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“Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home,” - Edith Sitwell. Winter might be hibernation season, but there’s something magical about wintertime. It is easy to lose sight of this sense of wonder that winter brings - days are shorter, nights longer, it is colder with plenty of rain, wind and maybe some snow on the Cape mountains. Think crackling fires, marshmallows, hot chocolate, comfort food and spending quality time with your loved ones.

Dust off old childhood board games and share past experiences with your family. It is also the perfect time to be inspired and discover new habits. Why not sign up for a online cooking masterclass, declutter your home or learn a new skill. Curl up by the fire and read an inspirational book, start a journal or diary in order to express your thoughts, make some time for yourself or watch timeless classic movies. Indulge in local food traditions such as braaivleis, bobotie, stews and curries - dishes that have been handed down from generation to generation or order your favourite dishes from your local restaurant.





Student’s Start-Up Prioritises Sneakers, Soap & Art University of Cape Town (UCT) student Anele Siyotula is a maths whizz and creative genius, and he draws on these and other skills for his start-up, 1Stop Tekkie Wash. His love for colour means that he breathes life into students’ old sneakers with art; and because he’s a numbers man, no one crooks his books. Siyotula established 1Stop Tekkie Wash in 2018 from his residence room at Leo Marquard Hall. Back then, he provided only a single service – sneaker cleaning – and the business was thriving. UCT students supported his venture, and the entrepreneurial bug bit him hard.

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Photo: My Octopus Teacher - Photo Credit: Ross Frylinck

The Netflix’s film, a nature documentary recording the incredible relationship between a filmmaker, Craig Foster and an octopus while diving near his home in False Bay, charmed audiences across the world. The film last year became the first South African documentary to become a Netflix Original. The insightful and fascinating film brought people together last year during an unprecedented and uncertain time. It was released to instant acclaim during the global Covid-19 lockdown, which Pippa Ehrlich, Co-director acknowledges as partly serendipitous to the film’s stellar rise in popularity: “In a difficult year,

where many of us were stuck inside, feeling afraid and confused, a positive story that transports you to a magical world has a powerful appeal,” says Pippa. The documentary’s win is important for film in South Africa because it has focused attention on a local story and the quality of local productions. It demonstrates that it’s possible - working from home with a relatively low budget and a small crew to reach a massive global audience, and win one of the most influential awards in the film world.


Foster, a documentary filmmaker for 28 years, says the Oscar victory brings life-affirming kudos to the media advocacy work by the film’s producing entity the Sea Change Project, which he co-founded with My Octopus Teacher Associate Producer Ross Frylinck in 2012. “The Academy Award elevates the Great African Seaforest and surrounding ocean of South Africa into global iconic status.” Continue Reading Page 2

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Two years down the line, and 1Stop Tekkie Wash has successfully retained the sneaker art concept. Today, the business operates from premises in Mowbray. “We try to make it as simple as possible for clients, and everyone likes the collect and deliver option. It just means that you don’t have to worry about dropping the sneakers yourself. We already have so much to worry about, don’t we!” said Siyotula.

“As entrepreneurs, we can help to solve one of the biggest problems in this country by simply creating employment – one job at a time. It’s one way of breaking the cycle and helping people out of poverty,” he said.


It’s likely you’ve seen My Octopus Teacher by now.

The mathematics honours student said that while channel hopping in front of the TV one afternoon, knee-deep in his undergraduate course material, he watched a show featuring a Johannesburg sneaker artist. The programme explored the artist’s business model and her journey to date. Siyotula was inspired. He had the clientele and the tools, and he remembers thinking that sneaker art would be a welcome addition to his business model. He was sure his clients would love it.

With South Africa’s youth unemployment rate at alarming levels, Siyotula said, he believes that entrepreneurship is one potential solution to end joblessness. He encouraged more youth to join him on an entrepreneurial journey.


The proudly-South African Oscar won by My Octopus Teacher for Best Documentary Film has laid the foundation for an unprecedented increase in ocean awareness. The film has won multiple awards this season, including the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature, ACE Eddie Award for Best Edited Documentary (Feature), and BAFTA Award for Best Documentary.

Instead of becoming complacent, Siyotula said, he realised that sneaker cleaning on its own would not always be enough to sustain the business. He began to look for inspiration on how best to grow his brainchild, and he found it.

“It sparked something in me. I thought about it, and did some research. As far as I knew, the concept wasn’t offered in Cape Town, and I jumped at the opportunity to add it to my service,” he said.

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“No one likes a pair of dirty takkies. Many fellow UCT students were supporting us, and we were doing so well. I was on top of the world, and told myself many times that this is for me,” he said.


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Western Cape Government Welcomes Corporatisation of TNPA To further address the challenges affecting operational performance at the Port of Cape Town, the Western Cape Government have submitted detailed comments to the Port Consultative Committee following the 7th annual Port of Cape Town Port Performance Roadshow which took place on 3 June 2021. The roadshow provided an opportunity for port users to review and provide inputs into port plans, capex plans and port performance which are then taken into consideration by the Ports Regulator of South Africa when setting the port tariffs. Central to the submission is the fact that Port of Cape Town users are currently being charged excessive costs that are 146% higher than the global sample average. This impacts considerably on the global competitiveness of the Port of Cape Town which is a key enabler of the economy in the Western Cape. “Which is why we welcome the commitment by Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) to seek global operators to invest in port operations and request that this initiative is incorporated into the official planning as a bold step that will ensure competitive and world-class ports in South Africa. Major underspending of capital by Transnet Port Authority (TNPA) in the last financial year is very concerning, and it is now critical that this is addressed so that the larger capital budgets for the new financial year are spent as quickly as possible to address the current inefficiencies,” said David Maynier, Western Cape Minister of Finance and Economic Opportunities. “The under-utilisation of the Multi-Purpose Terminal (MPT) remains a concern, where the operational availability of the two old mobile harbour cranes is a considerable constraint. And so, we welcome the recent delivery of five straddle carriers which will go a long way to improving the efficiency of container handling on the land side in MPT.” The Port of Cape Town is an important channel for exports and imports, and a major economic gateway for Cape Town, the Western Cape and South Africa. “In addition to establishing a Port Task Team to bring together stakeholders from across the port logistics value chain to find solutions to the challenges facing the Port of Cape Town, we have also written to President Cyril Ramaphosa highlighting the current challenges facing the Port of Cape Town and requesting that he sched-

