While Italian cuisine is no stranger to the local restaurant circuit, never has it been so perfectly reflective of true Italian flavours and food culture than at Enzo’s Pizzeria Trattoria in Scottsburgh. Enzo’s is run by Enzo Tilli and his mama, known affectionately to the locals as Nonna, whose original recipes from her home village of Guglionesi in the South of Italy have been serving patrons a gastronomic experience that is unequivocally authentic for the last 27 years. The menu is incredibly rich in variety. From piquant flavoured peri-peri chicken livers and mouth-watering seafood-based starters, to T-bone steaks and made-to-order pasta classics such as Spaghetti Bolognese, Meat Lasagne and the fan favourite, Pollo Gamberi; a chicken and prawn dish lovingly infused with Nonna’s rosé sauce then garnished with two whole prawns. There is something for everyone. Other notable standouts include a full rack of succulent pork ribs, the wood-fired Del Greco pizza served to your table with melted cheese still bubbling hot and a superb tiramisu. These are best enjoyed with homemade limoncello or a pint of Angelo Poretti, an imported Italian beer which is available on tap. A number 4 as explained by the knowledgeable beer cicerone who is also Enzo’s brother in law. As you spend time in the rustic and homey establishment, it’s easy to see why Enzo’s is a two-time winner of the Restaurant Association of South Africa’s prestigious Rosetta Awards. Attention to detail is not just in the food, décor and service. It is also in the on-site technology. Enzo’s is one of the first eateries to offer Zapper as an alternative payment method. This allows their customers to settle a bill by conveniently scanning a QR code with their smartphone. In an industry where continued patronage is critical to success, Enzo’s also uses Zapper’s digital loyalty programme to inspire repeat visits and up the ante on customer satisfaction. Their current loyalty card offers a R150 . . .
Heart FM is set to host one of the biggest music festivals in the Western Cape on 10 February 2018 at the Newlands Cricket Stadium. The Heart Cape Town Music Festival will see 22 top South African acts on one stage including hip hop superstar AKA and the legendary Mango Groove to name but a few. The family friendly event aims to attract a diverse audience with music spanning across genre’s to appeal to both the young and young at heart. Heart FM Managing Director Renee Redelinghuys explains. “Putting on this multi-million rand event for the people of Cape Town is our way of saying thank you for making us the biggest radio station in the Western Cape*.” Festival Directors Denver Apollus and Marlo Paulse are confident that the Heart Cape Town Music Festival will be an event second to none. Apollus adds, “We are mindful of the challenges previous concerts at Newlands Cricket Ground has faced and we are applying a different model in the site layout for the event. Asked about the event, Paulse believes it is something unique to offer Heart FM’s listeners. “Apart from the affordability we see the Heart Cape Town Music Festival as an opportunity to bring Cape Town to life all on one stage.” Confirmed artists to perform on the day include: Jimmy Nevis, Youngsta CPT, Mark Alex, Prime Circle, Craig Lucas, AKA, Casper Nyovest, Sketchy Bongo, Tresor, Dr Victor and the Rasta Rebels, Mango Groove, Die Heuwels Fantasties, Nasty C, Emo Adams, Sasha Lee, Alistair Izobell , Salome, Kurt Darren, Chad Saaiman, Jarrad Ricketts and Airborne. Tickets for the event are priced between R70 and R150 and can be purchased via computicket. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
“My only regret in life is that I did not drink more Champagne.” John Maynard Keynes Find something to celebrate and go bubbly – it’s Champagne Day on Friday 20 October at Tsogo Sun (https://www.tsogosun.com) and everyone’s invited to #CelebrateWonderful! The #ChampagneDay offer (https://www.tsogosun.com/m/offers/champagne-day) is available at many Tsogo Sun hotels, starting at 11am and ending at midnight on 20 October. Special prices have been negotiated to make the prospect of spending the afternoon of #ChampagneDay enjoying bubbly even more attractive, and the variety of offers include Krone Night Nectar Rose MCC or a Krone Night Nectar Demi Sec MCC, each at R160 per bottle and a ‘buy one get one bottle free’ offer exclusively on the day on both. Moët & Chandon Champagne Brut Imperial will be available at R535 per bottle, and Veuve Clicquot Champagne Yellow Label Brut at R630 per bottle. Participating #ChampagneDay Tsogo Sun venues include: • Gauteng: Sandton Sun, Southern Sun Hyde Park Sandton, Palazzo Montecasino, Southern Sun Montecasino, InterContinental Johannesburg Sandton Towers, Garden Court Sandton City, Holiday Inn Sandton - Rivonia Road and SunSquare Montecasino. • Western Cape: The newly opened SunSquare Cape Town City Bowl, Southern Sun The Cullinan, Southern Sun Cape Sun and Southern Sun Waterfront. • KwaZulu-Natal: Beverly Hills, Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani, and Suncoast Towers. Miguel Chan, Tsogo Sun’s Group Sommelier, says, “Champagne is a celebratory treat – and Tsogo Sun is transforming the 20th of October into a special occasion day, a day for tasting the most delicious champagne at great prices, a day when just the joy of living can be celebrated in style. And although this is a special day for celebrating champagne, there’s no reason not to enjoy it all year round, with the exceptional pricing at selected Tsogo Sun properties – prices lower than you’ll find them at any hotel or restaurant in South . . .
“Share your smile with the world. It's a symbol of friendship and peace.” Christie Brinkley Tsogo Sun’s 2017 Dealer of the Year, Tando Guzana from Montecasino, says there’s great power in a smile – a genuine one from the heart. He’s convinced that his smile helped him make it to the top in the group’s annual National Dealer Championship. This is the second consecutive year that Montecasino has taken top honours in the hotly contested Championship. Last year, Montecasino tables dealer, Lwazi Valela, won the coveted title. The finals were held at Montecasino on 27 September, with 18 finalists from the group’s 14 casinos around the country (one each from the smaller casinos and two each from the major casinos – Silverstar, Gold Reef City, Montecasino and Suncoast) pitting their knowledge, dealing skills, customer service standards, and more, against each other in a series of tough challenges that followed unit semi-finals. According to Glenn Joseph, COO of Tsogo Sun Gaming, the 18 represented 1.2% of the total number of dealers employed by Tsogo Sun, making it a significant achievement to be selected as a finalist. The judges, represented by management from each unit, assessed technical skills and other aspects of the dealing cycle in American Roulette and Blackjack trials, and the top five were selected. They were given the same question and time to prepare their answers. At the awards dinner, the top five presented their answers on stage to a panel of judges, and answered an additional unprepared question. First place was awarded to Tando, who won R10 000 and a Vodacom phone valued at R6 000; second place went to Cheszine Muller from Suncoast, who won R5,000 and a R3 000 Vodacom phone; third prize was won by Boniwe Khumalo, also from Montecasino, who received R3 000 and a R3 000 Vodacom phone; and fourth and fifth places went to, Mbuso Dube (Suncoast), and Given Motaung (Hemingways), who each won R1 000. Tando is elated at what he considers a . . .
The ability to escape to great experiences is being provided at a fraction of the cost to members of Tsogo Sun’s user-friendly and accessible Rewards Cardholders programme. With benefits and discounts across a variety of entertainment, food & beverage, and accommodation options at Tsogo Sun’s 14 entertainment destinations and over 100 hotels, there’s every reason to sign up and start being rewarded. Tsogo Sun’s Rewards Programme is tailor-made to suit both hotel and gaming guests. Tsogo Gaming Rewards (TGR®) allows casino customers to make the most of the time spent with at its entertainment destinations by providing tangible benefits to extend their playtime in the casino. Tsogo Hotel Rewards (THR®) offers hotel guests benefits to enjoy across the extensive hotel portfolio and other destinations. Membership of the Gaming Rewards programme entitles cardholders to a variety of benefits, including instant discounts of between 30% and 50% at Tsogo Sun’s six Movies@ cinemas across the country, discounted entry at Gold Reef City Theme Park and the Montecasino Bird Gardens, between 10 and 20% discount at a variety of restaurants and bars across the group, and discounts on accommodation and select local and international shows and events. Different discounts apply to the three cardholder tiers – Gold, Platinum, and Black – and cardholders can increase their Rewards status levels with fun on the gaming floor, earning points by playing slots or tables – but the entry level discounts on Gold cards apply regardless of gaming activity. The Rewards card is offered free of charge to anyone over the age of 18. Guests, even casual day visitors, can simply obtain their cards at the Guest Relations desk with an ID book, driver’s licence, or passport – and a wonderful world of savings is unlocked. Says Noëleen Bruton, Group Director of Marketing for Tsogo Sun, “The best programmes are those that give great value to you as an individual just for being a member. . . .
A very successful 2017 Gauteng Getaway Show, in association with Mahindra, was held at the TicketPro Dome in Johannesburg over the Heritage Day Weekend. Nearly 20 000 people were enthralled with the great mix of outdoor-, travel- and adventure-related products and activities on offer. Here is a summary of the fun events of the weekend, to inspire you to put next year’s Cape Getaway Show or the Gauteng Getaway Show on your bucket list: 1.The sheer range of things to see and do can be overwhelming, but the crowds did not seem to struggle to find which activities suited them best, as there is something for everyone. 2. People found inspiration for their perfect holiday, and information about some of the fantastic destinations we have in Southern Africa. A few select international destinations featured, with Indonesian dancers giving visitors a taste for what is on offer in the Indonesian Islands. 3. Games, competitions and giveaways kept people of all ages on their toes, and children and adults alike enjoyed activities like the climbing wall, the mechanical bull and lazer shooting in the Adventure Zone, sponsored by Toyota. 4. There was also lots to learn, such as at the African Snake Bite Awareness stand, where up-close and personal encounters with snakes and scorpians explained the risks and gave tips about how to handle encounters with a wide range of creatures. 5. Also popular with children and adults alike was taking an exhilirating ride in the monster truck! 6. The Volley ball was a hit, both with spectators watching display matches and members of the public taking their turn to show their skills. 7. Plenty of live entertainment meant that people could relax and enjoy the atmosphere while building up their energy with tasty food and drink options, in order to start another round of walking about and finding more to do and see. 8. The very popular photography workshops were sold out, with top tips for wildlife and landscape photography . . .
SA rapper icon Jack Parow created a social media storm this week with the launch of South Africa’s laziest job competition. Parow, who proclaims he has a ‘PhD in chilling during the day’, urged students and recent graduates seeking well-paid holiday employment to apply for SA’s laziest summer job, where languishing in the garden in a deck chair for 10 days is about the most strenuous requirement. The search for three successful candidates - in Joburg, Durban and Cape Town – was launched by Parow on behalf of Husqvarna South Africa – leading gardening, forestry and agricultural equipment supplier. The lucky finalists will ease gently into the working world, earning a whopping R10 000 from 1 to 10 December for doing, basically, very little. The only physical exertion required of the incumbents is to set up a sunshade and a deck chair, and apply nimble fingers to the keyboards of their smart phones doing social media broadcasts about their cool new “career”, burning through the five gigabytes of data that are loaded – for free – onto their devices. Husqvarna and Parow have teamed up to promote how much free time you get when you use their brand new “hands free” robotic lawn mower – the Husqvarna Automower® - which mows your lawn all by itself while you get on with more important things. Things like, in Parow’s words, ‘having a dop and a tjop with my tjommie”. To Parow, using technology to avoid working up a sweat while still getting the work done is ultra-cool. In this job, where your bank balance goes up while you sit down, ‘being lazy never felt so good’, he says. Check him out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EHkdFNL4AAM ‘The Automower® has revolutionised “working” in the garden, allowing you to do other chores while it does all the mowing for you. Or, of course, you can get on with other fun stuff at the same time,’ says Jacqui Cochran, marketing manager of Husqvarna South Africa. The Husqvarna robotic Automower® has a charging station and . . .
Tzaneen is final stop of SA Cultural Observatory national tour October 17, 2017 – The South African Cultural Observatory (SACO) closes its eight-stop countrywide domain workshop tour in Tzaneen on October 26. Since July the SACO, a project of the Department of Arts & Culture hosted by Nelson Mandela University, has been on a South African roadshow, reaching across the nine provinces and into rural and urban nodes to share the think tank’s research, mandate and to gain insights from the creative sectors. “It’s been an incredible experience moving across South Africa and really listening to artists, creatives, and academics,” said Unathi Lutshaba, SACO Research Manager. “Although we had a message and research to share, the real value has been paying attention to the insights from the sector and hearing sector-specific solutions to some of the greatest challenges and opportunities the creative and cultural industries. “We have learnt that the vibrancy that we know exists across sectors from the research we have been doing, is tangible. We have noted some of the most pressing concerns and challenges – funding, access, time, resources, markets – of the sectors. But we have also learnt that the level of collaboration, passion, and willingness to make things better is greater than the challenges,” she said. “South Africans are creative. We want to be more creative – now we have to start imagining how that is possible.” One of the SACO’s primary activities is the promotion capacity-building across the cultural domains – in large part driven by events such as the domain workshops. The workshop series was designed to inform creative practitioners, researchers, academics and others about the Cultural Observatory, share a growing body of research and some useful tools developed by the think tank. It is also intended to help the SACO gain insight and feedback from the creative sectors on their priorities and concerns. The domain workshop series is a . . .
Col’Cacchio, the popular Italian inspired franchise known for its gourmet thin-base wood-fired pizzas, hearty pasta and crisp fresh salads, has announced the opening of their revamped Stellenbosch branch, with the store officially opening its doors today. Located in Plein Street, the Stellenbosch store includes everything iconically Col’Cacchio with tried and tested family favourite as well as many exciting additions. The brand new look and feel is reflected in the plush interior décor and extends to the gorgeous courtyard seating area, ideal for the approaching summer months. To mark the brand’s 25th birthday, Col’Cacchio has undergone a complete rebrand, bringing fresh life to their evolving brand. With a number of stores already sporting the bold and sophisticated new look, the revamp process will roll out to all stores across the country. Stellenbosch is one of the most popular towns in South Africa, with both tourists and locals flocking to the gourmet capital daily. Responding to the continued demand for dining options in the area, Col’Cacchio is extremely excited to re-establish and cement its presence in the bustling town. Founded in 1992, Col’Cacchio has a legacy of crafting artisanal meals out of the freshest sourced ingredients, with quality and innovation always at the heart of their dynamic offering. Col’Cacchio has always been at the forefront of dietary trends, being one of the first in the market to introduce carb conscious options for pizza, salad and pasta. Their offering now includes gluten free and vegan alternatives, as well as the low calorie Foro range of pizzas. Where to find us: • Location: Shop 29-31, Simonsplein Centre, Plein Street, Stellenbosch, 7600 • Telephone Number: (021) 886-7088 For more info visit www.colcacchio.co.za or hop onto the social media platforms: • Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ColCacchio/ • Twitter: @ColCacchio • Instagram: @colcacchio • Download the Col’Cacchio Rewards app from the Apple . . .
The third annual Pole Factor competition will be held in Cape Town on Saturday, 2 December when pole dance students and instructors from around the country gather to showcase their skills in front of judges and audience members alike. As per previous years the format of the event will remain the same, aimed at celebrating the athleticism and artistry of pole dance across four very different genres of the sport including Pole Acrobat, Pole Artiste, Pole Provocateur and Pole Duets. • Pole Acrobat - the sporty side of pole; strength, power, agility and athleticism • Pole Artiste - the artistic side of pole; expression, interpretation and movement • Pole Provocateur - the exotic side of pole; sensual, heels and flexibility • Pole Duets - doubles on the pole; two dancers incorporating any of the three styles above Entries opened earlier this year to pole dancers for the four genres. Twenty finalists across these divisions have been announced and their competition preparations are underway, but at the end of the night only eight will walk away with titles: • Pole Acrobat - amateur and professional • Pole Artiste - amateur and professional • Pole Provocateur - amateur and professional • Pole Duets - amateur and professional The third annual event promises to be the best one yet as each year sees marked growth in the number of entrants and audience members, as well as brighter performances offering more and more daring defeats. Organiser of The Pole Factor and owner of The Pole Project studio, Kathy Lee, says; “This is The Pole Project's third year hosting the event and the Nassau Centre’s second, so from an organisational perspective we are ready to rock. The surprise element comes on the day as our finalists’ routines and costumes are kept secret until their big reveal on stage. It gets progressively harder to pick absolute winners because the quality and effort of the performances get so much better each year. Needless to say, we are excited to see . . .