Neighbourhood News Update: 14 January 2022


We are starting off 2022 with the appointment of Antoinette Basson who joins the V&A Waterfront Executive team as Finance Executive.

Antoinette has over 26 years’ experience, 17 of which have been in the financial services industry at Old Mutual Bank, PwC in London, SA Corporate Real Estate Fund.

Cruise season restarts

After an interrupted start due to the omicron variant in December last year, the Cape Town cruise season restarted this week with MSC cruises calling into the Cape Town Cruise Terminal yesterday 13th January 2022. This will be followed by another two cruises docking on the 18th and the 24th of January 2022. Overall, 13 cruise visits are scheduled until May 2022.

Waterfront Vinoteque and Wine Bar – curated by the Waterfront Wine Shop

Bringing the wine farm experience to our doorstep, the Waterfront Vinoteque and Wine Bar inside our Historical Tunnel next to the Ulundi parking garage showcases the finest wines with tastings taking place daily from 11am – 7pm.

The Waterfront Wine Shop will also be hosting curator tours and wine tastings in the 100 Beautiful Baskets exhibition space (above H&M) on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 18:00 – 19:00, starting 18th – 27th Jan. To RSVP please email with your name, surname, number of attendees and the date you would like to attend.

What’s on in the neighbourhood:

  • Protégé Art Pop-Up Exhibition – opposite Mugg & Bean (Wednesday – Sunday, until 30 Jan)
  • Experie-Buddies at the V&A Waterfront – Watershed (until 29 Jan)
  • Zip Zap Circus – Amphitheatre (until 16 Jan)
  • Live at Makers – Makers Landing (15 Jan)

Visit our website for more details and the full events schedule.

Footfall update

The final quarter of the year came with many positives as it is usually a busy time of year and this time benefitted from lower levels of lockdown restrictions.

At the Victoria Wharf Shopping Centre, December footfall was almost double that of November because of the school holidays, traditional festive shopping, and restaurant activity with 1.8 million visitors recorded for the month. Watershed saw a 54% increase in December due to domestic tourist numbers visiting the nearby attractions, including the kids’ favourite, the Aquarium.

Overall, our 2021 visitor numbers trended upward at 15 million visits, a 9.5% increase compared to 2020. With the opening of international destinations and the return of international flight and cruise travel as well as the continued rise in vaccinations and lowering of covid restrictions, we’re looking forward to improved trading conditions for the rest of 2022.