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I have made a decision to stop supporting and attending WineMag events after having been called to a meeting with Christian Eedes, editor of WineMag, and his business partner Jax Lahoud. I was badly disrespected by fellow-writer Eedes, and I will not stand for bullying of any kind. (more…)

denny-burger-packLast week I attended the soft opening of Restaurant at Villa 47, and could not believe that I had been seated next to André Naudé, a director of Libstar, the holding company of Rialto (which in turn owns Villa 47), and a former Tiger Brands client of mine of 15 years ago. André had organized an invitation for me to attend the launch of their new Denny mushroom burgers at the Libstar head office yesterday.  (more…)

imageLast Friday I attended the launch in Bishopscourt of Cointreau South Africa’s philanthropical program of upliftment, to find our country’s most creative woman through its Cointreau Creative Crew. The motto of the program is ‘#DreamDareCreate’, (more…)

imageThe Cape Town city centre has become so popular that it is attracting an increasing number of non-Capetonians to live in the heart of the Mother City.

The age profile of the city residents is youngish, between 25 and 44 years old, and many have lived in the city centre for five to ten years already. The reason for  living in the city centre is that it is close to their (more…)

Tate magLast week New Media Publishing, publishers of TASTE magazine for client Woolworths for the past twelve years, announced in a media release published on bizcommunity.com that ‘Woolworths TASTE has a brand-new look!‘ Its look may not be as new as it would like Woolworths’ shoppers to believe! (more…)

imageOn Carte Blanche last night the proposed pre-censorship role of the Film & Publications Board was discussed, a role which is contained in the Draft Online Regulation Policy, gazetted in March this year. It intends to ‘police‘ everything published on the Internet, including Blogs, websites, posts on Facebook, and more!

The Proposed policy calls on any person wishing to distribute any (more…)

imageIt was Futurist Faith Popcorn who predicted a trend of ‘Recareering’ back in the ‘Seventies, one having multiple careers in a lifetime, at a time when I myself was in my first career as a Futurist. I could not have foreseen that my career path from Futurist to Market Researcher, Marketing Lecturer, Research Consultant, Food PR Consultant, and then Guest House owner for the last 19 years would lead me to my new and seventh career, to that as a (more…)

imageI have (almost) weaned myself off Woolworths over the past year, preferring to buy my fruit and vegetables fresh from the markets that we are blessed with in Cape Town. Two interactions with the retailer on two consecutive days this past week are enough to send me back into Woolworths-abstinence again!

*.  V & A Waterfront Thursday 17/9:  Whilst I was in the Waterfront to fetch post, I went to the store to return two tomatoes (out of a packet (more…)

imageTourism, Food, and Wine news headlines

*.  Despite the Rand exchange rate being at its best ever for international visitors, no surge in tourism bookings is being seen. The after-effect of last year’s Ebola crisis, and the new visa regulations, have affected tourism numbers from China, India, and Brazil in particular. Hotelier Arthur Gillis said that the golden opportunity of the exchange rate was negated by the visa regulations, and said that we ‘shoot ourselves in the foot’.

*   Cape Town was featured in ‘Leute Heute’ on ZDF German TV this afternoon, with actor Kai Schumann (more…)

imageTourism, Food, and Wine news headlines

*   NATIVE Media has launched a full-channel media service, that goes beyond the traditional ad agency media channels, to start with digital channels and building traditional channels on top of that. The media planning and buying service will be headed up by Gordon Muller and Trish Guildford.

*  The growth in Airbnb could lead to a reduction in hotel rates, as its (more…)

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