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Reën + Blare in Geute = Somer-nagmerrie
Wednesday, 05 March 2014 00:00

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Die swaar reëns wat sover in 2014 regoor die land geval het, het reeds groot amok gesaai by baie wonings. Met ‘n hele klompie weke van somerreën steeds oppad rig Virseker ‘n dringende versoek aan huiseienaars om dakke en geute na te gaan en so groot skade aan hulle huise te voorkom.

“Swaar reën en plantmateriaal wat ophoop kan groot moeilikheid veroorsaak by jou huis indien jy jou geute lanklaas nagegaan het. Baie van die eise wat ons in die afgelope paar weke ontvang het wat verband hou met swaar reëns en vloede kan blameer word op swak dak- en geutonderhoud. Die kruks van die saak is dat meeste van hierdie skade vermy kon word”, sê Elmarie Twilley van Virseker.

Die toestand van ‘n huis se geute kan baie ander areas van die huis affekteer. Die mees algemene probleem wat huiseienaars ervaar met geute is dat hulle nie water behoorlik afvoer of ver weg kanaliseer van die huis af nie. Wanneer water nie met die geut langs kan vloei nie omdat dit beskadig is, of verstop is deur oorblyfsels, kan dit lei tot water dreineringsprobleme, insluitend die poel van water op die dak (veral in die geval van platdakhuise) en plafon lekkasies.

Ten einde hulle taak doeltreffend te verrig moet geute skoon en in ‘n goeie toestand gehou word. Dit beteken dat geute gereëld ondersoek en skoongemaak moet word, en enige gate herstel moet word.

“Hierdie dinge verg natuurlik ‘n bietjie tyd en moeite. Indien jy nie seker is nie, of bloot nie gretig is om self die taak aan te pak nie, kontak ‘n dak- en geut onderhoudmaatskappy om dit vir jou te doen. Die hoeveelheid geld wat jy hierop sal spandeer twee maal per jaar word verdwerg deur die kostes wat dit sou beloop om jou huis te herstel nadat skade reeds aangerig is”, sê Twilley.

Virseker bied handige wenke vir gesonde dakke en geute:
- Verwyder enige blare en ander oorblyfsels minstens drie keer per jaar uit jou geute; veral gedurende tye van swaar reën- en blareval. Indien jy gemaklik is om met ‘n leer te werk kan jy dit baie maklik self doen.
- Nadat oorblyfsels uit die geute verwyder is, moet geute met ‘n tuinslang uitgespuit word om dubbel seker te maak dat hulle skoon is en dat water vloei soos wat dit moet.
- Kyk uit vir geutvoeë wat lek en herstel hulle spoedig. Lekkende voeë kan verseël word deur dit van binne met kalfaatsel, wat by meeste hardewarewinkels beskikbaar is, te stop.
- Maak seker dat geute met ‘n effense helling na die afvoerpype loop sodat water maklik daarheen gevoer kan word.
- Ondersoek geute gereëld vir insinking. Geute wat afsak of loskom van die huis moet herstel of vervang word.
- Snoei bome wat oor die huis hang terug.
- Indien jy ‘n paar hoë bome het wat oor jou huis hang, of jou huis geneig is tot verstopte geute, moet jy liefs ‘n tipe geutbeskermer installeer. Daar is ‘n verskillende variasies op die mark beskikbaar. Hulle is ontwerp om water na die geute te laat filtreer terwyl blare en ander oorblyfsels vasgevang word – baie soos ‘n sif.
- Ondersoek jou dak vir ontbrekende of gebreekte teëls en panele. Vervang hulle so gou as moontlik.
- Maak seker dat jou dak verseël is met ‘n kwaliteit dakverf. Dakbedekkers verskil heelwat ten opsigte van hoe gereëld hulle heraangewend moet word. Raadpleeg jou verskaffer oor hoe gereëld jy jou dak moet oorverf.
- Maak seker dat al die afvoerpype op jou geute water doeltreffend wegvoer van jou huis af.

 
PRETORIA.co.za's Wine Club at Thorpe House
Tuesday, 26 November 2013 00:00

thorpe_01We ended the year with a bang at the Thorpe House guest house. With it's sophisticated, yet welcoming, dining room vibe it set the perfect atmosphere to enjoy Steenberg Vineyards's impeccable selection of wines.

Thorpe House was opened in 2011, with a 4-star accreditation. Creating a home away from home experience for mostly business clientele. It's facilities are perfect for hosting an intimate conference.

 
PRETORIA.co.za's Wine Club at Blu Saffron
Friday, 15 November 2013 00:00

webersburg_01Blu Saffron is by far one of the most exquisite restaurants in Pretoria! We couldn't resist its stylish vibe and decided to host another wine club here, this time in the open-plan dining area.

We invited Webersburg Wine Estate to compliment the impeccable fine dining experience. Award winning winemaker and viticulturist Matthew Van Heerden joined us for the evening. He has attained numerous international and local accolades, making him the perfect host to introduce us to their impressive range of vintages.

 
PRETORIA.co.za's Wine Club at Capeesh?
Thursday, 17 October 2013 00:00

saronsberg_01Capeesh?'s charming outside seating area was the perfect summer eve setting to enjoy tantalising food and superb wine from the Saronsberg wine estate!

The recently revamped patio, had us savouring the fresh summer air while being served one scrumptious dish after the other. The crisp wines of Saronsberg was the ideal partner for complimenting the Capeesh? cuisine.
A great way to welcome the return of the summer!

 
5 Favourite Cycling Routes Around Pretoria
Thursday, 03 October 2013 00:00

bicycle-riding Road cycling has become a popular sport amongst amateur cycling enthusiasts these past few years in SA. This is due, in no small measure, to improved cycling technology that has made for a less strenuous sport, while improved riding and safety equipment have also given riders greater peace of mind.

In addition to the availability of cheaper cycling equipment SA cities, like Pretoria, offer fabulous cycling routes due to their marvellous climates, expansive city layout, and great natural scenery.

 
PRETORIA.co.za's Wine Club at de Kloof
Tuesday, 10 September 2013 00:00

zandvliet_01 In Pretoria all the really fabulous restaurants are hidden, off the map. De Kloof restaurant is another one of these gems that we have discovered! Situated at the Waterkloof golf course, it has a unique setting, with a stunning view into the valley.

We invited Zandvliet Wine Estate to compliment the fine dining menu with their delectable selection of wines. Wessel van Jaarsveld says “I see my style of cooking as a relentless pursuit of perfection” – and he did not fail to dazzle us with his selection of dishes to compliment the wine selection.

 
KluK CGDT Boutique Launch
Friday, 30 August 2013 00:00

kluk_01 We feel so inspired after the KLuK CGDT launch! We spent the evening surrounded by breathtaking designs, sipping away on Gelnmorangie whisky and Hennessy Cognac, and enjoying the show. It's is all about the glamour experience – exclusivity, luxury and detail pret-a-porter, bridal, couture and homeware.

Malcolm Kluk and Christiaan Gabriel du Toit teamed up to become a dynamic design duo in 2005. The well-known KLUK label became locally and internationally recognized as KLUK CGDT.

 
Casta Diva - Dinner & a Show
Thursday, 15 August 2013 00:00

Main House Entrance Driving up towards the Magaliesberg slopes, on the sub tropical Northern side in Ninapark, you will be pleasantly surprised by the magnificent private 4-star Boutique Hotel hidden in the suburb. With the rustic charm of a bygone era, you will soon forget about the stressful city life. Casta Diva will not disappoint you, a great spot for a local getaway!

Whether you only want to escape for a weekend of relaxation, or just feel like dinner and a show, Casta Diva will rejuvenate you if your energy is running low from too much time in the rat race!

 
Bustin' Chops - The Movie
Friday, 12 July 2013 00:00

bustin poster About the movie: “The movie starts five years after stuntman Eugene Koekemoer and his crew of misfit stuntmen left the world of fame after their stunt TV show ended and started to work regular 9 to 5 jobs. Everybody seems to be doing well except Eugene, so he devises a way to get his whole crew back to follow him one more time on the road to fame.”

This movie is one crazy roller-coaster ride of insane stunts! These guys are fearless and a little bit bonkers. No, scrap that, they are beyond bonkers, with a seriously strange knack for tolerating pain with a smile on their face...

 
PRETORIA.co.za's Wine Club at O'Galito
Wednesday, 26 June 2013 00:00

hanna_wine_01 Our latest Wine Club was dedicated to a good cause – The Hanna Charity and Empowerment Foundation. Hosted at O'Galito Woodlands in their upstairs private dining area, with Vondeling Wines providing the fantastic sipping delights. We collected R7 750 to assist this wonderful charity with its amazing community projects.

The charity was started in 2008 through the visionary leadership of Hanna. She has always wanted to make people happy, and have them believe in themselves. Using her “celebrity status” for a good cause, she's now living out one of her childhood dreams.

