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Issue 04

September 2013 - November 2013

travelsmart Smart Thinking

Smart Shopping

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PRODUCT REVIEW Samsung Galaxy S4

SOUTH AFRICAN FASHION WEEK A fashion lovers treat

AFRICAN FOOTBALL

Uncrowned Queen Mexican soap star Ana Brenda Contreras

JACQUELINE KIBACHA Turning dreams into jewels

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IN THIS ISSUE

contents September 2013 - November 2013

REGULAR FEATURES

SPECIAL FEATURES

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14 soutH AFricAn FAsHion week

A message from fastjet’s Chief Executive

7 FAstjet news 10 propertyproFiLe Small but perfectly formed

23 product review Samsung Galaxy S4

24 LAtest reLeAses What’s new in your bookshop and cinema

32 Food For tHougHt Fine dining at Tanzania’s first revolving restaurant

52 kids’ corner USEFUL INFORMATION

43 FAstjet FLeet 43 FAstjet contActs 54 trAveL inFormAtion

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Pop-up shop gives fashion-lovers a treat

18 kiLimAnjAro goLF & wiLdLiFe estAte wow-factor golf

26 m-commerce

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M-commerce makes flying even easier

29 buiLding boAts Revolution on the lake

34 serengeti bALLoons Trails across the Serengeti sky

COVER STORY

37 meXicAn soAp stAr The face that launched a thousand soaps

40 AFricAn FootbALL

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44 jAcQueLine kibAcHA Jacqueline turns her dreams into jewels

48 jowett jupiter

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Turning a rust heap into a rally star

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A message from fastjet Chief Executive Ed Winter

Welcome

Welcome on board Karibu kwenye ndege yetu Welkom aan boord

I

would like to extend a personal

Ningependa kukukaribisha kwenye ndege yetu ya fastjet, shirika la ndege linalopendwa zaidi katika nchi za chini ya jangwa la Sahara. Toka toleo lililopita la jarida hili,tumekuwa tukifanya kazi kwa bidii sana ili kufanikisha ahadi yetu ya kuwaletea safari za ndani na nje ya nchi katika mtandao wetu. Tunafuraha kuwaarifu kwamba, kwa msaada wa mamlaka husika ndani yaTanzania, tumefanya maendeleo makubwa kuhusiana na kuruka vituo vingi zaidi ndani ya Afrika na kuwa kweli shirika la ndege litakalounganisha nchi za Afrika. Moja ya safari za nchini ambazo tunashughulikia ni Mbeyas Uwanja wa ndege umekuwa ukifanyiwa matengenezo makubwa na karibuni utakuwa tayari. Ukishamalizika, fastjet kwa kutumia ndege yake aina ya Airbus A319 itaanza kupaa kutoka Dar es Salaam kuelekea uwanja mpya wa ndege wa Songwe, Mbeya.

welcome on board fastjet, Sub-Saharan Africa’s most ‘liked’

airline. Since the last issue of this magazine, we have been working See the city Right: Visit Johannesburg with fastjet

“we have made significant progress towards our goal of flying to more destinations across Africa” Vituo vingine ambavyo tunania ya kuviongeza kwenye mtandao wetu hivi karibuni ni Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Malawi na Msumbiji. Nina tumaini ya kwamba hadi kufikia mwisho wa mwaka huu tutakuwa tukihudumia vituo hivi kutokea jiji la Dar es Salaam. Hivi karibuni tulitangaza pia mpango wetu wa kutoa huduma ndani ya Nigeria, ambapo tunatarajia kuanza shughuli zetu hivi karibuni. Hatahivyo, habari ya kusisimua na ambayo ni hatua muhimu sana kwetu ni kuanza kuuzwa kwa tiketi kwa safari zetu za nje ya nchi kutoka Dar es Salaam kwenda Johannesburg, Afrika ya Kusini. Unaweza kununua tiketi kupitia wavuti

really hard to deliver on our promise to add more domestic and international routes to our network. We are pleased to report that, with the help of the Tanzanian authorities,

and a really important milestone

we have made significant progress

for us, is that tickets for our very

towards our goal of flying to more

first international route from Dar

destinations across Africa and

es Salaam to Johannesburg, South

becoming a truly pan-African airline.

Africa, are now on sale. Tickets can

One domestic destination we

be purchased through our website

have been focusing on is Mbeya.

(fastjet.com) and fares start from as

The airport has recently undergone

low as TSH 160,000 (excluding taxes),

a major redevelopment programme

substantially cheaper than our nearest

and the improvements are almost

competitors.

complete. Once finished, fastjet will

This is a huge breakthrough for fastjet

be able to fly its signature Airbus A319

and the people of Tanzania, and we

aircraft from Dar es Salaam to the new

are delighted to have reached this

Songwe Airport in Mbeya.

significant milestone in our history.

expansion

Despite a number of challenges, fastjet is now able to respond to huge

Other exciting destinations we are keen

consumer demand and provide an

to add to our network in the near future

alternative and affordable link between

include Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe,

Dar es Salaam and Johannesburg, having

Kenya, Malawi and Mozambique. I am

secured all required permissions to do so.

confident that we will be serving a

For far too long, flights between

number of these destinations from our

these two extraordinary cities have

Dar es Salaam hub by the end of the

been limited and prohibitively

year. We have also recently announced

expensive. We expect our lower fares

our plans for Nigeria, where we expect

to stimulate a huge increase in the

to develop operations very soon.

numbers of passengers travelling on

However, our most exciting news,

this route, as has been the case on our

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Welcome domestic routes in Tanzania. yetu (fastjet.com), nauli zinaanzia tsh 160,000 (Bila gharama ya kodi), nauli ambayo ni rahisi kuliko nauli za washindani wetu. Hili ni jambo kubwa kwa fastjet na watu wote wa Tanzania, tunafuraha sana kufika hatua hii katika historia yetu. Japo tunachangamoto kadhaa, fastjet sasa inaweza kutekeleza mahitaji mengi zaidi kutoka kwa wateja kwa kuwapa njia mbadala na nafuu kati ya Dar es Salaam na Johannesburg, baada y kupata ruhusa ya kufanya hivyo. Kwa muda mrefu safari kati ya miji hii zimekuwa ni chache na za bei ya ghali. Tunatarajia nauli zetu za chini zitachochea ongezeko kubwa la wateja watakaokuwa wakisafiri kuelekea huko, kama ilivyo kwa safari za ndani ya Tanzania.

Afrika Msaada mkubwa kutoka kwa umma umeifanya fastjet ambalo ni shirika la ndege linalotumia mfumo wa bei ya chini kuweza kuamua kuanzisha safari hii. Tunaamini kwamba kutaka kwetu kufanya mabadiliko katika mazingira haya ya ushindani kutapelekea kupewa vibali vya kufanya shughuli zetu katika vituo vingi zaidi katika nchi za Afrika, na kuwaletea wateja chaguo mbadala na nauli za bei ya chini kwenye safari nyingi zaidi za nje. Tunatumaini kwamba ni muda tu sasa kabla hatujatoa taarifa zaidi kuhusiana na safari za ndani na nje ya nchi kuzunguka Afrika kutangazwa. Hakikisha unajiiunga na fastjet.com ili kuwa kati ya watu wa kwanza kusikia juu ya safari zetu mpya na kupata ofa maalum. Pia tufuatilie kwenye twitter au ‘penda’ kurasa yetu kubwa ya facebook ili kuweza kupata matangazo mbalimbali na kujua jinsi wateja wetu wengine wanavyosema.

Msaada Asante sana kwa msaada wako na kwa kutupa nafasi ya kukuhudumia. Tuanshukuru kwa imani mliyoweka kwetu na tunategemea kuwakaribisha kwenye ndege zetu nyingi zaidi mbeleni. Kama unafikiri tunaweza kufanya kitu bora zaidi, tafadhali tujulishe kupitia customer.tanzania@fastjet.com au customer.southafrica@fastjet.com na kama unapenda tunachofanya, tafadhali waambie rafiki zako!

Overwhelming public support for fastjet’s low-cost model has been a significant factor in our decision to launch this route. We believe that the obvious desire for a change in the

IN THIS ISSUE From soaps to soccer.........

competitive landscape will result in

Welcome to the fourth edition of

fastjet soon being awarded licences in

Travelsmart – fastjet’s quarterly

even more African countries, bringing

in-flight magazine.

consumers the benefits of choice

Travelsmart is published at a

and lower prices on many more

time when fastjet launches its first

international routes.

international route between Dar and Jo’burg. Our cover story features

routes

scrumptious Mexican soap star Ana

We hope it will be just a matter of

Brenda Contreras. We see many –

time before further news regarding

perhaps too many – Mexican soaps on

domestic and international routes

TV, but we rarely get a chance to read

across Africa is announced. Make

about the stars of these torrid and

sure you register at fastjet.com to be

seemingly endless sagas.

among the first to hear about new

As the English Premiership gets

routes and special offers. Also, follow

under way, Travelsmart names and

fastjet on Twitter or ‘like us’ on our

ranks its top 10 hot-shot African

energetic Facebook page to keep up

soccer players to watch during the

to date with announcements and to

2013-14 season.

gain insights into the experiences of our other customers. Thank you so much for your

Staying with sport, but closer to home, we visit the Kiligolf development in Usa River, look at

support and for the opportunity

boat building on Lake Victoria, eating

to serve you. We appreciate the

out at Dar’s Akemi Restaurant, hot-air

confidence you have placed in us and

ballooning and an interview with

we look forward to welcoming you on

jewellery designer Jacqueline Kibacha.

many more fastjet flights in the future. If you think we can do something

We visit South African Fashion Week. And for something a bit

better, please let us know at customer.

different, there is the story of one

tanzania@fastjet.com or customer.

sports car lover’s enthusiasm for the

southafrica@fastjet.com, and if you

venerable Jowett Jupiter.

like what we are doing, please tell your

Anyway, I hope you enjoy your on-time flight with fastjet. Please

friends! Yours sincerely / Wako mwaminifu,

feel free to write to me with any comments about Travelsmart.

