June 2012

Dear SATSA WC Member,

For all those members who attended our Chapter meeting on the 7th of June at Mandela Rhodes Place Hotel & Spa, thank you for braving the winter storms! I hope you all found it as interesting as I did. We were given insight as to what happens behind LIGHTS-CAMERA’S-ACTION! There are ample opportunities for all of us to get involved, and for our businesses to profit from the Film Industry.

Those members who could not join us, we really hope we’ll see you next time – save the date in the meantime -18August 2012.

Once again, thank you to Mandela Rhodes Place Hotel & Spa for sponsoring the venue as well as the delicious snacks and wine. As our events are sponsored, as a courtesy to our sponsors, we would like to kindly ask you that if you have RSVP’d and have a crisis that prevents you from attending, to inform us timeously. A big thank you to all our members who generously sponsor prizes as well! Mark Solomon Jewellers, Amanzingwe Lodge, Circe Launches, Awol Tours and V&A Waterfront. Should anybody want to sponsor prizes in future, please contact Teresa at wc@satsa.co.za

As promised the information about Film Industry Associations & Networking Sessions is posted on our Facebook Page. There is also some photos of the event, feel free to Tag yourself and your friends. http://www.facebook.com/pages/SATSA-Western-Cape/223548284334255

Don’t forget to book your Barnyard tickets for Saturday’s performance, UTHANDO is the beneficiary of this event. If anybody wants to be more involved with their projects, you can contact James Fernie at jamesfernie@uthandosa.org. If you want to tell other members more about your company’s charity projects, please e-mail Teresa at wc@satsa.co.za.

SOUTH AFRICAN AIRWAYS NEWS

 

The announcement last week by SAA that it will stop its direct service between Cape Town and London, was a huge shock for the whole tourism industry. The airline is under financial pressure and has said that serving the Cape Town-London route via Johannesburg will have an immediate positive effect on SAA’s bottomline. Among the reasons given for the decision were a 24% drop in demand between Britain and South Africa for all carriers in the past three years.

Together with other key allies in the industry, SATSA is preparing our strategic approach in opposing this decision. We will keep you posted on the progress.

As an industry, this is the time we should use this current focus in the public domain in marketing our offerings, establishing the marketing message we want to get across. As the Private Sector we should work hard with our destination marketing agencies to make sure Cape Town stays a sought after destination. SATSA, WESGRO, TKZN together with the NDT are all looking to attend the World Routes conference in Abu Dhabi in Oct, where we can market ourselves to the world. We need to put good packages at competitive rates together to make this fly!

 

SANPARKS NEWS:

Glenn Phillips from SANPARKS informed us that the permit system at Table Mountain National Park access gates has not yet been approved by SANParks EXCO and it is still on hold. This is apart from the on-going requirements for permits for commercial activities in open access areas. In addition to this SANParks have implemented a policy (Insurance requirement) that states that ALL Visitors to National Parks will be required to complete an indemnity form. There will of course be some teething problems with this especially at high volume and they are trying to find a suitable user friendly approach to this.

 

News from Head Office:

SANParks has now turned “ Save the Rhino” into a full and registered project to raise fund via the SANParks Honorary Rangers – so that 100% of the money donated goes to the project (no deductions for cost of running the Section 21 NGO that is set up to feed off the Rhino hype – as far too many of the rhino projects “absorb” admin costs). SATSA will, in conjunction with the TBC CEOs forum, work to develop a cross-industry Rhino Friday project. This process is being implemented from the TBC side , and now that the SANParks Honorary rangers “Unite Against Poaching” is setup we can start the process of linking the actions.

 

For the benefit of members who did not attend, a list of your new committee as well as their portfolios:

Charmaine Beukes: Chapter Chairperson

Howard Johnson: Immediate Past Chairperson – Memberships

Alvin Kushner: Vice Chairperson -Wheels

Alida Erasmus: Joint Vice Chairperson -SATSA NG and Venues & Attractions

Ince Maree: Responsible Tourism

Helen Baker: Responsible Tourism

Gerhard Louw: TICE and Accommodation & Attractions

Mark Finkenstein: Wheels

JP Quickleberge: SATSA NG and Sponsorship

Deon Cox: (sharing) Accommodation & Attractions

 

 

We always appreciate constructive feedback, so do feel free to send your comments and suggestions through!

 

Kind Regards,

 

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