 
PRETORIA.co.za's Wine Club at Al Dente
Tuesday, 28 May 2013 00:00

sterhuis_01 There is a little centre in Waterkloof with a superb collection of fine dining spots, we had the privilege of hosting our winter wine club at Al Dente, a cozy Italian restaurant. The Italian term means "to the tooth" or "to the bite" and the fantastic food that was prepared by Dino Fagas and his team definitely kept our mouths busy all night to savour the decadent delights!

Sterhuis wine estate impeccably complimented the dishes with their finest wines. The farm at the top of Stellenbosch’s Bottelary hills, was bought as a retirement project/investment by André Kruger in 1980. Initially, the grapes were just sold, but in 1998 his son Johan got involved as manager/winemaker to produce their own wine.

 
Wine Pairing at The Purple Trumpet
Tuesday, 26 March 2013 00:00

purple blog_01The Purple Trumpet guesthouse hosted a marvellous evening of fine dining with wine pairing courtesy of the outstanding wine estate Vrede & Lust. The stylish backdrop of sleek white and soothing contemporary music tones created the ideal setting for an evening of culinary delight.

Nico Davel introduced the wine connoisseurs to the exquisite Stellenbosch estate, situated at the foothills of the Simonsberg. A unique element of the estate is the two formidable female winemakers. In equal standing with their male counter-parts, they have raked in the awards, including winemaker of the year in 2007.

 
PRETORIA.co.za's Wine Club at Cynthia's Indigo Moon (2)
Thursday, 14 March 2013 00:00

waterford_blog_01Another delectable evening of fine dining and superb wines! Cynthia’s Indigo Moon hosted us for the second time (we just love their upstairs private dining area so much that we had to book it out again!) The Waterford Estate came to dazzle us with their selection of outstanding vintages. And the delicious dishes complimented the wines perfectly.

The Waterford Estate is relatively young in the wine game, founded in 1998 when Jeremy and Leigh Ord purchased the prime Stellenbosch vineyard land. It was previously part of the Stellenrust Farm. Kevin and Heather Arnold, good friends of the Ord family, were responsible for identifying the exclusive site. These two families had a shared dream, in their words “to create a wine farm where life is cherished, the seasons mark time and the fruit always reminds of blessings, abundance and the beauty of nature”.

 
PRETORIA.co.za's Wine Club at Bronberg Wynlandgoed
Monday, 04 February 2013 00:00

blog_vrede_lust_02We kicked off our 2013 Wine Club season in style at Bronberg Wynlandgoed. This charming restaurant and wedding venue was opened in April 2010, with buildings in the typical Cape Dutch style and interiors reminiscent of stylish wine cellars. The perfect location for a decadent evening of wine pairing!

Vrede & Lust wine estate complimented the dishes prepared by the Bronberg team impeccably. Situated at the foothills of the Simonsberg, this exquisite estate boasts with a history that goes as far back as 1688. Nico Davel took us on a virtual journey, with colourful stories of the estate’s origins and wine philosophy.

 
PRETORIA.co.za's Wine Club at Blu Saffron
Thursday, 29 November 2012 00:00

blu saffron02_blog_03We couldn’t resist, we squeezed one more wine club in for the year! A great way to end the year with a big bang, we had the pleasure of tasting the lovely wines from De Morgenzon Wine Estate, with wines from their Garden Vineyards and DMZ ranges.

And our host for the evening, the Blu Saffron restaurant, complimented the wines perfectly with their wonderful dishes. The careful pairing brought out the best qualities in each glass of wine. With its understated elegance, the restaurant’s private dining area creates a great intimate setting.

 
Pretoria "Bucket List"
Wednesday, 28 November 2012 00:00

voortrekkermonument.jpgWe've created a list of must-see and must-do things in our lovely city. From cultural and historic, to outdoor activities, to leisure. Incorporate exploring our city into your monthly schedule and find out again why you love staying in Pretoria.

We may not have a big mountain to stare at or a beach to stroll on, but our city still has many thrills and joys to embrace.

Leave a comment on the blog post to tell us which activity was your favourite, or give us some of your own ideas for what should be added to the Pretoria Bucket List.

 
KAMERS vol Geskenke
Monday, 26 November 2012 00:00
kamers_blog_01KAMERS vol geskenke is a creative initiate, started 10 years ago. With the philosophy ‘share, support, believe’ they have created an artistic hub, where creativity can flow unhindered, to inspire and give local small businesses the opportunity to showcase their amazing handiwork to patrons very willing and eager to support them.

The concept originated in 2003, with humble beginnings in an empty house. It rapidly grew in popularity – the first event reaching 800 visitors, to last year’s events reaching all together 25 000 visitors. The first Pretoria event was hosted in 2010 and this year another location was added with Bloemfontein also hosting this amazing concept.
 
