The pursuit of happiness with Debbie Jackson this July at Avontuur Business Club.

The pursuit of Happiness.

How important is attitude in the pursuit of success?
Why is happiness so elusive to most?
The answers to this and other fascinating facts on reprogramming our ‘little voices’

DATE: 12.7.2017

Time: 08h30 – 10h30

Investment: R150

RSVP: 021 855 4296

Remember if you bring a male guest you only pay for one seat! 
Debbie Jackson
Debbie Jackson
New You Leadership Coach
ENQ Facilitator

Pink Trees 4 Pauline Brand Ambassador
‘You are what you Believe’

From Suspect to Success, our topic for May Breakfast Club at Avontuur with Lance Brown.

Lance Brown is a living testament to his “Creating Opportunities” philosophy and presentations.
Growing up in Mitchell’s Plain on the Cape Flats, Lance dared to reach for the stars. From the small seed of a basic job as a delivery driver and filing clerk in his twenties, he discovered an aptitude for taxation and a road to a brighter world.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in Financial Management through University of South Africa and is now a tax consultant for one of the world’s leading consulting firms. Lance is an author of a book titled: “The ‘Driver’ of Change” which is aimed at inspiring employees to find opportunities within their organisations.

In his talk he will explain how you can create opportunities, instead of waiting for them to happen.

L Brown (9) Date: 10.5.2017
Time: 08h30 – 10h30
Investment: R150
R.S.V.P: 021 855 4296



NO membership fees
Open to all interested individuals and businesses
Every second Wednesday of the month

Looking forward to making valuable connections at Avontuur!
*Connect * Share * Grow *

You are welcome to bring brochures, flyers and business cards.But nothing beats the power of eye contact and a handshake!

Hearty sweet potato and apple soup

Can you feel the chill in the air? We certainly can and it has inspired us to make one of our favourite soups, our (lightly curried ) sweet potato and apple soup.


Did you know that Sweet potatoes are an excellent source of vitamin A (in the form of beta-carotene). They are also a very good source of vitamin C, manganese, copper, pantothenic acid and vitamin B6. Additionally, they are a good source of potassium, dietary fibre, niacin, vitamin B1, vitamin B2 and phosphorus.

Apples are extremely rich in important antioxidants, flavanoids, and dietary fibre. The phytonutrients and antioxidants in apples may help reduce the risk of developing cancer, hypertension, diabetes, and heart disease.

Combined these ingredients make for a remarkably tasty and nutritious soup that will become a firm favourite in your household!


  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped  onion
  • 8 sprigs fresh coriander
  • Himalayan salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 2 teaspoons medium curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 kg sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 4 Granny Smith apples, cored, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 4 cups vegetable stock (Ina Paarman)

In a large pot over medium heat add the butter and olive oil. Add the celery, onion, and coriander. Season with salt and pepper, then stir while cooking until the onions and celery are tender. Add the garlic, turmeric, curry and cumin. Stir and cook until nicely fragrant about 5 minutes. Add the sweet potatoes and apples stirring to coat them with the contents of the pot. Cook for a few minutes so that the apple and sweet potato get caramelised, do not burn tho!  Add the vegetable stock and then cover. Simmer for 20 to 25 minutes or until tender.

In batches, carefully puree the contents of the pot in a blender or use an immersion blender. Taste and season with salt. Serve warm or chilled.

We like to garnish this soup with fresh coriander and crispy bacon bits. You could also use pumpkin seeds and dukkah if you want to keep it vegetarian.


 Image courtesy of ‘Bless this mess’


Pilot your success with Marthie Nel Haupfleisch at Avontuur Business Club, June 2017.

What an awesome morning networking at our monthly Business club. Singer, songwriter and multi talented Marthies topic ‘Pilot your success’ was so well thought out and practical. A great business tool for all entrepreneurs.

Diarise the 12.7.2017 for our next Business club date.

Exciting news!

Early Bird Special returns to Avontuur Restaurant!!Winter

Exciting news….

