Newly released data ranks the most in demand domestic and international flight routes which originated at several ACSA Airports including: O.R. Tambo International Airport, Cape Town International Airport, King Shaka International Airport and more. The rankings are based on an analysis of more than 800 000 individual trips booked on Travelstart.co.za since the start of 2017. Top 5 International Destinations 2018 Harare (Zimbabwe) London (UK) Windhoek (Namibia) Mauritius New York City (U.S.A.) For the first time, Harare tops the list of most popular international destinations for flights originating in South Africa in 2018. While the top spots were always held by London (2014 and 2017) and Windhoek (2015 and 2016), Harare’s breakout growth this year may be a result of the changing political climate in Zimbabwe. London remains an important tourism and business air route for South Africans and has seen increased capacity with British Airways, Virgin Atlantic and SAA offering direct flights between Heathrow Airport and South Africa. From October 2018, BA will launch direct flights between Durban and London marking the first time three of South Africa’s largest airports are served with non-stop connections to Heathrow at the same time. Despite being a long-haul destination (16 hours one way from Johannesburg), New York City has become a top five contender for the first time in 2018 moving past Dubai which is operated by Emirates direct from Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban daily. Top 5 Domestic Destinations 2018 Cape Town Johannesburg (O.R. Tambo Airport) Durban Johannesburg (Lanseria Airport) Port Elizabeth Since 2014, there has been little movement in the domestic category with Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban maintaining their first, second and third place rankings respectively for the past 4 years. In 2017, George Airport (GRJ) exited the top 10 domestic destinations list after appearing consecutively in 2015 . . .
The SPAR Wheelchair Wednesday campaign seems to be getting its message across as it continues to raise awareness about the challenges faced by people with physical disabilities. A joint initiative by SPAR Eastern Cape and the Association for Persons with Physical Disabilities (APD), the campaign has been run every August since 2011. The aim is to motivate local business and community leaders to spend four hours in a wheelchair on Wednesdays in August and to carry out basic everyday tasks. APD chief executive Brian Bezuidenhout said in so doing they wanted to increase awareness and, as a result, see improvements made in matters affecting mobility-impaired people. A total of 1 300 Nelson Mandela Bay residents have experienced spending four hours in a wheelchair since 2011 and Bezuidenhout said there had been some encouraging feedback. Last week it was the turn of Linton Grange SPAR owner Brett Muzzell to spend further time in a wheelchair, having first participated in the inaugural 2011 campaign. "The experience of spending time in a wheelchair is always a humbling one," said Muzzell. "You gain a true perspective of the challenges faced by physically disabled people just to complete everyday ‘normal' tasks. "Nothing is easily accomplished and patience is the key. Every task takes that much longer to complete." Muzzell was able to compare his experiences last week with those he encountered during the 2011 campaign. "Retrospectively, compared to my first four hours in a wheelchair, it appears that things have generally improved within our city," he said. "There seems to be a better awareness of the needs of people with disabilities." He paid tribute to the APD team for getting their message across and encouraging people and organisations to be more aware of the "challenges and requirements necessary to assist the physically disabled". Bezuidenhout said the the participants of Wheelchair Wednesday did far more than just spend four . . .
