Craft producers and designers are invited to attend the free monthly sector meeting of the Cape Craft + Design Institute (CCDI) on Wednesday 1 October. Ceramist Andile Dyalvane will discuss the multiple collaborative projects he has been involved in for the past six years – from working with fellow Cape Town artists to a recent international exhibition in Taipei. Andile will highlight the value of these collaborations in conceptualising new products, contributing to creative growth and making international contacts. Venue: CCDI Creative Enterprise Training Unit, 2nd floor, 37 Barrack Street, Cape Town. (Above the Field Office café, between Buitenkant and Harrington Streets.) Time: 13:00-15:00, with a networking session over tea/coffee. Register on arrival, no need to RSVP. See www.ccdi.org.za. Author: Judy Bryant from Judy Bryant Communications. More Info link: http://www.ccdi.org.za CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Mango Groove to headline Kirstenbosch New Year’s Eve concert With Mango Groove as the headline act and Arno Carstens the opening act, this New Year’s Eve concert at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden has to be where you want to celebrate. Pack your picnic, gather friends and family and head down to the Garden for music that resonates with the South African soul and will have you on your feet dancing the New Year in. Expect the best in South African pop when lead singer Claire Johnston and Mango Groove take the stage to bring in the New Year. With a career that spans our turbulent times, platinum discs and international successes have set their music on a path that delights the whole family. As a household name their performances are always a sell-out. Add to this, rock singer Arno Carstens and the concert is one that will thrill. Carstens’ career as a solo artist and lead singer of the Springbok Nude Girls has seen him enjoy more than 20 top ten singles, five SAMA awards and more. He has shared the stage with such legends as the Rolling Stones, REM and others. The combination of these legendary South African artists brings them home to their local fans and makes for a memorable evening and a new beginning for 2015. Price: R310 (one price only – no children’s discount) Tickets: www.webtickets.co.za or the Kirstenbosch Ticket Office: 021 761 2866 Gates open at 19h00 Concert: 20h30 to 00h15 Note: The concert takes place irrespective of rain. No refunds are issued. Author: Charlene Key from HIPPO Communications. More Info link: http://www.webtickets.co.za Twitter: @TheHippoTeam Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HIPPOcommunications?ref=bookmarks Images: For high res version/s of One image/s please contact: HIPPO Communications. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Ju-Che Arendse’s tears of joy and pride prevented her from speaking, but her proud mother by her side said “Ju-Che put so much work into this story, she worked so hard and we are very proud of her”. Ju-Che is from Watsonia Primary and is winner of the first Growsmart Storytelling Competition. Her entry came out top of the 196 entries received and will join the other top twenty stories published in a book produced by educational textbook publisher, Via Afrika. The storytelling competition is a new addition to the fifth annual Growsmart Competition, a CSI project of Growthpoint Properties which is run in conjunction with the Western Cape Department of Education. “We wanted to give the children who entered Growsmart an extra chance to shine, said Jewel Harris of Growthpoint Properties. “That is why I am so encouraged to see that there are children in the top 20 whose schools dropped out in the first round. That means that we achieved what we set out to do – to give the children a second chance to win. Next year we may extend it even further, so the writers and thinkers who may not make the spelling team also have a chance to showcase their talents.” Ju-Che Arendse won R10 000 towards her education for the book. Second place winner was Zuhariah Safodien from Summit Primary and third place went to Megan Steyn from Brooklands Primary for her story. The prize for the most creative story book went to Cassidy Abrahams from Delft Primary. The winners were announced at the final of the Growsmart competition, held at the Waterfront two days before World Literacy Day on September 6. Speaking at the final which was held at the Waterfront, Western Cape Minister of Education Debbie Schäfersaid “I have always loved reading and reading is very important for grammar and spelling. People’s grammar is not as it should be: today’s iPads can be confusing with their American spell check, and incorrect spelling. We see colour spelled without a U’ and honour spelled without . . .
MANGO-OMC has been appointed to handle the communications for the 2014 Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards. It is the fourth year that MANGO-OMC will be assisting Eat Out with communication around the prestigious annual restaurant awards. Following exciting changes to the Eat Out magazine and website coupled with the continuous growth in popularity of the restaurant awards, this year’s event promises to be the biggest celebration yet. Says Nicole Capper, Account Director: “We are honoured to be working with the Eat Out brand again on an event of this calibre. Their ability and drive to engage with and meet consumer, industry and trade needs is inspiring, and their commitment to setting higher benchmarks every year is a welcome challenge”. Says Aileen Lamb, General Manager: Consumer Division at New Media Publishing: “We chose to work with MANGO-OMC again due to their comprehensive understanding of the Eat Out brand and objectives. Their detailed and creative strategic approach is supported by extensive reporting structures and we are confident this year will be another successful collaboration.” Tickets are available via Webtickets. For enquiries, contact Julie Potgieter at firstname.lastname@example.org For MANGO-OMC queries, email email@example.com Author: Lika Tolken from MANGO-OMC. More Info link: http://http://www.eatout.co.za/awards/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/mango_omc Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MANGOOMC Images: For high res version/s of Two image/s please contact: MANGO-OMC. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
According to RE/MAX Oaktree Broker/Owner, Dot Foster, correctly-priced homes in Stellenbosch are taking between a day and a month to sell from listing the property, which emphasises the importance pricing a property at the right market value. She notes that possibly one of the most detrimental mistakes that so many sellers make when putting their home on the market is overpricing the property. “Often sellers have the thinking that if they set a higher price for their property, they will be providing themselves with some negotiation cushioning. However, often all that an inflated price does is push buyers away and delay the process of selling the property,” says Foster, who points out that sellers need to take a critical look at their property when determining a fair market value for their home. According to Foster another factor that leads to sellers overpricing their homes is their emotional attachment to the property, which can make them less objective when it comes to setting a price. “The asking price of the property will be influenced by several aspects such as local relevant and comparable sales, the condition of the property, its age, how neat and tidy it looks and how it compares to other properties currently on the market. A trusted estate agent can help with establishing the price by providing statistics on actual previous sales and also helping the seller realistically comparing his property to others on the market,” advises Foster. Adrian Goslett, CEO of RE/MAX of Southern Africa, says: “If a seller is using an estate agent to sell their home, they should ask the estate agent to provide them with a comparative market analysis (CMA), which will give an accurate indication of what other homes are selling for in their particular area. Factors that should be included in a CMA are the average price per square metre in the area, recent sale prices of similar homes and comparative prices of other properties that are still on the market.” In . . .
Sea Point Florstore, suppliers and installers of a full range of carpets, flooring and home finishings, are set to launch their brand new showroom in the trendy, newly revamped The Point Centre shopping complex in Sea Point on 15 October 2014. Keeping abreast of what is current and trending, Florstore’s new OnTrend Showroom will be home to a selection of the industry’s top décor and design suppliers. The showroom will feature exciting displays of the following leading name suppliers: Belgotex, MacNeil, Tiletoria, Nouwens, MAP Flooring, Mercury Fittings, Dekster Coatings, Global Stream, Aspen, Mazista, Van Dyck, Eco Oak, GridInt Dry Walling, Fotakis, Construct Plus and Final Finishes. The showroom will act as an interactive workspace, connecting homeowners with up-to-the-minute designs and the country’s most reputable suppliers of flooring and home finishings. Florstore OnTrend will provide a complete service from specification through to final installation, and across markets – from residential to commercial. The Florstore OnTrend team is able to provide expert tips and advice, and has over 50 years’ accumulative industry experience. Florstore OnTrend acts as a bridge between customer and supplier, allowing ideas and inspiration to be shared freely. The showroom opening hours will be from 08h00 to 17h00 and the range of products on display will include all types of flooring, such as carpets (including custom-designed options and Quartz), tiles (marble, natural stone, ceramic, porcelain and vinyl), luxury vinyl flooring, seamless flooring, solid wood, laminated wood, bamboo and engineered wood floors as well as a variety of blinds and shutters Florstore is also extending its services to brassware (taps, shower roses), bathroom accessories, handles for cupboards, drawers and doors, sanware (basins, baths, complete toilet systems) and frameless glass. All this makes Florstore OnTrend a go-to destination for design and décor needs. About Sea Point . . .
