The holidays are often cherished for time spent with family and friends. And while the long-awaited summer break can mean sleeping in until brunch, lazy afternoon braais and elaborate roasts, the season can also come with stressed pre-holiday planning and shopping for those memorable festive family tables. Boschendal at Oude Bank, a vibrant bakery, bistro and farm shop in Stellenbosch (Western Cape), understands the seriousness that surrounds the holiday season. In addition to its rotational sit-down menus and fresh take-home produce, the establishment also offers a festive season favourite: it’s carefully selected 100% grass-fed meat sourced from the Franschhoek-based Boschendal Farm. The Boschendal Farm (with a rich heritage dating back to 1685) has become known in the Cape Winelands for its natural, sustainable farming practices and authentic farm-to-table dining. Boschendal at Oude Bank was recently opened in Stellenbosch to extend the Farm’s ethically sourced and wholesome food offerings to local residents and visitors to the town. Two team members who play an integral part in ensuring that the shop’s meat fridges are regularly stocked with fresh, vacuum-sealed red meat are Jason Caroll (cattle manager) and Rainer Raschbichler (chef and butcher). “It’s important for us at the farm to be able to guarantee the natural production of our meats which are all hormone-, antibiotic- and steroid-free,” says Jason. “It’s just as important to us that this ethos is also experienced at Oude Bank.” Rainer is a fourth generation, artisan butcher who practically grew up in a butchery. Under the guidance of his father, a certified Fleischmeister, Rainer was trained the ‘old school’ way to become a notable butcher. He’s also a trained chef and worked in the kitchen for eight years before joining Boschendal Farm’s Werf Butchery. It’s safe to say that Rainer knows his way around everything ‘meat’, may it be the different cuts and cooking techniques. If you’re . . .
'Tis the Season to be Jolly with GLAD GLAD has been saving good food from going bad, helping out in the kitchen all year round, and is here for you during the fantastic festive season! Here are some tips on saving food: GLAD loves leftovers! Being food smart is the best way to prevent waste and save money too (bonus!) Leftovers can be wrapped in GLAD Cling Wrap, refrigerated, and then used for sandwiches for lunch the next day. Cover bowls of food with GLAD Cling Wrap to prevent the food from drying out and "going brown" If you want to end off a special family meal with something scrumptious; here is a GLAD recipe to keep you inspired! GLAD Festive Season Berry Muffins Ingredients: 750ml (420g) cake flour 200ml castor sugar 20ml baking powder 6ml bicarbonate of soda 500g mixed berries, frozen or fresh Grated rind of 1 lemon 420ml buttermilk or plain yoghurt 80 ml sunflower oil 80 ml butter, melted 3 eggs 250ml (130g) icing sugar, sifted+30ml waterred food colouring Silver balls for decoration Instructions: Sift the flour, sugar, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda together. Add the berries and grated lemon rind. Mix through. Beat the buttermilk, eggs, oil and butter together until mixed and gradually add to the dry ingredients until a moist dough. Do not over mix, dough can still be lumpy. Spoon into the hollows of a 12 hole muffin pan lined with paper muffin cups. Bake in a preheated oven at 190°C for 20 – 25 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean when inserted. Allow to rest in pan for 5 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack. For Icing: Mix icing sugar, water and a few drops of colouring together to make a smooth paste. Spread on the cooled muffins. Decorate with silver balls. Arrange on a serving plate and cover with GLAD Wrap until served. Serve with coffee or as a dessert. GLAD wishes everyone a great festive season. All GLAD products are made for your convenience with the purpose of . . .
