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    Government’s plan to own and control all electronic data in South Africa – a nightmare for privacy

    The new Draft National Policy on Data and the Cloud raises alarming implications for data privacy and for increasing the costs of doing business, says Jacques Moolman, president of the Cape Chamber of Commerce & Industry. Among other changes, Moolman said that the policy proposes sweeping new powers for state surveillance. “Its declared intention is to give the government ownership and control of all electronic data generated in South Africa – by anyone and everyone – whether it is data held within the country or out of it,” he said. “Published for comment on 1 April the prospect the draft […] More

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    R10 million tourism relief fund starts payouts | Lowvelder

    The Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency was appointed by the Department of Economic Development and Tourism to handle the disbursement of the relief fund, and it had received 430 applications. This fund comes as an additional effort to assist businesses that suffered due to the Covid-19 lockdown following the National Tourism Relief Fund, from which not all benefited. Those who benefited from the national fund did not qualify for the provincial relief. ALSO READ: MTPA bursary holders absorbed as full-time employees According to the MEC for finance, economic development and tourism, Vusi Mkhatshwa, the fund forms part of the implementation of […] More

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    Tourism goes cold as popular shisanyama, Mzoli’s Place, closes its doors

    The shebeen-style restaurant offers an authentic township experience, something scores of tourists used to enjoy. “Without an influx of tourists, we have no business at all. Local people used to come and enjoy themselves too, but now they simply order food and go home. People don’t appreciate the sit-down experience any more, which makes things hard,” Zwane said. When restaurants like these, situated in tourism hubs, suffer, so do the tour bus and travel industry. The two complement each other. Anthony Colia of MoAfrika Tours, one of the leading providers of Safari and city tours, said the pandemic feels like […] More

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    Israel has banned its citizens from travelling to SA – and halted a vaccinated-tourists plan

    (Photo by David Silverman/Getty Images) Israel’s strict new travel rules prohibit citizens from travelling to South Africa and require returning residents to quarantine for two weeks. This is despite Israel being one of the leaders in the global vaccination race, and recording its lowest level of positive Covid-19 cases since the start of the pandemic. The new restrictions have also postponed Israel’s tourism programme, which was due to welcome vaccinated visitors into the country towards the end of May. For more stories, go to www.BusinessInsider.co.za. Israel has tightened its international travel regulations, which now prevent citizens from visiting South Africa […] More

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    SANParks welcomes report on wildlife management – Sunday World

    Johannesburg – The South African National Parks (SANParks) has welcomed the report of a High Level Panel into the management, breeding, hunting, trade and handling of elephant, lion, leopard and rhinoceros. The panel was appointed by the Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment, Barbara Creecy to review policies, regulatory measures, practices and policy positions that are related to the hunting, trade, captive keeping, management and handling of elephant, lion, leopard and rhinoceros. SANParks Chief Executive Officer Fundisile Mketeni said as the body tasked with the conservation of the country’s natural heritage, SANParks sees the release of the report as […] More

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    Travel restrictions to and from India will be guided by scientific evidence: Kubayi – SABC News – Breaking news, special reports, world, business, sport coverage of all South African current events. Africa’s news leader.

    Tourism Minister Mamoloko Kubayi says any decision on travel restrictions to and from India amid a massive surge in coronavirus cases and deaths in that country will be guided by scientific evidence. The minister appeared in a virtual briefing before Parliament’s Tourism Committee. This comes as the National Ports Authority confirms that 14 Filipino crew members onboard a ship in the Durban harbour have tested positive for COVID-19. The vessel arrived from India on Sunday. There are also concerns around a COVID-19 infected traveller from India who recently entered South Africa. Kubayi commented on concerns that the variant identified in […] More

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    Rhino poaching on the rise as SA eases international travel restrictions

    By Reuters 13h ago Share this article: ShareTweetShareShareShareEmailShare By Akhona Matshoba and Shafiek Tassiem HOEDSPRUIT – Rhino poaching is on the rise again in South Africa since the government loosened coronavirus restrictions, following a year-long lull due to the pandemic, wildlife parks say. The strict limits on travel, including international travel, imposed in March last year had the happy side effect of keeping poachers at bay. In 2020, 394 rhinos were poached, 30% fewer than the year before and the lowest yearly tally since 2011. But then South Africa began easing international travel restrictions in November. “Since November, December last […] More

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    The Blue Train sees surge of international guests in 2021

    By Vuyolwethu Fundam 5h ago Share this article: ShareTweetShareShareShareEmailShare The South African tourism industry is slowly starting to recover from the Covid-19 lockdown setback. Various sectors within the hospitality industry are showing promising results for 2021, and this includes The Blue Train. In fact, the luxury train has had a noticeable increase in the number of local and international guests. Of course, the worldwide Covid-19 vaccination rollout programmes have played a huge hand in this turnaround. And The Blue Train has confirmed that in the first quarter of this year, they’ve welcomed visitors from the United States, the United Kingdom, […] More

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    Excitement builds among SA players ahead of Lions series

    Excitement builds among SA players ahead of Lions series | SuperSport {“slug”:”rugby”,”name”:”Rugby”,”menu”:[],”topics”:[{“group_name”:”International”,”topics”:[{“name”:”Tri Nations”,”slug”:”tri-nations”,”parent_slug”:”tri-nations”,”uri”:null,”hidden_tabs”:[]},{“name”:”Rainbow Cup”,”slug”:”rainbow-cup”,”parent_slug”:”rainbow-cup”,”uri”:null,”hidden_tabs”:[]},{“name”:”International… Read further. More

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    Tourism pilot project to boost black homestay businesses

    “The BQV programme will ensure that all accommodation products, including those in rural areas and townships, have a formal quality assurance level in place, thus highlighting the importance that South Africa places on service excellence and providing a quality experience to tourists,” says SA Tourism chief executive Sisa Ntshona. He says that South Africa has many unexplored hidden gems, especially in villages, small towns and dorpies (VSTDs), and the BQV programme is a starting point to formalise homestays in the country. This will enable travellers to enjoy unique and authentic tourism experiences in and around VSTDs as the programme will […] More

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