Cover photo
Ryan Mackie
Works at
Attended Washington State University
Lives in Cape Town, South Africa
3,060 followers|474,674 views


Tintswalo Lodges Group responds to the devastating Cape Town mountain fire

On behalf of the Tintswalo Lodges Group

2 March 2015, Cape Town
With very heavy hearts it saddens the entire Tintswalo family to confirm the mountain fire that took hold of our beloved Cape Town property, Tintswalo Atlantic, in the early hours of the morning.  Currently the fire is still blazing and the fire department is on site.  We are devastated that this flourishing Cape Town location, one that holds a very special place with us and with people across the world, is under duress.
First and foremost, we are most thankful that no one was injured and our staff handled the situation professionally and without panic.
At approximately 01:15 am last night, 2 March 2015, flames were visible to the security team at Tintswalo Atlantic and we began our emergency fire procedures, that included turning on our sprinklers, preparing hoses, fire equipment and notifying the fire department, to be ready as the flames descended closer to the seafront buildings.
Ryno du Rand, General Manager of Tintswalo Atlantic was called onsite immediately.  With the team, including Assistant Manager Tania Batista Hofer, a unified decision was made to evacuate all guests, as our brave staff stayed on site for as long as possible.
Local guests went home and others were brought to Cape Town properties nearby.  We continue to thank everyone for coming to the aid of the lodge and our guests, in a truly Capetonian spirit of community.
The utmost priority was the safety of our dedicated staff and therefore Tintswalo Lodges Group made the decision to evacuate all staff, shortly after the guests.
We would also like to thank the National Sea Rescue Institute for their assistance and back up in the water, in case our staff were not able to leave the property by land.  
Upon arrival the fire department, in the early hours of the morning, firefighters informed Tintswalo Management that they could not get to the property as it was too dangerous and the flames too big.
CEO of Tintswalo Property Group, Warwick Goosen is currently on his way to Cape Town to debrief with the Tintswalo Atlantic team and local authorities, where they will assess how to move forward after this calamitous event.  As the property is still engulfed in flames, smoke and ash, the team will not yet be able to visit the lodge and the full extent of damage has not yet been determined.
A second press release with updates will follow once the team is fully aware of the severity of the damages.
“The Tintswalo team, reservations and management are doing everything possible to ensure all future guests are accommodated moving forward with bookings.  We are currently focusing on our guests for the next 2 weeks and will redirect Tintswalo Atlantic guests to local properties as everyone continues to work together in support of Tintswalo Atlantic,” says Managing Director Michelle du Plessis.
She continues by thanking all involved, “Our Cape Town family, staff, previous guests, our social media community, the local hospitality community and international travel community have given their utmost condolences.  We are overwhelmed by the outpouring of support in this time of need and thank everyone for their kind thoughts and words.”
Tintswalo Atlantic is situated in Hout Bay, on the edge of the Indian Ocean, located in a Unesco nature reserve. Tintswalo Atlantic is a 5-star boutique hotel.
Richard Wooding's profile photo
Add a comment...
Sunny South South Africa feels like it is million miles away from misery that is been experienced in the rest of the world #meetsouthafrica
Add a comment...

Ryan Mackie

Shared publicly  - 
Kirstenbosch looking spectacular as usual
Add a comment...

Ryan Mackie

Shared publicly  - 
Oyster box hotel view 
Diana Anderson's profile photo
It's nice place
Add a comment...
I do not want to dismiss Ebola BUT I would like to put it in perspective: estimated 627 000 malaria deaths a year!
#ebola   #ebolaoutbreak

10 facts on malaria
WHO/S. Hollyman
March 2014
About 3.4 billion people – half of the world's population – are at risk of malaria. In 2012, there were about 207 million malaria cases (with an uncertainty range of 135 million to 287 million) and an estimated 627 000 malaria deaths (with an uncertainty range of 473 000 to 789 000). Increased prevention and control measures have led to a reduction in malaria mortality rates by 42% globally since 2000 and by 49% in the WHO African Region
Olivier Malinur's profile photoRyan Mackie's profile photoRichard Wooding's profile photo
+Olivier Malinur you would expect media to give it a little more attention not to Tuberculosis and Malnutrition deaths
Add a comment...

