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Welcome to Volume Four of ‘Best of South Africa’ “Best of South Africa” is a celebration of the crème that our country has to offer, a tangible reminder and visual celebration of what makes South Africa great, a country people truly fall in love with - locals and international visitors alike. In spite of the world economic downturn, South Africa remains resilient showing continued growth. Our sincere thanks must go to the wonderful participants showcased in our fourth edition; representing the “Best of” in their respective fields. We profile these individuals, companies and organizations with much pride and celebrate their success which in turn helps us all to promote and showcase South Africa to our dedicated partners and clients across the world and at home. The continued growth and sustainability of South Africa is largely thanks to the patriotic nature in all our blood, which enjoys an unbreakable optimism ensuring this nation succeeds against any odds. We are extremely proud to play a part in promoting our country and will continue to do so. Success is a Choice!

Publisher Paul Robinson Sales Director Giá Bischofberger General Manager Graham Cooper Editor Jassy Mackenzie Sales Team Allana Smith, Cherlagne van Wyk, Emma Nyschens, Steve Evans and Katya Pappalardo Creative Direction Peter Batistich, Printing Paarl Print ISBN # 978-0-620-39819-0 Disclaimer: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information in The Best of South Africa Vol. 4. Neither Best of South Africa nor O2O Media cc take any responsibility for errors or omissions. All rights reserved: No part of this publication shall be reproduced, copied, transmitted, adapted or modified in any form or by any means. This publication shall not be stored in whole or in part in any form in any retrieval system.

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Arts and Culture

Chapter 2

Chapter 1


Hotels, Lodges and Resorts


Luxury Lifestyles

Chapter 4

Chapter 3


Travel, Tours and Leisure

Mall Destinations

Chapter 6

Chapter 5



Dining and Nightlife


DĂŠcor, Design and Interiors

Chapter 8

Chapter 7



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Corporate Profiles

Chapter 9

Chapter 10


Health Care, Beauty and Wellness


Conferencing, Exhibitions and Marketing

Chapter 12

Chapter 11


Finance and Investment


Logistics and Supply Chain

Chapter 14

Chapter 13


Building and Architecture


Setting up in South Africa

Chapter 16

Chapter 15


Property and Real Estate

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South African Overview South Africa is best described as a world in one country. Its breathtaking scenery includes soaring mountains and stark deserts, golden beaches and vast game reserves where the Big Five roam in natural bushveld. South Africa is a rewarding destination for the tourist and business traveler alike. It is a land of opportunity and promise! Today different cultures and races live in harmony, weaving a colourful tapestry in the busy urban streets and quiet rural landscapes. It offers the visitor worldclass infrastructure, transport and accommodation, a hot and sunny climate, a variety of indoor and outdoor activities, as well as the famous warmth of our South African welcome.

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Capital city Pretoria (official); Bloemfontein (judicial) and Cape Town (legislative). Area 1, 219, 090 km² Government Constitutional multi-party, three-tier (local, provincial, national) democracy. Government consists of national, provincial and local spheres. The powers of the legislature, executive and courts are separate. Population 44,8 million Time Zone GMT +2 hours Official languages Afrikaans, English, isiNdebele, isiXhosa, isiZulu, Sesotho sa Leboa, Sesotho, Setswana, siSwati, Tshivenda and Xitsonga. Religion Almost 80% of South Africa’s population is Christian. Other religious groups include Hindus, Muslims and Jews. A minority of South Africa’s population regard themselves as traditionalists or of no specific religious affiliation. Currency Rand (R). 100 cents equals one Rand. Coins come in denominations of 5c, 10c, 20c, 50c, R1, R2 and R5, and notes in denominations of R10, R20, R50, R100 and R200. Country Dialing Code +27

People South Africa’s people classify themselves as follows: • 79% - Black • 9.6% - White • 8.9% - Coloured • 2.5% - Indian / Asian The population consists of the following groups: • Nguni (the Zulu, Xhosa, Ndebele and Swazi) • Sotho-Tswana (including the Southern, Northern and Western Sotho [Tswana]) • Tsonga • Venda • Afrikaners • English-speakers • Coloureds • Indians • Immigrants from the rest of Africa, Europe and Asia • Some members of the Khoi and the San. Public transport South Africa’s transport infrastructure – airlines, railroads, roads, luxury touring buses (coaches) and motorcars (driven on the left hand side of the road) – is such that tourists can travel comfortably and quickly from their port of entry to any part of the country. A number of international airlines, including South African Airways, operate regular scheduled flights to and from South Africa. Several domestic airlines operate in the country. There are also mainline trains to all parts of South Africa. Cars are readily available for hire at the airports – this is the option preferred by visitors, as it is the only flexible form of transport. South Africa also offers conventional metered taxis

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but, apart from those that can be hired from the airports, these must generally be summonsed by telephone. Accommodation The tourist accommodation industry in South Africa provides a wide spectrum, from formal hotels to informal holiday flats and cottages, game lodges and reserves, guesthouses, youth hostels and bed-and-breakfast establishments. Climate Although South Africa’s climate varies considerably across its various regions and environments, temperatures remain comfortable throughout the year. Climate can be described as mostly semi-arid, subtropical along the east coast, with sunny days and cool nights. Average temperatures in ºC Summer Cape Town 20 Durban 24 Johannesburg 21.5 Pretoria 23.4

Winter 12.6 17 11.1 12.9

Banks and foreign exchange South Africa’s financial institutions are world-class, with no shortage of banks, bureau de change and automatic tellers. The banks generally open from 9am to 3.30pm Mondays through Fridays, and 8.30am to 11am on Saturdays. Banks at the airports adjust their hours to accommodate international flights. Credit cards and cash All major credit cards can be used in South Africa. In some small towns, you may need to use cash.

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Telecommunications South Africa boasts a well-developed communications infrastructure, with extensive landline phone networks and four mobile phone service providers with farreaching coverage. Mobile phones can be rented from the airport. Public telephones are either coin- or card-operated. Internet cafés can be found in even the smallest towns, and the postal service offers the usual letter and parcel services as well as secure mail, freight and courier services. Embassies Most countries are represented in South Africa by embassies. Please refer to the telephone directory or Yellow Pages for upto-date details. Medical facilities Medical facilities in cities and larger towns are world-class but, in rural areas, the clinics and hospitals deal with primary health needs and therefore do not offer the range of medical care provided by the large metropolitan hospitals. Trained medical caregivers are deployed round the country, so help is never far away. Internet An estimated 5.1 million South Africans had access to the Internet by the end of 2006. Today, Internet access is a standard feature at most hotels and many shopping centres, Internet cafes can be found in even the smallest town, and with the mobile service providers also offering wireless internet facilities, people can now go online in the most remote locations. Postal Services The South African Post Office offers a

variety of facilities from letter and parcel delivery to post box rental as well as an overnight courier service. The privately owned company Postnet offers a host of services, from internet to courier services, as well as the photocopying and binding of documents and a packaging, postage and courier service. The Media Radio The airwaves are abuzz in South Africa. Radio, which plays a large role in the media industry is flourishing. South Africa’s independent public broadcaster, the SABC, has a national radio network comprising 15 stations broadcasting in 11 languages, which collectively reach an average daily adult audience of 19 million. A number of private radio stations have also been granted licences. These radio stations cater for a wide variety of languages, cultures and niche markets. Television South Africa has by far the largest television audience in Africa, with more than four million licensed television households. The SABC’s national television network comprises three full-spectrum free-to-air channels and one satellite pay-TV channel aimed at audiences in Africa. Combined, the free-to-air sound broadcasting stations broadcast in 11 languages and reach a daily adult audience of almost 18 million. M-Net became South Africa’s first private subscription television service when it launched in 1986. Today, it broadcasts its array of general entertainment and niche channels to more than 1.3 million subscribers in more than 50 countries

across the African continent and Indian Ocean islands. In October 1998, the country’s first privately owned free-to-air television channel, e-tv started operations. MultiChoice Africa was the first African company on the continent to offer digital satellite broadcasting. Operations include subscriber-management services and digital satellite television platforms broadcasting 55 video and 48 audio channels, 24-hours a day. Print South Africa has always had a courageous and opinionated press, and the country’s turbulent history has contributed to the formation of a surprisingly news-hungry society. The country has 20 daily and 13 weekly newspapers, most in English. About 14.5-million South Africans buy the urban dailies, while community newspapers have a circulation of 5.5-million. There is also a range of general and specialised news websites. The magazine industry is fiercely competitive, with new titles appearing constantly. South Africa’s constitution safeguards freedom of the media, freedom to receive or impart information or ideas, freedom of artistic creativity, academic freedom and freedom of scientific research. Reporters Without Borders ranks the country’s press as the 26th most free in the world, ahead of the United Kingdom, Greece, Italy, Spain and Australia. South Africa’s press is the freest in Africa, and more free than any press in South America, Asia, the Middle East and Australasia. Doing Business in South Africa The South African economy remains on a high economic growth range, emphasising the economic turnaround that has been

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achieved over the past 10 years. It remains in good health despite the global slowdown in consumer spending, with the latest Nedbank capital expenditure report showing that 80 new investments, to the value of R336.1billion, were announced for the first half of 2008. These include a massive expansion project by Eskom, South Africa’s electricity provider, as well as 64 new private sector projects, mostly in the finance and real estate sector and the manufacturing sector. Tourism South Africa’s scenic beauty, sunny climate, cultural diversity and reputation for delivering value for money have made it one of the world’s fastest growing leisure and business travel destinations. Tourism in South Africa has emerged as a leading economic growth sector. It is now one of the largest contributors to GDP, and offers significant employment and enterprise development opportunities. International travel to South Africa has boomed in the last decade. In 1994, the year of South Africa’s first democratic elections, only 3.9 million foreign visitors arrived in the country. By 2004, the numbers of international


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arrivals had rocketed to 6.7 million. In 2007 a total of 9.07 million foreigners visited South Africa. This 8.3% increase over 2006 meant that the country broke its annual tourist arrivals record for the third year running. South Africa’s conference industry has moved up to 31st place in the International Congress and Convention Association’s latest top 40 list of leading destinations in the world, released in May 2007. The country offers more than 1,000 world-class business and conference venues of varying sizes. The business tourism industry generates billions of rand in turnover, and has created hundreds of thousands of jobs. World Heritage Sites South Africa boasts seven World Heritage sites including Robben Island, the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park, uKhahlambaDrakensberg Park, Mapungubwe, Sterkfontein Cradle of Humankind, the Cape Floral Kingdom and the Vredefort Dome. Sport South Africans have more than made their mark in international sport. The country’s

most recent achievements include winning the 2007 Rugby World Cup, and being the sixth-highest medal-winning nation at the Beijing Paralympics. South Africa has hosted a number of international sporting events since 1994. The most recent events include the Women’s World Cup of Golf from 2005 to 2008, the Women’s World Cup of Cricket 2005, the Paralympic Swimming Championships from 2005 to 2008, and the World Twenty20 Championships in 2007. The biggest event on the horizon is the FIFA Soccer World Cup in 2010, which is expected to attract some 400,000 visitors to South Africa, and is the first Soccer World Cup to be held in Africa. Arts and Culture The Department of Arts and Culture is the custodian of South Africa’s diverse cultural, artistic and linguistic heritage. It is directly responsible for several public entities including museums, art galleries, the National Archives and six playhouses. The National Arts Festival, held annually in July in Grahamstown, Eastern Cape, is one of the largest and most diverse arts gatherings

in Africa. Other major festivals are held in Oudtshoorn, Johannesburg, Durban, Cape Town, Potchefstroom and Bloemfontein. South African theatre is internationally acclaimed, and many locally produced shows have travelled overseas to high acclaim. Johannesburg’s celebrated Market Theatre has built its reputation on local content productions. There is a growing trend towards the establishment of smaller theatres. South Africa has the most developed music recording industry on the continent, and has been home to some of the industry’s most memorable voices. The country is the 25thlargest market for recorded music, with local music accounting for a third of all the music bought by South Africans. Classical music is becoming ever more popular in South Africa, with philharmonic orchestras established in the major cities. There are a number of training and upliftment programmes in place to make classical music available to previously disadvantaged people, and the Johannesburg Youth Orchestra has undertaken an extensive programme to develop all aspects of youth music. South Africa has a range of art galleries showcasing collections of indigenous, historical and contemporary works. The crafts industry employs more than 1.2 million people, with products being widely exported. The film and video sector generates around R518 million a year. South Africa offers foreign producers world-class film facilitation, logistics, facilities, talent and administration management services. South Africa has a rich literary heritage, with two Nobel prizewinners for literature - Nadine Gordimer and J.M. Coetzee. Not surprisingly, South Africans are great readers, and there are excellent libraries in almost every city and town, as well as on many of the country’s university campuses. More than 300 of the approximately 1,000 museums in Africa can be found in South Africa, ensuring the preservation of artifacts and collections that are important to all South Africans.

National Anthem The national anthem is a combined version of Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika (God Bless Africa) and Die Stem (The Call of South Africa). National Flag The new South African flag first flew on 10 May 1994, the day Nelson Mandela became president. It is a powerful symbol of unity and progress, and is famous for being the only six-coloured national flag in the world. National Symbols • National animal: Springbok • National bird: Blue Crane • National fish: Galjoen • National flower: King Protea • National tree: Real Yellowwood Minerals and Mining South Africa’s mineral wealth is staggering. Some of the country’s most important minerals are: • Gold - the unique Witwatersrand Basin yields some 96% of South Africa’s gold output • Diamonds - the country is among the world’s top producers • Titanium - heavy mineral sand occurrences containing titanium minerals are found along the coasts • Manganese - enormous reserves of manganese are found in the sedimentary rocks of the Transvaal Supergroup • Platinum-group metals (PGMs) and chrome - more than half of the world’s reserves occur in the Bushveld Complex in Mpumalanga, Limpopo and North West • Vast coal and anthracite beds occur in the Karoo Basin in Mpumalanga, KwaZuluNatal and Limpopo • Copper phosphate, titanium, iron, vermiculite and zirconium are found in the Phalaborwa Igneous Complex in Limpopo

Environment South Africa has taken several concrete steps to implement the United Nations’ Agenda 21 on sustainable development. This includes reforming environmental policies, ratifying international agreements, and participating in many global and regional sustainable development initiatives. South Africa enjoys the third-highest level of biodiversity in the world. Some remarkable aspects of the abundance of life in this country include: • Over 3,700 endemic marine species • Some 18,000 vascular plant species, 80% of which occur nowhere else • More plant species exist in the Cape Peninsula National Park than in the whole of the British Isles • South Africa has 5.8% of the world’s mammal species, 8% of bird species and 4.6% of reptile species • In terms of the mammal, bird, reptile and amphibian species, South Africa is the 24th richest country in the world and the fifth richest in Africa • One third of the world’s succulent species are found in South Africa • South Africa is ranked first in the world for its floral kingdom. The Cape Floral Kingdom, a World Heritage site, boasts the highest recorded species diversity for any similar-sized temperate or tropical region in the world

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2010 World Cup Soccer

SA more than ready for 2010

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“What I have seen, assurances and guarantees that I have been given makes me a happy man today, and I am convinced that SA will organise a great world cup.” Sepp Blatter – FIFA president

15 September 2008, Mayor of Cape Town Helen Zille, Western Cape Premier Lynn Brown, Former South African President FW De Klerk, FIFA President Sepp Blatter, and FIFA Ambassador Tokyo Sexwale and CEO of the LOC Dr. Danny Jordaan thank the builders at the stadium. Sepp Blatter visits Greenpoint Stadium, 2010 FIFA World Cup, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.


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The 2010 FIFA World Cup Organising Committee South Africa and the South African government are satisfied that all preparations for the tournament are on track to deliver on the country’s promise to host the best FIFA World Cup ever. 2010 FIFA World Cup presents a golden opportunity to showcase Africa to the world, to illustrate that the African Renaissance is upon us and Africa’s time has come. The South African government is totally committed to host a tournament that will astound billions around the world.

OC Chief Executive Danny Jordaan confirmed, “We are running within time and within budget and we are confident that the event will be a success. There is a shared vision and commitment by all South Africans that this World Cup must work”. “As a collective, we have to say to the world that we are confident of our abilities to host a successful World Cup. We are calling on South Africans in their thousands to support their host cities’ events and to fly the flag for their country. After all, this is your World Cup!” South Africa has become a massive

construction site as stadiums are nearing completion, road and rail infrastructure is being developed, airports upgraded and cities renewed. These developments are enforced by the need for the government to accelerate service delivery and to create world-class infrastructure not only for the many visitors expected in 2010, but also for the long-term benefit of all South Africans. Hosting the 2010 Soccer World Cup is the biggest single project undertaken by the government since independence and their commitment is clearly illustrated in

their allocation of R9 billion for transport and supporting infrastructure and a further R8,4 billion for stadiums construction and upgrades. The 2010 FIFA World Cup is also about building the country in ways that go beyond merely improving infrastructure. To this end, the government’s 2010-related activities also include sports development, volunteer training, youth training and arts and culture activities to assist South Africans to be excellent 2010 hosts. Africa’s time has come! Africa is ready!

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Solutions for better mobility in Gauteng’s cities and towns Only a combination of solutions can be successful


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Gautrain is a form of public transport that is integrated with taxis, trains, planes and busses. Public transport comprises any transport system in which passengers do not travel in their own vehicles - in other words, any system that transports members of the general public.

Problem: Traffic congestion causes a loss in productivity and high petrol consumption Traffic congestion is increasingly eroding our quality of life. Congestion costs the country at least R1 billion per year in lost time, accidents and medical expenses.

Public transport has several benefits: • • • • • • •

costs less to the community, needs less urban space, is less energy-intensive, pollutes less, is the safest mode, improves accessibility to jobs, and offers mobility for all.

Public transport also offers many solutions to daily commuters faced with traffic congestion and the high cost of maintaining a private car.

Solution: Public transport costs less to the community Commuters who rely on public transport are shielded against constant increases in the petrol price. As a transport mode, Gautrain will not be affected by fluctuations in the petrol price. An independent Cost Benefit Analysis specialist also indicated that: • Gautrain will save 585 000 vehicle km per day.

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• Total accident cost savings will be R475 million p.a. • Gautrain will save R3 845 million per year in vehicle operating costs by the year 2030 (2003 Rand values). • Gautrain will save R7 114 million p.a. in time costs for passengers travelling between Johannesburg and Tshwane by 2030 (2003 Rand value). Problem: Not everybody has access to transport The Department of Transport is working to improve and expand infrastructure and, through subsidies, to reduce the costs of public transport. By the end of October 2006, the Minister of Transport, Mr Jeff Radebe, announced that the 2010 Transport Action Agenda had been developed and that the World Cup Public Transport Infrastructure and Systems Fund had allocated the first round of funding to municipalities.


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Government has set aside R3,8 billion for public transport infrastructure for the 2010 Fifa Soccer World Cup. These funds are meant to leverage other funds available to develop public-transport infrastructure. The following allocations were approved: • R1,6 billion for capital-expenditure projects for 2010 • R200 million for intelligent transport systems • R700 million for new and improved bus and taxi infrastructure • R144 million for new intermodal interchanges and facilities An additional R5 billion a year is needed to address the decline in service levels and to implement government’s transport strategy to achieve a sustainable rapid mass publictransport system over the next 10 to 15 years. Gautrain is an integrated transport solution consisting of train and bus feeder services to transport passengers up to 15 kilometres from stations. Utilising smart cards, Gautrain

passengers will use just one ticket for parking, the train trip and busses. Commuters using their cars can park safely at the stations with ample parking being constructed. As a public transport mode, Gautrain will provide fast, safe and reliable access to transport.

sales, Naamsa revised its growth projections for 2006 from 10% to between 15% and 20%. There are 300 000 cars in the Johannesburg-Tshwane traffic corridors per day. It will increase by 7% per year. In Johannesburg alone, there are 3.2million people.

Solution: Integrated public transport enables commuters to use a combination of busses, trains and taxis to reach their destinations

Solution: Cities become welcoming and dynamic when freed from congestion

Problem: More people rely on cars for transport in metropolitan cities Cities are becoming more populated than ever before. Relying on private cars as the major form of transport, traffic congestion is spiralling out of control. National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) figures showed that a total of 56 341 new vehicles were sold in March 2006, up 29,1% from March 2005. As a result of the record

It is estimated that Gautrain will reduce the traffic congestion between Johannesburg and Tshwane by 20%. Access to integrated public transport will provide the only sustainable solution as more people want to live in the city. Gautrain brings global solutions in public transport to Gauteng.

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South African Icon

Archbishop Desmond Tutu

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Nobel Peace Prize winner Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Mpilo Tutu is a hero to South Africans, and a man whose name is well-loved and respected around the world. He is credited with coining the famous term “rainbow nation”, which has become a catchphrase for the multicultural diversity of South Africa’s people.


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Tutu was born in Klerksdorp in 1931. His father was a teacher, his mother a domestic worker, and he was raised in an atmosphere of tolerance and understanding where, he says, he “never learned to hate”. After studying at St. Peters Theological College in Johannesburg, he was ordained as an Anglican parish priest in 1961, and spent the next few years in England, obtaining a Bachelor of Divinity and a Masters in Theology at Kings College, London. He returned to South Africa to teach theology and serve as a chaplain at the University of Fort Hare. He lectured at the University of Botswana in Lesotho, and traveled to London again to serve as an assistant director for the World Council of Churches. In 1975, Tutu was appointed the Dean of St. Mary’s Cathedral in Johannesburg. In 1976 he was consecrated Bishop of Lesotho, and in 1978 he was appointed as the first black general secretary of the South African Council of Churches. In 1984, Tutu was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of “the courage and heroism shown by South Africans in their use of peaceful methods in the struggle against apartheid.” In 1985, Tutu became Johannesburg’s first black Anglican bishop, and in 1986 the first black archbishop of Cape Town. He was elected as president of the All Africa Conference of Churches in 1987, and a year later, was made chancellor of the University of the Western Cape. Today, Tutu holds over 100 honorary doctorates from universities around the world. He was awarded the International Gandhi Peace Prize on 31 January 2007 by the government of India. This prize is considered to be India’s highest international honour. Former South African president Nelson Mandela says of Tutu, “Sometimes strident, often tender, never afraid and seldom without humour, Desmond Tutu’s voice will always be the voice of the voiceless.”

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Paralympians One of the things about the Paralympics is that they seem to embody sport at its purest. There is a sense of community about the participants that transcends the normal competitiveness.

Natalie du Toit smiles as she stands on the podium with her gold medal after finishing first in the 100m Butterfly S9 final race and setting a new world record during Day 1 of the Swimming Finals at the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games held in Beijing, China. Photo by Getty Images / Gallo Images

It seems almost boastful to gloat over the 30 medals – 21 gold, 3 silver and 6 bronze – Team South Africa won at the Beijing Paralympic Games. And yet, there isn’t a medal in that haul that was not received with pride, and a remarkable sense of achievement. South Africa placed 6th on the medal table, just behind Australia, but it’s the countries lower on the table which make that placing so significant, showing what can be done when resources are used imaginatively and efficiently: Canada placed 7th, Russia 8th, Germany and France 11th and 12th, with Japan placing 17th. Those are all resource-rich countries, with structures to allow their disabled people to achieve greatness in all spheres.


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And yet, Team South Africa took what they had been given and turned it into something quite remarkable. The performances by two people who are amongst the biggest names in sports in the world underline how good the team is. Natalie du Toit and Oscar Pistorius won 8 gold medals between them, which was enough for a small-sized country to place. The golden pair would have placed South Africa 16th on the medal table on their own. But, it was the unfamiliar names among the medal winners which gave birth to a new set of heroes for the South African public to admire: Chief among them was Hilton Langenhoven, who won 3 gold’s to match the feat of Pistorius. Langenhoven, who is partially sighted, set a world record

in the pentathlon, a Paralympic record in the long jump, and a season’s best in the 200m on his way to his trio of medals, which made for perhaps the best achievement of the games. Then there was Philippa Johnson: In Hong Kong, away from the support of the rest of the team, won 2 gold’s in the equestrian individual championship test, as well as the individual freestyle test. There was also Fanie van der Merwe, who won gold in the 100m and 200m in the T34 category for cerebral palsied athletes. He cramped up over the final 10m of the 200m, but held on and held off the opposition to set a new world record. All these performances were punctuated by acts of heroism, great and small: There

Hilton Langenhoven of South Africa wins Gold in the 200m T12 Athletics event at the National Stadium during day 10 of the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games held in Beijing, China. Photo by Getty / Gallo Images

Gold Medallist Oscar Pistotius during the Paralympic Medallist Sponsor Tour held in Johannesburg, South Africa. Photo by Lefty Shivambu / Gallo Images

was the extraordinary tie in Shireen Sapiro’s 100m backstroke, when she set a world record together with a swimmer from New Zealand; there was Ernst van Dyk’s 4th in his hand cycling time trial, followed by his glittering gold in the road race; as well as Charl Bouwer’s ever so elegant world record in the 400m freestyle which promised so much more; Once again Fanie Lombard, winning his 11th and 12th Paralympic medals at the age of 39; there was also Tadhg Slattery’s bronze in his 100m breaststroke. And, then there was Natalie. There were other Paralympians who won five gold medals, but not for the second Paralympics in a row. And they’re unlikely to do it for a third time. But Natalie probably will.

Philippa Johnson of Republic of South Africa with horse Benedict competes in the Paralympic Equestrian Individual Freestyle Test - Grade IV event at Hong Kong Olympic Equestrian Venue in Hong Kong, China. Photo by Getty Images / Gallo Images

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South African Women of the Year While illustrating three very unique South African women, we at Best of South Africa would like to acknowledge and warmly congratulate all the nominees and winners of this prestigious award as we celebrate your success, now and in the future.

Ms Janet Buckland - Shoprite Checkers/ SABC 2 Woman of the Year 2008 South Africa’s premier accolade for achievement by women went to Ms Janet Buckland who was named the Shoprite Checkers/SABC2 Woman of the Year 2008, at a dazzling event in celebration of the women of South Africa, held in Cape Town on 31 July 2008. Ms Buckland has been responsible for the initiation and creation of a significant number of very successful arts and culture projects in the Eastern Cape. She combined her understanding of the value of the arts


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and particularly theatre in the lives of all South Africans with her skills as a performer, director, fund raiser and administrator to direct these projects over a number of years in the province. The most notable project is UBOM! the Eastern Cape Drama Company, which was the first full time professional drama company in the province. Since its start almost six years ago Ubom! has reached audiences totaling more than 178 000. It has also provided 36 full time contracts for actors to work in the Eastern Cape. Ms Buckland is raising the funds to sustain it.

Ms Thabang Molefi - Shoprite Checkers/ SABC 2 Woman of the Year 2008 - Business Entrepreneurs Category Ms Thabang Molefi is qualified as an Ethno medical practitioner and beauty therapist who with the little savings she had at the time opened the first health spa in Soweto in 2002. Today she owns the Roots Healthcare Centre business with a multi-million turnover and branches in three South African provinces and a neighbouring country. Her pioneering health centres introduced affordable health care to black communities through the use of the different but effective technique of iridology for diagnosis and herbs as prescribed medicine. It also offers a beauty and detoxing service for the first time in these areas, all contributing to a healthy and a “feel good about yourself”- lifestyle in previously disadvantaged communities. Since the success of her first centre she has grown her business considerably to establish another seven health care centres in Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, the Free State and a mobile unit visiting communities in rural and remote areas in the rest of the country. She has created 41 jobs for women in these communities and developed some to managerial positions to run the health centres. Ms Molefi has also outsourced services such as accounting, laundry and security to local business. It is her intention to branch out into franchising creating more business and job opportunities.

Ms Connie Mbowane - Former recipient of the Shoprite Checkers/SABC 2 Woman of the Year Award - 2003 Connie Mbowane, a Sebokeng teacher who also won in the education category, has selflessly dedicated 35 years of her life to teaching and has been principal of the Montsusi primary school in Sebokeng since 1980. The school is located in a poverty-stricken area, where most of the parents are unemployed, as well as catering to street children and orphans. Through the years, she has continuously hosted up to three schools in her single building by juggling the hours that learners and teachers from the different institutions could spend there. Taking care of up to 500 hungry children each day in a single school building, Connie mobilised the unemployed men and women in the community to establish a vegetable garden, as part of her Botho ke Botle (Humanity is Beauty) plan, today it not only feeds the children, but also yields financial returns for the school and the community. She has excelled in looking after her school and the broader community’s interests. Not long ago, she orchestrated the building of a bridge over the road in

front of her school for the children and parents to pass over – a near miracle in her cash-strapped community. On top of this, she secured work on the construction of the bridge for 14 of her community’s jobless, unskilled workers through the Department of Labour. Connie has also raised funds to set up a borehole on her school grounds to better irrigate the vegetable gardens and she has started talks with the education department to acquire more ground in the area to augment the food project. Here, she has put her HIV/AIDS training to good use by encouraging sufferers to work in the garden and grow healthy food to improve their diet. Since winning the Award, and with her well-known motto “you have to keep on keeping on”, Connie has become a sought-after motivational speaker in the private and public sectors and has received accolades from the Department of Education for her good work recognised through the Award. As from March 2007, Connie has been appointed as the CEO of the Professional Educators Union’s National Offices. She says it will give her more exposure and “a chance to touch more people. I will still be attached to Montsusi Primary School projects.”

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Robben Island

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This bleak, cold and windy island, just five hundred hectares in size and 11 kilometres away from Table Bay harbour, has a history as dark and stormy as the ocean surrounding it.

Famous today for being the place where former South African president Nelson Mandela was incarcerated for over 20 years as a political prisoner, the island was discovered by European sailors in 1488 when Bartolomeu Dias reached Cape Town’s Table


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Bay. The name “Robben Island” derives from the Dutch words “Robbe Eiland”, meaning seal island. Birds, seals and penguins were its only inhabitants, and as a result sailors regularly plundered the shores for fresh seal meat and penguin eggs.

For centuries, Robben Island did not even have its own fresh water supply – in the 1960s a water pipeline was finally installed from Cape Town. Its inhospitable environment and isolation led to it being used at various times from the 17th century onwards as a prison,

a military base, a quarantine station, a home for the mentally ill, and from 1836 to 1931, a leper colony. It was a place where society’s outcasts were banished. The island was also used as a refreshment station for passing ships to stock up on fresh

produce. However, the treacherous seas and rocky reefs surrounding it meant that many ships met their end here, most notably a Dutch ship in the 1600’s carrying a cargo of gold coins worth tens of millions of rand today. Occasionally a coin washes up on

shore, but the bulk of the cargo is still lost at sea, effectively guarded by the crashing surf and lethally sharp rocks. The 18-metre tall lighthouse, whose flashing light can be seen up to 25 kilometres away, warns passing vessels of this peril.

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Many of the buildings and other features that can be seen on the island today date back to World War II, when the island was fortified and bunkers and big guns installed there as part of Cape Town’s defences. In 1959 Robben Island became a maximum-security prison, and during the next thirty years, over 3,000 men were imprisoned there. The prison eventually became an informal “university behind bars� with prisoners tutoring themselves as well as their warders.


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The old apartheid regime originally intended to silence political prisoners by incarcerating them here, but this had the opposite effect, and the island became a focal point for international resistance to the apartheid regime. In 1991 the remaining political prisoners were released, in 1996 the common-law prisoners were transferred away, and in 1997 the prison became a museum, to be named a World Heritage site two years later. Today, thanks to the indomitable spirit of Nelson

Mandela and others, the island has come to symbolise the triumph of the human spirit over adversity, and the power of forgiveness. Other famous prisoners include former activist and poet Dennis Brutus, Amos Masondo, Mosiuoa Lekota, Govan Mbeki, the father of former President Thabo Mbeki; Joe Seremane, Robert Sobukwe, Tokyo Sexwale, ANC struggle hero Walter Sisulu; as well as Jacob Zuma. Tours to Robben Island take place

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throughout the day, weather permitting. Visitors depart by ferry from the Clocktower, Nelson Mandela Gateway, at the V&A Waterfront. The three and a half hour tour includes the trip across Table Bay, and a 45-minute guided bus tour across the island where visitors can view the beautiful Muslim shrine or kramat, where Muslim political prisoners would pay homage before leaving the island. Other highlights include the leper graveyard, a church designed by Sir

Herbert Baker, the island’s small village, and the old quarries. Wildlife can be spotted along the shipwreck-strewn coast. The final stop is the maximum-security prison where Nelson Mandela’s old cell can be viewed. The tour guides are all former political prisoners, who were once inmates of Robben Island themselves. For more information go to E-mail:

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Table Mountain Since the first person laid eyes on Table Mountain, it has exerted its powerful and charismatic pull, enchanting and drawing any and all that fall under its spell.

The flat top of the mountain is often covered by clouds or mist spilling over the top to form the “table cloth� appearance. Over 16 million people have taken the trip to the top of Table Mountain since the cableway was commissioned 75 years ago. It has since become a landmark of both Cape Town and of South Africa itself. Situated at the south-western tip of Africa, the Table Mountain National Park encompasses the incredibly scenic Table Mountain chain stretching from Signal Hill in the north to Cape Point in the south and the seas and coastline of the peninsula.


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The narrow finger of land with its beautiful valleys, bays and beaches is surrounded by the waters of the Atlantic Ocean in the west and the warmer waters of False Bay and has within its boundaries two world-renowned landmarks - majestic Table Mountain and the legendary Cape of Good Hope. The Park is recognised globally for its extraordinarily rich, diverse and unique fauna and flora - with rugged cliffs, steep slopes and sandy flats - is a truly remarkable natural, scenic, historical, cultural and recreational asset both locally and internationally. Nowhere else in the

world does an area of such spectacular beauty and such rich bio-diversity exist almost entirely within a metropolitan area - the thriving and cosmopolitan city of Cape Town. The main feature of Table Mountain is a level plateau approximately three kilometres from side to side, surrounded by steep cliffs. The plateau, flanked by Devil’s Peak to the east and by Lion’s Head to the west, forms a dramatic backdrop to Cape Town and its Table Bay harbour, and together with Signal Hill form the natural amphitheatre of the City Bowl.

The main vegetation of the mountain is the unique and rich Cape fynbos, which forms part of the Cape Floral Region protected areas. These protected areas are a World Heritage Site, and an estimated 2,200 species of plants are found on the mountain alone. Amongst these species are many kinds of proteas. Remnant patches of indigenous forest persist in a few of the wetter ravines but not on the more exposed face above the city, where conditions are too dry and harsh for forests. The mountain has also suffered serious invasions of alien plants

for well over a century, with perhaps the worst invader being the cluster pine. Considerable efforts have been made to eliminate these alien plants. The most common animal on the mountain is the dassie, or rock hyrax. They especially cluster around the upper cable station, near areas where tourists may discard or supply food. There are also porcupines, mongooses, snakes and tortoises found here. The cablecar takes passengers from the lower cable station on Tafelberg Road to the plateau at the top of the mountain. The upper cable station offers views overlooking Cape Town, Table Bay and Robben Island to the north, and the Atlantic seaboard to the west and south. Hiking on Table Mountain is popular amongst locals and tourists alike, and a number of trails of varying difficulty are available. Because of the steep cliffs around the summit, direct ascents from the city side are limited. Platteklip Gorge, a prominent gorge up the centre of the main table, is a popular and straightforward direct ascent to the summit. A must for any first time visitor to the Mother City.

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Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site Welcome to Maropeng and the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site. Maropeng means “returning to the place of origin” in Setswana, the main indigenous language in this area of South Africa.

The Cradle of Humankind is an easy drive of about an hour from Johannesburg or Pretoria. Our ancestors have lived in this area for more than three million years. By visiting us, you are coming to the birthplace of humanity. Welcome home! The Maropeng Visitor Centre is an exciting, world-class exhibition, focusing on the development of humans and our ancestors over the past few million years. Early humans and their ancestors came to the Maropeng area to use the local rocks for tool-making as they pursued a huntergatherer way of life. The technology of these tools suggests they were made sometime between 1.0 and 0.5 million years ago during the Earlier Stone Age, prior to the appearance of modern Homo sapiens.


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As you approach the entrance of the Visitors Centre you will discover many interesting facts about our past illustrated on rocks. Ask a guide about this display area as the original fossils on display change regularly. The development of Maropeng was based on the theme of discovery and this is echoed firmly through the exhibition itself - from the beginnings of the world, through the history of humankind, right into the future. Tours of the famous Sterkfontein Caves at Maropeng, which start above ground and then take visitors deep into the caves, run every half hour, seven days a week. Within the caves, scientists have discovered many hominid and other animal fossils, dating back more than four million years, to the birth of humanity. The most

important and most famous of these fossils are “Mrs Ples”, a 2.1-million-year-old Australopithecus skull, and “Little Foot”, an almost complete Australopithecus skeleton that is more than 3-million years old. The 24-bed Maropeng Hotel, with breathtaking views of the Witwatersberg and Magaliesberg ranges, is the epitome of luxury. Opened in mid-2006, the boutique hotel is a five-minute walk from Maropeng. The Maropeng Hotel is ideal for a romantic getaway, for executives seeking a convenient conference venue with accommodation not too far out of town, for local visitors wanting a short escape to refresh their souls, or for international tourists wanting to see some of the best tourist attractions South Africa has to offer.

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South African Wildlife South Africa has a rich and varied abundance of wildlife. It is one of the country’s greatest natural resources, and one of the main reasons why millions of overseas visitors travel to this country each year.


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The sight of a solitary elephant enjoying an evening mud bath, or a pride of lions feasting on their kill, is a thrilling and unforgettable experience. While most visitors hope to view the famous Big Five - lion, elephant, buffalo, rhinoceros and leopard, South Africa’s bushveld is home to over 300 species of mammals, 850 species of birds, over 100 types of reptiles and a multitude of insects. Herds of antelope have always been a quintessential part of the South African landscape. The animals range in size from the tiny duiker to the large kudu, and vary in looks from the big-headed, bovine-looking wildebeest to the superbly handsome sable antelope. A wealth of other wildlife prevails in all shapes and sizes, from the tall giraffe to the gorgeously appealing little bushbabies and vervet monkeys. Meerkats, famous for their habit of standing tall on their hind legs, are among the cutest animals that a visitor is likely to spot in the bush, and the ant-eating aardvark and the termite-eating aardwolf are also fascinating. South Africa has an amazing variety of bird life, many of which are resident or migrant birds from other parts of Africa, Asia, the Arctic and Antarctic, and Europe. The country’s waters are home to a wide variety of freshwater and saltwater fish, and in the oceans the biggest mammal in the world can be seen - the blue whale. Today, South Africa contains more than 20 national parks spread throughout the country, and almost as many regional parks and private game reserves. The two biggest

are the famous Kruger National Park in Mpumalanga, covering almost 2 million hectares, and the Kgalagdi Transfrontier Park on the Botswana border in the Northern Cape, which covers more than three and a half million hectares in total. The Big Five can be viewed in both these reserves, as well as in the Pilanesberg and Madikwe Reserves in the North West Province, the Hluhluwe Umfolozi National Park in KwaZulu-Natal, and many other smaller parks and private game reserves. Established in 1898, the Kruger National Park is the flagship of South African parks. The diversity of the animal life it contains, as well as the environmental management policies that protect the animals, are unmatched elsewhere in the country. It boasts very high numbers of the Big Five, 34 species of amphibians, 114 reptiles, 147 mammals and over 500 species of bird, including the “Big 6” of the bird world - saddle-billed stork, kori bustard, martial eagle, lappet-faced vulture, Pel’s fishing-owl and ground hornbill. In the Kruger National Park, the rare wild dog can also be seen. These are one of the most endangered mammals in Africa. They roam over vast territories, with a single pack requiring several hundred square kilometres in order to survive. The Kgalagadi Transfrontier National Park features sparse vegetation and a high concentration of animals in the dry riverbeds of the Auob and Nossob Rivers. It is an outstanding area for mammal viewing, and visitors have an excellent chance of

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seeing predators including the leopard, brown and spotted hyena, black-maned lion and cheetah. The beautiful blue crane, South Africa’s national bird, occurs almost exclusively in this country. It can be viewed in a number of game reserves including the Agulhas National Park, on the southernmost tip of Africa in the Western Cape, where the distinctively black-feathered and red-beaked African black oystercatcher can also be seen. In Swellendam, Western Cape, the Bontebok National Park is named after the richly coloured bontebok, one of South Africa’s most attractive species of antelope. This animal has a deep purple-red coat with


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an iridescent sheen, a white blaze on the face, a white tail and angular horns. The Tsitsikamma National Park in the Eastern Cape - the “place of much water” is an area of impressive natural beauty, and one of the largest marine protected areas in the world. The humpback dolphin, bottle nose dolphin, Risso dolphin, pygmy sperm whale, humpbacked whale and killer whale live in these waters, with the southern right whale breeding in the area. The most famous reserve in the Eastern Cape is the Addo Elephant Park. Home to more than 450 elephants, some of the most spectacular elephant viewing in the world can be enjoyed here. The reserve has a rich diversity of other wildlife including the

“Big 7” - the Big Five plus whales and great white sharks. The Mountain Zebra National Park west of Cradock in the Eastern Cape is a sanctuary for the endangered Cape Mountain zebra. These zebras are distinguished by their orange facial colouration, and they have narrower stripes than the more common Burchell’s zebra found on the plains. The park also contains the uniquely beautiful caracal. One of the heaviest and fastest of the small cats, the caracal’s characteristically long, black, tufted ears makes it easy to spot. Namaqualand’s landscape explodes in a riot of colour each year as the wild flowers endemic to this region bloom in springtime.

The Namaqua National Park contains the richest bulb flora of any arid region worldwide. It is also the home of the world’s smallest tortoise, the Namaqua Speckled Padloper, which measures 8 to 10 cm in length when fully grown. This park is also a good place to spot the klipspringer. This miniature antelope, reaching just 60 cm at the shoulder, is easy to recognise by its thick, distinctively patterned “salt and pepper” coat. It is ideally adapted to its surroundings, and moves about as easily as a mountain goat on the tips of its rounded hooves, allowing it to negotiate the rockiest terrain with ease. In the Maluti Mountains of the NorthEastern Free State, the Golden Gate

Highlands National Park is named for the brilliant shades of gold that occur when the sun shines on the park’s sandstone cliffs. In this typical highlands habitat, the black wildebeest, eland, blesbok, oribi, springbok and Burchell’s zebra thrive. The park is a haven for birders. Here, two rare species, the bearded vulture and the southern bald ibis, breed in the ledges of the cliffs. The Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve in KwaZulu-Natal is the oldest game park in Africa and the only national park in KwaZulu-Natal where all the Big Five occur. It became famous for its white rhino conservation, and today, both black and white rhino can be found here. The wealth of species in this park includes the Nile

crocodile, the second largest species of crocodile in the world. The iSimangaliso Wetland Park on the Zululand coast, previously known as the St. Lucia Wetland Park, is a World Heritage Site that contains an amazing variety of habitats from forests and mangroves to beaches and coral reefs. Here, an unrivalled diversity of plants, birds and animals abound. A special attraction of this park is the leatherback and loggerhead turtles that nest on the beaches at night during summer. In the waters, the Nile crocodile and the hippopotamus occur in large numbers. The massive Ukhahlamba Drakensberg National Park, another World Heritage Site, protects many endemic and globally

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threatened species. Its spectacular peaks, caves, grasslands and gorges contain leopard, black-backed jackal, caracal, serval, clawless and spotted neck otter, as well as troops of chacma baboons and colonies of rock hyrax. Over 300 species of birds live in this area including the wattled crane, orange breasted rockjumper and yellow breasted pipit. The best times for game viewing are at dusk and dawn when the animals and birds are most active. It is often easier to see the animals during the winter months, when the grass is low and the vegetation loses its leaves. In almost all of South Africa except the Southern Cape area, winters are dry, so the animals have to visit the watering holes to drink, as there is no other water in the area. Many of the reserves have hides near the watering holes for this purpose. Although wildlife is traditionally viewed from the comfort of a vehicle, in some game reserves, notably the Kruger National Park, it is possible to take guided walking trails, as well as game viewing safaris on horseback being offered at various reserves. For further Information:

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South African Music

Past, Present and Future

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With a diversity of influences from its multicultural roots, South African music today is a melting pot of rhythms and sounds that has seen many talented artists rise to local and international fame.


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Hugh Masekela

During the Dutch colonial era of the 1600s, indigenous tribesmen and slaves created their own version of Western musical instruments and rhythms. The Khoi-Khoi people developed the ramkie, a guitar with three or four strings, and the mamokhorong, a single-string violin. Slave orchestras played to audiences, while travelling musicians entertained at big functions. These travelling minstrel shows continued through the centuries, and this tradition is still seen at the great carnival held annually in Cape Town. Missionaries played an important part in the early development of South African music. Composers like John Knox Bokwe wrote hymns that had their musical roots in traditional Xhosa harmonies. In 1897,

Enoch Sontonga, who was a teacher at the time, composed the hymn Nkosi Sikelel’iAfrika - God Bless Africa. This song was later adopted by the liberation movement and became the national anthem for the new democratic South Africa. Gospel music has been a bestseller in South Africa ever since the original gospel sounds evolved into the isicathamiya musical genre, where choir music was combined with traditional vocals and harmonies. One of the earliest hits was “Mbube” a song by Solomon Linda and the Evening Birds that sold over 100,000 copies in South Africa during the 1940s. This adaptation of a traditional Zulu melody has been reworked many times, most famously as “Wimoweh” by Pete Seeger,

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and the classic favourite, “The Lion Sleeps Tonight”. In the 1960s Joseph Shabalala’s sweet soprano voice propelled isicathamiya group Ladysmith Black Mambazo to fame, with their first album achieving the first ever gold status by a black artist. The urbanisation of black South Africans into mining centres led to the development of new musical forms. Marabi was a keyboard music with a blues flavour, usually played on pedal organs. It was used to draw people into the illegal shebeens and keep them dancing all night. This underground music was frowned upon by the authorities and seldom recorded, but its lilting melodies influenced the bigger South African dance bands of this era. These bands produced the first generation of professional black musicians in South Africa - the Jazz Maniacs, the Merry Blackbirds and the Jazz Revellers. This marabi-swing style developed over the years into early mbaqanga, a South African form of jazz which has had a huge influence on music in this country. One of the most famous forms of popular music during the early years of apartheid was the pennywhistle or “kwela”. This simple sixholed flute was played by groups of black musicians on street corners. Its evocative notes served not only as entertainment but also as a warning tune, alerting groups of people gambling in the townships to the police presence outside their buildings. The pennywhistle’s melody has survived the decades to become a familiar and traditionally South African sound. Lemmy Mabaso, who started performing in the streets at the age of 10, became one of South Africa’s most famous pennywhistle stars. In the 1950s, the word “entertainment” became synonymous with Sophiatown, a Johannesburg township which became the epicentre of South Africa’s vibrant musical culture. Stars such as Miriam Makeba, Dolly Rathebe, Dorothy Masuka and Letta

Mbulu gained fanatical followings with their mbaqanga jazz performances. Miriam Makeba went on to have a highly successful international career. Some of the country’s most famous jazz artists were members of the Sophiatown Jazz Club. These included Dollar Brand, a brilliant musician who became known as Abdullah Ibrahim after his conversion to Islam, Kippie Moeketsi, Jonas Gwangwa and the legendary Hugh Masekela. Many of these stars subsequently left the country to develop their careers elsewhere during the increasingly repressive years of the apartheid regime. One jazz artist who remained in South Africa and became one of the country’s most innovative musicians was Philip Tabane. Sophiatown was also famous for its high numbers of wealthy, large-living gangsters. In the township’s lawless domain, the more adventurous and liberal white people mingled with the black residents, enjoying the nightlife and the exchange of cultures. In 1960 Sophiatown was razed to the ground by the white Nationalist government, and its residents moved elsewhere. But the government could not destroy the crosscultural influences that had been formed, and which continued to inspire musicians of all races. It was kept alive by bands such as the African Jazz Pioneers during the years of severe repression, and has influenced 80s bands like Sakhile and Bayete, as well as contributing to the sounds of “world music” bands like Tananas. One of the most successful white South African bands in the 1960s was the pop group Four Jacks and a Jill, who toured widely throughout the 60s and 70s. Despite the light, mainstream music they played, they still managed to have a song banned by the South African Broadcasting Corporation, and were the target of protests by conservative South Africans who compared pop music to devil worship. The conservatives soon

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South African Music found worse things to complain about with the advent of Freedom’s Children, an acidrock band modelled on the Grateful Dead. After the 1976 riots, the rebellion against apartheid saw a vibrant, youthful counterculture rise, and music became an integral part of this. Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse, originally a member of the band Harari, went on to become a superstar in the 80s. Punk rock bands like the Radio Rats, Corporal Punishment, Wild Youth, the Asylum Kids and Dog Detachment created new, rebellious sounds and drew huge followings. They were followed by bands like The Softees, The Aeroplanes and Bright Blue. James Phillips of Corporal Punishment also produced an album of Afrikaans songs under the name Bernoldus Niemand, influencing an entire


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genre of alternative Afrikaans music. Stars like The Gereformeerde Blues Band and Koos Kombuis continued this following. The Bob Marley concert celebrating Zimbabwe’s independence in 1980 saw reggae rise to prominence all over Africa. Lucky Dube, who was tragically murdered in 2007, was the first major South African reggae artist to reach superstar status, and the first black artist in this country to be played on white radio stations. His lyrics tackled a range of subjects including social problems, racial inequalities and his love for God. A new musical era dawned when Johnny Clegg, a sociologist who had done extensive research on Zulu music and dance, teamed up with Sipho Mchunu to form the group Juluka. This blend of traditional Zulu

sounds with white pop and folk music was a challenge to the racial boundaries that the apartheid regime was attempting to sustain. Bands such as eVoid, Via Afrika and Mango Groove followed in his footsteps. Clegg was known overseas as “the white Zulu”. Juluka and his subsequent band Savuka both enjoyed incredible success. During the 80s, a new craze swept the townships. “Bubblegum” music was light, lively dance pop influenced by American disco and by the legacy of mbaqanga. Groups like The Soul Brothers had massive hits, and the great township dance divas like Brenda Fassie and Yvonna Chaka Chaka rose to legendary fame. Fassie was one of South Africa’s most controversial stars, and her death in 2004 was preceded by a decade of high living

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that made the lifestyle of the Rolling Stones look sober and straitlaced by comparison. In the 1990s a new genre took the music world by storm. Kwaito, dance music based on house beats but with a slower, more African rhythm, stole the hearts of young black South Africans. Stars with minimalist names like Mdu, Arthur, Chiskop, Zola, and most famously Mandoza became legends. Mandoza sings in English, Afrikaans, Zulu and Xhosa, giving him universal appeal. Groups like Bongo Maffin, Boom Shaka, TKZee and Abashante developed massive followings thanks to their high-energy performances and streetwise, visual style. Gospel continued to be popular, with Rebecca Malope one of the biggest stars. Another great gospel performer is Debrah Fraser,

who sings in all South African languages. Meanwhile, bands like the Springbok Nude Girls blazed a trail towards harder, guitar-driven music with their blend of punk, reggae and metal. This band has since reformed as the Nude Girls, while former lead singer Arno Carstens is pursuing a star-studded solo career. The highly successful Christian rock group Tree formed, and was later renamed Tree 63. Today, South African music enjoys an incredible diversity of sounds. Afrikaans music is stronger than ever, with artists like Steve Hofmeyr, Kurt Darren and Nadine bringing a new fresh sound to this genre. With her unique style which combines jazz, pop and traditional music, Xhosa singer Simphiwe Dana has been hailed as “the new Miriam Makeba”. Shwi Nomtakhala is a duo that has become one of the most influential new acts on the music scene today. Other rising stars include jazz sensation Lira, and the hip-hop group Jozi. Cape Town in particular has become a birthing ground for new talent, most notably Freshlyground, winners of the MTV Artist of the Year 2006. This band exploded onto the music scene in 2002, and has seen a meteoric rise to fame. Freshlyground is made up of individuals from all cultures, who blend Afro beats, funk, dance, classical influences and jazz to produce their quintessentially South African sounds. Wonderboom is a rock band that has been on the music scene for many successful years. Their stage presence is extraordinary, and they are one of South Africa’s iconic entertainment groups. South African rock band Prime Circle was formed in December 2001. From humble beginnings in Witbank, band members Ross Learmonth, Marco Gomes, Dirk Bisschoff and Neil Breytenbach shot to fame as one of the top rock bands in South Africa. Prime Circle have performed at

virtually every major festival in South Africa, including the renowned 46664 concerts. In 2006 they played alongside other iconic bands such as Metallica and Simple Plan at the Coca-Cola Colab events in Pretoria, Durban and Cape Town, and in 2008 at the My Coke Fest. The Parlotones are recognised as one of the bastions of South African indie rock. Currently successful in the UK and Europe, they are poised to launch in the Far East. Syd Kitchen is a guitarist, singer, songwriter and published poet whose sounds have been an integral part of South African music since the 70s. This eclectic, free spirited artist performs at festivals and clubs throughout South Africa, and has released several albums so far. One of the most exciting new alternative bands on the scene is Seether, who started out as a group called Saron Gas, but changed their name after a massive record deal and relocation to the United States. This post-grunge, hard rock band has achieved number one status on the US charts, and has won a South African Music Award. Vusi Mahlasela is a guiding star in South African music. A writer, poet, political activist and renowned performer, he sings a hybrid of folk, world, blues and soul. His music soothes the scars of apartheid and promises a better future. Classical music has always had a following in this country, and the bestknown classical band is the award-winning Soweto String Quartet, made up of three brothers and their childhood friend. As boys in the 1960s, they were taunted by the township locals for playing what were regarded as Eurocentric instruments. Today, they are famous for their beautiful music that combines classical and African sounds. We look forward to what the future of South African Music has to offer.

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The Battlefields of KwaZulu-Natal The Battlefields Route is not a journey, it is an enriching experience taking visitors back to a period which played an enormous part in shaping the history of South Africa.


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War memorial at Spioenkop

Talana museum at the battlefield where the first Anglo Boer battle took place

The Battlefields The “Great Trek” commencing out of the Cape Colony into the northern and eastern areas of South Africa began in the early 1800’s, with the Voortrekkers preparing to cross waterless deserts and suffer the ravages of the tsetse fly and mosquito to find their promised land. To those who had travelled north and then east, the view of the rolling hills of

KwaZulu-Natal from the heights of the Drakensberg was milk and honey to their eyes. However, these areas were already inhabited and resulted in many of the historic battles between the Voortrekkers, the British and the Zulus which today, maps out the official Battlefields Route where 14 historical

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towns, many national monuments and museums, and over 50 battlefields can be explored. Most of the battles were concentrated in an immense battleground that stretches from the Drakensburg Mountains, north to Volksrust and east to Zululand, covering plains of great natural beauty that offer much more than just famous battle sites to the visitor. It is difficult to comprehend that this scenic and now peaceful land once rang with the sounds of fierce fighting. The rugged magnificence of the terrain is dotted with reminders of its violent past, including memorials on the field of Isandlwana, where the Zulu army destroyed over 1000 British soldiers, gravestones at Fort Pearson and the monument at Spioenkop, one of the most violent battles of the AngloBoer War.


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The site of the infamous Battle of Blood River between the Voortrekkers and Zulus is home to the Ncome Heritage Site, monuments and museums on both sides of the river, commemorating the Voortrekkers and the Zulus who died so courageously here. The Ncome Monument and museum complex is dedicated to the Zulu warriors, while the Blood River monument and museum on the opposite bank features a life-size replica of the Voortrekker wagon laager. The site of the Battle of Rorke’s Drift between the British and the Zulus is much unchanged, with stone walls built to shield the British troops still virtually intact. The Battle Museum tells the story of this most famous siege of the Anglo-Zulu war. The Ladysmith Siege museum contains a collection of artefacts, documents, firearms and uniforms, as well as some excellent

photographs that tell the story of the siege and its accompanying battles. Many monuments and well-preserved artifacts provide an ideal backdrop to an area where re-enactments of the Colonial-era wars between British troops and Zulu warriors allow visitors to experience the bloody dramas with almost frightening reality. Isandlwana Lodge overlooks historic Mount Isandlwana and some of the most spectacular scenery in Zululand. Flagship tours of Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift are vividly related by resident historian Rob Gerrard, author and Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. For more information go to: For guided battlefield tours go to: and

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South Africa’s Calendar of Events

JANUARY Dusi Take to the waters with the legendary Hansa Powerade “Dusi” canoe marathon that runs from Camps Drift near Pietermaritzburg, through two river systems, the Umsindusi and the Umgeni, to finish three days later near Durban. J&B Met Kenilworth racecourse in the Western Cape is home to the J&B Met, an event where the speed and courage of the top-class thoroughbreds that gallop to the finish line, is combined with dazzling extremes of glamour and fashion. The Women’s World Cup of Golf Held at Sun City, has been proudly hosted by South Africa since its inception. This world


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championship tournament attracts huge audiences and offers substantial prize money. The Ironman 70.3 triathlon series Popular with athletes and great training events for the full distance events, the Spec-Savers Ironman is held in Buffalo City (East London). It includes a 1.9 km sea swim, a 90 km cycle and a 21.1 km run. FEBRUARY The Subaru Sabi Classic mountain bike race Venue for this breathtakingly beautiful event is the rolling hills of Mpumalanga, where the splendour of the scenery contrasts with the tough and unforgiving nature of the course. Halfway Telkom Midmar Mile Hailed as the world’s largest open water

swimming event, the Halfway Telkom Midmar Mile is a mile-long swim held in Midmar Dam in the lush surroundings of the Natal Midlands. The event attracts a field of over 19,000 competitors. MARCH Audi Joburg Fashion Week Fashionistas will delight in this sparkling new event on the fashion calendar. Audi Joburg Fashion Week is where South Africa’s top designers showcase their winter collections. The show takes place in Sandton. The Cape Argus Pick ’n Pay Cycle Tour Individually timed cycle race attracting a field of over 35,000 cyclists from all five continents. A grueling 108kilometre race.

Comrades Marathon With over 80 years of history, the Comrades Marathon is one of the world’s most famous ultra-marathons, run over an 89.3 km route through rolling countryside between Durban and Pietermaritzburg. JUNE

APRIL Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunsfees A popular Afrikaans arts festival held in Oudsthoorn in the Karoo. The large numbers of visitors who attend each year arrive to celebrate the arts in all their glory. Two Oceans Marathon The marathon is run over a picturesque 56 km route which winds through the Cape, over Chapmans Peak, through Hout Bay and Constantia Nek. The Cape Town International Jazz Festival Attracts 32,000 music lovers from all over South Africa and abroad. It is held at the International Convention Centre. Ironman Triathlon The punishing Ironman Triathlon, held in the

beautiful surrounds of Nelson Mandela Bay, includes a 3.8 km swim, a 180 km cycle and a 42.2 km run that tests the endurance of athletes to their limits.

Durban Fashion Week A vibrant international fashion platform for top South African designers to showcase their collections and for young and emerging South African design talent. JULY

The Swazi Xtreme adventure race This offers contestants an unsurpassed adventure racing experience over Swaziland’s most grueling terrain including forests, remote gorges, abandoned mines, underground tunnels, and exhilarating mountain-bike trails. Website:

Vodacom July The Vodacom July is Africa’s most famous horse race. Held at Greyville racecourse in Kwazulu-Natal on the first Saturday in July each year, “July fever” grips the nation for months beforehand.

MAY South African Music Awards The Sun City Superbowl is host to the South African Music Awards. Now in its 14th year, this event is the country’s premier awards ceremony for musicians, celebrating those who have excelled in the many facets of the music industry.

Loerie Awards 2008 was the 30th Anniversary of The Loerie Awards, a celebration of creative excellence in brand communication. Durban International Film Festival The festival presents a selection of the best that cinema has to offer, from South Africa,

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Calendar of Events Africa and around the world. Website: International_Film_Festival.htm Grahamstown National Arts Festival For ten glorious days, the Grahamstown National Arts Festival is held at the university town of Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape. Here, South African music, dance, theatre, street theatre, film, a craft fair and art exhibitions can be enjoyed. AUGUST The BMW International Played against visiting international teams, this is highlight of the South African polo calendar. The first test is played at Shongweni in KwazuluNatal, and the second test at Inanda in Johannesburg.


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Sanlam SA Fashion Week August sees two major fashion events taking place. Sanlam SA Fashion Week has a decade of successful history behind it, and offers designers, industry workers and fashion followers the most varied and glamorous programme in the country. Cape Town Fashion Week Has become a powerful champion of South African fashion and celebrates Cape Town’s long heritage as the centre of South Africa’s fashion industry. SEPTEMBER Darling Wild Flowers Show The beautiful town of Darling in the Cape has hosted a wildflower show almost every year since 1917. The Wildflower Society, organisers of the show, aim to promote the conservation of flowers in the region and

display this natural wealth for visitors to enjoy. Hermanus Whale Festival The festival, the only Enviro-Arts festival in South Africa, is held annually to celebrate the return of the Southern Right whales to the waters of Walker Bay, our magnificent environment and the arrival of spring! Stellenbosch Festival The festival is dominated by classical music, but there is some light relief in the form of weekend street festivals and some deliberately whacky street theatre. If you get tired of the music, there’s always the wine to taste. Nederburg Arts Festival There’s more to culture than performance and painting. The 10-day Nederburg Arts Festival also celebrates the glorious natural environment of Knysna with various eco-

outings, demonstrations of flower arranging and floral art and, last but not least, good food and wine.

Africa. The organisers scour the Standard Bank Festival and return with the very best. It’s certainly a lot less hectic than Grahamstown. Website:

Arts Alive International Festival Held at the Newtown Cultural Precinct, is just one of the projects attempting to revitalise the central part of Johannesburg.


Johannesburg Biennale This somewhat controversial exhibition of cutting-edge visual arts is one of the most Afrocentric events in South Africa. It is held biennially, in uneven years, although its future is uncertain. Natal Witness Hilton Drama Festival This pleasantly sleepy town near Pietermaritzburg is a surprising place to see some of the finest drama in South

Avis South African Derby The Derby sees the elite of South Africa’s show jumping talent competing against each other at the Horse Society showground’s in Kyalami. Website: www. or Currie Cup Of all the rugby matches played in South Africa, the Currie Cup is the most soughtafter trophy for local teams. The competition dates back as far as 1889, and the iconic gold trophy that is awarded to the winning team today, was first presented in 1892. Website:

NOVEMBER 94.7 Highveld Cycle Challenge Sponsored by 94.7 Highveld Stereo and Pick ‘n Pay, Gauteng’s premier cycle race has been getting Joburg residents onto their bikes for more than 10 successful years. Over 30,000 cyclists take part in the race, which is 94.7 kilometres in length. Website: DECEMBER Nedbank Golf Challenge Played on the challenging Sun City course, the Nedbank Golf Challenge attracts a starstudded field of competitors from around the world. With a total prize pool of more than $4 million up for grabs, competition is always fierce. Website:

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Calendar of Exhibitions The Exhibition and Event Association of Southern Africa, EXSA, was founded in 1980 as a non-profit organisation representing Venues, Organisers, Exhibition Designers, Stand Builders, Service Companies and Associate organisations.

The role of EXSA is to serve the exhibition and events industry in South Africa. Their core strategy is to actively grow and develop the exhibition and events industry within Southern Africa. This is achieved through promoting the unique benefits offered by exhibitions and events, and raising the profile of their members which include venues, organisers and suppliers.

Beeld Holiday Show - Holidaymakers Expo - Johannesburg 13-15 February 2009 Gallagher Estate, Johannesburg


The Woman Fashion Show - Johannesburg 20-22 February 2009 Cape Town International Convention Centre

MPH - Live Motoring Theatre Johannesburg 29 January - 1 February 2009 The Coca-Cola Dome, Johannesburg

Homemakers Expo - Johannesburg 19-22 February 2009 The Coca-Cola Dome, Johannesburg


Meetings Africa - Johannesburg 25-27 February 2009 Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg

Investing in African Mining – Mining Indaba 9-12 February 2009 Cape Town International Convention Centre

Design Indaba Expo 2009 – Cape Town 27 February - 1 March 2009 Cape Town International Convention Centre


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MARCH Megamedia Expo - Johannesburg 4-5 March 2009 Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg Hobby-X - Johannesburg 5-8 March 2009 The Coca-Cola Dome, Johannesburg Bridal Africa - Johannesburg 7-8 March 2009 Gallagher Estate, Johannesburg Working World Extravaganza Careers Exhibition - Port Elizabeth 11-14 March 2009 Feather Market Centre, Port Elizabeth

Gardenex Green Living Fair Johannesburg 27-29 March 2009 The Coca-Cola Dome, Johannesburg

The Baby Expo - Johannesburg 14-17 May 2009 The Coca-Cola Dome, Johannesburg

Digital Life Expo - Johannesburg 27-29 March 2009 Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg

Nelson Mandela Bay Business Week Port Elizabeth 18-22 May 2009 Feather Market Centre, Port Elizabeth



International Franchise Expo 2-4 April 2009 Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg

Financial Planning Institute Expo Johannesburg 1-3 June 2009 Emperors Palace, Johannesburg

The Wedding Expo Johannesburg 4-5 April 2009 The Coca-Cola Dome, Johannesburg

Lab Africa - Johannesburg 2-4 June 2009 The Coca-Cola Dome, Johannesburg

Sustainability through Resource Conservation and Recycling 4-5 April 2009 Vineyard Hotel, Cape Town

KZN Industrial Technologies Durban 2-5 June 2009 Durban Exhibition Centre, Durban

World Holiday & Travel Fair Johannesburg 17-19 April 2009 The Coca-Cola Dome, Johannesburg

SA Property Owners’ Exhibition Durban 3-5 June 2009 International Convention Centre, Durban

Opportunities Australia Expo Johannesburg 14-15 March 2009 Gallagher Estate, Johannesburg

Decorex - Cape Town 24-27 April 2009 Cape Town International Convention Centre

Pretoria Homemakers Expo Pretoria 4-7 June 2009 Tshwane Events Centre, Pretoria Show Grounds

Hostex - Johannesburg 15-18 March 2009 Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg

SA Cheese Festival Franschhoek 24-27 April 2009 Bien Donne Farm, Franschhoek

Decorex Durban - Durban 19-22 March 2009 International Convention Centre, Durban Rand Easter Show - Johannesburg 20 March – 5 April 2009 Johannesburg Expo Centre, NASREC Homemakers Expo - Garden Route 26-29 March 2009 Outeniqua Transport Museum, George

Markex - Johannesburg 9-11 June 2009 Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg

MAY Megamedia Expo - Johannesburg 5-6 May 2009 Cape Town International Convention Centre

Petrotex, Chemtex, Water, Pumps, Valves and Pipes Africa Johannesburg 9-11 June 2009 Gallagher Estate, Johannesburg

Tourism Indaba 2009 - Durban 9-12 May 2009 International Convention Centre, Durban and Durban Exhibition Centre

Gauteng Outdoor Adventure and Travel Experience - Johannesburg 15-17 June 2009 Johannesburg Expo Centre, NASREC

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Mediatech Africa Johannesburg 16-18 June 2009 Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg The Woman Show Johannesburg 26-28 June 2009 The Coca-Cola Dome, Johannesburg JULY Securex - Johannesburg 1-3 July 2009 Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg Mine-Tech International 8-10 July 2009 Gallagher Estate, Johannesburg National Boat Show – Durban 17-19 July 2009 Wilson’s Marina, Durban Mediatech Africa Johannesburg 23-25 July 2009 The Coca-Cola Dome, Johannesburg Homemakers Expo - Vaal Triangle 30 July - 2 August 2009 Emerald Casino Resort, Vanderbijlpark AUGUST Hardex - Johannesburg 2-4 August 2009 Johannesburg Expo Centre, NASREC Decorex - Johannesburg 6-10 August 2009 Gallagher Estate, Johannesburg Durban International Fair Durban 7-16 August 2009 Durban Exhibition Centre, Durban Human Resources Development Expo - Johannesburg 12-14 August 2009 Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg National Boat Show Johannesburg 14-16 August 2009 The Coca-Cola Dome, Johannesburg


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International Statistical Institute Expo Durban 16-22 August 2009 International Convention Centre, Durban and Durban Exhibition Centre Markex - Durban 18-20 August 2009 International Convention Centre, Durban

OCTOBER Cape Town Outdoor Adventure and Travel Experience - Cape Town 2-4 October 2009 Bien Donne Farm Franschhoek National Boat Show – Durban 3-5 October 2009 Cape Town International Convention Centre

Pretoria Show - Pretoria 26 August - 6 September 2009 Tshwane Events Centre, Pretoria Show Grounds

Homemakers Expo - Durban 8-11 October 2009 Durban Exhibition Centre, Durban

The Baby Expo - Durban 28-30 August 2009 International Convention Centre, Durban

Propak Africa - Johannesburg 20–23 October 2009 Johannesburg Expo Centre, NASREC


Cape Town International Fair - Cape Town 23 October - 1 November 2009 Goodhope Centre, Cape Town

Homemakers Expo - Cape Town 3-6 September 2009 Cape Town International Convention Centre Healthy Living - Johannesburg 4-6 September 2009 Fountain Court, Sandton City The Wedding Expo - Johannesburg 5-6 September 2009 The Coca-Cola Dome, Johannesburg

Manufacturing and Technology International - Johannesburg 27-30 October 2009 Johannesburg Expo Centre, NASREC NOVEMBER The Baby Expo - Cape Town 6-8 November 2009 Cape Town International Convention Centre

Eskom Small Business Expo Johannesburg 11-13 September 2009 Gallagher Estate, Johannesburg Hardex - Johannesburg 12-14 September 2009 Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg

For more information contact EXSA: Tel: +27 11 805 7272

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Chapter 1 Hotels, Lodges and Resorts


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“In hospitality, the chief thing is goodwill.” Greek proverb




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InterContinental Johannesburg Sandton Towers The hotel of choice for discerning travellers


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The hotel is linked to two of South Africa’s exclusive shopping malls, Sandton City and Nelson Mandela Square. It is also right next to the spectacular Sandton Convention Centre, one of the largest convention centres in the country, which can accommodate up to 10 000 delegates at any one time. Sandton is known as the economic hub of South Africa and many major corporations, including the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, are located here. With an international reputation for excellence, guests staying at the InterContinental Johannesburg Sandton Towers, on either business or leisure, can enjoy accommodation in a class of its own, from the exclusive Club Floor, with its 24-hour private butler service to the penthouse suite, which offers the ultimate in luxury and elegance. The contemporary Atrium Restaurant and Bar, which received an award of Excellence

from Diners Club 2006, is the only 5-star hotel in Johannesburg to qualify for this recognition, and has the celebrated Executive Chef Berno du Plessis at its helm. Superior facilities include a well appointed Fitness Centre, swimming pool set in a secluded position, amongst a magnificent cycad collection, exclusive boardroom, Business Centre, Spa at Sandton Sun and a host of superb facilities. Whether guests are drawn to timeless Africa with its unique spirit of culture, scenery and people, it is the passion of this hotel’s staff to deliver top-class service that sets it apart from other 5-star hotels, and makes this hotel, the hotel of choice for discerning travellers. 

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Emperors Palace Hotel, Casino and Convention Resort The world of the Emperors lives on in a place where no expense or detail has been spared in the pursuit of pleasure, where the best of entertainment is brought to the people and exotic foods are prepared every day.

Emperors Palace Hotel, Casino and Convention Resort, conveniently situated next to the O.R. Tambo Airport, Johannesburg, combines timeless, classical elegance and sheer excitement. The resort offers a unique experience with luxurious accommodation and relaxation facilities, a magnificent casino with unparalleled gaming enjoyment, the finest in dining and entertainment, a unique retail concourse, a children’s paradise with an indoor entertainment centre, multi-faceted conference facilities and impeccable service. The Peermont D’oreale Grande, a magnificent 5-star hotel of elegance where


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luxury beckons at every turn. This ultra luxurious hotel features 196 beautifully designed and impeccable appointed guest rooms and suites that are fitted with state-of-the-art facilities and surround you with the utmost elegance and regal comfort. The hotel’s comfort is not only in its furnishings, but also in the impeccable levels of service which anticipate individual needs and wishes. Emperors Palace has a further two hotels, the deluxe 3-star Peermont Mondior and existing 3-star Peermont Metcourt Laurel, and another new 3-star select services 248key Peermont Metcourt hotel is officially

due to open in March 2009. This gem caters specifically to the demand for large groups and creates a new standard of modern, contemporary convenience and functionality. It will have a spacious ground floor reception area for large group check-ins, a business centre, boardroom, pool area and restaurant, increasing the Resort’s. The opulent Emperors Palace casino is the finest in Gauteng, and is renowned for service excellence. For the discerning player, the Jewel of the Empire is the intimate and sophisticated high limit Palace Court Privé, featuring the Salon Privé tables gaming area and the Slots Privé gaming area.

Experience a variety of outstanding cuisine and dazzling entertainment. The superbly appointed Theatre of Marcellus hosts worldclass dance extravaganzas, musicals and shows, while the Odeon Showbar offers a glittering cabaret revue as the main highlight, while comedy, jazz and screened major sporting events are also regular features. When it comes to wining and dining, Emperors Palace offers the ultimate gourmet experience and Octavia’s Sensorium is a haven where the physical, the mental and the spiritual are equally cared for. For conference and exhibition planners, there is only one place to meet. Whether it’s an

executive boardroom meeting, a trade show or a banquet, our venues, facilities and attention to personal service sets us apart. Recent Awards: • World Travel Awards 2008: Africa’s Leading Casino Resort • World Quality Gold Crown Award 2007: D’oreale Grande • PMR Diamond Award 2007: Best Executive Hotel – D’oreale Grande • PMR Diamond Award 2007: Best Casino – Emperors Palace

For further information, please contact Emperors Palace: +27 11 928 1000 for hotel bookings contact Central Reservations on 0860 777 900 or +27 11 557 0777 email: or go to to book online.

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Graceland Hotel, Casino and Country Club Discover Graceland and experience the charm of grand old southern style

Graceland, an astonishing mansion built in tribute style to the grand old age of Colonial southern America, is located in Secunda, Mpumalanga, approximately 1½ hours from Johannesburg and Pretoria. Graceland presents absolute entertainment for the whole family, conferencing, superb relaxation and recreation experiences. A visit to Graceland will certainly be a memorable experience steeped in nostalgia of the grand old age. The graceful 4-star Peermont Walmont hotel offers 62 standard rooms, 31 family


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rooms, three junior suites, one Presidential suite and a paraplegic room, all featuring panoramic views over the golf course or pool terrace. DĂŠcor and furnishings are of the highest quality, and allow the elegance of the Victorian-American theming to continue right into the room, down to the very last detail. The Graceland Country Club features a Gary Player designed, 18-hole championship inland links-style golf course which features a mixture of significant elevation changes, water hazards,

undulating greens, rolling fairways and strategically placed bunkering. The Augusta Lounge reflects the tradition and splendour of famour American golf clubs and the Palm Terrace Snack Bar and Halfway House overlooking the pool terrace will ensure that you enjoy the ultimate golfing experience. Wine and dine southern-style at the elegant Blue Bayou serving á la carte meals inspired by the many flavours of the world while the American Café serves a choice of light meals. Entertainment includes the spectacular Graceland Casino,

the delightful Buffalo Bill’s Showbar – reminiscent of the Wild West Saloons of old and a movie theatre. Graceland also features a convention centre with state-of-the-art facilities perfect for banquets, product launches, conferences, seminars, weddings, teambuilding and other special events.

For further information, please contact Graceland: +27 17 620 1000 for hotel bookings contact Central Reservations on 0860 777 900 or +27 (0)11 557 0777 email: or go to to book online.

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Luxury Defined Sheraton Pretoria Hotel Pretoria – Often called the Jacaranda City after the magnificent lilac trees which line its streets – is undoubtedly one of the world’s most attractive capitals.

Perfectly situated with sweeping views across the lawns of the magnificent Union Buildings – seat of government in the nation’s administrative capital city – the Sheraton Pretoria is within the immediate vicinity of more than 100 embassies, as well as the Reserve Bank and most government ministries. The hotel offers 175 luxurious rooms, including 36 Club Rooms on the restrictedaccess sixth and seventh floors of this magnificent hotel, 13 Deluxe Rooms, 6 Diplomatic Suites and one Presidential Suite.


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The décor throughout is warm and inviting, featuring soft cream-coloured furnishings and rich Italian marble. All the rooms are airconditioned and feature thoughtfully designed working areas. The Business Centre features a fully equipped office, two meeting rooms and a boardroom. Naturally, internet and e-mail facilities are available, along with secretarial services and all the equipment you’d likely need. The Wellbeing Center on the first floor offers professional skin and body care and has

a 24 hour gym and sauna where busy executives can unwind. Traditional grill-rooms around the world are growing in popularity, we are therefore very pleased to be able to present our A La Carte, 643 Bar & Grill. All of the carefully selected cuts of meat you will find served here are customaged, basted and flame-grilled to your particular requirements. You simply have to be there! Magnolia Restaurant is open for all-day dining, with sumptuous

buffets at breakfast, lunch and dinner. Regular guests will be familiar with the Sheraton custom of the anytime-ofthe-day breakfast! We offer a chauffeur drive service, foreign exchange service, travel agency, secured underground parking, in-house shopping and a superb banqueting service in our magnificent ballroom. Stay at the address frequented most by world leaders, royalty and stars when they are in Pretoria for a spot of business: The Sheraton Pretoria Hotel.

For more information: P.O Box 26500, Arcadia, Pretoria 0007 643 Cnr. Church and Wessels Streets Arcadia, Pretoria – South Africa; Tel: +27 12 429 9999; Fax: +27 12 429 9300; E-mail:

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Hotels, Lodges and Resorts

Premier Hotels & Resorts Premier Hotels - “Where everyone is treated like Royalty”™ Offering comfortably luxurious hotels and expertly equipped conference venues throughout South Africa; from the cosmopolitan city of Cape Town, to East London; the gateway to the Industrial Development Zone of Buffalo City, to a culturally diverse KwaZuluNatal and reaching as far north as the seat of government in Pretoria.

CAPE TOWN The Premier Hotel Cape Manor is situated in the heart of Sea Point located in close proximity to Cape Town’s leading attractions; including the V&A Waterfront, Table Mountain, the new Green Point Stadium and only minutes away from the Cape Town CBD and the International Convention Centre. This property consists of 99 hotel bedrooms and 21 self-catering apartments, offering views of the ocean, Signal Hill, Lions Head or Table Mountain with conference facilities for up to 120 delegates. EAST LONDON The first hotel in the Premier portfolio, the Premier Hotel King David is ideally located for first time business traveller to the metropole and is located a mere 10 minutes


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from East London airport and less than 2km from the CBD and most government agencies. This hotel with its 80 well-appointed bedrooms caters comfortably for 300 conference delegates. The Premier Hotel Regent, a beachfront hotel, provides chic and luxurious accommodation for touring groups, business executives, and families alike. Situated on the Esplanade it is located within five minutes from major shopping, entertainment, sport facilities and a short 10 minute drive from the airport. The Premier Hotel Regent offers excellent business and conference facilities where up to 800 delegates can be seated. Currently under construction the Premier Hotel Emonti and the East London International Convention Centre is situated adjacent to the Premier Hotel Regent. Once

completed, this complex will feature a 254 roomed hotel equivalent of 4+/5-star rating as well as a Convention Centre featuring conference facilities that can accommodate up to 1,500 delegates and will also include an auditorium seating 600 delegates. The gem in the East London portfolio Mpongo Private Game Reserve, takes its name from the Umpongo River. A 15 minute drive from the city this 3,500 hectare reserve is home to elephant, lion, rhino, buffalo, hippo, zebra, giraffe, many other antelope and bird species, and offers guests the choice of a guided or a self drive game viewing experience. The Mpongo River Lodge and Chalets located centrally in the reserve, consists of 3 chalets each with a private lounge and deck. The main lodge has 11 lavishly furnished bedrooms; lodge facilities include a dining area, lounge, swimming pool, deck, bar and braai area. Mpongo offers a welcome alternative to city conferencing with its three spacious conference rooms, comfortably accommodating up to 100 delegates. PRETORIA Premier Hotel Pretoria - Situated minutes from the Pretoria CBD, in close proximity to Embassies and Consulates, Loftus Versveld Stadium, and diagonally opposite the seat of government - the landmark Union Buildings, the Premier Hotel Pretoria is ideally positioned in the heart of the Jacaranda City and is the ideal venue for business and leisure travellers alike. The hotel boasts 118 rooms, six conference rooms accommodating from 20 to 300 delegates as well as a fully equipped Business Centre.

DURBAN The latest addition to the Premier portfolio is Premier Hotel Pinetown. This 59-roomed hotel offers conference facilities that can accommodate up to 150 delegates; its close proximity to major freeways makes it ideal for the business traveller. Durban International Airport is a short 20 minute drive away, and the Durban CBD and ABSA Stadium is a meagre 18km from the hotel. PORT EDWARD In Port Edward on the sunny south coast of KwaZulu-Natal is Premier Hotel Edwardian. This resort type hotel consists of 46 rooms, which ranges from deluxe studios to, threebedroom units, making it perfectly suited for both families and business travellers alike. The hotel offers four conference rooms and a business centre for hotel patrons. Premier Hotels has taken great care to ensure that every aspect of personal comfort, safety and enjoyment of the services and facilities are realized at each and every one of its properties.

Premier Hotels & Resorts International: Cape Town, East London, Durban, Port Edward, Pretoria Central Reservations: 086 111 5555 Email:

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The Cape Cadogan Boutique Hotel The family owned and managed Cape Cadogan Boutique Hotel offers a rare combination of historic exteriors with classic modern bohemian interiors.

This stately double-story Georgian which dates back to the early 19th century, was ‘Victorianised’ in 1912 and declared a National Monument in 1984. It is this charm and character, matched with its desirable location amongst the popular restaurants, street café’s and stylish boutique shops of Kloof Street, that makes this hotel a flagship in Cape Town. For those seeking comfort and luxury, The Cape Cadogan Hotel is the perfect choice. The reception areas are individually decorated and designed for comfort and tranquility. Bohemian chic is our hallmark


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and all twelve en-suite bedrooms are luxuriously decorated with an eclectic mix of contemporary and antique furniture. In addition, the Hotel is family owned and managed, ensuring guests can also look forward to personalised service from a family of staff who share their local knowledge, enabling guests to enjoy local insights and an extraordinary holiday experience. The Cape Cadogan has as its presidential suite the Owners Villa. The space is decorated in a similar style to the main hotel, with fabrics and textures forming a rich woven carpet

where the classic old world style of Cape Town meets the new beautiful cafÊ society. The Villa is a private space which has recently been opened to select guests and friends of the owner. The space includes an open plan lounge, dining area and full service modern kitchen. These spaces open up with wide double framed doors onto an outdoor deck area where comfortable lounges lie around the private plunge pool. Privacy is a thread flowing through the experience, where even the kitchen is serviced by a private hatch, providing a link to the outside world, where one’s morning paper gets delivered. The Villa suite is upstairs with an open plan bathroom, perfect for those guests who are looking for comfort and simple lines. For guests who require the service of a boutique hotel, but the independence of their own

apartment, The Cape Cadogan also offers a selection of one and two bedroom luxury apartments. Each apartment comprises of a private lounge, open plan kitchen with dining area and bedroom with en-suite bathroom. The apartments are situated just behind the main hotel in Nicol Street. The choice is yours; whichever it may be, The Cape Cadogan proudly offers every guest an experience sure to exceed expectations, in a city that certainly will.


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Cape Suites Hotel Nestled at the foot of Table Mountain, with views of the Cape Town city skyline and Table Bay, lies the Best Western Cape Suites Hotel - a village-style hotel with a total of 123 studio, one, two and three bedroom suites.

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The Best Western Cape Suites Hotel provides a sensible alternative in offering affordable accommodation for tour groups, business people, families and individual travellers who are looking for spacious accommodation with convenient amenities in Cape Town. Ideally located, The Best Western Cape Suites Hotel is a 5 minute drive to the famous V&A Waterfront and a 15 minute drive to the beaches of Camps Bay and Clifton. Guests enjoy a home-away-from-home environment in our spacious air-conditioned suites, each with fully equipped kitchen and fitted to a four star standard. Each suite can accommodate several guests by providing twin beds in each bedroom and a double sleeper couch in the lounge. The studio suites each have an en suite bathroom with bath and separate enclosed shower, as well as a fully equipped kitchen 70

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and a balcony, and can accommodate one or two persons. The one bedroom suites can accommodate up to four persons comfortably. These suites each have a separate lounge and bathroom with bath and separate enclosed shower, as well as a fully equipped kitchen and a balcony. The two and three bedroom suites each have two bathrooms – one en suite, the other with bath and separate enclosed shower. Ample living space and a double sleeper couch in the lounge ensure that these suites can accommodate six to eight persons comfortably. Each of these suites has a fully equipped kitchen and a large balcony. Each suite in the Hotel boasts its own special view, varying from panoramic views of the city and Table Bay to unrestricted vistas of Table Mountain, Devil’s Peak and Lion’s Head. Guests enjoy the unique, relaxed and secure style of the Hotel’s village atmosphere,

enhanced by a single security controlled access point and on-site parking. The Hotel’s amenities include: • 2 Bars • 2 Restaurants • 2 Swimming pools with sun-decks • 24-hour Reception • Conference centre • Secure on-site parking • Fully equipped kitchen in all suites • Air-conditioning in all suites • Suites serviced daily • Laundromat • Games room • Television with M-Net in all suites • Baby-sitting service • Beach umbrella and towel hire • Picnic baskets available • BBQ facilities • Pet friendly rooms available

• Free shuttle service to city and V&A Waterfront 07:00 – 22:00 • Free airport transfers available 07:00 – 22:00 • 24-hour Internet access & Wi-fi hotspot The following suites are available at the hotel: • Studio Suites - 31 • 1 Bedroom Suites - 25 • 2 Bedroom Suites - 57 • 3 Bedroom Suites - 10 Corner of De Villiers & Constitution Streets, Cape Town 7925, South Africa P.O. Box 51085, Waterfront 8002, South Africa Tel: +27 21 461 0727 Fax: +27 21 462 4389 Toll-free number: 0800 600 852 Email: Best of South Africa


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Pezula Resort Hotel & Spa Located on the Eastern Head of Knysna on the exquisite Garden Route coast, just a 40-minute flight from Cape Town, Pezula Resort Hotel & Spa is surrounded by rugged cliffs, ancient forests and sheltered beaches.


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With sweeping views of the Pezula Championship Golf Course, the Indian Ocean and the Knysna Lagoon, it is a haven of privacy and luxury. Seventy-eight stylish suites, including two presidential suites, are housed in detached villas and deliver a whole new world of luxury in an elegant African style. Each has its own patio or balcony; a sumptuous bathroom with underfloor heating, bath, shower and double vanities; individual climate control, satellite television, a DVD player, electronic safe, direct telephone, Wi-Fi connectivity and a walk-in wardrobe. A pantry kitchen, well-stocked drinks cabinet and real log fireplace add unparalleled luxury to the accommodation. The main building houses a sumptuous cigar lounge, champagne and whisky bar, library, wine cellar and gourmet restaurant, Zachary’s. Executive chef Geoffrey Murray delights in serving up the freshest local ingredients in his inimitable style and his menu offers a variety of ‘modern ethnic’ dishes inspired by his worldwide experiences. Pezula Spa is a calm sanctuary that reflects the soul of Africa and provides worldclass professionalism in the delivery of a superior health and wellness experience. Twice named Best Spa in South Africa, it offers a comprehensive range of treatments which combine natural therapies with the most technologically advanced equipment available. It boasts a 12m heated indoor pool, state-of-the-art gymnasium, outdoor jacuzzi, sauna and steam room, rainforest shower, nail bar, hair salon and nine therapy rooms, as well as a posttreatment room with heated water beds. Guests have access to secluded Noetzie Beach, River and activities including horse riding, canoeing, hiking, mountain biking, birding and nature trails.

The Field of Dreams sporting complex offers world-class tennis courts, a multipurpose sports oval and golf practice range. The Boma is the ideal venue for a meal with an authentic African feel. A rustic thatched structure houses a bar and log fireplace where guests can dine protected from the elements. Montrose Castle on Noetzie Beach offers hotel guests access to one of the most unspoilt and secluded beaches on the Garden Route coast. The Concierge Desk will coordinate airport transfers, excursions and arrange helicopter and jet charters to virtually any destination. Visit for more information

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Mondazur Resort Hotel at San Lameer The ultimate beach and golf destination!

The modern 4-star Peermont Mondazur Resort Hotel is situated on a lagoon within the most sought-after and secure beach and golf coastal reserve estate in South Africa, namely San Lameer. Located on the beautiful South Coast of the KwaZulu-Natal Province, Mondazur is just off the N2 highway, 140km or 90 minutes south from Durban International Airport and only minutes away from the popular resort town, Margate, with its own airport. The art of harmonious living With decorations greatly influenced by our sub-tropical flowers, colours and silky materials, each room envelopes you in an Indian Ocean dream. The fresh minimalist style of dĂŠcor provides


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a harmonious and relaxing ambiance. The emphasis has been firmly placed on providing maximum in-room comfort and space. The hotel offers eight elegantly appointed Classic Rooms, 26 Deluxe Rooms, two Superior Rooms, two Executive Rooms and two Suites. Be enveloped by effortless beauty, luxury and tranquillity Mondazur also manages the rental of more than 20 selected private villas cocooned in luxurious vegetation. These villas were designed in a simple, rustic, Mediterranean style. Care and effort was taken in the layout of the area, ensuring perfect blending with the surrounding natural environment, as well as quick and easy access to all available facilities.

Manicured greens, rolling fairways and winding waterways The centrepiece of the Estate’s magnificent domain is the Championship Golf Course. The layout winds through pristine coastal flora and the tastefully constructed villas. Besides the impenetrable bush, there is an abundance of water on the course, but conservative bail-outs are always available. It has often been said that no finer collection of par three’s exists anywhere, and the fourth hole, interestingly, is almost a carbon copy of Augusta National’s famous twelfth. Cuisine that reflects the sun At Mondazur, each meal is an inspired celebration, presented by attentive waiters. The Lagoon Grill is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and serves the freshest and

the most exquisite local product seafood and á la carte cuisine. The pool deck or the Lagoon Bar are perfect places to spend a lazy afternoon, whilst enjoying a delicious Promenade lunch, an ice cold exotic cocktail and the magnificent view of the lagoon. Immerse yourself in tropical tranquillity. A sanctuary for the senses – set on 16 hectares, the estate has something for everyone. For the sporty, tennis and squash courts, open air action cricket and volley ball, a bowling green, mashie golf, canoes and paddle boats. For the nature lover – San Lameer, including the one kilometre Blue Flag beach, adjacent tidal pool and sand dunes, is a proclaimed nature reserve, so wildlife is abundant, a maze of nature trails, indigenous flora, and with more than 195 bird species

it is a birdwatcher’s paradise, with a pair of breeding crowned eagles nesting high in the palms. The Indian Ocean’s warm Mozambique current also guarantees year round pleasant sea bathing conditions.

For further information, please contact Mondazur: +27 39 313 0011 for hotel bookings contact Central Reservations on 0860 777 900 or +27 11 557 0777 email: or go to to book online.

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Lion Sands Family owned and managed since 1933, this International Award Winning private game reserve is located in the finest territory of the world famous Sabi Sand Game Reserve. It stretches for kilometres along the perennial Sabie River which forms its natural boundary with the Kruger National Park.


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The land, which has been owned and managed by the More Family for four generations, is a place of rarity and carries with it a passion which can only be instilled by a great family history. Nicholas and Robert More, brothers & fourth generation owners of the land, opened

Lion Sands Private Game Reserve to guests in April 2001 with Lion Sands River Lodge and Lion Sands Ivory Lodge. Their passion to deliver a world class luxury safari experience is equaled by their complete commitment in ensuring a pure balance between the preservation of this pristine “bushveld�

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(wilderness area), allowing access for guests to observe some of Africa’s greatest mammals in their natural habitat and ensuring the benefits are shared with local communities. Lion Sands Ivory Lodge, awarded by Tatler Magazine as Best Hotel in the World, is ultra luxurious yet simple and uncluttered, the interiors achieving a contemporary, AfroEuropean elegance. The Lodge is about overriding exclusivity with complete privacy where each suite is operated as a private villa. Private dining, in-suite spa treatments and complete relaxation is the norm. Neither word nor photograph can capture the sense of the pure beauty which is breathed in when opening the carved wooden doors leading into this private recluse – arguably the world’s finest suite. Lion Sands River Lodge, which is downstream of Ivory Lodge, is nestled under a canopy of ancient trees dating back almost 800 years. The Lodge is about spirit, warmth, nature, relaxation and is hosted by a family of staff that will make it feel like home away from home. Relax, enjoy and get to experience


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genuine African hospitality at its best. The Lion Sands Game Reserve is private and exclusive to Lion Sands guests only which ensures the safari experience is highly personalised, allowing guests the time and flexibility to savour the natural beauty which abounds. Come to Lion Sands, spend a little time with us, man and animal, and you will experience a feeling of belonging and at the same time a sense of freedom that comes from those who believe in sharing, instead of possessing.


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Chapter 2 Arts and Culture


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“Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures. “ Henry Ward Beecher

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Arts and Culture

South African Artists South Africa is home to some of the world’s most ancient and beautiful art – from the rock paintings of the San to the emergence of superior artistic talent. It is also the scene of a host of diverse and challenging contemporary artists producing important new work’s today.

Gerard Sekoto Sekoto’s artistic abilities expressed in drawing and sculpting started at an early age, which eventually evolved into watercolour painting. He would draw and paint late into the night by candlelight. After winning second prize in a national art competition, he decided to pursue a career as a full time artist. Sekoto’s attraction to the contemporary lifestyle in the big cities prompted his move to Johannesburg in 1939, where he lived in Sophiatown with his cousins. He later met the painter Judith Gluckman at the Gainsborough Galleries in 1940, who introduced him to all aspects of painting with oils. In 1942 Sekoto had a successful solo exhibition at the Gainsborough Gallery in Johannesburg and made enough money to realise one of his dreams – to visit Cape Town. Once there he joined the ‘New Group’ and went on to exhibit around the country with them. At the age of 33, Sekoto traveled to Paris, spending three weeks in London. An


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exhibition of South African Art was being held at the Tate Gallery at the time where Sekoto’s painting ‘Sixpence a door’ was on show. The Queen Mother upon visiting the exhibition, commented on how much she liked the Sekoto painting. Sekoto joined Présence Africaine, an organisation for artists from Africa, where he attended their month long conference in Dakar Senegal in 1966 where he decided to stay and paint the Senegalese people. Sekoto returned to Paris in 1967 and exhibited in the Galérie Christine Colin, Galérie Marthe Nochy and the Galérie du Marais in Paris and participated in group exhibitions in various cities in Europe. In 1988 a book about Sekoto’s life, written by Barbara Lindop was published in South Africa, together with the Johannesburg Art Gallery organizing a large exhibition of his work, titled ‘Gerard Sekoto : “Unsevered Ties” bringing him much publicity. In the preface to the exhibition catalogue, Lesley Spiro writes: “Gerard Sekoto is

undoubtedly one of the pioneers of modern South African art. However, partly because of his long exile and partly because of the Eurocentric orientations in South African art history, he has not received the recognition in this country that he deserves.” Gerard Sekoto died on 20 March 1993 and was buried in the Nogent-sur-Marne cemetery. Angela Banks Angela Banks is a young Gauteng-based artist who has had two solo shows, has participated in numerous group shows, competitions and art-based projects in both Pretoria and Johannesburg. She completed her degree in Fine Arts in 1999 and her Masters in Fine Art at the University of Pretoria in 2003 where she dealt with ‘identity’, ‘the portrait’ and ‘roleplaying’ in an exhibition entitled : ‘About Face’. In April 2004 she presented an exhibition entitled ‘Rumble in the Jungle’ at Gesseau Art Gallery in Johannesburg. This body of work displayed an array of icons that were given satirical titles and symbolic reference that in some cases suggests a ‘tongue in cheek’ intimation or suggestion. In 2006 Angela exhibited at the Cite De

Internationale in Paris, France taking her into the international spotlight. She continues to expand both her personal and professional frame of reference. Frances Kendall Frances Kendall, who was raised in Mombasa and has lived in several African countries, might be best known as a Nobel Peace Prize nominee for her groundbreaking work as co-author of the title “South Africa: The Solution”, which was published in 1986 during the country’s state of emergency. Since then, she has reinvented herself a number of times – from politician, to Fred Astaire Dance Studio franchisee, and most recently as a best-selling portrait artist. As a child she ran barefoot between patches of shade cast by frangipani and mango trees, lazed in the warm golden-green ocean fringed by startling white coral beaches and coconut palms, gazed entranced into the jewel coloured world of a coral reef still pristine and rich with anemones, starfish, live shells and tropical fish. Kendall’s paintings are a tribute to these vivid images of an African childhood rediscovered.

Source: iBi Art Tel: 083 600 4030 011 783 1717 Email:

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Daniel Novela It’s clear that local and international collectors see more in Novela’s work than his extraordinary technique and love for his subject – they see Novela as a good investment.

In the last five years, gallery owners have upped the price of a canvas from a modest R350 to a set rate of R7000. Normally, it’s difficult to put a price on art because the value is not quantitative; it lies in what the public are prepared to pay. But some art does become a valuable commodity when the demand for it exceeds the supply. And that is what an investment collector looks for – art that will increase in value, that is


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why Daniel Novela has caught the interest of collectors. Since his graduation in 2000, Daniel has exhibited regularly in Gauteng and recently completed a successful tour of Europe where he sold 60 paintings. In September 2006, Daniel had his first exhibition in New York at the Sankaranka Art Gallery, which is owned by Gambian-born Saihou Saidy, whose passion is to showcase African art.

Firstly, the works are special and have integrity, secondly, a Novela canvas is fast increasing in value. As a relatively recent discovery, his true worth has yet to be established, so he is therefore considered a good investment opportunity. No doubt his New York exposure will increase his bankability even more. Daniel is a practical man. Asked how he chooses his canvases, he says simply, “They

must fit in the boot of my car”. He is also a compulsively creative man who can’t make it through the day without painting. His refined landscapes are infiltrating galleries and private collections as his special brand of African Impressionism becomes better known. His success is the result of years of hardship in an almost stereotypical story of an artist who would not let go of his dream.

“While I am all African, my style is not typically African. I gravitate towards Impressionism, particularly John Constable, Trevor Chamberlain and Richard Schmid. I also admire South African artist Adrian Boshoff.” Tel: +27 18 489 1780 Email:

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Alice Art At Alice Art Gallery we are completely dedicated to the promotion and support of South African art and artist.  Our expert knowledge of art and our deep desire to provide our clients the paintings their dreams are made of, contribute to Alice Art being a leader in the art industry.


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At Alice Art we source art for our clients by artists whose work is decorative, attractive and above all, understandable. Our exquisite range of art speaks to the heart and soul of every person who enters our galleries. We make art a living, and an integral part of your home. Visit our gallery for the ultimate art experience of a lifetime.  Let us adorn your home with beautiful works of art. Alice Art Gallery proudly introduces:  Susan Greyling. When you sometimes become lonely or long for memories gone by, you will find satisfaction in the art of Susan Greyling. The paintings of Susan’s, who is educated as an art teacher, depicts women and children in warm glowing colours and

rich textures. Her lascivious bar girls made her famous and once seen, also made them famous. A sense of warmth and a feeling of nostalgia is part and parcel of her figures. The fullness of her creations and the simplicity of her art culminates in balanced beauty seldom to be found anywhere else.

Alice Art Gallery Drive 217, Ruimsig, Roodepoort Tel: +27 11 958 1392 Fax: 088 011 958 0723 For the ultimate experience in art

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Art Lovers A mere 100km from Johannesburg on the N1 towards Bloemfontein and an hour’s drive, the unique Art Lovers is nestled along the banks of the Vaal River in the picturesque town of Parys

Originally built as a church in 1942 and restored to its present grandeur as an art gallery (new guest house), three tea gardens, wedding venue and country restaurant in 2003, Art Lovers is renowned for its expansive collection of beautiful paintings by S.A. artists Royalene, Zerk de Villiers, Carine de Villiers and


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many others as well as handcrafted, mouth blown vases by Guido von Bessouw, and mosaics by Freda Westerink. South African art is highly sought after by connoisseurs from all over the world and Art Lovers offers the perfect locale for one to view and purchase in this uniquely authentic South African town.

Anneke Delport, curator and owner, is the quintessential host for guests at Art Lovers – her expansive knowledge of local art and artists coupled with her warm and effervescent personality ensures a most unique experience for all who are fortunate to visit Art Lovers.

Contact: Anneke Delport Art Lovers Restaurant, Gallery and Guesthouse 89 BreĂŤ Street, Parys Tel: +27 56 817 6515

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B&B Markets Rooftop and the African Craft Market Conceived in 1992 with the establishment of the market at the V&A Waterfront development in Cape Town, B&B Markets is recognised today as the undisputed leading operator of vibrant quality markets in South Africa.

Award-winning lifestyle destinations include the internationally acclaimed African Craft Market and the high profile Rooftop Market in Rosebank. B&B Markets Rooftop was launched in 1993, transforming a grey parking area into a vibrant, colourful entertainment and shopping experience. Today it is one of Gauteng’s foremost lifestyle destinations; selected as Joburg’s premier market for 11 consecutive years. More than 12,000 patrons visit the Market every Sunday to barter for the best price on a diverse selection of authentic quality products offered by over 400 small businesses. Unique offerings include handcrafted precious and semi-precious jewellery and exclusive couture, exquisite home décor and accessories, and organic and handcrafted wares. The Antique & Collectables section lures lovers of bric-abrac with a fascinating array of treasures from a bygone era. An Artists Section showcases a visual celebration of original art by top local artists – all complemented by a feast of international flavours in the Deli Section. The market is carefully tailored to enhance all the excitement of the traditional craft and flea market experience with the convenience of formalised retail shopping. Credit card facilities, gift vouchers, trolleys, customer service kiosks and a refund service are available, and the entertainment mix is carefully constructed to complement an energetic shopping and entertainment experience for the whole family.


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Rooftop’s neighbouring African Craft Market was established in November 1999, responding to a need to assist the informal hawkers in Rosebank by providing them with a formalised trading environment. Hailed as the most successful development of its kind in South Africa, this unprecedented upliftment initiative relocated local pavement traders to an economically viable alternative that is today the internationally acclaimed African Craft Market of Rosebank. This 7-day-a-week market showcases an exquisite selection of superior African crafts and artefacts from all over Africa. An exhilarating environment invites patrons to bargain for a price in the true style of the African market experience. Tourist merchandise on the Lower Level of the market is complemented by the Upper Level’s ‘Craft, Gift & Décor Emporium’ – a major attraction for local patrons on the look-out for unique handcrafted home décor and gifts. The African Craft Market enjoys strong ties within South Africa’s tourism industry, offering tour operator incentives for local and international groups on both levels of the market. A dedicated tour bus parking facility located opposite the market provides for secure and convenient access, with credit card and freight facilities available on-site. A professional, managementsupervised corporate gift service offers quality handcrafted African items as unique and exciting gift alternatives. Items can be branded and personalised to meet individual

specifications, budgets and quantity requirements. B&B Markets commitment to business excellence is complemented by an ongoing contribution to social development within the communities that it serves – from internal employee skills development to aiding in the responsible development of South Africa’s local traders and craftsmen. A philosophy of sustained trader mentoring and training underpins a vision of transforming innovative entrepreneurs into laudable business individuals.

Credited with revolutionising South Africa’s retail industry with exceptional informal trading environments, every B&B Market comes with the promise of an inimitable shopping and entertainment experience for tourists and local patrons alike. B&B Markets – Bargain on more

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Chapter 3 Travel, Tours and Leisure


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“Certainly, travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living. “ Miriam Beard

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Discover the refinement of luxury train travel The Premier Classe is a unique way to experience the Africa of a bygone era... an era of gracious living and timeless elegance.

The moment you board the air-conditioned Premier Classe train, you’ll step into a world that recaptures the long lost elegance of luxury train travel and the personalised service of a bygone era. At the same time, you’ll enjoy the technology and sophistication of the fast paced, modern world around you. While we accommodate 124 passengers in sheer luxury, you’ll enjoy the attention to detail of our spacious compartments and lavishly appointed bathrooms. Our chefs


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are renowned for their ability to create a tantalising variety of delicious meals in a kitchen that boasts the very best appliances and facilities imaginable. A state-of-the-art water purification system provides crystal clean drinking water for all our passengers. Dimmer lights provide a relaxed, romantic environment. From every cabin, the views may be of our breathtaking country, but within, guests are cocooned in warmth and hospitality that is quintessentially South African.

With roaming microphones and high-tech equipment at your finger tips, Premier Classe is the perfect venue for conferences and team building events. State-of-theart power sockets for recharging your electronic devices will keep you in touch with the outside world no matter where we are. For your reading comfort, we’ve fitted special environmentally friendly LED lights throughout the coaches. The conference coach can also be transformed into a dance venue for after-hours entertainment.

And for your convenience, we’ve added special coaches that can accommodate any size vehicles including 4 x 4’s, allowing you to take your own vehicle with you.*

For more information or to book your journey phone: 086 000 88 88 or contact your travel agent. * This facility is applicable to the Cape Town route only and will also apply to the Durban route in the near future.

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Visit the Elephant Sanctuary … Just an hour from Johannesburg and Pretoria, wrinkly grey giants walk the earth.

The Sanctuary offers guests exhilarating elephant driven programmes, with the focus of their operations on happy elephants and satisfied guests. As the Elephant Sanctuary’s focus is on education through interaction, guests will not only learn a lot about elephants, but also get to touch, brush and walk trunk-in-hand with these magnificent pachyderms. The Sanctuary is open seven days a week and offers several programmes during the day. Guests can also book an intimate overnight stay in one of the two lodges.

Booking is essential. Tel: +27 12 258 0423 or +27 12 258  0332


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The Travel Company Without a travel agent you’re on your own! The advantage of booking a business trip or leisure trip with “The Travel Company” is their affiliation with reputable travel partners.

The Travel Company has a multilingual, knowledgeable, well-travelled team of consultants and offer unique “after hours” and “Sunday by appointment” plans. They are proud of their personal and professional attention to the individual and corporate traveller. The Travel Company undertakes to provide its customers with assurance that they will receive the highest quality, in terms of travel products, at all times. Their tailor-made tours can satisfy the needs of the most discerning, sophisticated traveller who wants an escape to tranquillity, the adventurer whose desire is to experience the excitement of an adrenalin rush. Why the Travel Company for all your corporate travel arrangements? The substantial volume of travel generated through them, provides The Travel Company with the ability to negotiate the most competitive prices for their clients, whether it’s for airfares, cruises, coach travel, incentives, tours, conferences, safaris,

launches, teambuilding, car rentals, hotel accommodation, travel insurance, foreign exchange delivered, airport transfers, and or any large or small items that are so important in making your travel experience, even more streamlined. Their affiliation to Radius Travel Management Group has now grown over 420 travel agencies throughout the United States of America, Australia, Europe, New Zealand and South Africa. The Travel Company Tours & Safaris serves as the inbound travel operation for all your international business delegates, family and friends wishing to visit Southern Africa. Conference Centre - The Stables Their in-house conference centre in Sandown creates a relaxed ambiance for meetings, launches or functions. Catering can be provided in accordance with clients’ requirements. Capacity 18 seated comfortably.

106 Katherine Street, Sandown, Sandton Tel: +27 11 911 2300 Fax: +27 11 783 7529 Email:

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Europcar The joining of iconic, home-grown Imperial Car Rental and global, award-winning Europcar presented significant growth and exposure opportunities, to the benefit of all customers.


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Customers now have instant rental access to a global fleet of over 220,000 vehicles in over 160 countries in over 3,000 locations. Europcar is in a favorable position to continue offering superior products and services at competitive rates, whilst still delivering their 30 year legacy of Proudly South African, personal ‘Imperial’ service. Europcar International have a solid reputation of professionalism, innovation and customer service orientation and their brand is placed among the top three car rental brands worldwide. Included in their World Travel Award accolades are Best Car Rental Company in Africa 2006, 2007 and 2008; Number one in car rental in Europe 2004, 2005 and 2006; Best Car Rental Company in Europe and Best Worldwide Leisure Car Rental Company 2006. The World Travel Awards are better known as ‘The Oscars of the travel industry’. In September 2008, Europcar and Enterprise Rent-A-Car (the largest car rental company in North America) concluded a strategic alliance, designed to further enhance the international coverage and service offering of both partners, particularly for global corporate accounts. Together, Europcar and Enterprise offer a fleet of

more than 1.2 million vehicles at more than 13,000 locations in 162 countries to form the world’s largest car rental network. Europcar International also holds the franchise rights to the National Alamo brand in Europe, Asia and Africa. Europcar therefore operates the National Alamo brands in Southern Africa, for international inbound customers. Europcar South Africa is a level 4 BEE company, still holds their Proudly South African status and remains a 100% homegrown and dedicated supporter of the initiative. They were a founding member of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund and remain their official car rental partner. A portion of every international rental is donated to The Fund. Imperial Car Rental – Europcar have pioneered some of the most well known car rental products and services in South and Southern Africa and through experience and expertise, have perfected them over the years. “As a car rental company of choice, we are committed to excellence always”.

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SafeCab® South Africa’s newest, largest and fastest growing cab service


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SAFECAB® is South Africa’s leading provider of safe, reliable, and affordable cab service’s. Operating 24-hours a day, they have become the country’s preferred service for work, school and leisure travel. Once you have used SAFECAB®’s services, you’ll understand what everyone is talking about. They take pride in offering you the best service for an affordable price - ensuring you get where you’re going safely and comfortably. SAFECAB® offers metered cabs with professional drivers and reliable vehicles,

24-hour call centre with radio dispatch, satellite tracking system in all our cabs, company management is always responsive and available. Finally reliable public transport is available in South Africa.

For more information on any of our services, contact our Call Centre on 0861 66 55 66 or send us an email to

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Chapter 4 Luxury Lifestyles


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“Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.� Antoine de Saint-Exupery

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Luxury Lifestyles

Land Rover South Africa Since the very first design appeared in 1948, the Land Rover name has become universally identified with definitive four-wheel drive vehicles. Between them, Defender, Freelander, Discovery and Range Rover have evolved to satisfy every requirement for urban style, comfort and unbeatable off-road capability. It’s a remarkable story that reads like a history of the 4x4 itself.

No other 4x4 in the world has managed to win the respect of both hardcore off-road enthusiasts and jet setters. This dichotomy is half the appeal of the vehicle and makes it the favourite of luminaries from all walks of life, from Queen Elizabeth to Fidel Castro, Sylvester Stallone, to Michael Jordan, Oprah Winfrey, Michael Jackson, and Sting. Land Rover’s brand vision, “To be the world’s leading brand at inspiring, creating and delivering a spirit of adventure” has reverberated with potential and current customers alike as it is relevant to their needs and aspirations, while our products are known to be enablers to the adventurous lifestyle. Land Rover’s spirit of adventure has been evident from the earliest days. Adventurers, farmers, scientists, naturalists, and outdoor


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sport enthusiasts have all used Land Rovers’ capability to access some of the world’s most inhospitable regions. For 60 years, the company’s vehicles have also worked for a multitude of humanitarian and conservation organisations, represented today by Land Rover’s formal ties with the Born Free Foundation, Biosphere, Earthwatch, the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), and the China Exploration and Research Society. The heritage and history the brand has earned over the years will remain the cornerstone of the brand’s image. On this foundation we have seen the brand become “sophisticated” over the past number of years with phenomenal technology being built into the product. Land Rover continues to evolve, with unrivalled capability, premium

values and sustainable motoring at the top of the agenda. With regard to the future, Land Rover has a strong foundation in Africa and this will continue to be built upon. The company is constantly growing in terms of sales in Africa, and this trend is set to continue aggressively. The recent product-lead revitalization – spurred by Range Rover in 2001, then supported by the introduction of Discovery 3 in 2005, Range Rover Sport in 2006 culminating with Freelander and Defender in 2007; typifies the brand transformation to what is referred to as 21st Century Land Rover. This transformation has allowed for increased sales and market share in most world markets, significantly so in the South African marketplace.

2007 was a truly outstanding year for Land Rover as a company. Over 225,000 vehicles were sold worldwide, a first in Land Rover’s 60-year history. Land Rover South Africa achieved its most successful sales month in December 2007 of 674 units. Not just satisfied with having had a exceptional December, LRSA went on to achieve an all time sales record for a calendar year – 5 744 units.

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Luxury Lifestyles

Helios Executive Helicopter Charter Change your journey from the mundane to the exotic and arrive in style


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Helios Executive Helicopter Charter, centrally located at Grand Central Airport in Midrand Johannesburg, is conveniently placed mid way between the cities of Johannesburg and Pretoria. In association with T-Jet Helicopters and Legend Aviation, we offer helicopter charter services seven days a week throughout the year. Specializing in executive helicopter charter, inter-airport transfers, trips to business meetings and visits to game parks or resorts. We also offer aerial photography for the movie industry, advertising shoots, aerial videography for geophysical surveys and environmental management, as well as flights of fancy for special occasions such as weddings and anniversaries. All flights are tailored to meet your individual needs, from being met at the door of your arriving international flight, escorted through the formalities of customs and immigration, to being taken to your awaiting helicopter right outside OR Tambo International Airport. Then soaring above the traffic, whilst enjoying a bird’s eye view, ensuring an on-time arrival at your destination. Other destinations include The Palace at Sun City and the Pilanesberg National Park, the famous Kruger National Park, the beautiful Marakele National Park and the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site. Through Helios Executive Helicopter Charter you have access to a range of helicopters, all of which are jet turbine powered including Bell 407, Eurocopter 350B3 and Agusta 109 and 119 types. These helicopters are designed to strike an ideal balance between safety, reliability and performance. Equipped with state of the art navigation equipment, seating up to five passengers in luxury or six in comfort. Ground transport of luggage can be arranged if necessary. You will be safely and professionally flown to your destination by highly trained and competent pilots. Experience the beauty of the South African landscape, whether your trip is business or pleasure.

For more information: +27 82 651 4766 Email:

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For the Best in Boating

The dream world of endless horizons, cocktails, spectacular sunsets and exotic destinations is now within easy reach thanks to Boating World, a well-established leader among the marine industry’s elite. This contemporary company, with offices in Durban and Cape Town, is recognised as one of South Africa’s top big boat distributors,


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offering discerning buyers the best in sales, brokerage services and superior back-up. Renowned for their wide selection of new and pre-owned sport fishing boats and cruisers, Boating World is synonymous with top names such as Fairline, Riviera, Rinker, Crownline and Malibu boats. London-manufactured Fairline, offer the

world’s best boats in their class from 30 to 85ft. Exceptional design and finishes set these cruisers apart, featuring models of different sizes in the Squadron, Targa or Phantom ranges. Riviera Sport Fishing Boats and Cruisers are ideally suited to our coastline with their reinforced hulls. Stylish yet practical, these crafts are great for long distance travel, fishing, entertaining and overnighting in sumptuously spacious living areas. Numerous features include storage hatches, live bait wells and toe cut-outs spaces on the gunnels. At the helm and steering a highly qualified staff complement, is triple national (Springbok) water sportsman, Derrick Levy. Renowned as a visionary in the industry Derrick keeps ahead of trends and technology in the world of boating.

Norse Air Charter Your Aviation Business Partner Undoubtedly the importance of efficiency and productivity as well as time is paramount in the planning and execution of passenger movements and business travel

If you want to travel to remote areas where scheduled airlines can’t take you, or do not want to be tied to the departure and arrival times of scheduled flight timetables Norse Air Charter can provide the right aircraft to suit your needs. The benefit of air charter resides in the ability to decide where, when and how you choose to travel. Norse Air Charter is a black empowered South African based company and has been servicing aviation requirements for 12 years. The company offers a wide range of aircraft to meet the individual requirements of its customer; its focus leveled on delivering the highest level of service, integrity and operational safety. We have on several occasions been able to supply a suitable aircraft within a few hours of being contacted. We are aware that in emergencies, like natural disasters or medivac requests, timing is critical. Sometimes, the need arises to combine passenger and freighting requirements to ensure a reliable and cost effective option. For example when medical doctors with their supplies and equipment need to be transported to

a disaster area to assist with relief efforts, we are often able to supply an aircraft to accommodate both the passengers and the cargo to ensure that once they arrive at the scene there is no delay in trying to locate their cargo or having to wait for it to arrive a few days later. They are able to get to work immediately. Norse Air Charter has established a reputation for safe, professional and reliable service over the years. Whether your charter requirements are domestic or international, we are able to transport you. The benefit of air charter is you are able to decide where, when and how you choose to travel. Whatever your requirements, Norse Air Charter can help you locate the most suitable aircraft type. Chartering can be a very efficient way to move passengers. The next time you are thinking of air transportation contact, Norse Air Charter. Our Fleet consists of: MD83, B737, B727, DC9, SAAB 340. Metro 23, Gulfstream 3, Gulfstream 2, Citation, Challenger, Learjet, Beechcraft 1900, Kingair 200, Kingair 90, Cessna 402, Seneca, Falcon 2000 and Soverereign.

For all enquiries, please contact us on: Tel: +27 11 666 0800 Fax: +27 11 666 0820 E-mail:

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Chapter 5 Dining and Nightlife


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“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.� J. R. R. Tolkien

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Dining and Nightlife

Fashion TV Café and lounge “Fashion TV is not just a brand it is a lifestyle of timeless beauty, professionalism, eternal youth and the excitement of live television”


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All over the world, celebrities, fashionistas and models are flocking to the Fashion TV venues to meet and mingle with up and coming people and the “who’s who” of the fashion and entertainment industries. Every major city has one, arranging events, corporate functions and product launches with supported on-air streaming. Fashion TV parties are modern and spectacular; they highlight glamour, beauty and fashion and act as a stage for the showcasing of fashion shows, star interviews and VIP parties. Fashion TV South Africa is proud to announce that we have opened seven Lounges and Cafes over the past two

years, with each shop offering our famous cuisine, bars and live on-air streaming of our channel on plasma screens throughout all our stores. In the beginning, we opened our first Fashion TV Lounge in Sandton and now have Lounges in Brooklyn, Cape Town, Silver Star Casino and Cedar Square. Cafés in Sunninghill, Irene and Worldwear. Fashion TV Silverstar offers not only your lounge experience, but have gone a step further, integrating Asian Fusion cuisine and the glitz and glamour of the truly unique dining and entertainment experience associated with Fashion TV Lounges and Cafes worldwide.

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Vilamoura Awaken your senses

Transport yourself to tranquility and splendor, revitalizing your senses and tantalizing your desire of exploration. Vilamoura caters to all your needs, nurturing your experience from the moment you are welcomed in. Vilamoura captures the flamboyant glamorous setting that reminisces of the most prosperous venues in the world. European decor is revealed with vibrant mosaic murals and unique trinkets, enticing fantasies beyond imagination. The restaurant’s excellence also lies in its renowned quality and service and has many impressive awards including “Best Restaurant”, “Most Romantic Restaurant” and “Best Restaurant to go on a First Date”.


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A venue well-renowned For quality and service Lounge in the opulent surroundings, taking in the exquisite detail, while enjoying an aperitif and unwind in the serene ambience that has made Vilamoura popular among its patrons. Celebrated for its fine cuisine, Vilamoura pride itself in serving delectable meals, honouring the Portuguese and Mediterranean traditions. With a wide variety of temptations, from Oysters to Lobster Thermidor, Vilamoura’s reputation is securely resting in the satisfaction of any taste connoisseur. The perfect accompaniment to any exotic meal is a bottle of fine wine. Vilamoura are meticulous in the careful selection of their wine list, offering sensory satisfaction and enhancing the dining experience.

Food for thought is no substitute for the real thing Vilamoura will entice you with their superb menu, impeccable service and exquisite wine list. Elegance and attention to detail encompasses the two private dining rooms as well as a Supper Club which offers a dinner and dance experience with live entertainment. Be it a special celebration, a corporate function or a romantic dinner for two, Vilamoura will turn it into a truly memorable occasion.

Foyer Sandton Sun Cnr. 5th Street and Alice Lane Sandton City Tel: +27 884 0360/1 Email:

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Dining and Nightlife

Mythos Restaurants Mythos captures the idyllic simplicity and warmth of the Greek islands.

Mythos restaurants are contemporary Greek restaurants with dĂŠcor and an ambience that is stylishly elegant, but also appealing to those who enjoy a quiet romantic setting for two. Floor to ceiling concertina doors slide back to ensure an excellent indoor-outdoor flow and there are plenty of outside tables with smart umbrellas for al fresco dining. Food has always been a celebration for the Greeks! Picking at Meze whilst sipping on a glass of chilled ouzo or retsina wine and


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making small talk with friends and family, is something a Greek would not trade for any other entertainment in the world. The Greek passion for life, beauty and of course food ensures a joyous eating experience at every Mythos. The menu is a superb exploration of authentic Greek cuisine. You can enjoy a variety of Meze, or traditional cooked meals such as Kleftiko and Mousaka, or meat, fish and seafood dishes as mouth-watering alternatives.

You can also enjoy some lovely light lunch options in Pita and a delectable range of salads. Vegetarians are well catered for and as a tantalizing end to a fine meal, the desserts are breathtaking. Home-made baklava, pistachio halva ice-cream and Greek yoghurt served with nuts and honey, are but some of the delights on offer. Mythos offers a good selection of Greek and top quality South African wines as well as top-end Champagnes and a small

but well-chosen cocktail menu. End your evening with a cup of Greek coffee, followed by a glass of Ouzo. Book now and reawaken your culinary senses between sparkling blue and green hues of the Mediterranean with eye catching décor and ornaments to set the tone for a wonderful evening! Contact Mythos to book function rooms for that special dining occasion, private or business function or conference.

BEDFORD SQUARE Cnr Van der Linde and Smith Street, Bedfordview Tel: +27 11 615 2271 DESIGN QUARTER Cnr William Nicol and Leslie Road, Fourways Tel: +27 11 465 3468 ATHOLL SQUARE Cnr Katherine and Wierda Road East, Sandton Tel: +27 11 783 5615

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Adega Broadacres Not just another Portuguese restaurant

Hosts: Adele & Sergio


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Adega has been voted Top Portuguese Restaurant for three consecutive years (2006, 2007 and 2008), that alone puts us in a class of our own… Adega is an up market Portuguese Restaurant that caters for a variety of tastes and styles. The restaurant offers a warm unpretentious ambiance allowing the diner to feast in true Portuguese style. Our aim is to extend the highest level of quality of food and service, without losing the personal attention and friendliness of the staff and management. Adega also provides excellent and highly successful corporate functions.

Food The focus is on traditional Portuguese cuisine. We’ve taken the classic flavours of Portuguese culture and used them creating dishes like: Codfish a Braz Shredded codfish with chopped fried onion, chipped potatoes, garlic and egg, all carefully blended together and pan fried. This is a tasty dish for the adventurous palate who wants to experience codfish the Portuguese way. Then also our shellfish, an Adega speciality! All our shellfish are selected with great care and grilled to perfection.Adega will make you feel as if you have just visited “Little Portugal”, with its famous rooster and classical blue and

white plates. Enjoy a glass of fine Portuguese wine from Sergio’s wine corner on our deck or sit outside and enjoy the tranquility of water in our garden. Adega is the place for families to get together, friends to share a cocktail or for lovers to escape‌ Always Open ~ Always Good

Booking is essential: Tel: +27 11 465 1633 Email:

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Art Lovers A mere 100km from Johannesburg on the N1 towards Bloemfontein and an hour’s drive, the unique Art Lovers is nestled along the banks of the Vaal River in the picturesque town of Parys


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A perfect compliment to the art gallery found at Art Lovers in Parys is their excellent restaurant where their chef, Hugo van Niekerk, trained and qualified as Head Chef at the world renowned “Haute Cabriere” Cellar Restaurant based in Franschhoek, Cape Town. Hugo delights in tempting visitors with delicious cuisine that is reminiscent of French-African and traditional South African fare at its best. Coupled with one of the finest wine collections, patrons

can enjoy an experience of wining and dining which rivals some of the top establishments in the country.

Contact: Anneke Delport Art Lovers Restaurant, Gallery and Guesthouse 89 Breë Street, Parys Tel: +27 56 817 6515

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Seattle Coffee Company Seattle Coffee Company were the first to introduce gourmet coffee to South Africa. They opened their first store in 1997 and since then have lead the gourmet coffee market and maintained consistently high service levels.


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Seattle Coffee Company is primarily a people business that is totally committed to providing the finest coffee experience in this country. The company values integrity, quality and community and their goal is to build an outstanding organization; one that stands for integrity and that is valued for the authenticity of its product and the passion of its people. “We believe in selling coffee one cup at a time. Opening stores, and educating people about dark-roasted, brilliantly brewed coffee is our mission everyday. We intend to build the Seattle brand first with our people because we believe that the best way to meet and exceed the expectations of customers is to hire and train carefully, to invest in our staff and to instill an in-depth understanding of good coffee. These people are our retail partners and are the best ambassadors for our brand.” Seattle are firm believers in ethical trading values which means our roasters go beyond fair trade standards to ensure the farms where our beans are grown have a sustainable business model, that farmers are well paid for their product and that the farms are thriving entities. Our roasters visit these farms personally and have invested in them too. Our beans are also grown in an organic environment, some are certified. Seattle Coffee Company values • Ethical trading when purchasing green beans

• Absolute quality • No mass market techniques • Integrity and traceability of suppliers and production Why is Seattle Coffee Company different? Seattle Coffee Company stands out for 2 primary reasons. 1. The quality and outstanding flavour of our coffee. We use the finest Arabica beans in the world, which are hand roasted in London. 2. Our intense focus on training our baristas in both understanding the art and science that goes into coffee making and providing a great customer experience. Seattle Coffee Company is owned and operated by Howie Parker investments in South Africa and is an exclusively South African brand. They have been leading the gourmet coffee market for 11 years now. To date there are 25 café stores, 10 express stores in the Caltex Starmarts and many Seattle mobile bars with Liquidchefs. There is more growth planned for next year.

Tel: +27 11 325 4642

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The Village Walk Shopping Centre Take a walk at the Village and enjoy a continental experience in the heart of Sandton Central


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Satisfy your cravings at one of our award winning restaurants which offer cuisines from Sushi, Italian, Chinese, Portuguese, Mediterranean and African delicacies and be prepared to come back for more. With blue tooth and free WiFi hot spot restaurants, you have no reason to stay in the office, during lunch or any other time. Invite the whole office for a cocktail or host a business meeting at one of our prestigious restaurants. You will be entertained by foreign and local artists at our famous Blues Room, once again the winner of the Best Live Entertainment Venue, in Best of Joburg poll 2008. Village Walk Shopping Centre is ideally situated in the hub of Sandton, Cnr Maude and Rivonia Roads, surrounded by world

class hotels and businesses alike. This 15,161m² centre provides 1,400 easily accessible covered parking bays with 24-hour security on site. We offer shopping, dining and entertainment in a world class, safe and secure environment. Come visit us on the Cnr. of Maude and Rivonia Roads, Sandton Central. The Place to be seen, Village Walk. Your expectations, our style.

Tel: +27 11 783 4620

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“A large income is the best recipe for happiness I ever heard of.� Jane Austen

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The Zone@Rosebank The Zone@Rosebank is set in a secure and vibrant shopping precinct. Well known for its creative and cosmopolitan atmosphere; it allows individuals to create their own unique style.


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Distinctive and exclusive South African designers such as J.J Schoeman, Sun Goddess, Stoned Cherrie, and the exclusive home of the upcoming well known youth brand Ama kip kip contribute to the dynamic and pulsating tenant mix that offers a diverse experience for its cosmopolitan, multicultural visitor. A culture of Busking sets the tone for a day time vibe that continues into a night time energy of eccentricities and a fusion of cultures, creating a pulsating environment which lends itself to a constant vibe of anticipation and self-expression as trendsetters often wait to be discovered @ The Zone. The Zone@Rosebank is undergoing a facelift that will be combined with the opening of the Gautrain rapid rail-link station in Rosebank to result in an even better shopping destination for the area. An urban precinct bringing fresh energy to the northern suburbs of Johannesburg is in the making, which will contribute to regional growth through job creation, economic transformation and community upliftment. The revamp by the Old Mutual Investments Group Property Investments consists of a R623-million mixed-use development comprising retail space over two levels, a hotel and a four-level basement parking garage. The next phase will include a 114-storey office tower block on the northwestern side as well. The new development will alter the horizon at Tyrwhitt Mall and Cradock Avenue. A site formerly occupied by five Old Mutual buildings – Admiral’s Court,

Rosebank Boulevard, Oxford Corner, Knightsbridge and the former Baker Square West building. The development will be linked to The Zone@Rosebank via a firstfloor air bridge and is bordered by the Hyatt Hotel and The Firs shopping centre. “This will ensure that the complex will continue to appeal to the aspirant urban youth market, local residents of Rosebank and office workers, as well as drawing shoppers from further afield. The aim is to create a lifestyle centre that satisfies a combination of living requirements and complements nearby developments”. Pedestrian entrances to the underground Gautrain station will be located on Tyrwhitt Mall and in front of The Zone@Rosebank on Oxford Road. The Gautrain will connect Pretoria with Johannesburg as well as Sandton, creating a natural hub of activity with an expected 25 000 commuters passing through the Rosebank Station by 2020. The station is being designed to add to the overall brand experience, ensuring that commuters are able to taste the brand essence from the moment they enter the precinct.

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Random Ideas – En Style Concept Store “En Style” offers a unique shopping experience combining strategic locations, ample parking, secure environment and shopping convenience of 50 plus permanent vendors all under one roof.


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Attentive staff ably assist once shoppers have browsed at their leisure without interference and have made their selection of merchandise. Since inception at Parys, Free State, a popular resort town and weekend retreat for city dwellers, “En Style� has

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been at the forefront of a novel way of leisurely shopping. According to Founder Letitia Hattingh, it is significant that this shopping format has encouraged family shopping where all members actively participate within a relatively small area. The centrally located coffee shop / restaurant forms a popular visiting spot to discuss purchases in a relaxed and pleasant surrounding.

According to Letitia the consensus amongst shoppers is that a less intimidating and more intimate ambiance is preferred to a sprawling “mega mall� environment. Close personal attention by knowledgeable staff ensure a pleasurable and memorable experience.

Tel: +27 56 811 3116

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BROOKLYN MALL A unique shopping experience

Brooklyn Mall is situated in the heart of Pretoria’s cosmopolitan Embassy suburbs. It combines all the right components to create a vibrant hub of activity for the Capital’s most prestigious neighbourhood. Brooklyn Mall offers convenience of one-stop-shopping catering to the requirements of the most discerning shopper. A full complement of national flagship stores such as Woolworths, Edgars, Foschini, Stuttafords, Truworths,


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Queenspark, Clicks, CNA, Mr Price Home, Mr Price Weekend Material, Game and Checkers provide a comprehensive and sound matrix of choice. Additionally, there are 150 specialist retail stores including stylish international trendsetting shops, designer boutiques catering for the needs of globetrotters in search of fashion for all seasons, shoe boutiques, children’s wear and toys, exclusive jewellers, luggage marts, furnishing

and décor specialists as well as delectable deli’s and much more. The watchwords are understated style, elegance, quality and comfort. We believe shopping should be a relaxing adventure of discovery to be enjoyed at one’s own pace. Brooklyn Mall has a smorgasbord of gastronomic delights and there is a large assortment of restaurants and coffee bars catering for the most astute palette. Brooklyn Mall has nine Ster Kinekor Classic

cinemas which present the latest big screen blockbusters and five Cinema Nouveau movie houses featuring a range of international film festivals and theatrically brilliant art films. Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy the lush gardens and a game of Adventure Golf. Brooklyn Mall is known for its cultural pursuits which range from symphonic concerts, to world class fashion extravaganzas, prestigious wine festivals and stylish decor exhibitions.

Whether it’s designer clothing, objets d’art, fine cuisine, funky décor, Persian carpets or Egyptian linen, Brooklyn Mall has it all.

BROOKLYN MALL Tel: +27 12 346 1063/4 Fax: +27 12 346 1579 Email:

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E xplore and Discover.... Guess what is next!. Fashion, Entertainment and service excellence is what Menlyn Park is all about. It involves adding value to the shopping experience by stepping up the entertainment component in the tenant mix. With over 300 stores, from big national chains to line tenants and boutique stores, we offer the best fashion, gifting and entertainment venues. Menlyn Park offers visitors a family friendly shopping experience hard to find anywhere else in the world. With more than 7 000 luxury parking bays, to park even those sort after SUV’s.

area, exclusive access to VIP Baby Rooms, free Monthly Workshops, regular updates via email and automatic entry into Competitions and Giveaways. Movie enthusiasts find the complex full of choice when it comes to watching the latest Hollywood releases. The centre boasts the only Rooftop DriveIn in the world where you can enjoy an evening out in your own vehicle and utilize the braai facilities, or for the more romantic, make use of one of the six veteran cars which can be hired at the drive-in. The Nu-Metro Theatres’ 15 cinema multiplex is one of the biggest in the country and includes the wonderful luxury cinema concept of Cinema Privé. If this kind of luxury is not enough and you enjoy seeing things even bigger and better at the movies, then a visit to the successful IMAX theatre at Menlyn Park is a must. It has an amazing five-storey high screen and six channel digital sound, which offers patrons a movie experience that is as close to reality as you can get, without actually being there.

A rchitecturally spectacular Menlyn Park has as its focal point the large four-storey atrium known as The Cavendish Hall, covered with a translucent, tent-like roof, similar in form and scale to that used at the famous Denver Airport in Colorado, USA. The Cavendish Hall is also supported by three smaller halls and courts, the Cavendish Mini and Aviary Courts and Celestial Hall. The Aviary Court is not only home to major anchor tenants, but also an exotic selection of birds who have found a nesting place in the key feature of this court, an aviary. The Celestial Hall derives its name from the stellar constellations which have been painted on its ceiling. A large globe dominates the hall’s ground floor and fibre-optic lighting defines the constellations on the ceiling. Three-dimensional graphics in the form of shooting stars, suspended planets and rockets, add lustre to a galactic extravaganza. All the courts and halls lend themselves perfectly for use as venues for exhibitions, shows and special events. A diverse variety of events have been held ranging from Disney Magic, Winter Snow Wonderland, Exposed FTV Fashion Shows and International Squash Competitions.

Parking is seldom a problem for the more than a million shoppers who visit the centre every month.To ensure that shoppers walk away having had the Ultimate Experience, Menlyn offers a range of Service Cards which allow for convenient hassle free shopping; We offer Gift Cards which allow the “gift of variety” to indulge in over 300 stores. To limit the frustration of standing in queues and fumbling for change we offer the Parking Top Up Card which can be swiped on entry and exit to the mall and topped up at any Pay Station. The VIP Assist Card allows entry into our designated boomed off Paraplegic Parking area which offers wider bays and security assistance. Join our Moms & Toodles Club which will allow you access to the Moms and Toodles parking

All this activity, which adds more value to the shopper’s visit to Menlyn Park, is further enhanced by the events that are continuously held at the huge outdoor Events Arena. The Events Arena, which covers an area of 2 600 square metres and can seat over 1000 people, is big enough in which to present sports events, concerts and exhibitions. Our Play Park which is situated at the Events Arena caters for kiddies under the age of 10. The Play Park includes a road route with pedal cars, pedal rollers, plastic bikes, Water tables, Giant Lego, Jungle Gym, Trampoline and a Sand pit. The Boogaloos Skate Park also forms part of the fun at the Events Arena catering for the older children. The Events Arena hosts a number of events every year; this ensures the offering stays fresh and exciting. Over weekends kiddies are also entertained by Storytellers, face painters, balloon skulpters and buskers. . At Menlyn Park Shopping Centre retail theatre is certainly the watchword and with so much to do and see, it is a shopping experience well worth indulging in.

Cavendish Square The perfect excuse to go shopping

Award-winning Cavendish Square is the premier fashion and leisure destination in Cape Town’s Southern Suburbs. More than 250 of the most elite stores in the country offer merchandise ranging from the latest in fashion and accessories to interior dÊcor and homeware. This secure indoor shopping environment has undercover parking and boasts a wide selection of


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restaurants, 16 state-of-the-art cinemas with the only 3D cinema in the Western Cape, and a variety of services, including banking and foreign exchange. The most recent addition to the centre is Cavendish Connect, an exciting transformation of The Link. Shoppers can cross by sky bridges linking the first floors of Cavendish Square and Cavendish Connect.

This redevelopment brings you international concept stores, fashion boutiques, trendsetting lifestyle emporiums and a range of mouth-watering restaurants and cafés. When it’s time to take a break, shoppers can sit beneath the trees in Dreyer Street, the green hub of Cavendish café culture. Cavendish Square recently launched a fully re-loadable gift card that takes the hassle out

of choosing what gift to buy; shopping has just been made so much easier! Gift cards are available at the Information Desk on the first floor, making Cavendish Square the perfect place to go shopping.

Trading hours: Mon - Sat: 09:00 - 19:00 Sunday: 10:00 - 17:00 Centre enquiries Tel: +27 21 657 5620 Email:

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Chapter 7 Fashion


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“Every generation laughs at the old fashions, but follows religiously the new.” Henry David Thoreau

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Top SA fashion Designers

Stoned Cherry

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Traditional crafters showcase at Sanlam SA Fashion Week


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Leading South African fashion designers and crafter groups from each of the country’s provinces launched their first Fashion Fusion collaborative collection at the Sanlam South African Fashion Week (SSAFW) in Johannesburg in August 2008. This collection was the first in a series of four that showcases two seasonal collections produced over a two year period in the Fashion Fusion initiative spearheaded by the Department of Arts and Culture (DAC) and SSAFW. The Sanlam SA Fashion Week has established itself as an event not to be missed on the South African fashion calendar. With the generous support of the sponsors, SSAFW director Lucilla Booyzen aims to make the Winter Collections as established as the Spring and Summer collections with an international fashion audience. “We aim to grow this event to a scale where it has an even bigger impact both nationally and internationally. The sponsors involved really make it happen for the young designers and everyone associated,” says Booyzen. “We see our sponsors as desirable partners and are proud of our relationships. As fashionable consumer choices in their own sectors, they embrace new trends and reflect our own philosophy of the business of fashion.”

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Tanya Dumby Tiaan Nagel

Photos supplied by Cooper Public Relations on behalf of Sanlam SA Fashion Week Cooper & Associates PR Tel: +27 11 705 1714 Email:

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Spitz “Shoes are the unseen, unforgettable, ultimate accessory of fashion that heralds your arrival and prolongs your departure.” – Coco Chanel

Spitz is S.A.’s leading premium footwear and accessory emporium for consumers that are conscious about style, quality, exclusivity and brand. Spitz’s focus is on quality, branded footwear, accessories and men’s clothing, and commenced trading in 1968. The company has unquestionably become the leader in its chosen niche of


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value and quality, branded footwear. They have attained this position by focusing on an enhanced shopping experience, superior service and international fashion brands to delight their customers. The path that Spitz has travelled over the past 40 years is one of entrepreneurial delight and Spitz has set about winning the hearts and soles of South African shoppers since 1968. The luxury shoe emporium (initially A & D Spitz) was established by Anthony and David

Spitz as a department store offering top international brands. The store was later sold to Swiss company Bally and became Bally Spitz. In 2006 Spitz was acquired by JSE listed holdings company, AVI. Spitz is a national chain with 60 branches around the country, with further store growth envisaged following the extremely successful trading from the latest new stores, which include stand alone Kurt Geiger, Lacoste and Geox stores.

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As the leading shoe emporium in South Africa, they continually reach new frontiers, to bring their customers the very best international designer shoe ranges. Besides the trademark Spitz brands of Carvela and Kurt Geiger they also bring other, international fashion brands to South African consumers such as: Lacoste, Geox, J Reneé and Rockport. Carvela is one of Spitz’s most established brands and has been part of the portfolio since the 70s. Core to

the range is the Carvela moccasin and this classic is kept current with new colours, fabrics and patterns. Carvela offers a diverse collection of shoes and incorporates everything from formal to casual to high fashion. These brands have led the way to further enhance the image of the brand and to create a point of difference from the competition. Spitz believes that each pair of shoes tells a story and that South African

consumers really have started to bare their soles. More and more shoe shoppers are buying shoes that reflect how they feel and where they come from and to quote some consumers, ‘My shoes tell people who I am’. Customers expect to see all the qualities they’ve grown accustomed to in each of Spitz’s collections which are a luxurious look that is timeless, with premium comfort and renowned style. Spitz looks forward to indulging their consumers every shoe fancy.

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True Religion Brand Jeans Established in California in 2002, True Religion Brand Jeans is a growing, design-based aspirational brand sold in premium department stores and boutiques in 50 countries around the world.

The company designs, manufactures and markets True Religion Apparel products with an expanding product line including high quality distinctive styling and fit in denim, sportswear, and other licensed products. Worldwide, the first two quarters of 2008 has seen a formidable evolution of the brand with record breaking sales showing a 63% increase from 2007 statistics for the same period. Locally, True Religion Brand Jeans was introduced into the South African market in 2004 by Shawn Janet, president of Creation 1st Communications – the exclusive local distributors. Endorsed by South African


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fashionistas, local celebrities and fashion editors alike, True Religion continues with their commitment to the perfect fit, timeless style and the bohemenian chic, hippie flare. True Religion Brand Jeans’ original vision has led this brand to be recognised as the world leader in premium denim and has redefined jeans from an item of clothing into a signature of ones lifestyle.

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Jo Borkett is a leading fashion brand for sophisticated and successful women of all ages. Experience the trend-setting style and cutting-edge European fashion available at Jo Borkett stores in Sandton City, Rosebank Mall, V&A Waterfront Cape Town and opening soon Cavendish Cape Town. The Jo Borkett summer collection incorporates linen suits, long and short dresses, bubble sleeved pleat detailed blouses in satins and cottons with the colours: Fuchsia, Electric Blue, Purple and Bright Yellow taking centre stage. In the winter collection you will find interesting variations of check patterns and plaids. The collection,

in a palette of grey, blue, green and brown, includes stylish Jackets, Coats and Knitwear. At Jo Borkett you can be assured that you will find a garment for every occasion! Jo Borkett, along with her talented design team, is regarded as one of the best in the business. Very rarely will you page through a magazine or fashion article without seeing the Jo Borkett label. The design team travels four times a year splitting themselves between the United States, the East and Europe. This ensures their fabrics and styles are in-line with those abroad. Jo Borkett believes in uncompromising quality, unique designs, dedication and a passionate love for fashion!

Sandton City Tel: +27 11 883 7240 Fax: +27 11 883 7414 Rosebank  Tel: +27 11 880 3892 Fax: +27 11 442 8362 V&A Waterfront  Tel: +27 21 418 0096 Fax: +27 21 418 9435

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How difficult would it be to find someone who has been playing golf in South Africa for 20 years and does not know of the brand Golfino and what it stands for, or maybe who has not possessed one of our products? Golfino launched their extensive range in South Africa in 1995. They have operated under extreme diversities and pride themselves on building a steadfast company, standing as a tall island amongst a violent ocean of competitors, prices and economic forces. There are many reasons why their clients keep coming back, the most important being their Brand Promise. Golfino have grown from strength to

strength because of their absolute belief and adherence to the following integral components: love, integrity, promptness, resilience, quality, brand promise, comfort, style, trend and reliability. Their Brand Promise maintains consistency with their products and they constantly strive for loyalty amongst their clients. Golfino sells mostly in bulk; but will always maintain the highest level of service and quality to each individual customer. Best of South Africa



Cajees TimeZone South Africa’s contemporary jewellery retailer - offering stylish merchandise for discerning individuals nationwide

To all Springbok supporters: honour the legendary South African Rugby team, treat yourself with one of the 500 Tag Heuer Springbok Aquaracer limited edition! These exclusive and magnificent timepieces combine true Swiss Avant Garde with the talent and the passion of the Springboks, the World’s Leading Rugby team. Accurate to 1/10th of a second, they will be available only through authorized TAG Heuer agents in South Africa as from November 2008. Tag Heuer also offers you the opportunity to choose the style that suits your lifestyle and have these glorious timepieces either with a rubber strap or a stainless steel bracelet. Visit one of our authorized retailers and with the purchase of the new Springbok Aquaracer you will receive a personalized TAG Heuer Rugby ball!! Hurry... go and book your Springbok Aquaracer today! Only 500 available!!!


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Cajees was first established as a brand in 1918 and with the emergence of shopping centres; Cajees TimeZone evolved as a watch specialist and opened their first branch in the Westgate Shopping Centre in 1991. At its helm, Aziz Cajee offers a range of services and more than 40 premier international watch brands through their branches in Clearwater Mall, OR Tambo International Airport, The Glen Shopping Centre, West Gate, Rustenburg and Canal Walk Mall which opens its doors to the public in 2009. International brands are sourced through locally-based manufacturers’ representatives and Cajees TimeZone also imports its own selected range of quality timepieces. Cajees

are proud stockists of TAG Heuer, Christian Dior, Rado, Porsche, Puma, TW Steel, Seiko and Citizen. Their wide range of services include onsite repairs to all brands in their own up-to-the minute workshops, all battery replacements, waterproofing, glass cutting as well as strap replacements and adjustments. Cajees TimeZone also specializes in jewellery repair and quality engraving.

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The Village Walk Shopping Centre Fashion and jewellery at The Village emulate a fusion of great design, style and luxury from the past, present and future


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Have your eastern wardrobe designed by an internationally recognised designer, and if jewellery be the seal of your style, Village Walk is the place to be as it offers a range of stones and antiques to satisfy your personal preference. These range from internationally recognised pieces; including costume jewellery and art deco jewellery. Our African Market prides itself with indigenous jewellery from all corners of Africa. Have your own personally designed to suite your fancy. Indulge in our style, experience and let the flavour of the Village reach your expectations all year round.

Come visit us on the Cnr. of Maude and Rivonia Roads, Sandton Central. The Place to be seen, Village Walk. Your expectations, our style.

Tel: +27 11 783 4620

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Chapter 8 DĂŠcor, Design and Interiors


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“Designing your product for profit first and people second will probably leave you with neither.� Tara Hunt

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ligne roset Since the arrival of ligne roset in South Africa in November 2002, the brand has been embraced by people who understand elegance and the clean functional lines of contemporary design.

A family business established in France in 1860, they continue to see themselves as an industrial company on the cutting edge of technology and as an incubator for great ideas. ligne roset has outlets in 25 countries on five continents, their range is sold via carefully selected trade partners. ligne roset works in collaboration with a team of world class designers, such names as Peter Maly, Pascal Mourgue, Michel Ducaroy, Didier Gomez, Christian


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Werner, Eric Jourdan and Inga SempĂŠ to name a few. It is this teamwork that puts them ahead when it comes to design and innovation and together with the incorporation of premium materials and meticulous construction, makes them the leading European manufacturer of contemporary furniture. Their design awards include Red Dot, Best of the Best, Interior Innovation Award Cologne and Designpreis Der Bundersrepublik Deutschland.

ligne roset was brought to South Africa by Barbara and Frank Liersch who hail from Germany and have adopted South Africa as their new home. When visiting the large, elegant, doublevolume showroom on Peter Place in Lyme Park, Sandton, clients will be given a warm welcome and professional, expert advice in an atmosphere where the air seems to breathe creativity and internationalism.

The visual culture of ligne roset is a mellifluous blend with the African landscape, architecture and its diverse cultures; this explains their phenomenal success in the past six years. ligne roset pride themselves on being able to offer furnishing solutions for every modern living and work space. The collection is designed in such a way that all the individual elements blend together, so that entire schemes can be arranged to

provide harmony from bedroom to the living room to the home office. The range is extensive and comes in an array of different finishes, fabrics and configuration for clients to choose from. The result of this is that after years of decorating in South Africa, no two homes look alike or even similar as each client brings their own unique touch and character to the designs. ligne roset furniture is adaptable to different interiors both contemporary and traditional.

The personality and culture of ligne roset is addictive with its superb comfort, innovative aesthetics and classic form.

ligne roset: Coachman’s Crossing Office Park, Lyme Park, Sandton Tel: +27 11 706 9961 Email:

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Artecasa Manufacturers of Italian styled furniture


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Established in 1961, Artecasa furniture manufacturers have gained unsurpassed experience in manufacturing upmarket classical and contemporary furniture for the furniture industry. Artecasa have established a solid reputation for exceptional quality hand-crafted flat screen audio visual units, bedroom suites, built-in cupboards, vanities, dining room suites and coffee tables. They also offer products ideally suited to the corporate industry with desks and boardroom tables. Artecasa’s designers keep abreast of all current

international trends in all the furniture industry has to offer and constantly strives to design and manufacture to higher and more exacting standards. Their online Product Catalogue proudly reflects the latest range available. Visit their Fourways showroom at 22 Whitehall Close, Fourways Junction (next to Fourways Crossings) in Fourways.

Tel: +27 11 467 7126

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The Pellerade brand is synonymous with exclusive furnishings and the world’s finest homes. Their distinctive look of bold yet understated elegance is the reason why their client list includes African royalty, heads of state, as well as leading hotels.

Great lengths are taken to ensure the exceptionally fine quality of furniture that Pellerade design and manufacture.


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The Pellerade brand draws on the classics for inspiration, ensuring that the furnishings and homes they create live comfortably in the modern world. “This means things that are timeless and enduring” comments CEO Stephen Pellerade, “I love to be transported into a world of elegance, glamour and romance”.

Working on projects throughout the world, including the new Constitutional and Supreme Court of Gabon, the homes of Pellerade have broken price records and featured in leading décor and property magazines as well as on television. With twelve leading fabric houses permanently showcased at their Johannesburg showroom, Pellerade launch new furniture collections each year.

Pellerade Johannesburg showroom. The London showroom opening shortly.

Pellerade interiors furniture architecture showroom : 58 - 7th Avenue Parktown North, Jhb Tel: +27 11 788 7008

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Ecostrong The worlds fastest growing timber alternative now provides the worlds finest flooring.

Bamboo is fast becoming the most popular choice of flooring for architects, interior designers and builders. It is an eco-friendly choice that considers the environment and at the same time is extremely hardwearing and attractive. More and more people are finding out about the seemingly endless benefits of a bamboo floor in both looks and practicality. Bamboo is allergy free, extremely strong, environmentally friendly and termite resistant. The boards are coated with numerous


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coats of a very resilient and hardwearing Polyurethane and are UV cured. They are suitable for commercial and high traffic areas. Bamboo flooring is ideal for refurbishment because it arrives as a finished product already coated so there is no unnecessary mess and dangerous fumes normally associated with onsite sanding and polishing and can be laid over existing flat floor tiles. Ecostrong offers a range of bamboo products including flooring, decking, wall cladding and furniture board. Our products

are sourced from reputable manufacturers, who offer warranties on their products. Sustainable Bamboo Forest resources are becoming more and more depleted and the ecological environment is deteriorating. It is becoming imperative that people use renewable timbers. Bamboo is a rapidly renewable resource that is self-regenerating and grows to maturity and maximum hardness in approximately five years.

About Bamboo Bamboo is regarded as the strongest growing wood plant on earth. It is technically a grass, not wood and is found in tropical and sub-tropical climates throughout the world. China is the largest source of bamboo worldwide. Once the bamboo is harvested and processed it is more stable in its resistance to movement caused by moisture and harder than most old-growth forest hardwoods.

Advantages of Bamboo Flooring • Environmentally sustainable - Bamboo is an attractive alternative to hardwood floors, and is the product derived from the forests of a fully sustainable, environmentally friendly and rapidly growing renewable resource. • Easy installation. • Very stable under humid and dry conditions. • Bamboo flooring is allergy free. • Bamboo floorboards are sealed with nontoxic glues and are finished with aluminium oxide. • Our Bamboo Floors have high UV resistance, blocking the sun's harmful rays and protecting the floor pattern from fading over time. • Excellent warranty protection. The manufacturer warrants Bamboo Flooring in the original manufactured state; free from structural defects (Structural Warranty) for 20 years in residential applications and 10 years for commercial uses. The manufacturer warrants to the original purchaser that the wear layer (Coating Warranty) of aluminium oxide will not peel or separate from the flooring plank in residential applications for 10 years and five for commercial uses. • Easy cleaning, since bamboo flooring doesn’t trap dirt, most spills can be cleaned up with a damp cloth or sponge. • Very low emissions through waste and pollution; the result is a very environmentally friendly product. • Bamboo Floors are very hard and durable. • Two flooring solutions - Uniclic Bamboo Flooring, which is a DIY floating floor and tongue and groove Bamboo Flooring, which is traditional tongue and groove strip flooring. • Finally, the natural beauty and durability of bamboo flooring far surpasses traditional hardwood floors.

Tel: +27 11 463 3086

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Ghorbany Carpets A Persian is so much more than a carpet. Handmade from wool, cotton or silk, each finished product is an individual masterpiece, the result of days and often months of weaving. The result is a creation that will enhance any home with its intricately crafted beauty and rich cultural heritage.


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Persian carpets have a history spanning 2,500 years, but in time-honoured tradition, the same techniques are used in their creation today that was used a thousand years ago. Because of this, they are regarded as distinguished art pieces as well as valued home décor items. Shervin Ghorbany, co-owner of Ghorbany Carpets, believes that the tradition of the carpet is an integral part of the design. Persian carpets are referred to as the “unwritten books of a race” and their design showcases the history of their culture. In ancient times, carpets were the stories within peoples’ homes - simple items that provided warmth in times when it was most needed. However, in modern times, carpets have become valued for their style, beauty and modern appeal. Fashion has become an important influencing factor in the design of every carpet. Today’s carpets have a subtle but unmistakable “wow factor”, and their timeless qualities have been enhanced by bright new styles and ideas. Ethnic chic is popular today, and primitive patterns and abstract colours are among the biggest favourites in today’s designs. Another recent trend is texture. “People want to feel the beauty in the carpet,” Ghorbany says.

As an agent of this magnificent art, Ghorbany has access to carpets from Tibet, Nepal, Afghanistan, Iran, India and Pakistan. The incredible variety and selection allows Ghorbany to find the perfect choice for every customer - a carpet that will enhance its surroundings while providing a magnificent focal point that is the perfect colour, design and size to complement the home it graces, and that is available at the right price. Ghorbany’s own enthusiasm for these extravagant creations is contagious. “An obsession with the ancient art is characteristic of a true Persian dealer,” says Ghorbany. “It is my job to keep the fire alive, to help ensure modern households become temples of the Iranian history of living because of the presence of well chosen Persians in those homes.” Persian carpets possess a glamour and mystique that remains unequalled by any other luxury item. They have held onto the rich past from which they come. At Ghorbany, this inheritance has been, and still is, captured in every single carpet that is handcrafted to Persian perfection. Tel: +27 11 465 8718

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Family Fires Quality Fireplaces and Braais

Family Fires has the reputable expertise that complements a host of designs and a comprehensive range of styles and sizes in fireplaces and braais that is certain to appeal to the most discerning buyer. Specializing in the manufacturing of our products ensures constant high standard of quality. A unique service offered is the ability to manufacture custom built products to suit your fundamental requirements. Family Fires installation team guarantees professional installations, personal supervision and exceptional workmanship, versatility and innovative ideas in creating the ultimate entertainment area.


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Our showroom allows for comfort and convenience to view the products offered and sales representatives are close at hand to advise on the technical specifications pertaining to your individual needs. Family Fires objective is to supply products which will enhance your dreams and continued enjoyment of your exceptional investment. Should you wish to consult one of our representatives, please contact us on the number supplied or email us.

Tel: +27 11 795 4233/5 Email:

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Cobra Callisto

Cobra Kitchen Taps and Mixers Make a Style Statement Today’s kitchen is not just a room for cooking. It often becomes part of the family room and may even be used for entertaining guests. Taps and mixers have become a vital component of any modern kitchen, therefore they need to look attractive as well as being functional. Cobra’s ongoing and accelerated program of product development has resulted in a greater offering of trend setting designs of kitchen taps and mixers. Focusing on the kitchen and to make selection easier, Cobra has combined its entire kitchen fitting ranges in one comprehensive brochure, enabling customers to decide on the style and finish that suit their kitchen best.


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Flex Supreme: has become popular in modern kitchens. Cobra Flex Supreme has a standard swivel outlet and a large decorative, chrome-plated spring mounted hand spray.

Cobra Taryn

Cobra Flex Supreme

Cobra Stainless Steel

Cobra Gala

Cobra Kitchen Ranges

Stainless Steel Kitchen Mixers: add a modern, neutral, elegant, clean industrial appearance to any home. In line with the trend towards stainless steel kitchen gadgets. The Callisto: offers our customers a trendy contemporary design that creates a complete modern character to any kitchen. The Taryn Mixer: with swivel outlet and a retractable handspray offers both standard and minimalist handle styles. Gala Mixer: has a swivel outlet which uses the standard Cobra anti-splash, anti-lime aerator and a side mounted handle. For more than 50 years Cobra has become synonymous with quality, innovation and design excellence. Cobra taps and mixers carry a 10 year warranty.

Cobra Callisto

Cobra Leading Edge

Cobra Tapno

Cobra Designer Ranges

Futuristic, functional and the finest in tap design Cobra in partnership with Brian Steinhobel, a leading South African industrial designer, are constantly tapping into consumers aspirations by superbly producing trendsetting unique and exquisite designer taps and mixers. The taps and mixers boast a host of features: • Angle regulating valves with exposed mixers, • Temperature- and flow-controllable cartridges for energy and water conservation, • A slim line flow straightener for basin and sink mixers that shapes the flow from the taps into a braided rope of clear water, • Flexible connection tubes and wall and pillar spouts for modern basins and baths. Cobra Callisto A triumph of contemporary design, the Callisto designer range redefines plumbware

with minimalist simplicity, intelligent practicality and subtle sophistication, ensuring you of the most creatively contemporary taps and mixers. Cobra Leading Edge The Leading Edge with its classical form combines art and technology placing into your hand a sensuous touch of pure quality. The Leading Edge combines technology and style giving a strong statement in latest design trends. Cobra Tapno A tap is not just a means of accessing water into your home; it is also a design statement. Testament to this fact is the third and latest range of locally designed taps from Cobra, the Tapno range. The Tapno designer range’s unique stylish wedge design gracefully complement modern architectural design trends.

For more information on Cobra taps call Tel: 0861 21 2121 or Email: To view Cobra’s extensive product catalogue visit the web on:

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Franke Kitchen Systems Franke’s unique approach to total kitchen system solutions is an inspiration to any aspiring gourmet chef.

While the core business of Franke is the manufacture of high quality sinks, it has an extended product offering that integrates sinks and sink mixers with custom-made accessories such as chopping boards, drainer trays, stainless steel baskets and waste management products, including waste disposers and inset bins. The ergonomically designed


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systems eliminate running around and spending valuable time and energy trying to find the right accessory for the preparation of your meal. Innovative product design places Franke at the cutting edge of systems that keep abreast with the latest international trends in kitchen design. The brand’s approach also affords consumers

flexibility of choice, since each of the Franke product ranges can maintain its identity while forming part of a system for kitchens of varying sizes and designs. The locally manufactured Franke Cascade, Quinline and Curvline sinks with their modern, smooth, clean lines are key examples of current trends in the market. The pioneering design of

these sinks are perfect for those seeking spacious functionality, available in a variety of configurations, the sinks are manufactured from high grade, corrosion resistant Austenitic Stainless Steel and carry lifetime guarantees against manufacturing defects. Franke Kitchen Systems believes in making food preparation a rewarding

experience through state-of-the-art technology, top quality materials, flawless workmanship and sophisticated, functional design. The company’s commitment to the market can also be seen in its investment in the South African economy with the local manufacture in Durban and Midrand of its world-class products.

For further information please contact: 0861 FRANKE (372 653)

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Styler Designer Stoneware Design, function, form, and fantasy

In a world confounded by systems and structure, some say that design is the ultimate defence against complexity. Others say design feeds our desire for beauty and elegance. Sir Ernest Hall of Dean Clough explains: “Design is about demonstrating how beautiful something can be. It has a very profound capacity. Design is a way of changing life, and influencing the future”. Design is no longer a luxury - it’s a necessity. “If you start talking about beauty, surround yourself with beauty, and then beauty will become a commonplace part of your everyday affairs, as will clarity and simplicity”. Whether you consider your business,


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your home, your professional or personal space, in the eyes of others, everything in your environment defines who you are. Styler Designer Stoneware is your opportunity to express your true beauty, with grace, clarity and simplicity. Styler Designer Stoneware is a division of Styler Products (Pty) Ltd, innovators of the Styler Liner indoor controlled watering system and multiple award winning suppliers to the South African interior plantscaping and nursery industries since 1988. Following 10 years of research and development in cutting-edge materials and inspired by modern living, they introduced the market to Styler Designer Stoneware in 2006.

Styler Designer stoneware is a unique and closely guarded mix of quartz stone and granite bound in a controlled vacuum pressure process. The resultant material is stronger and more durable than concrete with a surface finish that rivals porcelain. The product is non-porous, resistant to acids and all weather conditions suited to both indoor and outdoor environments. Styler’s Designer Stoneware range is designed around the award winning Styler Liner controlled watering system ensuring there is no need for excess soil or staging in the container. Exchanging plants is a quick and hassle free process. Although designed to accommodate

plants, Styler’s stoneware designs are artworks on their own, often used as centre pieces, decorative vessels, or can be converted to water features. The range is available in a wide variety of solid and metallic colours in both matt and high gloss finishes. Please ask your local distributor for their Styler Colour Deck. With their Head Office and factory in Kwazulu-Natal, Styler Designer Stoneware has branches in Johannesburg and Cape Town with distribution services throughout the country.

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Chapter 9 Health Care, Beauty and Wellness


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“Safeguard the health both of body and soul.” Cleobulus

We Own This Gap

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Medscheme Group Medscheme has been at the forefront of developments within the healthcare industry for 37 years and is today South Africa’s premier medical scheme administrator and health risk solutions provider.


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Driven by our core purpose - providing health and financial peace of mind – the company has diversified into broader financial services where our objective is to become the first choice provider in the markets we serve. The Group’s three operating divisions, Medscheme Health, Medscheme Health Risk Solutions and Medscheme Financial Services combine their collective expertise to deliver a unique, integrated offering to the market.

Medscheme clientele

This offering incorporates:

Our client list includes:

• Market-leading integrated medical scheme administration services. • Managed care and health risk management solutions that define industry standards. • Innovative disease and wellness management programmes. • Best practice HIV/AIDS disease management services. • Holistic health risk assessment and wellness programmes. • Extensive value-added reporting and Board of Trustees support. • Collective and individual negotiation of healthcare services. • Customised individual life, group life and investment products and services.

Medical Schemes

Together, the Divisions look after the health and financial wellbeing of approximately two million South Africans who are served by our 19 branches located throughout Southern Africa.

Medscheme’s partnership philosophy, so central to our business, has served the business well and today the company and its subsidiaries provide medical scheme administration, health risk management solutions and asset management services to an enviable list of blue chip corporate, medical schemes, investors and individuals.

AECI Medical Aid Society Alton Medical Aid Scheme Barloworld Medical Scheme BMW Employees Medical Aid Society Bonitas Medical Fund EyethuMed Medical Scheme Fedhealth Medical Scheme Government Employees Medical Scheme (GEMS) MBMed Medical Aid Society Massmart Health Plan Metrocare Parmed Medical Aid Scheme SABC Medical Aid Scheme Sasolmed Siemens Medical Scheme Spectramed Stocksmed Medical Scheme Swazimed University of the Witwatersrand Johannesburg Staff Medical Aid Xstrata Medical Aid Scheme

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Corporate Clients Altron Group Provident Fund Grant Thornton (Proprietry) Limited Healthbridge Jasco Electronics Holdings Limited Lancet Provident Fund Peermont Global Provident Fund PEG Financial Solutions (Proprietry) Limited SAA Flight Deck Crew Provident Fund Reynolds Crofts (Proprietry) Limited saXum Insurance Limited Trubuck Pension Fund Medscheme Health Medscheme Health, Medscheme’s medical scheme administration division delivers a comprehensive set of integrated solutions to support medical schemes, their boards of trustees, scheme members, intermediaries and healthcare professionals. The use of state-of-the-art technology combined with best practice processes delivered by a highly experienced and skilled team ensures that Medscheme Health’s clients benefit from market-leading medical scheme administration services. Despite the strong emphasis on technology and efficiency, Medscheme Health believes the relationship between the medical scheme administrator and the schemes’ Boards of Trustees remains paramount. The Division therefore strives to add value in unique and innovative ways by building close partnerships with clients and developing a


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deep understanding of clients’ needs. The service offering is then tailored in a flexible way to meet clients’ specific requirements. Medscheme Health’s primary goal is to deliver uncompromising service excellence – an approach that ensures the standards defined by service level agreements are consistently exceeded. Medscheme Health Risk Solutions Medscheme Health Risk Solutions delivers holistic, clinically relevant, integrated health risk management programmes to medical schemes and employers. Using advanced clinical, data assessment and actuarial skills underpinned by an extensive data integration capability. By truly understanding clients’ needs and leveraging the Divisions’ extensive clinical and actuarial capability, Medscheme Health Risk Solutions is able to deliver value based healthcare and to secure the best possible care for members, employees and their families. Aid for AIDS, the Division’s industryleading HIV/AIDS disease management programme, provides vital support services to companies and medical schemes throughout Africa. Over 44 000 people living with the virus are registered on the programme which encompasses a holistic range of interventions designed to effectively manage the disease and allow people to live positive, productive lives.

As the industry leader, Medscheme Health Risk Solutions continues to define the direction of health and wellness management in Southern Africa. Medscheme Financial Services Medscheme Financial Services harnesses the Group’s market-leading health and financial risk management expertise to offer a unique and highly competitive range of life and investment products to institutional investors, corporates and individuals. With over 150 000 policyholders, the Division has become a leading player in the niche markets it serves. Medscheme Financial Services comprises two sub-divisions: Medscheme Life The life assurance arm has developed a comprehensive range of group and individual life assurance products designed with the client’s specific needs and profile in mind. Developed to complement the benefits offered by the client’s medical scheme, these simple products eliminate much of the bureaucracy associated with traditional life assurance products. Medscheme Life’s products are also scientifically costed to offer unique, customised products at preferential rates. Medscheme Asset Management


Registered with the Financial Services Board (FSB) as a discretionary Financial Services Provider, Medscheme Asset Management has established itself as a leading provider of cash management services, specialising in working capital management for institutional investors including medical schemes and retirement funds, as well as corporates and individuals. The company has broadened its product offering to include investment and compliance consulting.

Approximately 76% black owned since its acquisition in 2006 by Lethimvula Investments Limited, Medscheme has been formally rated as a level six broad based black economic empowerment (BBBEE) contributor. In practice this means that 60% of every Rand spent on procuring services from Medscheme qualifies as BBBEE spend. As a recognised “Value Added Supplier” Medscheme clients are also entitled to increase their BBBEE spend with Medscheme by a factor of 1,25.

Medscheme’s IT platform

Rapidly improving the company’s BBBEE status remains a non-negotiable business imperative and a permanent team is implementing a range of aggressive strategies designed to achieve maximum scores across the seven pillars of BBBEE in the short term.

A key component to Medscheme’s longer term IT strategy is the continual deployment of the latest, proven technology throughout the business wherever it will generate efficiencies to improve service delivery to Medscheme’s clients and stakeholders. Medscheme’s core scheme management systems are underpinned by the Nexus system which is the end result of 37 years’ experience in medical scheme administration and eight years’ intensive development and refinement. At the heart of Nexus lies Medscheme IT Solutions’ vision to provide a state-of-the-art, customer-centric medical scheme management resource to all its internal and external users – including medical schemes’ boards of trustees, medical scheme members and healthcare professionals. The Nexus system and other general computer controls are audited annually using recognised international industry standards including SAS70, ISO17799 and the COBIT framework.

perceived to be a business partner adding value to the organisation.” According to PricewaterhouseCoopers Inc, this is the best opinion issued by the firm on any quality assurance review they have undertaken. Medscheme’s performance Despite a very challenging business environment, Medscheme continues to perform well demonstrating healthy growth in an environment of accelerating consolidation. Having established its leadership in the healthcare arena Medscheme’s shareholders, Lethimvula Investments Limited is extending its leadership into broader financial markets and will continue to actively seek and pursue opportunities aligned with its vision and strategy. The Group is currently involved in a number of expansionary initiatives both in South Africa and abroad.

Corporate Governance Medscheme considers excellence in corporate governance a crucial success factor and subscribes to the governance principles outlined in the King II report which are incorporated in the Group’s Code of Ethics. The directors and executive management are accountable for the implementation of governance processes assisted by a compliance officer and an independent and highly effective Internal Audit department in the discharge of these duties. A recent quality assurance review conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers Inc states: “Internal Audit is well respected and has the appropriate authority throughout the organisation…they are

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Providing state of the art Dental Care

DENTAL MAKEOVERS Everyone has the right to a healthy mouth and a beautiful smile. We wish to ensure people do not remain in the dark and that they make informed decisions. We have state of the art surgeries all equipped to enable the clinician to use the best techniques available in Dentistry today. First Impressions are important When we first meet a new person there is a subconscious way that our brains and eyes interact with this person. Normally your eyes scan from their eyes, to their nose and then to their mouth. Only then would the


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rest of the body follow. Any stained, missing or chipped teeth will be held in memory and will be used to construct that First Impression – If you’ve lost confidence in your smile, we can help you get it back! Cosmetic Dentistry Have you got total confidence in your smile? Do you have fresh breath? Are you happy with the appearance, shape and colour of your teeth? Modern dentistry has a dazzling array of techniques and systems to build a healthy, attractive and confident smile.

WANT WHITER, BRIGHTER TEETH? A great option for you might be a professionally administered tooth whitening system. Patients with natural teeth that are discoloured due to age, smoking or other extrinsic staining factors are excellent candidates for tooth whitening. Bleaching does not work as well on teeth that have intrinsic staining. The results will vary from patient to patient. Patients with deep intrinsic stains can have other cosmetic options such as veneers and crowns to help achieve the desired results.

canal treatment the infection can be treated, the injured nerve removed and the pain associated with such symptoms alleviated.

DENTAL IMPLANTS The lifestyle change which can take place can be quite simply earth shattering. Tooth loss affects millions of South Africans. Conventional tooth replacement methods, such as bridges and dentures, are not always the answer for many people due to the frustration and embarrassment created by poor fit or maintenance problems. Endodontic (Root Canal) Treatment It used to be that if a tooth was infected or the nerve in the tooth was dying, the tooth would have to be extracted. In modern times because of a procedure known as root

FISSURE SEALANTS An increasingly popular treatment in dentistry is making it possible for kids to slip through childhood without a single cavity. When parents ask their dentists what are the best ways to prevent their children from getting cavities, dentists often respond “SEALANTS!” Kids will still have to: • brush • floss • visit their dentists Sealants can cut molar cavities by more than 50 percent, and can be especially helpful in areas without fluoridated water. The dental sealant is one of the most revolutionary materials available for protecting our children’s teeth. For the past 18 years, a

new generation of children have been enjoying the benefits of protective sealants. KIDDY CARE DENTISTRY Air abrasion provides an alternative to the high-speed hand piece for removing decay from tooth structure. Its many purported advantages compared to traditional preparation procedures include: • less invasive, more conservative treatment • reduced need for local anesthetic • earlier and more accurate diagnosis which reduces under- or over-treatment • reduction or elimination of vibration, chipping, and micro-fracturing • pain free procedures

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Environ Skin Care Environs’ quality skin care range ensures skin stays young, slows down the visible signs of ageing and ultimately helps prevent possible malignant changes.


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Environ Skin care products have become a respected name in South Africa and in numerous countries overseas. It is synonymous with the highest quality active skin care available anywhere in the world today. The company has produced some of the most innovative products for assisting the repair of sun damaged skin for generations of people who were probably less careful with sun exposure than people are today, and are therefore only now experiencing the adverse effects. Dr. Des Fernandes has maintained a visionary approach in formulating skin care products. He remains constantly ahead of conventional ideas and approaches, tailoring ingredients to fit in with skin physiology in an increasingly sophisticated fashion. The foundation philosophy he applies in design and formulation remains the ethic of assisting the skin’s natural capacity for repair and rejuvenation. It has ensured that Environ products remain focused on real results and not on clever or fashionable marketing. His scientific and highly ethical approach to formulation ensures that products can be trusted without question by skin therapists and doctors alike. Valerie Carstens CEO of Environ Skin Care (Pty) Ltd. has led the company in an equally visionary fashion, adapting the business model to move with the challenges and pressures of an increasingly global market, simultaneously enhancing the loyalties of established distribution networks and clients. Her open minded approach has prevented stagnation of the product in narrow-banded market niches, allowing the natural evolution of a versatile product range to mature into new and exciting client groups. A truly remarkable achievement in a global cosmetics market where ruthless competition is mounting by the day and marketing hostility is the name of the game. In many international societies life expectancy is increasing steadily, which means that people will have increasing cumulative amounts of sun exposure over their respective life times. All people with types I to IV Fitzpatrick skin types will be more prone to sun damage, skin ageing and skin cancer. This is the “future of now”. In addition to that our environment unfortunately tends to reduce vitamin A in the skin continually, leading to a state of chronic vitamin A malnutrition. This is why Environ believes that it has become essential to focus on the younger generation to ensure that youthful skins have adequate vitamin A right from the word go which will assist the skin to stay young, slow down the visible signs of ageing and ultimately help prevent possible

malignant changes in the skin. It is a simple, but convenient truth. Environ products are therefore now also focused on progressive strategies in children in the prevention of vitamin A malnutrition of skin. Creating positive habits in young people will help avoid many of the current skin problems their parents have been experiencing. People with darker skin types have on the other hand become more aware of the importance of preserving the abundant pigment in their skin. Preserving the natural higher quantity of pigment provides them with healthy and radiant skin. This is a welcome move away from the past destructive fashion and practice of “skin lightening” in black skin. Environ products suit darker skin types equally well as it does any other skin, simply because the physiology of the skin enhanced by Environ’s advanced vitamin skin therapy is the same as in any of the other skin types. Dr. Fernandes has not forgotten the cosmetic side of skin therapy in the process of product development. His innovative new products and standard classics will continue to lead aesthetic skin therapy in a non-invasive promotion of beautiful skin. The innovations are never at the expense of quality ingredients, maximum effect or indeed safety. The finished products remain free of any animal testing. They contain only the best quality ingredients available and continue to be manufactured to the highest international manufacturing standards.

The products are sold in some sixty countries throughout the world. They are only available through PROFESSIONALLY TRAINED STOCKISTS including Plastic, Cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgeons, Dermatologists, General Practitioners and Skincare Professionals throughout the world and are also available through Direct Sales Consultants in South Africa. In South Africa Environ Skin Care (Pty) Ltd offer their exclusive facial treatments through selected salons using the DF Ionzyme machine and at their own treatment centres – Fulela and Skin Symphony in Cape Town and Skin Symphony in Illovo, Johannesburg. Perhaps more remarkable than anything else is the fact that this Proudly South African company has been able to innovate constantly in products, skin care philosophy and client care for nearly twenty years. Environ Skin Care (Pty) Ltd has in this process carried positive ethics in design, formulation and marketing through to every part of the soul and passion of a South African cosmetic products range which is nothing short of inspirational.

For more information on Environ treatments and their products call toll free 0800 220 402 or e-mail: (South Africa only)

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The Jeauval Experience Jeauval Hair Salon has been at the forefront of hair care and styling for over 19 years and recently received their third consecutive “Global Salon Award”, the industry’s most prestigious international award.

The Jeauval Concept was born almost twenty years ago when Roy Valjeaux suggested to his children Clinton, Wayne, Colette and Warren that they do something creative. Their vision was a salon where people didn’t just have a haircut, but were invited to indulge in an experience of pampering, expert trend-setting hairdressing and personal attention: The Jeauval Experience. With a commitment to quality, service and training, this vision has been realized and the organization has grown into one of South Africa’s top salons, with seven branches located throughout the country. Jeauval’s commitment to staff growth and empowerment culminated in the “The Jeauval Academy”, a training centre which is host to a unique education program designed and developed by owner Clinton Valjeaux. Jeauval provides a superior salon experience in a personal and vibrant atmosphere. Jeauval’s creative team continuously develop and create new hairstyles and hairdressing techniques which are used in the salon, giving Jeauval clients something new and exciting every time.

Tel: +27 11 679 4126


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Matis Professional Skin Care

Matis is a prestigious skincare brand renowned throughout the world. Created and manufactured in France, Matis has been devoting all its expertise to beauty for 25 years. Its unique treatment techniques, methods, protocols and products have made the brand a true trendsetter in the professional skincare market. Matis develops its new product technologies with a single objective: to offer the best adapted treatment to each person so that each grooming session becomes a pure moment of pleasure and wellbeing. Matis has become a name synonomous with the winning of awards both here in South Africa and abroad. Professional Beauty an industry magazine in the world of Health and Skincare in South Africa annually recognizes the top spa’s, salons and beauty therapists. This year Professional Beauty identified the following winners in the following categories which uses Matis to perform their professional spa treatments:

Destination Spa of the year 2008 – Ruimsig Country Spa Ruimsig Country Spa have created a sumptuous retreat, with exquisite landscaped gardens and water falls to soothe your nerves. Their luxury spa is fitted with the latest beauty spa equipment and a full range of hydro facilities, with highly qualified staff including: Somatologists, Nail Technicians, a Hair Stylist as well as a Clinical Psychologist. Facilities include private double-door cabanas, an indoor and outdoor heated pool, a jacuzzi and a well equipped gym. Day Spa of the year 2008 – Skin Sense Day Spa Skin Sense opened its doors in 1996 with the concept that time is precious and that their clientele would have difficulty escaping to health hydros for a week at a time. Their Day Spa concept was pioneered with the slogan “Escape the city within the city”. Skin Sense has consistently maintained a high standard

of service with winning many industry awards on an annual basis. Therapist of the year 2008 Leanne De Veer from Ruimsig Country Spa Leanne uses Matis as her brand of preference.

To book a memorable grooming experience call: Ruimsig Country Spa Tel: +27 11 958 2809/2852 Skin Sense Day Spa Tel: +27 11 807 6281 For further information and nearest stockist call Chantelle at Twincare International on +27 11 305 1600.

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Health Care, Beauty and Wellness Life Day Spa Awaken your five senses by experiencing your treatment of choice in our themed treatment rooms - waterfalls, deserts, oceans and wheat fields. The themes continue through each room’s sound, look and feel, enticing your senses on each visit. Pleasure yourself with our exclusive facilities including a Rasul Chamber, heated oxygenated spa bath, steam rooms, saunas, Vichy and Swiss showers. Enjoy a body

treatment, massage, facial, manicure or pedicure. Alleviate the mundane task of hair removal through the latest hair removal system, miniIPL. Taste the essence of nutrition at our unique health bar and enjoy a menu that will not only satisfy your appetite but promote internal well-being. Life Day Spa invites you to “Experience your senses” in a haven that epitomises ultimate luxury.

Octavia’s Sensorium For the Romans, bathing was a sensual, wonderful experience that pampered both the body and soul through water, massage and works of art. You can recapture this golden age at Octavia’s Sensorium Health and Beauty Spa, inside the D’oreale Grande Hotel at Emperor’s Palace. The luxurious world-class Octavia’s Sensorium Health and Beauty spa will

indulge you beyond your expectations. This magnificent facility resembles the eclectic style and ambience of Ancient Rome, while providing a state of the art gymnasium, Swiss Showers, massage and treatment rooms, sauna and steam rooms and the heated Roman Spa Bath. Octavia’s is a haven where the physical, the mental and the spiritual are equally cared for.


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Tel: +27 11 465 7777

Tel: +27 11 928 1815

Renaissance Day Spa Cascading waterfalls, elaborate chandeliers, elegant surroundings and a breathtaking ambiance engulfs your senses as you enter Renaissance Day Spa at the Michelangelo Towers. Escape to the asylum of our Spa facilities; including sensation showers, steam rooms, saunas and our heated oxygenated spa bath. Or disappear to Turkey in our exclusive Rasul Chamber. Pamper yourself with a massage, body treatment, facial, manicure or pedicure while opening yourself to the healing energies of colour. Each of the seven

colours in our colour coded treatment rooms represent a certain aspect of life and have a special effect on psyche and skin. End all routine hair management processes and become hair-free at the speed of light with our mini IPL hair removal system. Select treatments can be enjoyed around the outdoor pool or the heated indoor oxygenated spa bath. There is also a food and beverage bar, a gym for the energetic, as well as the option of having a delicious lunch while we pamper you. Specialized treatments, coupled with outstanding and professional service make this a truly exclusive spa. Highly qualified

Soulstice Day Spa Answer your body’s call for renewal. Looking after our bodies, much like looking after our planet is something of an after thought in the fast paced world we exist in today. Rest, relaxation and renewal is something we keep top of mind so that you have one less thing to worry about. Let us balance you body’s natural rhythms and cycles while you experience the renewal your body longs for – and deserves. At Soulstice, we pride ourselves on being in tune with the motions of nature and ultimately, the true desires of the body, mind and soul. The unerring voice of your existence will tell us what you need and it’s our business to honour that calling. Where there is work, there should be rest and with rest comes rejuvenation. Bring your stresses along to relax in the splendour of the Soulstice environment for as long as your body, mind and soul desires and leave feeling brand new and energised to begin yet again. Conveniently located at the entrance to our spa is an oval-shaped, outdoor swimming pool to enjoy before or after your spa treatment/s. A hydrating dip with a view – our pool overlooks the magnificent ‘Fountain Spectacular’ and promises to be a unique experience considering this magnificent setting.

therapists ensure that personalised service is an experience to remember. The Renaissance Day Spa projects an image of relaxation that dreams are made of.

Tel: +27 11 783 9904

Tel: +27 11 662 7500/7501

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Health Care, Beauty and Wellness

Mangwanani Private African Day Spa South African Spa of the Year for the past five consecutive years

Mangwanani is the biggest spa in the country and encompasses the entire Wellness Revolution and extends it holistically by incorporating their Unique Concept of Decadent Revitalization and marrying Western Wellness requirements with True African Healing. “Mangwanani is a Rare Experience of True African Indulgence, where the touch of our Forefathers still runs through the fingertips of our Tribe – a Healing Touch that Blesses the Body and Soul through the use of Unique Ancestral Therapies and Remedies.” Mangwanani offer disadvantaged women, ongoing training on the unique treatments based on stories and fables that have been passed down through generations and molded into sought


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Mangwanani Branches

after therapies, enabling them to be sustainable and enrich their lives to better their standards of living. Mangwanani staff are afforded the opportunity to explore a career in “Relaxation and Healing” as well as in the “Spa” field that was not previously available to African Women. Mangwanani take care of their training and certification. Mangwanani believe in a non-discriminatory development process where candidates are selected without previous training or minimum education requirements. In the last five years Mangwanani has created more than 800 jobs for women across the country including the communities surrounding its location on the Hennops River, KwaZulu-Natal and the Cape.

Mangwanani River Valley, The Original Mangwanani Day Spa, as is customary in Africa, greets regal guests by drumming and singing. Set in the tranquil Hennops River Valley, just outside Pretoria and possessing a winning combination of serene ambience and spoiling services, guests feel immediately at home Mangwanani Bashewa, located East of Pretoria, offers relaxation and the celebration of natural well-being in Redwood Hot Tubs, indulging guests in traditional massages in treatment rooms nestled in tranquil forests. Relax on the wooden deck overlooking the wild buck feeding grounds or unwind in the warm Martini Seated pool. Mangwanani Zevenwacht situated on the Stellenbosch wine route, in one of the country’s idyllic locales, Zevenwacht offers a panoramic view of Cape Town and surrounding areas as far as the eye can see. An environment that encourages relaxation and personal rejuvenation. Mangwanani Sibaya situated at the Sibaya Casino and Entertainment Kingdom, on the North Coast, is a Mangwanani graced by rejuvenating power of the African Sun. Our highly trained Therapists are ready and willing to help you on your journey, with treatments passed down through generations and molded into sought after therapies. Mangwanani Indaba situated just north of the fast paced business world of Sandton, nestled beneath the vista of the magnificent Magaliesberg mountains, provides an environment for rebalancing and recharging with the energizing power of essential oils drawn from African herbs, flowers and spices. Experience True African Indulgence! Mangwanani Morula perched along the banks of the Nooitgedacht Dam offers a venue for patrons staying at the Morula

Casino and Resort the much needed pleasure of enjoying full Decadent Revitalization. An added bonus is you can now enjoy True African indulgence in the comfort and luxury of your own hotel room. Mangwanani Meropa nestled in the enigmatic reaches of Northern South Africa offers Sun International patrons yet another environment for True African Indulgence. Meropa’s intimate Moroccan setting is fitting because, like Morocco it is a place laden in culture, legend and romance, so too is Mangwanani. Mangwanani Safari Spa’s Mangwanani African Day Spa is proud to offer you the best of both worlds as Nature and Culture merge right in the middle of the African bush to give you a true African Safari experience combined with Decadent Revitalization, Pampering and De-Stressing.

Central Reservations: 0860 55 00 55 Tel: +27 12 371 2100 +27 11 465 5298 Fax: +27 12 371 2200 E-mail:

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Planet Fitness Planet Fitness - A formidable player in South Africa’s fitness industry

Planet Fitness, which was launched in October 1995 at the time when South Africa’s health industry was dominated by one major player, is blazing the health and wellness trail having grown from one small gym to one of South Africa’s top 300 companies. Through passion and perseverance the company has over the past 12 years enjoyed sustained growth in every sphere. Now comprising 19 health clubs across the country; Planet Fitness aims to bring the


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total number of clubs to 40 fully-owned world class fitness centres and 70 franchised clubs by 2010. With the launch of its successful franchise models, Fitsmart and Feminique, Planet Fitness has also, through continued innovation, delivered on the lifestyle needs of its members. Since inception, Planet Fitness has continually developed strong relationships with major accounts such as Discovery Vitality, Momentum Multiply, Edgars and Standard Bank to further increase market share and offer an affordable health and wellness solution to South Africans. In keeping with the company’s mission, each Planet Fitness club aims to provide a unique and fun-filled experience whilst inspiring its members to “master their universe”. In doing so, the health clubs feature the latest equipment and training methodologies to ensure that the company and its members stay on top of their game.

Planet Platinum Planet Fitness launches R100-Million Health and Fitness facility

Planet Fitness, which has grown from a small player to one of South Africa’s top 300 companies, launched the first R100-million rand health and fitness facility in Southern Africa (Nov 2008). The location of this unique fitness sports-spa facility in Sandton’s central business district in Johannesburg is in keeping with its world-class, high tech facilities coupled with the best practices and offerings from the world’s most sought-after health clubs. Offering finishes and services yet to be introduced to the South African market, Planet Platinum’s standards will be maintained at the highest level. The facilities include an indoor 250m sky-blue running track with views over the city skyline, an indoor golf driving range complete with golf trainers and specialized scientific conditioning programmes, a heated pool with light therapy and underwater music, kinesis movement technology which employs over 250 sports specific exercises and a state of the art yoga facility. The exclusive ONEwellness day spa and WiFi-enabled executive lounge, which will be serviced by the Radisson Hotel, are also amongst Planet Platinum’s many unique characteristics. In taking current gym facilities to a new level, Planet Fitness is planning on building on the concept which will see further Planet Platinum facilities opening both locally and off-shore.

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Chapter 10 Corporate Profiles


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“Strive for excellence, not perfection.” H. Jackson Brown Jr.

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Old Mutual Investment Group Property Investments As a division of the Old Mutual Group, Old Mutual Investment Group Property Investments enjoys the backing and support of one of the most highly regarded and respected financial services organizations in Southern Africa and, indeed, the world.


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Old Mutual Investment Group Property Investments (OMIGPI) is a leading real estate asset manager, developer, and property manager in the region of Southern Africa. The company invests in an array of offices, factories, warehouses and malls across South Africa, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Malawi and Kenya and also has well-established and successful businesses in India. Company Vision Old Mutual Investment Group Property Investments (OMIGPI) has a clear and focused vision. Our objectives are: To become the leading Property Asset Management company in South Africa and beyond • By delivering superior performance • Through achieving top quartile investment returns over all time horizons • To grow our AUM to R100bn by 2015 • To maximize our shareholder returns To attract and retain talent • Having the right people in the right place who are empowered to take ownership and accountability • Being truly regarded as a great place to work To ensure we have the correct capability set • By satisfying our customers' needs better than our competitors through our diverse capability of listed company management and institutional property asset management To deliver on our vision while remaining committed to our core values • Respect • Integrity • Accountability • Pushing Boundaries To limit the impact our business makes on the environment. To capitalize on the positive impact our business makes in transforming South Africa.

Investment Philosophy We use a clear and long-proven strategy, underpinned by strict investment criteria, to maximise returns for our clients.   One of the keys to our success is our ability to construct diverse portfolios across an exceptionally wide range of property investment solutions. We achieve superior returns by harnessing our extensive research capability; setting targets above accepted industry benchmarks and carefully timing our acquisitions and sales. We set long-term investment horizons while maintaining short-term flexibility.   We source and develop a wide range of mixed use, retail, commercial and industrial sites and manage properties in line with international standards. Institutional Property Funds With assets under management valued at R30 billion, Old Mutual Investment Group Property

Investments (OMIGPI) is the largest property company in Africa - offering a comprehensive range of property services including asset management, development and property management. Direct property investments have, at times been overlooked for their lack of liquidity and the large capital outlay required. To overcome these constraints, OMIGPI developed a range of specialist unitised direct property portfolios. Triangle Real Estate Core Fund is an unlisted real estate fund offering an investment in high quality, established South African real estate. Triangle Real Estate Development Funds are unlisted real estate funds comprising properties under construction. The investment objective is a return of CPIX + 7.5% over three years. Triangle Real Estate India Fund is an unlisted fund that aims to fund the building of

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approximately 29 large supraregional malls in India over the next four years, holding these assets for another four years and then selling the properties. The investment objective is to generate a pre-tax internal rate of return (IRR) of in excess of 25%. Triangle Core Fund This actively managed portfolio of real estate assets is made up of Old Mutual’s flagship properties. The portfolio managers invest in blue chip properties with quality tenants who are likely to generate predictable and growing income streams. While the focus is primarily on direct property, up to 20% of assets may be invested in listed property and cash to facilitate liquidity. This is a pooled, unlisted real estate investment purchased as a policy contract.


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The Triangle Development Fund is a closed-end fund structured as a collection of unlisted real-estate investment trusts (REITs), the first time this structure has been used in the SA property investment market. Each development consists of an issuer and a trust, with the asset (property development) held in the name of individual trusts. The performance objective is to offer a form of short- to medium-term capital appreciation not previously available in the unlisted real estate investment market thus far. The Fund is managed by Property Investments and aims to achieve: • High capital returns (annual return target of CPIX + 7.5%) • On exit, provide properties to the Core Fund that has reliable, predictable and stable income growth. Triangle India The Triangle Real Estate India Fund LLC offers investors exposure to the rapidly growing property sector in India, with a focus on organized retail shopping centre development in tier II and tier III cities in India. The aim is to deliver enhanced capital returns through strategic Joint Ventures in large property developments and active asset management. Why India? • Second largest population in the world (1.1 billion) • 50% of the population is younger than 25 years old and 70% is younger than 40 years old • Large and growing consumer market (300 million consumers) • Robust GDP growth (8%) since 2003 • Fourth largest economy in the world (PPP terms) • Stable inflation (5%) • Stable but appreciating currency

The assets are registered in the name of Old Mutual Life Assurance Company SA and managed by Old Mutual Investment Group Property Investments.

as high, long-term capital appreciation. The portfolio is adjusted with due consideration being given to the economic environment and property life cycle.

Investment objectives The fund aims to generate a return (gross of fees) that exceeds CPIX by at least 5.5% a year over rolling seven-year periods. In addition, it strives to achieve top quartile performance over each calendar year, relative to its peer group, as measured by the Investment Property Databank (IPD) Index for large funds.

Triangle Development Fund The Triangle Development Fund is a lowyielding alpha-sensitive fund appropriate for pre-retirement investors - corporate, retail and offshore - seeking an investment that produces a high capital return, together with sustained long-term growth by investing in the buildings that match this requirement. The properties developed are sourced from the prestigious development property portfolio of Old Mutual Life Assurance Company SA (OMLACSA), including some of South Africa’s most innovative commercial office blocks.

Investment Philosophy The properties held in the portfolio are quality real estate selectively acquired for their ability to generate a growing income stream as well

Indian Real Estate Market Overview The size of the Indian Real Estate Market is currently USD 16 billion and industry estimates indicate the sector will grow to USD 60 billion over the next five years. Demand for quality real estate is seeing unprecedented growth across all sectors, with property yields compressing and an influx of foreign entrants. Off-shore private equity is expected to invest in excess of USD 20 billion over the next four years into the Indian Real Estate market. Why Triangle India? • Highly experienced Global fund manager • Experienced local asset manager with expertise in retail, parking and development • Investment in partnership with local and global experts • Only investing in locations where competition is likely to be constrained • Dominant centres with proven catchment • Retail-centric with adjoining mixed use opportunities, hospitality and offices • Superb pipeline of deals.

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for the fund are healthy, with a significant pipeline of investments currently under review - ranging in location from the Eastern Cape to the Limpopo province. This fund represents the latest initiative in the expanding role of Old Mutual as a significant contributor to the economic transformation of our nation. Listed Real Estate Funds The 2005 acquisition of the Marriott Property business by Old Mutual brought the management of listed property funds into the group. Craig Ewin, who headed up corporate property for Marriott, joined Old Mutual Investment Group Property Investments and is now head of Listed Real Estate Funds. The aim and intention of the listed real estate business unit is to produce consistent superior returns for our investors and to expand and grow the assets under management. The boutique manages two listed property funds - SA Corporate Real Estate Fund, listed on the JSE, and Oryx Properties Limited, the only primary listed property fund in Namibia.

Old Mutual SRI Fund Targeted Investments is an exciting new initiative. By definition and intent, Targeted Investments positions Old Mutual Investment Group Property Investments as a significant player in the compelling and necessary area of economic transformation in South Africa. The fund objective is solely to pursue real estate


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investments in areas previously marginalised in our recent history. This will be done in alignment with the stated principles of the Financial Services and Property Charters. The fund has hit the ground running, with the first project well underway in the form of the Thembokwezi Lifestyle Estate in Khayelitsha, Cape Town. The prospects

SA Corporate Real Estate Fund SA Corporate Real Estate Fund is a Property Unit Trust listed on the JSE and is therefore available for anybody to invest in. It is the fourth largest fund listed in the JSE’s Real Estate sector ranked by market capitalisation. Head of Listed Funds, Craig Ewin, says this offers numerous benefits to investors who are interested in property, including investing in a large property portfolio with sectoral and geographic diversification. The portfolio comprises 59% retail, 33% industrial and 8% office assets, in the

metropolitan areas of South Africa. In addition, SA Corporate has bought 25% of Oryx Properties Limited in Namibia. Other benefits flowing from the size and structure of the fund are liquidity - the average monthly trade over the last 12 months is close to R200m - and tradeability of the shares, meaning that investments into and out of the fund are relatively easy. All net rental income from the property portfolio is distributed to unit holders and retains its form of rental and interest. For more information on SA Corporate Real Estate Fund, visit Oryx Properties Limited Oryx Properties Limited is the only primary listed property fund in Namibia, and is the second largest primary listing on the Namibian Stock Exchange (NSX). Oryx owns a premier quality retail, industrial and office real estate portfolio in Namibia, with 99% of the portfolio being based in the capital of Windhoek. The portfolio was valued at N$742 million at the end of December 2007. Oryx’s flagship is the Maerua Mall complex, the only regional shopping centre in Namibia. Oryx has a well-tenanted portfolio, with over 88% of the floor space occupied by South African nationals or their franchisees. Oryx has a very low vacancy rate with less than 0,7% of lettable area vacant at the end of December 2007. Oryx offers the benefits to investors of being able to own a share of a sizeable and diverse property portfolio, and introduces the benefits of diversification into another Southern African country. Oryx distributes all of its net property income to investors in the form of debenture interest. For more information on Oryx, visit

Performance We have grown our assets under management from R7 billion to R25 billion in the last 3 years - an impressive achievement by any measure. Our prestigious property portfolio has attracted numerous awards, including the following: • Mutual Heights, refurbishment category of annual SAPOA awards for development excellence. • Cavendish Square, The Zone@Rosebank, Eastgate and Westgate. In Harare, ICSC design and merit awards in recent years. • Gateway Theatre of Shopping, international design and development merit award from the International Council of Shopping Centres. • Menlyn Park, premier award from SA Property Owners’ Association for development excellence. Planet Old Mutual Investment Group Property Investments is a platinum founder member of the Green Building Council of South Africa, which seeks to promote and encourage environmentally sustainable practices in the property industry. Green building principles create properties which are energy- and resource-efficient, as well as environmentally friendly. Such buildings typically consume less than half the energy of a conventional building. Dramatic reductions are also seen in water usage, CO2 emissions and waste disposal. Green buildings are characterised by superior ventilation and indoor air quality. The resulting improved occupant comfort and health makes these buildings highly attractive to tenants. Brent Wiltshire, Business Development Executive, describes some of

the measures employed by the company: “At some of our malls we’ve achieved a 60% recycling rate, as well as installing control operating systems for lights and air conditioning so they don’t have to be on all the time. Air conditioning takes up the most energy in any shopping mall. We even look at environmentally friendly paint when renovating our malls, and use indigenous plants where possible. The business case for green buildings has been confirmed by studies which indicate that the greener the building, the higher the nett present value.”

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Routledge Modise in association with Eversheds


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Our offices around the world

In April 2008 Routledge Modise joined Eversheds International as the latter’s first member on the African continent. Eversheds LLP is one of the largest international law firms, providing legal services to the business and finance community and across a wide range of industries both in the private and public sector. Presently Eversheds International has 41 offices with 2600 legal and business advisors in 26 countries and offers coordinated legal expertise across Africa, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. New member countries are added on an ongoing basis. The South African office in Sandton, Johannesburg has over 130 professionals and a total staff complement of close to 400. Eversheds’ Africa Desk is run jointly from the Johannesburg and Paris offices. The association with Eversheds International offers clients of the firm increased resources and expertise with multi-jurisdiction solutions and access to legal expertise on a global level. A client coming into any office can take advantage of the services available from all of them and can be assured of the same high standards. In addition, the firm enjoyed unprecedented growth during 2007 and 2008 with a number of highly experienced partners joining with specialist expertise in niche markets, such as environmental law, energy, oil and gas, telecommunications and broadcasting, project finance, tax,

and exchange control, adding depth to the expertise of the professionals that were already operating in those areas. The firm identified Mauritius as a growing market with considerable business opportunities and Routledge Modise Eversheds (Mauritius) is in the process of opening in Port Louis to enable the firm to provide legal advice to clients in that jurisdiction. Well aware that training and education should form part of any law firm’s commitment to its staff and the wider community, the Routledge Modise Law School was opened in September 2008. Its main aim is to provide training for candidate attorneys and to satisfy the statutory requirements of attending a board course approved by the relevant law society for the purposes of admission as an attorney. Bursaries are available to historically disadvantaged candidates as part of the firm’s social responsibility programme. As an ongoing service to its clients the firm holds seminars and workshops on the latest legal developments on a regular basis in its 105-seater auditorium.

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G4S Cash Services (SA) G4S Cash Services (SA) has operated as market leaders in the cash management sector within South Africa for more than 51 years. Branded as Fidelity in its early days.

G4S has undergone massive growth both organically and through acquisitions. Today, G4S Cash Services (SA) is part of the international G4S group, one of the largest global networks of security operations worldwide. The group employs over 570 000 people and operates in more than 110 countries on 6 continents. The South African cash operation employs 3500 full-time employees and operates out of 25 branches and 11 depots strategically situated throughout the country. We manage a fleet of 800 armoured vehicles that cover more than 43 million kilometres, per annum. As part of a global organisation we as a business strive to meet the group’s vision to be recognised as the global leader in providing security solutions. We ensure this through adherence to our core values in every aspect of our business. We have close, open relationships with


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our customers that generate trust and we work in partnership for the mutual benefit of our organisations. Whether our clients require a standard daily banking service providing scheduled collections; money to be moved to bulk banks on their behalf; the provision of ATM front-end serving; bulk treasury management; pension distribution; payroll preparation/delivery and standby guards and payout officials; the distribution of traveler’s cheques, mail, ballot papers, gold bullion and jewellery or even a full cash management and processing solution – we are able to focus on their needs and offer the best solutions available. We develop and demonstrate our expertise through our innovative and leading edge approach to creating and delivering the right solution. This solution will differ depending on the client’s needs and the environment in which they operate. In South Africa, we pride ourselves in

having applied our expertise to ensure that we operate as effectively as possible within a difficult working environment. Some of these innovations include: Custom-built premises Each branch has an insurance approved category 3, 4 or 5 bank vault, which is necessary in instances where we have to store money overnight. The branch is monitored by closed circuit television and all procedures are dual control. CASH360 - An intelligent solution that really counts CASH360 has been designed to optimize the latest secure handling machines by integrating them with G4S software and combining them with its cash transportation and processing services. This enables – for the very first time

– a single source provider, G4S, to look after retailers’ entire cash management requirements. In doing so, it reduces time spent on counting and reconciliation, gives staff more time to focus on selling and can virtually eliminate opportunities for internal or external theft. The aim of extending our solution to our client’s value chain is to improve our performance and create long-term sustainability. ATM end-to-end The G4S end-to-end ATM service enables banks to streamline processes and increase the profitability of their ATM business by assigning numerous tasks to a single party. This one-stop service comprises all aspects and operations of sophisticated ATM outsourcing and is based on long-standing experience and state-

of-the-art technologies. Prior to a planned commissioning we give advice to our customers on feasibility and conduct a site analysis to identify the optimal location of the planned installation site and ATM type. Operational ATM support services have been our core competency for more than two decades. Our cash management model is characterised by a proactive cash forecasting and replenishment system. This results in a noticeable increase in availability. Our integrated reconciliation solution increases productivity and reduces costs through automated processes. As an outsourcing partner we are offering a true end-to end solution to meet the needs of clients that want to outsource the whole ATM value chain to one single, reliable partner. Armoured vehicles Our new armoured fleet is built to withstand the firepower of weapons such as the AK 47. The vehicles have double rear wheels for further stability and are fitted with ABS retarder braking systems, which ensures fast safe braking under all circumstances. The vault in the vehicle comprises dropsafes, with both interlocking immobilising and global locking systems that are controlled remotely. The unique interlocking and immobilising system, prevents more than one door at a time being opened. In the case where the driver is forced out of the vehicle, the vehicle totally shuts down with the vault doors being locked into place. All vehicles are equipped with communication. We always take care to employ the best people, develop their competencies, provide opportunities for development and

inspire them to live our values. This starts at recruitment level. We believe that the recruitment process is hugely important. We adhere to very strict recruitment procedures and ensure that all applicants complete a psychometric profile test, undergo polygraph analysis and have a clear record with the Private Security Industry Regulatory Authority in South Africa. Once employed a detailed employment contract is signed so that the employee knows exactly what is expected of them. Employees then undergo training and development and are encouraged to aspire towards and accept the many opportunities available within the larger group. G4S Cash Services is the market leader in the South African cash services market, and is one of the few cash services businesses in South Africa with the capability, expertise and infrastructure to provide services on a national basis.

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GlaxoSmithKline South Africa (Pty) Ltd Commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility

To fully appreciate the history of GlaxoSmithKline South Africa, one must first look at the history of the global company; a world leader in the pharmaceutical industry, GSK is the result of a merger of equals between Glaxo Wellcome and SmithKline Beecham that took place in January 2001. Local community partnerships are in place, particularly in the rural areas of the country. The main areas covered are: HIV, education and primary healthcare. The company has, since the merger, invested more than R12 million in impoverished communities. Some of our Corporate Social Responsibility projects include: Edzimkulu Long Range Plan – Ndawana KwaZulu-Natal • This is a holistic programme focused on HIV/AIDS management and economic sustainability in Ndawana, Underberg, KwaZulu-Natal. • Ndawana is a geographically isolated village


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of some 3,900 people where unemployment is very high and the incidence of HIV, while varying significantly by age, has an overall prevalence of around 30% and is around 50% in the 25-45 age range. • With the assistance from GlaxoSmithKline, over 1,000 Ndawana community members have been counseled and tested for HIV and those who have needed ARV treatment are now being monitored and treated. JPHIEGO – John’s Hopkins Health and Education in South Africa (JPHIEGO) Cervical Cancer Advocacy Programme North West Province • The project was established in conjunction with John’s Hopkins Health and Education in South Africa (JHHESA), a non-government organization (NGO), to provide technical assistance and training to healthcare workers to mobilize the community in the North West Province by conducting Single Visit Approach (SVA) as part of cervical

cancer screening and a prevention programme. • In South Africa’s North West Province (NWP), the Provincial Department of Health has identified improved cervical cancer prevention as a key priority. JHHESA/JHPIEGO’s proposed solution to reduce the incidence of cervical cancer amongst women in South Africa is to introduce the Single Visit Approach (SVA) as an addition to cytological screening for cervical cancer in targeted facilities in the NWP. • Training of NWDoH healthcare workers in Thailand as well as a donation of cryotherapy units to treat precancerous lesions as part of the SVA, was also supported by GSK. Cotlands Home-Based Care Outreach Project in Soweto • The Cotlands Home-Based Care outreach project in Soweto which is linked to the Cotlands Sanctuary is aimed at providing assistance to families within the Soweto community to care for their HIV positive children at home. • Soweto home-based care project includes: support groups for the care givers, income generating projects, food gardens, material aid – food, clothing, household equipment and educare and after care services as well medical and oxygen care for palliative care patients, in respect of HIV positive children who are oxygen dependent. South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG) Free State • The aim of SADAG Free State project is to capacitate home-based HIV and AIDS workers by educating them about depression and anxiety and initiating 15 sustainable psychosocial support groups in the Free State region. • To date the SADAG have initiated over 180 support groups in the past ten years. These support groups have been sustainable through the ongoing support and affiliation to SADAG.

Asondle Sive boMake and Hands@Work in Swaziland Home-based care training for HIV positive children and Women in Kaphunga. • Kaphunga and its surrounds is a remote, mountainous region lacking in rainfall, serviced by one bus per day, no other public transport, no taxis. • This is a community project working closely with Hands@Work (an NGO) and a group comprising of 31 women aged from 33 to 67 from the Kaphunga community. • Kaphunga community have been affected and infected by HIV/AIDS with an increase in Child headed house holds. GSK support towards the project enables volunteers to continue with home visits to the Kaphunga community and surrounds, distribute food parcels on a monthly basis to community members and OVC’s. Mafeteng HIV Clinic – Lesotho Focus on training resources needed for the Mafeteng HIV Clinic. • Lesotho is currently struggling with a high prevalence of HIV that has a negative impact on the economic and cultural development of the country. The highest prevalence has been reported for the age group of 20 – 29 years, which represents the most important section of the population in terms of productive work force, education and maintenance of family structure. • Due to the increasing statistics of HIV/ AIDS infections, Mafeteng has been at the forefront to fight the epidemic in the community and expand the services to the satellite clinics around Mafeteng. • GSK to date has assisted the Mafeteng hospital in purchasing relevant equipment (Freezer, heating and cooling system, etc.) for the Karabong ARV Clinic which has assisted in serving close to 3,000 patients on ART and close to 6,500 people enrolled for Pre-ART.

Mbonomhle Child Care Centre – Sinkonkonko (KwaZulu-Natal) • The Centre was established for Orphans affected by HIV/AIDS, women and the community in general. The MCC experienced a tragedy in 2007, where part of the centre, kitchen and facilities burnt down. • The Department of Health and the MCC community have requested assistance from GlaxoSmithKline South Africa in “building the community and resources” to once again support and make the plight of the MCC community lighter. Access Programme for HIV/AIDS • In 2001, the global GlaxoSmithKline group announced its commitment to making medicines for HIV/AIDS and malaria available at not-for-profit preferential pricing in 63 countries – including the Least Developed Countries and Sub-Saharan Africa. This offer extends to governments, non-government organizations (NGOs) and international aid groups and in Sub-Saharan Africa to employers as well. • To date, GlaxoSmithKline has granted six voluntary licenses to generic manufactures to produce its antiretrovirals (ARV’s) in South Africa. GlaxoSmithKline is a pharmaceutical company that is highly committed to the research of finding BOTH new medicines and vaccines for the treatment and prevention of HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria – the three diseases identified as priority by the World Health Organization (WHO).

GlaxoSmithKline South Africa (Pty) Ltd Flushing Meadows Building The Campus 57 Sloane Street Bryanston 2021 Tel: +27 11 745 6000 Fax: +27 11 388 7000

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Inala Technologies Inala’s core competency lies in electronic engineering as applied to the telecommunications, GSM, avionics, broadcast and electronic design and maintenance industries


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Inala distributes and supports equipment and solutions from leading manufacturers and suppliers in these domains and contributes high-tech equipment of its own design and manufacture to this comprehensive portfolio. As a result, Inala has become a supplier of choice in South and sub-Saharan Africa. Inala Distribution is the leading supplier of network test, coverage enhancement, monitoring and management solutions for wireless and fixed networks in southern Africa. Inala Distribution also specialises in complete fibre-optic solutions, power monitoring and fuel cells. Suppliers include Tektronix, ADC Krone, Cellvine, Bird Technology Group, Kingfisher, Corridor Technologies, Dranetz BMI and IdaTech. Inala Broadcast offers integrated turnkey solutions to the Broadcast, Professional HD/DV, Display Technology and Surveillance industries in Southern Africa. Inala’s offerings to the broadcast and professional television and video markets include equipment for on-air and live events, news broadcasting, audio/video routing and networking, media management, virtual studios and digital effects solutions. Inala Broadcast was recently contracted to supply a full turnkey system for the establishment of the CNBC Africa facility in Johannesburg and regional Bureaus in Cape Town, Nigeria and Kenya. Suppliers include Dolby, Miranda, Thomson Grass Valley and JVC Inala Service’s SANAS-Accredited Service and Calibration laboratories in Johannesburg and Stellenbosch (No. 142, 542, 742) are certified for Electrical (AC and DC), Time and Frequency as well as Radio Frequency calibration facilities. Inala Systems gives the company the agility to address niche applications by creating sophisticated, innovative and high-tech applications for the local and international telecommunications and GSM markets Applications such as monitoring the complete cellular feeder and antenna system of Base Transmitter Stations (B-MON), monitoring alarms on 2.048 Mb/s digital

networks (DPAM) and the remote monitoring and management of assets, environmental and access control at remote cellular base stations (SAM2). Additional SAM2 base station applications include generator controllers and the SAM2 Hybrid or Energy Conservation Control (EPCC) function, an application used to conserve overall operational costs through intelligent remote power management. Inala Installations is in the process of integrating and commissioning Inala’s Systems products into the some of the largest multinational network operators in Africa. All work is carried out according to prescribed quality, operational and safety standards. Inala Training in support of the local industry, Inala Training takes promising graduate students from Universities and Technikons and leads them through practical training into gainful employment both in house and with customers.

Black Economic Empowerment Inala’s BEE strategy has been aligned with the seven components of transformation of the ICT BEE Charter. Today, Inala Technologies is an accredited Level 4 BEE employer with a proven track record of supporting previously disadvantaged individuals (PDIs) and communities through financial, social, educational and business assistance. Inala has a PDI staff of 45 from a total staff complement of 90. Andile Ngcaba, Chairman of Inala and former Director General of the South African Department of Communications, is head of the Yottabyte Consortium with a 41.5% investment in Inala Technologies.

INALA TECHNOLOGIES (PTY) LTD Inala House, 557 15th Road, Randjespark, Midrand, South Africa Postal Address: Private Bag X131, Halfway House, 1685, South Africa Tel: +27 11 206 8300 Fax: +27 11 206 8333 Email:

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FoneWorx FoneWorx was started in 1997 as a value-added service provider and has grown into a listed enterprise now providing a broad range of services within the ICT and telecommunications arena by offering these services throughout Africa

FoneWorx has developed its own technology platform for the purposes of hosting all the various divisions and has service provider agreements with Telkom, MTN, Vodacom and Cell C. The platform currently comprises in excess of 1,300 channels of digital voice and data, which makes it one of the largest independent platforms in South Africa. Infotainment Services FoneWorx employs its own full-time programmers for the development, hosting and management of all its applications. The company has developed a state-of-


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the-art computer hosting centre which comprises biometric secure entry, motion detection, fire detection, underfloor airconditioning and wiring, uninterrupted power supply, generator back-up and 24/7 monitoring facilities. FoneWorx provides a range of valueadded services offered either on a bureaubased principle or bespoke services which can be deployed in a client’s own particular environment. FoneWorx is the preferred supplier of value-added mobile services to the South African Broadcasting Corporation (“SABC”) and in addition thereto is the preferred supplier of interactive SMS services to MultiChoice for

services hosted and operated throughout Africa. To this end FoneWorx has established contractual relationships with over 56 mobile networks in 42 countries throughout Africa. FoneWorx has its own sales team which is responsible for soliciting work from a broad range of clients and, more specifically, advertising agencies that operate on behalf of a wide range of Fast Moving Consumer Goods companies (“FMCG”). The sales team is responsible for interacting with the client in terms of providing input on script writing, creative input and the development and hosting of a particular service which is in alignment with

the client’s particular marketing objectives. FoneWorx has a sales team in Gauteng, Durban and Western Cape. Business Services FoneWorx has developed its own range of unique business services which are aimed at a broad range of users, from individuals to SOHO to SMME’s and also incorporates medium and large corporates. These services include, inter alia: Telco Services & Products, Business & Legal Forms, Address Book, Data Storage, Fax2Email, PC2Fax, SMS, Email, VoIP Call, Accounting, SurveyOnline, Diary Services, Conference Call, Credit Card Processing and Auto Receptionist (PBX). FoneWorx markets and sells its range of business services via its own sales team and also through a dealer network which currently is in excess of 130 dealers. Dealers range from individual consulting companies to large corporates who have been trained to sell the business services developed and hosted by FoneWorx. New business services will constantly be developed, both within the voice and data arena and will include Voice-over IP applications in line with the liberalization of the telecommunications environment. FoneWorx also has a Value-Added Network Services license. Switching Services FoneWorx has developed a unique storage and retrieval facility orientated around AntiMoney Laundering (“AML”) and identity access management and has incorporated

these skill sets to deploy a product orientated around the Financial Intelligence Centre Act (“FICA”) as well as the Regulation of Interception of Communications and Provision of Communication-related Information Act (“RICA”). This particular skill set enables FoneWorx to provide card or token-based applications relating to identity access management and includes biometric applications associated with such card or token. The services include the digitisation of large volumes of documents into secure and encrypted vaults enabling accountable institutions to access such information on a secure basis using Public Key Infrastructure and digital certificates. Switching Services also incorporates Customer Differentiation Programmes (“CDP”) which are closely aligned to the same clients that are serviced

within the Infotainment Services division. The FoneWorx CDP is a facilitator of data collection for knowledge creation, which helps cluster and segment the customer database and re-shape its profile. By combining objective facts (transaction data) and subjective opinions and attitudes (customer survey data) the CDP can be instrumental in measuring and consequently changing the behaviour of the customer and consequently achieving service quality and efficiency.

For further information, contact: National Telephone: +27 11 293 0000 National Fax: +27 866 151 627 Email:

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Boston City Campus & Business College Education. For Life

Boston City Campus was founded in 1991, with the intention to better equip UNISA students to succeed in their examinations. The spectacular results obtained by UNISA students in their examinations resulted in Boston City Campus expanding beyond expectations. Since inception, where Boston City Campus was only offering tuition


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towards UNISA degrees, there are now over 100 different career paths from which the learner can choose. From an initial 6 learners in 1991, Boston City Campus & Business College has grown to 47 Colleges nationwide, with over 25 000 learners in 2008. As they grew, new divisions were formed to address the specific needs of learners.

Boston School of Finance was born to address the needs of the Financial Services Industry and Boston Technology Campus to address the needs of the IT Industry. Boston offers tuition on full-time, part-time and flexible study options, to meet the needs of the learners, and registrations are open throughout the year.

Boston is very involved in learnerships and offers a full support through a dedicated learnership department, these services include recruitment, training and project management of learnership programmes. Branches are now established in the following centres: Alberton, Bedfordview, Bellville, Benoni, Bloemfontein, Braamfontein, Cape Town, Durban, East London, Francistown, Gaborone, George, Germiston, Johannesburg City Centre, Kempton Park, Kimberley, Krugersdorp, Klerksdorp, Mokopane, Nelspruit, Orange Grove, Paarl, Pietermaritzburg, Polokwane, Pinetown, Potchefstroom, Port Elizabeth, Port Shepstone, Pretoria North, Pretoria Arcadia, Randburg, Queenstown, Roodepoort, Richards Bay, Sandton, Stanger, Rustenburg, Swaziland Ezulwini Valley, Springs, Tzaneen, Swaziland Tshanini, Umhlanga, Welkom, Vereeniging and Witbank. The following Learning Programmes are available at Boston: HIV/AIDS, Information Technology, Media Status, Management, Business Management (UNISA), Hospitality and Leisure, Marketing and Sales,

Accounting, Legal, Secretarial and Office Administration, Collective Investments, Service Industry, Financial Services and selected UNISA Degrees. Boston is proud to be associated with the following accreditation, certifying and professional bodies: SABPP, ISETT SETA, SERVICES SETA, INSETA, CompTIA (Gold Class Education Provider Partner), PROMETRIC, University of South Africa, Pastel, The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, ICB, LG SETA, ACCA, Microsoft and the Financial Management Institute of Southern Africa. Boston strives to enhance, uplift and continuously improve the quality of life long education and training in Southern Africa through their commitment to “Education. For Life.�

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Corporate Profiles

Don Suite Hotels With a strategic presence in key locations in Southern Africa and a firm commitment to providing the best service and environment at unbeatable prices, the Don Suite Hotels group has become a force to be reckoned with in the hospitality industry.


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Many features set this company apart. The innovative concept of extended-stay suites provides guests with a spacious home-from-home environment ideal for those travelers who are spending considerable amounts of time away. The warm hearty welcome and top quality service that has formed the cornerstone of Don Suite Hotels’ reputation, guarantees that these guests will return time and time again. The company’s core values include friendliness, efficiency and enthusiasm. Even when judged by the demanding standards of the hospitality industry

where competition is fierce and service paramount, Don Suite has consistently excelled. However, far from resting on its well-deserved laurels, the company continues to raise the bar and strive towards further improvement. The slogan “Fetch Them and Please Them, Happily,” shows how Don Suite has branded and entrenched its full-service corporate culture. The biggest factor that differentiates this multi-branded hospitality group from others in the country is that Don Suite Hotels has the distinction of being the first fully BEE (black economically empowered) hotel

company. In 2002 it received the PMR Award as the Empowerment Company of the Year, in 2006 it was named by Empowerdex as the second most empowered organization listed on the JSE Securities Exchange South Africa, and placed third in 2007. The company’s hands-on approach to empowerment ensures that their affirmative action policy is linked to performance management. This means that candidates who display the most merit and potential join the ranks of the group’s enthusiastic team. Employees are encouraged to pursue a career path within the group, receiving ongoing training and opportunities for personal and professional growth wherever possible. This talent identification and retention programme keeps Don Suite Hotels globally competitive and helps to retain top quality individuals. Don Suite Hotels has a number of social responsibility programmes in place. These include investing a portion of the profits into meaningful community-based projects in order to uplift the society in which the company operates, as well as participating in industry-wide initiatives to develop disadvantaged communities and promote national economic success. “All who work for Don take great pride in the many features that make us different from other hotels and hotel groups in South Africa,” says CEO Thabiso Tlelai who heads up the professional and dedicated team at Don Suite Hotels.

Don Central Reservations: Tel: +27 11 709 1900 or 0860 366 737 Email:

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MoTo-Maintenance Plan Providing today’s motorists with peace of mind for tomorrow.

Moto-Maintenance Plan offers a fully comprehensive cover for all makes of vehicles, covering all maintenance and servicing expenses. This facility is backed by the Automobile Association of South Africa and with each plan sold the customer receives free AA membership, guaranteeing their customers hassle-free motoring, and funding tomorrows motoring costs at today’s prices. Moto-Maintenance Plan also enhances the resale value of vehicles covered by this plan.


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A future step for the Moto-Lube group is to sell pre-owned cars with motormaintenance. MoTo-Lube is an outright leader in motor vehicle servicing and repairs due to a unique approach to maintenance and reliable service. Only top quality branded parts, which are on hand are used. They ensure that the best service, best quality and best possible value at the lowest possible price is provided. Over the past 16 years MoTo-Lube has expanded to five outlets, all of which are

Peak Performance/Moto-Lube specialises in different motor-related fields: MotoMaintenance Plan; Peak Performance; Dent & Mag; Moto-Wash; Moto-Hire; Sound and Security and Franchise Opportunities. Moto-Lube specialists are to be found at: Fourways Crossing Spares: +27 11 467-0818/9 Service: +27 11 467-0821 Midrand Spares: +27 11 315-7663 Spares: +27 11 315-1269 run on the same principle of uniformity and premier quality of service and maintenance. Constant brand-building has resulted in their renowned reputation. Strategically situated in prime positions, MoTo-Lube outlets in Parkmore, Wendywood, Fourways, Rivonia and Midrand are ideally placed. East and West Rand are targeted for future branches. While building long-term relationships with their customers, MoTo-Lube take pride in being transparent in all their dealings and

invite interaction between clients and their professional workshop teams. They are constantly growing and improving their service and acknowledge it is vital to maintain all makes of cars and to have the appropriate equipment and parts in which to do so. Each branch is equipped with diagnostic trouble code readers, used for fault diagnosis on vehicles, as well as on-board disc and hub calibrating systems, dynamometers, wheel alignment machines, exhaust benders, number plate machines, etc.

Parkmore Spares: +27 11 883-0942/3 Service: +27 11 784-0478 Rivonia Spares: +27 11 803 -0096/0876 Service: +27 11 803-0084 Wendywood Tel: +27 11 444-9090/2/3

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Chapter 11 Finance and Investment


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“Though I am grateful for the blessings of wealth, it hasn’t changed who I am. My feet are still on the ground. I’m just wearing better shoes.” Oprah Winfrey

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Finance and Investment

Alexander Forbes Alexander Forbes is a leading provider of financial, risk and insurance and multi-manager investment solutions internationally.

The primary operations are based in South Africa and the United Kingdom. A significant network of subsidiaries and partners ensures we provide an outstanding level of service to our customers internationally. Alexander Forbes’ customers include small, medium and large organisations, specialist groups and individuals. We focus on our customers to deliver an efficient and innovative local service by empowered people wherever we operate. Alexander Forbes Risk Services The activities of Risk Services include corporate insurance broking, risk management and risk finance consulting, cell captive insurance facilities, claims


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management, and specialist areas of aviation, marine, professional indemnity, political and credit risk, transportation and other special risks. As a leading independent provider of risk management services, Alexander Forbes Risk Services has the expertise necessary to deliver informed and innovative risk management solutions. Our experience, gained over seventy years of providing expert advice, ensures that your business risk-related needs are focused on and your risks dealt with in the most appropriate manner. Alexander Forbes Insurance (AFI) AFI is a specialist, dynamic team focused on bringing outstanding customer service to affinity groups and

individuals. We are represented by a countrywide network with offices in all main centres. By committing ourselves to a thorough understanding of your lifestyle and reacting rapidly to your everchanging requirements, we are geared to design and market a growing range of niche products tailored to meet your evolving needs. Our brands serve different sectors of the individual market and include tailored household insurances incorporating contents, all risks, motor, buildings and specialised covers. We also offer personalised Group Schemes and approved motor brand and 4x4 vehicle covers. For advice and information on any of

our products and services, please call the AFI Service Centre on 0860 100 000. Alexander Forbes Financial Services The activities of Financial Services include the administration, consulting and actuarial calculations relating to retirement funds, communication in all areas of employee benefits, asset consulting, providing business solutions and independent assessments, management of clients’ health care programmes, and through the health management division, an integrated approach to the management of HIV/Aids employee absenteeism and disability. Services to individuals include financial planning, including estate planning, tax, death and disability benefit services and retirement and investment planning. HomePlan allows

retirement fund members to use a portion of their fund credit as security for a loan when buying or improving a primary residence. Trust Services invests and manages funds on behalf of the dependants of deceased fund members. African Network (AfriNet) Alexander Forbes is represented in nearly 40 African countries through subsidiaries, associate companies and correspondents. We have offices in Botswana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. We are represented by correspondents in Algeria, Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, DRC,

Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Lesotho, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Niger, Nigeria, Reunion, Senegal, Sudan, Togo and Tunisia. Facilitating cross-border trade through our extensive network on the African continent provides a challenge which, through access to the Group’s extensive skills and resource base, Alexander Forbes is more than equipped to meet. Our AfriNet network is the largest provider of risk, insurance broking and employee benefits in Africa. The African network is co-ordinated by Sandton based Alexander Forbes AfriNet Investments. Head Office contact number: Tel: +27 11 269 0000

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Finance and Investment

AMEX American Express Foreign Exchange offers travellers throughout South Africa the reassurance that their foreign exchange needs will be taken care of in true Blue Box fashion.

With over 50 outlets strategically located throughout the country, American Express Foreign Exchange is the only name that travellers need to know. Most local travel agents refer their customers to American Express Foreign Exchange, so those planning


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a trip abroad can enjoy the international support of the world’s most trusted brand together with in-depth local knowledge, commitment and contacts. American Express offers foreign and local currency available in all major denominations

and can help you exchange your money easily and without hassle. Travellers’ cheques, originally invented by American Express, can be purchased or sold at any of their branches. American Express debit cards allow users to perform transactions at any ATM in the local currency, safely and conveniently. Free delivery of foreign exchange and travellers’ cheques is available by arrangement. American Express Foreign Exchange branches specialise in foreign exchange. This allows the knowledgeable staff to give your money the focus it deserves, and enables you to enjoy the benefit of the company’s local and international know-how, as well as its streamlined processes. The pay-off line, “There’s nothing foreign about us,” emphasises that although foreign exchange can be confusing, clients at American Express will be made to feel right at home, and will be given confidence and peace of mind every step of the way. With highly competitive exchange rates and a full breakdown of all costs associated with the purchase or sale of foreign exchange, American Express is able to offer the best total deal every time, offering outstanding value for money as well as consistency. Top-class service is another priority. When you visit the specially branded American Express outlets, you will enjoy the kind of service that recently secured this company the ASATA Award for Best Foreign Exchange Provider for the third consecutive year. To locate your closest Amex branch, simply phone the national Call Centre on 08600 FOREX (36739). Wherever you go, whether around beautiful South Africa or around the world, make sure you have the peace of mind that comes from dealing with the world’s largest foreign exchange organisation, with a reputation for trust, integrity and value that has been upheld for more than 150 successful years.

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Finance and Investment

Economic transformation at the centre of NEF mandate The National Empowerment Fund (NEF) is a leading funder of black business and a custodian for engendering a culture of saving and investment among black people in South Africa.

Since 2004, the NEF has approved funding worth R1 billion to black entrepreneurs, and launched its first BEE retail product, the historic NEF Asonge Share Scheme, in June 2007. Fund Management The NEF processes funding applications by black businesses for start-up, expansion and equity acquisition objectives through its Fund Management Division (FMD). FMD is structured into two funding operations, namely the Corporate Fund and the iMbewu Fund. The Corporate Fund offers several products aimed at improving access to BEE capital, namely Acquisition Finance, Project Finance, Expansion Finance, Capital Markets Fund and Liquidity and


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Warehousing. Corporate Funding ranges from R5 million to R100 million. The iMbewu Fund is a suite of products aimed specifically at black entrepreneurs wanting to start new businesses as well as supporting existing black-owned businesses with expansion capital. iMbewu products include entrepreneurship finance, procurement finance, franchise finance, rural and community development projects. Here funding ranges from R250 000 to R20 million. Codes of Good Practice Importantly, the NEF plays a critical role in the implementation of the Codes of Good Practice (the Codes) that emanate from the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (BB-BEE) Act of 2003. NEF CEO, Ms Philisiwe Buthelezi, says the NEF product offering was designed to

it believes offer the most meaningful possibility for optimising black economic transformation. While it places precedence on commercial viability, other softer measures and indicators also enjoy corresponding rank, such as: • Compliance with all relevant laws • Black management and operational involvement • Risk sharing by entrepreneurs • Black women empowerment • Community involvement • Black ownership compling with the NEF product criteria • Job creation • Geographic location of business address the funding challenges relating to the achievement of the seven pillars of the Codes – ownership, management control, employment equity, skills development, preferential procurement, enterprise development and socio-economic development. “Accordingly, we measure and assess the NEF’s impact not only on the basis of financial return, but in accordance with what we refer to as the ‘Empowerment Dividend’, an investment methodology which enables the NEF to pursue national priorities such as BBBEE, the dti’s industrial policy objectives and the targeted government programmes such as the Accelerated and Shared Growth Initiative for South Africa (ASGISA),” she adds. Funding Criteria The NEF has developed funding criteria

While these measures form part of the developmental ethos, the NEF has adopted as the underlying theme of its strategic plan, ensuring that it funds those businesses that demonstrate commercial viability as well as reasonable prospect for success. Business Plan Tool In response to the constraints facing some black entrepreneurs, such as the challenge in producing top-quality business plans and the lack of accurate and reliable financial information from applicants, the NEF has developed a comprehensive online Business Plan tool, due to be made available to the public on the NEF website, The tool is designed to assist applicants in improving and refining the quality of their business plans.

Non-financial Support The NEF has two non-financial businesssupport units. The Pre-investment Business Unit comprises five professionals that review on average 100 applications per month, and assists entrepreneurs in navigating the necessary application procedures. This unit also helps with funding advice, business planning and general assistance to ensure applications are of good quality, if the original business plan is sound and has strong viable merit. Secondly, the Post-Investment Business Unit is a specialized team comprising seven professionals, and has a formal structure that monitors the NEF’s investees’ performance for risk, and provides ongoing business support when required. This support includes free mentorship and business coaching to its existing clients. The NEF will also be investing R8m in the development of a Mentorship Panel as an extension of its Post Investment support. The panel will be launched in due course and will include experts in various business disciplines located throughout the country.  The services of the panel would be available to NEF investee companies within certain guidelines, free of charge.

For more information contact NEF on: Tel: +27 11 305 8000

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Chapter 12 Conferencing, Exhibitions and Marketing


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“No grand idea was ever born in a conference, but a lot of foolish ideas have died there.� F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Conferencing, Exhibitions and Marketing

Exhibitions Association of South Africa (EXSA) EXSA’s core strategy is to actively grow and develop the exhibition and events industry within Southern Africa. This is achieved through promoting the unique benefits offered by exhibitions and events, and raising the profile of their members which include venues, organisers and suppliers.

There is not an industry in South Africa that does not have a trade show, conference or exhibition associated to it, which has resulted in the Exhibition Industry contributing R156.8 billion to the national economy (2007 EXSA Research Study). With exhibitions ranging from household hobbies to international car shows and world-wide conventions, there is not a


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week in the South African calendar where a vibrant display is not being created. With this industry being so large and hugely competitive, South Africa has positioned itself as a world-class destination offering facilities in line with international standards from strategically positioned venues, to the latest technology and services associated to the industry.

Southern African Association for the Conference Industry (SAACI) SAACI is dedicated to maintaining and improving the standards of efficiency and professionalism for the conference and events industry in Southern Africa. SAACI has over 800 members from a variety of sectors, including conference venues, conference and event organisers and a large variety of service providers such as audio visual, entertainment, decor, catering, marketing and many more. South Africa boasts some of the finest exhibition and conference venues in the world, with new multi-purpose complexes under construction. The biggest and most exciting of these is the Tshwane International Convention Centre, designed in the shape of Africa, launched in 2008.

The new East London International Convention Centre due to be completed early in 2009, will be Southern Africa’s only beachfront convention centre, this complex will also be the only conference and exhibition venue of its magnitude in the Eastern Cape. Other premier centres in South Africa are the Sandton Convention Centre, Nasrec Expo Centre, Wanderers Stadium, Sun City, Emperors Palace, The Pyramid Venue

and Conference Centre, Montecasino, Gallagher Estate, The Coca-Cola Dome, Durban International Convention Centre, Cape Town International Convention Centre, and Grand West Casino in Goodwood, Cape Town.

For further information: Southern African Association for the Conference Industry Exhibition Association of South Africa Searchable conference venues by province

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Conferencing and Exhibitions

Emperors Palace Hotel, Casino and Convention Resort An opulent conference facility next to the O.R. Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg

Location makes this venue the ultimate conference, exhibition and event facility. Emperors Palace offers a diverse range of multi-purpose venues and breakaway rooms with extensive technical resources including Wi-Fi connectivity. Catering for groups of eight to 3,000, Emperors Palace excels in three essential ingredients superb cuisine, impeccable service and an elegant atmosphere. Whatever the event, presidential or private, formal or frivolous, business or celebratory, with more than 20 unique and adjustable venues, Emperors Palace is the perfect destination. Each venue is equipped with state-of-the-art audio visual equipment including multi-media capabilities and flexible lighting. No request is too large, no detail too small, everyone embraces a shared philosophy to fulfill every wish. The resort has three hotels which include the ultra luxury 5-star D’oreale Grande, the deluxe


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3-star Mondior and existing 3-star Metcourt Laurel, all conveniently situated next to O.R. Tambo International Airport (with a free shuttle service to and from the airport). Another new 3-star select services 248-key Metcourt Hotel is officially due to officially open in March 2009. This gem caters specifically to the demand for large groups and creates a new standard of modern, contemporary convenience and functionality. It will have a spacious ground floor reception area for large group check-ins, a business centre, boardroom, pool area and restaurant, increasing the Resort’s accommodation capacity to 674 rooms. But Emperors Palace is more than just a conference venue with its host of activities like the casino, restaurants, bars, a health spa, Ubunye Museum and the Odeon Showbar. It is also filled with flamboyant works of art, a garden grand enough to suit a Roman Villa and manicured lawns.

Peermont has a host of properties in spectacular locations in Southern Africa, most offering the added benefit of overnight facilities, your conference is guaranteed to be easily accessible, well managed and successful. Whether you’re looking for a beachside resort, urban retreat or a city setting, Peermont Hotels, Casinos and Resorts offers a plethora of destinations and facilities and its properties can host everything from small sized board meetings to large conferences and extravagant celebrations, and are able to deliver creative, unique and memorable events. There is a choice of 14 premium, 3-, 4- and 5-star hotels each complemented by superior conferencing facilities, world-class restaurants, indulgent day spas, pulsating entertainment and championship golf courses, thus providing superior luxury and relaxation for delegates and partners.

For group conference enquiries, please contact the Peermont Sales Office: Tel: +27 11 557 0557 or email: or go to For individual room bookings at any Peermont Hotel contact Central Reservations on 0860 777 900 or +27 11 557 0777 email: or go to to book online.

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Conferencing and Exhibitions

Bringing South Africa and the World to Emonti

East London International Convention Centre (ELICC) managed by Premier Hotels & Resorts International is scheduled to open its doors early 2009. Southern Africa’s only beachfront convention centre, this complex will also be the only conference and exhibition venue of its magnitude in the Eastern Cape. The unique positioning of the ELICC, allows it to become a central convergence point between all the major centres of South Africa. This private sector initiative will not only raise


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the profile of Premier Hotels and Resort International as a leading role player in the province, but it will also stimulate economic growth in the city of East London. Located on the Esplanade, and incorporating the 254 roomed Premier Hotel Emonti as well as the adjacent 175 rooms of the Premier Hotel Regent, the complex offers a range of accommodation options to complement the ELICC. The entire complex features a 600-seater

Room style conferencing for up to 1,400 delegates, and the largest room able to accommodate 2,150 delegates cinema style. In addition to the ELICC, the 11 conference rooms of the Premier Hotel Regent are able to host from 10 – 800 delegates and is currently the largest conference facility in a hotel environment in the Eastern Cape. About Premier Hotels & Resorts International

your ‘away-from-the-office’ event is both productive and memorable. MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferencing & Events) SOLUTIONS Premier Hotels & Resorts International offers the combination of expertly equipped, unique and well positioned venues both to local and international markets alike. We have dedicated and creative event teams expertly trained to assist you in achieving your event objectives.

LEISURE PORTFOLIO UNIQUE STYLE IN EXCITING DESTINATIONS Premier Hotels offers a range of city and outof-town hotels, lodges and resorts in both mainstream and exotic destinations. They are hand-picked for their location, unique style, and their ability to play host to that special travel and leisure experience. GAME PORTFOLIO EXCLUSIVITY OF EXPERIENCE Premier’s Game portfolio offers a number of game lodges of repute and character in both easily-accessible destinations for a corporate breakaway, as well as ‘deep-bush’ locations for that authentic wilderness experience.

Auditorium, a 2,200m² Exhibition hall, three Conference rooms with a combined floor space of 800m², multiple breakaway and board rooms, and various restaurants. The ELICC’s multi functional conference venues equipped with state-of–the-art technology are suitable for conferencing; breakaway sessions; presentations; workshops; exhibitions; concerts, cocktail and banqueting events which can accommodate from small meetings for groups of 10, School

CORPORATE PORTFOLIO FACILITATING THE MEETING OF MINDS AND CULTURES The corporate portfolio of Premier Hotels offers hotels and conference venues carefully selected in mainstream and regional business and travel destinations. These versatile properties offer the level of luxury and opulence in accommodation and state of the art conferencing facilities that you would expect from a top portfolio. Our telesales consultants are trained to take away the hassle and stress from business travel and conference organizing, and will ensure

Premier Hotels & Resorts International: Cape Town, East London, Durban, Port Edward, Pretoria Head Office: +27 43 705 5000 Email:

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For each and every occasion, there is a season. For those who know that memorable events and principal occasions merit an exceptional setting, there is a place where the most discerning demands are met, gracefully, perfectly and completely.

Summer Place combines classic design, dĂŠcor and ambience with sheer joie de vivre, harmoniously and elegantly. Its character is generous rather than rich, welcoming its guests without overwhelming them. It is a place where the most distinguished of visitors can feel contented. Truly a place for all seasons.


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A time and space for all things of importance Summer Place is unsurpassed as a venue for conferences, business functions and events. A professional yet warm ambiance has been created, where it is abundantly clear to see, that business, truly matters. Efficient,

versatile configurations of rooms, facilities and services are available to set the scene for strategic discussions, key negotiations, private break-aways or commercial celebrations. Surroundings conducive to the creation of wealth, provide tangible inspiration for sound decision-making and significant action.

that indoor and outdoor spaces flow naturally into each other, adding a further sense of unity and togetherness. Subtlety of design has also created space for seclusion, without requiring those in search of a moment of private thought, to stray too far from the central entertainment area.

For laughter, joy and celebration Set in classically landscaped gardens, surrounding an elegant pool where sparkling fountains splash around a magnificent bronze sculpture, Summer Place is an idyllic location for weddings and special occasions. The style of architecture and proportion of buildings is in such harmony with the rest of the property

Where refinement of taste is customary Banqueting facilities at Summer Place offer versatility and flexibility in perfect accord with excellence and tradition. Kosher and non-kosher kitchens, staffed by accredited caterers, are able to tantalise the most discerning of palates with a variety of menu options, suited to individual preference and budget. Served in gracious surroundings with impeccable style, matched with superior crockery, silver table appointments and linen of the finest quality, every occasion at Summer Place, becomes an event in itself. A place that exceeds every expectation Beyond the structures of Summer Place, its personnel are closely-knit teams who

have each been selected for their ability to contribute to a greater whole than the sum of their parts. Assistance is available for planning and theme management, over and above the details of logistical and practical considerations. If professional, discreet and considerate service can be seen as an art, then here is a place where the exceptional has become the rule. A place that is unique and fulfilling in every aspect of conferencing, banqueting and executive business facilitation, a place that adds warmth to every occasion.

69 Melville Road Hyde Park, Johannesburg Tel: +27 11 447 9744 Fax: +27 11 880 2050 E-mail: PO Box 413555, Craighall 2024 South Africa

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3D Affirms Position As ‘Best Exhibition Company’ In SA The 3D Group of Companies, which collectively offer turnkey solutions to companies exhibiting in trade and consumer fairs and expos in South Africa and internationally, has proven that it is one of the best in the industry with its consistent appearance on the awards podiums over the years.

A group of strategic business units supplying a seamless integration of exhibition services including furniture hire, exhibition stand design and construction, electrical hire, portable displays, country pavilions and shell schemes, 3D has in just eight months of 2008, for example, shone at Agri Foods Expo, Engen Retail Expo, Durban Motor Show, Tyrexpo, and Markex, to name but a few. At the Durban Motor Show, the 3D Group took two awards for stand design and construction: Gold for its stand for BP and Bronze for GWM (Great Wall Motors). Both stands were based on the high quality modular Octanorm system. Staying with the motoring theme, at Tyrexpo Africa, it was awarded first place in the Best Stand


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Design category for its stand for CFP Tyres. Exhibition organisers, Rowena Suthers and Liana Shaw, had no hesitation in awarding Gold to 3D based on its innovative design and precision stand construction. Said Suthers: “It is always a pleasure to work with 3D. The entire team – from directors down to stand builders and electricians – is always professional, timeous and courteous. These qualities, while not essential to constructing good exhibition stands, certainly play a major role, however, in making their clients’ exhibition experiences as smooth as possible and ensuring them a successful show.” The Group also won Best Stand at the Engen Retail Expo held at Sun City for a

stand it designed and constructed for JTI. The stand was also based on the high quality modular Octanorm system but, in addition, incorporated several new technologies and special effects to add excitement and drama to the exhibit. For example, a super high definition plasma screen displayed an image of a fire in the fire place that was so real, several visitors to the stand walked up to it to warm their hands! 3D incorporated several ice sculptures into the design – while not a ‘new’ special effect, the technology used to carve these sculptures is unique. As a result, they had high impact and drew people on to the stand once they’d caught their eye. They also contrasted with the fire elements used on

the stand, to contrast passion with apathy, and highlight JTI’s commitment to its brands and customers. Another contrasting design element was the ‘snow’ backdrops specially created for the stand. Customers were forgiven for thinking they were seeing things – camels, in particular – around the refreshment sections. The judges were impressed by its subtle reinforcement of JTI’s leading brand. Hot on the heels of this win, it took the Best Stand Award for a stand it conceptualised and constructed for the Eastern Cape Development Corp (ECDC) at the Agri Foods Expo held at Gallagher Estate. Finally, at Markex, four of the five stands built by the Group for this show were highly rated by the ‘best on show’ judges. 3D’s own stand was awarded ‘Best Medium Size Stand’ while it achieved three ‘Highly Commended’ for Trubok, Inspirit and the Sandton Convention Centre. The 3D stand incorporated extensive backlighting and made local exhibition history by having 2,000 pieces of handhung Perspex suspended from the ceiling. The stand’s theme was ‘Visit the Big Fish’, a tongue-in-cheek reference to 3D’s size and standing in the exhibition industry. This theme was incorporated into the exhibition as well as the stand. At the entrance to Markex, visitors walked over the 3D interactive floor display depicting a pond of Koi fish which moved whenever someone walked over it. From here, 3D floor graphics lead the visitor to the 3D stand, which was a water wonderland with a seamless plasma screen displaying its service, water bubbles rising from the floor and a coffee bar with overhead waves – the 2 000 pieces of Perspex. While it is having a great year when it comes to awards, the Group is performing well on the business front; several of the

group’s business achievements in 2008 include: • Being appointed by BP to build its stands at three of the industry’s biggest exhibitions – MPH 2008, Durban Motor Show, and AutoAfrica. 3D was recently awarded first place in the Best Stand Design category at Tyrexpo Africa for its stand for CFP Tyres. • Partnering with three different exhibition companies – the International Fashion Show, Toys for Boys and the Digital Life Expo – to assist them in creating memorable experiences for show visitors by going 'beyond the box', or shell. During the year, the Group also remodelled its way of doing business to focus even more closely on its customers and their needs and installed Maximizer CRM 10 from Maximizer Software. Maximizer Software provides easyto-use customer relationship management (CRM) software applications. Its Maximizer products help companies develop more responsive, personalised and profitable customer experiences. From the moment a potential customer’s name and contact details are entered into the system, it will set in motion the chain of events that will lead to the sale, and monitor them so that 3D does not let one single ball drop. All 3D staff will have access to all contact information on every client. They will be able to see if there have been staff changes, address changes etc. and can view any notes, documents etc. relating to each contact. In this way, by sharing the company’s ‘Little Black Book’, the group will be able to maximise its sales efforts and boost its existing relationships further.

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ADreach Group A pioneer of strategic outdoor advertising solutions, the ADreach Group of companies is one of South Africa’s largest independent outdoor media owners.

Our innovative outdoor media applications offer the marketer frequency and reach through cost effective solutions that clearly deliver the right message to the right audience, over and over again. Street Pole Ads, Illuminated Mini Billboards, Street Name Ads, Event Ads, Sponsored Road Traffic Signs, Billboards, Event Flags and ID Lites form part of our national network of more than 40,000 advertising signs:

allow for specific directional messaging, bringing a unique and contemporary feel to the commercial street scenes of South Africa.

Street Pole Ads Street Pole Ads deliver consistent repetitive exposure on prime locations throughout South Africa, including schools, shopping centres, gyms, office parks and high traffic volume routes. Double sided display panels

Street Name Ads Implemented in Soweto more than 5 years ago, the ground-breaking Street Name Ads pilot project facilitated the installation of 2500 street-name poles on township streets previously without any street-name signage.


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Illuminated Mini Billboards Illuminated Mini Billboards combine the efficiency of repetitive messaging with the maximum impact achieved by large billboard type displays, for cost-effective delivery of brand messages 24 hours a day.

In addition to their community benefits, Street Name Ads are an outstanding medium for the delivery of repetitive messages to the highly lucrative and growing township market. Event Ads Forming an integral part of the media mix supporting any successful event campaign, Event Ads are located on major routes to secure maximum exposure for up to two weeks prior to events. High quality custom-designed frames offer slick brand presentation, with council bylaw compliancy guaranteed. Sponsored Road Traffic Signs Sponsored Road Traffic Signs is an

Event Flags Bringing streets to life with an unparalleled flamboyance and flair, Event Flags are a potent medium for establishing consistent brand awareness and increased attendance at events.

initiative between the Department of Transport and ADreach in association with Arrive Alive. This public private partnership delivers road safety and environmental messages to commuting audiences whilst simultaneously offering effective commercial advertising opportunity on previously inaccessible locations on provincial roads. ADreach Billboards ADreach Billboards cater to demand for large-format advertising on superior sites across South Africa. Our boutique billboard offering covers prime locations meticulously selected to deliver maximum brand impact.

ID Lites Situated at busy intersections, internally illuminated ID Lites provide 24-hour advertising exposure whilst simultaneously facilitating clear street name signage in suburbs across South Africa. Ideal for raising awareness and serving as directional signage, ID Lites offer businesses a cost-effective means of promoting their products and services within their local communities. Community Contribution Boasting significant black economic empowerment credentials, ADreach’s entrepreneurial spirit is underpinned by a commitment to contribution within the communities that we serve. In addition, the Group generates significant ongoing revenues for various councils and

social bodies via revenue streams from street furniture advertising opportunities. Ongoing Innovation As South Africa prepares to present the face of Africa to the word in 2010, the ADreach Group remains committed to the development of exceptional public environments through streetscapes that compete with those of the best cities in the world. Working together with local government to establish revitalised streetscapes with outstanding street furniture innovations, ADreach is proud to offer the technology, experience and resources that make us South Africa’s market leader in innovative outdoor media alternatives. The ADreach Group Leading Africa into the 21st Century with world-class streetscapes.

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Chapter 13 Building and Architecture


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“No person who is not a great sculptor or painter can be an architect. If he is not a sculptor or painter, he can only be a builder.” John Ruskin

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South African Building and Architecture

In terms of democracy and freedom, South Africa is a young country and this is clearly reflected as our architects endeavour to define the language of design, they are creating fresh new styles. These are eclectic, exciting, community-focused, and influenced by the melting pot of cultures from within the country’s borders. South African architecture has increasingly started to reflect its cultures, textures, philosophical ideas, physical landscapes and climatic conditions. Buildings are being constructed with naturally occurring materials and designed to complement the physical landscape that surrounds them. Today’s trends are developing from existing classic, colonial architecture, the post-modern minimalist movement, and even African revival chic.


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Going green is a modern buzzword, and today’s environmentally friendly buildings are designed to be trendy, user-friendly and inspiring places. Architects are moving towards using easily sourced local materials, recycling water and building materials, while incorporating green, energy saving features into the design of the buildings themselves. Renovation and restoration of some of South Africa’s glorious buildings of yesteryear have also come to the forefront. One of the most successful projects recently was the restoration of Turbine Hall, the old power station in Johannesburg, into the new head office for AngloGold Ashanti. This magnificent project mirrors the extensive skill-base within the South African building and architectural industry.

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Building and Architecture

Tiber Bonvec Construction

Turbine Square – National winner of the 2007 Sapoa Awards for Innovative Excellence in Property Development.


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Tiber Bonvec Construction is one of the largest privately owned construction companies in S.A. and has been active in the Industry since 1951. The company undertakes and delivers work in sectors including corporate head offices, large Industrial Warehousing, large Industrial parks including specialist warehousing, upscale residential developments, retail developments and hotels. Some of the company’s recently completed major developments include the prestigious, award winning Turbine Square Development in Newtown which

houses Anglo Gold’s head office as the principal tenant. Another landmark contract executed by Tiber is the highly visible Hollard Insurance head office in Parktown adjacent to the M1 Highway, which followed on from the conclusion of the redevelopment of the Braamfontein Precinct which included the extensive upgrading and extension of Sappi’s head office as well as the spectacular Civic Theatre dance studio. Tiber strives to continue to be the preferred solution in the commercial development sector and evidence of this

is the successful delivery of their flagship contract, Absa Capital head office. This R450 million rand project included the most complex tenant installation yet undertaken in S.A. The scope of work included the second largest data center of its kind world wide as well as all services including audio visual systems, building management and even including all the specialized service integrated desks and furniture. The Tiber brand has become synonomous with quality, service and professionalism in the construction and development industry in Gauteng.

Tel: +27 11 430 7700 E-mail:

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Building and Architecture

Helm Construction The highest standard of quality in residential construction

HELM Construction (Pty) LTD

Helm is a registered member of the NHBRC and Master Builders Association and was founded in 1992 on the principles of quality workmanship and client satisfaction. Over the past 17 years, they have built a reputation as residential construction experts, with attention to detail and focus on client and architectural vision, and ensured that more than 70% of their business is sourced through referrals by architects, developers and former clients. Although Helm specialises in the construction of middle and up-market housing, it has also been involved in complicated residential renovations, cluster developments, townhouses, upmarket apartments, shopping centres and commercial buildings.


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Having adopted a long-term business approach, the company has a sound financial base with ethical business and management principles. Healthy working relationships with their staff and suppliers ensure efficient and cost-effective management of each project. Years of experience in the construction industry have yielded a skilled and professional office and site employee base, who are dedicated to proficiently complete each project. Helm’s client-centric approach to building has earned them a glowing reputation with industry professionals and clients alike. Their professional client liaison department ensures that unnecessary stress is avoided during

the construction period. Great emphasis is placed on understanding the client and their expectations, as well as communication between the client, the construction teams and suppliers. They also offer advice on sensible building practices and even planning finishes to see that every home is safe as well as beautiful and gladly assist with recommendations on the selection of stands, building plans and quotations. Established relationships with professionals and dedicated teams of specialist subcontractors ensure a smooth building project. Helm uses preferred suppliers who are specialists in their respective trades offering expert advice and providing proven quality products and service. Helm’s expectations of quality and timelines are well-known amongst our subcontractors. On invitation, Helm has participated in the previous three “Star Homes Shows” and won the best overall house at the exhibition at Cedar Lakes. They have had a number of projects featured on Top Billing and have also had numerous homes published in S.A. Home Owner magazine, Habitat magazine and Best of South Africa.

Tel: +27 11 475 3129 +27 11 475 3130 +27 11 475 3131 Fax: +27 11 475 3132 Cell: +27 82 414 6843 Email:

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Archen Architecture Archen is a dynamic company that has been in existence for over ten years.


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Archen Architecture has established itself predominantly in the upmarket residential market as well as commercial and high end industrial. Archen’s focus on proper planning and flow of the plan ensure the success of each project and the total satisfaction of each and every client. Archen makes use of the latest 3D modeling software which enables the client to view the finished product from the initial design presentation.

Archen’s service has diversified into the new ARCHEN GROUP which now offers a turnkey solution which provides a hassle free building solution to its clients with the inclusion of Architects, Engineers and Interior Designers on the project full time. Archen always keeps ahead with its modern approach to any style, yet still keeping the form and function of the building in mind.

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G3 Design G3 Design is a full service Design and Management Company. Over the years we have created, managed and assembled dynamic projects that make a strong and sophisticated corporate identity statement for this country’s, and indeed some of the continents leading companies.

We pride ourselves in the diversity of Design related skills that we offer our clients. G3 Design has over the past few years successfully completed Projects in the following fields: • • • • •

Architecture Alterations New Homes and Offices Corporate Interiors Retail Interiors


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G3 Design takes a comprehensive brief from the client, where we engage an understanding of the clients requirements and desires. G3 Design is an established and dynamic practice that has its roots in Architectural and Interior Design. With this grounding, our team assesses the brief, the site and the environment to provide the client with a design that exceeds their expectations. Every aspect of the project is designed and detailed from floor detailing to the treatment of

ceilings and bulkheads that assist in defining open spaces. Every façade, room and angle is detailed with specific attention to ensure that all aspects work in synergy with the desired theme. Balance and proportion is exceptionally important in all aspects, from the articulated roof lines down to intricate shopfitting and detailing. We offer a commitment to ensuring that your project is completed punctually and with

integrity to Design and Design Aesthetics, we hope that you seriously consider G3 Design as your choice to a successful project.

Tel: +27 11 658 1002/3 Facsimile: 086 60 G3 FAX Mobile: +27 83 456 3204

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Armadillo Concepts For home, shop or office; window’s, doors or cabinets, there is no limit to what this versatile, aesthetically-pleasing application can do to meet your needs.


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With security as the main focus, this can be achieved without compromising your home’s personal space. The strength and durability of aluminum is unsurpassed, with the added benefit of being rust resistant, and can be powder coated with any colour to suit individual tastes. Each custom made “curtain” is carefully assembled to ensure the highest quality at comparable prices. Increasing the value of your property, whilst keeping your family, or your company assets safe, the RollerStyle shutter is a winning formula when making a decision on security. Keeping with up-to-date trends, the application can be commissioned in the simplest manual form, to being fully

integrated in home automation systems and somewhere in-between catering for individuality and peace of mind, while taking the hassle out of security. Our company is 100% South African, providing employment for 87 people and is conveniently situated in Spartan, servicing the entire country through a network of agents ensuring national accessibility. Belief in our product with “quality service” as our value proposition, and contributing to the “Best of South Africa” is RollerStyle.

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Chapter 14 Logistics and Supply Chain


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“The supply chain industry makes life better for all South Africans. It keeps business and commerce at competitive levels in a global economy.� Garry Marshall

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Logistics and Supply Chain

Robust, Resilient and Efficient The South African Logistics Industry

2009 is set to throw up major challenges for the logistics industry in South Africa. The green revolution, high fuel prices, the credit crunch and security legislation are just four of the pressures this indispensable industry is facing, and the country gets its dress rehearsal for the 2010 Soccer World Cup with the influx of equipment, materials and visitors for the 2009 Confederations Cup. As trade volumes continue to grow - imports and exports both up by 30% according to The Department of Customs - the authorities continue improving the port, airport and road infrastructure. Logistics service providers are matching


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the pace, despite increasing volumes and a taxing environment. “Our industry thrives on challenges,” asserts Garry Marshall, Executive Director of the South African Express Parcel Association (SAEPA). “We have some very creative thinkers and many innovative solutions in South African logistics.” Since logistics and transportation are seen as a major source of carbon footprint, they need to be managed efficiently. The reaction of many companies to the idea of a green supply chain is a concern that cutting CO2 means additional costs. The reality is that leaner logistics not only reduces the carbon footprint - it cuts costs too.

without sacrificing security in transit. The greater control exercised by services such as courier means shippers can dispense with traditional heavy duty packaging used to protect goods.” Marshall is also delighted that South Africans take the recycling of packaging very seriously. Numerous jobs have been created in recycling paper, cans, glass, wood and plastic.

Efficiency Greater efficiency per trip is thus essential. “Couriers and forwarders are skilled in the art of consolidation and delivery schedule optimisation,” says Marshall. “It’s irresponsible for a manufacturer to throw resources behind one item when a professional third party service provider will consolidate it with many others and still meet deadline. This saves time, fuel and duplicated resources.” Logistics experts also guide manufacturers in reviewing packaging. “We see greater use of bio-degradable and re-usable packaging,” says Marshall. “This makes companies less wasteful. Packaging advances have significantly reduced weight and volume

Robust The credit crunch has given further impetus to the need to trim inventory. Excess stock doesn’t produce income, wastes space, ties up capital and incurs unnecessary transportation. Continued improvements in time-assured transportation allow suppliers to cut stockholding. “Fast distribution options allow orders to be fulfilled overnight or the next day without having to duplicate stock in multiple outlets.” Resilient Adding to the complexities of the logistics framework, the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) has announced stringent new regulations. These address the risks caused by ignorance as well as deliberate interference with consignments. As a signatory, South Africa’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) is implementing the measures early in 2009. “To ensure aviation safety and security are not compromised, all cargo must be subjected to one or more specified security

checks,” says Marshall. “All parties in the chain - including the supplier - are required to be much more security conscious.” Service providers are making their premises physically secure, installing security measures, obtaining clearance and providing training for staff involved in cargo handling. This means a considerable investment in time and money. The eager compliance has shown the industry is ready for the new international regulatory regime. It will ensure cargo does not incur unnecessary delays, thus contributing to the reputation of South Africa as a reliable trading partner.

For more information, contact Garry Marshall on 0861 106 402.

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Mediterranean Shipping Company The independent Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) through its innovative, flexible and unique approach to shipping has continued to grow during and beyond the first decade of the new South Africa.

The company, which was founded in 1970, has become the biggest user of the South African ports and in 2003 was given the accolade of being the second biggest container carrier in the world. With in excess of 400 container vessels, the company provides global coverage linking South Africa directly with Europe, UK, USA, Asia, Middle East, Far East and Australia as well as the key ports of Africa’s West Coast, East Coast, Indian Ocean Islands, Madagascar and Mozambique. The success of MSC is evident in its phenomenal growth over the past decade that can only be attributed to its quality management system that aims at consistently improving upon service levels within the shipping community and its willingness to initiate change to meet the requirements of clients and principals. MSC has significant investments in the South African property market. Its own characteristic office buildings, worth R220-million, have become landmarks in


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Opposite page: Top, MSC Head Office in Durban. Bottom left, MSC Johannesburg Office. Top left: MSC CEO, Captain Salvatore Sarno. Top middle: Port Elizabeth Office. Left: Cape Town Office. Above: Millennium Window depicting the history of MSC. Designed by Captain Sarno.

Durban, Cape Town, Johannesburg and Pretoria. The new Port Elizabeth office, which was converted from an existing national monument, was opened in 2004 and the restoration alone cost R6.5-million.  The ‘Italian Village’ built in 1996 at the Umhlanga Ridge is comprised of seven houses to accommodate MSC’s Italian personnel and their families, and is now valued at R30-million. Another success has been MSC’s diversification into the business of their own container depots.  These are situated in Durban, Cape Town, Johannesburg and Rosslyn, Pretoria that boasts its own rail siding as was promised to MSC’s clients, particularly the motoring industry easing the access to their manufacturing plants. The newest depot is the Port Elizabeth one which is situated in the Nelson Mandela Park near Uitenhage and which became fully operational in April 2006. A second Durban Depot is currently under construction on a site situated only 3

kilometers from the Container Terminal. All the depots have Customs bond facilities. MSC has contributed significantly to community upliftment and training schemes, such as ABET, which have been implemented for previously disadvantaged staff members. Assistance has been given in the upgrading of community properties such as hospitals and schools with a special emphasis placed on Aids awareness.  The company has also participated in the ‘Habitat for Humanity’ scheme for the past two years. The ‘MSC Izivunguvungu Foundation for Youth’ organisation which was started in Cape Town with the cooperation of the SA Navy has benefited up to 250 previously disadvantaged youths; classrooms have been provided at the Simonstown Naval Base, full time tutors have been employed and learners are provided with transport as well as their meals.  The youngsters are given tuition in academic subjects and are being schooled in all aspects of sailing and

yacht building. Some of these students are amongst the crew who sailed very successfully, in the America’s Cup which culminated in Valencia in 2007. The company  undertook the principle sponsorship of the SA America’s Cup 2007 campaign as part of its 25th Anniversary celebrations in South Africa.  Without MSC’s support this challenge and the fantastic results achieved would simply not have been possible. The major success factor in South Africa has been the extremely close relationship that MSC has built with clients, a strategy that will hopefully see MSC moving into the number one position in the world in the future.

MSC House, 54 Winder Street, Durban 4001 Tel: +27 31 360 7911 Fax: +27 31 332 9297

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Safcor Panalpina Safcor Panalpina specialises in international supply chain management and consulting services, system integration, customs clearing, forwarding, logistics and financial services.

A wholly owned subsidiary of The Bidvest Group Limited, Safcor Panalpina provides innovative, value added and flexible supply chain solutions built around robust and predictive standard products. As a major player in the South African global supply chain market, the company has been in business for nearly 100 years and employs 1 100 people with branches in all the major ports of the country. It specialises in certain industry verticals, namely Telecommunications, Hi-tech, Automotive, Pharmaceuticals, Oil and Gas, FMCG and Mining. With a blue chip base of multinational clients, Safcor Panalpina works closely with global partner, Panalpina World Transport Group, with whom it has been in partnership for over 34 years. The Panalpina Group operates a close-knit network with over 500 branches in 90


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Mpisi Transport, which as a result of Safcor Panalpina’s enterprise development initiative, provides superior transport services for the company around the Gauteng region.

countries. In a further 60 countries, it operates closely with partner companies. With speed and security being two critical success factors in the demanding and highly competitive supply chain management environment, Safcor Panalpina’s 15,500 square metres, state-of-the-art logistics facility is situated adjacent to OR Tambo International Airport. This saves substantial supply chain costs through a faster flow of traffic than conventional warehouses and incorporates the highest security measures. Benefiting both large and smaller clients, the logistics facility is designed to meet the demands of the current operating environment and those well into the future. Safcor Panalpina is Transported Asset Protection Association (TAPA) “A” accredited which is the highest level of security. As a member of TAPA’s European, Africa and Middle East regions, it receives instant

updates as incidents occur around the world. Its membership also gives the company the ability to measure its facilities against international best practice. Supply chain management includes the management of information, business processes and logistic activities involved in the movement of goods. Importantly it also includes the co-ordination of communication between suppliers, the principal and the final customers. In applying its expertise, the company concentrates on designing differentiated solutions whilst focusing on quality, cost and delivery. From 0.4 of a kilo to 20 tons, flexibility is the key. But it is not all about systems and processes. Rated among South Africa’s top 38 “Best Employers”, Safcor Panalpina views its employees as investors in the company. Recognising that employees are investing part of their lives, the company tasks itself with maximising its return and developing all its employees to their full potential. To be the top player in the supply chain industry means attracting and retaining the best people in the industry. Safcor Panalpina’s brand promise is “A global supply chain of seamless motion”. The company believes a good brand is a promise kept and it strives to keep the promise embedded in its brand.

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Value Proposition

Berco Express, the leading South African courier, guarantees its customers complete peace of mind through service excellence. Winner of numerous prestigious awards, including being one of South Africa’s Top 300 National Companies, Berco Express offers a complete range of domestic and international courier and logistic


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services throughout its 14 branches. Acknowledged as the provider of quality services to industry for all consignments including high-value, time-sensitive shipments, Berco Express has grown in a time span of 18 years to become one of the largest and most highly respected courier companies in South Africa. This

Left to right: Stuart Maxwell, Andy van der Velde, JB Joubert, Bernie Cox.

clearing and forwarding, warehousing, pick and pack and distribution. The Berco mantra of constant never-ending improvement sees Berco continually striving to add value to customers, helping them achieve competitive advantages through supply chain optimisation. A team of highly qualified Business Development Managers and system analysts investigate a client’s requirements and are then able to tailor a solution accordingly. The main objective is to give Berco customers increased revenue opportunities, improved cost control and more positive cash flows. Berco has a unique ‘strengths’ based culture in which it seeks to identify and then match the talents, strengths and aspirations of each employee to the needs of the business. Although their benchmark is excellence in all things, their thinking and attitude is entrepreneurial and informal.

has been achieved through the mutual commitment and loyalty of their extensive customer base, which includes many of South Africa’s blue-chip companies. The natural progression of Berco Express’s phenomenal success has seen them now providing and perfecting the complete range of logistic services which includes

Fast Facts 1. Over the last 30 years, The Berco Group has created over 10 000 permanent new employment positions in the economy 2. 80% of those jobs are occupied by previously disadvantaged individuals 3. In 2008 received an award as one of South Africa’s Top 300 National Companies for its contribution to the growth of the economy and job creation 4. Committed to Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE)

Company Information Statistics / Demographics / History Year founded: 1992 Founding members: Bernard E Cox, JB Joubert Employees: 860 Business and Finance Turnover: >R350-million Financial year-end: 28 February Market share: ±20% Holding company: Berco Investments (Pty) Ltd Bank: Absa Accountants: Deloitte & Touche Customer base: >5 000 active clients Major accounts: Provides services to many of South Africa’s top blue-chip organisations; during the last three years growth has come not only from attracting new clients but also from implementing a broader range of logistic offerings to many key customers. Nature of Business Activity: Domestic and international courier, warehousing, clearing and forwarding services including air and sea freight.

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Logistics and Supply Chain

High Octane Mass Distribution South Africa’s only dedicated distribution company concentrating in the advertising, printing and point of sale industry. Our systems allow Fast and Furious to provide deliveries and service consistently higher than our competitors.

“We accept the assignments conventional express companies avoid as well as matching their service for routine items,” says Grant Fletcher, Managing Director. “Our core business is mass express distribution with a bias towards the Advertising/Marketing industries and home-delivery cosmetics.” The company’s competitive advantage derives from meeting impossible deadlines for all kinds of time-sensitive consignments. “We offer a customised service to deliver exactly what customers want, no matter how extreme the urgency nor the size or nature


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of shipment. Since we’re not constrained by one-size-fits-all global procedures, we don’t expect customers to fit in with standard operating procedures and office hours.” Fast and Furious relishes every challenge. People in the company enjoy a permanent adrenalin rush. They work late. They work weekends. They have excellent relationships with transporters, brokers, airlines and shipping lines that enable them to “make a plan” when a job demands extraordinary performance. The media industry is the most time

sensitive of all. Newspapers, for instance, are the only products irretrievably worthless after their sell-by-date. The supply chain is critical as distribution is worked out with extreme precision. If a magazine insert or supplement is thicker or heavier than expected, it can throw out all the pre-planning. The volume is now too bulky to fit in the delivery vehicles - or too heavy for safe transport. Alternative arrangements have to be made - generally at short notice. “High-volume printing machines are busy round the clock and some jobs have to fit

into a narrow time window especially over weekends,” says Fletcher. “If a machine breaks down, there is little in the way of recovery time. The marketing sphere is demanding. An advertisement may arrive late or the customer may change his mind about the content and order a last-minute reprint. All such eventualities put tight deadlines under further pressure.” The company also tackles the distribution of other specialised printing and stationery applications such as annual reports and examination papers, which have to be delivered quickly, intact and under conditions of high security. Fast and Furious is equally accomplished at moving full loads from source to one destination or splitting the loads and arranging distribution to numerous outlets. Home delivery cosmetics may seem to be worlds away but there are commonalities. Once ordered, high-

quality cosmetics are eagerly awaited. The consignments need to be picked, packaged and delivered to end users secure from tampering, damage or theft. Similar need profiles apply to various other general cargo items ranging from machinery, equipment and engineering to chemicals, automotive and avionic spares, high-tech equipment and fashion. Fast and Furious is a New South Africa company, started up under the new national dispensation in the early 1990s. It is a responsible South African corporate citizen, employing, assisting and encouraging owner-drivers to build their own successful business.

Tel: +27 11 552 4900

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Chapter 15 Property and Real Estate


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“Property is the fruit of labor; property is desirable; it is a positive good in the world.� Abraham Lincoln

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Property and Real Estate

South Africa A plethora of investment opportunities with a distinct Mzansi flavour!

South Africa has garnered an international reputation for its natural splendour, wide open vistas, genial people, rich and varied cuisine, dramatically different landscapes and comfortable climate. Thousands of foreign visitors land on our shores annually to sample and enjoy our exceptional way of life and the diverse cultural tapestry that is uniquely South African. It is not surprising therefore that one such trend that is emerging is that these visitors are often compelled to end their sojourn to our country with the purchase of their own piece of heaven, in places such as Zimbali Coastal


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Resort, Clifton, Legend Golf & Safari and the Knysna Heads. Property options in South Africa are as diverse as the people and vistas on offer. From dusty Platteland dorpies that time has forgotten, to the urban energy that epitomises Johannesburg as ‘Egoli, the City of Gold’, the majestic Table Mountain and the gentle sweep from the uKhahlambaDrakensberg Mountains to the warm Indian Ocean in KwaZulu-Natal. South Africa offers both local and foreign property purchasers a plethora of locations when it comes to making investment choices. Each of the 11

provinces in our diverse corner of Africa has a character that is uniquely its own. By way of example, the Western Cape is known world over for its generous wines and gnarled vineyards, KwaZulu-Natal is revered as the home of Shaka and the great Zulu nation and Gauteng is regarded as being the industrial giant of the South. Mpumalanga is the land where the Big Five roam free, the Northern Cape is home to the Big Hole and the diamond fields of yesteryear and the undulating hills of the Eastern Cape are the birthplace of one of South Africa’s greatest national treasures, Nelson Mandela.

Property options range from a chic and stylish multi-million Rand penthouse overlooking the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront in Cape Town to cosy colonial styled homes nestled in the hills outside of Nottingham Road in the picturesque Natal Midlands. South Africa embraces all manner of housing solutions and it is possible to live close to our natural wonder in a cob and daub house in Baviaanskloof in the Eastern Cape, as it is in a luxury Asian inspired villa on the exceptional and internationally awarded Zimbali Coastal Resort located 45kms outside of Durban.

Housing trends that have proven to be exceptionally popular in South Africa and which show no signs of slowing down are the secure lifestyle orientated estates that can be seen in various city centers, as well as outlying areas. From the sumptuous Fancourt Hotel, Country Club and Golf Estate to the more laid back Vaal River communities, security and access to leisure options are becoming increasingly more important in the scope of the property market. South Africa is a country that straddles both the urban and rural worlds, with one foot firmly entrenched in 24-hour technology and the other barefoot in the sandy contours of the African grasslands. Source: Hunt PR (+27 31 566 1777)

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Zimbali Coastal Resort – the Quintessence of South African Estate Living Zimbali Coastal Resort has long been recognised for its position as Southern Africa’s premier international resort destination.

This exclusive development is located on 700-hectares of pristine subtropical coastline on the KwaZulu-Natal Dolphin Coast. Zimbali’s developers comprise a joint venture partnership between IFA Hotels & Resorts, an internationally acclaimed developer of premier integrated and mixed use hotel and tourism projects and Tongaat Hulett Developments, one of the leading land development companies in South Africa. Together, IFA Hotels & Resorts and Tongaat Hulett Developments share a vision and passion to produce innovative investment opportunities within this world class offering that has garnered awards and accolades and which is a favourite destination of tourists and investors alike. Pivotal to the Zimbali lifestyle is the exceptional signature Tom Weiskopf championship golf course, which


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meanders through sensitively restored wetlands and coastal dune forests. A firm favourite for both local and international golfers, the course is both challenging and enjoyable for the discerning golfer. Using the contours of the landscape to maximum effect, the 18 hole, par 72 course enjoys striking views of the oceans from the fairways and showcases the exceptional and delicately rehabilitated wetlands and coastal forest. The country club supports the golf course with a Pro Shop, putting green, driving range and halfway house. Complimentary to these exceptional features is the stylish Fairmont Zimbali Lodge, featuring 5-star luxury accommodation, a spa and a magnificent pool area amongst its facilities. The highly anticipated R1,8bn Fairmont Zimbali development currently under construction, provides outstanding

investment opportunities and will feature hotel condominium units, signature beachfront villas, golf chalets and designer apartments. Located on one of the resort’s most impressive sites, boasting expansive views and with direct access to the golden beaches, the Fairmont Zimbali Hotel & Resort will offer the ultimate in luxury accommodation to hotel guests and residents alike. This world class 5-star, 157 key hotel will include conference facilities, a Willow Stream Spa, a beach club, restaurants, a wellness centre and a Gary Player signature golf course, the second championship course for Zimbali. Also included in this premier offering are outstanding fractional ownership opportunities that reside in the Fairmont Heritage Place, Zimbali, South Africa’s most exclusive and only internationally branded Private Residence Club. This will

offer owners the pleasure and rewards of owning a spectacular vacation home without the many concerns and burdens of maintaining a second property. With its location on a prized stretch of KwaZuluNatal coastland, the Fairmont Zimbali is sure to be regarded as the most spectacular jewel in the crown of the KZN North Coast. The next major expansion in the development is the Zimbali Lakes Resort, which is set to redefine active lifestyle estate living and is expected to be launched to coincide with the final sell out of available land within the resort. Zimbali Lakes Resort will be situated over an extensive area of pristine coastal property and will include a mix of residential, business and leisure options which will extend the overall Zimbali Coastal Resort development

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for a further 15 years. The resort will include a waterfront recreational and restaurant node which is to be developed along one section of a 30 hectare lake, transforming the area and reinforcing Zimbali’s reputation as South Africa’s most desirable residential and recreational destination. On completion of the resort, the estate will boast over 2,000 homes, two world class golf courses, three 5-star hotels and beach, tennis and golfing amenities. Combining chic Balinese lines with the organic flow of the landscape, Zimbali captures the senses and allows the mind to roam free in a place which has no comparison. Located a mere 45km North of Durban and within close proximity to all modern amenities, as


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well as majestic Big Five safari parks and historic battlefields, Zimbali is perfectly positioned as a gateway to experience the unmatched magnificence of the KwaZulu-Natal province and offers a premium lifestyle to discerning investors. Zimbali Coastal Resort has been consistently recognised at the very highest level of the international property market with having been awarded a number of international accolades including: International Property Awards 2006: Best Development – South Africa Best Golf Development – South Africa Best Developer Marketing – South Africa Best International Property Marketing – Worldwide SAPPI Awards 2006: Silver Award – Resort Life Zimbali Homes Overseas Awards 2006: Best Estate Agency Marketing – Silver International Property Awards 2007: Best Development – South Africa Best Golf Development – South Africa

Best Property Marketing – South Africa Best Developer Website – South Africa Best Architecture Single Unit – South Africa [for 7 Cherrywood Lane] Best International Property Marketing – Worldwide SAPPI Awards 2007: Printer of the Year – Resort Life Zimbali Bronze Award – Resort Life Zimbali International Property Awards 2008: Best Property Marketing – South Africa Best Golf Development – South Africa Best Development – South Africa Best Architecture Single Unit – South Africa [for Monk’s Manor] Best Developer Website – South Africa South African Landscape Institute Awards 2008: Gold Award - Best Specialised Turf Construction Gold Award - Specialised Turf Construction Gold Award - Landscape & Turf Maintenance Final Trophy – Best Specialised Turf Construction

For further information on Zimbali Coastal Resort, visit or contact the Zimbali Sales Centre: Tel: +27 32 538 1984 Fax: +27 32 538 1986 Mobile: +27 83 409 2666/7 E-mail:

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Making the Right Choice


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What services does Bond Choice offer? Buying a new home should be a time of excitement and anticipation, without the uncertainty of wondering how best to finance the deal, or the confusion of not knowing exactly how the property transfer works, what costs to pay and to whom. We understand this and therefore offer the following services.

new National Credit Act wants to ensure you do not overspend and we can assist with a basic guideline. • We explain your home loan options from the major banks. • We negotiate with the top banks on your behalf and present you with a shortlist of options.

• We evaluate your financial situation and give you professional advice on how best to finance your new home. Bond Choice offers you a free affordability assessment.

• We liaise with your chosen bank.

• We pre-qualify you so that you know how much you can spend before you start looking.

• We explain the stages of buying your home, pointing out the responsibilities of everyone involved, when money is due and the potential pitfalls along the way.

• We outline all the costs of buying a home so you don’t get any surprises down the line. This includes all the costs involved in buying a home, including up-front payments, monthly repayments and any other costs that may occur as a part of the property transaction. This is important as the

• We do all the paperwork right through to the registration of your bond and beyond.

• We are on hand to assist you throughout the process until the day you move in. Bond Choice has relationships with four of the major banks, Standard Bank,

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ABSA, FNB and Nedbank as well as niche banks. Purchasing a home and registering a bond can be quite confusing. However with Bond Choice, your consultant will simplify the process, keeping you informed throughout the property transfer and will be on hand to give you professional advice until the day you move into your new home.


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Access Africa Property Group Empowering Property Developers

Access Africa Property Group was started in March 2005 by Harry Meyburgh and Michael Hartman and has been set up specifically to provide sales administration solutions to Residential Property Developers. We bring a new approach by using the latest technology to provide access to accurate “real time” sales information such as Sales & Bond Status and to track the entire process through to registration. By incorporating the Sales Agents, Bond Originators and Attorneys in

the process and all working on a central webbased platform, the Developer has immediate access to any project sales information at the touch of a button, or rather click of a mouse. Developers benefit massively when they are able to focus on delivering their project, knowing that the sales administration is in capable hands. They can at any time access the system and determine the exact status of actual bankable deals, verified by being able to view key documents such as the Deed of Sale, Deposit and Bond Grant online. Vital information in the form of many different reports, drawn from the information database, allows the Developer to asses the risk and bankability of the project as it progresses. Access Africa’s products also make the buying process much easier as potential buyers can view elements of the development for sale from anywhere in the world. Essential information such as the availability of units or stands, the correct price, size, and a short description is immediately available, allowing

the buyer to make an informed decision. Photographs, 3D floor plan layouts, digital renderings and other pre-visualisation images further enhance the experience that buyers will go through when they visit the interactive web-map on an Access Africa client website. The “techno-advanced” can perform a variety of property and price searches, create favourites and email them to their estate agent for comment and assistance. Access Africa ultimately provides the tools to Increase Sales, Reduce Risk and allows the Developer to take Full Control of all aspects relating to the Sales Administration of Property Development Projects.

For more information or enquiries, please contact us on 0861 AAFRICA

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The Bay Golf Estate The Bay Golf Estate, another of Access Africa’s clients, was launched for sales in September 2008. One of the challenges faced by the developers was a way to show potential buyers what the estate would look like once the golf course has been built.

Access Africa, through technology partner Red-i provided the solution in the way of their virtual reality program, Geo 4-D. This has enabled the developers to take their clients on a virtual fly-over of the entire estate including the layout and positioning of every golf hole. This technology incorporates both actual photographic footage and graphically generated images. The image above is a still captured off this platform. Just 45 minutes from Sandton and Pretoria on the southern shores of Hartbeespoort Dam, The Bay Golf Estate offers an ideal primary living base for those looking for secure living in wide open spaces, far enough away from the drudgery and traffic of city suburban living. The Bay Golf Estate is the second residential property development in Hartbeespoort Dam for Johannesburgbased developer Ivora Properties. Scheduled for official launch in Spring 2008, The Bay Golf Estate will feature some 500 home sites starting at R650 000 and will be served by the area’s first fully fledged retail shopping centre. The 18-hole golf course will be designed by world-renowned golf-course architect company Matkovich and Hayes, with legendary SA professional Dale Hayes involved in the design process together with the much revered Peter Matkovich for the very first time. Lifestyle facilities include an exclusive crèche service; a top health spa as part of the estate’s hotel; recreational facilities from tennis courts Developed by

to a water sports club and a “community centred” clubhouse. The Bay seeks to offer a balanced mix of freestanding sites as well as medium to high density cluster and townhouse developments, allowing a wider proportion of the market to invest and enjoy the facilities that the estate has to offer. The Bay Golf Estate will adopt energy efficient procedures, with a minimum requirement of low emission lighting, gas for cooking and solar heating. The application of grey water for irrigation and indigenous fauna and flora and water efficient grasses form part of the holistic approach to water conservation. Construction on the site, which is subject to achieving sufficient pre-sales, is planned for March 2009 with property transfers scheduled for mid 2010. By then it is expected that interest rates will have dropped resulting in an increase in disposable income further improving the growth and demand for properties. The cleanup project for Hartbeespoort Dam, Harties Metsi-a-me, should also have visible results within 2 years, further improving investment values in the region. The Bay Golf Estate is an astute investment offering great views of the dam, Magaliesberg mountains and surrounds. It is well placed in close proximity to Pecanwood College and a medical facility is being planned for the area. Other anticipated upgrades will be the new PWV3 highway.

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Euphoria Golf Estate and Hydro Euphoria Golf Estate & Hydro, one of Access Africa’s clients, is the perfect example of how different development components for sale can be represented on the interactive web-map.


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Investment Opportunities at Euphoria Golf Estate & Hydro We invite you to invest in property at Euphoria Golf Estate & Hydro, a unique estate set in the beautiful Waterberg mountains, only

2 hours easy drive from Johannesburg. Be it to reside, for a weekend getaway the bushveld, as an investment or for Best New Clubhouse This unique estate has largeinbushveld house,opportunity recently voted retirement purposes, you will no doubt see a favourable mountainreturn! stands, golf course stands, smaller by Compleat Golfer Magazine, is also the first

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in the world to have a cableway linking it to a Sundowner Deck Restaurant and bushveld • ValueEach for money buyers to choose from. development mountain estate. • Fantastic year round climate • Four stand options available: component is clearly differentiated and The Estate is believed to be the most value • Malaria-free area can be further explored on the web-map. for money golf estate in the country, with • Macadamia and Olive Orchard clusters • Easy access - tarred roads to entrance Simply click on the• desired area, zoom in stands starting from only R450 000. Close proximity to Johannesburg and Pretoria • Macadamia and Olive Orchard stands and choose a stand to view status, size and • Family environment • Golf Course stands price information. The photolinking iconsclub that areto mountain top Sundower Deck • Cableway house • Bushveld mountain stands visible on the web-map, show Restaurant andviews stands in various • Variety of facilities - Bush Villas, Hydro, nature reserve, sports directions and when clicked on, give a realistic facilities, feel for different nodes andbusiness areas centre, in theMacadamia estate. and Olive tree orchard • Variety of activities - hiking, quad biking, bird watching, game Euphoria Golf Estate & Hydro is a unique viewing, mountain biking, nature drives, golf, tennis, squash and estate set in the beautiful malaria-free horse riding For more information, contact our property specialist, Waterberg Mountain Range only 1 ½ hours • Fishing - fully stocked dams with bream, yellow fish and carpe Marietjie Steenkamp on +27(0)82drive 295 4067 from South Africa’s capital city Pretoria. • Personalised service Euphoria provides the ultimate bushveld For more information contact our Property • Top class security golfing experience combining golf and game, Specialist: Marietjie Steenkamp. two of South Africa’s major attractions, in a perfect warm year round climate. The club

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Chapter 16 Setting Up in South Africa


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“If people aren’t going to talk about your product, then it’s not good enough.” Jeffrey Kalmikoff

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Setting Up Business in South Africa As an investment destination, South Africa offers unequalled potential. It is an emerging market with a vibrant economy, has a highly developed first world economic infrastructure, and it is one of the most advanced and productive economies in Africa.

Sound economic policies Since the beginning of democracy in 1994, South Africa’s economy has been structurally transformed. Macro-economic policies have been implemented with the aim of promoting domestic competitiveness, growth and employment and increasing the economy’s outward orientation. South Africa’s central bank, the SA Reserve Bank, maintains its independence from the government. The Bank’s programme of inflation targeting has shown good results.


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The government has made it clear that foreign investment is welcome in South Africa, and investor-friendly policies support these public pronouncements. Favourable legal and business environment South Africa has a world-class, progressive legal framework. Legislation pertaining to commerce, labour and maritime issues is particularly well developed. Laws relating to competition policy, copyright, patents,

trademarks and disputes conform to international norms. South Africa’s financial systems are sophisticated, robust and well regulated. South African banking regulations rank with the best in the world, and the sector has long been rated among the top 10 globally. Foreign banks are well represented and electronic banking facilities are extensive, with Internet banking a growth feature of the sector. The JSE Limited (Johannesburg Stock Exchange) rates among the top 20

combined market of over 250-million people – as well as the islands off Africa’s east coast, Gulf States and India.

South Africa is ranked 32nd out of 181 in the Ease of Doing Business rank, moving up three places from its 2008 ranking.

Gateway to Africa South Africa borders with Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Swaziland and Lesotho, and its welldeveloped road and rail links provide the platform and infrastructure for ground transportation deep into sub-Saharan Africa. The country also possesses the marketing skills and distribution channels that are essential for commercial ventures into the rest of Africa.

Industrial capability, cutting-edge technology South Africa’s industrial production growth is well above the average for developing markets. The country’s manufacturing output has become increasingly technologyintensive, with high-tech manufacturing sectors such as machinery, scientific equipment and motor vehicles, enjoying a growing share of total manufacturing production. South Africa’s technological research and quality standards are world-renowned. The country has developed a number of leading technologies, particularly in the fields of energy and fuels, steel production, deep-level mining, telecommunications and information technology. South Africa has a well developed and regulated competition regime based on best international practice. The Competition Act of 1998 fundamentally reformed the country’s competition legislation, strengthening the powers of the competition authorities along the lines of the European Union, USA and Canadian models.

stock exchanges in the world by market capitalisation. Its rules and their enforcement are based on global best practice, and the JSE’s automated trading, settlement, transfer and registration systems are also world class.

Cost of doing business in SA South Africa’s exchange rate makes it one of the least expensive countries for foreigners to live and do business in. Its first-world infrastructure and high standard of living allows visitors to enjoy excellent value for their money. South Africa’s corporate tax rate has been reduced to 28% for 2008/09. This compares favourably against a number of developing countries, and the prospects of further reductions are good.

Access to markets South Africa’s position at the southernmost tip of the African continent makes it ideally situated for access to the 14 countries comprising the Southern African Development Community (SADC) – with a

Ease of doing business in SA According to the World Bank and International Finance Corporation’s Doing Business 2009 report, which provides objective measures of business regulations and their enforcement across 181 countries,

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Routledge Modise in association with Eversheds


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South Africa is an exciting place to do business and is attracting more and more foreign interest and investment. Progressive trade and industrial development policies and a favourable legal and business environment offer a promising economic climate for local and international firms. It is the most advanced and productive economy in Africa with sound economic policies, world-class infrastructure, industrial capability and cutting-edge technology. In spite of its progressive legal framework and legislation relating to commerce, competition, labour and disputes that conform to international norms, it is essential for a foreign investor to engage the services of a local legal partner, who understands the local market and the complex legislative processes for doing business within South Africa. When entering a new market you want a law firm that understands the country and has local expertise, a global outlook and a commitment to a high level of quality. Routledge Modise in association with Eversheds can offer you superior local knowledge and broad expertise to successfully steer you through often unfamiliar business territory. As well as offering strategic and legal advice, the firm can also help you meet the right contacts. If you are thinking of setting up business in South Africa you need a local partner who can assist you from start to finish; step alongside you to fully research the market, carry out a due diligence investigation and clear the way by handling the myriad of legal and other logistical requirements. Routledge Modise in association with Eversheds can assist with all this as well as call upon the Eversheds network for multijurisdictional assistance. By working as part of Eversheds International the firm is able to offer its clients substantially increased resources and expertise. Clients can tap into this wealth of knowledge and work through professionals who know exactly what they are talking about

and have already achieved success for many other investors. Africa is the world’s last relatively unexploited market and South Africa is the gateway to the African continent. Eversheds’ Africa Desk is run jointly from its Johannesburg and Paris offices and can help you make the most of the opportunities available. Routledge Modise in association with Eversheds has experienced professionals in all major sectors such as construction, energy, finance, healthcare, mining, mergers and acquisitions, property, retail, tax, transport, information technology and telecommunications. More information about the firm can be found on page 203.

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Don Suite Hotels For the traveller planning an extended stay in an unfamiliar country or city, having a warm, friendly home-from-home environment can make an enormous difference.

This is why so many happy customers return again and again to Don Suite Hotels. The group pioneered its name in South African hospitality by becoming the first ever black economically empowered group in the industry. It has built its success by consistently, enthusiastically and professionally fulfilling the needs and expectations of its guests. At the same time, value for money is paramount. Rates compare favourably with traditional hotel accommodation and include the added incentive, “the longer the stay, the lower the price.� Don Suite Hotels are located on the pulse-points of business in South Africa, with branches near OR Tambo International Airport, Eastgate, Rosebank, Sandton, Pretoria, Cape Town and Durban.


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There are a number of key differences that have helped to build the Don Suite group’s glowing reputation. The spaciousness and quality of the plush one, two or threebedroom suites or luxury studios is a factor that every traveller will instantly appreciate. Two-bedroom suites are usually equipped with two separate bathrooms, ensuring that groups of guests staying together have all the freedom and privacy they could wish for. The suites contain separate lounge and dining areas perfect for on-site meetings, workstations, state-of-the-art kitchens with all facilities including a microwave and freezer, and are serviced daily. The little extras make the difference. All suites with the exception of studios are equipped with two television sets. Shopping services can be requested so that the living

area is stocked in advance with guests’ every need. A dry-cleaning and laundry service is available. Secure parking is standard, and alcohol and beverages are on sale. Beautifully maintained gardens and swimming pools in all nine hotels will enhance visitors’ leisure time. Many of the hotels have conference rooms and business centres, ensuring that essentials like Internet access and printing facilities are available around the clock. Every staff member prides themselves on the extraordinary levels of service and competence that have become a hallmark of Don Suite Hotels. Guests can rest assured that the dedicated personnel will go the extra mile to fulfil their every need. In addition to the outstanding kitchen facilities, which allow visitors to relax and enjoy a home-cooked meal, Don Suite hotels

serve a full English buffet and Continental breakfast. Most hotels have a selection of light meals available from room service. Don Suite hotels are situated close to some of the finest shopping centres, entertainment venues and restaurants in the country, providing guests with a secure and comfortable base from which to do business and enjoy the South African experience.

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Bringing new meaning to the concept of a home away from home Situated in the pulsating heart of Sandton’s CBD, in close proximity to the financial powerhouse of Africa and the largest shopping and entertainment district on the continent, The Weom Apartments brings a new meaning to the concept of a home away from home. This is Johannesburg’s answer to chic city living and an alternative to the most superior of 5-star hotel accommodation.

The Weom Apartments is a City pad that arouses the senses and surrounds you with the soothing tones and textures of the African landscape. The Apartments offer contemporary style and elegance to the world-traveled connoisseur. The spacious lounge area opens onto an adjoining patio with views of the elite northern suburbs of Johannesburg. Entertain your guests in the tastefully decorated open plan living area which extends from the kitchen into the dining area and lounge. The entertainment


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system is state of the art with plasma screen TV and surround sound. Weom bedrooms are truly unique offering a modern interior with exquisite linen. All Master bedrooms feature a flat screen TV with DVD. Spacious en-suite bathrooms provide you with his and her basins and a separate toilet and shower. Select Apartments feature a fully equipped mini gym. The Weom Apartments is respected for protecting the privacy of its Clients and an emphasis on security has been carefully

considered. The building has been installed with 16 camera CCTV and all personnel have undergone vigorous security checks. All Weom rentals are inclusive of: • Furnished, fully equipped with modern appliances and equipment • Fully serviced 7 days a week • Full business centre in each apartment with 24 hour internet access. • DSTV (Complete Bouquet) • 24 Hour security

Besides accommodation the Weom also offers platinum services such as professional Spa therapists who provide selected treatments to pamper you in the privacy of your apartment, top international chefs to cater for your private corporate dinner parties or even spoil you with a champagne continental breakfast while you relax on the patio. The Weom’s vision is to make your stay in the fast paced and eclectic city of Joburg a memorable and unforgettable experience.

Tel: +27 11 881-5629 Email: Best of South Africa

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