The Sweet Service Award goes to the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra, for performing a lunch-time Concert of Gratitude outside the Groote Schuur Hospital on 15 September, to thank the healthcare workers of the hospital for all their work, support of patients, and sacrifices made during the Corona pandemic. ‘Our tribute to the health workers of South Africa. They put their lives on the line to ensure we were all as safe as possible. Thank you. We hope you enjoy our tribute to you’, wrote the Orchestra Director Louis Heyneman.
The Sweet Service Award goes to De Vleispaleis in Stellenbosch, and its owner Stuart Bailey, for creating a Byt Ready Meals food delivery service in Stellenbosch for his staff, to assist them in getting income in the time in which the restaurant is closed in accordance with Level 4 Lockdown regulations. Given that the President is likely to extend Level 4 on Sunday, by a possible further two weeks, and that the Government has promised to provide TERS/UIF support but that such payment could be slow in coming, Stuart encouraged his staff to form a collective to offer basic home-cooked meals such as macaroni and cheese, lasagne, cottage pie, and chicken a la king for delivery, gave them the left-over fresh produce of the restaurant, offered them packaging material as well as the services of his design team, while he has closed De Vleispaleis until the Level 4 Lockdown is lifted.
The Sweet Service Award goes to Woolworths Camps Bay, the store with the friendliest service of all that shop at, with a personalised greeting by name from most of its staff, a real community store. Compared to our local Pick n Pay, the Woolworths is an absolute pleasure to shop at. Continue reading →
The Sweet Service Award goes to Dinkel Bakery on Kloofnek Road, and Cain, the coffee maker, waiter and Deli assistant, for his excellent service always. As I head to town weekly I have asked him to keep two poppyseed rolls for me on a Thursday. I don’t need to call ahead anymore, as the rolls are ready and waiting for me. The sweetest thing about Cain, a Zimbabwean, is that he can speak such good German, having worked at Dinkel for so many years already, serving many German customers. Continue reading →
The Sweet Service Award goes to The Lawns at The Roundhouse in Camps Bay, for its excellent service in looking after our table of about 15 on Wednesday, at a meeting and end-of-year- function for the Management Committee of the Camps Bay & Clifton Ratepayers Association on which I serve. We ordered our individual breakfasts, and when I told the waiter that I had to leave half an hour later, he offered to separate my order from that of the group, so that it could be speeded up in the kitchen. He was true to his word, I not having to wait very long, and neither did the rest of our group, their breakfasts arriving just as I had finished mine. I love Dilmah tea, and always regard it as a sign of the quality of the establishment, so I was impressed to see that this is their tea brand. Continue reading →
The Sweet Service Award goes to Woolworths for removing all plastic shopping bags from its stores from 9 November. Shoppers will have to bring their own bags along when they go shopping from that date onwards, a commendable environmental step forward!
The Sweet Service Award goes to Discovery, for lowering the bar for its members, having increased the value of the Miles which one can win on the weekly Vitality Gameboard play, and for discounting the ‘cost’ of its Rewards, by 20%. On Wednesday I only had to use 800 Discovery Mikes to buy a DisChem voucher of 1000 Discovery Miles, or R100. It has also lowered the number of steps one does per day to earn 100 points to 7500, from 10000. Continue reading →
The Sweet Service Award goes to the City of Cape Town, for its generous once-off donation of 2000 garbage bags to Camps Bay Clean, my litter clean-up initiative in Camps Bay, facilitated by Camps Bay/Sea Point Councillor Nicola Jowell. Councillor Nicola personally delivered the bags to my home yesterday. Continue reading →
The Sweet Service Award goes to KONG Bar & Grill in De Waterkant, where I have watched the last two Rugby World Cup matches, have eaten a dinner, and went to dance yesterday evening. The service by the managers Dave Mitchell and Grant Grobbellar is beyond standard, always friendly, and checking that all is in order. Their chefs are amazing and last night sent a complimentary plate of Valrhona chocolate and beetroot as well as a cinnamon ice creams to where I was dancing upstairs, knowing my weakness for ice cream. Continue reading →
The Sweet Service Award goes to the A4 Arts Foundation, which I discovered on Buitenkant Street whilst going for a walk near The Fugard theatre last night. Despite being past 19h00, I was allowed to enter to view the exhibition, and then was offered a glass of Boschendal red wine as well as a bag of popcorn, a generous way to kill time whilst I was waiting for the show to start. The staff were very friendly and the exhibition impressive. The Foundation website describes it as ‘a free to public not-for-profit laboratory for the arts of Southern Africa’. Continue reading →