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# W A T C H B E Y O N D

Upfront 6 Ed’s Letter

Food, Wine & Lifestyle Inspiration with Dr. Demartini 70 Six Surprising Benefits Of Chiropractic Treatment

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8 Bulgari – Good Enough To Eat

Getting Away From It All 48 Tintswalo Safari Lodge 52 Robertson 54 Transit Luxury – Intercontinental 58 Lanserac Wine Estate 62 Paternoster – West Coast Dreaming 66 The Spirit of the Vic Falls

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76 Authentic Cuisine Made With Theatrical Flair 78 Spirits 82 Whisky 86 Cognac – Louis XIII 90 Admiring Absa’s Art 92 Décor 96 Silvercrest 100 Moët & Chandon – The French Art Of Living

Getting Around The HondaJet 102 Boat World 104 Mercedes G-Wagon 110 Maserati Levante 112 Ferrari Portofino 114 Lamborghini Urus 118 BMW M8GT 122 Platinum Wheels 126 Final Say From The Publisher

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12 Frederique Constant – An Ode To Femininity 12 Bell & Ross – Extreme Transparency 18 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 26 The Human Factor 28 Legaro – Friendly Living 34 Pecanwood, A Lifestyle Estate 36 Millenials take on property investment 42 The future of Versace 46 Ermenegildo Zegna Couture Summer 2019

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PUBLISHER Vivien Natasen EDITOR Carly Bailey Natasen carly@neoafrica.com

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he phrase "spending time" is often anomalous. The acquisition of luxury objects has always fulfilled aspirations, but what luxury’s tastemakers really yearn for themselves is not material at all. What they yearn for is sometimes alluded to as a “bucket list” – an equally anomalous term. In a busy and intrusive world, people are increasingly valuing time more when it’s spent enjoying special moments and extraordinary experiences, than on the mere accumulation of objects. In the world of consumer brands and marketing, we like to put a value on things. But it is only when something becomes invaluable and enviably exclusive that it reaches the epitome of luxury. The classic symbols – the Hermès Birkin bag, a couture dress by Dior, a watch by Rolex – aren’t in any danger of losing status. But around its edges, the concept of luxury is getting blurry, making it less clear where it begins and ends. Inclusive versus exclusive – Burberry streams its fashion shows live for all to see whereas, in 2015, Dolce & Gabbana flew only their very best clients to a private island off the coast of Capri to show their Alta Moda haute couture collection. Many of the largest luxury brands are fetching unheard-of prices for once-off or extremely limited production runs. In many ways, what someone finds compelling and luxurious is relative to that person’s own history, cognitive

and behavioural style, and aspirations. What drives a person to transform a “want” into a “must” is only partially based on a product’s attributes, the rest being intimately tied to a person’s self-narrative and their perception of the brand’s marketing position. When you start thinking about how you are currently spending your time, and what you’d like to be doing with the things that really matter to you; when you start wondering if your time isn’t being eaten up by the things that matter less – that’s when the realisation hits that you should take time for things you enjoy in life. In this issue we focus on doing things that can make you feel energized and more relaxed at the same time. Be it vacations, hobbies, a shopping spree, managing your health and wealth – to create the perfect life, you must choose material and spiritual things that resonate with your true persona, beliefs and desired lifestyle. Most importantly, your selection should resonate with your innermost dreams and desires as well as support your well-being. If chosen properly, material things can significantly enhance our lives providing comfort, convenience and support of our overall wellness. They allow us to achieve more at a faster rate, with fewer demands and better balance. Find the time to be you and enjoy 2019! Carly Bailey Natasen

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BULGARI GELATI, A DELICIOUS INSIGHT INTO BULGARI’S LIGHT-HEARTED SIDE, THE ULTIMATE DESSERT IS SERVED IN THE FORM OF THESE CHARMING LOLLIPOP JEWELS.


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bracelet, brooch and ring features a Gelati lollipop. Though small in size, these Gelati are an evocative reminder of the Italian nation’s contagious and exuberant love of life. A tempting ice cream must be bitten into, a philosophy that will appeal to women with a sense of fun, who are not afraid of seizing the moment and indulging in the most fleeting of pleasures, however simple or childlike. PRESTIGE: IN THE LAP OF LUXURY

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these new Gelati jewels. As alluring and tempting as the frosty sparkle of a gelato on a hot summer’s day in Rome, the BVLGARI-BVLGARI Gelati jewels are one of life’s simple yet deliciously indulgent temptations. Bright gems evoke the rich colours of Italy’s famous sorbets, offering a cool respite and a moment of sweet bliss. Brought to life in smooth mother of pearl, malachite and black onyx, each

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The BVLGARI-BVLGARI collection hardly needs an introduction. The first BVLGARI-BVLGARI watch was launched in 1977 and initiated the use of the Bulgari logo with the original Roman “V” on a watch. A powerful reminder of Bulgari’s Roman roots, the BVLGARI-BVLGARI collection has evolved with the times, and its latest incarnation for 2018 is the most playful yet. Wearing their heritage lightly, the focus is firmly on colour, which is so much a part of the house’s DNA. The new BVLGARI-BVLGARI Gelati jewels are a continuation of the sweettoothed theme first created by Bulgari in the 1980s, featuring ice cream and lollipop brooches set with precious gems. Later came the Roman Sorbets range of 2016 that, in turn, inspired


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FREDERIQUE CONSTANT’S SIGNATURE: THE HEART BEAT OPENING The brand’s iconic “Heart Beat” signature opening at 12 o’clock stands proudly on the decorated sunray dials. Applied diamonds and Roman numeral indexes further enhance the four new, coloured Heart Beat dials. With each glance, its owner can enjoy both the beauty of the design and the craftsmanship of the watch. This emblematic “Heart Beat” aperture has been a renowned success for Frederique Constant over the years. It is a true expression of the brand’s interpretation of time. Thanks to this embellished opening, protected by a convex sapphire crystal, the beating automatic movement can be admired. The six new watches come either with polished stainless steel or rose gold-plated 36mm diameter cases with an open case-back. The FC-303 automatic movement powers two of the models, displaying the hours, minutes and date at 3 o’clock. The FC-310 automatic movement powers the four other models, displaying the Heart Beat aperture at 12 o’clock, the hours and minutes. Both calibres are Swiss-made with 26 jewels, beating at 28’000 alt per hour, and offer a 38-hour power reserve and a water resistance of 50 metres. Modern and stylish, the alligator straps matching the dial colours are available in shiny grey, light blue, navy and burgundy. A true homage to the beauty and charm of women overall, the Ladies Automatic range is an ideal match for any lady who wants a fine and elegant timepiece.

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FREDERIQUE CONSTANT INTRODUCES SIX NEW LADIES’ AUTOMATIC TIMEPIECES WITH GLOBAL CHARITY AMBASSADOR GWYNETH PALTROW.

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spring breeze is blowing through Frederique Constant, thanks to the new Ladies Automatic models: striking, they make ideal accessories for the season. Distinguished by their subtle lines, refined decorations and colourful tones, they will please women who value everyday practicality and elegant timepieces. By combining tradition and modernity, these watches enhance the natural beauty of women, adorning their delicate wrists.

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SUPPORTING DONORSCHOOSE.ORG For each Ladies Automatic watch sold, $50 is donated to DonorsChoose.org, Gwyneth Paltrow’s charity of choice. This partnership enables DonorsChoose.org to support education and sports for underprivileged children. Each year, Frederique Constant wants to make a significant change and positively impact the lives of many with this charity engagement.


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THREE NEW UNIQUE PIECES, TWO ONLINE EXCLUSIVES A skeletonised version of this exceptional BR-X1 was unveiled at Baselworld, as part of a collection that underscores the bold creativity of Bell & Ross. Of the six new, unique pieces created, three examples that marry transparency and colour are presented. Embracing sales innovation, two of the watches will then be available exclusively online. This marks a real watershed moment in the Haute Horlogerie sector, once again proving Bell & Ross’ avant-garde spirit in e-commerce and the digital. As iconic as it is difficult to work with, sapphire is the embodiment of invisibility: a paradox of solidity and visual transparency. Scientists – who call it corundum – know it as the second hardest material on Earth after diamond, almost impossible to scratch. For watchmakers, creating a case from a block of sapphire is a true technical challenge. It requires long and complex machining, grinding and polishing processes and superior expertise. The case of the BR-X1 Skeleton Tourbillon Sapphire is made from five blocks of sapphire, which are carefully worked on before being assembled with the greatest precision. Thanks to the transparency of its sapphire case, the BR-X1 Chronograph Tourbillon Sapphire created a magical spectacle in 2016 when its chronograph movement, paired with a flying tourbillon that appears to float weightlessly, was revealed. Last year, Bell & Ross’ design studio pushed the limits even further when it decided to develop an entirely skeletonised tourbillon. The transparency of the sapphire case was complemented by a “lace” effect of the open worked bridges, which laid bare the secrets of the watch’s mechanical heart through an off-centred dial especially designed to reveal it all.

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BELL & ROSS BEGAN A NEW CHAPTER IN ITS HISTORY WITH THE BR-X1 CHRONOGRAPH TOURBILLON SAPPHIRE IN 2016. THE BRAND’S FIRST COMPLETELY TRANSPARENT WATCH CAUSED QUITE A STIR BY COMBINING PRESTIGIOUS WATCH COMPLICATIONS, TECHNICAL PERFORMANCE AND ITS SIGNATURE DESIGN CODES.

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The second version offers an interpretation of the refinement and nobility of a precious metal. All the visible metal components of the movement are made from solid pink gold, like a jewel enclosed in a glass case. The third BR-X1 Skeleton Tourbillon Sapphire honours the traditions of watchmaking with a movement inspired by the blued colour of the hands-on vintage timepieces. This deep blue, paired with the transparency of the case and bracelet, adds a modern dimension to the watch. The online sales concept will be launched along with a unique experience and an exceptional service: all customers purchasing a watch will have the chance to visit the Swiss manufacturer where these two unique pieces were made and meet the designers.

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TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS: Movement: Calibre BR-CAL.288. Hand-wound skeletonised tourbillon movement. 20 jewels, 21,600 vph. 100-hour power reserve. Crystal: Sapphire with anti-reflective coating. Functions: Hours and minutes. Flying tourbillon at 6 o’clock. Strap: Translucent rubber. Case: 45 mm in diameter. Sapphire Dial: Skeletonised at 12 o’clock. Superluminova® indices. Metal skeletonised Superluminova®-filled hour and minute hands. Buckle: Pin. Satin-polished steel. PRESTIGE: IN THE LAP OF LUXURY

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Now, Bell & Ross has set itself a new challenge: to continue experimenting with extreme transparency while adding colour. A number of monochrome movements have been individually produced, intended for the most discerning collectors. A single colour has been used for the main plate, bridges, dial, hands and tourbillon cage, thus creating a customised face for each unique piece. The first of these three exclusive pieces is black – the signature colour of the Bell & Ross style since its creation and a reference to aircraft instruments. It offers the purest of contrasts with the transparent sapphire case and the translucent bracelet. The rubies in the tourbillon cage are the only touch of extravagance in this landscape of sublime purity.

This special initiative serves to strengthen Bell & Ross’ links to e-commerce and the digital world. One of the first watch brands to create a website, back in 1999, Bell & Ross once again led the way in 2008 by opening an online European boutique, followed by an American one the following year with 300 product references in its virtual catalogue. E-commerce, therefore, became a vector for sales and a tool for forging closer ties with customers and fans of the brand.

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old charm WHEN BMW, THE TITLE SPONSOR OF THE CONCORSO D’ELEGANZA VILLA D’ESTE, INVITED ME TO LAKE COMO IN ITALY, I DIDN’T THINK TWICE TO RESHUFFLE MY DIARY TO MAKE SURE I WOULD GET THERE.

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he beauty of motoring is that there is something for everyone. With the days of the traditional combustion engine coming to an end in the next decade or so, events such as these will increasingly become museum finds reminding us of yesteryear. The Concorso d’Eleganza was held for the first time on the 1st of September 1929 following a joint initiative undertaken by the Automobile Club of Como, the Grand Hotel Villa d’Este and the Comitato di Cura di Como. This occasion is lauded as one of the best classic car events in the world, along with its equivalent at Pebble Beach in the United States.

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The 2018 show promised even greater nostalgia, with this year’s theme being captioned as “Hollywood on the Lake”, paying tribute to iconic cars in movies. The 51 entrants to this year’s Concorso spanned 8 decades of movie history with owners from 15 countries, including 12 from the United States. This year’s line-up also comprised selected treasures originated from a total of 28 different manufacturers between 1909 and 1985. The location, as the name suggests, is the equally renowned Grand Hotel Villa d’Este built in 1568 as the summer residence of Cardinal Tolomeo Gallio. The property stretches across 25 acres of picturesque gardens dotted with sculptures and objets d’art. Now on to the stars of the show: The 51-car line-up had something for everyone, with participating vehicles grouped into eight classes with funky titles such as CLASS H – WHEN SEX WAS SAFE AND RACING WAS DANGEROUS: FORMULA ONE! My favourite pieces in the show included the 1934 Bugatti 59, the 1929 Rolls Royce Phantom, the 1936 Lancia – Astura Serie III, the 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO, the 1971 Lamborghini Miura P 400 SV, the 1958 BMW 507 (Elvis Presley’s actual car), the 1962 Aston DB5 (one of the actual cars from Goldfinger, PRESTIGE: IN THE LAP OF LUXURY

albeit the one without the much needed eject button) and the Lancia Stratos made famous by Michael Jackson in Moonwalker. When confronted by our BMW host as to which one I would choose if I could only choose one, the answer was the BMW 507 – not just any one, but this one. This car was Elvis, the King’s preferred car, which was initially painted white. Eventually, he had it painted red due to the amount of lipstick marks on the white paint. The car changed hands several times since he sold it and was eventually discovered in a barn in San Francisco. After much arm-twisting, BMW Classic elected to take on the restoration project and restored the vehicle to almost its original state. The engine had been replaced with a different one over time, thereby making the rebuild a truly bespoke one, to recreate a vehicle as close as possible to when it was new. The new trend amongst jurors and collectors is the concept of sensitive rebuilds that take cognisance of the trends and materials in use at the time, retaining the original art of the rebuild. With technology such as 3D printing becoming more prevalent, it is increasingly tempting to “manufacture” a synthetic replacement and move away from the artisan nature

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COLLECTIBLES AS AN INVESTMENT The world of collecting car classics is fast gaining dominance as a serious investment option for speculators. Everyone close to the sector dreams of laying their hands on a “barn find” and restoring this car to its former glory. The simple truth is that collecting any form of art as an investment still relies on a “willing buyer/willing seller” concept. However, the other old adage is also true in that one man’s trash may easily be another’s treasure. So when making a decision on a classic car for investment purposes, one must consider the market, the demand, trends and the likelihood of being able to practically and sensibly extract the value from the vehicle at some stage. This, over time, is a mix between intuition and research. Although our options in Africa are fairly limited, the number of classics on the continent is astonishing, currently mostly in South Africa. In fact, as some of the African states start to open up their economies, I’m pretty certain more of these barn (or in our case, kraal) finds will come to light from our days of being colonies of European countries, or perhaps little gems hidden away by the occasional dictator treating himself to the spoils of his control. In any event, the collectible market is a growing one, and there are increasingly more “wow” moments coming about from auctions where unheard-of prices are being fetched for decently maintained and restored cars.

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of a hand-built rebuild. Verification of the authenticity of a vehicle and its parts is becoming increasingly more complex, especially as some of these collectibles are fetching tens of millions of dollars. The overall winner of the show was the 1968 Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 Stradale, a worthy winner amongst the competition. The show also included modern designs with entrants from Mazda, GFG, Genesis and Ferrari with a one-off variant of the 488 (SP38) that walked away with a category award for design and concept. With BMW being a sponsor, their own movie museum installation was dotted with a presence of BMW vehicles from famous flicks – including their stints with the Bond and Mission Impossible franchises. Some of these included the highly innovative Z8, the Z3 and the 7-series made famous by Pierce Brosnan driving it from the back seat with his phone – a technology which is pretty close to being made available in general production cars today. Incidentally, the Z3 was showcased in GoldenEye, after which sales of this model spiked considerably. Even I bought one, in exactly the colour of the one in the movie. A special concept from BMW is also revealed at each years event. This year was the BMW M8GT concept in a beautiful green. This is in line with the new flagship 8 Series launched by the brand this year, with the M8 most likely due next year. Vivien Natasen is a young petrolhead in an old body.


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IN AN EVER-EVOLVING DIGITAL WORLD – WITH ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE EITHER INSPIRING COMPANIES TO GO FROM STRENGTH TO STRENGTH, OR TERRIFYING THEM INTO A DORMANT, VIGILANT PHASE – BALANCING IMPRESSIVE, DEVELOPING TECHNOLOGY AND THE BASIC HUMAN FACTOR HAS BECOME VITAL TO BUSINESS.

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technology and making it work for us could assist us in taking businesses to the next level. Winston Churchill said: “We shape our buildings and afterwards our buildings shape us.” This applies to artificial intelligence too. We as humans should take advantage of this evolving mind tool. It is incredible to see how far humans have been able to develop technology and how it is still evolving. Still, humans have the ability to learn how to manage hundreds of different skills within their lifetime, while machines can only manage a few specific tasks. Multitasking is also quite the challenge when it comes to machines, with a lot of time and effort required to teach the system its various responsibilities and how to prioritise them. Humans can easily work on multiple responsibilities at a time. Decision-making is a life skill that humans learn through different experiences and scenarios – something a robot will find difficult to do. At this stage, therefore, AI takes the form of machines mimicking humans, which means that

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humans are still needed. Consumers need interaction. They also need emotional connection and empathy, as they are human and, whether we like it or not, humans need each other. Machines cannot create brand loyalty, close deals or do better work. They can only do what they were programmed to do. Robots will never be able to replicate a person’s five senses, as AI only operates in the realm of information processing. Machines can be trained to act human, but they cannot create things that evoke emotions. They might be able to create art, but can they create art that is imperfect, yet still touches your soul? AI knows no judgement. Would a robot ever be able to understand the difference between right and wrong? No matter the intelligence of machines, people will always be important in business. An Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of North Florida says one of the biggest misconceptions people have is that “you just take a robot and let it do its thing”.

He says that robots are stupid, and they run into faults. According to him, robots are not here to replace humans; they are here to work with us. It is important that we stay ahead of the game. Technology should not manage people; people should manage technology and use it to enable them to perform better in the workplace. The use of AI should never undermine a company’s values. The secret to being more profitable, leading more effectively, creating brand loyalty, closing more deals and doing better work does not lie in embracing AI. It lies in understanding the human element and keeping it in your company’s core values. According to entrepreneur.com this can be done by tying individual goals to company goals, connecting with customers on a deeper level by building meaningful and authentic relationships and putting health first. “By cultivating a culture that prioritises the human element, you can get back to what really matters – people.” Whether we’d like to admit it or not, artificial intelligence is out there

and could pose a threat to humanity if it is not utilised correctly. Many believe that the invention of artificial superintelligence might even result in a runaway technological reaction of selfimprovement cycles that will surpass all human life. Steven Hawking and Elon Musk have both expressed concern that complete artificial intelligence could result in human extinction. Elon Musk says: “Humanity’s position on this planet depends on its intelligence, so if our intelligence is exceeded, it’s unlikely that we will remain in charge of the planet.” It is therefore of utmost importance that we do proper research before investing in AI. If it will benefit your company by saving money, for example, it might be worth considering. If it’s just to fit in with the crowd, I’d say investing in the human factor might be the better option. In the end, AI might be smart, but not in the way humans are smart. Computers crash too. Using AI to benefit your company is one thing. Using it to change human behaviour is another. PRESTIGE: IN THE LAP OF LUXURY

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being created and, as the times change, so should we. According to Daniel Pink’s book, Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, these “thought jobs” require a higher level of creativity, problem-solving skills and out of the box thinking. In any business, people are a highly irreplaceable asset, even in the digital age we’re currently experiencing. Amidst constant, disruptive change in a business world where things happen at a faster (and scarier) pace than ever, humans bring a certain sense of comfort, in addition to a unique skill set we like to believe no machine will ever be able to imitate. One well-known characteristic of human nature is that of responding and adapting to change. This makes people one of the best and most valuable business resources – one that cannot be replaced. Although AI could be quite daunting, looking at it as a battle between man and machine is one of the biggest mistakes we make. Embracing intelligent

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states offering these modern-day lifestyle conveniences generally fetch a premium in the market and are a sought-after investment, as rental demand for these homes is high. As an investment, real estate offers investors both capital appreciation (as house prices rise over time) and rental income, provided that the property is located in the right area and addresses tenants’ needs. “Investing in property is, however, a long-term investment, and one should have a clear horizon on how long the property will remain in the portfolio. Real estate investments are generally less liquid

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than buying shares in a company, but are a lot less volatile and tracks inflation consistently,” advises Michele Brookes, Managing Director at Balwin. Legaro offers a full turnkey offering, where clients can literally move in and start living. Depending on the estate, amenities include a concierge facility, recreation facilities such as indoor/outdoor pools and viewing decks, a fully equipped gym and fibre-to-home. State of the art security is standard. “Our culture is one of “customer first”. We differentiate the aftersales service by continuing to engage with our homeowners on snags long after the prescribed period has passed. Our philosophy is that it creates a better brand experience to replace a chipped tile or fix a leaking faucet than to have an unhappy

GREEN FOOTPRINT Legaro is the first developer to reverse engineer the development project: where others design the architectural plans and then commission the engineer and builders, they do it differently. The first step is to set green development goals. Daffonchio, the architectural firm, then consolidates all these objectives into an effective but aesthetic design. “We literally designed the units around these, creating a unique challenge, but a massive value-add for owners,” Brookes claims proudly. The designs speak for themselves: at 6th road in Hyde Park, most of the parking is located in the basement. This allows for a lot of communal green areas

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LIFESTYLE CHOICES DICTATE TO A LARGE EXTENT THE KIND OF PROPERTY MOST BUYERS ARE LOOKING FOR. TRENDS HAVE CHANGED AND ALTHOUGH PROXIMITY TO WORK AND SCHOOLS IS STILL IMPORTANT, OTHER FACTORS SUCH AS ON-SITE AMENITIES CATERING FOR LEISURE, ENTERTAINMENT AND SPORT, AS WELL AS SECURITY AND CONVENIENCE, ARE HIGH PRIORITIES.

on ground level. As far as development goes, this is very unique. The basements are naturally ventilated, cutting down on the use of air conditioning. Power to all the units is generated through sun energy, with conventional electricity as back-up. The flushing system of toilets installed only needs 6-7 litres to flush, compared to the 15 litres conventional systems use. Energy efficient lighting and water saving faucets are also standard. In addition, the use of low e-glass or double glazing allows for better insulation, keeping the ambient temperature stable. South Africa has a unique climate that varies across different regions of the country. Johannesburg in particular is exposed to severe temperatures and very dry air, being at a higher altitude. Daffonchio Architects spend an inordinate amount of time on solar studies to ensure precise positioning of units to deflect the sun’s heat in the summer and retain it in winter, allowing for a very stable ambient temperature within the homes, requiring minimal use of air conditioning. The louvres, especially, are meticulously engineered and placed to track the profile of the sun very accurately. Studies run from solstice to solstice and during all daylight hours to ensure an accurate tracking pattern. “All our homes face north, as does our head office on Corlett Drive. This allows us to maximise the photo-voltaic installations. At Corlett Drive we generate 5kV per square meter because of optimal positioning. During the planning phase we consider the history of the area and also the street and use this as context and inspiration for our designs, providing a distinctly South African flavour. “We are pragmatic but driven in our approach and have a very passionate and experienced professional team working with us. This makes our ethos of ‘customer first, environment first’ possible.”

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homeowner, even if this falls outside of our contractual obligation,” explains Brookes. Legaro is a privately owned family business with extensive experience in the commercial and residential property industry. The group was founded in 2017 by the Brookes family and is primarily a residential and property developer. The residential developments are exclusive properties with high-end finishes, offering exceptional lifestyle amenities for every homeowner or investor. Highly specialised units are geared to focus on the client’s total and varied property requirements. “Our business is currently focused on developments in Johannesburg. We have successfully completed a luxury development (Melville Lane) in Hyde Park, which has mostly sold out. Other developments include luxury homes on Morsim Road, also in Hyde Park, located within walking distance of the iconic Hyde Park Shopping Centre. “We are extremely proud of our head office, located at 78 Corlett Drive, that we developed in conjunction with Daffonchio Architects and Solid Green Consulting. The building was awarded a prestigious six-star green rating by the Green Building Council of South Africa and it’s the highest rated green building in South Africa for 2018. I think this demonstrates how we walk the talk when it comes to environmentally conscious property development.”


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In South Africa, applicable health and safety legislation includes the following: 1. The Occupational Health & Safety Act (No. 85 of 1993) 2. Compensation on Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act (COIDA – No. 130 of 1993) 3. Mine Health & Safety Act (No. 29 of 1996) 4. National Building Regulations and Building Standards Act (No. 103 of 1997)

Many other African countries are implementing similar legislation as most mining operations on the continent look to South Africa for skills and guidance. The increase in mine productivity has led to a proportional increase in equipment size. Most vehicles have considerable blind spots, due to scale alone. Despite the best efforts of operators, accidents on mine sites remain a worldwide problem. Sadly, the majority of fatalities in mines are as a result of interaction between humans and mining equipment. Probe Integrated Mining Technologies offers expert auto electrical and earth moving equipment (EME) safety solutions to the mining, construction, transport and civil industry. We partner with our customers to deliver products and solutions that will improve safety in mining and meet their specific requirements. Ultimately, this reduces the total cost of ownership for our customers. Probe Integrated Mining Technologies has built its reputation on providing a comprehensive range of premium products from all the key OEM Auto Electrical Manufactures for the heavyduty automotive, mining and construction industries. The Probe Integrated Mining Technologies product range has been carefully selected for its best of breed attributes and proven class leaders within the mining industry. Combined with the Probe IMT gold standard of professional installation and rigorous maintenance, our Probe IMT offering ensures our clients uptime remains well within the desired targets. The Probe Integrated Mining Technologies product range is complimented by a field service team capable of installing and repairing all auto electrical components such as wiring harnesses and LED Lights, and replacing batteries. Our commitment to building and sustaining strategic partnerships

with our clients is made possible by an extensive network strategically located near mining operations, and the additional support of on-site stock management and technical support. Probe Integrated Mining Technologies was established through a process of consolidating mining-oriented businesses with the Probe group. These entities have flourished as the premium providers of auto electrical parts to the mining industry, with a long and proud industry relationship. The Probe IMT footprint continues to grow from its initial three operations in Witbank (1969), Kuruman (1993) and Rustenburg (2005) to include operations in Zambia, Namibia, Mozambique and Steelpoort. Probe Integrated Mining Technologies’ diverse customer base includes mining companies, mining original equipment manufacturers (OEM), contractors and trucking fleets, with a number of bluechip clients within the mining industry, like Hitachi, Vale, Anglo American, South 32, Aveng Moolmans, Glencore, PPC and Assmang. Increasingly, the industry is finding technological solutions to address safety problems – especially those cases subject to human error. However, the process for technological change is slow and requires significant investment and change management from all parties and stakeholders involved. In light of this slow process, legislation is now forcing companies, operations, manufacturers and developers into picking the higher hanging fruit at the advantage of saving lives.

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ining is, by its nature, a very dangerous industry and it has been renowned to be one of the most perilous occupations worldwide. However, the industry has successfully improved its risk profile and rating by developing a culture of safety around operating practices, standards, procedures, strategies and corporate responsibilities. Nonetheless, there have been serious accidents worldwide over recent years. The dangers that occur in mining include accidents which may have resulted in significant loss of life, as well as health hazards that the miners face on a day-to-day basis. When incidents do occur, these could result in the mine being shut down whilst the investigations are being concluded by the authorities, costing several millions in lost productivity.

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Buying property in a foreign country can be daunting. Luckily, with a combined 150 years of property development experience, the Gibraltar USA team are able to offer a safe and secure process to grow your capital. They do extensive market research and financial models which are governed by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and first approved by their development bank before partnerships are secured. This ensures that all transactions are protected. Furthermore, Gibraltar always retain the largest shareholding in all developments, ensuring their partners have their 100% commitment to deliver on returns. Things can change rapidly in the world of real estate. It is important to have up-to-the-minute knowledge on how you should proceed with your property investment strategy. Purchasing property through Gibraltar Corporate Capital is an excellent way to grow your capital. Their properties offer guaranteed returns and security in tenure and share certificates. Quite simply, they offer clients an

excellent opportunity to purchase property in Florida and Texas. With options from residential homes, lots (land), multifamily developments and assisted/ memory care developments. They also assist with opening bank accounts, foreign investment allowances and various visa options.

• Your security is now in the land and the process takes approximately 6 to 8 months from start to sale • On sale you receive the first pay-out of $39 500 from the title company • Equates to an anticipated annual return of up to 28%, paid every 6 months, which you can roll over

PURCHASE A FREE-STANDING RESIDENTIAL HOME • Home for own use • $189k millennial home • $290k middle class homes • Buy-to-rent option • 30% deposit and 70% bond • $150-$250 monthly return after all expenses

PURCHASE A PORTION OF A MULTIFAMILY DEVELOPMENT • Receive a guaranteed 7% (PA) return from month 1, paid monthly into your US account • Once developed (approximately 18 months), receive a portion of rental income (anticipated 12-16%, never less than 7%) • After 3 years, the project is refinanced and your initial capital is returned (can be re-invested into next project on similar basis) • You still retain your share in the development as well as receiving prorata rental • After 5 years, the development is sold into a REIT (Real Estate Investment Trust); you get paid out pro rata for your share or swop profit for shares in the REIT

PURCHASE A LOT (LAND/STAND) • Purchase a stand for a residential home for $35 000-$45 000 • You receive the 1st note (mortgage) for the stand +10% and a $1 000 bonus ($39 500.00) • Gibraltar finances and builds a home on your lot (average value $250k)

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roperty in general is one of the safest “investments”, it’s a tangible asset, something you can touch and feel. Regardless of an economy’s ups and downs, property will often increase in value. The US economy is booming, with unemployment levels at an all-time low and trillions of dollars flowing into the country. With the current South African market facing its challenges, clients are looking to hedge against the turbulent Rand and diversify their capital in a dollar-based economy.

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PROPERTY IS ALWAYS GOING TO BE A HOT COMMODITY AND A FAVOURITE AMONG ASTUTE INVESTORS. GIBRALTAR CORPORATE CAPITAL COMBINES LOCAL KNOWLEDGE AND GLOBAL EXPERTISE FOR THE BEST PROPERTY CONSULTATION.

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OVER THE PAST DECADE OR SO, THE SOUTH AFRICAN PROPERTY LANDSCAPE HAS GIVEN RISE TO A NUMBER OF RESIDENTIAL ESTATES WHICH OFFER LIFESTYLE ELEMENTS COMBINED WITH SAFETY AND SECURITY. PECANWOOD WAS ONE OF THE PIONEERS TO MAKE ESTATE LIVING

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This percentage of owners has been greatly improved over recent years through enhancement of the road network with significantly more owners now permanently residing in the estate, instead of utilising their homes purely for recreational or leisure use. The estate runs along the gently undulating edge of the southern shoreline of the Hartbeespoort dam in an area which is possibly one of the top five most visited destinations in South Africa. The attraction, in terms of regional tourism, can largely be attributed to the area’s location, which puts it within easy driving distance of two of Africa’s largest conurbations in Johannesburg and Pretoria. This prestigious development is also home to Africa’s first Jack Nicklaus signature golf course which, in addition to its other leisure facilities, offers an enviable mix of a superb climate, a range of outdoor activities and residential excellence that combine in a lifestyle experience which many would aspire to. Infrastructure has also been vastly improved with a new lifestyle mall opening shortly right at the main gate and a proliferation of new schools cropping up to cater to the increased demand from permanent abode residents. There are also several new recreation and entertainment venues in proximity, especially in the nearby Magaliesberg area, where one can attain a balanced and active lifestyle whilst being in the clean fresh air, close to nature. As it stands, whether you have just finished a round of golf, or strolled down to the lake to see the swans and their cygnets, or are merely sitting on the terrace at the Boat Club restaurant enjoying a quiet drink while watching the sun set over the water and the Magaliesberg, any Pecanwood homeowner can rightfully say that by whatever benchmarks you may choose to judge, they own a lifestyle property in one of South Africa’s most complete residential estates – one that has stood the test of time. PRESTIGE: IN THE LAP OF LUXURY


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millennials' take on property investment INVESTING IN PROPERTY IS NO WALK IN THE PARK, ESPECIALLY FOR MILLENNIALS – A GENERATION WHO HAS BECOME KNOWN TO RATHER RENT THAN BUY. THIS GENERATION’S MENTALITY HAS CHANGED THE WAY PROPERTY MAGNATES PROMOTE AND SELL THEIR ASSETS, POSING NEW, EXCITING CHALLENGES TO THE INDUSTRY.

