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first_imgThe Zambezi Airlines Boeing 737-500,in its distinctive giraffe skin livery.(Image: Zambezi Airlines)Janine ErasmusFind out more about using MediaClubSouthAfrica.com materialZambezi Airlines has made its maiden flight to South Africa. The Zambian private airline launched in July 2008 and took 11 months to establish its domestic operation before launching into international airspace.Zambia’s national carrier Zambian Airways, based in Lusaka, suspended all its operations in January 2009, citing high fuel costs as the main reason for its decision. Since then, travellers between Lusaka and Johannesburg have been able to use only South African carriers, which between them offer 58 flights a week to destinations in Zambia.Zambezi Airlines touched down in Johannesburg for the first time at the beginning of June. The move is expected to help open up growth and business opportunities in the Southern African region.Scheduled flights to Johannesburg commenced on 20 June with two Boeing 737-500 aircraft, each of which offer 99 economy class and 12 premier business class seats.The route links the regional cities of Lusaka, Livingstone, Ndola, Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, and Johannesburg.Ndola, in the centre of Zambia, is the country’s second largest city and the hub of the Copperbelt mining region. The historical Livingstone, in south Zambia, has its origins in the colonial occupation of Africa. The city, a tourism centre for the region, sits on the Zambezi River just 10km from the mighty Victoria Falls, known locally as Mosi-oa-Tunya (the smoke that thunders).All routes run both ways. Daily direct flights between Lusaka and Johannesburg are now available, with four flights between Johannesburg and Ndola, and at least three times a week between the other cities. Once the second aircraft is fully operational the airline plans to offer twice-daily flights to and from Lusaka.The airline currently leases its aircraft from GE Capital Aviation Services, a leading player in commercial aircraft financing and leasing. Craft are maintained in South Africa by Safair, and by the airline in Lusaka.Zambezi Airlines has embarked on a regional expansion programme and will continue to widen its reach over the next three years.New arrivalOn arrival at OR Tambo International Airport on 4 June, the airline’s CEO, Cornwell Muleya, said Zambezi Airlines has grown into a new regional carrier, one that is ready to help contribute to the economic development of the country and the Southern African Development Community (SADC).Muleya explained that market conditions were favourable for the growth of the airline into new territories. This situation also encouraged shareholders and the highly experienced management team to upgrade the fleet to the quieter and more fuel-efficient Boeing 737-500 series.“Zambezi Airlines intends to grow its fleet in line with market demand,” said Mulaya, adding that partnering with other regional carriers is an important strategy for growth. Zambezi Airlines management plans to list the company within 36 months.“We are proud and confident that this, our first expansion into Africa, will contribute significantly to the region’s as well as the continent’s future prosperity,” he said.Zambezi Airlines chair Morris Jangulo said the vision of Zambezi Airlines was to operate to world class standards within Zambia and the SADC region, maximising business growth and contributing to regional development and increased international tourism.The giraffe skin livery of Zambezi Airline’s two Boeings identifies the craft with wildlife and regional tourism.Growing demandSpeaking at the official launch of the airline, held in Kyalami, north of Johannesburg, a week before the Confederations Cup kickoff, South Africa’s Minster of Transport Sibusiso Ndebele welcomed the airline to South African skies.Ndebele was quick to point out that the introduction of a new regional carrier was good news for the 2010 Fifa World Cup.“The forthcoming World Cup is an African event,” he said, “and we, as government and the nation at large, have pledged that it will leave a proud legacy from which our children and our communities will benefit for many years to come. To this end, I am appreciative that we have a Zambian carrier who will certainly play a pivotal role in providing air travel capacity to these key events.”Ndebele expressed his confidence that Zambian and South African fans would sit shoulder to shoulder at the forthcoming football spectacular.He mentioned that South Africa has reached a number of compliance agreements with regard to the Yamoussoukro Decision for the liberalisation of air transport markets in Africa.This policy, adopted in 1999 by African civil aviation authorities, is intended to open up the continent by implementing, among others, multiple designations of eligible airlines and unlimited air traffic capacity and frequencies.“Such an increase in air traffic frequency capacity is only viable when operators show confidence in the market and continue to operate flights to entry points,” said Ndebele. “To this end, I must applaud the new entrant to our country, Zambezi Airlines.”The minister pointed out that the introduction of a new Zambian designated airline clearly shows that there is a growing demand for air travel between South Africa and Zambia.Do you have queries or comments about this article? 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first_img4 June 2013The countdown to the 20th anniversary of South Africa’s freedom and democracy next year has begun, marked by the unveiling of a logo by Arts and Culture Minister Paul Mashatile in Pretoria on Monday.Speaking before unveiling the logo, with the message “20 Years of Freedom – South Africa 1994-2014”, Mashatile said South Africans should remember that freedom and democracy came at a price.“It was not free. Many [compatriots] sacrificed life and limb in order for us to enjoy this freedom and democracy. Let us therefore continue to work together to defend andexpand the gains of our liberation,” he said.“The countdown towards the historic milestone of our 20 years of liberation begins today. We take this opportunity to call on all South Africans to participate fully in the build-up programme towards our 20th anniversary celebrations.”Next year on 27 April, South Africa will commemorate 20 years of freedom and democracy. Mashatile said the historic occasion presented an opportunity for the nation to reflect on the path the country has walked towards freedom.He said some of the activities that will form part of the build-up programme include the recognition of unsung heroes and organisations that contributed to the demise of apartheid, and activities aimed at expressing gratitude to the international community for supporting the struggle for liberation.There will also be massive school essay competitions and a participatory process to identify 20 big achievements that are collectively owned by South Africans.Uniting South AfricansAlso critical to the success of the build-up campaign and beyond is the on-going implementation of a social cohesion action plan that was agreed to at the National Social Cohesion summit in Kliptown, Soweto last year.“It is also an opportunity to look back at the road we have travelled since 1994 to deepen the gains of our freedom and democracy,” he said.“Going forward, it is an opportunity for us to work together to implement the National Development Plan – Vision for 2030 – as our nation’s long-term vision and a basis for collective action and partnerships across society.”Struggle hero Andrew Mlangeni said: “A lot of houses have been built for the poor since the dawn of democracy in 1994 and most of those houses have been electrified.“While more people have access to clean water, however, my regret as a struggle hero is that the service at our public hospitals leaves much to be desired. The future to build this country is in our hands, so let’s work together with government to continue building a prosperous country.”Former political prisoner and anti-apartheid activist, Ahmed Kathrada, said South Africans should unite to tackle the struggle against poverty, hunger and unemployment.Human rights lawyer George Bizos, who represented Walter Sisulu and Nelson Mandela in the Rivonia Trial, said those who think that nothing has been done or achieved since the dawn of democracy were doing the country a disservice.Former Speaker of the National Assembly, Frene Ginwala, said while South Africans should be grateful about their efforts to create a wonderful Constitution, government should start printing comic books for the youth, explaining how the Constitution works.“There must be civic education in all the public schools so that our kids can be taught about the liberation struggle of this country. Again, all our public schools should fly the national flag,” she said.Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

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first_imgSouth Africa’s NDP is a detailed blueprint for how the country can eliminate poverty and reduce inequality by the year 2030. Download key documents here.