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The view from Bartinney Private Cellar across to Simonsberg mountain is just one of many breathtaking views you'll find on Helshoogte Pass (Hell's Heights) outside Stellenbosch en route to Franschhoek. There is more to do - and more to be awed by - along this short drive than anywhere else in South Africa. And we've really applied our minds before making that statement, and we have driven virtually the whole of South Africa.
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Yes, Boschendal Estate is beautiful, stretching between the Groot Drakenstein and Simonsberg mountains, but with what's happening there now, it's also one of the best "Good News Stories" in the Winelands.
Wesgro's Air Access Unit has added 408,400 additional two-way international seats into Cape Town International Airport in less than 18 months. That's a lot of bums in beds, bottoms on restaurant seats and shoppers through the door! Does any other tourism achievement come as close?With the Democratic Alliance (DA) now controlling the cities of Johannesburg, Pretoria, Port Elizabeth and Cape Town (and virtually the whole of the Western Cape), they are in a position to dramatically change the tourism landscape. Municipalities have a critical role to play in tourism, which is part of their constitutional responsibility. We asked James Vos, the DA's shadow minister of tourism, what the tourism industry can expect.
Esa Yacoob is a “greenfields” entrepreneur – he has started new businesses from scratch and created jobs which have never been there before. He has grown people and their skills; he has provided new opportunities. South Africa needs more people like him.
THE VISA ISSUE: “It’s been two years and we’ve made no progress, nor has the Minister of Tourism, nor has the Deputy President, nor the Inter-Ministerial Committee.”That's what David Frost, SATSA's CEO says and explains why they are thinking of taking the Department of Home Affairs to court. James Vos, the DA's shadow minister of tourism says the regulations should be scrapped and electronic visas introduced.
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