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new breed of labour. A trend of temporary employment positions and short-term contracts - now known as the gig economy - has taken the world by storm. This freelance, flexible and on-demand labour market has an enormous impact on the property market. Amanda Arumugam, senior associate at Bowmans, says it is only a matter of time until South Africa follows in the footsteps of the 34% US workers being paid for each “gig” they do instead of earning a monthly salary. In South Africa, chances are that the gig economy market is a little forced, with a 27.2% unemployment rate that has people taking on any “gigs” that they can get. Even though the gig economy allows more freedom, it also causes insecurity in jobs, resulting in Millennials renting property rather than buying. Millennials often fail to anticipate future financial struggles and many are unable to recognise the importance of a financial safety net. Noel Cristopher, Community Voice for Forbes, says real estate is the only real investment with a tangibility and control that intrigues investors. With Millennials becoming a very large generation, they can reshape the economy as we know it. Still, for them investing in property is a catch 22 as it calls for large deposits they often can’t afford due to their nature of employment and the mentality and desire to live and spend in the moment. Globally, the number of first-time home buyers seems to be declining even though, according to the Lightstone Property Group, about 330 000 Millennials bought homes in South Africa between 2015 and 2017. As property is one of the biggest assets one has upon retiring, the decrease in property investment is reason for concern. Millennials worldwide seem to be more prone to renting, which puts us on the brink of a new era - one of lifetime renters. RealNet’s Managing Director, Gerhard Kotzé, explains that home buyers’ age in South Africa has also risen from 27 to 35. “This indicates that a significant number of young people are now staying in the rental property market for at least eight years longer than they used to.” This is one of the reasons why Millennials have become known as Generation Rent in property circles and why investors worldwide are taking note of them. With Millennials being more environmentally conscious, they choose properties that have a reduced carbon footprint. LED lighting, solar panels and solar geysers make properties more attractive to this generation. Electrical outlets with USB ports, WiFi, low maintenance, lock up and go properties, shorter-term leases and neighbourhoods and their offerings are what Millennials are looking for. Even though Millennials might know the advantages of investing in property, the struggle between their preferred lifestyle and investment priorities is real. Promoting property assets to this generation has become a fine art – one that calls for proper research and an understanding of a new life perspective.


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VERSACE WITH THEIR RECENT SALE, DONATELLA CONTINUES TO ENSURE THE RELEVANCE OF VERSACE TODAY BY PIONEERING THE INNOVATIONS THAT HAVE PUSHED THE FAMED FASHION HOUSE INTO THE 21ST CENTURY – AND SHE'S DONE IT WITH A LAUGH, A CIGARETTE AND A BILLION-DOLLAR BUSINESS.

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ashion company Michael Kors recently purchased Versace, the Italian luxury brand founded by Gianni Versace in 1978, for US$2.12 billion. Donatella Versace said it's the perfect time for the company to join with Michael Kors: "It has been more than 20 years since I took over the company along with my brother Santo and daughter Allegra," Donatella Versace said in a news release. "I am proud that Versace remains very strong in both fashion and modern culture."

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Donatella is a contrast within herself – blonde, controversial, oozing sex appeal, blended with Italian passion and warmth. While men are often viewed as becoming more attractive as they get older, one rarely hears this said of a woman. Donatella Versace, on the other hand, has carved out her own style niche over the last two decades, defiantly succeeding in a historically male-dominated business environment. Ignoring the stereotype of “aging with grace”, she took steps to revitalise herself from a very young age, colouring her hair platinum blonde and wearing sexy garments paired with extra high heels. She was reported as saying: “I was not born fantastically beautiful, but I always wanted to be impressive.” Donatella knows it is not trends that drive the fashion industry, but the eternal obsessions of women as they look in the mirror: the pursuit of looking better, getting noticed and feeling good. Born in Italy in 1955, Donatella Versace grew up with two major fashion influences: her mother was a dressmaker and her older brother, Gianni Versace, was a promising designer. Donatella Versace worked side-by-side with her brother, Gianni, to help create one of the biggest fashion houses in the world. Donatella was known as the inspiration and “muse” for his various lines. She was even the main inspiration for one of Versace’s perfumes, Blonde. Gianni valued her critiques of his designs, though he preferred a more baroque style to Donatella's minimalism. When her brother was murdered in 1997, Donatella was left to continue Gianni’s legacy. Donatella has led the company's design vision ever since, helping to reinvigorate its product lines over the years. 

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“Only sexy won’t go out of fashion” – Donatella Versace

Renowned as a family-run business with no outside interests, it was a tremendous surprise when Versace announced the sale earlier this year. Kors reportedly wants to expand with approximately 100 new Versace stores globally, as well as increase its focus on selling shoes and accessories, and increase the brand's e-commerce profile. The company hopes to more than double Versace's revenue in coming years. Donatella Versace will remain on as a creative director and NPR reports that she and other family members will receive $177 million worth of shares in the newly-formed parent company, renamed Capri Holdings. Designer Michael Kors founded his fashion and design company in 1981 in Manhattan, where it is still based. The Versace purchase continues attempts both to diversify the Michael Kors offering and benefit from high-end luxury sales. In addition to its flagship line, Michael Kors also includes luxury shoemaker and accessories brand Jimmy Choo – which it bought last summer, for $1.2 billion. The acquisition is the latest in a recent wave of industry consolidation that has seen Ermenegildo Zegna purchase Thom Browne, and the Puig Group take a majority stake in Dries Van Noten. Many big names – from Dior to Gucci to Yves Saint Laurent – have found shelter under the roofs of global luxury conglomerates like Kering SA or LVMH. This convergence has been driven mostly by the greater infrastructure of these large houses, allowing them to achieve favourable economies of scale and negotiate better inbound prices from suppliers. Versace's vivid and distinctive brand (known for its Medusa head logo) has been worn by some of the world's most high profile stars and has graced the pages of newspapers and magazines more often than almost any other luxury fashion brand. Hopefully the brand’s ethos and recipe will not get lost in its new home, since their controversial style and unique disruptive attitude was what put them on the map in the first place.


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narrow catwalk runs in the distance between the pools facing the Oscar Niemeyer building, which houses the Mondadori headquarters. This remarkable piece of architecture looks at once monumental and immaterial, as if suspended, acting as a telling backdrop for a collection that marries sharpness and functional ease with a pervading sense of lightness. Alessandro Sartori keeps perfecting his vision of the contemporary metropolitan wardrobe, fusing the performance and speed of sports with the refinement, attention to detail and precious fabrications of couture tailoring. Turning the atelier into a lab, yet keeping the humanity and warmth of craft, he devises new species of clothing: sartorial breeds stemming from the seamless morphing of opposite worlds. This season, Zegna challenges technique and image even more. The silhouettes are capacious and airy, the mix of elements bold and personal. Shirts and jackets collide in hybrid forms, with an oversized fit, experimental collars and playful double sleeves. Bombers and anoraks are matched with tailored, highwaisted, double pleat trousers, completely rewriting the template of the suit. Parkas both long and short gain the airiness of a shirt. DĂŠgradĂŠ checks and souvenir prints add rhythm, while perforation and meshes provide an even airier feel of immateriality. Knitwear is a building block for inventive layering. In keeping with the morphing of categories, sneakers and sandals marry Opanka constructions with the technical details and meshes of sport style, all of it on bold soles. The juxtaposition and addition of elements is enhanced by the color palette, which places side-by-side shades and nuances in variations of intensity. The amalgamation of pale blue, Tropea pink, bow green, desert, sunflower yellow, mocha, nautical blue and loganberry red is painterly and individual. Fabrics merge the technical with the refined: Century Cashmere with a waterproof membrane; textured Tussah silk produced by Lanificio Zegna using yarns obtained from wild, natural sources; blends of silk and cotton; cotton-linen satin; tumbled wool; perforated or embossed baby-calf and mesh.

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take the time to observe a single species, of his choice, in the wild, as if he were part of the group. He chose elephants. 19 168 personal encounters and 18 years later, Wikus’s interaction with these beasts makes it seem as though he’s part of the herd. It’s unusual to encounter a ranger with this amount of experience and, when you do, relish every minute because you’ll learn things about the African fauna and flora that only comes from spending time in it. The Manor House at Tintswalo has recently been refurbished to become a self-sufficient lodge, ideal for family groups who want privacy away from the main lodge facilities. Ground floor rooms have had the bonus of outdoor baths and showers added, and décor and furnishings redone, to lend a modern ambience to the traditional thatch homestead. There’s a pub in a thatch boma for pre-dinner drinks and the entire property is fenced, which makes it perfect for youngsters to enjoy without having to fear any wild encounters.

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and would light up the evening, adding a further dimension to our dinner under the stars in the boma beside the floodlit waterhole. Elvis and his team will keep you in gin and tonic and make sure you always have a smile on your face while in camp at the Manor House, and will surprise you at every meal by never repeating a venue. Breakfast in a dry river bed, dinner in the open surrounded by the bush, picnic lunches and visits to the main lodge keep the experience interesting and varied – lodge owners and management being fully aware that variety is needed on long, hot days. Our visit to Tintswalo’s main lodge coincided with the arrival of the resident elephant herd and, although there is no waterhole, there is a hose pipe in a giant sycamore tree that is turned on when they arrive and which provides entertainment to be viewed from the elevated deck. The elephants have learned to tilt their trunks and catch the water, amphora-like, before drinking. Pecking order is also adhered to since there’s only one water source and the youngsters have to wait in frustration as the elders take their time getting their fill. Luxury suites at the main lodge are linked by elevated walkways and enjoy absolute privacy with swimming pools and decks in the midst of the bush. All suites are named after famous explorers who unlocked Africa’s interior and paved the way for people to enjoy the wildlife on offer. Our last encounter with this particular parade of elephants was where Wikus came into his own by dispelling the

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Most special is the waterhole that sits just outside of the fence and which attracts a constant stream of animals, particularly in the dry season when most of the standing water on the reserve has dried up. Typical reserve itineraries mean a lot of spare time after morning game drives and before the late afternoon drive, so the waterhole is perfect entertainment as herds of impala, wildebeest and zebra come down to drink. The resident herd of elephant usually pays a visit after its call on the main lodge and then moves off to surprise visitors on their evening game drive. Warthog, kudu, giraffe and other antelope species jockey for positions throughout the day, always wary of the possibility of a thirsty (and hungry) predator coming in to drink. We weren’t lucky enough to witness any cats but were told they do make appearances to

huffing and puffing, ears aquiver and ready to charge. He extended his arm while not four metres from the animal and shouted, “no!”. The elephant backed off and all stress was averted. I wouldn’t try this stunt when next on a game drive but I’ve never felt more comfortable up close to elephant than with this extremely knowledgeable and confident fellow. And that’s the essence of Tintswalo Safari Lodge’s Manor House. You’re always comfortable, there’s a different and interesting encounter every day, whether with animals or simply having a meal in a unique location, and it feels like your own piece of the bush with people around you who care intimately and are dedicated to their surroundings and your wellbeing.

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here were a number of German guests relaxing on the lawns with their bottles of sparkling wine when we were shown to our Pool Suite on arrival. They seemed in the precise state of mind we found ourselves in after the walk through the gardens and the serene presence of the property in this historic hamlet. The manor house is a restored Victorian national monument, originally built in 1909, some 50 years after the establishment of this town that began as a farming community along the fertile Breede River valley that borders the arid Karoo. As wine makers discovered the perfect soils for certain varietals, so the area mushroomed as a wine route with some 50 estates along what has become known as the “longest wine route in the world”. The late Tim Rands purchased the property as a place to stay when he paid industry visits to the local wine makers and, in 2009, converted it into the Robertson Small Hotel, which became the luxury standard in a village that boasts a heritage of Edwardian and Victorian architecture in quiet, wide avenues, lined with trees that stave off the heat in dry summer months. In 2016 it was time for a revamp and

Tim’s daughter, Abigail, put together a team who could have simply upgraded existing décor and facilities and left it at that. But there was more to the project than a simple makeover, because it told stories of previous owners and of the town and its positioning in its surroundings, its context and, of course, the legacy of the person who started it in the first place. Sophie Ashby and Abigail schooled together in the Cape, so Studio Ashby was tasked with curating a collaborative partnership of local designers to reflect what this award-winning establishment had come to represent within the town, the region and the family. Local designers and artists, including Alexis Barrel, Michael Chandler, Renee Rossouw, House of Gozdawa, Lisa Firer, Rene Botes and Bonfred Furniture were among an extensive group of people who set about transforming every aspect, from fabrics, furniture, gardens and art, to the ceramics, the restaurant menu and the corporate identity graphics. In describing the result I can only say that, despite extensive input from a large team of people, no one element dominates and there’s a comfortable co-existence of traditional, artisanal, modern and vernacular languages. It’s a seamless palette of muted tone and colour, invoking luxury with a minimalist intention, but not empty as is often the case with this style. The gardens,

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public areas, suites and amenities speak the language of having been conceived and executed as one element, each communicating to the other with no juxtapositions or contradictions. But most of all there’s a little bit of home that you’ll come across while you relax in your room, on your balcony or while savouring your meal in the restaurant or in the courtyard. On the subject of meals – the restaurant menu makes extensive use of the ingredients that have become synonymous with the Karoo, as well as the agricultural practices that have come to town as Robertson evolved into a contemporary food and wine hub. You’ll see accompaniments of roasted grape salad, beetroot labneh, marinated olives, preserved lemon and pickled pears with main ingredients of springbok fillet, Karoo lamb, line fish and prawns. On the breakfast menu, the smoked salmon lavash with olives, crispy capers, red onion and rocket is so unusual yet so at home within the London bistro-esque setting. Whether it’s the Manor House Rooms, the Pool Suites, the Stable Suites or the Family Suite, an indescribable sense of continuity, calmness and serenity envelops you as you enter the property, from the staff who welcome you to the small personal touches that will tell you this is a place of deep meaning and spiritual significance. A Dutch gentleman in the EM bar (named after a mysterious “Tannie Em” who loved her tipple), where we enjoyed a pre-dinner gin, was quick to tell me that the ceramic tiles of the bar counter were from his homeland and the town of Delft. I wanted to elaborate and give him the history of Delft in the Cape and the vernacular used in modern installations to evoke centuries of heritage with a contemporary language, but I thought it better to admire the blue pea infused Six Dogs Blue gin that had now turned pink with the addition of tonic and lemon. It was time to take our seats for dinner and, as the others left, I felt the need to linger, as if I was being called on to spend another minute in this wonderful space, this homely, comforting room. And then I saw the tile, one of the pieces of ceramic set in the middle of the bar counter: “This is for you, Dad”. It was then that I felt the soul of the Robertson Small Hotel.


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DESIGNED WITH TRAVEL WARRIORS IN MIND, TODAY’S AIRPORT HOTELS OFFER EXPANSIVE ROOMS WITH PLUSH BEDS AND CITY VIEWS, RESTAURANTS YOU ACTUALLY WANT TO DINE IN AND MODERN ART ADORNING THE WALLS.

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Jet-setting can actually be a hugely anxious experience – from getting to the airport safely and on time to boarding before the gate closes. As someone who avoids spending more time waiting at the airport than absolutely necessary, I would rather spend the extra time sleeping, catching up on emails or just watching television. If you do choose to stay in an

The Intercontinental Johannesburg O.R. Tambo is not only South Africa’s only award-winning luxury airport hotel, it’s also the perfect retreat.

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perfect way to relax your body, mind and soul. The 24-hour gym, overlooking the airport runway, is equipped with the latest Techno Gym electronic bicycles, treadmills, steppers, free weights and bench press. A steam room is located in the changing rooms. The indoor heated pool with its breathtaking views is also available to guests. The Camelot Spa features relaxing and energising treatments lasting from a few minutes – for those on-the-go massages – to full-day treatments. All wellness treatments are enjoyed alongside exquisite views of the iconic Johannesburg skyline. These are facilities that are geared toward making your stay more relaxing and enjoyable, and taking your mind off the fact that you are far from home. There is also something to be said about the convenience of relaxing in a hotel room, and perhaps enjoying a meal in a restaurant or ordering room service, shortly after the conclusion of a flight. Providing convenience, style and all the upscale facilities you’d expect from an award-winning hotel, the InterContinental Johannesburg at O.R. Tambo Hotel will offer travellers a stay as memorable as any city hotel, without a night spent worrying about making an early flight. I checked out, strolled through the glass door and crossed the road, rode an escalator and found myself standing in front of the check-in counter. No Uber, no rental car to return. No uncertainty.

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airport hotel the night before, the journey to the airport instantly becomes much more relaxed and enjoyable. The Intercontinental Johannesburg O.R. Tambo is not only South Africa’s only award-winning luxury airport hotel, it’s also the perfect retreat for the discerning business or leisure traveller during a stop-over after a long flight,. The five-star hotel (located only a short walk away from the Arrivals hall of Johannesburg’s largest international airport) offers convenience, comfort, luxury, personalised service and the ultimate in world-class comfort. Staying at this airport hotel was more than just convenient. Whether you’re staying for a night or two weeks, you will be impressed at the array of on-site facilities. I didn’t need a massage or swim (the hotel has a spa and pool) but knowing such options are available added to the experience of luxury and comfort. All rooms are also soundproof and come standard with blackout curtains to ensure a good night’s rest after a long journey. The hotel also offers the unique feature of in-room flight information. The entire hotel is decorated with unique statues and symbolic artefacts that draw inspiration from the African continent, while still complementing the hotel's contemporary architecture and setting. If you are in need of some welldeserved relaxation, you will find all you need at the wellness centre, located on the top floor of the hotel. This is the


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NESTLED IN THE FOOTHILLS OF THE IDYLLIC JONKERSHOEK VALLEY OF STELLENBOSCH, 326 YEAROLD WORKING WINE ESTATE IS FLANKED BY TOWERING MOUNTAINS AND SURROUNDED BY ROWS OF LUSH VINEYARDS.

