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South Africa could possibly downscale number of international airports

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     18th January 2017 Cabinet will, this year, review and take a decision on rationalising the number of international airports in South Africa, Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba said on Wednesday. Speaking at a media briefing in Pretoria, he said Cabinet had already taken a decision last year “that there are too... 

Home Affairs allocates R25m to debottleneck OR Tambo immigration 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     18th January 2017 To accommodate the yearly increase of travellers at the OR Tambo International Airport, the Department of Home Affairs is allocating R25-million for the 2017/18 financial year to appoint 58 additional immigration officials. This followed as the number of travellers using the airport increased to... 

Home Affairs allocates R25m to debottleneck OR Tambo immigration

CTIA expands routes to boost tourism as it reaches 10m passengers a year milestone

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     10th January 2017 Cape Town International Airport (CTIA) is, in collaboration with the Western Cape government, targeting the development and initiation of new routes to key strategic markets. Cape Town Air Access, in a partnership with CTIA, the City of Cape Town, Wesgro, Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) and... 

CTIA expands routes to boost tourism as it reaches 10m passengers a year milestone

Lobster to disappear from menus in five years – WWF 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     22nd December 2016 Conservation organisation World Wide Fund (WWF) South Africa on Thursday warned that the West Coast rock lobster, commonly known as kreef, could disappear from menus altogether within the next five years unless radical action is taken to save the fishery. For this reason, the organisation... 

Lobster to disappear from menus in five years – WWF

Timber houses become tourist attraction

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     20th December 2016 Thirty-two forestry workers’ timber houses at the Grootvadersbosch Nature Reserve, near Heidelberg, in the Western Cape, have been transformed into “eco-unit” accommodation for tourists. Work on this R14.5-million project, commissioned for conservation group CapeNature, started in April 2015 and... 

Plans in place to stimulate industries for further economic growth

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd December 2016 Being the second largest regional economy after Gauteng, the Western Cape is set on creating new industries as well as stimulating labour-intensive industries such as agroprocessing, marine culture, the green economy, tourism, and oil and gas to further grow the economy. 

Plans in place to stimulate industries for further  economic growth
JANINE MYBURGH There has been great cooperation between the private sector, the province and the council to improve, build and promote Cape Town

Work starts on R50bn KZN lifestyle development

By: Dylan Slater     25th November 2016 During the construction of the Sibaya Coastal Precinct – situated along the northern corridor of KwaZulu-Natal between the natural boundaries of the Ohlanga river and uMdloti river estuaries – more than 300 000 jobs are set to be created and an estimated R50-billion invested to produce the... 

Work starts on R50bn KZN lifestyle development
KZN COASTAL PRECINCT The Sibaya Coastal Precinct is conceptualised around connecting people to family, community and nature

V&A to spend another R37m on cruise terminal

By: African News Agency      3rd November 2016 The V&A Waterfront on Thursday marked the launch of 2016/17 cruise season by announcing that another R37-million would be invested in the terminal that receives passengers. As the first passengers disembarked from the German luxury liner, the Europa, the first arrival of the season, David Green,... 

20 cruise liners to dock in South African ports over the next six months

By: African News Agency      27th October 2016 At least 20 cruise vessels, including the Queen Mary 2 and the Queen Elizabeth, are set to dock in South Africa’s ports in the next six months. Transnet National Ports Authority spokeswoman Lunga Ngcobo said in a statement release on Wednesday that the first cruise liner to dock will be the MSC... 

20 cruise liners to dock in South African ports over the next six months

Community challenges seen as business opportunities for women – GEP 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     10th October 2016 Women entrepreneurs must use their environment and the immediate challenges facing their communities as drivers of business, Gauteng Enterprise Propeller (GEP) CEO Leah Manenzhe said on Monday. Manenzhe told delegates at the Gauteng Young Women in Business Breakfast Dialogue – which aims to... 

Community challenges seen as business opportunities for women – GEP
Women entrepreneurs are encouraged to find solutions in their immediate environment. Cameraperson: Nichoals Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva.

Agriculture entrepreneurs innovate to take awards

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     1st September 2016 Innovation in the local agriculture sector was highlighted at this year’s Entrepreneur of the Year Awards, with pelleting solutions provider Agricon owner Johan Eksteen named the overall winner. Pelletising is used globally by manufacturers of animal feed or at recycling facilities that... 

