* The Western Cape government, represented by Premier Helen Zille and Minister of Economic Opportunities Alan Winde, visited Angola earlier this week with Wesgro, the Western Cape trade, investment, and tourism agency. The focus of the visit was Tourism, Oil and Gas, and Agri-processing. The province export value to Angola was R2 billion in 2013, which has grown by 30% in 2014. Improving air access between the two countries, by doubling the number of flights, and offering a link into Africa, was also on the agenda. (received via media release from Minister Winde’s office)
* The international WSET wine and spirit training program, represented in our country by Cathy Marston, has received The Queen’s Award for Enterprise 2015 in the International Trade category.
* The South African Wine Tasting Championships 2015 has announced the launch of the Mosaic Protégé Program, to empower the ‘next generation of world class sommelier in South Africa‘. The Eat Out Top 10 Restaurant Mosiac will help identify an emerging talented wine lover, and turn that person into one of country’s best sommeliers via a three-year internship at the restaurant, working alongside their top sommelier Germain Lehody. The elected intern will also form part of Team South Africa, participating in the World Blind Challenge in France later this year. (received via media release from the South African Wine Championships)
* For the first time the ITU Triathlon has finished in a stadium. The Africa ITU World Triathlon Series took place in Cape Town over this past weekend for the second year, with a total of 130 triathletes participating. The swimming leg took place in the V&A Waterfront, while the running and cycling legs took place in Green Point, Mouille Point, and Sea Point, with the finish in the Green Point Athletics Stadium. Last year the event attracted a global TV audience of 4 million viewers.
* The Stockholm Jazz Orchestra will perform in Cape Town on 7 July at the Baxter. The big band ensemble is considered to be a leading European jazz band. The opening act will be local jazz group Gavin Minter Septet, both jazz bands having recorded their latest albums in Sweden last year. (received via media release from IB Media)