Oldenburg Sweet Service and SA Tourism Sour Service Awards!

The Sweet Service Award goes to Oldenburg boutique wine estate in the Banghoek valley off the Helshoogte Pass in Stellenbosch, for their kind gift of two bottles of their delectable Cabernet Franc, which I had experienced on a previous visit to the wine estate.  I had wanted to visit their Tasting Room, and was halfway up their gravel farm road but had to turn around due to it being very muddy after extremely heavy winter rains.  Tweeting my having to turn around, for fear of getting stuck, the kind Marketing staff at Oldenburg had the wine hand-delivered to my home in Cape Town.

The Sour Service Award goes to SA Tourism, which was publicly embarrassed by memeburn when they reported that the SA Tourism website was down a number of times in July, due to the non-payment to its server provider of its hosting fees!  For it being the country’s leading tourism body, this is unacceptable, as taxpayers’ monies are paying for the marketing of the tourism industry, sorely needed in the current winter tourism crisis. While SA Tourism blamed internal administrative inefficiencies for the payment error, the report states that SA Tourism has a history of not paying its bills! Shame on you SA Tourism!

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 WhaleTalesnewsletters on the www.whalecottage.com website.

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