On Friday 9th of December, Bona Dea Private Estate in Hermanus will be hosting a lavish fundraising evening in support of the Grootbos Foundation. The Cape Philharmonic Orchestra will be performing at the event and all the profits of the evening will go to the Grootbos Foundation and other charities. The Grootbos Foundation is a non-profit organisation, established in 2003 with the vision of transforming communities and conserving the environment through the creation of sustainable livelihoods and active citizenship through ecotourism, enterprise development, sports development and education. Diddi Johnson, Co-owner and managing trustee of Bona Dea Private Estate says: “We are so thrilled to be in a position to support the Grootbos Foundation this year, I find it most impressive that the owners Mr & Mrs Lutzeyer of Grootbos Nature Reserve invest from their own business profits and funds to keep the Foundation financially stable and viable. They do such amazing work in our community and we hope that we can assist them again in the future”. Along with the performance of the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra, there will also be an auction, where a select amount of donated items will be available for auction to supplement the income. This includes a self-catering cottage for four persons in Skiathos, Greece, an artwork by MIES and a bronze sculpture by Bruce Little. Grootbos Private Nature Reserve is donating the catering and Bona Dea Private Estate has donated the venue complex, furniture, décor, crockery, cutlery and flowers for the event with both businesses making their staff available at no cost. Local wineries are also donating a fine selection of local wines. Bona Dea Private Estate is situated in an elevated position with endless un-interrupted views over the Babylonstoring mountain range and the beautiful Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, which makes for a stunning venue for a musical event such as this. Guests at the fundraising event will be treated to a dine . . .
The veil was lifted on a powerhouse partnership between market leaders in the motoring industry, Toyota South Africa and Africa’s biggest obstacle course race, the Warrior Race, in Johannesburg on Thursday. The increasing popularity of the Toyota WARRIOR Race, powered by Reebok, as it will now be known, has been phenomenal and, according to Fritz Pienaar from Advendurance, the partnership with Toyota will help the event reach an even wider audience. “The fit between the brands is obvious: our event caters for anyone with a sense of adventure and we are really excited about the partnership that will drive the popular series for the next three years,” said Pienaar. Vice president of Marketing for Toyota SA, Glenn Crompton announced Toyota’s partnership with The Warrior Race. “The toughness and ruggedness of the Warrior race terrain is the ideal playground for our off-road and crossover vehicles, providing the perfect showcase for models such as our RAV4, Hilux and soon-to- be-released C-HR crossover. But more than that, the Warrior race aims to promote active and healthy lifestyles, and encourages participants to overcome challenges that put mind, body and spirit to the test. It’s therefore the perfect fit for our brand as Toyota similarly strives to be a mobility leader and enrich lives by moving people, no matter how challenging the circumstances,” The Toyota WARRIOR Race events are held at venues close to major cities to make them as accessible as possible. The format and type of obstacles test participants’ strength, speed, stamina and character, making them a challenge for participants and a great spectacle for family and friends that are supporting. The fact that each event is highly spectator friendly sees supporters become as focussed on each obstacle as the competitor they are supporting – a very different kind of bonding experience. Pienaar believes Toyota’s long term commitment enables them to introduce some exciting new initiatives at the . . .
Uitenhage swimming twins Alaric and Alard Basson are preparing for a week of explosive performances when they compete for South Africa in the World Short Course Championships in Canada next week. Taking place in Windsor, Ontario, the 13th Fina short course championships will see the 20-year-old Nedbank NMMU Swimming Club stars test themselves against the world's elite from December 6 to 11. Alaric is preparing for a week of intense competition as he tries to make his mark in the 200m breaststroke and the 100m individual medley (IM). "There is a big difference in short course racing in a 25m pool. It is far more explosive than events in an Olympic size pool which is 50m long," said Alaric. "For example, you will pace yourself in the 200m long course event but in the shorter pool it's basically a sprint all the way. That makes it a lot tougher and much more intense." In this year's national short course gala Alaric won the bronze medal in the 200m breaststroke and silver in the 100m IM. The Bassons have been fine-tuning their preparations at the Herbert Hurd Primary School's 25-metre pool. "We have been training really hard and the intensity has been right up there," said Alaric. "We have been putting in eight sessions a week, including explosive gym training." He said his goals were to achieve his personal best times in each discipline. "Hopefully I can make a final and then we will just have to see what happens. This is definitely another opportunity to make a mark for ourselves." Alard, who will compete in the 100m butterfly and 100 IM, said the build-up had been "quite hectic". "We did pick up the intensity quite a bit but now we are in the tapering phase which means that we are easing off and getting our bodies conditioned for racing." He said the biggest challenge they faced was to adopt a positive attitude as they approached a meeting with the world's elite swimming stars. "We will have to go there with the right mindset . . .
One of the Sandton area’s best known residential homes, a large luxury property situated in a prime elevated position on the northern slopes of the ancient Boskruin Koppie, has been put up for sale for the first time in its history. The state-of-the-art home, which is built in tiers up the slope of the koppie and offers exceptional views all the way to the Magaliesberg, is being marketed by Pam Golding Properties for R25 million. Gwen Kenmuir of Pam Golding Properties says that the large Boskruin property is iconic and well known to the residents in the area. “The sellers, who purpose-built the home among the rocks of the scenic koppie to meet their exacting needs, are executive empty nesters who are now looking to downscale and have therefore placed this 10-year-old masterpiece on the market for the very first time,” adds Kenmuir. “No detail has been overlooked or expense spared in the building of this unique upmarket home which was developed over four years. The skilfully designed residence offers a once in a lifetime opportunity for a buyer looking to live close to nature but in luxury with every conceivable convenience close to hand. “The residence boasts hand-crafted iron work and woodwork by craftsmen, top quality fittings, the best in international and local building finishes, and has been designed with enormous windows, ample sliding doors and skylights so that the home can be opened up to become one with nature, letting in an abundance of light and air. “Designed to the owners’ unique specifications by TPC Architects, this is an ideal four-bedroom family home for anyone who is looking for sophistication, tranquillity and privacy; a rare combination of features to find in a property so close to the heart of Sandton,” points out Kenmuir. With a second-floor formal lounge offering unparalleled views, formal dining room alongside a large patio with built-in gas braai, temperature-controlled wine cellar with whiskey bar, acoustically designed . . .
The University of Johannesburg Rowing Club received recognition at the highest level when they were named the Club of the Year at the South African Rowing Federation's annual awards function. The national body held their inaugural awards evening in Johannesburg last weekend and UJ head rowing coach Dennis Howard said the acknowledgement had inspired them for the start of their 2017 programme. "This is an incredible achievement as it is not often you manage to reach and supersede all your goals," said Howard. Motivated to improve on what he called one of the "best seasons in the club's history", the UJ rowers will attend their annual December camp at Roodeplaat Dam in preparation for the National Sprint Championships in the last weekend of January. For Howard the highlight of the year was winning the overall University Sport South Africa (USSA) points trophy. "This has been a goal of the club for many years and this is the first time we have managed to win it." He said their success did not lie with any specific individuals, but was achieved by a commitment across the board. "The successful year came through continuous training and dedication to one goal by the entire club. "We believe it is the culture within the club that makes it a success. Each member is a part of the rowing family and we support each other in all we do. "Through good leadership and correct training we have been prepared to take on any challenge." There are 45 members in the club, making them one of the biggest varsity/senior clubs in the country. "The UJ Rowing Club brand is very popular within South African rowing and we are becoming known for being competitive on every level," said Howard. "The club rows at Victoria Lake in Germiston and Roodeplaat Dam in Pretoria. Our gym work and erg training (on rowing machines) take place in UJ's APK Gymnasium." Howard said the main challenges facing club members were to juggle their academic and training . . .
The Performing Arts network of Southern Africa (PANSA) is pleased to announce the return of the Festival of Reading of New Writing – the scriptwriting competition for new, emerging or experienced writers. The 2017 competition was made possible by a grant of R1.8 million from the National Lotteries Commission (NLC). The competition is open to all South African based writers. The work must be an original script for stage, not previously produced in any shape or form. The competition rules can be downloaded from www.pansa.org.za/competition To assist writers to develop and hone their craft, PANSA will arrange and run scriptwriting workshops prior to the submission cut-off date for the competition. If you are interested in attending one of the workshops, planned for mid-January 2017, please apply in writing before 24 December 2016. Workshop application forms are available from: www.pansa.org.za/competition The submission deadline for finished scripts is the 31 January 2017. Successful regional candidates will be announced at the end of February 2017. The reading of the plays of the shortlisted writers will take place over one weekend in four regions. The best script from each regional competition will go forward to the National final. Prizes and Awards Regional competitions National competition Best writer R20 000 Best writer R20 000 Runner up R10 000 Subsidy for full production of winning script R75 000 Honourable mention R5 000 PANSA is a national network of performing arts practitioners, technical/stage workers, designers, administrators, educators, organisations, institutions and service providers. The organisation was established in June 2001 to unite the industry and work towards the collective interests of the performing arts community. As a member-driven organisation, we aim to build a growing and supportive audience for an inclusive and united Performing Arts industry . . .
Units within Heritage Estate, a new development aimed at the mature market in Modderfontein, in eastern Johannesburg, are quickly being snapped up and residents have begun to move into their homes. According to David Coutinho of Pam Golding Properties, Johannesburg East, all the units in The Firs, which formed part of the first phase of construction, including two heritage cottages, have been sold and these residents have commenced moving in. The Firs and The Oaks at Heritage Estate will consist of no fewer than 122 sectional title units when they are completed. “We are tremendously excited at the rapid progress that is being made with the construction and restoration of this multi-million rand development, which offers our seniors a completely new concept in mature living and involves the restoration of a charming old historic site,” says Coutinho. “Construction of The Firs commenced in November 2015 and these units have proven highly popular. They were first put on the market by Pam Golding Properties in January 2016 and all of them were soon snapped up. The next phase, The Oaks apartments, was launched in March 2016 and 78 percent of these units have also been sold,” he explains. The estate is being developed around Heritage House, a historical landmark in Modderfontein that was developed by the Chamber of Mines’ as a medical care facility for its employees, and was first opened in 1911. “The charming old building, which had fallen into a state of disrepair in recent years is now the subject of a complete restoration plan in a remarkable project that is being guided by the Heritage Association. The building is being restored to its original glory and to provide residents with an enchanting and attractive old world lifestyle with all the conveniences of modern facilities.” Heritage Estate, which is being developed by Norym Properties, offers the more mature homeseeker a range of sectional title property options to choose from. A variety of . . .
After a successful run of shows in Namibia, Tim Plewman’s Defending the Caveman will spend the festive season tickling the funny bones of the City of Gold. The comedy classic will entertain egolians at Montecasino and The Victory Theatre through December. Plewman, who has just returned back from Namibia, says his shows for our Western neighbours were well received. “Taking Defending the Caveman to Namibia was great fun; the turn out and enthusiasm was fantastic. The audience whistled and cheered at the curtain – even though 80% of the people there were listening in their second language.” Considered one of South Africa’s best solo comedies, Defending the Caveman explores the complexities of romance and relationships with truthful hilarity. Through his Caveman, Plewman ensures his audience spend the show in stitches but walk away with something to think about. “It has now become something of a tradition to have Defending the Caveman on in Johannesburg over the Christmas season,” says Plewman, “and there could be no better message to give at this time of year; peace, goodwill and understanding between couples!” As the country’s longest-running and most successful solo comedy, this tongue-and-cheek gem will form part of Parker’s Comedy and Jive at Monte Casino, with Sunday matinee shows during November and December, and then at the Victory Theatre stage every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday evenings over December. The December run of Defending the Caveman offers an excellent year-end function option; enjoy a three-course meal and the show at The Victory Theatre to celebrate and say goodbye to 2016. Alternatively, take your friends or family out for a night of delicious food and deep belly laughs. Defending the Caveman will show at Montecasino as part of Parkers Comedy and Jive every Sunday at 3.30pm until 18 December. It will then go on to run at The Victory Theatre every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at 8:00pm until 31 December. Tickets for . . .
We ended 2016 with a grand finale and the final SuitNight as it stands celebrating the accomplished man with BetterMan and Dunhill Fragrances on 28 November 2016. The event was held at the lavish Fire & Ice hotel in Melrose Arch which complimented the evening’s proceedings with Colin Coleman, MD of Goldman Sachs, as guest speaker. Dunhill Icon Elite was the main sponsor which resembles the BetterMan man perfectly. The fragrance has won various international awards including best international fragrance. The bottle is designed by South African, Marc Eisen. The Dunhill man is attentive to details, fastidious in his search for excellence, his character and style is one of timeless elegance and refined manners inherited from his deep appreciation for tradition and the finer things in life. The Dunhill man divides his time between town and country embodying the best of British luxury whether home or abroad. Combined with his fragrance, he radiates confidence without arrogance, appeal without ego. Quite simply, he is a gentleman. Dunhill is available in the following sizes at selected retailers: Icon Elite 100ml EDP / Icon Elite 50ml EDP / Icon Elite 30ml EDP Dunhill Icon Elite truly resonates with the values that BetterMan represents and therefor it is the perfect match The men got to experience a whisky tasting by Whiskey brothers and tailoring tips by Daniel Crouse – all part of some of the key elements that resembles the BetterMan. Buren watches was present for the gentlemen to admire and try on their favourite style to add to their Christmas wish list – they also received a special discount code for purchasing online. About the evening: Hosts: BetterMan with Erik Kruger as Founder Venue: Protea Hotel Melrose Fire & Ice MC: Andrew Mack Speaker: Colin Coleman, MD Goldman Sachs Main Sponsor: Dunhill Icon Elite Gifts: Each guest received a stunning Dunhill fragrance as gift Special offer: 25% discount on Buren watches as tiered . . .
Thanks to Shimmy Beach Club, there will be no added stress to Christmas lunch this year! To ease the pressure of cooking, Shimmy Beach Club will be hosting an extravagant, plush Christmas lunch buffet. Guests are able to book a table in the 220-seater restaurant where live entertainment from the very talented Ricky Botsis and Dev will not only set the ambiance for the evening but also keep the Christmas spirit alive. With its lively but laid back atmosphere, Shimmy Beach Club is ideal for the whole family. The elegant ocean-facing restaurant sets the perfect mood to enjoy your Christmas meal. Starters range from a selection of sushi and Asian tapas inclusive of dim sum and har gau; with salad and antipasti such as fish, prawn and avocado cocktail, fior di latte and crostini. Main course offers a variety of appetizingly prepared meats, fish and vegetables, including lamb, turkey, and kingklip. Dessert will consist of ten choices –whether it is traditional Christmas pudding through to crème brûlée and egg not shots, the choices are endless. With a cost of R895 pp for adults and children over 13 years, R175 pp for children 3-12 years, this buffet is not to be missed. Children under 3 years gain complementary access. Space is limited, so be sure to book in advance to avoid having to cook this Christmas. To book, email email@example.com or call 021 200 7778. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .