Tourism Minister of South Africa, Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane Meets With Stakeholders In Lagos

Tourism Minister of South Africa, Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, visited Nigeria to interact with South African Tourism tour operators, media and broad stakeholders at the Wheatbaker Hotel, Lagos.

Kubayi-Ngubane served briefly as the Minister of Communications in 2017 up until February 2018, when she was announced as Minister of Science and Technology. Following the May 2019 elections, she was appointed by President Cyril Ramaphosa as the Minister of Tourim.

The minister’s visit to Nigeria was an opportunity to meet with the stakeholders to share whatever issues they might be facing with the hope of finding lasting solutions to some challenges and also discuss the increase of international tourist arrivals to South Africa.

The programme of the day was directed by the deputy high commissioner of South Africa, Bobby Monroe who appreciated guests for taking out time to welcome the Minister of Tourism. He mentioned the relationship between South Africa and Nigeria government has strengthened since President Muhammadu Buhari’s state visit to South Africa to meet with President Cyril Ramaphosa where he and Ramaphosa discussed political cooperation and trade and Buhari met with members of the Nigerian business community and took part in a Nigerian-South African business forum.

The minister mentioned that there was a great need to advance bilateral relations between Nigeria and South Africa in the creative industry to achieve remarkable success for the two nations and the African continent. The minister said South Africa regretted the tensions experienced in the last couple of months, acknowledging that such attacks had happened in the past and the authorities had taken steps to ensure it was not repeated. “I want you all to know that South Africa is open for visitors from Nigeria and other parts of the world as against insinuations by many that the country is repelling visitors,” she said

Considering Nigeria as one of South Africa’s biggest market after China and India, Kubayi-Ngubane positioned South Africa as a destination of choice for West Africans who would like to travel for business, leisure and other related activities. According to her, Nigeria is an important source market to South Africa as it ranks as one of the top three countries after India and China, she also made mention that President Cyril Ramaphosa had given a directive to the tourism ministry to woo in a bid to double domestic arrivals to over 21million by 2030

South Africa is committed to strengthening partnerships and driving collaborations that will help forge a stronger cultural exchange between the people of these two West African (Ghana and Nigeria) countries and the people of South Africa that’s why from the first quarter of 2020, people intending to travel to South Africa can apply for a visa online. “Ladies and gentlemen, this means that anyone who needs a visa to come to South Africa will be able to do that from the comfort of their homes, apply online and within a few days you get your visa approved,’’ said the minister, Kubayi-Ngubane.

The tourism minister also quashed the news making the rounds that South Africans aren’t welcoming to foreigners especially Nigerians and don’t want them in their country. ‘‘It is not true that South Africans don’t want Nigerians in South Africa. We have ties across Ghana and South Africa. South Africa remains open for visitors, so please visit us,’’ mentioned the minister.

South Africa’s Consul General in Lagos, Mr Darkey Africa said that South Africa is committed to reuniting both nations through a proper exploration of the tourism industry as Nigeria and South Africa must work in purpose to achieve remarkable growth. “We want to see movies where Nigerians and South Africans will collaborate to produce, speaking in their unique and distinct accents to tell the world that we have greater things for the future of the two countries and Africa.” Darkey said.

