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FLAMINGO

Flamingo is published by Media Nova Namibia www.media-namibia.com ISSN: 2026-7924 Publisher Mynard Slabbert Contributors • Anne Schauffer • Burger Canes • Euan Wilson • Fernando Krasovitzky • Heiko Hornung • James Siddall • Lorraine Loots • Mark Pettipher • Meyer Coetzee • Norman Carr Safaris • Phil Ruimte • Ron Swilling • The Roving Ambassador • tuvie.com • www. thebookoflife.org

In this month’s Flamingo February 2016

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Visitors’ Filo Facts Useful and interesting information on Namibia.

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Air Namibia Information

Travel information, Frequent Flyer Information, Cargo Service, Destination Map and Fleet Information.

16 Inspiring creativity, instilling pride

At age 19, James Mitchell founded Orkidstudio. He has strong reasons why he doesn’t like to call it an architectural practice, and he chatted to Flamingo about work he and his team has done and is doing in Africa.

24 My story My story is one of tragedy followed by good fortune. It is the story of death giving birth to life and of the power of photography to make it happen.

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32 Distinguished craftsmanship

Father and son team, Manfred and Barry Burger, have a worldwide reputation of ‘distinguished craftsmanship’ for their custom canes. For those collectors globally who own their quality sword canes – or dream of doing so – their work is considered as functional art.

38 For the love of bike Camp under the stars, spot elephant and rhino, biking across Africa’s richest plains. 46 365 Paintings For Ants Meet Lorraine Loots. Flamingo did, and had a chance to quiz her extensively on why and how she achieves her minute, intricate, exquisite little watercolour paintings. 54 The EQ Office How’s your office EQ? If it’s not something to which you’ve paid much attention, you may want to think again... 60 Motoring James Siddall on New Models round up, RAV 4 reloaded, Audi-licious! and The Bakkie that can. 76 Meet Marlena the mistress of MÁRÀ Flamingo finds a gem of jewellery designer right on its doorstep. The MÁRÀ collection is designed by, and partially hand made by Danish designer and stylist Marlena Gronnegard.

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90 Nihiwatu Resort - Sumba Island Discover one of the world’s Gold Listed Resorts! 98 Wild & Free ‘There’s something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.’ – Sir Winston Churchill. 108 An Empty Coast Flamingo spent five minutes with Tony Park, author of An Empty Coast. 110 Sci Tech Gadgets, gizmos, concepts and utter innovation.

Disclaimer All material is strictly copyrighted. All rights are reserved. Reproduction in whole or part is prohibited without prior written permission from the publisher. Opinions expressed in Flamingo are not necessarily those of Air Namibia.

118 High Humour Time for a smile while you are high above the clouds. 124 Entertainment Try your hand at Sudoku - easy, medium and hard. 126 Air Namibia’s Flight Schedule Plan your next trip on your favourite airline.

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We would like you to feel at home whenever you travel with our airline. Adv. Mandi Ellaine P. Samson Acting Managing Director

Dear Esteemed Passengers, Traditionally, the month of February is celebrated internationally as a month of “LOVE”. Being an international airline, Air Namibia will be joining the whole world in celebrating the power of love, and this will be our theme for the month. We embrace this special month through showing endearing love and appreciation to those who are dear and close to our hearts. As our loyal passengers, we wish to pause and show you that we deeply care about you and greatly appreciate your continued support. William Shakespeare wrote in one of his poems titled “Love’s Labour” that “When Love speaks the voice of all the Gods, makes heaven drowsy with the harmony”. With that in mind, as our most treasured passengers, we would like you to feel at home whenever you travel with our airline. There is no doubt, that we are your preferred carrier of choice and when flying with us, we would wish you to experience the love and harmony which is synonymous with the Namibian tradition of service excellence.

Excellent service delivery is the only differentiator in this industry. We therefore wish to commend and pay special tribute to all the Air Namibia employees who are part of making sure that passengers enjoy the “Air Namibia Experience.” A special word however needs to be said about our crew, (both cabin and cockpit crew) as well as the ground staff, during this month of articulating love and showing appreciation. We have entrusted the crew and ground staff, who are indeed the “public face” of the airline, with the responsibility of providing personal services to you to ensure your safety and comfort whilst on board our aircraft. We recognise their efforts which ensure that each journey travelled with us is a pleasurable event. Thank you for flying Air Namibia. We promise to do everything we can to ensure that you have an enjoyable flight. If you have any queries or need assistance, please feel free to ask one of our cabin crew members. We look forward to welcome you on board again soon.

Our dedicated crew and staff are always prepared to offer you a great service, to ensure you enjoy comfort and are relaxed when you are travelling with Air Namibia.

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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.

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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ABZ - Aberdeen, United Kingdom | Aberdeen Dyce Airport AMS - Amsterdam, Netherlands | Amsterdam Schiphol Airport ARN - Stockholm, Sweden | Stockholm-Arlanda Airport ATH - Athens, Greece | Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport BCN- Barcelona, Spain | Barcelona International Airport BGO - Bergen, Norway | Bergen Flesland Airport BHX - Birmingham, United Kingdom | Birmingham International Airport BIO - Bilbao, Spain | Bilbao Airport BLL - Billund, Denmark | Billund Airport BLQ - Bologna, Italy | Bologna / Borgo Panigale Airport BRE - Bremen, Germany | Bremen Airport BRU - Brussels, Belgium | Brussels Airport BUD - Budapest, Hungary | Budapest Liszt Ferenc International Airport CDG - Paris, France | Charles de Gaulle International Airport CPH - Copenhagen, Denmark | Copenhagen Kastrup Airport DME- Moscow, Russia | Domodedovo International Airport DRS - Dresden, Germany | Dresden Airport DUB - Dublin, Ireland | Dublin Airport DUS - Dusseldorf, Germany | Dusseldorf International Airport EDI - Edinburgh, United Kingdom | Edingburgh Airport FAO - Faro, Portugal | Faro Airport FCO - Rome, Italy | Leonardo Da Vinci (Fiumicino) International Airport FMO - Muenster, Germany | Muenster Osnabrueck Airport FRA - Frankfurt, Germany | Frankfurt International Airport GOJ - Nizhny Novgorod, Russia | Nizhny Novgorod International Airport GOT - Gothenburg, Sweden | Gothenburg-Landvetter Airport GRZ - Graz, Austria | Graz Airport GVA - Geneva, Switzerland | Geneva Cointrin International HAJ - Hannover, Germany | Hannover Airport HAM - Hamburg, Germany | Hamburg Airport HEL - Helsinki, Finland | Helsinki Vantaa Airport IST - Istanbul, Turkey | Ataturk International Airport KBP - Kiev, Ukraine | Boryspil International Airport KRK - Krakow, Poland | John Paul II International Kraków-Balice Airport KTW - Katowice, Poland | Katowice International Airport

KUF - Samara, Russia | Kurumoch International Airport LCA - Larnaca, Cyprus | Larnaca International Airport LED - St. Petersburg, Russia | Pulkovo Airport LEJ - Leipzig, Germany | Leipzig Halle Airport LHR - London, United Kingdom | London Heathrow Airport LIN - Milan, Italy | Linate Airport LIS - Lisbon, Portugal | Lisbon Portela LYS - Lyon, France | Lyon Saint-Exupéry MAD - Madrid, Spain | Madrid Barajas International MAN - Manchester, United Kingdom | Manchester Airport MLA - Luqa, Malta | Luqa Airport MUC - Munich, Germany | Franz Josef Strauss International Airport MXP - Milan, Italy | Malpensa International Airport NAP - Napoli, Italy | Nápoli / Capodichino International Airport NCE - Nice, France | Nice-Côte d’Azur NUE - Nuremberg, Germany | Nuremberg Airport OPO - Porto, Portugal | Francisco de Sá Carneiro OSL - Oslo, Norway | Oslo Gardermoen Airport POZ - Poznan, Poland | Poznan-Lawica Airport PRG - Prague, Czech Republic | Ruzyn International Airport RIX - Riga, Latvia | Riga International Airport SOF STR - Stuttgart, Germany | Stuttgart Airport SVG - Stavanger, Norway | Stavanger Sola Airport TLL - Tallinn, Estonia | Tallinn Airport TLS - Toulouse, France | Toulouse-Blagnac Airport TRN - Torino, Italy | Torino / Caselle International Airport TXL - Berlin, Germany | Berlin-Tegel International Airport VCE - Venice, Italy | Venezia / Tessera - Marco Polo Airport VIE - Vienna, Austria | Vienna International Airport VKO - Moscow, Russia | Vnukovo International Airport VNO - Vilnius, Lithuania | Vilnius International Airport WAW - Warsaw, Poland |Warsaw Chopin Airport ZRH - Zurich, Switzerland | Zurich Airport

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Our Fleet Average Fleet Age: 7 years

Airbus A330-200 Business Class

Economy Class

Number of Aircraft

2

Length(m)

59

Height (m)

17,4

Cruising Speed

860 km/h

Maximum Passengers

244

Wing Span (m)

60.3

Maximum Fuel Capacity

138 000l

Maximum Take-off Weight

233 000 kg

Airbus A319 -100 Business Class

Economy Class

Number of Aircraft

4

Length(m)

33.84

Height (m)

11.76

Cruising Speed

820 km/h

Maximum Passengers

112

Wing Span (m)

34.09

Maximum Fuel Capacity

23 860l

Maximum Take-off Weight

70 000 kg

Number of Aircraft

4

Length(m)

26.33

Height (m)

6.76

Cruising Speed

820 km/h

Maximum Passengers

37

Wing Span (m)

20.04

Maximum Fuel Capacity

4 198l

Maximum Take-off Weight

19 000 kg

Embraer ERJ135 All Economy Class

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Baggage Guidelines

At Air Namibia we are committed to ensuring that our passengers are re-united with their luggage at end of their journey. Given the complexity of the environment in which we operate, passengers’ luggage often gets out of our control and care, (for brief moments when they are subjected to control and handling by various agencies.) It is for this reason we request passengers to check their luggage on point of arrival (immediately after collecting their bag) to ensure that bag was not tampered with; and to report any suspected losses immediately. We request passengers not to check-in valuable items, especially those that are susceptible to theft, such as cash, jewellery, electronic devices like mobile phones, watches, sunglasses, to mention a few. In line with International Industry Conventions on passenger baggage liability, Air Namibia cannot be held liable if these valuable items are pilfered from checked-in baggage. We encourage our passengers to lock or wrap their bags where possible.

Our rules pertaining to baggage include the following We offer our passengers a generous free hand baggage allowance, with maximum weight of 10kg each, and maximum size 55 x 38 x 20 cm; plus an overcoat, an umbrella, a walking stick, a ladies hand bag, a reasonable amount of reading material, and a laptop. We also allow a fully collapsible wheelchair and/or a pair of crutches as hand baggage.

Excess baggage fees on extra pieces of baggage carried, per bag up to 10 bags per passenger are Domestic routes Routes within Southern Africa Frankfurt route

US$ 100.00 per extra bag US$ 110.00 per extra bag US$ 200.00 per extra bag

Free allowance for checked in baggage

Airbus A330-200 Airbus A319-100 Embraer ERJ 135 operated flights operated flights Business: 2 pieces each weighing not more than 32 kg’s

Business: 2 pieces each weighing not more than 32 kg’s

Economy:1 piece weighing not more than 23 kg’s

Economy: 2 pieces each weighing not more than 23 kg’s

Applicable excess baggage fees on excess weight over the free baggage allowance per bag. Domestic routes Routes within Southern Africa

1 piece not exceeding 23 kg’s

Frankfurt route

US$ 100.00 per bag US$ 110.00 per bag US$ 200.00 per bag

• No item of checked in baggage may exceed 32 kilograms.

• For further information on sports, highly fragile items, and security guidelines, we recommend that you visit our website on www.airnamibia.com.na

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Photograph by Peter Dibdin

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Inspiring creativity, instilling pride At age 19, James Mitchell founded Orkidstudio. He has strong reasons why he doesn’t like to call it an architectural practice, and he chatted to Flamingo about work he and his team has done and is doing in Africa. By: Anne Schauffer

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Photograph by Peter Dibdin

Photograph by Peter Dibdin

Q

Tell us about you and your personal history and what led you to the type of ‘social’ architecture you’re working on now? I was 19 years old when I founded Orkidstudio, along with two fellow students (now no longer involved having pursued other career paths since) – we did it in response to the architectural education we were receiving and the profession as we saw it at that time. We found a frustration in those early formative years of study. Architectural projects seemed to relentlessly focus on one-off buildings for wealthy private clients

or

large-scale

public

works.

Architects, it seemed, rarely helped the poor and good design appeared to be a privilege rather than a benefit accessible to all. I

remember

reading

somewhere

towards the end of my first year of study that architects only designed around 10% of the buildings in the UK. Accurate or not, this figure shocked me. It made me wonder that if a country as

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Q

prosperous as the UK had such little

Tell us about the goals/aims/modus

input from design professionals, then

operandi of Orkidstudio – what/when was

what was it like elsewhere. Further

the first project and how did it come about?

digging led me to the understanding

Orkidstudio was established off the back

that architects help barely 1% of the

of that early project (Mukono Project,

world’s population. Again, the exact

https://orkidstudio.co.uk/projects/

statistic isn’t important, the reality

mukono/1/)

was that the profession I had entered

four key values:

and

was

founded

on

seemed destined to take me into service for society’s elite, an outcome

Inspire: The look or feel of a building

so far from my own aspirations to

and its ability to engage our senses, to

apply my knowledge and abilities to

inspire and excite, can have a significant

support people and communities.

impact on a community, instilling pride

After just two years of architectural

and promoting further development.

study, I embarked on an unsupported trip to Uganda where, along with

Equality: The design and construction

my two co-founders, we identified a

process

community on the outskirts of Kampala

help

in need of improved cooking facilities

tensions

for their local school, church and

marginalisation and prejudice.

can

break

promote down

stemming

equality

and

boundaries

and

from

injustice,

children’s home, all of whom shared a large plot of land surrounded by a

Empower: Promoting long-term social

sprawl of basic housing and winding

and economic development, we seek

dirt tracks. The trip was brilliantly

to create new enterprise opportunities

naïve. We knew less than we cared

and use the process of design and

to admit about building and had little

construction to empower people to take

more to offer than enthusiasm and some

control of their own development.

Photograph by Peter Dibdin

simple design ideas. Yet, this approach characterised

everything

that

would

follow in the years after. We became hugely reliant on the local community and tradesmen. We learned far more from them than we could have ever hoped to offer in return, and this understanding of the value in people and community has underpinned our work to date. I grew up in Scotland, near Glasgow, and studied in Wales, however, I had been fortunate enough to travel widely at a young age. My parents’ jobs involved plenty of travel and we often ended up in unexpected and far flung parts of the world. I think this early understanding of the world beyond my front doorstep certainly informed my later career and principles.

Photograph by Peter Dibdin

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Educate: Architecture is more than just the final product. We believe that the process of building can be used as a platform for exchanging skills and knowledge to develop new and innovative methods of construction, which respond better to climate and local economies. We also do not see ourselves as an architecture practice. At least half of our team comes from different backgrounds, ranging from international development, economics, programming, marketing and business. We see this as a hugely important and defining characteristic – architecture in low-income nations has become increasingly popular and ‘in vogue’ recently

build. Our aim is to work with people and

those we build for to sustain themselves,

with numerous students and practitioners

communities to explore opportunities

earn an income and grow their livelihoods.

turning their attentions to this kind of

for social and economic growth and

work. Yet, most architects forget that a

use this as a tool for improvement in

Can you choose one or two projects, and

building alone cannot solve social and

the built environment and provision of

tell us about them?

economic problems. For us, the building is

much-needed public infrastructure.

Hellen’s House, Nakuru, Kenya

Q

the vehicle for social and economic impact,

We also believe that charitable handouts

This project is part of a wider women’s

but it sits at the bottom of the list in terms

are not the way forward. We are registered

housing initiative that we are working

of importance – in many cases a building

as both a charity and a social enterprise

on in Kenya. Hellen has worked with

isn’t even necessary or appropriate, and

(profit reinvested into community) and also

us on a number of previous builds (incl.

thus not the solution at all.

strive to invest funds and work in a way that

Nakuru Project - https://orkidstudio.co.uk/

generates capital to support access to good

projects/nakuru/6/). She is a 32-year old

first

design and buildings for the poorest of the

single mother with eight children. She

understand people, culture, place, and

poor. We believe it’s important to create

has been badly abused by the two fathers

development before we can hope to

self-sufficient enterprise models and enable

of her children since the age of 11. She

We have built our work on an understanding

that

we

must

didn’t own her house or the land it sat on, and can’t earn enough to ever save and change her situation. Yet Hellen represents thousands of poor women living in Kenya all trapped in poverty. In a country where agriculture (livestock or crop farming) is the primary source of income and trade, land or livestock ownership is one of the most valuable assets you can obtain, offering security, subsistence and an opportunity to prosper. In March 2015, we purchased a plot of land and built Hellen’s House. The house was built from earthbags (a simple method of filling grain sacks with soil to form super-sized “bricks”) and cost Photograph by Odysseas Mourtzouchos

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around one third of the local equivalent.


Photograph by Peter Dibdin

Photograph by Peter Dibdin

Not only is the house significantly cheaper,

thousands, of houses for poor women

Any mentors or icons?

it is also higher quality and responds to

over the next five years and beyond.

We are inspired by others outside

Q

our profession, more than architects

the Kenyan climate far better – its heavy mass absorbs energy from the sun during

Swawou Project, Kenema, Sierra Leone

most of the time! Economists such as

the day and releases it slowly overnight,

We are busy building a girls’ school

Dambisa Moyo, for example, fascinate

helping regulate the internal temperature

in

Leone, however,

us. Most of all, we are inspired by the

and creates a comfortable living space.

construction was halted just under two

communities we work for. There is more

The value of Hellen’s land and house

years ago due to the Ebola outbreak.

we can learn from someone who has

was issued as a zero-rated loan by

Almost complete, the project employed

nothing than someone who has everything.

Orkidstudio, and includes egg-laying

over eighty men and women from the

chickens. Hellen is currently growing a

local community, mostly unskilled, and

What next? Any personal dreams/goals?

small business, selling eggs, and in just

provided training and knowledge in a

We’re keen to increase our impact through

seven months has more than doubled

range of construction techniques.

longer term work in the communities we’re

Kenema, Sierra

Q

declared

involved with, as well as taking on new

weekly payment. In just four year’s time

Ebola-free, construction is set to resume

projects to provide better buildings and

she will own her house and land, and

in January 2016.

design standards for African communities.

should have a thriving local business.

https://orkidstudio.co.uk/projects/

her income, and has met every single

To scale this initiative, Orkidstudio

With

the

country

now

We are starting to build research and expertise around the healthcare, education

swawou/5/

Q

and housing sectors and would like to work

plans to launch women’s dairy farming

cooperatives in Spring 2016 in Kenya.

What is it that drives you and your

across more African countries, working

The women will work to care for and milk

team, to design work of this nature?

with communities, larger organisations

the cows, and revenue generated from

We believe that creativity has the

and governments to deliver wider-reaching

the sale of milk will create a savings fund

power to inspire and instill pride

impact and improved building standards.

to build houses for each woman and her

within

family. The project will target the poorest

nationality or circumstance and our

of the poor, single mothers and women

aim is to explore the potential of

with a high number of dependents.

architecture as a tool for relieving

This

project

is

fully

funded

by

people

poverty,

regardless

transforming

in-country financial services and has

promoting

long

term

no reliance on foreign aid money. The

economic development.

of

race,

lives,

and

social

and

model has great growth potential and

Most importantly, we believe our

our vision is to build hundreds, if not

biggest aim is to empower local people.

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My story My story is one of tragedy followed by good fortune. It is the story of death giving birth to life and of the power of photography to make it happen. Words and Photographs by: Fernando Krasovitzky

I

had always considered myself a

and suddenly all my time and effort was

common man living a common life.

being redirected towards fighting a four-

Being the head of a business consulting

year long battle, which we sadly lost.

firm provided me with little time to pursue

She passed away in April 2013 leaving

some of my interests aside from work. I

me behind after ten years together.

was concentrated on growing my company and making a name in the industry.

My wife may have died physically but in many ways I died along with

However, I would eventually come

her. There are just no words to

to learn that life is always unpredictable

describe the pain and loneliness that

and that it only takes a split second for

I felt. I was lost and crippled. For

things to change forever. In December

several months I struggled to perform

2009 my wife was diagnosed with cancer

even the simplest daily activities and I

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could hardly find a reason to enjoy life

again. I

was

cruising

through

a storm and in desperate need of a safe harbour. Then, one morning, I woke up to an epic sunrise. Living in South Florida I was used to them but this one was special. I went out onto the balcony and felt the strong presence of my wife in that amazing scene. I snapped a picture with my phone and decided to share it with my friends on Facebook. The next day I was compelled to do the same. Soon after, I was capturing every sunrise and posting them on social media. People’s reactions were surprising and their positive comments lifted my spirit. A friend of mine suggested that I take my interest more seriously, so at 39 years of age I bought my first semi-pro DSLR and took a couple of lessons with a local photographer to learn the basics.

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I will never forget the very first time I pressed the shutter of my camera. Not because of the stunning sunrise that I was able to capture (beginner’s luck) but rather because of the unexpected effect it had on me. That press of the button ignited a flame in my heart. A flame which quickly became a wild fire that roared inside my soul. Photography not only became a much needed distraction, but it also helped me to express my feelings and my pain in a way that I felt comfortable with. At first, the subjects I decided to shoot and the titles I used for my images reflected the darkness that wandered in my life, but gradually my pictures started to show some hints of light and hope, a clear sign that my recovery was in process. I became obsessed and addicted to photography. My entire time was devoted to studying and learning as much as I

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could. For months I read every single

to recognise a new self. One who

book and magazine I could put my

understood the meaning of life a little

hands on and practiced daily whatever

better than before.

new technique I came across.

For my 40th birthday, I decided

As any photographer would attest,

to take a solo trip to Arches National

the camera teaches you to see your

Park, Utah. That November 20th 2013,

surroundings with new eyes and a

while shooting the sunrise at around

new mindset. Not only did I start to

5:30am, I was fortunate enough to

appreciate many things that I had

experience a one-in-a-lifetime moment:

taken for granted, but I also began to

complete and utter silence. In the

notice the beauty that had always been

middle of the desert, absent of even

there but somehow I had been blind

the slightest sound of civilisation or

to. Rain drops on a leaf, the reflection

nature, I was finally able to listen to

of clouds on the ocean, the subtle

my heart and decided to follow my

shades of green in a tree.

passion for photography in a more

I

started

travelling

to

National

Parks all across the US and abroad,

serious and professional manner. Landscapes

are

my

specialty,

spending countless days by myself,

although I also enjoy wildlife and

hiking, camping and photographing.

natural abstracts. The Atlantic ocean

Soon I experienced the mysterious

is my backyard so seascapes are

ways that nature has to heal hurting

a frequent subject; however, I am

souls. And while exploring in solitude

especially drawn to the mysticism and

the stunning and vast wilderness I also

energy of the desert. The American

probed deep into my soul. With every

Southwest is one of my favourite

click of my camera shutter I started

places to shoot.

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The days of my semi-pro camera are long gone. I now own several pro-cameras, a sturdy tripod and a wide array of pro-lenses but although they have helped me improve the sharpness and quality of my prints ten-fold, it’s my passion and not technology that drive my photography. My style is strongly influenced by the work of both classic and contemporary photographers. Art Wolfe, Joseph Rossbach and Alex Noriega are but three of the artists I most admire. I have no other goal than to add value to people’s lives by sharing images from the most beautiful and bizarre places around the world. To elicit strong emotions in those who view my photographs. To make them feel as if they are standing right there beside me. However, it is often said that photography should serve a higher purpose. If so, I wish to motivate people to go out and explore the natural world as I did. To connect with it in their own special way and to protect it, for our sake and that of future generations. I hope my story proves that it is never too late to find and pursue a passion. I also hope that it serves as an example of how life, while unpredictable and sometimes fierce, can always provide a second chance or, as I like to call it, a second life.

Fernando Krasovitzky is a nature and landscape photographer from Buenos Aires, Argentina, although he now calls Miami, Florida his home. He is passionate about the outdoors, backcountry camping and off-roading with his jeep. He is a single father who loves to spend time with his son and daughter ages 6 and 8, teaching them the art of photography in the hope that one day they can travel the world together capturing amazing places under perfect light.

Contact • Website: www.fernandokrasovitzky.com • Facebook: https://www.facebook. com/pages/FernandoKrasovitzky/309534462578944 • Instagram: https://instagram.com/fkrasovitzky/ • https://www.flickr.com/ photos/104267659@N08/ • https://500px.com/fkrasovitzky

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Distinguished craftsmanship Father and son team, Manfred and Barry Burger, have a worldwide reputation of ‘distinguished craftsmanship’ for their custom canes. For those collectors globally who own their quality sword canes – or dream of doing so – their work is considered as functional art. By: Anne Schauffer Photographs supplied by: Burger Canes

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produce a range of Sword Canes, Custom Canes, Custom Family Heirloom Canes, Country Canes and Hiking Staffs. To add to this heritage Fred’s youngest son Trevor also produces an exceptional range of Fine Folding/Pocket Knives, “pocket knife jewellery.”

The canes All canes are made in the age-old tradition of old-world craftsmanship with 90% of the work and detailed assembly being done by hand. Quizzed on whether the canes were weight bearing, Barry says, “Absolutely. All have been designed and hand built to be 100% functional walking sticks designed for everyday use.” The canes are available in a beautiful, strong and light weight tapered matte black or woven carbon composite shaft finish, with models and styles to suit all. From the entry level MK1 model with a poniard (four sided bayonet style blade)

T

urn back the clock to the early

bespoke

to

moving up to the top end and discreet

80s, when Manfred William Burger

detail and quality grew, and the brand

MK4 model with rapier style double

started custom knife making, as a hobby.

was soon sought after globally by both

edged blade and smooth crisp locking

He did however, have another goal.

collectors and the discerning public.

action with discreet internal release

He’d always been interested in sword

The

craftsmanship,

Burgers

work

attention

from

their

button, collars and seamless shaft.

canes and their history – they were

workshops in the hills overlooking

For the more outdoor enthusiast

found in Tutankhamun’s tomb - so he

the Indian Ocean in Kwazulu Natal in

they have the more robust County Cane

set out to build the perfect functional

South Africa. The father and son team,

and Hiker models, offering a light and

sword cane. He spent close on three decades

perfecting

the

design

and

art, and he’s considered the pioneer of the modern quality sword cane - Burger Custom Canes are considered the finest in the world. Manfred’s eldest son, Barry, also a qualified tool and die maker, joined the business. He says, “Metal work is in our blood - my great, great, great grandfather arrived from Lubeck in Germany to work for the Dutch East India Company in the Cape as a blacksmith in 1690.” The Burger

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for

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extremely strong shaft, multi surface

hand-turned

ferrule and the quick thread release

cast 925 Sterling silver in the same

locking action combined with their

style/design as the hand-cast nickel silver

popular rapier style double edged blade.

handle but cast in pure silver (not silver

The

canes

are

built

to

each

individual’s specified length.

Titanium;

and

hand-

plated), these handles offer the most user friendly and practical styles. Then

As a customer, you have certain

there’s the popular Pistol Grip range in

personal choices when it comes to

the Impala horn and unique Warthog

personalised custom hand engraving,

Tusk Ivory, and lastly, the Tee Handle

from simple initials or logo to the more

hand shaped out of Tamboti wood (more

detailed best grade hand engraving of

of an orthopedic style grip offering more

family crests with 24K gold inlay on the

comfort for weight bearing use).”

dome of the custom titanium handle. All

Burgers

also

offers

a

number

the unique designs and materials of the

of

bespoke handles are made in house.

example, the Titanium handle, which

“In

order

popularity

Custom

Handles,

for

and

offers a great platform for custom

practicality,” says Barry, “Ball and Flute

hand-engraving and 24K gold inlay

style handles are the most practical

work. On the dome of the 925 Sterling

and popular style, namely hand-turned

silver handle, you can have your initials

Tamboti (indigenous wood), hand-cast

hand engraved in deep relief style.

nickel

That’s just for starters – there are many

silver

of

unique

incorporating

pattern,

followed on by the more expensive

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For the love of bike Camp under the stars, spot elephant and rhino, biking across Africa’s richest plains. By: Euan Wilson

I

’m waiting at Windhoek airport for

I’m very excited about this trip:

the rest of my group of mountain

mountain biking across Namibia with

bike adventurers from all over the

a group of enthusiastic adventurers,

globe. Most of them will be stepping

spotting elephant, giraffe and zebra,

off a long-haul flight to South Africa,

and

and then a short two-hour flight to

dunes, endless horisons and some of

Namibia, to experience this mountain

the clearest skies in the world… it’s

bike safari destination.

going to be unforgettable!

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pedalling

among

huge

sand


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Once most of our riders have got

bikes and kit for a short afternoon ride

short time they’re rewarded as our local

through customs, we head for a coffee

around the farmland in search of our

guide Zieggy stops, pointing far into the

while we wait for the rest of our group

first animal encounters.

distance. “See that?” Everyone looks at

to arrive at the international airport.

The excitement in the group is

each other and says “Yes!” unanimously.

We set off on a short drive to our first

palpable, to the extent that every bush,

“That’s a kudu.” They’re all delighted to

night’s accommodation – a stunning

rock and hump in the earth is mistaken

have had their first glimpse of African

farmstead – where we settle in, have a

for some animal or another, much to

wildlife and can’t wait to find out what

siesta, tea and cake, then start organising

the amusement of the locals! But after a

else lies waiting for them.

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As it turns out, we would be seeing a lot of kudu throughout our time in Namibia, not only on the plains, but on our plates too! It is a staple on the barbecue, along with other local game meat. Our first night in Namibia together turns

out

to

be

a

truly

amazing

experience. The sky is completely clear, with stars from one horison to

the

walk

other. Wild through

the

game

animals

farm

within

touching distance, as we sit around our campfire and chat into the small hours, enjoying a couple of Windhoek beers. This is a great way to relax and

catch

up

on

each

day’s

sightings, rides and adventures and it becomes a ritual for our evenings together in Namibia. The next day is our full day of riding and adventure. We start with a hearty breakfast and then get straight into bike prep, throwing our overnight luggage into the vehicle, which will do the hard work for us, thankfully. We

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their lives, we set the bikes aside for a couple of days as we arrive at the world-famous Etosha National Park for some dedicated wildlife spotting. This is where our attention shifts to tracking the “Big Four” – lion, leopard, rhino, and elephant – and I can assure you there is a very high chance of you seeing these animals in their natural habitat. I could go into detail of the animals we saw and what they were doing at the time, but I feel that it would be doing an injustice to this spectacle of nature. You’ll just have to come and see for yourself; you won’t be disappointed. As we make our way back to Windhoek

and

our

last

night’s

accommodation, the vehicle is full of chatter and picture sharing. Everyone is finding it hard to believe what they have experienced and seen over the past eleven days. They’re not alone; I travel the world on amazing mountain find ourselves riding across wide open plains, through tight rocky escarpments and descending down long, flowing tracks, with a regular interruption of game-spotting – the land is truly teeming with wildlife! Each day is carefully planned out, with cycling being done during the cooler parts of the day, and eating, relaxing and any transfers done during the hottest hours. Our days take on a general pattern, and we all start to get into the flow of getting up, having a great breakfast, getting kit ready, riding through vast, breathtaking landscapes… all punctuated with eye watering local encounters, food and experiences, that will leave you wondering if the Namibians are the nicest nation in the world? After a week of pedalling across the country, seeing more wild animals and stars than most people have seen in

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bike adventure tours, and I am blown away by what Namibia has to offer: the

trails,

animals,

hospitality

and

unique accommodation at every turn; and it’s my home! This African adventure truly has something for everyone. You don’t need to be a great mountain biker to ride here, and if you are, you’ll still

have

the

most

unforgettable

experience on your bike, in this land of immense scenery, nature, culture and community. I can’t wait to come back to Namibia again…

Contact Euan Wilson, Director H+I Adventures, registered in Scotland Tel: +44 (0)14 632 31441 Toll free (US + Canada): 1-888-228-50-35 Website: www.mountainbikeworldwide.com Email: info@mountainbikeworldwide.com Skype: cat.handi

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365 Paintings for ants Meet Lorraine Loots. Flamingo did, and had a chance to quiz her extensively on why and how she achieves her minute, intricate, exquisite little watercolour paintings. Edited by: Anne Schauffer Photographs supplied by: Lorraine Loots

I

t’s hard to imagine the discipline

her life. She then moved to the Western

it takes to put aside everything

Cape, where she’s been ever since.

every day, for however long it takes to

Artistic to the core, Lorraine decided

produce something wonderful, creative

that she didn’t want to pursue a career

and very very tiny, 365 days a year. For

as an artist, but she didn’t want to

Lorraine Loots, the project began as

stop painting either. She devised a

one thing, and evolved into a whole

project where she spent an hour a day

lot of others.

creating something, and discovered that

Lorraine is 29 years old, was born in

the only thing she could complete in

Bloemfontein, and lived in the Kruger

that time frame, was a miniature... and

National Park for the first two years of

so 365 Paintings for Ants was born.

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Q

just started doing miniatures, people

What inspires your

would say: ‘Oh, that’s nice. But what

daily creations?

would you do with something that

At first, I would paint whatever I felt

small?’ I just started saying that they

like: everyday objects, or whatever I

were made for ants.’

came across that day. But as people

It goes without saying that Lorraine

started booking dates, they got excited

has a selective attention to detail: “At

about the prospect of being able to

times, my studio is so chaotic that I need

make suggestions for what would be

to clear a 12 x 12cm space on my desk

painted on their day, and I liked the

- amidst the pile of papers, paints, plants

idea of drawing inspiration from that.

and figurines - just to be able to work,

In 2014, I decided to structure it more

but I’d spend an hour erasing and

carefully,

rewriting a letter that’s a fraction of a

to Cape Town related themes and

millimeter too low/high/big/small.

accepting no less than five suggestions

When Lorraine first embarked on

limiting

the

suggestions

per date. This would ensure that I

this project, she was still working as a

could

production manager on photo shoots,

resonates with me, and at the same

but it soon became impossible to fit it all

time, prevent the project becoming

in: “I don’t have time for anything else

purely commission based. For 2015’s

anymore now, my little side project has

project, I decided to pick four of my

become a full-time job! The part of the

favourite themes and paint whatever

project that nobody sees - the admin is

I felt like on the day. I needed a

what takes up most of my time.”

bit more flexibility after two years of

And no matter how busy she is,

still

choose

something

that

non-stop painting.

she has to make time to do this... The second phase of the project, was

even if it means she’s up until four

... A different angle:

365 Postcards for Ants. So, how big

in the morning! And no, she doesn’t

2014’s project was a celebration of

are the paintings, and why are they

use a magnifying glass for these little

Cape Town: my home. 2013’s project

made for ants? She laughs, “The pages

watercolour paintings!

was much more personal - it started

I’m working on are about 10 x 10cm,

Flamingo asked her some probing

out with me just painting whatever

and the images themselves vary from

questions about the nitty gritty of her

I felt like on the day, but as people

8mm to 30mm in diametre. When I’d

work and life:

started booking sentimental dates, it

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Q

Q

became an attempt to capture a person/

Have you always painted

memory in a single picture/symbol

on such a small scale?

that most strongly represented them/it.

No,

detail.

Very, very rarely. It’s extremely strenuous

This year, I wanted to challenge people

Painting smaller pictures just allows

and time-consuming to complete just

to engage with their surroundings on

me to put in the amount of detail I

one. My eyes need to rest properly

a more intimate level - if you had to

want to (otherwise it would take me a

in between paintings.

squeeze Cape Town into a 3cm circle,

lifetime). I also love the intimacy of it

what would you put in there? It was a

- the fact that you have to get so close to

great adventure. This year, however,

the image to really appreciate it.

but

I’ve

always

Do you ever do more than one painting in a day?

loved

Q

I have allowed myself a little bit

How long does each piece,

more artistic freedom.

