* Former Capitec CEO Riaan Stassen appears to have bought Hidden Valley, the Stellenbosch wine estate on which Overture operates. The staff at the wine estate say they have heard the rumour too, but it has not been confirmed by their boss yet!
* ‘Budapest’ and ‘Blame it on me‘ singer George Ezra will perform in Cape Town on 29 August, at the Durbanville Race Course. Tickets cost R565 – R865.
* The world’s crème de la crème of travel trade buyers from three continents were exposed to the Leeu Collection of prestigious hospitality establishments at the ‘We are Africa‘ trade exhibition held in Cape Town last week, despite the Leeu Collection establishments only opening in Franschhoek towards the end of this year. Hand-picked buyers were invited to view room mock-ups, manicured gardens in the making, magnificent views, five-star quality Mullineux wines, and canapés prepared by Head Chef Oliver Cattermole on site. Each guest helped to plant their own protea on the property, and was surprised by the construction workers singing Shosholoza. (received via media release from Waterford Communications)
* Savanna cider has a new glass bottle, with a bold and confident pack as well as crown design. It has a longer and slimmer neck too, and the bottle is embossed with the brand name. A new TV commercial, radio spots, print ads, and promotions support the re-launch. The pay-off line has changed to ‘New on the Outside, still Dry on the Inside‘. (received via media release from GC Communications)
* The Western Cape Department of Economic Development and Tourism has awarded prizes to citizens using the internet creatively, some in business applications, creating budding entrepreneurs. Main winners are Nic Shackel, for his low-cost light monitoring device in public spaces, sending an automated alert to the authorities when light levels drop below a certain threshold, making public spaces such as bus stops safer; and Vumile Mahayiya for his Tutelage, an online platform facilitating smart funding agreements between students and investors, offering student loans at lower interest rates, and linking recent graduates with potential mentors. (received via media release from Minister Alan Winde’s office)