Storytelling on CapeInfo

This section of CapeInfo is where we tell our stories. We took a break during Covid, because the only certainty during those two years was uncertainty itself. But the old blogs are back… in a new home on CapeInfo and will need some cosmetic attention over the next few weeks.

And then the new stories will start…

The last posts from all stories are:

Where should we go?
Published 8/6/2022 in (Re)Discovering Portugal
Do you have any tips on where we should visit and explore, and who should we interview for insight and fascinating stories? What stories about Portugal do you want to read? read more ❯

What does Biodiversity mean? Why is it important?
Published 6/18/2022 in Smarter Living Project
This was posted in one of our stories in 2014, and it is worth keeping in a new home. We’ve been searching for the best explanations for Biodiversity & Sustainability and one source was the Convention on Biological Diversity, excerpts of which are published below.  Exploring “Sustainability” opened a treasure trove of topics — which will be added soon — as well as some of the…read more ❯

Where are tourism’s Titans, and why is the tail wagging the dog?
Published 7/11/2020 in A Spaniard in the Works
I am fortunate to have known some of the titans of South Africa’s tourism industry — Sol Kerzer of Southern Sun & Sun International, Hans Enderle of City Lodge, David Jack of the V&A Waterfont (who I worked with for 25 years) and many others.  I miss people like them in today’s tourism industry.  <!– I've also been in awe of the smaller businesses, like Charles, Chippy and…read more ❯

There ARE solutions to safeguard tourism & hospitality jobs! Government doesn’t care.
Published 6/29/2020 in A Spaniard in the Works
Isn’t it time for the tourism industry to start playing hardball with government?  Maybe it’s time for the Tourism Business Council of SA (TBCSA) to start a campaign for employers in the industry to start educating their employees about why they are losing their jobs.  Jobs are being lost and more will be lost, because of the ANC’s financial mismanagement and incompetent government. Even…read more ❯

When will tourism in SA open again?
Published 6/15/2020 in A Spaniard in the Works
“It will not be business as usual in the tourism sector in the post-COVID-19 era,” he said, appealing to the TBCSA to tailor-make tour packages for SADC, Africa, and Brics countries.  “This will be one of the strategies boosting regional tourism and supporting the recovery and sustainability of the tourism sector in the foreseeable future.” — Supra Mahumapelo, chair of Parliament’s…read more ❯

Is TAP Air Portugal the first airline to schedule regular flights to SA?
Published 6/13/2020 in A Spaniard in the Works
Is TAP Air Portugal the first airline to announce regular flights to South Africa?  On the home page of its website you will now see this image: It announces Cape Town as a new destination with flights to Lisbon starting from R15,034 return.   The first flight from Cape Town departs on November 12, 2020.  You can book now at And TAP is pet-friendly, you can…read more ❯

Tourism: Lessons for Government
Published 6/12/2020 in A Spaniard in the Works
Science isn’t cast in stone The last lecture of my Bachelor of Science course at university was presented by our professor.  As Prof Engelbrecht finished, he looked at us all for a long time, and then said that this was the end of this stage of our studies.  “The most important advice I can give you now,” he continued, “is that 50% of what I’ve taught you is correct, and 50% is incorrect.  And…read more ❯

Goodbye Beezus… my happy little Wolf… (2011-2020)
Published 6/7/2020 in Travels with Beezus
The beach was Beezus' happy place - Onrus
Beezus died in my arms early on May 7, 2020, his 9th birthday.  He had led the most extraordinary life and has been described as “legendary” and with every superlative one can think of, but Enid Vickers of Corporate Image coined it in her February 2020 email to me: “Beezus is officially the cutest little dog I have ever seen. He is also the friendliest and calmest.”  He was loved by…read more ❯

A Letter to the Minister of Tourism
Published 4/29/2020 in A Spaniard in the Works
Dear Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane Minister of Tourism Thank you for the opportunity to ask questions.  I look forward to watching and hearing your answers and your discussion with the tourism industry at 12h30 today. I’d like to know who your advisors are because, if your decisions on tourism are based on ideology, you will be leading the entire tourism industry to the same fate as the…read more ❯

Life goes on… but Hope is not a Strategy
Published 3/19/2020 in A Spaniard in the Works
South Africa’s situation is very different to countries which have already experienced the brunt of the coronavirus. As a country, our economy is in tatters after 10 years of State Capture and mismanagement.  National & local government have often been tourism’s worst enemy, demonstrated by the visa issues and, in Cape Town, the Day Zero messaging during the drought. President Cyril…read more ❯

Archived stories:

A Spaniard in the Works
Travels with Akela
Travels with Beezus
Smarter Living project
CapeInfo’s Potjiekos