Six airports in Africa affected by Dubai runway repairs as Emirates reduces flights


(Posted 18th April 2014)

When on the 01st of May the two runways at Dubai International Airport will undergo scheduled resurfacing and maintenance, an exercise lasting for 80 days until the 20th of July, some 41 destinations will see a reduction of flights from Dubai. Emirates has confirmed that they will ground up to 22 of their aircraft during the work period, which will cost them an estimated 272 million US Dollars in lost revenues.

According to information received will the airline maintain much of their African schedules with Nairobi and the Seychelles, apart from 4 other African destinations, facing reductions of flights. Nairobi will reduce from two per day to one albeit then operated with a B777 instead the present A340, while the Seychelles will see their 12 flights per week reduced to daily services, also using a larger aircraft to make up at least in part for the loss of capacity.

Elsewhere will the two flights a day to Lagos be reduced to just one per day. In South Africa will Johannesburg see their present 3 flights per day reduced to 2 for the duration while flights to Cape Town will be scaled back from presently 2 a day to just one per day. The same fate will befall flights to Cairo which will be cut from 2 a day to just one a day.

The airline’s offices across Africa and local travel agencies are aware of these upcoming changes and will be able to advise travelers accordingly to minimize the impact of the reduction in flights.

Emirates’ cargo flights will all be relocated to the new Dubai World Central Al Maktoum International Airport (DWC) in Jebel Ali for the duration. The grounded aircraft will undergo maintenance as well as get various upgrades and cabin interior enhancements, making best use of the downtime the runway repairs are causing. Emirates accounts for half of all traffic at DXB. For more information click on

Eventful week for Air Seychelles


(Posted 18th April 2014)

Air Seychelles celebrated two events this week, both important for the airline in several ways.

First were two pilots on the airline’s domestic network promoted to the rank of Captain, and it was none other than Manoj Papa, the company’s CEO, who handed the four strips to Julius Gabriel and Ashley Confait.

Both had been flying Twin Otter aircraft between the international airport on Mahe on the scheduled flights to Praslin and to many other islands on a charter basis every day.

Hailing from La Gogue, 26 year old Captain Julius Gabriel, completed his ‘A’ levels at the Seychelles Polytechnic at Anse Royale in 2007. He has also completed one year training as a commercial pilot at the 43rd Air School in South Africa under the auspices of a Government of Seychelles scholarship.

Captain Ashley Confait, also 26 years old, comes from Anse la Mouche, and completed his ‘A’ levels at the Seychelles Polytechnic in 2007 following by a stint at the Ministry of Education for two years before enrolling for training with the Seychelles Defense Forces. He later enrolled for his Commercial Pilot License and worked for the Islands development Company for two years as a Senior First Officer, before finally joining Air Seychelles in October 2012. Both pilots successfully completed their ‘Command Upgrade Programme’ and subsequently qualified for promotion.

This brings the number of Seychellois pilots flying as captains on the domestic routes to 16 with 12 Seychellois first officers also deployed on the interisland flights.

Mr. Manoj Papa was in a media release received yesterday quoted to have said: ‘Attaining the rank of Commander is a major achievement in a pilot’s career, particularly for pilots so young. The Commander’s bars symbolise, for all eyes and for all time, that its wearers have attained the highest degree of airmanship, and we congratulate Captain Gabriel and Captain Confait on their accomplishment’.

The other function was held at the Hilton Northolme Resort and Spa, where the airline hosted key staff from travel agencies and DMC’s to thank them for their support throughout the past year.

Air Seychelles’ Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Manoj Papa, presented awards to the top performers. Winning for top performing travel agent was Mason’s Air Travel, followed by Seashell Travel. Mason’s Travel also secured top performing DMC honours with 7 Degrees South clinching second place.

Mr. Papa said on the occasion of handing over the winner’s trophies: ‘Our success is your success and I am particularly grateful to for all your effort and hard work in 2013. I would like to personally thank each of you for your excellent cooperation and support and I look forward to the same dedication as we continue to develop new markets in the future’.

