* The City of Cape Town has developed a new parking policy based on transport trends in Cape Town, including increasing numbers of delivery vehicles, and traffic congestion in peak times. The City plans to discourage parking of 2 hours and longer, by encouraging parking outside the city centre and then to use a different form of transport (the MyCiTi Bus no doubt) to reach the city centre. Demand-based pricing is to be introduced, the bays in higher demand areas having higher charges, and higher demand times of the day attracting higher charges. Smartcard payment is being considered yet again. The cost of the first phase of the parking policy is R15 million.
* SA Tourism is running a massive #MeetSouthAfrica blogger campaign at the moment, 14 local and international bloggers having arrived in Johannesburg last Friday, and heading in different directions in groups, to discover various parts of our country, until they meet up again in Durban at Indaba this coming weekend.
* The Palm Beach Daily News has chosen Glenelly Lady May 2009, a Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot blend, as one of its ten top picks for the coming American summer season. It is the only South African wine selected.
* SA Tourism has appointed Risuna Mayimele as its Global Manager Communications. She previously was the Marketing Manager for SABC3, and for Ogilvy Ghana.
* A Canadian wine writer praises four South African wines under the unfortunate headline ‘What’s that pong?‘, referring to past criticism of our Pinotage, with a sub headline ‘South African wines are a matter of preference‘. The wines that are evaluated positively are Seven Sisters June Merlot 2013 (from Stellenbosch), Frisky Zebras Mystic Merlot (no vintage mentioned, no local producer details found), Waka Waka Shiraz/Cabernet Sauvignon blend 2012 (made by Perdeberg Winery), and Leopard’s Leap Lookout 2012, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, and Cinsaut.
* Chef Craig Cormack will prepare a 4-course French-inspired feast at Hartenberg Estate, at a Pop-Up Bottelary Hills Wine Route lunch on 25 May. Wines poured will be from Hartenberg, Kaapzicht, Beyerskloof, and Mooiplaas. Cost is R275 per person, including a glass of wine per course. (received via media release from Random Hat Communications)
Chris von Ulmenstein, Whale Cottage Portfolio: www.whalecottage.com Twitter: @WhaleCottage