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During the current public health crisis, we have grown perhaps a little too familiar with our own four walls. COVID-19 and lockdown has forced upon us a period of reflection, removing the possibility of travel in the interim due to safety concerns. A post lockdown yearning for open spaces along with the desire to avoid crowded spaces has shifted remote, empty destinations to the top of many travellers’ wish lists. Domestic leisure travellers now prefer staycations - a new travel trend, according to South African Tourism. What is a staycation? A staycation is a period in which an individual or family stays home and participates in leisure activities within day trip distance of their home and does not require overnight accommodation. It encourages the traveller to take time out, discover nearby landscapes, reconnect, and spend more time outdoors in nature with family and friends.

Activities on a staycation include a scenic drive along the coastline, a visit to a local park, nature reserve, farmstall, frolicking in the snow, experience the beauty of the wild flowers and the canola fields in bloom, have a picnic on a wine farm, whale watching, and many more.


Some staycationers also like to follow a set of rules, such as setting a start and end date, planning ahead, and avoiding routine, with the goal of creating the feel of a traditional vacation. Benefits of a staycation include the promotion of the local economy, and rediscovering the beauty of your city or region. Last but not least: A staycation allows you to learn how to take advantage of the present moment. The Western Cape will benefit from the increased demand for staycations in 2021. This region offers diverse beauty, so people seeking an escape from the boredom of lockdown, are spoiled for choice.





Meerkat Discovers Large Gas-Rich Galaxy A group of 20 galaxies has been discovered with South Africa’s MeerKAT telescope. This large galaxy group is likely the most neutral hydrogen gas-rich group ever discovered, and it is the first time this group has been identified, despite residing in a very well-studied area of the sky. Most star-forming galaxies are embedded within a cloud of cold neutral hydrogen gas, which acts as the raw fuel from which stars can eventually form. This gas is extremely faint, and can only be detected in radio wavelengths. It is diffuse, and extends beyond the visible part of the galaxy. By observing this hydrogen gas, astronomers are able to understand the evolutionary processes that take place in galaxies. The majority of galaxies in the Universe reside in groups. However, it is rare to detect a group with such a large number of group members with so much neutral hydrogen. This suggests that the group is still in the process of assembly, as it has not undergone evolutionary processes that would remove this gas from the galaxies.


This galaxy group was discovered by the MeerKAT International Gigahertz Tiered Extragalactic Exploration (MIGHTEE) survey. It is one of the large survey projects in progress with South Africa’s MeerKAT telescope and involves a team of South African and international astronomers.

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The MeerKAT radio telescope in the Northern Cape, South Africa’s precursor to the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), aims to answer fundamental questions about the formation and evolution of galaxies. Its exceptional sensitivity provides astronomers with further insight into the drivers of galaxy evolution.

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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.

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Dr Natasha Maddox, research scientist at Ludwig Maximilians Universität in Munich, and co-chair of the MIGHTEE neutral hydrogen working group said, “This galaxy group sits in an area of sky that has been studied with many other telescopes, but only with MeerKAT is the group structure revealed so clearly. Galaxy environment strongly affects how galaxies change and grow, and observations of neutral hydrogen with MeerKAT give us a new observational window into structures like this.”

Dr Bradley Frank, SARAO’s associate director of astronomy operations at the Inter-university Institute for Data Intensive Astronomy and co-chair of the MIGHTEE neutral hydrogen working group said, “This discovery really highlights that MeerKAT is an amazing instrument. MeerKAT’s large field-of-view, wide bandwidth, coupled with excellent sensitivity and resolving power makes it a premium survey instrument, allowing us to conduct a census of galaxies in a variety of environments. MeerKAT is an important step in the direction of the SKA - providing us with a view to future SKA science projects and lessons on how to overcome the many technical challenges involved in realising the true scientific potential of SKA and SKA pathfinders.” Dr Anastasia Ponomareva, researcher at the University of Oxford and co-author of the paper said, “This discovery shows that our MeerKAT observations caught a galaxy group in the early stages of its assembly, which is very uncommon. Therefore, this discovery is not only important per se, but will set new grounds for understanding of how galaxies are assembled into groups and transformed by their environment. We expect many wonderful findings like this in the future, thanks to the ongoing MeerKAT surveys.”




NASA To Map Cape Floral Kingdom In New Research Collaboration The US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is preparing to conduct its first Biodiversity field campaign incorporating airborne imaging spectroscopy, lidar, and field observations across South Africa’s Greater Cape Floristic Region (GCFR) including surrounding coastal and marine environments. The Cape Floristic Region region has seen the second-worst number of plant extinctions in the world. Almost 40 plants in the Western Cape have gone extinct since 1900. This is about 500 times higher than the background extinction rate, which is the natural rate at which plants become extinct. The Cape Floral Kingdom is one of eight floral kingdoms in the world and the only one contained within a single country. On top of this, 69 percent of it is endemic, home to the greatest non-tropical concentration of higher plant species in the world. In 2004, the Cape Floral Region protected areas were inscribed as a World Heritage site. The GCFR contains two Global Biodiversity Hotspots with the richest temperate flora and the third-highest marine endemism in the world. The field campaign includes collection of new hyperspectral data ranging from UV to thermal wavelengths acquired by PRISM, AVIRIS-NG, and HyTES spectrometers combined with the LVIS laser altimeter aboard the NASA GIII and GV aircraft. These remotely sensed data will be combined with existing and new observations of the spatial distribution of species, ecosystems, and their traits to enable highresolution mapping of biodiversity, functional traits, and three-dimensional structure across environmental gradients and times-since-disturbance. The campaign is

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organized around three major themes aimed at understanding: the distribution and abundance of biodiversity, the role of biodiversity in ecosystem function, and the impacts of biodiversity change on ecosystem services. This focus represents an important paradigm shift from previous NASA field campaigns, which were primarily biogeochemical, toward an approach for measuring and understanding functional, phylogenetic, and taxonomic biological diversity as key components of ecosystem function.

Cape Town Announced As Host City Of Formula E The City of Cape Town has been announced as one of the host cities of the international Formula E racing tournament taking place in February 2022. As part of the City’s Covid-19 recovery plan, this event will offer a much-needed boost for the events and tourism industries impacted by the global pandemic. “Cape Town is pleased to be chosen as one of the cities to participate in the Formula E tournament. The event will unlock major investment, job creation and tourism potential through identifying Cape Town as the racing destination of the African continent. We believe this event offers major potential to local business and will be a huge attraction for the residents of our City,” said the City’s Executive Mayor, Alderman Dan Plato. “We look forward to finalising internal processes in order to meet the relevant requirements for staging such an exciting event. The City has the necessary infrastructure and skills to host an event of this size, and we are confident that it will further cement Cape Town’s global reputation as the World’s Leading Festival and Event Destination,” added Mayor Plato. Investment potential: In 2019, the City was approached by the Cape Town Formula E Consortium. Formula E, sanctioned by the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA). Formula E is a class of motorsport that uses only electric-powered cars and has been operational since 2014. Cape Town hosted the massively successful Red Bull Cape Town Circuit on Sunday, 2 June 2019, which led to discussions around adding Formula E as a new international sporting event on our shores. Cape Town has already proven that it is capable of hosting major international motor sporting events with the success of the FIA Rallycross Championship at Killarney, as well as the annual Drift City at the iconic Grand Parade. In the three years that Formula E has been hosted in Hong Kong, it has contributed approximately R1,4 billion to that economy. The cars run on 100% renewable energy, and having such an event here would also assist Cape Town in raising awareness and taking action against air pollution.

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The City of Cape Town has, in principle decided to support the event with R2 million in cash, subject to the event returning to the City for future tournaments. A further R2m will be provided in the form of services, on the above premise.


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Discovering Life At The Base Of Everest

On 13 April a group of fifteen South Africans successfully reached Everest Base Camp despite the global Covid pandemic. For Prof Sonia Human, Rose Mills, Marius Fourie and John Thöle from Somerset West, Emily Farrell, Rory and Linda Macfarlane from Stellenbosch, Group leaders Klasie Wessels and Sue Pearson also from Stellenbosch, and Devin Baird from Cape Town, this was a trip of the lifetime and a life changing experience. “Arriving in Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, we were drawn into a different reality by the sight of wandering Sadhu’s (Hindu holy men) and open cremations on the banks of the Baghmati river. Our group had arrived the previous afternoon on a Qatar flight from South Africa and was spending the day doing some sightseeing, getting ourselves ready for the daunting flight to Lukla from where we will start our trek to Everest Base Camp. Kathmandu is a shopper’s paradise – that is if you are interested in hiking, climbing, music and books. All at prices wishing you came with an empty suitcase. The Thamel area most frequented by western travellers is packed with interesting pubs, restaurants and shops selling hiking equipment, clothes, books, and local art. It was impossible not to get swept away by the energy and introduced to the Nepali culture which showed itself in so many interesting ways.

Our trek to Everest’s base camp was not merely a physical trek. It had the secondary benefit of being a discovery of personal heights as well. A place like Nepal, and the Himalayas in particular, is the most perfect setting for personal discovery. One is constantly challenged on all levels of one’s humanness; physically, mentally, and spiritually, and encouraged to discover new levels of self-awareness. Overnight accommodation is in teahouses located in small villages dotted along the way - these mountain hamlets offer clean accommodation and basic food for all the trekkers and climbers along the way to Everest. The total walking distance from Lukla to Everest base camp is 65km. One typically walks for five to six hours per day and altitude is more important than distance. The thin air makes even the shortest distances a difficult task. Everest Base Camp at an altitude of 5 363m has 50% less oxygen than at sea level. In terms of fitness, one needs to be fit enough to walk for five to six hours per day for fifteen consecutive days. On the morning of 7 April, we left for Lukla, voted “world’s most dangerous airport”. At an elevation of 2,800 meters above sea level the air in Lukla was cold, misty, and strangely fresh. Our spirits were high as we set off in the mist to Phakding, our stopover for the first night. The trek to EBC was scheduled to take us eight days which included acclimatization days in Namche Bazaar and Dingboche. Namche is a beautiful mountain village situated at 3,440m above sea level. There are no roads on the way to Everest and this region is only accessible by foot or helicopter. After spending two nights at Namche, the journey really got tough and we had to deal with the typical challenge’s altitude bring such as diarrhoea, nausea, headaches, and dehydration. We entered a different kind of discussion and started comparing notes on what was important to us, why we are doing this, what strengths we had to carry on through and what responsibilities we had to others whose dreams and hopes were with us. Faced with a real physical challenge, our conversation reached new levels of authenticity and we continued to form an ever-strengthening bond between ourselves amidst our sore tummies, aching heads, and general discomfort. The group continued for 2 more days and on 13 April successfully made it to Everest base camp at 5,350m. Back in SA the photographs keep the dream alive and link us with a most unusual journey. It is not only an external journey to the highest mountain in the world, but also an internal journey to high points within yourself. Streetschool specializes in taking people on amazing adventures as part of personal development. The concept with this type of travel is to mirror the external journey with an internal one. By adding an internal discovery to the journey, the traveller receives so much more as was shown by this expedition to Everest. When one goes on a journey like this, you don’t come back quite the same. New thoughts linger and serves as reminders to continue your own personal journey of discovery,” - Klasie Wessels, Streetschool.

