The Sweet Service Award goes to the City of Cape Town, and its Parks Department, for the fantastic job Randall, Roland and their team have done in mowing the lawns in Camps Bay near the Tidal Pool and the Lifesaving building, the grass having grown very long after the winter rain. I met with Sea Point/Camps Bay Councillor Nicola Jowell and Randall on Tuesday this week, to show them how overgrown it had become, and by yesterday the mowing was completed. The lawn near the stream is very popular amongst picnickers. Continue reading →
The Sweet Service Award goes to Sorbet in Camps Bay, for the wonderful service by Lauren for doing a leg wax and by her colleague for doing a mini pedicure, with extra love and care, on the eve of my departure overseas. I am so delighted to have switched from the Sea Point to the Camps Bay Sorbet branch almost a year ago. Continue reading →
On Friday 15,September the Robben Island ferry Thandi close to sank in rough seas between the V&A Waterfront and Robben Island, with 64 passengers, most of them tourists, and five members of staff on board! It is the final straw of continuous problems linked to the Robben Island ferry service.
The Sweet Service Award goes to Auto & General, and its Claims Consultant Heidi, who dealt with my claim in a most friendly and efficient manner, Heidi telling me that they don’t believe in paperwork. The details were taken down in less than half an hour, hence the service exceeding the defined time period. I had spoken to a colleague, but the call cut off, and because I could not understand that consultant well, I was delighted that Heidi was the next Continue reading →
The Sweet Service Award goes to Pick ‘n Pay Gardens Centre and its staff member Annie Hendricks. Annie has been praised on numerous occasions on this Blog for her wonderful service in packing our weekly grocery order and delivering it to our guest house. Before my trip I sent her an sms to notify her that I had sent her an order. She replied that she was ill, and that her colleague who does the orders when she is off had been moved to another branch. As it was a busy weekend, we could not do without the order. Annie smsd that she would get someone else to do the order for us. When Pick ‘n Pay arrived, there was Annie, who had got out of her sickbed to assist ourselves and two other clients with their orders, offering service beyond the call of duty. Continue reading →
Good news in a City of Cape Town weekly newsletter is the development of a by-law intended to regulate the metered taxi industry in Cape Town, which has got out of hand in the operation of its service.
The City’s by-law is intended to regulate fares, ‘pick-up conditions’, safety, vehicle standards, and to set minimum service standards, intended to be implemented over the next three years. In developing the new strategy, the City of Cape Town consulted with the Western Cape Metered Taxi Council, and did a comparative study of international best practice in cities such as New York, Dublin, Sydney, and Nairobi.
The City had set a moratorium on issuing new taxi licences until yesterday, and now all new applications will be evaluated against the new metered taxi strategy. Included in the strategy is addressing the following concerns regarding the industry: Continue reading →
* Retailers’ service sucks – we may have thought so – but now it’s official, according to the ‘Retail Shopper Survey 2014′, conducted by Why 5 amongst households with a total income of R10000 or more. More than half of respondents said service is bad; they want shops close by; shopping is a grudge purchase; the majority research offers online; payment by mobile phone would be supported by one-third of shoppers; loyalty programs are highly popular, 96% of shoppers using them; sales do attract shoppers; shoppers want information via catalogues, newsletters, and e-mails, but in-store radio broadcasts are a waste of time; shoppers feel that shopping malls all look the same.
* TripAdvisor has launched a new ‘Just for You‘ service, offering ‘tailor-made’ accommodation recommendations based on past searches on their website as well as preferences. It links with Facebook to gain a better understanding of its customers, to enable better recommendations to be made.
* Former World’s 50 Best Restaurant number 1 chef in the world, Ferran Àdria of elBulli, says that the standard of cheffing is at its highest level ever, being ‘the best in history‘, and that the gap between a 3 star Michelin restaurant and a casual dining restaurant is the smallest ever! Àdria advised top restaurants to differentiate themselves on aspects other than the food, to justify their higher prices, suggesting their wine list, service, and decor. Cocktails also are a point of differentiation,with bartenders seeking inspiration for new recipes from chefs.
* Wine writer Joe Roberts says that a very small percentage of the 8000 wineries (with 16000 brands) in the USA is embracing digital marketing. While 44% of consumers are connecting with digital, only an estimated 1% of American wine marketing spend is on digital advertising. No more than 80 of the wineries have dedicated digital practitioners. In a week, winery brands receive 2 – 20 mentions on digital platforms, of which 80% go unanswered. One wonders if the South African stats are any better for our local wine estates’ usage of digital marketing?
* For the third year running vineyards in Burgundy have been hit by a hail storm, causing damage to 40 – 90% of the Continue reading →