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Friday, July 20, 2018 - 09:21
Stellenbosch 360 is currently hosting the second Business Tourism Indaba 2018 in Stellenbosch, Western Cape with the theme ‘Small changes, big impact’.

The event began on Thursday, July 19 and ends today on Friday, July 20, with 166 confirmed delegates attending.

Keynote addresses and panel discussion held on both days have featured a variety of notable speakers, including Derek Hanekom, South Africa’s Minster of Tourism; James Vos, Shadow Minister of Tourism South Africa; and Sisa Ntshona, CEO of South African Tourism, who will be moderating a panel discussion on Thursday titled, ‘Business Tourism 2025’.

The ‘Business Tourism 2025’ discussion includes the following panellists: Peter-John Mitrovich, Chairperson of the Society of Incentive Travel Excellence (SITE), Solly Moeng, CEO of DonValley Marketing & Communications, and Ilhaam Groenwald, Director Maties Sport at the University of Stellenbosch.

Tim Harris, Wesgro CEO will make a keynote address on today, titled ‘Economic disruptors – the new normal’, and Dr Leslie van Rooi, Senior Director Social Impact and Transformation at Stellenbosch University will be moderating a panel discussion titled, ‘Transformation in business tourism’.

Panellists include: Gwyn Matthews, CEO and Owner of Southern Cross Conferences; Enver Mally, Chairperson of Cape Town Tourism; Vivian Kleynhans, Director of Seven Sister Vineyards; and Nocawe Piedt, Business Owner and Dine with the Locals Host, Stellenbosch.

Another panel discussion today, titled, ‘Growing end empowering destinations through Business Tourism,’ will be moderated by Amanda Kotze-Nhlapo, CEO of SA National Convention Bureau.

Panellists for this discussion include, Nonnie Kubeka, CEO of the Gauteng Convention Bureau; Enver Duminy, CEO of Cape Town Tourism; and Corne Koch, CEO of Cape Town & Western Cape Convention Bureau.

Source: tam.co.za

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Wednesday, July 18, 2018 - 15:20

From left to right: Yazeed Abrahams; Cape Town International Airport; Paul van den Brink, Cape Town Air Access, Wesgro; David King, Cape Town Air Access, Wesgro.

The Cape Town Air Access initiative is proud to announce that Cape Town has scooped three prestigious awards at the annual Routes Africa 2018 Conference in Accra, Ghana.

The three awards are:

  • ACSA Cape Town International Airport won best airport in Africa in the 4-20 million passenger category;
  • Cape Town Air Access won best Destination Marketing award; as well as Overall Routes Africa award.

Cape Town Air Access is a partnership between Wesgro, the City of Cape Town, the Western Cape Government, Airports Company South Africa, Cape Town Tourism and South African Tourism, and is supported by Naspers, Tsogo Sun, Investec and the Leeu Collection.

This unique public-private collaboration’s key objective is to land more direct routes into Cape Town International Airport. Since its inception in 2015, it has succeeded in landing 13 new routes, and 17 route expansions, adding over 800,000 one-way seats into the airport.

Wesgro CEO, Tim Harris, congratulated Cape Town International Airport, the Cape Town Air Access team and all partner organisations on this outstanding achievement. “Just three years ago, we set out to establish Cape Town as an international airline hub on the African continent. With over 13 new routes landed since then, we are well on our way to achieving this objective. It simply would not be possible without the collaborative efforts of all our partners, and I use this occasion to thank you for your contribution to air route development in the Cape.”

Deidre Davids, Senior Manager: Corporate Affairs for Cape Town International Airport added: “Awards of this nature are key for helping to position Cape Town as world class. The growth we’ve seen through the Air Access initiative has been exceptional – 17 route expansions and 13 new routes are incredible. As an airport we are gearing up to ensure that we are able to meet the demand of this growth through an our planned infrastructure development programme”.

“We are committed to continuing to deliver quality service amidst all of this growth and our intended expansion programme. Well done to the Cape Town Air Access team” continued Davids.

It is estimated that these routes have helped contribute an additional R4 billion in tourism spend to the Cape’s economy. It has also helped boost trade, with Cape Town International Airport registering a 52% increase in cargo between 2016 and 2017. This is more than any other airport in South Africa.

