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Flamingo is published by Media Nova Namibia www.media-namibia.com ISSN: 2026-7924 Publisher Mynard Slabbert Contributors • Anne Schauffer • Dr Andreas Vogt • Gondwana Collection Namibia • Jacolet Odendaal • James Siddall • Mark Pettipher • Phil Ruimte • Ron Swilling • Suzan Drummen • The Roving Ambassador • tuvie.com • www.worldphoto.org
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Visitors’ Filo Facts Useful and interesting information on Namibia.
Air Namibia Information
Travel information, Frequent Flyer Information, Cargo Service, Destination Map and Fleet Information.
16 Unparalleled Desert beauty at Sossusvlei Explore Namibia’s premier tourist attractions whilst experiencing the true art of hospitality at Taleni Africa’s portfolio of accommodation establishments. 24
Sony World Photography Awards – the shortlist The Sony World Photography Awards is the world’s biggest photography competition and its aim is to recognise and reward the best contemporary photography in the world.
Of vines and groves, wines that crest the hill This month Flamingo continues on its Tamasa Wine Route and heads for the picturesque Tygerberg, which we found quite literally nestling against the hills on the outskirts of Durbanville, Hillcrest Estate, where we met up with Estate Manager and winemaker Arno Smith.
48 Joel Rea Photo-surrealist Australian artist Joel Rea weaves vast, extraordinary, surrealist stories in oil on canvas. 56 A delicate concentration Paintings, designs, installations – Suzan Drummen describes her extraordinary art as ‘ordering materials into patterns... a very human thing to do.’ 63 Motoring James Siddal on New Models round up, Magnificent Mini-malism, Lord of the rings, The legend lives 80 Zambezi Canoe Safari Fancy following in Livingstone’s footsteps, canoeing down the Zambezi by day, and overnighting in luxurious lodges by night? Follow me.... 88 Omaruru in the heart of namibia An illustrious history of an illustrious culture. 98 Acclaimed British Orthopaedic Surgeon, Simon Moyes discovers Namibia 104 Making space for design Phia van Greunen is an architect based in Windhoek, Namibia. Increasingly her name – and practice – crops up when talking about exciting Namibian architects, so Flamingo quizzed her about life and her architectural universe.
112 A sense of home There’s something wonderful about accommodation which offers a combination of authentic history, classic styling and superior cuisine. The family-owned and run Hotel Heinitzburg in Windhoek does just that. 118 Visiting the Namib with the man who named Namibia 124 Sci Tech Gadgets, gizmos, concepts and utter innovation.
Disclaimer All material is strictly copyrighted. All rights are reserved. Reproduction in whole or part is prohibited without prior written permission from the publisher. Opinions expressed in Flamingo are not necessarily those of Air Namibia.
134 High Humour Time for a smile while you are high above the clouds. 140 Entertainment Try your hand at Sudoku - easy, medium and hard. 142 Air Namibia’s Flight Schedule Plan your next trip on your favourite airline.
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"How can I attract more Investors from across the Globe?" "With a Partner who knows them by Name." The Government of Namibia recently issued a 10-year Eurobond, the second Eurobond issued by the Republic. Standard Bank acted as a Joint Lead Manager and Bookrunner on the transaction. With the help of our investment banking capabilities, the Government of Namibia raised USD750m, which will be utilised to increase the Republicâ€™s international reserves, to invest in industrialisation activities as well as to fund initiatives in the education sector. Let us be your partner in growth.
Standard Bank Namibia
How do we grow in this dynamic market?
"By choosing a partner who knows it"
Namibia Breweries Ltd
Republic of Namibia
Namib Mills (Pty) Ltd
NAD 200 million
USD 750 million Eurobond due 2025
NAD 200 million
5 years facility Sole leader
Development Bank of Namibia May 2015 NAD 670 million 1 year facility
1 year facility Joint Lead Manger and Bookrunner
Namibia Water Corporation
Swakop Uranium September 2015
NAD 100 million
NAD 200 million
Sole Arranger for a Letter of Bank facility
NSX-listed Bond Joint Bookrunner
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Zimbabwe Power Company
NAD 166 million
NAD 500 million
Sole Arranger and issuer of a 3-year term loan facility
Debmarine Namibia November 2014 USD 60 million Asset Finance facility Joint arranger and lender
Standard Bank Namibia
Dear Esteemed Passengers Since 2014, the national carrier invested substantially into acquiring a new modern fleet, as well as ensuring improvement on all our services and products. We are happy to report that this had positive results as during 2015 the airline has welcomed approximately 500 000 passengers onboard. The steps we envisage going forward include that we review all on-board services to ensure that our product continues to be amongst the best of the breed. As promised, in the month of April 2016 we embark on our promotion of beautiful scenery in Namibia. We reiterate our commitment that Air Namibia will have special fares to !Nami#nus (Lüderitz) during this month, to ensure
Adv. Mandi E.P. Samson Acting Managing Director
that hordes of visitors or friends returning to our beautiful country get to see this most beautiful gem of a place. Shark Island, (from the stable of Namibia Wildlife Resorts) a place seeped in history dating back to 1904, is
We ensure that our product continues to be amongst the best of the breed
the destination in our sights this month. In terms of the resort, it overlooks the bay, town and harbour. Onlookers can spot the seals and pelicans that frequent the rocky areas around the site. The resort is an excellent central point, for exploring the town of !Nami#nus (Lüderitz), the famous Kolmanskop Ghost Town, and Diaz Point the historic landing spot of 17th century explorer Bartholomeuz Diaz. Southern Namibia has much to offer and Air Namibia would be honoured to fly you there – !Nami#nus (Lüderitz) and the surrounding areas are waiting to welcome you. Needless to say, the adherence to flight safety standards remain key, and the airline will continue to ensure that legal requirements are met. This is the
pledge we make to all of you travelling in Air Namibia.
Thank you for flying with us; you remain Air Namibia’s much treasured assets. We look forward to welcoming you back onboard soon!
Our Frequent Flyer Programme Air Namibia’s Frequent Flyer Programme is called “Reward$”. Becoming a member enables you to earn valuable miles from all your travels with Air Namibia. These miles can be used to buy tickets, pay for upgrades to business class and pay for excess baggage. Miles are transferable between members and can also be used to purchase tickets for persons other than the member. Joining is absolutely free, PLUS you get up to 500 complimentary miles upon successful subscription. For more specifics on the programme, please refer to the appropriate topic below.
You can register online by visiting our website: www.airnamibia.com.na, or at any Air Namibia ticket office. You will receive a membership pack, including your permanent card, 2-3 weeks after your first flight after registration.
An Electronic Bonus of 300 miles will be allocated to the member on first activity if the member has registered online and selected his communication preference to be e-mail.
Miles are valid for five (5) years after the year in which they were earned. Miles due to expire will always be reflected on your Mileage Summary.
A membership account will automatically be activated after the first flight and successful completion of registration.
If your Miles are not credited for any reason, they can be promptly credited provided the relevant documentation is submitted. It is essential to keep all the relevant documentation including original boarding passes and copies of airline tickets. Members can also claim missing miles online by entering the e-ticket number without the airline code “186”, or contact our Call Center for assistance.
Enrolment Bonus is 500 miles. Enrolment bonuses are allocated to the member’s account on the first activity after registration.
For more information visit:
Air Namibia has also introduced the
www.airnamibia.com.na. If you do not
Corporate Client component to the
have enough miles for a free ticket, you
can purchase miles in batches of 1000
For more information on the Corporate
miles at N$220 – this is only applicable
if you have 50% or more of the value of
employees. Members can accumulate
the Award ticket available. Award tickets
miles in both corporate as well as personal
are valid for 12 months from the date of
accounts, depending on directives from
issue and are processed and issued after
their corporate head.
payment of Airport taxes is received.
Client enrollment, please contact our Call Centre at Tel: +264 61 2996111/6333/6444 or Call.Center@airnamibia.aero
Very Important Note:
Members need to fly once after registration in order to activate their accounts and before miles can be used to redeem tickets, request upgrades or to transfer miles from his/her account to another member’s account.
WELCOME ABOARD BEM-VINDO A BORDO WILLKOMMEN AN BORD
Thank you for choosing Air Namibia. We will do everything to ensure you have a pleasant flight. If you need assistance, please ask any of our cabin attendants.
Obrigado por ter escolhido voar com a Air Namibia. Nós prometemos fazer tudo o que podermos para garantir que você tenha um vôo agradável. Se você tiver alguma dúvida ou precisar de ajuda, não hesite em pedir a qualquer um dos nossos assistentes de cabine por favor.
Danke, dass Sie sich dafür entschieden haben mit Air Namibia zu fliegen. Wir werden alles tun um Ihnen den Flug so angenehm wie möglich zu gestalten. Wenn Sie Fragen haben oder Hilfe benötigen, wenden Sie sich bitte an einen unserer Flugbegleiter oder Flugbegleiterinnen.
Our highly trained cabin attendants are at your service on all our flights, for your safety and comfort.
Todos os nossos voos são servidos por assistentes de cabine altamente profissionais. Eles estão à sua disposição em todos os momentos para fazer o seu voo mais confortável.
Unser versiertes Flugpersonal steht Ihnen während des Fluges jederzeit zur Verfügung. Für Ihre Sicherheit und Bequemlichkeit sind Sie bei unserer Crew in besten Händen.
We carry first-aid kits on all our flights, should a passenger need assistance for minor conditions.
Existe um kit de primeiros socorros a bordo de nossos voos, e se os passageiros precisarem de gotas para os olhos ou medicamentos para dores de cabeça, náuseas, azia ou qualquer outra condição relativamente menor. Faça mais perguntas sobre os nossos serviços especiais ao fazer reserva
Eine medizinische Erstversorgung ist auf allen unseren Flügen sicher gestellt. Eine Erste-Hilfe-Ausrüstung befindet sich immer an Bord.
As a safety precaution, it is important to read the safety card stored in the seat pocket in front of you
Por favor, leia o folheto de segurança no bolso do assento à sua frente e observe a sua saída de emergência mais próxima. Nos voos superiores a três horas (voos de longo curso), recomendamos que você revise o conteúdo do panfleto de segurança novamente.
Zu Ihrer eigenen Sicherheit bitten wir Sie, sich die in der Zeitschriftentasche vor Ihnen befindliche Sicherheits-Instruktionen aufmerksam durchzulesen.
Life vests are stored under Por favor, tome nota que o colete salva-vidas está Ihre Schwimmweste befindet sich unter your seat. Only use them localizado embaixo do seu assento. O assistente de Ihrem Sitz. Bitte benutzen Sie diese nur auf as demonstrate, and only cabine vai demonstrar quando e como usar o colete Anweisung der Flugbegleiter/-innen. when instructed by the cabin salva-vidas em caso de emergência attendants. Smoking is prohibited on all Air De acordo com a lei da aviação é proibido fumar em Auf allen Air Namibia Flügen gilt ein Namibia flights. todos os voos da Air Namibia, isso inclui fumar quaisquer absolutes Rauchverbot. dispositivos artificiais ou cigarro, como e/ou cigarros eletrônicos. Só é permitido fumar em áreas designadas no edifício do terminal dos aeroportos.
Seats must be in the upright position during take-off and landing. For your own safety, you are required to fasten your seat belt whenever the seat belt sign is illuminated and we recommend that you keep your belt fastened throughout the flight.
Para a descolagem e aterragem, todos os assentos devem estar na posição vertical. Por favor, tome nota que os assentos nas linhas de saída de emergência não reclinam. Por favor, apertem o cinto de segurança sempre que o sinal do cinto de segurança se acende. Para sua segurança, recomendamos que você o mantenha apertado durante todo o vôo.
Während Start und Landung müssen sich die Sitzlehnen in aufrechter Position befinden. Bitte schnallen Sie sich an, sobald das Anschnallzeichen aufleuchtet. Zu Ihrer eigenen Sicherheit empfehlen wir während des gesamten Fluges angeschnallt zu bleiben.
We offer complimentary meals and beverages on all our flights. Special-diet or vegetarian meals are available upon request when making reservations.
Uma refeição quente ou um lanche é servido em todos os nossos vôos. Alimentação-Special ou refeições vegetarianas estão disponíveis mediante solicitação no momento da reserva. Nós oferecemos uma grande variedade de bebidas.
Auf unseren Flügen werden Mahlzeiten und Getränke serviert. Diätische oder vegetarische Mahlzeiten können bei der Flugbuchung angefragt werden
ENGLISH We carry an extensive range of duty free products at competitive prices on selected flights. Please refer to our catalogue for details.
Nós carregamos uma grande variedade de produtos com isenção de direitos a preços competitivos. Por favor, consulte o catálogo no bolso em frente do seu assento.
An Bord ist ein umfangreiches Sortiment an Duty-Free-Produkten zu attraktiven Preisen erhältlich. Informationen hierzu entnehmen Sie bitte unserem Duty-FreeKatalog.
Audio and visual entertainment Programas de entretenimento de áudio e vídeo estão Audio- und Videoprogramme sind an Bord programmes are available on disponíveis nos nossos voos de longo curso e de médio unserer Airbus A330 und A319 Maschinen flights operated using our A330 curso verfügbar. and A319 aircraft. Our A319 and ERJ 135 aircraft Alguns dos nossos aviões têm saídas de ar individuais, have individual air vents which que podem ser ajustados para fornecer um fluxo de ar. can be adjusted to provide a refreshing stream of air.
Unsere Fluggeräte des Typs Airbus A319 und Embraer ERJ135 verfügen über individuelle Frischluftdüsen.
Regulamentos de saúde em determinados aeroportos exigem que a cabine da aeronave deve ser pulverizada. O spray é inofensivo, mas se você acha que pode afetá-lo, por favor, cobrir o nariz e a boca com um lenço.
Um den Gesundheitsvorschriften einiger Länder zu entsprechen, muss die Flugzeugkabine mit einem für den Menschen unbedenklichen Spray behandelt werden. Wir empfehlen dennoch, die Atemwege durch Vorhalten eines Taschentuchs zu schützen.
Should you travel with a baby Se você viajar com um bebê, recomendamos que você we recommend you request a reserve o seu voo mais cedo e não se esqueça de pedir bassinet especially on the long- um berço especialmente nos voos de longo curso haul flights.
Sollten Sie mit einem Baby reisen, empfehlen wir Ihnen besonders auf Langstreckenflügen ein Babybett zu beantragen.
Please do not place any luggage Por favor note que no assento da saída de emergência é under seats at the emergency proibido colocar bagagem de mão debaixo dos assentos. exit seat. Excesso de bagagem de mão será colocada no porão Para garantir uma gestão eficiente e minimizar os danos, Carry-on luggage should be certifique-se que os artigos não pesam mais de 32 kg. stored in the overhead stowage. Certifique-se de etiquetar sua bagagem e garantir que devidamente bloqueado.
“Bitte beachten Sie, dass das Verstauen von Handgepäck unter Ihrem Sitz an den Notausgängen nicht gestattet ist.“
Health regulations in some countries require that the aircraft cabin must be sprayed. The spray is harmless, but if you think it might affect you, cover your nose and mouth with a handkerchief.
We suggest that passengers do stretching exercises, and move during the flight to improve blood circulation.
Handgepäck ist in den Gepäckfächern über Ihrem Sitz zu verstauen.
Exercício durante a espera para o banheiro. Esta é uma Versuchen Sie, sich während des Fluges boa oportunidade para se esticar e se mover enquanto möglichst oft zu strecken und zu bewegen. So wird Ihr Kreislauf angeregt. em pé na fila. Beba muita água durante todo o vôo Use roupas folgadas, confortáveis para que você se possa descolar facilmente Use sapatos confortáveis, macios para que você possa deslizar ou descalçar facilmente Leve apenas um pequeno saco como bagagem de mão, assim você não precisa de sobre-carregar seus pés e restringir o seu espaço para as pernas
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ABZ - Aberdeen, United Kingdom | Aberdeen Dyce Airport AMS - Amsterdam, Netherlands | Amsterdam Schiphol Airport ARN - Stockholm, Sweden | Stockholm-Arlanda Airport ATH - Athens, Greece | Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport BCN- Barcelona, Spain | Barcelona International Airport BGO - Bergen, Norway | Bergen Flesland Airport BHX - Birmingham, United Kingdom | Birmingham International Airport BIO - Bilbao, Spain | Bilbao Airport BLL - Billund, Denmark | Billund Airport BLQ - Bologna, Italy | Bologna / Borgo Panigale Airport BRE - Bremen, Germany | Bremen Airport BRU - Brussels, Belgium | Brussels Airport BUD - Budapest, Hungary | Budapest Liszt Ferenc International Airport CDG - Paris, France | Charles de Gaulle International Airport CPH - Copenhagen, Denmark | Copenhagen Kastrup Airport DME- Moscow, Russia | Domodedovo International Airport DRS - Dresden, Germany | Dresden Airport DUB - Dublin, Ireland | Dublin Airport DUS - Dusseldorf, Germany | Dusseldorf International Airport EDI - Edinburgh, United Kingdom | Edingburgh Airport FAO - Faro, Portugal | Faro Airport FCO - Rome, Italy | Leonardo Da Vinci (Fiumicino) International Airport FMO - Muenster, Germany | Muenster Osnabrueck Airport FRA - Frankfurt, Germany | Frankfurt International Airport GOJ - Nizhny Novgorod, Russia | Nizhny Novgorod International Airport GOT - Gothenburg, Sweden | Gothenburg-Landvetter Airport GRZ - Graz, Austria | Graz Airport GVA - Geneva, Switzerland | Geneva Cointrin International HAJ - Hannover, Germany | Hannover Airport HAM - Hamburg, Germany | Hamburg Airport HEL - Helsinki, Finland | Helsinki Vantaa Airport IST - Istanbul, Turkey | Ataturk International Airport KBP - Kiev, Ukraine | Boryspil International Airport KRK - Krakow, Poland | John Paul II International Kraków-Balice Airport KTW - Katowice, Poland | Katowice International Airport
KUF - Samara, Russia | Kurumoch International Airport LCA - Larnaca, Cyprus | Larnaca International Airport LED - St. Petersburg, Russia | Pulkovo Airport LEJ - Leipzig, Germany | Leipzig Halle Airport LHR - London, United Kingdom | London Heathrow Airport LIN - Milan, Italy | Linate Airport LIS - Lisbon, Portugal | Lisbon Portela LYS - Lyon, France | Lyon Saint-Exupéry MAD - Madrid, Spain | Madrid Barajas International MAN - Manchester, United Kingdom | Manchester Airport MLA - Luqa, Malta | Luqa Airport MUC - Munich, Germany | Franz Josef Strauss International Airport MXP - Milan, Italy | Malpensa International Airport NAP - Napoli, Italy | Nápoli / Capodichino International Airport NCE - Nice, France | Nice-Côte d’Azur NUE - Nuremberg, Germany | Nuremberg Airport OPO - Porto, Portugal | Francisco de Sá Carneiro OSL - Oslo, Norway | Oslo Gardermoen Airport POZ - Poznan, Poland | Poznan-Lawica Airport PRG - Prague, Czech Republic | Ruzyn International Airport RIX - Riga, Latvia | Riga International Airport SOF STR - Stuttgart, Germany | Stuttgart Airport SVG - Stavanger, Norway | Stavanger Sola Airport TLL - Tallinn, Estonia | Tallinn Airport TLS - Toulouse, France | Toulouse-Blagnac Airport TRN - Torino, Italy | Torino / Caselle International Airport TXL - Berlin, Germany | Berlin-Tegel International Airport VCE - Venice, Italy | Venezia / Tessera - Marco Polo Airport VIE - Vienna, Austria | Vienna International Airport VKO - Moscow, Russia | Vnukovo International Airport VNO - Vilnius, Lithuania | Vilnius International Airport WAW - Warsaw, Poland |Warsaw Chopin Airport ZRH - Zurich, Switzerland | Zurich Airport
Our Fleet Average Fleet Age: 7 years
Airbus A330-200 Business Class
Number of Aircraft
Wing Span (m)
Maximum Fuel Capacity
Maximum Take-off Weight
233 000 kg
Airbus A319 -100 Business Class
Number of Aircraft
Wing Span (m)
Maximum Fuel Capacity
Maximum Take-off Weight
70 000 kg
Number of Aircraft
Wing Span (m)
Maximum Fuel Capacity
Maximum Take-off Weight
19 000 kg
Embraer ERJ135 All Economy Class
At Air Namibia we are committed to ensuring that our passengers are re-united with their luggage at end of their journey. Given the complexity of the environment in which we operate, passengers’ luggage often gets out of our control and care, (for brief moments when they are subjected to control and handling by various agencies.) It is for this reason we request passengers to check their luggage on point of arrival (immediately after collecting their bag) to ensure that bag was not tampered with; and to report any suspected losses immediately. We request passengers not to check-in valuable items, especially those that are susceptible to theft, such as cash, jewellery, electronic devices like mobile phones, watches, sunglasses, to mention a few. In line with International Industry Conventions on passenger baggage liability, Air Namibia cannot be held liable if these valuable items are pilfered from checked-in baggage. We encourage our passengers to lock or wrap their bags where possible.
Our rules pertaining to baggage include the following We offer our passengers a generous free hand baggage allowance, with maximum weight of 10kg each, and maximum size 55 x 38 x 20 cm; plus an overcoat, an umbrella, a walking stick, a ladies hand bag, a reasonable amount of reading material, and a laptop. We also allow a fully collapsible wheelchair and/or a pair of crutches as hand baggage.
Excess baggage fees on extra pieces of baggage carried, per bag up to 10 bags per passenger are Domestic routes Routes within Southern Africa Frankfurt route
US$ 100.00 per extra bag US$ 110.00 per extra bag US$ 200.00 per extra bag
Free allowance for checked in baggage
Airbus A330-200 Airbus A319-100 Embraer ERJ 135 operated flights operated flights Business: 2 pieces each weighing not more than 32 kg’s
Business: 2 pieces each weighing not more than 32 kg’s
Economy:1 piece weighing not more than 23 kg’s
Economy: 2 pieces each weighing not more than 23 kg’s
Applicable excess baggage fees on excess weight over the free baggage allowance per bag. Domestic routes Routes within Southern Africa
1 piece not exceeding 23 kg’s
US$ 100.00 per bag US$ 110.00 per bag US$ 200.00 per bag
• No item of checked in baggage may exceed 32 kilograms.
• For further information on sports, highly fragile items, and security guidelines, we recommend that you visit our website on www.airnamibia.com.na
With over 700 scheduled flights per month, our network and reliable service makes us the best solution for your freight needs. No matter how big or small your parcel is, from the size of an envelope to the size of an elephant, we will get it there for you in GOOD TIME. We provide security for valuable and dangerous goods. We also handle highly perishable goods, and even live animals.
For bookings contact us on telephone number +26461299 6610/11 or via email on cargo.@airnamibia.aero. For more details, please visit our website on www.airnamibia.com.na, select the cargo icon and navigate easily to get all information you need.
A Manufacturing Basket that Overflows with Opportunitiesâ€Ś
Namibia is endowed with rich natural resources and offers lucrative investment opportunities across a broad spectrum of economic sectors such as Agriculture, Energy, Infrastructure, Manufacturing, Mining, Services and Tourism. With fast turnaround times and a professional service at all times, the Namibia Investment Centre (NIC) is proud to welcome you to the land of the brave. Contact us today for a tailored FDI solution. Namibia, a gem worth investing inâ€Ś Executive Director | Telephone: +264 61 283 7335/2837254 Facsimile: +264 61 220278 | www.mti.gov.na
Unparalleled Desert beauty at Sossusvlei Explore Namibia’s premier tourist attractions whilst experiencing the true art of hospitality at Taleni Africa’s portfolio of accommodation establishments. Whether you want to roam Etosha’s animal kingdom, discover the historic town of Swakopmund or set foot on the oldest Desert in the world at Sossusvlei, Taleni Africa will have an accommodation option best suited for your needs. By: Jacolet Odendaal Photographs supplied
a spacious bedroom under canvas
location packed with highlights
with adobe-style walls to give the
from the impressive towering red sand
visitor a distinctive sense of being
dunes, the sun-baked earth of the
close to nature.
famous Sossusvlei, the scorched black
trees of Dead Vlei and the remarkable
thoughtful touch of the attentive
depths of the Sesriem Canyon.
Sossusvlei Lodge is a luxurious
A dip in the sparkling pool or an
entrance gate to the Namib-Naukluft
ice cold beer under the shade of
a gigantic camel thorn tree in the
The well-appointed accommodation units
references to the distinctive beauty of
beer garden makes for the best relaxation after an eventful day spent exploring the area. Sossusvlei Lodge is well known for
sensational cuisine from scrumptious
air-conditioned unit has a patio,
breakfasts, delicious lunches and a
en-suite bathroom with shower and
delectable buffet dinner experience.
After dark, the al fresco terrace serves as a candle-lit dining area under a canopy of twinkling stars. Magnificent views of the floodlit waterhole where a passing parade of oryx, springbok and jackal can be watched, compliments the exquisite food and award-winning wines. The
provides loads of exciting activities to explore the vastness of the unspoilt natural environment of this area. Experience the Desert beauty from a birdâ€™s eye view in a hot air balloon, by helicopter or with a light aircraft. Sundowner trips on the Lodgeâ€™s private reserve will allow you to witness the most dramatic sunsets - tinting the skies in shades from dusty pastels to flaming crimson. Other activities include quad biking, sunrise walks, archery and guided trips to explore Sossusvlei, Dead Vlei and Sesriem Canyon. For those seeking more exclusivity, our two self-catering establishments only 4km from Sossusvlei Lodge, offer a fantastic alternative without losing out on comfort. Desert
centuries old thorn trees and offers an unsurpassed view over the desert landscapes
incredible Naukluft mountain range. The 20 self-catering accommodation units are under canvas and equipped with an en-suite bathroom, shaded veranda with a fitted kitchenette, seating area and braai. At can
main in a
areas are perfect as a get-together point for groups or families who are travelling together.
The newly established Desert Quiver Camp offers a more modern self-catering alternative. Surrounded by inspiring
towards Elim dune. Fresh
scenery characterised by granite outcrops,
ordered daily at both establishmentsâ€™
spectacular views and roaming wildlife
reception areas or one can enjoy
will captivate your senses.
The uniquely designed units each have a spacious bedroom featuring
nearby Sossusvlei Lodge. Campers
a sleeper coach for small children,
exclusive Sossus Oasis Camp Site at the
en-suite bathroom with shower and
entrance gate to the Namib-Naukluft
also a patio with a fitted kitchenette,
National Park. The 12 individual
fridge, seating area and braai.
camp sites each have a paved area
The facilities at the main building
shaded with a wooden canopy, its
include a fully stocked bar, two
own toilet and shower facilities,
communal boma areas for groups or
kitchen wash-up basin, braai as well
families travelling together, as well
as electricity points.
The on-site pool provides much needed refreshment after a day of travel or exploring the dunes. Within
Internet cafĂŠ and a fully stocked shop offering drinks, ice, groceries, wood, toiletries, curios and clothing as well as a fuel station and tyre workshop. The Taleni Africa portfolio provides your slice of heaven in the middle of the Desert whether you want to stay in comfort at Sossusvlei Lodge, do the self-catering experience at Desert Camp or Desert Quiver Camp or if you want to leisurely camp out under the stars at Sossus Oasis Camp Site. The distinctive desert landscapes will captivate your heart and soul and one will forever recall the endless sea of dunes, the grassy Desert plains dotted by age-old camel thorn trees, the impressive granite
creatures that adapted to survive the unrelenting sun of the Namib.
For market related queries, please contact, Christelle du Toit: Telephone: +264 63 29 3636 Email: email@example.com Or Jacolet Odendaal Telephone: +27 21 930 4564 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Sony World Photography Awards – the shortlist The Sony World Photography Awards is the world’s biggest photography competition and its aim is to recognise and reward the best contemporary photography in the world.
he Sony World Photography Awards has brought untold reward and recognition to those involved and each year offers an incredible $30,000 (USD) in cash prizes, plus the latest Sony digital imaging equipment. Free to enter, photographers of all abilities are invited to submit either their best single shots or series of work. The images are judged by the World Photography Organisation and a specially selected jury from the World Photographic Academy, who are made up of the photographic industry’s most esteemed individuals. The awards offer an unparalleled opportunity for exposure for photographers at all stages of their career and are known worldwide by industry leaders. The annual awards gala and ceremony takes place in London in April, welcoming an international attendance of industry leaders to celebrate the recognition of the best in contemporary photography and each year also pays tribute to one of our masters, with the Outstanding Contribution to Photography Award.
Supporting the celebration is an exhibition of the winners and shortlist, comprising hundreds of photographs expertly curated inside the historic London landmark, Somerset House. There are five competitions, namely: ●● Professional - 14 categories, judged on a series of images, and is aimed at serious photographers. ●● Open - 10 categories, judged on a single image, and it is open to all photographers. ●● Youth - 3 categories, for photographers aged 12-19. ●● Student Focus - for those studying photography. ●● National Award - finding the best single image taken by a local photographer in over 50 countries. The awards offer categories across all genres of photojournalism, fine art and commercial photography. The 2015 edition attracted an astonishing 173,000 entries from 171 countries. Enjoy the shortlist. Website: http://www.worldphoto.org
A look behind El Salvador’s new Iron Fist approach (Photo by Marielle Van Uitert ).We’ve arrived in El Salvador to see for ourselves the human effects of the violence that is rapidly making the country the deadliest place in the world. After a one-year dip in the murder rate following a truce negotiated between criminal gangs and the government of Mauricio Funes in 2012, the killings have spiked again this year, with a projected murder rate for 91 per 100 thousand for 2015. This means nearly 6000 people will be killed this year. According to police statistics, so far 2859 people have already been murdered. Much of El Salvador’s violence is attributed to gang members. The prisoners we met are members of the Mara Salvatrucha, or MS13, a transnational criminal gang which originated on the streets of Los Angeles along with its main rival, the Barrio 18 gang. © Marielle Van Uitert, Netherlands, Shortlist, Professional, Contemporary Issues, 2016 Sony World Photography Awards.
Nouveau riche (Photo by Talia Rudofsky). Taken in Cannes, France 2015. I took this photograph on Promenade de la Croisette, during my summer holiday. Whilst everyone is mostly new wealth, this woman stood out, as she is relatively modest in appearance, and accompanied by a dog, as well as being elderly. I found it amusing how the dog shared the same facial expression as the woman. ÂŠ Talia Rudofsky, United Kingdom, Shortlist, Youth, Portrait, 2016, Sony World Photography Awards.
Kartika-vrata (Photo by MD Tanveer Rohan). The last five days of Kartik month are known as Bhisma-Panacaka. Grandfather Bhisma fasted for these five days, preparing to give up his life. However one observes Kartika-vrata, he should intensify it for the last five days. The best way to observe the Kartika-vrata is to abstain from eating grains for the whole month, and to take only milk or water for the last five days. If one eats grains during the month, he should avoid them for the last five days. Also, one should only eat once a day. ÂŠ MD Tanveer Rohan, Bangladesh, Shortlist, Open Arts and Culture, 2016 Sony World Photography Awards.
Ruins (Photo by Petr Antonov). The series reflects on the role and place of the ruined church in contemporary Russian landscape, and on how it relates to the perception of time and history in present-day Russia. © Petr Antonov, Russian Federation, Shortlist, Professional , Architecture, 2016 Sony World Photography Awards.
California Drought (Photo by Lucy Nicholson). Worker walks through farm fields in Los Banos, California, United States, May 5, 2015. California water regulators on Tuesday adopted the state’s first rules for mandatory cutbacks in urban water use as the region’s catastrophic drought enters its fourth year. Urban users will be hardest hit, even though they account for only 20 percent of state water consumption, while the state’s massive agricultural sector, which the Public Policy Institute of California says uses 80 percent of human-related consumption, has been exempted. © Lucy Nicholson, UK, Shortlist, Professional Environment, 2016 Sony World Photography Awards / Reuters.
Fight for your dreams - The boxers of Bukom (Photo by Patrick Sinkel). If one is thinking about countries being successful in boxing, just a few will have Ghana in mind. But Ghana produced a couple of world champions in boxing - the most famous one being Azumah Nelson. The weird fact about boxing in Ghana is all world champions are from Bukom, a small neighborhood of Accra. Bukom is a poor suburb, most people work as fishermen. But boxing here has a long tradition - it is the second nature of the people as many say. Hundreds of years ago, the Ga-People, an ethnic group who live mainly in Accra, developed their own way of fighting. Due to the British influence during colonization, the Ga overcame in touch with boxing. Since then boxing is the most famous sport in Bukom. Nowadays boxing is much more than a sport, it is a way to escape poverty and everyday problems. Many kids and juveniles dream of being a professional boxer in the US or Europe. They fight for their dreams, literally. ÂŠ Patrick Sinkel, Germany, Shortlist, Professional Sport, 2016 Sony World Photography Awards.
Pools (Photo by Stephan Zirwes). The Pools series is a study of water one of the most precious resources for life on our planet. The artistic approach of photographer Stephan Zirwes is to show how the important resource is in contrast between being the consummate location for entertainment and the incredible waste of drinking water not only for being used in private pools but also the trend to privatise what is a public asset and use it for commercial reasons. Public pools can still be a symbol for the importance that water should be freely accessible to everyone. The clean formal language and the simple design of the pictures focus our interest on this newsworthy issue with elegance and almost playfulness. A deep dive into the blue as Zirwes copied parts of the original pool tiles and enlarged them in a simple, visible way to create a kind of mount in patterns. ÂŠ Stephan Zirwes, Germany, Shortlist, Professional , Architecture, 2016 Sony World Photography Awards.
365, Unpacked (Photo by Antoine Repessè). The story of a big unload. In France we throw away approximately 365kg of waste per person, per year. Although, it is difficult to know the actual quantity when our waste is being collected every week. 365, Unpacked is the result of four years work during which the photographer has stopped throwing away his recycled waste, and has collected it instead. 70m3 of packaging has been collected to create the base of the project, which has been invading the daily life of the protagonists of this photographic series. This “waste bank” includes 1600 milk bottles, 4800 toilet rolls, and even 800kg of newspapers. The photographer has decided to sort all the collected waste to photograph it separately and by category. Each photo of this series has been set up within a live installation and has been created in real conditions without any photo editing software. Beyond the graphic dimension, the accumulation of waste accentuates the gap between the human and his environment. © Antoine Repessè, France, Shortlist, Professional , Campaign, 2016 Sony World Photography Awards.
Flying into the sunset (Photo by Eric Madeja). I came across this juvenile flying fish while diving in open water near Tubbataha Reefs, Philippines. Juvenile flying fish are often spotted hovering just below the surface, hiding inside natural or man made debris, drifting the ocean currents. Juvenile flying fish can be attracted by light at night, but during the day they tend to swim away as soon as a diver approaches. It took me hours to get close enough and this photograph was taken just when the sun was setting, beautifully illuminating the clouds on the horison. © Eric Madeja 2, Switzerland, Shortlist, Open, Nature and Wildlife, 2016 Sony World Photography Award.
RIC Hornets (Photo by Rob Gregory). These images were created for the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago’s Adaptive Sports Program and the RIC Hornets wheelchair basketball team. © Rob Gregory, United States, Shortlist, Professional , Campaign, 2016 Sony World Photography Awards.
Too much practice (Photo by Khairel Anuar Che Ani). Image was taken in Bali during Melasti Festival. This Festival is conducted once a year in conjunction with Nyepi or Silent Day. These young girls were waiting for their turn to perform. They looked stunning with their bright coloured costumes and heavy make-up on, however the expression on each of the girls’ faces especially the yawning girl gives this image an extra ‘ummpph’. © Khairel Anuar Che Ani, Malaysia, Shortlisted, Open Competition, Split Second, 2016 Sony World Photography Awards.
Farming the Sea (Photo by Tugo Cheng). A fisherman is farming the sea in between the bamboo rods constructed for aquaculture off the coast in southern China. © Tugo Cheng, Hong Kong, Shortlisted, Open Competition, Travel, 2016 Sony World Photography Awards.
Picasso’s Women (Photo by Cristina Vatielli). The project consists of seven photographic shots, each representing one of the women who influenced the sentimental life and artistic work of Pablo Picasso: Eva Gouel, Gaby Depeyre, Olga KhaKhlova, Marie-Therese Walter, Dora Maar, Francoise Gilot and Jacqueline Rocque. The project was conceived from the need to tell the story and give a face to the women who always lived under Picasso’s wings and influenced the work of the most known artist of the twentieth century. © Cristina Vatielli, Italy, Shortlist, Professional , Staged, 2016 Sony World Photography Awards.
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High up on the crest of the hill, in the far distance, Robben Island can be seen, as can Table Mountain.
Of vines and groves, wines that crest the hill This month Flamingo continues on its Tamasa Wine Route and heads for the picturesque Tygerberg, which we found quite literally nestling against the hills on the outskirts of Durbanville, Hillcrest Estate, where we met up with Estate Manager and winemaker Arno Smith. By: Phil Ruimte Photographs by: Mark Pettipher.
illcrest Estate was bought in 1984 by Haw & Inglis, a Cape based Construction Company. Firstly to have a ‘home’ for it’s head office, the land was used to ‘mine’ granite and was primarily a quarry; it was also used to run sheep and cattle. Looking at the terrior, Haw & Inglis decided that there was potential to grow quality grapes and olives, and so the owners decided to plant Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon vines. In 2001, Dr Graeme Read, a micro and marine biologist who had a dream to produce wine, approached the owners. The owners liked the idea and from a converted farm shed Dr Read produced Hillcrest’s maiden vintage, made up of 8 tons of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grapes. Today
Hillcrest Estate produces some 3 000 cases of twelve bottles, or putting things in perspective, 36,000 bottles, of which 40% are white, with red making up the balance – whilst Hillcrest is relatively young in the wine making industry, the farm produces some 60 tons of grapes from its vineyards. The estate’s terroir consists of well-drained soils, which have a good water retention capacity and are differentiated into Oakleaf, Hutton and Clovelly soil types, which favour the production of the estate’s varietals. In addition, as a result of a geological event millions of years ago, the vineyards are strewn with baked shale or “Hornfels”; this imparts a distinct minerality to the wines and has lead to the name of Hillcrest’s flagship Bordeaux blend.
Arno Smith, Estate Manager and winemaker, with Saartjie his Jack Russell, arguably the true face of Hillcrest.
Vineyards make up 23 hectares of the estate; these are planted on the Northwest facing slopes of the Tygerberg, between 200 and 300 metres above sea level. Cooled by the afternoon Atlantic Ocean sea breezes, coupled with Hillcrest’s undulating landscape and unique micro-climate, the estate boasts five Bordeaux cultivars: Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot. The balance of the estate is made up of 11 hectares of olive groves. Only grapes that are grown in the estate are used to produce the wines, with the surplus grapes being sold to Durbanville Hills, a neighbouring establishment connected to Distell. Hillcrest produces three ranges of wine; the estate range or entry level, which is made up of Sauvignon Blanc, a Bordeaux style Robinzicht, a name that comes from the magnificent panoramic views which enables one to see Robben Island. Soon to be introduced into the estate range, will be Red Shale, named from the terroir of many of the vineyards, which comprises the Malmesbury Red Shale or Hornfels. Secondly, its Single Vineyard Collection and thirdly, its flagship Metamorphic Range. Each of the varietals are produced as wines on their own, which form part of the Single Vineyard collection consisting mainly of Cabernet Franc, The Malbec and Petit Verdot. The Metamorphic Range or flagship wines includes the ‘Atlantic Slopes’, the Premium or Reserve Sauvignon Blanc which gets a subtle mix of Semillon, the ‘Quarry’, the estate’s award winning flagship Merlot, the Hornfels, a full Bordeaux Blend consisting mainly of Cabernet Franc, followed by Merlot, then Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Petit Verdot. The Hornfels taste varies from year to year, due to the wine being highly dependent on the quality of each of its varietals blending components. More recently, The Relief, a Sauvignon has been added.
Both the Quarry and Hornfels wines spend 18 months in new and second fill 225L French oak barrels. After blending and a light filtration, the wines are bottled and matured for a further 12 months before release. While some of the wines receive regular 5 star nominations in the Platter Wine Guide, Hillcrest estate received a 4.5 star rating, which is a huge achievement. They won a double gold for their 2011 Hornfels, as well as silver & bronze medals at the annual Veritas wine competition. The estate’s greatest achievement was winning the Grand Roche Trophy for the best Merlot at the 2007 Old Mutual wine show and gold at the Michelangelo Awards in 2011.
Hillcrest received a 4.5 star rating in the Wine magazine for our Hornfels in 2009 and won the best Bordeaux blend in the Classic wine awards. The wine is for sale at the tasting room on the estate or can be ordered now with free delivery in the Cape Peninsula.
Olive groves make up a large portion of the estate Hillcrest Estate’s olive groves, established in 1993, have in their short lifetime yielded award-winning olives and olive oils. The groves, planted between 300 and 400 metres above sea level, offer a magnificent panoramic view which sweeps across Table Bay to Robben Island and over to Table Mountain.
Some of the Olive Awards: ●● 2002 Certificate of excellence Alfa Laval EVOO Competition. ●● 2005 Received a 3rd prize award at the Marco Zichella Extra Virgin Olive Oils of South Africa Competition. ●● 2006 Received the consumer’s choice award for our olive oil at the Marco Zichella Extra Virgin Olive Oils of South Africa Competition. ●● 2006 Received 2nd prize in the Marco Zichella Extra Virgin Olive Oils of South Africa Competition. ●● 2006 Won Gold at the SA Olive Awards for our Extra Virgin Cold Pressed Olive Oil. ●● 2006 Won Silver at the SA Olive Awards for our table olives. ●● 2007 Won Gold at the SA Olive Awards for our Extra Virgin Cold Pressed Olive Oil. ●● 2007 Won Silver at the SA Olive Awards for flavoured olives. ●● 2009 Won Silver at the SA Olive Awards for our Extra Virgin Cold Pressed Olive Oil Style: Medium. ●● Since 2010 after winning a gold at the SA Olive Awards, we won Silver and Bronze up until 2015.
The groves are made up of Green and Black Mission, Frantoio and Kalamata cultivars. Some eight years after establishing the orchards, Hillcrest produced their first table olives and outsourced the making of their first olive oil. Today they make up to 10,000 litres of Extra Virgin Olive Oil, and about 12 tons of table olives, which go into making a full range of products. From tapenades, olive jams to different Mediterranean mixed olives, where the variety is fused with feta cheese, chillies and red peppers, Hillcrest olives will certainly tantalise your taste buds. Realising the magnificent quality of the olive oil produced, Hillcrest decided to make their own and purchased the necessary pressing equipment. From harvesting to bottling, all production is done on the farm by hand. As a result of Hillcrest’s success in producing quality award winning olive oils, the estate has recently upgraded their machine to an Oliomio 150. With a constant effort to produce the very best olive products, Hillcrest has became a member of the SA Olive Industry Association, in order to ensure that they are up-to-date with the industry’s quality standards.
Wine, Groves and Management Arno has been on the farm for some six years, but only recently took over the running of the estate as Estate Manager and winemaker, not only taking care of the vitculture but aslo being responsible for the production and processing of the olives as well. Arno has a family background of farming in the Northern Cape, so it is only natural that he would go on to agricultural college, where he studied vini and viticulture. After graduating from Elsenburg Campus, Arno went overseas, first to Southern Australia, near Adelaide and then to California, to the Napa valley. A year later, on his return, Arno went to work at Groote Post Vineyards near Darling for a season, after which he was offered the chance to work at Hillcrest - six years later, Arno feels that he is well established and is happy to be making great award winning wines. Given his broad responsibility, Arno acknowledges that he has a great team, two foremen, one who helps with the vineyards, and the other who helps with the olive groves. In the cellar, Arno has the help of Zimbabwean
Master Brewer Dr Graeme Read - poised to produce craft beers.
born assistant winemaker, Calvin, who originally worked with Haw & Inglis in their gardens. Calvin had studied as an engineer and came to South Africa to look for work, being well educated, Haw & Inglis saw that there was great potential in Calvin and he was asked whether he would like to have the opportunity to learn about wine making. Subsequently he was encouraged and trained to his current position of Assistant Winemaker.
Much more to offer The estate has so much more to offer other than just the winery itself, the restaurant in which we sat, has wine tasting evenings, and offers olive and biltong platters and there is an Olive club. The estate is also starting up its own microbrewery under the guiding hand of former winemaker Dr Graeme Read. The license is imminent, and it is hoped that they will be fully operational by June and keeping with South Africa’s trend, to be producing handcrafted craft beers, such as Red Ale, and a variety of lager. Hillcrest Quarry is a fantastic corporate venue. The original quarry,
ABOVE All Hillcrest’s grapes are hand picked. BELOW Calvin, Hillcrest’s Assistant winemaker examines fermentation tanks for cleanliness.
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HORNFELS 2012 (BORDEAUX BLEND) Saturated purple/red colour. Striking nose of spring flowers & crushed chalk, contributed by the Cabernet Franc. Fresh with decadent ripe fruit & seamless tannins. A unique style that emphasises the contribution made by the three lesser known varieties of a Bordeaux blend. Superb fruit concentration & well delineated finish. Will drink well for another decade. Technical Analysis Alcohol 13.71% RS 2.7g/l TA 5.9 g/l pH 3.56
has been converted into a natural amphitheater. Hillcrest Quarry, has played host to notable bands such as Prime Circle and the Parlatones, and attracts people to enjoy festivals such as Reggae, Jazz and the Blues Summit. Every Tuesday - November through to April, the venue offers the ‘Galileo’ open air cinema where people can come with their chairs and blankets and enjoy movies whilst sitting outdoors during those balmy summer nights. Fishing and mountain biking adds to Hillcrest’s unique offering. Hillcrest offers something for the whole family; Arno and Saartjie, his Jack Russell look forward to welcoming you to enjoy the wines, the restaurant, cellar door and the olives, as well as taking in the unique and breath-taking views across Table Bay.
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Fermentation To aid fermentation, Regular pumpovers & punchdowns were done to enhance flavour & tannin extraction. After malolactic fermentation the wine was racked into new & 2nd fill 225L French oak barrels. After 9 months the most flavoursome barrels were selected, blended & returned to oak for a further 9 months.
QUARRY 2013 (100% MERLOT) Lively garnet colour. Obvious red berry fruit with a well-integrated oak aroma and hints of mocha, chocolate and mulberry. A feminine velvety soft 100% Merlot wine. Complex with subtle layers of luscious fruit flavours & lasting finish. Drinking well now but will peak over the next 3-5 years. Technical Analysis Alcohol 14% RS 1.7g/l TA 5.7g/l pH 3.68 Fermentation Two nights cold soaking with repeated pump overs to extract maximum colour & flavour under alcoholic conditions. Fermentation started at 18˚C and lasted five days. Secondary fermentation took place in old oak barrels after which the wine was racked into new & second fill 225L French oak barrels for further maturation. The wine was bottled from six of the most promising barrels after eighteen months.
ATLANTIC SLOPES 2014 (SAUVIGNON BLANC) A blend of 2 blocks of Sauvignon Blanc that differ in elevation, soil type, aspect & yield. A true “terroir wine” as only grapes from Hillcrest Estate were vinified. A lively greenish yellow wine with abundant citrus fruit on the nose. Fresh lime / lemon flavours with a distinct minerality. The 5% Semillon adds body and softens any rasping acidity. Will improve over the next 2 – 3 years.
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Technical Analysis Alcohol 13.5% RS 1.9g/l TA 7.2g/l pH 3.07
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Fermentation The two blocks were fermented separately at 12˚C using two different yeasts to produce a mix of typical Sauvignon Blanc flavours. Fermentation lasted 18 days. The wine was kept on the lees, bottled on the 15th May 2014. Only 1300 bottles were produced.
ROBBENZICHT 2014 (RED BLEND) Deep garnet red colour. Concentrated berry aroma. Noticeable red berry flavours from the merlot and a rich black berry fruit concentration from the Cabernet Sauvignon. A medium bodied well integrated wine with supple tannins and a memorable persistence. Drinking well now but will improve over the next 3 to 5 years. Technical Analysis Alcohol 14% RS 2.2g/l TA 5.2g/l pH 3.8 Fermentation Cold soaking on skins for two nights with repeated pump overs to extract maximum colour & flavour in a non-alcoholic environment. After fermentation, wine was racked into 30% new & 2nd fill 225L French oak barrels. Nine months barrel maturation.
CABERNET FRANC 2015 Rich deep garnet red colour. Concentrated berry aroma. A concentration of red berry and mulberry fruit flavours supplied by the Merlot and Malbec while the balance of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot contribute fragrance, backbone, soft tannins and colour. A medium bodied well integrated wine with memorable persistence. Drinking well now but will continue to improve over the next 5 to 7 years. Technical Analysis Alcohol 13.89% RS 2.8g/l TA 5.3g/l pH 3.71 Fermentation Cold soaking on skins for two nights with repeated pump overs to extract maximum colour & flavour in a non-alcoholic environment. After fermentation, wine was racked into 30% new & 2nd fill 225L French oak barrels. Nine months barrel maturation.
CABERNET SAUVIGNON ROSÈ 2015 Beautiful salmon pink colour, standing out with our new white capsule. Hints of strawberries, peaches and red berries with a touch of floral characters on the nose. An explosion of different fruit flavours on the pallet with a beautiful, dry, lingering finish. Drinks well now and ideal for warm summer days. Technical Analysis Alcohol 13% RS 1.0g/l TA 6.3g/l pH 3.54 Fermentation Single vineyard fermented at 12˚C in stainless steel tanks using CK S102(warren chem) yeasts. Fermentation time varied between 12 & 14 days.
MALBEC 2015 A deep purple red/ violet colour with characteristic dark fruit aromas. Full bodied with noticeable plum, mulberry and blackberry fruit flavours. Smooth and ripe in the mouth with soft round tannins and a memorable persistence. Technical Analysis Alcohol 13% RS 1.3g/l TA 5.2g/l pH 3.86 Fermentation Cold soaking on skins for two nights with repeated pump overs to extract maximum colour & flavour in a non-alcoholic environment. After fermentation, wine was racked into 30% new & 2nd fill 225L French oak barrels. Nine months barrel maturation.
PETIT VERDOT 2015 Rich deep garnet red colour. Concentrated berry aroma. A concentration of red berry and mulberry fruit flavours supplied by the Merlot and Malbec while the balance of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot contribute fragrance, backbone, soft tannins and colour. A medium bodied well integrated wine with memorable persistence. Drinking well now but will continue to improve over the next 5 to 7 years. Technical Analysis Alcohol 13.77% RS 2.9g/l TA 5.9g/l pH 3.65 Fermentation Cold soaking on skins for two nights with repeated pump overs to extract maximum colour & flavour in a non-alcoholic environment. After fermentation, wine was racked into 30% new & 2nd fill 225L French oak barrels. Nine months barrel
SAUVIGNON BLANC 2015 This typical Durbanville 100% Sauvignon Blanc, has a great balance between the greener style as well as the fruit driven style. With hints of guava, grapefruit and green pepper on the nose carrying all the way through to the pallet. Well balanced with a zippy acidity. Drink now or within 3 years. Technical Analysis Alcohol 13.5% RS 1.9g/l TA 6.6g/l pH 3.30 Fermentation All blocks fermented at 12ËšC separately using a variety of yeasts. Fermentation time varied between 12 & 18 days.
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Photo-surrealist Australian artist Joel Rea weaves vast, extraordinary, surrealist stories in oil on canvas. By: Anne Schauffer Photographs supplied
oel Rea was born in 1983 in Middlesbrough,
family a few years later. From a very small boy, he loved drawing and was encouraged to do so by his
too, also drew well which he says gave him ‘a competitive push to get better and better.’ Joel studied art at school, then continued on to Art College: “It was always what I knew I’d do, and when I was in college, I explored many different approaches to visual expression. I always knew I’d paint – whether I had a university degree or not - so I decided to major in illustration. At the time, it was real-world applications that were
attractive, but actually I was misled – there was so little work available in the local markets.” Today, Joel lives and works on Australia’s Gold Coast. Clearly his work and skill is extraordinary, and his painstaking methodologies almost defy description. His subject matter goes way, way beyond the obvious, and digs deep into the world of surrealism: “I’m researching the Universe, by putting millions of thoughts into brush-strokes... and the process is
constructed with colour and shape, layers and layers of subtle intertwining hues. The brain and eye indulge!” Pigeon holing his genre of work isn’t easy, but while it’s often termed hyperrealism, he prefers to be called a photo-surrealist.
Joel provided some insight into his
“Within my narratives, I pour in rich
humility, my experiences of life’s big questions depicted with photosurrealist
simultaneously in awe of the vast grandeur of nature, yet paranoid by its unpredictable and destructive forces. I compare this duality with
the underlying forces of my inner
such as Salvador Dali, but equally,
pictures have always been in my
emotions, mirroring the contrast
he says, “by any number of other
life - I’ve always had the joy of it.”
of the natural world, capable of
amazing art forms... from movies to
But still, as committed to his craft
behaviour in opposing extremes.
comic books, music, bands like The
as he is, he makes time for passions
I take pleasure in bearing witness
Dead Kennedys and System of a
outside of work for his wife and 2
to this complex world and respond
Down, lots of rap and anything
little daughters... his skateboard,
with these paintings as an intrigued
guitar-based as I’ve played the guitar
surfboard, and, of course, his guitar.
observer, asking my own questions
since I was 15.”
by creating these surreal spectacles of unlimited outcomes.” Joel’s been inspired over the years by the work of other artists
Joel is a full-time artist, and by his own admission, works exceptionally hard but couldn’t imagine doing anything
Contact Instagram: @joelrea Facebook: @JoelReaArtist Website: www.joelrea.com.au
A delicate concentration Paintings, designs, installations – Suzan Drummen describes her extraordinary art as ‘ordering materials into patterns... a very human thing to do.’ By: Anne Schauffer Photographs supplied by: Suzan Drummen
etherlands born artist Suzan Drummen
completely enthralled and deeply moved by
considers herself privileged. She
the immense size of the architecture and the
grew up in a creative family - her father was
way the beautiful light fell.” She shrugs, “Ten
a visual artist – one, who, she says, “was my
years later at the Maastricht Academy, I tried
mentor, and who constantly pointed out
to make something which had a similar
to me how beautiful nature was. He was
impact... of course I didn’t succeed! It was
extremely playful and creative and this was
a huge struggle.”
Suzan says that now, she has smaller
Suzan studied painting and monumental
dreams: “Sometimes I am happy when people
design in Maastricht, then later at the Jan
fall silent while observing my work. And
Van Eyck Academie. She was involved in
equally, I also like it if they’re totally stunned.”
installations, and finally, she studied for two
It’s natural to ask Suzan where she
years at the Rijks Academy in Amsterdam.
gets her inspiration. Her answer isn’t that
She laughs, “Amsterdam is a great city to
straight forward: “I was very much inspired
live in when you’re an artist. I met so many
by Rome, where I lived for a few months,
great artists and people who inspired me.”
but my inspiration lies much closer, in my
Turning back the clock, Suzan recalls,
own studio, while playing around with
at the age of eight, one of her early
materials. Sometimes people think my
experiences, which shaped her way of
inspiration comes out of India, others say
seeing the world, and indeed, guided her
Turkey or Poland. However, to be honest,
as to the direction of her career and art:
I think one of the things I do – order
“Visiting Cologne Cathedral for the first time
materials in patterns - is something that is
was an intoxicating experience. I’d never
done in every culture on earth. It’s just a
seen anything so overwhelming. I was
very human thing to do.”
Flamingo asked Suzan a few questions about her work:
Do you work in a range of media?
I work in the media of painting, photography, installation and public art. The works are a playful investigation of space, illusion, optical effects and other visual phenomena, that is part of a broad exploration of visual perception and the limits of beauty. There is an on going inquiry into the limits of seduction and repulsion. The installations, for example, are made
metal, precious stones, mirrors and optical glass. From a distance, they appear clear and orderly, yet upon closer inspection, the eye becomes disoriented
and visual stimuli. That moment, of being able to take it all in or not, is explored, time and time again. The visual perception is challenged, requisitioned and intensified. I’m always interested in things I don’t understand, and I want to make art that pinches. At first glance it might look very accessible, as it is visually very attractive, yet I think it is also repulsive and exaggerated. While working, I ask myself questions all the time: “Can I control the chaos? Can my work be generous and full of compassion? Can it be comforting, like a friend?” Of course, I’m aware of the tension between
image, but the more I study this, the more the two become interwoven. The one doesn’t seem to be able to exist without the other. I value the aesthetic experience of looking, feeling and an increasing responsiveness to beauty, even if this excludes all purpose. The twinkling surfaces, the colour contrasts, the use and reuse of repetitive themes are because of my way of working. Everything keeps returning in
a different form: in different materials
the opportunity to experiment and there
or on a different scale. Works endlessly
are endless possibilities. Itâ€™s also possible
mirror each other. Sometimes there
to have all these materials attached
are round photos of earlier works
permanently. I did this recently in the
placed between the stones. The viewer
wedding hall at the town hall in Almelo
is always faced with an abundance of
in the Netherlands. I covered a big wall
with shiny material.
Some of the artwork
Where have you exhibited?
My works are displayed in several Dutch
The installations are temporary and extremely vulnerable. All the elements are placed loosely on the floor. Sometimes
Museums, such as Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Centraal Museum, Utrecht and Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht. I
visitors are in doubt, and they want to
did installations in museums and galleries,
then touch the work.
but I mainly did commissions in public
When they feel it with their hands,
spaces, such as hospitals and government
they are always pleasantly surprised,
buildings. In Hong Kong, I created a big
when they see that all the shiny stones
installation in a public building.
and glass parts are loosely placed on the
Commissions often restrict creativity
floor. Of course, itâ€™s very time consuming
to a certain extent, due to a clientâ€™s
concentration to organise and place all
settings. However, these restrictions
the little elements and materials.
often pose a challenge and give new
However, this increases the impact of the work. Moreover, in that way, I have
at varying locations, I have come to
see how space works and how I can manipulate it. A work can change a walking direction; you can direct the view upwards; you can double the space of a room with mirrors; you can refine a
details and give it back its human scale. By stressing some architectural elements and making sensually stimulating combinations, I can intervene in the urban space. Commissions
which I lack in the studio, because of the scale or the available budgets, and because they form a permanent part of our surroundings.
Where do you live and work now? I live and work in Amsterdam, as a full-time artist. One day a week I am a professor at the Academy of Fine Arts, MINERVA Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Groningen. We have an international programme there with students from all over the world. Itâ€™s a great and inspiring place to be.
I share my life with my partner, Stan Klamer (www.stanklamer.nl), who is also an artist and my biggest and most critical follower. He questions me constantly! And every now and again, my two children assist me when Iâ€™m creating an installation.
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New Models round up JAMES SIDDALL on what's happening in the wonderful world of wheels... Swede success Congratulations go to the Volvo XC90 – which was recently named the 2016 WesBank / SAGMJ Car of the Year (COTY). The flagship model's win makes it the second Volvo to take the title in the prestigious competition's history, and adds to the long, long list of international accolades (over 60 of them!) that this vehicle has so deservingly won. “We are absolutely delighted with our victory,” commented Volvo Car South Africa Managing Director, Greg Maruszewski. “With the all-new XC90
we are not only re-writing the rules of a post-modern luxury driving experience but reinventing our brand as well. Our ethos, ‘Made by Sweden’, expresses our intrinsic Scandinavian roots, love for people, heritage and attitude to building some of the world’s most desirable – and safest – luxury vehicles.” The all-new XC90 follows in the footsteps of the Volvo S40, which received the coveted award in 2005. Powered by new-generation 2.0-litre turbocharged Drive-E petrol and diesel engines, which are mated to
an eight-speed Geartronic automatic gearbox, the XC90 mixes Swedish luxury and classy, minimalistic design with supreme road manners and efficient driving dynamics. Volvo’s all-new Sensus Connect infotainment system, which is presented as a nine-inch tablet-like touch screen interface, is also setting new precedents for design and functionality thanks to its intuitive usability and long list of functions. Safety is of course, as with any other Volvo, top priority. The allnew Volvo XC90 received a full five-
star Euro NCAP safety rating in 2015 thanks to its highly advanced safety systems, which include pedestrian and cyclist detection with forward collision warning and full auto brake, run-off-road protection and other driving assistance features like adaptive cruise control and active lane-keeping assistance. In fact, so advanced is the XC90’s pedestrian detection system that independent safety regulators have yet to develop suitable testing protocols. The all-new XC90 was applauded by Euro NCAP for Best in Class Safety (Large Off-road and Overall) in 2016. It has also been awarded the Top Safety Pick+ award by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) in the United States. This relentless drive on safety forms part of Volvo’s Vision 2020 programme which seeks to ensure that nobody is seriously injured or killed in a new Volvo by 2020. Well done Volvo!
Drop top delight For over six decades now, the immortal, iconic Mercedes SL – a car that I am determined to own one day, in some form or other – has been the
arguable king of convertibles. And now come June this year, the latest generation is set to hit the market, promising to take the SL concept into the future. Naturally, as soon as we get to drive one we will bring you full details.
Bow-tie brilliance Say “hello” to the enhanced – industryspeak for “facelifted” – Chevrolet Captiva. The latest version of this muchloved seven-seater SUV offers plenty of standard kit, including dual-zone climate control and an eight-way electronically adjustable driver's seat, as well as Hill Descent Control, and promises to add to the sales success of the model. Enhancements to the 2016 model range include a new grille and front fascia, LED day time running lights, a lightly reworked interior, and 18-inch alloys, while Chev are rather proud of the vehicle's MyLink infotainment system with its seven-inch touchscreen. Buyers can choose between a naturally aspirated 2.4-litre petrol engine or a 2.2-litre turbodiesel engine, making 123kW and 230Nm, and 135kW and 400Nm, respectively. The Captiva also has a five-Star Euro NCAP safety rating thanks to
a host of electronic aids such as Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Traction Control System (TCS), Braking Assist System (BAS), Hill Start Assist (HAS), and Hill Descent Control (HDC). Prices for the threemodel range start at N$396 600.
The sound of silence The Lexus RX looks like little else on the road with its crisp origamiinspired styling. In fact, the only thing it looks like is, well, its smaller NX sibling. And as with most Lexuses (Lexii?) it provides levels of smoothness, refinement, and silence that make some of the competition almost seem agricultural in comparison, insulating occupants from the cruel outside world like few other vehicles. That its climate control, allied to ventilated (and heated) seats is among the finest I've yet encountered, turning the cabin into an arctic igloo in seemingly seconds on even the hottest day, makes for added appeal. It sits in the same category as vehicles such as the BMW X5/X6, not being a proper off-road tool but more a large cross-over, and while it is perhaps not as performance-orientated as the BMW, those Lexus qualities I mentioned make for a beguiling USP (Unique Selling Point).
It is also larger than the outgoing RX at 120mm longer, and 10mm wider but 20mm lower, while power in the RX 350 EX I tested comes courtesy of a naturally aspirated, petrol-powered 3.5-litre V6. It is an eerily smooth powerplant making 221kW and 370Nm (17kW and 24Nm more than the previous generation). Performance is brisk with rest to 100km/h taking some eight seconds, topping out at 200km/h, and power is to all four wheels via an eightspeed automatic 'box that â€“ you guessed it â€“ is as silky as the rest of the package. Cutting to the interior, the build quality is excellent, and importantly for audiophiles the RX 350 also has an excellent 12-speaker sound system including a 20cm sub-woofer. The top-spec RX 450h SE gets yet more kit, including a 15-speaker Mark Levinson sound system. On top of that, pretty much all conceivable luxuries are standard, as is lashings of safety kit including 10 airbags, Blind Spot Monitor, Rear
Cross-Traffic Alert (useful when backing out of a parking space), reverse camera, Vehicle Stability Control, and more. You will pay N$799 000 for the RX 350 EX (the RX 450h SE costs around one bar).
Wind machine When it comes to evocative model names, Maserati surely wins. Take but cars such as the Khamsin and Ghibli named for winds, and now the Levante â€“ which is the Italian maker's first SUV in its hundred-year history. The new Maserati SUV is based on the Quattroporte and Ghibli architecture, and is engineered for what its makers say is outstanding performance on and off road, mated to Italian elegance and luxury. We will get a 205kW, three-litre V6 turbodiesel version when it launches here in the third quarter of this year, and we hardly need tell you that more details will follow as soon as we get behind the wheel of one.
Quiet elegance Underrated. Terribly underrated. Understated. And overwhelmingly excellent. I have just spent a week with VW's new Passat â€“ and that included a trip to Ardmore Guest Farm in the KZN Drakensberg (www. ardmore.co.za). A place that I have been visiting for almost two decades now for the serenity and silence it offers, and which quite probably rates
as one of my favourite destinations in South Africa. More to the point, it gave me the opportunity to rack up some mileage in the Passat, with the test unit I had being a 1.4 TSI Comfortline DSG model. It might be the smallest-engined variant in the range (which includes 1.8- and two-litre turbopetrol models) but with 110kW and 250Nm on tap this big, subtle sedan proved
the equivalent of the guy who is able to do everything â€“ without trying too hard. It is a tech-laden, quietly confident car this, capable of dispatching long distances with almost contemptuous ease, the vast, elegant cabin providing space for five protein-fed adults â€“ and all their luggage. Performance proved excellent. Figure on a top speed of 220km/h, a
zero-to-100km/h time of 8.4 seconds, and a combined fuel consumption of just 5.2 litres per 100km, with that smooth-shifting seven-speed DSG 'box enhancing the package. Indeed, the Passat almost begs the question: do you need more? Sheer brilliance, with the model I tested coming in at some N$398 800.
Fording ahead The old Ford Everest was never going to win any beauty contests. But the new Everest? Well it is based on its Ranger bakkie sibling, and is a decidedly appealing machine with lashings of Americantype styling â€“ mated to 147kW and 470Nm of torque generated by the 3.2-litre, five-cylinder Duratorq turbodiesel running through a sixspeed auto 'box. And after a week with one, I quite possibly sold a couple such was my infatuation with this big, bold machine. It is also a serious off-road tool with a body-on-frame design, an intelligent four-wheel-drive system, an exceptional 800mm wading depth, 225mm ground clearance, and low range, as well as a terrain management system. This gives drivers four settings to chose between.
Plus it will haul up to three tons and, yes, it really does seat seven people in real-world use. I tried. There's plenty of tech at work in this vehicle, including SYNC2, Ford's incar connectivity solution, mated to an eight-inch touchscreen and an excellent 10-speaker sound system. There are two models in the range. The XLT and the top-spec Limited. I had the former on test, but even so it was loaded. Figure on a full host of creature comforts, and safety features such as seven airbags and an Electronic Stability Program (ESP) with Roll Stability Control, plus rear park assist with camera.
Move up to the Limited model, and you can expect power-fold third-row seats and a powered tailgate, plus a full suite of driver aids. You'll pay N$663 900 for the top-spec Limited, or N$607 900 for the XLT here. That includes a four-year/120 000km warranty, and a five-year/100 000km service plan.
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Magnificent Mini-malism With the new Mini Clubman and Convertible the range really has come of age, writes James Siddall...
t is hard to believe that the new Mini – which its manufacturers spell as MINI, but I always think that looks a little awkward in print – was first launched some 15 years ago. That was back in 2001, for those of you who are bad at maths, and when I went on the international press launch to Italy I had mixed feelings about the machine. Oh sure it was certainly competent and polished, but under BMW's stewardship of the brand the utilitarian, iconic minimalism of Sir Alec Issigonis's original had been diluted. Cut now to today, and the modern Mini is firmly established as a boutique brand responsible for charismatic, characterful cars with the model range having just been augmented with new Clubman and Convertible models. And now it truly seems that it has come of age. I recently got to try both in and around Cape Town on the press launch, and first up was the Clubman – which has now grown into arguably the most desirable member of the Mini family with quality levels up there with what you would find in its BMW relatives. In keeping with the global automotive trend towards continual growth and girth, the latest Clubman is larger than ever, and next to its sibling, the Mini 5 door, it is all of 27cm longer, and 9cm wider. A maxi Mini indeed. It will also swallow 360 litres of cargo, or 1 250 litres with the 40:20:40 rear split seats folded. For the first time it is available with an eight-speed auto transmission (rather like its BMW relatives) in the Cooper S Clubman model, with the manual models using a six-speed 'box. The cockpit is exceptionally well spaced and upmarket, and customisation options in and out are extensive. The chances of seeing two identical Clubmans appear minimal. Two engine variants are available. Namely a four-cylinder, two-litre twin-turbo in the Cooper S Clubman making 141kW and 280Nm, with the eight-speed auto version turning in a zero-to-100km/h time of 7.2 seconds, topping out at 228km/h. The Cooper
Clubman, meanwhile, gets a threecylinder, 1.5-litre twin-turbo motor good for 100kW and 220Nm (or 230Nm with overboost). That will move the sixspeed manual and the six-speed auto versions from rest to 100km/h in 9.1 seconds, and on to 205km/h. It might have grown some, yet on the go it is a peppy, wieldy machine that still carries just a trace of that fabled original Mini go-kart handling. A practical, premium family car with a hint of cheekiness and chutzpah. The Convertible, meanwhile, is a more extroverted, dare I say feminine, car. It is also quite a bit larger than its predecessor, being 98mm longer and 44mm wider – which translates into more interior space, of course. Yet even more than the Clubman its go-kart handling and fun factor shines through, and when driven with
enthusiasm and urgency it is a rigid, solidly handling machine. This four-seater drop top (the top opens and closes in 18 seconds) also has huge individualisation options. One of them being a soft top with a woven Union Jack graphic. As with the Clubman, equipment and safety levels are simply stellar, and it is available with the same two engines, although both use either a six-speed auto or six-speed manual. Performance is brisk. The Cooper S Convertible will run to 100km/h in 7.1 seconds in automatic guise, topping out at 228km/h. The Cooper Convertible in auto form does this in 8.7 seconds with a top speed of 206km/h. Both have huge appeal, but the Clubman leads in the practicality stakes, and the Convertible wins as a cheeky fun-machine.
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Lord of the rings Audi's latest A4 embodies elegant, effortless evolution, says JAMES SIDDALL...
t first glance the latest Audi A4 looks remarkably similar to the outgoing model. But it's new – all-new – larger than the car it replaces at 4.73 metres long, more economical, more powerful, and up to 120kg lighter. It also so happens to be simply... superb. This I can attest to after a week with an A4 1.4T FSI S tronic Sport model whose sheer understated competence beguiled and bewitched me. The most immediate question, of course, is whether it is better than its arch-rivals the Mercedes-Benz C-Class
– voted World Car of the Year last year – and the BMW 3 Series – which recently enjoyed a facelift and the addition of new engines. A question I can't comprehensively answer as at this level factors such as subjectivity, brand loyalty and perceived prestige play major roles. But I can say that it is at the very least brilliant enough to make these machines a little nervous. Now this is an important car for Audi, and it's interesting that the A4 story essentially began back in 1972 with the advent of the Audi 80. The A4
was given its model name in 1994, at which time it was brought to Southern Africa, and since then 109 382 Audi A4's have been sold on this market alone. The new car also happens to have the best drag coefficient in its class at 0.23, and lashings of high-tech, while following its recent launch it is available with two petrol engines. A diesel and a petrol quattro model will follow later. Fuel consumption is down by up to 21 percent, power is up by as much as 25 percent, and there is a slick sevenspeed S tronic automatic transmission.
The previous CVT transmission is no more. A good thing – because while Audi's CVTs were always among the best of the breed, these gearboxes are seldom happy affairs. The model I was rolling in uses a turboed 1.4-litre motor making 110kW and 250Nm. Enough to take it from rest to 100km/h in 8.5 seconds, topping out at 210km/h, with a claimed fuel consumption of 5.1 litres per 100km in the combined cycle. But cold old figures seldom tell the whole story, and this machine is able to travel in sepulchral silence and Sultan-like comfort even over irregular surfaces, yet at the same time being capable of sporting handling. PRICING
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he term “legendary” has become horribly cheapened and debased. Purveyors of fast food, for instance, might happily refer to their “legendary” burgers. Sports writers might refer to adept players as “legendary.” And yet the Toyota Hilux truly is legendary – both in global automotive terms, and throughout our part of the world. After all, since its introduction back in 1969 this vehicle has carved a formidable, unrivalled reputation for reliability and toughness as a workhorse, and then as a leisure vehicle, too. In fact, back in the early Eighties the fourth-generation Hilux became the first double-cab 4X4 to be offered locally. Today just about everyone seems to have a favourite Hilux story or
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All Hilux models are fitted with tough and durable patterned black seat upholstery tailored to their usage. And all three designs offer stellar durability without compromising on design or quality. Workhorse models focus more on robustness while mid-grade and highgrade models have a distinct feeling of luxury. Leather upholstery is available as an optional extra on high-grade models. But irrespective of the model – and there are more than 20 in the vast range – comfort and convenience plays a major role in interior design, which also offers increased space, naturally. Another nice touch is that doublecab models employ a 60:40 split “tipup” rear seat cushion for even greater flexibility, with a handy storage compartment recessed into the floor. And on up-spec models a standard
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modulation to provide maximum traction under all conditions. Also present and correct is Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) and, on 4X4 variants, Downhill Assist Control (DAC). As for power, well, that comes from a series of newly developed engines mating efficiency to refinement. In fact, the new ‘Global Diesel’ series of power plants were developed from scratch, and are offered in 2.4 and 2.8-litre turbo diesel guise. The 2.4-litre comes in two forms – one offering 110kW and 343Nm, and the other 110kW and 400Nm. The diesel flagship, the 2755cc GD engine, makes 130kW and 420Nm in manual form, with auto versions making 450Nm. Importantly, fuel consumption is some nine percent better than before. The high-output 2.4-litre GD engine uses just 7.3 litres per 100km, and the 2.8-litre GD engine 8.5 litres per 100 km. Three petrol power plants are also available. Namely, a two-litre unit making 100kW and 182Nm, a revised
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he journey begins in Livingstone in Zambia, and from the moment you touch down, you’ll be living and loving the dream. An exciting three-day Zambezi canoeing expedition following Livingstone’s legendary journey. Your first night is spent in the lap of luxury, at an exclusive lodge island retreat – Islands of Siankaba – hidden in a beautiful riverine setting, with quiet, unspoiled surroundings. You’ll spend the afternoon relaxing, and as the sun prepares to set, you’ll be cruising along the river – chilled sundowners in hand – while a delectable dinner is being prepared, and the stars come out to play. Dinner is delightfully al fresco, and it’s worth waiting for. You’re going to need that hearty breakfast this morning, because it’s your first day of canoeing on the Zambezi River. You won’t be alone though, for highly experienced guides accompany you, share their knowledge,
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f one takes a map and draws a circle
grazing grounds, Omaruru lies in a vast
with Omaruru in its centre, one finds
stretch of outstanding farmland. This area
in this range, within a radius of about 200
sustains a healthy and robust cattle and
kilometres, all major towns, and settlements
game farming community, which in turn
of central Namibia. Not only are major cities
forms the basis of prosperous tourism
like Windhoek, Walvis Bay, Swakopmund
enterprises such as game farms and tourist
and Henties Bay located within this circle,
lodges. The latter also profit from the vicinity
but also prominent historical places like
of the breathtaking Damaraland that moves
Okahandja, Karibib, Usakos, Otjimbingwe,
into the reach of the traveller as he leaves
Otjiwarongo and Okombahe. Major natural
Omaruru en route to the Brandberg, and
attractions within this range would be the
the not too distant Etosha Pan.
Brandberg, the Spitzkoppe, the Erongo and
The presence of one of the major
the Waterberg, while outstanding cultural
ephemeral rivers in Namibia, the Omaruru
phenomena such as the Twyfelfontein Rock
River (or “Eiseb”, as it was called in the past),
Engravings, the Phillip’s and Paula’s Caves
rounds off the picture of a piece of land
in the Erongo, and prehistoric relics like the
of paradisiacal qualities. It is therefore not
Dinosaur Tracks at Ojihaenamaparero can
surprising that human habitation sprung
all be found in this attractive part of Namibia.
up early in this part of the country. Apart
Situated in a landscape of splendid
from indigenous Damara pastoral nomads
natural beauty, and abounding with good
and Herero cattle herders, a new era
dawned in the middle of the nineteenth
The old mission house also is the focus
century with the arrival of large game
of attraction when the English emissary
hunters who were after ivory and ostrich
W.C. Palgrave arrives from the Cape in 1876
feathers, as well as traders such as
and investigates the possibility to proclaim
Axel Eriksson, Mumford, Ferry, Lindholm
a British Protectorate over southern and
and Green. Next to Otjimbingwe, which
central Namibia. Repulsed by the warlike
in those years stood in as the capital of the
conditions in the country, to which is
Damaraland, Omaruru soon became the
added a large influx of Boer settlers from
springboard for the large game hunting
the Cape who temporarily settle near
excursions into the north and northwest of
Grootfontein, Britain confines itself to
the country. In those years it attracted not
the annexation of Walvis Bay in 1878.
only hunters and traders, but before long
The years 1880-1890 are tumultuous,
also the missionaries such as the missionary
with Nama and Herero clashing over
Gottlieb Viehe of the Rhenish Mission.
cattle. Calls to British and German
In the years 1874/5, one thus finds at
intervention fall on deaf ears. Only
least two major trading houses in Omaruru,
after Bismarckâ€™s decision to back up
while roaming traders venture out and
the trader F.A.E. LĂźderitz by granting
supply their goods to the local herdsmen
official German protection to his trading
in exchange for cattle and ostrich feathers.
enterprises in 1884, a protection treaty
Their headman is Chief Wilhelm Zeraua.
Relations between local traders and hunters
are generally good. In 1872 missionary
Manasse Tjiseseta from Omaruru in 1885.
Viehe baptises the first five Herero
After a decade of nominal authority which
Christians and in 1874 he translates the
the Germans exercise during this period, a
Bible into the Otjiherero language. The
military station is established in Omaruru
prominent mission house, built in 1871,
where Viehe lived with his family, still
company is stationed here and a large
stands in the middle of the town Omaruru.
fort is built by the troopers. It was later
refurbished and is today’s magistrate
thorn trees, and its healthy climate.
office. Next to the military contingent
Nowadays an annual cultural festival is
stationed here, Omaruru continues to
held in Omaruru, and a handful of artists
prosper as a trading town. Settlers like
add a bit of flair to the town. Tourists also
Tatlow, Denneville, Lindholm, Laszig,
enjoy frequenting Omaruru when stocking
Ihde, Rösemann and Wronsky, to name
up on the way to the north or northwest or
a few, obtain plots, build their houses,
making use of its excellent accommodation
trading stores and hotels, of which a
establishments and shopping opportunities.
number are still in existence even today.
From humble beginnings a town has
developed here, which is well-kept today
1904-5 Omaruru is also besieged by
and valued by its inhabitants and visitors
the Herero, only to be relieved by
alike. It is hoped that this charming town will
keep its composure in future and continue
monument, the so-called Franke-Tower,
to add value to its region and surrounds.
is built in 1908 in his honour by the thankful citizenry of Omaruru. The town remains popular amongst its inhabitants, and it continues to grow steadily. The Felsenkeller-Brewery, which has its main seat in Windhoek, opens a branch in Omaruru, but is later closed down again. A new municipal building is built in 1926/7, which still serves its purpose today. The town continues to be supported by a steady farming community. A number of small plot farmers are operative along the Omaruru River with its excellent water supplies. They produce fruit and vegetables, and supply the locals and outlets as far as Swakopmund. Today the “Kristall-Kellerei” wine farm follows this tradition. At one stage Omaruru had four hotels, these being the “Grand Hotel”, Central Hotel”, “Mecklenburger Hof” and “Hotel Deutsches Haus” (the later “Staebe Hotel”). As a railway hub between the coast, the south and the north it is of vital importance to the railroad network in the country. Artisans such as builders, carpenters, bakers and motor car mechanics render valuable service to town and farmers alike. After Independence, this popular town experienced an influx of outsiders who valued the tranquillity of the town, its natural ambience and the towering camel
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Acclaimed British Orthopaedic Surgeon, Simon Moyes discovers Namibia By: The Roving Ambassador Photographs supplied
imon Moyes loves adventure and
on everyone’s lips right now. Recent
loves the beauty of Mother Africa.
reports and studies have outlined how
Simon is one of the United Kingdom’s
the revolutionary treatment can provide
leading Orthopaedic Surgeons based
life-changing results for conditions from
at the acclaimed Wellington Hospital in
cancer and multiple sclerosis (MS) to a
St Johns Wood. Mr Moyes’ orthopaedic
range of degenerative conditions.
Simon’s trip to Namibia, excluding
Business Class flights on Air Nambia,
the knee, shoulder, foot and ankle.
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On arrival at Ongava Airstrip, Simon will transfer to Ongava Private Game Reserve. Little Ongava is perched on a crest of the hill, commanding magnificent
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Simon will be flying by private flight to Kaokoveld in a relatively undeveloped region that takes in the harsh beauty of the Skeleton Coast and the coppery sands of the Northern Namib Desert. Here he will meet the Damara, Herero and Himba people each with their unique customs, tradition and rituals and all displaying the cultural diversity of Namibia. Set amongst shady trees on the banks of the Kunene River, Serra Cafema is one of the most remote camps in Southern Africa, its Portuguese name originating from the mountains that dominate the Northern sky line, Simon will fall asleep to the sound of rushing water, while by day, he explores one of the driest deserts in the world. After three enjoyable nights, Simon will fly directly to the Skeleton Coast, landing on the Hoanib Airstrip and will transfer to Hoanib Skeleton Camp. On
Johannesburg, Simon will be flying on a Private Flight from Eros Airport to Soussusvlei and on arrival at the airstrip, he will be transferred through vivid scenery to Little Kulala, situated at the foot of the majestic Soussusvlei dunes, a private entrance to the Namib and Naukluft Park. This makes Kulala Desert Lodge the closest location to Soussusvlei with magnificent views of its famous red dunes, mountainous scenery and open plains. Having enjoyed three days at Little Kulala, Simon will be flying on by private flight to the Etosha National Park.
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Making space for design Phia van Greunen is an architect based in Windhoek, Namibia. Increasingly her name – and practice – crops up when talking about exciting Namibian architects, so Flamingo quizzed her about life and her architectural universe. By: Anne Schauffer Photographs supplied
hia was born and grew up in
Phia had come from a background where
and after school, applied to study
architecture at the University of
mattered: “My paternal grandfather
Pretoria... “without any idea what the
was an artist who only painted on
profession was about,” she says. But
site, so my father was raised largely
by the time she graduated in 2005
outdoors... often spending months
she knew it was what she wanted to
away from school. He, in turn, did
do for the rest of her life.
likewise to us.”
Flamingo asked her a few questions: Were you always creative? As an architect being “creative” requires a broad set of skills; including problem solving, an eye for detail, good taste, managing people and the ability to capture a client’s lifetime of ideas into a coherent concept. I guess it could start with drawing before you can talk, or attending art classes in school, but primarily I believe creativity comes from various sources and life experiences.
When did you open your own practice? Architecture is definitely an old man’s profession; the best lessons are learnt through experience! Although I’ve learnt from many notable people over the years; it was in starting my own practice in 2012 that the learning truly began. I have also been teaching in the Department of
Architecture and Spatial Planning at the Namibia University of Science and Technology since the inception of its programme in Architecture in 2010. This has been a unique environment for both teaching and learning which I am very privileged to be exposed to.
Tell us about your first job in architecture – where was it, and what was it? I think back fondly about my first job.
I spent one year working at
Wasserfall Munting) and still think he is the best architect in Namibia.
What style of architecture is your favourite? Is there a Namibian ‘style’? I truly believe that the context should form the basis of the concept. Not just the physical context of the site but its
larger urban context, its social context and the new context you are creating. As for a Namibian Style, I believe there is no such thing. Style should not dictate solutions. A client might request a pitched roof specifically or natural stone cladding for instance or a nice deep porch to keep the sun out. All this might remind them of a “style” they have an affinity towards, but
shouldn’t be built around stylistic ideas alone, but rather around the character of the spaces. A building is first and foremost a collection of
proposed intervention has to be appropriate; it should be sensitive to its environment and always within the client’s financial means.
Where does your inspiration come from? I have no idea where my inspiration comes from other than trying to understand a client’s requirements
Do you have a wish list?
and focusing on the clues that the
I have a huge passion for cities and
existing context provides.
concepts of urban design. My biggest
dream is to design and execute some form
What work are you most proud of?
of a taxi rank, which could accommodate
various levels of trade, ranging from
house. It was a project where I
the informal to more formal shops and
could really experiment and see a
SME’s. The intervention would create
concept through without changes
much-needed public space and would
and requirements set by others.
be fully inclusive and accessible by all
No pitched roofs and unnecessary
people. Obviously working closely with
finishes and trims. A pure modern
the community and other stakeholders
concrete shell. It also affords some
would be imperative to the success of
credibility to the students I teach
such a project.
when I can refer to the execution of a successful real-life project. I am truly
What do you do when
proud to be practicing and teaching at
you aren’t working?
the same time.
I enjoy travelling with my husband. We
also have a beautiful daughter, Dahlia
What are you
who is now 14 months old. I must say
currently working on?
that being a mother has really changed
I currently have some residential
me! I am definitely busier but much more
projects underway, but I’d love to
relaxed knowing what’s truly important!
also be working on larger commercial projects. It’s there where I feel one could reach the most people and really make a difference to our city.
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A sense of home Thereâ€™s something wonderful about accommodation which offers a combination of authentic history, classic styling and superior cuisine. The family-owned and run Hotel Heinitzburg in Windhoek does just that. By: Anne Schauffer Photographs supplied
o, you’re visiting Windhoek, capital of Namibia, and you’d love accommodation which reveals to you a little of the city’s history, whether it’s through the architecture or embedded in the story of its existence. But you don’t want to sacrifice comfort or cuisine for that pleasure... you don’t need to. Welcome to Hotel Heinitzburg, a family-owned and run establishment which, wonderfully, just happens to be a castle. One of three, in fact, the only one open to the public, but that’s another story... one which owners Beate and son Tibor Raith will share with you when you’re ready. After all, Beate was the very first owner, when the castle opened its doors as a pension. Tibor and his mother, Beate, have been at the helm of the hotel for many, many years, so you’ll be assured of a wonderful combination of Namibian style African warmth, hospitality and
superb European culinary art, courtesy of highly qualified executive chef, Tibor. The balance works exceptionally well, and the hotel has a number of eateries ranging from sophisticated, to laid back, to private function rooms. Everything culinary is under the watchful eye and artful hand of Tibor and his Head Chef Neville Stoffels. At Leo’s at The Castle, expect fine dining in a classically stylish setting with starched white linen and twinkling chandeliers - gourmet fare overlooking the skyline of Windhoek, with a menu which ranges from local ingredients and specialities, to international a la carte. Tomorrow, you might prefer an outdoor venue – the Garden Terrace – which is open all day, and offers up a panoramic view over the city and surrounding mountains. Meals, coffee and decadent cakes (from their own patisserie) are served from dawn to dusk, and if you’re a romantic soul, we
urge you to enhance your snacks and sundowner cocktails with a spectacular sunset right here. Hotel Heinitzburg prides itself on the complex breadth and depth of its wine cellar holdings. It’s also an extraordinarily good-looking venue, with atmosphere any which way you like it! With the largest selection of hand-picked South African vintages in Namibia, the cellar is burrowed excitingly into the mountain rock. But there’s more than wine on offer here. It’s the perfectly atmospheric setting for a special occasion or meeting space for smaller groups. For a different occasion, try the exclusive Knight’s Room, designed for smaller, special events – set in the original castle, it features authentic historical artwork. You’ll love the accommodation. It’s gracious without being pretentious, quietly decorated with a classic, glamorous sense of style, no two rooms the same. The sense of family attention-to-detail here is strong, and
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Giving hope to people in need
Visiting the Namib WITH THE MAN WHO NAMED NAMIBIA By: Ron Swilling Photographs by: Ron Swilling
he land seemed to open its arms
professor and his family to the desert.
underground water travels undaunted
to us, allowing us easy passage
Like all good travellers we stopped
through the desert. In the golden light
over the tawny hills around Windhoek
for sightseeing. At our first stop, after
of the late afternoon, it was a breath-
and down into one of the most ancient
a brief break to stretch our legs and
taking pastel masterpiece. It was too
deserts on the planet.
admire the cattle along the roadside
late for the professor to recount his
It would be a double blessing: Namib
– as Namibians do, we reached the top
intriguing tale so we separated to
Dune Star Camp’s spectacular scenery
of the world at the Spreetshoogte Pass
find our cabins before the appetising
and Professor Mburumba Kerina, the
viewpoint and alighted from the vehicle
aromas and ruby sunset called us back.
man who was instrumental in naming
to absorb the never-ending view.
The night didn’t end with supper, as
Namibia. How did I become involved?
From here, a winding road led in a
it’s a feature of the camp to roll beds
Well, it was a matter of timing, as
south-westerly direction to Solitaire and
onto the cabin decks and sleep under
many things often are. I joined the
the frontier desert stop that has become
the heaven of twinkling stars. We
Gondwana team, with notebook in
popular for its conveniently situated
welcomed the rare gift. The peace of
hand, to visit the 83-year-old professor
fuel station, tyre repair shop, rusted
the Namib spun its magic through our
at his offices in Windhoek.
old automobiles dotted among the cacti
dreams as the southern constellations
While chatting to the professor,
– and its apple pie! Licking crumbs from
shone down from above.
Mannfred Goldbeck, Gondwana’s MD,
our lips, we heard the Namib calling
The new day arrived with its own
paused for a moment, leaned forward in
and continued to Namib Desert Lodge,
colours and qualities. It also presented
his chair and enquired if the professor
set at the base of 20 million-year-old
us with the occasion, after a leisurely
had ever visited the Namib, Namibia’s
fossilised dunes. As we were venturing
morning’s coffee, to hear Professor
namesake and the name that Professor
slightly further for our first night, we
Kerina relate how he had found
Kerina had so generously bestowed upon
hopped aboard their overland vehicle
himself in the place where history had
the nation. Upon hearing that he hadn’t
for the ride into the dunes where
been made and how he had the chance
(forty years in exile hadn’t allowed for
gnarled camel thorn trees and fossilised
to shape a nation’s destiny. Sitting on
much travel), he immediately invited the
ridges marked the way and handsome
a camp chair, under a dome of clear
professor to spend the weekend at the
gemsbok eyed us cautiously.
blue sky, surrounded by the Namib’s red sand dunes, he told us the story.
Gondwana Collection’s Namib Desert
At Namib Dune Star Camp, on
Lodge, with an overnight stay at Namib
the crown of the dunes, I watched
It began when Professor Kerina
Dune Star Camp, the small camp on the
the professor and his family stand
was studying political science on a
crest of the dunes.
awe-struck. Understandably. The view
With the energy and dynamism I
from the deck is one of the finest the
was fast becoming accustomed to in
country has to offer. Rolling burnished
to the home of President Sukarno,
my dealings with the lodge company,
dunes melt into the vast plain below
Indonesia’s first president after it
I was swept up in the excitement of
before softly merging with the mauve
gained its independence from the
the journey and was collected two
mountains in the distance. The land is
Netherlands. Over tea, Sukarno had
weeks later from my accommodation
dotted with the lively green of camel
asked the young Kerina: “My son,
thorns and a ribbon of trees where
what is the name of your country?”
never had the chance to enjoy the beauty of the Namib, our natural heritage. While the sun lit up the landscape, he described what the visit to the Namib meant to him: “This invitation is one of the greatest honours, completing the cycle of my life.” Well,
many times in life do we have the opportunity to meet the man who named a country – and to accompany him on his first visit to the Namib Desert? I was fortunate to do both. I Sukarno wasn’t satisfied with Kerina’s
be known as the ‘Republic of Namib’
looked around and smiled as he ended
answer that it was called South West
and that the country’s nationalism be
off his story speaking so reverentially
Africa. “Slaves and dogs are named
known as ‘Namibianism’. The name
and humbly about his country and the
by their masters, but free men name
filtered into the ranks of SWAPO
part he played in its inception.
themselves,” he said. He suggested
and the UN, and was adopted by the
There was only one last thing to do
Kerina write an article proposing a
nations of the world, finally evolving
then before our anticipated final night
name and publish it in the journal for
into the name ‘Namibia’.
at Namib Desert Lodge and homeward
As I frantically scribbled down the
journey, and that was to visit Sossusvlei,
fascinating story, oblivious to the fine
60km to the south. The professor
When he completed his studies, he
red sand that was beginning to coat
continued to be suitably impressed with
joined a team at the UN at the suggestion
me, the professor explained how he
the great Namib Desert, sliding down
of Chief Hosea Kutako, petitioning for
had travelled all over the world in
a dune and letting the Namib sand
an independent country. While there, he
his lifetime, had met notable people
trickle gently through his fingers like
remembered Sukarno’s advice. “At the
including dignitaries like Mahatma
gold dust. It was something to behold,
time we were establishing the Owambo
Gandhi and Nelson Mandela, but had
Namibia’s history coming full circle.
the ministry of foreign affairs. His words remained with Kerina for many years.
People’s Congress, the grandmother of SWAPO (South West Africa People’s Organisation),” the
“and I thought that perhaps I should find an Oshiwambo name to represent two thirds of the population.” But, he realised that it wasn’t wise for one group to have priority over the others, even in a name. He thought of an Otjiherero name, and realised that it too would shift the balance. He finally decided on ‘Namib’, a neutral name from the Nama language, to equalise the various groups. The ‘Namib’, the ‘vast place’, refers to the ancient desert that shields the country on its western flank. Professor Kerina suggested that when the country gained its independence, it
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How to keep an open bottle of wine fresh? Well, some people use a rubber cork, while others use a vacuum pump. Elliot Cohen has designed an automatic wine preserver to pump the air out of an opened bottle of wine; it works by preventing oxidation that can degrade the flavour and bouquet of the wine. All you need to do is insert this device into an opened bottle of wine, secure the preserver, and then the vacuum will remove the excess air automatically. In this way, your wine will stay fresh between glasses. It is important for Elliot to feature this device in an aesthetic way and with that in mind, he designed the wine preserver with a merlot-tinted base that subtly highlights the vacuum stopper.
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oney Market (MM) funds are an option for investors to purchase a pool of securities (assets) that generally provide higher returns than interest-bearing bank accounts. First and foremost it aims to preserve capital by investing in short-term (less than one year) securities, liquid debt and monetary instruments. An example of such a security would be treasury bills. The government uses these to borrow money from the public and promises to return it with interest. There are two kinds of risks when holding such securities: credit risk and interest rate risk. Credit risk being the risk that the government /company cannot live up to its promise to pay back the amount borrowed, while interest rate risk accounts for the impact of changes in primary rates. Treasury bills are viewed as risk-free when it comes to credit risk, since governments are regarded as being ‘safe’ in terms of the likelihood that their interest and principal is paid on time. Governments have seldom defaulted on their debt in the past. Since the duration of assets in a MM fund is rather short, the fund almost immediately adjusts to rising interest rates. Your income increases as interest rates rise, but the inverse is just as applicable. There is a price to pay for the safety a MM fund provides. Typically a MM fund does not outperform inflation. Whatever you can afford buying with that money today, you will not be able to afford when withdrawing the money in say five years’ time. It is ideal parking money
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for short periods of time, until you need it or have a clear direction on where else to save. One golden opportunity would be not to keep excess cash with your bank, but rather investing it in a MM fund. Well run companies successfully use MM funds to manage their cash flow. Their income is deposited in a MM fund throughout the month and only gets transferred back into the current account within 24 hours, once needed. Fixed Income (FI) funds also provide a pool of securities, like
cash, capital market instruments, preference shares and property. An FI fund achieves higher yields than a MM fund because, amongst other factors, it is allowed to invest in longer duration debt, like government bonds. Based on the same principle like treasury bills as described earlier, the government borrows the money but gets to keep it for three years and longer. A number of techniques are used to generate returns, including duration management, yield enhancement via credit exposure and risk management strategies. A competent portfolio management team ensures stable and reliable long-term debt arrangements which the FI fund enters into. Compared to MM funds, you sacrifice a degree of safety though, with credit risks and interest rate risks being more eminent. If interest rates rise after having purchased a bond, the fund can lose value. Since new bonds will pay higher interest rates, investors will view the lower-interest bonds as less valuable. Also being exposed for a longer term poses the risk of corporations and governments defaulting on their bond payments, i.e. Lehman Brothers and the Greek government. FI funds provide yields that beat inflation. Your money should be available within 48 hours, but the nature of the fund suggests to stay invested for at least 12 months, for it can fluctuate from month to month because of longer-term assets that are in disparity with current interest rates and such fluctuations balance out over time.
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Highhumour As I waited for my luggage at the airport, a man lifted my suitcase off the baggage carousel. “Excuse me,” I shouted. “That’s my suitcase.” The man shot back defensively, “Well, somebody took mine!”
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How can you ever be late for anything in London? They have a huge clock right in the middle of the town!!! “Two great talkers will not travel far together.” – Spanish Proverb
“The worst thing about being a tourist is having other tourists recognize you as a tourist.” – Russell Baker
A magician was working on a cruise ship in the Caribbean. The audience would be different each week, so the magician allowed himself to do the same tricks over and over again. There was only one problem: The captain’s parrot saw the shows each week and began to understand how the magician did every trick. Once he understood he started shouting in the middle of the show: “Look, it’s not the same hat” “Look, he is hiding the flowers under the table” “Hey, why are all the cards the Ace of Spades?” The magician was furious but couldn’t do anything; it was, after all, the captain’s parrot. One day the ship had an accident and sank. The magician found himself on a piece of wood in the middle of the ocean with the parrot, of course. They stared at each other with hate, but did not utter a word. This went on for a day and another and another. After a week the parrot said: “OK, I give up. Where’s the boat?” 134 |
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A tramp knocks on the door of an inn known as St. George and the Dragon. The landlady answers. “Could you give a poor man something to eat?” asks the tramp. “No!” yells the woman, slamming the door in his face. A few minutes later, he knocks again. “Now what do you want?” the woman asks. “Could I have a few words with George?” “There is science, logic, reason; there is thought verified by experience. And then there travel in Asia.” Anon “Living on Earth is expensive, but it does include a free trip around the sun every year.” -Unknown
A hotel mini bar allows you to see into the future and find out what a can of Pepsi will cost in 2050. This summer, I’m going to go to the beach and bury metal objects that say “Get a life” on them.
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“On a New York subway you get fined for spitting, but you can throw up for nothing.” -Lewis Grizzard
“Too often travel, instead of broadening the mind, merely lengthens the conversations.” Elizabeth Drew
thing he hears is drums. He goes to the beach and hears the drums; he eats lunch, he hears the drums; he tries to sleep, he can’t drums. Finally he storms over to the manager. “I’ve had it! Can’t you stop those drums?” he begs. “No!” says the manager. “It’s very bad if the drums stop.” “Why?” “When the drums stop, the bass solo begins.”
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An open door guide Development Bank of Namibia larger enterprise finance Key facts: financing amounts In terms of the Bankâ€™s mandate to provide finance for larger enterprises, finance is available to all larger enterprises with an annual turnover or projected annual turnover of more than N$10 million. The amount of the finance requested must exceed N$150,000 In the event of start-up finance, potential borrowers should convincingly show in business plans and cashflow projections that the enterprise is expected to achieve annual turnover of N$10 million.
Eligibility Enterprises or business projects with an annual turnover above N$10 million. Economically and financially viable start-up business with potential for sustainability and job creation. Expansion of an existing business. Management buy-in or buy-out (take-over) of an existing business. Project finance. Asset finance (as part of a business proposal). Contract-based finance. Local authority finance.
Preliminary consultations For a quick telephonic consultation on whether your enterprise may qualify for DBN finance, call a Portfolio Manager or Business Analyst. Windhoek: Tel. 061 290 8000, Daniel Munamava Street Ongwediva: Tel. 065 230 129 / 230 130, Ongwediva Trade Fair Grounds Walvis Bay: Tel. 064 220 924, 206 Sam Nujoma Drive For more info visit http://www.dbn.com.na
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Your business trip may be a tax risk New Namibian tax laws for cross border business Namibia passed a number of tax law changes in December 2015. These amendments affect withholding taxes, VAT on imported services, income and employee taxes. In the recent budget speech discussions, the Ministry of Finance confirmed their focus on transfer pricing and general tax compliance. New sections in the law can now hold officers and shareholders personally liable for the tax debts of a company. These developments put cross-border business and travelling employees in the tax spotlight. Talk to us today about understanding and managing your Namibian tax exposure.
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