Cape Town, 14 November 2014: Join Heart 104.9FM’s Heart Breakfast host Aden Thomas, Heart Breakfast Sports anchor Tapfuma Makina and #Drive326 host Suga as they broadcast the All Star show live between 12h00 and 15h00 from the Race Village at V&A Waterfront at the Volvo Ocean Race on Saturday, 15 November 2014. The Volvo Ocean Race is the world’s premier offshore race where 7 teams battle it out across 3 873 thousand nautical miles over the space of nine months, stopping over at 11 ports including Alicante, Abu Dhabi, Auckland and the Mother City. Join the Heart 104.9FM team at The Race Village where the action packed In Port Races will take place between 14h00 and 15h00. The village will be a hive of entertainment with a variety of activities for both young and old to enjoy. The little ones can look forward to face painting, balloon sculpting and spray on tattooing at the Children’s Playground outside the Amphitheater. The All Star show will kick off with, Aden Thomas at 12h00, Tapfuma Makina will move in behind the microphone at 13h00 while #Drive326 host Suga will wrap things up between 14h00 and 15h00. Come and say hi and tune in! For more information log onto www.1049.fm, follow /Heart1049.FM and @Heart1049FM Issued by Unity Ruiters Heart 104.9FM Public Relations and Communications Tel: 021 406 8900/ 082 392 6006 Email: email@example.com Author: Unity Ruiters from Heart 104.9FM. More Info link: Twitter: www.twitter.com/Heart1049FM Facebook: www.facebook.com/Heart104.9FM Images: For high res version/s of None image/s please contact: Heart 104.9FM. Photo: Photo: Photo: YouTube: CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Cape Town, Friday 07 November 2014: With just over a month to go before Christmas, Heart 104.9FM, Game and Newkidz On The Block will be writing a Toy Story for the Cape’s kids in need – by delivering toys to children across the city. You can help make a difference by giving a toy this Christmas and bring joy to a child. Buy a new toy in store at Game and drop it in the on-site display boxes. Newkidz On The Block - a non-profit organisation which helps establish loving homes for orphans, vulnerable and destitute children – with Heart 104.9FM will distribute the toys to hospitals, orphanages, safe homes and other child protection institutions throughout the festive season. Fans are also able to meet their favourite Heart 104.9FM DJ’s at Game stores. This Saturday, 8 November 2014, we kick off with Irma G at the Parow branch between 11:00 and 14:00. One of South Africa’s newest talents Jarrad Ricketts, lead singer of Jarrad and the Pedestrians, will be joining Irma G on the day. Tyrone Paulsen is Toy Story 2014’s new ambassador and will be visiting stores and accompany toy drop offs. For more information on the Toy Story campaign, participating stores and DJ appearances log onto www.1049.fm/toystory and follow us on Facebook: @Heart104.9FM or Twitter: @Heart1049FM NOTE TO EDITORS: • The final chapter of Toy Story will take place on Thursday 18 December 2014, when a cavalcade will make its way to the Red Cross Children’s Hospital to deliver toys. More information will be made available closer to the event. • The name “Toy Story” is the intellectual property of Disney Pixar, and is used under licence. For more information contact: Unity Ruiters Heart 104.9FM Public Relations and Communications Tel: 021 406 8900 Cell: 082 392 6006 Author: Unity Ruiters from Heart 104.9FM. More Info link: http://www.1049.fm/toystory Twitter: @Heart1049FM Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Heart104.9FM Images: For high res version/s of One image/s please . . .
Area history Located to the east of the Cape Town CBD on the lower slopes of Devil’s Peak, the suburb of Woodstock boasts panoramic views of the harbour. The area where the suburb is situated was once inhabited by the Khoikhoi until the arrival of the Dutch settlers in the 1600s. In 1692, the Dutch established three freehold farms in the region and the area become known as Papendorp, after Pieter van Papendorp, a settler who arrived in the area during the mid-eighteenth century. After the railway line was built halfway through the nineteenth century, Woodstock became a popular coastal suburb featuring seaside cottages and beaches stretching to the Castle of Good Hope. Although briefly called New Brighton, the area was officially named Woodstock in 1867 following a vote of the residents at the Woodstock Hotel. Following the subdivision of the old farms in area for low cost housing in 1870, Woodstock began to rapidly expand and attract large numbers of people. So much so, that by 1884, not even a year after becoming a separate municipality, Woodstock had become the third largest settlement in the country. Industry in the area began to flourish during the First and Second Anglo-Boer Wars as massive demand for supplies flowed in from the British troops. This changed the nature of the suburb as more and more industrial activity ensued. In 1879, the Woodstock Glass Factory was opened, manufacturing the first glass made on South African soil. The loss of the beach due to land reclamation in the 1950s and the ever increasing industry in the area, led to the suburb moving away from its seaside resort status. In the second half of the twentieth century the lower parts of Woodstock became dilapidated however, following a program to rejuvenate parts of the area, Woodstock has once again become a popular area in which live and work. Woodstock has transformed into a vibrant urban environment with many trendy spots frequented by the locals. The area successfully blends . . .
Hays’ World Help2Read Benefit hosted by Auriol Hays, joined by Dr Darren Green, Dirty Funk, Flamenco Dancer, Ndumiso “Faya” Tafeni, and supported by Greenpeace Africa is to raise awareness of Help2Read ‘To see an empowered Africa where everyone is literate’ vision, raise some funds, support our ‘Donate a Book’ campaign - collecting and gathering books for donation to Help2Read improving lives, forever. Tickets are available at R100. Treats and drinks are on sale. 10% of door takings will be donated to Help2Read. We are also asking that you bring a book, suitable for kids aged between the ages of seven and eleven years old, preferably authored by a local. Hays’ World Help2Read Benefit. 25th October 2014. Noel’s Place, Mowbray. Author: martin myers from Triple M Entertainment. More Info link: http://auriolhays.co.za Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1529339100640428/ Images: For high res version/s of One image/s please contact: Triple M Entertainment. Auriol Hays Photo: Ross Rayners CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
KWV swept the boards at the 2014 Veritas Awards, winning 9 Double Golds and 14 Golds, accumulating a total of 55 medals, the most of any producer. In an extraordinary performance, KWV won the Best Producer Award for a 4th year in a row. This is the first time this has been achieved by a South African producer. Commenting on the overall performance, KWV Chief Winemaker, Johann Fourie said, “We are delighted with the results which demonstrate strength in all categories, across wine and brandies“ He added, “The South Africa wine category has seen a huge jump in the quality and style of wines, as we have fought to compete on the international stage in tough economic times, against strong competition from both new world and old world wine producers.” Fourie noted that whilst the rate of stylistic evolution and overall improvement amongst South Afri-can producers has been marked, “The rate of KWV’s wine style evolution in SA over the last ten years has been especially rapid, some would even say revolutionary. The focus for the wine mak-ing team has been on techniques that promote vibrancy, freshness and regionality. These attributes can be seen throughout the entire KWV product range, and it’s this focus that has under-pinned our success at Veritas.” Pieter de Bod, Chief Distiller at KWV commented, “KWV’s craftsmanship in brandy is being recognized as a credible and formidable competitor to French Cognac. Quite simply, KWV is the leader, nationally and internationally, in wine and spirit excellence.” “KWV management have supported the wine making pursuit, with capital investment in winemaking equipment and vineyards, which has allowed our young, dynamic wine making team to innovate and experiment. Our grape growers have evolved with us also, and are a key part of our success” added Fourie. The 9 Double Gold winners for KWV are; Laborie Blanc de Blanc MCC 2010 KWV The Mentors Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon 2009 KWV The Mentors Sauvignon Blanc 2012 KWV . . .
