13 December 2017

Namibia: Three heritage sites in Northwestern Namibia to operate half day only on 19 December 2017!

The National Heritage Council of Namibia just informed the public that three heritage sites in Northwestern Namibia, namely the Twyfelfontein World Heritage Site, the Petrified Forest Heritage Site and the Brandberg Heritage Site, will only be open half day on 19 December 2017 due to an official function. Normal business hours will resume as from 20 December 2017.

Namibia, Twyfelfontein, Khorixas, rock engravings

The Twyfelfontein World Heritage Site is located 20 km south of the C39 major road from Sesfontein to Khorixas. From there it is connected by the district road D3214. The Petrified Forest lies some 40 km west of
Khorixas, also on the C39 road. The Brandberg Mountain is located about 30 km from Uis.

Botswana: Rain season (January - March 2018) outlook!

Botswana's Department of Meteorological Services (BDMS) has released a statement regarding the seasonal rainfall outlook update for January to March 2018. According to the statement the eastern parts of Botswana (Southern-Central and Northeast District) are expected to receive largely normal rainfall. Normal rainfall is about 180mm for this area. The remaining parts of the country which include Gantsi, Ngamiland, Chobe, Northern-Central, Kgalagadi, Southern, Southeast, Kgatleng and Kweneng are expected to receive normal to above normal rainfall. Normal rainfall during January to March in these parts of Botswana usually ranges from 100mm over Kgalagadi to 320mm over the Chobe District. Overall, a moderately wet season is expected. This is mainly due to the present weak La NiƱa conditions.

Kruger National Park: Restaurant facilities in three rest camps set to reopen!

South African National Parks (SANParks) is set to reopen the restaurants facilities at Letaba Rest Camp, Olifants Rest Camp and Satara Rest Camp in the Kruger National Park. The three restaurants will be managed on temporary basis for the next six months by one of the companies that is currently managing other restaurants in Kruger National Park. In the meantime, SANParks is looking for new operators for the three restaurants.

The restaurant facilities at Letaba Rest Camp, Olifants Rest Camp and Satara Rest Camp will be operational as follows: 
  • Letaba operational by 13 December 2017
  • Satara operational by 14 December 2017
  • Olifants operational by 15 December 2017

TAZARA: Resumption of passenger train services in Zambia!

We got information from the the Tanzania-Zambia Railway Authority (TAZARA) that passenger train services between New Kapiri Mposhi and Nakonde in Zambia resumed on 12 December 2017. The Mukuba Express Train has, therefore, resumed its normal schedule, running from New Kapiri Mposhi to Dar es Salaam on 12 December 2017 and is due to return from Dar es Salaam on 15 December 2017. Similarly, the Kilimanjaro Ordinary Train that had been operating in Tanzania only in the past one week, has resumed its normal operations in Zambia on 12 December 2017. The train will, accordingly, return from New Kapiri Mposhi to Dar es Salaam on 15 December 2017.

The TAZARA Railway, operated by the Tanzania-Zambia Railway Authority (TAZARA), is a railroad in East Africa linking the port of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania with the town of New Kapiri Mposhi in Zambia's Central Province.

12 December 2017

South Africa's most punctual domestic airlines in November 2017!

Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) has published the on-time performance results of domestic airlines’ flying out of OR Tambo International Airport (JNB) in Johannesburg, Cape Town International Airport (CPT) in Cape Town and Durban's King Shaka International Airport (DUR) in November 2017.
On-Time Performance is measured by comparing the actual off-block time (when aircraft pushes back) against the airline schedule time for a departing flight. The measurement is done in accordance with the IATA (International Airlines Transport Association) universal standard benchmark with considers a 15 minute deviation from the scheduled time as an on-time departure.

OR Tambo International Airport (JNB), Johannesburg - 15 Min on Time Performance November 2017 (airport target 87%)
  1. CemAir - 89.41% (October 84.72%)
  2. FlySafair - 89.16% (October 89.71%)
  3. South African Airways - 86.51% (October 83.41%)
  4. Airlink - 79.67% (October 82.84%)
  5. Kulula.com - 78.82% (October 80.41%)
  6. British Airways Domestic - 73.84% (October 82.18%)
  7. Mango - 72.16% (October 74.95%)
  8. SA Express - 63.63% (October 64.77%)
  9. Fly Blue Crane Aviation - --.-- (October --.--%)
Cape Town International Airport (CPT) - 15 Min on Time Performance November 2017 (airport target 90%)
  1. FlySafair - 89.68% (October 92.48%)
  2. Airlink - 89.18% (October 89.45%)
  3. South African Airways - 86.13% (October 83.37%)
  4. Kulula.com - 84.78% (October 85.92%)
  5. Mango - 83.87% (October 77.88%)
  6. CemAir - 80.47% (October 76.19%) 
  7. British Airways Domestic - 75.61% (October 84.00%)
  8. SA Express - 69.17% (October 77.39%) 
  9. Fly Blue Crane Aviation - --.-- (October --.--%)
King Shaka International Airport (DUR), Durban - 15 Min on Time Performance November 2017 (airport target 91%)
  1. FlySafair - 94.33% (October 92.73%)
  2. Airlink - 93.75% (October 91.58%)
  3. South African Airways - 87.54% (October 84.35%)
  4. Kulula.com - 82.08% (October 85.55%)
  5. Mango - 80.00% (October 80.35%)
  6. British Airways Domestic - 73.08% (October 80.67%)
  7. SA Express - 62.23% (October 71.47%)