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Santam to apply to appeal against Covid-19 business interruption judgment against it

By: Rebecca Campbell     20th November 2020 Insurance group Santam announced on Friday that it was going to seek leave to appeal the recent judgment handed down against it by a full bench of the Western Cape High Court. The Court ruled that the insurance group must pay in full the business interruption claims of Ma-Afrika Hotels and... 

Santam 'takes note' of business interruption ruling against it by W Cape High Court

By: Rebecca Campbell     19th November 2020 Insurance group Santam has stated that it “has taken note” of the ruling by the Western Cape High Court that the insurance group pay in full the business interruption claims of Ma-Afrika Hotels and Stellenbosch Kitchen, and also pay all of the claimants’ legal costs. The business interruption had... 

Western Cape High Court rules against Santam in Covid-19 insurance claims test case

By: Rebecca Campbell     18th November 2020 A full bench of the Western Cape High Court ruled on Tuesday afternoon that insurance group Santam had to pay in full the business interruption claims of Ma-Afrika Hotels and Stellenbosch Kitchen, and also pay all of the claimants’ legal costs. The claims were submitted because of the near-total... 

Bidcorp reports mixed first-quarter performance

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     17th November 2020 JSE-listed Bidcorp says that, in regions and countries where lockdown restrictions have been eased, it has seen demand in the discretionary spend sectors recover; however, any businesses associated with large crowds, such as entertainment, sports events, business travel, conventions and... 

Western Cape's Maynier wants Covid-19 travel 'red list' scrapped

By: News24Wire      21st October 2020 The Western Cape government wants the Covid-19 travel "red list" scrapped because it is killing international tourism. "We are fighting hard to have this list scrapped," said Finance MEC David Maynier during a hybrid sitting of the Western Cape legislature. 

Western Cape's Maynier wants Covid-19 travel 'red list' scrapped

Antigen tests to be rolled out at points of entry into South Africa

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     9th October 2020 Antigen tests for SARS-CoV-2 detection will be rolled out to all ports of entry in South Africa with immediate effect, the South African government has announced. It noted in an October 9 statement that the purpose of this was to effect the provisions of the level one travel regulations, which... 

Pandemic provides opportunity for African countries to grow domestic tourism

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     7th October 2020 The pandemic and the lockdown measures implemented to mitigate its spread, have hit the tourism sector the hardest; however, there is an opportunity for African countries to better promote their tourism attractions and grow their tourism sectors. This was indicated by speakers at the Africa Brand... 

Iata warns of massive job losses in African aviation sector

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     2nd October 2020 Industry organisation the International Air Transport Association (Iata) has warned that the damage being done to the African aviation industry and on economies by the shutdown of air traffic owing to the Covid-19 pandemic has deepened. According to new data published by the Air Transport Action... 

Ministers clarify details of border opening approach

By: Marleny Arnoldi     1st October 2020 The Ministers tasked with immigration, tourism, health, transport and international relations and cooperation have confirmed that three airports will be opened and operational for international air travel – OR Tambo, Cape Town and King Shaka International Airports. This while 18 borders will be... 

Ministers clarify details of border opening approach

South Africa says tourists from high-risk countries still barred from October 1

By: Reuters     30th September 2020 Leisure travellers from countries with coronavirus infection rates higher than South Africa, including Britain, the United States and France, will not be permitted to enter when South Africa's borders open up on October 1, Ministers said on Wednesday. But business travellers from countries... 

Radisson opens twelfth hotel in South Africa

By: Marleny Arnoldi     28th September 2020 Radisson Hotel Group is on track to open its twelfth hotel in South Africa, with the opening of the Radisson Hotel & Convention Centre Johannesburg which will be launched at OR Tambo International Airport in October. The group first entered the South African market in 2000 and has since grown... 

Radisson opens twelfth hotel in South Africa
The Radisson Hotel & Convention Centre at O.R Tambo International Airport, opening in October

Western Cape launches fifth route in Cape Cycle network

By: Yvonne Silaule     25th September 2020 Western Cape Premier Alan Winde and Minister of Finance and Economic Opportunities David Maynier have launched the Karoo Crossing Route in the Cape Karoo gem of Prince Albert. The Karoo Crossing is the fifth route in the Cape Cycle Routes network, which is a Western Cape government-led initiative... 

