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Report of the 6th Annual National Tourism Conference

29 October 2007 - Santon Convention Centre

Department of Environmental Affairs & Tourism

A Human resource development stategy for the Tourism Sector - March 31st 2008.


Nestlé Professional: Focused on Solutions

Press Release - May 2008


RASA Newsletter

Click here to read June's newsletter


Legal and Regulatory Matters

Prepared for Restaurant Association of SA (RASA) - 24th April 2008
Items of Concern
• Consumer Protection Bill
• Foodstuffs, Cosmetic and Disinfectants draft regulations – including Advertising to Children
• Competition Commission/Contracts

Foodstuffs,Cosmetics and Disinfectants Act – draft Regulation R642 of 20th July 2007
• Proposed introduction in regulations usually covering (from 1973 – present) of Nutritional matters.

Consumer Protection Bill
Consumer Protection Bill - issues
• Liability –retail/last seller responsibility
• Definition of Consumer – includes franchisees
• 20 day notice period for franchisees to ‘opt out of contacts’
• ‘ Bundle of Goods’ – ill defined concept – not tested in legal terms.
Foodstuffs,Cosmetics and Disinfectants (FCD) draft regulations
• Published in Government Gazette 20th July, 2007
• Expands scope of the regulations, first enacted in 1973 from food safety and labelling matters, to now incorporate nutritional, allergen control systems, advertising to children clauses and essential/non essential food definitions and labelling requirements et al
FCD ACT – Issues
• Legal Basis for law in the food field has to be science based….essential/non-essential not international accepted notion
(Nutrition Profiles are…)
• Advertising to Children is an Advertising Standards Authority matter – misplaced regulation
• “Voluntary” Nutritional Labelling for ‘back of pack’ - plus drive for healthy options
FCD Act – Action Plans
• CGCSA has a number of committees handling each task area. A QSR team has been formed, separate from Advertising/ marketing concerns.
• Meeting with DOH –one on one , plus ‘wide group’ have been part of process to ameliorate/erase the unintended consequences of the harsh draft regulation
Competition Commission
• Only major case on abuse of power to determine prices, in Nationwide Poles vs Sasol –Nationwide Poles who had faced a monopoly, arbitrary price increase of 18% had its case eventually rejected by the Appeal Process of the Competition Commission.
• The likelihood of success in challenging landlord abuses, through this mechanism, could be tardy –and possibly fail.



Cape Town, April 2008: It was the French playwright, Moliere who wrote “It is good food and not fine words that keeps me alive.” 

And if he were alive today, he would be thrilled to know that Cape Town’s Restaurant Week is back by popular demand with over forty fine dining restaurants participating in the fabulous food season that is the Cape Gourmet Festival.

 “Restaurant Week is an obvious extension to The Good Food and Wine Show, South Africa’s largest food, wine and travel extravaganza.  It provides locals and visitors access to the crème de la crème of South African restaurants and the chefs have the stage to demonstrate their signature dishes to a much wider audience”, explains Cape Gourmet Festival Director Christine Cashmore.

Participating restaurants have designed a delicious two-course gourmet lunch, for a set price starting from R75 or a sumptuous three-course gourmet dinner from R110; both menus include a glass of carefully paired wine.  Each menu is specially devised to reflect the culture and style of each restaurant and will leave patrons mouths watering.

The event has grown tremendously including a selection of magnificent restaurants along the Garden Route.

“This year, restaurants spanning six categories will showcase their specialities; Contemporary, Foreign and Exotic, Gourmet and Fine Dining, New, Seafood, South African and African, to reflect the true global nature of South Africa’s eating culture”, says Cashmore.

Guests can also compliment the chef after their fabulous meal by voting for their favourite restaurant on www.gourmetsa.com.  By voting they also stand to win 2 cases of International award winning wine.

Restaurants participating in the annual Restaurant Week have the opportunity to broaden their platform by also appearing at the AFROX Best South African Restaurant Chef’s Theatre, during the Good Food and Wine Show, where visitors can see these talented chefs demonstrating the salacious signature dishes of their restaurant.

“Restaurant week is a very important part of our yearly marketing strategy. Each year we are introduced to new customers that might otherwise not have given us a try”  said Alex van Nes owner of popular Cape Town restaurant, Five Flies.

“The response from the public was tremendous and we almost did in excess of 400 diners eating the gourmet menu. Upon seeing the success of the menu and restaurant week we are launching our new winter Gourmet Tasting Menu – the menu will work the same way as gourmet week and will run in conjunction with our a la carte menu until the end of August.
The exposure you provided through your marketing was just awesome.” Oscar Kotze – CEO Beluga Restaurant

Running from Friday 9 until Sunday 18 May, this Cape Town institution has played host to most of Cape Town’s top restaurants over the years – and the deal on offer is one which savvy lovers of good food should certainly be noting!

So, what is the Delicious Deal?

Visit any of the restaurants listed as participating  in RESTAURANT WEEK as advertised and on our website www.gourmetsa.com  from Friday 9 until Sunday 18 May, and enjoy a two-course gourmet luncheon including a complimentary glass of wine at a promotional price starting at R75 per head. or enjoy a three course gourmet dinner at a promotional price starting R110 per head.

