* Business confidence reached a 7 month high last month, good news for the economy, and reflecting a more stable exchange rate, higher share prices, and reduced impact on production due to strikes. In November the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s (SACCI) Business Confidence Index (BCI) increased to 90.8 in November. Loadshedding by Eskom, and a retraction of the economies that our country trades with may reverse the positive trend.
* The second Veritas Young Wine Writers Competition has been won by Sandile Mkhwanazi, assistant winemaker and acting viticulturist at Elsenburg Agricultural College, and winning R15000. He enjoys to communicate about wine in a fun way, rather than academically. His two articles ‘The South African Wine Industry after 20 years of Democracy: An Overview of What Happened and with Special Reference to how we can Kick Start the Stagnant Local Market’ and ‘The Best Value Wine That I have tasted in 2014′ led to him winning the competition. Runner-up was Daisy Knowles, a wine enthusiast and wine blogger, but not working in the wine industry, who won R7500. (received via e-mail from Marlene Truter Communications)
* Blaauwklippen is preparing itself for its 333rd anniversary celebration next year with a number of events, commencing with an art competition ‘Blaauwklippen 1682 – Before & After’. Entries are open for work that ‘will visually capture the cultural heritage of this magnificent working farm‘. The first 333 entries will be accepted for evaluation, and 33 finalists will be selected for a three-week exhibition. The winner will receive R3333. A school art project is also underway. A new product will be launched next year. (received via media release from Waterford Communications)
* Two top American 3 Michelin star restaurants Per Se and French Laundry, owned by Chef Thomas Keller, will charge in full for Tasting Menus ahead of arrival at the restaurants next year. Drinks and wine pairings will be charged at the restaurant.
* Cape Quarter is hosting The Friday Block Party every Friday from 16h00, with a DJ, pop-up food carts, and extended shopping hours. (received via media release from Conversation Capital)