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THREE CHEERS FOR THE WINNERS OF THE MICHELANGELO INTERNATIONAL WINE & SPIRITS AWARDS
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Despite the trials brought about by the worldwide Covid19 pandemic, the Michelangelo International Wine & Spirits Awards managed to attract 1565 wine and spirits entries. This included some 100 entries from Namibia, France, the UK, Australia, Moravia and Slovakia. The Michelangelo International Wine & Spirits Awards was established in 1997 to offer South African producers the opportunity of having their wines adjudicated locally by a highly experienced and respected panel of professionals from around the globe. “Our primary objective was – and to a great extent still remains – to support local wine and spirits producers who are targeting international markets for exports and, through our international judges, are able to determine whether their wines will be well received both abroad and locally.”
Since 2003 the competition has received an increasing number of entries from international wine producers. Now, in its 24th year, the competition remains unique in South Africa, in that all judges are hand-picked wine experts, representing all seven continents. Since the start of the competition in 1997, more than 170 different judges from 46 countries have served on the panel. All entries are judged blind by panels of 5 or 6 judges, using the 100-point international recognised OIV judging system. Level 3 lockdown regulations which were in place at the time of the judging, restricted the transport of alcohol which resulted in special arrangements having to be made to ensure the samples were delivered in time at the Michelangelo warehouse and tasting venue. Continue Reading Page 3
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Annie The Loggerhead Turtle Goes To Hospital The Two Oceans Aquarium Education Foundation’s conservation team cares for compromised sea turtles, such as Annie, the loggerhead sea turtle and prepares them for release back to their home into the ocean. Annie has been in the care of the Two Oceans Aquarium Education Foundation since 31 July 2019, when she was rescued by the NSRI after being found tangled in a ghost fishing net at Noordhoek Beach. Annie was fortunate not to have drowned or have any serious external injuries, but the shock and long-term impact of this experience led to her having a particularly noticeable bubble butt.
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South African National Parks (SANParks), together with Total South Africa and FNB will be hosting the 15th annual SA National Parks Week from 16 - 20 November 2020. SANParks has postponed the free access week which is traditionally held in September, to November, due to the COVID-19 Alert Level 2 regulations which restrict the number of persons allowed within public spaces. Additionally, they have implemented extra visitor management procedures in the parks to manage visitor volumes in line with regulations to further mitigate the risk of the spread of coronavirus at this time. The inaugural South African National Parks Week took place in 2006 and was aimed at linking the South African national parks system to the global national movement and to also showcase the best of South Africa’s national parks. SA National Parks Week has proved to be a successful campaign in terms of education and awareness of conservation issues and the various park offerings.
The week grants free access to most of the 21 national parks for day visitors, especially people from the local communities. Free entry excludes Namaqua National Park and Boulders Penguin Colony and the Table Mountain Cableway in Table Mountain National Park.
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“Bubble butt” is a semi-official term that’s used to describe a condition in turtles where the back of their body becomes too buoyant, making their butts float. Often this is the result of a build-up of gas inside the turtle’s carapace caused by an infection or injury - often from ingesting sharp bits of plastic. Unfortunately, despite its relatively innocuous name, bubble butt, or the condition that causes it, can be potentially deadly to a sea turtle. The aquarium said her 13-month rehabilitation was an incredibly perplexing and consuming one. Annie survived because of the incredible around the clock care by the turtle rehabilitation team at the Aquarium Foundation, where she was surrounded by caring staff. Annie the loggerhead has since made a remarkable recovery, she has regained her full strength, has a huge appetite and has no sign of any injury or infection. After a number of medical checks, she has been given medical clearance for release, and will be returning to the ocean in summer when waters are warmer. “She is fully capable of diving, swimming, reaching the surface for air, finding her own food and doing all the things that are required of a turtle when swimming free in the sea. Annie will be released at the end of the year, but it would be really satisfying to be able to pinpoint exactly what has going on with her so that we can learn from it and release even more healthy turtles in the future,” - Talitha Noble, Two Ocans Aquarium Education Foundation Conservation Coordinator. To get her release ready, Annie had to be taken to a human hospital for a final CT scan recently, just to make sure her ‘bubble butt buoyancy’ won’t be a problem. The results did not show anything of concern. Until her release date, Annie will keep getting her favourite snack, squid, to build up more strength for all the swimming ahead. When the time comes, she will be taken 30 nautical miles offshore for release into the lovely temperate current.
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Flags Up As Lifeguards Hit The Beaches And Resort Bookings Open
The City’s beach lifeguards will be stationed at 26 bathing areas between 10:00 and 18:00 daily, until 12 April 2021. Beachgoers are reminded to please only swim at beaches where lifeguards are present, and only in the areas demarcated for swimming, as indicated by the red and yellow flags. Designated bathing areas help lifeguards keep an eye on everyone in the water, but these areas are also determined at the start of each shift, based on the tide and potential rip currents at the beach. It’s therefore imperative that bathers do their bit and adhere to the instructions from lifeguards.
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In addition to water safety, the Recreation and Parks Department is also placing emphasis on COVID-19 health and safety protocols. As such, swimming pools will only allow 50% of capacity, in line with national disaster management regulations. Patrons will also be required to undergo screening and sanitise before they are allowed entrance to the facility. “We realise that the restrictions could prove tricky, particularly on very warm days, but the City urges patrons to work with us and take cognisance of the bigger picture.”
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“We have moved to Alert Level 1 which has seen the return of many public amenities, but it is incumbent on every individual to continue aiding efforts to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 exposure and a potential second wave of infections in Cape Town. We cannot afford to be reckless and risk another lockdown,” added Councillor Badroodien. Bookings for resorts will be open on 2 November 2020, with availability from 1 December. Early booking is essential as resorts will also only be booked to a 50% capacity. Unfortunately, camping sites will be closed due to the health risks.