When the team from Primrose Primary School nervously stepped into the hall at Parow High School to pit their wits against their peers from 200 schools across the Western Cape, the idea of winning the fifth annual Growsmart competition was just a distant dream. By Saturday September 6, the teams had been whittled down to just eight, and after two gruelling rounds, Primrose Primary were celebrating their victory, as well as the legacy of the R250 000 upgrade that their victory will be leaving to their school. “We are so proud of these children,” said their mentor Karen Joshua. “I have always told them that it doesn’t matter where you come from, you can still excel. They have proved that today. Living in Mannenburg is not easy, but your circumstances are never an excuse and do not need to hold you back.” Speaking at the final which was held at the Waterfront, Western Cape Minister of Education Debbie Schäfer said “I have always wanted to start a spelling competition. It gives learners great confidence, but I am glad to see Growthpoint properties beat me to it.” Schäfer called for Afrikaans and Xhosa to be included in future competitions. The competition takes the form of an expanded spelling bee, where each child is required to spell words, define them and use them in sentences. The words, as well as the numeracy questions, come out of the Growsmart newspapers which are distributed three times a year to every child in Grades 4, 5 and 6 in the 200 competing schools. The brightly coloured papers are pedagogically sound and endorsed by the Department of Education. “The competition, and the final in particular, is a celebration of the children,” said Jewel Harris of Growthpoint Properties. “As the year progresses we see their confidence grow as they realise that they can be successful in whatever they put their minds to and can overcome any circumstances that they face.” The competition also offers each of the top eight teams the chance to earn a . . .
The ever popular boutique hotel of the Atlantic seaboard, the Three Cities Bantry Bay Suite Hotel, is following the example of many women of a certain age, and indulging in a mini makeover. Unlike most women, however, this lady is spending R1 million on her transformation. Over the next three months, the deluxe suites will be delightfully enhanced in a neutral palette with touches of soft green and pale silver. Pale matt porcelain tiles and new showers featuring clean lines and upmarket fittings will impart a fresh, new and modern look. Market-leading Geberit sanitary technology will be included in the suites, saving water and improving water consumption. Most of the work is directed at soft furnishing improvements – new beds, pillows and cushions - but there will be some changes that will be slightly noisier. The management has ensured that those long, lazy lie-ins won’t be affected as noise levels will be limited to only a few days and between 10h00 and 17h00. “That is the time when most of our guests are out and about anyway,” says Eben Lassen, General Manager. “The whales and dolphins in the majestic Atlantic Ocean and the easy walk along the seaside promenade to the V&A Waterfront tempt them out of their suites.” Author: Gayle Pretorius from HIPPO Communications. Images: For high res version/s of Two image/s please contact: HIPPO Communications. Photo: CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Cape Town can prepare itself for a three-day takedown when the Kimberley Diamond Cup presented by Kumba Iron Ore hits Canal Walk from 29 – 31 August. The KDC Grand Slam powered by 5fm will offer three days of non-stop skateboarding action in the Mother City with R50 000 worth of prizes as well as an all-expenses paid trip to compete in the Kimberley Diamond Cup world skateboarding championships up for grabs. First-time skaters will be able to hit the decks at the Central Promotions Court next to the food courts on Friday, 29 August, as part of the Skateboarding for Hope community outreach initiative. This programme is a collaboration between the Northern Cape Provincial Government and Kumba Iron Ore as part of their commitment to youth development. This programme has benefited thousands of South African youth as the road show travels throughout the country to promote skateboarding as a healthy and affordable leisure activity. Beneficiaries from the Canal Walk Foundation will be able to learn more about the sport of skateboarding and copy some moves during the free skate lessons between 13h00 and 18h00. Open skate sessions will run from 10h00 – 13h00 and from 18h00 – 21h00. On Saturday, top skateboarders such as Wesley Schroeder, Jean-marc Johannes, Khule Ngubane, Shuaib Philander and Alan Marola are expected to take part in the KDC Grand Slam preliminary rounds, where they will battle it out for a place in Sunday’s finals and a chance to compete against some of the top skaters in the world in Kimberley in the Northern Cape in October. Warm-up sessions start at 10h00 with the qualifiers taking place between 12h00 and 17h00 and 5fm DJ Warras providing the vibes. On Sunday, 31 August, it will be full-on action with 5fm DJ Steph B on the decks to provide the vibes, while the skateboarders pull out all the stops to score the final wild card entry to the Kimberley Diamond Cup world skateboarding championships, presented by Kumba Iron Ore. 28-year-old Alan . . .
Learn from one of the world’s leading innovation companies, Philips Design in the Netherlands, about using design to boost business innovation and create competitive advantage. Philips and the Cape Craft + Design Institute are holding a free business breakfast , hosted by Ferdy Gilsing, Senior Manager Design Strategy & Innovation at Philips Design, on Thursday 21 August. Gilsing leads the development and deployment of the Design Thinking flagship programme at Philips and has extensive experience in design management and developing design in business. RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org | Date: Thursday 21 August | Time: 8.30-11:00 | Venue: CCDI, 2nd Floor, Harrington House, 37 Barrack Street. Cost: Free. Author: Judy Bryant from Judy Bryant Communications. More Info link: http://ccdi.org.za CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .