TravelSmart - issue 03
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Your free in-ﬂight magazine Issue 03 June 2013 - August 2013 travelsmart Smart Thinking Smart Shopping Smart Travel PRODUCT REVIEW BlackBerry Z10 - touch-screen by BlackBerry AFRICA MAGIC VIEWER’S CHOICE AWARDS Evening of glamour for media stars SPORT TOCCER Play the game and win prizes SOUTH AFRICAN FASHION WEEK Innovation by design Take ﬂight across Africa Transforming African travel © Waldo Pretorius MANCHESTER UNITED Sir Alex leaves Red Devils in excellent shape © Melis/Shutterstock travelsmart COnTEnTs Issue 03 June 2013 - August 2013 REGULAR FEATURES SPECIAL FEATURES IN THIS ISSUE 12 3 6 weLcome A message from fastjet’s Chief Executive 10 miSS univerSe Beauty contest opens door to fame FAStJet newS French ﬂavours in Cape Town 19 Food For thought 25 product review Touch-screen by BlackBerry 12 onSeA houSe And mAchweo retreAt Outstanding hospitality in an oasis of tranquillity 14 deALing in dAgAA Peter sees big value in small fry… 11 26 LAteSt reLeASeS What’s new in your bookshop and cinema 16 South AFricAn FAShion weeK Innovation by Design 39 KidS’ corner 40 cAr review Golf’s little brother is a real game-changer 20 dAr to mwAnZA Airbus is less fuss than the bus 22 AFricA mAgic AwArdS Evening of glamour for media stars Artist’s wall-to-wall talent brings international fame © Miss Universe Tanzania Organization USEFUL INFORMATION 28 murAL mAKer 30 mAncheSter united Sir Alex leaves Man U in excellent shape 42 the FAStJet Story 45 the FAStJet networK 46 trAveL inFormAtion 48 FAStJet FLeet 48 FAStJet contActS 34 Aid in reverSe Is Europe the world’s poor man now? 36 hot property Africa’s building boom draws investors 16 © Waldo Pretorius 38 Sport toccer Play the game and win prizes travelsmart Smart thinking Smart Shopping Smart travel published by LAND & MARINE PUBLICATIONS (KENYA) LTD Suite A5, 1st Floor, ojijo plaza, 20 plums Lane oﬀ ojijo road, parklands, po Box 2022 village market 00621, nairobi, Kenya tel: +254 (0)20 374 1934 email: email@example.com www.landmarine.com the opinions expressed in this publication are not necessarily those of the editor, or any other organisation associated with this publication. no liability can be accepted for any inaccuracies or omissions. on behalf of 30 © Melis/Shutterstock registered oﬃce and head oﬃce Suite 2c, First point, Buckingham gate gatwick Airport, rh6 0nt telephone: 020 3651 6355 email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.fastjet.com ©2013 Land & marine publications (Kenya) Ltd travelsmart 1 welcome A message from fastjet Chief Executive Ed Winter welcome on board fastjet, Africa’s newest airline. ON ROUTE TO SUCCESS AND GROWTH “K aribu kwenye ndege yetu” “Welkom aan boord” I would like to give you my personal On 29 November 2012 fastjet launched In just five months we carried over in Tanzania, operating flights from Dar es Salaam to Mwanza and Kilimanjaro. Since the first flight, the positive response to our airline’s great value, reliability and international standard of service has been overwhelming. 160,000 passengers, 38 per cent of whom were first-time flyers, and 96 per cent of our flights arrived on time.* Over 30,000 passengers booked early and paid our early booking fare of just $20 plus taxes. In April we launched our first customer satisfaction survey to measure the success of our introduction of the low cost, no-frills model to Africa. We asked you to tell us how we have performed against our promises. to recommend fastjet to a friend (for full results see Page 42). Our affordable pricing played an important role in stimulating new markets with nine out of 10 of those surveyed believing fastjet flights represented good value for money. Maintaining this level of customer satisfaction in Tanzania is a top priority for fastjet, and we hope to receive a similar response to our service in South Africa and every other future market. Our customers continually tell us that they want to see more routes added to fastjet’s network, particularly to international destinations. We are fighting very hard to get permission to operate international routes from Tanzania, but the established airlines, who continue to charge very high fares for often very unreliable flights, are lobbying hard to keep us out. I hope that by the time you read this magazine we will be offering services to cities such as Johannesburg and Nairobi. customer satisfaction The results were quite staggering: 98 per cent of first-time flyers said they were likely to fly with us again and 100 per cent of our passengers are likely ‘July brings another exciting milestone for fastjet, the launch of domestic flights in South Africa’ ‘In just five months we carried over 160,000 passengers, 38 per cent of whom were first-time flyers’ * Early or within 15 minutes of scheduled arrival time quality and low-cost For those unfamiliar with how low-cost airlines work, let me give you a short explanation. We make sure that we use all of our assets – aircraft, equipment and people – as efficiently as possible. We welcome employ smart people who get things right first time. We let you choose, and only charge you for, the things you want. Many airlines charge everyone for food, drink, baggage, lounges, frequent flyer clubs, etc, whether you want them or not. By giving you choice we can keep costs low – and in our case, low cost certainly does not mean low quality. I hope you will leave this flight pleasantly surprised at the quality and value for money offered by fastjet. coming months will be working hard to bring the full fastjet brand to the South African consumer, expanding into a comprehensive domestic and international network. Of course, in addition to the progress we have made in Tanzania, and our imminent entry into South Africa, we are continually looking at further bases from which to launch flights, bringing us closer to becoming a truly pan-African low-cost airline. Make sure you register at fastjet.com to be among the first to hear about new routes and special offers. Also, follow fastjet on Twitter or ‘like us’ on facebook to see up-to-the-minute commentary from our customers. fastjet is now the most ‘liked ‘ airline in Sub-Saharan Africa, well ahead of the long established airlines. I’d like to thank our customers for liking us so much. IN THIS ISSUE From fashion to Ferguson – we’ve got it covered Welcome to the third edition of Travelsmart – fastjet’s quarterly in-flight magazine. This edition comes at a time when fastjet is poised to launch its first flights within South Africa which, at time of writing, are scheduled for July. This new route will transform fastjet from an operator in the domestic Tanzanian market to a continental carrier. In this issue of Travelsmart and ahead of the new Johannesburg-Cape Town service, the emphasis is still on Tanzania – although we do take a look at South Africa’s Fashion Week. For Tanzania-based passengers there is coverage of the local finals of the Miss Universe pageant, a comparison of bus versus air travel when there is no price differential between the two transport modes, the delights of dealing in degaa, a profile of one of Tanzania’s top painters, plus visits to Onsea House in Arusha and the new Rivergardens development at Usa River. Internationally, the magazine assesses Manchester United’s triumphant English Premier Season and the prospect of life without long-standing manager Sir Alex Ferguson. We also test drive the impeccably built VW Polo. Lastly and somewhat controversially, we pose the question of when Africa may start sending aid to increasingly impoverished Europe – instead of the other way around. Once again, I hope you enjoy reading this issue of Travelsmart and we welcome any comments from readers. south africa and beyond July brings another exciting milestone for fastjet, the launch of domestic flights in South Africa. The South African traveller is no stranger to low-cost airlines, but since low-cost carrier 1time stopped operating, fares in South Africa have become significantly more expensive, making it harder for many people to travel by air. fastjet believes that there is a need for more capacity in the market. Competition leads to efficiency and, in the end, it is the consumer, you, who benefits from a competitive market. We know that we cannot realise our goal of becoming a truly pan-African airline without services within and from South Africa, and while our original intention had been to bring fastjet flights to South Africa by revitalising 1time, unfortunately this was not possible. To facilitate our speed to market we’ve partnered with Federal Air and over the join the conversation We will continue to offer lots of really low fares for those customers who book early. At the moment, average fares for regional passengers in Africa are up to four times more expensive than those enjoyed by European airline customers. At fastjet, we intend to change that and make air travel affordable to many more people as we have in Tanzania. We will be the people’s champion, democratising air travel. Whether you are a first-time flyer or a regular air traveller, on business, visiting friends or relatives or a tourist, thank you for flying with fastjet. If you enjoyed your flight, tell all your friends; if you think we can do something better, please let us know at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org ‘Over the coming months we will be working hard to bring the full fastjet brand to the South African consumer’ Gary Gimson Publisher Yours sincerely LOOK OUT FOR... Simon Ndokeji, selftaught painter gaining international fame. (page 22) Ed Winter Chief Executive Officer travelsmart 5 6 travelsmart fastjetnews NewsDesk Polo shirts fastjet dreSSed For the high LiFe Lucky fastjet customers had a welcome surprise on 26 and 27 March this year when the first 20 people to visit the company’s Samora Avenue sales office were presented with fastjet-branded polo shirts and caps. The giveaway was so popular that everything was gone before 11 am on each day. A319 Ceremony her nAme’S on the pLAne A milestone in fastjet’s bid to open up affordable air travel was reached when Veronica Chuwa of Mwanza became the airline’s 75,000th passenger. To mark the occasion, one of the company’s Airbus 319 aircraft will be named after Mrs Chuwa, who has also been presented with two complimentary fastjet tickets of her choice. The number of passengers choosing to fly with fastjet has been consistently high since operations began in November 2012. Followfastjet www.fastjet.com www.facebook.com/fastjet www.facebook.com/fastjetza www.twitter.com/fastjet ‘MINIBUZZ’ GETS A BOOST The popular TBC1 show ‘Minibuzz’, which explores social issues in Tanzania, was sponsored by fastjet on 25 February on TBC2 at 6 pm and TBC1 at 10 pm. The fastjet-sponsored shows continued for the full week on TBC1 at 6 pm. travelsmart 7 fastjetnews SPONSORED THESE FEET WERE MADE FOR RUNNING The 11th Kilimanjaro Marathon was organised by Wild Frontiers Travel and proudly sponsored by fastjet. Over 6,500 runners took part in the 42.2 km (26.2 mile) race on Sunday 3 March – an important qualifying race for the Comrades Marathon. The runners were cheered and supported by a large crowd of spectators including the fastjet team. Starting at Moshi Stadium, the circular route includes the main road to Dar es Salaam and a long steady ascent towards Mweka before finishing back at the Moshi Stadium. FAST AID dAy oF KindneSS BeneFitS orphAnAge Chakuwama, an orphanage established 14 years ago in the centre of Tanzania by Saida Hassan, has received direct assistance from fastjet staff. The orphanage cares for 40 girls and 34 boys ranging in age from one month to 18 years. Most of the children have been abandoned, orphaned or are homeless. At Chakuwama they are educated from nursery level through to sixth form; but the running costs can be high because they include medical fees, school fees, accommodation, clothing, bedding and food. On 30 March fastjet staff, moved by Saida Hassan’s good work, presented the orphanage with sugar, beans, cooking oil, stationery, exercise books, school uniforms, soda and biscuits. The visit was a great success and fastjet’s commercial manager, Jean Aku, gave the orphanage a further TZS 350,000 to support their fine work. FASTJET AT INDABA TRAVEL SHOWCASE Staff from fastjet’s commercial department attended Africa’s travel show, Indaba, which took place in Durban from 11 to 14 May. Sharing a stand with franchise partner Federal Air, attendance at the show was in preparation for the launch of fastjet’s new operation in South Africa. Unseasonably bad weather caused a slow start, but the travel show was soon in full swing and many of the visitors to the stand were travel agents and tour operators eager to learn about fastjet’s fares and products in both the local South African market and Tanzania. In fact, over 50 per cent of all enquiries were from operators wanting to sell Tanzania on the South African market. For more information on the new South Africa fastjet operation visit www.Facebook.com/fastjetZA travelsmart 9 MissUniverse Miss Universe Tanzania 2012/2013 Beauty contest opens door to fame T he race is on for Miss Universe Tanzania 2013 and the hotly anticipated event creates a Bahamas, where she gained accolades from beauty experts. In 2010 Hellen Dausen was the winner and gained much attention, featuring in magazines and having interviews with international TV channels. fantastic opportunity for those taking part, with past winners going on to great heights of success in the beauty and modelling world. Ever since the inaugural event in 2007, the Miss Universe Tanzania competition has taken the industry by storm. The first winner, Flaviana Matata, has gone from strength to strength, gaining international modelling contracts and working tirelessly for charity, including her own Flaviana Matata Foundation. Flaviana is the Angel Ambassador of the Diamond Empowerment Fund (DEF) © Fadil Berisha attention Nelly Kamwelu won in 2011 and created much attention online and with fashion and beauty critics. Her performance and looks made her a celebrity and with a string of competition wins to her name she was the first Tanzanian to attend three major competitions, Miss Universe, Miss International and Miss Earth, winning top 10 places including one for National Costume at Miss Universe. Nelly also won Miss Southern Africa International and was placed fourth at Miss Tourism Queen International. Last year’s winner was 19-year-old student Winfrida Dominic and Miss Universe with Kim Kardashian, Nicola BreytenbachSteiner and Selita Banks, among many other charitable works. Through her own Flaviana Matata Foundation, she is helping women and children throughout Tanzania. She is a keen supporter of the MV Bukoba Project, which donates life vests to Lake Victoria ferry passengers. This follows the MV Bukoba tragedy in which Flaviana’s mother and brother lost their lives. The success does not end with Flaviana, however. Amanda Ole Sulul represented Tanzania in 2008 at the Miss Universe finals in Vietnam. The 2009 winner, Illuminata James from Mwanza, went to the international finals in Nassau, WINNING SMILE Flaviana’s performance at the international finals in Mexico was watched by over a billion viewers worldwide and resulted in her being ranked sixth in the world. Her ascent is the stuff of fairy tales and an inspiration to many African women. Flaviana lost her mother at a young age in a boating accident and was raised in a single-parent family. She studied electrical engineering at Arusha Technical College. ‘Let’s get ready for the 2013 event. It is destined to be thrilling and glamorous ’ 10 travelsmart MissUniverse graceful Amanda Ole Sulul clinched the 2008 title from 25 other women. Performing well with grace and talent she went on to represent Tanzania at the 2008 international finals in Vietnam © Miss Universe Tanzania Organization Tanzania was her first pageant. Winfrida has won over beauty experts and gained a growing international fan base. Regarded as one of Tanzania’s best delegates since 2007, she is working towards becoming an international model. The 2012 contestants were from seven regions: Dar es Salaam, Dodoma, Morogoro, Mwanza, Arusha, Mtwara Kilimanjaro and Manyara and the scouting team was headed by the Miss Universe Tanzania © Wilhelmina Models © Miss Universe Tanzania Organization traditional dress 2011 winner Nelly Kamwelu won a top ten spot for National Costume in Miss Universe. Her look and performance have led to a plethora of accolades including Miss Southern Africa national director, Maria Sarungi-Tsehai. The 2012 show was a gala of beauty and talent. Held in the National Museum auditorium in Dar es Salaam, it was hosted by Tanzania’s top comedian, Evans Bukuku, and included performances by the internationally acclaimed artists and acrobats of Afrikanashe. beauty Winfrida’s natural Tanzanian beauty gained the crown and she was ecstatic when her name was called, being hugged and kissed by the other contestants celebrating her win. After the ceremony, contestants partied into the night with food, cocktails and music from Blind Tiger. So, let’s get ready for the 2013 event. It is destined to be thrilling and glamorous and to offer great opportunities to the talented contestants. Miss Universe Tanzania 2013 is kicking off soon, with scouting due to start in June, so mark the calendar. The ceremony will take place in July and, with a hearty good luck wish to all the contestants, one thing is sure: it’s destined to be a glamorous night. success story Flaviana Matata shot to international fame after winning the Miss Universe Tanzania pageant in 2007. As well as being the first woman to represent Tanzania in the history of the Miss Universe pageant, she was also the first bald woman to compete, thus challenging notions of beauty. After placing sixth in the international finals in Mexico Flaviana was the Goodwill Ambassador of SOS Children’s Village Tanzania, among many other charity activities. After serving as Miss Tanzania, she continued to model in South Africa for Ice Models before being discovered at a New York charity event and signed to an international agency. She now works and lives in New York. © Wilhelmina Models travelsmart 11 PropertyProfile:OnseaHouse and Machweo Onsea House and Machweo Retreat and Fine Dining Outstanding hospitality in an oasis of tranquillity By Tony Shoo E very year thousands of tourists pass through Arusha en route to the famous national parks of six spacious cottage suites suitable for families and three chic suites. Private balconies offer guests wonderful views while the contemporary African decor, finely furnished interiors and immaculate bathrooms (fitted with large tubs and luxury rain showers) make this an inviting place to relax amid the beautiful grounds. The fabulous Machweo spa treatments range from Swedish massages to steam baths. Alternatively, guests can swim in the pool, relax in the lounge area, enjoy a drink at the lawn bar, take a guided tour of the locality, follow a birdwatching trail the Northern Circuit or to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. Those who discover Onsea House and Machweo Retreat will wish to extend their stopover in order to enjoy world-class hospitality in an oasis of tranquillity. One of the many amazing aspects of Onsea House is that this hilltop paradise is just 40 minutes from Kilimanjaro International Airport and a short ride from the bustling regional centre of Arusha. The sister properties present a range of accommodation options including privacy The whole setting offers privacy, with main buildings and cottages separated by lush shrubbery and connecting walkways and steps curling around the rising slope. A team of discreet and efficient staff is on hand to maintain this special atmosphere. 12 travelsmart PropertyProfile:OnseaHouse and Machweo changes daily and never fails to surprise and delight. After a selection of mini appetisers and a delicious soup, diners enjoy a choice of starters such as tasty tiger prawns cooked with a fennel cream and the aniseed-flavoured Ricard spirit; or a wonderful baked eggplant with mozzarella. Mains include market-fresh white snapper flown in from the coast and rich Kenyan beef stroganoff cooked with bell peppers and cream. Equally impressive are the local pork cutlets in a delicious mustard-based sauce; and langoustines served with a white butter sauce. The setting is also a feast for the Style Above: comfort and luxury at Machweo local coffee For dessert, you might like to try the chef’s refreshing coconut ice cream or a tropical tiramisu using local red banana. Dinner concludes with fine coffee from the nearby Blackburn Estate in Karatu served with biscuits or chocolate. In eyes, from the superbly crafted furniture inspired by the iconic designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh to the crisp linen on the tables. The spacious terrace has incredible views down the valley and is the most romantic setting in Arusha for an exclusive celebration. The name Machweo (the Swahili word for ‘sunset’) is inspired by Namasi Hill’s perfect position for breathtaking sunsets. Charcoal burners and lanterns keep the place warm and light so diners can sit and admire the dazzling display of stars in the night sky. ‘Those who discover Onsea House and Machweo Retreat will wish to extend their stopover in order to enjoy world-class hospitality’ or visit local attractions. These relaxing leisure options make these properties the perfect destination for post-safari pampering or a weekend getaway from Dar as Salaam. addition to various delicious lunch offerings, the all-day snack menu has items ranging from Zanzibar calzone pizza with salad to home-made ravioli with ricotta and wild mushrooms. accolades Since this remarkable luxury hideaway opened in 2006, its Belgian co-founders have won accolades for their constant efforts to provide guests with a memorable stay in this secluded pocket of the Northern Highlands. The management have a passion for their work and a hands-on approach when it comes to caring for guests. This can be seen in their attention to the smallest detail of the guest experience. This ensures outstanding hospitality in a gorgeous setting with great style. A daily service is operated by fastjet between Julius Nyerere International Airport and Kilimanjaro International Airport. See the fastjet website for details. delectable dining One of the highlights of a visit to this impressive boutique property is the fine dining available to both guests and local patrons. Chef Axel is an accomplished Belgian chef who refined his skills at some of the most respected restaurants in his homeland. Axel shapes his brasseriestyle menu around seasonal specials with local ingredients to create a menu that taste and design The Machweo fine dining experience is not simply a fabulous fusion of European and local influences. Diners have the opportunity to discuss the menu with the chef or one of the helpful and attentive waiters. The staff will not only discuss the dishes but will also help match your meal choice with wines from the temperaturecontrolled cellar. www.onseahouse.com www.machweo.com travelsmart 13 DealinginDagaa Peter sees big value in small fry… By Tony Shoo T he sight of small-scale fishing boats working in pairs to pull up lift nets with catches of dagaa The man behind the plan Above: Little fish to make big profit? methods of processing this popular indigenous fish. Peter Balyagati, founder and owner of Baspik Fisheries, was born in Kanyigo village in the region of Kagera. He was educated in the regional capital, Bukoba, has been a familiar sight on Lake Victoria for generations. The ‘native sardines’ (rastronebola argentea) spawn across the lake and are normally 40 to 60 mm in length. Various traditional methods of preserving and processing have been carried out on the lakeshore. Some entrepreneurs, however, have adopted more effective and hygienic ‘For some people it is a kind of medicine because of the properties it is said to have’ 14 travelsmart DealinginDagaa and in Mwanza before moving away from the Lake Zone to study civil engineering in Arusha. After a brief spell as an engineer, Peter realised his true vocation was to start a business of his own. Coming from a trading family, he was comfortable with the idea of being an entrepreneur. His first venture was a printing business in Mwanza which continues to be a success; but the industrious businessman wanted to develop another enterprise. The fish processing industry dominates the lakeside city, but it was the potential of the tiny dagaa fish that caught his attention. A collaboration with the Tanzanian Fisheries authority has helped Peter source the best type of wood for smoking. “I smoke dagaa as it helps preservation, improves the taste and can reduce heartburn, which can affect some A happy customer Below: Packed and ready to go process, this hygienic handling and packaging of dagaa also extends its shelf life. As a passionate believer in the health properties of the tiny fish, Peter lists the potential benefits of consuming dagaa on the packaging. He has also circulated leaflets at trade events such as the annual Saba Saba show in Dar es Salaam. Now the company is developing a website and Facebook contents. Today, its customer base extends to Dar es Salaam, where Baspik Fisheries has opened a small wholesale unit in the Kariakoo district. expanding “We are now expanding to the international market, starting with Rwanda,” says the enterprising fishery proprietor, who is now sending samples of his product back to Kigali with buyers who come to Mwanza. Peter believes he could develop trade with buyers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, South Sudan and Nigeria. He notes that, whereas dagaa is often considered a low-income food staple by Tanzania’s middle class, the fish remains universally popular in Zimbabwe and West Africa. The fishery now leases a three-acre site and has capacity to expand further. New and improved smoking ovens are making this key process more effective and economical for companies like Baspik Fisheries. nutrition Peter recalls: “I felt dagaa was overlooked and started to study the business.” He was impressed by the high nutritional value of this inexpensive source of protein. “For some people it is a kind of medicine because of the properties it is said to have.” The business was opened in a rented space of 15 square metres. Peter’s plan was simple: to produce high quality dagaa. With a workforce of just two, the company began by producing 50 kg of dagaa per day. This was packaged and sold to customers in the Ileemela area where his business was situated. Within 18 months the company was selling 400 kg per day. Every stage of production is controlled, from the point of purchase at the fish market to the packaging of the final product. “When I go to the fishermen, I only take the top layer of fish on the boat,” says Peter. “This is the freshest catch. The fish are straight and the eyes bright.” ‘When I go to the fishermen, I only take the top layer of fish on the boat. This is the freshest catch. The fish are straight and the eyes bright’ consumers,” says Peter. The fish is smoked at temperatures of 70 to 80°C and the final product requires no further cooking before eating. Unlike the traditional sun drying and preparation on lakeshore sand or rocks, which can be unhygienic, Peter’s facility carries out this process in controlled conditions. In addition to the smoking small scale In some 30 months, Peter Balyagetti has established a successful small-scale fishery with big ambitions to capture customers across the region. The start-up capital for dealing in dagaa is lower than the resources required to process tilapia or Nile Perch from Lake Victoria. There are also growing concerns about the sustainability of the stocks of these fish, which have both domestic and international markets. Does the fishery’s owner eat the tiny fish himself? “Yes! I love to eat the smoked dagaa simply as a snack on its own. I also enjoy them cooked with onion and tomato,” says Peter. fishery He says the fish can vary in taste around the lake depending on what they are feeding on. From the boats, the dagaa is transferred to the fishery, where the fish is washed and brined and then put on racks to dry in the sun before being placed in a kiln for smoking. travelsmart 15 SouthAfricaFashionweek South African Fashion Week INNOVATION BY DESIGN T he South African Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2013 Collection was showcased at the Crown Plaza in Johannesburg from 11 to 13 April, blazing a trail in the local fashion industry. The show embraced 30 must-see designer clothing ranges including the eagerly anticipated launch of a luxury sportswear collection from Albertus Swanepoel, the New York-based South African designer. Swanepoel has won acclaim for his collaborations with some of New Yorkâ€™s finest designers, including Marc Jacobs and Carolina Herrera. 16 travelsmart SouthAfricaFashionweek At the show The 2013 Spring/Summer Collection show introduced the Fashion Installation, a new presentation format that represented a first for South African Fashion Week. These innovative shows feature stationary models instead of the usual runway experience. Static shows provide the opportunity for a more detailed look at the garments. There was an enthusiastic reception for Clive Rundle, Albertus Swanepoel, Naked Ape, Palse Homme and Tiaan Nagel, all of whom presented their creations in this innovative style. © Waldo Pretorius © Ivan Naude/Albertus Swanepoel Fashion Week Style Left: Cutting edge design with the Naked Ape label Above: Behind the scenes © Ivan Naude/Naked Ape © Kat Grudko © Waldo Pretorius travelsmart © Ivan Naude/Albertus Swanepoel 17 SouthAfricaFashionweek Fashion focus © Ivan Naude/Loxion Kulca © Ivan Naude/Loxion Kulca © Ivan Naude/Loxion Kulca Loxion Kulca There was a ‘survival’ theme running through the Spring/Summer Collection from Loxion Kulca, the result of a collaboration between Wandi Nzimande and Ole Ledimo of House of Ole. Military-inspired prints and camouflage designs were used throughout the collection as they celebrated 14 years in the African urban fashion industry. © Ivan Naude/Loxion Kulca © Ivan Naude/Laz Yani Cutterier by Laz Yani Wrinkle-free fabrics that allow garments to remain stylish even after travel have been used to create the sophisticated and versatile pieces that were the focus of Cutterier’s Spring/ Summer Collection. Designer Laz Yani drew inspiration from travelling women to create a collection suitable for all seasons and occasions. 18 travelsmart Foodfor thought Bizerca Bistrot © Jeanne Horak-Druiff © Jeanne Horak-Druiff © Jeanne Horak-Druiff © Jeanne Horak-Druiff Enjoy the French flavour of champagne Fridays By Jeanne Horak-Druiff dishes is always available and includes braised pig trotter with seared scallop and truffle oil, which has gained an almost fanatical following. Classic starters include oysters with a cape gooseberry dressing or a duo of paté and rillette with cornichon, pickled pear and melba toast. Classic mains include robust French Sweet dishes include Bizerca’s selection of mini desserts comprising a molten centred Valrhona chocolate fondant pudding; a creamy white chocolate crème brûlée; and a tart raspberry sorbet. But arguably the star of the show is the classic French apple tarte fine with crème fraîche ice cream and honey syrup; a fruity, flaky, elegant and satisfying sweet treat that is unforgettable. views; in Cape Town they are a dime a dozen. So why, after 17 years in France and Australia, did French chef Laurent Deslandes and his South African wife move to South Africa to open a restaurant in the maze of high-rise office blocks of the Foreshore? You might say it sounds a little crazy – or bizerca, to be more exact. Despite Bizerca Bistrot’s unusual location, the restaurant has gained a devoted following of regular diners and many accolades since opening in late 2007. After five successful years Bizerca recently moved to a new home in Heritage Square, an 18th-century building in the heart of Cape Town. The move is complete with a funky interior, whimsical modern light fittings and ancient exposed brick walls, all accented by an outdoor dining space in a secluded courtyard; and nestled in one corner is a gnarled grapevine, reputedly Cape Town’s oldest. In addition to the seasonal dishes that change regularly, the menu of classic Quiet location Al fresco I n other cities you have to look pretty hard to find a restaurant that offers great wine, great food and breathtaking ‘Despite Bizerca Bistrot’s unusual location the restaurant has gained a devoted following of regular diners’ bistro style dishes such as braised veal shoulder with roasted mushroom, grilled semolina, asparagus and prune chutney; Karoo lamb stew with sautéed vegetables and gremolata; or the sumptuous and perfectly seasoned beef tartare served with pommes gaufrette (crispy fried potato wafers). It’s rib sticking, sauce mopping, forkful stealing food that is deeply satisfying in a way that fine dining rarely is, with each dish speaking of carefully chosen ingredients and assured cooking. bites In addition to the main menu a cold menu of afternoon and late night bites is served between lunch and dinner, and again after dinner, making Bizerca the perfect place for oysters and champagne on a Friday afternoon. The wine list has a good selection of South African red, white and sparkling wine as well as a small choice of French wine. Most excitingly the portions and prices are bistro style while the quality of the food is far closer to that expected in a more expensive restaurant and whether it is oysters and champagne in the courtyard on a sunny afternoon or an intimate dinner on a winter’s night, Bizerca is the place to taste. travelsmart 19 DartoMwanza Dar to Mwanza – coach or plane? Airbus is less fuss than the bus By Tony Shoo luggage when it departed shortly after 6 am. Heading out of Dar es Salaam towards Chalinze, we met a growing line of buses and trucks, all desperate to leave the city before it became nigh-impossible to escape the congestion that besets this expanding metropolis of 4 million residents. By 8.30 am we were through Chalinze and heading towards Morogoro town in the Uluguru Mountains. The agricultural centre of the Morogoro region was our first main stop for a half-hour break. After refreshments and a change of buses, our journey resumed and by 10.40 am we were in the village of Nyomero en route to Dodoma. Passing through hilly country, we continued on through the small town of Gairo towards the central region and our next destination, Dodoma, the political capital of Tanzania. The city of Dodoma © MH Gallery out of Dodoma, our next destination was Transport option Above: Let the plane take the strain Below: A crowded bus T by bus the semi-arid region of Singida. We arrived at the main town’s bus station at 4.15 pm. Most of the passengers had left the coach and few newcomers were boarding. As we stopped, there was a flurry of hawkers selling oil made from the sunflowers that carpet the surrounding fields with their bright yellow blooms. ravelsmart wanted to compare the different experiences of travelling to Mwanza from Dar es Salaam by bus and plane. Both will be familiar journeys to many of our passengers who fly the popular route between Mwanza – the Rock City – and the nation’s commercial capital of Tanzania. Here are the reports. The early morning journey began at the bustling Ubungu Bus Terminal. Our bus was filled to the brim with passengers and came into view around 1 pm. Our bus passed the parliament building before making a one-hour stop for lunch. Heading ‘We met a growing line of buses and trucks, all desperate to leave the city before it became nigh-impossible to escape the congestion’ 20 travelsmart © MH Gallery DartoMwanza At dusk we started out for Shinyanga town. By the time we arrived, at 8.30 pm, the rain had set in – a worrying hazard on the remaining leg of our journey. It was a huge relief to arrive finally at the largely deserted terminus in Mwanza at 11 pm. This was a scenic but exhausting journey, and it was a relief to know that I had booked my fastjet ticket for the return trip to Dar es Salaam. by air Travelling by taxi to Julius Nyerere International Airport just before dawn is a refreshingly traffic-free experience. Our driver sped past the central business district before cruising through the industrial sprawl of the Nyerere Road and its wonderfully empty junctions. Within half an hour of leaving home, we were pulling up at the following the signing of a $170 million deal with a leading Dutch contractor. © MH Gallery airport, where a new terminal is on the way ‘Plenty of fastjet members of staff were on hand to assist with inquiries and check-in procedures’ Plenty of fastjet members of staff were on hand to assist with inquiries and checkin procedures. Having packed with care and observed the security requirements for hand luggage, I quickly found myself seated in the departure lounge. The lounge café was doing a brisk business in breakfast orders and most passengers had something to eat before boarding. Our Airbus A319 gleamed on the tarmac and passengers readily found storage space for their hand luggage before take-off. At 6.40am we climbed above the city as its inhabitants rose from their slumber to face another hectic day in bustling Bongo, as Dar es Salaam is known in Kiswahili. The short flight to the Lake Zone gave me just enough time to enjoy the latest issue of ‘Travelsmart’. I noticed, too, that several passengers took the increasingly popular inflight magazine away to digest its contents at home. Flying across the vastness of Lake Victoria, it is easy to understand why this amazing water feature, with its impressive surface area of 68,800 sq km, is called an inland sea. As we descended, I could make out the distinctive igneous rock formations that have been eroded over many thousands of years by the waters of the lake. We landed at about 8.10 am and an airport transfer bus delivered me to the baggage collection area. It was impressive to see that the baggage from our hold was already there, waiting to be collected by the passengers. Within half an hour of passing through Arrivals, you can easily be checking into a hotel or attending a meeting with Quick and easy A smooth landing colleagues or clients. For the business traveller, the first flight from Dar es Salaam is the ideal way to accomplish a full day of work in the lakeside city. This morning flight allows the leisure traveller to enjoy several hours exploring the beauty of the Rock City with a local tour operator before moving on to the popular national parks of Rubondo Island or Gombe Stream. Alternatively, you can spend a day relaxing by the lake before moving inland to the Serengeti via the park’s Western Corridor entrance, just a few hours’ drive from Mwanza. The fastjet service to Mwanza is quick, relaxing and amazing value. travelsmart 21 AfricanMagic Africa Magic Viewer’s Choice Awards Evening of glamour for media stars Bruce Hill T he red carpet was laid out for the inaugural Africa Magic Viewer’s Choice Awards ceremony, broadcast live from Lagos on Saturday 9 March. Hosted by Big Brother’s IK Osakioduwa and StarGist’s Vimbai Muntinhiri, the awards celebrated the best of Africa’s film and TV talent in a glamorous, star-studded ceremony. Among the big winners, ‘Skeem’ scooped two awards, including Best Movie (Comedy), while ‘The Mirror Boy’ won three awards including Best Movie (Drama). There were three wins for the team behind the movie ‘Man on Ground’. ‘Otelo Burning’ picked up an amazing four awards including the hotly contested Best Movie (Overall). It was a proud night for South African Sara Blecher, who produced and directed ‘Otelo Burning’, about a group of young people from the township who discover surfing. Amid huge applause, the Best Television award went to the Kenyan satirical comedy programme ‘The XYZ Show’, created and produced by Godffrey Mwampembwa and Marie LoraMungai, which tackles Kenyan current affairs and features a humorous spoof newscast with latex puppets. The showbiz atmosphere was enhanced by a host of homegrown musical superstars. Femi Kuti, Sauti Sol, Tiwa Savage, Banky W and Chidinma all turned out and Ghana’s very own Efya took to the stage for a celebrated performance. At the end of the evening, the Industry Merit award was presented to veteran actor Olu Jacobs and a very proud Ivie Okujaye was named TrailBlazer of the Year. ‘The awards celebrated the best of Africa’s film and TV talent in a glamorous, star-studded ceremony’ 22 travelsmart AfricanMagic Winners at a glance Best Movie (Comedy) Tim Greene/Skeem Best Movie (Drama) Obi Emelonye /The Mirror Boy Best Movie (Overall) Sara Blecher /Otelo Burning © Bruce Hill Best Television Series Godffrey Mwampembwa and Marie Lora-Mungai/The XYZ Show Best Movie Director Akin Omotoso/Man on Ground Best Actor (Comedy) Hafiz Oyetoro/House a Part Best Actor (Drama) OC Ukeje/Two Brides and a Baby Best Actress (Comedy) Mercy Johnson/Dumebi – The Dirty Girl Best Actress (Drama) Jackie Appiah/Perfect Picture. Glittering occasion © Bruce Hill © Bruce Hill Left: Stars come to Lagos Above: Behind the scenes © Bruce Hill © Bruce Hill travelsmart 23 BlackBerry Z10 ProductReview Touch-scrEEn by blacKbErry T he long-awaited BlackBerry Z10 – the first fully touch-screen smartphone from BlackBerry diehard BlackBerry fans it may be difficult to relinquish the much-loved keyboard; however, the touch keyboard is something the BlackBerry Z10 has executed well and may be enough to win over even the most enthusiastic of keyboard fans. The predictive element is a stroke of inspiration. It learns the most frequently used words as well as the repetitive mistakes of the user to create a very user-friendly functionality much better than the competition. For those unable or unwilling to give up the BlackBerry keyboard, there is a new BlackBerry Q10 that has retained the keyboard feature and is released in April. – has finally arrived after a somewhat rocky inception. Personalisation seems to be low on the agenda for this device, which is available only in white or black; but the design is sleek and pleasing, if undeniably influenced by the iPhone 5. The Z10 has a larger screen than the iPhone 5 but is still comfortable to hold in one hand and is smaller than the slightly unwieldy 4.7 inch screen of the HTC One, although it weighs a full 24 g more than the iPhone 5 and is one gram heavier than the HTC One. However, the plastic soft-touch back cover makes the BlackBerry Z10 feel sturdy in the hand and it is a thing of beauty, if not wholly original. The first major feature of this redesigned phone is that there is no keyboard. For keyboard Aside from its lack of keyboard, which may be a real sticking point for some BlackBerry purists, the next noticeable change is its interface, which has been completely redesigned with the addition of the BlackBerry Hub. This is designed to create smooth navigation around the device, allowing a flow between applications instead of having to open and close them, as with most other operating systems. With the Hub, a swipe across the screen to the right reveals all inboxes, from email to social networking sites, while swiping downwards can reveal calendars Another major feature of the BlackBerry Z10 is the BBM Video with Screen Share. This allows BBM chat to be switched to a video conversation and the screen share function makes it possible to share photos, look at documents and other visuals via BBM. SOunD DeSIGn Stylish and practical accessories for the BlackBerry Z10 include the BlackBerry Mini Stereo Speaker. Perfect for travel, the clip-on design allows it to be attached to a bag strap; or it can be simply placed on a table. Using the Bluetooth facility of the smartphone, the speaker can play music wirelessly or can be used for conference calling. It is compatible with BlackBerry 10 devices. and appointments etc. The Hub is a good idea, because instant access to accounts and updates all in one spot is time-saving and desirable. However, in practicality it can be a little overwhelming, as it gives all updates all the time with no filter option, leaving those with active online lives bombarded by yet another overwhelming set of constant notifications. This would be a great idea if there were more control; or, equally, for those who are not very active online. ‘the predictive element is a stroke of inspiration’ The BlackBerry Z10 has a user-friendly interface that is pleasing if not groundbreaking and, at similar prices to its competitors, the choice of the BlackBerry Z10 is going to be one of taste rather than economy. The phone is probably not trailblazing enough to persuade a dyed-in-thewool iPhone or HTC user to switch, but will be enough to keep BlackBerry fans happy and BlackBerry out of trouble. travelsmart 25 latestreleases latest releases Bookworm Only the Dead By Hamilton Wende The Claws of God are an army of child soldiers existing deep within the Ugandan Jungle led by the villainous General Faustin. The brainwashed children believe that the man controlling them, Papa Mephisto, has the power of the lion. Psychologist Tania Richter is trying to protect these children and to do so she enlists the help of Sebastian Burke who has knowledge of the history of lion mythology. Sebastian and Tania become entangled in a conflict that threatens a nuclear attack and they must use the history of lions and humans to save the children and the world. A Quiet Kind of Courage By Anthony Schneider Anthony Schneider’s latest novel explores the themes of home, exile and the ripple effect of one man’s actions on the generations to follow. This story spans space and time from South Africa to New York both past and present with narratives that intertwine to expose the history and consequences of the actions of Henry Wegland. Currently living in New York, Henry encourages his grandson Saul to travel to South Africa to make a documentary about South African liberation. When Saul is kidnapped he unpicks the secrets Henry thought long buried with his ANC activist past. Thirty Second World By Emma van der Vliet Thirty Second World tells the story of two women Alison and Beth. Alison seems to have it all, a glamorous job in the South African film industry and two children who she ably cares for. However, the text messages she regularly sends to her friend Evie tell a different story. Beth, new to the advertising industry is watching her home life unravel as she is tempted by the advances of a colleague. Both women are forced to face their lives when an accident during a film shoot in the middle of the South African bush throws them together revealing dark secrets. Crossbones By Nuruddin Farah Nuruddin Farah has a new instalment to the Past Imperfect trilogy of novels with this new offering of Crossbones. Two brothers return to Somalia. Malik is a freelance journalist determined to report the government’s dysfunction and Ahl is travelling for more personal reasons, to locate his stepson Taxliil who is under the influence of jihadist imam to train as a suicide bomber. They are both searching for knowledge that will lead to a race against time to rescue Taxliil, deposit Malik’s stories before the violence against journalists reaches their door and leave the region before war breaks out. 26 travelsmart latestreleases BlockBusters The Croods Starring: Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds, Nicolas Cage Director: Kirk De Micco & Chris Sanders • Genre: Family, adventure, animation When their cave is destroyed The Croods must journey across a fantastical landscape. With their home in ruins and a perilous adventure ahead, The Croods are truly the first modern family who will discover seismic shifts that will change their lives forever. The Heat Starring: Sandra Bullock, Melissa McCarthy, Marlon Wayans Director: Paul Feig • Genre: Comedy, action The buddy movie is back. From the director of Bridesmaids a new comedy starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy finds an uptight and meticulous FBI agent teamed up with a foul mouthed, short-tempered Boston cop. They are thrown together to track down a vicious drug lord. The mismatched officers have never had a friend or a partner before and must learn to get along or maybe even befriend each other. Oblivion Starring: Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Olga Kurylenko Director: Joseph Kosinski • Genre: Sci-fi, action, adventure It is the future and after decades of war with the Scavs Earth is unrecognisable. Oblivion is the story of Jack Harper one of the repairmen assigned to look after the drones which are extracting the remaining resources from the Earth. When Jack discovers a crashed spacecraft and rescues a beautiful stranger a chain of events unravel which place the fate of humankind firmly in his hands. Iron Man 3 Starring: Robert Downey Jr, Guy Pearce, Gwyneth Paltrow Director: Shane Black • Genre: Action, sci-fi In the latest instalment of the ‘Iron Man’ franchise, Tony Stark will be tested to the limits when a terrorist tears his world apart. Stark must embark on a quest to find those responsible and use his instincts to protect those he loves. This is 40 Starring: Paul Rudd, Leslie Mann, Jason Segel Director: Judd Apatow • Genre: Comedy This is 40 takes a look at how Pete and Debbie, two of the characters first seen in Apatow’s Knocked Up, are faring a few years after the first film at a time when they are both turning 40. Debt, unhappiness and rebellious children have led to a turning point and a mid-life crisis for the couple. How will they learn to love growing older in this heart-warming comedy about family, love and marriage? travelsmart 27 MuralMaker Simon Ndokeji Artistâ€™s wall-to-wall talent brings international fame By Tony Shoo T he creative landscape of Africa continues to change as new ideas, techniques and talents emerge across the continent. Now, as always, its artists draw inspiration from Africaâ€™s contrasting locations and cultural influences; and a constant thread running through many of todayâ€™s creative talents is a desire to reflect their heritage, albeit in forms and methods often far removed from the traditional arts and crafts of their forefathers. One such creative is the self-taught painter and muralist Simon Ndokeji, who has attracted an international following with his colourful and lively images inspired by the natural world and culture of his homeland. experience Simon was born in Isangijo village, Kisesa, in the Mwanza region, in 1962. His first experience of art was at primary school. By the time he was in Class 5, Simon realised he had real talent. And when local people and passing tourists began to buy his drawings, he also realised he could derive an income from his talent. Self-taught painter and muralist Simon Ndokeji has attracted an international following with his colourful and lively images 28 travelsmart MuralMaker When Simon was 15 years old he met ‘Mr Kapera’, a Mwanza street artist whose work greatly impressed him. The seasoned painter helped the young artist develop his ability to sketch with perspective and to apply colours. In 1983 Simon completed his O levels and undertook various jobs to make a living. He put his creativity to good use when he joined Mwanza Textiles in 1978. During his time with the company he had an opportunity to design some of the kanga material produced by Mwanza Textiles. The aspiring artist had found his true vocation. “At this point, I really felt ‘I have talent’ so I employed myself as a painter,” explains Simon. Simon began by selling oil paintings and wax batik work to curio shops. Returning to Mwanza in 1985, he established a studio and sold his work to visitors to the nearby Sukuma Museum. His decision to work as an artist was reaffirmed as his paintings became ever more popular. “I was encouraged by a Yugoslavian visitor who bought many paintings,” he recalls. “I realised it was possible to live by producing art.” Simon’s next step was to open a shop at his home in Kiseso. His buyers were tourists on their way to and from Serengeti National Park, a few hours’ drive from Mwanza. The Nyumba ya Sanaa cultural centre in Dar es Salaam also began selling his work. paintings,” he explains. His work reflecting the traditions of his tribe, the largest in Tanzania, are painted with careful attention to detail to ensure they accurately depict © Simon Ndokeji ‘I wake up at night, then start to outline the painting’ is currently decorating the new wing of Ryan’s Bay Hotel. “Three years ago I started producing wall paintings with acrylic for the rooms and communal areas,” he explains. “Now I am decorating the new building in the same style.” After three decades working as an artist, Simon is making a successful living as a commercial artist. He is concerned, however, that too few young creatives from his region are following in his footsteps. “In Mwanza, there are few artists, as young people cannot see how © Simon Ndokeji the culture of his ancestors. In addition to his popular works depicting stylised animals and figures, Simon has begun experimenting with fantasy art. Magical, mysterious and mythical imagery are formed from his dreams. Simon explains: “I wake up at night, then start to outline the painting.” Such work is especially popular with European collectors, while Tanzanian clients generally prefer his more ‘realistic’ work. their talent can be turned into a business,” he says. “They don’t know how to sell their work.” following Simon has attracted an international following. At the invitation of a friend, and thanks to Danish government sponsorship, he visited a cultural group that shares his passion for Sukuma culture and has forged a close relationship with the artist. During his time in Denmark he also visited schools and found widespread interest in his work. Today, 80 per cent of his work is sold to international customers. “Sometimes I sell direct, for example, when I visited Denmark in 2012,” says the artist, who represents himself rather than using an agent. The Mwanza-based artist continues to be popular in his home region. He Art for arts sake? Above: A style all of his own © Simon Ndokeji career Accordingly, he wants to establish art classes for students completing Standard 7 to help them learn both how to paint and how to develop a career. Simon’s second son is now helping him with large commissions. It is hoped he will continue the family’s creativity. Simon is proud of his achievements. “My family respect my work as they see it as a source of income,” he says. “Even Mama Ndogo [his mother’s younger sister] in the village now realises this is my life and business.” For commissions and inquiries email: email@example.com commission One interesting commission was from the Tilapia Hotel in Mwanza. The owners were keen to have murals inspired by the natural world. Simon always retained a passion for depicting the flora and fauna that surrounded him. Tanzania’s rich wildlife is reflected in his depictions of large mammals and birdlife. Like many present-day artists across the continent, he retains a fascination © Simon Ndokeji for his African heritage. “As a Sukuma, I learned my tribe’s history. Sometimes I depict traditional dress and stories in my travelsmart 29 ManchesterUnited in excellent shape Sir Alex leaves REDS 30 travelsmart ManchesterUnited © Melis/Shutterstock T level. he surprise resignation of Manchester United’s legendary manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, on Overall, Manchester United’s worldwide army of fans will be reasonably pleased. Of course, they will be disappointed to have seen yet another earlier-than-expected departure from the Champions League – albeit an © Melis/Shutterstock 8 May has brought to a close one of the most remarkable chapters in English football history. But, while Ferguson, now aged 71, contemplates a quieter life, the club which has achieved world-class status under his stewardship will continue to set the agenda both at national and European The English Premier League (EPL) season just ended has been widely regarded as a triumph for Manchester United and their erstwhile manager. It was easier than usual for the Red Devils, who, with a handful of games still to play, romped home with the Premiership crown their last-day heartbreak 12 months ago. © Jaggat Rashidi/Shutterstock improvement on their ignominious exit at the group stage 12 months previously. On the positive side, fans can take pride in the performances of several players, to claim a 20th title – thus making up for easy-peasy No other team really got near Man U in the second half of the season and it was easy-peasy for a club that have performed solidly over 38 games without really setting the world on fire. United’s fine league form contrasted with some less-than-impressive performances in cup competitions; going out of the Champions League by losing at home to Real Madrid at the quarter-final stage, defeated by Chelsea in the quarterfinals of the FA Cup and losing to the same team in the Capital One Cup. from the evergreen Ryan Giggs and Paul Red Devils Above right: The evergreen Ryan Giggs and England international Michael Carrick. Above: Spanish goalkeeper David De Gea, who made the PFA team of the season. Scholes, still playing well in their late thirties, to some solid displays by others. Standing head and shoulders above his team-mates was Dutch frontman Robin van Persie, United’s big close-season signing from Arsenal and one of the shrewdest bits of business carried out by Ferguson for some time. By season end, van Persie’s hefty £28 million transfer had proved a bargain. Ferguson said van Persie had made as big an impact as anyone he could remember. Japan’s Shinji Kagawa proved another canny and relatively unsung purchase. Michael Carrick in midfield had a stellar The club which has achieved world-class status under his stewardship will continue to set the agenda both at national and European level season and was named on a shortlist of six – along with van Persie – of PFA players of the season. Meanwhile, goalkeeper David De Gea – previously a much criticised purchase – and defender Rio Ferdinand also made the PFA team of the season. On the debit side, the below-par form of United star Wayne Rooney, who travelsmart 31 ManchesterUnited has rather gone off the boil, prompting rumours of a transfer to fabulously wealthy Paris Saint-German. The same has been true of Ecuadorian star Antonio Valencia, the fans’ player of the year the previous season, who has been pretty hopeless this past campaign. So what now for next season, with Ferguson no longer running the show? A player to look out for as the 2013-14 season gets under way in August will be 20-year-old Wilfried Zaha, who joins from London Level 2 team Crystal Palace on a five-and-a-half-year contract and comes with an initial price tag of GBP 10 million. quality Given United’s grooming policy, however, it is unlikely that the England under-21 international will see more than a few Capital One Cup appearances. There is also Nick Powell, signed for around GBP 6 million from lowly Crewe in summer 2012, who could start to figure in the line-up, but has van Persie and home-grown Danny Wellbeck ahead of him the pecking order. Adnan Januzaj is another name to look out for, but 2013-14 could be a season too soon for the young Belgian star of Going Dutch Above: Striker Robin van Persie is congratulated by team-mates after scoring in the Champions League. © Melis/Shutterstock Albanian descent whom United signed from Anderlecht in 2011. He does now have a squad number, however. Rumours about Robert Lewandowski joining from Borussia Dortmund or Radamel Falcao from Atlético Madrid continue, but United, like other EPL clubs, have until 31 August to secure the players they want. United’s new manager, David Moyes, may want to follow in the footsteps of Ferguson by opting for quality rather than quantity, handpicking one or two youngish players with potential rather than adopting the relatively unsuccessful policy of neighbours and rivals City, who splurged millions late in August. Most of these signings turned out to be money wasted. © Melis/Shutterstock magical manager Sir Alex Ferguson, who resigned on 8 May after 26 years in the Old Trafford hot seat, had been in his job far longer than any other manager of the 92 clubs in the English Football League. To put things in perspective, the second-longest-serving manager, Arsène Wenger, has been in charge of Arsenal for just 16 years. Even then, and with the possible exception of David Moyes, who now leaves Everton to replace Ferguson, these two are rarities. At a time when the average Premier League manager lasts just 25 months – and often a much, much shorter tenure – Ferguson has shown that continuity is a virtue. Unsurprisingly, Ferguson won many awards and was voted Manager of the Year more times than anyone in English football history. Ferguson bowed out seeing his team play out an incredible draw 5-5 with West Bromwich – the first 5-5 draw in Premiership history. enviable The Red Devils have an enviable track record of buying carefully and wisely; but Ferguson hasn’t always got it right, as names like Bébé, Djemba-Djemba, Verón, Kleberson and Obertan can all testify. And some of these involved big money. A forecast for the 2013-14 season? Well, only a fool would bet against United 32 travelsmart So what now for next season, with Ferguson no longer running the show? to retain their EPL crown; but, as always, big-spending City and Chelsea are likely to be snapping at their heels. It would certainly make for a better Premiership – à la 2011-12 – if another team could challenge the pre-eminence of Man U. rivals Beyond City and Chelsea, there are only London’s Arsenal and Spurs who could feature in the top four. Sadly, the EPL has become more of a procession than a competition. But also look out for a resurgent Liverpool, who have been aided by some sharp January transfer-window signings. It may be closer next time, but the smart money will still be on United for the title. And we should expect a much stronger showing in the Champions League. Aidinreverse Is Europe the world’s poor man now? By Gary Gimson start sending aid money to Europe instead of the other way round? When are we going to see the pop concerts, the earnest African celebrities pleading for us to donate our hard-earned shillings or our kwacha, the wearing of sympathetic lapel ribbons and ‘right-on’ wristbands as a continent expresses its collective concern for those newly impecunious folk living far to the north? I pose this question partly tongue in cheek, but how long will it be before Africans and African governments Clearly, times have changed. Africa, once an economic basket case, a continent seemingly racked by famine and civil wars – or so Europeans thought – is on the rise. By contrast, onceaffluent Europe is now in what appears to be an inexorable decline as it grapples with the impact of a one-size-fits-all single currency that has brought near economic collapse to some states, Cyprus being the latest casualty. The figures are stark. Take a look at the latest GDP growth rates as provided by the CIA Yearbook. These show that, in 2012, nine of the world’s 20 fastest-growing economies were African: Libya (1), Sierra Leone (2), Niger (4), Liberia (10), Ghana (13), Côte d’Ivoire (14), Rwanda (17), Eritrea (19) and Mozambique (20). not yet boarding small rickety boats to cross the Strait of Gibraltar, but it’s a sure sign that Africa is where the future lies. The highest-ranked EU economy in 2012 was Latvia at 70th place in the world ratings. Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Italy, Spain, Hungary, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands and Denmark topsy-turvy But if the topsy-turvy economic situation on both continents persists, then the above scenario may not be so far-fetched. In fact, some African states – Botswana is a case in point – already have their own state-backed overseas aid programmes, although, as yet, these are not targeted at Europe’s needy. Paradoxically, and as the economies of Europe continue to nosedive, many European Union states remain committed to handing out 0.7 per cent of their GDP in aid each year. So while Africa is powering ahead, it still receives barrowloads of cash from those less and less able to afford it. Many if not most European states are, in effect, borrowing this 0.7 per cent just to give it away. How long can this continue and does fast-growing Africa even need it? dream Mozambique, albeit in 20th place, still posted an annual growth rate of 7.5 per cent – a figure that Europeans could only dream about. This shift in economic performance is best illustrated by the thousands of Portuguese who are now said to be migrating to Angola and Mozambique each year to escape the worst of Portugal’s economic death spiral. They’re ‘In 2012, nine of the world’s 20 fastest-growing economies were African’ 34 travelsmart Aidinreverse were all in the bottom 20 with their GDP figures in negative territory. Obviously, African economies generally start from a lower base and, as a result, growth rates in purely percentage terms tend to favour poorer states. They also have fast-rising populations. Nevertheless, six African countries – Equatorial Guinea, Seychelles, Gabon, Mauritius, Libya and Botswana – already enjoy a higher standard of living than Romania, Bulgaria, Hungary, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland, in some cases by a considerable margin. Another factor will be energy. More and more oil and gas is being discovered and in bigger quantities, both onshore and offshore, and several states (Mozambique and Tanzania come immediately to mind) will eventually see income from hydrocarbon extraction turbo-charging national economic prosperity. It’s not just economists and government officials who are alert to this dramatic turnabout in the fortunes of the two continents. View the readers’ on-line comment section of many African newspapers and it’s easy to find ironic postings from those who foresee the day when the tables are turned on foreign governments and often patronising Europe-based NGOs. been around for a while, but there’s a spoof video, called ‘Radi-Aid’, which pokes fun at Live Aid and its ‘We are the World’ song and asks Africans to help Europeans, in particular (and for some reason) Norwegians. ‘More and more oil and gas is being discovered and in bigger quantities’ It may be only a matter of time before this spoof becomes a reality; although, in choosing Norway – outside the EU and with a per capita income of US$80,000 a year – ‘Radi-Aid’ has clearly picked the wrong European target. No matter, it’s still very funny. entertainers Even entertainers are waking up to the fact that Africa is on the rise and Europe is in economic free fall. It has travelsmart 35 BuildingBoom Africa’s building boom draws investors Why real estate is hot property By Tony Shoo D espite the property slump across the nations hit hardest by the global economic slump, Contemporary living Above: The very latest designs Below: Warm evenings spent outside property prices. This boom has often been accompanied by a wider range of finance products becoming available for first-time and existing home owners. many countries in Africa have seen a significant expansion in this sector. The UK’s ‘Independent’ newspaper in 2012 described the continent as experiencing its longest income boom for three decades, with an annual GDP growth rate of five per cent for the past 10 years. One of the main effects of this growth has been the rise of the middle class and the expansion of urban centres. This, in turn, has created a growing demand for residential and commercial real estate. Property markets in nations such as Kenya, Nigeria, Uganda and Zambia have established real estate sectors that are leading the way in expanding the industry. These states are seeing a growth in demand for a range of property, from affordable housing to high-end real estate. Property hot spots like Nairobi and Cape Town are seeing record rises in expansion For several years, the city of Arusha, the regional and economic hub of the Northern Highlands, has seen an expansion in population and economic activity. One major effect of these trends has been a property boom across all ‘Property hot spots like Nairobi and Cape Town are seeing record rises in property prices’ 36 travelsmart BuildingBoom market segments. K2 Properties has been established in Arusha in response to this rising demand. This developer and property management venture has focused on the satellite neighbourhood of Usa River to launch its first project. Rivergardens is a 15-acre site comprising 25 fully serviced plots. families “Our clients are mainly young families moving out from central Arusha, or Dar es Salaam residents wanting to invest in real estate,” says project director Kyle Harlow. The idea of a company offering plots with infrastructure was a novel concept for Tanzanians when Rivergardens entered the market in 2011. Kyle explains: “We have a one-price package that includes the legal and administrative work for the acquisition process, infrastructure installation and the management of common services.” Now the company is expanding into construction project management by mobilising its local and international network of contacts to project manage new-builds on the site. “Sourcing experienced and professional local contractors is a real challenge,” says the project director, who is now part of a strong team offering a range of services, from submitting and a growing population of professionals including a significant number of expatriates. formats In response to a demand for modern retail formats and premium office space, K2 Properties now plan to launch a marketplace and business park. Rivergardens Chem Chem Market, situated alongside the Arusha to Dar es Salaam highway, will be a one-stop shop consisting of retail units built around courtyards Functional and beautiful Above: Two-storey dwelling in Dar es Salaam. The project will include the largest retail centre in East Africa, two major hotels, a modern convention centre, a medical facility, commercial space and some 300 residential units. ‘The transformation of a former flower farm into Rivergardens Residences is just one of the urbanising effects experienced by this ward of Meru district’ building permit applications to supervising construction teams. The transformation of a former flower farm into Rivergardens Residences is just one of the urbanising effects experienced by this ward of Meru district, halfway between Arusha city and Kilimanjaro International Airport. Usa River is now home to 30 large commercial enterprises, two universities, two colleges, six non-governmental organisations (NGOs) serving both local residents and tourists. The 30 commercial units will be located near a fully serviced business park. This growing activity in the property sector in Arusha and other urban centres across Africa is a sign that investors are increasingly interested in moving into key slices of the African real estate market. In 2012 Mara Capital, part of the Mara Group, announced an ambitious project to develop a 3.5 million sq ft commercial hub project Nigeria’s $6 billion Eko Atlantic City, largely built on land reclaimed from the ocean, is widely reported as being the world’s biggest ongoing civil engineering construction project. It will eventually create living space for 250,000 people and become the workplace for a further 150,000 citizens of the booming metropolis of Lagos. In the years ahead the continent is likely to see more investors from around the globe seeking African real estate opportunities that offer them the chance of sheltering their funds from the ongoing economic slowdown across the world. travelsmart 37 SportToccer video games with the chance to win great prizes too. Play the game and win prizes C ustomers of fastjet can now range of exciting miniature test their sporting skills on a The latest offering follows an agreement between fastjet and Planet Toccer Inc, the leading technology company behind Space Sports. Planet Toccer, which invests in United States mobile game technology, is a Monaco-based private equity-backed group producing micro games for global platforms. applications Under the terms of the agreement, fastjet customers will be offered the mobile sports games applications from Planet Toccer, including the Space Sports franchise, via their digital platforms. Creative characters Above: Win prizes playing Goaly Moley The Space Sports application is free to download and, by playing these games, fastjet customers will have the opportunity to win a range of great prizes, from free flights through to tickets to international sporting events. Moreover, a share of all the revenues from this venture will go to charitable causes, including some projects dedicated to animal protection. ‘The Space Sports game has a user-friendly interface that will appeal to a wide range of people’ be customised before you start to play the game. One of the most popular items is Goaly Moley, a goal-shooting soccer game with a galactic twist that will keep players amused for hours. user friendly The Space Sports game has a user-friendly interface that will appeal to a wide range of people – especially children and young people. The game features a range of bright, funny and cute characters that can WIN TICKETS TO THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL The chance to win substantial prizes is a welcome bonus, of course. One of the most recent prizes has been an all-expenses-paid trip for two to London to attend the UEFA Champions League Final on 25 May. 38 travelsmart KidsCorner Kids Corner RIDDLE ME THIS... ASK A SILLY JOKE TIME! Q. Why are ghosts bad liars? A. Because you can see right through them. Q. What has forty feet and sings? A. The school choir. QUESTION... If you throw a ball as hard as you can, how can it come back to you even if nobody else catches or throws it, it does not hit anything and it is not attached to anything? Answer: You throw the ball straight up in the air. What has a head and a tail but no body? Answer: A coin. Q. Why did the picture go to jail? A. Because it was framed. Q. What did 0 say to 8? A. Nice belt! What goes up but never comes down? Answer: Your age. THAT S ODD - MY BIRTHDAY’S NOT TILL AUGUST Q. How do you make a milkshake? A. Give it a good scare. THE MUCKY DUCK IT SAYS ’ WHAT A STRANGE LOOKING PLANT! HOW DO I TAKE CARE OF IT? ‘HAPPY BIRTHDAY FROM A FRIEND‘ I’LL LOOK IT UP IN MY RARE PLANTS BOOK ‘THIS MEAT-EATING PLANT IS VERY DEMANDING. IT FEEDS ON WATER BIRDS AND ITS FAVOURITE FOOD IS... ...DUCKS!?’ travelsmart 39 CarReview Golfâ€™s little brother is a real game-changer By Karl Peskett Volkswagen Polo SPECIFICATIONS Available engine size & fuel type MODEL (combined) (g/km) MPG CO2 1.2 60PS (Petrol) 1.2 70PS (Petrol) 1.4 85PS (Petrol) 1.2 TDI 75PS (Diesel) 1.2 TSI 105PS (Petrol) 1.6 TDI 90PS (Diesel) ACT 1.4 TSI 140PS (Petrol) 51.4 128 51.4 128 47.9 139 72.4 102 53.3 124 91 65.7 112 61.4 107 BlueMotion 1.2 TDI 75PS (Diesel) 80.7 40 travelsmart CarReview W ho doesn’t like mini-golf? It’s a perennial favourite across all age groups. It’s easy to get into, of course, because no experience is needed. And with its many challenges, it keeps you on your toes. But there’s another mini Golf that is just as appealing – it’s called the Volkswagen Polo. In terms of style, the car echoes its larger sibling, the ubiquitous VW Golf. But the similarity doesn’t end with exterior cues; it’s inside as well. Open the door and you’re greeted by a soft-touch dash – far exceeding the quality of its rivals – with a layout that mimics the Golf. There are chrome surrounds for the air vents, a Golf-like steering wheel and crease-lines drawing inspiration from the larger car. ‘The Polo’s comfortable front seats have a ribbed pattern in the material that gives plenty of support’ but accurate and the clutch isn’t overly soft, thus defying the current trend in small cars. The Polo is good, honest fun to drive, especially with its neutral handling – although it will scrub the front tyres if you’ve pushed it too far. Like most current Volkswagens, the Polo’s ride is nigh on perfect, with good compliance when strutting the rough stuff, but also a degree of firmness to keep the Polo feeling planted. support The Polo’s comfortable front seats have a ribbed pattern in the material that gives plenty of support, yet allows you to sink in at the same time. The seat squab is angled so your knees sit high, bringing your feet closer to you. It’s a clever design that gives the impression of plenty of legroom while maximising the available space. All the driving controls fall within easy reach and the driving position is spot-on, even if the footwells are a little narrow. There is an automatic version, but the manual is a better choice. The gearshift is quick and positive with a satisfying click as it lands each gear. The steering is light Mini Golf Below: Classy cabin turbocharged The Polo GTi gets all the attention, yet the turbocharged 1.2 litre petrol model is the best in the range. It produces only 105 hp, but with its smooth nature and sporty sound, it’s a cracker. It’s enough to punch out the acceleration from 0 to 100 km per hour (62 mph) in a respectable 9.7 seconds; and because peak torque is only 1,500 rpm, the car is happy to pull from low revs. Enjoyable? Unusually for a light car, yes. The Polo drives well; it’s comfortable and spacious; it sounds good, handles well and rides excellently; and, given the level of quality, it’s well priced, too. Simply put, folks, you are looking at the light car benchmark – par for the course with Volkswagen. travelsmart 41 fastjet 42 travelsmart The journey so far travelsmart 43 classifieds classifieds www.raha.com firstname.lastname@example.org +255 688 111 222 1/4pg 125mm high x 87mm wide P.O. Box 3030, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania Tel: +255 (0) 22 264 7620 email@example.com www.hotelwhitesands.com 44 travelsmart RouteMap network Mwanza Kilimanjaro Zanzibar Dar es Salaam The fastjet fastjet routes planned routes Johannesburg Cape Town travelsmart 45 TravelInformation information VISA INFORMATION Most nationals require visas to enter East Africa. Citizens from the five East African states require no visas while those from the Common Market of East and Southern Africa (COMESA) member states have relaxed entry requirements into East Africa. However, East African member states have their own visa requirements for various nationals. travel TANZANIAN VISAS HEALTH Vaccination requirements for international travellers • No cholera vaccination certificates are required of travellers coming from all over the world. • Only valid yellow fever vaccination certificates are required of all travellers over one year old, arriving from yellow fever infected countries mainly in central and West Africa, South and Central America South East Asia, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh. • Vaccination for international travellers are obtainable from all international air and sea ports, city and major municipal councils NB: Make sure you get your yellow fever shot in good time since the yellow fever certificate is valid for travel use 10 days after vaccination. All foreigners from non-Commonwealth countries are required to have a valid visa unless their countries have agreements with Tanzania under which the visa requirement is waived. Exemptions: Citizens of Commonwealth countries are not required to obtain visas unless they are citizens of the United Kingdom, Canada, Nigeria, India, Pakistan, South Africa, New Zealand or Australia. Tanzanian visas are issued by the following: • The office of the Director of Immigration Services, Dar es Salaam, and the office of the Principal Immigration Officer, Zanzibar. • Entry points to the United Republic of Tanzania: principally Namanga, Tunduma, Sirari, Horohoro, Kigoma Port, Dar es Salaam International Airport, Kilimanjaro International Airport, Zanzibar Harbour and Zanzibar Airport. • Any other gazetted entry point. • From Tanzania High Commissions or embassies abroad. For more information on Tanzanian diplomatic missions visit: www.tanzania.go.tz 46 travelsmart TravelInformation Baggage Savvy Airlines have varying baggage rules that can often be confusing and can lead to unforeseen costs at the airport. An outline of the fastjet baggage guidelines will help make your flight smooth and enjoyable. If booked prior to departure each passenger is entitled to one bag that can be checked in and placed in the hold at the cost of R60 or Tsh 10,000. If hold baggage is not booked in advance it is still possible to check one bag per passenger into the hold while at the airport on the day of departure, this is at the cost of R100 or Tsh 15,000. All baggage being checked into the hold must weigh less than 20 kg but if baggage weighs more than 20 kg arrangements can be made to carry it at an additional cost of R50 per kilo. However, maximum weight for any single piece of hold baggage is 32 kg due to health and safety restrictions and no passenger can check in more than 50 kg of baggage. Each passenger is entitled to carry only one item of hand luggage, which could be one brief case, one handbag, a rucksack or a suit or dress carrier. Hand baggage can measure a maximum of 56 x 45 x 25 cm and anything measuring larger than this must be checked and placed in the hold. However, hand baggage must be able to be placed in and retrieved from the overhead lockers safely but there is no weight restriction on hand luggage. If hand baggage is larger than the specified dimensions it will be necessary to check this into the hold at the specified fees and charges. Infants travelling without a seat do not have hand baggage allowance. For further rules on fastjet’s baggage allowances please visit www.fastjet.com SOUTH AFRICAN VISAS Visitors’ visas are a requirement for many travellers entering South Africa on a temporary basis. The purpose of visit can be for either business or leisure but is restricted to 90 days or less when using a visitors’ visa. For longer trips a different type of visa is required and information regarding this can be obtained from the Department of Home Affairs. The visa application must be produced on arrival and visitors are restricted to the activities given as the reason for travel during the visa application process. For a smooth trip, ensure that visas are applied for before departure as they are not issued on arrival in South Africa. Moreover, the visa must be fixed to a passport and shown to immigration upon landing. Visa applications do not need to be submitted in person but can be submitted on behalf of the traveller, for example, by a travel agent. There are other visa requirements that must be adhered to for entry into South Africa: • A valid passport needs to be produced which must not expire for at least 30 days after the duration of the intended visit • At least one full, unused page left in the passport • Travellers also require a completed application for visa form • A yellow fever vaccination certificate if over one year of age and travelling from a yellow fever belt country • Documentation confirming the purpose of stay • Two colour passport photographs • A return or onward ticket is also a necessity There is a fee associated with obtaining a visa, this fee can change often but can be checked by contacting the Department of Home Affairs in South Africa. For this and further information on visa requirements for entering South Africa visit www.home-affairs.gov.za travelsmart 47 FleetInformation fastjet fleet information Height 11.76 m / 38 ft 7 in Maximum capacity 156 seats Range 6,850 km / 3,700 Nm Number of aircraft 3 Airbus A319 QUICK FACTS Length: 33.84 m / 111 ft Wingspan 34.1 m / 111 ft 11 in Cabin length 23.78 m / 78 ft Maximum speed Mach 0.82 contacts TANZANIA fastjet Tanzania & Dar es Salaam ticketing & reservations office Plot No 767/39, Samora Avenue fastjet Sales: +255 685 680 533 Tel: +255 222 125 912/3 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org fastjet Arusha ticketing & reservations office Blue Plaza, 2nd Floor, Indian Street Tel: +255 (0)27 254 5211 Tel: +255 (0)783 540 540 Greener flights through innovative design fastjet operates a fleet of A319 jets manufactured by Airbus as part of the A320 family of aircraft. Identical to the A320 except in length, the A319 is a single aisle twin-engine jet designed to carry 156 passengers. These highly efficient aircraft have a low environmental impact, while the innovative wing tip Sharklets can reduce fuel consumption by more than 3.5 per cent. Moreover, comfort has been improved for the smaller jet, thanks to an increase in overhead storage and a reduction in noise in the A319. In addition, the state-of-the-art A319 has a wide single-aisle fuselage, which gives a generous seat width, thus helping to maintain the high level of comfort that modern air travellers have come to expect. fast jetâ€™s South African launch will be operated by Federal Air and in the short term flights fulfilled by a Boeing 737-300 aircraft until fastjetâ€™s uniquely efficient aircraft is introduced. fastjet Zanzibar ticketing & reservations office Cine Afrique Building, Stone Town Tel: +255 (0)24 223 5110 Tel: +255 (0)762 540 540 Kilimanjaro International Airport Tel: +255 (0)756 540 540 Tel: +255 (0)27 255 4282 Mwanza Town New Mwanza Hotel, Ground Floor, Kenyatta Road Tel: +255 (0)767 540 543 Mwanza Airport Tel: +255 (0)756 540 549 South africa fastjet South Africa Reservations Office Sales: 0861 FASTJET / 0861 3278538 Email: email@example.com 48 travelsmart