Take the road less travelled: Joburg to the coast via Maseru and Transform a standard domestic trip into an exciting multinational journey Travelers making the journey from Gauteng to the Eastern and Western Cape Coasts could choose to transform what can be a tedious trip into an international cultural experience by choosing to overnight en route in Maseru, Lesotho, which is just inside that country’s border with South Africa. Little-known landlocked Lesotho is a surprising collection of extremes, with gems to offer visitors of every persuasion – whether you’re a hiker or a horse rider, a fashionista or part of the 4x4 set. These all make it a great idea to extend your visit to Maseru beyond the conventional overnight stay, adding all its potential to adventure to your holiday itinerary. AVANI Maseru, which has just undergone a significant refurbishment, has some great ideas for you to include in your adventure through the Mountain Kingdom. • Global fashion labels like Louis Vuitton are taking inspiration from local Basotho blankets, which depict the country’s rich cultural heritage through different colours and patterns. Buy your own locally-inspired blanket as a warming keepsake of your travels or support local designers that have used traditional patterns in modern ways. • If you thought the Niagara Falls was big, you need to visit Maletsunyane Falls outside Maseru, which is nearly four times the height of its American counterpart. While its waters flow more gently and gracefully than more famous falls, this water spectacle is the perfect setting for a picnic or even a proposal. • Extend your outing to the Falls and step it up a notch or few by sailing down the world’s longest commercially operated single-drop abseil, operated by Semonkong Lodge. With the waterfall at your back and Mother Nature all around you, this is certainly not an outing for the faint-hearted! • There are great mountain biking routes around Maseru, and the country’s . . .
Bid on rare vintage wines at Steenberg’s online Vinoteque Auction: A rare collection of vintage wines from some of the finest South African, French, German and Italian cellars is available for purchase at the Steenberg Vinoteque Wine Auction, a five week long online auction starting on 10 October 2018. The 180 lots, varying in size from single bottles to cases of 6 or 12, include French Bordeaux, Chablis, Sancerre and Champagne, a Chianti Reserva from Italy and a Saar Riesling from Germany. The South African line-up features optimally aged wines from top tier wineries as well as older Catharina, Nebbiolo and Shiraz vintages from Steenberg’s own wine library. Steenberg Vineyards are unlocking the vault of their restaurant vinoteques and releasing these fine collectors’ wines to the highest bidder to make room for more wines originating from Constantia. Wine lovers will be able to cherry pick older vintages from top producers such as Raats, Vondeling, Boekenhoutskloof, Kaapzicht, Vilafonte, Mulderbosch, Le Riche, Tokara, Mullineux and Jordan, to name a few. The oldest vintage on offer is a 2003 Morgenster Reserve Red. A pre-auction tasting of a selection of the online auction wines will be held at Catharina’s Restaurant at Steenberg from 16h00 to 19h00 on Wednesday, 10 October. To attend, contact email@example.com All 1 067 Steenberg Vinoteque Auction wines have been carefully cellared at 16°C and are at their prime. For more information on how to secure some of these rare gems, visit www.steenbergfarm, then register online and place your bid. The auction will run weekly for five weeks with new wines on offer every week. Stay up to date by joining the conversation on Twitter @SteenbergWines and Facebook at facebook.com/steenbergestate CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
On the evening of Thursday, 20 September 2018, the Sanlam Top Destination awards ceremony was held at The Bay Hotel where 34 accommodation establishments walked away with the winning title of ‘Sanlam Top Destination Award’ in their respective categories and star gradings. It was an incredible evening showing recognition to the local entrepreneurs who make the South African tourism industry as great as it is. In conjunction with title sponsor, Sanlam, Discount Traveler South Africa pulled out all the stops to ensure a special evening themed #MyHeartBeatsAfrica. Guests were serenaded by the sounds of Ricky Botsis as they sipped on welcome drinks from Ayama Wines, Disaronno, Woodford Reserve, Lakeside Breweries, Carabao, Happy Culture Kombucha, and Sir Fruit, as FoxBox pampered guests with express manicures and Bianca Hamilton-Brown offered hair touch-ups, ensuring that everyone looked their best. The Master of Ceremonies were radio and TV personalities, Tracey Lange and Mamohau Seseane of KFM. The pair were dressed in show-stopping gowns by King of Couture, Jacques Lagrange and Project Runway's Stephen van Eeden. The pair offered a captivating dynamic, keeping proceedings light. Guests enjoyed a delectable three-course meal, perfectly paired with Ayama Baboon’s Petite Sirah 2017 for the starter and Ayama Baboon’s Cheek Viognier 2017 with mains. Guests were treated to magical dance performances by Tulu Entertainment and music by Danielle Bitton, adding an African Elegance to the proceedings. The Sanlam Top Destination Awards awarded the finest selection from 13 400 establishments entered for this year’s awards, treating them to an array of exquisite giveaways throughout the evening. The awards commenced with a draw for four uniquely crafted David Green timepieces valued at R 4 000 each, a Jekyll & Hide travel bag valued at R 9 500 and one lucky establishment walked away with a Romatex bedding and linen set. Gift bags included goodies from FoxBox, . . .
