CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceSAN FRANCISCO — It was just six months ago when the Giants’ dreams were consumed with the thought of Bryce Harper blasting home runs to a territory only Barry Bonds regularly explored.It happened twice at Oracle Park on Friday, but no dreams came true in the process. Instead, they were dashed.As a member of the Philadelphia Phillies, Harper slammed a pair of home runs including a go-ahead three-run shot in the …
Paternoster, one of the oldest fishing villages on the West Coast of the Western Cape province, serenely sits a 20 diners a night Restaurant, called Wolfgat. Unknown to the world, until this intimate, seashore restaurant was awarded ‘off-map destination and restaurant of the year’ at the first edition of the World Restaurant Awards on 18 February 2019 in Paris.This two-year old restaurant, is not only now an award winner, but is an eatery of remarkable coastal history. A 130-year-old building, located on the Wolfgat cave, Archaeologist John Parkington, affirms it as “a substantial chamber lying under an unusually large calcrete shelf”. Almost certainly, the chamber, and passages leading into it, owe their origin to underground stream erosion that has removed softer sand from below the cemented shelf”, according to their website.The menu is customised in Chef Kobus van der Merwe’s signature beach vegetation foods. Imagine for a second, homemade bread and butter, local seafood, lamb and/or venison, married with handpicked wild herbs, seaweeds from the local rock pools. The Chef teams up with his six mostly female staff, to prepare the food with some of the features taking weeks of preparation.Sharing his excitement, following his win, Van der Merwe was quoted by @worldrestawards saying; “I’m really proud to bring something like this back to our continent and beautiful country. I’m very proud to be working in a team of mostly women.”Not only has Wolfgat become a trailblazer in the culinary industry, but is now a conversation starter on the global stage, for its exclusive scenery, a stone throw away from the tranquil, yet rippling Atlantic Ocean and a contributor to South Africa’s Nation brand image and reputation. Wolfgat has strengthened and reaffirmed South Africa as a country that inspires new ways of excellence and has remained authentic to its diverse cultures and true to its robust history.“Just making the longlist was incredibly overwhelming, because I look up to all of the other restaurants that were nominated with us, and we certainly didn’t feel worthy of being there, so this is a few steps of insanity above this, so I can’t quite put it in words. I think it willl all sink in.” said Kobus van der Merwe of @wolfgat on winning #RestaurantoftheYear and #OffMapDestination at the #worldrestaurantawards.We only book 20 diners per sitting – by keeping it small, we keep it sustainable. Brand South Africa congratulates Wolfgat for the incredible win which has elevated the country brand to new heights. To book a seat at the award winning restaurant go to – Wolfgat BookingFun facts about Paternoster, home to this incredible restaurantPaternoster, meaning “Our Father” derives its name from the prayers of ship-wrecked Portuguese sailorsFamous for its abundance of crayfishEnjoys ten months of the year watching of whales and dolphins, frolicking in the oceanA breeding ground for over 250 species of birds with seabirds (seagulls, cormorants, sacred ibis and the oystercatcher)Five kilometres outside of the fishing village of Paternoster the last manned lighthouse constructed in 1963, rests on a windswept coastline within the Columbine Nature Reserve, the Cape Columbine LighthouseSource: SA-Venues.comImage: Wolfgat on Instagram.
Doctors Jeroen Swart (left) and Lee Gordon (right) are part of the team that will be will sharing their expertise at the new clinical practice at the Sports Science Institute of South Africa. (Image: University of Cape Town)Dr. Jeroen Swart wants to make the Sports Science Institute of South Africa (SSISA) more relevant.That’s his goal, and he plans on doing that by restarting the centre’s clinical practice and making the years of expertise in sports medicine more accessible to athletes, professional and the nations weekend warriors.Swart, team doctor of Ajax Cape Town since 2007, has tapped his contacts in sports medicine to assist in re-establishing a centre of excellence in a field of medicine that has been neglected in sports mad South Africa. The good doctor says the aim of his initiative is, “to make our discipline more relevant to the broader public.”Doctors associated with some of the countries winning franchises have been asked to bring their experience and training to bear. Jason Suter, Sid Allie, Adrian Rotunno, Gabi Prinsloo, Lee Gordon and Mike Kiessig, doctors from the Stormers / Western Province rugby, IPL cricket, cycling team MTN-Qhubeka, Rugby Sevens and AJAX, will be available to consult with general practitioners treating sports related injuries.“Not all doctors are trained to recognise or treat sports injuries or to provide exercise rehabilitation to prevent and rehabilitate chronic diseases. Sports stars of the future could be side-lines by misdiagnosis and inappropriate management,” said Swart.Swart, who also headed up the players medical centre during the 2010 FIFA World Cup, intends to make the institutes research around sports injuries and treatment freely available. “Lots of what we do in research is filed away and never read. It needs to be applied practically.”NEW PROJECTSSSISA has also planned to run two new initiatives that will involve working in the fields of cardiac and orthopaedic care as well as rehabilitation. Swart plans assisting with Victoria Hospital’s cardiac rehabilitation programme by Dr Nasief van der Schyff and his team.“We are planning to implement a public sector rehabilitation service here at the SSI, with the added benefits to the public of our accessibility and proximity to Newlands station and bus routes,” said Swart.In line with achieving the goals set out in the field of orthopaedic care SSISA is working to strengthen its ties to University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Division of Orthopaedic Surgery.“In the near future we hope to work closely with orthopaedics to be able to manage both non-surgical and surgical cases where rehabilitation is necessary,” said Swart.ACCESS TO CAREERS IN SPORTS SCIENCEAnother goal set out by the SSISA is to highlight career paths for current and aspiring sport and exercise physicians.“We’re training them in our specialist programmes but few work exclusively in the sport and exercise medicine sector,” said Swart“We should be creating new opportunities for them.“This career pathing also extends to the academic field, limited presently to the probably half a dozen individuals around the country.”
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