Daily Archives: May 9, 2018


DURBAN– People in South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal Province will no longer have to travel from Durban to Johannesburg to catch a flight to Britain thanks to the introduction of a new direct flight between Durban’s King Shaka International Airport and London’s Heathrow Airport in October.

The new direct airline service between the two cities will commence on Oct 29 with three direct flights a week. Approximately 10,000 passengers, who currently fly between Durban and London via Johannesburg, will now fly directly to Britain, drastically reducing travel times and costs.

The joint announcement was made here Tuesday by the KZN Member of the Executive Council (MEC) for Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs, Sihle Zikalala, and British Airways as the three-day 2018 African Tourism Indaba began at Durban’s International Conference Centre.

As of tomorrow, the public can book their flight between London and Durban. The investment and trade opportunities presented by this direct flight between Durban and London will undoubtedly add huge value to our economy, Zikalala said.

The introduction of the British Airways flight augured well for KwaZulu-Natal’s Route Development Strategy, which aims to provide a mechanism for attracting and supporting new and direct air service routes for King Shaka International Airport, he added.

This new route adds to our growing number of international flights, amongst which can be counted flights connecting us to key world destinations such as the Gulf region, the Middle East, the Indian sub-continent, North Asia, Australia as well as Beijing, Shanghai, Tokyo and Seoul through the hub in Abu Dhabi, he said.

British Airways Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Alex Cruz expressed confidence that the flight would lead to an improvement in the province’s tourism fortunes. It is a gateway to many nature reserves, parks and historic sites and has a thriving food, drink and arts scene, defining the city as a must visit for culture and adventure, Cruz said.



PRETORIA– The Department of Trade and Industry (dti) is leading a group of South African companies to participate in the Algiers International Trade Fair which opened in the Algerian capital Tuesday.

The Algiers International Trade Fair is one of the most strategic platforms for foreign companies to reach Algerian buyers and consumers. The fair attracts exhibitors from the United States, France, Germany, Turkey and China, among others, said the department in a statement here Tuesday.

The statement quoted Deputy Trade and Industry Minister Bulelani Magwanishe as saying that South Africa viewed the North African country as a strategic partner, and the two countries established a Bi-National Commission in September 2000 with the aim of advancing trade and investment relations between them.

South African companies participating in the six-day fair are from the agro-processing, capital equipment and mining, steel fabrication, eletro-technical and chemicals sectors.

The Algiers Fair is an appropriate forum for South Africans in the market-relevant sectors which have been selected for participation to promote their products and services, as well as to identify possible investment partnerships. Besides its huge purchasing power, Algeria is diversifying from the oil industry and has therefore identified trade and investment opportunities which South Africa can consider as part of its investment-led trade plan for the rest of the African continent, said Magwanishe.

He added that the fair would help strengthen the presence of South African goods and services in Algeria, which is also the gateway to the rest of the North African sub-region.

Algeria’s consistent political stability and economic growth positions the country as an important and strategic economy in the North Africa region. This gives South Africa an opportunity to continue to position itself and to explore economic opportunities in the North Africa region, said Magwanishe.