Cape Town, May 20 and 21, 2017 BOS Cape Crown presented by Billabong - Venue and Swell Forecast. Cape Town – this year the BOS Cape Crown will once again return to Long Beach in Kommetjie, one of the most consistent surf spots in the deep south and a popular venue for the local contest organisers. Local surfers will get a big head-start on their peers from up country, with the Durban-based crew at a disadvantage due to the extreme cold water that is prevalent around Kommetjie. To be surfing in boardshorts or bikinis all year and to then climb into a 4’3 rubber wetsuit is obviously going to be restrictive, and this will most definitely play a part in the visitors performances. On top of this, a wetsuit that is holding water will weigh in at about 4 kg, also making a noticeable difference to surfboard performances. Slight adaptations to surfers’ craft might have to be made in order for the upcountry surfers to be able to adapt easily. Local surfers will already have all of this covered. The Elkington brothers have been on form of late, and will no doubt be ready for a big result at this venue. They will be joined by Eli Beukes, a Long Beach local who can kill it out there on any given day. Luke Slijpen from Llandudno is another surfer who will have no trouble if the water gets cold and the wind gets strong. Similarly Summer Sutton will undoubtedly put on a strong performance at this event as she is attuned to the conditions already. According to the noted surf forecaster Spike from www.wavescape.co.za there will be great waves on tap for the weekend. “There is some swell in the area, mainly from the west,’ said Spike. “This will be combined with southerly breezes, so the competitors are going to get good waves all weekend.” The 2017 Cape Crown presented by Billabong is already a step up from last year’s event with the addition of QS1000 Pro Junior Divisions for Girls and Boys and forms part of the Billabong Junior Series that along with other . . .
The environment, visitor expectations, trends and developments – all these are contributing to dramatic long-term changes in the tourism sector. That’s what Cape Town Tourism will reveal in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal at INDABA 2017. Building onto a multifaceted narrative to be shared by participants at the event, one of the largest tourism marketing events in Africa, the organisation highlights three areas that will dramatically alter the face of tourism in the years to come: Halaal-friendly tourism According to Mastercard-CrescentRating Global Muslim Travel Index, Muslim visitor arrivals at destinations (globally) were estimated to be 117 million in 2015, and are projected to grow to 168 million by 2020. South Africa is ideally positioned to attract a higher share of this segment. Cape Town Tourism is engaging with CrescentRating and HalalTrip to tap into this lucrative market, given that Cape Town, with its substantial Muslim community is well-placed to encourage this. The rise of the SMME It is estimated that within 20 years, 90 percent of all companies in SA will be SMMEs. Within the tourism sector, this is encouraging for emerging entrepreneurs, particularly those from an informal business environment. Smaller operators are able to act in agile response to niche demands, providing a fresh take on tourism for visitors. More than tourism, these SMMEs are often community-driven, so the benefits are direct rather than tickling down. This will revolutionise how visitors encounter destinations all year round, helping to counteract seasonality, a rapidly diminishing concept in a country where the gap between winter and summer seems to be narrowing. Large developments and investor confidence The opening of Zeitz MOCAA in the Silo District of the V&A Waterfront in the latter part of 2017 gives a hint of things to come: the grand vision that has resulted in this development has shown that great ideas, vision and investor confidence will all aid in . . .
Tubal C is firm of shop fitting suppliers in Cape Town which started out in a small factory space in the Montague Gardens area in the year 2000 as an all-purpose steel engineering business. They soon evolved to specialising in shop fittings, especially of the off-the-wall mounted display variety. This shop fitting display system is adjustable and flexible and can also be adapted to be fitted on dry wall. This solution is known as the Tubal C Modular Display System. Tubal C also offers the Slimblock System, besides having diversified their offerings in general steel engineering. The Tubal C display solution is a versatile modular display system. It is designed to provide aesthetic and cost-effective fittings for shop display. If you are in Cape Town and are looking for neat, visually appealing and highly functional shop fittings to provide a unique shopping experience to your customers, visit their website to engage in their live chat. Special Features of The Tubal C Display System • Shop fittings simplified • Solutions for every retail need • The Tubal C Wedge • Top class plastic interfaces • Advanced Engineering The benefits of using Tubal C 1. Fast and low-impact installation procedure – the system is easy and quick to install. Only four bolts are required to fix each post. 2. Easy relocation – if you happen to be moving your shop, the procedure for uninstalling and then re-installing the fittings is simple and entirely hassle-free. 3. Adaptable to change – If you need to change the layout of your shop, you can easily make modifications in the displays to accommodate, say, a new product range. 4. Budget-friendly – If you are opening a low-budget store, you can easily start with the bare minimum components first and then, when you’re feeling expansive later on, you can upgrade to accommodate additional components or the fancier bits and pieces. 5. Nationwide availability – Delivery is made straight to your door, whether you order online or from a . . .
Cape Town, 16 May 2017 – There is a reason they call them “investment pieces”: at over R60,000 for a Chanel medium flap bag or R100,000 for a Ralph Lauren dress, luxury goods are meant to last a lifetime and hold their value. This is why the market for used designer goods is the most attractive category for online consignment. It is therefore not paradox to invest in luxury today, to be able to afford luxury later. But with so many brands to choose from, many get lost or buy the wrong piece. Even within the same label, the resale prices vary quite massively depending on the material or, of course, the item itself. This is where the experts from Luxity, a Cape Town start-up and South Africa’s largest source of pre-owned luxury, jump in to help and give advice. Exciting News for Lovers of Top Quality Handbags A few years ago, to name just one example, a Hermès Himalayan Nilo Crocodile Birkin bag was sold at auction in Hong Kong for over $300,000 (which today would roughly equate to nearly R4,500,000). That, of course, is the very top end of “super handbags”. Interestingly, many people do not realise that their signature handbag could increase in value and that handbags are becoming investment assets. The JustCollecting Rare Handbag index, however, shows that in the past decade investment-grade bags have increased in value by nearly 8% annually, which, according to the report, is due to a surge in appreciation for the bag’s timeless style. The experts at Luxity, South Africa’s largest source of pre-owned luxury, are convinced that investing in mainstream brands is not a good long-term investment. Exotic skins, special material, gemstones and embroidery, however, can add to a bag’s value. The artistic merit of the bag and associations with fashion icons (the famous Birkin and Kelly bags from Hermès speak to that) are additional key factors. And, last but not least, condition is everything. The solution to the latter, of course, is to treat handbags like you . . .
As the world continues to become ever more organised, with more paperwork involved every step of the way, we need to keep up with these developments and become more organised ourselves. Technology has advanced beyond measure and can easily be used to get all our papers in apple pie order. However, one does need to have the necessary know-how to take advantage of these advancements. Proper care should be taken to safeguard your immediate family’s interests and their future. Storing physical copies of a person’s will, emergency contacts and policies can be a cumbersome and unsafe task. It is also important to keep them organised in order for your family and close ones to access it in any unanticipated situation. Mylifebox.co.za is a reliable Android app that provides secure storage for important documents such as an individual’s insurance policies, any emergency contacts and a will. It is not restricted to only documents, but can store important photos and videos as well, making it a perfect archiving tool. Advanced cloud technology, makes MYLIFEBOX work efficiently and securely, providing an online vault of sorts. Security is of top priority, as MYLIFEBOX guarantees to be a secure online storage facility. It takes additional steps to ensure security, discussed below: The app itself can be accessed from any Android device, which is extremely important in case of loss or damage to the device. The registered user would get an email notification if the MYLIFEBOX app is accessed by another mobile device. The app provides an effective confirmation procedure, where it asks the user if they want to exit, when the app is about to close. Additionally, even if no selection is made, the app closes itself when focus is shifted onto something else on the device. This prevents unauthorised access to the documents. It has a foolproof password protection scheme, where no passwords can be stored. The app cannot be minimised, ensuring that no errors occur due to . . .
BOS Cape Crown presented by Billabong Long Beach in Kommetjie will see the return of the BOS Cape Crown presented by Billabong on Saturday and Sunday. The event has grown in importance and is now a selection event for the South African junior team to compete in the ISA world junior championships in Japan in September. Turning up the heat, it is also an event on the World Surf League (WSL) pro junior calendar and offers sought-after qualification points for the prestigious WSL u.18 world junior championships in Australia at the end of the season. It is also the second leg of the long-running Billabong junior series, which is celebrating 20 years of junior competition. A number of local surfers will be vying for the Cape Crown division titles and aim to secure their team spots to represent South Africa at the junior world championships. After WSL qualification events in Port Elizabeth, East London and Durban, Jake Elkington from Kommetjie leads the field among the WSL U18 boys. He is narrowly ahead of Adin Masencamp from the Strand, Koby Oberholzer from Durban and Jake’s younger brother Max. Natasha van Greunen and Sarah Ingram, both from Muizenberg, will be trying to move into the qualifying positions in the WSL U18 girls’ ranking which are currently held by Durban surfers Kayla Nogueira and Sophie Bell. Three local surfers, Max Elkington from Kommetjie, Luke Slijpen from Llandudno and Eli Beukes from Kommetjie, are currently in the top positions for selection for the u.16 boys’ South African team. Summer Sutton from Kommetjie and Julia Plougmann from Scarborough are sitting just outside the qualifying positions for the u.16 girls’ team. Other local surfers to watch out for are the Van Jaarsveldt brothers – Ford and York – and Ethan Fletcher from Kommetjie who will be keen to post solid results. The event organisers are hoping for the good conditions which helped make last year’s event such a success, but as the saying goes “a good . . .
May 2017 – Founders of A Mari Ocean Gin, Jess Henrich and Niel du Toit have returned to Cape Town after globetrotting for 14 years. Both enthusiasts of new ventures, these two entrepreneurs met up over a languid dinner and started discussing the gin trend and its potential in South Africa. Fast forward to the early hours and the initial concept for A Mari Ocean Gin was born - the only gin in the world distilled with Atlantic Ocean seawater. From concept to A Mari Ocean Gin being on shelf took just 4 months. A Mari - originating from Latin, means 'from the sea’. There is a reason behind using the ocean water, the minerals in the water aid in the oil extraction from the unique Cape coastal botanicals giving a rich smoothness and complexity to the gin. The nose exhibits a citrus-forward freshness, echoed on the palate with hints of naartjie and lemon, merging into a mid-palate of rich florals and peppery spices. This premium gin is made in small batches and Niel and Jess do everything from harvesting the botanicals, to distilling, to hand numbering each bottle that goes onto the market. They are currently working on a second gin. Comments Jess: “A Mari, was created because we wanted something that was different, a bit disruptive. We wanted to create a great gin that pushed the boundaries a little.” States Niel: “A Mari is true to its location. The immense variety of wild fynbos botanicals here are exciting, pair that with the unique production method, and the Atlantic Ocean, and you have a gin that tastes like Cape Town.” This is a great tasting gin, with a beautiful nose. You can enjoy it straight on ice or with a good tonic, but the real beauty of this gin is when shaken with just a splash of vermouth - you'll get a martini that would make 007 come back for more. A Mari Ocean Gin is available at leading stockists, bars and 5-star hotels in and around Cape Town with distributors coming on line to service the rest of the country in the coming . . .
Bringing its superior service and world-class amenities to the South African travel market, Marriott International today revealed the conversion of Cape Town’s popular African Pride Crystal Towers Hotel & Spa into a Marriott branded hotel to be known as the Cape Town Marriott Hotel Crystal Towers. “We are confident that Cape Town is more than ready for a Marriott branded hotel,” says Alex Kyriakidis, ?President, Middle East & Africa, Marriott International. “South Africans love to travel, and they warm to iconic international brands like Marriott. With South Africa having become a destination of choice for travellers from across the globe, we are bringing the features of the Marriott experience to the country for all to enjoy. “South Africa has been ranked among the top 25 tourist destinations in the world, and Cape Town is regularly recognised as a city that should be on everyone’s bucket list,” Kyriakidis says. “Tourism is certainly a growth industry in the country, and the most recent statistics for tourist arrivals to the country reflect the great potential for the country’s tourist industry: 10 million international travellers visited during 2016, a 13% increase on the 2015 numbers.” Welcome to the Greatroom! Regular Marriott Hotel guests will for the first time in South Africa be able to enjoy the Marriott brand facilities they know so well from around the world: the familiar taste of the Marriott burger; the Greatroom where one can work, play, discuss, and enjoy a top-quality snack or drink; and try out the latest in technology available to guests. Chief among the technology tools are the Marriott App that Marriott Rewards members can use for mobile check-in – with keyless check-in to follow in the near future – and the Meetings Imagined digital tool for conference organisers. The rollout of the conversion means new décor – a look and style that reflects Marriott Hotel’s appreciation of its guest identity: achievers with an appreciation . . .
If banks were waiting for a sign to kick mobile banking innovation into high gear – or indeed commence at all – the latest Think with Google report provides no clearer indication the time is now. According to the report, mobile usage is in an unthinkable boom. Focus once directed at Millennials should be consciously shifted to Generation Zs – a younger, demanding demographic who can’t imagine life without a mobile phone. Screen starters Attention must be paid to Generation Z’s digital reality. The report suggests the average age black teens get their first mobile phone is around twelve. This coincides with the age at which said teens start making their first purchasing decisions. Research shows this age of mobile adoption to be significantly earlier than their older counterparts, which was likely between the ages of 16 and 20. The younger generation is speedily catching up when it comes to e-commerce. A remarkable 66% of black teens are making purchasing decisions online, with the age group just above them (18-24) at around 88%. Of Generation Zs buying online, an astounding 52% are doing it from their mobile phones. Be prepared for the pioneers The behaviour and needs of Generation Zs is understandably difficult to predict, as they’re pioneers – the first generation who will never understand or have to imagine life without mobile phones. To correctly and affectively serve this market, financial service providers must be inconceivably agile in their offerings – and marketing thereof. A task made more difficult by the intrinsic nature of traditional financial institutions – particularly on the African continent – who’s very fabric is slow-moving, marble and glass structure. Banks are replete with red tape and have, up until now, been overtaken in the financial innovation race by Mobile Network Operators who’ve been quick to serve the up-and-coming digital generation. Financial service providers must do the same, if not to be excluded from the . . .
Six months of Trump, de-risking renewable energy investments and country project pipelines are just some of the key sessions during the upcoming African Power Finance & Investment Forum that is part of the African Utility Week conference and expo at the CTICC in Cape Town from 16-18 May. Says African Utility Week event director Evan Schiff: “we developed the African Power Finance & Investment Forum in response to a strong demand from investors and project leaders, to provide a unique insider's perspective on the outlook for African energy. The forum will feature expert speakers who will identify the key trends impacting project finance in regional energy markets with updates on and insights into market opportunities, sources of capital, financing instruments and access to project finance.” Some of the leading speakers and sessions at African Power Finance & Investment Forum: African utilities in an upside down world: Dr Jerome Booth, leading expert investor in emerging markets, author of ‘Emerging Markets in an Upside Down World’; Chairman of New Sparta Asset Management; co-founder of Ashmore, UK: “I shall be talking about the failure of finance theory, which has led to massive distortion in risk perceptions and asset allocation globally. This has impeded capital flow to private markets in Africa, to the detriment of both African economies and global savers”. The big three: Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana: Gavin Serkin, Managing Editor, Frontier Funds Consultancy, author of ‘Frontier: Exploring the Top Ten Emerging Markets of Tomorrow’, UK: “When you compare against the UK and US, most of Africa is doing the right thing! It’s all relative. The biggest opportunities occur where there is opportunity to scale access by consumers to services taken for granted by the rest of the world, and in this respect nowhere comes close to Nigeria.” Courting Capital: All investment dollars are not created equal - Subha Nagarajan, Managing Director for Africa, OPIC, . . .