* Kulula has won the right to maintain its advertising claim ‘The most South African Airways’ at the Advertising Standards Authority, which rejected SAA’s objection, reports Southern African Tourism Update!
* Thirty-five Western Cape restaurants were awarded Diamond Awards for their top winelists at a function at the Vineyard Hotel today, with MasterChef SA Judge and Chef Benny Masekwameng as MC: La Colombe, Indochine at Delaire Graff, The Atlantic Grill, Bosman’s, JennaVIVA, Dash, Karibu, Meloncino, Greek Fisherman, City Grill, Pierneef â La Motte, Rust en Vrede, Signal, Wild Fig, B’s Steakhouse, Bombay Brasserie, Aubergine, Pure Restaurant, Buffelsdrift Game Reserve, Den Anker, Bietang’s Cave, Makeron, Tswalu Kalahari Private Game Reserve, Planet Restaurant, Panama Jacks, The Bayside Café, Flavours at Devon Valley Hotel, Wild Peacock, Zachary, Azure, La Cantina Fancourt, The Square and Garden Lounge at the Vineyard Hotel, Ellerman House, and Bushman’s Kloof. Top inaugural winelist entrant was Indochine at Delaire Graff, and Ewan McKenzie of La Colombe won the Wine Steward of the Year award.
* Dornier has launched its 2013 Chenin Blanc in the Cocoa Hill range. Wine maker Jeanine Faure shared the following tasting notes: “Being a truly versatile variety and lending itself very well to many different styles, we have aimed at making a fresh and primary fruit driven approach. Flavours of white peach, pear and golden delicious apples dominate the nose. The palate is vibrant with a soft acidity, leaving one with a concentrated aftertaste.” (received via Dornier newslatter)
* JetBlue Airways and SAA have announced a bilateral codeshare agreement to seamlessly connect their airlines via J. F. Kennedy International Airport and Washington’s Dulles International Airport. The agreement is pending regulatory approval. The partnership will allow customers to purchase a single ticket, combining SAA- and JetBlue-operated flights, and enjoy benefits such as one-stop check-in and baggage transfer.
* A market with a difference is the Bo Kaap Food and Craft Market at the top of Wale Street, open on Saturday from 10h00 – 14h00, in the heart of the colourful suburb, with tasty treats, scarves, handbags, and handmade jewellery. The market is well known for traditional Cape Malay Food and crafts, with homemade samoosas, pies, roti and curry, pecan tart, milk tart, and more. (received via e-mail from the Market co-ordinator)
* SAA has promised to help the MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, and Exhibitions) industry to attract more business!
* A Dutch company is proposing a 60 by 40 metre monument to honour former President Nelson Mandela, built into Table Mountain!
* The art work of ten top South African artists will be auctioned when 14 acclaimed chefs team up with seven sommeliers and celebrity performers at ‘Chefs who Share – the ART of giving‘ gala evening in aid of youth development in the Cape Town City Hall on 5 September. The proceeds of the auction of original pieces donated by each of the artists will go to two youth development charities: MAD CHARITY (Make A Difference) and Laureus Sport for Good Foundation. The artists, whose works will come under the hammer are Lionel Smit, Anton Smit, Louis Janse van Vuuren, Jean Doyle, Heike Alleron-Davies, Dylan Lewis, Jacqueline Crewe-Brown, Ryan Hewett, Anthea Delmotte, and Russell Travers. As the tickets for the event are sold out, the organisers have opened up the auction for online and telephonic bidding. (received via media release from GC Communications)
* Medical ‘Safaris’ are on the increase, reports the Cape Times, due to the weak Rand, and because they are cheaper or cannot be performed in their home countries. These include dental work, cancer treatment, and cosmetic surgery, the latter customers coming from the UK and other African countries. Breast surgery is the most popular procedure.
Chris von Ulmenstein, Whale Cottage Portfolio: www.whalecottage.com Twitter: WhaleCottage