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Tsogo Sun to close 36 hotels as demand collapses

By: Reuters     22nd March 2020  South African hotel operator Tsogo Sun will close up to 36 hotels over the next few weeks after travel bans imposed by various countries to contain the coronavirus caused a "total collapse of demand", it said on Friday. Tsogo said in a statement it was looking to reduce costs and capital... 

South Africa clears quarantined vessels after suspected coronavirus case

By: Reuters     19th March 2020 South Africa ports authority said on Thursday that tests have come back negative for those onboard a cruise liner and cargo vessel which had been held under quarantine off Cape Town's port limits due to a suspected coronavirus outbreak. Countries around the world have barred cruise liners from... 

Registrar stresses guides' role in promoting South Africa's tourism sector

By: Yvonne Silaule     19th March 2020 South African National Registrar of Tourist Guides Morongoe Ramphele says tourist guides have a key role to play in the tourism value chain. “As the front-line professionals, information-givers and interpreters in the industry, and with growing global environmental and health scares, tourist... 

Stunned world grapples with 'once-in-100-year' coronavirus battle

By: Reuters     18th March 2020 Hundreds of millions of people worldwide were adjusting on Wednesday to once-in-a-generation measures to battle the coronavirus crisis that is not only killing the old and vulnerable but also threatening prolonged economic misery. The fast-spreading disease that jumped from animals to humans in... 

SAA scraps 162 flights amid Coronavirus crisis

By: News24Wire      18th March 2020 National carrier South African Airways is scaling down its capacity, as coronavirus impacts consumer demand, the airline said in a statement issued on Wednesday. The airline is cancelling as much as 162 flights between 17 March and 31 March 2020. Of these 38 are international and 124 are... 

 SAA scraps 162 flights amid Coronavirus crisis

Economy will be severely impacted by coronavirus - Ramaphosa

By: News24Wire      16th March 2020 With South Africa's economy already feeling the pinch of the Covid-19 pandemic, President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that government is on the verge of finalising a comprehensive package of interventions to mitigate the expected impact. The president announced this in an address to the nation... 

Economy will be severely impacted by coronavirus - Ramaphosa

Mpumalanga agency expands tourism offering

By: Yvonne Silaule     9th March 2020 The Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency (MTPA) has launched the Ehlanzeni District Resistance and Liberation Heritage Route, in Mbombela. Speaking at the launch, on Friday, MTPA CEO Johannes Nobunga indicated that the primary purpose of the route was to complete the last leg of the Mpumalanga... 

M&R confirms coronavirus-linked disruptions at two project sites 

By: Terence Creamer     5th March 2020 Specialist engineering and construction group Murray & Roberts (M&R) has initiated a study into the potential health and commercial effects of the coronavirus, or Covid-19, on its projects and people, confirming on Thursday that the outbreak was already affecting project delivery in South Africa... 

M&R confirms coronavirus-linked disruptions at two project sites
Photo by Creamer Media
Murray & Roberts CEO Henry Laas

Companies urged to gear up for gas revolution in Mozambique

By: Kim Cloete     3rd March 2020 Key players in the gas industry have urged the South African government and companies to gear up for the tremendous opportunities that the gas resources uncovered in Mozambique will offer.  A final investment decision (FID) has been taken for two projects, while the FID for a third project is... 

KfW, DBSA renew MoU

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     13th February 2020 German development bank KfW has renewed its memorandum of understanding (MoU) with development finance institution, the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA), to continue their successful collaboration on the financing and implementation of programmes. The signing of the MoU took place on... 

Tourism sector urged to do more to curb youth unemployment

By: Yvonne Silaule     10th February 2020 Tourism Deputy Minister Fish Mahlalela has called on the tourism sector to create more initiatives to curb youth unemployment in the country. Speaking at a graduation ceremony for learners who had successfully completed the Hospitality Youth Training Programme learnership, on Friday, he lamented... 

Tourism sector urged to do more to curb youth unemployment
Tourism Deputy Minister Fish Mahlalela

Wine producers, cellars to participate in wine tourism survey

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th February 2020 To determine the economic value of the wine tourism sector, wine industry body Vinpro has launched a survey among its members and South Africa’s wine route offices. The organisation, in a statement on Wednesday, said the survey would provide a credible benchmark that could be used to track the... 

19 SAA domestic and international flights cancelled

By: News24Wire      21st January 2020 Travellers are being advised that as many as 19 South African Airways (SAA) flights have been removed from the Airline Global Distribution Systems, as Treasury struggles to raise the necessary funds to keep SAA afloat.    Traveller24 has received confirmation via Flight Centre about the flight... 

19 SAA domestic and international flights cancelled

Public Enterprises, SAA, issue assurances to the country about the airline 

By: Rebecca Campbell     20th January 2020 The Ministry of Public Enterprises on Sunday assured the country that it was in discussions with National Treasury regarding the provision, to State-owned company South African Airways (SAA), of R2-billion in post commencement finance (PCF), to help underpin the airline’s current business rescue... 

Public Enterprises, SAA, issue assurances to the country about the airline

First Great White shark seen off Cape Town in 20 months

By: Bloomberg     8th January 2020 The first great white shark in 20 months has been spotted in False Bay off Cape Town, easing concern that one of the region’s biggest tourist attractions had gone for good. The shark was spotted by the operator of a cage diving operation off Seal Island, said Gregg Oelofse, who oversees coastal... 

Years of drought threaten South Africa's wildlife industry

By: Reuters     6th January 2020 A severe drought is threatening South Africa's wildlife industry, with game farmers keeping fewer animals and tourists visiting game lodges in smaller numbers. Parts of the country have been affected by consecutive years of abnormally hot weather and below average rainfall that have scorched... 

Victoria Falls shrink to a trickle, feeding climate change fears

By: Reuters     6th December 2019 For decades Victoria Falls, where southern Africa's Zambezi river cascade down 100 metres into a gash in the earth, have drawn millions of holidaymakers to Zimbabwe and Zambia for their stunning views. But the worst drought in a century has slowed the waterfalls to a trickle, fuelling fears that... 

TNPA, Durban municipality get beaches ready for holidaymakers

By: Marleny Arnoldi     4th December 2019 Transnet National Port Authority’s (TNPA’s) dredging services division has been hard at work to prepare the beaches along Durban’s Golden Mile for holidaymakers this festive season. TNPA uses two trailing suction hopper dredgers to dredge sand from the sand trap on the southern side of the... 

TNPA, Durban municipality get beaches ready for holidaymakers

Angola considered an ‘excellent investment opportunity’

By: Simone Liedtke     20th November 2019 Angola faces considerable challenges as its economy evolves, but the focus must be on diversifying its economy, especially as it boasts “excellent investment opportunities in different sectors”, a panel of speakers agreed during a seminar hosted by law firm Webber Wentzel on Tuesday. Webber... 

United Airlines to launch nonstop Cape Town to New York service 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      19th November 2019 US airline United Airlines will launch the first ever nonstop flights between Cape Town and New York/Newark, in the US, on December 16. A Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft will operate on this new route, with three return flights a week. The service is expected to cut the journey time between the... 

Tourism industry welcomes waiver of unabridged birth certificates 

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     11th November 2019 South African Tourism acting CEO Sthembiso Dlamini says a waiver signed by Home Affairs Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi on Friday, allowing foreign children to enter the country without carrying additional supporting documents such as unabridged birth certificates and consent letters, would be... 

Tourism industry welcomes waiver of unabridged birth certificates

Tourism, energy at risk as Africa's largest waterfall runs low

By: Bloomberg     1st November 2019 The flow at the Africa’s biggest waterfall is at its lowest since 1995, highlighting the threat posed by a drought to tourism and electricity generation in Zimbabwe and Zambia. Flow has slumped to 109 m3/s at Victoria Falls, a 1.7 km curtain of falling water at the peak of a normal wet season,... 

Tourism, energy at risk as Africa's largest waterfall runs low
Photo by Bloomberg
The Victoria Falls before the drought

Agency launches initiatives to boost tourism numbers in Mpumalanga

By: Yvonne Silaule     23rd October 2019 The Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency (MTPA) has launched new attractions to increase the number of visitors to the Songimvelo game reserve, near Barberton. The new attractions include a hiking trail and a 4x4 trail. 

Agency launches initiatives to boost tourism numbers in Mpumalanga

First cruise vessel of the season docks in Cape Town

By: Marleny Arnoldi     21st October 2019 South Africa has welcomed the first cruise vessel for the 2019/20 cruise season. The MS Albatros, operated by Phoenix Reisen, docked at the Port of Cape Town on Monday, welcoming thousands of passengers to the country’s shores.  

Jobs Summit committee reports progress in various areas

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     7th October 2019 The Presidential Working Committee on the Jobs Summit, which held its monthly meeting on Monday, noted that substantial progress had been made in reforming and modernising South Africa’s visa regime, issuing water-use licences, releasing broadband spectrum, saving jobs in distressed firms and... 

