Tag Archives: Alan Winde

How safe is the Western Cape from unrest and looting today?


KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng provinces are in a war zone, a politically motivated looting and arson at factories and shopping malls in the main.  These provinces are already running low on petrol, and basic food items. Residents are standing in long queues at supermarkets, to stock up.

Fortunately the Western Cape is reasonably peaceful, and the only incidents which are occurring are related to a Taxi war, two associations being in conflict with each other. This is affecting the travel of staff to and from work. Continue reading →

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 →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 55 of Level 3 Adjusted, 18 February 2021.


Thursday 18 February 2021, Day 54 of Level 3 Adjusted, Day 330 of Lockdown 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for a very good food day; for getting my writing done before 10h00, attending a meeting with Councillor Nicola Jowell, Imtiaz, and Xolani Ngqakayi , City of Cape Town Head of Cleansing for an area which includes Camps Bay, long overdue; for a croissant treat at Firefly Café, and doing one Camps Bay walk; for my Mohnbrötchen waiting for me at Dinkel Bakery; for a very good Status meeting with my client, it feeling like ages since we had last seen each other, but it was just four days; for an amazing new food discovery, Parliament Street becoming a new food lane 💙; for another Camps Bay walk; and for being happy and healthy 🙏💙 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 →

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 →

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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Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 17 of Level 2, 3 September 2020.


Thursday 3 September 2020, Day 17 of Level 2, Day 161 of Lockdown 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for a beautiful day of sunshine 🌞🌞🌞, feeling so much more cheerful; for getting my work done this morning before Loadshedding hit us the first time at midday, an opportunity to go for a Camps Bay walk; for receiving more financial Information from a Sandak-Lewin Accounts person super efficiently today 🙏; for a quick break, sitting at a table in the sun, to enjoy a slice of the super moist Carrot Cake at Manna Epicure, seeing owner Agnes Renault briefly; for friendly service from the German Butcher across the road; for meeting Jenny Stephens for tea at the recently reopened Woolworths WCafé in the Waterfront, seeing the team of René, Tracy and their male colleague, not having seen any of them in the past five months; for some walking steps on the way to Jenny’s car; for a one-hour wonder of having a chipped tooth fixed and topped with a crown 😊; for being able to dance 💃💃💃 again, first with the lovely DJ Candice Heyns, and then at La Parada Bree Street; for bumping into Gary Peterson and Thomas at Chefs Warehouse & Canteen; for getting home just in time to eat something quickly before our next load of Loadshedding at 20h00; and for being happy and healthy, a fabulous day. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

Corona Virus: My Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 16 of Level 2, 2 September 2020.


Wednesday 2 September 2020, Day 16 of Level 2, Day 160 of Lockdown. 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for lots of rain ☔️, not one break in the rain all day, and more to come overnight, luckily not as cold as earlier this week; for two Discovery Vitality Gameboard plays, giving me 360 Miles; for working in my warm bed this morning; for walking half my steps in the garage, as there was no break for a walk; for an adrenaline-charged day, communicating with Premier Alan Winde, the surprisingly efficient Accounts Department of Sandak-Lewin, and with Nu-Line lift company; for dancing the rest of my steps to Kfm; and for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

Western Cape Province and Wesgro invite locals to visit the Cape with #WeAreOpen campaign!


September has traditionally become Tourism Month, starting with Spring Day on 1 September. While the weather is not playing along for visitors at the moment, it is heartening to see the Western Cape Province and Wesgro working together to invite South Africans to visit the Cape, launching its #WeAreOpen’ marketing campaign today.

Coinciding with the start of Tourism Month is the reopening of the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway, as well as the Two Oceans Aquarium. A host of museums throughout the province have opened too.  Continue reading →