South Africans advised to become familiar with TravelSmart
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South Africans advised to become familiar with TravelSmart

Parliament's International Relations Portfolio Committee says its critical for South Africans to know exactly what to do in situations of unfortunate incidents, such as deaths outside of the country. 

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It comes as the family on an Umlazi woman who died in the Bahamas is travelling to the Caribbean country for her cremation - after the Bahamian government refused to release her body for repatriation citing health concerns.

Nobuhle Bhengu had been working for the MSC cruise company and after a short illness while abroad. 

Chairperson, Siphosezwe Masango says South Africans need to familiarise themselves with a document known as travel smart and to also notify the embassy of their travels.

"It's important for South Africans that when they travel outside, that they get these documents. These documents have all regulations, guidelines and protocols on what to do and what not to do if you happen to get into a car accident, if you get sick, if you arrested or a family member dies outside the country," he said. 

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