Archive for February 3rd, 2017

Corporate Council on Africa News Updates


South African Airways Salutes Ghana’s 60th Independence Day With A Special Sale Fare PR Newswire

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Lillian Gaitho’s weekend thoughts

Six Valentine Day Ideas That Won’t Break Your Bank

Lillian’s weekend contribution this week is all about the upcoming Valentine’s Day when love is in the air, or so it is expected by those who worship Cupid …



How time flies! A couple of weeks ago, the whole town was all glittery in gold and green, cotton balls and make-believe snow. Children sang, and adults joined along, jovial and warm in the spirit of Christmas. Then January reality struck, and the school term (at least for most systems) opened. Before we knew it, February – the month of St. Valentine is here! But, have our pockets recovered from the festive spending? Probably not; that, however is not reason to shy away from doing a little special something for your special someone. Here are a few useful tips from Lillian Gaitho that take in your bank status, without causing a heartbreak!

Perhaps the Valentine Day message is best captured In Dinah Washington’s lyrics thus; “What a difference a day makes
Twenty-four little hours
Brought the sun and the flowers
Where there used to be rain…”

Take an adventure together

Hot air balloon would be great, so could be sky diving in Diani, but this does not have to be the cut line for romantic adventures. A discovery walk through Karura forest, a drive down to Sagana rapids camp or a life-saving morning at Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage will just be as great. The little secret here, is to plan something that you know your partner will be at least willing to explore-and definitely will excite them thereafter.

Recreate your First Date

It doesn’t matter if you two met at the capital’s most expensive hotel for first impressions; you can gladly recreate the feeling in the presently affordable place without missing a drop. For instance, you can consider exploring the same dish you ordered but in a different hotel, and then relax over a glass of wine reliving the shy moments of your first date. This is a great scenario to rediscover exactly the traits that attracted you to each other, laugh about the awkward moments and simply indulge in the memories of your journey together.

Take up your partner’s traditional chore

Does he wake up to walk the dog, is she the one tasked with setting up breakfast cereal every day of the week? Well, make the day extra special by offering to walk a mile in their shoes. You can get yourself ready for this new experience by preparing ahead of time; get familiar with the dog’s route, learn how to run the cereal dispenser, ensure that his/her favorite breakfast shake is available etc.

Book your sig-o into a B&B

Valentine specials are fairly designed for your significant other; because life can at times overwhelm even the best of time managers. Taking a night away together could be what you both need, but have been pushing this away using the little (but sincere) excuse, the children! Or, you guessed it – money. A bed and breakfast however does not have to send your purse into shock mode. Shop around for different season offers and compare. For instance, you can check deals such as Wednesday dream deals on Jumia Travel, as well as with other providers. Also, your luck could land you any of the ongoing Valentine competition rewards and raffles – but don’t base your plans purely on Lady Luck!

Pop by for lunch

Tuesday is a working day for most of us, which definitely calls for creativity in planning. If you reserve a table for two, ensure that your partner does not have any other parallel plans for the hour. In the same breath, free up your lunch break from any other engagements as you ready up for the day’s surprise. If you are able to organize a little extra with the restaurant, then it’ll be great to drop in a special memento such as a love note taped to his/her seat, flowers on the table or even their names etched artfully and tastefully into their favorite dessert.

Prepare a meal together

This is neither for super cooks or glam chefs straight off tv screens, rather, it’s for any cupid-struck folk willing to explore ideas with their mates in the depths of their pantries and the crevices of their kitchen. The idea is to make it simple-silly; do not try new meals, or imagine St. Valentine might suddenly change garlics into olives. Enjoy your time working together on the magic of turning raw, inedible provisions into mouth-watering, heart warming delicacies. With this in mind, only laugh, love and light aromatic smells will fill your day. Once served, treat yourself to a favorite home movie and over a rich glass of wine, or scoops of ice cream. You’ll have the rest of the month to check the weighing scale!

Ethiopian launches Conakry flights


(Posted 03rd February 2017)

Ethiopian Airlines has yesterday marked the launch of its new services to Conakry, the capital of The Republic of Guinea, at a reception ceremony held at Addis Ababa’s Bole International Airport.

The event was been graced by Mme. Sidibe Fatouma KABA, Guinea’s Ambassador to Ethiopia, Mr. Toure Mohamed, the Guinea Transport Minister, members of the Guinean diplomatic community, Mr. Mesfin Tassew, Chief Operating Officer Ethiopian Airlines, and Ethiopian Airlines senior management.

Mme. Sidibe Fatouma KABA, Guinea Ambassador to Ethiopia remarked, on the occasion: ‘Ethiopian is growing since its creation; and it is a pan-African company. We are very happy and proud that this project is realized which will strengthen trade, tourism and the bilateral ties between the two nations. The flight will also help Guinean business people to travel to major world trading cities across the Ethiopian Airlines network‘.

Mr. Mesfin Tasew, the Chief Operating Officer of the Ethiopian Aviation Group; then responded: ‘We are pleased to launch services to Conakry. This new service takes a very special place in Ethiopian network expansion endeavour, as it is the first of the seven new destinations that Ethiopian is going to launch in five months duration. Covering the largest network in Africa unrivalled by any other carrier, Ethiopian has been filling the gaps of air transportation in the continent. Moreover, as Africa’s economy grows the need for air transport has increased significantly and availability of accessible and hassle-free air connectivity is of paramount importance. To this end, Ethiopian has been working extensively in serving the continent with better and technologically advanced aviation technologies and systems‘.

Meanwhile has Ethiopian taken delivery of its third Airbus A350XWB, configured with 30 business class and 313 economy class seats. The aircraft was named after Erta Ale, a large basaltic shield volcano located in the Afar Region of north-eastern Ethiopia.
Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam, the CEO of Ethiopian Airlines, on the occasion of the delivery said, ‘As part of our continuous fleet modernization program, we have now phased in a third Airbus A350 XWB 900. Both the B-787 Dreamliner and the Airbus A-350 are the most technologically advanced airplanes in the world today and we are highly delighted that we are one of the very few airlines in the world to own and operate both airplanes at their early stage in service. Ethiopian Airlines customers will have the special privilege of experiencing the superior features and services of both airplanes. These environmentally green airplanes are enabling us to expand our vast network to new and exciting destinations like Oslo in Norway, Singapore, Chengdu in China, Jakarta in Indonesia, Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe and Antananarivo in Madagascar. On board this game changing aircraft, passengers will experience the latest high-definition touchscreen personal monitors with even more movies, television series, and audio channels. Passengers will also enjoy the wider seats and larger windows, the lowest twin engine noise level in the skies, advanced air conditioning technology, and full LED mood lighting. All of these amenities will enhance comfort and reduce jet-lag after a long flight‘.

Ethiopian Airlines was the African launch customer for the Airbus A350XWB as it was African launch customer too at the time for the Boeing B787 Dreamliner.

Ol Pejeta launches Laikipia update online portal


Given the present circumstances conservancies, ranches, farms and tourism businesses are faced with in the
wider Laikipia area of central Kenya, has Ol Pejeta today launched an update portal where factual information
can be found, removing the presently almost entire dependence on often biased and speculative media reports.
Please make use of the portal and also communicate any emerging information to them to ensure that correct
details are posted and shared within the conservation and tourism industry.

Ol Pejeta Conservancy
Ol Pejeta launches Laikipia online portal
To keep our followers and supporters updated, we have launched an online portal for daily updates about Laikipia.

You can read these updates at

Please feel free to share and forward the link to anyone who might be interested in this information. If you have any questions, contact Richard Vigne or Elodie Sampere directly.

Yours sincerely,


Richard Vigne
Chief Executive Officer
Ol Pejeta Conservancy

Ol Pejeta Conservancy
Ol Pejeta is a non-profit wildlife conservancy in Kenya supporting endangered species, tourism and community outreach.
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RwandAir confirms launch dates for Mumbai and Harare


(Posted 03rd February 2017)

RwandAir just confirmed that two new destinations will be added in April this year, first Harare on the 01st of April with daily flights and then Mumbai on the 03rd of April with four flights a week.
The two cities will be served with Boeing B737NG and Airbus A330 aircraft respectively.
Harare will from April onwards be combined with Lusaka as flights to Johannesburg revert to nonstop services, also operated with Boeing B737NG aircraft.Mumbai, RwandAir’s first ever intercontinental destination, will see one of the airline’s new Airbus A330’s, configured with a Business, Premium Economy and Economy class layout deployed for the nonstop flights from Kigali.

(RwandAir’s Premium Economy Class, the first of its kind in Africa)

(RwandAir’s state of the art flatbed business class seats)

Connectivity has been ensured through adjusted departure times, which allows traffic from RwandAir’s continental network to feed into the new destinations.
Said Mr. John Mirenge, CEO of RwandAir, earlier today when making the announcement: ‘We are delighted to enable new and seamless connections between more African cities and beyond the continent which goes along with creating more businesses and boost the various countries social and economic development‘.
Also still on the drawing board for 2017 are additional African destinations as well as London and New York.
The addition of Harare and Mumbai will bring the number of destinations served by RwandAir to 21 with a total fleet of presently 11 aircraft, due to rise to 12 when in May a fourth Boeing B737-800NG will join.
Both Airbus A330’s and the two new B737-800NG’s offer WiFi on board, available to all passengers against a fee.
RwandAir, a member of IATA, is e-IOSA, ISAGO and EASA certified for safe flight and ground operations.

Segera Retreat’s 2017 Calendar of Events


(Posted 03rd February 2017)

The Segera Retreat, located on a 50.000 acres large private conservancy, was among the first safari properties to be rated 5 Star by relevant authorities in Kenya.
A visit late last year affirmed that this was not just well deserved but probably a star short, though of course the Kenyan ranking system only goes up to five and has yet to embrace hospitality concepts which could be ranked one or two notches higher.
Yesterday did Jens Kozany share the Segera Retreat’s annual calendar of events, good to know for those wanting to stay there and be part of what is happening on Segera at a given time throughout the year.

Segera is part of the Zeitz Foundation and of The Long Run – a group of bespoke properties in Africa, Central and South America, Europe, Asia and the Pacific – and as such subscribes to the 4C Initiative – Conservation, Community, Culture and Commerce – launched by Jochen Zeitz, the founder of Segera.

New mobile App makes bookings with Brussels Airlines easier


(Posted 03rd February 2017)

Brussels Airlines starts year of digitalization with launch of mobile app

Brussels Airlines, which serves East Africa with five flights per week to Entebbe, six flights per week to Kigali and one flight per week to Bujumbura, has yesterday launched its long awaited mobile app, available for both Android and IOS powered devices.
As more and more travellers use online and mobile channels to plan their holidays and business trips and get in touch with travel companies on-the-go, Brussels Airlines declared 2017 to be the year of digital innovation, during which it will invest heavily in the improvement of its digital tools to service its customers even better. The airline recently sent its 10 millionth mobile boarding pass and replies to more than 500 requests a day from its travellerson Twitter and Facebook showing that their customers are ready for more digital tools. The first one this year is the Brussels Airlines app, which is now available for iOS and Android devices.
Said Mr. Sebastien Scarmure, Brussels Airlines Vice President in charge of e-Commerce and Mobile on the occasion of the launch: ‘With more and more data being available to us, we can much better grasp what it is our guests want and deliver just that to them. Close to 35% of our sales currently takes place on, but also in terms of servicing, our digital platforms need to be equipped to cater for all our guests, also the ones who booked their tickets via travel agencies. They need accurate information about their flights on-the-go and be able to change details of their booking without being obliged to go via the traditional communication channels. The app is a first move in this direction, but much more is to come throughout the next years to offer a complete experience during every step of the way‘.

It is understood that the website will also get a makeover to focus more on personalized servicing and a “data pool” project will make it possible to get all up-to-date information about everything that is happening within the airline’s operation and use that information to keep travelers as well as co-workers informed.

Today, the Brussels Airlines app allows travelers to book their tickets in just a few clicks, to check in and use the mobile boarding pass and to keep up with flight changes. This first release of the app will be followed by more updates soon and push notifications will be added to keep passengers informed proactively. The Brussels Airlines app can be downloaded for free on the App Store and Google Play.


Passengers flying with Brussels Airlines out of their three East African destinations can connect in Brussels to flights across Europe, three destinations in North America – Toronto, New York and Washington – and from March onwards also to Mumbai, initially with five flights per week.
Notably does Brussels Airlines also have a dedicated page on Facebook for its African market via

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