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Day Zero’ – the day on which Cape Town will run out of water unless consumption is curbed further – has been extended from March to May 2018. Confusing is that the date of Day Zero varies within May, but a discussion on Kfm highlighted that the water usage in Cape Town increased since the postponement of ‘Day Zero’ to May, which could move ‘Day Zero’ back to April! Tourist arrivals and their water usage in our Summer Season is a grave concern to Capetonians.  (more…)

To date very few companies have jumped on the Western Cape Water disaster bandwagon for their marketing campaign. Insurance company Sanlam is an unusual link to the disaster, in its marketing use, other than its possibly sizable advertising budget! Other than the lack of brand connection credibility, the campaign is clever and promotes South African music. (more…)

Episode 4 of the JAN viaTV series was focused on Apricale, and foraging in the area, both for wild-growing flowers and herbs, as well as for truffles. It was special to see Jeanette van Manen, owner of the Apricus Locanda, at which I stayed in August whilst writing The Book. (more…)

We are invited to many events, and initially I thought that driving out to Airport Industria for the media visit to Green Planet Laundry last week was not something I would write about on my Blog. I was so impressed with the brand new water and electricity efficient industrial, commercial, and residential laundry operation that I would like to give it credit.  (more…)

The Sweet Service Award goes to The Silo Hotel. As the Rooftop Bar is so popular now, one has to book a table for it. Training Consultant Mark Bland was kind enough to organize this for me. We enjoyed a drink with the glorious views and sunset from the Rooftop, and experienced The Royal Portfolio charm of its staff, starting with Louis Page, the Assistant Restaurant Manager, who we bumped into upstairs. He immediately offered to take us (more…)

The new The Yard in the Silo District of the V&A Waterfront opened last week, as a multi-cultural cuisine restaurant, but also offering a bar, a homeware shop, and a Deli. It is the most unique restaurant I have experienced, in its diverse food offering. (more…)

I am not a copy-and-paste writer, but the latest statement regarding our City’s water crisis, and the severity of the drought in our province, warrants that I present Mayor Patricia de Lille’s latest statement regarding the water crisis in full below.

What concerns me as a citizen of Cape Town is that the City of Cape Town has taken no proactive action yet to augment the water supply from our province’s dams, (more…)

After seven years at Grande Provence, Chef Darren Badenhorst is set to leave the wine estate to open his new restaurant Le coin Français By Darren Badenhorst on the Franschhoek main road. Stepping into his shoes from today is new Executive Chef Guy Bennett.  (more…)

The Sweet Service Award goes to Woolworths W Cafę in the V&A Waterfront, and to its Manager Reneé Keen, for all her kindness, and excellent service she has offered me since I started going to have my cappuccinos there. When she sees me walk in, she alerts her Barista immediately before I place my order, and reminds him/her how I like my dry cappuccino. Very sadly she is moving to the new Tableview Mall and its W Café branch, the shoppers at this branch being fortunate to benefit from her excellent Service, which rubs off onto the staff working for her too!  (more…)

On 3 September the City of Cape Town stepped up its water restrictions to the next level, announcing further severe water saving measures. Compared to the previous Level 4 B restrictions, the new Level 5 restrictions retain the daily water usage target per person at 87 liters, and step up restrictions on the commercial usage of water. Tourists to Cape Town and the province will not be turned away as a result of the drought! 

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