South African tourism industry loses over R1bn in travel bookings overnight

Rosemary Anderson

South Africa’s tourism and hospitality sector have lost over R1bn in travel bookings for travel between December and March from 26 to 28 November, as a result of the travel bans instituted globally against the destination since it announced that it had sequenced a new variant, now known as Omicron. A snap survey conducted amongst […]

Recording: Health Department addresses the state of readiness to respond to the Omicron variant

Minister of Health Dr Joe Phaahla and Deputy Minister of Health Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo, together with a panel of scientists held a media briefing on 29 November to unpack the President’s address on 28 November and to present the state of readiness to respond to the variant of concern (Omicron) by the government. FEDHASA has secured the recording of the briefing, which can be […]

Webinar Invitation: UIF TERS Update

You are invited to again join Hettie Fourie and Geroldine Pretorius of the TERS Info & Support Page for a webinar which will provide the latest updates on the UIF TERS application process. Webinar information and registration: Date: 6 December 2021Time: 15h00Register: Click here to register for the webinar For a recap on our previous webinar and supporting resources, […]

Amendments to the Mpumalanga Gambling Rules – November 2021

The Mpumalanga Economic Regulator has published amendments to the Gambling Rules gazetted in October 2018. A draft of these amendments was forwarded to members for comment back in March 2021. The publication provides for additions, deletions and amendments to definitions, monitoring and control systems (MSC), equipment, access control to the surveillance room, certain word amendments, […]

Recording: UIF TERS Sector Appeal Applications

If you missed the UIF TERS Sector Appeal Applications webinar on 14 September 2021, or if you would like to listen to it again, please click here. If you’d like to access the Appeals Guide, please click here. To stay informed and up-to-date on the latest developments regarding UIF TERS, make sure to follow the Hettie Fourie […]

FEDHASA congratulates Wrenelle Stander on her appointment as CEO of Wesgro

FEDHASA would like to congratulate Wrenelle Stander on her appointment as CEO of Wesgro. Last week Wesgro’s board of directors announced Stander would be the new chief executive as of October 1 to replace Tim Harris. Stander takes over the helm of the Western Cape’s government’s investment, trade and tourism agency from Harris who held the position […]

Easing of lockdown regulations – we need assurances that there will be no further shut downs and restrictions

FEDHASA welcomes President Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement on 12 September 2021, moving the country to an adjusted Alert Lockdown Level 2, easing COVID-19 restrictions which have hampered normal operations within the hospitality sector and, in some sectors such as larger restaurants and venues, have made operating under the past months, financially unviable. We understand the delicate […]

Take-off for SA’s e-visa roll-out

The Department of Home Affairs (DHA) has begun the implementation of its electronic visa system (e-Visa) to 15 countries. addressing the National Tourism Stakeholder Forum today (September 8), DHA Director of Immigration Services, Phindiwe Mbhele, listed the 15 countries and outlined the process followed to begin implementation. He said e-Visa activation would start this month and […]