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Cape Town targets new air routes to lift South African tourism

By: Reuters     31st May 2019 Cape Town plans to add routes to Australia and South America after last month reaching a deal with United Airlines for its first direct flight to the US, the head of air access for South Africa's top tourist city said. South Africa is promoting tourism as a catalyst to help kick-start its... 

Biggest Nampo yet boasts 775 stands

By: Halima Frost     10th May 2019 The southern hemisphere’s largest agriculture expo, the Grain SA Nampo Harvest Day, will feature a record-breaking 775 stands, and organiser Grain SA says that all of the stands have now been sold out. The event caters to the South African and Southern Africa farming community and will be held... 

Biggest Nampo yet boasts 775 stands
HIGH EXPECTATIONS An aerial view of the continent’s largest agriculture show being held in May

Tanzania plans cable car for Mount Kilimanjaro

By: Reuters     7th May 2019 Tanzania wants to boost tourist numbers by putting a cable car on Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s tallest mountain, and is in talks about the project with a Chinese and a Western company. Around 50 000 tourists climb Kilimanjaro annually. A cable car could increase tourist numbers by 50% by providing... 

Tanzania plans cable car for Mount Kilimanjaro
Photo by Reuters
Mount Kilimanjaro

New tech initiative to enhance tourism industry

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     2nd May 2019 Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom on Thursday launched Jurni, a public–private sector venture that is expected to benefit the country’s tourism industry. Travel and Tourism Data Management company Jurni will deliver unbiased, consolidated and comprehensive tourism data to equip tourism businesses... 

New tech initiative to enhance tourism industry
Dr Nomvuselelo Songelwa

Accor plans 60 new hotels in Africa, half of them in Egypt

By: Bloomberg     24th April 2019 Accor SA will open 60 new hotels in 14 countries in Africa in the next four years, its CEO for Middle East and Africa Mark Willis said. Over the next two years, the European hotel operator will open over half of them in Egypt, which Willis said was rebounding after “external factors” hurt the... 

Brics offers ‘massive’ opportunities for intrabloc trade

By: Rebecca Campbell     19th April 2019 Gauteng Provincial Premier David Makhura has hailed the Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa (Brics) alignment as a force that could promote global inclusive economic growth and help develop Africa. He was delivering the keynote address at the recent Brics Business Council mid-term meeting... 

Kilombero Sugar Company relinquishes land to create forest reserve

29th March 2019 Following the declaration to establish the Magombera Nature Forest Reserve sugar company Kilombero on whose land part of the reserve has been established, extends its appreciation to the government of Tanzania and the many other stakeholders involved in this successful outcome. The Magombera... 

Kilombero Sugar Company relinquishes land to  create forest reserve
Photo by Creamer Media
PRESERVING NATURE Local communities, representatives of the Tanzania government and the TFCG decided that the Magombera Forest be declared a nature forest reserve

Japan urges Africa to ‘own’ its own development

By: Rebecca Campbell     29th March 2019 Japan was convinced that Africa should have ownership of its own development and that the private sector was essential for the continent’s economic progress. These views would be embodied in the latest (seventh) iteration of the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (Ticad 7), to... 

'There's no way SA will be allowed to fail' – SA ambassador to Germany  

By: News24Wire      6th March 2019 There is no way South Africa will be allowed to fail, SA ambassador to Germany Stone Sizani said as he encouraged small businesses and key stakeholders of the tourism sector in their efforts to promote the country at a travel trade show which kicks off this week. The ambassador was speaking at an... 

'There's no way SA will be allowed to fail' – SA ambassador to Germany
SA Ambassador to Germany Stone Sizani

King Shaka airport, Dube cargo terminal report growing international use

By: Schalk Burger     31st January 2019 The King Shaka International Airport and the Dube TradePort Cargo Terminal, in La Mercy, in KwaZulu-Natal, have recorded growth in international flights and airfreight volumes over the past year, Dube TradePort Corporation CEO Hamish Erskine said in a statement on Thursday. The Cargo Terminal... 

