* SAA has announced that its former GM of Human Resources Thuli Mpshe has been appointed as its Acting CEO, after the sudden departure of Nico Bezuidenhout, who returns to Mango.
* The Tourism Business Council of South Africa CE Mmatsatsi Ramawela has suggested that biometric data of passengers be captured on arrival in South Africa. The logistical problems in capturing biometric data of passengers in their home countries is a deterrent to tourists visiting our country since the introduction of the new Immigration Regulations by the Department of Home Affairs.
* Chefs who Share – the Art of Giving has announced its panel of judges to evaluate the winning canapés in its Young Chef Award. The panel includes Chef Tracey Younghusband, Food24 editor Tessa Purdon, Chef Lentswe Bhengu, and Silwood School of Cookery Vice Principal Carianne Wilkinson. The winners will be announced at the Chefs who Share Gala Dinner on 10 September. (received via media release from Newspace Publishing/Opulent Living)
* Hartenberg has announced its inaugural Alchemy Best Home Cooked Burger Competition 2015. Entries require a recipe, a photograph, and a suggested pairing with the Alchemy wines. (received via media release from On the Marque PR and Communications)
* Women’s Day Divas Unite concert organizer Barbara Lenhard is appealing for support of her community event after having been let down by a major sponsor. In addition to buying tickets, one can support the event via the crowdfunding platform Indiegogo. The concert takes place in the City Hall on 9 August, and features a cast of top women singing stars. The proceeds will go to Project Flamingo, assisting women to gain access to treatment for breast cancer. (received via media release from Opulent Living)