If you’ve ever been enchanted by the tranquillity of the Italian countryside or dreamed of how it would feel to stand in the birthplace of gelato, gondolas and soul-stirring art, that dream now has the possibility of coming true. The owners of Gino’s restaurant in Stellenbosch are giving away a dream holiday for two to their families’ hometown of Monte San Giacomo in the south of Italy as part of their 21-year anniversary celebration. The competition is to thank their customers for 21 years of loyal patronage, cherished memories and for being part of the Gino’s Stellenbosch legacy. The prize package includes two return flights from Cape Town International Airport and a seven-night stay in Monte San Giacomo – which lies just east of the Amalfi Coast. “We are proud of the fact that many of our original customers are loyal patrons who still frequent our restaurant; often with their children and grandchildren. This trip is our way of celebrating the 21-year history we share together, and to have two lucky people discover the wonder of Italy and learn about where our authentic taste and flavour comes from,” said owner Domenico Mazza. The competition is run in conjunction with the Zapper mobile payment app. To enter, participants must download Zapper free from their smartphone app store, scan the competition QR code and pay R10 with the app, then answer the following question: How old is Gino’s Stellenbosch this year? Clients can enter as many times as they like until the cut-off date on 30 July 2017. Winners will be announced on 12 August 2017. Ts & Cs apply. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Put on your pink in support of breast cancer awarness Don’t miss the very first Pick n Pick n Pay Women’s Walk of 2017, taking place on Saturday, 25 February in the beautful surrounds of Stellenbosch, as part of the Stellenbosch Wine Festvial presented by Pick n Pay. We’ll be setting off from the Coetzenburg cricket fields at 8am, so dust off those walking shoes, put on your pink, and make a day of it. And not to worry if you’re not super-fit – the fun 5km walk isn’t timed so you can do it at your own pace. Men and children are invited to join in the fun too – everyone is welcome to sign up and support PinkDrive, an organisation that works tirelessly to provide women around South Africa with breast-cancer with examinations and education. PinkDrive has a station at every walk where they offer free breast examinations, as well as the opportunity to talk to a representative about any breast-related matters. A walk village will be set up on the Coetzenburg cricket field, which will also be the start and finish points of the walk. Walkers will be treated to a host of fun activities on the day, including great live entertainment. Delicious hot and cold snacks, such as yummy boerie rolls, will be for sale at the Pick n Pay Food stand before and after the walk. Once the walk is over, it will be time to relax and enjoy the lucky draws. There’s even a ‘best-dressed’ prize, so if you’ve been waiting for the perfect opportunity to wear your pink feather boa or onesie, this is it! You can also sample delicious smoothies from our nutrition partner, Futurelife, and take some home too for the family to try. To round off the day, everyone who finishes the walk will be presented with a medal and a bag choc-full of goodies. Sound good? Then make sure you get down to your nearest Pick n Pay and sign up. Bring your walk number over to the Stellenbosch Wine Festival on either Saturday 25 or Sunday 26 February and only pay R100 (usual price R190) for your festival . . .
Surrounded by over 170 world class wine farms and home to more than 80 restaurants – and numerous options for world-class accommodation – Stellenbosch has become the food, wine, art and sport capital of South Africa. For travelers (and locals) looking to augment the innovative food and wine pairing experiences, there is more than enough to add to the itinerary for an extended Stellenbosch visit over the 2016 festive season. Ecovillage accommodation Over and above the many delightful guest-houses and hotels in and around Stellenbosch, The Sustainability Institute (near Spier Wine Farm) situated in the heart of the Lynedoch Ecovillage also has accommodation for those who are looking for something different. Only 4 km out of town, their Drie Geuwels Guest House offers relaxed, rustic accommodation, with organic Farm2Fork catering. Ideal for road-tripping friends and families who want to experience affordable farm house hospitality in a close-to-nature community. All proceeds go to the funding of their youth and community programmes. Stellenbosch on Foot Walking is still the best way to explore and to soak up the beauty of the town, meet the locals and see the historical buildings and attractions. Take a guided walking tour or set off on your own, after collecting a ‘Stellenbosch on Foot’ brochure from the Stellenbosch 360 Visitor’s Centre at 36 Market Street. The Wine Wandering tour is also a great option to combine exploring the historic town centre with having a cellar door experience. Outdoor adventures and MTB routes Mountains, hills, valleys, forests and streams offer unequalled opportunities for both the outdoor and adventure enthusiast. Try your hand at mountaineering, hang-gliding, abseiling, mountain biking (there are more than a dozen MTB routes to choose from), cycling, canoeing, aviation, paintball, 4x4 trails, horse-riding and hiking. Bookings can be made at the Stellenbosch 360 tourism information center. No visit to Stellenbosch . . .
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 . . .
If you think that dagga is a dangerous narcotic, then you have been duped through propaganda. Dagga is as traditional to SA as biltong, boerebeskuit and witblits. It fascinated JV Riebeeck and missionaries extolled its virtues. It grows like a weed, is medicinal in its natural form with a lower potential for harm to self and society than sugar. Supported by science (endocannabinoid system), legal in 24 USA states with 200 million US citizens having access to it as medicine (endocannabinoid system) + populations of 11 other countries. Deaths from opioid overdoses has also dropped by up to 25% in states with legal dagga. The current 'war on drugs' is a broken system. It's a war on people and does little to protect anyone from substance abuse. It's the same mentality that was used to justify enforcing the mixed marriages act, where the offender is also the victim. A perverse incentive to put people into prison. From physical prison to social prison with a subsequent criminal record. You will find plenty of peer reviewed studies, medical professionals (Joycelyn Elders, Andrew Weil, Lester Grinspoon, Deborah Malka, Sanjay Gupta, Abrams, Suzanne Sisley, Denis Petro, Ethan Russo, Uma Dhanabalan, Jeffrey Block, Bonni Goldstein, Juan Sanchez-Ramos..) who support dagga as a therapeutic plant. In SA, the Bobby Greenhash foundation PTY is supplying dagga oil to people suffering with terminal diseases. Their testimonials to the healing power of dagga is worth a read. The SA central drug authority (CDA) has also called for the decriminalization of dagga and a recent study they commissioned, concluded that dagga kills cervical cancer. Vilifying dagga and then using that stance to 'protect our children' is pointless. Rather fact based solutions (science) focusing on harm reduction through healthcare and education, as recommended by the SA substance abuse experts, S Kelley and Quintin Van Kerken. Better that control of dagga is removed from the streets and regulated . . .
Eendracht Hotel & Apartments is situated in the historic Dorp Street in Stellenbosch and invites you to be immersed in true South African hospitality and comfort. Stellenbosch, the second oldest town in South Africa. Eendracht Hotel offers 12 luxurious en-suite rooms and is known for their coffee bar Koffieklets, which offers scrumptious breakfasts and South African favourites such as koeksisters, melktert and boeretroos (coffee). Light lunches are served and guests can enjoy sundowners in Eendracht’s lady bar. There are also three semi self-catering units. In keeping with the established standards that you would expect from Eendracht, they have added another building 5 minutes’ walk from Eendracht. The building is a 1928 listed house that was restored in its original Art Deco style. Guests can take a leisurely 4-minute walk to the centre of town with its many restaurants, art galleries, museums, historical buildings and lively nightlife. Eendracht Hotel also offers free unlimited high-speed WIFI throughout the property. Over the years the hotel has captured the essence of the friendships formed between travellers, which gives the hotel a unique and warm ambience. Eendracht Hotel & Apartments is a proud member of Cape Country Routes. For more information visit www.capecountryroutes.com or follow them on Facebook www.facebook.com/CapeCountryRoutes/ or on Twitter @CapeCountryR. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Kenya’s economy has been growing consistently at the rate of 5.1% over the past 10 years. Inspite of this fact, power sector of the country is facing several hindrances in fulfilling the power generation needs which in turn is impacting the country’s economy and investing opportunities for other countries. To understand the challenges and prospects in power sector of Kenya, Bricsa Consulting in association with Kenya Renewable Energy Association, Alliance for Rural Electrification, East Africa Venture Capital Association and Green Africa Foundation are hosting: Power Tech Africa 2017 Conference, at Villa Rosa Kempinski in Nairobi, Kenya on 30th-31st January 2017. Julius Korir, Principal Secretary of State Department of Industry and Enterprise Development at the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Co-operatives will join the prestigious speaker panel at the conference. Robert Pavel Oimeke, Director of Renewable Energy representing the Energy Regulatory Commission, Zulandi Van Der Westhuizen, Deputy Director Scenarios and Resources from World Energy Council and Jonathan Lodompui, Director of Enablers and Macro Directorate at Kenya Vision 2030 will update the attendees on the latest development on power technologies in Africa . Identifying the effects on African economies due to the current scenario and an insight of the Institutional framework of the power sector will be some of the key topics open to discussion. In addition, the role of FDI policies in operating the power system in eastern African region, along with Solar Energy v/s Wind Energy as renewable source of energy will be explored. Discussion on the above topic will not only help in better understanding of the power sector in the sub-Saharan region, it will also provide the best platform to the solution providers who can showcase their products and services at the conference. It will also interest all the stake holders who are willing to invest in the power sector of Africa as the market industry is . . .
On-The-Ground Activations in Rio Highlight Meaningful Innovation and Accessibility for Everyone JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – 7 September, 2016 – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., Worldwide Partner of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) in the Wireless Communications Equipment category, announced its global Rio 2016 Paralympic Games campaign. This is a continuation of the brand’s Rio 2016 Olympic Games programme, which celebrates how meaningful progress comes from daring to defy barriers. The campaign kicks off with the announcement of several on-the-ground activations, including the transformation of Samsung Galaxy Studios in Rio, the Samsung Paralympic Blogger programme, official application and the Whang Youn Dai Award. “The Paralympic Games is a global movement that inspires and celebrates the spirit of perseverance and the human challenge,” says Michelle Potgieter, Director: Brand & Communications at Samsung South Africa. “Samsung strives to create breakthrough mobile technologies that help make the digital world more accessible for those with disabilities. We hope our Rio 2016 Paralympic Games campaign will help spark a global conversation around seeing ability over disability and enable everyone to participate in the Paralympic movement.” Accessible Experiences at Samsung Galaxy Studios In the lead-up to the Paralympic Games, Samsung has revamped its Galaxy Studios in Rio, including its flagship studio in Olympic Park. The revamp includes several accessibility features, ensuring all consumers, athletes and fans are able to take part in a variety of interactive experiences. Wheelchair accessible ramps and lifts enable visitors to reach the Gear VR 4D Experience Zone, where they will experience exhilarating Olympic Sports, roller coaster rides and kayaking through water rapids via Samsung Gear VR, paired with Galaxy mobile devices. Samsung also offers unique, hands-on opportunities for visitors to experience how Samsung . . .
Samsung underlines its commitment to Europe and unveils new products and partnerships for the European home appliance, visual display and home entertainment markets JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – 1 September, 2016 – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. used its IFA 2016 press conference today in Berlin to demonstrate how it is redefining the consumer experience, showcasing a range of new products and partnerships for the home appliance, visual display and home entertainment markets. “At IFA 2016, we want to show delegates how we are continually striving to revolutionise the Samsung experience for all our customers and partners - and across all our product lines, from television and home audio to home appliances. Everything Samsung creates is borne out of our determination to enrich peoples’ daily lives with innovative technology, based on a deep understanding of what consumers really want and need,” said Matthew Thackrah, Deputy Managing Director Samsung South Africa. Committed to Europe’s Potential During the press conference, held in the CityCube at Messe Berlin, Samsung reiterated its commitment to Europe, employing 14 000 people in 34 countries. Samsung’s products are infused with European flair, fashion, design and the finest traditions of manufacturing excellence. With Q2 revenue up five percent year on year, seven out of 10 European households owning a Samsung mobile phone, as well as one in three families watching their favorite shows and films on Samsung TVs, the company believes now is the right time to invest even further in Europe’s potential. In keeping with this commitment, Samsung announced a new partnership with MakerBot, the global leader in 3D printing, which will equip schools, colleges and museums in five European markets with 3D printers, as well as train teachers and students alike in the use of the technology. With more than 100 000 MakerBot printers around the world, it represents the world’s largest 3D printing community and an . . .
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – 31 August, 2016 – Samsung Electronics Co. recently announced that all of its 2016 UHD TV models have attained the Ultra High Definition (UHD) TV certification from Digital Europe (DE), a collaborative body of European IT and consumer electronics businesses. Comprised of 62 corporate members and 37 National Trade Associations, DE is one of the most influential organisations representing the digital technology industry in Europe. According to Matthew Thackrah, Deputy Managing Director and Head of Consumer Electronics at Samsung Electronics South Africa, Samsung TVs, ranging from the 2016 SUHD TV lineup to the Series 6 UHD TVs, have all met the strict standards set for UHD TV certification as specified by DE. “These products will now carry the European UHD TV certification logo, as well as the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) label. Both certification labels will be on display on Samsung UHD TVs at this year’s IFA exhibition,” he explains. For certification purposes, DE has specifically defined a ‘pixel’ as the minimum picture resolution element capable of rendering the same luminance scale as the entire display. The horizontal and vertical pixel count must be of the complete red, green and blue triple sub-pixel block, while not counting additional non-RGB sub-pixels. Additional criteria listed to earn the DE certification include: Minimum native resolution of the display (e.g. LCD, PDP, OLED) or display engine (e.g. DLP) is 3840 x 2160 in 16:9 aspect ratio. Minimum supported colorimetric is at BT.709 or above. The display-device has at least one end-to-end signal path available to the user that does not render a UHD input at a frame rate or resolution lower than that received over the UHD interface from the source. The display-device has at least one end-to-end signal path available to the user that does not reduce the resolution, nor reduce the frame rate of a UHD input during processing prior to . . .