Cape Town, South Africa: Caveau, the comprehensive software platform and service designed to simplify financial transactions and protect personal and financial data, has announced it’s partnering with Grindrod Travel to reduce its risks of GDPR and PCI-DSS. As one of the most established and respected travel management companies providing corporate and leisure related travel and conferencing services in South Africa, it was imperative to find a solution for safely handling credit cards and personal information of its a broad range of clients. With multiple deadlines for meeting compliance security standards for account and personal data protection looming, Caveau was able to quickly assess the travel management company’s challenges and deliver customized solutions for addressing their unique requirements. The addition of Grindrod Travel to Caveau’s client roster emphasizes the pressing need for flexible and affordable support dealing with compliance regulation worldwide. Says Gregg Scott-Brown Caveau Managing Director, South Africa based in Cape Town, “We’re excited to be working with Grindrod Travel and other hotels, agencies and a broad range of travel-related businesses in South Africa to decrease dangers and liabilities associated with GDPR and PCI-DSS.” According to Grindrod Travel Divisional Executive, Su Moller, being a single division of a large logistics company with its own IT department presented a variety of complexities in finding a solution. “The technology providers I approached to help us insisted on performing a vulnerability scan of the Travel Division, which was difficult to accomplish without including the entire organization. Time was ticking and we had to move fast. When we were referred to Caveau, their team got right to work on developing a secure vault to store our client’s credit card and personal details,” says Moller. Says Brian Dass, Caveau CSO, “Grindrod Travel’s large client database and the sheer volume of daily . . .
AVANI Maseru Hotel in Lesotho has opened its doors after an extensive R25 million rejuvenation that included a refurbishment of all 105 hotel rooms, the hotel’s water supply and reticulation, public areas and restaurant. Completed in just six months, the project has revitalized one of Maseru’s most popular destinations for city residents, business travelers and tourists. Each of the hotel’s rooms and suites were upgraded, including a complete redesign of the bathrooms, including showers, toilets and vanities, and each room has new sliding doors, opening out onto spectacular views. LED lighting throughout the rooms is environment-friendly as well as imbuing each space with crisp and clear light. New flooring in the rooms offers a luxurious link for its soft furnishings, while new 42-inch wall-mounted flat-panel TVs make sure that digital entertainment is within easy reach. Digital telephones complete the rooms’ technology upgrade. The hotel has expanded its WiFi offering too, which will make working at the hotel seamless for business travelers. The restaurant, Mohokhare, offers a buffet feast of African delights and international favourites, as well as a wide range of vegetarian options. Guests can relax into the fresh new furnishings and relish the views of the verdant Caledon Valley while they tuck into the sumptuous array of flavorsome dishes. The hotel’s conferencing venue benefited from new carpets and ceilings, refreshing this popular space to welcome delegates from near and far, and providing the perfect modern backdrop for weddings and other special celebrations. Team members at AVANI Maseru Hotel have undergone a series of training programmes, improving the hotel’s service offering in synchrony with its refurbishment, equipping the 99 local team members with lifelong skills to grow their careers in hospitality. “Guests expect comfortable accommodation, good, honest food with local flavours, and places and spaces to do business well. . . .
Father’s Day culinary escape to Grande Provence - Sunday, June 17 2018 at The Restaurant at Grande Provence, Franschhoek Surprise your dad with a culinary escape to Grande Provence for Father’s Day lunch in the heart of the Franschhoek winelands on Sunday, 17 June or make a weekend of it if you really want to spoil him. Executive Chef Guy Bennett has created a delicious three course lunch menu at R400 per person that includes a special gift for dad. All dads visiting Grande Provence on Father’s Day will be treated to a complimentary Angels Tears Le Chocolat Pinotage and biltong tasting. With the Grande Provence Winter Heartland dinner, bed and breakfast offer, the whole family can enjoy a stay at the Owner’s Cottage or hide away in the secluded La Provençale at special winter rates. For the ultimate culinary indulgence, the 3-course Father’s Day menu includes a choice of Saldanha Oysters or steak tartare for starters. The choice for hearty mains is between Chef Guy’s famous slow roasted pork belly with sticky lentil ragout; or his beef short rib with white bean cassoulet. The decadent dessert of Valrhona eclairs, honey crème, macadamia crunch, winter fruit and rooibos gelato, is sure to satisfy your dad’s sweet tooth. The cost of the Father’s Day lunch is R400 per person. Pre-paid booking is essential to confirm your reservation. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Tel: 021-876 8600. For more information, visit www.grandeprovence.co.za. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
With the continued and ever-increasing focus on the environment and the demand for sustainability around the world, green event and conference planning has become an established trend within the global tourism and convention industry. Conferences and events have a fundamental impact on the communities and the environment where they are hosted - some good, some bad. Whilst a boost to the local economy is welcomed, an influx of people can overwhelm local infrastructure or leave behind a significant amount of waste, environmental degradation, water and energy consumption, air pollution and habitat destruction to name a few. Events can also generate a huge amount of greenhouse gas emissions, leaving behind a big carbon footprint – so what is the right way to address sustainability? ‘Event greening’ or ‘sustainable event management’ applies environmentally preferred practices that minimise the environmental burdens to all related activities like venue selection, accommodation, travel, catering, waste management, resources and suppliers, and energy. The Venue Probably the most important step towards implementing a green event is the choice of venue which will determine the overall environmental impacts of the event, such as energy and water used and the waste generated by delegates and catering operations. Selecting venues that have obtained environmental certification provides assurance that the environmental impact of the event will also be reduced. Andre Harms, a sustainability engineer and founder of Ecolution Consulting, says that travellers and conference delegates are becoming more and more attuned to green accommodation and actively look for hotels that are operated sustainably. Harms was an integral part of the building of Africa’s greenest hotel, Hotel Verde Cape Town, and has just completed work on Hotel Verde Zanzibar, East Africa’s greenest hotel, who opened their first phase on 21 March. He continues to assist on all projects for Verde Hotels, . . .
Themed “Inspiration, Innovation, Integration”, the 3rd International Children’s Palliative Care Network (ICPCN) Conference will bring together local and international health care and allied professionals who make up the inter-disciplinary team providing care for children with rare and complex, life-limiting and life-threatening conditions. The conference will take place in Durban from 30 May – 2 June 2018 at the Southern Sun Elangeni Hotel, registration is still open and will close on Sunday, 20 May 2018. The 3rd ICPCN Conference is only the second international children’s palliative care conference to be held in the country and will facilitate the exchange of knowledge, innovative ideas, research and experiences in the field of children’s hospice and palliative care. Delegates can look forward to the following impressive line-up of international keynote speakers: Dr Marie-Charlotte Bouësseau, adviser at the Department of Service Delivery and Safety at the World Health Organization in Geneva. Dr MR Rajagopal, a 2018 Nobel Peace Prize nominee referred to as the ‘father of palliative care in India’ by the New York Times. He is the director of the WHO Collaborating Center at Trivandrum, Kerala for Policy and Training on Access to Pain Relief, and the founder-chairman of “Pallium India”. Dr Rajagopal is also the subject of the film Hippocratic – 18 experiments in gently shaking the world, which tells the story of this extraordinary global health leader whose mission it is to bring ethical practice to modern medicine through whole-person care and universal access to essential, but heavily restricted, pain medicines. Dr Pat Carragher, the Medical Director of Children’s Hospice Association Scotland, a Fellow of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health and the Chair of the Scottish Young People’s Palliative Care Executive. Sister Frances Dominica OBE, the founder of the world’s very first children’s hospice, Helen & Douglas House and a Patron of . . .
Roadworks on the N2 between Toleni and Ibika Eastern Cape, 14 May 2018: The South African National Roads Agency SOC Ltd would like to advise motorists that construction work on the N2 between Toleni (km 15,5) and Ibika (km 44) is currently taking place from Mondays to Saturdays and will conclude March 2019. Work will take place within Stop-and-Go closures and motorists can expect waiting periods of up to 20 minutes per closure. All works on the N2 through the town of Butterworth will be done at night between 7pm and 6am. The rest of the road will be open to two-way traffic between sunset and sunrise daily. “We request that all motorists plan their trips and to observe all traffic rules and regulations,” said Mbulelo Peterson, Regional Manager of SANRAL’s Southern Region. Motorists are urged to travel with caution and plan their trips in advance. SANRAL apologises for any inconvenience caused. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Controlled blasting on the N2 between Dutywa and Mthatha Eastern Cape, 17 May 2018: The South African National Roads Agency SOC Ltd (SANRAL) would like to notify travellers that controlled blasting is scheduled to take place between Dutywa and Mthatha on Thursday, 17 May 2018 at approximately 1pm. The blast will take place at approximately 40 kilometres from Dutywa when travelling towards Mthatha. The road will be closed during the blast. The duration of the closure will be kept to as short duration as possible, but the road could be closed up to a maximum of two hours. Motorist travelling eastwards towards Mthatha may consider utilising either of the following two alternative routes by exiting the N2 at Ndabakazi on to the R409 towards Ngqamakwe/ Tsomo or via the R408 at Dutywa towards Ngcobo. Both routes link to the R61 and then re-join the N2 in Mthatha. Similarly, motorists travelling westwards towards East London may consider using the R61 when leaving Mthatha and then link back to the N2 via either R408 after Ngcobo or R409 towards Tsomo. The alternative route is 60 kilometres longer and may add approximately 40 minutes to your trip between East London and Mthatha. “Motorists are asked to plan their trips accordingly, consider alternative routes and to use caution when making use of the road,” said Mbulelo Peterson, SANRAL Southern Region’s Manager. SANRAL apologises for any inconvenience caused. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Roadworks on the R75 between Port Elizabeth and Despatch Eastern Cape, 11 May 2018: The South African National Roads Agency SOC Ltd (SANRAL) would like to notify travellers that roadworks is scheduled to take place on the R75 between Port Elizabeth and Despatch from Monday, 14 May 2018 to Friday, 18 May 2018. The planned traffic accommodation is as follows: • The right-hand side lane between Spondo Road and Johnson will be closed when travelling from Port Elizabeth towards Despatch. • The left-hand side lane between Perseverance Road and Ralo Road will be closed when travelling from Port Elizabeth towards Despatch. • The right-hand side lane between Johnson Road and Spondo Road will be closed when travelling from Despatch towards Port Elizabeth. Once work is completed the left lane will be closed on Wednesday, 16 May 2018. “Motorists are asked to plan their trips accordingly, consider alternative routes and to use caution when making use of the road,” said Mbulelo Peterson, SANRAL Southern Region’s Manager. SANRAL apologises for any inconvenience caused. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Upgrading of N2 between Grahamstown and Fish River Pass Eastern Cape, 11 May 2018: The South African National Roads Agency Ltd (SANRAL) would like to notify travellers that controlled blasting for drainage is scheduled to continue to take place on N2, Section 13, between Grahamstown and Fish River Pass, every Thursday, from Thursday 17 May 2018 until Thursday 21 June 2018, weather permitting. The blasts will take place, between 2pm and 4:30pm, approximately 25 to 35 km east of Grahamstown, along the N2 between KM 80 and KM 91 route marker. The road will be closed for approximately 45 minutes during this time. An alternative route to consider from Port Elizabeth to East London is via the R72 through Port Alfred. “Motorists are advised to plan their journeys accordingly,” said Mbulelo Peterson, SANRAL Southern Region Manager. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Caveau Announces Partnership with Sure Travel Innovative NEW Technology Reduces GDPR and PCI Compliance Risks for Leading South African Travel Agency Brand Miami, FL: Caveau, the personalized credit card vault technology designed to simplify financial transactions and safeguard personal and financial data, has announced a new partnership with Sure Travel, based in South Africa. The standardized PCI-compliant software and service custom-built for the travel industry provides a secure platform built upon Amazon Web Services (AWS) to limit dangers relating to processing, storing and transmitting credit cards and personal data in a GDPR, PCI and PII-friendly format. Caveau will deliver customized solutions to help Sure Travel meet critical new industry regulations and protect its customers, assets and public reputation. With GDPR and PCI-DSS with effective dates of May 25 and March 10, 2018, respectfully and the increasing threat of hackers and cyber theft, Sure Travel was searching to identify cost-effective ways to achieve compliance today and into the future. Says company CFO, Stefan van der Merwe, “After extensive research and a long hunt for an effective and affordable solution to secure our payment card handling processes, we are thrilled to have found a provider capable of understanding our needs. Caveau offers state-of-the-art capabilities and deep knowledge of the travel industry, enabling us to serve our global customers and partners confidently and securely.” According to Caveau CSO, Brian Dass, the partnership with Sure Travel is one of a series of new relationships for the recently launched software solution capable of delivering support to travel agencies, hotels and virtually any company that handles credit cards and personally identifiable information. “We’re excited to be working with Sure Travel to reduce the risks associated with of GDPR and PCI compliance. Our innovative product and comprehensive services lets travel businesses of all types . . .