* The number of Gold medals awarded to South African wines in the 2015 International Wine & Spirit Competition has doubled relative to last year. Thirteen wines won Gold Outstanding, three wineries winning more than one such medal: Kanonkop (Black Label Pinotage 2010 and 2012), Glen Carlou (Gravel Quarry 2010 and The Welder 2013), and Stellenrust (50 Barrel Fermented Chenin Blanc 2014 and Old Bush Vine Chenin Blanc 2013). Other Gold Outstanding medals went to Cederberg Ghost Corner Bowline 2014, Driehoek Cederberg Shiraz 2012, Ken Forrester FMC, Nederburg Private Bin Edelkeur 2010, Uva Mira Sing-a-Wing Sauvignon Blanc 2014, and Zevenwacht 260 Sauvignon Blanc. Thirty nine wines received Gold Awards, five going to KWV (Cathedral Cellar Chenin Blanc 2014, The Mentors Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, The Mentors Orchestra 2012 and 2013, and The Mentors Petit Verdot 2012); three going to Jordan (Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, Chardonnay 2014, and Nine Yards Chardonnay 2013); Cape Legends wines also won three awards (Lomond Snowbush 2012, Neethlingshof Malbec 2013, Uitkyk Chenin Blanc 2013); as did Kanonkop (Cabernet Sauvignon 2004, Paul Sauer 2007, and Pinotage 2012). (received via IWSC results booklet at Cape Wine 2015.
*. The Senior Unilever Food Solutions Chef of the Year 2015 has been won by Chef Jade van der Spuy, of the 1000 Hills Chef School. She has previously won the Junior leg of the competition. Runner-up was Chef Henrico Grobbelaar of Southern Sun Waterfront. The Junior Chef of the Year was announced as Michaela van der Merwe of the Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa. Runner-up was Chef Kayla-Ann Osborn of Trafford’s in Pietermaritzburg. Chef Richard Ellis of 1000 Hills Chef School won the Canapé section of the competition. Belinda Moolman of Protea Hotel Centurion won the Creative Confectionery Award. The competition has been endorsed by the World Association of Chefs Societies (WACS).
* The roadworks that have been plaguing Camps Bay since April are expected to continue for at least a month longer than planned, now said by the City of Cape Town to continue until mid-October. (received via email from Camps Bay Watch)
* The Table Mountain Aerial Cableway Company has received Diamond Heritage Certification, for achieving a 97% average score over the past five years, for its environmental sustainability compliance with regards to environmental, social, and economic responsibility. It has achieved a reduced water, electricity, and landfill usage.
*. The Cape Town Cycle Tour Expo will be held at the Cape Town Stadium for the first time, from 3-5 March next year, with the cycle race being held on 6 March. The reason for the move is that the Good Hope Centre has been rented out as a Film Studio from July next year. A total of 400 stands can be accommodated at the Stadium.