ule an urgent visit to assess the challenges and the measures being put in place to address those challenges in the Port of Cape Town,” Maynier added. Update: President Cyril Ramaphosa excepted the invitation and visited the Port of Cape Town on 22 June 2021 and made an announcement that Transnet National Ports Authority will be corporatised and established as an independent subsidiary of Transnet SOC Ltd. “We are particularly pleased by the statement that the establishment of the Transnet National Port Authority will: allow revenues generated by the ports to be invested in port infrastructure, both for the replacement of old equipment and for the upgrading and expansion of our ports; and provide the private sector with the opportunity to partner with government to improve terminal operations and infrastructure at our ports,” said David Maynier.

Congratulations To Selected SA Squad For Tokyo Olympic Games Originally scheduled to take place in 2020, the Summer Olympic Games was postponed in March 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Olympic Games will be held in the Japanese capital of Tokyo between 23 July and 8 August 2021, while he Paralympic Games are scheduled to take place between 24 August and 5 September 2021. The first squad of athletes to represent Team SA were announced at the end of May with representatives across seven codes including athletics, climbing, cycling, gymnastics, hockey, sailing and surfing. The initial squad of 64 athletes was released in a virtual announcement, after the completion of qualifying deadlines in some of the different sporting disciplines. Team South Africa’s Olympic representation grew further with the naming of another squad on 24 June of athletes and officials to attend the Tokyo Olympics in the following disciplines: Men’s rugby sevens, waterpolo, swimming, skateboarding, triathlon, sailing, surfing, rowing, athletics, and cycling. Two more medal candidates were added to the squad that had been omitted from the first list of names last month. Olympic 400m gold medallist Wayde van Niekerk has subsequently qualified for Tokyo as has surfing’s Jordy Smith. Cycling’s Stefan De Bod is also added to cycling’s list as a replacement for Daryl Impey, who withdrew due to injury. Rowing, where the men’s four are considered medal candidates, also had their participation rubber-stamped. Tennis player Lloyd Harris had been selected to go to Tokyo, but withdrew citing a difficult schedule and fatigue from the Covid-19 bio bubbles. The qualification process is still ongoing for some sports and end on 29 June. More than 11 090 athletes from 205 countries are expected to attend the event

and participate in 339 events in 33 sports (50 disciplines). At the last Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Team South Africa brought back home 10 medals, which was an increase on the six medals that were won at London 2012. “Congratulations to the selected team members and all your resilience and hard work has paid off and we strongly believe that the team will bring sporting pride to the whole of South Africa.”




Chris Bertish Breaks World Record - Solo, Unsupported on Wing Foil Chris Bertish, award-winning waterman and Conservationist, has set a world record for the longest distance traveled on a wing-foil, solo and unsupported at 212 miles - the first milestone in his Transpacific Wing Project, a 2,750-mile journey by wing foil across the Pacific Ocean from Half Moon Bay, California to Oahu, Hawaii with the goal of giving back to education, the ocean and the planet. Having launched on Tuesday, June 8 2021, Bertish made the critical decision to temporarily halt the project on Sunday afternoon and head into Morro Bay for repairs to his craft. Chris’ strategy of starting from Half Moon Bay allowed him to skirt the coast South when he left in case there were any major issues that came up during the first 72

hours before turning right and west to head far offshore into the Pacific, as after this decision is made, there is no turning back. At about 7 p.m. on the second night, the Impifish craft had a leak and started taking on a bit of water from a point that was difficult to access, but Chris managed to fix it within hours. A few days later, he arrived in the Big Sur region where the fog rolled in and seas increased to 2-4 meters as wind set into 25-35 knots with very cold and misty conditions. As the winds started easing, some of the craft’s electronics systems drained, which shouldn’t happen through the night. Chris deployed his sea anchor until the morning so that with the morning sun he could start recharging his solar electronics systems. It was then that he realized that moving forward across the Pacific was not feasible. On late Sunday evening, Chris arrived at Morro Bay where he was towed to shore by the Coast Guard. He will restart the crossing once everything is fixed, either over the next month or early next season, depending on the weather window and how long it takes for repairs. “I’m very happy and proud of what we’ve managed to achieve with the new world record. I had a great opportunity to be able to test all the systems and find solutions to making the craft right so I can leave again once the weather and craft are ready, whenever that may be. We’re looking forward to being able to restart and finish the project soon,” said Bertish. “With all these adventures you have to be 100% confident in your craft and the integrity of the vessel you’re with, and until that’s in place, the only right and rational decision is to get the craft up to speed before continuing on.” The Transpacific Wing Project will help raise awareness and funding for charitable organizations and global initiatives including Sea Shepherd, Conservation International, Ocean Unite and ocean education and sustainability programs, all through the Chris Bertish Foundation, a .Section 501(c)(3) organization established in 2020 with the goal of building awareness, giving back and being a beacon of inspiration and positive change for youth and the world.

Don’t Blow A Fuse About Loadshedding & Short Circuit Your Finances Deciding to go off-grid is easy on a cold, dark winter evening when you’re enduring a two-and-a-half-hour blackout and contemplating another five years of what Eskom euphemistically calls loadshedding.

