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Photo: Couple enjoying the outdoors at Spier Farm, Stellenbosch

South Africa’s favourite city of oaks, Stellenbosch, is pulling out the stops for gardeners and lovers of the great outdoors in a new, week-long festival that will transform its streets and surrounding countryside from 30 September - 10 October. Major drawcards include a first-ever Stellenbosch winelands experience featuring SA Michelin star chef Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen. The inaugural Garden Week Stellenbosch – inspired by the world-famous flower festival of Girona, Spain - will encompass everything from horticultural tours to landscape art; dining to hiking; and, guest specialists to music in majestic settings. In addition to a host of highlights for fans of flora and Mother Nature in general will be a flower parade, which officially launches Garden Week Stellenbosch on 30 September.

The event is an initiative of Visit Stellenbosch, a destination marketing organisation comprising the region’s tourism stakeholders with the objective of growing the tourism and experience economy in Stellenbosch for the benefit of all communities.


Garden Week takes place in the run-up to National Garden Day on 17 October. The Garden Week’s educational initiative, organised in partnership with Rama and New Life Microgreens will provide children with “Microshooters” - microgreen grow kits-in-a-tub. The project is an extension of Rama’s work with the Department of Education, undertaken since 2017 to help teach school-going children about the value of good nutrition via the Rama Good Breakfast programme. Garden Week will also feature several installations to be carried out by landscapers and local botanical artists. Continue Reading Page 3

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Jan Braai Adds Spirit To National Braai Day Because braaing is thirsty work, Jan Braai has partnered with Sugarbird to create a “Sugarbird and Friends” craft spirits showcase, counting down to the celebration of National Braai Day. Celebrating the South African culinary tradition of uniting around fires and holding braais on Heritage Day, this countdown calendar aims to build excitement throughout the month of September by offering heritage spirits from some of South Africa’s best craft brands for enjoyment every day of “braai month”. From aged potstill heritage brandies, to fynbos and London Dry gins, a range of rums, Karoo agave, sipping vodka, a unique African whisky, and even a piquant chilli sauce and limited edition brandy from Jan Braai himself, you get to sample and enjoy a different brand and spirit every day, culminating in National Braai Day on 24 September.

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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.

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The 24x40ml pack boasts Sugarbird’s products – its fynbos gins which won Sugarbird the 2021 Best Gin in SA award from US-based Luxury Lifestyle Awards, its 14-year-old potstill brandy, plus its long-awaited rum, launched in this pack. Sample the fresh cucumber notes of Pienaar and Son Empire gin, multi-award winning Die Warm Rasta Rum from De Vry, Hope’s Rhum Agricole made from squeezed sugarcane. Kindred Spirits launches their Howler Dark Spiced Rum and their “Lean on Me” Cape Dry Gin, to celebrate the better times ahead. There are three “surprise” slots for gins and three for brandy where you will be delighted with names like Inverroche, Monks, Ginologist, Wilderer, Mirari, and heritage potstill brandies like Sydney Back’s 15-year-old, Oude Molen’s 14-year-old XO - and even a Groot Constantia single barrel VSOP usually only available at the cellar door. Tasting notes and perfect serves are included on the inside of the numbered “door” (numbered for the date in September from 1 - 24), which opens to reveal your spirit mini. Follow live on Instagram each day from September 1 - September 24, when @JanBraai himself will talk you through the nuances of the liquid of that “countdown” day and suggest pairings around the braai.


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.

“This year, National Braai Day falls on a Friday, which means we actually have three days over that weekend on which to light a fire and make dishes from fish to steak and chicken, definitely a potjie and maybe even some vegetables over the coals,” said Jan Braai. “Everything tastes better on the braai and now, thanks to our spirits countdown calendar, you might well discover a new favourite drink, ready to share with friends and family.”


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Garden Week Showcases Nature Through Talks, Tours, Art, Wine & Food (Continue from page 1) site and usually inaccessible spaces. Guided walks give visitors the chance to enjoy the gardens in the company of guides while the more energetic might wish to undertake fynbos wilderness hikes on offer. Talks and workshops - A renowned centre of excellence, the Stellenbosch Botanical Gardens has compiled a special programme of daily walks and talks to be presented by acclaimed specialists. Workshops are also to be presented at the Rupert Museum; Blaauwklippen Wine Farm off the R44; Jordan Wines; Spier Estate and Babylonstoren. Topics include flower arranging, dye art, photography, growing-your-own and learning about bees. For budding artists, the Stellenbosch Arts Association will present a botanical drawing workshop.

Photo: Babylonstoren Succulent House, Simondium

Open gardens and nature walks - Some of the region’s most splendid public gardens will be open to visitors, including the historic Old Nectar estate in the Jonkershoek Valley; the Dylan Lewis Sculpture Garden in Paradyskloof; Spier Wine Farm, whose workshops include one for children; and, Delaire Graff Estate. The owners of some 20 private gardens will participate too, giving visitors a rare glimpse of exqui-

Food and wine - Stellenbosch is the heartland of South African wine and home to leading chefs and restaurateurs too. This reputation will be showcased in festival-inspired dishes to feature on menus as well as a series of garden-and-wine dining events. Among them is an exquisite Finding Eden experience with South African Michelin star chef Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen. Another festival highlight is a seven-course Botanical Banquet prepared by JAN Innovation Studio in Cape Town.

