Setting the design tone for the home space, the kitchen is often the first area that undergoes a renovation, but too often, expert insight is overlooked which can drastically impact the finished project. Industry experts from The Studio Collection – members of the African Institute for Interior Design Professions - have outlined some of the more common mistakes people make when planning to re-model the kitchen. - Form over function When building a kitchen there's a natural inclination to discuss the 'look' first - glass or paint? Wood or quartz? But, before you rush into the mood-boards and start plotting out the look of your kitchen, think deeply about your lifestyle and how you use your kitchen. Do you entertain? Do you cook yourself or does someone do it for you? Do you have young kids that are going to scribble on everything? Are you a particularly messy cook? These considerations are the most important starting points because they will ensure that your design is fundamentally practical and certain features are given priority. For example - the fact that you entertain might call for a double island. The fact that you're a messy cook might call for sintered porcelain tops. The fact that you have young kids might call for high-quality laminate doors instead of painted ones. - Settling Finding a kitchen company or interior designer you trust is important for a number of reasons - the key one being how they specify their work. Unfortunately, many local interior design professionals have a limited source of supply when it comes to finishes, and this often gets presented as ‘the best that’s out there'. Our advice is don't settle! As a consumer, you need to ensure that you do your homework and understand what's possible in terms of design and finishes so you aren't beholden to the advice of designers with a limited source of supply. Empower yourself with this knowledge and you'll feel a lot more at ease during the specification process. - Taking a short-term . . .
The official Cape Town launch of SA INC’s “spreading the good news campaign” was held at the Citadel in Claremont on April, 12th. Attended by delegates representing some of South Africa’s leading brands, the event was opened by Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) board member and outgoing Woolworths chairman, Simon Susman. SA INC, a partnership between BLSA, Brand South Africa and Regency Global is changing conversations in South Africa by highlighting and celebrating the country’s success and achievements. The SA INC campaign is the brainchild of filmmaker and executive producer, Shani Kay, who is passionate about activating South Africa's potential. “When we share the positive news from our remarkable country, we will begin realising that there is so much we can be proud of.” Susman concurred and spoke about his personal drive to honour and celebrate the important contribution and opportunity as an elder to “first learn, then earn and finally return wisdom and time to society”. Richard Kyle, founder of Regency Global, proclaimed that what had started as an inspirational campaign was fast becoming a movement for change. To join the conversation and help share the good news about South Africa, visit https://regency.global/sa-inc SA INC is a 20 part TV series and multimedia campaign documenting the stories of innovative, inclusive, purpose driven businesses in South Africa. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Historically a fishing and boat-making community, the small town of Macassar in Cape Town is branching out to farming. The Cape Agency for Sustainable Integrated Development in Rural Areas contacted Kwikspace about providing alternative building solutions that are prefabricated and modular for these emerging farmers. The emerging farmers of Macassar farm vegetables in tunnels and needed office space as well as a vegetable processing area. With Kwikspace’s innovative products for any sector requirement, they had the solution – two double-wide modular units. Each unit is 15 m in length by 7 m in width. Kwikspace is a specialist relocatable building manufacturer in South Africa. Their modular construction double-wide structures can be used for industrial, residential and commercial applications. They provide the ideal space without the costs of building fixed premises, providing a significant saving for either long-term or short-term applications. All electrical fittings like lights, light switches, plug sockets and required cabling come standard with each Kwikspace office. With over 50 years’ experience in manufacturing modular buildings, Kwikspace is Africa’s largest manufacturer. They offer exceptional service, fast delivery and an extensive product offering of both standard and non-standard products. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Cape Town, 12th April 2019 - On Saturday the 20th April, Cape Town will hold the annual Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon. This year will be the 50th year of Africa's biggest running event. Where runners will get the opportunity to run either the Ultra Marathon (56KM) or the Half Marathon (21KM). Not only will the distance take your breath away but so will the view. Before race day, sports enthusiasts are encouraged to attend the annual Expo held at the CTICC in Cape Town. Falke, along with other leading sporting brands, will hold exhibitions for all guests to learn about their new sport products and sporting essentials. Falke have spent years ensuring their brand is versatile and meets its wearers needs. With different variations of each sport sock, one is sure to find their perfect fit. Fit, Function and Fashion are Falke’s key elements in ensuring their brand not only looks good but is comfortable and supports your feet. Visit the Falke stand at 154-156 to get your hands on their latest AW 2019 Run Collection including the Ultra Light, Stride, Silver Run, Hidden Dry, All Terrain and Vitalizers. Competition Falke will be running an instagram competition where you will get the chance to win a R1000 sock hamper. Simply snap an image with their Instagram frame and post it tagging @Falke to enter. Event Details The Expo will take place from Wednesday the 17th April to Friday the 19th April 2019. All entrants are expected to attend to receive their race packs. Falke socks are purpose-designed and refined for ultimate confidence in the demanding climate and lifestyles of Southern Africa. The latest FALKE AW19 sock ranges are available online at www.falke.co.za. Follow FALKE on Twitter @FalkeSA, on Instagram falke_sa and FalkeSA on Facebook for the latest news and promotions. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
CAPE TOWN, South Africa, 12 April 2019 – Cortex Logic Continues Rapid Expansion with Appointment of New CEO, Deon van Heerden. Cortex Logic is an African Artificial Intelligence (AI) Software and Solutions company that helps businesses thrive in the Smart Technology Era. We work across multiple business and industry domains seeking to augment and automate legacy processes, ultimately transforming them into intelligent systems, using the Cortex Logic AI Engine. We leverage a unique AI Engine for Business that solves strategic and operationally relevant problems by unlocking the value offered by the 4th Industrial Revolution and by mobilizing Data Science, Internet of Things (IoT), as well as Big Data and Analytics. Today, we proudly announce the appointment of Deon van Heerden as the new Chief Executive Officer of Cortex Logic and Board Member of the Cortex Group – an accomplished technology executive and entrepreneur, who aims to spur exponential growth and lead the company through the next phase of expansion. Dr Jacques Ludik, recipient of the AI Leader of the Year 2019 award and Cortex Logic Founder, Managing Director and Cortex Group CEO said, “We’re experiencing a mammoth increase in demand from enterprises, both in local and international markets, for our Artificial Intelligence products and solutions. Being on an aggressive growth path, expanding our team not only means attracting the brightest young minds but growing our senior executive team as well. We’re onboarding leaders who can hit the ground running and contribute a wealth of knowledge on how to grow businesses and industries by leveraging cutting-edge 4th Industrial Revolution technologies”. Dr Ludik continued, “Given the traction received since announcing Cortex Logic’s investment injection in February 2019, we are poised to expand the Cortex Logic product portfolio and deploy our AI-based enterprise solutions to both local and global markets. Parallel with van Heerden’s vast experience . . .
CAPE TOWN, South Africa, 11th April 2019 – South African based Artificial Intelligence Software & Solutions provider, Cortex Logic, Grows Outreach Programme with Local Universities in Cape Town. Cortex Logic is an African Artificial Intelligence (AI) Software and Solutions company that helps businesses thrive in the Smart Technology Era. We work across multiple business and industry domains seeking to augment and automate legacy processes, ultimately transforming them into intelligent systems, using the Cortex Logic AI Engine. We leverage a unique AI Engine for Business that solves strategic and operationally relevant problems by unlocking the value offered by the 4th Industrial Revolution and by mobilizing Data Science, Internet of Things (IoT), as well as Big Data and Analytics. Dr Jacques Ludik, recipient of the AI Leader of the Year 2019 award and Cortex Logic Founder, Managing Director and Group CEO recently attended the Stellenbosch University Computer Science Prize-Giving that saw Cortex Logic sponsoring the award for Best Honours Student and Best Honours Project. He also attended the Stellenbosch University LaunchLab Mini Hackathon, where he chatted with students about career opportunities within the AI arena, as well as how the 4th Industrial Revolution is impacting and shaping education in South Africa. Dr Ludik said, “Industry support and engagement with academia is key, especially in the fast-moving world of Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Deep Learning, and Data Science. It’s refreshing to see so many talented graduates coming out of the South African University system. There has never been a better time to study Mathematics, Data Science, Computer Science or Electronic Engineering as these skills are and will continue to be in high demand in our industry.” Dr Nick Bradshaw, Chief Marketing Officer of Cortex Logic, who also attended these events and recently gave a lecture to UCT Computer Science students on a similar theme, . . .
Steenberg champions a year of sustainable, traceable fish with ABALOBI One year after Steenberg’s popular Constantia eatery, Bistro Sixteen82, became the first restaurant to partner with ABALOBI, the small-scale fisher initiative supplying chefs with responsible and traceable fish, the enterprise has grown to over 100 Western Cape restaurants. Through the use of the ABALOBI app, Steenberg Executive Chef Kerry Kilpin works directly with fisherfolk who supply her with their daily catch. All the fish caught by these small-scale fishers is completely traceable, literally tracking the journey of every fish from hook to cook. Out of all the ABALOBI partner restaurants, Bistro Sixteen82 remains the most proactive, with the most number of guests engaging with the app by scanning a QR code at their table for the full story including where and by whom the fish on their plate was caught. Sourcing seafood that is ecologically responsible and socially fair is the crux of this ground- breaking project. By partnering with ABALOBI, restaurants provide fishing communities in seven different fishing areas on the western and southern Cape coast with a better price for their fish and livelihood for their families. The direct route from boat to plate ensures a fair supply chain for the fisherfolk. As the first ABALOBI ambassador, Chef Kerry continues to champion the cause and is motivated by the need to protect fish resources for future generations. “I want my son to be able to eat fish when he grows up,” is her mantra. Creating nine delicious dishes over the past year using a diverse variety of up to 14 different species of sustainable and traceable fish, has been the key to Chef Kerry’s ABALOBI success story. From grilled line fish drizzled with her signature sauces, to pickled fish and tapas, Bistro Sixteen82 guests are spoilt for choice. For the small-scale fishers, creating a secure market for their catches has had a profound impact on the lives of their . . .
