About Dr Louise de Waal

I am the face behind all the Green Girls in Africa social media and our sustainable tourism blog. I consider myself as a total Africa nut, big Cape Town lover, travel mad since I was a child, eager photographer, zealous travel writer, and passionate about sustainable tourism and conservation. Born and bred in Holland, lived and worked for 18 years in England, I consider myself extremely lucky to now live my dream in Cape Town, probably the most beautiful spot in the world, and to travel Africa. I love to discover unique, off-the-beaten track and meaningful tourism products and share these amazing experiences through various blog platforms, including the award winning The Good Holiday and the Responsible Traveller mag. I hold a PhD in Environmental Management, but found my true passion in sustainable tourism. In 2002, I founded Baobab Travel, a pioneering tour operating business offering responsible holidays to Africa. I now apply my sustainability expertise by helping tourism businesses to travel the road to sustainability through the Green Girls in Africa.

Morning Tea and Fashion Show

Once again Anchors Away will be hosting a Morning Tea and Fashion Show – with new winter fashions. There will be raffles and prizes, but seats are limited, so please book early!

Where: St James Retirement Hotel
When: Thursday, 7th May 2015
Time: 09.45 for 10.00 hrs until 11.30 hrs
Tickets: R65 pp will be available from A.P.Jones and Fran (phone: 021 7861321 or 083 3575822)

Glencairn Heights Neighbourhood Newsletter

The festive season is upon us and criminal activity will increase as people leave their homes for their annual holiday.

As a Neighbourhood watch we need a clearly defined strategy.  With the help of a few members we came up with a 3 phase strategy.  This is a long term plan with goals that cannot all be implemented immediately. The following is a short synopsis of the proposed strategy.

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Exclusive Wine Tasting – SBA Fund Raising Event

The Simon’s Town Business Association (SBA) is hosting an EXCLUSIVE WINE TASTING event.

When: Friday, 28th November 2014
Where: The Sweetest Thing, Main Road, Simon’s Town
Time: 18.00 – 20.00 hrs
Cost: R100 per person, including tasting a selection of wines from the Badenhorst Family Vineyards and delicious snacks prepared by The Sweetest Thing chef, Doreen Alcock.

Tickets are limited and are available from either the Simon’s Town Pharmacy or The Sweetest Thing.

Come with friends, join the fun and learn more about these quality wines.

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Songs of Sixty – Tony Cox at Cape Farmhouse

Sixteen years ago, Tony Cox decided to mostly give up singing and focus on writing music for solo, instrumental guitar. This he did to much critical acclaim and in the process garnered three SAMA awards for the best instrumental album of 2001, 2003 and 2008.

Prior to the 16 years, Cox shared his performance roughly 50/50 between songs and instrumentals. When asked why he stopped singing, he simply says he was head over heels in love with the pure voice of the guitar and so he went down what is now, a very well documented road of musical exploration via his acoustic guitar.

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“I didn’t really feel emotionally driven to sing a lyric anymore back then and needed to feel connected to the subject matter for it to be a real song for me and I just wasn’t there in my head”.

Now, at the tender age of sixty, Cox has made a strong return to singing.

“The voice is definitely an improvement from when I was younger, it’s deeper and the songwriting is simpler and more melodic and the subject matter cuts deeper”.

Songs of Sixty is one of South Africa’s favourite guitar players at his very best, this time though with the added dimension of sung songs. Songs of life and love, songs that are thoughtful, darkly funny, bluesy with an afro groove and always Cox’s trademark guitar playing holding it all together in a wall of rhythm, texture and sound.

Cox will be performing three Fridays in a row in December at the Cape Farmhouse. The shows start at 20.30 hrs and as per usual Chef Phil’s Tapas menu is available from 18.00 hrs.

When: Fridays 5th, 12th & 19th December 2014

Time: 20.30 hrs

Where: The Attic, Cape Farmhouse. Contact: 021 780 1246 – info@capefarmhouse.com

5 December 2014: https://www.quicket.co.za/events/3738-songs-of-60-tony-cox/
12 December 2014: https://www.quicket.co.za/events/7257-songs-of-60-tony-cox/
19 December 2014: https://www.quicket.co.za/events/7258-songs-of-60-tony-cox/

Simon’s Town Museum Talk

Photo by William Martinson

Photo by William Martinson

The Delville Wood Memorial and the founding of the War Graves Commission, in which Rudyard Kipling was also involved. A PowerPoint presentation by Herb Farrow.

Where: Simon’s Town Museum, Court Road, Simon’s Town
When: Wednesday 26 November 2014
Time: 17.30 for 18.00 hrs
Cost: R20 per person, including a glass of wine or fruit juice
More details: Yvonne Mawhinney on 021 786 4404

“Punch on the nose” for the Great white now tested at Glencairn beach

A way of keeping sharks away from our False Bay coastline and making sure that all people enjoying our beautiful beaches and ocean can do so safely, while at the same time not harming or killing ANY marine life, including our incredible sharks, is like a dream come true for many people.

Now the KwaZulu Natal Sharks Board Maritime (KZNSB) are testing an innovative shark repellent technology on Glencairn beach that one day might make this happen. The technology uses the shark’s sensitivity to relatively weak electrical fields through the electro receivers on the shark’s head.

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