Port Alfred, 22 March 2018: The South African National Roads Agency SOC Ltd (SANRAL) announced today that there will be no stop-and-go sections on the R72 – Port Alfred and Great Fish River during the Easter weekend. Work on the rural section is in progress with the completion of new storm water culverts and the construction of the seaward side of the R72 from Port Alfred to the Fish River the most prominent. Ancillary work like the concrete side drains and other minor storm water structures has started. “This upgrade includes the construction of two 3.7m driving lanes, with auxiliary (climbing) lanes, and a surfaced shoulder on both sides of the new road. The new geometric design of the road has made the upgraded road safer for motorists” Mbulelo Peterson, SANRAL Southern Region Manager said. Current roadworks in Port Alfred’s urban area include widening climbing lanes, constructing new kerbs and walkways. The construction of intersections is also currently underway and only two intersections will be constructed at any time, weather permitting. The intersections will be closed to traffic for the duration of the construction. The completed works will include climbing lanes to ease slow moving traffic, an underground storm water system, sidewalks, kerbing, traffic lights and street lights. “Activities in the urban area of Port Alfred will start to increase. The contractor is planning to start with a 24-hour stop and go asphalting of sections in the period after the Easter weekend. The old surface will be removed and replaced with a new bitumen treated base layer, followed with an asphalt layer,” Mbulelo Peterson, SANRAL Southern Region Manager said. “Residents of Port Alfred and motorists are requested to be patient and obey road signs, observe speed restrictions and other safety measures while construction takes place in town,” Peterson concluded. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Road construction training programme opens doors for Eastern Cape contractors Mount Frere, 20 March: Over 315 site workers of small, medium and micro enterprise (SMMEs) were recently awarded certificates of completion for an 18-month road construction training programme, the South African National Roads Agency SOC Ltd (SANRAL) announced. The graduation ceremony which took place in Mount Frere, Eastern Cape, celebrated the achievements of the programme beneficiaries whose training formed part of the construction of access roads and pedestrian facilities in the Umzimvubu, Ntabankulu and Mhlontlo municipalities along the N2 between Mount Frere and Ngcweleni River and between Mzeke and Mount Frere. “The beneficiaries completed skills training in various learning areas from generic skills for general site workers to a national certificate in Construction Contracting which involves essential construction management skills for local small, medium and micro-sized enterprises,” SANRAL Southern Region Manager, Mbulelo Peterson said. For many local SMMEs and their employees the SANRAL sponsored qualifications have changed their lives and the lives of their communities. Nosizwe Nongongo, owner of Khulabhungane Trading Enterprise, was one of the most experienced contractors to take place in the training programme. The 40-year-old single mother from Lubhacweni, Mount Frere boasts 11 years’ experience in the construction industry and has worked on projects related to access roads, renovations, sanitation and general building. “As a relatively skilled contractor I am very happy that I was chosen to learn new skills which will now empower me to work independently,” she said. “As a single parent, SANRAL has improved my life over the past year. Work was very scarce before this project came along and now I can provide for my family, save capital for future projects and alleviate poverty in other families by employing other people,” she said. With his new . . .
