The City of Cape Town has announced plans to extend the MyCiTi bus service to the northern suburbs and the deep south.
CAPE TOWN – The City of Cape Town has announced plans to extend the MyCiTi bus service to the northern suburbs and the deep south.
The integrated public transport network implementation plan, tabled in the city council on Wednesday, is in line with the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa’s (Prasa) intention to build new train stations.
The aim is to link bus and train services.
The City of Cape Town’s plan includes extending MyCiTi to Bellville, Wallacedene, Durbanville, Wynberg, Claremont, Retreat and Strandfontein among other areas by 2032.
At the centre of the plan is a Prasa-led project to introduce a rail route between Khayelitsha and Kuils River by building new stations.
The project will see the extension of several roads, including the R300 and Sheffield Road, which runs through Philippi, as well as a new link between Charl Malan Drive and Durban Road.
The city expects to roll-out the infrastructure projects and services over the next 20 to 30 years.
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This is as cabin crew went on strike Wednesday morning over meal allowances.
Speaking on 702 this morning, the spokesperson for the South African Cabin Crew Association said the crew had not had an international meal allowance increase in six years.
The crew want the daily allowance raised from $131 for all three meals to $170 a day, although the crew is open to negotiation, the spokesperson says.
SAA says flights departing from coastal cities early this morning were impacted and it is considering its options to accommodate passengers affected by the cancellations.
The airline says the required number of cabin crew members are currently not available to enable SAA to operate all of its flights.
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SACCA represents about just more than 80 percent of all SAA crew and the company cannot legally put planes in the air without crew.
Late on Tuesday, SAA said it was doing everything possible to find common ground and/or a settlement on matters that are currently under discussion. “Negotiations are ongoing and the company remains optimistic that the strike action could be averted.”
It also said preparations were underway to support any service disruptions.
On Wednesday morning, it said several flights had been affected.
SA401 Johannesburg – Port Elizabeth
SA459 Johannesburg – East London
SA531/538 Johannesburg – Durban – Johannesburg
SA307/322 and SA313/326 Johannesburg – Cape Town – Johannesburg
SA317/332 and SA323/SA334 now to operate on a A340-600 aircraft to create more seat capacity
SA527 Johannesburg – Durban departed with a 51minute delay
SA303 Johannesburg – Cape Town departed with a 20 minute delay
All flights departing from Cape Town and Durban departed as per normal.
It says it will provide further updates on what options are available to its customers. These include combining some of the cancelled flights to minimise the impact of the delays customers will experience as a result of flight cancellations.
“The airline will ensure that all changes are published timeously and on the day of travel support will be provided to customers who may experience flight delays or cancellations that may occur during this period.
“SAA regrets the inconvenience to all its customers and is exploring ways in conjunction with its partners to facilitate the accommodation of its passengers on later flights or on partner flights.
“Other travel options and/or flight details will be communicated as soon as final arrangements have been confirmed.”
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Construction has started on Tsogo Sun’s new R220-million, 125-room StayEasy Maputo Hotel, in Mozambique.
The hotel, which will be completed by April 2018, is being built as part of a mixed-use development and will be located above the new Baia Mall that is under construction.
“The time is right to increase our footprint in this prime tourist destination, which attracts both international and local travellers with its tropical climate, lush scenery, golden beaches, diverse culture and exquisite cuisine,” says Tsogo CEO Marcel von Aulock.
He adds that the country’s growing economy contributed to the group’s decision to boost its investment in Maputo.
“We believe this hotel will hold extra appeal for its exciting location above a lively new mall – and we look forward to seeing it become a hotel destination of choice for travellers.”
Tsogo also owns the Southern Sun Maputo Hotel in Mozambique.
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Cape Town – The travel industry is competitive, but Acsa’s largest international airport in South Africa has made it clear illegal dealings from employees and businesses contracted to the airport will not be tolerated.
OR Tambo International Airport announced in a statement on Saturday, 22 April that an investigation lasting several weeks has concluded with 35 of 56 information desk staff employed by the airport having been suspended.
Disciplinary procedures are pending following allegations of against the 35 employees for illegal commissions paid by certain hospitality providers to secure referrals.
‘Hospitality providers paying illegal commissions’
Acsa says replacements have already been assigned to it essential passenger-facing operations.
“The investigation is continuing and further suspensions and disciplinary procedures are possible. Management of the airport has notified the South African Police Services of this matter based on the outcome of its internal investigation,” Bongiwe Pityi, General Manager of OR Tambo International Airport says,
Pityi has not revealed who the alleged hospitality providers are. However, the employees of companies directly contracted to the airport can lead to those companies paying penalties or losing their contracts. In addition, employees of airport contractors who engage in misconduct or illegal activity also face disciplinary procedures or prosecution. She urged airport users who encounter misconduct or illegal activity to report it to the airport and the SAPS.
“More than 35 000 people work for various companies at the airport in some capacity. Of these, only 1 200 are directly employed by Airports Company South Africa. Given the seriousness of the matter, this remains an ongoing priority at the airport,” says Pityi.
“To this end, we are continually on the alert for staff who may be engaged in any illegal activities. I would like to urge airport users not to offer or pay bribes and to report suspicious activity. People should also be aware that the law provides for prosecution not only of those soliciting bribes, but also of those who offer them or pay them.”
“It is extremely disappointing when issues of this nature are brought to the airport’s attention. However, when such activities take place we are compelled to act, as we do take a hard line where we encounter our own employees delivering poor service or engaging in corrupt activity,” says Pityi.
Report suspicious activity
Pityi said that misconduct by employees of companies directly contracted to the airport can lead to those companies paying penalties or losing their contracts. In addition, employees of airport contractors who engage in misconduct or illegal activity also face disciplinary procedures or prosecution. She urged airport users who encounter misconduct or illegal activity to report it to the airport and the SAPS.
“We would like to encourage members of the public to make use of the toll-free number where they can provide information anonymously. For any other general queries and compliments they can contact our customer care services,” said Pityi.
TBCSA Tourism Safety Initiative proactive in Gauteng
Traveller24 spoke to Tourism Business Council’s GM for Policy Analysis and Strategic Projects Tebogo Umanah, who says the council is actively engaging with detectives in the Gauteng province, especially concerning OR Tambo international which has previously been targeted by sophisticated heists involving millions to petty crimes of bribes and robberies taking place in its airport parking facilities.
OR Tambo International Airport is the premier gateway to South Africa and the largest air hub on the continent. On 09 March security measures around the airport were heightened following an armed robbery in which “a bakkie with what appeared to be police markings” managed to breach restricted gate access at the airport and steal cargo to the value of an estimated R24m.
Umanah’s portfolio includes project management for the Tourism Business Index and the Tourism Safety Initiative, concerning illegal activities within the Tourism Sector and what business can do to report as well as tighten measures around the issue.
“We thought we should try to focus our effort here as an attempt to erase that problem before it gets bigger and we have specifically partnered with detectives focusing on this area,” says Umanah.
According to Umanah, not many are aware of the TBCSA’s Tourism Safety Initiative (TSI) which offers its members a “safe and secure portal” to report as well as to active investigations around any criminal networks and activities they suspect their employees or guests might be involved in.
Umanah says the council works together with the police and individuals who are able to remain anonymous but still ensure the issue of criminal activity is swiftly addressed.
“Most of our members are not aware of this TSI benefit of the TBCSA and while the report rate is low, we are looking to work with various tourism authorities as well as government entities in different provinces to ensure that they are able to use this reporting system.”
TSI is not just available to businesses though says Umanah and encouraged all in the hospitality to crack down on this issue that could potentially jeopardise South Africa’s lucrative Tourism Industry, which has seen a R6.5 billion influx in SA’s economy from December 2016 to February 2017 for accommodation alone.
While Umanah was not able to detail individual cases or businesses due to confidentiality, she states incidents range from fraud to drug or human trafficking.
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Mozambique is enjoying a boost in popularity that is sure to be enhanced by the availability of visas on entry for visitors who require them
According to CEO of Thompsons Africa, Linda Pampallis, the destination is in a phase of resurgence. “Mozambique is surely finding its place again in the hearts of travellers looking for exotic beauty and food for their soul,” she says. The tour operator covers the country’s southern coastline to Pemba and finds that, since it has encouraged fam trips to the region, sales are hotting up. “With the recent announcement of a 30-day tourist visa now being available at borders for all visitors, we expect it to hot up even more,” she says.
Hot, balmy and luxuriating in the advantages of the tropics, Mozambique is an enticing cultural blend of African, Arabic and Portuguese strains. These multi-faceted influences have stamped the country’s history, architecture, lifestyle and, most famously, its cuisine, where seafood plays a leading role.
Set all of this against a background of tranquil beach and sea, unspoiled and sparsely inhabited, and you have a destination pretty close to paradise. This accounts for its popularity as a honeymoon location and romantic getaway.
Renewed interest in country’s Gorongosa National Park has prompted Gorongosa Collection to open Muzimu Tented Camp toward the end of this year. The camp will be the first of several tented camps in Gorongosa and will comprise six tents overlooking the Mussicadzi riverbed.
Of course, the country has its negatives – road travel can be hazardous and infrastructure lacking in the more remote areas. There are some political tensions and crime, but incidents are relatively rare. Tropical cyclones may occur during the rainy season (November-April) and protection against malaria is advised. But, as Pampallis points out, “even the threat of cyclones and malaria seem to be less of a deterrent than before”.
Mozambique has a long list of reasons to visit. Some of them are:
- Excellent diving with the opportunity to view the rare dugong.
- Superb big game fishing, including marlin and sailfish.
- Arts and crafts in the north of the country, particularly sculptures produced by the Makondo.
- The Gorongosa National Park for safaris.
- The Unesco World Heritage Site of Mozambique Island with its many historic, colonial buildings.
- Lake Niassa, the Mozambican name for Lake Malawi. Some 25% of the lake lies within the borders of Mozambique and although infrastructure is not well developed on the Mozambican shoreline, the lake does attract some adventurous explorers.
- Maputo, said to be one of Africa’s most attractive capital cities. At its heart is the old town, and the Municipal Market in Maputo is great for an early-morning walk to view the fresh produce and many other items on sale.
EThekwini law enforcement officers were out in full force during the Easter Holidays to ensure that tourists and residents alike enjoyed a bumper holiday in Durban. Thousands of tourists flocked to the City to spend time with family and friends while enjoying the long weekend.
As part of the City’s safety and transport management plan, law enforcement officers ensured that motorists abide by the rules of the road and that those enjoying themselves at our various recreational facilities, do so within the ambits of the law.
Roadblocks were held in various parts of the Municipal area. Approximately 266 motorists were arrested for drunken driving, those fined for over-speeding were 15 583 and other traffic infringements totaled 5 045. No major accidents were reported within the Municipal area.
Preliminary and projected figures indicate that 360 000 tourists came to our shores. Direct spend was R870 million contributing R1.5 billion to the City’s coffers. This in turn created/sustained 3 100 jobs in the tourism sector.
The average hotel occupancy was 70 percent. The projected figures are from 1 April to 1 May 2017 – which includes the school holidays and the two long weekends.
Over 400 000 patrons visited our beaches. Although the beaches were packed, bathers were generally well-behaved. No drownings were reported.
Some of the City’s draw card events which resulted in visitor arrivals were the Hare Krishna Festival, Nickelodeon Slime Fest and the Durban Picnic Day. There were also several music concerts staged at various sites around the City.
