Message from the TTA Chairperson
Once again, we are facing the challenge of restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As President Cyril Ramaphosa said, we may be tired of Covid but Covid is not tired of us!
Our priority now is for each one of us to do our best to stop the spread of the virus during the current wave and work towards ensuring that the disruptions end as soon as possible.
The TTA board and office have not been idle and will continue to represent our members by interacting with stakeholders, government and private sector bodies.
These include liaising with the City of Tshwane, provincial and central government regarding issues that they can facilitate and which have an impact on tourism, such as safety and security, service delivery, maintenance and cleaning of public facilities. A Memorandum of Agreement is in its final stages.
As always, and especially during this extremely demanding time, collaboration between all stakeholders is of utmost importance. TTA is continuing to provide existing and new networking platforms and packaging opportunities which will go towards promoting Tshwane as a destination of choice.
We will work together towards the recovery and growth of tourism to unlock the potential that exists in our beautiful city.
A warm welcome to new members
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Extend your stay at the Royal Elephant and receive an accommodation discount!
Do you need a place to stay and do business? The Royal Elephant Hotel and Conference Centre is the perfect space with small and medium conference spaces, boardrooms, and luxury lounges to work from. Our high-speed Wifi will keep you connected, and our two restaurants are perfect for those working lunches or after-work drinks. But once all the deals are done, why not stay an extra day or two and treat yourself to a relaxing spa day or wine tasting?
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World Food Safety Day 2021 – Food Consulting Services (FCS)
Food Consulting Services (FCS) supports the initiative for creating awareness around food safety and the benefits thereof. This year we help celebrate the 3rd international World Food Safety Day (WFSD) by drawing attention to the services that we offer that help in the prevention of foodborne diseases through the detection of foodborne pathogens in our SANAS accredited food microbiology laboratory and expert advice through our food safety consultancy.
This year’s theme ‘Safe food today for a healthy tomorrow’ stresses the importance of safe food production for consumers, the environment, and the manufacturer. Recognizing the burden of foodborne illness, which affects all ages, can be prevented through the understanding of safe food handling, training, and credible testing.
World Food Safety Day: “Safe food today for a healthy tomorrow“
‘Safe food today for a healthy tomorrow’ brings to mind an indispensable part of food safety; shelf-life testing. Shelf-life tests are designed to determine at what point in time a product is no longer safe to consume and when the product losses its peak quality markers. Further to the above, the Shelf life is a guide for the consumer of the period of time that food can be kept before it starts to deteriorate, provided any stated storage conditions have been followed. The shelf-life is indicated by labelling the product with a date mark, which can either be a “best before” or “use by” date, depending on the product.
Food safety in the time of COVID-19
Lockdown and COVID-19 have created an environment that placed immense pressure on the food production environment, whether manufacturing, retail, or hospitality. However, with this pressure, there has also been an increased awareness around general hygiene by the consumer as well as for food handlers as well. A reminder that hand hygiene is critical to the prevention of the spread of disease, whether COVID-19 or foodborne illness.
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Ritsako Game Lodge Winter Safari Getaway
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Cornerstone Lodge – Rooms available for long term rentals!
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Combination of pleasures – INJABULO Restaurant at Out in Africa Wildlife Lodge
Chocolate and wine are two of life’s greatest pleasures, at least culinary pleasures. We have selected five of the Valrhona chocolates for our chocolate & wine pairing. For almost a century, Valrhona has created a range of unique and recognizable aromatic profiles by perfecting techniques for enhancing the flavour of rare cocoa beans, grown on land masterfully selected for its terroir.
Yes, it makes a difference in taste where and how cocoa beans are grown.
Some may be amazed just by the flavour spectrum of the chocolates – did you know, that chocolate has more aroma molecules than wine? Others may doubt whether wine and chocolate go well together.
If chocolate and wine was not enough pleasure, add the healing power of nature, the peace of the Dinokeng Game Reserve and the unique setup of INJABULO Restaurant at Out in Africa Wildlife Lodge to fully relax.
Joins us for a tantalizing flavour and taste experience.
Thanks to the guest who attended the first instance of our chocolate & wine pairing for sharing images.
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Bok Dome British Lions Tour
Come enjoy the British Lions games on big screen in the Bok Dome at Monte de Dios. Every Saturday in July!
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Guesthouse owners beware the tax implications on long-term letting
Most Guesthouses and B&B’s are still struggling to make ends meet because of reduced bookings from business and leisure travellers. Guesthouse owners are looking to alternative sources of revenue, and many are turning to long-term letting. But be aware of the tax implications!
Olive Insurance Brokers spoke to Graeme Saggers, Director at Nolands Tax. Nolands is a leading auditing, advisory and tax consulting firm:
Saggers explains that the VAT consequences on the distinctions between short and long-term letting can get very complicated. Property owners can get into trouble depending on the circumstances.
According to Section 10(10) of the VAT Act, if a guest stays for 28 days or less, then the full sum of charges attracts VAT at 15%. However, if the stay is for longer than 28 days, then only 60% of the amount charged normally is deemed to be vatable at 15% from day one. The effective VAT rate therefore drops to 9%. In the VAT declaration (VAT201), only the 60% is disclosed as vatable sales, and the 40% is not disclosed.
The full amount of Input VAT is claimable as the 40% non-vatable sales is not treated as exempt sales. This may later trigger a SARS query when the Income Tax Return is submitted, and it will then be necessary to submit a reconciliation between turnover per VAT returns and turnover per the Income Statement to SARS.
Saggers says: “As an indication, this section in the VAT Act does provide relief when there is a long -term resident. However, the guesthouse needs to ensure that they continue to operate a commercial accommodation enterprise. If it is seen that their enterprise has changed to residential letting, there may be a change in use adjustment which will see VAT charged on the market value of the property. Of course, you want to avoid this.”
Guesthouse and B&B owners contemplating long-term letting would be well advised to consult with their qualified tax practitioner about this. Saggers says that Nolands Tax can assist with any tax interpretation or dispute resolution issues, and that they are well equipped in the hospitality industry.
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The Art of Innovation – Entries now open for Sasol New Signatures 2021
Johannesburg, South Africa – Entries are now officially open for the annual Sasol New Signatures Art Competition 2021. Being the longest-running competition of its kind in South Africa, Sasol New Signatures has become a platform for unknown artists to break into the mainstream art stage. Sasol has sponsored this important art competition for over 30 years and has launched the careers of many household names in art currently working in South Africa and globally.
Chairperson Sasol New Signatures, Pfunzo Sidogi said: “The Sasol New Signatures Art Competition is not just another art competition – it is an enabler for emerging artists to not only expand the possibilities of art but also to inspire innovation and change.”
This annual competition is open to all South African artists over 18 years who have not yet held a solo exhibition. Artists who have held a solo exhibition for academic purposes (a Master’s degree exhibition) are allowed to enter. Artists can submit up to 2 artworks in all artistic mediums, including photography, performance art, video and installations.
“With the advent of Covid-19, there is a greater need for innovators and creators to shape the world anew and inspire change,” said Sidogi. “Taking on this challenge, the 2021 Sasol New Signatures Art Competition has created a space for eligible emerging artists to imagine, transgress, transcend, disrupt, and innovate through their creativity,” he added.
The ongoing sponsorship of this competition demonstrates Sasol’s commitment to discovering new artistic talent and promoting them to the art-loving public, said Nozipho Mbatha, Senior Manager: Group Brand and Sponsorships at Sasol.
“The art of innovation is one of Sasol’s hallmarks, and the foundation upon which the business was built. It is who we are and have committed to being. For this reason, Sasol is proud to be a key sponsor, together with Association of Arts Pretoria, of this important initiative that seeks to encourage South Africa’s creativity and contribute to our national heritage,” said Mbatha.
Sasol New Signatures is not only about art but also education.
Since 2001, the competition has hosted information sessions for potential entrants. These detailed sessions to give entrants much needed technical information regarding format, size, media and layout of entered works as well as valuable advice regarding the presentation of competition standard work. This year, due to COVID-19, the Information Session will be hosted online and will go live on the 7th June 2021 on numerous virtual platforms and will be available for viewing on an ongoing basis until final artwork submissions. All necessary information can be found on our website.
Contemporary, innovative and emerging artists with winning aspirations are invited to submit their artworks at one of several collection points around the country between Tuesday, 7 September and Wednesday, 8 September 2021, from 10h00 and 16h00.
The winner of the Sasol New Signatures Art Competition will be announced on Wednesday, 10 November 2021. The winner will receive R100 000 and a solo exhibition at next year’s exhibition. The winning works will also be displayed at the Pretoria Art Museum from Thursday, 11 November 2021 to Sunday, 9 January 2022. The runner up will receive R25 000 and the five merit award winners will each walk away with R10 000.
The 2019 Sasol New Signatures winner, Patrick Rulore, will hold his first solo exhibition within the official Sasol New Signatures 2021 exhibition. The exhibition is titled “Life in Darkness”. Rulore said of his work: “I am fascinated by the human figure, and in my paintings, I attempt to capture some of the complexity of the body and the enigmatic power which human beings possess. This series explores human connection against the backdrop of an ephemeral world of light and shadow. Working on a large scale is crucial to my creative process”.
Drop off points for artist’s work:
- Bloemfontein: Oliewenhuis Art Museum, 16 Harry Smith Street, Bloemfontein
- Cape Town: Art B Gallery, Library Centre, Carl van Aswegen Street, Bellville, Cape Town
- Durban: KZNSA Gallery, 166 Bulwer Road, Glenwood, Durban
- Johannesburg: FADA Building, Department of Visual Arts, University of Johannesburg, Bunting Road Campus, Auckland Park, Johannesburg
- Polokwane: The Polokwane Art Museum, Library Gardens, corner Grobler & Hans van Rensburg Street, Polokwane
Gqeberha (PE): Bird Street Gallery – Nelson Mandela University, Bird Street Campus, 20 Bird Street, Gqeberha Central Pretoria: Pretoria Art Museum, corner Francis Baard (previously Schoeman) and Wessels Streets, Arcadia Park, Pretoria
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Gabi Ngcobo appointed Curatorial Director of Javett Art Centre at the University of Pretoria
Ngcobo brings in years of experience working in the artistic field as artist, curator and educator. Between 2011 and 2020 Ngcobo was lecturer in the department of Visual Arts at the Wits School of Arts. Since the early 2000s Ngcobo has been engaged in collaborative artistic, curatorial, and educational projects in South Africa and on an international scope.
Recent curatorial projects include Mating Birds at the KZNSA Gallery, Durban (2019) and the 10th Berlin Biennale titled We don’t need another hero (2018). She was one of the co-curators of the 32nd Sao Paulo Bienal (2016) and co-curated A Labour of Love at the Weltkulturen Museum, Frankfurt which later travelled to the Johannesburg Art Gallery (2015-1017).
In 2019 Ngcobo curated All in a Day’s Eye: The Politics of Innocence in the Javett Art Collection, a curatorial project forming part of the inaugural exhibitions at the Javett-UP. In November 2020 Ngcobo stepped in as Javett-UP’s Interim Curatorial Director helping to shape the curatorial department as well as curate, with her team, Handle With Care, an exhibition of selected works from the SOUTH32 collection on a 10-year loan to the Javett-UP.
Ngcobo is a founding member of the Johannesburg based collaborative platforms NGO – Nothing Gets Organised (2016-) and Center for Historical Re-enactments (2010–14).
Her writings have been published in various publications including the reader Uneven Bodies, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, Aotearoa New Zealand (2021), The Stronger We Become the catalogue of the South African Pavillion, Venice (2019), Public Intimacy: Art and Other Ordinary Acts in South Africa, YBCA/SFMOMA (2014), We Are Many: Art, the Political and Multiple Truths, Verbier Art Summit (2019) and Texte Zur Kunst September 2017.
“I have followed Gabi Ngcobo’s inspiring and critical work for over 20 years, on both local and global arts spaces and platforms. Gabi has contributed to the radical shifts in the contemporary art discourses and intellectualisms in our time,” said Lekgetho Makola, CEO of Javett-UP. “We are indeed looking forward to exciting programmes mediated together with Gabi Ngcobo towards re-imagining our collective futures through art, research and curatorial practice”.
Ngcobo is recognised for her multi-layered de-colonial approach to the curatorial and her collaborative experiments in reconfiguring and transforming normative understandings of historical positions.
Commenting on her new position, Ngcobo states, “it is both challenging and timely to be curatorially directing the Javett-UP from this particular point in historical time. The COVID-19 pandemic has both created challenged and given art institutions opportunities for rethinking their socio-political stances and to revisit founding missions, collection strategies and curatorial focuses. The Javett-UP is a newly found art centre that is committed to bringing critical artistic engagement from the bottom up. I’m excited to be part of this re-imagining and to be surrounded by a great team of equally passionate people.”
Ngcobo and team’s current curatorial iteration, Handle with Care Exhibition, is open to the public through to early 2022 at the Javett-UP.
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