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Coopmanhuijs - where the comfortable becomes the remarkable
Coopmanhuijs - where the comfortable becomes the remarkable

Copies of The Hollywood Reporter magazine in the lounge at Coopmanhuijs Hotel, in Stellenbosch, seem out of place among the books on wine, art and the historic treasures of the area.

By Brian Berkman 29 Aug 2014 10:27

Home sweet Hemelhuijs
Home sweet Hemelhuijs

Ever since it opened back in October 2010, Hemelhuijs has been a restaurant of many faces. Now, as the seasons change, artist and chef Jacques Erasmus has transformed the Cape Town eatery (a finalist for Eat Out's Boschendal Style Award) once again.

By Eugene Yiga 28 Aug 2014 12:42

Durbanville Hills' tasting delights
Durbanville Hills' tasting delights

Passports and padkos ready, off we went to the land beyond the Boerewors Curtain... Just kidding, Durbanville isn't really that far, plus, I'm not one of those Capetonians... You know, those who think everything further than 15 minutes' drive is 'too far'.

By Ilse van den Berg 28 Aug 2014 09:45

[10 Things I Love About...] Emperors Palace
[10 Things I Love About...] Emperors Palace

Contributing Editor, Travel, Brian Berkman, asked Nigel Atherton, Complex General Manager at Emperors Palace, about why he loves his work at the Place of Dreams.

By Brian Berkman 27 Aug 2014 08:51

[10 Things I Love About...] Stellenbosch
[10 Things I Love About...] Stellenbosch

Following a knockout stay at the historic and charming Coopmanshuijs Hotel in the heart of Stellenbosch, Contributing Editor Brian Berkman asked vivacious general manager Ilzebet Oosthuizen for her 10 Things She Loves About Stellenbosch...

By Brian Berkman 22 Aug 2014 09:35

Stuart Gonsal
How to tie in EBay to your e-commerce strategy

Of all e-commerce-related websites there is little doubt that EBay is the biggest. It's hard now to imagine a world in which EBay doesn't exist; so many of us have become reliant on the auction site to sell unwanted items and to purchase stuff that we do want on the cheap.

By Stuart Gonsal 21 Aug 2014 10:07

Taking entrepreneurship up a notch
Taking entrepreneurship up a notch

World Entrepreneurship Day takes place tomorrow, 21 August 2014, and is a time for South Africans to review how we facilitate, nurture and encourage entrepreneurship.

By Gareth Pearson 20 Aug 2014 11:20

Nail treatments on the go
Nail treatments on the go

While the concept of a mobile nail technician is nothing new, a business that manages a 'skulk' of them is. Tové de Chazal and Emma Gallo have hit the nail on the head with the launch of FoxBox - a mobile nail service offering treatments in the corporate space and more recently, your home.

By Jessica Taylor 20 Aug 2014 10:20

The Blue Train... a trip down luxury lane
The Blue Train... a trip down luxury lane

Table Mountain, Karoo windmills, diamonds from Kimberly and wave-pounded shores of Cape Town are some of the themes of artwork on The Blue Train - the self-anointed window to the soul of South Africa.

By Brian Berkman 18 Aug 2014 12:02

South African consumer rights under threat
South African consumer rights under threat

The prohibition of alcohol advertising and raising the age limit for alcohol sales to 21 is an infringement of consumers' rights to choose their own lifestyle...

By Danette Breitenbach 13 Aug 2014 08:03

Van Ryn's: A rich golden treasure
Van Ryn's: A rich golden treasure

Pairings have been a hot trend for a while now. My most recent experience was, however, quite unique - a brandy and food pairing at Van Ryn's distillery in Stellies.

By Ilse van den Berg 12 Aug 2014 13:04

Menlyn Boutique Hotel - from Havana to heavenly
Menlyn Boutique Hotel - from Havana to heavenly

Menlyn Boutique Hotel was initially built as a Cuban diplomatic residence - a good start, on which has been built a real gem of a hotel.

By Brian Berkman 12 Aug 2014 07:24

Western Cape dominates Inter-Hotel Challenge
Western Cape dominates Inter-Hotel Challenge

When Showcook.com editor Annette Kesler began the Cape Legends Inter-Hotel Challenge, her goal was simple: to create and facilitate an opportunity for young talent to shine.

By Eugene Yiga 8 Aug 2014 11:25

To the MannaBay born
To the MannaBay born

There is so much added value for guests staying at MannaBay that the room rate is great value when compared with run-of-the-mill five-star establishments.

By Brian Berkman 31 Jul 2014 11:47

Experiencing Africa's greenest hotel
Experiencing Africa's greenest hotel

A mere 400m from the airport I potentially found the solution to make those early flights just a little bit better... Hotel Verde, dubbed "Africa's Greenest Hotel" - and rightly so.

By Ilse van den Berg 29 Jul 2014 10:55

Terry Sutherland
802 words to help event planners increase their event attendance

Every single event planner wants to ensure that their events are well attended. Whether you're tasked with running an exclusive product launch or a high-profile awards evening...

By Terry Sutherland 23 Jul 2014 10:50

Four Rosmead, for sure!
Four Rosmead, for sure!

Four Rosmead is the kind of Cape Town boutique hotel where you would put your visiting family and friends who can afford to fly First but choose Business class instead.

By Brian Berkman 22 Jul 2014 11:49

Owen Mbundu
Craft beer - for the haves and the Germans

There is a rather interesting development that caught my attention recently. No, the micro beer industry is not new, however its nascent ubiquity in Cape Town city is...

By Owen Mbundu 22 Jul 2014 06:55

Danette Breitenbach
Consumer Science lands in SA

Mondelez International has opened a new Sensory Laboratory in South Africa.

By Danette Breitenbach 18 Jul 2014 13:22

The Queen - fit for a king
The Queen - fit for a king

When you're staying in the land's third oldest hotel you expect to see cracks showing and the plaster crumbling from the walls.

By Brian Berkman 18 Jul 2014 09:00

Stuart HIll
Businesses have to adapt to survive constantly changing retail landscape

Businesses have to adapt to survive a constantly changing landscape. Certainly, in the mall marketing industry, budgets have shrunk but client's demands are higher than ever...

By Stuart HIll 17 Jul 2014 15:12

[CEM Summit] How to be great at customer service
[CEM Summit] How to be great at customer service

Customer service is about people and trying to please them, but it begins with the employee, not the customer because "happy teammates equal happy customers" - Sam Sabbagh.

By Jessica Taylor 15 Jul 2014 12:33

Beacon beckons
Beacon beckons

People who think that the Pansy Shell is what most identify with as the symbol of Plettenberg Bay are wrong.

By Brian Berkman 14 Jul 2014 10:45

Aki Kalliatakis
The big gorilla sits wherever he wants to... or maybe not

The first time I ever heard the expression about where the big gorilla sits, I became irrationally angry...

By Aki Kalliatakis 14 Jul 2014 10:17

John Harvey
Independents are fuelling Africa

Independent petrol retailers are making impressive gains across Africa, presenting a challenge to franchise operators for oil giants that have monopolised the continent's markets for decades.

By John Harvey 14 Jul 2014 09:24

It's my product and I will say it's healthy if I want to... or not?
It's my product and I will say it's healthy if I want to... or not?

The Foodstuffs, Cosmetics and Disinfectants Act 54 of 1972 (FCDA) regulates, amongst other things, the labelling of foodstuffs in South Africa. Until 2012, the issue of food labelling was not, particularly, of any major consequence.

By Natasha Wright 11 Jul 2014 14:25

Danette Breitenbach
A life-changing event

Not sure what to do with your weekend? You could spend it changing your life. Or so says Brian Walsh, CEO of the, and the brain - and funding and funding - behind the event, The Real Success Experience...

By Danette Breitenbach 11 Jul 2014 08:30

If you like it, then you should've put a ® on it
If you like it, then you should've put a ® on it

The value of intellectual property has never been more important than the present, with local and international fashion houses and manufacturers in the clothing, footwear...

By Tiffany Conley 10 Jul 2014 07:07

A great repast at The Plettenberg
A great repast at The Plettenberg

All top hotels now enquire about dietary requirements when you book but this is the first time I've been presented with a full menu tailored to my low-carb, high-fat, no sugar diet.

By Brian Berkman 9 Jul 2014 12:29

Rolf Akermann
Why do wine brands think they don't need a positioning/proposition?

All other categories in the liquor sector have a very strong and focused positioning. Why not wines? It seems as if wine estates believe their...

By Rolf Akermann 9 Jul 2014 11:18

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