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South Africa committed to African air transport liberalisation – Minister

By: Rebecca Campbell     12th October 2018 South African Transport Minister Dr Blade Nzimande reaffirmed on Friday the country’s commitment to the implementation of the Yamoussoukro Decision (YD) on liberalising air transport across Africa. He did so in a speech to the 48th annual general meeting of the Airlines Association of Southern... 

Southern African airlines face losses and slow growth, says industry association 

By: Rebecca Campbell     12th October 2018 The Airlines Association of Southern Africa (AASA) has forecast that airlines in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region will suffer total losses of $300-million for this year. This would be in sharp contrast to the expected total profit of $33.8-billion for the global airline... 

Southern African airlines face losses and slow growth, says industry association
Photo by Airlink
An Embraer E190 airliner of Airlink, one of AASA’s member airlines

Dlamini-Zuma calls for collaboration as NDP is divided into smaller plans

By: Simone Liedtke     4th October 2018 Minister in the Presidency Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma on Thursday called for greater collaboration between the public and private sectors in South Africa as she announced that the National Development Plan (NDP) would be divided into smaller plans that would be attended to within five-year... 

Dlamini-Zuma calls for collaboration as NDP is divided into smaller plans
Minister in the Presidency Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma

South Africa to relax visa rules to boost investment, tourism 

By: Reuters     25th September 2018 South Africa will ease some immigration rules, including agreeing visa waiver agreements with more countries, in an effort to boost investment and tourism, Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba said on Tuesday. The changes are part of a broader economic turnaround programme announced by President... 

South Africa to relax visa rules to boost investment, tourism
Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba

Politics hamper African airlines’ growth potential

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     31st August 2018 The African airline sector has significant potential for growth, but it is not growing sufficiently because of various issues, such as stringent regulatory frameworks, says flag carrier airline Air Mauritius Southern Africa and Latin America regional GM Carla da Silva. Government policies in... 

Politics hamper African airlines’ growth potential
CARLA DA SILVA Better and more communication is needed in terms of the benefits of aviation and the role that it plays in stimulating gross domestic product and job creation

Graskop Gorge Lift Centre to boost Mpumalanga tourism

By: Simone Liedtke     24th August 2018 Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom on Friday officially opened the Graskop Gorge Lift Centre, which features a viewing lift that travels 51 m down the face of the Graskop Gorge, located along the Panorama route, in Mpumalanga. The Panorama route is a popular tourist destination in the province,... 

Graskop Gorge Lift Centre to boost Mpumalanga tourism

African cacao-producing country starts making top-quality chocolate

By: Rebecca Campbell     24th August 2018 Cooperation between a South African and a British business has resulted in the establishment of the first ever chocolate factory in the West African island state of São Tomé e Príncipe. The enterprises are HBD Venture Capital (HBD standing for “Here Be Dragons”), an enterprise of South African... 

R400m boost for small-scale fishing industry and tourism in W Cape

3rd August 2018 The national Department of Public Works (DPW) has teamed up with the Coega Development Corporation (CDC) on the roll-out of the first phase of the upgrade of 13 Western Cape harbours worth R400-million. The project – known as the Small Harbours Programme – spearheaded by the DPW and implemented... 

R400m boost for small-scale fishing  industry and tourism in W Cape
BEFORE THE PORT Coega port shows what the projects could look like

Travel between SA and Spain boosted by renewed air link

By: Rebecca Campbell     13th July 2018 The reintroduction of direct flights between Johannesburg and Madrid by Spanish flag-carrier airline Iberia in August 2016 has resulted in a significant boost in travel between South Africa and Spain. This was reported by Airports Company South Africa Assistant General Manager (Client and... 

Home Affairs to automate births, marriages and deaths certification system

By: Nadine James     11th July 2018 Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba on Wednesday announced a significant system upgrade aimed at facilitating the automation of the births, marriages and deaths (BMD) certification system. The BMD automation process forms part of the Department of Home Affairs’ (DHA’s) flagship R2.2-billion... 

Home Affairs to automate births, marriages and deaths certification system
Photo by Nadine James
Home Affairs director-general Mkuseli Apleni, Minister Malusi Gigaba and deputy director-general Thulani Mavuso

Business leaders visit Kruger Park to learn about anti-poaching measures

By: African News Agency      6th July 2018 Chief executive officers (CEOs) from various companies visited the Kruger National Park on Friday to learn about what SanParks is doing to help curb rhino poaching, with the hopes of receiving funding from the private sector. Peace Parks Foundation CEO Werner Myburgh said the park was the biggest... 

 Business leaders visit Kruger Park to learn about anti-poaching measures

Africa hotel sector offers potential for further growth over next 5 years – PwC

By: African News Agency      5th July 2018 Africa’s hotel sector has the potential for further growth over the next five years, with an increase in the number of foreign and domestic travellers, as well as an expansion in a number of hotel chains on the continent reinforcing the industry's untapped potential, a report by... 

SA Mint celebrates the CT scan with commemorative crown, tickey coins

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd July 2018 The South African (SA) Mint will celebrate the computed tomography (CT) scan, a medical technology developed by South African-born Allan McLeod Cormack, with the 2018 edition collectible crown and tickey coins. With modern medicine relying heavily on tools for medical diagnosis and imaging... 

SA Mint celebrates the CT scan with commemorative crown, tickey coins
The set contains the R2 crown with the reverse depicting a stylised representation of the human head, which indicates the area to be scanned, the denomination, the words ‘Computed Tomography’, and the year ‘1956’

Renewed air link boosts traffic between South Africa and Spain

By: Rebecca Campbell     28th June 2018 The reintroduction of direct flights between Johannesburg and Madrid by Spanish flag-carrier airline Iberia in August 2016 has resulted in a significant boost in travel between South Africa and Spain. This was reported by Airports Company South Africa assistant general manager (client and... 

Renewed air link boosts traffic between South Africa and Spain
Photo by Airbus
A computer-generated image of an Airbus A330-200 in Iberia livery

Uganda is reviving its civil aviation sector

By: Rebecca Campbell     8th June 2018 The East African country of Uganda is undertaking a major programme to upgrade and expand its civil aviation sector in all respects, including the recreation of a national airline. This was highlighted by Ugandan Minister of State for Transport Aggrey Henry Bagiire at the recent 27th African... 

Brics’ New Development Bank approves six project loans totalling $1.6bn

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th May 2018 Multilateral development bank, the New Development Bank (NDB), on Monday held its third yearly meeting of the NDB board of governors (BoG) and the fourteenth meeting of the NDB board of directors (BoD), in Shanghai, China.  

Brics’ New Development Bank approves six project loans totalling $1.6bn
New Development Bank Yearly Meeting

UK airline to launch direct Durban–London air link

By: Rebecca Campbell     18th May 2018 The Dube TradePort Special Economic Zone has announced that the UK’s flag carrier airline, British Airways (BA), is to introduce a direct route between London’s Heathrow Airport and Durban’s King Shaka International Airport. The new service will commence on October 29. (King Shaka is located... 

Africa’s air traffic liberalisation journey continues, after 30 difficult years

By: Rebecca Campbell     18th May 2018 In November 1988, the Ministers responsible for civil aviation in 40 African countries agreed a declaration on a new African air transport policy. This was immediately designated the Yamoussoukro Declaration, after the city in which it was adopted (the capital of Ivory Coast). Among other things,... 

Africa’s air traffic liberalisation journey continues, after 30 difficult years

Direct Durban-London air link to be launched by UK carrier

By: Rebecca Campbell     8th May 2018 The Dube TradePort Special Economic Zone announced on Tuesday that the UK’s flag carrier airline, British Airways (BA), is to introduce a direct route between London’s Heathrow Airport and Durban’s King Shaka International Airport. The new service will commence on October 29. (King Shaka is... 

Direct Durban-London air link to be launched by UK carrier
Photo by Dube TradePort
An aerial view of King Shaka International Airport

New Zimbabwe luxury boutique hotel to welcome guests from early 2019

By: Simone Liedtke     12th April 2018 Victoria Falls, in Zimbabwe, will soon boast a new luxury boutique hotel catering for a variety of guests to the region’s famous world heritage site. From early 2019, the new 199 all-suite Mbano Manor Hotel will offer a unique and nature-based travel experience for the global, high-end tourist,... 

Renewability driving forest and paper industry

By: Victor Moolman     30th March 2018 Renewable commercial forests that supply the pulp, paper and board industry with wood fibre provide key environmental services and conserve our indigenous forests, says Paper Manufacturers Association of South Africa (Pamsa) executive director Jane Molony. “Commercially grown trees have helped to... 

Regional wildlife crime workshop highlights threat, promotes cooperation

By: Rebecca Campbell     27th March 2018 The illegal trade in wildlife has become a major form of transnational organised crime that is damaging economies, undermining public safety and good governance in many regions around the world. And Southern Africa is no exception. “Criminals involved in wildlife crime are not involved only in... 

Regional wildlife crime workshop highlights threat, promotes cooperation
Photo by Endangered Wildlife Trust
Endangered Wildlife Trust Programme Manager: Wildlife and Trade Programme Ashleigh Dore

Lufthansa to upgrade its Cape Town/Munich service

By: Rebecca Campbell     8th March 2018 German flag carrier Lufthansa announced on Thursday that it would start flying its new-generation Airbus A350-900 airliners on its direct cape Town/Munich route in December. The airline ordered 25 of these aircraft last year, of which the first ten will be based in Munich, flying on routes... 

Lufthansa to upgrade its Cape Town/Munich service
Photo by Lufthansa
Artwork of an A350-900 in Lufthansa’s latest livery

Gigaba gears to tackle corruption as he rejoins home affairs 

By: African News Agency      2nd March 2018 Home Affairs Ministers Malusi Gigaba on Friday said reviewing the current systems for issuing South African documents to foreign nationals was one of his top priorities as he rejoined the department, bearing in mind the “prominent cases” where procedures were said to have been flouted. “We need... 

