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Cruise news: This week only - R500 onboard credit for any new December cruise bookings (tip all are cruises from Durban unless you want to book an international cruise)

Email us a writeup of your previous cruise by Friday - and earn discount vouchers for new cruises.

Mango Flight Special

Wow, we're impressed that Mango Airlines achieved on time flight performance of 97% last week. There's also a Mango flight special on the go, running until 9pm on the 7th August (or until the limited flights on sale run out, whichever occurs first). Selected flights up to 31 August 2013 are available on a first-come-first-served basis, so it's possible that prices have changed from the below. Book at Mango.

Mango Airline plane parked at Cape Town International Airport

Best 1-way airfares

  • OR Tambo to PE from R829*

  • PE to OR Tambo from R829*

  • Cape Town to PE from R899*

  • PE to Cape Town from R899*

  • Bloem to Cape Town from R799*

  • Cape Town to Bloemfontein from R799*

  • Cape Town to Lanseria from R819*

  • Lanseria to Cape Town from R724*

  • Cape Town to Durban from R849*

  • Durban to Cape Town from R849*

  • OR Tambo to Durban from R565*

  • Durban to OR Tambo from R565*

  • OR Tambo to Cape Town from R819*

  • Cape Town to OR Tambo from R819*

Mango flight specials

  • Limited seats available on selected flights on a first come, first served basis on this flight special.

  • No group bookings on promotional fares.

  • Refunds must be submitted in writing to guestcare@flymango.com.

  • Subject to Mango's Terms and Conditions

  • Excludes Special Events (Friday return Sunday), and peak flights

 

We recommend staying at Bakkies B&B in Wellington during next month's Fork & Cork Festival (B&B owners, email us if you have superior accommodation you want recommended).

SAA have just increased their Johannesburg to Dar es Salaam flight frequency from 11 to 12 flights a week (Fastjet starts flying the route next month).

SA Express flights to Durban from Maputo may be a reality as early as March 2014, says their CEO.

On Friday the Currie Cup rugby competition starts. Join our Superbru competition.

Qatar Airways was forced to return a Tripoli bound flight, without landing in Tripoli, after gunmen forced the Air Traffic Controllers to deny them permission to land. The airline started flights to Tripoli in June 2013.

Want to fly from Cape Town or Johannesburg to Doha via Istanbul? Turkish Airlines have introduce a "flying service chef" for business class flights from Istanbul to Doha.

Email us a write-up of your trip & we'll give you a travel voucher (write more & share pictures for bigger vouchers):
Published on 5 August 2013 : We had enough savings in 2011 to take the family of four (that's me, the wife and two sons) on the Sinfonia from Durban to Cape Town. Our holidays until then, mainly consisted of campsites or self-catering establishments. We all live in Cape Town and would fly up to Durban a day earlier and overnight there just to ensure that we do not miss the boat with unforeseen delays or other circumstances. I love travelling and actually get an energy load in meeting people and just enjoying the opportunity to relax and be served, pampered and spoiled to pieces. That's why you will not find me at the self-help restaurants on a cruiser, but rather in the lovely decorated and architecturally stimulating dining rooms. I kept the trip as a surprise to the family who were under the impression that we will be holidaying at a self-catering beach apartment for a few days in Durban and then return back home by plane. I was born in Kwazulu/Natal (Port Shepstone) and had not been back in this province since my parents moved to Cape Town in 1959. Our eldest son Rikus, a Bsc. student at University of Stellenbosch at the time, was unexpectedly and unfortunately scheduled for a re-examination within this already paid for excursion. The younger son, Herko immediately grabbed the opportunity to invite his girlfriend Erika as a replacement. They have since become engaged (shortly after the Sinfonia experience)…not sure if the Sinfonia had any influence on this decision?

