Visitors to Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden have enjoyed lazy summer Sunday afternoons listening to the best in local and international music over a number of years. The 2012/2013 season of Old Mutual Summer Sunset concerts promises to be a year of memorable musicians, not least because it is a celebration of 21 years of concerts and the Centenary of the Garden. World renowned, the concerts are on most tourists’ agenda as an opportunity to see a Garden that offers a taste of the Cape’s floral heritage in all its beauty; to soak up an atmosphere of congeniality and enjoy world-class music under the shadow of Table Mountain. This coming season launching on Sunday November 25, 2012 through until April 7, 2013 brings with it music that transcends all ages and genres. This Sunday afternoon tradition is one of the experiences that make Cape Town so unique – the chance to experience the best artists performing in one of the world’s most beautiful places. Says Frank Brooks, Sponsorship Manager for sponsor Old Mutual: “This season marks the fifth year we have been a part of this iconic Cape Town event. We are immensely proud that the Old Mutual Summer Sunset concerts have become a staple on the local and international tourism calendar, and that we as a brand can help these artists do great things on such a prestigious stage”. For the popular groups, and the exciting new performers in the country, it is a mark of achievement to have been on the Kirstenbosch stage - and to be invited back. This year’s line up welcomes back old favourites: Mango Groove, Zebra and Giraffe, Prime Circle, Arno Carstens, The Parlotones, Jimmy Dludlu, Freshlyground, Goldfish and Natasha Meister and introduces some hot new acts that will thrill their audiences. Opening the season on November 25 is international star and UK based Daniel Bedingfield. His pop wizardry is renowned, award winning and seriously funky. Having previously charted #1 in South Africa expect to hear some new material . . .
Kicking off with a weekend of gallery launches, classical music, open gardens at their spring best and a potters’ market, the annual ART IN CLAY series of ceramics exhibitions in Franschhoek runs from 27 October to 16 November 2012. Participating galleries include Artefact, The Ceramics Gallery, Ebony, The Gallery at Grande Provence, IS ART and the La Motte Museum. These galleries will all be hosting unique exhibitions and talks, with work on display by famous women potters from our past, Franschhoek artists and some of South Africa’s leading ceramicists. ART IN CLAY is the brainchild of one of the doyens of SA porcelain, Franschhoek resident David Walters, who recently won the Merit Award at the Ceramics SA National Exhibition in Pretoria. Over the opening weekend, 27-28 October, the Cape Craft and Design Institute will partner with the local Lions Club to host the potters’ market in front of the Franschhoek Town Hall, as part of the Lions Open Garden Festival. A fine variety of craft-art, functional ceramics and porcelain by Western Cape potters will be on sale to the public. This weekend also hosts the Franschhoek Classic Music Festival in various venues around the town. The line-up includes lunch and dinner concerts featuring Daniele Pascal, Albie van Schalkwyk, Christopher Duigan, David Saleras, Maxine Matthews, Beverley Chiat, Federico Freschi, Zorada Temming, the Simunye Choir, Stanislav Angelov, Willie van Zyl, Guy Deacon and Charles Lazar. For more information on the Art in Clay festival, contact Michelle Walters on 021 876 4304 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. More Info: Author: Fiona Gordon from The Famous Idea Trading Co. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: Two To gain access to Two image/s please Like, Tweet or +1 this article: [l2g] Images: La Motte Gallery. David Walters Piece. [/l2g] . . .
