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Mon, 09 Sep 2019
Kaizer Chiefs stars condemn Xenophobic and gender-based violence...

Several prominent Kaizer Chiefs players have taken to social media to call for an end to the violence that is currently dominating headlines.

Already gripped by renewed incidents of Xenophobic violence in Johannesburg’s CBD South Africa has been shocked by frequent reports of violent attacks on women and children.

Xenophobic attacks lead to cancellation of Friendly

Bafana Bafana’s scheduled friendly international against Zambia was cancelled earlier this week in the wake of the attacks aimed at foreign nationals. The attacks focused on those trading in the Johannesburg CBD as well as other parts of Gauteng.

Police raids on the CBD, ostensibly to root out the sale of counterfeit or black market goods, have been accused of fuelling violence and Xenophobic sentiment.

Kaizer Chiefs, as the South African club with the biggest support base, have the power to reach a lot of people within the country and beyond and their players have come out against the Xenophobic violence. They would also speak out against the shocking acts of violence perpetrated against women in South Africa.

Chiefs sport several foreign nationals in their ranks, including Khama Billiat and Willard Katsande of Zimbabwe, and Daniel Akpeyi of Nigeria. Itumeleng Khune, Lebogang Manyama, George Maluleka, Ramahlwe Mphahlele and Daniel Cardoso joined them in issuing a video message calling for an end to Xenophobia.

The video was posted to the Twitter account of Amakhosi skipper Khune.



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Mon, 09 Sep 2019

The northern coastline and bushveld of KwaZulu-Natal hosts one of the most diverse habitat matrices, endemic species strongholds, successful conservation projects and enthralling Big 5 safaris in Africa. And to top it all off, there are a wealth of cultural and ecotourism activities, miles and miles of sandy beaches with warm water and, for some reason, relatively few tourists.

Zululand and the Elephant Coast, where black and white rhinos recovered from almost going extinct, plays home to the mighty Zulu warrior and to iSimangaliso Wetland Park – Africa’s oldest protected area and South Africa’s first World Heritage Site. This is also the home of other renowned protected areas such as Hluhluwe-iMfolozi, uMkhuze, Ndumo and Thembe, offering a wide array of habitats such as woodlands, wetlands, palm savannas and coastal forests. And amongst this vast network of protected areas are private game reserves such as Phinda, Pongola, Zululand Rhino and Zimanga, which offer luxury safaris to our discerning guests, with exceptional sightings of big cats, rhinos and elephants in addition to a host of other species.

For the avid birder, KwaZulu-Natal is not only a haven for colourful endemics, it also offers the best birding infrastructure in South Africa.

The adventurous can expect exciting walking safaris and a stunning coastline bathed in warm water and offering the best scuba in South Africa – with coral reefs, whale sharks, dolphins and breeding turtles.

For the history buffs, the battlefields of KwaZulu-Natal were the anvil that forged South Africa’s political past.  The famous battlefields of Isandlwana, Blood River and Spionkop witnessed fierce clashes between British forces, Zulu warriors and ‘Boer’ soldiers.

So, if a combination of bush, beach and history is your thing, visit KwaZulu-Natal.


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Thu, 01 Aug 2019
S.Africa: App enables investors to benefit from rising global beef demand...

Cattle have long been considered a measure of wealth across Africa but it is not just farmers cashing in.

A pioneering app in South Africa allows investors, eager to benefit from rising global beef demand, buy shares in a cow from their mobile phone for as little as ($41).

Launched in 2015 with 26 cows, the project now includes more than 2,000 cows and has taken in 50 million rand, with 10 percent of investors coming from outside South Africa.

“We started off on this farm four years ago with just 26 cows. Across the platform now we have more than 2,000 cows that people have invested in. Some people own 26 cows, one person, and others own a fraction of the cow where we group 20 people around one cow. So we see this growth into us being an international company where people can invest from anywhere in the world; Founder and CEO, Ntuthujo Shezi.

Launched in 2015 with 26 cows, the project now includes more than 2,000 cows and has taken in above $3 million , with 10 percent of investors coming from outside South Africa.

“An investor coming into Live Stock Wealth can invest in an unborn baby of a pregnant cow for 18,000 rand. After that baby is born and sold, that process takes 12 months, that person’s 18,000 rand has earned an income of 2,000 rand so that he gets 20,000 rand. So that becomes an 11% per annum return on investment,” Shezi explained.

“Innovations happen year in year out in agriculture, but I do think that this is one of the things that will continue to see. I think with the changes in technology, with the changes of behavior, with the age of the people who are actually getting to participate on farms, this is one of the key things that will happen,” An Economy Analyst, Wandile Sihlobo.

As with any investment, however, risks exist. Both the impact of weather on feed costs and fluctuations in global demand for beef can affect the cow investments.

Shezi now hopes to expand his business into the produce market after launching a vegetable growing system this month that aims to give about $15 return per month over five years.


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Tue, 30 Jul 2019
Robben Island Museum booking system hamstrings tour operators...

Despite the Robben Island Museum’s work to improve its booking and refund systems, these still aren’t functioning optimally and are hamstringing tour operators.

“It’s just become more difficult to book tickets, and communication with the museum is non-existent,” says Hylton Ross Branch Manager, Jackie Mitchell.

Spokesperson for the museum, Morongoa Ramaboa, says the heritage site is engaging with its official ticket operator about how and if it’s possible to reduce the waiting period for refunds, given the concerns raised.

In May this year the Robben Island Museum announced a fee increase as well as a two-tier pricing structure for tickets for tours, which came into effect in June. The fee would delineate between local and international travellers, with locals being charged R380 per adult and R200 per child; and international travellers charged R550 per adult and R300 per child. This was an increase from the flat fee of R360 for adults and R200 for local and international travellers.

The drastic increase in fees for international travellers came as a shock to local tour operators however, Mitchell says.

Satsa Western Cape chairperson Ilana Clayton says the change left tour operators “exposed”, as they already marketed and accepted bookings from travellers well into June and charged them according to the original price structure. This left tour operators to pay the difference out of their own pockets.

In an email to the museum, which Tourism Update has seen, Clayton wrote: “We are not against a price increase, we are not against a two-tier model – our issue is about communication, respect for a channel and the international clients you and we offer the experience too etc. In a market with a long lead time, with brochures that are printed, and packages that are sold long in advance – a 29-day notice period of a massive increase with no will to honour bookings in the system is a very hard pill (and financial loss) to swallow.”

Clayton says that in subsequent meeting with the museum’s management, Satsa advocated for a price exemption to allow tour operators to recover from sudden price change.

On May 22 the museum responded in a statement to stakeholders that tour operators would be charged 22% (R120) less than the standard international South African rate for all bookings for June 1 to October 31 this year, which would then decrease to a 9% (R50) discount between November 1 and March 31 next year.

Clayton says she believes the pricing structure change announcement – and the short timeframe before it came into effect – was “an oversight” on the part of the museum. “While Robben Island Museum has experienced many difficulties in the past, Satsa is working with the landmark to improve its relationship with tour operators and travellers,” she says.

Mitchell says the museum has met the industry halfway after the May announcement of the price increase.  It still has a “long way to go” in improving its relationship with tour operators.

Despite the fees upheaval, Clayton says Satsa has been working closely with Robben Island Museum over the last year.

“There are still operational challenges, but we’re [...]

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