Cape Town International Airport has been recognised as Africa’s best. Cape Town International Airport won the award for Africa’s leading airport at the 2017 World Travel Awards Africa gala ceremony in Rwanda.
Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, congratulated CTIA on the award, which is voted for by the tourism industry and consumers.
“I would like to commend Deon Cloete and his team at Cape Town International Airport for flying South Africa’s flag high at these awards, once again being named as the continent’s best airport. Through our Cape Town Air Access partnership, we have added ten new direct routes and secured 11 expansions since the launch of our Project Khulisa growth strategy. We’ve seen an increase of 27% in international air arrivals in the past year. Improving air access has played a major role in driving this increase.”
In a statement, Deon Cloete, CTIA general manager, said: “Cape Town International Airport is delighted to have received this accolade as it recognises the commitment to excellence which has been shown by the whole of Airports Company South Africa and this particular airport in the last twelve months.
‘All indications are that we can expect a bumper peak season in Cape Town. The team is geared to do their bit to welcome all of our visitors.”
Cloete said October marked the start of the peak season when seasonal carriers launched their summer schedules. CTIA has already welcomed Edelweiss which connects Cape Town to Zurich, Condor which connects the city to Frankfurt and soon Lufthansa will start operating its Munich to Cape Town frequency.
Namibia's mobile phone network coverage has increased to 95 percent, while mobile subscriptions are at 119.16 per 100 people, the prime minister said.
Saara Kuungogelwa-Amadhila said this when she officially opened the 4th National ICT Summit in Windhoek. The information ministry is organizing the three-day summit with the theme "Leveraging ICT to Unlock Economic Opportunities for an Inclusive Society."
Kuungogelwa-Amadhila said Namibia's active mobile broadband subscribers increased from 1.5 million to 1.6 million people from June 2016 to June 2017. "Penetration of telecommunication services has improved rapidly due to the introduction of effective regulatory interventions aimed to ensure fair competition and consumer protection," she said.
The interventions, she added, resulted in the reduction of termination rates from one Namibia dollar and six cents (8 U.S. cents) to 10 Namibia cents (1 U.S. cent). She also said the introduction of the National Numbering Plan for mobile phones means that portability allows fixed and mobile numbers to move from one licensee to another without losing their number.
According to her, modern, reliable digital technologies and applications can significantly contribute to the economic strength, societal well-being and effective governance. "ICTs have brought new opportunities to people of all ages and in all countries, enabling them to achieve more in less time and to discover new ways of communicating and relaxing," she said.
Kuungogelwa-Amadhila, however, said that the benefits of ICT had not been spread equally as hoped. She pointed out that the failure to spread ICT benefits is a result of the unavailability of electricity in rural areas and the insufficient telecommunications backhaul infrastructure.
The prime minister added that the high cost of rolling out infrastructure as well as the low ICT literacy rate was inhibiting the uptake of e-commerce and internet access. "We are convinced that if all stakeholders work together, we can create new opportunities and leverage the power of ICTs to help people everywhere in our country," she concluded.
China has played a significant role in promoting development in Africa, and its Belt and Road Initiative would allow more African countries to better connect to global trade networks, several scholars told Xinhua in recent interviews.
The China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative, which aims to build a trade and infrastructure network connecting Asia with Europe and Africa along and beyond the ancient Silk Road trade routes, is a key project being implemented by the Chinese leadership to the benefit of African countries and beyond, said Kioko Mutua, a lecturer at the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Nairobi.
"For Africa, this is an opportunity to open much more to the world and let the world open to Africa," said Mutua.
In Africa, it is commonly believed that the initiative is worth supporting because it fits in well with plans by African countries to develop mega infrastructure projects, which are seen as critical to trade, especially increasing exports to the rest of the world.
"The Belt and Road Initiative is the biggest achievement amongst China's most impressive achievements in the last five years because it would shape the next phase of global trade for ages to come," said Ken Ogembo, who lectures at Kenyatta University in Kenya.
According to the Kenyan scholar, the Belt and Road Initiative stands to play a key role in balancing global trade and boost China's image in Africa.
"The coming out of China as a development partner in Africa in particular has endeared it to the people and helped to position its global image and influence," Ogembo told Xinhua.
Ogembo noted that a survey by CNN last year found that China was more popular than the United States among African students. In Kenya, a similar study revealed that more people prefer dealing with the Chinese than the Americans.
"China's overseas engagement has first led people to know who the Chinese are rather than being told, and is also portrayed as caring for the interests of Africa," Ogembo said.
While expressing appreciation for China's contribution to Africa's economic growth and social development, there is a general belief that China should play a bigger role in Africa and in global governance.
"The world expects China to do more in enhancing infrastructure overseas, providing aid to assist in combating diseases, peacekeeping and dealing with natural disasters by virtue of its growing role as a major global player," said Mutua.