WhaleTales Tourism, Food, and Wine news headlines: 9 September

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*   The MyCiTi Bus is to start rolling in the City Bowl, Sea Point, Century City, Duinefontein, and Melkbos on 2 November Brett Herron, the City of Cape Town’s Mayoral Committee Member for Transport,  has announced via Twitter.  The start date for Camps Bay is 30 November, more than a year behind schedule.

*   The petrol attendant strike commences today, originally forecast for last week.

*   SA Breweries has launched an advertising campaign, in the form of a self-produced advertorial, in the Sunday Times Food Weekly, encouraging beer to be paired with food as the beer’s flavour released in the malting process is similar to that in cooked food, it claims in rather technical terminology!   Food and beer pairing tips are provided, with a poor photograph showing an unappetizing looking dish with a small part of a Castle Milk Stout label:  flavours must be compatible, strengths must match, ale can pair with what red wine pairs with and lager with white wine pairings, and the greater the bitterness and the higher alcohol content, the heavier the dish should be.

*   Excellent feedback was received from German wine writer Mario Scheuermann about the quality of the Suedafrika Weinshow which was held in the SA Embassy in Berlin this weekend!

*   The SAA turnaround strategy will be presented to parliament this week, by its new CEO Monwabisi Kalawe, once a Director of the Board of Cape Town Tourism and MD of Cape Town International.  The airline is expected to make a loss for the year to 31 March, following the 2012 loss of  R1.25 billion.  SAA is surviving on a R5 billion guarantee from the Treasury, and is battling high fuel costs, a weak Rand, and strong competition from other carriers. Mr Kalawe will be focusing on cost cutting throughout the company.

*   Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom‘ will be screened internationally from November, and could benefit tourism to South Africa.  The movie has just premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival.

*   An innovative Eco Atlas Ethical Directory has been compiled, to guide consumers in eating out, sleeping out, and in buying products ethically.  An ECO CHOICES icon next to each entry will reflect the establishment’s recycling policy, sustainable fish policy, and their empowerment of staff.   It will also guide consumers in sourcing locally produced and earth-friendly products.  (via media release from Catalyst Communications)

*   Hein Koegelenberg, MD of both La Motte and Leopard’s Leap, and also Chairman of Perfect Wines of South Africa, must be one of the smartest businesspersons in our country, having just brought 700 Perfect China salespersons as well as a group of VIPs visiting on an incentive trip.  ‘This incentive trip aims to introduce the top performing sales people of Perfect China to the South African winelands which will enable them to do an even better job of selling South African wine. The venture also focuses on tourism from China to South Africa. This is only the first of a planned annual incentive visit of the same nature aiming to contribute to the local economy by turning the visitors into ambassadors of South African tourism‘.  The visitors were welcomed at the Cape Town International Convention Centre by Western Cape Premier Helen Zille, by former President FW de Klerk via video feed,  the Deputy Minister of Tourism Tokozile Xasa, and were taken to taste the L’Huguenot wines made for Perfect China at Val de Vie which has just been bought by the company, and to visit Table Mountain, Aquila Nature Reserve, and other tourist attractions.

*   Steenberg is celebrating Heritage Day on 24 September with a Steenberg Vineyards Fancy Dress Trail Run ( the Best Dressed Runner wins his/her weight in Steenberg wines), live entertainment, Boules Tournament, food from the braai, a wine glass, a bottle of water, and wine tasting, at the cost of two price options of R230/R250. (via media release from Communication Services Africa)

*   Obikwa is selling its Sauvignon and Merlot wines in 750 ml four-packs in Pick ‘n Pay and Makro at R100 per pack. (via media release from GC Communications)

Chris von Ulmenstein, Whale Cottage Portfolio: www.whalecottage.com  Twitter: @WhaleCottage

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