* Comair is taking SAA to court for its bailouts received from the government, challenging the constitutionality of such payments, and calling for an equal playing field with ‘equal competition rules’ for all airlines.
* South Africa ‘generally made really bad wine‘ for a long time, writes Warren Johnston from Valley Advocate in Massachusetts. Only in the past ten years our country is said to be producing ‘something that was drinkable, well, better than drinkable. The wines are innovative and well respected and more are showing up on shelves in this country. South African Chenin Blanc, a wine to keep in mind for summer, is particularly well regarded‘. He praises The Wolftrap Red by Boekenhoutskloof.
* At the London Wine Fair being held from 18 – 20 May Kleine Zalze will be one of the local wine estates on show, with its owner Kobus Basson and cellar master Alastair Rimmer. New releases available to taste on the stand will be Kleine Zalze Methode Cap Classique NV Brut, Kleine Zalze Family Reserve Chenin Blanc 2014, and the new Cleefs.
* Streetsmart South Africa raised over R1 million from 91 restaurants in 2014, by means of voluntary diner donations of R5 per bill, the largest contributors being Licorish Bistro, Saxon Five Hundred/ Qunu, La Mouette, Savoy Cabbage, and Myoga. The monies raised are donated to organisations such as TLC Outreach in the Western Cape, Kids Haven in Gauteng, and Masizame in Plettenberg Bay. The organisation would like more restaurants to join its cause.
* Cape Town’s The Good Life Food Truck is the only South African food truck that has been included in a cookbook on the best food trucks in the world. ‘Food Truckin, Recipes from the World’s Best Food Trucks‘ salutes the international food truck trend, including those in the USA, UK, Sweden, and Australia. The Good Life is owned by Adele Maartens, the first female owner of a food truck in our country. (received via media release from IB Media)