The First PlayStation indoor Adventure Park and Café set opened its doors in Tokai Cape Town in May 2017. 11/04/2017 – The PlayStation Adventure Park and Café brand is set to revolutionize what we perceive as indoor play… The PlayStation is set to offer first of a kind activities under one roof in South Africa. The PlayStation is locally owned and operated by Co-Owners Jonathan and Chanette Goosen. Inside the 7500 square foot facility, The PlayStation is set to offer an environment for moms and dads to relax with a coffee and unwind, whilst the children explore our 5,5meter high slides, rope course, 7m high climbing wall or explore the first of its kinds custom built maize. The PlayStation welcomes Parents, toddlers and children aged 4-13 years old. Here are some of the fun and educational delights in our park: I. Active and Interaction Play. II. Kids Maize III. VR Lounge IV. Climbing activities. V. Dedicated FREE play area for toddlers 2 years and younger. VI. Themed areas to cater for imagination play and kids city. VII. Café with a healthy gourmet menu, Coffee, wide-screen TV’s and free Wi Fi. VIII. Relaxation area for adults in café. IX. Large group and private exclusivity venue hire. X. Two Large party rooms. XI. Themed parties (cake, party packs, balloons, decorations and lots more). On why Jonathan and Chanette decided to launch The PlayStation in South Africa: Jonathan and Chanette Goosen said “After starting a family and having two kids, we decided to look for a new business opportunity that would allow us to follow our passions in family entertainment Industry whilst including our kids and having fun with our kids at the same time. We understand very well the benefits of keeping both kids active and offering a facility where Adults can relax or have fun with their kids, and so the idea of offering a new indoor activity that could appeal to all ages 13 and under was the driving force behind starting The PlayStation Adventure Park . . .
(Cape Town) – Destination dining is the new in thing in the Cape, with developers rushing to renovate – or demolish and rebuild – along the coveted Atlantic Seaboard real estate strip. The strip is attracting high-end restaurateurs, as foodies from around the country descend on Cape Town. The latest restaurant node to overlook Camps Bay, designed by one of South Africa’s oldest architectural firms, SVA International, is a case in point. So successful has this new development been that both restaurants housed therein – The 41 and the Melissa’s Mantra Café – have been recently named by Inside Guide as among the hottest new eateries in Cape Town. According to the lead architect on the project, Giovanni Dolph, the client brief was to create a space which epitomised the values of beauty, functionality and simplicity. “Camps Bay, being a tourist hotspot, is a place where the senses are heightened – the fresh smell of the ocean, the sound of the waves and now the explosion of tastes in the restaurants. And of course with the uninterrupted glass-fronted views, this new development is also the place to see and be seen,” said Dolph. THE RIGHT ADDRESS Covering a total area of 750m2, the development has been tenanted by two new upmarket restaurants. The 41, which takes its name from the building’s street address, occupies the ground floor, while the latest addition to the highly successful Melissa’s The Food Shop stable – the Mantra Café – trades on the floor above. Developer Jack Quinlan said SVA International had perfectly captured the design aesthetic he had been looking for in the building. “I basically gave them carte blanche. My only request was for modern, open lines and to capitalise on the view, which is precisely what they did,” said Quinlan. The architectural team from SVA International had been on point right from their vision for the property, through to concept and design, and as principal agents on site, he said. “The results speak for . . .
Mr Jaz launches “The Calling” at Cornerstone Institute on 5 May Roeshdien Jaz, otherwise known as Mr Jaz, takes a radical musical shift in direction with his brand new single, “The Calling”, set to be released in May 2017 at the Cornerstone Institute in Cape Town. Celebrating six years since his well-received and popular radio hit, “Feel for Life” in 2010, Roeshdien’s new single is inspired by his remarkable journey of overcoming cancer. As the Cornerstone Institute’s first official brand ambassador, Roeshdien will be publicly releasing “The Calling” at the Cape Town campus. In his words, “The Calling” has “an irresistible beat, embracing diversity with a compelling personal message, which intends to resonate deeply with the listener.” Roeshdien originally started writing the verse, chorus and melody while still in music school 13 years ago. After being diagnosed with cancer in 2012, he spent 19 months recovering, which gave him the time and space to reflect on this challenging but ultimately enlightening chapter of his life. Realising how precious life is and that it is not how much time we have on this planet but ultimately how we choose to occupy our time, “The Calling” came into being. “In 2016, I was introduced to producer, songwriter and lyricist, Charlie Hamilton, via Music Exchange, an annual music conference in Cape Town. Charlie has worked with the likes of TKzee and Idols winner, Jody, and is no stranger to the South African music scene. We combined our creative energies and the song took on its own rhythm and finally evolved into “The Calling”, allowing us to reconnect with our roots and what makes us a people,” said Roeshdien. The official live release of the single will take place at Cornerstone Institute in Cape Town, and is an association with Cornerstone Institute and Ari’s Cancer Foundation. The show will feature MC Phil de Lange from Smile Radio, and special guest artists including Monique Hellenberg from The Voice and . . .
Organisers of the TransCape mountain bike race have enlisted Cape Epic route designer Pieter van Wyk to ensure the 2018 route is a fun yet technical challenge. The seven-day event, driven by Volvo Cars South Africa, will take riders on a picturesque 614km journey between Knysna and Franschhoek in the Western Cape from February 4 to 10. "The aim is to encourage more professionals to take part and my objective is not only to satisfy their needs, but to ensure the majority of riders are catered for as well." According to Van Wyk, his plan would be to create easy-flowing tracks throughout that would be enjoyable rather than overly technical. "I think it is important to maintain a balance between fun and difficulty," he said. "It isn't too hard to achieve this. Having been involved in a lot of trail rides, I know how to judge the general ability of people and I always view it from a personal perspective. "If it's too difficult for me, then I can't expect the average person to ride it." Van Wyk, who has been in charge of the Cape Epic route for the past three years, said input from ASG Events chief executive Wynand de Villiers would influence many of the changes for the next edition. "I will base my route alterations on feedback from Wynand, who rode in the event this year. He has a few changes in mind." The process of implementing the anticipated changes was due to start within the next few months, he said. "The main route has already been planned. It's purely a case of finalising the smaller details and adding the finishing touches. "Once we've started work, it shouldn't take more than a month for everything to be completed." He said the focus would be to lessen the number of open district roads which riders had traversed in the past. "What we want to do is make the race a lot more fun for the riders by getting them onto more farm roads and some single-track. "We'll do this by taking out those long stretches of district roads, . . .
Twenty lucky FNB Cape Town 12 ONERUN entrants will stand a chance to share in R100 000 worth of sponsor prizes by entering the event’s ‘Where do your run from’ campaign. “The FNB Cape Town 12 ONERUN celebrates the brilliance of the Mother City and its people,” says Michael Meyer, Managing Director of Stillwater Sports. “We would like to get to know each runner better. What better way than through a fun campaign that encourages runner interaction. Of course the deal is made so much sweeter with the promise of spectacular prizes compliments of our valued sponsors. We invite all runners to share in the fun (before, during and after) the 2017 FNB Cape Town 12 ONERUN.” EVENT INFORMATION: FNB Cape Town 12 ONERUN Date: Sunday, 21 May 2017 Start Venue: Woodbridge Island, c/o R27 and Loxton Road, Milnerton (Cape Town) Finish Venue: Portside Building, c/o Mechau and Bree Streets (Cape Town, CBD) Entry Fee: Standard: R160.00 (licensed runner) / R180.00 (unlicensed runner) Gold Package: R670.00 (licensed runner) / R690.00 (unlicensed runner) Be part of our ‘Where do you run from campaign’: Submit a video that answers one question: where (which area) do you run from? Because the sport of running is social, remember to nominate your friends. Enter via Instagram, Twitter and Facebook with the hashtag #CT12run. The twenty winners will be announced early in April. The twenty prizes, valued at R5000 each, will include: • A FNB Cape Town 12 ONERUN peak cap • A FNB Cape Town 12 ONERUN t-shirt • X1 case Liqui-Fruit • X1 pair PUMA socks • X1 pair PUMA running shoes • Gold Package upgrade View a video example here: http://bit.ly/2ms9PLq Charity Support: When entering online, runners can choose to support either or both the FNB Cape Town ONERUN Charities: The Cape Of Good Hope SPCA and Die Burger Kersfonds. Facebook: Ctown12 / CapeofGoodHopeSPCA Twitter: @CTown12 / @SPCACape Instagram: CapeTown_12 / CapeSPCA CLICK HERE to submit your press release to . . .
Nelson Mandela Bay Surf Pro presented by Billabong Day One – Pollock Beach Small, light onshore but highly contestable conditions met the competitors in the inaugural World Surf League (WSL) World Qualifying Series (WSL) event this morning. After a slight delay, while waiting for the conditions to settle, it was straight into the QS event. Comprising World Surf League (WSL) Qualifying Series (QS) rated events for men and women, plus Junior Qualifying Series (JQS) events for men and women aged 18-and-under, the Nelson Mandela Bay Surf Pro offers a total prize-pool of R80,000 plus points counting towards international and regional rankings lists. Billabong South Africa is the presenting sponsor, and they were in attendance as the best surfers in the country, as well as a contingent of international surfers, gathered for the start. "Billabong is really proud to be kicking off the inaugural Surf City Series in our backyard of Port Elizabeth. It is a fantastic initiative and an awesome opportunity for our local surfers to finally have their own domestic tour. Well done to everyone who made it possible and the best of luck to all the surfers competing," said Chad D'Arcy, Billabong South Africa's Marketing Manager. The QS1,000 rated men’s event features a 64 man field including the cream of South Africa’s surfers. The top seed is Michael February (Kommetjie), currently the country’s highest QS ranked surfer at No. 65, followed by 2016 WSL Africa champion Beyrick de Vries (uMhlanga), Dylan Lightfoot (Jeffreys Bay) and Braden Jones (USA). The QS1,000 women’s seeding is headed by Nicole Pallet (La Lucia), Emma Smith (Jeffreys Bay), Teal Hogg (uMhlanga) and Fay Zoetmulder (Cape St Francis) with Tayla Hanak (AUS) the only international among the 24 competitors. Reigning WSL Africa Junior champion Adin Masencamp (Strand), Sebastian Williams (Durban) and Kommetjie residents Jake Elkington and Ford van Jaarsveldt are the top four in the JQS1,000 junior . . .
Offering riders the best experience possible has underpinned the philosophy of veteran route designer Johan Kriegler as he prepares the course for this month's Liberty Winelands Encounter mountain bike race. The three-stage, 160km journey through the Cape Winelands starts on April 21 and Kriegler said they wanted to ensure it retained its status as "the most beautiful race in South Africa". "It has that distinction because it goes through four of the oldest towns in the country in Stellenbosch, Franschhoek, Paarl and Wellington," he said. "Besides that, the route takes in the mountains of the Boland region and the objective is to give the riders spectacular views without making it too tough. "With that in mind, we considered all the scenic angles on offer and planned the stages around that." Acknowledging that the first stage was the toughest of the three, Kriegler said they had made it slightly easier this year, while maintaining a balance between providing a strong challenge and catering for the more recreational rider. "In my view, you can divide routes into three categories, with A category being the most challenging and C category the least demanding," he said. "The Winelands Encounter falls into the B category and last year we felt stage one was more like an A category route, so we have made a few changes." Kriegler, who has also designed the Wines2Whales route, said Winelands was the only event that was allowed on the prestigious L'Ormarins wine estate, which belongs to South African business tycoon Johann Rupert. "This year we will be coming in to L'Ormarins much lower down and the route will cover more gravel roads. "We have also brought the Boschendal single-track into the route for the first time and we have taken out one or two climbs around the Berg River Dam, which will make it a bit easier." Kriegler said there would still be some technical challenges for the riders, but these wouldn't be "hectically difficult or . . .
Members of the Drakenstein Local Tourism Association (Paarl & Wellington) walked away with several accolades during the recently held Cape Winelands District Municipality Tourism Awards hosted in Wellington. This was the fifth edition of the awards, which recognise exceptional performance within the Cape Winelands tourism industry and showcase the best tourism entities, products, service excellence and the people behind it. The Drakenstein Local Tourism Association had the most entries of the five municipal areas situated within the Cape Winelands with a total of sixteen nominations in the seven different categories. Categories included New Tourism Business of the Year, Tourism Business of the Year, Wine Tourism Destination of the Year as well as Adventure, Outdoor & Eco-tourism Business of the Year, Tourism Related Event/ Festival of the Year and Best visitor’s information & services of the Year. A Special Discretionary Award to an Individual in Tourism is also presented to an individual in recognition of their commitment to tourism in the region. The Paarl region produced two of the winners, namely the hugely popular Spice Route Destination in Tourism Business of the Year category and Le Bonheur Croc Farm in the Adventure & Outdoor category. Val du Charron Wine and Olive Estate in Wellington was the runner up in the Tourism Business of the Year category, while Paarl’s Rhebokskloof came second in the Wine Tourism Destination category. Dawn Jorgensen received the discretionary award in acknowledgement of her contribution to tourism in the region. Jorgensen’s tourism journey started at Diemersfontein Wine Estate before she embarked on running her own tour operating company Africa Awaits Tours & Safaris for ten years. She started the highly acclaimed blog The Incidental Tourist in 2010 and has worked with the tourism board committee and Travel Massive Cape Town. According to Annelize Stroebel, manager of the Drakenstein Local Tourism . . .
Newly crowned Cape Epic champion Jennie Stenerhag is gearing up for what she believes will be another world-class experience at the Liberty Winelands Encounter. The 41-year-old Swedish ace partnered Swiss rider Esther Süss to victory in the Epic at the weekend and will now switch her focus to the three-day Winelands race, presented by STANLIB, from April 21. "I wanted to enter last year, but was not able to, so now I'm really looking forward to my first one. "I would say that South Africa is definitely at the forefront of mountain biking in the world and this always makes for a great experience," she said." A year ago, Stenerhag withdrew from the Epic when doctors discovered she had an irregular heartbeat. She was subsequently diagnosed with supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) and underwent an operation to rectify the condition. "I was very tempted to enter the Winelands, but, with the timing of my heart operation, I didn't have much time to recover. I didn't want to risk doing something too soon." Currently based in Stellenbosch, Stenerhag said the race, being close to home, held much appeal for her. "Having missed out last year, I'm looking forward to this year as it looks like a beautiful race with lots of single-track." The Swedish national marathon champion said she planned to tackle the 180km event alongside 32-year-old Katie Lennard, who won the 2016 Trailseeker Series. "We haven't ridden together, but Katie is a really strong climber and she is improving race by race so I believe we will do well together." The race will visit the Western Cape towns of Stellenbosch, Franschhoek, Paarl and Wellington. Go to www.winelandsencounter.co.za for more information. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Come along to the Cape Getaway Show this weekend, 31 March to 2 April 2017, and stand a chance to win amazing prizes. From the grand prize of a five-night holiday for two in Mauritius, to weekends away, travel and outdoor gear and loads of other great giveaways, you’d be unlucky not to win. Entries are only possible at the Cape Getaway Show. The Cape Getaway Show has something for everyone, with over 200 interactive travel, outdoor and adventure exhibits, kiddies activities and great music line-ups on Saturday and Sunday. With special events happening each day there is loads for the whole family and a few special treats for the outdoor sports fanatics. Win a trip to Mauritius Win a five-night stay for two adults at Solana Beach Resort in Mauritius valued at R50 000, courtesy of Flight Centre! Flights and breakfast are included, excludes airport taxes. The prize is valid from the 1st June to the 31st August 2017 and is subject to availability. Many more great prizes are also up for grabs, including… • Win a Thula Thula day trip for four people and a copy of the book “The Elephant Whisperer” signed by Francoise Maltby Anthony. Enter at the Thula Thula Private Game Reserve stand, thulathula.com. • Win a two night stay for six persons sharing in a self-catering cottage overlooking the ocean at Monkey Valley. Enter this competition at the Monkey Valley Resort Stand. The resort is located in Noordhoek Cape Town, monkeyvalleyresort.com. • Win a two night stay at Teniqua Treetops in a self-catering, tree houses for four people. Enter at the Teniqua Treetops stand. Teniqua is located near Sedgefield, teniquatreetops.co.za. • Win a two night stay for two people sharing at The Coral Tree Cottages self-catering cottage and receive two vouchers to Adventure Land, coraltreecottages.co.za. Unlock your travel dreams at the Cape Getaway Show, this is most definitely one of the events that should not be missed. Opening and closing times: Friday; . . .