France Is Open For Travel For Vaccinated Passengers!

So, whether you are in search of a dream holiday destination or perhaps your work life takes you there, France is open for travel for fully vaccinated tourists! The French Government has eased travel restrictions to France and it is now possible for fully vaccinated travellers from South Africa to enter France with no test and quarantine restrictions. This means that fully vaccinated adult travellers do not need a compelling reason to travel to France or conduct a PCR test upon departure and arrival nor do they need to quarantine once arriving in France. Nevertheless, adults and children aged 12 and over who are not fully vaccinated must present a negative PCR test taken less than 72 hours before departure or a negative antigen test taken less than 48 hours before departure to France and show a compelling reason to enter France and abide by a 10-day quarantine.

Let's Go On Holiday To France, Shall We?

Let's face it, we all need a good long holiday after the past year and a half. Maybe a stroll down the Mediterranean coast of southeastern France, or a longer-than-usual brunch along the 7th arrondissement in Paris. Either way, a healthy dose of France is on the cards, and with Air France as your air partner, you can be spending a snowy Christmas with family and friends this year.

How To Book your 10% discount with LETSGO2021

Air France is making it easier for you to travel... for less! Air France is treating you to an exclusive 10% discount! Use the discount code: LETSGO2021, when purchasing the air ticket for your next trip from Johannesburg or Cape Town to France, Europe, or North America. 

Getting the discount is easy:

Travel In Domestic France With Air France

Air France flies to 20 destinations within France from Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Orly airports. This includes popular domestic destinations such as Bordeaux, Lyons, Toulouse, Nice, Marseille, and more! Air France flies direct from Johannesburg to Paris five times per week. From the end of October, flights will be daily. The evening departure from Johannesburg ensures that passengers can connect to the first wave of departures from Charles de Gaulle to 20 destinations within France and beyond to any of the airline's destinations in Europe, as well as the USA and Canada.

Quiz Time

Not too sure where to visit in France? Then take our quiz and stand a chance to WIN an exciting Air France travel hamper containing a travel bag, onboard bag, toiletry bag, neck pillow, and passport cover.

Committed To Your Well-Being

The health and well-being of Air France customers and staff are at the heart of the company’s concerns. Air France is committed to providing its customers optimum health and hygiene conditions at each stage of their trip, upon arrival at the airport. Onboard the aircraft and throughout the duration of the trip, it is compulsory to wear a surgical mask. The air in the cabin is renewed every 3 minutes. The air recycling system on board Air France aircraft is equipped with HEPA – High-Efficiency Particulate Air – filters identical to those used in hospital operating theatres. Air France has also reinforced aircraft cleaning procedures, notably with the disinfection of all surfaces in contact with customers such as armrests, tables, and screens before each flight.

Book With Complete Peace Of Mind

As part of its flexible booking policy, Air France currently offers fully modifiable tickets for all bookings up to 31 March 2022. Customers can thus change their reservation at no cost, or obtain a refundable credit voucher if they no longer wish to travel. If the flight is cancelled by the airline, customers can choose to postpone their trip, request a full ticket refund, or receive a credit voucher, which is also refundable if not used.

More Information

For more information about travelling with Air France, contact the airline directly via:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/airfrance/

Website: https://wwws.airfrance.co.za/

FAQs/Contact: Air France Contact Us Page

The Sandton City Drive-In Powered by Ster-Kinekor Returns!

What Is It?

Watch the biggest blockbusters on the big screen, every Thursday to Sunday until 19 September 2021 at The City Drive-In, located on the rooftop parking of Sandton City. This offers visitors and families an opportunity to enjoy movie viewing entertainment safely, in the comfort of their own cars.

Sandton City is thrilled to be the owner of The City Drive-In, and to present this monumental addition to the public,” says Preston Gaddy, General Manager of Sandton City. “The City Drive-In is a great differentiator for the property and offers customers the opportunity to engage in a shared entertainment experience, from the safety and comfort of a controlled, socially distant space.

There is a movie for everyone, from modern classics to new releases, and everything else in between. Look forward to movies like The Greatest Showman, Black Panther and Beauty and the Beast. The City Drive-In will re-open with a screening of Mortal Kombat. Every weekend, there are two screenings, with a matinée screening on both Saturday and Sunday, suitable for all ages.

Sandton City is a COVID-19 compliant, SAFE certified shopping centre; and with safety as a priority, the following measures must be adhered to while visiting The City Drive-In. Masks are compulsory, and should be worn correctly at all times, outside of vehicles. Physical distancing must also be practiced, with patrons standing at least two metres apart. Sanitising stations are strategically located throughout The City Drive-In, and should be used frequently.

Safety Precautions In Place

During these unpredictable and uncertain times, Covid-19 safety protocols and precautions are of utmost importance to slow the spread of the virus. Sandton City is a Covid-19 compliant, SAFE certified shopping centre, and here, your safety remains their top priority.

For the safety of yourself, your family and those around you, be sure to adhere to the following precautionary measures while visiting The City Drive-In and Sandton City:

Sandton City Drive-In powered by Ster-Kinekor

When Is It?

You can visit the Sandton City Drive-In powered by Ster-Kinekor Thursday to Sunday nights until Sunday, 19 September 2021.

The movie screening times may vary. Be sure to book your tickets ASAP to avoid disappointment.

To see what other movies you can expect on the big screen at the Drive-In, click here.

Where Is It?

You can find the drive-in on the Sandton City rooftop! You'll be able to find access using the ramp to Tiger Wheel & Tyre, just off Sandton Drive. Or, to find it a little easier, click here to take the suggested Waze route.

How Much Is It?

To experience the Sandton City Drive-In, be sure to purchase your tickets at Quicket.co.za. Tickets cost from R200 per car, but be sure to book well in advance, as tickets are selling out quickly!

Do note, that there is a booking fee of R5 when you book your ticket.

For More Information

For more information about the Sandton City Drive-In powered by Ster-Kinekor, visit sandtoncity.com.

Don't forget to follow Sandton City on Facebook and Instagram for the latest information, events, news and offers.

Joburg, Are You Ready For Sho't Left Travel Week?

This year has been a challenging one, but we came together with the spirit of Mzansi and did what our beautiful country is known to do every single time. Together, we reignited travel all over again. With that in mind, we come bearing exciting news: The Great South African Sale is just a Sho’t Left away as September closes in!

Hold Up, What Is The Great South African Sale?

Hosted by South African Tourism and Sho't Left, The Great South African Sale is a seven-day expedition of travel deals from across the country. From hostels to hotels and everything in between can be found.  Whether you’re looking for bustling city vibes, a bush getaway, surfing, and sandy beaches; or off-the-beaten-path adventures, there’s no doubt that you’ll be spoilt for choice across all nine provinces. 

The choices are endless, and affordable with up to 50% discounted travel packages during Sho’t Left Travel Week. And remember, you can buy now and travel later. So, if you’ve been wondering what to get that family or friend who has everything – get them an experience they will never forget! Get them a Sho’t Left! Wondering how to show appreciation to your support group – say thank you with a Sho’t Left! Looking for that extra bonus to your year-end Stokvel stocking, get a Sho’t Left! 

When Is The Great South African Sale?

With the Great South African Sale, you will find all of this and more... for less! From 06 to 12 September 2021, get going and plan your next adventure. To get you going, how about you keep it simple with a one-day outdoor excursion in one of our endless hiking trails and over 20 national parks open for you to marvel at. With beautiful views on offer, this is a gentle way to appreciate the great outdoors.

Amazing! Where Can I Find These Deals?

Visit www.shotleft.co.za from 06 to 12 September 2021 and book your next getaway online. Because nothing is more fun than a Sho’t Left. 

More Information

For more information about The Great South African Sale and Sho't Left Travel Week, contact South African tourism:

Web
https://shotleft.co.za/contact-us

Address
Bojanala House, 90 Protea Road, Chislehurston, Johannesburg, 2196

Email
mediaq@southafrica.net

Phone Number
+27(0)11 895 3000

Fax
+27(0)11 895-3001

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Travel Advice

Considering travel during the pandemic? Take precautions to protect yourself from COVID-19.

Follow these steps to protect yourself and others when you travel:

Africa’s Highest Urban Bar, Alto234, Opens At The Leonardo

Introducing Alto234!

As leaders in hospitality, we are on a constant quest to find great lifestyle and entertainment spaces. The rooftop of the tallest building in South Africa is so exceptional that it had to be shared with all,” says Robert Hodson, COO of Legacy Hotels & Resorts.

In celebration of its opening, Moët & Chandon gifted Alto234 with a special edition package. Delivered up to the 57th floor in grand champagne style via helicopter, Joburg tongues have been wagging about what could be inside the box.

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Revealed on social media, the package was a limited edition Moët Mini Machine, which will offer guests the opportunity to experience French savoir-faire at its finest. Using Moët & Chandon tokens, guests can order Moët Mini 200ml bottles with golden sippers, right out of the machine at the perfect temperature. Without doubt, it’s the most innovative champagne service in Africa, and exclusive to Alto234.

There’s something dazzling about the combination of perfectly chilled champagne and panoramic city views stretching to the horizon. So, the partnership between Alto234 and Moët & Chandon was a natural one – after all, could there be a more perfect match than Africa’s highest bar and the world’s most loved champagne?” says Patrick Leslie, Portfolio Manager at RGBC.

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What To Expect

Offering a variety of experiences, Alto234 will provide guests and tourists an opportunity to capture the amazing sights of Johannesburg – west to the Magaliesberg mountain range, north to the Voortrekker Monument, south to the once home of Nelson Mandela, and east to the planes taking off at OR Tambo International Airport.

This amazing space can accommodate up to 100 people across seven seating areas, each with its own unique views of our beautiful and beloved city below.

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The bar and food offering will be catered by the award-winning AURUM Restaurant and what they have to offer is nothing short of sublime.

The wine list includes the best on offer from across the globe, as well as familiar favourites from the local Cape Winelands. Cocktails will be fun, refreshing, trendy and edgy with the right amount of sophistication. The luxury tapas menu will offer peckish guests with a bespoke range of snacks, many of which have been paired with the bar menu.

High. On. Life.

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For More Information

For more information about Alto234, visit their website at www.alto234.co.za.

You can contact Alto234 at altoinfo@alto234.co.za or on 011 806 6888.

Don't forget to given Alto234 a follow or like on Facebook and Instagram.

SculptX 2021 Is Here

The Melrose Gallery is proud to introduce the 4th instalment of SculptX, the largest annual sculpture fair in South Africa. Over 90 artists are presenting more than 200 sculptures in Melrose Arch and Sandton City’s Diamond Walk between 3 September and 24 October 2021. These will be presented in several indoor and outdoor public spaces throughout the precincts, and many are hugely impressive.

SculptX 2021

The Melrose Gallery has taken a massive chance in agreeing to host SculptX 2021 considering that most of the art fairs and large exhibitions have been cancelled due to the pandemic. However, the gallery feels that these artists need their support at this point more than ever and felt that it was important for them, the arts sector and the public to see something positive during these challenging times.

SculptX 2021

SculptX 2021 Participating Artists

Ade Kipades, Alexander von Klitzing, Allen Laing, Amorous Maswanganyi, Andre Prinsloo, Andre Stead, Anita Finken, Andries Visser, Andries Botha, Arno Morland, Anton Smit, Ben Tuge, Bridget Modema, Carl Roberts, Cecilia Wilmot Ballam,  Chuma Maweni, Claudia Raff, Collen Maswanganyi, Cornelia Stoop, Cobus Haupt, Christiaan Diedericks, David Griesel, Di Miller, Dora Prevost, Ela Cronje, Elizabeth Balcomb, Esther Mahlangu, Francois Coertze, Francois Visser, Gordon Froud, Izanne Wiid, Jacques Dhont, James Cook, Jessica Bothma, Johannes Maswanganyi, Jonathan van der Walt, Joseph Nabste, Keith Calder, Kenneth Shandu, Kgotso Pati, Karin Lijnes, Kobus Le Grange, Kunye Collab, Larissa Matthews, Ledelle Moe, Leon Witthuhn, Lothar Bottcher, Louis Chanu, Malose Pete, Mandy Johnston, Mark Chapman, Mark Swart, Marieke Prinsloo, Marius Jansen Van Vuuren, Mine Kleynhans, Monica van den Berg, Nanette Ranger, Nicola Roos, Nindya Bucktowar, Ndabuko Ntuli, Noria Mabasa, Otto du Plessis, Oupavusi Mokwena, Paul du Toit, Phahlo Mtangai, Pitika Ntuli, Rirhandzu Makhubele, Ronald Muchatuta, Ruhan Janse van Vuuren, Sandile Radebe, Sandro Trapani, Sarah Richards, Sarel Petrus, Sifiso Shange, Simon Zitha, Siyabulele Ndodana, Sophia van Wyk, Stian Deetlefs, Strijdom van der Merwe, Talita Steyn, Theophelus Rikhatso, Tumelo Mphela, Tzung-Hui Lauren Lee, Wessel van Huyssteen, William Sweetlove, Willie Bester, Wilma Cruise, Xanthe Jackson and Zanoxolo Sylvester Mqeku.

Don't Miss The Hollard Daredevil Run Once-Off COVID-Edition

What Is It?

The Hollard Daredevil Run is going countrywide this year! This once-off COVID-edition national event will see participants from all over the country, supporting a great cause from the comfort of their own neighbourhoods, either by running alone, with a friend, or in a small group of five runners max.

Prostate cancer is the most common male cancer and is on the increase. According to global research, one in every six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime. Early diagnosis of prostate cancer can mean a 95% chance of being cured.

The Hollard Daredevil Run is an opportunity to dare the men in our lives to be brave, to participate in a run with a difference to make a difference, to challenge stereotypes about male cancers, to start conversations about understanding prostate and testicular cancer and to learn how to lower cancer risk and how to catch it early,” says Heidi Brauer, Chief Marketing Officer at Hollard.

Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in young men aged between 15 – 39 and can affect men of all races. The survival rate of stage 1 testicular cancer can be as high as 100%, making early detection and prompt action vital.

We’re challenging South African men to confront male cancers head-on by showing that they’re not afraid to run in a Speedo, not afraid to talk about cancer and not afraid to get checked,” Brauer says.

This is part of our ongoing purpose of enabling a better future for more people. By ensuring that these cancers are caught early, we enable better futures not only for the men whose chances of survival are increased, but also their families and loved ones.

Interested runners can register online and will receive a couriered Daredevil pack which includes a branded purple Speedo, water bottle, purple mask, fundraising band, logistics for the day and important cancer awareness information.

So, whether you are from Bloemfontein or Bellville, Scottburgh or Soweto, Potch or Polokwane, man up and run cancer outta your hood!

It's A Fun Experience For You & Your Mates

Don't do it alone! Gather your mates and have a blast running for testicular cancer awareness. If there is one run you need to do, it's this one. There's something fun and exciting about running in public, almost bearing it all, stunning drivers in peak hour traffic, and getting away with it!

It's An Opportunity To Strut In A Speedo

When do you get the chance to strut your stuff in a purple Speedo? Chances are, you never have the opportunity to do so! So, why not grab this challenge by the... uh... 'horns' and wear that Speedo like your life depends on it! It's all in the name of spreading awareness and having fun.

Most Importantly, It's For A Great Cause

All proceeds from the Hollard Daredevil Run will be donated to the Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA) and the Prostate Cancer Foundation to help fund cancer awareness programmes and testing across South Africa. Join the national run with a difference, that makes a difference.

When Is It?

Friday, 15 October 2021.

Where Is It?

Absolutely anywhere!

How Much Is It?

Entries cost R160 with all proceeds going to CANSA and the Prostate Cancer Foundation of South Africa.

Friends, family and neighbours can also sponsor runners and raise funds towards this important cause.

Follow Daredevil Run on Facebook for event updates and details and go to Webtickets to register. Entries close on 08 October 2021.

For More Information

For more information about the run, visit Hollard Daredevil Run.

Follow the conversation on Twitter and Facebook.