The Rust en Vrede restaurant has been named international best restaurant for 2010 at the Best of Wine Tourism awards. (Image: Rust en Vrede) MEDIA CONTACTS • Kobie LochnerRust en Vrede marketing+27 21 881-3588RELATED ARTICLES • Wine alliance to challenge EU • Wine on the wild side • Wine tasting in the township • SA wine a US presidential hitJanine ErasmusSouth Africa’s Rust en Vrede restaurant, located on the wine estate of the same name in Stellenbosch in the Western Cape, has scooped the prize for international best restaurant at the annual Best of Wine Tourism award ceremony.This is the first time the estate has featured on the list of international prize-winners.The awards are held under the auspices of the Great Wine Capitals (GWC) global organisation, which celebrates its 10-year anniversary in 2009.GWC links eight major global regions, all internationally renowned for their outstanding wines, from both hemispheres, thus bringing the so-called old and new worlds of wine together.The organisation has set up business and travel networks, has held symposia, and promotes knowledge sharing among its members, working for the benefit of all.Cape Town and the Cape winelands – along with Bordeaux (France), Florence (Italy), Mainz (Germany), Mendoza (Argentina), Porto (Portugal), Bilbao-Rioja (Spain) and the San Francisco-Napa Valley region – is a GWC partner.From 2010 Christchurch in New Zealand will join the elite group as the third representative from the southern hemisphere.The ceremony to name the winners for 2010 was held at the Chateau Giscours, a 14th-century winery in Bordeaux, in early November. The world’s top experts from wine-growing regions in Europe, North America, Latin America, South Africa and New Zealand were in attendance. Besides Rust en Vrede, another seven international awards were given to the best of the 56 regional entries.La Sosta del Gusto at the Castello del Trebbio in Florence also took honours in the restaurant section.Other category winners were Algodon Wine Estates in Mendoza for best accommodation; Quinta do Seixo in Porto for best architecture; the Clos Pegase in San Francisco-Napa Valley for art and culture; the Bodegas Muga in Bilbao for most innovative experiences; Wiengut Hemmes in Bingen-Kempten, Germany, for sustainable practices; and Château Pape Clément in Bordeaux for best wine tourism services.High standards praisedOther regional South African winners that went forward to compete against international rivals in their categories included Vergelegen for arts and culture; Cloof of Darling for sustainable practices; Robertson Wine Valley for most innovative experience; Waterford for best wine tourism services; the Devon Valley Hotel for accommodation; and Grande Provence Estate for architecture.Deputy mayor of the Winelands district municipality Clarence Johnson expressed his satisfaction with the consistently high standard of local entries, despite the recent global financial crisis. Jonhson is also the current GWC president.“These winners demonstrated a capacity to face down the credit crisis by offering better value, enhancing the quality of their experiences, innovatively focusing on local highlights in the natural environment, in cuisine, arts, crafts and culture and by paying extra attention to detail,” he said.Johnson was convinced that this was a good sign for the 2010 Fifa World Cup. The month-long football extravaganza kicks off in Johannesburg in just less than seven months.“Financially hard-pressed international and local visitors can be confident of money well spent in the Winelands,” said Johnson, “whether at the top end or at more affordably priced levels. This is critical if we are to advance our international popularity and reputation.”A number of local hopefuls received commendations from the GWC judging panel. Among them were Greatest Cape Wine Tours, the KWV wine- and brandy-producing company, and the Almenkerk, Seidelberg, Delheim and Rustenberg estates.Historical settingIn recent years Rust en Vrede’s restaurant has garnered as much praise as the wines have, under the watchful eye of Chef David Biggs, a former member of South Africa’s national culinary team. With the wine cellar now relocated underground in another first for a privately owned South African estate, the restaurant is situated on the premises of the old cellar, which is a national monument.Nestled in the tranquil Stellenbosch wine-making region, Rust en Vrede was established in 1694 by then Cape governor Willem Adriaan van der Stel. Development of the estate only started in 1780 with the building of a house, and later the cellar in 1785 and manor house in 1790.The 55ha Rust en Vrede estate is currently owned by the Engelbrecht family, experienced grape growers since the early 18th century. The estate produces 20 000 cases of wine a year. Of this, around 65% is destined to end up on overseas shelves. Rust en Vrede exports to over 30 countries.At the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize celebration dinner in Oslo, where former presidents Nelson Mandela and FW de Klerk were honoured, the wines on the tables were Rust en Vrede. The estate has since notched up a number of other milestones, including an export achievement award from then-president Mandela in 1994. In 2000 it became the first South African estate to make it onto US magazine Wine Spectator’s list of the top 100 wines of the world.Since the Engelbrecht family took over 32 years ago the estate has produced only red wines, specialising in Merlot, Cabernet and Shiraz. All wines are made from hand-selected grapes, picked at the optimum time of the season.
21 December 2012African football stars and heads of state will promote the Roll Back Malaria Partnership’s United Against Malaria campaign throughout the 2013 Africa Nations Cup (Afcon) tournament, which kicks off in South Africa on 19 January.The campaign will push life-saving malaria prevention and treatment messages throughout the Afcon tournament, with the help of footballing icons such as Didier Drogba, Smuel Eto’o and former Bafana Bafana skipper Steven Pienaar.They will be joined by African heads of state who are members of the African Leaders Malaria Alliance, including Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete, Burkina Faso President Blaise Compaore, Cote d’Ivoire President Alassane Ouattara and Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni.The heads of state and the football stars will appear on television, billboards and educational materials that will be distributed across Africa.90% of malaria deaths in AfricaHead of external relations for the Roll Back Malaria Partnership, Herve Verhoosel, said that they were thrilled to have malaria featured as a social cause of the 2013 Afcon tournament.“The strong partnership between United Against Malaria and the Confederation of African Football (CAF) allows us to leverage the powerful platform of football to reach millions of fans across Africa, where approximately 90 percent of global malaria deaths occur, with life-saving messages to help protect communities from this preventable and treatable disease,” Verhoosel said.South African Football Association (Safa) president Kirsten Nematandani said the Afcon tournament would build on the strong commitment and momentum of national federations and their players from the 2010 Fifa World Cup and move the continent closer to making malaria a problem of the past.Cameroonian national team player Eto’o said: “Across the continent, football dominates the hearts and minds of children and parents alike, but so does malaria, the cause of 174-million illnesses and nearly 600 000 deaths in Africa alone every year.“We have united to utilise the power of football to fight malaria, and we hope our fans will join us,” Eto’o said.Preventable and treatableAlthough it is preventable and treatable, malaria continues to kill one child in Africa every 60 seconds and costs the continent an estimated minimum of US$12-billion in lost productivity and healthcare costs each year.Cote d’Ivoire national team skipper Didier Drogba said: “I have been a victim of malaria and have witnessed the devastating effects it can have on individuals and families. Using the popularity of football to increase awareness of prevention and treatment methods will go a long way in the fight to show malaria the red card.”CAF secretary-general Hicham El Amrani said: “Malaria affects nearly everyone on the African continent, including footballers and government leaders. With all eyes on the tournament and its participants, we are committed to utilising this platform to communicate important messaging to end deaths from this devastating disease.”Liberian President Sirleaf of Liberia said: “As a football fan myself, I understand the game’s power and popularity. We have the tools to win against malaria and I urge others to join us in the fight.”Bafana former player Pienaar said: “I am honoured to be a champion for this cause; it is unacceptable that malaria kills one child in Africa every minute. We can take such simple steps to prevent and treat this disease. United we can beat malaria.”Source: SANews.gov.za
CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury on Tuesday questioned the decision of Rajya Sabha Chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu to disqualify JD (U) rebels Sharad Yadav and Ali Anwar. Mr. Yechury questioned the alacrity with which the decision was arrived at by the Chairman without sending it to the parliamentary committee as has been the norm. “No one is questioning the right of the Chairman to decide the matter. But to help him come to an informed conclusion, these committees are there. The Ethics and Privileges committees are nominated exclusively by the Chairman to aid him,” Mr. Yechury said. Mr. Yechury has been member of both the Ethics and Privileges committees for the last 10 years. “According to my reading of the anti-defection rules, it is more to do with conduct in the House, this is not to say that outside conduct is excluded,” he added. He pointed out that since the break up of the Mahagatbandhan, there has been no Parliament session and therefore the question of impropriety on part of both Mr. Yadav and Mr. Ali did not arise. According to the Vice-President’s office, the decision not to send it to any parliamentary committee was made after analysing seven previous cases. They claimed that the Privilege committee did not do anything substantial. “It is an unfair comment and shows scant respect to established parliamentary norms. This is also against the eternal juridical principle that a person is innocent till proven guilty. To construe the due process as a delaying tactic is casting aspersion on the committees held so far,” he added.
Aisam Qureshi and Rohan BopannaIndia’s Rohan Bopanna and his Pakistani partner Aisam Qureshi suffered a first round defeat in the men’s doubles of the US Open tennis here at the Flushing Meadows.Bopanna and Qureshi, who were seeded 13th, went down 6-7 (10-12), 6-4, 6-7 (5-7) to the unseeded Italian pair of Daniele Bracciali and Andreas Seppi here on Tuesday.It was a tough battle for Bopanna and Qureshi that lasted 152 minutes. The Indo-Pakistan pair managed 11 aces in the first set but also committed nine double faults and lost it.They clawed back well into the match by winning the second set 6-4 in 39 minutes. But the Italian pair performed clinically in the third set and moved into the second round where they would be facing the winner of the match between Kazakh Mikhail Kukushkin and New Zealand’s Michael Venus and Feliciano Lopez of Spain and Argentina’s Juan Monaco.The other Indian in fray, Leander Paes and his Czech partner Radek Stepanek, who are seeded sixth, will face off the Italian pair of Simone Bolelli and Fabio Fognini.