President Cyril Ramaphosa: Progress in South Africas effort to contain the Coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic

Following consultations with provincial and local government representatives, and drawing on the advice of scientists and engagements with various stakeholders, President,Cyril Ramaphosa on 16 September announced that Cabinet decided that the country should move to alert level 1.  The move to alert level 1 will take effect from midnight on Sunday 20 September 2020.  This move recognises […]

New closing dates for Coronavirus COVID-19 TERS benefit payments

Notwithstanding previous media statements, the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF), has extended the processing of new claims for April to September following consultations with social partners at Nedlac. The new dates are set out as follows: COVID-19 TERS benefit applications for March 2020 to May 2020 shall close on 25 September 2020, and no further applications […]

Tourism industry welcomes international travel decision (eNCA)

The tourism industry has welcomed the government’s decision to allow international travel. The Tourism Business Council CEO, Tshifhiwa Tshivhengwa says this announcement is important to those whose livelihoods depend on international travel. “This type of announcement is quite useful to us to be able to communicate to our international markets to say, now that the […]

Economy breathes welcome sigh for Level 1, while alcohol, travel industries remain aggrieved

With President Cyril Ramaphosa having announced the move to a Level 1 lockdown for South Africa, effective September 20, positive reactions have been streaming in from all spheres of the economy, but grievances around weekend alcohol sales, the curfew and only partially reopened borders remain. Hospitality and entertainment group Sun International says the easing of restrictions is a […]

IOL: Reopening of international travel in SA: Could it open sooner than we think?

Now that President Cyril Ramaphosa has granted inter-provincial travel, many South African tourism organisations have shifted their focus to international travel. In recent weeks, many of these organisations have fought hard to ensure that South Africa welcomes international travellers as they believe it’s beneficial for its survival. However, if the pandemic doesn’t improve, SA may […]

TBCSA looks to the future of the tourism industry

175 days since the country’s lockdown began, the decision by government to move the country to Alert Level 1 as of 20 September 2020 at midnight, has been welcomed by The Tourism Business Council of South Africa (TBCSA).  President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the gradual and cautious resumption of international travel for both business and leisure […]

ACSA welcomes the gradual lifting of restrictions on international travel

Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) welcomes the announcement by President Cyril Ramaphosa about the gradual lifting of restrictions on international flights under Alert Level 1 from 1 October. As has been the practice since March this year, ACSA says it will be guided by specific regulations and directives from the Department of Transport and the […]