NEWS & REVIEWS: get floating, and consume fish responsibly

In the second instalment of NEWS & REVIEWS this autumn, we find out more about the ABALOBI app and how to consume ‘fish with a story’, meet the woman behind Cole Jewellery, and stand a chance to win a float session at Float Zero Flotation Studio.

Time to float

Float Zero Flotation Studio recently opened its doors in the courtyard of tranquil Bosmans Crossing, giving Stellenbosch residents access to the transformative benefits of flotation therapy. Float Zero’s state-of-the-art Dreampods provide guests with the optimum escape-from-everything environment. Did someone say the perfect micro-holiday? “The zero-gravity effect of floating weightless in skin-temperature water saturated with Epsom salt promotes deep muscular-skeletal relaxation. This is enhanced when sensory input is limited by muting sound, light and touch, so your whole system slows down and taps into its infinite capacity for healing and recalibrating. The immediate benefits of regular floating include lowered blood pressure and heart rate,” says Float Zero’s Audrey Roberts.

During deep relaxation, floaters can expect happy hormones, including serotonin (well-being), dopamine (pleasure and reward), oxytocin (trust and bonding) and endorphins (relaxation and pain relief), to be released.

Visit the Float Zero Flotation Studio at 136 Bosmans Crossing in Stellenbosch or call +27 72 334 3331 for more information.


Float Zero Flotation Studio is giving one lucky reader a 45-minute float session to the value of R525. For a chance to win, send an email to digital@stellenboschvisio.co.za with the subject line FLOAT by 31 March 2022. Remember to include your personal details and contact number. Terms and conditions apply. 

Fish with a story

Want to know where the fish on your plate originated and who caught it? With the ABALOBI app, fish consumers can now enjoy fully traceable, premium-quality, local seafood harvested responsibly by small-scale fishers using low-impact methods. For ABALOBI, it’s all about ‘fish with a story’. The South Africa-based, global social enterprise seeks to empower small-scale fishing communities through the joint development of technology for good. Fishers record their catches, income and expenses and actively engage in improvement initiatives to help rebuild their fisheries. With a fair and transparent digital marketplace, it’s a win-win for both fisher and consumer.

When ordering fish with the ABALOBI app, you will receive a unique QR code. Scan the code and you will find out where and how the fish was caught and, equally important, by whom.

For the love of jewellery

Established in December 2013 by Sharon Botha, a graduate of Ruth Prowse School of Art, Cole Jewellery comes to life with chunky rings and timeless sculptural statement pieces. “I initially shared and managed a studio in Woodstock with some of my jewellery friends, but after living in Stellenbosch for a few years and commuting daily, I decided to find a studio space in the area where I could give classes and enjoy a more rural lifestyle and work environment,” explains Sharon.

Today, Cole Jewellery operates from Klein Joostenberg on the R304 where Sharon has found her happy space. “Here I can work while my dog enjoys long walks and time in the great outdoors. My personal jewellery preferences are portrayed in the pieces I like to make; pieces that can be worn every day. Besides new pieces, I also love to take something old and remodel or remake it. I welcome visitors at the studio to browse ready-made pieces or chat about commissions.”

For enquiries or more information, send an email to colejewellery@gmail.com.