Exactly one week from today marks the official launch of the new Himalayan Salt cookbook, 'Himalayan Salt Cooking' by Salty Sistas, taking place at the luxurious President Hotel in Cape Town with foodie and lifestyle media invited to a delicious evening affair of salt block and fine wine dining with Pierre Jourdan, Haute Cabrière and S. Pellegrino. Salt has been part of human history for thousands of years, believed to be used as currency for some time in certain parts of the world and even in religious ceremonies in ancient Egypt. Naturally, over time, salt has become a key ingredient in the human diet and today the most common salt we find on store shelves is table salt – a refined and bleached salt produced from evaporated seawater, which is becoming increasingly polluted. Himalayan crystal salt on the other hand is thought to be the purest form of salt found on the planet as it does not undergo a refinement process and has been protected from modern day pollution for millennia, preserved by volcanic lava and ice… salt “in its whole food form”, so to speak. Salty Sistas 'Himalayan Salt Cooking' author and SaltPur Cape Town owner, Liezel Maree, says: “The health benefits of using Himalayan crystal salt are many. It contains the same 84 trace minerals and elements that are found in the human body and because it is less refined, and fragments are larger, you are actually consuming less sodium per serving than regular table salt. In addition, it supports heart health, promotes a stable pH balance within the body, strengthens bones, improves circulation, lowers blood pressure and actually helps the body absorb nutrients. Himalayan crystal salt is also anti-microbial – a natural disinfectant.” Besides the numerous Himalayan table and crystal salt products used in the kitchen you will find that the less common salt slab/ salt block delivers a better taste and more mineral content. And there are numerous ways to cook with a salt block that are both . . .
(Cape Town, South Africa) – Open to the public from Friday, 15 June 2018, No 5 on Hudson is an elegant new art gallery based in the heart of Cape Town’s trendy De Waterkant. The gallery is spearheaded by former Country Living SA owner and former Miss South Africa, Sandy De Bruin. Drawing on themes like Women and Art and Shades of Grey, the former Miss South Africa has used her platform to focus on the empowerment and upliftment of female artists in South Africa. When speaking on the selection process for the gallery’s featured artists, Sandy explains, “My focus is not only on beautiful and meaningful art, but how the pieces translate into our environment and how it fits into our aesthetic space.” Sandy has always had a penchant for fine art, with her passion for painting having been revived while living in London, as she acquired a new appreciation for the arts. Enjoying a slower pace of life, Sandy spent her days immersed in artistry, from painting porcelain dolls to writing and painting. It was during this time that No 5 on Hudson was born. Sandy has flawlessly hand-picked a selection of pieces by renowned local artists, including Fiona Rowett, Nicole Pletts and Lesley Charnock to name a few, setting a curated style synopsis from the outset. “South African Artists are incredibly talented and inspirational. They often stand out on the international stage, as is testament to the enormous number of art pieces sold overseas,” notes Sandy. “I want visitors to No 5 on Hudson to be embraced in an experience that heightens the visuals senses and provides an appreciation for art in a space contemplated by soul and design.” No 5 on Hudson is located on 5 Hudson Street, De Waterkant. The gallery is open from 10am – 5pm from Mondays to Fridays and 9am – 1pm on Saturdays. For more information, please visit www.no5onhudson.com or contact No 5 on Hudson directly via 021 418 2783 or at email@example.com. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
The annual Sanlam Top Destination Awards expands this year with the addition of the Water Sustainability Award. The award has been created in conjunction with Water 4 Cape Town and Cape Town Tourism to reward the most water conscious establishment. "Securing a destination for future generations to enjoy cannot be done without businesses acknowledging and addressing sustainable tourism, and it's fitting to recognise those that do" says Enver Duminy, CEO, Cape Town Tourism. Water 4 Cape Town was created as an informative platform pertaining to Cape Town’s water crisis. The platform advises citizens on ways to save water, provides educational programs and practises including up-to-date developments on the crisis. “As the Sanlam Top Destination Awards have grown, so has our vision,” says Jonathan Pepler, founder of the Sanlam Top Destination Awards. “Starting with the Water Sustainability Award, we are working at identifying and acknowledging establishments which strive towards all five pillars of sustainability.” The Sanlam Top Destination Awards has been created as an honorary platform for the Hospitality Industry in Southern Africa to put their best foot forward and to be selected as the national “Top Destination” in their respective categories and star grading. The awards event is hosted by Discount Traveler South Africa and serves to recognise the hard-working establishments of the country in one of the world’s most demanding markets. This year, the prestigious gala ceremony will be hosted at The Table Bay Hotel in Camps Bay on 20 September where 40 winners from 13 400 nominees will receive their share of R1 000 000’s in advertising as well as the sought-after title of Top Destination in their respective categories and star grading. Each winner will also receive a Sanlam Top Destination Awards winner’s trophy and certificate. Additional sponsors providing gifts, prizes and services at the Sanlam Top Destination Awards 2018 include 3D Vitrual . . .
The Organic Vegan is concerned about carbon emissions and thus takes a progressive initiative by offering fresh organic vegan meal packs. Based in Cape Town, the company ensures that their products are 100 percent organic, vegan and GMO free. A gourmet chef has created the recipes of the meals supplied by the company. The process of buying vegan food online from the online store is simple. You will simply have to visit the website, browse through, and choose the packed meal you want to buy and then checkout. The company will deliver the chosen packed meal to your doorstep. Importance of Choosing Organic Vegan Food from the Organic Vegan As it is popularly known, vegan food excludes all animal products like gelatine, dairy, eggs and meat. Many people choose vegan meals simply to reduce their body mass. The benefits include younger looking skin, increased energy, lower cholesterol and a reduced risk of diabetes. At The Organic Vegan, you can rest assured that you will receive fresh packed vegan meals that are rich in protein, calcium, vitamins and minerals. The foods are also considered to be rich in iron so, it is good for those who are anaemic. Being high in fibre and antioxidant-rich, the meals supplied by the company will boost your immune system. These meals usually do not contain much saturated fats. Therefore, with the help of vegan food from The Organic Vegan you will be better able to maintain the health of your bones, reduce the chances of cardiac arrest and diabetes. It is also said that vegan meals help in preventing formation of cancerous cells. Concern Over Protecting Animal Species: The popularity of vegan meals has also increased in recent times due to animal protection activist campaigns and people refusing to eat any animal products and use animal tested cosmetic products. The meals packed by the company vegan, so you do not need to worry about harming any animal. Another major impact of consuming organic vegan products is that it will . . .
Karoo lamb takes centre stage at Carne eateries in July Discover the rich diversity of specialist Karoo lamb cuts prepared by expert hands at Chef Giorgio Nava’s two dedicated Cape Town meat restaurants – Carne SA and Carne on Kloof during the entire month of July. His special lamb menu comprises a choice of six prime cuts and a hearty lamb ragu pasta alongside his regular à la carte menu. In addition to familiar fried and grilled Karoo lamb chops, there is a selection of tasty, rare cuts well worth exploring such as the succulent grilled lamb ribeye, rump or grilled neck of lamb. These special lamb dishes will rotate from week to week. Chef Giorgio’s rich and wholesome Karoo lamb shank is the ultimate winter comfort food. Carne SA in Keerom Street in the Cape Town CBD is open for dinner every evening from Mondays to Saturdays, whilst Carne on Kloof in the vibrant Kloof Street precinct is open for lunch and dinner.CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Johannesburg, Gauteng, 17 June 2018 – Fussell and Associates celebrate their 50th Anniversary in 2018. Commenting on this milestone, Bob Fussell, Founder and Chairman of the Board said, “We are driven by an entrepreneurial spirit, which has enabled us to constantly push boundaries and enter new markets to better support our clients. We have our clients and partners to thank, for the trust they have placed in Fussell and Associates, which has helped us reach half a century, which we are very proud of! Fussell and Associates is proud to announce that they have been awarded their Category II Investment license, which makes this a double celebration for the company. This gives more breadth to their offering as they can now offer specialised investment assistance, which enables us to take ownership of the process which is important for clients. The fact that Fussell and Associates has been awarded this licence, at a time when few companies qualify for such is encouraging. During its half a century in business, Fussell and Associates have a proven long-term track record of achieving superior returns for their clients. Model portfolios are built by our financial advisers, following a process of in-depth financial analysis, to match the investment needs of their clients who have a portfolio of assets. The (MD) of the company, Andrew Fussell, added, “We attribute our success to our dedication in making a positive impact on the clients we serve, our team of professionals, the industry for which we care, and the communities in which we live.” About Fussell and Associates Founded in 1968, Fussell and Associates is an independent financial planning, Asset Management, Employee Benefits Consulting, Health Care Specialist, and Short Term Insurance company that is built on a heritage of more than 50 years. Our industry knowledge is unparalleled. We have an in-depth understanding of how complex financial products work and how these products can benefit you. Our . . .
Sex Toy Service a First for 1.7 Million Disabled South Africans Désir, SA’s Leading Adult Toy Retailer, Launches First Dedicated Service for Disabled South Africans Wednesday, 13 June 2018 CAPE TOWN More than 1.7 million South Africans live with complex disabilities, from quadriplegia, to age or accident related disability and sight impairment. These people live with a range of difficulties resulting from misconceptions related to their sexual health, something, a leading online sex toy retailer, wants to change with their online concierge service. Contrary to popular belief, disabled South Africans can and do have healthy sex lives. According to The Disability and Sexuality Project, prevailing myths and attitudes towards the sexuality of people with physical disabilities in South Africa is extensive. The most common – that disabled people are asexual, or without any sort of sex drive, this of course, is untrue, and keeps many healthy adults from enjoying a rich sex life, Dr. Wilson, a medical practitioner with specialist interest in physical rehabilitation, and chairman of the Southern African Spinal Cord Association, says that it is imperative that those with physical disability explore their sexuality… because it doesn’t just “go away”. Physically disabled South Africans face many unconventional challenges because of these persistent stigmas. Finding a romantic partner can be difficult, as can engaging in sexual activity with an existing partner. Many couples are not experiencing the full potential the right sex toy could introduce into their lives. Masturbation is also individually challenging, and for some – may be their only source of sexual expression. Désir’s referral sexologist, Catriona Boffard, says, “Sex will be different from what it is for able-bodied people. Sensations are different, response is different, and even turn-ons might be different, but it doesn’t mean that self-pleasure and pleasure from a partner can’t happen. When . . .
JBay – The JBay Winterfest event organisers are proud to announce the music lineup at the Corona Sunset Sessions, to be held at the Corona Open JBay contest site. The Corona Sunset Sessions will take place over both festival weekends 5-7 July and 12-14 July, and will feature some top South African musical acts. The Corona Sunset Sessions are all complimentary, and proudly brought to you by the Corona Open JBay. There will be 12 bands or artists over the two weekends, and every one of the shows are completely free of charge. There are no tickets to be bought, no bookings to be made and no queuing for anything. Just pitch up and enjoy the vibes. The Corona Sunset Sessions will take place in Pepper Street during the weekend evenings. Just make your way to the Corona Open prize-giving stage, where the bands will be setup for the evening shows. Venerated indie rock outfit Desmond and the Tutus is one of the headline acts, and they will be rocking the house on Saturday 7 July, along with Nic Preen and The World Of Birds. Friday 13 July, lucky for some, will see the hugely popular Cape Town-based rock act aKing perform, along with young and widely-liked Cape Town indie /rock band Crosscurrent, and looks like it will be a huge night. Good old rock ’n roll with a mix of dirty blues is the order of the day on the final evening of the Corona Sunset Sessions, as Jozi-based rock act Shadowclub take to the stage. One of the most celebrated local bands, Shadowclub will get the party going and will finish this year’s free Music Sessions on a high note. It’ll be busy on the final night, so pull in early. The Corona Sunset Sessions is a thank you and acknowledgement to the fans and spectators who come up every year to visit JBay and to watch the worlds’ best surfers competing at Supertubes, and to support our local contingent of surfers. This year we have Jordy Smith as well as Mikey February competing in the Corona Open JBay, as well as a yet-to-be-announced . . .
Living in a healthy manner is a subjective subject. Health can be defined as various expressions by different individuals. As such, we explore something less subjective – the impact of water temperature on the body. Cold Water More often consumed on when one is hot or thirsty – cold water is a great way to thermoregulate the body when there is excess heat generated. The most common time this occurs is when during warmer days or when there is exercise involved. The cold water also serves to replenish fluids lost to perspiration. On the note of cold water, it is more effective to consume chilled water rather than ice cold water as your body would need to normalise the temperature for use. Chilled water still goes through normalisation processes but at the same time serves to cool the body down. In the case of ice cold water, it serve to shock the system and cause cramping. This normalisation process actually burns calories and as such can help boost your metabolism. The taste of cold water is also more palatable to those beginning their path to the recommended daily intake of water – being roughly 8 cups. Room Temperature Water Room Temperature (or ambient) Water is beneficial for digestion. Warm water assists in flushing our hardened minerals and fats that do not serve the body positively. In this flushing process it also serves to ensure regular bowel movements. As room temperature water is more easier for the body to process through its lack of need for thermoregulation for the body – it can help with relaxation of body parts and function processes in the body. An example of this is that of relaxation of blood vessels affording better blood circulation. Room temperature water is also the temperature of choice for singers and voice actors as it serves to relax and warm the vocal chords. Hot and Warm Water Conversely to cold water, ambient water can help negate and even subdue cramping by regulating body temperature. Studies show that the . . .
Is the drought over? Well, rain is finally falling in the Mother City and the prediction is that there will be more rainfall over the winter period compared to the data from the previous four years; although it is too difficult to predict a higher level of rainfall occurring this winter. This comes as the recorded rainfall for the period for January to May was 10 millimetres higher than the long-term average. But unfortunately this doesn’t mean that the drought is over. Predicting the level of rainfall for a year involves looking for trends in data from previous years. This trend data, from the last 80 years, shows that the rainfall during April is a strong indicator for the level of rain that will fall throughout the rest of the year. According to this data as well as some rather complex probability mathematics show that 2018 will have a rather average level of rainfall. Although rainfall is an improvement, the Dam levels are still below the acceptable level to declare the drought over. Current data puts the average dam levels at 29.8% - which takes into account the average of all dams which supply the city. This is almost 10% up from the dam level of 2017, which was at 19.6%. Day Zero is defined by dam levels reaching a level of 13.5%, as of May, Day Zero is still forecast as early as September, however, with the promise of a rainy winter season is to be expected to move to 2019. Current trends are showing that water usage is decreasing and the restriction limiting individuals to 50l per day is still in place. So we are not out of the drought just yet and we have to continue with our water saving efforts – you can see our water saving tips in our first Drought article - which can be found on our website. If we all work together, we will come out on top and put an end to the Cape Town drought. For more information on water and water fountains visit our website. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .