#TravelTuesday 11 August: Remember #TravelTuesday?

#TravelTuesday 11 August: Remember #TravelTuesday? 1

Welcome back to a four day week kickstarting this #TravelTuesday. If the familiar hashtag makes you a little sad, don’t let it. There are silver linings popping up on those clouds as humanity gets more creative and ingenious in adapting to our new daily realities.   First and foremost, Happy Women’s Month to all the fierce and fearless women in travel and tourism. […]

Monday Musings 3 August: Pack your bags for intra-adventure!

Monday Musings 3 August: Pack your bags for intra-adventure! 2

We’ve been burned in the past – with flip-flopping regulations and hopes of reopening dashed. Then, at last, Tourism Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane announced that intra-provincial leisure travel is indeed permitted. With the official release of the gazette on Friday bringing these regulations into immediate effect, it finally seems safe to count (some of) the proverbial chickens. […]

Monday Musings 27 July: Remember to Breathe

Monday Musings 27 July: Remember to Breathe 3

Most of us have had a grim week. South Africa’s Deputy Minister of Tourism, Fish Mahlalela indicated this week that domestic level travel is only likely to open up in late September or early October – with foreign tourists only allowed back by January 2021. Another blow for our beloved industry. Down, but never out, we […]

Monday Musings 13 July: When life gives you lemons

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More than 100 days after we first went into lockdown and the lemons are piling up. As we buckle down for another tough month, perhaps the toughest yet, the one thing we must hold on to more firmly than ever, is our hope. So, in the interest of seeing the jar half full, the silver […]

Monday Musings 6 July: Balancing lives and livelihoods

Monday Musings 6 July: Balancing lives and livelihoods 4

“The top story is the one that informs our narrative, and our narrative changes our future,” shares the ever-venerable Seth Godin. And the tourism industry’s top story in South Africa right now, maybe the story everywhere, is balancing lives and livelihoods.  If you want to help shape this narrative and have questions, or ideas, about […]

Monday Musings 29 June: Milestones and Mettle

Monday Musings 29 June: Milestones and Mettle 5

The last week or so has seen plenty of milestones and memories. South Africa marked 90 days in lockdown (94 as you’re reading this), the Winter Solstice promised sunnier days to come, Africa’s first COVID-19 vaccine trial kicked off in Johannesburg, and, incredibly, it’s been 25 years since Madiba donned Francois Pienaar’s No. 6 jersey […]

Monday Musings 22 June: Where is all this rushing taking you?

Monday Musings 22 June: Where is all this rushing taking you? 6

As Blaise Pascal, a French mathematician, physicist and religious philosopher once put it, “all of humanity’s problems stem from our inability to sit quietly in a room.” In the colossal waiting-game of 2020, many of us have become addicted to the rush of the crisis, throwing ourselves into our work, charging ahead in our restlessness […]

Monday Musings 15 June: Is hand sanitiser the new sunscreen?

Monday Musings 15 June: Is hand sanitiser the new sunscreen? 7

The world is starting to wake from its pandemic slumber and slowly, cautiously and carefully, beginning to dream of the future. A future that hopefully includes palm trees and piña coladas, snow-studded landscapes, or at the very least, a good red by a cosy fire (not in your living room). We all know the holy […]

Monday Musings 08 June: Challenging Normal

Monday Musings 08 June: Challenging Normal 8

We’re just over one week into level 3, well into autumn. And, what may feel like an eternity into this global test of human resilience and patience. As small semblances of ‘normal’ life begin to return with each easing of South Africa’s lockdown regulations, some of our collective restlessness has been diffused. But for many, […]