RE: Easy come...Easy go
Well, that sucks. I thought you might have been affected by this. I know a few people who had planned on seeing relatives overseas, etc.
I had to change the date of a flight once and it wasn’t cheap, so I feel your pain there.
The only thing I could think of, if you still have that time scheduled to be away from work, is to find somewhere within SA to go camping / visit. Sure, it’s not exotic but it would give you a chance to get away from it all. Just a thought.