Family Feast - Easter Lunch At The Cellars-Hohenort The Cellars-Hohenort Hotel in Constantia, invites you to bring the whole family and celebrate Easter on Sunday 1 April at The Conservatory. Our culinary team will present a delicious three course, family styled Easter feast at a cost of R450 per person. The menu will consist of - Indian Ocean tuna Tataki with chilled soba noodles, compressed apples, rainbow radish, wasabi emulsion Or grilled leek & gruyere tart with crispy onions & heirloom tomato salad, roasted pine nut vinaigrette for starters. Mains consist of whole roasted leg of lamb with slow braised shoulder, gremolata & roasting pan sauces Or free range chicken roulade with chestnuts & chicken sherry jus Or pan-fried Cape line fish with braised fennel risotto, orange chicory, beurreblanc, grapefruit, fennel shavings. All mains accompanied with a family platter of sundried tomato gnocchi, confit pearl onions, baby carrots, rosemary & Parmesan gratin with brassica vegetables. End off this feast with either an African dark chocolate mousse with white chocolate panna cotta, berry fruits with berry sorbet Or a classic crème brûlée with citrus fruits & crispy meringue. The kids can expect to enjoy a fun filled Easter egg hunt in our extensive gardens and magical forest. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
This Easter, young visitors to the V&A Waterfront’s Amphitheatre will get to meet the Easter Bunny and his friend in person. Every day from Sunday, 31 March to Sunday, 8 April between 11am and 5pm, they will be entertained by this colourful character and could be in line to receive free prizes and sweet giveaways. They will also be kept fit with ‘hip hopping’ dancing, egg-xersize bunny yoga and games of pinning the tail on the bunny. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
If you were going to make an effort for the Oscars, this Sunday’s one should probably be it - their 90th anniversary. West Pack Lifestyle will help you set the scene. But first, popcorn! In the true spirit of Oscar night, what's the moves without popcorn, right? There's nothing cheaper, or more fun, so create a DIY popcorn bar of different flavours. The most affordable way to serve them without compromising on your fun movie night feel is in old-school brown paper packets (R23.90 for 50 Brown Paper Packets S08) and stock up on popcorn sprinkles (available in 150g packets, R14.90 each from your nearest West Pack store in flavours like sour cream and chives, fruit and chutney, butter and cheese). Cajun Popcorn: Combine a pinch each of salt, pepper, ground cumin, garlic powder, dried basil, dried thyme, paprika and cayenne pepper, and add to melted butter. Place air-popped corn in large bowl and toss in seasoning mixture to coat Parmesan Popcorn: Combine equal quantities grated Parmesan cheese and melted butter with a dash each of Italian herbs and salt. Pour over warm air-popped corn and toss to coat. Cinnamon Popcorn: Place 8 cups air-popped corn in a baking pan. In a small bowl, mix 1 lightly beaten egg white, ½ cup (125ml) sugar, 1 tsp (5ml) cinnamon and pinch of salt. Add to popcorn and bake in preheated 150°C oven, 20 minutes. If you're thinking plain popcorn, we'll let you off the hook, but only if you dress it up with fun popcorn themed buckets! The final (starry) touches An Oscars party wouldn't be complete with stars! This recipe for star shaped chips could be used for anything really - just pop into your nearest West Pack store to choose from a variety of star shaped cookie cutters (from R22.90 to R64.90). Unleash your crafty DIY side with these Starry Sparkles - perfect for decorating your tables, menus or faces - sure your brain is already ticking over with a few ideas (R24.90 for 8 mini bottles). Find your nearest West Pack . . .
A Cape Town-based electronics manufacturing company TraX Interconnect cherishes the national spotlight that will shine on it when the Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies, visits the company premises located at the Elfin Industrial Park today, 2 March 2018. The purpose of Minister Davies’ visit is to launch a national campaign to commemorate twenty years of successful productivity improvement by the Department of Trade and Industry’s (the dti) Workplace Challenge (WPC) Programme. Minister Davies will be accompanied by the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Productivity South Africa, Mr Mothunye Mothiba. The WPC Programme is a two-year government intervention implemented amongst South African enterprises to improve their productivity and competitiveness, thereby ensuring sustainability of jobs. the dti has been offering the WPC Programme to small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs) since 1998, hence the campaign to celebrate the achievements of the programme and reflect on new opportunities to take the programme to the next level. More than a thousand companies have benefitted from the programme. “We are excited and grateful that we have been chosen from amongst hundreds of beneficiaries to host a national event to celebrate the successes of the programme. As a small company situated in the Western Cape we are happy that the national spotlight will shine on us and put our company on the map of the country,” says the Managing Director of TraX Interconnect, Mr Daniel Dock. He adds that although the company is half-way through the programme, there are quite a number of areas that have already shown discernible signs of improvement as a result of the company’s participation in the programme. “For starters, this company would have gone under and closed shop if we had not enlisted for the programme. We have managed to save the company and 47 jobs by participating in the programme. We are operating in a highly-competitive marketplace even though we . . .
The energy sector is a clear winner emerging from the South African cabinet shuffle earlier this week says the editor of the energy trade publication ESI Africa, Nicolette Pombo-van Zyl. She explains: “President Cyril Ramaphosa’s attempt to sweep his inherited cabinet clean on Monday night resulted in a watered down compromise to satisfy both party and state interests. However, a clear winner emerging is the energy sector, which can look forward to two ‘new’ faces: Minister of Public Enterprises Pravin Gordhan, known for his deft ability at service delivery and turnaround of state departments, and long-standing cabinet member Minister of Energy Jeff Radebe, renowned for his firm leadership. These placements have shown Ramaphosa’s commitment to ensuring reform at state-owned enterprises and specifically Eskom.” She continues: “assuredly, with these two gentlemen, along with Minister Nhlanhla Nene’s return to Cabinet as the minister of finance, we will see a finalisation of the nuclear build programme (either putting it to bed or giving it a nod) and a formal consultation on the long-overdue integrated resource plan. Another priority area that needs immediate attention is the independent power producers’ outstanding power purchase agreements.” “The damage done to South Africa’s energy market is extensive; however, there is tangible hope in the air. With the likes of Gordhan, Radebe and Nene in the fold, this is a brilliant move by Ramaphosa – who had already shown his mettle at the WEF when commenting on South Africa’s nuclear position – and I’m optimistic that we will see progress at last.” Radebe “to address the mess” Independent energy expert Ted Blom agrees: “it is probably not by accident that President Ramaphosa has appointed one of the most senior ANC members to the portfolio of energy. This sector has been troubled by one scandal after the other, which included the missing billions at Eskom, Mosgas, and the Strategic Oil Fund. Add to this the near . . .
Johannesburg, South Africa, 28 February 2018. African Fashion International (AFI) announces that two nights of the newly revitalised AFI Cape Town Fashion Week will take place at the iconic Salt River Film Studios. On the 23rd and 24th of March the industrial-chic space at Salt River Film Studios will transform into a creative playground for some of the continent’s most exciting fashion design talent. AFI is no stranger to pushing creative boundaries and this year’s Cape Town Fashion Week will flaunt their unique approach to showcasing fashion in truly exceptional style. Art and fashion unite for a weeklong festival of African culture, creativity and couture. Raw and industrial, in its previous life the Salt River Film Studios were a compound of railway blacksmiths’ workshops; expertly converted today they offer a world class studio and events facility. The blacksmiths of years gone by spent hours upon hours toiling at their workbenches and the same spirit of intense craftsmanship lives on in the designers’ ranges that AFI will show at the Cape Town Fashion Week Friday and Saturday events. Jan Malan, seasoned show producer and newly appointed Production Director for AFI Cape Town Fashion Week, is renowned for staging fashion shows in unique spaces: “There’s something about this old gritty industrial space that excites me. The unique façade and indoor architectural style of Salt River Film Studios boasts unusually high roof beams and an extensive gantry system which is great for lighting and our complex rigging requirements. We’ve got some incredible plans and I can’t wait to see it all come together.” The theme for this year’s Cape Town Fashion Week is #IamAfrica, AFI’s calling summed up in one concise hashtag – to celebrate and showcase exceptional African creative talent on a global stage. Honoured with the inaugural Franca Sozzani ‘Fashion 4 Development’ Award in recognition of her efforts in empowering and showcasing African designers, AFI Executive . . .
Between Monday 5 and Thursday 8 March, 12 Peninsula High Schools will go head-to-head in the 2018 High School Band Slam at the V&A Waterfront’s Amphitheatre from 6pm. The audience can expect to hear a wide range of music genres and instruments including drums, pianos, guitars and saxophones. The shortlist of schools includes Bridge Town, Paral Vallei, Parklands College, Settlers High, Bishops, Elsies River, Wynberg Girls, Alexander Stinton, Rustenberg and Bergvliet At stake is musical equipment from event partners, the V&A Waterfront and Mars Music worth R20 000. An additional R5 000 will be awarded to the school that demonstrates they have the best crowd participation. Each school band will be scored by a panel of industry experts according to three categories. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Johannesburg, Gauteng, 26 February 2018 – As leaders in the world of facilities management, Servest rely on the use of water as a key resource to deliver their core services, these include, Cleaning, Landscaping, Catering, Office Plants and Hygiene. “It was therefore an imperative for Servest to consider the conservation of water as a vital resource that is leaning towards almost becoming a scarcity – this is certainly the case in Cape Town at the moment” says, Abubakr Hattas, Group Business Improvement Specialist. One of Servest’s main policies and strategy is to approach environmental sustainability through innovation. One example of this is their Office Plants Division, who has modified their interior plants operation. “We have changed the types of plants in the working environment, by replacing all plants that require a high water intake with harder, sustainable, water wise plants. These plants require less than one litre of water every 6-8 weeks, and if the environmental conditions are applicable, some plants only require water once every 3 months”, says Kumuran Pillay, National Sales and Marketing Director, Office Services. It could be argued that office plants are not important, however the need for plants in offices is greater now than before. It positively affects the atmospheric conditions in the work environment of businesses. Plants remove harmful, volatile compounds (VOCs), such as formaldehyde and benzene from the air by as much as 70% in a 24 hour period and plants convert this into oxygen and water too, for the plants’ own nutritional needs. Plants eliminate carbon monoxide from indoor areas, the absence of which certainly impact human attention, concentration and the overall health of people. Indoor plants also stabilise humidity by 30-60%, creating a more comfortable and healthy work environment, benefitting office workers’ general well-being in many ways, such as minimising throat dryness, preventing headaches, dry skin and fatigue, . . .
Does Transnet once again want to make the NPA the laughing stock of the city? Port of Port Elizabeth's answer to threat from the city and it's citizens around the Manganese Ore pollution On Saturday 17 February at 12:58 the TNPA released a press statement on the “impending eviction of the Algoa Bay Yacht Club” - a Port of Port Elizabeth based sailing club that has been in existence for close on 60 years providing sail training, regattas and safe haven for local and international sailors along with access to what has been described as the best sailing waters along the African Coast. ABYC has been attempting to get the TNPA in front of the Port Regulator since 2009 when the club submitted a complaint over an unfair 61% rental increase. On Friday morning 23 February 2018 the TNPA have been summonsed to appear in court to answer the ABYC's Notice of Motion interdicting the TNPA from issuing a Warrant of Eviction. ABYC will be asking the honourable court to rule that ABYC be entitled to continue occupying the premises pending a determination by the Port Regulator on 20 March 2018. On 23 August 2017, before High Court proceedings, the TNPA - represented by TNPA Legal Officer, Justin Uren, Advocate Ntsepe, Attorney Nash Vandayar and Port Manager, Rajesh Dana - and ABYC - represented by Attorney Gerald Friedman, Advocate Albert Beyleveld, ABYC President Sean Wiseman and ABYC Commodore Alan Straton - agreed that until such time as a new tenant had been allocated the premises occupied by ABYC, pursuant to a lawful tender, ABYC could remain in occupation and would be afforded two months notice to vacate if ABYC were unsuccessful in tendering. It would appear that the TNPA's representatives at the time have suffered amnesia over this agreement and could have been devious in their handling of the matter. Despite being asked in numerous forms and by numerous persons the TNPA has remained silent on whether a tender has been awarded. On 16 February 2018 . . .
The Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies, will launch a campaign to commemorate twenty years of successful productivity improvement by the Workplace Challenge Programme in Cape Town on 2 March 2018. Minister Davies will be accompanied by the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Productivity South Africa, Mr Mothunye Mothiba. The launch will take place at the premises of one of the beneficiaries of the programme, Trax Interconnect. The Workplace Challenge Programme (WCP) is a two-year programme implemented amongst South African enterprises to improve their productivity, thereby ensuring sustainability of jobs. According to Minister Davies, the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) has been offering the WPC to small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs) since 1998, hence the campaign to celebrate the achievements of the programme and reflect on new opportunities to take the programme to the next level. The campaign is also aimed at re-establishing the programme’s position in the market place by actively creating awareness about its benefits. “The programme, which is administered by Productivity South Africa on behalf of the dti, is a productivity and competitiveness enhancement intervention for SMMEs in the manufacturing sector. Inefficiencies in productivity present a major risk to the growth and development of SMMEs. If not checked, they contribute to decline in the competitiveness of the sector in the long term. More than 1 000 companies have been supported through the WPC since 2003 when the programme was handed over to Productivity SA,” says Minister Davies. He adds that the programme makes a direct contribution to the achievement of decent employment through inclusive economic growth, as it seeks to improve product, process and people dynamics to enhance sustainable enterprise development. Mr Mothiba says the programme will focus on increased support for Black Industrialists, enterprises in the Special Economic Zones, (SEZs) and the . . .