Agriculture entrepreneurs innovate to take awards
Agricon owner Johan Eksteen

Cape Town on track to be the start-up capital of Africa, says Wesgro

By: Kim Cloete     18th August 2016 Cape Town is pushing beyond its tourist image with a drive to be seen as the start-up capital in Africa. “We’re incredibly excited about Cape Town becoming a destination for young people around the world. Cape Town has become Africa’s largest start-up scene,” Wesgro CEO Tim Harris told delegates... 

Cape Town on track to be the start-up capital of Africa, says Wesgro
Wesgro CEO Tim Harris

Tito Mboweni appointed chair of Tourism Business Council

By: African News Agency      10th August 2016 The Tourism Business Council of South Africa (TBCSA) has elected former South African Reserve Bank Governor Tito Mboweni as the chairperson of its board of directors. Mboweni will take over the reins from Mavuso Msimang who served two terms on the position. 

Local content priority for PRASA contract

     29th July 2016 French multinational rail transport company Alstom, which has a controlling stake in local rail transport consortium Gibela, has reinforced its commitment to ensuring local content forms a significant portion of the multibillion-rand contract signed between Gibela and the Passenger Rail Agency of... 

Stability and cohesion a way forward for African rail sector

By: Simon Sonnekus     29th July 2016 Companies are under pressure from government and the public to embark on new projects while there are still projects that need to be completed. The countless delays across the rail expansions are concerning, says the RailRoad Association of South Africa (RRA). Negative sentiments by the industry... 

Stability and cohesion a way forward for African rail sector
Photo by Duane Daws
DELAYS Negative sentiments by the industry on implementing the designation policy and delays of some rail projects have led to discussions with Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies

Local hotel tourism rakes in R14.2bn, despite visa gripes 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     28th July 2016 Despite uncertainty in the domestic tourism industry, owing to the revised visa regulations and a weak global economy, South Africa can still expect healthy growth over the next five years, PwC’s Hotels Outlook 2016 – 2020 reveals. Almost 2 600 rooms will be added to the South African hotel... 

Local hotel tourism rakes in R14.2bn, despite visa gripes
PwC Southern Africa hospitality and gambling industry leader Pietro Calicchio tell Engineering News about the hotel tourism industry. Video and editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Technique developed to produce and maintain attractive ‘lagoons’ at low costs 

By: Dylan Slater     8th July 2016 A method to construct and maintain artificial lagoons is being opened to the South African market after proving successful abroad, according to multinational artificial lagoon company Crystal Lagoons.  

Technique developed to produce and maintain attractive ‘lagoons’ at low costs
CLEAR WATERS Crystal Lagoons use closed circuits and sensors to maintain low levels of water consumption

Sustainability of African airports in the balance as air transport requirements increase

By: Dylan Slater     8th July 2016 The sustainability of air transportation in Africa is in the spotlight, with development in key areas requiring attention, according to the Airports Company South Africa (Acsa).  

SA citizens need more visa-free deals to up global ranking

By: News24Wire      17th June 2016 South Africa, which ranks 89th out of 161 on a new index that measures the quality of a nationality, should improve visa-free travel status for its citizens to increase its ranking. That’s the message from Henley & Partners SA spokesperson Sandra Woest, who spoke to Fin24 about the release of... 

SA citizens need more visa-free deals to up global ranking

Zulu wants small business development integrated into nine-point plan

By: Mia Breytenbach     17th June 2016 While the South African Department of Small Business Development (DSBD) is one of the lead departments for one of the priority interventions of government’s Nine-Point Plan to boost economic growth and create much-needed jobs – unlocking the potential of small, medium-sized and microenterprises... 

Zulu wants small business development integrated into nine-point plan
Photo by Duane Daws
LINDIWE ZULU The Department of Small Business Development has set a target of increasing the . . . jobs created by the small business sector from 7.1-million to 9.2-million by 2019

Report finds World Heritage sites threatened by climate change

By: David Oliveira     26th May 2016 Climate change is fast becoming one of the most significant risks for World Heritage sites, according to a report released by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco), the United Nations Environment Programme and the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS).... 

Business incubation can play key role in stimulating and sustaining small firms

By: Mia Breytenbach     29th April 2016 One of the key messages to emerge ahead of the review of South Africa’s sovereign credit rating is that the country needs to outline the practical actions it will take to reignite growth, which has more or less petered out in recent years, with few expecting the economy to expand by better than... 

Business incubation can play key role in stimulating and sustaining small firms

New Kenya Airways route will create jobs, boost tourism – Winde

By: African News Agency      20th April 2016 The Western Cape MEC for Economic Opportunities, Alan Winde, on Tuesday welcomed Kenya Airways’ announcement about a new route that included Cape Town. Winde said the route, which would see Kenya Airways fly a Nairobi-Livingstone-Cape Town route three times a week was wonderful news for the city... 

New Kenya Airways route will create jobs, boost tourism – Winde
Photo by Duane Daws
Western Cape Economic Opportunities MEC Alan Winde

Hanekom: SA paying heavy price for new visa rules

By: News24Wire      15th April 2016 South Africa paid a heavy price for implementing the new visa regulations, Minister of Tourism Derek Hanekom said on Thursday. "I realise the intention of these new regulations was good, but most human trafficking happens inside a country or by means of illegal crossing of borders," he said at... 

Hanekom: SA paying heavy price for new visa rules
Photo by Duane Daws
Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom

Development of Cape Town’s ecofriendly Blue Rock Village under way

By: Dylan Slater     15th April 2016 The mixed-use Blue Rock Village, valued at R14-billion, is being developed by property development and management company Swisatec as an upgrade to the existing Blue Rock Resort, in Cape Town, incorporating various green aspects.  

Development of Cape Town’s ecofriendly  Blue Rock Village under way
WATERFRONT Blue Rock Village is situated alongside the only lake in the Cape Town

S African tourism sector picking up rapidly

By: Anine Kilian     6th April 2016 South Africa’s tourism industry is seeing an encouraging recovery as tourist arrivals for January reached a new record of over one-million people. Data released by Statistics South Africa showed that tourist arrivals had grown 15% year-on-year in January. 

S African tourism sector picking up rapidly

V&A Waterfront in spotlight at global tourism awards

By: News24Wire      6th April 2016 The V&A Waterfront is a finalist in the 2016 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards, which will be announced at the AGM of the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) on Thursday. Fiona Jeffery, chairperson of the Tourism for Tomorrow Awards, told Fin24 ahead of the AGM that the judges were impressed by the... 

V&A Waterfront in spotlight at global tourism awards

WC to create 300 000 new jobs in the next five years

By: Samantha Herbst     30th March 2016 Leveraging the Western Cape’s reputation as the “digital gateway to Africa” and a growing platform for new entrepreneurs, provincial Economic Opportunities Minister Alan Winde on Wednesday recommitted his department to further promoting job creation in an effort to add over 300 000 jobs to the... 

WC to create 300 000 new jobs in the next five years
Alan Winde

Orion hotel partners with Best Western 

     24th March 2016 South African hotel group Orion Hotels has officially joined US hotel chain Best Western Hotels and Resorts as its local franchisee. 

Orion hotel partners with Best Western
Orion hotel partners with Best Western

Sun City’s R1bn refurb project due for completion in 2017

By: Samantha Herbst     18th March 2016 JSE-listed resort hotel group Sun International’s best-known local resort, Sun City, in the North West, is currently undergoing a five-year, R1-billion upgrade that will hopefully restore the resort town’s reputation as a firm favourite among local and international holiday-goers. Refurbishment... 

Sun City’s R1bn refurb project due for completion in 2017

No queues for unabridged birth certificates – Gigaba

By: News24Wire      4th March 2016 There are no long queues of people waiting for unabridged birth certificates, Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba said on Thursday. There had been a rush over the past festive season and the department had expected the same during holidays and the peak travel season. 

No queues for unabridged birth certificates – Gigaba
Photo by Duane Daws
Malusi Gigaba

Absenteeism at OR Tambo affecting airport efficiency

By: News24Wire      1st March 2016 Efficiency at South Africa's busiest airport has been called into question as absenteeism was highlighted as some of the challenges to tourism by the department of home affairs in parliament on Tuesday.  The department, led by Minister Malusi Gigaba, briefed the Home Affairs committee on the... 

Absenteeism at OR Tambo affecting airport efficiency
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