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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... 

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: Donna 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.  

CLEAR WATERS
Crystal Lagoons use closed circuits and sensors to maintain low levels of water consumption
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: Donna 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... 

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
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... 

Western Cape Economic Opportunities MEC Alan 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... 

Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom
Photo by Duane Daws
Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom

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

By: Donna 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.  

WATERFRONT
Blue Rock Village is situated alongside the only lake in the Cape Town
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... 

Alan Winde
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. 

Malusi 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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