Tag Archives: Western Cape

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 60 of Level 3 Adjusted, 23 February 2021


Tuesday 23 February 2021, Day 60 of Level 3 Adjusted, Day 335 of Lockdown. 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for a lovely 22C day, with dark clouds when I went for a walk, as if rain was on its way, but they have almost blown away now; for a wow 500 Discovery points, not sure how that happened, as it’s the same distance to Clifton and back, but I’m not complaining, as it was a good walk; for a good writing morning, also writing for tomorrow already; for a terrace sun snooze; and for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

Premier Winde: Western Cape Liquor Act to be amended to combat alcohol abuse!


Western Cape Premier Alan Winde announced in his State of the Province address last week that the Province is to tighten its alcohol laws to curb the abuse of alcohol, a clear problem in our country, reports BusinessTech.

The Western Cape Liquor Act is to be amended, in order to address the alcohol abuse, and to enhance the efficiency of the Province’s Liquor Authority. Continue reading →

Art on the ground ‘Beyond Walls’ creates longest human chain in the world, launches Public Arts Festival in Cape Town!


The launch of the ‘Beyond Walls’ art exhibition of international artist Saype in Sea Point yesterday has attracted attention from locals, an exhibition one cannot see on the ground, but is visible from above, and from photographs taken by drones.

The artist has created installations within the Cape Town exhibition on the lawns in Sea Point (top left), and on the ground in Philippi Village (bottom right), and in Buwga Square in Langa (middle right).

The ‘Beyond Walls’ exhibition features the longest human chain in the world, and represents unity, mutual aid, and common effort beyond geographical constraints.

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Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 25 of Level 3 Adjusted, 21 January 2021.


Thursday 21 January 2021, Day 25 of Level 3 Adjusted, Day 302 of Lockdown 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for a close to perfect day; for waking up early, and starting to write immediately, given that Thursdays are always my busy day of the week; for having an hour available for a Camps Bay walk before my Cleaning Team arrived, gaining 300 Discovery points; for finding a bush on Camps Bay Drive with hidden litter, which I showed Carmen and Imtiaz; for getting all my writing work done by 13h00, when I had to get ready to leave for town; for Miss M and Mr G being far more tolerant of each other 😻😻; for striking a compromise deal about Henry’s salary increase; for a good meeting to present the Communication proposal for Client 2; for a very good Status meeting with Utopia; for meeting Jenny Stephens in Mouille Point, going for a walk and tea at Lillies afterwards ; for bumping into Tania Harrison at Lillies, celebrating the birthday of her son; for returning to Utopia to photograph an engagement, the lucky lady crying, being so moved; for the fabulous feedback about my work from Utopia Owner/Chef Pavel, and via their coffee supplier Ciro who told a manager that Utopia is the talk of the town in Cape Town, after 2 1/2 months of working with them; for Cain at Dinkel Bakery keeping my two poppyseed rolls; and for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

Western Cape Premier Winde pleads for Cape Restaurants to close later in the evenings, and to sell alcohol!


BusinessTech reports today that Western Cape Premier Alan Winde has written to our National Minister of Health Dr Zweli Mkhize for certain Lockdown regulations to be relaxed in his Province, in order to save jobs in the Western Cape. The restaurant and alcohol beverage industries are bleeding badly under the Adjusted Level 3 regulations, with the Curfew starting at 21h00 and alcohol sales banned currently. Continue reading →

Thank you 2020 for everything that you have taught me, my Top 20 of 2020!


I was very excited about the year 2020, having the 20th as a birthdate, and it being my lucky number. Despite the tragedy of the Corona Virus pandemic and the inconvenience of the Lockdown regulations at times, 2020 turned out to be one of my best ever, learning from it and growing through it.

On Facebook I have posted daily Corona Gratitudes, for the small and big things that have come my way in the past 9 months. There are far too many to mention, so I have turned this post into a Top 20 of 2020, an unforgettable year for all of us. Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 73 of Level 1, 2 December 2020.


Wednesday 2 December 2020, Day 73 of Level 1, Day 252 of Lockdown 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful to all of you for your care and concern in KitKat having been taken away yesterday 😱😢😿; for the luck of having pre-planned a lunch today with Hanlie Theron and Johnny Nortje, which distracted me from my sadness, and got me out of my home; for a lovely sunny day, but the wind now blowing strongly; for the request by my Canadian tour operator to
produce a ‘Christmas in Cape Town’ video, what a fabulous challenge; for having my Community Cleaning team doing a deep clean with me this afternoon; for attending the celebration of the new showroom of Boutique Haute Horologie in the Waterfront; for Brian Van Hansen spontaneously saying yes to doing the Christmas video, with 15 minutes notice; for two Discovery Vitality Gameboard plays; and for being healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 29 of Level 2, 15 September 2020.


Tuesday 15 September 2020, Day 29 of Level 2, Day 173 of Lockdown 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for a sunny 16C day, lifting the spirits, before more rain arrives tomorrow ☔️; for a quick Blogpost write followed by a Camps Bay walk; for a trip down south, buying plants, dropping off pearl bracelets at Caroline Smith in Claremont, needing restringing, meeting her for the first time, and driving to Kenilworth to see Fat Harry’s renovation, due to reopen in October under new ownership; for popping in at Flower Café at Petals in Woodstock; for a walk through Bakoven, bumping into my Lauren and my nephew Nick Solomon ❤️, staying in Cape Town while the hotel of which he is the GM in the Seychelles is still closed to tourism; and for being happy and healthy. Continue reading →

Western Cape Tourist Guiding registration goes online, will it speed up the process?


Having been through a two-month process of obtaining my Tourist Guiding badge, using the Western Cape Department of Economic Affairs and Tourism manual procedure to do so by submitting numerous pages via email, it was interesting to read that the Province is now offering an online Tourist Guide registration and renewal procedure.

It appears that the issuing of tourist registration cards (mine took two months) and tourist badges (still not received after three and a half months) may delay the online registration process, in that a number of departmental processes and procedures may still hold up the registration process, and may not make the Tourist Guide registration process any faster. Trying to register within the Covid Lockdown has added to the delay in the registration process.  I had to request Western Cape Premier Alan Winde for support, with a follow up, and have been impressed with the interaction with Ilse van Schalkwyk, the Chief Director of Economic Sector Support.

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A West Coast Road Trip: Cape Town – Darling – Malmesbury, rocking the daisies!


It was my first road trip outside Cape Town in many months, I realised, not having left Cape Town in a year, other than a short business trip to Stellenbosch earlier during Lockdown. The reason for the trip was an opportunity to see the wild flowers of the West Coast, particularly spectacular this year due to the heavy winter rains, on the Waylands Farm private nature reserve outside Darling, owned by John and Jeanette Duckitt. It became a mini Huguenot High School Matric English class reunion, this being our 50th anniversary of leaving school, and celebrating 62 years of five of us having started school together in Wellington 62 years ago. Continue reading →