06 December 2019

South Africa: Reinstatement of Shosholoza Meyl and Premier Classe passenger train services!

The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) just informed the public that Main Line Passenger Services (MLPS), which operates the Shosholoza Meyl and Premier Classe long-distance passenger train services in South Africa, is set to reinstate services between Johannesburg - Musina (via Polokwane), Johannesburg - Port Elizabeth and Cape Town - East London.
The service between
Johannesburg and Port Elizabeth will operate with effect from 11 December 2019 and will run every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. The service from Cape Town to East London (Thursdays) will operate with effect from 12 December 2019, and return (Sundays) from 15 December 2019. The service from Johannesburg to Musina via Polokwane (Fridays) will operate from 13 December 2019 and return (Sundays) from 15 December 2019.

05 December 2019

South Africa: South African Airways to be put into business rescue!

South Africa's flag carrier, South African Airways, has adopted a resolution to place the company into a state-approved business rescue at the earliest opportunity in order to put the company on a sustainable footing and save jobs. The business rescue process will be directed by an independent practitioner.
According to a statement by South African Airways, the airline will endeavour to operate a new provisional timetable and will publish details shortly. Services operated by Mango, a subsidiary of South African Airways, will continue as usual and as scheduled. We'll keep you posted!

04 December 2019

South Africa's most punctual domestic airlines in November 2019!

Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) has published the on-time performance results of domestic airlines’ flying out of OR Tambo International Airport (JNB) in Johannesburg, Cape Town International Airport (CPT) in Cape Town, Durban's King Shaka International Airport (DUR) and Port Elizabeth International Airport (PLZ) in Port Elizabeth in November 2019.
On-Time Performance is measured by comparing the actual off-block time (when aircraft pushes back) against the airline schedule time for a departing flight. The measurement is done in accordance with the IATA (International Airlines Transport Association) universal standard benchmark with considers a 15 minute deviation from the scheduled time as an on-time departure.

OR Tambo International Airport (JNB), Johannesburg - 15 Min on Time Performance November 2019
  • FlySafair - 91.65% (October 95.43%)
  • Airlink - 89.77% (October 95.67%)
  • South African Airways - 85.06% (October 86.61%)
  • British Airways Domestic - 79.92% (October 89.39%)
  • Mango - 70.08% (October 66.02%)
  • Kulula.com - 69.64% (October 75.80%) 
  • SA Express - 65.14% (October 66.39%)
  • CemAir - 60.00% (October --.--%)
Cape Town International Airport (CPT), Cape Town - 15 Min on Time Performance Novmber 2019
  • Airlink - 96.98% (October 93.97%)
  • FlySafair - 95.57% (October 92.82%)
  • South African Airways - 86.77% (October 84.25%)
  • Mango - 79.20% (October 73.17%)
  • British Airways Domestic - 76.49% (October 84.35%)
  • Kulula.com - 68.65% (October 71.71%)
  • SA Express - 63.83% (October 76.98%)
  • CemAir - 50.00% (October --.--%)
King Shaka International Airport (DUR), Durban - 15 Min on Time Performance November 2019
  • Airlink - 99.36% (October 96.41%)
  • South African Airways - 89.75% (October 85.80%)
  • FlySafair - 89.46% (October 97.26%)
  • Mango - 79.70% (October 78.55%)
  • British Airways Domestic - 79.62% (October 89.79%)
  • Kulula.com - 65.00% (October 80.65%)
  • SA Express - 54.17% (October 57.89%)
Port Elizabeth International Airport (PLZ), Port Elizabeth - 15 Min on Time Performance November 2019
  • Airlink - 99.30% (October 98.70%)
  • Flysafair - 90.65% (October 96.23%)
  • British Airways Domestic - 86.36% (October 92.08%)
  • Mango - 82.50% (October 80.80%)
  • South African Airways - 80.00% (October 74.14%)
  • SA Express - 47.30% (October 51.67%)
  • CemAir - --.--% (October --.--%)

British & Irish Lions announce itinerary for 2021 Tour of South Africa!

