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December 7, 2017

Travelstart buys Cape Town’s SafariNow

Two of the biggest players in online travel in Africa are hooking up. Travelstart said on Wednesday that it is acquiring a majority stake in SafariNow.com, which it said is South Africa’s largest accommodation booking website.

The value of the deal, which will see Travelstart taking on SafariNow’s 40-person team, has not been disclosed.

SafariNow, which was founded in 1999, will stick to its core business of selling accommodation and retain its current brand, CEO, Tom Williams, and team, Travelstart said in a statement.

Travelstart and SafariNow both started operations in South Africa in 1999 and are established players in Africa’s online travel booking [...]

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December 7, 2017

SA committed to reducing pollution

South Africa remains fully committed to reducing all forms of pollution, says Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa.

“As a responsible global citizen, South Africa is committed to addressing pollution at the international, regional and national levels,” Minister Molewa said.

Addressing the High Level Segment of the Third Session of the United Nations Environment Assembly in Nairobi, Kenya, on Tuesday, she said South Africa’s Constitution provides a legal obligation for government to ensure that the environment is safe and clean for all.

“This obligation is a core pillar of our National Development Plan (NDP) that sets sustainable development targets to be [...]

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December 7, 2017

How to build valuable networks

If you dread the thought of approaching strangers to grow your business, focus on how you can add value to others.

Networking is vital for entrepreneurs if they are to grow their businesses.

Unfortunately, many people feel uncomfortable approaching strangers.

Here the experts provide some tips on how to emerge from your shell and expand your influence.

Building social networks may sound easy, but a host of skills is necessary to do so.

Many business owners find the thought of “networking” quite daunting.

Some shy away from it altogether and hide behind the excuse that they are introverts.

TJ Malamule, professional speaker and brand and [...]

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December 7, 2017

Cape tourism bucks up for grabs

Capetonians, bless them, have been a little smelly recently. The water-deprived residents have been walking about with unwashed hair as they’re restricted to two-minute showers – and that’s on a good day – and their town doesn’t smell so good either, City Press noted on a trip last week.

Despite the water crisis that has seen residents of the country’s oldest city limited to using 81 litres a day each, the Western Cape provincial government is going into overdrive to save its tourism industry, which is also suffering in the drought.

Fearing that the crisis will put tourists off, the province’s tourism, trade and investment agency, Wesgro, has gone into partnership with [...]

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