The small Boland town of Wellington in the Drakenstein Valley raised its international profile considerably, when it recently won the titles of “Best Town Spirit” and “Best Stage Location” during the 2018 ABSA Cape Epic. This accolade has firmly established Wellington as a key sports destination and has proven once again that sports tourism can have a massive impact on local tourism industries. The town captivated organisers, riders and support crews with its incredible hospitality and diverse tourism offerings. Spearheaded by the Drakenstein Local Tourism Association’s Wellington office, Wellington rolled out the red carpet for this prestigious international race. Activities included a colourful welcoming street parade for the riders, decorating the town in the official race colours and well as hosting four of the race stages in and around Wellington with spectator points at various points on the Wellington Wine Routes. The official prize-giving also took place at a local wine estate. According to Annelize Stroebel, General Manager of the DLTA, this recognition is invaluable in terms of destination marketing. “These accolades were definitely well-deserved and the people of Wellington can be proud of this achievement. Thousands of people had the opportunity to experience what makes Wellington great and I have no doubt that it will have an extremely positive spin-off for our tourism industry. It has once again proven that sports tourism can be highly effective in marketing a destination, while at the same time delivering a considerable economic impact and making a significant contribution to the local communities,” mentions Stroebel. Several local charity organisations, including the G Voucher Project, Norsa Community Care and Ma’s vir Wellington also benefited from the race through either daily food donations or cash donations to support their ongoing work in the local community. “This event has showcased Wellington’s ability to host a world-class . . .
By Adzuna on 23 April 2018 South Africa is often seen as “slow to the party” when it comes to developments in the Internet or digital space. This isn’t necessarily true, and the country has generated large-scale firms that have sold to even bigger international players in recent years. The industry has definitely advanced, one reason being that the skills needed to grow it are now more readily available. Digital training firm Webgrowth attests to that, with CEO Neil Pursey commenting that around 56% of all students are from previously disadvantaged backgrounds. A foray of research into digital jobs in South Africa on job aggregator Adzuna shows that the average salary on digital vacancies has grown from around R330,000 in 2017 to R420,562 in February 2018. While it dipped in March 2018 to R393,153, it gained back to R410,509 in mid-April 2018. The results are deemed quite accurate, since logic dictates that digital jobs are almost all advertised online and not offline. Such large growth is often indicative of an industry that is coming of age, where skills are more readily available and more qualified individuals exist with better qualifications and experience. However, the average salary in Gauteng has crept up faster to R456,023, much higher that the Western Cape, where R352,400 was recorded, supporting the old argument that Joburg whips Cape Town on the payscales. Partly, this could be due to the high amount of senior roles at high salaries now available in the north of South Africa. A full sixth (17%) of the digital opportunities listed were in the range of R700,000 and above on an annual salary basis. Job adverts for example for “Head of Digital” and “Senior Digital Consultant” have not been as forthcoming in 2014 as they are now. Again, the percentage was 20% in Gauteng, while only 13% of vacancies were in the highest salary bracket in the Cape. Many digital “gurus” apparently feel that despite salaries, the Cape is the place to be, with . . .
The University of Johannesburg's team did not achieve what they had set out to do, but came away from the University Sport South Africa women's sevens rugby tournament with their pride firmly intact. After several near misses in previous years, the UJ team were motivated to go all the way in Saturday's tournament at Wits in Johannesburg, but ultimately finished third in the standings. Team manager Tumi Leseke said they were proud of the squad's efforts and the determination and commitment they showed. "I feel the girls put their hearts into everything they did on Saturday and wouldn't have changed anything," she said. "Of course, it would have been amazing to finally win USSA but we left it all on the field, incurring a few injuries along the way. "The girls held their heads high and believe that their chance will come again. In the end the sport of rugby was the winner and that's all that matters." She added that the players were always hungry to do better and were still motivated for the challenges ahead. Leseke said the team's determination to succeed was personified by captain Nontobeko Ntombela's efforts in the last group match. "She made hard, crucial try-saving tackles and created many beautiful team tries, even scoring some herself. "Her leadership was tested, but she held her head up high and displayed remarkable strength that the team really needed on the day." There was recognition for UJ's efforts with the selection of Vhugala Ndou and Joy Cheptoo for the SA Students team. "After numerous injuries that would have left many unmotivated, these players put their hands up and were recognised for their efforts. "The selection of the girls is an amazing achievement and we are proud of them. "But we also recognise that rugby is a team sport and any recognition is only possible through the efforts and support of their team-mates. "Win or lose, we stand proud of our efforts and we always strive to be better." After . . .
Warm up to winter with hearty soups at Constantia Glen Enhance your winter wine tasting experience at Constantia Glen and tuck into a trio of delicious homemade soups. These hearty treats, on offer from 3 May till the end of August, are a good reason to visit this picturesque boutique wine estate to find comfort against the winter chill. Available as single servings or as a trio of smaller portions, visitors can indulge in Constantia Glen’s famous traditional Austrian Beef Goulash soup, French onion soup with croûte au fromage, or delicious roasted Butternut & Sage soup, all served with crispy, freshly baked bread. Each of these soups can be partnered perfectly with Constantia Glen’s elegant cool climate wines. Add an additional mouth-watering platter of artisanal cheese and charcuterie to your experience and enjoy the wonderful winter vineyard views. The soups are available at R95 per single serving, or R100 for the trio. Wines are available by the glass from R70 if you want to linger over lunch for a laidback afternoon. Known for exceptional cool climate Bordeaux-style red and white wines, Constantia Glen’s dryland vineyards are farmed without any irrigation. The tasting room is open from 10h00 till 18h00 from Sunday to Thursday and 10h00 till 20h00 on Fridays and Saturdays. Booking via http://www.constantiaglen.com is highly recommended to avoid disappointment. Look out for the Constantia Glen signs towards the top of Constantia Main Road. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Synonymous with ground-breaking concepts in décor, design and lifestyle elements, Decorex Cape Town has managed to keep ahead of the field by constantly introducing innovative features and showcasing the best of South Africa’s décor artists. This year, Decorex Cape Town will be celebrating its 20th year of décor excellence. “For 2018 we have planned really strong, décor-focused shows which maintain the high calibre of craftsmanship for which Decorex is renowned,” said Sian Cullingworth, Portfolio Director at Decorex SA. “We are always re-inventing, re-investing and changing to suit the constantly evolving décor industry and all its associated trends. It is important for us to know exactly what is happening on a global level from a décor viewpoint, as well as within the exhibition space. We have always worked hard to remain ahead of the game in South Africa, establishing ourselves as leaders in both the décor and exhibition fields and a large part of this is ensuring sound return-on-investment to our exhibitors. This is ultimately achieved by researching pre and post-exhibitions to analyse what our visitors want and what our exhibitors need.” At the Start 1999 saw the launch of the Decorex brand within the Mother City with the introduction of Decorex Cape Town at Spier Wine Estate, with just 69 Exhibitors and 15 000 visitors. This date marked the official introduction of ‘Decorex Cape Town’, although the city had already been a ‘design hub’ for the past five years, with many designers emanating from the region. With limited exhibition venues available at the time, the stunning Spier Wine Estate – complete with an elegant marquee – seemed the ideal solution. The exhibition was established as a more intimate version of its Joburg counterpart, drawing on the city’s vibrant energy and refined taste. Themed ‘A Blend of the Best’, there was a strong ‘feng shui’ element the worked throughout the 1999 design trends with beige and white colours set alongside . . .
Cape Town, 18 April 2018: Well-established on the Western Cape’s golf calendar, the Protea Hotels by Marriott Reach for A Dream Golf Day at the Arabella Hotel & Spa near Kleinmond is much sought-after by corporate members of the golfing community. Rated as one of South Africa’s Top 10 golf courses, the course is set in luscious surroundings, nestled among the beautiful mountain ranges and lagoons of the area. According to Danny Bryer, the Director of Sales, Marketing and Revenue Management for Protea Hotels by Marriott and African Pride Hotels, “The Arabella Hotel has hosted this event three times previously, and we are thrilled to be able to do so yet again in 2018. The funds raised at the event are used to fulfil the organisation’s goal of encouraging children with life-threatening illnesses to use their dreams to fight their illnesses. It is thus very meaningful for us to know that we are able to contribute to a cause like this.” The event takes place this year on Friday, 11 May 2018. Golfers can participate by registering a 4-ball for the event, which can accommodate 100 golfers. “Its popularity is clear in that it has been over-subscribed year-on-year,” Bryer says, highlighting the importance of the day for the funds much needed by the Reach for A Dream Foundation. “Last year, we raised well over R400 000 for Reach for a Dream, and the funds went a long way to assist the organisation in its work.” This year, the Golf Day offers something unique for Marriott Rewards members: the opportunity for keen golfers who are members of Marriott Rewards to bid for a spot to play in a 4-ball team. Bidding starts at 10 000 Marriott Rewards points, and Marriott Rewards members can select to bid for one of three magical packages. The contribution made will help to support Reach For a Dream – and offer a very memorable experience! In addition to enjoying a day of golf on this superlative South African golf course, the successful bidders for the three Marriott . . .
Red and scratchy eyes, episodes of excess tearing followed by stinging, dry eyes and even blurred vision – many people experience the symptoms of dry eyes, especially in winter. The go-to-treatment for dry eyes is typically teardrops. However, instead of simply treating the symptoms of dry eyes, Zelda van Coller, an Optometrist and the owner of Dynamic Vision Zelda van Coller Optometrists, says it’s best to get to the root cause. “Teardrops certainly offer relief from the symptoms of dry eyes. But, it can’t cure dry eyes and can by no means be considered the most effective treatment. Dry eyes, or ocular surface disease, that is left untreated can lead to chronic inflammation. “It is always prudent, for the benefit of long term eye health, to find the cause of dry eyes. This is especially true for anyone who has been suffering with dry eye symptoms for some time. An underlying condition known as Meibomian gland dysfunction is now recognized as a significant factor in many cases of dry eye syndrome. Another cause of dry eye is aqueous deficiency when the lacrimal glands don’t produce enough watery fluid to moisten the eyes. Other common causes of dry eye is ocular allergies and auto-immune diseases. These conditions can be treated effectively,” says van Coller. She has always had a keen interest in dry eye syndrome and did post graduate studies on the subject. She frequently attends workshops and lectures on dry eyes to stay up to date with the latest developments, and continues to work closely with eye specialists to treat dry eyes. At her practice, Dynamic Vision Zelda van Coller Optometrists in Alberton, she has a topographer and specialized software to conduct comprehensive dry eye tests. These non-invasive tests can test the water-oil balance in the eyes to get to the cause of dry eye syndrome. We are able to examine the tear-film chemistry, volume and stability in much detail. We closely look at the Meibomian glands to determine if they are healthy . . .
There will be a whirlwind of activity both on and off the field when the SPAR National All Girls' Winter Sports and Cultural Festival takes place at Clarendon High in East London from April 27 to 30. In a festival which encompasses all aspects of school life, from slamming a hockey ball into the net to the art of public speaking, the weekend will be a showcase of South Africa's schoolgirl talent. While there will be keen competition, Clarendon High principal Pat Rose said the emphasis of the festival was on camaraderie, spirit and sportsmanship. "The slogan for the festival - ALL GIRLS TOGETHER - encapsulates what the weekend is all about as the girls celebrate the 19th edition and a chance to make special memories," she said. Having started as a relatively low-key All Girls' Winter Festival in Cape Town in 2000, when it was co-hosted by Rustenberg (netball) and Wynberg (hockey), the occasion has grown to include over 20 schools at times. This is the third time Clarendon will host the event after 2003, when the school celebrated its centenary, and 2011. An indication of the variety of talent which will be on display comes in the many disciplines the festival offers - hockey, netball, squash, golf, tennis, debating, public speaking, masterchef, chess, vocal ensemble, visual arts, creative writing and drama. Not only will the girls receive a chance to renew acquaintances and make new friends, they will be exposed to experts in a number of fields. For example, South African umpire Deon Nel, who attended the Rio Olympics last year, will head up the referees for the hockey section, while Clarendon old girl Zoya Mabuto, a national toastmasters winner, will give a workshop to the creative-writing girls and judge the public speaking competition. Although the emphasis is on camaraderie, there will be keen competition among the schools, with a number of teams out to defend their top-ranking status from last year. These include Oranje Girls from . . .
The culinary team at The Plettenberg, proudly announces a line-up of culinary feasts to enjoy up until September, whether a resident or guest visiting the beautiful Garden Route this winter season. Mother’s Day Champagne Breakfast at The Plettenberg - R200 per person. Celebrate your special Mum with a Champagne breakfast on 13 May for just R200 per person, which includes a full continental breakfast with fresh baked pastries, fresh fruit selection, cereals, muesli, yoghurt, cold cuts and cheese, fruit juices and smoothies. In addition to the above you may choose a hot breakfast from the à la carte menu. A glass of Champagne and a Bloody Mary Bar are included. Mother’s Day Champagne Breakfast is available on Sunday 13 May from 07h30 to 10h30. It’s Burger & Beer Monday at The Plettenberg - Enjoy 2 PlettenBurgers and 2 Fraser's Folly Craft Beers for just R300 per couple! 180 g homemade patty with heaps of cheddar cheese, caramelised onions and hand cut potato chips. Choose between a Fraser's Folly Pale Ale or Fraser's Folly Pilsner to enjoy with your burger. Valid every Monday from 16 April until 30 September for Lunch and Dinner. Terms and conditions apply. Fraser’s Folly is a small micro craft beer brewery located in the Strandveld on one of South Africa’s most southern wine estates Wednesday is Curry Night at The Plettenberg - Enjoy dinner for only R200 per couple for 2 mouth-watering curries served with fragrant rice, poppadum, dhanja chutney, sambals and raita. Choose from 3 curries - a traditional South African curry, an exotic curry from a country of the Chefs choice or a vegetarian curry. The selection of curries will change on a weekly basis. There will be a spicy hot curry and two milder curries. Valid every Wednesday from 18 April to 30 September for Dinner. Terms and conditions apply. It’s Fish & Chips Friday at The Plettenberg - R250 for 2 Fish & Chips and 2 glasses of Hartenberg Alchemy White Wine per couple. What could be more . . .
Longridge Wine Estate set a new benchmark for Merlot production in the South Africa when they introduced their ultra-premium Misterie 2015 earlier this week. This exclusive addition to the Longridge portfolio will retail at R2000-R2100 per bottle – the most expensive Merlot-based wine ever to be launched in South Africa – with only 3600 of the 2015 vintage bottled. Cellar master Jasper Raats gathered a distinguished panel of wine experts, including wine critics, sommeliers and restaurateurs to pitch his latest creation against some of the best similar styles and vintages in the world. In a blind tasting, Raats put up their maiden vintage against 2014 vintages of globally recognised wines such as Chateau Trotanoy, Chateau La Fleur-Petrus and a Vieux Chateau Certan – all from the Pomerol region in France – as well as the iconic 2013 Masetto from Tuscany, Italy. The 2015 Misterie stood up superbly with the majority of the panel rating the wine in the top two running neck-and-neck with the La Fleur-Petrus, retailing at about R4000 per bottle and overshadowing the R9000 per bottle Italian stalwart. Commenting on the uniqueness sublime balance and elegance of this ground-breaking Merlot, the panel validated Raats’ belief that their wine can hold its own with the best and most expensive in the world. . According to Raats, the creation of Misterie has been a long-term vision, that started in all earnest 5 years ago based on the superlative performance of the varietal in the Heidelberg's cooler climate and poor soils on the ridges . Over the past decade Longridge has cemented its reputation for producing high quality Merlot with a succession of accolades, culminating in a Top10 classification in 2017 by Top Wine SA for consistently highly rated vintages from 2007. “We have invested heavily in our soils and work hard in the vineyards to bring the best fruit to the winery. International wine critics like Tim Atkin and Niel Martin have commented that SA has top . . .