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Africa’s Best Golf Tour Operator – AGAIN!

Africa's Best Golf Tour OperatorPlatinum Golf, Tours & Accommodation is has been awarded ‘Africa’s Best Golf Tour Operator 2015’ for the 2nd consecutive year in the World Golf Awards.

The award ceremony was held in the Algarve, Portugal last Saturday, and saw international leaders in golf hospitality taking the stage to accept their awards.  Categories included Best Golf Resort, Best Golf Course, Best Golf Tour Operator, and Best New Golf Course, divided per country and continent.

It is the 2nd year that the World Golf Awards have been held, with the aim to recognize service excellence and outstanding performance in the golf (tourism) industry.  World Golf Awards is a niche award run parallel to the World Travel Awards, which has been running for over 20 years.  Like with the World Travel Awards votes for the World Golf Awards were made by professionals working within the golf travel and tourism industry – senior executives, travel buyers, tour operators, agents and media professionals.  The public (golf tourism consumers) were also invited to vote.

Africa’s Best Golf Course and Africa’s Best Golf Hotel were swept away by the legendary Gary Player Country Club at Sun City and Legend Golf & Safari Resort in the Limpopo respectively.  Ernie Els Design was awarded World’s Golf Course Designer of the Year.

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For more information:


Platinum Golf, Tours & Accommodation

Ypie Kingma, Marketing & Sales

T:            +27 (0)44 384 0087




World Golf Awards:

Christopher Frost, Managing Director

T:            +44 (0)20 7925 0000




November 9, 2015

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Travelling to South Africa with under 18’s

Although travelling with minors may always have been challenge in itself, the South African government has per the 1st of June 2015 issued new rules as to what documentation is needed for these kids to enter South Africa.

Cape Town Tourism has kindly allowed us to share their very informative infographic (just click on it to enlarge):

Travelling to South Africa with under 18's




Why is the government changing the child laws?TOP

South African immigration authorities have noted that there is an unacceptably high volume of child trafficking over the country’s borders. The new laws aim to curb child trafficking but will result in considerable paperwork and advanced planning when travelling to and from South Africa with children.

When do the new laws come into effect?TOP

1 June 2015

Who does this affect?TOP

Anyone wanting to travel from or to South Africa with a child under the age of 18 years, parents who are travelling with their child but not their spouse and those who wish to send their child on a trip accompanied by someone other than a parent. Also if the child will be travelling alone.

What will we need?TOP

All children under the age of 18 leaving and entering South Africa will be required to have an unabridged birth certificate to accompany their passport.

What is an Unabridged Birth Certificate?TOP

It’s a birth certificate that reflects the particulars of both parents of the child.
All children born in South Africa after 14 March 2013 were issued with a valid unabridged birth certificate automatically and free of charge.
Everyone born before that, and those from countries who do not automatically issue unabridged certificates, must apply for the document well before their travel date.

Do I need an unabridged birth certificate to travel around within South Africa?TOP

No, but it will be required at all border controls by land, sea and air.

What about birth certificates which are not in English?TOP

Should the birth certificate be in any language other than English, it must be translated into English in a sworn document by an authority in the country of origin.

There is no such thing as an unabridged birth certificate in our country, what must we do?TOP

In the case of countries that do not issue unabridged birth certificates, a letter to this effect issued by the competent authority of the foreign country should be produced.

My child is adopted so our names are not on her birth certificate, what should I do?TOP

The parents of adopted children should produce proof of adoption by means of an adoption certificate.

I am travelling with my child but not my spouse, do I need anything else?TOP

If the child is travelling with only one of their parents, the traveller parent will be required to provide a passport and unabridged birth certificate (with particulars of the parents), as well as an affidavit stating that they have documentation from the other parent of the child to say that the child is permitted to travel. The parent will also be required to produce a court order giving the accompanying parent full parental responsibility. These documents may not be older than 12 weeks.
Legally separated parents should provide a court order when the other parent does not give consent.

My husband has passed away, what will I need in lieu of his consent?TOP

Should one of the parents be deceased, a death certificate must be produced.

My child is going on holiday with her aunt, what do we need to prepare?TOP

If a child is travelling with someone other than a parent, additional documents to be presented will include an affidavit from the parents or legal guardian to state that the child is allowed to travel with that person, the contact details of the parents or legal guardian and copies of the identity documents and passwords of the parents or legal guardian.
Where both the parents of the child are deceased and the child is travelling with a relative, the Director-General must approve such a person to enter into or depart from the Republic with said child. This affidavit may not be older than 3 months, dating from the date of travel.

My 17 year old son is going to spend a holiday with relatives in South Africa, he is flying alone, what do I need to do to?TOP

An unaccompanied child requires a passport, unabridged birth certificate (with particulars of parents), affidavit or court order signed by both parents or legal guardian stating that the child has their permission to travel, as well as their contact details. In addition, certified copies of the identity document or passport of the person the child is staying with in the destination, as well as a letter from the person receiving the child (to include contact details and physical addresses) is required.

I want to send a child who is in alternative care in South Africa on an overseas programme. What do I need?TOP

A child who is in alternative care should produce a certified copy of an authorisation letter from the Provincial Head of the Department of Social Development where the child resides on departing South Africa.

How to go about obtaining an unabridged birth certificate in South Africa?TOP

Parents are advised to apply for an unabridged birth certificate well in advance as the process may take months (the indicated time is between 3 and 8 weeks).
Apply at any branch of Home Affairs bringing:
- R 75 in cash
- Parent’s ID book, both parents ID numbers as well as the child’s ID number

You will be given forms to fill in.

What are the exceptions to the rule?TOP

On a school tour, one letter from the school principle will suffice as permission for the children to travel without their parents and in a school group.
Children on a ‘cruise-to-nowhere’. This is when a cruise ship travels returns to the same destination it departed from.

For more information

Contact South African Home Affairs for more:
To speak to someone call +27 (0)11 461 9252 (overseas callers), 0800 60 11 90 (within SA), or email

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Let’s make every day Mandela Day!

Let’s make every day Mandela Day!

Today would have been Nelson Mandela’s 97th birthday.  Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, or ‘Madiba’ as he is affectionately known, may not be here anymore in person, but it is heartwarming to see how he lives on in everybody’s lives.

To commemorate the 67 years Mandela has fought for social justice, Mandela Day is actually a global call to action to recognize that each individual has the power to change the world into a better place, the ability to make an impact. The Mandela Day campaign message is: “Nelson Mandela has fought for social justice for 67 years. We’re asking you to start with 67 minutes.”

“What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived.  It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead” – Nelson Mandela

Mandela Day was recognized in a declaration by the United Nations General Assembly.

If you go to Mandela Day’s website ( there is an overview of things you could do, activities you could join, or just general ideas of what you can do to make this world a better place.

If you happen to be in New York City this month, you can join in the festivities for the whole month!  New York is celebrating the birth of Nelson Mandela with a series of volunteer opportunities in New York City during the month of July which are jointly being coordinated by South African Tourism and the South African Consulate General.

Mandela will be commemorated with a schedule of events created in the spirit of Mandela’s leadership in inspiring community service and initiatives for positive change.

Now should you – literally – wish to follow in Mandela’s footsteps and visit South Africa, you may want to familiarize yourself with some iconic places which either had a big influence in Mandela’s life, or which commemorate to this date the great man that Mandela was.  There is a – what we here would call – ‘lekker’ app available in both the App Store as well as on Google Play: it is called Madiba’s Journey and takes you to Madiba-inspired tourist attractions and points-of-interest across South Africa.  Interesting to read and listen to before you get here, or handy to have available once you are here.

One of our latest posts on the Platinum Golf, Tours & Accommodation Google Plus page had the link to a virtual tour of Robben Island.  Again, well worth a visit and most realistic – should you not be able to visit in person…

Now let’s all go out and make this world a better place!  Let’s make every day a Mandela Day!


#MandelaDay #time2serve

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Platinum Golf nominated Africa’s Best Golf Tour Operator – World Golf Awards

Platinum Golf nominated Africa’s Best Golf Tour Operator – World Golf Awards

Platinum Golf, Tours & Accommodation is very proud to be nominated for the 2nd World Golf Awards in the category ‘Africa’s Best Golf Tour Operator 2015’, after winning the very same category last year.  World Golf Awards serves to celebrate and reward excellence in golf tourism, world class courses and golf destinations.

Golf tourism constitutes a vital segment in the global travel and tourism marketplace. The overwhelming success of the first year launch has created much discussion in the golf tourism world and this event will grow year on year. 2015 will see World Golf Awards returning to the Algarve in Portugal.

The worldwide voting process begins on 2nd March 2015 and closes 27th September 2015. Votes will be made by professionals working within the golf travel and tourism industry – senior executives, travel buyers, tour operators, agents and media professionals. Votes may also be cast by the public (golf tourism consumers). The voting works on a first-past-the-post system to ensure impartiality and independence. Votes are submitted online via the World Golf Awards website.

World Golf Awards is part of World Travel Awards, currently celebrating its 22nd anniversary as “the Oscars of the travel industry”.

You can vote for Platinum Golf, Tours & Accommodation via this link to the World Golf Awards – Africa’s Best Golf Tour Operator.

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Golfers’ Paradise – Knysna Wayside Inn

Golfers’ Paradise – Knysna Wayside Inn

From R 4 930.00 p.p.s.

4 nights B&B / 1 x golf at Pezula Championship Golf Course, Simola Golf Estate and Knysna Golf Course / self-drive (own vehicle)

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