Newsletter 27 February 2020
Dear students, please take note of the following:
Inform Karin if you are planning trips or doing an adventure activity. XChange receives discounted rates for various adventure activities and tours which are available to XChange SA students if they booked through us.
Cape Town is in its peak summer season, please remember your sunscreen, sunglasses, hat and water when going on trips or doing activities outside. The African sun is intense and not something to take lightly.
Below are some general safety rules:
Stash it don’t flash it
Don’t travel alone at night
Ensure important items i.e. laptop, camera and jewellery , not in use, are locked away in your safes
Ensure doors and security gates are locked when entering and exiting the houses.
When travelling in your car always lock the doors, never travel with your window too open and place backpacks or other items in the car’s trunk before leaving the house.
More Wonderful Ways To Experience Cape Town
Explore The Beer Rout 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. 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.
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
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: Drum circle every Saturday
Time: 15h00 – 18h00
Cost: R 50
Where: Djembe 4 All, 134 Long Street, Cape Town
Cell: 072 821 3227 (Manan)
Explore The Newlands Forest
The Forest is a conservancy area on the eastern slopes of Table Mountain beside the suburb of Newlands, and is a popular walking and jogging destination easily accessible from the city's southern suburbs. It boasts a variety of hiking trails that take walkers through pine and gum plantations, as well as up the slopes of Table Mountain, from which there are great views of the city and surrounding areas.
Open: Every day
Where: Table Mountain National Park, Table Mountain (Nature Reserve), Cape Town
What’s On This Weekend
Sa Cocktail Week
SA Cocktail Week - "The Grand Street Party" kicks off South Africa's biggest Cocktail Festival - where some of the country's most premium brands, bars and industry role players come together in one place to shake up tantalising cocktails and introduce enthusiasts to the latest trends, both locally and worldwide. Join the Street Party with cocktails, games, food & top of the line DJs.
Date: 29 February – 07 March 2020
Time: 11h00 – 10h30
Cost: R 150 – R275
Where: Cnr Waterkant & Loop Street, City Centre, Cape Town
Book tickets at: https://bit.ly/37Eaige
Steenberg Secret Garden Party
Discover Steenberg like never before with our intimate and exclusive Secret Garden Party. Feel the grass beneath your feet in a secret location within the beautiful, lush gardens of Steenberg. Your all-inclusive ticket will allow you to revel in a sumptuous alfresco picnic complete with delicious Steenberg wines and live music.
Date: 29 February 2020
Time: 15h00 – 19h00
Cost: R 500
Where: Steenberg Estate, Steenberg Road, Tokai, Cape Town
Book tickets at: https://bit.ly/3bSx2vY
Gin & Tonic Festival - Cpt
For Cape Town’s gin lovers, March 2020 will start on a familiar high note as the Original Gin & Tonic Festival transforms the iconic Old Biscuit Mill into an elaborate celebration of craft gin culture. South Africa’s most entertaining premium spirit event, the festival offers a highly engaging showcase of the country’s best-loved, undiscovered and newly crafted gin brands, joined by a selection of iconic internationals.
Date: 01 March 2020
Time: 11h00 – 18h00
Cost: R 150
Where: The Old Biscuit Mill, 373 - 375 Albert Rd, Cape Town
Book tickets at: https://bit.ly/2HFQbmY
Century City Sports Festival
8 sporting codes, 1 weekend, action-packed entertainment! Building on the success of the previous festivals, Century City will be hosting its 12th annual action-packed Century City Sports Festival. Aimed at both corporate teams and individual participants, the festival offers both participatory and spectator sports as well as a whole lot of family fun! Fantastic podium prizes as well as lucky draws and spot prizes up for grabs!
Date: 28 February 2020
Where: Century City House, 1 Park Lane, Grand Central, Century City, Cape Town
Nederburg Wine & Food Pairing Evening
Jackson & Black Paarl have partnered with Nederburg Wines to bring you a fantastic WINE & FOOD PAIRING evening. We will be offering 5 courses and 6 wines.
Date:29 February 2020
Where: Jackson and Black Paarl, 166 Main Road, Paarl
Ticket bookings: Tel - 021-872 9283
What’s On In Cape Town In March
Fullmoon Picnic @ The Afrikaans Language Monument
Taalmonument promises the moon – for real. Season’s last full moon picnic beckons. The picnics are very popular as visitors enjoy the sunsets and incredible night scenes. A free guided tour that explains among other things the symbolism of the monument, which is an exceptional sculpture, is offered on the evening. Visitors are encouraged to bring along a picnic basket or visit the café that will be open for coffee, light refreshments and pizza. Dress warmly and bring a torch.
Date: 07 March 2020
Time: 17h00 – 22h00
Cost: R 40
Where: Afrikaanse Taalmonument, Gabbema Doordrift St, Suider-Paarl
Book tickets at: https://bit.ly/2SWpaCn
Bubbles & Brunch @ Sotano Mouille Point
Join Sotano Mouille Point for a Bubbles & Brunch with Champagne G.H.MUMM. It's a weekend, so visitors have no reason not to come join us for a day of good food, tasty drinks and good vibes in the summer sunshine! Visitors will be treated to a 3-course set menu, welcome glass of Champagne G.H.MUMM with canapes and live music from some of Cape Town's top acts including Acoustic Element, Funky G & Lewis. Bookings Essential. Please note we will be taking a deposit to ensure bookings are 100% confirmed.
Date: 07 March 2020
Cost: R 380
Where: Sotano, 121 Beach Rd, Mouille Point, Cape Town
Bookings at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Huawei Kday 2020
The Cape`s hottest music festival, featuring South Africa`s hottest artists... Brought to you by the Mother City`s hottest station! Huawei KDay, inspired by the Huawei Nova 5T, returns to Meerendal Wine Estate on for a music festival experience like no other. Join your favourite Kfm 94.5 presenters for a family-friendly day in the sunshine, while taking in the best that local music has to offer. Get ready to turn up the heat with Huawei KDay 2020!
Date: 07 March 2020
Time: 11h00 – 19h00
Cost: R 320
Where: Meerendal Wine Estate, Vissershok Rd, Durbanville, Cape Town
Book tickets at: https://bit.ly/32pv69Y
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
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
Cost: R 170 – R 220
Where: Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, Rhodes Dr, Newlands, Cape Town
Book tickets at: https://bit.ly/2KYG4Mm
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: http://thegalileo.co.za/
Time To Plan Ahead
Cape Town International Jazz Festival 2020 (27-28 March 2020)
Go to their WEBSITE for more details: https://bit.ly/2u0aKY1
Cape Town Carnival 2020 (21 March 2020)
Go to their WEBSITE for more details: https://bit.ly/2RmFU3T
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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