*. Durban has been given the go-ahead to bid for the 2022 Commonwealth Games, a potential boost of R11 billion and employment for 11500 forecast. The cost to host the event is estimated at R 6,4 billion. The announcement of the winning bid will be made on Wednesday, and is likely to be awarded to Durban, as the former competitor city Edmonton withdrew earlier this year.
* Volkswagen has announced that it will invest R4,5 billion in the production of new models in its Uitenhage factory in the next two years, despite our country producing only less than 1% of the world’s vehicle production. Its production facility in Africa, offering a strategic location and sales potential, justifies the investment, said the company’s Thomas Schäfer, MD of Volkswagen Group South Africa.
*. The new visa regulations are not only affecting the tourism industry, but business with international links too, says Standard Bank joint-CEO Ben Kruger.
*. The Western Cape government is offering two-day business strategy workshops in the next four months to 1000 entrepreneurs in the province, to enable them to grow their businesses. The workshops will be run by the a university of the Western Cape, and are sponsored by ABSA. Western Cape Minister of Economic Opportunities Alan Winde said that our province has the largest number of start-up businesses, and therefore the workshops are aimed at enhancing the businesses of entrepreneurs to encourage them to grow, and to employ more locals. (received via media release from Minister Winde’s office)
*. Creation must be the wine estate with the largest number of food and wine pairing options. Now it has added a Tapas Pairing, an eight-dish menu paired with seven Creation wines and one Whale Pod wine. The Hemel-en-Aarde Valley winery caters for Banters, vegetarians, and for those that are gluten- and lactose-intolerant in their food requirements. They have also launched a three-course Pairing a menu, which will change weekly. Other Pairing options are a Cheese Pairing, a Charcuterie Pairing, a 10h00 Brunch Pairing (including oysters and crayfish!), a Gourmet Secret Pairing, the Paradoxical Chocolate Pairing, a non-alcoholic Tapas and Tea Pairing, and a Surprise Pairing for children! (received via newsletter from Creation)