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FLAMINGO

Flamingo is published by Media Nova Namibia www.media-namibia.com ISSN: 2026-7924 Publisher Mynard Slabbert Contributors • Andrew Shapland • Anne Schauffer • Drakensberg Ballooning • Drakensberg Tourism • Hannah Keal • James Siddall • Jenman African Safari • Jenna Berndt • Lynette Botha • Melany Bendix • NamParks III • Ron Swilling • The Roving Ambassador • www.internationallandscapephotographer.com

In this month’s Flamingo March 2017

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ON THE COVER The third International Landscape Photographer of the Year competition can be found on page 18

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Visitors’ Filo Facts Useful and interesting information on Namibia.

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Air Namibia Information From the Managing Director and Destination Map.

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Mountain of the dragon The uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Mountains, or – for locals – the ‘berg, was proclaimed both a Cultural and Natural World Heritage site by Unesco in 2000 for its range of plant life, extreme natural beauty and wonderful collection of San Rock paintings...but there’s way more than that.

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Third International Landscape Photographer of the Year competition Professional and amateur photographers sent in their finest images in order to walk away with the coveted US$10 000 cash prize, the title...and the opportunity to appear in the exquisite coffee table book.

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Namibia’s hidden treasures in the North East! When tourists think about wildlife in Namibia, the chances are that they think of Etosha. Etosha is undoubtedly Namibia’s most famous national park with its huge spaces, and big herds of animals. Sossusvlei in Namib Naukluft National Park comes a close second. But many of the smaller parks get few visitors, especially those in the north-east and Zambezi Region. Khaudum, for example, has more resident elephants than it has tourists in a year.

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The Singer sewing machine In the mid-1800s, the invention of the sewing machine revolutionised the sewing industry and transformed people’s lives. It made its way to the southern hemisphere where it remains, more than a century later, a treasured and well-used item...

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10 Amazing African sleep-out decks Visitors travel to Africa to immerse themselves in the unparalleled beauty of the African bush... and nothing gets you closer to this than overnighting on one of the continent’s sleep-out decks under the stars in the middle of the bush.

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50 Motoring James Siddall on what’s happening in the wonderful world of wheels. 81 The Most Exquisite Vineyard on the African Continent Hamilton Russell Vineyards - one of the most southerly wine Estates in Africa and one of the closest to the sea... 102 Franschhoek’s Finest At Sixteen Cabriere, luxury, hospitality and attention to detail are only exceeded by the mesmerising views. 108 High Humour Time for a smile while you are high above the clouds. 110 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.

118 Air Namibia Information Travel information, Frequent Flyer Information, Cargo Service, Flight Schedule and Fleet Information. 126 Entertainment Try your hand at Sudoku - easy, medium and hard.

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GENERAL

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Surface area: 824,268 km . Capital: Windhoek. Independence: 21 March 1990. Current president: Hage Geingob. Multiparty Parliament, Democratic Constitution Division of power between executive, Legislature and judiciary. Secular state—freedom of religion (90% Christian). Freedom of the press/media.

Mobile communication system is available throughout the country. It is also possible to rent cell & satellite phones at the Windhoek International Airport, or buy local Sim cards. Postal service: affiliated to the Universal Postal Union. Schools: over 1700 and various vocational and tertiary education institutions.

TAX AND CUSTOMS All goods and services are priced to include value-added tax of 15%. Visitors may reclaim VAT. Enquiries: Ministry of Finance, Tel (+264 61) 23 0773 in Windhoek.

ENVIRONMENT Nature reserves: 15 % of surface area. Highest mountain: Brandberg. Other prominent mountains: Spitzkoppe, Moltkeblick, Gamsberg. Perennial rivers: Orange, Kunene, Okavango, Zambezi and Kwando/ Linyanti/Chobe. Ephemeral rivers: Numerous, including Fish, Kuiseb, Swakop and Ugab.

FLORA 14 vegetation zones; 120 species of trees; 200 endemic plant species; 100 plus species of lichen. Living fossil plant: Welwitschia mirabilis.

ECONOMY Main sectors: Mining, fishing, tourism & agriculture. Biggest employer: Agriculture (46%). Fastest-growing sector: Tourism. Mining: Diamonds, uranium, copper, lead, zinc, magnesium, cadmium, arsenic, pyrites, silver, gold, lithium minerals, dimension stones (granite, marble, blue sodalite) and many semi-precious stones.

PHYSICAL INFRASTRUCTURE Roads: 5,450 km tarred, 37,000 km gravel. Harbours: Walvis Bay, Lüderitz. Main airports: Hosea Kutako International Airport, Eros Airport, 46 airstrips. Rail network: 2,382 km narrow gauge. Electricity: 220 V AC, 50 Hz with outlets of round three-pin type. Fixed phone coverage throughout the country with direct-dialing facilities to more than 220 countries.

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SOCIAL INFRASTRUCTURE

MONEY MATTERS

One medical doctor per 3,650 people. Several state of the art private and state hospitals in Windhoek with intensive-care units, as well as in main towns, with medical practitioners (world standard) and 24-hour medical emergency services.

Currency: The Namibia Dollar (N$) is fixed to and equals the SA Rand. The South African Rand is also legal tender. Foreign currency, International Visa, Master Card, American Express and Diners Club credit cards are accepted.

POPULATION

TRANSPORT

2.3 million; Density: 2.2 per km; 240 000 inhabitants in Windhoek (15% of total). Official language: English. 14 regions, 13 ethnic cultures, 16 languages and dialects. Adult literacy rate: 85%. Population growth rate: 2.6%.

FAUNA Big game: Elephant, lion, rhino, buffalo, cheetah, leopard, giraffe, 20 antelope species; 240 mammal species (14 endemic); 250 reptile species; 50 frog species; 676 bird species. Endemic birds including Herero Chat, Rockrunner, Damara Tern, Monteiro’s Hornbill.

FOREIGN REPRESENTATION More than 50 countries have Namibian consular or embassy representation in Windhoek.

DRINKING WATER

Public transport is available to most tourist destinations in Namibia. In Namibia one drives on the left. There are bus services from Windhoek to Cape Town, Johannesburg, Vic Falls, Swakopmund, Harare, Lusaka and many other smaller busses which connect most of Namibian regions. Namibia’s main railway line runs from the South African border, connecting Windhoek to Swakopmund in the west and Tsumeb and Oshikango in the north. There is an extensive network of international and regional flights from Windhoek. Domestic charters to all destinations.

HEALTH No inoculations are necessary. Should one enter from a country in which yellow fever prevails, one should have proof of vaccination against such disease. Malaria-prophylaxis is recommended if traveling to far northern Namibia during summer.

Tap water is purified and safe to drink. Bottled water is available almost everywhere in the country as well.

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A Manufacturing Basket that Overflows with Opportunities‌

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 in‌ Executive Director | Telephone: +264 61 283 7335/2837254 Facsimile: +264 61 220278 | www.mti.gov.na

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Dear Esteemed Passengers, It is once again, a privilege to communicate with all of you in terms of the various initiatives under way at Air Namibia. This is a year during which we will focus on enhancing our service offerings as well as harnessing technology. This is seen via the lowering of fares on all domestic routes, which aim is to make air travel much more affordable for all Namibians. This has been well received; and our pledge is to continue to do more, to ensure that we live up to our mandate of opening up our beautiful country to tourism (including domestic tourism) and investment opportunities. The secondary issue that we are striving towards, is connectivity with our passengers, as we ensure that the airline’s Social Media presence is packed full of up to date content – which is fun, interesting and exhilarating, as we take you on your next journey! At the same time, hopefully sharing with you some very special memories, of your time on board our aircraft.

Adv. Mandi E.P. Samson Acting Managing Director

Wish all Namibians a blessed 27th Independence Celebration.

March is the month during which the country celebrates its Independence – the 21st day thereof is the most important day on the Country’s events calendar. As the national carrier, we would like to wish all Namibians a blessed 27th Independence Celebration. Happy, Happy Birthday Namibia- we fly high, because of you! We soar proudly, “carrying the spirit of Namibia”, because of you! This month we continue to promote domestic tourism in our “route/ resort” focus. Dolomite Camp from the NWR stable is our focus this month.

Dolomite Camp is located in a previously restricted scenic area in the western region of Etosha National Park, rich in biodiversity due to the absence of mainstream tourism. The dolomite formations in the area give the camp its name and provide a lush vista. With no less than 15 waterholes, wildlife sightings are very common around the camp and provide excellent photography opportunities. Black and white Rhino have often been spotted at the Klip-pan waterhole. It is a must-see for botany enthusiasts. For our passengers traveling between Windhoek and Ondangwa, don’t miss out on the opportunity to visit Dolomite Camp.

Thank you for flying Air Namibia, we look forward to welcoming you on board again soon.

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Standard Bank recognised

for banking excellence Standard Bank Group, Africa’s largest bank by assets, was recognised for excellence across the continent, scooping a total of 16 awards, including Best Investment Bank in Africa for the ninth consecutive year. Awards won across Africa included Best Investment Bank in Angola, Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia; and Best Foreign Investment Bank in Nigeria—of all which serve to reiterate Standard Bank’s commitment to Africa’s markets. Additional Awards included: • Best Debt House in Nigeria, Stanbic IBTC • Best Local Bank in South Africa • Best Broker in Rwanda and Uganda, SBG Securities.

Standard Bank’s Head Investment Banking Letitea du Plessis

Standard Bank has been named Best Investment Bank in Namibia in the 2016 EMEA Finance African Banking awards.

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“We are delighted to receive an award that acknowledges our sustained investment in understanding Africa’s complex banking, transaction and regulatory landscapes from a client’s perspective,” says Letitea du Plessis, Standard Bank’s Head of Investment Banking.

“These awards recognise that it is our ability to navigate complex financial and regulatory environments that assists clients to achieve their long-term growth ambitions,” says du Plessis. Standard Bank has delivered a number of transformative deals, reflecting the Bank’s commitment to driving growth in the continent that it calls home. In addition, Standard Bank’s sector expertise, on-the-ground presence and established transactional capability has enabled Standard Bank to identify and leverage ongoing African opportunity.

“Who do we partner with to continue to grow in this market?” “With the Best Investment Bank in Namibia.” EMEA Finance African Banking Awards 2016 Best Investment Bank in Namibia

In a market as diverse and competitive as Namibia, you need a guide who understands the lay of the land. For well over a century Standard Bank has been gaining insights on what makes this country tick and we proudly partner with our clients to create a brighter future for all Namibians. 2016 has seen the EMEA Finance African Banking Award for Best Investment Bank being awarded to Standard Bank for the ninth year running. It also saw the successful co-financing of Debmarine Namibia’s new exploration and sampling vessel,

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The Art of Wealth Fitting your banking into your busy lifestyle has never been easier. With Standard Bank’s Private Banking we strive to ensure that all your banking needs are covered while you are busy juggling a hundred and one things. What we offer: Constant Superior Service We provide superior personalised service to suit your busy lifestyle, including: / A dedicated, trained and experienced Private Banking team / A Private Banker to visit you at your place of convenience to take care of your banking needs / Fast query resolution / Swift financial approvals / Transactional Banking / Platinum Current Account / EMV compliant Debit Card.

/ Vehicle and Asset Finance / Smart Device Financing / Unsecured Personal Loan / Overdraft / Credit Card / From April 2017, you will have access to the Diners Club offering, which provides added value such as access to +600 international lounges, automatic travel insurance, and accumulation of club miles (loyalty program) * Terms and Conditions apply Wealth Management We adopt a long-term approach to wealth management focusing on creation, preservation and protection of your wealth with a wide range of solutions that include trusts and insurance. As part of this service you have access to a dedicated Financial Advisor providing you with free expert advice. Convenient Banking Self-service banking offers the convenience to manage your finances on the go, anytime, anywhere. Our self-service offering includes Internet Banking, Cellphone/Mobile Banking, and Smart Banking Apps for your smartphone or tablet. These come with unlimited electronic transactions such as debit card purchases, inter-account transfers, electronic payments, balance enquiries, ATM withdrawals, MyUpdates (SMS alerts) – included in the Bundled Payment option. To further deliver on convenient banking you are availed the following: / Free Forex and card delivery / Free salary and debit order switching services.

Investment Options We use an efficient approach to identify suitable investment options in achieving your goals. The investment options could be on an Offshore Offering, and as part of this process you have access to an Advisor providing you with free expert specialised advice. Other investment options include: / Fixed Deposit / Notice Deposit / Call Deposit / Savings Account. Quick and Easy Lending Solutions We treat credit as a strategic resource that will enable you to achieve your financial goals – at competitive rates*: / Home Loan / Further Home Loan Advance / Secured Overdraft Facility

Added Value / We are not content to serve you just as a bank. As a result, we are willing to make the transition from your bank to esteemed friend by inviting you to exclusive events where you have the opportunity to mingle with other private members whilst we get to know you. How do I obtain this offering? / We will visit you at your workplace or business or / Send an email to britt.duplessis@standardbank.com.na and we will call you back / Call us on +264 61 294 2711. How much will this cost? We have flexible pricing options: / Pay as you transact with a minimum monthly service fee and you pay for each transaction / Rebate option, if you keep a daily minimum balance in your account for a full calendar month, we will refund a portion of the service fees incurred.

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Mountain of the dragon The uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Mountains, or – for locals – the ‘berg, was proclaimed both a Cultural and Natural World Heritage site by Unesco in 2000 for its range of plant life, extreme natural beauty and wonderful collection of San Rock paintings...but there’s way more than that By: Anne Schauffer Photographs: Drakensberg Tourism, Anne Schauffer and Drakensberg Ballooning

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Cathkin Peak, Mont-aux-Sources, Monk’s

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(Kwazulu-Natal) Wildlife, and within

Cowl, the Amphitheatre, Sani Pass and

southern Africa’s highest – topping

this vast Park, you’ll find numerous

Champagne Valley. The mountain is

3500 metres - and stretches over 1 000

affordable, well-managed resorts and

made up of a sandstone layer covered

kilometres from the northeast to the

activities. To get there, it takes around

by a 1 400-metre-thick basalt layer, with

southwest. Its name comes from two

two to two and a half hours from

hundreds of caves and overhangs where

sources: Drakensberge – by the early

Durban, and you can easily self drive

the ancient San people of some 4 000

settlers – because it resembled a dragon’s

and book your own accommodation, or

years ago left around 30 000 paintings

(draken) back; and in Zulu, uKhahlamba

join a tour.

in an estimated 600 caves. The rock art

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ancient

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and caves are a major drawcard to the

to its basalt buttresses. The 150km

southern, central and northern ‘Berg’

area for everybody from hikers, amblers,

over 243 000 hectares of land which

regions, and each sector has a number of

ramblers...and those for whom history

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legendary landmarks – Cathedral Peak,

or art has a fascination.

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endemic plants such as the protea, cycad, cabbage tree, tree fern, and giant yellowwood, along with flowers including lilies, lion’s tail, helicrysum, erica, agapanthus, watsonia, and the red hot poker. Over 300 bird species have been recorded here, ranging from the tiny greater double-collared sunbird to large raptors like the eagle, buzzard and vulture. Bird and game viewing tours are available, as are 4 x 4 routes, mountain biking trails and helicopter flips over this exquisite landscape. The Drakensberg has a wide range of simple to sumptuous forms of accommodation, from self catering camping, overnighting in a cave, all the way up to superbly catered fivestar luxury complete with a spa, golf course, gourmet feasting, and numerous other niceties. It’s entirely up to you. If you’re a hiker, mountaineer, abseiler, paraseiler or even a skier, you’re going to find something which suits your pocket and satisfies your

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dreams. The indescribably beautiful views are all free. You should probably start to call it the ‘berg’, because it’s going to become your happy place. The ‘berg’ isn’t one place or one experience, it’s neverending. South Africans visit the ‘berg’ regularly for numerous reasons ranging from time-out in nature to quality family time, whether it involves horse riding or fishing (fly fishing is popular), canoeing or golfing. For visitors here, there is so much to see and do, but don’t confuse it with an amusement park. It’s not –

capped with white. When you’re in

off swinging on the first of 12 slides

it’s one of nature’s most spectacular

the ‘berg, you’re right IN the heart of

from an 18-story wooden platform,

sights and experiences, and because

the mountains, and all around you the

and zip along a reinforced steel cable

it’s so vast, different scenarios play out

sunsets, sunrises and dramatic weather

set high above the forest floor...

constantly from different vantage points.

patterns play out on the rock faces -

it’s simultaneously exhilarating and

Steamy hot days when the running river

never forget your camera, binoculars or

adrenaline pumping. If you’re nervous,

water or waterfalls are so crisp and

good walking shoes. You’ll want to get

remember, the cable is capable of

icy you won’t resist plunging into it...

closer to capture it all.

handling the weight of a small car, so

icy cold days when you’ll be huddled

And for the brave or those with a

you’ll be good to go (if you’re truly

cosily around a roaring fire...violently,

sense of adventure or craziness, the

nervous, a guide can tandem slide

magnificently stormy days when it feels

three-hour Drakensberg canopy tour

with you, so no more excuses now!).

as if the lightening and thunder are

in the indigenous Blue Grotto in the

No matter if you’re over 60 or 6, it’s

running through your bones...and even

Central Drakensberg’s Cathkin Valley

really something extraordinary flying

snowy days when the ‘berg is perfectly

is a must. Securely harnessed, you set

solo or duo over the valley’s waterfall,

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enjoying the yellowwood, red pear,

is the Amphitheatre, a wall of rock

If you’re a hiker, you’ll have so

pink-foliaged Cape Chestnut trees, and

5km in length and 1 000m high. From

many sensational routes from which to

over 150 species of birdlife.

its domed summit at Mont-aux-Sources

choose...many of them terminating in

spill the spectacular Tugela Falls.

Rock Art sites. In the Cathedral Peak-

If you’re in the Champagne Valley region, a visit to the Drakensberg Boys

There are several game parks

Mdelelelo Wilderness Area around

Choir is superb. This world-renowned

in the area where a wide variety of

130 sites feature more than 8 800

choir school gives regular weekly

African antelope, such as the large

individual paintings. At Kamberg, in

performances open to the public,

eland, can be seen, and the bird life is

the Estcourt district, take a guided hike

and you’re advised to book your seat.

magnificent, with the bearded vulture

to Shelter Cave – a return hike takes

A particularly renowned attraction of

or lammergeier often circling in the

around four hours – but there is a small

the uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park

sky above.

overnight chalet if needed. For the more experienced hiker, a challenging four-day hike from Bushman’s Nek police post traverses steep slopes, but finding caves adorned with longhidden

paintings

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rewarding. Among the most accessible Drakensberg rock art sites is the openair Bushman Cave Museum in the Giant’s Castle Reserve, established in 1903 and run by KwaZulu-Natal Nature Conservation - a short walk takes you to the cave, which features 500 rock paintings, some estimated to be around 800 years old. From Royal Natal National Park there’s an easy walk

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comprehensive details of each cave, from comfort levels to accessibility to water. Some caves sleep only two, others up to 12, so you may find yourself alone or joined by another party of intrepid hikers. For the fit and adventurous, the Berg and surrounds is paradise. But there’s way more to it than that mountain

Contact: Ezemvelo KwaZulu-Natal Wildlife Tel: +27 (0)33 845 1000 Email: webmail@kznwildlife.com Web: www.ezemvelo.co.za Web: www.kznwildlife.co.za Drakensberg Ballooning Email: info@drakensbergballooning.com

climbing and hiking, and a stay in luxurious accommodation is a website click or call away. Play championship golf at Champagne Sports Resort, eat, drink and be very merry at Cleopatra’s Mountain Retreat, find yourself a

Okhahlamba Drakensberg Tourism Winterton Tel: +27 (0)36 488 1988 / (0)74 351 9032 Email: winterton.tourism@gmail.com Email: okhahlamba.org.za/tourism

sensational spa which invites you to

Drakensberg Canopy Tour Tel: +27 (0)83 661 5691

step off the planet...the sky is literally

Email: info@drakensbergcanopytour.co.za

the limit, for when you’re in the berg,

Web: www.drakensbergcanopytour.co.za

you can almost touch it. along the upper reaches of the Tugela River, starting from the park visitors’ centre and heading into the Sigubudu Valley, to reach some of the rarest San paintings in the Drakensberg. There are numerous guided tours, so if your interest lies with rock art sites, think Didima Gorge or Kamberg? You can of course drive to a site, then take a walking trail. There are countless to choose from. Though you are forbidden to sleep in caves with San paintings, there are many others where you can unroll your sleeping bag, tuck into your rations, and watch the dawn come up over the peaks, or see the sun set from your high eyrie. Ezemvelo KwaZulu-Natal Wildlife has a comprehensive list of caves you can overnight in, but you must book well in advance. Marble Baths Cave, Sherman’s Cave, Spare Rib Cave, Nutcracker Cave and Sleeping Beauty Cave – choose from any one of these and dozens more when you overnight in a Berg cave. Ezemvelo provides

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Third International Landscape Photographer of the Year competition Professional and amateur photographers sent in their finest images in order to walk away with the coveted US$10 000 cash prize, the title...and the opportunity to appear in the exquisite coffee table book

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his year, the International Landscape Photographer of the Year competition drew 2394 entries. The competition is run with the aim of finding the best 101 landscape images from the past year, and publishing them in a coffee table book available for sale (including a free e-book). Chairman of the judges, Peter Eastway, says, “Landscape photographers are passionate about their art. For some, it’s the time spent in the landscape, waiting for the perfect light or an amazing sky. For others, it’s what they can conjure from their imagination without the restrictions of the natural world.” He believes, “The mark of a true landscape photographer is someone who has strong views for his or her own art, but is accepting and appreciative of other approaches as well.” The first category was based on a folio submission of at least four

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images, with Alex Noriega from the USA crowned the winner, Kath Salier from Australia taking second prize, and Peter Poppe from Belgium, the third. The second category was based on a single image, and South African Hougaard Malan took the top prize, with Simone Cmoon of Switzerland, and Eberhard Ehmke of Germany taking second and third prizes respectively. There were a number of ‘special’ awards this year: Guy Havell, Australia (Black and White award); Leonardo Papera, Italy (Dominant Sky Award); Kalan Robb, Australia (The South America Award); Ignacio Palacios, Australia (The Squarial – square arial – award); Hougaard Malan, South Africa (The Waterfall Award). www.international landscapephotographer.com


Winner of the Landscape photographer of the year competition 2016 Photograph by: Hougaard Malan, SA

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Photograph by: Alex Noriega

Photograph by: Peter Poppe

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Photograph by: Kath Salier

Photograph by: Simon CMoon

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Photograph by: Guy Havell

Photograph by: Ignatio Palacios

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Photograph by: Leonardo Papera

Photograph by: Eberhard Ehmke.

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Photograph by: Kalan Robb

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Namibia’s hidden treasures in the North East! When tourists think about wildlife in Namibia, the chances are that they think of Etosha. Etosha is undoubtedly Namibia’s most famous national park with its huge spaces, and big herds of animals. Sossusvlei in Namib Naukluft National Park comes a close second. But many of the smaller parks get few visitors, especially those in the north-east and Zambezi Region. Khaudum, for example, has more resident elephants than it has tourists in a year. By: NamParks III 26 |


B

parks,

east parks are still wild. You will

The translocation was carried out by the

including Bwabwata, Mudumu,

certainly need a 4-wheel drive car

Ministry of Environment and Tourism

Nkasa Rupara and Khaudum National

and must know how to use it in tough

and supported by the German Federal

Parks have so much to offer and

conditions such as mud or soft sand.

Government through its Development

ut

the

north

eastern

Bank KfW.

are improving all the time. In these

Gradually the conditions of the

parks you can get away from the

parks are improving – for example

The impala have just been successfully

crowds – you have the excitement

recently some missing wildlife was

released into Khaudum National Park

and the satisfaction of having to

restored to Khaudum:

(in Kavango East Region) and were

find the wildlife for yourself. It’s not

Two hundred common impala, fifty

followed by the Blue wildebeest into the

like Etosha where you must look for

blue wildebeest and fifty eland are being

two conservancies to the north of the

a group of cars if you want to see

translocated to Khaudum National Park

park. The eland will follow early next

some lions. Conditions in the north-

and three neighbouring conservancies.

year. Some of the impala have come

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Water for Wildlife Khaudum National Park’s vegetation is similar to that of the Kalahari, but has no permanent water. Although there are rivers marked on the maps, these are dry “omiramba” which only have water in them briefly at times of very high rainfall. It is therefore necessary Impala jump for joy into Khaudum National Park! Freedom in Khaudum: These are just a few of the 200 impala that are beginning a new life in Khaudum National Park

to provide water to the wildlife and there’s twelve boreholes which supply the water on which the wildlife

from the Von Bach Dam (which was

• Ecosystems

overstocked) and the rest have come

through

of

can drink as much as 200litres in a

from private game farms. The eland and

locally extinct species – which

day, and as there are thousands of

wildebeest are coming from Waterberg

used to be found in the area in

elephants in Khaudum, that adds up to

National

historic times.

a lot of water! An additional problem

Park, which

has

surplus

will

the

be

restored

re-introduction

• The livelihoods of the people

populations of both species.

in

the

is the destructiveness of the elephants

neighbouring

themselves. If ever the water supplies

of a “complex” which includes Nyae

conservancies will be improved

develop a fault, the elephants will

Nyae Conservancy to the south, and

through sustainable use of wildlife.

still search for water, and will smash

George Mukoya and Muduva Nyangana

This is because they will be able to

the borehole infrastructure if it is not

Conservancies to the north. The new

offer their joint venture partners a

specially designed to withstand attacks

animals will be free to move between

bigger range of species for tourism

by

the park and these conservancies.

and trophy hunting.

designed and are building elephant-

Khaudum National Park is part

living

depends. It is said that a big elephant

• Tourists in Khaudum will have a So how will these animals benefit

better experience as there be more

conservation, local communities and

wildlife to observe and photograph.

have

therefore

proof troughs, made of reinforced concrete about 250mm thick. Besides

drinking

so

much,

in

elephants eat a huge amount – up to

nearby farms will be reduced

250kg of food per day. This means

be

because there will be a wider

they produce lots of dung! They “go”

enriched - including the neighbouring

range of suitable prey species

about 16 times a day and produce

conservancies in Kavango East and

for

about 4 balls each time. That’s this

Otjozondjupa East regions.

and hyaenas.

• Human-wildlife

tourism? There are many reasons: • Wildlife populations in the Khaudum National

Park

complex

will

lions,

cheetahs,

Some of the partners involved in the translocation, which was carried out by H Du Preez Wild

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conflict

elephants. We

leopards

much dung. How much dung does an elephant do per day?


Stencilling directions onto the signs in Bwabwata

Cheetahs come to inspect a new sign in Mudumu National Park

Even sign-posts need to be elephantproof. We have made concrete signs so that self-drive tourists will not get lost and these are being installed throughout the north east parks. One

drawback

of

conventional

“game drives� is that they disturb the wildlife, especially if tracks run along riverbanks or go close to waterholes. A solution to this problem is to provide nice viewing platforms where the tourists can site and observe the wildlife, without disturbing it.

So how have all these developments been funded? This exciting initiative is co-funded by

Watching elephants, in safety, without disturbing them in Mudumu NP

Elephants calmly drinking, until a tourist car arrives.

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the Kavango and Zambezi Regions. The promotion of tourism, which is directly linked to National Parks, is an effective strategy to enhance growth and employment and thus to reduce poverty. Germany has so far committed a total of approximately N$400 million (€30 million) for its past and present support to MET’s development and management of Namibia’s National Parks. The project implementation Buffalos, seen from a hide

is being carried out by MET with technical assistance from a Consortium of GFA Consulting Group GmbH (GFA) and the NNF. The Namibia Nature Foundation (NNF), founded in 1987, is one of the largest non-governmental organisations

(NGO)

conservation

and

development

in

targeting sustainable

Namibia.

The

primary aims of the NNF are to promote sustainable development, the One of the platforms from the outside

conservation

of

biological

diversity and natural ecosystems, and the wise and ethical use of natural

the Republic of Namibia and the Federal

has a total area of 520,000 square

resources for the benefit of all

Republic of Germany to support the

kilometres,

Namibians, both present and future.

Namibian Government’s development

attractions and a largely untapped

and conservation initiatives. This is having

tourism potential. The five neighbouring

a positive effect on wildlife numbers

countries (Angola, Botswana, Namibia,

and the experience of visitors, which

Zambia and Zimbabwe) decided to

bring considerable benefits to the region

develop KAZA for the benefit of the

in general and to local communities

whole region. Namibia plays a major

in

concessions

role in KAZA and enables the free

and hunting projects undertaken by

movement of wildlife between Botswana

communities in the north east generate

and Angola.

particular.

Tourism

with

more than N$17.5m per year in local

On

behalf

benefits, which are directly linked to the

Federal

successful management of the parks.

Development

wonderful

of

Government, Bank

the

natural

German

the

German

KfW

provides

The four national parks in north-

support for the Namibian National

eastern Namibia (Khaudum, Bwabwata,

Parks Programme (NamParks) which

Mudumu and Nkasa Rupara) are at the

was initiated in 1995 by the MET to

heart of the Kavango-Zambezi (KAZA)

encourage both nature conservation

Transfrontier Conservation Area. KAZA

and socio-economic development in

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This project is jointly funded by the Ministry of Environment and Tourism, and the German Development Bank, KfW


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The Singer sewing machine: Changing the world stitch by stitch In the mid-1800s, the invention of the sewing machine revolutionised the sewing industry and transformed people’s lives. It made its way to the southern hemisphere where it remains, more than a century later, a treasured and well-used item... By Ron Swilling

O

blivious to technology madness

where the luxury of electricity is

dresses, carefully feeding material

and the catapulting developments

rare. Rural Namibia is no exception

through

of the last century that began sluggishly

and throughout the country sewing

while in the Kunene region Herero

with

with

machines that have felt the touch of a

women

humble

multitude of hands and sewn many a

dresses for their immaculate dolls

sewing machine is still going strong.

dress - or school uniform - can be seen.

and in the south Nama ladies put

Nowhere

Women in the north sit amidst a forest

finishing touches to their patchwork

of

skirts with a deft flourish.

ox-wagons

spacecraft

on is

and

ended

Mars, the it

more

appreciated

than in the rural areas of the world,

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colourful

Owambo

traditional

their

sewing

patiently

sew

machines, miniature


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T

he sewing machine may look old-fashioned in comparison to

computers and even kitchen appliances and most folk would not give it a fleeting glance, but the invention of the sewing machine was a milestone in the world. It didn’t win wars or take us to the moon, but it enabled millions of women to dress their families and earn an income, without interfering

with

the

chores

and

responsibilities of motherhood. It and

also put

freed

an

end

up to

the

hours time-

consuming and laborious work in sweat shops and factories (relieving eye-strain in the process), where every garment from a pair of trousers to a trousseau was hand-stitched. And, it was a slow process, with even the In the 19th century people recognised the dire need to speed up the process and a variety of inferior sewing machines were invented with much initiative and at incredible cost. Later innovators followed the early inventors, adapting the developments that had already been made and improving on them, often stepping on the original creator’s toes in the process. Yet, none of these early machines worked efficiently until a new breed of sewing-machine pioneers emerged mid-century.

most proficient seamstress only able to sew 40 stitches per minute. Elias Howe was the first to take the sewing machine to the next level by patenting the first proper lock-stitch sewing machine in 1846. Then, Isaac Singer stepped into the arena and bettered Howe’s machine with his own improvements. These dramatically rate

to

the

increased

the

unprecedented

sewing speed

of 900 stitches a minute! It was the first machine that could sew continuously on a piece of fabric. When Singer formed the I.M. Singer & Company in 1857 in New York with Edward Clark, the team opened a factory to produce moveable parts for their sewing machines. This enabled them to produce an affordable domestic sewing machine, which allowed the sewing machine to finally reach people’s homes. By 1860, the company had become the biggest sewing machine manufacturer in the world and the sewing industry had been revolutionised.

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Isaac Merritt Singer

before establishing a theatre troupe.

excellent salesman. His reliable sewing

had come a long way.

When that ended he resumed his

machine ushered in new manufacturing

been

mechanic apprenticeship, eventually

methods that speeded up the sewing

born into money.

finding himself working in a machine

industry, freeing women from hours

His parents had

shop

faulty

of drudgery and kick-starting a wave

emigrated

from

sewing machines. This gave him the

of industrial growth. He was suitably

northern Germany

opportunity to become familiar with

rewarded

to the US in 1803.

the difficulties of mechanical sewing

amassed a fortune over his lifetime,

and to consider alternatives.

becoming one of the richest men in

He

hadn’t

Singer left home at

repairing

the

many

for

his

ingenuity

and

the age of twelve and

He was a jack of all trades. Not only

the world (and attracting many an

used his wits to survive, working in a

was he a good inventor, he was also

admirer - his reputation among the

variety of jobs as an unskilled labourer

an accomplished entrepreneur and an

fairer sex being legendary).

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The

Singer

sewing

machine

Every time I encounter one of these

began to make its way around the

old, treasured

world. It also reached the southern

in the market place or at someone’s

tip of Africa. Emma Hahn, wife of

home, I can’t help admiring the

missionary,

ingenuity of the machine that had the

the

first

Hugo

Hahn,

sewing

brought

machine

into

Namibia in the late 1800s. She was

machines, whether

power to change history in its own, very humble way.

astonished to see people still wearing skins and encouraged forty local

The Singer Story is brought to you by the

women to learn how to sew.

Gondwana Collection Namibia –

More than a century later, the dependable

sewing

machine

is

preserving the culture of ‘homesewing’ in an era where shops are crammed to the brim with massproduced items of variable quality. There’s

something

extremely

comforting to see what now seems like a simple machine surviving in our fast-paced world, showing itself as a solid item of quality that has proven its worth over time. And everyone who has ever fixed a rip on a shirt, turned up a hem on a dress or patched a favourite pair of jeans knows the merit of the sewing machine – and someone who can use it.

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10 Amazing

African sleep-out decks The chance to hear a lion roar or a hippo just metres from your place of rest is a thrilling experience that anyone who has the chance – and perhaps the courage - should take! Jenman African Safari picked their 10 favourite sleep-out decks. Photographs: Jenman African Safari

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Ruckomechi Camp, Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe

Parachute Pan, which is frequented

Ruckomechi

Mana

can expect a thrilling night ahead

Pools National Park in Northern

of you! It is the ideal setting to fall

Zimbabwe has a renowned sleep-

asleep to the sound of the African

out deck known for its incredible

wild as you gaze at uninterrupted

animal sightings. The deck overlooks

views of the Milky Way above.

Camp

in

the

by lion, leopard and wild dog. You

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Elephant’s Eye | Zimbabwe Elephant’s Eye is a small eco-retreat located

on

a

private

concession

bordering Zimbabwe’s most famous game reserve, Hwange National Park. The aptly named deck, The Eye, offers all the creature comforts of the main lodge, and it situated overlooking a busy waterhole. Guests are escorted from the main lodge at dusk to spend a magical night under the Milky Way. Do not worry about setting an alarm as the rising sun (or trumpeting elephants) are sure to wake you up after a fantastic night of sleep.

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Kalahari Plains Camp, Kalahari Game Reserve, Botswana

sleep-out deck on the roof. The best

Seated on a five million hectare

camps, where you usually pay extra

desert reserve with an abundance of

for a night on a sleep-out deck,

wildlife, the Kalahari Plains Camp is

at the Kalahari Plains Camp guests

one of Botswana’s most spectacular

can spend every night (or only a

camps. Each of the lodges 10 chalets

few)

are equipped with their own, stylish,

Botswanan sky.

part about this is that unlike other

under

the

beauty

of

the


Baines Camp, Okavango Delta, Botswana Built in one of the lushest areas of the Okavango Delta on a private concession, Baines Camp is a stunning lodge built on high raised platforms above the Boro River. The camp has 5 luxury suites each with large private viewing decks. Guests are encouraged to wheel their four-poster bed out onto the deck. The decks also have outside baths, fittingly named “star baths�, allowing guests to enjoy an opulent soak surrounded by nature.

Kanana, Okavango Delta, Botswana Constructed over two levels, the sleep-out deck at Kanana on the Xudum River in the South West region of the Okavango is the ideal choice for birdwatchers with an adventurous side. Just 20 minutes from the main camp, the deck peers onto a waterhole known for its fantastic birding. After dinner at the main camp, guests are escorted to the sleep-out deck to enjoy a starlit night. A plus for those a bit wary about spending a night alone in the African bush is that a Kanana guide is stationed a short distance away for protection.

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Kulala Desert Lodge, Sossusvlei Desert, Namibia Kulala Desert Lodge is one of Namibia’s most well-loved lodges. Set amidst the giant red dunes for which this desert nation is so revered, this lodge also offers rooftop sleep-out decks on the chalet roofs. The lodge has a total of 23 chalets named ‘kalulas’ which means ‘to sleep’ in Oshinwabo. For those looking to explore the incredible beauty of Sossusvlei, this lodge is the ideal choice as it is the closest point of access to the iconic dunes.

Lions Sands, South Africa Kingston Treehouse, Sabi Sand Lion Sands in the world-famous Sabi Sabi reserve in South Africa, has three incredible sleep-out decks, each with their own design and perks. There is Kingston Tree House, Chalkley Treehouse, and Tinyeleti Treehouse. All of their sleep-out decks offer a world class 5-star luxury, where guests are treated to dinner and drinks atop their deck of choice for the night.

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Tswalu’s Malori, South Africa Situated in the Kalahari Desert in South Africa’s Northern Cape, Tswalu Game Reserve offers one of the most picturesque sleep-out decks on the continent. Named the Malori (that means

‘dreamer’

in

Tswana)

the

sleep-out deck does not compromise on luxury. The bed is dressed with gorgeous Aldona linen, and extra robes and slippers are provided in case it gets a bit nippy. The deck comes with a basin, an outdoor toilet and a shower that’s only a short distance away along a lit path.

Rhino Post Safari Lodge, Kruger National Park, South Africa

platforms in the afternoon to enjoy a

Kruger National Park’s Rhino Post

beautiful waterhole. With unparalleled

Safari Lodge is not only one of their

views of Kruger and the chance to

most popular camps, but also hosts

immerse yourself in the African bush,

several sleep-out decks within walking

this is a must-do for those wanting a

distance of the camp itself. Guests can

unique experience at South Africa’s

take a quick stroll to the raised sleeping

most well-known National Park.

delicious braai and sundowners by a

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Loisaba Game Reserve, Kenya

on the continent. The reserve has 3

Looking to spend a night under the

separate sleep-out decks, each with

stars in East Africa? Look no further

their own handcrafted poster beds and

than Loisaba Game Reserve in Kenya.

brass fitted bathrooms. The star beds

This reserve first pioneered the sleep

look onto the Kiboko Waterhole, which

-out deck, and to this day, the Loisaba

is home to a resident hippo family and

decks are one of the most exquisite

frequented by lots of game.

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The wheel story: JAMES SIDDALL on what's happening in the wonderful world of wheels... Flag-waving flagship The Lexus brand – which is one of the world's more covetable automotive nameplates – was launched in 1990 with the unveiling of the LS 400, which almost immediately put this then-new luxury marque on the map. And now the fifth-generation of this massively sophisticated super saloon has debuted at the North America International Auto Show in Detroit, so taking the Lexus brand into new, rarefied territory. “Not only will the LS symbolise the Lexus brand, it will become the definitive

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new-generation luxury car, embodying Japanese tradition and culture,” says Toshio Asahi, LS Chief Engineer. “As such, it must go far beyond what the world expects from a luxury car.” It is longer and lower and yet more striking than its predecessor, while arresting aesthetics meet stellar sophistication – as well as levels of craftsmanship that have made the term “Lexus” rest so easily in the same sentence as “superlative.” Now we could pack the rest of this magazine telling you about the highlights of the new LS. But let's

just look at its all-new 3.5-litre V6 engine, designed specifically for the new LS, giving both high power and excellent fuel efficiency as well as almost unheard of refinement. The output figures of 310kW and 600Nm of torque represent notable gains next to the V8 unit featured in the current LS, while with its twin turbos you can expect the new flagship


New Models round up Lexus to surge from zero to 100km/h in 4.5 seconds (with all-wheel-drive). And do bear in mind that, first, this is a full-sized luxury sedan that is decidedly presidential in its presence, and that, second, that sort of acceleration was the preserve of proper performance cars only a few short years ago.

The LS also marks the first use of a 10-speed automatic transmission in a luxury saloon, with the system having made its debut in the new LC coupe. It is a torque converter automatic, yet with shift times that rival those of dual-clutch transmissions. Meanwhile, the wide bandwidth afforded by the ten closely

spaced ratios is ideal for all forms of driving, helping provide an optimal gear for all conditions. “The LS is the flagship of the Lexus brand,” says Chief Designer Koichi Suga. “More than any other model, it embodies the history and image of Lexus and serves as a symbol for everything the brand stands for.” And with that we have to fully concur. Expect the new Lexus LS to make its local debut in the first quarter of 2018, with local specification details becoming available closer to the launch date.

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Mighty Merc There have been some mighty, muscular Mercedes E-Classes over the years. But the new MercedesAMG E 63 S 4Matic + is billed as nothing less than “the most powerful E-Class of all time.” Firepower comes from a four-litre V8 biturbo engine smashing down a Biblical 450kW. Enough to scorch this Teutonic missile from rest to 100km/h in a scarcely believable 3.4 seconds. Which means that behind the wheel of one of these uber-Mercs, you can look forward to shutting down certain supercars. Place your order now...

Everything really does keep going right Can you believe it? It is now more than 50 years since the Toyota Corolla hit the market. This best-seller – actually the best-selling nameplate in automotive history – is now in its 11th generation. And it has just enjoyed a series of upgrades including exterior frontand rear-end refreshments, and enhanced interior modifications to give it a classier, crisper feel. The engine line-up, however, remains unchanged, and features a choice of a 1.4- litre D-4D turbodiesel, and three petrol engines: a 1.3-litre

Dual VVT-i unit, a 1.6-litre Dual VVT-i engine, and the 1.8-litre Dual VVT-i unit. And, as Glenn Crompton, Toyota SA Motors Vice President of Marketing, points out: “One of many reasons South Africans (and Namibians!) have always loved the Corolla is because it has continually delivered on being an affordable, reliable, family car over the past 40 years. The 2017 model features an even more prestigious exterior design, and there has been a strong emphasis on enhancing its sensory quality in the cabin.” Quite right, Glenn. He adds: “Most importantly, the Corolla continues to build on the model's legendary QDR (Quality, Durability, Reliability) with significantly enhanced quality in every aspect of its design and engineering, while continuing to represent impressive value for money.”

The French connection The rather tasty Renault Kadjar range has just been augmented – by the new Kadjar XP Limited Edition. This model features a range of high-value accessories as standard, including 17-inch alloy wheels, cornering fog lights, swan neck tow bar, side steps, and roof racks. Driving power comes from a 96kW 1.2-litre turbopetrol

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motor running through a six-speed manual transmission, and as with the rest of the Kadjar range it mixes SUV qualities with a subtle, chic dose of French flair.

Awesome ASX We have always had a bit of a soft spot for Mitsubishi's small ASX crossover – which has been refreshed for the 2017 model year with a range of enhancements inside and out. Also worth noting is the addition of a great value proposition in the guise of a new 2.0 MIVEC six-speed CVT derivative. As Nic Campbell, General Manager of Mitsubishi Motors South Africa,

says: “We have to address the current affordability needs of our customers. Today’s economy often forces buyers to opt for lower-spec vehicles, but our new ASX 2.0 GL CVT derivative offers the comfort and efficiency of Mitsubishi’s CVT transmission as well as its impressive standard specification in a truly attractive package.” In fact, the new Mitsubishi ASX line-up consists of five derivatives all featuring the frugal and highly reliable 2.0 MIVEC petrol engine. This engine is equipped with Mitsubishi’s Innovative Valve Timing

Electronic Control System (MIVEC) and multi-point injection, and produces 110kW at 6 000 rpm and 197Nm of torque at 4 200rpm. Power is delivered to the front wheels via a five-speed manual gearbox or that said, CVT transmission with six pre-programmed gear steps. It is also good to know that besides stellar levels of equipment, and no less than seven airbags, the ASX has a fivestar Euro NCAP safety rating. Nice work Mitsubishi!

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Hot hatch goes hyper It is, quite simply, the most potent Golf GTI yet. It is the Golf GTI Clubsport S banging down 228kW and available only as a two-door body variant with two seats. The most powerful Golf GTI ever also holds the lap record for a frontwheel - drive production car on the Nürburgring Nordschleife race track with the time of 07:49:21 – and is surely one of the most collectible Volkswagens yet. It is available only as a manual to keep weight down, and just 400 units have been built, with some 47 allocated to our part of the world. But – and we are really sorry to tell you this – all have been pre-sold. However, expect second-hand examples of this machine to fetch huge premiums...

G whiz! There have, over the years and decades, been some arresting incarnations of the Mercedes G-Class – a vehicle truly worthy of the often overused term “legendary.” But none quite like the Mercedes-Maybach G

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650 Landaulet which is due to launch at the Geneva Motor Show this month, and which takes the G-Class to new, hitherto unimagined levels. Indeed, its makers – who are not given to frothy hyperbole – dub it “the world's most iconic and prestigious off-roader.” Mercedes sums up the G 650 as thus: “With a length of 5 345mm, a wheelbase of 3428mm, a height of 2235mm, almost half a metre of ground clearance and ample space and comfort for four passengers, the G 650 Landaulet surpasses all standards. “This extrovert G-Class thus represents a unique combination of

luxurious chauffeur saloon and offroader. While the driver and front passenger are accommodated under the closed roof, the rear passengers can revel in a maximum of comfort: at the press of a button, a large folding top opens electrically to offer a view of the blue sky.” Power – and we do mean “power” with a capital “P” – comes from a Mercedes-AMG V12 biturbo unit making 463kW and 1 000Nm of torque. But, sadly, only 99 are scheduled to be built, and with all models being left-hand-drive, do not hold out on seeing one in our part of the world.


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Active and awesome The BMW 2 Series Active Tourer is yet another winning machine from this Bavarian manufacturer, mating compact dimensions with vast interior space and fine driving dynamics...

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Indeed, this car is absolutely everything that even the most ardent critic would expect from a BMW. And once again we will leave it to these clever Bavarians to niftily sum up this machine: “The launch of the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer sees BMW bringing the functionality of space and comfort, combined with hallmark BMW dynamics, style and elegance, to the premium compact class.” Netso! As our Afrikaans friends and compatriots

would put it. Now just one area – we will get to the others in a minute – where the vehicle scores is its compact dimensions. Figure on a length of 4 342mm, a width of 1 800mm, and a height of 1 555mm. What this means in practice is that the 2 Series Active Tourer is especially well-suited to an urban environment where excessive size can be a mitigating factor. Yet its interior dimensions are deceptively large, and the versatile luggage compartment, whose capacity can be enlarged from 468 litres to a cavernous 1 510 litres, and the 40:20:40 split-folding rear backrest

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fitted as standard, exemplify this machine's practicality. Flexibility is further enhanced by a sliding rear seat that allows legroom in the rear or the load compartment capacity to be increased as required. But that is not all, as they say in those infomercials. The rear backrest can be adjusted to offer either added comfort for the three rear seats or extra luggage space. And access to the luggage compartment is a user-friendly affair courtesy of a large, broad, wideopening tailgate. This also comes as standard with push-button automatic opening and closing or optional touchless gesture control. The driver and front passenger, meanwhile, enjoy a higher, more commanding seating position than in a normal sedan, while egress and ingress is a cinch. The abundance of storage facilities and the option of a fold-flat passenger seat backrest are just two more examples of the interior’s impressive flexibility and cleverly devised layout. And perhaps just as important is the

fact that the cabin has a light and spacious feel to it, with all surfaces horizontally structured in a cool, layered look. There is also the option of a large panoramic roof that lets light flood into the interior, and which is certainly one option worth exploring. So there you have it. This MPV – Multi Purpose Vehicle – is a clear asset to any busy lifestyle. But it is also far from being a clinically, coldly efficient machine. After all, it wears that iconic blueand-white roundel, and that means that when pushed it drives with engagement and entertainment, while ride quality is cosseting in daily use. Driving power comes from a range of three- and four-cylinder powerplants. Among them the punchy, economical three-cylinder (218i) and four-cylinder motors (220i, 220d and 225i) that form part of a new generation of engines. They are installed transversely, and boast a compact design along with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology. The new 1.5-litre, three-cylinder petrol unit, for one, sips just 5.1 litres of petrol

per 100km in the combined cycle, yet makes a healthy 100kW, while on the other hand there is the 225i Active Tourer. With its two-litre, four-cylinder turbopetrol mill, it pushes out 170kW and 350Nm of torque, and turns in tidy performance. Figure on a top trot of 240km/h, and a nought-to-100km/h run in 6.6 seconds, which is all aided and abetted by the standard eight-speed Steptronic gearbox. And speaking of performance – and handling – the 2 Series Active Tourer boasts just the sort of driving experience that you would expect from this Bavarian brand. This is, at least in part, thanks to the newly developed chassis, comprising a single-joint spring strut axle at the front and a multi-link rear axle. The car's front-drive axle has also benefited from extensive fine-tuning, so among other things driver feedback is stellar. Then again, the 2 Series Active Tourer is stellar on every front from lavish equipment levels to high passive and active safety levels to its inherent, awesome practicality. This is something we can attest to having recently spent a week with one. But then given that it wears the hallowed BMW badge this should not come as too much of a surprise...

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The X factor The BMW X1 is a monarch in the compact luxury SUV segment – and for very good reasons...

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o say that BMW currently has a complete, comprehensive, and crushingly capable model range is a bit of an understatement. Rather like saying that Usain Bolt is a fairly swift jogger or that popcorn sales were brisk at the latest Star Wars movie. Take the BMW 3 Series – and frankly we would not mind taking one. Preferably home with us. This machine is arguably the undisputed ruler

among compact luxury sedans, while it also essentially established the segment as a whole. Drive a new 3 Series and you will be astounded at how seamlessly it mates that renowned Sheer Driving Pleasure with lashings of luxury. Impossible as it might sound, the 3 – right from the entry-level 318i through to the iconic M3 – just gets better with each incarnation. Go to the top of the Beamer range and you will encounter the new 7 Series. A car that mixes Sultan-like sybaritism with more than just a hint of driver involvement and engagement. Then, of course, there is the X5 which when it was launched around the turn of the century, essentially established a whole new class of car. And without even touching on the delights

and sheer ingenuity of the i8 hybrid or the all-electric i3, there is a new 5 Series waiting in the wings to be launched. In fact, come next issue we hope to bring you full details of the local media launch of this machine which promises a lot – but as with all BMWs it will almost certainly not just live up to its promise but exceed it. We cannot wait. The reason why we are here today, however, is to tell you about the BMW X1. Now this machine sits in one of the most hectically traded, hugely competitive vehicle segments of all, name the compact luxury SUV one. A segment in which new entrants seem to appear almost monthly. Yet – especially in its latest guise – it is the sort of vehicle that you really, really want in your garage. BMW itself speaks of “an urban all-rounder that delivers boundless driving pleasure.” And that, friends, is no mere marketing hype – as anyone who has spent time with the new, second-generation X1 will tell you.

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Now the X1 essentially blazed a trail for this category of car, and in its latest incarnation offers yet more purposeful, engaging styling, a tech-rich interior of the sort that only the Bavarians can really pull off – and a range of new-generation, turbocharged petrol and diesel engines, including a threecylinder turbopetrol with the rest being four-cylinder units. Rather importantly, this baby also employs what its makers rightly term “an efficiency-optimised version of the BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheeldrive system.” This is mated to newly developed chassis technology that allows drivers to do what our parents warned us was impossible: namely have our cake and eat it. Indeed, the ride quality of the X1 is pliant, accommodating, calming, and well able to soak up bad roads and surface irregularities. Yet drive it with gusto, and its inherent sportiness becomes apparent. It is, after all, a BMW! As an added bonus, fuel consumption and emissions are slashed by up to 17 percent over its predecessor. Standard equipment is, of course, lavish, and both passive and active safety measures abound. Consider that the list includes air conditioning, an audio system with USB and AUXin sockets, and the iDrive operating system, whose 6.5-inch display is integrated into the instrument panel in freestanding monitor form. But should

you wish, you can further embellish your X1 with a host of options. These include full-LED headlights, Dynamic Damper Control, the BMW HeadUp Display and the Driving Assist Plus system – all of which you could feasibly live without, but all of which also elevate the X1 to the next level. Important, too, is that the newgeneration X1 is larger than the original car. Not only does this give it a more commanding presence, but with its height up by 53mm, interior space has gone from adequate to excellent. Consider, for instance, that the noticeably raised seating position – up by 36mm at the front, and 64mm at the rear – optimises both the passengers' and the driver's view over the road. Knee room in the rear has increased by 37mm in standard specification and by

up to 66 millimetres with the optionally adjustable rear seat, while the 505-litre boot capacity is 85 litres larger than that of its predecessor. Important for those who cart all the accoutrements that go with an energetic and full lifestyle. Fold down the standard-fitted 40:20:40 rear seat backrest, meanwhile, and load capacity jumps to up 1 550 litres. Output and fuel consumption from the range of powerplants available is excellent, and the various variants can be had with a six-speed manual, an eight-speed Steptronic unit, or a sixspeed Steptronic unit and to just dip into the model range and take an example of an X1 we have spent time with, the xDrive25i model uses a two-litre, fourcylinder, twin-turbo petrol motor to make 170kW and 350Nm from as little as 1 250rpm. This translates into a top speed of 235km/h, zero to 100km/h in a decidedly sporting 6.5 seconds, and a miserly fuel consumption in the region of 6.4 litres per 100km. But do you know what? Above all the X1 leaves one asking this question: has BMW achieved borderline perfection with its offerings? We like to think so...

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Good on you sport! The all-new Honda Civic is a rolling testament to this Japanese manufacturer's prized core qualities – which include cutting-edge design and bulletproof mechanicals...

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t is no accident that Honda has a core of highly faithful buyers – many, even most, of whom are repeat customers. And many, even most, of whom would be hesitant to even consider buying into another brand. Nor is it a coincidence that Honda regularly tops quality surveys. All this and more – a lot more – ran through our minds during a week of road testing the all-new Honda Civic, notably in 1.5T Sport guise. It could not have been otherwise for there is an awful lot to like, even

love, about the 10th generation Civic. And we do mean a lot. The styling, for one, is striking, in fact more like retina-wrenching. Now it could look too busy and too fussy, but somehow Honda has slickly pulled it off, and it looks like nothing else on the road which is a good thing for those who do not celebrate anonymity. Indeed, this is a hugely futuristic shape, almost science-fiction-like, in fact, which is highlighted by the “bracketed” tail-light design with LED light bars on either side. Slickly modern renditions of Honda’s signature design cues are also evident throughout the Civic's

execution – including a solid wing face that spans the entire front width of the car, while incorporating the brand’s bold grille design, and the new slim headlight treatment. In addition, this machine is lower and longer than the previous Civic. In fact, the wheelbase has been increased by 30mm, and the total length by 109mm, while the height has been lowered by 20mm. As a result interior space is vastly improved, while it looks athletic and energetic. Rear-seat knee space, for instance, has increased by 55mm, along with further gains in shoulder room for the rear occupants. Boot capacity has

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also improved by 20 percent. In a real-world application, this translates into a capacious cabin. Size-wise it is close to the discontinued and rather wonderful Accord, a car that the Civic has effectively taken over from, with the result that it now sits in the D-segment, alongside vehicles such as the VW Jetta. Build quality is absolutely and utterly top drawer, outside and in. In fact, it is right up there with any established prestige car brand you care to name. And speaking of the interior, it is an airy, uncluttered place to be, replete with top-grade, soft-touch materials and excellent ergonomics. There is also a new high-deck centre console that houses the likes of the new electric parking brake and brake hold function, while there are heated seats up front on the model tested. The sort of clever touches that you would expect from Honda abound. And just one of several Civic firsts included is Walk Away Auto Lock operated by the

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smart key system, which is standard on the Sport and Executive models. The system automatically locks the car doors once the key is approximately 2.5 metres away from the vehicle, thus ensuring additional security and day-today convenience. Smart keyless entry is also standard on 1.5-litre Turbo models. Power in this model comes courtesy of a 1.5-litre VTEC turbopetrol motor. As with most new-generation forcedinduction motors, power delivery is smooth and seamless with 127kW on tap, and 220Nm of torque from 1 700rpm right through to 5 500rpm. Zero to 100km/h comes up in 8.2 seconds, topping out at 200km/h, while fuel consumption is a claimed and believable 5.9 litres per 100km. Safety is also well taken care of by the likes of Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) and six airbags, to but dip into this machine's potentially life-saving features. Now the fact that it uses a CVT gearbox might discourage some as these transmissions can occasionally be a little mediocre. But

the CVT fitted to all Civics – and there are four variants in the range, namely two 1.5T models, and two non-turbo 1.8 models – is simply one of the best of the breed we have yet encountered. Add in the fact that a remarkable five-year/200 000km warranty, and a five-year/90 000km service plan are part of the deal, and it is clear that if you are looking for a D-segment sedan with lashings of individuality there is little to match the Civic. This is a car you want to – really want to – test before making a purchasing decision. You need to trust us on this one...

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material, its makers nicely sum up this machine as: “The most advanced pick-up ever to be developed by Mitsubishi with its balanced combination of true SUV-like road manners with heavy-duty workhorse capabilities.” We couldn't have put it better ourselves. During the recent media launch in Gauteng the Triton ate up sealed-surface distances with all the sybaritism of a vehicle costing twice or thrice its price. Yet when pointed off-road, it almost laughingly chewed up hyper-challenging terrain of the sort that few of us are likely to subject our vehicles to in real life.

Now the Triton goes into the ring against formidable competition – yet it has the allure and capability to make a devastating argument for itself. At the moment the Triton is available only as a double cab. Four variants – including manuals and autos, and twoand four-wheel drives – can be had. All use the same powerplant, namely a brilliant new 2.4-litre turbodiesel with an extremely low compression ratio of 15:5:1. It is a free-revving mill this, with 133kW and 430Nm peaking at 2 500rpm. Fuel consumption is a claimed 7.6 litres per 100km in the combined cycle, while power delivery is smooth, refined, and linear.

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As for transmissions, you can have your Triton with a six-speed manual or a five-speed auto. You can also opt for rear-wheel-drive only versions or versions using Mitsubishi's muchlauded – and rightly so – Super-Select II four-wheel-drive system. This allows shifts on the move, and drivers can choose between four driving modes including 4X2, 4X4 high-range – useful for slippery surfaces and gravel roads – and 4X4 low-range with centre diff locked. With the last engaged, the Triton would put many a main battle tank to shame, as we discovered during that hardcore off-roading. Yet on sealed surfaces it is positively “car-like,” a phrase that has become a bit of a cliché when describing many modern bakkies, but it is just that. This is important, because while in the fullness of time we can expect to see more variants in the Triton range, at the moment the four double cab models available are pitched at the lifestyle and leisure market. The cabin is a wonderful place to be, and Mitsubishi says it is designed to give the same levels of comfort and convenience as the Pajero – which is precisely what it does. Finishes are high quality, replete with easy-to-clean surfaces, while the deal includes a touchscreen infotainment system, keyless ignition, dual-zone climate control, reverse camera, electrically adjustable driver's chair. You get the drift.

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Interior space is also noticeably up on the previous Triton's, and there has been a lot of thought to little details. Such as a rear bench angled by 25 degrees, so avoiding that perched, upright position that backseat passengers often suffer in double cabs. Meanwhile, a shorter wheelbase makes it more wieldy than before, while 4X4 versions have a 215mm ground clearance, and approach and departure angles of 28 and 22 degrees. But for some perhaps the most vital consideration will be that it is an attractive machine – far more so than the previous Triton whose styling had its critics. Indeed, for a lot of lifestyle-orientated buyers this will be a deal-clincher, and from its wrap-around headlights to its curved tailgate with integrated brake light, the Triton will please the faithful – and very likely win new converts too.

“From the onset, the brief to designers and engineers was to maintain the essence of the Triton, but also to improve on aspects of ride, handling and comfort to create a truly SUV-like experience from behind the wheel,” says Nic Campbell, General Manager at Mitsubishi Motors South Africa. “ The team has certainly complied and has earned the new Triton the signature of Sport Utility Truck among owners, dealers and within the company.” A five-year/90 000km service plan, and a three-year/100 000km warranty is all part of the deal.

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ne of the first steps to addressing a public health crisis is taking the shame out of it. This was

something that had to be learned during the early days of the AIDS crisis in the United States.

Daisho Sushi & Wine Bar

In many countries it appears that a similar stigma still exists in the area of IT security breaches; and the lack of disclosure contributes directly to a lack of understanding and action by businesses and government. Despite the fact that cybercrime is on the rise in South Africa, with R2.2 billion in losses annually according to SABRIC, those most affected by cybercrime are still reluctant to step forward. Businesses are expected to do everything they can to keep their customers data safe. With the variety of security tools out there, the general public see no excuse to let a breach happen. The stigma around getting hacked seems to follow the misconception among targets that they are the only ones to have experienced it. We know from the work in the public health space that de-stigmatisation is the first step towards transparency and treatment. If security breaches are disclosed,

The man behind the food at Daisho is Chef Makhosi Mhlanga, who – after plying his craft at Sushi and Teppanyaki Grill and

voluntarily or involuntarily, people will begin to feel

sushi@nice restaurant and bar –

much less shamed by them than they did years ago.

decided to go his own way.

No organisation is too big to avoid having been

In addition to a wide variety of

compromised at some point. There is a long way to go to solve the problems of cybersecurity, but without the sense of shame slowing public discussion, there is a real chance for progress. The first step is to acknowledge that breaches can – and do – happen to anyone, and that businesses are not alone. Let’s encourage organisations to

platters and plated dishes, Daisho Sushi and Wine Bar also offers takeaway meals and home deliveries.

Hebenstreit Street, Windhoek, Namibia T: +264 81 431 8434 For bookings and orders call Chef Makhosi on 081-431 8434. The establishment is open Tuesday to Sunday from 12:00 till 22:00. Takeaway orders are provided from 12:00 till 20:00.

recognise that disclosure around security breaches isn’t a source of humiliation at all, but a path towards a deeper understanding. To help you build a stronger email cyber resilience strategy, speak to Mimecast today.

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Hubspace answers office needs of visiting business people

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isiting business people from outside or inside Namibia now can conduct their business with peace of mind from Hubspace

in Windhoek, serving as their safe base away from their own offices. Conveniently positioned in Klein Windhoek ‘s business hub, en route from and to Hosea Kutako International Airport, Hubspace offers Namibia’s first co-working and shared office facility. It is easily reachable and in close proximity of other business destinations in Windhoek. Travelling business people or consultants requiring a desk for their stay or a fully equipped boardroom for presentations or meetings, don’t have to search further than Hubspace. Staff of up to 12 members from one company can also be accommodated at a dedicated facility for group co-working. Furthermore, Hubspace provides a conducive and productive environment for start-up entrepreneurs, or people who work from home who don’t want to incur the expenses of hiring an office over a long term. In addition to free high-speed internet, electrical supply to each desk and a printing service, clients have access to a kitchen with free coffee and tea throughout the day. They can also relax outside on a balcony, breaking from their busy schedules. If they would want meet other business people for coffee or enjoy lunch or supper, they would have the luxury of nearly 10 restaurants or coffee shops within walking distance from Hubspace. Ample parking is to be found around the City Plaza building at 320 Sam Nujoma Street in Klein Windhoek, where Hubspace is located in unit 18 on the second floor. Business people and people in need of temporary office space or the other facilities on offer, are invited to contact Johan Muller or Kelita Hennes on Tel +264 83330 4010 or at info@hubspace.com.na. They will gladly assist you with bookings and the rates for a daily desk, weekly pass, monthly permanent desk, co-working area and board room for a half or full day. The complete Hubspace facility is also available for workshops and seminars after hours or on Saturdays, which has to be arranged in advance and of which the price has to be negotiated. At Hubspace each working space provides users with a power plug-in, high-speed Wi-Fi internet service, comfortable quality desks and chairs, with free coffee or tea a few steps away.

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Away with the elephants Swaying palm trees, crystal clear waters, cocktails… islands are great for kicking up your feet and giving your body a bit of a break. But dig a bit deeper and you’re bound to find an experience that will revive your soul too. Like this elephant encounter in Thailand… By: Jenna Berndt

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ain-heavy clouds are drifting in

Park, the largest stretch of rainforest

While being trained to carry tourists,

and the mist is lazing its way

in southern Thailand. After the frenetic

elephants

down from the mountain peaks on the

pace of Bangkok and Phuket some

process known as a “crush”,

horizon. Blanketed in thick vegetation,

time in nature sounded good for the

where they are crammed into

the rainforest seems to be holding

soul, and Elephant Hills – home to

small cages and beaten

its breath. It’s all very Jurassic Park

Thailand’s first African-style luxury

with

sticks

– but it’s not a triceratops swaying

tented jungle camp – was calling. It’s

with

nails.

silently through the trees towards our

not the glamping that got me here,

and other abuses

small group. We’re here to meet an

though, so much as the chance of a

led Tripadvisor

altogether different species of gentle

unique elephant encounter. Not riding

to recently

giant – the endangered Asian elephant.

the ellies – that practice is frowned

I’m in the jungle of Khao Sok National

upon here, and for good reason.

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studded These

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announce it would no longer sell tickets

the elephants, I can’t tell. After a good

to elephant rides (and other attractions

bath (for us and our large friends) it’s

cruel to animals) anywhere in the world.

time for dinner; for them, not us. We

So there would, thankfully, be no

chop pineapple, bamboo, bananas and

one balancing on the backs of these

palm fronds, which are soon vacuumed

behemoths

up from our hands by some greedy and

at

Elephant

Hills. The

sustainable tourism camp has long

others rather fussy trunks.

followed animal welfare best practice

Although smaller than their African

and been recognised with an armful of

counterparts, throughout the experience I

awards for its efforts. Instead, I’d come

can’t help but feel intimidated by the size

here to be an elephant handmaiden

of these elephants. Their strength is all

of sorts, washing and feeding the 11

too obvious, but it’s their gentleness that

endangered animals.

catches my heart. They’re playful, patient

That is how I find myself, coconut

– even when some inept traveller is taking

fibre “sponge” in hand, trying to scrub

too long to chop up more bamboo – and

the mud off a bristly elephant leg. It’s

have eyes so kind that it feels as if they

more difficult than it sounds, especially

could see into your soul. If they could,

when your elephant has had a really

they’d see that spending time with them

good mud bath beforehand. The first

in the middle of the Thai rainforest is very

raindrop plops on my face, a welcome

good for the human spirit.

relief from the humidity. We’re soon soaked to the skin – though whether

This article first appeared in the Sure

from the rain or the hosing down of

Travel Journey magazine.

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P.S. • Elephant Hills is a short transfer

• Groups are small. There are a maximum of 20 guests per

from the popular beach destinations

group, less in the green season

of Phuket, Khao Lak, Krabi, Phang

(May to October).

Nga, Surat Thani and Koh Samui,

• When not feeding and

so you can easily add a two- to

washing the elephants, you

four-day elephant adventure to your

can go kayaking, exploring

Thai island holiday. To make it even

the mangrove forest, trekking

easier, Elephant Hills includes all

through the jungle and swimming

transfers from these destinations, as

in the clear emerald waters of

well as the ferry ticket and transfer

the lake. In the evenings there

on Samui island, in the package

are traditional Thai dances and

price. The package also includes

cooking demonstrations.

all meals, accommodation, tours, activities and fully trained guides. • There are two camps: the main

• Sure Travel has great deals from Elephant Hills on offer. Ask your consultant for more details, or

Elephant Hills camp and the

visit www.suretravel.co.za /

Rainforest Camp – a floating

call 0861 47 48 49.

tented camp on the spectacular Cheow Larn Lake. Get the best of both by selecting a package that has a night at both camps.

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Durban’s pearl

The Oyster Box Hotel Durban local Hannah Keal visited one of her city’s most famous institutions for the first time and found her new (dream) home away from home. By: Hannah Keal

T

here really is nothing in Durban

and reinforced concrete, set in large

and a few hundred million to restore

that can touch The Oyster Box

and overgrown grounds and originally

it. Much of the feel and flair from the

Hotel. With its spectacular location on

used as a navigational beacon for ships.

hotel’s zenith in the 1950s has been

the Umhlanga promenade setting the

Ken and Kay established a tea garden,

retained, including inlaid hand-painted

tone, this five-star hotel effortlessly

which grew into a restaurant and later,

tiles and friezes, collected by Kay on her

combines a luxury experience with a

by 1954, into The Oyster Box Hotel. Kay

regular travels to Spain and Portugal.

welcoming, friendly family atmosphere.

stipulated in her will that should the hotel be sold, it goes only to family. Fast-

Location, location, location

Origins

forward to 2006, when Red Carnation

The hotel is a 20-minute drive from

In 1952, brother and sister Ken O’Connor

Hotel Collection owners Stanley and

Durban, around 15 minutes from the

and Kay Hill bought the Oyster Lodge,

Bea Tollman bought the now rundown

airport and within a day-trip distance

a cottage made of Burmese teak, iron

property and spent the next two years

of the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands. It’s

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quite literally on the beach; certain guests have been known to lodge complaints about the ocean being “too loud”. Sea-facing rooms take in the generous sweep of Durban’s bay to the south, while the garden-facing rooms overlook a lush, tropical garden complemented

by

courtyards

and

fountains. Breakfast on the Ocean Terrace overlooking the infinity pool and the Umhlanga beachfront is, simply, epic.

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Creature comforts

the colonial theme. High Tea is so

but what really struck me was the laid

Our Classic Sea-Facing room felt on

popular that if you’re not staying at the

back, family friendly environment. It’s

the small size (27 square metres) but

hotel, you will need to book months

a rare find in a luxury hotel and it’s

the private balcony with wide open sea

in advance. Don’t leave before trying

more than just the holiday club, the

views made up for this. The shower-in-

the signature cocktail, the Umhlanga

kiddies’ menu and the customised kids’

bath arrangement, however, might not

Schling, up at the Lighthouse Bar.

turndowns. Without on

be ideal for the less mobile. Upgrade to

sophistication,

compromising the

hotel

has

a luxury room and you get a spacious

Special charm/quirks

captured the essence of a fun, family

separate

Carnation’s

Skabenga (which translates to hooligan

seaside holiday.

signature cosmetic range B | AFRICA is

or vagabond in Zulu) the cat is the hotel’s

used for spa treatments, and hotel guests

unofficial mascot. He’s ruled the roost

This one’s for…

get a taste in the form of shampoo, soaps,

for the past 10 years since he developed

Families (plus pets), couples and,

conditioner and bath salts made from

a taste for the finer things in life, like

of course, celebs. The Oyster Box

renewable indigenous plants. The light

seafood lunches. He’s got a Facebook

is Durban’s hotel of choice for local

summer bathrobes are 100% stealable.

page with more followers than the hotel

and foreign A-listers, including Khloé

and his birthday parties, which feature

Kardashian,

Food, glorious food…

Skabenga-themed everything, are always

Theron and Sean Penn. Charlene

The Oyster Box’s Curry Buffet is

sold out affairs. Pet friendly is actually a

Wittstock, now Princess of Monaco,

legendary in Durban, for good reason.

policy at the hotel. The Tollmans travel

and her husband, Prince Albert II,

Try the chickpeas with butternut and

everywhere with their dogs and saw

are also regulars.

feta; it’s the best I’ve ever tasted. Or

a need to implement a pet friendly

sit seaside at the Ocean Terrace patio

policy at all of their establishments. The

Return ratio

for

dining, including

Oyster Box’s garden villas are geared

I am already planning my next assault

pizza made in a woodfired oven. The

to house you and your furry friends,

on the curry buffet.

hotel’s Grill Room offers a fine dining

plus there are special menus, linen

experience, with gueridon service and

and sleeping baskets provided. It’s not

Book it

a semi-formal dress code, plus a dinner

all about manicured miniature poodles

Contact your Sure Travel consultant or

and dance on Saturdays.

either; from pythons to hamsters, they’ve

visit www.suretravel.co.za

Bistro

shower.

style

Red

Champagne and oysters from the

Elba,

Charlize

seen it all.

hotel’s own oyster beds are a highlight

This article first appeared in the Sure

of the breakfast buffet, while the High

The wow factor

Tea literally sees tables (and guests)

I could wax lyrical about the hotel’s

groaning under the weight of delectable

extensive contemporary South African

pastries and baked goods. Chandeliers

art collection, the sumptuous décor

from the Savoy Hotel in London complete

and the staff’s minute attention to detail

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Cape Town’s phoenix rises from the ashes When guests check out from Tintswalo Atlantic they’re given a sea pebble to throw over their shoulder into the sea while they make a wish. It’s a quirky little tradition that originates from when the luxury lodge’s owners, Gaye and Ernest Corbertt, first viewed this seaside property. Afterwards they stood on Chapman’s Peak, overlooking the lodge, and tossed a stone over their shoulders, wishing that the property would one day become theirs. Two years later their wish came true. By: Melany Bendix

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T

his positivity came in handy a

own private deck. The beds are

courses she serves for dinner and in

few years later in March 2015,

large enough to sleep a family of

the elegant breakfast spread.

when seven of their beloved lodge’s

five,

12 rooms and most of the main area

boasting sea-view baths and in-room

Wow factor

was razed in wild fires that left 5 000

fireplaces – perfect for winter in the

Tintswalo Atlantic has all the hospitality

hectares of land across the South

Cape of Storms.

hallmarks of a luxury game lodge,

with

expansive

bathrooms

Peninsula in ashes. The Corbertts

right down to the husband and wife

kept all staff on the payroll, rolled up

Why you’ll love it

lodge managers and the relaxed yet

their sleeves and got busy rebuilding.

It’s a secret hideaway right on your

highly attentive service style. It’s like

Eight months and 750 replanted trees

doorstep: dip into the heated pool,

your favourite five-star bush break, by

later, they reopened. Just like the

relax on the Robinson Crusoe-style

the sea.

mythical phoenix that rose from the

hammock, fall asleep with the sea

ashes, the five-star Tintswalo Atlantic

rustling on the pebbly shore just

Book it

came back with renewed vigour.

metres from your bed and awake to

Contact your Sure Travel consultant,

the sounds of ships gliding out from

visit www.suretravel.co.za or

Hout Bay harbour across the bay.

call 0861 47 48 49.

Atlantic because it’s located within a

Food, glorious food

This article first appeared in the Sure

protected part of the Table Mountain

Executive chef Jeantelle van Staden

Travel Journey magazine.

National Park. Shuttles pick up guests

creates the day’s menu fresh each

from the parking lot on Chapman’s

morning and uses seasonal ingredients

Peak and wind their way down to the

in all her dishes. Fresh flavour is

foot of this iconic drive, to where the

evident in each of the five creative

Location, location, location You can’t drive all the way to Tintswalo

lodge hugs the shoreline and the air is infused with the inimitable smell of the Atlantic Ocean; a blend of fresh kelp and sea salt.

Creature comforts All 12 sea-facing suites are individually themed after islands and have their

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ZenJu Day Spa

is a small, private and exclusive Day Spa situated in beautiful tranquil settings within the heart of Ballito ZenJu Day Spa is located and run from the beautiful Coco De Mer Boutique Hotel in Compensation Beach Rd Ballito. Offering a lovely outdoor and natural forest setting to relax and unwind in and transport you out of the hustle and bustle of city life. Services and facilities available are: Spa treatment and packages, breakfast, lunch and snack menu optionsavailable from Fiamma Grill Restaurant, conference and boardroom facilities, Hotel outdoor swimming pool and various overnight accommodation packages.

We offer a variety of ancient exotic treatments together with innovative treatments to cater for your every need. We cater for individual, couples and small group treatments (small corporate bookings, kitchen teas, wedding and honeymoon pampering packages, valentines, mothers & father’s day, birthday celebrations, mother and daughter packages, bosses day, secretary’s day etc

Contact: Jenni McCallum Coco De Mer Hotel, 63 Compensation Beach Road, Ballito c: 082 411 6401 t: 032 586 1180 e: info@zenju.co.za w: www.zenjudayspa.co.za

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Franschhoek’s Finest At Sixteen Cabriere, luxury, hospitality and attention to detail are only exceeded by the mesmerising views By: Lynette Botha Photographs: Lynette Botha and supplied

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n the heart of Franschhoek, on one of the area’s most sought-

after streets, lies Sixteen Cabriere. Built in the classic Cape Dutch style, complete with thatched roof, the property is surrounded by beautifully manicured gardens, blooming with rose bushes, jasmine and many other aromatic plants. The home, known as one of the most exquisite in the area, is truly beautiful from the outside, but the real magic is within, as you open the front door and see what lies beyond. While the interior is very modern, it is unpretentious and comfortable, with some of the most amazing artworks carefully placed throughout the four-bedroom home. The owners are keen collectors and supporters of contemporary South African fine art and this is reflected within; artworks from well-known names like Dylan Lewis, Donna McKellar, Aldo Balding, Wilma Botha, Karin

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Miller and Marie Stander are all displayed in perfect harmony. The open-plan kitchen and living area open up onto a covered patio, with a heated pool and a path that leads off to the back garden. The views

are

literally

breathtaking,

overlooking the sweeping mountains, the vineyards and the plum and peach blossoms, below. Sixteen Cabriere is ideally located for a relaxing holiday in the Franschhoek winelands, within walking distance to the main road, shops and restaurants. Although once you arrive, you’re unlikely to want to go anywhere. Simba, the on-site property manager, will see to all your needs, from picking up groceries to suggesting things to do in the area and more. But Simba’s true talent, and passion, lies in cooking – he is a gifted self-trained chef who whips up whatever you are in the mood for – be it a vegan dinner feast for four or a healthy breakfast spread. The bedrooms are perfectly spaced – allowing for privacy, yet not too far apart – making it the ideal home for friends or family to enjoy time out together. If you’d like to take relaxation to the next level, the yoga and meditation room is a delightful extra – with a peaceful ambience and all you need to totally zen out. The owners are firm believers in as much as possible, so the property

In and around If you do venture out, try:

is also 100 per cent solar-powered.

• A garden tour and lunch at

minimising their impact on the planet

Topping

the

charm

of

this

incredible luxury villa, the owner’s three rescue dogs add a feeling of home – they are friendly, lively and extremely lovable, plus very good with kids. But if pets aren’t your

Babylonstoren – Babylonstoren.com • A trip on the Franschhoek Wine Tram – winetram.co.za • The Cellar Tour at Haute Cabriere – cabriere.co.za • Live music and tapas at

• A rotisserie lunch with all the trimmings at Leopard’s Leap – leopardsleap.co.za • Local artisan coffee at Terbodore – terbodorecoffee.co.za • A picnic at Allee Bleue – alleebleue.co.za • Browse incredible artworks at Holden

thing, they will happily place them

The Franschhoek Cellar –

Manz Collection –

off the property.

thefranschhoekcellar.co.za

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Highhumour A beggar 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 beggar, politely. “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 perhaps have a few words with poor George?” In Namibia we use a really strong sunblock when we go to the beach with the kids. It’s SPF 80: You squeeze the tube, and a gazebo comes out.

A man was driving along the highway, and saw a rabbit hopping across the middle of the road. He swerved to avoid hitting the rabbit, but unfortunately the rabbit jumped in front of the car and was hit. The driver, being a sensitive man as well as an animal lover, pulled over to the side of the road and got out to see what had become of the rabbit. Much to his dismay, the rabbit was dead. The driver felt so awful he began to cry. A woman driving down the highway saw the man crying on the side of the road and pulled over. She stepped out of her car and asked the man what was wrong. “I feel terrible,” he explained. “I accidently hit this rabbit and killed it.” The woman told the man not to worry. She knew what to do. She went to her car trunk and pulled out a spray can. She walked over to the limp, dead rabbit, and sprayed the contents of the can onto the rabbit. Miraculously, the rabbit came to life, jumped up, waved its paw at the two humans and hopped down the road. 50 feet away the rabbit stopped, turned around, waved at the two again, hopped down the road another 50 feet, turned, waved, and hopped another 50 feet. The man was astonished. He couldn’t figure out what substance could be in the woman’s spray can! He ran over to the woman and demanded, ” What was in your spray can? What did you spray onto that rabbit?” The woman turned the can around so that the man could read the label. It said: ” Hare Spray Restores Life to Dead Hare. Adds Permanent Wave.” 108 |

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!”

When traveling, a hotel minibar allows you to see into the future!!!! You open it, and find out what a can of Pepsi will cost in 2050!


Mail your submission to humor@media-namibia.com and you might become our latest high altitude joker.

A tourist was being led through the Etosha National Park. “Is it true,” he asked, “that a lion won’t attack you if you carry a flashlight?” “That depends,” replied the guide, “on how fast you carry the flashlight.”

Two tourists were driving through Namibia. As they were approaching Windhoek, they started arguing about the correct, local pronunciation of the town. They argued back and forth until they stopped for lunch. As they stood at the counter, one tourist asked the employee, “Before we order, could you please settle an argument for us? Would you please pronounce where we are… very slowly?” The girl leaned over the counter and said, “Burrrrrrrr, gerrrrrrr, Kiiiiing.”

A man wrote a letter to a small hotel in a Midwest town he planned to visit on his vacation. He wrote: ”I would very much like to bring my dog with me. He is well-groomed and very well behaved. Would you be willing to permit me to keep him in my room with me at night?” An immediate reply came from the hotel owner, who said, “I’ve been operating this hotel for many years. In all that time, I’ve never had a dog steal towels, bedclothes, silverware or pictures off the walls. I’ve never had to evict a dog in the middle of the night for being drunk and disorderly. And I’ve never had a dog run out on a hotel bill. Yes, indeed, your dog is welcome at my hotel. And, if your dog will vouch for you, you re welcome to stay here, too.”

A tourist to Namibia found a frog that said, “Kiss me and I will become a beautiful princess.” The traveller studied the frog, then put it in his pocket. “Hey,” the frog croaked, “how come you didn’t kiss me?” “I’d rather have a talking frog than a princess any day!”

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III

is

After travelling throughout India, the design team of Lumir realised the seriousness of blackouts. There

the

are

many

households

third version of a top

in developing countries that

selling outdoor storage

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to protect your bike, except this one is

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Prizm Smart Music Player plays your music based on your taste or current mood

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Asset managers need to reinvent themselves in a changed world Bonds are currently Prescient’s preferred asset class

T

o deal with quantitative easing, low real returns and the challenges of the future, asset managers need to reinvent themselves by constantly adapting to changes in the global environment. Bastian Teichgreeber, Portfolio Manager and Analyst responsible for positive return and balanced mandates at Prescient Investment Management, commented that if asset managers stick to static asset allocation approaches that worked in the past, they risk falling behind in future. “For example, we need to deal with the fact that the risk free rate of return might turn negative and that expected returns on developed market government bonds are below zero. There are also the implications of ever lower expected returns from equities and volatile currency movements.” “It’s crucial to understand the environment we’re operating in. Aside from low real returns, uncertainty has escalated and correlations are more unstable.” Teichgreeber said that within Prescient’s asset allocation process, bonds are currently the preferred asset class. The fund manager also currently favours cash over equities. “Equities are expensive and we are in the later stage of the global business cycle. Local bonds have priced in a lot of risks to materialise, like the Federal Reserve hiking US interest rates, or South Africa being downgraded”. He added that gross domestic product growth is correlated with equity returns, which are higher in periods of strong nominal GDP expansion. Quantitative easing had struggled to create economic growth or inflation, instead pushing up asset prices and creating asset price inflation.

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Bastian Teichgreeber joined Prescient Investment Management in August 2015 as a Portfolio Manager and Analyst responsible for Positive Return and Balanced Mandates. He has been in the industry for 10 years and during this tenure, has held the position of portfolio manager internationally, developing actively managed investment strategies for fixed income and equity indices as well as implementing optimal fixed income allocations within multi asset funds by managing duration, credit risk, equity beta and currency exposure interdependently. In 2007, Bastian obtained a BA with Honours in Banking and Financial Management from the University of Cooperative Education in Ravensberg, Germany. In 2009, he obtained an MSc in Banking and Financial Management from the University of Liechtenstein. He is a CFA charter holder since 2010 and completed his FRM (financial risk manager) in 2012.

The intention behind quantitative easing was to kick-start a struggling economy, providing easy money to encourage companies to invest and consumers to spend, with the result that growth and inflation eventually pick up again. “However, in the absence of fiscal stimulus and structural reforms, it’s been found that monetary policy alone can’t succeed,” Teichgreeber said. “The problem over the last few years is that companies have not invested due to pessimism about the future, while consumers have saved more to make up for the loss in interest. Investors are pushed up the risk curve in order to achieve a predetermined return target.” With volatility and uncertainty likely to continue, Prescient currently believes that a defensive asset allocation strategy is more promising than an aggressive allocation. Teichgreeber said the Prescient Positive Return Fund is ideally suited to current market conditions. Regulation 28 compliant, the fund aims at generating consistent positive returns, while safeguarding the portfolio from downside risk. The fund aims to protect capital over a 12-month rolling basis and has been successful in this regard, having never lost money over any rolling 12-month period. It invests in cash, capital market instruments, and equities with an active asset allocation overlay. The equity component of the fund is protected to reduce the risk of capital loss. “The portfolio adopts an innovative asset allocation approach, structured to optimise returns in positive market cycles and to protect capital in negative periods,” said Teichgreeber.


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employee benefits

Do you have a gap? ...chances are that you do. Most people are unaware of their retirement and insurance gap. Only one in nine Namibians save for retirement in the form of a pension or provident fund. 88% will need help from the government or their family. Almost 5% of our nation is disabled. More than half not being able to find a job. FundsAtWork can assist you, as a business owner, to help your employees to close their retirement and insurance gaps. The tooth fairy won’t.

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Why pay extra for foreign exchange?

Check-in at your nearest FNB Branch, or the new FNB Foreign Exchange Centre @Parkside, 130 Independence Ave., and pay 0% commission on all Foreign Currency bought by FNB. Add to that expert advice plus fast, efficient service countrywide, and your travels are off to a great start. For more information, visit www.fnbnamibia.com.na or call your Personal Foreign Exchange Dealer on (061) 299 2340.

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WELCOME ABOARD BEM-VINDO A BORDO WILLKOMMEN AN BORD

ENGLISH 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.

GERMAN

Obrigado por ter escolhido Air Namibia. Faremos de tudopara garantir que tenhas um vôo agradável. Se vocêprecisar de assistência, por favor, pergunte a qualquer um dos nossos assistentes de cabine.

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 Os nossos assistentes de cabin, altamente profissionais, attendants are at your service on estão ao seu dispor em todos os nossos vôos para a sua all our flight, for your safety and segurança e conforto. comfort.

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.

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PORTUGUESE

Existe kits de primeiros socorros a bordo todos os nossos Eine medizinische Erstversorgung ist vôos, se os passageiros precisarem de assistência com auf allen unseren Flügen sicher gestellt. Eine Erste-Hilfe-Ausrüstung befindet sich condições médicas relativamente menores. immer an Bord.

As a safety precaution, it is important to read the safety card stored in the seat pocket in front of you

Como medida de segurança, é importante ler o cartão segurança armazenado no bolso do assento à sua frente

Zu Ihrer eigenen Sicherheit bitten wir Sie, sich die in der Zeitschriftentasche vor Ihnen benfindliche Sicherheits-Instruktionen aufmerksam durchzulesen.

Life vests are stored under your seat. Only use them as demonstrate, and only when instructed by the cabin attendants.

Coletes salva-vidas são armazenados por de baixo do seu Ihre Schwimmweste befindet sich unter Ihrem Sitz. Bitte benutzen Sie diese nur auf assento. Use-os conforme a demonstração e somente Anweisung der Flugbegleiter/-innen. quando instruído pelos assistentes de cabin.

Smoking is prohibited on all Air Namibia flights.

É proibido fumar em todos os vôos da Air Namibia.

Auf allen Air Namibia Flügen gilt ein absolutes Rauchverbot.

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 flights.

Assentos devem estar na posição vertical durante a decolagem e aterragem. Para sua própria segurança, você é obrigado a apertar o cinto sempre que o sinal do cinto de segurança é iluminado e nós recomendamos que mantenhas apertado o cinto durante todo o vôo.

Während Start und Landung müssen sich die Sitzlehnen in aufrechter Position benfinden. Bitte schnallen Sie sich an, sobald das Anschnallzeichen aufleuchtet. Zu Ihrer eigenen Sicherheit empfehlen wir während des gesamten Fluges angeschnallt zu bleiben.

We offer complimentray meals, and beverages on all our flights. Special-diet or vegetarian meals are available upon request when making reservations.

Nós oferecemos refeições e bebidas de cortesia em todos os nossos vôos.Dietas-especiais ou refeições vegetarianas estão disponíveis mediante uma solicitação ao fazer reservas.

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.

PORTUGUESE Nós carregamos uma extensa variedade de produtos com isenção de direitos a preços competitivos em vôos selecionados. Por favor, consulte o nosso catálogo para mais detalhes.

GERMAN 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 visual estão programmes are available on disponíveis nos vôos operados através dos nossos Flights operated using our A330 aeronaves A330 e A319. and A319 aircraft.

Audio- und Videoprogramme sind an Bord unserer Airbus A330 und A319 Maschinen verfügbar.

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 refrescante. refreshing stream of air.

Unsere Fluggeräte des Typs Airbus A319 und Embraer ERJ135 verfügen über individuelle Frischluftdüsen.

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.

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.

Regulamentos de saúde em determinados países exigem que a cabine da aeronave deve ser pulverizada. O pulverizador é inofensivo, mas se você acha que pode afetá-lo, por favor, cobrir o nariz e a boca com um lenço.

Should you travel with a baby Se você viajar com um bebê recomendamos que você we recommend you request a solicite um berço especialmente nos vôos de longo curso. bassinet especially on the longhaul flights.

Sollten Sie mit einem Baby reisen, empfehlen wir Ihnen besonders auf Langsteckenfügen ein Babybett zu beantragen.

Please do not place any luggage Por favor não coloque bagagem por de baixo do assento under seats at the emergency de saída de emergência. Bagagem de mão deve ser exit seat. armazenado na estiva sobrecarga

“Bitte beachten Sie, dass das Verstauen von Handgepäck unter Ihrem Sitz an den Notausgängen nicht gestattet ist.“

Carry-on luggage should be stored in the overhead stowage.

Handgepäck ist in den Gepäckfächern über Ihrem Sitz zu verstauen.

We suggest that passengers do Sugerimos que os passageiros effectuam exercícios de stretching exercises, and move alongamento e movementam-se durante vôo para melhorar a circulação sanguínea. during the flight to improve blood circulation.

Versuchen Sie, sich während des Fluges möglichst oft zu strecken und zu bewegen. So wird Ihr Kreislauf angeregt.

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Cargo

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.

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THE TRAVEL UPDATE FEBRUARY 2017 VOL. 1, NO. 8

 www.nwr.com.na



We are a proudly Namibian hospitality and service company. We manage resorts and camps within our National Parks across our beautiful country on behalf of the Namibian Government. We have professional, knowledgeable and customer-driven staff who are dedicated to providing you with a relaxing, comfortable, memorable and a liberating Namibian experience. We look forward to hosting you on your next visit.

GROSS BARMEN Starting from as little as N$ 600

NWR SATISFIED WITH SUPPORT DURING THE FESTIVE SEASON Mr. Epson Kasuto, our Chief Marketing Officer acknowledged that, “the support that we received from the domestic market was crucial in increasing our occupancy during the festive period. It should be noted that there were a few hiccups that some of our clients experienced of which we took note and will address in due course. It is for this reason that we implore our clients to not write us off as we would want them to give us another opportunity during the coming months as we aim to run various specials that they will find appealing�.

that when our clients are not satisfied they take their concerns to social media. We welcome this approach, though at the same time we would want to urge them that addressing any challenges that they may face with any of our team members on the spot will yield better results. Lastly, I would want to emphasize that this is a Namibian company and its interest should be protected by all of us�.

He further stated that; “It has become a trend

Gross Barmen during the past festive season

NEW COMPANY SECRETARY Charmaine Gaingos recently joined us as our new Company Secretary, when we briefly spoke to her on how she would assist us in achieving our set objectives in her new role she said, “from a Company Secretary point of view, I will promote good corporate governance, timely preparation of board packs and minutes while implementing sound governance frameworks, ensure compliance with local corporate law, ensure that ongoing

training is provided to the Directors and that any shareholder issues are well managed�. “From a Legal standpoint, I will issue sound legal opinions on legal issues, provide legal sign off on contracts and business processes, prepare the business for new legislation, manage legal complaints received and provide ad hoc legal services�.

Charmaine Gaingos, Company Secretary

NWR’S OKAUKUEJO GENERATES N$ 100 MILLION IN REVENUE In what was seen as a major milestone in the life of the biggest and oldest resort within the Etosha National Park, Okaukuejo generated a revenue of N$ 100 million during the financial year, 1 November 2015 to 31 October 2016 which translated to an overall revenue increase of 16% compared to the previous financial year. This milestone was credited to the popularity of the resort, which has an annual average occupancy of over 80%. One of its draw cards is the large, floodlit

waterhole, which receives exceedingly regular visits from a wide diversity of wildlife. This includes herds of antelopes, family groups of elephant, some black rhinos, as well as the “king of the jungle� himself. When asked what, her thoughts were about this great achievement, Katriena Hoeses, Okaukuejo’s Resort Manager said, “reaching such a milestone cannot be attributed to her team only. The different reservation offices tremendously contributed to this achievement and should be congratulated as well.�

Our Managing Director, Mrs. Zelna Hengari, with the Okaukuejo Team

WINDHOEK, NAMIBIA

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Our Fleet

Airbus A330-200 Business Class

Economy Class

Number of Aircraft

2

Length(m)

59

Height (m)

17,4

Maximum Passengers

244

Wing Span (m)

60.3

Maximum Fuel Capacity

138 000ll

Cruising Speed

860 km/h 233 000 kg

Airbus A319 -100 Business Class

Economy Class

Number of Aircraft

4

Length(m)

33.84

Height (m)

11.76

Maximum Passengers

112

Wing Span (m)

34.09

Maximum Fuel Capacity

23 860ll

Number of Aircraft

4

Length(m)

26.33

Height (m)

6.76

Maximum Passengers

37

Wing Span (m)

20.04

Maximum Fuel Capacity

4 198ll

Cruising Speed

820 km/h 70 000 kg

Embraer ERJ135 All Economy Class

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Cruising Speed

820 km/h 19 000 kg


Baggage Guidelines

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

Frankfurt route

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

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Schedule 24 January 2017 to 25 March 2017 ( ALL times local) NOTE: SW285/6 not to operate on Tuesdays from the 06 December 2016 to 21 March 2017. NOTE: check-in time should be two hours before departure.

International Flight no SW 286

From Frankfurt

To

Days

Departure Arrival

Windhoek

Daily

20:10

07:30+1

SW 286/703

Frankfurt

Cape Town (via Windhoek)

Daily

20:10

10:25+1

SW 286/723

Frankfurt

Johannesburg (via Windhoek)

Daily

20:10

08:50+1

SW 285

Windhoek

Frankfurt

Daily

21:30

06:55+1

Flight No SW 704

From Cape Town

To

Days

Departure Arrival

Windhoek

Daily

11:30

13:40

SW 708

Cape Town

Windhoek

Daily

18:50

21:00

SW 708

Cape Town

Frankfurt (via Windhoek)

Daily

18:50

06:55+1

SW 714

Cape Town

Walvis Bay

Daily

14:35

16:45

SW 742

Durban

Windhoek (via Gaborone)

Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun

11:35

15:00

SW 742

Durban

Gaborone

Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun

11:35

12:55

SW 741

Gaborone

Durban

Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun

09:35

10:50

SW 742

Gaborone

Windhoek

Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun

13:40

15:00

SW 374

Harare

Lusaka

Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun

15:20

16:20

SW 374

Harare (via Lusaka)

Windhoek

Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun

15:20

19:20

SW 722

Johannesburg

Windhoek

Daily

06:40

08:45

SW 726

Johannesburg

Windhoek

Daily

12:10

14:15

SW 728

Johannesburg

Windhoek

Daily

17:55

20:00

SW 728

Johannesburg

Frankfurt (via Windhoek)

Daily

17:55

06:55+1

SW 730

Johannesburg

Walvis Bay

Daily

07:20

09:40

SW 304

Luanda

Windhoek

Daily

11:55

15:25

SW 373

Lusaka

Harare

Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun

12:40

13:35

SW 374

Lusaka

Windhoek

Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun

17:00

19:20

SW 406

Victoria Falls

Windhoek

Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun

13:45

15:25

SW 303

Windhoek

Luanda

Daily

09:30

11:10

SW 373

Windhoek

Lusaka

Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun

09:30

11:45

SW 373

Windhoek

Harare (via Lusaka)

Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun

09:30

13:35

SW 405

Windhoek

Victoria Falls

Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun

11:25

13:00

SW 703

Windhoek

Cape Town

Daily

08:25

10:25

SW 707

Windhoek

Cape Town

Daily

16:00

18:00

SW 741

Windhoek

Gaborone

Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun

07:30

08:50

SW 741

Windhoek

Durban (via Gaborone)

Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun

07:30

10:50

SW 723

Windhoek

Johannesburg

Daily

07:05

08:50

SW 727

Windhoek

Johannesburg

Daily

15:15

17:00

SW 729

Windhoek

Johannesburg

Daily

17:30

19:15

Regional

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Domestic Flight No

From

To

Days

Departure Arrival

SW 101

Eros

Ondangwa

Daily

07:00

08:00

SW 105

Eros

Ondangwa

Mon, Tue, Thu

14:30

15:30

SW 107

Eros

Ondangwa

Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri

17:45

18:45

SW 107

Eros

Ondangwa

Sun

17:25

18:25

SW 125

Eros

Rundu

Wed, Fri

14:30

15:35

SW 125No Flight SW SW 133 101

Eros From Eros Eros

SW SW 133 105 SW SW 143 107

Eros Eros Luderitz Eros

Rundu To Katima Mulilo Ondangwa

Sun Days Mon, Daily Wed, Fri

14:15 Departure 10:05 07:00

15:20 Arrival 11:35 08:00

SW SW 143 107 SW SW 146 125

Luderitz Eros Luderitz Eros

Katima Mulilo Ondangwa Oranjemund Ondangwa

Sun Mon, Tue, Thu Thu, Mon, Sat Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri

10:00 14:30 12:55 17:45

11:30 15:30 13:30 18:45

SW SW 134 125 SW SW 134 133

Katima Eros Mulilo Katima Eros Mulilo

Windhoek(via Ondangwa Oranjemund) Windhoek Rundu

Thu, Sun Sat Tue Wed, Fri

12:55 17:25 14:15 14:30

15:15 18:25 15:15 15:35

SW SW 126 133 SW SW 126 143

Rundu Eros Rundu Luderitz

Eros Rundu Eros Katima Mulilo

Mon, Sun Wed, Fri Sun Mon, Wed, Fri

12:15 14:15 12:05 10:05

13:55 15:20 13:45 11:35

SW SW 144 143 SW SW 145 146

Oranjemund Luderitz Oranjemund Luderitz

Eros Katima Mulilo Eros Oranjemund

Wed, Sun Fri Sun Thu, Sat

16:05 10:00 15:50 12:55

17:10 11:30 16:55 13:30

SW SW 145 134 SW SW 102 134

Oranjemund Katima Mulilo Ondangwa Katima Mulilo

Windhoek Windhoek(via Oranjemund) Luderitz Windhoek

Thu, Thu, Sat Sat Tue Tue

14:00 12:55 13:10 14:15

15:15 15:15 13:45 15:15

SW SW 106 126 SW SW 108 126

Ondangwa Rundu Ondangwa Rundu

Windhoek (via Luderitz) Eros Eros Eros

Tue Mon, Wed, Fri Daily Sun

13:10 12:15 08:30 12:05

15:15 13:55 09:30 13:45

SW SW 108 144 SW SW 164 145

Ondangwa Oranjemund Walvis Bay Oranjemund

Eros Eros Eros Eros

Mon, Wed, Tue, Fri Thu Mon, Sun Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri

16:00 16:05 19:15 15:50

17:00 17:10 20:15 16:55

SW SW 713 145 SW SW 737 102

Walvis Bay Oranjemund Walvis Bay Ondangwa

Eros Windhoek Windhoek Luderitz

Sun Thu, Sat Daily Tue

18:55 14:00 10:10 13:10

19:55 15:15 10:50 13:45

SW SW 143 106 SW SW 143 108

Windhoek Ondangwa Windhoek Ondangwa

Cape Town(via Luderitz) Windhoek Johannesburg Eros

Daily Tue Daily Daily

11:00 13:10 17:30 08:30

13:10 15:15 19:45 09:30

SW SW 145 108 SW SW 145 164

Windhoek Ondangwa Windhoek Walvis Bay

Luderitz Eros Oranjemund (via Luderitz) Eros

Thu, Mon, Sat Tue, Thu Thu, Mon, Sat Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri

11:25 16:00 11:25 19:15

12:25 17:00 13:30 20:15

SW SW 163 713

Windhoek Walvis Bay

Oranjemund Eros Luderitz(via Windhoek Oranjemund)

Tue Sun Tue Daily

11:25 18:55 11:25 10:10

12:40 19:55 13:45 10:50

Walvis Bay Cape Town

Daily Daily

09:25 11:00

10:15 13:10

SW 737

Walvis Bay

Johannesburg

Daily

17:30

19:45

SW 143

Windhoek

Luderitz

Thu, Sat

11:25

12:25

SW 143

Windhoek

Oranjemund (via Luderitz)

Thu, Sat

11:25

13:30

SW 145

Windhoek

Oranjemund

Tue

11:25

12:40

SW 145

Windhoek

Luderitz(via Oranjemund)

Tue

11:25

13:45

SW 163

Windhoek

Walvis Bay

Daily

09:25

10:15

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1. PASSENGER SERVICES CHARGES IN N$

8,000

105.08

15.76

Description

NAC tariff excluding VAT 2017/2018

Value Added Taxation (VAT)

NAC tariff including VAT 2017/2018

9,000

114.30

17.15

131.45

10,000

177.95

26.69

204.65

International Passengers

470

-

470

10,001 kg and over for every additional 1,000kg or part thereof

23.69

3.55

27.25

Regional Passengers (Passengers departing on an aircraft whose final destination is an airport within Botswana, Lesotho, South Africa or Swaziland)

272

-

272

Domestic Passengers

123

18

141

All passenger service charges for foreign-bound flights are zero-rated for VAT administration purposes.

2. LANDING CHARGES FOR AIRCRAFT IN N$ 2.1 INTERNATIONAL AND REGIONAL Maximum certified mass in Kilograms of an aircraft up to and including:

NAC tariff excluding VAT 2017/2018

Value Added Taxation (VAT)

NAC tariff including VAT 2017/2018

500

46.16

0.00

46.16

1,000

84.14

0.00

84.14

1,500

124.63

0.00

124.63

2,000

166.17

0.00

166.17

2,500

184.64

0.00

184.64

3,000

243.03

0.00

243.03

4,000

328.23

0.00

328.23

5,000

387.19

0.00

387.19

6,000

484.72

0.00

484.72

7,000

553.94

0.00

553.94

8,000

625.48

0.00

625.48

9,000

703.95

0.00

703.95

10,000

784.73

0.00

784.73

10,001 kg and over for every additional 1,000kg or part thereof

67.93

0.00

67.93

All landing charges for foreign-bound flights are zero-rated for VAT administration purposes.

2.2 DOMESTIC (LANDING CHARGES)

500

NAC tariff excluding VAT 2017/2018 46.16

6.92

53.08

1,000

84.14

12.62

96.76

1,500 2,000 2,500 3,000 4,000 5,000 6,000 7,000 8,000 9,000 10,000 10,001 kg and over for every additional 1,000kg or part thereof

124.63 166.17 184.64 243.03 328.23 387.19 484.72 553.94 625.48 703.95 784.73

18.69 24.93 27.70 36.45 49.23 58.08 72.71 83.09 93.82 105.59 117.71

143.32 191.09 212.34 279.48 377.47 445.27 557.43 637.03 719.30 809.54 902.44

67.93

10.19

78.12

Maximum certified mass in Kilograms of an aircraft up to and including:

Value Added Taxation (VAT)

NAC tariff including VAT 2017/2018

All parking charges for foreign-bound flights are zero-rated for VAT administration purposes.

3. AIRCRAFT PARKING CHARGES IN N$ 3.1 INTERNATIONAL AND REGIONAL

120.84

4. HOURLY CHARGES FOR OPERATIONS AFTER THE PUBLISHED HOURS OF OPERATIONS IN N$ 4.1 INTERNATIONAL AND REGIONAL FLIGHTS

Description

NAC tariff excluding VAT 2017/2018

Hosea Kutako International Airport Eros Airport, Walvis Bay Airport, Keetmanshoop Airport and Ondangwa Aerodrome LĂźderitz Aerodrome, Rundu Aerodrome, Katima Mulilo Aerodrome

Value Added Taxation (VAT)

NAC tariff including VAT 2017/2018

10,424.61

-

10,424.61

3,790.77

-

3,790.77

712.01

-

712.01

All after hours charges for foreign bound flights are zero-rated for VAT administration purposes.

4.2 DOMESTIC FLIGHTS NAC tariff excluding VAT 2017/2018

Description

Value Added Taxation (VAT)

NAC tariff including VAT 2017/2018

Hosea Kutako International Airport

10,424.61

1,563.69

11,988.30

Eros Airport, Walvis Bay Airport, Keetmanshoop Airport and Ondangwa Aerodrome

3,790.77

568.62

4,359.39

LĂźderitz Aerodrome, Rundu Aerodrome, Katima Mulilo Aerodrome

712.01

106.80

818.82

5. NAC AVIATION OPERATION CHARGES NAC tariff 2017/2018 Permanent Access Permit

232.10

Seasonal Access Permit

126.60

Temporal Access Permit

84.40

Lost Permit Replacement (1st time)

232.10

Permanent Vehicle Permit

379.80

Temporal Vehicle Permit

84.40

Reflector Jacket

52.75

Beacon Light

158.25

Lost Permit Replacement (2nd time)

316.50

Wheel Clamping

211.00

6. SECURITY CHARGES NAC tariff 2017/2018 International

91

Regional

71

Domestic

51

7. OTHER CHARGES IN N$ Impounding of vehicles parked in restricted areas

NAC tariff excluding VAT 2017/2018

Value Added Taxation (VAT)

NAC tariff including VAT 2017/2018

All types of vehicles (per day or part thereof)

427.21

64.08

491.29

Tow away charges for vehicles parked in restricted areas

NAC tariff excluding VAT 2017/2018

Value Added Taxation (VAT)

NAC tariff including VAT 2017/2018

Maximum certified mass in Kilograms of an aircraft up to and including:

NAC tariff excluding VAT 2017/2018

500

6.69

-

6.69

Sedans

712.01

106.80

818.82

1,000

13.20

-

13.20

1,139.22

170.88

1,310.11

2,136.04

320.41

2,456.45

Value Added Taxation (VAT)

NAC tariff including VAT 2017/2018

1,500

19.06

-

19.06

Mini buses, light delivery & sports utility vehicles

2,000

25.11

-

25.11

Trucks and busses

2,500

32.44

-

32.44

8. GENERAL RULES

3,000

48.57

-

48.57

4,000

68.25

-

68.25

5,000

77.48

-

77.48

6,000

86.68

-

86.68

7,000

95.86

-

95.86

8.2 Aircraft certificated in the private category in their Airworthiness Certification are exempted from passenger charges. All other aircraft are not exempted from passenger charges, irrespective of the use of the aircraft save where another exemption under these rules apply.

8.1 Aircraft engaged in Search and Rescue operations are exempted from all airport/aerodrome charges upon presentation of proof that such aircraft was designated by the Directorate of Civil Aviation (DCA) to engage in Search and Rescue operations for that particular flight.

8,000

105.08

-

105.08

8.3 Transit passengers, defined as those passengers

9,000

114.30

-

114.30

8.3.1 Same plane through transit;

10,000

177.95

-

177.95

8.3.2 Transit Through flight or change of gauge, ticketed as one flight;

10,001 kg and over for every additional 1,000kg or part thereof

23.69

-

23.69

are exempted from charges at such airport/aerodrome up to and including 6 hours. 8.4 Transfer passengers, defined as those passengers

All parking charges for foreign-bound flights are zero-rated for VAT administration purposes.

3.2 DOMESTIC (AIRCRAFT PARKING CHARGES)

8.4.1 Online Transfer - a change from the service of one carrier to another service of the same carrier 8.4.2 Interline Transfer - the service of another carrier (interline carrier) and ticketed over two or more flight coupons and shown in the itinerary i.e. ticketed points

Maximum certified mass in Kilograms of an aircraft up to and including:

NAC tariff excluding VAT 2017/2018

Value Added Taxation (VAT)

NAC tariff including VAT 2017/2018

500

6.69

1.00

7.70

8.5 Namibian and foreign State aircraft in the service of the military, customs or police are exempted from landing and parking charges, but not from passenger charges, upon presentation of proof that:

are exempted from charges at such airport/aerodrome up to and including 6 hours.

1,000

13.20

1.98

15.18

8.5.1 Such aircraft is in the service of the military, customs or police:

1,500

19.06

2.86

21.92

8.5.2 The purpose of the particular flight is related to military, customs or police operations; and

2,000

25.11

3.77

28.88

8.5.3 In case of a foreign aircraft, that such aircraft is a State aircraft.

2,500

32.44

4.87

37.30

8.6 Mercy flights are exempted from after hours charges but not from passenger, landing or parking charges.

3,000

48.57

7.29

55.86

4,000

68.25

10.24

78.48

8.7 The NAC may, at an airport/aerodrome under its management, refuse the provision of any relevant activity (as defined in s 1 of the Act) to any user with an outstanding account in respect of airport/aerodrome charges.

5,000

77.48

11.62

89.10

6,000

86.68

13.00

99.68

7,000

95.86

14.38

110.24

8.8 All other rules and charges is contained in the Government Notice No 20 published in the Government Gazette of 5 February 1999 (No 2045), remain applicable, save where amended by publication in terms of s 5(1) of the Act. 8.9 Interest at the rate of 2.5% above prime rate (as determined by the financial institutions) will be charged annually on all outstanding balances exceeding 30 days from the invoicing date.

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When visiting our beautiful country, we want to be sure that you have access to Foreign Exchange Services, no matter where you go. Bank Windhoek caters for all your foreign exchange and banking needs offering you American Express agencies, a large distribution network of 55 branches and agencies as well as 347 ATM’s and Cash Express Machines across Namibia.

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