Three Cheers For The Winners of The Michelangelo International Wine & Spirits Awards (Continue from page 1) Thirteen local judges – among them nine Cape Wine Masters – managed to taste their way through the entries for six days in August, judging the entries under the watchful eye of technical director, Dr Winnie Bowman. A total of 24 awards were presented this year to the top winners in the 2020 Michelangelo International Wine & Spirits Awards. At a small, informal presentation ceremony held at Grand Roche in Paarl, 21 trophies were handed out, together with three special Grand Prix awards which were given to deserving winners.
the highest scoring dessert wine, went to Aan de Doorns Wine Farm for a 2017 Red Muscat. Lastly, the Grand Prix trophy for the Highest Scoring Spirits, went to Louiesenhof, for their Le Roux Smit Alambic 16-Year-Old Potstill Brandy. This special brandy was produced and named in honour of Louiesenhof’s former owner, Stefan Smit, who was murdered on the farm in 2019, and for master distiller and brandy legend, Jos le Roux. New lifestyle category winners take top honours Awards also went to two newcomers on the spirits scene, each of whom took home a trophy and a Medal of Distinction. Cape Town-based Doña Distillery’s Ready to Drink Harry Bitter Orange Spritz won the trophy in the competition’s new category for Ready to Drink products. L-Gin Craft Gin, a relative newcomer to the Elgin Valley, scored the 2020 Gin Trophy for their classic L-Gin Plush gin, while their L-Gin Gin-on-the-Go bag-in-box stole the limelight in the Alternate Packaging category with a Medal of Distinction. Exceptional achievements De Grendel was awarded the Trophy for their outstanding Op die Berg Pinot Noir 2017, as well as a Platinum medal for their De Grendel 2018 Shiraz, while Aan de Doorns not only scooped the Spirits Grand Prix, but a Platinum medal too for their 2015 Muscat D’Alexandrie. Diemersdal Wine Estate’s Thys Louw excelled once again by winning the Tsogo Sun Hotels Sauvignon Blanc Trophy with his ground-breaking 2020 Winter Ferment Sauvignon Blanc, while also being awarded a Platinum medal for the 2019 Diemersdal Pinotage.
Top awards The Multi Color Corporation Grand Prix trophy for the Highest Scoring Entry went to Franschhoek producer Chamonix for their outstanding 2018 Chardonnay. This wine was also awarded the Bidvest Premier Lounge Chardonnay Trophy. The second Multi Color Corporation Grand Prix trophy, which is awarded annually to
Ultimately, a total of 615 awards were bestowed, consisting of 21 trophies, 7 Special Awards, 24 Platinum, 89 Double Gold, 363 Gold and 111 Silver medals. For an entry to receive a Platinum medal, it has to achieve at least 96 points, while a Double Gold medal requires 93 points, a Gold medal 89 points and a Silver 86. Says founder and organiser of the awards, Lorraine Immelman, “These are very high standards to strive for, but exactly the reason why a Michelangelo medal is considered an outstanding achievement. In addition, only approximately one third of all entries are awarded, making a Michelangelo award even more unique and sought-after.”
Wine & Food Tourism Conference To Bring Word-Class Expertise Directly To Delegates Powerhouse wine strategist and futurist Paul Mabray, arguably the most pivotal international force in wine e-commerce, is one of two headline speakers at this year’s Wine & Food Tourism Conference on 2 December 2020. The California-based pioneer, who has spent the past two decades focusing on how to maximise marketing, sales and communication reach online, is to share the podium with another acknowledged trailblazer. He is Miles Kubheka, the well-known South African entrepreneur and restaurateur. The two will lead a constellation of speakers at the annual conference. The theme for this year’s virtual event is The Next Decade: Wine Industry Sales and Sustainability. Margi Biggs, convenor of the conference, now in its fifth year, explains: “Given the ongoing pandemic volatility and the way second-wave infections are breaking out in many parts of the world, it makes sense to offer the conference in a hybrid format. For those who want to attend the physical version of the event, they can join us in person in the Overberg. However, the digital option is available to anyone wanting to register. All overseas speakers will present digitally. Another of the speakers will be Wesgro CEO Tim Harris, who will be identifying challenges and opportunities to be navigated over the next decade. Trends specialist, composer and left-field problem-solver Peter Greenwall will talk about disrupting local wine and hospitality tourism. Petra Mayer, who represents Wines of South Africa (WOSA) in Germany, will be highlighting what German tourists seek in their tourism experiences at the Cape, while Romanella Paggi of Ketek Events and Tourism in Mendoza, Argentina, will reflect on best practice in her region. VinPro tourism manager Marisah Nieuwoudt will address how best to ensure the longevity of wine tourism at the Cape. Catherine Leparmentier Dayot, who is based in Bordeaux as MD of the Great Wine Capitals Global Network will discuss how the South African wine industry can leverage on Cape Town’s membership of this network. Shelly Fuller, a conservation ecologist, who is WWF-SA’s programme manager: sustainable fruit and wine projects, will talk about the role and impact of her organisation on sustainability in local tourism. André Morgenthal, a wine communicator will be joined by celebrated winemaker Trizanne Barnard and environmental activist Diony Lalieu who will focus on how to take meaningful sustainability measures that earn consumer loyalty and support. The conference will also showcase the latest Wine & Food Tourism Awards honourees. Strict health and safety measures will be in place at Benguela Cove Lagoon Wine Estate near Hermanus in the Overberg with a maximum of 100 delegates in the room.
