Update On South Africa


Published: August - 2005

As this issue goes to press, the big Africa story is a strike by South African Airways ground and cabin employees. At this writing, it has hundreds of subscribers on pins and needles about their flights to Johannesburg. By the time you read this, the event will have played itself out, of course, either ruining or not ruining many dozens of hunts in southern Africa.

I mention the strike here only to point out that it is events like this that make our E-Mail Extra Service so valuable. As soon as this strike was first mentioned, we released an immediate news bulletin, and we followed that up with another bulletin the next day. If you travel internationally to hunt, you need to upgrade your subscription to E-Mail Extra. You can do so by going to our web site. Simply click on Upgrade to E-Mail Extra.

Still in South Africa, by the time you read this, there will be quite likely be a crescendo of complaints about the time it is taking to get guns into the country. I was hearing of multi-hour waits in the airport by the end of last month. There were fears waiting times could stretch to four hours or more as the number of arriving hunters increases. My advice is to plan for this eventuality. Don't book a tight onward connection. Get off the plane resigned to your fate. Do not get angry or impatient.

In the midst of this turmoil, we have learned that Johan Coetzer, formally of the airport Meet and Greet Service, Optima, has left that firm and started his own company devoted to helping hunters get their guns into and out of the country. Coetzer earned many rave reviews while at Optima. With him no longer at Optima, we withdraw our previous recommendation of the company as anything more than a general airport expeditor service. Their expeditor service may well still be worth it, but we are not confident anyone there can handle the many details involved in clearing guns in and out of the country. For........(continued)

 
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