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News articles related to travel and tourism in South Africa.

Tuesday, 08 June 2010 09:44

Gautrain takes to the rails

Written by Paul Bedford

The much anticipated Gautrain made its first trip carrying fare-paying passengers when it left Sandton Station at 05h24 this morning. Its maiden trip, with a full complement of passengers on board, came to an end less than 15 minutes later at OR Tambo International Airport.

Thursday, 28 May 2009 01:04

Airspace restrictions during Confed Cup

Written by Paul Bedford

A temporary airspace restriction will be placed on an 80 km radius around OR Tambo international, Bloemfontein and Rustenburg airports from midnight on 13 June until midnight on 28 June. Additional airspace restrictions will be imposed for a radius onf eight kilometres around all the stadiums being used for the tournament. These restrictions will be imposed from two hour before the start of the game until an hour after the final whistle.

Speaking at a press briefing in Midrand earlier today Colin Jordaan, CEO of the Civil Aviation Authority, said, "As would be expected leading up to and during the Confederations Cup, much of the transportation of supporters, players and officials will be by air, and this mode of travel will also feature prominently in many other activities in and around the host cities."

Monday, 04 May 2009 20:29

No visas for Zimbabweans

Written by Paul Bedford
Speaking at a presentation flanked by her Zimbabwean counterparts, Home Affairs Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula today announced that Zimbabweans will no longer need to apply and pay for visas before travelling to South Africa. They will now be able to apply for a free 90-day visitor's permit at the border.
Tuesday, 10 February 2009 12:54

South Africans will need visas when visiting UK

Written by Paul Bedford
South African passport holders will require a vias to enter Britain. The requirement, scheduled to come into effect on 3 March 2009, is intended to strengthen the British government's clamp down on "smugglers and terror suspects."
Friday, 01 February 2008 16:49

Robben Island ferry still in dry dock

Written by Paul Bedford

Sikhululekile, the R26-million Robben Island Museum ferry, has still not undergone sea trials. According to a report in the Cape Argus a leak at the cooling intake of the hull was detected when the ferry was being lowered into the harbour on Wednesday.

The report quoted V&A harbour master Steven Bentley as saying that it was common for new boats to have leaks and that engineers were continuing with repairs.

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