A milestone & an exciting birth

CapeInfo has never, in its 10 years, featured a person on the home page. Well that’s just changed with Mariette du Toit-Helmbold’s photo which appeared there yesterday – a most deserving person to be number one. She’s driven Cape Town Tourism to new heights in her four years there.

We’re launching a new section called The List, where we have started inviting cognoscenti and celebrities to send us their lists on anything.

Our first 12 emails inviting people went out on Sunday afternoon and we had Mariette’s list just after 3am on Monday morning (that’s no typo!).

It was so good, we just had to share it with you immediately. Her passion for her “10 Great Getaways” is palpable. And that’s how you get to see a preview of what is to come.

The invited lists will go into our best lists category, but all readers will be able to submit their own lists soon too. These will go into the fresh lists category. And you will be able to rate the lists and see which are the most popular.

We invited Sheryl Ozinsky too and received an interesting comment in her acceptance:

Nick Hornbey in his brilliant novel, High Fidelity, painted an entire character for the reader, through the lists this character would make: “Top ten best love songs”, “Top Five best break-up songs” etc.

The things we list and the way we use lists can really illustrate the way we think, and more importantly the way we do things.

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