* The Business Confidence Index of the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry retracted by 2,5 points last month, to 88, and was also lower than in December 2013, and the lowest in the past six months. The economic future for our country for the coming year will be a balance between the crude oil price and electricity loadshedding. The Index being below 100 is a ‘matter of grave concern‘.
* A survey conducted by the Cape Town Central City Improvement District reflects a young owner profile, being 25 – 34 years old; plan to live in the city for at least another 4 years; enjoy visiting The Company’s Garden, St George’s Mall, Greenmarket Square, The Fan Walk, and Church Square; 84% visit a city coffee shop at least once a week; 68% visit a restaurant in the city centre at least once a week; and 66% live 3 km or less from their work. (source: City Views)
* South African Stormhoek Wines is the Official Wine Partner for the 40000 nautical mile 2015/16 Clipper Race starting on 30 August. The race route starts from the south of England, heading to Rio de Janeiro, Cape Town, Albany in Australia, Sydney, Whitsundays, Qingdao in China, West Coast North America, and East Coast North America, returning to the UK. Stormhoek Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon will be served during race arrivals and official events.
* The safety of Lion’s Head walking trail is being evaluated, reports the Atlantic Sun, after a hiker slipped and fell on New Year’s Eve. The climb has become hugely popular, and congestion of hikers wishing to go up the last section at the chains. Parking is hard to find too, often 3 km from the start of the walk. SANParks says it hands out brochures to hikers, with advice for the walk, and it has staff patrolling the route.
* The City of Cape Town has erected a rip current warning sign at Rocklands Beach in Sea Point, after bathers got into trouble at the beach over the festive season. Other Cape Town beaches with dangerous rip currents are Lagoon Beach, Camps Bay, Monwabisi, and Strand Beach, according to The Atlantic Sun.