Category Archives: Tourism news

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 26 of Level 3, 26 June 2020.


Friday 26 June 2020, Day 26 of Level 3, after 66 days of Levels 4 and 5. 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for a most fabulous day, everything just falling into place; for being so happy with my 🐱 family; for the rain and clouds clearing after rain overnight; for a busy work morning; for the most stunning rainbow 🌈 I saw on my way home, when it started raining, but the end result pic of it was so amazing that it did not matter at all that I got wet; for a good walk to Clifton Fourth Beach; for tea with Debbie, the owner of Sorbet Camps Bay, who showed me the new protocols in her shop; for having the most amazing luck with my photographs, the sunset ones earlier this week, and the Rainbow one today, posting them in Facebook Groups which are just about pretty pictures, not having known about them before, having massively high member numbers (in the 30000s) so it is not hard to get over 1000 likes for a photograph (In my next life I’m coming back as a photographer 😱); for boldly and professionally writing to Sandak-Lewin, our apartment block managing agents, documenting all the issues we have with our Portfolio Manager, a huge relief when I got this off my chest; for dancing 💃 to Kfm out of happiness this afternoon; for a lovely honest chat with Stuart Bailey; and for being very happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

Regulations for Restaurants for Sit-Down dining finally announced, Restaurants reopen on Monday 29 June.


The Minister of Tourism Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane has just announced the reopening of the Restaurant industry on Monday 29 June 2020, following the regulations as per below. The Minister apologised that the industry had to wait so long to receive the regulations and opening date, after the reopening of Restaurants for Sit-Down was announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa on 17 June 2020!

Restaurants, coffee shops and take-away outlets may not seat more than 50 diners. Screening questionnaire per client, and no entry to diners not wearing a mask. Food Collection Areas must be demarcated. Persons receiving a meal via Delivery must wear a mask.

The Minister confirmed that no Alcohol consumption is allowed ‘on site’. .  Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 25 of Level 3, 25 June 2020.


Thursday 25 June 2020, Day 25 at Level 3, after 66 days at Levels 4 and 5. 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for a sunny morning, switching to clouds and rain from late afternoon; for an upside down morning which became a lovely day, feeling calm and peaceful; for my lawyer calming me down about the Body Corporate AGM; for a walk along Camps Bay, popping in at the new Sunset Sessions Deli, ‘bottle store’, and coffee bar; for receiving a box of cooking ingredients to make Beef Wellington, under the guidance of Chefs Luke Dale Roberts and Pete Goffe-Wood for Live Cook Channel; for a walk to Bakoven, as the rain made its way to us; for a surprise visit ❤️🐱; for the fabulous company and assistance of Jenny Stephens in preparing Beef Wellington for our dinner tonight, being very happy with our end result; and for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

Guidelines in preparing for Restaurants reopening on 1 July after a three-month Lockdown!


Yesterday I wrote about the Government keeping Restaurants in the dark, more than a week after President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that Restaurants may reopen, on an unspecified date, assumed to be on 1 July, and with unannounced regulations to date.

The Restaurant Collective, a group of Restaurants which includes Ocean Basket, Tasha’s, Doppio Zero, and the Signature Collection, has shared Guidelines prepared by the Tourism Business Council of SA as to how to prepare restaurants for the reopening: Continue reading →

SA Tourism private sector boldly predicts that International Tourism will reopen in September 2020!


As a writer following the Covid-19 pandemic and its rampant disastrous effect on Tourism and the Restaurant industries, I have been surprised to read an increasing number of articles predicting the opening up of our country to international tourism by September 2020, in a month that is Tourism Month, and traditionally the beginning of the South African summer and therefore Tourist season.  The articles stem from a media release by the Tourism Business Council of South Africa, and appears confident in its prediction, based on its lobbying with Government, an interaction which was scheduled for yesterday 9 June. No outcome of this interaction has been seen yet. Earlier predictions were that the country would only reopen to international tourists in February 2021.  Continue reading →

‘My Cape Town Guide/Mein Kapstadt Guide’ launched, after qualifying as a Tourist Guide during Lockdown!


In January I attended a Tourist Guiding course run by the Tourist Guiding Institute, with a theoretical as well as a practical content, and received my Certificate last week, the issuing thereof much delayed due to the Covid-19 Lockdown. I am qualified as a Cultural Tourist Guide, as well as a Wine Tourist Guide, for the Western Cape as well as Port Elizabeth and the Garden Route, and guide in English and in German. I have created a Facebook page, calling my Guiding Service ‘My Cape Town Guide/Mein Kapstadt Guide’. Continue reading →

Corona Lockdown Level 3: Tourism Minister presents operation of Tourism industry: Business Tourism only, Tourist Guides to claim financial support and to operate, and a number of other tourism sectors can open up!


Tourism Minister Nkhensani Kubayi-Ngubane addressed the nation this evening, in a short fast half hour presentation, explaining the regulations pertaining to the Level 3 regulations for the Tourism industry. While the focus in Level 3 is on the Domestic market, and on Business Tourism only, the Minister said that the Tourism Industry should be opening up at all levels, including international tourism, from December 2020 onwards! Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 28 of Level 4, 28 May 2020.


Thursday 28 May 2020, Day 28 of Level 4, after 35 days at Level 5. 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for the copious amount of rain we’ve had today, it still raining, and forecast to do so until tomorrow morning; for getting myself out of bed on a grey cold day, the rain holding back, until Exercise Time was done, making it very pleasant to walk, with very few exercisers; with not a single bag of garbage lying on a Victoria Road pavement in Camps Bay and Glen Beach, yesterday’s torn bags collected by the Council, and there being minimal litter 👏👏👏; for writing all day; for keeping warm by dancing 💃 and drinking tea in between the writing; for a reasonable presentation by Madame Zol Zuma, with no surprises, but then the ability of restaurants to sell sealed bottles of alcohol from Monday onwards came out of the blue, allowed even by home-delivery; for a generous Olympus Mixed Grill delivered by Zeus Greek Yeros Bar in town, with a large helping of meat, offered by one of the members of the Facebook Food Delivery Group, I running a competition for them today; for the Facebook Group Restaurant list growing to 537, with 4300 plus members; and for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 27 of Level 4, 27 May 2020.

Wednesday 27 May 2020, Day 27 of Level 4, after 35 days of Level 5. 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for being able to walk this morning, with a light drizzle and then it stopping at 8h00, giving me an hour to get as far as Glen Beach, earning 300 Vitality points for the Cardio workout despite it being my shortest walk since Level 4 started; for bumping into Haakon and Thomas Bauerkämper, who walked back with me as far as my home; for a story I enjoyed writing today; for KitKat and Minsky lying on my bed together for the first time; for enjoying staying home, it being very chilly today, needing a brandy warm-up with dancing 💃💃💃; for finally receiving my Western Cape & PE Cultural Tourist Guiding and Wine Guiding certificates today; for receiving a Discovery Vitality Gameboard play, and exceeding 1000 points, allowing me to buy another pack of raw nuts at DisChem; and for being healthy and fit 🙏💙 Continue reading →

Corona Virus : Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 13 of Level 4, 13 May 2020.


Wednesday 13 May 2020, Day 13 of Lockdown Level 4, after 35 days at Level 5 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for another beautiful day, despite cooler at 18C, and even with a slight drizzle during Exercise Time, but not strong enough to deter me from walking; for bumping into regular walkers and coffee drinkers Haakon and Thomas; for being able to shop at Pick n Pay and Woolworths directly after exercising; for meeting Uma Govender of Masala Café, winner of a bottle of ADHARA olive oil, in a competition which I ran with Janet Pillai on the Restaurant Food Delivery Facebook page; for the number of restaurants on the Facebook Group increasing to 442; for a short snooze on the terrace when the sun came out; for being allowed a Gameboard play on Discovery Vitality; for dancing to Kfm; for bumping into Gila and Chris Marshall on my walk, having been members of my Guest House Association in Camps Bay many moons ago; for having the most special friend in Stuart; and for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →