Western Province Currie Cup Fixtures 2015

The ABSA Currie Cup tournament kicks off on 7 August 2015. Western Province will be one of the hot favourites but it certainly won’t be easy with the Golden Lions looking to avenge their agonising loss in last year’s final at Newlands. The Springboks will be on World Cup duty in September/October, leaving the door open for youngsters hoping to make a name for themselves domestically.

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August 2015:

  • 7 August 2015: Qualifier vs Western Province
    Venue: TBC – 15h30
  • 15 August 2015: Western Province vs Free State Cheetahs
    Newlands Stadium – 15h00
  • 22 August 2015: Blue Bulls vs Western Province
    Loftus Versfeld – 19h10
  • 28 August 2015: Free State Cheetahs vs Western Province
    Free State Rugby Stadium – 19h10

September 2015:

  • 5 September 2015: Western Province vs Qualifier
    Newlands Stadium – 17h05
  • 12 September 2015: Sharks vs Western Province
    Growthpoint Kings Park – 17h05
  • 18 September 2015: Western Province vs Blue Bulls
    Newlands Stadium – 19h00
  • 26 September 2015: Western Province vs Pumas
    Newlands Stadium – 15h00

October 2015:

  • 2 October 2015: Golden Lions vs Western Province
    Emirates Airline Park – 18h00
  • 9 October 2015: Western Province vs Eastern Province Kings
    Newlands Stadium – 18h00

Dates, times and venues subject to change.

Cell C to offer free Facebook access

Facebook users will be happy to see that Cell C is offering free access to the popular social media platform from 1 July 2015. The promotion will be available to post-paid, top-up and pre-paid customers until 31 August 2015. After this period, the service will be free for another 12 months if you access Facebook using the Internet.org app (available at www.internet.org and the Google Play Store).

It looks like the free Facebook access will apply to:

  • messaging
  • posting comments
  • posting pictures
  • viewing / sharing posts and pictures
  • viewing News Feed
  • does NOT apply to videos and voice calling on Messenger

Note that if you’re a pre-paid customer, you will have to recharge at least once every 30 days to receive the free Facebook benefits.

It’s worth checking out the Internet.org service in the meantime anyway, with these sites already on board:

  • Information: Bing, Cell C, WikiHow, Wikipedia
  • Education: BeSmart, LoveWords, FunDza, Scholars4Dev, Wattpad, WorldReader, D-Siders
  • Women: Intel She Will Connect, Girl Effect, iLearn
  • Health: Health24, BabyCentre and MAMA, HIV360, Unicef Facts for Life
  • Marketplaces: Gumtree, OLX
  • News: BBC News, News24, SuperSport
  • Finance and jobs: Careers24, DAI, SmartBusiness, Money Matters

Monopoly Cape Town edition on the way

The Mother City will soon have its own version of the popular Monopoly board game. That’s a double win for the city after it was recently included in the new Monopoly World Edition, released to celebrate 80 years of the game.

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Right now, fans can vote for their favourite landmarks and attractions to be included in the Cape Town edition by emailing CapeTown@winningmoves.co.uk with suggestions. Make it fun and educational and try and get your emails in by the end of June 2015. The plan is to release the game just before Christmas. What a great gift it would be!

Monopoly is currently played in 114 countries, translated into 47 languages and over 275 million copies of the game have been sold to date. In addition, Hasbro prints over $30 billion in Monopoly money each year! It’s a family classic that I’m happy to see is still being played today, especially in the modern world of digital gaming.

15 Ways to Have Fun In and Around Cape Town for Less Than R99

Looking for fun and inexpensive things to do in Cape Town? Look no further – every item on this list costs under R99 per person, and many are under R50!

Life can get expensive, even when you’re trying to stick to a budget, and often, the only way to cope is to cut back – way, way, back – on luxury items and unnecessary expenses like entertainment and days out. There’s no need to avoid enjoying everything that Cape Town has to offer due to lack of cash, however; if you choose from any of the items on this list, you won’t need to spend a big chunk of your hard-earned funds to have a great time. The fun experiences and entertainment options on this list make for a perfect day out for pretty much anyone, including couples, singles, family groups and friends, whether you’re looking to do something special, or just spend some time enjoying the sights and sounds of this fabulous city.

Get Back to Nature at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden

Easily one of the most beautiful botanical gardens in the world, Kirstenbosch is perfect for an afternoon picnic, to view the amazing sculpture garden, or just to walk and enjoy the scenery. Entry is R50 for adults, R25 for SA students (with card) and R10 for children (6 – 17 years old). There’s no charge for children under 6 years old and BOTSOC members.

See Wildlife at Rondevlei Nature Reserve

At R12 for adults and R6 for children, the 290 hectare Rondevlei Nature Reserve has trails, hides, and viewing platforms where visitors can see a wide variety of animals, including hippos, otters, and porcupines, making it great value for money.

Wine Tasting along the Franschhoek, Stellenbosch, and Constantia Wine Routes

Many of the world’s finest wines are produced in South Africa, so it’s no surprise that there’s plenty of opportunities to taste them around Cape Town. A typical wine-tasting session costs anywhere between R20 and R80 per person, and some estates offer wine-tasting sessions for free.

Enjoy Live Music at The Barleycorn

Every Monday night from 8pm, the Barleycorn Music Club in Claremont hosts a selection og great local music acts. A typical show will usually feature a mix of new and established talent. Genres include anything from folk and blues, to classical and traditional.  The show lasts around two hours and the cost is R20 for members and R30 for non-members. Visit www.barleycorn.org.za for upcoming line-ups.

Chocolate Tasting in Paarl

De Villiers Chocolate at Spice Route in Paarl host decadent chocolate tastings from 9am to 5pm daily. Taste single origin dark chocolates and learn all about the process of chocolate making. R25 per tasting.

Take a Train Trip

For just R30 per adult, you can take a hop-off/hop-on trip on the Southern Line Rail Route, which travels between Cape Town and Simon’s Town. The hop-off/on aspect means you can get off and on anywhere along the route, enjoying the scenery along the way.

Test your Ice-Skating Skills

Skate up a storm at the Olympic size ice rink at Grandwest in Goodwood. The Ice Station has various pricing options for individuals and groups, with or without skates, for under R50.

Hunt for Treasure at The Scratch Patch

A huge variety of gemstones can be found in South Africa, and visitors to The Scratch Patch can hunt for their own gems, filling a small bag from R17 or a large container for R95. There are Scratch Patch locations at the V&A Waterfront and Simon’s Town.

Visit the Planetarium

The night sky experience at the city planetarium is always an awe-inspiring sight, and the planetarium shows some interesting astronomy-themed films too. Tickets are R40 for adults and R20 for children, pensioners, and students.

Play Putt-Putt at Mouille Point

At R30 per person, a round of putt-putt is a fun and inexpensive way to spend an afternoon with friends or family. The course is located on Beach Road, and there are several other inexpensive attractions located nearby.

Learn about SA Rugby at the Springbok Experience

The Springbok Experience Rugby Museum at the V&A Waterfront showcases the incredible history of SA Rugby from the early years through to the latest endeavours of the Boks. Entry costs R50 for adults, R30 for scholars/pensioners and R140 for a family of four.

See a Movie at Galileo’s

Seeing a movie under the stars is an experience everyone should enjoy at least once, and at R70 to R95 per ticket, it’s good value too. Tickets can be booked online, and the higher-cost tickets include a blanket and/or chair.

Take a Submarine Tour

Of all the unusual things there are to do around the city, the hour-long submarine tour at the Naval Headquarters in Simon’s Town has to be near the top of the list. At R40 for adults and R20 for children, it’s definitely money well spent.

Simon’s Tour Naval Dockyard Tour

Take a slow cruise on the Spirit Of Just Nuisance around Simon’s Bay and learn about the history of the famous harbour. R50 for adults and R30 for kids under 12 years old.

See Comedy Shows at Jou Ma Se’s

Jou Ma Se’s is Cape Town’s only comedy venue (as of 2015) and it’s open every night of the week, Tickets are R95 during the week, just scraping under the R99 threshold, but on weekend nights entry is R120. Every night of the week, the club features professional top-class comedians.

Bonus: Three for Free

If you’re really stuck for cash, there are plenty of free things to do in Cape Town.

  • Take a free yoga class at Cape Quarter on Tuesday mornings
  • Check out the city art scene on ‘First Thursdays‘, an art appreciation night held in Bree Street on the first Thursday of every month, where dozens of the city’s galleries open their doors until late.
  • Head to Queen’s Beach on Monday evenings at 6pm for a fun group event. Participants explore the Sea Point Promenade via skateboard, rollerblades, bike, and similar modes of transport.

Prices mentioned above are subject to change without notice.

Article contributed by Gemma Clinton.

Borruso’s Too, Plumstead

Borruso’s Too in Plumstead is carrying on the proud Borruso’s tradition of serving up quality pizzas and pastas in the Southern Suburbs. Situated at 145B Main Road in Plumstead (just next to the FNB), the cosy restaurant has a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, with Cameron and his young energetic team on hand to serve you.

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Carnivores and vegetarians are both well catered for with an impressive menu of pizzas and pastas. Highlights on the pasta menu include the NNB Pasta (spinach, bacon, feta, olive oil base) and the Pesto Pasta (chicken, feta, sundried tomatoes, basil pesto), while stand-out pizzas include the CJ Special (mushrooms, bacon, feta, caramelised onions, chilli), Blue Pig (bacon, chicken, pepperdews, onion, feta, blue cheese) and Fiesta (brie, fig preserve, avo, balsamic reduction). Wheat free bases are available for pizzas at an additional cost of R20, while wheat free pasta is offered at no extra cost. If you have a sweet tooth, the banana flambé, cheesecake or famous Borruso’s Too chocolate brownies have you covered.

Borruso’s Too runs some great specials in the week that are definitely worth a mention. Grab two pizzas with any three toppings of your choice for only R120 on Mondays, or warm up your Tuesday evenings with any two pastas for R99. On Wednesdays you can enjoy a complimentary glass of wine with your sit-down meal.

With Mr Delivery, the restaurant offers locals a welcome alternative to the many franchised take-away options in Plumstead.

If you’re looking for quality Italian fare in Plumstead, give the restaurant a call on 021 761 0281 or check out http://www.borrusostoo.co.za.

PS. load shedding is no problem – that wood burning oven keeps on churning out the good food!

Crystal Palace and Sporting Lisbon on the way to Cape Town

Cape Town Stadium will host an exciting football tournament showcasing local and international teams next month. The Cape Town Cup will feature SA clubs Ajax Cape Town and SuperSport United, as well as UK based Crystal Palace and Sporting Lisbon from Portugal.

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The short pre-season tournament will take place on 24 and 26 July 2015, with two double-headers. On Friday 24 July 2015, Ajax Cape Town will face Sporting Lisbon at 17h45 and SuperSport United will take on Crystal Palace at 20h15. The results will determine who plays who on Sunday 26 July 2015.

Crystal Palace turned their season around after the appointment of manager Alan Pardew and will be building on their late season success. Let’s hope to see new some new faces in the team along with some of the established players. Sporting Lisbon have always been a powerhouse in Portuguese football and finished third last season, behind Benfica and FC Porto. The team has some exciting players to watch in Adrien Silva, Rui Patricio and Islam Slimani.

I think its brilliant news. The stadium gets some action, our local teams have an opportunity to play against international football clubs and the fans get a chance to see some quality football in the winter months.

For more information, visit http://capetowncup.co.za/.

Whisky Live Showroom 2015

Over 100 of the finest local and international whiskies will be showcased under one roof at the Whisky Live Showroom later this month. Following the success of last year’s event, whisky lovers can taste the best of the best at an exciting new venue this year – The Lookout in Granger Bay, from 18 to 20 June 2015. From Speyside to Islay, Taiwan to South Africa, Ireland to America, there’s a flavour for everyone!

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Aside from firm favourites, highlights of the event include:

  • A new range including Tomatin, Smokehead, Glenrothes, Glendalough and Arran presented by Andy Bell from the Distillery
  • The Glendronagh Private Barrel 20 year old presented by Marsh Middleton for Checkers, House of Fine Whiskies
  • ‘African Scot’ Micky Baloyi presenting the full range of Glenbrynth – right up to their glorious 40 year old
  • Taiwanese Master Distiller Ian Chang sharing what made Kavalan the World’s Best Single Malt at this year’s World Whiskies Awards
  • Master of the Quaich and Mr Whisky, Pierre Meintjes, showcasing the un-chill filtered Bunnahabhain range

Twisp, a range of fragrances including Issey Miyaki, Bvlgari and Hermes, The Cigar Club and oak-barrel matured Innis & Gunn craft beer will also be on show, complementing the aspirational whisky lifestyle.

Tickets are available from TicketPros and will also be on sale at the door. General access tickets (R170 each) include:

  • Entry to the venue
  • 15 whisky tasting vouchers
  • A whisky tasting glass
  • A copy of the SA Whisky Handbook 2015
  • A bottle of Still Valpré Spring Water

Designated driver tickets are available for R105 per person.

The dress code is smart casual and doors open from 18h30 to 22h00. For more information, visit http://www.whiskylivefestival.co.za

Winter Jazz Festival at GrandWest with Jonathan Butler and friends

This one’s for all the Mother City jazz lovers out there. Breakout Management, together with Kaya FM, Heart FM and DStv, are bringing some big names to the GrandWest Arena on 12 and 13 June 2015. The Winter Jazz Festival will feature US R&B star Musiq Soulchild, as well as legendary SA born musician Jonathan Butler, with special guests Oleta Adams and Euge Groove.

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Jonathan Butler will headline the GrandWest festival on Friday 12 June 2015, while Musiq Soulchild will entertain fans on Saturday 13 June 2015. Cape Town loves seeing Jonathan perform in the city and this time round, he’ll be joined by American soul, jazz, and gospel singer and pianist Oleta Adams, as well as smooth jazz saxophonist Euge Groove. This certainly makes for an evening of tasteful music – something for jazz fans to remember!

Tickets are available at Computicket, with prices ranging from R350 to R650. The music starts at 20h00 each night and ends around 23h00. Johannesburg fans can also look forward to seeing these fantastic musicians in action at Carnival City. Check out www.winterjazz.co.za for more information. More support acts will be announced in the weeks ahead.

I’m always happy to see some good jazz in town. Enjoy!

Red Cappuccino / Red Espresso – Rooibos never tasted so good

I’ve found my new favourite hot beverage for winter – the Red Cappuccino. Made with Red Espresso and packed with healthy anti-oxidants, it’s no surprise that many coffee shops and restaurants are offering the rooibos based drink on their menus. While I enjoy going out and relaxing with a Red Cappuccino, it’s much more cost effective if you can make one at home. With Red Espresso, you can do just that.

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There a number of methods that you can use to prepare Red Espresso which you can then add frothed milk to for a Red Cappuccino.

  • Espresso machine
  • Capsule espresso machine
  • Stove-top moka pot
  • French press / coffee plunger
  • Filter coffee machine

How to make a Red Cappuccino:

I don’t have an espresso machine at home but I do have a French press and also a filter coffee machine. Out of the two, there’s no doubt you can get a stronger flavour from the French press and that’s what I use. It’s pretty simple:

  • Make sure your French press is clean (especially if you’ve been using it for coffee)
  • Boil your water in a kettle
  • For each cup you want to make, add two tablespoons (14g) of Red Espresso to your French press
  • Add the hot water (not boiling) to the French press and stir for a few seconds
  • Add the French press lid to retain the heat but don’t press the plunger down yet
  • Allow the Red Espresso to brew for 4 to 5 minutes
  • Press the plunger down slowly
  • Pour the Red Espresso into your cup
  • Add warm frothed milk
  • Top with honey and cinnamon if you like it that way

Here’s a video so you can exactly how quick and easy it is.

An espresso machine would probably give you a stronger flavour but I’m happy with the French press method for now.

You can buy ground Red Espresso in 125g, 250g and 1kg packs. Capsules are available as well for capsule style espresso machines. I still drink a few cups of normal rooibos tea during the day, while keeping the Red Cappuccino as something to look forward to.

There are many other beverages you can make with Red Espresso. The ‘Fresh Red’ mixed with apple juice is very refreshing. See what recipes you can find here http://www.redespresso.com/drinks/. Best of all, it’s caffeine-free.

If you’d like to find out about the health benefits of rooibos, do some reading here:

Have you tried a Red Cappuccino yet? I’m going to make one right now 😉

Cell C data bundles – recharging could be easier?

I’ve been a Cell C data customer for a while now. The SmartData 2GB package doesn’t last long with today’s content heavy internet but depending on your needs, it might work for you. The SpeedStick / wi-fi router is fine to use but recharging could be a lot easier. Cell C provides an online service where you can check your data balance, invoice history etc. One thing that continues to puzzle me, is the lack of an option to buy data using that online service.

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How to buy Cell C data bundles for your SpeedStick / wi-fi router:

Instead, you have to phone Cell C customer care to process an additional data bundle (I’m sure none of us enjoying waiting on the line for a call centre) or you can:

  • take the SIM card out of your SpeedStick / wi-fi router
  • insert it into your phone
  • dial *147#
  • follow the prompts to buy a data bundle
  • then finally insert your SIM card back into your SpeedStick / wi-fi router

That’s maybe not too much of an inconvenience if your monthly data package is sufficient for the month but if not and you find yourself having to recharge, a more efficient way of buying data to use with your SpeedStick /wi-fi router would be great. And with the new Cell C data tariffs, you don’t want to be using the out-of-bundle rate.

Is there an easier way of loading data bundles without swapping the SIM card? Simply adding an additional option to the online service could be the way?