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Red-listed SA: Cyril, it's time to call Boris

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In the next three weeks the UK will review its red list again.
In the next three weeks the UK will review its red list again.
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It is time for President Cyril Ramaphosa to pick up the phone and speak directly to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson about why SA remains on the UK's red list of countries.

This is the view of Tshifhiwa Tshivhengwa, CEO of the Tourism Business Council of SA (TBCSA), which represents the private sector. He estimates that the South African tourism industry loses around R26 million every day that South Africa remains on the UK’s so-called red list, which enforces stringent travel regulations.

Being on the red list means people arriving in the UK from South Africa (including locals) must quarantine for ten days in a government-designated hotel near the airport, at their own cost of more than £2 000 (~R40 000). 

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