Monthly Archives: July 2017

Pizza or Pasta??

The Cape Town Pizza & Pasta Festival 2017 will take place at the beginning of spring, on Saturday 16th September 2017. We have high expectations on attendance at this culinary and music experience and will be limiting tickets to 1500 tickets per sitting, a lunch sitting that begins at 11am and ends at 5pm and a dinner sitting that begins at 6pm and ends at midnight so as to offer each person a unique experience without having big crowds to contend with. This will be achieved through extensive marketing strategies, unique hype creation and the desire for people of all ages to enjoy this incredible day coupled with incredible music at one of Cape Town’s most scenic venues, The Range, Tokai.

We have carefully selected only the best Pizza & Pasta establishments in Cape Town and include restaurants, independents as well as Cape Town’s best pizza & pasta food trucks. The main idea is to showcase only the cities best craft and artisan offerings. The Festival will have a unique Italian cuisine feel to it which will go unmatched for years to come. There will be craft beer, wine & dessert tastings as well as numerous different beverages stands so that we cater for all needs, young & old. 

We are currently busy securing our music line up and have the following bands on our radar pending their availability, some bands in question, Majozi, Daniel Baron, Shaun Koch Trio, Soldier, Sunset Sweatshop and Minx to name a few. The music will be suited perfectly to compliment the festival and ambience. There will also be comedians/MCs throughout the day. 

Additional Info:

Tickets: R 150 early bird SOLD OUT, R 180 normal bird, R 220 late bird if still available and are sold through Webtickets and at any Pick n Pay.

Tickets will include limited vouchers that can be redeemed for pizza & pasta tasters. 

Festival times: Lunch sitting – 11am – 5pm; Dinner sitting – 6pm – midnight. 

This is an all age’s event – kids U13 get in free.

Free, safe parking available on site. 

The Venue: The Range, Tokai –

Please feel free to check out the Facebook page and Facebook event which is gaining huge traction.  
FB page: Cape Town Pizza & Pasta Festival – 
FB Event: Cape Town Pizza & Pasta Festival 2017 – 

​Polyco Launches a Movement to Make Waste Work

About 177,000 tonnes of polyolefin plastics, such as milk and detergent bottles, bread bags and assorted food containers, were recycled last year – contributing approximately R1.7 billion to the country’s GDP and creating over 14,000 jobs. However, 363,000 tonnes were not, meaning that South Africa is missing out on potential GDP growth and much-needed employment opportunities.
These figures were revealed at Polyco’s recent fifth Annual General Meeting (AGM) by Chairman, Jeremy Mackintosh. Polyco was established in 2011 by polyolefin packaging producers, to reduce the amount of polyolefin waste going to landfill by providing funding to increase the sustainable collection, recycling, recovery and beneficiation of polyolefin plastics.

At the AGM, it was announced that the non-profit company (NPC) – which is focused on making waste a valuable resource that works for the economy – would be rebranding to Polyco+, creating a movement designed to change mindsets and behaviours around recycling.

Mackintosh said that while the polyolefin packaging market grew by 3.3% in 2016, recycling volumes remained at the same level as the previous year. The South African Plastics Recycling Organisation confirmed this, with its General Manager, Annabe Pretorius, stating: “The demand for recyclate (raw recyclable material) is still at an all-time low – which has been the case for more than 14 months. This low demand can be attributed to the general economic slump, which has specifically affected commodity market applications for recyclate.”

Polyco Chief Executive Officer, Mandy Naudé added: “We, as South Africans, are facing a national crisis, with a recent Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) study noting that only 5% of our population recycles. Over and above slowing economic development and withholding employment opportunities from thousands, the consequences of this lack of responsibility when it comes to our waste has resulted in unsightly and harmful plastics filling our natural environment – both marine and land-based.”

Polyco+ has been launched to broaden the company’s capacity in addressing these problems. Naudé explained: “Polyco+ is an engagement platform that collaboratively finds solutions to the national crisis that affects us all. Through it, we will continue to work with municipalities and industry sectors, supporting their operations and taking the necessary action to recover from the challenging economic conditions of the past year. We will also be joining forces with like-minded industry partners such as packaging converters, brand owners, retailers, collectors and recyclers to implement sustainable, long-term solutions with the ultimate aim of improving the management of polyolefin waste. In addition, we will be engaging with consumers to shift their perception of recycling because, unless we secure their support, we will not win the battle to clean up our environment.”

The platform also aligns with the NPC’s role in implementing the polyolefin Industry Waste Management Plan (IWMP) that will provide polyolefin waste solutions to both metro and rural areas whilst bolstering enterprise development, job creation and transformation opportunities within the sector.

Polyco+ aims to create a society where litter is minimised and the value of waste is maximised through recycling. The strategy for achieving this is underpinned by three key pillars – Celebration, Collaboration and Activation.

Elaborating on these, Naudé said: “In terms of the Celebration component, we will be developing and recognising innovation and potential successes in the sector. With regards to Collaboration, we will work alongside various industries and partners to create a unified voice and take action to tackle the problem of plastic waste recycling – making waste work, together. At the crux of our strategy is Activation – the implementation of our project funding model, education and awareness campaigns along with the launch of innovative solutions to transform consumers’ attitudes towards recycling and bring about real world change.”

She concluded: “We believe that through Polyco+, we can make our vision of a cleaner and more sustainable South Africa by 2030 a reality for all.”

Post written by: Monique Horwitz 

Let the Angels Sing!!

Too often we look to the world when we have talent right infront of us, today I attended the Western Cape Junior/Youth Choir Music Festival presented by the Moravian Choir Union of South Africa (MOCUSA) at the City Hall in Cape Town. Occasions like these make me truly proud to be a Moravian with it abundance of talent.

17 different youth choirs from as far as Elim, Genadendal, Goedverwacht and Pella came together as a Mass Choir and blessed us with their mesmerizing voices, yes they sang like angels and looked so bright and beautiful – clearly enjoying every minute.

The afternoon included various song performances by the Mass Choir led by enthusiastic conductors as well as some Violin, Organ solo performances and a Recorder and Brass ensemble. Now that I look back we were really spoilt for choice but hey we Moravians love our music and I could see this by how well organised the afternoon was. Another indication of our love for music was when the Recorder Ensemble played one of the hymns O, had ek duisend tonge, I saw some people humming to the tune wanting to sing along, wys jou net ons Moraviers ken ons gesange.

The African Traditional songs were beautifully rendered including the actions, again I some audience members wanting to join in the fun on stage. This was a definite highlight for me.

These kids are really our Future Leaders, World Icons….even though the seasons change we need to keep the FAITH alive and let….


ULTRA SOUTH AFRICA, Africa’s largest electronic music festival, proudly announces its return to Cape Town and Johannesburg for its FIFTH consecutive year.






ULTRA SOUTH AFRICA , Africa’s largest electronic music festival, proudly announces its return to Cape Town and Johannesburg for its FIFTH consecutive year.

Boasting state-of-the-art stage setups, the world’s best DJs and an unforgettable festival experience, ULTRA South Africa has become a firm favourite of the South African music landscape over the last four years. Now, ULTRA South Africa announces their festival info for 2018, with its most competitively priced EARLY BIRD tickets ever! The registration process must be followed in order to get your hands on these early bird prices, for a limited time only, so don’t wait.

Globally, Ultra Music Festival is gearing up to celebrate its 20th anniversary at the flagship event in Miami in 2018, making next year a momentous one for the brand, with South Africa celebrating the 5th year of the local event in the same year. Meaning that the organisers will be making the 2018 festivals bigger than ever before.

The Cape Town event will be held earlier in the year, on Friday 9th February 2018, and will once again be held at the Cape Town Stadium, that iconic venue that all visitors to the Mother City know and love. The stadium is not only convenient for anyone in the city to get to and for easy access in and out, but brings a unique flavour to the event that anyone that was at the 2017 show can attest to. Not to mention the host of after-parties held around the city that are only a few minutes away from the stadium, making it that much easier to keep the ULTRA SA party going until morning!

Nasrec is THE home to ULTRA SA in Joburg, and has been since Day 1, once again in 2018 this unparalleled festival venue will play host to the largest music show the people of Gauteng know and adore! This event proves each year just how a dance music festival should look, and will be no different when Ultranauts converge on Nasrec’s gates on Saturday 10th February 2018 for yet-another mind-blowing electronic music experience.

Registration for early bird tickets to the 2018 shows will be done via Ultra Passport on , so please complete this process as soon as possible or you will miss out on early bird prices.

Ultra Passport is the global Ultra programme recently launched to reward loyal Ultranauts that attend events around the world. It allows passport holders to earn points that place them in various tiers, and within which they earn various rewards. Benefits include access to early bird tickets, separate festival entrances, access to lounge areas, and more depending on the passport tier.

Points are earned for enrolling in the programme and attending events, and points valid for 25 calendar months, so it makes sense for SA Ultranauts to register now and start earning!

Once the early bird tickets have run out we will roll straight over into Tier1, still an incredibly priced ticket considering what value you get for the money, so visit and register now!

Follow ULTRA SA on Facebook and Twitter for real-time updates on artists, tickets and festival updates.

