At the end of March Bo-Kaap was declared a ‘Heritage protection overlay zone’ by the City of Cape Town, after a six year battle to prevent large property developments in the area, reported the Atlantic Sun. The heritage protection status awaits being published in the Provincial Gazette. Continue reading →
The Sweet Service Award goes to Kfm, for its Christmas Wish project to share goodwill with Capetonians going through difficult times. Last week I heard goodwill bestowed upon Madeleze Gibson, whose husband David passed away in a car accident while driving to a store to buy nappies for their child. Madeleze was left with three children and a baby on the way shortly. On Rob Vember’s afternoon show both Madeleze and her sister-in-law Desraye, who had Continue reading →
Cape Town has long been the focus of the international film industry, given its majestic beauty, its lower costs due to the weak Rand, being on the same time zone as Europe, and its excellent weather. The Visa Regulations launched last June have put a damper on the Continue reading →
Despite a dreadful tourism performance in the past year, largely due to the Department of Home Affairs Visa Regulations introduced more than a year ago (but recently reversed), Cape Continue reading →
Not just the Tourism industry, but also the property market in Cape Town is affected by the Visa Regulations! Estate agents on the Atlantic Seaboard and City Bowl say that the Tourist decline is mirroring a decline in property sales.
Since the introduction of the Visa Regulations the impact has been felt in the property market. Foreign buyers are more likely to buy property when they are in Cape Town. Since April this year Atlantic Seaboard and city Continue reading →
The most controversial amendment proposal is raising the legal drinking age to 21 years , reports the Atlantic Sun. Even more onerous for retailers, and restaurant and bar owners, is the proposal that such establishments be held liable for damage which is done by their intoxicated customers! One Continue reading →
* Domestic Tourism declined by 200000 persons between 2012 – 2014, mainly due to perceptions that travel locally is not affordable, says DA Shadow Minister of Tourism James Vos. Despite the decline in numbers, the income generated from domestic tourism increased by R2,3 billion to R24 billion between the two years, indicating that Domestic Tourism has become more expensive, according to Mr Vos, reports Travel News Weekly (TNW).
* Riedel is designing the perfect drinking glass for Rosé, to bring out its bouquet and freshness. It is Continue reading →
The Sweet Service Award goes to Clicks Glengariff Road and Bantry Bay pharmacies for their excellent service on Easter Sunday. Despite our housekeeper Teresa having spent most of the day at the Somerset Hospital clinic to obtain a monthly doses of medication earlier in that week, they had run out of her medication. Having helped us once before, pharmacist Arthur at Clicks Glengariff Road assisted us with the prescription bar one set of tablets. They were available at Diskem, but they would not supply them to us without a script. Our doctor’s rooms were not open and their telephone was not answered, to obtain a script. We drove to Bantry Bay pharmacy, where we were given a generic equivalent of the medication which Teresa needed, without a script. Continue reading →
* The first World Congress of Nephrology finishes at the Cape Town International Convention Centre today, the first time that the Congress is held in Africa. A total of 3000 kidney specialists have attended the Congress since Friday, reports The New Age. Later this year the World Congress of the International Federation of Aesthetic Dentistry and the 46th Union World Conference on Lung Health will be held in Cape Town.
* Cape Town is the focus in an UK article entitled ‘Paradise found in South African city‘, suggestions given for what to do and see in a week in ‘one of the most vibrant cities in the world‘, including Table Mountain; V&A Waterfront; Cape Quarter; the Codfather in Camps Bay; Africa Café and Mama Africa; afternoon tea at the Mount Nelson, Cape Grace, and Table Bay hotels; Steenberg in the ‘Constancia Valley‘ (sic); the Old Biscuit Mill; Kirstenbosch; Shimmy Beach Club; and a helicopter trip over the city.
* Described as a ‘hunting haven‘ may not be good for our country’s image! The big-game hunting industry Continue reading →
The Green Point Athletics Stadium opened next to the Cape Town Stadium a week ago, after a delay of 18 months. It was built on the grounds of the former Green Point Stadium, which location as a World Cup 2014 Stadium was rejected by FIFA CEO Sepp Blatter for not offering the perfect view of Table Mountain!
Mayor Patricia de Lille opened the R85 million upgraded facility, with 4500 seats and an Olympic-quality cobalt blue tartan track, which is intended to be rented out to schools for their athletics events. She said that the facility is world-class, and was built to meet the Continue reading →