Grant Cardone To 10X Business & Financial Education With The Launch Of Global Entrepreneurial Hub In The Western Cape Entrepreneur, best-selling author, star of Discovery Channel’s Undercover Billionaire and founder of the 10X Movement, Grant Cardone, is on a mission to help close the socioeconomic gap in underserved communities around the world with the implementation of business and financial educational programs through his non-profit, The Grant Cardone Foundation. The Grant Cardone Foundation launched their very first global program called the 10X Hub, a mobile classroom and lab created to teach financial literacy and entrepreneurship to youth and young adults. It’s an entrepreneurial development center, a collaborative space, and a 10X mentorship hub. This is a place to give everyone, no matter their economic circumstance, the opportunity to create success and to 10X their life. The 10X Hub is a traveling program that launched in the Western Cape, which has the largest concentration of fatherless adolescents in the world at 62% and one of the highest unemployment rates globally. Having lost his father at a young age, Grant saw that underlying many of society’s most pressing challenges is a lack of father involvement in their children’s lives. Fatherlessness has a direct effect on economic welfare, production, the erosion of human capital, social exclusion, crime, and social instability. Grant Cardone wants to help those who may need life and career guidance just as he once did. The 10X Hub will be providing financial literacy, entrepreneurship, and mentorship programs to help level the playing field and fight poverty at its core and to create a lasting LEGACY for generations to come in these communities: Leading, Entrepreneurial, Growth, and Commitment to Youth education. “Our mission in delivering this program is to give kids and young adults, from underserved and at-risk communities around the world, the opportunity to create the life they want, not the life the system makes them think they have to settle for,” – Grant Cardone. This program will be delivered in multiple stages and facilitated in partnership with Labit, a consulting business incubator in South Africa who work to equip community-based entrepreneurs that share the vision of creating sustainable businesses and job opportunities. The 10X Hub is located in Paarl and operating within the townships of Mbekweni and Paarl East. The next micro 10X Academy will be held in Paarl from the 6-10 September. The goal of the 10X Hub program in its first 18 months will be to have 2 sustainable businesses created, 1,000 entrepreneurs trained, 100 jobs created, and 300,000 individuals signed up with access to the Cardone University educational materials. The content in Cardone University provides invaluable knowledge on how to grow and succeed in business, a resource that would not be traditionally accessible in these communities. After the opening of the The 10X Hub in South Africa it will then travel to different African townships. Simultaneously, The Grant Cardone Foundation will be developing a similar 10X Hub in the United States in 2022. The Grant Cardone Foundation’s mission is to impact one million lives in 2021, by providing life, career, and financial guidance to at-risk kids in our underserved communities around the world.


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AAC Clyde Space Starts AAC Space Africa AAC Clyde Space, a leading New space company, today announced it has founded AAC Space Africa to capitalize on the rapidly growing market for satellites and space services in Africa. AAC Space Africa will design, build, and deliver space missions to the continent from its Cape Town base in South Africa’s Western Cape Province. The new subsidiary will also be the group’s centre of competence for advanced radio communication. The new company will be managed by Dr Robert Van Zyl as Managing Director and Francois Visser as Technical Director. They bring more than 40 years of small satellite experience to the company, having pioneered the African CubeSat industry through several missions, including the first CubeSat launched by the continent.

Their expertise spans all facets of New space technologies, with a special focus on communications. The team will initially focus on radio communication systems as well as sales and marketing. The team is expected to grow quickly in the coming year to meet demand from the African space economy, which is set to grow to $10 billion by 2024 (NewSpace Africa Industry Report 2019). “The need for space services in Africa is growing rapidly as Government, companies and communities seek efficient ways to support development and build out crucial infrastructure. We see great potential for small satellites to provide timely, accurate and targeted data for sectors such as weather forecasting, ocean monitoring, agricultural planning, and land management. The ability to provide data from space and monitor key issues across the continent will help Africa develop at a far more rapid pace over the next decade. Adding local presence and expert knowledge to our existing commercial offering will put AAC in an excellent position to address these growing needs.” “We look forward to taking an active role in the South African space community and the wider market”, says CEO Luis Gomes. AAC selected South Africa as the base for its new subsidiary AAC Space Africa, as the country has an established space industry as well as a strong position in communication systems, with highly skilled engineers and data scientists. AAC Space Africa will also be the centre of competence for advanced radio communication systems for the entire AAC group, becoming the worldwide supplier of advanced radio systems for AAC’s space missions. AAC Clyde Space has previously been active in the African market through its European companies’ hubs, most recently by supporting Mauritius in its efforts to become a space nation and to track ocean currents with earth observation technologies.

Re-Opening Of Deer Park Section Of Table Mountain National Park South African National Parks (SANParks) is pleased to announce the re-opening of Deer Park in the Northern Section of Table Mountain National Park following its closure in April due to the devastating fire that destroyed more than 650 hectares of land. The rehabilitation work has been successfully completed and the contractor was appointed to fell and remove dangerous trees. Frans van Rooyen, TMNP Park Manager says, “To date 118 dead and dangerous trees were felled and they produced a total of 472 (3m) logs, ranging from 19cm -96cm and the total volume of wood = 200.6 m3 was removed. This process has allowed us to invite members of the public to collect wood and this has helped us with the restoration process. To reduce fuel load the wood permit was issued and other wood was delivered to Redhill and Imizamo Yethu settlement areas.”


The fuel reduction, wood collection and road maintenance will still continue for the next two months. This will be done while the area is open to the public and we kindly request visitors to exercise caution during this time. The Rhodes memorial/Estate and Game Camp will still remain closed until further notice and the contractor has started with the tree felling process. “Teams have been hard at work implementing rehabilitation plans to allow for the re-opening of the two areas that are still closed off to the public and we kindly request users and visitors to these areas to continue exercising patience and allow the restoration work to continue without any obstructions. SANParks wishes to thank the members of the public for the ongoing support and will continue to provide update as the information becomes available and we would like to thank you for your patience and cooperation during this time,” concludes van Rooyen.

Welcome back to Cape Town, Emirates Airlines! On 11 August the airline’s first flight in several months flew in from Dubai. While international passenger volumes at Cape Town International Airport (CTIA) are at about 9 000 passengers per day, down from 15 000 prior to the third wave, Cape Town International Airport has seen a steady increase since the country returned to an adjusted Alert Level 3 lockdown. With more international airlines such as Emirates coming back on board, we are sure to see that number increase significantly. “These renewed flights signal our important connection with Dubai and will be a further boost in stimulating travel and trade between our regions. Our two great cities have forged a strong relationship, one which was made official in 2019, when I was fortunate enough to be present in Dubai for the signing of a sister-city agreement.

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These flights are also yet another indication that Cape Town is opening up to existing source markets. And with the Air Access team, who receive funding from the City, working hard to bring more airlines here, I’m confident that we will soon be welcoming flights from new regions too. So let’s make sure we all play our part in helping our Mothercity to open safely and fully to all visitors from near and far in the coming months,” says Alderman James Vos.




