It’s December and the weekend starts early across South Africa. In the Cape Town CBD’s Bree Street, well-heeled global travelers intrigued by The Station on Bree’s convincing commuter experience are already enjoying the venue’s Thursday night summer programme. The Thursday weekly line-up is hosted by internationally-renowned local DJ, saxophonist and percussion specialist, George Sax, and includes Raella goodman, Lucia Mthiyane and Gershon. It’s one year since the Station on Bree opened with themed stations brimming with detail and suiting the eclectic tastes of Capetonians and international visitors who recognise hallmarks of the UK's famous tube system. The concept is hip and colourful with the ‘Mind the Gap’ theme carried throughout the venue from train seating to courtyard bus shelter to underground dance floor. “Cape Town’s been called the Tavern of the Seas and described as the Fairest Cape in the whole circumference of the earth. She’s clearly an African city with a global outlook. We love the fact that our venue stays true to Cape Town’s three centuries-old reputation as the world’s eclectic meeting place by the sea,” says The Station on Bree founder Neil Basel. The venue easily fuses the iconic design of the London Underground with the bustling and cosmopolitan atmosphere of Cape Town’s Bree Street. The one-year anniversary of Cape Town’s first underground meeting place also sees the launch of a summer menu to accompany Thursdays @ The Station on Bree. First trialled last month and continuing in the tradition of ‘unpretentious street food’, The Station on Bree’s holiday season menu offers a casual Mediterranean-infused dining style focused on fresh flavours and simple ingredients. From leisurely lunches to late dinners, visitors have the option of traditional main meals or a choice of small plates that enable a shared approach to group dining. The Station on Bree guarantees a great night’s entertainment and it’s the food that always takes . . .
Cape Town, 6 December 2017, Between 24 November and 10 December, the City of Cape Town plays host to the 2017-2017 edition of the Volvo Ocean Race (VOR) for the 11th time since the inception of the yacht race in 1973. Chevron South Africa, which markets its fuel under the Caltex brand, is one of the sponsors of the Cape Town stop-over of the VOR and was able to make it possible for over 240 primary, secondary and tertiary level learners from under-resourced schools around the Western Cape to attend the VOR schools education programme, which focuses on the global sustainability of our oceans. “Through our partnership with the Amy Foundation, we were able to give these children the opportunity to explore the VOR race village and experience what the ocean race is all about and to learn more about the problems our planet faces due to pollution of the oceans,” said Jill Koopman, Policy, Government and Public Affairs Manager, Chevron South Africa. The VOR schools programme, hosted at the race village at Cape Town’s Waterfront, combines fun, interactive educational activities to teach about the damaging effect of ocean plastic pollution on the sustainability of our oceans’ marine ecosystems and how each of us can play a role in reducing plastic waste from entering the sea. A tour of the race village allowed the learners to experience first-hand what life must be like aboard a race yacht, as they got to climb aboard the yacht exhibit. The third leg of the Volvo Ocean Race kicks off from Cape Town on 10 December, when the crews and their yachts set sail for Melbourne, Australia, across the Southern Indian Ocean, taking their message of ocean health along with them. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
WESTERN CAPE, CAPE TOWN - On Saturday, 2 December, 895 runners from 29 countries lined up at Gardens Tech Rugby grounds in Cape Town to take on either the 100km, 65km or 35km Ultra-Trail Cape Town (UTCT), including multisport sensation Robyn Owen, 27, (Jeep Team/ Best4Sports), who was attempting her first 100km trail race, and she didn’t disappoint, achieving the silver medal and first South African woman in. This world-class event, part of the Ultra-Trail World Tour, traverses the trails of the iconic Table Mountain, Lion’s Head, Signal Hill, the beaches of Llandudno and Hout Bay, the Constantia Winelands, and the upper slopes of Kirstenbosch. The 100km Ultra-trail is a front-loaded route with two major climbs on Table Mountain and the remote trails of Suther Peak and Karbonkelberg within the first 50km. The race began at 4am, with runners ascending out of the city, up Signal Hill and around Lion’s Head. The first major climb came some 20km into the race; to reach Table Mountain, runners climbed Platteklip Gorge, a notorious route with gradients exceeding 35 degrees. After traversing Table Mountain, the route descends 800m, and flattens out from Constantia Nek to Llandudno before the second steep climb – the 600m Suther Peak climb. Crossing Karbonkelberg is where the women’s race heated up, with Robyn Owen catching the leading woman, 21-year-old Australian, Lucy Bartholomew, who had built-up an 11-minute lead. Says Owen, “I tried not to start going out too hard, then I started getting splits to Lucy and I guess I got caught up in that. I was feeling really good, chasing hard, and I managed to pass her.” From Hout Bay to Constantia Nek the route navigated vineyards and greenbelts, before a technical climb up Table Mountain through the Newlands Forests. Bartholomew, who ran her first 100km ultra-trail at age 16, regained the lead with just over 30km to the finish. After a descent to the University of Cape Town, the final 10km of the race is an . . .
Cape Town, December, 7, 2017: Addiction and other self-destructive behaviours have a devastating effect on both the addict and their loved ones. Making the choice to book into a rehab facility and getting the necessary support and psychological help is paramount to long-term recovery and relapse prevention. But the treatment program chosen is just as important. Treatment for substance abuse and process-addictions is a complex matter that goes far beyond simply the abuse of drugs, alcohol, gambling and other vices. Treatment plans need to cater to the individual. There are countless rehab options available, so it is understandable to feel overwhelmed. Increasing there is a large group of professionals who support alternative recovery options to 12-Steps. When faced with the choice to opt for an alternative non-traditional program or traditional 12-Step program, what are the major benefits of opting for the newer, alternative treatment? The 12-Step Program and the Minnesota Model The 12-Step program was used in conjunction with the Minnesota Model which advocates complete abstinence from all mind-altering substances. 12-Step programs function more as peer support groups and self-help organisations. However, in a primary care facility, there are also a number of counsellors and other medical staff on hand to assist with detox and provide individualised care. Most rehabs and recovery centres use this model and for many people suffering from addiction the program has helped them enjoy a happy, productive, sober life. However, this program has had varying degrees of success, which has led to a number of patients seeking alternative treatments. One of the keystones vested in the 12-Step program postulates that alcoholism and addiction are a disease. 12-Step’s sees the dependence on drugs or alcohol as the ‘primary problem’. Non 12-Step programs sees recovery in a different light. Dependence certainly plays a major role in treating addiction but . . .
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One of the most spoken about new buildings to open its doors in Cape Town recently, has undoubtedly been the new Zeitz Mocca Museum for Contemporary Art located in the V&A Waterfront. Originally an old grain silo complex that consists of forty-two, 33-metre-high concrete tubes – each with a diameter of 5.5 metres - this was once the tallest building on the Cape Town skyline. The mammoth task of redesigning these silos into a functional exhibition space of the highest possible quality, yet being strongly inspired by its own historic character, was given to internationally acclaimed designer Thomas Heatherwick and his innovative team of architects. Their brief was to create a space that would not only pay tribute to its original industrial design and soul, but would become a major, not-for-profit cultural institution that houses the most significant collection of contemporary art from Africa and its diaspora. It was clear that this was a project that called for a solution that would be unique to Africa. It was therefore only fitting that a unique construction solution developed and used in South Africa - by making use of recycled polystyrene, was to be used for this project. Greenlite Concrete products were specified by the architects owing to the fact that the structural engineers were concerned about excessive loading to the existing structure. “The original concrete frame of the old silos building was built in 1924, making the building 94 years old. The developers therefore needed a screed solution that would not put unnecessary load on the structure, yet would not compromise on quality, strength and durability,” Greenlite Concrete’s Technical Director, Hilton Cowie says. Concrete blocks manufactured with Greenlite Concrete weigh a quarter of typical concrete. They are also produced in sizes that are easy to handle for quick construction. According to Cowie, more than 2 000 square meters of lightweight screeds were installed – equating to . . .
Cape Town, 6 December 2017 – Leading South African technology company, Aerobotics, which specialises in providing on-demand satellite and drone analytics for farmers, today officially launched the revolutionary Aeroview Scout in-field smartphone app that highlights problem areas in the orchard with GPS co-ordinates, allowing farmers to make notes, take pictures and remedy any issues early. Aeroview, developed by Aerobotics, uses artificial intelligence (AI) and a unique set of algorithms to transform satellite and drone imagery into useful information to assist farmers and help them optimise profits and yield by identifying problem areas in the orchard. Using visual and multispectral camera, the drones map the outlined area in 3D, highlighting individual trees with health or growth problems, and can even detect leaks – all leading to cost savings for farmers in the long run. Farmers can look at each individual tree’s statistics, including health, height, canopy size and canopy volume. Crop health maps highlights problem areas on the farm and moisture index maps reveals any leaks to help reduce water usage and facilitate more effective irrigation. Aeroview Scout, the in-field smartphone app launched today, complements the Aeroview platform with GPS co-ordinates for individual trees so farmers can locate trees with issues, make notes, take pictures and remedy the problems early. The app also tracks progress of each affected tree (including in-field notes) so farmers can better manage their time and resources on a regular basis, reducing wastage in irrigation and pest management and helping farms to be more sustainable in their use of herbicides and pesticides. First Fruits Consulting, a well-regarded citrus farm consultancy based in Simondium in the Cape Winelands, has been using Aeroview to help citrus farmers across the country improve their yields. “Since we started using Aeroview in 2016, the data has helped farmers find problem areas in their . . .
The Discovery Get Active weekend brings professional athletes and sport enthusiasts alike to experience an exciting day of swimming, cycling, and running through the scenic Mother City, with the Discovery Duathlon Cape Town and the Discovery Triathlon World Cup Cape Town set for 11 February 2018. Cape Town to host the only World Cup triathlon on African soil This Discovery Triathlon World Cup Cape Town kicks off the international circuit as the opening race on the 2018 International Triathlon Union (ITU) global calendar. It is the only World Cup triathlon that takes place on African soil. “This event is special as it attracts the best triathletes in the world, including world and Olympic champions,” says race director Gary Marescia. Home-grown men’s defending Discovery Triathlon World Cup Cape Town champ, Richard Murray, enthuses about the Cape Town event, saying, “To race in front of my home crowd and Table Mountain is always a pleasure.” He also enjoys the dynamic of the race format: “I’m a big fan of the sprint distance events – it’s fast, furious and comes down to the line sometimes.” 11 February 2018 promises a full day of racing entertainment With the duathlon and triathlon taking place on the same day this year, spectators will be treated to a full day of entertainment. “The start times of each wave have been scheduled to ensure that athletes and spectators enjoy an action-packed day of racing,” says Marescia. “We are pleased that Cape Town has been chosen as a host city once again,” says Alderman JP Smith, a City Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security. “The City has developed a strong track record as an events destination. On behalf of the City of Cape Town, I would like to extend a warm welcome to the International Triathlon Union (ITU) World Cup triathletes and spectators.” Discovery Duathlon makes multisport more accessible Whether you’re a professional athlete or a newcomer to multisport, there’s nothing like the . . .
Bridging the (age) gap - Property purchasing peeves for 60-somethings You would think that upon reaching your golden years you are of an age to qualify to do pretty much anything – you’ve worked hard, earned your dues and own your own home. However, when it comes to buying property, for 60-somethings things do get a little harder as they find themselves faced with bank mandates, age restrictions and all sorts of conditions, and the inevitable hard-to-read fine print. Unless you have cash in the bank (or under your mattress) you would be advised to look beyond the bank – many don’t work in this space and are also reluctant to grant new 20-year mortgages to senior citizens, this despite the fact that the National Credit Act stipulates that one cannot be discriminated against when applying for finance on grounds of race, religion, sex and age. The banks may consider helping out under certain conditions and will do so at their discretion but will also be very stringent in assessing your risk and affordability – there are some instances where they may consider a loan if your pension is deposited there but typically this is an arduous route to follow. It’s rather surprising that financial institutions are not looking at this mature market which is fast becoming a key driver of growth in the property sector. A recent report from FNB’s Estate Agent Survey stated that the group of sellers selling “to downscale due to life-stage” was by far the largest single group of home-sellers in the third quarter of 2017. Charmaine Large, Executive Home Loans consultant at Evo Group, says what they are seeing is that retired or nearly retired borrowers may well have low debt, substantial assets and home equity, but may also be on a fixed income or pension and if that income is lower than what they used to earn this can hamper the approval of a home loan for their retirement home. She adds that bridging finance has now become a popular port of call for 60-somethings. Iza . . .
Paying it forward - in water. BON Hotel Bloemfontein Central is donating 5 litres of water to all guests passing through on their way to Cape Town during their #halfway2everywhere campaign. As you know, the City of Cape Town and the Western Cape have been hit hard with a severe drought and are currently on level 5 water restrictions – with the dams at less than 13.5%, residents are limited to 87 litres per person per day and Day Zero is looming. BON Hotel Bloemfontein Central has stepped up to the plate by offering all guests passing through on their way to Cape Town a 5-litre bottle of water as a donation. Pieter van Rooyen, General Manager at BON Hotel Bloemfontein Central, says that when the rest of the country rallied to assist the Free State during a recent drought, especially the farmers who were in dire need of water, he thought it fitting to pay back the kindness and return the favour. BON Hotel Bloemfontein Central is #halfway2everywhere, so, if you are travelling to Cape Town, why not make a pitstop? - all guests staying at the hotel will receive 5 litres of water on check-out to take along with them. Deon Smit from Water Shortage South Africa is collecting around SA, and can be contacted for locations of the water drop-off points. If Day Zero happens, every Cape Town resident will have to queue for water at one of the 200 collection points across the city, and will be rationed to 25 litres per person per day. We urge you to please join this water drive to help the people of Cape Town. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .