Weekend Wrap: Easter ends, SA fests rock as first SA snow falls and United Airlines drama drags on

2017-04-17 18:19 - Louzel Lombard Steyn
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Cape Town – If you’ve escaped all reality to spend time with family this Easter long weekend, good job!

If you missed out on taking leave smartly this past weekend, don’t let it happen again. Check out 2017 Public Holidays: How to score all the days for a little leave to plan your next long weekend. 

Tuesday, 18 April, marks the start of the second term of school as well the start of a new workweek, and it’s best to be clued up on all that happened over the long weekend. 

SA’s road safety highlighted as Easter long weekend ends

As most of SA headed home to spend time with family, SA’s roads were once again super busy. While fatal road accidents did occur, the Department of Transport did their utmost to implement the Easter road safety campaign, alongside the National Road Safety Strategy, which will aim to reduce road fatalities by 50% over the next decade.

For Easter, over 18 000 traffic officers were deployed countrywide.

Speeding and overloading were the main offences during the Easter holiday, the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) said on Sunday, 16 April. A total of 1 730 motorists were caught speeding while 354 received fines for overloading, the RTMC's Simon Zwane told News24

Zwane said from the cars which were stopped and checked since the start of the holidays, 843 motorists were driving without driver's licences and 380 did not have public driver's permits. 

Driving vehicles which are not roadworthy was another contributory factor to crashes and fatalities.

SEE: Road Trip Safety 101 UPDATE: Hijack-hotspots, busiest roads and safety tips for Easter 

First snow of 2017?!

While the weekend saw snow in the Drakensberg Mountains over Lesotho, KZN and the Eastern Cape, the week ahead looks dry and warm. You can read the full weather report here: Weather Update: Warm, dry week expected across SA

No visual evidence of snow in SA for 2017 has surfaced yet, but Johann Pretorius and Pierre Erasmus from Tarkastad in the Eastern Cape reported to Snow Report SA that the peaks of the mountains in the area had a dusting of white on Saturday, 15 April. 

If you saw snow this past weekend, we’d love to know about it! Share your photos with us via email at info@traveller24.co.za, or on Facebookor Twitter

Easter events rock SA, despite extreme weather  

The weekend might have been a long drive to escape from work and school, but it was brimming with events and festivities across the country. 

The Two Ocean Marathon was perhaps the biggest event of them all. After a few days of rain, the 2017 edition of the world’s most beautiful marathon dawned to a cool and windy morning with the promise of clear skies. 

Olympic marathoner Lungile Gongqa took a comfortable win in the 2017 Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon, crossing the finish line in 03:09:43 and becoming the first Capetonian since 1973 to take the Ultra title. In the women's race, Belarusian Maryna Damantsevich had a convincing lead by the half marathon mark, and set the pace early on after a mishap at the start convinced her she had fallen behind. She finished her race with a 10-minute lead. You can read Sport24’s full coverage here

These are some of our favourite moments from the Two Oceans races - 

In the Karoo, the Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees (KKNK) got off to a rainy start, but ended on a hot high with some of SA’s best performing acts gathered in one spot. Check out Channel24’s best shots of the festival here

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In KZN, the Splashy Fen festival kept festivalgoers on the go while highest peaks of the Drakensberg Mountains saw the reported first snow of 2017! Although temperatures dropped to 3°C in parts of KZN, the cool weather didn't keep partygoers from livin' it up... 

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SA Explorers Dereck and Beverly Joubert speak out following buffalo attack

Just over a month after the incident happened on Friday 3 March in the Okavango-Delta in Botswana, National Geographic explorer in residence Dereck Joubert has shared an intimate account of the buffalo charge that nearly claimed the life of fellow explorer and wife Beverly Joubert.

The Jouberts shared their story on their Big Cat Conservation Facebook page, with Dereck saying he had to coax his wife to consciousness several times due to a wound that came mere inches of a major artery in her neck.

You can read the story here: SA NatGeo explorers Dereck and Beverly Joubert share intimate details of near-fatal buffalo charge 

Dragged passenger drama drags on 

United Airlines has been the topic of disgust and discussion in air travel news for the past week, after a passenger was filmed being brutally dragged off an overbooked flight. 

The passenger, Dr David Dao, could be seen bleeding following the ‘removal’, and latest reports say doctors have confirmed he would need reconstructive surgery. 

His lawyer hopes the 69-year-old grandfather and Kentucky physician, who suffered a concussion and lost two teeth when he was dragged off the plane at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport, becomes "a poster child" for the mistreatment passengers suffer at the hands of the airline industry.

Here’s what you need to know about airlines overbooking and offloading flights. SEE: What SA travellers should know about airline overbooking and offloading policies 

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