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Hermanus & Cape Town - Newsletter 20 - Percy Tours

This Newsletter is rammed full, so happy reading it all or you will most certainly miss out on loads of interesting & important info :-))))


Hermanus wins the “Town of the Year” competition

After 3 months of frantic voting from across the entire country of South Africa, Hermanus has won the coveted award of “Town of the Year in South Africa” via the Rapport national newspaper, who’s readership is over ½ million South Africans.

The prize for this award is not only loads of media coverage but also that our local Tourism board will attend the DSTV & Gateway Magazine travel show in Jo’burg in September 2009, where they will be given a large stand for free to promote our delightful seaside town to the amassed crowds. (Last years attendance at this show was 535,000 people.)

Hermanus also won the prize, run by Cape Town Routes Unlimited, by being voted as one the “Top 10 must-do-events in South Africa”, for our annual Whale Festival, which is held in late September each year.


USA visits South Africa
In mid-September 2008, 110 NBC American basketball stars visited Jo’burg to bring “Basketball Without Borders” to inspiring & aspiring young South African kids to show-case that there are other sports out there on the planet than soccer.
South Africa’s Wines keep winning awards

South Africa swept the board at the Decanter World Wine Awards on September 1, 2008, reports Adam Lechmere.
In an evening full of surprises, South Africa emerged triumphant from the Decanter World Wine Awards. South Africa won 12 Regional Trophies & an amazing 6 International Trophies – among them the International Bordeaux Varietal Trophy (Under £10) & the International Rhone Varietal Trophy (Over £10), Cederberg Shiraz won in the Rhone category, while Amani Vineyards Cabernet Franc-Merlot took the Bordeaux Trophy.
Only 26 International Trophies are awarded. The only other region to come close was Australia with 4 – but it entered hundreds more wines.
Against intense competition South Africa swept the board in Chardonnay, winning the International Trophies in both the Under £10 & Over £10 categories with Paul Cluver Elgin & Rustenberg Five Soldiers respectively – beating the best that the Burgundy, Australia & Washington State could offer. Then South Africa took the International Sauvignon Blanc Under £10 Trophy – beating top Chilean & New Zealand wines.
South Africa is the fastest-growing category in the UK off-trade wine market, growing by 13% in volume, against a total market growth of only 1.1%. The country's value sales also grew by 13%, making it the 5th largest country in the UK market. The UK accounts for a ¼ of all South African wine exports, which totalled 300 million litres in 2008.

The new John Platter South Africa wine book came out in mid November & as always the wineries around Hermanus were awarded some very high accolades for their fabulous wine creations.

South Africa's grape harvest is just about to start now - 3rd week of Feb 2009.

2009 – looking at the year ahead & what an amazing one it will be

British & Irish Lions Rugby tour of South Africa

The British & Irish Lions will be visiting South Africa during June 2009, touring 7 cities over 6 weeks, with 10 matches including 3 test matches against the 2007 World Cup Rugby champions The Springboks. Percy Tours has teamed up with a specialist Rugby company to offer VIP hospitality seats to any & all the games. These amazing hospitality tickets totally guarantee a seat with loads of luxury thrown-in too & range in price from R1850 (£123) for initial games, to the final match tickets at R3995 (£266). For further info on this tour & all relevant match dates, please contact us at – [email protected] so that we can discuss & organise your entire Rugby holiday in South Africa.

The Springbok rugby emblem must go due to political correctness gone wrong – so now all of South Africa’s international sporting teams will be called Proteas, how confusing is that going to be – crazy world we live on isn’t it?

Cricket matches

Australia & England international cricket tours all occur this summer, so prepare for these incredible sporting events.

Sailing

The Volvo Ocean Race is the F1 of yachting races, generating R275million to the local South African economy, which sailed into Cape Town at full speed in mid-November & WOW what a carnival of boats, parties on huge floating venues, high action & sexy male & female sailors loving to just wonder around in tight shorts & showing off their athletic bodies.
Oh & the Volvo new cars on display were worth looking at too :-)))

The Volvo TV film crew of 25 from Germany, Russia, NZ, UK & USA also visited Hermanus for a full day of filming the whales, meeting our whale crier, exploring the town, meeting the tourists & local people.

Knysna Heads, Garden Route, Western Cape


It's been a while since Percy Tours went to the Garden Route, so it was lovely to do a quick 3 day tour down there over Christmas with a bunch of Aussies.
FIFA World Cup 2010 Stadium at Green Point, Cape Town

The 2010 Stadium is coming along very well (as you can see from the photo below). The entire main building is now complete, minus a roof, which will be connected to the circular rim above the grandstands, and seats which will take no time to put into place. Oh and I guess they better put some grass on the pitch too :-)))

The first qualifying soccer games of the 2010 World Cup games were played around the planet in early Sept.

Home Affairs (SA govt dept.) is to reduce the red-tape requirements for African citizens who have tickets to watch the games & hopes that these efforts will reduce the time it takes to go thro’ passport & customs controls that are currently stringent for African continent people to enter South Africa.

The stadium construction at Cape Town’s Green Point is now up to the top of the grandstands & the roof rim is in place. The next job is to insert over 10,000 pieces of glass that will cover 5 hectares.

VARIOUS STRATEGY PLANS -Road closures around the FIFA stadium perimeter & precinct are not uncommon & are not specific to South Africa. This is the norm for most mega-events including the Olympic Games, Commonwealth Games & other major sporting events. The transport plan for the Cape Town stadium & CBD in general is based on years of planning & consultation with international experts & previous World Cup Host cities. This level of planning, preparation & investment is unprecedented in South Africa & Cape Town.

Western Boulevard from the city to the stadium will be closed on match days, open only to general traffic for about 5 hours before matches. It remains open to the FIFA Family, Accredited Vehicles & public transport which includes the City's new BRT system & other shuttle services (and
Percy Tours of course :-)))) for which detailed planning has been going on for over 3 years.
The BRT (bus rapid transport) system consists of dedicated lanes & modern new buses which will run from the Airport to CBD, provide an inner CBD circulation service & will provide a link from the city to the stadium, V&A Waterfront & Atlantic Seaboard.
The second link to be closed runs from the refurbished Cape Town Central Railway Station along Somerset Road to the stadium. This is termed the “FIFA Fan Mile” & provides entertainment & a fully pedestrianised zone. This was highly successful during Germany 2006 & allows for the separation of pedestrians & vehicles leading to the stadium. The closure of roads & streets is nothing new to Cape Town, as there are many festivals, night markets & shows that take place throughout the year.
Several sites just outside the CBD will act as park & ride areas for vehicles & buses & every constituent group has been accounted for. The summary of the Cape Town Host City Transport Operations Plan can be found at the following link.

The detailed version presented to FIFA is not available to the public -

http://www.transport.gov.za/2010/Documents/HostCities/2010%20WC%20-%20City%20of%20Cape%20Town.pdf

This graphic should help to make some sense too –
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The stadium is on schedule & perhaps even a few days ahead of schedule. It's completion date is 14 December, 2009. The completion date allows a 6 month time frame before the World Cup which is ideal. Beijing's Olympic Stadium was completed 4 months before the Olympic Games. The stadium will host 3 test events in 2010, in February, March & April. I assume the "opening" would be in February.

Percy Tours will be constructing a full 2010 World Cup Blog in the next few weeks, including how we will be supplying you with TICKETS, packages & tons more info………keep an eye out for this.
Confederation Soccer Cup

Between 14 to 28 June, 2009, the Confederations Cup (football) will be played in South Africa, between the national soccer sides of - Spain, USA, Italy, Brazil, Egypt, New Zealand, South Africa & Iraq!!?? - who will battle it out at 4 stadiums - Jo’burg, Pretoria, Rustenberg & Bloemfontein.
Percy Tours can also be of assistance to you for this event too. For those wanting more info, please check out - http://www.fifa.com/confederationscup/index.html

Kaapse Klopse Bands 2nd Jan 2009


The annual show of fabulous colour, music and festival splendid hit Cape Town's streets on the 2nd January for the Kaapse Klopse.
Miss World

Miss World competition was hastily moved from Ukraine to South Africa, giving a huge boast to local fashion designers.

112 of the worlds most beautiful ladies were in South Africa to compete for the title of Miss World. The organisers had to hastily move the competition from Ukraine after troubles in that country & this created a sudden & very welcome blast of action to the costume & dress designers of SA as they showcased their garments on all 112 ladies.


