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30 June 2017

SA Tourism boosted by Visa red tape reduction

South Africa’s tourism industry remained resilient, and the relaxation of visa requirements last year buoyed overall revenue to R15.8billion with a 12.2percent rise in room occupancy. This is according to the latest PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) annual hotels outlook, which covered South Africa, Nigeria, Mauritius, Kenya and Tanzania. PwC hospitality industry leader Pietro Calicchio said the increase in revenue was largely aided by international tourists who had visited the country last y…

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30 June 2017

New Atta Members this month

It gives us a great pleasure to announce new members who joined us in June:   The Explorer Club Africa – Zambia - www.theexplorerclubafrica.com Wakanow.com UK Limited - United Kingdom - www.wakanow.co.uk Elangeni African Adventures – Germany - www.elangeni.de Sangha Lodge - Central African Republic - www.sanghalodge.com The Last Word Intimate Hotels - South Africa - www.thelastword.co.za Anderson Expeditions - South Africa - www.andersonexpeditions.com Nxamaseri Island Lo…

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29 June 2017

Avis Atta Media Awards - Winners Announced

Last night saw the inaugural Avis Atta Media Awards 2017 take place in London to recognise excellence in African travel journalism.  Eleven journalists were honoured by the African Travel and Tourism Association (Atta), the organisation that promotes tourism to Africa, for their 2016 / 17 published work featuring their travels to Africa. The acclaimed writer A.A. Gill was recognised with a special posthumous lifetime achievement award for his positive promotion of tourism to Africa, with …

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29 June 2017

Indaba partners with We Are Africa

Africa's Travel Indaba and We Are Africa has entered a partnership which will see the two trade shows bringing the world to South Africa to experience a range of travel products and services for two weeks every May. Africa’s Travel Indaba – South African Tourism’s flagship travel trade show, previously known as Indaba – will take place from 8 to 10 May 2018 at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre in Durban, preceded by a Business Opportunity Net…

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27 June 2017

#KnysnaRises: Oyster Festival to include new ‘Phoenix’ Trail Run

Knysna proves to be swiftly on the rise as officials confirm that many of the scenic town’s annual events will be going ahead as planned. The Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival – one of SA’s favourite winter festivals – will start in two weeks on July 7, together with the Knysna Cycle tour. And Knysna Tourism was thrilled to announce that the annual Featherbed Trail Run, that is part of Oyster Festival, is going ahead this year thanks to “the timely intervention of…

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27 June 2017

Ngorongoro: A sparkling tourism jewel

Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa ordered early this year that a fresh human population census and a cattle count be carried out in Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority (NCAA). The census will be carried out starting next month. The move aims at flushing out invaders. The initiative will see a meticulous registration of local residents and their livestock. The cattle will be branded clearly in a manner that will help identify their owners. Any invading livestock and their owners will be ordered…

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26 June 2017

Ethiopia: Council Sets to Increase Tourist Inflow - City Mayor

The ever increasing Ethiopian airlines destinations, high standards of tourist facilities and public-private partnership towards tourism development have augmented tourist influx and also improved the city's capacity to host international conferences. Speaking at 3rd Addis Ababa City Administration Tourism Transformation Council regular conference, City Mayor Driba Kumma called on private organizations and international well-known travel agents to work closely with the city administration …

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26 June 2017

Tanzania and Israel tourist boards on joint drive

The Israel Tourist Board and its Tanzanian counterpart, the Tanzania Tourist Board (TTB), are targeting to promote tourism between Israel and Tanzania, making the two countries work closely together in marketing historical and wildlife tourism. When implemented, Israel tourists will be visiting Tanzania and East Africa for wildlife safaris, while Tanzanians will be traveling to Israel for historical religious holidays. Tanzania Tourist Board Managing Director Devota Mdachi was in Tel Aviv rece…

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23 June 2017

Ethiopian Airlines to Scale-up Operations with 10 Additional Airbus Aircraft

To further develop its fast expanding long-haul route network, Ethiopian Airlines has placed an order for 10 additional Airbus A350-900 aircraft. This is in line with one of the four pillars of its 15-years strategic roadmap according to CEO Tewolde GebreMariam. Ethiopian, the largest airline on the African continent, will deploy the additional aircraft on its long-haul routes connecting its hub in Addis Ababa with destinations across Africa, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. In December 2016,…