Twist your way to Portugal with Mensa wines. Mensa the innovative range of wines with an unexpected twist, is giving wine lovers the chance to win a trip to Portugal in association with Helix Cork. Launched last year as the first South African wine supported by an augmented reality app taking storytelling to the next level, Mensa wines are sealed with the ground breaking Helix cork closure that allows you to twist open and reseal the wine by hand. Available exclusively with Mensa wine purchases at Checkers stores and liquor shops, the competition gives one lucky shopper the opportunity to explore the land of cork on a 5-night visit to Portugal for two. To qualify, you need to purchase two bottles of Mensa Cabernet Sauvignon between 15 April and 5 May 2019 and follow the instructions on your till slip. Remember to keep your till slip as proof of purchase. The prize includes two nights in Lisbon to explore this beautiful historic sea port harking back to the intrepid mariners who circumvented the Cape in their tall ships. Other exciting places to visit include a night in Evora, the capital of Portugal’s Alentejo region famous for its ancient Roman temple, followed by two nights in Porto, the centre of Port wine. A visit to two Port producers, a cork forest to watch the cork harvest and a ride in a hot air balloon are also on the itinerary. Mensa is one of the first wines sealed with the ultra-convenient Helix cork closure. Just pull – twist – pour and your Mensa wine is ready to drink. The easy twist Helix cork lets you enjoy all the benefits of cork and glass, namely quality and sustainability, with the resealable convenience of a screw cap. Mensa Cabernet Sauvignon is a full-bodied red teeming with dark Chocolate and blackberries. The two white wines in the range crafted for everyday enjoyment are a refreshing Sauvignon Blanc with citrus and tropical notes, and a delicious Chardonnay Pinot Noir with a vibrant citrus and red berry character. For . . .
Cheerful Chateau Del Rei bubbly in a can debuts at Cheese Festival. Fri 26 - Sun 28 April 2019, Sandringham Estate, Stellenbosch, 10h00-18h00 Discover new Chateau Del Rei sparkling wine in a can and turn the 18th annual South African Cheese Festival at Sandringham Estate near Stellenbosch into an instant celebration over the weekend of 26 – 28 April 2019. Fruity, vibrant and delicately sweet, Chateau Del Rei is a truly indulgent combination with soft cheeses such as Brie, Camembert and Ricotta. Made primarily of Chenin Blanc grapes with just a dash of Muscat, new Chateau Del Rei is a naturally sweet, fruity bubbly with loads of panache. The stylish can and low alcohol content of only 7%, make Chateau Del Rei the perfect outdoor bubbly. Look out for this vibrant sparkler in a can at the upcoming Cheese Festival. Tickets are available from www.computicket.com. Visit http://www.cheesefestival.co.za/ for more event information. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Nothing is more appealing to an artist than a blank canvas in a comforting and inspriring environment – the ability to express ourselves through all five senses is the core of creative joy and connection. Now, the launch of a new creative space in the heart of Cape Town, Infinity Studios provides a space for established and up-and-coming creatives and is set to provide an accessible platform for the creative community in all its guises. Infinity Studios is a multi-functional studio offering a chic photo lounge, infinity curve wall and studio kitchen whilst abundant natural light streams in from south facing windows providing gorgeous views of Table Mountain, Lions Head and the CBD. With 200sqm of floorspace the studio caters to just about any need. The photo lounge is perfectly suited for castings or as a break area, the curved infinity wall is ideal for editorial features and fashion shoots, and the demo kitchen is complete with ample counter space and fully equipped with the latest kitchen appliances for filming, demos and workshops – with the infinity wall conveniently just around the corner, ready for all your photo creation needs. What makes the space even more dynamic is its lack of restraint – the openness, natural light and ability to adapt. Perfect for smaller intimate events – again, allowing the creative juices to flow as one plans a turnkey experience from the very beginning of the creative process to presenting it to a desired audience. James Pople, Founder and Owner of Infinity Studios says, “I’ve spent the better part of my working career as an events producer, DJ, director and promoter across multiple platforms and creative industries in destinations across the world. I felt like it was time for me to bring my experience and grasp of a broader perspective creative approach back home, and so Infinity Studios was born – a studio for the creatives of Cape Town and beyond. I chose Paarden Eiland for two reasons: firstly, for its proximity to . . .