African Boat-Building Market Spells Good News For Cape Town


The visit to Robertson and Caine – who recently celebrated its 30th year in business - coincided with the release of the ‘Boat Building Global Market Report 2021: COVID 19 Impact And Recovery To 2030’ which found that Africa is forecast to be the second fastest-growing boat-building region in the world over the next four years. Published by The Business Research Company, the report says that the Compound Annual Growth Rate of the continental market will grow by 8,6%, second only to the Middle East region’s 9,4%. The forecast spells good news for the Western Cape, which is the largest marine manufacturing centre within South Africa, generating over R2,3 billion in 2018 in export revenue, and housing nearly half of the country’s boat-builders. Cape Town’s boat-building market, in particular, has seen consistent growth in recent years, with almost 12 000 jobs created and exports up by approximately 20,5% year-on-year since 2014. The global report’s findings come weeks after the launch of BlueCape, the City of Cape Town-funded Special Business Partner in the industry. Cape Town already boasts a spot as one of the top catamaran-producing cities in the world with companies such as Robertson and Caine being the third-largest builder in the world of these boats. It also manufactures the most power catamarans globally.

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The company plans to build up to 160 catamarans this year (with projections of 220 catamarans by 2023). With each vessel costing between R7 million and R21 million, boat-building companies such as Robertson and Caine - which has more than 1 800 permanent employees - make clear the input and value of the sector to Cape Town’s economic growth. “We have a strong focus on skills development as most of the boats are hand-built. We have a rotational practical learning programme for students, many of whom go on to graduate and become permanent employees,” said the company’s Technical and Industrialisation Director, Donovan Thomas.




Gerber & Co - Braving the Challenge Four years ago, Stefan and Francisce Gerber were sitting on their farmhouse stoep near Loeriesfontein overlooking the natural disaster of the ongoing drought. They analysed the impact it had on their animals, staff, even on their personal believes and positivity, and braved the challenge. This business decision in starting up Gerber & Co at that point in time was probably not the brightest of ideas, but rather, out of pure desperation, the only way in acquiring a means for the survival of their sheep operation in Namaqualand. “Today, when looking back, it is a dream came true,” says Stefan. “We are the type of people that rather try one more time before cutting our losses. We had a responsibility to our animals and workers. We looked at our cost of feeding and overheads and on top of that also lost 21% of our wool clip the day it leaves our farm,” says Stefan. Since Stefan is a winemaker and Francisce a qualified chef, they both decided to turn their expertise in their respective fields unto the production of priced wool garments. Gerber & Co also transforms raw produce at Soefija’s Deli into delicious and mouth-watering dishes and cakes – a lovely setting to enjoy good coffee. All these products, Boer and Brit wines and many more are now available at their Farmstalls in Bitterfontein, Simondium, as well as the Spice Route. Nature’s Miracle Fibre The Namaqua Merino is arguably Nature’s most extraordinary gift to Gerber & Co as the wool is rated a better product, and perfectly engineered material for the manufacturing of woollen garments. When considering each fibre of merino wool, it is a cunning crimp which creates the unique ability to ‘breathe’. It also tapers moisture away from the body to the outer layer, where it can evaporate, making it anti-microbial, odour resistant and wrinkle-free, which means, it stays cool in plus 40⁰C summer temperatures, and warm in sub-zero winter temperatures. When considering the natural elasticity, it is discovered that Merino wool can absorb up to 30% of its own weight in water, and will not sag nor stretch. Merino wool is also anti-static, stain-resistant, flame-proof, bio-degradable and hard-wearing. This is the type of character that makes the Namaqua Merino wool the ultimate performance fabric. Producer of Fine Clothing What started off as a typical Namaqualand Merino sheep farm, has now over the past few years developed into a farm producing fine clothing. Gerber & Co is a cut above the rest in its field, locally produced by their own trained staff at affordable prices – no middle man and nothing imported. Gerber & Co’s business module was based on washing the wool by hand and at the same time extracted the lanolin. This brought them to the point of seeking a more sensible way of doing the washing to meet their demands. On the other hand, the wool monopoly and the sudden closure of scouring plants, (the place where wool is washed), left them with a very limited chance of ever obtaining any success. Today, two years later their first locally manufactured jerseys were made available in their first store in Bitterfontein alongside the N7 enroute to Namibia. Presently they are in the process of establishing their own washing plant and manufacturing their own yarn in Bitterfontein. Products - The Gerber & Co Clothing Collection makes out the greater part of their product range on display, which includes merino jerseys, cotton stilled shirts for both men and women, as well as a variety of felt hats and caps - not to mention their own Lanolin products. What makes the Gerber & Co trademark so special is their approach to add value –utilizing every possible part of the merino in producing different garments, and sheepskins perfectly tanned with fleece, not to mention their lamb pies. As the demand for Gerber & Co’s products have grown, they took the leap in opening more stores. The Old Kooperasie Stories warehouse in Simondium, as well as Spice Route in Agter Paarl has over the past 5 years been on their radar. What is interesting is that the farmstall concept expresses their believes for honest and better homegrown products. Once the Gerber & Co sheep has given you the jumper, it simply grows another. Skin Hygiene and a beautification product - The by-product lanolin, nature’s way of protecting the sheep’s wool and skin from the extremes of climate, is well known as a product which plays a vital role in human skin hygiene. Gerber & Co’s Lanolin is 100% organic, gently extracted from their hand sheared Namaqua Merino’s, refined, and stability tested to the most exacting standards, before made available to the trade. “We strive as our mission to make all our goods in South Africa. Due to the effect of Covid-19 pandemic on the liquor trade as well as the tourism industry, our businesses have relied on local and sometimes only provincial trade. We had to build a community loyal business. I am immensely proud of our achievement, since none of the 168 workers which were directly and indirectly employed have been retrenched. We have kept our staff and their families alive,” says Francisce. August is the perfect time to visit Namaqualand. Bitterfontein which forms part of the Succulent Karoo biome, with over a 1000 species is a must see. While on your trip to experience the Namaqua flowers, visit the Gerber & Co Farmstall and see for yourself – Merino fibres are much finer than other wools and always feels wonderfully snug, feather-light and most definitely itch-free on your skin.

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A Home for Water Sports & the Great Outdoors in Hermanus With so many leisure activities now closed because of the Covid-19 lockdown and its economic impact on the recreational sector, many people are looking to watersports as a fun, healthy diversion from the cares of daily life. Benguela Cove Lagoon Wine Estate offers enticing opportunities for anyone seeking a new home in a beautiful private estate, with access to perhaps the widest range of watersports anywhere in South Africa. Situated on 210 hectares of pristine fynbos, and sheltered between two hills, the estate is on the edge of the Bot River lagoon, which is protected by a sandbar that separates it from the Atlantic Ocean, to keep the water warm and safe from sharks. For the design of Benguela Cove, the developer won permission to erect deep-water jetties and a boardwalk to enable recreational boating – both power and sail – to be available to the estate’s residents. The location’s pristine lagoon frontage, which is the second biggest in South Africa, has exclusive boat access where residents can enjoy a range of waterborne activities. This includes swimming, boating, skiing, fishing, kitesurfing and many others. For safety and environmental reasons, no jet skis are allowed. Onsite facilities include boat storage, a tractor for residents’ use and a slipway for fast and easy launches – ideal when you are fitting in some paddle boarding perhaps between Zoom business calls at home, just a short walk from the quay. The lifestyle fits in perfectly with homeworking, with the opportunity and convenience to master your preferred watersport. There is also a private clubhouse by the jetties, with a fitted kitchen and reception area, close to a peaceful stretch of beach, which residents can book to enjoy a braai after a day spent in or on the water - or playing a few sets on the adjoining tennis courts.

Homeowners can also visit the separate winery precinct at Benguela Cove, which features a restaurant and wine tasting lounge and where they can book a pontoon wine tour on the lagoon - government lockdown restrictions permitting. The pontoon tour aboard the Lady Bonnie offers an extra dimension to the enjoyment of this unique stretch of water. It is open to anyone to book, available Wednesday to Sunday, and complimentary for two people when they buy a case of wine from the estate’s vineyard. The estate itself features some 70 ha of vineyards, 10 ha of olive groves and lavender fields as well as another 80 ha of ecologically sound private wildlife reserve. Many homeowners are drawn to this special area by the diverse birdlife. Game species that also share the estate include Grey Rhebok, Duiker, Grysbok, Cape Clawless Otter, Aardvark, and a herd of wild, untamed horses that roam freely through the Renosterveld Nature Reserve. With coastal land such a finite resource, beachfront property is always a valuable asset. With just the right amount of privacy and seclusion, together with acres of vineyards, a recreational lagoon and an extraordinary range of wildlife, water sports fans and other lovers of the great outdoors looking for a second home or family homestead will feel an intense attraction to this location. Cape Town is a leisurely hour’s drive, and its international airport is close by too, for when travel restrictions are lifted. Homeowners are well looked after with 24-hour security, residents’ meetings, maintenance and all the facilities you would expect from a luxury estate. There are 124 erven on this low-density, secure development. Over half of these are sold and opportunities exist for buyers to develop, design and build their dream home or to buy a fully completed luxury home direct from the developer, Penny Streeter OBE: “Imagine looking out over the azure lagoon from the veranda of your newly purchased house while sipping a glass of the estate’s finest vino. With the subtle cry of a fish eagle in the distance, it’ll feel like you’re a million miles from anywhere.” For more information visit

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KLEINE ZALZE RESTAURANT WORTH A VISIT It is a year since the 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. Respected chef Nic van Wyk was brought in to lead and assist the team as culinary consultant and Nic certainly settled in and made the menu his own. 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 to ensure fresh seasonal produce is used and to keep the menu interesting for the loyal supporters of the restaurant. The menu 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. The tapas menu changes almost weekly with innovative new dishes keeping the selection fresh and interesting. Delectable deserts and excellent coffee complete the menu. The restaurant offers regular lunch specials so it is definitely worth following Kleine Zalze on social media to get the regular updates. The restaurant recently introduced a Sunday lunch menu with a selection of three starters, three main courses and three deserts. The Sunday menu is very well priced at R245 for two courses or R295 for three courses.

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VACCINE MANUFACTURER TO MAKE COVID-19 PFIZER JABS Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE have signed a letter of intent with the Biovac Institute (Pty) Ltd. (Biovac), which are a pharmaceutical company based in Cape Town, to manufacture the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine for distribution to Africa.

The Biovac Institute has long been a centre of excellence for the development and manufacture of quality vaccines for Africa. This announcement is also a welcome boost of confidence to the economy in Cape Town and the Western Cape, which is already a leading hub for health tech and innovation in the medical sector.

Biovac will become the first company in Africa to produce the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine.

The Western Cape has one of the highest concentrations of medical device and healthcare companies in the country, and the health technology sector contributes an estimated 2,500 full time jobs and R1.7 billion to the economy in the Western Cape. In a joint statement the pharmaceutical groups said: “Biovac will perform manufacturing and distribution activities within Pfizer’s and BioNTech’s global Covid-19 vaccine supply chain and manufacturing network, which will now span three continents and include more than 20 manufacturing facilities. To facilitate Biovac’s involvement in the process, technical transfer, on-site development and equipment installation activities will begin immediately.” The statement also confirmed that “Pfizer and BioNTech expect that Biovac’s Cape Town facility will be incorporated into the vaccine supply chain by the end of 2021. Biovac will obtain drug substance from facilities in Europe, and manufacturing of finished doses will commence in 2022.’’ At full operational capacity, the annual production will exceed 100 million finished doses annually. All doses will exclusively be distributed within the 55 member states that make up the African Union.” The latest statistics show that more than 5.5 million South Africans have been partially vaccinated against Covid-19 and as of 20 July nearly 2 million adults were fully vaccinated. Chairman and chief executive of Pfizer Albert Bourla said: “Our latest collaboration with Biovac is a shining example of the tireless work being done, in this instance to benefit Africa. We will continue to explore and pursue opportunities to bring new partners into our supply chain network, including in Latin America, to further accelerate access of Covid-19 vaccines.”

NEW GARDENING TALENT AT VERGELEGEN WINE ESTATE Vergelegen wine estate in Somerset West boasts 18 magnificent gardens, ranging from an indigenous agapanthus garden with 14000 plants, to the only International Camellia Garden of Excellence in Africa. Tending to this magnificent estate, which includes numerous historic trees, requires plenty of expertise and willing hands – so the estate is delighted to have brought three junior horticulturists on board. The green-fingered trio comprises Scott Mapondo, Tristan Kruger and Courtney Abbott. Scott, 33, studied for his National Diploma in Horticulture at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT), and has built up experience in retail, landscaping, and prior work at a wine estate. His favourite plant is Salvia Leucanthia. He’s now responsible for daily garden checks and assisting with Vergelegen’s new 54-hectare arboretum. This vast botanical garden devoted to trees is being developed in a phased approach over 10 years. Some 7500 trees will be planted to create a beautiful, peaceful green sanctuary. Tristan, 22 years old, also holds a National Diploma in Horticulture from CPUT. Says Tristan, “I enjoy working with the various traditional ornamental plants in the historic Octagonal Garden where I aspire for people to come and feel as if they have been transported to an oldfashioned garden in the middle of England. Additionally, my passion lies in working with and growing various Fynbos species and particularly members of the family Iridaceae, where my aim is to bring the mountain and nature reserve down to the people.” Courtney Abbott, aged 29, worked as a horse-riding instructor and spent years in television broadcasting before an interest in vegetable gardening led her to study for a National Diploma in Horticulture at CPUT. “I therefore am quite new to the world of horticulture and all my practical experience has been gained here at Vergelegen over the last year, first as an in-service student in 2020, and in 2021 as a junior horticulturalist,” she says.

New horticultural projects are constantly introduced at Vergelegen, and Courtney considers herself to be very lucky to be involved in these, as they provide interesting challenges and opportunities to learn. “My favourite thing about working at Vergelegen, however, is being able to work at an estate of such grandeur that boasts such botanical diversity. I have encountered and learnt about plants that I’m not sure I would get the opportunity to work with in many other places, from the unique Lourensford Alluvium Fynbos, to old climbing Peace roses that are no longer sold. The sense of history is very real when one steps through the gates.” Wayne Coetzer, MD of Vergelegen, says he is delighted to welcome the new members to the hard-working horticultural team. “Vergelegen is a national treasure, and its gardens are a key component of its attractions. We want this beautiful 321-year-old estate to not only be a must-see destination for our guests, but also to be a place of learning for the next generation of gardeners. There’s no better place for budding horticulturists to grow their skills than in these magnificent surroundings.”



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What You Need To Know About Sasria Insurance The recent wave of unrest that has blazed in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng has left a trail of destruction that will impact our economy for years to come. With most companies already in the process of rebuilding, Craig Mendelson, the Short-term Insurance Manager for Consolidated Group says there is some good news for business owners. The South African Special Risks Insurance Association (Sasria) has been proactive in its dealings with insurance companies to ensure that claims will be expedited. “The state-owned entity, Sasria, is the only insurer in South Africa that provides cover for loss or damage to insured property as a direct result of social unrest, including rioting, strike action and public disorder,” Craig explains. Businesses that have Sasria cover and have claims up to R50,000 should be paid out quickly as the Association has given certain insurance companies a mandate to settle these smaller claims directly. All larger claims will however have to go through the usual Sasria approval process; but the Association has promised that even these will be expedited.” Craig expects that businesses with smaller claims will be paid out within a few weeks whereas larger claims may take up to two months or longer, depending on the complexity of the claim. Sasria does not deal directly with the public but its cover is included as an option in most commercial and consumer insurance policies. If this is selected, the insurance company is responsible for administering the cover. “Insurance companies offer insurance for unforeseen incidents including accidental damages, theft (not arising from riots) and weather-related damages. In practice, business owners take up this normal insurance, but supplement it with cover from Sasria. It’s a simple box ticking exercise when business owners select their cover and while many companies choose to include it, there are exceptions and unfortunately, there is no recourse now for these businesses as their regular insurance won’t pay out for damages caused by social unrest,” says Craig.

“Saria Business Interruption insurance covers consequential or indirect financial losses suffered as a result of looting, property damages such as fire or vandalism during riots, strikes and public disorder amongst others. Usually, a time period is specified for this cover which varies from three to 24 months,” says Craig. Knowing the period over which the business interruption cover will pay out may help companies with their expenses in the short-term while they are unable to trade but it could leave them exposed in the long-run, depending on how long they need to rebuild and become fully operational.

Sasria cover comprises a number of categories including material damage to domestic and commercial property, goods in transit, motor and business interruption.

Sasria limitations also apply to the value of the business insured. If a business owner is insured by Sasria to the tune of R100 million and incurred damages or losses worth R500 million, Sasria will only pay out the insured amount. The owner will have to pay out of pocket to fix the uninsured damages.