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23 June 2017

Rise in jumbo population lifts tourism recovery bid

The population of elephants in Maasai Mara and Tsavo parks has increased to 15,360 elephants in three years on reduced poaching, offering a major boost to Kenya’s rebounding tourism sector. Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) said the two parks had 15,360 elephants in the period between February and May, up from 12,648 in 2014. KWS director-general Kitili Mbathi attributed the rise in jumbo numbers to effects of the tough anti-poaching laws imposed in 2014, which include a jail term of up to 20…

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22 June 2017

Kenya: Tourism to Grow 6% Annually in the Next Decade, Global Report Projects

Kenya's tourism industry is expected to grow at an annual average of six per cent over the next decade. The country's travel and tourism's GDP is projected to grow at six per cent annually over the next 10 years, as the total economy grows at 5.9 per cent, according to the World Travel and Tourism Council (WITC) Benchmarking Report 2017. The projected growth is quicker than automotive manufacturing at 4.3 per cent and agriculture sector at 5.1 per cent. The WTTC report shows that t…

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22 June 2017

Supporting Sustainable Tourism Projects in Rwanda

Rwanda should be congratulated for increasing the price of its gorilla permits. Considering what the funds are used for, it’s a small price to pay in support of the country’s sustainable tourism projects. By Des Langkilde. Rwanda is well-known for its mountain gorillas, with gorilla trekking being its main tourist attraction. This endangered species has made a significant contribution to the nation’s travel and tourism industry thanks to events such as the Kwita Izina gorilla…

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21 June 2017

More than 7 500 animals ready for African Animal Ark operation

Trailed by great clouds of dust, a massive convoy of noisy diesel trucks rumbles out of Zimbabwe this week starting on Monday to begin one of Africa's largest-ever wildlife relocation projects. The aim is to shift more than 6 000 wild animals from Zimbabwe to neighbouring Mozambique to replenish a national park that was all but emptied of wildlife in the aftermath of civil war. Another 1 500 animals will be sourced from Mozambique. Over the next eight to ten weeks alone, the "rewildin…

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20 June 2017

Tourism expo preps hit top gear

The expo, to be hosted from September 27 to October 1 in Bulawayo this year, is the country’s premier showcase that is now officially recognised on the world tourism calendar and has been successfully hosted every year for the past decade. The travel and tourism fair targets local and international exhibitors among them national tourism boards, embassies, international airlines, leading hotel chains and government ministries. It provides tourism stakeholders from all over the world with …

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20 June 2017

St Helena expecting influx of tourists with scheduled flights, new luxury hotel

The government of St Helena has announced that South Africa's largest independent airline, Airlink, was the preferred bidder to fly passengers between SA and the island. The only scheduled way to travel to and from St Helena was aboard the Royal Mail Ship St Helena until the airport opened. The ship is likely to be decommissioned in 2018 once scheduled flights are established. According to a release on 9 June 2017, the St Helena Government will enter into a period of contractual negotiatio…

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19 June 2017

Uganda Wildlife Authority clarifies on gorilla tracking fees

The Uganda Wildlife Authority has nipped rumours in the bud that Uganda’s gorilla tracking permit fees would be raised and in a letter to the Association of Uganda Tour Operators said as much. The current level of fees will therefore remain in place for the next two years allowing Uganda to take full advantage of the doubled fees in neighbouring Rwanda, where the cost for a single permit, Rwandan citizens included, now stands at a whopping 1.500 US Dollars. This translates into a couple …

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19 June 2017

flydubai to Expand Africa Network with Third Point in Tanzania

Dubai-based carrier flydubai has announced plans to launch a flight to Kilimanjaro, Tanzania starting October 2017, expanding its network in Africa to 12 destinations. This will be flydubai’s third route to Tanzania where it began operations in 2014. It operates direct flights to Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar. The airline which attributes the introduction of the additional route to increased passenger demand will fly six times weekly to the new destination, three flights via a stopover in D…

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16 June 2017

Europe lifts ban on Mozambican airlines

After teams from the EU Air Safety Committee carried out an audit of the National Institute of Civil Aviation of Mozambique in February, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has lifted the ban on Mozambican airlines from flying to Europe. The removal of Mozambican airlines from the European Union blacklist - as it is also known - has been greeted with much praise from not only the aviation industry but also from tourism stakeholders in the country. The audit showed that improvements by …

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16 June 2017

YTP-Cape Town June Event @ Kloof Street House

Not only an opportunity to meet and mingle with Cape Town’s Young Travel Professionals, some our fellow chapter members from over the pond in the USA will be joining us for drinks and hang time. It’s a networking events for young professionals looking to build careers, make connections and enjoy perks like FAMS, giveaways and, of course, exclusive event invites. What's on offer? Each attendee will receive a welcome drink and snacks will be available, compliments of Kloof Street…

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15 June 2017

Kenya grants SA visitors 90-day visa free stay

Nairobi has granted South Africans additional time to visit Kenya without visas, pointing to a thawing of diplomatic relations between the two nations. Interior secretary Joseph Nkaissery says in a legal notice published last Friday that South Africans can now visit and stay in Kenya without a visa for up to three months, up from the previous 30 days. The notice says South African “civil servants, holders of diplomatic, official or ordinary passports” can visit Kenya without visas …

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15 June 2017

Atta Financial Update

Executive summary for the week of 06-Jun-17 to 13-Jun-17 (week 24) The Africa Development Bank (AfDB) has set out a multi-billion dollar power roadmap for continent. The AfDB will use US$12 billion to improve electricity access in Africa targeting more than 350 million people in the next five years. Under the new deal on Energy for Africa’ strategy, the bank will also pull between US$45-50 billion correspondingly from t…

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14 June 2017

STTA’s Green Tourism Summit for Africa is now underway

Judy Kepher-Gona, the CEO of the Sustainable Travel and Tourism Agenda in Nairobi / Kenya kicked off the proceedings for the 3rd Green Tourism Summit for Africa earlier this morning, introducing the event sponsors, which includes one of Nairobi’s greenest hotels, the Park Inn Westlands besides AFEW, BR!GHT, Fairview Coffee, Netfund and Uniglobe Let’s Go Travel. Nairobi county government tourism executive Anna Othoro then delivered the key note address before declaring the summit of…

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14 June 2017

Storms in South Africa's Cape fail to stem water shortages

South Africa's tourist capital Cape Town remains gripped by critical water shortages despite being lashed by torrential rains last week in the region's worst storm in 30 years, officials said on Tuesday. More than eight people were killed and thousands forced from their homes after gale force winds and flash floods hit shanty towns already coping with Cape Town's worst drought in a century. "It may take a few seasons of normal rainfall for the dams to recover and therefore con…

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13 June 2017

Trans-border African task-force nails ivory smuggling network

A cross-border African task-force has arrested several key members of an ivory smuggling pipeline that covertly moved tons of elephant tusks from Africa to Asia. Details of the intensive six-week clandestine operation were released in Nairobi on Friday, the culmination of a crackdown by the Lusaka Agreement Task Force (LATF) and its multi-agency partners. "These arrests reveal how the smuggling has been orchestrated," said Kraisak Choonhavan, Chairperson of Freeland, the counter-traf…

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13 June 2017

Key strategies to developing Zanzibar into a world-class destination

Former Finance Minister and Deputy Prime Minister of Mauritius, Dr Ramakrishna Sithanen recently paid a visit to Zanzibar to offer strategies employed that led Mauritius to become one of Africa's leading economies. Saleh Said, Director of Pennyroyal Gibraltar Ltd and Zanzibar Amber Resort, invited Sithanen to Zanzibar to discuss his experiences regarding the development of Mauritius to an upper-middle income economy, whereby poverty levels declined from 40% to 1%, and to address the develo…

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12 June 2017

Steady growth of internet penetration in Africa a boost for e-tourism

Currently, there are approximately 345 million internet users in Africa, representing 9.3% of the total population and a penetration rate of 27.7%. These statistics, presented in a hospitality report by Jumia Travel, reflects the opportunity for tourism and hospitality industry players in exploiting the internet to grow e-tourism. The growth of 4G networks has also extended to more than half of African countries, with 72 live LTE (Long-Term Evolution) networks in 32 countries as at mid-2016. A…

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12 June 2017

The wildebeest are back...

The first of as many as two million migrating wildebeest and zebras have reached the Masai Mara earlier this week, when thousands were reportedly crossing over from the Tanzanian Serengeti National Park in search of fresh pasture. The annual spectacle has arrived early as has been the trend in recent years and when in full swing will the large herds have crossed on many places along the Sand River and the Mara River, running a gauntlet of huge crocodiles in the river and predators on either si…

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09 June 2017

Zimbabwe to Sell Wildlife to DRC, Gambia

Harare — The government is set to export wildlife to the Democratic Republic of Congo and Gambia, the Environment Minister, Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri has said. Muchinguri told The Source that the two countries recently sent special envoys to President Robert Mugabe to forward their requests to purchase Zimbabwe's wildlife. "We have received orders to purchase wild animals from DRC and Gambia. Most former French countries lost a substantial number of wildlife due to poaching and w…

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09 June 2017

FCO Travel Advice: South Africa

South Africa travel advice 08-06-2017 07:30 AM GMT Latest Update - Summary: As a result of fires in Knysna, emergency services are evacuating residents in the area. The Eden District Municipality is advising travelers to stay away from the area. If you are in the area please monitor local media reports for further updates. British Nationals should contact 021 405 2400 for any consular emergencies.

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08 June 2017

Atta Financial Update

Executive summary: The Nigerian stock market, which has been described by analysts in recent days as one that is on steroids, sustained its rally Monday, gaining N417 billion, its highest daily gain in two years, to cross the N11 trillion barrier. This is just as the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) paved the way for authorised dealers in the foreign exchange market to offset their excess foreign currency trading positions to other authorised dealers in the market without seeking the prior a…

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08 June 2017

South Africa: March arrivals up 6% but top market dips

Arrivals from the United Kingdom to South Africa dropped 8% year-on-year in March, while year-to-date arrivals from the UK are down 0.19%. The growth in overseas arrivals has also slowed when compared to January and February. This is according to according to the latest figures from Statistics SA. Total arrivals from the UK for March 2017 were 45 203, compared to 49 095 in March last year. Overseas arrivals were up 6% year-on-year for the month of March. This compares to 10% year-on-year growt…

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07 June 2017

Swiss International Airlines and Lufthansa set to increase Nairobi flights

German airline Lufthansa will this month increase the number of weekly flights between Frankfurt and Nairobi from five to six. Lufthansa, the largest airline in Europe by fleet size, plans to increase operations on the Frankfurt-Nairobi route from June 21. Meanwhile, Swiss International Air Lines is also expected to increase its weekly flights between Zurich and Nairobi from five to six from July 6. The move is set to give the Kenyan tourism sector a much needed boost. The flights increase by …

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07 June 2017

New Cape Origin designation to boost tourism link

South Africa’s Wine and Spirit Board has introduced a new Wine of Origin District for Cape Town, bringing 30 wineries together under the banner to boost international recognition. The Wine of Origin Cape Town initiative is aimed at boosting the profile of South African wines generally through association with the city and its surrounds, drawing on the powerful tourism associations of The Cape. Some of South Africa’s most respected wine estates, including Groot Constantia, Durbanvil…

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07 June 2017

Severe travel disruption expected amid Qatar row over funding of terror

Severe travel disruption is expected at Doha airport as neighbouring Middle East countries severed diplomatic ties with Qatar. The major hub for international flight connections will see airlines including Qatar Airways, Etihad Airways, Emirates, Flydubai and Air Arabia being affected. Egypt is closing its airspace to Qatari aircraft in the growing diplomatic row, with Saudi Arabia and Bahrain expected to do the same. Several countries have cut ties with Qatar, accusing the country of supporti…

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06 June 2017

SA Tourism joins Cape Town Air Access to further boost international routes

South African Tourism (SAT) has joined Cape Town Air Access as a member of the steering committee which comprising Cape Town Air Access' founding partners and meets every quarter to guide the work of the project team. Cape Town Air Access is a partnership, based at Wesgro, between the Western Cape Government, the City of Cape Town, Airports Company of South Africa, Cape Town Tourism and now South African Tourism, and is the focal point for international air route development in the Western…

