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Newsletter 12 September 2019

Important Notice

Dear Students, please take note that 24 September is a public holiday in South Africa. On this day South Africans celebrate their heritage with friends and family over a shared meal. This day 24 September is also known as Braai Dag. Braai is South Africa’s version of a barbeque.

If you are planning any trips for the long weekend please let Karin know. Also if you book trips through XChange there are discounts available to you. For more information on adventure activities or 3 – 4 day trips contact Karin

September Birthdays:

Vivianne Venes
Renzo Hoving
Anouk Kruse

September Arrivals

Manon Klein Teeselink
Anouk Kruse
Dian Kremer
Vivian Kogan
Lea Hanuise
Raphael Vincentini
Matthieu Keller

More Wonderful Ways To Experience Cape Town

Open For All Drum Circle Sessions @ Djembe 4 All

Djembe 4 All is the home of authentic West African djembe drumming in Cape Town. Join their open for all drum circle sessions and learn how to use the djembe drum. Beginners, tourists and locals are all warmly welcomed with more than enough djembes for everyone to join in on the fun. Therapeutic and relaxed session – no pressure – just turn up and give it a try, you might even leave with new friends.

Open: Every Saturday (free for all sessions)
Time:15h00 – 18h00
Cost: R 50
Where: Djembe 4 All, 134 Long Street, Cape Town
Cell: 072 821 3227 (Manan)

Food Market @ The V & A Waterfront

The Old Power Station brought power to the Cape Town dockyard. Today, this powerhouse of innovation is still generating bright ideas through the V&A Food Market. They showcase 42 of the finest local products and offer a platform for small business to launch trend concept food stores and bars alike. You can sit indoors when windy or quayside for sundowners. It’s the place to be for those seeking an eating experience with a vibrant atmosphere and plenty of variety.

Open: Every day from 10h00 – 19h00, except Friday and Saturday the close at 20h00
Where: The Old Power Station, Building 19, Dock Road, Pier Head, V&A Waterfront

Ice Skate @ The Ice Station Grand West

Home to the only indoor ice-skating rink in the Western Cape, The Ice Station at GrandWest invites amateur and professional ice-skaters to hone their skating skills on an Olympic-sized rink. Open all-year round, ice skating at GrandWest is one of the most popular all-year-round activities enjoyed by kids and adults and makes for a fun afternoon out.

Open: General public Friday (10h00 -12h30, 14h00 - 16h30, 18h00 - 20h30 & 21h00 - 24h00); Saturday (09h00 -11h30, 12h00 - 14h30, 15h00 - 17h30, 18:00 - 20h30, 21h00-24h00); Sunday (12h00 -14h30, 15h00 - 17h30, 18h00 - 20h30, 21h00 - 24h00)
Cost: R60
Where: Grand West Casino, 1 Jakes Gerwel Drive, Acacia Park, Cape Town
Book tickets at:

Visit The Deerpark Café

This city bowl eatery is great for all ages. The décor is natural and stylish yet funky – outside and inside seating is available with big bay windows overlooking The Rocklands Rd Park. Table Mountain is the back drop with Deer Park being the popular gateway into the Rocklands reserve. Inside seating is perfect protection from the Vredehoek wind and toasty in winter with the fireplace.

Open: Every day from 08h00 – 20h00
Where: 2 Deerpark Drive, Vredehoek, Cape Town
Tel: 021 4626311

What’s On This Weekend

Noble Vice Wine & Culinary @ The Old Biscuit Mill

Noble Vice: the boutique wine and food festival is returning to The Old Biscuit Mill. With 6 iconic chefs and 30 hand-picked winemakers coming together to create an unrivalled tasting experience. With each chef creating a single dish in their signature style, and cooking up an exciting collaboration... Visitors can look forward to a six-course experience like no other.

Date: 15 September 2019
Time: 11h00 – 17h00
Cost: R895 (Tickets are all inclusive: cover all food and wine tastings available on the day)
Where: The Old Biscuit Mill, 375 Albert Rd, Woodstock, Cape Town
Book tickets at:

Live Music With An Indian Dinner

Ollyvans Studios is teaming up with Peak Academy for an evening of live music, exotic Indian cuisine and a dinner show unlike any other. We promise to enchant the audience with an array of smoke, lights and professional musicians. Included in the package is a three course meal and a choice of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. Feel free to bring your own alcohol.

Date: 14 September 2019
Time: 18h00 – 21h00
Cost: R265 with an additional R5
Peak Connect Café, 72 Main Rd, Fish Hoek, Cape Town
Book tickets at:

Watershed Acoustic Show @ Hazendal Wine Estate

Watershed, one of the most successful and well-loved bands ever to come out of South Africa, will be celebrating almost two decades of musical success with a special acoustic session at Hazendal Wine Estate. Concert-goers can enjoy an array of pre-show dinner offerings at Hazendal's Avant-Garde Restaurant, the Babushka Deli and the Pivnushka Beer Garden booking is essential: . The WonderTruck food truck will also serve delicious meals.

Date: 14 September 2019
Time: 17h00 – 21h30
Cost: R195
Where: Hazendal Wine Estate Bottelary Rd, Stellenbosch Farms, Stellenbosch
Book tickets at:

Franschhoek Uncorked @ Rickety Bridge Winery

Uncork & unwind at Rickety Bridge. Taste your way through our Foundation Stone range or our latest release of Sauvignon Blanc 2019. They will also be offering tastings directly from the barrel for the oenophiles (wine lovers). There will be a variety of festival food on the go, as well as delicious cheese platters to be enjoyed on the lawn in front of the Manor House. Newton & Co, the live band, will be entertaining our festival goers on Saturday and Sunday.

Date: 14 – 15 September 2019
Time: 11h00 – 16h00
Cost: R 180
Where: Rickety Bridge Winery / R45 (Main Road) / Franschhoek / Book tickets at:

What’s On In Cape Town In September

The Parlotones Live @ Kapstadt Brauahaus

Kapstad Brauhuas is thrilled to present The Parlotones, live as part of their Unplugged(ish) Tour! Join The Parlotones on for a special evening and experience something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue as they take you on a journey through songs that spans 21 years!

Date: 20 September 2019
Time: 17h00 - 00h00
Cost: R100 - R200 (Ticket includes: Free Castle draught and a Free Kapstadt Brauhaus beer mug)
Where: Kapstad Brauhuas, Shop G13 Clock Tower, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town
Book tickets at:

Braai Dag Celebration @ Bosman Family Vineyard

Celebrate South African-ness with a traditional braai (South African BBQ) on Heritage Day aka Braaidag 24 September, an official public holiday at The Bosman Family Vineyard. The day will begin with an optional refreshing walk through the vineyards (± 2 Km long) stopping en route to taste wines and admire the spectacular views. The trail ends at the cellar where a long and lovely lunch will be served under the oaks. Live entertainment by Newton and Co.

Date: 24 September 2019
Time: Walk the vine tasting from 11h00 – 12h00 & Braai Celebration from 12h00 – 16h00
Cost: R290
Where: Bosman Family Vineyards, Hexberg Road, Lelienfontein, Wellington
Book tickets at:

Hermanus Whale Festival

The Hermanus Whale Festival, is the oldest and largest festival on the Cape Whale Coast in South Africa and while the whales are predominantly the star performers at the festival, they will be joined on land by quality entertainers and musicians, an array of food stalls and events suitable for both the young and old.

Date: 27 – 30 September 2019
Cost: Festival entry is FREE
Tip: Book at a guest house in advance for the weekend as it is a very popular event
Where: The Hermanus Whale Festival, 79 Marine Dr, Hermanus
More info:

The Afrofest 2019

Afrofest is an annual decentralized festival that collaborates with local businesses, organizations, activators, and creatives all over the city, to put up this amazing festival during heritage weekend, all in celebration and appreciation of African Culture and Heritage! What to expect: African music, live concerts, African food, art and craft exhibitions, fashion, markets, film screenings, themed music parties, story-telling and poetry, amongst others! Locations for this year include: CBD, Observatory, Langa, and Khayelitsha!

Date: 21 – 24 September 2019
Time: Various
Cost: Various
Book tickets at:

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:

Mojo Market

The Mojo Market is a contemporary, indoor food and lifestyle market situated in the heart of Sea Point. The market is a hybrid and eclectic mix of 20 designer retail stalls, a weekend market and 35 food vendors. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Choose from a variety of different cuisines and eat in our open dining area with floor-to-ceiling views of the sea and palm-lined promenade.

Open: 7 days a week from 08h00 - 23h00.
Where: 30 Regent Road, Sea Point

Time To Plan Ahead

Rocking The Daisies (4 -6 October 2019)

Go to their WEBSITE for more details:

Passenger South Africa Tour (26 November 2019)

Go to their website for more details:

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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