Expert opinion suggests, however, that before taking the plunge there are some important considerations. For example, do you want to go completely off-grid or do you just need to run some lights and maybe a television when the power goes out?

Before you rush out to buy a generator or solar panels and a battery back-up, it’s worth doing some homework to make sure your solution is fit-for-purpose, affordable to run and doesn’t break any laws or regulations. Shafeeqah Isaacs, head of financial education at personal loan specialists, DirectAxis, says that since the latest round of loadshedding there has been a discernible uptick in enquiries about finance for standby or backup power systems.

There may even be some preparatory considerations, such as replacing all your lights with LEDs and making sure your geyser is insulated and ideally on a timer. Not only will this save you some money when Eskom does manage to keep the lights on, but, because you’ll need less power, it could lower the cost of your alternative solution. As a quick, easy solution, generators are often the first thing people think about. With myriad options and prices ranging from around R2 000 to R30 000 and more, even choosing a generator can be tricky if you haven’t thought carefully about your requirements. In your haste to banish the next blackout you could buy something that delivers more power than you really require, with all the attendant running and maintenance costs. Or worse, waste money on a generator that doesn’t produce sufficient power for your needs. Depending on where you live you will need to make sure your generator does not make more noise than is allowed, or a complaint from a neighbour could land you with a fine or worse.


Another increasingly popular solution is solar or photovoltaic systems, both as a way to keep the lights on and to reduce escalating electricity costs. As the technology improves, solar is becoming more efficient and cost-effective. Depending on how much power you require, solar systems range from just over R60 000 for a system that produces 2kW per day to around R200 000 for one that generates 10kW a day. When considering solar, however, remember the batteries used to store the energy don’t last forever and need to be replaced. This can cost as much as half of the initial outlay, so consider this when you’re working out the budget. Before installing a photovoltaic system it’s also important to make sure you’re not contravening any regulations. For example, the City of Cape Town requires all systems to be registered. Owners of unregistered systems are liable to be fined.

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Other options include uninterrupted power systems (UPS) which will run some essential equipment for a while. Again, prices vary, but you should be able to find one for around R1 000.




PHISANTEKRAAL BUTCHERY "VARS VAN DIE PLAAS" History takes us back to around 1916-17 when a young Std 2 scholar, George Erhard Hendriksz, bid his school days farewell. Together with his mother, Francis, the business started when they slaughtered a cow under a tree, then processing and selling the meat. The foundation was laid of what was to become a very successful business.

Hendriksz Butchery in Stellenbosch

Hendriksz Butchery Staff, 1967 George Hendriksz seated in the centre

Erhard Louw

As time passed, the Hendriksz Butchery established itself firmly in Stellenbosch becoming the Butchery of choice. The young George, or Boet as he was affectionately known, introduced a bicycle delivery service for the daily delivery of fresh meat to his clients. He would rise as early as 2 am, do the slaughtering and preparation required for the daily orders and still deliver the same morning! Eventually he obtained the butchery account of The Old Victorian College, today known as the University of Stellenbosch, supplying meat to feed 503 students and 40 lecturing staff. In those early days, George experimented with Boerewors. He produced the Hendriksz Boerewors, with its unique spice mix and meat/fat ratio, which until today is still a well-guarded secret. This legacy continues in Durbanville by his maternal grandson. George Erhard Hendriksz Louw, is the owner and driving force behind the success of Phisantekraal Butchery, which is situated on Klein-Phisantekraal, a farm owned by the Louw family for more than a century. He realised a dream in June 2010, obtaining the necessary licences, he started small with 3 butchery staff, today boasting a staff complement of 6.

Erhard has a motto for continued success of the butchery, that being, “To ensure our existence in today’s economic climate, I believe in a low profit margin but high sales volume.” Phisantekraal Butchery are suppliers to a number of outlets, viz. Agrimark Durbanville and Paarl, OK Minimark Durbanville, various Coffee Shops and of course the public are most welcome at the farm. Erhard is proud of the quality of his product and stocks aged Beef, such as Rump, Sirloin and Rib-eye. The now famous Hendriksz Boerewors is produced on a daily basis to satisfy the overwhelming demand. The Kaaswors was introduced some time ago and has become nearly as popular. Bacon is cured and smoked on-site, ensuring a unique woody flavour.

The butchery logo continues the tradition of his grandfather’s delivery method – the Bicycle. In the centre is the Louw crest, placed in the position where his grandfather had his address and butchery name. This signifies the symbiosis of the Hendriksz and Louw families. The green at the bottom of the logo advocates sustainable and eco-friendly farming practices. The main farming on Klein-Phisantekraal is built around the vineyard and the cultivation of wine grapes. These grapes are delivered to various cellars, mainly Spier and DGB Cellars. He also sows small grains such as Oats and Triticale, a hybrid of Wheat – hay oats being marketed for horse feed and triticale sown for vine fertilization.

Taaibosch opposite the dam

The dam on Phisantekraal farm is a decided asset irrigating about 46 hectares of land. The campsite alongside the dam, Taaibosch, is in a superb setting and serves as a day camp and team building facility for schools and other institutions. It can also be hired for private functions. Contact 072 300 7564. Phisantekraal Butchery sets the tone for excellent savings when purchasing a whole carcass rather than pre-packed cuts. For example, the saving in purchasing an A2 Lamb carcass of 24.5kg, cut and packaged as per client request, against purchasing the high-end cuts is approximately R775 and then there’s still nearly 7kg stew meat left for Potjiekos. These figures are calculated at the present rate of R125/kg. At the start of the butchery, Phisantekraal reared its own lambs, slaughtering on average 75 per month. But, when drought hit, this was no longer viable. Meat is now acquired from reputable wholesalers who use accredited abattoirs.

Special cuts are done on request by the Butchery Manager, Peter Wilkens. The Biltong and Dry Wors as well as the Salami Sticks are a firm favourite for snacks. The comprehensive product and price list can be viewed on the website, For more info and regular updates on new products as well as handy tips, follow the Phisantekraal Slaghuis/Butchery page on Facebook. Orders can be placed by calling 021-975 9366 or via email on Trading hours: Monday to Friday 08h00 until 17h00, the first and last Saturday of every month 08h00 until 13h00.




KLEINE ZALZE RESTAURANT WINTER DELIGHTS It is almost a year since the new Kleine Zalze Restaurant opened in October 2020. The restaurant opened in the space previously home to Terroir restaurant. Over nearly 16 years of operation Terroir proved hugely successful, but the new tourism landscape and safety concerns and regulations prompted Kleine Zalze to rethink – and reboot – the farm’s food and wine offering. To assist with the reinvention, respected chef Nic van Wyk was brought in to lead and assist the team as culinary consultant. The food I like to cook is quite timeless,” says Van Wyk. “My approach has always been about being honest, authentic and generous in my cooking. That is what we offer at the Kleine Zalze Restaurant. Not necessarily fine dining but certainly top-quality delicious food.” The restaurant interior was also transformed and now boasts a lighter and more modern look to better fit with the brand and the new lighter approach to the food. The menu at the Kleine Zalze Restaurant changes regularly but always offers a compact selection of plats du jour; a collection of delicious dishes inspired by classic cuisine. This changes with the season but the focus remains on timeless dishes with flavours that never go out of fashion. Alongside the plats du jour, the menu offers a selection of tapas plates, perfectly pitched for a lighter meal at the restaurant, a starter before your main course or to complement a wine tasting. “These tapas plates are a chance for the chefs to get a little more creative, a bit more playful in contrast to the straightforward plats du jour,” adds van Wyk. Delectable deserts and excellent coffee completes the menu. For the winter season the restaurant introduced several new tapa plates alongside some of the firm favourites on the menu. Some of the new tapa dishes to look forward to are octopus with pickled red pepper sauce, aioli and smoked paprika vinaigrette; pea soup with smoked ham hock; sweet and sour bay leaf kidneys on toast; mushroom cannelloni with black pepper and parmesan cream. The plats du jour menu also changed to introduce some hearty winter fair like Cape bouillabaisse, seafood soup with saffron mayonnaise; venison pies with cassis sauce and red cabbage and pork fillet escalope’s, lemon sauce, smoked mash and Brussel sprouts. The restaurant offers a lunch special for June and July where any of the plats du jour dishes can be enjoyed at 25% discount from Wednesday to Friday. Over the next two months the restaurant also offers a very special Celebration Menu paired with vintage wines, only available from the estate vinoteque. The menu celebrates 25 years since the Basson family bought Kleine Zalze and started Kleine Zalze Wines. To celebrate we are offering a 5-course menu paired with carefully selected vintage wines from the last 25 years. The 5-course pairing menu will be available on Friday and Saturday nights at R485pp for the 5 courses. Wine pairing at R400pp.

THE 5-COURSE MENU FOR JULY WILL BE: Wood fired rolls and “vet koek” with whipped butter, smoked salt and fynbos honey Wine: Kleine Zalze Vintage Brut 2009 – the first Cap Classique vintage produced on Kleine Zalze Aubergine, mushroom, haloumi, seaweed, mustard dressing, wilted baby spinach Wine: Kleine Zalze Family Reserve Sauvignon blanc 2009 Tempura prawn with bouillabaisse sauce and saffron chilli aioli Wine: Family Reserve Chenin blanc 2013 Confit duck leg, cured and grilled duck breast, cassis sauce, Puy lentils, charred Brussel sprouts Wine: Family Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 Braised lamb shoulder, potato green bean and onion ragu, white pepper sauce ,crispy onions Wine: Family Reserve Shiraz 2007 Quince and Apple crumble with condensed milk ice cream Wine: Project Z NV Sweet Fortified

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25 YEARS OF CONSISTENT WINE EXCELLENCE The modern history of Kleine Zalze starts in 1996 when Kobus Basson acquired the property and embarked on developing the brand, upgrading the winery, and replanting the vineyards. Winemaking, as they will tell you is an exercise in time, something you build patiently and for future generations. For the first two decades, Basson did what any smart businessman in wine would, ensuring cash flow through accessible wines and cultivating healthy vineyards. Now in his 25th year the process of “refining and repositioning” has been fully engaged as evidenced by both the introduction of their niche range, Project Z, and the slew of awards heaped on the winery last year, from Platter’s Top Performing Winery of the Year

to the Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show’s Most Successful Producer Overall, and Best South African Producer in the 28th Grand International Wine Award MUNDUS VINI. The firm foundation Kleine Zalze built through their Cellar Selection, Vineyard Selection and Family Reserve ranges have allowed them to branch out and evolve and improve through experimentation. This culminated in Project Z, allowing the winemaking team the freedom to source grapes from unique sites and use innovative techniques to best express the terroir and at the same time create building blocks to be used in the top ranges of the estate. Kleine Zalze certainly is a winery to watch for premium growth in the next decade.




FIRST RELEASE OF AFRICAN PENGUINS AT DE HOOP An attempt to re-establish an African penguin colony on the south coast of South Africa took a big step forward with the release of 30 penguin fledglings at the De Hoop Nature Reserve. BirdLife South Africa, CapeNature and SANCCOB have partnered together in this ambitious project to help save the Endangered African penguin. The African penguin population is decreasing rapidly, primarily due to a lack of food. A shift in fish stocks away from historic feeding grounds on the west coast, as well as competition with the fishing industry have meant that African penguins breeding on the west coast of South Africa especially, are struggling to find food. Penguins have been unable to follow the changed prey distribution because of a lack of safe breeding sites along the southern Cape coast. A small colony of penguins established at the De Hoop Nature Reserve in 2003 but predation by caracal caused them to abandon the colony a few years later. In 2015 when BirdLife South Africa began investigating whether it would be possible to establish new African Penguin colonies, the De Hoop colony was chosen as an ideal candidate site. To entice penguins to re-colonise the area naturally, life-like penguin decoys and penguin calls being broadcast by loudspeakers help create the impression that penguins are breeding there. After waiting two years to test whether natural colonisation would happen, the BirdLife South Africa and CapeNature approached the Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (SANCCOB) to assist with taking the next step, which is to release penguins at the colony. The first release took place on 11 June.

The released penguins were hand-reared at SANCCOB; most hatched from abandoned eggs rescued at the Stony Point penguin colony and incubated at the organisation’s Table View facility. Dr David Roberts, Clinical Veterinarian at SANCCOB, says, “We received an unusually large number of African penguin eggs earlier this year and it was a tall task to hand-rear so many chicks at once. Events like this one indicate the trouble that African penguins are in when extreme weather conditions and lack of food cause adult birds to abandon their nests to save themselves.”

UKRAINIAN LION CUBS RESETTLED IN WESTERN CAPE In November 2019, Jacaranda FM’s Good Morning Angels helped to relocate five lion cubs from appalling conditions in Ukraine to the Ubuntu Wildlife Sanctuary in the Groot Marico area of the North West Province. The sanctuary became home to the cubs for a year and a half after their arrival in South Africa in late 2019. Ubuntu Wildlife Sanctuary’s founder, Jurg Olsen had been taking in captive wildlife for several years providing refuge to twelve lions and two tigers. Last year, the landowners notified Olsen of their intention to restart their private hunting business on their land and this meant that Ubuntu Wildlife Sanctuary would have to relocate.

Wildlife supporter, André De Goede, heard about the predicament facing Ubuntu Wildlife Sanctuary and purchased 1650 hectares of land in the Western Cape and donated the land to Ubuntu Wildlife, as a sanctuary for its rescue animals. It is intended that the reserve will provide a permanent home for rescued animals from all parts of the world. As Ubuntu Wildlife Sanctuary operates as a non-profit organisation it did not have sufficient funds to cover the cost of moving the five rescue lion cubs, seven other lions and two tigers from North West province to the Western Cape. Jacaranda FM’s Good Morning Angels came on board again and stepped in to help raise awareness and funding for the operation. Funds were raised through donations from sponsors. This covered the costs of transporting the animals to their new home. On 23 May the relocation got underway. The 12 lions and two tigers at Ubuntu Wildlife Sanctuary in the North West province would finally head to their new premises between Oudtshoorn and Mossel Bay in the Western Cape. One by one, the lions and tigers were darted, injected with vital medications, put into their crates and loaded onto vehicles and trailers. A convoy consisting of 16 vehicles began the 20-hour journey to Oudtshoorn and arrived on 24 May at their new sanctuary in the Western Cape. One by one, the crates were lifted off the vehicles and carried to the various camps before each animal was released into its new home.

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Last to be released were the 5 lions from Ukraine who have become a close-knit family. Together Sahara, Maya, Mia, Macy and Mufasa explored their new home!

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Enthusiasm Highlight From Camps For Meyer The enthusiasm shown by the hundred aspiring 800m-athelets was the highlight from the Middle-distance talent identification and scouting camps presented by Elana Meyer in partnership with Zola Budd Pieterse. Both camps were held at the Stellenbosch Academy of Sport, which is also the headquarters for Meyer’s Endurocad. “We want young girls to understand that participation and performance in athletics can be a key that can unlock amazing opportunities,” said Meyer. “The highlight from both camps for me was the enthusiasm and interactive involvement for all the sessions. The effort they showed when we did the testing was also impressive and amazing to see!” High school girls were targeted for the camps. The aim was to encourage more young women to participate and compete in athletics and through that potentially qualify for a full scholarship. Some 100 young women were selected from 12 schools. In addition, 10 wildcard applications were included. It was a diverse group of young women with different backgrounds, ethnic groups, and sports codes. There were also sessions for eating plans, self-defence, and career development. Three specific tests were conducted to identify 800m potential. These are the Vertical jump test, the 6-minute Cooper test and 40m Sprint Test. The Vertical jump test was conducted by Stellenbosch Academy of Sport biokineticist with the aim of identifying explosiveness and power through movement. The 6-minute Cooper test is a popular maximal running test for aerobic fitness and the 40m Sprint test’s aim is to determine acceleration and speed. After the camps all the participants qualified to join the Endurocad Empowerment programme. The programme will prepare athletes to apply for scholarships through three pillars: athlete development, personal development, and career preparation.

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Boarding at Somerset College Boarding at Somerset College is a fundamental part of our thriving campus and school spirit. This is where students experience an even deeper sense of presence and involvement, through the combination of mutual respect, camaraderie and tradition. Those who are part of the collective “Helderberg” boarding houses are proud to call Somerset College “home”. There are two Boarding Houses at Somerset College, Founders House for girls and Vineyard House for boys, collectively known as Helderberg. Grade 8 to 12 students are eligible for boarding at Somerset College. The Heads of Boarding are assisted by Boarding House Assistants who help to manage the day-to-day running of the Houses. “We strive to continue offering a home away from home for our approximately 120 boarders, giving them an experience that fosters aspiration through the development of character, pride and a love for life. This experience becomes an indelible part of the life story of every student.” Close emotional support ensures that students are not only introduced to the School and Boarding House procedures and operations, but are personally guided through them. Students will become a part of the various support structures that are in place to help them comfortably adjust to campus life rather than feel overwhelmed by it. When boarding at Somerset College, students can take full advantage of everything that the boarding experience has to offer, creating a working, learning and living experience at Somerset College that will be memorable and lifelong. For more information visit