The list of participating restaurants is posted at www.gourmetsa.com to assist you in planning your gastronomic fortnight. 

For general Cape Gourmet Festival information, visit www.gourmetsa.com or call
(084) 565 0069.

RASA Breakfast April 2008

Click here to view some pictures from our April Breakfast

Interview with Dries Alberts

Dries Alberts (Restaurantier) en Stephan Lamprecht(Venture Solutions)

Kragonderbrekengs; Eskom

In hierdie episode van Op die Keper gesels Dawie Roodt met Dries Alberts, 'n restaurantier, oor die uitwerking van kragonderbrekings op die restaurant bedryf. Dawie praat ook met Stephan Lamprecht van Venture Solutions oor Eskom as die nasionale elektrisiteitsverskaffer in Suid-Afrika.


We are looking for SA's favourite coffee shop!

If you're on a first name basis with your barista, you're probably fanatical enough about coffee to tell us who's cappuccino has more substance than foam.

Click here to spill the beans, and help us choose South Africa's favourite coffee shop.


Eskom Preparations for 2010

The 2010 FIFA World Cup to be hosted by South Africa is a big event which will boost our restaurant industry, hence the need to know what Eskom is doing to prepare for this anticipated event.


Customer Protection Bill 2007

The Bill is there to promote a fair, accessible and sustainable marketplace for consumer products and services and for that purpose to establish national norms and standards relating to consumer protection, provide for improved standards of consumer information, to prohibit certain unfair marketing and business practices, to promote responsible consumer, to promote a consistent enforcement framework relating to the protection of consumer transactions and agreements, to establish the National Consumer Commission, to repeal the Consumer Affairs ( Unfair Business  Practices) Act, 1988(Act No.71 0f 1988), the Trade Practices Act, 1976 (Act No. 76 0f 1976), the Sales and Service Matters Act, 1964(Act No. 25 0f 1964), the Business Names Act, 1960 (Act No. 27 of 1960), the Business Act, 1991 (Act No. 71 of 1991), the Price Control Act, 1964 (Act No. 25 0f 1964), and Sections 2 to 13, and sections 16 to 17 of the Merchandise Marks Act, 1941 (Act No. 17 of 1941) ; and to make consequential amendments to various other Acts, and to provide for related incidental matters.

Wage Sectorial Document

The Wage Sectorial Document has not been published as yet by the Bargaining Council; we are still awaiting it, once it’s out we will let you know.


RASA Dining

It is important for you as a RASA member to frequently update your details on RASA Dining. RASA Dining is South Africans’ first and only    leading restaurant web and printed directory  and offers RASA diners more than 1400 to choose from. It is your ultimate gourmet guide to finding your favourite restaurant and to experience new cuisines around the city locating anything from fast food outlets to silver services, wine bars and much much more….


My Table

Is a private company created in partnership with the Restaurant Association of South Africa, offering a central point of entry to the listed RASA Dining web site and printed directory of more than 1400 participating restaurants.


Events Scheduled by Sales Partners for this year, for RASA Members

    1. 30 May – How to build a championship team ( practical implementation)
    2. 25 July 2008 – Winning the battle between your left and your right ear (how the top of game get there).
    3. 26 September 2008 – Cash Flow made fun!! Learn to drive cash flow without practising on your bank manager.
    4. 28 November 2008 – Marketing to the right people, monitoring the response and keeping costs down.

                Contact: Natasha Kirchmann (Director of Marketing)
                              Sales Partners Southern Africa
                              Tel: 011 807 9495
                              Fax: 011 807 9496



Book now for your business card listing into the first RASA RESTAURANT DIRECTORY

COST – R 850 (EX VAT)
BOOKING DEADLINE – 25 April 2008
RB Magazine
Tel: 011 478 1134
Email: directory@rbmag.co.za
Web: www.rbmag.co.za


Avril Elias
Restaurant Association of South Africa
Tel (011) 465 6613 \ 705 2054
Fax 0866 978526


Safe Food for Food Services Workshop

- 2 day workshop
- Alongside HOSTEX Cape Town
- ICC Cape Town
- 0n 29 and 30 May 2008

  1. Includes simple food safety implementation manual
  2. Essential for all Professional in Food Service and Catering in South Africa
  3. Get to grips with HACCP and Food Safety in Preparation for 2010
  4. Quick and Easy to Implement South African  Food Service HACCP System based on International Food Safety Standards

Presenter: Professor Chris Griffith (UK) – and international authority on HACCP and Food Safety in Food Service

RASA members will qualify for a reduced rate of R3 555.00 (excl VAT)

International Food Safety Seminar

  1. 1 day seminar
  2. Alongside Food and Beverage Service Exhibition
  3. Gallagher Estate
  4. Leading international speakers
  5. 2  September 2008

   Further details to follow shortly

Contact: Susan Paterson
              Tel: 011 608 3517
              Cell: 082 927 3695
              E-mail: spaterson@telkomsa.net  or spaterson@iburst.co.za