IMPORTANT NOTICE: In order to comply with the National Treasury Circular No 3 of 2015/2016, Tourism KwaZulu-Natal urges all suppliers/prospective service providers to register on the Central Supplier Database (CSD), National Treasury.
The KwaZulu-Natal Tourism Authority, which operates under the name Tourism KwaZulu-Natal(TKZN) has outsourced aspects of their DMO Portal Services to Team Storage Solutions (Pty) Limited (“TSS”). TSS has in turn engaged in an Agreement with Thompsons Tours, a Division of Cullinan Holdings Limited, that specializes in bookings made in an electronic environment. Thompsons Tours acts as an intermediary between you and the supplier and provides an online service facilitating the booking of flights, accommodation, car hire, tours, packages, and other travel related products between you and the relevant supplier. To the extent that Thompsons Tours acts as Agent for any of the suppliers of the travel related products purchased by you through the TKZN Portal, your transaction/s will also be subject to the Booking Conditions of Thompsons Tours, annexed hereto and which is to be regarded as incorporated herein by reference.
1. Use of Site
By using the TKZN Portal website you signify your agreement to be bound to the Terms and Conditions as indicated herein. This site may be used to view information and to make legitimate travel reservations. This site may NOT be used for making any speculative, false or fraudulent reservation. You may NOT use this service for any activities which breach any laws of the Republic of South Africa, or any international laws.
2. Our responsibility
TKZN is limited to facilitating your travel arrangements with the supplier and arranging travel documentation, payments and refunds as applicable. TKZN will make every attempt to provide travel related products as advertised on the website, but accepts no responsibility for the unavailability of these products. By instructing TKZN to place an order to purchase a travel product, you hereby accept the supplier’s terms and conditions that govern the purchase of the travel product. TKZN does not have direct control over the services provided by the suppliers, and accepts no responsibility for the suppliers’ inability to provide the service as promised to you. Any complaint about the product must be directed to the supplier and not to TKZN. In no event will TKZN be liable for any loss, damage, injury, delay, claim or any incidental or consequential damages, including but not limited to lost profits or savings arising out of, or in any way connected with the use of any display within this site, or any other irregularity whatsoever associated with the purchase of any travel product.
3. Refunds policy
TKZN will provide all reasonable assistance in claiming refunds where they are due to you from a third party supplier of travel products or services. Refunding will at all times be subject to the policies which may be prescribed, implemented or imposed by any particular supplier. Under no circumstances will TKZN be liable for direct, indirect, consequential or incidental damages related thereto, including, but not limited to lost profits, or savings, or damages for disappointment. TKZN will NOT be held responsible for tickets lost by a third party, and any charges associated with reissue and resending of documentation will be for your expense.
4. Your responsibility.
You are responsible for ensuring that bookings are made with the correct dates, that the names in the booking are correctly spelled and correspond with the passport spelling thereof, and that you have observed the suppliers’ rules and conditions. Day time email addresses must be provided and the onus lies with you to regularly check the email for responses. It is your responsibility to furnish any additional information required for the travel booking, as indicated by TKZN. TKZN does not accept any responsibility for any misunderstanding or error whatsoever, in respect of any reservation made on the TKZN website or directly with a TKZN consultant. You are solely responsible for the suitability of any travel services which may be purchased, and TKZN will not be responsible for any inconvenience caused or expense incurred as a result of any unsuitability of travel services.
TKZN has taken all reasonable care to ensure that the contents of this site are updated regularly and that the information contained herein is correct. Where the information is provided by a third party, TKZN is not able to constantly monitor the accuracy of the information, and TKZN accepts no liability regarding any vagaries should these occur. TKZN, the authors of these contents, and in general anybody connected to this site in any way, assume no responsibility for errors or omissions in these contents. The contents of this site are provided ‘as is’ without warranty of any kind, either expressed or implied, including but not limited to warranties of merchantability, fitness for a purpose and non-infringement. TKZN further does NOT warrant, guarantee or make any representation regarding the reliability, accuracy, correctness or completeness of these contents. TKZN shall not be liable for any direct, indirect, general, special, incidental or consequential damages (including -without limitation- data loss, lost revenues and lost profit) which may result from the inability to use or the correct or incorrect use, abuse, or misuse of these contents, even if TKZN has been informed of the possibilities of such damages. TKZN does not assume any obligation or responsibility. The use of these contents is forbidden in those places where the law does not allow this disclaimer to take full effect.
7. Cookie/Tracking Technology
The Site may use cookie and tracking technology depending on the features offered. Cookie and tracking technology are useful for gathering information such as browser type and operating system, tracking the number of visitors to the Site, and understanding how visitors use the Site. Cookies can also help customize the Site for visitors. Personal information cannot be collected via cookies and other tracking technology; however, if you previously provided personally identifiable information, cookies may be tied to such information.
8. Security Policy
Virtual Card Services process all credit card transactions. All credit card transactions are 128 bit Secure Socket Layers (SSL) encrypted. The company registration documents and the site’s registered domain name are checked and verified by Thawte, ensuring the cardholder and merchant that nobody can impersonate VCS to obtain confidential information. Virtual Card Services is committed to providing secure online services. All encryption complies with international standards. Encryption is used to protect the transmission of personal information when completing online transactions. Virtual Card Services Internet servers are protected by firewalls and intrusion detection systems. The Merchant does not have access to credit details. Virtual Card Services continually reviews and enhances its security in line with technological changes.
Any indulgence granted by one party to another, in no way invalidates the terms and conditions as specified herein.
These terms and conditions may be modified at any time, and your continued use of this site will be conditional upon the terms and conditions in force at the time of your use.
11. Airline Jargon
1. PTA (Prepaid Ticket Advice) fees: refers to fees levied by the airline, associated with issuing a ticket (paper or eticket) to an airline passenger services counter either locally or internationally. 2. The Supplier: refers to airlines, accommodation providers, car rental companies, tour operators and other travel related organizations providing travel related products. 3. Website: refers to www.zulu.org.za
12. Contact details.
Physical address: KwaZulu-Natal Tourism Authority(TKZN)
Ithala Trade centre 29 Canal Quay Road
Call Centre Email: [email protected]
Call Centre Number: 0861 386 874
BOOKING CONDITIONS OF THOMPSONS TOURS,A DIVISION OF A DIVISION OF CULLINAN HOLDINGS LTD (Hereinafter referred to as “Thompsons”)
Please read the following booking conditions carefully, as they set out the terms and conditions of the contract between you and Thompsons. We act as booking agents for the suppliers of the component parts of the holiday we organise, and as such, bookings for their services will form a direct contract between you and the relevant supplier, and will be subject to that supplier’s standard terms and conditions.
Bookings save for late bookings as referred to hereunder, are confirmed on the condition that a non-refundable deposit, of a minimum of 25% of the total package price, is paid to Thompsons within 72 hours of confirmation of your bookings. You will be advised at the time of booking what payment is required for your particular arrangements. The balance of the cost of your travel arrangements must be paid no less than six weeks prior to departure. If your booking is made within 6 weeks of departure, the total cost of your travel arrangements must be paid at the time of booking.
FAILURE TO PAY ON TIME WILL RESULT IN THE AUTOMATIC CANCELLATION OF YOUR BOOKING.
Late Booking Fee & Communication Expenses (Telephone Calls)
In the event of a booking (except South Africa bookings) being made less than 7 days prior to the date of departure, Thompsons reserves the right to charge for any extra communication expenses. Full payment is due immediately on confirmation and is non- refundable on all late bookings. Some bookings require full payment at the time of booking i.e. prior to confirmation. If we are unable to secure confirmation you will be refunded in full.
The costs associated with travel arrangements are not always stable, and currency movements can fluctuate sharply. It is impossible to predict these movements in advance. When you book a package through us, we reserve the right to pass on any surcharges to you. Surcharges may be imposed to cover increases in transportation costs, including the costs of fuel and security charges, taxes or fees chargeable for services such as landing taxes or embarkation or disembarkation fees at ports and airports, or exchange rates applied to the particular package. Thompsons guarantees the price of land arrangements, only once full payment is received. Airfares are subject to the prices and conditions quoted by the particular airlines and cannot be guaranteed by Thompsons. The onus is on the agent & the passenger to check that there have been no changes in these prices before making final payment thereof.
Methods of Payment
Credit Cards: In accordance with International Airline Travel Association (IATA) bulletin # A1/00 we need a signed and validated Standard Credit Card Charge Form. The agent acknowledges that s/he has seen the card and that the signature on the card is the same as that on the Credit Card Charge Form. A signed and validated Standard Credit Card Charge Form (SCCCF) or payment through our Virtual Card Services system, are the only recognised forms of payment for credit cards. If the card is a foreign credit card then you may be requested to supply various other details.
