14 December 2018

Air Botswana: Service disruptions due to shortage of aircraft!

Botswana's flag carrier, Air Botswana, has informed the public that it is likely to experience service disruptions due to shortage of aircraft. The airline has to revert to a 2-aircraft operation and will therefor most likely be forced to re-schedule some flights during the holiday travel period. According to a press release, the Air Botswana is already taking steps to minimize the impact of these disruptions and will communicate timeously and frequently about the status of affected fligths. The airline advises its customers to contact the nearest Air Botswana office for more information and further assistance. We'll keep you posted in case more information become available. 

South Africa: The South African Civil Aviation Authority has grounded CemAir! [update]

update (14 December 2018): Cemair regrets the indefinite suspension and rejects the reasons offered by the SACAA for their decision. According to a statement on facebook, the airline can currently not offer alternative solutions to their custoners and advises its customers to book an alternative journey to their destinations. Cemair will advise at the soonest possible time about a refund process for bookings with the airline. 

The South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) has grounded South African regional carrier CemAir by suspending two of the airline's Air Operator Certificates (AOC). As a result Cemair can no longer operate as an airline or air operator or fly any of its 21 aircraft in South Africa. SACAA said in an official statement, that “These myriad of identified non-compliances bring to the fore the fact that the actions and conduct of this operator pose a serious and immediate threat to safety". We'll keep you posted!

13 December 2018

South Africa: FlySafair & Air France-KLM have signed an interline agreement!

South African regional carrier FlySafair and Air France-KLM have signed an interline agreement. The new cooperation, which took effect on 11 December 2018, enables travellers to book just one ticket with two flight segments for intercontinental flights between Europa and South Africa with Air France-KLM and domestic (connecting) flights within South Africa with FlySafair. The interline agreement also includes baggage transfer at the connecting airport.
Air France-KLM currently operates flights between Paris (Air France & Joon) and Cape Town, between Amsterdam (KLM) and
Cape Town, between Paris (Air France) and Johannesburg as well as between Amsterdam (KLM) and Johannesburg. FlySafair's domestic network in South Africa includes Johannesburg, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, George, East London and Durban.

12 December 2018

Kenya introduced new currency coins!

The Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) has introduced a new generation of coins in Kenya on 11 December 2018. The new legal tender, which contains features that make it accessible to visually impaired people, is available in denominations of Sh1, Sh5, Sh10 and Sh20. While the notes currently in circulation have the images of Kenya's first President Jomo Kenyatta and his successor Daniel arap Moi, the new generation of coins bears the iamge of a giraffe (Sh1 coin), the image of a rhino (Sh5 coin), the image of a lion (Sh10 coin) and the image of an elephant (Sh20 coin). The old-generation coins will be phased-out gradually, with the new currency coins circulating alongside the existing ones.

11 December 2018

Air Botswana resumed flights between Gaborone <> Cape Town!

Botswana's flag carrier, Air Botswana, has resumed direct flights between Sir Seretse Khama International Airport (GBE) in Gaborone and Cape Town International Airport (CPT) in Cape Town. The airline operates three weekly flights on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays onboard its new Embraer ERJ170 aircraft. Until February 2018, Air Botswana operated scheduled flights between Gaborone and Cape Town through a lease agreement with CemAir. The South Arican carrier was temporarily grounded by the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) earlier the same month, so that Air Botswana had to suspend the service and did not renew the lease agreement.

Western Cape: De Mond Nature Reserve is currently closed due to fires! [update]

update (14 December 2018): The De Mond Nature Reserve has re-opened for day visitors following fires in the area. The overnight cottage will remain closed until further notice.

CapeNature's De Mond Nature Reserve in the Western Cape is currently closed due to fires in the area. The World Heritage Site is located at the mouth of the Heuningnes River. It lies about 26km south-east of Bredasdorp on the south-western Cape coast, between Arniston and Struisbaai. The reserves covers an area of 954 hectares and is a popular spot for nature lovers and hiking enthusiasts.

Cape Town: Safety tips for Table Mountain and the Cableway! (video)

A visit to the top of Table Mountain is one of the "MUST DO's" for travellers making a stop in Cape Town. The Table Mountain Aerial Cableway has collaborated with Table Mountain National Park on a video filled with tips on how to make the most of your visit to Table Mountain in a safe and happy manner. Enjoy!