COVID -19 Wednesday Sessions

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Join GBTA SA every Wednesday from 10h00 to 11h00 for our weekly conversations that count during the COVID 19 lockdown when we discuss topics relevant to the travel industry.

Take the survey and give us your topics and your opinion.

Click here to register for the weekly Wednesday session which are from 10h00 to 11h00.


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This weeks Conversation that counts:

5 August

We launched our #travelcares

Previous conversations that count:

29 July

This Wednesday our guest is CEO of ASATA Otto de Vries.

20 July

On Wednesday 20 July our guest was Evelyn Ralphs, General Manager at SwissCham Southern Africa – South Africa Chapter.

SwissCham is an independent Chamber of Commerce & Industry, their purpose is to further trade relations between Swiss and South African Companies, and to assist in the development of industry and commerce within the business community.

15 July

This week we were joined by Sandile Ntseoane the General Manager of SAVRALA.

8 July

We started July with our first monthly conversation with two 2 travel buyers and we ask them to share their thoughts, need and wants as developments unfold in these trying times.

Joining us were Madren Pitsi and Joey Kganyago.

Madren Pitsi is Travel Analyst Africa & Middle East for Cummins and Joey Kganyago is Travel Manager Corporate Travel IDC   Please create your own login in Microsoft Teams – this will enable you to be able to use the chat function within the meeting.

1 July

We are delighted to have Chris Zweigenthal who currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of AASA joining us for this weeks conversation that counts.

24 June 2020

This Wednesday our guest was none other than Festive-Road’s Paul Tilstone. Festive-Road has a “Framework” that promises to help us get to designing appropriate policies and procedures for travel post Covid-19.  Join this week’s conversation that counts.

To read more about the Framework: https://www.festive-road.com/the-permissible-travel-framework/


17 June 2020

Without government bailouts, how does the future of Aviation in Africa look like? 

Wednesday 17 June 2020 Robyn Christie had a “Conversation that Counts” with Manoj Papa.

As a well known and much loved Aviation industry expert, Manoj brings to the table more than 20 years of aviation experience driving successful business operations and enhancing corporate productivity.  With a strategic vision and proven record of achieving targets and of turning around loss-making operations as an executive, his many years of international experience have fostered a keen insight and an eye for producing an immediate impact upon profitability.


6 May

Gert Kriel from FirstRand presented GBTA SA Post COVID Travel Risk.  Gert has over 42 years’ experience within the Human Resources and Risk Management portfolios across the banking, retail and military sectors.  In this time of heightened uncertainty we thought it appropriate to engage with an expert to hear about his view on the changing landscape and the effect it may have on Policy and duty of care responsibilities for your organisation.


13 May

This week Andy Williams from SafeHotels joined our conversation.  SafeHotels have just launched a Covid-19 Standard and Certification for hotels. Andrew discussed the importance of having a standard for all hotels and other types of accommodation regarding fire, safety and security. During this time is is important to work on plans and having schedules for training to ensure the hotel industry builds confidence and trust moving forward.

All accommodation is supported and can become a certified establishment.

There is a process to be followed to become a certified establishment and only following an onsite audit inspection will SafeHotels issue an actual Certificate to the hotels. Contact Robyn Christie for more information.

To download the list of Safehotels click here


27 May

Meet Zuks Ramasia, newly appointed CEO of the Board of Airline Representatives South Africa BARSA and the exco of BARS in this session.


3 June

We were joined by Amanda Mvinjelwa from ACSA. The session was interesting and insightful.

GBTA’s incredible Robyn Christie and Amanda Mvinjelwa from ACSA

10 June

International SOS and GBTA Southern Africa bring insight into Travel Safely. The webinar will be available online from 24 June 2020. Click here to read about the webinar.

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