SAIIA, Brookings launch Foresight Africa report   

By: Sane Dhlamini     28th January 2019 The South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) and the Brookings Institution’s Africa Growth Initiative (AGI) launched the Foresight Africa report on Monday, in Johannesburg, highlighting the top priorities for the continent in 2019.  AGI senior fellow and director Brahima Coulibaly... 

SAIIA, Brookings launch Foresight Africa report
AGI senior fellow and director Brahima Coulibaly & ISS senior research consultant Liesl Louw-Vaudran on the Foresight Africa report (Camera: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Christo Greyling)

FBO goes international at OR Tambo

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     25th January 2019 Privately-owned company Fireblade Aviation is the first fixed-base operator (FBO) to cater for arriving and departing international travellers, operating at OR Tambo International Airport. An FBO is an aviation facility within or close to an airport, usually owned and managed separately. Globally... 

FBO goes international  at OR Tambo
COLOURFUL FLIGHT All the aircraft share a common paint scheme as seen on the Augusta Westland AW139 helicopter

OR Tambo International geared up for 4m passengers

By: Simone Liedtke     12th December 2018 In a statement issued on Wednesday, OR Tambo International Airport said that it has geared up to help an anticipated four-million passengers get their holiday travels under way “stress-free and in the smoothest way possible”. Airport GM Bongiwe Pityi-Vokwana says the airport community is fully... 

Measures in place to boost the Western Cape economy

By: Thabi Madiba     7th December 2018 The Western Cape economy remains relatively stable despite challenges affecting consumer spending, says Western Cape Economic Opportunities Minister Beverley Schäfer. “The province has recorded good gains in employment, and continues to record the lowest expanded unemployment rate in the country.” 

Measures in place to boost the Western Cape economy
Beverley Schäfer Growth in the Western Cape economy slowed down over the past years because of the drought that impacted on some of the province’s key sectors such as agriculture and tourism

Joburg most popular African city for fifth consecutive year – Mastercard survey

By: African News Agency      4th December 2018 Johannesburg has emerged as the most popular destination city in Africa for the fifth consecutive year, according to the annual Mastercard Global Destination Cities Index released on Tuesday.  The City of Gold, as Johannesburg is affectionately known, attracted 4.05-million international... 

Cape Town households shoulder a bigger share of water restrictions so economy and business can recover

By: News24Wire      30th November 2018 Cape Town households will shoulder a bigger share of the new water restrictions to make more water available for the region’s economic drivers of agriculture, industry and tourism. This reflects a major shift in the way the region’s water is allocated, with agriculture getting a bigger share than... 

African fishing communities face 'extinction' as blue economy grows – experts

By: Reuters     27th November 2018 Fishing communities along Africa's coastline are at a greater risk of extinction as countries eye oceans for tourism, industrial fishing and exploration revenue to jumpstart their "blue economies," UN experts and activists said on Monday. The continent's 38 coastal and island states have in... 

Africa missing out on boom in Chinese tourism

By: Reuters     23rd November 2018 African countries are missing out on a boom in Asian tourism, mainly from China, and must ease visa and entry requirements to tap into a historic shift generating billions of dollars in revenue, government officials and industry leaders said. Over 97-million Chinese travelled abroad last year,... 

Africa missing out on boom in Chinese tourism

Hanekom working "very closely" with Gigaba on visa regime to renew tourism industry

By: African News Agency      26th October 2018 Tourism minister Derek Hanekom said on Friday that he was working "very closely together" with home affairs minister Malusi Gigaba to rectify South Africa's visa regime in a bid to attract more travelers into the country and boost investment and tourism. Last month, Gigaba announced that South... 

Hanekom working
Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom

Tourism trend changes present opportunities

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     24th October 2018 Growing South Africa’s tourism industry will depend on an understanding of, and the industry’s reaction to, changing trends in the global tourism industry. Speakers at the South Africa-Italy summit, on Wednesday, pointed out that tourist destination preferences were changing and that there was an... 

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... 

South Africa committed to African air transport liberalisation – Minister
Photo by Duane Daws/Creamer Media
Dr Blade Nzimande

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... 

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