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WELCOME TO THE HOME OF NATURAL WONDERS Namibia, the Gem of Africa, hosts many natural wonders. Its dunes are one of the highest in the world. For many years its desert has stretched far out. Many came and many went, the ghost town, Kolmanskop, tells it all. Over the years Namibia has remained true to its nature, its valleys untampered, much like our beer. When it comes to brewing Windhoek, we’ve stuck to the 500-year-old Reinheitsgebot law. Using only natural ingredients to produce 100% pure beer. To experience the home of Windhoek Lager, book a tour of the brewery. Tour starts at 8:30 and 14:00 every Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday. Please book two days in advance +264 61 320 4999 (min of 3 people).

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ISSN: 2026-7924 Publisher Mynard Slabbert Media Nova Namibia www.media-nova.net Contributors • Anne Schauffer • Dronestagram • tourismupdate.co.za • Nirvani Pillay • Godwana Collection • Thomas Müller • Tuvie.com • James Siddall • Monei Pudumo Roos • Mannfred Goldbeck • Katherine Schafler • Andrew Shapland • Bernard Gutman • Charles van Rensburg Advertising Sales Media Nova Namibia Ferreira’s Garden Centre Shop #2 Maxwell Street Southern Industrial Area Windhoek, NAMIBIA

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In This Month’s Flamingo ON THE COVER September 2017

Wildly Wonderful - Leon Fouche’s wildlife paintings in soft pastels would be termed photo-realistic. You’ll probably just call them AMAZING (See page30)

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GENERAL

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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This season offers excellent time for game viewing as the veld is dryer, water becomes scarce and animals gather around waterholes. Adv. Mandi Ellaine P. Samson Acting Managing Director

Dear Passenger Thank you for choosing Air Namibia as your carrier of choice! Air Namibia recently appointed Namibian superstar Martin Morocky, popularly known as The Dogg, as the airline’s brand ambassador. He is off to a flying start and is promoting the national airline in various media as well as on Social Media platforms. This partnership truly shows what can be achieved when Namibians work together towards a common goal. Clearly demonstrating our national pride and each of us carries the Spirit of Namibia. The Namibian time will change back to the normal UTC +2 (Central Africa Time) on the first Sunday of September 2017, to kickstart the summer season. On the 3rd of September 2017, the clock jumps forward from 2 to 3 am. The time change also heralds the arrival of Spring, swiftly followed in Namibia by Summer. It is time to slowly start bringing out your summer clothes and enjoy the longer days. This season offers excellent time for game viewing as the veld is dryer, water becomes scarce and animals gather around waterholes. Air Namibia connects you to different parts of the world through our codeshare agreements. Our airline has codeshare agreements with Ethiopian, Condor, Kenya and Turkish Airlines.

and also facilitate the provision of competitive and convenient travel choices for their respective customers. Please refer to the summer schedule for more info. On the international scene, we observed the United Nation’s International Day of the Preservation of the Ozone Layer, which is celebrated on the 16th of September every year. As we operate in the skies, it is critical for us to preserve the ozone layer, which protects Earth from harmful UV-rays, further helping to preserve life on the planet. Air Namibia operates a fleet of eco-friendly aircraft that positively contribute to the reduction of emissions to our planet. In our monthly efforts to promote domestic tourism, we focus on Namibia Wildlife Resort’s (NWR) /Ai-/Ais Hotsprings and Spa. This resort lies at the southern end of the Fish River Conservation area, in the Namibian portion of the Ai-Ais / Richtersveld Transfrontier Park. This national park spans two countries: Namibia and South Africa. Ai-Ais means “burning water” in one of the local languages and refers to the sulphurous hot springs found in this area. The resort recently received a major facelift with the rooms and restaurant undergoing fantastic upgrades. Thank you for flying Air Namibia, we look forward to welcoming you on board again soon.

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Let’s talk whisky It was the first FNB Namibia Whisky Festival… and with around 1000 enthusiasts streaming through the doors – others turned away – and the wonderful warmth and keen enthusiasm with which it was received, it’s clear it’ll be the first Whisky Festival of many.

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it back, have a dram, and let’s talk whisky. First, let’s get our spelling correct. The word “Whisky” is the Scottish spelling of the spirit we love. It began as the Latin aqua vitae and Gaelic uisge beatha (pronounced ooshkibar). Over time and a few drinks, ooshkibar became ooshki which became Whiskey. Note the “e”. That’s the original spelling and still the way the Irish (and Americans) spell their favourite golden spirit. The Scots, not wanting anything to do with the Irish, dropped the “e”. Most whisky producing countries use the Scottish spelling. And a dram? That’s a measure of whisky, the size of which the Scots use to measure your friendship. Don’t even think about pouring a small one…

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Whisky drinkers old and new celebrated their love for the water of life at the first FNB Namibia Whisky Festival. Held on the 15th of July at the Windhoek Country Club, a sell-out crowd sipped the best of Scottish, Irish and American golden spirits – with some Champagne included for those who prefer the pale gold bubbles. I’ve had the pleasure of presenting whisky around the world for many years and was delighted at the range of spirits, the crowd’s enthusiasm, thirst for knowledge and quality of the presenters. Close to 1000 people attended. Organisers Tamasa Trading (they’re the same crowd that host the Windhoek Wine Show) had to close the doors and turn away around 200 people, so hopefully 2018 will be over two nights to cater for the increased demand for delicious drams. The big Scottish, Irish and American brands were there – Chivas Regal; Jameson; The Glenlivet; Glenmorangie; Johnnie Walker; Jack Daniel’s and The Macallan. Some of the top quality smaller brands such as Highland Park, Speyburn, Old Pulteney and Glenrothes delighted the crowds, and the rich, smoky, Islay whiskies – Ardbeg, Bowmore and Laphroaig - on hand to round off the evening. Whisky presenters from Scotland and South Africa shared their knowledge and passion with the public, with many people trying whiskies they’d not had before, opening their minds and palates to the pleasures of the spirit. Because of the popularity of the event, next year should see the range on offer include whiskies from South Africa, India and Japan, with more from Scotland and Ireland. A whisky festival is about enjoying the spirit and learning more about it. The move internationally is away from extraneous distractions and towards a focus on the whisky. Some of the brands had big bright colourful stands and others had a simple table. In both cases, the whiskies impressed, and that’s the important part of any whisky festival. Presenters are there to share our knowledge and help people enjoy the pleasures of the amber liquid. We loved chatting with people who wanted to learn more about whisky – and have a lot of fun doing it. There was an element of sophistication, but not over-the-top airs and graces. We were all there to drink, responsibly, for the enjoyment of whisky. The festival reminded me of how things were for the first few years of whisky festivals in South Africa and the more boutique shows elsewhere in the world. Great brands, experienced presenters and a crowd that wants to learn. I was very impressed and heartened by my engagement with the consumers. There was a genuine desire to find out more about whisky and to try new brands. To the whisky lovers in Namibia who attended the show, thanks for coming. It was a real pleasure to talk whisky with you, and I hope to come back again. I hope to see you at the show next year. Come say hi, let’s have a chat, a dram and start on a journey round the wonderful world of whisky.

Question about whisky? Email bernard@ drinksmag.co.za or tweet @bernardgwhisky

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in the end, the only moments that matter are the ones that stay with us forever At Ruacana Eha Lodge, you will discover an inviting oasis of beauty awaiting you in the heart of Kaokoland. Inspired by its graceful surroundings, the Lodge has been designed to capture your spirit and calm your soul, while our services cater to your heart’s desires. Relax in the pool or enjoy a meal in our restaurant. For our more active guests, the gym and volleyball court are open for you to keep ďŹ t during your stay. From sunrise to sunset, create memories that will last a lifetime.

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A Truly African Story Words: Andrew Shapland - The Roving Ambassador Naseeb Mfinanga and Donna Duggan Photographs: Nasikia Camps and Maasai Wanderings

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aasai Wanderings was founded in 2005 by Naseeb Mfinanga (Tanzanian) and Donna Duggan (Australian but Tanzania resident) and has been steadily growing ever since. ‘Nas’ began with very humble beginnings, a story of a childhood struggle to gain education and help his mother provide an income for the family with tea and chapatti sales through the streets of Arusha. Donna, a different story of a middle class upbringing, excellent educational opportunities and a nursing background. They met in Moshi, neighbours in a suburb called Rau. Nas was getting away from the hustle of Arusha, while Donna was volunteering at Majengo clinic for childhood immunisation and birthing clinics. “Below I share my insight into the safari and trekking adventures in Tanzania that our companies offer, as part of our Prominent Women in Business series that I was part of”.

Maasai Wanderings and Nasikia Tented Camps Donna and Nas operate safari and trekking adventures in Tanzania, Maasai Wanderings Ltd – focusing on wildlife viewing, landscape explorations and cultural interaction. “We initially established ourselves to create an income opportunity to filter through to their school and community projects in several Maasai villages throughout northern Tanzania”. From there, they have made a name for themselves as an ethical, fair-traded and committed outfit that cares enough to take travellers on the adventure of a life time. Maasai Wanderings primarily focusses on the English and French speaking markets, although they do have partnerships in place with Italian, Spanish and German-speaking markets.

They have more recently branched out to other destinations within Africa, and Rwanda, “Zimbabwe and Namibia are new hotspots for us”. They are lucky to receive a high percentage of repeat clients and sometimes they want to explore more than Tanzania – so this is where they have established partnerships in these locations with those who have a similar vision with regards to client services and experiences. Nas and Donna also own and operate Nasikia Tanzania Ltd (aka Nasikia Camps), a portfolio of tented camps located in the national parks of the northern safari circuit in Tanzania. And new ones about to open in 2018!

Women join boardrooms Historically in the safari business, the operations and logistics were often done by men. It was a rugged and wild job, but full of the thrill of the adventure. Women tended to play a more administrative role or that of a travelling companion, whereas these days, Donna sees women taking on the more gruelling tasks of logistics, staff management, tour leading, guiding, negotiations with authorities and also seeking new areas to explore. She sees women and their attention to detail as a crucial part of creating a perfectly unforgettable safari for travellers in today’s world. Donna says that: “The majority of the safari itineraries we operate are unique from one another – indeed we concentrate on listening not only to peoples’ budget and wish list - but also to what activities and experiences they are hoping for, the style of accommodation, type of guide, length of time they have, and who they are”.

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From this, they design an itinerary that caters for personal needs and expectations. Donna and Nas don’t think a safari can just be ‘bought off the shelf’ – Donna thinks they are on the shelf for us to get ideas, but tailoring them to suit guests as individuals is so very important.

Reflections on a balanced workforce It is a fact that the more women are educated, the more successful they are – this in turn leads to more successful and healthier families and futures. It is no secret that when a woman has the opportunity to learn and earn, a community benefits as a whole; health behaviour and hygiene improve, peer support and mentoring improve, communication and awareness improve, and so do goal setting and financial planning - men are encouraged as allies and advocates. When women lead, it often comes with a nurturing effect where everyone involved moves forward in a positive manner. Women are adaptable within their role, they are natural leaders who have the endurance to problem solve with care. In the words of Hilary Clinton, ‘Women are the largest untapped reservoir in the world.’

Insight into the role “As the director of Maasai Wanderings, Donna’s role is vast and varied. Donna primarily focuses on sales and reservations for incoming travellers. However, Donna also plays a part in team management and training for both safari operations and our camps, community project liaison with regards to budgets and funding for building projects, financial accountability (they have a team of accountants but Donna is the one writing the cheques) and general supervision of the customer service aspects of trips”. Donna and Nas both feel it is crucial to be involved in every aspect of the company, indeed to watch how everyone in the team interacts with colleagues, with suppliers, with clients and so on. Donna does not believe that when you are a director you can just supervise from afar; her husband Nas gets on the ground underneath a vehicle and Donna sits up late at night writing menus. It is the nature of this beautiful woman. Let’s not forget - Donna still runs her family home – she is a mother and wife before she even gets up in the morning to go to the office!

The vital role of Donna’s team The team in Donna’s opinion are the front line, they are the bridge that links the company to the rest of the world – past, present and future safari-goers. First impressions mean a lot and imprint a memory, often even before the first words are spoken. Donna and Nas invest a lot of time and money into team training and believe it is a crucial part of their success. It is not enough to just know facts and figures, to regurgitate statistics and smile. They need to listen to their guests, and communicate information in such a way that it is received, understood and creates a dialogue for further discussion. Donna and Nas have always told the team that they can’t possibly be a good guide or team player if they themselves are

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not a good person, good husband/wife, good father/mother and good member of the community. They have guys who have been with them right from Day 1 – they are a working family and those families have extended their opportunities into something where their dependents are now working with the network. They might now provide fresh produce to the camps, sew car seat covers for the vehicles, supply woven baskets for storage or demonstrate their skills in professional development training.

Opportunities and challenges ahead Donna and Nas have had a few tough years with global economic crises, global health issues, global terror threats and the implementation of VAT on tourism services in Tanzania impacting heavily on company profits. They understand many companies in Tanzania, if not Africa, have been impacted in similar ways. But let’s look at it in a positive light and use this as learning. They believe once people understand that Tanzania is geographically peaceful, is a country full of stunning natural resources (unique landscapes and wildlife), and that it is a country that is naturally welcoming and warm. Tanzania is building an incredible future for itself on the world stage, VAT collection assists with those goals. They predict vast improvements in Tanzania’s infrastructure and economic development this year and years ahead. As tourism develops in Tanzania, they would like to see benefits filtering more through society in general. After all, the environment that we work in belongs to Tanzanians as a whole and the whole country should see the benefits. Donna

is honoured to be married to a man who is proudly Tanzanian. Together they endeavour to develop the skills and experience of Tanzanians, making sure to provide jobs and opportunities in the country. They believe this is pivotal to maintaining sustainable tourism ideals in Tanzania. In terms of development of their own company, they have several projects on the horizon for Nasikia Camps – new properties, new locations. This is exciting news for them, and also for their Maasai Wanderings team of guides. Opening minds to new experiences and ideas can only benefit all of us. Donna believes that they offer a truly unique product within tourism in Tanzania: “As directors, we have our eye on the ball, listen to what our clients’ needs are and go out of our way to make sure that their safari experience exceeds all their expectations.” Donna and Nas are two dedicated and hard-working people – there is no remotely located board, no investors. It is their vision, their blood, sweat and tears. They utilise their local knowledge and international experience of efficiency to really deliver a product that some people only ever thought of as a wild dream. That’s what makes them happy; safaris should be accessible.