Cheques: Bank issued cheques or travel agency cheques only (accredited agencies only). Please note we require 7 working days to clear all cheques before documents can be issued.
Cash or EFT Transfers: We accept EFT transfers, or cash deposited into one of our bank accounts, subject to condition that the EFT transmission report or the cash deposit slip is provided to ourselves and such payment has been confirmed as received by ourselves.Insurance
We consider adequate travel insurance to be essential. All premiums must be paid at the time of booking, as cover will not be effective until then. Please ask your travel agent for insurance options. Thompsons will not be liable if anyone should fail to take adequate insurance cover.
Flight and Other Travel Timings
Flight timings are provided by airlines and are subject to Air Traffic Control restrictions. All means of transportation are subject to weather conditions, the need for constant maintenance, and the ability of passengers to check-in on time. There is no guarantee that flights, ferries, ships, trains or coaches will depart at the times stated on any itinerary or tickets which you receive. All timings are estimates only, and we do not accept any liability for any delay, however arising, or for any schedule alterations.
It is your responsibility to ensure that you reconfirm the departure date and times of all your flights at least 72 hours prior to departure. This is particularly important in respect of subsequent journeys once leaving South Africa and Thompsons hereby specifically excludes any liability for any delay and /or loss as a result of your failure to reconfirm any flight and/or connecting flight.
Documents, vouchers, itineraries, etc. are only prepared on receipt of full payment of the package price, and signed conditions of contract (i.e. our booking form) and will be ready 24 hours after payment has been received.
Normally your travel agent will arrange collection of your documents. Should you require your documents and air tickets to be forwarded to either yourself or the departure airport this may be arranged by your agent with us. However, the courier costs in respect thereof will be for your own account.
IT IS IMPORTANT THAT YOU CHECK ALL DETAILS OF YOUR TRAVEL DOCUMENTS BEFORE LEAVING SOUTH AFRICA. IF THERE ARE ANY INACCURANCIES ON ANY OF YOUR TRAVEL DOCUMENTS, OR SHOULD YOU HAVE ANY FURTHER QUERIES, YOU SHOULD CONTACT YOUR TRAVEL AGENT IMMEDIATELY. THOMPSONS WILL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY DELAY AND/OR LOSS OCCASIONED AS A RESULT OF ANY INACCURANCIES ON ANY TRAVEL DOCUMENTS ONCE YOU ARE IN RECEIPT THEREOF AND YOU HAVE LEFT SOUTH AFRICA.
In the unlikely event of there being an unscheduled extension to the holiday caused by flight delays, bad weather, strikes, or any other cause which is beyond the control of Thompsons, it is understood that the expenses relating to these unscheduled extensions, (hotel accommodation etc.), will be for the account of the passenger. Thompsons accepts no liability for changes, omissions or delays before or during the course of any holiday occasioned by technical difficulties, weather conditions, strikes or communication breakdowns or the like.
Changes by You
If you wish to make a change to your booking we will endeavour to assist you to make the change wherever this is possible. You will have to pay all charges, whatever kind, imposed by the suppliers providing that component part of your travel arrangements when amending a booking any time prior to departure.
Fares will be re-quoted at the time of amendment.An administration fee of R100 per person will be charged for each amendment and / or cancellation.After departure it is understood that extra expenses incurred as a result of any change will be for the passenger’s account, and any unused service will not be refunded.Amendments and cancellations en route must be made with our operators directly.
Cancellation by You
If you wish to cancel your booking you must advise your agent immediately, who will in turn advise us. You will be liable to pay the following cancellation charges:Where your booking includes a special fare, the relevant charges are levied by the airline. In some circumstances this may be 100% of the total fare, regardless of when cancellation is effected.
Where your booking is for a package, you will be responsible for all cancellation charges, of whatsoever nature, imposed by the suppliers providing the component parts of such travel arrangements.Thompsons charges a cancellation fee equal to 10% of the package price on any finalised booking.
However, Thompsons reserves the right to charge a cancellation fee of up to 100% of the total package, in its sole discretion, in particular circumstances. Any monies, which you have already paid to us, will be taken by us as payment or part payment of any cancellation charges.
Our Right To Change Your Travel Arrangements
A significant change to your travel arrangements would include a change in the departure date from South Africa; where the flight times are changed by more than 12 hours or a change to a lower standard of accommodation to that which is booked. In these instances of significant changes to your travel arrangements Thompsons undertakes to advise you thereof as soon as reasonably possible before your departure date to obtain your further instructions in this regard. All other changes are minor changes. A minor change can be made at any time and, if practicable, we will advise you of any such change prior to departure but we are not obliged to do so. Such minor changes may be made by Thompsons, in its discretion, who will not be responsible or liable for the payment of compensation to you as a result of such minor changes. Every effort is made by Thompsons to adhere to confirmed itineraries; however, we reserve the right to make changes to your travel arrangements when it becomes necessary to do so. Travel arrangements are made in advance but due to the fact that Thompsons is reliant upon suppliers such as airlines, hotels and/or other supply companies, changes to travel arrangements and cancellations thereof may occasionally become necessary. Should any travel component be confirmed by Thompsons and this component is cancelled by the supplier for whatsoever reason, then in such instances Thompsons will accept no liability for the cancellation thereof.
Lost/Stolen Flight Tickets
The loss or theft of a ticket must be reported to Thompsons immediately. Certain airlines will not authorise Thompsons to issue a replacement ticket if such ticket is lost or stolen before the passenger leaves South Africa. In the latter instance you will be required to purchase a new ticket, at your own cost, until such time as Thompsons receives authority from the airline to make any refund to you, which authority could take up to 12 months to receive. Should the airline authorise Thompsons to issue a replacement ticket Thompsons will do so and a re-issue fee, per ticket, will be for your own account. Should your ticket be lost or stolen abroad it should be noted that certain airlines will not issue a duplicate ticket and it will be your responsibility to purchase a new ticket aboard at the local fare. Upon your return to South Africa you may make application to Thompsons for a refund of the amount spent by yourself on the lost or stolen ticket, but it is specifically recorded that any refund will be entirely at the discretion of the airline concerned which may take up to 12 months to authorise. It is your responsibility to report the lost or stolen ticket to the police and to provide Thompsons with the proof of such report if required.
Airline Refund Procedures
Refund policies operated by the various airlines vary greatly. You must return your unused ticket to Thompsons who will present it to the relevant airline for assessment as to whether the airline will agree to issue a refund or not. Should a refund be authorised by the airline such refund will be made to you, less any cancellation or administration charges. If payment for the ticket was made to Thompsons by credit card, the refund, should one be granted, will be made to your credit card otherwise the refund will be made by EFT.Any refund which is authorised for part used or return halves of tickets will be less than the pro rata rate on the face value of such ticket. Refunds may take up to 12 weeks to process although this time frame cannot be guaranteed by Thompsons Tickets returned to Thompsons for a refund older than one year from the date of issue will be regarded as expired by the airline and have no refund value.
In the event that you have any reason to complain, or experience any problems with your holiday whilst away, you must immediately inform the supplier of the services in question. Any verbal notification must be put in writing and given to the supplier as soon as possible. If you are still dissatisfied, you must notify us at the earliest opportunity – until we know about a problem or complaint, we cannot begin to resolve it. Failure to give us the opportunity to resolve any problem at the time it occurs will result in either a reduction, or complete extinction, of any rights which you may have, to claim compensation from us. If you remain dissatisfied, you must write to our Customer Service Manager within 28 days of the end of the trip you have purchased from us, giving your booking reference and full details of your complaint on [email protected] or fax to 011-770- 7498. Whilst every effort will be made by Thompsons to resolve your complaint to your satisfaction it is specifically recorded that Thompsons in no way accepts liability for any claim that you may have in respect of your complaint.
Passports, Visas, Vaccinations and Inoculations
It is your responsibility to ensure that you and all those travelling with you have a valid passport and any necessary visas, and that you have obtained any necessary inoculations to gain entry to any country you are visiting and to re-enter South Africa. Passport and visa regulations and health requirements can change at any time, therefore, we recommend that you check passport/visa requirements with the Embassy or Consulate of the country you intend to visit and that you consult your GP or the Department of Health regarding health requirements. Thompsons accepts no liability whatsoever should you, or any member of your party, travel without the correct passport, visas or necessary vaccinations. As a guideline, passports should be valid for 6 months after your scheduled return to South Africa.
