Kruger Lowveld Tourism Newsletter – 14 November 2017

Author: | Published by KLCBT on at 10:15:32 | Last Updated On: 14 November 2017
  • Roadside corruption rearing its head again;
  • KLCBT’s input into the city’s Integrated Development Plan;
  • KMIA wins safety award…

Roadside corruption rearing its head again

We are receiving daily reports of traffic officers eliciting bribes from tourists in the region, particularly in the Hoedspruit area (R40 / R531 Klaserie junction); on the R40 between Hazyview and Acornhoek as well as the R532 Panorama Route between Blyde River Canyon and Graskop.   According to reports, vehicles are stopped and the driver is accused of speeding or not stopping at a traffic light or stop sign, and cash is demanded.  No receipt or ticket is issued.   Please provide your guests with our roadside anti-corruption cards. Advise them that under no circumstances do they have to pay cash to a police officer, and that they should demand a ticket for the offence they are alleged to have committed.  A corrupt officer who has demanded a bribe is unlikely to issue a ticket as they have to put their name to it.   Advise visitors to note as much as possible about the incident, location, time and date, number of police officers and their names (if possible – by law they are obliged to wear a name badge), and branding and registration number of the official vehicle.  DO NOT ANTAGONISE OFFICERS BY TAKING OBVIOUS PHOTOGRAPHS OF THEM.   The anti-corruption card is not a get out of jail free card, if an offence has been committed and a ticket issued, do not try using the card.  The card should only be presented if the officer attempts to extort cash from the driver.   Anti-corruption cards can be obtained at our offices. Information can be sent to Tom Vorster

KLCBT’s input into the city’s Integrated Development Plan

The key message to the city, delivered by KLCBT, was “Get your finances in order, spend every effort on the revenue enhancement strategy, and get service delivery up to a world-class standard.” KLCBT sketched the background of issues and facts that were taken into account as the basis of our recommendations.  This highlighted the escalating poverty as a result of a high population growth versus a low economic growth. Read the full story

KMIA wins safety award

According to an article on Tourism Update, Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (KMIA) won the Airports Council International (ACI) 2017 Safety Award for best airport in Africa within its category, at the 27th ACI Africa World Annual General Assembly, which took place in Mauritius.  The ACI Safety Awards recognise the achievements of airports of different sizes across the African continent, and are presented to airports that have demonstrated their commitment to providing excellence in safety and compliance practices. “It’s an honour and privilege to receive this award and we are humbled to be recognised among so many great airports across our African continent,” says Marius Nel, CEO of KMIA. KMIA is celebrating 15 years in aviation, officially commencing business on October 21, 2002. The airport has since opened up Mbombela (Nelspruit) to over three million passengers and serves as the gateway to the Kruger Lowveld.