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Tourism News

National Parks visitation up by 24% in 2017

By: African News Agency      3rd October 2017 The South African National Park (SANParks) announced on Monday that its ‘Know Your National Parks’ campaign increased the number of visitors to its parks by 24% in 2017. “We had an increase of just over 24 percent this year from last year’s 62,312 visitors. SA National Parks Week aims to create a... 

Small businesses remain optimistic, despite volatility and uncertainties

By: Mia Breytenbach     29th September 2017 Despite economic volatility, South African small business owners remain optimistic and are actively pursuing growth, according to research from cloud based accounting software company Xero.   The research report, titled ‘State of South African Small Businesses’ surveys the challenges facing the... 

HELPING HAND
Some small business owners want the government to provide more funding and some believe government should grant tax breaks for their business
Photo by Bloomberg
HELPING HAND Some small business owners want the government to provide more funding and some believe government should grant tax breaks for their business

Ramaphosa leads SA delegation to London to bid for 2023 Rugby World Cup

By: Sashnee Moodley     21st September 2017 As part of South Africa’s bid to host the Rugby World Cup 2023 tournament, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and a high-level delegation will make their way to London on Sunday to make a presentation to the World Rugby Council.   The delegation will consist of Sport and Recreation Minister Thulas... 

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa
Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa

World’s largest museum dedicated to African art opens in Cape Town this week

By: Kim Cloete     18th September 2017 The world’s largest museum dedicated to contemporary art from Africa and its diaspora has been unveiled at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town, and will officially open its doors to the public on Friday. The Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA) is the V&A Waterfront’s R500-million... 

World’s largest museum dedicated to African art opens in Cape Town this week

New retail development to open in Walvis Bay

By: Mia Breytenbach     15th September 2017 The new R500-million Dunes Mall in Walvis Bay, Namibia, is in the final stages of completion, with its doors set to open next month. The mall is developed by South African property developer and investor Atterbury, in partnership with local developers Tradehold. 

SIZING UP
The new 27 500 m2 Dunes Mall in Walvis Bay, will be the largest in the area and the second largest in Namibia
SIZING UP The new 27 500 m2 Dunes Mall in Walvis Bay, will be the largest in the area and the second largest in Namibia

Domestic travel shrinks in South Africa due to financial hardship – Stats SA

By: African News Agency      4th September 2017 Domestic tourism within South Africa has declined over the past two years due to economic hardships, the Domestic Tourism Survey 2016 (DTS 2016) released by Statistics South Africa on Monday shows. According to the survey, the total number of day trips undertaken within the country decreased from... 

Changes made to keep up with economic uncertainties

By: Victor Moolman     25th August 2017 Despite challenging economic conditions, the local food and beverage industry continues to constantly change its menus and atmosphere to fit the latest spending trends of the middle class, says Cape Town-based restaurant Strolla co-founder Brendon Crew. 

Cape Town, New York sign city partnership agreement

By: African News Agency      24th August 2017 In a first for the African continent, the City of New York and the City of Cape Town signed a historic city-to-city partnership agreement on Wednesday to boost tourism and business between the two iconic destinations. NYC & Company President and CEO Fred Dixon and Cape Town Tourism’s CEO Enver... 

Cabinet approves coastal tourism plan

By: Anine Kilian     18th August 2017 Cabinet has approved a coastal and maritime tourism implementation plan. In a statement released on Friday, Tourism Minister Tokozile Xasa said the implementation plan was developed by the Department of Tourism in partnership with various tourism stakeholders.   

Cabinet approves coastal tourism plan

Outreach programme providing opportunities for participants

By: Simone Liedtke     28th July 2017 Engineering company Bosch’s Outreach Robotics Programme has provided participants the opportunity to compete in the 2017 World Robot Olympiad, in Costa Rica, in November this year. 

MARKUS THILL
The programme aims to ensure that children from various backgrounds have an opportunity to study robotics
MARKUS THILL The programme aims to ensure that children from various backgrounds have an opportunity to study robotics

Joburg Property Company showcases city’s heritage

By: David Oliveira     21st July 2017 In a R60-million renovation project, the former post office on Rissik street is being restored to its former glory as one of Johannesburg’s stand-out heritage sites. During a media tour hosted by the Johannesburg Property Company (JPC) last month, Johannesburg-based Paradigm Architects principal... 

JOBURG CLASSIC GETS FACELIFT
The post office in Rissik street, which was built in 1897, is currently undergoing a R60-million renovation
JOBURG CLASSIC GETS FACELIFT The post office in Rissik street, which was built in 1897, is currently undergoing a R60-million renovation

Business holds small-business funding line, despite serious postreshuffle trust deficit

By: Mia Breytenbach     30th June 2017 It is now well documented how President Jacob Zuma’s March 31 Cabinet reshuffle, which saw South Africa’s highly-regarded Pravin Gordhan removed as Finance Minister, seriously undermined trust between government and its social partners, including business. The controversial move also placed the... 

Business holds small-business funding line, despite serious postreshuffle trust deficit

Construction starts on Graskop Gorge glass elevator

By: Anine Kilian     20th June 2017 Construction has started on the Graskop Gorge elevator, with around 160 t of concrete poured on the first section of the lift base last week.    Building the viewing lift on Mpumalanga’s Panorama Route is an engineering first for South Africa and it is estimated that the tourism node will be open... 

