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Rise of the smaller airlines

At the start of this year I made 22 predictions for travel in South Africa, one of which was that I expected a new airline to start up. This prediction is coming true, but in a completely unexpected way.

By Rob Baker 24 Feb 2014 10:21

How will e-tolling change the urban landscape?

Following the protracted court battle over e-tolling in Gauteng, the government, through its agency SANRAL, intends to have the toll gantries in the province operational within weeks.

By John Roberts 2 Dec 2013 11:30

Ireland is open for business

The 5th Irish Trade Mission for South Africa and the Sub-Sahara region in conjunction with the Africacom trade fair, was addressed by a recent visit from the Irish Minister of International Trade, Joe Costello.

By Coerene Vosloo 22 Nov 2013 07:53

Guidelines to avoid road accidents

The Festive season is almost upon us and while it a time to be happy and relax with friends and family, it is sadly also the one time of the year when many South African motorists are injured or killed in car accidents, many of which could have been avoided.

By Henrie Geyser: motoring editor 14 Nov 2013 13:21

The role of a state-owned airline

Whilst government has a clear role in delivering essential services to the needy, you won't find many of the millions of suffering South Africans at airports or on flights. Quite the opposite in fact, as once you've become a "jetsetter" you've arrived at a space unavailable to the poor. So, why are government involved in the airline industry?

By Rob Baker 9 Oct 2013 10:56

SA Express - still trying to figure out its net asset value

The most telling bit of information released about SA Express last week, was on page 165 of the Annual Report of the Department of Public Enterprises: "No impairment for the current year for South African Express (SAX) has been provided as the current year net asset value is not available." Impairments are changes in the value of an asset, which are obviously impossible to specify if one does not know what the value of the asset was at the start and end of the period.

By Rob Baker 30 Sep 2013 09:19

Can your business continue to deliver, no matter the size of the event?

Next year Brazil will host the 2014 FIFA World Cup, an extravaganza of epic proportions, in which football players and fans the world over converge to watch and celebrate the beautiful game. In 2010, here in South Africa, we saw more than 310, 000 tourists converge on the country and the eyes of over 3.2 billion people put our country under the microscope.

By Kerry Evans 12 Sep 2013 07:33

False driving licenses now social problem

Driving licence corruption is no longer just a road safety issue, but a social problem according to the Automobile Association of South Africa (AA).

By Henrie Geyser: motoring editor 22 Aug 2013 06:11

Passing the bus

In respect of the Johannesburg bus rapid transit (BRT) system, could someone please inform the public as to what is actually going on?

By Chris Barry 5 Aug 2013 06:58

Do it once - and do it right

Anyone with half a brain and no mathematical training can follow this simple reasoning: it is cheaper to do a job properly the first time without taking shortcuts than to do it badly, using inferior methods and materials in the hope that it will save money. It should be obvious to everyone that this is never the case. Sadly it isn't.

By Paddy Hartdegen 4 Jul 2013 11:23

Pay rise for taxi drivers and hospitality staff

The Minister of Labour has announced an increase in the minimum remuneration payable to employees engaged in either the taxi or the hospitality sectors. The salary increase is effective from 1 July 2013, and follows hot on the heels of the increase in the general Earnings Threshold communicated by the minister recently.

By Johan Botes 4 Jul 2013 07:24

Linking you...

Not so long ago, reaching our smaller destinations by air was not as easy as it is now... Now we have Airlink, which has the mission to link the smaller towns, the regional centres and hubs throughout South and southern Africa, in the process making getting around a pleasure that doesn't eat into your holiday time.

By Rod Baker 28 Jun 2013 05:01

Will the R1,5 billion SAA borrowed rescue it?

So, South African Airways (SAA) has just borrowed R1,5 billion from two banks to keep alive while it "waits for government to accept its turnaround strategy."

By Chris Moerdyk 7 May 2013 06:49

Seven stages in becoming an industry expert

From Amoeba to Icon; where do you currently rank in your industry's natural progression? In this piece, I walk you through the seven stages of development as you strive to position yourself as an industry expert. [video]

By Douglas Kruger 13 Apr 2013 06:31

Top 10 New Year's resolutions for employers

Here are some resolutions for 2013 for you that you, as an employer, may well find useful. Get them right now - and avoid any unpleasant surprises during the year.

