Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts

Cape Town summers are defined by a few key components: overcrowded beaches and granadilla lollies, bumper-to-bumper traffic and zero city parking, a flood of tourists and overpriced cocktails, and of course the Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts! The annual string of live music performances by local and international acts always creates enormous excitement and this year is no different.

 

 

Before we even get into the music, let’s appreciate the setting, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden. Over 5 square kilometres of impeccably maintained lush gardens set at the foot of Table Mountain, there could hardly be a better outdoor concert venue! The sloped lawn that looks down on the concert stage is the perfect place to indulge in a picnic or simply sprawl out in the sun, and when the sun sets it only gets more magical. Watching a concert at the Gardens is not something you’ll soon forget!

 

With over 20 international and local acts, the 2018/19 line-up is as strong as ever. It includes UK rock band, James, Euro-Caribbean sensation Boney M, and a plethora of local legends like Mango Groove, Jeremy Loops, Fokofpolisiekar, The Parlotones, Goldfish, and plenty more. As always, the Kirstenbosch Carols are performed over several days and are an absolute treat for the whole family.

 

The series kicks-off on 18 November with Tresor and Majozi, and concludes on 31 March 2019 with Goodluck and Easy Freak. During that time there’s a concert every Sunday and a few performances on alternate days, notably James on Saturday 24 November, Jeremy Loops and Crimson House on Monday 31 December for the NYE show, and recently announced Bonobo on Tuesday 8 February 2019.

 

Tickets for all shows are available on Webtickets and range from R150 – R190 for the majority of performances, however, expect to pay up to R565 for international acts like James, Boney M, and Bonobo. The full list is below:

DATE ARTIST COST
18 November 2018 Tresor/Majozi R150pp–R190pp
25 November 2018 Mango Groove R150pp–R190pp
2 December 2018 Lady Zamar / Black Motion R150pp–R190pp
9 December 2018 Mi Casa R150pp–R190pp
13, 14, 15, 16 December 2018 Kirstenbosch Carols Prices to be confirmed
23 December 2018 Boney M. featuring Liz Mitchell R290pp–R350pp
30 December 2018 Lira R150pp–R190pp
31 December 2018 NYE: Jeremy Loops / Crimson House R415pp
6 January 2019 Goldfish R170pp–R220pp
13 January 2019 The Parlotones R170pp–R220pp
20 January 2019 Freshlyground R150pp–R190pp
27 January 2019 Mafikizolo R150pp–R190pp
3 February 2019 The Soil R150pp–R190pp
8 February 2019 Bonobo R565pp
10 February 2019 Fokofpolisiekar R150pp–R190pp
17 February 2019 Cape Town Folk ‘n Acoustic Music Festival R150pp–R190pp
24 February 2019 The Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra R150pp–R190pp
3 March 2019 Amanda Black / Sun El Musician R150pp–R190pp
10 March 2019 Matthew Mole R150pp–R190pp
17 March 2019 Spoegwolf / Jan Blohm R150pp–R190pp
24 March 2019 Shortstraw / Bam Bam Brown R150pp–R190pp
31 March 2019 Goodluck / Easy Freak R150pp–R190pp

 

Till next time,

The Point Team x

 

No Gym, No Problem – Hit Your Summer Body Goals Without Hitting the Gym

It happens the same way every year. Seemingly out of nowhere, it starts getting light earlier and dark later, the days start getting hotter, the evenings aren’t quite as cool, and then suddenly it’s summer. You haven’t even signed up at the gym yet, never mind a workout, and now you have to go to the beach. Sound familiar?

Before you rush off to get a new membership, consider the alternative – using the city as your gym! You’ll save money, and chances are you’ll discover a whole new side of the city.

 

 

The easiest way to exercise in the Mother City – and almost any city for that matter – is running. But, it’s not what you’d call the most alluring option until you frame it differently. Don’t think of running as exercise, think of it as discovery. Cape Town is covered in roads and routes that hug the coast, weave around mountains, cross colourful neighbourhoods, and so much more. The Promenade is a great place to start, and you can begin with a distance you’re comfortable with and extend it from there. The best part is that once you’re getting fit and into it, you can run all the to Camps Bay, and even further if you’re up for it, without ever having to cross a single road!

