Despite the UK media being on tenterhooks awaiting the outcome of the negotiations between the political parties following the general election on May 6, this week is important as it heralds the start of the official FIFA World Cup coverage on the BBC and the preliminary England squad has been named. South Africa is very much in the news and judging from the marked increase in the volume of media feeds to my office, this really is the start of the media feeding frenzy.Read more
While in the newsagent’s recently, I was almost knocked over by the mountain of crisp boxes stacked high at the till. What caught my eye were the “South African sweet chutney” and “Dutch edam cheese” flavours huddling close to the “German bratwurst sausage”. But fighting for space was the “Spanish chicken paella” flavoured crisps. Hang on a minute, where is the “English roast beef and Yorkshire pudding”? I rushed home and logged onto WalkersCrisps.co.uk and sure enough, there they all are – all 15 flavours of new World Cup crisps!Read more
Crime and personal safety, as well as expenses, were the main concerns of randomly selected international football fans ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup™, according to a survey by capeinfo.com.Read more
Following the eruption of the Eyjafjallajökull Volcano in Iceland, 63 000 flights have been cancelled since Thursday, April 15, when the travel chaos across Europe began.Read more
With our abundance of wind, waves and sun, the Cape Town region is well positioned to lead the renewable energies charge.
But in addition to new forms of power generation, surely we should be talking more seriously about introducing daylight saving. If people can work out the 2c/kWh levy that was introduced in last year’s budget, they can certainly work out changing their clocks by an hour twice a year.
The main purpose of daylight saving is to make better use of daylight. It was introduced in the US and UK during World War I, when it was adopted to conserve fuel needed to produce electric power.Read more
If I’m an England fan, and I don’t already have a ticket, there’s slim chance I’ll travel to the World Cup now.Read more
ITB Berlin, one of the largest travel trade and consumer shows in Europe, kicked off on March 10, 2010, with Turkey as official partner country. Cape Town Tourism took a healthy dose of sunshine with, as Lianne Burton and Inge Dykman departed from a scorching Cape Town for an icy cold Berlin to represent the Mother City at the 44th annual expo. ITB Berlin takes place on the fairgrounds of Messe Berlin, with March 10 to12 reserved for trade visitors and March 13 to 14 open to all.Read more