Laugh your Arniston off at the Weekender Francois van As won the Comedy Central “Grab the mic" last night in Johannesburg and has also curated all the comedy for the Arniston Weekender The Weekender is back in Arniston (2-4 December) and they come bearing gifts. This year they will be bringing festival goers an exclusive and intimate comedy stage, the likes of which has never before been seen in this quiet coastal town. Well, quiet for now. Brought to life by an improbable pair The comedy stage at this year's Weekender at Arniston has been put together by the festival's organiser, Christopher De Vries with the help of Afrikaans funny guy and Bredasdorp local, Francois Van As. What makes their relationship interesting is the fact that they didn't meet on Linkedin or Facebook, but rather in a club Christopher approached Francois after a stand-up comedy show at the aforementioned venue and Francois agreed to help him craft a special comedy experience, exclusively for Arniston. When Francois looks back on the events of that fateful evening, he realises that he might have agreed to anything at that moment. Not just because he had adrenaline surging through his veins from an amazing time on stage, but also because he was severely relieved that the tall gentleman was too cool for words . Never before seen in the Overberg Underground stand-up comedy has been around for a long time in South Africa, but it has only recently become mainstream, with the arrival of the Comedy Central channel on DSTV and the international success of comedians such as Trevor Noah. Even though stand-up comedy has become more accessible to South Africans it is still something that can mostly be experienced only if one travels to Cape Town or Johannesburg. Quality stand-up comedy shows in the platteland, such as the one happening at The Weekender : Arniston, is a rare and precious find. A new exciting line-up This year's line-up at the Weekender's comedy stage is like a . . .
The EWT Senior Golf Series named the South African Senior Open, which will be held in April 2017 in Plettenberg Bay, as the first event in their new venture. The tournament will focus on raising awareness and funds for the Humpback Dolphin, while offering a half a million Rand prize. This new Series of Seniors golf events sees The Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) and the South African Senior Tour (SAST) partner to create a unique set of golf tournaments that will create regular games for senior players, while helping to protect our precious natural environment. The EWT Senior Golf Series broke the news of the flagship event at a press conference at the Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club yesterday, where members of the media, senior golfers and key players gathered to hear more about this exciting new initiative. The emcee for the morning, Dale Hayes, reminded those in attendance that the USA Senior Tour, spearheaded by Arnold Palmer, took off 25 years ago and was the biggest success story for golf in the ‘80s, and said that it was high time South Africa boast a similar set of events. Accelerate Sport’s Managing Director, Gary Grant, noticed this gap and was overjoyed to fill it with a golfing series that would raise funds for endangered species. “We will start with ten events across South Africa and the SADC region, which will include three Majors; the Open, PGA and Masters,” Grant said. “Our first event will be the South African Seniors Open, which will run between 4 and 7 April at the Plettenberg Bay Country Club. Over the four days 72 pros and 72 amateurs will play for the biggest amount of prize money since 1997; R500,000.” The event will also double up with the Golf Hall of Fame, who will host their annual induction dinner over the period that the South African Senior Open is played. Yolan Friedmann, CEO of the EWT says the choice to raise awareness for the Humpback Dolphin was an easy one, considering the location. “Although the species is . . .
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Beat the year-end blues and recharge your batteries. Escape to the heart of the Cape Winelands for Proe Paarl – a month-long celebration of the unique offerings of the Paarl region. From 16 November to 18 December, Paarl will be pulling out all the stops to offer visitors a great experience ranging from outdoor activities, country cuisine, warm hospitality and award-winning wines. Whether you have time for a quick day trip or a weekend breakaway, Paarl is the place to play this summer. TASTE PAARL Paarl is becoming increasingly well-known for its culinary offerings and Proe Paarl has lined up some gourmet delights that will tantalise the taste buds. The magnificent Grande Roche hotel is offering a truly authentic dining experience with an elegant twist during their Bubbles and Braai events on Saturday, 26 November and Thursday, 15 December. Traditional barbeque dishes are cleverly paired with fantastic Method Cap Classique and will surely delight guests. Start your day at Paarl's most iconic landmark – the Afrikaans Taalmonument. For the duration of Proe Paarl, the Volksmond Coffee Shop offers an authentic Afrikaans breakfast with eggs, mieliepap and boerewors with "boeretroos" or rooibos tea at R80 per person. Alternatively, try a traditional lunch of bobotie, melktert, a cup of "boeretroos", rooibos tea or a glass of Boland Cellar wine for at R150 per person. The cost includes entrance fee to the monument. A special kiddie's menu and play area is available. The Boland Kelder Bistro will open just in time for Proe Paarl season. Guests can enjoy delicious bistro-style meals, while enjoying the gorgeous scenery and award-winning Boland wines. Also make a note of Mellasat's Summer pop-up restaurant for a fabulous summer dinner and lunch menu on Thursday, 10 November, and Friday, 11 December, from 12h00. Paarl is home to some exquisite historical wine estates, so take an opportunity to visit and taste some fantastic food and great wines. Marvel at the . . .
Goodbye to ties and suits! Ciao to the chores of daily life! In the holiday kingdom, all is sunny and dandy. Vilebrequin’s special Christmas print plunges one into the magic of a Christmas where all our wildest dreams can come true: surfing over land and sea, twisting and twirling on ice caps as if they were skating rinks, flying far, far away on a sleigh, enjoying our summer vacation… This particular Christmas print speaks to the child within, themed – in the land of our childhood. Perhaps that’s the greatest luxury of all: learning to let go, if only for a week or so... Discover the Noël Christmas print for fathers and sons at Vilebrequin stores located in the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town, Melrose Arch and Nelson Mandela Square in Johannesburg and Thesen Island in Knysna. Follow Vilebrequin on Instagram @Vilebrequin_SA or Like us on Facebook (Vilebrequin SA). STORE DETAILS Vilebrequin Nelson Mandela Square | Shop 20 | Tel: 011 883 0001 Vilebrequin Melrose Arch | Shop HL57 | Galleria | The Piazza | Tel: 011 684 1775 Vilebrequin V&A Waterfront | Shop 7253 | Victoria Wharf (Brand Mile) | Tel: 021 421 8523 Vilebrequin Knysna | Th10 | Long Street | Thesen Island | Tel: 044 382 0972 CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
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This year’s Festive Ideas Market at the Simondium’s Country Lodge promises to be a star-studded event for festival goers. From Wednesday, 2 November, until Sunday, 6 November, this distinctive market is celebrating its uniqueness beneath the Southern Cross. Are you looking for that special gift for one of the stars in your life? With more than 100 exhibitors with innovative and originals products of the highest quality, you’ll find the perfect gift for any occasion. Discover designer clothing for all ages, beautiful fashion accessories and hand-made jewellery as well as a sensational selection of pampering products. If you want to spruce up your house, kitchen or garden before the festive season, this market is the ideal place to pick up exceptional decor items such as imported linen, table ware for your festive table ranging from silver cutlery to crystal glasses and antique porcelain – as well as gorgeous Christmas decorations. The Festive Ideas deli is brimming over with the yummiest home-baked goodies to fill up your pantry before the holidays. Spoil your loved ones with mouth-watering biscuits, rusks, gourmet coffees, hand-made sweets, jams, relishes and canned treats as well as fresh farm produce and even speciality fruit cakes. Enjoy the relaxed and festive atmosphere of the elegant old guesthouse and its lush gardens with soothing live music, delectable snacks and a glass of wine, while the kids can play in a specially dedicated kiddies area. The market is open from 09h00 till 17h00 from Wednesday to Saturday, but closes at 15h00 on Sunday. Free parking and security is available. Entrance is R30 per adult, but free for children under 18. Don’t miss the special preview on Tuesday, 1 November, from 14h00. The Simondium’s Country Lodge is easily accessible on the R45 between Paarl and Franschhoek, only 60km from the Cape Town central, 13 km from the Klapmuts turn-off and a quick 15km from Stellenbosch via the Helshoogte Pass. For enquiries, . . .
Senior Landscape Architect, Lizelle Wolmarans at GIBB, one of South Africa’s leading black-owned engineering consulting firms, presented a paper on child safety in playgrounds at the three-day Congress for the Institute of World Urban Parks (WUP) and Environment and Recreation Management (IERM) in Cape Town last month. Leading parks professionals and parks agencies from around the world resolving to protect and enhance the world’s urban parks and green spaces in the face of looming global challenges was present at this Congress. The paper, titled Risky Play and Children’s Safety: Balancing Priorities for Optimal Child Development focused on the construction of playgrounds, safety and safety standards of equipment used in playgrounds as well as the influence it has on physical and mental child development. Play experts such as Environmental Psychologists, Child Development Specialists, Landscape Architects and Educators are advocating a re-assessment of the play environment. While the safety of children should never be neglected, Wolmarans explained the dangers of being over-protective as potentially detrimental to a child’s development. “Our environment is not without risk and therefore, we need to learn how to manage risk continuously as a survival skill. However, where risk is eliminated from playgrounds, challenge is eliminated leading to boredom where children may potentially feel the need to take excessive risk using equipment inappropriately that can cause unintentional injury,” said Wolmarans. South Africa has adopted the international playground safety standards, these standards are not legalised but serve as a guideline to prevent hazardous risks. Locally, our decisions need to be influenced by security, economy and future sustainability. In the case of security, it is a fact that children are living in dangerous environments in their homes and neighbourhoods. Some of the dangers are traffic, kidnapping, crime and drugs. Supervision and . . .
Estonians Peeter Pruus and Peeter Tarvis triumphed on a drama-filled day to win Stage 2 and close in on the overall lead of the Cape Pioneer Trek international mountain bike stage race in George, South Africa on Tuesday. Pruus, the European marathon champion and Tarvis, the Estonian marathon champion of Team KOMO/RMW, clocked a winning time of 03 hours 45 minutes 58 seconds for the 99km leg from Mossel Bay to George. They came within 13 seconds of the overall lead, held by Gawie Combrinck and Nico Bell (NAD Pro), who had to stop on numerous occasions with tyre problems, but still managed to finish a somewhat desperate second in 3:46:53. There was a furious six-rider sprint for the final podium spot between Erik Groen and Jeroen Boelen (Stappenbelt Specialized), Konny Looser and Daniel Gathoff (Cape Brewing Co Elite.) and James Reid and Julian Jessop (Team Spur). The Dutch pair of Groen and Boelen were awarded third after the finish-line photo was examined, their time 3:48:03. Looser and Gathoff were fourth and Reid and Jessop fifth, the former pairing still third in the overall contest. “We were going to stay in the group at the beginning, but then we thought maybe we’ll try something on the long climb. But it turned out not to be much of a climb, even going downhill sometimes, so we stayed in the group almost until the third waterpoint, then I rode away with one solo rider,” explained Tarvis. “Then later the other Peeter attacked and he caught me. So we rode together a little bit off the front, but then the NAD Pro team caught us. But they had some problems with their bike and we got away again near the end,” explained Tarvus. “One of our goals was to win a stage at the Cape Pioneer Trek. Now we have achieved that. We are very close to the lead now so we are going to go for the overall now,” said Pruus. “We had some troubles but we chased back multiple times. Each time we got back there were attacks. It was chase, chase, chase! It was one of . . .