For four days from September 19-22, the Durban ICC and surrounds will be transformed into a fashion extravaganza for the seventh annual Durban Fashion Fair with its 2018 theme - “AfroFuturism” - which forms part of the main Durban Business Fair. To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Durban Business Fair, eThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede, is thrilled to have the city hosting over 40 designers, many local fashion talents, invited designers as well as nine creatives from the African continent, who will all be showcasing their creations at the #DFF2018 Designers showcasing are as follows: • Sept 19 - 2018 DFF Mentees (18:00); Markham (19:00); Mo’ Creations & Couture (Zambia); Eve-O (Zimbabwe); Modesta (20:00); Palse and Duke – Clothe Your Soul (21:00) • Sept 20 – Emerging designers are as follows: Cherish by Carita Adams; Whimzical by Black Bear Kouture; Emerikay; Emmanuel Titito; Indoni Fashion House; Martin John; Maurice Hozi; Messrs Basswood; Vyagor Louvre; Thandeka Madikizela; (18:00) Azee Tanzi; Mita-N Dzyns; MorQ Designs by Warren Morck (19:00); Yordi Designs (Ethiopa); Rodrig Couture (Cameroon); Jacqui Emmanuel (20:00); Amanda Laird Cherry/ALC (21:00); Diva Designs by Brenda Quin; Noice (22:00) • Sept 21 – LT Peculiar Couture (Gaborne); Nivaldo Thierry (Mozambique) (18:00) Samma Collections (Burundi); Clemas Couture (Nigeria); House of Saint Luke (19:00); Eullue and KarenMonkKlijnstra (20:00); Quame Owusu (Ghana) and Chulaap (21:00); Treasure Cindi and Zarth (22:00) • Sept 22 – Zaviar Fashions; Plus Supreme Collections; Black Pepper (19:00); DFF Fashion Recognition Awards (20:00) There’ll be a peek into the nitty gritty ‘business of fashion’ with an interactive panel discussion in the ICC’s Hall 1 on Friday, September 21 between 9.30am and 12 noon. This will feature leading industry players within the fashion related industry - Sasha Wyatt-Minter (Editor: www.all4women.co.za); Dimeji Alara (Fashion Director: ELLE South Africa); Masana . . .
Steenberg’s resolute focus on creating Sauvignon Blancs that express a unique sense of place, has been rewarded with their flagship blend and all three single varietal tiers, breaking the venerable 90 point barrier in the highly respected Tim Atkin 2018 South African Special Report. Top scorer again this year with 94/100, is the Sauvignon Blanc driven signature blend, Magna Carta 2017. Atkin’s consistent 94 point score for the past three vintages underpins the standing of this phenomenal blend of Sauvignon Blanc (60%) and Semillon (40%) as a South African benchmark wine. Showing absolute fruit purity and clean minerality, this wine is a quintessential expression of the Steenberg terroir in the Constantia wine valley. For the second year running, all three Steenberg Sauvignon Blancs have made the Atkin cut. Taking pole position on 93 points is the richly layered Rattlesnake 2017, followed by the single vineyard Black Swan 2017 on 92 and the soon to be released estate Sauvignon Blanc 2018 on 90. “Almost 30 years of constant investment into the soil and vine health, combined with new clones and new plantings on a site well suited to this grape variety has put Steenberg in a favourable position to create truly unique terroir specific Sauvignon Blancs. It is great to receive this type of feedback, acknowledging that we are on the right track but the journey is by no means complete,” says cellar master JD Pretorius. Their distinctive terroir on the foothills of Steenberg Mountain can be attributed to the synergy between the cool prevailing south easterly winds that blow off the ocean during summer months and lean soils of decomposed granite that impart the characteristic minerality to the wines. Steenberg’s flagship grande cuvée, Lady R MCC 2013, and the 2017 Semillon also hit the high notes in the 2018 Atkin report, scoring 93 points for their respective second consecutive vintages. Leading the pack for the red wines are Steenberg’s flagship red, Catharina . . .
TOKARA triumph in Tim Atkin SA Special Report TOKARA’s forward thinking vision and commitment to excellence has been richly rewarded with no less than nine wines crossing the 90 point threshold and three cracking the 95+ elite rating in Tim Atkin’s highly regarded 2018 South African Special Report. Top scorer on 97/100 is TOKARA’s super-premium Cabernet Sauvignon driven pinnacle, Telos 2015, followed by the flagship TOKARA Director’s Reserve Red 2014 and Tokara Reserve Collection Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, both on 96 points. All three these wines are included in what Atkin considers his “wines of the year” – a collection he believes that would compare with the best of any other wine-producing country. Cabernet Sauvignon has been the cornerstone of TOKARA’s red wines from day one after owners GT and Anne-Marie Ferreira acquired the farm, and their vineyards on the Simonsberg consistently produce consummate award winning wines, considered true expressions of the TOKARA terroir. Atkin awarded TOKARA’s ultra-elegant MCC Blanc de Blancs 2011 94 points followed by the Reserve Collection Chardonnay 2016 and the Reserve Collection Syrah 2014, both on 93. The Reserve Collection Sauvignon Blanc 2017 was rated 92 points while the TOKARA Shiraz 2016 attained 90. “This acknowledgement by a highly respected UK Master of Wine close on the heels of TOKARA’s ranking amongst the World’s Top 50 Most Admired Wine Brands for 2018 by UK-based Drinks International, speaks of our prowess creating remarkable, terroir-driven wines that express a true sense of place,” says Karl Lambour, general manager. Atkin, an accomplished wine commentator with extensive experience when it comes to South Africa, tasted almost 1 980 local wines for his 2018 South African Special Report, now in its seventh year and his largest yet. For more information on TOKARA wines, visit www.tokara.com. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Heritage Day salutes weekend braais at Grande Provence - Monday, 24 September, Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate, Franschhoek Enjoy the laid-back side of Franschhoek with delicious country-style food and weekend family braais at The Bistro at Grande Provence, starting on Heritage Day, on Monday, 24 September 2018, on this picture perfect wine estate. The Heritage Day Braai will be held under the oaks on the lawns of the new Bistro. Meat lovers can delight in a variety of braai specialities prepared on the coals in traditional half drums. This is authentic South African heritage at its best for family and friends. The Bistro’s harvest table, laden with fresh salads, home-baked breads and sweet treats, completes this easy-going lunch experience. Wine is as important as the food at a braai and with the wide selection of Grande Provence wines, you will be spoilt for choice. The Bistro at Grande Provence is a relaxed alternative to more formal Franschhoek dining and offers daily specials such as quiches, soups, salads and the most glorious cakes. Platters of local artisanal cheeses and fresh west coast oysters can be ordered separately. The Heritage Day Braai and subsequent weekend braais on Saturdays and Sundays, are available at R320 per person for adults and R160 per child under 12. The braai starts at 12h00 and pre-paid booking is essential. Call Tel: (021) 876 8600 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
The Southern African Vinyls Association (SAVA) - the local Product Responsibility Organisation (PRO) representing the local PVC industry - has announced the appointment of Adri Spangenberg as its new Chief Executive Officer. Adri is no stranger to heading up non-profit associations and fighting the cause for the recycling of challenging plastics, as she is also the CEO of the Polystyrene Association of South Africa. She was appointed by the SAVA Board of Directors in June, and has since been working hard behind the scenes to prepare the submissions for the Industry Waste Management plan (IWMP) and managing the day-to-day administration of the Association. According to Adri, there is a lot of synergy that exists between SAVA and the Polystyrene Association of SA, and wearing the CEO hat for both associations seem like a perfect fit. "Both PVC and Polystyrene are misunderstood plastics and face similar threats. End-markets for both of these polymers need to be developed to encourage increased collection and recycling. Fortunately, they share many of the same members who are involved in the supply of raw material components or the production of packaging materials. These members often need to represented at the same meetings with government and other stakeholders, and being intimately involved with both organisations affords me a bird’s eye view on the industry, as well as a stronger platform to represent the interests of both these industries. It also has the added benefit of administrative savings as both offices have now been consolidated into one”. Adri has also been warmly welcomed by Global Vinyl Council (GVC) who has offered her their assistance and support with driving SAVA’s Product Stewardship Commitment (PSC) and other PVC-related matters. “It is wonderful to have such a wide network of experts at your disposal to call upon for guidance and to learn from their international best practices. I am honoured by the confidence the SAVA board has placed . . .