Ryan Mackie

Shared publicly  - 
ASTA Notice #ebola  

As the crisis over the Ebola virus disease outbreak in West Africa (including the first documented case in the United States) continues to unfold, ASTA will strive to arm you with the most up-to-date information so that you are able to respond to travelers’ questions. We will continue to update you as warranted by events.

As you may recall from our August 5 member alert, the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) recently issued a Level 3 travel health notice urging “all U.S. residents to avoid nonessential travel to Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Liberia.” Additionally, CDC issued a Level 2 travel notice, urging travelers to “practice enhanced precautions” when traveling to Nigeria. Here in the U.S., on September 30, CDC confirmed the first case of Ebola to be diagnosed in the United States in a person who had traveled to Dallas, Texas, from West Africa. That person passed away yesterday.

Also yesterday, the White House announced a number of measures intended to prevent further spread of the virus in the U.S., including additional screening for airline passengers arriving from Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone at JFK International, Chicago O’Hare, Washington Dulles International, Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson, and Newark Liberty airports. “Entry screening” for each traveler who has been in an affected country includes taking the traveler’s temperature; observing them for other symptoms of Ebola; and asking about their exposures and symptoms. If a traveler has a fever or other symptoms or has been exposed to Ebola, they will be referred to CDC for further evaluation and a determination as to whether the traveler can continue to travel or should be taken to a hospital for evaluation, testing, and treatment. According to the White House, enhanced entry screening at these five U.S. airports will evaluate over 94 percent of inbound travelers from the affected countries.

These measures will supplement “exit screening” measures being put in place overseas, which include all travelers having their temperature taken; answering questions about their health and exposure history; and a visual assessment for signs of potential illness. Travelers with symptoms or possible exposures to Ebola are separated and assessed further to determine whether or not they are permitted to travel.

Your customers, especially those with international flights, may have questions about the disease and its ability to spread while traveling. While there is a possibility that a person who had been exposed to Ebola virus and developed symptoms may board a commercial flight, the risk to fellow travelers in such a situation is, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), very low. Further, experts note that the Ebola virus is not an airborne disease, such as with SARS or the flu. Instead, it is spread through direct contact with a sick person’s blood or body fluids, making it more difficult to contract than an airborne disease, especially if careful hygiene is practiced.

ASTA members seeking up-to-date information regarding the Ebola virus situation may wish to consult the following resources:

CDC-DHS Press Release on Enhanced Airport Screening (October 8)

CDC Travelers’ Health Page (October 7)

U.S. State Department: Ebola Fact Sheet for Travelers (October 7)

White House Fact Sheet: The U.S. Response to the Ebola Epidemic in West Africa (October 6)

FAA Statement on Ebola (October 3)

Finally, we are again sharing the following template message for travelers, provided by the World Health Organization:

• Ebola Virus Disease is rare.
• Infection is by contact with blood or body fluids of an infected person or an animal infected or by contact with contaminated objects.
• Symptoms include fever, weakness, muscle pain, headache and sore throat. This is followed by vomiting, diarrhea, rash, and in some cases, bleeding.
• Cases of Ebola have recently been confirmed in XXX and YYY.
• Persons who come into direct contact with body fluids of an infected person or animal are at risk.
• There is no licensed vaccine.
• Practice careful hygiene.
• Avoid all contact with blood and body fluids of infected people or animals.
• Do not handle items that may have come in contact with an infected person’s blood or body fluids.
• If you stayed in the areas where Ebola cases have been recently reported seek medical attention if you feel sick (fever, headache, achiness, sore throat, diarrhea, vomiting, stomach pain, rash, or red eyes).

Add a comment...