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TOURISM MINISTER ON WORKING VISIT TO WEST AFRICA

Tourism Minister, Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, will in the coming week travel to West Africa for a working visit to our regional neighbours in Ghana and Nigeria.
The Minister will spend two-days in Accra attending the First UNWTO Presidential Leadership Taskforce on Women Empowerment on Tourism Sector with Focus on Africa, where she will be part of a discussion panel under the theme “Tourism policies to enable gender equality”.
Hosted by the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), this forum will debate proposals and activities geared towards promoting women empowerment and leadership in the African region, including funding. The meeting is also expected to receive a report on the second edition of the Global Report on Women in Tourism
Tourism is one of the key economic sectors with the potential to contribute to greater equality and empowerment of women and is one of the world’s fastest growing sectors accounting for 10% of GDP and jobs globally.
The Minister will also use her time in Ghana – West Africa’s second largest economy – to interact with tour operators, media and broad stakeholders in the tourism value chain.
After concluding the work in Ghana, she will lead a delegation to Nigeria for a further two-day engagement with tourism stakeholders and trade as well as media. The roadshow, in what is considered Africa’s most populous country, will provide a valuable networking opportunity and an opportunity for the Minister to position South Africa as a destination of choice for West Africans who would like to travel for business, leisure and other related activities. Through interaction with tourism stakeholders including tour operators and the media, the Minister will gain better insights on how the South African tourism industry can be better responsive to the needs of West African travellers.
This is part of the work towards increasing the number of international tourist arrivals from our continent and the world at large. This is particularly important as South Africa’s tourism industry responds to the President call that we need to double domestic arrivals to over 21million by 2030.
South Africa is committed to strengthening partnerships and driving collaborations that will help forge a stronger cultural exchange between the people of these two West African countries and the people of South Africa.

Enquiries:
Ms. Hlengiwe Nhlabathi
Spokesperson
Cell: +27647548426
E-mail: hnhlabathi@gmail.com

HOTEL MANAGEMENT: FOCUS IS ALWAYS ON PEOPLE – STRONG PASSIONATE TEAM = GREAT GUEST EXPERIENCE = REPEAT BUSINESS

Nikola Jelenovic, General Manager of the Radisson Blu Gautrain Hotel, Sandton, Johannesburg. By Adegoke Oluwaseyi Adeyemo

On my last trip to South Africa, I stayed in Raddison blu Gautrain Hotel, Sandton Johannesburg and I must confess that I had a great time in the exquisite hotel. Raddison blu Gautrain Hotels, which is a three-minute walk from Gautrain rail station, seven minute walk from the upscale Sandton city shopping centre, with sleek and very spacious rooms plus hip dinning, with a city view bar and an outdoor pool as well as a fitness centre. is truly a classy business traveller hotel.  In course of my stay I had a chat with Mr Nikola Jelenovic, the General Manager of the hotel and below is an excerpt of our chat:

IWA: How long have you been in the management of hotels and what has been your unique experience all through these years? 

NIK: As a Hotel Manager, it’s been over five years, and let me say that the very pleasant experiences I have had over the years in my career, has been due to the very dynamic environments I have had the privilege of working in, I also derive a lot of pleasure in seeing that guests and customers are satisfied with the services we render to them. The development of the team I work with is also paramount on my mind.

IWA: Now from the perspective of a practitioner, what does hotels and hotel management mean to you?

NIK:  Managing a Hotel is a serious business, thus one must always have profitability in focus. From the services you deliver to the quality of your personnel, the bottom line for management and the investors is profit and that must be properly taken care of, to keep the business running. Generally speaking the business of running a hotel is very competitive thus management of hotels, must always be very strategic in thinking and possess very good people management skills in order to succeed.

IWA: It is often said that running an airline is not necessarily a profitable venture. Is running a hotel a profitable venture, if yes, what does one need to ensure that a hotel keeps making profits? 

NIK:  Yes, running a hotel can be a profitable venture, but it is important for management and investors to clearly understand that their primary purpose and goal is to deliver great guests experience. They must do everything within their power to put a passionate and well-motivated team together to always deliver this goal. It is by so doing that there will be constant business and eventually profitability will be guaranteed.

IWA: What are the basic qualifications that one needs to succeed as a hotel manager? 

NIK: To have a formal training in hotel management is good and would definitely be advantageous for anyone a good starting point for anyone that is pursuing a career in hotel management but in my opinion the best tool one needs to succeed in hotel management is experience that one gathers on the job and the quality of mentoring one is able to get in course of one’s career.

IWA: If you were not working in the hospitality industry, in what other industry would you have preferred to work and why? 

NIK: I have a strong affinity for project management, so I would have ended up doing something that is related to project management.

IWA: Clearly, there are several lovely hotels in South Africa and particularly in Sandton. So what in your opinion are the core competitive strengths of Radisson Blu Gautrain, Hotel, Sandton?  

NIK: First; our unique location, excellent facilities as well as our service philosophy and delivery.

