Economic forecast South Africa: steady growth

South Africa is likely to show stable growth in the next five years. The country’s growth may seem moderate, when compared to other African countries. But relatively strong consumer spending power, a large market and a stable, diverse economy makes South Africa an attractive market in an African context.

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The stories of true heroes in the Shipwreck Museum

If you think you’re adventurous going 4×4 through Botswana or climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, think again. As is to be discovered at a visit Bredasdorp’s Shipwreck Museum, the true adventurers were sea explorers of yesteryear who braved one of the most challenging sea crossings of their time: the Atlantic-Indian Ocean crossing via Cape Agulhas.

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Small steps wind farming South Africa

Small Darling Wind Farm, the first in South Africa, shows that wind energy is feasible. It reflects the collaborative efforts of international donors, government agencies and the private sector.

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Een boel te doen in Kaapstad

As unpredictable as its weather, diverse as its wildlife and  sophisticated as its world-famous wines, Cape Town is a city that’s  impossible to pin down.

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Criminal syndicates turn to Rhino poaching

Rhino experts say there is a new trend emerging in relation to rhino poaching. Increasingly, criminal syndicates usually associated with more hardened crimes like drug trafficking and vehicle theft are turning to rhino poaching.

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Top 10 beach destinations in Africa

Travel website TripAdvisor announced the winners of its 2012 Travelers’ Choice® Beach Destinations awards. On the African part of the list, sandy seasides in Kenya and Tanzania are among the best rated. In South Africa Cape Town Central is the place to be.

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Johannesburg gets its groove back

Johannesburg has more nicknames than you can shake a vuvuzela at. There’s the  convenient (Jo’burg), the casual (Jozi) and the cool (J-town); there’s the Anglo  (Joeys), the Zulu (eGoli, meaning “place of gold”) and the Afrikaans (Burg). Yet  for many visitors, they all spell the same thing: danger.

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An elegant train ride through South Africa

Mossel BayRovos Rail is a beautiful anachronism: an authentically refurbished Edwardian-style train designed to take guests back in time as it meanders through some of South Africa’s least-seen but most spectacular countryside. A train ride complete with excursions to two of the country’s historical highlights.

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2 South Africans most influantial in wine bizz

Logo Wines of South AfricaTwo South Africans have been shortlisted by a leading international research company for its line-up of the world`s most influential figures in wine over the past decade.  UK-based Wine Intelligence, a market intelligence company that consults to producers worldwide on strategy and branding, has compiled what it calls “a 10 for 10 list” in celebration of its first decade in business.

Included in its list of 30 nominees are both Su Birch, CEO of Wines of South Africa, and Lynne Sherriff MW, who chairs the Institute of Masters of Wine, based in London.

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“Radical” plans for Cape Wine 2012

Logo Wines of South AfricaCape Wine 2012 will be “radical”, according to WOSA CEO Su Birch. Describing the Cape Town trade fair, which returns from 25-27 September for the first time since 2008, as “the first green wine show ever,” Birch also revealed that the event would incorporate a wine tourism show, Vindaba for the first time. [Lees meer…]