Absa Cape Epic

The Absa Cape Epic presented by adidas takes place every year around the last week of March and the first week of April, over a period of 8 days.

The route, which changes each year, leads aspiring amateur and professional mountain bikers from around the world through approximately 800 kilometres of the most beautiful unspoilt nature of the Western Cape and up approximately 16 000m of climbing over some of the most magnificent passes in South Africa. All riders must enter as a two-rider team. Teams register in one of four different categories that include Men, Ladies, Mixed and Masters (both riders must be 40 years or older on race day).

Now in its eighth year, the Absa Cape Epic presented by adidas is the most televised mountain bike stage race in the world. One thousand two hundred mountain biking enthusiasts from around the world test their athleticism and mental determination in the world’s largest two-team full service mountain bike stage race.



















  Absa KKNK (Klein Karoo National Arts Festival)

One of South Africa’s most celebrated arts festivals, the Absa KKNK (Klein Karoo National Arts Festival), takes place annually in its place of origin, Oudtshoorn.  

Celebrating its 16th year of success in 2010, visitors to the 2010 Absa KKNK were able to look forward to many highlights. The Absa KKNK always offers several newer initiatives which include numerous debut and travelling productions with some of South Africa’s leading artists, as well as Oudtshoorn Oraloor, a programme of site-specific art and performance in the open air, which harnesses the stunning Klein Karoo as a stage and canvass. The Absa KKNK has helped produce more than 70% of all new Afrikaans theatre in South Africa since 1995.

Apart from the shows offered annually at the Absa KKNK, they also deliver a considerable contribution throughout the year towards the national arts industry, by supporting various co-productions with other festivals. The festival offers far more than just Afrikaans. For those who have little understanding of the language, the Absa KKNK also offers fantastic dance, exhibitions, music, as well as a few select English productions.










  Amélie Debray

The award-winning French photographer, Amélie Debray, is currently working on her 2010 Imprinted Footprint exhibition, showcasing high-profiled South Africans through her unique photographic display.

As a photo reporter, Amélie has worked on a wide variety of projects ranging from portraits of French officials and political/institutional events coverage to photographic accounts of life in the French housing projects. She collaborates with the daily press (Libération, Le Figaro, etc.), magazines (Elle, Nouvel Obs, etc.) and the trade press, for which she received the prize for Best Photo in 2004.

One of her pictures, used as a cover picture by a French trade magazine, won the Best trade magazine cover prize in 2005. She won the prize for Best Photo in 2008 from the French Professional Press. The aim of the project is to show the footprints left on South Africa and our society by the personalities that she photographs.















  Black Porcelain

As a popular radio personality on radio, many are familiar with the sound of Carol Mashigo’s voice. Others have fallen in love with the velvet vocals of Black Porcelain, thanks to hit singles on radio stations across South Africa, including the chart-topping single Teacup. But very few people know that both of these fine artists are the same talented person, with Carol soon releasing her debut album (Invincible Summer by Black Porcelain).   

Apart from releasing her album Invincible Summer as Black Porcelain, she plans to play lots of gigs during 2010 and take her music where it will be appreciated. She is looking forward to growing as a performer this year. For more on Black Porcelain, check her page on Facebook, Twitter (blckporcelain) MySpace (myspace.com/blckporcelain). Her music is also available on ‘That Gig’. Also, don’t miss Carol on Kfm.


What do you get when you combine modern-day medical expertise with the wisdom of ancient eastern philosophy, the insights of modern physics and mathematics, the energy dynamics of acupuncture and the clinical findings of kinesiology?

The BodyTalk System is health care of the future, upheld by the latest quantum scientific research. Most importantly, its formulae respect and align with the bodymind’s own innate wisdom. It is an astonishingly simple and effective form of energy medicine that allows the body’s systems to be re-synchronised so that it can operate as nature intended. All the systems, cells and atoms in our bodies are in constant communication with each other. Through our exposure to the stresses of day-to-day life, these lines of communication become compromised, which lead to a decline in our physical, emotional and/or mental well-being. Reconnecting these lines of communication enables the body’s mechanisms to function at optimal levels, thus preventing disease and rapidly accelerating the healing process.

The BodyTalk System uses the trained right brain approach of intuitive assessment. The beauty and simplicity of Quantum BodyTalk is that it does not override but rather respects the bodymind’s complex innate wisdom and consciousness. The body, which naturally and innately heals our day-to-day injuries and ailments, is capable of doing so much more. It’s just a matter of making sure all the body’s systems are working well, and together, to maintain good health and help address health challenges.

The System draws on natural energy fields to bring stability, wellbeing and balance to people, animals and the environment. BodyTalk’s emphasis is on safe, effective, affordable healing. BodyTalk techniques integrate the body’s restorative powers with the latest in scientific findings to facilitate recovery and maintain health. In other words, it utilises state-of-the-art energy medicine to optimise the body’s internal communications and allow it to more effectively respond to injury and illness.





















  BOSS Models and Management

Boss Models Cape Town is a high fashion model agency, representing the hottest male and female models internationally and in South Africa.

Boss Management in turn represents some of the most established South African celebrities, actively managing their careers to ensure greater success. Boss Management represents the who’s who in South Africa.





















HOMEMAKERS has been in the Advertising & Exhibitions Industry for the last 26 years, with 5 national Expos and an outstanding reputation and following.

The annual Cape HOMEMAKERS Expo, a highlight for many home enthusiasts in the Western Cape, takes place from 2 to 5 September 2010 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC). Celebrating its 15th year of success, the 2010 expo will once again showcase a wide variety of home improvement and enhancement products, and will offer visitors the opportunity to conveniently find everything they need under one roof.

Voted by EXSA (Exhibition Association of Southern Africa) as the Best Trade and Consumer Exhibition of the Year in the category for exhibitions between 6 000 m² and 12 000m² in 2009, as well as in 2007.






















Chocolates by Tomes

Chocolates by Tomes is a confectionary manufacturer specialising in the manufacture of premium quality origin chocolate and handcrafted semi-finished and finished chocolate confectionary.

As a company, they are committed to employment equity (with a current BEE rating of Level 4). Their staff are from previously disadvantaged backgrounds and have all received and continue to receive thorough training. They endeavour to provide their clients with a prompt and efficient service and where feasible are able to produce bespoke products.

Chocolates by Tomes draw inspiration from trends around the world, but ensure that they always retain their African identity by sourcing ingredients locally.
























  Dental Safari

Attracting both an impressive local and international following, Dental Safari was launched as a service to combine major dental treatment and rehabilitation procedures with a vacation option in Cape Town and the rest of South Africa.

As the portal to the practice of Dr Pieter van Rooyen, the facility offers patients a high end dental practice with the latest in implant technology and CAD CAM dentistry.





















As a name synonymous with a broad range of distinctive professional services, the Devmark Property Group has successfully carved its name as a leader in the industry amidst an unprecedented property boom nationally and internationally.

Within this sector, Devmark has distinguished itself as the foremost provider of specialised services within Property Development, Development Marketing, Construction, Design, Commercial and Industrial Services. Incorporating Devmark Commercial, Devmark Project Restructure, Devmark Property Administration, Devmark Developments, Devmark Construction, Devmark Marketing and Events and Devmark Design, the Devmark Property Group has played an integral role in cultivating the sound business practices that underlie its prolific growth.





















Durop is an exciting new South African company which manufactures and supplies innovative maintenance free products to the building industry.

This proudly South African product feels and looks like wood, is cost effective and one of its many advantages is that it is basically maintenance-free.





















  Fine Art Portfolio

Fine Art Portfolio represents a collection of established art galleries, located across South Africa. Their aim is to offer one of the largest and finest selections of South African Fine Art. Fine Art Portfolio’s network of nine art galleries in South Africa, including Cape Town and Johannesburg, exhibit diverse genres of local and international talent, comprising (amongst others): Contemporary, original Fine Art; South African paintings; International, limited-edition graphics; Hand-coloured engravings; Bronzes; Sculptures and Antique African artefacts.

Their galleries host a comprehensive presentation of art genres; landscape and seascape art, art deco and abstract art, impressionist and expressionist art, wildlife art, African art, African sculpture and artefacts, amongst others. Each of their art galleries has a separate and distinctive feel to it, making each art exhibition a unique experience.














  FHM Magazine

FHM magazine is the leading men’s lifestyle magazine in South Africa, celebrating more than ten years of publishing success. The FHM reader is a man having the time of his life. FHM is aimed at affluent South African men aged 18 to 30, who enjoy reading about and discussing the interesting, somewhat crazy and often weird things life has to offer such as dangerous jobs, influential people, entertainment options and lots of gadgets, adventure and other guy things, as well as, of course, the world’s sexiest women.

FHM delivers its trademark irreverent, sexy, funny, useful and relevant content through the medium of humour, therefore it never takes itself too seriously, is mostly self-deprecating and prides itself on being local in voice and tone. FHM is a magazine for men, about men. FHM celebrates women and passes the girlfriend test. FHM is a trusted media brand that delivers a shortcut to the future. FHM isn’t disposable.

Fashion is a core pillar of FHM. Guys who read FHM always find practical and aspirational fashion and grooming information and advice. Fashionable accessories, the best retailers and trends are featured in FHM and readers can always shop directly from its pages. Certain aspects of FHM are a bit more serious, such as its popular fashion and sport sections, delivering content in an environment relevant to readers and advertisers.

FHM has built significant credibility in the areas of music, movies and gaming, offering exclusive South African access to the latest and best of these genres. FHM is interactive, involving its readers throughout the printed magazine, online and through mobile, as well as for specific campaigns such as FHM 100 Sexiest Women in the World, FHM Motoring Awards, FHM Models 20111, FHM Guy Awards and FHM Fashion and Grooming Awards.
























  heat Magazine

Celebrity news magazine, heat, is South Africa’s only weekly glossy magazine. heat is positioned as South Africa’s number one celebrity news brand, targeting affluent women aged between 16 and 30. It concentrates entirely on celebrity news.

heat delivers credible celebrity news, packaged in a riveting and exciting manner that sells social currency in a hard to ignore way though highly compelling cover designs, images and blurbs. The heatlip-gloss girl knows exactly what she gets when buying this premium-priced glossy weekly magazine, as its celebrity intent is clear from the first page to the last. heat also delivers exclusive celebrity infused fashion, beauty and interviews.

Famous in South Africa for breaking big, true, exclusive and riveting local investigative celebrity news stories, heat’s uncompromising voice makes it a brand that’s loved and respected by its readers, advertisers and its celebrity subjects themselves. The visual presentation of heat’s content is crucial to its success, hence its use of numerous big, bold and exciting images. heat offers its fans information to share with friends in social settings, ensuring she’s always got the latest information on the important celebrity news story of the moment. With heat she’s in the know, part of a cool in-crowd.

heat is interactive, delivering breaking news in short form on mobile and online, while the print brand offers bigger and better pictures and in-depth coverage and analysis. The annual heat Hot 100 is SA’s biggest annual voting campaign to find the most popular local and international celebs and is entirely based on reader votes. Other annual reader voting campaigns include the heat Hair and Beauty Awards, heat Man Watch and heat Five Star Awards.






















  Marion de Wet

Marion de Wet needs no introduction when it comes to the South African Chemical & Petrochemical industry. Having worked in the Chemical, Petrochemical, Oil and Gas and Coatings industries for the past twenty years, she has made her mark and is currently appointed as Commercial Manager for New Ventures at PetroSA.

Reading towards her executive PhD at the Business School of the University of Stellenbosch, De Wet believes that women need to recognise that they are part of the global market and have the potential to stretch their capabilities beyond our national borders.






























  Stelio Savante

Born and raised in Cape Town South Africa, actor Stelio Savante has made his home in the United States since 1990 when the University Of West Alabama offered him a tennis scholarship. One of South Africa’s most promising and successful exports, Stelio's credits include roles in several studio films, lead roles in 8 independent films , a 10 episode recurring guest star role on Ugly Betty, two webisodes (including the pilot launch) for NBC's My Own Worst Enemy starring Christian Slater and over half dozen guest star lead roles on various primetime network series including Without A Trace, Law & Order SVU (starring opposite Angela Lansbury in an Emmy & Golden Globe nominated episode), Criminal Intent, NCIS, Sopranos, Guiding Light and All My Children.

He starred opposite Tom Sizemore, Johnny Messner and numerous 'Sopranos' cast members in the action crime thriller, Corrado and also in the drama Live Fast Die Young directed by Tim Chey, and an ensemble lead role in the sci-fi action film, Starship Troopers 3: Marauder. Stelio also stars opposite Jenny McCarthy in the Live Action Simulate Video Game Red Alert III Command and Conquer.

Stelio has a list of over 30 noteworthy NY stage credits, including over a dozen Off Broadway shows. He has received outstanding theatre reviews for his work from The NY Times, Variety, Backstage, LA Actor, OOBR.com, talkinbroadway.com, curtainup.com and several other critics. In the United States, his character (Steve) on Ugly Betty was recognised/profiled by E-TV, E and CNN in 2007, and NBC interviewed Stelio regarding his role on My Own Worst Enemy. Stelio recently returned to his South African roots to shoot A Million Colours, the follow-up to the hit South African film E-Lollipop, and is presently completing filming as the naming character of the horror film, Poe.

Although Stelio proudly maintains his South African citizenship, he permanently resides in Los Angeles with his wife and daughter.






























  Marleen de Villiers

Marleen de Villiers completed her Master’s degree in educational psychology in 1993 at the University of Stellenbosch and is currently working towards her PHD in Psychology.

Having worked as a teacher and school psychologist, she started her private practice in 1993, initially as educational psychologist and since 2002 as psychologist, transpersonal facilitator, coach and teacher. From 1998, Marleen has also offered transpersonal and transformation workshops both locally as well as abroad. She is a qualified Reiki Master, teaching and training Reiki practitioners, teachers and Master students. Marleen also offers courses in Yoga and meditation and is often invited as inspirational speaker to events hosted by South Africa’s leading women’s magazines as well as a contributor to articles.

She has facilitated transpersonal self mastery executive coaching for individuals both nationally and internationally since 2007.























  Mervyn Gers

Mervyn Gers is wowing art lovers and collectors from around the country as well as abroad with his unusual pots.  

He has been interested in sculpture and ceramics from a young age and finally started experimenting with clay at the age of 29, taking classes with Tom van Hove and then Guy Walters. Later he also studied under University of Cape Town lecturer, Delise Reich, and it was during this time that he made a destiny changing decision – ceramics would become his full-time career.

Having set up a studio at his home in Oranjezicht in 2006, his passion for ceramics has led him to experiment with shape and form, texture and graphics. Mervyn works on individual pieces for private collections and commissions.



























Vensterklip is a 2000 hectare rural retreat on the shores of Verlorenvlei two hours north of Cape Town just outside the cult surf spot of Elands Bay. Verlorenvlei, the "lost marsh" in Afrikaans, is one of the most important wetlands in South Africa and is home to 246 different bird species, Cape clawless otters, the world's smallest tortoise species and a host of other extraordinary flora and fauna.

It is also the site of some magnificent Khoi culture cave dwellings. Vensterklip, which is managed by Albert Robertson (formerly an award winning chef from Cape Town) and his wife Lana, is a hugely exciting rural retreat which offers visitors the best in country cooking and the choice of accommodation which ranges from meticulously restored cottages (these date from the early 1800's) to luxury campsites which offer en suite bathrooms and braai areas. Most of the scrumptious food that Vensterklip serves is sourced from its own organic garden and meats are also all reared organically.























  Wellness Water

Wellness Water was launched at the beginning of 2009 and offers South Africans as well as the rest of the continent a wide variety of products including the Wellness Water bottle, Wellness Shower and Wellness Home System.

The Wellness Water bottle is the ultimate environmentally friendly product. During the lifespan of a single Wellness Water bottle you will eliminate the need for over 1 100 plastic bottles, reduce carbon emissions and conserve our natural resources. This personal, reusable water bottle boasts a special built-in cartridge that gives consumers pure, safe and nourishing water wherever they go, with none of the harmful plastics associated with other bottles.

The world’s first and only anti-aging shower system, the Wellness Shower, effectively reduces up to 99% of chlorine for up to 24 months, two or three times longer than any other shower filtration system available. Wellness Water also offers the Wellness Home System. This system effectively reduces chlorine, chloramines, trihalomethanes, pesticides, heavy metals and foreign tastes and odours below detectable levels for safer healthier water, and at the same time it enhances the water with delicate ions and minerals.