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South Hill Vineyards' chic new houseboat is the perfect getaway for nature lovers and water babies

The recently-added houseboat accommodation option at South Hill Vineyards in the charming Elgin Valley needs to be added to your secluded social distancing getaway option now that leisure travel has opened up...

By Ruth Cooper 3 hours ago

#BizUnity: Highlighting plastic pollution through art - Q&A with performance artist Luke Rudman

Port Elizabeth-based visual and performance artist Luke Rudman has partnered with Greenpeace Africa to highlight the devastating plastic pollution crisis during #PlasticFreeJuly. We got in touch with Rudman to chat inspiration, empowerment and tackling the systemic plastic crisis...

By Ruth Cooper 22 Jul 2020

Treedom along the Garden Route ticks all the right travel trend boxes

Once the leisure travel industry starts to open up again, it is predicted that travellers will want to explore remote, secluded, eco-friendly and self-catering accommodation options in their own countries. One such retreat getaway is the recently-built eco-friendly Treedom Villas and Vardos in the beautiful Wilderness area along the popular Garden Route...

By Ruth Cooper 16 Jul 2020

#BizUnity: Crowdsourcing campaign launched for 2020 National Arts Festival featured artist Madosini

Multi-award-winning indigenous musician Madosini is currently in poor health and living in difficult living conditions. Due to the urgency of the situation Rootspring, a Cape Town-based NPO, launched a crowdfunding campaign to help build her a better home in the Eastern Cape...

By Ruth Cooper 13 Jul 2020

In Review: Self-isolate in style at Spanish Farm Guest Lodge's self-catering luxury villas

As the local tourism and travel industry tentatively opens up, South Africans can start venturing out of 'house arrest' and help boost our struggling tourism industry by escaping to remote and secluded accommodation options across the country...

By Ruth Cooper 8 Jul 2020

#YouthMonth: Telling stories that matter - Q&A with filmmaker Katya Abedian

Young South African/Iranian filmmaker of award-winning short film Skin Diver, Katya Abedian, shares her thought process behind her creations, gives tips for aspiring filmmakers and advice on staying creative (and kind) during a pandemic...

By Ruth Cooper 29 Jun 2020

6 Cape Town-based fresh produce box deliveries that support local suppliers

Avoid the shops, queues and the potential threat of Covid-19 by supporting local producers and ordering your weekly fresh food groceries online from these Cape Town companies making deliveries of farm-fresh produce around the city...

By Ruth Cooper 10 Jun 2020

#YouthMonth: Preaching inclusivity - Q&A with Toya Delazy

Multi-award-winning Afro-techno princess Latoya Nontokozo Buthelezi, aka Toya Delazy, chats to us this #YouthMonth about inclusivity, tolerance and her advice for aspiring young musicians..

By Ruth Cooper 8 Jun 2020

#LockdownLessons: The new delivery menu model - Q&A with James Gaag of La Colombe

Executive chef James Gaag of the award-winning fine-dining restaurant, La Colombe, shares his lockdown lessons and how he and La Colombe are navigating and responding to the negative effects of the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent nationwide lockdown...

By Ruth Cooper 4 Jun 2020

#YouthMonth: Q&A with award-winning young chef Paul Thinus Prinsloo

Winner of the 2019 S.Pellegrino Young Chef, Africa and Middle East region and Chef de Partie at The Restaurant at Waterkloof, 26 year old Paul Thinus Prinsloo, chats to us this #YouthMonth about how winning the Young Chef Award has influenced his life and his advice for aspiring young chefs...

By Ruth Cooper 2 Jun 2020

Get fine-dining deliveries from these 5 Western Cape restaurants during the lockdown

The following fine-dining restaurants are all currently offering forms of gourmet hampers and multiple course meal deliveries during the lockdown...

By Ruth Cooper 28 May 2020

#LockdownLessons: Theatre will remain but will need to recalibrate - Q&A with Fahiem Stellenboom of The Baxter

Marketing manager of the well-loved Baxter Theatre in Cape Town, Fahiem Stellenboom, shares his Lockdown Lessons and how the Baxter and the SA theatre and arts industry, in general, is navigating and responding to the negative effects of the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent nationwide lockdown...

By Ruth Cooper 15 May 2020

#LockdownLessons: Challenging times call for creativity - Q&A with Lamees Albertus of The Fugard

General manager and producer of the iconic The Fugard Theatre in Cape Town, Lamees Albertus, shares her #LockdownLessons, how The Fugard and the SA theatre and arts industry, in general, is navigating and responding to the negative effects of the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent nationwide lockdown...

By Ruth Cooper 7 May 2020

Jon Savage chats Busqr, a new live donations platform

Busqr, a live donations platform harnessing QR technology recently launched in South Africa to help performers and music artists generate income while live streaming...

By Ruth Cooper 6 May 2020

#LockdownLessons: Green is the new luxury - Q&A with travel writer Dawn Jorgensen

Travel writer and earth advocate Dawn Jorgensen shares her #LockdownLessons and predictions on how travel will shift to a more authentic, climate-friendly and sustainable focus post Covid-19...

By Ruth Cooper 29 Apr 2020

GoodLuck to raise funds via their garden concert this Saturday - Q&A with Juliet Harding

This Saturday, GoodLuck will host a fully-fledged concert production live streamed from their garden. Twenty percent of the ticket sale proceeds will go to supporting their feeding project with charity organisation, 'Where Rainbows Meet'. We swung a few questions to lead singer Juliet Harding to find out more...

By Ruth Cooper 24 Apr 2020

#LockdownLessons: The entertainment industry's new normal - Q&A with One-eyed Jack

We chat to Darren Sandras, director and co-owner of entertainment marketing and communications agency One-eyed Jack about how he, his company and the SA entertainment industry, in general, is navigating and responding to the negative effects of the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent nationwide lockdown...

By Ruth Cooper 23 Apr 2020

Play it Forward rooftop concerts: Ard Matthews gets innovative during #SALockdown

Last week, one day into the nationwide 21-day lockdown, those residing in Hout Bay may have heard the soothing strains of one Ard Matthews, of Just Jinjer fame, resounding over the neighbourhood...

By Ruth Cooper 3 Apr 2020

Introducing 'Quarantine Cuisine'! Catch these 6 SA chefs online during #SALockdown

The 21-day lockdown in South Africa, though extremely necessary, has already and will have further devastating effects on our economy, in particular our hospitality industry. Local chefs and restaurant staff are feeling the pinch and it's sad to think that a lot of our favourite restaurants might not re-open after lockdown...

By Ruth Cooper 2 Apr 2020

"Never let a good crisis go to waste"- National Arts Festival CEO Monica Newton chats the new virtual format

The National Arts Festival will move into the digital realm and for the first time ever go fully virtual. We chatted to National Arts Festival CEO Monica Newton to find out how exactly this new virtual format will play out, the opportunities of targeting a wider audience and how creatives can try and combat the negative effects of the Covid-19 crisis...

By Ruth Cooper 31 Mar 2020

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