Introducing a safe and secure way for women to get around.

 ChaufHer, a new ride-hail app for women and children only, announced they will be launching in Cape Town before the end of 2019 with plans to expand to Johannesburg and Durban in 2020. Their App, which will soon be available on both the App Store and Play Store, connects women drivers with women passengers (and children younger than 18 years). Not only does the App provide a safe way to earn money, it also provides the freedom of movement to women concerned about the growing danger and violence that has infiltrated the taxi industry.

The Cape is firmly established as “one of the most exciting wine-producing countries on the planet”, thanks to a combination of old vines, young wine-making talent, established names, varied terroirs and a can-do spirit, according to award-winning British journalist and Master of Wine Tim Atkin, who has just released his seventh annual guide to South Africa.

Krone, home to vintage-only, handcrafted Méthode Cap Classique, on the historic Twee Jonge Gezellen estate in Tulbagh, have released South Africa’s first terroir specific MCC: the Krone Kaaimansgat Blanc de Blancs 2016. Sculpted by the vintage and harnessing the intrinsic energy of the iconic Kaaimansgat (Crocodile’s Lair) Chardonnay vineyard near Villiersdorp, this single-vineyard terroir-specific vintage cuvée is rooted in time and place.

The young, creative and talented Kelly-Marie Jacobs has been appointed as Zonnebloem’s white winemaker. Her career to date has been paved by inspiring people and a natural affinity for making wines. Her connection to Stellenbosch runs deep with her grandparents originally from the town where they met at the Stellenbosch train station. But it was a magazine article about winemaker Debbie Thompson, now Cellar Master at Simonsig, which initially sparked her interest in the field.

Balance, the quirky range of generous, everyday wines, has been relaunched after a stylish makeover, mastering the fine balancing act between a modish new look and environmental awareness.

As a caring range of wines signified by the trusty mascot, Hank the elephant, Balance has adopted the Elephant Human Relations Aid (EHRA) as a CSI initiative. For every bottle sold, a contribution is made to fund the EHRA PEACE project, an educational programme promoting the peaceful cohabitation of local communities with desert elephants in Southern Africa.

The Constantia restaurant scene gained a new all-day eatery in March, when contemporary Botanicum Café & Grill opened its doors, serving seasonal modern European dishes using the best Cape produce. Personally managed by co-founder and sommelier Marc Botes, Botanicum conveys a sense of place, bringing the leafy surrounds of High Constantia inside with beautifully designed finishes, the interior epitomises simplicity and sophistication, and its menu follows suit.

Organic and biodynamic Stellenbosch wine producer, Longridge Wine Estate and Jasper Raats recently received three gold medals at the Grand International Organic Wine Awards. The European-based Grand International Organic Wine Awards took place for the tenth time this year under the guidance of sensory experts and renowned PAR system developer Martin Dartin. The international awards for organic wines has since become one of the most important tasting events in the global organic wine sector. According to the organisers, in 2018 a total of 289 winery from 28 countries with more than 1000 organic wines were entered into the vigorous and sensory sensitive judging process.