JJE AUTO MECHANICAL REPAIRS - A LEGACY OF HIGH QUALITY WORKMANSHIP As a young qualified hydraulic fitter Johan Swanepoel started JJE Auto Mechanical (JJE) Repairs from his home. When the business was well established, he decided to move to the Kraaifontein Industrial Park – a successful business he managed for almost 23 years. Back in 1997, a married man and father, Johan was retrenched while working on a Free State mine. He took a step back, having spent his entire life in the Free State, and considered his options before finally deciding to leave the Mining Industry for good. He made a bold decision and decided to move to Cape Town and start a new life and start his own business in Auto Mechanical repairs. In that same year he embarked on what would become the greatest joy of his life. Johan meticulously planned this new venture of building his new Auto Mechanical Repairs company. He bought a secondhand Mitsubishi 250 bakkie with its engine removed and lying on the back of the bakkie. He repaired and reassembled the engine and it became his first transport vehicle - still being utilized in the company. From the very outset, Johan trained his staff to produce the highest quality of workmanship, while he himself set time aside to invest quality time with each and every client ensuring continued business. During this time he also trained his son Anthony to take over the business one day. Anthony is reaping the benefits of the yesteryear investment which his father laid down in building client relationships. After all these years JJE is still doing business with almost all the clients from the day his father started the business. Johan was also faced with resolving faulty Hydraulic systems installed on the first ever sliding tipper built for Trip Trans in Johannesburg. They had to step in and resolve the problems in Cape Town. They repaired and replaced the faulty parts where required as it was too costly to do a return trip to Johannesburg with these trucks – a job they executed with pride. Twenty-three years later Tip Trans is still a client of JJE Auto Mechanical Repairs. Anthony recalls a time when they received an order to fit complete hydraulic pumps systems with diesel tanks to ten large trucks within four days. The entire staff took three days, working throughout the night and completed the work to the satisfaction of their client within the set time.

Johan Swanepoel’s great satisfaction experiencing the happiness of his clients lasted 23 years before he passed away on Sunday, 24 May 2020. The next morning the mantle of responsibility befell Anthony, and he took up the reigns and followed in his father’s footsteps. Anthony says, “Today I am in the fortunate position of building on the foundation laid down by my father and I can only strive to provide service in the same manner as my father so successfully provided. I know his clients, and I believe I am able to uphold the presence of service par excellence.” “I can only follow in the footsteps of my father and conduct my business in the same way as he conducted the business through working with our well-trained staff,” Anthony concludes.




WWF Champion Award for Benguela Cove The World Wide Fund for Nature, WWF, has awarded Benguela Cove Lagoon Wine Estate the top award for excellence. It is for ‘exceptional commitment to the collective conservation of threatened habitat in South Africa’s Succulent Karoo and the Cape Floral Kingdom as well as for outstanding dedication to environmentally responsible farming practices’. In May, Benguela Cove won gold in the international TITAN Property Awards for residential and hospitality development for architectural design, interior design, property development, real estate, and marketing. Penny Streeter OBE, owner of Benguela Estate says: “We are delighted with these accolades, they recognise all the hard work put in by the estate team in creating an award-winning vineyard, a top eco-tourism destination and highly desirable homes - all in harmony with this beautiful lagoon location in the protected Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve. We work together with the WWF to meet key objectives for environmental protection in all our practices.” The World Wide Fund for Nature - The WWF offers expert advice as part of its world-leading biodiversity and water management programme to committed wine-growers in South Africa, recognising in the awards scheme those that farm in harmony with nature. The country’s wine industry grew quickly in the early 2000s and its footprint expanded to include endangered habitats that have needed effective conservation action. The result was that the conservation sector and the wine industry entered into a unique partnership to preserve habitats and local flora and fauna. Wine farmers are the custodians of extensive areas of land in South Africa. Increasingly it falls upon them to take a lead in conservation, to work the land in harmony with nature and ensure that sensitive areas are protected. With a changing climate and ever-growing costs for inputs, collaboration is needed across farms to address common risks and opportunities such as cleaning up water sources and preventing wildfires. WWF works with South African wine industry environmental leaders, known as the Conservation Champions - which now include the Streeter family and Benguela Cove - through a voluntary model of membership. The landowners engage in biodiversity-friendly and renewable farming, conserve natural habitats and continuously improve water and energy efficiency. By developing detailed environmental management plans, setting tangible goals, and assisting farmers to address the most pressing environmental risks, WWF can support these farms in their environmental efforts. Effective environmental protection needs the active support of members of the public too, says Penny Streeter: “All of us have a role to play. In the wines and other produce each of us choose to buy and the places that we visit for recreation, for example, these small decisions that we make each day as consumers can, collectively, make a huge difference to preserving the natural treasures of South Africa. By supporting those organisations committed to the environment, we can protect and sustain our landscape and natural assets for future generations.” “Benguela Cove is a wildlife residential estate where people can actively support a leading environmental project, living in harmony with nature and enjoying the benefits of a wonderful lifestyle.” Benguela Cove is a luxury, low density, secure development at Hermanus, near Cape Town. It consists of 124 plots, on the banks of the Botriver Lagoon, with a variety of amenities, and spectacular views of the lagoon, the ocean and mountains beyond. For more information visit

200-Year-Old Bottle Breaks All Expectations An extremely rare bottle of 1821 Grand Constance fetched nearly half a million rand at the Cape Fine and Rare Wine Auction in Stellenbosch on 22 May. The label has peeled in parts and although stained at the edges, the words “Grand Constance1821”, the French translation for Groot Constantia, are clearly legible. The bottle, which sold for R420 000 to a buyer from the UK, was expected to reach a price of R80 000 to R130 000 but exceeded all expectations.“This beautiful dark hand-blown bottle with its long neck and red wax seal is not just a bottle of old wine - it represents the rich history of the South African Wine Industry, with Groot Constantia’s Cloete Cellar at the very heart of it,” says Boela Gerber, winemaker for Groot Constantia. “A rare bottle of 1821 Grand Constance is more than a prized collector’s item, it is the story of the Cloete Cellar in liquid form, and a priceless testament to the legacy of Groot Constantia.” In 1780 Hendrik Cloete bought the farm Groot Constantia, which was established by the first owner, Simon van der Stel, in 1685. As an enthusiastic winemaker, he built the Cloete Cellar, investing in the best equipment available to produce wine. In 1794 Hendrik Cloete died and his son took over the Estate, continuing the legacy and the production of the sweet Constantia wine that was highly prized by European and British nobility. It is documented that a monthly order of Groot Constantia’s Constantia wine was delivered for the exclusive use of Napoleon while he was exiled on Saint Helena Island from 1815 until his death in May 1821. Joseph Luson was a local agent of the English East India Company and tasked to provision the French contingent at Longwood House and the civilian population of Saint Helena. He bought the wine directly from the Cloete family who owned Groot Constantia. Luson was married to Catharina Maria Cloete, daughter of Pieter Lourens Cloete, the wine merchant of Groot Constantia. The historic Cloete Cellar is still a major part of the Groot Constantia Estate. Refurbished in 2017, it offers a light airy venue for wine tastings and chocolate pairings surrounded by the history of the estate. Old carriages add a sense of history, as do the display cases that house a collection of old bottles sourced from all over the world that have made their way back to their origin. Panel displays tell the stories of the people who built the Groot Constantia legacy of consistency, quality, heritage, and sustainability.



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6 reasons Cyprus is tops!

Owning an offshore property to realise a Plan B is a dream than many South Africans would love to achieve. However the choice of where to invest can be intimidating; plus the financial, legal and tax implications coupled with language & cultural difficulties sometimes makes this a barrier to entry. Europe remains being the preferred geographic location for the majority of South Africans as not only it is the world’s largest trading block, but the opportunities are enticing. Cyprus, an English-speaking ex-British colony and full EU member, is an extremely popular destination in Europe. With an erratic health system, huge social problems and the spiralling cost of living in South Africa, more and more South Africans are looking for an alternative – and Cyprus has come out tops. Here are the 6 reasons why South Africans are buying property in Cyprus: 1. You can acquire permanent residency by buying property without having to live in the country.

2. Properties in Cyprus offer excellent value for money when compared to other European countries – especially homes right on or near to The Med. 3. Cyprus’ positive property growth and for long and short-term tenants offers a very attractive investment for the short, medium and long term. 4. Cyprus is a very popular tourist destination so owning an investment property will reap an attractive offshore income. 5. Cyprus has been voted one of the safest countries in the world so your personal safety and property investment is assured. 6. The discovery and imminent exploration of natural gas is already having a positive impact on foreign investment and infrastructural development. Billions of Euros are already pouring into the economy. It’s easy to fall in love with Cyprus, especially with the 1st world lifestyle aspects. But it’s the excellent quality of life on offer that is driving investors in their droves to look seriously at Cyprus as their new home. Making the investment or move across to Cyprus is simpler than you think; and Cypriot Realty has an impressive 13-year track record of assisting many South Africans in exploring what Cyprus has to offer. Contact us for a confidential meeting to discuss how Cyprus can fit in with your offshore plans – we will assist and guide you every step of the way to realise Your Plan B.



#BeetYourBest Trail Run Local lifestyle-sports marketing agency, Stillwater Sports, is excited to launch the Beet It Sport #BeetYourBest Trail Run Challenge that will consist of two trail runs and will take place at the beautiful Blaauwklippen Wine Estate (Stellenbosch) on Saturday, 24 July 2021 (#BeetYourBest Trail Run 1) and Saturday, 7 August 2021 (#BeetYourBest Trail Run 2). “Beet It Sport is an award-winning natural nitrate supplement most trusted by the world’s sporting elite,” says Michael Meyer, Managing Director of Stillwater Sport. “We are excited to launch Beet It Sport’s first Trail Run Challenge in the Western Cape. Boasting two Trail Run events, the first event will take place in July and will consist of an 8km route, while the second event will be in August and will feature a 12km route.”

Ladies Tour MTB The annual 3-day Ladies MTB event will take place from 15 - 17 October 2021 at the Wederom Guest Farm located in the picturesque wine-producing valley of Robertson - bringing the cyclist closer to the various biospheres and the beauty of nature. Each stage will start and finished at the Wederom Guest farm and after three days the ladies will have covered a distance of 150km along the Breede river, wine farms and endured the trails in and around Robertson and the Rooiberg area. The cyclists will experience limited single track during the 3-days.

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“The slight increase in distance from Trail Run 1 to Trail Run 2 is deliberate as the goal is to give trail runners the opportunity to ‘beet their personal best’. Although the 8km and 12km routes will differ, both will highlight Blaauwklippen Wine Estate’s most iconic trails.”

Dlamini To Make History At Tour De France Team Qhubeka ASSOS continues to make history as they are thrilled to announce their eight-rider roster for the 2021 Tour de France which includes a debut for Nicholas Dlamini, who becomes the first black South African ever to compete at the showpiece event. Team Qhubeka ASSOS, Africa’s UCI WorldTour team, will make its seventh appearance at the Tour de France having first competed in 2015 (MTN-Qhubeka). Over that period the team has won seven stages; and worn the yellow, green and polka dot jerseys respectively. Dlamini’s selection is a landmark moment for the South African-registered team as he becomes the latest rider to progress from the development team and onto the UCI WorldTour, and subsequently earn his selection to compete at the world’s biggest cycling race.

The cost of R4,550 per rider includes: back-up vehicle support, a cycling shirt, 3 breakfasts, 3 lunch packs, 3 suppers, and 3 night shared guest house accommodation at the Wederom Wine Farm Guest House. For more information Contact Johan on 082 938 9886 visit

Distance For Difference 24hr Cycling and Spinning Challenge The Distance For Difference’s (D4D) journey started on 26 December 2004 and since 2013, when the first THE500 was held, it quickly became a very special event. Along with the events of 2015, 2017 and 2019, more than R2.2 Million was raised for various children’s charities. The following 10 Children’s Charities will benefit from the funds raised via the 2021 THE500: Patch Helderberg, Esther van Zyl Foster Home, Heartlands Baby Sanctuary, Tzadokah Foster Home, Hagar’s Choice, Sylvia’s House Foster Home, Little Angels, Heaven’s Gate Ministries Foster Home, Gabriella Centre, and Kingdom Kids Day Care. Due to the devastating effect of Covid-19 on the economy, many businesses have closed down or will not be able to sponsor the event like they had in the past. With the closure of the 5-star The NH Lord Charles Hotel, where the previous four events were hosted, the event will be moving to a new venue.

The 25-year-old, who grew up in an informal settlement in Cape Town, first caught the eye as a runner before moving into cycling where his talents saw him move to the UCI’s World Cycling Centre Africa in Potchefstroom. It is from here that he first earned a spot in our UCI Continental outfit – Team Qhubeka - based in Lucca, Italy. In his second season with the continental team, Dlamini rode as a stagiaire on the WorldTour team and


“No, it is not 5-star, and we will not experience all the comfort and many 'extra’s' we had at the hotel, but the team at Stellenbosch Flying Club has the same ‘5-star hearts’ we’ve experienced over the years at the hotel! We want to thank Anton Theart and his team for sponsoring the venue and their willingness to give THE500 a new home!” - Stéphan Pieterse, Founder.

then turned professional in 2018. Since then he raced across the world, including twice competing at the Vuelta a Espana (2019 and 2020) and has worn the king of the mountains jersey at both the Tour Down Under and the Tour of Britain.

“Please know this: It is people like you that make the difference. You are about to enter a 'giving-back-event'. THE500 is in the first place not about the individual, the prestige of completing a challenge, personal gain, a medal, or admiration from others, but about giving of yourself, the money you have been blessed with or simply your support.”

Dlamini has also been selected to represent Team South Africa at the Tokyo Olympic Games. His style of racing will likely see his talents deployed in the offensive strategy the team will look to pursue during the race, while also playing a key supporting role in the flatter stages.

“It is about the collective effort of a community that will result in a lasting impact on the lives of many vulnerable children in desperate need of loving care, parental guidance, a good education, physical protection or simply one nourishing meal a day,” Pieterse concluded.

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DOUBLE CENTURY - SA FAVOURITE TEAM ROAD CYCLING EVENT The Double Century, South Africa’s favourite 202km team road cycling event, has a new title sponsor in the shape of Old Mutual Wealth. The sponsorship agreement is a three-year deal, starting with the Old Mutual Wealth Double Century this year. The 2021 event, which will be the 29th Double Century, will take place on 27 November in Swellendam. Organisers of the popular event, The Pedal Power Association and the Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust, are thrilled to have Old Mutual Wealth on board. With its demanding yet scenic route, team format and unique camaraderie, the Old Mutual Wealth Double Century has earned a special place in the heart of the South African cycling community, attracting cyclists from all over the world too. David Bellairs of the Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust says, “The Old Mutual sponsorship allows the organisers to continue planning for the 2021 event and into the future.” “The Double Century has earned its place as one of the must-do cycling events on the local calendar and we are very much looking forward to taking the event into its 29th year and beyond. As usual, we will be focusing now on rider enjoyment, rider safety and putting together another show-stopping ride through the Overberg.”

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“We are also looking forward to working together with Old Mutual Wealth in growing the Old Mutual Wealth Double Century and the resultant extended benefits for the Overberg region.” Entries to the 2021 Old Mutual Wealth Double Century are scheduled to open towards the end of July/early August.

2021 FNB WINES2WHALES SWITCHBACK UPDATE How many of the same MTB trails can a mountain biker cycle before s/he gets bored? The answer my friend ain’t blowing in the wind.

thought: “Let’s look at how we can develop a new route, especially on Stages 1 and 3. We also thought that Cape Trails have an extraordinary set of trail development skills and we’ve established a huge network of trails, which can easily be applied to ensure that we create the same 'FNB W2W Fun-on-a-bike' experience.” Main route changes Stage 1: Rotary View Drive in Hermanus is back, as the major climb from the start at Curro School; A new contour section in Karwyderskraal; Climbing up Katpass, a long and gradual climb; and New trail sections in Houwhoek area towards Paul Cluver and Oak Valley. Main route changes Stage 2: New start section in Oak Valley, and New Rietvlei Magic section (and another monumental MTB structure which will be completed by July) in Paul Cluver. Main route changes Stage 3: New trails and climbs in Grabouw forest towards Gantouw; First time down Gantouw Pass; New trails in Idiom and via Vergelegen towards Lourensford; and Lourensford section, is 80% new, including a 5km gradual climb, followed by a 7km downhill towards the finish, with amazing and flowing new single tracks.

Photo: 2019 FNB Wine2Whales Shiraz - Photo Credit: Nick Muzik Photography

It’s probably the main reason many riders over the years have asked: “Why don’t you do W2W in reverse?” and the response was, “We can’t, as the route can’t simply be cycled in reverse.” But then after cycling the route for eleven years, we also

“The FNB W2W Switchback gives us the opportunity to rotate the route on an annual basis. We pride ourselves to not only continuously improve and be the best, but also to lead by example in the creativity space.” “Enter now and join us on a new, but similar and best MTB experience, the FNB W2W Switchback, in 2021,” - Johan Kriegler, Founder Wines2Whales. For more information visit