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City Fire Service Takes The Lead On Specialised Equipment The appliances are able to rescue 18 people at a time from a 22 storey building within 12 minutes via its lift system. They are also equipped with fire fighting equipment and a cage to assist in extinguishing fires in high rise buildings. Other vehicles acquired include water tankers, rescue vehicles and vehicles used for the Fire and Life Safety Section. In this financial year, the Fire and Rescue Service will receive an additional 34 vehicles, including foam tankers. “The Fire and Rescue Service does so much more than fight fires. Over time, it has evolved into a fully-fledged emergency service, responding to a wide range of calls including hazardous materials incidents, motor vehicle accidents, trauma and assault cases, structural collapse incidents, water rescues and even rescuing persons trapped in lifts during power outages. As a growing city, we need to ensure that our resources are up to scratch, and that is why we have made this investment in our Fire and Rescue Service, to help them deal effectively with the thousands of calls received every year,” said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith.
The City of Cape Town’s Fire and Rescue Service has taken a bold step forward in terms of its ability to fight fires and save lives, with the acquisition of a range of new and replacement vehicles over a two-year period. In the previous financial year, the Service took delivery of 99 vehicles, including four 56 metre heavy duty mobile aerial fire fighting/rescue lift turntable ladders.
Apart from the investment in additional vehicles, the Fire and Rescue Service is also ramping up its resources in the sky and on the ground to cope with the demands of the warmer months. As has become the custom, the Service will have aerial support on standby from December to assist with fire spotting and water-bombing of fires, particularly in the mountainous areas where firefighters cannot access. The Service is also in the process of finalising the recruitment of just more than 100 seasonal firefighters. The seasonals have become a fixture on the calendar between December and April, to assist with the large number of vegetation fires that occur during this time.
First BW4 Wind Farm Celebrates Its Commercial Commencement of Its Operations South Africa’s first bid window four (BW4) wind farm, part of government’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP), has announced its Commercial Operations Date, leading the way for a further eleven wind farms to come on stream. Collectively, 1.3 GW of new wind power capacity, will be added to the country’s national grid, as part of this REIPPP procurement round. The 110MW Perdekraal East Wind Farm, outside of the Western Cape’s picturesque town of Ceres, commenced its 20-year Commercial Operations period. This mega-utility scale wind farm is set to make an impact on South Africa’s national grid, whilst continuing to grow the social resilience of the surrounding Witzenberg communities. In line with the renewable energy sector trend, which is working to meet the Department of Energy’s local content requirements, the wind farm achieved very high local content levels, exceeding 48%. This includes both locally manufactured turbine towers as well as the project’s mega transformer, helping to drive the demand for local manufacturers to offer items previously only available through import. Local employment was also a vital aspect of the construction programme, alongside skills training, with the majority of the project’s construction workforce coming from the local communities of Ceres, Nduli, Bella Vista and Prince Alfred Hamlet. The industry has matured to the extent that expert skills that were previously brought in, such as specialist crane operators, are now South Africans, which demonstrates that skills are being effectively transferred. Other sectors that benefited, in addition to construction and manufacturing, was the logistics and transportation industry, which managed the delivery of 480 wind turbine components from the West Coast’s Port of Saldanha and Atlantis, to the project’s site. Perdekraal East Wind Farm began construction in July 2018 and is now ready to begin generating an estimate 368.8 GWh/year into the grid, despite this not being a typical new-build, having halted the construction for an extended period, due to the COVID-19 lockdown. Whilst generating enough clean electricity to power over 111 000 average South African homes, the wind farm will, just as importantly, emit zero carbon emissions and reduce the use of fossil fuels in addition to the region benefitting from almost zero water consumption during the power generation process.
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Green SMMEs Growing Economic Opportunity In May, Mayoral Committee Member for Economic Opportunities and Asset Management, Alderman James Vos, visited green SMMEs, observing all health and safety protocols, with GreenCape, one of the City’s Strategic Business Partners in the catalytic green economy sector. The purpose of these visits was to offer support to green SMMEs, making sure that the City supports the continued investment and job creation in the green economy. Five months later, these businesses are still going strong. One of the visits was to SolarMD, a local manufacturing company that specialises in commercial and industrial Lithium-Ion battery storage solutions. Since May, Solar MD has implemented a range of growth strategies, essentially doubling in factory size and introducing two more laser-welding machines increasing their daily output production to 800kWh. SolarMD currently has a strong order book of 11MWh on pre-paid solutions, with more orders constantly streaming in. This amounts to approximately 3 000 of its smaller battery packs, indicating that demand for energy storage products is growing substantially in the region.
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Another green SMME that formed part of the visit in May is SustainSolar, who manufacture turnkey and modular containerised solar solutions for off-grid applications. Since the site visit in May, they have been able to export one of their Sustain Extended turn-key solutions from their workshop in Cape Town to Uganda. Sustain Power was also awarded the globally recognised Solar Impulse Foundation Efficient Solutions Label, one of the first South African companies to have been awarded this honour.