Ryan Mackie

commented on a video on YouTube.
Shared publicly  - 
All three hotels are stunning, great clip :-)
Add a comment...
Have him in circles
3,060 people
Simone Dasent's profile photo
Sandy Bailey's profile photo
Rich Borek's profile photo
emdad miaji's profile photo
Mac Wood's profile photo
Disebo Podile's profile photo
Msomi Sanele's profile photo
David Foster's profile photo
Jeanette Edmunds's profile photo
Nominations have now opened for the Rhino Conservation Awards 2015. Nominations are invited from all African rhino range states, in categories including; Best Field Ranger, Best Conservation Practitioner, Best Political and Judicial Support, Best Science Research and Technology, and Best Awareness, Education or Funding. The additional Special Youths category honours youngsters that have taken action against poaching.  
The Awards have been held annually since 2012 and serve to recognise those incredible individuals and organisations that have made an effort to protect Africa’s rhino population. Every action, no matter how small or large, contributes to the overall conservation of these majestic animals.
The sponsors, Carl Zeiss Sports Optics GmbH of the ZEISS Group and Ms Xiaoyang Yu, Founder Partner of China New Enterprise Investment (CNEI), are looking forward to receiving nominations from across Africa. Dr Larry Hansen, founder of the Awards, opened the nominations by stating that; “We want to celebrate the individuals and organisations that are assisting us in highlighting the plight of the rhino, increasing the capture and prosecution of poachers, reducing the demand for rhino horn and protecting a species from extinction.”
The Awards ceremony will take place on the 27th of July and will be held in collaboration with the Department of Environmental Affairs of South Africa and the Game Rangers’ Association of Africa (GRAA) - a non-profit organisation with a membership of over 1 500 across Africa, many of whom are rangers active in anti-poaching activities.
His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco serves as the Patron of the Rhino Conservation Initiative and the Rhino Conservation Awards, being committed to the protection of species dangerously close to extinction, through the support of his Foundation to various preservation projects. HSH Prince Albert will be attending the 2015 Awards ceremony and will deliver the keynote address.
Nominations can be made by and/or on behalf of any person or organisation that has played a part in rhino conservation, on any scale. Nomination forms can be requested from Janyce Dalziel at, or downloaded from The website will go live shortly, where nomination forms will also be available. Once nominations are closed on the 1st of June 2015, an executive committee will review all nominations and draw up a short-list for the winners to be chosen from. A panel of adjudicators will then identify the winners and runners up in each category.    
“Nature conservation is a global issue and it is about the protection of species and their local habitats. Nature conservation is run and organised by dedicated, dynamic people,” says Dr Winfried Scherle, Chief Executive Officer of Carl Zeiss Sports Optics. It is essential that these conservation heroes are recognised for their efforts, their sacrifices and their dedication to protecting the rhino.   
It must be ensured that the true heroes in the fight against rhino poaching are nominated and subsequently honoured for their contribution to Africa’s war on rhino poaching. The debt owed to these dedicated and brave conservationists and their families can never be repaid.
- ENDS -
Prepared by Currin't Events and the GRAA.
Contact Janyce Dalziel at Currin’t Events at or 011 658 0444 for any queries.
Add a comment...
Why every one rushed to Cape Town for the Christmas holidays #capetown
Sarai Pahla (AokageHime)'s profile photo
Add a comment...

Ryan Mackie

Shared publicly  - 
Sunset was stunning today :-)
Add a comment...

Ryan Mackie

Shared publicly  - 
Thank you Adam Taylor for educating the palnet :-)
A frustrated scientist makes a map to set the record straight.
Chantelle Schoeman's profile photo
Add a comment...
Have him in circles
3,060 people
Simone Dasent's profile photo
Sandy Bailey's profile photo
Rich Borek's profile photo
emdad miaji's profile photo
Mac Wood's profile photo
Disebo Podile's profile photo
Msomi Sanele's profile photo
David Foster's profile photo
Jeanette Edmunds's profile photo
- All elements of running hotel with strong background in F&B and Room Revenue
    Facilitator, 2001 - present
    Set up relationships with hotels contracting rates making sure we deliver on service and rates. Making sure hotels keep up their side of the service delivery to our clients
Map of the places this user has livedMap of the places this user has livedMap of the places this user has lived
Cape Town, South Africa
Le Bouveret - Vail - Brig - Nelpruit - Villars sur Ollon - Umtata - Umhlanga - Durban - Harare - Polokwane - Cape Town
Contact Information
021 794 9050
4 Rhodes, Cape Town
Born in Rhodesia / Zimbabwe in 1975, I grew up in Umtata in the old Transkei of South Africa.
After finishing high school in Nelspruit at Lowveld High, I moved to Switzerland where I joined the hotel school César Ritz Colleges Switzerland.
Upon completion of my Bachelor of Arts in Tourism and Hotel Managment at the Washington State University, I moved to Vail in Colorado (USA) where I worked at the five star Sonnenalp Resort and the Austria House.  
Since my return back to South Africa in 2001, I have been running my Tour Operator company called South African Tourism Company.
Bragging rights
I havisited: Japan, China, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Mozambique, Malawi, Germany, France, Holland, Italy, Austria, Denmark, Norway, Romania, Israel, Turkey, UAE, USA ( Alaska , Central & Western ), Easter Coast , Guatemala, England, Italy, Sicily, Sardinia
  • Washington State University
    Hospitality, 1999 - 1999
  • César Ritz Colleges
    Hospitality, 1994 - 1995
  • Lowveld High School
    High school, 1993 - 1993
Basic Information
Other names
Ryan Gordon Stuart Mackie
Ryan Mackie's +1's are the things they like, agree with, or want to recommend.
UK secures €1 billion European Ebola commitment -

LONDON, England - David Cameron gets European leaders to pledge more funding to fight Ebola. The Prime Minister, David Cameron, has secured

A Bold Vision for the Future of the Postage Stamp | WIRED

The beauty of the idea is how much it simply relies on infrastructure that already exists.

Cape Town and the Western Cape named best Convention Bureau in South Afr...

The Cape Town & Western Cape Convention Bureau, was awarded the South African Association for the Conference Industry (SAACI) Members' Award

The whales are back!

Andrea Weiss writes about the annual migration of the southern right whales to the Cape Town coast and celebrations that follow their arriva

Kenya Tourism Federation statement on recent terror attack on Lamu Count...

ETN among other global media reported yesterday about Lamu County in Kenya being under attack and local hotels set on fire. Al Jazeera went

Ventures Africa | City Lodge Completes Kenya’s Fairview Hotel Acquisition

VENTURES AFRICA – Johannesburg-quoted lowcost hotel group, City Lodge, on Thursday said the acquisition of the remaining 50 percent in Kenya

New Hotel launches in Sandton CBD - SA Commercial Property News | South ...

RESIDENTS in and around South Africa's prime economic hub of Sandton can now breathe a sigh of relief following the official opening of the

Former FNB Connect lead joins Microsoft

The former head of FNB Connect, Farren Roper, has joined software firm, Microsoft, in the role of central marketing organisation (CMO) lead.

The Crazy Train Surfers Who Flirt With Death for Sport | Raw File | WIRED

In the townships of Johannesburg a dangerous game is being played. Reckless students and disenfranchised young men are dangling from the car

Desmond and Mpho Tutu challenge the world to forgive -

CAPE TOWN, South Africa - Desmond Tutu and his daughter Mpho Tutu today announced the Tutu Global Forgiveness Challenge, a free online progr

More bad news for anti-poachng efforts

Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) spokesperson Paul Uduto did himself and his organization no favor when he mouthed off at the media briefing by

South African Airways takes delivery of fourth new A320 aircraft - eTurb...

Africa’s leading airline South African Airways (SAA) has taken delivery of two new Airbus A320 aircraft, bringing to six the number of ...

Christopher Rimmer on Capturing Namibia's Ghost Towns

British photographer Christopher Rimmer talks about his exhibition of photographs of Namibia's Kolmanskop and Elizabeth Bay

Trevor Manuel bids farewell to politics

Minister in the Presidency Trevor Manuel is officially leaving politics, apparently to enter the private sector, according to a report.

High danger hydrangea? French police hunt gang peddling 'cheaper weed'

Thieves thought to be stealing colourful winter plants in northern France because smoking some varieties can get you high

#DTTT Awards 2013 | Digital Tourism Think Tank

NTOs and DMOs with the most innovative and exciting digital strategies have been awarded for their work in different aspects of the field, a

Panoramio - Photo of Muizenberg sunrise

Photo-sharing community. Discover the world through photos.

Panoramio - Photo of Strandfontein,Cape Town, South Africa

Photo-sharing community. Discover the world through photos.

Panoramio - Untitled photo

Photo-sharing community. Discover the world through photos.

Panoramio - Untitled photo

Photo-sharing community. Discover the world through photos.

Excellent Service!
Public - 6 months ago
reviewed 6 months ago
Arrived their were told all tours for afternoon were full. A tour was leaving with four empty spots and we're told that we could go on that tour. I was told they hold spot for 5 min and after that we could still not got on tour. I then said they were being hard headed, the guy behind desk said I was a racist and that I should leave - very special and bizarre any way we left never to return :-)
Public - 8 months ago
reviewed 8 months ago
Great location, clean and staff were very friendly
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
10 reviews
Excellent Website
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago