Laugh your Arniston off at the Weekender Francois van As won the Comedy Central “Grab the mic" last night in Johannesburg and has also curated all the comedy for the Arniston Weekender The Weekender is back in Arniston (2-4 December) and they come bearing gifts. This year they will be bringing festival goers an exclusive and intimate comedy stage, the likes of which has never before been seen in this quiet coastal town. Well, quiet for now. Brought to life by an improbable pair The comedy stage at this year's Weekender at Arniston has been put together by the festival's organiser, Christopher De Vries with the help of Afrikaans funny guy and Bredasdorp local, Francois Van As. What makes their relationship interesting is the fact that they didn't meet on Linkedin or Facebook, but rather in a club Christopher approached Francois after a stand-up comedy show at the aforementioned venue and Francois agreed to help him craft a special comedy experience, exclusively for Arniston. When Francois looks back on the events of that fateful evening, he realises that he might have agreed to anything at that moment. Not just because he had adrenaline surging through his veins from an amazing time on stage, but also because he was severely relieved that the tall gentleman was too cool for words . Never before seen in the Overberg Underground stand-up comedy has been around for a long time in South Africa, but it has only recently become mainstream, with the arrival of the Comedy Central channel on DSTV and the international success of comedians such as Trevor Noah. Even though stand-up comedy has become more accessible to South Africans it is still something that can mostly be experienced only if one travels to Cape Town or Johannesburg. Quality stand-up comedy shows in the platteland, such as the one happening at The Weekender : Arniston, is a rare and precious find. A new exciting line-up This year's line-up at the Weekender's comedy stage is like a . . .
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Beat the year-end blues and recharge your batteries. Escape to the heart of the Cape Winelands for Proe Paarl – a month-long celebration of the unique offerings of the Paarl region. From 16 November to 18 December, Paarl will be pulling out all the stops to offer visitors a great experience ranging from outdoor activities, country cuisine, warm hospitality and award-winning wines. Whether you have time for a quick day trip or a weekend breakaway, Paarl is the place to play this summer. TASTE PAARL Paarl is becoming increasingly well-known for its culinary offerings and Proe Paarl has lined up some gourmet delights that will tantalise the taste buds. The magnificent Grande Roche hotel is offering a truly authentic dining experience with an elegant twist during their Bubbles and Braai events on Saturday, 26 November and Thursday, 15 December. Traditional barbeque dishes are cleverly paired with fantastic Method Cap Classique and will surely delight guests. Start your day at Paarl's most iconic landmark – the Afrikaans Taalmonument. For the duration of Proe Paarl, the Volksmond Coffee Shop offers an authentic Afrikaans breakfast with eggs, mieliepap and boerewors with "boeretroos" or rooibos tea at R80 per person. Alternatively, try a traditional lunch of bobotie, melktert, a cup of "boeretroos", rooibos tea or a glass of Boland Cellar wine for at R150 per person. The cost includes entrance fee to the monument. A special kiddie's menu and play area is available. The Boland Kelder Bistro will open just in time for Proe Paarl season. Guests can enjoy delicious bistro-style meals, while enjoying the gorgeous scenery and award-winning Boland wines. Also make a note of Mellasat's Summer pop-up restaurant for a fabulous summer dinner and lunch menu on Thursday, 10 November, and Friday, 11 December, from 12h00. Paarl is home to some exquisite historical wine estates, so take an opportunity to visit and taste some fantastic food and great wines. Marvel at the . . .
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REMOVE ME: Mahala At a very young age Ubuko Mpotulo had to have his legs amputated following health complications, but this bright little fellow has never let this hold him back. “A few months ago, Ubuko came to RMA’s attention when his grade one teacher, Janey Stevens of College Street Primary School in East London, sent out a heartfelt plea for sponsorship of prosthetic legs for this young man,” says Nomfundo Mcilongo, General Manager: Sales & Marketing at RMA. “His teacher informed us that Ubuko runs, jumps, hops, skips and swims with his classmates, refusing to let his physical limitations hold him back from living life to the fullest. He is an inspiration to us all. “Ubuko has been using basic prosthetic limbs to enable him to be mobile. This high-spirited little boy made the best of his existing prosthesis, but most certainly fitting prosthetic limbs more appropriate to his activity level will enable him to participate in physical activities with his friends. “Today, it gives us great pleasure to provide Ubuko with a pair of new prosthetic legs, specially built for him by RMA’s prosthetics partner, Marissa Nel & Associates. His new ‘legs’, fitted with Vari-Flex Junior feet, provide an exclusive combination of comfort and dynamics. They are specially made for children who require the additional energy response. “The prosthetic feet ensure the highest levels of user confidence and security, promoting a natural gait with less fatigue and strain on the lower back. The Total Knee Junior from Össur is a smaller version of the adult model, which offers security, natural motion and walking ease. The Total Knee Junior is extremely versatile and natural for children who have a broad range of very high-level activities: walking, running, sitting, squatting, and kneeling activities,” Mcilongo adds. The prosthetic legs were presented to Ubuko by none other than South African Paralympic medallist Ernst van Dyk during a special ceremony at the . . .