Gary Gimson Publisher Ed Winter

publishing@landmarine.com

Chief Executive Officer

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Viwanja vya ndege vyapewa tuzo ya heshima

NewsDesk

Airport partners honoured by industry

fastjet yamshangaza shabiki wake Martin

Happy surprise for fastjet fan Martin Martin Mwafongo amekuwa shabiki wa fastjet toka kuanzishwa kwake. Martin anaishi Dar es Salaam, ambako fastjet ilizinduliwa na anafanya kazi katika moja ya hoteli kubwa za nyota tano. Japokuwa Martin hakuweza kusafiri na fastjet, alikuwa akifuatilia maendelea ya fastjet kwa kufuatilia kurasa yetu ya facebook Pamoja na kusikiliza matangazo ya radio na luninga. Anaipenda sana fastjet na anaisifia kwa marafiki zake,familia na wafanyakazi wenzake na mara kwa mara amekuwa akiwashauri wageni kutumia fastjet kwa safari zao za nchini pale ambapo aliulizwa ni shirika gani la ndege ni zuri zaidi kusafiria hapa nchini. Alipomwambia mmoja wa wateja kuhusu fastjet hakujua kama mtu huyu angekuja tusema hili kwa fastjet. Shirika lilifurahishwa sana na shabiki huyu ikawazawadia tiketi mbili kwaajili yake na mke wake kwenda na kurudi Mwanza kwaajili ya kufunga Ndoa ya Kitamaduni. Martin Mwafongo has been a fan of fastjet since the beginning. Martin lives in Dar es Salaam, where fastjet launched, and works in one of the city’s five-star hotels. Although Martin was unable to fly with fastjet, he has avidly followed the company’s progress by interacting on the facebook page and listening to radio adverts. He speaks highly of fastjet to friends, family and colleagues and has often recommended fastjet to customers when they ask which airline would be best to fly with. When Martin told one of his customers about fastjet’s affordability and how everyone praised its customer service, he did not know that this particular customer would tell fastjet about his avid support. The airline was so impressed with his recommendations that they offered Martin and his wife a return ticket to Mwanza to attend a traditional family wedding.

Dedicated Below: fastjet fan flies

Viwanja viwili ambavyo ni washirika wakubwa wa fastjet vimetambuliwa kwenye African heats of the Routes Airport Marketing Awards. Uwanja wa ndege wa kimataifa wa Julius Nyerere ‘umepongezwa sana’ kwakuwa uwanja huu ulipata ushindi wa pili kwenye orodha ya ‘under 4 million passengers’ wakati Uwanja wa ndege wa Kimataifa wa Kilimanjaro ukishinda kipengele hiki ‘Na kuibuka mshindi wa jumla’. Kama matokeo ya tuzo hizi Uwanja wa ndege wa Kimataifa wa Kilimanjaro umewekwa kwenye orodha ya Word Routes Airport Marketing Awards iliyofanyika Las Vegas toka tarehe 5 hadi 8 Octoba. Two of fastjet’s key airport partners have been recognised in the African heats of the Routes Airport Marketing Awards. Dar es Salaam’s Julius Nyerere International Airport was awarded the ‘highly commended’ title, placing second in the ‘under 4 million passengers’ short-list, while Kilimanjaro International Airport won this section and has been declared ‘overall winner’. As a result of these awards, Kilimanjaro International Airport has been short-listed for the World Routes Airport Marketing Awards in Las Vegas from 5 and 8 October.

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www.facebook.com/fastjet

www.facebook.com/fastjetza

www.twitter.com/fastjet

Kipindi cha Maswali na Majibu facebook chathibitisha umaarufu

Facebook Q&A proves popular Afisa biashara mkuu wa fastjet, Richard Bodin, aliendesha kipindi cha moja kwa moja cha maswali na majibu ndani ya facebook tarehe 15 Julai. Tulipata mwitiko mzuri sana na maswali haya yalienda moja kwa moja kwa Mr. Bodin, zaidi ya maoni 500 kuhusu mada mbalimbali kama viburudisho na safari mpya. Katika kipindi hiki cha maswali na majibu, Richard alitoa habari nzuri na kusema kwamba “sasa tumejikita katika uzinduzi wa safari zetu za nje kwenda Afrika ya Kusini kutoka Tanzania ambazo ziko katika hatua za mwisho.” Richard pia alisema kwamba safari za ndani ya Afrika ya Kusini na safari za nyongeza ndani ya Tanzania ni kitu Muhimu sana kwa ukuaji wa shirika.

Ndeshi abahatika na kujishindia tiketi mbili za ndege

Lucky Ndeshi wins free flights Ndeshi alifurahi sana baada ya kusikia kuwa yeye ndiye mshindi wa tiketi mbili za bure kwa safari zetu mpya kutoka Kilimanjaro kwenda Zanzibar Pamoja na kulala siku mbili Mji mkongwe baada ya kubahatika kuwa msafiri wa 200,000. Akiwa ni msafiri wa mara ya kwanza na fastjet Ndeshi alikuwa akienda kusalimia wazazi na kujikuta akiibuka na mwenye bahati. Toka tulipozindua safari zetu mwezi Novemba 2012 fastjet imebadilika kwa kiwango cha kuridhisha na kuendelea kubeba abiria wengi zaidi. fastjet imekuwa ikiendelea kutoa huduma za hali ya juu na hadi sasa shirika hili la bei ya chini tayari limeshapata ruhusa ya kurusha ndege zake kutokea Tanzania kwenda Afrika ya Kusini, Rwanda and Zambia. Ndeshi Wakwe was pleased to find herself the winner of two free flights on the new Kilimanjaro to Zanzibar route, together with two nights’ accommodation in Stone Town, when she was the lucky 200,000th passenger. A first-time traveller with fastjet, Ndeshi was on her way to visit her parents when she took the winning ticket. Since its launch in November 2012 fastjet has evolved to a considerable degree. It continues to offer a high-quality, low-cost airline option in Tanzania with permission to fly from Tanzania to South Africa, and Zambia. Passenger numbers look set to rise exponentially.

Lucky flight Left: Ndeshi Wakwe the lucky 200,000th passenger

The chief commercial officer of fastjet, Richard Bodin, held a live question-and-answer session on the fastjet facebook page on Monday 15 July. There was an overwhelming response to the opportunity to put questions directly to Mr Bodin, with over 500 comments on a range of topics including in-flight refreshments and new routes. During the Q&A session, Richard shared the good news that fastjet was focusing on the launch of new international routes over the next few months. “The preparations for our South Africa route from Tanzania are in the final stages,” he said. Richard was also keen to mention that domestic routes within South Africa, and the addition of Tanzanian routes, were key to fastjet’s growth.

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Alexander’s Hotel

small but perfectly formed By Tony Shoo

N

estling in one of the

offers a perfect refuge from the bustle

quietest spots in Dar es

of the central business district. The

Salaam is a boutique hotel

hotel has just 14 rooms built around

that offers guests a tranquil setting

a central garden space and charming

with top quality personal service.

pool area. Its air conditioned rooms

Alexander’s, one of the city’s

are clean and tastefully decorated.

smallest hotels, has been looking

Rooms have a mix of walk-in showers

after guests from around the world

and baths. Free wireless and wired

for 12 years. It has become a popular

internet connection are provided.

destination for those conducting business in the commercial capital as

Luxury Left: A welcome dip Below: Style and comfort

treetops

well as for tourists stopping over in

One of the most popular features

Dar en route to Zanzibar or one of the

is the shady rooftop bar, where

country’s safari circuits.

guests can experience the peaceful

The secure premises are located

atmosphere of the hotel. Guests can

on a peaceful residential road in the

look out at the surrounding treetops

Msasani Peninsula, which juts out into

and spot examples of the abundant

the ocean just north of the city centre.

local birdlife, such as the brightly

With its serene location, Alexander’s

coloured malachite kingfisher, or listen for the harsh call of a paradise flycatcher. Guests can sit up at the private bar or relax in the comfortable seating areas along the length of the shady open-air bar. As well as simply enjoying the daytime breeze, guests can have a meal or use the tables for work. Crisp white linen is laid out on a small cluster of tables for an alfresco lunch or dinner.

