Tag Archives: Western Cape

Corona Virus Lockdown: Western Cape Premier Alan Winde makes a reasoned plea for the province to be moved to Level 3 before the end of May 2020, through a targeted Hot Spot Plan!


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 →

Corona Virus Lockdown: President Ramaphosa addresses nation, announces move in ‘most areas’ to Level 3 by the end of May 2020!


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 →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 28, 23 April 2020.



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 →

Corona Virus: ‘Racist’ criteria for support from Tourism Relief Fund leads to AfriForum court action against the Department of Tourism!


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 →

High Tea goes even higher on Table Mountain, in aid of StreetSmart!


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 →

Catharina’s at Steenberg transformed, renamed, modernised into a younger and lighter Tryn Restaurant, offers ethically sourced fish and locally sourced ingredients!

Last week I joined Steenberg Public Relations Consultant Gudrun Clark for lunch at the recently opened Tryn restaurant, in the transformed space that was the home of Catharina’s at Steenberg for twenty years. Tryn was the nickname of founder owner Catharina Ras. Its Kitchen is now headed up by Chef Kerry Kilpin, who has been in charge of Bistro Sixteen82, also at Steenberg, for the past five years. Catharina’s has been transformed, renamed, and modernised, to bring her into the 21st century. The restaurant transformation was accompanied by a major renovation of the Steenberg Hotel.  Continue reading →

Eat Out awards Best Everyday Eateries 2018 in the Cape, Gauteng, and KwaZulu-Natal!

It’s an Eat Out week, with the restaurant guide announcing not only its Top 30 Restaurant nominations for 2018, but also celebrating the top Everyday Eateries for the Western Cape, Gauteng, and KwaZulu-Natal. Generally most would find the Eat Out Everyday Eatery choices to be acceptable, but could question why in some categories restaurants were not awarded.  Continue reading →

Chef Jenny Morris launches Yumcious Café in Durbanville! Exciting Tourism news from James Vos, Shadow Minister of Tourism!

Yesterday I attended the launch of Yumcious Café in the DeVille Centre in Durbanville, the second restaurant of Chef Jenny Morris, her first one being the very successful Yumcious Café in the Cape Quarter.  Continue reading →