Former competitive South African pool swimmer Sarah Ferguson's close encounters with nature on her recent Elephant Coast expedition have unequivocally reinforced her determination to expose the dangers of plastic pollution. As an ambassador for SPAR Eastern Cape's Stop Plastic campaign, Ferguson swam 100km over a six-day period, from Ponta Dobela in Mozambique to Sodwana Bay in KwaZulu-Natal last month. In July, Ferguson linked up with SPAR EC to support them in their Stop Plastic campaign, which was launched in April. The Eastern Cape retail giant are focused on ending the practice of single-use plastic by encouraging consumers to consider the dangers the material poses to the world and offering them alternative and viable packaging options. The chief objective of the swim is to create a seven-part documentary series which Ferguson's environmental movement, Breathe Conservation, is producing to demonstrate the threat of plastic pollution. During her swim, the Cape Town-based physiotherapist said her intimate encounters with ocean animals had made a lasting impression. "The sound of humpback whales and the waves pushing me from behind, plus the odd turtle and shark sighting, was enthralling and filled me with such a sense of awe and immense well-being," said Ferguson. "Also, being totally exposed to the elements was utterly invigorating and freeing." She spoke about the importance of society taking responsibility for the threat posed by plastic. "The issue of plastic pollution is a global one," she said. "The marine animals I was privileged to swim amongst are essential for our ecosystem. "They do not have a voice to speak out on the negative effects of human ignorance and waste and I am choosing to use my voice to advocate on their behalf. "We are destroying the planet we are called to look after. It is not too late to change but if we do not change our behaviour today, the next generation may not have the privilege of encountering . . .
When asked what my motivation is for participating in extreme desert running events since 2010, my answer is two-fold. Yes, there is the personal challenge and satisfaction of completing these races. But the main reason for my participation is to raise money, support and awareness for NGOs and social causes at the forefront of addressing Africa’s development challenges. I have been involved with various African and international NGOs and development organisations for the past 25 years, both professionally and through my desert running efforts, and it is therefore not too difficult to find the correlation between the challenges associated with making the world a better place, and completing a multi-stage desert foot race in some of the harshest environments on the planet. My next desert race is the six-day, 250km Fire and Ice Ultra from 27 August - 1 September 2018 in Iceland. This will be my tenth international desert race, and if successful, I will become the first African, and one of only a small group of people, to complete a multi-stage desert race on all seven continents. Beyond achieving a special running milestone, the period before and during the race is also another opportunity to do something special in support of African NGOs making a difference in society. I am dedicating my participation in the Fire and Ice Ultra to the African NGO sector in general. It is an opportunity to celebrate NGOs’ unique contributions across the continent, generate support and awareness for their work, and reflect on the state of the sector. During the final 50 days leading up to the race (9 July - 27 August 2018), I’m implementing the #NGOs4Africa Campaign which consists of the following components: Publishing profiles of 50 African NGOs that I have admired, supported or worked with over the years; Publishing 15 guest articles by NGO leaders and experts about critical challenges and opportunities facing NGOs in Africa; Publishing 10 articles about . . .
The SPAR Madibaz team are determined to put on a display worthy of the occasion when the Varsity Netball tournament kicks off in Port Elizabeth next weekend. Nelson Mandela University will be one of the hosts of a bumper weekend as the tournament launches with four matches on August 26 and 27 at the Madibaz Indoor Sports Centre, South Campus. Besides the Madibaz team, local fans will be able to see sides from Stellenbosch, University of Western Cape and Vaal University of Technology in action. Madibaz Sport Netball manager Melinda Goosen said they were looking forward to this opportunity to showcase not only their netball prowess, but also what the university had to offer. The matches on the Sunday (August 26) will be televised live. "Not only will there be home-ground advantage, but there will also be the fact of having home support," she said. "It is always great to bring netball closer to our fans and this is a perfect opportunity to showcase our players and their talents to our immediate community, as well as to the greater community of Nelson Mandela Bay." She added that a lot of work went into hosting a weekend of this nature and it was a significant occasion for Mandela University. "Playing at home means we can show the rest of the country our beautiful university and what it has to offer. "Varsity netball, as a competition, has grown its viewership over the past years and so it is important to demonstrate that we are a university of choice in South Africa." Goosen added that the double-header of matches would provide a chance for local netball fans to see many top players in action. "Netball is very popular in Nelson Mandela Bay and we are privileged to have great talent in our local team. "In addition, you can watch the top student players in the country go head to head in clashes that will set the tone for the rest of the tournament. "We would love to see strong support for the Madibaz team to help them reach new . . .
Rhubarb & Lime, a local retro-chic coffee shop and restaurant, will present a special health-based menu at the SPAR Goodnight Market in the Tramways Building in Port Elizabeth on Thursday. Head chef and owner Bergen Gill said visitors could look forward to Buddha "Bali" bowls with hot bean salsa, tzatziki and falafels, a gourmet salad station, wraps, pita pockets and vegan and gluten-free sweet treats. "Plant-based eating has really hit the scene hard in the past few years and its ever-evolving recipes are new and exciting. We've found that these options have been really popular and well received," she said. Gill, who established the St George's Park-based restaurant after her return from a one-year working contract in the United Kingdom in 2009, said they would showcase a small part of what Rhubarb was about at the market. "We try to keep ‘on trend' with new flavours, but also stay loyal to our old favourites. "A new product launching soon is our ‘Turbo Bomb Frappe', which is a vegan-friendly iced drink of espresso, turmeric, almonds and cinnamon." Situated where they are in the Friendly City, their main target market has been the businesses in the area. "Our menus are updated regularly so the response from our customers is well received. We provide comment cards and really try to use the feedback positively." Gill, who studied to be a chef at Warwick's Chef Training School in Hermanus, previously worked for a local eatery in the city but started doing food markets on the side. "Baking from my mom's kitchen, Rhubarb & Lime first specialised in gourmet quiches, pies and decadent cupcakes, which was a great success. "When I fell pregnant with my son in 2011 I thought it was time to live out my dream of owning my own coffee shop. With blood sweat and (many) tears, and the financial backing of my dad, I opened it in September the following year and haven't looked back since." She added that after being involved with food markets . . .
The overall winners at the ninth annual Youth Citizens Actions Programme (Y-CAP) National Championships held in Hoedspruit on Saturday, 28 July 2018 were Gauteng’s De Deur Primary School and the Eastern Cape’s Solomon Mahlangu High inKwanobuhle, Uitenhage, which both focused on food security projects. The event forms part of an initiative by Empowervate Trust – in collaboration with the Department of Basic Education – to provide young learners with project management, social entrepreneurship and life skills through the Y-CAP Toolkit and workshops, as well as give them a platform to showcase their impactful and sustainable projects at district, provincial and national level. Although South Africa’s National School Nutrition Programme (NSNP), administered by the Department of Basic Education, is currently feeding an estimated 9,2 million learners in 19 800 schools across South Africa, the learners noted that schools do not provide enough food as the learners only receive one meal a day. They believe their food security solutions will help their peers cope academically and live a well-balanced life. Y-CAP Founder and CEO, Amanda Blankfield-Koseff, says more than 700 schools, comprising thousands of primary and secondary school learners from the country’s nine provinces, registered to participate in Y-CAP in 2018. “District and provincial events took place during Youth Month and Mandela Month to identify the most impactful and sustainable projects in each category in the various provinces. The 18 provincial winning teams in the nine primary and nine secondary school categories presented their projects in Hoedspruit.” Blankfield-Koseff says the event is the highlight on the Y-CAP calendar as it inspires, motivates and acknowledges South Africa’s future leaders. “This is a celebration of active citizenship which will move our country forward. All finalists are already winners because of the upliftment they brought to their schools and communities. The . . .
Dentsply Sirona, the world’s largest manufacturer of professional dental products and technologies brings their innovations to a town close to you. South Africa’s leading dental consumables and equipment supplier, Dentsply Sirona, is proud to bring dental innovations that you can rely on into the practices of Middleburg, Ermelo and Piet Retief. This is in line with their brand promise of empowering dental professionals to provide better, safer and faster dental care. The company is well-known for enabling dentists across the country to deliver the best possible dental care to their patients, as well as providing top line dental equipment such as top of the line CAD/CAMs, CBCTs and Treatment Centres ( Made In Germany). They also ensure that dental practitioners have access to world-class Endodontics, Restorative and Preventative materials. The company will be showcasing the ground breaking CEREC technology and will host a master class to educate practitioners on how to use it, as well as introducing WaveOne ©Gold family, another leading dental care system providing a single-file reciprocating technique for shaping root canals. On the back of this, Dentsply Sirona will also introduce its new direct sales platform, which will provide dentists with the opportunity to maximise on the spend of their practice by tailoring personalised product offers and bundles and unlock rewards. The Dentsply Sirona Regional Team, led by Berenice Muller and the local Dentsply Sirona representatives will also be present to introduce and provide assistance on using the company’s new sales platform. Dentsply Sirona is committed to innovation and education, and to investing in the local dentistry field by growing the industry and making both dentists and patients aware of the benefits of good oral hygiene. The Dentsply Sirona team will be at the Southern Sun The Ridge on Monday 13 August 2018, the Izimbali Lodge on Tuesday, 14 August 2018 and Welgekozen Country Lodge on . . .
