September 2021 Newsletter


Spring greetings fellow Skålleague,

It is almost the end of the first month of Spring. What a month it has been! In the last few days we received the good news that South Africa was finally removed from the German restricted travel list and that the USA will lift their worldwide travel ban to vaccinated travellers.

The world is indeed starting to move at a faster pace – hence our newsletter for September 2021 was slightly delayed.

We trust you have found that spring in your step and skipping your way through September.

How wonderful it was to see all the beautiful photos of the wildflowers out along the West Coast and further afield. And not to forget the September snow and seeing all the fun had by those braving the cold. Social media really played a good part for those that were not able to venture out to the flowers and snow. 

On the 18 August we held our Gala Dinner at Aquila Private Game Reserve. Thank you to Colleen Rens from Skål International Cape Town & Johan van Schalkwyk together with the awesome team from Aquila Private Game Reserve for pulling out all the stops to make this event a memorable one.

From the welcome drinks & snacks, check in, rooms with stunning views, game drive, gin tasting – thank you Cape Town Gin Company – along with scrumptious canapés – it was well presented and appreciated by all attending.

We’d also like to thank Quality Touring Services & MLT Car Hire & Tours for offering  transfer services and the logistics, as well as Deetlefs Wine Estate for the welcome drinks and toasting wines.

The gala dinner was superb. The table settings & décor, food, wine & great company. It is definitely one for the books. I believe the after party and social lasted into the early hours of the next morning. Most importantly – thank you to all those that were able to attend. It is appreciated.

The Bi-Annual AGA of Skål South Africa was held on the 18 September 2021 at 08h00. Cape Town & Winelands Committees gathered at Hotel Verde and Zoomed in together. We will share more details about this session.

EXCITING NEWS: our new look website is up and running. We invite you to pop on over to and get a feel for the new look and make sure that your contact details are all correct. Thank you to Johan van Schalkwyk and his Aquila Safari team for all the work. A special thanks to Rodney Strydom for his hard work and dedication, looking after our website over the last couple of years. Rodney has kept it up to date with events, specials, photos and membership details. 

JAMMS, a partnership between Skål, SATSA, Wesgro, SAACI, FEDHASA and Cape Town Tourism, meet on a regular basis engaging with the public, private & government sector. All with one common goal – rejuvenating our tourism industry and to see how the RED TAPE can be reduced or cut so that we may operate with ease.

Discussions vary from Operating Permits, Covid19 regulations, safety & security, to mention a few. I encourage you to visit these association sites and learn more.
“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it” – Nelson Mandela


Wayne Bezuidenhout
President Skål International Cape Town
Senior Vice President Skål International South Africa 


Should the contact details of any member change, please contact Anne Lamb to update our membership database as well as the Skål International and local websites.


Birthdays: September 2021

We hope you are following our Instagram and Facebook pages where we have been wishing our members for their birthdays.


  • 04 – Jamie-Lee Ackerman
  • 07 – Wayne Bezuidenhout
  • 08 – Anne Lamb
  • 08 – Dawn Smith
  • 10  – Imike Stevenson
  • 13  – Martie Malan
  • 15  – Gavin Christians
  • 16  – Michelle Koenig
  • 25 – Trevor Hewett
  • 29 – Craig Girdlestone
  • 29 – David Smith​



  • 17  – Cathrine Nyquist
  • 18  – Carol Bayne
  • 25 – Nabila Cassim
  • 26 – Brian Talbot
  • 27 – Emma Borg
  • 28 – Minette Smit
  • 31  – Johan van Schalkwyk 

September Lunch: Blaauwberg Beach Hotel

We most certainly had a superb networking event at the Blaauwberg Beach Hotel and we thank the team for their hospitality. The food was excellent and the views were magnificent.

CLICK HERE to read more about the venue.


Stay Warm with Skål Cape Town WINTER KIT

Keep warm at the Aquila Safari Gala Dinner, or anywhere else – with our Skål International Cape Town winter warmer fleece combos at only R249.00 per set! 

CLICK HERE to buy your beanie, scarf and glove set! 

October Networking Event

12 OCTOBER 2021
12h00 for 12h30

We return to Breakwater Lodge Conference Venue! You will recall that Covid19 regulations postponed our previous lunch reservation at the gorgeous Breakwater Lodge. We are delighted to support the team during our October Networking Lunch session.

Lunch Prizes

Your company or service is invited to offer raffle prizes at our upcoming lunch! Sponsors get fantastic recognition at our lunches and winners of prizes get to experience your product or service.

To offer a prize, please CLICK HERE to get in touch and send us your prize details.

Raffle tickets are on sale at our lunches. Please be reminded to bring cash to buy tickets. You have to be in it – to win it.

Visiting Skål Members

PICTURE: Some Skål International Cape Town members enjoying time with visiting Skålleagues Caren Gray (Skål International Durban Secretary) and Ian Jones from Skål International Durban. It was great to see each other!

International News

CLICK HERE TO DISCOVER all the contents of our latest International newsletter, #SkalNow – the Skål International newsletter for members.

WTTC Stamp

The World Travel & Tourism Council #SafeTravels Stamp was created for travellers to recognise destinations and businesses around the world which have adopted the safe travels health and hygiene global standardised protocols.

Skål International, through its partnership with #WTTC has already obtained the Safe Travels Stamp and offers it to all its members! CLICK HERE to find out how to get it for your business. 

Save The Date

We will make further updates and announcements via our email list and social media pages regarding upcoming events and lunches.

Please stay tuned for more event information as we navigate through the next few weeks.

12 OCTOBER 2021:
Our July lunch was postponed to 12 October 2021 due to the Level 4 regulations that were implemented back then. CLICK HERE for details and bookings.

03 NOVEMBER 2021:
Annual Travel and Trade Workshop at The Old Biscuit Mill. Click here to contact Carol Bayne for bookings and more information.

Know Your Skålleagues

Please make sure you follow our Skål International Cape Town social media pages for realtime updates. We also regularly feature various Cape Town members and introduce their tourism businesses to you through our #KnowYourSkålleagues updates. 

CLICK HERE to follow us on Facebook.

Skål Toast

We thank our member – Bea Liebenberg – and Deetlefs Wine Estate for their Skål Toast wine sponsorship. CLICK HERE to buy online.