SOUTH AFRICAN GOVERNMENT COVID-19 WEBSITE: www.sacoronavirus.co.za
COVID-19 UPDATE | 21 SEPTEMBER
As announced in the presidential address on the 16th of September 2020, South Africa will be moving to level 1 of the level 5 risk-adjusted strategy as of Thursday, 1st of October 2020. This announcement means that there will be further easing of restrictions on certain economic activities, including the opening of international travel for business and leisure. Please take note that international travel will be subject to various containment and mitigation measures as per amendments to the Regulations issued in terms of section 27(2) of the Disaster Management Act, 2002 applicable to Alert Level 1.
We, Monateng Safari Lodge, are thrilled at the prospect of being able to welcome back international travellers for a great holiday again. Although restrictions on travel will be eased, kindly note that the health and safety protocols, particularly the wearing of masks, frequent sanitisation etiquette’s and maintaining social distancing parameters will remain in place for the safety of guests and staff members. We thank you for your continued support and look forward to making everlasting holiday memories with you and your loved ones once again.
As our further commitment to you during these trying times and knowing how much you are looking forward to being able to visit your home-away-from-home:
Options is giving shareholders the option to deposit any week(s) which have been lost, due to the nationwide lockdown and/or the extended closure of the Resort, in return for tokens to the full value of your respective week!
These tokens can be used to book an alternate holiday from the Options pool for a future Resort-stay. You will only be required to pay an Exchange Fee, when you use the tokens, to make a booking from the available multitude of Resort-destinations. This means that you can scroll through the hundreds of available holiday weeks, across multiple much-loved holiday Resorts to find the perfect match for your family, resulting in many cherished holiday memories.
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COVID-19 OUTBREAK UPDATE | 18 AUGUST
Monateng Safari Lodge is thrilled to announce, that as per the latest Government Gazette, inter-provincial leisure travel has been approved.
On Saturday, 15 August, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that South Africa would be moving from alert level 3 to alert level 2 (as of Tuesday, 18 August). Rest assured that the Monateng Safari Lodge team, alongside VRS-Managing Agent, will continue to comply with government’s industry-specific stringent controls and measures, as well as our own health and safety protocols to provide you with a safe and comfortable holiday environment. We look forward to welcoming you and your loved ones to our Resort for a much deserved holiday as we create even more everlasting holiday memories.
COVID-19 OUTBREAK UPDATE | 03 AUGUST 2020
Monateng Safari Lodge is excited to announce, that as per the latest Government Gazette, intra-provincial leisure travel has been approved. For this reason, Monateng is now open for leisure travellers who reside in the Gauteng province.
As we work to prepare Monateng for your imminent arrival, rest assured that our dedicated team will comply with government’s industry-specific stringent controls and measures, as well as our own health and safety protocols to provide you with a safe holiday environment. Further updates will be provided with regards to inter-provincial travel as soon as information is supplied by the Department of Tourism. We thank you for your patience as we work to navigate these challenging times.
COVID-19 OUTBREAK UPDATE | 13 JUNE 2020
With the increase in COVID-19 cases in South Africa and the recent surge within Gauteng, the government has issued more stringent regulations in terms of amendments to the Regulations issued in terms of section 27(2) of the Disaster Management Act, 2002 applicable to Alert Level 3 (“Regulations”).
Kindly be advised that due to this most recent presidential address and the new regulations to be enforced, that leisure travel is not permitted under level 3 regulations. Please understand that in the best interest and safety of our guests, as well as our staff, and to ensure we abide by the South African lockdown laws, we have had no choice but to suspend the occupation of Monateng Safari Lodge for intra-provincial leisure travel purposes. We have also been advised that government may look to re-engage with the tourism industry about the possibility of opening accommodation facilities again for intra-provincial leisure purposes. We hope and trust that this will happen within the next month. We thank you for your ongoing support and will provide an update as soon as further information becomes available.
COVID-19 OUTBREAK UPDATE | 18 JUNE 2020
As announced in the South African presidential address on the eve of the 17th of June 2020, President Cyril Ramaphosa stated that the further easing of restrictions on certain economic activities, such as accredited and licensed accommodation, will soon come into effect. While we eagerly await the specific and stringent safety requirements and protocols necessary, as well as the permitted date for continued operations, know that Monateng Safari Lodge is ecstatic and cannot wait to receive shareholders and guests.
The Monateng Team’s focus, in the coming days, lies in preparing your preferred Resort for your imminent arrival. Rest assured, the new requirements and protocols will soon be enforced and continually adhered to, alongside our own health and safety measures to ensure that you and your family may enjoy a relaxing holiday once more. We thank you for your patience and look forward to making the announcement for our reopening soonest.
COVID-19 OUTBREAK UPDATE | 25 MAY 2020
Last night, on the 24th of May 2020, President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed the nation with plans to slowly reopen the economy by phasing into level 3 of the 5 level risk-adjusted strategy from the 01st of June 2020. While this is a step in the right direction to return to normal operations, kindly note that, as part of the tourism and hospitality sector, Monateng Safari Lodge will remain closed to the public. South African Tourism Minister, Nkhensani Kubayi-Ngubane, has informed the sector that lodging and accommodation must remain closed, under government regulation, until the phasing in of level 1.
The Monateng team believes that self-catering Resorts are perfect for social-distancing-friendly holidays. Families can prepare their meals and enjoy each other’s company in the comfort of their own space and accommodation. While the Monateng team stands with other key tourism industry properties to allow self-catering holidays to reopen, we remain committed to providing a safe and secure environment for shareholders and guests to return to and will continue to monitor the on-going communications to reopen the tourism sector sooner.
As addressed in his speech, the President mentioned the collective proposals being considered, which have been put forth by the tourism sector to prepare and reopen the industry. While we do not yet know when this will be, our hope remains that we will be able to welcome you to the Lodge soonest.
We thank you for your support and patience as we navigate these trying times.
UPDATE: RESORT NOTICE LOCKDOWN | 01 MAY 2020
In accordance with the presidential address on the 23rd of April 2020, Monateng Safari Lodge will be adhering to the nationwide lockdown and will remain closed to the public, until it is deemed safe and appropriate to return to normal operations. As per the 5-level-risk-adjusted strategy imposed by the South African government, the tourism industry, as informed by Minister Nkhensani Kubayi-Ngubane, will only be allowed to reopen at Level 1. This will mean that the Lodge will, at this stage, be allowed to welcome check-ins after the lockdown has been lifted.
The Monateng Team is working diligently in this time to prepare the Resort for reopening, implementing viable management solutions for the safety of all our guests. We humbly ask for your patience in regards to service levels as we navigate this challenging time together.
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UPDATE: RESORT NOTICE LOCKDOWN | 14 APRIL 2020
In line with the Presidential address on 09 April 2020, we will strictly be adhering to the enforcement of the lockdown. Government has ordered South Africans to stay at home except for essential purposes and has ordered all non-essential services to suspend operations up until Friday, 27 April 2020.
Kindly take note that in compliance with government regulations, the resort will be on lockdown until the 27th of April 2020. This will mean that the resort will only allow check-ins after the lockdown period.
Also, please be advised that, in line with official COVID-19 advisories and the legislated lock down, our VRS Head Office and all associated and satellite offices will be closed during the lockdown period.
Our usual online options remain available.
Please be advised that we do have contingency plans in place to enable us to continue working remotely, on a skeleton staff basis, to provide for urgent and essential services ongoing.
Thank you kindly for your ongoing support and understanding in this regard.
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UPDATE: SHAREHOLDER NOTICE | 24 MARCH 2020
Please be advised that, in line with official COVID-19 advisories and the legislated lock down, our VRS Head Office and all associated and satellite offices will be closed until after the shutdown period.
Our usual online options remain available. Please be advised that we do have contingency plans in place to enable us to continue working remotely, on a skeleton staff basis, to provide for urgent and essential services ongoing.
We may, however, require some time to finalise the implementation of the related infrastructure, but we will be operational within the soonest possible time frame.
We request that you do take into consideration additional factors outside of our control, that may impact on set up and ongoing operation during this official closure period; such as Eskom Load Shedding, movement and travel restrictions, etc.
Thank you kindly for your ongoing support and understanding in this regard.
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Please be aware that Government Regulations surrounding the South African lockdown and COVID-19 are continuously being amended and updated. As such, we remain committed to providing you with relevant communications which are accurate and reflect the latest updates at the time of publishing. These regulations are subject to change and may need to be reviewed on occasion. We thank you for your understanding.