* Comair has placed an order for 8 Boeing 737 MAX 8s, to the value of $830 million, and the first such order from an African airline.
* The City of Cape Town has launched a large scale Substance Abuse campaign, to address one of the City’s most severe problems, and to communicate that Drugs are every Capetonian’s problem. Radio, tabloids, and billboards/bus stops are to be used for the campaign. It affects family lives, and can lead to crime and gangsterism. The Anti-Drug advertising campaign uses spokespersons Ian Bredenkamp of Kfm, former rugby player Chester Williams, dancer Mamela Nyamza, and Mayor Patricia de Lille. Each of the campaign endorsers says in the advertisements: ‘My name is …… and I have a drug problem. I don’t use them, but they still affect me. If you have a drug problem or know someone that needs help, call now: 24HR helpline: 0800 435748’.
* Camps Bay is the 24th most popular beach in the world, according to TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards 2014, with Clifton, Boulder’s Beach in Simonstown, Blouberg, Grotto Beach in Hermanus, Buffalo Bay in Knysna, and Brenton-on-Sea in Knysna also performing well on the top Africa beach list.
* The House of Mandela, established by the late Nelson Mandela’s daughter Makwizi and granddaughter Tukwini, has launched its Thembu Collection of wines in The Netherlands, using that country as a springboard into the European market. Their winemaker is Erlank Erasmus, and they only use grapes from Fairtrade certified wine estates.
* Grande Provence is introducing the Gourmand Food & Wine Experience in its wine cellar, an 8 course meal prepared for 8 guests by Chef Darren Badenhorst and costing R1500 per person, including international as well as local wines paired for each course selected by its GM Karl Lambour. In winter their special Chef’s Table costs R355 per person for a 3-course lunch or dinner for a minimum of 8 persons. (received via e-mail from Grande Provence)
* The annual Elgin Cool Wine and Country Festival will be held for the second year running on 3 May, allowing wine lovers to taste the cool-climate wines from the area, to enjoy the restaurants in the area, and to enjoy entertainment. Elgin is the coolest wine growing region in South Africa, with a high altitude and climate conditions that allow grapes a longer hanging time on the vines. The Festival is sponsored by Nedbank and Orchard Suppliers. In the morning, until 11h30, one can drive from one wine estate to the other to taste. From 11h30 – 14h30 one can enjoy lunch at a number of the Elgin wine estates, and taste their wines. From 14h30 – 17h00 one can enjoy winetasting at further wine estates. Children’s activities have been planned. (received via media release from Younique Concepts)
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