Deputy Mayor Fawzia Peer commended all the security and emergency services for doing a wonderful job over the weekend. “Indeed it was a hectic long weekend with people gradually coming in and out of the City.”
She noted that although there was a decrease in fatalities during the Easter Holiday, a lot still needs to be done to ensure that all road users reach their destinations safely. “We appeal to all motorists to exercise extreme caution while travelling on the road, fasten your seatbelts, do not drive under the influence of alcohol, ensure that your vehicle is roadworthy and be patient with other road users,” added Councillor Peer.
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The platform, created by a group of professionals of the tourist sector in Spain and Morocco, was born with an offer of tours in different cities in four continents. It is available in five languages (Spanish, French, English, Italian, Arabic and Russian) and allows guides to offer their services for different devices at competitive prices.
Amina Achab, co-founder of Guide4tours.com has stated at the launch of the platform that “the local guides have the possibility to market their services globally without marketing costs and adapt to the demands and needs of the customer thanks to the contact and exchange of messages across the platform. ”
Guide4tours.com is born of the culture of the collaborative economy and offers the possibility for local travellers and guides to have a direct dialogue thanks to an efficient use of information (offer), and of new technologies of communication and information, to satisfy both the needs of travellers and generate a new value offer for local guides.
The founder of Competitive Advantage stated that its founder “stands to differentiate us from the competition thanks to the ability to innovate, offer added value, competitive prices, and presenting traditional services such as tourist tours with new formats and promotion processes, marketing and management. ”
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In recent years the tourism sector has witnessed an important transformation of the value chain by the emergence of collaborative platforms that connects individuals and companies based on the “peer to peer” economy model. They are platforms that generate new business opportunities in view of the possibility of disintermediation and of being able to have a direct supplier-customer dialogue thanks to an efficient use of the information (supply and demand) that new technologies allow.
Guide4tours.com is a good example of how thanks to new technological applications, customers and suppliers can channel ideas and proposals regarding the demand for new services, enhance the dialogue and interaction between travellers and local guides, who become part of intelligence and the process of business innovation.
At present there are millions of pages in the network offering tourist products and services. This excess of information makes aggregation and comparison of supply more and more essential and more precise for both the consumer (traveller) and the borrower of the final services (guides and travel agents).
The experience of the specialized channels for the distribution and commercialization of apartments and tourist lodgings, which are the most used and those that today have the greatest growth in the market of the commercialization for this new segment, shows that every day the demand of hiring increases services directly to travel.
The same model is possible to apply to the offer of local tours and activities in destination. Guide4tours was born to that end, in the words of Amina Achab “makes the value chain in the field of tourism routes and activities more profitable and competitive by taking advantage of the latest innovations in Information and Communication Technologies (TIC)”.
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With dam levels currently at about 24.2%, mayoral committee member Xanthea Limberg estimates that there are about 99 days of usable water left.
CAPE TOWN – The City of Cape Town says it will begin introducing intermittent water supply in different areas of the city if consumption does not decrease.
Member of the mayoral committee (MMC) for utilities Xanthea Limberg says even though consumption has been dropping week on week, it’s still not at the required level of 700 million litres a day.
With dam levels currently at about 24. 2%, MMC Limberg estimates that there are about 99 days of usable water left.
“Everyone is incredibly grateful that we received some rain, but the rainfall that we received is still not substantial enough. It has assisted a little, but not substantially enough and therefore water saving efforts will have to continue, water restrictions will remain in place and the City of Cape Town will continue with lowering its water pressure.”
The City of Cape Town says it will continue to target high water users if they don’t reduce their water consumption.
Limberg says if these users do not heed the city’s calls to cut back on usage, water restriction devices will be installed on their properties.
“We are still doing weekly fines and door-to-door visits. We are monitoring high consumers to have an understanding whether they have actually heeded our calls and paid attention to the warnings and fines issued. Failure to do so, we will be installing water management devices water those properties.”