking in online is empowering, quick and easy. Most of all, says Pozyn, it lets you share the news that you are on your way to that island getaway with all your friends on Facebook. Lighten your load: rather than queuing to check-in your luggage, you can use the bag drop facilities, once you’ve already checked yourself in and only have your luggage to be taken care of. Breeze through security: With boarding-pass in hand on your mobile device, and your luggage dropped off, all you need to do is get yourself onto the plane and off on your well-deserved holiday. But first you need to get through security. Before getting to the airport, make sure you’re free of any metal that might set off the metal-detector, such as copper change or a massive bunch of keys. Rather, place that in your hand luggage and put it through the scanner.
Chew on this: Small children sometimes struggle to equalise the pressure in their ears as the aircraft ascends and descends, so age-appropriate food and drink that encourage swallowing can help. If you’re worried that sugar will make them hyperactive, then cooled rooibos tea and snacks like droëwors will do the trick.
Celebrate Innovation, Scholarship, And Finding Solutions For Africa These words of congratulation came from Dr Beth Engelbrecht, Head of the Department of Health in the Western Cape, during the launch of a state-of-the-art imaging research facility that opened its doors at Tygerberg Hospital recently. The Nuclear Medicine Research Infrastructure (NuMeRI) Node for Infection Imaging (NII) is South Africa’s first positron-emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) facility dedicated to clinical research. It has one of the most advanced PET/CT systems currently available in the world, a Philips Vereos PET/ CT – only the second of its kind installed in the southern hemisphere. “We are very fortunate to host one of the Department of Science and Innovation’s Centres for Excellence in Tuberculosis Research, and through this particular node of NuMeRI, we will be able to do a lot of research to bring us closer to eradicating the disease,” Prof Eugene Cloete, Stellenbosch University’s Vice-Rector: Research, Innovation and Postgraduate Studies said in his address at the launch. The NuMeRI NII forms part of the South African Research Infrastructure Roadmap (SARIR). The Node is hosted by the Stellenbosch University’s Central Analytical Facilities and is located at Tygerberg Hospital, in Cape Town. It is funded by the Department of Science and Innovation, Stellenbosch University and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
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“Given the high prevalence of TB in the Western Cape, the facility is poised to use research to find novel solutions to address this disease burden,” said Dr Daniel Adams, Chief Director: Basic Sciences and Infrastructure at the Department of Science and Innovation (and acting Deputy-Director General). “Its presence should touch the lives of people of the Western Cape and contribute to the improvement of quality of life of people in the country at large.” Dr Alex Doruyter, Director and Staff Scientist at the NuMeRI NII said that “PET/ CT is well suited as a research tool to study the diseases that plague our society. These include infectious diseases like HIV and TB, but also malignant diseases such as breast, lung, cervix and prostate cancer; neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease and traumatic brain injury; psychiatric diseases such as depression and anxiety; and cardiac diseases such as coronary artery disease.” The NII includes a fully-equipped radiopharmacy laboratory with hot and cold labs; clean room; and quality control area and is supervised by a specialist radiopharmacist. This component of the facility ensures injected radiotracers are of high quality and are safe for injection; allows for on-site radio-labelling of kit-based PET tracers; and is involved in the de-novo synthesis of novel candidate molecules. Although PET-CT has been available in the Western Cape for some time, researchers have had to compete with the main mandate of these scanners, which is one of clinical service provision.
MODERN LUXURY IN A COUNTRY SETTING BOUTIQUE GUESTHOUSE, SUCCULENT GARDEN AND RESTAURANT
o & Rose Guesthouse is situated on perhaps the world’s longest wine route the R60/R62 just 10km outside of Robertson in scenic Klaasvoogds West. Nestled at the foot of the Langeberg mountains, enter a magical world – relax at this one of a kind garden inhabited by legions of succulent plants and trees silhouetted against the vast South African sky. At the center of this marvel reside the guesthouse and restaurant. The guesthouse is owned and run by a local couple, Francois and Jeanne van Wageningen since April 2017. Mo & Rose guesthouse has 8 luxury en-suite rooms, each equipped with ﬁreplace and Nespresso coffee machines with patio‘s overlooking the garden/pool and large variety cacti, some dating back to 1910.
On 10 November 2018 the Bistro was relaunched as Restaurant Succulent by Chef Werner Snoek. The restaurant being the ﬁrst of its kind in a fast developing wine valley offers a tranquil and exclusive experience with only 25 seats available per service period. Restaurant Succulent is excited to introduce Chef Werner Snoek and his management team with a combined 38-years’ experience within the Hospitality Industry. Having been trained and worked in the most luxurious 5-star properties, applying their expertise to ensure all guests receive only the best service. By combining their skills and knowledge of the industry, Restaurant Succulent is sure to exceed all expectations and satisfy every craving. The Managing Team is a dynamic trio who's eagerness and drive will push the culinary world to a new standard. Supporting Chef Werner, restauranteurs and marketers, Andrew and Melanie have teamed up to bring an entirely new experience to the Robertson Wine Valley with their sights set on continuous future development.
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Situated on the doorstep of the Walker Bay, an hour from Cape Town International Airport and 15km before Hermanus, here are the reasons to include Benguela Cove Lagoon Wine Estate in your holiday plans.
Mrs Western Cape 2020, Natasha Hunter, celebrated her crowning with the Springboks winning the World Cup.
Santa at Benguela - Add a bit of fantasy glitter for the kids and bring them to enjoy the jolly Santa Claus himself. Experience includes a gift and personalised photo with Santa. Bookings essential. R100 per child. When: 7- 8 December & 14 - 15 December. Carols by Candlelight - Benguela Cove welcomes the Handevat Music project at the estate to perform the popular carols for you to sing along to. Ticket proceeds (R100 | R50 for children under 12) will go to the Handevat Music Project. When: 7 December, 7pm and 9pm. At home with Benguela Cove: Winemaker Luncheon Series - Benguela Cove’s winemaker luncheon series gives wine enthusiasts a chance to rub shoulders with the cellar master Johann Fourie who will gladly answer any wine question you may have. R350pp, including a welcoming drink, three course lunch and paired wines. Limited seats available. When: 14 December 2019, 4 January 2020 12:00 – 15:00. Christmas Eve Dinner - No doubt, chef Annie Bandenhorst’s innovative Christmas menu will evoke all that special feelings of love and togetherness. The cost is R600pp, including a welcome drink and Christmas cracker. When: 24 December, 6pm and 9pm.
Mrs Western Cape is part of the official provincial pageants held annually in every province of South Africa. “Each year we crown not only a queen but rather a philanthropist, mother, wife, warrior, woman of strength and courage.” This annual philanthropic pageant searches for individuals with leadership skills, who wish to make a positive difference in their community. This title provides a platform from which they can work on community uplifting, whilst representing their province and ultimately, our country. Role Models Foundation’s slogan: “Inspiring hope in the heart of the community through purpose driven pageants”. Natasha Hunter was crowned the new reigning Mrs Western Cape 2020 Queen on the 2nd November 2019 in the Mother City, Cape Town. While everyone were in green and gold supporting our Springboks, the Mrs Western Cape Finalist was sneaking away from make-up, hair and preparations for a quick glans at the game in evening glam and glitter wear. With the Springbok’s victory and all the cheering and celebration in the Mother City, these sophisticated ladies were more than psyched to bring their own victories home.
