* Sir David Graaff, owner of De Grendel wine estate and farm, passed away this past weekend.
* SAA claims to be the first airline to offer a credit card payment system in the sky, with its new locally-developed Satellite Authorisation System. The system also will offer an airline tracking service. It will be implemented on all its international flights over time.
* Statistics South Africa has promised to have 2014 tourism arrival statistics available by the end of March. It blames the Department of Home Affairs for not having made such information available since March 2014.
* Cape Town joins a handful of cities, and is the first in Africa, to launch its Open Data Portal. As part of the World Design Capital 2014 legacy, the City has used design to make its data more transparent and available. New York, London, and Helsinki have led the way to make their data available to the public at no charge. Initially data about the City’s budget, its parks, cemetries, tenders, service level agreements, and MyCiTi Bus stations and routes will be uploaded. The public is invited to suggest further data additions, and to provide feedback.
* Durbanville Hills is inviting winelovers to observe the working of its cellar in harvest time, on Wednesday evenings in February and March. After a welcome drink, the cellar tour commences, barrel samples are tasted, and a sundowner picnic with Durbanville Hills Merlot Rosé can be enjoyed, at the cost of R450 per couple. (received via media release from De Kock Communications)