Luxury Hotels

Africa today and tomorrow

The Table Bay Hotel, Cape Town, is led by dynamo GM Joanne Selby. She led the initiative to launch, December 2020, a pop-up restaurant, Siba: The Restaurant.  This was a partnership with television celebrity chef Siba Mtongana, 37 (above), whose personal branding has been studied by Harvard Business School – among other commitments, she is global ambassador for Rise Against Hunger.  With no marketing, the pop-up was so successful it has been extended month by month, but the temporary structure finally closed end April.  It will re-open June as a permanent restaurant – and by that time Table Bay Hotel will have become the first Sun International property to become fully integrated into the massively-important Global Hotel Alliance (GHA) network of top brands.

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Looking forward to tomorrow, let us head for Nigeria. Everyone talks about Lagos, its dynamic business activity and its Nollywood movie industry.  For art, however, it sounds as if Abuja is key. Retro Africa’s last stunning exhibition, of eye-catching pieces by Williams Chechet, ended 3rd March 2021 and Girlahead cannot wait to see who is featured next (apparently Retro Africa plans a London show later this year, retroafrica.art). Retro Africa is owned by vivacious businesswoman Dolly Kola-Balogun, who graduated from London’s King’s College in Political Science, Theology and Sociology.  She also owns Abuja’s Atelier Hotel, a modern lifestyle hotel that looks like one of the most appealing in the entire continent.

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Finally, back to South Africa, and Cape Town. See, below, how the Table Bay Hotel works with a local community school: