Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Hi-Tec Knysna Forest Family Hike winners

Sarah-Lee and Tanya Claase

Tanya Claase and her daughter Sarah-Lee enjoyed the family ticket to the Hi-Tec Knysna Forest Family Hike, during the 2013 Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival, worth R585. Congratulations from the Supernova team!

Tanya Claase: “It was wonderful! We really enjoyed it and my daughter took pics of the fairies and she really had a blast! It was extremely well organised and everyone was friendly! It was fantastic!”

Here are some photographs that Tanya sent to us:

Sarah-Lee and Tanya Claase

Sarah-Lee Claase

Sarah-Lee finds a fairy!

Monday, 26 August 2013

Win with Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters at Sci-Bono Discovery Centre

Sci-Bono Discovery Centre offers you the chance to win fantastic prizes to celebrate the launch of Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters in 3D.
Every weekend (Saturday & Sunday), starting on 17 August to 1 September, Sci-Bono will be presenting three science shows per day that bring together Science and Greek Mythology. You can learn more about the constellations as we take you on a journey to the sun, the moon and the stars in our StarLab.

On the 17 and 18 August, 3 lucky visitors per day stand a chance win tickets to the sneak previews of the worldwide release of Percy Jackson. Each winner will get 4 tickets to the show, as well as 3D glasses, Coke and popcorn valued at more than R550 each.

Between the 24 August and 1 September (Saturdays and Sundays only) you stand a chance to win a Percy Jackson book and DVD hamper. There is only one hamper per day up for grabs, so make sure you don’t miss the 12pm show.

You can only win these amazing prizes if you visit Sci-Bono Discovery Centre and attend one of the science shows (for free!) in the Auditorium. Seats are limited and will be offered on a first come, first serve basis.

Sci-Bono also offers more than 350 interactive science exhibits, so you can spend the entire day and walk away with some amazing prizes. Entrance to Sci-Bono Discovery Centre is only R20 per adult and R10 per child. Children under 6 and pensioners are free.

For more information contact 011 639 8400 or visit

Friday, 23 August 2013

Supernova vol. 2.6

Supernova vol. 2.6

It's Supernova's second birthday and it's still exploding with awesomeness! Our gift to you is another super issue, bursting from cover to cover with fun, interesting articles that will no doubt expand your horizons.

In this issue, we celebrate a part of our cultural heritage by taking an in-depth look at the story behind San rock art, as well as the Cradle of Humankind. We appreciate our wonderful wetlands, the miraculous way in which the human heart works, the night sky filled with magnificent shooting stars, the meaning of our names, and the very important gift of a blood donation.

Supernova will continue to celebrate and appreciate the world around as we learn as much as we possibly can about it. Here is to another year of staying curious!


We also appreciate this review by Nikki McDiarmid from Puku:
Reaching a wide audience, the Supernova Magazine raises the level of children’s reading matter already on the shelves by introducing the vibrant flavours of South Africa. 
All I can say is “Hooray” for a publication that does South Africa proud!”


Thursday, 22 August 2013

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival 2013 a huge success


The last lemon was squeezed, the Tabasco® bottles were closed and athletes all packed their sporting gear away as the final shells of the 2013 Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival were swept away. South Africa’s largest sporting and lifestyle event took place from 28 June to 7 July and the town of Knysna is likely to be riding on an oyster high for months to come. “Sunshine and moderate weather ensured that this year’s festival attracted approximately 60 000 visitors to Knysna,” said Festival Manager Nicci Rousseau-Schmidt. “This is based on the number of entries to our big sporting events, tickets sold to lifestyle events, and assuming that our athletes travelled with their partners and children. We cannot count day visitors, so this figure excludes those families who attended the festival for a day’s outing."

“And with these many feet, hungry mouths and itchy spending fingers, early indications are that the festival enjoyed an extremely successful 30
th birthday, with an estimated R66 484 000 spent within Knysna during the 10 days of the festival.”

Malcolm Mycroft General Manager Marketing Pick n Pay said, “The Knysna Oyster Festival was a great opportunity for Pick n Pay to meet its customers and to help raise money for the community. The event gives a boost to the economy of the town and helps build our brand.”

Rousseau-Schmidt said that the number of attendees was a conservative estimation. “It is based solely on the number of entrants to the Pick n Pay Weekend Argus Rotary Knysna Cycle Tour, the Salomon Featherbed Trail Run presented by GU, the TOTALSPORTS XTERRA PEZULA presented by REHIDRAT® SPORT and the Pick n Pay Cape Times Knysna Forest Marathon and Half Marathon – only four of our big events, which attracted a total of 16 621 participants.”

Feedback from local restaurants and retailers already reflect this positive impact, as many of them report exceptional turnovers for both the weekend and midweek periods of the festival. “Some restaurants even report turnovers equal to that of the busy December period, and early indications also show that oyster sales were higher than in previous years,” she said. “And the really exciting thing is that after expenses, the 40 local crafters from the Eden district who displayed their handmade goods at the Knysna Tourism Living Local Collective Shop at the main venue on Waterfront Drive, earned a collective R43 000 during the festival – nearly doubling last year’s takings.”

“A good indicator of a busy midweek is not only the entries to the Monday to Friday sporting events,” Nicci added. “Our midweek lifestyle events were extremely well attended, with more than 600 guests attending the Knysna Wine Festival and the adjacent night market over the Monday and Tuesday nights. Wednesday night’s popular Pick n Pay Flavours of Knysna was completely sold out, as was our brand new Thursday night event, The Tabasco® Oyster Shuckle – On Fire with Nik Rabinowitz.”

“We’re also busy finalising the charity hand-overs with the various event organisers,” Rousseau-Schmidt said. “We are very excited to see if we can top last year’s whopping amount of just under R1,5 million handed to local non-profit organisations.

“All in all it was a fantastic ten days. And we are very happy that the Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival has once again been successful in its main objective: to stimulate the local economy during the quiet winter period.”

Aside from this welcome boost to the local economy, the festival also influences the future of tourism to the town of Knysna – and it looks good. “Tourism really is the driving force behind Knysna’s economy,” Rousseau-Schmidt said. “And the type of comments we received on social media clearly show a lot of interest from festival goers who plan on returning to Knysna for future visits, as well as those who could not make it to the festival this year, but who are planning to visit Knysna during other times of the year.”

“Knysna is enjoying phenomenal national and international exposure,” Rousseau-Schmidt said. “This is exposure that not only promoted the festival, but also Knysna as the travel destination of choice and, between 15 March and 18 July 2013, reports show exposure to the value of more than R103 million – and we’re still counting.”

“But none of this would have been possible without the unwavering support of various stakeholders and I would like to thank Pick n Pay and all our other sponsors for their invaluable involvement. A huge thank you also goes to the Knysna Municipality and the Town Council. Municipal officials and workers are always on hand and willing to go that extra mile to assist us in hosting the festival, while still delivering fantastic services to our residents and all our guests,” Nicci concluded. 

Issued by FinePlaces Marketing & PR on behalf of Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival

Supernova subscription winner!

Keith Andrew Collings recently won a year's subscription to Supernova at St Benedict School's Big Walk and Winter Fair on Saturday 3 August 2013. Congratulations Keith! Your first issue will be in the post shortly!

If you'd like to subscribe to Supernova, check out or email for more details. We look forward to hearing from you!

Monday, 5 August 2013

Jungle gives you the energy to find an extra hour in your day


We can all relate to those days when we feel uninspired and pressured by our daily routines. Or when life gets so busy with our tick boxes - getting ready for work, travelling, working all day and cooking supper. Before you know it, your day is gone. But what if you had an extra hour in your day? An hour to spend, doing anything you want – playing with your kids, reading a magazine, exercising or helping out someone in your community.

Last year, Jungle launched the Jungle One Hour Project; this project encouraged South Africans to find an hour in their day to do something special. This year was no different when the Jungle One Hour Project was kick-started with a dynamic event, the Jungle Oats One Hour Challenge staged at Maponya Mall in March 2013. The Challenge was open to members of the public, celebrities and media who raced against each other on a stationary bicycle linked to a ‘virtual cyclist’ who moved up a ‘virtual wall’ as the rider spins the bike. Each ‘virtual cyclist’ was placed 1st, 2nd or 3rd, depending on the speed of the rider.

What exactly is the Jungle One Hour Project?  Jungle is giving you the platform to commit to doing something with your extra hour and to stand a chance to win R15 000 in cash. Register on the Jungle One Hour website,, by using your Facebook account details and clicking on ‘start your project’.  You will be asked to give your project a name and assign it to a Jungle product and lifestyle category.  In addition, you can assign a start and end date to your project, as well as include a brief description of what you want to achieve. This will automatically be posted to your Facebook homepage for your friends to see how you are using your energy, and how to get involved. Earn points for updating your project status; the higher you climb up the leader board, the more chance you stand of winning. Every month, a winner will be chosen randomly to receive a Jungle hamper. The person at the top of the One Hour Project Leader Board (person with the most points) at the end of the Jungle One Hour Project campaign will win R15 000, and the runner up will receive R5000!

Gillian Nolan is currently leading on the score board. She has signed up for a number of projects and has successfully completed some of them. Her completed projects include house-sitting for a family that was away for the weekend, donating some old clothes to a Hospice, collecting wool to knit in the winter and helping a wheelchair bound friend to a clinic.

Do you have what it takes to overtake Gillian’s project on the score board?

Jungle wants to know what you would do with your extra hour.
So what type of tasks can you sign up for the Jungle One Hour Project?  It depends on what is important to you. If you want to get fit and stay healthy – add a one hour ‘work-out at the gym’ as your project. Or perhaps you would like to take up a new hobby – maybe a photography course. You can spend your extra hour helping your child with their homework. If community work is important to you – why not volunteer at your local children’s home? The list is endless. You can have more than one project which allows you to spend more time doing what is important to you.

Make an extra hour. Make something happen. Put your energy into your 1-hour project. Jungle. The Energy Champion.

The folks at BK Publishing have signed up to take on the challenge! What about you? You could use your hour to donate books and magazines to an underprivileged school or children's home. Email or visit for more details on how to order affordable, yet educational publications to donate!

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