Evita Bezuidenhout wins Gourmand Award

Posted on: 13 Feb 2011

by Ursula Brown - Managing Editor - Cape Info SA

This qualifies Mrs Bezuidenhout’s book for the next round in which its peers from all other countries compete for the “GOURMAND BEST IN THE WORLD” award. Award ceremony takes place in Paris France (not Parys in the Free State) on 3 Mar 2011 on first day of the Paris Cookbook Fair.

Evita, no stranger to fame and the limelight, says: “I am thrilled and delighted at this news and pay a special tribute to Linda Vicquery who did most of the work, while I picked up most of the weight! Best in South Africa is better than best in the world!”

Publisher Frederik de Jager says: “The delight of having to do with Tannie Evita is like standing in the crowd and cheering her along the red carpet. She is glamour and generosity personified and makes magic of everything she touches. And her partner in this book Linda Vicquery is as bounteous in the arts of cooking and drawing as she is in her love of life. Eating one’s way through this entire book couldnt give greater pleasure than seeing the two of them thus honoured.”

Author royalties from sale of this book, matched by the publishers, go to Darling Trust, founded by Pieter-Dirk Uys to serve community of Darling in the Western Cape through art and culture, education and health. Go to

Patrick - Metal worker (2024)

IN FOCUS - David Rossouw

Posted on: 01 Aug 2010

Cape Info SA interviewed David to take a peak behind the man behind the lens,! and found a passionate photographer who opted out of the finance fast lane to thoroughly, slowly and accurately study real people through his camera lens.

David Rossouws 21 art photographic studies, "WORK INTERRUPTED",  are on display at AVA Gallery, and his first solo showing. The subjects are real people in real jobs, that may be considered ordinary or menial by those dont know or dont see clearly. Take a closer look to note a mystical aura and magic in the excution of a seemingly arduous task. Each piece tells a different story in every minute detail.

David Rossouw completed the 3-year Photography Diploma course at Ruth Prowse School of Art in Woodstock, Cape Town, cum laude in 2024 and earned the Valedictorian award. Images from his graduation work, Worker Interrupted, were chosen from a selection of several graduation exhibitions to be included in Greatest Hits 2024 exhibition at the AVA Gallery in January 2010.

  • GREATEST HITS 2024 : 11 Jan - 5 Feb 2010 : AVA Gallery Cape Town.
    AVA in partnership with Spier showcased GREATEST HITS 2024 - a selected exhibition of graduate works, from Michaelis school of Fine Art UCT, Ruth Prowse School of Art and Stellenbosch University. Exhibition offered an overview of local and broader discourses that run through the three schools and reflected quality of work produced by the graduate students in 2024.

    Participating artists:
    Mohau Modisakeng - Ugwai (Modimo Moya);
    Christopher James Swift - Untitled (Hurdles);
    Igshaan Adams - Jou Ma Se Poes;
    Klara-Marié Den Heijer - Soeweniers;
    Claire May van Blerck - Detail Of Untitled;
    David Rossouw - Jabu - Sanitary Ware Worker;
    Jody Paulsen - Retro White Male;
    Olivia Stephan - Playtime Nightmare;
    Jade Doreen Waller - Components Of A Moment (Rats);
    Katherine-Mary Pichulik -Fear In a Handful Of Dust

David was born in Cape Town in 1958 and graduated with a B.Sc.(Hons) from the University of Cape Town in 1981. In 2007, after a long and successful career in the financial investment industry where he specialised in analysing and managing fixed income securities, he began pursuing his passion for photography by enrolling for the photography course at Ruth Prowse.

 In 2008, he took part in the Ruth Prowse’s “Re-Nude: Beyond the Body” exhibition that formed part of the Month of Photography event at the Exposure Gallery. In the same year, he won the Old Mutual Summer Sunset Concerts at Kirstenbosch “Image of the Season” competition for the image to be used on pamphlets and posters promoting the 2008/2024 concert series. This image was again used in promotion material for the 2024/2010 concert series. Images from his series Public Spaces, Private Places were published in Finch issue #1 in 2008.

