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    Is SA capable of producing future leaders in STEM subjects?

    Refilwe Moloto shone the spotlight on SA’s STEM education as part of Wednesday’s Big Breakfast Broadcast on CapeTalk. Is South African equipped to provide the world with the scientists it needs, asks Refilwe Moloto during the education-focused Big Breakfast Broadcast on Cape Talk on Wednesday. South Africa has consistently lagged behind other countries when it comes to maths and science, and Moloto pondered whether the Covid-disrupted school programme has led to learners falling even further behind leading nations? The Breakfast Show host spoke to bioinformatician Dr Vicvy Nembaware and posed the question to her about STEM (science, technology,… Read further. More

  • Here's why South African weekend getaways are taking off

    Here’s why South African weekend getaways are taking off

    By Travel Reporter 3h ago Share this article: ShareTweetShareShareShareEmailShare Domestic weekend travel has started to show signs of revival since the Covid-19 lockdown restrictions eased last year. Global tech start-up RoomRaccoon monitored occupancy of more than 3 200 rooms at boutique hotels, B&B’s and guest houses across South Africa. It found that weekday occupancy has steadily risen to an average of 30%. However, it is weekend occupancy that has shown a surge at these establishments, with numbers edging towards 60% through November and December 2020. The recent Valentine’s weekend saw occupancy spike to 58%. Establishments in the coastal areas, including […] More

  • 10 reasons why a family safari is one of the best escapes from Covid-19 right now

    10 reasons why a family safari is one of the best escapes from Covid-19 right now

    The last year has left a long-lasting effect on us for many of the wrong reasons, however, one of the undeniable positives has been more time with those dearest to us, our families. It should be of no surprise that we are thus seeing a huge demand for family safari escapes! Now more than ever, a classic South African safari will positively impact your entire family’s mind, body and soul! The bush and wildlife will begin your rejuvenation process together. Here 10 reasons why a family safari is the best escape from the pandemic right now: Time and space with […] More

  • Alcohol, tobacco, hospitality industries look to Mboweni to ease struggles

    Alcohol, tobacco, hospitality industries look to Mboweni to ease struggles

    The alcohol industry recently reported that it lost R36.3 billion in sales revenue as a result of the three lockdown-related bans. FILE: Finance Minister Tito Mboweni delivers his Medium-Term Budget Policy Speech in Parliament on 28 October 2020 in Cape Town. Picture: GCIS CAPE TOWN – South Africa’s alcohol and tobacco industries are hoping that Finance Minister Tito Mboweni will not increase excise taxes in the coming Budget speech, following huge losses as a result of the COVID-19 lockdowns. Industries and… Read further. More

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    Cancelled Comrades a huge loss to KwaZulu-Natal tourism

    The KwaZulu-Natal province is facing a whooping R700m in lost tourism revenue after the cancellation of the 2021 Comrades Marathon. In yet another blow to the province, the Comrades Marathon Association (CMA) has already said losses due to the cancellation of this year’s event due to Covid-19‚ which was scheduled for June 13‚ would  amount to  more than R20m for them. The spokesperson for the provincial department of economic development‚ tourism & environmental affairs‚ Bheki Mbanjwa‚ said they were bracing for far-reaching effects on the entire tourism value chain. “In 2019‚ the Comrades Marathon generated over R700m and created over […] More

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    Africa is not open for business – OPINION

    Africa is not open for business – and it’s sad 23 February 2021 COVID-19 and all its accoutrements have wreaked havoc on the global and individual economies. Africa is no exception, even though the pandemic itself has ostensibly not struck the continent as hard as the West, Latin-America or Asia. While some economies on the continent were chugging along quite nicely before the pandemic, the impact of COVID-19 (especially on the rest of the world) has hit exports and growth hard. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has estimated that the continent’s economy will shrink by 3% or more in 2020. […] More

  • More travellers are opting for exclusive-use travel during the pandemic

    More travellers are opting for exclusive-use travel during the pandemic

    By Travel Reporter 2h ago Share this article: ShareTweetShareShareShareEmailShare The biggest challenge for Last Word Hotel & Safari Camps was finding ways to generate income, keep properties running and pay salaries in a market that is in a massive slump due to the ever-changing Covid-19 lockdowns and travel bans. For Nicky Coenen, the group general manager, and her small marketing team at Last Word, finding ways to attract business has been challenging. However, they kept reinventing their offerings to keep up with travel trends like exclusive-use property rentals. “Exclusive-use is becoming an increasingly popular travel trend, due to there being […] More

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    Cape Town – a top city for remote working

    The City of Cape Town is calling on the national government to introduce a new visa to attract remote workers from around the world. The City, in collaboration with Cape Town Tourism, has launched its Digital Nomad initiative, which aims to encourage domestic and international audiences to consider Cape Town as a remote working destination. The municipality says its also lobbying for the national government to consider introducing a ‘Remote Working Visa’ which would benefit the tourism industry and create job opportunities. RELATED: 10-point plan to save tourism in Cape Town – still world’s most beautiful city The City’s mayoral […] More

  • Travel influencers stuck in Laos during lockdown to return to Durban

    Travel influencers stuck in Laos during lockdown to return to Durban

    By Clinton Moodley 6h ago Share this article: ShareTweetShareShareShareEmailShare Candy and Jonty King, who became overnight travel influencers in Laos during lockdown last year, are returning to Durban this week. The travel influencers, famously known as Candy and the King on social media, hope to entice millions of their fans to visit Africa once they return home. @candy_and_the_king Mingalarbar ##🇲![CDATA[]]>🇲 ##🇿![CDATA[]]>🇦 ♬ original sound – Candy and the King The pair will travel from Laos via Kuala Lumpur, Doha and Johannesburg before they arrive in Durban on February 25. “We’ll be travelling for around 30 hours. Although we only need […] More

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    South African mall operators will continue to provide Covid-19 rental relief

    With rising debt levels and falling income, some have been forced to sell assets and agree to lower rental payments or offer relief to tenants in shopping malls and offices as more people worked from home, diminishing footfall. Liberty Two Degrees CEO Amelia Beattie said during a media call that shoppers were slowly returning to malls but tenants had not recovered to pre-Covid-19 levels and would still need rental discounts. The tenants that have yet to recover include hotels, hospitality, restaurants and fast food. L2D expects “to provide some support to them to the end of the first quarter of […] More

  • Tourism industry wants to be prioritised in Phase Two C...

    Tourism industry wants to be prioritised in Phase Two C…

    A trader receives payment from a European tourist in Cape Town at an African craft market. (Photo: EPA-EFE / NIC BOTHMA) The tourism industry has been hit hard by locked borders to stop the spread of Covid-19, the third ban on alcohol sales, beach closures and curfews that restricted public life. The industry believes that the answer to its recovery is the expedited roll-out of Covid-19 vaccines. It will take between two to three years for SA’s tourism industry, which is one of the biggest casualties of Covid-19 lockdown regulations, to recover to pre-pandemic levels and for international tourists to […] More

  • Comair to restart flights between Johannesburg and Harare

    Comair to restart flights between Johannesburg and Harare

    South African private sector airline group Comair announced on Monday that its British Airways brand would resume daily flights between Johannesburg and Harare in Zimbabwe on March 28. Comair operates the British Airways in Southern Africa and Kulula low cost carrier brands. Customers can start booking seats on the restored flights immediately. “We are delighted to reopen bookings for our services to Harare as part of the gradual ramp-up to our schedule,” enthused British Airways (operated by Comair) executive head of revenue management Desmond O’Connor. “These flights will offer more choice for those customers who would like to fly to the […] More

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