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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,... 

The Victoria Falls before the drought
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. 

Mpumalanga Tourism MEC Pat Ngomane
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,... 

President Cyril Ramaphosa
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... 

PRICING PARITY South Africa’s wine industry needs to continue increasing the value of its wines to ensure the industry’s sustainability
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 Minister Aaron Motsoaledi
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. 

Tourism Minister Kubayi-Ngubane
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... 

Bushbuckridge youth benefit from YES initiative

By: Yvonne Silaule     23rd July 2019 The Youth Employment Services (YES) is helping to create jobs for the Bushbuckridge youth within the tourism and hospitality industry. YES CEO Tashmia Ismail says more than 18 000 jobs have been created across the country through the YES initiative since its launch in March 2018. 

YES CEO Tashmia Ismail
Photo by Creamer Media's Dylan Slater
YES CEO Tashmia Ismail

Iata meets with Zimbabwean government over blocked airline revenues

By: Rebecca Campbell     10th July 2019 A delegation from the International Air Transport Association (Iata) led by its director-general Alexandre de Juniac, met with Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa and other high-ranking government officials on Tuesday to discuss major issues concerning the airline industry and Zimbabwe, and... 

Zimbabwean flag
Zimbabwean flag

Gauteng macroeconomic model to be ready in next 100 days, says Ramokgopa

By: Simone Liedtke     5th July 2019 Gauteng Economic Development, Agriculture and Environment MEC Dr Kgosientso Ramokgopa on Friday told media that a provincial macroeconomic model will be developed and finalised within the next 100 days. The model would help to address Gauteng’s disproportionate share of responsibilities and would... 

Gauteng Economic Development, Agriculture and Environment MEC Dr Kgosientso Ramokgopa
Photo by Creamer Media's Simone Liedtke
Gauteng Economic Development, Agriculture and Environment MEC Dr Kgosientso Ramokgopa

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... 

An aerial view of the continent’s largest agriculture show being held in May
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... 

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... 

Dr Nomvuselelo Songelwa
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... 

PRESERVING NATURE Local communities, representatives of the Tanzania government and the TFCG decided that the Magombera Forest be declared a nature 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... 

SA Ambassador to Germany Stone Sizani
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... 

AGI senior fellow and director Brahima  Coulibaly
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)
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