 Gigaba gears to tackle corruption as he rejoins home affairs
Photo by Bloomberg
Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba

Executive aviation terminal at OR Tambo airport now handling international flights

By: Rebecca Campbell     2nd March 2018 The Fireblade Aviation Fixed-Base Operations (FBO) terminal at Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport handled its first international flight last week, the company reported on Tuesday. A FBO is a private air terminal, to cater for VIP and VVIP passengers, flying into, out of and within a... 

Fireblade executive terminal at OR Tambo airport is now handling international flights

By: Rebecca Campbell     20th February 2018 The Fireblade Aviation Fixed-Base Operations (FBO) terminal at Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport handled its first international flight last week, the company reported on Tuesday. A FBO is a private air terminal, to cater for VIP and VVIP passengers, flying into, out of and within a... 

Cape Town to host a trio of major water conferences in 2018

By: Kim Cloete     15th February 2018 Cape Town is fast becoming the international water conference capital for this year, with the city and the Western Cape Convention Bureau having won a bid to host its third major conference on water this year. The International Conference on Sanitation, Waste and Water will be held in November... 

Relief for Cape Town as mining indaba proceeds despite water shortage

By: African News Agency      9th February 2018 The acute water shortage in South Africa’s tourism capital Cape Town almost cost it crucial revenue when the organisers of an annual international mining conference considered scrapping this year's event in the city. But the Investing in African Mining Indaba went ahead this week despite strict... 

Iata welcomes latest African ‘open skies’ initiative

By: Rebecca Campbell     9th February 2018 The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has welcomed the launch of the African Union’s (AU’s) Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM) initiative. This is intended to improve intra-African air transport links by “opening up” the skies above the continent. The initiation of the SAATM... 

Hotels urged to capitalise on sharing economy

By: Schalk Burger     2nd February 2018 The hospitality industry is facing strenuous competition from short-term rental services provided through the Internet, such as those provided by Airbnb, so hoteliers should see how they can join in, says renowned Swiss hospitality management school Ecole hôteliere de Lausanne senior lecturer... 

Without rain, S Africa's Cape Town may run out of water by April

By: Reuters     16th January 2018 South Africa's Cape Town, one of the world's iconic tourist destinations, could run out of water by April as the city's worst drought in a century risks forcing residents to join queues for emergency rations. "Day Zero" – the date taps are due to run dry – has crept forward to April 22 as city... 

Without rain, S Africa's Cape Town may run out of water by April

South Africa, China celebrate 20 years of diplomatic relations

By: Anine Kilian     8th January 2018 South Africa and China this month celebrate 20 years of formal diplomatic relations. The countries have signed a significant number of bilateral cooperation agreements in areas including trade, investment, economic and people-to-people relations over that period.    The Department of... 

South Africa, China celebrate 20 years of diplomatic relations
Photo by Reuters
Xi Jinping & Jacob Zuma

Volunteers restore, relaunch iconic Apple Express tourism train 

By: Henry Lazenby     27th December 2017 A group of Port Elizabeth-based railway enthusiasts has painstakingly restored and successfully relaunched the iconic Apple Express tourist steam train. The two-foot narrow gauge steam train made its maiden trip at 09:00 on December 26, carrying fare-paying passengers between the city’s Kings... 

Volunteers restore, relaunch iconic Apple Express tourism train
Photo by Apple Express Rail Company
The Apple Express was officially relaunched by acting mayor Andrew Whitfield and Apple Express Rail Company CEO Nerina Skuy

Successful solar PV project exemplified for SA uptake

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     15th December 2017 The “tremendous” success of the Robben Island solar photovoltaic (PV) microgrid project lends itself to “fantastic” replication potential, as it serves as a model example for retrofitting existing energy systems with solar and batteries to significantly reduce fossil fuel consumption and... 

Microgrids add new arrow to Africa’s electricity access quiver

By: Mia Breytenbach     24th November 2017 The launch of a R25-million solar energy, lithium-ion battery storage microgrid on Robben Island – the World Heritage Site in Table Bay, Cape Town, which, until recently, relied on diesel to generate electricity – not only showcases the versatile advantages of microgrid technology, but also... 

Microgrids add new arrow to Africa’s electricity access quiver

Standard Bank, ICBC launch programme to spur growth through tourism

By: Anine Kilian     15th November 2017 To further cement trade ties, boost investment flows and encourage tourism between South Africa and China, Standard Bank and the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) have launched the I Go South Africa loyalty programme in partnership with South African Tourism. This initiative, which... 

Upcoming energy event to showcase African project opportunities  

By: Simone Liedtke     10th November 2017 A key focus point of the African Energy Indaba (AEI) – which celebrates its ten-year milestone next year – is to provide access to project opportunities across the African continent. 

Upcoming energy event to showcase African project opportunities
Africa Energy Indaba (AEI) MD Liz Hart, AEI chairperson Brian Statham and South African Electrotechnical Export Council CEO Chiboni Evans discuss the AEI next year. Camera: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva.
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