Contact: Shanaaz Solomons Contact Email: shanaaz@tourismcorp.co.za Company: The Roving Ambassador Ltd London, United Kingdom Web Address: www.therovingambassador.com

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Shauna Neill Jewellery with strong African roots

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hauna Neill is a Durban girl through and through! She was born there, grew up and went to school on Durban’s Berea, and now lives in Mount Edgecombe with her husband of 15 years and three sons aged 13, 10, and 7. She considers herself blessed to have grown up in a very creative family: “My father and brother are both qualified architects and as a family my parents always encouraged us to be creative and to appreciate good design across all genres.” Shauna studied a Bachelor of Social Science Degree at Durban University majoring in Marketing and Industrial Psychology, and spent many years working in FMCG Brand Management which she loved: “It allowed me to use both my creative and analytical skills.” Even as a schoolgirl, it was always Shauna’s ambition to have a business of her own which would allow her to determine the balance between work and family life: “After having my three sons, I yearned for the opportunity to design, create, and market the ideas whirling around in my head, and so I started my jewellery design business. I love that what I do fuels my soul, empowers previously unemployed women, and allows me to be with my family when they need me.” All Shauna Neill pieces are handmade in Durban by a small team of previously unemployed women, who Shauna has trained in the art of jewellery making and general business skills. The range of necklaces, earrings, rings, and bangles is available online and in stores throughout South Africa, as well as in France, Italy, Austria, Namibia, Mauritius, Australia, the Seychelles, and the UK. Shauna describes her brand ethos: “It’s deeply rooted in the desire to create pieces which appeal to the contemporary woman wanting something unique and considered, that not everyone else is wearing. I never create a piece that I would not wear myself, which keeps me true to what I believe is good design and good workmanship.” The Bopha Collection, launched last year, takes inspiration from African Tribal women in an earthy colour palette with an industrial edge, including wood, rope, wire, thread, leather, and copper materials. The range alludes to the tribal tradition of wearing wealth around the neck and celebrates a form of expression with dramatic bold pieces taking centre stage, second to clothing. Bopha is a Zulu word meaning ‘to tie. The just launched AW17 Collection introduces three wintry colours – olive, mustard, and burgundy - into Shauna Neill’s currently monochromatic palette, as well as making use of new materials and designs.

CONTACT: Shauna Neill Unit 15 Island Office Park, 23 Flanders Drive, Mount Edgecombe, 4301 Tel: +27 83 555 2410 Email: info@shaunaneill.co.za Web: shaunaneill.co.za

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ARTIST PROFILE

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ARTIST PROFILE

Wildly Wonderful Leon Fouche’s wildlife paintings in soft pastels would be termed photo-realistic. You’ll probably just call them AMAZING. Edited by: Anne Schauffer Artworks photographed by Leon Fouche

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eon’s mother, Ingrid, is a very creative and talented artist, so Leon sees his skills as her inheritance to him: “I was lucky really, and right from childhood, my parents always encouraged me to draw. I finished loads of pencil sketches throughout my school career, and when I was writing Grade 12 exams, that’s when I first began working with soft pastels.” Leon had his first exhibition in 2002, a few months after completing school. Leon didn’t have any formal training in art, nor did he pursue a higher education in any creative field. He’s entirely self-taught. He just listened to advice which suggested he NOT study art, but rather develop his own style and paint what inspired him. And wildlife is what inspires him: “My passion for wildlife comes from always being outdoors growing up - birdwatching, fishing and game viewing was what we, as a family, did on weekends. My entire childhood consisted of that, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Wildlife is really the only thing that inspires me to draw. I have a real love for it.” For Leon, one of the most exciting things about his artwork is getting out into Africa’s wild places with his camera: “I sometimes spend up to two months in a game reserve just photographing wildlife. These encounters inspire new artworks and I use my photographs as reference material to try and capture what is so special about Africa and its wildlife.” For him, photography is a passion as much as it’s a means to an end: “I find it way more satisfying and meaningful to create a painting from photographs I’ve taken myself.” Leon works exclusively in soft pastels – not to be confused with oil pastels – because he finds they’re a wonderful medium

for drawing soft feathers and fur. His style is essentially photorealism, as he strives always to achieve a realistic and detailed look with each drawing: “This is a very time-consuming process, and an original can sometimes take up to two months to complete. Pastels are also arguably the longest lasting medium and therefore make a sound investment. All the art materials I use are archival and the framing method is also aimed at conserving the artwork and preserving its value.” Leon’s been a full time artist for around sixteen years now. He exhibits three or four times annually in South Africa as well as America. He has a website where people can purchase work or place an order – he does take commissions. His work and his mother’s original artworks are stocked by two lodges in the Sabi Sand game reserve in the Greater Kruger National Park in South Africa, and he also supplies a small shop near Hoedspruit in Limpopo province. His artworks can be found in many private and corporate collections across the globe.

CONTACT: www.fouchestudios.com www.facebook.com/fouchestudios E-mail: fouchestudios@gmail.com Mobile: +2772 396 7009

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A BOUQUET OF OFFERINGS, LEGACY HOTELS & RESORTS GRATIFIES THE LEISURE AND BUSINESS TRAVELLER From Lagos to Cape Town From eye-catching skyscrapers and exclusive hotels to luxury resorts and rustic safari bush lodges, Legacy Hotels & Resorts are behind the creation of some of the most breathtaking properties in Africa. They are also the only property Group to own both hotels and bush lodges, providing travellers with an endless choice of destinations and unforgettable experiences tailor-made to suit either leisure or business travel. Legacy’s variety of properties pride themselves in being unique. All hotels, resorts and lodges have been carefully designed and built to complement the special features of each destination – and all deliver on their promise of choice. Surrounded by the endless golden dunes of Namibia, as well as the waves of the Atlantic Ocean, the town of Swakopmund hosts the ever popular Swakopmund Hotel and Entertainment Centre. Complementing surrounding architecture the Hotel is the perfect venue for modern convenience and old world charm. Be it holiday or business, amenities are well suited and guests can tailor their experience to suit. The Windhoek Country Club Resort offers businessmen, conference delegates and families the best of both worlds. Known for exceptional service and luxury accommodation the hotel sits on a modelled 18 hole golf course. Seated in the heart of Sandton’s Richest Square Mile, Legacy’s world-class five-star hotels – The Michelangelo Hotel and The DAVINCI Hotel and Suites. The magnificent Renaissance architecture of The Michelangelo Hotel is the very essence of status and success and caters for everything from productive business strategy-sessions, to weddings and special occasions, while The DAVINCI Hotel and Suites offers guests endless amenities such as an on-site spa, a well-equipped gym, a whiskey and cigar lounge and a gourmet restaurant serving European cuisine and freshly prepared sushi. The Mother city, Cape Town’s pride – the exclusive Portswood Hotel and The Commodore Hotel – epitomise stylish living, quality service and a tranquil setting that have ensured guests, whether businessmen or tourists, return year after year. The Portswood Hotel is famous for its unique, personal approach to service – catering to the international traveller’s every need and anticipating their every desire, while The Commodore Hotel offers 234 elegantly furnished standard rooms and suites. Just across the South African border, and heading into the gorgeous wilderness lies the exclusive Elephant Hills Resort. Overlooking the Zambezi river and upstream from the popular Victoria Falls, it offers enticing views, an abundance of wildlife and one of Africa’s best golf courses. Guests, be it leisure or business, can enjoy a variety of activities from the relaxing sunset cruises to the more daring rafting and bungee jumping. For those preferring to stay closer to town, the gorgeous Kingdom Hotel is situated within the small and quaint town of Victoria Falls. Close to all major attractions and having direct access to the rain forest, the hotel is perfect for families or Incentive groups wanting to discover something new whilst experiencing a commitment to excellence. Legacy also own hotels in other parts of South Africa and into Africa (29 in total), including Namibia, Gabon, Ghana, Mpumalanga, Eastern Cape, Zimbabwe and Nigeria. Central Reservations +27 (0) 11 806 6888 | hotels@legacyhotels.com

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EDITORIAL

There’s an T elephant in my shower With a fresh and funky overhaul of the guest rooms, when you shower in Etosha Safari Camp, it’s like showering with a friend. A large friend.

Edited by: Anne Schauffer Photographs by Scott and Judy Hurd

hey’re done, and they’re fabulous! Etosha Safari Camp’s guest rooms now have brand new designs, and these renovations are over. Turning their backs on anything ordinary, Gondwana chose wonderful interior designers Women Unleashed to breathe new life into the project: “We asked them to create a comfortable and stylish environment connected to the playfulness of the Shebeen – bright, airy and light-hearted. They did a great job,” says Gondwana’s Operations Director Alain Noirfalise. The bathrooms underwent a complete renovation, and all 50 guests rooms were reinvented in fresh, vital colours and textures. Ten are family rooms with four beds each, three triple rooms, and 37 double rooms…and all have an elephant in the room. Well, in the shower really, and it’s a pachyderm with a sense of humour. Etosha Safari Camp is a delightful combination of luxurious touches, threaded through with that unique African zest for life. You’ll feel it in your feet. The proximity of the Camp to Etosha National Park, means Andersson Gate is around the corner, and you can nip in to this world-renowned Park to visit the 580 mammal and 340 bird species whenever it takes your fancy. Camp life is ultra-relaxing, and you can drift between the pool, the delightful Okambashu Restaurant, the townshipstyled Oshebeena Bar…and the village square, where the musical sounds of the Etosha Safari Boys are heard loud and clear. At Etosha Safari Camp you have the best of all worlds. A wealth of wildlife, from the next door National Park to your shimmering shower. Escape the urban, and come to the country. You’ll love it!

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What is the metro working Namibian household trend on debts? LETS TALK HOUSEHOLD DEBTS In 2016 Old Mutual Namibia conducted a Savings and Investment Monitor in Namibia, revealing important trends: • The biggest debt held is for home loans followed by vehicle loans, store accounts and personal loans with financial institutions • Respondents were not convinced that by getting into debt is the only alternative in today’s society and consider themselves to be savers • Respondents don’t rely on credit to survive and avoid debt where possible • 35% of the respondents indicated that there is a specific time during the year that they borrow money to cover expenses • Respondents who borrowed, usually borrow during the beginning of the month (typically in January) • Those who borrow during a specific half of the year usually borrowed during the second half; those who borrowed in a specific quarter indicated the second quarter of the year (April to June) *Metro working Namibian: You can review the full survey demographics online at www.OldMutual.com.na Call us today at +264 (0)61 299 3999 or visit oldmutual.com.na

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EDITORIAL

Leather Bags – Exclusively Namibian Looking for a superb quality leather bag…with a Namibian twist from the heart? You’ve come to the right place. By making that purchase, you’re also making a difference to the lives of others. It’s a win win. Edited by: Anne Schauffer Photographs supplied by Myeisha is Love

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erman-born Sandra Baumeister moved to Windhoek last year. It was by no means her first experience of Namibia – she’s been deeply involved in projects in Africa for many years. Sandra’s background is in teaching, and over the years, she’s taught in several schools, including the International School of Stuttgart. Since 2012, she’s been a shareholder in the family business, automotive supplier, BOS, in Germany. She explains her motivation, “In 2012, I became involved in a South African charity organisation. Together with them, we drilled a water fountain for a village in Angola, fed a school with over 50 children and, with groups from Germany, renovated four kindergartens in townships around Johannesburg.” In 2014, she visited a friend in Namibia, and together, they began planning their own charity. She smiles, “And then I was given some industrial sewing machines, and in 2015, after a series of events, we set up a business here in Namibia, Myeisha, producing highend leather bags. The profits from the sales is intended for our trust, called Especially Namibian, from which we currently support a Kindergarten in Katutura, so the children get one hot meal a day; and we also support a young girls teacher training programme. We are busy planning an orphanage.” Sandra and her partner Kym Kibble have two brands or lines under one roof, the first one being the pure leather Myeisha bags, which are exported to Europe and the rest of the world: “In Swahili, Myeisha means ‘the one who is loved the most.’ We all want appreciation in our lives, and it’s this appreciation we want to give our staff, our product, and the client who buys the bag.”

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The second line is called iNAMi, which in the language of the bushman, means ‘love’: “Under iNAMi, we produce Leather and fabric bags, as well as pure leather bags. This brand is a bit more African, funkier. It’s also designed for the Namibian Market.” The leatherwork and bags are exciting and truly beautiful… but amazingly, Sandra knew absolutely nothing at all about leather production. She laughs, “Only about beautiful handbags and fabric.” But she counts herself lucky to have a great team on board: “Our two designers were sent to Cape Town for training in design and leather work. The other ten staff members were untrained, although some brought some sewing skills. Our designers and product managers trained the rest of our staff to work with leather.” Sandra and her two designers work on the designs, perfecting them and creating new ones. She says initially they had support from a designer in Germany, but more and more they do it all themselves. In the beginning, Sandra wanted to use all local materials, but says, “The resources were very limited and our expectations very high. So now we source our material from South Africa, Europe and Hong Kong, as well as Namibia.” Looking at the bags, quality is clearly a driver. The Trust’s stated goal through this project, was to make a difference to the world by giving people work and appreciation: “Helping people to help themselves through social entrepreneurship,” confirms Sandra. The 13-strong team is based in Eros, Groot Tiras 1, and shoppers and visitors can call in at the workshop and meet the amazing team who produces the bags. The shop is open between 8 and 4 pm. Products are also available from September in Carl List Mall, Independence Street 29, CSquared Shop 3, and online through Zaleka. The brand iNAMi is found at Wolwedans and other Wilderness Safari Lodges.

