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There's a KLM Valentine's Special offer running, for flights from JNB to Venice and JNB to Athens. The sale period is until the 14th February and the travel period is on selected flights until the 31st August 2013 (very limited availability, so don't be surprised if you can't find it on specific dates).

Cruise news: "We went on the Sinfona, Dec'10 to Portuguese Islands. What an experiance... the kidz just loved every moment of the cruise.. We would love to go on the Opera Dec'13 to Mauritius with the kidz. Can't wait to see their faces.... Big blue sea in Mauritius."

KLM Valentine's Day Special Offer

Johannesburg to Venice from R5629* and Johannesburg to Athens from R6051*. Book with KLM South Africa.

*Selling: 12-14 February 2013. Travel on or before 31 August 2013. Minimum stay of a Sunday. Maximum stay of 3 months. Euro 120 change fee. Euro 200 cancellation fee before departure. No refund after departure. Subject to seat availability. Other conditions apply.

KLM 787 aircraft in the sky

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From R840* for a 6-sleeper cottage per night at Cradle Cove in the World Heritage site.

Whilst there try hot air ballooning in the Cradle of Humankind.

London flight prices
Experience London at its finest, when the parks are in bloom and the air cool. Spring is the perfect time to experience the city before the summer crowds arrive. Enjoy the gentle sun as you stroll through the city's big parks and duck into stylish shops when the rain comes pouring down. Its not only the weather that makes spring so attractive, flight prices are also fairly affordable throughout the months of April and May. Travellers planning a shopping spree should look carefully before booking though, as so many airlines are now excluding checked luggage.

flight path from London to Johannesburg


Cheap JNB-London from R7,487*
(British Airways- depart 9 April, return 16 April 2019)

Cheap CPT-London from R9,184*
(Emirates- depart 9 April, return 16 April 2019)

Cheap DUR-London from R8,134*
(British Aiways- depart 9 April, return 16 April 2019)

Direct JNB-LON from R10,577*
(Virgin Atlantic- depart 11 April, return 18 April 2019)

Direct CPT-LON from R7,837*
(British Airlines- depart 14 May, return 21 May 2019)

Premium Econ. JNB-LON from R14,747*
(Virgin Atlantic- depart 14 May, return 21 May 2019)

B. Class JNB-LONfrom R22,571*
(Kenya Airways- depart 14 May, return 21 May 2019)

B. Class CPT-LON from R23,791*
(Kenya Airways- depart 16 May, return 23 May 2019)

1-way JNB-LON from R5,229*
(Emirates- 18 April 2019)

*This is not an offer, but merely a snapshot of cheapest airfares as we saw them. There was very limited availability (don't expect it to be on every date, it was the cheapest we could find) when we checked & prices may have increased already. Click through the link on the price to check whether the price is still available. Remember to change class once page has loaded to check prices for Premium Economy and Business Class. For Direct Fligth prices, select direct flights once page has loaded.

Skouspel Cape Town takes place at Grandwest on the 13th July 2013, featuring local musicians.

 

The Purple shall rule! Here's a photo we took of The Table Bay Hotel, bathed in the soft morning sun, as we sailed into Table Bay Harbour on the MSC Sinfonia. Hat tip to the seagull for flying into the middle of the photo :)

The Table Bay Hotel

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The Bottom Line: "The turnaround in profitability that commenced in the second half of the 2012 financial year has continued into the six months to December 2012, and has resulted in a profit after tax of R79 million for the period, a significant improvement on the results of the comparative period. While it took time to adequately address the effect of higher operating costs, brought on predominantly by the rapid escalation of the fuel price in 2011, we are now accommodating an oil price of over $110 per barrel and do not anticipate a reduction in this price in the near future.

Revenue grew by 20%, mainly attributable to the fuel surcharge on British Airways tickets and kululas improved pricing capability and revenue integrity processes emanating from its new inventory management system. The four new Boeing 737-800s, introduced during the period, further contributed to increased revenue per flight, while at the same time improving fuel efficiency. Our in-house
catering facility and other cost saving initiatives continued to deliver meaningful results.

...The four new aircraft were brought onto the statement of financial position during the period,funded with US Export-Import Bank backed loans, which ensured excellent financing rates.

...We are particularly proud of the fact that the turnaround in profitability was achieved without the retrenchment of any staff, largely as result of their own commitment towards implementing the changes required to turn the business around.

...The total domestic passenger market has shown year-on-year shrinkage since February 2012, with the half year volumes for the market 6% lower than for the comparative period. The continued devaluation of the Rand has driven the Rand price of fuel and dollar-based technical services to record levels, and therefore we do not foresee early growth in market volumes as ticket prices will remain at the levels necessary to recover such escalating costs. We also do not anticipate any near-term recovery in global or local consumer spending.

However, our new enterprise-wide IT platform and the new fleet, which were only in operation for a portion of the reporting period, offer further opportunities for improved revenue and operating efficiency that will be fully optimised over the next few years.

Flights from Johannesburg (ORTIA) to East London on the kulula brand will commence on 1 March 2013, and flights from Johannesburg to Maputo on the British Airways brand from May 2013. There are also good rowth opportunities for our travel business, flight training facility, catering business and airport lounges. "

Comair Limited interim results (Comair operate the British Airways and Kulula brands in South Africa)