December update from the CEO


Dear tourism family and friends

I am sure that the season is hotting up and that the excitement of the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ Final Draw can be felt across the Mother City. With the eyes of the world upon us, this is an important moment for Cape Town to shine – and I know we will.

I gave birth to the most beautiful little girl, Hannah Mari Helmbold, on November 24 at 14h10. Motherhood is an incredible experience and a journey that I am sure I will enjoy tremendously.

Thank you for all the messages; I appreciate them tremendously. At times I feel like a supermom and then, a few minutes later, like a complete idiot! It is certainly humbling and I have realised that this is a “job” where my work experience, credentials or ability to plan and fix problems mean nothing – I am just another first-time mom learning the ropes, step by step.

I wish you all a wonderful festive season – may business be prosperous.

Here’s to living and loving Cape Town, LOUDER!

Mariëtte du Toit-Helmbold
Cape Town Tourism

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