These Bummels Are Made For Walking! “These Bummels are made for walking,” says a happy customer in Cape Town. As your feet are made for walking, so is Bummel – encapsulating all that Bummel shoes is about – made from 100% pure breathable leather, very comfortable, only the best in quality, and based on the craftsmanship of German precision. The name of his business originates from the German word “bummeln,” meaning to take a leisurely stroll. “We strive for utter comfort when someone wears our shoes,” says Michael Stumpfe, founder and owner of Bummel Shoes. It all started when Michael’s father, Rolf, of German descent, set up his own business in 1990 and became the founder of Der Lederhändler, a manufacturer of leather products in George. It is in this environment of creative craftsmanship that Michael grew up. “I have a passion to make beautiful quality leather shoes, and the German in me is passionate about quality.” In his own words Michael reveals: “At Bummel we make the most comfortable handcrafted leather shoes. It is all leather - leather uppers, leather insoles, and leather linings that is made of local leather to last, providing the best in quality and stitching.

Photo: Rolf Stumpfe with his Grandchildren

You will not find any synthetic materials touching your feet in a pair of Bummel shoes.

With a father, designing and making shoes for the past 40 years, Michael stepped in to learn the trade, while working with his father. In the back of his mind, he had a dream to become the owner of his own Shoe Boutique one day. It is the German character in Michael that made him passionate about quality. Who better than his father could have advised him to engage in an apprenticeship in Germany where he was taught how to operate every machine in the field of manufacturing leather shoes? After his apprenticeship he studied shoe design. The completion of his internship took him to Kennel and Schmenger in Germany. Thereafter he joined Watson Shoes in South Africa, where he specialized in designing and making men’s, woman’s and children’s shoes.

In 2018 Michael left Watson Shoes and set up his own business, Bummel Shoes in George in the manufacturing of hand-made high-quality attention-to-detail leather shoes. The quality of these hand-crafted Bummel Shoes can only be illustrated against the experience he attained in this field. “I design shoes, yet, I also have the skills to machine, and make the shoes I design,” Michael says. However, when disaster strikes one is left with the question? “Why me?” But a disastrous fire does not always impact one’s business forever. “There is nothing I can do without God – even the disastrous fire we recently experienced, destroying stock and leather, was a blessing in disguise. The fire stopped production which provided us time to upgrade their factory, something we never before had the time to do,” Michael continues.

The Product If you are unable to visit the Bummel Shoe store in George, you can view Michael’s accomplishments on the Bummel website. The magic of his designs brings out the stylishness of a manufactured classic – very comfortable yet, trendy shoes. There is something for everyone - from the traditional men’s brown leather shoes to a bright red, yellow, and even a Nguni-skin shoe and for the ladies, the ever-loving Zuri and Zuri Strap ranges and sandals. Recently Michael also opened a Bummel Shoe store in the Rosebank Mall in Johannesburg. Visiting their factory in George gives you a pretty good idee of their professionalism. Through their manufacturing skills in producing such comfortable shoes, Michael’s real artisan craftmanship plays up to serve feet with many years of comfortable “bummeln”.

Photo: Michael Stumpfe founder and owner of Bummel Shoes

Join the many happy clients in a leisurely stroll at Bummel, and in Bummel Shoes. Opening hours: Monday to Thursday from 8 am until 5 pm and Friday from 8 am until 1 pm. For more information contact Michael on 082 511 9647 email, or visit 46 York Street, Cnr York and Laing St, George Central, Western Cape



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In July, Discovery Bank and Vitality launched its new Discovery Miles Đ-Day campaign. Hylton Kallner, CEO of Discovery Bank, explains that Discovery has created a new mid-month spend occasion that adds even greater value to the spending power that Discovery Miles already offer to all Vitality Money, Health and Drive clients as part of the group’s shared-value rewards. The first Discovery Miles Đ-Day took place on 15 July 2021 and Kallner shared some of the initial client insights and experiences around this now monthly offering. Clients spent almost double the number of Discovery Miles on the first Discovery Miles Đ-Day compared to Black Friday 2020, which was the previous record spend day. The Discovery Miles Đ-Day activity was approximately 8X a normal day. On Discovery Miles Đ-Day, 78% of purchases were made online while in-store purchases also increased, showing the convenience of using Discovery Miles.

Express your gratitude towards everyone who has made this year a little more bearable for you. Surprise your loved ones with a gift of pampering and peace after an arguably chaotic and challenging 2021 by selecting your preferable customized gifts from our range of gifting options - For Her, For Him, and For the Home. This year, don’t spend precious time and energy running all over town to find gifts! As you ponder your personlized gifts, broaden your scope and think outside the box. Corporate gifting is the practice of creating interaction with employees, clients, or prospects through the use of a gift – whether giving a physical item, an edible treat, or a personalized item. Gifts are meant to affirm business relationships and enhance personal connections between clients, customers, and employees. According to Promotional Products Association International, gift-giving is proven to increase business activity hence, increasing the return on investment. Corporate gifts for clients go a long way in helping to boost relationship with vendors, clients, and suppliers. Corporate gifting is important because it is an opportunity to display to your clients that you know them on a personal level and that their business ultimately matters to you. A successful corporate gift is one that makes a meaningful impact on that individual. It isn’t always about the price as much as the thoughtfulness that goes into your gift.