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Following on the huge success of the Support Stellenbosch Restaurant Campaign initiative, which raised just over R1.7 million for restaurants in the Stellenbosch Winelands, the Franschhoek Wine Valley Tourism organization has jump started something similar. Save The Franschhoek Restaurant Appeal aims to raise enough money to help those affected establishments in the region, who have felt the biggest impact of the recent restrictions and more so the COVID-19 pandemic. The initiative, in partnership with SnapScan, allows visitors to not only support local business, but also experience the magic and beauty of the valley and its charming village, and be inspired to share the message with the rest of the world. The restaurant recovery campaign, which will commence later this year, includes a rewards-based campaign whereby locals and visitors receive a voucher after using SnapScan to pay at participating restaurants. These vouchers are redeemable through SnapScan at any of the businesses in and around the Franschhoek region who are also taking part in the campaign. In doing so locals and visitors would be driving revenue back into the region’s economy to benefit local businesses and their employees. Local businesses are also jumping on board with independent initiatives to help those in need. One such organization is wine producer Haute Cabrière. In a campaign launched at the beginning of the recent lockdown, the winery has pledged R100 to the cause on every order of two cases of wine or more.

Millions of coffee capsules are used around the world every day as coffee lovers, including guests at The Table Bay hotel in Cape Town, get their caffeine fix. When Joanne Selby, the hotel’s general manager, learnt about sculpture artist Godfrey Dambuleni creating beautiful works made from used Nespresso capsules, she commissioned the artist to make a version of Oscar the Seal, The Table Bay’s mascot, using spent capsules from the hotel. The story of Oscar and his friendship with a lonely fisherman is the stuff of legends and is closely intertwined with the history of The Table Bay hotel. Dambuleni, a Zimbabwean who has lived in South Africa for the past 23 years, runs a studio in Salt River employing a team of seven who help him prepare the raw materials including recycled tins and sheet metal, bicycle chains and used aluminium coffee capsules with which he creates beautiful and distinctive artwork, including sculptures and trophy heads of African animals. “I have been using Nespresso capsules for almost five years, making elephants, rhinos, human beings and more,” said Dambuleni. “Oscar was the first seal I had ever made and took me about three weeks to make,” the artist said of the 1.5-metrehigh statue, made from 3,000 capsules.

Furthermore, Rupert & Rothschild, La Motte Wine Estate, Anthonij Rupert Wyne, Rickety Bridge Winery, Boekenhoutskloof, Boschendal, Old Road Wine Co, Bellingham and Franschhoek Cellar have respectively donated generously to the initiative, with the total already sitting at just over R1,1 million, which is a great boost to kickstart this worthy cause. Save The Franschhoek Restaurant Appeal initiative serves as a valuable reminder that there are few motivating factors quite as powerful as a community uniting behind a common cause. No matter how big or how small, any contribution is greatly appreciated as we stand together in helping those in need.

“The aluminium coffee capsules are a very useful material, being soft and malleable they can be used in many ways. Before I can use them, my team cleans the coffee grinds out and flattens them to make small sheets of metal.” Dambuleni and his workers use the coffee grounds as fertiliser to grow vegetables, further extending the chain of the circular economy. Selby said The Table Bay was at the forefront of green consciousness and that the hotel took sustainable awareness very seriously, recycling plastic, cardboard, aluminium and glass. “We seek to make every day recycling day and aim to set an example of good practice for travellers and businesses that are looking to take steps to reduce their impact on the environment. We partnered with Nespresso on this project as their aluminium capsules used at The Table Bay are infinitely recyclable and we are excited to give Oscar the Nespresso seal pride of place.”





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 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.

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You hold personal information about customers, leads, employees, suppliers and so forth. The POPIA law is about keeping that information private. POPIA defines personal information as follows: “Information relating to an identifiable, living, natural person, or an identifiable, existing juristic person.(A juristic person is an entity created by law, like a company). The Information Regulator: Juristic person to be known as the Information Regulator. The Information Regulator has jurisdiction throughout the Republic of South Africa. The Information Regulator is Independent and is subject only to the Constitution and to the law, must be impartial and perform its functions and exercise its powers without fear, favour, or prejudice. The Information Regulator must exercise its powers and perform its functions in accordance with Section 39 of the Protection of Personal Information Act 4 of 2013 and the Promotion of Access to the Information Act and is Accountable to the National Assembly. The Information Officer: A person appointed to implement the protection of the privacy of Personal Information is the Responsible Party on behalf of the Company and needs to comply with the POPI Act (Section 1 of the Protection of Personal Information Act 4 of 2013).

DATE BREACH PREVENTION BY SECURING THE INFORMATION YOU PROCESS Most of the work you do is from your laptop, smartphone, tablet or even remotely. This makes life easier right? In terms of POPIA if your devices are not documented, encrypted and your employees do not follow the correct policies it can land you into hot water with the Information Regulator, should any data breaches occur. Here is some information as to how you can better secure your devices. Password Management - Vegetables of the internet. We know they’re good for us, but most of us are happier snacking on the password equivalent of junk food - “123456” and “password”. These are the two most commonly used passwords. A password manager is essentially an encrypted digital vault that stores secure password logins. Your password manager is accessed by creating a unique master password that only you know and have access to. Your master password unlocks your digital vault of secure passwords. Device Encryption - All your data gets stored on some media or platform. It is your responsibility to ensure data is safeguarded. Unencrypted - Not converted into a code that would prevent unauthorized access. In the wrong hands your data is compromised, which is data breach in terms of the POPIA. You must report such a breach to the Information Regulator. You must notify every data subject whose data was on that device/platform that you may have exposed their personal information. Encrypted - Into a code, especially to prevent unauthorized access. If such an encrypted device is lost or stolen, then nobody can see what’s on the device. Having devices encrypted will ensure that your data will not be compromised, when lost or stolen. A Virtual Private Network (VPN) - The easiest and most effective way for people to protect their internet traffic and keep their identities private online. As you connect to a secure VPN server, your internet traffic goes through an encrypted tunnel that nobody can see into, this includes hackers, governments, and your internet service provider. Antivirus - Devices connected to the internet are under constant attack. There are many antivirus software that can protect your systems against a variety of threats, including malicious software, such as, viruses worms, trojans, spyware, adware, rootkits, bots, keyloggers, mobile malware and ransomware.



