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SOUTH AFRICAN AIRWAYS HONORED FOR “BEST AIRLINE STAFF IN AFRICA” AT THE SKYTRAX 2018 WORLD AIRLINE AWARDS

South African Airways (SAA), the leading airline from the U.S. to South Africa with the most daily flights, was honored with the “Best Airline Staff in Africa” award at the 2018 World Airline Awards hosted by world renowned aviation experts Skytrax™. The award presented at a special ceremony held at the Farnborough International Airshow attributed South African Airways’ success to the efforts of all the ground and inflight staff in excelling to achieve high product quality and standards across all categories.

Skytrax™ is known worldwide as the leading, independent research authority on airline quality and service. The awards are based on a consumer satisfaction survey conducted each year by Skytrax™, giving travelers an opportunity to rate their experiences in the air and on the ground with over 200 airlines worldwide and ultimately serve as a global benchmark of airline excellence. “We are thrilled to, once again, be the proud recipient of the Best Airline Staff in Africa award from Skytrax” said Todd Neuman, executive vice president – North America for South African Airways. “This award is a reflection of the hard work and dedication of SAA employees globally as we showcase the very best in African hospitality. We will continue to strive to provide our customers with sterling service in our effort to maintain our standing as Africa’s most awarded airline.”SAA’slow cost carrier, Mango Airlines also secured the top spot for the “Best Low-Cost Carrier in Africa” for the third time at this year’s prestigious awards. SAA was also noted for “Best Business Class Lounge in Africa”, “Best Cabin Crew in Africa”, and “Best Airline Cabin Cleanliness in Africa”.

Earlier this year, Skytrax™, also awarded SAA with the 4-Star rating for the 16th year consecutive year, following detailed service audits of SAA Premium Business and Economy Class product and service across all customer-facing categories. For reservations and information, customers should visit www.flysaa.com or contact South African Airways at 1-(800) 722-9675.

About South African Airways

South African Airways (SAA), South Africa’s national flag carrier and the continent’s most awarded airline, serves over 75 destinations worldwide in partnership with SA Express, Airlink and its low cost carrier Mango. In North America, SAA operates daily nonstop flights from New York-JFK and direct flights from Washington D.C.-IAD (via Accra, Ghana and Dakar, Senegal) to Johannesburg. SAA has partnerships with United Airlines, Air Canada JetBlue Airways, American Airlines and Hawaiian Airlines, which offer convenient connections from more than 100 cities in the U.S. and Canada to SAA’s flights. SAA is a Star Alliance member and the recipient of the Skytrax 4-star rating for 16 consecutive years.

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Veteran US Diplomat Fears for Missing & Displaced Immigrant Children

Former U.S. Ambassador of Senegal Harriet L. Elam-Thomas, who currently sits on the advisory board of the University of Central Florida‘s The Center for the Study of Human Trafficking and Modern-Day Slavery program, is concerned about the welfare of approximately 1,500 missing immigrant children, as well as the most recent group separated from their parents at the border.
As someone who has personally witnessed human trafficking, I know how crucial it is for us to police the police, says Elam-Thomas. What is the vetting process for those responsible for these children? Who is accountable for keeping track of them? There needs to be a thorough investigation into their safety, and the loopholes that make children vulnerable in a foreign country with no parent to protect them.
A Career Minister, with 42 years in the U.S. Department of Americas Foreign Service serving in France, Turkey, Greece and Africa, the former Ambassador is heartbroken by the inhumane treatment of immigrant families seeking asylum.
My heart is heavy, my soul is troubled and my faith in my country is being tested each and every day. Where is our conscience? Where is our sense of justice? Where are our morals? Where are we?
Historically, America has a different approach to non-Western or Eastern European refugees or laborers attempting to immigrate to the U.S. The Polish, Irish, Lithuanians, and other white immigrants had the privilege to acquire ambiguous last names and assimilate into society. Black, brown and yellow people cannot hide or become invisible.
Despite our frequent condemnations of other nations human rights violations, our history of human rights violations is not one for which we can be proud. A country that was founded on slavery, racism and unequal treatment of others is repeating the ugly history we would like to forget. I still remember images of children torn from their mothers’ arms and sold at the slave markets. The new Smithsonian Museum – The National Museum of African American History and Culture begins with that sobering history. Scores of people of all races visit there on a daily basis (8,000 per day). Sadly, our current Administration continues to be insensitive to the suffering of innocent children. I doubt the toddlers,orthose young teenagers seeking asylum with their parents, are members of M-13.
From 1942-1945, the U.S. Government instituted laws to intern Japanese citizens after the attack on Pearl Harbor. The Japanese internment camps have come to be considered one of the most atrocious violations of American civil rights in the 20th century.
Until the presidents recent executive order, America was guilty, yet again, of manifesting the total opposite of the values that supposedly sets America apart from so many other governments. I cannot imagine being abroad and trying to explain the U.S. Government policy to foreign audiences this past month, or year.
Silence is consent. The unanimous outrage of so many citizens sparked change. We all must continue to use our voices and speak out against the atrocities happening on American soil.
Ambassador Harriet L. Elam-Thomas is Director of the University of Central Florida Diplomacy Program and author ofDiversifying Diplomacy: My Journey from Roxbury to Dakar.” Elam-Thomas’ stellar career with the U.S. Department of America’s Foreign Service spanned forty-two years, during which time President Bill Clinton appointed her to serve as the U.S. Ambassador to Senegal
The retired Ambassador will be in New York City from
June 25-July 2, 2018, to launch an initiative titled,
“CIVILITY STRATEGIES: HEALING APPROACHES THAT UNITE PEOPLE AND STRENGTHEN DEMOCRACY.