Major of the Year

Cape Town’s major Helen Zilla was named as "The Worlds Best Major of 2008", by an international judging panel & deservedly so, as she does exactly what she says she will do & spends the local councils money where is it most needed – township housing, education, hospitals & many other important social up-liftment areas.

Recent famous visitors to Cape Town

Music – Lionel Richie was here in mid Nov / Rod Stewart in Dec / Maroon 5 early Dec / Goldfish at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens on NYE.

Prince Harry & William were here in mid-October to participate in the 8 day Enduro Africa 2008 Motorcycle rally with 88 other riders, to raise R5million for charities in Lesotho & South Africa, which set off from Port Edward & ended in Port Elizabeth. The entire group helped build swings, a jungle gym & paint crèches at various locations including Morgan Bay on the east coast.


How can booze be collectible and worth so much

Booze really can’t get any more expensive than this (can it?) – on 29th October a bottle of Johnnie Walker Blue whiskey from 1805 was auctioned in Jo’burg, with only 200 bottles ever being produced & this bottle being the only one ever put up for sale – I spose the others were drunk centuries ago :-)).
It started at a reserve price of R190,000 (£12,666) for the bottle or = to R5277 (£350) per shot, this must be the most luxurious bottle of alcohol on the planet. Well maybe not, according to Forbes the only bottle to beat this was a 1929 Macallan Fine & Rare valued at R437,000 (£29,000). Still – what a price to pay for a sip of booze and more importantly – what occasion really warrants you opening any of these bottles – & would you share it with your friends??
Banking survey

We all know the world is currently in a financial mess but a recent in-depth analysis of the worlds banking systems came up with some quite amazing results, with them stating that South Africa’s banking system is the 15th best in the world – USA 44th & UK 45th.

Canada has the world’s soundest banking system, closely followed by Sweden, Luxembourg & Australia, a survey by the World Economic Forum has found as financial crisis & bank failures shake world markets. But Britain, which once ranked in the top five, has slipped to 45th place behind El Salvador & Peru, after a £50 billion ($86.5 billion) pledge afew months ago by the government to bolster bank balance sheets.

The United States, where some of Wall Street’s biggest financial names have collapsed in recent weeks, rated only 44th, just behind Germany at 39 & smaller states such as Barbados, Estonia & even Namibia, in southern Africa.
(SOURCE: World Economic Forum Global Competitiveness Report 2008-2009 – Reuters.)
Mad Charity Bikers

28,000 motorbike nutters hit the roads of Cape Town in one massive convey that went on the Bear Run on 30th Nov, which is a toy charity drive to collect money & toys for the under privileged kids of the townships.
VW expansion program

VW plant at Port Elizabeth grows even further by building a brand new paint spray factory & components manufacturing buildings, at a cost of R2billion & creating over 1000 new jobs, so that will be a total of 7500 people being employed here.

South Africa is a bargain holiday destination

Don't take our word for it - check out what a Reporter for MSN pages says, which will inform you that South Africa is still an absolute bargain to go on holiday to – check out his report at -

http://travel.uk.msn.com/inspiration/gallery.aspx?cp-documentid=12520796&imageindex=7

Percy hits the brand new Hermanus Radio Station - WHALE COAST 96FM

Yes we have a brand new radio station beaming out over a large geographically area & reaches over 100,000 people in & around Hermanus.
Whale Coast 96FM went live 2 months ago & Percy Tours has started DJ-ing an important 2 hour show called Tourism Matters on Monday evenings, which discusses every conceivable tourism topic, while also playing some very diverse music – check out what this local website page says for a full run-down about the show -

http://www.overberginfo.com/content/view/1048/601/

Oh and we are also very proud to announce the wedding of Ronel & Percy on 1st November which was attended by many friends & family.

Various new photos of the wedding and as usual many new
Percy Tours photos are to be found on your Gallery site, so check them out by clicking here at - See over 200 Percy Tours Photos

Contact us for more details on how we can assist you on your perfect South Africa holiday, at - [email protected]

Until next time - have a good one and keep an eye out for our World Cup 2010 Blog in the next week or so, cheers - Percy & Ronel :-)))

www.percytours.com

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