Reflecting on this achievement, the Executive Mayor of the City of Cape Town, Patricia De Lille said: “This award is a testament of the City of Cape Town and its partners’ commitment to building a world-class city in Africa where people live, work, play and invest. It shows that we must continue to take our work to the next level by letting the world know we are open for business.”

The Western Cape Minister of Economic Opportunities, Alan Winde concluded: “Air Access is one of the biggest success stories of Project Khulisa and it is no surprise that the team has garnered international recognition for their hard work. By increasing the number of direct flights to Cape Town, Air Access is not just helping to grow jobs and opportunities in the tourism industry but direct flights also link the economies of countries and promote trade. We congratulate the team on these awards and look forward to seeing the fruits of their work translate into a stronger economy which can sustain more jobs. We also congratulate the team at Cape Town International Airport who are doing sterling work to ensure that visitors have a world class experience from the moment they step off the plane in Cape Town.”

Routes Africa is the longest standing aviation forum, bringing together airlines, airports and tourism authorities. Over 250 delegates, 40 airlines, 50 airports and 15 tourism authorities are meeting in Accra, Ghana to discuss air services to and from the African continent.

All overall winners from the Regional Routes Marketing Awards will be automatically shortlisted for the World Routes Marketing Awards in Guangzhou. The contenders for the airport and destination awards were as follows:

Airport – 4-20 Million Passengers

  • Cape Town International Airport
  • Jomo Kenyatta International Airport
  • Lagos International Airport
  • Cairo International Airport
  • Casablanca Mohammed V International Airport


  • Cape Town Air Access
  • Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority
  • Seychelles Tourism Board
  • Cape Verde Tourism
  • Kenya Tourism Board

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Wednesday, July 18, 2018 - 15:00
Six long-serving employees of the Durban International Convention Centre (Durban ICC) who thrive on professionalism and excellence in service delivery, ensure daily that Africa’s leading meetings and conference venue continues to attract visitors from across the globe.

Having all served at the Centre for more than 21 years from 1997, these stalwarts are saluted for their unwavering dedication and commitment to the hospitality industry.

The group includes the following team members:

  • John Moatshe – Executive Chef
  • Johannes Basi – Operations Manager
  • Jabu Madikizela – Functions Manager
  • Mbuso Shandu – Duty Manager
  • Bongekile Tabete – Chef de Partie
  • Mandla Cele – Supply Chain Management Administrator

Although the official opening of the Durban ICC was held on 8 August 1997, each of these loyal devotees can trace their first day at work back to well before that date, serving as part of the Centre’s opening team.

Durban ICC CEO, Lindiwe Rakharebe commented, “We owe a debt of sincere gratitude to these dedicated team members. We would not be where we are today without them. Their institutional knowledge is priceless and their commitment to sharing this knowledge and developing other people in the team is an example to us all.”

As a catalyst for regional economic growth in KwaZulu-Natal the Durban ICC has played host to some of the world most important and influential events over the past two decades. These team members all have personal memories of some of their favourite events over this time.

Among the high profile events in which they were involved were the Non-Aligned Movement Summit in 1998; The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in 1999 and the XIII International AIDS Conference in 2000. They were also the first operations team to host a banquet dinner for 4 000 people in honour of LIV Village, which cares for orphaned and vulnerable children in South Africa.

When approached for comment, Jabu Madikzela, Functions Manager, noted that “Long-term success is only a result of passion, and commitment for the industry and deep desire to exceed client’s expectations.” She believes that her enthusiasm, attention to detail and sheer dedication has been a result of running successful events at the Durban ICC. According to Madikizela, work-life balance is also crucial and she commends her two lovely daughters and three grandsons for the great support they have shown throughout her journey at the Durban ICC.

Operations Manager, Johannes Basi’s entry into the hospitality industry was by chance. His early days of working at various hotels presented a rare opportunity for him to work as a supervisor at the Durban ICC at a time when no other convention centre existed in the country.

In shouldering the responsibilities of a fast-paced industry, the father of three finds strength in his ability to remain focused and calm. He believes his many years of hospitality experience have helped to guide clients towards a successful outcome.

Mbuso Shandu, Duty Manager said, “Each event has its own demands and in my line of work, the ability to think on your feet is imperative. I thrive on learning from others and pride myself in excellent service delivery which produces measurable results and a satisfied client.”

Executive Chef, John Moatshe was recruited by the Durban ICC as a Sous Chef in 1997 and was thereafter promoted to Senior Executive Sous Chef before the appointment to his current position.

Some of the culinary awards scooped by the Durban ICC during his tenure include the longest baked banana bread in 2000 which was 1198 metres in length and was placed around the Durban ICC complex. The culinary feat was accomplished with the help of students from various local hotel schools and even made history in the Guinness World Records.

Chef John was awarded the prestigious Chaîne des Rôtisseurs Brass Plaque/Blazon for maintaining an outstanding level of cuisine, hospitality and service in accordance with the requirements of the association. In 2012 the Centre became ISO 22000 certified which aspires to the highest international level of food safety.

“Developing young talent in the hospitality industry and giving back to the community are my greatest passions. I am rewarded when the graduates who I train are either retained or offered job opportunities overseas owing to the growth they have demonstrated,” he said.

Moatshe has cooked diverse cuisines for a myriad of personalities including former SA Presidents Nelson Mandela and Thabo Mbeki, Queen Elizabeth II, President Lucas Mangope of Bophuthatswana, Sir Elton John, King Goodwill Zwelithini and Grammy-award winning musician, Hugh Masekela. At the launch of the Durban ICC, the opening vegetarian dish was a classic beans bunny chow – a reflection of true Durban hospitality.

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Monday, July 16, 2018 - 15:02
The South African National Space Agency (SANSA) in partnership with the Cape Town & Western Cape Convention Bureau has won the bid to host the SpaceOps 2020 conference.

The conference will bring together over 600 global Space specialists at the Cape Town International Convention Centre, with an estimated economic impact of R11 520 000.

This could not come at a better time, with the new Meerkat radio telescope launched in the Northern Cape on Friday.

Thanks to significant investments made by the Department of Science and Technology in satellite and telescope projects, the local space tech ecosystem is growing. Not only is this forecast to boost infrastructure development and the economy, but will also enhance the ranks of science and engineering graduates in the country.

Congratulating the bidding team, Wesgro CEO Tim Harris commented: “The Western Cape has been at the forefront of South African Space tech for many years: the tracking station established by NASA at Hartebeeshoek received the first images of Mars in 1965; the first miniaturized satellite designed and manufactured in South Africa was completed at Stellenbosch University in 1999; and more recently SANSA has allocated funds to Denel Spaceteq to develop the EO-Sat1 – a high-resolution multispectral imaging satellite which will be used for a variety of urban management processes. We applaud the efforts of the team in convincing delegates that the Mother City should play host to a conference of this calibre.”

The team accompanied the local organising committee to SpaceOps 2018 held in France during June to promote the destination and entice delegates to register for the 2020 conference.

Launched in December 2010, SANSA became a Space Agency after combining other Space facilities in South Africa. Making significant advancements towards addressing its mandate of deriving greater value from space science and technology for the benefit of South African society, the Agency has five strategic programmes, namely:

  • Corporate Support Programme: ensuring SANSA functions optimally with good corporate governance and operational efficiency;
  • Earth Observation Programme: focussing on utilisation of space to address day-to-day societal needs including resource and environmental management, disaster management, food security, global change monitoring, health, safety and security, planning, development and service delivery monitoring;
  • Space Science Programme: driving scientific enquiry, knowledge creation, technology development and innovation (located in Hermanus and the only Space Weather Centre in Africa. They also run regular holiday programmes for children aged 6 – 12 years, to entice them to a career in the sector);
  • Space Operations Programme: vehicle through which SANSA interfaces with space assets worldwide and supports the international space industry;
  • Space Engineering Programme: driving satellite manufacturing capability to ensure a level of self-reliance and develop the local space engineering industry.

Tiaan Strydom, the Chairperson of the local organising committee, added that: “SANSA is proud to bring the illustrious Space Operations 2020 conference to South Africa for the first time on the African continent and to host it in the beautiful Mother city, Cape Town.”

The Executive Mayor of the City of Cape Town, Patricia De Lille said: “Cape Town is he ideas capital of Africa. We are enormously proud to see an increasing number of innovative gatherings choosing Cape Town as a destination of choice. This is once again a testament to the fact that Cape Town is the city where leaders from across the world will meet and discuss the future of our continent and the globe.”

Western Cape Minister of Economic Opportunities, Alan Winde added: “The Western Cape prides itself on its innovation and technology, so we are pleased that we will be welcoming over 600  of the world’s top space specialists to Cape Town. Securing this conference will also boost our tourism sector, helping to grow our economy and create more jobs in line with our Project Khulisa goals.”

Head of the Cape Town and Western Cape Convention Bureau, Corne Koch, concluded: “We are delighted to have assisted in winning the bid for this important conference. South Africa is set to lead in Africa in space technology and we’re proud for Cape Town to contribute in this way.” Koch adds that the bid was further made possible with the support from the South African National Convention Bureau who forms a key partner in bidding for conferences to South Africa.

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Monday, July 16, 2018 - 14:41
SAACI has upped its sustainability game by incorporating a sustainability plan for this year’s Congress and beyond.

It’s that time of the year again, and we are gearing up for the SAACI 2018 Congress! The Congress will be held at Misty Hills in Johannesburg, South Africa, from 29 -31 July 2018, and will be greener than ever before.

The sustainability plan, set up by Zoe van Niekerk, who sits on the SAACI 2018 Congress Local Organising Committee (LOC), has helped raise the bar. She says, “SAACI is a founding member of the Event Greening Forum, so it’s important for the association to lead by example.  Events as we know, have a huge impact on the environment, which is why we have to do what we can, wherever we can.”

There is a huge misconception that sustainability has to cost more, and as the sustainability session will highlight, this is not always the case. Through careful planning and by including sustainability as an agenda item from the get-go the SAACI LOC has been able to get the buy-in from major event partners and suppliers which has helped to ensure that their efforts do not go unrecognised.

The SAACI LOC is very excited by some of the initiatives that they have included into this year’s Congress. “Without taking too much of the intrigue away we have taken some of the simplest ideas, and well, simply activated them,” adds van Niekerk. One of the activities that delegates can look forward to is the pedal power smoothie challenge (aka good clean energy), courtesy of BlendaVenda. We all know that fossil fuels and coal are non-renewable energy sources which have a major impact on the environment, the economy and our health. However, sustainable sources like solar, wind power or in SAACI’s case, pedal power, have a positive impact on the environment and our physical health and wellbeing.

Likewise, by choosing a venue that already has a strong focus on sustainability will aid the SAACI LOC in ensuring that their sustainability objectives for the event are met. Misty Hills Country Hotel and Spa, the host venue for the Congress, have several policies already in place such as recycling stations around the venue, sustainable menu options and carbon offset programmes which are included into their conference packages. In light of SAACI’s commitment to hosting a green event, they have gone one step further and sourced eco-friendly handwash, lotions and shampoos for delegates for the duration of the Congress. Furthermore, they are looking at continuing this initiative even after the Congress has ended – how cool?

SAACI cannot wait to share their sustainability journey with you later this month. This year’s programme is also jam-packed with topics around creating and cultivating healthy organisational cultures, learning from the best of the best in the entrepreneurship, technology and digital events sessions to finding out how a crisis can work in your favour – can you afford not to be there?  To book or for information about the Congress visit www.saacicongress.org or contact Ripcord Promotions on saaci2018@ripcord.za.com.

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Friday, July 13, 2018 - 13:51
Africa’s hotel sector has the potential for further growth over the next five years. An increase in the number of foreign and domestic travellers, as well as an expansion in a number of hotel chains on the continent, reinforces the hotel sector’s untapped potential for business growth.

These are some of the highlights from a report issued today by PwC on Africa’s hotel sector.

PwC’s eighth edition of the Hotels outlook: 2018-2022 includes information about hotel accommodation in South Africa, Nigeria, Mauritius, Kenya, and Tanzania. The report projects that hotel room revenue for the five markets as a group will increase at a 7.4% compound annual rate to R50.5 billion in 2022 from R35.2 billion in 2017.

Pietro Calicchio, Hospitality Industry Leader, PwC Southern Africa, says: “Tourism to the African continent has proven to be resilient in the face of economic and political uncertainty, impacts of droughts and other regulatory changes. The opportunities are aplenty for this industry to enjoy further growth albeit at a more modest pace. However, as we continue to see there are also a number of challenges facing each country. This is an industry that is reactive to the smallest change in political, regulatory, safety and sustainability matters.”

South African hotel room revenue is expected to expand to R21.8 billion in 2022, up 5.6%, compounded annually, from R16.6 billion in 2017. The growth in hotel rooms in South Africa, remains similar to that forecast in our 2017 Hotels Outlook with an additional 2 900 rooms to be added over the next five years. We also forecast occupancy rates to continue to grow over the forecast period and to reach 62.5% in 2022.

International visitor numbers to South Africa continued to grow with a 2.4% increase overall. The outlook for 2018 remains positive albeit at lower percentages than experienced in 2016. The report projects that the number of foreign visitors and domestic tourism will increase by 5.3% in 2018. The total number of travellers in South Africa is expected to reach 19.5 million by 2022, a 4% compound annual increase from 16 million in 2017. “There is also continued debate on further relaxation of visa requirements for international visitors and this may impact on our forecast growth,” Calicchio comments.

After jumping 38% in 2016, visitors from China to South Africa fell 17% in 2017. Travellers from India rose a modest 2.7% in 2017, well below the 21.7% increase recorded in 2016. Of non-African countries the UK is still the largest source of visitors to South Africa at 447 901 in 2017, contributing to the overall growth of 7.2% in visitors from non-African countries in 2017. Of African visitors, the largest number came from Zimbabwe at 2 million, followed by Lesotho at 1.8 million and Mozambique at 1.3 million.

While the fundamentals affecting tourism to South Africa remain favourable, helped by an improving global and local economy, it is impacted by other factors like the water shortage in Cape Town. As there is little historical precedence, it is difficult to project the impact of the drought on tourism. Although bookings were down in Cape Town, overall tourism to South Africa held up during the festive season and actually picked up in the first quarter of 2018. Hotels in Cape Town are taking a number of steps to conserve water. If the winter rainfall continues at the current rate, the crisis may be limited in scope.

Nigeria is expected to be the fastest-growing country over the next five years. A number of new hotels are scheduled to be opened during this time. Continued improvement in the domestic economy will also lead to faster growth in guest nights.

Kenya, Tanzania and Mauritius should be the next fastest growing, with compound annual increases of 9.6%, 9.1% and 7.2%, respectively. South Africa is projected to be the slowest growing market with a 5.6% compound annual increase in room revenue.

Hotel accommodation: South Africa, Nigeria, Mauritius, Kenya, Tanzania

Overall, hotel room revenue in South Africa rose 4.6% to R16.6 billion in 2017. Five-star hotels had the highest occupancy rates in the market in 2017, at 79.5%. While the average daily rate (ADR) growth for five-star hotels slowed in 2017 (R2,6 million), as it did for the market as a whole, the 8.8% increase was still well above the increase for three- and four-star hotels, reflecting the impact of the high occupancy rate for five-star hotels.

With a number of four-star hotels opening in 2017, available rooms increased 1.8%, the first rise since 2013. Most of the hotel openings scheduled for the coming years will be four-star hotels, leading to a projected 2.4% compound annual increase in available four-star rooms over the next five years – 76% of the total increase in available rooms for all hotels in South Africa. Three-star hotels accounted for 31% of total hotel room revenue in 2017.

The hotel markets in Nigeria and Mauritius continued to perform well in 2017 with both achieving double-digit growth whereas Kenya and Tanzania had decreases in room revenue. For the forecast period as a whole, the number of available rooms in Nigeria will rise from 9 700 in 2017 to 12 600 in 2022, a 5.4% compound annual increase – still the largest expansion of any country in the report.

Hotel room revenue in Mauritius increased by 12.7% in 2017 and the country continues to experience growth in the number of foreign visitors. Hotel room revenue is projected to grow at a 7.2% compound annual rate to 2022.

Kenya experienced a drop in visitors following the national elections in August 2017 but recovery was already seen in December with an increase in visitor numbers resulting in 9.9% overall growth. However, this was not enough to boost overall room revenue, which showed a 13.5% decline in 2017. Going forward, tourism in Kenya is expected to increase at a 6.9% compound annual rate, rising to 2.06 million in 2022 from 1.47 million in 2017.

Tanzania’s hotel room revenue amounted to US$206 million in 2017, a decline of 5.5% over 2016 due to a drop in guest nights. However, we expect guest nights to grow in 2018 and forecast revenue growth of 10.2% for 2018.

The hotels and tourism sectors in each of the countries in our report are all showing signs of continued growth over the forecast period. Tourism remains an important part of each economy. However, the smallest change or disruption can have a fundamental impact on the future growth of each market. “It is therefore important that investors, hotel operators, tourism bodies and governments continue to work together to grow this important industry and ensure its sustainability so that all stakeholders derive the maximum benefit from it,” Calicchio concludes.

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Thursday, July 12, 2018 - 15:30
Located in the heart of the business districts of Johannesburg and Cape Town, the JSE offers companies and financial institutions distinguished venues for corporate events and meetings.

Hosting your event in any of their venues imparts the JSE gravitas to your forum. JSE are the largest exchange in Africa and have lead the South African market in the trading of financial products for over 130 years.

As members of the World Federation of Exchanges (WFE), Committee of SADC Stock Exchanges (CoSSE), the Association of Futures Markets (AFM) and South African Association for the Conference Industry (SAACI), JSE add a level of international recognition to corporate engagements.

Our selection of sophisticated options includes the JSE Auditorium, which can accommodate 145 cinema style seated guests, as well as the distinctive stock exchange Atrium and Reception venues. The Media Hub studios based at the JSE in Johannesburg open up access to broadcast powerhouses such as Power FM and the SABC.

Whether you are celebrating a company milestone such as a listing or an excellent financial year, you can also create an experience to remember with a JSE market open or market close.

While other exchanges ring the bell to open the market, JSE opens the market in a way that embodies the true African spirit, with traditional instruments such as the kudu horn, vuvuzela, drums and marimba and ululating. This format is a privilege extended to clients for specific events and denotes your company as a market leader.

Contact JSE today for more information.


+27 11 520 7131


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Wednesday, July 11, 2018 - 15:32
Councillor Solly Msimanga, Executive Mayor of Tshwane, South Africa, officially opened the Event Greening Forum’s (EGF) sixth annual conference last month where he announced his plans to help position the City of Tshwane as a leading responsible event destination.

The EGF is a non-profit organisation promoting sustainable Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions (MICE) events.

Msimanga explained that the City had already taken a significant step toward this goal with its inclusion on the Global Destination Sustainability Index (GDS-Index), facilitated by the EGF. The GDS-Index measures and compares the social and environmental sustainability strategies, policies and performance of the participating event destination cities. It clarifies which aspects of a destination are responsibly managed, as well as where there is scope to improve, and how.

A plan is now in place to improve the City of Tshwane’s GDS-Index ranking. One aspect of this is the City’s Sustainable Procurement Strategy. Msimanga said the City had a purchasing power in excess of R8 billion a year and had set a target of 10% eco-certified procurement on operational expenditure by 2021.

“Sustainable procurement is one of the most formidable tools at our disposal. Whatever we purchase reinforces our own values and objectives and sends out a powerful signal to the market about what goods and services we require in order for us to deliver on our mandate in a responsible and sustainable manner,” he said.

The GDS-Index shows that only 5% of Tshwane’s total hotel room inventory has active third-party sustainability certification, while 0% of the Professional Conference Organisers (PCOs) and Destination Management Companies (DMCs) in the City have eco-certification or a formal written sustainability policy. Thus, there is scope for the events industry to improve further in this regard, and offer the City the green solutions it requires.

Msimanga also spoke about the event greening implemented at the recent African Capital Cities Sustainability Forum, and which is planned for the World Choir Games from July 4-14, as well as the ongoing development of Menlyn Maine, Africa’s first green city. According to Msimanga, all these efforts will help to create an enabling environment for a sustainable MICE industry, with a view to ensuring the City of Tshwane is an international destination of choice for its sustainable MICE event capabilities.

Greg McManus, EGF Chairperson, says: “We are heartened by Cllr Msimanga’s message. Encouragingly, our plans for the EGF are aligned with his vision for the City of Tshwane, so we foresee that we will be able to support each other toward this shared goal for a more sustainable events industry.

“For example, we have created a tool to make sustainable procurement easier. Our supplier database is a searchable directory for the green venues, products and services for events. It’s free to use or list on, so we urge the industry to take advantage of this resource.”

McManus added that the EGF had long recognised the need for greater third-party certification within the events industry to ensure that a transparent and high standard of event greening was established. “At this stage, we encourage event organisers to either get their events certified through existing event certification labels, or to improve the sustainability of their events by adopting the Minimum Standards for Sustainable Events introduced by the EGF.”

The standards are available free from the EGF website, under the resources tab.

To access EGF’s Supplier Database click here and to access EGF’s available standards, click here.

Source: tam.co.za

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Tuesday, July 10, 2018 - 16:43
The East African arm of integrated tourism group Tourvest’s Accommodation and Activities has vowed to purge its premises of all disposable plastic products.

Tourvest East Africa operates the Lemala Luxury Collection comprising Kuria Hills Lodge in the Serengeti National Park, Mpingo Ridge in the Tarangire National Park, Lemala Kili Villas in Arusha and the Lemala seasonal camps in the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater.  It also operates the Wildwaters Lodge and the Adrift river rafting company in the Ugandan Nile River.

Leanne Haigh, chief executive of Tourvest East Africa, says the company has all but eliminated the use of disposable plastic products at its properties, electing instead to use banana-weaved boxes for packed picnic lunches and aluminium canisters instead of plastic water bottles.

Any disposal plastic items from Tourvest East Africa’s properties are recycled to produce school desks for the Jangwanii School in Karatu.

Scientists estimate that the world has created over 8.3 billion tonnes of plastic waste since 1950 with almost half of that being produced in the last 13 years.  Tanzania produces around 3 800 tonnes of waste every day with close to 40% of that comprising plastic materials.

“Plastic can take from 10 to 1 000 years to decompose and until they do they can kill livestock and game on the mainland while slowly finding their way in the country’s rivers, lakes and coast.  Here they can do untold damage to eco systems, strangling turtles and sea birds, clogging the gills of fish and filling the stomachs of whales and dolphins until they starve to death.  The impact of plastic pollution on the stocks of Nile perch and tilapia are already manifest,” she says.

Haigh says one of the cornerstones of the company’s approach to corporate social responsibility and sustainability is the belief that it should be a steward of the environment.  “It is for this reason that we have been an active campaigner for the #throttle_bottle and #banthebottle social media drive to create awareness around plastic pollution since June 2017 and we are pleased to say that a year later we are almost 100% plastic free at all our operations,” she says.

Where disposal plastic items still find their way to Tourvest East Africa’s properties, says Haigh, these are collected and sent to recycling companies where they are repurposed to create school desks for the nearby Jangwanii School in Karatu.

For further information contact:

Gary Elmes, CEO Tourvest Accommodation & Activities, on +(0)82 450 8127, or

Leanne Haigh, Lemala Chief Executive and Director of Operations, on +(00)255 683 937 462

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Tuesday, July 3, 2018 - 16:40
Dams supplying water to Cape Town have risen significantly and consistently, putting the region in a stronger position compared with winter last year. Provided that adequate water restrictions are maintained, the City of Cape Town is confident that there will be no prospect of reaching ‘Day Zero’ in 2019.

On Thursday (June 28), total dam storage capacity was just over 43%, with two more months of expected winter rainfall to come. Over the last few months, collective water usage has been around 520 million litres per day.

The City’s Executive Deputy Mayor, Alderman Ian Neilson says: “Having analysed this new data, we are now in a position to state that not only have we managed to avoid Day Zero this year, but we will also safely get through summer in 2019.”

Neilson attributed this to the amount of water already in the dams, the intense water demand management programmes, unrelenting communication, awareness and the behavioural change over the past two years, as well as the continued support of Team Cape town.

Conference venues and hotels contacted by TAM confirmed that they had already seen a slight increase in both travel and interest for later in the year. Karen Willis, reservations manager at Calders Hotel and Conference Centre said: “There have been some enquiries already. And considering the season, we are hopeful that things will improve.”

While the City of Cape Town hopes to reduce the current restrictions in the near future, and the tariffs associated with them, the decision is dependent on National Government relaxing restrictions on releases from the water supply system.

Source: tam.co.za

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