Graduates to help improve safety at key Mpumalanga tourism attractions

By: Yvonne Silaule     7th October 2019 In a boost for the tourism industry and job creation, Deputy Tourism Minister Fish Mahlalela on Saturday presided over the graduation of 210 young people who will join the industry as tourism monitors. The ceremony was held in Nelspruit, Mpumalanga, and was hosted by the Department of Tourism in... 

Graduates to help improve safety at key Mpumalanga tourism attractions

KwaZulu-Natal sets its sights on Drakensberg cable car project

By: Yvonne Silaule     3rd October 2019 KwaZulu-Natal Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube believes building a cable car in the Drakensberg will help boost tourism and contribute to growing the provincial economy. She referred to the Drakensberg mountain as a "must see". 

South Africa should identify ‘low hanging fruits’ in tradable sectors – panel

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd October 2019 South Africa should identify the “low hanging fruits” it has in growing the country’s mining, manufacturing, agriculture and tourism sectors, economist Thabi Leoka says, dubbing these as “tradable sectors” that can help the economy grow. However, she laments that South Africa is “nearing that... 

South Africa should identify ‘low hanging fruits’ in tradable sectors – panel

As great white sharks disappear, Cape Town searches for reasons

By: Bloomberg     30th September 2019 Capetonians don’t know who to blame for the disappearance of their great white sharks: The orcas that eat them, the fishermen who sell their prey to Australia for use in fish-and-chips shops or gradual ecological change. The world’s biggest predatory fish haven’t been seen this year in False Bay,... 

More South Africans taking advantage of National Parks Week

By: Yvonne Silaule     19th September 2019 The number of South Africans visiting the country's national parks during National Parks Week increased by 52.6% this year to 113 032. National Parks Week, held in September, is a campaign run by State-owned South African National Parks (SANParks) that gives citizens a chance to experience the... 

South Africa’s e-visa system on track for launch by year-end

By: Nadine James     13th September 2019 Initial reporting around South Africa’s electronic visa (e-visa) programme indicated that a pilot for New Zealand travellers would be launched in April this year. However, a pilot has yet to be launched, while New Zealand was recently added by South Africa to the list of countries which have had... 

South Africa’s e-visa system on track for launch by year-end

MEC urges Mpumalanga residents to partake in tourism activities to help alleviate poverty

By: Yvonne Silaule     30th August 2019 Mpumalanga Tourism MEC Pat Ngomane has called on the province's residents to take part in tourism activities. “Tourism is not only about travel and leisure, but also about how it changes the lives of our people, by creating the much-needed jobs,” he said this week. 

MEC urges Mpumalanga residents to partake in tourism activities to help alleviate poverty
Mpumalanga Tourism MEC Pat Ngomane

Govt making efforts to secure growth, deal with unemployment – presidency

By: African News Agency      23rd August 2019 President Cyril Ramaphosa's government has made changes to visa regulations for tourists and highly skilled professionals, availed financial support for black farmers and black industrialists and upgraded industrial parks as part of efforts to secure economic growth and deal with unemployment,... 

Govt making efforts to secure growth, deal with unemployment – presidency
Photo by Reuters
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Brexit concerning, but wine demand growing

By: Tracy Hancock     23rd August 2019 The consequences of Brexit remain a significant concern for South Africa’s wine producers, nonprofit industry organisation Wines of South Africa (WoSA) communications manager Maryna Calow tells Engineering News. This is owing to the uncertainty regarding future exports to the UK, which remains... 

Brexit concerning, but wine demand growing
PRICING PARITY South Africa’s wine industry needs to continue increasing the value of its wines to ensure the industry’s sustainability

Home Affairs waives visas for four countries to boost tourism

By: African News Agency      15th August 2019 South Africa's home affairs minister Aaron Motsoaledi said on Thursday he had granted visa-free status to Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and New Zealand, among seven countries singled out for the concession in a bid to boost tourism. In a statement, Motsoaledi said his department would... 

Home Affairs waives visas for four countries to boost tourism
Home Affairs Minister Aaron Motsoaledi

Kubayi-Ngubane urges more women to participate in the tourism industry

By: Yvonne Silaule     7th August 2019 In celebration of Women’s Month, Tourism Minister Mamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane this week held an imbizo, near Hazyview, Mpumalanga, in support of women in the tourism industry. She encouraged more black women to participate in the industry. 

Kubayi-Ngubane urges more women to participate in the tourism industry
Tourism Minister Kubayi-Ngubane

IFC contributing $9m to Zambian hotel, conference centre development

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd July 2019 The International Finance Corporation (IFC) on Tuesday announced that it would contribute $9-million towards the construction of a hotel and conference centre on the outskirts of Lusaka, in Zambia. Being built by Protea Hotels Zambia, the new hotel will help meet the growing demand for business... 

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