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    Big changes to New Zealand immigration policies will affect South Africans

    The New Zealand government says that it plans to ‘reset’ its immigration policies when it reopens its borders, making it increasingly difficult for some workers to enter the country. In a statement on Monday (17 May), the New Zealand government announced it would be narrowing pathways for those hoping to migrate and work in the country, particularly those it classed as ‘low-skill’ and low-wage workers. It simultaneously announced new measures to attract rich investors, the Guardian reported. “When our borders fully open again, we can’t afford to simply turn on the tap to the previous immigration settings,” said tourism minister […] More

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    5 African travel influencers you need to follow on Instagram

    As we stoke the wanderlust with travel restrictions easing and the tourism sector slowly coming alive, don’t fret about your next destination or sho’t left break. There are plenty of Instagram accounts to follow, especially if you want to explore African during Africa Month or later. A little inspiration goes a long way. As such, we have selected five of the best African travel influencers worth following on Instagram to help get you started. The Bush-bound Family/ @thebushboundfamily Soaking in bush sounds, safari adventures, wild animals… If that’s your thing, look no further than this KwaZulu-Natal family who enjoy going […] More

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    Highlights of a must-view auction | Rising Sun Chatsworth

    A walk-about among the lots of the upcoming Strauss & Co autumn sale is a bit like a journey on the Blue Train, watching the Southern African landscape flash past the window. There’s a quick view of a white stucco cottage, part of a Karoo landscape (Train Passing through the Karoo, Peter Clarke R 150 000 – 200 000). A Northern Cape sunset follows, with big skies punctuated by camelthorn silhouettes (Kimberley Sunset, JH Pierneef, R 800 000 – 1 200 000). Dusk follows in Namibia and the sky becomes a watercolour palette of cotton candy pink, mauve and indigo, […] More

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    Uproar over Somizi’s Department of Tourism cook-off event

    By Clinton Moodley 2h ago Share this article: ShareTweetShareShareShareEmailShare Minister of Tourism Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane’s cook-off with Somizi Mhlongo at the Hang Awt Restaurant in Tembisa, Gauteng on May 17 has drawn much criticism on social media. Many people questioned how the event would boost tourism in the country. Travel influencer and successful podcast host @MsLeloB commented on a post by Kubayi-Ngubane asking: “Minister, How does this event help rebuild tourism?” (sic) Minister, How does this event help rebuild tourism? — Miss Lelo 🏳️‍🌈 (@MsLeloB) May 16, 2021 Chef Lesego Semenya also shared his views. The seasoned chef commented: “I have […] More

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    Lee-Anne Pace shares lead as round 3 suspended in SA Women’s Open

    By Supplied May 15, 2021 Share this article: ShareTweetShareShareShareEmailShare CAPE TOWN – With Lee-Anne Pace of South Africa and Pia Babnik of Slovenia locked together at the top of the Investec South African Women’s Open Championship, play was called off for the day on Saturday at Westlake Golf Club as wind and rain made further play in the third round impossible. The pair shared the lead on two-over-par as the wind had already caused one suspension in play, and, when it was added to heavy rain, the course became too waterlogged to continue. Play in the third round will continue […] More

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    Taking a trip on the Blue Train is a priceless experience | The Citizen

    Behind the microphone in The Blue Train lounge at Pretoria Station, Siya Mbambo takes on the aspect of a stand-up comedian, rather than the manager of one of the world’s most iconic luxury trains. “My name is Siya,” he begins, “But I don’t like to say that too loudly in Cape Town…” That brings guffaws of laughter from the whole room and even more from The Sharks contingent, when he adds: “and I am from KwaZulu-Natal, actually…” As he makes other announcements, he is greeted with clapping and even some cheering. “This normally never happens, that people applaud when I… […] More

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    Zimbabwe leads the way with Covid-19 vaccines

    By Nathan Adams 7h ago Share this article: ShareTweetShareShareShareEmailShare Zimbabwe continues to lead the Southern African countries in procuring and distributing the Covid-19 vaccine. The country started rolling out the Sinopharm Covid-19 on February 22, and reported that by Friday afternoon, 571 460 people had received their first dose while 203 781 had received both doses of the vaccine. Statistics from the online research platform Our World in Data shows that neighbouring countries need to play catch-up to Zimbabwe. The data shows that Zimbabwe has vaccinated 3.5% of its 14.5 million citizens. In comparison, Botswana has a vaccination rate of […] More

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    ISSUES AT STAKE: USA’s tourist warning rings hollow | Zululand Observer

    The US State Department’s travel advisory to American tourists wishing to visit South Africa just days after the killing of Zululander Lindani Myeni at the hands of Honolulu police, is hypocrisy of the highest order. The outrage with which the violation was met by those sympathetic to Myeni’s youthful family, resonates strongly with South Africans whose lives were often brutally impacted by police in the past. Local racial sentiments aside, Myeni’s death has once more exposed America’s insincerity. Many may not be aware of the advisory which contains a number of unsavoury alerts about our country. Lest one is accused […] More

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    B&I Lions tour schedule confirmed

    In what has been an unprecedented build-up to the much-anticipated tour, the reality of not having fans at any of the fixtures, let alone the three test matches, is a very real possibility as a third wave of Covid-19 infections threatens South Africa. The Lions squad will be led by Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones and the squad will face Japan in a pre-tour match at Murrayfield before they head to South Africa to take on the Emirates Lions in their tour opener on the first Saturday of July. Being able to confirm the schedule and make the tour as […] More

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    Portugal to open to most European tourists from Monday

    The Portuguese ministry stressed restrictions also remained on non-European countries including Brazil, India, and South Africa. FILE: Portugal will open to tourists from nearly all European countries from Monday. Picture: © kadmy/123rf.com. LISBON – Portugal will open to tourists from nearly all European countries from Monday, the interior ministry said, following months of restrictions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The vacation hotspot hopes to jump-start a tourism comeback after one of the country’s most vital industries was brought to a standstill by the pandemic. Travellers from most EU countries, the 26-nation Schengen Area, and the UK can make “all […] More

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