* The price of petrol went up by 44 cents a liter at midnight, the increase being blamed on the weakening Rand, and increased demand for petrol in Europe and Asia, reports EWNews.
* The inaugural Ethiopian Airlines flight landed in Cape Town yesterday, the airline flying between Cape Town and Addis Ababa six times a week from now onwards. The new airline connection will open trade, tourism, and investment opportunities for the Western Cape, says Wesgro CEO Tim Harris. (Received via media release from Wesgro)
* Accolade’s Fish Hoek wines will be Fairtrade-certified from this vintage onwards, to reflect fair compensation to grape growers and their workers. Almost 11 million liters of Fairtrade wines were sold in the UK in 2014, an increase of 9%. Our country supplies two-thirds of the Fairtrade wines sold in that country, reports The Drinks Business.
* The City of Johannesburg is consider regulating the Uber service in the city, being a threat to the taxi industry. It intends to find ways of ‘involvement of black people in the economy’. The City has admitted that Uber is an important part of the public transport system in Johannesburg, reports Moneyweb.
* Catharina’s at Steenberg is hosting a ‘Red Wine Romp‘ on 21 August, at which red wines from the major Constantia wine estates will be served, including Steenberg, Beau Constantia, Groot Constantia, Klein Constantia, Buitenverwachting, and Constantia Glen. The 3-course dinner costs R350 inclusive of the wines. (received via newsletter from Steenberg)