PRETORIA.co.za's Wine Club at Caraffa
Monday, 22 October 2012 00:00
The final PRETORIA.co.za Wine Club of 2012caraffa_blog02 was hosted at Caraffa Ristorante with Saronsberg Wine Estate. The warm, cosy ambiance of the restaurant created the perfect setting to relax with good friends, great food and excellent wine.  The old world charm of Caraffa whisked us away for a moment to an Italian feast, hidden in the private dining area we explored the treasures of the Saronsberg Estate.

Tyron Dewing and Mandy Dewing introduced us to this exquisite estate.  Saronsberg, a recent addition to the Tulbagh valley, was formed late 2002.  Two farm portions of the historic Twee Jonge Gezellen, Waveren and Welgegund, were purchased and combined to create a distinctive location for this progressive winery. 
 
A Great Fashion Collaboration
Thursday, 04 October 2012 12:12
nea_blog_01Marlie van Vuuren (NEA Foundation) and Christal van Tonder (Mix and Match Studio) realised that there is a gap in the fashion industry for job creation.  With the facilities already in place at Mix and Match Studio, the NEA Foundation provided the opportunity for the first group of ladies to embark on a new career.

  Although the foundation’s main focus is early childhood development, they encountered so many unemployed moms, that they decided to investigate a way of helping these ladies make a livelihood for their families.
 
PRETORIA.co.za's Wine Club at The Harlequin
Tuesday, 04 September 2012 22:06
uva_blog_01PRETORIA.co.za’s sixth wine club event, the second last one of the year, was hosted at the recent addition to the Harlequin’s Rugby Club – The Harlequin Restaurant.  This rugby union was created in 1906 and it’s a firm fixture in the local community.  The new restaurant and sports bar compliment it perfectly, with the outside deck area overlooking the practice fields.

The crisp outside setting was perfect to celebrate the approaching warm weather.  Uva Mira (meaning “special grape”, and we definitely found out what makes it so special) provided outstanding boutique wines to sample with a delectable five-course meal prepared by Niel Sirmon, The Harlequin chef. 
 
Exhibition: Between Storms
Tuesday, 14 August 2012 14:23

blog_storm_04"We are always either leaving a storm, heading into a storm or in the middle of a storm" – African American saying.  A unique gallery space has been created at Kievitskroon, with art tucked away in their 41 Library Bar and Granita Signature Restaurant.  This lovely country estate has a deep appreciation for art and decided to formally host an exhibition after numerous art displays in the restaurant area.

 
The importance of wine with food in the setting of a great restaurant
Written by Fortunato Mazzone (Ritrovo)   
Tuesday, 07 August 2012 11:36

wineWhat separates man from the beasts? How did we end up the dominating species on our little blue planet, right at the top of the food chain? Was it the use of tools, or the need to cultivate things, the use of language, maybe? The sum total of all the possible reasons distilled, is something we call "culture and civilisation".  It can be successfully argued that in the manic pace of the modern world (the rat race to get ahead with corporate gerbils treading furiously on the spinning wheel of the road to nowhere) the catastrophe of fast food and the resulting avalanche of health problems, mental disease and mass obesity (can you put these two words together?) is that this process of civilisation is showing signs of a shaky regression.

 
Kollig Kollektief
Sunday, 22 July 2012 00:00
johann"Die idee agter “Kollig Kollektief” is om ‘n platform te skep vir oorspronklike kunstenaars wat nie in die tipies Afrikaans-kommersiële kategorie val nie. Die konsep kan vergelyk word met die destydse 'Musiek en Liriek' beweging onder leiding van Christa Steyn, Lucas Maree en Jannie du Toit o.a" – Elrine-Louise Spies

Sover bestaan Kollig Kollektief uit Elrine-Louise Spies, Nelmarie Naude Rabie (Nell) en  Johann Slabbert.  Hulle word begelei deur Christiaan Rabie op akoestiese kitaar en Daniel de Wet op klavier.  Ons het onlangs gaan luister na hul vertoning by Pierneef Teater.  Hierdie intieme teater was perfek vir hulle unieke vorm van vermaak.
 
Book Release: "Oktober"
Thursday, 19 July 2012 14:27
OktoberGraffiti Bookshop in Lynnwood Bridge has a great monthly initiative called “Woord & Wingerd” (Word and Vineyard)  A lovely evening out, exploring literature and sampling great wine.  Keep abreast with the literature world, finger on the pulse of new releases.  Mingling between the bookshelves you will find literature lovers, as well as key figures from local publishing houses.  With each book release a special wine estate is invited to provide the glass content to clink a proper toast to the author.  Listen to an informative interview with the author while nibbling on finger eats