Upgrading of the N2 between Grahamstown and Fish River Pass Eastern Cape, 19 March 2018: The South African National Roads Agency SOC Ltd (SANRAL) would like to notify travellers that controlled blasting for drainage is scheduled to continue to take place on the N2, Section 13, between Grahamstown and Fish River Pass, every Tuesday until 27 March 2018, weather permitting. The blasts will take place, between 2pm and 4pm. The road will be closed for approximately one hour during this time. The blast will take place approximately 25 to 35 km east of Grahamstown, along the N2 between KM 82 and KM 92 route marker. An alternative route to consider from Port Elizabeth to East London is via the R72 through Port Alfred. “Motorists are advised to plan their journeys accordingly,” said Mbulelo Peterson, SANRAL Southern Region Manager. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Upgrading of the N2 between Grahamstown and Fish River Pass Eastern Cape, 19 March 2018: The South African National Roads Agency Ltd (SANRAL) would like to notify travellers that controlled blasting is scheduled to continue to take place on N2 Section 13, between Grahamstown and Fish River Pass, on Thursday 22 March 2018, weather permitting. The blasts will take place between 2pm and 4:30pm. The road will be closed for approximately one-hour during this time. The blast will take place approximately 25 to 35km east of Grahamstown, along the N2, between KM 78,7 and KM 92,6 route markers. An alternative route to consider from Port Elizabeth to East London is via the R72 through Port Alfred. “Motorists are advised to plan their journeys accordingly,” said Mbulelo Peterson, SANRAL Southern Region Manager. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
BON Hotel Sunshine Enugu opens its doors BON Hotels, a hospitality company that owns, manages and markets hotels throughout Africa, has added BON Hotel Sunshine Enugu to their Nigerian portfolio, bringing the number of properties they manage in the region up to 25 hotels across 14 cities. The opening, held on Sunday, 18 March, was attended by VIP guests, members of the press, hotel owners, stakeholders and government representatives. Conveniently located just 12 minutes from the airport and in close proximity to the city centre, the new BON Hotel Sunshine is primed for the corporate, business and leisure traveller, with facilities of an international standard. The décor is stylish and understated in line with international trends and features 92 spacious rooms, a modern gym, business centre, 2 restaurants, a sky lounge and bar as well as a poolside bar. Wi-fi is complimentary throughout the hotel. The conference centre comprises 3 meeting rooms seating up to 300 delegates and provides spacious, innovative facilities for special events and celebrations, conferences, weddings, promotions, launches, workshops or small meetings and gatherings. Director of BON Hotels International West Africa, Bernard Cassar said that the group is excited to welcome BON Hotel Sunshine to the fold. “The hotel is a great fit for us and in line with our vision for establishing a trade route circuit and central hub linking important centres and communities across the region.” He added that the hotel is to be positioned as an affordable, 4-star, international, boutique-style, full-service hotel. The group remain confident in the potential of the region and steadfast in their expansion plans, providing ongoing support to local tourism and the hospitality industry, their guests, staff, suppliers and the local community. Developing “Africa by Africans” remains front and centre of their growth strategy and commitment to Africa. In his opening address, owner Emeka Nwandu said, . . .
Langebaan Country Estate Weskus Marathon - The Langebaan Country Estate Weskus Marathon, which will be held this year on Sunday 21 April, has become one of those ‘not to be missed’ events on any runner’s calendar. 2018 will host the 17th edition of the event, hosted and sponsored by Langebaan Country Estate. There is a race for everyone - 42.2km, 21.1km & 10km, plus a 5km Fun Run for those who don’t want to have FOMO – you don’t have to be a pro to soak up a bit of the West Coast in your takkies. Marathon runners will be bussed from Langebaan Country Estate to the West Coast National Park for the start of the race and the last bus leaves at 06:00. The gun will go off at 07:15 for the marathon and half marathon, the 10km starts at 07:30 and the fun run at 08:15. When you cross the finish line at Langebaan Country Estate you can look forward to food stalls, a market and cool tunes mixed by our media partner, HeartFM. Entries close on 16 April. Visit www.weskusmarathon.co.za to enter today. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
New Chenin Blanc completes unique varietal expression at Grande Provence Grande Provence, the landmark Heritage Wine Estate in Franschhoek, has embraced the resurgence of Chenin Blanc as a flag bearer for South African wines, with the launch of a new single varietal wine. Chenin Blanc forms the core of the estate’s white wines and the new Grande Provence Chenin Blanc 2017 completes their unique expression of this grape variety with a collection of four completely diverse wines. “For many, Chenin Blanc is one of South Africa’s top wine varieties and has a strong claim for pole position when it comes to being the driver for brand South Africa. The ready access to a rich heritage of old vineyards, as well as the variety’s versatility of styles certainly re-enforces this claim,” says Grande Provence winemaker, Hagen Viljoen. The newly released Grande Provence Chenin Blanc 2017, is a straight varietal wine produced from vineyards in the Stellenbosch and Franschhoek regions. It is made in a fresh, fruit driven style that captures the classic characteristics and purity of Chenin Blanc in a manner that is accessible, yet complex. Expect passionfruit, guava and apricot to leap from your glass followed by concentrated layers of stone fruit, freshness and a textured finish in perfect balance from the first sip. This pure expression of Chenin Blanc complements the rest of the range where blends with other varieties lend interesting nuances to the wines. “Chenin Blanc is a fantastic blending partner and allows for endless stylistic expressions by the winemaker when added to other varieties,” says Viljoen.. The Grande Provence White 2015, a blend of Chenin Blanc and Viognier from Franschhoek, is a more serious wooded-style blend that expresses the richer and riper characteristics of Chenin Blanc, supported beautifully by the perfume and fruit of Viognier. The result is a rich, full-bodied and above all, intriguing wine with good ageing potential. One of . . .
Serene family Easter Picnic at Grande Provence in Franschhoek. Easter Sunday, 1 April 2018, 10h00 – 16h00 Enjoy a relaxed family picnic this Easter Sunday complete with an Easter egg hunt for the kids, a wide variety of delicious country-style eats and fabulous wines at Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate in Franschhoek. In addition to picnic baskets filled to the brim, visitors can opt for a selection of lighter foods and enjoy the soothing sounds of a classical ensemble in beautifully landscaped gardens. Think bubblies and oysters from the oyster bar, filled panini, home-made ice teas and lemonade, a heavenly Angels Tears wine and nougat pairing, artisanal coffee, and fresh produce stands. The art in the Sculpture Garden under majestic oaks is also something to behold. Besides the traditional Easter egg hunt, children will be entertained with lawn games such as croquet, giant Jenga, face painting and a hot chocolate fountain. Let Grande Provence take care of the kids while you sit back and savour a glass or two of their wines and elegant Méthode Cap Classique – with oysters of course! The Grande Provence Easter Picnic starts at 10h00 and ends at 16h00 on Easter Sunday, 1 April 2018. Entry is free, but bookings for the Easter Picnic Baskets at R500 per couple and R150 per child, need to be made ahead of time. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
When next you’re feeling peckish for familiar, uncomplicated comfort food, pop in for a quick and easy one-course lunch at Catharina’s Restaurant in Steenberg’s idyllic Cape Dutch surroundings. Chef Archie Maclean’s pocket friendly one-course lunch menu has plenty of choice for a relaxed, no-fuss repast. Options include pasta of the day, a selection of salads such as chicken Caesar and smoked salmon, toasted sandwiches, a decadent burger, and fish and chips with a twist. Chef Archie’s club sandwich at R125 is a toasted panini filled with grilled chicken, bacon and boiled egg with all the trimmings. His take on fish and chips at R140 is battered kingklip with hand cut chips and a side salad. The ultimate beef Steenburger at R145 is piled high with gherkin, avocado, blue cheese and a fried egg. It comes with hand cut truffle parmesan chips and coleslaw. The one-course lunch is available from Monday to Saturday. Your lunch will taste all the better with a glass or two of fine Steenberg wine, especially now that water has become such a scarce resource. To make sure their guests continue to enjoy the full, unbridled Steenberg experience, the farm has put water saving initiatives in place, making their winery, restaurants, and boutique hotel and spa less dependent on municipal water. Catharina’s Restaurant is open 7-days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner. On Sundays it’s the place to be for a lavish buffet-style feast and live music from 12h00 till 15h00. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Fabulous Heartland winter rates at Grande Provence - Dinner, bed & breakfast from 1 April – 30 September 2018 Take advantage of the fabulous Heartland dinner, bed & breakfast offer at Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate and make picturesque Franschhoek your luxurious winter wineland destination. Available from April until the end of September, tailor-made Heartland packages at both The Owner’s Cottage and La Provençale offer wonderful winter value with welcoming and attentive staff at this 17th century wine estate. The Owner’s Cottage exudes period grandeur and contemporary luxury for the ultimate escape. The beautifully appointed private cottage comprises four rooms, a deluxe suite, lounge and conservatory leading out to the soothing pool area set in a country garden. At La Provençale exclusive use guests are accommodated in style with two en suite bedrooms, separated for privacy by a shared lounge leading onto a relaxing outdoor terrace and pool. Surrounded by lush vines and breath-taking views this is the quintessential private getaway for families or close friends. Tucked away in the Franschhoek heartland of South African wine country, Grande Provence is a unique destination with a myriad of exceptional experiences including award winning wines, modern South African cuisine by Executive Chef Guy Bennett at The Restaurant, and an eclectic collection of contemporary South African art at The Gallery. Grande Provence is one of the jewels of The Huka Retreats, a collection of exclusive, internationally acclaimed properties offering the ultimate in understated luxury in unmatched locations in New Zealand, Fiji and South Africa to the world’s most discerning travellers Apart from its natural splendour, the French inspired village of Franschhoek appeals to all tastes, offering spectacular dining experiences, superb wines and exclusive shops. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .