Monthly Archives: November 2013

A new outstanding Wine Gallery

Ellerman House has announced the opening of its highly anticipated Ellerman House Wine Gallery.

Integrating outstanding contemporary architecture with breathtaking sculpture and cutting-edge design, the new wine gallery is not only a showcase for Ellerman House’s extensive, award-winning South African wine collection but offers guests a unique, interactive journey into the world of wine.

More like a work of art than merely a cellar, the wine gallery provides sophisticated storage in state-of-the-art wine racks and temperature-controlled subterranean cellars for a 7500-strong collection of vintage and rare wines.

ellerman house opening wine gallery november 2013

The handcrafted nature of South Africa’s finest wines and the organic shape of grapevines are reflected in the use of natural, earthy materials – wood, granite, metal, carbon – polished, sculpted, carved or left raw to reveal the innate, intrinsic beauty of each element.

Besides being an inspiring, experiential space in which to taste wine, the gallery includes an interactive multi-media wine library, maturation cellars for white and red wines, and a brandy tasting lounge. A special feature is a Champagne Cellar, stocked exclusively with rare and special vintages of Dom Perignon.

A separate space within the wine gallery is dedicated to the South African brandy industry, recognised as the third oldest brandy producing country in the world. South Africa has produced many world-class brandies over the years, many of them notable award winners.

The brief to the design team from the owner, Paul Harris, was to come up with a original concept for the wine gallery that had never been seen before. Harris wanted to create a space where guests and friends of Ellerman House could taste and appreciate the many fine wines produced in South Africa, while being inspired by world-class local architecture, sculptural art and design.

‘The wine gallery is a work of art, rather than just a functional space,’ explains Harris. ‘I am truly delighted with the way the brief was interpreted.’

Ellerman House has also devised a wine App for iPad that provides layers of detailed information about South African wines, including tasting notes for individual wines in synch with the hotel’s wine list.

A Museum of Contemporary Art for Cape Town

The V&A Waterfront and Jochen Zeitz announced a unique partnership to create a major new cultural institution that will focus on collecting, preserving, researching, and exhibiting cutting edge contemporary art from Africa and its Diaspora.

The museum will be named Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA) in honour of the renowned Zeitz Collection, which will form the museum’s founding collection.

Zeitz MOCAA, a new not-for-profit institution, will be housed in the historic Grain Silo at the V&A Waterfront. Built in 1921, and at 57m tall, the Grain Silo remains an icon of the Cape Town skyline.

Zeitz MOCAA will comprise over 9,500 square meters (102,000 square feet) placing it among leading contemporary art museums worldwide. Zeitz MOCAA will be spread over nine floors, of which 6,000 square meters (65,000 square feet) will be dedicated to exhibition space. Through an entire floor dedicated to education, the museum will develop a new art-loving, museum-going audience.

Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa Cape Town

Considered by many to be the leading collection of contemporary art from Africa and its Diaspora, Jochen Zeitz will commit his collection in perpetuity, underwrite the running costs of the Museum and provide a substantial acquisition budget to allow the Museum to acquire new important artworks over time to remain on the edge of contemporary cultural production.

As the most visited site in Africa, with over 24 million visitors annually, the V&A Waterfront is the perfect venue to share the cultural artifacts and ideas of Africa with the world.

Until the extensive renovations to the Silo complex are complete, selections from the Zeitz Collection will be presented at Zeitz MOCAA Pavilion, a museum-quality temporary exhibition space also at the V&A Waterfront.

The inaugural exhibition which opens at Zeitz MOCAA Pavilion on 23 November, will present the work of Swazi artist Nandipha Mntambo.

The height of the Grain Silo and its strong silhouette gives it a character that has set it apart as an unusual structure within the V&A Waterfront. The reuse of the structure to house Zeitz MOCAA combines ingenuity, resourcefulness and beauty in a way that will be unique for Africa and give greater respect to the work displayed.

Zeitz MOCAA forms part of a master plan for the Silo district that includes mixed-use developments of residential, commercial, leisure and hotel property with the transformed Grain Silo as the central focus of a public plaza. The architect for the new museum will be announced in February 2014.

Zeitz MOCAA is set to welcome its first visitors at the end of 2016.

Awarded film for the protection of the lions

Launched in 1991, the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival is a biennial conference attended by more than 600 international professionals in order to engage lively discussions, seminars, and forums devoted to the nature preservation.

Its aim is also to raise awareness and multiply the innovative actions allowing to attract the attention of the international community. The Festival has just attributed Outstanding Achievement Award to the Great Plains Conservation project of the Jouberts.

Dereck and Beverly Joubert have celebrated nature and wildlife through 22 documentaries, 10 books, 6 scientific papers, photographs and National Geographic magazine articles for 30 years.

Their mission is the conservation of the large predators and increase public awareness on the issues related to the protection of the large predators and key African wildlife species.

awarded film joubert zarafa camp lions

They lately decided to expand their mission to the conservation tourism areas via their ”Great Plains” initiative (1.8 million acres in Africa) and which includes the Zarafa camp in Botswana for instance. Great Plains is a venture set up with different conservation partnerships in Africa. Great Plains has also received awards for responsible tourism in London and South Africa and has won many rewards for Best Safari Accommodation.

The Joubert`s film, “The Last Lions,” was filmed in 2011 in Botswana and since has become a powerful ambassador for the defense of the wild lions. The movie was seen by over 350 million people. The film was granted by the Best Theatrical Film award at the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival the same year and since then has received many other international awards. National Geographic has agreed to donate all profits from the film to the conservation of lions.

The film documentary focuses on a lioness named Ma di Tau (“Mother of Lions”). She battles to protect her cubs against the daunting onslaught of her enemies to ensure their survival. The film deals with the low population of the large cats in the world and if the cubs of Ma di Tau are among the last lions or no.

The Jouberts have recently started to focus on the protection of another threatened animal : the rhinoceros. In 1970, 70 000 of them were counted worldwide whereas in 2011, only 4 200 were numerated. Since January 2013 in South Africa, more than 600 rhinos have been poached because of human appetite for their distinctive horns.

According to the Jouberts, there is $27 billion per year involved in illegal animals trade which means that animals are sold out of Africa. Moreover, they say that the real battle should be engaged now. Otherwise, we might be witnessed of an event with no winner.

World Design Capital launches its 450 projects !

Cape Town Design NPC, together with Executive Mayor Alderman Patricia de Lille, lately announced the much-anticipated Programme for World Design Capital® Cape Town 2014 (WDC 2014) at a joint press conference, celebrating and lauding local design thinking.

WDC 2014 will provide an opportunity to showcase the approximately 450 projects that have been officially recognized and which will form part of the Programme next year.

Executive Mayor Alderman Patricia de Lille said the diversity of the final projects reflects the general determination of all Capetonians to position Cape Town as the design and creative hub of the continent.

world design capital cape town 2014 launches its programme

The first call for submissions elicited 572 responses with 230 shortlisted projects. The second call received 681 submissions and which saw 380 projects emerge from in-depth evaluation.

Projects were submitted across the four WDC 2014 themes:

African Innovation. Global Conversation
Bridging the Divide
Today for Tomorrow
Beautiful Spaces. Beautiful Things

The final recognized projects were then re-organised into six clusters to act as navigational beacons for various audiences.

The clusters are:

LIFESTYLE ENHANCERS: Design that gives meaning through fashion, arts, culture, sports and recreation.

BUSINESS THAT BUILDS: Design that adds value to the economy through innovation, finance, systems and social entrepreneurship.

SUSTAINABILITY SOLUTIONS: Design that focuses on efficiency and resilience related to food, energy, water and the natural environment.

CONNECTIONS THAT UNITE: Design that elevates communication, transportation and social cohesion.

EDUCATION THAT ELEVATES: Design that shares knowledge through schools, exhibitions and skills development.

COMMUNITY IMPROVEMENT: Design that improves health, wellness, housing and urban Development.

In addition to the 450 public submission projects, the overall calendar and programme features the remaining five WDC Signature Events, City of Cape Town Ward projects and existing events in Cape Town that will be leveraged for WDC 2014.

The launch of WDC 2014 takes place on 31 December with the New Year’s Eve of Design signature event, which will see Cape Town placed “on top of the world” for one night only. The countdown to 2014 heralds the biggest NYE party the City has hosted.

The recognized projects are available to view online at

Top 10 restaurants in South Africa

The best south african restaurants have just been honored at the 2013 Eat Out DStv Food Network Restaurant Awards, on november 10th, at the Cape Town Waterfront

The awards celebrate South Africa’s talent and culinary distinction, culminating in 2013’s Top 10 Restaurants and the S. Pellegrino Chef of the Year.

For the second year in a row, South Africa’s Restaurant of the Year is The Test Kitchen in Cape Town.

The Test Kitchen - Woodstock - Cape Town - Restaurant of the year (2013)

The Test Kitchen – Woodstock – Cape Town – Restaurant of the year (2013)

Also revealed at the ceremony were the four anonymous South African-based judges, who worked alongside Eat Out editor and chief judge Abigail Donnelly to determine the winners. The judges for the Top 10 were chef and lecturer Garth Stroebel; owner of Chefs Warehouse and Cooking School Liam Tomlin; and consultant and owner of Frankie Fenner Meat Merchants Andy Fenner. Celebrity chef and TV host Jenny Morris judged the “Best of” portion of the awards.

The Test Kitchen - Chef: Luke Dale-Roberts

The Test Kitchen – Chef: Luke Dale-Roberts

The Top 10 restaurants for 2013

1. The Test Kitchen – Woodstock – Cape Town
2. Five Hundred – Johannesburg (The Saxon Boutique Hotel)
3. Rust en Vrede – Stellenbosch – Western Cape
4. The Greenhouse – Constantia Valley – Cape Town
5. Hartford House –  Mooi River, KwaZulu-Natal
6. Jordan Restaurant – Stellenbosch – Western Cape
7. Overture – Stellenbosch – Western Cape (Hidden Valley Wine Estate)
8. Camphors at Vergelegen – Somerset West – Cape Town (Vergelegen wines)
9. The Tasting Room at Le Quartier Français –  Franschhoek – Western Cape
10. Pierneef à La Motte – Franschhoek – Western Cape

 Boutique Hotel - Johannesburg - David Higgs, Eat Out S. Pellegrino Chef of the Year

Boutique Hotel – Johannesburg – David Higgs, Eat Out S. Pellegrino Chef of the Year

All the winners :

Restaurant of the Year: The Test Kitchen

Eat Out S. Pellegrino Chef of the Year: David Higgs, Five Hundred

Service Excellence: Rust en Vrede

Rising Star: Vanessa Marx, Dear Me

Wine Service: Joakim Hansi Blackadder, Rust en Vrede

Rust en Vrede - Stellenbosh - Service excellence and Wine service prizes

Rust en Vrede – Stellenbosh – Service excellence and Wine service prizes

The Lannice Snyman Lifetime Achievement Award in association with Paarl Media: Michael Olivier

Eat Out TASTE Bursary: Amanda Manyatshe

Boschendal Style Award: The Pot Luck Club

Best Asian Restaurant: Kitima

Best Bistro: The Leopard

Best Country-Style Restaurant: Towerbosch

Best Italian Restaurant: Burrata

Jacobsdal Best Steakhouse: Carne SA

Dear me  – Cape Town – Vanessa Marx, Rising star

Tailor-make your own breakfast or tea menu

Le Quartier Français is launching The Long Tea Table – a high tea menu designed by Grand Chef Margot Janse. Tailor-make your own menu from choices such as Macadamia and white chocolate cheesecake, and Kabeljou and baby leek crumble.

Whether a special event such as a baby shower, birthday party, book club, or just a lazy day lounging with your ladies… indulgence and spoiling will be had. Served in The Garden Room on request between 12h00 and 17h00.

Le Quartier Français launching The Long Tea Table

In addition to their normal breakfast, Le Quartier has introduced a “Petite Breakfast Menu”. Items include sticky buns, eggs Benedict, and their delicious croissant with scrambled egg and Neil Jewell’s bacon.

This menu is perfect for locals as well as guests who want a simple breakfast. Served in the front lounge and veranda from 7am, it is the perfect setting to watch the village wake up and start bustling, with the backdrop view of the mountains.

This luxury boutique hotel situated in the heart of the Franschhoek Village is home to the award winning Tasting Room with menu designed by Executive Chef Margot Janse. It is the extra-ordinary staff, comfortable rooms and the attention to detail that ensure that this Relais & Châteaux Auberge is the ultimate spoiling. Lingering lunches are also served at  the restaurant Bread & Wine and you are invited to tailor make your stay too.

Cape Town International Kite Festival

New Horizons’ is the theme for the nineteenth Cape Town International Kite Festival, Africa’s biggest kite festival, which is proudly hosted by Cape Mental Health and will take place in Muizenberg on 2 & 3 November 2013.

The annual Cape Town International Kite Festival attracts talented kite-makers and kite fliers from around the world, including: David and Susan Gomberg (USA), two of the most well-travelled kiters on the planet; Sheri Muraya and Nadia Kimani, organisers of the Kenya Kite Festival; Karl and Sara Longbottom (UK), famous for their ‘flying underpants’ and Maarten and Tjitske van Hienen (Netherlands) who specialise in patchwork kites.

Festival-goers will see giant animals and other amazing kite creations take to the skies, as well as exciting stunt kiting, Rokakkau kite battles and a Revolution team display. Primary school children can participate in the EduKite Competition (Saturday 2 Nov) and local kite-makers are invited to enter the Heritage Kite Award (Sunday 3 Nov).

Cape Town International Kite Festival

With various Swaeltjie and sled kite-making workshops (for adults and children), craft and food stalls as well as kiddies’ rides and live entertainment, the festival offers fantastic family fun in aid of a very good cause. All profits go directly to Cape Mental Health, South Africa’s oldest mental health organisation, which this year celebrates 100 years of providing vital mental health services to adults and children in poorly-resourced communities in the Western Cape.

The Cape Town International Kite Festival happens on (and above) the lawns of Zandvlei Nature Reserve, Muizenberg (corner Axminster and The Row). Open from 10:00 to 18:00 daily, the event offers lots of parking and easy access by train (False Bay or Muizenberg stations). Entry is R20 and just R10 for children 12 years and under.

For the first time, in celebration of the CMH Centenary, there will be an exclusive night fly on Saturday 2 November (from 18:30 to 21:00). Tickets for the night fly are R100 per person including a finger supper.

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