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Theatre & Music, Uncategorized,

The Labia Theatre, Cape Town

The Labia Theatre is one of Cape Town’s favourite lesser-known attractions. The locals, of course, know it very well. It’s one of Cape Town’s favourite things to do, especially on nights when there’s a dinner special running.

It’s the oldest independent cinema in South Africa. The building was originally an Italian Embassy ballroom, and it was opened by opened by Princess Labia (that’s Lah-bee-yah) in 1949. Back then it was used for live theatre, but rumour has it that private projected film screenings started happening here as early as the 1970s.

Since 1974, it has been playing host to film festivals and art-house films. It screens mostly artsy, alternative, and foreign films in a relaxed non-commercial setting, although the occasional box office hit makes it onto the line-up. When you see a film here, it comes along with traditional ticket stubs, popcorn in a bag, and even a bar where you can buy a drink to enjoy while watching a film, adding to the charm of this lovely little thea..

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Eat & Drink, Editors Pick, Featured, Restaurants, Uncategorized,

Your Sea Point Cheat Sheet

Sea Point is the prime place to be if you’re looking to truly experience staying in a cosmopolitan city by the sea. It’s close to the City Bowl, Clifton Beach, and Camp’s Bay, and it’s also home to the city’s most bustling restaurant scene. Seriously, you can’t walk a few metres without encountering a bistro, deli, or restaurant.

Beach Road offers the classic beachfront experience while Main Road and Regent Road are at the heart of the Sea Point foodie district. Here are a few places you have to visit when you head this way.

Mykonos Taverna
This little Greek family gem has been in the same spot for thirty years. You feel the sense of history in the comfortable ambience of the place. Expect traditional Mediterranean food, and be sure to try their signature dish, a lamb shank slow roasted in a lemon sauce.

Website: mykonostaverna.co.za

3 Wise Monkeys
The ramen revolution has taken Cape Town by storm over the past couple of years and there are now a few places where you can get good t..

Members Blog, Uncategorized,

President Hotel to go off the water grid

As Capetonians are required to use less than 50 litres per day, residents and businesses are finding alternative ways to stock up. The President Hotel in Cape Town, meanwhile, has made saving water a top priority to ensure it functions optimally during the water crisis and beyond, while also reducing their carbon footprint significantly.

Jeremy Clayton, of Turnkey Hospitality, shares that the President Hotel has independently contracted the installation of a borehole, which is expected to commence in February 2018. While this move is a step in the right direction, they will continue to implement sustainable water-saving techniques to reduce consumption.

“As a whole, the hotel is looking at ways of completely removing ourselves from the grid (water and electricity) as part of our 5 year plan, while also reducing impact on the city’s overall water supply,” states Clayton.

The hotel assures guests that cleanliness, safety, and overall holiday experience will not be jeopardised during t..

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Hotel Verde pioneers water saving

Africa’s greenest hotel has led the way with innovative water saving initiatives since it was built in 2013.

General

The hotel was built in 2013 with the following active technologies to save water:

Rain water and subsoil drainage harvesting
Infrared sensor activated taps
Grey water recycling system

The grey water from showers as well as the condensate from most air-conditioners are drained to the PONTOS grey water recycling plant where is it filtered and sterilised. The water is first filtered to remove macro particles and then passed through a series of tanks that are aerated for optimal conditions for bacteria that break down organic matter in the water. Lastly, water is sterilised by passing it over ultraviolet lights.

The resulting colourless and odourless processed grey water is then reticulated throughout the hotel and used for flushing of the toilets saving up to 6000 litres of drinking water per day.

The rainwater from approximately one third of the roof is captured and ..

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A winning year for NH The Lord Charles

2017 was a winning year for NH The Lord Charles. After the F&B department’s big win in the Inter-hotel Challenge in August, Head Chef JP de la Motte was named SA’s Best Senior Chef for 2017, beating some of the top chefs in the country to the honour. The Hotel also won a Sanlam Top Destination Award in the 4-Star Accommodation category and World Luxury Hotel Award for the Best Luxury Banquet/Event Hotel in the country.

This year, NH The Lord Charles will focus on creating an even better guest experience, with even more amazing food, warmer service and better events. They also plan on saving more water and electricity and being more involved in charitable projects, amongst many other things.

