Category: South African life

  • A Letter to the Minister of Tourism

    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…

  • Life goes on… but Hope is not a Strategy

    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…

  • Is this another example of corruption or complete incompetence at SAPS?

    I need a Police Clearance Certificate from the SA Police Services for a visa.  The SAPS website says this takes around 15 days.  But when I go to the local police station for fingerprinting and to complete the form, they say it takes three to four months.  “There’s a backlog,” they say… The cost of…

  • Zero Alcohol Drink & Drive comes in June

    The new traffic regulations, which introduce a 0% legal blood-alcohol limit in June 2020, means that drivers will not be allowed to drink alcohol and drive at all. Restaurants, accommodation establishments and wine estates need to remind guests — especially foreign guests — of this and offer solutions.  For accommodation establishments: Are you within walking distance of restaurants and pubs?…

  • Cape Town Drought: When the political system fails…

    The Joint Association Member Meeting (JAMMS) held its biggest ever meeting when over 600 people from the tourism and hospitality industries came to interact with the City of Cape Town and Provincial government over plans for Day Zero – the day most taps are turned off and even stricter water rationing starts – now set…

  • No relief in sight for Cape Town’s drought

    Cape Town may have had the biggest storm in 30 years, but the winter rainfall has been far below averages. What makes the situation more acute is the fact that there are no reserves — last year experienced similarly low rainfalls.  See the pink line.

  • Tips for surviving the Western Cape’s water crisis

    On June 1, the City of Cape Town (CoCT) follows in Eskom’s infamous electricity loadshedding footsteps and plans to introduce watershedding.  Poor planning and management means that Capetonians will be inconvenienced and suffer hardships, but what does it mean for the Province’s tourism industry — its economic lifeblood? Visiting Cape Town — and many of…

  • If dams go dry – what it means for tourism in Cape Town

    The latest forecast for Cape Town’s rainfall in June, July and August is that it will be 40% below annual averages.  And there are predictions that this drought could last at least two years.  Cape Town could become the first world city to simply run out of water due to bad management and too much…

  • Best News for Cape Town in a long time

    The freeways to nowhere on Cape Town’s Foreshore have been a feature of the city for over four decades.  Redevelopment of 6 hectares of the Foreshore should start by the end of next year and will see a big reduction in the traffic congestion where the N1 Freeway enters the city and meets the intersections…

  • 10 statistics that will leave the rest of South Africa green with envy

    Buried in Premier Helen Zille’s state of the province speech‚ delivered on Friday in the Western Cape legislature‚ were 10 statistics that will leave the rest of South Africa green with envy. Unemployment is 13.8 percentage points lower than the national average‚ and rural unemployment (14%) is the lowest since records began. 56% of mortgage…