NEWSLETTER - 22 May 2015

Do you know about awe-inspiring projects in the city?

A publication called 40 Great Projects in the Capital, is being produced, aimed at showcasing initiatives by both the municipality, private sector and civil society - for distribution at the Sustainability Week 2015 and beyond. It is being spearheaded by the Capital Collective – Pretoria Revival Project with the support of the City of Tshwane's Sustainability Unit.

40 Great Projects in the Capital showcases inspiring ideas, projects and plans that drive the vision of a sustainable capital city that is liveable, resilient, inclusive and resource-efficient.

We are looking for the most inspiring projects to feature in the booklet.

If you know of a project making a difference to the rejuvenation, sustainability and growth in the City of Tshwane, we would like to hear about it. Contact us at for more information or just to let us know what you know!

Sustainability Week is happening in Pretoria from the 23rd to the 28th of June at the CSIR International Convention Centre.

TTA Hosts successful stand at Harvest Festival

The TTA was on hand to promote tourism in the City as an exhibitor at The Harvest Festival hosted by Leriba Lodge on 1 – 3 May 2015. View more photographs taken during the event.

Bongi from Sable House with Liz Oosthuizen at the exhibition.
Tshidi, the Ekuruleni Membership Coordinator with Liz Oosthuizen at the TTA stand.

Kwalata hosts Science for Resilience Expo

USAID's Resilience in the Limpopo River Basin (RESILIM) Program, in partnership with Kwalata Lodge and ScienceUnlimited, hosted the Science for Resilience Expo at the Kwalata Game Reserve in Dinokeng Game Reserve from 12 – 14 May 2015.

Over two thousand pupils and their teachers from across Gauteng and the rest of the Limpopo Basin learned about climate change science, natural sciences and various climate change adaptation practices. Experts from more than twenty universities, science bodies, conservation organisations, companies and government departments conducted scheduled workshops, educational skits, illustrated talks and interactive exhibitions on Earth Science, Life Sciences, Health, Responsible and Green Living, and Career Guidance. The program promises to expose students to the impacts of climate change on their natural environment, water resources and their livelihoods, and the opportunities for a more resilient future.

RESILIM also hosted a side event together with all cooperative partners and the media to share further information on opportunities for investing in a resilient Limpopo River Basin. This information is based on a scientific-evidence from a Risk and Vulnerability Assessment of the Limpopo River Basin conducted by the RESILIM Program.

Kwalata Community Development Initiative, a subsidiary of the Kwalata Lodge (which is situated adjacent to the community of Hammanskraal), is a socio-economic development enterprise which has grown out of a twenty year involvement in the surrounding community.

View photographs taken during the event.

Don't forget to Take A Girl Child To Work!

Manhattan Hotel and TTA support Take a Girl Child to Work once again taking place on 28 May – find out how to get involved.

Now in its 13th year, the initiative has enjoyed unrivalled success as a platform to address the needs and aspirations of girls of high school going age. For many, the day spent in the working world, will open up a choice of career opportunities, inspiring girl children to reach heights of success that they never would have previously dreamed possible.

Tourism Internships

Looking for Interns? At Varsity College they have third year students in the Diploma of Travel and Tourism Management that need to complete industry hours as prerequisite for graduation. Please note that the students do not expect remuneration for their services, it is only the experience that is vital.

View more details on the Varsity College tourism internship program.

Five years on - a fair increase

8 June 2015 Marks the 5th year of operation of the Gautrain system. Since the commencement of operations approximately 58 million passenger trips have taken place on the trains! Gauteng MEC for Roads and Transport, Dr Ismail Vadi, announced the yearly revisions to the Gautrain fares and timetable, which will come into effect on Monday, 1 June 2015.

Announcing the revised fares, Vadi said that commuter and airport passengers will, depending on their rail trip and time of the trip, experience an increase in fare of between four and six percent. This is in line with the Consumer Price Index.

Daily parking fare will increase by only R1, from R18 to R19. The bus fares during off peak periods, which passengers will recall were substantially decreased on 15 January 2015 has stayed the same. However, for the first time in five years, the bus fare during peak period has increased by R1.

The multi-tiered fare structure that was introduced in the previous year on the general passenger services will remain unchanged. Therefore, users traveling with a period product and/or enter stations within the different time periods specified (Orange, Red or Green) will experience an approximate 5.5% increase. It is noted that a red fare (peak hour) is applicable only between 06:30 to 07:30 in the South and East bound directions while a green fare is applicable in off peak periods. The orange fare, which is the standard fare is applicable to peak periods (except where a red fare is specified) and on weekends. ). Some practical examples of fare increases are as follows:

Sandton to Airport currently is R135 and as of the 1st June the fare will be R142 single trip.

Park Station to Pretoria is currently R64 during peak and R58 during off-peak. As from the 1st June 2015 the new fare will be R68 during peak and R61 during off-peak.

Pretoria to Rhodesfield is currently R61 during peak and R55 during off-peak. As from the 1st June 2015 the new fare will be R64 during peak and R58 during off-peak.

The fare structure also aims to promote balanced usage of the trains, buses and parking facilities and to ensure that the Gautrain remains price-attractive to its respective target markets, particularly private vehicle users.

Vadi said that the Gautrain remains a highly cost-effective, safe, reliable and convenient transport solution for many commuters in Gauteng. Independent research has shown that commuters have high satisfaction ratings for the Gautrain. Passengers are particularly pleased with the punctuality, safety, cleanliness of the service and the timely information provided to users. So far this year, monthly train punctuality and availability has consistently exceeded 98 percent.

Gautrain's weekday train patronage now exceeds 56,000 passengers per day and its bus patronage is on average 22,000 per day.

Vadi said that he was pleased that train service intervals during peak periods will reduce from 12 minute to 10 minute intervals, increasing the number of trains from five to six per peak hour. This will address the overcrowding experienced by commuters during peak hours.

The earlier and later departure times on the service between Sandton and OR Tambo International Airport, that were introduced recently, remain unchanged. More details will be made available at stations and other media i.e. the website. The bus services at the different stations will for now remain unchanged.

Year-on-year train patronage has grown by nearly 11 percent. This is strong confirmation of the attractiveness of the Gautrain to thousands of Gauteng's daily commuters.

For detailed fares and time tables customers can log on to the Gautrain website or contact the Gautrain call centre on 0800 (GAUTRAIN) 42887246 by 08:00 tomorrow.

Upcoming industry conferences, exhibitions and events

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Attractions Africa, 3-4 June 2015, Cape Town
Sustainability Week, 23-28 June 2015, CSIR Convention Centre
Hospitality Investment Conference Africa, 9-11 September 2015, Johannesburg
Red Bull X Fighters World Tour, 12 September 2015, Pretoria
World Travel Market (WTM), 2-5 November 2015, London

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