NewsWrap: CT International sees 1.7million passengers pass through international terminal this year

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CT International sees 1.7million passengers pass through international terminal this year

Recent data has revealed that two way passengers through the Cape Town International Airport’s International terminal remained strong between January and August. The data had revealed that more than 1,7million passengers passed through the international terminal, exceeding pre pandemic levels by 107 percent and growing by 64percent compared to January and August last year. Data revealed that 90 percent of visitors to our shores here in Cape Town are from abroad while 10 percent are from neighbouring African countries.

Dutch Royal Family to visit SA this week

The Dutch Royal family are expected to visit South Africa this week at the invitation of President Cyril Ramaphosa. The Dutch royals will be visiting both Joburg and Cape Town during their three day visit with their visit intended to focus on the ties and partnerships between the Netherlands and South Africa. President Ramaphosa is expected to welcome King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on Thursday, where the president and the Dutch monarchs will meet in private.

Fake doctor re-arrested after escaping police custody

Another fake doctor has made headlines this past week, with Kingsley Leeto Chele being re-arrested after escaping from police custody. The police describe him as “a Facebook con artist who targeted women by misrepresenting himself as a doctor or a pharmacist and scamming them out of their hard earned money”. He is said to have used Facebook to target victims out of thousands of rand by having them invest in projects which did not exist.

Bird flu outbreak continuing to have a negative effect on the poultry industry 

The cost of the avian flu outbreak in the country is continuing to have a negative effect on the poultry industry. According to the South African Poultry Association more than 7million chickens had to be culled since the outbreak, leading to a shortage of eggs in South Africa. This has resulted in shoppers needing to fork out more for a tray of eggs as retailers have hiked prices, while others have put a limit on the number of eggs consumers can buy.

New AI chatbot to assist farmers with agricultural challenges 

A new artificial intelligence chatbot is proving invaluable for farmers struggling to overcome modern agricultural challenges, with food and climate experts seeing the technology as key in dealing with food insecurity caused by the challenges of global heating and the Ukraine war. AI-powered chatbots are expected to quickly transform agriculture and food systems to be more resilient and sustainable by assisting in the development of drought-resistant crops, early-warning systems against climate change-driven weather disasters and sustainable land management systems.

Written by: Keenan Williams

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