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Lorne Philpot

Teacher and tourism enthusiast, Lorne Philpot enjoys exploring Johannesburg and its offerings. He likes to share his experiences and reflections on his travels around the city.
Japan e-visas

How to apply for Japan’s e-visas

By Lorne Philpot 02-08-23 11:54

Japan’s e-visa makes travel to Japan much more convenient and accessible for tourists from a number of countries. Unlike visa processing for Europe (Schengen Area) and the United Kingdom, there is no need to pay for the services of handling agencies. It is not There is also no need to attend an interview at the […]

Japan e-visas

Japan opens up e-visas to South Africans

By Lorne Philpot 02-08-23 09:08

Good news for SA! Travelling to Japan has become simpler and much more convenient for South African passport holders. Japan has joined many other Asian countries that are eager to welcome tourists and visitors. Thus, it has decided that a number of nationalities (who are not visa-exempt) are now able to travel to that country […]

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South African Airways dogdes a bullet with Airlink claim

By Lorne Philpot 28-07-23 10:00

The High Court in Johannesburg has ruled that South Africa’s national carrier South African Airways does not have to repay nearly R900M to Airlink. Local carrier Airlink made a claim for a large sum of money it is owed by the national carrier for airfares that South African Airways accepted on behalf of Airlink, prior […]

Brussels night flight ban

Night flight ban at Brussels airport to impact African flights

By Lorne Philpot 27-07-23 10:38

Belgian Federal Transport Minister, Georges Gilkinet has proposed a ban on night flights at Belgium’s Brussels Zavantem International Airport. The airport is a hub for a number of international airlines that fly into and out of the Belgian capital, including those from African destinations. BAN ON NIGHT FLIGHTS Gilkinet suggested that the airport serving the capital […]

Mkumbuu City ruins

Saving Zanzibar’s Mkumbuu City ruins from rising sea levels

By Lorne Philpot 27-07-23 09:33

Sadly, Zanzibar’s ancient Mkumbuu ruins will face sea invasion if nothing is done to protect them from rising sea levels. MKUMBUU RUINS The Mkumbuu Ruins are located in the South Pemba Region. They lie at the end of a long narrow peninsula known as Ras Mkumbuu. The ruins mainly date from the 9th century CE and were […]

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Two SA cities rank among Africa’s most polluted

By Lorne Philpot 25-07-23 13:36

It is sad and shameful to see both Johannesburg and Pretoria ranking among the most polluted cities on the African continent. SOUTH AFRICAN CITIES Unfortunately, for many Johannesburg and Pretoria residents life in these metropolises is already challenging enough with deteriorating roads, ever-increasing living costs, and worsening crime levels. Increased air pollution is often visible […]

UK Namibia visa

Why the UK ended Namibia’s visa-free travel privileges

By Lorne Philpot 20-07-23 10:59

South Africa’s neighbour Namibia has now suffered the same fate as South Africa concerning entry restrictions for the United Kingdom. Namibia has had its visa-free travel status removed by the United Kingdom’s Secretary of State for the Home Department. AFFECTED COUNTRIES Suella Braverman announced on 19 July that 5 nations, including Namibia had lost their […]

Want to work in Europe? See the labour shortages list here

By Lorne Philpot 20-07-23 09:52

Europe is currently experiencing a number of labour shortages in various sectors. Here is the list of areas where persons from outside of Europe stand higher chances of securing work in Europe. To the surprise of many South Africans, these labour shortages are not just for highly skilled professionals. There also exists a huge demand […]

United Kingdom revokes visa-free travel agreement for 5 countries

By Lorne Philpot 20-07-23 09:31

In a statement released on 19 July, Suella Braverman, the UK’s Secretary of State for the Home Department announced that the United Kingdom has revoked it’s visa-free travel agreement and has instead imposed visa requirements for nationals of several countries when entering the UK. Last month Canada opened up visa-free entry arrangements for passport holders of […]

Drakensberg cable car set to boost tourism

By Lorne Philpot 18-07-23 11:08

The Drakensberg is a naturally scenic part of South Africa with its spectacular mountain scenery. The area is a firm favourite among many South Africans who often view it as a convenient local option for mountain scenery and activities. READ MORE: Nelson Mandela Bridge temporarily closed for maintenance DRAKENSBERG MOUNTAINS The Drakensberg region is equivalent […]

No more! Why Seychelles now bans entry to one nation

By Lorne Philpot 18-07-23 10:48

The Seychelles is a bucket list holiday destination for many travellers from across the globe. However, Seychelles’ pristine beaches and idyllic waters are no longer available to genuine visitors and tourists from one nation. Social media platforms erupted in outrage last week following reports alleging that the Seychelles had imposed an entry ban on Nigerian […]

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