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Visitor myths about South Africa

Many tourists think that South Africa has no snow, even summer, but it is not. Before traveling to South Africa, don’t forget to check the weather forecast as Cape Town city is very wet in winter.

Johannesburg features thunderstorms in the summer, while the Karoo region also has harsh winter days. When arriving in South Africa for the first time, the question tourists often ask is: “Where is the wildlife?”

South Africa has long developed advanced technology and science. Like other countries, South Africa is divided between classes of society, rich people, poor people, and the middle class. South Africans also live in urban and rural areas on farms and villas.

However, visitors will not be able to see a lion walking on the street or people riding elephants to work, they are isolated in the safe area. So to see the wildlife, visitors visit the nature reserves throughout South Africa.

African is not a language. The South African country has 11 official languages ​​and most people can speak two of the total. English is very popular in South Africa, so you do not need to fear you will get lost because you do not know the dialect.

Whites make up a small portion of the South African population. Most of them are of Dutch, German, English and French descent. South Africa is five times the size of Great Britain and is one of the largest countries on the African continent. So, instead of trying to explore South Africa for a week, tourists should develop a plan to visit interesting places in this country.

Hunting is a form of livelihood in remote communities in South Africa. However, they only hunt small animals and species that are not endangered. Furthermore, South Africa also has strict policies to conserve wildlife across the country.

Although theft and riots persist, South Africa is not a dangerous country. As in other countries, when visiting South Africa, visitors need to follow the local guidelines and regulations.

 

Talking about the major red wines of South Africa

Since 10 years ago South African wine was not appreciated by the market. However, nowadays, it is able to produce some of the best quality wines in the world.

South African Cabernet Sauvignon is commercially available with a mildly complex flavor. They therefore become an ideal alternative to a quality Cabernet Sauvignon from Paso Robles or Sonoma.

If you’re looking for quality South African Cabernet Sauvignon, you should try the Paarl & Stellenbosch region. Syrah wine from South Africa is increasingly popular thanks to its characteristics of black-skinned fruit and chocolate-like taste.

One thing to note is that because Syrah grapes are grown everywhere in South Africa, this place also owns many different styles of Syrah wines. Light Syrah wines usually come from cool regions like Paarl and Stellebosch, while the hearty wines.

It is again easily found in dry climates like Robertson and Swartland. Major Syrah wineries in South Africa are Paarl & Stellenbosch, Robertson and Swartland.

Pinotage is a grape of South Africa, a cross between Pinot Noir and Cinsault. However, this wine is not the same as Pinot Noir. Pinotage wines possess diverse fruity flavors, from raspberry to cranberry mixed with chocolate and tobacco.

It is also thicker, more alcoholic and lighter in tone than Pinot Noir. Pinotage wine is often mixed with Syrah. If you are looking for quality South African Pinotage, you should choose from the Diemersfontein, Southern Right and Kanonko regions.

Merlot wines are widely used in conjunction with Cabernet Sauvignon wines. Of course you can still find purely Merlot wines in the Coastal Region.

In addition, South Africa also produces a number of other red wines such as Malbec, Petit Verdot, Pinot Noir and Cinsault. Although the aforementioned wines are mainly used for blending, in cooler regions, South Africa also produces pure wine from Pinot Noir.

South Africa is expected to spend more than $ 1 billion to help South Africa Airways work again

The South African government has just announced plans to provide financial assistance worth 16.4 billion Rand. They are trying to revive the national airline South Africa Airways (SAA) which is currently in a state of heavy losses.

South African Finance Minister Tito Mboweni said the government has arranged Rand 16.4 billion to help SAA fulfill its financial obligations.

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Minister Tito Mboweni said that according to the plan, the bailout package will be disbursed within the next 3 years. However, the allocation plan will be continuously adjusted and updated according to the actual operational situation of SAA to bring the highest efficiency.

This 100-year-old airline announces plans to cease operations on most domestic flights and some international flights. At the same time they consider selling some assets and cutting staff to minimize operating costs.

The SAA staffs went on strike to protest plans to cut wages and lay off 900 employees. They forced the airline to cancel all flights for several days. SAA said a union strike representing about 3,000 of its 5,000 employees caused damages to the company 50 million Rand.

In fact, SAA has started to suffer from losses since 2008 due to weak management capacity. They lead to the loss of a large number of passengers to low-cost airlines.

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In addition, operating costs are increasing, especially fuel prices. They have helped push one of Africa’s most historic airlines into a spiral of loss. The largest airline in South Africa, South African Airways (SA) is also the national airline. As a Star Alliance member, SA flies non-stop to more than 40 destinations in 26 countries.

One of the top famous airports in South Africa that you will not be missed is Cape Town Airport. This is the operational center of South African Airways. Cape Town International Airport is the second largest airport in South Africa. After Johannesburg International Airport, that’s the third largest in Africa and the main gateway for transporting tourists.

Rugby star Bryan Habana (South Africa) joins Laureus World Sports Academy

Ahead of the 20th Laureus World Sports Awards Berlin, star and legendary South African rugby player Bryan Habana had the honor of becoming a member of Laureus World Sports Academy.

Bryan Habana was warmly welcomed

Considered one of the greatest rugby players of all time, Bryan Habana was inspired to participate in the sport, seeing South African President Nelson Mandela and Francois Pienaar, captain The South African rugby team lifted the trophy for the rugby world championship team in 1995. Sitting in the stands at Ellis Park, he dared to dream of becoming one of the top scorers in top contests of this sport.

Bryan Habana was the star of the Rugby World Cup (World Cup) in 2007, scoring eight times (try) to help the South African team become world champions. With 8 goals, Bryan Habana set the tournament’s record on par with the performance of rugby star Jonah Lomu (New Zealand). He was also voted the World Footballer of the World Championship in 2007. With 67 goals, Bryan was second in the list of all-time scorers. When he became a world champion, he also won many titles at other prestigious competitions such as Tri Nations, a Lions Series of England and Ireland and the European Cup.

In 2009, Bryan Habana was selected as the Ambassador for the Laureus Sport for Good Program and for the past decade, he has been a devoted member of the Laureus family, spending time visiting programs around the world, improving awareness and call for funding to support the transformation of these programs. Bryan Habana joins the current 68-member family of Laureus World Sports Academy.

The Laureus Sport for Good program has raised over 150 million EUR for the Sports for Development field over the past 20 years. Together with partners, the Laureus Sport for Good program has been approaching and helping to change the lives of nearly 6 million children and young people since 2000. Currently, this program supports more than 200 programs in more than 40 countries, using the power of sport to change lives.