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Love this City!

I would like to introduce myself as your virtual tour guide to Pretoria, the purpose of this blog is to explore our city from various angles and see what it really has to offer us.



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.

 
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