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Congratulations South Africa on an excellent World Cup at Half-Time

Today FIFA Secretary General, Jerome Valcke, praised the tournament’s organisation! And we are only half way through!

“If on 11 July we are at the same level as today I would say it’s a perfect World Cup. We are beyond all expectations. We are beyond international visitor figures and we are beyond ticketing sales of Germany 2006. There is not a single part of this World Cup where we have not been able to go beyond level of past World Cups. South Africa will become the plan B of any future World Cup,” said Valcke.

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South Africa safer for tourists than Spain or Germany

South Africa is a safer tourist destination for British tourists than Spain, Thailand or even Germany!!!

This is according to a report released by the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office. The report, which examined the behaviour of British tourists from April, 2008, to March, 2009, measured how much help Brits needed from their different consulates abroad.
And the results may surprise you! Of the 451 580 Britons who visited South Africa in the 12-month period – and a further 212 000 living in the country – there were 23 arrests, 23 hospital admissions and 48 deaths, due to either accidents, natural causes or murder. No rape or sexual assault cases were reported.

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Baboons enjoy the finer things in life – including Pinot Noir!

Hundreds of wild baboons have been feasting on grapes grown in the vineyards outside Cape Town, but the animals won’t devour any old variety! Oh no!

To the dismay of the region’s winemakers, the unwanted visitors prefer sweet pinot noir grapes, which sell for far more than merlot and cabernet sauvignon. The animals also like . . . → Read More: Baboons enjoy the finer things in life – including Pinot Noir!

Digital Guide to the Cape Winelands Available for your Mobile Phone

Turn Left at the Barrel is an interactive guide to the Cape Winelands for mobile phones. Use it to plan a trip to the winelands or find nearby wine estates. View details on each estate, along-side wines recommended and rated by local wine experts. A wide variety of tours, catering for all interests is recommended for exploration. Integration with the phone’s GPS provide useful turn-by-turn directions and maps to all destinations.

This comprehensive guide comprises estate details, wine ratings by local experts and the best tour recommendations selected from over 600 cape estates. Integration of the mobile phone’s GPS with Google Maps guide users to each way-point, with turn-by-turn directions and visual maps.

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Google to launch Street View in South Africa!

Google has officially announced that it will launch a South African version of its popular Street View service. Google have already started work – we have spotted them on the streets of Stellenbosch!

Google, using Toyota Prius models, will be driving around the country to take photographs of various locations – including Johannesburg, Cape Town, Pretoria, Port Elizabeth and Durban.
Street View is a popular feature of Google Maps that is already available in more than 100 metropolitan areas around the world. It allows users to explore and navigate a neighbourhood virtually through panoramic street-level images.

The pleasure of drinking Pinotage!

Someone once said to me…..
The most important reason to drink Pinotage is because it is enjoyable. Another is that it is red.
Somebody once said that the first duty of wine is to be red. That it has health benefits when consumed in moderation is a bonus. Study after study has shown that the moderate consumption . . . → Read More: The pleasure of drinking Pinotage!

Simonsig succeeds with twosome on the 2009 CWG Auction hotlist!

Simonsig winemaker Johan Malan, has landed a double act at the 2009 Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction, with two of his red wines making it onto this year’s hotlist – a Pinotage and a Shiraz.

His remarkable duo, specially crafted for this year’s repertoire of rare auction wines to go under the hammer on 3 October this . . . → Read More: Simonsig succeeds with twosome on the 2009 CWG Auction hotlist!

South African Wine more popular than French in the UK!

For centuries if Britons drank wine the chances were it was French….. but now it seems things are a changing! The British are now drinking more wine from Australia, USA, Italy and SOUTH AFRICA! South African wines are going from strength to strength in the UK market and have now claimed the fourth spot.

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New World Wine Alliance Formed

Five competing New World wine-producing countries, Argentina, California, Chile, New Zealand and South Africa have formed a New World Wine Alliance and will take part jointly at Prowein next March – a world first for the wine industry.

The unusual step of competiting countries launching a unified marketing front is aimed at giving the alliance “increased . . . → Read More: New World Wine Alliance Formed

World Fair Trade Day – A Big Day for the Planet, 9 May 2009

Tsiba Tsiba Tours are members of Fair Trade Tourism in South Africa.

It’s taken 60 years to get to World Fair Trade Day 2009. World Fair Trade Day has grown into a global celebration . . . → Read More: World Fair Trade Day – A Big Day for the Planet, 9 May 2009