A great endorsement of Liz at Lancaster

At Liz at Lancaster Guesthouse we are so fortunate to meet such interesting and nice people from all over the world.  We were privileged to have delightful guests from Switzerland to stay recently. Werner was posted here on a 7 week secondment and his wife joined him for a few days and they gave us this feedback below:

Edith and I had indeed a very good time and felt very much at home at your place. We have been all over the world and stayed in many hotels, myself even for weeks or months in hotels of top chains e.g. Hilton, Four Seasons or Westin. It was always the same: after a while you start seeing behind the scene and the weaknesses appear. At your place, even after several weeks we felt very good and at home for following reasons:

1.     You have a cozy, personal place.

2.     Your cottages are very well, very practical and complete equipped.

3.     You and your staff are well trained, hospitable, friendly and efficient.

4.     Everything you can think of is available and included in the rate. And items such as alcohol and laundry at very affordable costs. One has not the feeling that you try to make money out of everything.

5.     Your WLAN system is of the best we have experienced anywhere in the world. It is nowadays one of the top requests of hotel guests.

6.     Your instructions everywhere and for everything give a clear guidance of what can be done and how.

We were sad to say good-bye!

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Joburg ranks highly in terms of affordability of business space and cost of living

witsSome two and a half years ago, in 2011, PriceWaterhouseCoopers and the Partnership for New York City graded 26 metropolitan cities assessing where they rank in terms of business opportunities, culture, livability, tourism and innovation, amongst other factors. Interestingly, Johannesburg made it into this list – the only African city to do so- at number 25.  Ranked very highly in terms of  affordability of business space as well as cost of living, Joburg got low scorings in the categories of broadband quality, foreign embassies, health system performance, hotel rooms, Internet access in schools, math/science skill attainment, and life satisfaction.  As  cost of living has soared since 2011 and as municipal infrastructure and service delivery has continued to fall behind, it would be interesting to see its current ranking. If climate had been a criterion we would have had another positive scoring ! For the full report see  http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2011/05/the-worlds-26-best-cities-for-business-life-and-innovation/238436/#slide2 

Good to see my old Alma Mater Wits, used as the image to represent Johannesburg in this report.


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Jazzing it up in Jozi


Life-size bronze sculpture of Kippie Moeketsi by Guy du Toit and Egan Tania outside the old Kippies. An empty sculpted chair encourages the viewer to sit next to  bra Kippie, represented as a lone, lonely and alone musician

Life-size bronze sculpture of Kippie Moeketsi by Guy du Toit and Egon Tania outside the old Kippies. An empty sculpted chair encourages the viewer to sit next to bra Kippie, represented as a lone, lonely and alone musician

Jazzlovers bemoan the demise of many of Jozi’s well-known jazz venues such as Kippies and the Blues Room, amongst others. However, good news is that Aymeric Peguillan who was so central to the live jazz scene in the ‘80s and ‘90s, has leased the former Narina Trogon restaurant in Braamfontein, which offers a downstairs restaurant with a small stage and a larger upstairs performance space.

And more good news for the jazz lovers is that the Market Theatre is also planning to bring back more jazz to Joburg’s musical menu. Market Theatre CEO Annabell Lebethe has looked at various spaces that could accommodate a jazz venue. It seems there are now plans to create a bar that wraps around from the former Gramadoelas restaurant into the existing Market Theatre foyer. In this way there is the potential to reactivate a Kippies in the Market space. The Market Theatre has bought most of the block a opposite the theatre on the other side of Bree St to house new theatre and photo workshops. She feels that this student population, along with those who will work in and visit the new Newtown Junction mixed-use development, will help to guarantee people to sustain the jazz club. So hopefully this will revitalize the Jozi’s jazz scene and will offer musicians a wider choice of venues so enabling them to work for a season, rather than one or two nights. We will all be winners.


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