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PropertyProfile The à la carte menu offers a range of sophisticated main courses plus daily specials. There is also familiar Western ‘comfort food’ such as chicken pie and beef lasagne. Great care is taken to source the finest ingredients. Lamb chops, legs and ribs are specially ordered from the southern region of Iringa. The chef also prepares an exciting range of seafood, carefully selected from the city’s central fish market. Starters include langoustine and crab.

cuisine Diners can then enjoy specials featuring lobster, dorado, grouper, tuna or parrot fish. Mains are served with seasonal

the hotel’s much-prized collection of

vegetables and garden herb salad with

wine. Gordon Alexander, the hotel’s

potatoes or rice. Non-meat dishes

genial owner, personally selects the

include vegetarian lasagne, spicy penne

impressive range of New World wines,

all’arrabiata pasta and vegetables in

which include many award-winning

tempura batter. The dessert menu

South African offerings as well as fine

art centre; the compact Oyster Bay

features a tempting vanilla and coconut

Argentine and Chilean wines. Wine is

Shopping Centre; and Coco Beach, a

ice cream with basil and lime. There is

also available by the glass.

popular spot for young people.

also a frozen zabaglione (an Italian-style

Gordon is equally attentive to all

custard) as well as an indulgent whisky

aspects of this friendly hotel. “We try to

“If a guest wants something out of the ordinary, we try to help them out.” bread-and-butter pudding. Breakfast, served in the elegant ground-floor dining area, consists of a mini buffet with an array of tropical fruit. Guests can also order a cooked

Relax Above: Home from home Below: Space with friends

Slipway complex (the nearest), with a variety of shops, restaurants and a craft market alongside the ocean; the Sea Cliff Walk shops; the Tinga Tinga

Visitors to Dar es Salaam seeking a relaxed hotel that offers hospitality with a personal touch should certainly consider this peaceful oasis. Alexander’s combination of good service and fine food in a superb location makes

cater for our guests’ needs,” he explains.

this a genuine haven of peace within

“If they want something out of the

Tanzania’s hectic commercial capital.

ordinary, we try to help them out.”

www.alexanders-tz.com

peaceful

breakfast. The wonderful coffee is from

The owner-manager has a deep

Mbeya and Arusha. This attractive space

understanding of the country where

can also be booked for private dinners

he lived as a child and is happy to pass

by arrangement with the management.

on his knowledge to visitors.

A distinctive feature of this hotel is

local amenities. They include the

Although it is tucked away in a

the remarkable coral-lined wine cellar,

side street at the northern tip of the

which is viewed through a glass floor

peninsula, Alexander’s Hotel is only

in the elegant dining area. This houses

a five-minute taxi ride from many

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Culterier by Laz Yani - Ivan Naude

Pop-Up Shop gives fashion-lovers a treat


T

hat special time of year for the clothing trade, South African Fashion Week, offered fashion lovers the

opportunity to catch up with the latest trends at its Pop Up Shop in Pretoria from 29 August to 1 September. The Pop Up Shop turned Pretoria’s Brooklyn Mall into a centre of high fashion with all the best designer looks on offer. This flagship event coincided with the launch of Brooklyn Mall’s new high-end image and was

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Culterier by Laz Yani - Ivan Naude

the perfect venue for all savvy fashionistas. >>

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© South Africa Fashion Week

SouthAfricaFashionWeek

South African Fashion Week’s Pop Up Shop is an annual event and has been running for the last three

At the show Above: Buyers line up

August with a casting at Woolworths

Autumn/Winter Collections. Needless

Court in the Brooklyn Mall on 17

to say, this is the chance of a lifetime.

August. The competition had both

In addition to the golden

years. It is usually held at Sandton

male and female sections and the

opportunity presented by this

City in Johannesburg, but the change

prizes were impressive.

competition, the Pop Up Shop was

in venue has given a fresh face to the event. With the mention of

eligible

the perfect place for devoted followers of fashion to have the

fresh faces, the event also included

Top finalists were eligible to attend a

first choice of the Summer 2013

the Brooklyn Mall Face of Fashion

casting at which models were selected

Collections. These included 50 of

competition. Entries closed on 12

for the installations at the Pop Up

South Africa’s top designers. In

Shop at Brooklyn Mall. These finalists

addition, a wide range

were also able to attend the castings

of local products

cutting-edge coLLection

for the South African Fashion Week

was also available to

Autumn/Winter Collection 2014. If

visitors, including

selected, they will fulfil the dream of

shoe and accessory

The list of designers with ready to wear available at the South African Pop Up Shop was nothing less than impressive. The cutting-edge collection Cutterier by Laz Yani, Jean Kelly, Isabel de Villiers and Kottin & Twille kept the fashionistas flocking to the event. Lucky visitors were also given a chance to sneak a look at the latest trends.

walking the runway at South African

collections as well

Fashion Week.

as handcrafted

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The winners are also eligible for possible representation with the world-renowned Ice Models. And, in

jewellery by various designers. The Pop Up

addition to all of this, they will receive

Shop was staged

tickets to attend one show per day

in Woolworths

at the South African Fashion Week

Court and the


© South Africa Fashion Week

upcoming tALent In further fashion news, organisers of the South African Fashion Week Renault New Talent Search have announced their semi-finalists. The competition is hotly contested as it gives young designers the opportunity to build brand and develop talent. This is a true signal of South Africa’s upcoming talent and a great leaping off point for any winner. The list of semi-finalists: • Anmari Honiball • Erre by Natasha Jaume & Carina Louw • Cutterier by Laz Yani • Lara Klawikowski • Lo Studio by Elzanne Louw • Mej Lues by Hanrie Lues • Missshape by Jamal Nxedlana • Take Care Clothing by Jessica Harwood. Keep an eye out: these designers are going to be creating big collections.

Queenspark Atrium – home of the Stylista Left: Camouflage meets tailored

new fashion precinct and a perfect spot for showcasing the latest trends. Installations ran daily from 11 am to 2 pm of the top designers involved in the Pop Up Shop. Keep up to date with South African Fashion Week on the web at: www.safashionweek.co.za @safashionweek safasionweek

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wow-factor golf By Tony Shoo

T

he Kilimanjaro Golf & Wildlife Estate – known as Kiligolf – is one of Tanzania’s most

a haven for wildlife. Property markets from the Middle East to North America have seen a

exciting real estate developments in

significant downturn as a result of the

a truly enviable setting.

world economic situation. Golf real

Against the magnificent backdrop

estate, which had enjoyed a worldwide

of Mount Kilimanjaro, this impressive

boom in the 1990s, suffered a dramatic

development features an 18-hole

slump on many continents. In the

course and spacious villa plots, while

United States, for example, there was

the beautiful terrain around Kiligolf is

over development of high-end golf

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‘Against the magnificent backdrop of Mount Kilimanjaro, this impressive development features an 18-hole course and spacious villa plots’


KilimanjaroGolf &WildlifeEstate

“The result is a challenging,

been created as the primary amenity and feature attraction for selling lots in

interesting course that is fun to play.

master-planned communities. The rising

It’s caddy-based golf on a ‘walkable’

number of golfers within the expanding

course, so no need for buggies,” says

middle class across Africa has created

David Jones, who won the Kenya

the perfect market for these new

Open shortly before retiring as a

estates. This trend can be seen from the

player in 1989.

golfing heartlands of South Africa up to

master planning

East Africa. According to David Jones, a former touring professional who now

The development is the vision of

runs an accomplished course design

expatriates with long-standing roots

consultancy, Kenya now has three golf

in Arusha region in the heart of the

real estate developments. Three more

Northern Safari Circuit of Tanzania.

are under construction and a further

Careful master planning – taking into

three are on the drawing board. One

account economic, environmental

of the most successful, at Vipingo

and social considerations – has

Ridge, near Mombasa, was designed

created a golf real estate project

by David Jones.

based on detailed market analysis in

“Vipingo Ridge proved if you are

relation to buyers’ preferences and

committed and rigorous you can

comprehensive site appraisal. Work is

create an outstanding golf course

now under way to refine and extend

and set new standards for the sport in

the course, which has attracted local,

East Africa,” says David Jones, whose

Mountain views

regional and international interest.

career highlights included a spell

Left: Golf in the sunset

Several residences are now complete

as Irish national coach in addition to being made Ireland’s only PGA ‘Master’ professional. His two celebrated courses contributed to the creation of this popular estate, where over 100 families now live on the 2,500 acre development. David Jones is now applying his skills to mastermind courses linked to luxury real estate

Kiligolf’s course, which already has

communities. The onset of the global

nine holes completed. Its design and

depression then led to a serious

construction have been handled

downturn in the market.

by experienced professionals to

robust

ensure conformity with international standards in everything from the

African property markets, however,

seeding of Tiff Dwarf Bermuda grass

have remained largely robust. In an

to a pop-up irrigation system. The

exciting move for the continent’s

clubhouse will be completed in the

property sector, golf courses have

next phase.

