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Rebekah Kendal, 7:17 am
The French are proprietory when it comes to the use of the word “champagne.” South African producers using the classic French method decided to call their sparkling wines Méthode Cap Classique (MCC). The Franschhoek Valley is home to the Franschoek Cap Classique Route, with 18 MCC producers from Backsberg Estate Cellar on the Klapmuts-Simondium road to Morena on the Franschhoek Pass. You won’t be able to tackle them all in one day, so make a weekend of it and hire a driver to get you safely from one farm to the next. Here’s a taste of what you can expect.
Peter Pedroncelli, 6:02 am AFKI Original
Despite all of the issues plaguing South Africa at the moment, the country may manage to avoid a ratings downgrade in 2016. After surviving the potential downgrade of the country’s investment grade credit rating in June this year, the ratings agencies are set to pronounce judgement on South Africa once again in the coming months, and there is a risk that the country could be downgraded to below junk status. Here are 12 reasons why South Africa will avoid a ratings downgrade this December.
Dana Sanchez, 12:48 pm AFKI Original
New vehicle sales continue to fall in South Africa. The industry needed a creative idea to invigorate its local auto market, excite domestic motor enthusiasts, and appeal to people across sectors. The solution? A Cape Town Motor Show that promoters promise will rival motor shows in Paris, Tokyo, and New York. The show will go over well, a promoter predicts. “People are hungry. People always want to drive a better car. The mood is very positive.”
Becca Blond, 7:00 am
From hut-to-hut hiking and white water rafting to safaris in search of rare black rhino, Eastern and Southern Swaziland are great places to go off the grid. In the shadow of the Lebombo Mountains, the Eastern Swaziland lowveld is home to sugar plantations and four of the country’s five wildlife reserves. An easy drive from the Mozambique border, the area can be visited on a day trip from Maputo, 62 miles away. Southern Swaziland, on the border with South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province, is home to mile upon mile of forests and a stunning gorge.
Staff, 7:37 am
A 1.5-hour drive from Cape Town, the quaint small town of Hermanus is one of South Africa’s most popular and easily accessible beach escapes. Whale-watching puts Hermanus on the map, and it doesn’t have to be pricey. You can spot whales right from the shore if you have patience and a good pair of binoculars. Watch Southern Right whales from July to November, humpbacks between May and December, and Bryde’s whales all year round.
Kevin Mwanza, 6:27 am
Ethiopia has announced that tourists are not barred from travelling across the nation in a bid to boost its tourist numbers; just days after the U.S. government issued a travel advisory following the declaration of a six-month state of emergency by the horn of Africa nation. There have been fears that foreigners to the nation may face reprisals from security forces for violating the state-sanctioned decree.
Dana Sanchez, 8:37 pm
South African Airways isn’t unique for high turnover of pilots. Most airlines have a very high turnover and pilots can demand a lot more money when they’re being head hunted by bigger airlines. Chinese air traffic could almost quadruple in the next 20 years, making it the world’s busiest market. Chinese airlines need to hire almost 100 pilots a week for the next 20 years to meet travel demand. Short of candidates at home, they’re offering attractive pay packages to foreigners with experience — as much as $318,000 a year.
Dana Sanchez, 12:42 pm
While there is plenty of information available online about Airbnb’s growth in South Africa, not much is available on its progress throughout the rest of the continent. We know that Airbnb has 25,000 listings in South Africa, and more than half are in Cape Town. Marriott, meanwhile, is on track to have 205 hotels and 37,000 rooms in all of Africa after its six new African hotels are built. Three of the six new Marriott properties will be in Cape Town.
Sarah Duff, 7:00 am
Four hundred miles north of Cape Town, the Orange River forms a natural boundary with Namibia and traverses the Ai-Ais-Richtersveld Transfrontier Park. It’s here, on both the South Africa-Namibia border, that rafting trips start. On the whole the trips are budget friendly and include all your meals. Far from any town, without cell phone signal and no need for a watch, time starts to seem irrelevant as you slip into an easy rhythm dictated by the river and the sun. At night you camp on the river bank near the dunes, and drink red wine around the campfire before nodding off under the Milky Way.
Dana Sanchez, 8:45 pm
The only country in Africa to allow same-sex marriage, South Africa is considered a haven for LGBT rights. Cape Town is regarded as the gay capital of Africa. It’s full of gay people who have chosen the city as their home, not only for its beauty but because Capetonians are generally liberal and welcoming, SouthAfrica.info says by way of promoting LGBT tourism. This is a form of niche tourism marketed to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender visitors.
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