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06 June 2017

Bye bye KiliFair 2017 as dates are set for KiliFair 2018

KiliFair 2017 yesterday closed its doors after the most successful event yet in its three year history. Exhibitors from countries of the Eastern African region and beyond, more than 300 according to the organizers, met with over 250 registered buyers who came to the town of Moshi over the past few days. Many of those sampled the attractions of both the Tanzanian mainland, of Zanzibar and other islands before heading to the show grounds which this year were filled to capacity. In addition to th…

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05 June 2017

Kenya to launch transit visas by January 2018

The government will soon roll out a transit visa for tourists passing through Nairobi to other destinations in a bid to boost the recovering tourism in the country, Tourism CS Najib Balala announced on Friday. The visa will be valid for four days, he said. Addressing more than 200 delegates during the official opening of the Tourism Innovation and Change Forum in Nairobi, Balala said the plan has been approved by the Cabinet. “The president has directed myself and ... (Interior CS Joseph…

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05 June 2017

UNWTO Chief’ visit to Kenya ends with major honours

Outgoing UNWTO Secretary General Dr. Taleb Rifai was honoured with Kenya’s ‘Order of the Golden Heart‘ award, handed over to him by Tourism Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala yesterday. Dr. Taleb proved to be one of Kenya’s most outspoken defenders when countries like Britain and the United States slapped the country with prohibitive anti travel advisories a few years ago while their respective High Commission and Embassy staff frolicked on the country’s deserted beac…

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02 June 2017

Africa's Travel Indaba and We Are Africa 2018 Dates Confirmed

We are pleased to share that the dates for both Indaba, now Africa's Travel Indaba, Conservation Lab and We Are Africa have now been confirmed. The show dates are now aligned to provide three strong and distinct events all within an efficient 10 day period. Africa's Travel Indaba at the Durban ICC will take place from 08 to 10 May - More information available here Conservation Lab will run from 12 to 14 May in the run up to We Are Africa - More information available here We Are Africa …

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02 June 2017

Ethiopian Airlines Commences Non-Stop Flights to Singapore

Ethiopia’s national carrier, Ethiopian Airlines, is launching five weekly direct and non-stop services to Singapore effective 1 June 2017. “In our continuous effort of connecting the continent of Africa with its major trading partners around the world through direct services and with the youngest fleet of modern airplanes, we are glad that we are able to offer a direct and non-stop services to the Lion City, Singapore” said Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO Tewolde GebreMariam. He…

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02 June 2017

Legal SA: Duty of Care (Doc): The Tunisia Beach Shooting Inquiry & Indemnities

The captioned matter has made waves in the industry as it has been suggested in the inquiry that operators & even venues may end up being liable!! That is a scary thought so I have written a series of brief notes on preventative measures if such a (however remote) possibility were to become reality - this is the 2nd of 5 inserts Cynics will tell you that indemnities are not worth the paper it is written on but here is some food for thought: ·       …

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01 June 2017

Improving civil aviation safety can boost African air travel

African civil aviation is said to be five to nine times riskier than the global average. Therefore, investment in regional air and ground safety can contribute to the continent's attractiveness as a sought-after travel and business destination. What’s needed in the long run is coordinated investment in leading-edge technologies to enhance safety and cost efficiencies, which will do much to develop smaller airports which are so important for the expansion of African business and tour…

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01 June 2017

FCO Travel Advice: Ethiopia

Ethiopia travel advice 31-05-2017 15:08 PM GMT Latest update: Summary – internet services have been down since 30 May; if you’re planning to travel to Ethiopia make alternative arrangements for keeping in touch with contacts inside or outside the country; mobile or landline phone services haven’t been affected; if you’re in Ethiopia and you urgently need help (eg if you’ve been attacked, arrested or there has been a death), call +251 (0)11 617 0100; if you’r…

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01 June 2017

FCO Travel Advice: Mozambique

Mozambique travel advice 30-05-2017 15:48 PM GMT Safety and security section (Air travel) – updated information about the safety of air travel following the removal of Mozambique from the list of countries subject to an EU operating ban

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01 June 2017

Atta Financial Update

Executive summary: South Africa's Zuma survives renewed calls to resign. South African President Jacob Zuma survived fresh calls within the ruling African National Congress party for him to resign, but the party suggested it is 'drifting away' from the current movement. Zuma has faced widespread public anger over a series of corruption scandals, record unemployment and a sluggish economy - two ratings agencies have downgraded South Africa in recent times. The party - which Nel…

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