Tag Archives: Times Media Limited

Pieter vs Pendock: Plaintiff posts Publik Pendock punch!

Neil Pendock Sour GrapesThe wine industry is surprised about the repeated missives i.e. missiles from Neil Pendock, the blogging bully attacking Pieter de Waal, Secretary of the Sauvignon Blanc Interest Group (SBIG), sponsor FNB, Christian Eedes as chairman of the judging panel, and the Sauvignon Blanc producers generically.  Most readers of Pendock’s raving ramblings have no idea what his fight is all about.  There is no better book title to describe this mess than the one penned by Pendock himself, appropriately entitled ‘Sour Grapes‘!

The Sauvignon Blanc Interest Group, with the material muscle of its sponsor FNB, is not allowing polemic Pendock to get away with his defamation, denigration, and  disparagement, and has taken action Continue reading →

WhaleTales Tourism, Food, and Wine news headlines: 18 July

WhaleTalesTourism, Food, and Wine news headlines

*  Joanne Gibson has made the shortlist in the International Feature Writer of the Year category, and Michael Fridjhon in the Best Columnist category, of the Roederer International Wine Writers’ Awards.  Ms Gibson was one of the 20 or so wine writers whose entries for the Franschhoek Literary Festival Wine Writer Award were rejected as not being good enough!  (received by Tweet from Joanne Gibson)

*   Decanter has published its top 50 The Decanter Power List 2013

*   Times Media Limited, publishers of the Sunday Times and The Times, has withdrawn from the South African Press Association (SAPA),  a news sharing service, writes The Media Online.

*   SAA staff is striking today, but there has been no disruption, with only a small number of staff being absent, the airline says.

*   South Africa is on the front cover of Marie Claire world-wide, with the very noble cause of developing budding South African swimmers to get them trained up to Olympic standard by Princess Charlene of Monaco, and fitting to celebrate Mandela Day, a Marie Claire exclusive in its editions worldwide. The princess gave up attending the Dutch enthronement for the shoot in South Africa, to royal criticism.  An alternative cover features the princess with swimming stars and Olympic medal winners Ryk Neethling and Chad le Clos. Continue reading →

Cape Town Tourism Sweet Service and Sunday Times Sour Service Awards!

The Sweet Service Award goes to Cape Town Tourism for appointing Enver Duminy as its new CEO, effective from 1 August.  Duminy is Tourism Services Executive Manager of the tourism body, and was acting-CEO during the maternity leave of current CEO Mariette du Toit-Helmbold last year, and showed himself as a very modest yet effective and communicative non-political leader of the tourism body, unlike his boss! One thing is for sure – there won’t be any ‘Mommy Tweets‘ from Duminy, compared to his boss’ dominant Twitter content.  One hopes that Duminy can address the politics from and selective marketing of Cape Town tourism products and services by his PR and Communications Manager Skye Grove, so that all have an equal opportunity to have the information about their products and services shared with tourists on Social Media. (Image: Cape Town Tourism).

The Sour Service Award goes to the Sunday Times and its publishers Times Media Limited for its new ‘Business Class‘ magazine, linked to the Business Times, which is inserted into the Sunday Times every second Sunday of the month.  Its content is 100% male orientated in terms of its editorial as well as the advertisements, signalling its sexist perception of business ownership being in male hands only!

The WhaleTales Sweet & Sour Service Awards are presented every Friday on the WhaleTales blog.  Nominations for the Sweet and Sour Service Awards can be sent to Chris von Ulmenstein at whalecot@iafrica.com.   Past winners of the Sweet and Sour Service Awards can be read on the Friday posts of this blog, and in the WhaleTales newsletters on the www.whalecottage.com website.