Online partners where clients spent their Discovery Miles included OneDayOnly, Takealot, Yuppiechef, Incredible Connection,, Dischem, iStore and Sportsmans Warehouse. All Vitality retail partners had an average 57% lift in purchases on Discovery Miles Đ-Day and those who actively marketed the additional value of Discovery Miles had a 141% lift compared with Discovery Miles purchases on Black Friday in 2020. “Vitality is at the heart of Discovery’s shared-value model and encourages positive behaviour change. From the engagement in our very first Discovery Miles Đ-Day, it is clear that our clients fully embrace the value of Discovery Miles as a rewards currency. Through this rich rewards currency, that is more valuable than cash, our clients benefit from double the Discovery Miles discount of up to 40% on the 15th of every month,” says Dinesh Govender, CEO of Vitality. “Not only that, but our world-class Vitality partner network, which now includes Makro, also benefits from an overall rise in spend. For example, along with spending their Discovery Miles on the day, our clients supplemented their Discovery Miles with cash, which made up 50% of their payments. This further indicates the far-reaching positive value of our rewards for clients and for our partners,” added Govender. Discovery Miles is a rewards currency that Vitality clients earn for positive behaviour change, accepted as payment online and in store at selected retail partners. With Discovery Bank, this currency offers more value than cash because it comes with an additional value of 5% to 20% off all purchases with Miles, depending on the products that a client has with Discovery. This additional value is doubled on Discovery Miles Đ-Day, the 15th of every month. “We are extremely excited by the reach of Discovery Miles Đ-Day and how it really shows what shared-value banking is all about. Our first Discovery Miles Đ-Day was a tremendous success from the data and feedback we received. With Discovery Miles Đ-Day now a regular monthly feature offering clients up to 40% more value on every 15th day of each month, we are thrilled to enhance the lives of all our clients through even better tangible rewards for adopting behaviours that improve health, driving and financial wellbeing,” concludes Kallner. For more information visit

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PRINS & PRINS - GEM OF A COMPANY, SINCE 1982 The doom and gloom of the past year did not prevent Prins & Prins Diamonds from providing a sparkling service and beautiful diamonds to engagement couples and lovers of fine jewellery. This family business owns the historic Huguenot House (ca1752) in the heart of the Mother City, from where a complete diamond, gemstone and jewellery service is offered. When you visit Prins and Prins, experts will explain how to judge a diamond’s quality, price, and integrity while jewellery designers create unique items for each client. Consulting rooms are private, and you can browse through large showrooms without obligation. Their in-house goldsmiths have been finalists and winners at the Platafrica Jewellery Competition since 1995, true specialists in the craft of handmade jewellery. If you need a repair or alteration, you can trust them with your precious jewellery. Their gemmologists can identify, grade, and value gems and jewellery and determine if a diamond is natural or made by man. They also purchase unwanted gold and diamonds. In the cellar of Huguenot House, you will find the Museum of Gems & Jewellery. Thirty-two showcases explain the origin of diamonds, gold and platinum, how jewellery styles developed since pre-history, the cultural significance of Mapungubwe, Blombos Cave, the meaning of African bead jewellery, and much more. You can even see how diamonds are cut and polished. Indeed, a worthwhile visit at no charge. The Prins and Prins diamond experience is unique to Cape Town, if not the world.

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The world of work has changed irrevocably over the past year and a half, and so have the skills employers are now looking for when scouring the CVs of prospective candidates. It is therefore crucial for those looking to land their first job post-graduation, people who are looking to re-enter the job market, and those wanting to move on to a new challenge, to update their CVs to reflect how they are able to bring newly desirable skills to a position.

Three community-run businesses in the Overberg’s Stanford Valley are now working together to help save South Africa’s unique Capensis honeybee and uplift their farm workers.

“The logistics of the workplace during Covid has cast a spotlight on a number of skills which previously were nice-to-have, but now have become very important to keep the ship moving despite disruption and upheaval,” says Peter Kriel, General Manager at The Independent Institute of Education, SA’s largest and most accredited private higher education provider. Kriel says some of the skills that employers will be looking for in future, include a candidate’s ability to be resilient and work under pressure, to work independently, and to be comfortable in the online environment in terms of submitting work, responding to feedback, and participating effectively in meetings.

Lomond Wine Estate, Stonehouse Cheese Estate, and honeybee conservancy Honeybee Heroes - all located within a few kilometres of the small Overberg village of Stanford - have recently forged a new partnership in an effort to produce new homes for thousands of honeybees, while providing additional income to their employees and educating local consumers on the importance of ethically-sourced food products. Honeybees are an essential part of food production worldwide, pollinating most of the world’s fruits, vegetables, nuts and more. But due to farming and beekeeping malpractice, habitat loss, and climate change, honeybees are at risk globally. South Africa’s honeybee species, Apis mellifera capensis, or “Capensis”, is a particularly vulnerable species. Honeybee Heroes will be placing micro-apiaries of 20 honeybee hives each on both estates, to be run by estate staff.

“The trick is to look back over the past year, and find examples from your work or study life to demonstrate how your experiences and actions match the above skills. Great managers have also learnt and grown over the past year, and don’t expect emotionless super-humans who didn’t miss a step during the pandemic. However if you dig deep, you will find instances where you rose to the challenge, and perhaps moved beyond what you thought you were capable of. In addition to job-relevant technical qualifications from a respected institution, you can really set yourself apart in the job market now by highlighting those skills which will provide a measure of confidence in the hiring manager, that you will be able to keep going even while challenging external circumstances remain or re-appear down the line.” Kriel says students looking to land their first position after graduation, can use examples from how they successfully managed their educational journey during lockdown, if they were able to do so. Additionally, they can reflect on work done under these challenging circumstances, and especially if they are able to demonstrate success achieved in work-integrated learning assignments. For people already working who want to make a change or apply for a promotion, they can try to find concrete examples from how they managed during lockdowns. “A very important consideration now is also to look toward the future, to identify any skills shortages you might have given the new environment, or which additional skills will make you more attractive in a tough job-market,” says Kriel. “In the past, specialist skills were paramount, but now, regardless of your field, everyone has to be a generalist as well. That means you have to demonstrate that you are able to not only use the tools of your trade, but that you can apply them strategically, by using complementary skills. Your strength as a candidate no longer comes just from your main field of focus, but from the unique combination of skills you bring to the table.”

