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Sofacompany: the furniture gallery in Green Point

 

Curating your home to perfectly suit your style is an art. These days there is so much choice, it becomes a challenge to find furniture you love. The good news is that if you are a Green Point resident, the solution is right on your doorstep – introducing the sophisticated Sofacompany.

The showroom has recently moved from 111 to 115 Waterkant Street, and expanded to a site across the road (72 Hudson Street).

When we asked Director Nicole Sherwin why they decided to stay in the area, she spoke to the exclusive yet accessible nature of Green Point. ‘It’s got a really lovely lifestyle vibe that creates artistic, eclectic offerings that are unique and not mall-focused.’ The perfect spot for a trend setting, furniture company.

Functional art

“We are a Danish online furniture store with showrooms in Cape Town and Kramerville,” says Sherwin. The furniture is arranged in a way that is akin to a high-end gallery rather than a store. Clients are able to stroll through the options and view each ‘piece’ with the assistance of a knowledgeable person on hand.

This is a far cry from the usual manner of purchasing furniture. The distinctly European culture of the brand comes through in the designs and manner that the store is run, making it different to anything else you will find in Cape Town. ‘Danish design is always leading the trend in furniture design,’ says Sherwin, ‘we offer genuine Danish hospitality, quality pieces at affordable prices.’

The most popular models of sofas include the Anne, Conrad, Johan and Holm ranges. To keep things fresh and exciting, the styles and colours of these creations are updated two to three times every year. This guarantees that the Sofacompany stays up to date and relevant with their offering.

Challenging the market

Sherwin goes on to explain that the reason the furniture is affordable is because the model is delivered directly from the factory to the customer. This gets rid of the retail middleman.

You can view the piece, ask your questions and then allow yourself time to visualise the purchase in your home. Once you have decided, you can purchase the it at your leisure online. It will then be delivered directly to you, no fuss involved.

The investors

In order to maintain a high-end brand, one needs to have the support of a dedicated team in both the clientele as well as the owners of the store. Sherwin and her brother are the South African counterparts to their Danish partners and supported by a full team of customer service, logistics, sales staff and an accounting and delivery team.

They truly enjoy their customer base and take pride in exceptional customer service. Of course, we at the GPCID are proud to assist in keeping the store happy in their ideal area. ‘It is very reassuring having their presence around us,’ says Sherwin.

We have enjoyed having this unique company in our area, and look forward to even more developments and an expansion which is set to happen in 2019.

For now, look out for the launch of a contracts division that will offer developers, designers, decorators and contractors the option to select from an even wider range of fabrics, styles and colours.

For more information, visit their website: https://za.sofacompany.com/

Burgers taste better when made with love – robinhood restaurant

Kloof Street is one of the places with the most variety in Cape Town. There is everything from Indian cuisine to New York style pizza, but we guarantee that the recent addition is unlike anything else.

‘robinhood’ is a burger joint located toward the top of the road near the intersection at Jan van Riebeek high school. You can’t miss it. Mostly because the staff are so friendly and welcoming, you almost have to take a detour to enjoy a meal before continuing to your destination. We spoke to Una Neethling, the spokesperson of the restaurant about what Robinhood is all about.

OKCID: It’s quite an unusual name, even a little cheeky! What was the inspiration behind it?

UN: Admittedly it isn’t novel, but certainly a first in Cape Town. We are a burger joint that gives a part of the profit made to the charity of the moment. Our aim is to create amazing burgers and also serve a social purpose. The name came up in a brainstorm session and we felt it tied in well with the African spirit of Ubuntu. We married the concept with our medieval namesake, creating a unique concept, and idiosyncratic approach to restaurant retail. We hope this will inspire other establishments as well.

OKCID: We hope so too! But then again you have only been in the area for a short while, correct?

UN: We only opened on 3 October 2018, so we are still brand new and stretching our business legs. We have been active at the premises for the last 4 months creating a truly rustic, soulful space.

OKCID: So, there is time yet to generate true waves of influence! What is your favourite part of being located on Kloof street?

UN: Our favourite part of Kloof Street without a doubt is the people, from all backgrounds, preferences and cultures, sharing and enjoying life to the full. We are lucky sods to call this street home.

OKCID: Agreed, diversity makes us whole. Have you managed to meet any of our OKCID officers? If so, what was your experience?

UN: We haven’t had the pleasure of meeting the officers yet, but know their operation from Green Point, where they have done a great job for many years.

OKCID: How would you describe the vibe of the restaurant?

UN: Our vibe is rustic, simple décor with sassy music in the background, sometimes showing a soccer or rugby game on the telly in our main room. Our fully stocked bar makes cocktails to die for and we have a huge local craft beer selection as well.

You can sit outside street-side at our burger bar, inside or in our quaint courtyard at the back, complete with tree stump seats and oodles of atmosphere. The vibe is casual, chic and fun. Our food vibe is ‘only the best will do’ – grass fed beef, free-range chicken and the freshest vegetarian and vegan options.

OKCID: Sounds delicious. Who are the people behind this great restaurant?

UN: The management consists of Guido Dierschke, who has more than 20 years of experience in the restaurant industry. He started out in Germany many moons ago and is now co-owner and manager of two establishments in Cape Town, the other being Café-Extrablatt in Green Point. Some of our staff has been with us for the last seven years. When we opened in Green Point, we were already a family of sorts. We have a great dynamic and work for good service and easy communication.

OKCID: Can you explain a little how the charity contribution works?

UN: We give part of our profit over a certain period of time to a chosen charity. We hope that these donations will make a difference in the long run. We also feature our charity of the moment in our social media feed so that people become more aware of their needs.

We also make once off donations to crisis situations such as the Khayelitsha fire victims in the last month. It is not a monthly rotation as some charities will get less than others. We work up a good amount so we can really make a difference – hence a the approach of ‘charity of the moment’. We are also an active member of Streetsmart SA. This allows patrons to make a voluntary donation of R5 when paying their bill.

OKCID: How do you decide which charities to donate to?

UN: It’s difficult to decide on a charity as there is so much need in our country, but we have obtained lists from various platforms. From there we just go with our gut. (pun intended)

OKCID: What is the most the most ordered item on the menu?

UN: The most ordered burger is our Little John Burger (which is a double of everything burger for super hungry Capetonians:  2 x grass-fed beef patty, brioche bun, homemade burger sauce, lettuce, 2 x cheddar cheese, 2 x crispy bacon, tomato, gherkins & fried onions).

The second favourite is our Skinny Prince John burger (without a bun) with plenty of filling tasty ingredients. Grass fed beef, cheddar cheese, roasted veg, homemade burger sauce, feta cheese, fried onions and fancy lettuce with Parmesan dressing on the side. We have vegetarian and vegan burgers as well.

OKCID: And what is your personal favourite?

UN:  My favourite is the mildly spicy Azeem the Sarazin burger: brioche bun, homemade burger sauce, lettuce, cheddar cheese, chilli con carne, sour cream, jalapeños, nachos and chilli flakes.

OKCID: When is the best time to pop in for a burger?

UN: The best time is from 11:00 in the morning to late at night. Whenever our bustling burger kitchen is open! The kitchen closes at 11pm weekdays, and 12pm weekends.

OKCID: Are there any specials you can tell us about?

UN: Our lunch specials are R60 – Monday to Friday from 11:30 to 14:30. These include:

Robinhood Burger (Beef, Chicken or Vegan bulgur patty) with Fries OR

Chicken Salad with Boiled Egg and Feta Cheese OR

Oven baked Chips with Chilli con Carne and Cheese, served with Guacamole

We also have daily meal specials. Every day a different Burger meal is on special for under R85 for a burger and side.

And finally, drink specials:

Happy Hour is on Thursdays and Fridays from 17:00 to 20:00. All cocktails are R40 and jugs are R 119. Margarita hour is on Thursday and Friday from 23:00 too 24:00. Single Margaritas are R40 and jugs are R119.

Mouth watering yet? We thoughts so! Take a wander up Kloof Street in your lunch break or after work, and let us know if Robinhood gets your stamp of approval.

Call: 087 701 8454

Email: info@robinhood-burgergrill.co.za

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Hope for the city through the Salesian Institute Youth Projects

44% of the population in the Western Cape is under the age of 25. Nearly a third of these people live in poverty, and one in five suffer from lack of basic needs and often have to survive extreme conditions with no support.

