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Figures for World Travel Market Africa and Tourism Indaba show tourism in Africa is growing. At
the former, deals worth R3.7-billion in 2014 were expected to be surpassed this year, while
exhibitor numbers were almost tripled. At Indaba, hosted buyers were up 100%.
"No grievance can ever justify the cold-blooded murder of fellow human beings, the
destruction of property, or the displacement of hundreds of people – including women and
small children," says President Jacob Zuma, who has set up a ministerial task team to help stop the
attacks against foreign nationals in Durban and Johannesburg.
The small Western Cape town of Gansbaai has been named the overall winner of the African
Responsible Tourism Awards. The town is famous for its beaches, sea life and shark cage diving;
it won the gold award for working to make better places to live and great places to visit.
Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson has announced plans to expand South Africa's renewable
energy sector by adding another 6 300MW of wind and solar power to the 5 243MW the
government programme already buys from the private sector.
South Africans took to Durban's streets on Thursday to call for calm and an end to the attacks on
foreign nationals, which have claimed five lives and displaced hundreds of others in KwaZulu-Natal
over the past two weeks. #WeAreAfrica #StopXenophobia
President Jacob Zuma has condemned the attacks on foreign nationals in KwaZulu-Natal and
Johannesburg, calling for calm. "We cannot accept that when there are challenges we then use
violence – particularly to our brothers and sisters from the continent," he said in an interview with
SABC on Wednesday night.
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