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  • Marc_ACB
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    I have read that tourists use only 1% of the water that is consumed. I cannot vouch for that figure. Personally I am against increasing tourist numbers, there are already too many, but I realise that my point of view will not be shared by the many people whose livelihood depends on tourist income.

    Annual visit to S Africa next month, we were planning on a week in the Western Cape, but will go to the Natal Drakensberg instead and stay in Durban for the rest of our stay. Thanks for the ongoing advice.

    As a Durban boy (now living in London) but with family still in the KZN Midlands and the Drakensberg, or as you may hear “uKhahlamba” let me know if you need recommendations for an awesome restaurant/hotel.


    Marc_ACB
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    In the late 90s BA (with the Utopia tailfins) used to do hop/jump flight LHR/JNB/DUR which was I thought popular (the route, not the tailfins) but it was withdrawn in favour of the hub and spoke that BA/Comair have now.


    Marc_ACB
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    I’m a South African (Durbanite), living in London with strong ties to SF and Sydney so the water issue in Cape Town has been on my radar for a while. I came across this Californian article/blog a while back and makes for an interesting read.

    http://www.spur.org/publications/urbanist-article/2016-07-07/learning-australia-s-millennium-drought

    Something needs to be done! But are desalination plants the silver bullet Capetonians are in desperate need of? Or a millstone around the neck of future generations?
    I don’t assume to have the answer here. I agree there has been widespread water (and other resources) mismanagement in the Western Cape (and across the whole of RSA) and the answer probably lies in a mix of water sources (i.e. not over reliant on any one source), but it’s too little too late.

    In the meantime, as a non-resident, I can only support the OP and request that conscientious tourists avoid travel to the Mother City.


    Marc_ACB
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    Is there an option of having a month or so stop over in London, then continue to DUB. This leg could be the start of your next EX-DUB flight pattern.


    Marc_ACB
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    Off topic, but still on headphones. If you use Bluetooth headphones to connect to iPad/iPhone and the instructions are not to use these during taxi, take-off and landing. When exactly does take-off end? When can one turn these Bluetooth devices on?

    I tend to go with when the crew unbuckle or plane levels out. Just something random going through my head on yesterdays flights.

    in reply to: In ear or Over Ear ?

    Marc_ACB
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    With Anglo-Spanish IAG and QR having significant ownerships, and probably other non-British entities and shareholders too, what percentage of BA is British owned?

    I seem to recall that BA have a special voting share, to ensure that the votes capable of being cast by UK shareholders of BA need never fall below a majority. So legally, BA would always be “British Controlled/Owned”. I cant a similar article in the Memorandum and Articles of VA.


    Marc_ACB
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    I’ve just tried to book a new HBO flight LHR-DUB and the message that pops up on the app is “Executive Club and oneworld equivalent members cannot choose seats for free or take additional checked bags with this fare”


    Marc_ACB
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    So I’m just back from BCN – LGW.

    BARCELONA – LONDON GATWICK (M/N)
    BA8144(Operated by: Vueling Airlines)

    There was a definite NO to lounge access at BCN, the lovely and friendly lady on the desk had a list off all the BA Gold Cardholders flying Vueling who had complained that day about no entry (I was coming back from the ABS conference, so there were a fair few). I did however get Avios and tier points for the flight and it counted as 1 of my 4 eligible flights to retain gold. So I am well and truly confused.


    Marc_ACB
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    Thanks for the collective wisdom. I wish BA/IAG would have a more definitive policy on their non-OW subsidiaries.

    I will post my experience in a few weeks.


    Marc_ACB
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    My favourite from the last 12 months was probably my shortest BA flight too. VFA to JNB, but since South Africa lifted the yellow fever vaccination requirement for flights departing Zambia, this VFA-JNB makes a quick stop in LVI, so from take off in VFA to landing in LVI it’s 10/15 minutes. What you get though is some of the best views of the Victoria Falls.


    Marc_ACB
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    Good luck – hope this can be resolved.

    in reply to: BA – Advice please!

    Marc_ACB
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    How far out is the flight? I would try calling BA Gold again (its amazing how different call takers can do different things), explain the situation and see what they can do.

    As you both have free seat booking at time of purchase, did you get an email confirming your seat requests?

    in reply to: BA – Advice please!

    Marc_ACB
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    Thanks all.

    @canucklad – I’m not 100% sure what I want from the program. Its generally for lounge access, and the odd miles for upgrades. I don’t like the idea of “wasted” miles when I have fly none oneworld airlines.

    @christopheL Thanks for that recommendation, I’ll give that a a try and let you know how I get on.

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