Cruising to Cape Town in the morning on the MSC Sinfonia

By now I had to disclose the well-kept secret to Sandra, (my wife), as I had only booked a single 4-bed-outside-cabin for the original group. Although we have known Erika for quite some time, the wife and I were not sure whether Erika would be willing or even be comfortable in sharing a cabin with her possible-future-parent-in-laws? We soon learned that Erika had the same enthusiasm and eagerness for travelling and that nothing was going to prevent her from participating on this trip. Her parents were quite happy to leave Erika (and Herko) under our discreet supervision. This was a first time sea-travelling experience for all of us and the excitement was overwhelming. The fortunate part now was that we had someone at home taking care of the doggies (two dachshunds) and generally taking care of the property and answering the landline business phone so that no potential business opportunity could be lost….my architectural design studio is home based. The moment we left, I had switched off my cellular phone, as nothing, but nothing was going to disrupt this long anticipated holiday. As I have already mentioned, just travelling itself is a great stimulating experience and energy absorbing affair for me and air travel has always been a special favourite. I have flown a few times (for business), but I probably still look like one of those nervous first time flyers whenever I board an aircraft and that is not because I am nervous or anxious, it is pure euphoria. This occasional contingency is always regarded as a privileged windfall when I get to do projects in the other provinces. The Kwazula/Natal landscape from the air was surprisingly beautiful. I was silently hoping that the control tower would request our flight commander to do a go-around due to air traffic congestion. Although CT has been awarded the best looking airport (and I am very proud of that, being a passionate Capetonian and staunch Stormers supporter), I would certainly qualify King Shaka International Airport as a very close competitor, in ambience and architecturally. Going through the custom and boarding process at Durban harbour, was a little like being scrutinized and registering as a rookie for army duties. The wife and I were concerned that they might ask us to undress as neither of us, do not look that good anymore in our underwear. When a custom official very kindly but firmly requested that the "would-be- passengers" must not consider or even think about taking any hidden alcoholic beverages on board the ship…I actually experienced the same thoughts when I reported for army duties at the Cape Town Castle, 35 years ago with the naïve thought of "why would anyone want to bring their own alcoholic drinks?", surely this modern day cruiser have its own bars, wet bars, beverage bars and lounges. Would-be passengers were also advised to rather consider taking a rain cheque if they felt sneezie in any way. I was relieved that I took the time to take every one for immune booster inoculations at our family practitioner beforehand and coercing all in taking vitamin C supplements in almost overdose quantities. I could hardly sleep the first night, struggling to absorb the realities of the day's events and feeling the motion of this huge structure ploughing through the deep ocean waters with our professional seamen at the helm. The occasional shivering and very smooth rolling of this gigantic hauling carriage was absolutely exhilarating! We surprisingly bumped into acquaintances and friends (also from CT) during the trip which was great, but we also soon realized that you could meet some very interesting person or couple today and maybe never see them again due to the enormity of this luxury moving hotel. Our favourite lounge before dinners was the Manhattan Bar on the Beethoven deck where the music themes were absolutely head on of our cherished musical preferences (which are 70's rock). The artists were all exceptionally talented and entertaining. We were not sure where the other two "love birds" (Herko & Erika) have found themselves most of the time, although we did bumped into them at the pool bar and as a single rule of the day, asked them to join us for breakfast every morning. Since they are planning to get married this year in December 2013, I told Herko that he really has to be very creative for his honeymoon planning now as it would be very difficult to beat the Sinfonia experience. We arrived as scheduled 3 days later in beautiful Cape Town and although I have been a Capetonian for 53 years, I have never seen or experience the aura of the mother city and Table Mountain as I have that very specific morning. It was a perfectly windless morning and as the city was in an awakening phase at the break of daylight, the tranquillity and totally wave-less sea surface, except for the small waves that the Sinfonia was pushing towards the harbour entrance, was an all indulgent moment of this incredible life time phenomenon. I felt so privileged to be an inhabitant of this amazingly beautiful city. Shortly after Sandra publicised our trip particulars on Facebook for our family and friends, a local church asked us if they could use this special photograph as a cover page for their webpage.

cruising into Cape Town on the MSC Sinfonia

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Fastjet are undertaking a 10 for 1 consolidation of their shares (i.e. you get 1 share for every 10 you already have), in order to increase the market value of each shares. The trouble is that the market value sometimes dips below the nominal value of 1p per share, and company law prevents the issue of shares at a value below their nominal value. The Fastjet share price fell 8% yesterday - can anybody who understands shares tell us why this should be?