Paarl and Wellington have become the latest towns to join StreetSmart SA, a national fundraising initiative for the upliftment of street children. The Paarl and Wellington chapter of StreetSmart was launched at a cocktail event at The Light House Boutique Suites, Courtrai, Paarl.

StreetSmart SA, is a non-profit organisation dedicated to family reunification and the upliftment of street children and has raised more than R8,6 million over the past nine years.

“We are so excited to welcome Paarl and Wellington into the family of StreetSmart towns and cities. I believe that the greater community will benefit in a substantial way as those who have, now have an opportunity to give appropriately in an easy and safe manner and the children in this area will receive much needed assistance as a result.” says Margi Biggs, founder of StreetSmart South Africa.

Participating restaurants raise funds through encouraging diners to add R5 to their table’s bill. The R5 donation is completely voluntary and diners can decline or add more if they wish.

Every cent raised in StreetSmart restaurants is dedicated to support organisations that run educational and family reunification programmes for street children within their own communities.

Pioneering the way as the first Paarl Restaurant to become StreetSmart, is Glen Carlou Restaurant, who joined this initiative way back in June 2009. At the launch Georgie Prout, Public Relations Manager at Glen Carlou Wine Estate, appealed to other Paarl and Wellington restaurants to follow suit and make a real difference to children in need in their area.

StreetSmart SA, launched by Biggs under the patronage of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu in 2005, currently has 90 participating restaurants throughout the Western Cape and Gauteng.

Nils Heckscher, Chairman of StreetSmart SA, has welcomed the prospect of a new Paarl and Wellington Chapter into the StreetSmart fold: “I am heartened and look forward to see Paarl and Wellington restaurants become StreetSmart. Sadly there are children who are either on the street or at risk to find their way there in every corner of this beautiful country. Through the money raised we can support organisations who are helping these children to find their way home to their families and/or to have a better chance at succeeding in life. I am personally grateful to all of our “StreetSmartians” who so selflessly give of their time and money to help those who will never be able to repay them.”

StreetSmart SA is a registered Public Benefit as well as a Non-Profit Organisation and ensures that every cent donated by diners goes towards social and educational upliftment projects for street children. StreetSmart’s goal is to be part of the process of social normalisation and to encourage the public not to give money into the hands of a child as this keeps them on the streets. In essence, eating and donating at a StreetSmart restaurant is the responsible way to help a street child.

For more information or to make a donation, contact StreetSmart at Tel: 021 418 0621 email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit or follow them on Twitter @StreetSmartSA.


Georgie Prout (Glen Carlou); Jonathan Snashall; Richard Chamberlain (Out of this Planet Catering) LR  Francois Liebenberg (Grande Roche); Onwaba Maholwana (Grande Roche); Bee Witney LR

Issued on behalf of StreetSmart SA by GC Communications

Contact: Gudrun Clark                  Tel: 021-4620520







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AmEx pays tribute to SA fine dining

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 8:02 AM

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Some of South Africa's top restaurants gathered last night for the Western Cape leg of the annual American Express Platinum Fine Dining Awards.

Newcomers to the awards include 95 Keerom in Cape Town, Delaire Graff Restaurant in Stellenbosch, Kitima in Hout Bay,  Makaron in Stellenbosch and The Leopard in Johannesburg.

Five restaurants were recognised for reaching their 10th American Express Platinum Fine Dining Awards, namely, De Oude Kraal in Bloemfontein, The Greenhouse in Constantia, Hartford House in Mooi River, La Pentola in Pretoria, and The Tasting Room at Le Quartier Français in Franschhoek.

The regional spread of the 89 accolades awarded included 27 restaurants in Johannesburg, 17 in the Cape Peninsula, 16 in the Cape Winelands 16, eight in KwaZulu-Natal, six on the Garden Route, six in Pretoria, four in North West, two in the Free State, and one each in the Klein Karoo, Eastern Cape and Mpumalanga.

In true fine dining style, the Cape Town leg was held at Cavalli Wine and Stud Farm in the Cape Winelands, while the Johannesburg event was held on September 8 at Thava Indian Restaurant.

In its 17th year, the awards' main aim is to pay tribute to restaurants that consistently achieve excellence, creativity and provide an undeniably exquisite culinary experience.

"The awards continue to reflect the country's rising culinary spirit and serve as a catalyst in championing the enhancement of the fine dining industry and experience in South Africa. As the exclusive issuer of American Express in South Africa, we are honoured to be associated with this initiative as it not only celebrates South African restaurateurs but also promotes fine dining," said Pamela White: Head: Corporate Card Services at Nedbank.

This year saw Tamsin Snyman, author, publisher and Academy Chair for the region African & the Indian Ocean Islands for The World's 50 Best Restaurant Awards at the helm of the American Express Platinum Fine Dining judging panel, having been handed the baton by long-time restaurant critic Victor Strugo who held this position since the inception of the awards.

"The 2015 list of restaurants has stabilised considerably after the restaurant industry saw a lot of movement within the top echelon of restaurants in South Africa. This has persuaded us to revisit our judging criterion, which has been in place since inception," said Snyman.

An additional condition for restaurants to be selected for these awards was the acceptance of the American Express Card and their commitment to honouring one dinner reservation (for up to four people) by a Platinum Card member who books within four days of the desired dining date.

The full list of 2015 Award winners are:

  • Johannesburg (27):  Balata, Bellagio, Bellgables, BiCE, Butcher Shop & Grill, Café del Sol, dw eleven-13, Five Hundred,  iL Tartufo, Jazz Maniacs, La Campagnola, La Cucina  di Ciro, La Scala, Le Soufflé, Mastrantonio, Neh!, Osteria Tre Nonni, Red Chamber, Roots, Sel et Poivre, Signature, Sophia’s Bistro, Thava, The Leopard, Wangthai, Wombles, Yamato
  • Cape Peninsula (17): Aubergine, Azure, Bistro Sixteen82, Bistrot Bizerca,  Buitenverwachting, Catharina’s, The Foodbarn, GOLD Restaurant, The Greenhouse, Haiku; il Leone, Kitima, Myoga, Nobu, Planet Restaurant, Signal
  • Cape Winelands (16): 96 Winery Road, Bosman’s, Bread & Wine, De Grendel, Delaire Graff Restaurant, Fraai Uitzicht 1798, Grande Provence, Makaron, Mimosa Lodge, Overture, The Pavilion, Pierneef at La Motte, Reuben’s (Franschhoek), Rust en Vrede, The Tasting Room at Le Quartier Français, Waterkloof
  • KwaZulu-Natal (8): Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse, Hartford House, Harvey’s, Ile Maurice, 9th Avenue Bistro, Roma Revolving Restaurant, Spice, Sugar Club
  • Garden Route (6): La Locanda (George),  Zinzi (Plettenberg Bay), Serendipity (Wilderness), Transkaroo (Great Brak), Pembreys (Knysna), The Orchid Room (Knysna)
    • Pretoria (6): La Madeleine, Brasserie de Paris, La Pentola, Mosaic, Ritrovo Ristorante, Zemara
    • North West (4): De Hoek (Magaliesberg), Rambling Vine (Magaliesburg); Silver Orange (Hartbeespoort), Stef’s Kitchen  (Hartbeespoort)
    • Free State (2): De Oude Kraal, Seven on Kellner
    • Eastern Cape (1):   Hacklewood Hill (Port Elizabeth)
    • Klein Karoo (1):  Su Casa (Oudtshoorn)
    • Mpumalanga (1):  Zest (Nelspruit)

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A message from our founding Patron

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"It gives me great pleasure to support StreetSmart South Africa.  So when you are enjoying an evening out with good foods, good wine and good company, reflect on how your life is enriched.  Then do a kind thing.  Give to StreetSmart.  God bless you."

Desmond M Tutu Archbishop Emeritus

Founding Patron of StreetSmart South Africa


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