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AFRICA MAGIC VIEWER’S CHOICE AWARDS Evening of glamour for media stars

SPORT TOCCER Play the game and win prizes


Transforming African travel

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MANCHESTER UNITED Sir Alex leaves Red Devils in excellent shape



COnTEnTs Issue 03

June 2013 - August 2013




10 miSS univerSe

weLcome A message from fastjet’s Chief Executive


FAStJet newS

19 Food For thought French flavours in Cape Town

25 product review Touch-screen by BlackBerry

26 LAteSt reLeASeS What’s new in your bookshop and cinema

39 KidS’ corner 40 cAr review Golf’s little brother is a real game-changer


Beauty contest opens door to fame

12 onSeA houSe And mAchweo retreAt Outstanding hospitality in an oasis of tranquillity


14 deALing in dAgAA Peter sees big value in small fry…

16 South AFricAn FAShion weeK Innovation by Design

20 dAr to mwAnZA Airbus is less fuss than the bus

22 AFricA mAgic AwArdS

42 the FAStJet Story 45 the FAStJet networK 46 trAveL inFormAtion 48 FAStJet FLeet 48 FAStJet contActS

28 murAL mAKer Artist’s wall-to-wall talent brings international fame

30 mAncheSter united Sir Alex leaves Man U in excellent shape

34 Aid in reverSe Is Europe the world’s poor man now?


36 hot property Africa’s building boom draws investors

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38 Sport toccer Play the game and win prizes

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A message from fastjet Chief Executive Ed Winter

ON ROUTE TO SUCCESS AND GROWTH “K aribu kwenye ndege yetu”

“Welkom aan boord” I would like to give you my personal

welcome on board fastjet, Africa’s newest airline.

On 29 November 2012 fastjet launched in Tanzania, operating flights from Dar es Salaam to Mwanza and Kilimanjaro. Since the first flight, the positive response to our airline’s great value, reliability and international standard of service has been overwhelming. In just five months we carried over 160,000 passengers, 38 per cent of whom were first-time flyers, and 96 per cent of our flights arrived on time.* Over 30,000 passengers booked early and paid our early booking fare of just $20 plus taxes. In April we launched our first customer satisfaction survey to measure the success of our introduction of the low

to recommend fastjet to a friend (for

cost, no-frills model to Africa. We asked

full results see Page 42). Our affordable

you to tell us how we have performed

pricing played an important role in

against our promises.

stimulating new markets with nine out

customer satisfaction

of 10 of those surveyed believing fastjet flights represented good value for

‘July brings another exciting milestone for fastjet, the launch of domestic flights in South Africa’

The results were quite staggering: 98

money. Maintaining this level of customer

per cent of first-time flyers said they

satisfaction in Tanzania is a top priority for

were likely to fly with us again and 100

fastjet, and we hope to receive a similar

per cent of our passengers are likely

response to our service in South Africa

keep us out. I hope that by the time you

and every other future market.

read this magazine we will be offering

‘In just five months we carried over 160,000 passengers, 38 per cent of whom were first-time flyers’ * Early or within 15 minutes of scheduled arrival time

Our customers continually tell us that they want to see more routes added to fastjet’s network, particularly to international destinations. We are fighting

services to cities such as Johannesburg and Nairobi.

quality and low-cost

very hard to get permission to operate

For those unfamiliar with how low-cost

international routes from Tanzania, but

airlines work, let me give you a short

the established airlines, who continue

explanation. We make sure that we use all

to charge very high fares for often very

of our assets – aircraft, equipment and

unreliable flights, are lobbying hard to

people – as efficiently as possible. We


employ smart people who get things right

coming months will be working hard to bring

first time. We let you choose, and only

the full fastjet brand to the South African

charge you for, the things you want. Many

consumer, expanding into a comprehensive

airlines charge everyone for food, drink,

domestic and international network.

etc, whether you want them or not. By

have made in Tanzania, and our imminent

IN THIS ISSUE From fashion to Ferguson – we’ve got it covered

giving you choice we can keep costs low –

entry into South Africa, we are continually

Welcome to the third edition of Travelsmart –

and in our case, low cost certainly does not

looking at further bases from which to launch

fastjet’s quarterly in-flight magazine.

mean low quality. I hope you will leave this

flights, bringing us closer to becoming a

flight pleasantly surprised at the quality

truly pan-African low-cost airline. Make sure

is poised to launch its first flights within South

and value for money offered by fastjet.

you register at to be among the

Africa which, at time of writing, are scheduled

first to hear about new routes and special

for July. This new route will transform fastjet

baggage, lounges, frequent flyer clubs,

south africa and beyond

Of course, in addition to the progress we

This edition comes at a time when fastjet

offers. Also, follow fastjet on Twitter or ‘like

from an operator in the domestic Tanzanian

July brings another exciting milestone for

us’ on facebook to see up-to-the-minute

market to a continental carrier.

fastjet, the launch of domestic flights in

commentary from our customers. fastjet is

In this issue of Travelsmart and ahead of

South Africa. The South African traveller is

now the most ‘liked ‘ airline in Sub-Saharan

the new Johannesburg-Cape Town service,

no stranger to low-cost airlines, but since

Africa, well ahead of the long established

the emphasis is still on Tanzania – although we

low-cost carrier 1time stopped operating,

airlines. I’d like to thank our customers for

do take a look at South Africa’s Fashion Week.

fares in South Africa have become

liking us so much.

For Tanzania-based passengers there is coverage of the local finals of the Miss Universe

significantly more expensive, making it harder for many people to travel by air.

join the conversation

pageant, a comparison of bus versus air travel

fastjet believes that there is a need for

We will continue to offer lots of really low

when there is no price differential between the

more capacity in the market. Competition

fares for those customers who book early.

two transport modes, the delights of dealing in

leads to efficiency and, in the end, it is

At the moment, average fares for regional

degaa, a profile of one of Tanzania’s top painters,

the consumer, you, who benefits from a

passengers in Africa are up to four times

plus visits to Onsea House in Arusha and the new

competitive market.

more expensive than those enjoyed by

Rivergardens development at Usa River. Internationally, the magazine assesses

We know that we cannot realise our

European airline customers. At fastjet, we

goal of becoming a truly pan-African airline

intend to change that and make air travel

Manchester United’s triumphant English

without services within and from South

affordable to many more people as we

Premier Season and the prospect of life without

Africa, and while our original intention had

have in Tanzania. We will be the people’s

long-standing manager Sir Alex Ferguson. We

been to bring fastjet flights to South Africa

champion, democratising air travel.

also test drive the impeccably built VW Polo.

by revitalising 1time, unfortunately this was

Whether you are a first-time flyer or a

Lastly and somewhat controversially, we

not possible. To facilitate our speed to market

regular air traveller, on business, visiting

pose the question of when Africa may start

we’ve partnered with Federal Air and over the

friends or relatives or a tourist, thank you

sending aid to increasingly impoverished

for flying with fastjet. If you enjoyed your

Europe – instead of the other way around.

flight, tell all your friends; if you think we

‘Over the coming months we will be working hard to bring the full fastjet brand to the South African consumer’

Once again, I hope you enjoy reading this

can do something better, please let us

issue of Travelsmart and we welcome any

know at or

comments from readers.

Yours sincerely

Gary Gimson Publisher

LOOK OUT FOR... Simon Ndokeji, selftaught painter gaining international fame.

Ed Winter

(page 22)

Chief Executive Officer







NewsDesk Polo shirts

dreSSed For the high LiFe Lucky fastjet customers had a welcome surprise on 26 and 27 March this year when the first 20 people to visit the company’s Samora Avenue sales office were presented with fastjet-branded polo shirts and caps. The giveaway was so popular that everything was gone before 11 am on each day.

A319 Ceremony

her nAme’S on the pLAne A milestone in fastjet’s bid to open up affordable air travel was reached when Veronica Chuwa of Mwanza became the airline’s 75,000th passenger. To mark the occasion, one of the company’s Airbus 319 aircraft will be named after Mrs Chuwa, who has also been presented with two complimentary fastjet tickets of her choice. The number of passengers choosing to fly with fastjet has been consistently high since operations began in November 2012.


‘MINIBUZZ’ GETS A BOOST The popular TBC1 show ‘Minibuzz’, which explores social issues in Tanzania, was sponsored by fastjet on 25 February on TBC2 at 6 pm and TBC1 at 10 pm. The fastjet-sponsored shows continued for the full week on TBC1 at 6 pm. travelsmart






dAy oF KindneSS BeneFitS orphAnAge Chakuwama, an orphanage established 14 years ago in the centre of Tanzania by Saida Hassan, has received direct assistance from fastjet staff. The orphanage cares for 40 girls and 34 boys ranging in age from one month to 18 years. Most of the children have been abandoned, orphaned or are homeless. At Chakuwama they are educated from nursery level through to sixth form; but the running costs can be high because they include medical fees, school fees, accommodation, clothing, bedding and food.