These staff members will be equipped by Honeybee Heroes’ expert beekeepers with the necessary gear and training to care for the hives and safely extract honey from healthy colonies. The hives will be frequently assessed and appropriately certified by Honeybee Heroes as being ethically and sustainably harvested. Both estates intend to allow visitors to view the hives in order to learn more about sustainable beekeeping, and will sell honey from the hives in their shops. Interested visitors can sponsor one of these hives for R2 000 and will receive 3kg of Honeybee Heroes raw honey and select Lomond or Stonehouse products. With 150 hectares of vineyards and over 1 000 hectares of indigenous fynbos, Lomond Wine Estate is active in a number of sustainability projects, including a sustainable trout fishery. Three micro-apiaries will be placed on Lomond land, each to be managed by a different Lomond farm worker and their family living on property, who will take a small percentage of the proceeds of the honey sold from the hives to supplement their annual income. A fourth Lomond apiary will be established in nearby Gansbaai on Romansbaai Estate. These hives will be cared for by a longtime Romansbaai staff member who lives on property. Stonehouse Cheese Estate is a family-owned sustainable dairy farm in Stanford and will host two Honeybee Heroes micro-apiaries. Profits from the honey will be going back into the business rather than to a particular staff member. For more information visit







Celebrate Romance Where The Ocean And Vineyards Meet Announced as the Best Luxury Wedding & Wine Destination in Western Cape for 2021, Benguela Cove Wine Estate offers the best panoramic views, a range of beautiful indoor and outdoor venues to host your dream wedding combined with unique experiences to ensure that your day stands out from the rest. “Whether your vision is alongside the tranquil lagoon, with expansive mountain views, within a protected courtyard that beckons to be adorned by fairy lights or even on the water, hosted on our luxury pontoon - we are sure you will find your dream setting with us. Benguela Cove hosts the most sophisticated and modern venues in the Walker Bay area, adaptable to your requirements and of course the changing seasons. Whether you are looking to host a traditional, large-scale celebration of 200 guests or opt for the more intimate elopement option, we have a range of venues to choose from. Offering you world-class service, the team at Benguela Cove is dedicated to ensuring a perfect day for the loving couple. There is ample flexibility in the range of wedding styles and formats available. These can include traditional events and a ‘wedding by design’, to your own personal theme or style. The onsite staff help with all the details for civil ceremonies, receptions and parties for all group sizes. Every client has a personal, complimentary venue coordinator. This is to ensure your wedding will be a wonderful day to remember for all the guests and the happy couple; well-organised and stress-free, with all our help and experience available to you in support. Whether you want a small, intimate event or a great party-themed occasion. With the ongoing pandemic, we have found that there is a greater request for our betrothed couples to look at smaller, more intimate wedding settings, celebrating with only their nearest and dearest. We have ensured that we can suit these requirements, with a dedicated elopement package that can be built on based on your exact requirements for your special day. We have taken the limitations and transformed them into something beautiful, that will remain in memory as the best day of your life. Working closely with Executive Chef Annie Badenhorst, we ensure that every bride and groom is catered for, according to their custom requirements. Not only can guests expect to enjoy some of the finest dining experiences in the world when choosing from our delicately prepared set menu options, but we also guarantee flexibility and outstanding quality when it comes to creating your own menu for the

day. Everything that happens on our estate, is fuelled by the same passion and creativity that our Chef carries through her restaurant on a daily basis.” There is a range of interesting locations and formats at Benguela Cove: Private Tasting Room: Up to 20 persons, Vinotheque Private Dining: Up to 16 persons, Cellar Door Tasting Room: 80 – 100 persons, The Tea Terrace: Up to 40 persons, State of the art cellar: Up to 60 persons, Barrel Room: Up to 100 persons, Moody Lagoon Restaurant: 150 - 170 persons, Benguela Cove Courtyard: Up to 300 persons. At the Benguela Cove venues, although perfectly laid out for privacy and intimacy on the day, can also be used in conjunction with one another to give you a truly unique estate experience. Guests can enjoy a wine tasting on arrival, trips on the Lady Bonnie pontoon as they wait for the bride and groom to arrive, or even enjoy a round of Adventure Golf to add an element of entertainment to the day. For more information email: or visit

Delicious, Fruity & Guilt-Free Women have always led the demand for tasty healthier options when it comes to beverages and whilst some alternatives have successfully come to market, more have vanished before you could blink. But leave it to one of the most admired beverage producers in the world, Sanpellegrino, to give us a sophisticated taste of the Italian way of life that you can enjoy guilt-free. S.Pellegrino Essenza is characterised by vibrant blends of Mediterranean fruit flavours, enhanced by the crafted refined bubbles of sparkling mineral water. The process contains no sweeteners and all flavours are natural. Each can of S.Pellegrino Essenza has zero calories – delicious and refreshing, perfect to quench your thirst, or simply sip along with a divine canape, and without feeling guilty! Three of the five flavours are available in South Africa – and whilst the aromas are all intense, each flavour pairing perfectly harmonises to deliver that delicious burst when it hits your palette. Flavours available are Lemon & Lemon Zest, Tangerine & Wild Strawberry and lastly Dark Morello Cherry & Pomegranate. For more information visit

Hageys Development - Creating Value Through Property Based in Tygervalley, Cape Town, Hagleys Development is a property development company specialising in residential development. With over 40 years of combined experience in project and financial management, coupled with a professional team with a sound track record, the company has mastered the art of creating value through property development from bulk services infrastructure to top structures. From vacant lands to existing buildings, Hagleys Development strategically identify, source, and develop properties with viable room for growth. Also, Hagleys Development engages in carefully selected join venture projects and offers a complete development management expertise to like-minded investors or developers from feasibility and land use approvals to construction. By strategically positioning project, finance, and quality management at the heart of the business, the company is able of consistently deliver not just great properties, but great value for money and lifestyle for buyers, and excellent returns for investors. Hagleys Development strength in property development lies in combining its expertise in complex project and financial management with strategic partnership with top professionals in the industry enabling consistent delivery of top-class broad diversity of projects with unprecedented efficiency. Having successfully created a solid foundation in which property development projects are bound to succeed, Hagleys Development has expanded its development footprint from Cape Town to the Garden Route with projects currently in George and Knysna.

Whether you are a landowner looking for partnership, an investor looking for great return or an entrepreneur seeking to master the property development game, Hagleys Development would like to hear from you. For more information visit





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It’s Official - Blaauwberg

Bridge Worth R130m Officially Opened

Nature Reserve Is Now A Provincial Heritage Site

The R130 million new Ashton Arch Bridge was officially opened at a ribbon-cutting ceremony by Western Cape Premier Alan Winde together with Transport and Public Works MEC Daylin Mitchell. The new tied-arch bridge was launched into its final position in less than 24 hours on Saturday, August 14, a first of this kind of construction in Africa.