AGA Cleaning An AGA oven tends to works hard all year round and needs a little care too. To keep it looking in showroom condition, there is a range of AGA products that enable effortless cleaning of the enamel surfaces and hotplate lids – using products specially developed to clean warm surfaces without smearing or damaging. Designed exclusively for the AGA (yet ideal for all ovens). Recognised as the world's best cooking appliance, the AGA oven commands a level of adulation more often associated with the glitz of Hollywood fame -- and generates similar devotion. It's deemed the number one luxury appliance brand and is revered as one of the top three design icons of the century. It's the kitchen centrepiece of Celebrities, Professional Chefs, Royalty and discerning Homeowners across the globe. AGA represents a lifestyle, one that owners embrace and share fervently with others. For more information visit www.agaliving.co.za The full range is available directly from AGA South Africa and a selection from Bergzicht Furnishers, Gas & Equipment, Melvill and Moon, Metelerkamps and cookware range online from takealot.com. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Look to the stars this season, as PANDORA reveals a new collection of jewelry imbued with the wonder of the night sky. Jewelry's also having a precious moment with traditional gemstone hues on a sophisticated mix of metals. Hand-finished from ethically sourced materials, the sky’s the limit for a season of cool and colourful style. Its the most wonderful time of the year! Every girl wants a box from PANDORA. Do drop hints to get what you wish for this Christmas. PANDORA designs, manufactures and markets hand-finished and contemporary jewelry made from high-quality materials at affordable prices. PANDORA jewelry is sold in more than 100 countries on six continents through around 7,900 points of sale, including more than 2,100 concept stores. #PANDORA #DOPANDORA #DOSEETHEWONDERFUL CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
The Christmas season is upon us once again, and as a lover of the festive season, we have come up with great gift ideas for all members of your family. With the world changing around us, we are all forced to keep up with the trends, namely technology. For those tech-advanced individuals, Incredible Connection houses fantastic notebooks and computers. This includes the Dell Inspiron i7 2-in-1 notebooks, as well as Apple iPads and accessories. For gaming enthusiasts, we offer fantastic gaming consoles. For the entire family, we have modern televisions like 32” LED TV’s that provide endless hours of entertainment. No order is too big or too small and we guarantee premium tech devices to please all. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
• ColorForward® 2019 slated for release in January • 13th Edition to be more informative, easier to use • Developers promise bigger “WOW’ factor Johannesburg, December, 07, 2017 - Clariant, a world leader in specialty chemicals, together with its Masterbatches business unit, is announcing plans for a major revision to its pioneering ColorForward trend-watching platform, which is used by designers and brand managers to forecast colors for use in plastics products and packaging. The changes will take place with the ColorForward 2019 edition, due to be launched in early January 2018. “The 2019 edition of ColorForward will be the 13th we have published,” notes Maurizio Torchio, Global Head of ColorWorks®, Clariant’s global network of color design and technology centers. “When we began this mission to help our customers better understand the link between global trends, consumer preferences and colors, it was the first of its kind in the plastics industry. Since then several other companies have begun to copy our concept. That’s one of the reasons we decided to update the package. We also want to ramp up the ‘WOW’ factor.” ColorForward springs from the minds and experience of Clariant color, design, marketing and polymer experts from all over the world. Each year they come together for a week-long workshop during which they share what they have observed over the last twelve months about consumer trends and interests. After much discussion and debate, they distill all the ideas and input and eventually agree on four trends that seem to be truly global in scope, and which can be expected to influence consumer behavior in the near- and mid-term future. The ColorForward team then selects different color aesthetics that evoke an emotional response related to each trend. Torchio notes that this basic approach has been very successful and, therefore, will not change. “We will be changing how the trends are presented,” he says. In the past, Clariant has published . . .
Santa’s elfs are bringing the presents and South Africa’s Wireless Application Service Providers’ Association (WASPA) is bringing mobile data saving tips for consumers this December holiday season. WASPA has been looking out for the interests of the country's mobile consumers since its inception as an industry self-regulating body in 2004. “South Africa’s mobile content and applications industry is committed to longterm sustainability. Helping consumers to trim excessive mobile data spend is one way of ensuring a healthy local mobile sector,” says Ilonka Badenhorst, WASPA General Manager. “What better time of year to provide budget-stretching advice than in the run-up to the festive season,” adds Ms Badenhorst. WASPA’s over 400 members know best how to stretch mobile megabytes to avoid data-based bill shock and provide SA’s stressed-out consumers with these hints and tips: Know Your Usage Pattern - History is the best predictor of the future. With this in mind, be honest with yourself and accept how much data you are likely to consume over December based on what you’ve consumed over the past year. And then add some. If you’re a prepaid user, don’t skimp on those initial mobile data recharges because you’ll pay more per megabyte if you keep recharging in small amounts throughout the month. Know Your Kids’ Likely Usage Pattern! If you’re a parent, December’s the month for out-of-school children to really ramp up their mobile data usage. Be aware that parental mobile controls can be useful for restricting access to adult content, as well as being handy when it comes to restricting excessive mobile data usage. You can restrict app usage to certain hours of the day and turn off in-app purchasing. Knowledge is Power - Downloading your mobile network's usage app, opting to receive SMS data usage updates and downloading special data-saving apps will all help you to remain on top of data usage in order to make informed decisions. The more you save on . . .
Bird Deterrent Specialists has just launched their online store, and they are offering customers a 10% discount on your first purchase! It’s that time of the year again, when we find ourselves playing host to Pigeons, Starlings, Seagulls, and the like while they build their nests and rear their young in or on our premises, resulting in us having to fight off an intensified assault of bird dropping landmines around the home and office. Who do you call when the pest birds settle in and start making a mess? And, how do you deter these birds without harming them, while at the same time ensuring that they do not return? Bird Deterrent Specialists has been in the business of bird proofing for the past 17 Years and are, thus, experts in their field. Having provided their unrivalled harmless and guaranteed bird proofing services to clients across the Western Cape and beyond, Bird Deterrent Specialists is now expanding into the online sales market, with products tailored for the DIY enthusiast. Their online store was officially launched in November, and provides customers throughout South Africa with a wide range of their tried and tested product solutions, for self-installation, in order to combat a broad spectrum of potential pest bird issues. To celebrate the launch of their online store, Bird Deterrent Specialists is giving all customers a 10% Discount on their first purchase made on or before the 31st December 2017. Are Starlings nesting in your roof space? Choose from Bird Deterrent Specialists’ Bird Barrier range and Exclusion Profile products to enclose your roof space and keep those pesky birds out for good. Pigeons perching on your roof parapets, soiling the walls and ground below? No problem. The Bird Deterrent Specialists Wire Trip Stainless Steel Wire Kit for parapets and ledges, or the REPEL-A-BIRDTM Stainless Steel Spikes will do the trick. The online store boasts numerous products, suitable for almost every pest bird problem, and each . . .
“Night Shoppers naturally gravitate towards complimentary champagne and can be quite protective about their purchases. Yes, you can wave at them but please do not attempt to approach their shopping bags — they will defend them.” Don't miss the Weylandts Moonlight Shopping Experience. With 15% off everything at the Weylandts Moonlight Sale, it’s the perfect excuse to get out and do some night shopping. 6 December from 5pm at Weylandts nationwide. Date: Wednesday, 6 December Time: 5pm to 9pm Location: Weylandts stores nationwide Complimentary drinks and snacks will be on offer. Durbanville, Green Point, Sandton City, Fourways, Brooklyn, Knysna, Kramerville, Nelspruit and Umhlanga. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Johannesburg, Gauteng, 29 November 2017 – Servest announced the completion of an R1.4m investment into a complete irrigation system which will improve the quality of plants and reduce growing times at their Restio Ridge growing operation. This is a huge benefit to Servest and their clients. The next phase of investment at Resito Ridge will aim to install a fertigation system to work in tandem with the irrigation system. Servest has also recently completed the introduction of biological control at Restio Ridge, which is a method of controlling disease using other organisms, rather than the traditional spraying of chemicals. Servest operates the largest interior plant growing operation in South Africa, and has two facilities, the main growing operation is called Restio Ridge and is 12km outside Malelane Mpumalanga. On average the growing operation holds approximately. 75000 specimen plants to supply the interior plants division with a steady supply of quality plants. Servest’s growing operation employs 26 staff, and includes a Guesthouse which can accommodate 10 guests and is available to rent. Servest rents land from local farmers for their expanding production which brings benefits to the local economy The intensive growing operation has a minimum of 70000 plants in the ground at any time, with an average growing time for each plant of four years, from the original cutting to the delivery to Lone Creek. Lone Creek is the home base for Servest installation teams; the acclimatisation and holding facility is where at any given time approximately 20000 specimens are stored and where all orders are received and prepared for delivery to the clients’ premises. Servest is unique in that it is the only interior plant service provider in South Africa that has their own growing operations. Servest also has a footprint in the operations used by their competitors and have growing agreements with several other growers in Mpumalanga and Kwa -Zulu Natal. “Our . . .