The British & Irish Lions, a rugby union team selected from players eligible to play for the national teams of England, Scotland, Wales or Ireland, has announced the itinerary for the 2021 Tour of South Africa (03 July - 07 August 2021). The eight-game schedule includes three test matches against the Springboks in Johannesburg and Cape Town as well as three matches against Super Rugby teams (Vodacom Bulls, Cell C Sharks and DHL Stormers) and two fixtures against an invitational side and South Africa "A" in Port Elizabeth, Durban, Nelspruit and Pretoria.

Cape Town, South Africa

The British & Irish Lions have toured South Africa on 13 previous occasions, with the first Tour taking place in 1891. In that time, the Lions have won four Test series, lost eight and drew one. Their overall record against the Springboks is played 46, won 17, lost 23 and drawn six.

British & Irish Lions 2021 Tour of South Africa (03 July - 07 August 2021):
  • Saturday 3 July 2021: British & Irish Lions v DHL Stormers – Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town
  • Wednesday 07 July 2021: British & Irish Lions v South Africa Invitational – Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth
  • Saturday 10 July 2021: British & Irish Lions v Cell C Sharks – Jonsson Kings Park, Durban
  • Wednesday 14 July 2021: British & Irish Lions v South Africa "A" – Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit
  • Saturday 17 July 2021: British & Irish Lions v Vodacom Bulls – Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
  • Saturday 24 July 2021 (First Test): Springboks v British & Irish Lions – FNB Stadium, Johannesburg
  • Saturday 31 July 2021 (Second Test): Springboks v British & Irish Lions – Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town
  • Saturday 7 August 2021 (Third Test): Springboks v British & Irish Lions – Emirates Airline Park, Johannesburg

Air Madagascar to suspend operations between Antananarivo <> Johannesburg!

The national airline of Madagascar, Air Madagascar, will suspend its two weekly service between Ivato International Airport (TNR) in Antananarivo and OR Tambo International Airport (JNB) in Johannesburg from 08 January 2020. The last scheduled flight will take place on 07 January 2020. Travellers who have confirmed bookings after this date will be offered rerouting options or refund possibilities by the airline. Air Madagascar only resumed operations to Johannesburg in June 2019. According to a statement by the airline, Air Madagascar "will resume its flights once conditions are met for an optimal service with an aircraft whose capacity is more suited to the demand".

Graskop Gorge Lift (Mpumalanga): The suspension bridge is now wheelchair accessible!

The Graskop Gorge Lift Company has announced that the 52-metre suspension bridge, which links the southern side of the gorge, where the Graskop Gorge Lift is situated, to the northern side, which houses the Big Swing (the world’s highest cable gorge swing!), can now be accessed with wheelchairs. The bridge was built around the edge of the Graskop Gorge as an alternative means of access to either side.

The Graskop Gorge lift in Mpumalanga is a viewing lift that takes visitors 51 metres down the face of the Graskop Gorge and into the forest below. It is located just outside of Graskop on the R533 towards Hazyview along the famous Panorama Route (on the opposite side of the gorge to the Big Swing).

03 December 2019

South Africa: Johannesburg is the most popular destination with international travellers in Sub-Saharan Africa!

According to the findings of Euromonitor International's "Top 100 City Destinations - 2019 Edition", Johannesburg in South Africa is the most popular destination with international travellers in Sub-Saharan Africa. The largest city of South Africa had 4,12 Mio. arrivals in 2018 and will have 4,21 Mio. (estimated) arrivals in 2019. International arrivals by city includes visitors from abroad who arrive at the city under review as their first point of entry, also including visitors to the city who arrived in the country via a different point of entry, but then go on to visit the city in question during their trip. No other Sub-Saharan African or South African city made it to the list of the top 100 cities based on 2018 international arrivals. Euromonitor International is a privately owned, London-based global market research company, providing market research, business intelligence reports, and data to industry.

Johannesburg, South Africa