26 April 2018

South Africa: Toll tariffs on national roads 2018!

South Africa's Department of Transport has approved the adjustment of toll tariffs on national roads for the 2018/19 tax year. The new tariffs, which are getting adjusted on an annual basis, are influenced by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) over the preceding twelve months and reflect the increase in value-added tax (VAT) from 14% to 15% recently announced in South Africa's 2018/19 budget. The adjustments were published in the Government Gazette 41545 (28 March 2018, page 7); the new toll tariffs in South Africa came into effect on 12 April 2018.

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via https://archive.opengazettes.org.za/archive/ZA/2018/





Botswana: Winter temperature outlook (May - July 2018)!

Botswana's Department of Meteorological Services (DMS) has released the "Botswana Winter Outlook (May to July 2018)". According to the DMS, normal temperatures with a tendency to below-normal are likely to be experienced throughout Botswana between May 2018 and July 2018.

Normal maximum and minimum temperatures for:

  • The northern parts of Botswana (Ngamiland, Chobe and northern parts of the Central District): Normal with a tendency towards below-normal temperatures. Normal maximum and minimum temperatures for this region are 27.8°C and 9°C respectively..
  • The eastern parts of Botswana (Northeast and southern parts of the Central District): Normal with a tendency towards below-normal temperatures. Normal maximum and minimum temperatures for this region are 24.0°C and 7.2°C respectively.
  • The southern and western parts of Botswana (Kgalagadi, Ghanzi, Southern, Southeast Kgatleng and Kweneng): Normal with a tendency towards below-normal temperatures. Normal maximum and minimum temperatures for this region are 23.6°C and 5.1 °C respectively.
Normal to below normal temperatures are expected over Botswana during May 2018 to July 2018. Cold spells will be experienced from time to time, due to local and intra-seasonal variations.



25 April 2018

Johannesburg: National strike might cause delays to and from OR Tambo International Airport!

Due to today's national strike (25 April 2018) in South Africa, the management of OR Tambo International Airport (JNB) in Johannesburg advises passengers of possible delays in reaching the airport and recommends to play it safe, to anticipate potential delays and leave earlier for the airport than they would under normal circumstances. Strike-related flight delays are currently not expected.

The South African Federation of Trade Unions (Safttu) and affiliates called for national strike in South Africa on 25 April 2018 in protest against the proposed national minimum wage of R20 an hour and changes to labour laws.

Kruger National Park: Gate quotas in force during the Freedom Day/Workers' Day long weekend!

South African National Parks (SANParks) will enforce daily quotas for day visitors at the entrance gates to Kruger National Park over the Freedom Day/Workers' Day long weekend (26 April 2018 - 01 May 2018). Through the day visitor quota for Kruger National Park SANParks aims to better manage the expected volumes of visitors, as well as to improve the visitors' expectations. SANParks has introduced three time slots, of which day visitos can choose from. It is advised to book a time slot prior to arrival, as pre-booked day visitors will get preference over non-booked day visitors at Kruger National Park's entrance gates.

The times slots below will apply:
  • Time slot 1: 06:00 to 08:00
  • Time slot 2: 08:00 to 10:00
  • Time slot 3: 10:00 onwards
Pre-booked day visitors must ensure that they arrive within the time slots, as per their reservation. Arriving outside the booked time slot, will be regarded as non-booked and therefore not preferential. These bookings can be changed through SANParks Reservations offices. Visitors will be able to book up to 80% of Day Visitor Quota per gate.

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Visitors should also take note of the following important information:
  • Day Visitor bookings are subject to a non-refundable booking fee of  R41 per adult and R21 per child.
  • Day Visitors who have pre-booked will still be required to pay Conservation Fees or use a valid Wild Card to enter Kruger National Park. The Conservation Fee for residents of South Africa is 83 per adult and R42 per child (between ages 2 – 11) and for international guests it is R331 per adult and R166 per child.
  • Guests planning to use Wild Cards are requested to ensure membership is valid before arrival and this can best be done online at www.sanparks.org/wild
  • The number and profile of persons (adults and children) on the reservation and actual persons arriving should correspond.
  • All guests (drivers and passengers) may be required to identify themselves upon admission (SA driver’s license, identity document or passport).
  • Due to existing contractual arrangements with Open Safari Vehicles (OSVs), they are regarded as booked for all Day Visitor admissions.
  • Gate Quotas will be applied and un-booked guests could be denied entry.

24 April 2018

Shosholza Meyl: Temporary suspension of the main line passenger service between Johannesburg <> Durban in May 2018!

Shosholza Meyl just announced that due to rail line maintenance the main line passenger service between Johannesburg <> Durban will be suspended on 09 May 2018 (Wednesday) and 11 May 2018 (Friday). Booked passengers travelling on 09 May 2018 or 11 May 2018 on the Durban line will be transported by bus to their various destinations. For more information contact Shosholoza Meyl.

Shosholoza Meyl, a division of the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA), operates long-distance (intercity) passenger rail services in South Africa.

Shosholoza Meyl operates the following routes in South Africa:

23 April 2018

Addo Elephant National Park: Visitor numbers exceed 300 000 in 2017/18!

South African National Parks (SANParks) has released the visitor numbers to Addo Elephant National Park in South Africa's Eastern Cape. According to SANParks, the Park had 305 510 guests between 01 April 2017 and 31 March 2018. This represents an increase of 15% on the same period in 2016/17 with 265 585 guests to Addo Elephant National Park.
Slightly over half of these were international tourists – 158 162 (52%), with 146 091 South Africans (47%) while 1 257 visitors from Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries made up the minority. Dissected into day/overnight visitors, 82% or 250 232 were day visitors, while the remaining 18%, or 55 278 were overnight guests.

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The majority of South African visitors to
Addo Elephant National Park originated from the Eastern Cape – 101 374 which represents 69% of the total, followed by 21% or 30 448 from the Western Cape
Germany, Netherlands and United Kingdom were the
Addo Elephant National Park's top three overseas markets, which represented 87 146 (55%), 15 391 (10%) and 8 361 (5%) of the international market respectively.

20 April 2018

Durban: Four beaches partially closed for sand pumping!

The eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality, the metropolitan municipality that includes the city of Durban and surrounding towns, just announced that portions of:
  • North Beach
  • Dairy Beach
  • Country Club Beach
  • Battery Beach 
will be closed to public from today (20 April 2018) to allow for sand pumping. The beaches will reopen in approximately four weeks.