The Blaauwberg Nature Reserve is situated off Melkbosstrand Road and the R27 in Blaauwberg and represents one of the most intact and diverse lowland vegetation habitats in Cape Town, marking the beginning of the West Coast flora region. The reserve contains approximately 1 445 hectares of rich biodiversity, and protects three threatened vegetation types, including the endangered Cape Flats Dune Strandveld, on the coastal plain, critically endangered Swartland Shale renosterveld, on the hill, and critically endangered Cape Flats Sand Fynbos, inland from the hill. The Blaauwberg Hill, which forms part of the nature reserve, offers one of the few viewpoints in the world from which two World Heritage Sites - Table Mountain and Robben Island – can be seen. The Blaauwberg Nature Reserve presents a rich cultural and historical heritage of various periods in history. Shell middens dating back to approximately 15 000 years have been observed, indicating early human occupation. In addition, the reserve conserves the site of the Battle of Blaauwberg in 1806, where the British took second occupation of the Cape and retained ownership until South Africa’s independence. Blaauwberg Hill features several buildings constructed during World War II, one of which includes the first radar station built in South Africa.

The Ashton Arch, located in the small town of Ashton is South Africa’s first concrete-tied arch bridge constructed using a transverse launching method. It replaces an existing multiarch bridge that was built in the 1930s. It is an important tourist destination along the national road crossing the Cogmanskloof River. The construction of this world-class infrastructure project that created more than 500 work opportunities for local residents commenced five years ago. To minimise traffic disruption, the new bridge was constructed adjacent to the existing one thereby maintaining traffic over it.

The battle of Blaauwberg was a turning point in the history of the Cape Colony and South Africa in general. The Blaauwberg Nature Reserve over and above being a significant natural heritage site contains the battleground and field hospital associated with the Battle of Blaauwberg that took place in 1806. The National Monuments Council declared the battle site a conservation area in 1996 under the National Monuments Act. The site includes the landscape where the events around the Battle of Blaauwberg took place, including the iconic Blaauwberg Hill, the battlefield and the site of the field hospital.

After completion, the new bridge has been used as temporary bypass/river crossing while the existing bridge was demolished, and new abutments built. The modern state-of-the-art structural components were designed, manufactured and installed using complex techniques. These included the concrete arch ribs, post-tensioned tie beams, stay anchors and cables as well as the transverse launching equipment which had to be specially imported. Using a transverse launching method for a completed concrete tied-arch road bridge is a first in South Africa. More than 8 000 tons of concrete and steel were moved over a distance of 24m in less than 24 hours after several years of meticulous planning, design and construction. The new tied-arch bridge comprises a cable-supported concrete deck which spans 110m between supports with arching ribs rising 22m above the asphalt road surface. The original earth-filled multiple-arch bridge was constructed in 1930 for singlelane traffic. In 1950, a substantial structural retro fitment that allowed two-way single carriageway vehicular and pedestrian traffic was undertaken. The 1950 upgrade was, however, retained at an elevation which still resulted in overtopping with enhanced flood risk to the road and adjacent residential properties. The high river debris load combined with deep deck and wide solid wall piers, orientated at unfavourable skew angles relative to the flow direction, exacerbated the effects of flooding. The objective of this project was to reconstruct parts of Trunk Road 31 Sections 2 and 3, from Ashton to Montagu (start of tourist Route 62) to a higher standard to improve traffic and pedestrian safety as well as improve flood capacity of bridges and resistance to overtopping of the road at several problem locations. This included the Cogmanskloof River crossing in Ashton which has experienced substantial flood damage on several occasions.

The reserve contains Middle Stone Age and Late Stone Age occurrences, which contribute to the understanding of the occupation of the South-Western Cape by the indigenous groups over time. The Muslim community of Cape Town, many of whom were slaves, were granted their own burial ground (Tana Baru) in recognition of their contribution in the defence of the Cape against the British during the Battle of Blaauwberg.

Proposals To Halt Decline Of African Penguin Population Developed

Key fishing industry and conservation stakeholders were part of high level meeting hosted by the Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment, Ms Barbara Creecy, to discuss proposals made to address the decline in the breeding populations of the African Penguin, on the one hand, while on the other, attempting to minimise the negative economic impact of such proposals on South Africa’s pelagic fishery.

If current population trajectories continue, African penguins could be functionally extinct within 15 years. The African penguin was classified as Endangered by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in 2010. Earlier this year, the Minister set up a joint task team from the Department and SANPARKS to determine management options for the African Penguin based on available evidence, and NEMA principles of conservation, precautionary approach and balancing ecological and socio-economic interests. The Team provided a synthesis of scientific information on African penguins, fisheries and island closures. The process followed recognised that the African penguin population is in a critical situation and urgent action is needed to stop further decline. It is also recognised interventions around breeding colonies will need limit economic implications for the Small Pelagic Fishery sector. The colonies identified for intervention are at Dassen Island, Robben Island, Stony Point, and Dyer, St. Croix and Bird Islands. These are not the only existing colonies, but have been identified because they support larger numbers of breeding penguins. Together these islands are home to about 88% of breeding pairs of African Penguins along the South African coastline.

African penguins are an iconic Southern African species with important ecological roles. They attract significant national and international tourists annually. The endemic African penguin numbers have declined drastically from approximately 52 000 pairs in 2004 to 13 200 pairs in 2019.

The African Penguin population is exposed to a multitude of stressors. These include a lack of available food, predation, climate change, disease, disturbance, shipping vessel activity, competition with other predators for food, as well as the availability and quality of breeding habitat. These may all have individual, combined and cumulative impacts on the penguins. The Minister intends to finalise the modalities of the interventions around the colonies in consultation with affected stakeholders.





South African retirees are finding Cyprus more and more appealing. It’s easy to fall in love with Cyprus, especially with the 1st world lifestyle aspects. But it’s the excellent quality of life that is driving retirees in droves to look seriously at Cyprus as their new home. The following 7 reasons have motivated their move:

Some of the practical aspects of living in Cyprus include: - access to Cyprus’ National Health Programme once you become a permanent resident – gone are the days that you need to pay hefty medical aid premiums! - a plethora of activities on offer: golf, sailing, bowls, social and service clubs (Rotary & Lions), tennis, hiking, camera clubs, art & cooking classes, church groups etc.; - the ease of getting around Cyprus: there is an excellent road and motorway network and a reliable and affordable public bus service. And retirees holding a social card are entitled to 50% discount on the fares! - a double-taxation treaty with South Africa: so there is no withholding tax when you bring your pension across to Cyprus; - an attractive tax rate for pensions; - 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 tax – this is advantageous for legacy planning. Making the move across to Cyprus is simpler than you think; and the generous exemption of import duties, excise duties and VAT to bring your personal effects to Cyprus for your relocation makes it easy on the wallet too.

1. Very friendly people: the Cypriots are warm, friendly and community-orientated. Having an English-speaking culture (Cyprus is an ex-British colony) makes the integration far easier than many other European countries where there is often not only a language barrier, but a cultural one too. 2. Safety: Cyprus boasts one of the lowest crime rates in the world where you can enjoy living with no alarms, security gates or electric fences. There is absolutely no fear for your personal or material safety in Cyprus. 3. Health: because of the fantastic Mediterranean climate, arthritic, rheumatic and respiratory problems are eased and often cured. There is also an in-expensive world-class health system offering superior medical facilities & specialists. 4. Low cost of living: it is a lot cheaper to live in Cyprus than in South Africa even with a volatile exchange rate. Monthly living costs are a fraction of those in South Africa and there is a lot more pension left at the end of your month! 5. Weather: the best in The Med! you will quickly find yourself spending more time outdoors as the weather is glorious: 320 days of sunshine a year and a short, LOGO mild winter! 6. Fantastic food: fresh produce grown in Cyprus is delicious, inexpensive and in abundant supply at all the local supermarkets. It is seldom pre-packed, so you get to choose exactly what you want. Food tastes different in Cyprus because of the way it’s cultivated and prepared: in the traditional way! 7. Europe on your doorstep: Cyprus has 2 International Airports and several marinas, which means getting across to Europe is easy and inexpensive.

Cypriot Realty, a proudly South African company, has an impressive 13-year track record of assisting many South Africans in exploring what Cyprus has to offer. A new home in a new country is the achievement of a lifetime and an investment in the future for the next generation. In Cyprus the retirement options really are the best. Living is laid back – you set your own pace. And what better place to do this than where the blue skies meet the Mediterranean Sea: on the beautiful island of Cyprus.

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WHAT IS POPIA? 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.

POPIA DOCUMENTATION & IMPLEMENTATION 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. 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. 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. Here are some examples of policies that will need to be implemented: Information Officer Information Officer Registration | Information Officer Appointment Form | Website Privacy Policy | Terms and Conditions of Use | PAIA Manual | Data Management System Asset Security Management | Employee Confidentiality Agreement | Employee Acceptable Usage | Employee Bring Your Own Device | Clean Desk and Clear Screen Policy | Backup & Restoration Policy | Physical And Environmental Security |

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#EveryoneDeservesToFly at the Hybrid 27th Cape Town International Kite Festival

Fly a kite at the first-ever Hybrid Cape Town International Kite Festival from 2 - 31 October and help show the world that #EveryoneDeservesToFly in support of Cape Mental Health. Enjoy a mix of real-life and online activities with an incredible competition, kite-making workshops, interviews with kiters around the world, and pop-up open-air kite-flying. Cape Mental Health’s annual flagship event is going hybrid for its 27th edition, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The goal is to raise over R100 000,00 to enable this hard-working non-profit organisation to continue providing essential free mental healthcare services and ensuring that everyone, regardless of who they are or where they live, can enjoy equality in mental health access and care in an unequal world. According to Dr Ingrid Daniels, CEO of Cape Mental Health and President of the World Federation for Mental Health, “Mental health is regarded as the third highest burden of disease in South Africa, but remains the most neglected aspect of health care, competing with other medical conditions including the health costs of the COVID-19 pandemic and vaccine roll-out.” “Naturally, this underinvestment in mental health has a significant impact on access to mental health in poor and under-resourced communities and rural areas. We call for equality in mental health care – our people deserve nothing less.”

Photo: Kiter Ian Islip's big kites - Photo Credit: Dylan Oktober

Not keen on flying a kite or participating online? Make a donation as all proceeds go to Cape Mental Health to help provide essential free mental healthcare services and continue our remote tele-counselling and mental health interventions across the Western Cape. For more information visit

Planning Full Steam Ahead For Sanlam Cape Town Marathon The organisers of the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon have confirmed that the planning for the event is full steam ahead and that the plans have seen a major overhaul to ensure the safety of all participants. The Risk Mitigation Plan includes several adjustments to this year’s event format.

Seeding will be based on past race results, not limited to the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon. Runners’ finishing time will be calculated from mat-to-mat and not gun-to-mat. The final cut-off is still six-and-a-half hours, and will be based on the last group of runners starting the race.

Changes to the Marathon: Marathon entries will be limited to 12,000 runners only. The Start will move from Beach Road to Fritz Sonnenberg Road, with participants joining their start batches on the Cape Town Stadium Forecourt. A staggered start will see runners setting off in seeded batched groups, allowing for ample social distancing, between 06h15 and 06h50.

Compulsory COVID Antigen Testing - In order to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, all runners and crew will undergo COVID-19 Antigen testing in the 72 hours prior to the race. Testing will be compulsory regardless of vaccination status, and free of charge. Runners will be tested at Cape Town Stadium before entering the Expo space to collect their race numbers. Antigen test results will be available within 15 minutes. Trail Runs Going Ahead; 5km & 10km Peace Runs Go Virtual. “Due to COVID restrictions, we are sadly required to cancel the 5km and 10km Peace Runs, but the good news is that these events will take place in virtual format, and runners can run the Peace Runs along their favourite running routes, no matter where they are. The all-new 46km Cape Town Trail Marathon and 22km Trail Run will still go ahead on 16 October,” says Sanlam Cape Town Marathon General Manager, Barry van Blerk. The 5km & 10km Virtual Peace Runs will be free of charge. Runners can simply enter via to receive App Download instructions. All 5km and 10km Peace Run entrants will receive a refund, and an email with detailed instructions will be sent to all affected runners. Runners still hoping to be part of the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon must hurry, as the revised entry limits mean that the marathon field is already 50% full. For more information visit

Fertility Show 2021 Returns Virtually In October Fertility Show Africa (FSA) returns for two days in October with a fully interactive online show that offers participants access to a wide range of world-leading specialists, experts and clinics. FSA – which is back after its hugely successful debut last year – takes place on Saturday, October 9, and Sunday, October 10, allowing attendees from around South Africa, the African continent and the rest of the world to discover everything they need to know during their fertility journey. FSA 2021 will give online attendees the opportunity to consult confidentially face-toface with a wide range of clinics and experts. It will also run an unparalleled speaker programme from leading fertility and alternative parenting experts in a safe space where visitors can engage, ask questions, find answers and gather information from some of South Africa’s best specialists, embryologists, nurses, psychologists and social workers as well an international experts. Exhibitors range from doctors to clinicians and practitioners to top class fertility clinics, legal advisors and support groups, surrogacy, adoption and donor agencies, natural fertility solutions and supplements, complementary and alternative therapies as well as nutritional and lifestyle advisors. This year’s show will also include a virtual expo area showcasing a wide range of cutting-edge fertility and journey-to-parenthood products and solutions - enabling visitors to have one-on-one conversations with exhibitors and meeting them live in their booth. Returning is the unparalleled expert speakers’ programme – Expert Talks – livestreamed to a main stage and featuring professionally produced content. Also back is Support Zone, intimate Q&A sessions with fertility specialists and experts, many of whom have struggled with infertility themselves. Visitors can go live on camera to ask questions or remain anonymous and just listen. Included in the access pass is a free 15-minute expert consultation with a fertility specialist or expert as well as the chance to speed network with visitors sharing their journey with others. For more information visit


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2021 E-BIKE FNB WINES2WHALES SWITCHBACK The FNB Wines2Whales Switchback has two exclusive E-Bike categories in the 2021 Pinotage event. The growth in E bikes have been phenomenal and it’s been a critical trend in cycling, including mountain biking. In 2019 we introduced the E-bike Tour at the FNB W2W Pinotage and received an overwhelmingly positive response. This year we are building on lessons learnt with the introduction of an exciting new start group, the E-bike Race. This will be a fun race for those riders really wanting to spike their adrenaline and push their limits. According to Johan Kriegler, founder of the W2W events, you need to be a very skilled mountain biker to participate in the Race category. The speed and power at which you fly through single tracks, switchbacks and berms, is an exhilarating experience and certainly not for the faint hearted, nor for the lesser skilled. The E-Bike Racers can test their skills and speed against each other, without interfering with any mountain bikers in the other categories. Riders in both categories don’t have to worry too much about available battery power as they’ll have the opportunity to drop a fully charged second battery at the Race Office, before their starts.

Photo: E-Bikes at the Wines2Whales - Photo Credit: Wines2Whales

The E-bike Race will start 30 minutes prior to A batch and the E-bike Tour group will start an Those batteries are delivered by FNB W2W staff to Water point 2, hour after the last batch. A word of caution to the E-Bike Racers; if you are too slow and the A where riders can swap batteries. The E-Bike Tourers have all the time and B batch riders catch up with you, then you are automatically relegated to the E-bike Tour and energy to enjoy the spectacular scenery with a more relaxed pace group for the remaining days. at the back of the pack. For more information on E-Bike categories visit

“LET NATURE GIVE YOU A RUN FOR YOUR MONEY” RUN 1-DAY XPERIENCE THIRSTI AFRICANX TRAILRUN ambassadors, Nicholas Rupanga (Kenilworth, Cape Town), Franza Landman (East London), Ashraf Orrie (Plumstead, Cape Town) and Blake Dyason (Hout Bay, Cape Town) are counting down the days to the inaugural THIRSTI AFRICANX TRAILRUN 1-Day XPERIENCE that will take place at the much-loved Paul Cluver Wines, Grabouw on Saturday, 18 September 2021. South Africa’s premier three-day stage trail run, the THIRSTI AFRICANX TRAILRUN was founded in 2009 and is synonymous with magnificent trails, spectacular views, mouth-watering food, a relaxed atmosphere and great vibe. Having only missed one event, in 2014 due to injury, trail legend Nicholas Rupanga has crossed the THIRSTI AFRICANX TRAILRUN finish line 10 out of the 11 times. Rupanga finished first in the inaugural event in 2009 with team member Patrick Cox. According to Rupanga the THIRSTI AFRICANX TRAILRUN is unique.

Photo: Franza Landman Photo Credit: Jetline Action Photo

“The list of things that attracts me to the THIRSTI AFRICANX TRAILRUN is endless,” says Franza Landman. “From the welcoming and well organised registration to the fabulous vibe, efficient, helpful and friendly staff – it’s just a well organised event.”

“I don’t want to miss any of the AFRICANX events, the FOMO will be unbearable. I guarantee that once newcomers to the sport have experienced the AFRICANX vibe at the 1-Day event they will want more.” For Ashraf Orrie aka Mr O, it’s the pristine trails that attracts him to the THIRSTI AFRICANX TRAILRUN. “Expanding AFRICANX into a national series of events is a great initiative,” says Orrie. “We are spoilt in the Western Cape, so it’s great to share the love with the North-West Province, Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal. I am really chuffed that the 1-Day event will take place in the same region as the 3-Day event. We will still make a weekend of it. I’m looking forward to running some beautiful trails, receiving a great medal and event t-shirt and of course enjoying the really good food.” The THIRSTI AFRICANX TRAILRUN 3-Day Stage Race was Blake Dyason’s first multi day trail run. “AFRICANX will always be special to me,” says Dyason. “I love the team and vibe at this event. I look forward to seeing new places and making new friends. I love Paul Cluver, I am fortunate enough to have run and cycled on the farm before. It’s really a beautiful farm. We are definitely in for a treat at the THIRSTI AFRICANX TRAILRUN 1-Day XPERIENCE in September.”