The 11th Kilimanjaro Marathon was organised by Wild Frontiers Travel and proudly sponsored by fastjet. Over 6,500 runners took part in the 42.2 km (26.2 mile) race on Sunday 3 March – an important qualifying race for the Comrades Marathon. The runners were cheered and supported by a large crowd of spectators including the fastjet team. Starting at Moshi Stadium, the circular route includes the main road to Dar es Salaam and a long steady ascent towards Mweka before finishing back at the Moshi Stadium.

On 30 March fastjet staff, moved by Saida Hassan’s good work, presented the orphanage with sugar, beans, cooking oil, stationery, exercise books, school uniforms, soda and biscuits. The visit was a great success and fastjet’s commercial manager, Jean Aku, gave the orphanage a further TZS 350,000 to support their fine work.


TRAVEL SHOWCASE Staff from fastjet’s commercial department attended Africa’s travel show, Indaba, which took place in Durban from 11 to 14 May. Sharing a stand with franchise partner Federal Air, attendance at the show was in preparation for the launch of fastjet’s new operation in South Africa. Unseasonably bad weather caused a slow start, but the travel show was soon in full swing and many of the visitors to the stand were travel agents and tour operators eager to learn about fastjet’s fares and products in both the local South African market and Tanzania. In fact, over 50 per cent of all enquiries were from operators wanting to sell Tanzania on the South African market. For more information on the new South Africa fastjet operation visit




Miss Universe Tanzania 2012/2013

Beauty contest opens door to fame T

he race is on for Miss Universe

Bahamas, where she gained accolades

Tanzania 2013 and the hotly

from beauty experts.

anticipated event creates a

fantastic opportunity for those taking

and gained much attention, featuring in

part, with past winners going on to

magazines and having interviews with

great heights of success in the beauty

international TV channels.

and modelling world. Ever since the inaugural event in 2007,

© Fadil Berisha

Flaviana’s performance at the international finals in Mexico was watched by over a billion viewers worldwide and resulted in her being ranked sixth in the world. Her ascent is the stuff of fairy tales and an inspiration to many African women. Flaviana lost her mother at a young age in a boating accident and was raised in a single-parent family. She studied electrical engineering at Arusha Technical College.

Nelly Kamwelu won in 2011 and created

has taken the industry by storm. The

much attention online and with fashion

first winner, Flaviana Matata, has gone

and beauty critics. Her performance and

from strength to strength, gaining

looks made her a celebrity and with a

international modelling contracts and

string of competition wins to her name

working tirelessly for charity, including

she was the first Tanzanian to attend three

her own Flaviana Matata Foundation.

major competitions, Miss Universe, Miss


International and Miss Earth, winning

the Diamond Empowerment Fund (DEF)

top 10 places including one for National

with Kim Kardashian, Nicola Breytenbach-

Costume at Miss Universe. Nelly also won

Steiner and Selita Banks, among many

Miss Southern Africa International and

other charitable works. Through her own

was placed fourth at Miss Tourism Queen

Flaviana Matata Foundation, she is helping


women and children throughout Tanzania. She is a keen supporter of the MV Bukoba

Last year’s winner was 19-year-old student Winfrida Dominic and Miss Universe

Project, which donates life vests to Lake Victoria ferry passengers. This follows the MV Bukoba tragedy in which Flaviana’s mother and brother lost their lives. The success does not end with Flaviana, however. Amanda Ole Sulul represented Tanzania in 2008 at the Miss Universe finals in Vietnam. The 2009 winner, Illuminata James from Mwanza, went to the international finals in Nassau,



the Miss Universe Tanzania competition

Flaviana is the Angel Ambassador of


In 2010 Hellen Dausen was the winner

‘Let’s get ready for the 2013 event. It is destined to be thrilling and glamorous ’



© Miss Universe Tanzania Organization

© Miss Universe Tanzania Organization

Amanda Ole Sulul clinched the 2008 title from 25 other women. Performing well with grace and talent she went on to represent Tanzania at the 2008 international finals in Vietnam

Tanzania was her first pageant. Winfrida has won over beauty experts and gained a growing international fan base. Regarded

traditional dress

as one of Tanzania’s best delegates since

2011 winner Nelly Kamwelu won a top ten spot for National Costume in Miss Universe. Her look and performance have led to a plethora of accolades including Miss Southern Africa

2007, she is working towards becoming an international model. The 2012 contestants were from seven regions: Dar es Salaam, Dodoma, Morogoro, Mwanza, Arusha, Mtwara Kilimanjaro and Manyara and the scouting team

The 2012 show was a gala of beauty and talent. Held in the National Museum

© Wilhelmina Models

national director, Maria Sarungi-Tsehai.

© Wilhelmina Models

was headed by the Miss Universe Tanzania

auditorium in Dar es Salaam, it was hosted by Tanzania’s top comedian, Evans Bukuku, and included performances by the internationally acclaimed artists and acrobats of Afrikanashe.

beauty Winfrida’s natural Tanzanian beauty gained the crown and she was ecstatic when her name was called, being hugged and kissed by the other contestants celebrating her win. After the ceremony, contestants partied into the night with food, cocktails and music from Blind Tiger. So, let’s get ready for the 2013 event. It is destined to be thrilling and glamorous and to offer great opportunities to the talented contestants. Miss Universe Tanzania 2013 is kicking off soon, with scouting due to start in June, so mark the calendar. The ceremony will take place in July and, with a hearty good luck wish to all the contestants, one thing is sure: it’s

success story Flaviana Matata shot to international fame after winning the Miss Universe Tanzania pageant in 2007. As well as being the first woman to represent Tanzania in the history of the Miss Universe pageant, she was also the first bald woman to compete, thus challenging notions of beauty. After placing sixth in the international finals in Mexico Flaviana was the Goodwill Ambassador of SOS Children’s Village Tanzania, among many other charity activities. After serving as Miss Tanzania, she continued to model in South Africa for Ice Models before being discovered at a New York charity event and signed to an international agency. She now works and lives in New York.

destined to be a glamorous night.



PropertyProfile:OnseaHouse and Machweo

Onsea House and Machweo Retreat and Fine Dining

Outstanding hospitality in an oasis of tranquillity By Tony Shoo


very year thousands of tourists

six spacious cottage suites suitable for

pass through Arusha en route

families and three chic suites. Private

range from Swedish massages to steam

to the famous national parks of

balconies offer guests wonderful views

baths. Alternatively, guests can swim in

the Northern Circuit or to climb Mount

while the contemporary African decor,

the pool, relax in the lounge area, enjoy

Kilimanjaro. Those who discover Onsea

finely furnished interiors and immaculate

a drink at the lawn bar, take a guided tour

House and Machweo Retreat will wish to

bathrooms (fitted with large tubs and

of the locality, follow a birdwatching trail

extend their stopover in order to enjoy

luxury rain showers) make this an inviting

world-class hospitality in an oasis of

place to relax amid the beautiful grounds.

tranquillity. One of the many amazing aspects of Onsea House is that this hilltop paradise

The whole setting offers privacy, with

is just 40 minutes from Kilimanjaro

main buildings and cottages separated by

International Airport and a short ride from

lush shrubbery and connecting walkways

the bustling regional centre of Arusha.

and steps curling around the rising slope.

The sister properties present a range of accommodation options including




A team of discreet and efficient staff is on hand to maintain this special atmosphere.

The fabulous Machweo spa treatments

PropertyProfile:OnseaHouse and Machweo

changes daily and never fails to surprise and delight. After a selection of mini appetisers and a delicious soup, diners enjoy a choice of starters such as tasty tiger prawns cooked with a fennel cream and the aniseed-flavoured Ricard spirit; or a wonderful baked eggplant with mozzarella. Mains include market-fresh white snapper flown in from the coast and rich Kenyan beef stroganoff cooked with bell peppers and cream. Equally impressive are the local pork cutlets in a delicious mustard-based sauce; and langoustines served with a white butter sauce.

local coffee For dessert, you might like to try the

The setting is also a feast for the Style Above: comfort and luxury at Machweo

eyes, from the superbly crafted furniture inspired by the iconic designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh to the crisp linen

chef’s refreshing coconut ice cream or a

on the tables. The spacious terrace has

tropical tiramisu using local red banana.

incredible views down the valley and

Dinner concludes with fine coffee from

is the most romantic setting in Arusha

the nearby Blackburn Estate in Karatu

for an exclusive celebration. The name

served with biscuits or chocolate. In

Machweo (the Swahili word for ‘sunset’) is inspired by Namasi Hill’s perfect position

‘Those who discover Onsea House and Machweo Retreat will wish to extend their stopover in order to enjoy world-class hospitality’

for breathtaking sunsets. Charcoal burners and lanterns keep the place warm and light so diners can sit and admire the dazzling display of stars in the night sky.

accolades Since this remarkable luxury hideaway opened in 2006, its Belgian co-founders have won accolades for their constant

or visit local attractions. These relaxing

addition to various delicious lunch

efforts to provide guests with a memorable

leisure options make these properties

offerings, the all-day snack menu has

stay in this secluded pocket of the Northern

the perfect destination for post-safari

items ranging from Zanzibar calzone pizza

Highlands. The management have a passion

pampering or a weekend getaway from

with salad to home-made ravioli with

for their work and a hands-on approach

Dar as Salaam.

ricotta and wild mushrooms.

when it comes to caring for guests. This can

delectable dining

taste and design

One of the highlights of a visit to this

The Machweo fine dining experience is

outstanding hospitality in a gorgeous

impressive boutique property is the fine

not simply a fabulous fusion of European

setting with great style.

dining available to both guests and local

and local influences. Diners have the

patrons. Chef Axel is an accomplished

opportunity to discuss the menu with the

between Julius Nyerere International

Belgian chef who refined his skills at some

chef or one of the helpful and attentive

Airport and Kilimanjaro International

of the most respected restaurants in his

waiters. The staff will not only discuss the

Airport. See the fastjet website for details.

homeland. Axel shapes his brasserie-

dishes but will also help match your meal

style menu around seasonal specials with

choice with wines from the temperature-

local ingredients to create a menu that

controlled cellar.

be seen in their attention to the smallest detail of the guest experience. This ensures

A daily service is operated by fastjet




Peter sees big value in small fry…

By Tony Shoo


he sight of small-scale fishing boats working in pairs to pull up lift nets with catches of dagaa

has been a familiar sight on Lake Victoria for generations. The ‘native sardines’ (rastronebola

methods of processing this popular The man behind the plan Above: Little fish to make big profit?

indigenous fish. Peter Balyagati, founder and owner of Baspik Fisheries, was born in Kanyigo village in the region of Kagera. He was educated in the regional capital, Bukoba,

argentea) spawn across the lake and are normally 40 to 60 mm in length. Various traditional methods of preserving and processing have been carried out on the lakeshore. Some entrepreneurs, however, have adopted more effective and hygienic



‘For some people it is a kind of medicine because of the properties it is said to have’


and in Mwanza before moving away from

A collaboration with the Tanzanian

the Lake Zone to study civil engineering in

Fisheries authority has helped Peter

Arusha. After a brief spell as an engineer,

source the best type of wood for

Peter realised his true vocation was to

smoking. “I smoke dagaa as it helps

start a business of his own. Coming from

preservation, improves the taste and can

a trading family, he was comfortable

reduce heartburn, which can affect some

process, this hygienic handling and packaging of dagaa also extends its shelf life. As a passionate believer in the health properties of the tiny fish, Peter lists the A happy customer Below: Packed and ready to go

potential benefits of consuming dagaa on the packaging. He has also circulated

with the idea of being an entrepreneur.

leaflets at trade events such as the annual

His first venture was a printing business

Saba Saba show in Dar es Salaam. Now

in Mwanza which continues to be a

the company is developing a website and

success; but the industrious businessman

Facebook contents. Today, its customer

wanted to develop another enterprise.

base extends to Dar es Salaam, where

The fish processing industry dominates

Baspik Fisheries has opened a small

the lakeside city, but it was the potential

wholesale unit in the Kariakoo district.

of the tiny dagaa fish that caught his



“We are now expanding to the


international market, starting with

Peter recalls: “I felt dagaa was overlooked

Rwanda,” says the enterprising fishery

and started to study the business.”

proprietor, who is now sending samples

He was impressed by the high nutritional

of his product back to Kigali with buyers

value of this inexpensive source of

who come to Mwanza. Peter believes

protein. “For some people it is a kind of

he could develop trade with buyers in

medicine because of the properties it is

the Democratic Republic of the Congo,

said to have.”

South Sudan and Nigeria. He notes that, whereas dagaa is often considered a

The business was opened in a rented space of 15 square metres. Peter’s plan

low-income food staple by Tanzania’s

was simple: to produce high quality

middle class, the fish remains universally

dagaa. With a workforce of just two, the

popular in Zimbabwe and West Africa. The fishery now leases a three-acre site

company began by producing 50 kg of dagaa per day. This was packaged and

and has capacity to expand further. New and

sold to customers in the Ileemela area

improved smoking ovens are making this

where his business was situated. Within 18 months the company was selling 400 kg per day. Every stage of production is controlled, from the point of purchase at the fish market to the packaging of the final product. “When I go to the fishermen, I only take the top layer of fish on the boat,” says Peter. “This is the freshest catch. The fish are straight and

‘When I go to the fishermen, I only take the top layer of fish on the boat. This is the freshest catch. The fish are straight and the eyes bright’

the eyes bright.”


key process more effective and economical for companies like Baspik Fisheries.

small scale In some 30 months, Peter Balyagetti has established a successful small-scale fishery with big ambitions to capture customers across the region. The start-up capital for dealing in dagaa is lower than the resources required to process tilapia or Nile Perch

consumers,” says Peter. The fish is smoked

from Lake Victoria. There are also growing

at temperatures of 70 to 80°C and the

concerns about the sustainability of the

He says the fish can vary in taste around

final product requires no further cooking

stocks of these fish, which have both

the lake depending on what they are

before eating.

domestic and international markets.

feeding on. From the boats, the dagaa

Unlike the traditional sun drying and

is transferred to the fishery, where the

preparation on lakeshore sand or rocks,

tiny fish himself? “Yes! I love to eat the

fish is washed and brined and then put

which can be unhygienic, Peter’s facility

smoked dagaa simply as a snack on its

on racks to dry in the sun before being

carries out this process in controlled

own. I also enjoy them cooked with onion

placed in a kiln for smoking.

conditions. In addition to the smoking

and tomato,” says Peter.

Does the fishery’s owner eat the




South African Fashion Week

INNOVATION BY DESIGN T he South African Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2013 Collection was showcased at the Crown Plaza in Johannesburg from 11 to 13 April, blazing a trail in the local fashion industry.

The show embraced 30 must-see designer clothing ranges including

the eagerly anticipated launch of a luxury sportswear collection from Albertus Swanepoel, the New York-based South African designer. Swanepoel has won acclaim for his collaborations with some of New York’s finest designers, including Marc Jacobs and Carolina Herrera.



© Ivan Naude/Albertus Swanepoel

© Ivan Naude/Albertus Swanepoel


At the show The 2013 Spring/Summer Collection show introduced the Fashion Installation, a new presentation format that represented a first for South African Fashion Week. These innovative shows feature stationary models instead of the usual runway experience. Static shows provide the opportunity for a more detailed look at the garments. There was an enthusiastic reception for Clive Rundle,

© Waldo Pretorius

all of whom presented their creations in this innovative style.

© Waldo Pretorius

Albertus Swanepoel, Naked Ape, Palse Homme and Tiaan Nagel,

Fashion Week Style

© Ivan Naude/Naked Ape

© Kat Grudko

Left: Cutting edge design with the Naked Ape label Above: Behind the scenes



© Ivan Naude/Loxion Kulca

© Ivan Naude/Loxion Kulca

© Ivan Naude/Loxion Kulca

Fashion focus

© Ivan Naude/Laz Yani


Loxion Kulca There was a ‘survival’ theme running through the Spring/Summer Collection from Loxion Kulca, the result of a collaboration between Wandi Nzimande and Ole Ledimo of House of Ole. Military-inspired prints and camouflage designs were used throughout the collection

© Ivan Naude/Loxion Kulca

as they celebrated 14 years in the African urban fashion industry.

Cutterier by Laz Yani Wrinkle-free fabrics that allow garments to remain stylish even after travel have been used to create the sophisticated and versatile pieces that were the focus of Cutterier’s Spring/ Summer Collection. Designer Laz Yani drew inspiration from travelling women to create a collection suitable for all seasons and occasions.




