A taste of your experiences in SA

O.R. Tambo International Airport

O.R. Tambo International Airport (ORTIA) is named after Oliver Reginald Tambo, who was known as O.R. by his peers and is renowned for his significant contribution to the liberation of South Africa. The flagship South African airport, located in Jo’burg is the air transport hub of Southern Africa, with passenger capacity of 28-million. It hosts airlines from all five continents, and plays an important role in serving the air transport needs of Africa. From a facilities perspective, it offers business centres, retail centres, restaurants and bars, as well as a five-star hotel. With more than 18,000 people employed by various companies at the airport, O.R. Tambo plays a vital role in the city’s and Gauteng province’s economy. April 2010 saw the opening of its new central terminal building, which linked the domestic and international terminals, extended parking facilities as well as significantly renovated the entire efficiency experience of the airport.

City of Joburg, Gauteng

Johannesburg, also known as Jo’burg or referred to as ‘Jozi’ by locals, is South Africa’s largest city and is renowned for its fast paced, multi-cultural atmosphere. From business to arts and music, from fashion to food, the ‘city of gold’ is an eclectic mix of energy and experiences. It is considered to be a leading year-round global destination for business and leisure tourism, sporting, music, cultural and lifestyle events.
With its 3.2 million citizens (sensus in 2001), Jo’burg is the economic hub of the country. One fifth of the country’s Gross Domestic Product is produced here, with not only the Johannesburg Stock Exchange and big business concentrated in the city, but the University of Johannesburg offers the next generations of South Africans a dynamic tertiary learning foundation across every sector.

ComutaNet

This South African media owner has 20 years of experience in offering advertisers access to the country’s public transport commuters. Through outdoor advertising on billboards and taxis, to audio visual channels such as Rank TV, Comuta Radio and Star TV, and through the use of activations, Comutanet is South Africa’s largest commuter media owner.

Rea Vaya

Rea Vaya (meaning “we are going”), is the City of Jo’burg’s Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system. It was launched just over a year ago and has since grown substantially in popularity. During the 2010 FIFA World Cup™, Rea Vaya was one of the largest carriers of fans to and from matches. Based on the Brazilian Curitiba, which was the first BRT system developed in the world, Rea Vaya utilises specialised vehicles and dedicated bus lanes. It offers easy access stations and reliable scheduling. As at April 2010, approximately 20 000 Jo’burg residents were using the system to travel between home and work.

Park Station

Railways in Gauteng are operated by the parastatal, Wits Metrorail, which runs all services, including lines from Vereeniging in the south, Nigel in the east, Randfontein and Oberholzer in the west and Olifantsfontein in the north. Trains are not only the cheapest form of public transport in Johannesburg, but useful in getting to local regions outside Johannesburg, to the south, east and west. The city’s central station is Park Station, located just north of the central business district, a destination for both local and mainline trains. Park Station is the largest railway station in Africa. To the east of Park Station are Doornfontein, Ellis Park and Jeppe stations. To the west are Braamfontein, Mayfair, Grosvenor and Langlaagte stations, whilst the south has Faraday, Westgate, Booysens, Crown and Village Main stations.

Nandos

Nandos is one of South Africa’s exciting brand success stories. What began in 1987 as an acquisition of a chicken restaurant in the south of Johannesburg, by two friends is now a worldwide restaurant company specialising in spicy Peri-Peri chicken products and sauces. Nandos has restaurants in 30 countries, with its largest distribution being in Australia-New Zealand, Southern Africa, South East Asia, the UK and the Middle East. This is one of South Africa’s most quirky and entertaining brands, yet it is simultaneously a symbol of the South African spirit of innovation.

Sasol

Sasol is an integrated energy and chemical company. Based in South Africa and operating worldwide, Sasol is listed on the New York (NYSE) and Johannesburg (JSE) stock exchanges.  It is the leading provider of liquid fuels in South Africa and a major international producer of chemicals. Sasol uses unique, proprietary technologies for the commercial production of synthetic fuels and chemicals from low-grade coal and natural gas. It manufactures more than 200 fuel and chemical products that are sold worldwide. In South Africa the company also operates coal mines to provide feedstock for its synthetic fuels plants. Sasol operates the only inland crude oil refinery in South Africa. The Sasol group produces crude oil in offshore Gabon, supplies Mozambican natural gas to end-user customers and petrochemical plants in South Africa, and with partners is involved in gas-to-liquids fuel joint ventures in Qatar and Nigeria.

City of Durban

Durban, also known as eThekwini, a Zulu word derived from ‘itheku’ which means ‘bay’ offers tourists and residents alike blissful beaches that accompany a stunning coastline, great shopping and entertainment, and an active business hub. The city of golden beaches has also been referred to as South Africa’s “Surf City”. The largest city in the province of KwaZulu-Natal and the third largest in South Africa, it is known for its port and for being a tourist magnet. Interestingly, Durban is the biggest city on the east coast of Africa. A recent infrastructural development within the city was the building of the King Shaka International Airport, which, after the Gautrain rapid rail link is the country’s second largest transport infrastructural project. Together with the newly built Moses Mabhida Stadium and the likes of the Durban Convention Centre, Durban boasts some of South Africa’s greatest infrastructure.

The Durban Port

The Durban port is the largest of South Africa’s seven ports and the busiest on the African continent. It has a total of 59 effective berths, excluding those used by fishing vessels and ship repair. For the 2008/09 financial year, the port handled a total of 4,554 sea-going ships with a gross tonnage of 114,723,266 or about 38 percent of the ships calling at all South African ports. Cargo handled during the year amounted to 74,683,597 tonnes, which included oil and petroleum products and containers. Total tonnage handled by the port constituted 42,559,842t of imports, 23,516,461t of exports and 8,607,293t of transhipment cargo giving a total tonnage for the port of 74,683,597 tonnes. The Durban Car Terminal – the country’s largest import and export facility for the motor industry – handled 372,557 motor units, of which 184,511 were imports, 182,091 exports and 5,955 were transhipments.

Moses Mabida Stadium

This new South African stadium, on which construction only began in October 2008 is proof of the country’s design innovation and is said to be the “crown jewel” of Durban’s King’s Park Sporting Precinct. Moses Mabhida Stadium takes its inspiration from the South African flag, with a grand arch coming together on the northern side to symbolise today’s South African unity. One of its exciting features is a cable car that allows visitors to ascend to 106m above the pitch, overlooking the 62 760 seater and Durban’s beachfront. What’s more is that visitors can take the walkway from the stadium directly to the beach – or try bungee jumping from the arch.

Richards Bay

The town of Richards Bay is located in KwaZulu-Natal, on a lagoon on the Mhlatuze River. Due to this, Richards Bay has one of South Africa’s largest harbours, making it a strategic hub for trade and tourist access to the country. The town is renowned for being a base for industrial and commodity focused businesses, which include two aluminum smelters and Richards Bay Minerals. Alongside Rustenberg, Richards Bay is South Africa’s fastest growing city. It is just a two hour drive from the City of Durban.

Richard Bay Minerals

Richards Bay Minerals (RBM) is a South African company that is equally owned by global mining giants Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton. The group operates in the mining and processing of titanium-bearing ores to produce titanium dioxide feed stocks, associated materials and various co-products and by-products. Located just north of Richards Bay in KwaZulu-Natal, it has two operating companies: Tisand, which is responsible for dune mining and mineral separation operations, and Richards Bay Iron and Titanium, responsible for the smelting and beneficiation of the mined minerals. In 2008, the mining house announced a black economic empowerment plan that saw 24% of the company being transferred to a group comprising local communities and investors, and a further two percent being transferred to an employees’ trust.

Gautrain

Gautrain is a state-of-the-art rapid rail network in Gauteng. The rail connection currently has two links, one between Pretoria and Johannesburg and a link between O.R. Tambo International Airport and Sandton.  Apart from the three anchor stations, seven other stations are linked by approximately 80 kilometres of rail. This modern train offers international standards of public transport with high levels of safety, reliability, predictability and comfort. Travelling at maximum speeds of 160 to 180 kms/hr, it reaches Tshwane (also known as Pretoria) from Jo’burg in less than 40 minutes.  This project is part of a longer-term vision, which involves a commitment from government towards creating and sustaining a new culture of public transport usage.

Designing South Africa

Designing South Africa is a collaborative exploration of how design, architecture and creativity affect cities and society. The 2010 FIFA World Cup™ exposed South Africans to a New Urbanism. For perhaps the first time, there was a common consideration for public space, infrastructure, transport and identity. Designing South Africa has turned that momentum into a movement, spearheaded by renowned South African creative and cultural commentator, Zahira Asmal. Through books, articles and exhibitions, Designing South Africa actively influences thinking and policy around future urbanism.

Competition Commission

The Competition Commission is one of three institutions mandated to enable South Africa to comply with the Competition Act, 1998 (Act No. 89 of 1998) .This Act requires the promotion and maintenance of competition in the country, to promote the efficiency, adaptability and development of the economy; provide consumers with competitive prices and product choices; promote employment and advance the social and economic welfare of South Africans; expand opportunities for South African participation in world markets and recognise the role of foreign competition; ensure that small and medium-sized enterprises have an equitable opportunity to participate in the economy; and  promote a greater spread of ownership. It is the mandate of the Competition Commission to police and prosecute competition cases and investigate mergers. The two other institutions are the Competition Tribunal and Competition Appeal Court.

Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE)

The JSE, Africa’s premier exchange is licensed as an exchange under the Securities Services Act, 2004. It has operated as a market place for the trading of financial products for nearly 120 years. In this time, the JSE has evolved from a traditional floor based equities trading market to a modern securities exchange providing fully electronic trading, clearing and settlement in equities, financial and agricultural derivatives and other associated instruments and has extensive surveillance capabilities. According to the the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report 2010-11, South Africa is ranked 1st out of 139 countries for its regulation of securities exchanges. The exchange is also one of the first stock exchanges worldwide to become a signatory to the United Nations Principles of Responsible Investment (UN PRI), which guides investors in taking environmental, social and corporate governance issues into account when investing.

Apartheid Museum

This extraordinarily powerful museum is considered to be one of Johannesburg’s most important tourist attractions, and an obligatory stop for tourists and residents alike. As you swing through the turnstile on your historical journey from the early peoples of South Africa to the birth of democracy in the country, cages greet you, and inside the cages are blown-up copies of early identity cards, identity books and the hated passbooks and racially tagged identity cards. The museum takes visitors on a graphic, hard hitting experience that highlights the perilous results of racial prejudice and how this, in the case of South Africa, nearly destroyed the country and in so doing destroyed people’s lives and caused enormous suffering, while simultaneously considering how the nation overcame the evil.

Soweto

The metropolitan Soweto is home to a population of just under 900 000 South Africans and is a hive of business, music and dance, fashion, as well as continued political debate and opinion. Looking back in history, Soweto was often at the centre of the struggle for human rights, and monuments such as the Hector Pieterson memorial in Khumalo Street bear testimony to this. Pieterson, aged just 13 was one the first students killed during the 1976 Student Uprising. Today, Soweto comprises 32 townships, from which numerous high profile South Africans come, including Nelson Mandela, two-time Nobel peace prize laureate Desmond Tutu, beloved singer Yvonne Chaka Chaka and prominent journalist Aggrey Klaaste. It is also home to three football teams – Orlando Pirates, Kaizer Chiefs and Moroka Swallows.

SAB

Founded in 1895, the South African Breweries Ltd (SAB) is the South African subsidiary and historical birthplace of SABMiller plc, one of the world’s largest brewers by volume with more than 200 brands and brewing interests and distribution agreements in 75 countries across six continents.

SAB is South Africa’s leading producer and distributor of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and one of the nation’s largest manufacturing firms.

