Category Archives: Loadshedding

Sweet Service Award goes to The Bay Hotel; Sour Service Award goes to ESKOM!

 

The Sweet Service Award goes to The Bay Hotel in Camps Bay, and its GM Reinard Gerber, for the offer to provide a daily food box as well as 200 garbage bags per week to my Camps Bay Clean initiative, in which we clean up the Camps Bay Promenade on weekdays and public holidays.

 

 

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Sweet Service Award goes to Pick n Pay, Sour Service Award goes to ESKOM!

 

The Sweet Service Award goes to Pick n Pay Camps Bay, for supporting my Camps Bay Clean initiative to clean up the Camps Bay Beachfront by employing disadvantaged persons, offering us Garbage bags for the approximately 100 bags per day we fill with litter, at half price. The retailer’s generosity is much appreciated. Continue reading →

Harck & Heart Sweet Service Award; City of Cape Town Sour Service Award!

The Sweet Service Award goes to Harck & Heart, bakers of German gingerbread biscuits, which I had experienced at Kamers two months ago for the first time, having bought a packet of their biscuits then. As I was launching my Book, with an angel on the front cover, I placed an order for Angel biscuits, to place into the goody bags of my guests attending the Book launch. The order was executed effortlessly and an arrangement was made for me to collect the box of biscuits from the Blaauwklippen market four days prior to the Book launch date. Payment was easily executed at the stand at the market. #VielenDank. 

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WhaleTales Tourism, Food, and Wine news headlines: 1 September

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*. The price of petrol will decrease by 69 cents per liter at midnight this evening. The decrease is mainly due to the drop in the price of crude oil, which has resulted from an oversupply of Brent crude oil. The new petrol price contains an allocation of 4,6 cents per lite to fund a 9% increase in the salaries of pump attendants and cashiers.

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City of Cape Town Sweet and Sour Service Awards!

City of Cape Town logoThe Sweet Service Award goes to the City of Cape Town, for its prevention of some load-shedding, when it has spare capacity, even though it is not understandable how one can ‘save’ electricity! It has meant that scheduled load-shedding has been prevented altogether, or that it has been downgraded to a lower stage, meaning that it affects other areas. It is confusing however, as the City of Cape Town is not passing its own schedule changes to the EskomsePush app! Continue reading →

WhaleTales Tourism, Food, and Wine news headlines: 28 July

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*   The Department of Home Affairs denies that international tourism numbers have declined in the first quarter of this year, claiming a 0,6% increase in foreign Tourist arrivals. The Department is comparing apples and pears, only providing information about March 2015 relative to March 2014, and not for the full quarter!

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WhaleTales Tourism, Food, and Wine news headlines: 3 July

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*   London’s first underground farm Growing Underground has been created in a disused bunker from World War II, below the Northern Line  at Clapham, reports The Daily Telegraph. The Farm will soon supply herbs to London restaurants, all grown without any impact on the environment.

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Camps Bay Promenade/Palms Centre Sweet Service and Tonquani Lodge Sour Service Awards!

Rosetta Loadshedding Whale CottageThe Sweet Service Award goes to the Camps Bay Promenade, the Palms Centre, and Rosetta in The Woodstock Exchange, for their proactiveness in countering the Stage 2 loadshedding for Woodstock, the city centre, Tamboerskloof, and Atlantic Seaboard last Saturday.  The Promenade in Camps Bay has just installed its generator (the four Kove Collection restaurants in the building had already installed their own generators), while the Palms Centre also has a generator. Rosetta in The Woodstock Exchange was organised, having pre-brewed its coffee, but was not available with foam! All other coffee shops and eateries in Woodstock, The Fringe, Tamboerskloof, and Camps Bay could not offer coffee nor breakfast between 10h00 and 12h00.  It is a surprise that a centre such as The Woodstock Exchange does not yet have a generator, given the severity and regularity of the loadshedding!  Continue reading →

Franschhoek Literary Festival Sweet Service and Protea Hotel Knysna Quays Sour Service Awards!

FLF logoThe Sweet Service Award goes to the Franschhoek Literary Festival, for another excellent weekend bringing 5000 visitors to the village for two or more days, boosting accommodation establishments, restaurants and coffee shops, wine estates, and retail outlets. We received our first 2016 booking two hours after the 2015 Festival had closed, a demonstration of its success. It also brought a lovely concert series by Christopher Duigan to the village, as well as an excellent bassoon concert to La Motte. Continue reading →