19 August 2019

Johannesburg: Liliesleaf Farm has become a cashless site!

Liliesleaf Farm in Johannesburg's suburb of Rivonia, an award-winning museum which offers visitors an engaging insight into a significant part of South Africa's liberation struggle and one of the country's leading heritage sites, has become a cashless site from the 01 July 2019 and no longer accepts cash as a mode of payment. According to Liliesleaf Farm, all forms of card payments and debit cards are accepted. Liliesleaf Farm is open from Mondays to Fridays from 08:30 until 17:00 and on Satudays, Sundays and public holidays from 09:00 until 16:00. The entrance fee for adults is R110/person.

15 August 2019

Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe): ZimParks hikes National Park entrance fees!

The Zimbabwe and Wildlife Management Authority (Zimparks) has increased the entrance fees into the Victoria Falls National Park and the Zambezi National Park in the area of the world-famous Victoria Falls with effect from 11 August 2019. The new entrance fee for locals (both land and river usage) is RTGS$* 30.00/person (from RTGS$ 7.00/person) for the Victoria Falls National Park and RTGS$ 20.00/person (from RTGS$ 5.00/person) for the Zambezi National Park. Regional and international tourists pay US$30.00 and US$20.00 respectively. Conservation fees (both land and river usage) for all gorge activities (including highwire activities) are as stipulated for Zambezi National Park.

*RTGS$ = Real Time Gross Settlement Dollar

Kenya Airways introduces two additional weekly fligths between Nairobi <> Cape Town!

The flag carrier of Kenya, Kenya Airways, will introduce two additional direct flights between Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO) in Nairobi and Cape Town International Airport (CPT) in Cape Town. The additional service will commence from 27 October 2019 on board a Boeing 737-800. This expansion is in addition to Kenya Airways' flights already operating via Livingstone in Zambia (four times a week), and Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe (three times a week), bringing the total to 12 weekly flights added to the Cape Town network.

South Africa: Travellers from four new countries have been granted visa-free status!

South Africa's Minister of Home Affairs, Aaron Motsoaledi, has announced that nationals from four of the seven countries he granted visa-free status during his Budget Vote speech in July 2019 are now able to travel to South Africa without visas. Effective today (15 August 2019), travellers from Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and New Zealand no longer require a visa to visit South Africa for holidays, conferencing and business meeting visits. Visa waivers for Ghana, Cuba and Principe and Sao Tome will be implemented after negotiations with these countries have been concluded. The Department of Home Affairs (DHA) is scheduled to complete these negotiations by the end of August 2019 and the implementation will follow soon thereafter. We'll keep you posted!

14 August 2019

Kruger National Park: Temporary closure of Shingwedzi Rest Camp in September 2019!

Shingwedzi Rest Camp, located in the northern part of Kruger National Park, is hosting the 25th edition of the "Baroque in the Bush" concert event from 16 to 25 September 2019. The rest camp is fully booked during that period and inaccessible to other guests except for the performing artists and the concert-goers. However, the filling station, shop, restrooms and the restaurant for take-aways will operate as usual at Shingwedzi Rest Camp and are open to the public.

South Africa/eSwatini: Oshoek/Ngwenya border post to extend operating hours!

According to a join statement by South Africa's and eSwatini's Ministers of Home Affairs, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi and Her Royal Highness Princess Lindiwe, the Oshoek/Ngwenya border post will change operating hours. Once South Africa's Department of Home Affairs has concluded consultations with the country's Department of Health and the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development on the extension the operating hours, the border post will open gates at 06:00 instead of the current 07:00. eSwatini's Ministry of Home Affairs is already prepared to extend the operating hours by one hour. Both countrys also agreed to make the the border post operational 24 hrs a day in near future.

The Oshoek/Ngwenya border post is currently the busiest port of entry between
South Africa and eSwatini and has also been identified for infrastructure upgrade as part of South Africa's One-Stop Border Posts programme.

13 August 2019

Namibia introduces a mandatory environmental levy on plastic bags!

Namibia introduces a mandatory N$0,50 environmental levy on plastic bags. According to the Government Gazette 6967 (02 August 2019), plastic materials like sacks and bags (including cones), carrier bags, flat bags (excluding immediate packings, zip-lock bags and household bags including refuse bags and refuse bin liners) will carry the new environmental levy fee. The funds generated through the plastic bag levy will be directed to Namibia's Environmental Investment Fund. The country plans to ban plastic bags completely by 2022.