Newsletter Date 01 May 2009 WHEN HISTORY IS MADE,
ISSUE 1 WHERE WILL YOU BE ?
Inside this issue: THE COUNTRY - SOUTH AFRICA South Africa's big task begins
The country 1 - Reuters
Location and size all year round. South Africa will soon begin work
safety 1 on its stadiums for the 2010
South Africa is located at the Provinces, towns World Cup finals and the costs
Garden route 2 southern-most tip of the and cities should run to about 6 billion rand
African continent. It is a ($A1.14 billion), the head of the
weather 2 country bordered by two The country is divided into nine local organising committee told
oceans: to the east, the provinces, namely Gauteng, parliament.
cities 3 warm Indian Ocean & to the Mpumalanga, Limpopo, Free The tournament is expected to
west, the Atlantic Ocean. State, North West, Western inject billions of rand into Africa's
Must do’s 4 South Africa shares its Cape, Eastern Cape, Northern largest economy and create
borders with Namibia in the Cape and KwaZulu-Natal. badly-needed jobs in a country
topography 4 north-west, Botswana and with an unemployment rate
Zimbabwe in the north, and The capital of South Africa is officially estimated at over 25
Mozambique in the north- Pretoria in the Gauteng province. percent.
east. "The World Cup will deliver an
Parliament is located in Cape overwhelming positive outcome
Town. in economic terms," Danny
South Africa has 3000 kilo-
metres of beautiful coastline. The judicial capital is Bloemfon- Jordaan said.
The east coast is washed by tein, in the Free State province. Jordaan, speaking to a commit-
the warm Mozambique tee debating a special Sports
current flowing south from The major cities are Johannes- Measures Bill, said the building
the Equator, while the west burg, Cape Town and Durban, of four new stadiums and the
coast is washed by the cold followed by Port Elizabeth, refurbishment of a further four
waters of the Benguela Bloemfontein and East London. would all be under way by
current moving northwards January.
There are 11 officially recognised He said construction of a new
languages, most of them indige- stadium in Port Elizabeth would
South Africa is 1,219,090 nous to South Africa. However, begin in October, to be followed
km2 which is bigger than English is the most widely used, in November by work on a major
Germany, France and Italy and is spoken almost every- revamp of Soccer City, the
combined. where, including airports, hotels Johannesburg venue where the
NOTHING BEATS 2010 final will be played.
and shopping malls. All road
BEING THERE Because of its size, wide signs and official forms are in Cape Town's new stadium will
range of latitudes, English. Other major languages have a 70,000 capacity with a
neighbouring ocean currents are isiZulu, isiXhosa and retractable roof, Jordaan said,
WHO HAS QUALIFIED-
and notable variety of to- Afrikaans, a derivative of Dutch. and is earmarked to host one of
South Africa pography, South Africa offers the semi-finals.
Some northern Europeans find it
Potential Qualifiers reliable, warm holiday desti- easy to under- Soccer City, which already has a
nations in a variety of locals stand Afrikaans.
capacity of 75,000, would be
Australia Italy increased to a new capacity of
Germany Greece 104,000. It will host the opening
UK Holland How safe is South Africa: where it is less safe to visit, game and the final of the 2010
Spain France South Africa is as safe for especially alone. This is true World Cup.
tourists as any other major for any country and city A total of three million tickets will
With the experience of worldwide. The most be sold for the 2010 tournament,
destination in the world, pro-
one third for the South African
World Cups since 1994 vided of course that the usual important thing therefore,
market, one third for international
along with European sensible precautions are is to be educated about the fans and the other third reserved
Championships, UEFA taken. Internationally, key areas to be avoided. These for marketing partners and FIFA.
Cup Finals, European commentators such as the areas are not regarded as Jordaan said South Africa ex-
League games & Club US State Department and UK tourist sites. The rate of pected 350,000 visitors for the
World Championships - Foreign Office have officially crime against tourists in tournament in 2010, way down
We know we are the described South Africa as a South Africa is, in fact, lower on the numbers in Germany.
“low risk” destination from than many other countries "This is because of our
most qualified in
of the world, even those geographical position and the
Adelaide to arrange the point of view of crime.
cost of long distance travel," said
your World Cup 2010 However, as with any desti- with a reputation for being
arrangements !!!. nation, there are some areas safe.
Road network THE WEATHER
The road infrastructure
is world-class backed THE WEATHER the weather is mild all In Mpumalanga & Limpopo
year round, but can get provinces, activities are
by highly sophisticated Climate summary cold at night during the not quite as time
roadside assistance autumn and winter
Dry, warm-to-hot dependent.
services, that is summers with cold, dry months (March to August).
reassuring for Durban, the biggest port Having said that, spring
winters are experienced in
customers interested in and surfing paradise, is and autumn are best for
Gauteng, the Northern
a “fly-drive” holiday. In hot and sometimes humid. hiking, as summer can be
Cape, the North West and
In Cape Town, the very hot.
addition, all the major Free State.
car rental companies weather is usually warm, In the Drakensberg
Hot, humid summers with but temperamental. If
have 24-hour assis- (KwaZulu-Natal), summer
balmy, warm winters are you’re visiting from the
tance offices. thunderstorms can be
characteristic of Limpopo northern hemisphere, just dangerous and there is
Mpumalanga, & KwaZulu- remember: when it’s win- occasional snow in winter.
Natal. ter over there, it’s summer In the Cape, the winters
in South Africa. Don’t for- can be wet, so hiking is a
Service in South Af- A Mediterranean type cli-
get to bring sunglasses, bit more difficult, but of
mate, with warm-to-hot,
rica sunscreen and a hat. course there is so much
balmy summers and chilly
winters with rain are what South Africa is a fabulous else to do. If you want to
General service levels
visitors can expect in the all year-round destination linger on the beaches,
throughout the tourism and
Western Cape and Eastern so it depends on what you mid-summer is the best
hospitality sectors in South
Cape. want to do. The best time time to do so, bearing in
Africa have vastly improved,
for game watching, for mind that everyone else
and are on the whole of a Snow does fall in some
instance, is early spring will be there too. The
very high standard. More parts of South Africa, but
(August to October). The beaches of KwaZulu-Natal
training is being done, bring- usually only on the highest
Southern Right whales can are warm and sunny, even
ing new entrants to the in- peaks, or on the extraordi-
be seen off our coasts in mid-winter.
dustry up to speed on what narily high Alpine pastures
tourists need, and from about mid-June to
of “Southern Africa’s
the end of October, and
Tibet”, the traditional Afri-
can Kingdom of Lesotho.
the Humpback whales IMPORTANT LINKS
from August to December.
(For this reason, snow
Scuba diving is generally Stadiums:
skiing is not a major activ-
best from April to Septem- www.Fifa.com/
ity in South Africa -
ber, and so is the surfing, destinations/stadiums
though there is a popular
but neither is limited to
fully fledged resort on the Host Cities:
these times. Flowers are
Free State border). www.Fifa.com/worldcup
at their best in August and
South Africa experiences September, River rafting
one of the highest num- in the Cape is better at
bers of “sunshine hours” the end of winter (August
per year of any country in and September), while in
the world. Summery, KwaZulu-Natal it is best in
without being sweltering. summer (late November-
In the country’s commer- February).
cial heart, Johannesburg,
What happens if my customer falls Most popular attractions among Australians are Cape Town’s
Victoria and Albert Waterfront, Table Mountain Cableway, the
ill or is injured while on holiday? Wine Route, Cape Town Central City, Cape Point, Kruger
Park, Robben Island, Cape of Good hope & the Garden Route.
South Africa is a global a large network of What about the How easy is it to meet
leader in a great many public & private
Zimbabwe situation? and mix with South
medical disciplines. In hospitals countrywide
fact, South African offering excellent Zimbabwe is a sovereign Africans from all
trained doctors are service. However, African state that does not communities? -
sought after all over customers must have form part of South Africa. Very easy indeed. Most South
adequate health Zimbabwe’s recent prob- Africans speak English, so it is
the world, so this
lems have caused world- easy to converse with people
should give an insurance to cover the
wide concern, but this has wherever you go. South Afri-
indication of the fees which private in no way negatively im- cans are generally open,
standard of medical hospitals charge. pacted on South Africa as a friendly people who enjoy wel-
care available. There is tourist destination. coming visitors.
Page 2 WORLD CUP 2010
phy and topography. This drive inland to investigate
THE CITIES creates a stunning diver-
sity of regions within the
the longest wine route in
the world, sampling excel-
Western Cape, each with lent vintages along the
its own special character. way. The oldest vineyards
The Western Cape date back to the 1660s,
The Cape metropole cov- but the wineland area is
ers Cape Town, Table Bay, continuously expanding.
• Cape Town Clifton, Camps Bay, The entire stretch of wine
Muizenberg, Fish Hoek and country is picture perfect,
• Scenic beauty and tran- False Bay. dotted with quaint historic
quility: Cape Point, West towns, with an abundance
Coast, winelands, Garden The Cape winelands, the
longest wine route in the of excellent country food, Africa's time in 2010 -
Route and some of the world’s
world, is famous both for Reuters
• History and culture: its excellent wines and the finest wines to taste. The countdown to the first World
Robben Island, the Bo- natural beauty of its lush Cup to be staged in Africa has
There are several ideal begun.
Kaap valleys, that are sparkling weekend getaways in the In the southern hemisphere winter of
green in summer and Cape interior. One such June and July 2010, South Africa
Snapshot of the Western
cloaked in warm, rusty place is the Victorian spa will host the biggest single cultural,
Cape www.capetourism.org social and sporting event in the
colours in autumn. of Matjiesfontein, right on world and the only certainty at this
Capital: Cape Town the edge of the desert. distance is that it will be a very
The Breede River Valley is
a region of rivers, fruit Founded by an innovative different tournament to the 18th
Population of Cape Town:
Scottish immigrant, finals that ended in Germany.
1 million, Provincial popu- orchards and vineyards. Already scepticism has been aired
Matjiesfontein comprises a
lation: 6,3 million doubting South Africa's ability to
The West Coast is dotted stunning Victorian hotel stage the event but the president
Area: 129 370 km2 with charming white- and pub, just two hours Thabo Mbeki was emphatic about
washed fishing villages. from Cape Town. his nation's capabilities when he
Percentage of the total spoke to reporters.
area of South Africa: 0,6% The Cape Peninsula com- Other seductive towns "We have absolutely no doubts we
Percentage of GDP pro- prises the spectacular Ta- include Darling and Rie- will stage a very successful World
duced in the Western ble Mountain System, beeck Kasteel. These Cup in 2010. We will succeed in
organising a World Cup to FIFA's
Cape: 9.8% which continues inland towns have become the satisfaction and for millions of fans
with the Hottentots’ Hol- hideouts of sophisticated across the globe," he said.
Principal economic sec- land and Boland ranges urbanites and artists seek- "It is important for the whole conti-
tors: Tourism, publishing, sheltering a magnificent ing respite from the rat nent of Africa and we are very con-
manufacturing, ostrich and market gardening and race. They are ideal desti- scious that we dare not, and cannot
poultry farming, fishing, fail. Some people might have al-
viticulture agri-industry. nations for a day’s ex- ready aired their scepticism but they
fruit, grape and wine pro- Washed by two oceans, ploratory drive outside will see in four years time that Afri-
duction The Western Cape Cape Town. cans can do this.
is the most popular tourist residents and visitors alike "They will see that Africa can dis-
province - with good rea- have a vast choice of Further up the coast, the charge its responsibilities the same
son. Cape Town, the beaches and pretty coastal small city of George is the as every other continent."
villages offering excellent capital of the Garden South Africa have already staged
“Mother City”, is one of
the cricket and rugby World Cups
the world’s top destina- seafood restaurants and Route and a veritable and the African Nations Cup but the
tions to visit. marvellous scenery. magnet for golfers. football World Cup is far larger than
Knysna and Plettenberg all of those events rolled in to one.
Reminiscent of other stun- The splendour of the There are also real fears in the
Bay are the most popular
ning coastal cities such as Western Cape is best en- international community over the
destinations on this scenic
Monaco and San Fran- joyed by leisurely drives. indiscriminate nature of urban vio-
coast. Further inland, the lence in South Africa's cities, of
cisco, with its spectacular The peninsula has several
Karoo town of Oudtshoorn inadequate transport links between
scenic drives, the Western breathtaking views such
is famous for its ostriches cities and worries of traffic manage-
Cape offers a fantastic as Chapman’s Peak Drive, ment systems in them.
and the enchanting Cango
assortment of irresistible Hout Bay, the Constantia These are the usual worries raised
Caves are waiting to be
experiences. winelands, Fish Hoek, before most World Cups and Olym-
explored. pic Games and are not unique to
Simonstown and Kalk Bay.
Much of the province’s South Africa but they do not help its
The Cape is the perfect cause after a World Cup in a country
appeal lies in its geogra- Alternately visitors can
venue for a wide range of where these problems were almost
non-existent. "Of course the 2010
World Cup will not be the same as
this one but the World Cup in South
South Africa’s neighbours Korea and Japan had its own char-
acter too," FIFA president Sepp
Blatter said on Sunday.
South Africa is surrounded by a several attractive and varied coun- "What is important is that we already
tries, many of which offer high quality travel products and experi- know the South African World Cup
will raise more money than the 2006
ences. These countries are: Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, the in- World Cup and that the market
dependent African Kingdom of Swaziland and Zimbabwe. South Af- supports South Africa."
"It will be a World Cup played to the
rica also totally surrounds a second traditional African territory, the sound of African drums and all of
mountain Kingdom of Lesotho. It is a common requirement for travel- Africa will be supporting it."
lers, new or experienced, to seek a multi-destination holiday in
southern Africa. South Africa affords this opportunity.
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The Western Cape’s “must-do’s”
Nestled in the shadow of Table Mountain and broadly cosmopolitan, this incredible city is many things to many people. So
whether it’s culture, wine, scenery, the Houses of Parliament, the beach, or the many wonderful leisure activities available
here - Cape Town will capture the heart and soul of all who visit.
Set against the backdrop of Cape Town, the mountain rises to 1 073m above sea level and can be seen from all over the city.
It is one of the few mountains in such close proximity to a city. For the adventurous traveller, there are several hiking routes
that lead to the summit; alternatively one can make use of the cable car that takes just three minutes to reach the top. Once
on top, one is treated to some of the most breathtaking views that South Africa has to offer. Mountain-top dining can be en-
joyed at the bistro or café and there is also a souvenir shop.
Cape Floral Kingdom
Fynbos is the richest biome of the floral kingdom and takes up a large part of the Cape region. Even though it is the smallest
of the world’s floral kingdoms, it has the greatest biodiversity. Taking up an area of over 90 000km2 or 35 000m2, it has
about 9 000 plant species, of which about 6 000 are endemic.
The Cape winelands
Although there are a number of wine growing areas in South Africa, the bulk of South Africa’s wine comes from the area clas-
sically called “the winelands”, which includes Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschhoek. The wine route is complemented by a host
of restaurants, coffee shops and attractive guest houses with wonderful menus and extensive wine lists. The scenery is spec-
tacular, with dramatic green mountains a backdrop to the wine estates which also boast the best Cape Dutch and Georgian
architecture in the country. This is where it all seems to hang together - the vines, the oak trees, the whitewashed, gabled
houses and even the red and white roses planted next to the vines.
Nature reserves in the area offer guided trails for short walks or extended hikes.
Horse or wagon rides through several of the wine estates offers something different.
The Oude Libertas Amphitheatre and the Spier Theatre, both in Stellenbosch frequently host classical and contemporary mu-
sic, theatre and dance festivals.
This is where Nelson Mandela and other African National Congress members such as Walter Sisulu were detained during the
apartheid struggle. The island is 13km off the shore of Green Point. Today Robben Island is a museum honouring the coura-
geous individuals who were imprisoned there. It is also home to an abundance of wildlife, including over 100 bird species. On
1 December 1999, UNESCO declared the island a World Heritage Site.
This is the southern tip of the Cape Peninsula. While it might not officially be the place where the Indian and Atlantic oceans
meet (the official meeting point has been declared to be at Cape Agulhas - the southernmost point of Africa), it is still one of
the most spectacular headlands in the world. Needle-sharp and steep-sided, Cape Point lords it over a sometimes wild and
stormy sea. On bright summer days, it is sunny and pleasant with pretty fragrant flowers all around. The point is at the far
end of the Cape Peninsula National Park. Your customers can reach it by car, bus, and for the more adventurous, bicycle tour,
ending in a walk to the viewpoint. The truly adventurous may like to join a sea kayak trip around the point - which can only
be undertaken in perfect weather.
Situated about an hour’s drive from Cape Town, Hermanus is famous for the fantastic sightings of Southern Right whales
from June until the end of October. It’s not even necessary to go out on a boat, as these huge mammals are clearly visible
from the cliff-top walk. A pair of binoculars is always useful but even without, keen watchers can get a pretty good view of
the whales as they frolic in the bay.
As fascinating as the whales are, there is more to Hermanus. The diving is good, there is a small, dedicated sea kayaking
operation, and the local golf course, that is not a links course, is particularly scenic with lovely views of the sea.
The tiny but prolific Kogelberg Nature Reserve is botanically rich and diverse, with over 1 600 species of plants, about 150 of
which are endemic, in an area of only 18 000ha.
The Walker Bay wine region has some of the most southerly vineyards in the world and a tasting trip is well worthwhile.
Victoria & Alfred (V&A) Waterfront
This is one of the prime attractions in Cape Town, offering a world-class shopping experience and an interesting variety of
restaurants, cafés, bars and exciting nightspots. The V&A Waterfront also boasts some of South Africa’s best hotels on the
marina as well as the Two Oceans Aquarium.
Southern Africa is shaped like an enormous shield, mostly consisting of a huge inland plateau that is edged by a steep es-
carpment. Much of these inland highlands are flat, with the exception of the great mountains of the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands,
which have the evocative Zulu name of “uKhahlamba”, meaning “Barrier of Spears”. The grandeur of this range is evident
from the height of the tallest peak in the region, the mighty Thabana Ntlenyana, which is 4m higher than the Matterhorn in
the Swiss Alps. These mountains are also called the Drakensberg, a word which in Afrikaans means “Dragon Mountains”.
These are much younger mountains than those of the Cape, of which Table Mountain is the best-known feature. The terms
“Highveld” and “Lowveld” apply to two distinct inland regions: the Highveld being the elevated central plateau forming much
of the interior, reaching an altitude of some 2 000m. The “Lowveld” refers to the lower altitude regions of the country
further north towards the Limpopo River Valley, which forms the international border with Zimbabwe. South Africa lies within
the high pressure, sub-tropical belt. This, combined with its varied landscape, the size of the southern African landmass, and
the height of the interior regions, creates a wide variety of climates that suit just about every need at any time of the year.