Archive for April, 2011

Friday, April 15th, 2011

In the spirit of being Proudly South African, I have gathered some interesting facts about South Africa from all the corners of the internet. Some of these facts are quite astonishing:

1 - The world is divided into six floral kingdoms. All these kingdoms encompass several countries, and in some cases, several continents. South Africa, which has a floral kingdom wholly contained within the country, is the one exception. The Cape Floral Kingdom has 9,600 plant species, 70% of which are not found anywhere else in the world.

2 - The rocks around Barberton in Mpumalanga are some of the most ancient in the world – over three billion years old. Because they are also the most accessible such formations, NASA scientists come here to gain an idea of how life might form on distant planets.

3 – South Africa is the only country in the world to voluntarily abandon its nuclear weapons programme.

4 - There are more than 2,000 shipwrecks, dating back at least 500 years, off the South African coast. More than one of these, including the Waratah, simply vanished without a trace.

5 - According to recent studies, the star-watching town of Sutherland in the Northern Cape is one of the most geologically stable places on Earth, yet it has a 66-million year old volcano, not yet officially extinct.

6 - The only street in the world to house two Nobel Peace prizewinners is in Soweto. Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu both have houses on Vilakazi Street in Soweto.

7 - The world’s first heart transplant was done in South Africa in 1967 by South African Dr Chris Barnard.

8 - There are only 12 countries in the world that supply tap water that is fit to drink, and South Africa is one of them. Our tap water quality is third best overall in the world.

9 - South Africa, Zimbabwe and Mozambique are tearing down fences between the countries’ game parks to create a 35 000km2 game park which will become the largest conservation area in the world. It will be bigger than Switzerland, Belgium or Taiwan.

10 - Where else is an entirely new species being recreated from scratch? The quagga vanished in a frenzy of hunting in the 1800s, but after finding that the DNA is almost identical to the common Burchell’s zebra, the species is being brought back from beyond the brink by careful breeding of stripe-challenged zebras.

The StaySYS Online Booking System is proudly South African too, being ‘born and bred’ in Cape Town.

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

Des Werner, from Cradle Cove, an establishment located in Gauteng has very kindly put together another YouTube.com video that shows the steps in making a booking from within the StaySYS software. This is not the interface a client would see when making a booking online, this is what you as an establishment would see when you are making a booking for a client who has called, emailed or walked in.

Again, thank you very much to Des.

Here is the video:

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

A question you might ask yourself is “Why would I need a Real Time Booking System like StaySYS?”

I’ll start by saying that it is a means for your establishment to receive more bookings. How you ask? If you are looking at a website that advertises accommodation in a certain area, in order to check an establishments availability, you have to email or phone them. If they are not able to answer your email or call, yonullu end up waiting and eventually moving on to the next establishment. Again you make another call or type out another email and then wait for a response. When a listing has StaySYS integrated into it, it is as simple as clicking on a button, choosing your arrival date, departure date, number of adults and children and then checking their availability and rates. If you are happy, you can go ahead and make a booking and even pay for your booking by credit card or EFT.

Many establishments in South Africa do not have a credit card machine. South Africa attracts millions of tourists every year and they all need somewhere to sleep. For them, paying by credit card is the easiest solution. If an establishment does not have a credit card machine, the tourist will need to seek alternate accommodation. StaySYS offers credit card facilities which means that an establishment does not need a credit card machine. They simply pay for their booking with their credit card through the StaySYS software. The payment goes though the credit card gateway and is then transferred into the establishments bank account. StaySYS is able to accept Visa, MasterCard, Diners Club and American Express.

StaySYS also provides various features that allow you to add, remove and change bookings as you need to. Here are some of the built in features:

  • Availability Calendar where you can manage your rooms, rates and availability.
  • Allows you to find a booking through various search options.
  • Setup seasonal rates and create custom long stay discounts, Stay for X pay for Y and so much more – create multiple custom rate packages.
  • Various reports:, e.g. check in report, check out report, outstanding payments report, bookings report and guest list to name a few.
  • Add products and services such as morning newspapers, transport, internet access.

There are many accommodation websites which allow establishments the opportunity of using a booking system. Two prime examples are SA-Venues.com and WhereToStay.co.za. If you have a listing on their websites, you could use StaySYS on one or both as well as your website for as little as R100 monthly.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. You can click here to get hold of us. If you would like to have this functionality for your establishment, please click here.