Our “Early Bird’ Dinner special is back for 2017!

Join us for an early dinner between 17h00 and 18h30,
every Wednesday and Friday.

Choose from a two course dinner for R180 Or a three course dinner for R220.

Not for group bookings or events. T’s and C’s apply.
Book your table on  021 855 4296

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Dedication brings results!

The Margaret Hirsch Women in Business Awards Gala Evening that was held at the Century City Conference Centre in Cape Town was a star studded affair. Over 300 people attended the event. Robyn Hey, Past president of the Cape Town Chapter of the Business Women’s Association of South Africa was the Guest Speaker at the event, and complimented Margaret and Hirsch’s for their initiative for holding an event that honours women in business and encourages entrepreneurship.

As finalists and winners, placing second,  Melanie and Zunia were honoured to be in the company of such talented and hard working women!

To our generous sponsors who have added their mark to making this event extra special a huge thank you! Firstly to Avontuur Estate who so generously sponsored champagne!, what would a celebration be without bubbles? To Patricia G. Designer Jewellery for providing the beautiful diamond and pearl jewellery  and to Clarins who sponsored a fabulous hamper. Thank you all so very much.

The beautiful guests and Margaret Hirsch in their ‘Hollywood’ themed splendour.

All of the talented finalists!1. THE FINALISTS. DSC_0051 After a delicious dinner, wonderful entertainment and lots of prizes, the winners were announced. Melanie and Zunia placed second and were delighted!

Congratulations to all the finalists, especially to the winners, Mukda Thai Spa Saengjinda, Melanie Paltoglou and Zunia Boucher-Myers and Roshan Isaacs.  1. RUNNERS UP. Melanie Paltoglou and Zunia Boucher-Myers AND RESHAN ISAACS. WINNER MUKDA, WITH MARGARET HIRSCH. DSC_0093

Many thanks again to our wonderful sponsors.

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‘Embracing your uniqueness – being a platypus in a world full of ducks’; our Business Club topic this April 2017

 From the time we are born, we are  put into boxes of expected behaviour. The boxes encompass our whole being and almost everything we do, from the way we dress to the way we wear our hair. It is cultural, based on our sex, based on our age, based on our religion, based on who knows what else. Boxes inside boxes upon boxes, all filled with ways in which we should think and be and act.
But what would happen if you could give yourself the space to live your life, and to be who you actually are? Not this construct of other people’s thoughts, this poor shrivelled thing, cowering inside a tower of boxes, shrinking yourself to fit others’ expectations and ideas of who and what you should be, think, say and do?
Melanie HI RES-3
Melanie Britz is the author of the self-help memoir Dive in: Unlocking happiness and miracles by exploring the hidden parts of us and the universe we live in. This wide-ranging conversation with her 20-year old self is all about a journey in emotional mastery, understanding the world and her purpose in it better and moving into a boxless space of self-love and self-acceptance. It is filled with lessons, wisdom and practical tools that has a wide application for us all.
An ex-journalist and newspaper newseditor, Melanie is currently working as a property strategist with leading Somerset West estate agency, Harcourts Platinum, by day. During non-office hours though, her calling and nature as a writer/spiritual storyteller emerges.

Her website is a platform for people to share their wisdom and lessons with their own younger selves and she recently published Fabulous 365, a collection of affirmations, reflections and inspirations to make 2017 our best year yet.

Twitter: @realestategirl4 and @divein_book
Speaker: Melanie Britz
Date: 12.4.2017
Investment: R150
RSVP: 021 855 4296


 Are you an entrepreneur? Do you have your own business or would you like to? Are you interested in business and personal improvement? If so you should join our business club. We host events every second Wednesday of the month and our goal is to inspire, motivate and connect people. In order to do this we do not have a membership you only pay for your breakfast. How cool is that? Join our club page at the link below. Business Breakfast, networking group in the Helderberg area. Privately run, no membership fees, amazing topics, discussions and speakers. 8h30 – 10h30. R150 investment. 021 855 4296