Entries tagged with “President Zuma”.


Valentine’s Day and ultimately #ZumaExitDay was an auspicious day to have been chosen for the Strauss & Co Preview of its first ever dedicated Contemporary Art Auction, due to take place on Saturday. The Preview was held at the new Cape Town Cruise Liner Terminal in the Cape Town Harbour. (more…)

imageThe devaluation of the Rand, especially since President Zuma’s Nenegate in December, is not all plain sailing, having negative effects on the wine industry too, warns Wines of South Africa CEO Siobhan Thompson. The weak Rand is expected to dominate for a year.

The positive benefit of the devaluation of the Rand in making the country’s wines more affordable in international markets, will be counteracted by the increased prices of imported corks, barrels, equipment, yeast, and closures.  Increased inflation will be likely to drive up wages too, adding to cost increases.

Local wine farmers were advised to hedge their businesses against currency fluctuations, to balance wine exports and local sales, and to increase sales of premium wines.

Ms Thompson warned that the exchange rate devaluation would severly affect international marketing budgets by up to 25-30%, either leading to reduced marketing activity in overseas markets, or a substantial increase in marketing budget will be required. She warned that this could negatively affect building brand ‘South Africa‘ in international markets. She also said: ‘We need to stand true to our strategy of building value over volume. South Africa is serious about growing its image and higher price tier offerings and we need to continue doing so and not be pushed to lower FOBs and price points due to the Rand devaluing’.

Source: The Drinks Business

Chris von Ulmenstein, WhaleTales Blog: www.whalecottage.com/blog  Tel 082 55 11 323 Twitter:@WhaleCottage  Facebook:  click here

 

imageThe year is coming to a close, and has seen a major change, in that we sold all our guest houses, to create a new beginning (more…)

imageSouth Africans are still reeling in shock about the sudden axing of our Minister of Finance Nhlanhla Nene earlier this week. In the midst of this action appears to be SAA, its chairman Dudu Myeni being a close friend of President Zuma, and not accepting being dictated to by (more…)

imageWestern Cape Minister of Economic Opportunities, Alan Winde, whose portfolio includes Tourism, has described the Tourism season lying ahead as ‘phenomenal‘. He has welcomed tourists visiting our province.

Since October the hospitality industry has improved dramatically, (more…)

Angela+Merkel++Jacob+Zuma+November+10+2015I do not usually write stories about politicians, but the official state visit by our President Zuma to German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday, his first ever visit to Germany, attracted attention as both leaders are facing tremendous criticism from their countrymen, and both face important elections in 2016. What touched me was the photograph of the two leaders holding hands in support of each other, both going through a torrid time politically, with declining popularity. (more…)

WhaleTalesTourism, Food, and Wine news headlines

*   Bad news for tourists is that SA National Parks is closing Chapman’s Peak every Wednesday, from 25 February from 9h00 – 16h00, for a month, to clear alien vegetation! (received via Twitter from the Western Cape Government).

*   The Noordhoek Crush is a child-friendly wine event taking place at Noordhoek Farm Village on 28 March. Entrance is free and a ‘tasting passport’ costs R75. Eighty wines from 18 wine estates will be available to taste. The Noordhoek Farm Village restaurants will be open, with pop-up stalls added too. Live music. (received via e-mail from Siris Vintners)

*   Durban is increasingly becoming a tourism threat to Cape Town, having seen particular growth from the USA, representing 15% of its tourists, its largest source market.  This results from a workshop road show held in (more…)

ParliamentThe Sweet Service Award goes to the Opening of Parliament, and the SABC2 coverage of the President’s State of the Nation Address last night, the best one hour comedy show which the TV channel has ever broadcast!  It was an entertaining mix of the cellphone signal being blocked in the House, no water provided, regular TV black-outs, ‘scrambled’ audio which made it impossible to hear President Zuma, the Speaker, and other speakers speak, the continuous raising of questions by members of the House, the eviction of the EFF by armed police from the House, and the voluntary walk-out by the DA.  Comedian Pieter-Dirk Uys (more…)

Clem Sunter Book Whale Cottage PortfolioWhat an amazing experience it was to sit next to Clem Sunter at the 5th anniversary of the Thursday Club lunch at Buitenverwachting yesterday, the guest of the wine estate’s PR consultant Sandy Bailey.  At the lunch Sunter’s new book ‘21st Century Megatrends: perspectives from a Fox‘ was launched.  Sunter was the first speaker at the Thursday Club at its launch five years ago.

We were welcomed with a choice of a glass of Buitenverwachting Blanc de Noir or Meifort (a blend of Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon).  Sunter was already in the restaurant, and was happy to pose for a photograph, volunteering to move away from the glass door so that the light did not affect the photograph, clearly an old hand at this.   We started chatting before the lunch started, and I received a quick overview of his talk, and learnt a lot more about him.

Christopher Sunter was born in the UK, the only son of a mother he was very close to, and went to school at Winchester College. At school Sunter played the guitar, and the first song he sang was ‘Oh my Darling Clementine‘, which led to his classmates calling him ‘Clem‘ after the song, and the name stuck.  He went to Oxford, and there he started a band with his friend, called the Clem & John Band.  His biggest claim to fame is the fact that the band co-headed a concert in Oxford at which the Rolling Stones performed as well, in June 1964, and he ended off his talk with this information.  We were lucky to have Clem sing for us at the table, his face lighting up as he did so. He shared that he performed with eleven other CEOs at a concert at The Barnyard in Johannesburg last year, organised by Reg Lascaris, the proceeds going Clem Sunter Clem Whale Cottage Portfolioto charity.  He sang ‘Peggy Sue‘ and ‘Blue Suede Shoes‘ at the concert, and ‘Peggy Sue‘ for us at the table too.  Should his career as a scenario planner ever fail, which is highly unlikely, he can fall back into a career as singer!  Sunter also is very funny, saying that every year for three weeks he lived in the home in which his mother lived before she passed away. Every evening they were served a glass of wine, and he told a funny story about the residents of the home which brought the house down as he started his talk.   Sunter joined Anglo in London after university, and moved to Anglo Zambia in 1971, and then to Anglo South Africa two years later, serving as a Non-Executive Director of the company now, as well as consulting to corporates around the world as a scenario planner, and writing books.  Sunter has owned a holiday house in Simonstown for a number of years already, and he and his wife plan to move to Cape Town next year, a ‘semi-gration trend’, he said.  They live in Rosebank in Johannesburg and he said that he loves living in Africa, and feels completely at home in this country.  Two of his three children live outside South Africa, one of them in Perth, which caused a laugh as I had asked him whether we need to pack for Perth again, which he now refers to ‘parched Perth’ due to the impact of climate change on Australia. (more…)

WhaleTalesTourism, Food, and Wine news headlines

*  On Freedom Day President Jacob Zuma bestowed a number of awards upon South Africans as well as some international recipients, for their contribution to our country.  Sadly many of the awards were made posthumously. The recipients included Caster Semenya (Bronze Order of Ikhamanga), Cameron van der Burgh (Silver Order of Ikhamanga), Fanie van der Merwe (Silver Order of Ikhamanga), Zakes Mda (Silver Order of Ikhamanga), Sandra Prinsloo (Silver Order of Ikhamanga), Raymond Ackerman (Silver Order of the Baobab), Chris Ball (Silver Order of the Baobab), Alex Boraine (Silver Order of the Baobab), Frederick van Zyl Slabbert (Silver, Order of the Baobab, posthumous), Lord Richard Attenborough (Silver Order of the Companions of OR Tambo), Danny Glover (Silver Order of the Companions of OR Tambo), and Quincy Jones (Silver Order of the Companions of OR Tambo).

*   American tour operators are seeing a shift of bookings to South Africa, due to the weak Rand, comparing the cost of a top end  ‘five star’ meal in our country to the price one would pay for a meal at McDonalds in the USA, and praising the price of the good value ‘world class wines’ locally compared to those from Napa.

*   Express in the UK praises Cape Town’s scenery, its beaches, as well as ‘sensational wines and innovative chefs’, with the headline ‘Dining on Cape (more…)