* Koos Bekker, Naspers CEO and founder of M-Net/Multichoice, is to step down on 31 March, the company which also owns M-Web and has internet interests in China has announced. He and his wife own the magnificent Babylonstoren outside Franschhoek.
* Qantas has announced the cancellation of its codeshare agreement with SAA, which will be effective as of July. The move appears to be due to pressure from the Australian government to not collaborate with competitors.
* President Jacob Zuma has declared 7 May, the date of the General Election, as a public holiday.
* Cape Town International has been announced as Best Airport in Africa for the fourth year. Western Cape Tourism Minister Alan Winde’s office has announced. The other Top 5 African airports are Durban, Mauritius, Cairo, and OR Thambo. Upington airport is top airport in the category of 2 million and fewer passengers.
* The City of Cape Town clearly has too much money to waste, running a footbridge naming campaign in addition to its disastrous new City logo. Six pedestrian bridges over Nelson Mandela Boulevard (the N2 near Woodstock) and one over the M3 are to be named. Entries close on 28 February.
* The Cape Town auditions for Season 3 of MasterChef SA have taken place this weekend. Kamini Pather, Capetonian and winner of Season 2, and Seline van der Wat, Finalist of Season 2, will be in attendance, as will be judges Pete Goffe-Wood and Reuben Riffel.
* The Cape Town Art Fair, running from 28 February – 2 March, will include a tour of ten home township art galleries in Langa, exhibiting the work of Zolani Siphungela, Patrick Holo, Velile Soha, and Mphati Gocini, at a cost of R200.
Chris von Ulmenstein, Whale Cottage Portfolio: www.whalecottage.com Twitter: @WhaleCottage