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Attempted hit on suspected gang leader at Cape Town airport

Alleged Sexy Boys gang leader Jerome “Donkie” Booysen was yet again the target of a shooting, this time at Cape Town International Airport.

This is the third time this year that he’s been shot at. According to News24, he was shot four times on Wednesday morning after apparently being chased into the airport. He was taken to hospital.

Police confirmed that two people were wounded but did not reveal their identities. One was a bystander.

“The 50-year-old man was at the drop-and-go section of the airport when occupants in an unknown sedan opened fire on him and fled,” police spokesperson Brigadier Vishnu Naidoo said.

“During the shooting another man, approximately…
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Attempted hit on suspected gang leader at Cape Town airport

No plans to issue visas on arrival, says Nigerian government

Following recent reports that the Nigerian government had confirmed plans to offer visas to African travellers upon arrival in the west African country, the Nigerian minister of information and communications, Lai Mohammed, has said such plans were untrue, according to The Washington Post.

News of Nigeria’s apparent intention to issue visas on arrival first broke following a tweet by the African Union’s (AU) political affairs office on Friday.

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However, ABC News has reported that according to Ebba Kalondo, spokesperson for the AU chairperson, the AU is yet to receive details from Nigeria, with the news having been “announced verbally with…
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No plans to issue visas on arrival, says Nigerian government

Seniors take more gap years than younger travellers

A new wave of travellers is on the rise – many seniors are now taking a gap year in their retirement years, according to research by UK bank Charter Savings Bank and as reported by news site Express.

A gap year is generally taken by high school graduates before they begin their tertiary studies, yet according to the site, seniors are said to be “twice as likely to take a gap year than younger people, with two out of five planning to travel after they turn 60, against less than one in five before age 30”.

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About 40% of respondents in…
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Seniors take more gap years than younger travellers

Blue Flag status awarded to top SA beaches, boats and marinas

Sixty-two Blue Flags will be proudly flown at 44 beaches and seven marinas, and by 11 sustainable tourism boats around South Africa over the forthcoming 2017/18 South African Blue Flag season, which opens on 1 November. This was announced at the prestigious national Blue Flag launch hosted by the Kouga Municipality at Dolphin Beach in Jeffreys Bay, Eastern Cape, today.

Earlier this year, all applications for the Blue Flag eco-label were reviewed via a rigorous multi-stage approval process involving assessments by both a local and international jury panel.

The Western Cape received the highest number of Blue Flag sites, with 28 beaches, all 11 boats and six…
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Blue Flag status awarded to top SA beaches, boats and marinas

Johannesburg ranked most visited city in Africa

South Africa’s most-populated city, Johannesburg, has emerged as the most popular destination city in Africa in 2016 followed by Cape Town, according to the annual Mastercard Global Destination Cities Index released on Tuesday.

The Mastercard Global Destination Cities Index showed that Johannesburg welcomed 4,57 million international overnight visitors in 2016, a 24% increase on the previous year’s 3,69 million visitors.

Cape Town rose from third place in 2015 to become the second most popular African destination city in 2016 with 1,52 million visitors.

Nigeria’s Lagos 1,04 million visitors, Morocco’s Casablanca (961 694) and Egypt’s Cairo (820 959)…
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Johannesburg ranked most visited city in Africa

The top 10 destination cities in the world

With the release of the Mastercard Destination Cities Index, places such as Bangkok, London and Paris proved to be the most popular destination cities for travellers in 2016.

The index looked at 132 countries, focusing on visitor volume in 2016 and “provides a forecast for growth in 2017, insight on the fastest-growing destination cities and a deeper understanding of why people travel and how they spend around the world”.

The index shows the overall growth in international overnight visitors to these destination cities. Bangkok was ranked the highest, with 19.41 million visitors, followed by London with 19.06 million and Paris (15.45 million).

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The top 10 destination cities in the world