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SA Wine & Food Tourism Award for Benguela Cove
At the 2020 Wine and Food Tourism Awards in September, Benguela Cove Lagoon Wine Estate was recognised as one of South Africa’s top three honourees in the ‘Innovation’ category. The estate received the award for the creation of the ‘Ultimate Benguela’ visitor experience. This includes a wine tasting pontoon tour of the lagoon, to see the diverse marine and birdlife. There are over 100 species of birds in the protected reserve and extensive wetlands, as well as mountain leopards and wild horses. The 200-hectare wine estate is becoming a popular ecotourism destination, with its location in the UNESCO designated Kogelberg Biosphere. It is at the lowest height, at sea level, and with the longest seaboard of any vineyard in the world, says owner Penny Streeter OBE:
“The estate is committed to the standards recommended by Wines of South Africa (WoSA) and its Sustainable Wine South Africa (SWSA) programme. Ultimate Benguela showcases the best in viticulture and environmental protection in an entertaining day out for lovers of good food and wine. The experience demonstrates how people can live and work in harmony within the fragile beauty of our natural environment, to harvest wonderful produce and a life-enhancing experience for visitors, the onsite teams and the wider community.” Visitors can tour the state-of-the-art winery and wine-making exhibition and dine in the Moody Lagoon Restaurant. It offers local seafood and wine-paired food options, guided by the resident sommeliers. Ultimate Benguela is inclusive, for everyone, says Penny Streeter: “This is one of the few wine estates fully wheel-chair accessible.” Benguela Cove Scoops Wine Awards “This has been an amazing month for us. We have never won so many awards in such a short period of time. The hard work of our cellar master Johann Fourie and his team, and the excellent wine we are producing is increasingly recognised by the top competition judges in South Africa and other countries.” Leading UK wine writer Tim Atkin MW launched his South Africa Special Report on September 10th and a major achiever was Benguela Cove, winning Medals of Excellence for all six of its entries for the first time, in the eighth annual report. Top achievers included the Catalina Semillon 2018. Produced from a single, 0.9-hectare vineyard, the semillon’s youthful character adds a herbal note and produces a lot of tension that benefits from time to evolve, says Johann Fourie. The Vinography Sauvignon Blanc 2019, in the vineyard’s artisan range, was also recognised. The estate went on to win plaudits in the Novare SA Terroir Wine Awards with the recently released Benguela Cove Catalina Sémillon 2018. Still in its infancy, the wine also caught the attention of the Platter’s guide which awarded it with 4.5 stars earlier in the year. In further news the 2020 Sauvignon Blanc Report by Winemag.co.za voted Benguela Cove Estate 2019 in the top 10 wooded wines. The estate then went on to win Four Gold Medals at the National Young Wine Show. Benguela Cove achieved gold medals for its Malbec and Semillon/ Sauvignon Blanc blend and, for the second year, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, with a further nine silver medals awarded. Most recently Johann Fouries’ team scooped four gold medals, including one double gold in the Michelangelo International Wine & Spirits Awards. Now in its 24th year, the competition has judges representing all seven continents. “Following the success for our Syrah, Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon wines, now the Bordeaux red varietals and Pinot Noir have won accolades. Also recognised were our dessert wine Noble Late Harvest - and the Lighthouse Collection Moody Lagoon red blend won a gold medal, highlighting Benguela Cove’s quality across ranges of wine, and for both red and white wines.” For more information visit www.benguelacove.co.za
Learners - Plan Your Kirstenbosch Adventure
A group of doctors advising schools in the Peninsula on how best to prevent and manage Covid-19 in the school setting, sent out a letter on 13 October with advice on how to keep the Matric learners safe for their exams. The letter recommends limiting socialising outside the school and meeting a few friends in an open space such as Kirstenbosch, or other open spaces in our beautiful city. In response to this letter, Kirstenbosch would like to contribute to keeping Cape Town’s Matrics safe by offering free entry for all learners on weekdays from 22 October to 15 December. Learners can simply ask for free entry at the Kirstenbosch Ticket Office upon arrival and a free entry ticket will be issued. Whether you want to walk in the fresh air, chill with a picnic, enjoy a latte or perhaps take on an adventure, why not make Kirstenbosch your first choice? Kirstenbosch recommends that learners charge their phones, arrive early, and enjoy any of these energising activities.
The Braille Trail and Boekenhout Trail are ideal, easy, forest walks, the Stinkwood Trail is a relatively short exploration of the oldest part of the forest, the Yellowwood Trail and Silvertree Trail are long, strenuous hikes that take you up to the waterfall and around the estate. It is possible to climb Table Mountain from Kirstenbosch, up Nursery Ravine or Skeleton Gorge. Exercise, especially in the outdoors, is recommended by doctors to reduce stress levels and Kirstenbosch is a perfect place for this! Take a brisk walk along our beautiful paths, or venture out further onto one of our hiking trails. When you are ready for the next level in fitness, sign up for a fun, fantastic workout in the Garden, every morning from 05h45 to 06h45. Inside Out Fitness runs an outdoor exercise programme in Kirstenbosch, for ladies and girls 15 years and older – great for both physical and mental health! Explore - If exploring on your own is your thing, simply get a map at the Ticket Office. Choose the Garden Guide if you are going to explore the Garden, and the Walks and Trails Map if you plan to venture into the wild side of Kirstenbosch. To begin your adventure, start with the Conservatory, then take a walk on the tree tops on the Tree Canopy Walkway (aka ‘The Boomslang’), pass the Cycad Amphitheatre and walk further up along the Fynbos Walk.
In order to keep visitors and staff safe, SANBI is reminding visitors to please wear their masks at all times, unless seated away from other visitors or eating. The wearing of masks is vital at the more congested areas of the Garden, including entrances/exits, shops, ablution facilities and pathways. “Please abide by all the garden rules and bylaws and kindly cooperate with our security and tourism staff, as their main concern is your safety and the care and maintenance of our beautiful Kirstenbosch.”
Guided Tour - Get an insider’s view of Kirstenbosch and join a free, 90 minute guided walk in the Garden, starting from the Visitors’ Centre and tackle one of the 5 trails through the Kirstenbosch Estate - all well-maintained, logged footpaths or gravel roads and are sign-posted.
Kirstenbosch is open every day, from 08h00-19h00 in summer. Garden entrance fees for adults are R75; SA Senior Citizens (with ID): Free on Tuesdays except on public holidays; RSA Students (with student card): R40; Learners (0 – up until Matric): Free on Mondays to Fridays from 22 October to 15 December 2020.
L-Gin ™ – Inspired By Elgin, made in Elgin The amazing L-Gin handcrafted gin, which was started in July 2018 by Sue Harper, Isabel Huxter and Ann Claughton, has a lot to celebrate this year. Although the global Covid-19 pandemic nearly hit them for a six, these three gin loving friends from Elgin, are celebrating four 2020 Michelangelo International Wine & Spirits Awards for their four gin flavours – Lush, Crush, Plush and On-The-Go. Background For about 3 years before starting their commercial distillery in 2018, the three friends played around with recipes and ideas using a 4 L copper potstil. “Our small boutique distillery is situated on a beautiful apple farm in Elgin and our main botanicals are all grown in Elgin. We were inspired by the scrumptious fruit which grows in the Elgin Valley and the abundance of oak trees which line many farm roads. To celebrate our valley, we wanted to create artisanal spirits which ‘distil’ the essence of our Elgin valley into unique gin.
