Category: #gamechanger

  • When conventional medicine and vets fail us

    One Saturday morning about three months ago, Beezus was diagnosed with heart failure and acute congestion of the lungs as a result.  I had taken him in for a precautionary checkup because of a a very slight dry cough that occurred once a day at the most.  I was shocked!  The local Stanford vet — […]

  • Solar makes cents, and Boschendal becomes a significant producer

    About two years ago, the V&A Waterfront commissioned 4,207 solar panels (7,000m²) installed on the roofs of the main Waterfront buildings, with a total electrical output of 1,093.8 kWp at a cost of R20 million.  It conserves about 1,721,956 kWh annually, significantly reducing the Waterfront’s environmental footprint.  At the same time, Boschendal commissioned its first, small…

  • Bucking the trend in the drought

    The Western Cape has faced its worst drought in a century, and this is the third consecutive year of that drought.  Cape Town’s mayor has been at pains to point out that — with climate change — “This is the new normal.” With dwindling water supply to farmers, crop productions have been slashed and, across…

  • What a great little village Pniël could be!

    When CapeInfo was deciding on the most beautiful drive in South Africa, Helshoogte came up tops for every reason — the ever changing views in every season, the dramatic mountain vistas and the things to do on the route.  On the Stellenbosch side of the Pass, there are views back to Table Mountain.  From the…

  • It’s time to really start promoting small entrepreneurs

    I live close to the villages of Pniel, Lanquedoc and Kylemore outside Stellenbosch.  Now that’s not an area where you find a booklet advertising local services — which is what I really needed when I arrived there.  If there was, the small businesses there are probably so small they probably wouldn’t be able to afford…

  • The biggest party in Africa… and a tribute to a legendary party-maker

    Have Cape Town’s First Thursdays become the biggest monthly party on the African continent?  On the First Thursday of every month, shops in Cape Town’s CBD stay open till 9pm and the city is taken over by partygoers.  Peak-hour traffic starts at 5pm into the city; pavements are jam-packed, traffic regulations are bent and there…

  • Towns & villages need help!

    When I met Dupré Lombaard, a professional planner, soon after he took up his position as Stellenbosch municipality’s executive director of economic development & tourism, he started our meeting by saying how fortunate he had been at his first professional job to work with David Jack and Peter de Tolly at the City of Cape…

  • Categorising towns will be the real tourism game-changer!

    Not all towns are tourism towns and some towns will never become tourism towns.  I first mentioned the need for towns to be categorised in “Tourism will never be Helen Zille’s game-changer until there are lots of changes.”  In response to another article where I said Montagu is not a tourist town (because most businesses…

  • The Most Beautiful Street in South Africa

    Tulbagh’s Church Street must be the most beautiful street in South Africa.  Devastated by an earthquake in 1969, it was painstakingly restored and the 32 buildings comprise the largest concentration of National Monuments in a single street in South Africa, all of which are in daily use for you to enjoy.  You can stay, dine or shop…

  • What are gamechangers?

    They are the catalysts that can lead to significant changes — and for the purposes of this blog, we’re exploring how tourism can become a far bigger industry, providing many more meaningful, upwardly-mobile jobs, very quickly. There are people and businesses, some of which we’ve met in the past few months, that have an impact…