© Jeanne Horak-Druiff © Jeanne Horak-Druiff

© Jeanne Horak-Druiff

© Jeanne Horak-Druiff

Bizerca Bistrot

Enjoy the French flavour of champagne Fridays By Jeanne Horak-Druiff

dishes is always available and includes

Sweet dishes include Bizerca’s selection


braised pig trotter with seared scallop

of mini desserts comprising a molten

n other cities you have to look pretty

and truffle oil, which has gained an

centred Valrhona chocolate fondant

hard to find a restaurant that offers

almost fanatical following. Classic starters

pudding; a creamy white chocolate crème

great wine, great food and breathtaking

include oysters with a cape gooseberry

brûlée; and a tart raspberry sorbet. But

views; in Cape Town they are a dime a

dressing or a duo of paté and rillette

arguably the star of the show is the classic

dozen. So why, after 17 years in France

with cornichon, pickled pear and melba

French apple tarte fine with crème fraîche

and Australia, did French chef Laurent

toast. Classic mains include robust French

ice cream and honey syrup; a fruity, flaky,

Deslandes and his South African wife move to South Africa to open a restaurant in the maze of high-rise office blocks of the Foreshore? You might say it sounds a little crazy – or bizerca, to be more exact. Despite Bizerca Bistrot’s unusual location, the restaurant has gained a

‘Despite Bizerca Bistrot’s unusual location the restaurant has gained a devoted following of regular diners’

devoted following of regular diners and

elegant and satisfying sweet treat that is unforgettable.

bites In addition to the main menu a cold menu of afternoon and late night bites is served between lunch and dinner, and again after dinner, making Bizerca the perfect

many accolades since opening in late 2007.

bistro style dishes such as braised veal

place for oysters and champagne on a

After five successful years Bizerca recently

shoulder with roasted mushroom, grilled

Friday afternoon. The wine list has a good

moved to a new home in Heritage Square,

semolina, asparagus and prune chutney;

selection of South African red, white and

an 18th-century building in the heart of

Karoo lamb stew with sautéed vegetables

sparkling wine as well as a small choice of

and gremolata; or the sumptuous and

French wine.

Cape Town. The move is complete with

Quiet location Al fresco

a funky interior, whimsical modern light

perfectly seasoned beef tartare served

fittings and ancient exposed brick walls,

with pommes gaufrette (crispy fried

prices are bistro style while the quality

all accented by an outdoor dining space in

potato wafers). It’s rib sticking, sauce

of the food is far closer to that expected

a secluded courtyard; and nestled in one

mopping, forkful stealing food that is

in a more expensive restaurant and

corner is a gnarled grapevine, reputedly

deeply satisfying in a way that fine dining

whether it is oysters and champagne in

Cape Town’s oldest.

rarely is, with each dish speaking of

the courtyard on a sunny afternoon or

carefully chosen ingredients and

an intimate dinner on a winter’s night,

assured cooking.

Bizerca is the place to taste.

In addition to the seasonal dishes that change regularly, the menu of classic

Most excitingly the portions and




Dar to Mwanza – coach or plane?

© MH Gallery

Airbus is less fuss than the bus

By Tony Shoo

luggage when it departed shortly after 6


am. Heading out of Dar es Salaam towards

out of Dodoma, our next destination was Transport option

the semi-arid region of Singida. We arrived

ravelsmart wanted to compare

Chalinze, we met a growing line of buses

the different experiences of

and trucks, all desperate to leave the city

travelling to Mwanza from Dar

before it became nigh-impossible to escape

and few newcomers were boarding. As

es Salaam by bus and plane. Both will

the congestion that besets this expanding

we stopped, there was a flurry of hawkers

be familiar journeys to many of our

metropolis of 4 million residents.

selling oil made from the sunflowers that

passengers who fly the popular route

By 8.30 am we were through Chalinze

between Mwanza – the Rock City –

and heading towards Morogoro town in

and the nation’s commercial capital of

the Uluguru Mountains. The agricultural

Tanzania. Here are the reports.

centre of the Morogoro region was our refreshments and a change of buses, our

The early morning journey began at the

journey resumed and by 10.40 am we

bustling Ubungu Bus Terminal. Our bus

were in the village of Nyomero en route

was filled to the brim with passengers and

to Dodoma. Passing through hilly country, we continued on through the small town of Gairo towards the central region and our next destination, Dodoma, the political

© MH Gallery

capital of Tanzania. The city of Dodoma


at the main town’s bus station at 4.15 pm. Most of the passengers had left the coach

carpet the surrounding fields with their bright yellow blooms.

first main stop for a half-hour break. After

by bus


Above: Let the plane take the strain Below: A crowded bus

came into view around 1 pm. Our bus passed the parliament building before making a one-hour stop for lunch. Heading

‘We met a growing line of buses and trucks, all desperate to leave the city before it became nigh-impossible to escape the congestion’


At dusk we started out for Shinyanga town. By the time we arrived, at 8.30 pm, the rain had set in – a worrying hazard on the remaining leg of our journey. It was a huge relief to arrive finally at the largely deserted terminus in Mwanza at 11 pm. This was a scenic but exhausting journey, and it was a relief to know that I had booked my fastjet ticket for the return trip to Dar es Salaam.

by air Travelling by taxi to Julius Nyerere International Airport just before dawn is a refreshingly traffic-free experience. Our driver sped past the central business district before cruising through the industrial sprawl of the Nyerere Road and its wonderfully empty junctions. Within half an hour of airport, where a new terminal is on the way following the signing of a $170 million deal with a leading Dutch contractor.

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leaving home, we were pulling up at the

‘Plenty of fastjet members of staff were on hand to assist with inquiries and check-in procedures’ Plenty of fastjet members of staff were on hand to assist with inquiries and check-

the increasingly popular inflight magazine away to digest its contents at home.

in procedures. Having packed with care

Flying across the vastness of Lake

and observed the security requirements

Victoria, it is easy to understand why this

for hand luggage, I quickly found myself

amazing water feature, with its impressive

seated in the departure lounge.

surface area of 68,800 sq km, is called

The lounge café was doing a brisk

an inland sea. As we descended, I could

colleagues or clients. For the business Quick and easy A smooth landing

traveller, the first flight from Dar es Salaam

business in breakfast orders and most

make out the distinctive igneous rock

passengers had something to eat before

formations that have been eroded over

work in the lakeside city. This morning flight

boarding. Our Airbus A319 gleamed on

many thousands of years by the waters of

allows the leisure traveller to enjoy several

the tarmac and passengers readily found

the lake.

hours exploring the beauty of the Rock City

storage space for their hand luggage

We landed at about 8.10 am and an

is the ideal way to accomplish a full day of

with a local tour operator before moving on

before take-off. At 6.40am we climbed

airport transfer bus delivered me to the

to the popular national parks of Rubondo

above the city as its inhabitants rose from

baggage collection area. It was impressive

Island or Gombe Stream.

their slumber to face another hectic day

to see that the baggage from our hold

in bustling Bongo, as Dar es Salaam is

was already there, waiting to be collected

relaxing by the lake before moving inland to

known in Kiswahili. The short flight to the

by the passengers.

the Serengeti via the park’s Western Corridor

Lake Zone gave me just enough time to

Within half an hour of passing through

Alternatively, you can spend a day

entrance, just a few hours’ drive from

enjoy the latest issue of ‘Travelsmart’. I

Arrivals, you can easily be checking into

Mwanza. The fastjet service to Mwanza is

noticed, too, that several passengers took

a hotel or attending a meeting with

quick, relaxing and amazing value.




Africa Magic Viewer’s Choice Awards

Evening of glamour for media stars

Bruce Hill


he red carpet was laid out for the inaugural Africa Magic Viewer’s Choice Awards ceremony, broadcast live from Lagos on Saturday 9 March. Hosted by Big

Brother’s IK Osakioduwa and StarGist’s Vimbai Muntinhiri, the awards celebrated the best of Africa’s film and TV talent in a glamorous, star-studded ceremony. Among the big winners, ‘Skeem’ scooped two awards, including Best Movie (Comedy), while ‘The Mirror Boy’ won three awards including Best Movie (Drama). There were three wins for the team behind the movie ‘Man on Ground’. ‘Otelo Burning’ picked up an amazing four awards including the hotly contested Best Movie (Overall). It was a proud night for South African Sara Blecher, who produced and directed ‘Otelo Burning’, about a group of young people from the township who discover surfing. Amid huge applause, the Best Television award went to the Kenyan satirical comedy programme ‘The XYZ Show’, created and produced by Godffrey Mwampembwa and Marie LoraMungai, which tackles Kenyan current affairs and features a humorous spoof newscast with latex puppets. The showbiz atmosphere was enhanced by a host of homegrown musical superstars. Femi Kuti, Sauti Sol, Tiwa Savage, Banky W and Chidinma all turned out and Ghana’s very own Efya took to the stage for a celebrated performance. At the end of the evening, the Industry Merit award was presented to veteran actor Olu Jacobs and a very proud Ivie Okujaye was named TrailBlazer of the Year.



‘The awards celebrated the best of Africa’s film and TV talent in a glamorous, star-studded ceremony’

© Bruce Hill


Winners at a glance Best Movie (Comedy) Tim Greene/Skeem

Best Movie (Drama) Obi Emelonye /The Mirror Boy

Best Movie (Overall) Best Television Series Godffrey Mwampembwa and Marie Lora-Mungai/The XYZ Show

© Bruce Hill

Sara Blecher /Otelo Burning

Best Movie Director Akin Omotoso/Man on Ground

Best Actor (Comedy) Hafiz Oyetoro/House a Part

Best Actor (Drama) OC Ukeje/Two Brides and a Baby

Best Actress (Comedy) Mercy Johnson/Dumebi – The Dirty Girl

Best Actress (Drama)

© Bruce Hill

Jackie Appiah/Perfect Picture.

© Bruce Hill

© Bruce Hill

Glittering occasion Left: Stars come to Lagos Above: Behind the scenes




BlackBerry Z10

Touch-scrEEn by blacKbErry


he long-awaited BlackBerry

diehard BlackBerry fans it may be difficult

Z10 – the first fully touch-screen

to relinquish the much-loved keyboard;

smartphone from BlackBerry

however, the touch keyboard is something

– has finally arrived after a somewhat

the BlackBerry Z10 has executed well and

rocky inception.

may be enough to win over even the most

Personalisation seems to be low on the agenda for this device, which is available

enthusiastic of keyboard fans. The predictive element is a stroke of

only in white or black; but the design is sleek

inspiration. It learns the most frequently

and pleasing, if undeniably influenced by

used words as well as the repetitive mistakes

the iPhone 5.

of the user to create a very user-friendly

The Z10 has a larger screen than the

functionality much better than the

iPhone 5 but is still comfortable to hold in

competition. For those unable or unwilling

one hand and is smaller than the slightly

to give up the BlackBerry keyboard, there is

unwieldy 4.7 inch screen of the HTC One,

a new BlackBerry Q10 that has retained the

although it weighs a full 24 g more than the

keyboard feature and is released in April.

iPhone 5 and is one gram heavier than the HTC One. However, the plastic soft-touch


back cover makes the BlackBerry Z10 feel

Aside from its lack of keyboard, which may

sturdy in the hand and it is a thing of beauty,

be a real sticking point for some BlackBerry

if not wholly original.

purists, the next noticeable change is its

The first major feature of this redesigned phone is that there is no keyboard. For

interface, which has been completely redesigned with the addition of the BlackBerry Hub. This is designed to create smooth navigation around the device, allowing a flow between applications

Another major feature of the BlackBerry

instead of having to open and close

Z10 is the BBM Video with Screen Share. This

them, as with most other operating

allows BBM chat to be switched to a video

systems. With the Hub, a swipe across the screen to the right reveals all inboxes, from email to social networking sites, while swiping downwards can reveal calendars

SOunD DeSIGn Stylish and practical accessories for the BlackBerry Z10 include the BlackBerry Mini Stereo Speaker. Perfect for travel, the clip-on design allows it to be attached to a bag strap; or it can be simply placed on a table. Using the Bluetooth facility of the smartphone, the speaker can play music wirelessly or can be used for conference calling. It is compatible with BlackBerry 10 devices.

and appointments etc. The Hub is a good idea, because instant access to accounts and updates all in one spot is time-saving and

conversation and the screen share function makes it possible to share photos, look at documents and other visuals via BBM.

‘the predictive element is a stroke of inspiration’ The BlackBerry Z10 has a user-friendly

desirable. However, in practicality

interface that is pleasing if not ground-

it can be a little overwhelming, as

breaking and, at similar prices to its

it gives all updates all the time with

competitors, the choice of the BlackBerry

no filter option, leaving those with

Z10 is going to be one of taste rather than

active online lives bombarded by yet

economy. The phone is probably not trail-

another overwhelming set of constant

blazing enough to persuade a dyed-in-the-

notifications. This would be a great idea

wool iPhone or HTC user to switch, but will

if there were more control; or, equally,

be enough to keep BlackBerry fans happy

for those who are not very active online.

and BlackBerry out of trouble.




latest releases Bookworm Only the Dead

A Quiet Kind of Courage

By Hamilton Wende

By Anthony Schneider

The Claws of God are an army of child soldiers existing deep within the Ugandan Jungle led by the villainous General Faustin. The brainwashed children believe that the man controlling them, Papa Mephisto, has the power of the lion. Psychologist Tania Richter is trying to protect these children and to do so she enlists the help of Sebastian Burke who has knowledge of the history of lion mythology. Sebastian and Tania become entangled in a conflict that threatens a nuclear attack and they must use the history of lions and humans to save the children and the world.

Thirty Second World


By Emma van der Vliet

By Nuruddin Farah

Thirty Second World tells the story of two women Alison and Beth. Alison seems to have it all, a glamorous job in the South African film industry and two children who she ably cares for. However, the text messages she regularly sends to her friend Evie tell a different story. Beth, new to the advertising industry is watching her home life unravel as she is tempted by the advances of a colleague. Both women are forced to face their lives when an accident during a film shoot in the middle of the South African bush throws them together revealing dark secrets.


Anthony Schneider’s latest novel explores the themes of home, exile and the ripple effect of one man’s actions on the generations to follow. This story spans space and time from South Africa to New York both past and present with narratives that intertwine to expose the history and consequences of the actions of Henry Wegland. Currently living in New York, Henry encourages his grandson Saul to travel to South Africa to make a documentary about South African liberation. When Saul is kidnapped he unpicks the secrets Henry thought long buried with his ANC activist past.


Nuruddin Farah has a new instalment to the Past Imperfect trilogy of novels with this new offering of Crossbones. Two brothers return to Somalia. Malik is a freelance journalist determined to report the government’s dysfunction and Ahl is travelling for more personal reasons, to locate his stepson Taxliil who is under the influence of jihadist imam to train as a suicide bomber. They are both searching for knowledge that will lead to a race against time to rescue Taxliil, deposit Malik’s stories before the violence against journalists reaches their door and leave the region before war breaks out.


BlockBusters The Croods Starring: Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds, Nicolas Cage Director: Kirk De Micco & Chris Sanders • Genre: Family, adventure, animation When their cave is destroyed The Croods must journey across a fantastical landscape. With their home in ruins and a perilous adventure ahead, The Croods are truly the first modern family who will discover seismic shifts that will change their lives forever.

The Heat Starring: Sandra Bullock, Melissa McCarthy, Marlon Wayans Director: Paul Feig • Genre: Comedy, action The buddy movie is back. From the director of Bridesmaids a new comedy starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy finds an uptight and meticulous FBI agent teamed up with a foul mouthed, short-tempered Boston cop. They are thrown together to track down a vicious drug lord. The mismatched officers have never had a friend or a partner before and must learn to get along or maybe even befriend each other.

Oblivion Starring: Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Olga Kurylenko Director: Joseph Kosinski • Genre: Sci-fi, action, adventure It is the future and after decades of war with the Scavs Earth is unrecognisable. Oblivion is the story of Jack Harper one of the repairmen assigned to look after the drones which are extracting the remaining resources from the Earth. When Jack discovers a crashed spacecraft and rescues a beautiful stranger a chain of events unravel which place the fate of humankind firmly in his hands.

Iron Man 3 Starring: Robert Downey Jr, Guy Pearce, Gwyneth Paltrow Director: Shane Black • Genre: Action, sci-fi In the latest instalment of the ‘Iron Man’ franchise, Tony Stark will be tested to the limits when a terrorist tears his world apart. Stark must embark on a quest to find those responsible and use his instincts to protect those he loves.

This is 40 Starring: Paul Rudd, Leslie Mann, Jason Segel Director: Judd Apatow • Genre: Comedy This is 40 takes a look at how Pete and Debbie, two of the characters first seen in Apatow’s Knocked Up, are faring a few years after the first film at a time when they are both turning 40. Debt, unhappiness and rebellious children have led to a turning point and a mid-life crisis for the couple. How will they learn to love growing older in this heart-warming comedy about family, love and marriage?




Simon Ndokeji

Artist’s wall-to-wall talent brings international fame By Tony Shoo


he creative landscape of Africa continues to change as new ideas, techniques and talents

emerge across the continent. Now, as always, its artists draw inspiration from Africa’s contrasting locations and cultural influences; and a constant thread running through many of today’s creative talents is a desire to reflect their heritage, albeit in forms and methods often far removed from the traditional arts and crafts of their forefathers. One such creative is the self-taught painter and muralist Simon Ndokeji, who has attracted an international following with his colourful and lively images inspired by the natural world and culture of his homeland.

experience Simon was born in Isangijo village, Kisesa, in the Mwanza region, in 1962. His first experience of art was at primary school. By the time he was in Class 5, Simon realised he had real talent. And when local people and passing tourists began to buy his drawings, he also realised he could derive an income from his talent.

Self-taught painter and muralist Simon Ndokeji has attracted an international following with his colourful and lively images 28



When Simon was 15 years old he met ‘Mr Kapera’, a Mwanza street artist

‘I wake up at night, then start to outline the painting’

whose work greatly impressed him. The seasoned painter helped the young artist develop his ability to sketch with perspective and to apply colours. In 1983 Simon completed his O levels and undertook various jobs to make a living. He put his creativity to good use when he joined Mwanza Textiles in 1978. During his time with the company he had an opportunity to design some of the kanga material produced by Mwanza Textiles. The aspiring artist had found his true vocation. “At this point, I really felt ‘I have talent’ so I employed myself as a painter,” explains Simon. Simon began by selling oil paintings

is currently decorating the new wing

and wax batik work to curio shops.

the traditions of his tribe, the largest in

of Ryan’s Bay Hotel. “Three years ago I

Returning to Mwanza in 1985, he

Tanzania, are painted with careful attention

started producing wall paintings with

established a studio and sold his work to

to detail to ensure they accurately depict

acrylic for the rooms and communal

visitors to the nearby Sukuma Museum.

the culture of his ancestors.

areas,” he explains. “Now I am decorating

His decision to work as an artist was

the new building in the same style.”

reaffirmed as his paintings became ever

depicting stylised animals and figures,

more popular. “I was encouraged by a

Simon has begun experimenting with

artist, Simon is making a successful living

Yugoslavian visitor who bought many

fantasy art. Magical, mysterious and

as a commercial artist. He is concerned,

paintings,” he recalls. “I realised it was

mythical imagery are formed from his

however, that too few young creatives

possible to live by producing art.”

dreams. Simon explains: “I wake up at night,

from his region are following in his

After three decades working as an

then start to outline the painting.” Such

footsteps. “In Mwanza, there are few

work is especially popular with European

artists, as young people cannot see how

were tourists on their way to and from

collectors, while Tanzanian clients generally

Serengeti National Park, a few hours’

prefer his more ‘realistic’ work.

Sanaa cultural centre in Dar es Salaam also began selling his work.

© Simon Ndokeji

Simon’s next step was to open a shop at his home in Kiseso. His buyers

drive from Mwanza. The Nyumba ya

their talent can be turned into a business,” he says. “They don’t know how to sell their work.”



Simon has attracted an international

Accordingly, he wants to establish art

and thanks to Danish government

classes for students completing Standard

One interesting commission was from

sponsorship, he visited a cultural group

7 to help them learn both how to paint

the Tilapia Hotel in Mwanza. The owners

that shares his passion for Sukuma culture

were keen to have murals inspired by the

and has forged a close relationship with

natural world. Simon always retained a

the artist. During his time in Denmark he

with large commissions. It is hoped he

passion for depicting the flora and fauna

also visited schools and found widespread

will continue the family’s creativity. Simon

that surrounded him. Tanzania’s rich

interest in his work.

wildlife is reflected in his depictions of

Today, 80 per cent of his work is sold to

© Simon Ndokeji

following. At the invitation of a friend,


and how to develop a career. Simon’s second son is now helping him

Art for arts sake?

is proud of his achievements. “My family

Above: A style all of his own

respect my work as they see it as a source

international customers. “Sometimes I sell

of income,” he says. “Even Mama Ndogo

direct, for example, when I visited Denmark

[his mother’s younger sister] in the village

the continent, he retains a fascination

in 2012,” says the artist, who represents

now realises this is my life and business.”

for his African heritage. “As a Sukuma, I

himself rather than using an agent.

large mammals and birdlife. Like many present-day artists across © Simon Ndokeji

In addition to his popular works

© Simon Ndokeji

paintings,” he explains. His work reflecting

learned my tribe’s history. Sometimes I depict traditional dress and stories in my

The Mwanza-based artist continues to be popular in his home region. He

For commissions and inquiries email:




Sir Alex leaves REDS

in excellent shape



Manchester United’s legendary


worldwide army of fans will be reasonably

manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, on

pleased. Of course, they will be

8 May has brought to a close one of the

disappointed to have seen yet another

most remarkable chapters in English

earlier-than-expected departure from

football history.

the Champions League – albeit an

he surprise resignation of

contemplates a quieter life, the club which has achieved world-class status under his stewardship will continue to set

© Melis/Shutterstock

But, while Ferguson, now aged 71,

Overall, Manchester United’s

improvement on their ignominious exit at the group stage 12 months previously. On the positive side, fans can take pride in the performances of several players,

the agenda both at national and European level. The English Premier League (EPL) season just ended has been widely regarded as a triumph for Manchester United and their erstwhile manager. It was easier than usual for the Red Devils, who, with a handful of games still to play, romped home with the Premiership crown to claim a 20th title – thus making up for their last-day heartbreak 12 months ago.

easy-peasy No other team really got near Man U in

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the second half of the season and it was easy-peasy for a club that have performed solidly over 38 games without really setting the world on fire. United’s fine league form contrasted with some less-than-impressive performances in cup competitions; going out of the Champions League by losing at

from the evergreen Ryan Giggs and Paul Red Devils Above right: The evergreen Ryan Giggs and England international Michael Carrick. Above: Spanish goalkeeper David De Gea, who made the PFA team of the season.

Scholes, still playing well in their late thirties, to some solid displays by others. Standing head and shoulders above his team-mates was Dutch frontman Robin van Persie, United’s big close-season signing from Arsenal and one of the shrewdest bits

home to Real Madrid at the quarter-final

of business carried out by Ferguson for

stage, defeated by Chelsea in the quarter-

some time. By season end, van Persie’s hefty

finals of the FA Cup and losing to the same

£28 million transfer had proved a bargain.

team in the Capital One Cup.

Ferguson said van Persie had made as big an impact as anyone he could remember. Japan’s Shinji Kagawa proved another canny and relatively unsung purchase. Michael Carrick in midfield had a stellar

The club which has achieved world-class status under his stewardship will continue to set the agenda both at national and European level

season and was named on a shortlist of six – along with van Persie – of PFA players of the season. Meanwhile, goalkeeper David De Gea – previously a much criticised purchase – and defender Rio Ferdinand also made the PFA team of the season. On the debit side, the below-par form of United star Wayne Rooney, who



ManchesterUnited has rather gone off the boil, prompting rumours of a transfer to fabulously wealthy Paris Saint-German. The same has been true of Ecuadorian star Antonio Valencia, the fans’ player of the year the previous season, who has been pretty hopeless this past campaign. So what now for next season, with Ferguson no longer running the show? A player to look out for as the 2013-14 season gets under way in August will be 20-year-old Wilfried Zaha, who joins from London Level 2 team Crystal Palace on a five-and-a-half-year contract and comes with an initial price tag of GBP 10 million.

quality Given United’s grooming policy, however, international will see more than a few Capital One Cup appearances. There is also Nick Powell, signed for around GBP 6

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it is unlikely that the England under-21

million from lowly Crewe in summer 2012, who could start to figure in the line-up,

order. Adnan Januzaj is another name to

but has van Persie and home-grown

look out for, but 2013-14 could be a season

Danny Wellbeck ahead of him the pecking

too soon for the young Belgian star of

Albanian descent whom United signed Going Dutch Above: Striker Robin van Persie is congratulated by team-mates after scoring in the Champions League.

from Anderlecht in 2011. He does now have a squad number, however. Rumours about Robert Lewandowski joining from Borussia Dortmund or Radamel Falcao from Atlético Madrid continue, but United, like other EPL clubs,

magical manager

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Sir Alex Ferguson, who resigned on 8 May after 26 years in the Old Trafford hot seat, had been in his job far longer than any other manager of the 92 clubs in the English Football League. To put things in perspective, the second-longest-serving manager, Arsène Wenger, has been in charge of Arsenal for just 16 years. Even then, and with the possible exception of David Moyes, who now leaves Everton to replace Ferguson, these two are rarities. At a time when the average Premier League manager lasts just 25 months – and often a much, much shorter tenure – Ferguson has shown that continuity is a virtue. Unsurprisingly, Ferguson won many awards and was voted Manager of the Year more times than anyone in English football history. Ferguson bowed out seeing his team play out an incredible draw 5-5 with West Bromwich – the first 5-5 draw in Premiership history.

have until 31 August to secure the players they want. United’s new manager, David Moyes, may want to follow in the footsteps of Ferguson by opting for quality rather than quantity, handpicking one or two youngish players with potential rather than adopting the relatively unsuccessful policy of neighbours and rivals City, who splurged millions late in August. Most of these signings turned out to be money wasted.

enviable The Red Devils have an enviable track record of buying carefully and wisely; but Ferguson hasn’t always got it right, as names like Bébé, Djemba-Djemba, Verón, Kleberson and Obertan can all testify. And some of these involved big money. A forecast for the 2013-14 season? Well, only a fool would bet against United



So what now for next season, with Ferguson no longer running the show? to retain their EPL crown; but, as always, big-spending City and Chelsea are likely to be snapping at their heels. It would certainly make for a better Premiership – à la 2011-12 – if another team could challenge the pre-eminence of Man U.

rivals Beyond City and Chelsea, there are only London’s Arsenal and Spurs who could feature in the top four. Sadly, the EPL has become more of a procession than a competition. But also look out for a resurgent Liverpool, who have been aided by some sharp January transfer-window signings. It may be closer next time, but the smart money will still be on United for the title. And we should expect a much stronger showing in the Champions League.


Is Europe the world’s poor man now? By Gary Gimson


pose this question partly tongue in

Clearly, times have changed. Africa,

cheek, but how long will it be before

once an economic basket case, a

Africans and African governments

continent seemingly racked by famine

start sending aid money to Europe

and civil wars – or so Europeans thought

instead of the other way round?

– is on the rise. By contrast, once-

When are we going to see the pop

affluent Europe is now in what appears

concerts, the earnest African celebrities

to be an inexorable decline as it grapples

pleading for us to donate our hard-earned

with the impact of a one-size-fits-all

shillings or our kwacha, the wearing of

single currency that has brought near

sympathetic lapel ribbons and ‘right-on’

economic collapse to some states,

wristbands as a continent expresses

Cyprus being the latest casualty.

its collective concern for those newly impecunious folk living far to the north?


The figures are stark. Take a look at the latest GDP growth rates as provided by the CIA Yearbook. These show that,

But if the topsy-turvy economic

in 2012, nine of

situation on both continents persists,

the world’s 20

then the above scenario may not be so


far-fetched. In fact, some African states

economies were

– Botswana is a case in point – already

African: Libya (1), Sierra Leone (2),

not yet boarding small rickety boats to

have their own state-backed overseas aid

Niger (4), Liberia (10), Ghana (13), Côte

cross the Strait of Gibraltar, but it’s a sure

programmes, although, as yet, these are

d’Ivoire (14), Rwanda (17), Eritrea (19) and

sign that Africa is where the future lies.

not targeted at Europe’s needy.

Mozambique (20).

Paradoxically, and as the economies of Europe continue to nosedive, many


The highest-ranked EU economy in 2012 was Latvia at 70th place in the world ratings. Greece, Portugal, Cyprus,

European Union states remain committed

Mozambique, albeit in 20th place, still posted

Slovenia, Italy, Spain, Hungary, the Czech

to handing out 0.7 per cent of their GDP in

an annual growth rate of 7.5 per cent – a figure

Republic, the Netherlands and Denmark

aid each year. So while Africa is powering

that Europeans could only dream about.

ahead, it still receives barrowloads of cash

This shift in economic performance

from those less and less able to afford it.

is best illustrated by the thousands of

Many if not most European states are, in

Portuguese who are now said to be

effect, borrowing this 0.7 per cent just to

migrating to Angola and Mozambique

give it away. How long can this continue

each year to escape the worst of

and does fast-growing Africa even need it?

Portugal’s economic death spiral. They’re



‘In 2012, nine of the world’s 20 fastest-growing economies were African’


were all in the bottom 20 with their

immediately to mind) will eventually see

been around for a while, but there’s a

GDP figures in negative territory.

income from hydrocarbon extraction

spoof video, called ‘Radi-Aid’, which

turbo-charging national economic

pokes fun at Live Aid and its ‘We are the


World’ song and asks Africans to help

Obviously, African economies generally start from a lower base and, as a result, growth rates in purely percentage

It’s not just economists and

terms tend to favour poorer states.

government officials who are alert to

They also have fast-rising populations.

this dramatic turnabout in the fortunes

Nevertheless, six African countries –

of the two continents. View the readers’

Equatorial Guinea, Seychelles, Gabon,

on-line comment section of many

Mauritius, Libya and Botswana – already

African newspapers and it’s easy to find

enjoy a higher standard of living than

ironic postings from those who foresee

Romania, Bulgaria, Hungary, Estonia,

the day when the tables are turned

Latvia, Lithuania and Poland, in some

on foreign governments and often

cases by a considerable margin.

patronising Europe-based NGOs.

Another factor will be energy. More and more oil and gas is being


Europeans, in particular (and for some reason) Norwegians.

‘More and more oil and gas is being discovered and in bigger quantities’ It may be only a matter of time before this spoof becomes a reality; although, in choosing Norway – outside the EU and with a per capita income of US$80,000

discovered and in bigger quantities,

Even entertainers are waking up to

a year – ‘Radi-Aid’ has clearly picked the

both onshore and offshore, and several

the fact that Africa is on the rise and

wrong European target. No matter, it’s

states (Mozambique and Tanzania come

Europe is in economic free fall. It has

still very funny.




Africa’s building boom draws investors

Why real estate is hot property

By Tony Shoo


espite the property slump across the nations hit hardest by the global economic slump,

many countries in Africa have seen a significant expansion in this sector. The UK’s ‘Independent’ newspaper

‘Property hot spots like Nairobi and Cape Town are seeing record rises in property prices’


Contemporary living Above: The very latest designs Below: Warm evenings spent outside

accompanied by a wider range of finance products becoming available for first-time and existing home owners.


in 2012 described the continent as

For several years, the city of Arusha,

experiencing its longest income boom

the regional and economic hub of

for three decades, with an annual GDP

the Northern Highlands, has seen an

growth rate of five per cent for the past

expansion in population and economic

10 years. One of the main effects of this

activity. One major effect of these trends

growth has been the rise of the middle

has been a property boom across all

class and the expansion of urban centres. This, in turn, has created a growing demand for residential and commercial real estate. Property markets in nations such as Kenya, Nigeria, Uganda and Zambia have established real estate sectors that are leading the way in expanding the industry. These states are seeing a growth in demand for a range of property, from affordable housing to high-end real estate. Property hot spots like Nairobi and Cape Town are seeing record rises in


property prices. This boom has often been


market segments. K2 Properties has been established in Arusha in response to this rising demand. This developer and property management venture has focused on the satellite neighbourhood of Usa River to launch its first project. Rivergardens is a 15-acre site comprising 25 fully serviced plots.

families “Our clients are mainly young families moving out from central Arusha, or Dar es Salaam residents wanting to invest in real estate,” says project director Kyle Harlow. The idea of a company offering plots with infrastructure was a novel concept for Tanzanians when Rivergardens entered the market in 2011. Kyle explains: “We have a one-price package that includes the legal and administrative work for the acquisition

and a growing population of professionals

process, infrastructure installation and the

including a significant number of

management of common services.”


Now the company is expanding into construction project management by


mobilising its local and international

In response to a demand for modern

network of contacts to project manage

retail formats and premium office

new-builds on the site.

space, K2 Properties now plan to launch

“Sourcing experienced and

a marketplace and business park.

professional local contractors is a real

Rivergardens Chem Chem Market, situated

challenge,” says the project director,

alongside the Arusha to Dar es Salaam

who is now part of a strong team offering

highway, will be a one-stop shop consisting

a range of services, from submitting

of retail units built around courtyards

in Dar es Salaam. The project will include Functional and beautiful Above: Two-storey dwelling

‘The transformation of a former flower farm into Rivergardens Residences is just one of the urbanising effects experienced by this ward of Meru district’

the largest retail centre in East Africa, two major hotels, a modern convention centre, a medical facility, commercial space and some 300 residential units.

project Nigeria’s $6 billion Eko Atlantic City, largely built on land reclaimed from the ocean, is widely reported as being the world’s biggest

building permit applications to supervising

serving both local residents and tourists.

ongoing civil engineering construction

construction teams.

The 30 commercial units will be located

project. It will eventually create living

near a fully serviced business park.

space for 250,000 people and become the

The transformation of a former flower farm into Rivergardens Residences is just

This growing activity in the property

workplace for a further 150,000 citizens

one of the urbanising effects experienced

sector in Arusha and other urban centres

of the booming metropolis of Lagos. In

by this ward of Meru district, halfway

across Africa is a sign that investors are

the years ahead the continent is likely to

between Arusha city and Kilimanjaro

increasingly interested in moving into key

see more investors from around the globe

International Airport. Usa River is now

slices of the African real estate market.

seeking African real estate opportunities

home to 30 large commercial enterprises,

In 2012 Mara Capital, part of the Mara

that offer them the chance of sheltering

two universities, two colleges, six

Group, announced an ambitious project to

their funds from the ongoing economic

non-governmental organisations (NGOs)

develop a 3.5 million sq ft commercial hub

slowdown across the world.




Play the game and win prizes C ustomers of fastjet can now

test their sporting skills on a range of exciting miniature

video games with the chance to win great prizes too.

The latest offering follows an agreement between fastjet and Planet Toccer Inc, the leading technology company behind Space Sports. Planet Toccer, which invests in United States mobile game technology, is a Monaco-based private equity-backed group producing micro games for global platforms.

applications Under the terms of the agreement, fastjet customers will be offered the

The Space Sports application is free

mobile sports games applications from

to download and, by playing these

Planet Toccer, including the Space Sports franchise, via their digital platforms.

Creative characters Above: Win prizes playing Goaly Moley

games, fastjet customers will have the opportunity to win a range of great prizes, from free flights through to tickets to international sporting events. Moreover, a share of all the revenues from this venture will go to charitable causes, including some projects dedicated to animal protection.

‘The Space Sports game has a user-friendly interface that will appeal to a wide range of people’

user friendly The Space Sports game has a user-friendly

be customised before you start to play

interface that will appeal to a wide range

the game. One of the most popular items

of people – especially children and young

is Goaly Moley, a goal-shooting soccer

people. The game features a range of

game with a galactic twist that will keep

bright, funny and cute characters that can

players amused for hours.

WIN TICKETS TO THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL The chance to win substantial prizes is a welcome bonus, of course. One of the most recent prizes has been an all-expenses-paid trip for two to London to attend the UEFA Champions League Final on 25 May.




Kids Corner

JOKE TIME! Q. Why are ghosts bad liars?



What has a head and a tail but no body?

If you throw a ball as hard as you can, how

Answer: A coin.

What goes up but never comes down?

Answer: You throw the ball straight up in the air.


A. The school choir.

Q. Why did the picture go to jail? A. Because it was framed.

Q. What did 0 say to 8? Q. How do you make a milkshake? A. Give it a good scare.

Answer: Your age.

and it is not attached to anything?

Q. What has forty feet and sings?

A. Nice belt!

can it come back to you even if nobody else catches or throws it, it does not hit anything

A. Because you can see right through them.
















Volkswagen Polo

Golf’s little brother is a real game-changer By Karl Peskett

SPECIFICATIONS Available engine size & fuel type MODEL


(combined) (g/km)

1.2 60PS (Petrol)

51.4 128

1.2 70PS (Petrol)

51.4 128

1.4 85PS (Petrol)

47.9 139

1.2 TDI 75PS (Diesel)

72.4 102

1.2 TSI 105PS (Petrol)

53.3 124

BlueMotion 1.2 TDI 75PS (Diesel) 80.7


1.6 TDI 90PS (Diesel)

65.7 112

ACT 1.4 TSI 140PS (Petrol)

61.4 107





ho doesn’t like mini-golf? It’s a perennial favourite across all age groups. It’s easy to get

into, of course, because no experience is needed. And with its many challenges, it keeps you on your toes. But there’s another mini Golf that is just as appealing – it’s called the Volkswagen Polo. In terms of style, the car echoes its larger sibling, the ubiquitous VW Golf. But the similarity doesn’t end with exterior cues; it’s inside as well. Open the door and you’re greeted by a soft-touch dash – far exceeding the quality of its rivals – with a layout that mimics the Golf. There are chrome surrounds for the air vents, a Golf-like steering wheel and crease-lines

‘The Polo’s comfortable front seats have a ribbed pattern in the material that gives plenty of support’

drawing inspiration from the larger car. but accurate and the clutch isn’t overly


soft, thus defying the current trend in small cars.

The Polo’s comfortable front seats have a

The Polo is good, honest fun to drive,

ribbed pattern in the material that gives plenty of support, yet allows you to sink in

especially with its neutral handling –

at the same time. The seat squab is angled

although it will scrub the front tyres

so your knees sit high, bringing your feet

if you’ve pushed it too far. Like most

closer to you. It’s a clever design that gives

current Volkswagens, the Polo’s ride is

the impression of plenty of legroom while

nigh on perfect, with good compliance

maximising the available space.

when strutting the rough stuff, but also a degree of firmness to keep the Polo

All the driving controls fall within easy

feeling planted.

reach and the driving position is spot-on, even if the footwells are a little narrow.


There is an automatic version, but the manual is a better choice. The gearshift is

The Polo GTi gets all the attention, yet

quick and positive with a satisfying click

Mini Golf

the turbocharged 1.2 litre petrol model

as it lands each gear. The steering is light

Below: Classy cabin

is the best in the range. It produces only 105 hp, but with its smooth nature and sporty sound, it’s a cracker. It’s enough to punch out the acceleration from 0 to 100 km per hour (62 mph) in a respectable 9.7 seconds; and because peak torque is only 1,500 rpm, the car is happy to pull from low revs. Enjoyable? Unusually for a light car, yes. The Polo drives well; it’s comfortable and spacious; it sounds good, handles well and rides excellently; and, given the level of quality, it’s well priced, too. Simply put, folks, you are looking at the light car benchmark – par for the course with Volkswagen.






The journey so far




classifieds +255 688 111 222

1/4pg 125mm high x 87mm wide

P.O. Box 3030, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania Tel: +255 (0) 22 264 7620




The fastjet

network Mwanza

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fastjet routes planned routes

Johannesburg Cape Town





information VISA INFORMATION Most nationals require visas to enter East Africa. Citizens from the five East African states require no visas while those from the Common Market of East and Southern Africa (COMESA) member states have relaxed entry requirements into East Africa. However, East African member states have their own visa requirements for various nationals.

TANZANIAN VISAS HEALTH Vaccination requirements for international travellers • No cholera vaccination certificates are required of travellers coming from all over the world. • Only valid yellow fever vaccination certificates are required of all travellers over one year old, arriving from yellow fever infected countries mainly in central and West Africa, South and Central America South East Asia, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh. • Vaccination for international travellers are obtainable from all international air and sea ports, city and major municipal councils NB: Make sure you get your yellow fever shot in good time since the yellow fever certificate is valid for travel use 10 days after vaccination.



All foreigners from non-Commonwealth countries are required to have a valid visa unless their countries have agreements with Tanzania under which the visa requirement is waived. Exemptions: Citizens of Commonwealth countries are not required to obtain visas unless they are citizens of the United Kingdom, Canada, Nigeria, India, Pakistan, South Africa, New Zealand or Australia. Tanzanian visas are issued by the following: • The office of the Director of Immigration Services, Dar es Salaam, and the office of the Principal Immigration Officer, Zanzibar. • Entry points to the United Republic of Tanzania: principally Namanga, Tunduma, Sirari, Horohoro, Kigoma Port, Dar es Salaam International Airport, Kilimanjaro International Airport, Zanzibar Harbour and Zanzibar Airport. • Any other gazetted entry point. • From Tanzania High Commissions or embassies abroad. For more information on Tanzanian diplomatic missions visit:


Baggage Savvy Airlines have varying baggage rules that can often be confusing and can lead to unforeseen costs at the airport. An outline of the fastjet baggage guidelines will help make your flight smooth and enjoyable.

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fleet information

Airbus A319 QUICK FACTS Length: 33.84 m / 111 ft Wingspan 34.1 m / 111 ft 11 in Cabin length 23.78 m / 78 ft Maximum speed Mach 0.82

Height 11.76 m / 38 ft 7 in Maximum capacity 156 seats Range 6,850 km / 3,700 Nm Number of aircraft 3


contacts TANZANIA fastjet Tanzania & Dar es Salaam ticketing & reservations office Plot No 767/39, Samora Avenue

Sales: +255 685 680 533 Tel: +255 222 125 912/3 Email:

fastjet Arusha ticketing & reservations office Blue Plaza, 2nd Floor, Indian Street

Tel: +255 (0)27 254 5211 Tel: +255 (0)783 540 540

Greener flights through innovative design fastjet operates a fleet of A319 jets manufactured by Airbus as part of the A320 family of aircraft. Identical to the A320 except in length, the A319 is a single aisle twin-engine jet designed to carry 156 passengers. These highly efficient aircraft have a low environmental impact, while the innovative wing tip Sharklets can reduce fuel consumption by more than 3.5 per cent. Moreover, comfort has been improved for the smaller jet, thanks to an increase in overhead storage and a reduction in noise in the A319. In addition, the state-of-the-art A319 has a wide single-aisle fuselage, which gives a generous seat width, thus helping to maintain the high level of comfort that modern air travellers have come to expect. fast jet’s South African launch will be operated by Federal Air and in the short term flights fulfilled by a Boeing 737-300 aircraft until fastjet’s uniquely efficient aircraft is introduced.



fastjet Zanzibar ticketing & reservations office Cine Afrique Building, Stone Town

Tel: +255 (0)24 223 5110 Tel: +255 (0)762 540 540

Kilimanjaro International Airport Tel: +255 (0)756 540 540 Tel: +255 (0)27 255 4282 Mwanza Town New Mwanza Hotel, Ground Floor, Kenyatta Road

Tel: +255 (0)767 540 543

Mwanza Airport Tel: +255 (0)756 540 549

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TravelSmart - issue 03  
TravelSmart - issue 03  

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