Newsletter 26 September 2019
Dear Students, please note this Thursday (04 Oct) is First Thursday in Cape Town.
On the first Thursday of every month, arts and culture facilities in Cape Town stay open later than usual and showcase the talent that the Mother City has on offer – hence the name First Thursdays.
More Wonderful Ways To Experience Cape Town
Explore The Beer Route On Kloof Street
Walking beer route in Cape Town - 5 restaurants, 5 craft brewers, 4 hours to consume and enjoy! Ticket holders will receive a free 500ml craft beer (on tap) at each venue. Look out for specials offered by some participating restaurants for Route participants only. Only 100 tickets available. Complimentary Burger Brews beer mug to be used on the Route and yours to keep. An additional lanyard, attached to your Beer Route Card, used to redeem your beers.
When: Beer Route open every third Thursday of the month
Time: 19h00 – 22h00
Where: Kloof Street, Gardens, Cape Town
Book tickets at: https://bit.ly/2LutWFy/
Ons Huisie, which directly translates to “Our Small Home”, is an internationally recognised heritage site in Bloubergstrand now accommodating a world renowned and recognised traditional restaurant. The ever popular Ons Huisie is part of the Seascape Collection and boasts spectacular views, delicious, traditional West Coast cuisine, dog friendly facilities and picture perfect views of the Atlantic Ocean and Robben Island.
Open: Every day 09h00 – 22h00
Where: 18 Generaal Jansen Road, Bloubergstrand, Cape Town
Tel: +27 21 554 1553
The bright white Slangkoppunt (Snake Head Point) Lighthouse, situated on the coast in the South Peninsula, is the tallest cast iron lighthouse in South Africa. The internal spiral staircase you will climb during the guided tour takes you up 100 feet from the bottom to the balcony. If the idea of climbing up all those steps gets you a bit nervous, rest assured that the views from the top are entirely worth it. The tour will leave you with all sorts of interesting facts including the reason for South Africa being one of the few remaining places to retain actual Light House Keepers.
Cost: R16 for a guided tour
Where: Kommetjie, Lighthouse Rd, Cape Peninsula
Visit the old biscuit mill
Old Biscuit Mill is one of Cape Town's most popular destinations and a real Mother City institution. The award-winning The Neighbourgoods Market features over 100 specialty traders every Saturday, creating a weekly platform for local farmers, fine-food sources, organic merchants, bakers and distributors, grocers, mongers, butchers, artisan producers, celebrated local chefs, and micro enterprises to coming together in one place.
Open: Every Saturday
Time: 09h00 – 15h00
Where: The Old Biscuit Mill, 373 - 375 Albert Rd, Cape Town
What’s On This Weekend
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: https://bit.ly/2bSsgjR
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
Where: The Lookout, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
Book tickets at: https://bit.ly/2lOpcy5
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: https://bit.ly/2lSsOPA
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: https://bit.ly/2mbovPs
What’s On In Cape Town In October
Oktoberfest @ Atlantic Beach Club
Join Atlantic Beach Club for their Oktoberfest 2019 celebration. There will be many local Craft Ales, Wineries, Food Trucks and Traditional German Fayre on offer. Guest Breweries: Stella Artois (Main Sponsor), Hoegaarden, Leffe, Newlands Spring Brew Co. Etc. Guest Vineyard: Du Toitskloof and Guest Gin: Da Rocca Pink Gin. Ticket price includes beer mug and 10 tasters (available until 15h00).
Date: 05 October 2019
Time: 12h00 – 19h00
Where: Atlantic Beach Club, 1 Fairway Drive, Melbosstrand, Atlantic Beach Golf Estate, Cape Town
Book tickets at: https://bit.ly/2m99fT6
Italy is considered a cultural superpower and anything Italian is generally known to be of distinguished quality, style, creative, exciting and passionate. Italian brands resonate internationally, are highly sought-after and are attractive in every culture. ‘Made in Italy’ is simply in a class of its own. The Italian Club of Cape Town will be hosting its first Festa Italiana. The celebrations will include Italian Food, Wine, Fashion, Music, Crafts and Cars. A full programme of exciting festivities is planned for the whole weekend.
Date: 05 - 06 October 2019
Time: 09h00 – 21h00
Cost: R 80
Where: Italian Club, 16 Donegal Street, Milnerton, Cape Town
Book tickets at: https://bit.ly/2mw7CPX
Stellenbosch Craft Beer Festival - Oktoberfest Edition
Bring your friends and family and head on down to the premier beer festival in the Winelands. A great day filled with beer and laughter in the picturesque setting of the Jan Marais Nature Reserve in Stellenbosch. Breweries: Urban Brewing Co., Everson's Cider, Crisp Kombucha, Hopman Brewery, etc. Distilleries: Muti Gin, Darling Honey and Clemen Gold Gin. Live music and a various selection of food items from food trucks.
Date: 12 October 2019
Time: 11h00 – 19h00
Cost: R85 – R 100 with an additional R 5 fee.
Note: Cash only transactions (No ATMS available)
Where: Jan Marais Nature Reserve, Marais Rd, Stellenbosch
Book tickets at: https://bit.ly/2mDf7Ep
Rocking The Daisies Music And Lifestyle Festival
Rocking the Daisies is Cape Town’s biggest outdoor gathering, and it’s become one of the highlights of the festival calendar. It is an eco-friendly music and lifestyle festival with over 10 000 people attending last year, Rocking the Daisies will be full of cutting edge, quality music, art fields and facilities aimed to cater for everyone from child care to comedic relief. The festival will once again offer the best in live entertainment, lifestyle exhibitions and gourmet food.
Date: 4 - 6 October 2019
Time: Friday: 08:00 – 00:00 / Saturday: 08:00 – 00:00 / Sunday: 10:00 – 14:00
Cost: Various (phase 3 Tickets available: R955)
Where: Cloof Wine Estate, Mamre road off R315, Darling St, Cape Town
Book tickets: https://bit.ly/2UUwzzS
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: https://bit.ly/2kI1h0W
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
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.
- 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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