Q

on average, take to create?

Do you sell the works?

At first, I would have to paint them

Yes. The 2013 collection was sold out

in an hour or two, but now that it’s

(with all future dates booked out)

become a full-time job, I allow myself

by mid December 2013, and 2014’s

to indulge and will sometimes spend

collection was sold out in July 2014.

up to nine hours on one miniature. In

I also have limited edition prints, of the

general though, somehere between six

2013 and 2014 Retrospective Prints (large

and eight hours.

Q Q

posters containing all 365 miniatures

completed in that year), as well as a limited

How have others

edition retrospective book comprising

reacted to the project?

2013’s 365 paintings that are available.

The

(www.paintingsforants.com - except for

positive, overwhelming even.

response

has

been

immensely

the few remaining 2014 prints and postcards which are currently only

Are there ever days where

sold through www.lorraineloots.com).

it is difficult to work on this?

The 2014 Retrospective book was

Of course! I’ve been so sick that I was

released last October. The book will

only able to drag myself out of the bed

be unlimited (and therefore much

for the hour it takes to do the painting,

more affordable), and it will also

and its taken all my willpower. We lost a

be widely available.

close family member on the last day of being

2013’s project, the day before I was going

auctioned on Instagram, and a limited

to take on 2014. That was incredibly

edition of ten prints of each one will

hard. Life just goes on and sometimes

be released for sale at the culmination

you have to make big sacrifices if you

of the project.

want to stay committed.

2015’s

paintings

are

all

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Q Q

Q

Do you have a favourite

The best part of the project is…

Anything else you wish to add?

work of art?

That moment in the day where I finally

Initially, I thought of the project as a

Christina’s World by Andrew Wyeth.

get to sit down and paint.

massive challenge, like a marathon or something I am relieved to have

How long does it take to finish a

The worst part is…

survived. And it really was. But it also

print?

Trying to keep up with emails and admin.

became this meditative time; a quiet

Q

The original paintings takes me between

and almost sacred part of each day.

six to eight hours to complete on

Where do you work

And as the days went by and the end

average; the prints take much longer

– in a studio or outdoors?

came closer, I got sadder and sadder

actually. The originals are scanned

I have a little travelling painting kit so

thinking that I’d have to stop. And then

in, cleared of dust specks etc. on

as long as I have enough light, I can

I remembered - or realised, rather - that

Photoshop, PDF’s are sent to the printers,

work anywhere. I’ve painted in some

the project was mine, that I was the

and they are printed in Cape Town.

crazy places: a 26-hour bus trip, on

one who had made it all up in the first

Then I edition, sign, date, stamp, write

the floor of our room in Paris, and in

place and if I wanted to keep doing it, I

messages, package, and send them

the foothills of the Himalayas. But it’s

could. And so I did.

via registered mail.

nice to return to the comfort of my

Q

own desk. Up until now, I’ve been

How do you keep motivated?

working in coffee shops mostly, but

Some days are really hard. I think the

I just moved into a little studio with a

pressure of having to create something

friend and it’s been amazing having

for someone every single day, to put it

a designated space.

out there into the world, the idea of never having a day off, it all starts to affect you on a subconscious level. But the incredible feedback and the feeling of being one step closer to achieving a much bigger goal is what keeps me going. The reward is huge.

Contact Email: admin@lorraineloots.com Website: www.paintingsforants.com www.lorraineloots.com

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The EQ Office How’s your office EQ? If it’s not something to which you’ve paid much attention, you may want to think again... www.thebookoflife.org

O

ffices

exist

people

Issues that feel like they are intimate

percentiles would do better at work.

collaborate. But a lot goes wrong

and purely personal – like being

However, close up, we can now see that

in the attempt. Some of the hurdles are

too bossy or a poor listener – can be

whatever a person’s raw intellectual

procedural: meetings go on too long,

usefully and constructively addressed at

ability, their actual contribution at work

everyone talks at the same time, the

the level of an organisation’s habits and

is going to be hugely dependent on their

agenda isn’t right, there aren’t enough

practices. An ambitious organisation

degree of emotional maturity: their EQ.

white-boards,

or

can help people to do nothing less but

IQ is understood as something that

breakout spaces are meanly proportioned.

mature. It can put in place practices

doesn’t change all that much across a

But many more of the problems are

that help individuals to recognise and

life. EQ, on the contrary, can change

psychological in nature. People aren’t

deal with their emotional flaws (which,

dramatically. It’s built into the whole

collaborating well because there’s too

of course, everyone has in some way

idea of maturity that we’re capable

much defensiveness, irrational rivalry,

or another). That is a great contribution

of acquiring - though we tend to do

people-pleasing, negativity, bluster, over

to the development of each person,

so in unreliable and uneven ways. In

controlling behaviour, secret manoeuvring,

but it is also precisely focused on

the workplace, we can improve the

unfriendliness or not-listening.

improving

level of emotional maturity that we

or

to

the

help

windows

Trying to overcome these hurdles

how

efficiently

and

effectively people work together.

all attain. An organisation committed

is at one level a matter for every

For a long time, the idea of IQ

individual. But there are also office

– intelligence quotient – had currency

develop

wide solutions that companies can

in evaluating people. It sought to assess

and resolving areas of immaturity and

introduce

the

the level of a person’s logical and

failures of collaboration.

atmosphere among co-workers. We can

reasoning abilities. And to some degree

Here are a few steps to take

address personal issues in a political,

this was correlated with ‘employability’.

on the path to a more mature and

that is, collective and institutional, way.

The idea was that people in the upper

collaborative workspace:

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to

hugely

improve

to raising EQ sets out to help people emotionally, by

examining


Oshana

Omusati

Ohangwena Oshikoto

Kavango East

Zambezi Kavango West

Kunene NORED OPERATIONAL AREA

WELCOME ON BOARD

Mr Fillemon Ndina Nakashole Nored Electricity (Pty) Ltd announces the appointment of its new Chief Executive Officer, Mr Fillemon Ndina Nakashole. He was born at Oshigambo and matriculated at Oshigambo High School, Oshikoto Region. He thereafter obtained the following qualifications: • • • • •

Master’s Degree : Business Leadership : University of South Africa B Tech : Electrical Engineering - University of Johannesburg National Diploma : Electrical Engineering - Tshwane University of Technology Post Graduate Certificate : Public Sector Governance - University of South Africa Completing a Bachelor of Law (LLB) - University of South Africa

Programmes completed: • Business Leadership (PBL)- University of South Africa • Global Executive Development Program ( GEDP) from GIPS - University of Pretoria In terms of profession, Mr Nakashole has served in the electricity industry for over two (2) decades, having served at various positions and grew in ranks at NamPower (Pty) Ltd. He is the founding Chief Executive Officer of Oshakati Premier Electric (OPE) and served in this portfolio for 15 years. Oshakati Premier Electric is licensed to supply and distribute electricity within the jurisdiction of Oshakati Town. He takes over from Mrs Etegameno Indongo-Antindi who led the team since May 2015 as Acting Chief Executive Officer following the end of term of office for Mr Gottlieb Nendongo Amanyanga in April 2015. Mr Amanyanga has been at the helm of Nored since May 2005.

Mr Nakashole’s appointment is effective 01 December 2015 ISSUED BY HON SACKEY U KAYONE CHAIRMAN : BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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An EQ environment Emotional development, and dealing reasonably with the difficult emotional circumstances that work inevitably throws up, it isn’t just about special occasions or one-off moments of revelation. Our minds are leaky: we are continually forgetting things that – at our best moments – we know are important. We require regular topping up, a little nudge here and there to keep us on track. We’re not committed to bad habits, we just need reminders of the good ones. as its responsibility to foster a good

Collaboration is hard; we’re all crazy

EQ

One of the great enemies of good

mind-boggling complexity. Recognising

around emails about some of the

collaboration

that

this should lead to humility and a

main EQ difficulties, which help

collaboration

be

greater readiness to tread carefully,

us recognise them in ourselves and

easy, and that people are generally

to apologise, to give way and – where

give encouragement in addressing

straightforward. A more helpful starting

necessary – to laugh warmly and

them with others.

point is that collaborating is always

generously at our foibles.

So a good HR department sees it environment.

It

might

send

is

the

should

sense

you have twenty people in a room, the challenging psycho-dynamics are of

essentially

But it isn’t enough just to write

hard and that all of us are a little

essays or give lectures. The way

crazy. There is no such thing as a

there should be an attitude of honesty

something is said – the form the crucial

wholly sane person and by the time

towards

In

a

good the

collaborative

challenges

of

office, working

reminders are delivered in – has to be sufficiently seductive to overcome

The direct chat

direct communication. We were small,

resistance, compete for attention with a

An EQ office has a culture of direct

vulnerable infants in the hands of large,

thousand emails and lodge themselves

chats. It formalises these, so as to put

powerful adults and we may not have

in our memories powerfully.

them more forcibly on the agenda. It

dared, or known how, to speak up and

calls them Direct Chats or DCs.

clearly about our needs. Indirectness is a

The good EQ office might send around this sort of email, among many other ones

A great deal of trouble within teams,

strategy in conditions of unequal power.

the lion’s share, comes from people not

Most offices are filled with power

speaking honestly about their hopes,

inequalities which work against any

disappointments

frustrations.

capacity to communicate directly: What

Things are bottled up, and then explode

if I speak and they fire me? What if I

or seep noxiously through an office.

speak and they resign? What if I speak,

and

There are good reasons why most

and they don’t buy? It can seem as if

of us are so indirect in our modes of

there are ample reasons always to lapse

communication. Politically, it’s only

back into habits of indirectness.

been a few generations since we’ve

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But the EQ-committed office doesn’t

enjoyed freedom and the ability to

accept

this,

it

knows

perhaps

speak as we like. Inside though, we

from experience – how expensive

retain an inner serfdom. Moreover,

indirectness always ends up being, and

many of our childhoods didn’t promote

how much wisdom and good practice


Campfire meetings

is often: ‘What unhealthy dynamics

someone, starting to cry, falling into

Once the campfire is lit, the tension goes

do I feel in myself and how might I

despair – these aren’t anomalies, they

down; it’s the end of the day, the pressure

improve?’ It’s socially unacceptable not

are what happens in any good life,

is off a little. It’s the time to be honest and

to have anything to say around this,

when clever people get together and try

to share how things really are. In an EQ

not to try to do anything to improve or

to do difficult things.

committed organisation, there are regular

deal with issues. It’s normal to be crazy

There would be a company-wide

campfire meetings, usually on a Friday at

and it’s normal and indispensable to be

atmosphere of tolerance towards the

5pm. For an hour, everyone gathers, in

committed to maturity. Confession isn’t an

quirks

groups of no more than twenty.

excuse. It’s tied to development. The EQ

together.

and

Getting

frustrated

eccentricities

of

with

human

nature. The company would revere

A central purpose of the meetings is

not just the strengths of great people;

to develop a culture where it’s normal

it would also honour and remember

to confess to problems around working

their

Chanel’s

together and collaborating. There’s no

secrecy, Eisenhower’s inability to listen,

stigma around having these problems,

Napoleon’s dogmatism, Henry James’

since it’s assumed from the start that

tardiness, Van Gogh’s scattiness…

everyone has difficulties of one kind or

weaknesses:

Coco

office is a Continuously Maturing Office.