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Robotic surgery for the treatment of prostate cancer is growing by approximately 40% per year in South Africa and is increasingly being adopted as treatment of choice for high-risk and medium-risk cancer cases. Furthermore, this form of surgery is having a highly positive impact on local healthcare, and on urological medicine in particular, since its introduction in recent years. This is according to Dr Greg Boustead, a specialist urologist and robotic surgeon, who was speaking about the outcomes that had been achieved by the Netcare da Vinci robotic programme, based on the initiative’s first 500 robotic assisted radical prostatectomies. Dr Boustead presented the findings of this study at the World Congress of Endourology and the South African Urological Association Meeting, which is being held in Cape Town from 8 to 12 November. Dr Boustead, who has led the Netcare robotic-assisted surgery programme since its inception in June 2014 and has so far assisted in the training of 18 robotic surgeons using the robotic technology at Netcare Waterfall City, Netcare Christiaan Barnard Memorial, and Netcare uMhlanga hospitals, said that there are now more than 3 500 da Vinci Robots globally, and more that 80% of all radical prostatectomies are being performed robotically. “Radical prostatectomy, the surgical removal of the prostate gland, remains the global gold standard for treating intermediate and high risk prostate cancer, and as can be seen, robots are increasingly being used both locally and internationally to assist with these procedures,” said Dr Boustead. “The results of the Netcare study, which draws on the data from the 500 procedures conducted at the three Netcare hospitals offering robotic-assisted surgery, confirm that robotic surgery offers excellent outcomes and effective early cancer control at a median follow up of 13 months in a cohort of male patients, more than half of whom had intermediate-risk or high-risk prostate cancer. “In the study, . . .
The World Psychiatric Association (WPA) and the South African Society of Psychiatrists (SASOP) are hosting the WPA-International Congress in Cape Town, at the CTICC from 18-22 November 2016, with the theme: "Psychiatry: Integrative Care for the Community". The congress president will be Prof Dinesh Bhugra from the United Kingdom, current WPA President and the congress director will be the current SASOP President, Dr Mvuyiso Talatala. This is a ground breaking theme bringing together world renowned scientific experts, as well as young and established health leaders from around the globe. This is the first time ever a World Psychiatric Association International Congress is being held in South Africa. The conference is expected to attract over 3000 psychiatrists and other mental health professionals from around the world. With this meeting, the practice of Psychiatry internationally is set to take more decisive steps on a new course that will influence the profession for years to come. "This sounds like a very bold statement, but this is intended to be a very unique meeting," says Bernard Janse van Rensburg, President-Elect of the South African Society of Psychiatrists and co-chair of the organising committee. "We are hoping to see the forging of a strong link between society and Psychiatry and by the end of this year, we should see the basis of a new social contract involving all the different stake holders in this undertaking," he says. From the conference theme, the different components of Psychiatry's and psychiatrists' social contract will be unpacked, focusing on four different tracks including: neuroscience, psychotherapy, social involvement and the cultural-religious context of care. "There seems to be unfinished business in the psyche and national agendas of our (and other) nation(s)," says Janse van Rensburg. "We can see evidence of this in unresolved collective relations such as the recent flaring up of racial tensions in South Africa . . .
One of the homes that that have been developed at Kruinkloof Bushveld Estate. Homes may be developed to specification for between R2.5 million and R3.95 million. Photo: Are you a mature ‘empty nester’ looking for a more compact luxury home that will enable you to get away from it all while at the same time allowing you to remain close to where the actions is? If so, a home in the Kruinkloof Bushveld Estate, which is situated on the slopes of the highest ridge in the charming Johannesburg suburb of Boskruin, may just be for you. Gwen Kenmuir of Pam Golding Properties, who is marketing the remaining 32 properties available for sale within the eight-acre estate, says that Kruinkloof is especially designed for mature individuals or couples, and “brings together the seemingly incompatible conceptions of a bushveld lifestyle with all of the conveniences of modern city life”. “The estate borders a private 30-acre nature reserve on the ridge and yet it is also located just 12km west of Sandton,” she adds. “This is an idyllic setting for these beautifully appointed country homes, which offer a completely new lifestyle concept for mature people. “The estate has been designed with the needs of the typical empty-nester couple or single person who is entering a new, more mature phase of life in mind. Residents tend to still be economically active and many have business interests in the city, but at the same time they also want to live in a tranquil setting that is close to nature. “The homes, all of which are north-facing, are ideal for the older executive or professional couple who are looking for convenience and an attractive ‘lock up and go’ lifestyle that will offer them a maximum measure of freedom.” Kruinkloof Bushveld Estate buyers who purchase plots are provided with the opportunity to design their own home to meet their specific needs and requirements. According to Kenmuir, there is a choice of five different home packages . . .
The top end of the residential property market in Gauteng remains remarkably resilient. This four-bed cluster home in Sandhurst, Johannesburg is on the market through Pam Golding Properties for R35 million. Photo: Pam Golding Properties As South Africa’s economic powerhouse, Gauteng remains home to half of the country’s high net worth individuals, and they continue to support the upper end of the residential property market in the province, which remains surprisingly resilient despite slow national economic indicators. This is according to Rupert Finnemore, managing director of Pam Golding Properties’ Gauteng region. “New World Wealth noted in its Wealthiest City in the World Report published recently that Johannesburg remains the city with the largest number of US dollar millionaires in South Africa with some 17 600 out of a total of 40 400 nationally, adds Finnemore. “Pretoria has a further 2 600, which means that Gauteng is home to exactly half of South Africa’s high net worth individuals. “These figures are not surprising, as we continue to see high levels of investment and growth across a number of centres in Gauteng, including the ‘Golden Mile’ of Sandton, which remains the undisputed financial capital of South Africa. Other growth nodes that are enjoying particularly impressive infrastructural, commercial and residential development include Fourways, Midrand, Menlyn in Pretoria East, and a number of others. These demonstrate that there remains strong confidence in numerous areas of the local economy. “The province has a diverse and sturdy local economy and as such, the region continues to attract investment opportunities and wealthy industrialists not just from South Africa, but also from the African continent and around the world,” he points out. Finnemore says that median house prices in the super-luxury residential property market have generally exceeded inflation during the past decade and Pam Golding Properties . . .