* Responsibility for SAA will be taken over by Nhlanhla Nene, Minister of Finance and National Treasury, from Minister of Public Enterprises Lynne Brown, once it has been documented as a proclamation in the Government Gazette!
* British wine writer Tim Atkin writes that our country’s white blends are the best, the release of the Chenin Blanc-dominant Cartology Alheit 2011 being the motivation for his praise, being a new benchmark for South African whites. Our country has ‘some of the most exciting and best value wines in the New World‘, he wrote.
* A new free App Sideways (likely to have been named after the famous movie set in Napa Valley) has been launched, designed by iKineo, as a guide to the Winelands. ‘Each wine farm’s profile page in the app, brims with useful information, everything from opening times, to available wines and even GPS co-ordinates that seamlessly links to your smart phone’s own navigation software’. The App has information about wine farms and its restaurants, but also about running and cycling trails, and picnic spots. ‘Checking in’ at Sideways accumulates points, offering discounts. Available on iPhone, and on Google Play next year. (received via media release from Wesgro)
* The ‘Real Meal Revolution‘ book is more than a year old, and now the three co-authors are launching the ‘world’s first digital Beginners Banting Course’, with start dates of 26 January and 2 February, running over 5 weeks, at four hours per week and a cost of R2950. Professor Tim Noakes will do lectures, Sally-Ann Creed will talk about nutritional therapy, and opinionated Chef Jonno Proudfoot will do cooking demos!
* Uber is making Christmas shopping easier for Capetonians, with its UberSleigh service offered in conjunction with Kalahari.com. Between 18 – 24 December, from 10h00 – 16h00, one can book an UberSleigh van with a driver dressed as Father Christmas, with a selection of Kalahari.com’s best selling products under the price of R1000. Each van has a variety of products for males, females, children, as well as non-gender items, such as fashion, beauty, books, music, movies, appliances, gaming, tools, sport, and more. Payment is done via the Uber App. (received via media release from Uber)
* The Table Mountain Aerial Cable Company has announced that it will not be operating on New Year’s Eve. The last cable car will come down at 22h00 on 31 December.