Drakenstein Local Tourism Association used the recently held Cape Wine 2018 to showcase the proud heritage and award-winning wines of the Paarl and Wellington regions. With 352 producers attending this year’s event, Cape Wine is considered to be the flagship business showcase of the South African wine industry and is presented by Wines of South Africa every three years. The DLTA hosted a special evening for sommeliers, restaurant owners, wine merchants and marketers from around the globe with ten participating winemakers at the Centre for the Book in Cape Town. Celebrity chef Mynhardt Joubert conceptualized an impressive ten-course food and wine pairing that emphasized the culinary history and unique taste of terroir of the region. According to Annelize Stroebel, general manager of the tourism association, Cape Wine presented an incredible opportunity for Paarl and Wellington to feature their unique wine offerings. “Paarl is the second oldest wine route in South Africa and we definitely wanted to focus on our impressive winemaking heritage. The imposing venue was perfectly suited to our theme and chef Mynhardt’s unique twists on South African culinary favourites paired perfectly with the best wines of the region absolutely wowed the guests.” Wineries included Boland Cellar, Doolhof, Diemersfontein, Landskroon, Linton Park, Painted Wolf Wines, Pearl Mountain Wines, Perdeberg Group, Rhebokskloof Wine Estate and Ridgeback. Each winery had the opportunity to present a selection of their wines before one wine was paired with a specific course. The delectable menu started with traditional mosbolletjie and kaiing bread served with nastergal (belladonna) and lavender, a Wamakersvallei strawberry and beetroot salad and a waterblommetjie (indigenous pond lilly) soup served with home cured acorn fed pancetta from Wellington with micro herbs and olive oil. Then guests could sample a Cape favourite snoek (local fish) and sweet potatoes before enjoying some true Malay . . .
Carne SA champions rare vintage wines A well-aged steak is at its best when enjoyed with a well-matured red wine and at Carne SA, Chef-proprietor Giorgio Nava takes great pride in serving his guests some of the finest South African and Italian wines. Offering wine lovers even more value at his dedicated Cape Town eatery in Keerom Street, Nava has introduced a special Vintage Collection of well-known flagship wines optimally aged and cellared to be enjoyed at their prime. Well-priced to buck the recession, these rare vintages are affordable and the perfect choice with Carne’s wide selection of prime cuts. The oldest wines in the Carne Vintage Collection are the ultra-elegant 2001 and 2003 Morgenster Estate Bordeaux reds. A variety of Neethlingshof wines including their Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinotage, Malbec and Merlot ranging in age from eight to 11 years, are remarkably affordable for this level of wine enjoyment. Other cellar gems worth exploring are Le Bonheur Prima 2008 and Radford Dale Black Rock 2009 among the blends. Older Plaisir de Merle and Alto wines are also well represented. If you don’t mind spending a little more, the Avondale Samara 2009 Shiraz and Bouchard Finlayson Galpin Peak 2012 Pinot Noir are yours for the taking. The Carne Vintage Collection includes some mature white wines such as Cape of Good Hope 2011 Chardonnay and 2013 Chenin Blanc, and a vibrant 2014 Cartology Chenin Blanc/Semillon by Alheit Vineyards. Nava who pioneered a new approach to meat with the opening of Carne SA in 2008, is a master of letting the meat do the talking, from his specialist steaks the more adventurous, unfamiliar cuts. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Chef Martha Williams from the 5-star Plettenberg Hotel has been invited to cook at the Cape Malay Food Festival at Vasco’s, Hilton in Abu Dhabi from 28 September to 6 October 2018. She will present her delicious South African recipes in her unique Cape Malay cooking style. During this week she will present a special Cape Malay menu with meals like Bobotie, Tomato Bredie and Masala Fish to name a few. For desert she will present true South African treats like Malva Pudding and koeksisters. Martha will share her stories and tell visitors more about her love for the Cape Malay cuisine. Williams said: "Food is an incredibly important part of Cape Malay culture. Our food reaches into a rich history and our culinary traditions have travelled down foodways stretching around the world. This is what makes Vasco’s the perfect venue for people in Abu Dhabi to try out Cape Malay’s cuisine.” Martha got exposure to traditional dishes and ingredients typical of the Cape Malay style - a fusion of spice-rich and fragrant east-Asian cuisines that developed in the kitchens of the Cape during the 17th century – and her innate