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 →
Last night President Ramaphosa announced that the whole country will move down, or is it up, to Level 3 on 1 June 2020, one of the announced changes being that Restaurants may still not open for sit-down meals, but they may offer not only a Delivery Service, but a Food Collection Service from 1 June onwards too. The Restaurant Association of South Africa (RASA) had lobbied Government for this concession, and has expressed its gratitude for it being granted on behalf of the restaurant industry. Continue reading →
Sunday 24 May 2020, Day 24 of Level 4, after 35 days of Level 5 😷
Corona Gratitude 🙏
#Grateful for my energy this morning, after a fabulous night’s sleep, heading out at 7h15, my earliest Exercise Time so far, being determined to get to the other end of Clifton, 11000 steps 7,5 km, and high Cardio exertion, earning me 300 Discovery Vitality points; for the number of people I meet along the way, often with a little chat; for it not being so busy as the weekend days normally are; for the fabulous service from Absolute Pets, when I went to buy a cat harness, treats, and catnip for Minsky; for finding my cat kids safe and peaceful when I arrived back home; for bonding with Minsky while KitKat went out wandering; for eventually being able to bring both cats into the apartment space, having had to separate them last night; for going shopping in Sea Point; for a lovely relaxed afternoon, both cats at peace with each other now; for enjoying the last sun before winter strikes tomorrow; and for feeling happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →
Last Thursday I attended the #JWCodeBlack promotional event for Johnnie Walker, having received the invitation from Thandeka Nkosi of Khanya PR & Media Solutions, on behalf of its Client Diageo. It is one of the bizarrest events that I have ever attended. Continue reading →
It was the first time that I attended a Wade Bales event last night, when it hosted a hugely successful Whisky & Gin Affair 2017 event, weighted to Whisky. My friend Llewellyn Lambert and I attended a Whisky Master Class, and learnt a great deal about how to taste a Whisky correctly. Continue reading →
I was invited to attend the launch of the newly opened Harrington’s Cocktail Lounge, in the Cape Town city centre, previously Assembly night club, last night. I love its Art Deco decor. Continue reading →
On Thursday evening Llewellyn Lambert and I attended the media launch of the HQ World Class Cocktail Menu, the theme of the event being Wild West. We tried five of the six cocktails on the HQ cocktail menu, developed by Warren Cowdy, the HQ General Manager. Continue reading →
The WORLD CLASS Bartender of the Year Global Finals is currently underway in Cape Town, bringing the world’s top Bartenders and Mixologist professionals to our city. It is the largest and most prestigious global Mixology event.
The largest number of female Bartender Finalists is competing for the title of the WORLD CLASS Bartender of the Year competition, six of the 55 finalists from fifty countries being women, and having won the national best bartender title in their respective countries. The female finalists are Anna Walsh from Dublin, Ireland; Fernanda Tejada of Mexico City; Tess Posthumus from the Netherlands (left); Continue reading →
* Despite the Rand reaching its lowest level ever to the Pound, at just over R20, and weakening further against the Dollar, no positive impact of the exchange rate is visible in terms of tourism enquiries from the UK and the USA!
* The Open Design Festival will run in Cape Town from 12 to 23 August at the Watershed in the V&A Waterfront and in the City Hall. With the theme ‘Design is for Tomorrow‘, the Festival consists of talks, workshops, tours, and interactive experiences. The focus is on how design adds value. More than a hundred events are on offer, most of them with free entrance.