WhaleTales Tourism, Food, and Wine news headlines: 15 September

WhaleTalesTourism, Food, and Wine news headlines

*   The introduction of low prices by domestic airlines when FlySafair takes off next month will not be permanent, its competitor Mango has stated.   Prices of all airlines may be lower for the first few weeks, but these are not sustainable in the long run, the competitor spokespersons have said.

*   ‘At the present moment, the clock has not stopped’, Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba told a media conference on Friday, meaning that the new Immigration Regulations will be implemented on 1 October.  There is no timeframe for the completion of the work of the task team, which will be appointed to evaluate how the regulations can be better implemented.  The Minister confirmed on Friday that the Regulations themselves will not change.

*   When asked about the sudden resignation of Jan Hutton, Chief Marketing Officer at SA Tourism, Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom said there ‘are many sides of a story’, and said that he did not want to interfere with the SA Tourism’s Board handling of the matter.  Speaking at a function at the Bay Harbour Market last Friday, he encouraged locals to take a Sho’t Left, to visit Hout Bay, and what he called the ‘best market in the world by far‘!

*   Not only can one see the Big Five in South Africa, but it offers the Little Five too: Buffalo weaver, Ant Lion, Rhinoceros Beetle, Elephant shrew, and Leopard tortoise.

*   The Test Kitchen has introduced a tea pairing with its dishes.  Served hot or cold by sommelier Wayve Kolevsohn, the teas are supplied by The Tea Chest.  Artist Peter Eastman has provided stencils for the kitchen, which are used by spreading purée over them and then removed, to leave an artwork on the plate.   New chairs have been added, designed by Sandalene Dale-Roberts, with copper supports and Nguni hide seats and backrests. (received via media release from Manley Communications)

*  ‘South African whites are sexy right now.  Consumers who have bought into the Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc brand are now looking elsewhere for a similar style of Sauvignon at a more wallet-friendly price point and South Africa can deliver on that front‘, said Jane Robertson, Category Development Director for Accolade at The Beautiful South showcase in London last week.  She said that the flavour profile of our country’s Sauvignon Blancs is similar to that of Marlborough, and can be adapted to meet the taste preference of British wine drinkers. Accolade winemaker Bruce Jack said that the wine itself cannot be copied, but its mouthfeel can, by adding some Semillon and Nouvelle.

Chris von Ulmenstein, Whale Cottage Portfolio: www.whalecottage.com   Twitter:@WhaleCottage   Facebook:  click here

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