UNWTO, Google partner to drive digital innovation in the tourism sector

By: Donna Slater     23rd September 2020 The United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) and Google have partnered to boost digital transformation of the tourism sector with the development of an online Acceleration Programme for UNWTO member States’ tourism Ministers, top travel associations and tourism boards to further develop... 

Africa Foundation calls for all borders to be opened to save tourism sector

By: Donna Slater     23rd September 2020 Each day South Africa keeps its borders closed, albeit partially, the negative effects are felt by communities dependent on tourism for survival, says independent nonprofit organisation Africa Foundation business development manager Rebekah Copham. She says the sooner government reopens borders... 

Tourism sector pledges to support South Africa’s economic recovery

By: Donna Slater     22nd September 2020 An enabling environment can further boost the multiplier effects of tourism on job creation and economic growth in regions not supported by other industries, says #IAmTourism lobby spokesperson Thembi Kunene-Msimang. She says the economic recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic presents a unique... 

Tourism sector pledges to support South Africa’s economic recovery
#IAmTourism lobby spokesperson Thembi Kunene-Msimang

Open borders lauded by tourism stakeholders

By: Donna Slater     18th September 2020 Stakeholders in the tourism industry have lauded President Cyril Ramaphosa’s decision to allow restricted international travel to South Africa to resume as an effort to help rebuild the tourism and hospitality industry in South Africa. This sentiment was conveyed during a Governance... 

Economy breathes welcome sigh for Level 1, while alcohol, travel industries remain aggrieved

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th September 2020 With President Cyril Ramaphosa having announced the move to a Level 1 lockdown for South Africa, effective September 20, positive reactions have been streaming in from all spheres of the economy, but grievances around weekend alcohol sales, the curfew and only partially reopened borders remain.... 

Economy breathes welcome sigh for Level 1, while alcohol, travel industries remain aggrieved

Knysna Ziplines opens to the public

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     17th September 2020 Knysna Ziplines, the Garden Route’s longest and highest zipline is ready for those scouting for an exhilarating expedition, and will open to visitors on September 18. The ziplines were given a thumbs up to proceed with construction in 2017, but were disrupted by the 2017 Knysna fires. Work... 

Knysna Ziplines opens to the public
Knysna Ziplines

Tourism sector appealing to govt to reopen borders

By: Simone Liedtke     11th September 2020 Adding its weight to the call for urgently lifting restrictions to save South Africa’s economy is the tourism sector, which was among the first and hardest hit by the lockdown measures instituted in the State of Disaster. The second-quarter gross domestic product (GDP) contraction indicates the... 

Tourism sector appealing to govt to reopen borders

DUT, Ithala sign MoU to boost KZN economy

By: Sane Dhlamini     10th September 2020 KwaZulu-Natal Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube has applauded the recent memorandum of understanding (MoU) between her department’s Ithala Development Finance Corporation and the Durban University of Technology (DUT). The signing, according to... 

DUT, Ithala sign MoU to boost KZN economy
KZN MEC for Economic Development, Tourism And Environmental Affairs, Nomusa Dube-Ncube

Tourism body calls for reopening of borders

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     8th September 2020 Tourism has the potential to reignite South Africa’s ailing economy, but to do so, it requires more than support from South Africans, not least government giving the green light for reopening the country's borders, says umbrella body the Tourism Business Council of South Africa (TBCSA). Citing... 

Tourism sector ready to deliver economic recovery plan to Cabinet

By: Yvonne Silaule     4th September 2020 Tourism Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane on Friday said the Department of Tourism was ready to deliver a three-pillar plan of economic recovery to Cabinet. She told the media during a briefing that the plan was aimed at helping the sector recover following the significant losses suffered as a... 

Visit Stellenbosch launches initiative to drive tourism sector's recovery

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     3rd September 2020 To assist in the revival and swift recovery of the tourism sector, the town of Stellenbosch is embarking on a range of initiatives to support local business, driving demand and inspiring locals to experience and share their town the same way a tourist would, destination marketing organisation... 

Key court case in tourist business interruption claims against insurers on Tuesday

By: Rebecca Campbell     31st August 2020 A case of the greatest importance for the hospitality and tourism sector, on the one hand, and the insurance sector, on the other, is to be heard by a full bench of the Western Cape High Court on Tuesday. The case is Ma-Afrika Hotels and the Stellenbosch Kitchen restaurant versus insurance group... 

South Africa working towards reopening international borders

By: African News Agency      31st August 2020 Tourism Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane on Monday said the South African government was working towards the reopening of international travel, which had been put on ice for months since President Cyril Ramaphosa imposed a nationwide lockdown to curb the spread of Covid-19.  “Our next step is to... 

 South Africa working towards reopening international borders
Tourism Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane

ICA notes slow progress in Business Interruption claims process ahead of court case

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     26th August 2020 There has been slow progress on the Covid-19 Business Interruption claims process ahead of the September 1 court case, specialist loss adjustment firm Insurance Claims Africa (ICA) noted during a webinar on August 26. The company is representing more than 700 clients in the tourism and... 

Tourism sector's road to recovery has begun, says Kubayi-Ngubane

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th August 2020 Tourism Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane says the sector’s road to recovery has begun and that the department is in the process of consolidating inputs received towards the Tourism Recovery Strategy, which will be submitted to Cabinet in the coming weeks. The start of Level 2 lockdown,... 

Tourism sector's road to recovery has begun, says Kubayi-Ngubane
Tourism Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane

From Africa to America, businesses and insurers face survival showdowns

By: Reuters     18th August 2020 Wynand du Toit's safari camp in South Africa's Pilanesberg National Park lies abandoned, its tents ripped open by baboons and its survival in the balance after his insurer rejected his Covid-19 claim. In the United States, Miami restaurant owner Luis Debayle has laid off two-thirds of his staff... 

Oil spill puts five-decade Mauritian fisher family in a bind

By: Bloomberg     17th August 2020 It may take a decade to restore a delicate ecosystem in Mauritius after a bulk carrier ran aground and spilled oil into the island nation’s pristine waters. Some fishermen fear they may never get their lives back. The vessel that left Mauritius almost helpless after it spilled 1 000 t of fuel oil... 

More German experts coming to help reactivate South African industry

By: Rebecca Campbell     14th August 2020 The German embassy in South Africa expects further technical experts from that country to arrive in South Africa, subject to the approval of the South African government. The first contingent of these experts, sent to help reactivate and upgrade German-owned factories and service companies in... 

Why so much world trade passes Mauritius’s pristine beaches

By: Bloomberg     12th August 2020 The bulk carrier Wakashio was 11 days into a month-long voyage to Brazil when it hit a reef off Mauritius causing it to spill fuel into the island’s crystal clear waters, endangering baby turtles and unique plants in a nearby nature reserve. Given the vastness of the Indian ocean, why was the... 

Covid travel restrictions devastate Africa’s tourism earnings

By: Bloomberg     11th August 2020 Global restrictions on travel have dealt a devastating blow to African nations who depend on tourists and their hard currency to support an industry that employs millions of people on the continent. National carriers in Mauritius, Kenya and Namibia run into more financial trouble as flights were... 

Tourism Minister publishes amended Risk Adjusted Strategy

By: Sane Dhlamini     7th August 2020 The amended Risk Adjusted Strategy for Tourism Facilities, Services and Products has been announced by Minister of Tourism Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane. Guided tour operators, which includes overland safari vehicle operators, will now be permitted to operate in national parks from August 7, provided... 

Tourism Minister publishes amended Risk Adjusted Strategy
Minister of Tourism Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane

TBCSA launches app to assist tourism industry navigate Covid-19 protocols

By: Donna Slater     6th August 2020 Through a multistakeholder partnership, hospitality, travel and tourism sector lobby organisation, the Tourism Business Council of South Africa (TBCSA), has launched a tourism and hospitality industry Covid-19 assistance mobile application – the Opus4business App. The app is intended to aid in... 

Tourism department releases list of SMEs that benefited from R200m fund

By: Donna Slater     5th August 2020 Tourism Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, on August 5, made public a list of small, medium-sized and microenterprises that benefited from the tourism relief funding programme during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic that has forced the vast majority of the sector to close its doors in line with... 

V&A Waterfront to launch food incubator

By: Schalk Burger     31st July 2020 The V&A Waterfront will develop the Makers Landing, a local food incubator for South African flavours and culture, as part of the Cape Town Cruise Terminal. This is expected to be completed by September and open to the public by December. 

Curfew to move to 22:00 to accommodate restaurants

By: Yvonne Silaule     30th July 2020 Tourism Minister Mamaloko Kubayi-Ngubane has announced that the national curfew will move to 22:00 to assist the restaurant industry. “In our recent discussions with the restaurant sector, two issues were raised with regard to current regulations. One was the crippling effect of the 21:00 curfew... 

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