Saturday, June 12, 2021

In MENU This Week – Avontuur Estate, Old Mutual trophy, Sea Point and electric celebration

Soon to be extinct? Pollution from a coal-fired power station in Mpumalanga

Four stories this week, but that’s not the big news. The Big News is the capitulation by some of the Marxist dinosaurs in our government, allowing a relaxation of state control of electricity generation and our almost defunct national airline enabling our electricity supply to become more reliable and much greener and, possibly renewed pride in our air travel badge. Our own big news is that we have both, at last, been vaccinated with the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine, which makes us feel much safer.

A Saturday at Avontuur Estate, Stellenbosch

On a lovely Saturday we were off to Avontuur Wine Farm in the Helderberg region of Stellenbosch. Known as "the home of fine wine and fast horses" it is owned by the Taberer family. We were joining Leigh Taberer. She is the sister of the late Tony Taberer who bought the estate in 1984. It is now run by his sons Michael and Philip Taberer. We were to have a wine tasting and lunch, and see the exciting newly finished Manor House accommodation. On arrival, you drive through the Paddocks and layers of white iceberg roses. Read on…

The Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show 2021

The judging of the Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show competition has always been at the Grande Roche hotel in Paarl. This year in a Covid related change, the judging was moved to central Cape Town and it took place at The Westin Cape Town from 31 May to 4 June. Read on…

A Sea Point Evening

The Sea Point beachfront is a wonderful amenity enjoyed, not only by those of us who live here, but by visitors from all over the Cape Peninsula and points further afield. It is a favourite place for us to take a walk and enjoy the fresh sea air. Read on…

Flying with Electric News

This has indeed been a momentous couple of days. After years of struggling to provide enough power to the country from its ancient, creaky and inefficient, poorly maintained coal driven power stations and one equally ancient nuclear facility, the worst power outages in years have forced the government’s arm. Our President, Cyril Ramaphosa, has announced major changes to the Governments renewable energy plans. They will make an amendment to schedule two of the Electricity Regulation Act, which would minimise the red tape for independent power producers. Read on…

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