The Gamtoos Valley, known as the Eastern Gateway to the Baviaanskloof Wilderness Area, is where you escape to, to renew your body and mind. Guarded by the majestic Cockscomb mountain the area offers visitors a range and diversity of activities to enjoy...from mountain biking, hiking, 4x4-routes, cycling, kayaking, fishing, bird-watching, game drives, photo safaris and day trips into the Baviaanskloof Wilderness Area. If you are looking for things to do whilst enjoying the glorious natural surroundings, then, look no further! At 3river Trails, with over 200km of trails and more than 65km of singletrack you’ll have plenty of riding to choose from. Be prepared for some of the best trails in South Africa! With a great network of MTB trails already existing at J-Bay Bike Park, Sunnyvale/Bluegums/Crossways Farms and Woodridge – the idea was born to link all these existing trails in the Thornhill area to provide riders of every level with a variety of unlimited world-class trails, not only for mountain-biking, but also for trail-running and hiking. 3river Trails is one of the largest trail networks in the country, with purpose-built mountain biking and running trails, offering unique and stunning views, and of course some of the best riding in the Eastern Cape. The Patensie route takes you through the most beautiful parts of the Gamtoos Valley. The distance is 48.3km, with a Maximum ascent of 14, maximum descent of 16, total ascent of 187 and total descent of 174. Our Hankey route takes you through another stunning area of the Gamtoos Valley. The distance is 42.51km, with a maximum ascent of 21, maximum descent of 30, total ascent of 462 and total descent of 459. Tucked away among age-old hills between Humansdorp and Hankey you will find the picturesque and serene Zuurbron Bike Park. The bike park is the perfect escape with four different trails to explore. These trails guarantee a great workout. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Nelson Mandela University student athlete Ischke Senekal continued to show she can perform at the highest level when she won the shot put gold medal at the African Athletics Championships on Sunday. The 25-year-old Bestmed Madibaz Athletics Club member completed a memorable meeting in Asaba, Nigeria, after opening the weekend on Friday with a bronze medal in the discus event. Senekal, who qualified for the Commonwealth Games earlier this year but was not included in the South African squad, said it was extremely satisfying to return with the gold medal. "I know what I can do and this was just another opportunity to prove that I can compete on the big stage," she said, reflecting on her heave of 17.24 metres which won the gold. Heading into the tournament, Senekal said she was definitely focused on earning spots on the podium. "I wasn't really sure what colours [of medals] I could achieve, but early on in the shot put I could see my chances of getting the gold were fairly good so I really worked hard on that one." Her performances in Nigeria resulted in Senekal being included in the African team which will compete in the Continental Cup in the Czech Republic on September 8 and 9. "Having finished in the top two at the African Championships earned me selection for the Continental Cup," she said. "I am really looking forward to competing on a bigger stage and there will definitely be some very tough competition at that meeting." The Continental Cup is the only athletics meeting where the teams compete as continents, rather than individual countries, meaning the standard is extremely high. Senekal is looking forward to the challenge after another outstanding year in which she achieved a personal best in the shot put event. This came at the University Sport South Africa meeting when she threw a distance of 17.56m at Sasolburg in Gauteng. "It started with the nationals where I won the shot put and discus titles for the third year in a . . .