 

 

If running’s not quite your thing, but you still want to work up a decent sweat, look no further than the city’s most famous attraction – Table Mountain. Hiking is an excellent workout, and at the end, you’re rewarded not only with a sense of accomplishment but breath-taking views! Lion’s Head is the perfect place to ease into it; you don’t even have to complete it in the beginning if you don’t want to. It’s got an amazing perimeter route which is relatively flat but will still get your blood pumping. As you get more comfortable with climbing a whole new world will unfold in front of you that extends all along the peninsula!

 

 

So far it’s only really been about cardio, so what if you need to tone those newly uncovered muscles? Sea Point’s open-air gym! Located on the prime real estate on The Promenade, the open-air gym offers a variety of workout equipment that only uses body weight to get you in top shape. But, if you’re not quite ready to flex with the best as passers-by sneak a peek, head to the Green Point Urban Park. It has similar facilities and not nearly as much foot traffic, although you might have to contend with some plucky 6-year olds.

 

 

Whether it’s running, hiking, or good old-fashioned callisthenics, the city’s got you covered, and your only expense is sweat and time – seems like a pretty good deal to us!

 

Till next time,

The Point Team x

 

PEOPLE OF THE POINT: CARYN PILLAR

This October we introduce you to the epitome of ‘dynamite comes in small packages’, Caryn Pillar. See where the super bubbly brunette from the 7th floor eats, what her hobbies are and how she unwinds in the October edition of People of The Point.

 

Tell us about what you do?

 

I am the HR and Office Manager at Titan Digital. I manage the office and oversee the staff in our Cape Town office, and this ranges from policy and procedure implementation, recruitment, labour relations, training, cultural events, office management and in a nutshell, the overall wellbeing of everyone at the office.

 

 

 

Who are the people that inspire you?

 

To be honest, no one inspires me more than my mother. She is amazing, and I can only aspire to be half of what and who she is today. She is one of the most caring, determined, motivated and generous people I know and is my biggest inspiration.

 

What is your passion?

 

I have a passion for people, so I try to spend as much time as I can with the people I love. I also have a passion for being creative in my everyday life – from organising events to sketching and baking!

 

 

How do you stay positive an motivated?

 

I am a very goal and people-oriented person, so setting very clear and defined goals for myself allows me to stay motivated and positive.

 

 

Tell us something we don’t know about you.

 

I’m lowkey addicted to gummy sweets, caramel Tim tams and Cadbury 5-star chocolates. On a serious note though, I was a modern dancer for ten years of my life and… I am also one year shy of being an admitted attorney.

 

What are your hobbies?

 

I’m a huge Marvel comic fan, so I love watching all comic book series and movies, reading fantasy fiction books, sketching, baking and cake decorating!

 

 

What do you do to relax?  

 

I love pampering myself (I believe it must be done) so I enjoy painting my nails, doing some therapeutic colouring, training at BUC 😊 and some pilates or yoga from time to time.

 

Are you and the Titan Digital Team doing anything for Halloween?

 

Yes! We will host a Halloween dress up party at our office at the end of October- this will be awesome

 

What is your favourite place to eat out at in Cape Town?

 

I love Beluga in Greenpoint and eating at Tasha’s in Constantia – they have amazing waffles!

 

What is your idea of a perfect weekend?

 

A perfect weekend for me would be a weekend away along the coast, reading, eating sweets, hiking and swimming.

 

 

We hope you have a great month ahead, remember to keep an eye on our social platforms for all the events happening in and around Cape Town.

 

If you want to see someone specific as our next People Of The Point let us know by nominating them here.

 

Until next time,

The Point Team x

BREAST CANCER AWARENESS

As we approach October, the month internationally acclaimed as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the question arises “Is the hype surrounding routine mammography justified?”

