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KZN HOUSE OF TRADITIONAL LEADERS: KING ZWELITHINI’S SUCCESSOR MUST BE A UNIFIER
The institution said the late Zulu monarch espoused the principle of unity and the next leader of the Zulu nation must take this legacy forward.

FILE: Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini greets his supporters at The Moses Mabhida Football Stadium in Durban on 7 October 2018. Picture: AFP
FILE: Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini greets his supporters at The Moses Mabhida Football Stadium in Durban on 7 October 2018. Picture: AFP
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DURBAN - The KwaZulu-Natal House of Traditional Leaders said on Saturday it expected the successor of the late AmaZulu King Goodwill Zwelithini to be a unifier.

The institution said the late Zulu monarch espoused the principle of unity and the next leader of the Zulu nation must take this legacy forward.

King Zwelithini passed away in a Durban hospital on Friday following diabetes-related complications.

Chairperson of the KwaZulu-Natal House of Traditional Leaders Inkosi Phathisizwe Chiliza said they will respect and give the Zulu royal family time to appoint the late King Goodwill Zwelithini's successor.

READ: OBITUARY- Longest reigning King of AmaZulu Zwelithini a 'fountain of wisdom'

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Chiliza said they expected the next leader to follow in his footsteps.

“We expect a unifier as our king was and we strongly believe our king has done everything so that whoever in the family knows exactly what it is the people expect.”

READ: Zuma joins mourners at King Goodwill Zwelithini’s Nongoma home

King Goodwill Zwelithini had been receiving medical care for over a month before his passing.

The king, a known diabetic, was initially admitted for high glucose levels.

His family confirmed on Saturday that the monarch contracted COVID-19 while hospitalised but recovered.

WATCH: A week of mourning for KZN - King Goodwill Zwelithini passes away

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Flights banned and bookings cancelled as ‘South African variant’ causes reputation damage



The South African tourism industry says that the country risks losing out on millions of rands because of concerns around the so-called ‘South African-variant’ of Covid-19.

The variant, which was first discovered by scientists in the country, has unfairly led to South Africa being targeted as a destination for tourists to avoid, industry stakeholders told parliament last week.

Because of this, major lucrative events – such as the planned Lions rugby tour – were in jeopardy, and accommodation and flight bookings were already being cancelled.

In response, the Tourism Business Council of South Africa (TBCSA) said that the country needs to come out with a unified message indicating that 41 other countries have seen a similar variant and that it is not unique to South Africa.

There has been a push to refrain from referring to the virus as “the South African variant”, and instead use its scientific name of 501Y.V2.

A United States presidential proclamation published at the end of January blocked entry for individuals who were physically present in South Africa for a 14-day period prior to entry.

In February, the United Kingdom named South Africa on a list of 33 countries that will have to undergo compulsory hotel quarantine before entering the country.

Both of these countries have also advised their citizens against travelling to South Africa.

Airlines not flying to South Africa include Emirates and Virgin, while a number of airlines have announced significantly reduced schedules.

Countries effectively closed to travellers from South Africa include:

Australia
Algeria
Belgium
Croatia
France
The Gambia
Germany
Hong Kong
Laos
Mauritius
The Netherlands – plus flight ban
New Zealand
Peru
Saudi Arabia
Spain – plus flight ban
Switzerland
Turkey
UAE
The TBCSA noted that it is also impossible or arduous for foreigners to return home if they holiday In South Africa, meaning they are effectively blocked from visiting even if the borders are open.

Situation is dire

The TBCSA said that the current situation is dire as South Africa has seen a trickle of foreign tourists – mainly for work and family-related travel. This means they typically don’t use hotels or tourism businesses.

It said that it has already seen cancellations for flights and hotel bookings cancellations for the second-half of 2021 through to December.

“The British Lions tour likely to be cancelled or postponed or with limited/no spectators, while UK and Ireland fan bookings for travel are already being cancelled.

“This is a major tourism event and would be a great profile raiser and inspire confidence in destination South Africa – just when it’s needed.”

The group added that it expects very limited domestic leisure tourism from January – March 2021.

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