WhaleTales Tourism, Food, and Wine news headlines: 15/16 December


WhaleTalesTourism, Food, and Wine new headlines

*      Etihad Airways and SAA have announced one of the benefits of their ‘strategic partnership’, in that SAA is commencing flights between Johannesburg and Abu Dhabi from 29 March, doubling the number of flights on this route.  Abu Dhabi is a hub, with access to India, the Middle East, and Asia.

*   The International Air Transport Association (IATA) predicts that the profit of its member airlines is expected to grow, due to the lower oil price and GDP growth. Airfares are expected to decrease by 5%.

*   The R 2 million Sun Star sculpture on Signal Hill has unleashed a debate about the role of corporate sponsorship in public art, its sponsorship by Sun International reflected in its name and visible on the solar power panel structure near the structure.   Its 24 meter size makes it visible over parts of the Atlantic Seaboard and city centre.  The structure has been criticised for lacking merit and the ‘crass opportunistic commodification of the medium (Robben Island fencing). Corporate funding is welcomed in the arts, but what has to be guarded against is corporate propaganda in the guise of public art. Nobody with public art insight would have supported this artwork being placed on Signal Hill. The by-law passed in March that enabled this structure to be installed without going through any review process is dictatorial’.  When the project was accepted by the City of Cape Town World Design Capital 2014, the hotel group was not yet a sponsor.  In six months time the structure will be moved to a hotel property.

*   Jordan Bakery is hosting Christmas Carols on Sunday 21 December, with the Kayamandi Gospel Choir.  R350 ticket price includes concert as well as ‘gourmet picnic‘ by Chef George Jardine.  Children free but to bring a present for a child.  Book at Quicket. (received via e-mail from Jordan Bakery)

*   Delheim has launched a new lightly wooded Family Chenin Blanc 2014.  Grapes come from Delheim as well as its Vera Cruz Estate, 3 km apart.  It costs just more than R100.

Chris von Ulmenstein, Whale Cottage Portfolio: www.whalecottage.com  Tel (021) 433-2100, Twitter:@WhaleCottage Facebook:  click here

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2 replies on “WhaleTales Tourism, Food, and Wine news headlines: 15/16 December”

  1. Hi Chris
    Please make a small change for us! Kids are free but need to bring a (small) wrapped present for the choir to distribute. Adults are welcome to, but not necessary.

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