“The Shamwari Game Reserve team has set out to continuously elevate the guest experience at the game reserve, creating new benchmarks in delivering complete wildlife and hospitality offerings to our guest and travel industry colleagues.” The World Travel Awards, hailed as the “travel industry’s equivalent to the Oscars” by the Wall Street Journal, are described as “the most comprehensive and the most prestigious awards program in the global travel industry” by numerous media reports. “The challenges of green tourism are the responsibility of every company, organization and individual working in travel and tourism today,” said World Travel Awards chairman Graham Cooke. “Unless we play our part now, there is no denying that we will all be held accountable by future generations.” Setting benchmarks In addition, the first World Travel Green Awards were also held in the Caribbean, with Shamwari being voted as the World’s Leading Conservation Company for 2008. Wilson added that Shamwari would continue to maintain the highest regard for the environment, whilst remaining at the forefront of conservation and hospitality in Africa. SAinfo reporter “The survey is truly global in scale, independent and accountable,” said Cooke. “To be awarded the ‘World’s Leading Safari and Game Reserve’ for an eleventh consecutive year and the Green Award acknowledgement is an outstanding achievement,” James Wilson, CEO of Dubai World Africa, a major shareholder of Shamwari, said in a statement this week. South Africa’s Shamwari Game Reserve is in the spotlight again following this year’s World Travel Awards, held in the Turks and Caicos Islands earlier this month, after it was chosen as the World’s Leading Safari & Game Reserve. “Our goal is to continuously set ecological standards and benchmarks in the green tourism industry of South Africa.” Thousands of travel agents and industry members from around the globe vote for winners of the World Travel Awards, which was launched in 1993 to celebrate excellence in the World’s travel and tourism industry. ‘Travel industry Oscars’ 22 December 2008 The nominations of the first World Travel Green Awards were announced at a ceremony held in Popard, Slovakia in October, when 90 organizations were nominated for the global categories of the first World Travel Green Awards. “We are proud of the achievements and commitment made by all and will continue to promote ecologically sensitive tourism and support the local environments through community development projects and conservation of natural and human resources,” said Adrian Gardiner, CEO of the Mantis Group, which owns Shamwari. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
11 June 2009The South African Tennis Association has received a welcome boost, with the signing of a three-year, R8-million sponsorship deal with medical scheme Keyhealth.The money will be geared towards Davis Cup, junior tennis, and development. Earlier this year, KeyHealth partnered with the South African Tennis Association (Sata) in the SA Open and Davis Cup ties.“This is an absolute win for tennis in South Africa,” Sata chief executive Ian Smith said in a statement this week. “To have KeyHealth as a partner in the resurrection of the sport locally is what SA tennis has been lacking for some time.”‘A growing sport’KeyHealth marketing chairman Peter Sharman explained: “Tennis is a growing sport in South Africa, and we were fortunate to make contact with SA Tennis some 12 months ago and provide them with a small sponsorship to assist them in their efforts to promote tennis throughout the country.“The board of KeyHealth then took the decision to become more involved, especially as there was a need to promote tennis to the underprivileged and provide them with a healthy sporting opportunity on an individual basis,” Sharman said.“Through this initiative we hope to create primary healthcare awareness and a healthy lifestyle for all who are involved, and through the publicity it generates we will bring that awareness to the masses.”Improvement and expansionIn recent years South African tennis has shown encouraging signs of improvement and expansion.The South African Open was revived in 2007 after the country had last hosted an ATP event in 1994. The tournament that year was a challenger event, but in 2009 it enjoyed full ATP Tour status and drew a quality field.Also this year, two challenger tournaments, for men and women, were held at the Arthur Ashe Tennis Complex in Soweto, Johannesburg. It was the first time that world class tennis had been taken to the world famous township.In September, South Africa will face India at home for a place in the World Group of the Davis Cup, the highest level of the international competition. This comes on the back of 10 successive wins in the event since 2006.At the junior level, Chanel Simmonds recently made it to the quarterfinals of the girls’ French Open.Clearly, the trend is up for South African tennis, and a healthy sponsorship will no doubt help stimulate the sport and expand it throughout the country.SAinfo reporter and South African Tennis AssociationWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
FAW plans to extend its commercial vehicleinvestment into passenger carmanufacturing. The venture will alsoresult in substantial job creation.(Image: First Automobile Works)MEDIA CONTACTS • Gustav MeyerBusiness development manager, CoegaDevelopment Corporation+27 41 403 0485• Mehdi AbbasOperations manager, FAW+27 11 394 1111Emily van RijswijckChina’s oldest and largest automobile manufacturer, First Automobile Works (FAW), plans to strengthen its already considerable South African presence in 2012 by investing US$100-million (R784-million) into a truck assembly plant in the Eastern Cape.Negotiations between FAW and government officials at local, national and provincial level have been underway for over a year, and will culminate when construction on the plant commences in the first quarter of 2012.The facility’s actual location will be announced in due course.The plant will be able to produce 5 000 truck units per year and will employ about 1 000 local workers by the time the first vehicle rolls off the assembly at the end of 2013.Another 400 skilled and unskilled labour will be required for assembly of the plant.The new facility will produce a wide range of trucks, from extra heavy commercial to five-tonners, with components imported from the parent company in China.According to FAW operations manager Mehdi Abbas, this is just the start of investment in the province, as there are also plans to extend the development to the assembly of passenger vehicles.This will include single and twin-cab pickups (“bakkies” in local terminology) and other types of sport utility vehicles.FAW foresees production of 30 000 units on the passenger vehicle assembly line which is planned for 2015. The company also hopes to introduce a sedan assembly plant later at the same site.“The plant will act as an export base for business into the rest of Africa,” says Abbas.FAW has been able to maintain its growth in tough economic times, even increasing its global market share, and believes its investment bodes well for South Africa.“The investment will have a positive effective on the perceptions with regards to the South African economy, showing that the macro-economic environment is still healthy and that overall, investment opportunities remain attractive in the country,” says Abbas.Fortune Global 500FAW came in at number 258 in Fortune magazine’s Global 500 list for 2010, and in 2011 was named one of the top 200 companies for the first time, at 197. Rankings are calculated on revenue and profit.The company is registered with the local engineering and manufacturing sector training authority merSETA and will continue to use its in-house training facilities to impart skills to local labour forces as part of its social investment programme, confirmed Abbas.Growth in local vehicle manufacturing sectorFAW is the third largest truck manufacturer in the world and China’s leading exporter of vehicles. The company has operated in South Africa for the last 18 years, with its head office in Isando, east of Johannesburg, and branches in Cape Town and Pinetown.Coega Development Corporation business development manager Gustav Meyer says the FAW investment in the province will be significant and will have upstream and downstream opportunities in the future.“In 2010, FAW sold over 2.5-million vehicles, 650 275 of which were their own home-grown brands, while the balance was split between Toyota and Volkswagen. The latter two are manufactured under licence in some of the world’s most technologically advanced vehicle assembly complexes.”Talks are currently underway between the business and government sectors to establish an automotive cluster in the Eastern Cape by March 2012.Through the Automotive Production Development Plan (APDP), vehicle production can be increased from the 550 000 units per annum currently produced to 1.2-million by 2020, according to President Jabob Zuma, who paid the Eastern Cape automotive industry a visit in October 2011.The APDP came into effect in 2008 and is aimed at stimulating local content production and exports through various tariffs and allowances.
A team of Manipur’s Narcotics and Affairs of Border (NAB) on Wednesday caught the head of a tribal council and seven others for possessing 4 kg of heroin and 2.8 lakh Yaba tablets besides old notes of ₹500.Yaba is an intoxicant made from methamphetamine and caffeine. NAB officials said the seized drugs are worth ₹20 crore in the grey market.NAB officials said a team led by deputy superintendent of police Thounaojam Brinda caught Lhukhosei Zou, a Congress leader and chairman of Chandel Autonomous District Council, and the others from his residence at Lamphel in State capital Imphal. district borders Myanmar.NAB officials said the consignment of drugs, procured from adjoining Myanmar, was in the process of being trafficked to Meghalaya capital Shillong and other states in the Northeast. Chandel
Australian spin legend and Rajasthan Royals captain Shane Warne has announced his retirement from the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the end of the ongoing fourth season. Making his decision public, the 41-year-old cricketer wrote on his Twitter page: “Yes this is my last year playing IPL – please come down and support RR last 2 home games v Chennai & Bangalore! We need your help!” Warne, who quit Tests in 2007 and ODIs in 2005, however said he might continue his association with the IPL team as coach or advisor from the next season. He bid adieu to international cricket after leading the Aussies to a 5-0 whitewash in the 2007 Ashes series. “Next year who knows what or if I will be involved in IPL re mentor/coaching- am focused on doing best for RR,” he tweeted. Warne, who led the Royals to a historic title triumph in the inaugural season said he was hopeful of bidding a winning goodbye to the cash-rich Twenty-20 league. The world’s best leg spinner led the team across the four seasons helping the franchise emerge as a frontrunner in the IPL. With 55 wickets, Warne has played a huge role in Royals’ success show in the league so far. In the current season, he has claimed 11 wickets so far running sixth in the race for the coveted purple cap. His team stands fourth in the points table.