PENINSULA 2008 _2_.indd by sdsdfqw21


									GENERATOR                                            UNACCOMPANIED TEENAGERS                                     SKY NEWS
The generator that was installed last year           Because      of    unruly  behaviour     by                 Sky News will soon be back by popular
has come into its own this year with the             unaccompanied teenagers over the                            demand!! It will be added to the normal
power outages that have been experienced             festive season, it has been agreed by the                   DSTV bouquet so that our overseas
all over South Africa. It powers one guest           Board of Directors that at least one guest                  guests will be able to enjoy both CNN
lift, certain essential computers as well as         staying in the unit must be over the age                    and Sky News from the beginning of the
keeps the main kitchen up and running. A             of 21 years unless the parents sign a letter                new budgetary year in January 2009.
complimentary tea and coffee station                 taking responsibility for the occupants.
is made available to all guests in the                                                                           UPDATE ON PARKING DEVELOPMENT
foyer when experiencing power outages.               MAGINET
                                                                                                                 As promised in the Summer/Autumn 2006/07
GUEST SUPPLIES                                       Maginet, the company that provides The                      Newsletter, the Directors are still working on
                                                     Peninsula with the in-house movie channel at a              co-operating in a development with the                                                                                                                                            SPRING/SUMMER 2008
Due to the high usage in Guest Supplies of such      charge per movie, has given us three months                 property next door to address the long-                                 PO Box 768, Sea Point 8060 • Tel: 021 430 7777 • Fax: 021 430 7776 • •
items as shampoo, tea and coffee, it has been        notice. It has been decided to discontinue this             standing problem of inadequate parking.
decided by the Board of Directors that these items
will not automatically be replenished on a daily
                                                     service. However, should guests wish to watch
                                                     movies during their stay, an arrangement, prior
                                                                                                                 A feasibility study has been completed by
                                                                                                                 an experienced developer and the project                                 Grand Opening of the Long Awaited Sundowner Deck
basis. Replacement Guest Supplies, supplied          to arrival, can be made to hire a DVD player,               is looking promising – watch this space!!
on request, will now be charged a nominal fee.       the cost of which will be added to their bill.                                                                                                    The official opening of THE SUNSET DECK was on
                                                                                                                                                                                                       Thursday, 11 October 2007. It was a perfect
                                                                                                                                                                                                       evening, totally windless and boasted a stunning

                                                                                                Braai Facilities                                                                                       “sunset” as the invited guests watched the sun burn
                                                                                                                                                                                                       orange as it descended to the horizon ushering
                                                                              Due to Owners no longer being allowed to braai on balconies                                                              in twilight.   Unfortunately the person who initiated
  Thank you to those Owners that took the trouble to fax or post              for health and safety reasons, the restaurant braai area and the                                                         and worked really hard to put this new acquisition in
  their preference to us. Because most of the replies received                use of our gas braai has proved popular and will now need to                                                             place, Chris Godenir – the General Manager, was
  were for “non smoking” suites, we have decided to make                      be booked in advance with certain requirements:                                                                          not able to experience the opening night in person
  all the suites “non smoking” unless we receive an objection.                1. A charge of R50.00 will be added to your bill to cover gas and                                                        due to being involved in a car accident. Happily he
  Smoking will, however be permitted on the balconies and out-                   a deposit of R100.00 for the use of additional crockery, cutlery                                                      is now fully recovered.
  side on the terraces.                                                          and glasses which will be reimbursed if all items are returned                                                       The evening started off with the invited guests
                                                                                 unbroken and the area left in a reasonable condition.                                                                walking up the red carpet with gas flames burning

             Rally to Read                                                    2. The facilities must be booked a minimum of 24 hours in
                                                                                 advance and allocated on a first come first served basis.
                                                                                                                                                                                                      and being offered a cocktail or glass of bubbly on
                                                                                                                                                                                                      arrival. Background music was played while trays of
                                                                                                                                                                                                      sushi, oysters and tasters from the Sunset Restaurant
       (Community Project)                                                    3. The party number must be limited to double the sleeper size
                                                                                 of the unit i.e if it is a 6 sleeper, your party may be 12.
                                                                                                                                                                                         were continually handed around. The guests were then treated to         11h00 until 21h00 and offers a ring-side seat for you, our Owners,
                                                                                                                                                                                         Comedian, Nikolas Rabinowitz’s, amusing quips after which Lindt         to watch the setting sun over the Atlantic Ocean and enjoy a
Peninsula Management (Pty) Ltd together with Three Cities Group                4. Should the party be more than the requirement, then a venue                                            chocolates and trays of desserts were circulated. A good night          sundowner, coffee and light snack while listening to lounge-style
has decided to participate in the Rally to Read programme                         hire of R500 will be charged.                                                                          was had by all.                                                         background music with volume controls at each table. When
again this year by donating R5000 to this worthwhile cause. Once
                                                                                                                                                                                         The Sunset Deck is accessed by two wooden staircases on each            next visiting your second home, The Peninsula, treat yourself and
again, Josh Carelse, the Rooms Division Manager, will be giving
                                                                                                                                                      LUCKY WINNER                                                                                               visit The Sunset Deck for a truly special experience.
up his weekend on 07 and 08 June to represent The Peninsula All-
Suite Hotel by delivering education material to schools that were
                                                                                     COMPETITION                                                     The lucky winner of the
                                                                                                                                                                                         end of the deck. The cocktail bar/coffee station is open from

                                                                                                                                                     previous Competition
                                                                                                                                                     is Mrs EM Hichens from
previously neglected. This year they will be targeting the Laingsberg/
Prince Albert area. The Directors of Peninsula Share Block Ltd have
agreed to participate in a community project next year.
                                                                                        2 ADDITIONAL NIGHTS
                                                                                         ADDED TO YOUR STAY
                                                                                                                                                     Norwood, Gauteng.
                                                                                                                                                     She will be taking up
                                                                                                                                                     her prize on her next
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Ramsay’s Kitchen, New York                                                              BY ANDRE
                                                                                 plus                                                                visit to The Peninsula.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  “Never was it my intention     dehydrated and got us some iced water. Iced water never tasted
                 ANNUAL REPORT                                                              A MASSAGE valued at R250                                                                                                              or expectation to meet         as good as it did on that day!!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Gordon     Ramsay.    The
Once again, we hereby remind all Owners that the Annual Report                                         Complete the question below and post to:
                                                                                                THE PENINSULA HOTEL, PO BOX 768, SEA POINT 8060
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  people I wanted to meet        We had to prepare mis en place for about 80 pax that night (that
can be found on The Peninsula website, The
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  were the ones doing his        is industry jargon for, “We had to do dinner preparations for 80
date for the 2008 AGM has been set for Thursday, 29 May 2008 and
                                                                                 1. What is the name of the new facility at The Peninsula All-Suite Hotel which                                                                   bidding behind the stoves      people.”) The whole day was high paced. I got the feeling that
will take place at The Peninsula All-Suite Hotel. Enclosed herewith is              opened on Thursday, 11 October 2007?                                                                                                          every day.                     nobody really cared who you were or why you were there - they
a notice reminding all Owners of the AGM together with a copy of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 were just focused on their work.
the Proxies and Agendas for both the “A” Class and the “A” and “B”
                                                                                 2. Name one of the restaurants in which Andre worked while in New York?                                                                          There were two restaurants
Class Meetings. For those not able to access a computer, copies
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  – Ramsay’s at The London       I met a few people that first day. Chef, Josh Emmett, who turned
of the Annual Report can be requested from Vee de Freitas, the
                                                                                 3. What date is the Annual General Meeting in 2008?                                                                                              which is fine dining and       out to be a really nice person, Stuart from Scotland, Tyler from
Accountant at The Peninsula, by calling (27) (21) 430-7777 .
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Maze serving elaborate         Canada, Rob and, of course, Max. All of them are in their twenties,
                                                                                 4. What is the correct attire to be worn in the gym?                                                                                             “bar food”. It was amazing,    out to learn as much as they can and progress up the ladder and
                      arbor day                                                                              Closing date 27 August 2008.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  really modern. The décor
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  is very simplistic. The Maze
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 ultimately to open their own restaurants. I met some other people
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 too, but these are the people I was closest to in the kitchen.
             (community project)                                                RULES                                                                                                                                             kitchen did breakfast as
A Heritage Green                                                                1. The first correct entry drawn will be awarded the prize of a massage to the value of R250.00 PLUS                                               well as lunch, whereas         The actual kitchen environment is very organized, everybody knows
                                                                                   2 additional nights added on to your stay. This prize cannot be converted to cash.
Team     initiative    in                                                       2. The closing date is 27 August 2008 and no late entries will be accepted after the closing date. The   the fine dining kitchen of Ramsay’s at The London only did dinner       exactly what they are doing, know their tasks for the day and know
                                                                                   draw will take place at the Board Meeting. The judges decision is final and no correspondence will     because it was off-season. The kitchen is beautiful. It has big gas     that there are time constraints. Everyone starts at the bottom and
September last year                                                                be entered into.
