Christmas Eve Dinner

Join us for a festive Christmas Eve Dinner or Christmas Day Lunch.

Priced at R950 per person (R895 per person for the vegetarian option, and half price for children under 10), and include a welcome drink and Christmas crackers. The main course will be served with family-style sides for the table, creating a home-away-from-home Christmas feeling.

Date: 24 December 2017

Time: 18:30–21:30

Venue: The Cellars-Hohenort, 93 Brommersvlei Road, Constantia

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Mango Groove at Kirstenbosch

The Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts presents a live performance by South African Afro-pop band Mango Groove.

Mango Groove is an 11-piece Afro-pop band whose music fuses pop and township music, especially marabi and kwela. Since their foundation in 1984, the band has released six studio albums and numerous singles. They have sold more than 1.5 million albums in South Africa alone, mostly with popular hits like Dance Some More, Special Star, Hometalk and Nice To See You.

“It was reminiscent of the collective unison Mango Groove inspired in 1983, when they became one of the first multi-cultural bands in apartheid-era South Africa.” Read Lisa Huang’s review of Mango Groove.

Venue: Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, Rhodes Dr, Newlands, Cape Town
Time: 5.30pm
Cost: R135 – R180

Date: 23 December 2017

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Christmas Carols at Kirstenbosch

The Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts presents four evenings of Christmas Carols in celebration of the festive season.

The Christmas-themed sing-along concert series is the flagship project of the Rotary Club of Kirstenbosch and forms part of the organisation’s annual fundraising efforts. While each evening boasts a line-up of well-known local acts as pre-entertainment, the main attractions are the Cape Town Concert Brass and Male Voice Choir, who performs traditional Christmas tunes and carols.

Think of a beautiful garden setting, in glow stick light and the melodious sound of Christmas Carols (preceded by a stunning SEQ set)… and it is sponsored by Pick n Pay. It is a fun way to get in the mood for Christmas and it also raises funds for charities in and around Cape Town.

Sterling EQ will be performing from around 18h30 until 19:30, while the carol service starts at 19:45 and the event ends approximately 21:30.

Venue: Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, Rhodes Dr, Newlands, Cape Town
Time: 6pm
Cost: R25 – R125

Date: 15 December 2017

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Wednesday Night is Market Night

The Vineyard Oval Market is having it’s third market edition at Maynardville Park, Wynberg and after the successful Summer Cocktails + G&T Night you simply do not want to miss this market edition.



Throughout the market day please keep an eye out for awesome specials where we serve up the best craft beers, cocktails, G&T’s in town,summer drinks at The Vineyard Oval Market & so much more

With more variety of foodtrucks/cuisines available let The Vineyard Oval Market take care of your dinner and enjoy your mid-week break with family & friends.

So dress the summer part, sit back, relax and soak up the market ambience as we take care of your dinner and of course desert 🙂 Simply the perfect way to spend your summertime at the most chilled place in town.

Date: 13 December 2017

Time: 16:00–21:00

Venue: The Vineyard Oval Market, Maynardville Park, Wynberg

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Koibito Kibun @ Maynardville Garden Market

Loads of Shopping and Activities for the whole family 😀📢👨‍👩‍👦‍👦Free Entry into the Market 😎

Date: 16th -17th December 2017.

Time: 10am to 10pm

Venue: Maynardville Open-Air Theatre, Maynardville Park, Piers Rd, Wynberg

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Cape Town Water Crisis: What you’ll have to pay in ‘water tax’

Source: The South African

Date: 2017-12-05

It is all but confirmed that from February next year, Cape Town will be introducing a “water tax” or a water levy or a water surcharge. Call it whatever you will.

The purpose of the charge is to raise more capital for long-term drought solutions. But it’s also a bit of a Catch22. Since the City is generating less income from water – with everybody saving so much – they are collecting less revenue. Thus meaning less money to pay for solutions.

But just how much will you have to pay?

Let’s take a look.



Cape Town’s proposed water levy charges

Residential property value (in ZAR) Water tax (ZAR)
400k none
600k 35
800k 45
1m 50
2m 115
3m 170
4m 225
5m 280
6m 340
7m 420
10m 565
20m 1120
50m 2800

But really, if your property is valued at R4 million, we’re pretty sure you can afford the R200 a month to pay your surcharge. Weren’t you spending that on filling your pool before restrictions anyway?

The City of Cape Town is searching for an additional R1bn per year while the dams recover from the unprecedented drought conditions.

Cape Town’s water use has spiked over the last few weeks. With rainy season well and truly over and the tourist season set to begin, it’s crunch time to avoid day zero.

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LEAPS Adoption Day

Join us for another LEAPS Adoption Day. Support our stall by doing your Xmas shopping early and buying some cute doggy jerseys, doggy toys, books, greeting cards and much more!

Meet some of our precious pooches looking for loving homes – or just pop in to say hi to the LEAPS Team, we’d love to see you!

Date: 10 December 2017

Time: 9:00–15:00

Venue: Kirstenbosch Craft Market, Kirstenbosch Stone Cottages, Rhodes Drive

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Cape Town has just been voted as the best city in the world… again!

British tourists have voted Cape Town the best city in the world for the fifth consecutive year.

After a poll of 90,000 readers in the 2017 Telegraph Travel Awards, the South African city of Cape Town was victorious, beating Vancouver and Tokyo to the top prize. Remarkably, it’s the fifth consecutive year that Cape Town has been named number one – and with all eyes on South Africa in 2018, the centenary year of Nelson Mandela’s birth, few would bet against it repeating the trick in 12 months time.

Enver Duminy for Cape Town Tourism says the recognition will aid in creating more job opportunities for locals.

“These accolades pave the way for even more innovation, entrepreneurship and job creation within the tourism sector.”

“They also accurately reflect the variety of experiences Cape Town has to offer visitors, from unparalleled natural beauty, to delicious, intimate culinary adventures in our many restaurants.”

Sporty, stylish, stunning, sociable… if Cape Town was a person, it would be that Hollywood starlet we all secretly envy. A coming-together of cultures, cuisines and landscapes, there’s nowhere quite like Cape Town, a singularly beautiful city crowned by the magnificent Table Mountain National Park.

So, whether you’re after natural scenery, or interested in indulging in the diverse food scene Cape Town offers, you won’t be let down.

Apart from the weak rand, which is making travel to South Africa very appealing to foreigners, Cape Town is only very accessible in terms of accommodation.

Cape Town currently has the 21st biggest Airbnb market in the world, and guests can stay in high profile Cape Town suburbs for a fraction of typical area prices – whilst also immersing themselves within local culture.

A high percentage of locals are also using Airbnb for staycations within SA’s borders.

For hotel stays, SA hotel prices low in comparison to other African hubs. The average rate for a hotel room in Addis Ababa is about R3 212 per night, which is more than double what guests would pay in Cape Town – an average of R1 448 per night, according to a 2015 survey.

The rest of the upper end of the ranking has a familiar look. Vancouver has played second fiddle to Cape Town for the last five editions of the awards, while Venice, Sydney and New York are perennial members of the top 10.

Here’s the full top 10 list:

  1. Cape Town
  2. Vancouver
  3. Tokyo
  4. Venice
  5. Sydney
  6. New York
  7. Seville
  8. Florence
  9. San Francisco
  10. Rome

Sources: Telegraph Travel Awards, December 3, 2017

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Imibulelo: Music a la Carte

Imibulelo and Dance for All present a themed production featuring highlights from beloved musicals and composers.


Music a’ La Carte will take you on a journey to bring you some of the most popular and memorable musicals from the greatest composers of all time.

This production promises to be a mixture of great music moments, a trip down memory lane, and a celebration of the magical moments from the musicals.

Dance for All is a non-profit organisation which offers daily ballet, contemporary and African contemporary dance training to children in historically disadvantaged communities.

‘Imibulelo’ means ‘in gratitude from us to you’.

Date: 9 December 2017

Venue: Springfield Convent School, St Johns Rd, Wynberg, Cape Town
Time: 3pm to 5pm
Cost: R75
Tel: 021 697 5509

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Summer Cocktails + G&T Night

The Vineyard Oval Market brings locals in the area the official summer market experience. If you love cocktails and G&T’s then you simply do not want to miss out.

Some amazing wine bar specials, Gin tasting experience and so much more.. We have the most AMAZING COCKTAILS to welcome summer to the mother city ONLY at The Vineyard Oval Market

We will have a wider variety of cuisines to choose from and so much more. Let us take care of your dinner and enjoy your mid-week break at The Vineyard Oval Market every Wednesday.

We will have a demarcated play area for the little ones and just a gentle pet friendly reminder to keep the pupp’s on a leash

Date: 6 December 2017

Time: 16:00–21:00

Venue: The Vineyard Oval Market, Maynardville Park, Wynberg

Walk ins – Off Church Street
Onsite Parking – Off Glaren Road

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