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Best practices, governance can create sustainable local wildlife economies

By: Schalk Burger     1st July 2022 Sustainable wildlife economies that directly benefit local communities and provide resources to support development, can be created, but require best practices and standardisation to ensure the quality, safety and marketability of products and services, as well as transparency across the value... 

Best practices for small businesses

1st July 2022 Experienced engineers are crucial in such a critical and technically-minded sector as engineering, and it is consequently not surprising that the industry players place a premium on the employment of those who have the years under their belts, says engineering firm Zimile Consulting Engineers CEO... 

Tourism, travel industries welcome repeal of remaining Covid-19 restrictions

By: Schalk Burger     23rd June 2022 A range of tourism and travel organisations and businesses have welcomed the lifting of the last Covid-19 restrictions, including those that had been in place at ports of entry and those restricting the size of gatherings. Association Of Southern African Travel Agents CEO Otto de Vries said the... 

Southern Africa Tourism Services Association CEO David Frost
Southern Africa Tourism Services Association CEO David Frost

Satsa calls on Presidency to urgently intervene in licensing debacle

By: Darren Parker     22nd June 2022 The South African Tourism Services Association (Satsa) has called on the Presidency to urgently intervene and declare an immediate moratorium on new and renewal applications for accreditation, operating licences and permits within the tourism sector for the sake of saving jobs and preventing the... 

Inclusivity, resiliency focus of South Africa’s tourism sector recovery

By: Natasha Odendaal     19th May 2022 As South Africa rebuilds its Covid-19-devastated tourism sector, focus must be given to the development of an inclusive, resilient and transformed tourism industry and economy. Speaking to media prior to her Budget Vote on Thursday, Tourism Minister Lindiwe Sisulu said that as the Department of... 

Cape Town cruise tourism showing green shoots after two-year lull

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th May 2022 Tourism promotion agency Wesgro’s Cruise Cape Town project is optimistic about the 2022/23 cruise ship season, which kicks off in October. Wesgro confirms that 104 ship visits have already been booked to dock at the Port of Cape Town, made up of 26 cruise ships, carrying more than 195 000... 

Cruise ship

Kruger National Park tourist facilities to receive a makeover

By: Yvonne Silaule     9th May 2022 South African National Parks (SANParks) will invest R370-million in infrastructure upgrades and refurbishments at the Kruger National Park (KNP) over the next three years. Funds for the upgrade have been accumulated from payments from insurers and contributions from the Department of Tourism;... 

Tourism, travel industry has mixed feelings about new Covid regulations

By: Schalk Burger     5th May 2022 South African travel and tourism organisations have welcomed the removal of the newly gazetted Covid-19 regulations requiring a negative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test for children under the age of 12 years, but questioned the regulations that continue to restrict the size of gatherings,... 

Umgeni Steam Railway calls for donations to repair extensive flooding damage

By: Schalk Burger     3rd May 2022 Community tourism organisation Umgeni Steam Railway has called for public support to repairs to its track following the recent floods. It is calling on the public to donate landfill material, sand, rock and clean builders rubble, as well as the use of tractor-loader-backhoes, bobcats or similar... 

The damage to Umgeni Steam Railways' track
The damage to Umgeni Steam Railways' track

Delta Air Lines triangular route approval a big win for the Western Cape

By: Yvonne Silaule     20th April 2022 The Western Cape government has welcomed the approval for Delta Air Lines to fly a triangular route between Atlanta, in the US, and Johannesburg and Cape Town. Government entities granted the approval following extensive correspondence and an intergovernmental dispute process relating to how... 

New concessionaire contracts coming up in SANParks

By: Yvonne Silaule     1st April 2022 Big changes are coming up at South African National Parks (SANParks) where contract changes will be made and new products introduced. Key concessionaire contracts such as the Table Mountain Cable Car, Cape Point and the six lodges in the renowned Kruger National Park will become available over... 

Cape Town Tourism launches the Find Your Freedom immersive travel experience

By: Yvonne Silaule     30th March 2022 Cape Town Tourism has launched the 'Find Your Freedom' experience – an interactive interface, which uses game-style graphics to empower global travellers to choose their Mother City adventure, based on the guide they identify with. Travellers will be able to choose the Fearless Foodie, the Nature... 

French companies announce R50bn in new South African investments

By: Schalk Burger     24th March 2022 French companies have announced R50-billion of new investments in South Africa in different sectors, including energy, health, tourism, mobility, retail, manufacturing and agro-industry, the French Embassy in South Africa said. The announcement was made at the 2022 South African Investment... 

