Neighbourhood News Update: 15 December 2022


The V&A Waterfront warmly welcomes visitors to the renovated Alfred Mall; aiming to redefine the African retail shopping experience.

The newly refurbished Alfred Mall, which adjoins the Victoria & Alfred Hotel in the Quays District in the heart of the V&A Waterfront, has reopened its doors in time for the festive season.

The revamped Alfred Mall, anchored by the AAFRICAA store, and 5 other tenants fill the transition from what’s on offer at Watershed to what is to be found at the Victoria Wharf Shopping Centre, presenting an exciting boutique offering of design, art and craft.

V&A Waterfront Chief Executive Officer, David Green said the time is now right to unveil the renovated Alfred Mall following the influx of tourists choosing to holiday in Cape Town over the national holidays and school holidays closures. Read more here.

TANG Waterfront off to a glittering start

On 12 December 2022 decked out in their most glamorous festive season finery, a throng of VIP guests gathered on Thursday evening to celebrate the opening of Cape Town’s new ‘it’ eatery, TANG V&A Waterfront. Situated right on the Victoria Basin, the restaurant introduces unique cuisine inspired by contemporary Japanese izakayas (trendy restaurant/bars) and classic Cantonese food to an eager new audience.

“Cape Town is one of the top tourist destinations in the world and it has a very special place in my heart,” says van der Walt. “We are delighted to be able to bring the TANG concept to the V&A, where discerning diners can enjoy our signature gastronomic experience against the backdrop of Table Mountain and the yacht harbour. There’s simply nothing to beat it.”  says owner and founder Nicky Van der Walt.

Among the glitterati at the event were American actor and social media star, Alyssa Cole; actor and movie producer, Thapelo Mokoena:  TV personality, actor, model and businesswoman, Amanda DuPont; fashion mavens, Errol Arendz, Craig Port, Warrick Gautier, Malcolm Kluk and Christiaan Gabriel Du Toit; entrepreneur, media personality and telecoms whiz, Romeo Khumalo; Former Miss South Africa’s, Suzettte Van Der Mer, Joanne Strauss, Tansey Coetzee; Olive and Anthony Hamilton Russell of the famed Hamilton Russell Vineyards; and Radio personality and DJ Lody.

Seven Colours Eatery now at Battery Park

Seven Colours Eatery, founded by Chef Nolu Dube-Cele is now open at Battery Park for visitors looking to feast on a variety of delicious traditional African food. The restaurant moves from the V&A Food Market into a bigger space offering views of the canal and the inner city.

“The term “seven colours” is popular in my culture which came about as a nickname for the meals dished to guests and family members each time we gather for family events. For us, it is common to place red beetroot, yellow rice multi-coloured vegetable dishes, and brown meat dishes all overflowing from the same plate. This makes a delicious rainbow soul food experience, all in one portion. For reasons that are now hidden in legends, we term this experience “seven colours”, which traditionally is synonymous with: wholesome, soul food, home, community, and togetherness. This is South African food, inspired by my upbringing and by many South African tables,” says Chef Nolu.

Find the new eatery next door to SUP Cape Town at Battery Park.

Astron Energy now open

A brand new Astron Energy service station is open in Dock Road just in time for the holiday season.

The new site replaces the old Caltex service station along this key corridor for vehicular and pedestrian traffic and features a bespoke version of Astron Energy’s vibrant new orange and purple livery in order to fit in with the overall aesthetic of the district, also includes a new-look FreshStop convenience store offering.

The new site differs slightly from other rebranded Astron Energy sites in that the forecourt design and new corporate colours have been customised to take into account the built heritage environment of the Canal District.

The site differs slightly from other rebranded Astron Energy sites in that the forecourt design and new corporate colours have been customised to take into account the built heritage environment of the Canal District.

What’s on offer?

As part of the newly branded site, Astron Energy V&A has also launched:

  • A new rewards programme that is more attainable and immediate, with simplicity of use and the chance to redeem daily rewards, including mystery prizes.
  • New Astron Energy Quartech Fuel with 4-in-1 technology is designed to improve

protection and maintain engine cleanliness for better performance, offering customers four technological benefits in one product.

  • A new FreshStop concept convenience store offering which features some of the old favourites, such as Seattle Coffee and the popular “Humunga Chow” chip roll,” as well as healthier options that cater to a broader market as the V&A precinct continues to evolve and attract a diverse audience.
  • Standard Bank Ucount customers will still be able to earn and redeem UCount rewards points – earning up to R10 per litre back in fuel.

Ring in the New Year in our neighbourhood

As we get closer to welcoming 2023, preparations for New Year’s Eve celebrations are already in underway in our neighourhood. Visitors looking to spend their afternoon with us on the day leading up to the crossover will be kept entertained with a range of activities and performances across the precinct. A unique showcase that visitors can also look forward to is a sound and light display at the newly opened Union Square (former Cape Wheel location), to count us down into the New year.

What’s on in the neighbourhood:

  • 16 – 23 Dec 2022: Watershed Festive Market
  • 16 – 24 Dec 2022: Photo opportunity with Santa – Centre Court (outside H&M)

17 Dec 2022:

  • Hope Journey International 2022 pageant – Union square (opposite Amphitheatre
  • V&A Record fair
  • V&A Kids Market
  • V&A Radtrax pumptrack experience