Tag Archives: Paula Wilson Media Consulting

WhaleTales Tourism, Food, and Wine news headlines: 25 February

WhaleTalesTourism, Food, and Design news headlines

*   A total of 10,6 million South Africans use WhatsApp,  a free messaging service which was bought by Facebook last week.  This represents close to half of all adults living in cities and towns.   Facebook usage on mobile phones is at 9 million (45%), Mxit is at 25%, BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) (21%), and Twitter 20%, according to a survey conducted last week.

*   The Stellenbosch American Express Wine Routes will be participating at the tourism and travel show ITB in Berlin next month for the first time.  (received via media release from Random Hat Communications)

*   The ATKV-Oesfees will be held at Solms-Delta outside Franschhoek on 22 March, with headline acts including Karen Zoid, Theuns Jordaan, Robbie Wessels, and Loukmaan Adams.  It is the 7th Oesfees on the wine estate, and 100 performers will participate, to celebrate the harvest in the Franschhoek valley with local music and dance.  Last year more than 5000 music fans attended the Oesfees.   Solms-Delta is dedicated to preserving and developing the musical heritage of the Cape, through its Music van de Caab project run by Adriaan Brand.  Entrance costs R130 per adult. (received via media release from Paula Wilson Media Consulting)

*   Food Routes has launched a new Culinary Sensibility Identities (CSI) tool, allowing restaurant goers to match their culinary personality with that of a compatible restaurant on the Food Routes Continue reading →

WhaleTales Tourism, Food, and Wine news headlines: 9/10 December

WhaleTalesTourism, Food, and Wine news headlines

*   Alide Dasnois, editor of the Cape Times, has been relieved of her post, for an article by her environmental reporter Melanie Gosling about the improper awarding of a contract by the Minister of  Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries to a Sekunjalo subsidiary owned by the Sekunjalo consortium which owns Independent Newspapers!  Ms Dasnois has been replaced by Gasant Abarder as editor of the Cape Times.

*   Delheim is offering a new Cupcake and Wine pairing.  Chef Christine Claasen’s Rooibos cupcake is paired with Delheim Unwooded Chardonnay; the Pomegranate cupcake is paired with the Pinotage Rose; the Makataan (wild melon) cupcake is matched with Delheim’s Chardonnay Sur Lei; and the Pumpkin cupcake is paired with Delheim Pinotage.  The cost is R75. (received via media release from Random Hat Communications).

*   Bain’s Cape Mountain single grain whisky from Wellington has won double gold at the New York International Spirits Competition, having been named World’s Best Grain Whisky earlier this year.   It is distilled at The James Sedgwick Distillery. (received via media release from De Kock Communications)

*   Uitkyk is offering ‘Georgian’ picnics at its restored Georgian manor house outside Stellenbosch.  The picnic basket includes artisan breads, cheeses, pates, olives, charcuterie, smoked salmon, fruit, and chocolate brownies, paired with a bottle of Uitkyk wine as well as a bottle of mineral water. Cost is R350 for two. (received via joint media release from Paula Wilson Media Consulting and Manley Communications)

*   Kenyan visitors to South Africa have reacted with horror for having to pay a private operator for a visa to South Africa, which is meant to be free Continue reading →

WhaleTales Tourism, Food, and Wine news headlines: 23/24 November

WhaleTalesTourism, Food, and Wine news headlines

*   The Garden Route has been named as the best golf destination in Africa and the Middle East.

*   Solms-Delta is one of only 15 recipients  (one of three from South Africa – Bushman’s Kloof Wildlife Reserve and Camp Jabulani) of the Travel + Leisure Global Vision Awards 2013, ‘all of whichembody the extraordinary ways that travellers can give back to the places we visit’.  Solms-Delta empowers its workers through profit-sharing, equity, land-ownership, educational scholarships, music-based heritage projects, and other socially and culturally uplifting programmes. (received via media release from Paula Wilson Media Consulting)

*   Tim James of Grape blog has won the inaugural Du Toitskloof Wines Wine Writer of the Year competition, of which the theme was Climate Change and its effect on the South African wine industry.  The prize value is R30000. (received via media release from De Kock Communications)

 Neil Ellis Sincerely Sauvignon Blanc is recommended for Continue reading →

Performance Printer Solutions Sweet and Squirrel’s Nest Sour Service Awards

The Sweet Service Award goes to PP (Performance Printer) Solutions in Cape Town, and was nominated by Paula Wilson from Paula Wilson Media Consulting:  She writes:Serrano Kindo & Michael Davids – were the technicians who came to see the laser printer – both incredibly professional and wonderful to deal with.  Their boss James Hendricks was also a pleasure to deal with on the phone.  We found them online when Googling the details of our printer looking for service people nearby! We had struggled to get hold of Hewlett Packard directly so went this route! They came out to assess the printer problem the day after we called, they sent a quote on email within hours, came back to get the printer on quote approval and it was fixed and delivered back to us the following day!  And they did not overcharge!  We will always use them in future and recommend where we can!   They specialise in HP but also do the others – laser, inks and fax machines.  “For professional service give us a call” it says on their flier – they live up to that for sure! 

The Sour Service Award goes to Squirrel’s Nest In Hout Bay, nominated by Hilary Djolov.   She writes:  We had booked the cottage for six nights, but on arrival found that it was not suitable for our three-year-old daughter, especially because the pool was right outside the cottage and had no net or fence. In addition, the TV was not working and the owner simply stated that she could not afford to have it fixed when we queried this. Also there was no bath (our daughter is too young to shower) and it had a suicidally steep staircase – we felt that these should have been mentioned when we booked, as we made it clear we were bringing a small child.   Other than that, it was a bit of a dump, which perhaps we should have expected at R450 per night. We therefore cancelled on arrival, and at great expense and inconvenience found alternative accommodation. We feel that 60% of our deposit should be returned, as we had cancelled due to faults with the accommodation itself. The owner continues to refuse on the basis of late cancellation.” 

The WhaleTales Sweet & Sour Service Awards are presented every Friday on the WhaleTales blog.  Nominations for the Sweet and Sour Service Awards can be sent to Chris von Ulmenstein at info@whalecottage.com.   Past winners of the Sweet and Sour Service Awards can be read on the Friday posts of this blog, and in the WhaleTales newsletters on the www.whalecottage.com website.