IWA: What are the things you love most about working with Radisson Blu? 

NIK: The Dynamic way with which things are done in the group, Radisson is a driven, fast growing international organization, Out of all the Radisson collection, the Blu is a great upscale brand where every moment matters, however, the most important part of our drive in my opinion is how we always ensure that our guests feel the difference between us and the rest.

IWA: We live in an ever-evolving world, so where do you see Radisson Blu , Hotel, Sandton in the next five years?

NIK: I see Radisson Blu Gautrain as a market leader in the Sandton area based on its prime location, excellent service and facilities and competitive pricing.

IWA: What part of Radission Blu’s corporate culture do you like most and why?

NIK: The Radisson group is clearly driven by seven pillars that sums up the group corporate culture, thus it is difficult to single out one specific one, therefore, let me mention the ones I consider the top three: We deliver memorable moments every day, everywhere , every time We serve with our “Yes I can “spirit We are many minds with one mindset. 

South African Tourism West Africa to host Annual Trade Roadshow in West Africa.

South Africa Tourism will be hosting another Trade Roadshow across the two (2) main economic centres in West Africa: Nigeria and Ghana. The Road Show will span across 5 top cities in the two countries namely: Kumasi and Accra in Ghana and Abuja, Port Harcourt and Lagos in Nigeria.

Nigeria and Ghana contributed 76% of Africa’s tourist arrival into South Africa in 2014, outbound travel and spending has grown over the years in the West African region with a 12.7% increase in trips over the period between 2013 and 2018 for the Ghanaian market and a 1.9% increase in trips from 2013 to 2018 for the Nigerian market with total outbound expenditure growing by 14.6%.

The South African Tourism Road Show will be across 5 top cities in the region, the roadshow will begin in Kumasi, Ghana on Wednesday, August 21; followed by Accra City on Friday, August 23, Abuja City on Monday, August 26, Port Harcourt on August 28 and Lagos on Friday, August 30. The roadshow will highlight South Africa’s affordable experiences and diversity of offerings to key travel partners in the West African region; spanning across travel, accommodation, entertainment and events in the city, with a focus on opportunity for partnership development between and among South African Product Owners (SAPO), Trade partners and other stakeholders.

The roadshow activities during the event will include, Trade Workshop/Engagement in Each city, SA Specialist Graduation Ceremony, Launch of the South Africa Trade Awards (Accra for Ghana & Lagos for Nigeria Only).
For more information on the West Africa Roadshow visit: www.southafrica.net
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Summer Holiday Experience with Toke Makinwa, Bonang Matheba, Mai Atafo, Kelechi Amadi-Obi, Ameyaw Debra, Folu Storms, Sister Deborah In South Africa!

Our favourite influencers are having the time of their lives right now enjoying the amazing scenery, culture, adventures and thrills of the rainbow nation this Summer season in the Western Cape and Kwazulu-Natal province of South Africa. From Power Boat rides on the Knysna Lagoon to Lunch at the Vintage Cargo Hold Restaurant, the trip will be an activity-filled and memorable one.

Sensational South African media personality Bonang Matheba in collaboration with South Africa Tourism is hosting guests from Nigeria and Ghana to a fun-filled, eight-day summer experience focused on the Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal Province of South Africa. The guests present on the trip are Radio Presenter and Media starlet Toke Makinwa, renowned fashion designer Mai Atafo, celebrity photographer Kelechi Amadi-Obi, Ghanian Writer and Blogger Ameyaw Debrah, Musician Sister Deborah, Chidera Mouka, Kola Oshalusi, Folu Storms and the MTV Base crew.

Sister Deborah and Toke Makinwa Quad biking
Group Quad biking at the Tsitsikanmi bay
Mai Atafo

Influencers arrived at Goerge Airport located in George, Western Cape South Africa after a 6 Hour flight from Nigeria and Ghana where they were transferred to the Ouibaai Hotel and Golf Resort known for its pristine beaches, indigenous forests and nature reserve, the Hotel is less than seven minutes drive from the George Airport Johannesburg. Our favourite influencers kicked off their summer holiday on day 2 with a powerboat cruise through the Knysna Lagoon enjoying wine and oysters on a relaxing boat cruise and taking in the magnificence of Knysna as the sun starts to set over the lagoon.

Shrimps and rice at the Fancourt hotel
Group quad Biking

It’s a week full of activities and adventure in South Africa, with the next stop being idyllic St. Francis Bay – touted as South Africa’s ‘Little Venice’ which is just 90 kilometres away from Port Elizabeth, and 1 hour 15 Mins from Tsitsikamma Nature Reserve where our Influencers will experience the adrenaline pumping adventures Quad Biking and Bungee Jumping of the cliff. An hour’s morning flight will bring them to Durban.

Group Photo at the Knysa Lagoon after the Boat ride

On arriving Durban the largest city in the Kwazulu-natal Province of South Africa, Bonang Matheba will play host to the West African guest at the famous shipwrecked Cargo Holds Restaurant for some ultimate nautical gourmet lunch experience. Lunch is a treat, ranging from Oysters and Seafood, and the finest wines – all affordable.

Power boat Ride at the Knysa Lagoon
Group Photo at the Knysa Lagoos after the Boat ride

The guests will also be attending the Durban July known as South Africa most prestigious horse race held at the Greyville Racecourse, Berea – South Africa with fashion, music, and horses as the main event for the full day ending itinerary with some Urban Jazz Experience.

Power Boat Ride at the Knysa lagoon

To book packages to South Africa this summer visit: www.southafrica.net.

For more on the trip Follow @travel2SA on Instagram

To book packages to South Africa this summer visit: www.southafrica.net.
For more on the trip Follow @travel2SA on Instagram

Bobby J. Moroe - Acting High Commissioner; South African High Commission

Statement by the Acting High Commissioner of the Republic of South Africa, to the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Mr Bobby J. Moroe

The recent acts of criminality that resulted in the displacement of foreign nationals in the  KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) and Limpopo Provinces are regrettable. Our government believes that no amount of frustration or anger can ever justify the attacks on foreign nationals and the looting of their shops. The Justice, Crime Prevention, and Security Cluster (JCPS) is working tirelessly on the issue of attacks on foreign nationals. To this end, three people have been arrested for the recent incidents in KZN and Limpopo and law enforcement agencies remain steadfast to bring perpetrators responsible for these crimes to book.

The government of South Africa strongly condemns the violent acts in the strongest possible terms. These attacks violate all the values that South Africa embodies, especially the respect for human life, human rights, human dignity and Ubuntu. Our country stands firmly against all intolerances such as racism, xenophobia, homophobia and sexism. We wish the injured a speedy recovery, and appeal for calm, and end to violence and restraint.

It is our view that criminal elements should not be allowed to take advantage of the concerns of citizens to sow mayhem and destruction. Any problems or issues of concern to South African citizens must be resolved peacefully and through dialogue. The police have been directed to work round the clock to protect both foreign nationals and citizens, and to also arrest looters and those committing acts of violence. The government has urged communities to assist the police by providing information on the incidents that have taken place so that the perpetrators can be brought to justice.

Our government would also like to caution that the spread of misinformation, fake pictures and videos on social media,  as well as fake websites may be fuelling tensions in the communities between South Africans and foreign nationals. Certain messages and images that appear on social media are old and unrelated to any of the reported incidents of alleged attacks on foreign nationals over the past few days. For instance, a message being circulated about foreign nationals burning South African owned trucks in Limpopo Province is not true.

Government has consistently condemned  fake news websites masquerading as authentic news websites.  We call for greater efforts of awareness in society about fake news and fake social media posts.

Government respects the right to freedom of press and freedom of expression, but fake news stories are a slanderous attempt against the brand of South Africa with no interest in respecting the Constitution of South Africa.

Accordingly,  we urge everyone to be vigilant and not spread fake information and images that may give   an impression that these are attacks on foreign nationals.

The engagement by the Minister of International Relations and Corporation, Hon. Lindiwe Sisulu, Minister of Police, Hon. Bheki Cele, Minister of Home Affairs, Hon, Siyabonga Cwele and the African Diplomatic Community in South Africa is a step in the right direction. This meeting has been convened twice already, on Monday, 01 April 2019 and Friday, 05 April 2019, to discuss the current spate of violence against foreign nations and their properties. Once a full report has been issued on the outcomes of these meetings , it will be shared accordingly.

Government calls on all community organisations to stand up and be counted among those who actively discourage attacks against foreign nationals or our citizens.

We call on organisations and individuals who have information regarding threats of violence to report to the police. South Africans and foreign nationals residing in the country are afforded the same protection under the Constitution.

The freedom Charter says there shall be peace and friendship. Our responsibility is to promote this legacy of peaceful coexistence and take it forward. To this end, the South African government reaffirms its responsibility to contribute to a better Africa.

Bobby J. Moroe
Acting High Commissioner.
South African High Commission.
Abuja, Nigeria.
Saturday, 06 April 2019.

SAA Voyager launches new mobile application

South African Airways (SAA) Voyager has launched its own SAA Voyager Mobile Application.  This means that the transactional experience for Voyager members is now in the palm of members’ hand with easy navigation whilst on the go.

The current SAA Mobile App only displays a customer’s status and balance of miles, whereas the first release of the SAA Voyager App includes additional transactional functions beneficial to the customers namely; update of personal details, PIN reset, award requests, claiming of missing miles, converting miles and, being able to donate miles.

The SAA Voyager App is an intervention aimed at enhancing Voyager members’ transactional experience with Voyager in the short term.  It is envisaged that once SAA relaunches its Mobile App in the latter part of this year, there will be integration between the SAA and SAA Voyager Mobile Apps, whereby customers will be able to transact seamlessly with SAA, be it for check-in, printing of boarding passes, making and/or changing reservations or transacting on their Voyager accounts.

SAA Executive for Customer Loyalty, Suretha Cruse explains that one of SAA’s key strategies is to enhance the customer experience.  “Customer insights were a key driver in the design and development of the SAA Voyager App with our Africa-based members in mind, where 80% access the internet via their mobile phones,” she says.

SAA Voyager was Africa’s first value-based airline loyalty programme, offering members miles based on the ticket price purchased, rather than the distance travelled.  The earning velocity of miles in the SAA Voyager programme remains the best in class on the African continent whereby members receive one SAA Voyager Mile per ZAR 1.60 spent, which counts towards the status of members. The programme also allows members to spend miles on any available ticket price for flights operated by SAA. With more than 67 partnerships globally, including the Star Alliance global network, the programme gives members access to more than 1 300 destinations in 190 countries.

Not a SAA Voyager member yet, but want to register? Simply download the SAA Voyager mobile app onto your phone from the Apple App store or Google Play store, alternatively, contact the SAA Voyager Call Centre on 011 978 1234.  You can also send an e-mail to voyager@flysaa.com.

Programme specific terms and conditions can be found on www.flysaa.com
SAA Voyager – Forever part of your journey. 

South Africa Tourism Gives Back To Travel Trade By Curating Specialist Hosting

In the business of travel, tour operators, DMC’s, travel agents, and online retailers play a significant role in attracting international visitors to South Africa. Most travelers across Nigeria & Ghana use the services and expertise of Travel Agents & Tour Operators to assist them with their travel arrangements from decision of the best destination to travel to specific travel logistics such as flights, accommodation, transfers, tours, etc. To this end, South African Tourism has consistently invested in Training & Development of Travel Agents & Tour Operators in the markets it operates in order to equip them (Travel Agents & Tour Operators) with the knowledge and experience of selling the amazing destination and providing professional services and memorable experience to their clients.

These objectives were part of what South African Tourism set out to achieve with the South Africa Travel Trade Specialist Hosting for industry graduates of the SAT owned SA Specialist Online Course winners during the 2018 Trade Training & Graduation Ceremony that took place between the 18th to 26th of November 2018 across Nigeria (Lagos, Abuja & Porthacourt) & Ghana (Kumasi & Accra). By working to support both local and international travel trade partners through education about South Africa, tools to assist with the marketing of South Africa and South African products, SAT strives to unlock opportunities for more business in the tourism value chain.

The 26 guest, representing various travel agencies, tour operators, wholesalers, media, and a Trade influencer to spice the group was an engaging mix of distribution partners, from Nigeria and Ghana who were treated to 9 days of lots of fun, food, and frolic! The team, led by Trade Relations Manager, South African Tourism West Africa, Mohammed Tanko Kwajaffa departed Lagos and Accra on the 18th of November for Johannesburg; arriving at the O.R Tambo International Airport in the early hours of the 19th. Thereafter, the guests were taken to lovely Mount Grace Resort by Marriot Hotel Group, which is quite simply, a dream as they were warmly welcomed and treated to “Spa treatments” to calm their jet lag. Barely an hour drive from the O.R Tambo Airport to Mount Grace resort just outskirt of Johannesburg still within the Gauteng province, a picturesque heavenly countryside resort that boasts the perfect retreat to get away from the crazy hustle and bustle of Joburg vibrant city life.

The days after rolling out the robust itinerary filled with new adventures and experiences  within the proximity of the resort for the guests specially curated to give them a chance to experience firsthand what they learnt from the online course in the most gratifying way such as meting the locals of South Africa who were extremely welcoming to them as foreigners who came to experience their rich culture and history. They further immersed themselves in the evolution of life by visiting the “Sterkfonein Caves” (where life is said to have begun) and at same location the “Cradle of Human Kind” museum to complete the historical experience back in time with lunch at the lovely Maropeng Hotel.

While the team lodged at Mount Grace, they got to visit the Lesedi Cultural Village which celebrates the diverse cultural traitions of Southern Africa. From Zulu people to those of Xhosa origin, Pedi, Basotho, and so on. South Africa has a rich diversity of people and cultures and 11 official languages. Lesedi Cultural Village allows visitors to really explore the glorious diversity of the people of this mazing land that is often referred to as the “Rainbow Nation”. While they dinned diversely enjoying great South African cuisines, the group dared their hearts on Zip Line at Ama Zwing Zwing Adventures and speed boat cruise around Hartebeesport Dam, the biggest dam in the Gauteng & North Western area supplying water for Johannesburg and surrounds.

From Mount Grace Resort in Gauteng Province, the team flew to “The Mother City”, Cape Town and got to soak themselves in the beauty of the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront. This waterfront is so incredible in the sense that it’s not just a canal city but the actual sea meets the city to create a natural convergence of land and sea, where the city is built around and on the ocean. The guests got to learn a lot about the history of the Waterfront and of Cape Town and enjoyed leisurely activities such as, riding the Big Wheel at the Waterfront for less than a R100 and walking through the mall, which is in itself, an experience which ended with a high as they settled in the magnificent Marriot Crystal Hotel at Century City in with its spectacular rooms and next to Canal Walk Mall providing opportunity for per minute shopping.

The days following included hoping onto the Red Bus for a detailed Tour of the Mother City all the way to the Table Mountain for an amazing view of the charming city from above 3500ft above sea level. As the group came down, there was an arcade of Side Cars waiting to take them on a thrilling race to Oudekraal Picnic Beach for a South African picnic with a lot of dancing and later another full on african dinner at the Gold Restaurant. The Wine Tram experience in the Franschhoek Wine Farm with a Champagne Sabrage. The evening was sumptuous dinner at the glamorous Southern Sun Cullinan with a surprise Jellof rice by the Chef and ended up at the popular Cubana to dance off the over feeding.

The day before departing Capetown, the group had a closer connection with the locals during a foot tour of Boakap Village and the Township which ended up with a typical traditional South African Shisanyama lunch at the “RANDS” lifestyle outdoor lounge, eating, drinking & dancing with the locals. Later that evening, it was a quick stopby at “Aarons Place” Nigerian restaurant for some pepper soup, Eba & others delicacies. The next day at the departure after one last sumptuous breakfast at the Marriot Crystal Hotel, the group stepped out hopping to jump into their regular luxurious bus only for them to find the iconic “Haley Davidson” bikes waiting to take them on the ride of their lives to the airport………. What a closing!

There is no doubt that the travel agents and media were astounded by the richness of this country. They used every sense: smell, sight, taste, sound, and touch, to really experience and appreciate the plethora of culture and history in South Africa. Their taste buds also got introduced to a variety of food and South Africa offers a vibrant cuisine that is sure to excite the palate!

“We really enjoyed every bit of the tour and the hosting and the Host are very very friendly and caring, in fact we are happy to be associated with such wonderful people & land (Musa Muhammed Tahir – Abeer Travels & Tours Abuja)

On the whole, the program was interesting, and the tourist sites are just superb. (Chidozie – The Afritraveller)

The participation and diverse category of the specialist hosting group, increased engagement amongst travel agents and stakeholders on the trip opening their eyes and minds to the beauty of South Africa.

Adekunle Gold, Jackie Appiah, Mawuli Gavor, Stephanie Coker, Joselyn Dumas, Kemi Adetiba and more Experienced Gauteng, KZN and the Free State in Style With Great Wave of Excitement For the Global Citizens Concert

There is something about South Africa that makes each experience worth the trip… the scenic beauty of its landscape, the ever welcoming people, their rich cultural heritage and the variety of wines and cuisines. Best believe it is the perfect holiday destination. Need extra proof?
South African Tourism in partnership with Inifinix Nigeria hosted, Nigerian Singer, Adekunle Gold, Nigerian TV Presenter and Influencer, Stephanie Coker, Ghanaian Actor and Actresses, Joselyn Dumas and Jackie Appiah, Mawuli Gavor critically acclaimed Nigerian Filmmaker, Kemi Adetiba, Bloggers and OAPs from Nigeria and Ghana, Tosin Ajibade, Noble Ezeala, Ono Bello, Ameyaw Debrah, Osi , Kemi Smallz, Lexis Bill, Eugune, and Francis Doku and Media Guru, Colette Otutesho on a 10 day trip to explore the offerings of South Africa.


One thing you are sure to experience in South Africa is luxurious accommodation with views that just starts your days right. From the Drakensberg Sun Resort in Drakensberg with the mountain views to Protea Hotels in Clarens with the swimming pools and the Davinci Hotel in Nelson Mandela Square – J’Burg which is perfect for shopping.


In South Africa – there’s something for everyone, you can relax, stay in beautiful properties, as well as experience wines and cuisines that will leave you coming back to South Africa again and again.
With South Africa only 6 hours away, the group arrived Johannesburg and set off on a road trip to ‘home’ for the next few days; Drakensberg Sun Resort. With fresh mountain air and awestruck views, the resort is situated high in the dramatic landscapes of Drakensberg also known as ‘the dragon mountain’.


After time spent on a plane and on a bus, rejuvenating spa sessions with complimentary drinks at the Champagne Sport Resorts was the perfect welcome to kickstart the vacay. After the pampering, came the food; the in-house cuisine at the Drakensberg Sun Resort was absolutely amazing and quintessentially South African.


What better way to take in the awe-inspiring and truly magnificent landscape of Drakensberg than going on a horse ride through the area. The group was definitely excited about the horse-back riding experience and was even more thrilled to go on a canoe ride on the Drakensberg’s lake.


Next stop for the group; Cathedral Peak Wine Estate. A must do when in South Africa is wine tasting, and when in Drakensberg, a must visit is the Cathedral Peak Wine Estate – the vineyards of this wine estate is simply magnificent, and the view is even more magical. The group got to sample some of the best of South African wine served with cheese and grapes over happy talks and bonding. For Adekunle Gold and Stephanie Coker, the wine tasting was the highlight of their trip.

This year being the Centenary of Nelson Mandela, the group took a long walk on the path to freedom as they visited the Nelson Mandela Capture Site. In 1952, Nelson Mandela was apprehended for his anti-Apartheid activism acts and a cultural and historical exhibition was set up at the site in his honor. The sculpture at the Nelson Mandela Capture Site comprises of 50 steel columns that were laser cut to form an image of Mandela when viewed at the correct angle. The walk to the capture site was a monumental moment for the group as they got a deeper insight on the fight of Mandela for the freedom of the people of South Africa.


Ready for another road trip, the group was back on the tour bus and it was goodbye Drakensberg and hello! Clarens. The small town of Clarens – just a 3 to 4 hours drive from Johannesburg- is situated at the foothill of the magnificent Maloti Mountian. Clarens welcomed the guests with beautiful sun kisses, and something to get the blood pumping – Quad Biking and Zip Lining at Clarens Xtreme. Dear adrenaline lovers, this has got to be your first stop when you visit Clarens and the best part of it is you do not have to break a bank. Most activities are as little as a half-/full day R250/350.


From a time of adventure, to a time with the people of the Basotho Cultural Village. The Basotho Cultural Village, located at the foot of huge sand stone mountains would take you through time, highlighting the lifestyle of the people of South Sotho from the 16th century to the present. The group was welcomed into the “khotla”, the gathering place of men and had a sip of the traditional beer offered as a gesture of the Basotho hospitality.


Ready to explore more, the crew hit the beautiful streets of Soweto, where Adekunle Gold couldn’t help but beatbox to the music of one of the locals… music is a universal and no matter your country, the music always unites us all.
Next stop was the Mandela House, also known as the Nelson Mandela National Museum. The Mandela family’s four-roomed Soweto home houses various memorabilia, artworks, awards and honorary doctorate conferred on Nelson Mandela and his family, as well as photographs of the family dating back to the 1950s. Mandela had lived here from 1946 to 1962, and the now museum houses the history on the life of Mandela featuring his works on promoting human rights, democracy, reconciliation, mutual respect and tolerance amongst the people of South Africa. The group couldn’t help but feel the spirit of Mandela still lived on.

This year had been a long walk through history for the people of South Africa as it marked the 100th year of the birth of Nelson Mandela and to further honor his legacy, the Global Citizens Festival put together the Mandela 100 concert at the FNB Stadium, Johannesburg as part of one of the biggest campaigns to end extreme poverty across the world. With Trevor Noah as the host and performance by A-list artists such as Beyoncé and Jay Z, Usher, Ed Sheeran, Pharrell, and our very own Wizkid, Femi Kuti, D’banj, Tiwa Savage and many more. The ever welcoming and hospitable people of South Africa hosted over 70,000 visitors from different parts of the world for the festival. The guests were thrilled to be a part of such historical event.


No better way to end a fun filled trip than a time out shopping at the beautiful Sandton Mall.
The beautiful moments and memories made on the trip were also captured on the Infinix Zero 6 and we are officially looking forward to seeing South Africa through the lens of the Zero 6 as this ground-breaking device is set to launch in Nigeria January 2019.

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South African Airways Celebrates Nigeria’s 58th Independence Day With Orphans

South African Airways (SAA) celebrated Nigeria’s 58th Independence anniversary at the Arrows of God Orphanage in Lagos by donating food materials and goodie bags to the children of the home.

As part of the airline’s commitment to Nigeria and the less privileged, SAA donated customised cake, gift bags, drinks, noodles and other food stuffs to the Arrows of God Orphanage to ensure the children of the home are not left out of the celebration mood of the Nigerian nation as it clocks 58 year of Independence.

Kemi Leke-Bamtefa, South African Airways National Sales Manager in Nigeria led the staff of the airline to share the joy and hope of Nigeria’s Independence with the orphans.

“As part of our corporate social responsibility and giving back to the people, we are celebrating Nigeria’s 58th Independence Day with our long-time friends at the Arrows of God Orphanage. We are optimistic and committed to the Nigerian market and will continue to provide necessary support accordingly,” Kemi stated.

The National Sales Manager used the occasion to announce SAA will continue to prioritise the Nigerian market as it marks the milestone of 20 years of service in Nigeria this year.

The children and teachers of the Orphanage expressed their appreciation to the SAA team for their continuous support in putting smiles on the faces of the children always.

Recall that South African Airways began flight service between Lagos, Nigeria and Johannesburg, South Africa in December 1998.