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May 20, 2019

€62m Club Med for KZN

Landowner, Tongaat Hulett Developments, has signed a Memorandum of Agreement with Club Med for the development of the first international-branded beach resort in Southern Africa.

The R1bn (€62.4m) resort will be at Tinley Town, 10km from King Shaka International Airport in KwaZulu Natal and is expected to have 350 rooms and 50 villas located on 30 hectares.

Olivier Hannaert, MD of Club Med Southern Africa, confirmed that the MOA had been signed on March 26 and described the site as a beautiful, untouched piece of land with an exclusive beach in a beautiful bay.

“There is still a long way to go before the commencement of work but, nevertheless, all parties are [...]

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May 17, 2019

Building itineraries beyond the bucket-list safari

Sub-Saharan Africa offers wilderness experiences that are completely different to anything off the continent and the family safari is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Tessa Reed chats to the local industry about how to sell this destination to families, starting with the bucket-list safari experience and building from there.

Sean Kritzinger, Executive Chairman of Giltedge Africa, says safaris are always the focus for the operator when packaging sub-Saharan Africa to overseas tourists. The selling points are Africa’s wild animals, unique accommodation (like villas with private pools, treehouses with ‘epic’ views or safari lodges). For families, Lauren Ritchie of Rare [...]

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May 15, 2019

€55-million five-star hotel launches in Johannesburg

The R880m (€55m) Houghton Hotel launched in Johannesburg on May 13, bringing another five-star* luxury brand to South Africa.

The property is a synergy of residential and hotel accommodation, situated in the heart of the city, but offering privacy that feels far removed from the busyness of urban Johannesburg.

The hotel offers seven luxury penthouses, four presidential suites, two junior suites, eight executive king rooms, and 46 king rooms. All rooms have Apple and cable TV, extended breakfast, complimentary WiFi and newspapers, with 24-hour in-room dining. Facilities at The Houghton include a business and day lounge, four private dining rooms, a whisky lounge and [...]

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May 14, 2019

Zimbabwean scholar named one of the most inspiring women in the world

A Zimbabwean scholar will be honored with a life-size statue in New York alongside media mogul Oprah Winfrey, Hollywood stars Nicole Kidman, Cate Blanchett, and the popstar Pink for their work championing gender equality.

Tererai Trent is among 10 women who have been named most inspiring women in the world. The list includes conservationist Jane Goodall, activist Janet Mock, chemist Tracy Dyson, author Cheryl Strayed and Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas.

All 10 women will have life-size bronze figures unveiled by StatuesforEquality in the United States on Women’s Equality Day on August 26.

Trent announced the development on her Twitter handle and said she was [...]

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