The Sweet Service Award goes to the firefighters and community of Hermanus, for its work last weekend in fighting a massive fire in Onrus, which led to the evacuation of residents of retirement villages Kidbrooke and Onrus Manor, as well as residents of Chanteclair and Bergsig. The Windsor Hotel and guest houses also accommodated residents for the night. Social Media played an important role in preventing residents threatened by the fire from panicking, and to call on Hermanus locals to assist with bedding for those that had to sleep in community halls. Ultimately too it was Mother Nature, which brought pouring rain late that night, putting an end to the fires. (more…)Tweet
Entries tagged with “Clifton”.
Friday 23rd January 2015 - Posted by Chris von Ulmenstein
Saturday 10th January 2015 - Posted by Chris von Ulmenstein
The Sweet Service Award goes to all the restaurant chefs, kitchen staff, bar staff, and waitrons in Cape Town and the Winelands, who gave up their own New Year’s Eve celebrations to ensure that their patrons had a sparkling start to the New Year.
Tuesday 23rd December 2014 - Posted by Chris von Ulmenstein
The heavily crowded beach days of 26 December and 1 January are to be controlled by the City of Cape Town, to make the traffic flow more bearable. Not all Capetonians are in favour of this proposed quota system.
The City media statement announced: The ‘City’s Traffic Service will actively manage the influx of vehicles along the Atlantic Seaboard in an effort to prevent a repetition of the gridlock conditions that have become a regular occurrence in Sea Point, Bantry Bay, Clifton and Camps Bay on 26 December and 1 January in previous years‘. Anyone living on that side of Cape Town will agree that the traffic mayhem is unbearable, it taking one hour from Bakoven to the Camps Bay beachfront on 26 December last year, for example.
Unsurprisingly the City is promoting its MyCiTi Bus service, recommending that beachgoers, those heading for Camps Bay in (more…)Tweet
Sunday 21st December 2014 - Posted by Chris von Ulmenstein
* Mayor Patricia de Lille has launched a Beach Safety campaign, handing out goody bags containing sunscreen, a frisbee, and beach safety pamphlets at Clifton 4th Beach, Camps Bay, Silwerstroom, Gordon’s Bay, Muizenberg, and Monwabisi. The campaign includes a ‘I love my Beach’ promotion, aimed at keeping Cape Town’s 83 beaches clean, safe and free of alcohol. The City has budgeted an additional R 22 million to keep the beaches, scenic routes, and business areas clean until February.
* The Minister of Tourism is inviting tourism players to apply for a three-year position as Non-Executive directors on the board of SA Tourism. Entries close on ‘23 January 2014′ (sic).
* The Wall Street Journal has slated South African Pinotage as a wine variety to avoid buying as a gift over the festive (more…)Tweet
Condé Nast Traveler: Cape Town 4th best holiday destination in the world, seven top hotels in Africa!
Wednesday 29th October 2014 - Posted by Chris von Ulmenstein
Condé Nast Traveler has announced its 27th Readers’ Choice Awards, reflecting the favourite travel destinations of its 76600 readers.
Cape Town was ranked 4th favourite travel destination in the world, following Florence in top spot, Charleston in South Carolina in second place, and Budapest in third position. Cape Town beat San Miguel de Allende in Mexico, Prague, Rome, Siem Reap in Cambodia, Barcelona, and Sante Fe in New Mexico.
The accolade for Cape Town is as follows: ‘Cape Town is the best city in the world for blending urban culture with the great outdoors: They’re literally a five-minute drive from each other. There’s an exploding food (more…)Tweet
Friday 8th August 2014 - Posted by Chris von Ulmenstein
The Sweet Service Award goes to Kfm/Sentech, for (finally) doing something about the poor reception on the Atlantic Seaboard of Kfm (and with it GoodHopeFM and 5FM), the problems having commenced in May after a severe winter storm. Reception of these radio stations has been almost non-existent in one’s home, but never a problem in the car, until May. I Tweeted Kfm, and some of its presenters, and then called Primedia Broadcasting, and spoke to some of their technical staff, but was told that this is really in the hands of Sentech. I received a call from a very nice gentleman from Sentech, whose name I unfortunately did not record, who had been contacted by Kfm, and he explained that Kfm is broadcast via the Tygerberg tower, while the other two stations come via the Hout Bay one. A Hout Bay friend had however experienced similar radio reception problems in her area. All of a sudden, after two months, there (more…)Tweet
Tuesday 20th May 2014 - Posted by Chris von Ulmenstein
* The influential Huffington Post has published a fantastic article about Cape Town, entitled ‘15 Reasons Cape Town should be No. 1 on your travel agenda’, and has already achieved 749 Facebook likes, 211 Facebook shares, and 473 Tweets in the past 24 hours. The list of reasons includes its location; ‘some of the most picturesque beach communities you’ll ever see’, featuring a photograph of Clifton; beachfront bars, showing a photograph of the view onto Camps Bay beach from the now closed-down St Yves; 3000 penguins at Boulders Beach; the Sea Point swimming pool; the Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden; the V&A Waterfront ‘tourist trap‘ but meaning it in a positive way; ‘the weather is almost too perfect’, with a photograph of the Twelve Apostles with a heavy South-Easter cloud!; Long Street not being as over-crowded or over-priced as Bourbon Street; the Royale Eatery, well-known for its burgers and thick milkshakes; colourful Bo-Kaap; the Neighbourgoods Market; ‘breathtaking universities‘; and braai’s, at Mzoli’s in Gugulethu in particular. The Stellenbosch Winelands and shark cage diving in Gansbaai are also recommended.
* TripAdvisor has found that user searches for South Africa are increasingly terms such as ‘museums‘, ’luxury’, and ‘wifi’, while ‘safety’, wildlife, and ‘animals’ are less often searched than before.
* The 2014 World Cup, due to kick-off in Brazil on 12 June, could be headed for chaos if the threatened strike by staff of the LATAM airline group servicing most of South America is not dealt with before then. It is estimated that 300 international and 750 regional flights could be affected if the strike takes place.
* Century City is to complete a new Conference Centre by the end of next year. The CCCC will have 20 venues which (more…)Tweet
Thursday 20th March 2014 - Posted by Chris von Ulmenstein
* Comair has placed an order for 8 Boeing 737 MAX 8s, to the value of $830 million, and the first such order from an African airline.
* The City of Cape Town has launched a large scale Substance Abuse campaign, to address one of the City’s most severe problems, and to communicate that Drugs are every Capetonian’s problem. Radio, tabloids, and billboards/bus stops are to be used for the campaign. It affects family lives, and can lead to crime and gangsterism. The Anti-Drug advertising campaign uses spokespersons Ian Bredenkamp of Kfm, former rugby player Chester Williams, dancer Mamela Nyamza, and Mayor Patricia de Lille. Each of the campaign endorsers says in the advertisements: ‘My name is …… and I have a drug problem. I don’t use them, but they still affect me. If you have a drug problem or know someone that needs help, call now: 24HR helpline: 0800 435748’.
* Camps Bay is the 24th most popular beach in the world, according to TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards 2014, with Clifton, Boulder’s Beach in Simonstown, Blouberg, Grotto Beach in Hermanus, Buffalo Bay in Knysna, and Brenton-on-Sea in Knysna also performing well on the top Africa beach list.
* The House of Mandela, established by the late Nelson Mandela’s daughter Makwizi and granddaughter Tukwini, has launched its Thembu Collection of wines in The Netherlands, using that country as a springboard into the European market. Their winemaker is Erlank Erasmus, and they only use grapes from Fairtrade certified wine estates.
* Grande Provence is introducing the Gourmand Food & Wine Experience in its wine cellar, an 8 course meal prepared for 8 guests (more…)Tweet
Monday 10th February 2014 - Posted by Chris von Ulmenstein
* Decanter included three South African wines in its 2013 top 50 wines, out of a total of 3200 wines evaluated. Alheit Vineyards’ Cartology 2011 was ranked 4th; Vuurberg White 2011 was ranked 36th; and Adoro Red 2006 was ranked 37th.
* Given that the week of romance is upon us, the top five most romantic beaches of South Africa have been named, Clifton making first place, followed by Umhlanga Rocks, Noetzie in Knysna, Margate, and Noup in the Northern Cape.
* About 10% of tourists arriving in South Africa come to participate or watch a sports event. Now a new sport called Bossaball, a combination of soccer, volleyball, gymnastics, and an Afro-Brazilian martial arts form capoeira, is to be introduced to our country by Zinto Sports.
* The Cape Town Art Fair 2014 will be held at The Pavilion in the V&A Waterfront from 28 February – 2 March. The entrance fee of R120 also entitles entrance to ‘GUILD’, an exhibition of Design, held at The Lookout, also in the V&A. Both exhibitions form part of Cape Town hosting World Design Capital 2014.Tweet
Friday 24th January 2014 - Posted by Chris von Ulmenstein
* Malaysian journalist David Bowden visited Cape Town late last year, when our mountains were snow capped, and he enthused about the city, documenting his journey as ‘Cape capers’. He was accommodated at the Twelve Apostles hotel, and was shown Hout Bay, Chapman’s Peak, Klein Constantia, Steenberg, Boulders’ Beach, and Bo-Kaap.
* Meryl Streep has waxed lyrical about her time in South Africa, both in Cape Town whilst shooting ‘The Giver‘ and on holiday with her family in an unnamed game reserve, in an interview on the Ellen Degeneres Show, which has 3 – 4 million viewers. A ‘highlight’ for her was being in South Africa when Nelson Mandela passed away, and experiencing the happiness and grief all in one.
* The MyCiTi Bus route expands to include Hout Bay (with Hangberg and Imizamo (more…)Tweet