* The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has reacted to the additional Immigration Regulations introduced on Monday, requesting our government ‘to act in the best interests of the country and review‚ modify‚ and if necessary‚ rescind‚ the new measures if they do not have the desired effect and if they act as a handbrake on travel‚ tourism and economic growth‚ not just for South Africa — which is experiencing its weakest GDP performance in decades — but for the entire region. From a commercial and economic perspective‚ the industry is concerned that the harsh and onerous requirements South Africa has prescribed for travellers will negatively impact on the sustainability of air services‚ travel‚ trade and tourism to‚ from and via South Africa‘!
* The inaugural Cabernet Franc Carnival will be held at Avontuur on 20 June, with thirteen producers presenting their wines to taste, including Ridgeback Wines, Avontuur, Lynx Wines, Hermanuspietersfontein, Camberley Wines, Cape Chamonix, CK Wines, Doolhof Wine Estate, Druk-My-Niet Wine Estate, Mont du Toit, Ormonde Vineyards, Raats Family Wines, and Nelson Family Vineyards. Entrance R120.
* SAA is the dominant airline operating in Southern Africa, with 36% of ‘departure seats’, followed by Comair at 22%, which operates kulula.com and British Airways locally. SAA’s Mango holds a 9% share. TAAG Angola Airlines holds 5%. and Emirates 3%.
* Delheim is offering its popular Cheese Fondue and Jazz Sunday lunches, from 28 June to 30 August. The fondue is made with Gruyère, Emmental, and white wine, served with breads, vegetable crudités and a glass of Glühwein, and costs R200. (received via media release from Random Hat Communications)
* Chef Jenny Morris and One&Only Saint Geran PRIME restaurant Chef Vikash Coonjan will be cooking with Chef Reuben Riffel next Wednesday 10 June. Cost is R350. (received via media release from Manley Communications)