When Villa 47 first opened in 2016, I could not stay away, loving its Breakfasts on Saturdays, its dry cappuccinos accompanied by a sweet treat of Tiramisu usually, or a special lunch or dinner treat with friends. But then I started watching my weight, and to travel to town less often, and two years flew by in last having eaten there. Having seen their Winter Special menu and some photographs, and wanting to celebrate a special achievement in town, Villa 47 was the perfect restaurant to do so. Continue reading →
Cape Town Mayor Dan Plato expressed his shock at the treatment of Restaurant and Tourism industry staff, when they participated in a peaceful demonstration outside Parliament at 10h00 this morning: ‘I am appalled at video footage showing the aggressive conduct of the South African Police Service (SAPS) today as they used heavy handed tactics against peaceful hospitality industry protesters outside parliament this morning’.
I was slightly late for the start of the protest, and in walking past staff of Hudson’s in Kloof Street, they told me that the Police were prepared for the demonstration and started shooting water cannons and tear gas at the Restaurant and Tourism Industry representatives peacefully forming a human chain, with Social Distancing of 1,5 meters apart, outside Parliament. This action led to the peaceful demonstration being brought to an abrupt halt, and staff returning to their restaurants and businesses, angry, and severely disappointed with the police action and in the Government! Continue reading →
Dineplan, a restaurant reservation system company, conducted a survey shortly after it was announced that Restaurants were allowed to open for Sit-Down Service from 30 June onwards. The survey interviewed diners to understand their willingness to eat out during the Corona Lockdown, to understand their expectations of restaurants, not only for Sit-Down Service, but also for Food Delivery and Collection. A relief for restaurants must be that only 1% of the respondents said that they would not eat out during Lockdown. Continue reading →
Tuesday 23 June 2020, Day 23 of Level 3, after 66 days of Levels 4 and 5. 😷
Corona Gratitude 🙏
#Grateful for a beautiful sunny day, feeling warmer than the 17C weather forecast of my Weather App; for two lovely walks through Bakoven and a Camps Bay one; for seeing Reinard Gerber, GM of the Bay Hotel, whom I didn’t recognize with his mask on after not seeing him in three months, at Sunset Sessions, which they are reopening in the next few days; for bumping into local Rick Jackson, having just returned from his holiday, and into Howard, who I see almost daily on our walks in opposite directions in the main; for finally hearing from the Western Cape Provincial Department of Economic Affairs and Tourism, three weeks after I emailed a lady working there all the papers we were told to send to her, so that we can receive our Tourist Guiding Badge and card…. it’s getting closer to the end now 💙; for getting a Sorbet appointment on day 1 of reopening today….; for Minsky being a good lady today; and for feeling fit and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →
StreetSmart SA, a Public Benefit Organisation which collects monies from R5 donations paid by patrons at participating restaurants, has been affected in doing its good work in caring for Street Children by the Corona Virus Lockdown, as no restaurants have been permitted to trade in the past two months.
In order to continue its good work, needed even more so during these difficult times, the organisation has launched an interim ‘Dine In. Do Good!’ campaign, encouraging home diners to donate R150 per month (R5 per day), or even more to StreetSmart SA until restaurants reopen. Continue reading →
Following the latest address to the nation by President Ramaphosa on Tuesday evening, the citizens of the Western Cape, and of Cape Town specifically, have become very anxious, speculating that our province and/our city will stay at Level 4 and not move to Level 3 at the end of this month, given an area-led Level dictate by the Government, based on a Corona Virus case count relative to the population of the area. Continue reading →
In an address to the nation, after a 19 day absence, President Cyril Ramaphosa thanked the nation for its role in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. He indicated that ‘most of the country’ is likely to move to Level 3 by the end of May. However, a regional approach may be implemented, which may mean that areas with higher infections and lesser health facilities may remain at Level 4, without mentioning which these would be. The President made a pledge to respect the rights of the people of our country, and that the Government will make amends in where it has disappointed the nation and made mistakes.
The response of the nation was one of great disappointment. Shakespeare’s ‘Much ado about nothing’ comes to mind. Repeated information was shared from his previous speeches, and no certainty was given as to when what will change. The Western Cape citizens are particularly angry, being certain that our province will remain at Level 4, even though this has not been confirmed. Much rests in the hands of our Premier Alan Winde, who has just gone into self-quarantine due to contact with a COVID-19 patient. He was due to have met with President Ramaphosa tomorrow (15 May 2020) Continue reading →
Thursday 23 April 2020, Day 39 of SA Corona Virus, Day 28 of SA Lockdown. 😷
Corona Gratitude 🙏
#Grateful for another day, even if a little cooler due to the cloud cover; for being able to count so many blessings, even though I feel more tearful when I hear certain songs, and I hear the lovely stories about Kfm and Lotto Star donating money to persons and families struggling to make ends meet; for being able to write, and having the discipline to sit down in the mornings, keeping my mind agile, and for stories falling into my lap; for my excellent health, especially in this time, my blood sugar being at my lowest level ever today, at 3,4, having been a Diabetes Type 2 sufferer for years, until I lost the 45 kg two years ago, and for my weight today being exactly the same as today one month ago, being able to dance/walk every day in my home during Lockdown; and for being healthy and happy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →
In following a number of topics related to the Tourism industry, and being a member of the industry as a recently qualified Tourist Guide whose income has ground to a halt, the Tourism Relief Fund offered to the Tourism and Hospitality industry as financial relief during the COVID-19 pandemic is of special interest to me. Earlier this week the Department of Tourism was sent court papers by civil rights organisation AfriForum, for its alleged discrimination based on race in its funding criteria. Industry talk also is that the Fund benefits larger formal tourist companies, and does not provide relief for hundreds of informal freelance operators such as Tourist Guides, the unofficial face of South Africa, in showing international travelers the highlights of our country. Continue reading →
In celebration of the 15th anniversary of StreetSmart, an organisation that raises funds for the upliftment of street children, it is going up Table Mountain on 27 February 2020 to host a High Tea, the highest High Tea served in Cape Town on that day! Continue reading →