26 March 2015

Johannesburg: Sandton to be (almost) car-free in October 2015!

Johannesburg will be hosting the second EcoMobility World Festival and Exhibition from 01-31 October 2015. During the event, large sections of the Sandton CBD will be turned into an "EcoMobile neighbourhood" with certain road closed off for most private cars and the hosting of a range of activities where the focus will on bicycles and pedestrian activity. The roads affected will include Maude Street, West Street, Rivonia Road, Fredman Drive, Alice Lane and Gwen Lane.

Johannesburg's objectives during the month-long EcoMobility World Festival and Exhibition are to:*
  • encourage behavioural changed by showing that car-free methods of transport – walking, cycling and public transport – are achievable and have many positive impacts on commuters and the environment;
  • envisage the future by showing what the Sandton CBD and surrounding areas will look like once alternative transport infrastructure has been introduced;
  • contribute to making Johannesburg a cycling-friendly city through profiling dedicated cycling lanes and leisure events such as the Freedom Ride between Sandton and Alexandra;
  • create awareness about the positive contribution that sustainable transport can make to mitigate climate change and create a future for coming generations; and
  • showcase Johannesburg's initiatives to promote clean, sustainable transport and reduce harmful carbon emissions.
*via City of Johannesburg website (www.joburg.org.za)

The EcoMobility World Festival and Exhibition is a global event hosted in a major international city. The first festival was organised in partnership with Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI) and was held in Suwon (South Korea) in 2013.

Kenya: Jambojet to introduce flights to Lamu, Malindi & Ukunda!

Kenyan low cost carrier Jambojet, a subsidiary of Kenya Airways, is set to introduce flights from Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta International Airport to three new destinations in the country’s coastal region, namely Lamu, Malindi and Ukunda, on 28 March 2015. The airline has chartered one Bombardier Q400 turboprop aircraft from DAC Aviation to service the new routes. This type of aircraft is capable of operating at shorter runways and is behaving like a jet aircraft in terms of speed and comfort.

25 March 2015

Rwanda: Rwandair to resume flights to Kamembe International Airport in July 2015!

The flag carrier airline of Rwanda, Rwandair, has announced that its daily flights to and from Kamembe International Airport (KME) will resume in early July 2015. According to the Rwanda Civil Aviation Authority (RCAA), the extension and re-surfacing of the airport's runway is expected to be completed on schedule by the end of June 2015.
Kamembe International Airport (KME) is located near Cyangugu in Western Rwanda. The airport is a popular gateway for travellers intending to visit the Nyungwe Forest National Park, as well as for all hikers planing to hike along the famous Congo Nile Trail.

Free poster download: "The Dangerous Snakes of the Lowveld"!

Herpetologist Johan Marais, author of "A Complete Guide to Snakes of Southern Africa" (available in South Africa via kalahari.net), has published a new poster about the dangerous snakes of the Lowveld. The poster is available as a free download in high resolution and is designed to be printed in A3 (or A4). To download the poster click here (pdf, 6mb) or here (jpg, 98kb)! Kudos & many thanks, Johan!

The Lowveld is located in South Africa's Mpumalanga Province and is bordered by the towns of Komatipoort in the east, Lydenburg/Mashishing in the west, Barberton in the south and Hoedspruit in the north. Other well-known towns and places of interest in the Kruger Lowveld include Sabie, Graskop, Pilgrim's Rest, Hazyview, Nelspruit/Mbombela, as well as the Kruger National Park, the Panorama Route and the Barberton Makhonjwa Geotrail.

23 March 2015

Qatar Airways to launch flights to Zanzibar (Tanzania)!

The flag carrier of Qatar, Qatar Airways, has announced that it will launch flights to the island of Zanzibar in Tanzania on 01 July 2015. The new five-times-a-week flight will be operated via Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), which serves the cities of Arusha and Moshi in northern Tanzania. The current Kilimanjaro flights, which are currently served by Qatar Airways via Julius Nyerere International Airport (DAR) in Dar Es Salaam, will be made non-stop from Hamad International Airport (DOH) in Doha to Kilimanjaro commencing 01 July 2015, with return flights from Kilimanjaro to Doha served via Zanzibar's Abeid Amani Karume International Airport (ZNZ).
Zanzibar will be Qatar Airways' third gateway in Tanzania after Dar Es Salaam and Kilimanjaro.

20 March 2015

Proflight Zambia and Rwandair sign codeshare agreement!

The operator of the largest fleet of aircraft in Zambia, Proflight Zambia, and Rwanda's flag carrier, Rwandair, have signed a codeshare agreement on the Lusaka <> Johannesburg route. Under the agreement, which will start on 27 March 2015, Rwandair will be the operating carrier while Proflight Zambia will handle the marketing part.
The flights between Lusaka and Johannesburg will be operated on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, departing Lusaka at 21:50 and arriving in Johannesburg at 23:50. Returning flights from Johannesburg will be at 07:15 and arriving in Lusaka at 09:15. Rwandair will operate a Boeing 737-800 Next Generation dual class aircraft on the route.