East London Cruise Season Ends with Viking Sun’s Maiden Voyage to SA

East London Cruise Season Ends with Viking Sun’s Maiden Voyage to SA

East London Cruise Season Ends with Viking Sun’s Maiden Voyage to SA

 [East London, South Africa, 15 April 2019]  The arrival of the state-of-the-art VIKING SUN cruise liner at the Port of East London today closed the port’s 2018-19 cruise season on a high note, with 830 passengers disembarking for excursions throughout the city – the highest ever, according to the port’s Corporate Affairs Manager, Terry Taylor.

East London Port Manager Sharon Sijako, said: “VIKING SUN is on her maiden South African voyage and this is also the very first time that her owner, Viking Ocean Cruises, has included the country on its global itinerary. We are delighted to welcome both the line and the vessel to East London waters as the latest in a growing list of cruise industry players who are endorsing our city’s tourism potential.”

Sijako said the local game reserves, Mpongo Private Game Reserve and Inkwenkwezi Private Game Reserve, enjoyed good spin offs from the nine calls by cruise liners to East London over the season.

Half-day tours in and around the city included a natural history tour, a visit to the Khaya La Bantu Xhosa Cultural Village in Chintsa, the Mercedes-Benz factory, an East London art tour and a kayak adventure. Passengers were also able to take in rounds of golf at the city’s two world-class golf courses which cradle the Port of East London on each side.

Flying the flag of Norway, VIKING SUN first arrived in Durban on Friday, 12 April. In East London she was welcomed by the port’s management team and Harbour Master, Kgadi Matlala, who presented a plaque to the ship’s master, Captain Olav Soevdsnes.

After East London she calls at Port Elizabeth on 16 April and finally Cape Town on 18 April, also as the last cruise liner for these ports. She then ventures into the South Atlantic to explore Lüderitz and Walvis Bay, as well as several other ports along the West African coast.

Built in 2017, VIKING SUN has a length of 227 metres and a beam of 28.8 meters, with a guest capacity of 930.

 

World’s Number 1 Cruise Line

Viking Ocean Cruises operates global ocean cruises with a fleet of six ocean ships and river cruises with a fleet of almost 60 Viking Longships.

The company announced back in September 2018 that it would be featuring South Africa heavily on its 128-day World Cruise from Miami to London, which includes 44 port calls in 21 countries on five continents.

As with all Viking itineraries, guests receive a complimentary shore excursion in each of the ports and free unlimited Wi-Fi.

In global travel magazine Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards – which is the publication’s annual list of all the best airlines, hotels, and cruises in the travel industry – Viking Cruises was named the number one ocean cruise line for ships carrying up to 2000 guests and was also awarded the World’s Best River Cruise line title.

Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) GM: Corporate Affairs and External Relations, Moshe Motlohi, said: “During 2018/19 we once again enjoyed year-on-year growth with more global operators using our ports, resulting in economic spinoffs for tour operators, hotels, game reserves, lodges and tourist attractions in our port cities,” he said.

“We’ve seen an increase in South Africans taking regular cruises, as well as increased numbers of international operators visiting South Africa. Confirmed cruises for the next few years are extremely promising and definitely something for us all to look forward to.”

 

East London Cruise Season Ends with Viking Sun’s Maiden Voyage to SA

TNPA Opens East London’s Foreshore for Fishing

[East London, South Africa, 12 April 2019]  From 06h00 on Monday, 15 April 2019, the angling community of East London can look forward to enjoying their favourite pastime from another prized location in the Port of East London, as Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) re-opens a section of the Foreshore for public fishing between the hours of 06:00 and 18:00.

This comes after ongoing engagements with the Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality (BCMM) and the Buffalo City Association of Salt Water Anglers (BCASA).

East London Port Manager, Sharon Sijako, said TNPA was pleased to be able to offer another safe and convenient site for fishing enthusiasts.

“We’re grateful to the BCMM and BCASA for our constructive engagements to date which have enabled TNPA to ease some of the restrictions on fishing in the port, without compromising safety and security of the port, port users and operations. This is in line with our vision of being a People’s Port.

“In May 2018 we were able to re-open the Orient Pier to the fishing fraternity in a joint agreement with the Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality, who administers the Orient Beach. The re-opening of the Foreshore will initially run as a three-month trial to ensure all goes according to plan and we’re calling on the angling community to be responsible in its use of the site.”

Fishermen also currently make use of the site adjacent to the West Bank side of the Buffalo Bridge.

Permits to fish at the Foreshore will be available from TNPA at R50 per person. BCASA will facilitate the completion of indemnity forms, assisted by the Bilimoria Fishing Tackle shop in Vincent. TNPA will then issue the permits through BCASA upon receipt of bulk payments from BCASA.

“TNPA is confident that we can still uphold the international port security standards required of us, while opening up another non-sensitive area of the port for fishing,” said Sijako.

TNPA is responsible for regulating fishing in terms of the National Ports Act (12 of 2005) and the Port Regulations. Sub Rule 83 (2) of the National Ports Act provides that:  A person may only swim, surf, fish or engage in water sports within port limits in areas designated for these purposes by the Authority or a person authorised by the Authority.

 

Traffic advisory | Roadworks on the R75 between Port Elizabeth and Despatch 15-17 April

Traffic advisory | Roadworks on the R75 between Port Elizabeth and Despatch 15-17 April

Roadworks on the R75 between Port Elizabeth and Despatch

 

Eastern Cape, 11 April 2019: The South African National Roads Agency SOC Ltd (SANRAL) would like to notify travellers that roadworks will take place on the R75 between Port Elizabeth and Despatch from Monday, 15 April 2019 to Wednesday, 17 April 2019.

The planned traffic accommodation is as follows:

  • The left lane between Chase Drive and Dyke Road will be closed for 750m during the day and reopened during peak hours when travelling from Port Elizabeth towards Despatch.

 

  • The right lane between Chase Drive and Dyke Road will be closed for 200m during the day and reopened during peak hours when travelling from Port Elizabeth towards Despatch.

 

  • The left lane between Dyke Road and St. Leonards will be closed for 900m during the day and reopened during peak hours when travelling from Port Elizabeth towards Despatch.

 

  • The left lane between St. Leonards Road and Spondo Road will be closed for 650m during the day and reopened during peak hours when travelling from Port Elizabeth towards Despatch.

 

  • The left lane between Spondo Road and Johnson Road will be closed for 300m during the day and reopened during peak hours when travelling from Port Elizabeth towards Despatch.

 

  • The left lane between Johnson Road and Chelsea Road will be closed for 2.4km when travelling from Port Elizabeth towards Despatch, it will remain closed until further notice.

 

  • The left lane between Chelsea Road and Ralo Road will be closed for 1.8km during the day and reopened during peak hours when travelling from Port Elizabeth towards Despatch.

 

  • The left lane will be closed for 300m when approaching Mission Arterial Road, when travelling from Port Elizabeth towards Despatch.

 

  • The left lane between Ralo Road and Chelsea Road will be closed for 1.8km during the day and reopened during peak hours when travelling from Despatch towards Port Elizabeth.

 

  • The left lane between Chelsea Road and Johnson Road will be closed for 2.4km when travelling from Despatch towards Port Elizabeth, it will remain closed until further notice.

 

  • The left lane between Spondo Road and St. Leonards Road will be closed for 650m during the day and reopened during peak hours when travelling from Despatch  towards Port Elizabeth.

 

  • The left lane between Dyke Road and Chase Drive will be closed for 750m during the day and reopened during peak hours when travelling from Despatch towards Port Elizabeth.

 

  • Roadworks are expected to take place at the following intersections: The R75 and Dyke Road; The R75 and St. Leonards Road; The R75 and Spondo Road; The R75 and Johnson Road; The R75 and Chelsea Road; and The R75 and Ralo Road.

“Motorists are asked to plan their trips accordingly, consider alternative routes and to use caution when making use of the road,” said Mbulelo Peterson, SANRAL Southern Region’s Manager.

SANRAL apologizes for any inconvenience caused.

 

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Traffic advisory | Roadworks on the R75 between Port Elizabeth and Despatch 15-17 April

Traffic advisory | Upgrading of the N2 between Grahamstown and Fish River Pass – Phase 2

Upgrading of the N2 between Grahamstown and Fish River Pass –  Phase 2

Eastern Cape, 11 April 2019: The South African National Roads Agency SOC Ltd (SANRAL) would like to notify travellers that 24-hour stop-and-go sections will be operational, to allow for reseal work on the N2 between Grahamstown and Fish River Pass, from today, Thursday, 11 April 2019 until the end of May 2019.

The stop and go’s will be approximately 4.0km in length and will be installed on Section 13, between Km 62.0 and Km 93.0. A maximum of four stop-and-go’s will be installed and the expected delay at each stop and go will be approximately 15 Mins.

There will be no road closure during the Easter weekend.

“Motorists are requested to plan their trips accordingly and be cautious when making use of the road,” said Mbulelo Peterson, SANRAL Southern Region’s Manager.

SANRAL apologizes for any inconvenience caused.

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Komani Update for April 2019

Komani Update for April 2019

There have been quite a few things happening in our small town over the last few days. Two of those are the Fire at Nonesi Mall and the other the Chemical leak at CHDM. Both buildings will be closed until it is deemed safe by the authorities to open again. No timeframes are available at this stage. Below are official statements from the Management of Nonesi Mall and Chris Hani District Municipality.

Komani has been plagued by continues water cuts at times affecting parts of the community for up to 5 days due to the lack of water in the area. The community has been waiting for the Xonxa dam to finally come on board after numerous promises were made that the dam would be operational 3 years ago. Since then the Municipality have been giving new dates for the completion every 6 months. Now it seems that it is finally coming on board as the final testing is being done. The last timeframe was for the end of March and we remain hopeful that the dam will definitely be operational soon. Unfortunately, no new timeframe can be provided at this stage but we can mention that this is the last hurdle for this project.