Photo: Natasha Hunter, Mrs Western Cape 2020 Photo Credit: Corne Visser Studio
Natasha Hunter was crowned Mrs Western Cape 2020, Amy-Caie April the 1st Princess and Amanda van der Westhuizen the 2nd Princess. It was an emotional moment for Natasha when the organizers asked her husband Jaco Hunter to the stage to crown her. Boxing Day Lunch - Enjoy favourites on our lunch menu while Piano Ben, a local artist, will add the jazzy notes for you to unwind. When: 26 December 12 - 3pm. New Year’s Eve party 2019 - Join for a Rock n Roll party as the sun sets on the final eve of 2019 and dance the night away under the stars. The band Cloud 9 will perform all your favourite classics to greet 2020 in style. Tickets: R800pp, including food and a glass of MCC at midnight. Bookings essential. When: 31 December 6pm. New Year’s Day Brunch - Kickstart your year with a sumptuous brunch and the soothing jazz repertoire of artist Ethan Florus will ease you into a relaxing first day of 2020 When: 1 January, 11:00 - 14:00. For more information contact +27 (0) 87 357 063, email@example.com or visit www.benguelacove.co.za
Natasha Hunter, 29 comes from Suikerbossie Guest farm, in the Koue-Bokkeveld at the most southern part of the Cederberg. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business, is passionate about green living, and loves being barefoot in the mountains. She currently works at Sonop Solar. “I am so honored to represent our beautiful province, the Western Cape,” says Natasha Hunter, our own local and cultivated country woman. “Our country is the place there I thrive and the people in our region, are just the best. Western Cape has it all. Most beautiful people, nature, mountains and sea.” Natasha Hunter will help raise awareness and funds for the nonprofit origination Rolemodels foundation during her reign. She also hopes to shine more light on the farmers, agriculture and what they do for our economy. The Western Cape is the jewel of South Africa and she is proud to be an ambassador for it.
BLOSSOM TO BOTTLE BY SAMARIE SMITH November 2019 was cold. If I was a vine and my lover was nature, the relationship counselor would’ve definitely identified it a classic example of a co-dependant partnership. Vines constantly need to adapt themselves to the whims of nature and I’d be curious to know what’s going on behind closed doors, or should I say, leaf canopies. Yes, vines need water, but it is all about the amount as well as the timing. Flowering and fruitset occurs during November and December, and these vulnerable stages in the grapes’ growing cycle can be disrupted by unexpected and heavy rainfalls, needless to mention the creepy crawlies that damp conditions invite to the party. If flowering is not embraced by ideal weather conditions, the result will be seen in smaller yields. Still, one cannot deny the resilience of these little bunches and its determination to grow into mature grapes. As soon as the Cape started to warm up and the sun winked the cats closer to soak up its warmer rays, the infloresences followed suit with tiny flowers popping out. Again, one needs to stop and take a closer look to appreciate these small yet powerful happenings in the vineyards. With flowering, the pollen-laden stamens are exposed, shedding tiny grains onto the moist, stigma surface. The simple yet intricate processes of pollination, germination and penetration is what is needed to fertilise the eggs in the ovula to be become pregnant with healthy berries. Approximately 30% of the flowers will actually become grapes and still its anatomy will come under scrutiny. Will enough flowers become grapes? If not, the French calls it coulure. Will all the grapes have seeds? If not, you should learn how to pronounce the word: Millerandage. While moms and dads count the fingers and toes of their new borns, it is definitely not a stroll in the vineyards for these baby fruit factories. I have no doubt that the whimsical weather patters will be keeping viticulturists and winemakers on their toes.
Judging by the calibre of wine teams in South Africa, these folks are already a few steps ahead, making plans on how they will guide these unruly teenagers into becoming healthy bunches, ripe for the picking to become your next iconic wine Samarie Smith is a certified taster and currently the brand manager for Benguela Cove. Follow her all the way until harvest in 2020 for musings from the vineyards.
Blue Waters Seafood & Sushi Restaurant Taking your love for quality seafood to new heights
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Since opening our doors in 1998, the reputation of Blue Waters has soared far as an excellent Seafood and Sushi restaurant in the heart of Somerset West. The restaurant has a bar area, indoor and outdoor garden dining area. Blue Waters specializes in the finest and freshest seafood from coastal regions of southern Africa, a superb sushi menu and as well as a renowned wine-list with some of the top proudly-local wine selections. The restaurant has earned its reputation as the place to indulge in the best seafood platter in Somerset West. Chef Sam Chen Sam has dedicated years of experience on sourcing and refining fresh, seasonal produce to Blue Waters’ menu. Chen’s growth as a chef began in Hong Kong where he worked at a contemporary seafood restaurant, Silver Temple, in 2008. Sushi Chef Gee Huang Gee is a Chinese Sushi chef considered by many to be one of the best sushi chefs in Cape Town. With over 10 years of experience working at Cape Town famous 1890 house sushi and grill, his established techniques will bring you a top quality plate of sushi in all of Somerset West. “We at Blue Waters work to take your love for quality seafood to new heights.”
What you can expect at Blue Waters - Customers are welcome to bring their own wine - Seafood and Sushi cuisine - Specialties is the seafood platter consisting of fresh prawns, local fish and crayfish - Seats 60 indoor and 30 - 40 outdoor - Average spend per person is R220 - Free secure parking area - Wheelchair accessible - Fully licensed. Open for lunch and dinner daily as well as catering and functions venue. Restaurant Trading hours: Monday - Sunday 11h30 - 22h00 For more information and bookings contact 021 852 8012 email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit 5 Lourensford road, Stuart’s Hill, Somerset West
Lions rescued in Spain and flown to an South African sanctuary British Airways Holidays has officially opened a new rescue enclosure at a big cat sanctuary in South Africa, as part of its joint vision with international animal welfare charity Born Free, that all wild animals whether living in captivity or in the wild, are treated with compassion and respect. British Airways Holidays and Born Free have been working together over the last year to develop the travel company’s industry-leading Animal Welfare Policy, which sees British Airways Holidays commit to never promoting the captivity of wild animals for entertainment purposes and discouraging its hotel partners from doing so. The enclosure is now home to two lionesses, named Alpha and Cora. The two neglected lionesses were initially rescued from a failed zoo in Spain and housed temporarily at Natuurhulpcentrum, a wildlife rescue centre in Belgium before they were flown to their new home. Born Free’s Animal Welfare team and IAG Cargo’s animal transport team ensured that Alpha and Cora received specialist care and attention as they travelled to London and onto a British Airways flight to Cape Town. The lionesses then travelled a short distance by road before arriving at Panthera Africa Big Cat Sanctuary, a 40-hectare sanctuary in Stanford, South Africa. British Airways Holidays’ support has enabled the construction of a perimeter fence, night house and security provisions.
“We know our customers are behind us in supporting causes like this and we are proud that our new Animal Welfare Policy and its various initiatives will help improve the lives of animals living in captivity all over the world. This is a long- term commitment for us and the first of many projects that we’ll be supporting Born Free with. We look forward to developing this extremely important partnership.”
Alpha and Cora had been neglected and kept in cramped conditions at the zoo, which has since been closed following a raft of infringements. The new natural habitat at the enclosure allows the lionesses to live in the best conditions for the rest of their lives.
As part of the partnership, a new initiative, ‘Raise the Red Flag’ has been unveiled to help more animals like Alpha and Cora, by allowing members of the public to report captive wild animal welfare concerns, while equipping people with the tools to take action.
Claire Bentley, Managing Director of British Airways Holidays said: “We are delighted to have been able to support Born Free and enable Alpha and Cora to spend the rest of their lives in their natural habitat.”
Extinct species rediscovered
Company’s Garden tree crowned a champion
in Winterhoek Mountains after 200 years
One of the first recorded species to have been lost to forestry and agriculture in the Western Cape in the 1800s, a type of fountain bush from the pea family that used to grow next to mountain streams in the Tulbagh region, have been rediscovered. Psoralea cataracta was discovered by Brian du Preez, a PhD student in botany at the University of Cape Town, when he accidently stumbled upon a population on a narrow track close to a river on a farm near Tulbagh. Until now, P. cataracta was only known from a single specimen collected from “Tulbagh waterfall” in 1804, and in 2008, after many fruitless searches, it was officially declared extinct on the Red Data List of South African Plants. From previous search efforts as a volunteer with the Custodians of Rare and Endangered Wildflowers (CREW) around the Tulbagh waterfall, he instantly knew what a find this was: “As soon as I saw those delicate thread-like flower stalks, I knew it was Psoralea cataracta.”
One of the largest trees in the Company’s Garden has officially been recognised as a Champion Tree by the National Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries. Towering at almost 27 meters, the majestic Ficus Elastica, or Rubber Tree, has a crown diameter of 38.4 metres and stands guard at the northern entrance to Cape Town’s oldest garden The Champion Tree Project started in 2003 and is a national initiative that identifies, protects and promotes exceptionally big and impressive trees in South Africa.
Prof Charles Stirton, an internationally recognised specialist on the genus Psoralea based in the United Kingdom, and his co-supervisor, has since confirmed that it is indeed the long lost species rediscovered, last seen in 1804. “For me the definitive characteristics are the remarkable stipules, very long filiform pedicels, and the unique flower colour. This is a very important find as it shows how the Cape is still relatively unexplored in many mountainous areas. Given that
More than 90 trees have been identified thus far and the Ficus Elastica in the Company’s Garden stood out based on its size index and historical location. Ficus Elastica is part of the Fig genus species, which is native to north-east India and southern Indonesia and forms part of the Banyan group of figs. “The City’s Recreation and Parks Department is delighted about the accolade. It is only through recognition, education and awareness that we will be better prepared to care for our trees which play such an important role in our built environment. The recognition and acknowledgement means a lot as Champion Trees are now enjoying protected status,” said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services and Health, Councillor Zahid Badroodien. The significance of the recognition of Champion Trees is that it has protected status under the National Forests Act, 1998 (ACT NO. 84 OF 1998), as amended. In terms of the Act, ‘no person may cut, disturb, damage or destroy any protected tree or possess, collect, remove, transport, export, purchase, sell, donate or in any other manner acquire or dispose of any protected tree or any forest product derived from a protected tree, except under a licence granted by the Minister or in terms of an exemption from the provisions. Contravention of the Act is seen as an offence that may result in a fine or imprisonment for a period up to three years. The Champion Tree that towers over the entrance of the Company’s Garden is not only aesthetically pleasing, but also provides ample shade for people to relax under during hot summer days. “Trees carry a lot of history and the ones in the Company’s Garden are a unique variety that form part of Africa’s forest and tree heritage. Trees with such significance should get the care they deserve as it also plays an important role in the eco system and educating future generations in showing respect for nature. I cannot imagine a city without trees – let us share the responsibility to protect these treasures,” said Councillor Badroodien. Six of the Champion Trees recognised in the Western Cape are located at another highly popular City Park - the Arderne Gardens in Claremont.
Photo: Brian du Preez - Photo Credit: Wiida Fourie
many of the Cape Flora only come up briefly after fires, fading quickly, and that sometimes these fires are irregular, the chances of being in an area at the right time is slim. Well done to Brian for a wonderful find,” he writes in an e-mail from the UK. Thus far, the 26-year old student is building up quite a reputation for finding long lost species. As a BScHons-student in botany at Stellenbosch University (SU) in 2016, he rediscovered two presumed extinct species in the pea family, Polhillia ignota and Aspalathus cordicarpa, last seen in 1928 and the 1950s respectively, and subsequently completed an MSc on Polhillia in 2017, also at SU. This year he collected a new species of Aspalathus growing on sand dunes on the banks of the Riet River in the Swartruggens Mountains north of Ceres. He is now in a rush to get the species described, as this part of the Riet River is earmarked for orchard expansion. Brian has decided to tackle a revision of the genus Indigofera in the Greater Cape Floristic Region (GCFR) for his PhD. This diverse genus comprises over 100 species in the region, with at least 30 new species to be formally described. He has been covering thousands of kilometres in his Nissan bakkie – from the Richtersveld through into the Eastern Cape, and everything in between for the past six months, and has already collected over 60 Indigofera species.
SEE, SENSE, TASTE & EXPERIENCE
Vadas Smokehouse & Bakery
Ouma Swesie se Spens
Well worth the detour
Stettyn Family Vineyards warrants a stop-over
Stettyn Family Vineyards
A warm welcome awaits… Stettyn Family Vineyards lies in splendid isolation between Villiersdorp and Rawsonville on the R43. This quiet road wends its way through majestic mountains but as you near Villiersdorp you’ll spot the rolling vineyards stretching out and away before you spot the cellar and tasting room up on the left, perched on a low rise. A beautiful avenue of roses leads you up to the tasting centre where wines and other treats await. The cellar is owned and run by the Botha and Griessel families who have lived there for generations. Unpretentious but passionate, the extended family works together to create wines of significance that reflect the soils which have produced them, and the simple pleasure they derive from working side by side. The tasting centre is a warm and inviting place where the friendly staff are always ready to present the Stettyn range of wines. On Saturdays you’ll find one of the family on duty but during the week stalwarts Annelien and Seila will regale you with stories of the place while you taste the wines and enjoy a carefully assembled platter of local cheeses, pickles and preserves. So try ‘the road less travelled’ and make the detour past Stettyn. Whether on your way to the coast, or travelling over the Franschhoek or Du Toitskloof passes, Stettyn offers a welcome break on your journey. You can enjoy a pitstop and stock up on great value wines for the holidays.
Make the most of your trip…. Everyone deserves a jar of love - The fresh and sunny tasting centre at Stettyn Family Vineyards is not only stocked with wine and friendly faces, but jars of delicious jams, marmalades and chutneys also line the shelves. These are made by a very special lady, who was born and brought up on the farm, but who has also taken care of many households there. Sarie loves to cook so a few years ago she started making large quantities of condiments to sell to visitors at the tasting centre. Perhaps her sweet chilli jam and her onion marmalade are the most popular but passers-by have been known to stop specifically for a jar of her apricot jam.
Whatever your preference, a jar from Sarie is guaranteed to be delicious because it is filled with her love and generous spirit.
The hewn stones of Stettyn record the passage of time and of life that have passed along this ancient thoroughfare creating landscapes and soils that produce grapes expressing this multi-faceted heritage, simply and succinctly.
Stettyn Family Vineyards Wine of Origin Stettyn belongs uniquely to Stettyn Family Vineyards, set apart and far from other cellars, it is the landmark intersection in the Cape Winelands between ‘fynbos’ and Karoo; urban and rural; heritage and progress. Eight generations have worked together on this land to create wines of significance, simply and unaffectedly but with passion and commitment.
The Guardian Centuries ago early settlers established an outpost in a far-flung corner of the colony, naming it Stettyn after their home town in Poland. Today the gracious old homesteads and gnarled oak trees stand as testimony to the generations that have toiled there; while the rocky outcrops and gushing streams speak of nature’s contribution to create this idyllic place. The wines reflect a sufficiency and complexity that is at once honest and alluring. For more information contact +27 (0) 23 340 4220 email: email@example.com or visit www.stettynwines.co.za
Christmas at Vadas Smokehouse & Bakery With the festive season knocking on our doors, it’s all about home entertaining, creative snacks and indulgent treats. The Vadas bakery has you covered with breads, sweet pies and pastries. Christmas just cannot be without mince pies, absolutely no way! These small sweet pies, filled with delicious homemade mincemeat are as traditional as the day itself. Christmas mincemeat is not, as the name suggests, meat (although it once was). The mincemeat we know today is made entirely from fruits, sugar and alcohol encased in a golden, crunchy but soft crust. These deep and crumbly mince pies are so simple yet delicious and available for the month of December at only R10 each or buy 5 and get 1 free. Treat your guests at home with the now famous Vadas Pastéis de Nata. These golden cups of perfectly crunchy and flaky pastry enrobe a creamy decadence of custard, lightly caramelised and sprinkled with cinnamon. Available at R25 each. The bakery’s treasure trove of ‘Sweet Surrender Pies’, American-style sweet pies such as lemon meringue pie, salted caramel pie, chocolate cream pie and pecan pie (to name a few) are also on offer at R400 per pie. For all your Christmas spreads and dips, be sure to pick up a sourdough or farm loaf bread, baked fresh every day.
Pre-order any of the Vadas mince pies, Pastéis de Nata, sweet pies or breads and don’t miss out!
CHRISTMAS SPECIAL Cooking, planning and preparing a Christmas meal at home could defeat the whole purpose of it being called a holiday. If you’re looking for a relaxed spot to enjoy your day, why not spend your Christmas in the winelands? Bring the family and enjoy a festive lunch along Spier Wine Farm’s spacious lawns at Vadas Smokehouse & Bakery in Stellenbosch.
CHRISTMAS MENU STARTERS SOURDOUGH BREAD AND BUTTER TROUT GRAVLAX WITH PICKLED BEETS
The Christmas lunch menu is also available on the evening of the 24th for Christmas eve dinner. A vegetarian menu is also on oﬀer for both days. Book ahead to secure your spot.
JALAPENO STUFFED WITH CHEESE & BRISKET AND WRAPPED IN BACON MALAY SPICED CHICKEN WINGS WITH PINEAPPLE SALSA MUSHROOM ARANCINI WITH TRUFFLE AIOLI KIMCHEESE BRAAI BROODJIE
MAINS ROAST PORK BELLY AND APPLE KETCHUP SMOKED CHICKEN WITH PORK SAGE AND APRICOT STUFFING ROASTED RED PEPPER PANZANELLA SALAD WITH BELNORI GOATS CHEESE ROASTED SWEET POTATO WITH SAGE BUTTER BABY SPINACH SALAD WITH PICKLED RED ONION, SUMAC, CROUTONS AND PICKLED CRANBERRIES
DESSERTS STRAWBERRY MERINGUE PIE MINCE PIE PASTEIS DE NATA HONEY FUDGE GINGER BREAD COOKIE R650 PP / CHILDREN 5-12yrs R250 PP
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, open Monday to Sunday 12pm – 3pm & 6pm – 11pm (kitchen closes at 9pm) For bookings contact 021 809 1137 or firstname.lastname@example.org and view the full menu online at www.vadas.co.za
THE SMILING OVEN
Indulge in tasty treats made specially for you
If you love good food and special treats, you simply have to visit The Smiling Oven in Somerset West. This well-known and popular Helderberg home industry’s range of yummy foods and treats includes everything from their famous milk tarts and pies, to cakes, savouries and delicious old-fashioned home-cooked meals. At The Smiling Oven’s latest initiative the Kitchen Kafé, patrons also have the opportunity to sit back and relax in style while enjoying the wide variety of scrumptious dishes and light meals on the Kafé menu. The Kitchen Kafé can also be booked for special functions, meetings or parties; exceptions to normal business hours can be discussed and negotiated with management.
Starting work very early each morning (some team members specialise in cakes and others excel in making pastries) and an administrative team who all do their bit to ensure that the bakery and home industry’s shelves are loaded with treats and bakes. Some of these kitchen staff members have been working for more than 16 years, helping to make The Smiling Oven engines run like a well-oiled machine. The Smiling Oven not only sells cooked food, cakes, pies, savouries, sandwiches and other treats to the public, but also provides cakes and other baked goods to several other shops and home industries in and around the Helderberg.
Open Monday - Friday 8h00 - 17h00, and Saturdays 8h00 - 14h00. For more information contact (021) 853 4179 or visit www.thesmilingoven.co.za
Garlic, your friend – not your enemy!
Garlic, an amazing vegetable became the backbone of Ouma Swesie se Spens. Garlic as a delicatessen is locally-grown, pickled, handpicked, hand packed, with no added preservatives and suitable for Deli distribution. Ouma Swesie se Spens, based in Darling in the Western Cape, was established in 2014. Louise Viljoen’s passion for food, came from her mother who, being in the catering industry, shared many memorable moments with her during her childhood. “The idea of the Garlic products was created around a weekend with my children who are also involved in the food industry, and after some research in the market, we decided to give it a go, after sending our raw garlic to the local market for a couple of years,” Louise said. Louise Viljoen’s greatest desire is to create delicious products, beautiful in display, which not only brings joy and flavour forth in its taste, but rather, captures the health benefits it presents. The uniqueness of Ouma Swesie se Spens Garlic products is the combination of its ingredients which blend together and becomes a unique product to enjoy, not to mention that its packaging is designed in such manner that it could even be presented as a special gift to family and friends. Did you know that through the process of pickling, the “harshness” and “breath” of the raw garlic has been eliminated, which makes it almost taste like a pickled onion. One of the most unique benefits of Ouma Swesie’s garlic products is that most of the products have a shelf life of 2 years from date of manufacturing. After the product has been opened it can be kept in the refrigerator for up to 6 months. The user of these products will re-discover their love for cooking with Ouma Swesie se Spens Garlic products when preparing a pasta dish, a roast, leg of lamb, pizza, roasted veggies, and salads, not to mention having these products displayed on a cheese or tapas platter.
The Products Louise aims to breathe life into food with her infused garlic range of products which can be used in all forms of cooking, be it a snack in giving customers the best out of every bite, or even sharing these amazing products with other food and garlic lovers. Cooking: Garlic & Herbs, Garlic & Sundried Tomatoes, Garlic / Olives & Sundried Tomatoes, Oak Smoked Garlic Bulbs. Snack: Garlic Snack, Garlic Sweet Cherry Peppers, Garlic Mild Chilli, Garlic Hot Chilli, Garlic Stuffed Sweet Cherry Peppers and Tangy Jalapeno Mustard. Oak Smoked Garlic is fresh raw garlic that has been smoked with oak wood for a period of time. Delicious to cook with in homemade pastas, oven roast chicken, vegetables, pork and many more. New to the South African market is the Black garlic. Black garlic is raw white garlic which is exposed to a process of fermentation with a set temperature, while the humidity is controlled – a process conducted within a set period of time. During the fermentation process the garlic has turned black, maintaining its natural sugar levels, while no preservatives nor any additives have been added. A study has revealed that Black Garlic is rich in amino acids and provides double the number of antioxidants than that of White Garlic. Black garlic has a balsamic, molasses taste, and a chewy liquorice texture, and through the process the pigment smell of white garlic is removed leaving it free from odours. GarliCrush is available in GarliCrush and Herbs, GarliCrush and Sundried Tomatoes and GaliCrush Olive and Sundried Tomatoes. It can be used as a snack with cheese, crackers, tapas, biltong, deli meat products, sausage, on a steak, pizza, as a rub on meat and even in preparing various dishes. Did you know that these garlic products are available throughout the year, ready to use, leaving no mess, no fuss, no need to peel, shop, neither having smelling hands – just delicious flavours. A clove of garlic a day keeps the doctor away – these health benefits are underpinning high cholesterol, poor digestion, low energy, blood sugar, blood cholesterol, breast cancer, colon cancer, Leukemia, and chronic infections. It assists in boosting the immune system, increasing absorption of iron and zinc, not to mention that it is high in antioxidants, and many more. Why delay, come and experience the wonder of Garlic, a product of Ouma Swesie se Spens. For more information contact 083 505 9982, email: email@example.com or visit www.oumaswesiesespens.weebly.com
Hope Distillery spreads festive season cheer With the end of the year almost upon us, Hope Distillery has just the ticket for those perfect festive season gifts. The artisanal gin distillers have produced three limited release gins specially inspired by Christmas past, and are also offering regular gift packs without the Christmas theme. Both gift packs consist of three 200ml bottles of distinct and deliciously different gins, demonstrating Hope’s versatility at the still. The Christmas gift pack, inspired by Christmas past, offers Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh gins and is perfect for a variety of holiday occasions. ‘Gold’ is literally gold-tinged as a result of gentle aging – it’s infused with lots of festive orange peel, cinnamon, nutmeg and almond and you can garnish it with a slice of orange. ‘Frankincense’ has the resin as its signature botanical and as a result has smoky incense notes, with cinnamon, coriander and cumin adding to its unique flavour. Mysterious myrrh lends this fragrant ‘Myrrh’ gin a Christmas note, which is complemented by cloves, allspice, star anise and nutmeg. All three will add unique flavours to your celebrations. Hope’s gorgeous regular gift pack showcases the distillery’s three signature gins. Its African Botanical gin pays homage to fynbos and reflects the kapokbos and buchu botanicals that lend it such a distinct character and aroma. Savoury Mediterranean gin is distilled from an aromatic grape base sourced in the Western Cape and infused with twelve botanicals, including olives, cardamom and fresh herbs. While smooth London Dry Gin is made with a grain-based spirit, which gives it a softer quality with a classic citrus and juniper taste. The gift packs are available at selected bottle stores in Cape Town, but can also be purchased at Hope’s charming tasting room. This is an informal, convivial space where guests can sample some of the finest artisanal liquors in the country and engage with the people who produce them. The three- or fourgin tasting experience is a uniquely social experience, complete with cheese and charcuterie platters, and samples of ingredients, to show guests exactly what goes into each bottle. It provides a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the making of the products and is both entertaining and educational.
“We include our three primary gins, and then a limited release edition, whatever we’re working on at that time – it allows us to offer something unique to visitors to the tasting room, something that’s not available widely,” says distiller and co-owner Lucy Beard. Guests can also sample gins made for other brands. The Tasting Room is open for tastings and bottle sales on Saturdays from 12 to 5pm (the distillery is also open for bottle sales from Monday to Friday).
To stand a chance to win one of these fabulously festive gift packs, answer the following question – “Name one of the ingredients in our festive Frankincense gin?” Submit your answer via email to oﬃce@hopedistillery.co.za. Terms and conditions apply.
For more information contact +27 (0) 21 447 1950, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.hopedistillery.co.za
We’re Making Your Gifting Wishes Convenient Be jolly and make good cheer for Christmas comes but once a year... Eat, drink and jingle like you mean it. But before you become merry we need to ﬁrst get that space below the tree ﬁlled with some festive goodies. Yes, it is that time of the year again and You’re Welcome Gift Design has many gift ideas as well as item combinations ready for you to choose from. They’re all wrapped up with a touch of ﬂair to ensure that your gifts are extra special. The shopping malls are ﬁlled with holiday tunes and everyone is in search of that something diﬀerent, something to portray their feelings, a token to show love and appreciation. Make yourself comfortable, take a deep breathe, and let You’re Welcome Gift Design’s creativity inspire you, all within the comfort of your own home. You’re Welcome Gift Design has curated the elements required to create an exceptional gift. The contents within their gift boxes are sourced from local artisans far and wide. They say, their motivaion draws from their intrigue and desire to share their discovery of South African entrepreneurs who have crafted remarkable masterpieces, which you would not normally ﬁnd around every corner.
New arrivals, just in time for Christmas There is no need to be part of the annual shopping centre stampede. The You’re Welcome gift store is online, their shelves are ﬁlled, and they’re ready to fast-track you to the front of the queue! Their service is quick and easy, the online shop is safe and secure and it’s ready for you to “add to cart”.
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New gift box selections have arrived for the holiday season and there is something for every occasion to choose from. Latest gift boxes include Christmas gift boxes, bride, bridesmaid and groomsmen gift boxes. There is something special to say thank you to the teachers and there are even celebration-ready New Years gift boxes.
Even though they are continuously exloring new ideas to ensure that you get a “one-of-a-kind” gift box, You’re Welcome Gift Design also gives you the opportunity to design your own “custom-made” order through their Gift Lab oﬀering. Peace and joy are on SALE and You’re Welcome gladly assists with any corporate orders to reward the many hard working indiviuals after a long and busy year. Perhaps it’s time to consider the options, sugar and spice make Christmas nice. Merry up and ﬁll your hearts with joy. There may be others out there but You’re Welcome may just have everything it takes to wrap up your gifting needs and deliver it to you with warm magical smiles! Wishing you love, cheer and a happy New Year! For more information contact 082 223 9486, email: email@example.com or visit the online store on www.yourewelcome.co.za Follow You’re Welcome on Facebook or Instagram @yourewelcomegiftdesign
At the close of another year, we gratefully pause to wish you a warm and happy Holiday Season
Duck Liver Terrine by Chef Werner Snoek Duck Liver Terrine 1kg duck liver – Can be substituted with chicken liver 2 apples, cored, peeled and chopped ½ onion, chopped 2 cloves garlic, sliced 4 sprigs thyme 50ml port 50ml brandy 7 leaves gelatine 250gr butter block Salt and pepper Method - Soak the liver in milk for 1 hour to remove excess blood. - Rinse the livers under cold running water - Place the livers in a tray and lightly sprinkle with Prague powder - pink salt – allow to “cure” for 1 hour - Sautee onion, garlic, apples, thyme and allow to slightly caramelise - Flambee with the port and brandy. Add the livers and cook till Medium temperature. - Add butter blocks, check seasoning - Blend till smooth, pass through fine sieve - On a low heat, dissolve sponged gelatine in a little apple juice, mix this through the liver mixture. - Gently pour the mixture into a clingfilm lined terrine mould, gently tap to remove air bubbles. Refrigerate and allow to set completely - Once set, spread a thin layer of whipped butter on clingfilm, wrap the butter around the terrine. keep refrigerated. - Makes 12 portions. - Pairs perfectly with the Lozärn Carménère Rosé 2019. Stewed fruit 1kg mixed dry fruit 2 stick cinnamon 2 cloves 2 star anise 350gr sugar 100ml lemon juice 1L water Method - In a pot, bring all the ingredients to a boil - Remove from heat and allow to cool - Strain the fruit from the liquid (reserve the liquid) and roughly chop the stewed fruit - Place a little of the liquid back into the chopped fruit, but just enough to retain moisture - Slowly reduce the remaining liquid to syrupy consistency Roasted Apple Puree 6 granny smith apples, peeled, core removed 2 finger pinch ground cinnamon 2 tbsp brown sugar 2 tbsp Olive oil Method - Place the apple pieces in a roasting tray - Sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon - Pour the olive oil over the apples mix well so that cinnamon oil sugar completely covers all the apple - Cover with tinfoil and roast for approximately. 15 minutes till apples are very soft - Transfer to a blender and blend till very smooth - Allow to cool to room temperature - Place in a squeeze bottle - Keep refrigerated at all times
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WALK YOUR CANCER JOURNEY WITH CANCERCARE VERGELEGEN Cancercare Vergelegen in Somerset West is proud to announce to their patient’s and referring doctors that their new state of the art linear accelerator for radiation treatment is installed and the renovations of the rooms have been completed. The recent official launch of the machine and new-look practice was celebrated in October and Dr Lai in her opening statements commented that cancer diagnoses is on the rise due to several factors including, better screening programmes, better patient information and education, and of course lifestyle factors. She continued, “With medical insurance that is becoming more expensive, patients and referring doctors want to know that we can offer the best possible treatment available. I think we at Vergelegen Cancercare can say with confidence that this practice can do that. We especially pride ourselves on being an ethical practice basing our clinical decisions on evidence-based up-to-date data.” She went on to say, “We realise that patients and their families do not actually want to walk through our doors as cancer patients; the illness comes with immense anxiety and emotions. We therefore wanted to create an environment for our patients at Vergelegen Cancercare that is warm and friendly and calming. Together with our excellent team of staff I believe we have achieved this.” Dr Naomi Du Toit and Dr Gillian Lai are the two Clinical and Radiation oncologists at Vergelegen Cancercare. The unit offers on-site radiation and chemotherapy with the Mediclinic Vergelegen inpatient unit. Lab services and other specialists are just next door combining for a convenient, multi-disciplinary approach for each patient. Meetings are held weekly with the local team of surgeons, pathologist, radiologists and physicians, as well as palliative care specialists to discuss patient management and care to ensure a holistic approach and optimise patient outcome and experience. Dr Naomi Du Toit, a local Stellenbosch graduate, joined the practice in 2013 and has a special interest in treating Breast- and Gynaecological cancers. Dr Gillian Lai joined the practice in 2017, a Bloemfontein graduate who has a special interest in treating Prostate and Gastro-intestinal cancers. The staff and doctors are all dedicated to offering the best available cancer care to their patients in the Helderberg area and beyond. You can find us at: For more information visit: 1 Arun Place, Sir Lowry’s Pass Rd, Somerset West, Western Cape, contact Tel +27 (0) 21 851 2255, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.cancercare.co.za
IMPERIAL & UNJANI CLINICS CELEBRATE 1 MILLIONTH PATIENT ENGAGEMENT On 5 November 2019 Imperial Logistics (‘Imperial’), a leading international supply chain and logistics company, together with their enterprise development partner Unjani Clinics - celebrated their millionth patient engagement at the newly opened Imperial funded Unjani Clinic in Mamelodi. This milestone marks not only the effective delivery of affordable, primary healthcare services through 1 million patient engagements to communities in need, but also reiterates the continued support and development of South Africa’s healthcare system, providers and carers. Says Mohammed Akoojee, CEO at Imperial: “As a pioneer of the Unjani Clinic initiative, having funded the first 25 clinics and continued support of the initiative over the past 5 years, Imperial is proud to witness this milestone. It substantiates our commitment to impactful and sustainable CSI initiatives that support government objectives focused on healthcare accessibility, job creation and entrepreneurship - as well as amplifying the success of the Unjani Clinic initiative.” The Unjani Clinic network is centred on an enterprise development model with the aim of empowering black female, professional nurses to operate and own a primary healthcare container clinic in South Africa’s townships and rural communities. It is founded on an owner-operator model and ensures an affordable, quality primary healthcare service and the supply of quality medicines to South Africa’s rural communities.
Unjani Clinic Network is currently looking for Primary Health Care Nurses who would like to open their own private PHC clinic in the Western Cape Province in 2020. Minimum requirements to qualify for this opportunity are: e: • South African Professional nurse • Understanding of healthcare in SA • Entrepreneuring spirit • Computer literate Contact person: Sue Hoosain Tel: 012 621 4419 • Email: email@example.com Website: www.unjaniclinic.co.za
Photo L - R: Mohammed Akoojee Group (Group CEO of Imperial), Lynda Toussaint (CEO of Unjani Clinics), Niki Cronje (Group Head of Marketing at Imperial), Sue Hoosain (Unjani Clinics), Esha Mansingh (Investor Relations and Communications Executive at Imperial), Raﬁek Sharfuddin (Imperial)
There are over 66 Unjani Clinics currently operational within the network in 8 provinces, with in excess of 70 nurses empowered under the programme and 230 permanent jobs having been created through this initiative. “This year has been a remarkable one for us, not only have we witnessed our millionth patient engagement, but we have also had our first 4 nurses graduate our 5-year enterprise development programme, giving them title ownership of their clinics,” says Lynda Toussaint, CEO at Unjani Clinics NPC. “With the support of Imperial - whose funded clinics deliver 70% of the patient engagements – hundreds of thousands of South African lives have been improved. In addition, the nursing profession has been elevated and hundreds of permanent jobs have been created in our township communities. The Unjani Clinic Network - which is a bold, disruptive healthcare model - would never have come this far without Imperial, and for this we are eternally grateful!” To date, Imperial has contributed in excess of R36 million and supported 31 nurses and communities as a result. The Unjani Clinic in Mamelodi is the most recently supported Imperial clinic. The Unjani network is looking to grow substantially over the next year, with an aim of 100 operational clinics by the end of 2020 and ensuring that the clinics are nationally representative of the South African population. Furthermore, it is expected that another 8 nurses will graduate under the programme. “As a proud Unjani supporter, we look forward to the next million patient engagements and the continued growth and success of the Unjani Clinic network - a key pillar to the South African healthcare agenda – and wish all nurses and owners every success in the year to come. Thank you for being part of this innovative journey,” concludes Akoojee.
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A visit to Victoria Falls in the low-season will be the biggest high It’s revered as one of the natural world’s great spectacles, and the raw power of the mighty Zambezi River plunging 108m into the mighty Victoria Falls has spawned awe and legends for centuries. There’s really no better time to visit the falls, than right at this moment, says Desmond O’Connor, Head of kulula holidays. He suggests the following: Take a cruise: It’s become a rite of passage for visitors to take one of the many sunset cruises offered on the stretch of river above the falls. There’s a good reason for that popularity: on this beautiful stretch of river it’s common to see massive herds of elephants of all ages drinking and bathing. The mothers drop their young in huge numbers at this time of the year and watching the new-borns frolick in the water is a delight. You’ll be close enough to hear the splashing of the hippos and the distinctive, contented, deep-bass rumbling of the elephants while sipping a sundowner. Some cruises offer a full supper aboard. Tackle the wild waters: The low season has much in store for those travellers who don’t want to get caught up in the total might of the great Zambezi, but would still like a rush of adrenalin. Excursions range from a morning in the waters of the Batoka Gorge, to five-night trips that combine fishing, game-watching and camping with braving the Zambezi. Step off the edge: A number of operators on the Zimbabwe and Zambia side of Victoria Falls offer a variety of adventure-sports, including bridge-swings, bungeejumps and zip-wire slides. All these take full advantage of the chasm carved by the river and allow for stomach-swooping fun, with a strong emphasis on safety. One option that’s less intense than the free-fall of bungee-jumping is the Flying Fox, where you slide along a zipline in a horizontal position, and as the name suggests, it feels a little like flying. With the water at its lowest, you might escape being soaked by the sprays. Lunch on Livingstone Island: When the Zambezi River is high, 10 million litres of water rush over the lip of Victoria Falls each second, crashing down 108 metres below. Livingstone Island sits in the heart of this spray, on the brink of one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, and offers an experience only available when
the water is at its lowest and the island is accessible. You’ll follow the footsteps of the explorers of yore as you tour the island, hear about its history, experience luxury dining, and soak up the sights. Watch the game: Game viewing peaks during the low-season months as water is scarce and hordes of animals gather around permanent water sources. This is also when migrant birds start to arrive, a boon for twitchers from across the world. Catch the moonbow: The falls can send mist up to 800m in the air, which can be seen from 50km away. You might see multiple rainbows, and if you’re fortunate enough to visit the falls at full moon there may be a moonbow, a rainbow lit by the full moon: truly a memory to treasure. Brave the Devil’s Pool: In the low-season, stout-hearted visitors can slip into a pool at the very edge of the cataract at Livingstone Island, and peer over the slippery lip of rock into the abyss. Heed the experienced guides who escort you there, take a deep breath and earn some serious bragging rights.
Set Sail with Cruiseabout - New store opens at Waterstone Village Today there are more cruise ships on the waters than ever and a plethora of new itineraries to choose from. Cruising can take you anywhere, so it really depends on what type of holiday you are looking for. A new Cruiseabout store has recently opened its doors in Waterstone Village, Somerset West to assist you with your next getaway. “Our Cruise specialists have travelled the globe, so they understand the importance of booking the perfect holiday and can offer advice on everything from finding a cruise line that suits your needs to the highlights on board each ship. Plus, they have access to all of the latest cruise deals, discounts and savings in the travel industry, which guarantees you’re getting the best price available. Our cruise specialists can also help you with flights, tours, accommodation, transfers and so much more.” “Meet our Cruiseabout Waterstone Team - Tiffany Krcadinac (Team Leader), Tiffany worked for Celebrity Cruises and Royal Caribbean for many years and has travelled to over 40 countries. Trevor Llewellyn, Trevor worked for Norwegian Cruises, Oceania and Regent and he has also travelled the world. Robyn Clarke, having recently been to Mauritius, she is passionate about island getaways and a guru at finding the best airfares.” Cruiseabout is located next to Clicks in Waterstone Village, Somerset West. For more information contact 022 065 0300 email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.cruiseabout.co.za
Blue Flag status awarded to beaches, sustainable tourism boats & marinas Sixty four Blue Flags will be proudly flown at 45 beaches, 9 marinas and by 10 sustainable tourism boats around South Africa over the forthcoming 2019/20 South African Blue Flag season. The season officially opened on 1 November with the announcement at the National WESSA Blue Flag launch hosted by the V & A Waterfront on 23 October 2019. The Western Cape has achieved the highest number of Blue Flag sites, with 33 beaches, 10 boats and seven of the nine Blue Flag marinas. The Blue Flag programme also allows for potential Blue Flag sites to participate in the Pilot Programme. This year will see 35 beaches across our three coastal provinces on this development phase of the programme. WESSA will work with beach managers from these Pilot beaches, towards the longer-term goal of achieving full Blue Flag status. Part of this support includes the provision of Tourism Beach Stewards to these beaches, over the busiest holiday periods. An impressive 40% of the Blue Flag beach sites have been on the programme for 10 or more consecutive years, while 7 of those sites have been on for 15 or more consecutive years. This season also sees the addition of four brand new sites to the programme. WESSA is proud to be the national implementing partner for Blue Flag in South Africa since 2001. List of 2019/20 Blue Flag Beaches, Boats & Marina’s in the Western Cape: BEACHES: City of Cape Town - Silwerstroomstrand, Clifton 4th, Camps Bay, Llandudno, Muizenberg, Strandfontein, Mnandi, Bikini, Melkbosstrand, Fish Hoek. Cape Agulhas - Struisbaai. Overstrand- Kleinmond, Hawston, Grotto, Castle beach. Hessequa - Witsand, Preekstoel, Lappiesbaai, Jongensfontein, Gouritzmond, Stilbaai Wes. Mossel Bay - De Bakke, Hartenbos, Klein Brak, Santos,
Glentana. Knysna - Brenton-on-Sea. Bitou - Robberg 5, Keurboomstrand, Nature’s Valley, Lookout, The Dunes, Singing Kettle. SUSTAINABLE BOATING OPERATORS: Offshore Adventures - Robberg Express, Oceanic Express. Dyer Island Cruises - Whale Whisperer, Dream Catcher. Marine Dynamics - Slashfin. Ocean Odyssey - Oyster Catcher, Sousa, Odysseus. Great White Shark Tours - Apex Predator. White Shark Ventures Megalodon II. MARINA’S: V&A waterfront, False Bay Yacht Club, Thesen Islands, The Water Club, Yachtport SA, and Harbour Island.
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SPIER'S ANNUAL LIGHT ART The popular annual Spier Light Art will be presented again from 8 December 2019 to 19 January 2020. Each night, visitors will experience a dazzling array of light and sound artworks throughout this historic Stellenbosch farm.
HELLO SUMMER THE GALILEO OPEN AIR CINEMA RETURNS!
