Finger On The Pulse - August 2019

Finger On The Pulse - August 2019

Cape Town Art Scene

Did you know there is much more to Cape Town and its environs than mountains, beach and winelands? The Mother City and surrounding area is bursting with amazing art galleries, museums and sculpture gardens which will appeal to any prospective culture vultures visiting this beautiful part of South Africa.

Here are some of our favourite art-y spots to see:

Located in the trendy V&A Waterfront of Cape Town, the Zeitz MOCAA is the largest contemporary art museum in Africa. Housed in former grain silos, the museum is a fascinating feat of architecture in addition to being a modern art haven.

Norval Foundation Museum
This museum is nestled in the Steenberg valley and is close to three of the top wine estates of Constantia. There is a modern pavilion featuring the art collection, while the sculpture garden houses works on long-term loan from the Norval Family Foundation. Mythology-themed and abstract 3-D pieces are set among indigenous flora.

Dylan Lewis Sculpture Garden
Slight further afield in Stellenbosch, lies the sculpture garden of world-renowned artist Dylan Lewis. His extensive works, featuring mainly wildlife, are sold in leading galleries worldwide, including Christie’s.

Ask us about extended tours to Delaire Graff wine estate to see the world-famous Trechikoff painting of the Chinese Girl, or a visit to Franschhoek to see works at the Everard Read Gallery or Leeu Estates Boutique Hotel.

Alternatively, visit community based arts and crafts projects in the suburbs of Cape Town to see where the locals are creating authentic work, or explore vibey Woodstock, right in Cape Town, where the contemporary art scene is flourishing.

Drop Everything and Travel

It’s too easy to put off plans for your dream trip as day-to-day life and pressures get in the way.

Here’s some good news: travel is actually good for your health. Not only does a good holiday relieve stress and boost our mental health but it also whips us into shape and is said to improve our sleep patterns.

Less stress, more exercise and better sleep – that’s a winning combination.

Do you still need some words of encouragement? This inspirational article from Travel and Leisure will surely motivate you to seize the opportunity and travel now.

23 Reasons to Drop Everything and Travel Now

The article is peppered with some wonderful travel-related quotations. Our favourites are:

#21 from the Roman philosopher, Seneca
“Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind”

#23 by American motivational speaker, Michael Altshuler
“The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot”

What’s your favourite?

Once you’ve read the article, contact us to plan your African trip of a lifetime!

The Only Rib Recipe You Will Need

If you’re anything like us South Africans, a “braai”, or barbeque as you may know it, is on the cards all year round come rain or shine.

One of the best recipes for sweet sticky ribs coms from Chef Philipp Tiede from the Cape Milner Hotel in Cape Town.

For the ribs:
1 Tbsp paprika powder
1 Tbsp chili powder
1 Tbsp ground cumin
1 Tbsp brown sugar
1 Tbsp salt 1 tsp cayenne pepper
1 Tsp minced garlic
1 beef short rib (about 1.5kg cut into 200g pieces)
For the barbeque sauce:
1 Tbsp vegetable oil
1 Tbsp chopped onion
3 medium garlic cloves, finely chopped
5 Tbsp tomato sauce
3 Tbsp brown sugar
½ cup water
3 Tbsp vinegar
3 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce


For the ribs:
Place all ingredients except ribs in a medium bowl and stir to combine.
Place ribs in a baking dish and arrange in an even layer.
Rub spice mixture on all sides of the ribs and cover dish with aluminium foil.
(At this point, you can roast the ribs immediately, but for the best flavour and texture, refrigerate for up to 24 hours.)
Heat oven to 180°C and arrange a rack in the middle. (If you rubbed the ribs in advance, remove from fridge and set aside at room temperature while oven is heating – at least 20 minutes.)
Place ribs in oven and roast until fork-tender, about three hours. Meanwhile, make the sauce.

For the barbeque sauce:
Heat oil in medium saucepan, over medium heat, until shimmering. Add the onion and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened – about three minutes.
Add remaining ingredients, whisk to combine, and bring to a simmer.
Reduce the heat to low and simmer, occasionally whisking, until flavours have melded and the sauce has reduced to a third.
Remove from the heat and set aside, until ready to grill ribs.

The Edge-Of-The-World Feeling

If you’re seeking a digital detox, you can truly “switch off’ at the beautiful Wolwedans Boulders Safari camp.

Located in the vast 220,000ha privately owned Namib Rand Reserve, this camp offers luxury in wild desolation.

Now is the perfect time to visit as they are offering a four nights’ stay -with the third and fourth nights discounted by fifty percent. Four nights for the price of three.

Get in touch with us now to check availability and book your luxury escape to Wolvedans.

Terms and conditions apply.

Christmas In July

There is a plethora of articles suggesting that a happy workplace environment contributes to good overall health.

At Pulse Africa, we pride ourselves on having a positive workplace culture, and feel blessed that our dynamic team works hard, shows trust, respects each other’s ideas …and has some fun.”

On the “fun” side, we recently attended a spectacular Christmas in July event hosted by African Synergy. Not only did we enjoy listening to a talented Celtic band and dressing up, we also contributed part of the R 143 000.00 raised on the evening.

The money will go towards the cost of building HERD, South Africa’s first dedicated elephant orphanage.

A Note On Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is often an after-thought when you’re in holiday planning mode. We’re here to tell you that it should be a priority. The recent cancelled flights in Hong Kong served as a good reminder of this. Had you not been insured you would be in a rather serious, and costly predicament. 

It is vital that you read your policy and ensure that you are covered for international journey cancellations, international journey postponements, international journey curtailments international journey extensions. 

We hope you have enjoyed reading this month’s newsletter. Let us know if you have any suggestions on how we can improve the newsletter, we’d love to hear your feedback.

We’ll be back in September.

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