Travel industry welcomes removal of PCR test requirements at South Africa’s borders 

By: Darren Parker     23rd March 2022 Several travel industry associations have welcomed President Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement on March 22 that lifts the requirement for vaccinated inbound travellers to South Africa to show a negative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test. Ramaphosa stipulated that travellers could now present... 

Covid-19 test in front of RSA flag

Intergovernmental dispute reinstituted to aid Delta Air Lines’ application, says Maynier

By: Schalk Burger     18th March 2022 Western Cape Finance and Economic Opportunities Minister David Maynier says he will continue to apply the necessary pressure to secure a triangular route for US airline Delta Air Lines between Atlanta, Georgia, in the US, and Johannesburg and Cape Town. Delta had applied to operate a triangular... 

Draft health regulations a step backwards for hospitality industry, says Fedhasa

By: Schalk Burger     18th March 2022 In their current format, the draft regulations issued by the Department of Health continue to place unnecessary obstacles to the growth of tourism in South Africa and retain meaningless, no longer fit for purpose restrictions, such as temperature checks and recording lists of patrons, says... 

Sisulu worried about impact of Comair aircraft grounding on tourism

By: Yvonne Silaule     15th March 2022 Tourism Minister Lindiwe Sisulu has expressed concern about the impact of the grounding of Comair's aircraft on the country's tourism sector. The South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) at the weekend suspended Comair's Air Operation Certificate (AOC) following safety-related incidents.... 

SANParks to host second Tourism Investment Summit

By: Yvonne Silaule     10th March 2022 South African National Parks (SANParks) says it has identified an exciting new pipeline of more than 100 new public-private partnership opportunities for implementation over the next decade. Acting CEO Dumisani Dlamini says further details will be revealed during the upcoming Tourism Investment... 

Mpumalanga prioritises education, healthcare in provincial budget

By: Yvonne Silaule     9th March 2022 Mpumalanga Finance MEC Vusi Mkhantshwa tabled the province's budget of R56.44-billion on March 9. Eighty-one per cent of the available funds were obtained through transfer receipts from the provincial equitable share, 16.1% from conditional grants and 2.9% from own revenue and other receipts. 

Fedhasa enthused by health department’s call for proposals to open tourism sector

By: Donna Slater     4th March 2022 Proposals for amendments to travel requirements by Health Minister Dr Joe Phaahla on March 4, potentially making it easier and cheaper to travel to South Africa, have been welcomed by hospitality industry representative organisation the Federated Hospitality Association of South Africa... 

Suspended over a wildlife river, South African hotel train defies lockdown odds

By: Reuters     4th March 2022 Back in 2020 when South Africa went into a strict Covid-19 lockdown, a local company pressed on with opening a hotel with a difference in a tourism hotspot - and two years later that gamble is paying off. The hotel is a near 100-year-old train that sits on the Selati suspension bridge, which... 

South African Tourism invites the world to live again

By: Yvonne Silaule     1st March 2022 Destination marketing organisation South African Tourism on March 1 unveiled its first global audio-visual marketing campaign in five years by launching the ‘Live Again’ global campaign, in Sandton. Tourism Minister Lindiwe Sisulu said at the launch event that South Africa was spearheading the... 

Indaba ties in with city’s energy plans

By: Sabrina Jardim     25th February 2022 With the City of Cape Town being an emerging leader in the new energy space in South Africa, Cape Town Mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis says hosting the Africa Energy Indaba (AEI) at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) bodes well for the city’s energy plans. “While we want to focus the... 

Portrait of a man in a suit
MAYOR GEORDIN HILL-LEWIS The mayor of Cape Town is excited to host the 2022 Africa Energy Indaba at the CTICC owing to the city’s energy’s plans

Bidcorp reports record profits in South Africa

By: Darren Parker     23rd February 2022 JSE-listed multinational food service group Bidcorp achieved record sales and trading profits in its emerging markets businesses for the six months ended December 31, the group revealed on February 23. Among the emerging markets, South Africa’s performance was noted as particularly positive,... 

A photo of Bidcorp CEO Bernard Berson
Bidcorp CEO Bernard Berson

Fedhasa hopeful tourism, hospitality industry will get more than footnote mention in budget speech 

By: Donna Slater     21st February 2022 Hospitality industry representative body the Federated Hospitality Association of South Africa (Fedhasa) reports that South Africa’s tourism and hospitality industry hopes to receive greater attention in Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana’s upcoming 2022 budget speech beyond just a “footnote”... 