By Johan Botes 31 Dec 2012 07:37

Business lessons to be learned from 1time airline

In the preceding week I was looking forward to my flight from Cape Town to Johannesburg over the weekend. However my excitement was short lived; on Friday afternoon I was one among the thousand of people who heard via e.tv news that 1time Airline had filed for liquidation.

By Nthabeleng Meso 6 Nov 2012 08:49

South Africa needs to enter remarketing

Companies that want to position themselves to drive business value from digital marketing must start working towards mastering the discipline of remarketing or risk getting left behind by nimbler rivals.

By Richard Mullins 1 Nov 2012 06:36

As a brand, SAA is a lucky survivor

Right now, the South African Airways scenario represents a classic case history of just how hard one has to work to destroy or at least significantly damage a brand. Because, in spite of all sorts of negative elements that should see consumers cold shouldering the brand and flying on other airlines, this simply hasn't happened.

By Chris Moerdyk 24 Oct 2012 05:52

Law enforcement, not speed reduction, will reduce road carnage

South Africa's road accident deaths are among the highest in the world, with only undeveloped countries such as Eritrea, Angola, Ethiopia, The Gambia and war-torn countries like Iraq and Afghanistan registering higher figures.

By Wayne Duvenage 18 Jan 2012 10:44

New single cab for under R50 000?

A shining new half-ton bakkie for less than R50 000 on sale in South Africa? Yep, your eyes aren't deceiving you, nor is it April Fools Day.

By Henrie Geyser: motoring editor 8 Nov 2011 06:39

Taxis should be trading on integrity and reputation

Does reputation matter? If you can ask SA National Taxi Council (Santaco), after its media conference, where it announced its intention to expand to the airline transport, I guees Santaco would say "yes". In today's news-driven and fast changing business environment, building and maintaining a strong corporate reputation is vital.

By Thabani Khumalo 12 Oct 2011 11:27

IATA forecasts tough year for airline operators

The International Air Transport Association has forecast that the global aviation industry will make profits of almost US$7-billion this year but warns that the recovery in air travel is weak as tourism levels are down in the wake of the global economic uncertainty.

By Paddy Hartdegen 23 Sep 2011 14:23

Santaco plan to launch passenger liner

The South African National Taxi Association's airline made its maiden flight last week when a plane carrying a number of passengers, government officials, businessmen and media representatives flew from Lanseria to Bisho.

By Paddy Hartdegen 19 Sep 2011 13:53

Quantas strike disrupts 65 flights

As the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand hots up, hundreds of passengers who had booked on Quantas flights have had their travel plans disrupted because of a strike by ground staff at Australian airports.

By Paddy Hartdegen 19 Sep 2011 13:47

Seven new cranes for Durban Container Terminal

Transnet has placed orders for seven new ship-to-shore cranes for the Durban Container Terminal. The cranes have a tandem lifting capability and can lift two 12-metre containers at once or four six metres ones.

By Paddy Hartdegen 14 Sep 2011 13:28

Long Beach - where everyone knows your name...

With a staff that deserves Olympic Gold for the amount of attention they lavish on you, and an organisation that will ensure your stay will be special, it's very hard to beat. But that's Long Beach Mauritius for you.

By Rod Baker 5 Sep 2011 06:49

AA's five golden safety tips

With just days to go before Easter weekend the AA has appealed to motorists to exercise extra vigilance during this period when the roads are exceptionally busy.

By Henrie Geyser: motoring editor 18 Apr 2011 06:52

Maputo - more than you'd expect

Most who leave Cape Town to live in Johannesburg do so to advance their careers, some leave because the weather is better - I'd leave Cape Town for Johannesburg to be closer to Maputo, just 45-minutes flight from OR Tambo.

By Brian Berkman 28 Mar 2011 10:16

Oh the joys of flight...

The reason that not much is written about positive experiences in flight is that unless one is travelling in first class it is at best bearable. Most often, however, it is unpleasantly challenging to our very core.

By Brian Berkman 22 Nov 2010 12:01