South Africa December 2018 ~ News, Specials & Events

December 2018

Whether you are working or playing in December 2018, I wish you moments as quiet and serene as the inside of a fresh rose. Vivid olfactory and bug-free imagination helps.

Hello Beautiful People!

As per usual I share many interesting events, some health tips, some shopping inspiration, some exceptional services, some magnanimous community efforts and all sorts of random interestingness. It is my mission to continue to shine the light on some of the best kept secrets of innovation, courage, events, things and places to be aware of.

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This month’s features:

~ Breathing deeply, staying young with ease and testing your cognitive age with a super fun and quick brain game will take your health, happiness and holiday to a whole new level.

~ Own your own piece of property in the Swartland! 2,9 Million Rand for this developed and maintained Hotel on 7,400m² Just one hour from Cape Town.

~ If you are so lucky as to find yourself in the Overberg area, there are some highly recommended, established venues and some new kids on the block that you want to experience! Great deals on holiday homes from Be Our Guest, unforgettable experiences at Creation Wines and Sumaridge, inspiring interiors and gifts at Annabelle, Tapas and local wines galore at Tapas Wine Bar, fabulous coffee at Caffe Blu, buy and enjoy or give this wonderfully designed Robin Hood Legendary Wine Series to a friend, Craft Beer, arts, sumptuous food, Boerekos and crafts At The Village Stall in Hermanus, The Shuntin’ Shed in Botrivier just keeps getting better, drool over the new menu at Panorama Restaurant close to Stanford and so much more!

~ Artscape Cape Town ~ Matilda The Musical is the multi-award winning musical from the Royal Shakespeare Company, inspired by the beloved book which was published thirty years ago by the incomparable Roald Dahl. Winner of over 85 international awards, including 16 for Best Musical, Matilda The Musical is now in its seventh year in London where it continues to delight audiences of all ages.

~ Capelli La Vita ~ Page through this beautiful on-line magazine that is taking the world of style by storm!

~ Opportunities for aspirant writers:
The SA Writers College 2019 Annual Short Story Award For Emerging Writers in South Africa.

The annual Karoo Youth Essay Contest (KYEC) has its genesis in the strategic objective of Karoo, namely, to Influence South Africa to be a better place through the framework of Influential Leadership.

~ Be in the know about drinking and driving limits – arrive alive and do no harm to others! SobAlert can not only help with alcohol metabolising but also boosts your family’s immune systems.

~ Please scroll down to the Events section ~ no time for boredom or loneliness.

You are contagious! Spread your awesomeness.

Beautiful Countryside Hotel For Sale ~ One hour from Cape Town ~ In the heart of The Swartland

Word of the month: Pollyannaish

When you put a positive spin on everything, even things that call for sadness or discouragement, you’re being pollyannaish. The word comes from a 1913 children’s book by Eleanor H. Porter, Pollyanna, about a young girl who tries to find something positive in every situation — a trick she calls “the Glad Game.”

A Symphony of Flavours at Creations Wine

The Creation Culinary Team has done it again – and just in time for the Festive Season. Following the resounding success of their ‘Artisanal Story of Creation’ and ‘Spring Story of Creation’ pairing menus, they now bring you an encore: the ‘Festive Story of Creation’.

Health ~ Breathe yourself healthy & happy

Deep breathing is one of the best and quickest ways to lower stress, heart rate and blood pressure. This is because when you breathe deeply, it sends a message to your brain that everything is okay around you. Your fight or flight responses caused by random stress factors go silent and causes you to calm down and relax. Read the list of some of the health benefits of deep breathing.

Eat yourself ravishing & radiant

Natural foods and probiotics like delicious Sauer Kraut salads or home made pickles can help to alkalise the body and heal digestive discomfort with ease and good taste. If you have a couple of jars of long lasting, super healthy, pre-prepared foods in the fridge, a meal can be slapped together in a couple of minutes. More time to read or play! View some of my recipes here.

1 of my top 10 Restaurants in South Africa

On a hill on a farm with 180 degree views, between Stanford and Gansbaai, you will find the wonderful Panorama Restaurant. Owner Georges Schwegler sources only the best seasonal produce and also boasts a large organic garden. Just Do It! See their new menu. You may also book a break from the hustle and bustle, your stress levels will calm down to a standstill and thank you.

Décor and interior decorating ~ Spruce up time!

AnnaBelle Décor is a French inspired brand focusing on bespoke décor and lighting, painted furniture, French antiques and crystal chandeliers. Perfect gifts and inspiration. No matter where in you live, they deliver. Read more and feast your eyes. 

Caffé Blu ~ Best Coffee in Hermanus

Ilze-Marie, new owner of Caffé Blu in the Old Station Building at the Hermanus Checkers Centre, took over during the autumn of 2018 and is filling it with new ideas, love and passion. When an owner gets visibly excited about a new menu, so does everyone! She is also dedicated to offer the best Coffee & Espresso in Hermanus. Read more about Caffé Blu.

Environment, community and social responsibility.

Do Random Acts of Kindness

~Please visit our Caring Community & Doing Random Acts of Kindness page where you can pick your favourite charity or choose a random one to donate a couple of rands to. Giving is good for the soul.

Coastal cleanups. Click to see where you and your family and/or friends can slot in and make a difference.

Please consider helping these NPO’s by donating or volunteering.

The Grootbos Foundation is a non-profit organisation, established in 2003 with the vision of conserving the Cape Floral Kingdom and uplifting the communities therein

Panthera Africa Big Cat Sanctuary While providing, managing and working closely with eight different species of predators, Lizaene Cornwall observed and experienced each species’ uniqueness and capabilities, and realised that protecting and caring for big cats is her calling in life.

Business: Labour Relations

Labco Employers Organisation started practicing Labour Law under the previous industrial court system (1956 Act), they have been at the forefront of pioneering labour advice. Save yourself time and money by siding with professionals who know the law down to a T. Labco labour relation lawyers can act on your behalf and save you from many upsetting situations. Click here to see a list of Labco specialties.

Events Galore

Check back as we add more events as requests flow in.

November 2018:

29 November Guns N’ Roses concert, FNB Stadium, Johannesburg

December 2018:

1 December Tess Fess Tesselaarsdal Festival 

4 December Mistletoe Melodies ~ The Oaks Estate Greyton

6 December Playtime! Lego Mini-build ~ Caffè Blu Hermanus

8 December LOVE.ability Market day Hawston ~ Hermanus Area

9 December Summer Sunday at Elgin Vintners 

11 December – 13 January 2019 Matilda – The Musical Multi-award winning musical from the Royal Shakespeare Company.

14 – 16 December Gabrielskloof “Our Favourite Things” market

16 December Ready-Steady-Escargot Stanford Street Festival

16 December Kersfees Skouspel Sun Arena Pretoria

25 December Christmas Lunch at The Singing Cook Restaurant at Rivendell

January 2019

13 January Andrew Young – Summer Sunset Concert Benguela Cove

21 January UCT Summer School: Rugby: ‘Beyond The Tryline’ by Dr Dean Allen

February 2019

7-10 February 2019 Barrydale Jagermeister Up The Creek Festival


Lemms Corner Market – Every Sunday in Summer

Weekly Farmers Markets

Events at Lourensford – Somerset West

Gansbaai Country Market

Vegan Goods Market – Every Saturday – Cape Town

The Village Food Market – Cape Town

Porterville Farmers Market

Calitzdorp Events

Baardskeerders Bos (B Bos) Farmers Market ~ Last Saturday of every month.

Hermanus Country Market Every Saturday morning at the Hermanus Cricket Club. 9am to 1pm.

Greyton Saturday Market Every Saturday

Stanford Sunset Market Last Friday of each month

Napier  The Village Market Every Friday & Saturday times: Fri: 1 – 5 pm / Sat: 9 am – 2 pm, Address: 44 Sarel Cilliers Street, Napier Info: 083 700 2152 /

Sedgefield Scarab Market  Every Saturday come rain or shine. Garden Route, Western Cape

Check in to see what is on at…

The Cape Town International Convention Centre.

Hermanus U3A (University Of The 3rd Age)

Kirstenbosch Events 

Platbos – Africa’s Southernmost forest.

Theatre Lovers

See the latest South Africa Theater Magazine

Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra 

Cape Town Opera

On at the Fugard Theatre Cape Town

On at the Brooklyn Theater.

Nosy Rosy Favourites

Places To Eat

At the Village Stall – Hermanus
Botriver Hotel
Die Blaasbalk Restaurant
Caffe Blu Checkers Centre Hermanus
Gabrielskloof Botrivier
La Pentola Hermanus
Spiceroute Paarl
Shuntin Shed Botrivier
Tapas Wine Bar Hermanus
The Marine Hotel Hermanus

Wine, Wine Tastings & Food pairing

Creation Wines
Sumaridge Estate Wine 

Favourite Wineries

See our list of Award winning wines.

Favourite Olive Oils

Article and list

Places To Stay

Be Our Guest – Holiday homes
Bloemhof Karoo – N1 Close to Three Sisters
Broadwater – Northern Cape
The Marine – Hermanus
Aloe House – Hermanus
Poespasrivier 🙂 Genadendal
Accommodation – McGregor

Places To Shop

Annabelle Hermanus
Beach House
Lawton Roberts Design Abalone-shell objects
Gift ideas and more
Exclusive Works – The Ultimate Stainless Steel Pans, trailers etc!
Foto First – photographic desires.
PCXPress ALL computer needs
Go Solar – 123
Rossouw Modern Hermanus Art
Sonic WiFi –Retail | Repairs & Installations


Earthworks – Garden Design & Service with care!
Exclusive Works – Steelworks & Building Expertise
Grow your business: The labour office
PCXPress ALL computer needs
Sonic WiFi -Retail | Repairs & Installations
WebWits Design, Marketing & Maintenance
Woodworks – Dream it,
they create it!
NosyRosy Advertise your business or event.


Pappin Pretorius Optometrist
Get Fit! ProActive Fitness
Natural Supplements
Child and family counselling
Child psychologist
Lianna Morrison

Things To Do

“Cooking for Pleasure” Classes at the Overstrand Training Institute.
Paleo your body into shape!
Go to the Saturday morning Farmers’ Market
Hermanus U3A Program
Visit Elgin Valley
Join Whale Coast conservation
Visit SpiceRoute Paarl

Register as a Blood donor:
Register now.

Property For Sale.
Country place for sale – Stanford area
Countryside Hotel For Sale ~ One hour from Cape Town ~ In the heart of The Swartland

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