Dear SATSA Members Following the SATSA AGM, the NPC recently held its first board meeting in Johannesburg where a new Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson and Treasurer were elected. I am honoured to have been re-elected to take the lead at SATSA as the Chairperson. Joining me as Vice-Chairperson is... Read more


SATSA recently had a meeting with the National Department of Transport and the National Public Transport Regulator (NPTR), facilitated by National Department of Tourism (NDT), to address Operating Licence challenges. Having been fully aware of the challenges, the NPTR has started implementing various actions to streamline its... Read more

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It’s time to get involved in industry matters again. Below is a list of events and meetings you should be attending in some of the provinces. • SATSA KZN Chapter Meeting 18 September 2017, Zimbali Lodge Time: 15h00 To RSVP email  Read more

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Our second instalment of the SATSA Conference Audio series features the highly acclaimed panel discussion ‘Inclusive Growth – Unpacking in real terms’. This panel discussion was rated the most valuable by SATSA Conference delegates. Panellists included: Sisa Ntshona (SAT CEO), Mohamed Baba (Owner, Ilios Travel), Gail... Read more

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The tourism B-BBEE Council will host the National Tourism Transformation Summit from 30 -31 October in Gauteng. The summit is a gathering of diverse tourism players, both big and small businesses in South Africa. The aim of the summit is to dialogue and exchange tourism sector transformation strategies and investment... Read more

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Airlink confirms its licences to operate South African and international scheduled air transport services are valid and in place. Its regular flights continue to operate as normal. This comes after recent media reports incorrectly stated that Airlink would not be covered by an operating licence at the end of this month.  Read more


Dear SATSA Members With the SATSA Conference and AGM behind us, there is a renewed energy at Head Office and we are working diligently on developing systems, processes and communication for the introduction of the newly adopted MOI. A board meeting is scheduled to take place early September.... Read more

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In keeping with our conference theme of Inclusive Growth, we’re very excited to launch the conference audio series. Those unable to attend the conference can now find out exactly what the discussions entailed and those who attended and would simply like to refresh their memory - this audio series is for you! With each News... Read more

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SATSA Members will benefit from a 10% discount offer on the registration fee for the second Annual Business of Wine and Food Tourism Conference. The conference takes place on 20 September 2017 at Spier, Stellenbosch. Speakers for the conference include South African Tourism CEO, Sisa Ntshona, General Manager of Contiki, Kelly... Read more


Africa Turf and Golf Summit will be hosting a Golf Day and Workshop next week from 5 - 8 September 2017. SATSA CEO, David Frost, will deliver a key note presentation titled ‘Golf Tourism - A catalyst for growing high-end tourist arrivals and facilitating tourism investment in Africa’ on Wednesday morning, 6... Read more


WTM Africa takes place next year from 18 – 20 April 2018, at Cape Town’s International Convention Centre. We are once again looking at ways to make the show a valuable experience for our members and as such will continue our partnership with the organisers. Keep an eye on our newsletter for updates on how you can get... Read more

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SATSA would like to invite you to the sixth annual Business Traveller Africa Conference & Awards – in association with ExecuJet - to be held at the Hilton Sandton on the morning of 1 September. The Business Traveller Africa Conference & Awards is an event for the local travel trade and rewards excellence in South... Read more

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All foreign based companies offering tourism-related activities in Botswana are required by the Tourism Act of 2009 to have a Category I tourist enterprise licence. The annual licence fee for Category I is US$2 000 (R26752,60). The Category I licence is issued for a period of 12 months. Operators in possession of the Category I licence may transfer tourists along the main roads and utilise... Read more


Our members are once again invited to participate in South African Tourism’s India Roadshow coming up next year. The annual roadshow is specifically geared towards SATSA members and graded establishments for participation, ensuring only the best quality. The roadshow will take place as follows: • 12 February 2017, Trident Nariman Point, Mumbai: 11h00 – 16h00 • 13 February 2017, Trident... Read more

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We, at SATSA Head Office, are terribly saddened to hear about the passing of our Mirriam. Mirriam’s kind hearted sprit was always there to greet each one of us in the morning with a coffee in hand. She has been an amazing support to the SATSA team and we will surely miss her presence. SATSA will be doing what they can to assist Mirriam’s family in funeral arrangements. Our thoughts and... Read more


Dear SATSA Members Much has been said and published about the allegations being made by a small group of members calling themselves “Concerned SATSA Members”. We trust that at the upcoming SATSA AGM, Friday 18 August 2017, these issues will finally be resolved in the very best interest of all SATSA members. We have been overwhelmed by support received by so many industry members... Read more

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As previously communicated SATSA requested a meeting with the Minister of Tourism to discuss the challenges faced with obtaining operating licences. We are excited to report back that the meeting took place on 25 July 2017. We are very thankful to have a Minister who is proactive and willing to take up the cause on behalf of the industry. To this extent a meeting has been scheduled between the... Read more

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The SATSA Conference is upon us and to keep the excitement building and to make sure that you know exactly what you can expect we listed some of the reasons you should be looking forward to our conference: SATSA in partnership with Peace Parks Foundation will finally be launching the Tourism Conservation Fund Major-General (retired) Johan Jooste, Head of Special Projects... Read more


SATSA recently hosted and trained individuals at our Johannesburg offices on the tour operating course presented by Lin Smith. Many of the participants have worked in various capacities within the tourism sector, be it guiding or in hospitality, and were looking for a way to upskill themselves. SATSA spoke to the trainees who... Read more


Dear SATSA Members You would have by now received your SATSA 2017 AGM Notice and Information, including Annexures. The AGM will take place between 08:30 and 10:15 on 18 August 2017 at Spier Wine Farm in Stellenbosch. Members are kindly requested to RSVP for the AGM by no later than 10 August... Read more