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PHOTOGRAPHY

Award: 1st Prize Winner Title: Provence, Summer Trim Category: Nature Photographer: jcourtial, French, based in London

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2017 International Drone Photography Contest Each year, Dronestagram throws down the gauntlet to drone photographers worldwide, to capture sensational images and pit themselves against the best of the best. Here they are...

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ature, People, Urban, and, this year, a new category, Creative – those are the categories for the 2017 International Drone Photography Contest, organised by Dronestagram with the support of National Geographic. Over 5 000 entries were submitted from around the world by talented professional photographers and amateur drone photo enthusiasts. The competition was judged on creativity and photographic quality by a panel of experts including National Geographic Deputy Director Patrick Witty and Photo editor Jeff Heimsath as well as Emanuela Ascoli, Photo editor of National Geographic France and Dronestagram. Prizes are superb, with everything from drones to cameras to backpacks – prizes are sponsored by National Geographic, Europ Assistance, Kodak Pixpro, StudioSPORT, Lowepro, Zeinberg & Homido.

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PHOTOGRAPHY

Award: 2nd Prize Winner Title: : Infinite Road to Transylvania Category: Nature Photographer: Calin Stan Bucharest, Romania

Calin Stan: “This is the image of Cheia DN1A road that takes you to Transylvania, here in Romania. Yes, THAT Transylvania. Or, as the legend says, this is the view that Count Dracula himself saw on his nocturnal flight. The truth is that this is the first road that I have photographed with my drone for the Transylvania Roads Project. It all started last year in July when I was eager to see the world differently. I love nature and shooting in nature so it was a "natural" thing to do.�

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Award: 3rd Prize Winner Title: : Ice formation Category: Nature Photographer: Florian Ledoux, France

Florian Ledoux: “I recently moved to Reykjavik to get closer to the Arctic, my playground. This photo were captured during winter in East Greenland, which is one of the most remote places on Earth. During that period it’s really hard to get there because of the weather conditions. The drone was not guaranteed to work at minus twenty degrees, and I had a lot of trouble during the expedition to get the photo I wanted. I had flown from Kulusuk settlement to reach the open sea where the ice was forming. I was around three kilometres above the ice and cold water in a freezing environment - it was a risk, and probably because of this, I crashed the drone one month later on Senja island in North Norway.:”

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Award: 1st Prize Winner Title: End of the line Category: People Photographer: Martin Sanchez, United States

Martin Sanchez: “It was on a Saturday afternoon in April just before sunset. Earlier in the day I had my batteries fully charged and decided to drive down the New Jersey coast. It was great because the beaches were empty and the coast was clear. The day was fair with the sun peeking here and there. After a full day of exploring and shooting the coast, I was tired. I drove through town to get back on the main highway. While driving, I noticed an empty tennis court that just stood out like a treasured story in a book of empty words. First thing that came into my mind was, can’t finish the day without some visual drone art. I usually don’t do these unless the surface canvas is what I am looking for. Had this idea of shooting this particular performance a while back but never found the time or place. This was perfect. After a few takes things got a little weird. Two people came by to play some tennis on the other court. As they got closer they had no idea what was happening on my end. They didn’t know whether to play or call for help. When I was all done, I showed them the somewhat final result and both of them said Ohhhh! I get it.”

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Award: 2nd Prize Winner Title: : Waterlily Category: People Photographer: helios1412, Vietnam

Award: 3rd Prize Winner Title: : La Vijanera Category: People Photographer: feelingmovie, Spain

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Award: 1st Prize Winner Title: Concrete Jungle Category: Urban Photographer: bachirm, United Arab Emirates

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Award: 2nd Prize Winner Title: : Dawn on Mercury Tower Category: Urban Photographer: alexeygo, Russian Federation

Award: 3rd Prize Winner Title: : Peace Category: Urban Photographer: luckydron, Spain

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PHOTOGRAPHY

Title: Next Level Category: Creativity Photographer: macareuxprod, France

Thibault Beguet: “This picture was captured on a Normandy beach with my girlfriend Manon. We are looking forward to a happy event (a baby) and looked for a fun, original and unusual way to announce it to our loved ones, family and friends. So I had the idea of this picture: Manon & myself creating a baby, represented by an old pram and like a video game. We love Normandy, the sea, and outdoor activities, so we choose naturally to shoot on the beach. The name of this photo, « Next Level », has been chosen for a new step of our life, a parent’s life, and is a reference to videogames like the picture.

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Title: : Ugo le marin Category: Creativity Photographer: rga, France

Title: : Two Moo Category: Creativity Photographer: LukeMaximoBell, South Africa

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CONSERVATION

Namibia Nature Foundation Turns 30

Namibia Nature Foundation (NNF), a non-governmental organisation founded in 1987 celebrates 30 years, of promoting conservation and the wise utilisation of natural resources in Namibia. NNF is Namibia’s leading conservation and sustainable development organisation.

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his year, the Namibia Nature Foundation (NNF) is celebrating 30 years in conservation. In this period, NNF can reflect with a sense of pride on many conservation milestones reached and notable achievements that have been realized. Before independence, Louw Schoemann, a lawyer and nature passionate, became increasingly aware of the irreversible damages that threaten ecosystems in very dry climates if conservation efforts were not urgently made and taken seriously. It became apparent to him that this should be done not only by official authorities, but that there was a clear need for an independent organisation to focus on conservation issues. In 1987, he founded the Namibia Nature Foundation with the support and patronage of Mr. KWR List of the Ohlthaver and List Group. At first, the NNF assisted the (then) Department of Nature Conservation to raise and administer funds for the conservation of wildlife and protected area management. The NNF had a rather modest beginning, the opening bank balance equated to R 100 000, a generous contribution by the former Sarusas Development Fund, kindly arranged by Skerf Pottas and Louw Schoeman. But it was also a relatively unknown organisation and the first Director Douglas Reissner (1989-1993) took to marketing the organisation, making contact with a wide range of other institutions across the world. The initial projects during Namibia’s year of independence focused on anti-poaching support, funding to enable environmental education at existing MET facilities, develop a fund-raising capability both internationally and through Namibian corporate membership and establish linkages with the Ministry of Environment & Tourism, local community-based NGO’s, like-minded NGO’s within the SADC region and beyond. One of the first steps was to gain accreditation by the IUCN (International Union for

the Conservation of Nature). Douglas says “The formative role of the NNF, was not one of implementing projects, but rather funding facilitation through third-party donors, including direct fundraising activities primarily for MET and Namibian NGO’s, that cooperated with local communities.” This scope of work continued through-out much of the 1990’s under the leadership of Mr P Tyldesley (1993-1997) and Dr P van Rooyen (1997-1998). In 1998 the Board appointed Dr Chris Brown (1998-2010) as the new Executive Director and in doing so signalled a change in scope and mandate of the NNF. Dr Brown came in with a clear focus on, livelihoods (improving the quality of life) and conserving the natural resource base through the creation of positive incentives for sustainable development. He also recognised that ‘sustainable development and sound environmental management are not realised by individuals or organisations working in isolation. They are only achieved through people working together, in partnership with one another, towards a common vision.’ This laid the basis of the NNF as it is known today and the basis for the NNF’s two most successful products over the last 30 years, people and partnerships. It is the people of the NNF who have driven the organisation to many successes, large and small. It is impossible to single out any one person but it is a fact that the alumni of the NNF are regularly encountered at any environmental meeting and have gone on to careers in other NGO’s, Government, Private Sector and the international development community. At the same time the NNF has established solid partnerships across the same spectrum of NGO’s, Government, private-sector and with the international development community. Dr Brown had agreed to serve the NNF for a decade and stepped down in 2010, when a suitable replacement in the form of Dr Julian Fennessy (2010-2012) took over at the NNF. Julian took over at a time of a rapidly changing donor environment driven largely

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Dr Brown and Dr Fennessy remain very active in the sector both establishing high profile partner organisations. Dr Brown has set up and is making huge strides with the Namibian Chamber of Environment (www.n-c-e.org). Dr Fennessy has established the Giraffe Conservation Foundation to significantly raise the profile of our formerly forgotten gentle giants (https://giraffeconservation.org)

by the reclassification of Namibia as an upper middle income country and the fall out of the 2008 financial crisis. During this time the NNF had to reinvent itself and in a short space of time set up forward looking structures which have helped the NNF ride the challenges of the last few years. In one of the most challenging periods the NNF was held up by Acting Directors Ms Sally Wood & Maria Pimenta (2012-2013), before Mr Angus Middleton was recruited to take up the position of Executive Director in November 2013. The NNF is, without doubt, an organisation with a difference, involved in a very diverse portfolio which illustrates the organisation’s passion for Namibian Nature and People. The work of the NNF has expanded in both scope and capacity to incorporate projects which are focused on social ecosystems; global environmental issues and policies; natural ecosystems and biodiversity and both productive land- and seascapes, with the key aim of supporting the works of the Namibian Government and local communities regarding wildlife conservation, natural resource management and rural livelihoods development. Through the years, the NNF has developed its expertise as a financial management service provider, in addition to being a major organisation in the field of conservation. The NNF remains a leading NGO for nature conservation in Namibia but it is, first and foremost, an organization led by passion with 30 staff members working at any one time on between 30-50 projects around the country, very often working closely with communities in order to protect nature’s richness for the present and future generations. Our motto is “Love Namibia, Love Nature” and we believe in finding innovative conservation solutions which make economic sense for the communities living in and from these fragile environmental landscapes which constitute Namibia. However, more than ever the primary aims of the NNF,

which are to promote sustainable development, to conserve biological diversity and natural ecosystems and to utilise natural resources wisely and ethically for the benefit of all Namibians, not only remain highly relevant but are also proving ever more challenging. It is fair to say that the NNF remains the go to organisation for conservation and sustainable development, not because we can do everything, but rather because we know the best placed people and partners who can. The future is a mugs game but we know that the designation of Namibia as an upper middle income country has necessitated that the government realign its expenditure towards basic social services at a cost to aspects such as environmental expenditure; whilst at the same time support funding in all sectors becomes increasingly project based and metric leaving few resources for organisations such as the NNF to champion the broader concepts of sustainable development. As a result the NNF has been under-going a transition towards a social enterprise that works for pro-people pro-conservation outcomes. The challenges both globally and in Namibia are immense but there is every reason to be optimistic as Namibia has already achieved so much in terms of conservation and more people are starting to realise how they benefit from the biodiversity that under pins our economy. In the end it is down to each of us to do our bit in small ways and more importantly to support working together to achieve positive outcomes, we thank all the people and partners who have carried the NNF this far. With 30 years of experience the Namibia Nature Foundation as a product of its people and partnerships (past, present and future) is very well positioned to make a difference to keeping Namibia natural and loving it!

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You don't need much to get a lot Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has launched the all new Fiat Tipo hatchback and its sedan sibling to the South African market following the vehicle’s highly successful European debut. The launch marks the Fiat’s return to the medium-compact segment with an offering that appeals directly to the heart of the market, thanks to a simple but comprehensive range that meets customer needs. The Tipo family’s success is based on a value proposition combined with best-in-class passenger and luggage space, as well as versatility. Thanks in part to these characteristics, the Tipo family has been awarded a string of accolades, the latest of which is the prestigious Autobest “Best Buy Car 2016” award, chosen by a jury of 26 journalists from the most authoritative European car magazines. This award underlines the model’s design, quality, comfort and versatility and rewards an exceptional offering that is squarely focused on value for money, a crucial concept in Fiat’s functional family strategy, summed up in the slogan “You don’t need much to get a lot”. The Fiat Tipo range shares the same values but each have unique personalities as diverse as their respective target audiences, from families and couples to young people or professionals. The Tipo family was developed around the brief “Skills, no frills” and combines the brand’s historic concepts of functionality, simplicity and personality in an extraordinary value-for-money offering. Personality-wise, the Fiat Tipo projects a dynamic style and a strong character in all versions with simple choices provided to the customer resulting in a range of engines and trim levels appealing directly to the heart of the market. Functionality, a hallmark of Fiat for more than 80 years, has contributed to a multitude of highly successful models.

The Fiat Tipo hatchback measures 4.37m in length, 1.79m in width and stands 1.50m high, while the sedan measures 4.53m in length, the width and height mirrors the dimensions of the hatchback. The new car features a suspension layout designed for dynamic driving, brilliant road-holding and outstanding comfort; independent McPherson struts on the front axle and an interconnected torque beam on the rear. The two layouts are optimised to reduce weight and contribute to improved fuel efficiency, without compromising the dynamic driving experience. Locally two body styles, three trim levels, three engines and three transmission types will be available at launch. The sedan will be available in the POP or EASY versions whilst the hatchback will be available in the POP, EASY or LOUNGE configurations. The engine range offers one diesel and two petrol derivatives that target the heart of the 70 to 81 kW market. The transmissions can be 5 or 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic transmission depending on the engine. Emissions range between 117g/km and 146g/km of CO2. Fuel consumption ranges from 3.3l/100 km.

CONTACT: Tel: +264 (61) 373 500 Email Address: mzmotors@metjeziegler.com 35 Newcastle street, Northern Industrial Area, Windhoek, Namibia

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The C-Class with a N$ 45 000 Price Advantage. The time is now. It is no coincidence that the C-Class is as light and dynamic as it‘s finance offer. It matches intelligent driving with sensuous interiors and an unmistakable LED daytime running light. Perhaps the most persuasive element is that you can now drive the best with a N$ 45 000 Price Advanatge. Even though a test drive might just be a formality, you can book one by calling Fabian, Gero or Josie in Windhoek or Karmen / Louis in Swakopmund on the below numbers.

*Terms and Conditions apply. Offer vald until 30 September 2017 and is subject to availability. Standard with the new PremiumDrive Maintenance Plan. For further information on the M+Z Motors Finance and Insurance, contact Janice. Vehicle specifications may vary for the Southern African market.

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tailgate wraps around the C-pillars – a typical feature of the Q models from Audi. A diffuser insert integrates the exhaust tailpipes. At 4.66 metres long, 1.89 metres wide and 1.66 metres tall with a 2.82 metre wheelbase – compared to the previous model, the new Q5 has grown in nearly all of its dimensions. Consequently, the unladen weight was reduced – depending on the engine – by up to 90 kg compared to the previous model. Steels with maximum tensile strength and aluminium form an intelligent material mix in the body. The new Q5 also stands at the top of its class in its aerodynamics. The four-cylinder versions attain a cd figure of 0.30 with the aerodynamically optimized roof. Wind noises are exceptionally low, and vibration comfort is high – the new SUV from Audi indulges the driver and passengers with the best interior acoustics in its class. The interior offers a lot of space for five persons, and it surpasses the previous model and its competitors in key dimensions. Its horizontally oriented lines underscore the impression of width and comfort, and a three-dimensional trim strip runs across the entire width of the instrument panel. The rear seat back of the new Audi Q5 is split into three segments. Depending on the rear seat position, the basic volume of the luggage compartment ranges from 550 to 610 litres, 10 litres more than in the previous model. When the rear bench is folded down, this volume grows to 1,550 litres. Cargo loading is simplified by intelligent solutions like a standard, variably folding mat, optional sensor control of the power tailgate and manual lowering of the body via the optional air suspension.

Engines: The new Audi Q5 once again sets standards in its segment.

Audi South Africa is proud to announce the introduction of the all-new iteration of its best-selling SUV, the Audi Q5. The B-segment SUV combines the sportiness of an Audi sedan with a multifaceted character and a highly flexible interior. Whether in its connectivity, efficiency or driver assistance systems – the new Audi Q5 once again sets standards in its segment. The first Audi Q5 was for many years the world’s best-selling SUV in its class. Since its international launch in 2008, it has sold more than 1.6 million units worldwide. Launched in South Africa in 2009, it has sold 11,300 units locally.

Design: The new SUV takes a sporty but elegant stance on the street. A sculpturally flared Singleframe grille with a solid frame dominates its aerodynamically flat front end. It is available with headlights that are either in LED or high-resolution Matrix LED technology with dynamic turn lights. A distinctively curved and strongly undercut shoulder line gives structure to the side view. The strongly emphasized wheel arches are a reference to the quattro permanent all-wheel drive system, and the roofline tapers back down early. Just as at the front, horizontal lines at the rear convey an image of width and presence. When specified with LED lights (standard on Sport models), the tail lights also come with dynamic turn signals. The

The new Audi Q5 is launching in South Africa with two powerful and efficient engines: one TDI engine and one TFSI. They have added up to 20 kW of power, with fuel consumption however being significantly reduced. The four-cylinder TDI has a displacement of 1,968 cc and is available with an output of 140 kW and 400 Nm of torque available between 1,750 and 3,000 rpm. It will take 7.9 seconds for the sprint from 0 to 100 km/h and corresponds to a top speed of 218 km/h. It has claimed combined consumption of 4.9 litres per 100km and a combined CO2 emissions figure of 129 g/km. The further developed 2.0 TFSI has an output of 185 kW and 370 Nm of torque, yet it only consumes 6.8 litres of fuel per 100 km, which equates to 154 grams of CO2 per km. in this engine, the sprint from 0-100 km/h will take 6.3 seconds. The drivetrain of the mid-size SUV has been redeveloped from the ground up – the automatic transmissions integrate a fuelsaving freewheel function. The driver controls it by a selection lever or by shift paddles on the steering wheel; in both cases, the control signals are transmitted electronically.

For more information contact: Audi Centre Windhoek 60-62 Tal Street, Windhoek. Tel +264 61 277 700, www.audiwindhoek.co.za

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With the performance of a GTI and the fuel economy of a diesel, the new Golf GTD Arrived in Namibia and available from Autohaus Windhoek.

Gallop from a standstill, with optimised fuel consumption the Golf GTD will get you further on one tank without compromising on power.

Powerful Experience a shot of pure adrenaline. The 6-speed DSGÂŽ, diesel-powered Golf has 130kW of power and a maximum torque of 350Nm.

Impressive Built with Rear Traffic Alert and Trailer Assist, the Golf GTD will alert you of any obstructions quicker than you can notice them yourself. Effortlessly switch lanes with Blind Spot Monitor, let the Adaptive Cruise Control automatically accelerate and brake with the flow of traffic.

Illuminated For the journeys that continue long after the sun has set, the Golf GTD’s LED headlights and LED taillights with flowing indicator lights contribute to exceptional visibility in distinctive Golf design. The Golf GTD is aerodynamically fine-tuned with C-signature air curtains in black and air intake grille in honeycomb pattern.

Attentive Equipped with Voice Control and App-Connect, the new Golf GTD has handsfree capabilities allowing you to access the features in your car with voice command and easily connect to your smartphone with App-Connect.

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The X Files

The upcoming, all-new BMW X3 might just vie for space as the best buy in this Bavarian manufacturer’s awesome range, writes JAMES SIDDALL...

Choosing the best BMW available is a close to impossible task. Is it the new 7 Series, a super saloon that offers crushing performance mated to Sultan-like levels of luxury? Is it the 3 Series, which is still the benchmark in the hotly contested compact luxury sedan segment? Or how about the X5 – a machine that established a whole new class of vehicle when it was launched around the turn of the millennium – or maybe its eye-catching sibling the X6? The list is long and the choice is hard, but dollar-for-dollar if you can choose just one Beamer the X3 has an awful lot going for it – especially with an all-new model set to hit the showrooms later this year. Now the BMW X3 was, as its makers point out, the car that launched the mid-sized SAV (Sports Activity Vehicle) segment when it debuted in 2003, and buyers quite rightly adored it with more than 1.5 million sold across the two model generations. And now the new X3 is set to build on its predecessors’ core qualities, offering yet more arresting looks, more power, more efficiency, more luxury – and, of course, the ability to excel on almost any terrain. From the time it launches – or shortly thereafter – the new X3 will be available with two diesel engines and three petrol units. And as you might expect these range from offering superb economy and entirely adequate power, through to offering horizon-warping performance. From instance, the upcoming BMW X3 xDrive20d with its 140kW will sip as little as five litres of diesel per 100km in the combined cycle. At the other end of the scale, the M40i will give the X3 range its first M Performance Automobile, and with 265kW on tap promises to be a visceral drive.

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All variants will ship with an optimised version of the eight-speed Steptronic transmission, while thanks to BMW’s EfficientDynamics development strategy much is made of weight saving and the increased use of aluminium components in the engine and suspension. The result? The new X3 is up to 55kg lighter than similar predecessor models, and it also boasts a class-beating drag coefficient of 0.29. Then, of course, the vehicle will be available in xLine, M Sport, and Luxury Line trim variants (the latter is a new addition), while the range of BMW Individual items will enable a huge degree of personalisation. And indeed there will be a tempting list of optional extras to choose from – such as wheels of up to 21-inches in size, as opposed to the standard 18-inch light-alloy wheels (previously 17-inches) – or full LED lights. But whatever version you opt for, expect it to offer unprecedented fit and finish, brilliant build quality – and the sheer driveability that the blue-and-white roundel is so renowned for. We can’t wait for the launch of this baby, and to bring you a full road report!

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Sophistication Meets Style The all-new Honda CR-V builds on the qualities that have made this a best-selling SUV, says JAMES SIDDALL...

Few automobile manufacturers command quite the same buyer loyalty as Honda. Chat to almost any owner – or just glance through the statistics – and you’ll discover that when their famously durable vehicles finally come up for replacement, it’s another Honda they want. This sort of loyalty has helped the fourth-generation Honda CR-V sell more than nine million units in 150 countries, making it the world’s best-selling SUV. And while betting is always a dangerous proposition, with the recent launch of the fifth-generation CR-V, it seems possible – no, probable – that this Japanese manufacturer might even eclipse this figure. Put simply, the latest CR-V is the most advanced, spacious, downright desirable version yet – as we discovered on the recent South African launch held in a wet Western Cape (and it was good to see this parched province getting some much-needed rain). And for the first time it now packs turbo power. Indeed, buyers can choose between the 2.0 Comfort and 2.0 Elegance models using a refined version of the four-cylinder i-VTEC

petrol motor used in the outgoing CR-V. This engine makes a silken 113kW at 6 500rpm, and a peak torque of 189Nm at 4 300rpm. Power runs to the front wheels via Honda’s outstanding Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) with pre-set steps for manual selection. All of which adds up to a refined, unflustered driving experience as we discovered on those sodden Cape roads. But it’s the 1.5T Executive and 1.5T Exclusive models that open up a new era for the CR-V, employing as they do a turbo’d 1 498cc petrol motor good for 140kW at 5 600rpm, and 240Nm of torque between 2 000 and 5 000rpm. All of which is matched to all-wheel drive in both derivatives, and both use that excellent CVT. The result? A cossetting, punchy drive – a drive that the CR-V faithful will love. Of course, the new model is entirely redesigned and reengineered from the ground up, and perceived build quality, ride, and refinement are all yet further improved on, while at the back there’s even more rear legroom (up by a full 9cm) plus an expanded cargo compartment. In fact, it will now swallow 522 litres of luggage – or 1 084 litres with the 60:40 split rear seats folded down. Hondas have always been especially renowned for their cabins, and the new CR-V boasts enhanced ergonomics, upgraded infotainment systems, as well as soft-touch surfaces, top-grade stitching, and matt alloy accents. One new highlight is the introduction of a full-colour TFT driver information interface, which replaces the previous model’s conventional analogue dials. Located in a dedicated binnacle directly ahead of the driver, the display is dominated by a graphtype rev counter, accompanied by a digital speedometer.

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Depending on the model, a centrally located five-inch or seven-inch display provides user-friendly access to the new CR-V’s infotainment system. The centre stack also houses the controls for the dual-zone climate control system, and extends to the selector lever for that CVT, which is standard across the range. The overall interior design is clean and uncluttered, and equipment levels are excellent, with all versions bar the entrylevel Comfort derivative featuring electric seat adjustment plus seat heating as standard. In fact, equipment and safety features are lavish across the range, but worth mentioning is the fact that the range-topping 1.5T Exclusive is the only CR-V offered with Honda’s comprehensive set of Advanced Driver Assist Systems (ADAS). Collectively known as Honda Sensing, these include Collision Mitigation Braking (CMBS) with Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) with Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low Speed following (LSF), and Lane Keeping Assist (LKAS). Additional new driverassistance technologies include LanewatchTM (Blind Spot Monitoring or BSM), and Auto High Beam (HSS) headlights. Quite a mouthful to be sure, but it’s this level of tech that’s so representative of the fastidious levels of over-engineering behind not just this but all Hondas. The four-model CR-V range is backed by a comprehensive five-year/200 000km warranty, as well as a five-year/90 000 km service plan – and durability overlaid with effortless elegance and appeal is all part of the package. Get your striking new Honda CR-V in a range of colours including the head-turning Passion Red Pearlescent, and Brilliant Sporty Blue Metallic.

Contact Pupkewitz Honda for your new CR-V: Tel: +264-(0)-61 381 600 www.pupkewitz-motor.com/honda

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Duster Buster! Now available with a slick new automatic gearbox, the Renault Duster’s all-seasons, all-roads, all-conditions, allround appeal has been upped a few notches, writes JAMES SIDDALL...

The numbers don’t lie. Since it hit the market in 2013,well over 12 000 Renault Dusters have been sold in the southern part of the continent, and owners almost universally love their machines, It’s not hard to see why. In an era where certain vehicles command telephone-number like prices, this handsome, chunky B-segment (or compact) SUV trades heavily on its value-formoney appeal. But inside and out, there’s no compromise on quality or equipment levels. To just skim the surface of things, both Expression and Dynamique models come standard with the likes of electric windows, drive-away lock, rear-park sensors, and cruise-control. The upper-spec’d Dynamique models (which includes the vehicle here) are also equipped with the likes of a rear parking camera, seven-inch MediaNav® touchscreen on-board navigation, and optional leather. Indeed, the latter is one of the few options available on the Duster. Besides that the generous spec levels are standard – which is a stark and refreshing contrast to some other manufacturers who charge handsomely for extras.

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Power comes from either a naturally aspirated (non-turbo) 1.6-litre motor making a healthy 77kW – or the 1.5 dCI turbodiesel motor. Inspired by Renault’s extensive Formula 1 experience and expertise, this powerplant offers urge, refinement and sophistication. Yet in the combined cycle it sips just 4.8 litres of diesel per 100km. Yup – 4.8 litres! It’s also available on 4X2 and 4X4 Renault Duster Dynamique models – as well as the latest, and what might arguably be the best addition to the Duster range. We’re talking about the recently launched EDC (Efficient Dual Clutch) model, which uses a six-speed automatic gearbox to take the sometimes rather bothersome hassle of rowing gears yourself out of the equation. It’s a sophisticated, sweet-shifting gearbox this, with a “dry” dual-clutch system giving formidable flexibility and fuel efficiency. Indeed, on the recent launch with Renault on the urban and country roads of Gauteng, the Duster EDC proved laidback and fuss-free in traffic as only an automatic car can be. On open roads it happily loped along, too, with overtaking proving a doddle, and for those of you who revel in figures, it will move from zero to 100km/h in 11.9 seconds, topping out at 169km/h – and mid-range urge, it must be said, is outstanding. On rutted dirt roads, meanwhile, this machine turned in a surefooted, rattle-free, solid drive, and even though the Duster EDC is available only in 4X2 guise, it’s truly a vehicle for all seasons and all conditions. Those aforementioned high levels of equipment only add to the appeal of the package, while safety is well taken care of. You can expect ABS, Emergency Brake Assist (EBA), and driver and passenger airbags (front and side) as standard, while both this EDC model and the 4X4 (manual) variant come with ESP (Electronic Stability Control) with traction control. Add in the fact that it boasts a roomy, beautifully finished interior replete with solid, easy-to-operate controls, as well a generous 475 litres of boot space, and you have a vehicle that excels in almost every possible application. What’s more, with the Duster, Renault puts its money, so to speak, where its mouth is. And besides those lavish levels of standard equipment, buyers get a 150 000km mechanical warranty, a three-year/45 000km service plan (with service intervals at 15 000km), and a sixyear anti-corrosion warranty. So, yes, it’s not at all hard to see why the Duster has proven a smash hit – or why owners and buyers very often want nothing so much as yet another Duster when the time finally comes for a trade in. Or as one owner recently remarked: “You know, my Duster does everything I can possibly ask of a vehicle, and all at the price of something costing double or more.” Indeed.

CONTACT: Pierre Gous (Sales Manager) Tel : +264-(0)61-431 5000 www.renault.go.na

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EDITORIAL

The smartphone and the safari Do you get separation anxiety when you’re without smartphone reception? Or is being disconnected the essence of a safari? Gareth Hardres-Williams of Mammoth Safaris debates the issue.

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safari to Africa - the ultimate escape to wilderness. A journey to get away from the hustle and bustle, an opportunity to break routines and do things differently for a while. Where better place then to switch off the phone, disconnect the computer and just let the world of work and everyday life slip away? With our constant connectedness in this age of the smart phone, and with our almost over-reliance on some kind of data driven connection, I was posed with the question of whether a time without that connectivity is as relaxing a tonic as we might think? Or have we become so dependent on being connected, that a loss of this connectivity is more stressful than not checking that email or sending that text? On a recent trip to Botswana I was faced with an interesting conundrum, one that I had experienced before, but never quite so acutely as I did this time. I was thrust into bush camps and wilderness areas where there was ostensibly no cellphone reception and no Internet connectivity at all. I was on a work trip whilst out there and had some responsibilities to address, but it was honestly less for this reason that the absence of connection caused stress. I found (and later research would show this to be common) that it was not being in touch with my family and the outside world that troubled me. Even though I am an enormous fan of wilderness, being disconnected was not as relaxing as I had thought it would be. Obviously, I knew that the camp management could always make a plan to help me contact home should the need arise, so

there was no real cause for anxiety, but that absence of everyday ease of connectivity bothered me more than I care to admit. The lack of cellphone reception is not something the camps and lodges can do much about to resolve, save erecting enormous towers and receivers - their reluctance to do this is a good thing. The ability to receive and make calls while watching a leopard carefully stalk an impala is most certainly not a necessity. With contemporary satellite technology however, connectivity to the Internet and subsequently a connection to one’s home and family is a possibility for all camps, using unobtrusive and easily camouflaged infrastructure to achieve this. Some camps and lodges have embraced this technology and connectivity, offering WiFi in all the rooms, while others have chosen not to. It got me thinking about the mind set of the contemporary traveller, wondering if an absence of connectivity really does represent an opportunity to reconnect as one major player in the Botswana safari space suggests. Or is the absence of connectivity more of a stressinducing happenstance than a stress-relieving one? It appears that I am not alone in this appearance of anxiety associated with the absence of connectivity, so much so that a term has even been proposed to explain this anxious state. ‘Nomophobia’ (derived from the abbreviated “no mobile phone phobia”), or the anxious state that arises when mobile phone users lose access to their phone, was coined in 2008 in response to a study by a UK-based research organization, YouGov. The study found that about half of all respondents suffer from this phobia and

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more than half of these sufferers cited ‘being unable to contact friends and family’ as the main source of this anxiety. The same study compared the feelings associated with nomophobia to being akin to “wedding day jitters” or as generating the same emotional state one might experience with a visit to the dentist. Not exactly the kind of reconnecting “relax in your plunge pool, enjoy the view” feelings the disconnected camps would have been hoping for. Subsequent studies have concluded that the ability to communicate through a mobile phone gives peace of mind and security and through our engagement with many of our guests, we realise this more and more. Obviously there is much to be said for not having to listen to a stock broker trade equities over breakfast - drowning out all sounds and sense of wilderness, or have the family’s faces lost in small screens while elephants frolic in the river below. The discreet supply of connectivity to the privacy of a guest’s room, where you are left with the choice of whether or not to disconnect / reconnect / unplug / plug in is our idea of a win win.

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Grieving is marked by a lag, a delay, a freezing, “Wait. What just happened?” Grieving is also not a linear process. One moment you feel you’ve fully moved past something, the next moment it’s right back in front of your face. That’s because grief is insidious, imposing and demands to be felt. Even if you’re able to somehow avoid it all day long, grief comes back to you in your sleep. It’s laying right on your heart as you wake up. Grief doesn’t say, “I’ve been here long enough, I think it’s time for me to leave.” No. Grief crowds the heart, eats up all your energy and chronically imposes upon your peace. But grief isn’t some evil force that’s only there to cause pain, grief is escorting up an even deeper feeling, a truth about your life, what you value and what you need. Perhaps how much you wanted something, how deeply you care about someone, how far you’ve come from where you were. As Mark Nepo so beautifully puts it, “The pain was necessary to know the truth, but we don’t have to keep the pain alive to keep the truth alive.” Still, grief isn’t necessarily a depression. People can be grieving and heartbroken about something and not even know it. Here are some examples of events that cause grieving:

The One Thing No One Ever Says About Grieving (And a 4 step plan to move through your grief) Another way to say that you are grieving is that a part of you is stuck in a moment in time. Sometimes the cause of the stuckness isn’t the grief itself, but the fact that you don’t even recognize that you’ve lost something and that you need to grieve. Words by Katherine Schafler, psychotherapist, writer and speaker

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rief is a word that is used interchangeably with bereavement, but grief is not exclusively about the physical death of a person. Grief doesn’t fit in a box, either. Some forms of grief take years to work through, other types take a few solid months, some take a single moment of deep acknowledgement. Everyone grieves differently and for different reasons, but one thing remains constant in the process. It’s the one thing no one has ever said about grieving: “I did it right on time.”

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A break up The selling of your childhood home What you always wanted but never got A person who died A person who is still alive but is electively absent in your life The loss of a dream Divorce Infertility Loving someone who is self-destructive The loss of a pet The end of a friendship Job loss or the end of a career

The typical route for grieving begins with denial, and that’s actually a good thing. Ultimately, your defense mechanisms are there to protect you. Denial kicks in when it would otherwise be too overwhelming to feel it all at once. Ideally, denial slowly fades away and the grief is felt. (Ideally.) More typically, you swallow your grief. It comes up in small spurts when you’re not paying attention, then you numb yourself to it somehow, then it jumps up more forcefully, then you numb yourself more heavily. That is the path of staying stuck in grief. The path loops. People lose themselves on that path. Is there a better path? The answer is yes. But you don’t have to walk it unless you choose to. Some losses are so exquisitely painful, in a way that no one else could ever fully understand, that no one would fault you for staying in the loop. If you do choose to get out of the disorienting, dizzying loop of grief, here are 4 ways to begin:

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1. UNDERSTAND That your heart is broken, even if it’s not visible to others. Keep in mind that there’s no ‘right way’ to grieve and that grieving is not a linear process. Just because its been 6 months, 4 years, 15 years, whatever – none of that means anything to your grief. The clock starts when you begin to recognize your grief. In other words, when you genuinely begin to address what happened (or perhaps what never happened).

2. RECOGNIZE Before you can grieve, you have to recognize that you need to grieve. Something happened, or didn’t happen, that burdened you. Ironically, when you’re burdened, something is given to you and taken away from you at the same time. What do you feel was taken from you? What do you feel you are burdened with? The answers to those questions help you recognize what you need to grieve.

3. TOUCH You have to touch the loss (as well as all the anger, sadness, bitterness, resilience, compassion and any other feelings you encountered during your loss). You’re in touch with your grief when you make space for the feelings your loss brought into your life. It may feel counter-intuitive to go back to the feelings that you want so desperately to let go of, but there’s simply no way to move through grief without making contact with it, without fully touching it, without fully feeling it.

4. MOVE The feeling of grief can linger for so long that you almost befriend the grief. The grief becomes oddly soothing in its familiarity and its predictability. Dealing with the grief means letting go of this familiarity and moving towards something less predictable and less familiar, which is scary. So.... Understand your heart is broken. Recognize why it’s broken. Touch the grief. Move towards the epicenter of your grief, as it’s the only path to the other side of your pain. Please remember, the grief you’re experiencing is yours, and you can carry it with you for as long as you like. Let go of it only when you feel ready-enough, and if you never feel ready, that’s okay. If you do feel ready to move through it, recruit professional support. Navigating through grief is unpredictable, dangerous terrain. You don’t have to do it alone.

CONTACT: Katherine Schafler is an NYC-based psychotherapist, speaker and writer. For more of her work, join her newsletter community, read her blog, or follow her on Instagram.

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Is Cape Town On Your Bucket List? For centuries, Cape Town has been a destination for international travellers, and that’s still the case today. A regular on ‘world’s best cities’ lists, Cape Town has also charmed its way onto many people’s bucket lists – and it’s not hard to see why. Words by Charles van Rensburg, Wilderness Safaris Private Journeys GM Photographs supplied by Wilderness Safaris

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ape Town has an unbeatable combination of natural beauty, fascinating history and vibrant, multicultural energy. If what they say about ‘location, location, location’ is true, then Cape Town is an estate agent’s dream (and the house prices reflect that). It’s hard to think of a more dramatic setting for a city, sandwiched as it is between Table Mountain and the ocean. Cape Town was always destined to be a meeting place – it’s not far from where the warm Indian Ocean collides with the much colder Atlantic, and this contributes to the unique ‘four seasons in one day’ weather, and the botanical marvel that is fynbos. The smallest plant kingdom on earth is in such a strategic location that for centuries, it was wrestled over by great seafaring empires. The echoes of Dutch and British rule can still be heard, but this is a city that wears its history lightly, and is busy reinventing itself for the future. You can relive more recent events by taking a trip to Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for almost 30 years, and then stand outside the city’s town hall with its famous balcony from which he made his first speech after his release in 1990. The same waves that made the island such an impregnable jail, have also made other contributions to the character of Cape Town. A trip along the peninsula reveals pretty fishing villages, gorgeous beaches, and some rather curious residents. At Boulders Beach, you can visit the most northerly penguins in the world, or take the plunge and snorkel with the seals of Duiker Island. If that’s not enough excitement, False Bay has one of the highest concentrations of great white sharks anywhere and you

can come eye to eye (or tooth to tooth) with them - if you’re brave enough to go shark cage diving. Safely back on dry land, you’ll find that Cape Town is a city that’s richly rewarding to explore on foot. From the tranquil oasis of the Company Gardens to the quirky boutiques of Long Street and the African market in Greenmarket Square, there is plenty to see. You can also explore the colourful Bo Kaap area, with its brightly painted houses, or learn the story of District Six. The V&A Waterfront has become a real focal point in recent years, with world-class retail facilities set side-by-side with a working harbour. If shopping is not your thing, you’ll soon be able to have a more cultured experience by the docks, with the opening later this year of the Zeitz MOCAA. The landmark former grain silo building has been converted into an exhibition space devoted to the best of contemporary African art and a deluxe hotel. Other notable buildings include the Greenpoint Stadium, built for the soccer World Cup, and the pentagonal fort dating from a time when defenders had a rather more serious role to play. For a seagull’s eye view of the city bowl, and the rugged mountains and cliffs that make up Cape Town’s staggering backdrop, there is only one place to go, and that’s to the top of Table Mountain. Take the vertiginous cable car, or the rather slower hiking trail. Either way, you’ll be rewarded with incredible views. Provided, that is, you choose a clear day! The mountain is also famous for the ‘tablecloth’ of white cloud that often covers it. If you wake up in the morning and see that there’s no cloud, that’s the day to head up the mountain.

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You’re bound to have worked up quite an appetite (and a thirst too) by this point, but fear not. Cape Town is justifiably known as a foodie’s paradise: succulent seafood and the bountiful produce of the ‘fairest Cape’ have attracted leading chefs to the city, where they ply their trade in restaurants where getting a table is harder than winning the Lotto. Fortunately, Cape Town has thousands of other eateries, ranging from street food stalls to nose-to-tail butcheries and venerable family-owned fish and chip shops. And to wash it all down? How about a craft beer from one of the local breweries, or a glass (or two) of wine? The Cape winelands (which are most definitely worth a visit) produce astonishing wines. While Cape Town may experience days without sunshine, locals point out that there’s no need to ever have a day without wine. Kick start your Cape Town day with a coffee from one of the many hipster and steampunk coffee bars, and ask your barista for the lowdown on what’s happening in the city during your stay. You may be surprised by what this iconic yet iconoclastic city comes up with, but you’ll always be delighted. Most of all, make sure you adjust your watch before you arrive in Cape Town. In a play on words on its Afrikaans name, Cape Town is referred to by South Africans as ‘Slaapstad’ or the sleepy city. Things happen a little more slowly here, especially when compared to the frenetic pace of life in Johannesburg. Maybe all those new coffee shops will change that, but we hope not – it’s a big part of Cape Town’s irresistible appeal.

To book an exceptional tailor-made, privatelyguided tour of Cape Town, the Cape Peninsula, the Winelands or a range of other incredible Western Cape attractions, contact Wilderness Safaris Private Journeys division on enquiries@wilderness.co.za

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Fine dining & pub grub There’s no doubt that Cape Town is fast securing itself as the gastronomical hub of South Africa, and this month we’ve taken a look at some of the hottest spots around the city. Whether you’re looking for fine dining or a spot of good old pub grub, there’s something for everyone in this ever-growing culinary paradise!

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Get your fix of pub grub The latest addition to Cape Town’s ever trendy Bree Street is Crazy Horse. Formerly housed by Latitude 33, this space was given new life through British restaurateurs Tim Scudamore and Ryan Harrison. Known for serving European pub style cuisine, they serve up a mouth-watering carvery every Sunday, served with seasonal vegetables, roast potatoes and their famous home-style gravy. For those just popping by for a pint or two after work or over the weekend, they’ve got you covered with bar snacks ranging from beer battered hake to Yorkshire puddings with braised oxtail. Wash it all down with your choice of the array of beers available. Ready for happy hour? Situated on the bustling Long Street, Fork is a quaint venue with a wide variety of delicious tapas on offer. This is the ideal place for after-work snacks and drinks. There is lovely outdoor upstairs seating for those who wish to look over Long Street. Tucked away in Harrington Street is Lefty’s Dive Bar, no stranger to the Cape Town pub scene. A firm favourite to locals and tourists alike, this joint has become famous for their scrumptious waffles with fried chicken and bacon, topped off with an ice cold brew. Since July of this year, they’ve extended their offering by opening up for breakfast and lunch, much to the delight of patrons. Pop by for their sticky BBW pork ribs and thank us later! Should you find yourself in the deep south of Cape Town, be sure to check out Tiger’s Milk in Muizenberg. Situated on the beach front of this popular surf spot, they provide the best in pub grub after working up an appetite in the water.

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Fine Dining If you’re looking for something on the finer side of life, Cape Town boats with an assortment of first-rate restaurants, many of which are internationally acclaimed. One of these, is the ever-soclassy Shortmarket Club. Devotees of The Test Kitchen and The Pot Luck Club probably already know about this new offering from Luke Dale-Roberts and his mentee Wesley Randles, not least because the new restaurant welcomes foot traffic! Yip, if you are willing to sip on a few martinis at the bar, you are guaranteed a table. Headed up by Wesley Randles, this new spot moves away from the Asian-style tapas of The Pot Luck Club and embraces more classic dishes – steak, duck-fat potatoes, and chocolate soufflé – with a twist. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Another of Cape Town’s most impressive specimens housed in the valley, Greenhouse has a number of awards on its shelves thanks to three sensational tasting menus alongside the a la carte menu, expertly paired with some of Cape Town’s best wines.

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The rainmaker Marketing Academy The rainmaker Tourism and Hospitality keeps you up to date with the most recent developments in Digital Presence, Optimization, Reputation and Distribution Management. Every month we publish a dedicated marketing tip or highlight certain travel and consumer trends for the Tourism and Hospitality. rainmaker is the brainchild of some of the most experienced hospitality, tourism and digital marketing veterans in the industry. We bring 50 years of experience in the hotel, tourism, sales and marketing fields, as well as more than 15 years’ digital marketing experience to your project. This is enhanced by over 7 years of in-depth research and involvement in the Southern African hospitality and tourism industry, giving us peerless insight into the various source markets, market segments, value chains and market dynamics.

TIP #5 | What is Google Hotel all About? “Thomas Müller CEO @ rainmaker digital Google Agency and Digital Marketing Agency for the Hospitality and Tourism Industry with 35+ years of experience in IT and 15+ years of experience in digital marketing in the hospitality and tourism industry, as well as 8 years of experience in the Southern African tourism industry, Thomas has an in-depth understanding of the relevant source markets, value chains and the market dynamics in Southern Africa. Thomas used to work in Digital Marketing and in on site Resort management at the 5-star TUI and Thomas Cook properties. As General Manager Marketing & IT he was part of the turnaround team of O&L Leisure Hotels & Lodges in Namibia. From the marketing perspective, he was part of the design, development and opening team of O&L’s Strand Hotel Swakopmund.”

Most hotels, lodges and guest-houses in Namibia get between 70% and 90% of their bookings through DMC (Destination Management Companies) and Tour Operators, who in turn get them from their international agents. Lodgings pay between 20% and 40% of their rates to DMC and Tour Operators. Further fees for so-called “familiarization trips” or “catalogue participation” can also apply. This means that more than half of a Lodges rate is handed over to someone else. This not only presents a great risk due to one-sided dependency, but also means the lodging business needs to operate on very small margins. The staggering statistic is that of the approximate 2100 registered lodgings in Namibia, only between 150 to 200 are listed with OTAs (Online Travel Agents) and receive bookings from the likes of booking.com and Expedia etc. These are bookings from guests that cannot be reached through the traditional route of DMC and Tour Operators. The more bookings one can gain over the OTAs, the more tourists we can bring into the country. Also, you only give away 15-20% with an OTA. The profit per booking, compared to a DMC booking, is about 23% higher. From the 1st September 2017, Google Hotel will be available in Namibia. With Google Hotel, lodgings receive direct bookings at rack-rate in their own reservation system (Nightsbridge for example). Unlike with DMCs and OTAs, all relevant guest data is transparently conveyed to the lodgings 1:1 and therefore they own the customer, which is not the case with DMCs and OTAs. Bookings can be made directly through the Google search page, Google Maps or another Google service. Profit per booking is about 23% higher than with DMC bookings as well.

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rainmaker, as Google Hotel Integrator and Google Agency in Southern Africa can now directly link up lodges, hotels, guest-houses and guest-farms to Google Hotel to gain more profitable bookings. There is not only one successful marketing channel for your lodging. There are five. Each one has its purpose, as it addresses special goal markets and market segments. Successful lodgings manage their optimal marketing-mix between DMCs, local tour operators, OTAs, Google Hotel and direct bookings through their own website. The rainmaker team supports lodgings by optimally designing their sales and marketing-mix. This achieves a 20 to 30% improvement in occupancy and revenue and a 40% to 80% increase of profit.

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EDITORIAL

Five Years “ Namibia’s Best Music Mix Hitradio Namibia is celebrating its first “round” anniversary: On the first of August, Hitradio Namibia, the only private, German radio station in Namibia is turning five years old. The station was founded in 2012 by radio journalist Wildfried Hähner and his business partner Sybille Rothkegel and has played itself into the hearts of its listeners and its over 60 advertising partners. Even across the borders of Namibia, Hitradio Namibia has an enthusiastic fan base- with 40 000 website visitors per month and over 16.300 Facebook fans.

Namibia’s best Music mix" consisting of old and new hits is very well received. The moderations and interviews are short and informative, the news are updated every hour and the advertisements are professionally produced. Enough reason for the still relatively young station to celebrate and to say thank you. Hitradio Namibia can be heard in Windhoek (99,5 FM), at the central coast (97,5 FM), in Tsumeb (90,4 FM) and Otjiwarongo (90,0 FM) as well as via Live-Stream at www.hitradio.com.na. (Sven-Eric Stender, Bush Telegraph) "Varta Namibia is wishing all the best for the fifth anniversary. Hitradio Namibia is contributing to our success and we are wishing you MANY more great years. Stay as you are- AWESOME“. The message from Harald Bartsch, VARTA Batteries, is just one of many that Hitradio Namibia is receiving at the moment. Even across the borders of Namibia, Hitradio Namibia has an enthusiastic fan base- with 40 000 website visitors per month and over 16.300 Facebook fans. This success would not be possible without the

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advertisement partners though. And Vice versa. Without Hitradio Namibia, some of the advertisement partners wouldn’t be as successful as they are. The station reaches 80 percent of the affluent main target group of the German speakers in Namibia in Windhoek, the coastal towns Walvis Bay, Swakopmund and Henties Bay as well as in the towns in the central north, Otjiwarongo and Tsumeb. In areas without FM-reception Hitradio Namibia can be listened to via the Info channel on the German satellite television, Satelio. This is especially used by many farmers. Additionally, there are many non-German listeners that enjoy the music. At the end of the year the installation of a transmitter in Oshakati is planned. "Goes into the ear, stays in the mind ": The slogan is short and sweet. Radio advertisements are succesfull because messages are taken in by the listener effortlessly and repetitions help him to remember them, especially if they are accompanied by a catchy melody. That’s why it is so common for radio (and TV) advertisement experts to use hit melodies and catchy tunes. For example: Who doesn’t have the reverberating sound of "Omnitel Namibia" in mind? "In the times of today, advertising of any kind is very important. We are proud to broadcast our advertisements via Hitradio Namiba and we won a lot of new customers this way. With the help of the friendly Hitradio staff the spots were created fast, easily and without any mistakes. A first class radio station that I can recommend to everyone," says Harald Grünewald from Omnitel Namibia. Thomas Müller from the Online-Marketing-Firm Rainmaker summarizes: "Hitradio Namibia is an ideal platform to communicate

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Creativity & Psychology As psychologists and neuroscientists start to explore what makes us uniquely human, they have started to look at possibly our most amazing trait – creativity.

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he study of creativity has exploded over the last few decades. There are now hundreds of research papers published on creativity each year, ranging from the pure mechanics of how we come up with ideas, to how groups can work together creatively, to how we destroy creativity through our institutions. Here are the five big questions everyone asks about creativity, and how we are finding out the answers. Don’t forget to download this handy infographic and pin it on your desk!

1. CAN CREATIVITY BE LEARNED? One of the greatest myths of creativity (and we’ll get to more later) is that you either have it or you don’t. Nope.

Everyone is capable of creative thought, and everyone can learn to harness their creativity over time. All you need is to start to see your entire life as a creative endeavour, one where any challenge or problem you come across can have a creative solution. By using some of these strategies every day, you can learn how to intertwine creativity into your everyday life.

Think differently When researchers studied people in creative fields, one of the main things they found was that they were very good at reconceptualizing the problem before starting on design. Advanced art students whose ideas were judged most creative were the ones that had concentrated the most in this initial ‘problem formulation’. They are also good at reconsidering the problem after the task has been completed. A group led by Keith Markman from Ohio University found that people could double their creativity by thinking about the counterfactual or ‘what could have been’. This viewpoint made them come up with even better ideas, and more creative thinking for future problems. Whenever you have a task ahead of you, make sure you take the time beforehand to plan out different ways to approach it,

coming up with as many creative solutions as possible (even if they are far out). When you are done with the task, then take the time to see what you could have done differently. This will then feed into the creative thinking for your next project.

Give yourself some time A myth of creativity is that it thrives under pressure. Though there are good examples of people coming up with unique solutions in extraordinary circumstances (see the story of NASA engineers during the ill-fated Apollo 13 mission), giving yourself time to think over a problem is far better for a creative solution. This is called the incubation time, and seems to be crucial for real creativity. Allowing your mind to wander allows it to take all of the information you have learned (this part is crucial; if you haven’t put anything in, you will get nothing out) and play around with it, trying different ideas and creative solutions. This perceptual decoupling can aid your creative insight. As can sleep. Scientists found that having a nap right after learning a task helped the subjects to understand the task better when they woke up. Having a short nap after you have taken in information allows you to remember and use that information better. If you are having trouble coming up with creative ideas, make sure you take some time away from your desk, perhaps even in your bed, to allow your mind to rest, assimilate the information, and come up with new and better ideas.

Take a step back Seeing a problem from another person’s perspective can also work as a creative strategy. This psychological distance is just like walking away for 5 minutes and giving yourself some time. You will start to see the problem from another viewpoint and that stimulates new ideas. New York researchers studied how creative people were

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coming up with ways to get out of a prison. In the first task, the subjects were asked for ways they would themselves get out of prison, whereas in the second task, they had to help someone else escape. They were far more creative during the second task, when they were not mentally enclosed in a prison cell. This is the same idea as the metaphor, think outside the box. When you are in the box, you feel restricted, both physically and mentally, but when you are outside your body and mind can flourish.

Whenever you come across an intractable problem, try and see it from someone else’s point of view, ideally different to yours to see if that helps you gain insight. Get experience A lot of it. As I said above, if you do not have anything going into your mind, you are never going to get creative ideas out. Research has shown that being exposed to different cultures can dramatically increase your creative abilities, as can exposure to any unusual or unexpected experiences. Any new information making its way into your brain can then be used to come up with new ideas. Even bad experiences, can help with creativity. Try and get as much experience out in the world as possible. The very worst thing for creativity is the stagnation that you will feel trapped at a desk each day. Even reading crazy books can help spark some new creative thoughts.

2. WHAT DO THE WORLD’S MOST BRILLIANT MINDS HAVE IN COMMON? They create a custom work routine and stick with it Immanuel Kant got up at 5am every day. John Milton got up even earlier, at 4. It’s not that you have to get up that early, though there is evidence that the fuzziness you feel from getting up early increases your creativity, but that you should work out a good routine for you, and stick to it. The regular 9-5 might not be the best thing for your own creativity, and, unless you are stuck to that through your company routine, you should feel free to work whenever is best for you. Determining your own routine is a case of trial and error, but can help you be more productive and more creative. Make sure to schedule in plenty of ‘down time’ as this is as important as work. Having a routine also helps you avoid decision fatigue. By getting up at the same time, working at the same place, and knocking off at the right time, you are letting go of a lot of the minor decisions that you do not really have to make. Some people, like Einstein, even wore the same colour suit each day, so he did not occupy his mind with such a trivial decision. (Of course, make sure you are also getting out and away from this routine once in a while, changing your environment and getting some new experiences.)

They know what they don’t like Take some exercise Exercise is as great for the mind as it is for the body.

The amount of history’s most creative minds that weaved a walk, a run, or even something more vigorous into their day is astonishing. Not only are there the obvious health benefits (a healthy mind in a healthy body – exercise can help guard against mental illness, Alzheimer’s and memory loss), but being away from your desk and out in the fresh air (or the fresh gym) can allow your mind that wandering time it needs to come up with unique and creative thoughts. In fact, changing your environment even slightly can help boost creativity. It all comes down to giving your brain something new to think about and consider.

Get emotional Generally, we think the better your mood, the better you will work. This is true, and you will have your best insight and thoughts when your brain is not bogged down in depression. But bad moods, particularly conflict, can be used to harness creativity. Jennifer George and Jing Zhou studied employees on an oil rig and found that creativity was at its highest when emotions were at their highest, but it didn’t matter whether they were positive or negative emotions. So, if you find your emotions running high, try and find a way to harness those emotions into something positive, that will be creative and help your mental health.

The best minds have always swum slightly against the tide. Highly creative people do not like to follow mindless rules and will try and break those rules if they think they are standing in the way of their goals. To be creative, you have to make sure you understand what the rules are and how you can bend, if not break, them. If something is stopping you from expressing yourself, you should see whether you truly have to follow that rule to get where you are going (this isn’t an invitation to break the law!)

They take risks and they fail Taking risks is vital for true creativity.

When you are trying something new, something expressive, you are going to fail more times than you succeed. For the most creative people throughout history it is how they dealt with that failure that set them apart. As Soichiro Honda said ‘Success is 99 per cent failure’. Because many people are frightened of failure, they are by relation frightened of creativity. It is only by being willing to fail that you can relax, have confidence in your abilities, express yourself freely, and succeed.

They aren’t afraid to ask questions Being willing to admit that you don’t know everything is vital to creative success. Arrogance is almost the antithesis of creativity. If you want to be truly creative like the best minds, then you have to be curious and ready and willing to ask any question, no matter

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how you will look to others. When Elon Musk recently started the companies Tesla and SpaceX, he went out and got exactly the right people to enhance his knowledge and to bring ideas to the companies. It may be his vision and creativity driving those organizations, but they wouldn’t be anything without him willing to know when he needs the help of others. Creativity grows with your knowledge; the more ideas, experience, and knowledge that your mind has to play with, the more exciting, novel ideas and solutions it can come up with.

They follow their dreams Don’t worry about what people tell you to do, do what you want. If you have a true desire, a true passion for a certain area, then it is in that field that your real creativity will blossom. The creative greats were great in their own fields because of that drive they had, doing something they truly enjoyed and loved. But I doubt Einstein would have been a master baker, a great web designer, and certainly got in a good interior decorator (Have you seen his desk?). If you do something with true passion and love, then you will find that your creativity simply can’t be turned off, as you will think about that all day long and your mind will be brimming with ideas.

3. WHAT IF I DON’T WORK IN A CREATIVE INDUSTRY? Well, let’s get something straight right off the bat – everyone works in a creative industry. For one, life itself is a creative endeavour and you can always use your newly learned creativity in any pastime, hobby, or recreation that you enjoy. But also, any job can have a creative element. I doubt there is a person alive that hasn’t thought about a better way that their company or office could work. Guess what, that is your creativity at work. It is not all about wonderful paintings, poetry, or prose. Creativity is about coming up with new and exciting solutions to problems no matter where they are.

4. WHAT ARE THE MOST COMMON CREATIVITY MYTHS? Creativity comes from the right brain Argh! This is one of those myths that drive neuroscientists crazy! It is up there with the ‘we only use 10 per cent of our brains’ (the people that think that, do). Some people believe that if the left-hand side of your brain is dominant you are more logical and thoughtful, and if your right-hand brain is more dominant you are more creative. No. People are not left-brained or right-brained. Your brain does have specialisations in certain areas, but the idea that one side is more dominant in certain people has been shown to be bunkum. This myth does have a fascinating origin, going back to the very birth of modern neuroscience (so I guess we only have ourselves to blame), but creativity is a brain-wide trait, using areas of sensory cortex, higher level processing, language and memory – it takes your whole brain to make you creative, not just the right half (and certainly not just 10 per cent).

You need to brainstorm Though brainstorming was once the en vogue method of corporate creativity, its time has now come and gone, with showing

it to be effectively useless, and probably harmful for real creativity. Studies have shown that brainstorming sessions end up leading towards a single, non-creative idea, normally one of the first ideas and certainly not usually one of the creative ones. If you want to get truly creative, then it is best to have sessions in smaller groups, or even individually first, before presenting ideas to the group. One recent suggestion is to brain-write instead of brainstorm. Here everyone writes down their ideas before the meeting and then posts them on a whiteboard for critique and discussion. This means that the group can move past the obvious ideas to the most challenging and creative ones straight away and come up with novel ideas.

Pressure breeds creativity Though some people do thrive on pressure, it’s not usually a good idea for creativity. It can work if the person thinks that what they are doing is important and that they are ‘on a mission’. A 2002 study looking at how companies use pressure in the work environment found that the best companies maintained high levels of creativity in their employees whether they were under pressure on not. When they were under pressure they thought that they’re on a mission and were set on fulfilling it. When they were not under pressure, they felt that they were ‘on an expedition’, and were allowed to explore different creative scenarios before coming up with the best solution. Either way, it was the company ethos of instilling a cause in their employees that led to the creative output, rather than the pressure.

Only [x] are truly creative Everybody can be creative, whether they work in a creative industry or not. Though society normally only deems artists as true creatives, if you work in an office, surgery, bank, garage, or florist you can be creative. All areas need creative people to drive those industries and fields forward – you could be just the creative genius your job has been waiting for.

It’s all about the “Eureka!” moments This may be the most persistent of myths about creativity, that it comes as a singular moment of inspiration, where everything suddenly falls into place and the creative genius sees the light. Think of Archimedes in his bath, or Newton underneath his apple tree. But this is not how it works. Newton spent years thinking about gravity, physics, and mathematics. He worked phenomenally hard at it and it was pretty much what he lived for. He developed his theories, laws and formulas over years, not just one day under a tree in Lincolnshire. Creativity requires work. It requires a lot of thought, a lot of trial and error, and a lot of persistence. Over time you will get better at getting to the right, creative answer quickly, but it will never come as a single moment in time.

5. WHICH FACTORS DESTROY CREATIVITY? Teresa Amabile is the Director of the Harvard Business School and one of the world’s foremost researchers into how organizations foster creativity in their employees. In 1998, she looked at seven

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different companies and found that they all had drastically different ways of dealing with creativity, and that some seemed to be actively destroying it in their employees. She detailed six keys ways in which companies can turn creative people into drones.

The Wrong Job A common mistake that companies make is that they just assign a new task to the next available employee, no matter whether the employee is really suited to the job or not. This ‘role mismatch’ means that either employees are not stretched enough, or end up out of their depth. In any job, people need to feel like they are challenged, but that the goal is not out of their reach. This way they neither feel themselves stagnating, nor feel themselves subsumed by overwork. Managers need to understand the traits and skills of each of their employees and make sure they can match them to the tasks needed according to their skillset. This not only leads to a more efficient workplace, but more creativity from happier and more challenged employees.

Restricted Goals Whenever there is a supposed outcome to the creative process then people feel more restricted. This means that they stop pushing themselves and just head straight for the preassigned goal without putting any thought into the process. Employees then don’t push themselves as far and everyone loses out. Companies might do this by always rebuffing any new ideas from employees, or by constantly moving the goalposts so that the employees don’t know where they are. Organizations should set goals for a project, but the more open-ended they are, the more likely employees will be creative.

Unreasonable Restrictions As I said, pressure does not work for creativity, yet managers and companies continue to think that it does. They put unrealistic time constraints on their personnel to come up with new and exciting ideas, and are then unimpressed when the employees turn up with ill-conceived solutions. People need enough time and resources to be able to perform the job. As companies are always concerned about the bottom line, they often try to get by with the least resources, restricting creativity by restricting the amount of time and resources they give their employees.

Companies that are really serious about fostering creativity in their employees need to make sure that their people have the time to think up new ideas Lack of diversity The siloed work environment that most offices have – coders with coders, designers with designers, admin with admin – means that monotony can easily set in in each of these little groups. These groups get along very well, but partly because they are not challenging each other’s thinking. Each member of the group has the same viewpoint, so all ideas are the same. In this way, creativity ends up being kept at a minimum, even though each group might think of itself as creative.

The more diverse a group is, the more viewpoints will be seen and the more ideas generated. This takes longer and is more difficult to organize, so companies generally don’t do it, hampering creativity. But for companies that do, where anyone is allowed to chime in, and all different views are represented, tend to reward creativity and generate far better ideas.

No encouragement If people think that there is going to be a cost, such as criticism, for coming up with a new idea then they will not be creative. Amabile found that some companies end up evaluating and criticizing their people so much that they have effectively driven creativity out of the company altogether. Good companies do not punish their employees for coming up with novel ideas, even when those ideas don’t lead to anything, which is what happens most of the time. Companies need to encourage any and all ideas if they are to get true creativity from employees.

No support One of the reasons that small startups can often out-manouvre their bigger rivals is that these big companies are generally not set up for true creativity. Power struggles, office politics, and infighting are part and parcel of such organizations and these can be complete creativity killers, as the internal machinations of the company become more important, and individual creative employees do not have access to the support and resources they need simply because of personality issues within the company. The more companies support collaboration between groups and the flow of information, the better for creativity.

Unleash Your Creativity Today We still have a lot to learn about creativity. We still want to know exactly what goes on in the brain when you have an original thought, putting those spurious experiences together into something entirely new. We still want to know how all of our experiences, ideas, wants, and thoughts work together to come up with something unique. But we are getting there. The main facts seem to be that the more you live life, the more creative you will be. It is nearly always better to be out in the world, experiencing, exercising, and thinking, than stressing at a desk. The more you enjoy life, the more likely you be able to summon more and more creativity. These answers should show you how much power you have over your own creativity (and worryingly, how much power others have over your creativity as well). But the take-home message should be that whoever you are, and whatever you are doing, you have the ability to become a creative powerhouse, just as long as you can harness that creative energy within yourself. ABOUT THE AUTHOR Andrew Tate is a freelance writer and neuroscientist who has worked on understanding the brain and how it learns in the UK, Switzerland, and the US. His interest in design stems from a passion for proper presentation, especially of data, his love of doodling, and his inability to draw anything more sophisticated than a stick figure (and his awe at anyone that can). Reprinted by courtesy of https://designschool.canva.com

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Sharing Namibia’s stories: Powered by Gondwana Collection

Chimney Hunting in the Namibian countryside Ruins of century old lime kilns, once essential for construction, lie hidden in the Namibian countryside. I went searching...

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found them, one by one, in different areas of the country standing like proud old monuments, testifying to a time when life ticked at a slower pace. It wasn’t easy. They were deeply hidden on private farms, near railway lines and along gravel tracks that led over rock and riverbeds into overgrown thorny bush that caught at my skin and clothes. But, it was worth it. The conical clay-brick or stone chimneys – kilns or ovens – used to produce quicklime for mortar, are prized relics of the past, housing memories and holding rich stories of both hardship and hope. Traditionally in Africa, houses were built with whatever natural material was available in the area: mud, dung, sticks, rock, reeds and clay or even grass mats like the Nama’s original matjieshuise that could be dismantled and rolled up when they moved on in search of better pasture. When Europeans came into the country they built their early houses, called hartebeeshuise, from a combination of natural material, often with a grass roof. In the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, they brought with them the knowledge of using lime to construct more permanent homes. The lime kilns changed the lifestyle as it was known until then as people began to build European-style houses.

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Namibia was an ideal environment for this modern building method with its vast landscapes where carbonate rock (limestone, kalk/chalk) is commonly found. Many place names attest to this fact - like Kalkfontein, Kalkfeld and Kalkrand. The early Europeans put that knowledge into practice. In the days before cement was easily available and affordable, many a farmer built a lime kiln on his farm, often next to a riverbed, for the construction of the family home or to sell commercially to other farmers or in the towns as the demand grew. Commercial lime kilns were usually built near lime deposits and railway tracks, to allow for easy transportation.

But, it was a laborious, backbreaking and time-consuming process that involved breaking limestone rock into manageable pieces and conveying it in oxwagons to the lime kiln, as well as collecting a large supply of wood from the river beds. The wood and stone were then packed in alternate layers, a procedure that alone could take at least a day or more. The work didn’t end there, and a fire had to be lit, heating the rock to temperatures above 825°C to produce burnt lime or quicklime – Calcium Oxide (CaO), which fell to the bottom, where it could be raked away with a shovel when cool. This handy substance was used for building, to be mixed with water to form slaked lime for use in mortar and plaster or to whitewash walls.

most twenty years of research to find all the kilns. I travelled along rural roads, contacted farmers to request permission to enter their property or to ask them if they knew the whereabouts of a possible kiln or Kalköfen, as it’s known in German. The search

took me into people’s houses where over coffee or cold juice, depending on the season, they related stories from their childhood. It even took me to a retirement village where I managed to speak to a man who had built his very own lime kiln. He celebrated his hundredth birthday this year!

It’s not often these days that you have a chance to talk to someone who built a lime kiln and is still alive to tell you about it. I first chatted to Wim Botha seven years ago at the retirement home in Otjiwarongo. His family travelled to South West Africa after WWI when Wim was just a boy. Wim’s father hired an entire train to transport his animals and the family from the Free State to Kalkfeld. When Wim and his brother reached a certain age, he gave them the farm Geduld (Patience) and 300 sheep to earn a livelihood. Initially the farming went well, but eventually over the years and after a series of droughts the grazing diminished and it was difficult for them to make a living.

After Gondwana published the initial article about lime kilns in the newspaper, people contacted me to let me know where others could be found and I gradually followed the leads – and went chimneyhunting! It took al-

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Wim came up with the idea to build a lime kiln and to sell lime for additional income. He ordered special Chamotte clay bricks from South Africa to construct the kiln and bought an old truck to transport lime to Outjo and the surrounding farms. The labour intensive work involved a continuous process of collecting rock (sometimes dynamite was first needed to loosen the rock), conveying the chunks in baskets to the kiln and gathering vast amounts of wood to build up the fire and sustain the intense heat required to produce the quicklime. Game also had to be hunted for the pot to feed the workers.

Times changed after WWII with the development of large cement factories in South Africa and with the ease and convenience of railway transportation. Eventually, Wim’s commercial lime business, like many of the other small lime industries in the country, closed down. He bought a farm further east and the family moved on.

Today, only about twenty lime kilns remain dotted around the country, most hidden on farmland. Some, however, can easily be viewed, like the Holoog lime kiln in the Gondwana Canyon Park and the kiln at Alte Kalköfen Lodge, off the B4 to Lüderitz.

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It’s a strange feeling to walk around the old lime kilns. Some have crumbled, some are overgrown with vegetation and some are inhabited by bees, bats and snakes. If you give free reign to your imagination, however, you can take a step back in time to smell the dust and the fire, and to feel the bustle that surrounded them a hundred years ago: people shouting instructions, women delivering baskets full of rock and men adding chunks of lime to the top of the kiln, chopping wood and raking up the burnt lime, as the hungry fire roared inside.

And then, the moment ends and you are left standing alone in the landscape a century later next to the robust old chimney - in silence - with history hovering close by.

You pause for a few moments, as the commotion in your head stills, and then nature intrudes once more. Birds sing and insects buzz, and you continue with your day, paying tribute to the workers and the lime kilns of long ago, icons of hard work and industry.

by Mannfred Goldbeck

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Question: What is the name of the lime kiln in the Gondwana Canyon Park? Email your answer to: competition@gondwana-collection.com The draw will take place on 30 September 2017 and the winner will be notified by email. Terms & Conditions apply

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Solar Eclipse Watch The clock is a human creation; back then, we only used the Moon and the Sun to tell time. Nowadays, it’s almost hard to find someone who relies on the shadows cast by bodies to tell time. Back then, these people would have felt pretty annoyed when an eclipse occurred, in the era before water clocks or hourglasses.It was probably a common thing to hear an excuse such as “sorry, I forgot the time because a dragon ate it” (in ancient China, a celestial dragon was thought to lunch on the Sun, causing a solar eclipse). Solar Eclipse Watch is a beautiful timepiece that wants to bring you back to tell time using the Sun and the Moon. Featuring black and white animation as its face, this watch displays an eclipse corona and cycles brighter twice an hour. Housed in a stainless steel case, this watch is designed with glow-in-the-dark indicators on the hands. From: ThinkGeek

Stylish Wireless E-Drill Concept Yu-Chung Chang has designed a concept Drill for Electrolux in Birmingham City University. It’s a stylish power tool designed to improve user experience, product semantics for a nonprofessional user. The Electrolux Drill, a rechargeable electric drill, is an innovative product that improves the user experience in operating it. Moreover, the elegant electric drill could be put freely on the table in the living room, rather than stored in garage. This kind of product is more like a stylish life appliance than the industrial tool. Adding several new creative features in order to improve the user experience when operating this wireless electric drill, allow users to understand how to use the product easily. Many people avoid using power tools because it can be intimidating, especially when it is noisy and sharp. This concept drill has been designed with an objective to help non-professional power tool users to overcome their fear. There are several special features emanate the details developed. Firstly, the lock of the trigger works as a dustpan and ruler for dust collecting and showing how deep you are drilling. Besides, how the new stylish knob of the electric drill provides user a wonderful experience when they change the speed or direction of the rotation of the drill bit. With the addition of an outer casing, a matte layer was added to the surface for user comfort: anti-slippery and overall aesthetics. Designer: Yu-Chung Chang

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Even when you don’t cut pizza that often, this cutter would still look cool on your table. The blade diameter is 4-inch and total length including the blade is 8.5-inch.

Currently Tokenize, the company, is working with hundreds of companies to bring an end to passwords. Simply scan the ring, it can open all private documents, emails, or messages. Token can also unlock your car and activate the “Start” button. All your credentials will be stored on an EAL5+ certified secure element to ensure their safety, Token ring would lock all data as soon as you take it off, don’t worry about losing it. When you order the ring, the company would send you a sizer kit to make sure you can choose the ring with the most comfortable fit.

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INVESTMENT

Time To Rethink Your Investment Strategy

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he recent past has seen an escalation in the debate about the relative merits of active and passive investing in the South African equity market. Domestic and global research show that it is increasingly difficult for active equity managers to outperform passive market indices. For example, data from the S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC show that only 13.5% of South African equity managers outperformed their passive benchmarks over the last five years, while this number is as low as 3.5% globally. If most of active equity managers underperform passive benchmarks, and given that they generally charge high fees, it is tempting to conclude that employing a passive strategy should be the preferred solution for most of those looking to invest in the equity market. There are three reasons why this should be the most logical and sensible thing to do; • •

Passive strategies are transparent as the portfolio allocation is not discretionary. Passive solutions are inexpensive compared to active investing since there is no need to analyse securities in the index. Passive solutions are generally tax efficient as infrequent rebalancing is unlikely to trigger huge annual CGT bills for voluntary money.

Despite these undisputable benefits of passive over active investment styles, the major downfall of passives has tended to be overlooked by market professionals. The major weakness of a pure passive approach to investing is that the investor is guaranteed to underperform the benchmark after investment management fees and other transaction costs are considered. Put differently, the return to a passive investor should roughly equal the benchmark return, minus the total investment cost. In our view both active and passive investment styles have significant drawbacks and deciding on whether to use active or passive funds is largely a matter of belief rather than hard evidence. While Prescient Investment Management finds the passiveactive debate quite relevant we believe that there is another avenue that has been overlooked. Acknowledging that the debate between active and passive may never truly be settled, investors should instead sidestep the acrimony and embrace a simple approach that blends both to build a better portfolio.

Monei Pudumo Roos Head of Institutional Development and Executive Director at Prescient Investment Management

In our experience, combining aspects of both investment styles results in better control of active risk while significantly reducing total investment costs. Our research suggests that adopting a long-term, strategic framework to blend passive (core) and active (satellite) is more efficient than trying to uncover which style works best. Each investment strategy has its merits and shortcomings (elusive alpha and high management fees for active strategies, and guaranteed underperformance after fees for passive solutions), suggesting that the most robust portfolio should be a combination of both. The allocation between the two will depend on the investor’s risk tolerance and objectives. Although the core plus satellite framework seems to resolve the acrimonious debate about active and passive, there is another angle where this solution is even more compelling. Let us suppose that for a 1% annual management fee an investor awards an equity mandate to a value manager where the investor has a 3% tracking error constraint around a given benchmark (for example, Capped Swix). Although simplistic, this example encapsulates the main features in actual active investment decision-making. Now assume that the value manager has proven skill in selecting good value stocks that generate above market returns. However, given the 3% tracking error constraint, it is unlikely the manager will only bet on his proven skill set, opting instead to make use of an optimiser to construct the final portfolio that loads heavily on his views but that respects the investment policy guideline of the tracking error. How different is this final portfolio from the benchmark? How much do the portfolio’s holdings differ from the constituents of the benchmark index ? When a manager overweighs a stock relative to its weight in the index, there is an active long position. The summation of all the active long positions and the absolute value of the summation

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WELCOME ABOARD BEM-VINDO A BORDO WILLKOMMEN AN BORD

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

PORTUGUESE

GERMAN

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Smoking is prohibited on all Air Namibia flights.

É proibido fumar em todos os vôos da Air Namibia.

Auf allen Air Namibia Flügen gilt ein absolutes Rauchverbot.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Audio and visual entertainment Programas de entretenimento de áudio e visual estão programmes are available on disponíveis nos vôos operados através dos nossos Flights operated using our A330 aeronaves A330 e A319. and A319 aircraft.

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

Our A319 and ERJ 135 aircraft Alguns dos nossos aviões têm saídas de ar individuais, have individual air vents which que podem ser ajustados para fornecer um fluxo de ar can be adjusted to provide a refrescante. refreshing stream of air.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Handgepäck ist in den Gepäckfächern über Ihrem Sitz zu verstauen.

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

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

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THE TRAVEL UPDATE AUGUST 2017 VOL. 1, NO. 14

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

WATERGBERG RESORT Starting from as little as N$ 810 Key activity: Game drives

WHY TOURISM IS IMPORTANT TO NAMIBIA It is a known fact that tourism is an important industry in Namibia. It currently contributes significantly towards the Gross Domestic Product, making it a valuable sector within the country. Unlike other segments that have not been spared by the tough economic challenges the country is going through, the tourism industry has witnessed a tremendous boost over the past two years. This tells us of the resilience within the industry and the key role it can play towards the attainment of the Harambee Prosperity Plan (HPP), National Development Plan (NDP5) and the ultimate success of Vision 2030. Even during the weakening of the Namibian dollar

THE EMBODIMENT OF SERVICE TO OTHERS Lahia Tshuuya is the embodiment of service at the Central Reservation Office (CRO) of Namibia Wildlife Resorts (NWR). Having been one of the few individuals to see the birth of NWR from the Ministry of Environment and Tourism to what it is today, one can safely say that she has seen it all and has enjoyed every moment of it when she speaks about her journey at the tourism company. Meme Kadjene, as she is fondly referred to by her peers has been a pillar within the Central Reservations Office having started off as an Assistance Sales Consultant in the Information Division to now being a Senior Sales Consultant within the CRO department. Her current role sees her ensuring that bookings of tour operators are

to other major currencies the industry has seen a boost in visitors, along with increased revenue, due to the affordability experienced by international tourists travelling to Namibia. However, credit must also be given to the exceptional work that has been done by the Namibia Tourism Board (NTB) in marketing Namibia as a destination of choice, along with Air Namibia, in getting foreign tourists into the country, especially from Namibia’s biggest source market – Germany. It is for this reason that as the Government continues to tighten its belt; it should not reach a point where the country reduces its expenditure within the industry that results in a loss of momentum that has been created over the past few years. What

could be of assistance is to continue investing in the sector, not only does this give the country an opportunity to expose itself to the world, but also Namibia benefits from the direct foreign exchange that comes with international tourists. In conclusion, the future looks bright for the industry. What is critical is for each one of us to keep building on what we have, in order to leave a solid foundation for future generations. It would be sad to get to a time when all the beauty we have is destroyed. That is why, we should continue to guard against individuals that want to temper with this. Lastly, the Namibian Government deserves credit for their current and future efforts to safeguard our wild animals and environment.

processed efficiently and effectively to avoid guests having challenges when they arrive at any of the resorts. With 18 years under her belt, she still takes pride in seeing a smile on a client’s face even if it means she needs to go beyond the call of duty. A colleague that testifies to this is Anna Onen, our Sales, and Reservations’ Manager who says that “Lahia is dedicated to her work and testimony to this is how she is the first one in the office and at most times the last one to leave. Even if you ask her for assistance while she is busy with something else, she will always make time to help you�. However, Lahia is quick to point out that, “though I enjoy my work, my family is where I derive my greatest happiness from. Whenever I am at home, I make it a point to cook for them since I tend to spend a lot of time at work�.

Ms. Lahia Tshuuya - Namibia Wildlife Resorts Senior Sales Consultant

END THIS YEAR IN STYLE The end of your year should be a special occasion. Have an unforgettable Year End Party at one of our resorts for as little as N$ 270 per person. This offer includes meals, venue, and a 50% discount on accommodation. This is a time limited offer so don’t hesitate to contact us immediately.

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Schedule 03 September till 28 October 2017 ( ALL times local) NOTE: check-in time should be two hours before departure.

International Flight no SW 286

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17:45

18:45

SW 107

Eros

Ondangwa

Sun

17:25

18:25

SW 125

Eros

Rundu

Wed, Fri

14:30

15:35

SW 125

Eros

Rundu

Sun

14:15

15:20

SW 133

Eros

Katima Mulilo

Mon, Wed, Fri

10:05

11:35

08:00

SW 133

Eros

Katima Mulilo

Sun

10:00

11:30

SW 143

Luderitz

Oranjemund

Thu, Sat

13:05

13:40

SW 143

Luderitz

Windhoek(via Oranjemund)

Thu, Sat

13:05

15:25

SW 146

Luderitz

Windhoek

Tue

14:25

15:25

SW 134

Katima Mulilo

Eros

Mon, Wed, Fri

12:15

13:55

SW 134

Katima Mulilo

Eros

Sun

12:05

13:45

SW 126

Rundu

Eros

Wed, Fri

16:05

17:10

SW 126

Rundu

Eros

Sun

15:50

16:55

SW 144

Oranjemund

Windhoek

Thu, Sat

14:10

15:25

SW 145

Oranjemund

Luderitz

Tue

13:20

13:55

SW 145

Oranjemund

Windhoek (via Luderitz)

Tue

13:20

15:25

SW 102

Ondangwa

Eros

Daily

08:30

09:30

SW 106

Ondangwa

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Mon, Tue, Thu

16:00

17:00

SW 108

Ondangwa

Eros

Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri

19:15

20:15

SW 108

Ondangwa

Eros

Sun

18:55

19:55

SW 164

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Daily

10:25

11:05

SW 713

Walvis Bay

Cape Town

Daily

10:55

13:05

SW 737

Walvis Bay

Johannesburg

Daily

17:30

19:45

SW 143

Windhoek

Luderitz

Thu, Sat

11:35

12:35

SW 143

Windhoek

Oranjemund (via Luderitz)

Thu, Sat

11:35

13:40

SW 145

Windhoek

Oranjemund

Tue

11:35

12:50

SW 145

Windhoek

Luderitz(via Oranjemund)

Tue

11:35

13:55

SW 163

Windhoek

Walvis Bay

Daily

09:30

10:20

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Codeshare Routes Days

From

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Daily

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16:10

Frankfurt

Istanbul

Daily

09:40

12:50

Departure Arrival

Istanbul

Frankfurt

Daily

08:55

12:10

Istanbul

Frankfurt

Daily

12:55

16:15

Johannesburg

Istanbul

Mon, Tue, Thu, Sat

16:15

02:00+1

Johannesburg

Istanbul

Wen, Fri, Sun

16:15

02:00+1

Johannesburg

Istanbul

Sun

20:20

05:50+1

Istanbul

Johannesburg

Tue, Thu, Sat

22:40

08:35+1

Istanbul

Johannesburg

Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun

22:35

08:35+1

Nairobi

Lusaka

Daily

07:15

09:05

Nairobi

Lusaka

Daily

13:35

17:30

Lusaka

Nairobi

Daily

18:20

22:00

Lusaka

Nairobi

Wed, Fri, Sun

02:20+1

06:00+1

Nairobi

Johannesburg

Daily

07:35

10:50

Nairobi

Johannesburg

Daily

12:55

16:10

Nairobi

Johannesburg

Daily

20:50

00:05+1

Johannesburg

Nairobi

Daily

11:50

16:55

Johannesburg

Nairobi

Daily

17:10

22:15

Johannesburg

Nairobi

Daily

00:55

06:00

Nairobi

Harare

Daily

13:35

15:35

Nairobi

Harare

Daily

07:15

11:00

Harare

Nairobi

Wed, Fri, Sun

00:20+1

05:40:+1

Frankfurt

Windhoek

Mon, Fri

20:30

06:35+1

Windhoek

Frankfurt

Tue, Sat

18:45

05:20+1

Note: Codeshare routes operated by

*

Turkish Airlines

*

Kenya Airways

*

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