•  Overview•  Document downloads•  Quality basic education•  Health care for all•  Safety & freedom from fear•  Economy & employment•  A skilled workforce•  Economic infrastructure•  Vibrant rural communities•  Sustainable human settlements•  Accountable local government•  Natural environment•  South Africa in the world•  Efficient public service•  Inclusive social protection•  Nation building, social cohesion Researched, edited and compiled by Mary AlexanderDownload key documents about the plan, the Medium Term Strategic Framework to implement priorities by 2019, and broader policy initiatives.The National Development Plan – overview• National Development Plan (NDP) – full text• NDP Executive Summary• Medium Term Strategic Framework (MTSF) 2014 to 2019 – full text• Infographic – Business Day: What South Africa will be like in 2030• Infographic – Business Day: Diagnostic analysis for the National Development PlanOUTCOME 1Quality basic education• NDP Chapter 9: Improving education, training and innovation• MTSF 2014-2019 Outcome 1: Quality basic education• Department of Basic Education Action Plan to 2019• Infographic – Business Day: Improving education, training and innovationOUTCOME 2A long and healthy life for all South Africans• NDP Chapter 11: Promoting health• MTSF 2014-2019 Outcome 2: A long and healthy life for all South Africans• Department of Health Strategic Plan 2014 to 2019• Infographic – Business Day: Promoting healthOUTCOME 3All people in South Africa are and feel safe• NDP Chapter 12: Building safer communities• NDP Chapter 14: Promoting accountability and fighting corruption• MTSF 2014-2019 Outcome 3: All people in South Africa are and feel safe• Business Against Crime: Criminal Justice System Review• Statistics South Africa: Victims of Crime Survey 2012• Infographic – Business Day: Building safer communities• Infographic – Business Day: Promoting accountability and fighting corruptionOUTCOME 4Decent employment through inclusive economic growth• NDP Chapter 3: Economy and employment• MTSF 2014-2019 Outcome 4: Decent employment through inclusive economic growth• Framework of the New Economic Growth Path• New Growth Path booklet• Industrial Policy Action Plan• Summary of the National Infrastructure Plan• Infographic – Business Day: Economy and employmentOUTCOME 5A skilled and capable workforce to support an inclusive growth path• NDP Chapter 9: Improving education, training and innovation• MTSF 2014-2019 Outcome 5: A skilled and capable workforce to support an inclusive growth path• New Growth Path: National Skills Accord• Infographic – Business Day: Improving education, training and innovationOUTCOME 6An efficient, competitive and responsive economic infrastructure network• NDP Chapter 4: Economy infrastructure – the foundation of social and economic development• MTSF 2014-2019 Outcome 6: An efficient, competitive and responsive economic infrastructure network• The National Infrastructure Plan • Framework of the New Economic Growth Path• New Growth Path booklet• Infographic – Business Day: Economic infrastructureOUTCOME 7Vibrant, equitable and sustainable rural communities contributing to food security for all• NDP Chapter 6: An integrated and inclusive rural economy• MTSF 2014-2019 Outcome 7: Comprehensive rural development and land reform• Infographic – Business Day: An integrated and inclusive rural economyOUTCOME 8Sustainable human settlements and improved quality of household life• NDP Chapter 8: Transforming human settlement and the national space economy• MTSF 2014-2019 Outcome 8: Sustainable human settlements and improved quality of household life• Infographic – Business Day: Transforming human settlement and the national space economyOUTCOME 9A responsive, accountable, effective and efficient developmental local government system• NDP Chapter 13: Building a capable and developmental state• MTSF 2014-2019 Outcome 9: Responsive, accountable, effective and efficient developmental local government system• Infographic – Business Day: Building a capable and developmental stateOUTCOME 10Protecting and enhancing our environmental assets and natural resources• NDP Chapter 5: Environmental sustainability – An equitable transition to a low-carbon economy• MTSF 2014-2019 Outcome 10: Protect and enhance our environmental assets and natural resources• New Growth Path: Green Economy Accord• Infographic – Business Day: Environmental sustainabilityOUTCOME 11Create a better South Africa, contribute to a better and safer Africa in a better world• NDP Chapter 7: South Africa in the region and the world• MTSF 2014-2019 Outcome 11: Create a better South Africa, contribute to a better and safer Africa in a better world• Infographic – Business Day: Positioning South Africa in the worldOUTCOME 12An efficient, effective and development-oriented public service• NDP Chapter 13: Building a capable and developmental state• MTSF 2014-2019 Outcome 12: An efficient, effective and development-oriented public service• Infographic – Business Day: Building a capable and developmental stateOUTCOME 13An inclusive and responsive social protection system• NDP Chapter 11: Social protection• MTSF 2014-2019 Outcome 13: An inclusive and responsive social protection system• Infographic – Business Day: Social protectionOUTCOME 14A diverse, socially cohesive society with a common national identity• NDP Chapter 15: Nation building and social cohesion• MTSF 2014-2019 Outcome 14: Nation building and social cohesion• Infographic – Business Day: Nation buildingUpdated December 2015Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? 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