* It’s the start of Tourism Month, and Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom has advised South Africans to visit the sites that pay homage to the late Nelson Mandela at the launch of the month long focus on tourism, culminating in World Tourism Day on 27 September. The theme this month is ‘Tourism Transforming Lives’. Domestic Tourism is an important focus for our country, especially given the decrease in international tourists which can be expected due to the new Immigration Regulations. A target of 18 million domestic tourists has been set for 2020. The theme of World Tourism Day is ‘Tourism and Development in the Community’.
* Coca Cola has won Grand Prix Awards for Overall Favourite Brand as well as Community Upliftment at the Sunday Times Top Brands Awards, as well as Favourite Soft-Drink Award. Eskom received the ‘Green’ Grand Prix for preserving the environment, and Shoprite was named the top Grocery Store Award. Other winning brands are Nokia, Tastic, KOO, Nike, KFC, and Ricoffy.
* MasterChef SA Season 3 Finalist Sipho Mdlankomo has made headlines in the UK Telegraph, for her achievement, and for the poor working conditions and pay for domestic workers (quoted incorrectly, far below the minimum wage level). The EFF MPs wearing domestic uniforms and aprons are brought into the story too, with Sipho positioning herself as a champion for fellow workers. It’s a shame that her dream to open a restaurant is not mentioned!
* Uber has launched its service in 205 cities in 45 countries around the globe, and added the service in 24 cities today, which include Warsaw, Prague, Istanbul, Beirut, Lisbon, and Gothenburg. The service claims to offer a ride five minutes after calling. (received via media release from Uber)
* The One&Only Cape Town is offering a number of events related to food and wine in September. On Wednesday 3 September Hamilton Russell Vineyards is doing a vertical tasting of its Pinot Noir, at Nobu, costing R450; on 10 September Overture Chef Bertus Basson cooks at the hotel, the 4 course dinner costing R345; on 18 September the Gala Benefit Dinner and Auction in aid of the African Lion will be held, costing R750; and on 24 September George Dalla Cia will pair his wines with a 5 course dinner, at R350. (received via newsletter from the One&Only Cape Town)
* Grande Provence will be the start and end point of the 5 km and 10km Survivor’s Walk of Hope, organised by Out of Africa Children’s Foundation, this coming Saturday 6 September, and the participants will be met at the finish by Archbishop Desmond Tutu. The Foundation raises funds for children with life-threatening and terminal illnesses. Cost is R50 adults and R30 children. (received via media release from GC Communications)