SA retail Reit to actively pursue opportunity in Spain

By: Mia Breytenbach     9th June 2017 JSE-listed real estate investment trust (Reit) Vukile is actively evaluating opportunities in Spain to diversify its earnings stream and enhance its high-quality portfolio. During the company’s results presentation in Johannesburg last month, CEO Laurence Rapp noted that Vukile had a R1.5-billion... 

ACQUISITION ADDITION
Vukile Property Fund acquired a 25% stake in the Springs Mall, in Gauteng, which opened in March
ACQUISITION ADDITION Vukile Property Fund acquired a 25% stake in the Springs Mall, in Gauteng, which opened in March

Ring main unit launched to cater for increased renewables output

By: David Oliveira     2nd June 2017 Electrical engineering firm Lucy Electric launched its modular Aegis36 ring main unit at Africa Utility Week, which took place in Cape Town last month. The unit is designed for switchgear of up to 36 kV installed in secondary distribution networks and particularly for renewable-energy projects. 

Work-based experience for graduate interns

By: Mia Breytenbach     26th May 2017 Technology ecosystem company Resolution Circle has welcomed 115 South African graduates to its graduate internship programme, which aims to develop them into high-quality, employable individuals that can excel in South Africa’s economy. Resolution Circle, an ‘idea-to-barcode’ ecosystem that... 

GAINING EXPERIENCE
Resolution Circle’s internship will provide the 115 participants with practical skills in decision making and client services
GAINING EXPERIENCE Resolution Circle’s internship will provide the 115 participants with practical skills in decision making and client services

Tourism can change people's lives for the better – Zuma

By: News24Wire      17th May 2017 Tourism has the potential to change people’s lives for the better, especially during these globally depressed economic times, President Jacob Zuma has said. In addition to job creation, tourism also provided opportunities for entrepreneurship, Zuma said at the official opening of the Travel... 

SA 'working on scrapping visas for all African citizens'

By: News24Wire      15th May 2017 South Africa is working towards allowing all African citizens to enter the country without visas – but at first “trusted travellers” like diplomats, officials, academics, business people and students will be the only ones to benefit. The Department of Home Affairs outlines the steps that will be... 

SA 'working on scrapping visas for all African citizens'

Western Cape to grow business ties with incoming French government

By: African News Agency      25th April 2017 The Western Cape Investment and Trade and Promotion Agency (Wesgro) said on Monday it was closely monitoring the remaining leg of the first round of France’s most contested and controversial election with the aim of growing business ties with France and the European Union (EU). Widely considered... 

Tourism supports 1 in 10 jobs

By: News24Wire      18th April 2017 Travel and tourism generated 1 in 10 of the world’s jobs in 2016, according to a new report by the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC). WTTC’s Economic Impact Report 2017, which is conducted in conjunction with Oxford Economics, researches the economic impact of travel and tourism on a global... 

Tourism supports 1 in 10 jobs

SAA, Ethiopian Airlines extend code-share agreement

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     29th March 2017 The extension of South African Airways’ (SAA’s) code-share service agreement with Ethiopian Airlines to include Cape Town, Durban and Toronto, Canada, became effective this week. The expanded code share now offers a direct service between Addis Ababa and Cape Town and Addis Ababa and Durban.... 

SAA, Ethiopian Airlines extend code-share agreement

Stifling legislation deters economic disruptors – Winde

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     29th March 2017 Stifling legislation slowing down businesses and innovators will not be tolerated in the Western Cape, provincial Economic Opportunities Minister Alan Winde said on Wednesday. During his budget speech for the province’s Department of Economic Development and Tourism, Winde highlighted that the... 

Stifling legislation deters economic disruptors – Winde

Domestic tourism declines between 2013 and 2015, but expenditure increases

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     16th March 2017 Domestic tourism declined from 54.4-million day trips in 2013 to 44-million in 2015, Statistics South Africa’s Domestic Tourism 2015 report, published on Thursday, reveals. However, while there was a downward trend in the number of day trips, the total expenditure on day trips increased from... 

Domestic tourism declines between 2013 and 2015, but expenditure increases

A380 airliner restored to the Johannesburg route by Emirates

By: Keith Campbell     17th February 2017 Major international airline Emirates, based in Dubai, recently reintroduced the Airbus A380 Superjumbo on to its Dubai-Johannesburg route, to meet growing passenger demand. Previously, the airline had operated the A380 on its Johannesburg route for a few months in 2011/2012, but the market had... 

Application of aerotropolis concept in South Africa to attract business

By: Simone Liedtke     27th January 2017 The Airports Company of South Africa (ACSA) believes that focused applications of the aerotropolis concept in South Africa will attract business and make domestic airports a preferable link in the value chain. 

OR TAMBO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
The Aerotropolis Master Plans details 21 catalytic projects to be delivered at the airport
Photo by Duane Daws
OR TAMBO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT The Aerotropolis Master Plans details 21 catalytic projects to be delivered at the airport

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... 

South Africa could possibly downscale number of international airports

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. 

JANINE MYBURGH
There has been great cooperation between the private sector, the province and the council to improve, build and promote Cape Town
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: Donna 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... 

KZN COASTAL PRECINCT
The Sibaya Coastal Precinct is conceptualised around connecting people to family, community and nature
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... 

Gauteng Enterprise Propeller CEO Leah Manenzhe
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... 

Agricon owner Johan Eksteen
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... 

Wesgro CEO Tim Harris
Wesgro CEO Tim Harris
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