The good collaborative office would

another. The issue isn’t whether there

know that the real problem isn’t having

are psychological flaws: it’s a question of

The meeting runs through points in

problems – it’s the attitudes of denial

working out which ones and how they

the recent past where people lacked

and the failure to be able to feed back

are interacting with those of others. The

EQ. And there’s discussion of where

on, and work through, issues that cause

benign group pressure makes it much

individuals

trouble. We don’t need people to be

easier to admit to a failing.

skills or make use of particular insights.

perfect: but we absolutely need them to

Stigma does, however, remain but in

want to recognise their flaws and to try

a different area. The topic for discussion

might

develop

specific

The meetings enforce a feeling of normality around maturation.

to improve on them.

comes to the fore when people dare to

They have to say, ‘You make me feel as if

have to listen patiently and never laugh

be direct. That’s why it accords a huge

you are not listening to me in meetings…’

cruelly. The other is taking a risk, like

privilege to the practice of The Direct

This avoids the suggestion that

taking off their clothes, and one has to

Chat. Any employee can at any point put

the speaker has deliberately meant to

in a request for A Direct Chat with any

upset the listener. It leaves room for

Within a DC, all kinds of slightly

other, right across company hierarchies:

misunderstanding and for the idea

unusual behaviour are entirely permitted.

the receptionist can request a DC with

that the speaker might be transferring

You can cry, you can be intense, emotion is

the boss, the middle manager in sales or

an emotion from elsewhere. The tone

allowed. This doesn’t get used against you.

the IT guy on the floor below.

cannot be accusatory. One can show

Most importantly, one moves on: one isn’t

There are strict rules around how

upset, but no desire for vengeance; one

allowed to hold grudges from past DCs.

a DC can go. Company videos show

can be sad but not furious. One cannot

Having DCs should be seen as a

workers the format of a DC. There are

broaden the complaint exponentially

normal part of office life. If one doesn’t

three training sessions around this for

(one cannot, as marriage counsellors say,

have at least five a year, something is

every new employee. Crucially, there

‘throw the kitchen sink’ at the other).

very wrong and it counts against one.

are responsibilities on both sides of the

All

the

while, the

listener

admire their courage.

has

The culture of DCs signals that the office

equation, the speaker and the listener.

responsibilities. They cannot humiliate,

has left behind the age of feudalism and

For example, the speaker can never

they cannot deny that there is an issue,

psychological humiliation; indirectness

directly accuse the listener. They cannot

they have to accept the courage and

is not only emotionally unhelpful, it is

say, ‘You never listen to me in meetings.’

authenticity behind the complaint. They

far far too expensive.

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EQ reviews

a particular individual is falling short

And yet, there is a huge amount

We’re all in possession of insights into

in the ten areas of EQ immaturity. In

they could constructively share. The

the flaws of others, which are true and

more pressing cases (where someone

coach is a kind of diplomat – a

potentially very useful. You’ve noticed

is falling short in their work schedule

go-between – and is the skillful and

time

or causing problems for other people)

professional

colleague tries to press too much

substantial

important knowledge.

work onto others; it’s struck you that

delivered: each immaturity takes at

one of the people you collaborate

least four one-hour sessions to treat.

and

again

how

a

particular

with on a major project is so eager to please, that

you’re

finding

EQ

treatment

can

be

Because there can be feedback from

For

too

psychological seen

as

a

ambassador long,

sorting

issues luxury,

of

has as

vitally out been

something

yourself

employee to employer in the course

beneficial only to personal life. But

discounting whatever they say. These

of the EQ Review the relationship

this is an illusion which we can no

people don’t set out to create problems

between the coach and the company

around collaboration and in an ideal

is – potentially – extremely

world these insights could get passed

valuable. It allows for

along to the relevant people in a

the

development

nonthreatening and useful way.

of

a

deep

But we almost never do share these with the person concerned. Because at the moment, there’s a real fear the person would take it the wrong way – as a cruel attack, rather than as an attempt to help. It would seem to leave one open to a reciprocal attack – which, again, feels too threatening. Really, the only place where we buck this trend is in relationships; the rest of the time we are basically avoidant; we give up on people, suffer in silence or change jobs. This inefficiency costs everyone a lot. It’s a situation where a great deal of important information is in the ether, but it can’t be tapped into effectively because we lack the skill to do so. Not a technical skill, but the emotional skill of framing an issue in a way

understanding

that doesn’t humiliate someone and

of what is going

that doesn’t make us come across as

well – or not too well

vindictive or mean.

– in the relationship between

The office can be the arena in which

management and employees. It’s a

this omnipresent issue is addressed

field in which it is crucial – but extremely

longer afford. Emotional maturity is no

and solved – by developing the EQ

difficult – to get insight.

add on to an effective business, it has to

Review. Everyone in the company

Diplomacy arises when there’s too

be at its core, it is quite simply the most

needs to see an EQ coach at least

much tension between two parties for

valuable skill for any team of people

once a year. Management gives the EQ

them to engage openly themselves.

as they pursue the big collective tasks

coach a number of guidelines on how

They get too upset or intimidated.

of modern business.

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The Ultimate Riding Machine

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The wheel story: James Siddall on what's happening in the wonderful world of wheels...

Five-cylinder flyer

But then that's what you get with

subsidiary,

When it comes to engine acoustics, there's

275kW and 465Nm from just 1 625rpm,

the

something uniquely special about the sound

courtesy of a 2.5-litre five-cylinder motor

is to Mercedes.

that an uneven number of cylinders brings.

with a turbocharger developing up to 1.3

Enter then the “throaty growl,” as Audi so aptly dubs it, of the new RS3 with its award-winning five-cylinder powerplant.

million of charge pressure. Fuel consumption is a claimed 8.1 litres per 100km.

effectively

Ingolstadt

company

being what

to AMG

Its local launch also brings to seven the number of scorching RS models on our market – those being the RS3 Sportback, the RS Q3, the RS4 Avant, the RS5 Coupe,

This is one of the most potent hatches

Power runs to all four wheels – hence

the RS5 Cabriolet, and the RS7 Sportback.

– although its makers dub it a “Sportback”

its quattro badging – through a seven-speed

And it builds on an Audi tradition of

– available, and its performance figures

S tronic transmission. At full chat the Audi

devastatingly

are galvanising. Figure on a zero-to-

makes for an electrifying experience, while

engines, harking back to the immortal rally

100km/h time of 4.3 seconds hitting

of course thanks to that drivetrain its well

cars of the Eighties.

an electronically governed 250km/h,

nigh impossible to unseat.

although you can optionally have that figure raised to 280km/h.

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The RS3 comes from quattro GmbH, which

is

Audi's

high-performance

powerful

five-cylinder

It's a striking machine this. Indeed, the Singleframe grille looks like it just wants to hoover up the road,


New Models round up

while the widened front fenders and

Add to this pedals and footrest

the large roof spoiler plus sprinkling

made of stainless steel plus distinctive

my

of RS3 badges add to the visual

RS dials, and you know you're sitting

everything from a sports exhaust to

muscle. But it's never overstated or

in something special.

LED headlights.

wantonly ostentatious. Cut to the cockpit and you get

The list of standard equipment is

Floret Silver RS3 test unit that came way

was

loaded

with

Yours for N$710 000 – excluding

predictably long. Sports suspension,

those

the utterly superb build quality that

19-inch

drive

including a one-year/unlimited km

you would expect from Audi. I still

select – so allowing you to alter the

warranty and a five-year/100 000km

maintain that this manufacturer has

driving characteristics of the car –

maintenance plan.

some of the finest interiors in the

climate control, LED interior lighting.

business, and the RS3 shines, from

It's all there. So too is the full range of

Lexus give thanks

standard sports seats covered in nappa

active and passive safety features.

In keeping with Lexus's mantra of

alloy

wheels,

Audi

options,

of

course,

but

the

“The Pursuit of Perfection” a trio of

to an RS multi-function sport steering

German manufacturers there's a long

models have just received updates

wheel flattened at the bottom.

list of options available, and the

and enhancements.

leather with contrasting grey stitching

But

as

with

most

of

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The NX, that head-turning Sports SUV, has its already comprehensive levels of equipment boosted by the addition of a very clever wireless cellphone charger. Meanwhile, the range-topping F Sport model gets the likes of Blind Spot Monitoring that also includes Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA).

Millions of Mercs

Gives you wings

Sports Coupe now gets the same two-litre

The 20-millionth vehicle has left the

Now we all know that Honda builds

turbocharged motor used in the IS sedan

production line at the Mercedes-Benz plant

cars and bikes. But it also so happens

range. This makes 180kW and 350Nm

in Sindelfingen, Germany. The car was an

that the Japanese company is into

delivered to the rear wheels courtesy of an

S 500 Plug-In Hybrid, incidentally, while

aviation – and the new HondaJet

eight-speed automatic transmission.

20-million Mercs is enough to stretch two

recently

and a half times around the world.

from the United States Federal Aviation

Even bigger news is that the RC

Of course, for those looking for a V6,

received

type

certification

there's the RC 350 Sport with its 3.5-litre

The plant also celebrates its 100th

motor. Do we need to add that equipment

anniversary this year. After an eventful

levels across the board are brilliant?

history, which began in 1915 with the

certificate to Honda Aircraft Company

production of airplanes and airplane

President and CEO Michimasa Fujino.

And then there's the big, range-topping

and

continued

with

Administration (FAA). The

FAA

presented

the

type

LS luxo-sedan whose already extensive

engines

the

“Achieving FAA type certification

specification is boosted with an overhauled

production of vehicle bodies, Mercedes

for the HondaJet is a monumental

multi-media system. As ever, the LS uses

started to manufacture complete cars

milestone for Honda,” said Fujino. “We

a whisper-quiet 4.6-litre V8 petrol motor

in Sindelfingen in 1946. The current

established Honda Aircraft as a new

making 285kW and 493Nm.

S-Class and its predecessors have been

aerospace company and introduced

built at the Sindelfingen plant since

our first product — an advanced

Star performance

the Mercedes-Benz 220 was launched

light jet with technologies developed

We know that the all-new Mercedes GLC

in the spring of 1951.

from serious research activities. We

is superb. But it is also “green” as can

Meanwhile, Sindelfingen employs

designed, tested, and have now certified

be, having scored tops in independent

around 26 000 people. Last year, 367

this clean-sheet design aircraft – an

environmental testing in Germany.

313 models of the Mercedes-Benz

unprecedented challenge for Honda.”

What's more, it's highly recyclable at the

C-, E-, S-Class and the CLS, the CLS

The HondaJet’s innovative Over-

end of its life – something that, given the

Shooting Brake, the SLS AMG and

The-Wing Engine Mount configuration,

fact it wears a three-pointed star, will be a

the Mercedes-AMG GT rolled off the

natural-laminar

long, long way off....

production lines.

composite fuselage make it a higher

flow

wing

and

performance, more fuel-efficient and more spacious light jet. The HondaJet is also the fastest in its class at 420 knots, and the most efficient. Production is now ramping up at Greensboro in the US, and twentyfive aircraft are already on the final assembly line.

Drop-top jewel This perhaps won't come as too much of a surprise – but the all-new Mazda MX-5,

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which was recently launched in South

design

Africa, has been named 2015-2016 Car

Technology.

the

class in Germany. It's a highly coveted

of the Year by the Japan Automotive

outstanding driving performance and

award this, being awarded jointly by

Hall of Fame ( JAHFA).

fuel efficiency the model exhibits

Auto Bild and Bild am Sonntag.

Judges

lauded

the

MX-5

for

its sophisticated open-top sports car

and

advanced They

also

Skyactiv noted

thanks to its lightweight yet highly

Golden Steering Wheel” in the compact

“The most important award for the best Opel we have ever built!

rigid body.

And

Opel excellence

the

most

importantcar

in

our product portfolio. We at Opel

Opel's new Astra has

can be extremely proud of this ‘Golden

scooped the “2015

Steering Wheel’. It proves that all new

Astra

is

synonymous

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RAV4 reloaded The RAV4 has been on the scene for an amazing two decades, writes James Siddall, and it's now better than ever...

D

uring an off-road driving course

a bit of a waste. After all, this Toyota

some while back, the instructor

SUV is pretty capable, especially with

and

pointed out that “at least” 90 percent of

the diff-lock engaged, and especially

in Mozambique were facelifted – or

SUVs will never so much as leave the tar.

in all-wheel-drive (AWD) guise – even

“refreshed” – machines with one of the

I think he might have been optimistic. I'd

if it does lack low-range.

most immediately noticeable changes being

put the figure even higher. And

the

new

RAV4

I

the

models

we

were

driving

the addition of LED lights front and rear.

was

first launched in South Africa – and

Indeed, it's more distinctive than ever

piloting during the recent launch

I vividly remember the launch of the

with hints of sophistication thanks to

plied through thick white sand in

original – the RAV4 has grown from a

those LED lights and a reshaped nose

Southern Mozambique, en route to our

compact, class-setting little machine into

with a bigger Toyota emblem, while the

overnight stop, I mused that this was

a decidedly sophisticated vehicle.

rear styling has been sharpened, too.

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as

Now in the twenty years since it was

It's now in its fourth-generation,


The absence of visible reverse lights, among

revised ambient lighting and cupholders,

rear, while the doors will automatically

other changes, also adds to the upgrades.

while there's now a 4.2-inch colour multi-

lock past a specific speed limit.

New alloy wheels – with GX models

information display showing various

rolling on 17-inch numbers and the VX

vehicle information, in addition to a big,

GX models get the likes of manual

models on 18-inches – round things off,

seven-inch central touchscreen display

climate control, power windows, and a

while buyers get to choose from eight

that includes a rear-view camera (now

retractable tonneau cover, as well as new

body colours, including a new Pure Blue

also standard on GX models), climate

trailer sway control. The top-spec VX

Metallic and a Dark Red Mica Metallic.

control details, and audio settings.

models get full leather upholstery, front

Equipment

levels

are

high,

and

Cutting to the cockpit, it all feels more

To add to this, VX models now get front

seat heaters, a powered tailgate, dual-

premium than ever thanks to a raft of

park distance control, and all models get

zone climate control, cruise control, and

subtle

an additional 12-volt connector in the

a keyless entry system.

improvements.

Among

them,

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Prices include a five-year/100 000km warranty, and a five-year/90 000km service plan, plus the knowledge that you're driving not just a segment setter, but a segment leader that has now sold more than a remarkable 5.5-million units in over 150 countries since its birth.

On the safety front, you can expect a

will be bought largely for its perceived

five-star rating, and seven airbags, as well

safety and ability to take on crumbling,

as the full-range of active safety systems

pothole-riddled roads.

including Vehicle Stability Control (VSC).

The chances, as mentioned, of it being

Powertrains stayed unchanged, and

called on to do anything more than

include

a

two-litre, 107kW

petrol

perhaps take on a dirt road at the most

engine mated to a two-wheel drive

are remote. So an AWD model is almost

and a six-speed manual or a CVT

superfluous and I'd say don't bother with

gearbox. The proven 2.2-litre, 110kW

one. Expect for the fact that the most

turbodiesel can be had in two-wheel

desirable combination – the turbodiesel

drive with a six-speed manual or in

mated to that six-speed auto 'box – is

AWD guise with a six-speed auto

only available in AWD guise.

Pricing:

transmission. Meanwhile the 2.5-litre,

So buy one if you can stretch to it,

RAV4 2.0 GX MT

- N$330 575

132kW petrol motor comes with AWD

and be sure to at least try to use its

RAV4 2.0 GX CVT

- N$341 772

and a six-speed auto only.

off-road capabilities a little. Otherwise

RAV4 2.2D GX MT

- N$413 496

As with other vehicles in its class

go to the other end of the scale and get

RAV4 2.5 AWD VX 6AT

- N$461 009

– such as the Kia Sportage and the soon-

the entry-level petrol model – even if, on

RAV4 2.2D AWD VX 6AT

- N$491 675

to-be-replaced Hyundai ix35 – the RAV4

paper at least, it does need a turbo.

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The Bakkie that can When you want longevity and reliability mated to a never-say-die attitude, look to the Isuzu KB 240... By: James Siddall

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Power is a healthy 112kW at 5 200rpm, allied to 233Nm of torque at 4 000rpm. Yet combined cycle fuel consumption is put at an eminently reasonable 10.4 litres per 100km. And in 4X4 double-cab guise, the KB 240 offers the enviable ability to take on pretty much whatever you can throw at it, while still turning in almost car-like levels of comfort and ride quality on sealed surfaces.

A

mong its dedicated – no, make

And what makes it worthy of mention

that fanatical – owners the Isuzu

is that it offers the sort of reliability that

KB engenders a special brand of loyalty.

has made the KB a favourite with buyers

And

these

ranging from farmers, to hunters, to

vehicles regularly clocking up simply

family men, to those in the construction

interstellar

and allied industries.

quite

rightly mileage

so, –

with often

under

taxing, arduous conditions of the sort that might cripple a lesser machine.

Features engine

of

this

include

a

bullet-proof

four-valve

per

Now the Isuzu range is vast with a

cylinder, double overhead camshaft

huge array of derivatives and powerplants

configuration, hydraulic tappets with

available. But one motor that deserves

maintenance

special mention is the all-new 2.4 litre

adjustment, a close coupled exhaust

16V DOHC petrol engine available on the

catalyst

Isuzu KB Base, Fleetside, and LE models.

control, and multi-point fuel injection.

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Meet Marlena the mistress of MÁRÀ Flamingo finds a gem of jewellery designer right on its doorstep. The MÁRÀ collection is designed by, and partially hand made by Danish designer and stylist Marlena Gronnegard. By: Phil Ruimte pictures by Mark Pettipher

“Of course I love working in gold, but silver is much

C

ape Town based, Danish born Marlena

Gronnegard

loves

like Copenhagen, Paris, Milan and New

fashion, she grew up in a quiet suburb

York, but have now settled in Cape

just outside Copenhagen and even as

Town, a city full of light, contrasts and

a young girl, she was a very particular

a very special vibe, the international

child, who know exactly what she

exposure, I like to think, has given my

wanted to wear each day.

jewellery design a global feel,” Marlena

This passion lead Marlena to enter

more affordable to experiment with, after initially creating a style that works in silver I

ESMOD

in

Paris, France, one

A ring called Align, which Marlena designed early in 2015. 76 |

goes on to say, “Travel broadens the

of

mind and you get to meet so many

the world’s oldest and most highly

different people and their cultures are

acclaimed fashion design and business

a major source of inspiration to me.”

academies, the school was established

“Of course I love working in gold,

in 1841 by master tailor to Empress

but silver is much more affordable to

Eugenie, Alexis Lavigne.

experiment with. After initially creating

After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in textile and knitwear design,

then adapt it to gold”

and I have lived and worked in places

a style that works in silver I then adapt it to gold”, she adds.

Marlena went to work for a Danish

“Sadly, because of my jewellery

costume jewellery company, “I got so

production operation in Cape Town,

discouraged about the lack of quality

I don’t travel as much as I used to,

that I decided to go into fine jewellery,”

I do however, still go to Denmark at

said Marlena, “The more my design

least once a year, usually for about

sensibilities matured, the more

six weeks. It is healthy and important

I wanted my jewellery to

for my mind that I get away from

become timeless and to last.

time to time,” Marlena says, “If I can

One of my favourite pieces

coincide my visit to Copenhagen

of jewellery, which I designed

in August, I usually attend the CIFF

about a year ago, is called

– Copenhagen International Fashion

Align, I can wear it with any

Fair, this helps me to keep in line with

outfit on any occasion, it’s a

what is trending and of course give

piece that is timeless”

me greater inspiration.”

“Being Danish, I’m greatly

Marlena enthuses, “My favourite fair

influenced by Scandinavian design,

is BIJORHCA in Paris, the show is put

and because I have traveled quite a lot

on twice a year, which allows almost


Modeled by Chanel, the MĂ RĂ€ collection offers something stylish and timeless that can be worn with any outfit and on any occasion. | 77


Pictured are a variety of MÁRÀ jewellery items from pendants to bangles and ‘signature’ rings.

13 000 buyers from around the world to meet and see more than 500 exhibitors and brands, all showing off their latest collections as well as previewing the their next season’s trends.” “My greatest fashion icon of all time is Coco Chanel; if you delve into fashion history, it is amazing how much influence comes from her, of course she also lived at the right time in history, but had she lived today; I am sure she would have invented something amazing too. I wouldn’t say that she directly influences my work but, she does represent a timeless understated elegance I am most inspired by.” “In today’s fashion, one of my favourite

fashion

designers

is

the

Danish designer Malene Birger, who is also a true artist, who season after season continues to impress me with her very personal, unique and original designs, which one can wear for years and they still look great.”

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“Music does play a role in my

sell to more international web stores.

creativity; I am lucky to have a work

I would also love to attend more jewellery

studio in Cape Town, which I share with

events in South Africa and overseas,

a few other creative people. One of the

I enjoy meeting my customers in person

girls has great taste in music, she plays

and getting their direct feedback.”

a lot of cool lounge style music in the

“In addition to my jewellery design,

background, which I love listening to.

I’ve just started a new line of ostrich

If I should mention one artist I keep

skin handbags, so far just a few basic

coming back to, it would have to be Lana

styles but more to come soon. I have

Del Rey; there is just something about

always

her style, the atmosphere of her music

with

and videos that continue to intrigue me.

often incorporated it into my

A friend of mine of Italy calls her ’figlia

jewellery design.

dell’arte’ – a daughter of art, which I think is a spot-on description.” “Looking ahead, in 2016 I want to

loved leather

working and

have

Since relocating to South Africa I have been very energised about creating a handbag range with local

take my jewellery range to another level;

materials, which has a contemporary

I want to expand my production and

feel and excites a younger generation than

what

Ostrich

products

are

traditionally aimed at. Ostrich skin products therefore seemed like a great start, and even though it is a flightless bird, my designer handbags are all set to ”take off” in 2016.” “With

regards

to

travelling, my

plan is to visit Namibia in May. It is a country I have never been to, but

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I have been dreaming of visiting to for a long time, I can’t wait to go to the desert!” she adds, ”Coming

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from Europe, I am very fascinated by big open spaces, something seldom found there. I still remember flying over Western Australia many years ago and I couldn’t believe the beauty of the vast nature. On that flight I was sitting next to an Australian woman who had a hard time understanding my fascination with what she called ’nothing’. To me it was an amazing, beautiful landscape with very little human influence; I am hoping to find some of the same in Namibia,” concludes Marlena.

MÁRÀ Contact Marlena on: South Africa: +27 (0)82 755 9067 Denmark: +45 61717435 e-mail: marlena@mara-collection.com www.mara-collection.com

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descendants, the Sumbanese people have called this area Ngihiwatu. The Ngihiwatu stands today, amongst a group of stones on the beach about three hundred metres past the Boathouse. The largest stone of the group, called the Prahu, is believed to be the ship that the descendants arrived on. It stands about sixty metres past the creek and three metres above the sand. Closer to the forest from the Prahu is the Ngihiwatu, and behind it is a larger rectangular-shaped stone called TempatIstirahat, or resting place. The TempatIstirahat was the Gods’ day bed

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from which they could view their creation. magical

land

of

gorgeous

The local people believe that long

Beside them would lay their dog, which is

beaches, tropical scenery and a

ago, before mankind, the Marapu (Gods)

also represented in stone; it is called the

fascinating tribal culture, only a fifty-

descended to Earth on a celestial ship and

Anjing and is the long, fat, narrow stone just

minute flight from Bali, Sumba is home

landed on Nihiwatu’s beach. They brought

beside the larger one.

to Nihiwatu – an award winning resort

Sirih Pinang, or Betel Nut, and lime paste

The same Nihiwatu beach attracted

of innovative design, multiple activities

with them, but upon arrival they realised

Claude and Petra Graves in 1988, who came

and strong ties to the local community

that they’d forgotten to bring their mortar

in search of a perfect wave that would lead

through

the

stone to mash and mix the betel nut and

to their vision to create a resort, taking its

Nihiwatu

offers

lime to release the alkaloids from the nut.

namesake, which would preserve and share

Sumba a

Foundation.

rare

sense

of

discovery, where ancient tribal culture

They

and unspoiled natural beauty form a

concoction

backdrop to a boundless experience

boulders near the forest where they

Stories of the unregulated freedom and

of unregulated freedom, understated

had settled. Over time this boulder

beauty of Nihiwatu reached renowned

luxury and unforgettable memories.

developed a cylindrical tube in it from

brand-building

The story of Nihiwatu is a rare and

the constant pounding of their mighty

Christopher Burch, who was told Claude

fascinating tale that began as far back as

pestle. The Gods called this their Ngihi

was looking for help to develop the resort

Sumba’s ancestors, the ‘Marapu’.

(mortar) Watu (stone). Since then their

and vision further. Chris called on a

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proceeded on

one

to

mix

their

of

the

beach

the breathtaking beauty with those who would truly appreciate it.

American

entrepreneur,


friend from The Carlyle; South Africanborn hotelier James McBride, who was President of YTL Hotels in Singapore at that time; to take a visit which resulted in a deep-rooted passion and commitment to help Nihiwatu and help the work of the Foundation. Later that year in 2013, Chris Burch’s trip with his three sons was to prove a milestone as he acquired Nihiwatu and partnered with James McBride. The acquisition enabled substantial investment with the single aim to evolve Nihiwatu into one of the best resorts in the world that demonstrates a sustainable operation with the environment and the Sumbanese people.

schools, built forty-eight water wells, five

alang alang, teak and rattan, they range from

The deep-rooted philosophy will be

clinics; supplied one hundred and seventy

a one bedroom villa to a five bedroom estate,

maintained and all profits repatriated into

two villages with clean water and

included is the newly revealed Mamole, the

The Sumba Foundation that Claude had

reduced Malaria by 85% in neighbouring

most fantastic Tree House on earth.

founded in 2001, coupled with the help of

villages to Nihiwatu.

some guests as a philanthropic vehicle dedicated

to

fostering

community-

based projects. The result was a unique collaboration between

Nihiwatu

and

the

local

community that today co-exists with

The Wave

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Winner of the Best in Design Award always

remained

central to Nihiwatu’s story; the famous

at Pure 2015 is Raja Mendaka, a 5 bedroom estate.

left-hand break attracts surfers from all

This estate comprises five individual

over the world. The resort limits the

villas, each with its own private pool and

number of surfers to ten per day, which

takes over the most expansive plot of

has led to its cult status.

land, right in the heart of the property.

compelling interdependence: the resort

Set within 560 acres of land (only ten

The villa was designed with large families

has become the biggest employer on

per cent of which is developed) and 2.5

and groups of friends in mind and is fully

the island and the Sumba Foundation

kilometres of pristine beach, the resort

equipped with spacious entertaining areas.

gives back to the local communities.

comprises twenty eight butler serviced

The landscaped gardens around the villas

years, the

villas: all hand-built by local craftsmen with

also provide privacy so each villa can be

Foundation has set up over fifteen primary

material indigenous to Indonesia, such as

rented exclusively. Raja Medaka’s master

Over

the

last

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main Mamole Tree House includes a private infinity pool and large living area with a bathroom on the entry level, and upstairs, a bedroom with a bathroom, balcony and connecting bridge to the main outdoor bathroom. Traditional Sumbanese carvings, antiques, local wood and Ikat prints, feature throughout. Along with Raja Mandaka as Winner as The Best in Design at Pure 2015, the 3 bedroom Puncak Estate was designed to reflect the design of the Sumbanese House and it is set on the upper part of villas bedroom sits to the right of the

Just recently added, The Mamole Tree

main area in a prime position, cantilevered

House is a unique whimsical and spacious

over the white sand coastline and Nihi’s

three bedroom house complex, elevated

Puncak comprises two main buildings

renowned

on wooden stilts between Nihiwatu’s

with the first offering two bedrooms.

ancient trees.

On the entry level at the front, is a large

sunsets.

The

56m2

area

includes a day bed, spacious bathroom with shower and outdoor bathtub. The

tree-house

configuration

and the lush jungle.

was

outdoor area with a private pool (28m2)

front veranda features a private pool and a

designed for the fun-hearted, adventure

and sunken dining area. Inside the villa, a

sheltered area with day beds for lounging.

lover and is perfect for families, groups of

spacious bedroom (42m2) with bathroom

The master villa’s guest room sits to the

friends or honeymoon romance. Mamole

and a study at the rear take over the

left of the main area and offers a day bed,

Tree House has the best view of the beach

ground floor. The second bedroom is

bathroom with shower, outdoor bathtub

and brings the outdoors, in. Two of the

accessed by a staircase and features an

and private pool. Traditional Sumbanese

two-storey, circular villas offer a lounge

outdoor jungle shower and a spacious

artefacts feature throughout including

area on the entry level, with the bedroom,

balcony with bathtub, complete with an

carvings, antiques, local wood, soft and

bathroom and balcony on the upper level.

open-air view of the Indian Ocean.

Ikat prints and furnishings. This is the only

A bamboo bridge connects the two tree-

The main entertaining and dining area,

villa to feature Sulawesi marble inlayed

houses and a shared infinity pool with

kitchenette and large pool are situated

with special teak.

lounging deck features on the front. The

between the two villas and afford high

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the property with prime views of the sea


commanding views of the beach and waves, including the lush organic garden below. The second villa features the large living room on the ground floor with the study to the back and upstairs the second bedroom, which offers the same configuration as the first villa. The resort likewise includes a selection of one and two beachside bedroom villas, ideal for couple hideaways, family adventures and friends travelling together. At Nihiwatu, guests can enjoy a pletiphora

of

activities

from

world-

class surfing and fishing, to visiting

the option to join a one-hour group

that are home grown from the earth,

ancient Stone Age sites and traditional

morning yoga session before a bush-

raised on grains or caught that day,

villages, horse riding, picnic under the

cooked breakfast in the rustic Nihi Oka

the resort houses multiple dining

breathtaking waterfalls or experiencing

tree house platform. After breakfast,

destinations, included is the sandy

the life changing NihiOka Spa Safari.

couples can relax in their private bale

floored Ombak Restaurant and Bar

The unique ’Nihi Oka Spa Safari’

for the day, which includes their own

Lounge, the Sumbanese architecure

offers a full day experience journeying

dedicated spa therapists. Any number

inspired Menara Bale, the Nio Beach

across Sumba’s dramatic west coast to

of

be

Club and the Boathouse, where an

nearby Nihi Oka valley. The day starts

enjoyed amidst uninterrupted views of

array of traditional Indonesian and

a ninety-minute trek to the secluded

the sea and cascading rice paddy fields.

International dishes can be tailor-

valley and for those who wish, an open-

Treatments include full body massage,

made to the guests desires.

air land safari vehicle can be arranged

cooling and rejuvenating wraps, body

to drive you along the scenic route. On

scrubs and foot reflexology – all using

arrival, guests are shown to their own

natural, local ingredients.

pre-selected

treatments

can

private bale, which offer expansive

Based on the approach to “inspire

views of the coastline and crashing

from the garden”, using only the

waves of the Indian Ocean. Guests have

very best and freshest ingredients

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Wild & Free ‘There’s something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.’ – Sir Winston Churchill By: Ron Swilling

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ven more true for wild horses, those enigmatic creatures that have

century and only one small group, bred in captivity, survives.

regained their freedom, against all odds.

The disappearance of the wild horse

It includes the wild horses of the Namib,

wasn’t the result of a plague, horse

the small, hardy group of horses that

disease or abduction by aliens; it was

has desert dust at its heels, wind in its

due to domestication by humankind, a

mane, fire in its spirit and a determined

process initiated by the nomadic people

will to survive the harsh conditions of

of the Eurasian steppes 5000 - 6000 years

the Namib Desert.

ago. The domestic horse spread westwards

Travellers

seek

out

the

Namibs

from Central Asia to Europe, and south

mid-way along the main tourist route

into Arabia and China. For a period of

from the chasms of the Fish River Canyon

4000 years, horses were essential for

to the burnished sands of Sossusvlei.

the advancement of civilisation. Man used

The breath-taking sight of the wild

them for war and conquest, agriculture and

horses galloping to the waterhole at

industry, sport and recreation. Right up until

Garub has become one of the highlights

the twentieth century, the advancement of

of south-western Namibia.

the modern age depended on the use,

An intriguing fact, unknown to most

abuse and exploitation of horses.

people, is that, with one exception, all the

Interestingly, there were no horses in

pockets of wild horses found worldwide

southern Africa until the mid-1600s when

originated from domesticated stock. The

the Cape of Good Hope became a Dutch

Mongolian Wild Horse, or Przewalski’s

supply station for ships rounding the tip

Horse is the only horse never to have

of Africa and Jan van Riebeeck pleaded for

been domesticated and is still existing in

the first horses. The indigenous people had

its true genetic form. It teetered on the

no term for ‘horses’ in their vocabulary. The

brink of extinction at the end of the last

Herero would later refer to their horses by

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their colour or use the word for hartebeest

two reasonable explanations remained

mayor, Emil Kreplin, used some of his

or zebra. In the first hundred years, there

after romanticism and implausibility were

diamond wealth to purchase a stud farm

were only forty-two horses imported into

sifted through the strainer of time. The

at Kubub, 100km inland, in an area with

the Cape. Gradually, explorers, hunters

horses originated from around the time

a continuous water supply and grazing.

and various local groups crossed the

of the diamond rush in 1908 when the

There he bred workhorses and racehorses

Orange/Gariep River and ventured into

sleepy south-western corner of German

for the fledgling German colony and the

Great Namaqualand, bringing their horses

South West Africa transformed into a

surrounding diamond mines.

with them. With the arrival of German

hive of activity. Men became millionaires,

Fates changed abruptly in 1914 with

settlers in the late 1800s, there was an

virtually overnight, diamond towns sprang

the outbreak of WWI. As the Union of

influx of horses from the Cape and Europe.

up in the desert and champagne was more

South Africa troops arrived on the shores

As for the Namib horses, they were

readily available than water, which had to

around L端deritz, German troops retreated

merely pawns at the mercy of humankind

either be shipped from the Cape Colony

into the interior blowing up the railway

and history. There have been many theories

or procured from the desalination plants

behind them. Many locals and farmers,

over the years as to their origins, but only

in L端deritz. It was at this time that the

including Emil Kreplin, were interned in the Union of South Africa.

Emil Kreplin among his horses at Kubub.

On 27 March 1915, the Germans bombed the Union base at Garub to mask their retreat from Aus. The blast scattered about 1 700 of the estimated 6 000 horses at the base, some of which fled into the mountains. The soldiers recovered what horses they could and hastily pursued the Germans eastwards. It is assumed that, amongst other stragglers which may have joined them,

Horses, mules and donkeys played a large role in the diamond fields in the early 20th century.

two main groups of horses merged at

Garub: the

Kubub

stud

horses,

left ownerless and without fences to constrain them, that gradually followed the scattered rainfall and pools until they reached the borehole at Garub, 35km away; and the Union horses

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that

remained

after

the

departure

and then as the subject of her doctoral thesis. Dr. Greyling studied both the horses’

Namibia Wild

The well-bred horses found themselves

behavioural ecology as well as their place in

Horses Foundation

in an unlikely home; the severe conditions

the desert ecosystem. She determined that

The Wild Horses of the Namib Desert

of the Namib Desert offering a challenging

the area which they utilise at the edge of the

celebrate a hundred years of freedom.

existence for the toughest of creatures.

Namib Naukluft Park amounts to less than

In 2012 ‘Friends of the Wild Horses’

Yet, the horses adapted over time to the

0.5% of the total size of the protected area

established a non-profit association

harsh environment, forming family groups,

(Namib Naukluft and Tsaukaib/Sperrgebiet

under

re-establishing their natural ways and

national parks), and she put minds at rest by

regaining their freedom as wild animals.

revealing that they don’t displace any other

of the troops.

The

Garub

borehole,

maintained

wildlife, something that had been worrying

by the South African Railways for their

some animal-lovers. They had simply and

steam trains, ensured their survival

seamlessly blended in, finding a gap in

and the restricted diamond area, the

the desert ecosystem where they could

Sperrgebiet, limited human interference.

attempt the hard reality of survival.

Namibia

Section

21

Wild

Horses

Foundation

which

comprises

(21/2012/0020),

called

the

members from the tourism, veterinary and environmental-management and research sectors. The Foundation was established for ongoing research and regular monitoring of the well-being of the horse population. A key role of

In 1986, the portion of land where the

Over the years, the horses learned to

horses lived was incorporated into the

adapt their behaviour to endure a level

Namib Naukluft Park. Water troughs were

of dehydration that a domestic horse

built to the east of the original borehole

would find extremely stressful. In drier

in 1991 at the Garub viewpoint, where a

times, they have to travel further afield to

hide was also later built. This was when

find grazing, returning to the waterhole

the horses entered the public arena.

at Garub to drink once a day in scorching

support for these hardy and magnificent

It was also the time when the first research

summer heat or once every three days in

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took place. Dr. Telané Greyling would come

cooler temperatures. In years of good

to know the population intimately over

rainfall, with less distance needed to find

P O Box 21, Aus, Namibia

the next two decades, beginning her

grazing, they remained at the waterhole

Email: telanie@namibhorses.com

in-depth research of the horses in 1993

and its hide for longer periods, delighting

Website: wild-horses-namibia.com/foundation

first as part of her undergraduate studies

their appreciative audience.

the Foundation is to marshal funding to provide aid during drought years, which periodically ravage the country, when the wild horses require mineral supplements and supplementary feed. The Foundation appeals to the public for

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During

drought

years, a

natural

minimal intervention is generally the policy

elimination of older and younger horses

regarding the horses, allowing nature to

occurs, keeping the population around

take its course (a natural process to be

200 individuals (it is presently at 170) and

respected and honoured), it has been

ensuring that it doesn’t exceed the carrying

acknowledged that periodic intervention

capacity of the land. Another significant

is sometimes necessary if the population

threat is collisions with motor vehicles as

drops to its minimum threshold, especially

horses are frequently hit by cars travelling

as a game fence in the eastern section

at night on the road passing through their

of the horses’ range limits their ability to

grazing area. Recent years have also seen

move to the higher rainfall areas.

Spotted Hyena targeting the older horses, young foals and malnourished mares.

After three years of drought, it has become increasingly apparent that extreme

Gondwana’s Klein Aus Vista lodge acted

conditions are here and the Foundation

as custodian for the wild horses over the

has started an initiative to raise funds by

years. It was instrumental in initiating the

appealing for donations (see details).

Namibia Wild Horses Foundation, which

We celebrate the spirit of the wild horses

was established in 2012 for on-going

on their hundredth birthday, even in these

research and regular monitoring of the

challenging times. There were never any

well-being of the horse population. The

guarantees that wild living would be easy.

foundation comprises members from the

But, deep in my being, if I may take the liberty

tourism, veterinary and environmental

of assuming to know a horse’s heart, I would

management and research sectors. It

imagine that a wild creature would sooner

marshals funding to assist in covering

choose a tough life of freedom than a

their basic costs and to provide a fund,

captive life of comfort.

should the need arise, for times when

And, this, I believe, is what attracts

the horses require mineral supplements

us to the wild horses, our enduring

and feed during the drought years, which

universal belief in the integrity and

periodically ravage the country. Although

authenticity of unfettered freedom.

Namibia Wild Horses Foundation welcomes all donations, large and small: First National Bank of Namibia Current Account: 622 466 59489 Branch: Klein Windhoek (code 281479) Swift: FIRNNANX Website: www.wild-horses-namibia.com/foundation (For further reading, see ‘Wild Horses in the Namib Desert: An equine biography’ available from the Gondwana Collection Namibia and book stores throughout Namibia).

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developed, do you prefer a hard copy or an e-copy?

Q

Which three authors would

wrote several books set in Africa; American

thriller

writer

Nelson

As a reader, I like both formats, paper

Demille, whose books I love; and

books and e-books. As an author

South African crime writer Deon Meyer

I don’t mind how people read my

because I had a great lunch with him a

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couple of years ago and it’s high time

I like the convenience of an electronic

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reader when I’m travelling, but I love “If you’re living with regrets - with things that you’ve put away in a box, that maybe keeps you awake at night - I want to tell you that you still have time enough to make things right.”

I

stretching out by a pool or on the

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The Land God Made in Anger, by John

What is your favourite

Gordon-Davis. Like my latest book, this

line in An Empty Coast?

t isn’t often that one can snatch five

minutes with an acclaimed author,

One

of

the

characters

one is set in the beautiful country of

speaks

service. He

Well, we did...

with regrets - with things that

says: “If

you’re

living

you’ve put away in a box, that

You’ve written an astounding

maybe keeps you awake at night

number of books, so your

- I want to tell you that you

imagination must be out of this

still have time enough to make

world. Do you have a favourite

things right.”

book out of all the books you have written?

Q

If you could grab one

I don’t have a favourite. I’m always

book in a fire what

most interested in the one I’m writing at

would it be?

the time, so up until recently that was

The

my latest book, An Empty Coast, set in

Stephen King’s book, On

Namibia. At the moment I’m engrossed

Writing - a Memoir of

in writing my 13th novel, which is set in

the Craft. It’s the best

Kwa-Zulu Natal in South Africa.

book

Q

American

ever

novelist

written

about how to write a

What are you currently reading?

novel and I re-read it

The Last Road Trip, by South African

every year before

author Gareth Crocker. It’s a lovely,

I

gentle story.

another novel.

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own eulogy in a video at his funeral

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Schedule 01 January to 26 March 2016 (All time local)

Note: check-in time should be two hours before departure. * NOTE: SW285/6 do not operate on Tuesdays from the 1 December 2015 to 26 March 2016

International Flight No

From

To

Days

Departure

Arrival

SW 286

Frankfurt

Windhoek

Daily

20:10

07:30+1

SW 286/ 703

Frankfurt

Cape Town (via Windhoek)

Tue, Wed, Thu, Sat, Sun

20:10

10:35+1

SW 286/701

Frankfurt

Cape Town (via Windhoek)

Mon, Fri

20:10

11:40 +1

SW 286/ 723

Frankfurt

Johannesburg (via Windhoek)

Daily

20:10

10:15+1

SW 285

Windhoek

Frankfurt

Daily

21:30

06:55

Flight No

From

To

Days

Departure

Arrival

SW 700

Cape Town

Windhoek

Daily

06:35

08:45

SW 704

Cape Town

Windhoek

Daily

17:00

19:10

SW 704

Cape Town

Frankfurt (via Windhoek)

Daily

17:00

06:55+1

SW 714

Cape Town

Walvis Bay

Daily

14:35

16:45

SW 373

Harare

Windhoek

Mon, Fri

14:00

16:15

SW 413

Harare

Lusaka

Wed, Sun

12:15

13:15

SW 413

Harare

Windhoek ( via Lusaka)

Wed, Sun

12:15

16:15

SW 722

Johannesburg

Windhoek

Daily

06:40

08:45

SW 724

Johannesburg

Windhoek

Daily

12:00

14:05

SW 728

Johannesburg

Windhoek

Daily

18:20

20:25

SW 728

Johannesburg

Frankfurt (via Windhoek)

Daily

18:20

06:55+1

SW 730

Johannesburg

Walvis Bay

Daily

08:45

11:00

SW 373

Lusaka

Harare

Mon, Fri

12:25

13:20

SW 373

Lusaka

Windhoek (via Harare)

Mon, Fri

12:25

16:15

SW 413

Lusaka

Windhoek

Wed, Sun

13:55

16:15

SW 403

Maun

Victoria Falls

Mon, Wwd

11:05

11:50

SW 403

Maun

Windhoek (via Victoria falls)

Mon, Wed

11:05

14:10

SW 405

Maun

Windhoek

Fri, Sun

18:25

19:40

SW 403

Victoria Falls

Windhoek

Mon, Wed

12:30

14:10

SW 405

Victoria Falls

Maun

Fri, Sun

16:55

17:40

SW 405

Victoria Falls

Windhoek (via Maun)

Fri, Sun

16:55

19:40

SW 303

Windhoek

Luanda

Daily

09:35

11:15

SW 373

Windhoek

Lusaka

Mon, Fri

09:30

11:45

SW 373

Windhoek

Harare (via Lusaka)

Mon, Fri

09:30

13:20

SW 403

Windhoek

Maun

Mon, Wed

09:15

10:30

Regional

SW 403

Windhoek

Victoria Falls (via Maun)

Mon, Wed

09:15

11:50

SW 405

Windhoek

Victoria Falls

Fri, Sun

14:50

16:25

SW 405

Windhoek

Maun (via Victoria fall)

Fri, Sun

14:50

17:40

SW 413

Windhoek

Lusaka (via Harare)

Wed, Sun

09:30

13:15

SW 413

Windhoek

Harare

Wed, Sun

09:30

11:35

SW 701

Windhoek

Cape Town

Mon, Fri

09:40

11:40

SW 703

Windhoek

Cape Town

Tue, Wed, Thu, Sat, Sun

08:35

10:35

SW 709

Windhoek

Cape Town

Daily

17:35

19:35

SW 723

Windhoek

Johannesburg

Daily

08:30

10:15

SW 727

Windhoek

Johannesburg

Daily

14:55

16:40

SW 729

Windhoek

Johannesburg

Daily

17:35

19:20


Regional Flight No

From

To

Days

Departure

Arrival

SW 713

Walvis Bay

Cape Town

Daily

11:35

13:45

SW 737

Walvis Bay

Johannesburg

Daily

17:30

19:45

Flight No

From

To

Days

Departure

Arrival

SW 101

Eros

Ondangwa

Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sun

07:00

08:05

SW 103

Eros

Ondangwa

Tue, Thu

11:00

12:05

SW 107

Eros

Ondangwa

Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sun

17:00

18:05

SW 105

Eros

Ondangwa

Sat

15:55

17:00

SW 125

Katima Mulilo

Eros

Mon, Fri

13:35

15:15

SW 127

Katima Mulilo

Rundu

Wed, Sun

12:40

13:40

SW 127

Katima Mulilo

Eros (via Rundu)

Wed, Sun

12:40

15:15

SW 143

Luderitz

Oranjemund

Mon, Fri

11:10

12:00

SW 143

Luderitz

Windhoek ( via Oranjemund)

Mon, Fri

11:10

13:45

SW 145

Luderitz

Windhoek

Wed, Sun

12:45

13:45

SW 125

Rundu

Katima Mulilo

Mon, Fri

11:50

12:50

SW 125

Rundu

Eros (via Katima Mulilo)

Mon, Fri

11:50

15:15

SW 127

Rundu

Eros

Wed, Sun

14:00

15:15

SW 143

Oranjemund

Windhoek

Mon, Fri

12:30

13:45

SW 145

Oranjemund

Luderitz

Wed, Sun

11:25

12:15

SW 145

Oranjemund

Windhoek (via Luderitz )

Wed, Sun

11:25

13:45

SW 102

Ondangwa

Eros

Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sun

08:35

09:40

SW 104

Ondangwa

Eros

Tue, Thu,

12:35

13:40

SW 108

Ondangwa

Eros

Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sun

18:35

19:40

SW 106

Ondangwa

Eros

Sat

17:35

18:40

SW 125

Eros

Rundu

Mon, Fri

10:15

11:30

SW 125

Eros

Katima Mulilo (via Rundu)

Mon, Fri

10:15

12:50

SW 127

Eros

Katima

Wed, Sun

10:15

11:55

SW 127

Eros

Rundu (via Katima Mulilo)

Wed, Sun

10:15

13:40

SW 143

Windhoek

Luderitz

Mon, Fri

09:50

10:50

SW 143

Windhoek

Oranjemund (via Luderitz)

Mon, Fri

09:50

12:00

SW 145

Windhoek

Oranjemund

Wed, Sun

09:50

11:05

SW 145

Windhoek

Luderitz ( via Oranjemund)

Wed, Sun

09:50

12:15

SW 165

Windhoek

Walvis Bay

Tue, Thu, Fri, Sun

11:10

11:50

SW 165

Windhoek

Walvis Bay

Sat

10:00

10:40

SW 167

Windhoek

Walvis Bay

Mon, Wed

14:55

15:35

SW 166

Walvis Bay

Windhoek

Tue, thu, Fri, Sat, Sun

13:20

14:00

SW 168

Walvis Bay

Windhoek

Mon, Wed

16:05

16:45

Domestic

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