* The 6% decline in international Tourist arrivals in the first quarter of this year is the biggest since our country became a democracy 21 years ago, writes the Financial Times. Ebola is partly to blame, but the new visa rules are the main reason, requiring personal biometric evaluation in India, China, and Russia, and unabridged birth certificates for children. Grant Thornton has referred to the visa dilemma as the ‘first serious crisis stage’ of our Tourism industry!
* Groot Constantia celebrated its 330th anniversary earlier this week, making it our country’s oldest wine-producing farm, as well as in the Southern Hemisphere. The wine estate has won numerous awards in its history, and 18 Gold Awards in the past year alone. It was named a Top 10 Wine Producer by SA Wine Index recently. (received via media release from Fusion Design)
* Rediscovered musician ‘Sugar Man’ Rodriguez returns to Cape Town, performing at Grandwest on 5 and 6 February next year, reports What’s on in Cape Town.
* Nederburg sweet wine Eminence 2008 has made it onto the 2015 Muscat du Monde Top Ten wines list, the only local wine to be listed, and the second time that the wine has won this honour. It will also be sold at the Nederburg Auction in September. (received via media release from De Kock Communications)
* The Cape Wine Academy is offering a number of wine-related courses in Stellenbosch and Cape Town, including: SA wine course, Front of House, Wine & Cheese, Wine & Food, Brandy, Wines of the World, Certificate Wine, Global Wine Production, and The Wines of the Old World. (received via e-mail from the Cape Wine Academy)