NEWSLETTER - 6 August 2013

Welcome to our new members

The TTA warmly welcomes the following new members:
Smat Travel & Tourism
Houston Travel Marketing Services
Freedom Park

Opportunity to give your input

On 22 August 2013 the Tshwane Tourism Association (TTA) will sign a Memorandum of Agreement with the City of Tshwane metropolitan Municipality (CoT). The agreement, which is renewable every three years, allows the parties to jointly mobilise, enable and facilitate economic development projects to support the growth of tourism in the City of Tshwane.

TTA and CoT are looking for input from you, the roleplayers in the tourism industry in our city, to identify issues or areas of concern where development projects are needed. For the current financial year projects in the following areas have been identified thus far:

  • Tourism Grading - to increase the number of small and medium businesses which are graded
  • Book a Guesthouse programme - to increase the number of guesthouses in the city included in the programme
  • Skills development - to provide training on products and for people
  • Tourism Routes - develop and package attractive routes within the city
  • Quarterly industry Mayoral breakfasts incorporating knowledgeable and practical speakers and providing networking opportunities

Please send your suggestions for further projects (or comments on the proposed projects above) to Vanessa Ngwana to be included in the 2013/4 plan.

Win opening night tickets with The State Theatre

Written by Sindiwe Magona and directed by Janice Honeyman, the aptly entitled Mother to Mother takes the form of a personal testimony which begs for understanding and redemption as it recounts the unimaginable tragedy that befell two families during a time in South Africa where being a child or a mother was difficult, opens at the State Theatre on Thursday 8 August 2013.

To win two tickets to this moving drama send your answer to the following question to

Question: Who is the lead actress in Mannie Manim's production "Mother to Mother"?

The answer can be found on the State Theatre website.

Gauteng Tourism Authority provides tourism related training opportunities in Tshwane

On 15 & 16 July GTA provided free NQF Level 4 Customer Care training for 42 employees in the tourism sector in Tshwane at a venue sponsored by the CSIR ICC.

The initiative was so successful that GTA have extended the programme and have offered a NQF Level 5 Customer Care training course (19 & 20 August) as well as NQF Level 5 Professional Conference Organiser training (9 - 13 September 2013) in Tshwane provided that sponsored venues are made available in which to host the training.

For further details to apply to attend the training or to offer to sponsor a venue for the training so that it can take place in the city please contact Vanessa Ngwana.

SANParks Roadshow to update industry

SANParks will host a roadshow next month to update the industry on its products and new developments at its parks.

The roadshow will take the form of workshops with round robin meetings, where delegates will have an opportunity to visit product stands.

Stakeholders, including tour operators, travel agents, conference organisers, secretaries and PAs responsible for conferencing and other travel-related arrangements, are invited to attend.

The workshops will take place from 08:30 for 09:00-13:00 on:
August 20 - Johannesburg
August 21 - Durban
August 22 - Cape Town

Attendance is free and interested stakeholders should RSVP to or by August 12.

South African vets succeed in massive elephant tusk extraction after third procedure at polish zoo

Upon invitation from the Poznań Zoo in Poland, the National Zoological Gardens of South Africa's research veterinarian and expert in elephant anaesthesia, Dr Adrian Tordiffe, and veterinary dentist, Dr Gerhard Steenkamp, undertook the task of performing a complete tusk extraction on an elephant at the Poznań Zoo. The 14-year-old, 5.2-ton African elephant bull, Ninio, had fractured his tusk in 2009 and zoo staff treated the affected area. He however damaged the tusk again early in 2012 and it became infected, causing pain and some swelling to his face.

Recently, Drs Tordiffe and Steenkamp again returned to Poland following two previous visits to complete the full tusk extraction process. The team had previously managed to drain an abscess that had developed around the root of the elephant's left tusk and were also able to remove the core of the tusk. They, however, did not have sufficient time to remove all the damaged and infected ivory as there was concern about the duration of the operation and the time that Ninio spent under anaesthesia.

For this third and final procedure, Ninio was again anaesthetised and positioned onto his right side to expose the left tusk. Dr Steenkamp got to work separating the tusk from its socket in preparation for the complete extraction

After more than three hours, Dr Steenkamp managed to loosen the tusk enough to pull it out in two pieces using a winch. "The tusk was obviously deformed by the chronic infection but all the pieces were successfully removed. At its base it had a diameter of 20 cm. It could well be the largest tusk (in diameter) ever extracted from a living elephant for medical reasons", says Dr Tordiffe.

The whole procedure took 3 hours and 45 minutes.

Upcoming industry conferences, exhibitions and events

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Read the latest Zoo e-News

2013 Outdoor Lifestyle Show, 8-11 August 2013, Johannesburg

e-Tourism Africa Summit, 9-10 September, Cape Town

Sports & Events Tourism Exchange Conference & Exhibition, 22-24 October 2013, Durban ICC

IBTM Africa, 28-30 April 2014, Cape Town

International Luxury Travel Market Africa, 28-30 April 2014, Cape Town

World Travel Market Africa, 2-3 May 2014, Cape Town

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