Whether your dad is the hero you’ve always looked up to, a mentor or lifelong friend, the gift of having a father deserves to be celebrated. Make this Father’s Day one to remember and thank him with a retreat along Cape Country Routes’ (CCR) popular coastlines. With its year-round offerings, CCRs portfolio of top tier Western and Eastern Cape hotels, guesthouse, lodges, nature reserves and activities ensures guests memorable experiences against the backdrop of South Africa’s scenic qualities. If you’re looking to spoil dad with something ‘a little different’ than the usual Father’s Day outing, the following recommendations, courtesy of CCR, can make for a few good highlights on his calendar. Make his day with first class whale spotting along the Whale Route. With the southern right whales making their way to the south coast in June, it's the ideal time to pack those binoculars and head to the shoreline: Explore the Jewel of the Cape. De Hoop Nature Reserve, a beautiful Cape Heritage Site approximately three hours’ drive from Cape Town, promises a rewarding day with full outdoor seashore excursions. For one, you can challenge dad to join in on the Reserve’s Whale Trail, a five-day hiking trail offering spectacular views of the Reserve’s coast. Rest assured, the trail includes well-equipped accommodation for each night. Celebrating its 10th anniversary year, De Hoop Nature Reserve is making its best offerings accessible for the whole family with discounted winter accommodation rates (1 May to 27 July). Time for a Whale Route pitstop? A few hours’ road travel can be enough to work up an appetite. On your way to the southernmost tip of Africa, L’Agulhas, stop for a decadent meal at Agulhas Country Lodge. Take a ‘selfie’ with dad against the backdrop of magnificent sea views from the lodge’s deck, and enjoy different meal options including traditional country cuisine and fine dining. Add a special touch with cognac and fine Cuban cigars in front of a . . .
Cascade Country Manor, an owner-managed hotel and spa in the heart of the Paarl Winelands, is one of the latest additions to South Africa’s list of Fair Trade Tourism (FTT) certified companies. According to FTT, Africa’s leading sustainable, responsible tourism practitioner, Cascade Country Manor is now part of the continent’s growing portfolio of almost 200 FTT-accredited establishments. The Mediterranean-style 15-room villa, and one of the Cape Country Routes’ (CCR) grandeur four-star boutique hotels and spas, is in a class of its own. Surrounded by twenty-three hectares of 100-year-old olive orchards and 900 olive trees, Cascade Country Manor is set in the largest olive-producing valley in the southern hemisphere. According to Cascade Country Manor owner, Maika Goetze, who has been running the establishment for 15 years, it has been a long road to securing the hotel’s FTT-status. “Although my team had been implementing sustainable principles for years, I only really started to understand what it took to be FTT-recognised”, says Goetze. “It certainly wasn’t an overnight achievement, but rather a learning process that changed my management ‘style’. Being FTT-accredited means being absolutely certain and consistent in your implementation of best practice”. Cascade Country Manor had to match more than 200 criteria before getting the FTT ‘okay’. As a dedicated CCR member, Cascade Country Manor strives to provide travellers with memorable experiences against the backdrop of South Africa’s scenic qualities. “Now, it’s also a case of educating guests about organic procedures and how we continue to support local communities”, adds Goetze. CCR is an independent group of hotels, guesthouses and country inns that incorporates character, charm and romance in guests’ experiences. FTT-certified members include De Zeekoe Country Lodge and Montagu Country Hotel. Are you planning a ‘Fair Trade friendly’ wedding or function? CCRs FFT-accredited representatives have . . .
Leading Paarl based craft beer producer, Cape Brewing Company (CBC) is the official craft brew sponsor of this year's Soweto Fashion Week (SFW), which is currently under way at the Soweto Theatre in Soweto, Gauteng, until 28 May. Debuting its involvement in one of Africa’s most respected fashion ‘movements’, CBC is proud to join SFW and support the continent’s up-and-coming fashion designers. CBC even curated a SFW tagline, B. Vibrant, in the wake of its new brand positioning, to highlight its commitment to creative entrepreneurs’ passion and career ambitions (CBC poster attached). During SFWs five-day 2018 Autumn Winter showcase, trendsetters, designers and fashion lovers alike will be served some of CBCs internationally recognised beers. Making their first Joburg ‘appearance’ are also the limited-edition Raspberry and Peach Weiss beers. After having claimed the most golds of all participating breweries at the 2016 SA National Beer Trophy (SANBT) awards, CBC recently took its winning stride across borders to the annual World Beer Awards (WBA), in the UK, to receive another six awards. The CBC range, including the Amber Weiss, Imperial Weiss, Lager and Pilsner, is available from major South African retailers and liquor stores. The flavoured beers can be purchased at the CBC brewery at the Spice Route Destination in Paarl. For more information and updates on CBCs SFW partnership, visit http://capebrewing.co.za or follow @CapeBrewingCo on Twitter, the Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/CapeBrewingCo) and Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/CapeBrewingCo/) #BeIndependent #BeVibrant #lovethecraft CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Do you think of your dog as your hero? We here at atFrits sure do, we’ve even built an entire world class hotel to show just how much we love them. They are always there for you, love you unconditionally and stand by you every step of the way. But what if your life literally depended on your four-legged friend? Service dogs are exceptional creatures that devote their lives selflessly to their humans. Whether it’s being their eyes and navigating them safely, keeping guard in our neighbourhoods, letting you know when your sugar levels drop or helping our lawmen catch crooks and save the day, these dogs deserve the world. Think about it, how much harder would life be for so many if these dogs didn’t go to work every day? Who would help their owner cross the street and how would the police be one paw ahead in their crime prevention efforts? Guide dogs and service dogs are truly shining examples of their amazing species, and we’ve decided that it’s high time we give them a proper salute. We recently celebrated International Guide Dogs Day (26 April). Since 1953, the South African Guide-Dogs association’s mission has been to make service dogs available to all visually and physically impaired persons in South Africa. However noble their objectives are, this has often been a daunting task The training of Guide and Service dogs takes two years. After being looked after by volunteers during their puppy phase, the dogs are then put into training with a Guide Dog Mobility Instructor. The intense training involves first making sure that they can obey to basic instructions and for instructors to assess whether they are suited to become Service of Guide dogs. The cost of training one of these specialist dogs is currently R100 000. Up to date over 1500 dogs have been trained. In celebrating International Guide Dog Day, and the selfless service of so many Service dogs, atFrits (South Africa’s first 5-star dog hotel) is offering all service dogs forever-free boarding, . . .
Winter weddings abroad are often associated with crisp white isles and snow-capped mountaintops in the distance. In South Africa’s Western Cape, winter weddings don’t have to stand back, though. From venues that boast panoramic views over scenic white mountain ranges, rugged African landscapes and untouched, white sand beaches, couples can choose from a wide range of venues, all within three hours’ drive of Cape Town. While South African summers are well cherished, the winter options available from Cape Country Routes Collection (CCR) will easily do away those wedding jitters. CCR (www.capecountryroutes.com) is an independent group of top-tier accommodation and wedding facilities. Kagga Kamma Game Reserve in the Southern Cederberg Mountains is ideal for a customised couples’ getaway and to ‘secretly’ set engagement plans in motion with its particular proposal packages. Plotting your engagement or want to ‘drop a hint’? Renowned for its luxurious four-star cave and hut suites, a few nights’ stay at the Reserve is enough to kick-start the next chapter in your relationship. The Reserve sets the perfect scene for you or your significant other to pop the question. Start off with a romantic, private pre-setup candlelit dinner against the backdrop of fascinating rock formations and the Cederberg landscape. Or opt for dinner under the stars in the Reserve’s designated Open Air Room. Opt for a scavenger hunt and gourmet picnic that leads to ‘finding’ the key to unlocking the next stage in your relationship. As with most post ‘I do’ expectations, no wedding is complete with a memorable honeymoon, especially for cosy winter evenings. Rest can be assured with various unique packages offered at Kagga Kamma Game Reserve. Don’t let the winter chill steer you away from the coast. Discover the tranquil setting of Arniston Spa Hotel, located near the southernmost point of Africa. Perfectly set in a sheltered bay, a favourite spot for whales to gather later in winter, the . . .
Following SAIBAs winning bid to host the 46th annual CFO World Congress in Cape Town for leading global accounting body, IAFEI (International Association for Financial Executives Institutes) in 2016, the association has called on SAIBA members to share their expertise with financial leaders across the globe. Business accountants and professionals who hold a SAIBA designation are urged to submit articles on top-of-mind subject matters currently affecting the financial community for the IAFEI Quarterly’s publication. By further strengthening SAIBAs recent Africa Area Presidency among IAFEIs 20 member institutes, contributors whose articles have been selected for placement will enjoy exposure to more than 12 000 financial executives worldwide in the Quarterly’s 36th issue. The submission deadline for articles is Friday 13 April. The Quarterly is IAFEIs official digital publication that provides thought leadership and insights by individuals from member institutes. In successfully hosting the CFO World Congress in Africa, a first for any South African accounting body, SAIBA secured the Area Presidency for IAFEI in Africa, under the leadership of SAIBA CEO, Nicolaas van Wyk. This is the first time SAIBA members are called for their input for the IAFEI Quarterly. The IAFEI Quarterly features current issues impacting the world’s financial executives. It’s content also discusses different regions’ economic status quo and is shared with IAFEIs worldwide database. The articles published in each issue reaches CFOs and senior financial executives who also serve on IAFEIs committees (Financial Reporting Standards, International Treasury, International Tax, International Observatory of Management Controller and Anti-Corruption Committees). “The publication aims to inform committee members and member institutes of broad-ranging issues including foundational principals such as a CFOs responsibilities, corporate strategy, business mergers, acquisitions to investor . . .
Add a dash of cooking pizazz and a good dose of creativity to the kids’ spring school holiday at the Spice Route Destination’s Mini Master Chef activities from 6 to 8 October. Wrapping up the last few days of the school break, the Spice Route Destination will be hosting pizza-making classes where kids can create their own deliciously ‘cheesy’ masterpieces. The cooking sessions will alternate with fun outdoor activities and music for an interesting line-up of events everyday. Located in the beautiful Paarl Winelands just 40km outside of Cape Town, the Spice Route Destination is the ideal family daytrip destination that offers a journey of discovery and different sensory experiences. So while the kids get busy in the dedicated cooking area under adult supervision, mom and dad can explore the Destination’s exciting offerings in their own time. Mini Master Chef dates: Thursday 6 October to Saturday 8 October Session times: First session from 11h00 to 12h30 Second session from 12h30 to 14h00 Costs: R150 per session for kids aged 3 to 12 Tickets are limited and bookings are essential. Email email@example.com for bookings. EFT payments are accepted and tickets can be purchased at the Spice Route Destination on the day. Kids aged 3 to 12. For more information on the various daily offerings at the Spice Route Destination, visit http://www.spiceroute.co.za, follow @SpiceRoutePaarl on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/SpiceRoutePaarl), Twitter (https://twitter.com/SpiceRoutePaarl) and Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/spiceroutepaarl/). CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .