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Travelstart buys Cape Town’s SafariNow

Dec 07 , 2017

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… read more


Meet Little Foot – the most remarkable fossil discovery

Dec 07 , 2017

After 20 years of excavating, cleaning, reconstructing and casting, the oldest virtually complete human ancestor in South Africa was finally unveiled on Wednesday.

The skeleton of Little Foot, who wasn’t so little at the time of her death, was unveiled at the University of Witwatersrand’s Evolutionary Studies Institute.

The man behind the epic discovery, Professor Ron Clarke, said Little Foot was nicknamed by Professor Phillip Tobias.

“If that one small bone wouldn’t have been found then we wouldn’t have Little Foot,” he said.

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Angus & Julia Stone SA Tour 2018

Dec 07 , 2017

Multi-platinum selling Australian duo Angus & Julia Stone announce their first tour to South Africa with dates in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban at the end of January 2018. Tickets go on sale at 9am on Thursday 30 November and all info at http://parklifefestival.co.za

Cape Town fans will be the first to see Angus & Julia Stone live in the beautiful Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens on Thursday 25 January (Support to be announced).

Thereafter Jo’burg will look forward to their favourite Gourmet Food And Music Festival hosting Angus & Julia… read more


Bitcoin at $10 000: where it goes from here

Nov 29 , 2017

Bitcoin entered uncharted territory on Wednesday after breaching US$10 000 for the first time, leaving investors to wonder how long the rally will go — and whether it will end in tears.

The digital currency climbed as much as 4.4% to a record $10 379.53 during Asia trading hours, capping a more than 10-fold increase this year. Its market value has surpassed $176bn, according to Coinmarketap.com.

Here’s what bitcoin watchers are saying about the dizzying rally.

Arthur Hayes at BitMEX

“They said it was a bubble at $1 000, they said it was a bubble at $5 000… read more


Calls to restructure economy to make it more inclusive

Nov 29 , 2017

Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies says there is a need to restructure the economy in order to ensure inclusive growth.

He also said the manufacturing sector, which has been faced with several challenges globally, has shown signs of being a creator of jobs through its linkages with several service sectors.

The Minister said this when briefing journalists on Tuesday after briefing the Portfolio Committee on Trade and Industry on the state of manufacturing, the Industrial Policy Action Plan (IPAP) and the World Trade Organisation.

“The discussion that we had… read more


Rabada down to No 3 in Test rankings

Nov 29 , 2017

Proteas fast bowler Kagiso Rabada has dropped to third on the ICC Test rankings for bowlers.

FULL ICC Test player rankings

India’s Ravindra Jadeja, who took match figures of 5-84 against Sri Lanka earlier this week, replaced Rabada in second spot on the rankings.

Australia’s Mitchell Starc has also returned to the top 10 in 10th position after his match figures of six for 128 against England helped him to gain three places.

India’s Ravichandran Ashwin, who became the fastest man to 300 wickets in Tests, has consolidated his fourth position by… read more


INCUBUS SET TO ROCK SOUTH AFRICA

Nov 24 , 2017

Multi-platinum alt-rock icons Incubus, are coming to tour South Africa for the first time in February 2018. The Californian rockers released their eighth album this year, aptly named ‘8’, and are celebrating the 20th anniversary of their first major label album ‘S.C.I.E.N.C.E’ with a world tour.

The South African leg of the tour will kick off in Pretoria on 24 February at the Voortrekker Monument before hitting Cape Town on 28 February at the Green Point A Track and will include support by South Africa’s biggest rock legacy acts. Pretoria fans can… read more


Launch of Google Street View for SANparks to boost tourism

Nov 24 , 2017

Google launched a large collection 360-degree images of South Africa’s most remote areas, including 170 trails of the country’s national parks and reserves.

The project, which was done in collaboration with Wesgro, Cape Town-based travel company Drive South Africa, Cape Nature and SANparks, saw the release of Google Street View of all South African National Parks.

Fourteen significant nature reserves in the Western Cape including the West Coast National Park in the Cape West Coast, Bontebok National Park in the Cape Overberg and the Anysberg Nature Reserve in… read more


New activities for Sun City

Nov 24 , 2017

A new rope adventure park has been developed at the Valley of the Waves, by integrated tourism group Tourvest in partnership with Chimp & Zee. Scheduled to open on November 25, the park is offered through the group’s Sun City based Mankwe-GAMETRACKERS business.

The 45-minute long activity will include high balancing beams, zip lines, hanging spider nets and jungle rope bridges.  It will have two access points, allowing day visitors outside the Valley of the Waves to enjoy the facility as well.

Mankwe-GAMETRACKERS Chief Executive, Peter Dlamini says, “The rope… read more


Organic waste could provide the building materials of the future, Arup report shows

Nov 24 , 2017

Cities could tackle the global problem of rising levels of waste and depleted resources by using organic waste, such as bananas, potatoes and maize as building materials, Arup predicts.

 

Globally the construction industry is one of the largest users of raw materials; in the UK alone it accounts for 60% of all raw materials consumed*. Capturing organic waste streams from cities and the countryside could provide the industry with lower-cost, lower-CO2 building materials such as bricks, insulation and partition boards. The report envisages a completely circular system… read more