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Latest News December 2021

CBD streets set to close this summer to create for space for diners and restaurants

Certain streets in Cape Town’s CBD are set to be closed for vehicles throughout the summer, in an effort to allow people to enjoy city cuisine and live entertainment more safely and more spaciously, according to Mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis.

The streets may be closed for cars, but they’ve never been more open to diners.

Rachael Blackmore wins World Sports Star of the Year at BBC awards

RACHAEL BLACKMORE added another first to her groundbreaking year as she became the first Irish athlete to win the BBC’s prestigious World Sports Star of the Year award.

The Tipperary jockey, 32, made history at the Cheltenham Festival in March when becoming the first woman to win the Champion Hurdle and also to lift the leading rider award.

BA updates SA schedule

British Airways has notified the trade of an update to its schedule from Johannesburg and Cape Town to the UK.


The daylight service will remain until January 1, 2022 and will then revert to operating overnight in both directions.


The daylight service will remain until December 31, 2021 and will then revert to operating overnight in both directions.

Red list to be scrapped after just a fortnight and replaced with testing for the fully vaccinated

  • The travel red list is set to be scrapped as soon as this week.

    The emergence of Omicron forced thousands of travellers into hotel quarantine at a cost of £2,285  per person for ten days.

    But just a fortnight after the list was introduced, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps is said to have convinced colleagues it should be replaced with testing for the fully vaccinated.

Discovery Health - Omicron Press Release

Discovery Health, South Africa’s largest private health insurance administrator, releases at-scale real-world analysis of Omicron outbreak based on 211000 COVID-19 positive test results in South Africa, including collaboration with the SA Medical Research Council (SAMRC) to analyse vaccine

download here>>>Omicron Press Release

'I have brought both mules to the water': Jan Smuts and the Truce talks

South African politician Jan Smuts was an unlikely part of the Truce negotiations. Ciarán Reilly explains his role – and why de Valera never forgave him.

Cape Town man spearheads creation of Africa’s first COVID-19 antigen test

Cape Town, South Africa and the African continent can beam with pride after the announcement that the first African-based COVID-19 antigen testing kit has not only been approved but has stemmed from the labs and painstaking work of a team in Cape Town. 

New rules for travelling to Ireland

Travelling to Ireland

If you are travelling to Ireland from overseas you must fill out a Passenger Locator Form (PLF) before departure.

Since Sunday 5 December 2021, passengers to Ireland are asked to show a negative test for COVID-19.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing before you travel to England

You must take a COVID-19 test before you travel to England from abroad.

You must take the test in the 2 days before your service to England departs.

For example, if you travel directly to England on Friday, you could take a test any time on the Wednesday, Thursday or Friday. The test result must be available for boarding.

If your journey to England is a multi-leg journey, you can take the test in the 2 days before the start of the first leg.

Cape Town and US – United again!

United Airlines has resumed its thrice-weekly non-stop service between its New York/Newark hub at Newark Liberty International Airport and Cape Town, with a special (grey) water salute marking the arrival of the first flight UA1122 into Cape Town International Airport last night (Thursday, December 2).

The seasonal service was operated for the first time from December 2019 to March 2020, but the Covid pandemic meant that these flights did not operate from December 2020 to March 2021.

Latest News November 2021

Ireland hits 10m cases of wine
BISA strategy
The rapid growth of the Irish wine market as well as its population and economy is worthy of serious consideration. Over the past decade, the SA share of the market shrunk from over 10% to 2% whilst Chile and Australia have grown strongly. Chile now has 26%.
Our objective is to address this and our approach is as follows.
Identify and gather together interested producers in Western Cape and form a formidable supply market group to address the opportunity that clearly exists.
Formulate a strategy to work together to maximise the impact on a shared cost basis to promote the brands in the marketplace
Link this to tourism, “A taste of the Cape” and other industries like tech and BPO to expand the impact and effect.
Gather together the main players in the Irish wholesale and retail market and get a commitment from them to support and sell our SA products opening up the market quickly.
Look carefully at the MCC and Rose’ markets which have excellent growth and premium prices.
Evaluate the advantages of the Covid driven and rapidly growing on line market for sales direct to the consumer.
Many thousands of Irish travel annually to the Cape and are familiar with and love our wines, but they can’t get them
 The population of SA people in Ireland has grown rapidly as is between 10 and 20 thousand.
There are many developing sporting and business links between Ireland and SA. They are real and happening.
Another recent opportunity is the shortage of Sauvignon Blanc in the Irish and UK markets in particular.
It all points to a hugely interesting market opportunity. We would like you to join us in the drive to redraw and recreate the presence of Cape wines in Ireland.
Frank Gormley

Chairman, Business Ireland Cape Town

Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc shortage ‘not going away any time soon’, retailer warns

UK consumers need to embrace new countries for their fix of Sauvignon Blanc as the lack of availability of Marlborough New Zealand is likely to continue for some time, the BWS boss at Morrisons has warned. 

Speaking to the drinks business last week, Morrison’s senior wine sourcing manager Mark Jarman said the shortages of the top selling region for Sauvignon Blanc issue was one that would “not be going away any time soon” – and it was up to retailer to engage customers to look further afield.


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Chronic Sauvignon Blanc shortfall creates “unprecedented opportunity”

New Zealand will not be able to satisfy forecast global demand for Sauvignon Blanc in 2022, due to an exceptionally small harvest this year.

As a result, UK distributors and importers are increasingly focused on sourcing alternatives to Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, creating an unprecedented opportunity for the global competition.

Read Enterprise Irelands latest market report on doing business in South Africa

South Africa is one of the most sophisticated and developed economies in Africa and is considered the ‘gateway to Africa’ for investors due to its relative sophistication, ease of doing business, continental expertise and ability to act as a base for doing business on the rest of the continent. For Irish companies, opportunities exist in a variety of sectors, including Fintech, Life Sciences and Medical Devices, Agri-technologies, and ICT.

Latest News October 2021

Qantas returns to SA in January

Qantas will reconnect Johannesburg and Sydney with three flights a week from January 5, three months earlier than scheduled. The airline’s earlier comeback is due to changes in Australian travel restrictions and the removal of quarantine requirements for fully vaccinated travellers.

The flights will be operated by a Boeing 787 aircraft.

Read Enterprise Irelands latest market report on doing business in South Africa

South Africa is one of the most sophisticated and developed economies in Africa and is considered the ‘gateway to Africa’ for investors due to its relative sophistication, ease of doing business, continental expertise and ability to act as a base for doing business on the rest of the continent. For Irish companies, opportunities exist in a variety of sectors, including Fintech, Life Sciences and Medical Devices, Agri-technologies, and ICT.

Emirates’ re-entry strategy for SA

Emirates Airlines is working to get its passenger operations to South Africa back on track, boosting flights and planning the reintroduction of a daily Airbus A380 service on its Johannesburg route from the end of the month. While clearly optimistic, the airline is taking a cautious and balanced approach to rebuilding capacity and monitoring demand.

Cheaper, faster UK re-entry with lateral flow tests

From October 24 travel to the UK will become cheaper for fully vaccinated passengers (and most under 18s) arriving from countries (like South Africa) which are not on the red list.

On that date, the cheaper lateral flow test may be used in place of the more expensive PCR test.

Meet the finalists in the running to win $80k for socially impactful projects in Africa

The Äänit Prize is a new initiative of The Mandela Rhodes Foundation, Nelson Mandela’s official organisation for leadership development. The prize awards $80 000 per year to projects and organisations that can deliver positive social impact in Africa. It is open to alumni of the Mandela Rhodes Scholarship and the Rhodes Scholarship, and is funded by Ezrah Charitable Trust which was started by long-time MRF donor and Rhodes Scholar David Cohen.

Read about the finalists here>>>

Delta ups frequencies to Johannesburg

On December 19, Delta Air Lines will increase its flights between Atlanta and Johannesburg from three flights a week, to five.

From December 19, flights from South Africa will be offered on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays with flights departing from Johannesburg to Atlanta at 22h55 and arriving in Atlanta the next day at 08h15.

Flights from Atlanta to Johannesburg will depart from Atlanta at 18h05 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays and arrive in Johannesburg at 16h30 the next day. 

Fully vaccinated supporters allowed to return to adult rugby matches

SA Rugby has advised its member unions that fully vaccinated supporters will be allowed to return to club and professional rugby matches – within the limits announced earlier this week by the Minister for Sports, Arts and Culture – while observing the prevailing health guidelines.

Here is the link to the official South African COVID-19 Vaccine Certificate System Portal

  • Only people who are COVID-19 vaccinated can retrieve their COVID-19 Vaccine Digital Certificate.
  • The QR Code generated is not intended to be readable by the general public, it is meant to be used by entities requiring to verify the certificate’s validity, using a Vaccine Certificate System inbuilt QR scanner which will be available in the near future.

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SA to be removed from the UK red list, Telegraph reports

The UK will abolish quarantine for almost all countries, the Sunday Telegraph reports, citing sources.

The current ‘red list’ of 54 countries will be slashed to as few as nine. The changes, that are expected to be announced on Thursday, will allow travellers to visit those countries without having to self-isolate on their return.

UPDATE | SA’s digital Covid-19 vaccine certificate is officially live

The South African Covid-19 Vaccine Certificate System has been officially launched by the department of health on Friday.

September 2021 News Highlights

World's Best Vineyards 2021 Announced

The World’s Best Vineyards announced their annual list of top wine tourism destinations for 2021, and we’re proud that ten local wineries were honoured on this year’s list.

This prestigious list includes a diverse offering of global destinations that offer not only delicious wines but an experience to remember.

The South African Winelands offer exceptional wines and wineries but also a range of events, activities and world-class accommodation.

Creation claims 10th spot in 2021 World’s Best Vineyards Top 50

The 2021 World’s Best Vineyards revealed its Top 50 during a hybrid event Germany on Monday, 20 September 2021.

Pope hails Higgins as 'wise man' during Vatican visit

Michael D Higgins was hailed as a “wise man” by Pope Francis when they met at the Vatican today as part of the President’s four-day trip to Rome.

United we stand - All you need to know about the South African sides joining the URC

 The great experiment of the United Rugby Championship (URC) begins next weekend, the unknown being how it will turn out in terms of providing entertaining and competitive matches.

Leona Maguire: 'Us Irish are used to being underdogs, fighting for what we believe in'

Leona Maguire may still be world No43 and has yet to win an event on the LPGA tour. It may be even harder to believe that some of her Solheim Cup team-mates didn’t know a huge amount about her prior to last week. Well, now they do. And so does everyone in the golfing world.

Episode 51 That Great Business Show - Fidelma McGuirk, founder & CEO, Payslip

by That Great Business Show with Conall O' Morain | Episode 51 of 'Ireland's best business podcast' -Westport, Mayo, based entrepreneur, Fidelma McGuirk, founder of PayslipShe explains how she attracted world backers for her rural Ireland based, but globally focussed, businessShe was previously involved with the TaxBack company where she set up operations across 21 countries.

FAI announces equal pay for Ireland’s senior men’s and women’s teams

It has been described as ‘a ground-breaking deal for Irish sport’ by the football governing body.


Attracting tech titans to the Cape Town CBD

Downtown Cape Town is an enabled DigiTech environment, with stakeholders proactively putting in the work to keep the ecosystem thriving despite the economic devastation wrought by Covid-19. Here the major players in the sector share their insight on how the Mother City can attract more tech titans.


Cape Town & the Western Cape

Business News and Updates

New move to boost trade between Ireland and Africa

Strategy aims to increase presence of State agencies on continent to aid Irish exporters Plans are afoot to increase the value of two-way trade between the Republic of Ireland and Africa to at least €5 billion by 2025.


Catalytic BPO sector creates more than 2500 jobs in the last quarter

We have reason to be both proud and hopeful. Cape Town, despite these trying times, is still seen as one of the preferred destinations for contact centres to base their operations.


South African, Irish companies announce major new deals

More than 40 Irish companies are participating in the trade mission, led by the Irish Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation.


DHL South Africa Fact Sheet

South Africa, one of the largest and most advanced economies in Africa, combines a well-developed infrastructure with vibrant emerging markets and considerable consumer spending power.


Going Global, Exporting to South Africa – A Guide for Clients

The country, which offers a probusiness environment within the
context of relative macroeconomic
stability, covers 1.22 million square kms
and is the world’s largest producer of
platinum, vanadium, chromium, and

Overview of the Western Cape

This destination sector fact sheet provides key trade and investment related statistics for the Western Cape. Specifically, it gives an overview of the Western Cape in terms of the economy, geography and demographics.


Irish universities perform strongly in global social impact ranking

RCSI world number one under health and wellbeing category in Times rankings


Important notice for Irish visitorts to South Africa

We ask Irish visitors remaining in South Africa to respect lockdown regulations and follow public health requirements. 


Export Assistance and Development

Enterprise Ireland is responsible for supporting prospective and emerging exporters to build company scale and expand their reach. 



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