* New draft legislation calls for zero alcohol consumption before driving, with input sought by 27 February. Alcohol in medicines and fruit could lead to wrongful arrests.
* SAA has announced that its direct flights between Johannesburg and Mumbai in India will come to an end on 1 April. It will fly to Abu Dhabi, from where passengers will fly with Etihad or Jet Airways to Delhi, Hyderabad, Bangalore, and Madras in India on a codeshare basis. This route cut, combined with the one to Beijing, will help reduce costs for SAA. Ironic is that SA Tourism as well as local tourism players is in India at the moment, on a marketing trip for our country!
* Horror of horrors is the report that the Glen Country Club sports grounds is up for sale by the City of Cape Town for R100 million, for a 3-level underground parking garage, as well a 2750 m² retail space. Currently the space houses Bungalow (referred to as La Med in the article!), a bowling green, and a landing space for paragliders coming down from Lion’s Head.
* Wines of South Africa (WOSA) has been invited as a guest region at the 8th annual Virginia Wine Expo from 17 – 22 February, to be held in Richmond in the USA. A total of 10000 visitors are expected over six days. The Best of Virginia & South Africa Premier Tasting will be hosted by WOSA. Chef Hugo Uys will prepare South African cuisine to pair with the wines.
* The MyCiTi Bus service has advised its commuters to find alternative transportation, after one of it supplier transport companies (Transpeninsula Investments) went on a wildcat strike yesterday, affecting the airport, Dunoon and Table View, Vredehoek and Gardens, Salt River, Oranjezicht, Camps Bay, Hout Bay, Sea Point, and Table Mountain routes. The labour discord between the transport company and the trade union was referred to the CCMA last year, and remains unresolved. The City of Cape Town has indicated that it does not know how long the strike will last.