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Several readers have written to ask what happened with Santaco Airlines? We gave them a call & they said that they're gearing up to start flying in March 2012. Touch wood!

Cruise news: Cruise tickets are issued with the dinner seating you have requested. If you want to change your dinner seating after your ticket is issued, a change fee will be charged.

Vehicle hire in South Africa

2011-11-16. Here's the best vehicle hire quotes we did this week for vehicle hire in Cape Town, Durban, East London, Johannesburg and Secunda. Note that prices could well have changed since we did these quotes.

Vehicle hire from Port Elizabeth

Quote for car hire on 23/12/11 from Port Elizabeth - return on 31/12/11 to Cape Town airport.  need 2L at minimum, carrying 5 people, pref 4x4 or SUV / MPV

For R9636 you can get a Nissan Pathfinder at Car Trawler (or R7105 for a Toyota Landcruiser), for a no-excess package it's R10625.

Vehicle hire from Johannesburg

We need to hire for the 14th to the 19th December 2011 from Johannesburg. The vehicle will be returned on the 20th.

How about a Volkswagen Caravelle for R4962 (9-seater)?  Book at Car Trawler.

Or a Toyota Quantum for R5929 (10-seater).  Book at Europcar.

Please can u give me a price to hire a small car from or tambo for 1 day on mon 5 dec. 5 am to 13:00.

Best price is R180, for which you get a Chevrolet Spark/similar & 100 free km.

I am looking for an 8 to 14 sitter for 9 to 11 December 2011. We will be travelling from Johannesburg to Lesotho.

I assume you are returning the vehicle to Johannesburg.  I had to hunt around a bit, as not everybody allows their vehicles to be taken to a foreign country.   The best option is a Toyota Quantum for R1648 with 100km free a day (thereafter R5.80/km).   Book at Budget car hire

Vehicle hire from East London

R2023 (R184/day) for a Kia Picanto from the 22nd December to the 2nd January. Book at Car Trawler

Vehicle hire from Secunda

Please advise if we can hire a car from Secunda to Or Tambo for 2 people? From 15 to 16 Nov 2011.

Best price is R272. Best price with aircon is R314.

Vehicle hire from Cape Town

I'm looking for an SUV from 17 august to 17 september 2012 from/to Capetown. Should be larger than an Daihatsu Terios. 

How about a Kia Sportage Automatic for R15402 for 31 days (R497/day)?  Book at Car Trawler.

Need to hire a small car from 18 to 20 Nov 2011 in Cape Town.

Hire a Chev Spark for R360 (R180/day)

2011-11-11 I would like to know if I can rent a car at Cape Town International on 19/01/12 for 2 days and drop it off  at Worcester.

One-way fee is R500, making it R1086 in total for a VW Polo (includes R400km). Book with Avis Cape Town.

Vehicle hire from George

We didn't do any vehicle hire quotes from George last week

Europcar in Johannesburg Airport




Friday is the opening day of the UN Climate Change convention in Durban. President Zuma has called on all South Africans to "Wear Green for COP 17" on Friday. Let's do it to show our support for this important convention.

Did a quote for R439 CPT-DUR one-way on 25 Jan, with Velvet Sky.

The Namibia Cabin Crew Union is balloting its members as to whether they should go on strike (which would impact Air Namibia, who could be served with 72 hours notice to strike) - the union want an increase of 30%, and Air Namibia is offering an increase of 0%.

SAA continues expanding into Africa - on the 26th Jan it commences flights between Johannesburg & Pointe Noire, Congo.

After taking off from Dar es Salaam bound for Johannesburg, Monday's SAA flight SA-189 struck a large bird (presumed to be a Hadada Ibis), which prompted the pilot to burn off fuel & return to Dar es Salaam, where the Airbus A319-100 landed safely.

The Purple shall rule! "On sunday 13th November 2011, my partner and I where booked on flight SA 66 from Johannesburg to Lusaka in the business class. I have not received such good service from air hostesses in a long time. The two ladies were very pleasant with natural friendliness with passengers. Keep it up.


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The Bottom Line: It was great to see President Zuma batting for business on his trip to the United Arab Emirates - requesting them to review their ban on certain South African produce - we need more of this - more business means more jobs - which means less poverty.