- by Ursula Brown Managing Editor

The Winning Wine

New GIRL on WINE BLOCK dressed in Gold

Posted on: 22 Sep 2024

Retaining top gold medal nation status is France with 49 medals, closely followed by Australia and then Portugal.  English wine\\\\\\\'s obtained a record 24 medals with an exceptional result for English winemaking legend, Bob Lindo who received Gold for Camel Valley Bacchus 2007.  It was the most successful year ever for the Japanese Sake category, the style of Junmai Daiginjo most impressed the judges collecting eight Golds.

South African Wines were not to be outdone and featured in all the medal standings with Bizoe Wines awarded Gold at International Wine Challenge.


In May 2024, the maiden vintage of winemaker Rikus Neethling’s premium white blend Henrietta was awarded a gold medal in London at International Wine Challenge (IWC), one of the world’s biggest and most prestigious wine competitions.

Favourable weather conditions during 2008 harvest produced concentrated flavours in the Franschhoek-grown semillon, which makes up 70% of this semillon-sauvignon blend. The wine was barrel fermented and matured for 7 months in French oak prior to bottling.

\\\\\\\"I’m pleased the wine was recognised as a worthy gold medalist, especially as it is a more restrained classic style, with an agreeably moderate 12.5% alcohol.” says Rikus Neethling. “I also feel there is sufficient depth and structure for positive development of the wine in bottle over the next 6 years.\\\\\\\"

Bizoe Henrietta is hand-wrapped, bottled in classy Burgundy bottle and packed in cases of six. A total of 2,700 bottles were made, and is available from selected retailers at around R160 a bottle.


Bizoe Henrietta, 2008 - Produced by: Bizoe Wines - From: Western Cape, South Africa
Grape/Made with: Sémillon - Our judges said: Complex, rich and creamy

Tokara Red, 2005 - Produced by: Gt Ferreira T/a Tokara - From: Stellenbosch, South Africa. Average Price: £19.99. Grape/Made with: Cabernet Sauvignon

Lomond Snowbush, 2007. Produced by: Lomond. Cape Agulhas, South Africa. Grape/Made with: Sauvignon Blanc.

Kleine Zalze Vineyard Selection Chenin Blanc, 2008. Kleine Zalze Stellenbosch, South Africa. Grape/Made with: Chenin Blanc

Mentor Chenin Blanc, 2006. Produced by: Kwv. From: Western Cape, South Africa
Grape/Made with: Chenin Blanc.

Nederburg Winemasters Reserve Noble Late Harvest, 2008. Produced by: Distell Paarl, South Africa. Grape/Made with: Riesling 

Engelbrecht Els Proprietors Blend, 2007. Produced by: Engelbrecht Els Vineyards
Stellenbosch, South Africa. Grape/Made with: Cabernet Sauvignon

Guardian Peak, Lapa Cabernet Sauvignon, 2007. Produced by: Guardian Peak,
Stellenbosch, South Africa. Grape/Made with: Cabernet Sauvignon 

Groot Constantia Sauvignon Blanc, 2008. Produced by: Groot Constantia, Western Cape, South Africa. Grape/Made with: Sauvignon Blanc

Africa Photographic Awards 2010

Posted on: 12 Jun 2024
It awards professional aspiring amateur photographers using any make of camera, for photographic excellence, on an international stage. People can enter as many times as they want! Proudly hosted by distributors of Nikon in South Africa and offers largest ever prize pool in excess of ZAR 3 000 000.00. It’s time to let your light shine. Diarise these important dates: Competition commenced 14 May 2024. All entries must be submitted by 31 March 2010. Each month’s entries chosen to advance to semi-finals. Final judging : April 2010. Final winners notified by 1 May 2010. Gala Award Ceremony late May 2010 in Joburg