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Newsletter 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:

Renzo Hoving
Anouk Kruse

September Arrivals

Lea Hanuise
Raphael Vincentini
Matthieu Keller

More Wonderful Ways To Experience Cape Town

E-Bike Tour Special @ Animal Ocean

Animal Ocean is kicking off the next season with a Spring Special on our EBike tours for September and October - a public offering of R450 per person as we ride into summer! Explore the iconic Chapman’s Peak Drive with us and our powerful Electric Bicycles. The cliff pass is stunningly beautiful as you wind along the edge of the sheer rocky slopes and watch them plunge into the cold Atlantic Ocean below. The trip is 24km in total with a Coffee/Snack break halfway at the Noordhoek Farm Village, where you can choose from a number of amazing eateries. It’s a trip not to miss in Cape Town.

Length of trip: 3.5 hours
Bookings at:

Explore The Alpaca Loom Coffee Shop & Weaving Studio

While visiting The Alpaca Loom Coffee Shop & Weaving Studio visitors can treat themselves to decadent cakes and a cup of freshly brewed coffee at the coffee shop, while taking in the stunning views of the farms alpaca herd, the dromedaries and Table Mountain in the background. At The Alpaca Loom Coffee Shop & Weaving Studio visitors are able to watch the weavers at work, interact with the alpacas and all the other animals in the petting zoo or go on an Alpaca Barn Tour.

Open: Every day 10h00 – 18h00
Tours: Friday – Sunday at 15h00 by appointment only
Cost: Barn tour R 50
Where: The Alpaca Loom Coffee Shop & Weaving Studio, Farm Klein Landskroon, Suid-Agter Paarl Road, Southern Paarl
Tel: +27 (0)84 793 3666

Create Your Own Burger @ Craft Burger

Craft Burger Bar is cosy restaurants, where you are able to “Create Your Own Burger” by selecting from a list of options in terms of patty, bun (if required), toppings, cheeses, sauces and sides. What a pleasure! If you don’t feel like deciding (there are over 5 million combinations!) there are already-designed Burger options. We also boast a delightful selection of locally brewed craft beers and wines from the most renowned vineyards in South Africa.

Open: Every day from 11h30 – 22h30
Where 63 Buitengracht Street, Heritage Square, Cape Town
Tel: +27 (0)21 424 0082

Grab A Bite To Eat @ Yours Truly Café

Yours Truly cafe has been lovingly crafted with a new look and feel that opens to the city through folded windows, inviting customers to relax and enjoy. At night, the space becomes a vibrant bar, with live DJ's every Thursday and month long exhibitions hosted by our sponsors VANS. Supporting local artists, Loop Street runs to the beat of the inner city.

Open: Monday & Tuesday 06h00 - 16h00, Wednesday to Friday 06h00 – 02h00, Saturday 08h00 – 02h00 and Sunday closed
Where: Yours Truly, 63 Loop St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town
Tel: 081 504 0064

What’s On This Weekend

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:

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:

Oooth Live @ The Beerhouse On Long

Catch Oooth live #atBEERHOUSE on Long. Jason Oosthuizen Drummer is a renowned South African drummer and musician. He is largely known for being a member of locally celebrated bands, Van Coke Cartel and Lost&Found, and in 2018 also as front man for OOOTH band. Joining them on the Beerhouse stage is The Boxer The Ring from and DJs until late.

Datre: 21 September 2019
Time: 21h00 – 02h00
Cost: Entry is Free
Where: Beerhouse (on Long), 223 Long Street, Cape Town

What’s On In Cape Town In September

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:

Fitch & Leedes Gin & Tonic Festival Cape Town 2019

The Fitch & Leedes Gin & Tonic Festival Cape Town is back for yet another successful day out sipping on Gins! What to expect: Artisanal food, local music, salivating garnishes and the very best Gins. Fitch & Leedes is the ultimate in mixers. Delicately carbonated, finely balanced and infused with the world’s finest flavours. Tickets include entry in to the event as well as a complimentary Festival Gin glass and a free Gin Taster.

Date: 28 September 2019
Time: 12h00 – 20h00
Cost: R160
Where: The Lookout, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
Book tickets at:

Music At Zevenwacht 2019 Ft. Matthew Mole

Get together with friends, grab a picnic blanket and come and join Zevenwacht Wine Estate for a fun day out for everyone! There will be fully stocked bars, an array of Zevenwacht 7even wines as well as tantalizing, artisanal food. The day promises to cater for every kind of person with renowned musician’s ft. Matthew Mole, great food and breath taking views of the picturesque wine estate.

Date: 29 September 2019
Time: 12h00 – 18h00
Cost: R 100 – R150
Where: Zevenwacht Wine Estate, Langverwacht Rd, Kuils River, Cape Town
Book tickets at:

Pinotage On Tap - Cape Town

Now in its 15th vintage, Pinotage On Tap has fondly become known as "The Best Wine Event in the World" and is brought to you by none other than the highly acclaimed Diemersfontein Wine Estate, producers of the ORIGINAL Coffee Chocolate Pinotage. At this fabulous one-day festival, guests get to indulge in some of the best things life has to offer, tremendous wine, delicious food, top-notch live music entertainment and amazing company! (what more could one possibly ask for?)

Date: 28 September 2019
Time: 12h00 – 19h00
Cost: R295 with an additional R5 fee
Where: Diemersfontein Wine Estate, R301 Jan Van Riebeeck Road, Wellington, Western Cape
Book tickets at:

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:

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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