Coronavirus Updates

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.

  • SATSA Adventure Tourism Chapter AGM October 19, 2020
    As promised during the launch of the SATSA Adventure Chapter a few weeks back and following our survey, we are very excited to invite you to the first SATSA Adventure Chapter Annual General Meeting as follows: Date: Wednesday 4 November 2020 Time: 13:00 – 16:00 RSVP: Please register your attendance to the virtual AGM here […]
  • UIF TERS – Updated Letter for Employers October 16, 2020
    Please click here for an update letter from UIF TERS. We are working through the TBCSA channels to find out whether TERS will be extended until 15 November 2020, now that the State of Disaster has been extended. Will let you know as soon as we hear anything!
  • Get involved: Open African Travel October 16, 2020
    Through a joint initiative by Aardvark Safaris, ATTA and Small World Marketing, an Open African Travel Campaign has been launched. The campaign, aimed at the UK government, has already gained about 4000 signatories on a UK petition to open African travel. As this petition is only open to UK citizens, the campaign creators are looking to […]
  • Revised Guidelines on the Tourism Incentive Programme – TBCSA would appreciate your input October 16, 2020
    The Department of Tourism has revised the guidelines for the Tourism Incentive Programme (TIP). The TBCSA would appreciate your feedback and input on the revised guidelines. Please find below two documents for your perusal. Summary of MASP Rule changes 14 September 2020 IMASP Guidelines Feedback and input can be sent to, no later than […]
  • SMARTSENZ eco-conscious pest management October 16, 2020
    Our SMARTSENZ® service is an eco-friendly Integrated Pest Management (IPM) service designed for the long-term prevention of pests. We are trusted by game lodges in ecologically sensitive areas such as Sabi Sand Game Reserve, Kruger National Park, Timbavati Game Reserve, Klaserie Sands etc. Please contact us for references at 060 982 8285 or
  • ATW wants your good news stories! October 16, 2020
    As part of its #UnlockAfrica campaign to showcase the best of our incredible continent, Africa Travel Week (ATW) needs YOU to help roll out 50 days of feel-good stories starting from 1 November. Why? The world needs more positive news right now. It is also a great way to leverage our global reach to keep marketing Africa to […]
  • South African Economic Reconstruction and Recovery Plan – Expanded list of countries to be published ‘shortly’ October 16, 2020
    President Cyril Ramaphosa on 15 October 2020, presented the South African Economic Reconstruction and Recovery Plan to a Joint Hybrid Sitting of Parliament. The plan aims to expedite, in a sustainable manner, the recovery of South Africa’s economy that was, like most economies, deeply affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Making a specific mention of the […]
  • Spier launches new Elemental Play Garden October 16, 2020
    Spier has launched its new Elemental Play Garden: a safe and beautiful outside space where families can explore, dream and play. Adjoining the farm’s historic Werf (farmyard), the Elemental Play Garden is just a stone’s throw from Vadas Smokehouse & Bakery and Spier Farm Café. Conceptualised by landscape architects Ed Brooks and Danielle Croly, focusing […]
  • Qatar Airways signs interline agreement with Airlink October 15, 2020
    Qatar Airways has signed an interline agreement with Airlink, further expanding its presence in Southern Africa. The agreement with Airlink will provide passengers seamless connectivity via Cape Town, and Johannesburg to more than 20 regional destinations in Southern Africa including; Gaborone, Maun, Tete, Port Elizabeth, Lusaka, Harare and Victoria Falls. Qatar Airways’ passengers will benefit […]
  • Recording: South Africa is Travel Ready unpacks the German Market October 15, 2020
    As one of South Africa’s Top 5 Source Markets, Germany is one of the only markets from where we can welcome leisure travellers. Our panelists from last night’s Tourism Tuesday unpacked traveller sentiment in Germany, what the expectations are from German travellers as well as the Western Cape’s new marketing campaign. Joining us to unpack […]
  • SATSA CEO Calls On Members To Support TBCSA Travel Safe | Eat Safe Programme October 14, 2020
    SATSA CEO David Frost has put a strong call to members and the wider Tourism and Hospitality sector to get behind the Tourism Business Council of South Africa (TBCSA)’s Travel Safe Eat Safe programme, which includes: Click here to view David Frost’s message. All establishments and activity providers are strongly encouraged to enrol in the […]
  • Adv Louis Nel Business Review Advice – Insert 12: Passports, Visas, Health and Insurance October 14, 2020
    Welcome back folks – the next reason you should have comprehensive T&C does not apply to all members of SATSA but if you deal with any of the topics addressed below, please take note! Issues that have in my experience given rise to many, many ‘altercations’ with clients are the following and please deal with […]
  • SARS red tape jeopardises recovery of COVID-19 beleaguered Tourism SMMEs October 12, 2020
    South Africa’s beleaguered tourism SMMEs face yet another hurdle in their battle for survival as SARS seeks to charge them VAT on fees made for international travel arrangements – something which is VAT-exempt by law. Many tourism businesses are being audited by SARS and required to pay VAT on the fee that is charged to […]
  • Register as a buyer for Sanganai/Hlanganani Virtual Exhibition October 9, 2020
    SATSA members are invited to reconnect with their tourism contacts and meet new ones at this year’s virtual Sanganai/Hlanganani World Tourism Expo to be held from 22-23 October 2020. To register, follow these easy steps: Create and register an account on Complete the registration process from Step 1 – 5 Select BUYER option After […]
  • SATSA Adventure Tourism Chapter – have your say October 9, 2020
    As you might have read, SATSA recently launched a dedicated Adventure Chapter in recognition of the vital role this sector plays within the tourism industry and its undeniable role in moulding the future in South Africa. This comes after years of discussions, research and negotiations for an Adventure Tourism Self-Regulation Project. Whilst we might not […]