An image of Rosemary Anderson
Federated Hospitality Association of South Africa national chairperson Rosemary Anderson

Tourism, cargo to benefit from United Airlines' increased flights to Cape Town

By: Yvonne Silaule     15th February 2022 The City of Cape Town and the Western Cape have welcomed US airline United Airlines' decision to provide year-round flights between New York and Cape Town from June. The airline's flights between the two destinations had previously been on a seasonal basis. 

US lowers travel advisory risk level for South Africa

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th February 2022 The Flight Centre Travel Group has welcomed the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention lowering its travel advisory risk level for South Africa. Flight Centre MD Euan McNeil says this is good news for the inbound tourism industry, as well as the outbound travel sector.  

Lufthansa introduces brand new leisure airline to the South African market  

By: Yvonne Silaule     11th February 2022 The Lufthansa group has introduced a new leisure airline Eurowings Discover to the South African market. The new airline will start direct flights from Frankfurt, Germany, to the Kruger National Park, from November. 

Fedhasa calls for swift tourism, business and work visa overhaul

By: Schalk Burger     11th February 2022 Industry organisation the Federated Hospitality Association of South Africa (Fedhasa) welcomes President Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement that South Africa will be streamlining and modernising its visa application process for travel to South Africa for tourism, business and work. It calls for the... 

Hospitality industry pleads for end to National State of Disaster

By: Darren Parker     8th February 2022 The Federated Hospitality Association of South Africa (Fedhasa) has added its voice to calls for the lifting of the National State of Disaster by President Cyril Ramaphosa in his upcoming 2022 State of the Nation Address (SoNA). Ramaphosa will deliver the SoNA at 19:00 on February 10 at the Cape... 

Vague Covid-19 policy a hindrance to economic recovery

By: Darren Parker     7th February 2022 Diversified professional services firm Ernst & Young Africa CEO Ajen Sita has criticised “vague” government policy on tackling Covid-19, calling for more clarity to steer South Africa out of crisis and towards economic recovery. “We need to decide whether we are going for population immunity –... 

South African tourism scuppered by extreme licensing delays

By: Darren Parker     21st January 2022 The South African Tourism Services Association (Satsa) has sent a letter of demand to Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula calling for urgent action to resolve the “unlawful” delays in issuing National Public Transport Regulator (NPTR) licences, as it was hampering wheels businesses in the tourism... 

A photo of Satsa CEO David Frost
Satsa CEO David Frost

Company finalises concession for gas plant

21st January 2022 Energy supplier Great Lakes (GL) Africa Energy has finalised a concession agreement with the Mozambique government to finance and operate a 250 MW liquefied natural gas (LNG) power plant in Nacala district, Nampula province in northern Mozambique. The agreement was signed in November, in Maputo,... 

Mozambique Mineral Resources and Energy Minster Ernesto Max Elias Tonela and GL Africa Energy director Michael Kearns shaking hands over the agreement to build a 250 MW liquefied natural gas (LNG) power plant in Nacala district, Nampula province in northern Mozambique
SEALING THE DEAL The GLA Africa agreement was concluded by Mineral Resources and Energy Minster Ernesto Max Elias Tonela and GL Africa Energy director Michael Kearns

Tourism industry welcomes removal of Southern African countries from UK travel red list

By: Donna Slater     15th December 2021 The UK government’s lifting of South Africa’s travel red listing, effective from 04:00 on December 15, has been welcomed by the South African tourism and travel industry, which was severely impacted as both South Africans were put off from traveling to the UK and UK citizens were cautioned... 

UK to remove all countries from Covid travel red list on Wednesday

By: Reuters     15th December 2021 The British government will remove all 11 countries from its Covid-19 travel red list from Wednesday because there is now community transmission of Omicron in Britain, Health Secretary Sajid Javid told parliament. The new Omicron variant was first detected in southern Africa and Hong Kong. The... 

Associations oppose travel restrictions

By: Schalk Burger     13th December 2021 The American Society of Travel Advisors (Asta), the Association of South African Travel Agencies (Asata), the Association of Canadian Travel Agencies (Acta), the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA), the European Travel Agents’ and Tour Operators’ Associations (Ectaa) and World Travel... 

Survey finds travel restrictions imposed on Southern Africa 'too strict'

By: Schalk Burger     10th December 2021 A 48-hour flash survey by the Southern African German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (AHK Southern Africa) shows that 75% of the respondents, which are members of the chamber, indicated that staff or project personnel are required to travel to the European Union (EU), Germany or South Africa... 

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