PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA. South African Airways is celebrating women’s month along with the anniversary of its service between Accra in Ghana and Washington DC in USA.
The new nonstop route was launched on 4th August 2015 between Accra’s Kotoka International Airport and the Washington, DC - Dulles International Airport and has since inceptions experienced high passenger and cargo traffic, making the route profitable to both Ghana and South Africa as well as further boosting commerce with the United States of America. The passenger mix is mostly passengers bound for North America, South Africa and Ghana as there is a sizeable West Africa community in the USA and Canada.
SAA operates the flights four-days per week with its flagship Airbus A340 and A330 aircraft, featuring fully-flat 180° beds in Business Class and seats with industry-leading legroom in Economy Class. Convenient connections are also offered to Accra via Washington, DC-Dulles Airport from over 50 cities throughout the U.S. and Canada through SAA’s airline partners United Airlines, JetBlue Airways, American Airlines and Virgin America.
In celebrating this milestone, SAA under the Auspices of the Ministry of Transport of the Republic of Ghana hosted valued stakeholders and patrons of SAA in Ghana at a stakeholder’s dinner on Friday 26th August, 2016 at the Residence of the South African High Commissioner in Accra to commemorate the occasion.
The Minister of Transport of Ghana, Honourable Fiifi Kwetey, MP informed stakeholders of Ghana Governments policy on growing the airline business on the continent with African Airlines to give meaning to the Yamoussoukro Decision as well as African Union’s Agenda 2063 on Open Skies. Minister Fiifi Kwetey then announced Ghana’s future collaboration with SAA by announcing the ACCRA – NEW YORK as well as ACCRA – LONDON direct flights as new additions to the SAA routes operating from Accra. SAA also took advantage of the ceremony to acknowledge the contribution of the Government of Ghana to the success of its operations.
Added to the celebration, flight SA 056 from Johannesburg to Accra on 25th August, 2016 – for the first time on a wide-body aircraft - operated an all-female crew in the cockpit. Captain Jane Trembath, and First Officer Laurin McLarin with the all-female cabin crew landed the aircraft at Ghana’s Kotoka International Airport. The Ghana High Commission was represented by its senior official, Mrs. Sena Siaw-Boateng.
“Women are significantly underrepresented in many of the areas in this industry, hence SAA organised the all women operated flight in celebration of women achievement in this industry, as well as an encouragement for other women to join the Aviation Industry and take up careers as Pilots, Ground Engineers, Load Controllers, Flight Dispatchers, Operations Controllers and Ramp Agents,” says Zuks Ramasia, SAA’s General Manager, Operations.
The High Commission of Ghana in Pretoria looks forward to further collaboration with SAA.
29th August, 2016
Mr. Francis Yaw Osei-Sarfo, the Deputy High Commissioner of the Ghana High Commission in South Africa, welcomed a delegation from the Miss Ghana South Africa 2016 team, at the premises of the Mission on Monday, 29th August 2016.
The visit was a follow up to the successful holding of the Miss Ghana South Africa 2016 Pageant on Saturday, 27th August 2016, which was organized in partnership with the Ghana High Commission, and culminated in the crowning of Ms. Michelle Danso as the 2016 winner.
Led by Ms. Mavis Anim and Ms. Sheila Afari of the Miss Ghana South Africa Management team, the delegation explained that the purpose of their visit was to express gratitude to the Management of the Mission for the support and commitment towards the organization of the pageant.
The Deputy High Commissioner, Mr. Osei-Sarfo, applauded the team for a well- organized event and also for using the pageant as a medium to project the image and culture of Ghana. He pointed out that such pageants are some of the positive ways that women can demonstrate their cultural heritage in a home away from away.
He encouraged the ladies to keep up the good work and congratulated the winner, Ms. Michelle Danso, and the first and second runner up, Ms. Hannah Adu and Ms. Nana Ama Agyeiwaa respectively.
Also present was Mrs. Sena Siaw-Boateng, Minister/Political & Economic, as well as other senior officials of the High Commission.
The inaugural Miss Ghana South Africa, came off yesternight, 27th August, 2016, at the plush Bryanston Country Club. The event, organised by the Miss Ghana South Africa team, in partnership with the Ghana High Commission, was very well attended with pomp and pageantry.
The occasion was graced by the presence of Ghana’s High Commissioner to South Africa, His Excellency Mr. Kwesi Ahwoi and his wife, Mrs. Ewura-Abena Ahwoi, as well as the Deputy High Commissioner, Mr. Francis Osei-Sarfo, and other officials of the Ghana High Commission.
The eight finalists took turns on the grand stage to showcase their respective talents, skill, general knowledge, poise and beauty to the excitement of the enthralled audience. At the end of the night, Ms. Michelle Danso won the coveted title of ‘Miss Ghana South Africa 2016’. Her crown prize was a whopping one hundred thousand rands (R100,000).
Hannah Adu came up as the first runner up with an award of thirty-five thousand rands (R35,000), whilst Ms. Nana Ama Agyeiwa was selected as the second runner up, with an award of twenty-two thousand rands (R22,000).
Guest Artistes at the event were Drumpipo Ensemble, Demtinz and Polamo who thrilled the audience with outstanding musical performances.
It was indeed a night to remember, and once again Ghana was highlighted on the national scene of South Africa.
GHANAFEST SA is an annual Entertainment, Trade and Cultural festival, which is organized by the Ghana High Commission, in collaboration with the Ghanaian Community in South Africa.
Mr. Samuel Nii Obodae Torto, a contemporary Ghanaian Artist resident in New York, USA on the 8th January, 2016 donated two of his art works to the Ghana High Commission in Pretoria.