Entries tagged with “Sea Point police”.


The Sweet Service Award goes to McQueens Pride & Groom (what a lovely name), for its facial, and added to that the treat of a hand and foot massage for the duration of the facial. The therapist was chatty and friendly and the hour flew by. As some of the cream got into my hair, I was further spoilt with a hair wash and blow by Glen in the BloStyle Bar. The treat was kindly organized by Marina Nestel, brand ambassador of McQueens. 

 

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Argus Cycle Tour Suikerbossie Whale CottageCape Town and the Winelands region is rolling in cyclists visiting to participate in one or more of a host of cycling events from today onwards.   As more and more cyclists are taking to the road, often selfishly to the detriment of motorists, anger is building up from motorists against cyclists.

Today the Bestmed Tour de Boland commences, and will be ridden in four stages of 121 – 145 km per day over the next four days.  The race begins in Franschhoek and stage one ends at Helshoogte Pass; stage 2 is from Stellenbosch to Tulbagh; stage 3 covers Tulbagh to Riebeek Kasteel; and the last stage of the race is ridden from Riebeek Kasteel to the Franschhoek Pass.   The organisers want to offer the road riders a good challenge on a European cycle race standard combined with the best of beautiful Boland views.

On Sunday the 37th Cape Argus Pick ‘n Pay Momentum Cycle Tour takes place, with 35000 cyclists participating in what has become the world’s largest timed cycle race.  Most of the Cape Town city centre will be closed to traffic on Sunday morning, and all of Victoria Road from Hout Bay through Camps Bay to Bantry Bay and Beach Road in Sea Point is closed to traffic for the whole day, the race starting in the city centre and ending at the Cape Town Stadium.  The event generates R450 million for the economy of the Western Cape, says provincial Tourism Minister Alan Winde.

The ABSA Cape Epic takes place from 23 – 30 March, a tough endurance race covering picturesque areas in the Cape Winelands, and generates about R218 million for the province.

Most cyclists have left their getting fit to the last minute, and are taking to the city streets to get ready for Sunday.  Many (more…)

The Sweet Service Award  goes to Desmond Spangenberg, the Food & Beverage Manager at Allee Bleue outside Franschhoek.   This is the fourth Sweet Service Award Desmond has received.   My colleagues and I stopped for a coffee just after 5 pm on a grey May day, to find that the restaurant had just closed due to there being no clients (closing time is usually 5.30 pm).  Desmond was the only staff member still at the Allee Bleue Bistro, and told us that the kitchen was already closed, but he immediately offered to make us tea or coffee, even a cappuccino, which he knows I love.   As we were inconvenienced, he insisted on not taking payment.

The Sour Service Award goes to Nedbank Sea Point, where I went to exchange my old R 200 notes for new ones two weeks ago.  The teller did not confirm to me verbally how much I had given her, after counting my R 3 000 in notes.  We were talking about the regulations while she was counting, and she showed me an old and a new note during this process.  She also did not count my notes on the machine.  She returned R2 800 in new notes to me.  She admitted that she had not stated how much I had given her, and searched on her side for the missing note and asked me to do the same.  I insisted on receiving my missing R200, and asked for the manager – being a Saturday she had the weekend off, so her deputy came to talk to me.   She said that they would have to check the camera, but I was shocked that I was not allowed to check it with them, as it is in a private section of the bank, into which clients are not allowed!   Only when I called the Sea Point police from the banking hall did they return my R200 to me.   A visit that should have taken 10 minutes became a 40 minute drama, without apology from the bank.  The manager Marie had promised to call when she was back in the office on the Monday, but I am still waiting for her call.  

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.

The Sweet Service Award goes to Avenue Response, for coming to the assistance of their client when this writer was assaulted in a road rage attack on Springbok Road by Dr Frank Tyga, a resident of that street, on 6 March.  Telephonist Kathy Jane of Avenue Response stayed on the line until the security officer Haroon August could come to the rescue, and the Sea Point police arrived.

The Sour Service Award goes to The City of Cape Town, for allowing the cloakrooms at the City Hall to fall into disrepair, and for not renovating them in at least ten years, if not more.  Toilets are still of the chain kind, the doors do not have bolts on them anymore, and the floors have holes in them.  In general, a most unappetising facility, in contrast with the lovely music that is performed inside the City Hall.   Given what the City has and will spend on the World Cup, surely it can make some funds available for the modernisation of the cloakrooms? 

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.