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Radisson Blu, the iconic hotel brand driven by innovation and design, is proudly announcing the opening of a new Radisson Blu Hotel & Residence in Cape Town, South Africa. This is Carlson Rezidor’s 10th hotel in operation in South Africa.

“We are delighted to open our first signature Radisson Blu hotel & residence in Cape Town and expand the presence of our iconic upper-upscale hotel brand in a dynamic destination like Cape Town, which continues to attract more international travelers year-on-year,” said Marc Descrozaille, Area Vice President, Africa & Indian Ocean, The Rezidor Hotel Group. “Our 10th hotel opening in South Africa is another firm proof of our focus on expanding in Africa. Today, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group has 34 hotels in operation and under development on the African continent. The Radisson Blu Hotel & Residence Cape Town is also our first mixed-use property in South Africa, made up of fully-fledged upper-upscale hotel apartments, showcasing the diversity of our designer portfolio.”

This highest residential building in the Mother City has won several awards for its architectural design. It is situated on the corner of Riebeeck and Long Street in Cape Town’s foreshore. The Radisson Blu Hotel & Residence’s design is a beautiful mix of historic and ultra-modern. The 214-room hotel residence is within walking distance of all the city’s main tourist attractions and just a kilometer away from the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC).

Desmond O’Connor, General Manager of the Radisson Blu Hotel & Residence Cape Town, says: “The iconic design of the building pays homage to the Art Deco design language and the same design direction has been applied in the public areas and to an extent in the bedrooms. In conjunction with this style, inspiration was also drawn from the natural elements of the city. The design and décor of the rooms thus create a cocoon and instils a welcoming calm to the traveller, something that is not commonly found in city hotels these days. It creates a sense of serenity.”

The hotel is set to take advantage of the influx of corporate travelers, as Cape Town fast cements its place as one of the world’s leading conference and exhibition capitals. Radisson Blu Hotel & Residence Cape Town offers a state-of-the-art executive business lounge and a range of modern meeting and conference rooms, all featuring the latest technology and amenities.

Radisson Blu’s very own signature concept, The Stratus Room, offers a dining experience that embraces the local cuisine with a mix of seasonality; beetroot or baby marrow – encompassing a theatrical approach to service. For those who want to get away from the hustle and bustle of Cape Town’s streets, The Ghibili Pool Bar and Terrace, located on the rooftop, provides a get-away lunch setting for the simple soup-goers or anyone who dares to take on the mouth-watering steak sandwich. The Sea Street Bar and Lounge is a perfect excuse for a cold tipple and savory nibble.

O’Connor says that Radisson Blu Hotel & Residence Cape Town aims to provide its guests with a world-class hospitality experience. “Our guests’ comfort is our number one priority, and we look forward to welcoming them to Cape Town’s newest and most contemporary hotel property,” O’Connor concludes.

For more information, please visit: https://www.radissonblu.com/en/hotel-capetown-residence

Media Queries:

Saadiyah Hendricks, Area PR Manager, Africa & Indian Ocean

Lucie Cardona, Director Media Relations & Reputation Management

About Radisson Blu®

Radisson Blu® is one of the world’s leading hotel brands with 300 hotels in operation in 69 countries and territories. Radisson Blu’s vibrant, contemporary and engaging hospitality is characterized by a unique Yes I Can!SM service philosophy, and all of its first class hotels offer a range of signature features that are empathetic to the challenges of modern travel, including the 100% Satisfaction Guarantee. Distinguished the world over as the brand with Hotels Designed to Say YES!SM, Radisson Blu offers a vivid visual celebration of leading-edge style where the delight is in the detail. Radisson Blu hotels are located in prime locations in major cities, airport gateways and leisure destinations across the world.

Radisson Blu is a part of Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, which also includes Quorvus Collection, Radisson®, Radisson RED, Park Plaza®, Park Inn® by Radisson and Country Inns & Suites By CarlsonSM. For reservations and more information, visit www.radissonblu.com. Connect with Radisson Blu on social media: @RadissonBlu on Twitter and Instagram and Facebook.com/RadissonBlu

About The Rezidor Hotel Group

The Rezidor Hotel Group is one of the most dynamic hotel companies in the world and a member of the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group. The group features a portfolio of more than 480 hotels in operation or under development with 105,000 rooms in 80+ countries.

Rezidor operates the core brands Radisson Blu® and Park Inn® by Radisson in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). In early 2014 and together with Carlson, Rezidor launched the new brands Radisson RED (lifestyle select) and Quorvus Collection (luxury). In 2016, Rezidor acquired 49% of prizeotel. Rezidor has an industry-leading Responsible Business Program and is named one the World’s Most Ethical Companies by the US think-tank Ethisphere since 2010.

In November 2006, Rezidor was listed on the Nasdaq Stockholm, Sweden. HNA Tourism Group Co., Ltd., a division of HNA Group Co., Ltd.-a Fortune Global 500 company with operations across aviation, tourism, hospitality, finance and online services among other sectors-became the majority shareholder in December 2016.

The Rezidor Hotel Group and its brands employ more than 43,700 people in EMEA and is headquartered in Brussels, Belgium.

For more information, visit www.rezidor.com
Twitter @carlsonrezidor
LinkedIn www.linkedin.com/company/2364
Instagram www.instagram.com/rezidor_ourpromise

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Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa addresses Ahmed Kathrada’s memorial service in Soweto,

The Official Memorial Service of the late Rivonia Treason Trialist and stalwart of the liberation struggle, Mr Ahmed Kathy Kathrada will take place on Saturday, 1 April 2017, at the University of Johannesburg in Soweto.

Mr Kathrada was buried yesterday in Johannesburg.

The Presidency is leading the planning for the Official Memorial Service and Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa will deliver the key message on behalf of government.

President Zuma declared a Special Official Funeral and flags are flying at half-mast at every station until Saturday evening.

The President has again extended his heartfelt condolences to former Public Enterprises Minister Barbara Hogan and family. He extends his gratitude to all who have supported the family in various ways.

Source: Government of South Africa


ALGIERS, Algerian Energy Minister Noureddine Boutarfa will attend the34th ordinary session of the Ministerial Council of the African Petroleum Producers Association (APPA) to be held this Friday in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire.

Thge Energy Ministry said in a statement here Wednesday that the APPA ministers would address organizational issues, activity reports and the draft budget for 2017-2018 as well as the latest developments in the oil market.

The African Petroleum Producers Association, which was established in 1987, consists of 18 African oil-producing countries — Algeria, Angola, Benin, Cameroon, Republic of Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) Cote d’Ivoire, Egypt, Gabon, Ghana, Equatorial Guinea, Libya, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, South Africa, Sudan and Chad.

The inter-governmental organization, based in Brazzaville, promotes joint initiatives in terms of management policies and strategies in the oil industry.


Recurrence of El Nino drought conditions likely

Pretoria � The South African Weather Service says the next summer season has increased the likelihood for the development of El Nino conditions, which are often associated with drought and water scarcity – as seen recently in South Africa.

This was revealed by the SAWS’s Chief Forecaster, Dr Eugene Poolman, during his presentation to the National Disaster Management Advisory Forum (NDMAF) in Centurion on Wednesday.

NDMAF is established by the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA) Minister Des Van Rooyen, according to the Disaster Management Act No. 57 of 2002. Its primary purpose is to provide a mechanism for role players to consult one another and to coordinate their actions on disaster related matters.

The forum was attended by the representatives from national government departments, provincial disaster management heads and other stakeholders, including Eskom and the South African Bureau of Standards.

Dr Poolman said although most parts of South Africa recently experienced above normal rainfall, SAWS’s forecasting showed likelihood of the El NiAo – Southern Oscillation phenomenon making a comeback in a few months time.

