Category Archives: Cape Town

President Ramaphosa lifts alcohol ban, moves SA to Level 3, restaurants jubilant !


This evening President Ramaphosa moved our country’s Lockdown to Level 3, after 28 days of Level 4, a tough month for the Restaurant industry.

Despite Sit-Down dining being permitted midway through Level 4, most restaurants chose to remain closed, it not being economically viable to reopen without selling alcohol.

The President permitted the sale of alcohol in restaurants from tomorrow, until 20h00. Liquor outlets may sell alcohol on Mondays – Thursdays.  The Curfew starting time has been pushed back to 22h00. All excellent news for the Restaurant industry.

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Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 28 of Level 4, 25 July 2021.


Sunday 25 July 2021, Day 28 of Level 4 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#grateful for a beautiful day, peaking at 24C; for a morning treat, after some work, to pick up croissants at Paris Cape Town (very buzzy), an ice cream at The Dairy Den (very empty), the Oranjezicht Urban City Farm Market (very buzzy, lovely to chat to Sheryl Ozinsky 💙), and fetching post at the Waterfront (very quiet); for a walk to Camps Bay, jam-packed, everyone out to enjoy the beautiful day, with a huge traffic jam late afternoon; for a beautiful sunset; for a long chat with Stuart Bailey, excited about what our President will say tonight; and for being happy, healthy, and free. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 27 of Level 4, 24 July 2021


Saturday 24 July 2021, Day 27 of Level 4😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#grateful for sleeping for 6,5 hours without interruption, my best sleep this week; for having such fabulous clients, one extra-special one paying my fee today after sending my invoices yesterday, for my payment request at month end 💙💙💙; for a super exciting morning; for getting some writing work done, in anticipation of a busy week lying ahead when two of my clients’ restaurants reopen; for a lovely Vit D shot on my terrace; for the most beautiful day, starting and ending at 7C but peaking Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 26 of Level 4, 23 July 2021


Friday 23 July 2021, Day 26 of Level 4 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#grateful for a beautiful sunny 14C day but with a cold start and end; for a good night’s sleep; for a good working day, catching up, and finishing the last edit of a new Anatoli Turkish Restaurant website; for a longer Camps Bay walk, loving the crisp clean air, and seeing a lot of ’non-alcoholic beer’ being drunk at two restaurants at the Clifton end of Camps Bay 😱; a quick shop at Woolies, buying the cats their favorite Sheba tins from my Discovery Woolies voucher; for being spared Loadshedding; and for being happy, healthy, warm, and free. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

Sweet Service Award goes to Woolworths; Sour Service Award goes to Camps Bay Apartments!


The Sweet Service Award goes to Woolworths at Constantia Emporium, for the cashier’s friendly service (not always guaranteed at Woolworths stores), and proactive offer to clean my credit card and to sanitise my hands after I finished paying for my shopping, something I’ve never experienced before. Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 25 of Level 4, 22 July 2021!


Thursday 22 July 2021, Day 25 of Level 4 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#grateful for a good night’s sleep; for more sun today, on and off, and for not being as cold as it sounded when Kfm’s Brandon Leigh kept saying this will be the coldest day and night this year today, at 14C today and 7C tonight; for a visit by our Absolute Fire fire equipment servicing company, confirming that our smoke detector fire alarm system does not conform to SANS legal standards 😱, this company offering amazing service and advice, not charging for their visit today; for finishing off the Zest website today, selecting the photographs for it; for my rolls waiting for me at Dinkel Bakery; Continue reading →

Chef Bertus Basson’s ‘In die Sop: Restaurant Evolusie’ kykNET series comes to an end, revitalises 10 country Restaurants!


Chef Bertus Basson and his team of restaurant and interior designers have transformed 10 restaurants in the Western Cape, each restaurant closed for three days for an instant make-over in its interior design, its kitchen design, its menu, and in some instances, its name.

The work that has gone into each restaurant transformation has been documented in ten ‘In die Sop: Restaurant Evolusie’ episodes on kykNET, with an eleventh episode summarising the series, and Chef Bertus revisiting some of the restaurants, to check on their progress.

The idea for the restaurant transformation series came from the realisation that it was not only the Lockdown that affected restaurants, but that their interior design, menu, and even restaurant name can impede their success!

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Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 24 of Level 4, 21 July 2021


Wednesday 21 July 2021, Day 24 of Level 4 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

Grateful for a storm day with rain and sun, rain and sun; for a peaceful sleep; for first reaction to my Door Lock moves, the Fire inspector making a first visit; for two Discovery Gameboard plays; for a busy working day; for a walk to the Camps Bay Hardware store, rewarded with a short-lived rainbow; for being warm on such a cold day, the cats even preferring to be inside 😻😻; and for being happy, healthy, and free. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 23 of Level 4, 20 July 2021


Tuesday 20 July 2021, Day 23 of Level 4 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for a rainy and sunny day, colder today at 14 C but reasonable; for a peaceful sleep, waking early and starting to work; for a lot of emails to and from Sandak-Lewin, showing them that I have had enough; for finishing off the legal dispute communications, happy that its done; for posting my SwitchBitch book to Gloria Janse van Rensburg and buying sisal rope from Camps Bay Hardware, always with fabulous service, to bring my cats’ scratch tree back to its original condition, it having been destroyed in the past year that Minsky has been here, the cats being very happy 😻😻; for a refreshing walk to Bakoven, it being cold now; for great Dansdag music 💃💃💃 on Kfm; and for being happy, healthy and free 🙏💙 Continue reading →

Cape Town to host international Formula E event next year, likely to be one of first international events in two years!


The City of Cape Town has announced that Cape Town is to be one of the host cities of the Formula E  racing tournament, in February 2022.  The event for electric-powered cars is likely to be one of the first international events to be hosted in our city, after two devastating years of no events during Lockdown.

This is excellent news for the Event, Restaurant, Accommodation, and Tourism industries in general. Continue reading →