* The N1/N2 Winelands toll road project is unlikely to be implemented, despite the Supreme Court of Appeal giving the go-ahead for e-tolling, says Robin Carlisle, Western Cape Minister of Transport.
* Praise for Chef Chris Erasmus of Pierneef à La Motte‘s old-world-meets-science cooking comes from America.
* Will Kempinski Hotels’ announced expansion in Africa include South Africa, given that it has just opened two hotels in Kenya? Five more Kempinski hotels are planned for Africa. Hotel investments in Africa are likely to drive tourism to the continent.
* Africa is the India and China of ten years ago, and will see an increasing investment from international companies, including hotel groups such as Hilton, Starwood, and Marriott International Inc. growing their hotel presence on the continent, especially in Kenya, Tanzania, Nigeria, South Africa, Botswana, and Angola.
* A Nelson Mandela Tour has been developed to show tourists the icons in Cape Town relating to our former President, including the City Hall, Robben Island, the Nobel Peace Prize statues in the V&A Waterfront, Drakenstein Prison, and Parliament.
* A concert to celebrate the 325th anniversary of the arrival of the French Huguenots in Franschhoek will be held at the Endler Hall in Stellenbosch on 26 October. Booking is at Computicket. (received via e-mail).
* The Le Clos wine shop at Dubai International Airport is selling a Château Margaux 2009 Balthazar at £122000, the most expensive bottle of wine ever to be available for sale!
* The City of Cape Town has provided details of the Cape Town beaches that will be covered by lifeguard services and the operating times: Big Bay; Clovelly; Fish Hoek; Macassar; Maiden’s Cove; Strandfontein; Milnerton; Glencairn; Muizenberg; Strand; Silwerstroom; Alpha; Clifton 4th Beach; St James; False Bay; Kogel Bay; Danger; Mnandi; Llandudno; Bikini ; Hout Bay; Camps Bay; Gordon’s Bay; and Monwabisi.
Chris von Ulmenstein, Whale Cottage Portfolio: www.whalecottage.com Twitter: @WhaleCottage