KFM KDay 2015 – See you at Newlands!

The popular 94.5 KFM KDay music event is back in 2015 and it promises to be as exciting as ever. The concert which showcases some of SA’s best musical talent will be held at a new venue – the iconic Newlands Cricket Ground – on Saturday 28 February 2015. There are a number of ticket options available, including golden circle, reserved seating and grass seating.

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The 2015 line-up includes:

  • Prime Circle
  • Beatenberg
  • Mi Casa
  • Goodluck
  • Elvis Blue
  • Lloyd Cele
  • Jimmy Nevis
  • Matthew Mole
  • DJ Kent

Listen out for additions to the line-up. Tickets are available from TicketPros, with prices ranging from R240 to R350 each for adults and R100 to R350 each for kids.

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I’m keen to see how Newlands Cricket Ground delivers as a music venue. If I can remember correctly it’s been a good few years since a concert was last held there. One major benefit that I can think of is that it’s right on the main Southern Suburbs railway line, so travelling by train to the event is the way to go I reckon.

KFM Program Manager, Stephen Werner, says, “Newlands Cricket Stadium is the perfect location for this annual event. KDay is the Western Cape’s biggest one day music festival, featuring a line-up of the country’s hottest music acts on one stage.” He continues, “Attendance to the event has grown exponentially over the past few years and with twenty thousand fans expected to attend next year we want to ensure everyone has a great experience. Newlands is a tried and tested location geared towards this kind of crowd capacity.”

MTN is back on board partnering with KFM to bring you KDay 2015, following on the massive success of the 2014 event. Don’t miss out – it’s going to be awesome!

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Nedbank Greenbacks Shop Card

I received some interesting news from Nedbank today. An optional new Nedbank Greenbacks Shop card will be available to members of the Greenbacks loyalty programme. At first glance, it looks like a welcome benefit to the programme which previously limited you to spending your Greenbacks on a small selection of products and services at selected shops.

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From the information available, it looks as though Greenbacks earned will automatically be loaded onto the Nedbank Greenbacks Shop card. You can then shop online or at any store worldwide that accepts American Express®. You can also use the card for purchasing fuel and drawing cash. Another nice feature is that you’ll be able to track your Greenbacks balance/Rand value on the card at any Nedbank ATM.

This certainly sounds like a more convenient way of using Greenbacks, so I’ll be keen to see how it works. Note the little disclaimer on requesting the card… ‘Due to the SA Post Office strike there might be a delay in the arrival of your card’. Hopefully that won’t cause too many delays!

Is it just me or are the banks trying to up their game with regards to their loyalty programmes? I’m certainly not complaining as it’s nice to get something in return!

For more information on the Nedbank Greenbacks Shop card, call 0860 555 111 or visit your nearest Nedbank branch.

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Cape Town International Kite Festival: 1 & 2 November 2014

Zandvlei Nature Reserve in Muizenberg is the place to be for kite enthusiasts on 1 and 2 November 2014. That’s when the 20th edition of the Cape Town International Kite Festival is taking place with the theme of ‘Beyond the Blue’. The annual festival raises much needed funds for the Cape Mental Health organisation, which provides invaluable support and services to people struggling with intellectual and psychiatric disabilities.

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With over 20,000 visitors, the family-friendly event is a great chance to get everyone involved in a fun outdoor activity. You can bring your own kite, buy one at the festival or join in one of the kite-making workshops. The event will also see some of the top kite professionals from around the country taking part.

Expect loads of live entertainment, food stalls, a market and competitions for the kids over the two days. Tickets cost R30 each for adults and R10 each for kids under 12 years old. You can buy tickets at http://www.capementalhealth.co.za/kite/event.asp. Gates open at 10h00 and close at 18h00 on the two festival days. There will be parking available but consider travelling by train (False Bay or Muizenberg stations) to the event to avoid the traffic congestion.

For more information, visit www.capementalhealth.co.za or www.facebook.com/CTKiteFest.

Cape Mental Health provides innovative and effective mental health services to people in
poorly resourced communities in the Western Cape. This non-profit organisation has been
active for over 100 years and continues to work towards a society where people with
intellectual and psychiatric disabilities are included in community life and have access to
education, training, work and social opportunities. For more information call (021) 447 9040, email info@cmh.org.za or visit www.capementalhealth.co.za.

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Drone footage of Cape Town reveals beauty and more…

This incredible video has been doing the rounds lately. Captured using an aerial quadcopter, the dramatic footage shows the Mother City and some of its most famous landmarks, including Table Mountain, Cape Point, Seal Island, Lion’s Head and Simon’s Town harbour.

The video was captured by award-winning underwater and aerial photographer Eric Cheng earlier this year. Apart from the natural land-based beauty of Cape Town, the clip also shows off what’s lurking in the surrounding waters – the shark-like figures at the 1:20 mark have certainly got people talking. There is some footage at the 3:00 mark of great white shark chumming which I’m not a fan of but otherwise the video is worth a watch.

Aerial Cape Town, South Africa, by Phantom 2 from Eric Cheng on Vimeo.

You can’t keep drones out of the news at the moment – good and bad. For these types of aerial shots, they are quite something. Visit http://vimeo.com/echeng to see more of Eric’s work.

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Kirstenbosch Summer Concert Line-Up 2015

It’s time for the new season of Kirstenbosch Summer Concerts, so get your picnic baskets and blankets ready! The annual concert series is a highlight on Cape Town’s musical calendar and attracts thousands of fans every year. My picks for this season include Just Jinjer, The Cape Philharmonic Orchestra, Beatenberg, Mi Casa and Jeremy Loops. Regulars like Prime Circle, The Parlotones, Goldfish and Freshlyground are sure to be big hits as well.

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Here’s the line-up:

  • 23 November 2014: The Soil
    Adults: R135, Youth (6-21 yrs with ID): R100, Botanical Society members (with card): R120
  • 30 November 2014: National Youth Orchestra 50th Birthday Concert with Barbara Hendricks (USA)
    Adults: R135, Youth (6-21 yrs with ID): R100, Botanical Society members (with card): R120
  • 4 & 5 December 2014: The Lumineers
    Check WebTickets for pricing
  •  7 December 2014: Just Jinjer
    Adults: R135, Youth (6-21 yrs with ID): R100, Botanical Society members (with card): R120
  •  14 December 2014: Oliver Mtukudzi (ZIM)
    Adults: R135, Youth (6-21 yrs with ID): R100, Botanical Society members (with card): R120
  •  18, 19, 20, 21 December 2014: Kirstenbosch Carols
    Price: TBC
  •  28 December 2014: Hot Water
    Adults: R100, Youth (6-21 yrs with ID): R75, Botanical Society members (with card): R90
  •  31 December 2014: New Year’s Eve concert: Mango Groove & Arno Carstens
    Check WebTickets for pricing
  •  4 January 2015: Prime Circle
    Adults: R135, Youth (6-21 yrs with ID): R100, Botanical Society members (with card): R120
  •  11 January 2015: The Parlotones
    Adults: R160, Youth (6-21 yrs with ID): R130, Botanical Society members (with card): R140
  •  18 January 2015: Matthew Mole & Tailor
    Adults: R135, Youth (6-21 yrs with ID): R100, Botanical Society members (with card): R120
  •  25 January 2015: Jimmy Nevis
    Adults: R135, Youth (6-21 yrs with ID): R100, Botanical Society members (with card): R120
  •  1 February 2015: The Cape Philharmonic Orchestra
    Adults: R135, Youth (6-21 yrs with ID): R100, Botanical Society members (with card): R120
  •  8 February 2015: Freshlyground
    Adults: R135, Youth (6-21 yrs with ID): R100, Botanical Society members (with card): R120
  •  15 February 2015: TBC
  •  22 February 2015: Cape Town Folk ‘n Acoustic Music Festival
    Adults: R100, Youth (6-21 yrs with ID): R75, Botanical Society members (with card): R90
  •  1 March 2015: Goldfish
    Adults: R135, Youth (6-21 yrs with ID): R100, Botanical Society members (with card): R120
  •  8 March 2015: Mi Casa
    Adults: R135, Youth (6-21 yrs with ID): R100, Botanical Society members (with card): R120
  •  15 March 2015: Al Bairre & Shortstraw
    Adults: R100, Youth (6-21 yrs with ID): R75, Botanical Society members (with card): R90
  •  21 March 2015: TBC
  •  22 March 2015: Beatenberg & Gangs of Ballet
    Adults: R100, Youth (6-21 yrs with ID): R75, Botanical Society members (with card): R90
  •  29 March 2015: Johnny Clegg
    Adults: R160, Youth (6-21 yrs with ID): R130, Botanical Society members (with card): R140
  •  5 April 2015: Jeremy Loops
    Adults: R135, Youth (6-21 yrs with ID): R100, Botanical Society members (with card): R120

Tickets are available online at WebTickets. For the Sunday concerts, gates open at 16h00 and the music starts at 17h30 and ends at 19h00. Check out your ticket details for the starting times etc for the other shows.

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Movember 2014

With November just around the corner, guys all over the world are gearing up for Movember. If there’s ever a time to grow that epic moustache, then this is your opportunity and it’s all for a good cause. Movember aims to change the face of men’s health by getting men to grow moustaches for the month while raising funds and awareness for men’s health issues, including prostate and testicular cancers – putting a fun twist on a serious topic and using the moustache as a catalyst to drive awareness.

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This year’s theme is ‘Made in Movember’ and registration is open on the new look website www.movember.com. When you sign up, there is the choice to participate as an individual or to start or join a team – which has proven to be more fun and effective in creating awareness. The next step is to start clean shaven on 1 November and grow your moustache for the month, pledging funds and sponsorship in the process. Mo Sistas can also sign up and pledge their support on www.movember.com, making up 10% of the sign ups.

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Funds raised go towards survivorship and research programmes that are developed in conjunction with Movember South Africa’s men’s health partner, the Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA). These programmes, in their pilot phases, aim to provide men with the best choices and treatment options available.

If you’re signing up, then take note of these rules:

  1. Every year Mo Bros and Mo Sistas have to re-register from 15 September when the new campaign and website goes live. Each Mo Bro must begin the 1st of Movember with a clean shaven face, growing and grooming a moustache for the month – the helpful style guide on the website will help you choose your ideal ‘home grown’ moustache.
  2. For the entire month of Movember each Mo Bro must grow and groom a moustache.
  3. There is to be no joining of the Mo to your side burns. That’s considered a beard.
  4. There is to be no joining of the handlebars to your chin. That’s considered a goatee.
  5. Each Mo Bro must conduct himself like a true gentleman.

Good luck!

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Season of Sauvignon @ Durbanville Hills: 25 & 26 October 2014

Durbanville Hills makes one of my favourite Sauvignon Blancs – its crisp finish is just perfect for the summer months. The popular DH Sauvignon Blanc will be featured, along with others at Season of Sauvignon at Durbanville Hills winery on 25 and 26 October 2014. The annual festival features the best of the Durbanville wine region with various wine estates taking part.

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Durbanville Hills will offer a variety of foods, along with wine tastings of Durbanville Hills’ recently released Sauvignon Blancs and those from other wineries in the Durbanville valley. There will be scheduled tasting sessions on both days which include a sensory wine tasting consisting of an assortment of nibbles paired with a selection of Durbanville Hills’ wines to highlight the effect of certain taste on the wines.

The Durbanville Hills Restaurant will be open for breakfast and lunch and you can pre-book picnic baskets to enjoy whilst the live music keeps you company as you stretch out on the lawn in the shade of the olive grove. There’ll be fun activities for the kids and the Currie Cup final will be screened as well on the Saturday.

Entry to the event is free. Wine tastings cost R50 and includes a crystal glass to take home. The sensory tastings cost R40 each. Bookings are essential for picnics, the sensory wine tastings, and also for breakfast and lunch in the restaurant. For more information or to book contact Simone Brown on 021 558 1300 or info@durbanvillehills.co.za.

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Food and wine pairings at Leopard’s Leap Family Vineyards

Leopard’s Leap Family Vineyards in Franschhoek is now hosting food and wine pairings that are definitely worth a try. Guests can join one of Leopard’s Leap’s knowledgeable and enthusiastic Wine Tasting Ambassadors on Friday mornings for the Culinaria Food and Wine Pairing – a tasting of the six wines in the Leopard’s Leap Culinaria Collection, each paired with an example of an ideal food partner.

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All the wines in the Culinaria Collection are based on traditional French blends and are made with the specific focus of being exceptional partners to food. The Culinaria Food and Wine Pairing shows these wines with food that illustrates the skill of food and wine pairing, offering guests the ideal opportunity to enjoy well-matched combinations while getting to know the fundamentals behind making informed dinner table choices.

Each pairing consists of:

  • The Brut-style Culinaria Methôde Cap Classique sparkling wine made from the traditional Champagne cultivars, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Mineur, matching the creaminess and zest of a Sweetcorn soup with innovative MCC-infused jellies.
  • The Culinaria Chenin Blanc Grenache Blanc blend based on the wines of the Loir, paired with the notoriously difficult tomato, in a tomato jelly with tomato and coriander concasse.
  • The classic Bordeaux style Culinaria Grand Vin with another classic, Beef Borguignonne.
  • The spiciness and fruit of the Rhône-inspired Culinaria Shiraz Grenache echoed in a Western Cape institution – spicy lamb samosas and sweetish date chutney.
  • The Culinaria Pinot Noir Chardonnay with its Burgundy character, interestingly and expertly paired with an almond and polenta cake with cream cheese icing.
  • The very South African, Culinaria Muscat de Frontignan combined with a take on traditional Christmas pudding, a fruitcake lolly dipped in Muscat jelly.

Leopard’s Leap’s Chef, Pieter de Jager and Cellarmaster, Eugene van Zyl, have teamed up to make the pairings very informative, while providing guests with the knowledge required for future food and wine choices.

Pairings take place on Fridays at 12h00 and the cost is R120 per person. Book at least 48 hours in advance by contacting reservations@leopardsleap.co.za or 021 876 8002. Note that Leopard’s Leap Family Vineyards is closed on Christian religions holidays.

For more information on what’s happening at Leopard’s Leap Family Vineyards, please visit www.leopardsleap.co.za or contact Harry Joubert at 021 876 8002 or hj.marketing@leopardsleap.co.za.

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Jacques Kallis Foundation – Changing Lives with the Red Leather Ball

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – Jacques Kallis is the best cricketer I have had the privilege of seeing play the game. With a magnificent career behind him, he continues to contribute to South African cricket with the Jacques Kallis Foundation.

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At the age of 30, Kallis used the full R550 000 raised from a benefit year in 2006 to establish the foundation. It aids in financing educational and cricketing opportunities for promising scholars from disadvantaged backgrounds. The criteria for selection of these scholars includes academic soundness, financial need and cricketing potential.

The Foundation’s goal is to expand its reach by changing the lives of 100 boys, creating solid, intellectual individuals who have the strategic intelligence to work their way out of a tricky game. Crafting well-rounded individuals with a balanced approach to life is also part of the process.

Jacques Kallis was the broad-shouldered colossus of the South African cricket team, who has both a rock-solid technique and a mind impervious to distraction. A right-handed batsman and right-arm fast-medium swing bowler, he’s known as one of the greatest all-rounders in the history of the game.

‘Providing a platform for others to have equal opportunities and education that I had, has always been at the forefront of my mind’ shares Jacques Kallis. ‘I wanted to make a difference by focusing on helping talented young individuals who cannot afford private schooling.’ adds Kallis.

One of the Foundation’s beneficiaries – a scholar from Jacques’s Alma Mater, Wynberg Boy’s High, is Bhoteke Mbombi, who is currently pursuing his BSc Honours degree in Biokinetics, having attained a degree from University of Stellenbosch in 2012.

The scholarship from the foundation covers the complete costs of tuition fees, boarding and cricket for the chosen candidates, amounting to an average of R70 000 per year. The funding predominately supports the child playing cricket but should they spark a fascination for rugby, the Foundation will continue to fund it.

The other schools the Foundation supports are Maritzburg College, Selborne College and Pretoria Boys High School – all of which boast proud cricketing traditions, along with excellent education.

What makes the foundation different is the personal involvement and relationship Jacques has with the children, reviewing their reports four times a year and managing their progress to ensure optimum effort is put in to achieving their level best.

Well done Jacques and good luck to the kids! For more information visit www.kallis.co.za.

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Claremont’s hidden gem… in Constantia

Whether you’re looking for a romantic night out, a family friendly restaurant or simply a place to watch the cricket with friends, The Club House at Claremont Cricket Club ticks all the boxes.

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We recently enjoyed a delicious two-course meal at The Club House and were blown away – from the friendly staff and warm welcome to the tasty food (and wine). The setting was perfect with views overlooking the cricket fields and in the summer months, I’d say booking a table outside is a must. During our dinner we had two mad dogs racing around the restaurant and fields – clearly it’s animal friendly, too!

the-club-house-2For starters, we enjoyed calamari and roasted tomato and feta tartlets. The calamari was perfectly cooked, while the tartlets were made from paper-thin phyllo pastry (a welcome change from the usual heavy pastry). For our mains we both ordered the fillet – and boy was it good! We have our favourite steak joint but I think we’ve found a new favourite. It was cooked to perfection and served on a bed of creamy garlic mash and spinach. This was home cooking meets gourmet.

Sadly we left no space for dessert, even though I had my heart set on the Amarula and chocolate crème brûlée. Next time I’ll make sure I either don’t eat all day or skip the starters!

As soon as cricket season starts in the summer, we’ll be booking our table at The Club House. Although very cosy during the winter months, I’m looking forward to an al fresco dining experience!

What we ordered

For starters

Salt and pepper baby calamari with a paprika and lemon mayo

Mini roast tomato and feta tartlets

For mains

Beef fillet served on garlic mash with a side of sautéed spinach with mushroom sauce

We enjoyed a bottle of Durbanville Hills Sauvignon Blanc. The wine list caters to all but doesn’t overwhelm. If you’d like to see the full menu, click here.

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Where is it located?

So, it’s not in Claremont – as you’d think. The Club House relocated to Constantia about 14 months ago. It’s in the Constantia Sports Complex just off Constantia Main Road, and you’ll find it next to the Virgin Active. Book a table by calling 021 794 6314. For more information visit http://www.theclubhouse.co.za/.

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