Mr. Papa went on to state that travel agents and tours operators will be the airline’s ambassadors for the new Air Seychelles product and service offering with equity partner Etihad Airways and codeshare partners before concluding: ‘I want to thank you again for your trust and belief in the national airline as it strives for excellence; we are indeed honoured and encouraged by your presence here today’.

Air Seychelles has recorded significant financial improvements over the past two years since partner Ethihad had acquired a 40 percent stake and seconded the top management team to the Seychelles national airline, with profits last year going from 1.1 million US Dollars to 3 million US Dollars for the just concluded financial year 2013/14.

With three brand new Twin Otter DHC 6-400 joining the fleet to replace similar but aged models on the domestic network, and a new Airbus A320 joining the airline’s fleet later this year to perform regional flights to among other destinations Mauritius, has Air Seychelles completed a remarkable turnaround in both financial and operational terms. 5 codeshare partners now ensure that the airline has a wider reach than ever before and in terms of passenger service quality has Skytrax awarded Air Seychelles the coveted 4 star rating, making it the most improved airline in the geographical region and the second in Africa.

Watch this space for breaking and regular aviation news from across the Indian Ocean islands.

Sauti Za Busara – already taking aim at 2015

Zanzibar based Sauti Za Busara, arguably Africa’s greatest cultural festival, has now invited expressions of interest for artists and films for the 2015 event, which will take place from February 12th to 15th.

After a hugely successful 2014 edition, which cemented SZB’s premier position as THE platform for African artists and film makers to showcase their creations is the next year’s festival expected to do even better, attracting year after year Africa’s leading performers.

Here is the complete overview of the latest newsletter to update readers on what is coming their way in 10 months:

busara newsletter
Sauti za Busara 2014
Photo highlights
Media Coverage
Festival Dates 2015
Call for Artists 2015
Call for Films 2015
RIP Bi Kidude: One year on…
Thanks to Donors & Sponsors
Read the newsletter in: Fran�ais / Kiswahili

Sauti za Busara 2014

And so the sun goes down on another epic Sauti za Busara festival! For the four days of 13 – 16 February Stone Town’s heart beat to a different drum. The Old Fort reverberated to the sounds of 32 bands from all over the continent – from Taarab to sega blues to African trance to live electronica to high life to spirit dance. Kora maestros featured strongly on the programme, including Noumoucounda Cissoko from Senegal, and a rare female kora player, the sublime Sona Jobarteh from Gambia. There was also kora from East Africa, masterfully played by Joel Sebunjo … more


Photo highlights

Check out the photo highlights of the 2014 festival here
Ebo Tailor Ebo Taylor (Ghana/Germany)
festival-photo-highlihhts-09.gif Noumoucounda Cissoko (Senegal)
festival-photo-highlihhts-03.gif Wunmi (Nigeria/UK/USA)
festival-photo-highlihhts-04.gif The Nile Project(Nile Basin)
festival-photo-highlihhts-05.gif Jhikoman (Tanzania)
festival-photo-highlihhts-06.gif Tarabband (Egypt/Sweden/Iraq)
festival-photo-highlihhts-07.gif The Nile Project(Nile Basin)
festival-photo-highlihhts-08.gif Majestad Negra(Puerto Rico)
festival-photo-highlihhts-10.gif Jupiter & Okwess International (DRC)

Media Coverage

There was a buzz generated at Sauti za Busara, with media houses represented from around the world. For stories, reviews and blogs take a look at our Media Coverage page. Highlights include:

Khaira Arby
7 African music festivals you really have to see
By Lorraine Bgoya and Mazuba Kapambwe, CNN Inside Africa
February 21, 2014


Khaira Arby
It was Sauti za Busara without Bi Kidude
February 21, 2014
It was a weekend of love with Valentine’s Day coming in handy, but just across the ocean in the Spice Islands … read more
Khaira Arby
Retaining local sounds only way to success for some
March 06, 2014
JUST to make sure that there is a selection of local musical flavour around Hassan Mahenge, a teacher at the Dhow … read more
Khaira Arby
De Berlin a Zanzibar pasando por el Nilo
Que la musica (igual que la palabra) va por delante perfilando un mundo sin fronteras ha quedado claro en el festival Sauti za Busara (“sonidos del conocimiento” en suajili) de Zanzibar …read more
Khaira Arby
Sauti Za Busara festival // Zanzibar // DJ & Workshop Announcement
February 26, 2014
Stone Town, Zanzibar – The Santuri Project, a three-year plan to revitalize the music industry in East … read more

Festival Dates 2015

Sauti za Busara 2015We are pleased to announce that the 12th edition of Sauti za Busara will take place from
12 – 15 February 2015. As usual it will bring you the best in African music from the continent and beyond. Plan ahead and join us in Zanzibar for world-class performances, warm, hospitable atmosphere, and an unforgettable venue. We welcome you to the spice island for African music under African skies. For more details and updates please visit our website.

Call for Artists 2015

Call for Artists 2015 – Deadline 31 July 2014 
Is your music 100% live? 
Is it connected to Africa? 
Have you always wanted to perform in Zanzibar?Applications are now open for the 12th edition of Sauti za Busara. This is your chance to apply for a spot to perform at the 2015 festival. Our focus has always been on bringing you African music under African skies – this year in addition to the African Continent and its diaspora

Sauti za Busara also welcomes applications from the Gulf States including Oman, Yemen, Iran, as well as from the Indian Ocean region.

All artists have to complete the online application and send recordings to reach our office before 31 July 2014. The festival selection committee meets in August and all applicants are notified of outcomes by email during September…more

Call for Films 2015

Call for Films 2015 – Deadline 30 November 2014Sauti za Busara is looking for a variety of feature length and short films about music. These can be music clips or videos, music documentaries, or recorded concerts from around Africa.

  • Films that tell a story about music or musicians from Africa.
  • Films with great visuals, quality sound, and music firmly rooted in African culture.
  • Foreign language films should come with English /Kiswahili sub-titles.

Your application can only be considered if we receive a completed application including two DVDs of the film before 30 November 2014.
For more information on application and application forms visit us at

RIP Bi Kidude: One year on…

Bi Kidude: One year on…

Bi Kidude
Bi Kidude was a favourite at Sauti za Busara, being the only artist to have performed eight times at the festival. This year was the first festival since her passing on April 17, 2013,and she was deeply missed. Busara Promotions’ Board of Trustees went onto stage to pay tribute to her, ahead of Tausi Women’s Taarab group, with whom she used to perform. Journalist, writer and board member,

Ally Saleh, recited a poem he’d composed in her honour. After Tausi Women’s performance, a shortvideo made by the director of As Old as My Tongue was screened… more

Thanks to Donors & Sponsors

Sauti zaBusara 2014 was made possible by the generous donations and sponsorships of:

Norwegian Embassy Hivos
Goethe Institut Embassy of US Goethe Institut Memories of Zanzibar
Zanzibar Unique Azam Marine Blue Bay Hotel Chavda Hotel Mashariki Palace Zanzibar Hotel
Allience Francais

Media Partners


With thanks to Embassy of FranceSMOLE II, Ultimate Security, Zanlink, Archipelago Restaurant,Stone Town Café, Mercury’s Restaurant, Emerson SpiceAllyKeys Car Hire, Southern Sun Hotel,Embassy of Germany,

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It is FULL HOUSE for the global media wanting to cover the Seychelles Carnival


(Posted 17th April 2014)

Carnival time this year on the Seychelles is between the 25th and 27th of April, a week after the Easter weekend and the right platform for the global ‘carnivalistas’ to dust off their costumes and head to the archipelago for the 4th edition of this increasingly important carnival festival.

Co-hosted this year by ‘regular’ La Reunion, has the Vanilla Island of Mayotte come on board, as did Madagascar and the four are joined by South Africa’s Kwa Zulu Natal Province.

With a week to go until the festivities kick off at the Stade Popilar on Friday evening next week with what is promising to be the most colourful opening party yet, moderated by not one but three MC’s speaking in Creole, English and French, has a record number of foreign carnival troupes confirmed their participation, matched by a record number of journalists from around the world. Some 84 media houses are sending 151 journalists, photographers and camera teams to Mahe to not just cover the event itself but to also showcase the tropical Creole island paradise and its many natural, historical and cultural attractions.

In fact has the Ministry of Tourism and Culture had to close the list a few days ago when still more requests for accreditation came in to ensure that the team of minders from the Seychelles Tourism Board, the Ministry of Tourism and associated organizations were still able to give maximum attention to each and every media person and be able to answer all the questions which no doubt will be asked.

Media houses from France, Belgium, Germany, Italy, United Kingdom and Ireland, Russia, Sweden, Poland, Finland, Denmark, Netherlands, Czech Republic, the Americas, the Middle East, India, South Africa, East Africa West Africa, Australia, Korea, Japan, China, Hong Kong and the Indian Ocean Islands of La Reunion and Mauritius will all be in Seychelles to bring to the world the fourth edition of Carnaval International de Victoria.

Key participants in the huge media train of international press representing different continents are CCN International, French TV, BBC, Italy TV, CCTV, SABC, DSTV, MBC of the Middle East, Dubai Eye, Korean TV, Antenne Reunion, Zone Austral, MBC of Mauritius and more who will all be giving exclusive coverage of the event to their home audiences.

RFI Radio France International announced already that it will go live on Sunday 27th for the Kiddies’ Carnival in Freedom Square.

A visibly enthusiastic and geared up Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles Minister for Tourism and Culture said in a press release issued late yesterday: ‘Through this carnival Seychelles and the Region will be more than ever visible globally. We need to put our best foot forward and showcase the richness of our culture and the warmth of our people. We will ensure that every participating delegation and our co-hosts of La Reunion, Madagascar, Mayotte and South Africa KwaZulu Natal all receive due coverage as serious tourism destinations that have rallied together to showcase their culture and who are proudly putting their people at the centre of their tourism promotion’.

This year has the organization of the carnival festival for the first time be outsourced to an events company in Victoria, with the Seychelles Tourism Board and the Ministry of Tourism and Culture taking a step back from the sharp end of making things happen and concentrating on marketing the archipelago and showcasing the islands from their Sunday Best to the visiting media to get maximum coverage out of them.

On board this year for the first time are Air Seychelles and partner airline Etihad and main airline sponsors of the event and many journalists and participating troupes will in fact arrive on Mahe with the Seychelles’ national airline, which by ‘Flying the Creole Spirit’ will already put visitors into the right mood and mind set the moment they step on board for their journey to the archipelago.

Expect live reports and tweets from the islands together with pictorials, feature articles and interviews over the coming week and beyond, from Seychelles, which truly is Another World.

For more information visit and follow the festival events next Friday, Saturday and Sunday by clicking on or

Latest EU aviation blacklist sees Swaziland removed


(Posted 17th April 2014)

Following the removal from the notorious EU aviation blacklist of Mauritania has now Swaziland also been taken off the ban list, allowing airlines from that country to apply for traffic rights to any of the European Union member states.

The latest 23rd edition of the list is now available through the EU website and still covers much of the African continent with blanket bans on countries’ airlines not being able to fly to Europe, leaving the routes to other carriers of what many Africans see as a tilted market mechanism aimed to prevent or reduce competition, a suggestion regularly denied by the EU officials who claim that the only foundation for that list is aviation safety.

Africa as a continent has the worst aviation safety record and while much progress has been made and the continent has produced some of the world’s better known airlines like Kenya Airways, Ethiopian Airlines, South African Airways, Royal Air Maroc, Reunion based Air Austral, Air Mauritius and Air Seychelles, many of the countries on the banned list still need to make progress. ICAO has been working hand in hand with IATA to improve the understanding and competence of aviation regulators and of airline executives and the ongoing process of IOSA certification has been generally credited to make air transport safer.

EU officials reportedly did say that several countries have made progress towards greater aviation oversight, a better regulatory regime and better enforcement of aviation safety measures, among them Mozambique and Zambia.

For breaking and regular aviation news be sure to watch this space.

Ol Pejeta set to break new ground with drone deployment to fight poaching


(Posted 17th April 2014)

The Ol Pejeta Conservancy, arguably Kenya’s most complete wilderness experience all wrapped in one place, where the big five roam the sprawling 90.000+ acres conservancy, with both Mt. Kenya and the Aberdare Mountains visible in the distance, will from June this year begin to deploy high tech aerial surveillance crafts, commonly referred to as drones but in technical terms called UAV’s or Unmanned Aerial Vehicles.

Their ‘Aerial Ranger’, refined and improved by the manufacturers to withstand the tropical conditions under which it will operate, allows the conservancy’s security team to gain real time surveillance results over an extended radius of operation, controlled via a set of computers at the conservancy headquarters.

Deployment was initially intended for last year already but both the need to adapt the new bird to local operating conditions and the various stages of obtaining regulatory approvals from different government organizations delayed the launch which is now expected in June.

This will be a first for Eastern Africa and the lead taken by Ol Pejeta has already shown an impact on other conservancies and national wildlife managers KWS, where plans are afoot too to go high tech in the fight against an increasing wave of commercial style poaching which has reached Kenya from the south. Ol Pejata’s ranger force are members of the Kenya Police Reserve and as such licensed to carry arms and operate under specific rules of engagement when encountering poachers, supported by a rapid deployment force which can use airborne units to cut off the escape routes of poachers, where they can then be engaged and dealt with accordingly.

On the ground has Ol Pejeta also developed the concept of using sniffer dogs to pursue and track any intruders into the sanctuary, and the following information has been received from the conservancy’s corporate communications and PR team:

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In the fight against poaching Ol Pejeta is constantly evolving its security tactics. Our vision is to create a cutting edge security force and our canine unit is part of this security force.

Ol Pejeta’s canine unit is made up of two bloodhounds, an assault dog and 11 Malanois puppies. These are used as part of an anti-poaching strategy to complement the work of our armed rangers. The dogs are undergoing training in arms, explosives and ivory detection, tracking, assault and patrol. Our dogs are trained by Daryll Pleasants from White Paw Professional Dog Training. White Paw continues to work with Ol Pejeta in upgrading and expanding our canine unit.

This year, Ol Pejeta and White Paw have teamed up to launch the Ol Pejeta online auction to raise funds for the Ol Pejeta Canine Unit. The auction will take place internationally via eBay at the end of May 2014 (more details to follow shortly). Interest and support of our auction has been growing daily with an unprecedented amount of award winning international artists, sculptors and wildlife photographers donating original artwork, one off sculptures and limited editions prints to support our cause. White Paw have also been busy contacting celebrities, such as fashion designers Elizabeth Emmanuel and Ben di Lisi, the cast of Downton Abbey and Stephen Fry and enrolling them to support our cause by doodling a picture of a rhino that will be framed and auctioned. The AMC Television Network, which airs Mad Men, Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead, have also donated a host of merchandise including signed autographs from the various shows cast members and a special ‘one off’ donation to be revealed closer to the auction!

We have also enlisted the help of several organisations. Up for grabs is a 7-day anytime voucher that allows the winning bidder to fly from any of Virgin’s 100 plus launch sites across England, Scotland and Wales courtesy of Virgin Balloon Flights, a two-night stay for two at the Sweetwaters Serena Camp and an 11-day safari, beach and photography holiday for two courtesy of Ol Pejeta, Ian Aiken and Watamu “beachcomber” beach Front House.

The Ol Pejeta Conservancy is also offering the chance for one lucky bidder to name one of the rhinos at the Conservancy. The highest bidder will be able to choose whether they would prefer to name a male or female rhino.

To find out more about the charity auction and the celebrities, artists, photographers and sculptors involved please visit!about3/c7pi under the charity heading.

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For more information about Ol Pejeta and their work for rhino and wildlife conservation, their attractions on the sanctuary, accommodation options and special deals, visit

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