Forecasting systems currently indicate an increased likelihood of an El NiAo phase to develop towards the spring season. The likelihood has increased from previous assessments and as we near the winter period, these forecasts improve in reliability.

At this stage it is still too early to predict its impact on the next summer season over Southern Africa, said Dr Poolman who also confirmed that SAWS will continue monitoring the development of these conditions and provide regular updates.

The Head of the National Disaster Management Centre (NDMC), who also chairs the Forum, Dr Mmaphaka Tau, echoed Dr Poolman’s sentiments: We are not yet out of the woods. It is absolutely necessary that we continue applying risk reduction, mitigation planning and water conservation interventions.

Dr Tau implored provincial disaster management heads to commit to a vigorous approach to Disaster Risk Reduction Planning that puts communities at the centre.

We need to translate our plans into meaningful interventions that have a lasting impact on the people of South Africa. It’s important that we take our work seriously, remain accountable and put people first, Dr Tau told the Forum.

The gathering was also updated on the coordination of recent drought mitigation plans led by the Department of Cooperative Governance (DCoG) through the National Joint Drought Coordinating Committee (NJDCC), facilitated by the NDMC.

The sectors that were most affected by the drought included Agriculture and Water, and the intervention was broken into the following phases:

Phase 1:

Reprioritisation of resources from existing programmes in all Government Spheres Contributions by Private Sector and Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs)

Technical Support

Water Use Management and Conservation Measures

Monitoring of conditions on the ground

Phase 2:

Financial contribution from Disaster Grants through DCoG

Technical Support

Contribution by Private Sector

Water Use Management and Conservation measures

Monitoring of conditions on the ground

DCoG facilitated the allocation of funding for drought intervention measures through the Unforeseen and Unavoidable (U&U) budget process due to limited funding within the Disaster Grants.

By September 2016, the National Treasury approved the following financial allocations:

An amount of R212 million for the provision of livestock feed within Agriculture sector

An amount of R341 million for the water sector for a mobile desalination plant in KwaZulu-Natal and water tankering in other affected provinces.

The Forum is due to sit again on Thursday, 11 May 2017.

Source: South African Government News Agency

Cabinet welcomes investigation into fresh produce sector

Pretoria – Cabinet on Thursday welcomed the Competition Commission’s investigation into allegations of cartel conduct in the fresh produce sector.

Cabinet welcomes the Competition Commission’s investigation into allegations of cartel conduct in the fresh produce sector and awaits its speedy conclusion, said Cabinet following its fortnightly meeting.

It added that uncompetitive behavior affects most of the country’s most vulnerable households. It further undermines national efforts to increase the participation of emerging black farmers into the market.

We applaud the work of the Commission in protecting and upholding the rights of consumers, and our communities, said Cabinet.

Last Thursday, the Commission conducted search and seizure operations at the Tshwane Market in Pretoria and the Joburg Market in Johannesburg, Gauteng.

This as the Commission said it suspected that some market agents are engaged in a concerted practice to fix the price and trading conditions for the supply of fresh produce.

This week, the Commission also announced that it conducted other search and seizure operations at the premises of fresh produce market agents in Cape Town and Durban.

The raid in Cape Town was conducted on Friday at the premises of Subtropico (Pty) Ltd (Subtropico); RSA Group (Pty) Ltd and Fine Bros (Pty) Ltd (Fine Bros).

In Durban, the Commission also conducted a search and seizure operation at the premises of RSA Group, Wenpro KZN (Pty) Ltd and Delta Market Agents (Pty) Ltd (Delta).

The search and seizure operations are part of an investigation into alleged cartel conduct, which was reported by the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.

The agents, which serve as intermediaries between farmers and buyers of freshly produced fruits and vegetables in South Africa, are suspected of being involved in cartel conduct in contravention of the Competition Act.

Source: South African Government News Agency