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COMAIR (BA) and KULULA STRIKE UPDATE

COMAIR (BA) and KULULA STRIKE UPDATE

COMAIR (BA) and KULULA STRIKE UPDATE

Please advise any travellers to do online check-in and be at the airport no later than 2 hours minimum before scheduled travel time.

UPDATE
Comair says it is unable to support NUMSA’s demand and adds that these salary discrepancies have arisen from evolving airport operations, refinement of salary scales and retention initiatives as far back as 2009.
Comair has a comprehensive contingency plan in place and intends to continue its daily operations while continuing talks with the union.
However, to ensure continuous operations over the Easter period, Comair has approached the Labour Court for an urgent interdict to prevent the strike.
“We will do everything possible to keep customers informed and minimise the impact of any strike action. We encourage customers to check in online or at the self-service kiosks at the airports and to drop their bags at the bag-drop counter. Employees from across the business have volunteered to help limit possible disruption,” said Wrenelle Stander, Comair’s executive director – Airline Division.

 

COMAIR(BA) and KULULA Flights around the country may be affected by a possible strike commencing 13h00 18 April 2019.
Johannesburg, 17 April 2019 21h00 : Comair issued a statement advising they are working flat out to avoid or mitigate a possible strike by airport ground staff who are NUMSA members and ensure its customers reach their destinations.

In addition, Comair-Kulula have a comprehensive contingency plan in place and intend to continue with their daily operations. The airline will do everything possible to minimise the impact on our customers.
They encourage customers to check-in online or at the self-service kiosks at the airports and to drop their bags at the bag-drop counter. Employees from across the Comair business have volunteered to assist over the busy period to assist customers and minimise potential disruption.
Comair and Kulula appreciate your understanding and support during this challenging time.

For more information or assistance, please contact your Consultant. .
Thank you for your understanding and appreciate these matters are out of the control of XL Oceanair Travel.
Please feel free to call us if you need any assistance and advise or to make alternative arrangements.
Kindly bear in mind this is the Easter Holiday period with a long weekend ahead and all flights are extremely heavily booked, and it will therefore be difficult to assist with your preferred time of travel.

COMAIR(BA) and KULULA Flights around the country may be affected by the proposed strike (see below) for the next few days.

Please advise any travellers to do online check-in and be at the airport no later than 2 hours minimum before scheduled travel time.

Today, at 13h00 the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA), issued Comair with a strike notice. Comair was served the required 48-hour notice, allowing staff represented by the union to exercise their right to strike from 13h00 Thursday, 18 April 2019.

Comair and NUMSA will remain engaged to find a sustainable solution that works for both parties, however, in order to ensure a continuous operation over the busy Easter period, Comair has approached the Labour Court for an urgent interdict to avert the strike.

In addition, we have a comprehensive contingency plan in place and intend to continue with our daily operations. We will do everything possible to minimise the impact on our customers. We encourage customers to check-in online or at the self-service kiosks at the airports and to drop their bags at the bag-drop counter. Employees from across the Comair business have volunteered to assist over the busy period to assist customers and minimise potential disruption.

We appreciate your understanding and support during this challenging time.

For more information or assistance, please contact your Comair Account Manager or the travel hotline on 011 921 0397.

Thank you for your understanding and appreciate these matters are outwith the control of XL Oceanair Travel. Please call us if you need to make alternative arrrangements, bearing in mind it is a holiday weekend and all flights are extremely heavily booked.

Ukutula Lodge - a game lodge and so much more

WELCOME TO UKUTULA LODGE

Place of Quiet

Known as the “place of quiet” the lodge is nestled in lush bushveld where the roar of the lion can be heard for miles around. Ukutula is conveniently situated within an hour’s drive from Johannesburg and Pretoria. The reserve comprises 260 hectares of unspoiled bushveld boasting a variety of wildlife species, including predator and antelope species, giraffe, zebra and more.

Ukutula is also home to more than 130 different bird species. Ukutula supports and apply the IUCN’s One-Plan-Approach (OPA) to Species Conservation and Animal Breeding Principals and so much more........

