Not all visas are created equal

The following are just a few of the comments made beneath certain articles posted on the Tattler website during the month of June 2013:


Not all visas are created equal

Submitted on 2013/06/09 at 6:12 pm

We travelled to the USA last year this time to see our daughter, son-in-law and grandkids. Although the visa application on line was a fairly lengthy process, the questions were easily answered. When we obtained a date for the interview in Cape Town, it all went extremely professional and smoothly, and we were granted tourist visas for 10 years. On arrival in the States through Memphis, the immigration was a breeze, and we even shared a few laughs with the young lady attending to us. All in all a great experience.

R. Klumper



Article Comments from May

Submitted on 2013/06/11 at 7:34 am

Rhino Horn and other endangered species,

The Asian footprint in Africa is not a good one. China & Vietnam in particular, the worst culprits. The Serengeti’s days are numbered and in fact the wildlife in general in Africa is on a knife edge, only until we address the cultural ignorance of these and other nations will we see any improvement in rhino, elephant, shark, dolphin etc (let’s face it – I could go on couldn’t I???) numbers. it will be an uphill struggle though, the fact is their regimes don’t give a hoot about human beings, why on earth would they give a stuff about animal or marine welfare?????

Roxana Kelly



Tourist Guides in South Africa

Submitted on 2013/06/19 at 1:07 pm


I am looking for service providers who are running NQF certified river training.

Please will you send me the necessary information.

Thank you,


Submitted on 2013/06/19 at 1:38 pm | In reply to Stephanie.

Cathsseta is the body responsible for NQF Certification. However SAMSA is the body responsible for all of South Africa’s maritime activities (and that includes all rivers, lakes and dams – not just the coastline).

You can try these two websites but check with CATHSSETA and SAMSA to ensure that are registered NQF training providers:

Riverman South Africa (www.riverman.co.za/training)

White Water Traning (www.whitewatertraining.co.za)


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