Taxes: We will advise you of all mandatory taxes, which you must pay before departure. However, many countries charge departure taxes that can only be paid locally. It is therefore recommended that you retain sufficient local currency to meet such charges. Details of departure taxes can be obtained from the relevant airline when you reconfirm your flight details. Special requests: We can pass on any special requests that you may wish to make at the time of booking, but acceptance of such requests is at the discretion of the airline or other supplier and in no circumstances are special requests guaranteed. Confirmation that a special request has been noted or passed on to the supplier, or the inclusion of the special request on your confirmation invoice or any other documentation, is not confirmation that the request will be met.
Medical Problems: If you or any member of your party has any medical problem or disability which may affect your holiday, you need to give us full details in writing at the time of booking. If we reasonably feel unable to properly accommodate the particular needs of the person concerned, we reserve the right to decline their reservation or, if full details are not given at the time of booking, cancel when we become aware of these details.
Renovations: Please be aware that hotels undergo renovations from time to time. Hotels take all possible steps to limit disruption to their guests. We will not entertain complaints or requests for refunds if a hotel is carrying out renovations whilst a guest is resident. If we are specifically advised of renovation work, dates may be provided, but it is important to remember that these are subject to change and we are not always notified.
Refunds and Unused Services: No refunds will be made for any unused services.Charges to your credit card: Any charges made to your credit card whilst away are your responsibility. Thompsons Tours will not be responsible, nor accept responsibility for having these charges reversed or corrected upon return to South Africa.
Except where otherwise expressly stated in these booking conditions, we regret we cannot accept liability or pay any compensation where the performance or prompt performance of our contractual obligations is prevented or affected, or you otherwise suffer any damage or loss, as a result of ‘force majeure’. In these Booking Conditions, ‘force majeure’ means any event which we or the supplier of the service(s) in question could not, even with all due care, foresee or avoid. Such events may include war or threat of war, riot, civil strife, terrorist activity or actual threatened terrorist activity, industrial dispute, natural or nuclear disaster, adverse weather conditions, fire and all similar events outside our control.
Responsibility And Liability
Thompsons act as agents only for local and international ground operators and airlines and accordingly accepts no liability whatsoever for any loss, damage, injury, accident, delay, or any other irregularity howsoever arising. Thompsons makes every effort to ensure that all the arrangements and services connected with a passenger’s itinerary will be carried out as specified in the most efficient and effective way possible. However, we do not have direct control over the provision of services by suppliers and, whilst they are in all cases selected with the utmost care, we do not accept liability for error and omissions of such suppliers.
Jurisdiction of the Magistrate’s Court
Thompsons Tours, a Division of Cullinan Holdings Ltd, shall be entitled, at its option to institute any legal proceedings arising out of or in connection with this contract in any Magistrate’s Court having jurisdiction in terms of Section 29 of the Magistrate’s Court Act No 32/1944 as amended, notwithstanding that the amount in issue may exceed the limits of such jurisdiction.
This document together with Thompsons’ standard booking form and Thompsons invoice / itinerary constitutes the sole record of the agreement between the parties. No party shall be bound by any representation, warranty, and promise of the like not recorded herein. No addition to the Thompsons standard booking conditions shall be of any force or effect unless in writing and signed by or on behalf of the parties.
No indulgence which Thompsons, (“the grantor”), may grant to the passenger (“the grantee”), shall constitute a waiver of any of the rights of the grantor, who shall not thereby be precluded from exercising any rights against the grantee which may have arisen in the past or which might arise in the future. All costs and disbursements, including legal costs on the attorney and client scale incurred by Thompsons in recovering any damages and payments payable by the passenger to Thompsons shall be for the passengers’ account. This agreement shall in all respects be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the Republic of South Africa.
The passenger hereby consents to the jurisdiction of the Magistrates Court having jurisdiction over its person in respect of all proceedings in connection with this agreement. The parties hereby respectively choose domicilium citandi et executandi for all notices and processes to be given and served in pursuance of this agreement at their respective addresses as given on Thompsons’ standard booking form. Either party may change its domicilium by written notice delivered by hand or sent by prepaid registered post to the other party. In this agreement an expression which denotes a gender includes the other genders, a natural person includes an artificial person and vice versa, the singular includes the plural and vice versa.
Thompsons is a registered member of the Association of South African Travel Agents (ASATA) and the South African Tour Operators Association (SATOA).