 

World first at Ukutula

A lioness at the Ukutula Private Game Reserve (ukutula.com), in the North West Province, South Africa, has given birth to two cubs conceived via non-surgical artificial insemination (AI), using fresh semen collected from an adult male lion at the same facility. These are the first ever lion cubs to be born by means of artificial insemination – a world first achievement.

Mr Willi Jacobs, owner of Ukutula and founder of the UCC & Biobank (ucc-biobank.org), and Dr Isabel Callealta, proudly confirmed the birth of the cubs on Saturday, 25th August 2018. The artificial insemination was done by Dr Isabel Callealta, a qualified veterinarian from Spain and PhD candidate at the University of Pretoria (UP), under the supervision of Dr Imke Lüeders and Prof André Ganswind.

UKUTULA Conservation Center (UCC) & Biobank
The UCC focuses on Wildlife Research and predator Conservation and includes a brand new Biobank and Cheetah Clinic

The new Ukutula Conservation Center is a world-class research and Conservation facility, specializing in Wildlife Research and Predator Conservation. The UCC also includes a state of the art Genetic Bio-Bank for endangered mammal species.

UCC are managed and operated by a group of highly qualified, skilled and experienced professionals, dedicated to wildlife conservation and the preservation of Bio- and Genetic Diversity. All animal procedures at the UCC are conducted with full veterinarian support and assistance, treating ALL animals with respect, dignity & compassion.

Research and conservation projects at the UCC are managed by the UCC and its research partners and associates on a highly sustainable basis to ensure the long-term conservation and scientific research contribution by the UCC.

Current Research Projects at the UCC & Biobank

Since 2006, numerous professional mammal research studies have been conducted by various scientific research institutions and professionals at Ukutula Game Reserve.

Presently the Ukutula Conservation Center (UCC) & Biobank is hosting a number of research projects by various academic institutions and international researchers and post-graduate students, including a long-term study on the endocrine/hormonal changes in the lioness and its influence on reproduction, a study on the effect of cub/wildlife-interaction on human connection with wildlife and their relationships with nature, as well as various other projects on feline reproduction and cryopreservation of genetic material of endangered wildlife species.

 

5 Star Hospitality

Visitors at Ukutula Lodge are spoiled with luxury 5* service and aaccommodation!

CHALET AND LODGE ACCOMMODATION
3-6 Beds available per chalet/unit/lodge.....
For further information on rates and availability please contact XL Oceanair Travel.

SWITCHBOARD PROBLEM and LOAD SHEDDING

Please note our Johannesburg office is experiencing switchboard problems, which are being rectified. In the interim and during loadshedding please contact your Consultant on their direct lines or on undernoted numbers:

011 772 1110 or 011 772 1114

Also whilst load shedding please contact
Cape Town: 082 856 3259
Durban: 079 021 0539

Thank you for your patience and understanding during these times.

South African Airways Secures R3.5bn Loan To Operate Until Financial Year End

South African Airways says it has secured the R3.5bn loan it needed to keep operating until the end of the financial year in March, providing temporary relief for the cash-strapped airline. The loss-making flag carrier, which is battling cash flow challenges, is implementing a three-year turnaround strategy and has said it needs a total of R21.7bn in loans over the same period.

SAA spokesperson Tlali Tlali told Fin24 on Tuesday that the R3.5bn, which has been secured from local lenders, was part of the R21.7bn funding requirement.

“The airline, working jointly with the shareholder was able to secure an undertaking from local lenders to make available the amount of R3.5bn to SAA,” said Tlali.
He said the funds would enable the airline to operate up to the end of the financial year in March. In October, the National Treasury allocated R5bn to SAA, as announced during the medium-term budget policy statement.

The funds were directed at debt repayment.

Tlali stated that there was no expectation that SAA was going to become profitable before 2021, stressing that plans were underway to steer the airline out of its financial quagmire.

“We are working towards the goal of becoming profitable by 2021, there is no plan of shifting the goal post,” he said