Leading sock manufacturer, FALKE Textiles, has pledged their support for the Ride the Rhino 2012 and will be giving each of the expected 400 participants a funky pair of arm warmers in an effort to further raise awareness for this very worthy cause. The Ride the Rhino is a 3 day stage event (± 250km) starts on Friday, 5 October 2012 in Langebaan, and ends Sunday, 7 October at Nitida Wine Estate with the Season of Sauvignon Blanc Festival in Durbanville. FALKE group manufacturing executive, Anton Lotz and operations manager, Dietmar Walser will be doing their bit for conservation when they tackle the 150km White Rhino route, joining them to represent FALKE this year is husband-and-wife team Thorkild and Michelle Nielsen. The Rhino Ride is the first stage race that allowed scholars to partake. The MTB Clubs at Boys High, Paarl Gymnasium, Strand High and Grey are huge and they already indicated that they will be entering. This year the race has a Black Rhino (250km) and a White Rhino / Junior Rhino route (+/- 150km), which accommodates both serious and social rider. The race is tough and will always be with protecting the Renosterveld in mind. Water and Spectator Points along the way like !KwaTtu San Park, Buffelsfontein Game Reserve, Groote Post, Cloof and Nassau Wine Estates offer the family the opportunity to see parents passing by, as well as accommodation, food and entertainment for all. ENDS More Info: http://www.falke.co.za Author: Christel Liebenberg from Peridot Communications. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: One To gain access to One image/s please Like, Tweet or +1 this article: [l2g] Images: FALKE group manufacturing executive, Anton Lotz and operations manager, Dietmar Walser. [/l2g] . . .
Title sponsor RE-CM has upped the ante by offering almost R100 000 worth of prizes in next year’s Knysna 200 mountain bike race, for which entries opened this week. The third edition of the three-stage race, which takes place along the Garden Route from June 7, now offers a R45 000 prize purse for the winners. In addition RE-CM, an asset management company, will be giving away unit trusts to the value of R50 000 in a raffle, with proceeds from ticket sales going to race’s charity of choice. According to race organiser Patric Mosterd, the increased investment will go a long way towards making the 200km event one of the most prestigious and sought-after on the mountain biking calendar. “This is about proper mountain biking and awesome single track. The pros can race it in the red from beginning to end but it’s also a great experience for first-time stage racers.” Last year’s event was won by Louis Bresler-Knipe and Jaco Venter of Team Contego-28E, while the bizhub-FCF pairing of Yolandi du Toit and Leana de Jager took the women’s title. Mosterd said the field would be strictly limited to 300 riders, across the solo and team categories, in order to retain the overall quality of the event. “What makes the race so special is that the daily stages start with the best riding in the forest – there’s no junk miles getting to the trails.” He said the 74km first stage, featuring 1 540m of ascent, would roll out from the Knysna Elephant Park, pass through lush Wittedrift farms and follow the old railway line to the lagoonside finish. “The highlight on day one must be riding ‘Parks se Pad’, which is the Holy Grail of all mountain bike routes in the area. The RE-CM Knysna 200 is the only event to traverse this beautiful stretch of indigenous forest.” The 68km second stage, which climbs 1 250m, starts in Rheenendal and takes riders through the “no-go” sections of the Garden Route National Park. “This is elephant territory and riding this section of . . .
Experts in many and varied disciplines gather to explore climate change at the Hot Water Symposium, hosted by the Gordon Institute of Performing and Creative Arts (GIPCA) in association with the African Climate and Development Initiative (ACDI) on 28 and 29 September 2012. Keynote speaker Professor Mark New is the Pro Vice-Chancellor and Director of the African Climate and Development Initiative (ACDI), University of Cape Town. Professor New acts on behalf of the Vice-Chancellor's office to provide enhanced academic leadership around the strategic goal of addressing the climate and development challenges of Africa from an African perspective, and he takes the lead in facilitating and substantially extending climate research at UCT, as well as continuing his own research. He holds a joint appointment as Professor of Climate Science at the School of Geography and Environment, University of Oxfo rd. Completing his Honours studies at UCT, New went on to receive an MPhil in Environment and Development, and a PhD in Geography (Climate Change and Hydrology) from Cambridge University. Over the last 12 years, he was involved in two outstanding Masters programmes at Oxford University's School of Geography and Environment: as a lecturer on the MSc in Environmental Change and Management, which has a strong climate change science and policy focus; and as Academic Director of the MSc in Water Science, Policy and Management. New has a wide range of experience and professional training in communicating with stakeholders who range from lay public, through to media organisations, NGOs, industry and government agency professionals and government departments, and his international reputation and track record has attracted sign ificant external funding for large research programmes. His research and consulting expertise in climate change, especially with respect to development in Africa, spans key interlinked areas of climate science: climate monitoring, climate modeling, impacts . . .
‘Celebrating our present by reflecting on our past sporting achievements’ Join the CEO of Iziko Museums, Ms Rooksana Omar, sporting heroes, thought leaders, and communities in a discussion reflecting on our past sporting achievements, commenting on the present challenges and inspiring the future. DATE: 24 September 2012 HERITAGE DAY TIME: 12:00 – 14:30 VENUE: T H Barry lecture Theatre, Iziko South African Museum 25 Queen Victoria Street Cape Town Reflecting on the past includes the screening of ‘Breathe again.’ A story that is both an acknowledgement and history lesson - a window into a time of sports bans and frustrated dreams. The film about gifted but excluded Bonteheuwel swimmer and potential Olympic medallist, Derick Orderson, uncovers the story of a man and a nation in turmoil. What emerges is a portrait of a man at peace with himself, his past and his world Karen Hultzer South African Archer for Team South Africa - 2012 London Olympic Games will share her experience at the games. Brad Bing, CEO of Sporting Chance will discuss the challenges facing sport in South Africa today. We look to the future with Director Sport Development, Provincial Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport, Paul Hendricks. A short film ‘Strong Bones’ - an inspirational story about a team of grannies, who decided to use soccer as a means of wellbeing will also be screened. For a detailed programme of events, log onto www.iziko.org.za. For booking and enquiries contact Pamela Court on 021 481 3804/13 or email email@example.com *Free entry to the Castle of Good Hope and Planetarium, only on 24th September. More Info: Author: Melody Kleinsmith from Iziko Museums. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: One To gain access to One image/s please Like, Tweet or +1 this article: [l2g] Images: Heritage Day Public Discussion invitation Photographer: Iziko Museums [/l2g] . . .
Former Springbok wing Breyten Paulse, Olympic swimmer Ryk Neethling and rally driver Gugu Zulu added a touch of celebrity glamour to the field of almost a thousand riders who took part in the inaugural Kia Val de Vie Estate Mountain Bike Challenge in the Paarl-Franschhoek valley on Sunday. The 60km race, which crossed 21 Western Cape wine farms, was won by Charles Keey of Team Blend Properties. He claimed line honours ahead of Team USN rider Jacques Rossouw and Adriaan Louw of Team Contego. Phelia Burger was victorious in the women’s race, followed by Desiree Loubser and Tandi Kitching. In the 30km event, junior riders Louw Kriel and Catherine Colyn took the men’s and women’s titles for Team Contego/Sludge’ish and bizhub-FCF respectively. Toks ‘n Tjops presenter Paulse said he had been very impressed with the organisation, the vibe and the “lekker track”. “It’s a nice family outing and was very well-supported. We couldn’t have asked for better weather and the scenery was fantastic – so, all in all, it was a very successful first event.” An experienced rider, Paulse easily finished the shorter distance but the Capetonian’s co-host Janina Oberholzer found her first off-road race a little tougher, coming in at the back of the field. “Shame, she was broken,” he said. “It was a tough day for Janina but I’m proud of her for finishing.” The show’s namesake and anchor, former Springbok prop Toks van der Linde, was also seen sampling the local wines and chatting with the farmers along the route. Paulse joked that his aim was to get Van der Linde to eventually ride the race. “We’re busy building a four-wheel bike for Toks; at 190kg, he wouldn’t fit on a normal one.” Race organiser Wynand de Villiers, of ASG Events, seconded his plan. “We might have to build Toks a special course too, maybe just take him around the polo field and leave it at that.” According to De Villiers, the participants’ lighthearted approach to the day was exactly what . . .
Former Olympic gold medallist Ryk Neethling will swop water for dirt when he competes in the inaugural Kia Val de Vie Estate Mountain Bike Challenge, presented by ASG, on September 16. As the marketing director of the polo, wine and lifestyle estate in the heart of the Paarl-Franschhoek valley just outside Cape Town, Neethling said sport played an important role in promoting its offering and he was keen to get his hands dirty alongside the other competitors. “Val de Vie is surrounded by beautiful mountains and we have been exploring opportunities to do such an event for a couple of years now.” According to him, one of their key objectives was to ensure that the event was open to all. “With this race we aim to attract everybody from experts to novices, residents and young families ready for a great day out in the winelands.” Neethling said the estate envisaged a long-term partnership with the title sponsor Kia Motors and organisers ASG Events. Val de Vie is the second in a series of four Kia-sponsored races that marks the car manufacturer’s first foray into the sport. David Sieff, marketing manager at Kia Motors South Africa, said the motoring brand was essentially young-at-heart and that the sport of cycling spoke to this key element. “That, coupled with a fantastic venue, will ensure everyone has a memorable weekend experience.” Race director Darren Herbst said the organisers had been working steadily on the project since they were first approached four months ago. “The area is so beautiful and expanding into mountain biking is obviously a natural fit.” He believed the sport was a fantastic vehicle for showcasing the more accessible side of the exclusive estate. “Val de Vie has this prestigious aura about it; it’s an awesome aspirational brand but actually very inviting.” Herbst said mountain biking in South Africa was at a crossroads, with people becoming more selective of the events in which they participated. “The trails we’ve got . . .
Acclaimed winemaker Jasper Raats of Longridge will be showcasing the estate’s Top 100 SA Wines during a dinner at Rodwell House in St James on Friday, 24 August 2012. The award-winning wines have been paired perfectly with canapés on arrival to be followed by a three-course dinner. Guests will be welcomed with a glass of 2008 Longridge Cap Classique Brut paired with chicken liver crostini, smoked salmon tartlets and an avocado soup shot. For starters, the vibrant scents of the 2009 Longridge Chardonnay will complement the tempura prawns and spicy dipping sauce. The main course features a perfect pairing of 2008 Longridge Merlot with crispy duck or alternatively the Longridge Cabernet Franc with linguine arrabiata. The sensational Longridge Edelgoud will bring the evening to its grand finale when served with toasted walnuts, blue cheese and apple slices. For reservations, please contact 021 787 9880 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets are R295 per person, including wines. Special accommodation offers are also available. The elegantly appointed 5-star Rodwell House offers luxury accommodation with unsurpassed views of False Bay. For more information on Longridge Estate and Restaurant, please visit www.longridge.com. More Info: http://www.longridge.co.za Author: Ronelda Visser from Peridot Communications. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: Two To gain access to Two image/s please Like, Tweet or +1 this article: [l2g] Images: Acclaimed winemaker Jasper Raats Photographer: Peridot The awe-inspiring view from Longridge Wine Estate Photographer: Peridot [/l2g] . . .
The newly-announced Moon to Noon endurance race around Knysna will keep adventurous mountain bikers quite literally in the dark when they ride out at midnight on Friday, October 26. In contrast to other long-distance events, which start in the day and finishes at night, the inaugural 170km race will set out under the stars and roll on into the early hours of Saturday morning. “It’s all about seeing that there’s a different way to ride these events,” said race organiser Patric Mosterd of Garden Route Events, who is also the mastermind behind the Rocky Mountain Garden Route 300 and RE-CM Knysna 200 three-day stage races. “It really levels the playing fields for pros and backmarkers alike, because from 12 to five o’clock they’ve all got to deal with the darkness.” He said night racing offered some special challenges for riders. “You are essentially riding in a bubble and have to learn to trust yourself and your partner.” Because of safety concerns, the field is limited to 300 and Mosterd said no solo riders would be allowed. According to him, the event also presented a range of logistical challenges for organisers. “The race is divided between dark and light, with a compulsory halfway stop at the foot of the Outeniqua Mountains. “We go over at first light and no vehicles or lead bikes can follow. So our whole safety and support infrastructure is split in two on either side.” At 1 100 metres above sea level, riders would summit on a section of a hiking trail belonging to Garden Route National Park, said Mosterd. “On the other side, there’s a 10km downhill, so we want everyone to be fresh and make sure that their brakes are working.” Mosterd said the route started in Rheenendal just outside Knysna. “It goes through indigenous forest and then there’s a nice open road for about 10km so everybody will have a chance to find their positions.” He expected the racing to start in earnest on the descent into the well-known Hydro, which is part . . .