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Newsletter 12 March 2020

March Arrivals

Daphne Seipelt
Jutta Paulus
Jan Dore
Leonie Schikorra
Luisa Griessbaum
Fabienne Arnswald
Jennifer Blankenburg
Nicolas Eby
Xavier Stimpfling

March Birthdays

Flores Bootsma
Annerique Nicolai

General Notice

Dear students, XChange SA supports a refugee program in Cape Town that make lovely African items should you wish to by souvenirs before you depart. If you are interested contact Karin.

More Wonderful Ways To Experience Cape Town

Fairy Glen Big 5 Safari

Ever wanted to encounter African Wildlife up close? Try a safari. The Fairy Glen Reserve is tucked away at the foot of the world famous Brandwacht Mountains, in a peaceful rustic environment surrounded by Cape Fynbos and waterfalls. There you will experience a personal encounter with the reserves wildlife on their game drives. Full day Safari includes breakfast, game drive and buffet lunch.

Open: Every day.
Where: 56 Brandwacht Rd, Worcester West
Discouts: Contact Karin for booking discount that is available to Xchange SA students

Quad Bike On A Dune

Head Out Quad Bike allows you to experience the beauty and wonders of the Atlantis dunes on a guided tour that does not empty your pockets, and now you can have a lasting memory you can share with your friends and family. Their guided tours take you around on an hour long session of quad biking in a fun and free flowing ride.

Open: Every day from 09h00 – 17h00
Cost: R 825 (provide you with hairnets, helmets, and semi-automatic quad bikes which are regularly serviced)
Where: Headout Quad Bike Rentals, Atlantis Dunes, Dassenberg Rd, Atlantis, Cape Town
Booking at:

Sandboarding With Sidewinder

Sandboarding: The closest thing to snowboarding in Cape Town. Picture yourself cruising down high standing sand dunes with the warmth of the African sun above. It’s basically like snowboarding at the beach! Sandboarding happens on the expansive Atlantis dune field 40 Km outside Cape Town.

Open: Every day from 10h00 – 13h00
Cost: R495 (includes permits to dunes, boards and experienced guides)
Note: Booking is essential.

Franschhoek Brew Hopper

The new Franschhoek Brew Hopper service offers a Hop-on, Hop-off experience visiting the three craft breweries in Franschhoek.Inspired by the Wine Tram, the air-conditioned 20-seater bus departs every hour from central town and stops at Tuk Tuk Microbrewery, Hey Joe Brewing Co and The Franschhoek Beer Co. Visitors set their own pace and can "linger longer" if they so desire - and if they have a favorite stop, their ticket allows them to hop back - simply, wait for the bus, hop on and hop off where they want.

Open: Everyday from 11h00 – 16h00
Cost: R 195 per person for hop-on, hop-off service.
Where: 54 Huguenot Road, Franschhoek, Cape Town
Book tickets at:

Easy Freak Live @ Backsberg Estate Cellars

Backsberg’s 11th Annual Picnic Concert Series is finally here and the 2020 series is set to be truly spectacular. The final act of the season will be another new addition to the Backsberg stage, Easy Freak. With a natural fusion of pop, electro, funk and soul, these guys will have you dancing all afternoon. Backsberg wine, beer and cider will be available for purchase on-site on the day as well as an assortment of easy foods and beverages - think wraps, burgers, fries, soft drinks and water.

Date: 15 Mar 2020
Time: 15h00 – 19h00
Cost: R 150
Where: Backsberg Estate Cellars, Klapmuts, Simondium Rd, Paarl
Book tickets at:

Neighbourhood Bring & Braai @ Brewers Co-Op

Sizzling Sisnyama Sundays! Bring your friends and family to join our Neighbourhood Bring and Braai at Brewers Co-op. Let's make our circle bigger. This Sunday it's South African National beer day. How does it work? Once a month we would like people from all forms of life to get together around a fire and connect. What must I pack? Bring whatever you have in the fridge, or support a local neighbours, bring whatever is your favourite thing to place on the braai. Please remember all cutlery (We are a Brewery and don’t have a kitchen). Free Brewery tours on the day.

Date: 15 March 2020
Time: 13h00 – 18h00
Cost: Free
Where: Brewers Co-op, 135 Albert Rd, Cape Town
Bookings at:

Beerhouse On Long St. Patrick’s Day

At the Beerhouse we might not be Irish, but we certainly enjoy beer as much as they do! Come join us as we celebrate St. Patrick’s day. St. Patrick's day is one of the Beerhouse's favourite days because we get to drink many delicious dark beers. Green is the theme so make sure you wear green and get into the #gees of St. Patrick's Day.

Date: 14 March 2020
Time: 18h00 – 22h00
Cost: R 150
Where: Beerhouse on Long, 223 Long St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town
Book tickets at:

Durbanville Plaasfees 2020

Local is lekker … therefore come and celebrate the flavours, sounds and wholesome fun of farm life at the 13th Durbanville Farm Festival to be hold at Meerendal wine estate. Local artists Tasché Burger, Cobus & Christo will be performing live on the day. Enjoy the tractors on display and go back to your farm roots for plaas family fun. Jukskei a 270-year-old folk sport and tug of war will also bring back nostalgic memories. Honest-to-goodness farm food like jaffefls, pancakes, braaivleis, etc. will be on sale.

Date: 14 March 2020
Time: 08h30
Cost: R 70
Where: Meerendal Wine Estate, Vissershok Rd, Durbanville, Cape Town
Book tickets at:

What’s On In Cape Town In March

Cape Town Carnival 2020

Take your imagination by surprise as 1000s of performers bring art, passion, music and magic to the streets of Green Point, Cape Town. From marimba to marabi, uhadi to riel, this years’ theme, Incredible Journey: Sounds of South Africa, showcases the sounds, music, dance and art unique to South Africa, each of which is so powerful and distinct it connects us to our past, our future, our country, and each other.

Date: 21 March 2020
Time: 19h00 – 22h00
Cost: General access is free
Where: Cape Town Carnival, Fan Walk. Somerset Road, Green Point, Cape Town

Festival Of Bubbles At The Vineyard Hotel

Imagine... a warm, late summer afternoon in a beautiful garden under the eastern cliffs of Table Mountain, toasting your friends with some of the world’s most wonderful bubblies ... The festival will celebrate bubblies from SA and abroad, all made in the ancient Methode Champenoise tradition from Saxenburg, Villiera, Graham Beck, Bon Courage, Silverthorn, Simonsig, etc. With autumn on the way, the Festival of Bubbles is the perfect ending to a wonderful Cape Town summer.

Date: 22 March 2020
Time: 15h00 – 18h00
Cost: R275
Where: Vineyard Hotel, Colinton Rd 1, Off Protea Rd, Newlands, Cape Town
Book tickets at:

Stellenbosch Airshow 2020

The biggest Airshow in the Cape, now over two days! Loads of beautiful aircraft, noise, beer tents, great food and wine varieties. Building on this success of 2019, FASHKOSH 2020 will be bigger and more exciting now being held over two days. Friday will kick off with a dusk display by the Puma Flying Lions and others. Kurt Darren will entertain you with some good music. Saturday all of the favourites from 2019 will be on display, including the Silver Falcons, skydivers, jets, vintage aircraft and many extras. As this event caters for all, you are welcome to bring the family for an enjoyable outing.

Date: 20 -21 March 2020
Time: 18h00 (Friday) & 09h00 – 17h00 (Saturday)
Cost: R80 – R 150
Where: Stellenbosch Flying Club, Airfield Rd, Stellenbosch
Book tickets at:

Bain's Kloof Oasis Hike With TrailFit SA

Experience a hidden Gem in BainsKloof! The route involves crossing a shallow river and hiking along a Gradual Incline to arrive at a truly magical destination. The trail is about 6km to the waterfall and back. The water is super refreshing and scenery out of this world. Some have described it as the best place they’ve ever been.

Date: 21 March 2020
Time: 08h00 – 12h00
Cost: R300 (Guided route, First Aider, social gain, safety in numbers, permit booking)
Where: BainsKloof Pass, Just outside of Wellington (1hr 15min drive from Cape Town CBD)
Bookings at: Email -

Every Week Activities

Cafe Roux Sessions Cape Town

Cafe Roux is a well-known restaurant situated in the heart of Cape Town. At night, one of the country’s most loved live music venues, staging top SA artists. Catch your favourite musician/ band/ comedian up-close & personal, in this very special & very intimate 100-seater venue. Make a night of it by grabbing a bite to eat at the restaurant itself before the show.

Open: Every day with performances almost every night
Time: 12h00 and the show starts at 19h00
Cost: Varies from performance to performance
Book tickets at:

Kerstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts

On Sunday afternoons, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden is transformed host outdoor live music concerts. Well-loved local and international artists grace the stage. It is a picnic style concert event, so bring a blanket and a picnic basket and enjoy good tunes under the warm sun.

Date: 24 November 2019 – 05 April 2020
Time: 17h00
Cost: R 170 – R 220
Where: Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, Rhodes Dr, Newlands, Cape Town
Book tickets at:

The Galileo Open Air Cinema

The Galileo Open Air Cinema welcomes you to a magical movie experience of cinematic delights, tantalizing treats and breath-taking scenery under a canopy of stars. The doors swing open to a festive market of mouth-watering artisanal food and drinks on sale, interactive games, lively music and an unforgettable vibe. With a glittering line-up of romantic comedies, classics, musicals, adventure sports and documentaries that let you cuddle up and be entertained. Note the venue varies from movie to movie.

Date: 16 October 2018 – 25 April 2019
Time: 19h00 till late depending on the movie
Cost: R 89 – R 320
View movie schedule and book tickets at:

Time To Plan Ahead

Cape Town International Jazz Festival 2020 (27-28 March 2020)

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Cape Town Carnival 2020 (21 March 2020)

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South African Cheese Festival 2020(25 - 26 April 2020)

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Safety Rules:

PLEASE BE VIGILANT WHEN AT YOUR HOUSES - there have been reports of break-ins and hi-jackings that we must be made aware of. PLEASE DO THE FOLLOWING:

Please remember that the Sector Van is only too happy to be called out to check on ANYTHING, no matter how trivial it may seem to you. The more the van is seen in the area, especially with the excellent response time we have come to expect from Mowbray SAPS, the better. We have to accept that there are people sussing out ALL areas, at ALL times and watching our movements - we just do not seem to see or notice them.

  • SAPS MOWBRAY (021 680 9588)
  • SECTOR 2 (east of Liesbeek Parkway, Little Mowbray, Park Estate, Sybrand Park)
  • SECTOR 2 VAN (079 894 1466)
  • SECTOR 2 COMMANDER (082 469 2462 - W.O. Derek van der Merwe)
  • ADT EMERGENCY NUMBER (086 12 12 301)

Never let anyone onto/into your property unless you have specified the person expected, as well as the expected time of arrival. Please remember this: it is important to stay calm. No material possession is worth risking injury for.

Advice from South Africa Police Services (SAPS):

Reporting tips in order of importance:

  • Car Number Plates: Focus on letters and first 3 numbers. Don’t worry about all 6 numbers – accurate letters and first 3 numbers are all we need.
  • Note the exact time on your cell and watch. This makes a HUGE difference to our workload.
  • Vehicle Type: Make and colour is fine (e.g. Silver Merc).
  • Write it all down as quickly as possible, or enter onto your phone. Memories are often unreliable!
  • Contact your service provider/SAPS, and let us know by email.

Vehicle safety tips from ADT:

Here are some useful vehicle safety tips received this week from ADT:


  • Travel with car doors locked and windows closed.
  • Constantly monitor vehicles travelling behind, ahead and next to you.
  • If you think you’re being followed, drive to the nearest police station. Don’t go home.
  • Leave room between your car and the one in front to avoid being boxed in.
  • Attract the attention of other drivers or pedestrians if you think you’re in danger.
  • Hoot, flash your lights, put on your emergency lights, or shout.
  • Be aware of people approaching your car or loitering near traffic lights, stop signs, parking areas or your driveway.
  • If approached by a suspicious-looking person, especially at night or in deserted areas, drive off quickly from a stop street or intersection, always heeding traffic danger.
  • On long journeys only stop overnight at safe places. Stopping next to the road or in a parking area overnight is not safe.

Do not's:

  • Don’t stop at the scene of an accident unless you’re sure it’s genuine.
  • Don’t enter your garage or a parking area if you think you’re being followed.
  • Don’t stop if a passer-by indicates that, for example, you have a flat tyre or other defect. Drive to a service station or safe area and check it there.
  • Don’t leave your car door open and the engine running while opening garages.

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