A visit to Cape Town’s hottest new attraction: Zeitz MOCAA

If you didn’t know what MOCAA is – the Museum of Contemporary African Art. First of its kind, first in Africa. This is good stuff, even for a cultural philistine like myself.

Let’s backtrack. A few years ago the V&A Waterfront significantly upped their game in terms of strategic initiatives to expand its product. There have many big wins for us in the tourism industry – the Red Shed, the Food Market, the Oranjezicht farmers market, the Big Wheel… but now they have hit it out of the park.

The dilapidated old grain silos, which were essentially – and historically – an eyesore, have been transformed into a world class business precinct, an uber luxury hotel and… a museum to match the Guggenheim, the Tate and the Prado.

The Silo Hotel is THE hot new spot in Cape Town. It shared the building with the museum, and you can actually look down from the deck outside the restaurant down into the museum atrium – which has been designed in the shape of a piece of grain (believe it) to majestic proportions. The initial exhibit is a dragon African style. The effect of this exhibit, contextualized in a modern cathedral of impressive contradiction, assaults you visually much in the same way anyone feels by round 5 in the ring with Floyd Mayweather. That’s art talk. Except for the bit of Mayweather.

The powerhouse German businessman and philantropist that seeded the collection is Jochen Zeitz – google him and be impressed.

The guys doing the talking at the launch had me spellbound too. I get why the Waterfront is doing so well – CEO David Green clearly know what he’s doing, and the architect Thomas Heatherwick? That chap is one of those people that I theoretically would have on my list for a dream dinner party.

A big thanks and kudos to Chantelle Cole, strategic projects manager from the Waterfront, who arranged for Caroline and myself to attend this special pre-viewing. The museum opens on the 22nd, tickets are R180 and we are immediately adding this as an optional activity on our city tour offering.

 

Q&A with Monade van Eeden

1. What is your role at PG Tops?

PG Tops reservations team leader & consultant.

2. What do you enjoy most about your job?

Working with my awesome colleagues.

3. What makes PG Tops unique

Thinking out of the box when consulting and having an awesome boss like Pieter.

4. What is your favourite PG Tops tour and why?

Cape Peninsula tour as it covers such a large area of our beautiful city.

5. What is your ultimate travel destination in South Africa?

Grootbos.

6. What are the top three destinations on your bucket list?

Vietnam, Bali & Greece.

7. If you could have dinner with any woman in the world, who would it be?

Jennifer Aniston. I would like to know what hair products she uses. 😊

8. What women in the travel and tourism industry inspire you?

My sister, Eunice, and all my fellow colleagues. Girl power!

9. What is the best career advice you have been given?

If you’re offered a seat on a rocket ship, don’t ask what seat, just get on!

10. Who is your role model and why?

My dad. He always gives the best advice – even if I don’t want to hear it.

11. What is your favourite motivational quote?

Do not let the behaviour of others destroy your inner peace.

12. If you could only pack five things for a trip, what would they be?

Sunglasses, a Deon Meyer book, wet wipes, credit card and passport.

Tourism Boot Camp

We launched T.B.C. – Tourism Boot Camp – at the PG TOPS HQ in August 2017.

The first intake of five interns commenced on Monday 31 July, and are following a rigorous 6 week program aimed at rapid upskilling and critical thinking in a framework of Cape Town bespoke touring.

Interns are chosen on the basis of having a base education in tourism from some form of tertiary institution, but are not yet gainfully employed. T.B.C. aims to leverage the core skill sets in the PG TOPS full time team, coupled with assistance from industry partners, to introduce these interns to the competitive environment of tourism.

Once trained over six weeks, the interns will complete their training in job shadowing roles either at PG TOPS or at industry partners. The aim is to produce motivated, technically skilled and systems prepared individuals that can easily slot into any establishments environment.

For further details on this program, please contact Pieter Geldenhuys on 021-380 0266 or applications@pgtops.com.