In order to comply with the POPIA, you need to ensure the right information is documented. Company, Employee, and Data Subjects policies need to be created to process information. An example of a data subject is your accountant or an IT firm that processes your personal information on a regular basis. It is essential that data subjects comply with POPIA and sign company policies that state that the personal information you have granted them access to, is safeguarded.

Each company will need to Register an Information Officer with the Information Regulator. In most cases the Director of the company will be the responsible Information Officer.

On 22 June 2021 the Information Regulator issued a statement requesting that companies focus on data protection first. The Information Regulators online registration portal for Information Officers is not yet fully functional. It is best to get policies in place for the company, employees and data subjects to ensure that no data breaches occur.

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7 reasons to get permanent residency in Cyprus Nothing is more expensive than a missed opportunity! Securing permanent residency in another country is very desirable as it allows the bearer of that residency permit the legal right to live indefinitely in that country, despite not being a citizen. A residency permit is a sought-after Plan B because it is effectively an insurance policy to be able to relocate to that country at any time without a visa required; and without having to go through the normal onerous immigration processes and procedures. There are a number of countries in Europe offering permanent residency through property acquisition, but investors are cautioned to investigate each programme to ensure they are aware of what the limitations are. Certain countries limit your investment to SDA’s (Special Designated Areas), others require that you are domiciled there for tax, some countries have a language requirement and others may insist that you live there for a number of days a year for your residency to remain valid. Cyprus, an English-speaking ex-British colony and full EU currently has THE BEST permanent residency programme available in Europe. The programme is an investment in real estate; and with Cyprus’ positive property growth, demand for long and short-term tenants, this offers a very attractive investment for the short, medium and long term. Here are the 7 reasons why South Africans want Cypriot permanent residency : 1. Permanent residency for the whole family is secured in 2 months. 2. It’s the only programme in Europe where 3 generations on the same family line ALL secure permanent residency on the same application, including both the parents and the parents-in-law. 3. All dependent children up to age 25 also automatically qualify. 4. The permanent residency permits are FOR LIFE for everyone and they automatically renew. 5. You can rent the property out for short-term holiday market or the long term lets, thereby earning an attractive Euro-based income.

Protect yourself, your family and your assets from unpredicted events by taking advantage of the opportunity to secure permanent residency in Cyprus. Think of getting permanent residency as guaranteeing your family’s future. An astute offshore property investment that works for you in the short, medium and long term is the achievement of a lifetime. In Cyprus investing in the Fast Track permanent residency programme not only makes financial sense, but it will tangibly benefit your immediate family. Can you afford not to take advantage of this while the programme is still open?


6. You only need to visit Cyprus 1 day every 2nd year for the residency permits to remain valid. 7. There is no inheritance tax so on your death you can dispose of your assets to your loved ones without having to pay the Cypriot government any death duty. This is very advantageous for legacy planning.

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

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A Father’s Words On Autism

“Because you are not a disorder, my son, not a blue puzzle piece on a clinical spectrum. But neither are you normal. You’re a piece of God’s own daydreams, a reflection of aching joy. No, you’re not normal. You are… beloved.” - Jason Hague (A Reflection of Aching Joy)


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“I believe it is time for more fathers of children with special needs to make their voices heard. Fathers of children with challenges need support, they need someone to take their hand through the process of mourning and acceptance. Believe me, it is a tough journey and us men need all the help we can get. My wife and I adopted our son, Migael, in 2008. He was only 19 months old. Little did we know how our lives would be affected by this little whirlwind. We were in our late thirties and completely overwhelmed by receiving our miracle son. We had no idea what was considered ‘normal’ until a friend suggested that we consult an occupational therapist regarding his behaviour. There our journey started and eventually nearly 3 years later, after having tests done in France, we received a diagnosis of PKU. By that time Migael was also presenting symptoms of autism. After 13 years of being on this journey with our son I still have moments when I cry out to God ‘WHY?’ “Help my son…help us!” In those dark moments I listen to Jason Hague’s poem, A Reflection of Aching Joy which he wrote for his autistic son, Jack. Jason Hague’s words resonate deeply with me. But those moments are only a fragment measured against the love and joy we experience while raising Migael. The grief of letting go of ‘my dreams for him’ has long since been replaced with acute awareness of the small miracles that happen every day. Letting go of those dreams does not mean losing hope. Migael has grown up to be such a loving, friendly and not-too-difficult teenager. He is non-verbal and communicates through his tablet and with sign language. Despite all his challenges he excels at sewing, cooking and horse riding! I learnt to cherish the time I spend with my son. It did not come over night as we faced heartbreak while trying to help Migael. Once I realised that grace is found in moments my son enjoys fully and I get to witness it, my eyes opened to his world. I operate two truck washing businesses in George. Migael’s greatest joy is visiting the sites over weekends and to eat lunch at Geronimo Spur afterwards. He even places his own order (chips and water with loads of lemon). He is so proud of the items he creates during sewing lessons and knitting. At home he loves helping his mom in the kitchen and tidying up. He even unpacks the dishwasher better than his dad. Probably the most important thing is to never let go of your wife’s hand. You have to work as a team. In our house it means being hands-on in shifts while your partner takes a break. We started Legacy Centre, a one-on-one tutoring centre for children with learning/ social challenges 5 years ago. During this time we have experienced overwhelming acceptance by the Garden Route community. Our teachers focus on the life skills and tutoring and supporting the families of the 16 children attending Legacy Centre is of extreme importance to us. As his parents we have to work on a secure future for Migael and young people like him. We have to know that when we are not here anymore, that Migael will be looked after in a safe place. Our long-term goal is to develop a centre for young adults where they can reside and thrive in a familial environment,” says Johan van Deventer.

Growing up in rural Namibia, Aune Angobe had never used a computer before she enrolled at university. And prior to her master’s studies at the University of Cape Town (UCT), she had never travelled south of Windhoek. But nurtured by the “tender care” of her grandparents over many years, Aune said that she’s learnt the value of education – and opportunity. Aune graduated with an MSc Molecular and Cell Biology degree cum laude on 19 July, achieving over 95% for her course. Aune was born in Ongongo village in the Omusati region and raised by her late grandparents. “I was privileged to have grandparents who had always known the value of education. I attended primary and secondary school in the northern part of the country.” “Throughout my schooling journey I’d always enjoyed science subjects, and I have no doubt that I was a scientist from birth! Despite my poor family background, I studied hard and matriculated with good grades. In 2013, I was granted admission to the University of Namibia for an honours degree programme in science (microbiology), which was funded by a government loan,” she said. After completing her undergraduate studies in 2017, Aune was employed and never had any intention of furthering her studies. However, things changed mid 2018. “I started developing a strong feeling about furthering my studies and looked for opportunities at several universities, both in Namibia and in South Africa. Excitingly, I got news of admission to UCT from Associate Professor Inga Hitzeroth, a potential project supervisor for my MSc in Molecular and Cell Biology,” she said. One of Aune’s major hurdles was funding. “I remember clearly that when I arrived in Cape Town, I did not have funds to cater for my accommodation and living expenses. I had only R500. I was accommodated by a friend where I stayed for about two weeks. During this period, my supervisor, my friend and I were constantly worried about how I was going to survive.” “We then decided to approach Student Housing. I went there and cried my lungs out. I clearly remember the officer asking me how I’d left Namibia without knowing where I was going to stay. My response was: “I don’t know, but I just want to study. They eventually granted me accommodation. Soon after that, my supervisor introduced me to Aunt Vivien of the Cohen Scholarship Trust, who went out of her way to make sure that my stay in Cape Town was fully funded,” she said. In addition to funding, being in a foreign country was never an easy transition. “I always felt like an outsider and struggled to overcome the language barrier. Being far from my support system, especially my family and friends, I really felt the gap,” she said. Aune shared: “My advice to others going through the same experience is that persistence is key; and where there’s a will, there’s always a way. So don’t give up. Always believe in yourself and keep pushing, no matter the circumstances.”

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stories that are life changing

CYCLING THROUGH GARDEN ROUTE’S 14 PASSES Picture this: 20 people of all fitness levels, some of whom had not been on a bicycle since school, took on what could be considered their most ambitious challenge yet – three months of training culminating in touring through 14 passes, over 400 kilometres of some of the toughest terrain, in just nine days. Lockdown has been a long, difficult road for many. It has forced us to think about what makes life worth living, encouraged us to reconnect with friends and family and pushed us to rediscover the great outdoors. But how do you combine all these things? Gerhard and Sandra de Clercq came up with the idea of doing a bicycle tour with friends through the Garden Route. It would be a different sort of adventure – ten married couples of all shapes and sizes, all in their fifties, many of them not having used a bicycle since their school days, and in no way interested in roughing it. The aim? To mix physical exercise with luxury and lots of fun. If anything, it would be interesting!

The Garden Route was chosen due to its beautifully maintained mountain bike trails, making it an ideal place to explore with friends.

The tour was based on the majestic mountain passes found all over this area, many of them built by Thomas Bain. A circular route was picked – George to Oudtshoorn via the Montagu Pass, Oudtshoorn to Prince Albert via the Swartberg Pass, Prince Albert to De Rust and De Rust to Uniondale via Meiringspoort, Uniondale to Knysna via the Prince Albert Pass and Knysna back to George via the Seven Passes Road. In total, 14 passes would be crossed. “The Southern Cape is one of the most beautiful parts of our country. It is safe and mostly unspoilt, with the most exciting cycling opportunities one can wish for. All these roads are accessible by car, just in case you need some extra help!” said Gerhard on their decision to travel through the Garden Route. To ensure that everyone in the group could participate in the tour, they made use of e-bikes. For three months, the friends ate, drank and slept mountain biking, training whenever they could. Finally, on 27 March 2021, the tour began. Some days were incredibly hard, with a lot of ascending, and the weather wasn’t always at its finest. The trip was an emotional one too – many had to dig deep and push themselves harder than ever before. The team finished their loop on 4 April 2021, just nine days after setting off. “Finishing something that seemed impossible at the time is an amazing feeling. We all achieved what we set out to do and we challenge anybody out there to get up and go, start riding… there’s a whole new world out there!” says Gerhard.

FEDHEALTH MTB CHALLENGE WELCOMES CHARITY PROJECT Event Organisers, Stillwater Sports are excited to welcome The Kindness Collaboration Project as the official charity of the 6th annual Fedhealth MTB Challenge that will take place at the Blaauwklippen Wine Estate (Stellenbosch) on Saturday, 11 and Sunday 12 September 2021. “We are proud to welcome The Kindness Collaboration Project as the official charity of the 2021 Fedhealth MTB Challenge. Founded by Fedhealth and Operation Healing Hands, The Kindness Collaboration Project offers its support to families that don’t have access to or can’t afford quality medical care. The Project is a wonderful initiative that raises funds to cover the cost of preventative and life-saving screenings and/or surgeries. The mountain biking community can show their support by making a donation while entering online for the 2021 Fedhealth MTB Challenge. No donation is too small and entrants that donate R400 or more will receive a rider jersey compliments of Operation Healing Hands and Fedhealth,” says Michael Meyer, Managing Director of Stillwater Sports and Founder of the event. Says Jeremy Yatt, Fedhealth Principal Officer: “After the extremely difficult 2020 experienced by us all, Fedhealth felt the need to put our name and backing behind a project that could achieve some good in 2021. So, we have partnered with Operation Healing Hands (OHH) to launch The Kindness Collaboration. This project will see us,

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working closely with OHH, our members and partners, raise the funds to change the lives of South Africans who cannot otherwise afford quality medical care.”

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