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Checkers to Give Away Home Solar Systems Valued At R12 Million

Checkers’ Jason Goliath with one of the systems that can be won.

In a South African first, Checkers has launched a competition that will see 120 winners each walk away with a comprehensive home solar solution worth over R100 000 to help its consumers offset rising energy prices and negate loadshedding challenges.

Each winner will receive a solar system that includes a Conti Solar Inverter (5.5KW), a Conti Battery (Lithium-ion/LifePo4 48V 100AH), six Conti Solar Panels (420W), a Conti Wi-Fi module, and standard home installation.

“With this competition, Checkers aims to provide 120 loyal customers with some relief from the ongoing challenges experienced with loadshedding, as well as an opportunity to experience firsthand the benefits of renewable energy,” explains Mike Middleton, Chief Marketing Officer at Checkers. “It is also testimony of our commitment to sustainability and environmental stewardship, not only within our own business, but also the communities in which we operate.”

Shoppers will receive an entry for every participating brand bought when swiping their Xtra Savings rewards card at any Checkers, Checkers Hyper, Checkers Foods and Checkers Liquorshop stores, or on the Checkers Sixty60 app, between 24 July and 10 September 2023. The more participating brands customers purchase over this period, the more chances they have of winning.

Joining the Xtra Savings rewards programme is free, easy, and paperless. Shoppers can sign up in store or via any of the following channels:

WhatsApp “Hi!” to +27 87 240 5709

Simply dial *134*569*CARDNUMBER#

Visit www.checkers.co.za

Text: Editorial Desk | Image: Supplied

Art & Soul at Kilima Franschhoek

One of the works by Nanette Ranger that was on display.

Kilima Franschhoek Guest House presented their first “Art & Soul Appreciation Experience” during the Bastille Festival on Saturday, 15 July.

The featured artist, Nanette Ranger’s sculptures were carefully dotted all over the villa garden. Attendees were invited to wander the grounds and experience the works while sipping local wines and nibbling on delightful bites created by Kilima’s multi-talented GM, Alicia Giliomee.

At the appointed hour the attendees gather on the garden terrace to first hear Nanette speak about her art. Then Sareta Schütte (Group CEO of Murchison Holdings Pty Ltd, which includes the Kilima Collection) shared a selection of her personal experiences, poetry and appreciation of the art on display. It is safe to say than no hearts remained untouched by the Art & Soul that was shared with those present.

For more information on Kilima Franschhoek or the next Art & Soul Experience, call 087 153 3929 or email gm@kilimafranschhoek.co.za

#bastilleartandsoul #kilimafranschhoek #franschhoekvalley

Quiz brings reading to life for Franschhoek learners

Klein Goederust wine farm owner Paul Siguqa inspires learners with the power of reading.

As the Franschhoek Literary Festival (FLF) had book lovers abuzz around the Cape village recently, the joy of reading was also spilling over at the local Groendal Secondary School as excited young readers vied to win the Phendulani Literacy Quiz.

The Friday morning event, cheered on by hundreds of Grade Seven learners, was closely contested with the two teams from the Dalubuhle Primary ending neck-and-neck. It took a tense tie-breaker from Phendulani founder and quizmaster Marj Brown to see Dalubuhle Team 2 win the day, with Dalubuhle Team 1 in second spot and Groendal Team 1 in third. Wes-Eind Primary School also entered two teams to compete in the quiz and Wemmershoek Primary one team, and shared in the literary excitement.

Train with Champions for Maxirace 2023

K-Way Maxirace 2023
Christiaan and Landie Greyling doing what they love.

The 45km and 75km ultra-marathon routes of the 2023 K-Way MaxiRace Cape Winelands will once again start in Franschhoek on 30 September and take in much of the surrounding mountains, including the Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve and Jonkershoek Nature Reserve before ending in Stellenbosch. Those considering taking on these gruelling routes could do worse than taking advice from SA’s King and Queen of trail running, Landie and Christiaan Greyling.

Valcare’s Amazing Race: NPO Networking Opportunity

Networking fun at the Valcare Amazing Race

Valcare organises many networking events throughout the year. Since 2018, it has hosted an annual ‘Amazing Race’ – an exciting event that brings non-profit organisations together to network more creatively and organically. By organising the event around a race, participants enjoy an immersive experience of Valcare’s member organisations, showcasing their work at each stop. This year’s Amazing Race took place on 12 May, welcoming members of over 100 non-profits who arrived to enjoy an eclectic programme at the beautiful Ashanti Estate in Paarl. As a result, the participating members of the non-profits felt welcome and ready to network!

FLF 2023 welcomes international authors from far and wide

This year’s Franschhoek Literary Festival has a notable selection of international and pan-African authors taking part in the programme’s 80 plus sessions.

Among the authors from across the continent who will be in Franschhoek during the weekend of Friday 19th – Sunday 21st May, is award-winning Zimbabwean author, Siphiwe Gloria Ndlovu. Her bestselling novel, The Theory of Flight, won the 2019 Sunday Times Fiction Prize, followed by The History of Man (2020) and The Quality of Mercy (2022), which completed the trilogy. Ndlovu also won the prestigious Wingham Campbell Prize in 2022, administered by Yale University. Ndlovu will be in conversation with Pumla Dineo Gqola on 21 May in the session THE PRACTICE OF FLIGHT. She will also take part in PENS OF POWER (20 May) where she is joined by Sue Nyathi in a discussion with Joanne Joseph on whether storytelling can serve as a weapon of hope and change, within the context of the authors’ fictional visions of Zimbabwean history.

La Motte Chardonnay: Elegant, yet playful.

Opulent, yet refreshing. Smooth, yet intricate. Classic, yet modern.  A play of opposites marks the release of the 2022 vintage La Motte Chardonnay.

For those a bit more serious about wine, information about the growing season as well as vineyard and cellar practices might, however, be required.

About the vineyard: Franschhoek-based at an altitude of 200 metres above sea-level, against a southern and south-western slope. Growing in sandy soils of sandstone and granite origin, with the oldest and largest block planted in 1997. A natural low yield – usually between 5 and 6 tons per hectare. Sustainably farmed and managed for a perfect balance between leaf coverage and yield and also to enable harvesting on different dates – for optimum acidity and a variety of fruit profiles. Grapes were picked by hand.

Toco Turns Local Economic Activity into Environmental Wealth

Toco's Paul Rowett

Stellenbosch resident and businessman, Paul Rowett, along with his co-founders Joe Pretorius and Niel Schoeman, have found a solution for communities such as Stellenbosch to  work together to reduce their carbon footprint by creating a currency called Toco. The initiative removes carbon from the atmosphere and supports global efforts to halve carbon emissions by 2030.

Toco is short for Tonne of OCO, the molecular formula for carbon dioxide. The platform enables easy climate action by turning everyday purchases into carbon reductions.

Each Toco represents one tonne of carbon dioxide removed from the atmosphere, and which has been independently verified as carbon emission reductions. It can be used to pay for services and products, or to count achieved carbon reductions.

DGB awarded ‘Best South African Producer’ at ProWein for Second Year Running

Tim Hutchinson, executive chairman of DGB (left) receiving the Mundus Vini Best Producer award from Robert Joseph, board-member of Mundus Vini.

For the second consecutive year and third time overall, DGB – South Africa’s largest independent wine and spirit company – has received the acclaimed title of Best South African Producer from the Grand International Wine Award MUNDUS VINI. In addition DGB received the Best SA Red Wine title and 20 Gold Medals.

FLF: Get Your Tickets!

The Franschhoek Literary Festival 2023 programme went live on 17 March, showcasing a compelling and content-rich programme that has been curated with a focus on books published in the last year. Tickets for several events are almost sold out, so don’t dally or you’ll miss out.

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