Coronavirus Updates Via SATSA

Please find the latest news stories as they happen from the SATSA news feed. This page will be updated every hour or as a news story is published.

  • Webinar: Unpacking SMME Relief Packages, Focus on SA Tourism Fund 8th Apr 2020
    SA Tourism is undertaking the process of undertaking the process of compiling a Tourism Recovery Plan. As such, SA Tourism will host a series of webinars in order to engage with the tourism industry with solutions, scenarios and a way forward which will form part of this recovery plan. There will be three sessions in […]
  • Opportunity for Wheels Operators – RMB COVID-19 Rapid Response Project 8th Apr 2020
    With the anticipation of the rapid progression of COVID-19 cases nationally, RMB has initiated a COVID-19 Rapid Response project and is coordinating efforts across the corporate hospitality sector to create a proactive and practical support network to the healthcare system. It involves collaboration with hotels and hotel groups, partners such as Ubuntu Beds, and transport and […]
  • COVID-19 Economic Support – Bidvest Bank Issuer Dispute 8th Apr 2020
  • Applications for the Tourism Relief Fund is open 7th Apr 2020
    We are happy to announce that the Tourism Relief Fund is officially open for applications. As per Department of Tourism – The Tourism Relief Fund provides once-off capped grant assistance to Small Micro and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMMEs) in the tourism value chain to ensure their sustainability during and post the implementation of government measures to […]
  • Launching SATSA Discourse: A forum for you to engage with industry peers 7th Apr 2020
    SATSA’s new Discourse is a platform for members and industry to connect, collaborate and advise each other. This online forum will be hosted on the SATSA website, with forum rooms open 24 hours a day for members to engage on a variety of topics. Topics can be added at any stage and we encourage members […]
  • Webinar: Remote Teams…in a time of COVID 19 7th Apr 2020
    Team performance specialist, Helene Smuts, and Gavin Reynolds Director of Spirit Africa discuss the basics for setting up your physical environment and infrastructure, putting in place sustainable habits and routines (meeting rhythms), building trust and engagement. This is particularly poignant during this time of self-isolation as a result of COVID-19. Please click on the links […]
  • Q&A with Consumer Protection Legal Expert Trudie Broekmann 6th Apr 2020
    SATSA would again like to apologise for the poor technical sound on last week’s Consumer Protection Act webinar which we had to end early. We have transcribed the recording, as well as responding to the specific questions received with answers based on Trudie Broekmann’s responses.  We also have some resources available for SATSA members that Trudie is happy for […]
  • Cybersecurity in the COVID-19 work-from-home age 6th Apr 2020
    In this webinar, MAZARS experts Christo Snyman and Terence Govender share some practical advice to guard against cybercriminals while you are working remotely. Please click on the links below to access the content of the webinar in audio-only or view the webinar on YouTube. SoundCloud YouTube
  • Bidvest waives minimum service fee for SATSA members 6th Apr 2020
    Bidvest made the decision to waive the minimum service fee for all SATSA members who have their merchant acquiring relationship with Bidvest Bank for a period of 3 months. They are hoping that this will support members, even if only to a small extent, to take some pressure from them should they not be meeting […]
  • COVID-19 Economic Support – Bidvest Bank Issuer Dispute Update 6th Apr 2020
  • Lufthansa, SWISS and Austrian Airlines changes ticket fare structure 6th Apr 2020
    Lufthansa, SWISS and Austrian Airlines are changing their ticket fare structure. With immediate effect, all fares and ticket prices can be rebooked – including, for example, the Zero Bag fare without hand baggage. This applies worldwide for new bookings on short, medium and long-haul routes. For tickets purchased in the USA and Canada, the changeover […]
  • British High Commission announces repatriation flights for citizens stranded in SA 6th Apr 2020
    The FCO has updated the travel advice for South Africa with an update on repatriation flights (“Return to UK” section). The applicable extract is as follows: From 9 April, the British Government in partnership with Virgin Atlantic, will operate special flights from Johannesburg and Cape Town for British travellers to South Africa to return to […]
  • Lufthansa Group extends returnee flight schedule until 3 May 3rd Apr 2020
    Due to the continuing travel restrictions, Lufthansa today decided to extend its returnee flight schedule, which was originally scheduled to run until 19 April, until 3 May. This also means that all remaining flights of the original flight schedule between 25 April and 3 May will be cancelled. Flights which were planned to operate until […]
  • SAA to operate charter flights for various governments to repatriate foreign nationals from South Africa 3rd Apr 2020
    On Monday, 22 March 2020, the South African government took the decision to declare a national lockdown starting at midnight on 26 March 2020, to curb the spread of the COVID-19. The South African borders were consequently closed and all passenger air travel, with the exception of cargo flights delivering essential supplies, was shut down. […]
  • #TourismStrong: How Tourism SMMEs can survive lockdown 3rd Apr 2020
    With no airlines flying into or out of South Africa and no tourists to participate in experiences, tourism SMMEs are finding themselves in a difficult situation. Is it even possible for tourism SMMEs to remain productive during lockdown? “The main thing to remember during this difficult time is that you are not alone. Now is […]