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Motsepe’s African Rainbow Capital acquires 20% stake in Val de Vie

According to Founder and CEO of Val de Vie Estate, Martin Venter today officially announced that investment company, African Rainbow Capital (ARC) – recently founded by well-known businessman, Patrice Motsepe – has acquired a 20% stake in Val de Vie Investments. While ARC has made several investments thus far, this deal marks the firm’s first investment in the country’s residential property market.

Recovery in construction activity lifts confidence in Q2

  • The FNB/BER Civil Confidence Index rose by 13 points to 41 in 2Q2016.
  • Construction activity rebounded unexpectedly, boosting confidence during the quarter.

  • The FNB/BER Civil Confidence Index gained 13 points to register a level of 41 in 2Q2016. This returns the index to more or less the same level as registered in 4Q2015. Despite the higher confidence, the current level of the index indicates that close to 60% of respondents are dissatisfied with prevailing business conditions.

A Kirstenbosch gem, Moyo restaurant

Nestled at the foot of Table Mountain, moyo Kirstenbosch is located in the iconic Kirstenbosch botanical gardens and offers warm, friendly service while you enjoy Afro entertainment and cuisine made from the finest African produce.

The all new moyo menu launched in September, 2015 contains some of the old moyo favourites, but has been updated  to include traditional South African dishes with a twist, offering a fresh take on African classics. Nikki Dumas, General Manager of moyo Kirstenbosch emphasises that even though the venue and menu has large appeal around the African experience for international tourists, loyal local support is what truly authenticates a restaurant so there is a strong appeal to the broader South African taste.

Up until 6pm daily moyo Kirstenbosch offer the ‘Life’ menu which has introduced café-style breakfasts and lunch with an African spin for quick on the go meals. A special menu for children extends the appeal to the entire family.

 “We have introduced some exciting offerings which have our fabulous locals returning again and again” says Nikki Dumas These offers include; the “WOZA” weekend buffets, pensioner Tuesdays, a range of kids activities to keep the little fingers busy and a stand out offer is the “Winter Lekker Lunches” where one can pick up a moyo burger or Fish Hoek fish and chips for just R75,00.

With its magnificent backdrop and spacious interior, moyo Kirstenbosch welcomes all guests as the ideal destination venue that exudes a  celebratory feel. Not forgetting that moyo scouts Africa for the best of the best in African entertainment which include colourful costumes, dramatic acts and dancers. To add to your delight guests are welcomed with the age-old tradition of African hand-washing and face painting ceremonies.

With the restaurant situated  in such a  beautiful evocative setting, moyo Kirstenbosch has made its name through bringing the culinary diversity of Africa to visitors at the southern end of the continent, who love the authentic atmosphere, mood, and enjoy a sense of adventure.

“Get your loved ones together and come and celebrate all that Africa has to offer”, says moyo, Kirstenbosch. 

Engen continues to take the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital to heart

While the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital in Cape Town is a government facility, in 1994 the Children’s Hospital Trust was formed with its primary objective being to raise funds for building upgrades and expansions, new equipment and staff training. This was to ensure that the children of Africa continue to receive the highest levels of care; something the hospital has a proud history of providing.

The ultimate designer destination for the “bleisure” traveller

Work-life balance is becoming increasingly important. Business travellers are actively seeking more satisfaction from their professional lives, often extending business trips to include leisure activities. The contemporary Century City Hotel has been considered with exactly this in mind; from the chic bedroom design to extraordinary dining and quirky signature cocktails. Together, the management and design teams have created a trademark style that blurs the line between home and office, offering a sophisticated experience from the minute a guest checks in.

The concept of the Century City Hotel has been pioneered by a seasoned team of hospitality experts, who embraced the opportunity to create a truly unique offering for guests. As an independently owned and managed hotel, the team are able to be flexible and offer a personalised service. The hotel offers an inspiring yet functional space, expertly designed to facilitate everything from business meetings to simply taking time out. Stylish lounge pockets, modern dining areas, practical work spaces and a luxurious veranda makes Century City Hotel a destination for any occasion.

Easy access to the Century City Conference Centre allows business travellers to make use of the meeting rooms and business lounge facilities. The hotel boasts a 200 Mbpsfibre connection, with unlimited WIFI access for hotel guests.

“Globally, the travel and leisure business simply has had to adapt to the rapidly changing landscape of consumer-driven demands. We consider ourselves “destination marketers” that create moments of significance in unexpected places.” comment joint CEO’s, Gary Koetser and Glyn Taylor.

Travellers are encouraged to consider their time at the hotel as a ‘home away from home’. The 125 superior rooms and deluxe suites are flexible and can sleep up to two people per room. There is also the option of interconnecting rooms, which cater perfectly to families.  For those who prefer to have a night in, there are twenty premium television channels to choose from, and the in-room take out is beautifully packaged as a deli delivery from the Square Cafe & Wine Bar.  For the coffee-lovers, there are self-serve coffee stations strategically placed throughout the premises for bottomless coffee at no additional cost (hotel guests only).

The Square Cafe & Wine Bar, which is on the hotel premises and spills out onto the bustling Century City Square, offers relaxed dining from a choice of delicious meals from the a-la-carte menu, as well as home-style dishes from the Harvest Table which works on a “weigh-and-pay” system. There are also gorgeous deli items such as fresh fruit, salads, sandwiches and confectioneries for sale for those on-the-go. Designer details such as custom-made furniture, black subway tiles and colourful Le Creuset crockery make this a refreshing new dining destination.

The Century City Conference Centre and Hotel forms part of a mixed-use development situated around the Square – forming the centre of Century City’s new hospitality and commerce hub.  The hotel looks onto the Square, which boasts a diverse offering of carefully selected restaurants and coffee shops. This open-air setting, complete with the canal that meanders through the precinct, serves as the ideal location for live outdoor concerts, markets and gatherings.

Century City is ideally situated between the renowned winelands and picturesque beaches of the Western Cape. The location offers a myriad of leisure options, all within walking distance from the hotel. For those looking for a spot of retail therapy, Canal Walk - one of Africa’s largest shopping centres – is just around the corner.  There are also a number of attractions that are sure to appeal to the health-conscious traveller, such as a choice of walking, cycling and running trails set in a picturesque, safe and secure environment. There is also a 4000m² state-of-the-art Virgin Active gym locatedopposite the hotel.

The Western Cape is seen as one of the World’s leading leisure destinations, with Century City pegged as the ideal eco-tourist destination. Century City is at the forefront of sustainable development aimed at reducing the area’s carbon footprint. The Century City Square development itself is registered with the Green Building Council of South Africa for a Green Star mixed use rating. Century City is home to Intaka Island, 16ha of wetland conservation. The ecologically sensitive pans and reconstructed wetlands help filter the water of the surrounding canals. The world-class Century City Hotel is committed to sustainable practices throughout the business and strives to minimalise the impact of daily operations on the environment.

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