                                                                                3. The competition is not open to the employees of The Peninsula or Leisure Options.                     hobs, a marble-like top for the hot pass, more pans than you can        you have to work your way through the different sections. Once you
was to plant three                                                              4. Please do not send any entries by registered post.
                                                                                5. Please give your full name and address details. You may enter as many times as you wish.              use and definitely the cleanest kitchen I had ever seen. And what       have mastered one section well enough, you are moved to the
indigenous trees in the                                                         6. The winner will be notified in writing.                                                                is more is that the kitchen stays immaculately clean throughout         next section. You have to earn respect. Everything is very precise
garden to celebrate                                                                                                                                                                      the day.                                                                and there is no room for individual creativity or mistakes. Charging
National Arbor Day.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              the prices they do and the reputation to uphold, everything has
The        Committee                                                                                                                                                                     I started to work on the vegetable section with Max in the Maze         to be perfect. Everybody is very sectional, you do not just walk
organized      a    tree                                                                                                                                                                 kitchen which is by far the hottest kitchen I have ever worked in,      into someone else’s station and take something. You always ask
planting ceremony on                                                                                                                                                                     but I got stuck in straight away. The gas hobs run at full blast all    first. The days were manic at 16h00 in the afternoon. That is the
Thursday, 6 September                                                                                                                                                                    day long and being the new guy on the block, I was not going            time the next shift arrives on duty and you are either shifted off a
2007.                                                                                                                                                                                    to ask for water. By 11h00 Max noticed that I was looking a bit         particular section or moved to the downstairs prep area. It is the
most hectic time of the day because everybody is pushing hard
to get the last items done. Nobody wants to be late. All food prep
                                                                           This is pretty much the way it goes every day, day in and day out.
                                                                           The food? Well, consistency is why they’re so successful. There is
                                                                                                                                                                       Ignorance is not Bliss                                                             reasons. Should you have a medical condition or are taking medication
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          you are advised to consult a doctor before going into the sauna.
has to be completed, utensils and pans collected, all surfaces             no adding your own secret spice and there is no creativity allowed            So that all our guests have the pleasure of enjoying the gym, sauna                         8.   As there is only one sauna available for use by both male and females, you
scrubbed down, some food items cooked off to be ready by                   when it comes to making things. The way the Chef showed you is                and heated pool area, there are a couple of things we just want to                               are required to maintain a decent state of dress whilst in the sauna – men
17h00. Amuse bouche tasters come out for the Chef to sample                exactly the way it will get done every single day. No pepper gets             point out in the interests of your security, safety and overall health.                          with swimming costume/shorts and ladies swim wear to consist of both tops
and all hats go on (they only wear hats during service time). At           used in the kitchen, just Kosher salt. It actually tastes amazing.            1.   If you are on any type medication – suffering from high blood pressure /                    and bottoms.
17h30 the orders start piling in - two scallops, three lobster, one                                                                                           heart related illnesses or other medical condition you should consult your             9.   NO SMOKING in the gym, games room or heated pool area.
lamb, one foie gras. That is how it goes for the next six or so hours.     I loved the time I spent in New York. It was hard work which I                     doctor before participating in any exercise.                                           10. PANIC BUTTON - In cases of emergency there is a panic button in the gym
Usually between 20h00 and 21h00 it is quieter, with everybody              enjoyed. I had to start over again and earn peoples’ respect,                 2.   You must be suitably dressed - only closed training shoes are allowed (no                  and on heated poolside area.
pushing hard wanting to get things perfect and not wanting to be           which I hope I achieved by doing what I love, which is putting my                  bare feet / flip flops / or other causal open shoes are permitted).                    11. No alcohol or glasses are allowed in the gym or heated pool area.
the one who messes up a whole order. Nobody wants to be the                head down and cooking.”                                                       3.   Light weight, clean exercise clothing must be worn whilst training (shirt /vest        12. You may not enter the gym, games room or heated pool area whilst under
                                                                                                                                                              / top / shorts / training pants). The gym is used by a cross cultural section of
one who drops the team. Nobody talks through service time. The                                                                                                                                                                                           the influence of alcohol or narcotics etc.
                                                                                                                                                              people and we do not wish to offend any of our guests.
only thing you hear is the Chef’s countdown to food going out for
example - “Lamb, four and a half” to which the response every                             Duck Carpaccio - Recipe                                        4.   Sweat towels - beach towels are available at reception for use in the gym
time is, “Oui!” (French for yes). You get a time every thirty seconds.
                                                                                                                                                         5.   NO CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF 18 to use the gym unless under the
There is no shouting in the kitchen – it is not necessary. There is          Score duck breast                   Method                                       supervision of an adult – this will prevent equipment from being damaged
no shouting for waiters, you just say, “pick up”, and they are there.                                                                                         as well as the risk of injury to children. Personal supervised training sessions are
The professionalism is outstanding from both sides, so much so               Marinade                            Allow to marinade for 24 hours,              available at a fixed fee.
that all I could do was stand and marvel. Plate after plate, every                                               then quickly sear all sides, allow      6.   CHILDREN under the age of 12 must be supervised in the heated pool
one identical to the last. Everybody working in synergy. Afterwards          1 part brandy                       to cool, wrap and freeze.                    area for their own safety as there is no life guard on duty and the pool is
everybody gets stuck into cleaning - stoves, fridges, everything.                                                                                             secluded.
                                                                             1/2 part raspberry vinegar
The pace never slowing down. After that the orders for the next                                                  Slice thinly and coat with brandy       7.   Sauna – no one under the age of 18 is allowed in the sauna for medical
                                                                             1/2 part olive oil
day are done and handovers are written. You do your orders                   Maldon course salt                  reduction to serve with a foie
for your section, as I said, you have complete responsibility. You                                               gras terrine, or just toss in a salad
make sure that you are organized for the next day. If you are not
organized, you will not only get it from the Chef the following day,
but your colleagues working with you will also be forced to deal
                                                                                                                 of baby spinach and shaved
                                                                                                                 apple.                                               Refurbishment Update
with your mistake.
                                                                                                                                                         Those Owners who frequently visit The Peninsula All-Suite Hotel will have noticed quite
                                                                                                                                                         a few changes recently. The foyer has had a facelift with new lamps and side tables
                   LONG TIME OWNER, GAIL MILLER’S OWN ACHIEVEMENT                                                                                        in the fashionable dark wood and the couches have been reupholstered in brown
                                                                                                                                                         and green stripes with matching scatter cushions. The entrance couch has also been
                                           “After a year of feeling        surprising what a 62 year old grandmother of 4 can achieve. The               reupholstered with a drape curtain to match. All in all, this has given your first impression
                                           low in London, it was a         euphoria of reaching the top is something I have never felt before            of The Peninsula a much more trendy feel.
                                           huge relief to move into        and, I have to say, without Moira’s help and encouragement, I
                                           our suite at The Peninsula      do not think I could have done it. It was a wonderful experience              3Thirteen looks more spacious because the sloping glass roof with drapes has made
                                           and relax into the lifestyle.   seeing the starting point get ever more distant, looking at the wild          way for the Sunset Deck above and now has a flat ceiling with lighter, large floor tiles
                                           I contacted Moira Mahon,        flowers on our stops and hearing the cries of the crows near the              replacing the old fashioned terracotta tiles.
                                           the Peninsula’s personal        top. One thing I did not expect was the camaraderie of all the
                                           trainer who started me off      different Saturday morning climbers – the girls from Nyanga, the              Many lucky Owners will have noticed the new-look décor in the suites and, most
                                           with an early morning walk      plump middle aged Malay ladies, the earnest habitual hikers and               particularly, the bathrooms. The total refurbishments started in 2006 and to date
                                           along the beachfront            the gorgeous rugby team from Rondebosch!!                                     five royal suites, four super luxury suites, thirteen luxury suites, eleven mini suites and
                                           enjoying the beautiful                                                                                        five studio suites have been completed making a total of thirty-eight suites. This year
scenery and then a twice weekly workout in the gym. It was a               It has to be said that the thought of an ice cold beer got me up              two royal suites, four super luxury suites, nine luxury suites, five mini suites and three
feeling of part elation and part trepidation when Moira pronounced         the last twenty minutes when the rock faces close in to form a
                                                                                                                                                         studios will be done during the maintenance weeks which includes three suites that
me fit enough to do a climb up Table Mountain with her.                    magnificent gorge – but what a feeling when you have DONE IT!!.
