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The Pottery opens in Camps Bay, owned by locals; pottery, food and cocktails for Locals!


Last week The Pottery opened next door to Dizzy’s on The Drive in Camps Bay, after a much-needed renovation of the space, which served as Dizzy’s Bar for many years. Two of the three owners of The Pottery live in Camps Bay, and have promised that at least one of them will be at the restaurant at any time.

Camps Bay is the fourth The Pottery branch to open, other branches being in George, Ballito, and Jeffrey’s Bay.

The food and beverage offering is limited but its quality and pricing is excellent, a bonus for Camps Bay locals.

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Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 3 of Level 1, 3 October 2021


Sunday 3 October 2021, Day 3 of Level 1 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#grateful for a fabulous relaxed day, catching up on me; for a second round of sleep, savouring the silence in our building…. finally 🙏; for writing Blogposts for the week ahead, which looks to be a very busy one; for a good challenging walk combined with litter cleaning and seeing two 💙 clouds, and meeting the lovely trio of owners opening The Pottery in the former Mykonos restaurant building in Camps Bay; for bumping in to David Kramer on my walk, always wearing his little hat; and for being happy, healthy, and free. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

South Easter blows up Cape Town New Year celebrations!

On Monday evening an über gale force South Easter affected the New Year’s Eve celebrations of a large sector of the Cape Town population, as well as of tourists.   The wind was said to be gusting at over 100 km/hour, and created havoc at the V&A Waterfront, and in the city centre it led to the cancellation of the traditional late evening Cape Minstrel procession!

The annual New Year’s Eve 5FM party was cancelled at 22h20 on Monday night, after the City of Cape Town’s Disaster Risk Management declared the risk too great to host the function in a marquee, of which a section had already collapsed.  Ticket holders appreciated the concern for safety, but were furious that they had to queue for two hours in the V&A Waterfront so late at night, to hear from the company about whether the event would be hosted or not.  The company’s Tweeter appeared to tread water, and was very quick to absolve the Waterfront from any responsibility about the cancellation of the event, her inane Tweets wishing for a reduction in the windspeed!  Any Capetonian would know that the South Easter blows at its peak late at night, and might only ease off at midnight, which was not the case on Monday evening.  Any event organiser planning an outside event will know that the wind is a factor to be contended with in Cape Town, and that a Plan B alternative should be organised as a back-up.  The weather forecast would also have provided an estimate of the windspeed for the evening.   The absence of the entire top management of the V&A Waterfront from their company, all being on holiday since before Christmas, worsened the disaster, lacking management direction.   All of yesterday the V&A Waterfront was asked via Twitter and Facebook about the refunds for the 5FM party, which was organised to be staged in tandem with a party in Ballito, with Pete Tong (described as an ‘icon in the dance world’) flying from Ballito to Cape Town. The Waterfront Tweeter kept passing the buck, and referred ticket holders to the event organiser G&G Productions and RK Events, which posted this message on their website, with an update only expected today:

It is with great regret that the NYE Live City Linkup at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town has been cancelled. Unfortunately due to extreme weather conditions it is not possible for the event to take place. G&G prioritizes the safety and well-being of the public and made this decision on the advice of The City of Cape Town Disaster Risk Management. We appreciate your understanding.  Please check back here on the 2nd of January, for more information”.

It was clear that the V&A Waterfront’s Tweeter Emma Jackson was out of her depth with a disaster such as the 5FM New Year’s Eve party cancellation, not being good generally with critical Tweets aimed at the Waterfront.  She usually skips those, and only responds to praise and only ReTweets positive Tweets.  It was the V&A Waterfront’s image that has suffered as a result of the cancellation, and not the unknown event organisation company.  Yesterday she had to deal with a tourist (Wilkes McDermid) allegedly having gone missing in the V&A Waterfront, and quoted ‘protocol’ , and Tweeted that her Marketing department is not able to deal with the missing person: ” : Bernard, we are sorry for your frustration but this is not something that we here in Marketing can help you with”, she Tweeted. Interesting is Ms Jackson’s Tweet on her personal account after this interaction: “I may have to give up working in social media one of these days. Listening to people complain all day is going to cost me in therapy bills”! Cape Town Tourism, ‘official supporter’ of the event, stayed silent on Twitter about the cancellation of the 5FM New Year’s Eve party.

The wind also led to the cancellation of the traditional Cape Minstrel Carnival parade, which usually commences at 22h00 on New Year’s Eve.  The wind was so strong that the parade was cancelled, something that has rarely happened in the history of the Minstrel Carnival.  Cape Town Tourism also did not Tweet the cancellation, nor post the information on its website! Today the parade will be held on Tweede Nuwe Jaar, a tradition that commenced in the 19th century. The parade will commence in the Keizergracht in District Six, and then proceeds into Darling Street, Adderley Street, Wale Street, Rose Street in Bo-Kaap, and then ends in Strand Street.

While many saw the strong South Easter as nature’s way of blowing a tough 2012 away, it is a reminder that the strong summer wind is an integral part of Cape Town.  Any event organised outdoors in summer should have a Plan B – the New Year’s Eve party was badly organised, and its communication to ticketholders was unprofessional, reflecting negatively on Cape Town as a Festive Season Festival city!

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