“Not all those who wander are lost.” – J.R.R Tolkien There is something romantic about the idea of travelling: The alluring desire to explore and discover new, beautiful, or rustic places. It isn’t always necessary to travel abroad to satisfy this desire. South Africa has splendid landscapes and adventure that awaits the travellers’ heart. This spring, take a Cape Country Routes road trip! Road trips are synonymous with candid selfies, friends, fun and laughter. Cape Country Routes has a few adventure filled activities that can turn into cherished moments. Route 62 Take a trip on the scenic Route 62 where the Breede Rivier Valley and the Klein Karoo meet. The rustic countryside is well suited for a range of activities. From nature walks and bird watching to shopping at farm stalls and the village market. Montagu offers loads of options for the venturesome tourists such as the ever-so-popular hiking trails in the surrounding mountains, or mountain biking for the adventurous at heart. Alternatively, go for a dashing ride in a classic Cadillac with American Dream Cars and explore the surrounds in style! For the brave and the daring, Robertson offers exhilarating guided tours on Harley Davidson motorcycles with Cape American Motorcycle Tours, taking you on an unforgettable experience through the countryside via Route 62. Robertson Wine Route is one of the best-kept wine region secrets of South Africa. Be sure to visit the luscious Van Loveren Wines for various offerings specially created for curious minds. Van Lovern Wines have various food & wine pairings, tranquil strolls through their peaceful birding routes, guided garden tours (which included a glass of bubbly). Hike the Fish Eagle hiking trail with its informative biodiversity signage, or explore the mountain biking trails that cater for a range of experience levels, from family to serious adrenaline driven riders. Also try the delicious array of meals at the bistro, Christina’s @ Van . . .
We all know that hunting for environmentally products is important - and door handles should be a consideration too. Handles Inc, are cognisant of this and have a range to select from. With this in mind, Olivari, a range exclusive to Handles Inc, has a very green and interesting story. They use BIOCHROME® on some of their products, an Olivari developed finish, which helps protect the environment. In 2005, Olivari’s Research and Development Department developed a unique method for chrome-plating brass ecologically. Unlike the traditional manufacturing process, the BIOCHROME® covering uses trivalent chrome instead of the common hexavalent chrome, harmful to both health and the environment. Their BIOCHROME® finish is suitable for green architecture and anywhere a low environmental impact product is required. Laboratory tests have shown that the greater thickness and uniformity of the BIOCHROME® plating over traditional chrome-plating guarantee great resistance to wear and tear and tarnishing. Biochrome-plated products are recognisable because they have been laser hallmarked with the BIO logo. Plus every single handle can be traced because it provides the lot number and date of manufacture. Prices range between R4000 - R5000 depending on the handle and finish. Please find attached an image of a gorgeous door handle with BIOCHROME®. Let me know if you need the images in higher res. Also, if you're in Cape Town and want to source product - we can easily arrange that. With Handles Inc you can easily create a slick designer pad, quirky villa feel, a bathroom haven or a cutting-edge office environment with their quality handles and bathroom accessories. Architects and interior designers know that it’s details like these that make a space truly unique and exceptional. With a collection of over 9000 items to inspire you, Handles Inc has specialist designer pieces personally selected from top global manufacturers. With these exclusive ranges and a . . .
Spring is around the corner, even though it doesn't feel like it... and it's brings with it a bright, colourful and freshness – much like the Handles Inc range! Handles might seem like a small detail in the home, but with such a massive variety of shapes, sizes, colours and textures, the handles from Handles Inc have the ability to transform any space. Whether you’re in the kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, study or office, Handles Inc has a huge range of handles to suit even the most discerning taste. Handles are no longer simply tools to open doors, cupboards, cabinets or drawers – they are pieces of carefully crafted art. Handles with a difference. The Handles Inc range is fashionable, elegant, interesting and dynamic. It is worth considering adding a few of these gems to spruce up your house this Spring! Please let me know if you need the images in higher res and if you are looking for something specific for a decor feature - whether it is home or office. Also, if you're in Cape Town and want to source product - we can easily arrange that. With Handles Inc you can easily create a slick designer pad, quirky villa feel, a bathroom haven or a cutting-edge office environment with their quality handles and bathroom accessories. Architects and interior designers know that it’s details like these that make a space truly unique and exceptional. With a collection of over 9000 items to inspire you, Handles Inc has specialist designer pieces personally selected from top global manufacturers. With these exclusive ranges and a design-savvy team on hand to assist, Handles Inc will help you make your home or office a space that reflects your individuality – and a dream to live or work in. For your local stockist visit www.handlesinc.co.za or call 021-422 2322. Photo: Photo: CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Don’t miss out on The Kitchen at Maison’s renowned First Fridays event this Friday 2 September. Join us for a memorable dining experience consisting of a delicious multi-course menu created by Maison’s esteemed Chef Arno Janse van Rensburg. Arno’s menu is unpretentious and emphasises freshness, flavour and simple combinations of ingredients. Paired with superb Maison wine and your good company, there’s no better way to experience the essence of good living. The menu Oysters, shallot, chervil, vinegar Chicken, swedes, radish Ricotta, corn, pistachio Asparagus, yogurt, leek Chocolate, quinoa, citrus Gorgonzola, peanut, tahini Owned by Weylandts CEO Chris Weylandt, the core value of the restaurant- the art of good living- is evident in the ambiance of the restaurant. Surrounded by vineyards and gardens, The Kitchen at Maison is uncluttered, elegant and a vibrant space filled with earth tones. Tables book out fast so make your booking now to avoid disappointment. Bookings are secured with upfront payment, however full refunds are available for cancellations made a minimum of 24 hours in advance. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
August 29, 2016: The percentage of women-owned SMMEs on SANRAL’s community development type projects has gradually grown from 30% to 40% over the past three financial years. It was announced at the roads agency’s Women in Roads Seminar - its principal Women’s Month event. The seminar focussed on women SMMEs and informed them about SANRAL’s business opportunities and how the roads agency will continue to assist and empower them. “The development of SMMEs forms part of SANRAL’s broader socio-economic development initiatives. The agency look for ways to empower emerging entrepreneurs to enable them to enjoy the long term economic benefits from SANRAL projects,” said Marlize Nel-Verwey, SANRAL Southern Region project manager. SANRAL has a consistent and long term programme to support women in road infrastructure development and is making significant strides in mainstreaming women-owned road construction business. SANRAL also awarded 45 contracts worth about R903 million to professional consulting engineering companies to design and supervise road and bridge works, of which about 40 percent was earned by black-owned companies. Mandisa Giyose, MMC (Research, IGR and IDP Planning) for O.R. Tambo District Municipality, said the municipality supports SANRAL’s role in women empowerment. She also expressed the municipality’s role to uplift lift women-owned SMMEs in the region. “We commit as the district municipality to ensure that when mega projects like the Mzimvubu Dam and N2 projects commence, women SMME’s will be the majority beneficiaries. We want to ensure that up to 60% of upcoming projects be awarded to local companies,” Giyose said. Women in engineering Nel-Verwey said that although big strides are being made towards gender equality, statistical data indicates that the number of women engineers and students are declining world-wide. “Although there is no limits to young woman’s choice of study course the civil engineering field is still a . . .
Close to 1000 members and supporters of The Sunflower Fund will be seen towing the line at the Cell C Day Of Races powered by Reebok at the Green Point Athletics Stadium on Sunday, 11 September 2016. Founded in 1999, The Sunflower Fund is a South African non-profit organisation dedicated to creating awareness, educating the public and facilitating the registration process for people to join the South African Bone Marrow Registry (SABMR). “Our mission is both to create awareness and grow the South African Bone Marrow Registry to help those patients that have been diagnosed with leukaemia and are in need of a transplant,” says Adi Phillips, The Sunflower Fund Regional Manager: Western Cape. “We are excited to join forces with the Cell C Day Of Races. This partnership is sure to enhance the reach of our campaign. We expect to have between 1000 – 1200 runners participating in support of The Sunflower Fund. Runners will be able to purchase our funky Sunflower Fund TOPES (tube of Hope) on the day. The funds raised from the sales of Topes will be used to pay for donors to join the registry. We look forward to an exciting day out and can’t wait to meet new people and make new friends.” EVENT INFORMATION: With an emphasis on fitness, fun, friends and fitting in, entrants are guaranteed to ‘Find Their Fit’ when taking part in the Cell C Day Of Races powered by Reebok. There are five exciting start waves to choose from. Cape Town Date: Sunday, 11 September 2016 Start & Finish Venue: Green Point Athletics Stadium Entry Fee: R60.00 Distance: 5km Waves: 1. Pretty Fast: Female 2. Young, Fast and Free: U18 3. Pace Makers: 50+ 4. Sole Mates: Pairs 5. Anything Goes: Open 6. Elite Race (Invited Athletes) Like our Facebook page: SunflowerFund / Day Of Races Follow us on Twitter: @SunflowerFund / @DayOfRaces Instagram: @dayofraces For more information on The Sunflower Fund visit www.sunflowerfund.org.za For more . . .
Maison is bringing First Thursdays back this September. On Thursday 1 September, The Kitchen at Maison will yet again take over the Weylandts Green Point store to offer Capetonians a chance to enjoy the Maison dining experience in their own backyard. Expect a delicious multi-course menu designed by Maison’s esteemed Chef Arno Janse van Rensburg as well as wines from the estate vineyards. Maison is a Top 20 Finalist for the Eat-Out Mercendes-Benz Restaurant Awards 2013/2014/2015. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to enjoy the Maison experience right here in Cape Town at Weylandts Green Point. The menu Oysters, shallot, chervil, vinegar Chicken, swedes, radish Ricotta, corn, pistachio Asparagus, yogurt, leek Chocolate, quinoa, citrus Gorgonzola, peanut, tahini Tables book out fast so make your booking now to avoid disappointment. Bookings are secured with upfront payment, however full refunds are available for cancellations made a minimum of 24 hours in advance. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
“Despite a decreasing trend in the last weeks, the outbreak in Angola remains of high concern to us. The vaccination coverage is still far from reaching 100 per cent and we have persistent local transmission in the capital, report of infections in new districts and the spread of the outbreak to neighbouring countries. It is a race against time,” said Secretary General of Angola Red Cross, Mr Valter Quifica. In a report published on 26 July 2016, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies noted that while numbers of yellow fever cases confirmed in Angola were beginning to decline, the expected September rains could hamper efforts to containing the disease. According to a June update from the World Health Organisation as of 10 June, had been reported in all the 18 provinces of Angola. Vaccination programmes have been ongoing, with mass vaccination campaigns now planned for Cuando Cubango, Cunene and Namibe provinces, bordering Namibia and Zambia. “The evolution of the epidemiological situation in Angola is concerning and needs to be closely monitored,” continues the WHO report. “Based on experiences from previous similar events, it is expected that additional cases will be reported. The reports of yellow fever imported cases in China, DRC, and Kenya demonstrate the threat that this outbreak constitutes to the entire world... There is an urgent need to continue strengthening the quality of the response in Angola and to enhance preparedness in neighbouring countries.” In a 16 July update to their travel notice, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) put the number of Angolan yellow fever confirmed or suspected cases at “at least 3 552 … including 355 deaths”. The CDC confirmed that all travelers to the country older than nine months are required by the Angolan government to be vaccinated. The CDC advises visitors to Angola to make arrangements with a yellow fever vaccine provider “well in advance of travel” due to a worldwide . . .
2015 Scholarships recipients, left to right Carla Smith, Caleb Heynes and Andiswa Mbolekwa. Photo: Debbie Yazbek. Six gifted Grade 12 scholars are one step closer to claiming their share of R800 000 to help realise their dream of studying the performing arts at tertiary level. This incredible opportunity has been granted to them as part of the 8th annual Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) Scholarship Programme. Since 2009, ACT has been supporting arts students through this Programme. The only difference this year is that there are more Scholarships on offer to Grade 12 scholars and first and second year university students than ever before. Funded by the National Lotteries Commission (NLC), and supported by the Dramatic, Artistic and Literary Organisation (DALRO) and the Nedbank Arts Affinity, the 2016 Scholarships Programme will change the lives of dramatic arts, singing, dance and musical theatre scholars and students with scholarships to the value of R800 000. After a nationwide search, ACT has selected six Grade 12s from across the country. They are; Sibusiso Nhlapo (20) from Alberton, Gauteng, National School of the Arts; Tamzin Williams (17) from Cape Town, Western Cape, The Settlers High School; Thandaza Silwane (18) from Lady Grey, Eastern Cape, Lady Grey Arts Academy; Jeani Heyns (18) from Cape Town, Western Cape, Bloemhof Girls High; Virtuous Kandemiiri (17) from Centurion, Gauteng, Lyttelton Manor High School; and Robin Castle (17) East London, Eastern Cape, Stirling High School. ACT CEO, Pieter Jacobs says of the six finalists: “It takes a rare combination of natural talent, potential for growth, charisma, and a bit of magic that leads to a candidate being selected as one of six finalists from among 300 participants. It's going to be a very tough final round and we are excited to host these exceptional young performers and see them battle it out on stage.” All exceptionally excited about making it through the audition process, this super . . .
Whether you were there on the night, or followed it on social media, you will not want to miss the sensational 2016 Naledi Theatre Awards television broadcast on Sunday, 4 September on kykNET, Channel 144. From heart-wrenching acceptance speeches and tributes that left the audiences drying their eyes, to hysterical skits and spellbinding performances, this 90-minute TV-spectacular highlights what South Africa loves most about the theatre. This magical broadcast, devised by Naledi Theatre Awards Executive Director Dawn Lindberg and executed by Clive Morris Productions, captures all the glitz, glam, sentiment and excitement that Lindberg’s staging of the 2016 Naledi Theatre Awards at the Lyric Theatre on 19, April exuded. Be transported back to this auspicious occasion with performances by Grammy-winners Wouter Kellerman and Ladysmith Black Mambazo, pop idol Somizi Mhlongo, Sister Act star Candida Mosoma, the warm and rich voiced Timothy Moloi, Jonathan Roxmouth and Sharon Spiegel-Wagner. Exceptional live music by the Johannesburg Youth Orchestra, conducted by Eddie Clayton, will guide you through the deliverance and acceptance of 31 well-deserved Naledi Theatre Awards, while MC’s, comedian Mark Banks and TV personality Bridget Masinga, share jokes and anecdotes along the way. You do not want to miss the fashion-forward formal wear worn by Masinga and celebrity presenters Pearl Thusi, Cathy Specific, Nataniël, Maps Maponyane and Atandwa Kani or miss the chance to see legends David Kramer and Dali and Rachel Tambo take to the stage to honour their comrades in the arts. Emotional moments abound when the Lesedi Spirit of Courage Award winner, Gaynor Young accepts her award for unbelievable bravery and perseverance from Nataniël; when Taliep Petersen’s children accept his posthumous Lifetime Achievement Award and when the granddame of South Africa theatre, Thembi Mtshali receives her Executive Director’s Award. Witness Mr Showbiz himself, Alvon Collison, . . .