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During Tourism Month in September, Wesgro has launched a series of exquisitely re-imagined regional tourism videos showcasing Cape Town and the Western Cape in a way that is raw, authentic, and diverse - delivering on the destination’s promise of ‘wide open spaces’ - perfectly suited for consumer mindsets in a new phase of travel. Challenging viewers to “Find your place, find yourself, get in a good space”, GPS coordinates of exact locations are incorporated throughout the video series, with no place names mentioned, encouraging travellers to get out and discover the regions for themselves. The series has been six months in the making as the Discover Western Cape crew journeyed through the province, capturing 're-imagined' scenes that not only show natural beauty but the diversity of the six regions and the people at the heart of the many places depicted - the very lifeblood of the tourism industry.

“Video is a powerful, high-engagement storytelling tool,” says Wesgro’s Head of Marketing and Communications, Jean Scheltema. “GPS coordinates as a visual cue challenge viewers to be curious enough to seek out places of immense natural beauty and transformative experiences in the province. The art direction taps into our unique and undeniable spirit and we’re hoping the series will move people to travel to all corners of the Western Cape.”

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Accompanying the videos is a host of newly captured images, digital assets, editorial content, itineraries, and white label logos, allowing regional tour operators to tap into a host of fresh content to sell and package the province for the upcoming festive season. The launch of the microsite is well-timed for pre-festive season marketing efforts. Continue Reading Page 3




NSRI crew member wins international award after 50 years of service

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Stories of dedication, selflessness, bravery, and innovation dominated the International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF) Awards ceremony recently, with the NSRI winning two international awards - IMRF Award for Innovation and Technology awarded to South African JetRIB, by Admiral Powercats, Droomers Yamaha, and the NSRI IMRF Vladimir Maksimov Lifetime Achievement Award awarded to Patrick van Eyssen - Station 3, Table Bay. This year, at the age of 69, Pat van Eyssen is the only NSRI volunteer with an awe-inspiring 50 years’ active service who is still operational as a duty Coxswain. The IMRF Awards were established to recognise search and rescue (SAR) professionals around the world for their outstanding actions, skills, expertise, and commitment or an innovation/technology that transforms SAR activities.

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The National Sea Rescue Institute of South Africa was founded in 1967. Four years after the first NSRI volunteers started operating their Zodiac from Three Anchor Bay in Cape Town, nineteen-year-old Patrick van Eyssen, known as Pat, put his hand up and was accepted as a volunteer at the NSRI’s Station 1 in Cape Town harbour. Pat had been involved in boating and fishing from a young age with much of his free time spent on small craft. He is one of those people who has a natural feel for the ocean. Two years after joining, he qualified as a Coxswain, a position that he still holds on Sea Rescue’s Class 1 off-shore rescue boat. In the early days of the NSRI the Sea Rescue vessel with the call sign Rescue 1, based at Cape Town, would fairly regularly be asked to respond to incidents at the edge of her range.

Sometimes as far as 90 nautical miles off-shore. It was these long-distance rescues, which required precision navigation, well before modern GPS technology, as well the Air Sea Rescue missions for which he volunteered - kept the young coxswain on his toes. Pat has twice served as Station Commander of Cape Town’s flagship station in the V&A Waterfront. During his time in command, Station 3 carried out 214 operations, rescued 417 persons, towed 61 vessels to safety, and assisted a further 261 craft. He has accumulated thousands of hours as a volunteer at sea and has taken part in 167 rescue operations. There are not many people in the world who have made such an enormous lifetime contribution to the maritime search and rescue sector.




A small step for Elon, giant steps for Space Tourism The latest mission for South Africa’s most successful expat Elon Musk’s Space-X company, saw four civilian crew of Inspiration4, taking off on 15 September aboard a Space-X rocket in the fashion of amateur astronauts. There was no space crew on board for the three-day orbit around planet Earth, and the civilians were, for the most part, everyday people. That essence of the ordinary doing the extraordinary is what allowed the Inspiration4 mission to be touted as civilian innovation. It is, after all, the first all-civilian mission to orbit. Beyond this, the mission had a charitable footing that reached for the stars, which is why it’s been called a humanitarian effort. The mission was at its core, an awareness and fundraising endeavour for a St Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Tech billionaire and entrepreneur, Jared Isaacman, organized, paid an estimated $200 million to fund the trip, and led the mission. The four-person crew saw the other three selected diversely. Sian Proctor won a contest set for people who use Isaacman’s online payment company. Hayley Arceneaux is a physician’s assistant and the final member, Christopher Sembroski won his seat in a charity raffle. While the rocket and crew capsule are both fully automated - no one onboard needed to control any part of the launch or landing – the four members still needed to go through much more training than the people on the suborbital flights. In less than six months, crew members have undergone hours of simulator training and lessons in flying a jet aircraft and spent time in a centrifuge to prepare them for the G-forces of launch. The Inspiration4 mission is a step toward giving more people access to views like the aurora borealis seen from the International Space Station.

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Photo: SpaceX CEO Elon Musk poses with the crew before launch on September 15, 2021 Photo Credit: John Kraus / Inspiration4

The crew also conducted medical research to investigate the bodily and health impacts of space flight to make assessments for future space tourists. Elon Musk donated $50 million to the St Jude Children’s Research Hospital, as per Watch Countdown: Inspiration4 Mission to Space on Netflix

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“Travellers are seeking wide open spaces and diverse, natural landscapes which the Western Cape has an abundance for both domestic and international tourists. There is an incredible diversity in the attractions and experiences for those exploring province and these videos do an excellent job of showcasing our destination offer at a time when the industry needs it most.”

Cape Town Air Access (CTAA) is an award-winning initiative housed within Wesgro that focuses on improving air connectivity through strategic route development and support. These initiatives have been especially important following the COVID-19 pandemic and the CTAA team is pleased to announce the return of several airlines and routes. Air France will resume their Paris CDG to Cape Town route as of the 31st of October 2021. The airline will run 3 flights a week operated on a Boeing 787-9. Lufthansa will be adding additional frequencies on the Frankfurt route and Munich flights will return from 31 October. Both routes will be operated 5 times per week. Edelweiss from Switzerland will introduce flights from Zurich to Cape Town again as of 6 October 2021 and has announced to increase their flight frequencies during the season. The United Airlines New York (Newark) to Cape Town flight that was firstly introduced in December 2019 will resume their operation to Cape Town from 1 December 2021 with 3 flights per week.

“Recovery will remain dependent on the vaccine rollout, the easing of travel restrictions, and the reopening of the economy. We continue to work hard to support the industry by ensuring that Cape Town and the Western Cape remains front-of-mind for travellers,” said Western Cape Minister of Finance and Economic Opportunities, David Maynier. YouTube videos by Discover Western Cape are: Overberg, Winelands, West Coast, Garden Route and Klein Karoo, and the Karoo Most African carriers have already resumed operations to CPT like Ethiopian Airways, Kenya Airways, and Rwandair. These airlines will also increase their frequencies from October to destinations like Addis Ababa, Nairobi, Victoria Falls, Livingstone, Harare, and Kigali. KLM, Turkish Airlines, Emirates, and Qatar will continue to operate their yearround schedules. On the domestic front, all 13 destinations are back in the schedule for Cape Town International Airport including Airlink flights to the Kruger Park (Nelspruit, Hoedspruit, and Skukuza) which offers travellers greater access to northern regions of the country. With the significant impact of COVID-19 on the airline industry, the return of several notable flights shows promise for the rejuvenation of the airline industry as well as various other industries which rely on the influx of passengers.


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CTICC proves its mettle as an essential public service site Cape Town’s CTICC proves its mettle as an essential public service site and a key partner for the Western Cape’s proposed vaccination and tourism recovery programs. It was always the intention of the CTICC’s founders to create a vital hub of social, civil, and economic value for the city and its surroundings – and its current status as a highly efficient public vaccination centre is certainly crucial to the Western Cape reaching its goal of achieving a 70 % vaccinated population. Since July 2021, the iconic Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) has been home to one of the Western Cape’s largest vaccination centres, the Vaccination Centre of Hope, where over 90 000 people have received their Covid-19 vaccinations. Currently, close to 2,000 citizens are vaccinated each day at the centre. The CTICC staff and suppliers have been instrumental in the day-to-day operations of the vaccination site. The team provides ushering, cleaning, maintenance of sanitization stands, electrical and lighting, ensuring the air-conditioning systems are working correctly, technical support, and a friendly welcome. The CTICC’s reliable and fast internet connection also allows for the management of bookings and registrations. The CTICC’s current function as an essential health resource and support centre is indicative of its role and intention to remain a key player in the city’s landscape and an ever-evolving hub of innovation and resourcefulness.

New film policy and filming by-law on the cards The City’s proposed Film Policy and proposed amendments to the Film By-Law were among the matters under discussion at the hybrid event held at the CTICC recently. The draft film policy, currently undergoing legislative processes at the portfolio committee, seeks to update the existing Film Policy and Protocol 2004, to remedy some of the current challenges and to work towards a sustainable, resilient local film industry. The new policy will address four pillars, which will include skills development, marketing, and sales, transformation, and infrastructure development. Also, part of the discussions was the proposed amendments to the City’s Filming By-Law. The draft Filming By-Law intends to create an efficient and effective environment conducive to safe filming practices for the film industry, business, and the public.

It aims to strengthen the relationship between local government, residents, and the industry. As part of the Film Strategy, the City is expanding the Film Office to include a promotional and stakeholder engagement unit. The unit will be responsible for promoting Cape Town as a premier film and media destination to local, national, and international clients, while also working with other City service departments to cut red tape and support the local industry with funding and incentives. The Events and Film Department has already started working on a marketing and promotional campaign with industry stakeholders ahead of the upcoming summer film season.

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As part of the South African Furniture Initiative’s (SAFI) vision to connect business, government, and consumers, the Mayoral Committee for Economic Opportunities and Asset Management at the City of Cape Town, Alderman James Vos recently visited various furniture manufacturing facilities in Cape Town to assess the current state of the sector.

The delegations took to the factory floor of Cape Town-based CO Designs, a market leader in office and work-from-home furniture. According to Graham Radford, Director at CO Designs, the pandemic forced them to take steps to secure the longevity of the business and to provide security and economic support for the staff. This actually gave them the opportunity to reshuffle priorities and fast-track some of their innovative products. The portable sit-to-stand workstation called “EasyActiv” addresses the affordable ergonomic requirements of a broad range of work styles including both remote and office work. “Most importantly the products are all designed in-house, manufactured locally and, where possible, raw materials are sourced locally as well.” The Quickpod, a demountable freestanding room-in-room modular system as an alternative to drywall, was unveiled as well. It is designed to be dismantled, moved nearby, and reassembled in a day to ensure minimal disruption.

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Alderman Vos responded positively by emphasising his amazement at the quality and innovations demonstrated by local production facilities and how businesses had to re-engineer their strategies to survive in the current pandemic.







Medals of excellence for Benguela Cove Lagoon Wine Estate Benguela Cove Lagoon Wine Estate was a standout performer in the ninth annual South Africa Special Report compiled by leading UK wine writer Tim Atkin MW and released on September 10th, 2021. Medals of Excellence were awarded for all seven of its entries for the second consecutive year with each wine achieving 90 or more points out of 100. The Walker Bay vineyard’s top achievers included its Benguela Cove Catalina Semillon 2020, awarded 95 points. This is a one-point increase on the previous 2017 and 2018 vintages of this wine which also received 5 stars in the 2019 Platter’s Wine Guide. “Exciting things are happening at Benguela Cove under winemaker Johann Fourie, typified by the quality of this cool climate Semillon from the Bot River lagoon. Salty, herbal and creamy, with lemongrass intensity, a hint of oyster shell and a tangy finish,” said the Atkin’s report, which rated Benguela Cove in the top 20% of vineyards in its classification of the best Cape producers. The Benguela Cove Vinography Sauvignon Blanc 2020, in the vineyard’s single vineyard range, was awarded 94 points for the second year in a row: “This top Sauvignon Blanc hails from a one-hectare plot that was picked early in the morning to preserve freshness. Oak-fermented with a combination of different yeast strains, it shows flavours of lanolin, tangerine, and pink grapefruit with leesy intensity and a saline bite,” according to the report. Also, in the Vinography range, the Chardonnay 2020 scored 93 points: “Every bit as attractive as its label design, this top-end Chardonnay is part of an increasingly impressive range from Benguela Cove. Sea breeze and struck match aromas segue into a palate that’s saline, mineral, and bracingly fresh with a focused, deftly wooded finish.” The Benguela Cove Sauvignon Blanc 2020 scored 93 points, matching the score of the previous year’s vintage: “A very classy, cool-climate Sauvignon Blanc from Johann Fourie that combines oaked and ceramic egg-fermented components to impressive effect. Perfumed and refined, with notes of lime, grapefruit and fresh herbs and a whisper of vanilla spice.” Other medal winners included the 2019 Collage on 92 points: “As its name suggests, Collage is a red blend featuring Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec, and Petit Verdot. Fresh and oceanic, with subtle wood, granular tannins, cassis, and plum fruit and a green, herbal undertone.” The 2020 Chardonnay achieved 91: “This coastal site is very well suited to white grapes, producing wines with impressive freshness and precision. Leesy, sappy

Cape Town Welcomes Littl ehi l l M on t e s s o r i P re s c h o ols LittleHill Montessori opened its doors in Johannesburg in 2005 with the vision of providing children with a safe and comfortable space where they could grow and learn. “Now we will be coming to a secure Balwin estate near you!”

and tangy, Johann Fourie’s Chardonnay combines aromas of cinnamon and white flowers with a crunchy, pear, and citrus palate.” “The report awarded the 2019 Syrah a score of 90, “Richly coloured, serious and intense, this is very much a cool climate Syrah, with some whole bunch fermentation adding spice and texture. Fennel and blackberry flavours are supported by sinewy tannins and a zesty, mineral-edged finish.” Penny Streeter OBE, owner of Benguela Cove Lagoon Wine estate says: “Each year our reputation develops, resulting in new export markets and an increase in wine tourists visiting the lagoon estate. We are grateful to Tim Atkin, for recognising our wines’ continuous improvement over the years. Investment in our winery and sustainable agricultural techniques has ensured high quality throughout our time as a smaller, mostly limited-edition winemaker.” In the year to August 2021, sales of South African wine were up 43% by value to the United Kingdom, its biggest export market, where Penny Streeter has successfully developed sales of Benguela Cove wine through her two hospitality venues in Sussex, Leonardslee Lakes and Gardens and Mannings Heath Golf and Wine Estate. Winemaker Johann Fourie says: “As a producer selling internationally, it’s important to get Tim’s feedback not only because he knows South African wines so well but because they are judged in a global context and how they stack up against the best in the world.” “Getting 90 plus across various grape varietals, both white and red shows the diversity in terroir we are spoiled with at Benguela Cove. What is particularly pleasing is to see the score of the wines creeping up year on year which is a sign that we’re on the right track and constantly improving.” The winery is a supporter of WOSA’s Sustainable Wine South Africa project (Wines of South Africa). Vineyard excursions and wine tastings are available on the lagoon’s pontoon, as well as lunch and dinner in the hospitality facilities, all of which are located within the UNESCO-designated Kogelberg Biosphere. For more information visit SA or UK

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“Our school emphasises independence, creativity, problem-solving, and concentration beginning at an early age. Our Montessori qualified teachers’ goal is to cultivate a lifelong learner through a thoughtfully prepared environment where children are encouraged to select work and assume responsibilities through their natural desire to learn.” The schools are purpose-built and kitted out with the full range of Montessori equipment. Large, airy classrooms have been designed to cater to every little one’s developmental needs, while spacious playgrounds offer a jungle gym, sandpit, and bike track as well as learning spaces for gardening, planting & botany. Safety and security are of paramount importance, and the school and classrooms have been fitted with CCTV cameras. LittleHill is a member of the South African Montessori Association (SAMA) & the SA Childcare Association. FEE STRUCTURE 2021 & 2022 | Annual Admin Fee R 1,900

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Discovery Vitality announced that all Vitality members aged 18 or older will be awarded 2 500 Vitality points for being fully vaccinated against COVID19 in 2021.

it remains within our control. Based on our actuarial projections, over 30 000 lives could be saved if we can vaccinate the majority of our population over the coming months.

These points will be awarded retrospectively in October for those who have already been vaccinated. Discovery Vitality CEO Dinesh Govender says: “If members have already been vaccinated, there is nothing more they need to do – points will be automatically allocated before the end of the year.” Members will receive communications with further details in October.

The data reflects the power of vaccination to save lives and reduce our healthcare burden: vaccination reduces infection and transmission risk by 50 to 80%, reduces hospitalisation risk by 60 to 90%, and reduces the risk of death by over 90%. In fact, while your (unvaccinated) risk of death from COVID-19 is 8 to 10 times higher than death from flu, once vaccinated, your risk of death from COVID-19 is lower than from flu.

Dinesh says that the allocation of Vitality points – used to incentivise members towards positive behaviour change – is in line with Discovery’s shared-value business model. “Vitality creates shared value by combining behavioural economics, clinical science, and incentives to encourage and reward members for taking steps to improve their health.” “There is overwhelming proof that vaccination is the single most important thing we can do to protect ourselves and others against COVID-19. The pandemic has been deadly and a fourth wave is likely, yet the ability to suppress

Given that vaccination is our best hope of beating the pandemic and restoring our national vitality and way of life, we need to encourage vaccination at scale.”



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Pocket-friendly guide proves City is ready for local visitors It is time to look forward and work with renewed vigour to bring back as much of what was lost as we can. As such, the City, together with our official Destination Marketing Organisation, Cape Town Tourism (CTT), is focusing on boosting domestic tourism by highlighting the many pocket-friendly experiences the Mother City has to offer. For visitors and locals who aren’t sure where to start, CTT has compiled a handy list of 50 things to do for under R50 while the Pocket-friendly Challenge highlights costeffective activities in communities across Cape Town. You can get out-and-about and explore our incredible city on a free walking tour in Cape Town’s central business district or enjoy a picnic in Green Point Urban Park, indulge in Cape Town’s best milkshake and hotdog at Wembley Roadhouse in Athlone, or sip on some craft beers and gin in Hout Bay. “In this way, we are helping to diversify our tourism landscape by promoting a wider array of products and attractions throughout the city. This in turn breaks the perception that tourism is centred around certain parts of Cape Town and is perhaps too expensive.” Additionally, CTT is further boosting smaller hospitality businesses with the rollout of its Neighbourhood Experience Development training manual. Drafted together with experts at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, this manual is meticulous in detail and a tangible example of what we are doing to create inclusive growth.

The manual boasts detailed modules and practical activities on packaging a business offering for tourists, conducting market research, cultural understanding, and much more. There are even guides on how to do an income statement and making use of booking and marketing platforms. These guides will be an essential tool for industry businesses, particularly as they prepare to receive summer holiday visitors. “We’re pulling out all the stops to save our tourism sector and make it even stronger than before. Tourism is a driver of job growth and economic prosperity, accounting for one in 10 jobs worldwide and delivering one in five of all new jobs created in 2017, according to the World Travel and Tourism Council. With our Tourism Bounce Back Strategy aimed at stimulating supply and demand from specific source markets, we are confident that we will see growth in our numbers again. Let’s show that we’re ready for them, Cape Town!” For more information visit

Cape Town duo wins R1 million in business pitching competition

Capetonians Pieter du Plessis and Viljoen de Kock, from Gudgu, manufacturers of sugar-free cordials have won big in South African’s biggest online pitching competition, winning R1 million in prizes – a sweet boost for their business.

The Gudgu owners will receive R650 000 in cash paid out over two years as they achieve the business milestones laid out in their pitch, and a bursary of R350 000 for a full two-year Raizcorp incubation programme as part of this year’s Engen Pitch & Polish Competition. “This has changed our lives forever. We are so grateful to Engen, Nedbank, and Raizcorp for the cash prizes and incubation opportunity. We are hungry for knowledge and guidance on how to make Gudgu a successful and fail-proof business,” says Pieter. This year, South Africa’s entrepreneurial pitching competition and workshop programme came back with an all-new digital format and a staggering first prize worth R1 million in a post-covid approach. The Engen Pitch & Polish programme is a blend of competition, mentoring and learning. While contestants compete for the ultimate prize, the programme’s main aim is to impart entrepreneurial skills and knowledge – both to the contestants and to viewers as they learned alongside the 16 starting contestants. A long time was spent in deliberation as the judges painstakingly went over the finalists’ financial and other documents. Ultimately, though, it was Capetonians Pieter du Plessis and Viljoen de Kock who pitched their way to win.

Who’s to say it’s impossible to build your own quantum processor

At Sovetjheza Senior Secondary School in a rural village in Mpumalanga, Unathi Skosana remembers being fascinated by the physics teacher singing the Periodic Table Song in Ndebele, or conjuring up elephant toothpaste from a mixture of hydrogen peroxide, dish soap, and a few drops of food colouring.

It is perhaps no wonder then, that when he was exposed to quantum mechanics in his third year at Stellenbosch University, that fascination with science kicked in again. Today he is pursuing an MSc-degree in quantum computing, with his first research paper, written in collaboration with his study leader Prof Mark Tame, published in Nature Scientific Reports, one of the most authoritative scientific journals in the world of science. The article, a proof-of-concept demonstration of a quantum orderfinding algorithm for factoring the integer 21, has already been downloaded 350 times and cited in two articles by researchers from Singapore, Malaysia, China, Spain, and Germany. Tame, who holds the South African research chair in photonics in SU’s Department of Physics, says he was delighted when Skosana decided to continue the work he started as a BSc Honours student on demonstrating small-scale quantum algorithms on IBM’s quantum processors. “For his MSc, Skosana decided to look at the prospect of realising Shor’s algorithm on the IBM quantum processors for factoring the number 21. He is a very bright and promising researcher, and certainly does not shy away from tackling difficult challenges in quantum computing,” he describes his student. Yet, despite several attempts over the past decades to realise Shor’s algorithm for small numbers such as 21, the results have been noisy and not very conclusive. “Quantum technology is still in early development stages,” Skosana explains.

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“We were surprised at how good the results were, so we decided to write them up and submit a paper to Nature Scientific Reports,” Tame explains. The paper, titled “Demonstration of Shor’s factoring algorithm for N=21 on IBM quantum processors,” was published on 16 August 2021. Tame says he started experimenting with IBM’s quantum processors in 2019 and he has recently incorporated the use of IBM quantum processors into his BSc Honours lectures on quantum information. Skosana is now tackling another challenging task: building a proof-of-concept small-scale quantum computer, based on the use of particles of light (called photons). He seems to be more than up to the task.





A scintillating score by legendary Russian composer, Pyotr Tchaikovsky, evokes the trademark youthful exuberance of JM Barrie and keeps the unforgettable tale of Peter Pan and Tinkerbell alive. Join SIZODANISA Productions and a cast of excited children on a journey to the wonderfully colourful world of Neverland, to the Mermaid’s lagoon, to the Lost Boys’ Tree House and an adventure on Captain Hook’s ship, the Jolly Roger. Peter Pan, the boy who never grew up, has once again come to the window of Wendy Darling to listen to her stories, but this time he is taking Wendy and her bothers, John and Michael, back with him to Neverland, where every day is an adventure with Red Indians, mermaids, stars and pirates and where children never have to grow up.

Come and meet the mischievous Tinkerbell, who travels in her very own air balloon to the Northern Star and beyond, and be frightened by the Crocodile who will eat you alive if you get in his way! The production unfolds as a spirited pantomime, with utterances limited to savage grunts and howling by Captain Hook’s crew of buccaneers and brigands and the delightful laughter of fairies and sea sprites, played by adorable young dancers from various ballet studios around the Western Cape. On at the ARTSCAPE Theatre from the 28th until the 30th October, this is choreographer, Robin van Wyk’s seventh ballet written to feature children from local studios.

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First Biophilic Development In Africa According to Upton, climate control at The Fynbos, which was designed by architects TwentyEightZeroTwo, will be provided by natural layers, with exterior plantings having a cooling effect to provide shade and screening. One of the most exceptional sustainable design features at The Fynbos is its exterior, which is draped in a 1200m2 vertical garden made up of 30 species of indigenous trees and 20 species of shrub. The pioneering garden system at The Fynbos was meticulously designed and executed by a specialist team of technical botanists headed up by Donovan Gillman of Urban Choreography. 100% indigenous to the Cape, each plant at The Fynbos is considered for aesthetics and resilience. The look is green, leafy, and geometric. Apartments within this exceptional development, spearheaded by Lurra Capital and supported locally by Gardner Property Solutions, are scaled and priced to appeal to a diverse audience.

The first biophilic development in Africa has been launched in Cape Town and will see a 24-story living, breathing mixed-use building take residence on Upper Bree Street in the heart of the city CBD. This first-of-its-kind building, situated at 142 Bree Street, will feature 689 apartments and includes a rooftop sunset terrace with lap pool and co-working space, a rooftop fitness centre, as well as a ground-floor plant-based restaurant, a tearoom, and a botanical bar. “As the first truly biophilic living structure on the continent, The Fynbos – which is currently in the process of achieving Green Star certification from the Green Building Council – will have several innate sustainability features built into it from inception,” says Paul Upton, head of developments for Dogon Group Properties, marketing agents for The Fynbos, who explains that the biophilic concept centres on integrating nature into an urban setting.

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There are many good reasons for getting into the habit of not tossing your organic waste into the trash. Organic waste makes up a considerable proportion of the total waste stream that ends up in the landfill (typically in the vicinity of 20-40%). This is unfortunate since, apart from needlessly taking up dwindling landfill space, these materials can easily be diverted and turned into rich organic fertilizer.

Spring is the season of renewal and rejuvenation and an ideal time to set up your home for summer. An added benefit is some simple upgrades could improve the value of your property.

Food waste composting is a great way to become more sustainable in your everyday life. Not only does it reduce the waste in landfills, reduce carbon dioxide and methane emissions, and putrescent leachates in landfills, but it also reuses organic material otherwise wasted. Another good reason to do so is the fact that the Western Cape recently just instituted new bylaws expecting businesses and residents to reduce their organic waste to landfill by 50% in 2022 & 100% by 2027. With the help of Green Vizion Bokashi and Bokashi Food Waste Recycler buckets, you can use the power of Efficient Microorganisms (EM) to ferment food waste into nutrient-rich composting material that can improve soil health and increase plant growth, strength, and vitality in your garden. When you focus on your soil’s health, you will also add to your sustainability by reducing the use of chemical inputs in the garden while producing more nutrient-rich foods for your healthy lifestyle. EM also has a variety of beneficial uses in agriculture, aquaculture, wastewater treatment, composting, livestock, and human health. EM has the potential to contribute significantly to the general improvement of our health and the health of our environment. Some of the benefits of using Green Vizion Bokashi to recycle Your Food Waste include: Environmentally friendly, Safe for humans, animals, and plants, It can be done on a small or large scale, Recycle all raw and cooked food including bones, no nasty smells, can be kept in your kitchen, Reduce pathogens and improve kitchen & waste storage area hygiene, Produces a material that can be used as a slow-release fertilizer in your garden, Provides nutrient-rich plant-food for your bonsais, flowers, and other potted plants, Reduces fly activity and occurrence of maggots in your rubbish bin, Reduce landfill emissions which contribute to climate change and much more. For more information contact 082 226 3134 or visit

“If you’re borrowing money to make some improvements, consider the smaller, cosmetic changes that will make your home more appealing,” says Shafeeqah Isaacs, head of financial education at personal loan specialists, DirectAxis. You’re going to spend more time outdoors in summer, so the garden is a good place to start. Remove sticks, piles of leaves, or other debris that may have accumulated during winter. Trim any trees or bushes that are looking scruffy. Clear walkways and remove any weeds that may be growing between tiles. A few strategically placed plants can hide a multitude of sins. Use woodchips to cover sparse borders and position shrubs and flowers to enliven views from the windows. Freshen up your stoep furniture by repainting it, or if it’s wood, sanding, and re-sealing. If the cushions are looking tired, consider reupholstering them or buying new ones. Consider whether your house needs a new coat of paint. A freshly painted exterior, neat garden, and clean windows all point to a house that is cared for. Most people consider the kitchen the heart of the home. Simple upgrades such as replacing old door handles, installing modern light fittings, refacing or fitting new cupboard doors, installing new taps, or adding a Perspex or stainless-steel splashback can transform a kitchen. Replacing taps and upgrading the lighting can make a difference. You may consider upgrading old, chipped, or damaged baths and sinks, re-grouting tiles, and replacing old-fashioned built-in cupboards and other fixtures, with modern freestanding units. A fresh coat of paint can go a long way towards improving a room and is a lot cheaper than remodeling or breaking down walls. The same applies to floors and other surfaces. Repaint or refresh rather than replace. Sanding and resealing or polishing wooden floors and getting carpets professionally cleaned can all make a difference at a fraction of the cost. “When it comes to making your house more liveable and adding to its potential value, more often than not, less is more.”



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Own your slice of Paradise in Cyprus & Europe Imagine 320 days of sunshine, the crystal blue Mediterranean Sea, 65 blue-flag beaches, majestic sunsets, picturesque natural surroundings, and a way of life similar to South Africa. Welcome to Cyprus! The Mediterranean lifestyle is about scrumptious cuisine & enjoying life to the full and Cyprus represents being a very popular investment, retirement & relocation destination for South Africans. Properties in Cyprus offer exceptional value for money when compared to other European countries – especially homes right on or near to The Med. The choice of where to buy is very personal and the type of property depends on your lifestyle requirements, your budget, and also your short, medium & long-term plans. The lush & beautiful city of Paphos on the Western side of the island is very similar to the Western Cape and year-on-year continues to enjoy the most demand from investors. A large proportion of property sales to foreign investors over the past few years in Cyprus were properties purchased in Paphos! It’s easy to know why Paphos is by far the most popular destination in the whole country: there are 4 golf estates, an abundance of fine dining venues, numerous wine routes, and a plethora of outdoor activities. Paphos is also a very cosmopolitan town and the entire picturesque province is the nicest and most secure part of the Island, where magical waterfront locations provide a sublime setting & idyllic lifestyle for discerning buyers. The key benefit of buying a property in Cyprus and owning your slice of paradise is that property investment automatically comes with either acquiring permanent residency - tangibly benefitting your family for generations to come. 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. More importantly, the permanent residency programmes on offer are tried, tested, and trusted – they work! A new home in a new country is the achievement of a lifetime and investment in the future for the next generation. In Cyprus, the investment options really are the best. Living is laid back and 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. Cypriot Realty – a proudly South African company in operation for nearly 14 years – can assist you. We are recognised and respected as Southern Africa’s authoritative offshore investment specialists, promoting Cyprus as an ideal destination for acquiring EU permanent residency, property investment, immigration, or retirement and starting an EU-based business - we understand investor’s needs. Contact us for a confidential meeting to discuss how we can help you realise your and your family’s Plan B in Europe.






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Franschhoek Uncorked festival celebrates summer in style Not only does the new season bring with it the promise of warmer weather, but it’s also time to make your way to the Franschhoek Wine Valley for this year’s Franschhoek Uncorked Festival (16 & 17 October). What better excuse to explore one of South Africa’s premier wine destinations, whilst uncovering a fine selection of wine gems from the Franschhoek Vignerons. This year no less than 12 wineries have already confirmed their participation, with more to follow. Participating wineries in and around the valley will use the opportunity to showcase this season’s new release wines, which include MCC’s, white wines, rosés, and even a few Summer inspired red varietals. Live music and great food add extra excitement to a fun day out. Be on the lookout for a few special events guaranteed to pique your interest. Pack the car and set off for the Winelands with its fresh country air and exquisite views whilst travelling from farm to farm. With most of the Franschhoek wineries participating in this fun weekend festival, there promises to be something for everyone. For more information visit

Cape Town’s orchestra performs first live concert since pandemic In appreciation to healthcare workers, the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra performed its first concert since the start of the Covid-19 lockdown during lunch hour outside the main entrance of Groote Schuur Hospital on Wednesday, 15 September. It was a poignant moment for all, as the music soared and exhausted front-line workers took their seats. “We have not heard the sound of clapping at a live performance for almost two years now,” said an emotional member of the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra. She was there with 40 colleagues to perform the Concert of Gratitude.” “At Groote Schuur Hospital, these initiatives do not go unnoticed or unappreciated. Even the smallest thank you goes a long way to boost the morale of the staff. We are immensely grateful to the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra and its musicians for availing themselves to offer us some beautiful relaxing music. With all the pressures our staff is experiencing due to Covid, we

know that this music will brighten our day and help ease some of the pain,” CEO, of Groote Schuur Hospital, Dr. Bhavna Patel explains. This is a concert of gratitude, appreciation, and recognition. Louis Heyneman, CEO of the CPO, says: “In our 107 years of existence, I don’t think the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra has ever been this indebted to the health workers of South Africa.” Heyneman said that this concert was the perfect opportunity to say thank you to health workers. According to the CPO, about 33 000 workers have toiled in the pandemic and around 193 staff members have died in the Western Cape Province – from Covid. The Concert of Gratitude was inspired by Hospital Heroes - a movement started in early 2021 by Khilona Radia and Nisaar Pangarker and Dr. Zameer Brey to care for frontline healthcare workers. They partnered with the Gift of the Givers to handle donations, logistics, and distribution.

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The members of the Stellenbosch based Fairtree Cannondale Racing Team do not believe in being idle. When they are not training or racing, a few of the members double up as mountain biking (MTB) tour guides in the picturesque City of Oaks! A fun initiative that was started by the owners of the Stellenbosch based Casa Cerveza Restaurant, Chris Norton (Manager of the Fairtree Cannondale Racing Team) and Stephen Brown of Fairtree Capital, the Guided MTB Tours start and finish at the restaurant that is open seven days a week from 7:30am to 11pm. “The idea behind the guided tours was two-fold,” says Norton. “Stellenbosch is a sporting mecca that is rich in history and beauty. What better way to actively share this with the outside world than on the bike! Secondly our guides all ride for the Fairtree Cannondale Racing Team. The goal was to create an occupation where they could use their skill while being outdoors doing what they love.” “With the explosion of eco-tourism, being MTB guides seemed a natural choice. The guys have incredible stories to tell, they love mountain biking, they love Stellenbosch, and they love welcoming visitors and showing them our incredible trails.” “The guided MTB tours have been great both for Stellenbosch and our riders,” continues Norton. “Being an MTB Guide has given the rider’s purpose and direction. It’s a job that they love doing and this reflects in the reviews that we receive from clients. All our guides are registered with Western Cape Tourism and are passionate, energetic, and fun characters. They have all ridden the Cape Epic and not only can they offer a rider a great experience, but they can also give great advice as far as mountain biking is concerned.”

Photo L - R: Jacques Potgieter, Dr Hannes Brummer, Chris Norton and Sandiso Xetu

“Not only does being a guide give us an income, but we love showing tourists our amazing trails,” says Thobigunya. “We are also able to teach our clients how to become better riders.” “People love the tours with us,” says Xetu. “They get to hear about our Xhosa backgrounds and our unique upbringing. They also get to hear about all the races we have done and the fact that we have competed against the best.”


It will undoubtedly be a truly unique Absa Cape Epic experience in October (36 months since the 2019 Absa Cape Epic concluded), It is all systems go for event staff and the 300 teams who are racing the 2021 Absa Cape Epic.

The organisers of The Race That Measures All, have remained committed to doing everything possible to ensure the 2021 Absa Cape Epic takes place safely and successfully from 17-24 October and that riders, both local and international, are offered the very best mountain bike experience. Several necessary changes will be introduced to ensure compliance with government regulations and best practices, including the additional guidelines outlined by CyclingSA and the Department of Sport, Arts, and Culture for the safe return of sanctioned mass participation in cycling events. Most notably, the event will not have spectators, and access to race villages, water points, and other official areas will be strictly controlled. All participants and event staff must present a negative Covid-19 test before the start of the race and submit to a further antigen test during the event as an added screening measure. Whilst not a prerequisite to participate in the Absa Cape Epic, we do encourage all participants to be vaccinated. Further Covid-19 mitigation plans are in place and will be enforced.

Photo: Absa Cape Epic - Photo Credit: Xavier Briel/Cape Epic

Fans and supporters of the race can expect a full daily Live Broadcast that will be available on the Absa Cape Epic Facebook page and YouTube channel, as well as on SuperSport. In addition to the Live Broadcast, there will be daily highlight shows and blow-by-blow action on social media throughout the eight days of the event.

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