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and occupied while others are under construction. “Kiligolf’s unique selling point has to be its location,” says Zummi Hubertus Cardoso, the development’s general manager. The 4,000 acre site in Usa River is just a 25-minute drive from Kilimanjaro International Airport and a similar distance to the safari stopover town of Arusha. Nairobi can be reached in just under five hours from the estate thanks to an upgrading of the road to the Namanga border. than the world-famous Roof of Africa,

development projects. From Arusha

which attracted 52,000 climbers last

town, you can drive to the iconic

Mount Kilimanjaro is not the only

year according to the Tanzania National

safari destinations of Lake Manyara,

tourist attraction close to Kiligolf. The

Parks authority. In Arusha town

Ngorongoro, Tarangire and Serengeti.

magnificent Mount Meru in the nearby

you can buy local craft items, visit a

Arusha National Park is an easier trek

Tanzanite museum and see community

attraction

On the Kiligolf estate, the 360 plots are surrounded by a mass of wild flora


KilimanjaroGolf &WildlifeEstate

‘The management work closely with local communities to support various projects and generate employment for young people’

projects and generate employment

the convenience of purchasing land

for young people. Kiligolf’s strong

with all title deeds, administration

corporate commitment to its

and legal requirements completed.

neighbours has been channelled

Every plot has access to water and

through the Kilimanjaro Golf &

electricity. Finally, buyers see the

Wildlife Estate (KGWE) Community

investment potential of a golf course

Development Programme. This

in driving up the price of plots within

initiative has worked in harmony with

the development.

local representatives to complete education, youth development, water and health projects.

and fauna. The former sisal estate has

Kiligolf has welcomed a range

been converted from a ‘dustbowl’ into

choice “We see our course as offering more golfing choice to players in Tanzania,

fertile greens and fairways surrounded

of clients. They include business

but tourists are also welcome to enjoy

by beautiful wilderness. “It is now home

professionals from East Africa’s

the facilities,” says Mr Cardoso, who

to zebra, dik-dik, steinbuck, wild boar,

commercial centres and expatriates

already has Chinese and Western

hyena, jackal, an abundance of birdlife

who have lived for several years in

visitors coming to the estate to enjoy

and a crocodile,” says Mr Cardoso,

Arusha. Golf enthusiasts, of course,

a ‘safari stopover’ game of golf.

whose family has played a pivotal role

are attracted by the proximity of

in wildlife conservation around Arusha

the course. Buyers enjoy full access

planning, professional course design

for several decades.

to the course through an annual

and an amazing location, Kiligolf is

maintenance charge that also covers

leading the way in offering golf real

services such as road maintenance

estate within Tanzania.

and security.

For more information about Kiligolf visit: www.kiligolf.com

The development is intended to harmonise with nature, and the management also works closely with local communities to support various

Testing course Below: Out of the trap

Plot owners are also attracted by

Thanks to sound business

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ProductReview

Samsung Galaxy S4

ONE very smart phone

T

he Samsung Galaxy S4 is

only scratch the surface of what this

back cover allows you to carry a spare

one of the most eagerly

gadget can do.

for long trips or power-sapping apps.

anticipated android phones

For those who enjoy watching films

The phone is rather too big for

to date, garnering rumour, two

on the move, there is the eye-tracking

comfortable use and the mono

launches and numerous mumblings

feature. It may sound like a gimmick,

speaker on the back is disappointing

before its release date. So what is the

but in practice it is exceedingly useful.

when combined with a high quality

hype and why choose the S4 over the S3 or rival smart phones? The first and most noticeable thing about the Galaxy S4 is the design. Aside from a subtle diamond pattern, some small changes to the shape and

‘Compared with rivals the design is not innovative or elegant; but where the S4 comes into its own is functionality’

a slight increase in size, it is almost

HD screen, particularly when the HTC One has front stereo speakers offering superior sound quality. Also there is no FM radio, in contrast with the Galaxy S3 and the HTC One. On balance, the Galaxy S4 is a clever gadget with an abundance of

identical to the S3. Compared with

The phone automatically detects

rivals such as the HTC One and the

when you are watching a video. When

iPhone, the design is not innovative

the screen is no longer being viewed,

or elegant; but where the Galaxy S4

the video is paused automatically.

comes into its own is functionality.

This means you never have to miss

Samsung has added features to the

a moment, even when someone

point of distraction. In fact, they

interrupts with a distracting question.

are so plentiful that most users will

The eye-tracking has been taken to

functionality. Its design is unlikely to Very smart Below: The Galaxy S4

attract envious stares; but it is solid, smart and well worth the price tag.

another level for the Galaxy S4 with the ability to scroll up and down web

CAMERA TRICKS

pages with a tilt of the head.

The camera in the Galaxy S4 has useful features like the dual shot function, which allows you to take the picture in two directions, forward and backwards, so you can be in the picture, too. It is also possible to animate sections of a picture; to shoot a continuous burst of photos and then select your favourites, discarding the rest; and the eraser, which allows you to erase parts of a photo such as an unwanted moving object.

Knox tracking system, which lets you

In addition, the Galaxy S4 carries the find your handset if lost or stolen; the S Translator, which can translate into nine languages through text or speech; and the S Health feature, which tracks the food and exercise of the user.

bonus With the bonus of superb full HD screen quality, this phone is a winning combination of quality and functionality. The battery life is excellent, too, and the removable

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LatestReleases

latest releases Bookworm Strange Pilgrimages

We Need New Names

by Achmat Dangor

by NoViolet Bulawayo

An intriguing and haunting collection of short stories, ‘Strange Pilgrimages’ is the latest offering from the award-winning pen of Achmat Dangor. Each tale takes the reader on a journey into the complex world of characters whose association with the past explores what it means to be South African. Memory – and in particular how the effects of memory have played an integral part in the ‘struggle years’ – is the theme of a group of stories with a nostalgic yet modern sentiment. They deal with the nature of love through identity, country, place and individual perceptions. Despite their complexity, these stories are easy to read as well as absorbing.

Living in a violent and unstable Zimbabwe, 10-year-old Darling and her friends navigate a world in which homes have been destroyed, schools have closed and fathers have left; but Darling is lucky enough to have an aunt who lives in America. Making the journey with ideas of a new life, Darling’s promises of hope in a new land are called in to question. In a novel that examines ideas of immigration, displacement and place through the perspective of a child, NoViolet Bulawayo’s debut novel offers a story that is difficult to forget.

MUST READ... A Hill of Fools

Americanah

by Mtutuzeli Nyoka

by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Crafted in a traditional storytelling style reminiscent of African oral history, Mtutuzeli Nyoka’s ‘A Hill of Fools’ takes a look at the complex subject of slavery completely set on the continent of Africa through its effects on the ordinary African person. In the fictional African country of Doma, corruption is prevalent under the rule of King Kutu, a dictator focused on wealth, land and women. When Queen Anuba is murdered a high-ranking police officer, Anday, is called in by the king to investigate the case. Anday finds himself a policeman-turned-leader and becomes instrumental in leading the people to rise against the oppressor.

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From the pen of multi-award-winning Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, author of ‘Half of a Yellow Sun’ and ‘Purple Hibiscus’, comes her latest book, ‘Americanah.’ This is a truly international novel of relocation, migration and perceptions of race set in the varied locations of Adichie’s home country of Nigeria; England; and the USA. The novel starts in Lagos, where teenagers Ifemelu and Obinze fall in love. Because of the growing dysfunction and corruption of the country, however, Ifemelu and Obinze decide to leave, something many others were doing at that time. Obinze is refused entry to post-9/11 America and must go to England, while Ifemelu stays on the US East Coast. What follows is a story of love, home and American culture seen from the outside.


LatestReleases

BlockBusters The Company You Keep

STAR FILMS... The Wolverine Starring: Hugh Jackman, Famke Janssen, Will Yun Lee Director: James Mangold Genre: Action, adventure Hugh Jackman has reprised his role as X-Men’s Wolverine in the sequel to 2009’s ‘X-Men Origins: Wolverine’. ‘The Wolverine’ takes its inspiration from the 1980s Chris Claremont and Frank Miller Marvel incarnation that saw Wolverine explore Japan; and this is the setting for the film, which sees an encounter with an enemy from Wolverine’s past that will impact on his future.

World War Z Starring: Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, Eric West Director: Marc Forster Genre: Action, horror, drama ‘World War Z’ is a film adaptation of the 2006 best-seller of the same title written by Max Brooks, son of director Mel Brooks and actress Anne Bancroft. The runaway success of the novel has led to an action-packed blockbuster with a horror twist in which a zombie pandemic sweeps the world and a United Nations employee, Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt), is in a race against time to save humanity.

Starring: Robert Redford, Shia LaBeouf, Julie Christie Director: Robert Redford Genre: Thriller Living in the suburbs, public interest lawyer and single father Jim Grant (Robert Redford) had led a peaceful and quiet life. However, when Ben Shepard (Shia LaBeouf) turns up exposing the truth about Jim’s true identity, he must go on the run from the FBI in an effort to locate the person who can clear his name.

Kick-Ass 2 Starring: Chloë Grace Moretz, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Jim Carrey Director: Jeff Wadlow Genre: Action, comedy The long-awaited sequel to the smash-hit action comedy ‘Kick-Ass’ has finally made it to the screen. The movie picks up the story of Dave/Kick-Ass (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and Mindy/Hit Girl (Chloe Moretz) as they are preparing to graduate from high school and embark on a venture as a crime-fighting team. But as Mindy’s strict parents foil her crime-fighting plans, Dave joins a group of masked vigilantes and comes face to face with a vengeful Red Mist (Christopher Mintz-Plasse).

Monsters University Starring: John Goodman, Nathan Fillion, Steve Buscemi Director: Dan Scanlon Genre: Animation, family, comedy. Twelve years after the original ‘Monsters Inc’ the team at Pixar have made ‘Monsters University’, a prequel to keep the whole family entertained. After the antics in ‘Monsters Inc’ it would be safe to think that Mike and Sully were always the best of friends; but a trip back to their days at Monsters University may show that this was not always so. How did they settle their differences to become the best of friends?

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M-commerce

M-commerce makes flying even easier

By Tony Shoo

I

n recent years, mobile technology has played a pivotal role in helping to expand the

travel and tourism industry around the globe. The buying and selling of goods and services through a variety of handheld devices is called mobile commerce – or m-commerce – and this ‘next generation’ technology has taken the industry by storm.

innovations Airlines are now working to offer m-commerce innovations to assist passengers right from the point of deciding where to go all the way to the time they unpack their bags at final destination. Fastjet’s team are harnessing the ‘anywhere, anytime, at once’ capability of m-commerce devices to roll out a range of services to passengers. Already, smart phone applications are changing the way we travel. They include built-in GPS functionality, comparison of air fares and hotel rates, sharing of information about travel experiences, virtual visitor guides and audio walking tours for downloading. Transaction World Magazine, the leading publication for the payments industry, reported in May that mobile transactions were

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growing at an annual compound

“Most standard phone models

rate of 43.1 per cent and said this

manufactured in China and elsewhere

also access a range of information,

technology was especially popular

enable you to reserve and pay for

from baggage charges to identity

in developing economies such as

flights providing you have sufficient

requirements for flights and how to

India. The magazine said airlines had

internet connectivity,” says Lucy

cancel a ticket. Moreover, using a

acknowledged this trend and 84 per

Mbogoro, marketing executive with

handset saves money as the cost will

cent of operators were looking to offer their customers more choice in mobile payment technology in the next two to three years. Mobile technology is being used to change the way passengers interact

Passengers using a handset can

Already, smart phone applications are changing the way we travel

probably be less than travelling to the nearest fastjet office or telephoning the call centre. M-commerce is certainly offering to take a passenger’s travel experience to another level. An

with airlines, whether you’re making

fastjet in Dar es Salaam. “Passengers

integrated travel experience through

a reservation or booking, cancelling

using this method should remember

the mobile phone is emerging to

bookings, securing refunds on

to ensure that all booking details are

include the whole flight process from

e-tickets, checking in or obtaining

accurately entered or the process may

ticket purchase to boarding.

in-flight customer service.

have to be fully repeated.”

In 2010 London’s World Travel Market identified Africa as being

booking

So remember, whether it is a ticket booking or a general inquiry, just go to m.fastjet.com and take advantage

at the forefront in using mobile

Once your booking is made on your

of the latest features we are offering

commerce in the travel industry.

mobile phone, fastjet will send your

through your handset.

According to WTM, this is due, in

unique booking number by SMS. If

part, to the ‘mobile’ boom in Africa,

full payment has not been received,

embracing some 490 million phone

your booking may be cancelled and

users, with over 60 per cent using

your fare subject to change. Once

them to purchase goods.

full payment is received, fastjet will

Africa’s telecom companies have

confirm your booking by SMS and

been working with airlines across the

send your ticket by e-mail. Please

continent to offer greater flexibility

visit our website for details on our

in the purchase of tickets using

payment terms and conditions.

mobile payment systems – an ideal

This convenient and secure

service for customers on the move.

purchase method saves passengers

The payment methods of fastjet now

the time and trouble of going to a

include M-Pesa and Tigo Pesa.

booking office to pay for tickets.

To access fastjet’s mobile website go to: m.fastjet.com

For customer service inquiries: Tel: +255 767 007 903 Tel: +255 22 2866130/3/4/6 Email: customer.tanzania@fastjet.com Website: www.fastjet.com

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BuildingBoats

L

ake Victoria’s boat-building business has been given a new lease of life through the

enterprise and skill of a Mwanza man who studied marine engineering in England. He is Major Songoro, whose father Saleh owns the Songoro Marine Transport Ltd boatyard in Mwanza. For generations, communities around the lake have relied on wooden dhows and canoes for fishing and for transporting people and cargo. Through the years, village craftsmen have met the local demand for boats and in colonial times dry docks were installed to build larger craft using riveted steel.

collaboration After independence, however, the

revolution on the lake By Tony Shoo Pictures supplied by Songoro Marine Transport

industry gradually declined until the 1980s when the Dutch government

‘I definitely planned to come back and revolutionise the boat-building industry in Tanzania’ opened a boatyard in collaboration with the government. The vessels built there were used to transport cotton around the lake. Saleh Songoro originally came as a customer to the boatyard he now

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BuildingBoats

owns. In 1998 he bought the yard and combined Dutch expertise with local skilled labour. Now his son, Major, is bringing Songoro Marine Transport into an exciting new era with the capability to build vessels of up to 1,500 tons. Major Songoro, who was born in 1983, attended Lake Primary School in Mwanza, where he spent his free time sailing and fishing in a Laser dinghy.

‘One of the biggest challenges has been the cost of introducing new technology to the yard and installing new equipment such as navigation aids in vessels’

and revolutionise the boat-building industry in Tanzania and meet the growth in demand while improving marine safety,” he says. Returning to Mwanza, he introduced new technology to the boatyard and improved the design of vessels. “My father welcomed my new ideas. We combined his practical experience with my new theoretical learning.” Major introduced computer-aided design, which

After completing O-levels at secondary school in Dodoma he decided to follow

to encounter a diversity of people

enabled him to evaluate a vessel’s

in his father’s footsteps and learn the

as well as being exposed to the

strength, stability and performance.

craft of boat-building.

culture of the marine industry. Major

At the time his sister was studying

also appreciated the opportunity,

equipment

in London, where she found out about

while at university, to test designs

One of the biggest challenges has

Falmouth Marine School in Cornwall,

and simulate them to assess the

been the cost of introducing new

south-west England. Major was

performance of vessels.

technology to the yard and installing

enrolled on a BTEC National Diploma course in marine engineering and naval architecture.

practical “It was a very practical course, working in workshops with fibreglass, wood, steel and aluminium,” recalls Major, who returned for a year at the Songoro Marine boatyard after completing the two-year course. The aspiring boat-builder then enrolled in a BEng course in marine engineering and naval architecture at Portsmouth University on the south coast of England. Major says the year in Mwanza proved invaluable to his degree studies: “There was a lot of theoretical work at university, but I successfully completed this coursework based on my practical experience at the boatyard in Mwanza.” During his time in the UK he especially valued the opportunity

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After graduating, he decided against pursuing a career outside Tanzania. “I definitely planned to come back

new equipment such as navigation aids in vessels. Such forward thinking enables the yard to offer custom-


BuildingBoats

designed vessels, newbuilds, major repairs and after-sales services as well as upgrading and modifications to existing vessels to a high standard. The company is able to build a range of vessels, including fishing boats, patrol vessels, passenger/ cargo ferries and cargo ships. Major has undertaken a variety of exciting commissions, including two research vessels for the European Union in 2007. “Songoro Marine Transport designed the vessels in co-operation with a Dutch company,” he explains. “We pre-cut the steel in Holland, then assembled the boats here. It was interesting to combine local experience with European knowledge and machinery.” Asked what was the biggest

make sure you have the capacity to

challenge faced by a boatyard

compete for new projects against

company in Tanzania, he says: “To

international competition. We also

Herbert Mrango, announced that Out on the lake Above: Shipyard view

the boatyard would construct Lake Victoria’s new TZS 1.8 billion Kahunda-

have the challenge of continuing to

Maisome ferry. The vessel will have

update in terms of new techniques,

a capacity of 85 tons, equivalent to

training and equipment.”

200 passengers and 10 small cars.

slipway Songoro Marine Transport’s site has an office block, a metal plate

According to IPP Media, Songoro Marine Transport beat off six rival companies to secure the project. Looking ahead, the company

processing area, overhead cranes

is now securing more work on the

in the main shed and a slipway. Its

Swahili coast and has a contract with

labour force of skilled men and

Azam Marine to build a landing barge

women undertake a range of trades

with gangway in Dar es Salaam for the

such as welding, painting, plumbing,

Zanzibar ferry service.

mechanical and electrical work.

Mwanza’s master boat-builder is

They work in steel, fibreglass and

confident the company can meet new

aluminium. The company sources

challenges beyond Lake Victoria: “The

equipment and material from South

future is to build a new shipyard in Dar es

Africa, the Netherlands, Dubai,

Salaam in order to bring business from

Ukraine, the UK, Sweden and the

Mombasa back to the Tanzanian coast.”

United States. In March the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Works, Ambassador

For more information about Songoro Marine Transport visit: www.songoromarine.com

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FoodforThought

By Tony Shoo

Fine dining at Tanzania’s first revolving restaurant

T

he latest, most chic addition

hour to complete a full rotation and

to Dar es Salaam’s restaurant

treating diners to a remarkable bird’s-

scene is Akemi. Located 21 floors

eye experience. The adjacent area

above the central business district, this

consists of an elegant cocktail bar and

revolving restaurant offers a unique

a cosy lounge with sofas and coffee

setting for fine dining, with spectacular

tables. Prompt and efficient staff are

views of the ever-changing skyline.

on hand to take orders and advise on

Under a shimmering chandelier, the sophisticated interior is

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food and drink choices. In addition, diners are entertained

dominated by a dining area that

by live music on Thursday and Friday

slowly revolves, taking about one

evenings and on Sunday afternoons.


Mains were equally diverse, with a tempting selection of pasta dishes, a great spread of grilled meats and

achievements has been to create a Classy, for sure Above: Striking décor, yummy food

by the glass enables diners to sample

roasted leg of lamb in a rich gravy

everything from refreshing whites,

was perfectly cooked and served

such as Nubiola Sauvignon Blanc from

with tasty fried artichoke and feta

the Languedoc region of southern

cheese, together with fondant

France, to robust reds, like Gran

potatoes. Akemi’s seafood platter

Malbec from Mendoza in Argentina.

caught lobster, crab, red snapper and The menu at Akemi has something described succinctly. Starters

wine list. The superb selection of wine

a varied choice of fish. The slow-

was a generous portion of freshly

for every taste and each dish is

truly exciting, accessible and diverse

wine

more. The sides had to be served on a

For many of the dishes, a wine

separate dish.

suggestion is thoughtfully provided

dessert

by the menu. The entire wine list is well described to help any diner

range from spicy Tom Yum soup to

Stars of the dessert menu were

select a suitable bottle. Look out for

home-smoked chicken with mango

undoubtedly the two cheesecakes.

the impressive selection from South

salad. From the daily specials, the

Special of the day was a baked

Africa’s celebrated winemaker, Ken

red snapper and lobster ravioli

version with smoked apple and white

Forrester, the ‘King of Chenin Blanc’.

with a champagne sauce was truly

chocolate accompanied by a vanilla

magnificent. Equally impressive were

Riesling sauce – unusual but delicious

For stylish but relaxed dining, Akemi offers a variety of options

‘The menu at Akemi has something for every taste and each dish is described succinctly’

including a lunchtime buffet, a

plump and delicately spiced tandoori

flavours. Blueberries and cherries

means ‘bright and beautiful’. This

shrimps presented on a colourful

were served alongside the splendid

perfectly describes the restaurant.

plate of crispy leaves, mango pieces

no-bake lemon cheesecake.

Dining in Dar is certainly reaching new

and ribbons of red pepper.

One of Akemi’s great

cocktail happy hour, a Sunday afternoon buffet and corporate hospitality. The Japanese word ‘akemi’

heights with Akemi.

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SerengetiBalloons

trails ACROSS the SERENGETI sky Already well established in Tarangire National Park and across the border in the Masai Mara National Reserve, Adventures Aloft opened its new Serengeti balloon bases in June this year.

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SerengetiBalloons

U

has to start from somewhere.

of leading East African specialist

flight from Togoro with just two

Adventures Aloft.

fare-paying passengers on board.

p, up and away. Yes, that’s

Of course, every new service

the new Serengeti hot air balloon operation

Adventures Aloft launched its first

Already well established in

But if Adventures Aloft’s experience

Tarangire National Park and across

elsewhere is any guide, numbers soon

the border in the Masai Mara National

pick up.

Reserve, Adventures Aloft opened its

Getting operations off the ground

new Serengeti balloon bases in June

– both literally and metaphorically

this year.

– has not been without its share of

Run by Tinu Mhajan, who also

challenges. “You need about nine

heads up the Mada Hotels group,

months to a year if you’re starting

Adventures Aloft adds fresh capacity

from scratch,” explains Tinu. “And

to the Serengeti, which has long

it takes six months from order to

lagged behind the Mara in the

delivery of the balloon, and there is

availability of balloon flights. These

quite a bit involved in actually setting

flights add an extra dimension to any

up the bases.”

game-viewing experience. Adventures Aloft‘s two Serengeti

remote

bases are located in the Togoro plains.

He adds: “Our bases are in remote

One is located between Mbuzi Mawe

areas and transport and logistics were

Serena Camp and Lobo Wildlife Lodge,

a factor. We went behind schedule in

just east of Four Seasons Safari Lodge;

opening our Kogatende site due to

the other is in Kogatende, on the Mara

the rains, which made is impossible

River, in the north of the reserve.

to truck in supplies. Bases have to be

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equipped with pilot accommodation, crew accommodation, stores, gas and fuel tanks, etc. If there is no water supply, then bore holes also have to be put in.” Aside from the creating the physical presence, Tinu’s chief concern is safety: “You need to choose an area which allows nice landing spots; and as the Serengeti was a new area for us, we had to undertake several test flights first to see which flight path would allow for a scenic and safe flight. As there is a limited road network, a major challenge is to see how passengers

just four months in the year, clients in

in terms of value for money, many

can be retrieved quickly; and with the

the Serengeti can follow the migration

believe no game park visit is complete

for almost the entire year.

without an up-at-dawn balloon ride.

help of the park authorities we were able to find areas with suitable tracks

Reach for the sky Above: Heading up Below Game viewing

to be able to follow a balloon.”

“In my opinion, Kogatende is one

Adventure Aloft’s operation is not

of the most beautiful areas of the

the first in the Serengeti. Another

So how does ballooning in

Serengeti and flights here over the

operator flies in the western and

the Serengeti compare with, say,

kopjes and the Mara River make it

central areas. The new Adventures

Tarangire or the Mara? Again, Tinu

one of the best balloon flights in the

Aloft bases are in the north central

explains the difference: “Clearly, the

world,” says Tinu.

area and north (near the Mara River).

landscape of the Serengeti is different from Tarangire. It has more open areas

heartened

than Tarangire and the landscape has

Those who have already flown with

more shrubs as opposed to baobab

Adventures Aloft, either in the Mara

trees. Tarangire is also famous for its

or in Tarangire, will be heartened to

huge elephant population, while the

learn that the company’s legendary post-flight breakfasts are part of the

“In my opinion, Kogatende is one of the most beautiful areas of the Serengeti”

package. In comparison with some operators, which provide some rather unappetising-looking cheese and then ply their passengers with lashings of cheap sparkling wine,

Serengeti has plenty of plains game

Adventures Aloft serves a delicious

and, of course, the migration.

hot breakfast cooked on site – just

The Serengeti and Mara share many similarities as they are part of the same eco system’ but the

what you need after an early start and some hours out in the fresh air. It’s fair to say that ballooning

Serengeti is much bigger. Whereas the

does not come cheap. Expect to pay

migration in the Mara is basically for

US$499 per person per flight. But

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So the two operators fly in different geographical areas and do not compete directly. Between them, they appear to have the Serengeti well and truly covered.


MexicanSoapStar

The face that launched a thousand soaps… Ana Brenda Contreras, the uncrowned queen of Mexican TV romance By Armando Olveira Ramos Pictures courtesy of Cosmopolitan Magazine México

H

er intense Latin beauty

Brenda. Like many stars born on the

and the popularity of

Mexican-United States border, she

Mexican soap operas

draws on the mythology of both

produced by Televisa Internacional

sides of the Bravo River. Ana Brenda

have made her name famous

was a beautiful pre-Christmas gift,

across five continents. The

born on 24 December 1986 in the

fictional characters she plays can

metropolitan area of Reynosa, Rio

be compared to other legends

Bravo and McAllen. For some, it is

of Mexican melodrama such as

Mexico’s Tamaulipas; for others, the

Verónica Castro, Lucía Méndez,

State of Texas.

Barbara Mori and the singer Thalía. Hers is the face of romance each

competition

evening, admired by over 300 million

At the age of 15 Ana Brenda moved

viewers who never lose the hope of

to Mexico City to take part in the

transforming a sweet fiction into

reality TV show ‘Pop Stars’, which

their own reality.

encouraged new young singers. She

Her full name is Ana Brenda

was a finalist in the competition and

Contreras Pérez, but in the world

a member of the band t’detila, with

of showbiz she is always Ana

whom she recorded her first album.

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MexicanSoapStar In 2003 she entered the Televisa Centre for Arts Education to study acting and two years later won the role of Juanita Sánzhez in the soap opera ‘Barrera de Amor’. In 2006 she was Sonia, a character in the musical ‘Grease’, produced by Mexican showbiz legend Julia Isabel de Llano (‘Julissa’). Soon afterwards she played the part of Claudia in the soap ‘Duelo de Pasiones’ produced by Juan Osorio. In 2008 she was Bibi, a central character in the film ‘Divina Confusión’ directed by Salvador

Hers is the face of romance each evening, admired by over 300 million viewers Garcini in the role of and got her first starring role in the soap opera ‘Juro Que te Amo’ (‘Oath of Love’). Her character, an innocent girl called Violeta Madrigal, inspires love in a boy her own age, José María, played by José Ron. In real life, however, Ana Brenda had a passionate affair with the story’s villain, Alexis Ayala, 20 years her senior. In 2009 she guest-starred in the film ‘Cabeza de Buda’ (‘Buddha’s Head’), while preparing her first ‘antagonistic’ role as the villainous Maura Albarran in the drama ‘Sortilegio’. In 2010 she played the beautiful Aurora, a friend of the protagonist, in the popular soap opera ‘Teresa’, and that same year she was in the muchpraised TV series ‘Tiempo Final’ (‘Final Time’) and ‘Mujeres Asesinas (‘Killer Women’).

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Between 2011 and 2012 she starred

she married the Mexican bullfighter

in another successful soap, ‘La Que No

Alejandro Amaya. “Do not expect

Podía Amar’ (‘The One Who Couldn’t

me to tell if my next church wedding

Love’), as Ana Paula, alongside José

will be in Mexico City or Madrid,

Ron and was nominated for the TV y

because I want to take my own photos

Novelas Awards in the Best Actress

to publish a magazine that is very

category.

important,” said Ana Brenda, has sold

Wild at Heart The Mexican soap opera ‘Corazón Indomable’ (‘Wild at Heart’), starring

the exclusive media rights to cover her wedding.

Sweet smell of success

Ana Brenda and the Colombian actor

“It would be a farce to say we’re best

Daniel Arenas, was first broadcast

friends, because I am a loner, but we

on 25 February this year by the Stars

get along,” said Daniel Arenas, her

Channel of Televisa. It tells the story

Colombian co-star in ‘Wild at Heart’.

of Maricruz, a poor girl who lives with

“With her I feel a beautiful energy.

her grandfather, Ramiro, and her

We connect and we have a very great

sister, Solita.

confidence, to the point that when we

Maricruz works on the ranch of the powerful Narváez family, where she is

The Colombian actor denied rumours about conflicts for body

But the proprietor’s younger brother,

odour of Ana Brenda. “We took a

Octavio Narváez (Daniel Arenas), soon

photo in which she gave me gum and

becomes captivated by this innocent

I gave her a deodorant. It was funny!

and beautiful girl.

Unfortunately, some people invent stuff, but they did us a favour because

suffers the intrigues and lies of the

people learned even more about the

villainous Lucia. The young woman is

soap opera,” said Arenas.

sent to prison for crimes she did not commit. On her release, she moves to Mexico City to work at the residence of millionaire Alejandro Mendoza Olivares, unaware that he is her biological father. There she finds again Octavio, who is still in love with her and wants to help her to regain her true identity. Maricruz and Octavio decide to start a new life together.

Beauty and the bullfighter The name of Ana Brenda has been coupled with actors Alexis Ayala and

The first Mexican soap opera was ‘Senda Prohibida’ (‘Forbidden Pathway’), which aired on 9 June 1958 on Channel 4 Televicentro. An experimental broadcast inspired by a successful radio drama, it was directed by the film-maker Rafael Banquells. The protagonists were popular actors of the time: Silvia Derbez, Francisco Jambrina, Dalia Iñiguez, Alicia Montoya and Hector Gomez.

kiss there is something flowing.”

abused by Miguel and his wife Lucia.

Along the way, the protagonist

First of the soaps

Success Far left: From singing to acting Below: A major role

‘Forbidden Pathway’ tells the story of Nora, a poor girl who comes to Mexico City to fulfil her dreams and ambitions. Young and beautiful, she gets a job as a secretary and seduces her boss. So begins a prohibited affair, because he is married and the astute girl uses this fact to her advantage. The boss leaves his wife and children to begin a life of self-indulgence that leads to personal and financial ruin. He asks his wife to give him another chance. She forgives him and helps him overcome poverty. In the end, Nora, by now an old woman, repents for the evil done, while looking in the mirror with a wedding dress she never used.

Sebastian Zurita in acres of media coverage. Earlier this year, however,

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AFRICA’S HOT-SHOT PREMIERSHIP STARS By Gary Gimson

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s the August window closes and English Premier League (EPL) teams marshal their

forces for this season’s gruelling 38-game slog, what can we expect from Africa’s footballing crème de la crème in the months ahead? Well, there are some new African faces, some wily old campaigners, some switching of clubs and, sadly, some retirements; others are leaving the League to play out their final days elsewhere; and, of course, there has been the discarding of a few who have failed to make the grade.

What can we expect from Africa’s footballing crème de la crème in the months ahead? Somewhat unscientifically, here are my 10 African players to watch this season. They’re either new to the League, have changed EPL clubs in the off-season or are tipped to achieve another fine year flying the flag for African football. I’m sure others will have their own list and mine is far from exhaustive. Leaving out Everton’s Steven Pienaar was difficult; and Kolo Touré also had a strong claim. Moreover, at time of writing, there were still two weeks before the transfer window closed and I could not forecast with any certainty who might make a last-minute switch to the EPL. My number one African player has to be Kenya’s adaptable box-to-box Chelsea star Left: Victor Moses

midfielder and Harambee Stars captain Victor Wanyama. So, here goes. >>

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New clubs for 2013-14

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Abovet: Victor Wanyama Below: Arouna Kone

Victor Wanyama Southampton/Kenya

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Arouna Kone Everton/Côte d’Ivoire

Brother of Parma’s McDonald Mariga, Wanyama

Kone certainly impressed last season for

stole the show on many occasions last year at

relegated Wigan and now rejoins his former

Scottish club Celtic and attracted the attention

manager Roberto Martínez at Everton on a

of several EPL clubs, including Arsenal. In a GBP

three-year deal. Price tag: GBP 6 million. Kone

12 million deal, Wanyama wisely chose the south

netted 11 times in 2012-13; but expect more goals

coast side Southampton, where he is more likely

from him this time in a better side.

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to find his name on the team sheet each week and where he can gain valuable Premiership experience before moving on to a bigger club. Wanyama is Kenya’s first EPL player.

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Yaya Touré

Manchester City/Côte d’Ivoire It has to be said Yaya’s 2012-13 season did

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Wilfried Bony Swansea City/Côte d’Ivoire

Swansea paid a club-record GBP 12 million to entice Bony away from the Dutch Eredivisie side Vitesse Arnhem. Bony scored an amazing 31 goals in just 30 league games last season in the Netherlands. Bony performed strongly in pre-season games and he looks set to work well alongside Swansea’s Spanish star Michu.

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not quite match the dizzy heights of the one before. But class is permanent, as they say. And Manchester City (with new manager Manuel Pellegrini) must be hoping for a better all-round level of achievement after last season’s disappointments – especially in the Champions League. So here’s hoping for more of those trademark Yaya charges up-field.


Chelsea/Senegal

Ba moved from Newcastle to Chelsea during last

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Demba Ba

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season’s January transfer window. He impressed up front for the Blues, often being chosen ahead of GBP 50 million striker Fernando Torres in Chelsea’s starting line-up. This season he will have to fight for his place alongside the excellent Romelu Lukaku who returns to Stamford Bridge from a stellar on-loan season at West Brom.

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Victor Moses Chelsea/Nigeria

Lagos-born Moses was in and out of the Chelsea team last season making only 23 appearances

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in all competitions for the London club. He was praised for his performances and even won ‘man

Stéphane Sessègnon Sunderland/Benin

of the match’ against Manchester United in the

Sessègnon performed strongly in a generally

League Cup. Expect to see more of Mr Moses in

underwhelming Sunderland side in 2012-13.

Chelsea blue this season.

The arrival of new manager Paolo di Canio has certainly shaken up things at the Stadium of

Papisse Cissé

Light with numerous arrivals and departures. But di Canio seems to be keeping faith with the

Newcastle/Senegal

Beninese striker. He will be wise to do so.

Cissé got the season off on the wrong foot when he refused to wear the club shirt sponsored by a controversial pay day loan company. He

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made a slow start last year, but showed more responsibility after the departure of Demba Ba to Newcastle new boy Loïc Remy, on loan for the season from relegated Queens Park Rangers.

Cheick Tioté

Newcastle/Côte d’Ivoire Tioté is my wild-card pick and something of a

Chelsea. He now has to dovetail with impressive West African stars

gamble. Combative midfielder Tioté is almost as famous for his yellow cards as he is for

Above: Demba Ba Below: Yaya Touré

performances for the Magpies. Last season, Tioté averaged a yellow card every two games and was sent off once. He’s on a six-and-a-halfyear contract at Newcastle, so manager Alan Pardew must really rate the 27-year-old Ivorian. Let’s hope Tioté picks up fewer yellows this term.

Frimpong 10 Emmanuel Arsenal/Ghana Midfielder and my outside bet, Frimpong was born in Ghana but grew up in London. He has been on the fringes of the Arsenal first team and has been out on loan several times. Despite Jaggat Rashidi / Shutterstock.com

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strong competition for places in the middle of the park, Frimpong now has a chance to really make the grade at the Emirates.

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JacquelineKibacha

By Tony Shoo

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he Tanzanian designer and entrepreneur Jacqueline Kibacha has every reason to

celebrate the first year of trading for Heart 365 Emporium. Her couture label has quickly won accolades for jewellery that have appeared at prestigious shows and in fashion media. “I used to make and sell beaded jewellery on the school bus and in the playground,” says Jacqueline, who has spent a lifetime exploring her various creative passions – poetry, music, art and design.

degree After completing a degree in fine art in the UK, she began a career in the

with an inspirational thought or

public sector but continued to pursue

message that I’d like to share. I then

her creative interests.

consider the materials, how and where it will be made. I also consider

Her decision to design jewellery

trends, colours and seasons.”

came through an unconventional

Her approach to ‘design’ combines

route in 2010. “I had a dream about

both words and images. These are

a string of Heart 365 Emporium crystals,” she says. “It triggered a

Dream jewellery

made into sketches and a ‘prototype’

realisation that I could transfer my

Top: A perfect display Above: Jacqueline Kibacha

or sample piece. Her next collection

creativity into something people could wear.” This experience inspired her to take a course in jewellery design and the bold decision to open a new business in the middle of a global economic crisis. “I am a hard worker,” explains Jacqueline. “And, with the luxury end of things, the impact has not been so severe. Sales of accessories in the high fashion market have been robust.” The process from concept to

has been inspired by landscapes. In addition to being a creative director, she has mobilised a range of

‘My dream triggered a realisation that I could transfer my creativity into something people could wear’ business skills to launch her start-up

production of her jewellery is an

company: “I have learned that I’m

intensely personal journey. “I am

actually very business-minded. Starting

inspired by messages, stories and

on my creative journey has brought out

journeys,” says Jacqueline. “It starts

my entrepreneurial skills.”

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Jacqueline’s advice to aspiring jewellery designers is to do their research before launching a business so as to have a clear vision about what they intend to produce. She also has a special word of advice for all novice design enterprises during their critical first year of trading: “Don’t front-load your business by pouring all resources into a huge media launch when time and effort would be better spent building a solid foundation and understanding your customers.”

creations A woman who wears creations by Heart 365 Emporium is described by Jacqueline as “someone who wants a piece with meaning, that carries a story, a lady who wants to be

‘I have learned that I’m actually very businessminded. Starting on my creative journey has brought out my entrepreneurial skills’

flamboyant,” adding: “My pieces are statement jewellery.”

Earlier this year, Heart 365

The industrious mother-of-two is

imagination into fashion.” She also

Emporium was selected, along with

admires British designers Matthew

always looking for new knowledge about

two other labels, to represent Tanzania

Williamson and Henry Holland. “I get

her craft and new ways of articulating her

at the International Fashion Showcase

a sense of their personality from their

vision. Although she loves gemstones,

for London Fashion Week, where it

labels. I really enjoy the things they

Jacqueline chose to work in gold plate for

showed alongside Chichia London and

send down the catwalk. I love how they

her second collection.

Anna Luks. The exhibition was held at

operate their brands. I aspire to that.”

the Tanzanian High Commission and curated by stylist and creative director

Glamour Left: Uhuru Wings

accessories

Samson Soboye. Further accolades

In the future, the founder of Heart

for Heart 365 Emporium include

365 Emporium is looking to create

nominations for design awards and

an international fashion house

having one of its creations included in

with accessories, bags, shoes and

a feature on London Fashion Week by

jewellery. However, Jacqueline insists

‘Vogue Italia’ magazine.

she will stay loyal to her roots: “I want

devoted

people to see that quality comes from Tanzania. Heart 365 Emporium is

Jacqueline is a devoted fan of the

inspired by Tanzania. I want to create

legendary British fashion designer

a successful business, built on firm

Vivienne Westwood. “You get a sense

foundations and a reputation for

of her personality in everything

good quality that will make my

she does,” she says. “She injects

country proud.”

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JowettJupiter

turning a rust heap into a rally star Pictures courtesy of David Kennedy

N

othing drives the true aficionado like an impossible challenge,

and when Jowett Jupiter enthusiast David Kennedy found a no-hope example in a dried-up riverbed on a farm in South Africa, he was determined to give it new life. David, who had previously owned a Jupiter back in England, was desperately keen to own another sports car – preferably a Jupiter. His job had taken him to Johannesburg in the 1960s. Sports cars were rare enough in South Africa at that time; the discovery of a Jupiter for sale, even in that condition, must have

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“Restoration was a major project which took me 14 years to complete,” recalls David. “There was virtually a complete lack of spares locally,

authenticated by the South African Peak condition Above: Table Mountain backdrop

Veteran and Vintage Association and then, accompanied by his wife Jennifer, he took part in the World

which was why the car had been

FIVA International Rally, a two-week

dumped in the first place. I did all of

event in South Africa covering 1,750

the restoration myself, including all

miles and involving over 150 cars from the all over the world.

day in 1972 when he bought the badly

‘There was virtually a The restored Jupiter was more than equal to the challenge of this complete lack of spares ‘regularity rally’, in which the cars had locally, which was why the car had been dumped in Track and the first place’ rally success

mauled example that he had decided

the welding, the mechanical overhaul,

to restore.

a new hood and all the upholstery. I

seemed like a miracle. Only a handful of Jupiters had been exported new to South Africa in the early 1950s and David says he never saw one until that

relied on the Jowett Car Club to assist with most of the required spares.” He was helped by the fact that the main body of the car was aluminium and therefore still intact.

restoration In 1986 the restoration was complete and David was able to enjoy the

Both on the race track and on the rally circuit, the Jupiter did remarkably well in the early 1950s before it was literally overtaken by newer and faster cars. The Jupiter achieved class wins at Le Mans in 1950, 1951 and 1952 as well as a class 1-2 in the 1951 Monte Carlo International Rally and an outright win at the 1951 Lisbon International Rally.

fruits of his labour. He had the car

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JowettJupiter

By Jove, it’s an English classic… Among the names of classic English sports car makers, Jowett is an unsung hero. Better known for its Javelin saloon, Jowett also produced a rare but remarkable sports car, the Jupiter. It was made in such small numbers (only about 900 in all) that most people have never seen one in the flesh. Yet, in its understated way, the Jupiter was a classic. A two-seater drop-head coupé with a stubby aluminium body, the car had quirky but attractive lines, from its purposeful grill and oversized headlamps, through its curvaceous bonnet and wings, to its long, sweeping tail.

to be driven very consistently at set speeds with the instruments blanked out. “Despite our inexperience, we

A work of auto art Above: In the UK

managed to come somewhere in the mid fifties,” recalls David.

rallies After that, David and Jennifer took part in many more regulatory rallies all over South Africa, and when the couple returned to England in 1992

tour High point David and Jennifer Kennedy with the Jupiter in Cape Town in 1988. They had driven the 900 miles from Johannesburg, with one overnight stop, as part of a ‘regularity’ rally for cars made after 1945. The rally included a visit to the Killarney race circuit, where they drove several laps at high speed.

The restored Jupiter took part in the World FIVA International Rally, a twoweek event in South Africa covering 1,750 miles and involving over 150 cars from all over the world

when they joined nearly 50 other Jupiters

they brought the Jupiter back with

at Le Mans to mark the anniversary of

them and continued to enjoy putting

the 24 Hours event of 1950 at which a

the car through its paces at club rallies

Jupiter had brought off the first of three

and hill climbs.

consecutive class wins.

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A special moment came in June 2000

Launched at the London Motor Show in October 1949, the Jupiter was manufactured from 1950 to 1954. A novel feature of the Jupiter was its tubular chassis, using a light alloy steel derived from the aircraft industry, which greatly enhanced the car’s handling and ride qualities, opening the way to success in rallies and track events. Among the new car’s admirers was the American detective story writer Raymond Chandler. The Jupiter made a guest appearance in his 1953 novel ‘The Long Goodbye’ as a rich man’s runabout.


KidsCorner

Kids Corner Q. Why was the maths book sad? A. Because it had too many problems Q. Why do seagulls live by the sea? A. Because if they lived by the bay they would be bagels Q. Have you ever seen a catfish? A. No. How would they hold the rod and reel? Q. Why don’t blind people like to sky dive? A. Because it scares the dog!

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riddle Me This... Q: What has one head, one foot and four legs? Q: Which weighs more, a ton of feathers or a ton of bricks?

ASK A SILLY

QUESTION... Q: There is a couple that have a baby. One is a doctor and the other a nurse. The baby’s mother is not a nurse and the baby’s father is not a doctor. How is this possible? Answer: The mother is a doctor and the father is a nurse

Q. Why were the early days of history called the dark ages? A. Because there were so many knights

Follow these step-by-step instructions below:

Answer: Neither, they both weigh a ton

Q. What did the ground say to the earthquake? A. You crack me up!

ORIGAMI MR GREY

Answer: A bed.

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