In the 2018 Brandz study by Kantar Millward Brown it has created a list of ten most trusted South African brands, a list which includes mainly food products, the 75 year old KOO one of these and right at the top on Trust, and the very new online shopping brand Takealot.com, already ranked third. None of the country’s largest value brands appear on the top trusted brand list. Continue reading →
The Sweet Service Award goes to the Dalewood Fromage factory shop and its Manager Tracey Falconer. I was in Franschhoek and wanted to stop by the shop in Klapmuts, but was running late from a lunch. I called to find out at what time they close. Tracey told me that they close at 16h00, but that she had to do some admin work, and would still be there until 16h45, which suited me perfectly. Not only did I buy their fabulous Camembert and Brie cheeses, but fresher than fresh same-day laid eggs too. Continue reading →
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 Continue reading →
The Sweet Service Award goes to Standard Bank Sea Point, and its Consultant Tamryn Paulsen, for her amazing service in opening new accounts for me when transferring my banking business from ABSA to Standard Bank, and for finding banking options that offered the lowest bank charges and the highest rate on an investment. She also efficiently contacted each company I have debit orders with, providing the new bank details. It is a huge shame that she is leaving the bank today, to go back to study. Continue reading →
The Sweet Service Award goes to Café 1904 in Hermanus, and its owners Johan and Endria Post, for making me a cappuccino despite having a break before their dinner service. It was just before 17h00, and all coffee shops in Hermanus were about to close. Johan and Endria took pity on me, and made me a perfect dry cappuccino, taking time to sit down and chat too. Continue reading →
The Sweet Service Award goes to Dr Toni Bedford, who found my son a one hour dentist appointment slot when he made a very quick visit to Cape Town last week. One filling requires three visits to a dentist via the NHS in the UK, so getting two fillings done in an hour was a huge time saving and far cheaper too. Continue reading →
The Sweet Service Award goes to Trenery in the V&A Waterfront, and its assistant Mariska de Klerk, who assisted me in finding shirts which were on sale in the right size, and for keeping them for me overnight even though the sale ones were not supposed to be kept for customers. I had explained to Mariska that due to my handbag and its content having been stolen, I would only receive a replacement credit card the following day. I have enjoyed subsequent good service from Mariska.
The Sweet Service Award goes to Shimmy Beach Club and its GM Malcolm Moodie, its Deputy GM Stephan Fourie, the Shimmy Luxury Collection CEO Nicky van der Walt, and The Ritz GM Clayton Howard, for allowing me to see the fantastic Goldfish concert at Shimmy Beach Club earlier this week, and with it fantastic seating which enabled me to take excellent photographs and videos. It is a world class act, and it filled me with pride to see how far this talented duo has come. Impressive too was the ease of getting there with Uber, and then being shuttled to the Shimmy entrance. Continue reading →
The Sweet Service Award goes to Incredible Connection in the V&A Waterfront, for offering a keyboard I bought at a reduced price, given that the price on their system was lower than the price on the box! The computer retailer has a bad reputation for being expensive, in my experience, and I have never had the pleasure of paying less for anything over the years of buying there!
KAMERS has grown over the past 13 years, to become a showcase of the innovation and hand-crafting talents of entrepreneurs from around our country. KAMERS opened in Cape Town yesterday, at the Castle of Good Hope, which celebrates its 350th anniversary this year, and runs until Sunday. It probably is our country’s largest pop-up market, and was the first to create this trend! Continue reading →