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Flamingo is published by Media Nova Namibia www.media-namibia.com ISSN: 2026-7924 Publisher Mynard Slabbert Contributors • Anne Schauffer • Caleb Shepard • Elke Reinauer • Gondwana Collection Namibia • http://magazine.africageographic.com • www.favelapainting.com • www.theroyalportfolio.com • James Siddall • Jescey Visagie • Lucas Kesselhutwker • Mark Pettipher • Dr. Morgan Hauptfleisch • Namibia Nature Foundation www.nnf.org.na • Pietro Russo • Ron Swilling • The Roving Ambassador • Tuvie.com • Yvonne Boden Advertising Sales Media Nova Namibia Ferreira’s Garden Centre Shop #2, Maxwell Street Southern Industrial Area Windhoek, NAMIBIA Namibia and Africa Mynard Slabbert +264 (0)85 227 2380 mynard@media-namibia.com Chris Coetzee +264 (0)81 668 0697 chris@media-namibia.com Godfrey Lancellas +27 (0)83 501 5999 godfrey@madhattermedia.co.za Art & layout design MPDPS (Pty) Ltd +27 (0)21 856 1276 mark@mpdps.com Designers Wade Hunkin, Eugene Jonck Printers Solitaire Press, Brahman Street Northern Industria Windhoek, NAMIBIA TEAM NAMIBIA Media Nova Namibia cc is a proud partner of Team Namibia

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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. Penduka a place of hope Penduka empowers women to work and earn their own money. Elke Reinauer travelled to the outskirts of Windhoek to find this special and peaceful place, to meet the person driving this initiative, and the women whose lives have been altered by being there.

16 The Africa Geographic Photographer of the Year 2016 Drum roll…the 15 finalists of the Africa Geographic Photographer of the Year 2016 competition…and the winner!

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26 The secretive creatures of Namibia’s forgotten corner

An intensive small and meso-mammal study of Kavango East conservancies

32 Namibia - a journey It is one of the ironies of my life that I took my family to Namibia to escape humanity, yet it was the humanity we encountered that will be a story forever in our hearts. 38 Taking South African wines to Namibia and beyond Flamingo magazine talks to Barry de Vries and Dirk Harris of Tamasa Trading about taking the ‘Tamasa wine route’ to Air Namibia’s destinations. 46 Scuderia Ferrari still personally yours Family man and CEO of Scuderia SouthAfrica, Mervyn Eagles, takes time out for a coffee and a chat with Flamingo magazine. 54 Motoring James Siddall on what’s happening in the wonderful world of wheels, the all-new Opel Astra has everything it takes to be a class leader. 64

Their world in colour Dutch artist duo, Jeroen Koolhaas and Dre Urhahn – aka Haas&Hahn - have a passion for urban transformation, and they’re achieving it in the brightest, boldest, most socially aware way imaginable

70 The Royal Family The Royal Portfolio is a family owned and run group of luxury hotels located in iconic South African destinations. 74 THANDA, under canvas Five-star Thanda Safari – a Private Game Reserve’s tented camp bears little relation to your concept of ‘tent’ or even ‘camp’. 80 Nam Flavour Two ambassadors for the country unite to showcase the real Namibia, sharing authentic Nam flavour with the rest of the world 94

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Take life lightly CapeTown-based Pietro Russo is founder and owner of Ecomo – a sustainable architectural firm that creates Ecomo homes, customised modular homes based on modern, simple living with green design principles.

100 How to know when you are dealing with a Namibian It’s no secret that the people from Namibia are very unique in very weird and wonderful ways. 102 High Humour Time for a smile while you are high above the clouds. 106 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.

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Taking strides towards prosperity for all Namibia to host international Invest in Namibia Conference

His Excellency Dr. Hage G. Geingob, President of the Republic of Namibia

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n 21 March 2015, President Dr. Hage Geingob was inaugurated into Office as the third democratically elected President of the Republic of Namibia. Continuing the legacy of his two predecessors, President Geingob’s administration has brought renewed focus and emphasis on the Government policy priority to redress persisting socio economic imbalances and bring about inclusive growth and development for all. Under the overarching theme of “No Namibian Should Feel Left Out”, President Geingob declared all out war on poverty and concomitant inequalities, launching the Namibian trajectory towards prosperity for all. The Harambee Prosperity Plan (HPP) is the strategic roadmap and Government’s targeted acceleration Plan to usher Namibia into the epoch of Prosperity, in clearly defined priority areas. The Plan is constructed around five pillars (critical success factors), namely: Effective Governance; Economic Advancement; Social Progression; Infrastructure

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Development; and International Relations and Cooperation. HPP commits Government to 15 goals and outcomes and 43 targets for implementation, during the Harambee period 2016/17 – 2019/20. In line with the national objective of attracting foreign direct investment, technologies and skills, essential drivers for inclusive economic growth and in tandem with the Harambee Prosperity Plan, the Government of the Republic of Namibia, through the Ministry of Industrialisation, Trade and SME Development (MITSMED) will host the Invest in Namibia International Investment Conference 2016 from November, 8 – 9, in Windhoek, Namibia. Held under the theme “Promoting Investment for Inclusive Growth and Industrialization”, the Conference provides the ideal platform for Domestic and International Investors to explore unique opportunities in targeted sectors that have the potential to contribute towards economic growth and job creation.

The Conference will highlight Namibia’s strategic role as a logistics hub for trade within SADC and the rest of Africa and will showcase a menu of investment projects in key growth industries such as Energy, Agriculture, Low-Cost Housing, Tourism, Manufacturing and Infrastructure. In preparation for and preceding the November Conference, the Government recently hosted a series of high-level leadership seminars with globally renowned economists, Prof. Joseph Stiglitz and Dr. Carlos Lopes on the theme ‘Closing the Gap of Inequality’. The seminars underscored the imperative of inclusive growth for shared prosperity and sustainability. In an effort to further promote the Conference to the international community of investors, New York City will take center stage with a curtain raiser scheduled to take place on September 22nd, 2016 on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly, setting the tone for the highly anticipated Investment Conference.


With a winning combination of political and economic stability, strategic location as a growing trade and logistic hub, world-class infrastructure and preferential market access, Namibia is abound with opportunities. We welcome you to invest in one of the most promising emerging economies in Sub-Saharan Africa. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to be a part of our journey. Namibia, a gem worth investing in‌ INVEST IN

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Dear Valued Passengers and Friends of Air Namibia, We are pleased to announce that there have been many developments in-house, as we strive to do better at what we do. We have had service audits done by reputable global entities to rate our performance, which will assist us to identify the manner in which we can better serve you. We will also be rolling out further surveys to get your feedback, on the various components of our service offerings. The efforts by the entire team, including that of various Stakeholders on our behalf have given us new impetus, and hence we remain positive in our outlook; as we deliver on the responsibility of being the national carrier with the corresponding mandate to promote tourism and facilitate investment opportunities in the country.

Adv. Mandi E.P. Samson Acting Managing Director

We deliver on the responsibility of being the national carrier.

We are excited to share with all of you, that within the next few months Air Namibia will be both sponsor and joint –sponsor of upcoming key events which will be taking place in the country. These include the Investment Conference and the 46th Annual General Assembly of the Airlines Association of Southern Africa (AASA). We will be sharing more news with you, as the dates for these events draw closer. As was also promised many months ago, we have been exploring and focusing on various locations in this beautiful country. This gave us an exciting opportunity to share with our passengers their first glimpse of this awe-inspiring land. The sounds, sights and cultural traits of our various local communities were no doubt brought to life, for those travellers who journeyed alongside us. In collaboration with Namibia Wildlife Resorts (through our monthly “Route & Resort” focus) we shared with you the reason for our fervent belief in Namibia being an ideal destination for both business and holiday travel.

This month sees us promoting !Nami≠nûs route. The resort under focus, is the Naukluft Camp which is located in the Naukluft section of the Namib-Naukluft National Park. It was originally created to serve as a sanctuary for Hartmann’s mountain zebra, which are endemic to Namibia. Naukluft’s steep cliffs attract various cliff-breeding bird species, including Black eagles, and a variety of wildlife. With its massive and varied rock formations, Naukluft is also a geologist’s paradise.

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Standard Bank ready to support the mining sector Standard Bank has a rich pedigree in the mining industry. As a Bank well-versed in serving the mining sector in Africa, Standard Bank has been framing its products to ensure that the country has more bankable projects that can take the country to new economic heights. The Bank has been ready to finance large-scale mining projects, understanding that the projects require big chunks of financing. One recent key highlight has been the co-financing of Debmarine Namibia’s latest sampling and exploration vessel (approximately N$1.8 billion). “Like many large investment banks, we work with the government, corporates and financial clients in multiple sectors and geographies. Unlike most, we are first and foremost Namibian; we have a long, proud history that gives us a unique depth of expertise and breadth of footprint. We are set apart by our scale, by the strength of our regional and international connections, and by our ability to innovate. Our track record shows our success in building businesses across Namibia, especially in natural resources, mining, power and infrastructure sectors, ” thus Standard Bank’s Head of Client Coverage in Corporate and Investment Banking Division, Adri Spangenberg.

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While this year may be a challenging one for the global mining industry, mining prospects remain Standard Bank’s strength and passion for Africa as a region. And so when clients speak with Standard Bank, they are actually having a conversation with an entire regional regional backbone. We are always ready to finance business ventures with an established business plan and viable outlook. Exploration projects, however, have a very unique business structure in that income streams tend to be highly speculative and dependent on what’s in the ground and the interested extraction counterparty. For this reason, most exploration projects are funded by owner equity or by sizeable minerals extraction firms. Mining is a risky business that is influenced by several factors, including uncertainties in commodity prices on the world markets. However in terms of the outlook, commodity prices are not anticipated to exhibit material improvement, impacting on sector valuations and the ability to raise financing. But Standard Bank Group research shows that African mining remains underexplored.

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Adri Spangenberg, Head: Client Coverage, Standard Bank Corporate and Investment Banking

In 2013, African exploration accounted for 17% of the worldwide exploration budget despite the fact that the continent holds more than 30% of the world’s mineral resources. So amid a more sober outlook, the prospects for mining in Africa remain essentially intact over the medium term. And although cautious, our appetite for mining projects is quite strong. What financing products is Standard Bank offering to medium and large scale exploration and mining firms? We offer solutions in Advisory, Capital Markets, Debt and Transactional Services. All these capabilities bring together complementary skills from corporate finance and balance sheet banking to geology and mining engineering. And with our global footprint, our transactional banking network is able to provide our clients with a more seamless solution for their day-to-day operations.


Debmarine Namibia’s latest sampling and exploration vessel (approximately N$1.8 billion) financed by Standard Bank Namibia

How do you convince a local miner to access project financing from your Bank, other than foreign financial institutions, understanding that it is always cheaper to borrow from Banks in foreign countries where interest rates are relatively lower? This question symbolises our strength as a regional bank. We are able to finance miners on both local and foreign exchange expenditure needs within our integrated Group structure. How will Standard Bank contribute to the growth of the mining sector in Namibia? Because of our history as a mining bank and our enduring expertise in this sector, we work to understand our clients‘ individual requirements. We coordinate and execute our clients’ financing and banking requirements across Africa and emerging global markets. Our highly regarded commodity and currency trading desks offer 24-hour trading capabilities to support price-risk management and hedging strategies. In addition, we carry out in-depth analyses of commodity trends and stay on top of the latest developments in the mining and metals industry. We continue to play a leading role in arranging facilities for many of the most significant mining projects in Africa and other key emerging markets. Our comprehensive suite of financing and advisory solutions for the mining and metals sector includes: • Project finance • Corporate finance advisory solutions

• Working capital facilities • Bridging finance • Acquisition finance • Inventory financing • Structured trade and commodity finance • Commodity price risk management solutions • Foreign exchange and interest rate hedging • Global transactional banking services In the meantime, we continue to participate in dialogues that promote sustainable business and growth in the mining sector. Standard Bank Namibia is confident that the mining sector promises positive growth opportunities for the country, despite a downturn in the global mining industry. Mining prospects, however, look bright for Namibia as the country is currently the world’s fourth largest producer of uranium and is expected to overtake Niger and Australia by 2017 through the commencement of the Husab mine production. As Standard Bank, our eminence talks to financing power and infrastructure, mining and metals, oil and gas, and other key sectors such as fast-moving consumable goods, real estate and telecommunication. As the world looks to emerging markets to power growth, Namibia is taking its rightful place at the heart of this.

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Penduka

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Penduka empowers women to work and earn their own money. Elke Reinauer travelled to the outskirts of Windhoek to find this special and peaceful place, to meet the person driving this initiative, and the women whose lives have been altered by being there By: Elke Reinauer Photographs by Lucas Kesselhut

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s we drive out of Windhoek into Katutura, it feels like entering another world. A world that is louder, more vibrant and colourful: kids play on the streets with empty plastic containers, men sit outside barbershops, women hang laundry in their yards, and people sell goods and vegetables on the road. A gravel road leads us to Penduka. Never would we have expected such beauty at the end of the dusty street: lush green grass grows at the shore of Gorengab Dam, buildings with colourful drawings on their walls and a peaceful atmosphere welcomes us. “Penduka means wake up”, explains Kauna Simon, managing director of Penduka, while showing us the craft and gift shop. We admire handmade dolls, jewellery, handbags, pillows and blankets, all made by the women of Penduka. “We want to empower women to earn their own money and to wake up to their future, to take responsibility for their lives”, the 36-year old tells us. She has worked in Penduka since 2007. “I think, the knowledge that the women gain, is most important. I want them to have a sense of the working world. They get training here and some of them want to open their own business.” The women who work in Penduka come from Katutura, and are single moms or disabled. Some have never had a job before. Now they do at Penduka, tells Simon, and guides us through the workshops. In the first building, women are busy cutting, painting and sewing fabric. Colourful blankets and pillows are created. Simon shows us a storage room where painted pottery is waiting to be shipped to Germany. Over 100 women work here, 33 of them in the workshops. The salary a woman earns is about N$ 1700. “We want to give women a chance, to see the world in a different way and to experience their own power. There are not many opportunities for disabled or deaf women in Namibia”, says Simon as we walk over to the jewellery workshop. Three deaf women work on beadwork behind a desk. Necklaces and bracelets in all colours of the rainbow are lying

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on another table. A child is sleeping on a blanket in a corner. Olivia Kanime, a young deaf woman, explains how she makes glass pearls. Simon translates the sign language for us. Kanime shows us an empty green glass bottle. The glass will be melted, formed into pearls and burned into pottery in the oven. Kanime’s face lights up with pride as she shows us the finished pearls. We begin to understand what it means for the women to work here. They seem to be very happy and content. “Some of the women live here, others have their own places in Katutura,” Simon tells us as she shows us the house where the women live. There is also a garden where they grow vegetables, a


fish tank and chickens. On the shore of the dam are red-painted guest houses built in the traditional way with grass roofs. “This is where tourists can stay”, Simon says. She is always happy about visitors from all over the world: “We offer workshops in beading and batik work. Visitors can also take a tour, or they can volunteer or just relax at the terrace of the restaurant with a view of the water.” They also have a dance group which perform traditional dances. As we leave Penduka, we too feel like we have woken up, see things clearer and feel grateful for our work and lifestyle which we often take for granted. www.penduka.com

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The Africa Geographic Photographer of the Year 2016 Drum roll…the 15 finalists of the Africa Geographic Photographer of the Year 2016 competition…and the winner!

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fter reviewing almost 10,000 entries to the Africa Geographic Photographer of the Year 2016 competition – thanks to Canon and Cape Union Mart - and narrowing those down to just 15 finalists, the panel of judges chose the winners for each of the competition categories travel/scenic, traditional culture, and wildlife – and the final overall winner. It was no easy feat, and there has been a great deal of deliberation as to

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which photographers pushed the limits and their camera settings to capture the spirit of Africa through the lens. The winner walked away with a Canon EOS 70D Body and 18-135 IS STM Kit, very handy for the next leg of their prize…five nights for two at Anantara Medjumbe Island Resort (including Airlink flights ex Johannesburg to Pemba). The two runners-up had the choice of two nights at Tintswalo Atlantic in Cape Town or at African Luxury

Hideaways’ Elephant’s Eye in Hwange National Park. Category winners each won a wildlife photographic course from Big 5 Photos. So, will your name be up there in bright lights for 2017? You can’t win it, if you aren’t in it… http://magazine.afr icageographic. com/weekly/issue-98/finalistsafrica-geographic-photographer-ofthe-year-2016


The Africa Geographic Photographer of the Year 2016 (and winner of the Traditional Culture Category): Robin Stuart for his incredible photo of a Maasai warrior teaching his son about the stars! The judges said: A tender moment shared between a father and son that captures the universal nature of humanity on the vast plains of one of Africa’s greatest wildernesses.

Robin offers some background on his photograph: “A few years ago I became very passionate about space and the stars, and it took me to the world of astrophotography, which I decided to delve into last year. The main inspiration behind the shot came from hearing that the Maasai were seminomadic and used the stars to navigate across the East African plains in search of new grazing grounds for their livestock. This struck a major chord with me. Having just started astrophotography, I wanted to capture this idea in an image, knowing that something similar had probably not been done before, as astrophotography is a relatively new photographic genre – especially here in Africa. “My family has been doing business in the Maasai Mara National Reserve for over 100 years and we have built a very strong relationship with the local community. We run a luxury camp in the Siana area just outside the reserve, which is close to where I took this photograph. Over the years we have supported a local primary school by installing a six-kilometre water pipeline, building classrooms and dormitories, and providing internet access and a computer lab. So when I approached the Maasai people, they were very welcoming and happily allowed me to spend the evening taking photographs of them. The shoot was mostly just something fun to do that night, and I felt privileged to meet the Maasai in their home and to capture their rich culture on camera. “I had not initially planned to capture the moment with a father and his son, but the idea came while we were waiting for the sun to set. The young boys were herding cattle back to their manyattas and I guess it just hit me. At a young age, a Maasai boy must learn how to become a man and a warrior, and insights and wisdom are passed down the generations. My goal was, therefore, to capture on camera the moment when a father passed down his knowledge of the stars to his son; using the Milky Way and the setting of their semi-permanent hut as compositional elements.”

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Travel / Scenic Category Shining a light on the Milky Way in Spitzkoppe, Namibia ŠBen McRae. The judges said: An evocative, seemingly impromptu image that captures the grandiose scale of the Milky Way in its superb simplicity. The juxtaposition of light and dark creates the drama rather than relying on action.

Wildlife Category A lioness prepares to hunt in the Serengeti National Park, Tanzania ŠRoie Galitz The judges said: Colour, texture and composition combine to create a striking photo of a feline in contemplative action.

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Wildlife Category An elephant bull walks to the water in Amboseli National Park, Kenya ŠPieter Ras. The judges said: The low angle shot, bold lines and use of black and white make for an imposing image of this iconic African species that stands out on the dusty plains against a dramatic sky.

Wildlife Category A honey badger at Cubitje Quap waterhole in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park ŠWillem Kruger The judges said: Endearing photo of a usually aggressive animal that captures a poignant, almost human moment of reflection in crystal clarity.

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Traditional Culture Category Children create a makeshift house in Motsoaledi informal settlement, South Africa ©Ilan Ossendryver The judges said: The use of colour is captivating in this Pop Art-esque image, which so wonderfully represents the creativity of the joyful human spirit.

Wildlife Category A young baboon strikes a pose in Tarangire National Park, Tanzania ©Jacques-Andre Dupont The judges said: Reminiscent of Rodin’s The Thinker, this cute little fellow stole the judges’ hearts thanks to its focus and interesting posture.

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Wildlife Category A black eagle takes a branch to its nest in Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens, South Africa ©Ernest Porter. The judges said: A Quidditch player in the making, it wasn’t just the hallowed stance of this black eagle that caught the judges’ attention, but also the balance of the composition and sharp focus throughout.

Wildlife Category An underwater dancer in Protea Banks, a top dive site off the coast of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa ©Pier Mane The judges said: Bold colours and clarity make for a magical image of Africa’s often overlooked marine diversity.

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Wildlife Category A male lion in the twilight of his reign in Kruger National Park, South Africa ©Craig Hayman. The judges said: Dramatic composition reigns supreme in this evocative black and white image that captures one of Africa’s most regal predators in a natural, rugged state.

Wildlife Category A hyena gets caught in the rain ©Nick Rabjohn. The judges said: It was the element of mystery that enticed our panel to select this intriguing silhouette of a hyena that was taken in difficult atmospheric circumstances.

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Wildlife Category Greener pastures for a white rhino in a private game reserve in South Africa ŠMark Winckler The judges said: An intimate moment is shared with one of the Big Five thanks to the use of shadow and contrasting colours.

Wildlife Category A rainy day for a lion in the Serengeti National Park, Tanzania ŠPanos Laskarakis. The judges said: Standard rules of photography are defied with the centred eye contact of this muddied big cat, which draws you into its world and makes for a very powerful photo.

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Wildlife Category A hornbill and a hare in the Serengeti National Park, Tanzania ©William Walldén. The judges said: An incredibly sharp image of a hornbill displaying its resourcefulness by capturing an unusual source of prey, forcing the viewer to surmise as to the story behind it.

Travel/Scenic Category The surreal landscape of the sulphur pools at Dallol in the Danakil Depression, Ethiopia ©Trevor Cole. The judges said: Luminous colours bring to life this other worldly image of one of Africa’s most extraordinary landscapes, which even bears resemblance to a map of the continent.

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The secretive creatures of Namibia’s forgotten corner An intensive small and meso-mammal study of Kavango East conservancies Words and photographs by: Dr. Morgan Hauptfleisch, Namibia University of Science and Technology

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community members, carrying 320 small mammal traps, 75 meso-mammal traps and 120 pitfall traps, used scientificallyguided methodologies to understand which mammals occur, in what numbers and in which habitats.

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tourism and the sustainable use of

Kavango East conservancies since their

merely one of three orders representing

wildlife. Populations of larger species,

establishment in 2005. Its primary focus

this

such as elephant, rhino, giraffe and

has been to assist the conservancies in

trapped on the expedition. One gerbil

various antelope, are therefore closely

establishing

species

monitored. However, these make up

forest resource use mechanisms, as well

was found over 200 km outside its

only a small percentage of the 114

as providing management support for

previously known range.

species of mammal in Namibia. Very

conservancy operations.

sustainable

wildlife

and

group,

and

all

three

(Desmodillus

were

auricularis)

Scientists have found that pioneer

little is known about the distribution

small mammal species will dominate in

and habits of most of the small and

What the study did:

a disturbed area, while a greater variety

meso-mammal (medium-sized) species.

With financial assistance from UNESCO

of species will occur in a healthy system.

In fact, in the conservancies where this

and the Estate of Rosanna Cappellato,

Densities of small mammals provide us

study was carried out, nothing was

a team of two mammal ecologists, a

with important information regarding

known at all. There is an obvious gap

NUST ecology student and thirty local

food

availability. The

graph

below

in the biodiversity records for this area Top four small mammal species found in the concervancies

as a result of its remoteness and sparse

So why the fuss about small mammals? Often forgotten, small mammals make up an important link in Namibian ecosystems as prey, seed dispersers and bioturbators (soil tillers). They can also be good indicators of ecosystem

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Aethomys chrysophilus

Gerbilliscus leucogaster

Mastomys coucha

Saccostomus campestris

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80

60 49 40

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17

20

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condition and health, and can act as a proxy for biodiversity conservation

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100

Individuals captured

network of deep sandy 4x4 tracks.

0

15

10 4

1 George Mukoya

Joseph Mbambangandu

Conservancy

Muduva Nyangana


shows the total number of the four most

biological information for the under-

common small mammals trapped.

studied species. It further provided

The graph shows that the Bushveld

a solid baseline for a repeat of this

gerbil (Gerbilliscus leucogaster) is most

survey in a few years. Such a time series

common in the conservancies. This large

could show to what extent community

gerbil is a nocturnal granivore (seed

conservation has improved biodiversity

eater) and digs extensive burrows. The

and ecosystem health. The survey sites

deep sandy soils of George Mukoya

were each marked and pitfall traps

and Muduva Nyangana are ideal for this

remain in place (covered with lids and

species, while the mahangu fields and

sand) and can easily be reopened for

healthy pasture grasses provide ample

repeat surveys. Community members

forage. It was also the largest of the

were excited to be part of some hands-

rodents captured, with some individuals

on conservation research, and now

weighing in excess of 120g.

understand that conservation is about

The Multimammate mouse (Mastomys

The Bushveld gerbil (Gerbilliscus leucogaster)

far more than just lions and elephants.

coucha) was the second most common

They

species captured. It is a pioneer species,

researchers in scientific field techniques.

indicating some disturbance in all three

Fernandu Khaebeb, an honours student

conservancies. As hinted at in its common

from NUST, used the results for his mini-

name, females have six rows of teats,

thesis in nature conservation and added

which allows them to successfully raise

the records to the Namibia Mammal

up to 12 young in a litter. Population

Atlas, another NNF-supported initiative.

are

skilled

to

assist

future The Multimammate mouse (Mastomys coucha)

explosions of this species can lead to extensive crop damage. The smallest species trapped was this Pygmy mouse (Mus indutus). This adult male weighed a mere 4 g. The Red musk shrew (Crocidura Pygmy mouse (Mus indutus)

hirta) is a small insectivore often found in sandy areas. This species was mostly caught in pitfall traps as it is too light to trigger box traps. Two species of this genus were trapped, with the other species yet to be identified at the National Museum in Windhoek. The Pouched mouse (Saccostomys campestris)

was

common

in

the

omurambas (ancient river beds) of all three conservancies. The only local species with cheek pouches and a tiny pink tail, it is sometimes called the African hamster.

What now? The

expedition

mammal

provided

distribution

data

important for

the

“Founded in 1987, the Namibia Nature Foundation (NNF) is one of the largest non-governmental organisations (NGO) targeting conservation and sustainable development in Namibia. The primary aims of the NNF are to promote sustainable development, the conservation of biological diversity and natural ecosystems, and the wise and ethical use of natural resources for the benefit of all Namibians, both present and future. www.nnf.org.na�

Red musk shrew (Crocidura hirta)

The Pouched mouse (Saccostomys campestris)

Namibia Mammal Atlas project, and

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Namibia - a journey It is one of the ironies of my life that I took my family to Namibia to escape humanity, yet it was the humanity we encountered that will be a story forever in our hearts. Words by: Yvonne Boden Photographs by: Caleb Shepard

S

o - what makes a menopausal

soul. The desert sunsets, the silence of

us – “this is part of the adventure”

woman with a husband, whose

the dunes, and the colours of Namibia

was my mantra as we bundled

enthusiasm for adventure has been

worked their magic on me and some

our luggage into the back of

pruned by years of employment with a

part of me wanted to share that with

the air-conditioned twin cab. In

large corporate, and with two teenage,

my crew, who spend too much time

their defence, my three male

technology-addicted stepsons, (who

communicating with their thumbs and

travelling companions were in

are at that age that is delicately referred

staring at screens of varying sizes. Of

fine spirits as we headed off,

to as “challenging”), decide to book a

course it didn’t hurt that the vacation

suitably blown away by the

family holiday to the Namibian desert

specialist who dealt with my booking

magnificent vistas as Windhoek

in the height of summer? Were the hot

was

disappeared as a speck in our rear-

flushes and night sweats not severe

personified and she made the logistics

view mirror and they contemplated

enough? Was this a “Shirley Valentine”

and arrangements a non-event – all I

their first encounter with the desert

moment? Or a re-write of “One Flew

had to do was organise a dog-sitter

landscape that, till then, had been

over the Cuckoo’s nest”? Those were

and

Nonetheless,

something that their (mad) stepmother

the questions that tormented me from

knowing the youth of today, I was not

had rambled on and on about, often

the time that I made the booking to

a little apprehensive as the flight made

after consuming the odd glass of the

the

uncompromising

its way to Windhoek. This anxiety was

old grape. Comments such as “this

tarmac of Hosea Kutako Airport came

somewhat alleviated when Wi-Fi was

is, like, so cool” (a phrase I truly do

into my vision.

(joyfully) located in the airport building

not understand) and “there’s, like, no

The truth of the matter was that

and our “on the ground” liaison guest

one around” and “you can’t see, like,

some years previously, as a mature

safari expert was waiting with a board

anyone” emanated from their mouths

single woman, I had made a trip to

reflecting our names – just as we were

and I listened with joy, heartened

Sossusvlei to “find myself” – whatever

told would happen.

by the thought that perhaps this trip

moment

the

efficiency

pack

my

and

bags.

enthusiasm

that means – and that trip, more so

The stifling hot air that assaulted us

would teach two teenagers that there is

than any other destination I have ever

as we made our way to the car rental

truly nothing more beautiful than the

visited, left an indelible print on my

parking area was not going to trouble

stark, uninhabited spaces of Namibia

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FROM LEFT The Shepard family; Caleb, Yvonne, Jordan and Dean.

and that no electronic device or game,

back graciously to allow the menfolk

luggage and the reality of our situation

no matter where it is downloaded from,

to change the tyre, noting that we were

slowly took hold: we hadn’t passed

could measure up to this. And then it

pretty much out of water and that this

anyone for hours, there was no sign of

happened: 42 degrees heat outside,

exercise would result in three dusty,

any habitation as far as our eyes could

around midday, 150 kilometres from

thirsty, hot companions with no ability

see, we had very little water and we had

our destination, and a puncture.

to clean off or assuage their thirst. But

no cell phone signal whatsoever. The

Assuring them that, while emerging

hey – it’s only another 150 kilometres

thing about children, even teenagers,

from the air-conditioned vehicle was

to go – how bad could this be? The

is that parents are expected to have

not something we were keen to do, this

answer

apparent

the answer to everything and this was

was nonetheless part of the adventure,

when my eldest stepson ascertained

no exception. It was not necessary for

and urging them to remain cheerful

that the spare tyre had been bolted to

either my husband or I to say much

and upbeat, we exited the comfort

the undercarriage of the vehicle with a

– the tension was palpable – as they

of the vehicle. Believing my role in

heavy duty padlock, the key to which

tried to wrestle with a padlock that

the family to be that of a managerial

had not been given to us. Although I

hadn’t been opened for ages and was

position of ensuring quality control,

don’t “travel light”, I don’t generally

not budging.

after inspecting the damage I stood

carry heavy duty bolt cutters in my

quickly

became

Some half hour later as I glanced in despair over my shoulder at the route we had come, the impossible seemed to appear – a minute speck of dust suggesting an approaching vehicle. Announcing to my husband that that vehicle had to be stopped and that if I had to disrobe to catch the driver’s attention I would do so, we waited as the speck took on the outline of a truck and steadily approached us. It was as agonising as waiting for a kettle to boil, but the driver slowed down and thankfully no disrobing was required

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to induce him to stop. Emerging from the truck was a local farmer who was travelling with his wife and who I will call simply “Koen”. Koen calmly assessed the problem and offered as a solution the loan of his spare wheel in order to get back on the road. Of course his truck was not the same model or make as our hired twin cab and Koen told us to proceed with the mismatched wheel for a distance of six kilometres where we would find him waiting by his farm gate. With no further delay Koen set off, leaving us to limp slowly after his dust trail. I have been known to display a certain amount of scepticism when it comes to humanity and I confess

for the next 45 minutes. The appearance

road en route to Sossusvlei, where we

to viewing this offer with suspicion

of the big rock was not surprising to

arrived in time to witness a spectacular

– what could Koen possibly farm in

my crew, and neither was the existence

sunset that exceeded any descriptions I

this stark unforgiving countryside?

of the signs that Koen told us to look

had ever given to my crew.

- Yet there he was, waiting in the

out for. When we emerged at Tsauchab

Our trip to Namibia was quite simply

blistering heat for a bunch of strangers

River Camp, truly an oasis in the midst

too short. It is a country of indescribable

to make an appearance. On arrival he

of nothingness, we were greeted as

beauty but ultimately it was our

explained that we should proceed for a

friends, offered a cold drink and a place

encounter with the people that blew us

further distance of 16 kilometres, that

to sit while the injured tyre was expertly

away. “Namibians live their lives looking

we should turn left at the big rock and

fixed, the offending padlock cut off the

forward, not trying to rewrite history”

continue down a road looking out for

spare tyre in case we needed to get at

was what our ranger explained to me.

signs to Tsauchab River Camp where

it (heaven forbid!) and the assurance

It is one of the ironies of my life that I

his friend would be waiting for us, a

given that Koen’s loaned spare wheel

took my family to Namibia to escape

friend who runs a holiday camp facility

would be safely returned to him when

humanity, yet it was the humanity we

and also fixes tyres! Koen ended by

he next passed. For the princely sum of

encountered that will be a story forever

wishing us a pleasant holiday and

NAD135 we were quickly back on the

in our hearts.

telling us not to worry to return the wheel – indeed we still had far to travel and he would collect it himself later that week. At that point it was all too much for me and I was convinced that we had encountered a lunatic who had spent too much time in the Namibian desert with insufficient water – turn left at the big rock? A friend who fixes tyres? My crew however were less hysterical and we continued our journey as instructed by Koen – feeling every rock and every inch of the road

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Taking South African wines to Namibia and beyond Flamingo magazine talks to Barry de Vries and Dirk Harris of Tamasa Trading about taking the ‘Tamasa wine route’ to Air Namibia’s destinations.

B

arry de Vries has an entrepreneurial spirit.

Whilst

working

as

a

marketing manager for a wine estate in Franschhoek, he became aware of major gaps in the African wine market. This led to the establishment of Tamasa Trading : Fine Wine Merchants in January 2010. Tamasa Trading selected Namibia as its first venture into Africa, with Barry receiving invaluable assistance from his brother Mynard Slabbert, who resides in Windhoek. Today, Tamasa has footholds in a number of African countries, including Zambia, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Ghana and Liberia.

Further afield, the Greek

market is also being successfully cultivated. An opportunity opened up to host the Windhoek Extravaganza, a wine show which Tamasa has successfully hosted for the past nine years, and which has gone from strength to strength. Traditionally, Namibians were known to be consumers of beer, brandy and

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This market is also well

supported by the large number of South African expats only too keen to obtain their favourite wines directly from Tamasa.

Initially, in 2012, six wine farms were included; to date, this network has expanded to incorporate 10 wineries Flowing from the success of this show, Barry was approached by a number of wine farms who were having difficulty in marketing their wines into Africa. The next logical step was for Tamasa to set up a distribution network. Initially, in 2012, six wine farms were included; to date, this network has expanded to incorporate 10 wineries: Babylonstoren, Black Elephant Vintners, De Meye Wines, Hillcrest Wine and Olive Estate, Hoopenburg Wines, Lynx Wines, Marianne Wine Estate, Niel Joubert Wines, Noble Hill and Peter Falke Wines now trade successfully in Africa under the Tamasa Trading banner. After operating alone for a number of years, 37-year old Barry realised that, in order to successfully grow his business, additional assistance was required. Through previous business networking, he had become acquainted with Dirk Harris (31), who was at that stage employed by Sasfin Bank. Dirk’s creative flair coupled with his administration and business development Barry de Vries, left, with Dirk Harris, right.

skills

complemented

Barry’s

marketing

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between

producer

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is that Tamasa does not supply to the retail trade. Namibia’s

The two exceptions are two

foremost

exclusive

wine stores – Ludwigsdorf Cellars and Embassy Liquors – where wines from the estates represented by Tamasa can be purchased. aforementioned,

Other than the

Tamasa

promotes

directly to restaurants, lodges, hotels and the end users, with whom personal relationships have been cultivated and are maintained by way of regular trade visits and constant communication. Realising that wine shows are a very successful means of promoting their business, the Windhoek wine show was soon followed by wine shows in Swakopmund, Lusaka and in the near future one in Maputo. The third annual Lusaka Wine Show, sponsored by Stanbic, saw an increase of 54% in attendance and an increase of 50% in wine sales compared to 2015. Although

premium

brands

such

as Distell, DGB and KWV are well represented in the African Market,

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From left to right, Pacos Matos, Barry de Vries, Bruno Darsam, Debbie Burton, Dirk Haris there is a large market to be exploited in

respect

of

exclusive

marketed by Tamasa.

wines

as

A hallmark of

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Scuderia Ferrari still personally yours Family man and CEO of Scuderia SouthAfrica, Mervyn Eagles, takes time out for a coffee and a chat with Flamingo magazine. Words and photographs by: Mark Pettipher

F

or over 40 years, Viglietti Motors,

little town in central Italy, not far from

Mervyn says that he enjoys going

established in Cape Town in 1972

the provincial capital of Modena.

back to Windhoek; however Cape Town is where his heart is.

by seven brothers and lead by Gabriel

“We are of course talking about

Viglietti’s guiding hand, was known as

Maranello, where the world’s most

“I’ve always been interested in

the home of Ferrari in South Africa and

recognisable brand is headquartered.

Ferraris,” says Mervyn. “As a young

the official dealer of Maranello’s finest

The badge that is chosen by this

boy during my high school time, I

for sub-Saharan Africa.

incredible brand is the ‘Scuderia

used to cycle through to the service

Mervyn Eagles, formally a graduate

Ferrari’ shield. We believe that this

centre in Woodstock and look through

of the University of Cape (UCT) Law

association and tie-in to the symbol

the window of the showroom at the

faculty, has been the CEO since 2011.

of Ferrari is the way of the future and

stable of magnificent gleaming metal,

something in which we can share a

dreaming as any young boy would, of

great deal of pride.”

maybe one day owning such a prize.”

At the launch of their flagship showroom in Bryanston, Johannesburg in March 2015, Mervyn commented

And so the name Scuderia South

“I began talking to the Viglietti’s

in an interview with Business Day

Africa was introduced into South Africa.

and soon a friendship was struck.”

Live, “While we are still attached to

47 year old father of four, Mervyn

Mervyn goes on to say, “Our true

our history and tradition, we have to

was born in Cape Town. At aged seven

friendship came about when, as

embrace the future and that means

Mervyn’s parents moved to Namibia

a student, I ‘blew up’ the motor of

we need to adopt a new title for the

in 1976, moving from Claremont -

my Fiat 124 Sport. I had no tools,

business. We spent a great deal of time

Cape Town to Windhoek, in a period

skills or money to repair it and

contemplating various options and

of severe drought; it proved to be a

after an abortive attempt at home

decided to go back to our roots. Our

bit of a culture shock; it was a very

repairing the Fiat myself, the Viglietti

roots, like those of any Ferraristi, run

different experience living in an arid

brothers told me to bring the car to

deep, red, and head straight back to a

area, but it is with fondness that

the workshop – there I rebuilt the

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CEO Mervyn Eagles with the recently launched Spider.

motor with their assistance – all they

Mervyn still has ties with Namibia;

only great fun, he says, but was a

wanted as payment was a bottle of

he has a brother in Windhoek who is

huge success as well. “There is a very

wine. It was one of those rare and

a well-known surgeon, and a younger

good, but limited market in Namibia,”

generous moments.”

sister who lives in Swakopmund. “My

adds Mervyn.

UCT,

brother is a highly successful surgeon

Although Mervyn is the CEO of

graduated with a BA LLB, practiced as

with two children, and my sister

Ferrari in South Africa he drives, for

a Prosecutor in Namibia for just under

is a stay-at-home mother with four

practical reasons, a white Mercedes

a year, completed his articles in Cape

beautiful children,” he says. “I have

GLS. His young family is the main

Town and qualified as an attorney.

four children, Marcus three, Aaron

influence for this.“It has seven seats,”

Thereafter and for just on fifteen years,

one and a half, Joshua nineteen and

says Mervyn, “also I can tow my boat

he served as an Advocate at the Cape

daughter Jenna seventeen.”

with it. I do however alternate between

Mervyn

studied

law

at

Mervyn’s passion for Ferrari is

the GLS and a Ferrari FF; we don’t own

Over the years, since returning

evident when he talks of a particular

Ferraris yet, maybe once the children

to Cape Town and qualifying as a

event, where he organised a tour

have grown up.”

lawyer, Mervyn’s relationship with the

and test drive of Ferraris to Namibia.

However, at age thirty, Mervyn did

Viglietti’s was maintained. Eventually

Under the sponsorship of Shell Vivo,

buy his first Ferrari, a fiberglass 308

he joined the board and acquired a

they shipped the cars to Windhoek

in 1997, at that time second hand.

sharholding, grew to become CEO

and from there drove to the coast,

It cost him R175,000; a similar one sold

and seized the opportunity to buy

unlocking

just recently for R4.2 million. Which

the majority share from the brother’s

and promoting a new brand of fuel

further

former BEE partners.

along the way. This event was not

you are buying not only a Ferrari as

Town bar.

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various

Shell

stations

enhances

the

notion

that


“There is an amazing programme;

The 488 Spider trades the 458’s

where you can tailor make and spec

naturally-aspirated

the car as you wish, you can sit with

engine for a Maserati-derived twin-

the Ferrari designated designers and

turbocharged 3.9-liter V8 engine that

custom make the interior of your car.”

delivers 661 horsepower at 8,000

Mervyn adds, “Ferrari also has a unique

rpm and 560 lb-ft. of torque at 3,000

programme, the one-off programme;

rpm, figures that represent generous

here you can design and build your

increases over the outgoing model.

own Ferrari. The Ferrari design team

The eight-cylinder is also found under

takes an existing base platform, and

the hood of the California T.

over a period of 18 months to two years you have your own custom made car.” “If there is any particular aspect of

4.5-liter

V8

All of that power is sent to the rear wheels through a seven-speed dualclutch

automated-manual

gearbox

a Ferrari that you like from various

that manages to be both smooth and

previous models, you can build that

incredibly quick - shifts are achieved

into your own spec.”

in four-tenths of a second. A built-in

The recent launch of the Ferrari Spider was hugely successful in both

torque management function helps get the power to the pavement.

Johannesburg and Cape Town, says

Helping to make the 488 Spider

Mervyn, “The launch was about the

sublime driving dynamics possible is

Ferrari experience, it’s about treating

a rigid, lightweight aluminum chassis

the customers to something that is

that features advanced alloys and

quite unique.”

aerospace

“In spite of the South African

and

industry

bonding

manufacturing

techniques.

The

economy the Spider and 488 GTB

suspension is composed of a twin

a status vehicle, but one that is an

are sold out for this year and we are

wishbone/multi-link setup, and an

investment as well.

well on the way to selling out next

electronic

Mervyn pointed out that no one

year’s as well, which endorses the

apportion power so as to make

wants to sell their cars and draws

value of Ferrari as an investment,” says

attention to the increase in value of

Mervyn encouragingly.

the

on whether or not people can take

Ferrari;

he

mentions

that

a

of

the

advantage

at R7 million.

the value of the Rand, he said “All

fluctuation

our customers are local; Ferrari are

would buy, given the choice: “I enjoy

quiet strict about selling their cars,

the V12s, the F12 scares me though –

customers must be from our designated

its a phenomenal car. I prefer the FF

territorial allocation.”

which

Ferrari

and the new GTC4Lusso, that I saw in

The Ferrari 488 Spider is essentially

Milan a few months ago; it definitely

an updated version of the 458 Spider.

has my name on it,” he says. “It would

With

have to be white though.”

snapping

head-turning

style,

acceleration,

and

neckthat

does

indescribable but incredibly potent

produce any colour that you like,

Ferrari allure, the 488 Spider - and

explains Mervyn, “The cars do come

its hardtop sibling, the 488 GTB -

in a range of standard colours as well

are among the most desirable rides

as vintage”

on the market.

Within

reason,

Ferrari

helps

in

he

asked

differential

Commenting

Testerossa was recently offered for sale When

rear

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Of course Mervyn follows racing, and in his opinion, Brazilian Formula 1 driver Ayrton Senna was the best driver to have graced the circuits. Sadly Senna was killed in an accident whilst leading the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix. Today Mervyn follows German Sebastian Vettal, not because he drives

for

Scuderia

Ferrari,

but

because he enjoys his personality. Vettal is the four-time Formula 1 World the

Champion, having

championship

in

won 2010,

2011, 2012, and 2013 with Red Bull Racing and is reputed to be the most successful F1 driver of all time. He is also only one of four drivers to have won four or more drivers’ titles and is now contracted to drive for Scuderia Ferrari until at least 2017. Bringing the topic back to South African drivers, Mervyn favours Jody Scheckter, whos career debut was at the US Grand Prix in 1972; driving for McLaren, he eventually gave Ferrari the drivers‘ championship in 1979. Of

the

up-and-coming

South

African drivers, Mervyn says that 20 year old Raoul Hyman is one to watch; he is making inroads in the Formula 3 European Championship.

the best use of available traction.

I technology and incorporated it

Standard carbon fiber brakes are

into their road cars; the rest in the

Going forward, plans for Scuderia

extremely fade-resistant and effective

model range has also gone from

South Africa are well underway,

at bringing the Spider down from

strength to strength.”

though they have demolished the

“That technology not only makes

old Viglietti showroom building to

When asked about why the sales

the cars incredibly safe to drive, you

make way for a tower block. Mervyn

are doing so well Mervyn said, “The

can go from 0 – 100 in 3 seconds,

is not keeping the showroom in

brand ascendancy has been built on

but more importantly you can stop

Roeland Street in Cape Town, but,

for many years, the cars have gone

equally as quickly,” he goes onto

staying

from strength to strength – take the

say. “The design of the road cars is

identity directives from Italy, Mervyn

mid range engines – the F430 to 458

also greatly influenced by Ferrari’s

is looking forward to moving to the

and now the 488 V8s, Ferrari has

racing

new BAT complex at the entrance to

taken their cutting edge Formula

pleasing to the eye.”

extra-legal speeds.

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car,

which

makes

them

in

trend

the Waterfront.

with

corporate


Previously

they

had

always

shunned the idea of the Waterfront, due to access issues during the peak tourist season. However, the new showroom at the Waterfront entrance will not only afford them greater brand visibility – Scuderia South Africa will be one of the first luxury motor brands that you will see when coming into Cape Town – it will also have easy access. Keeping continuity within the group is Vito Viglietti, nephew of the older brother; Vito is Cape Town’s workshop manager. “He’s an absolute genius

an amazing after sales team, dedicated

success, after all Enzo Ferrari said,

and an amazing technical wizard;

to excellent service. Highly qualified

‘it’s best you sell a customer their first

he is well known in these parts, as

and skilled technicians, trained locally

car from the showroom, but every

well as in Italy; if there is a problem

and abroad, are the backbone of our

other one from the service center.”

we go to him. Furthermore, we have

business. This team is the basis of our

concludes Mervyn.

Mervyn and Liza Eagles. Liza is a former fashion model and an interior designer, she has spent time in New York and worked in exotic locations such as Iceland, India, Spain Malaysia and Bali, as well as London. The couple have been together for fifteen years and married for four. Mervyn, as a junior advocate, met his bride-to-be one evening whilst working with Liza’s father on a trial at her family home; it was love at first sight.

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GT-RRR Improbable as it might sound to fans familiar with the vehicle, the allconquering Nissan GT-R has just gone and got yet better. And substantially so at that. The 2017 model has been revealed, and it includes styling upgrades inside and outside, major driving-performance enhancements, and key new features. In fact, these all make for the most significant

changes to Nissan's halo model since its 2007 introduction. The whole package is yet more head-swivelling than ever, with a significantly more premium and tech-laden cockpit, while a hot new colour called Ultimate Shiny Orange has been added. As for performance, well, the GT-R's much-lauded 3.8-liter V6 24-valve twin-turbocharged engine – with each unit handcrafted by its own technician – now bangs down

419kW and 637Nm of torque at 33005800 rpm. The revised engine is mated to a six-speed dual-clutch transmission that features smoother shifts and reduced noise levels. Handling is yet further enhanced, as is ride comfort, and the new car is the most comfortable GT-R yet. The first vehicles are expected in South Africa around the end of August. And, yes, the two Nissan High Performance Centres in SA will certainly assist customers from Namibia. Should a customer go to their nearest Namibian dealership, they'll be referred to the appropriate NPHC. We can't even begin to tell you how much we want one.

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Star turn Despite what you might have been told as a kid, you really can have your cake and eat it. Case in point is the new Mercedes C 350 e plugin hybrid which mates frugality and refinement with a healthy dose of sporting performance. And with a range of 31 kilometres in purely electric mode, local emissionfree driving is now a reality. Its fourcylinder petrol engine, in conjunction with a powerful electric motor, gives it a total system output of 205 kW and

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torque of 600 Nm. The South Africanbuilt C 350 e also turns in a zero-to100km/h time of 5.9 seconds, and a top speed of 250km/h. Yet overall fuel consumption is just 2.1 litres per 100km. Remarkable. Of course, the full range of creature comforts and safety systems that you'd expect from a Mercedes-Benz are all present and correct.

X-Rider marks the spot Isuzu specialises in bakkies as you doubtless know. And darn hardy,

competent ones at that. So it's just another reason to welcome a new special-edition to the range – the KB X-Rider. This machine is based on the KB 250 HO Hi-Rider 4x2 in extended and double cab body styles, and has a number of nifty styling cues. Among them, black diamond-cut 18-inch alloys and black tubular side steps, as well as certain features that mark this special-edition KB as being true to its workhorse roots. The X-Rider boasts an uprated towbar with a 2.1-tonne braked trailer capacity, LED daytime running lights, and remote keyless entry. It also comes with leather seats, with the X-Rider logo embroidered on the front headrests, while the leathertrimmed steering wheel, which is equipped with a full array of satellite controls, stands out thanks to the red stitching and Isuzu badge in its centre. Plus there's red stitching on the gearlever gaiter, steering wheel and the seats.


Piano Black inserts are used on the doors (with a bold red ‘X’ motif), with the same high-gloss finish used to highlight air conditioning vents, the sound system, and the gearshift console. Nice. Power comes courtesy of Isuzu's trusted 2.5-litre turbodiesel making a meaty 100kW and 320Nm, while you can get your X-Rider in Summit White, Switchblade Silver or Maranello Red.

Drop-top delight Given our climate, there are few automotive experiences as sublime as drop-top motoring. So the recent addition of the most affordable way to buy into the Mercedes convertible family – the new C-Class Cabriolet – is a welcome addition indeed. The fully automatic fabric soft top can be opened and closed in 20 seconds at speeds of up to 50km/h, while the likes of the Aircap electric draught stop system, and Airscarf neck-level heating mean it's a car for all seasons – winter included. The six-model range encompasses derivatives ranging from mild to wild, with outputs stretching from 125kW to 375kW, while for the Mercedes-AMG C 43 4Matic variant permanent all-wheel drive is now available. Standard equipment levels are stellar. Naturally. Ditto safety levels. And styling is as graceful, evocative and

timeless as any of this vehicle's more expensive open-top Benz siblings.

Automatic for the people The Ford Ranger line-up has gone from large to massive. And with the addition of nine 2.2 TDCi automatic derivatives to the range, there are now no less than 36 models to choose from – which means there's a Ranger for every conceivable application. These nine new machines use a turbodiesel making 118kW and 385Nm mated to a slick six-speed automatic, and include Single Cab, Super Cab, and Double Cab derivatives, with vastly varying spec levels.

“The Ford Ranger has been a huge success story for Ford, not only in South Africa, but around the world,” says Tracey Delate, General Marketing Manager, Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA). “The automatic transmission option on the Ranger 3.2 has dominated sales due to its smooth operation and ease of use, combined with the superb power and torque of the Duratorq TDCi engine. “We are delighted to now introduce this sophisticated automatic transmission to the Ranger 2.2 TDCi, providing unparalleled comfort and

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driving convenience, matched to the superb performance and efficiency of Ford’s latest generation Duratorq diesel engines.” Watch these babies fly out of the showrooms.

Coupé coup We've long admired Lexus products – and now even more so with the addition of the RC 200t coupé to the line-up. Performance from the latest Lexus is healthy. Its two-litre, four-cylinder turbo motor makes 180kW and 350Nm of torque. That will take it from rest to 100km/h in 7.5 seconds, topping out at 230km/h. And – cliched as it might sound – the whole package is just oh-so effortlessly elegant. With a healthy dose of exclusivity thrown in. Glenn Crompton, Vice President of Marketing for Lexus, rather nicely explains the market positioning of this machine. “Cars like the RC exist not as volume cars, but as aspirational products designed to draw in the young and the young at heart. The 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo provides an accessible point of entry for lifestyle buyers who want the

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statement of a luxury coupé balanced with the efficiencies afforded by a smaller capacity powerplant. “In this context the new RC 200t fits the brief perfectly – it’s stylish, refined, frugal and generously stocked with a pleasing athleticism to it. It boasts an emotional draw too – key among them its striking looks – and some creditable dynamic skills.” Exactly Glenn. And as with pretty much all Lexuses, the list of standard equipment is long and lavish, while the whole package is beautifully built.

Fullback fast forward Here in this part of the world we have a monster appetite for one-ton bakkies. And while Fiat is hardly a name that we'd associate with this class of machine, the all-new Fiat Fullback seems set to take some market share. I haven't yet driven it, but it's billed as robust and reliable – like the rugby or American football position after which it is named – and the range encompasses three configurations, three trim levels, three engines and two gearboxes. The Fullback is part of the Fiat Professional brand.


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Astra travelling The all-new Opel Astra has everything it takes to be a class leader, writes JAMES SIDDALL...

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I

t is hardly hyperbole to say that the Opel Astra has its work cut out for it. After all, it sits in a segment whose stalwarts include the muchlauded VW Golf 7. But the new, 11th-generation Astra is more than up to the task. For a start it's the 2016 European Car of the Year, and it comes complete with a trio of engines – namely a one-litre turbo, a new 1.4-litre turbo, and a 1.6-litre turbo.

It's also laden with the sort of driver assistance and safety systems that you'd expect from far more expensive cars. And it's crushingly capable, comfortable, and competent. Now I've just spent a week with a 1.4T Enjoy model with a six-speed manual 'box. This included extensive urban travelling as well as a thousand kilometre-plus inter-city trip – and I can confirm that the Astra doesn't just live up to expectations. It exceeds them on every front from ride and refinement to economy and equipment levels, with “my” 1.4T model sipping a sparrowlike 5.1 litres per 100km.

Yet performance proved excellent. This motor makes 110kW and 230Nm between 2000 and 4000rpm in manual guise (there is also a six-speed automatic). Enough to whip it from rest to 100km/h in 8.5 seconds, topping out at 215km/h. It also all just reinforced the fact that this five-door hatchback is not just a mild evolution of the outgoing car but a massive leap forward. There is a huge amount to say about this Opel. I'm going, however, to focus on the highlights and these include it being up to 200kg lighter (depending on the model), while at the same time torsional rigidity is improved. This translates into superb wieldiness and fuel economy, all further aided by excellent aerodynamics (figure on a CD of just 0.285),

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and start/stop technology in all three of the Ecotec engines. Remarkably in an age where cars seem to get larger and lardier with each new incarnation, the Astra's overall length is down by five centimetres, and its height is decreased by half of that. Yet the interior is roomier than ever, and it's also worth noting – and this comes after a total of perhaps 16 hours spent in “my” test unit – the seats are superbly supportive, scoring close to a perfect ten on the ergonomic scale. Tech abounds too. Try nextgeneration IntelliLink touch screen with satellite navigation and an advanced infotainment interface as well as IntelliLux LED matrix lighting, which truly does turn night into day. Also available is the latest generation Opel Eye front camera.

The camera has a wide range of functions which include monitoring the IntelliLux LED Matrix System, Traffic Sign Assist (TSA), Lane Departure Warning (LDW) with Lane Keep Assist (LKA), Following Distance Indication (FDI), and Forward Collision Alert (FCA) with Low Speed Collision Mitigation Braking (LSCMB). These systems might sound complex in theory – but in practice they work seamlessly and simply, and rapidly become indispensable. Forward Collision Alert, for instance, helps avoid or reduce front-end crashes. Basically it uses the car's front camera system in the windscreen to detect a vehicle directly ahead, within a distance of 60 metres. Approach the car in front too quickly and you're met with a warning chime, while an alert in the Driver Information Centre is provided, and a flashing red LED stripe is projected on the windscreen. FCA operates automatically above eight km/h, and can be deactivated when not needed. Of course, safety measures are extensive, and in addition to a rigid passenger cell there are front airbags for driver and co-driver, thorax-pelvis side airbags and full-length curtain airbags for the first and second row. Naturally, too, you have the likes of Cornering Brake Control to provide directional vehicle stability during cornering while braking, and Torque Vectoring by Brakes. This improves agility and gives a more direct steering feel by initiating braking interventions at the inner wheel of the rear axle or

both axles, while engine torque may also be increased to negate the effect. Yet it all works so seamlessly that you don't notice it. All Astras include a five-year/120 000km warranty, a five-year/90 000km service plan, and roadside assistance. But perhaps most importantly of all, this machine is yet more entertaining and involving to pilot than its illustrious forebears.

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Their world in colour Dutch artist duo, Jeroen Koolhaas and Dre Urhahn – aka Haas&Hahn - have a passion for urban transformation, and they’re achieving it in the brightest, boldest, most socially aware way imaginable Edited by: Anne Schauffer

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Photograph by Christian Gual

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A

rtists

Jeroen

Koolhaas

The duo began working together

and

Dre Urhahn grew up steeped

in

2005,

when

they

filmed

a

in architectural theory - both have

documentary about hip hop in the

fathers or uncles who are noted

favelas (shanty town) of Rio and São

urban planners in Holland. Jeroen

Paolo for MTV.

Koolhaas (Rotterdam, 1977) studied

Ironically

graphic

design

at

the

Design

backgrounds

– -

given neither

their Koolhaas

Academy in Eindhoven, and has

nor Urhahn were driven to effect

been working as a freelance audio-

change through theory, but rather

visual designer and illustrator for

through

the New Yorker magazine since

on the ground. Inspired by their

graduation,

MTV

while

Dre

Urhahn

exploring

experience,

other they

cultures embarked

(Amsterdam, 1973), studied Chinese

on a journey to bring outrageous

language and culture and worked

works of art to unexpected places,

as a journalist, copywriter, and art-

be it the favelas (shanty towns) of

director. He has set up successful

Rio de Janeiro or likewise in Haiti.

companies specialising in different

They began by painting enormous

fields, from event management to

murals in the slums of Brazil… but

television production.

collaboratively with the local youth.

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Koolhaas and Urhahn are known as

Haas&Hahn, and

their

hands-

on approach to enriching the lives of others is as innovative as it is complex and intensely moving. They work in underserved communities, and mobilise the local community to reinvent their own neighbourhood through extraordinary art projects on a massive scale. Their work in Brazil spawned sister projects worldwide, and in 2011, they took their paint, brushes and concept to North Philadelphia to revitalise a downtrodden commercial strip – they motivated the local youth to paint the facades of buildings a rainbow of riotous colour. This Dutch duo has been invited to present their work in numerous countries and on different occasions, ranging from a show at the United Nations Headquarters to a recent talk for TED Global. They work on a multitude of projects, so they travel extensively to paint and explore communities worldwide. A successful crowd-funding

campaign

enabled

their recent return to Rio to continue their dream: to organize community members to paint an entire Favela hill. Jeroen Koolhaas uses his graphic talent to create the designs used in the Favela Painting Project, while Dre Urhahn has built up a production background used in the organization of the Favela Painting Project. Free workshops and lectures are part of Haas&Hahn’s Community Art Projects, where discussion around planning, of

funding

larger-than-life

and

execution

projects

takes

place. Participants don’t pay for the workshop, but would have to cover their costs of accommodation etc.

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THANDA, under canvas Five-star Thanda Safari – a Private Game Reserve’s tented camp bears little relation to your concept of ‘tent’ or even ‘camp’. These 15 luxury tents tread so lightly on the earth, the experience enhanced by the sheer romance of lanterns, the sensitivity of solar power, and the joy of open showers under an African sky By: Anne Schauffer Photographs supplied

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levated, secluded, lying in a large

aboard the open game vehicle for the

a clearing, you stretch your legs and

bed wrapped in the finest linen,

sunrise game drive. It’s so fresh, almost

share your life’s stories with strangers,

the gentlest of African breezes filtering

chilly, so beanies and scarves, coats

soon to be companions, even friends.

through this private, privileged space,

and blankets, until the sun does what

candles flickering, there cannot be, in

it does best...and clothes are slowly

hectares

South Africa, a finer sound than that

peeled off. But nothing warms as much

Zululand, and nothing slows the blood

of gentle rain on canvas, accompanied

as the adrenaline at a special sighting

pressure, calms the mind, elicits a

by the rise and fall of the call of

of a large herd of elephant calmly

smile, like the endless landscape that

hyenas in the distance.

moving around you, lazy lions sleeping

feels so ancient yet, every day, is so

And in the morning, waking to the

in the damp grass, the slow curious

new and rich with possibilities.

unmistakable scent of wet earth and

stares of a journey of giraffe pausing

At Thanda Safari Tented Camp, you’ll

vegetation, after a sleep so deep and

in their morning’s treetop snack. The

discover a wonderful combination of

peaceful, you feel as if you’ve been

rapid click of cameras, the sharing

luxury and authenticity...yet with all

on holiday forever. The gentle knock

of binoculars, the group energy and

the right trimmings. There’s very little

on the door, the 5,30am call which

excitement....and then, the welcome

artificial lighting and minimal electric

heralds that first steaming cup of

smell of coffee out in the bush when

power – it’s firelight, starlight, candles,

coffee, perhaps a rusk, before climbing

your game ranger and tracker park in

lanterns and a back-up generator. For

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safety against wild predators, the Camp has a partial electrified fence along its perimeter, and children under eight aren’t admitted here. Meals at Thanda are sensational, with a vast choice of everything your heart desires. Whether it’s a continental breakfast or a hot cooked one – or both – you’ll be ready for a mid-morning siesta after that dawn start. If it’s warm enough – most of the year round - you’ll want to lounge alongside the pool, on your own private deck, or in the wonderfully decadent ‘sala’ – a communal, covered outdoor

lounge-come-deck

with

leather couches and sleepers, books, games...and an elevated outlook over a waterhole. It’s here where, if you

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spend time, you’ll watch, hidden and

Thanda means ‘love’ in the local

silent, a parade of different animals

isiZulu language, and nowhere is it

coming to drink, and for birders,

more appropriate than the glorious

you’ll compile a good list. I did.

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Tent.

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‘happiness’ in isiZulu, and it would

is eating outdoors, under the stars.

be difficult not to feel just that. It’s

There’s something so romantic and

entirely private, superior luxury, yet

simple, yet faintly primal and exciting

within easy reach of all amenities. It’s

about it. At Thanda, the boma is a

spacious and exquisitely decorated,

short walk from the main lounge/curio

with a separate lounge and private

shop and dining area – you’re always

splash pool. Solitary but not isolated,

accompanied by game guards after

Jabula Tent is for honeymooners,

dark - and in the centre, a giant, roaring

bridal couples, romantics, and even

fire pit. An icy glass of white wine, the

for families who’d like to be together

flicker of candles on the tables, and

under one canvas roof.

the signature smoky smell of a fire,

And then there’s the Thanda Spa.

speaks to the heart of things. So, too,

Just like all the elevated, airy tents,

the singers and dancers of the local

the Spa is tucked away, down its

community, who entertain with their

own meandering little path through

fluid African moves and harmonious

the indigenous landscape, entirely

voices...as trays of traditional South

secluded,

African food are served by attentive

A massage, a facial, a pedi...you

staff. There’s something about the

choose. And if a setting accentuates

murmur of voices in the lamplight, the

an experience – of course we know

wonderful aroma of meat cooked over

it does – sneak off for some me-time,

a fire, the sound of laughter...

and feel that feeling.

separate

and

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A great deal of the sense of welcome can be attributed to the

skills, it’s fine attention to detail that

Lodge (nine ultra-luxurious bush

makes Thanda memorable.

suites), Thanda iZulu (the ultimate tented

celebrity villa)....and then, off the

laughter at pre-dinner drinks in the

camp is about recharging your soul

coast of Tanzania, there’s the brand-

lounge and bar area, to the smiling

and reconnecting with the earth –

new sister property, Thanda Island.

service at every single meal, you’ll

time there isn’t measured in minutes,

(www.thandaisland.com)

know you matter. That’s what it’s

but in moments. You’ll feel rested,

all about at Thanda. A commitment

yet rejuvenated.

staff at Thanda. From the communal

Time

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property, you’ll find Thanda Safari

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Nam Flavour Two ambassadors for the country unite to showcase the real Namibia, sharing authentic Nam flavour with the rest of the world

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t’s an unlikely, yet perfect pair: the only white Kwaito singer in the world and the lodge company that supports local interests and has incorporated the telling of Namibia’s stories into it’s brand essence. EES, aka Easy Eric Sell, and the Gondwana Collection merged creative juices to promote Namibia by producing a series of video clips depicting the various routes between the fifteen Gondwana lodges. The routes have been chosen to highlight the landscape and include intriguing stories and stops along the way, giving the traveller a taste of the feast to come. “What do you promote?” I asked EES as we drove from Kalahari Anib Lodge towards Windhoek. It had been an educational drive where I learned about local trends and brushed up my scant knowledge of popular music. “Positivity, happiness and a lot of fun,” EES answered, and added: “And, obviously, Namibia.” And, I have no doubt that he does. The popular Namibian musician has put Namibia on the map by creating his own brand of Kwaito music that leaps over the colour bar, uniting people with music that everyone can relate to. Kwaito, a genre of music originating in the late 80s

and early 90s, merges Hip Hop, Reggae and House with a unique blend of African rhythm. “It’s about celebrating the good life,” EES explained. The very danceable music that was born in the angst of the apartheid era, has become the melodic music of celebration that leaves the world of colour barriers far behind. Influenced by parents who loved to dance, EES grew up in an environment filled with music. He naturally started writing his own lyrics and recorded his first song while at school, inspired by groups like Wu-Tang and Eminem. This led him to study sound engineering in Cape Town to improve his recording skills. While there, he started a band called Odyssey Crew with members from various South African ethnic groups, incorporating music from different genres. But it was when this fifth generation Namibian spread his wings in Germany, that he really begin to listen to and experiment with Kwaito music, yearning for the sounds of his native Africa. In 2006, he invited upcoming Namibian Kwaito musicians to Germany to record a song called ‘International’, realising his vision to introduce

Kwaito to the rest of the world. This was his breakthrough into Kwaito music. At first the Namibian public were surprised to see a white man doing Kwaito, but over the years have embraced EES as one of their own: Namibian. As EES says: “Music is one of the most powerful tools to connect people.” He explained, “When the artist is on the stage, and two people come to the show; rich, poor, yellow, black, they celebrate the same song and it connects them.” EES has since created over fifty music videos and has released 13 albums, many of them collaborative. He has also produced a range of clothes, books and footwear, an energy drink and has coined some distinctively Namibian words, which were quickly adopted by the populace. Words include ‘Nam Slang’ for Namibian German, replacing the out-dated word Südwester Deutsch (and he has even written a Nam Slang dictionary), and ‘Shaggon Waggon’ for the beloved old Kombi. The most popular is ‘Nam Flava’ and people are now using the hashtag to describe something that is quintessentially Namibian. The Namibian flag plays an important part in EES’s image, is incorporated into the design of all

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showcasing the country in a real and

Fragments of memories from the

unique way. Coincidentally, Gondwana

making of the video clips remained

was in the process of collecting and

with me, images of a blue and white

creating

their

vintage Mercedes, with antique suitcases

lodges and routes at the time, and the

strapped on the roof rack, careening

production of videos was an activity

through the Namib Desert with all the

that fitted seamlessly into the project.

character and beauty I associate with

EES and Manfred soon began their

this unique country. And, I could still see

series of video clips, starting with the

scenes of EES and Manfred flying their

Gondwana lodges, featuring a member

camera drone over quiver tree forests

of staff from each lodge describing

at sunset, over the canyon and above

the down-to-earth lodges from their

the century-old church in Lüderitz,

own perspective. They also produced

collecting images to capture the spirit

a video clip for Gondwana called

of the country and the wonder of the

‘Raindance Namibia’, which was a

journey. (Watch out for the upcoming

raindance initiative (and competition)

video clips on Gondwana’s website!)

online

content

for

that appealed to the Namibian public

Threading our way through the

to save water, reaching over 150 000

Windhoek hills as we neared the capital,

viewers and attracting the attention and

EES went on to tell me about his energy

support of Namibian president, Hage

drink, which as a teetotaller and more

Geingob. Another was the story of

health-conscious consumer he produced

Prof. Mburumba Kerina, the man who

using Guarana and vitamins. “What

was instrumental in naming Namibia,

flavour do you think it is?” EES asked.

which received 100 000 hits. The next

I racked my brains, trying to think of

his products and a flag accompanies

endeavour

Gondwana’s

the names of all kinds of tropical fruit.

him to all his concerts. A picture of the

Classic and Adventure routes, which will

“Come on,” he said, “you can get this. It’s

Namibian flag emblazons his canvas

enable guests to have a glimpse of the

original.” He eventually gave up when

chucks (takkies) that are sold in stores

exciting experience and adventure that

he saw the blank look on my face and

and supermarkets nationwide, often

awaits them.

replied for me: “Nam flava, of course!”

worn by Namibians representing the country overseas. It is also printed on the bottle of his energy drink, WUMA. But, where did the Kwaito musician, well-known for songs like Shaggon Waggon, Never Over, Klewwa and Yeye cross paths with Gondwana, the collection of friendly lodges dotted throughout

Namibia?

Years

spent

developing his talent by creating his own videos had led EES and long-time friend and photographer Manfred Werner into professional video production, with the objective of producing much-needed promotional footage. The team called ‘iNamibia’ had approached Gondwana, whom they recognised as an ally in

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How to know when you are dealing with a Namibian It’s no secret that the people from Namibia are very unique in very weird and wonderful ways.

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When they speak, they hop between languages almost as frantically as a rabbit being chased by a fox. But somehow through all of those languages you still know what they were trying to say. They say “Toyota Fortuner” as in ‘fortune’ and not like ‘tuna’ as the rest of the world apparently does. They consider padkos to be a fundamental part of any road trip, regardless of whether they’re driving to a friend or to Timbuktu. Jägermeister, beer and Oros are crucial to a healthy diet and at least one of these can be found in every household.

They consider meat to be essential to your health, and they are very serious when telling you that chicken may as well be a vegetable. They have probably eaten something really strange and unexpected, like crocodile, springbok testicles, a variety of insects or ostrich eggs. Namibians are fantastic story tellers and love to add all those unnecessary flourishes that can turn a five second story into a two-hour narrative. There will be a braai or kapana at least once a week, or the week would have been wasted.When they experience good customer service


they are shocked and, more often than not, flustered. They call traffic lights, robots. They try to find any excuse to have a party; Wednesday, noon, weddings, rain... and of course a beer once the plane has passed. They approach winter much like a Game of Thrones character, “Winter is coming!” You’ve heard them explain to someone that wild animals do not roam the city streets. Generally. There have been exceptions. They’ve also had to explain that Namibia is not a province of South Africa. Any more. They are constantly wishing and praying for rain, all the time, non-stop. But after a few daylight hours without direct sunlight,

they suffer withdrawal and quickly sink into a depression. They are convinced Namibia has the best sunsets in the world. Don’t argue, you know they’re right. They have seen legitimate sick notes for being cursed, haunted or possessed. They refer to home as Nam. As in Nam-ibia and not Viet-nam, as everyone always assumes. Every household owns at least one potjie-pot in one size or another, and they are generally used for cooking, storing keys or as ashtrays (depending on the size). They know South Africa came up with biltong, but they also know that Namibia has the best biltong in the world. And they are right; there

is no two ways about it. Whenever it begins to rain, some Namibians break out the strange habit of making pancakes. It has become a well-known rainy-day craving. You can also be sure that you will always hear a Namibian before you see them, because “quietly” is not a term they understand. If you have ever met someone that portrays these qualities and habits, you can be sure they have some Namibian in them. I can guarantee locals will be reading each line with suppressed laughter because you know the words to be true…even if you try to deny it. Namibia is a unique and wonderful country with lots of exciting habits to keep visitors entertained and delighted, and to keep the locals on their toes.

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Highhumour A sickly patient went to her doctor’s office where she underwent a complete physical exam. The doctor said, “I have some very grave news for you. You only have six months to live.” The patient asked, “Oh doctor, what should I do?” The doctor replied, “Marry an accountant.” “Will that make me live longer?” asked the patient. “No,” said the doctor, “but it will SEEM longer.”

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That awkward moment when you’ve already said ‘what?’ 3 times and still have no idea what the other person said, so you just agree!

Two accountants go to their local restaurant on their lunch break, when armed robbers burst in. While several of the robbers take the money from the tellers, others line the customers, including the accountants, up against a wall, and proceed to take their wallets, watches, and other valuables. While this is going on accountant number one jams something in accountant number two’s hand. Without looking down, accountant number two whispers, “What is this?” to which accountant number one replies, “it’s that $50 I owe you.”

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A Rabbi dies and goes to heaven. As he’s approaching the gates, he hears a band of singing and dancing angels approach, and begins to get excited. The lead angel approaches the Rabbi and asks if he would mind stepping aside for a moment. Shocked, the Rabbi does so. The angels march out of the gates and encircle a man who has also approached the gates. The man is a bus driver. The joyous parade of angels carry the bus driver in ahead of the Rabbi. When the parade is gone, an angel returns to the Rabbi and says, “You can come in now.” The angel begins to lead the Rabbi inside alone. The Rabbi, somewhat confused, says, “I’m not one to make waves or anything, but I need to know something. I think I’ve been a good Rabbi. I’ve worked hard all my life. Why is it that the bus driver gets led in by a band of angels ahead of me?” The angel says, “Well, frankly, Rabbi, whenever you preached, people slept. But whenever he drove, people prayed. HARD!!! “

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Manifesto Concept Car won Ferrari the Top Design School Challenge 2015 The winner of the Ferrari Top Design School Challenge 2015 has been announced, Manifesto has been awarded the first place. The second and third place goes to FL and de Esfera, all these submissions aim to demonstrate the Ferraris in 2040. The jury decided to make Manifesto the winner due to the completeness of this concept car design, as well as the students’ ability to understand the overall vision of the car starting from the exterior, cabin, and running gear. The jaw-dropping door opening mechanism is also one of the highlights of the interior functions, implementing future-forward technologies. Even though it boasts certain orthodox features, the exterior is still recognisable.

Designer: Michael Barthly, Grimaud Gervex, Jean Baptiste Epinat, Michael Kalyvianakis, Stanislas Oleksiak, and William Stock

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Cat S60 Smartphone is equipped with integrated thermal camera from FLIR The Cat S60 is the latest product by Cat Phones. It is the world’s first waterproof smartphone with integrated thermal camera from FLIR (global in thermal imaging technology). The Cat S60 offers its user a smartphone with a multitude of uses, such as detecting heat loss around doors and windows (perhaps the Winchester brothers can use this phone), missing insulation,


Pulse virtual reality music controller with advanced 3D sensor Some people are able to play multiple musical instruments, but it would be hard to carry them all. Titan Reality introduces you to Pulse, a virtual reality musical instrument platform for the future that makes it possible for you to discover and play any musical instrument with a simple app and cloud library. Nowadays, we can enjoy mobile access to our favourite music and games anywhere, so why not with musical instruments? Pulse is a single controller that allows you to play music in a oneclick app. This device adds a third dimension to bringing a new emotion to music making, a

revolutionary 3D experience at your fingertips. Pulse is equipped with an advanced 3D sensor. This technology is available today, but it is more sensitive and more intelligent compared to any 3D game controller. Pulse features a generous high-res 3D space, enough of a surface for twohanded interaction. The sensor is able to track any object in 3D and at full speed. It analyses your movements instantly from a position in space, rotations, impacts with velocity, pressure, friction on its surface, or hits in the air. The ability to recognise hand gestures and objects allows you to enjoy a realistic and creative way of controlling sound. Download the Titan Reality App to turn this device into a new instrument or a piece of audio gear. You can get access to thousands of virtual musical instruments; Pulse would instantly become a DJ deck, hand percussion, keyboard, 3D controller sound, harp, drum, guitar, electronic sounds, and much more.

technology. It has been designed and developed to stand out from the crowd. Thermal technology in a phone would be highly functional for a wide variety of cases. The Cat S60 is also extremely robust and tough, an excellent rugged smartphone, it exceeds military specs. This smartphone is built to withstand dropping it onto concrete from up to 1.8 metres; it is dustproof as well as waterproof. The super-bright display can be viewed even under bright sunlight, while the touchscreen can be controlled with wet fingers or while wearing gloves.

The Skypak La Barrique Edition is a specially designed trolley made with an old wine barrel. An old oak barrel protects the wine so that it can take its time to mature for several years. After this barrel has done its work, it can also be a perfect object for another use, such as a nice covering for modern wine trolleys or coolers. These barrels are robust and due to their rolling system, they are pretty flexible. Thanks to these wine barrels, the La Barrique Edition trolleys feature a warm wood character, making it visually appealing. The wine barrel was given a second life by Skypak. The staves of Barrique are attached to the original airplane trolleys along with the precocious handcrafted work. The cool thing is, that the oak wood still emits a gentle red wine perfume that can inspire your senses.

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spotting moisture, identifying overheated electrical appliances and circuitry, and also being able to see in complete darkness. Invisible to the naked eye, the thermal camera can visualise heat and highlights any temperature contrasts for you. It picks up heat and measures surface temperatures from a distance of up to 50 to 100 feet, you can see through obstructions such as smoke, which makes this phone a nice tool for utility workers, emergency responders, or outdoor sports enthusiasts. The Cat S60 smartphone is waterproof up to 5-meter depths for about an hour; you can use it as an underwater camera, thereby pushing the boundaries of mobile

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Automatic Wine Preserver How to keep an open bottle of wine fresh? Well, some people use a rubber cork, while others use a vacuum pump. Elliot Cohen has designed an automatic wine preserver to pump the air out of an opened bottle of wine. All you need to do is insert this device into an opened bottle of wine, secure the preserver, and then the vacuum will remove the excess air automatically. It is important for Elliot to feature this device in an aesthetic way and with that in mind, he designed the wine preserver with a merlottinted base that subtly highlights the vacuum stopper.

Designer: Elliot Cohen for Brookstone

Cosmos: timeless, magnetic, wooden toys Cosmos is the latest project from Huzi Design after previous successful projects (dram car, mixed animals, and infinity pillow); this company brings you a set of magnetic wooden blocks for explorers of all ages. These simple wooden toys can inspire exploration and creative play, the kind of toy that brings meaning and quality where children and grownups can play together. Snap, explore and create. This toy consists of magnetic interchangeable pieces; you can construct rockets, spacecraft’s, or multi-stage rockets, a satellite, a Hubble space telescope, or even a UFO saucer. Introducing science in a fun way to children, you can play together to form different space objects. Each piece is cleverly designed and carefully crafted, the patented magnets pop up to snap together, it is designed to function just like real world locking mechanisms. Cosmos

Yamaha MT-10 Motorcycle is claimed to be the most powerful MT yet Yamaha has introduced the MT-10 Motorcycle. It offers you power, torque, and agility, it is by far the most powerful MT ever created. Yamaha explains that this model has been tuned for more low and mid-range torque, giving you serious power with corner-carving precision. Featuring a 998cc cross plane engine that is tuned for extra low to mid range torque, combined with a lightweight ultra-short wheelbase aluminum Deltabox chassis, MT-10 provides you ultimate power with class leading agility and total control. The ergonomic body design allows for a natural riding position. The engine features new intake, exhaust, and fueling systems that support its strong low to mid range performance. It also has uneven 270° – 180° – 90° – 180° firing sequence to deliver linear torque with instant response and precise control.

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Enhanced indexation delivers attractive returns to equity investors E

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Fazila joined Prescient in September 2011 as a portfolio manager and analyst and soon thereafter took over as lead manager on the Global Growth Fund. In 2012, Fazila also took over as manager on the SA Equity Active, Equity Income and Specialist Index (including environmentally friendly) Portfolios. She is responsible for the day to day portfolio management as well as equity and market research. Fazila completed her BSc in Mathematical statistics in 2002, followed by a post graduate managerial and actuarial science course at UCT. She is currently busy with her CFA qualification.

effort to reduce their active equity risk. Conversely it is also applicable to investors with a large allocation to passive strategies who want to generate returns greater than a purely passive equity allocation,” said Manjoo. The trend towards enhanced index funds has also seen Prescient create

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WELCOME ABOARD BEM-VINDO A BORDO WILLKOMMEN AN BORD

ENGLISH

PORTUGUESE

GERMAN

Thank you for choosing Air Namibia. We will do everything to ensure you have a pleasant flight. If you need assistance, please ask any of our cabin attendants.

Obrigado por ter escolhido voar com a Air Namibia. Nós prometemos fazer tudo o que podermos para garantir que você tenha um vôo agradável. Se você tiver alguma dúvida ou precisar de ajuda, não hesite em pedir a qualquer um dos nossos assistentes de cabine por favor.

Danke, dass Sie sich dafür entschieden haben mit Air Namibia zu fliegen. Wir werden alles tun um Ihnen den Flug so angenehm wie möglich zu gestalten. Wenn Sie Fragen haben oder Hilfe benötigen, wenden Sie sich bitte an einen unserer Flugbegleiter oder Flugbegleiterinnen.

Our highly trained cabin attendants are at your service on all our flights, for your safety and comfort.

Todos os nossos voos são servidos por assistentes de cabine altamente profissionais. Eles estão à sua disposição em todos os momentos para fazer o seu voo mais confortável.

Unser versiertes Flugpersonal steht Ihnen während des Fluges jederzeit zur Verfügung. Für Ihre Sicherheit und Bequemlichkeit sind Sie bei unserer Crew in besten Händen.

We carry first-aid kits on all our flights, should a passenger need assistance for minor conditions.

Existe um kit de primeiros socorros a bordo de nossos voos, e se os passageiros precisarem de gotas para os olhos ou medicamentos para dores de cabeça, náuseas, azia ou qualquer outra condição relativamente menor. Faça mais perguntas sobre os nossos serviços especiais ao fazer reserva

Eine medizinische Erstversorgung ist auf allen unseren Flügen sicher gestellt. Eine Erste-Hilfe-Ausrüstung befindet sich immer an Bord.

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

Por favor, leia o folheto de segurança no bolso do assento à sua frente e observe a sua saída de emergência mais próxima. Nos voos superiores a três horas (voos de longo curso), recomendamos que você revise o conteúdo do panfleto de segurança novamente.

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

Life vests are stored under Por favor, tome nota que o colete salva-vidas está Ihre Schwimmweste befindet sich unter your seat. Only use them localizado embaixo do seu assento. O assistente de Ihrem Sitz. Bitte benutzen Sie diese nur auf as demonstrate, and only cabine vai demonstrar quando e como usar o colete Anweisung der Flugbegleiter/-innen. when instructed by the cabin salva-vidas em caso de emergência attendants. Smoking is prohibited on all Air De acordo com a lei da aviação é proibido fumar em Auf allen Air Namibia Flügen gilt ein Namibia flights. todos os voos da Air Namibia, isso inclui fumar quaisquer absolutes Rauchverbot. dispositivos artificiais ou cigarro, como e/ou cigarros eletrônicos. Só é permitido fumar em áreas designadas no edifício do terminal dos aeroportos.

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Seats must be in the upright position during take-off and landing. For your own safety, you are required to fasten your seat belt whenever the seat belt sign is illuminated and we recommend that you keep your belt fastened throughout the flight.

Para a descolagem e aterragem, todos os assentos devem estar na posição vertical. Por favor, tome nota que os assentos nas linhas de saída de emergência não reclinam. Por favor, apertem o cinto de segurança sempre que o sinal do cinto de segurança se acende. Para sua segurança, recomendamos que você o mantenha apertado durante todo o vôo.

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

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

Uma refeição quente ou um lanche é servido em todos os nossos vôos. Alimentação-Special ou refeições vegetarianas estão disponíveis mediante solicitação no momento da reserva. Nós oferecemos uma grande variedade de bebidas.

Auf unseren Flügen werden Mahlzeiten und Getränke serviert. Diätische oder vegetarische Mahlzeiten können bei der Flugbuchung angefragt werden


ENGLISH We carry an extensive range of duty free products at competitive prices on selected flights. Please refer to our catalogue for details.

PORTUGUESE

GERMAN

Nós carregamos uma grande variedade de produtos com isenção de direitos a preços competitivos. Por favor, consulte o catálogo no bolso em frente do seu assento.

An Bord ist ein umfangreiches Sortiment an Duty-Free-Produkten zu attraktiven Preisen erhältlich. Informationen hierzu entnehmen Sie bitte unserem Duty-FreeKatalog.

Audio and visual entertainment Programas de entretenimento de áudio e vídeo estão Audio- und Videoprogramme sind an Bord programmes are available on disponíveis nos nossos voos de longo curso e de médio unserer Airbus A330 und A319 Maschinen flights operated using our A330 curso verfügbar. and A319 aircraft. Our A319 and ERJ 135 aircraft Alguns dos nossos aviões têm saídas de ar individuais, have individual air vents which que podem ser ajustados para fornecer um fluxo de ar. can be adjusted to provide a refreshing stream of air.

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

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

Um den Gesundheitsvorschriften einiger Länder zu entsprechen, muss die Flugzeugkabine mit einem für den Menschen unbedenklichen Spray behandelt werden. Wir empfehlen dennoch, die Atemwege durch Vorhalten eines Taschentuchs zu schützen.

Should you travel with a baby Se você viajar com um bebê, recomendamos que você we recommend you request a reserve o seu voo mais cedo e não se esqueça de pedir bassinet especially on the long- um berço especialmente nos voos de longo curso haul flights.

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

Please do not place any luggage Por favor note que no assento da saída de emergência é under seats at the emergency proibido colocar bagagem de mão debaixo dos assentos. exit seat. Excesso de bagagem de mão será colocada no porão Para garantir uma gestão eficiente e minimizar os danos, Carry-on luggage should be certifique-se que os artigos não pesam mais de 32 kg. stored in the overhead stowage. Certifique-se de etiquetar sua bagagem e garantir que devidamente bloqueado.

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

Health regulations in some countries require that the aircraft cabin must be sprayed. The spray is harmless, but if you think it might affect you, cover your nose and mouth with a handkerchief.

We suggest that passengers do stretching exercises, and move during the flight to improve blood circulation.

Handgepäck ist in den Gepäckfächern über Ihrem Sitz zu verstauen.

Exercício durante a espera para o banheiro. Esta é uma Versuchen Sie, sich während des Fluges boa oportunidade para se esticar e se mover enquanto möglichst oft zu strecken und zu bewegen. So wird Ihr Kreislauf angeregt. em pé na fila. Beba muita água durante todo o vôo Use roupas folgadas, confortáveis para que você se possa descolar facilmente Use sapatos confortáveis, macios para que você possa deslizar ou descalçar facilmente Leve apenas um pequeno saco como bagagem de mão, assim você não precisa de sobre-carregar seus pés e restringir o seu espaço para as pernas

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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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Our Frequent Flyer Programme Air Namibia’s Frequent Flyer Programme is called “Reward$”. Becoming a member enables you to earn valuable miles from all your travels with Air Namibia. These miles can be used to buy tickets, pay for upgrades to business class and pay for excess baggage. Miles are transferable between members and can also be used to purchase tickets for persons other than the member. Joining is absolutely free, PLUS you get up to 500 complimentary miles upon successful subscription. For more specifics on the programme, please refer to the appropriate topic below.

Registration

Electronic Bonus

You can register online by visiting our website: www.airnamibia.com.na, or at any Air Namibia ticket office. You will receive a membership pack, including your permanent card, 2-3 weeks after your first flight after registration.

An Electronic Bonus of 300 miles will be allocated to the member on first activity if the member has registered online and selected his communication preference to be e-mail.

Miles Expiry

Miles are valid for five (5) years after the year in which they were earned. Miles due to expire will always be reflected on your Mileage Summary.

Activation Rules

A membership account will automatically be activated after the first flight and successful completion of registration.

Missing Miles

Enrolment Bonus

If your Miles are not credited for any reason, they can be promptly credited provided the relevant documentation is submitted. It is essential to keep all the relevant documentation including original boarding passes and copies of airline tickets. Members can also claim missing miles online by entering the e-ticket number without the airline code “186”, or contact our Call Center for assistance.

Enrolment Bonus is 500 miles. Enrolment bonuses are allocated to the member’s account on the first activity after registration.

Spending Miles

Corporate Clients

For more information visit:

Air Namibia has also introduced the

www.airnamibia.com.na. If you do not

Corporate Client component to the

have enough miles for a free ticket, you

Reward$

can purchase miles in batches of 1000

For more information on the Corporate

Programme.

Corporate

Management

enables

companies

miles at N$220 – this is only applicable

to

miles

if you have 50% or more of the value of

employees. Members can accumulate

the Award ticket available. Award tickets

miles in both corporate as well as personal

are valid for 12 months from the date of

accounts, depending on directives from

issue and are processed and issued after

their corporate head.

payment of Airport taxes is received.

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accumulate

through

their

Client enrollment, please contact our Call Centre at Tel: +264 61 2996111/6333/6444 or Call.Center@airnamibia.aero

Very Important Note:

Members need to fly once after registration in order to activate their accounts and before miles can be used to redeem tickets, request upgrades or to transfer miles from his/her account to another member’s account.

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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 000l

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 860l

Number of Aircraft

4

Length(m)

26.33

Height (m)

6.76

Maximum Passengers

37

Wing Span (m)

20.04

Maximum Fuel Capacity

4 198l

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 allowance, with maximum weight of 7 kg 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 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

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Schedule 02 July to 03 September 2016 ( ALL times local) 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

05:30+1

SW 286/703

Frankfurt

Cape Town (via Windhoek)

Daily

20:10

09:55+1

SW 286/723

Frankfurt

Johannesburg (via Windhoek)

Daily

20:10

09:55+1

SW 285

Windhoek

Frankfurt

Daily

20:35

07:55+1

Flight No SW 704

From Cape Town

To

Days

Departure Arrival

Windhoek

Daily

10:45

11:55

SW 708

Cape Town

Windhoek

Daily

17:00

18:10

SW 708

Cape Town

Frankfurt (via Windhoek)

Daily

17:00

07:55+1

Regional

SW 714

Cape Town

Walvis Bay

Daily

15:00

16:15

SW 374

Harare

Lusaka

Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun

15:00

16:00

SW 374

Harare

Windhoek (via Lusaka)

Mon, Wen, Fri, Sun

15:00

18:00

SW 722

Johannesburg

Windhoek

Daily

06:40

07:45

SW 724

Johannesburg

Windhoek

Daily

12:10

13:15

SW 728

Johannesburg

Windhoek

Daily

18:20

19:25

SW 728

Johannesburg

Frankfurt (via Windhoek)

Daily

18:20

07:55+1

SW 730

Johannesburg

Walvis Bay

Mon,Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sun

08:30

10:00

SW 730

Johannesburg

Walvis Bay

Sat

08:25

09:55

SW 304

Luanda

Windhoek

Daily

12:15

14:45

SW 373

Lusaka

Harare

Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun

12:25

13:20

SW 374

Lusaka

Windhoek

Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun

16:40

18:00

SW 403

Maun

Windhoek (via Victoria Falls)

Mon, Wed

11:05

13:10

SW 406

Maun

Windhoek

Fri, Sun

18:25

18:40

SW 404

Victoria Falls

Windhoek

Mon, Wed

12:30

13:10

SW 405

Victoria Falls

Windhoek (via Maun)

Fri, Sun

16:55

18:40

SW 303

Windhoek

Luanda

Daily

08:35

11:15

SW 373

Windhoek

Lusaka

Mon, Wen, Fri, Sun

08:30

11:45

SW 373

Windhoek

Harare ( via Lusaka)

Mon, Wen, Fri, Sun

08:30

13:20

SW 403

Windhoek

Maun

Mon, Wed

08:15

10:30

SW 403

Windhoek

Victoria Falls (via Maun)

Mon, Wed

08:15

11:50

SW 405

Windhoek

Victoria Falls

Fri, Sun

13:50

16:26

SW 405

Windhoek

Maun (via Victoria Falls)

Fri, Sun

13:50

17:40

SW 703

Windhoek

Cape Town

Daily

06:55

09:55

SW 707

Windhoek

Cape Town

Daily

12:55

15:55

SW 723

Windhoek

Johannesburg

Daily

07:10

09:55

SW 727

Windhoek

Johannesburg

Daily

13:55

16:40

SW 729

Windhoek

Johannesburg

Daily

16:35

19:20

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Domestic Flight No

From

To

SW 101

Eros

Ondangwa

SW 103 Flight No SW 105 SW 101 SW 107 SW 103 SW 125 SW 105 SW 125 SW 107 SW 127 SW 125 SW 127 SW 125 SW 143 SW 127 SW 143 SW 127 SW 146 SW 143 SW 126 SW 143 SW 127 SW 146 SW 127 SW 126 SW 127 SW 127 SW 125 SW 127 SW 128 SW 127 SW 144 SW 125 SW 145 SW 128 SW 145 SW 144 SW 102 SW 145 SW 104 SW 145 SW 106 SW 102 SW 108 SW 104 SW 166 SW 106 SW 713 SW 108 SW 737 SW 166 SW 737 SW 713 SW 143 SW 737 SW 143 SW 737 SW 145 SW 143 SW 145 SW 143 SW 165 SW 145

Eros From Eros Eros Eros Eros Eros Eros Eros Eros Eros Eros Eros Eros Luderitz Eros Luderitz Eros Luderitz Luderitz Katima Mulilo Luderitz Katima Mulilo Luderitz Katima Mulilo Katima Mulilo Rundu Katima Mulilo Rundu Katima Mulilo Rundu Rundu Oranjemund Rundu Oranjemund Rundu Oranjemund Oranjemund Ondangwa Oranjemund Ondangwa Oranjemund Ondangwa Ondangwa Ondangwa Ondangwa Walvis Bay Ondangwa Walvis Bay Ondangwa Walvis Bay Walvis Bay Walvis Bay Walvis Bay Windhoek Walvis Bay Windhoek Walvis Bay Windhoek Windhoek Windhoek Windhoek Windhoek Windhoek

Ondangwa To Ondangwa Ondangwa Ondangwa Ondangwa Rundu Ondangwa Katima Mulilo (via Rundu) Ondangwa Katima Mulilo Rundu Rundu (via Katima Mulilo) Katima Mulilo (via Rundu) Oranjemund Katima Mulilo Windhoek(via Oranjemund) Rundu (via Katima Mulilo) Windhoek Oranjemund Eros Windhoek(via Oranjemund) Rundu Windhoek Eros (via Rundu) Eros Katima Mulilo Rundu Eros (via Katima Mulilo) Eros (via Rundu) Eros Katima Mulilo Windhoek Eros (via Katima Mulilo) Luderitz Eros Windhoek (vai Luderitz) Windhoek Eros Luderitz Eros Windhoek (vai Luderitz) Eros Eros Eros Eros Windhoek Eros Cape Town Eros Johannesburg Windhoek Johannesburg Cape Town Luderitz Johannesburg Oranjemund (via Luderitz) Johannesburg Oranjemund Luderitz Luderitz(via Oranjemund) Oranjemund (via Luderitz) Walvis Bay Oranjemund

SW 145

Windhoek

Luderitz(via Oranjemund)

Wed, Sun

11:50

14:10

SW 165

Windhoek

Walvis Bay

Daily

10:00

10:40

Domestic

Days

Departure Arrival

Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sun

07:00

08:00

Tue, Thu Days Sat, Sun Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sun Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri Tue, Thu Mon, Fri Sat, Sun Mon, Fri Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri Wed, Sun Mon, Fri Wed, Sun Mon, Fri Mon, Fri Wed, Sun Mon, Fri Wed, Sun Wed, Sun Mon, Fri Mon, Fri Mon, Fri Wed, Sun Wed, Sun Wed, Sun Mon, Fri Mon, Fri Wed, Sun Mon, Fri Wed, Sun Wed, Sun Mon, Fri Mon, Fri Mon, Fri Wed, Sun Wed, Sun Wed, Sun Mon, Fri Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sun Wed, Sun Tue, Thu Wed, Sun Sat, Sun Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sun Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri Tue, Thu Daily Sat, Sun Daily Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri Mon, Tue, Wen, Thu, Fri Daily Sat, Sun Daily Mon, Fri Mon, Tue, Wen, Thu, Fri Mon, Fri Sat, Sun Wed, Sun Mon, Fri Wed, Sun Mon, Fri Daily Wed, Sun

11:00 Departure 15:55 07:00 17:00 11:00 10:15 15:55 10:15 17:00 10:15 10:15 10:15 10:15 13:20 10:15 13:20 10:15 14:40 13:20 13:25 13:20 12:30 14:40 12:30 13:25 11:40 12:30 11:40 12:30 13:50 11:40 14:25 11:40 13:35 13:50 13:35 14:25 08:30 13:35 12:30 13:35 17:25 08:30 18:30 12:30 10:30 17:25 11:10 18:30 17:00 10:30 16:45 11:10 11:50 17:00 11:50 16:45 11:50 11:50 11:50 11:50 10:00 11:50

12:00 Arrival 16:55 08:00 18:00 12:00 11:20 16:55 12:40 18:00 11:45 11:20 13:30 12:40 13:55 11:45 15:40 13:30 15:40 13:55 15:05 15:40 13:30 15:40 14:55 15:05 12:40 13:30 15:05 14:55 14:55 12:40 15:40 15:05 14:10 14:55 15:40 15:40 09:40 14:10 13:30 15:40 18:25 09:40 19:30 13:30 11:10 18:25 14:15 19:30 20:10 11:10 19:55 14:15 12:50 20:10 13:55 19:55 13:05 12:50 14:10 13:55 10:40 13:05

Winner of the 2015 Feather Award - Best Regional Airline operating into and from O.R.Tambo International airport for the 9th time since 2004. At air Namibia we are on this quest to continue serving our purpose of providing the best air transport service in the safest manner, with consistency and reliability. Winner of the 2015 Feather Award - Best Regional Airline operating into and from O.R.Tambo International airport for the 9th time since 2004. At air Namibia we are on this quest to continue serving our purpose of providing the best air transport service in the safest manner, with consistency and reliability.

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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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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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