understanding of flavours and hard work saw Martha being promoted to Head Chef at the hotel’s newly launched Cape Malay restaurant. The restaurant was a huge success, proving immensely popular with both local and international guests and Martha established an excellent reputation leading to her ultimately being invited to present her Cape Malay culinary skills at a number of event, in South Africa and abroad. A flagbearer for Cape cuisine, she has travelled extensively to represent The Liz McGrath Collection in a variety of destinations, from Amsterdam and Kuala Lumpur to Hong Kong and Taipei, and now Abu Dhabi. Martha has returned once more to The Plettenberg, where she’s able to create the authentic flavour-filled dishes she loves that draw on her personal narrative. Her favourite food to prepare is that which reflects her Cape Malay heritage – . . .
SIC 4737 Continuous Baggage Tracking Solutions from SICK accompany the flight baggage on the entire trip - from automatic baggage drop to transport and sorting processes to baggage reclaim. The ALIS system from SICK reliably identifies and detects baggage. Delayed, damaged or lost baggage reduces customer satisfaction and generates additional costs. IATA (International Air Transport Association) Resolution 753 on baggage tracking is intended to encourage airlines to reduce mishandling by implementing cross-industry tracking for every baggage journey. The resolution states that IATA members shall maintain an accurate inventory of baggage by monitoring the acquisition and delivery of baggage. For this to be successfully done, IATA needs to be able to rely on experienced partners. SICK Automation offers reliable technologies for baggage tracking through its laser, camera, and RFID technology, along with single source support. The company supports the process with its extensive baggage-tracking expertise. The leading manufacturer of intelligent sensor solutions for reading bag tags enables the continuous tracking of a bag from the beginning of a journey to the final destination. From receipt of the bag by the airline up to the point at which it is claimed by the passenger, SICK offers a perfect baggage relay system that is transparent, efficient, and fast. The benefit is obvious: performance enhancement for end-to-end baggage transportation. SICK is helping airlines and airport operators close the gaps of baggage mishandling. This cuts costs and increases customer satisfaction – the ultimate intention of IATA's Resolution 753. The guidelines for the continuous tracking of bags from bag drop to reclamation came into effect on 1 June 2018. This can be achieved with the help of expert advice and intelligent sensors. To do this, SICK pays particular attention to forward-thinking baggage identification concepts in order to offer the right answers and solutions. . . .
Breathing New Life Into Bez Valley JOHANNESBURG, 20 August 2018 - One of the greatest epochs in human history, the Renaissance, was born out of a dark age in human history, where demographic, cultural, and economic deterioration ruled. All it took to thrust humanity out of this grave period was a spark of brilliance that set the world back on the path to prosperity and enlightenment. Small sparks can set off powerful reactions, and a small flicker of light in the heart of Johannesburg has begun to set off a chain reaction that many believe could herald the renaissance that transforms Johannesburg into a true first-world city. The transformation of Maboneng, from what some would consider a de facto no-go zone in the early 90’s, to vibrant and diverse inner city hub has inspired people from across the globe to look at Johannesburg’s CBD in a new light. Forbes recently placed Maboneng amongst the 12 coolest neighbourhoods in the world, and that is only the start of it. Following the success of Maboneng, other old, and some would say forgotten, suburbs skirting the inner city have begun to witness the birth of their own renaissances. Victoria Yards, a formerly derelict industrial zone in the heart of Johannesburg’s neglected Bezuidenhout Valley has blossomed into a collective space occupied by artisans, including a metalworker, a silk screener, a glass smelter, a craft beer brewer and a bespoke designer, and now the very same suburb is getting ready to welcome a world class hotel the likes of which downtown Johannesburg hasn’t seen in over three decades. Bez Valley as most call it, is situated North East of the city centre, nestled between Parktown to the west, and Bedfordview to the east, making it a prime location for those looking to explore all the sights, sounds and flavours Johannesburg has to offer. General Manager of the Garden Top Hotel, Alby Bester, believes that the opening of the new hotel is exactly what the area needs to bring prosperity . . .
Past auction gems on Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Charity Auction Eight unique lots of previous Cape Winemakers Guild Auction wines will go under the hammer as individual charity items at the 34th Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction to be held at Spier in Stellenbosch on Saturday, 29 September 2018. This year marks the first time that auction goers will be able to bid on multiple charity lots and pay it forward for the development of young winemakers and viticulturists; and the transformation of the South African wine industry. Each charity lot comprises 12 bottles – two bottles each of six different Cape Winemakers Guild wines from previous auctions meticulously selected from the Guild’s temperature controlled vinoteque and presented in beautiful wooden boxes. These rare, individually crafted collectors’ items give wine connoisseurs the opportunity to get their hands on otherwise unobtainable wines. Every year the Guild members contribute towards noteworthy charity items to be auctioned off in aid of the Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Development Trust, sponsors of the highly successful Protégé Programme, a mentorship scheme for talented winemakers and viticulturists. Final year Protégés have the opportunity to plough back into the programme with their own protégé wines sold at gala dinners in Johannesburg and Cape Town. At this year’s Johannesburg gala dinner, Protégé Banele Vakele’s ‘Tembela’ 2017 red blend raised an astonishing R50 000 for two bottles. Fellow third year Protégé, Sydney Mello’s The Custodian Chardonnay 2017 Méthode Cap Classique brought in R27 000, while Maryna Huysamen’s Longshot Semillon 2017 was sold for R25 000. In addition to the Guild’s own fundraising initiatives, Nedbank, a longstanding partner, donated a substantial R750 000 through the Nedbank Eyethu Community Trust to the Protégé Programme in 2018. Other organisations which support the programme include Amorim Cork, the Cape Cooperage Group, African Cellar Suppliers, . . .
95 At Morgenster brings an Italian summer revival to the Winelands Savour modern Italian dishes at their best in the Cape Winelands this summer at Chef Giorgio Nava’s 95 At Morgenster, reopening for the season from 4 October 2018. 95 At Morgenster, established in 2015 as an Italian collaboration of authentic Italian food, top class wines and olive oil, brings a contemporary twist to the magnificent surroundings of Morgenster Wine Estate in Somerset West during the summer season. Known for uncompromising quality and perfectly prepared dishes with the utmost respect for quality ingredients, Nava’s Milanese flair is tangible on every plate. This is delicious, honest food that lets all the ingredients speak for themselves in true Italian minimalist fashion. Think fresh oysters, classic caprese with creamy artisanal burrata mozzarella, hand cut salmon or steak tartare, delicate slivers of carpaccio, velvet textured hand-made pasta, beautifully prepared line fish, and a fine selection of prime cuts. His legendary chocolate lava fondant or handmade ice cream are just some of the tempting treasures in the dessert line-up. While authenticity remains the bedrock of all the dishes at 95 At Morgenster, Nava’s modern Italian touch is evident in the beautiful plating and wide variety of lighter dishes visitors can enjoy in this tranquil setting. The 95 At Morgenster mixologist has also been working on refreshing new summer cocktails from the bar. Whether you opt for the minimalist interiors adorned with contemporary art, the sun filled conservatory or al fresco overlooking the farm dam, you can expect one of the finest food and wine experiences in the Cape Winelands. As of 4 October 2018, 95 At Morgenster is open for lunch and dinner from Tuesdays to Saturdays, and for Sunday lunch. Call 021-204 7048 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your table. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .