WATCH | Tatjana Schoenmaker gets ‘shosholoza’ welcome from Team SA

Tatjana Schoenmaker has received a rousing - and well-deserved - welcome from her Team SA compatriots at the Olympic Village in Tokyo

WATCH | Tatjana Schoenmaker gets ‘shosholoza’ welcome from Team SA

South Africa’s golden swimming star Tatjana Schoenmaker received a rousing – and well-deserved – welcome from her Team SA compatriots at the Olympic Village in Tokyo on Friday.

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Earlier in the day, the 24-year-old won South Africa’s first – and only at this stage – gold medal of the delayed 2020 Tokyo Olympics when she smashed the women’s 200m breaststroke world record in touching the wall first.

Schoenmaker posted 2:18.95 which was 0.16 quicker than Denmark’s Rikke Moller Pedersen’s old mark.

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The medal was South Africa’s 89th of all time and the 20th won in swimming since 1904.

It was also the first medal of any colour by a South African female swimmer since the bronze picked up by Penny Heyns in the 100m breaststroke at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

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Tatjana Schoenmaker matched Heyns in winning the 200m breaststroke gold at an Olympic Games as the latter did in 1996 in Atlanta.

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Earlier in the week, Schoenmaker took the silver in the 100m breaststroke.

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Watch below as chants of “shosholoza” greeted Schoenmaker as she arrived back at the Team SA Olympic Village.

Source : The South African More   

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Hurry up and wait: Cathay Pacific delays restart of SA flights to 2022

Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific Airlines is unlikely to restart flights between Hong Kong and South Africa until next year.

Hurry up and wait: Cathay Pacific delays restart of SA flights to 2022

Cathay Pacific is unlikely to be returning to South Africa this year due to the ongoing entry restrictions against South African travellers.. The inability to carry passengers from South Africa on its flights makes it unviable for the airline to start up flights on the route.

According to Travel News, the airline says it will not drop South Africa from its route network as it still sees the potential in the route and hopes to resume its Johannesburg-Hong Kong route in the future.

“We will definitely be returning to South Africa when restrictions ease, and still see strong commercial opportunities for this route, but it looks unlikely that the suspension of the route will be lifted this year,” Cathay Pacific head of sales  Shanna West said.

DESPERATE TIMES FOR AIRLINES

Like most international airlines, Cathay Pacific has suffered tremendously over the last year and a half due to travel bans and other restrictions which have led to a global slump in demand for air travel.

Cathay Pacific’s chief customer and commercial officer Ronald Lam says though its passenger volumes have shown improvement compared to the same time last year, they are still just a shadow of what they were before the global pandemic.

Cathay Pacific’s latest figures show that the airline carried 40 651 passengers for the month of June 2021, which is an increase of 50% compared with those of June 2020   However, this still represents a 98,7% decrease in passenger volumes from June 2019.

“On June 25 we carried 2 011 passengers – the most of any day so far in 2021. Capacity has significantly increased by about 131% compared with May 2021, however, we still operated at only about 8% of our June 2019 pre-pandemic capacity. However, overall recovery continues to be affected by travel restrictions,” Lam said.

CONTINGENCY PLANS IN PLACE

Cathay Pacific has entered an interline agreement with Emirates Airlines – which allows inbound passengers to travel to Johannesburg via Dubai. The arrangement, however, does not permit passengers originating in South Africa to fly to Hong Kong with Emirates’ flights from Johannesburg.

“Cathay Pacific is yet to resume schedules to South Africa but rest assured that we remain committed to servicing the Johannesburg route as soon as the situation allows. In the interim, we are pleased to see the resumption of our Hong Kong to Dubai flights with a twice-weekly schedule. Passengers can fly into South Africa via our interline with Emirates Airline,” said Shanna.

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