WhaleTalesTourism, Food, and Wine news headlines

*   After a meeting yesterday about the controversial new Immigration Regulations, between Minister of Tourism Derek Hanekom and Minister of Home Affairs Malusi Gigaba, they have announced that some of the onerous requirements will be made less stringent for tourism purposes, in preventing them from becoming an ‘administrative nightmare, causing foreigners to go elsewhere’!   The Department of Home Affairs has agreed to allow any equivalent document to an unabridged birth certificate for children from the country of origin.  More centres to issue biometric visas to South Africa will be opened in India and China, where there are only two per country.   One wonders why the Ministers took more than a month to meet, and allowed so much damage to be caused to our country’s Tourism industry!

*   Stellenbosch 360, the town’s tourism promotion agency, is determined to make every day a ‘Mandela Day‘, and assisted ‘boutique impact investment company‘ Heart Capital in its Foodpods Project in the Kayamandi township.  The project encourages locals to grow vegetables.  Stellenbosch 360 would like Stellenbosch residents to ‘live a life of 67 minutes as opposed to making it a yearly activity’. (received via media release from Random Hat Communications)

 *  Bouchard Finlayson will be offering Tutored Wine Tastings by winemaker Peter Finlayson of its award-winning wines, in Cape Town at Kyoto Garden Sushi (13 August), and in Johannesburg at The Peech Hotel (26 August).  Cost is R200. (received via media release from FIVESTAR PR)

*   Bartholomeus Klip Chef Louise Gillett will be joined by Reuben Robertsons Pop Up and Pop In Riffel on 13 September.  The ‘Terroir to Table’ four-course lunch is in preparation of National Braai Day, a braai including venison boerewors, West Coast fish, and more, as well as wines, and is co-ordinated by Food Routes. Cost is R385. (received via media release from Random Hat Communications)

 *   Lanzerac is going back to the Eighties, by offering cheese and wine pairings, at R75 per person: Chenin Blanc paired with Boerenkaas Extra Belegen Eight Month;  Chardonnay is paired with Boerenkaas Jong Cumin;  Cabernet Sauvignon is paired with Boerenkaas Oude One Year; and Special Late Harvest is paired with Boerenkaas Extra Oude Four Year.  Bookings must be made for the tastings. (received via Smart Communications and Events)

*   OBiKWA is running a competition to find South Africa’s favourite ‘padkos’ roadside stops, and will be collating them into a #PadkosQuest map. (received via media release from GC Communications)

Chris von Ulmenstein, Whale Cottage Portfolio: www.whalecottage.com  Twitter: @WhaleCottage