Weekend Wrap: Tributes pour in for Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, Ramaphoria on board FlySafair, SA's wild adventures

Cape Town - The Easter Weekend across South Africa never fails to disappoint as the first major chill out period of the year. While you were ensuring self-care was front and centre for you and your loved ones, quite a few significant things went down over the weekend. Take a look.

UPDATE: Tuesday's Weather: Fine and mild day across SA, with rain in parts

Tributes pour in as Winnie Madikizela-Mandela dies at 81

Struggle veteran Winnie Madikizela-Mandela has died at the age of 81, her family confirmed in a statement on Monday.

Dubbed the "Mother of the Nation", she was regularly detained by the Nationalist government. Over the years she was tortured, subject to house arrest, held in solitary confinement and even banished to a rural Free State backwater. By the mid-1980s, however, she had become a public relations disaster for the mass democratic movement. Follow News24's live coverage here

Following the news of her death, many have taken to twitter to express their condolences. 

Ramaphoria as SA president opts of low-cost domestic flight

President Cyril Ramaphosa was spotted travelling to Durban in economy class on a Safair flight on Friday morning, 30 April.  Ramaphosa's co-passengers snapped photos with the president which were shared on Twitter.

Ramaphosa's spokesperson Khusela Diko told News24 that the president will at all times use the mode of transport which is most practical, convenient and cost effective for his duties.

 

SEE: Ramaphosa launches YES initiative to address youth unemployment

Weekend of wins at Splashy Fen and Two Oceans

 


The iconic Two Oceans Marathon was a roaring success. Take a look at some of the highlights below. South Africa’s Gerda Steyn impressed at the Two Oceans Marathon on Saturday when she won the women’s ultra-marathon. Steyn finished with a time of 3:39:31. In the men’s ultra-marathon, Kenyan Justin Kemboi Chesire won with a time of 3:09:21.

Ipeleng “The Crutch Runner” Khunou also has made history as the first runner on crutches to run and finish the 2 Oceans Half Marathon. 

Also, South Africa’s oldest music festival, Splashy Fen, took place over the traditional Easter weekend from Thursday, 29 March to Monday, 02 April. Here are some of the highlights. 

VAT increase comes into effect: What Travellers need to know 

The South African Revenue Service (SARS) has implement the increase in Value-Added Tax (VAT) on 1 April.

Former Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba in the February budget tabled in the National Assembly a 1% increase in VAT to 15% as of 1 April.  The increase is expected to impact all spheres of travel - from the cost of air tickets, accommodation, and fees charged by travel agents and tour operators.

Local establishments and attractions could be expected to increase their prices and tariffs, as the VAT increase will see their business costs rise as a result of increased transport and food prices. This hike in business costs is likely to be passed on to visitors, both international and local. 

Establishments like SANParks has also already announced that they will be adjusting tariffs upwards as they are a registered VAT vendor - with travellers warned confirmed reservation for a stay or for activities from 1 April could be subject to "paying the difference as a result of the increased VAT rate."

According to VAT experts, in order to determine whether the supply of services attracts 14% or 15% VAT, the general and specific time of supply rules apply.

"If an invoice is issued before 1 April, 14% VAT will apply, after 1 April, 15% VAT will apply. Depending on the circumstances, even if an invoice is issued before 1 April but the delivery of the goods or services occurs after 1 April, the new rate may apply." 

See the full report on what travellers need to know

SA's Wild Adventures 

South Africa is a real adventure, just waiting to be planned. From our incredible coastlines and mountain passes all the way through to some of the most innovative urban attractions, this is an unparalleled adrenaline playground. This weekend in our Traveller24 newsletter we not only narrowed down SA's top picks for setting an adventurous pace to your holiday escapes, but we've created a few handy guides to get you and your loved ones started.

From bouldering in the Cederberg - which is suitable for all ages, to dusting off your mountain bike and hitting the dirt tracks hard - the sweat, exhilaration and positive emotional charge these activities will bring is just the thing to chip off the dull of the daily grind - step by step, pedal by pedal.

It's also the perfect time to start planning a Winter Escape - we’ll be bring you a few choice suggestions in the next few weeks, but in the meantime the Garden Route's Knysna has undergone a spectacular rebirth, why not start with the upcoming 2018 Knysna Oyster Festival to do the same.

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