 

Let us look at the facts:

  • Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women worldwide
  • World Health Organization-International Agency for Research on Cancer (WHO/IARC) reports increasing breast cancer trends worldwide
  • breast cancer accounts for 1 in 10 new cancers overall and 23% of new female cancers
  • 1 in 8 women will get breast cancer in their lifetime (Black South African women have a slightly lower incidence)
  • From 35 – 65 years there is a 6-fold increase in the incidence of breast cancer
  • Family history:
    • young first-degree relative: 1 relative risk is doubled; 2 relatives 5x risk
    • genetic: BRCA1 gene positive: lifetime risk 55%-65%; BRCA2 gene positive: lifetime risk 45%

 

As such early diagnosis means a potential cure.  Late diagnosis results in potentially significant morbidity & mortality.

 

It is clear that the aim must be an early diagnosis and this is achievable by breast surveillance.

 

What is breast surveillance?

  • Breast self-examination (monthly self-examination of breasts utilising a standard technique)
  • Clinical breast examination (annual breast examination by a health care professional)
  • Breast imaging
  1. Mammogram: best population-based method currently available. It should be noted that mammography will not detect all cancers
  2. Mammogram & ultrasound: probably higher sensitivity than mammogram alone
  3. Mammogram & tomosynthesis: tomosynthesis (also known as 3D mammography) is the new “buzzword” in breast imaging. Better sensitivity than mammography alone. Likely to become gold standard
  4. Ultrasound: poor sensitivity & specificity but useful as adjunct to mammogram & for young breasts with a low index of suspicion
  5. MRI: highest sensitivity of all modalities. Reserved for specific situations. This is related to cost, availability and required expertise. Generally reserved for high-risk group or where there are indeterminate findings on a mammogram.

In attempting to achieve early diagnosis it is not one of the above methods of surveillance but all three appropriately applied. At Bergman Ross and Partners Radiologists, we routinely include tomosynthesis and ultrasound with all mammograms

 

The current recommendation for breast imaging in South Africa:

 

(1) Screening mammography (to find disease prior to symptoms):

  • annually all women >40 years and <70 years (unless higher than average risk)
  • women >70 years can elect to have screening mammography.
  • higher than average risk

(i) if family history: commence imaging at 5 yrs prior to the age that first-degree   relative diagnosed if less than 40 yrs & at 40 yrs otherwise

(ii) annually in conjunction with MRI

 

 

(2) Diagnostic mammography:

  • at time of suspicion/symptoms if >35yrs

 

A number of factors discourage women from having screening mammography.  Amongst these are:

 

Mammograms being painful: with the advent of ergonomic improvements in mammography units and improved imaging techniques this factor is far less of a problem.

 

Radiation-induced cancer:  although it is true that excessive radiation may induce cancer, the risk of the latter is far outweighed by the benefit of early detection of breast cancer. This is borne out by scientific research. In addition, state-of-the-art mammography units deliver far less radiation dose than those of previous eras.

Women should pay attention to their monthly cycle when booking mammograms, as certain times of the month will be uncomfortable when compressing the breast tissue.

 

There is a constant search for more acceptable methods of breast imaging with greater sensitivity & no or less radiation risk. A number of modalities are available, including thermography, electrical impedance, optical imaging, nuclear imaging,  positron emission tomography.  NONE OF THESE LISTED HAVE BEEN SHOWN TO COME ANYWHERE CLOSE TO MAMMOGRAPHY IN DIAGNOSTIC ABILITY. A negative result in these less sensitive methods may lull the patient into a false sense of security.

 

In summary, the risk of a woman developing breast cancer in her lifetime is sufficiently significant to warrant a greater awareness and to encourage the appropriate surveillance.

 

For further information please visit https://www.bergmanross.co.zaza or contact Sea Point on 021 1105777 or via email at info@bergmanross.co.za

 

We provide mammogram services at:

N1 City Hospital 021 5951370

Kuils River Hospital 021 9006600

Sea Point. Suite 306 3rd Floor, The Point Centre. 76 Regent Road Phone 021 110 5777

 

*Copy supplied by Berman Ross & partners