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Are you aware of the following events that occurred over the past week?

Road Closure: Orpen Road (15 Jan)
Protest Action: R40 Hoedspruit (15 Jan)
Protest Action: Numbi Gate (13 Jan)
Protest Action: N3 between Howick and Midmar (10 Jan)

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Invitation: Visit the TTA Tourism Showcase 2019

SATSA members are invited to visit the TTA Tourism Showcase 2019 exhibition to be held at the CSIR International Convention Centre (CSIR ICC) on Wednesday, 23 January 2019.

Attendance is free and at no cost to registered persons.

The TTA Tourism Showcase is a table-top exhibition featuring over 220 tourism related products and services operating in the City of Tshwane plus additional exhibitions by key tourism industry stakeholders.

Gather information, in one day in one location, on 220+ tourism products and services available in the City of Tshwane (Pretoria & surrounds).

Meet with tourism product and service owners and form valuable partnerships, build networks and form valuable business relationships.

Details are as follows:

DATE: Wednesday 23 January 2019

Click here to register.

A pop-up food truck zone, featuring the city’s best mobile culinary and beverage providers, will be available should you wish to purchase refreshments.

Invitation to nominate black women managers to enrol for the Executive Development Programme

The Department of Tourism in Partnership with the University of South Africa (UNISA) is embarking on Executive Development Program training (EDP) for black women managers in the tourism sector. Therefore; the Department invites nominations of suitably qualified and experienced individuals in your organization to enrol for the Executive Development Programme.

The closing date for the submission is 17 January 2019. Please click here to view the formal advert.

Enquiries: Please contact Mmapule Patience Maluleke on 012 444 6559 or T Madlala at or 012 444 6416.

Exhibitor Briefing Session for Meetings Africa 2019

SATSA members are invited to join us for the Exhibitor Briefing Session for Meetings Africa 2019 which will be held in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town.

Africa’s premier business events trade show, Meetings Africa, takes place on the 26th – 27th of February 2019. The Meetings Africa Exhibitor Briefing sessions are crucial for exhibitors to network and engage, as well as become familiar with the Meetings Africa layout.

Shared minds and ideas are critical for not only the exhibitor experience at Meetings Africa 2019 but also the overall success of the African continent. Be sure to be a part of this conversation both at the event itself, as well as at the Exhibitor Briefing Session.

The initial part of the day will be exhibitor briefings pertaining to Meetings Africa 2019, and the second part of the day will be an educational training session on the importance of event greening. The afternoon will also provide some great tips on how to go about ensuring that your stand is environmentally friendly and sustainable.

Taking place on the 25th of February, a day before the opening of Meetings Africa 2019, is BONDay (Business Opportunities Networking Day). This prime education and networking event is a vital must-attend for all those who wish to connect with like-minded individuals, both local and international.

DATE: 21 January 2019
TIME: 08:30 – 16:00
VENUE: Century City, Cape Town
To RSVP click here

DATE: 22 January 2019
TIME: 08:30 – 16:00
VENUE: Durban ICC – Inkosi Albert Luthuli ICC Complex,
45 Bram Fischer Rd, Durban, 4001
To RSVP click here

DATE: 25 January 2019
TIME: 08:30 – 16:00
VENUE: Sandton Convention Centre, 161 Maude St,
Sandown, Sandton, Johannesburg
To RSVP click here

Public hearings on Eskom's request to raise electricity tariffs

The first public hearing on Eskom’s request to raise electricity tariffs was held in Cape Town on 14 January.

As Nersa has only provided one day and one venue in the Western Cape, the DearSA team’s Ted Blom of the Energy Expert Coalition and Sandra Dickson of STOP CoCT decided to represent all who are unable to be there by personally presenting the voice of the public at the hearing.

The hearing formed the final part of the Public Participation Process during which the public can have a say on the proposed ESKOM tariff increases. During the written call for comment, DearSA routed more than 150 000 emails from the public to NERSA [click here if you have not yet sent a comment].

Can you afford another 60% increase in your electricity account?

ESKOM has already been awarded a backdated 4.41% increase by NERSA for 2019 and is asking a further annual increase of 15% per year for the next 3 years. The total tariff increase asked for is therefore almost 20% per year. This means that your Electricity bill will double over the next three years.

To add to this alarming increase, the City of Cape Town (CoCT) and other municipalities will add their cut on top of this ESKOM increase. It is therefore expected that the annual increase will end up being far more than 20% per year by the time it reaches your utility bill.

If the public remains silent by presenting NERSA with an empty hall or lack of representation, it will be seen as a tacit agreement that the increase is accepted.

Please see below for details of the public hearings in your province. We urge you to attend the hearing but if you are unable to be there, please consider a small donation will allow for you to be presented and argued for lower tariffs. Click here.

Eastern Cape
Port Elizabeth
Dolphin’s Leap Centre,Shop 14C,
Cnr of LaRoche Drive & beach Road, Homewood
16 January 2019 9:00am

Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre,
45 Bram Fischer Road
17 January 2019 9:00am

Northern Cape
The Kimberley Big Hole, West Circular Road Kimberley CBD
21 January 2019 9:00am

Free State
President Hotel & Conference Venue
1 Union Avenue, Naval Hill
23 January 2019 9:00am

Orion Hotel
Corner Samora Machel Drive and Henshall Street
25 January 2019 9:00am

North West
Royal Morang Hotel
30 R565, Sun City Road
28 January 2019 9:00am

Protea Hotel landmark
N1 Northbound Next to Shell Ultra City
30 January 2019 9:00am

Soweto Theatre
Cnr Bolani Link and Bolani Rd, Jabulani
1 February 2019 9:00am

Gallagher Conventional Centre
Richards Dr, Halfway House
4 February 2019 9:00am

The Hatchery

The Hatchery is a deserted old prawn farm on a river mouth and coastal reserve on the KZN North Coast.

The Hatchery was a prawn breeding facility on a lagoon overlooking a deserted beach and nature reserve. It makes for a unique destination for any visitor to the North Coast. The facility has been “lightly” renovated – the end result is a unique blend of comfort and rustic cool. The Hatchery is all about chilling out, letting loose, and reconnecting.

This is totally something different and one should realize that you will be leaving your comfort zone.  With an open mind one can have a real Hatchery feeling and not to judge a book by its cover and ease into the experience.

We are self catering; bringing your own supplies is recommended. Low slung cars can scrape on the road in so leave the Beemer at home for this one or take your time on the way in.

We stepped out and put in linen, bedding, towels, and even air-cons. No baths, only en-suites with double showers which are good for washing kids.

The communal kitchen and dining table is kitted for any culinary adventure you may want to try your hand at, and a cool place to hang out in inclement weather. There are plenty of spots which show different aspects of the bush and beach environment of the Hatchery.
The butlers are available to assist, advice, and make your stay as comfortable as possible.

Jacaara Travel

Jacaara Travel is an inbound travel company based in Durban, KZN. Our mission is to show off our Spectacular South Africa to the world. We are creating the ultimate South African Experiences and endlessly striving to bring smiles to our customers’ faces. We are an ambitious group of people that truly believe travel can make the world smaller and better.

Our focus is on luxury adventures. We craft group trips for youth (18 to 35) from around the world. We are just starting out, so we have focused on one route, and we have made it amazing. Our flagship product is a 16 day trip from the warm waters of Durban, KZN along the world famous Garden Route to the cosmopolitan Cape Town, WC.

We have curated only the best adventure activities that would excite the bold and intrepid. This includes Big 5 Safaris, Bungy Jumping, Great White Shark Cage Diving, Sand Boarding and 4×4 Sand Dune adventures just to name a few. These heart racing adventures are balanced out with engaging cultural experiences which include wine tastings, traditional village visits, tours of historical monuments and sites as well as mouth-watering foods, drinks, and vibrant nightlife. All of these wonderful days combined with luxury accommodation ensure our guests experience a true taste of our Spectacular South Africa.

Jacaara Travel is a South African private company, managed and owned by Yasteel Sitaram. Our success is measured in smiles and we pursue excellence ceaselessly.

Western Cape calendar of events Jan to Mar 2019

Wesgro shares its three-month calendar of events from January to March 2019 to assist with your promotional activities and planning.

Click here to view the calendar.

Xplore English

Xplore English is a niche tour operator based in the Garden Route. We offer a variety of unique, all-inclusive products that aim to satisfy the growing demand for new, unique products from agents and clients.

Our main focus is on Experiential English Learning when students from non-English speaking countries Conversational English. These tours have specifically been designed for the up and coming youth market that focus on learning English abroad.  We offer an Animal Experience and Adrenaline Rush programme.

We’ve also managed to create a unique “volunteer site visit” tour where clients who want to do volunteer work in the Garden Route, can visit different volunteer organisations before committing a long period of time to one organisation.  The Xposure programme is then also paired with a “highlights of the Garden Route” tour.

Finally, we also have multi-day Garden Route tours that focus on senior folks and families but with a different focus to your traditional Garden Route itinerary, as well as unique 1 day tours focussing on the hidden gems in the Garden Route.

Season’s Greetings and SATSA Office Closure

It is that time of the year again and SATSA wishes each and every member the warmest of holiday cheer!

Please note that the SATSA office will close on Friday 21 December 2018 and we will reopen on Wednesday 9 January 2019. Should you encounter an emergency during this period you can contact SATSA COO, Hannelie du Toit, on 083 600 3555.

Be safe and we look forward to reconnecting in 2019.