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These flight specials during school holidays are great for those of us still watching the news, but I know many people will miss out on it (our stats show far fewer people open emails during school holidays).

Cruise news: Some footage of our Royal Caribbean International cruise into Toulon in the early hours.

Virgin Atlantic birthday fares

Book a Virgin Atlantic flight, and enjoy the pleasure of not having to stop anywhere on your way to London. Virgin Atlantic are celebrating 15 years of having flown to Africa, and have some flight specials running. Just for today (3 October 2011).

 

Return sale fare from

Outbound travel dates

Cape Town - London

Johannesburg - London

R6409*

01 Nov - 30 Nov 11

16 Jan - 31 Mar 12

*Above fares may change.

TERMS & CONDITIONS

  • The fare and book by date shown above are correct as of 30 September 2011, The above fare includes applicable duties, taxes and fuel surcharges but are subject to change due to currency exchange fluctuations and market conditions.

  • The fare detailed above is strictly subject to availability and is offered on a first come, first served basis. For travel 1 November 2011 - 30 November 2011 and 16 January 2012 - 31 March 2012. The number of seats available on each flight at the fare detailed above is restricted and it is possible that the seats allocated on a particular flight may be fully booked, even though seats are still available in other booking classes. Some flights may have no availability on certain dates and popular dates (i.e. weekends, school and public holidays) will fill quickly.

  • The fare detailed above is for outbound round trips travel from Johannesburg and Cape Town on selected dates specified above.

  • Booking class: O. Maximum stay is 12 months. Children (under 12) and infants (under 2) who require a seat pay 75% of the full adult fare. Alternatively infants (under 2) who do not require a seat pay 10% of the full adult fare (exclusive of passenger taxes, fees and surcharges).

  • Fare outlined above have the following restrictions: once confirmed these tickets are non-refundable. Route and name changes are not permitted. Date changes are permitted however once issued, there is a charge of ZAR1300 per change, per passenger, per ticket plus fare difference (if applicable). Any no show will be subject to a charge of ZAR1900 in addition to the date change charge above.

  • Flying Club miles, bonus miles and tier points are available. 
    Virgin Atlantic's published Conditions of Carriage apply (subject to change from time to time) and are available from Virgin Atlantic.

  • Once tickets have been issued Virgin Atlantic shall not be liable for any failure to comply with its obligations caused by (but not limited to) weather conditions, fire, flood, strike, hurricane, industrial dispute, war, terrorist activity, hostilities, political unrest, riots, civil commotion, or any other circumstances beyond the control of Virgin Atlantic.

  • This special offer is subject to availability.

  • Differences of fare, taxes and surcharges will be applied for date change on fully unused tickets. 

 

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Anybody keen on a short marriage? Mexico City lawmakers have proposed marriages which instead of including a lifelong commitment, allow participants to opt out after 2 years.

How to brake on a zip line, as explained at Ama Zwing Zwing, near Amazingwe Lodge.

"It is never a good idea to check bank accounts through a mobile device’s browser — a trusted application from the individual’s bank is a better idea — and the same applies to company email and other communications that should remain secure. Consider that with all advancing technology, security is a step or two behind. Smart phones in particular are running on new operating systems. This means that mobile devices are often more easily breached than computers." Stratfor

The Purple shall rule! Christine wrote to us to say: "We fly from Joburg to East London almost every week, why is there only 2 airlines operating between JHB & EL? And one of them (SAA) is very expensive, especially when you book on short notice. Please Please introduce another airline that’s not so expensive!!!!"

                 
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The Bottom Line: Regular readers know that SouthAfrica.TO thinks that the building of King Shaka Airport and the subsequent steep increase in airport taxes wasn't in the interest of those who can barely afford to fly. I was glad to see in the weekend Sunday Times that the outgoing CEO of Acsa, Monhla Hlahla seems to be on the same page. "There was no compelling business case for building King Shaka International, but the government insisted on it...She says the government told her: 'We want it done now, for the World Cup, now, and we're not going to wait'. She concedes that the timing couldn't have been worse...Airport taxes are set to rocket 160% over the next 5 years."

So, now it's clear that it was Government that was behind this extravagance. If Government wanted it then they should pay for it - it shouldn't be funded out of increases to airplane ticket prices. Why should the cost of government's ostentatious behaviour be that we cant afford to visit our loved ones?