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#BehindtheBrandManager: Justine Cullinan of Nando's on building an empathetic muscle

In this #BehindtheBrandManager feature, we find out more from Justine Cullinan, GM of marketing and brand strategy and communication at the iconic and well-loved South African fast-food chain Nando's...

By Ruth Cooper 3 days ago

#BehindtheBrandManager: Terri Verhoeven of Big Concerts on navigating the new events, entertainment space

This month, we uncover the heroes behind the brands that millions of South Africans take into their homes and hearts every day. We find out more from Terri Verhoeven, senior operations manager at Big Concerts...

By Ruth Cooper 6 Apr 2021

Artscape celebrates 50 years: Q&A with CEO Marlene le Roux

The Artscape Theatre in Cape Town will mark 50 years since it was established with events that will be held throughout the year. We got in touch with Artscape CEO Marlene le Roux to chat about this major milestone, the theatre's evolution and how the arts are combatting the devastating effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.

By Ruth Cooper 31 Mar 2021

New nostalgia: Q&A with embroiderer and artist Danielle Clough

Cape Town-based artist Danielle Clough's vibrant and unique embroidery creations have seen her gain significant attention both locally and internationally. She's worked with major brands such as Gucci and Nike and shown her work across the globe.

By Ruth Cooper 23 Mar 2021

Celebrate a stay-at-home Valentine's Day with the UCook chef experience meal kit

Planning to celebrate Valentine's Day at home this year? Then why not impress your partner with a romantic restaurant-worthy dinner for two?

By Ruth Cooper 3 Feb 2021

7 easy ways to help support South African restaurants and wineries during Level 3

It is no dispute that the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent restrictions - lockdown, curfew and the alcohol ban (as necessary as they have been in certain circumstances) - have had a devastating effect on South Africa's hospitality and wine industries...

By Ruth Cooper 1 Feb 2021

Staycation in Stellenbosch with Adventure Shop cycle tours and at the historical Eendracht Hotel

One trend that was on the rise pre-Covid and is now more popular than ever due to obvious reasons, such as travel restrictions, safety and budget, is the idea of the staycation. One such destination perfect for a quick escape in the Western Cape is the small student town of Stellenbosch just an hour or so out of Cape Town...

By Ruth Cooper 22 Jan 2021

Introducing Africa's first cannabis academy: Q&A with Cheeba Cannabis Academy co-founder Trenton Birch

One of the latest endeavours to emerge from South Africa's burgeoning cannabis industry is the launch of the Cheeba Cannabis Academy...

By Ruth Cooper 2 Dec 2020

5 reasons to stay at The Turbine Boutique Hotel & Spa in Knysna

From the unusual design to the picturesque location, there are many reasons to stay at the unique power-station-turned-boutique-hotel, The Turbine Hotel and Spa in Knysna...

By Ruth Cooper 25 Nov 2020

Enjoy laid-back yet luxurious beachside accommodation at The Bungalow in Plett

Synonymous with family holidays, post-matric parties, à la Plett Rage and surf safaris, the small yet vibey seaside town of Plettenberg Bay in the Western Cape is an ideal holiday destination for both families and solo travellers...

By Ruth Cooper 19 Nov 2020

7 outdoor adventure activities in Plett and Knysna

Now that the lockdown levels have eased and the travel ban to South Africa has lifted, both locals and overseas visitors can start planning their December holiday trips in the country. Plettenberg Bay and Knysna along the Garden Route in the Western Cape are great holiday destinations for outdoor adventures...

By Ruth Cooper 17 Nov 2020

#ConsciousLiving: How the Vegan and Plant-Powered Show is harnessing the new virtual event space - Q&A with Heidi Warricker

This year's Festive Vegan and Plant-Powered Show (FVPPS), set to take place online on Saturday, 28 November 2020, will play host to a wide range of plant-based food and lifestyle brands...

By Ruth Cooper 10 Nov 2020

A democratic celebration of art - Zeitz MOCAA reopens with inclusive Cape Town exhibition, 'Home Is Where The Art Is'

In an unprecedented move, Cape Town institution Zeitz MOCAA (Museum of Contemporary Art Africa) reopens with Home Is Where The Art Is, a wonderfully inclusive exhibition for Capetonians by Capetonians...

By Ruth Cooper 4 Nov 2020

How the events and entertainment industry can rebuild post-lockdown - Q&A with Steve Cuzen of Howler

We chat to Steve Cuzen, chief operating officer at Howler, about reviving and rebuilding the South African events and entertainment industry and touch on the emergence of virtual events post-lockdown...

By Ruth Cooper 28 Sep 2020

#DoBizZA: Despite Covid-19 health eatery Poké Co expands - Q&A with founder Andrew Flanagan

Despite the challenges facing the food and beverage industry as a result of Covid-19, Andrew Flanagan, founder of health food restaurant Poké Co, recently opened his fourth store...

By Ruth Cooper 23 Sep 2020

7 secluded, self-catering getaways to take advantage of now leisure travel is open in SA

Add these secluded, self-catering accommodation options in the Western Cape to your social-distancing getaway list now that leisure travel has opened up...

By Ruth Cooper 24 Aug 2020

#WomensMonth: Unapologetically original - Q&A with rising star DJ Cuppy

Nigerian-born multi-platform musician and philanthropist, Florence Ifeoluwa Otedola aka DJ Cuppy, will be releasing her debut album, Original Copy, later this month. We swung a few questions her way to find out about her new album, her charity work and supporting women in the arts...

By Ruth Cooper 11 Aug 2020

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 list now that leisure travel has opened up...

By Ruth Cooper 4 Aug 2020

#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

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