At the opening ceremony of Spier Light Art on Friday, 6 and Saturday, 7 December 2019, the audience will be invited to join a procession across a multi-sensory, cross-cultural wonderland featuring dancers, stilt walkers and other illuminating enchantments. These performances celebrate the launch of the second edition of Spier Light Art - an array of 21 interspersed light and sound installations created by some of South Africa’s leading artists and designers. Choreographer Jay Pather’s performance piece, From Before, will feature 22 Shembe, classical ballet and Bharatha Natyam dancers – all wearing light-infused costumes. Other performances include a new production by the spectacularly athletic Indoni Dance Company and a production with large puppets by Janni Younge. Some of the installations includes: Lyall Sprong’s Bergson’s Misting Circle - a 4 metre vertical circle of light and mist, Goldendean’s Breathe Goldendean – an interactive inflatable sculpture that allows you to lie on it whilst it gently glows and breathes around you, David Brits’s massive 70 metre glowing shape, suspended high in one of the oldest oaks living on the Spier Werf (farmyard) and Themba Stewart and Qondiswa James’s astute and profound Keep the Lights On, which reminds us that light in the everyday is a sociopolitical issue that cannot be taken for granted. Spier Light Art is free and guests can explore the farm’s 21 light art installations at their own leisurely pace. The best time is at dusk, to catch the beautiful sunset and the switching on of the lights. Be sure to book a dinner or picnic in advance. Spier Light Art is one of Spier’s Growing for Good initiatives, which empower communities to create positive social and environmental change. For more information visit www.spier.co.za
Cape Town’s much-loved outdoor movie experience, The Galileo Open Air Cinema, is back this summer! Offering locals and visitors from near and far popular films screened under the stars at venues across Cape Town and the Winelands, The Galileo provides an excellent evening out for film buffs and outdoor enthusiasts alike. The well-known event, which will run until 25 April 2020, will showcase a series of blockbuster hits, from fun family favourites to heart-warming romcoms, upbeat comedies, adored musicals and more. Featuring venues like Kirstenbosch Gardens, V&A Waterfront, Meerendal Wine Estate, Steenberg Farm, Central Park and a selection of the most exquisite wine estates across the Winelands, The Galileo’s offering combines movie magic with an epic atmosphere and picturesque backdrops. Running from Wednesday to Saturday and selected Sundays, The Galileo offers the perfect setting for a memorable evening with friends, a ridiculously romantic date, a fun birthday bash or a quality family outing. Doors open at 6pm on weekdays, 5pm on Saturdays and 4pm on Sundays and the movie starts as soon as the sun sets. Arrive early, find your spot on the lawn and enjoy an evening of artisanal food and drinks, games, lively music and an overall great vibe. For more information visit www.thegalileo.co.za
CAPE TOWN CITY BALLET PRESENTS A CHRISTMAS CAROL - THE STORY OF SCROOGE Cape Town City Ballet presents a sumptuous production of A Christmas Carol – The Story Of Scrooge that’s perfect holiday entertainment for the whole family! This special Dickens treat for all ages, is a timeless classic story of the triumph of joy and the human spirit over greed. An enchanting dance delight, A Christmas Carol – The Story Of Scrooge has been restaged by South African dance doyenne Veronica Paeper and features lighting design by Wilhem Disbergen. The production was created in 1982 and has not been seen for over 20 years. On Christmas Eve the elderly and unpleasant old man Ebenezer Scrooge is paid a visit by the Ghost of his dead business partner Joseph Marley who tells him that three Spirits will call on Scrooge: The Spirit of Christmas Past, The Spirit of Christmas Present and the Spirit of Christmas Future. Marley tells Scrooge that unless he listens well and changes his miserly ways he will be forever condemned to be in chains of damnation. This is the story of that night. Ebenezer Scrooge will be played by the highly-regarded actor Marcel Meyer. “We are excited to be presenting this visual feast of a production that will captivate young and old alike,” says Debbie Turner, CEO of Cape Town City Ballet. A Christmas Carol – The Story Of Scrooge will be presented at Artscape Theatre from 14 to 24 December 2019.
Photo: Mariette Opperman In A Christmas Carol - Photo Credit: Oscar O'ryan
Tickets cost R150 to R295. Bookings can be made at Computicket on 0861 915 8000, online at www.computicket.com
EVENTS TO LOOK FORWARD TO DECEMBER 2019 & JANUARY 2020
Photo: Cape Town Sevens 2019
Photo: L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate
Sandringham Farm, Stellenbosch
Outdoor X Expo
7 - 8 December
George Tens Rugby Festival
Outeniqua Park Rugby Stadium, George
Astronomy Outreach at V&A Waterfront
Until 7 December
Pierhead Deck, V&A Waterfront
Killarney Motor Show
Killarney Race Track, Cape Town
The Rocky Horror Show
6 December - 12 January
Artscape Opera House
Spier Light Art
8 December - 19 January
Spier Wine Farm, Stellenbosch
Bubbly and Gin Summer Festival 2019
Atlantic Beach Links, 1 Fairway Drive, Melbosstrand
Cape Town Carols at Kirstenbosch
12 - 15 December
Lomond Open Water Swim
Lomond Wine Estate, Gansbaai
Cape Point Challenge (Surfski)
Witsands to Fish Hoek
Cape Town Sevens 2019 (Rugby)
13 - 15 December
Cape Town Stadium, Green Point
V&A Waterfront Kids Christmas Show
13 - 24 December
V&A Waterfront, Amphitheatre
A Christmas Carol (Cape Town City Ballet)
14 - 24 December
Artscape Theatre Centre
Trans Agulhas Challenge
28 December - 1 January
Plettenberg Bay to Strand
NYE: Freshlyground / Nomadic Orchestra / Native Young
Cape Town Minstrel Carnival
Cricket: 2nd Test South Africa vs England
3 - 7 January
PPC Newlands Cricket Stadium
Cape 2 Rio Yacht Race Start 1
L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate
10 - 11 January
Kenilworth Racecourse, Cape Town
Cape 2 Rio Yacht Race Start 2
Trail Series Super League #1
Peter Pan on Ice
15 January - 2 February
Artscape Opera House
The Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra
Stellenbosch Cycle Tour
Stellenbosch High School
Cape Town 10s
31 January - 1 February
Green Point Common Fields
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DIVERSE MIX OF ARTISTES FOR KIRSTENBOSCH SUMMER SUNSET CONCERTS Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts in association with Old Mutual released the list of artistes performing in the upcoming season and features a diverse mix of genres with fresh, exciting new talent on offer, as well as many much-loved favourites. The concert season, which started on 24 November 2019, has become a much anticipated top outdoor music event in Cape Town, where families and friends flock in their droves to soak up world-class live music in a unique and awe inspiring open-air setting. The 2019/2020 line-up kicks off with Crimson House who will be launching their Bounceology album, the show promises to deliver a sensational mix of afro-balkan, gypsy blues and cabaret rock that is designed to make you bounce! Newcomers to KBrocks – Southern Wild will open the stage for Crimson house with their alternative rock shifting between rock, neo-soul and folk. This inaugural show leads the way for a diverse range of exceptional artistes such as Jo Black, Craig Lucas, Paxton Fielies, Black Motion, Amanda Black, Kwesta, Sjava, Prince Kaybee, Sho Madjozi, Shekinah, Unathi and Hip Hop sensation AKA - who is taking to the Kirstenbosch stage for the first time. Favourites that will be back again include Spoegwolf, Matthew Mole, Sun El Musician and Simmy, Lady Zamar, Jeremy Loops, Goldfish, Jimmy Nevis, Mi Casa, Goodluck, Tresor and Watershed - who will be kicking off their 20 year anniversary tour.
Photo: Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens - Photo Credit: Ivan Hendricks
The Cape Town Folk ‘n Acoustic Music Festival will be taking place once again, as well as the much loved Christmas Carols, hosted by the Rotary. In addition to this, a special New Year’s Eve concert is scheduled with performances from Freshlyground, who will be joined by Nomadic Orchestra and Native Young. This will be the last time that Freshlyground will be playing together and promises a not to be forgotten end to 2019. On 22 March 2020 a fresh new addition has been added to Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts Line-Up – The Cape Town Opera starring Ms Pumeza Matshikiza, who has won the hearts of audience members in the world’s great opera houses (including London, Milan and Paris). This summer, Capetonians will have a rare opportunity to hear Ms Matshikiza on home soil for an evening of gorgeous classical and African arias and duets, with the Cape Town Opera Chorus and the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Jeremy Silver. The concert line-up winds down with the smooth jazz tunes of Andrew Young and Don Vino – with guest vocalists Amy Jones, Gavin Minter and Selim Kagee joining them on stage. For more information visit www.sanbi.org/gardens/kirstenbosch
Where are your heading this holiday? Experience the beauty the Western Cape has to offer: The festive season is upon us and the Western Cape...
Published on Dec 2, 2019
Where are your heading this holiday? Experience the beauty the Western Cape has to offer: The festive season is upon us and the Western Cape...