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In cooperation with SANParks the joint venture will manage operate and maintain the Skukuza Safari Lodge and the Nombolo Mdhluli Conference Centre situated adjacent to the lodge. SANParks noted the intervention was also a deliberate effort to create broad-based black economic empowerment opportunities and advance transformation of the tourism industry. In the past 20 years, this strategy earned SANParks an income of R1.512 billion through its public-private partnerships. The revenue generated contributes significantly to the funding of conservation and the overall sustainability of SANParks. ALSO READ: Sod turned for construction to begin on new Kruger Park lodge



After being closed for almost two years, Emirates has reopened their premium lounge at OR Tambo International Airport.

If you have ever wondered why people fork out tens of thousands of rands to fly first class or business class, Emirates will show you just how comfortable all that cash can make your travelling journey.

The Citizen was invited to the official relaunch of the Emirates lounge at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg earlier this week where we got a little taste of how the other 1% of passengers travel.

If we are judging the ‘book by its cover’ [the stylish and comfortable lounge], we can only imagine how luxurious and relaxing a first class or business class trip with the airline is. There’s no scrambling around to find a seat at a coffee shop, a charging point for your cell-phone or laptop, or having to squad on the hard metal chairs when your flight is delayed.

In the Emirates lounge, you can sit back in the newly re-upholstered leather chairs, sip on a glass of Champagne and enjoy a delicious, warm meal while you wait to board your flight.

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Fly better with Emirates

Addressing the media at the relaunch, Afzal Parambil, Regional Manager of Emirates South Africa said the airline goes through great lengths to deliver ever better experiences for their customers.

“Our signature services are distinctive, personalised and meticulously designed to provide a high standard of service and quality that premium customers have come to expect of the brand,” he said.

Parambil added that the dedicated lounge in Johannesburg underpin their efforts and commitment to serve Johannesburg and is integral in offering a seamless travel experience for their premium customers.

What Emirates premium customers get

  • Chauffeur driven service to the airport
  • Dedicated check-in counters and priority baggage
  • Relaxed and formal seating in the lounge
  • Fully equipped business centre with six state of the art touch screen workstations
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi and LED TV’s
  • Restroom with showers
  • Prayer room
  • Range of luxury spa products
  • Extensive complimentary buffet that includes a spread of local, Middle Eastern, Asian and European dishes, along with classic South African desserts
  • Selection of fine wine and beverages

39 lounges across the world

Emirates has a vast network of 39 airport lounges:

  • 7 in Dubai
  • Auckland
  • Bangkok
  • Birmingham
  • Boston
  • Cairo
  • Cape Town
  • Colombo
  • Dusseldorf
  • Frankfurt
  • Glasgow
  • Hamburg
  • London Gatwick
  • London Heathrow
  • Los Angeles
  • Manchester
  • Melbourne
  • Milan
  • Munich
  • New York
  • Paris
  • Perth
  • Rome
  • San Francisco
  • Singapore Sydney
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