                                                                                                                                                         were carried over from last year due to high occupancy. The plan is to refurbish
                                                                           It is something I will remember all my life and all thanks to Moira
We set off at 08h00 to climb Platteklip Gorge and although it is hard      and the gym at The Peninsula. A word of warning though – it is not
                                                                                                                                                         another twenty-two suites in 2009 and twenty-three suites in 2010. Congratulations to
work, it is not nearly as difficult as the “doom-monger” in my family      to be undertaken lightly and you do need to be prepared – ask                 the maintenance team who work exceptionally hard to turn around each suite in the
made out. The path is well made with rock stairs and is very clearly       Moira.                                                                        week allocated.
marked. Moira rapped me over the knuckles for setting off like a
rocket and as long as one resists the temptation, has a proper               WE WELCOME STORIES FROM ANY OWNER WISHING TO SHARE
trainer and plenty of water, some dried fruit and sunscreen, it is             THEIR PERSONAL EXPERIENCES AT THE PENINSULA WITH US
                                                                                                                                                               OUTSTANDING LEVY                                                                      honour any requests from your side.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Any units with outstanding levies after the allocated week has passed will attract
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     interest of 24% p.a. and will be considered for auction. Any communication
                                                                                                                                                              PAYMENTS – REMINDER                                                                    from this point will be done by registered mail.
                                  “I am Gavin Reid from CAPVISION TOURS and it has been my pleasure to be associated                                     Unfortunately it has become necessary to raise this subject in our Newsletter.
                                                                                                                                                         Although the majority of our Owners pay timeously, there are a few repeat of-               Levies can be paid in the following ways:
                                  with The Peninsula All-Suite Hotel for ten years now as the airport transfer provider. I started CapVision Tours
                                                                                                                                                         fenders particularly those who space bank with RCI. I would like to remind you              Direct deposit / EFT
                                  twelve years ago and have seen tourism in South Africa grow to new heights. I began my working life                    of the following rules which apply to the Peninsula.                                        Levies can be transferred/paid into: Standard Bank, Sea Point, Branch code:
                                                                                                                                                         Levies are raised four months in advance and are to be settled within 21 days               024109, Acc no: 071082476.
                                  as a Chef but decided that hot, claustrophobic kitchens were not for me and decided to open a tour                                                                                                                 Cheques/postdated cheques
                                                                                                                                                         of invoice date. Should your levy remain unpaid six weeks before the start of
                                  company, where every day your office is one of our many beautiful attractions around The Fairest Cape!!                your week, the following steps will be taken:                                               Cheques need to reach us 6 weeks before your week is due. Postdated cheque
                                                                                                                                                         Occupation by owner:                                                                        date must be before the start date of your week (R100 will be levied on any
                                   As the first and last face that guests see, it is always a pleasure to welcome timeshare guests                       Your booking will be cancelled and will only be considered for re-instatement               unpaid cheques).
                                                                                                                                                         once the levy is paid.                                                                      Debit orders
                                  back and to see the children growing up year after year. That is what makes it special to provide                      Private letting:                                                                            Levies can be paid monthly by debit order; however, the levy has to be fully
                                                                                                                                                         The booking will be cancelled and your guests will be denied entry on day of                paid by the start of your week (R100 will be levied on unpaid debit orders).
                                  this service to The Peninsula guests who always comment to me that the staff are what make The
                                                                                                                                                         arrival.                                                                                    Credit/Debit cards
                                  Peninsula so special. We are all just “one big happy family”. I am married to Joanne and have two                      Rental pool:                                                                                Just phone in, e-mail, fax or post us your credit card details (card number,
                                                                                                                                                         Rental pool requests will be cancelled; unit will remain empty for the week.                expiry date, last 3 digits at back of card). Debit cards can only be processed if
                                  precious children, Isabella & Oliver. I just love providing my personal, reliable and dedicated service                                                                                                            cardholder is present.
                                                                                                                                                         Flexi bookings:
   to everyone who needs airport transfers so on your next trip to The Mother City and your “home away from home”, The Peninsula                         Booking will be cancelled and/or removed from waiting list.                                 Owners who default on their levies, result in the Accounts Department having to
                                                                                                                                                         RCI space banking:                                                                          contact them by telephone, e-mail or post in order to collect the outstanding
   All Suite Hotel, I look forward to catching up with you. Thanks to Chris for his valued support and here’s to another 10 years!!”                     RCI will be notified that the levy is outstanding and a block will be put on file.          levies. As these costs are borne from your levies, it is in the best interest of every
                                                                                                                                                         Although we cannot prevent RCI from sending guests into your unit, RCI will not             owner to pay their levies on time. Thank you to all Owners who pay on time!!

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