Located on Somerset Road in Green Point, the Salesian Institute Youth Projects is doing their bit to change that by providing ‘education, shelter and emotional support for at-risk young people.’

There are a number of programmes which youth can be involved with, depending on their life stage and needs. Here is a list taken directly from their website:

  • Learn to Live School of Skills(L2L):

Classes for children and youth who have dropped out of school or who do not have the skills to pass their matriculation exams, including: woodcraft and timber, electrical, hairdressing and hospitality studies.

  • Youth Employment Skills (YES):

Vocational classes for older youth to learn in-demand trade skills like bricklaying, PC repair, computer literacy and office management, sewing and food preparation.

  • Waves of Change (WOC):

Assistance to young men and woman between the ages of 18 and 30, that want to obtain training to prepare them for work at sea, gaining employment in the fishing industry.

  • Salesian Outreach

We give innovative, customised support for at-risk youth. Our community outreach program, works with prisons, schools, other NGO’s and NPO’s, to develop Partnerships that will allow them to find those most in need and bring them into the programmes, as well as support those who are in danger of falling into real trouble.

There are a number of young people whose lives have been transformed through the programme. One of them being Warren Stevens, a 27 year old who grew up in Mannenberg in an unstable environment, where both of his parents were addicted to alcohol and drugs. The little income generated was spent on this indulgence and Warren, the eldest, was left to take care of four siblings.

‘My biggest drive was to have a plate of food every day. This was not our kids’ fault, why did we have to suffer like this?’ he says, adding, ‘We were desperate but there were good people that helped us.’ Warren did odd jobs around the neighbourhood for a menial amount and didn’t have proper clothing or shoes. This led to children teasing him at school at which point he dropped out and got involved in drugs.

Warren heard of the Waves of Change Program at the Salesian Institute which trains young people to work in the maritime industry. He enrolled and after following the programme found employment on a private fishing vessel. Earning a salary has made a great impact on Warren’s self- esteem and allowed him to provide for his family.

‘I will work hard and save my income – so that I can take my family to a safer suburb where we can live and prosper. I never want my children to go to bed hungry like I did.’

Another one of the institutes many success stories is that of Ayabonga Ngope who is currently a student at the Learn to Live School of Skills in Year 4. He is a young man of integrity and in his quiet manner would stay behind and clean up the dining hall after lunch when the other children had left without any prompting from the teachers.

This exemplary behaviour was noticed and they looked for a way to reward his efforts. The teachers knew that Ayabonga loved to cycle but could not afford a bicycle, so they searched the Salesian premises and found an old bicycle. This was refurbished and awarded to him.

Ayabonga had visited his grandparents over the holidays and it was discovered that he had gifted his bicycle to his grandfather to use for transport. This did not go unnoticed by the Salesian staff and their supporters.

Johan Fourie, the General Manager at Doolhof Wine Estate, heard about this story. He decided to donate the bicycle he used to ride his first Cape Epic Race, to Ayabonga. This encouraged Ayabonga to join a cycling club in Hout Bay which he is still a part of.

His dream to ride a three-stage cycling event is set to come true as he has been offered to ride the Wine2Whales this year with Angelo Casu, the Manager of the Grand Dedale Country House in the Winelands. Angelo has also donated a mountain bike cycling kit to Ayabonga, to further help him on his way.

Ayabonga will complete his schooling this year, and sincerely thanks all the donors for their contributions in assisting the Salesian Institute Youth Projects. He, and so many others are able to reach their potential through the programmes offered. We would like to ask you to consider donating to the cause so that young people in our country can change their circumstances and have hope in a better future.

Tel: +27 21 425 1450

email: info@salesianyouth.org.za

 

https://salesianyouth.org/donate-today/donate/

 

Security Report – October 2018

Considering that October was one of the longest months of this year, incidents reported were much lower than previous months. Motor vehicles break-ins were the highest with 12 incidences reported. This was followed by 8 street lights out of order.

Please make certain that your vehicle is parked in a well-lit area and that there are no visible items in it. This will be especially applicable in the holiday season, as there will be many more opportunistic crimes due to the influx of uninformed tourists. Please contact us on our patrol vehicle numbers below should there be an incident or if you feel unsafe.

GP CID PATROL VEHICLE (24 HRS)

082 214 3228

OK CID PATROL VEHICLE (24 HRS)

082 217 1386

 

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