* The V&A Waterfront appears to be getting the go-ahead from the City of Cape Town for its new development in Granger Bay, which will include parking, residential accommodation, and a coastal walkway connecting it to Sea Point, reports People’s Post.
* Africa Travel Week, a triple travel and tourism exhibition, will be held in Cape Town from 28 April to 3 May, the first time a tourism exhibition will be held on such a large scale in Cape Town. International travel brand names such as TripAdvisor, Hilton Worldwide, Starwood, and Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group (with brands Radisson Blu, Park Inn by Radisson, and Hotel Missoni) will be present at the inaugural World Travel Market (WTM) Africa. Africa is regarded as the ‘next key region for international travel brands’, making the continent attractive to global airlines, hotel groups, and technology companies, WTM Africa Event Manager Polly Magraw said.
* Cape Town International is experiencing a shortage of jet fuel, Chevron has announced, saying it is working with Shell and other ‘colleagues’ to solve the problem, proudly stating that no flights were affected today. On Kfm news however a Cape Town International spokesperson said that two flights were delayed by an hour each today as a result of the fuel problem.
* A week ago the MyCiTi Bus introduced new routes (108 and 109) from Hout Bay, through Camps Bay, Sea Point, and then to Green Point, and return. In Hout Bay route 108 serves the Hangberg area, while route 109 will serve Imizamo Yethu. Interesting is the warning by Councillor Brett Herron in the Atlantic Sun that residents in these suburbs ‘…familiarise themselves with the new MyCiTI routes and services as some Golden Arrow Bus Service (GABS) buses , and minibus taxis, currently operating along these routes will be withdrawn’! We can expect a riot if these transport alternatives are withdrawn in Camps Bay, judging by the queues for taxis, despite the operation of the MyCiTi Buses! Single trip tickets are on the cards from July onwards.
* SA Tourism has launched a promotional campaign in India inviting families with children aged 10 – 14 years to enjoy ’20 experiences in 10 days’ in South Africa, the winning family starring in an advertising campaign to promote our country in India.
* Anthonij Rupert Wines is introducing a tram service in March to transport its visitors between its two tasting rooms Terra del Capo and Anthonij Rupert, as well as to the Franschhoek Motor Museum at its sister wine estate L’Ormarins. The trams, not to be confused with the those of the Franschhoek Wine Tram, are modelled on the San Francisco trams of old. They will operate on a hop-on hop-off basis between the three stops every 30 minutes. (received via media release from Smart Communications and Events)
* The second Pitching Presentation for World Design Capital 2014 takes place tomorrow at 17h00 – 21h00 at The Pavilion at the V&A Waterfront, a number of design entrepreneurs pitching for R10000 in seed money from Cape Town Design NPC, the company implementing the year-long design event. The theme is ‘Live Design. Transform Life’. A number of design projects will vie for the financial support, reflecting ‘cutting-edge design, innovation, social entrepreneurship and more‘.
Chris von Ulmenstein, Whale Cottage Portfolio: www.whalecottage.com Twitter: @WhaleCottage