Entries tagged with “Helen Zille”.


On Saturday 1 July the City of Cape Town moved its water restrictions up one notch, to Level 4B, reducing the average daily consumption to 87 liters per person, from 100 liters per day previously. This move has been necessitated by the small impact that rainfall in May and June has made on our province’s water supply!  (more…)

Today Premier Helen Zille announced that the Western Cape has been declared a disaster area, given our province’s worst drought since 1904. Given that the dams supplying Cape Town collectively only have about 20% water left, one wonders what took her so long to make this declaration! The declaration is yet to be gazetted! (more…)

On Thursday we saluted Ken and Allan Forrester, Natasha Wray, and Martin Meinert, the four original  founders of 96 Winery Road on the outskirts of Stellenbosch, who still jointly own the restaurant 21 years later. It was a Media Lunch filled with nostalgia and reminiscing, being served the restaurant’s most popular dishes over the 21 years. (more…)

imageThursday Club organizer and PR Consultant Sandy Bailey invited me to attend the launch of Western Cape Premier Helen Zille’s autobiography ‘Not without a fight‘, at a sold-out lunch at Buitenverwachting in Constantia last week. The highlight was being seated next to Ms Zille. (more…)

imageThe turnout at the Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa this afternoon, for the farewell tribute to its Executive Director Horst Frehse, was testament to his popularity and the respect in which he is held, it was clear to see by all who attended. He is one of two iconic hoteliers to retire this year.

Mr Frehse‘, as he has always been respectfully addressed by his (more…)

imageA Western Cape trade, tourism, and investment delegation is currently visiting China, led by Premier Helen Zille and Minister of Economic Opportunities Alan Winde. Exports to China from the Western Cape were valued at R2 billion in 2013. The delegation’s goals include doubling (more…)

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At short notice on Friday, Paardevlei Farmers Market in Somerset West announced that it would not be operating from its premises at Triggerfish Brewery at Paardevlei, having operated there on Saturday mornings since 29 August this year.

It’s hard to work out via Facebook, where Paardevlei Farmers Market and Triggerfish both have had a go at each other, how contracts were signed between the owners of the Triggerfish building (only rented by Triggerfish) and Paardevlei Farmers Market, without all the relevant parties being in agreement of all aspects of the Market operation.  The City (more…)

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*  The Open Design Festival will run in Cape Town from 12 to 23 August at the Watershed in the V&A Waterfront and in the City Hall. With the theme ‘Design is for Tomorrow‘, the Festival consists of talks, workshops, tours, and interactive experiences.  The focus is on how design adds value. More than a hundred events are on offer, most of them with free entrance.

*   UK wine writer Jancis Robinson and importers of South African wines are hosting a New Wave South African Tasting of 100 wines by 30 (more…)

imageYesterday my friend Jenny and I visited the new venue of the Oranjezicht City Farm Market in the V&A Waterfront, alongside Beach Road near the Grand Café on the Beach at Granger Bay.  The new venue offers lots of space, all on the same level, and all under cover, which makes it more suitable for the Cape winter, with lots of parking.

I was overseas when the market moved to its new home in June,  from the charming grounds of Premier Helen Zille’s official Leeuwenhof residence in Tamboerskloof.  However, the venue was not ideal for the Cape winter, necessitating the new venue until October. Straw soaked up the aftermath of the heavy rainstorm of Friday when we visited on a beautiful sunny day, there being little effect of the (more…)

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*   Award-winning winemaker Gottfried Mocke of Chamonix is to move to Boekenhoutskloof in September, joining Marc Kent and his team, writes Tim James. Assistant winemaker Thinus Neethling will take over from Mocke.

*   Tomorrow the Provincial Regulating Entity will consider verified Uber license applications, which have been supported by the City of (more…)