Tag Archives: Durban

Cape Town Film industry recovery excellent news, Mission Impossible 8 to be shot in the Mother City!


The fact that a large number of film permits have been issued for film productions in Cape Town in the 2021/2022 summer months is excellent news in itself, reflecting the recovery of the Cape Town film industry.

But that Mission Impossible 8 is to be filmed in and around Cape Town (and Durban) next month is even more amazing news for the economy of the Cape, and for its reputation as a film location and tourist destination!

To aid the film industry in the Western Cape, the provincial investment and marketing agency Wesgro will be marketing the Cape as a film production destination at a number of festivals. Continue reading →

Meet Chef Prim Reddy of Indian Chapter: 2021 Top 10 Woman Chef!



Chef Prim Reddy of Indian Chapter in Bloubergstrand is a 2021 Top 10 Woman Chef, and wins a bottle of Adhara Premium Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
Chef Prim has published an award-winning Cookbook ‘Temptations’ with Chef Niranj Pather, a blend of Mediterranean and Indian dishes.
Chef Prim is ambitious, and dreams of a second Book and expanding her Indian Chapter brand into the city. As a fellow Sagittarian I know that she will achieve these goals and more.

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How safe is the Western Cape from unrest and looting today?


KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng provinces are in a war zone, a politically motivated looting and arson at factories and shopping malls in the main.  These provinces are already running low on petrol, and basic food items. Residents are standing in long queues at supermarkets, to stock up.

Fortunately the Western Cape is reasonably peaceful, and the only incidents which are occurring are related to a Taxi war, two associations being in conflict with each other. This is affecting the travel of staff to and from work. Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 17 of Level 4, 14 July 2021


Wednesday 14 July 2021, Day 17 of Level 4 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for a sunny day, but still chilly at 14C; for surviving on little sleep, with the Nigerian and friends partying from 1h30 until 5h00 this morning in Sacha Jack’s EbbTide Apartment 201 ; for two Discovery Gameboard plays, winning another Woolies voucher from points left over plus the new ones gained today; for walks to Camps Bay and then to Bakoven; for being able to share a not-good situation from yesterday with a wonderful client, a very good listener; for being safe in Cape Town; and for being healthy and free. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

Lindt adds a colourful touch to its Hello South Africa chocolate slab range packaging!


Lindt has announced the launch of new Hello South Africa packaging for its Hello Chocolate Slab range, with colourful packaging and interesting ingredient combinations for its three products honouring our three biggest cities. The Hello range was launched in 2020, but its packaging design is new.

Cape Town is honoured with a visual of Table Mountain, Devil’s Peak, Lions Headcand Signal Hill, and is a Caramel Brownie Chocolate. Johannesburg’s Jozi Chocolate wrapper depicts the colourful Orlando Power Station in Soweto , and is a Cookies & Cream slab.  The Durban Durbz slab is a Crunchy Nougat slab, and its wrapper depicts the Moses Mabhida Stadium.

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British & Irish Lions Rugby Tour to South Africa to go ahead in July 2021!




While the news yesterday that the British & Irish Lions’ Series Rugby Tour of South Africa will go ahead in July, despite the Corona Virus Pandemic, is good for our country, it will be unlikely to benefit the Tourism industry. Coverage by sports journalists will however enhance awareness of the major South African cities in which the matches will be played. Continue reading →

Dineplan reveals devastating effect of Level 3 Adjusted Lockdown on Restaurant industry!


An analysis of the bookings in the restaurant client base of Dineplan, a restaurant reservation system used by about 1500 restaurants in the country, reveals that the introduction of Level 3 Adjusted Lockdown regulations in late December 2020 affected the restaurant industry dramatically.

Not only could the restaurant industry no longer sell alcohol, and the Curfew reducing the operating hours of restaurants, but the number of diners dropped dramatically too. This led to a number of restaurants having to close its doors, either temporarily or permanently.  Continue reading →

Sweet Service Award goes to Hope @ Home; Sour Service Award goes to Discovery!


The Sweet Service Award goes to Hope @ Home, organised by and performed at the Berlin home of violonist Daniel Hope, who entertained music lovers from around the world with classical music, swing music, and more genres, in performing with established musicians as well as new up-and-coming artists, broadcast by arteTV and streamed live, a weekend highlight initially, and a daily one in a second series. Daniel must be the busiest musician in the world, in making music and managing concerts and orchestras, writing books, broadcasting, recording music, and creating publicity for all of his endeavours in conventional media as well as in Social Media.  What made the concerts so special for me is that Daniel was born in Durban, and that his father used to live in Johannesburg,  Christopher Hope being an esteemed writer. Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 70 of Level 1, 29 November 2020.


Sunday 29 November 2020, Day 70 of Level 1, Day 249 of Lockdown. 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for a beauty of a day, at 26C; for being spoilt with a fabulous breakfast at The 41 restaurant by Emma Faquharson; for signing the release form for participating in the Carte Blanche program soon, possibly next Sunday, with a coffee visit by producer Michael Duffet; for sorting out a conflict between two of the Community Cleaners, luckily amicably; for spending an hour cleaning up on both sides of the Tidal Pool with Community Cleaners John and Carmen; for time for a Vit D snooze on the terrace, a blessing after a busy week; and for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

Extraordinary Chef Prim Reddy starts a new chapter with Indian Chapter Restaurant!


Yesterday I met Restaurateur and Chef Prim Reddy for the first time in her new Indian Chapter in Blouberg, on my way to the West Coast. She recently moved into smaller premises across the road from her former venue, grateful for this fortunate misfortune, focusing on her 20 diners with even more care and personal attention. Chef Prim is a kind restaurateur without any ego, yet strong and has exciting future plans. Continue reading →