We now produce four flavours: Lush, Crush, Plush and On-The-Go of L-Gin craft gin in small batches, using the locally grown fruit and locally grown juniper which we are very fortunate to have access to. The water used in our production process is collected from a natural spring in our beautiful valley. We were extremely fortunate when we started with our commercial distilling that we had guidance from Roger Jorgensen, known as the godfather of gin in SA, who patiently spent many hours with us directing our distillation process and advising us on every step of the way. It has been an amazing experience entering the craft gin industry and we have been overwhelmed by the warmth, advice, and honesty from many great local craft gin distillers. Products
LUSH - Elgin is mainly an apple producing valley so the first gin that we produced in 2018 was LUSH, distilled with Granny Smith apples, Elgin grown juniper, Elgin lemons, fresh ginger, coriander and angelica root. We battled for months to get the flavours right. In fact we refer to LUSH as our problem child because of all the problems we encountered and time spent before achieving the perfect fresh flavour we wanted. 2020 Michelangelo Awards: Double Gold CRUSH - The second gin we produced was CRUSH which is distilled with Elgin grown Blueberries, Elgin grown juniper, Elgin lemons, Salvia, African striped pepper, coriander, and angelica root. 2020 Michelangelo Awards: Gold PLUSH - Last year we decided to capture the beautiful Autumn colours of the Elgin Valley with the many oak trees lining our farm roads. This inspired us to produce PLUSH. With the cold winters in Elgin, we wanted to create a sipping gin which can be enjoyed neat on ice in front of a cosy fire. PLUSH is our contemporary gin distilled with locally grown juniper, citrus, coriander and angelica root. After distillation PLUSH is matured with oak to create a smooth balanced flavour. PLUSH has woody and earthy tones with notes of caramel but remains juniper forward. The oak adds complexity and a subtle sweetness, almost like starting as a young whiskey and finishes off as gin. Michelangelo Gin Trophy 2020: Best gin ON-THE-GO - To keep our spirits high during the difficult time of the alcohol ban in lockdown, we spent our time experimenting with a new recipe and a new concept. This gave birth to our L-Gin- On-The-Go, which we were able to launch when the alcohol ban was finally lifted. It is our classic gin with an Elgin ‛twist’, in a more economical smaller tube with a twisting tap which pops out. On-The-Go is distilled with Elgin juniper, Elgin Lemongrass, Elgin lemons, fresh ginger, coriander and angelica root. It is not a pre-mix, pure craft gin and you still need to add tonic if that is your preference. Never before has drinking gin been more convenient, ideal for smaller groups, picnics, camping and concerts, for when you are ‛on-the-go’. 2020 Michelangelo Wine & Spirits Trophy: Most Innovative Alternate packaging Michelangelo Wine and Spirits Awards We are blown away, honoured and extremely grateful for being rewarded with these Awards. Receiving the Michelangelo awards is truly the best reward we could have hoped for after all our hard work. The three of us have spent many hours distilling, bottling and labelling each and every bottle by hand. We can honestly and proudly say our L-Gin is true handcrafted gin. The three of us have spent many hours over the weekends promoting our gin at The Elgin Railway Market and we are extremely proud to be able to tell our clients about the great Michelangelo awards our gins were awarded. The exposure we receive from winning Michelangelo awards is a great way of getting our brand out there, and we realise how extremely fortunate we are to be rewarded for what we are passionate about and love doing. Through small batch distillation our long-term dream of Elgin inspired gin became a reality and a celebration of our friendship. Moreover just because we are three girls, we do argue that the antioxidants in juniper and blueberries and the cell repairing agents of apples and some of the other botanicals we use, make us believe: ‘Never before has drinking gin been more anti-aGINg!’ Our L-Gin Craft Gin Bar at the iconic Elgin Railway Market is open every Saturday and Sunday and also open daily during the Festive Season in December.” For more information visit our online store on www.l-gin.net Facebook: L-Gin Craft Gin | Instagram: lgincraftgin | Email: email@example.com
Sustainable seafood links ocean health with people’s lives & plates Food insecurity is a reality for many South Africans with nearly half of the nation’s households living under the poverty line and not being able to afford basic healthy eating. Before COVID-19 hit our shores, South Africa already had over 11 million people suffering from food insecurity. Now more than ever before our food systems must be sustainable, stronger and resilient to shocks. But what role does sustainable seafood play in combatting food insecurity? The largest survey of its kind, involving more than 20,000 people across 23 countries and conducted by independent insights consultancy, GlobeScan, revealed that 77% of South African seafood shoppers already made changes to the way they choose and buy seafood in the last year, in order to protect fish in our oceans so future generations can enjoy wild-caught seafood. Not only is sustainable seafood better for the environment and helping to achieve UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14, Live Below Water; it also helps ensure a steady supply of an important natural resource that people around the globe depend on for sustenance and their livelihoods. MSC certified fisheries also support the delivery of sustainable development targets relating to food security and sustainable economic growth. Maintaining or rebuilding fish stocks to sustainable levels is essential to ensure the long term availability of food. Louanne Mostert, Communications Manager at the South African branch of the MSC explains: “Sustainability is a key driver for seafood purchase in South Africa. When you choose certified sustainable seafood, you play a part in safeguarding our oceans and securing seafood for future generations – a small, but significant, role in fighting food insecurity.
