* The Free World Design Centre in Cape Town is hosting trendtalk#6 on 3 September, with the theme ‘the colour of the times’. It forms part of National Colour Week, which runs from 1 – 7 September. Key presenters will share the latest design and décor trends. Entry is free of charge. The trendtalk#6 speaker panel includes journalist Les Aupiais, fashion stylist Catherine Bowen, and colour trend forecaster Anne Roselt. (via media release from Free World Design Centre)
* The Table Mountain Cableway re-opens tomorrow, after a five week closure.
* Checkers has launched its second Gordon Ramsay and Nataniël TV commercial, now focusing on cheeses and wines.
* Cape Town has 230 eateries in its CBD area, offering a wide range of restaurants, coffee shops, and fast food outlets.
* Madama Butterfly is flying into Simonsig’s Cuvée restaurant on 5 September, when members of its cast will perform arias from the Puccini opera. Head Chef Lucas Carstens’ menu will be paired with the opera highlights, and includes seared tuna with daikon salad, a green tea refresher, Springbok loin served with oriental mushroom duxelle, and Mitsumame, a Japanese sundae. Cost is R500 for the meal, each course paired with Simonsig wines. (via media release from GC Communications)
* The room of Baby Prince George Cambridge is decorated in an Africa look, with elephants and rhinos, Bunte reports. Could this boost tourism to our continent?
* Despite being known as a wine producing country, an increasing number of craft beers are being offered in South Africa.
* Africa Ports Evolution starts at the Cape Town International Convention Centre tomorrow and runs until Wednesday. Alan Winde, Western Cape Minister of Finance, Economic Development, and Tourism, is one of the keynote speakers. The Western Cape is developing a proposal for the redesign for the Port of Cape Town precinct with the City of Cape Town and the national Government. Minister Winde said that ‘through our ports, which (sic) major strategic assets, we can position the Western Cape as the entry and exit point for goods to the booming African continent’. One of the points of discussion is finding ways to reduce transit times for the export and import of goods to and from Africa’. (via media release from Minister Winde’s office)
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