Entries tagged with “Brett Herron”.


Tuk-tuk+taxi+XXX+high+resAfter banning Tuk Tuk taxis in Cape Town four years ago as they were not licensed, the City of Cape Town is now encouraging the owners of the three-wheel Tuk Tuk taxis to apply for the 80 licenses they are making available as a public transport service in conjunction (more…)

imageThe City of Cape Town has announced that the Camps Bay Drive roadworks will be completed at the end of November, two months later than the promised completion date, and announced more than two weeks after the work was meant to have been completed!

Instead of communicating with Camps Bay residents (and those from Hout Bay, being (more…)

imageWhaleTales Tourism, Food, and Wine news

*  The Department of Home Affairs appears determined to destroy tourism to our country. Tourism Update reports that two groups of American tourists traveling with children have been requested to show copies of the non-traveling fathers’ passports at OR Thambo airport, never stipulated in the new Immigration Regulations!

*   A Chinese-owned Australian wine company Ferngrove has developed a ‘smart‘ wine bottle, monitoring whether a bottle has been (more…)

City of Cape Town logoThe Sweet Service Award goes to the City of Cape Town, for adding a third stop street at the corner of Camp Bay Drive and Geneva Drive, one month after the commencement of the major roadworks on Camps Bay Drive. The City had promised to add such a three-way stop at a Camps Bay residents’ meeting a month prior to the start of the roadworks on 20 April.  Only one additional stop sign was added a month ago, and it took another month to add the third stop sign! (more…)

One Direction concert Cape TownThe City of Cape Town has been accused by ANC councillors that the Michael Bublé and One Direction concerts, held earlier this year within ten days of each other in the City-owned Cape Town Stadium, were in part funded by the City, and ultimately its ratepayers!

Reported in Die Burger,  the article alleges that R2,1 million of ratepayers’ monies were used to pay for tickets and security for the 19 March Michael Bublé and 1 April One Direction concerts.  R243000 is alleged to have been paid to concert organiser ‘Big Concerts International’ (sic – the company is known as Big Concerts), a private company and dominant concert organiser in our country, for tickets, and close to R500000 for security, an expenditure which should have been the responsibility of the concert organiser.

At a Council meeting of the City on Thursday Acting Mayor and Mayoral Committee Member for Transport for Cape (more…)

SANRAL logoI believe that I am a typical Western Cape resident, who thinks that toll roads are a Gauteng headache, and that City of Cape Town court cases against SANRAL (The South African National Roads Agency Ltd) have kept this scourge away from our province.  A full-page SANRAL advertisement in the Cape Times yesterday made me sit up and take notice!

The advertisement is boring in that it is copy-based only, the SANRAL logo being the only visual element.  The nonsensical headline makes it look like a ‘home made’ ad : ‘N1/N2 WINELANDS Frequently Asked‘!   Looking at it broadly, the information is haphazardly documented, (more…)

Camps Bay Drive sign on Camps Bay Drive facing T-junction 2 Whale CottageWith minimal notice to the residents and businesses of Camps Bay, using nothing more than media statements, the City of Cape Town announced the closure of a large part of Camps Bay Drive, due to R20 million roadworks undertaken between the Geneva Drive and Houghton Road turn-offs for the next five months, which commenced a week ago. Speaking to a selection of businesses, the Victoria Road restaurants have felt little or no impact of the roadworks on their business, while guest houses in the suburb appear to be taking some strain.  The long-term benefit for not only Camps Bay, but for Cape Town in general, is recognised.

In the days leading up to 20 April, the start of the roadworks, the City of Cape Town hastily put up yellow signs all (more…)

minstrels+xxxWhat a shame that the many visitors to Cape Town missed out on one of the city’s annual and unique highlights over the Festive Season.  The ‘Tweede Nuwe Jaar’ Minstrel march traditionally takes place on 2 January, but was postponed to 5 January (originally cancelled due to religious reasons, but then delayed again due to lack of parking, bus transport, and VIP seating), and then to 10 January (but this date clashed with the ANC 103rd birthday celebrations held in Cape Town, at which some Minstrel troupes participated).  Now the date of the Minstrel march appears to be set for Saturday 17 January, a date on which a minimal number of local and international tourists will still be in Cape Town!

In the last few years the minstrel parade association (more…)

Camps Bay beachThe heavily crowded beach days of 26 December and 1 January are to be controlled by the City of Cape Town, to make the traffic flow more bearable.  Not all Capetonians are in favour of this proposed quota system.

The City media statement announced:   The ‘City’s Traffic Service will actively manage the influx of vehicles along the Atlantic Seaboard in an effort to prevent a repetition of the gridlock conditions that have become a regular occurrence in Sea Point, Bantry Bay, Clifton and Camps Bay on 26 December and 1 January in previous years‘.  Anyone living on that side of Cape Town will agree that the traffic mayhem is unbearable, it taking one hour from Bakoven to the Camps Bay beachfront on 26 December last year, for example.

Unsurprisingly the City is promoting its MyCiTi Bus service, recommending that beachgoers, those heading for Camps Bay in (more…)

Metered Taxis Cape TownGood news in a City of Cape Town weekly newsletter is the development of a by-law intended to regulate the metered taxi industry in Cape Town, which has got out of hand in the operation of its service.

The City’s by-law is intended to regulate fares, ‘pick-up conditions’, safety, vehicle standards, and to set minimum service standards, intended to be implemented over the next three years.  In developing the new strategy, the City of Cape Town consulted with the Western Cape Metered Taxi Council, and did a comparative study of international best practice in cities such as New York, Dublin, Sydney, and Nairobi.

The City had set a moratorium on issuing new taxi licences until yesterday, and now all new applications will be evaluated against the new metered taxi strategy.   Included in the strategy is addressing the following concerns regarding the industry: (more…)