* The Department of Home Affairs denies that international tourism numbers have declined in the first quarter of this year, claiming a 0,6% increase in foreign Tourist arrivals. The Department is comparing apples and pears, only providing information about March 2015 relative to March 2014, and not for the full quarter!
* Noma, the world’s third best restaurant, has announced that it will be opening a pop-up restaurant in Sydney in January 2016, for ten weeks. All Noma staff will be brought to Australia, but Danish ingredients will stay behind. Ingredients will be foraged in the sea and the bush, writes owner Chef René Redzepi.
* Eskom has announced that its Unit 2 of Koeberg will close down for three months from the end of August, for refueling and maintenance, which is likely to exacerbate loadshedding.
* Amarula Cream has been awarded a gold medal at the International Wine & Spirit Competition in London. (received via media release from De Kock Communications)
* Lanzerac is hosting a Heritage Day 3-course lunch with live entertainment on 19 September, which will be prepared by its Chef Stephen Fraser and Giggling Gourmet Jenny Morris, with wines paired by its Cellar Master Wynand Lategan. Cost of R595 includes a goodie bag, welcome drink, and canapés. (received via media release from On The Marque PR and Communications).