Beaches and public swimming pools remain closed, the ban on alcohol remains in place and land borders are closed until 15 February 2021.

President Cyril Ramaphosa yesterday announced the extension of South Africa’s adjusted level 3 lockdown restrictions and most regulations (barring an easing of the previous 6am curfew) will remain in place.

Here is what travel agents need to know about the extended Level 3 regulations:

Beach closures 

As per the previous announcement, dated 28 December, all beaches, dams, lakes, rivers, public parks and public swimming pools in hotspot areas will be closed to the public. The government has now clarified the definition of ‘beach’ and ‘estuary’.

'Beach' means the sandy, pebbly or rocky shore that is between the high -water mark and low -water mark adjacent to the sea or adjacent to an estuary mouth extending 1000 meters inland from the mouth. People are not allowed to come within 100 metres of the high -water mark, excluding private property. This includes the sea and the estuary themselves.

Beaches that are open to the public in non-hotspots, such as in the Northern Cape are only open between 06h00 and 19h00.

The closure of beaches and restrictions on times of operation do not apply to fishermen for fishing purposes, who are in possession of a permit.

Closure of land borders 

All land borders will be closed until 15 February 2021. This means that travel over the borders by land is prohibited and such travel is confined to air travel.

There are a number of exceptions, however, including the return to South Africa of a:

South African national,

permanent resident to the Republic,

person with a long-term residence visa,

spouse with a visa,

child or children with visas,

person with a work visa; and

holder of a business visa.

For a full list of exemptions, please refer to the regulations.

Tourist visa extensions 

A foreign tourist who arrived in the Republic prior to the commencement of this regulation will have his or her visa automatically extended to 31 March 2021.

Curfew 

The nationwide curfew has been slightly relaxed and will now be from 9pm to 5am (instead of the previous 6am). Apart from permitted workers and for medical and security emergencies, nobody is allowed outside their place of residence during curfew.

Non-essential establishments – including shops, restaurants, bars and all cultural venues – will still need to close at 8pm.

Alcohol 

Alcohol restrictions will remain. This includes:

The sale of alcohol from retail outlets and the on-site consumption of alcohol will not be permitted.

The prohibition on consuming alcohol in public spaces like parks and beaches remains.

Distribution and transportation will be prohibited with certain exceptions.

Night clubs and businesses engaged in the sale and transportation of liquor will not be allowed to operate.

Restaurants 

Restaurants are allowed to operate. However, they will need to close at 8pm and the sale of liquor is prohibited. Gatherings at restaurants is restricted to a maximum of 50 persons or less for indoor venues and 100 persons or less for outdoor venues. If the venue is too small to hold the prescribed number of persons observing a distance of at least one and a half metres from each other, then not more than 50 per cent of the capacity of the venue may be used.

Hotels 

Hotels, lodges, bed and breakfasts, timeshare facilities, resorts and guest houses are allowed full capacity of the available rooms for accommodation. Patrons will need to observe a distance of at least one and a half metres from each other when in common spaces.

Conferencing facilities, dining and entertainment facilities are subject to a limitation of a maximum of 50 persons or less for indoor venues and 100 persons or less for outdoor venues. If the venue is too small to hold 50 persons observing a distance of at least one and a half metres from each other, then not more than 50 per cent of the capacity of the venue may be used.

Swimming pools, public parks, night clubs and bars remain closed.

Night clubs, swimming pools, bars, taverns and shebeens, and public parks (including recreational facilities where there are no access control measures and entry limitations already in place) will remain closed to the public.

Game parks that are open to the public will be open between 06H00 and 18H00; and will be monitored for compliance with all health protocols wearing of face-masks and social distancing measures.

Wearing of masks remains 

The adjusted Level 3 regulations made every individual legally responsible for wearing a mask in public, and this remains the case. A person who does not wear a cloth mask covering over the nose and mouth in a public place will be committing an offence and could be arrested and prosecuted. On conviction, they will be liable to a fine or to imprisonment for a period not exceeding six months or to both a fine and imprisonment.

With a few exceptions, businesses may continue to operate as long as all relevant health protocols and social distancing measures are adhered to.

About us

With 16 years’ experience in the Travel Industry, it was time to take the next step and start my own company. During 2013 I have put together a business plan, believing that it will one day fall in the right hands. While working as an Operations Manager (2017) at a Labour Placement Company, I did a client visit at a construction company and the owner of the construction company was one of my clients at a Travel Agency I used to work for. We started talking during September 2017 and joined forces opening Imani Adventure Travel in January 2018.

With my years of experience and joint partnership, I believe that Imani Adventure Travel will succeed and grow to be one of the best Travel Agencies in Bloemfontein.

Imani Adventure Travel has joined eTravel who has over 200 affiliated Independent Travel Companies (ITCs) around the country with supporting offices in Bryanston, Johannesburg and Century City, Cape Town. eTravel was founded in 1999 and is registered with IATA (International Air Transport Association) and ASATA (Association for South African Travel Agents). The group has grown to become one of the largest independently owned travel companies in South Africa with an annual turnover and market share that ensures a buying power large enough to have access to the best rates and supplier relationships.

We adhere to the Industries rules and regulations as we pride ourselves on honesty and integrity with personalised service to outmatch our competitors.

Our values are also reflected in our logo. Imani comes from Swahili and is translated to Faith. The five stones below the name is a reminder of the Faith David had when he defeated Goliath.

Company Basics

Our core business is to book travel requirements for our clients and assist in planning their trips whether it is for business or leisure. We assist with visa applications where possible, flight reservations, accommodation bookings, car rental bookings etc. We also cater for local events, from festivals to music concerts etc.

One aspect that would make Imani Adventure Travel stand out is our adventure side of the business. With the Adventure pillar of our business we arrange events such as team building sessions, adventure travel in South Africa for instance, Mountain Bike weekends in the Drakensburg, Kite Surfing in Langebaan, hunting and green hunting packages.

Client Portfolio
  • Private clients
  • Mazars Central
  • T Roos & Kie Professional Accountants
  • ARC Sakhile Chartered Accountants
  • RiG Adviesdienste
  • Môreson Poultry Farm
  • Youth Sport Academy
  • Aire Control Supplies
Mission

Imani Adventure Travel strive to deliver personal, exclusive, efficient, fast and friendly service to its clients on all levels that involve travel. We believe that your trip (leisure or business) starts the moment you think about it and that we will do everything and more to make it an unforgettable experience. We treat all our clients with the utmost respect, honesty and integrity.

We will source the best available options with the highest standards that our clients require. We deliver a turnaround of maximum 24 hours depending on the urgency of the request.

 Our slogan is “Believing is Seeing” and we focus on putting our clients’ needs first and to make a positive impact on our clients lives and to exceed their expectations.

Vision

Our core business is to book travel requirements for our clients and assist in planning their trips whether it is for business or leisure. We assist with visa applications where possible, flight reservations, accommodation bookings, car rental bookings etc. We also cater for local events, from festivals to music concerts etc.

One aspect that would make Imani Adventure Travel stand out is our adventure side of the business. With the Adventure pillar of our business we arrange events such as team building sessions, adventure travel in South Africa for instance, Mountain Bike weekends in the Drakensburg, Kite Surfing in Langebaan, hunting and green hunting packages.

Values
  • Faith
  • Honesty
  • Integrity
  • Friendliness
  • Helpfulness
  • Transparent
  • Trustworthy