KAUAI - A call to rebuild a better post-COVID ‘normal’
Day by day, we’re shaping our post-pandemic realities by tentatively returning to pre-lockdown habits or sticking with new behaviours we’ve discovered we prefer during lockdown. Still, for many South Africans, the main topic of conversation over the past few months has been our desire ‘to go back to normal’. Despite the devastating impact of COVID-19 on our country, it has also given us an opportunity to think differently, and talk about re-imagining and rebuilding our country in better ways. Picking up on this idea of rebuilding a new, healthier normal is Africa’s leading health food restaurant chain, KAUAI, which has just launched its ‘Don’t go back to abnormal’ conversation-starter campaign. Setting up its billboards in the midst of the country’s fast-food valleys, KAUAI is provoking thought around the ways that we have normalised things that we know deep down aren’t serving us. Says Dean Kowarski, KAUAI CEO, “If COVID-19 has taught us anything, it’s that we’re living in a world where our health cannot be taken for granted. Unfortunately, junk food laden with sugar and trans-fats, preservatives and additives has become a lifestyle standard for many, and tragically, an aspiration for millions more. KAUAI is calling this out as abnormal.” “For us, healthy eating is normal - enjoying fresh, natural, delicious whole foods with fruit and veggies that support your immune system and improve your overall health.” #DontGoBackToAbnormal is a platform for South Africans to start conversations that matter. What is really good for us, and worth taking forward? What is not serving us and should be left behind? Says Kowarski, “KAUAI is calling out bad eating habits as abnormal, but we want this campaign to spark different broader conversations about other abnormal situations that South Africans have accepted as normal in their everyday lives. We want to challenge South Africans to reflect on what they think is abnormal and what they would like to change going forward.”It’s true that we are creatures of habit; but we can also pivot quickly when it comes to making new, better habits. What do you think is abnormal, and what do you want to change going forward?”
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Last year, researchers from the University of Leeds in the UK found that consuming more fruit and vegetables improves your mental wellbeing. Their findings indicate that eating just one extra portion of fruits and vegetables a day could have an equivalent effect on mental wellbeing to about eight extra days of walking a month for at least 10 minutes at a time. One of the authors of the study, Dr Neel Ocean, said that while further work is needed to demonstrate cause and effect, “The results are clear: people who do eat more fruit and vegetables report a higher level of mental wellbeing and life satisfaction than those who eat less.” The trick, as most of us know, is getting in your full five a day, every day. For the past eight years, NutriBullet has been turning the nutrition industry on its head by delivering high-quality blenders to extract maximum nutritional value from your fruit and veggies at home, turning ordinary food into superfood. Now they have added two more products to their range – the Pro 1000 and the Blender Combo – which means everyone can find a NutriBullet to suit their lifestyle – just push, twist and blend! The NutriBullet Pro 1000 makes silky-smooth superfood smoothies. Along with smoothies, the NutriBullet also makes delicious blended soups, dressings, desserts, all-natural ice creams, nut butter, dips and more. Take your nutrition extraction to the next level with the power, precision and versatility of the NutriBullet Blender Combo Equipped with multiple speeds to choose from so that you have full control, the Blender Combo also has a pulse function so your options for delicious meals are endless. The Blender Combo can handle hot liquids, so put creamy, nutritious soups on your menu!
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EMPLOYMENT EQUITY FOR EMPLOYERS TIPS FOR A SUCCESSFUL EE SUBMISSION It’s officially Employment Equity Submission season, as submissions for Employment Equity (EE) Reports are open with the Department of Employment until January 2021. Designated Employers are compelled by law to submit their EE Reports during this time, or face penalties in the form of a fine of up to R1.5million or up to 10 years’ imprisonment. These penalties are severe, which means that Designated Employers cannot risk failing to submit their EE Reports. After hundreds of successful EE Report submissions for South African companies, here are SDF Corp’s top tips for a successful EE Report submission or Audit: Accurate forms - Part of your EE Report comprises the EEA2 form, the EEA4 form, and the Acknowledgement Letter. These forms must be completed and submitted on time with utmost care to reduce your chances on receiving an audit from the Department of Employment and Labour. Legitimate reasons for failing to meet targets - If you have failed to reach the goals and targets your have set in your EE Plan, you need to provide legitimate reasons and proof thereof. For example, financial reasons could have thwarted your recruitment efforts as per your goals and targets. Another legitimate reason would be a lack of qualified candidates in the industry for the position you needed to recruit. Commitment - True transformation can only take place with buy-in from top management, down to the last employee in the organisation’s organogram. The Department of Employment and Labour’s inspectors are adept at spotting Plans that are presented on paper only, and will easily require an audit if they suspect that Employment Equity is not truly being implemented in the organisation. Employment Equity is a tool to bring true fairness and equality into your workplace and your commitment to the spirit of the legislation will be a strong determinant of a successful EE Report submission. Designated Employers that successfully weave Employment Equity into the fabric of their organisational culture will be able to go through the EE Report submission period with little to no
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The Sports Science Institute of South Africa extends its reach The Sports Science Institute of South Africa (SSISA) is internationally recognised as a leader in the field of sport science. In 2019, the Sports Science Institute of South Africa launched its campus-based, SETA accredited one-year certificate and two-year diploma in personal training and conditioning. 2020 has seen continued growth, with the institute running at full capacity as the diploma students entered their second year and SSISA welcomed a new intake of first year students.
For the Sports Science Institute, the challenges of 2020 have provided the opportunity for innovation and change. Through its partners located across the country, SSISA’s distance learning qualifications will enable the student to benefit from the same learning material, additional resources, lecturer presentations, assessments as well as practical instruction and access to specialist equipment used in their campus-based courses. “It is critically important that our qualifications are standardised across all modes of delivery, campus-based and distance learning, as well as in all centres in order for our students to leave our institution with knowledge and skills that will set them apart, in what has fast become a competitive industry,” said Cathy Foden who is heading up SSISA’s distance learning. The health, wellness and sport performance industry continue to grow exponentially, and there are numerous opportunities for a career in health and fitness centres, schools and sports clubs. In addition, those with an entrepreneurial outlook will learn the skills needed to start their own venue-based or online business. “The launch of these distance learning qualifications provides all students in South Africa with the opportunity to study through our renowned institution where experts provide insight into fitness, strength and conditioning.”
Metro Police K9 unit can’t be fooled With drug dealers becoming increasingly creative in the transport and concealment of their stash, the Metro Police K9 unit has proven time and again that they can’t be thrown off the trail. Over a 14-month period, the Metro Police K9 Unit recovered 15 330 units of drugs. Nearly 60% of the narcotics was handed over to the South African Police Service as ‘abandoned’, meaning no arrests were made in these instances. “One of the tactics employed by drug dealers is to hide their stash in an empty field or crevices in the pavement and so forth, so the K9s recover the drugs, but there is no one to arrest as it is not found on a person or a property that can be linked to an individual. However, these operations and confiscations disrupt the supply chain, so all is not lost.” The K9 Unit has also reported more and more instances of suspects trying to throw the dogs off the scent by hiding their stash with black pepper or other chemicals, and hiding drugs in trees as they believe that the dogs aren’t able to search in high places. The K9s are trained to focus on the smells they were trained to detect and their abilities are of such a nature that they cancel out all other scents, so it really is a colossal waste of time to try and fool our four-legged colleagues or their human handlers. The Metro Police K9 unit currently has 22 operational canines, 12 of which are used for narcotics detection, of which six specialise in the detection of explosives and four which focus on urban man trailing (missing persons). The breeds in use include bloodhounds, pointer German shepherds, Dutch shepherds and several mixed-breed canines. Between 1 July 2019 and 30 September 2020, the unit made 265 arrests, of which nearly 70% were drug-related. In addition, they confiscated the following: 15 330 units of drugs, with mandrax the most common drug recovered, R85 721 in cash and Seven firearms and imitation firearms and 52 rounds of ammunition. During the hard COVID-19 lockdown, the K9s also played a crucial role on the frontline, conducting searches at roadblocks, instead of their handlers, and thus mitigating the risk of exposure to the virus.
Quintin the robot connects isolated Covid-19 patients with families Quintin the robot, who has been assisting physicians at Tygerberg Hospital’s Covid-19 intensive care unit (ICU), is now also helping to put concerned family members in touch with ICU patients that have had to be isolated – and in some cases, allowing them to say goodbye for the very last time. Quintin, a Double Robotics robot that looks like a computer tablet on wheels, has been equipped to do video and voice calls using the freely available WhatsApp service, or regular phone calls. That means family members can now dial in to “visit” with patients in the Covid-19 ICU. Quintin can be remotely steered using an app and therefore hospital staff don’t have to physically enter the ward to position the robot. This reduces their risk of infection, saves on personal protective equipment (PPE) and frees up their time to focus on other tasks. Enabling contact between patients and their families has been a “humanising process”, explains Dr Kerry Louw, a psychiatrist at Stellenbosch University’s Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (FMHS) and Tygerberg Hospital. She likens the experience of being a patient in an ICU to “a form of psychological anguish which involves a fear of death, unexpected pain and sensory deprivation, as well as overstimulation”. “ICU patients are not only physically ill, but often also suffer psychologically because they are isolated from their families, are sleep-deprived due to the constant beeping of machines, and experience no natural light or air movement. Some patients stay in an ICU for long periods of time, and it becomes really difficult for them,” Louw explains. Louw says the Department of Psychiatry was already providing individual and group support for healthcare staff working with Covid-19 patients, when a colleague asked if they could help with patient family contact. When Quintin is called upon to assist, he moves over to the patient and sometimes stays with them for hours while the family visits virtually. According to Prof Coenie Koegelenberg, an FMHS pulmonologist who also works in Tygerberg Hospital’s Covid-19 ICU, the idea of using Quintin in this capacity came about “because we didn’t expect the patients to be so aware, awake and anxious.” “It is difficult for healthcare workers to provide psychological support through a mask and goggles, because you look like an alien and it is difficult to hear what people are saying,” he says. None of the ICU specialists have fallen ill yet, but Quintin’s services as an intermediary between patients and their families have been indispensable.
Cyprus suspends the Citizenship through Investment programme - Cyprus’ permanent residency programmes remain unaffected The Cypriot government recently suspended its ‘Citizenship through Investment’ programme for ultra wealthy investors (min €2,3Million investment) after an exposé reporting abuses of the system was aired on Al Jazeera on the 12th October 2020. The morning after the programme aired there was an emergency parliamentary meeting held and the MPs voted to withdraw the investment programme in its current form, as they are concerned about the corruption allegations. The government’s commitment to act so swiftly is an indication that this is a clean up, not a cover up. Cyprus will be re-launching a revised programme at a later stage.
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If you love good food and special treats, you simply have to visit The Smiling Oven in Somerset West. This well-known and popular Helderberg home industry’s range of yummy foods and treats includes everything from their famous milk tarts and pies, to cakes, savouries and delicious old-fashioned home-cooked meals. At The Smiling Oven’s latest initiative the Kitchen Kafé, patrons also have the opportunity to sit back and relax in style while enjoying the wide variety of scrumptious dishes and light meals on the Kafé menu. The Kitchen Kafé can also be booked for special functions, meetings or parties; exceptions to normal business hours can be discussed and negotiated with management.
Starting work very early each morning (some team members specialise in cakes and others excel in making pastries) and an administrative team who all do their bit to ensure that the bakery and home industry’s shelves are loaded with treats and bakes. Some of these kitchen staff members have been working for more than 16 years, helping to make The Smiling Oven engines run like a well-oiled machine. The Smiling Oven not only sells cooked food, cakes, pies, savouries, sandwiches and other treats to the public, but also provides cakes and other baked goods to several other shops and home industries in and around the Helderberg.
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FRANSCHHOEK UNCORKED FESTIVAL CELEBRATES SUMMER IN STYLE Suffering from lockdown blues? Now that we’re on Level 1 and allowed larger gatherings be sure to save the date for this year’s Franschhoek Uncorked Festival, which takes place over the weekend of 6 - 8 November 2020. 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. 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 peek your interest. These include a unique Chardonnay and sushi pairing, and a tractor ride through the vineyards, to name but a few. 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. Make the most of your Franschhoek outing and turn it into a weekend of unforgettable memories. COVID-19 safety regulations will be in place at all establishments as per Level 1 regulations. For more information visit www.franschhoekuncorked.co.za
THE LITTLE COMPANY THAT COULD - THE GALILEO RETURNS… WITH A TWIST! The team behind Cape Town’s pioneer outdoor cinema, The Galileo Open Air Cinema, is back for another sensational summer of movie magic under a canopy of stars. As always, they have reinvented and reimagined their cinematic offering to entertain the Mother City. Presenting three dazzling concepts for their ninth consecutive season, namely The Galileo Royale, The Galileo Picnic and The Galileo Drive In, there sure is something for everyone to enjoy and gravitate towards.
The Galileo Royale is their brand-new spin-off to the popular Galileo screenings taking place every Wednesday. Lap up the luxury and the royal treatment with a one hour live music performance, movie, backrest, blanket, welcome drink, appetiser and popcorn – all included in your ticket price. This unique affair will only cater for a limited number of couples and movie-goers so pre-booking is essential. The Galileo Picnic provides the classic and cherished Galileo experience, with a local artisanal market, giant lawn games and social picnic before the start of the movie at sunset. Friends and families come together on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays at the magnificent Kirstenbosch Gardens and various wine estates across the Cape Winelands for a magical evening of blockbuster movies, delectable food and beautiful memories. The Galileo Drive In will form part of The Galileo’s schedule every Friday, as the need for a covid-friendly option has been appreciated by movie-goers across the Cape. With a range of family-friendly favourites lined-up, you can park backwards and cuddle up with your loved ones and pillows and blankets in the boot. Pre-order a selection of goodies with your tickets or bring along your favourite snacks for a nostalgic night out. To view the movie schedule, venues and to book your tickets, visit www.thegalileo.co.za
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TURNING THE WHEEL FROM TRAGEDY TO TRIUMPH In 2011 a motorcycle accident changed Reyaan Traut’s life forever. Since then he has won 12 gold medals in the South African & Western Cape Track, time trial and road cycling championships, finished eighth in the Manchester Para Internationals and was the first disabled athlete to finish sub-three hours in the 2019 Cape Town Cycle Tour. The Western Cape Government has recognised his achievements, naming him 2019 Sports Newcomer of the Year and his employer, DirectAxis, appointed him as its brand ambassador. Although he’s always been into fitness, Reyaan, from Elfindale, had never been interested in cycling until the accident that cost him his left arm. With typical understatement he explains what happened. “About two years ago, a friend and I decided to go for a bicycle ride that turned into a bit of a challenge and I suppose my competitive nature took over.” It’s the same unwillingness to let the loss of an arm limit him that led him to accept a rope-climb challenge at his local gym. He excelled at that too. Married, with three children, Reyaan doesn’t consider himself a role model or even an especially gifted athlete but does share his story when asked to do so because he thinks it might help other people see past immediate crises and work towards opportunities that could lie ahead. “For someone like me who’s always been into physical fitness, losing an arm was a very big deal, but ultimately it didn’t change who I am. I was fortunate to find a new way to channel my focus and I’ve worked hard to do my best at it. That’s all.” It’s this matter-of-fact, down-to-earth attitude that resulted in DirectAxis naming Reyaan a brand ambassador and supporting his cycling ambitions, which include competing in the Paralympics.
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The sponsorship has meant that Reyaan was able to get a new bike which has been specially adapted to enable him to change gears and brake safely using just one hand. “I’m lucky to get the support to be able to pursue my goals. There are so many talented people in South Africa who don’t and as a country we need to fix that.”
THE FAMOUS RAPPORT TOUR IS BACK!
Photo L - R: Alan van Heerden and Ertjies Bezuidenhout - Photo credit: Rapport Newspaper
From 7-11 March 2021 the famous Rapport Tour returns to the world cycling stage, placing the magnifying glass on the beauty of the Western Cape and South Africa as a tourist destination and the Rainbow Nation’s hosting capacity. Following an absence of 20 years, the Rapport Tour returns in 2021 as a five-stage race in the Western Cape.
“The Tour staging coincides with the 50-year anniversary celebrations of Rapport newspaper and we will also present the Rapport Classic, a single day fun ride with distance options over 115km and 60km open to the public on the first day of the Tour in Paarl on 7 March 2021,” said Mauritz Meyer from the Hectic Promotions non-profit organising company. The Rapport Tour is a household name in cycling all over the world. It was staged from 1973-2000. The rebirth will invoke lots of emotion and bring back many fond memories for South African sporting fans. No other tour has managed to vest itself sustainably as South Africa’s signature cycling tour. Even today Wikipedia hails the Rapport Tour as the only fully-fledged international cycling tour South Africa has ever presented. The 2021 Tour is based in the Cape Winelands for the first four stages and then goes onto Cape Town for the final stage time trial. “With the final day in Cape Town two days before the Cape Town Cycle Tour, we’re expecting a nice spectator turnout. The Cape Town stage has been designed with this in mind and spectators are likely to line the climb from bottom to top,” said Meyer. The Rapport Tour will see participation from South Africa’s top professionals as well as a host of international riders. While the Rapport Tour had to function in isolation for many years during its existence, the 2021 Tour is presented in conjunction with Cycling South Africa and numerous top international cyclists have expressed interest to take part and showcase their talent, provided Covid-19 travel restrictions have been relaxed. If the restrictions are still in place, the tour will be staged with local riders only.
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