The company operates seven breweries and 40 depots in South Africa with an annual brewing capacity of 3.1 billion litres. Its portfolio of beer brands meets the needs of a wide range of consumers and includes five of the country’s top six most popular beer brands – namely Carling Black Label, Hansa Pilsener, Castle Lager, Castle Lite and Castle Milk Stout. Its full brand portfolio includes ten beers and five flavoured alcoholic beverages.

SAB’s soft drinks division is Amalgamated Beverage Industries (ABI), one of the largest producers and distributors of Coca-Cola brands in the southern hemisphere. With five state-of-the-art manufacturing plants in South Africa, ABI accounts for approximately 60% of Coca-Cola’s sales in South Africa.

As well as its beer and soft drink divisions, SAB also owns a hop production company, The South African Breweries Hop Farms (Pty) Ltd; a barley farming company, The South African Breweries Barley Farms (Pty) Ltd; a barley malting company, The South African Breweries Maltings (Pty) Ltd; and a 60% share of the metal crown manufacturer, Coleus Packaging (Pty) Ltd.

SAB employs nearly 9,400 people, more than 75% of whom are from previously disadvantaged groups, and 58% of its workers are black. In addition SAB’s operations support an estimated 37,095 jobs at SAB’s first round suppliers. For each job offered by SAB and its first round suppliers, 6.7 additional jobs are supported in the rest of the South African economy. In all 355,000 full time jobs in South Africa can directly or indirectly be traced back to the production of SAB’s products.

As South Africa’s leading brewer, SAB is committed to promoting responsible alcohol behaviour – both inside and outside the company. As a subsidiary of SABMiller plc, it subscribes to the Group’s Alcohol Framework and has a comprehensive Code of Commercial Communication in place. SAB also actively seeks to encourage collaboration across the areas of education, access to information, law enforcement and parental involvement to encourage responsible alcohol behaviour.

SAB adopted its first equity strategy as early as 1971 and has been a leading agent for change in South Africa. In 2009, SAB tabled its ground-breaking broad-based black economic empowerment transaction, SAB Zenzele, valued at R7.3 billion.
Through its various corporate social responsibility programmes, SAB actively invests in community partnerships, socio-economic and enterprise development initiatives to build a stronger South Africa.

Fairlawns Boutique Hotel and Spa

The Fairlawns is a very unique, exclusive, up-market sanctuary for today’s traveler, be that business or leisure.

Conveniently situated in the Sandton suburb of Morningside Manor, Fairlawns is an award-winning boutique hotel boasting a total of 40 highly individualised, world-class Suites. The conference centre, a large fully equipped gym, Balinese Spa and an excellent a la carte restaurant are available to ensure a full range of services are on offer. Once the private home of the current live-in owners, John and Anna Thacker, the property was originally bought from the Little Brenthurst Trust of Oppenheimer fame, and consisted of 10 acres with horses and stables and rolling green lawns. Portions of the property have been sold off, but it has retained its stately, park-like ambience with huge mature trees and prolific bird-life.

This well-kept secret is the perfect balance between tranquility and proximity to the thriving business centres of Sandton, Woodmead, Sunninghill and Rivonia, between professionalism and the warm, welcoming ambience created by friendly and caring staff. Elegant enough to host European royalty, relaxed enough for one visitor to comment “a home away from home, only better”. The management and staff at Fairlawns strive to match the beauty of their surroundings with personalised service and a ‘can-do’ attitude.

South African Sugar Association

The South African sugar industry is one of the world’s leading cost competitive producers of high quality sugar and makes an important contribution to employment, particularly in rural areas, to sustainable development and to the national economy.
It is a diverse industry combining the agricultural activities of sugarcane cultivation with the manufacture of raw and refined sugar, syrups, specialised sugars and a range of by-products.
The cane growing sector comprises approximately 35 300 registered sugarcane growers farming predominantly in KwaZulu-Natal, with a substantial investment in Mpumalanga and some farming operations in the Eastern Cape. Sugar is manufactured by six milling companies with 14 sugar mills operating in these cane growing regions.
The industry produces an estimated average of 2.2 million tons of sugar per season. About 60% of this sugar is marketed in the Southern African Customs Union (SACU). The remainder is exported to markets in Africa, Asia and the Middle East.