Entries tagged with “Cape Town Stadium”.


The Sweet Service Award goes to the Greyton Tourism Bureau and its Manager Roslyn Petersen, who made attending the Greyton Classic Music Festival such a pleasure, in booking our accommodation, and the tickets for the concerts we wanted to attend. She even helped book a restaurant for the Saturday, after The Post House cancelled the reservation we had already made for the dinner.  (more…)

Ten days ago, on its third day of operation, hotelier and writer Llewellyn Lambert, architect Jan de Wet, and I went to visit The Silo Hotel in the commercial side of the V & A Waterfront. We were blown away by the luxury  of the interior decor, the generosity of spaciousness, and the extreme friendliness of the staff, hallmarks of the operations of The Royal Portfolio. I returned nine days later, to have a second lunch at The Silo Rooftop. (more…)

the-ritz-buildingSea Point is to get a shake-up when the newly renovated The Ritz hotel opens its doors to its first guests on 1 November, and the revolving restaurant and champagne bar at the top of the Ritz open their doors on 15 November. The Ritz hotel and restaurant have become part of the Shimmy Luxury Collection. (more…)

imageThe invitation was enticing: join Chenin Blanc king Ken Forrester at The Westin on the 19th floor, to hear about his Dirty Little Secret, and it is no wonder that they had a full house, with trade representatives as well as writers attending! (more…)

OrphanageNew York Times writer Sarah Khan is a good friend of Cape Town, and we can be lucky that she lives in our beautiful city now, acting as its unofficial publicity agent! Her latest article 36 Hours in Cape Town’ heaps further praise on our city, and is accompanied by a video of the highlight destinations in her article.

Cape Town is described ‘as one of the world’s most beautiful cities’, and as (more…)

imageTourism, Food, and Wine news headlines

*   KWV has won the General Smuts Trophy for Champion Young Wine for its Cabernet Sauvignon and wooded Shiraz blend at the 2015 SA Young Wine Awards. The same wine also won SA Champion Red Blend. Their wooded Malbec won SA Champion Other Red Cultivar, and their wooded Chardonnay won SA Champion Chardonnay. Spier won SA Championship trophies for its Sémillon and wooded Cabernet Saivignon. More than 2100 young wine entries were received, in what (more…)

CapeTownCup_300The Cape Town Cup, which took place on 24 and 26 July last weekend, is the biggest Football Flop the City of Cape Town has thrown ratepayers’ money at, estimated to be R 30 million!

I am not a supporter of the ANC politics in the City of Cape Town Council meetings nor those at provincial level, but the reports yesterday, quoting both Tony Ehrenreich and Marius Fransman, made me sit up and take note.

Driving past the Cape Town Stadium last Friday at 18h00, the starting time of the first match, I was surprised at how easy it was to get to the V&A Waterfront, my usual route leading past the Stadium. Other than the Stadium (more…)

WhaleTalesTourism, Food, and Wine news headlines

*   AirBnB is increasing in popularity, and becoming a greater threat to hotels, especially as it is accepting hotel room listings at its attractive 3% commission compared to the norm of 15-25%, and because the guests are verified, reports MarketWatch!

*   Reports speculate that the Formula One could be held in Cape Town (more…)

WhaleTalesTourism, Food, and Wine news headlines

*   The Reserve Bank has left the Repo rate unchanged, but has warned that the inflationary pressure from petrol price increases and a weak Rand could influence the rate in future.

*   The City of Cape Town is setting up a company to manage the Cape Town Stadium, an asset which is costing the City and its ratepayers large sums of money due to losses made, at about R36 million a year! The establishment of the company is to be approved at the Mayoral Committee meeting today, which will then create a business hub around (more…)

Clem Sunter Clem Whale Cottage Portfolio

Clem Sunter is one of our country’s top and also an international scenario planner, who has consulted for China, the Zanu FP, and Botswana, but never the ANC. Addressing the Thursday Club over lunch at Buitenverwachting yesterday,  Sunter encouraged the audience to ‘not get too downcast, as we are still in the Premier League‘, he said. Chef Edgar Osojnik prepared a generous 3-course meal, many guests not being able to finish all of it.

Clem Sunter attracted attention in the ‘Eighties with his ‘High Road, Low Road’ scenarios, and has been speaking all over the world, writing books, and hosting strategy workshops with corporates and even governments. He has used the analogy of a fox, being smart in its competitive environment, and the title of the books now refer to (more…)