Longridge Wine Estate recently expanded its international footprint when it was afforded the opportunity to supply wine for the Hungarian commemoration of the 1956 uprising against communism, held in Cape Town on 28 October 2012. A delegation from the Hungarian Embassy led by Hungarian ambassador Mr Bela Laszlo and his wife Julia, Honorary Consul Andre Pelser and the Deputy Head of the Consul Mission visited the wine estate to personally taste and select the wines to be served during the reception. Ambassador Laszlo was extremely impressed by the elegant food and wine pairing conducted by Longridge winemaker Jasper Raats and chef Bruce Von Pressintin. “This is a truly beautiful place and the rolling hills surrounding the estate somehow remind me of the foothills in Hungary. Absolutely magnificent!” declared Mr Laszlo. The 23rd of October is an important day on the Hungarian calendar as it commemorates the 1956 Hungarian revolution, which saw uprisings against the Soviet imposed policies of the then government. Thousands lost their lives and became refugees during battles against the state security police and Soviet troops. Although the uprising was suppressed, it is widely viewed as the country’s first stance against communism. According to Jasper Raats of Longridge, it was an honour to have their wines served at this historically significant occasion. “We were very proud when we were approached to present our wines at such an auspicious event as this date carries huge significance for the Hungarian people. Hungary itself is widely acknowledged as a wine producer and is home to the world-famous Tokaji wines, which became the subject of the world’s first appellation control. We look forward to developing an enduring relationship with Hungary in the future.” Longridge wines, which took centre stage on the day, included the Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay and Merlot. More Info: http://www.longridge.co.za Author: Ronelda Visser from Peridot Communications. . . .
Winter is being evicted. It has overstayed its welcome and it is time for summer and Traffic Clothing to take over. A preview to all that Traffic Clothing has to offer will be showcased at Canal Walk Centre Court on the 9th of November. It is sure to be a memorable event and a good way to prepare for the summer season. Traffic Clothing events never fail to enthuse guests and will not disappoint with this summer’s hottest looks. Key trends for the upcoming summer season include: bright tropical – nothing says ‘summer’ more than tropical print and colours; graphic print – don’t just make a statement, wear a statement; neon – because bright is beautiful; denim – when in doubt dress denim! Then lastly, the most anticipated theme of the evening, the garment that speaks femininity - swimwear. MC for the evening, Leigh-Anne Williams, Expresso presenter and Good Hope FM news reader, will introduce these exciting summer themes and the entertainment throughout the show. Models by 20management will be transformed into Traffic Clothing goddesses with the help of Kavanagh’s Hair Studio, Kohl Make-up and Traffic Clothing’s very own fashion guru, Gareth Botha. Guests will be greeted upon arrival with delicious canapés served by Café Magnifico and are invited to enjoy a Scheckter’s Organic drink, while being treated to sensational music in preparation for the display of clothes for your eyes’ pleasure. Spot prizes are up for grabs (thank you, Nu Metro Canal Walk!) but only if you bring your business card for the lucky draw! Its summer and the memories are just waiting to happen! [ends] Event details: Date: 9th November 2012 Venue: Canal Walk, Centre Court Time: 7pm For more information contact: Lara Rall Younique Concepts email@example.com 021 433 0930 More Info: Author: Lara Rall from Younique Concepts. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: One To gain access to One image/s please Like, Tweet or +1 this . . .
Longridge Wine Estate outside Stellenbosch has taken another step on their journey to become one of the top Merlot producers in the country. At this weekend’s prestigious Veritas Awards the Longridge Merlot 2008 received a coveted gold medal. Earlier this year, this Longridge Merlot was also the only Merlot to be included in the Top 100 SA Wines selection. According to cellar master Jasper Raats, these accolades are proof that this fickle variety needs the right terroir and lots of attention. “The coolness of the slopes of the Helderberg, where we are located, is perfect for producing top quality Merlot. The iron-rich clay sub soils echo that of Pomerol, where arguably the world’s greatest merlots are grown. In my opinion, a lot needs to be said for growing Merlot in a cooler climate. For proof, you just have to look at the success of other cool climate Merlot producers like Shannon (Elgin), Steenberg (Constantia) and Hillcrest (Durbanville) . A gold Veritas coming hot on the heels of the Merlot’s inclusion in the Top 100 SA Wines listing is definitely an indication of the quality of this wine. We would like to establish Longridge as one of the top Merlot producers in the country in the long-term and critical acclaim such as this will undoubtedly identify us as serious contenders,” mentions Raats. The success of the 2008 Merlot follows consistently good performances by previous vintages with the 2007 receiving a double gold at Veritas. This is the fourth time that a Longridge Merlot has been awarded with either a gold or double gold Veritas award. Longridge Merlots have also regularly scored a four-star rating in the Platter Guide and can boast a Michelangelo Double Gold as well as a Trophy for Best Merlot at the International Wine and Spirits Competition. Longridge Merlot is crafted from grapes in vineyards rooted in deep, fine granite Tukulu soils on the slopes of the Helderberg, which receive refreshingly cool winds during the day from the Atlantic Ocean . . .
SPAR shoppers nationwide recently celebrated the extraordinary women in their lives by purchasing limited edition Women’s Day badges in aid of charity. The proceeds from the Eastern Cape campaign were donated to Living Waters Ministries in East London, which offers various services for vulnerable members of society, including safehouses for abused women and children. The charity’s chief executive officer Melanie Gobel (left) accepted the big cheque for R50 000 from SPAR EC retail operations manager Lungisa Jongi at the LWM premises on Wednesday. See more photos on www.facebook.com/sparinaction. More Info: http://www.fullstopcom.com Author: Coetzee Gouws from Full Stop Communications. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: One To gain access to One image/s please Like, Tweet or +1 this article: [l2g] Images: Photo: Craig Muller Photographer: [/l2g] . . .
One lucky Pier 14 Shopping Centre customer will be sleeping a little more soundly at night, thanks to the dream prize of a bedroom suite worth R25 000. Gloria Meyer from Lower Mount Croix in Port Elizabeth was the fortunate winner in the centre’s “Find Your Furniture” promotion in August. She walked away with a luxurious double bed and padded headboard, two bedside cabinets with reading lamps, and a matching chest of drawers with mirror. A complete set of bedding and coordinating area rug finished the room. Participants had to look for the grand prize on display in the centre and then visit Pier 14’s furniture retailers to identify the store of origin. Although Meyer entered the SMS-based competition 11 times, the 66-year-old housewife said she had not expected to win. “I’m not one of those people who set my hopes on winning a competition, so I’m not disappointed when I don’t,” said a circumspect Meyer. “Even when I made it to the final three, I didn’t think I’d win.” She beat 15 other finalists to take home the grand prize. Sophia Steyn from Pier 14 centre management said her marketing team had decided to give away the furniture following the success of the “Make Mothers’ Day Memorable” promotion in May. In that competition, father of two Luyanda Dlanga from Motherwell surprised his wife Tuliswa with a fully equipped kitchen set worth R20 000. Steyn said there had been an overwhelming response to the May promotion. “So, due to popular demand, we decided to reward our shoppers with something similar again.” According to her, Pier 14 customers fell mainly in the lower LSM 4 to 6 bracket and insisted on a value-for-money shopping experience. “Our customers work hard for their money, so competition prizes that enhance their lifestyle are an important consideration.” Steyn said the countdown to the peak festive season trading had already begun and customers could look forward to more exciting promotions from the centre. Issued . . .
Acclaimed winemaker Jasper Raats of Longridge will be showcasing the estate’s Top 100 SA Wines during a dinner at Rodwell House in St James on Friday, 24 August 2012. The award-winning wines have been paired perfectly with canapés on arrival to be followed by a three-course dinner. Guests will be welcomed with a glass of 2008 Longridge Cap Classique Brut paired with chicken liver crostini, smoked salmon tartlets and an avocado soup shot. For starters, the vibrant scents of the 2009 Longridge Chardonnay will complement the tempura prawns and spicy dipping sauce. The main course features a perfect pairing of 2008 Longridge Merlot with crispy duck or alternatively the Longridge Cabernet Franc with linguine arrabiata. The sensational Longridge Edelgoud will bring the evening to its grand finale when served with toasted walnuts, blue cheese and apple slices. For reservations, please contact 021 787 9880 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets are R295 per person, including wines. Special accommodation offers are also available. The elegantly appointed 5-star Rodwell House offers luxury accommodation with unsurpassed views of False Bay. For more information on Longridge Estate and Restaurant, please visit www.longridge.com. More Info: http://www.longridge.co.za Author: Ronelda Visser from Peridot Communications. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: Two To gain access to Two image/s please Like, Tweet or +1 this article: [l2g] Images: Acclaimed winemaker Jasper Raats Photographer: Peridot The awe-inspiring view from Longridge Wine Estate Photographer: Peridot [/l2g] . . .
A reader has approached the Property Poser experts with a few problems, including the manner in which her landlord has dealt with her deposit. The tenant writes that she has been renting a residential property for the past two years. In terms of her original lease agreement, she had to pay a deposit of R3 700 along with a key deposit of R200 and would not receive interest upon refund of the deposit. At some stage the original landlord merged into another company, which simultaneously increased the monthly rental due. The reader states that when she did not agree to this increase, she received a letter of demand for the outstanding amount. The new landlord also insisted that she sign a new lease agreement, which she never did. When she requested a statement of account of how her deposit had been invested, the lessee was told that no interest had accrued, since it was not agreed upon in the original lease agreement. Having had enough, the reader has given the landlord two months’ notice to terminate the lease. The company has indicated that she will be refunded her deposit only, less the amount claimed in the letter of demand. The reader has also been denied her key deposit and told to approach the previous landlord regarding a refund of this and any interest earned. According to Rian du Toit from DTS Attorneys in Port Elizabeth, the Rental Housing Act states that “the landlord may require a tenant, before moving into the dwelling, to pay a deposit which, at the time, may not exceed an amount equivalent to an amount specified in the agreement or otherwise agreed to between the parties”. As far as interest on the deposit is concerned, Du Toit says the Act determines that the landlord must invest the deposit in an interest-bearing account with a financial institution. “The landlord must pay the tenant interest at a rate that may not be less than the rate applicable to a savings account with a bank.” In this regard, the provisions of the Act . . .
An anxious reader tells the Property Poser experts that she concluded a rental agreement with a tenant, which specifically stated that one month’s notice would be given to vacate the premises should the property be sold. The lease agreement was on a month-to-month basis. Earlier this year it appears that the property was, in fact, sold and around this time the tenant gave notice to both owner and agent that she would vacate the property. Shortly thereafter, she reneged on the notice to vacate and refused to move out, citing the PIE Act in her defence. The reader would like to know what her remedies are. Rian du Toit from DTS Attorneys in Port Elizabeth says it appears that the agreement has been properly terminated in view of the fact that the tenant gave notice, which was accepted by the landlord. “The tenant is therefore in unlawful occupation of the property.” In terms of the provisions of the Prevention of Illegal Eviction from and Unlawful Occupation of Land Act, or so-called PIE Act, no one may be evicted from a property without a court order, says Du Toit. “A landlord wishing to evict an unlawful occupier has to institute action to initiate the procedure to evict.” Du Toit says a notice authorised by a magistrate must be served on the unlawful occupier as well as the municipality at least 14 working days before the hearing on the eviction. “This notice obviously allows the lessee to oppose the action. At a hearing of the matter, the court will determine whether the landlord is entitled to evict the tenant.” The PIE Act contains reference to issues to be considered by the court, says Du Toit. “These include the rights and needs of children, the elderly and households headed by women.” If the court finds that the owner is entitled to an eviction order, it will also assign a date upon which the unlawful occupier must vacate the premises, says Du Toit. The owner may call in the assistance of the sheriff to remove the occupiers, . . .
The University of Johannesburg cricket club has adopted a strong stance against rhino poaching and will be coming out to bat for the endangered creatures this season. The university’s teams will wear kit bearing the “stop rhino poaching now” logo at all of their upcoming fixtures as part of an awareness-building campaign. UJ cricket club manager Karel Mouton said creating visibility was an important part of combating the illegal slaughter of rhinos, whose horns were used in traditional medicines throughout Asia. According to official figures, 1 267 have been reported killed since 2008, with 281 this year alone. Having won the National Cricket Club Championships, Gauteng Premier League and University Sport South Africa tournament on multiple occasions, Mouton said the club had a duty to use its high-profile status to positive effect. “People hear about rhino poaching in the media but it has become a statistic only. Who cares? “If they see the logo in the sports arena worn by fellow sportspeople, they might begin to feel differently. They might even donate to the cause or tell their friends and family what they encountered on the field that day.” He said the teams would debut the new kit at various pre-season warm-up matches in September, ahead of the league fixtures starting in October. “We are also looking into including UJ’s junior sides in the campaign.” Mouton said the university’s Soweto campus would also participate in the Sunday First League tournament in 2012/2013. “Carrying the anti-poaching message into the townships is important because we want people to rally against the destruction of their natural heritage. “Many may not be aware of the seriousness of the situation and some might even have information they can pass on to authorities.” He said this was the first time that the club had officially supported such a community initiative and that it was a cause close to the players’ hearts. “They are students with limited . . .
This week a reader asks the Property Poser experts whether a managing agent is allowed to lead the body corporate of a sectional title complex and give advice. In addition, as a trustee of the complex in which he resides, he is concerned about a situation in which one or two of his fellow trustees are trying to take control. According to Charlotte Vermaak from Chas Everitt in Port Elizabeth, a management agent is an individual or firm appointed by a body corporate or homeowners’ association to manage the property on its behalf. “Although the agent has the contractual responsibility for the management of the property, the ultimate responsibility will always rest with the trustees of a body corporate or the directors of a homeowners’ association.” Of course, says Vermaak, if a managing agent has been appointed, it would only be to the trustees’ advantage to at least consider the agent’s advice, as he or she would be typically knowledgeable on the subject. “However, it’s not compulsory for the trustees to appoint an agent, and many smaller schemes manage their affairs without assistance due to the competence and active participation of the owners.” Especially in medium to large-sized schemes, the workload involved in managing the affairs of a body corporate and lack of compensation usually encourages trustees to appoint a managing agent, says Vermaak. “In terms of the prescribed management rules, the agent must be appointed by written contract for an initial period of one year, with one month’s written notice of termination to be given by either party thereafter.” The scope of the managing agent’s services will be specifically stipulated in the contract of appointment, says Rian du Toit from DTS Attorneys in PE. “Generally, however, he or she will control, manage and administer the common property as well as any obligations the body corporate has to any public or local authority on behalf of section owners.” Du Toit says the functions . . .