The Rental Game is changing! Landlords in South Africa are significantly more likely to let out their residential rental property personally, rather than using the services of a qualified and reputable rental agent. This is according to Susan Watts, Broker/Owner of RE/MAX Living, who points out that landlords who do so might be putting themselves at risk, especially if they do not have the necessary market knowledge and experience. She notes that with less than sufficient knowledge or know-how, certain landlords could find themselves dealing with disputes that will result in an uncomfortable tenancy experience for both parties, not to mention significant cost. According to RE/MAX Living’s certified residential rental specialist, Grant Rea, the cost of an agent is often not justified in the mind of a landlord. “More serious, multiple property investors often employ their own staff to manage such portfolios, often without professional training or experience,” he says. “With changes in legislation related to tenancies and the minefield of the Consumer Protection Act and the part it plays in leases, the playing field has become marred with complications and uncertainties.” It is for this reason that a group of specialist professionals within the rental field have teamed up to present the Game Changers Rental Seminar for private landlords. The seminar will be held at the Hotel School at Mouille Point on Wednesday 22 October at a cost of R150 per delegate. “Many landlords are unable to access legal advice and to take action, often too late, against defaulting tenants as their cash flow is already under major pressure,” says Rea, “However, the seminar will provide them with access to solutions and advice at a mere fraction of the cost of approaching a professional to handle a difficult rental matter.” Why the seminar According to Rea, the seminar as a concept was born out of the desire to offer solutions to landlords who would not ordinarily have access to . . .
With spring officially in the air, Cape Town is slowly emerging from its damp winter cocoon, awaiting the annual summer influx of tourists, eager to experience the diverse delights and sights of the Mother City and surrounds. For the founders of VoiceMap – a pioneering company on the cusp of launching their innovative location-aware audio walks in Cape Town – it’s an exciting time. Iain Manley met business partner Lauren Edwards last year, while creating new content for the operators of Cape Town’s familiar open-top tour-bus. “Open-top buses worldwide use location-aware systems that play commentary at specific GPS locations,” says Manley. “But most tell a city's story with only one or two voices, which doesn’t allow for diversity or individual perspectives. Attempting to relate the story of the Bo-Kaap in the same way as that of the colonial Company Gardens, or the Grand Parade – where Mandela addressed 200,000 ecstatic people after his release from prison – was an immensely frustrating task. We struggled to capture emotion, without the personal opinions, anecdotes and sense of ownership reflected in the words, ‘I love’, ‘I remember’, and ‘I hope’.” “My best travel experiences have been when a local shows me their city,” he continues. “It immediately cuts through all the abstraction of being an outsider, making you a participant, with a point of reference that helps you identify with a place. You get to share somebody else's feelings for their home – and that’s exactly what VoiceMap aims to do.” VoiceMap is a user-friendly mobile app as well as a unique, freely accessible online tool that allows storytellers to plan, narrate and publish routes of their own. The storytellers set the price, and earn half the proceeds. Using the VoiceMap mobile app, you can find the walks closest to you, or browse through them by author. After purchasing a route for a nominal fee, the maps and audio can be downloaded and enjoyed offline, in the company of an informative, . . .
If you're a conscious consumer heading down to the Cape for a holiday, there are two wine estates taking great green strides in the vineyards that you might want to add to your tasting itinerary, along with eco-friendly places to stay and eat and things to do that will get you up close and personal with nature -- in the Overberg and Tulbagh areas: Lomond, Gansbaai: Repairing the Land and Righting Rivers Lomond viticulturalist Wayne Gabb made a personal pact to keep the viticulture at Lomond as "clean and green" as possible and to maintain the farm's abundant biodiversity by setting aside 750 ha for conservation (only 350 ha are allocated for vineyards). It's an attitude to farming that has earned Lomond membership to the BWI and the Walker Bay Fynbos Conservancy as well as awards for outstanding wine. What are the brass tacks of Lomond's approach? It is things like giving life to the soil by inoculating it with micro-organisms to increase organic matter, which creates an environment that promotes the self-induced resistance of plants to disease. And, a predator release programme that uses naturally prevalent predators like hadedas and guinea fowl to keep insects under control, and perches for peregrine falcons and steppe buzzards, which prey on smaller grape-eating birds. On a larger scale, Lomond worked with Cape Nature and the Department of Water Affairs to restore the natural flow of the Uilenskraal River. Not only did this rehabilitate the riparian environment, increasing sustainable breeding of invertebrates, but water that previously ran into the sea was redirected into a 6 million cubic metre dam on the farm. The dam serves the irrigation needs of the farm as well as the local communities of De Kelders and Gansbaai via the local council's water purification works. Gabb, who studied science at the University of Cape Town, also runs a business that provides organic interventions for all types of farming and home gardening, including nutrients, . . .
Twelve Western Cape craft and design enterprises notched up a total turnover of nearly R545 000 at the SARCDA Christmas trade exhibition which took place Gallagher Convention Centre, Midrand recently. SARCDA, which took place from 21-24 August, is the largest and only trade exhibition of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere. The recent exhibition attracted about 17 500 buyers, while the CCDI-supported enterprises were among 420 local and international wholesalers, importers and manufacturers. Participation by the Cape businesses was organised by the Cape Craft + Design Institute (CCDI) and sponsored by the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti). “From my experience, the quantity and quality of products at SARCDA this year was exceptional and the industry is becoming very competitive,” said Doreen Hendricks, CCDI Market Support Coordinator: Domestic & Local Markets. The craft and design products ranged from textiles and jewellery to stationery and décor items. The enterprises were Constantia Fabrics, De Kleipot, Designwerkstatt, Head on Design, Indigi Designs, Jam & Jas, Oh Voila, Papermache Creations, Pawprints, Sharon B Design, Shirley’s Rustic Frames and Suzi-B Trading. Barbara Kasasa of Oh Voila, based in Kalk Bay, Cape Town, reported an enthusiastic response to her handmade jewellery that incorporates ribbons, leather, hand-painted silk and textiles. Over 1 400 individual pieces were ordered at the exhibition, quickly followed by corporate orders for a further 3 000 items. De Kleipot owner Petro van Zyl, who produces hand-painted tiles on a farm studio near Worcester with one full-time and two part-time staff members, said this was the second year she had taken part in Sarcda. She had doubled her turnover compared to 2013, thanks to a large order from the owner of five South African shops. Van Zyl also made promising contacts with potential buyers in Botswana and in Mozambique. While she had in the past fulfilled small, ad hoc orders . . .
The selling prices of properties within Cape Town’s City Bowl and the Atlantic Seaboard are edging ever closer to the full asking prices as demand for property in the city increases. This is according to Susan Watts, Broker/Owner of RE/MAX Living, whose office services Camps Bay and the surrounding suburbs. She notes that while there was once a large divide between what sellers were asking for their homes and what buyers were willing to pay, over the last 18 months the gap has been closing. RE/MAX Living sales associate and area specialist, Vangelis Doucas says that the market is currently experiencing a shift in dynamics with sellers adjusting their prices to be more in line with the market. Buyers are also now prepared to offer more due to the short supply of properties available. “Supply and demand is intricately linked and currently the supply of properties on the market has dwindled, pushing demand up substantially. Currently the difference between asking and selling prices is around 5% on average, which is a lot closer than what was seen previously,” says Doucas. He notes that demand within the City Bowl has always been strong with many buyers desperately wanting to enter the market in one of the city’s most prized real estate locations. However, demand has been further heightened by the change in the market and buyers realising that there is no better time than now to invest and get into the property market. “Just as we have seen demand increase and many new buyers coming into the market, by the same token, many existing homeowners have also been looking to purchase additional properties or merely upgrade into larger spaces for their newly-established families or down grade as their families depart and go about their own way. We have a strong movement towards Cape Town with more and more buyers coming to live here because of the lifestyle and safety this city offers,” says Doucas. According to Doucas, homes that are considered to be correctly . . .