Jonathan Rubain’s I’m in love with a Guitarist returns to the Baxter for a third time this August for a limited run

Virtuoso guitarist, producer and director Jonathan Rubain is back for the third time with his sold-out hit show, I’m in love with a Guitarist, at the Baxter Concert Hall for three performances only from 3 to 5 August at 20h15 nightly.

Rubain who is a gospel artist with a rich history in jazz will perform some of his latest compositions and he will showcase the exciting new talent, Bonteheuwel based the Jazz Yard Academy.


As a young musician, he grew up in Hanover Park, training with and learning from well-known greats such as Mac Mckenzie and Hilton Schilder. He was also the bass player for artists such as Errol Dyers and Robbie Jansen and features on Grammy award-winner Kirk Whalum’s latest DVD Gospel According to Jazz Chapter 4. Widely regarded as part of the prestigious club of successful Cape Town jazz artists, Rubain’s hit songReason to Smile was a big success on local radio.


Jonathan has had major success with his previous productions such as Intimate Nightsand How did I get Here? and I’m in love with a Guitarist is no different. He will take audiences on a musical journey inviting them to listen to sounds such as Cape Jazz, Afro-Jazz and beautiful soulful melodies on the line-up.


Jonathan’s love for music is firmly rooted in childhood memories of his father playing guitar as a music lover himself. He started playing the drums at the age of six, the guitar at the age of 10 and the bass guitar at the age of 14, all in the nurturing environment of his local church.


With this production he will share the stage with young talent between the ages of 12 and 16 from The Jazz Yard Academy to be part of the show. The Jazz Yard Academy is a non-profit organisation that offers free lessons to children from the area and surrounds.


Rubain says, “I have often been asked by audience members who have previous performances to play some more of my original compositions and this is what I am looking forward to do onstage this time around. There will be several songs dedicated to musical influencers in my life and, of course, being back to perform at the Baxter Theatre Centre, an iconic venue is always quite special to me.”


I’m in love with a Guitarist is on at the Baxter Concert Hall from 3 to 5 August at 20:15 nightly.

Tickets cost R140 and bookings can be made through Computicket on 0861 915 8000, online at www.computicket.comor at any Shoprite or Checkers outlet. For corporate, block or school bookings, charities and fundraisers, contact Sharon Ward on 021 680 3962 or Carmen Kearns on 021 680 3993, or

Proudly Capetonian

When I think of Soli Philander my mind immediately goes to the switching on of the Kaapse Liggies where he was the MC on various occasions or that TaxiVision show on Cape Town TV. He is however a man of many talents and last night I got to witness another one of those talents in the form of his new one-man show called NICE COAT….ya dit was ‘n LEKKER JAS show.

The show moves like a Taxi driver through peak hour traffic down lower mainroad in Salt River, climbing the curb then swerving back into traffic all in the space of 70 minute. It is like a survival guide to Cape Town with tips on must see places and all the different cultures that comes with living in The Mother City. 

Soli does not mince his words as he rhymes with a reason, spitting words that I sometimes felt like I needed to consult a dictionary but hey Google Translate might also come in handy.

A well-constructed narrative much more than a RACE around our city but rather a Cape Town Marathon taking you from the heights of the picturesque Table Mountain to the point where the two oceans meet, not fogetting everything in-between that makes us love this City we call Home. Oh yes, bring your passport too because you’ll go overseas ….to Robben Island that is (had to mention because it was Madiba Day yesterday after all).

I thoroughly enjoyed the show, ek het gelag dat die traane loep but their were also some serious moments, thought provoking commentary added in the mix showcasing our diversity and why we love being Capetonians.

Once again Soli sticks his hands in his Nice Coat with pockets full of inspiration and brings us an awesome show….all I can say is stiek uit Mase Kin you will not be disappointed.

Don’t miss this fantastic talent presented by Allistair Izobel Productions – book now!

Show: “Nice Coat” (Lekker Jas!)

Featuring: Soli Philander (One-Man Show)

Date:  17th – 29th July 2017 

Venue: Baxter Theatre

Show time: 7.30pm

Duration of the show:  1 hour and 10 minutes

Book now:  Computicket, Shoprite Checkers and all House & Home Stores and at the Baxter theatre

Ticket price:  Regular – R130 / Block Bookings 10+ – R110

Follow the link below for another awesome review: – coming soon

Daai is mos ‘n Lekker Jas!

Alistair Izobell Productions Presents: 

Soli Philander’s “Nice Coat” (Lekker Jas!)

17th – 29th July

Baxter Theatre

Soli Philander’s ‘Nice Coat’ is about – as he puts it – HIS Cape Town.  
Born out of a desire for a narrative about Cape Town – the place of his birth, his youth, his heart – that didn’t serve a political agenda, wasn’t an exercise in attracting tourists, and did not disregard the daily, stark realities so many Capetonians in surviving must embrace.

Fuelled by the desire not to defend or deflect accusations levelled at The Mother City – her detractors on the inside and out – or wallow in the praise and pride from those enamoured by her, but rather to provide another view, another ‘take’, another conversation about the place he calls home, and his experience of it.

Philander is adamant about the unique ‘sound’ of Cape Town – ‘there is a rhythm to it, a beat’ – that he maintains is the essence of ‘being Capetonian’. In his observations about, his criticism of, his tribute to the place he calls home, he seamlessly plays with word and intonation, idiom and phrase, rhyme and reason, to engage mind, memory and emotion in a delicately-humoured, hour-long rhyme.

When asked ‘why?’ about the rhyme, Soli responded: ‘I didn’t realize for a long time that the instinctive love I have for rhyming is cultural – from the games we made up as children, the secret languages we invented as teens, the delightful playing with words of the hawkers, and even organized crime’s penchant for inventing new words or new meanings for existing ones’

Philander journeys through Cape Town, HIS Cape Town, with a backpack full of memories, realizations, observations, experiences and the ever-present readiness for laughter in the face of the bleak. A trip around The Mother City – if you’ve ever been, are, or will ever be – you should not miss.

This actor, director, comedian, radio presenter and writer has been part of South Africa’s media world for years, going from television, to writing, to radio to share his voice with the country. Soli Philander has become a household name and is best known for his work as a presenter for Cape Talk and for hosting popular television shows such as “Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader”? “Let’s Fix It” and known for hosting the Afrikaans musical game show “Liriekeraai”. He has played minor roles in the 1992 feature film “The Road to Mecca” and in 2001 made-for-TV movie “Diamond Hunters”. His self-penned work for the stage includes ‘Take Two’, ‘Woeskroes’, ‘Hotnotsgot’ and ‘The Passion Gap’ (with Christian Bennett).  He is also a master-of-ceremonies, motivational speaker and celebrity speaker. 

Soli was presenter and creative director for the popular ‘TaxiVision’ on Cape Town Television and the driving force behind the online radio-station ‘Taxi Radio’ for the five years of it’s lifespan as a hub for local broadcasting talent. 

Don’t miss this fantastic talent – book now!

Show: “Nice Coat” (Lekker Jas!)

Featuring: Soli Philander (One-Man Show)

Date:  17th – 29th July 2017 

Venue: Baxter Theatre

Show time: 7.30pm

Duration of the show:  1 hour and 10 minutes

Book now:  Computicket, Shoprite Checkers and all House & Home Stores and at the Baxter theatre

Ticket price:  Regular – R130 / Block Bookings 10+ – R110

Tempest Toss

The stage was set for the Confederations Cup Final. Would it be Chile or Germany lifting the trophy?

Russia hosted an awesome tournament I think this was a great setting for next year….just a few hiccups with the new VAR system but I think it will be cool to book my flight to Russia next year. (anyone reading this and want to be my sponsor you are welcome.)

Ok fine enough of the desperation, before we got to the all important final it was Portugal vs Mexico for the 3rd/4th place playoff.

Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo did not play in the third place playoff after leaving the camp to visit his new born twins.

Even without their Captain Fantastic Portugal managed to put a smile on his and the newborn twins faces by taking third place in the 2017 Confederations Cup Final.

After a goalless firsthalf and a Mexican goal in the second half it looked like a win but very late goal from Pepe levels the scores and sent the tie into extra-time! 

Adrien Silva’s extra-time penalty earned Portugal the win over Mexico.

Finally we got to the moment we all been waiting for the Final…Germany vs Chile.

Claudio Bravo was the hero for Chile in the #ConfedCup semi-finals, saving all 3 penalties that he faced. Will he be a match winner today? 

Again I was rooting for the underdogs in this case Chile but I think this is bad luck because a loss in concentration in defencr cost them dearly after piling on the pressure looking likely to score first.

Lars Stindl’s goal from a defensive error gave Germany the lead over Chile in the final.

The game was exciting heating up the cool air in Russia but it was not Alexis Sanchez night, the South American tempers were flaring with a couple of disruptions on the pitch. This however was expected in a Final emotions are bound to creep into such an important match.


The World Champions win their first ever #ConfedCup title, beating Chile 1-0 in the final. #CHIGER

They had an awesome tournament and are well deserved Champions of their first Confederations Cup.

Other 2017 #ConfedCup individual winners:

Golden glove: Claudio Bravo

Golden Boot: Timo Werner

Golden Ball: Julian Draxler