Top performing companies in the Western Cape receive awards The Western Cape Regional Productivity Awards winners will be selected for participation in the Annual National Productivity Awards at a function to be held today at the Neethlingshof Wine Estate in Stellenbosch, Western Cape. The government entity responsible for promoting productivity and competitiveness in South Africa, Productivity SA, will award best performers at a ceremony which will culminate in the regional award winners competing for the National Productivity Awards to be held in Gauteng on 19 October 2018. The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Productivity SA, Mothunye Mothiba says “The awards are intended at recognising organisations making significant contribution towards the creation of decent employment in South Africa”. Awards will be conferred in the corporative, emerging and public sectors. The regional awards provide a platform to inspire a competitive and productive South Africa. Productivity improvement is considered the most effective way of ensuring ongoing competitiveness, economic growth and the creation of decent employment. South Africa currently faces major challenges such as a need to create employment opportunities, stimulate economic growth and reduce poverty. If South Africa is to reduce unemployment and poverty whilst stimulating economic growth, the country should place emphasis on developing productive capacity in all sectors of the economy. Productivity SA is established in terms of section 31 (1) of the Employment Services Act, No. 4 of 2014 as a juristic person with the mandate to promote employment growth and productivity thereby contributing to South Africa’s socio-economic development and competitiveness’. Productivity SA is an entity of the Department of Labour (DoL). As part of assessing productivity of entities, Productivity SA has developed various tools and models that includes measurement tools that determine the extent to which an . . .
Celebrated South African artist, Anton Smit, well-known for his majestic works, has selected The Gallery at Grande Provence as his exclusive public sculpture exhibition venue in the Cape Winelands. Famous for his monumental sculptures, evoking themes of suffering, reconciliation, glory and sublimation, Smit’s works grace public and private collections nationally and globally. His body of work includes gigantic human figures, nudes, impressive heads, masks, hands, angels, floating and stretching figures, warriors as well as abstract works, using mostly steel, metal, fiberglass and bronze. The Gallery at Grande Provence showcases a selection of Smit’s best works with regular exhibitions held throughout the year – alongside the work of other local emerging artists. Two of his majestic sculptures of male figures stand tall at the entrance to the Grande Provence Tasting Room, creating a warm reception for guests visiting the estate. His larger than life metallic head sculptures blend seamlessly into the tranquillity of the Sculpture Garden, where guests can enjoy wine tastings, fresh oysters and relaxed lunches. Smit is exclusively represented by The Gallery at Grande Provence. Any enquiries about his works can be referred to the director, Jean-Marié Olivier on Tel: +27(0)21 876 8630 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. More about Anton Smit Anton Smit’s first breakthrough into the art world came in 1977 after receiving a special mention at the South African Art Association’s New Signatures competition in Pretoria. Two years later, he won first prize in that very same competition. Among his prodigious achievements is his 1994 exhibition that took place in New York at the Grand Central Station where he exhibited 35 sculptures as part of the Strengthening the Link initiative to boost trade between South Africa and The United States. Smit considers “The Age Grace”, an eight foot high bronze sculpture at the Grand Central Station one of the highlights . . .
Escape to the Franschhoek winelands and unwind with a scrumptious country-style picnic on the picture perfect Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate. Packed to the brim with delicious artisanal foods, the Grande Country Picnic baskets include free range chicken, estate made hummus, local cheeses and preserves, heirloom garden salad, smoked snoek pâté, olives, charcuterie and crusty farm baked bread. The decadent rocky road Valrhona chocolate bar will satisfy any sweet tooth. The picnic basket comes with a bottle of Grande Provence’s popular Angels Tears wine of your choice as well as still or sparkling water. Vegetarian baskets are available on request. The Grande Country Picnic is available at R650 for two people sharing or R325 for a single basket. To book, call The Restaurant at Grande Provence a day in advance on Tel: (021) 876 8600 or email email@example.com. The picnics at Grande Provence take place from September 2018 until April 2019 and are weather dependant. Limited baskets are available per day, so book early to avoid disappointment. More about Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate Located in Franschhoek, the heartland of South African wine country, Grande Provence embraces true South African wine heritage, excellent food at The Restaurant and luxury accommodation at The Owner’s Cottage and La Provençale. Part of the internationally acclaimed Huka Retreats, other facilities Grande Provence offers guests are The Winery, The Jonkershuis, The Gallery, The Sculpture Garden and The Shop. For more information visit www.grandeprovence.co.za, Facebook.com or Twitter @grande_provence. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
South Africa, Paarl, August 2018; THE PEROLD TRIBUTUM 2014 by KWV has emerged as one of this year's very best, having just been selected as a prestigious Perold / Absa Cape Blend wine. Significantly, the award comes during the centenary year of the company that not only helped forge the South African wine industry, but also played a defining role in the establishment of Pinotage, the proudly South African-developed grape variety. The 8th Perold / Absa Cape Blend winners were announced on August 30 at a gala function held in Stellenbosch. Among the guests were representatives from South Africa's leading producers, who again participated in the competition that annually identifies benchmark wines where Pinotage is the anchor component. Pinotage is one of the varieties that enjoys pride of place among The Mentors, KWV's range of premium wines that includes the Perold Tributum and which honour the diversity of South African terroir. These wines are hand-crafted from grapes mentored through specific site selection, that enjoy the best treatment in the vineyards, as well as extra special cellar care to deliver wines without equal. Their aim is to reflect the best South Africa has to offer. “This wine is a good example of an experimental and innovative approach to winemaking," says The Mentors winemaker Izele van Blerk. "We constantly challenge ourselves in our viticultural and winemaking techniques to always improve.” The Mentors cellar stands for innovation and experimentation, across winemaking techniques, wine styles and origins. The Perold Tributum 2014 reflects this lineage of excellence, all the way back to the pioneering days of Abraham Perold – the father of Pinotage - himself. The Perold Tributum 2014 is an elegant and distinguished Cape Blend that shows layers of dark cherries, plums and violets with hints of dark chocolate on the nose. On the palate the structure and chewy tannins can be attributed to the great balance between fruit concentration . . .
On Friday morning 2 March 2018 the Transnet Ports Authority (TNPA) evicted the 60 year-old Algoa Bay Yacht Club (ABYC) from premises they had occupied within the Port of Port Elizabeth. Effectively the club administration moved to other temporary premises whilst The Chartroom Restaurant and Pub ceased to exist. A long standing dispute over unfair rental increases led to the eviction. During 2009 ABYC laid a formal complaint with the Port Regulator over TNPA’s unfair treatment. The long standing dispute led to TNPA charging a higher rental whilst ABYC paid a lower rental. To date the TNPA have not taken ABYC to court over the disputed rental 'owing' – the rental determination is still to be heard by the Port Regulator in Durban for the 2009 complaint. In a Facebook post announcing the eviction ABYC said; "Our thanks and love to everyone who has supported us through this long and oftentimes bewildering time. Of course we are left with more questions than answers and some of us have taken this very hard. Please bear with us as we chart our way through these rocky waters, regroup and give thanks for the respite from having to ensure that we had enough money in the bank to pay our rent and other obligations." After a period of respite the members of the Algoa Bay Yacht Club voted at a SGM to auction off furniture and unneeded equipment currently in storage at various Port Elizabeth warehouses per kind favour of the Grand Hotel and Leen Mulckhuyse Construction. Closing off this 60 Year 'Chapter' in members lives will happen at the Pieter Rademeyer Complex, 6 Woodpecker Road, Cotswold on Friday 7 September from 10:00 am under the hammer of Neil Mclaggan of McLaggan's Auctioneers. YouTube: https://youtu.be/AZVGggspAtQ CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. More Info on 60 Years of ABYC on Auction here: http://abyc.co.za Twitter: https://twitter.com/MyPE Facebook: . . .
South Africa, Stellenbosch, August 2018; ‘THE TRUTH IS IN THE VINE’; just six simple words etched onto the walls of De Toren Private Cellar’s underground tasting room and vinoteque. And yet they neatly encapsulate the estate’s guiding philosophy, an approach that has – in little more than 20 years – elevated this boutique Stellenbosch cellar into one of South Africa’s most respected premium wine producers. With an unwavering focus on crafting superlative Bordeaux blends, the wines of De Toren have become coveted worldwide, raising the profile of high-end South African wines across the globe. But as founder Emil den Dulk likes to say, De Toren began with a view. Enchanted by the farm’s panoramic vistas stretching from the Helderberg, over False Bay and across to Table Mountain, he and wife Sonette first bought the property in 1991, a home in the winelands “to start afresh”. However, their shared passion for wine soon took hold and it wasn’t long before they became tempted by the prospect of producing premium wine from the farm they called home. Recognising the untapped potential of this unique site on the flanks of the Polkadraai Hills, den Dulk soon acquired an additional 17 hectares of vineyard to the west, laying the foundation for De Toren’s innovative ‘Left Bank’ and ‘Right Bank’ approach to crafting world-class Bordeaux-style wines. Over the next 20 years, the Cabernet-dominated De Toren Fusion V and Merlot-driven De Toren Z continually raise the bar for Bordeaux-style blends from South Africa. Although parts of the farm were initially planted to Chardonnay, “we knew this area was ideal for Bordeaux cultivars,” explains den Dulk. Working closely with academics from Stellenbosch University, he and his team embarked on an extensive soil analysis of the property. A dozen sampling holes were dug on each hectare of the farm, treble the wine industry’s standard practice. Across the farm’s 25 hectares, 15 separate soil types were identified. Complementary . . .
The CEO of The Liz McGrath Collection, Jacqui Elliot is a hospitality veteran with a formidable career history spanning over 30-years. Having earned her stripes across inter-continental and local hotel brands, Jacqui joined The Collection by Liz McGrath as Chief Executive Officer in May 2014 and carries responsibility for the group’s three hotels and overall company performance. Not only does Jacqui bring vast experience to The Liz McGrath Collection, she’s synonymous with excellent leadership qualities, outstanding communication skills, a dynamic personality and (a prerequisite for anyone in the hospitality industry), an unfailing sense of humour. The Liz McGrath Collection was founded by its namesake Mrs Liz McGrath, one of the few women in the world to own three hotels. Since Jacqui’s appointment, she’s been steadfast in keeping the legacy of the successful and powerful businesswomen alive. Commenting on her mentor Jacqui says, “I had the privilege of working for and learning from Mrs M for only eight months before she passed, but in that short time I was truly inspired by what she had achieved as a woman in the hospitality industry. It’s important to me that we maintain her standards of excellence across all our hotels’ operations.” Jacqui’s repertoire is firmly entrenched in launching and managing demanding hotel portfolios with her signature, considered touch. On the approach that a boutique hotel demands, Jacqui comments, “Small hotels give you the opportunity to go the extra mile and make magic for your guests. Fewer rooms mean that they vary and have unique character, and that you can offer more personal service and a more customised experience, which sets the experience apart from one you’d have at a large corporate venue.” Over the course of her career, Jacqui has seen much development across the continent. “Africa as a commercial and tourism hub continues to be very exciting. The number of hotel groups represented is constantly growing and with . . .
Engen’s “With us you are Number One” brand promise took on a new meaning when a brave Table View petrol attendant, without a thought for his own safety, rushed to the defence of an elderly woman being attacked and robbed. Lawrence Kananji, originally from Malawi and now a petrol attendant at Engen Rietvlei Service Centre in Table View in the Western Cape, is being hailed as a hero for his selfless act, which saved the woman from potentially serious harm. The elderly lady had been walking past her attackers’ parked car in Ascot Road, Table View when they leapt out, flung her to the ground and proceeded to try and rob her. “I saw the blue car parked along the road and was walking towards it when I saw a guy jump out and attack the woman. They threw her to the ground and were beating her as they tried to steal things from her,” Kananji says of the incident, which took place in broad daylight on Sunday, August 19. “I ran towards them and when they saw me they jumped into the car and drove off. They were pointing something at me, but I couldn’t see what it was.” Kananji then flagged down motorist Glenn Bradfield to transport the woman home. Bradfield’s subsequent Facebook post turned Kananji into a household name in the Cape Town suburb. Bradfield, calling Kananji “my hero for today” in the post, said the petrol attendant put his life at risk to save the woman from serious injury. The post has, to date, been liked more than 15 000 times and has been shared by nearly 11 000 people. The slew of positive responses and praise included messages such as: “you restore my faith in humankind”, “what a super star” and “may you be protected always”. Kananji is grateful but modest about the reaction, and says he had no time to be afraid. “I just wanted to save the woman from them. I never thought about anything else,” he says of his walk to work that turned out to be far more eventful than he had expected when he set off that morning. Costa Petsas, . . .
Lovers of rock `n roll are in for a treat next week when Mark Haze pays tribute to Bon Jovi and the Masters of Rock. Haze and his band will put on three performances at the Roxy Revue Bar at Grand West in Cape Town on Friday, 31 August, and Saturday, 1 September. Haze became a household name after his incredible performance in the popular Idols reality talent show and continues to delight with his distinctive voice and style. This two-hour rock spectacular combines his highly successful tribute shows to Bon Jovi and Masters of Rock such as the Beatles, Journey and Queen. “Rock `n roll is a unique genre that keeps evolving and gathering inspiration from other genres. I love doing these tribute shows to pay homage to the real rock greats, who have shaped us through the years. Audiences can expect powerful, authentic versions of these songs done in our own unique way,” explains Mark. Haze is currently working on a new album, but is hesitant to commit to a release date. “Between two kids (a four-month old baby girl and a five-year old boy) and a heavy tour schedule, I need to find time to get into studio. Blues, soul and rock are the zones that I work in and the album will have that plus some new elements. The working title for the album is ‘AUTHENTIC’ Mark Haze and it will be exactly that - everything people have come to know about the real me and what drew them to my voice in the first instance. Guitars, high vocals, the dream scream – the works!” Guaranteed to get audiences on their feet, the show features Haze and a six-piece band and promises to be a sell-out. Tickets are available from www.quicket.co.za at R160 per person. Mark Haze presents – A Tribute to Bon Jovi & the Masters of Rock will play at the Roxy Revue Bar at 20h00 on Friday, 31 August, with a matinee performance at 15h00 on Saturday and a final show at 20h00. For more information, visit www.dionysius.co.za. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
(Paarl, South Africa) – Ayama Wines celebrates the official opening of its’ Ayamateca Farm Store, by hosting a family open day on Saturday, 8 September 2018, 10:00-17:00. The Ayamateca will stock all Ayama Wines, a wide range of imported Italian Wines and locally made Grappa & Limoncello. Adorned in authentic Italian olive oil, fresh vegetables and wheats of Durum, Manitoba and Marano Vincentino, all which are grown, cultivated and hand harvested on the farm. The Enoteca will house locally produced arts and crafts as well as a wide range of tasty Italian treats. The Ayamateca promises to provide a truly Italian- South African experience straight from the slopes of the Paardeberg Mountain. The open day will also see the introduction of the new Ayama Tasting Room, where guests will have the chance to taste various delectable Ayama Wine Ranges, while enjoying a unique tasting atmosphere of rich panoramic views of Table Mountain and the Winelands. The Ayama Vermentino, one-of a kind to South Africa and exclusive to Ayama, will also be available for tasting on the day, “After years of planning, hard work and unforeseen delays, we are excited to Ayamateca in the very final stages of completion,” says Michela Dalpiaz, owner of Ayama Wines. “We are eager to be filling the shelves with many surprises to delight all Ayamafanatics and we cannot wait to share.” Nestled in the scenic slopes of the Voor-Paardeberg region, Slent Farm is ideal for weddings, year-end functions, birthdays, family outings and much more. For more information visit http://ayama.co.za/ and stay up to date with news on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/AyamaSlent/. For wine orders or to join their wine club contact: +27 (0)21 8698313 firstname.lastname@example.org. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .