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Don’t miss the launch of The Bedside Ark by David Muirhead at The Book Cottage in Hermanus

Invitation to the launch of The Bedside Ark


The Bedside Ark: A riotous assembly of unrespectable southern African creaturesThe Book Cottage and Penguin Random House invite you to the launch of The Bedside Ark: A riotous assembly of unrespectable southern African creatures by David Muirhead, illustrated by Patricia de Villiers.

Meet the author as he shares some of his stories about the “riotous assembly of unrespectable creatures” – their history, folklore, habitat, diet, interesting facts you may not know and of course all their oddities.

Don’t miss it!

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Spring botanical art exhibition at the Irma Stern Museum to mark the 50th anniversary of her death

Botanical art exhibition at the Irma Stern Museum to mark the 50th anniversary of her death
Butterflies of East AfricaBaobabs of the WorldPocket Guide: Birds of East AfricaGiant StepsLandy

The UCT Irma Stern Museum in Cape Town will celebrate the arrival of spring with a botanical art exhibition, bringing together artwork from established artists of Cape flora with new artwork that has been commissioned for the exhibition.

The Western Cape floral kingdom, with its unrivalled diversity of plant species, has attracted explorers, artists and botanists for hundreds of years.

An exhibition titled “Flora Old and New” will be held at the Irma Stern Museum in September as part of the special public programme to mark the 50th anniversary of the death of the internationally renowned South African artist, Irma Stern.

The exhibition will run from 3 September to 1 October, with opening hours of 10 AM to 5 PM Tuesday to Friday, and 10 AM to 2 PM on Saturday.

The director of the Irma Stern Museum will be giving a special walkabout on 20 September at 10 AM.

Please RSVP by 15 September.

Enter the lucky draw at the exhibition to win a hamper of Struik Nature books. The winner will be notified at the close of the exhibition.

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Join a panel of experts to discuss the future of South African elephants with Giant Steps author Richard Peirce

Giant StepsStruik Nature and Richard Peirce invite you to join a panel of experts as they share their insights about the future of South African elephants.

Peirce’s new book Giant Steps looks at the predicament of elephants today: possible extinction, the training of captive elephants and population management. He is a well-known shark conservation campaigner and was the chairman of the Shark Conservation Society and the Shark Trust. He is a writer, broadcaster, journalist, photographer and filmmaker and has authored several books, including The Poacher’s Moon – an exposé of rhino-poaching.

The event takes place at 5:30 for 6 PM on Thursday, 25 February at Cape Union Mart in Eastgate.

Panel of Experts:

  • Sean Hensman is the manager of Adventures with Elephants and has grown up with elephants since 1988. His family have saved in excess of 80 elephants from certain death, and these pachyderms have been used as ambassadors highlighting the conservation difficulties facing wildlife and conservationists in an ever changing Africa.
  • Isabel Wentzel is the Manager for the Wildlife Protection Unit at the National SPCA. With a National Diploma in Nature Conservation and completing the Environmental Enforcement course, she has been involved in the fields of captive wildlife, conservation, and animal welfare enforcement for the past 28 years, of which the last seven years as a Senior Inspector for the Wildlife Protection Unit working countrywide.
  • John Brooker is MD of the Glen Afric Group (Glen Afric Country Lodge, Glen Afric Films, Glen Afric Volunteer Experience & Glen Afric Safaris) and owner and director of the Brooker Wildlife Group. John pioneered the game capture industry in South Africa and has been involved in the capture and translocation of wildlife for the past 50 years.
  • Gerhard Steenkamp, BSc BVSc MSc, is a dental and maxillofacial veterinary surgeon. He was the past president of the South African Veterinary Association. In 2008 Gerhard completed his MSc cum laude on the clinically relevant morphometrics in African elephants. He also worked on Bully, one of the elephants featured in Giant Steps.

Don’t miss this!

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  • Date: Thursday, 25 February 2016
  • Time: 5:30 PM for 6:00 PM
  • Venue: Cape Union Mart Adventure Centre
    Shop U40, Eastgate Centre
    Cnr Nicol & Bradford Ave
    Bedforview (Free rooftop parking near entrance 7) | Map
  • Panel: Sean Hensman, Isabel Wentzel, John Brooker and Gerhard Steenkamp
  • RSVP: Lorienne Brown,, 011 327 3550


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Join Richard Peirce at Glen Afric Country Lodge for the launch of Giant Steps

Launch of Giant Steps

Giant StepsPenguin Random House would like to invite you to the launch of Giant Steps by renowned conservationist Richard Peirce.

This new book looks at the predicament of elephants today: possible extinction, the training of captive elephants and population management. It follows the lives of two captive elephants, a story involving tragedy, deprivation, sadness, humour and ultimately triumph, with a happy ending for both of them.

The launch will be hosted by Glen Afric Country Lodge, a 1 500-acre game reserve and sanctuary that is home to a host of African wildlife, on Wednesday, 24 February at 5:30 for 6 PM. John Brooker, MD of the Glen Afric Group and owner and director of the Brooker Wildlife Group, will be chatting to the author.

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Don’t miss the 2016 Kirstenbosch Wednesday Talks – view the programme

This year, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden will be hosting a Wednesday Talks series, featuring award-winning authors, horticulturalists, environmentalists and geologists.

The talks are free, although an entry fee to Kirstenbosch applies, and are held in association with Struik Nature and Roomtogrow.

Talks start at 10:30 AM and run throughout the year. The venue is John Winter Hall, Gate 2, Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens.

View the programme (click to enlarge):


Recent Struik Nature titles include:

Pocket Guide: Insects of South AfricaPocket Guide: Wild Flowers of South AfricaSky Guide Africa South 2016100 New Herbs
Freshwater Life101 Kruger Tales50 Must-see Geological Sites in South AfricaSasol 300 Easy-to-see Birds


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Get Ready for the Next Cape Town Art Fair – 19 to 21 February 2016


The Cape Town Art Fair has announced all participating galleries for its fourth edition, taking place from Friday, 19 to Sunday, 21 February 2016 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.

Media Update has shared all the information you might possibly need as you prepare for this incredible event which features a jam-packed programme including talks, curated walkabouts and, of course, exhibitions.

Follow Cape Town Art Fair on Facebook or Twitter to stay up to date, or visit their website.

The Talks Programme, which will feature a host of local and international participants, will aim to reconsider the relationships of art fairs, cultural institutions and inter-continental exchange whilst focusing on Africa’s place in the global conversation around contemporary art production.

International speakers will include founder and director of Biz Art in Shanghai, Davide Quadrio; curator of International Art at London’s Tate Modern, Kerryn Greenberg; Clare Lilley, director of the Yorkshire Sculpture Park and curator of the Frieze Sculpture Park 2015; Alia Swastika, director of the 13th Biennale Jogja Yogyakarta; commissioner and artistic director of the Ural Industrial Biennial of Contemporary Art in Ekaterinburg, Russia, Alisa Prudnikova; and artist Zhuang Hui from China.

The Cape Town BookSouth African Artists at HomeCape Town - A Study in WatercoloursArdmore


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Join Lucy Corne and Roy MacAskill for Beer Safari and Food Pairing at Beerhouse Cape Town

Meet Lucy Corne - Author of Beer Safari

Beer SafariLucy Corne will be speaking about her new book Beer Safari at a food and beer pairing event hosted by the Beerhouse.

The event will take place on Monday, 7 December, at 7 for 9 PM at the Beerhouse. There will be a question and answer session with Corne about South Africa’s many wonderful microbreweries and food prepared by Roy MacAskill.

The cover charge is R175, and tickets can be purchased from Quicket.

Don’t miss out!

Event Details

  • Date: Monday, 7 December 2015
  • Time: 7 PM for 9 PM
  • Venue: Beerhouse
    223 Long Street
    Cape Town | Map
  • Food preperation: Roy MacAskill
  • Refreshments: Craft beer and food pairing
  • Cover charge: R175
  • Tickets: Quicket

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Festive Season Road Safety Campaign Launched With Tribute to Fallen Traffic Officers

The Official K53 Learner's and Driver's Made EasyDie amptelike K53 slaag jou Leerling- en bestuurderslisensies maklikThe 2015 Arive Alive Road Safety Festive Campaign was launched yesterday with a special address by acting Minister of Transport Advocate Ngoako Ramatlhodi, MP, during a wreath-laying ceremony to remember the traffic and metro officers who died in the line of duty.

“Ladies and Gentlemen: As difficult as it may be, we affirm that we will not be deterred, our work will go on and we will reclaim the roads from rogues and ensure that everybody, without exception, obeys the rules of the road.

“As we launch the festive season plan today, I implore you to pay tribute to our fallen colleagues by tightening law enforcement on the roads without any compromise,” Ramatlhodi said, before announcing “a commitment to introduce a single insurance cover for officers who have died in the line of duty”.

A renewed commitment to the training of traffic officers, as well as a commitment to harmonise the traffic law enforcement fraternity, was also made.

Read his speech in full:

Distinguished Guests;
Ladies and Gentlemen

On behalf of government, I want to express our sincere gratitude to the Road Traffic Management Corporation, the Institute of Traffic and Municipal Officers of South Africa, the Institute of Licensing Officers for all that you have done to make this important observance day possible.

It is a great privilege to stand with this distinguished group of public servants, proud family members, valued friends, and brave members and supporters of the traffic and metro law enforcement community. And it is an honor to be able to thank you for your bravery; and to pay tribute to those who are missing from us this morning – the heroes who have given their lives in order that their fellow citizens might be safer, their neighbourhoods more secure, and their communities and country not only stronger, but more just.

These heroes were young adults who aspired from an early age to stand on the front line of our fight for safer roads and secure communities. And each of them represented the very finest this country had to offer – and the best qualified among us to serve, and to protect without any fear, favour or prejudice.

A reporter from Eyewitness News tweeted live from the event:


The Arive Alive Road Safety Campaign aims to raise awareness of safe practices on the road. Have a look at their poster with easy-to-remember phrases and read their tips on how to be safe on the roads as you travel to your holiday destination this festive season:


The long-awaited holiday is almost here and whatever your intentions, be it going away on holiday, visiting local attractions or staying at home, ER24 is urging everyone to celebrate with safety in mind.

If you are driving to your destination, remember the following:

  • Ensure your vehicle is roadworthy. Ensure you have a spare wheel, first aid kit and fire extinguisher in the vehicle.
  • Plan your route. It is a good idea to take note of all filling stations, police stations and hospitals.
  • Carry a torch, fire extinguisher and reflective bib in case you encounter problems with your vehicle.
  • Keep a list of telephone numbers of people to contact as well as your medical details and history (medical aid number, blood group and allergies for example).
  • Let people you trust know where you are going and when they can expect you back.
  • Buckle up and ensure children in the vehicle are appropriately restrained. If you are travelling with pets make sure they are restrained.
  • Do not drive while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
  • Ensure you are well rested before your journey. Take regular breaks. If there is another person in the vehicle who is licensed to drive, rather share the driving.Refrain from road rage. Be alert at all times and do not speed. Alter your speed according to the environment you are in.


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If you would like to brush up on your road rules, or have not yet obtained your driver’s license, we suggest the incredibly user-friendly guide by Clive Gibson, Gavin Hoole and Bata Passchier: The Official K53 Learner’s and Driver’s Made Easy. It’s also available in Afrikaans as Die amptelike K53 slaag jou Leerling- en bestuurderslisensies maklik.

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Seline and Leandri van der Wat Share Recipes, Anecdotes and Words of Wisdom at the Launch of TWO

Seline and Leandri van der Wat

Seline and Leandri van der Wat with Sarah GrahamTWOWhen it comes to Seline and Leandri van der Wat’s new cookbook TWO, the proof is in the pudding (especially in the Coconut, Earl Grey Crème with Coconut Cubes and Shortbread).

The 2013 MasterChef SA stars (Leandri was the season two runner up and Seline took third place overall) shared their story with another esteemed food writer, Sarah Graham (author of Home, Smitten and Bitten), at a festive launch at Love Books and The Service Station in Melville.

“There are lots of adjectives for this book,” Graham said in her introduction. “It’s jotted with beautiful pictures that tell a story.” The concept of TWO is simple: They’ve taken one hero ingredient and used it in two ways; the one dish is simple, the other more complex.

The sisters (they are not twins, this has been established) have always found their way back to food. Seline is a trained engineer and Leandri has a Master’s degree in Chemistry, and from a young age they’ve loved spending time in the kitchen.

Leandri told the story of how they ended up on MasterChef. “Seline said to me, ‘Let’s go on MasterChef, you owe me a favour. We won’t get in anyway but we’ll get some free things from Woolworths!’ We didn’t get free things but we got in.”

“You got R100 000,” Seline piped up.

For their qualifying dishes Seline prepared Cheesecake with Mousse and Berries and Leandri made a Thai-style Beef Salad. “She was really trying not to get in,” Seline joked.

Here they are two years later, celebrating the launch of their brand new cookbook. “It was one of those dreams we didn’t realise we had. We used to collect cookbooks and photocopy recipes as kids,” Leandri said, adding hastily, “Don’t do that to TWO!”

Seline was lured into joining MasterChef after seeing that the Australian winners received a cookbook deal. “It was always my dream to have a cookbook; it’s awesome to be able to put your food story on a page.”

Seline’s pro-tip for staying trim: Give your body what it needs even if it’s pudding.

“Who’s been the most influential person in your food story?” Graham asked. Seline instantly thanked their mom. “When we were kids our food was awful; we thought we were really good. She always built us up and encouraged us. I owe my spirit of adventure and discovery to her.”

“Our mom couldn’t cook – that’s probably why she encouraged us to cook,” Leandri added. She was inspired by their aunt, who “always had treats in the fridge”.

Another childhood sensory memory that made it into the cookbook is their Oupa’s Apricot Snoek, which was served at the launch. The dish was inspired by many trips down to Somerset West to visit their grandfather.

Where do they see themselves in five years? Seline’s long-term goal is to open a dessert bar. “I want to create a place where desserts are fun and there’s no Malva Pudding in sight.” Leandri, who’s working full-time as a chemist in product development, said she’d like to use her chemistry experience in food. “The flavour industry is where I’m headed.”

Leandri’s pro-tip: If you’re anxious in the kitchen, have some whiskey.

After the discussion everyone sat down at The Service Station for a wholesome healthy meal: The starter was a Pea and Fennel Soup with Lemon and Goats Cheese and the main meal was a buffet consisting of the aforementioned Apricot Snoek, Portuguese Roast Chicken, Ribeye Steak and Olive Broccoli, Polenta Crisps, Leaf Salad and Grilled Baby Leeks.

The dessert was the cherry on top: Melktert Spring Rolls with Hibiscus Dip, Whiskey Tarte Tatin with Whipped Cream and, the reason why this book should be on everyone’s Christmas wishlist, Earl Grey Crème with Coconut Cubes and Shortbread.


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Annetjie van Wynegaard (@Annetjievw) attempted to tweet through fistfuls of food using #livebooks:



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Join Lucy Corne and Roy MacAskill for Beer Safari and Food Pairing at Beerhouse Fourways

Invitation to a Celebration of Beer Safari

Beer SafariBeerhouse Fourways would like to invite you to meet Lucy Corne, author of Beer Safari, at a food and craft beer pairing event.

The event will take place on Wednesday, 2 December, from 7 to 9 PM, and will include a question and answer session with Corne about her taste adventures at microbreweries in South Africa. Roy MacAskill is preparing the food pairing.

The cover charge for the event is R175 per person, and tickets can be purchased from Quicket.

Don’t miss out!

Event Details

  • Date: Wednesday, 2 December 2015
  • Time: 7 PM to 9 PM
  • Venue: Beerhouse
    1 Sunset Avenue, corner of Witkoppen Road
    Fourways | Map
  • Food pairing: Roy MacAskill
  • Refreshments: Craft beer and food pairing

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