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arlier this year, Lanzerac Hotel & Spa reopened after a year-long regeneration journey that has seen the Hotel being restored to its former grandeur following a devastating fire. In the early hours of Sunday morning, 28 May 2017, a tragic fire severely damaged the main operational areas of the Hotel, and for the first time since the Rawdon brothers converted the estate to a hotel, the Lanzerac had to close its doors to the public for 13 months. On the first of July 2018 – the Lanzerac proudly re-opened its doors to the public,characterised by the same glory, legacy and country chic she has been known for over thdecades but now being able to complement its magnificent and unique offering synonymous with period grandeur, with 21st century luxury. Like the fynbos endemic to the Cape, which rejuvenates by fire every few years, this iconic landmark is now blooming with enhanced guest experiences. Lanzerac is steeped in spellbinding history, having been established in 1692 – a mere 13 years after Stellenbosch itself and is the third oldest farm in the area. The first owner was Isaac Schrijver who planted the very first vineyards and, unsurprisingly, named the farm Schoongezicht, meaning wonderful view. In the early 1800’s the first cellar was erected and subsequently complemented by the iconic Manor House, which exhibits an unusually high level of sophistication for Cape Dutch architecture of the period with its main gable dating back to 1830.

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The Manor House and Werf, which now stands proud as a Provincial Heritage Site, underwent significant changes by one of the property’s most influential owners, Elizabeth Catherina ‘Kitty’ English, who bought Schoongezicht in 1920. Mrs English changed the estate’s name to Lanzerac, rumoured to be after General Charles Lanrezac – a French General, who commanded the French Fifth Army at the outbreak of World War I. She also transformed it during her nine years of ownership into one of the most modern wineries in the Cape, laying the foundations for Stellenbosch’s worldrenowned wines. Mrs English passed away in 1929, and in 1934 the Estate was bought by Jacobus Tribelhorn – the builder who had extended the Manor House for Mrs English. He continued her legacy of producing wines of exceptional quality. The Hotel’s exquisitely styled rooms and suites, all of which reflect the rich history of the Estate, but with contemporary influences carefully blended in. Space and privacy are inherent elements of every room and no two are alike, with each room having been decorated with sophisticated touches and a unique selection of timeless pieces. The lavishness extends to the marble en-suite bathrooms, which are all extremely generous in size and feature a luxurious slipper bath looking out onto the Estate. There are several room types, to cater for different needs and tastes – ranging from villas (some even with their own pools) to quirky new rooms that form part of the new offering. My favourite were the modernised attic rooms. However, from the engagement with other guests, the villas are the firm choice of the guests. There are three main dining areas – the Lanzerac Deli, Taphuis and the Manor Kitchen. The quaint and cosy Lanzerac Deli is a favourite breakfast and lunch destination amongst both locals and tourists alike, with its fresh PRESTIGE: IN THE LAP OF LUXURY

breads, cakes and pastries baked daily, aromatic coffee and selection of charcuterie and cheeses used to create flavourful sandwiches and platters. A range of delightful homemade jams, chutneys and sauces are sold by the Deli so that visitors can take home a taste of Lanzerac. Leisurely lunches can also be enjoyed either inside the Taphuis or on its terrace, accompanied by views of ‘Die Pieke’ (Jonkershoek’s Twin Peaks), the Estate’s picturesque Manor House and its gardens. The treacle brown bar has been welcoming thirsty souls since the 1960s and, although damaged in the fire, it has undergone extensive repairs to retain its original feel, with some of the elements that were salvaged from the flames being reused alongside new additions. The Manor Kitchen is a great venue, striking a balance between wholesome and fine dining. The chef’s attention to detail is on par with many other fine establishments which the Cape is renowned for, with the extra edge of having that “home away from home” feel. Great thought was also given to pairing the menu items with the flavour profiles of the wines on offer.

CONFERENCES AND WEDDINGS The refurbishment post-fire also presented an opportunity to re-organise the conferencing and meeting facilities. These are now an impressive venue ranging for small, bespoke meetings to larger conference and banqueting venues. The Lanzerac team has done well to somehow make every guest feel welcome with a personalised service, despite being able to accommodate larger volumes than its “boutique” look and feel may generally allow. SPA The large sash windows boast beautiful views overlooking the lush vineyards and towering Stellenbosch mountains. Spa-goers will be greeted by the azure indoor heated swimming pool, enticing you to enjoy leisurely laps and a bubbling Jacuzzi. The sense of serenity is elevated within the seven new therapy rooms, where guests can select from a range of treatments – including

facial therapies, to massages and ancient Rasul rituals – that rejuvenate both mind and body. A day packed with pampering is bound to build up an appetite and at the Spa’s Vitality Corner, you can enjoy wholesome dishes, refreshing raw juices and tropicalsmoothies LANZERAC WINE The year 1925 saw Professor Abraham Izak Perold, the first Professor of Viticulture at the University of Stellenbosch, successfully cross two grape varietals, Pinot Noir and Hermitage (Cinsaut), to create South Africa’s first unique and indigenous wine grape variety – Pinotage. Several years later, Lanzerac Wine Estate became the first winery in the world to use the term ‘Pinotage’ on their label when they marketed the 1959 vintage under the name ‘Lanzerac’. This visionary release marked the birth of Pinotage as a unique variety from

South Africa. To this day, Lanzerac Wine Estate, under the leadership of Cellar Master, Wynand Lategan and Viticulturist Danie Malherbe, is still producing award-winning Pinotage, along with a wide variety of other excellent quality wines that form part of Lanzerac’s three tiers – the Premium Range, Heritage Range and Keldermeester Versameling (Cellar Master Collection). The current collection comprises of three ranges – the Premium Range, Heritage Range and Keldermeester Versameling (Cellar Master Collection). All vinoloving vacationers are treated to a complimentary tasting of five wines in the well-appointed Tasting Room, elegantly designed using oak, stone and muted fabrics, or on the veranda, with its breath- taking views of the Jonkershoek valley. Completing this premium wine experience is a tour of the working wine cellar, guided by one of the Estate’s expert Wine Advisors. PRESTIGE: IN THE LAP OF LUXURY

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THE WEST COAST HAS A WILD AND REFRESHING BEAUTY. AT THE HEART OF IT, THE TRADITIONAL FISHING VILLAGE OF PATERNOSTER – A PLACE WHERE NOTHING AND EVERYTHING HAS CHANGED THROUGH THE AGES.

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in bespoke itineraries for up to twelve people. Today, we’re a handful of friends enjoying a different route to a fish and chips lunch – carefree and cocooned in comfort. Heading back after two hours, the wind has whipped up and Sandpiper is in full flight under sail, cutting effortlessly through the water. But for the whoosh of water on hull, Sandpiper is silent. Penguins swim alongside for a while and a persistent Heaviside dolphin appears to greet us, but skipper Alan is laserfocussed. “This yacht won the Governor’s Cup race from Cape Town to St Helena island,” he says, his eyes fixed on the sea ahead. And I believe him, because in under an hour we are docked in Port Owen, feeling invigorated and ready to do it all again. Back in Paternoster, we’re headed for the laid-back luxury and seclusion of Strandloper Ocean hotel. “Here you can completely leave the world behind,” says co-owner, Simone Jacke. Strandloper is a retreat, a place of calm, and it has a philosophy of being in harmony with nature and blending in with the delicate beauty of the surroundings. The interiors don’t compete with what’s outside, but instead showcase the natural splendour of the unique coastline. At Strandloper, the fourteen suites and rooms – from vast King Nature suites at 80m2, with a full lounge and loft study area, to Ocean Suites all with lounges and sea views, to cosy Courtyard Rooms with private gardens – are all a study in calm. All are appointed with pared down furnishings that reflect the surrounding natural environment of wood, stone and muted colours. Understated, with clean lines, pure linens and a neutral palette of textures, Strandloper Ocean is uncluttered and soothing. Small splashes of accent colours and Nguni hide mats lend layered depth to the suites, which are surrounded by sweeping indigenous gardens of dancing purples and blues.

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he Paternoster fishermen still head out to sea in their brightly coloured wooden boats, just as they always have, while visitors from around the world enjoy the long white beaches, delectable seaside restaurants and fine accommodation – plus a myriad of enticing attractions within striking distance. I’m left breathless as shards of sunshine break through the thick cloud canopy on the West Coast. We’re aboard Sandpiper, a 39-foot, high performance catamaran docked in Port Owen, near Velddrif. Seasoned skipper, Alan Biesheuvel, and his first mate, Donovan Herselman, are at work checking that all is set for our departure. We’re in the best hands possible for our trip into the open ocean; Alan has over 60 years’ sailing experience, and Donovan loves yachts so much, he lives on his in the marina. But this level of dedication and experience is necessary in the rapidly changing weather conditions of the wild West Coast. With silent motors, we ease out of the glassy marina into the Berg River, past the rugged fishing boats at Laaiplek harbour and the sea birds crowded onto the harbour wall. Out on the Atlantic Ocean, the sail is hoisted and we cut quietly through the calm ocean. It’s meditative, hypnotic and you feel yourself exhale as diminutive coastal settlements come into view. Seeing the West Coast from the ocean is an enchanting experience; stopping en route in St Helena Bay for fish and chips wrapped in newsprint is also a thoroughly West Coast thing to do. We could just as easily sail from Paternoster to Seal Island and enjoy a catered seafood lunch or braai on board – or on shore – as Sandpiper specialises

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Coast Fossil Park at Langebaanweg, where the fossils of the ancient Big Five and myriad marine animals have been found, and the dig site can be visited on an informative guided tour. Nearby, the watery West Coast National Park wraps around Langebaan lagoon and protects fynbos, wildlife and a rugged and historic coastline. Here, you can walk or cycle, as there are no large predators, and in springtime the park hosts vast daisy carpets in dazzling colours. There are also the irreverent shops and quaint galleries and eateries of Bokkom Laan along the Berg River in Velddrift, and boat trips down the river to see prolific birdlife, plus a smattering of little nook restaurants along the water’s edge. The fog has cleared when we step out of the Panty Bar, so the evocative Cape Columbine lighthouse is the choice for today. There are so few lighthouses that are still manned along the South African coastline, and this is one of them. We head along the coast and onto a sand road in the Columbine reserve, winding up the hill to the lighthouse. It’s built on Castle Rock and the lighthouse building vaguely resembles a fort too. Japie Greeff, the friendly lighthouse keeper, is there to welcome us and he chats animatedly about the sea, sinking ships and strong winds. Japie has been minding lighthouses along the coast all his life and has thrilling stories to tell. As we head up the first staircase into the tower, he reminds us not to touch the light when we get to the top. The prisms are highly polished by hand to reflect the light. From the top of Cape Columbine lighthouse it feels like you can see eternity. The views up and down the coastline are majestic, like looking down on a massive watercolour painting with people living

in it. We stay a while and then slowly descend backwards down the ladder stairs. The lighthouse is magnificently maintained and the brass is gleaming. Japie takes great pride in Columbine and says he’s going nowhere until he retires. We head down the sand road back into Paternoster village and onto the main fishing beach of Voorstrand. It’s late afternoon and fishermen are heading out to sea, through tiny waves, to catch their supper. Their boats have names like Wikkel and Troubles and one soccer lover has named his boat Zinedine. Life is lived simply here, close to the sea and according to tides. The coastline may be stark, but the ocean is bountiful and seafood is the local staple, as it can be yours if you visit. And so we also think of dinner and which of the smorgasbord of restaurants to try. Tonight it will be De See Kat for its panoramic sea views and artistic sushi. Tomorrow we’ll stretch our legs a little more and imbibe the vibrant energy of the West Coast through its friendly people and beautiful places. This place just has to be experienced to be believed.

UNIQUELY WEST COAST OFFERINGS: Sail on: Sandpiper – www. sandpipercharters.co.za SLEEP AT: ■ Strandloper Ocean Boutique Hotel – www.strandloperocean.com EAT AT: De See Kat – à la carte and sushi with sea views – 072 343 9793 ■ Gaaitjie Saltwater Restaurant – seafood on the beach – 022 752 2242 ■ Leeto at Strandloper Ocean with sea views – 061 426 3338 ■ The Noisy Oyster – international in a garden setting – 022 752 2196 ■ The Square Spoon – Portuguese and vegan in the village – 072 208 2047 ■ Voorstrandt – casual on the beach – 022 752 2038 ■ Wolfgat – foraging menu, by appointment only, in the village – book online www.wolfgat.co.za ■

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At the heart of Strandloper is Leeto Restaurant, a gastronomic experience with an unobstructed sea view. Chef Garth Almazan is a wizard that conjures up a symphony of unusual taste combinations. He uses fresh, seasonal ingredients to create innovative dishes with a regional influence. The Malay Spiced West Coast Mussels are deliciously served with a potato samoosa and the Springbok Loin is out of this world – accompanied by a pulled springbok tart, gooseberry compote, pickled shimeji mushrooms and sweet potato crisps. To finish, the Chef’s Selection of artisan cheeses and preserves… and the world feels complete. Next morning we awake to cool fog cloaking the coastline. The deserted white beach that runs for kilometres in front of Strandloper has been blotted out by mist, so after a delicious breakfast, we walk into the village to browse the unique collection of shops. Junk and Disorderly is housed in an original Paternoster stone building and serves delectable breakfasts and lunches that include the fine homebaked breads and charcuterie of the owners – and there’s a spot of unusual shopping to be had here too. Across the road, The Trading Post has a bit of everything, from handcrafted clothing to local chilli sauce and crafts, while Jem and Pantoffels opposite is a sensual experience showcasing beautiful body products and choice gifts. Just behind them is Stone Fish Gallery where resident artist and sculptor Dianne Heesom-Green works in her sun-drenched stone studio and fine art gallery. She welcomes us with a smile and we browse at leisure, finally deciding on a tiny, intricate bowl as a keepsake. One simply can’t visit Paternoster without peeping into the famous Panty Bar at the Paternoster Hotel. The ceiling

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is festooned with lingerie in a rainbow of colours, so we step inside to taste a Paternoster Pilsener – possibly the only craft beer with a label crowded with sea creatures. It’s fantastically refreshing and, as we sip, we consider our options for the afternoon. We can go biking on the beach or kayaking in the bay, enjoy a pampering at Elements Wellness Suite at Strandloper or walk the long white beaches and play Scrabble with dried kelp letters, and then there’s Cape Columbine lighthouse overlooking the village too. Or we could lunch in one of the handful of excellent restaurants, each offering something quite special and memorable. Just a short hop away is the West


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VICTORIA FALLS IS THE LARGEST SHEET OF FALLING WATER IN THE WORLD AND ONE OF THE SEVEN NATURAL WONDERS, ALONGSIDE THE GRAND CANYON, GREAT BARRIER REEF, HARBOUR OF RIO DE JANEIRO, MOUNT EVEREST, POLAR AURORA, AND PARICUTIN VOLCANO. THAT ALONE MAKES THE FALLS WORTH VISITING.

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ne of the world’s greatest natural spectacles, Victoria Falls is a massive curtain of water that tumbles over steep cliffs into the sheer drop of Batoka Falls. Shrouded in legend, romance and myth, long before the Scottish missionary and explorer, Dr David Livingstone “discovered” the Falls in 1855, the local Batonga people had named them Mosi-oa-Tunya, “the smoke that thunders”. Victoria Falls has a rich history, with evidence of dinosaurs in the region as far back as 200 million years ago, followed by now-extinct mammals such as buffalo with 3m horns, a shortnecked giraffe with antlers and the African mammoth elephant. At 1.7km wide, it is the largest curtain of falling water in the world. Victoria Falls is a year-round destination. Tip: The water levels vary throughout the year, being at their highest between April and June, and their lowest from October to December. Viewing the Victoria Falls at different times of the year offers different experiences – in high flow its entire length is a thundering wall of falling water, whereas in low flow the underlying structure can be seen and visibility is clearer. Victoria Falls town is uniquely located within Victoria Falls National Park. Walking through town we shared the footpath with a group of vervet monkeys and a family of warthogs! Even on the road in, we encountered more elephants. The town is quaint and comes across as a

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rustic version of Jurassic Park. The newly completed airport just outside the town is actually better than the one at the capital city, making this location ideal for tourists to fly into directly. We resided at the magnificent Victoria Falls Safari Club, which perches high on a sprawling plateau. The views are completely unspoilt bushveld and spectacular African sunsets. Each room enjoys a sunset-facing view that overlooks the African bushveld and includes a waterhole frequented by elephants, buffalo and kudu. Victoria Falls Safari Club is built of thatch and timber and rises several levels, giving the impression of a vast open-plan tree house, bringing back childhood fantasies of living in a tree house like Tarzan. The club rooms are well positioned on the escarpment, offering expansive views of the wildlife and the watering holes. During our stay we were awakened at dawn each morning by the ruckus of a herd of elephant bathing in the watering hole just below us. Tip: Game viewing is best during the dry season between July and October, when there is less water around and animals congregate at waterholes. Wildlife is also easier to spot during this time as the bush is not so thick and lush. The two-tiered swimming pool is set among beautiful gardens, with sun loungers scattered on wooden decking. Nearby are three waterholes that entice the local wildlife. The Club also offers a unique vulture feeding experience. These magnificent creatures are often overlooked as the bottom rung of the food chain, picking up scraps left by the other hunters of the wild, yet they play a crucial role in the ecosystem. We could choose from a multitude of

activities to add to our stay. Daredevils will not lack for options, with white-water rafting, bungee jumping, river boarding, jet boating, abseiling and a host of other activities available in the gorges below Victoria Falls. If you are in search of some gentler adventure, you can try canoeing the calmer waters above the Falls or take to the skies for a spectacular microlight or helicopter flight above the chasm. The Boma – Dinner & Drum Show, located on the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge estate, is a legendary dining and entertainment experience that offers an unforgettable fusion of mouthwatering local cuisine, energetic dance performances, interactive drumming and traditional storytelling. It has, over the years, firmly established itself as a Victoria Falls “must-do” experience, providing unique cultural exposure that bombards the senses with the tastes,

sights and sounds of Africa. The energy and vibe will captivate you before you even set foot inside as, at the moment you arrive, you are ceremoniously dressed in your chitenge (sarong), before being welcomed by traditional dancers and treated to a mini face-paint. Ladies are given dots on their cheeks to signify the beauty of African women, while men receive stripes defining the warrior look of African men. But the highlight of the evening’s entertainment is the renowned, energetic and interactive drumming show that starts after dinner. Guests are each handed a djembe drum and given the opportunity to participate in the drumming show by learning a few rhythms. After the interactive drumming show, guests are invited to the dance floor to groove to the beat of the African drums.

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bit of due diligence can save you an enormous amount of frustration. Identify the buzzword and create the story – not the fantasy.” NOT UNDERSTANDING AND MANAGING INFORMATION FLOW WITHIN THE ORGANISATION Different organisations have different ethoses, corporate cultures and information dissemination techniques. Demartini’s toolkit suggests that leaders gauge their management style on understanding the “levels of the brain” within the various tiers of the organisation. In a normal production-style environment, an organisation would be represented as follows, with regard to planning horizons: Worker – Immediate gratification (hour to hour) Supervisor – Week to week Lower management – Month to month Middle Management – Year to year Senior management – Decade to decade CEO – Generational Sage – Millennial Soul – Eternal

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Communication must then be structured to the mindset and level of awareness of the individual. Leaders who are leading disengaged people generally use punishment and reward tools to communicate and incentivise personnel. To move people up the ladder requires greater interventions such as education, inspiration and developing meaning. NOT UNDERSTANDING EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT AND ALIGNMENT As Demartini also points out, growth requires engagement by both the employer and, more importantly, by the employee. The employer needs to also become adept at identifying the “engagement” of each employee. Engagement is defined here as the degree of congruency between what you are doing (as a job duty) and what you value most highly (what you are intrinsically prone to do). As a rule of thumb, issues such as laziness, addictive behaviours, and so forth are symptoms of a lack of congruency. Let’s face it – all people are different and there will always be people in an organisation not aligned with its goals and objectives.

When delegating responsibilities within the organisation, it then becomes imperative to understand where you are, how congruent you yourself are, and how you balance fulfilling the needs of the organisation with respecting and understanding the needs of employees. Demartini has been testing his understanding by carrying out talks with people from all walks of life, ranging from prisoners serving jail terms to world leaders. The ability to communicate effectively with all these different audiences is a developed talent that needs to be honed like a sharp tool and one cannot become complacent with testing oneself. I must say that, since this interview, I have been exploring these tips in my own organisation and have found them to be most effective in improving my understanding of others’ points of view. Too often we get embroiled and caught up in conflicts, wanting to prove our points without taking the time to listen to others’ views or perspectives. I am so looking forward to my next session with the Good Doctor.

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BECOMING ENAMOURED OR INFATUATED WITH A DEAL OR TRANSACTION Many leaders get opportunities that they become highly infatuated with, so much so that they then undermine the deal to the point of failure, or, even if they finalise the deal, they realise it’s not what they

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had thought it would be. Dr Demartini states a simple rule: “If you are excited, you are probably blind. Real opportunities have challenges and if you are enamoured with it, borderline fantasy, the risk of failure is higher. If the deal is too sweet, it will have a bitter ending.” One needs to be mindful of the possible downside in every transaction and have plans in place to deal with these should they arise. VISIONARIES THAT DO NOT SURROUNDED THEMSELVES WITH ENOUGH GROUNDED SKILLS Great businesses that are to sustain themselves in this rapidly changing environment need a balance between vision and the tools to implement. Demartini refers to the “balance between heaven force and the earth force”; in other words, every visionary needs grounded resources around him or her. “A little

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ost people only associate chiropractic care with the treatment of back and neck pain. While it’s true that chiropractors are experts in this area, their discipline can treat many more physical ailments than you may have realised. Chiropractic healthcare focusses on natural, holistic, proactive treatment techniques to correct disorders of the spine, joints, muscles, ligaments, tendons and nerves. While spinal manipulation is a cornerstone treatment, it serves as a means to ensure that your nervous system in uninhibited and able to pass messages through the body properly – allowing the body to heal itself effectively. This goes a long way towards achieving overall health. You should definitely see a chiropractor if you are experiencing pain, but know that a trip to the chiro can provide a wide range of other benefits too. For example, your doctor will assist you with forming good habits to ensure that you don’t suffer avoidable injuries due to posture, positioning, or poor musculoskeletal condition. Let’s take a look at a few other conditions that chiropractic care can treat: EAR INFECTIONS, PARTICULARLY IN CHILDREN OR INFANTS A chiropractic adjustment is a safe and medicationfree way to correct misalignment of the jaw or the Atlas (top vertebrae of the spine). This can alleviate pressure in the Eustachian tube (responsible for pressure equalisation in the ear and draining fluid from the skull), where ear infections occur due to improper drainage. ARTHRITIS OR JOINT PAIN Over time, misalignments can wear out joints. Chiropractic adjustments are non-invasive and gentle, ideal as a drug-free solution for easing discomfort and managing pain. Adjustments correct spinal alignment and joint restrictions, not only restoring joint mobility but promoting optimal function of the nervous system to reduce inflammation.

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ASTHMA RELIEF Chiropractic adjustments can relieve pressure on the lower neck and upper back which support the lungs, enhancing natural airflow for breathing. Such adjustments also take pressure off the nerves. Altogether, it means that your body can function properly, so it doesn’t have to exert as much energy just to breathe.

A HEALTHY PREGNANCY Pregnancy is a special time in your life. The experience is beautiful, but often painful at times too. No treatment is as natural and safe to alleviate pressure and reduce pain as chiropractic care. That is because chiropractors have a deep understanding of anatomy and movement. Their treatment may involve appropriate adjustments, exercises, or the application of postural and supportive taping with kinesiology tape. All of this with the aim to reduce stress on the back, improve posture and relieve pain. Chiropractors are natural healthcare experts dedicated to equipping you with the tools that you can use to help your body heal faster. An integral part of effective chiropractic care is following the recommendations that your chiropractor will give you for home care. Such recommendations include advice on nutritional supplements to decrease inflammation and repair soft tissue in your body, stretches and exercises, posture and ergonomic positioning at work or even when you sleep. A final, lesser-known fact about chiropractic medicine: Doctors of Chiropractic are primary care physicians, meaning that they have the training and authority to diagnose. Chiropractors may assess patients through clinical examination, laboratory testing, diagnostic imaging, and other diagnostic interventions. Chiropractors will readily refer patients to the appropriate healthcare provider when chiropractic care is not suitable for the patient’s condition, or the condition warrants co-management in conjunction with other members of the healthcare team. Chiropractic care takes a “hands-on” approach to healthcare and differs from other medical professions by offering noninvasive, drug-free therapies and promoting self-healing in the body. For these reasons, many people make their chiropractor their first port of call to address their health concerns.

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SCOLIOSIS Although scoliosis is not curable, it is entirely manageable with regular care. It is important to note that not all chiropractors can treat scoliosis. You should seek out a specialist in this area who will perform the appropriate adjustments and massages for your condition. Your doctor will also teach you exercises and stretches that you can do at home for ongoing care. Treatment of scoliosis involves “re-training” your neural pathways to use muscles and spinal joints differently to how they have become accustomed.

REGULATING BLOOD PRESSURE The overall approach of chiropractic care, which extends beyond adjustments (for example, soft-tissue massage), can assist with blood circulation, restoring proper function of the nervous system and therefore alleviating problems with blood pressure. Many factors affect your blood pressure such as a stressful lifestyle, a poor diet, smoking, lack of exercise, and being underor overweight. Chiropractic assessment evaluates all of these factors. During your assessment, your Chiropractor will assist with lifestyle modification recommendations and teach you exercises that will help to normalise blood pressure. Adjustments may very well be included in your treatment plan to restore the function of the nervous system and aid self-healing.


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drinking, Veuve Clicquot’s wine team, led by esteemed cellar master, Dominique Demarville and professional mixologists, relied on their renowned savoir-faire of dosage to create a totally new wine for a new time. “Sugar in champagne is like spices in a recipe, used correctly it can bring out specific aromas and play with taste,” states Demarville. In Veuve Clicquot Rich Rosé, the red fruit is boosted to an exciting new level. The signature Pinot Noir of Veuve Clicquot is given a new versatility with a higher dosage. Intense red berry fruit notes originate from the blending of Pinot Noir red wine, while the presence of Meunier emphasises fresh and gourmand notes. They are balanced with the creamy finish common to all expressions of Veuve Clicquot.

THE RITUAL: CLICQUOLOGY Veuve Clicquot Rich was created expressly to combine with a selection of ingredients that bring out the Clicquologist in anyone. Mixologists selected the ingredients that will add a unique twist to the wine, supported by Dominique Demarville. The signature notes of the wine are magnified by the presence of selected ingredients: ginger, pineapple, lime, tea – all on the rocks. With a goal to express versatility and the possibility to create one’s own tasting experience, Veuve Clicquot Rich Rosé is an exciting new way to embody the So Clicquot twist.

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n the history of Champagne, wines that were blended for greater sweetness were customarily described as “rich”. Even the 1840s bottles of Veuve Clicquot found recently in the Aland Islands had 150 grams of sugar per litre. Historically in Russia, consumers would add sugar to their champagne, thus adding a personal touch to their wine. Today Veuve Clicquot propels this tradition into the contemporary era with Rich Rosé, a champagne created expressly by our wine team, through its dosage expertise, for mixology.

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MOËT & CHANDON PRESENTS THE SYMBOLIC, LIMITED EDITION “TRIBUTE TO THE FRENCH ART OF LIVING”, FEATURING TREASURED FRENCH LANDMARKS AND SYMBOLS WITH SPECIAL SIGNIFICANCE TO THE INTERNATIONALLY CELEBRATED CHAMPAGNE

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rench tradition holds this very art de vivre in high regard, celebrating a taste for refinement, attention to detail, the gesture of hosting generously and rejoicing with family and friends. To truly celebrate in signature French style with a lavish toast to the festive season wherever you may be in the world. At the heart of the design you’ll find the Orangerie, the centrepiece of an architectural ensemble inspired by the Versailles palace and built in Epernay by Jean-Remy Moët in the early 1800s. Symbol of the heritage of Moët & Chandon, its classical grandeur evokes the distinctive style with which the House, throughout its history, has received illustrious guests, deploying its art of elegant hosting on par with its champagnes. The Champagne pyramid, a signature symbol of the House, is also showcased prominently to represent Moët & Chandon’s unparalleled proficiency in the art of celebration, so aptly known as its “savoir-fête”. The image of stacked glasses overflowing with champagne suggests the House’s generosity and the tradition of bringing cascading bubbles to the most glamorous festivities worldwide. The majestic nature of l’Arc de Triomphe, a symbol of Paris and French grandeur built in 1806 by Napoleon, connects to Moët & Chandon’s own historical relationship with the Emperor. Frequently hosted by Jean-Remy Moët as he stopped in Epernay on his way to battle, Napoleon’s faithful patronage gave rise to the name of the flagship champagne of the House, Moët Impérial. The Eiffel Tower, eternal symbol of French luxury, conjures with its graceful silhouette, the Universal Exposition of 1889 which saw the birth of that timeless icon in the City of Lights as a monument to French craftsmanship, at a time when Moët & Chandon’s wines were served to the new world’s elites. The limited edition “Tribute to French Art-de-Vivre” is available in three varieties: Moët & Chandon Impérial, Nectar Impérial and Rosé Impérial.

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throughout the restaurant: a mint-green, concourse condition 1974 P200 Sport Vespa is parked near the door; a Berkel 1898 slicer takes pride of place by the humidor, stocked with only the finest cigars from Arturo Fuente to Partagas; and the in-house butchery is filled with reconditioned 1940s Ferrari red OKTO equipment and an oak butcher’s block weighing 1000kg. In the seamless contemporary kitchen there’s a state-of-the-art, a smartphonecontrolled oven, immaculately steamcleaned floors and fridges that are electronically regulated. Le Creuset pots, pans and dishes of all sizes are lined up in bright rows of jelly bean colours. The pasta is produced on a pasta line, prepared fresh à-la-minute and cooked to order. The ingredients stacked on the shelves are only the finest, from Morgenster extra virgin olive oil to Rougié duck fat and Pomilia Italian peeled tomatoes. The beef is organic, grass-fed meat supplied by Braeside, as is their chicken, lamb and pork. The fish is also sourced from an ethical producer who follows the WWF SASSI procurement guidelines, which help suppliers to make sustainable seafood choices. “We are very much like a family. I was in business with my father for 26 years before I opened this restaurant. It feels quite odd to be working without him. I’m very grateful to my father. I was

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ortunato (fondly known as Forti) is a man of many contrasts: a hightech enthusiast who runs an old-school kitchen equipped with a pot of master stock; a qualified economist who has studied opera and law and a chef with no fear of expressing his ideals through his food. Though he is serious about his cooking, Forti prides himself on his “happy kitchen”. “You can taste the passion and happiness in my food,” he says. His restaurant mirrors these ostensible contradictions most beautifully: “Half of the meals on my menu are made using only four to five ingredients. Sometimes my food is misunderstood, because in the fine dining environment people expect complicated dishes, whereas I for example enjoy a fantastic piece of grassfed beef with duck fat-roasted potatoes and just a knob of compound butter – for me, that’s a fine-dining experience. Not everyone understands this food philosophy.” With a flawlessly blended fusion of food, wine, art and music, the restaurant reflects Forti’s theatrical personality to a T. Forti’s love of beautiful design is evident in the special pieces scattered

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the sixties. “My father has always been my greatest supporter,” says Forti. In this food-loving family, time-honoured meals around a table bind them closer together. “Every Sunday, we enjoy a typical Italian meal at the restaurant. This is a tradition that’s been going on for 30 years. The whole family congregates: my parents, my younger sisters, my daughter and

son, and sometimes my ex-wife will join as well. It’s a generous, abundant meal. There’s always pasta, ragout, salads, platters of meat, prawns or fish and cheese afterwards.” Giovanni worked in the first wood-fired pizza restaurant in South Africa in the 60s and founded the ground-breaking Giovanni’s Pizzeria in Sunnyside, Pretoria in 1976. Some of the recipes on the Forti Grill & Bar menu have been in the family for decades. Since 1976, there is a dish on the menu called “Prawns of My Father”, which consists of prawns baked in the oven with champagne, garlic and butter, served with creamy parmesan rice. Another one is “Lumaconi”, which is pasta shells stuffed with veal, spinach, ricotta and mushrooms and then baked under a Parmesan crust. Also on offer is the Italian Feast, a popular five-course gastronomic menu which is, essentially, the Mazzone family Sunday lunch. There are new specials daily for starters and mains. Forti also produces a wine range called Nick & Forti, in collaboration with Saronsberg owner Nick van Huyssteen and talented winemaker Dewaldt Heyns. It began as a bit of light-hearted fun with only 900 bottles produced. Not surprisingly, the Nick & Forti Epicentre 2005 won the Old Mutual Trophy. Today they produce 22 000 bottles. The range consists of a white blend, Shiraz and Bordeaux-style blend. “I believe the wines are the best representatives of every cultivar in South Africa,” says Forti, who is a qualified sommelier. “We also carry some older, more specialised wines and some of the so-called Unicorn Wines, like the Eben Sadie wines from the Swartland, which are only available to tiny select audiences.” The South African-born chef, who loves to sing, travels with his father to Italy annually – it’s here, after all, in Giovanni’s home town of Pietrastornina in the foothills of the Apennines, that the Mazzone family’s deep love of good, simple food was originally cultivated. We were treated to Giovanni’s voice firsthand, along with two opera artists, on our dinner evening. Forti’s recipe of making every guest feel like he’s a family guest at the dinner table is a welcome change to the corporate, cost conscious models deployed by many restaurants. I guess that’s the main reason why he has been seen as a stalwart of the Pretoria restaurant scene for several decades now.

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FORTIFYING YOURSELF FOR THE FESTIVE SEASON AND THE YEAR AHEAD? PATRICK LECLEZIO FINDS THREE EXCELLENT CANDIDATES TO DO THE JOB.

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e wrap up 2018 and forge into the new year still breathless from the upheaval of the last few months. Increased fuel prices might see South Africans choosing to stay home this holiday season, but home is also where the cultivation and consumption of marijuana is now legal. The political situation is simmering quietly as the country keeps a close eye on President Ramaphosa leading up to the 2019 general elections. There is continued global turmoil: economic uncertainty, terrorist threats and populist governance abound – arguably a greater shifting of the status quo than we’ve experienced at any other time in the modern era. Other challenges and changes are more workaday – the individual trials and tribulations of living a life. We steel ourselves for perpetuating (and, all being well, progressing) our livelihoods, and for overcoming the personal problems that each and every one of us faces, albeit more grievous for some than for others. You may be approaching this phase with varied levels of optimism and energy, but regardless of where you fall on this continuum, you wouldn’t be reading this column if you weren’t interested in a little spirituous assistance to ease the rigours (and heighten the pleasures) of the journey. Here are some righteous drinks to light the way.


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MONKEY 47 Knowledgeable gin drinkers on the Continent started whispering about Monkey 47 (made in the Black Forest in Germany) some four years ago – and with good cause: it is exceptional. The primary element motivating gin’s appeal is the complexity of its flavours, emanating from the botanicals distilled or infused into the product. This is what makes it distinct (and preferable to fans) from other white spirits, which are typically either unflavoured or one-dimensional. There are 47 distinct botanicals in Monkey 47, hence the name. Quantity doesn’t guarantee quality – in fact one could argue that the opposite would be more likely, as the potential for flavour conflict and confusion is introduced. It’s doubly impressive then when a gin with so many moving parts gets it spot-on right: the layering of complementary flavours in Monkey is truly remarkable. I was recently given the opportunity to interview Alexander Stein, the distiller of this iconic gin, and it’s precisely on this issue of the multiple botanicals that I chose to focus. I was particularly interested in how they would cope with growing volumes. Prestige Magazine: The 47 botanicals obviously give the drink its depth of flavour, but it’s also a highly intricate assemblage. What do you do if there’s a problem with the supply of one (or a few) of these botanicals, or with their consistency? Does the recipe cater for some substitution or variation, if necessary? Alexander Stein: No, our recipe has been the same since the very beginning, and it always will be. Our main challenge is organic growth combined with constantly excellent quality. To ensure this we must not succumb to the temptations of the market, but concentrate on what is essential to us – quality. In other words, the quality and availability of our ingredients will determine how much inventory we are able to sell – full stop. The product has only been made available in selected on-trade outlets (bars, restaurants and hotels) in South Africa, evidence that these are more than fine words. Be sure to try the Monkey Sonic – Monkey 47, half soda, half tonic, garnished with grapefruit – if you stumble across it during your wanderings.

HERRADURA REPOSADO To qualify as “reposado”, tequila must be aged in oak casks for between two and twelve months. Casa Herradura, the Jalisco-based producers of the product, created the reposado category in 1974, adding to proud history dating back to the founding of its original hacienda in 1870, and today their standard bearer well exceeds the minimum requirements, being aged in American white oak barrels for a period of eleven months. The result is an elegant liquid with the distinctive citrusy, peppery bite expected of tequila, but none of its rough under-aged edges. Herradura Reposado is a superb allrounder of a tequila, just mature enough to sip, sufficiently edgy to shoot, and with a character blending young and old elements that makes it ideal for a cocktail.

GRAND MARNIER CORDON ROUGE I vaguely remember the era when it was habitual to offer liqueurs after dinner. Fashions have changed, but the classic liqueurs – Grand Marnier being prime amongst them – have reinvented themselves and maintained, if not elevated, their relevance. I guess that’s what makes them classics. The Cordon Rouge’s traditional applications persist – I find it too sweet straight up, but delightful in a dessert – the legendary Crêpes Suzette in particular – but it’s with mixers and in cocktails that the drink now thrives. Try it with ginger ale or tonic, or as a substitute for triple sec and rum in a cosmopolitan and mojito respectively, each a delicious alternative. It also works a treat in “corretto”-style coffee, I’m told (not being a coffee drinker myself). SUNRISE COCKTAIL If you want to get the 2019 momentum going with bang, against the backdrop of a sweltering South African summer, look no further than a margarita, the biggest boost of a drink known to man (forget Red Bull). I’ve bastardised Herradura’s “Fresh Margarita” as follows: ■ 75ml Herradura Reposado ■ 25ml Grand Marnier ■ 50ml agave nectar (the official recipe calls for more, so feel free to upweight this ingredient for a sweeter result) ■ 75ml fresh lime juice ■ Shake with ice and serve in a salt-rimmed tumbler (because it might not fit in a margarita glass). Bottoms up! PRESTIGE: IN THE LAP OF LUXURY

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LESSER-KNOWN BUT EXCEPTIONAL. PATRICK LECLEZIO REVIEWS THREE TO-BE-SOUGHTOUT WHISKIES.

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’m always harping on about the variety of whisky available. It’s one of the central pillars of the drink’s success, something that drew me to the dram and that keeps me coming back for more. In looking at Scotch single malts alone – never mind blends, blended malts, and grains, and without even touching on other whisky producing regions of the world – you’ll find 98 operational distilleries, each producing and having produced multiple variants, and dozens of shuttered distilleries still offering their harvested fruit. It’s a rich, delicious, and, for all practical purposes, never-ending smorgasbord, of which I know I’m eager to partake widely, as I’m sure are most whisky lovers. The pickings in South Africa, however, are a bit slimmer. There are specialty bars and outlets, which – through some means or other – have managed to accumulate impressive arrays, but for the most part the difficulty in qualifying products for import, and the scale of (locally insufficient) demand required to make this effort worthwhile, has limited the range that is easily available to us. The situation is exacerbated in that the big liquor groups, flexing their marketing and distribution power, tend to ensure that their brands, the bigger, better known brands, have muscled out the majority share of shelf and mind space. The situation is not hopeless, though. I recently tracked down and evaluated a few under-the-radar, less noticed, yet remarkable whiskies, each emanating from an independent or smaller producer. Here are three worthy contenders for immediate inclusion in your cabinet:

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JURA 16YO It may be a stretch referring to Whyte & Mackay as a small producer, but in single malt terms, with only two brands in their portfolio, I’d call it somewhat justified. Jura is the junior partner, heard-of because of its proximity to the peat capital that is Islay, but not at the forefront of things, even somewhat forgotten at times. It’s been a while since I’ve tasted any of the rest of its range but what I did taste didn’t make a marked impression. The 16YO is a different story, however – bursting at the seams with flavour, this is the type of deep, rich whisky that resonates with me (and in me, with little persuasion). I first encountered it at a game lodge some four years ago, when a fellow guest invited me to join him for a few drams. He whipped out a bottle of Jura 16, and hey presto – a few drinks later we were friends for life. That it has lots going on is an understatement (as is its blurb on the box, describing it as “unassuming”): its enchanting, musky, pear-skin and sweet citrus nose cascades into a kaleidoscope of baked and toasted flavours – nuts, fruits, wood – before settling into dry spice, and leather, a combination momentarily evoking an expensive, masculine cologne. The end result, I assure you, is one of sublime enjoyment… but don’t just take my word for it. The whisky’s full name is Diurach’s Own (a Diurach being an inhabitant of Jura). Marketing is marketing of course, but it wouldn’t surprise me if this was a local favourite, and indeed a source of pride.


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ARRAN 14YO Another west coast island, another outstanding effort. The source of the Arran distillery’s distinction is apparently the area’s warm microclimate, which enhances a whisky’s maturation. On the basis of this whisky there’s no reason to doubt it. I’ve also tasted the 10YO and the Amarone cask finish, both credible, but the 14YO is hands-down the star of the three. Imagine walking through a thick curtain of intriguing, vaporised spices and you’ll have some idea of its elaborate charms. It is sweet, spicy, and juicy – a sense of biting into candied fruit, or even a stick of sugar cane – with a husky fruit tang and an oaky richness at its core, overlaid by dustings of cinnamon and sprinklings of cacao. Splendid to savour during a quiet moment (although equally so to share and appreciate in good company), the Arran 14YO slots neatly into that enviable category of whiskies that are immediately, outrageously palatable and easy to drink, and simultaneously complex and interesting to explore.

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GLENFARCLAS 105 Unlike the other two, this is not an intricate whisky – at least, not in my assessment. I find it quite simple and straightforward, but it does what it does devastatingly well. Big, bold and superbly rich and mellow for what is ostensibly a young whisky, its toffee nose segues into a mouthful of sherry-dunked madeira cake, before concluding in a long, warm, farewell chat of a finish, full of lingering embraces. It will entrance you with its sheer force of character. The 105 boasts a fascinating history, starting out in 1968 as a vatting for family and friends of the Glenfarclas owning Grants, and obviously being so well received that it evolved into a retail product, reputedly the world’s first commercially available cask strength whisky. The source of the name 105 is a denotation of the bottling strength in British proof – calculated at 1.75x ABV. I’m neither here nor there on cask strength whiskies. They give you the assurance that the whisky is non-chill filtered, great but not exclusive, and the option to reduce to taste, although it’s of arguable merit to drink whisky above 46% anyhow, and in giving you this freedom they also introduce the opportunity for mistakes, such as reducing with water that is either inappropriate or of inadequate quality. The 105’s cask strength appeal wins, though, with its perceived value for money. Packing some two fifths more drinking than a similar sized bottle at 43%, its cost of R1000-odd is effectively just over R700: a drop-dead delicious bang for your buck. Your Glenfiddichs, Glenlivets and Macallans are generally wonderful malts, no doubt about it, and you’ll do well with that repertoire, but you’d also be selling your whisky experience a little short. There’s so much variety (the spice of life!) out there, so much of the malt whisky world waiting to be discovered, that it would be a shame, if not a travesty, to ignore it. I hope you get to unlock its potential, starting with these three gems. May the dram be with you!


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THE HISTORY OF LOUIS XIII LIES IN THE MEETING BETWEEN TWO EXCEPTIONAL LINES: THE TEN GENERATIONS OF COMPANY HEADS WHO HAVE SUCCEEDED EACH OTHER IN AN UNBROKEN LINE SINCE 1724, AND THE SUCCESSION OF CELLAR MASTERS, THE VIGILANT GUARDIANS OF THE TREASURES KEPT IN THE RESERVES.

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blend with a rare finesse that only a real cellar master can feel and achieve. He was appointed deputy cellar master in 2011 and cellar master in the spring of 2014. Remaining close to the world of wine-growing and always careful in his choices, Baptiste Loiseau combines expertise with experience. His qualities are the guarantee of the Rémy Martin style for future generations. “You are not born a cellar master, you become one. But it’s true that I discovered and loved the world of the soil and of wine at a very young age,” he proclaims. “The mission of a cellar master is to guarantee the consistent quality of a range and to create Cognacs that respect the House style. A major part of my job involves working with my nose, from selecting eaux-de-vie to tasting, along with managing the processes of ageing and blending. I am lucky in that I am sensitive to aromas, both in everyday life and in my work. You also have to be curious and inventive to do this job, because a cellar master is more than just the “guardian at the temple door” that people often imagine. Above all, you need to be a visionary, because you have to prepare the House’s future in the medium and long term. This requires constant work and constant selfquestioning.”

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BAPTISTE LOISEAU – A PASSION FOR THE TERROIR Born in Cognac on 14 September 1980, Baptiste Loiseau is a genuine and committed enthusiast, immersed in the love of his work. Pierrette Trichet describes him as someone who demands a great deal of himself and of others, and who loves a challenge. She adds: “He chose the House of Rémy Martin and the House of Rémy Martin chose him. As well as his obvious skills, he has the moral and emotional intelligence needed

to be a cellar master.” Baptiste chose the royal route to become an agronomist and oenologist. He studied at the most prestigious schools between 2000 and 2004: the Institut National Agronomique Paris Grignon and then the École Nationale Supérieure Agronomique de Montpellier (ENSAM). His professional life has more than lived up to his intellectual and human qualities: determined and hard-working, Baptiste began his career in Pessac Léognan, then moved to South Africa and New Zealand before joining the BNIC – Bureau National Interprofessional du Cognac – as an experimental engineer in 2005. He was responsible for finding ways of improving the quality of Cognac wines through a rigorous analysis of the relationships between the soil, the climate and winemaking techniques. It was in this role that he joined Rémy Martin in 2007 as a consulting project engineer. He became a member of the Tasting Committee, first as an apprentice and then as an expert. As Baptiste himself says: “I matured at Rémy Martin”. The position gave him access to an extraordinary palette of eaux-de-vie samples: 1,500 to 2,000 to be tasted in five months. Alongside Pierrette Trichet, Baptiste learned to taste, select and

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ABSA MIXES THE WORK OF SOUTH AFRICAN MASTERS WITH THAT OF GROUNDBREAKING NEW ARTISTIC TALENT FROM ACROSS THE CONTINENT TO CONTINUE BUILDING ONE OF THE LARGEST CORPORATE ART COLLECTIONS IN THE WORLD.

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Greatjoy Ndlovu – Defining Moments II – Oil Wash on canvas

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he Absa Towers North building in the Johannesburg CBD is more than just a corporate HQ for the continental banking group – it’s also home to a collection of artworks which makes up part of one of the ten largest corporate art collections in the world. Absa’s art collection numbers more than 18 000 pieces, with works ranging from Pierneef and Irma Stern to Helen Sebidi, Speelman Mahlangu, Walter Battiss and Gregoire Boonzaier. Apart from housing these artistic doyens it is also home to works from some of the continent’s most promising young artists. The collection is a living, breathing one – the works are prominently displayed in Absa’s corporate suites and branches around the country, and across the continent. When they’re not on exhibition, the pieces are carefully catalogued and meticulously packed away in a unique facility, which is as much an art library as it is a storage space. Absa Art & Museum Curator, Dr Paul Bayliss and his team manage the collection and are also responsible for its growth and development. “We are extremely privileged to have a catalogue of exceptionally prestigious works – but we’re also always on the lookout for the youngest and brightest new artists from across the continent,” Dr Bayliss says. Indeed, Absa hosts a competition dedicated to unearthing that continental talent – the Absa L’Atelier Competition (run in partnership with the South African National Association for the Visual Arts) celebrated its 33rd year in 2018 by inviting artists aged 21 to 35, from the 12 countries in which Absa operates, to compete for the main prize of a six-month art residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris,

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to collective frameworks of culture, mainly in isiXhosa. This year’s three Merit Awards winners were Gillian Abe of Uganda (Seat of Honour), Henry Obeng of Ghana (Recycle Frame 2) and Kirsten Eksteen of South Africa (Patterns and Pattern Body) respectively. Dr Bayliss believes that Absa’s art collection should be used as an educational tool, teaching people that art is an alternative asset class for investment, while also giving them the opportunity to explore different types of art and appreciate a variety of work. “Art shouldn’t just be bought and traded as a commodity for the simple growth of wealth – people should buy artworks that resonate with them,” he says. “While there are significant investment opportunities in the art world, art should primarily be something that stimulates the senses. Buy what speaks to you – great art leaves a lasting impression.”

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a substantial cash prize and pride of place in numerous Absa exhibitions. Cape Town-based fine artist Marguerite Kirsten took top honours in the 2018 Absa L’Atelier awards, while her compatriot, Philiswa Lila, a fine artist and scholar from the Eastern Cape (based in Gauteng) walked away with the Gerard Sekoto Award. Kirsten’s winning work was an installation entitled Embodiment. The work, comprising various fluids that represent the ephemeral nature of her body – she grew up, and continues to live with various medical conditions – seeks to strengthen and dignify the artist’s physical body in the face of the perceived objectification of her body as an instrument of the medical fraternity. Lila’s series of selftitled portraits related to her name, which means “be healed”. She uses her name to explore the nuances of language, meaning and experiences of individualism, as recognisable or familiar

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reflecting their personality. Of course, the degree of sophistication, level of involvement and success achieved vary from one individual to the next. The design of the house is always based on the requirements of its users, making life easier for all involved. This is why it’s important for property owners to bring in professionals from the world of art and design to ensure that they’re maximising the potential of the space and remaining true to their personality so that they can truly enjoy the home. If you are moving into a new abode, now is the time to seriously think about giving your home a meaningful shape and purpose. The fastest way to get overwhelmed by an empty new home is by trying to decorate the whole house at once. Prioritise which rooms are most important to you and make a decorating plan, one room at a time. We chatted to Greg Shane from Design Plus Interiors about what he calls the Twelve Guidelines on Basic Skills that are the starting block for any interior decorator:

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•M  atching all the rooms in the house is a design myth. If you decide you want a traditional bedroom but a modern living room, go for it. Just be sure to add a unifying element to all the rooms for flow, like a certain colour, or a décor item in the home’s architectural design style. • Furniture is arguably the most important aspect of decorating. If you’re short on furniture or have been using the same pieces for many years, consider bringing some new furniture into your home. Choose comfortable pieces in different colours and styles. • Generic light covers and shades may come with your home, but they typically lack interest and personality. Mix up your lighting by purchasing new, more decorative options. Look for items to work as your primary light source that match the general style of the room. • Neutral décor can be interesting – just include a variety of materials and textures. • Don't postpone a makeover because of messy kids. Put your money into a comfortable, well-made sofa that you'll have forever. • Curtains have to go all the way to the floor. Ready-made drapes need to touch the floor, even if you have to buy the next size up and have them hemmed. • When hanging mirrors, think carefully PRESTIGE: IN THE LAP OF LUXURY

about what they will reflect. You want to pick up a great scene, like a pretty chandelier. B  e sure to fully utilise your recreational spaces by making the most of your inhome entertainment areas. And don’t forget to avoid clutter. T  ake note of the existing features in your home that you can highlight. Architectural details such as crown moulding, wooden beams, hardwood floors, built-in bookshelves, and mosaic-tile backsplashes are all worth focussing on. A  rea rugs can really transform a space. Area rugs help ground furniture groupings, define rooms, and add more interest to an area. A  void flimsiness at all costs. Add an extra panel of curtains to your curtain rod, and search for quality carpets and

throw blankets that feel great to the touch. Additionally, accessorise with weighty accent pieces: vases, picture frames, and ornaments should all feel like they’ve got something to them. • Hiking up the size of your décor creates a big impression. We love to use largescale art and décor, like a colossal canvas that takes up an entire wall or a well-oversized thick-framed mirror that leans against the wall instead of hanging, to create a space that’s impactful, memorable and grand. Your furniture and appliance choices might be the first things people notice, but giving details special attention makes it seem like you spent even more time creating your space. Create an atmosphere of comfort and belonging – after all, our homes are where we spend most of our downtime.

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made to measure Luxury brands and high net worth markets are by their nature highly competitive and complex with each brand choosing a recipe to attract spend from clients. A “one size fits all” approach is simply not an option. So too with insurance solutions. There comes a point when high net worth clients accumulate assets where the risk profile is materially different to that of the average citizen, thereby necessitating a different kind of insurance model, one specifically tailored and adapted to the unique circumstances of each client. We chatted with Grant Mason of SilverCrest Insurance Brokers around the common pitfalls that policy holders stumble into. “Liability is not the only area in which luxury-goods buyers fall short. Research showed that 40% of collectors do not insure some of their items. Further, a third of policy holders

OVER AND ABOVE THEIR PRICELESS VALUE, SOME OF YOUR BELONGINGS ARE IRREPLACEABLE. CONSIDER INSURING YOUR JEWELLERY, ARTWORK, AND VEHICLES COLLECTED OVER TIME. YOU PUT YEARS INTO BUILDING YOUR

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Luxury brands and high net worth markets are by their nature highly competitive and complex with each brand choosing a recipe to attract spend from clients. A “one size fits all” approach is simply not an option.

must face the reality that insurance is a grudge purchase that people only realise the value of when they need to claim for a loss. It is hard to prove your worth at the start, as the client doesn’t value you until you have been at their side to support them through a claim. Grant Mason and his team have been fortunate to build up a portfolio of high- and ultra-high net worth clients through a client-centric approach where every client gets personalised attention, and where his brokerage serves as an “adapter” between the “number crunching world of actuarial valuations and risk profiling” and the unique needs of each and every client. So, whether you own a collection of rare wines from all over Italy, enjoy a secondary residence in New York, or drive a car in Paris, the Silvercrest team will find the right insurance solution for you with the strictest discretion.

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do not update their policies every year as recommended to ensure that increases in value are covered,” says Mason. He elaborates that a major reason for insuring only parts of a collection is the emotional connection owners have to some items. Another reason is that collectors mistakenly believe items like antique furniture or high-end jewellery are covered under a homeowner’s policy. Unfortunately, that coverage might not be enough. Highvalue items, especially jewellery and artwork, should be insured separately and specified accordingly. With 21 years of experience in luxury goods insurance, SilverCrest have an in-depth knowledge of the market and its needs, which they apply to ensure the insurance policies on offer are sufficiently tailored to their needs and operating methods. Mason says that to operate in this environment, you


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innovations that create an integrated, technologically advanced aircraft. The realisation of this dream is due to equal parts romance and pragmatism. “The power of dreams is both the force and the philosophy that guide us at Honda. It is the spirit behind our driving passion to design and create products that move and power your life.” – Michimasa Fujino, President & CEO, Honda Aircraft Company. HondaJet Elite not only transports passengers to beautiful and remote locations around our planet, but it also takes care of those places so the next generation can visit too. It further emits less noise pollution with the combination of the Over-the-Wing Engine Mount configuration and noise-attenuating engine inlets that line the engine to attenuate

fan-blade-passage noise, allowing for a quieter interior sound and ground noise. In addition to these innovations, Honda Aircraft has further refined several aerodynamic technologies, enabling the aircraft to fly farther and with less noise pollution. The new Elite model is a significant upgrade over the older generation, as is evident in its new specifications. Range is listed as 1,437 nautical miles (1,653mi; 2,660km), which Honda says is a 17% or 396km (246mi) increase on the original. There are no figures on efficiency, but Honda is maintaining its best-in-class claim on that front and says it emits less greenhouse gases than business jets of a similar size. HondaJet Elite customers will never have to sacrifice passenger space for

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elegant comfort and amenities. No detail was overlooked when creating the world’s most advanced, very light jet. HondaJet provides more cabin space than any other jet in its class. It’s a workspace, thinking space, quiet space, and a relaxing space. These are the true inspirations behind the HondaJet’s interior and why Honda designers meticulously considered every detail – from the completely adjustable executive seating to the fully private lavatory and a host of other modern amenities. The aircraft maintains a capacity of up to seven occupants. The HondaJet cockpit is built for optimum safety based on thoughtful ergonomic design and state-of-theart situational awareness. The pilot has significantly more space and greater visibility with more intuitive and ergonomically placed controls and instrumentation. The Garmin® G3000 next-generation all-glass avionics system brings pilot and aircraft closer together with touchscreen technology. The dual touchscreen controllers and three 14-inch landscape high-resolution displays offer enhanced navigation, flight planning, and control. The cockpit is unquestionably built around the pilot to enable either single-pilot or dual-pilot operation of the HondaJet. For those owners who prefer the flexibility of “owner-managed” aircraft, this plane is the one to go for. The HondaJet is the epitome of continually improving human mobility. The commitment to flight by Honda – a globally recognised and respected company – is as steadfast as its dedication to landbound endeavors.


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CRUISING IS LIKE CHANGING SKIN: YOUR BODY SEEKS NEW, MORE RELAXED POSITIONS; YOUR FEET REGAIN THEIR FREEDOM; YOUR HANDS SEEK A NEW GRIP; EVEN YOUR VOCABULARY CHANGES, AS YOU REVERT TO THE PATH OF THE SUN AND THE POSITION OF THE STARS AS YOUR POINTS OF REFERENCE. THE EYES HAVE NO BOUNDARIES; YOU LOOK AT THE WORLD THROUGH THE TRANSPARENCY OF THE WAVES, AND TIME BECOMES PURE, EXCLUSIVELY YOURS, MAKING YOU REDISCOVER THE SWEETNESS OF LIVING.

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added value that lasts over time. It is a large family business that builds boats and blends fanatical attention to detail and superb Italian creativity with constant technological development. Azimut Yachts can be found in elite marina’s over all five continents, they are the symbol of the very best of “Made in Italy” throughout the world. Azimut is the true leader in the manufacture of luxury yachts where unparalleled style merges seamlessly with innovation. Great goodwill comes from aligning with companies with similar DNA - Both companies share the same common values, being family run businesses with a strong boating history. One of the first reasons a buyer chooses an Azimut yacht is nearly always beauty. Then, the intrinsic values of the product come into play: its comfort, safety features, level of technology and elegant living solutions.

Each range optimises space and volume beautifully. “Boating World has always focused on the lifestyle that yacht ownership provides, and we strongly identify with what Azimut has to offer,” adds Levy. Boating World already represents a range of various offerings. This is now enhanced through the partnership with Azimut where customers can acquire the lifestyle they have always desired in a tailored service offering and a vessel that suits their needs. Should you be in the market to join the elite world of yachting or boating, the Boating World team is on hand to guide you through the process.

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t was with a steadfast vision that Boating World founders, Derrick and Suzanne Levy launched Boating World in 1998. That vision was to pioneer the introduction of the world’s most desired boating brands to African shores. Through passion and determination, today the couple can attest to their success by the 100’s of prestigious boats the company has sold across the continent. It is a journey that has established Boating World as the leading importer of luxury yachts in Sub Saharan Africa. The exceptional portfolio of yachting brands represented by the company equals the duo’s understanding for flawless class and appeal.

This year Boating World enters a new era with the addition of Azimut Yachts to the range. The brand forms part of the Azimut Benetti yachting group, the world's leading privately-owned group in luxury boating and the largest producing network of mega yachts. “We’ve always admired Azimut and appreciated the brand loyalty owners have to the company,” says Boating World co-owner Derrick Levy. “Azimut boast the widest product range in the world, with models measuring from 34 to 115 foot. This was important to Boating World because we like to anticipate what clients will look for in the future and have a way forward, so they can achieve their boating goals,” reveals Levy. When you choose an Azimut, you become a player in an all-Italian story, the story of a shipyard with a prestigious past, a sound company with an image of success which gives luxury yachts an

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IMMERSED IN THE MOST AUTHENTIC ITALIAN STYLE AND CRAFTSMANSHIP, ASSISTED BY TOP-PERFORMING TECHNOLOGY FOR EXTRAORDINARY NAUTICAL PROWESS AND COMFORT, THESE AUTHENTIC JEWELS ARE A VERITABLE HAVEN OFFSHORE, GUIDING US TO A NEW EMOTIONAL GEOGRAPHY, WHERE THE SEA MEETS THE SKY. EACH COLLECTION IS IDEALLY SUITED TO AFRICAN COASTAL LIVING, CATERING TO A SPECIFIC TYPE OF BOATING LIFESTYLE, EACH GLOBALLY ACCOLADED AS FRONTRUNNERS IN THEIR RESPECTIVE CATEGORIES:

FLYBRIDGE COLLECTION Elegance, space, agility, and light flooding through large windows. The yachts of the Flybridge Collection break down all visual barriers, allowing you to truly contemplate the sea, right before your eyes. Collection range 15 – 25m (52 – 82ft). Starting price, €820,000 GRANDE COLLECTION The Azimut Grande Collection has all that an owner could ask from a flagship and offers a perfect balance between the allure of Italian style and design concepts aimed at creating excellence. Grande in terms of generous space, in comfort, in the level of service and in the sheer abundance of elegance. Collection range 26 – 35m (87 -114ft). Starting price, €4,100,000

S COLLECTION The S Collection blends a sporty look with elegance thanks to innovative hightech solutions and high-performance materials for desirable, technological yachts. The huge open spaces create a sense of constant dialogue between the interior and exterior for unrivalled comfort and luxury. Collection range 18 - 24m (59 – 78ft). Starting price, €1,285,000 PRESTIGE: IN THE LAP OF LUXURY

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ATLANTIS COLLECTION Appealing to younger yacht buyers looking for an entry level to a big brand name is the Azimut Atlantis Collection. It is a versatile sports cruiser for those who love chasing the waves and seeking the thrill of life at sea. Collection range 10 - 15m (33 – 51ft). Starting price, €194,000

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MAGELLANO COLLECTION For people who want to cruise further afield, without giving up the comfort and elegance of Azimut yachts, but whose real destination is the carefree frivolity of the journey itself. Magellano is always gentle and safe in navigation and has a limited fuel consumption thanks to the innovative Dual Mode hull and its wide range of cruising speeds. Collection range 13 – 24M (43 – 80ft). Starting Price, €475,000 PRESTIGE: IN THE LAP OF LUXURY


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on the full-time 4WD system via large buttons in the centre stack. Locking the centre diff puts the G63 into its off-road setting, where the Dynamic Select toggle lets you switch between Trail, Rock and Sand modes, altering the steering weight and throttle mapping to allow for smoother inputs better suited to each type of terrain. If you ever actually take the G63 onto anything harsher than a pavement, the G-Wagen can wade into close to 70 cm depth of water. Have Mercedes Benz now found the G-spot with this latest iteration? I would give it a resounding “yes”!

luxury bits from the other models in the fold, namely the S-class. Voilá, that is the birth of the next generation G-Wagen. In the rest of this article we explore the new flagship (for now), the G63. The 2019 AMG G63 benefits from a stronger chassis and body structure than its predecessor, with the doors, fenders and hood now made from lightweight aluminum. The most noticable change is evident from its AMG specific front end – the Panamericana grille. The jury is still out on whether it works, but I love it. The rest of the box appeared to have a chisel and grinder take to the edgy bits of the older model to make it easy on the eye without losing its traditional G shape. The flared wheel arches house standard 20-inch rims shod in 275/50-series rubber, although a little birdie tells me that many buyers will tick the option for the “rapper” 22s.

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gets a few unique material colours and a thick-rimmed, flat-bottomed, AMGspecific steering wheel. Infotainment includes the 12.3inch centre display for the COMAND infotainment system. However, if you have chosen the optional dual-screen setup, which replaces the traditional gauges with a second 12.3-inch screen, you'll find some AMG-specific readouts within the suite of driving data, including the all-important lap timer and g-force meter. With regard to handling, the G63 allows you to lock all three differentials

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he Mercedes Benz G-Wagen (shortened from Geländewagen) represents a dilemma for designers – how does one improve on a recipe that’s worked for almost 4 decades, without damaging its ethos and essence, and still appease customers? Let’s contextualise this. The concept of building a box, and propelling that box through the atmosphere – in a world where we have legislation on emissions and standards on fuel consumption – and still making the production thereof a sustainable business case… hmmm… I do not envy that task. So, hypothetically, if I had to work on this brief, I would have to find the strongest but lightest materials, make the box a bit rounder and swipe the coolest

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Under the hood, the V8 remains, although the outdated 5.5 litre block is replaced by the 4.0 litre twin turbo, this time pushing 477 horsepower. Mercedes claims a 0-100 kph sprint time of 4.5 seconds, a full second faster than its predecessor. This is helped by a quick-shifting nine-speed automatic transmission and rear-biased four-wheeldrive. Where the old G63 was like riding a roller coaster on certain roads with a… let’s call it “extremely discernable” pitch and roll, the new model is significantly more composed. This is achieved through a fully independent front suspension and a new electromechanical steering setup. The G63's steering is far more direct and responsive in its action. The improved AMG-specific brakes can shed off speed far better than the older model. The G63 gets five different driving modes in its Dynamic Select toggle, with the default Comfort mode providing a balance of power and ride. An Eco mode relaxes the throttle response in the hopes of improving fuel economy (not sure if that was sense of humour from the designers) and, on the other end, Sport and Sport+ modes sharpen the steering response and accelerator response, as well as stiffen the adaptive AMG dampers. A final Slippery mode changes the four-wheel-drive torque distribution from its default 40/60 front/rear split to an equal 50/50 setup. On the inside, the G63 is a lot more spacious and far more comfortable than before with a look that reasonably emulates the feel of the S-Class. The G63

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and 4.0 seconds respectively and both will reach top speeds exceeding 285 kph, 304 kph on the Trofeo. Maserati’s Italian love-hate relationship with its sister brand, Ferrari, is back on the cards with more of the latter’s technology and innovations creeping in than from other parts of holding company FCA’s fold, presumably with the group now realising the relevance of the trident to the growth revenues and its need to retain its premium offering. The V8s in the GTS and Trofeo models are from Ferrari and they pack a decent bit of punch – especially as there seems to be a battle of the brands going on for rocket SUVs with many new performance models in the sub 4 second category. The engine at the heart of this Levante is the same 90-degree block from the 488 GTB. The Levante looks amazing – both in pictures and in the flesh – which many designers seem to miss the mark on nowadays. Maserati translated its unique styling to the SUV market with great skill, without detracting too far from its ethos. In fact, some of its styling actually

First up is the plush full-grain leather upholstery – even better than the lesser models, which I didn’t think was possible – and the inclusion of contrast stitching and the "Trofeo" logo into the headrests. On the trim side, carbon fibre adorns most of the functional bits, done in an elegant way. Maserati have included a 17-speaker Bowers & Wilkins audio system so you can wake up the neighbourhood in other ways if the V8 isn’t loud enough. So, what’s the verdict? If you are looking for a sensible SUV to cart the kids around with, then you should have not read this article and bought a Hyundai instead. The Trofeo is well positioned to be a performance vehicle just above its German and British rivals yet below the level of the Urus and upcoming Ferrari cousin.

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ike most things Italian, Maserati has a passion layer to the brand that many others cannot easily emulate. Whilst the old days of beautiful Italian design mingled with their artistic finicky nature are long gone, with the international intervention in these brands at ownership and production levels, the change is only for the better. Thankfully, Maserati has retained its flair for design at its roots and most of the changes (for the better I may add) happen under the hood. Maserati first unveiled the Levante SUV in 2016. The 2018 SUV range saw a major upgrade with two specially modified versions of Ferrari’s 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8. Maserati revealed the 590-horsepower Levante Trofeo this year, with an exhilarating Corsa mode, launch control and premium detailing. There is also a “cheaper”, but still powerful, 550-horsepower Levante GTS. These SUVs accelerate from 0-100 kph in 3.7

emanated from the Alfieri concept at the start of this decade as its vision. It’s a car that stands out in what has become a bit of a boring segment where most of the models being churned out appear to be from a cookie cutter. The Q4 intelligent all-wheel-drive system gives you rear-wheel drive for everyday performance and all-wheel drive when you need it. Despite its sports car appearance, the Levante is surprisingly capable off-road where the suspension comes into its own. Despite its bulk and application, the Levante is more of a “crossover” or elevated sports cruiser than an SUV, especially if opting for the full Trofeo shod with 22-inch wheels and lower profile tyres. It does have an adjustable air suspension that can raise the height for off-roading or, at the very minimum, climbing the curb outside the school gates. The other trick that Corsa mode gives you is launch control: with your left foot on the brake and the steering wheel straight, pull the downshift paddle on the steering wheel – you’ll see launch control engaged in the instrument panel – floor it with your right foot and drop the brake. The Trofeo takes off quickly, but not abruptly like some other supercars. One of the things I like about the Levante is that it’s like the Dr Who TARDIS i.e. genuinely bigger on the inside than on the outside. The Trofeo model adds a number of standard interior specifications.

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PORTOFINO IS A PICTURE-POSTCARD FISHING VILLAGE AND HOLIDAY RESORT ON THE ITALIAN RIVIERA. A MAGNET FOR ARTISTS AND THE GLITTERATI, IT’S A VIBRANT LITTLE COMMUNE DURING THE WARMER MONTHS. IN WINTER, IT’S PRETTY MUCH A GHOST TOWN, AS MOST LOCAL BUSINESS OWNERS PULL DOWN THE SHUTTERS AND GO INTO HIBERNATION. NO SURPRISE, THEN, THAT FERRARI HAS CHOSEN THE OPPOSITE CORNER OF ITALY – THE REGION OF PUGLIA, IN THE SOUTH EASTERN TIP

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OF THE COUNTRY – TO LAUNCH ITS ALL-NEW PORTOFINO DROP-TOP.

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he newbie is the replacement for the California (which became the California T in its latter years) and takes over the role of being the Prancing Horse’s ‘entry level’ model. A price tag of R4.5m-plus is hardly bargain-basement territory, but this is as affordable as Ferraris get, so the Portofino has been conceived to snare new buyers to the fold, just as the California did before it. According to Ferrari suits, 70% of California buyers had never previously owned a Maranello-built car, so it played a vital role for the marque. As with the California, the Portofino comes with a folding hardtop, which positions it in a somewhat unique niche in the market as nearly all the other ultra-premium convertibles – Aston Martin DB11 Volante, Bentley Continental GTC, Maserati GranCabrio, Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet et al – have canvas roofs. The only other folding hardtop in the Portofino’s segment is Mercedes-Benz’s enduring SL. All the aforementioned drop-tops are rapid enough, but when it comes to pure pace across a winding mountain road, only the Porsche would be capable of staying glued to the Portofino’s tailpipes if the Ferrari driver was giving it the beans. That shark-like snout houses a 3.9-litre twin-turbo V8 – a derivative of the powerplants found in the GTC4 Lusso T and 488 GTB – and, in the Portofino, this motor is good for 600hp at 7500rpm and a stump-pulling 760Nm from 3000-5250rpm.

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Considering it’s equipped with all the hardware that makes the folding metal roof go up and down, the Portofino tips the scales at a sprightly 1 664kg (80kg less than the California T), and this is partly the key to a brisk 0-100kph split of 3.5sec and 0-200kph in 10.8sec. Keep your right foot buried on the throttle and the Portofino will top 320kph. So, it’s clearly a more rapid entity than the California T and this is reflected by its discernibly more masculine visuals. The jutting mouth now looks as though it wants to feast on the tarmac for lunch, while the slit-like headlights also combine well with the elaborately contoured bonnet – replete with bulging power dome and beautifully sculpted air vents – to give the Portofino a face that says: “don’t mess”. But the biggest improvement is to the profile – the California’s three-box proportions (whereby the bonnet, cabin and boot were separate sections) have been usurped by a fastback shape in which the roof (when up) flows seamlessly in a single, uninterrupted line to the ducktail rear spoiler. Walk all around the Portofino, scrutinise it from

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perfectly adequate for two grown-ups after a night out on the town. And while the boot may not be vast, its 292-litre capacity is sufficient to swallow three airline cabin trolley bags (two with the roof down), which means the Portofino is a realistic weekend getaway car for two or three people. The Portofino can sit at an effortless 140kph cruise all day long (actually, much faster if you’re not too worried about losing your license). Yes, a Bentley Conti GTC or Mercedes SL would be more comfortable, but neither of these would see which way the Ferrari went as soon as the road got twisty. It may not be as visceral or eyewateringly rapid as its manic 812 Superfast or 488 GTB siblings, but there’s still plenty to like about the Portofino. The all-new drop-top packs plenty of visual muscle, is fast and dynamic enough to entertain and ticks the requisite boxes as far as practicality goes. The Portofino isn’t the ultimate Ferrari, but it’s desirable all the same. PRESTIGE: IN THE LAP OF LUXURY

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but unwary drivers may be alarmed when the car suddenly kicks sideways as you gas it up out of tight corners (especially if it’s raining). The twin-turbo V8 is a mighty engine, but it’s a bit lacking in the sound department. Oh, there’s noise, all right – quite a bit of it when you’re on the throttle – but it’s just a droning racket. There’s none of the operatic vocals that are such an intrinsic part of Ferrari’s peerless naturally aspirated engines. While we’re getting the gripes out of the way, we found the Portofino’s ride quality to be a touch on the jarring side. That said, we should point out the backroads in Puglia have surfaces that range from patchy to downright abominable, so they did absolutely nothing to flatter the Ferrari’s suspension set-up. The Portofino’s daily driver credentials vis-à-vis the California are bolstered via an additional 5cm of rear legroom. To be clear, no full-sized adult would want to sit in the back for a trip across the country, but the rear seats are

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he World of Sports Utility Vehicles is growing quickly, with pretty much every brand finally recognising that the segment has a fast-growing demand, with some seeing SUVs making up as much as 40% of sales volume. The convergence of practicality and oodles of space with sportscar levels of performance is more than tempting for many well-heeled customers. Ferrari is the last naysayer to fall with the announcement of their Purosangue (thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a tongue-twister) crossover, which they are emphatic to state is not a SUV.

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Back to the Urus – Lamborghini’s crazy designers, akin to mad scientists, have again delivered an exceptional beast of a machine. Edgy design, superior performance and a generous dose of pragmatism are terms that pretty much sum up the Urus. The purists will adamantly state that this is not Lamborghini’s first SUV, with their first attempt being the LM002 in the eighties. This is a totally different animal, however, as it is intended to be a volume seller at around 3 500 units. In fact, Lamborghini doubled their factory size at Sant’Agata in Bologna to accommodate this demand and they have gone “all-in.” It is a difficult game to retain creativity and freedom of expression when chasing numbers, so we hope that the brand retains their ethos into this new era. Furthermore, with the parent company’s depth of resources, there was no need to invent this SUV from scratch. Consequently, a significant portion of the core architecture is derived from the other marques within the group, especially from Porsche with its legendary Cayenne range. The expectation from the market was obviously set high, with this being a Lamborghini after all. The Urus can hit a claimed 305km/h top speed, sprint from 0-100km/h in 3,6 seconds and achieves 0-200km/h in a claimed 12,8 seconds – not bad for a vehicle of its proportions. With that bulk, it’s also necessary for the vehicle to be able to stop. The Urus achieves braking from 100km/h to standstill in 33,7m, bearing in mind that the Urus can seat up to five occupants, along with 616 litres of luggage. Power is derived from the 4,0-litre twin-turbo V8 also used elsewhere in the VW-Audi Group (for example, in the Bentayga and the Cayenne Turbo). However, in the Urus this is improved to 480kW/850N.m, making this the mightiest iteration of this powerplant. The Urus also boasts a torque-vectoring rear differential, active anti-roll bars and four-wheel steering. This makes it significantly more manoeuverable whilst providing greater control and stability on open roads. So how does it feel? The apprehension that I initially felt was around the risk that the influence of the other Group entities would subdue the whole Lamborghini essence of the Urus. Upon driving it though, I discovered it has a true Jekyll and Hyde personality, depending on where one places the performance (Anima) toggle switch. The Urus comes with no less than six modes – Strada (Comfort), PRESTIGE: IN THE LAP OF LUXURY

Sport, Corsa (Track), Neve (Snow), Terra (Off-road) and Sabbia (Sand). In the comfort mode, the vehicle is a great daily, hiding its evil persona away until one cranks the switch over to Corsa (or even Sport), where flooring the pedal achieves huge amounts of acceleration, obviously assisted by the massive turbos. In its friskier settings, I still found the Urus fairly agile despite its bulk, able to navigate twisties without any fear of losing its footing, even when pushed to its limits. It’s not really a track weapon, nor was it intended to be, but definitely fun to drive at its edge, if that’s your thing. On the specialised terrain settings, the engineers spent a significant amount of

time and effort ensuring that the Urus’s performance was optimised for these road conditions – be they snow, sand or off-road – given that the owners of these vehicles demand and expect performance that is superior to that of competitors. Lamborghini claims that their SUV, when equipped with the Off-road Package (comprising 21-inch rims shod with Pirelli) can “tame the tallest of dunes”. Although the average owner would probably not tackle much more than a curb in Sandton, with the Anima toggled into Terra (Offroad) mode, the Urus is fairly capable in gravel and dirt conditions, again belying its bulk, size and weight. In terms of looks, being an avid

Lamborghini fan myself, I asked myself – is it a Lamborghini? I give it a resounding “YES”. It has lines drawn from the DNA of its brethren, such as the Huracan, which make it unmistakably part of the fold, coupled with some elements that have been introduced to make it practical as an SUV. In this world, it is probably difficult to stray too far away from what would work for the targeted market, especially the territories that this vehicle is expected to attract. So, when I apply my mind to the right balance between creativity, numbers and performance, the Urus is a common sense choice. The only question now is the specification I would choose. PRESTIGE: IN THE LAP OF LUXURY

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8 series to the market, but the M versions are yet to come. Crowds were teased with the car at a few festivals and exhibitions this year, which is a clear indication of the hype they intend to create for the future flagship, and with valid reason – this segment is heating up as manufacturers start to realise the potential of and interest from a specific market for utilitarian sports cars. The look of this car is menacing, with yellow LED lamps and lighting, coupled with the unique paint colour known as Salève Vert, which appears

to change from green to grey/blue, depending on light angles. We like the styling cues in the design, including headlights that are positioned slightly higher than the kidneys, giving them the impression of a more aggressive stance. The roof is made from carbon fibre reinforced plastic, reducing overall body weight and the centre of gravity. We are eager to see what the final product will look like. Hopefully, most of these features will survive the chop of the bean counters’ blades, when they balance market demand studies against numbers and creativity.

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This is extra hard for a dealership not attached to a particular brand directly, as customers are naturally prone to going to the original manufacturers’ (OEM) dealerships first. The failure by many such dealers to provide an acceptable, dependable service to potential customers has resulted in the first sale by Platinum Wheels, along with the extra mile service that sets us apart from most non-OEM dealers. “We invest a lot of resources in building relationships based on trust, honesty and integrity”. If you poll car buyers about why they bought from dealership A as opposed to dealership B, they will often identify one thing that convinced them, and usually that is service or competitive pricing. But more so, it is the relationship of trust that is forged with the customer by being authentic and walking the path with them. Almost every big business today began as a start-up – Bidvest, Barlow World, Super Group, you name it. In the beginning, most of them also had a shoestring budget and little investor interest. Start-ups from long ago had to build a reputation and get investors the old-fashioned way – with almost no

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digital tech for help. “A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.” Those words from Jacques Hayes aptly describe the journey from humble beginnings to where he and his partner, Jean-Pierre van der Walt, are today. “You are not defined by where you start your journey, but more so by where you finish it.” “Luckily we now have several digital portals and other social network sites that help us keep in contact with customers. But the point is, if you’ve had a great working relationship with your clients, or more importantly, think from your client’s perspective, they will choose to work with you again as they will trust that you are working in their interests.”

CONTACT PLATINUM WHEELS 011 465 9207 28 White Hills Close, Lone Hill 2191 www.platinumwheels.co.za

THERE COMES A TIME IN EVERY MAN’S LIFE WHERE HE IS FACED WITH SOME TOUGH CHOICES: FERRARI OR LAMBORGHINI? WHEN THAT TIME COMES, YOU NEED THE RIGHT TEAM TO ASSIST IN SOURCING THE RIGHT VEHICLE TO SUIT YOUR NEEDS AND PERSONALITY AND, ESPECIALLY, AT THE RIGHT PRICE!

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dealerships, what better way to attract customers than by declaring, in the most obvious way possible, that your business is different and living that recipe in everything you do? A sales person who knows their customer well and is there to help and assist them through the buying experience is what makes the difference. Your car dealership adventure doesn't have to be a luck-of-the-draw situation. Consumers in the market for cars don't exactly suffer from a

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very business would like to claim they provide outstanding client service, wouldn’t they? Some build their whole brand on it. And do it really well. So, what is it about their service that makes it so good? In a time when people are getting more and more turned off by the pushy-salesman tactics of many car

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lack of choice when it comes to car dealerships. Shoppers today are well informed, internet-savvy and have high expectations about the cars they want to buy and where they choose to do business. Car shoppers now spend more than eighteen hours online researching their purchase, which means that by the time they arrive at the dealership, they would pretty much have already purchased the vehicle in their head. Great relationships are the foundation of any successful dealership. Many stores sell cars and provide service to the same customers, year after year, and to their extended family and network of friends as well. “The one thing to remember when selecting a car dealer is this: you're starting a relationship, so first impressions count. But, second impressions retain the client over time and create amazing referral business,” says Jean-Pierre van der Walt, co-owner of Platinum Wheels. PRESTIGE: IN THE LAP OF LUXURY


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the quickening 2018 HAS BEEN A YEAR OF UPS AND DOWNS FOR MANY.

THE END OF YEAR IS ALWAYS A TIME TO TAKE STOCK OF WHAT HAS HAPPENED AND PLAN FOR THE NEXT YEAR.

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t is human nature to plan and dream of a future. For many, this year has been tumultuous to say the least – be it economically, politically or personally. Let’s face it, people, the rules have been changed forever. Even the term common sense is not so common anymore. The impact of social media, use of personal information in nefarious ways, people not looking for the facts anymore, but rather focusing on perceptions (or even blindly following what they read on digital media) and several other phenomena has resulted in society being somewhere between George Orwell’s 1984 and the Hunger Games. There have been countless situations over this last year where dinner table discussions centred around “did he just do that?” (discussions on Trump), or “can this economy get any worse?”, and “why are leaders generally not even giving a damn about their people?” (most countries). The world has gone crazyon-steroids. I actually believe legalising cannabis for recreational use in South Africa was a ploy to keep the people high and distracted from the real issues at hand. In my sessions with friend and mentor, Dr Demartini over this year, we spent time unpacking the “great divide” that is ever widening between “haves” and “have-nots”, which seems to be correlating more than ever with the “knows” and “know-nots”. I used to be concerned by the concepts of fake news and its dissemination of incorrect information. However, nowadays, no one seems to care to verify facts and information, opting for sensationalism before truth. We have been guiding many a client around managing such issues, whether at an internal ethos level or at a public relations level. The dilemma faced by many is on managing information flow

carefully, consistently and authentically. The bottom line, and for me the greatest lesson I have personally learnt this year, is that most people would prefer not to know the truth, as they believe their own perspective anyway, even if it is based on lies. Trying to correct the perceptions with facts is a pointless exercise as it is wasted on people not willing to listen. I titled this piece the Quickening, chosen from the Highlander movies. However, in this context, the quickening refers to the velocity of information and the agility required to be able to absorb, process and respond to this ever-changing world. Be it in business or personal lives, things could change in an instant and one has to adapt in an instant to the new situation. Gone are the days of mulling things over, as information flows so quickly that one has to address issues or capitalise on opportunities as they happen. My team gets annoyed with me when I constantly lecture them that “in the land of the blind, the person with one eye is king!”. In other words, in every situation, develop and have options and scenarios at hand to be able to respond to different circumstances. On a personal note, in October this year, Carly and I welcomed into the world a beautiful baby boy. It might sound clichéd, but this is one of the pinnacle moments in my life. Surreal, yet joyful. Our little boy is already a character of note and has captured our hearts. The coming years have taken on new meaning for Carly and I. A special thanks to my beautiful wife Carly, for choosing me and for maturing into the graceful yet firm powerhouse she has become. So, into 2019 we go, again with hope and gusto, albeit with a bit more trepidation each year. The Quickening is here to stay! Vivien Natasen

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