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Boyes Drive and a Year-end Function at Outspan in Kalk Bay (2016-12-06) Photo Gallery | Travel Attractions 01 MAY 2018

I’ve already mentioned that last year’s Touchwork and Hypenica year end function saw the teams go tropical and enjoy a colourful Hawaiian themed get together (complete with a belly dancing routine for some or other reason) at the Monkey Valley Resort in Noordhoek.

What I hadn’t realised (thanks to a forgotten folder now found on my laptop) is that I never actually got around to mentioning what we did to celebrate the year of work in 2016 – a small oversight which I’ll now quickly rectify in order to fulfill this site’s these days mandate as being somewhat of a photo diary for my life.

In a nutshell, we celebrated a prosperous year with a pirate themed lunch at Outspan in Kalk Bay. Entertainment came in the form of a pretty good (if slightly strange) improv comedy troupe (which surprisingly included YouTube comedienne Anne Hirsch as a member), and an even better reggae playing band, while lunch revolved very much around some exceptionally good yellow fin tuna steaks.

Entertaining, tasty and an opportunity to grab some photos along Boyes Drive.  Can’t really complain about that now can I? ;)

Oh, and in case you are wondering about the Shark Spotters hut up on Boyes Drive, it’s actually one of eight such shark lookout points (scattered along the False Bay coastline) operated by the team.

This pioneering shark safety and research organisation has been operating since 2004 (it was founded in response to a spate of shark attacks happening at the time), and does fantastic work in both shark research and keeping bathers safe by providing a well run early warning system.

Shark Spotters is now the primary shark safety strategy used in Cape Town, and their well built website (complete with stats) is well worth a proper browse!

Related Link: Outspan Kalk Bay | Shark Spotters | Muizenberg | Kalk Bay

Touchwork and Hypenica Year End Function at Monkey Valley Resort in Noordhoek (2017-12-07) Photo Gallery | Travel Attractions 20 FEB 2018

At the end of 2016 Hypenica and Touchwork capped a good year off with a fun staff function at the Outspan seafood restaurant in Kalk Bay – complete with a reggae band and Anne Hirsch’s improv troupe in tow. However, given that the venue was a little on the cramped side, 2017 saw our annual year-end staff function moved to Noordhoek’s rather pleasant Monkey Valley Resort.

If you are not familiar with Monkey Valley Resort (which has been a staple of the Noordhoek tourism scene for years), in essence it is this sprawling, surrounded by trees, wood-built beach nature resort that lies above Noordhoek Beach, offering accommodation, conference facilities and a pretty nice restaurant – not to mention its role as a rather popular Capetonian wedding venue!

In terms of our strangely Hawaiian themed staff function, the beer was flowing, the braai on the go, marimba was played, belly dancing was watched (?), and the pool utilized – in other words, a pretty good way to spend a perfect Summer’s day celebrating the year’s successes.

Monkey Valley Resort is a particularly relaxing space, and if you haven’t visited it before, you should probably consider a visit to Thorfynns Restaurant as an excuse to dip your toe into its tranquil vibe.

P.S. The walk down to the beach is a lot longer than what it looks from the deck.

Related Link: Monkey Valley Resort | Noordhoek | Cape Town

Touchwork Developments My Life 09 JAN 2013

So I’m back at work after a relaxing two and a half week break, meaning that I’m raring to go. 2012 was a bit of a transition year for Touchwork I suppose, in that we lost our previous development manager, took on a new managing director in the form of Ignatius, and with it a new organisational chart, I took up the reigns of Software Development Manager, Touchwork adopted a new business strategy, grabbed new office space in a new building which we now share with Rudi’s latest business project, Hypenica, and we lost all the remaining developers to better opportunities elsewhere.

In terms of the software front, major development on our legacy product TxtandTell finally came to a halt, allowing it to now join the ranks of our other unattended, running solutions like MAGRetail and SANParks Analysis, freeing up development resources in the process. Our Distell project continued to grow exponentially through Steve’s hard work during the year, and continues to be one of Touchwork SA’s bedrock products. Before he left, Tristan completed his work on the Routing Server project, which now allows us to finally sidestep our older, legacy message handling infrastructure. As for myself, 2012 was almost entirely devoted to work on SurveyThumb, now re-branded Kinetica, which will serve as Touchwork’s main feedback collection software solution for the foreseeable future, and will be pushed as Touchwork’s flagship platform.

2013 marks my fifth year at Touchwork now, and in the dual role Software Development Manager and Senior Developer it looks like I’m going to have a lot on my plate going forward. With Steve’s resignation towards the end of last year, and as the last remaining original development team member at Touchwork, I now have the opportunity to build up a new coding team from scratch, and as such will be in charge of exactly how I want the development process at Touchwork to take shape. It will be a big challenge and learning curve for me of course, but as per usual I’m quite excited by the possibilities. Already my first new recruit in the form of senior developer Tracy Baving joins the team next week, so I’m looking to get cracking sooner than later.

This should be the year that Touchwork begins to churn out mobile applications in addition to continuing work on Distell and Kinetica, meaning that there should be a couple of new tricks to pick up on as the year progresses. In any event, 2013 should be an exciting year for us no matter what the development team pushes out the door, seeing as this is the year Ignatius’ big turnaround strategy gets implemented as we slip into the previously unexplored space of a Physical Asset Management consultancy and solutions provider!

Oh, and I thought I’d finish up by posting a few pics and a video taken from our two year end functions last year, the first being a team-build for Touchwork which saw us heading off to the awesome Cool Runnings toboggan park in Bellville (followed by lunch at Col’Cacchio at Willowbridge), and the second which was a fancy picnic at the picturesque Cape Point Vineyards grounds, which saw giant lawn games, an impromptu cricket battle, fortune reading and even a neck massage or two!

(Just for the record, tobogganing turns out to be a great deal of fun. I did go a little too fast on my second run and came off the sled, but even that was adrenaline-packed fun.)