South African Airways Offer

SOUTH AFRICAN AIRWAYS OFFERS “SIZZLING SUMMER SAVINGS” FOR PEAK SEASON TRAVEL

Low Summer Fares from New York to South Africa, starting from $1,099* round-trip for travel June 1-August 10, 2018 (restrictions apply). Fort Lauderdale, FL (May 30, 2018) – South African Airways (SAA), the leading carrier from New York to South Africa with the only nonstop daily flight, offers “Sizzling Summer Savings” featuring the hottest fares of the summer for travel from New York (JFK) to Johannesburg, Cape Town, or Durban, South Africa. The fares start from $1,099* roundtrip (restrictions apply) and are available for purchase through June 06, 2018 for travel from June 1 to August 10, 2018. “It’s always a good time to visit South Africa, but SAA’s Sizzling Summer Savings has made it even better with affordable fares from the Big Apple to the Big Five,” said Todd Neuman, executive vice president, North America for South African Airways. “For those that have not made their summer travel plans yet, these low fares combined with our daily non-stop flights from New York makes South Africa the perfect vacation destination.” South African Airways is one of Africa’s most awarded airlines, honored with a 4-star rating for 16 consecutive years by Skytrax. South African Airways offers the most daily flights from the U.S. to South Africa with nonstop service from New York-JFK Airport and direct service from Washington, DC-Dulles Airport to Johannesburg via Accra, Ghana or Dakar, Senegal. Onboard, SAA offers an in-flight experience designed for pure comfort for long-haul travel. Our customers enjoy a spacious Economy Class cabin, gourmet cuisine and a selection of complimentary spirits and award-winning South African wines and generous checked baggage allowance. Also included are individual audio / visual entertainment systems that deliver an extensive menu of first-run movies, music choices, and games. Via our Johannesburg hub, SAA links the world to over 75 destinations across the African continent and Africa’s Indian Ocean islands.

To book the “Sizzling Summer Savings” or for additional information, travelers should visit www.flysaa.com, call SAA Reservations at 1-(800) 722-9675 or contact their professional travel consultant. As one of the leading airlines in Africa, SAA also offers other low fares to over 75 other exciting destinations throughout continent.

About South African Airways

South African Airways (SAA), South Africa’s national flag carrier and the continent’s most awarded airline, serves over 75 destinations worldwide in partnership with SA Express, Airlink and its low cost carrier Mango. In North America, SAA operates daily nonstop flights from New York-JFK and direct flights from Washington D.C.-IAD (via Accra, Ghana and Dakar, Senegal) to Johannesburg. SAA has partnerships with United Airlines, Air Canada JetBlue Airways, and American Airlines, which offer convenient connections from more than 100 cities in the U.S. and Canada to SAA’s flights. SAA is a Star Alliance member and the recipient of the Skytrax 4-Star rating for 16 consecutive years.

*RESTRICTIONS: Fares are valid for roundtrip travel in economy class, and include all government and airline imposed taxes and fees. Valid for travel 06/01/2018 – 08/10/2018. The $1099* fare is valid for midweek travel (Monday to Thursday) from New York (JFK) to Johannesburg (JNB). Fares must be purchased within 72 hours of reservation being made, or by 06/06/2018, whichever is first. Minimum stay: Must stay over one Sunday for fares to apply. Maximum stay: 3 months. Seats are limited and may not be available on all flights. Cancellations before/after departure: fares and carrier imposed fees (YR/YQ/Q) are non-refundable. Date change fee: $300 plus any applicable fare difference. Administrative fees may also apply. Infant (not occupying a seat) discount -Pays 10% of the adult fare. Baggage and optional service fees may apply. Reservations made 7 days or more prior to scheduled departure may be canceled without penalty up to 24 hours after the reservation is made.

South African Airways

Fort Lauderdale, FL (May 22, 2018) – South African Airways (SAA), the national flag carrier of South Africa, launches the “Awesome Africa Sale” with the lowest fares of the season for travel from either New York (JFK) or Washington DC (IAD) to Johannesburg or Cape Town, South Africa. Also included is travel from Washington DC (IAD) to Accra, Ghana on SAA’s four-times weekly service. The fares start from $749* roundtrip (restrictions apply) and are available for purchase through May 29, 2018, for travel this fall from October 26 to November 30, 2018. Other low fares are available for travel between October 1 – 25, 2018, for just $829* roundtrip (restrictions apply). “Our Awesome Africa sale fares offer an affordable opportunity to fly home to visit friends and family, or take that special dream vacation,” said Todd Neuman, executive vice president, North America for South African Airways. “These low fares, combined with SAA’s world-class service and warm African hospitality, offer a high quality experience and tremendous value for travelers.” South African Airways is one of Africa’s most awarded airlines, having been honored with a 4-star rating for the 16th consecutive year by Skytrax. South African Airways offers the most daily flights from the U.S. to South Africa with nonstop service from New York-JFK Airport and direct service from Washington, DC-Dulles Airport to Johannesburg via Accra, Ghana or Dakar, Senegal. Onboard, SAA offers an in-flight experience designed for pure comfort for long-haul travel. Our customers enjoy a spacious Economy Class cabin, gourmet cuisine and a selection of complimentary spirits and award-winning South African wines and generous checked baggage allowance. Also included are individual audio / visual entertainment systems that deliver an extensive menu of first run movies, music choices, and games. Via our Johannesburg hub, SAA links the world to over 75 destinations across the African continent and Africa’s Indian Ocean islands. For additional information and reservations, travelers should visit www.flysaa.com or contact SAA Reservations at 1(800) 722-9675.

About South African Airways

South African Airways (SAA), South Africa’s national flag carrier and the continent’s most awarded airline, serves over 75 destinations worldwide in partnershipwith SA Express, Airlink and its low cost carrier Mango. In North America, SAA operates daily nonstop flights from New York-JFK and direct flights from Washington D.C.-IAD (via Accra, Ghana and Dakar, Senegal) to Johannesburg. SAA has partnerships with United Airlines, Air Canada JetBlue Airways, and American Airlines, which offer convenient connections from more than 100 cities in the U.S. and Canada to SAA’s flights. SAA is a Star Alliance member and the recipient of the Skytrax 4-Star rating for 16 consecutive years.

*RESTRICTIONS: Fares are valid for roundtrip travel and include all government and airline imposed taxes and fees. Valid for travel 10/26/2018 – 11/30/2018. The $749* fare is valid for travel from New York (JFK) or Washington Dulles (IAD) to Johannesburg (JNB). Valid for travel 10/1/2018 – 10/25/2018. The $829* fare is valid for travel from New York (JFK) or Washington Dulles (IAD) to Johannesburg (JNB). Fares are valid for travel on Monday –Thursday. Weekend (Friday – Sunday) surcharges will apply. Fares must be purchased within 72 hours of reservation being made, or by 5/29/2018, whichever is first.

Minimum stay: Must stay over one Sunday for fares to apply.

Maximum stay: Return travel commence on or before 12/09/18. Seats are limited and may not be available on all flights. Cancellations before/after departure: fares and carrier imposed fees (YR/YQ/Q) are non-refundable. Date change fee: $300 plus any applicable fare difference. Administrative fees may also apply. Infant (not occupying seat) discount – Pays 10% of the adult fare. Baggage and optional service fees may apply. Reservations made 7 days or more prior to scheduled departure may be canceled without penalty up to 24 hours after the reservation is made.

Celebrating Mandela’s 100th

South African Airways Vacations® (SAA Vacations®), the leisure
division of South African Airways, introduces a new package to celebrate the centennial year of Nelson
Mandela’s birth.

The 8-night air-inclusive “Celebrating Mandela’s 100th” package priced at $2,499* (restrictions apply), will take travelers in the footsteps of the new South Africa’s founding father, visiting places where key moments of the struggle for freedom took place.

The package highlights include a Robben Island tour, where
Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 18 years, an urban cultural tour of the township of Langa in Cape Town
with a hands-on, fun-filled cooking session that takes place in a local family home.

Other features include a visit
to the World Heritage Site of the Cradle of Humankind and a visit to the legendary Apartheid Museum in
Johannesburg.

This poignant and meaningful package includes deluxe accommodations at the Sun Square Cape Town City Bowl, and Southern Sun Katherine Street in Johannesburg’s Sandton area.
“Nelson Mandela was an influential part of my childhood whilst growing up in South Africa” said Terry
von Guilleaume, president of SAA Vacations. “This package takes you to some of the places which were
instrumental in his journey from apartheid South Africa to becoming President. We hope to give the visitor a glimpse of what South Africa was like during those years and its transformation to becoming a democracy. We invite guests to experience this powerful and fascinating part of the country’s history.”

To book the “Celebrate Mandela’s 100th” package call SAA Vacations’ Africa Specialists at 1-855-359-
7228 or a professional travel consultant.

South African Airways Vacations offers air-inclusive vacation options
for all budgets, with experts on hand to ensure its clients experience the vacation of their dreams.

For more vacation packages to Southern, Eastern, and Western Africa, please visit www.flysaavacations.com.

About South African Airways Vacations®

A division of South African Airways(SAA), South African Airways Vacations® (SAA Vacations®) is highly regarded for its wide array of
affordable luxury packages to Africa and uses SAA’s extensive route network to create packages for travel throughout South Africa,
Botswana, Victoria Falls, Namibia, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Tanzania, Senegal, Ghana and the Indian Ocean Islands.

Offering more than 80 air-inclusive packages, which range from value to superb luxury. Our specialty-themed programs offer unique
experiences, whether you are interested in safaris, culture, cuisine, romance and adventure. The program is managed and fulfilled by
Destination Southern Africa (DSA), which was founded in 2001 and offers an extensive portfolio of tour programs with a variety of hotels,
game lodges and safari companies throughout Southern Africa.

About South African Airways

South African Airways (SAA), South Africa’s national flag carrier and the continent’s most awarded airline, serves over 75 destinations
worldwide in partnership with SA Express, Airlink and its low cost carrier Mango.

In North America, SAA operates daily nonstop flights from
New York-JFK and direct flights from Washington D.C.-IAD (via Accra, Ghana and Dakar, Senegal) to Johannesburg. SAA has partnerships
with United Airlines, Air Canada JetBlue Airways, American Airlines and Hawaiian Airlines, which offer convenient connections from more
than 100 cities in the U.S. and Canada to SAA’s flights. SAA is a Star Alliance member and the recipient of the Skytrax 4-star rating for 16
consecutive years.

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Marieme releases ‘What’s Cool’

Marieme, the bold Senegalese artist who just released her self-titled debut EP via Caroline has contributed What’s Cool, a new original song, to the soundtrack for the forthcoming film I FEEL PRETTY. The track, which was released by Sony Masterworks, is available for download / streaming HERE, where the soundtrack can also be pre-ordered. View the What’s Cool video HERE. The film and accompanying soundtrack will be released on April 20.

Born amidst a war between the African nation of Mauritania and Senegal, Marieme’s unique upbringing shaped her into a brutally veracious artist with a captivating and socially-conscious voice. She will be performing at School Night at Bardot in Los Angeles on May 14.

Marieme caught the ear of the film’s music supervisor, Jason Markey, who thought her music, which explores themes of self-reliance, change, and evolution, would be a good fit for I Feel Pretty. Listen for What’s Cool during the dance party sequence, a key scene in the film.

Jason Markey says, Marieme’s song, What’s Cool is just one of those songs, when you hear it and see it to picture, it just works. I showed the song cut into the scene to Amy Schumer and she instantly told me, It’s perfect, don’t change a thing, and we didn’t.

I FEEL PRETTY, a woman who struggles with feelings of deep insecurity and low self-esteem, that hold her back every day, wakes from a brutal fall in an exercise class believing she is suddenly a supermodel. With this newfound confidence she is empowered to live her life fearlessly and flawlessly, but what will happen when she realizes her appearance never changed? View the trailer HERE