* Africa now has 100 million Facebook users, still only half of the number of internet users on the continent. The majority of Facebook users access the site via mobile phone. While the growth in Social Media usage in Africa is massive, it is still very costly.
* The Open Book Festival will run at The Fugard Theatre for the second year running, from 17 – 21 September, with authors from 12 countries attending. Local authors will include Wilbur Smith, Zakes Mda, and Zelda la Grange.
* Shock news is the resignation with immediate effect of SA Tourism Chief Marketing Officer Jan Hutton. No reasons are provided, but the suddenness of the resignation is ominous. The industry has expressed its regret about the resignation of this dynamic marketer of our country.
* It’s a bad week for flying in Europe. On Monday a bomb scare at London Luton airport caused the cancellation of all EasyJet flights for the rest of the day, leaving most passengers without flights for the same or following day. Three of five Heathrow terminals will be inoperable for 24 hours on Friday, due to a planned ground handlers’ strike. Most Lufthansa flights to/from Munich will be cancelled until 18h00 today, with a likelihood of some cancellations tomorrow morning as well.
* Anthonij Rupert Wines has redesigned the labels for its range of seven Protea wines. The design aims to ‘upcycling in mind, creating unique and attractive features in-and around the home after the wine has been enjoyed’. The design by Mark Eisen was a winner at the 2014 WorldStar International Award for Design in the Beverages category. The cost of the white wines is R49,99, and R 59.99 for the red wines, if bought at the wine estate in Franschhoek. (received via media release from Smart Communications and Events)
* Grapes were first planted in the Cape more than 350 years ago, as a means to prevent scurvy amongst sailors on the ships of the Dutch East India Company, rather than to make wine. The first wines were made in 1659.