Weekend Wrap: Severe thunderstorms alert, Afrikaans accent voted sexiest, Island holiday trends

2017-10-22 19:11 - Selene Brophy
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Cape Town -  You’ve enjoyed some downtime with your family and friends, after all it’s what weekends are made for - to get you up to speed here are the travel stories you might have missed but need to know about.

Severe thunderstorm risk continues for central SA  

After a weekend of thunderstorms, strong winds and hail in parts across central and northern SA, the South African weather service says these conditions can be expected to continue into the new week.

The South African Weather Service warns of severe thunderstorms for Gauteng, North West, northern Free State and western Mpumalanga - with possible flood risks for Sunday evening, 22 October. 

On Monday 23 October, the severe thunderstorm watch, with possible heavy downpours and strong winds has been issued for the extreme north-eastern parts of the Northern Cape, western parts of the North West, western parts of the Free State and the north-eastern parts of the Eastern Cape. 

SEE: Monday’s full weather report here

Afrikaans voted sexiest accent but Twitter ain’t having it!

If you were on twitter at all this weekend you might have seen the odd tweet about a recent survey which recently proclaimed South Africa’s Afrikaans as the sexiest accent out of 50 languages ranked globally.

Lovin.ie - an Irish-based travel curation site that posted the ranking might be spot on when they say "let the arguing begin”.  When Traveller24 posted the results which indicate that the local meisie in the Wimpy ad from way back with the heavy Afrikaans accent saying "I lurve it when you talk foreigner" is most-likely the epitome of sexy to some people's ears - twitter blew up just a bit.

Here are some of the hilarious responses, with some users elated at the choice, while others were just plain confounded. See the full story here: It's official!? SA's Afrikaans ranked the sexiest accent in the world 

SA’s Cape Town International and King Shaka recognised for safety and service

It's no secret that there have been safety concerns for key airports across South Africa - but Acsa has announced four of its airports have been recognised for their customer service excellence according to actual passengers travellers who have used the service.

Cape Town International has in fact been verified as the Safest Airport in Africa when it comes to Air Traffic movements - based on over 20 000 air traffic movements, rate by ACI separately. 

The 27th Airports Council International (ACI) Airport Service Quality (ASQ) Awards were held in Port Louis, Mauritius on Tuesday 17 October.  The ACI awards programme is a global benchmarking programme for the world's airports. Passengers rate the airports according to their travelling experience, an important component of the business of airports as it reflects on whether expectations have been met. 


SA's international airports received the following awards per category: 

  • King Shaka International Airport achieved first place in Best Airport by Region;
  • Cape Town International Airport achieved third place in Best Airport by Region 
  • Cape Town International Airport was named Best Airport in Africa for Air Safety 

Two of Airports Company South Africa’s regional airports were also honoured:

  • Bram Fischer International Airport achieved first place in Best Airport by Region in the under 2 million passengers category and Most Improved Airport; and
  • Upington International Airport joined the 2016 Director’s Roll of Excellence for being ranked in the top five airports for its category, size and region from 2006 to 2015. Upington International Airport was one of only four airports worldwide to receive the recognition in 2016.

Airports Company South Africa CEO Bongani Maseko says, “It is heartening to see our airports once again featuring prominently in the ACI ASQ Awards, which recognise airports that are satisfying their customer’s needs. We continuously strive to improve our customer service by ensuring our airports meet passengers’ needs unreservedly. We are honoured to be recognised by ACI in this way,” he said. 

What are your thoughts on the services and experiences across SA's airports - email us at info@traveller24.com or tweet us at Traveller24_SA.

SA photojournalist shines the light on SA's black rhino brutality (Warning: Graphic)

South African photojournalist, Brent Stirton has been awarded the grand title of "Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2017" for a photo he captured of a dehorned black rhino killed by poachers in Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park. 

The Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition, founded in 1965, is an annual international showcase of the best in nature photography and it is developed and produced by the Natural History Museum in London.  This year, according to Museum, was no different as the contest attracted nearly 50,000 entries from 92 countries.

SEE:  WATCH: Baby rhino and hippo shine spotlight on poaching in SA

“To make such a tragic scene almost majestic in its sculptural power deserves the highest award. There is rawness, but there is also great poignancy and therefore dignity in the fallen giant," says Competition judge, Roz Kidman Cox. “It’s also symbolic of one of the most wasteful, cruel and unnecessary environmental crimes, one that needs to provoke the greatest public outcry.”

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Island Holiday Trends: Your 2018 dream escape is waiting

This weekend the Traveller24 newsletter served up the ideal selection of island holidays to help you plan your 2018 dream escape. If you haven't alread subscribed - subscribe here.

Island life. Unhurried, sun-kissed and for the most part languid and decadent. And that's really how it should be. Days spent sunning yourself while reading a good book and sipping on the cocktail of your choice as you sway in a hammock.

Whether you're enjoying your annual family vacation as the kids are being entertained by your resorts' all-inclusive facilities, or you're honeymooning on a tropical cloud-nine - you're doing it with a splash of island style.

Far-flung yet affordable comes in the form or Indonesia's Bali or Thailand and of course for repeat visitors to the likes of SA favourite, Mauritius -  there's always the trend of living like a local.

If you want something that's anything but an Indian Ocean hotspot, then consider Rodrigues or Madagascar. The ideal #AfriTravel island splurge could see you combing some of the best of beach and bush easily in Mozambique or while jetting off to Tanzania's Zanzibar.  

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