Cape Town Capers
Having recently returned from lecturing at the Entertainment Masterclass in Cape Town, I was reminiscing about what a strikingly beautiful place it is.
Having lectures interspersed over a few days gave me the chance to get out and drive around the stunning scenery. The obligatory trip up Table Mountain was greatly enhanced by a glorious clear day and the company of two great companions - Rob Stapleton and Philippe Brodeur.
Rob is The Senior Commercial Banker (Media) at Coutts and Philippe is COO of interactive TV leaders eightytwenty. What they both have in common is a terrific sense of humour. We laughed up, down and around the flat mountain as we drank in the stunning scenery.
Talking of drink... the other trip that will live long in my memory was to the wine country. Stopping first at Franschoek where in 1688 the French Huguenots fleeing religious persecution in their homeland settled in the cape and brought their expertise in viniculture with them. Every road seems to lead through endless estates and the wine tasting is a delight not to be missed. I fortunately had a great driver named Matt who allowed me to imbibe while he kept the car on the road.
We drove south to Stellenboshach which is another beautiful part of the region nestled between the rugged mountains. There we had a long lingering lunch over-looking a vineyard that stretched into the sunset. However, my favourite trip was the sunset cruise, organised for us by Services SETA, the government department that develops training for the services sector who very graciously hosted the Entertainment Masterclass.
The large catamaran went out into the ocean with eighty passengers and five strong men to set up the enormous sail. We hopped and skipped over the ocean as the passengers tried to keep themselves upright and the champagne in their flutes in what felt like a remake of the Duran Duran video for Rio.
Some people started to get a little green around the gills whilst others (including me) did their best to look like a young Simon Le Bon.
All in all, it was a wonderful experience, organised perfectly by our hosts who did an excellent job of portraying Cape Town as a serious presence in the media industry.