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New runway for Cape Town International Airport gets green light

Cape Town International Airport (CTIA) has announced that the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) granted final approval for the building of the airport’s new, realigned, runway. This followed the conclusion of the DEA’s appeals process regarding the project. This is a R3.8-billion programme, which will allow the airport to operate aircraft with wingspans of 65 m or more, such as the Airbus A380 Superjumbo.

“The [CTIA] team has worked long and hard to get us to this point,” highlighted CTIA senior manager corporate affairs Deidre Davids. “We have gone out of our way to engage interested and affected parties and today we celebrate. We remain committed to being a responsible developer upholding all environmental and other requirements. Part of being a responsible developer is to be most mindful of the current water situation [crisis in Cape Town] when we construct.”

“This project is about growth, not only for the airport and the network of Airports Company South Africa airports, ..

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Constantia, Durbanville, Editors Pick, Featured, Franschhoek, Helderberg, Stellenbosch, Uncategorized,

Your complete guide to wine-tasting in Cape Town

Wine tasting is one of the best ways to spend a day in Cape Town. Combine the delicious wines with some of the most beautiful landscapes on earth, century old architecture, and awe-inspiring food, and it’s no surprise that it’s one of Cape Town’s most beloved activities for visitors and locals alike.

Wine estates are a dime a dozen, so it can be hard to know where to start. Take a look at our guide to wine-tasting in Cape Town and get ready to enjoy the finest wines of the region!

The Constantia Wine Route
The Constantia Wine Route is no more than 20 minutes away from the city. The magnificent landscape is home to some of the country’s oldest and most prestigious wine farms dating back to the 1650s. The wines of the Constantia Vineyards are largely cool climate offerings, so look out for world class sauvignon blancs, delightful reds and the famous Constantia dessert wine.

Read more: Explore the Constantia Wine Route

The Stellenbosch Wine Route
Boasting nearly 200 wine and grape pro..

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City Bowl, Editors Pick, Featured, Lifestyle, Local Design, Places, Shopping, V&A Waterfront,

Travel like a local: your neighbourhood guide to the V&A Waterfront

The V&A Waterfront is a massive hub of activity. Here, you’ll find restaurants, shops, entertainment, adventure, accommodation—there’s a reason it’s so popular after all. So, while it’s not strictly a neighbourhood, we decided to include it as an honorary one for our neighbourhood series.

Where to eat and make merry

Restaurants
V&A Food Market
This leading artisan retail store and street food experience with a distinct market feel has everything from craft beer and ciders to Mexican food and ice cream. Located in the historical Pumphouse building off Nobel Square, the market features over 40 vendors.

Website: waterfrontfoodmarket.com

Oranjezicht City Farm
A true farmer’s market, the Oranjezicht City Farm sells the products and produce of local urban farmers. Seasonal fruit and veg, flowers, and homemade goodies are on offer here. Vegans and vegetarians, this market is for you. The market is well-known for catering to all types of foodies, and customers who want wheat, gluten, sugar..

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Dinner, Editors Pick, Featured, Lunch, Restaurants, Uncategorized,

Top 10 Asian fusion restaurants in Cape Town

Cape Town is a melting pot of cultures and the culinary influences are endless. We’ve round up the best Asian fusion places in Cape Town where you can enjoy umami zing and flavours of the east in the Mother City. We’ve looked specifically at East Asian food, if you’re looking for curry check out our Top 10 Curry Spots.

Cheyne’s
The popular Cheyne’s restaurant in Hout Bay is one of those of eateries Capetonians can’t stop raving about. Chef Cheyne Morrisby has been able to steal the hearts of locals and visitors with great service and consistency. Their extensive menu is split into four sections, namely Earth (salads and exquisite vegetarian dishes), Land (meaty dishes), Sea (seafood), and Happy Endings (we don’t need to explain that one, do we?). The dishes are served tapas-style so you’ll be able to sample a good selection. The atmosphere is casual and relaxed and lends itself to a great lunch or night out with friends.

Website: facebook.com

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Save the Date: Sunday 4th March 2018 at 16h00 | WOW Buggy Team Celebration

With less than three weeks to go, it’s been a hive of activity with our buggy teams preparing for the big day. We have had two group training rides, one of which you can watch here: youtu.be/dXSBMVE0q8Q Some of the teams will also be joining the Open Streets bike bus from Muizenberg to Observatory this weekend.

Our last group training ride will take place on Sunday, 4th March and will follow with a celebration of our teams and an opportunity for representatives of our sponsors, and the media, to meet our teams as we wish them all well in the final lead up to race day. A formal invitation will follow shortly with further information.