Blanko Restaurant in Constantia is hosting a Supper Club on the 27th September 2018. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to experience an exquisite three-course dinner prepared specially by our chefs paired with a selection of Boschendal Wines. Boschendal is one of the oldest farms in South Africa, founded in 1685. The farm is set in the Drakenstein Valley surrounded by dramatic mountain landscapes, lush gardens and vines. Sustainability and biodiversity are to the fore on this farm and these practices influence the wine making. Join us at Blanko in our beautiful restaurant with art-filled walls for an evening filled with the perfect food and wine. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Promising South African cyclist Azulde Britz will hope to put the experience she recently gained racing in Europe to good use when she competes in the World Road Championships later this month. The 17-year-old Pretoria schoolgirl has been included in the national squad for the world event which takes place in Innsbruck, Austria, from September 23 to 27. Britz, who has a role as an ambassador for South African cycling distribution company Positive Sports Solutions, returned this week from a trip to Europe where she competed in the Watersley Junior Women's Challenge in the Netherlands. "In April I rode as a guest rider for Team Rytger [a Danish outfit]," said the Cornwall Hill College matric pupil. "We stayed in contact during the year and I was invited back to guest-ride for them in the Watersley Challenge. "I have experienced some hectic racing in Europe to say the least, but it has been totally worth it. "I have learnt so much racing with the team and also the dynamics of European racing. The girls race hard, fast and aggressively. "I am beyond lucky to have experienced all of this and to be able to race with such an incredible team." Britz, who lives in Irene, said one of the key lessons she had learnt was to have self-belief - in her ability and her training. "In addition, I realised that I can be competitive in Europe and with time and more experience anything is possible. "Having raced on the continent has helped me prepare for the world champs, not just physically, but mentally as well. "The experience will be greatly beneficial at the worlds, especially as the majority of the riders used the Watersley Challenge [over three stages] as final preparation for the event in Austria, so I have an idea what to expect." Representing South Africa for the first time, Britz said she wanted to make sure she enjoyed every moment of the experience. "My goal is to give it everything I have. I would like to apply all that I have learnt . . .
https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=uqNyUpEBLAc A Ugandan Afro multi-time award winning Singer/Songwriter Athen Lyre is set to premier his brand new music video for "Parakata". The Visuals were shot by best leading visual company in South Africa currently "ROKEM4EVA" with two expert African Directors Nicom Muza & PixitFab. On a press interview with Athen Lyre, a Ugandan “South African based” Afro Singer Songwriter. He said, "I don't want to talk much about my music video, let's just wait for the day of its release and everything will explain itself to my fans seeing it". He continued to explain what the word Parakata meant, and he said, it is a Mexican word used to describe your lover. Athen Lyre, is known for his Afro Beat sound popularly termed as Nigerian sound in Uganda. He defended the genre of music he does, saying it's us people who give away genre to country, but music is music, it doesn't have a permanent country it comes from. On additional to that the Best South African Ugandan Artist concluded saying my music video (PARAKATA) will be dropping out on the 25th which is his birthday and it's going to be played on worldwide platforms. From: Athen Lyre CLICK HERE to submit a Video Press Release to MyPR. . . .
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The SPAR Madibaz team enjoyed one of their most notable periods in Varsity Netball when, for the first time, they defeated both Free State University and North-West University in one season. Coach Lana Krige said she was delighted with the team's performances on Sunday and Monday as they stayed calm under pressure to beat Free State by a single point and North-West by two points. "Previously we would beat Kovsies [Free State] and then lose to Pukke [North-West], or it would be the other way round," she said. "So the big thing for me was that it happened back to back - in that sense it was really great." The tense wins have left the Nelson Mandela University outfit third on the log, but they are not yet assured of a place in the semifinals. The top four after the league phase will be decided in the final round of fixtures which will be played on September 24, due to the World University Championship which takes place in Uganda next week. After six rounds the teams are closely bunched at the top of the log, which is headed by Free State on 26 points. Stellenbosch follow with 24 points and Madibaz have 22 points. The next two teams, UP-Tuks and North-West, both have 21 points and are still in the running. The final round of fixtures will see Madibaz hosting Stellenbosch, Free State at home to North-West and UP-Tuks against University of Western Cape in Pretoria. Krige said there were a number of positive developments in the team's play which had helped them reach third on the log. "For example, Jeanie Steyn and Hlumisa Sitonga are returning to form after being out with injuries. Hlumisa has only just resumed playing in Varsity Netball and she is finding her feet while Jeanie was also out for a long time. "Furthermore on attack our timing was there and this is a result of us following a theme of trying to fix our weakest link." While they had undergone strict training regimes with a number of experts, Krige said it was their mental . . .