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A look at the Rich History and Colourful Future for Zanzibar

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Stone Town, Zanzibar – 28 March 2017 A look at the Rich History and Colourful Future for Zanzibar / Zanzibar – A Wonder-Cluster of Tropical Sanctity AmberResort 497 Zanzibar is a cluster of tropical islands nestled in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Tanzania. The idyllic set of 51 islets was first used as a port for African, Indian, Arabic and Persian traders bartering spices and slaves. Zanzibar has a diverse history that underwent Portuguese, Arabic and British control before its independence in 1963. Today Zanzibar stands to undergo a new transformation, one of both social upliftment together with a mega luxury development and global marketing campaign set to position it firmly on the map as a world leading tropical tourism destination. Read More

SA Cyclist returns from Tour de France

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Philippus Jacobus Francois Grobler, winner of the Medac and Rockets Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour competition, returned to SA on July 21st , 2014 after participating in the Tour de France L’Étape du Tour in the Pyrénées.

The prize included entrance  into the Étape leg of the race, a three night’s stay package at Hotel Chapelle et Parc, return flights between Johannesburg and Toulouse and an extensive range of Rockets high performance cycling gear.

“Racing through the small towns and country side was very beautiful and the narrow streets and crowds supporting made it even more exhilarating. Crossing the finish line was incredible, relief, joy, achievement and regret. It was over. This amazing race was over. Thanks so much Rockets for making this possible.” says Grobler

Read more about Grobler’s experience on

Medac and Rockets sees SA Cyclist into the L’Étape du Tour

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L’Étape du Tour in the Pyrénées will be joined this year by Philippus Jacobus Francois Grobler, winner of the Medac and Rockets Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour competition held at their stand this year.

Following his dreams, the 37 year old South African cyclist enthusiast will be participating in the Tour de France race along the Col du Tourmalet from Ste-Marie-de-Campan and finishing at the ski-station of Hautacam. His trip, valued at R60, 000.00 departs Johannesburg on July 17th, returning July 21st , 2014.

Packed with adrenalin rushing activities, Grobler’s prize includes entrance into the Étape leg of the race, a three night’s stay package at Hotel Chapelle et Parc, return flights between Johannesburg and Toulouse and an extensive range of Rockets high performance cycling gear.”Every cyclist or cycling fan would give anything for the chance to watch Le Tour let alone ride in a race that follows in the champs’ pedal strokes. I simply could not believe my good fortune when i found out i had won. What an honour and what an opportunity! Thank you Rockets!” Says Grobler.

Rockets by Medac is a high quality retail brand of compression sportswear and functional training equipment. All fabrics used contain an Antimicrobial agent and are both moisture wicking and highly durable. The Compression range of gear is manufactured using a cool, lightweight high quality fabric that provides a maximum stretch without losing its functionality. The unique performance based fabric provides compression during exercise, reducing muscle vibration therefore improving overall performance and recovery.

“The Medac and Rockets team look forward to the L’Étape du Tour with great anticipation, being such a significant facet in the cycling arena” says Medac and Rockets CEO, “however, it is with even greater satisfaction that we are able to award this prized trip to one of our loyal customers. This certainly sets a president and we look forward to the prospect of future opportunities to give back to those whom support us in the sport apparel realm.

To track Grobler’s performance and read more about his trip on his blog, or to find out more about Medac and Rockets range of performance gear and other  products, go to

Cape Royale Wins Seven Star Status

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The Cape Royale Luxury Hotel and Spa has recently been awarded Signum Virtutis, the Seal of Excellence, from the 2014 Seven Star Global Luxury Awards. The award ceremony will take place on June 14th 2014 at the Chateau Spa & Organic Wellness Resort in Malaysia. The hotel has also recently been nominated for the 2014 World Luxury Hotel Awards as well as celebrating a certificate of Excellence by TripAdvisor for a consistent accumulation of top ratings. “There’s nothing quite like the tenacity of a great team,” says Cape Royale Luxury Hotel and Spa MD, Johann du Plessis, “From the doormen, front desk and concierge to the top management and PR, we pride ourselves in offering service excellence and dedicate ourselves to ensuring the very highest standards are maintained… It is with humble appreciation that we accept these celebrated awards, and use this as yet another platform to drive us forwards and upwards.” New exciting developments are also underway with the launch of The Banting Kitchen restaurant which is set to open at the Cape Royale in September, 2014. Trending weight-watchers cuisine is an all-new restaurant concept for SA, and will be sure to offer the finest renditions of the Banting-inspired concept. The Cape Royale Luxury Hotel and Spa will be further increasing its culinary offering with an array of five additional dining options, including Osumo, Simply Asia, Pasta Café, Shift Espresso Bar and Jewel of India. Should you wish to vote for The Cape Royale Luxury Hotel and Spa for the Ultimate World Luxury Hotel Awards go to For reservations contact Cape Royale Luxury Hotel & Spa on  or at 021 430 0500. Keep up to date with the team by liking their Facebook page: or follow them on Twitter: @Cape_Royale.

Food and Wine pairing with Nitida & Bistro 1800

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On Friday, 25 April 2014, the illustrious Cape Royale Luxury Hotel and Spa’s Bistro 1800 Restaurant will be hosting the first of a series of six food and wine pairing evenings to run through the coming autumn and winter months. Multi-award winning Nitida Wines will debut the culinary festivities, giving guests the opportunity to enjoy their vintage varietals paired with exotic compositions of gastronomic delight. Nitida winemaker Brendan Butler will spearhead the four-course pairing with Bistro 1800 Sommelier, Ardiel Norodien, and Head Chef, Bevan Webb.

CR & Nitida_Food & Wine pairing25 April 2014EVENT DETAILS:

DATE:                   Friday, 25 April 2014 TIME:                    7pm to 10pm VENUE:                Bistro 180 Restaurant, Cape Royale Luxury Hotel and Spa, 47 Main   Road, Green Point Bookings in advance are essential at a cost of R320 per person. For reservations contact Bistro 1800 Reservations on 021 430 0506, or email

Aqua4Life joins forces with BrandVan & Red Carpet Concepts

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Aqua4Life, the official distributors of LifeStraw® in RSA, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Transkei and Swaziland, has recently joined forces with BrandVan and Red Carpet Concepts, to oversee the implementation, distribution and awareness of the product’s humanitarian and retail availability. LifeStraw® is an international water filtration range of products from Verstergaard Frandsen, a Swiss-based company committed to improving the health of vulnerable people. This chemical free, multi-award winning, micro-filtration system instantly converts contaminated water into safe drinking water, removing up to 99.99999% of bacteria, protozoan cysts and turbidity from the water (Internationally and SABS tested). The product range is being made available to the South African retail market in the forms of LifeStraw® Personal (filters up to 1000litres), LifeStraw® Go (filters up to 1000litres) and LifeStraw® Home unit (filters up to 4500litres). Each product offers environmentally friendly, cost and energy saving solutions. Upon purchase of any LifeStraw® product, Vestergaard contributes clean water for a child in Africa for the period of one year through their humanitarian Social Responsibility program. Aqua4Life, a South African based PTY Company has also partnered with various other service providers including Rotary Int. (Clean Water & Sanitation), University of Johannesburg (Water & Health Research), Human Moments and supplies humanitarian products (filtering up to 100,000litres) to Southern African Governments, GIZ, US Aid, Red Cross, WHO as well as partnering with Corporate SA via CSI funding initiatives to implement clean water solutions to those who most need it. Brand and Portfolio Managers, BrandVan, will be executing the retail division of Aqua4Life, and Red Carpet Concepts will run the PR, social media, advertising and special events component, alongside BrandVan, to ensure swift, smooth and sustainable communications on behalf of Aqua4Life. To find out more about LifeStraw products, go to or , check out their Facebook page or connect on Twitter.

South of Africa launches its new website

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The new website of the South of Africa has officially gone live today, 17 July, 2013. The South African Tourism industry now has access to a user friendly website that showcases all ten properties within the South of Africa portfolio. The launch of the new website offers quick and easy access to essential information on South of Africa holiday and conferencing destinations. The new website is part of the organisation’s on-going efforts to enhance the quality and availability of information to both local and international visitors. South of Africa recently also revealed their new logo and slogan “African Spaces, Secret Places”.  This unique slogan not only showcases what South of Africa stands for, but also confirms their brag rights to offering guests some of South Africa’s hottest tourism destinations and best kept secrets! The website has a modern, sleek design and is divided into eight sections: home, accommodation, special offers, events, about us, press, blog and contact. Each page provides detailed information on all eight aspects of South of Africa’s functioning. The website offers visitors the opportunity to locate booking information and real time special offers with a click on a section. The website’s user-friendly navigation provides users with more efficient access to South of Africa’s various social media accounts, such as Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. Other new functions include a press hub that allows access media easier access to South of Africa’s latest press releases with the possibility to download extracts for publishing. Visit the new South of Africa website today to see the latest in achievement by the team –

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