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Welcome to Volume Three of ‘Best of South Africa’

From left to right: Back row: Katya Pappalardo, Peter Batistich, Graham Cooper, Paul Robinson. Seated: Giá Bischofberger, Allana Smith, Jassy Mackenzie.

As South Africa grows towards a prosperous and peaceful future, we are proud to feature the dedicated companies and entrepreneurs who have contributed towards this success. ‘Best of South Africa’ is a testament to the people of South Africa. Their stories weave together to create an exciting multi-cultural fabric. Their achievements have made this country a role model of excellence in Africa and around the world. Each chapter represents a journey of discovery into business, tourism, lifestyles and more. Readers will share the visions and strategies of the country’s vital stakeholders, large and small, and learn how they are working towards a better South Africa and ultimately, a better world. ‘Best of South Africa’ invites premier companies to be part of these prestigious annuals and celebrate their success with informative profiles and high quality pictorial features. The amazing result is the ultimate marketing tool, a corporate gift ideal for top-tier enterprises and entrepreneurs to showcase their innovative products and services. This publication is part of the ‘Global Village Partnerships’ group that extends across 20 countries with a further 120 earmarked for the future. This facilitates a vast worldwide readership. To complement our print model we have developed the website where all our publications can be viewed and downloaded online. Read, enjoy and be inspired.

Publisher Paul Robinson

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Sales Director Giá Bischofberger General Manager Graham Cooper Editor Jassy Mackenzie Sales Team Allana Smith, Katya Pappalardo Creative Direction Peter Batistich, Printing Paarl Print ISBN # 978-0-620-39819-0 The publishers would like to acknowledge and thank the valuable contribution to this publication by Werner Beukes of the South African Press Association (SAPA), Bronwyn Law-Viljoen of David Krut Publishing, Jermaine Craig of the SA 2010 Local Organising Committee for the World Cup, Mr. Ian Robinson, Mrs. Kate Robinson, Paul Tuson, SA Music Awards and Gold Circle. Disclaimer: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information in The Best of South Africa Vol. 3. 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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GLOBAL VILLAGE PARTNERSHIPS Celebrating Success Our mission is to serve as the world’s premier platform for showcasing and networking the world’s top brands and companies in business, tourism and lifestyle. We do this through the ‘Best of’ book series, the Global Village online information portal and the development of our ever expanding business network of international partners and clients. With regional head offices in every continent, the organisation currently boasts 20 territories where the ‘Best of’ series is published. “We have a three year growth plan to develop a further 120 territories organically through each continent’s regional head office, and through partnerships with companies as well as individuals that have the local know how of their given region”, Boermeester says.

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As the prominence of the ‘global village’ unfolds, making the world a smaller and more connected place so does the ability to reach niche markets to create exciting new business opportunities. Conceived according to this basic premise we wanted to create a business model that takes advantage of print and electronic media to disintegrate the barriers of time and space in human communication, allowing people to relate and cooperate on a worldwide scale. In a sense turning the globe into a village. The companies’ first and increasingly successful exploration into this idea is through the creation of the ‘Best of’ global book series that is forging a rapid international presence in showcasing global business, tourism and lifestyles. The editorial model is simple yet incisive. Through the depiction of companies in diverse spheres making innovative contributions to their respective territories, a global readership is leveraged through a niche

distribution extended worldwide. Written as cogent feature articles in a pictorially appealing maxi format, the ‘Best of’ series is now producing annual publications in territories as diverse as Bangkok, Bangalore, Belgium and Las Vegas. Detailing success stories of people and companies making positive inroads into the commercial fiber of both mature and emerging markets not only supports entrepreneurial spirit, it also bridges cultures, establishes powerful global networks and creates individual brand awareness in competitive markets worldwide.

client’s service needs as they evolve. The world business community - as a global village - is dependent on more than monetary profit for its growth. Core values such as integrity and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) at the organisational level are long-term values of the GVP brand that resonate with the organisation’s multitiered client base who are looking to join forces with us in this new generation business and marketing model.

By creating a strong corporate culture based on expertise, continuous appraisal and recognised ‘reputation capital’, the way forward for GVP is unequivocal. “Building strong economic ties attracts investment that allows entry into strategic partnerships that achieve global results.

With regional head offices in every continent, the organisation currently boasts 20 territories where the ‘Best of’ series is published. We have a three year growth plan to develop a further 120 territories both organically through each continents regional head office and through partnerships with companies and individuals that have the local know how and experience of their territory.

We are working hard to improve the global economy experience by building our services to revolve around the world and around our

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Hotels and Lodges

Mall Destinations

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Fine Dining and Nightlife

Design and Interiors

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Jewellery and Fashion

Corporate Profiles

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Health and Beauty

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Information Technology

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Banking and Finance

Conferencing and Exhibitions

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Media and Marketing


Logistics and Supply Chain

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Building and Architecture


Setting up in South Africa

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Property and Real Estate

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Southern African Facts and Figures

Essential South African Information

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. Population 44,8 million Time Zone GMT +2 hours Current GDP growth 1,3% (2003)

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. Exchange Rate One US$ = R6.95 Voltage Electricity is generally 220/230 volts, 15-amps, and is supplied through either 15-amp three-prong or 5-amp two-prong plugs with round pins. If you’re bringing anything electrical, bring an adapter – or you could buy one here. Generally, the 110V video chargers work safely on the 220V supply. Television is on the PAL system.

Inflation (CPIX) 4,1%

Country Dialing Code +27

Official languages Afrikaans, English, isiNdebele, isiXhosa, isiZulu, Sesotho sa Leboa, Sesotho, Setswana, siSwati, Tshivenda and Xitsonga.

People South Africa’s people classify themselves as follows: • 79% - African • 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

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. 10

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Venda Afrikaners English-speakers Coloureds Indians Immigrants from the rest of Africa, Europe and Asia • Some members of the Khoi and the San. South Africanisms Boerewors – Farmer’s sausage – a spicy savoury sausage originally developed by the Boers (Afrikaans farmers). Jislaaik – (pronounced Yis-like) An expression of amazement Koeksister – A traditional Malay and Afrikaner treat consisting of twisted dough deep-fried and drenched in syrup Bonsella – A word of Zulu origin meaning a bonus, gift, surprise or even a bribe Takkies – Sneakers or running shoes Eish! – An exclamation used to express surprise, shock or outrage Sharp-sharp – A phrase used in greetings, goodbyes, to indicate agreement, or simply express enthusiasm Amabokkebokke – Nickname for the South African Springbok rugby team, recent 2007 World Cup winners Bunny Chow – Traditional South African fast food where a loaf of bread is hollowed out and filled with curry Ag Shame – An expression of sympathetic feeling as in “Ag shame, what a cute puppy.”

Public transport South Africa’s transport infrastructure – airlines, railroads, roads, luxury touring buses (coaches) and motorcars – 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 but, apart from those that can be caught 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. Geography South Africa is located on the southern tip of Africa. It is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean on the west, the Indian Ocean on the south and east. Along its northern border, from west to east, lie Namibia, Botswana, and Zimbabwe, and to the northeast are Mozambique and Swaziland. Wholly enclosed by South Africa, and situated in its eastern central plain, is the independent kingdom of Lesotho. Almost all of South Africa’s 1.2 million km2 (472,000 square miles) lie below the Tropic of Capricorn, and the country is geographically composed of three primary regions: an

expansive central plateau, a nearly continuous escarpment of mountain ranges that ring the plateau on the west, south, and east, and a narrow strip of low-lying land along the coast. Most of the central plateau (and most of the country) consists of high (4,0006,000 ft / 1,220-1,830 m), rolling grassland known as highveld. The highest points of the mountainous escarpment are found in the stunning Drakensberg Mountains, where the tips can exceed heights of 10,000 ft (3,050 m). In the northwest, South Africa’s Kalahari Gemsbok National Park, one of the continent’s largest game reserves, extends into the red sands and scrub grasslands of the great Kalahari Desert. In the northeast, the highveld plateau descends to the Bushveld and Limpopo River basins. The Bushveld comprises South Africa’s extensive savanna, in which is found the country’s marvelously rich and diverse game reserve, the worldrenowned Kruger National Park. 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 23.6 Johannesburg 19.4 Pretoria 22.4

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Source: Lew Leppan: The South African Book of Records. Cape Town, Don Nelson, 1999. Banks and foreign exchange South Africa’s financial institutions are world-class, with no shortage of banks, bureaux 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.

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 securemail, freight and courier services. Embassies Most countries are represented in South Africa by embassies. Please refer to the telephone directory or Yellow Pages for up-to-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 that the large metropolitan hospitals do. Trained medical caregivers are deployed round the country, so help is never far away. Water High-quality tap (faucet) water is available almost everywhere in South Africa, treated so as to be free of harmful micro-organisms, and in any area other than informal or shack settlements, is both palatable and safe to drink straight from the tap. Bottled mineral water is readily available. Drinking water straight from rivers and streams could put you at risk of waterborne diseases – especially downstream of human settlements. However, the water in mountain streams is usually pure. In the Cape, particularly, the water contains humic acid, giving it the colour of diluted Coca-Cola – this is absolutely harmless, and the water is wonderful. You may also find this colouring in tap water in some areas. Statistics and information in this article courtesy of, and,

How far will my money go? • One British pound can buy about three daily newspapers, one take-away hamburger, or three cans of Coke. Thirty pounds will get you bed and breakfast in a decent guesthouse or hotel, or a bus ticket for a ride of a few hundred kilometres. • One US dollar buys about two daily newspapers, or two cans of Coke. A litre of petrol - about 0.25 gallons - will cost you about US$1. An economy class flight between Johannesburg and Cape Town costs about US$100. • One euro buys a good cup of coffee in a restaurant; or two loaves of bread. A music CD costs about 15 Euros. Courtesy of Werner Beukes/SA Press Association

Travel formalities • Check before arriving in South Africa whether a visa is required. Visas are issued free of charge. Visitors who intend travelling to South Africa’s neighbouring countries and back into South Africa are advised to apply for multiple-entry visas. • Visitors must have at least one blank page in their passports (both back and front). • Tourists must satisfy immigration officers that they have the means to support themselves during their stay and that they are in possession of return or onward tickets. • Valid international health certificates are required. Visitors from yellow-fever areas, and those who travel through or disembark in these areas, must have proof of inoculation. Inoculations should be administered four to six weeks before you travelling to South Africa (a yellow fever inoculation certificate only becomes valid 10 days after inoculation - after which it remains valid for 10 years). Hepatitis B inoculations are recommended for children up to the age of 12 who have not completed the series of injections as infants. • Value Added Tax (VAT) is levied on most goods and services at 14%, but foreign nationals may reclaim VAT on anything bought for over R250 to take out of the country unused on departure. Remember to produce original tax invoices. • Upon leaving the country you are permitted to take up to R500 in South African Reserve Bank notes. A 20% levy is charged on higher amounts. • For safety, emergency and other information, phone 083 123 2345 (24 hours a day) when in South Africa.

Credit cards and cash All major credit cards can be used in South Africa, with American Express and Diners Club enjoying less universal acceptance than MasterCard and Visa. In some small towns, you may need to use cash. Telecommunications South Africa boasts a well-developed communications infrastructure, with extensive landline phone networks and three mobile phone service providers with far-reaching

Mr. Thabo Mbeki, President of South Africa.

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Often described as ‘a world in one country’, South Africa offers the visitor a breathtaking variety of scenery, from desert and lush forest to soaring mountains and vast, empty plains.


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Culturally as diverse as the landscape, many visitors are drawn to experience for themselves the miracle of the peaceful overthrow of apartheid. Others are attracted by the endless golden beaches, big game, diving, snorkelling, or bird watching. Whatever their reasons, visitors will find South Africa positively inviting, with world-class infrastructure, transport and accommodation. A Short History of South Africa’s Democracy After a difficult negotiation process, South Africa held its first democratic election in April 1994 under an interim Constitution. The ANC emerged with a 62% majority. South Africa, now welcomed back into the international community, was divided into nine new provinces, replacing the four provinces and 10 ‘homelands’ that existed previously. In terms of the interim Constitution, the NP and Inkatha Freedom Party participated in a government of national unity under Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s first democratically elected president. The ANC-led government then embarked on a programme to promote the reconstruction and development of the country and its institutions. The second democratic election in 1999 saw the ANC increase its majority to a point just short of two-thirds of the total vote. South Africa was launched into the post-Mandela era under the presidency of Thabo Mbeki. On the 14 April 2004 election, the ANC won the national vote with 69,68%. The inauguration of South Africa’s third democratically elected president on 27 April 2004 was combined with the celebration of 10 Years of Freedom and attended by heads of state and government delegations worldwide. In his speech, President Mbeki vowed to fight poverty as a central part of the national effort to build the new South Africa. In the first decade of freedom, much progress was made in improving the lives of ordinary people. This commitment continues. Government Government consists of national, provincial and local spheres. The powers of the legislature, executive and courts are separate.

National government Parliament consists of the National Assembly and the National Council of Provinces (NCOP). Several measures have been implemented to make Parliament more accessible and accountable, as such, parliamentary sittings are open to the public. The National Assembly consists of no fewer than 350 and no more than 400 members elected through a system of proportional representation for a term of five years. It elects the President and scrutinises the executive. The NCOP consists of 54 permanent members and 36 special delegates, and aims to represent provincial interests in the national sphere of government. The President of South Africa is Mr Thabo Mbeki. The President is the head of state and leads the Cabinet. He or she is elected by the National Assembly from among its members, and leads the country in the interest of national unity in accordance with the Constitution and the law. South Africa’s constitution is one of the most progressive in the world and has been acclaimed internationally. The President appoints the Deputy President from among the members of the National Assembly. South Africa’s Deputy President is Ms Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka. Cabinet comprises the President as head of the Cabinet, the Deputy President and ministers. The President appoints the ministers, assigns their powers and functions and may dismiss them. No more than two ministers may be appointed from outside the National Assembly. Provincial government Each of the nine provinces has its own legislature of 30 to 80 members. They elect the Premier, who heads the Executive Council. Provinces may have legislative and executive powers concurrently with the national sphere over issues such as agriculture; cultural affairs; health; housing and welfare; and the promotion of trade, investment and tourism. Local government Besides being instruments of service delivery, South Africa’s local governments serve as key Best of South Africa


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agents for economic development. There are three categories of municipalities: metropolitan municipalities, local municipalities and district areas or municipalities. Johannesburg, Durban, Cape Town, Pretoria, East Rand and Port Elizabeth are metropolitan areas. South Africa boasts 231 local municipalities and 47 district municipalities. Municipalities enjoy significant powers to corporatise their services. Legislation provides for them to report on their performance, and for residents to compare this performance with that of other municipalities.

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Economy South Africa has experienced strong economic growth since the end of apartheid in the early 1990’s. A profound restructuring of the economy has borne fruit in the form of macro-economic stability, booming exports and improved productivity in both capital and labour. The performance of the South African economy in 2004 was encouraging, with growth accelerating above 5% in the second half of the year. By February 2005, the economy’s growth was stronger than at any time in the previous 20 years. South Africa’s fiscal deficit was reduced from 46% of gross domestic product 14

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(GDP) in 1996 to 1,5% in 2005. Not surprisingly, South Africa’s global competitiveness has soared. Manufactured value-added products are now increasingly eating into commodities’ traditionally dominant share of exports. Communications The country boasts an outstanding telecommunications infrastructure and a diversity of media. Telecommunications is the fastest growing industry in South Africa. Mobile communications Over the past years, South Africa has witnessed tremendous growth in the cellular phone industry, with over 20 million subscribers. Until recently, South Africa had three operators, namely Vodacom, MTN and Cell C. A fourth cellular company in the form of Virgin Mobile launched in South Africa in June 2006. This is a virtual network running over Cell C’s national network. Internet A World Wide Worx survey, entitled The Goldstuck Report: Internet Access in South Africa 2005, showed that an estimated

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3,6 million South Africans had access to the Internet at the end of 2005. The Telecommunications Business Unit in the Department of Communications has established a specialist unit to develop a national strategy and to focus on the development and expansion of the Internet. Bringing communications and services to all By 2004, 700 public information terminals (PITs) had been installed throughout the country. Some 575 of the newly installed PITs were operational by mid-2005. By September 2005, 66 multi-purpose community centres were in operation, and an approved strategy for setting up a centre in each of the country’s 284 municipalities by 2014. These centres offer one-stop government services, as well as telephony and PITs. Telkom Telkom provides total communications solutions in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector. Telkom listed on the JSE Securities Exchange (JSE) and the New York Stock Exchange in 2003. The first day of the listing raised R3,9 billion, making it the largest initiative that far on government’s programme to restructure state-owned enterprises, and the secondlargest global initial public offering in 2003. The Media Broadcasting Radio 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. For its internal coverage, Radio News uses about 13 editorial offices, a countrywide network of 1 300 correspondents, and more than 2 000 news contacts. Best of South Africa


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Channel Africa Network comprises four language services, reaching millions of listeners throughout Africa. Broadcasts are in English, French, Kiswahili and Portuguese. It targets audiences in Africa and the Indian Ocean islands, providing programmes with a specific African content. A number of private radio stations have also been granted licences by the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA). Community radio stations have a huge potential for the support of, among other things, cultural and educational information exchange. All indigenous languages are used, ensuring that people receive information that they understand.


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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 via the terrestrial signal distribution network and a satellite signal. In October 1998, the country’s first privately owned free-to-air television channel,, started operations. 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 adjacent Indian Ocean islands. MultiChoice Africa was formed in 1995 to manage the subscriber services of its sister company, MNet. It became the first African company on the continent to offer

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Magazines The magazine industry in South Africa is fiercely competitive with new titles appearing constantly. A positive development has been the segmentation of the market into niche publications that provide opportunities for advertisers to reach target markets.

digital satellite broadcasting. Operations include subscriber-management services and digital satellite television platforms broadcasting 55 video and 48 audio channels, 24 hours a day. Included are six data channels, which were the first interactive television offerings on the continent. Print Technically, the local print media rate is among the best in the world. South African newspapers and magazines are mainly organised into press groups, which have burgeoned as a result of takeovers. Since 1994, the major press groups have embarked on programmes to boost black empowerment in media ownership. Newspapers By mid-2005, the newspaper market consisted of 21 dailies, eight Sunday newspapers, and 150 local or country newspapers, most of them weeklies.

Doing business in South Africa The South African economy is firmly on a higher economic growth range, emphasising the economic turnaround that has been achieved over the past 10 years. This has created a strong platform for accelerated growth in the next decade, with an emphasis on achieving higher levels of productive investment, employment creation, exports and productivity. Fiscal deficit had been reduced from 4,6% in 1996 to just 1,5% of GDP in 2005. Excellent investment opportunities exist in a number of sectors, including tourism, mining and mineral beneficiation, hi-tech industries and communications, manufacturing, transport and agriculture. By April 2005, South Africa’s investment rate had increased from 14% to 17% of GDP, bringing business confidence to a record high. Tourism Since 1994, tourism in South Africa has emerged as a leading economic growth sector. It is now one of the largest contributors to GDP, contributing close to 7,1% of GDP, and offers significant employment and enterprise-development opportunities. The global travel industry showed real signs of recovery in 2004. Total foreign arrivals to South Africa increased by almost 1% during the first nine months of the year – to more than 4,77 million compared with 4,72 million in 2003. Some 27 000 new direct tourism jobs were created in 2004. In the first quarter of 2005, there were 1,7 million foreign tourist arrivals – the highest in South Africa’s history. At the same time, foreign tourism spending increased by more than 25% to R12,9 billion. According to Statistics South Africa, the country offers an

average of 1,6 million room-nights a month and registers an average occupancy of 54,2%. The average monthly revenue for accommodation in the country amounts to almost R593 million. South Africa is ranked among the top 30 global convention countries in the world, with business tourism generating about R20 billion a year in revenue. Business tourism is estimated to sustain almost 260 000 jobs. The Tourism Black Economic Empowerment Charter was officially launched at the Annual Tourism Indaba in Durban, in May 2005. This ground-breaking commitment by industry will provide all South Africa’s communities with greater access to the benefits of tourism. South Africa boasts seven World Heritage Sites: Robben Island, the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park, uKhahlamba-Drakensberg 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 has hosted a number of international sporting events since 1994, including the Rugby World Cup 1995; African Cup of Nations 1996; IAAF World Cup in Athletics 1998; All Africa Games 1999; Cricket World Cup 2003; President’s Cup 2003; Women’s World Cup of Golf 2005 and 2006; and Women’s World Cup of Cricket 2005. Furthermore, the country will be sure to impress when it hosts the Fédération Internationale de Football Association Soccer World Cup in 2010. Expected to attract some 400 000 visitors to South Africa, this is the first Soccer World Cup to be held in Africa. An economic impact study predicts that 2,72 million tickets will be sold, generating revenue to the tune of R4,6 billion. It is estimated that capital expenditure to upgrade stadiums and other infrastructure will amount to R2,3 billion and the event will lead to direct expenditure of Best of South Africa


Health and Beauty R12,7 billion, while contributing R21,3 billion to the country’s GDP. Some 160 000 new employment opportunities will be created and some R7,2 billion will be paid to government in taxes. 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. A large proportion of the department’s budget is dedicated to supporting and developing institutional infrastructure to showcase, restore and preserve South Africa’s heritage for future generations. Cultural tourism Cultural festivals, African-cuisine projects, cultural villages, heritage routes and storytelling are areas that can benefit from South Africa’s booming tourist industry. The department works with various players to extend the Cultural Industries Growth Strategy, which aims to enhance the potential of cultural industries. Arts festivals The National Arts Festival, held annually in July in Grahamstown, Eastern Cape, is one of 18

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the largest and most diverse arts gatherings in Africa. Other major festivals are held in Oudtshoorn, Johannesburg, Durban, Cape Town, Potchefstroom and Bloemfontein. Theatre South African theatre is internationally acclaimed as being unique and of top quality. Johannesburg’s celebrated Market Theatre has built its reputation on local content productions. There is a growing trend towards the establishment of smaller theatres. Music While local music styles such as South African jazz have influenced African and world music for decades, today gospel and kwaito are the most popular and most recorded styles. Kwaito combines elements of rap, reggae, hip-hop and other styles into a distinctly South African sound. South Africa is the 25th-largest market for recorded music, with the industry employing more than 20 000 people. Local music accounts for a third of all the music bought by South Africans. Orchestras The department has funded the establishment of two large instrumental ensembles – one in Cape Town and the other in Johannesburg. A music training programme directed at township youth in Gauteng also received a grant towards its work. Dance Contemporary work ranges from normal preconceptions of movement and performance art or performance theatre, to the completely unconventional. Added to this is the African experience, which includes traditional dance inspired by wedding ceremonies, battles, rituals and everyday life. The Dance Factory in Johannesburg provides a permanent platform for all kinds of dance and movement groups, while the Wits (University) Theatre is home to the annual Dance Umbrella, a showcase for new work. The Cape Town City Ballet is the oldest ballet company in the country. Visual arts South Africa has a range of art galleries showcasing collections of indigenous, historical and contemporary works.

Crafts The crafts industry employs more than 1.2 million people, with products being widely exported. The department coordinates initiatives to finance, market and develop the sector. Film 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. Television production accounts for more than a third of total film / television revenue, with local-content quotas increasing the demand for programming. In September 2005, Tsotsi won the People’s Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival. The film then went on to win the 2006

Academy Award for Best Foreign Film. In 2006, it was also nominated for a Golden Globe Award and two British Academy Film Awards. Legacy projects Cabinet approved these projects as a mechanism to establish commemorative structures to celebrate South Africa’s past. Some of the initiatives include the Women’s Monument; the Chief Albert Luthuli Legacy Project; the Nelson Mandela Museum; Constitution Hill; and Freedom Park. Museums More than 300 of the approximately 1 000 museums in Africa can be found in South Africa. The department pays an annual subsidy to 13 national museums, thereby ensuring the preservation of artifacts and collections that are important to all South Africans. Best of South Africa


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South African Overview National Library of South Africa The construction of the new building in Pretoria that will house the National Library of South Africa started in 2005 and should be complete by November 2007. The facility intends to improve access through its design and available space to support a culture of reading. 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 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 20

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• 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, KwaZulu-Natal 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’ (UN) Agenda 21 on sustainable development. These include 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 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 one of only six countries with an entire plant kingdom within its national confines, and 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. In addition, there are eight major terrestrial biomes, or habitat types in South Africa. These can, in turn, be divided into 70 veld types. The biomes are savanna, Nama-Karoo, succulent Karoo, grassland, fynbos, forest, thicket and desert. The fynbos biome is one of only six floral kingdoms worldwide. Conservation victories • The population of southern white rhinoceros in South Africa has risen from less than 20 in 1910 to 8 000 today • By mid-2002, more than 200 000 seedlings of endangered cycad species had been sold to the public, reducing the threat to wild populations • Many cheetah are bred in captivity and relocated to protected areas South Africa’s coastal management policy is one of the best in the world, with the country being the first outside Europe to gain Blue Flag status for coastal management. Statistics and information in this article courtesy of

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Conquering Heroes The green and gold Springboks were the winners of the 2007 Rugby World Cup. ‘Best of South Africa’ proudly salutes the best rugby team in the world.


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On the night of October 20, as Springbok captain John Smit held aloft the Webb Ellis trophy after his team’s victory in the 2007 Rugby World Cup, South Africa exploded in a wave of jubilant green and gold. Revellers in rugby jerseys thronged the streets, dancing, cheering, hooting and brandishing flags. Strangers linked arms to shout, “Ole, ole ole ole,” united by patriotism and national pride, celebrating a victory that was last experienced in 1995 when the newly democratic South Africa won the trophy for the first time. In an unrehearsed display of triumph and affection, President Thabo Mbeki was hoisted high on the shoulders of the South African team and paraded under the stadium floodlights. “What do you say when you’ve won a World Cup? It’s an unbelievable experience,” coach Jake White told a news conference after the match. “It hasn’t even sunk in yet but to see the president of our country sitting on the players’ shoulders holding the World Cup... is something to be really proud of. It doesn’t get bigger than that for us.” “A country like South Africa realised in 1995 how much winning World Cups actually means to us. People ask why we take the World Cup so seriously. It’s much bigger than any other event, what it did to us as a nation. We’ve now won a World Cup away from home. We had our president sitting in the changing room. He was saying how proud he was of being a South African.” South African rugby has been troubled but skipper John Smit also believes his team’s victory will have a lasting effect on South Africans. “You can’t put it into words. We have had the responsibility of carrying the hopes of a nation on our shoulders and now we have a team that is taking the trophy back home,” he said. “I certainly hope that being able to lift this cup and take it back home can create a scenario that binds everyone together so we start forgetting about counting numbers and colours.”

Congratulations streamed in just minutes after the final whistle blew - among the first, that of Britain’s High Commissioner to South Africa, Paul Boateng. “Well done South Africa, worthy champions,” said Boateng as the South Africans received their gold medals at the Stade de France in St Denis, on the outskirts of Paris. The match was won with three penalties by Percy Montgomery and one by Francois Steyn to England’s two by Wilkinson. The final score was 15 points to 6. The team had shown professionalism, patriotism and hunger to win since the beginning of the tournament, said the South African Football Players’ Union (SAFPU), who emphasised that the Springboks had set a benchmark for all national teams and had done the country proud. South Africa last won the World Cup in 1995 under the captaincy of Francois Pienaar. England was defending their 2001 title. The superior performance that the Springboks gave on the final night was no accident. Earlier on in the 2007 World Cup, they won their first match against England with a decisive victory of 36-0. In spite of brutal pressure, the Springboks kept their cool and showed their class at the finals. Ruthless defense, dominant line-outs and rock-solid teamwork helped the South Africans keep ahead in a tight, aggressive game that saw England grow increasingly desperate as attack after attack broke on the impenetrable Springbok ranks. The team returned home well decorated with awards. Line-out legend Victor Matfield won the Man of the Match award. Speedy try-scorer Brian Habana won the Player of the Year, Jake White was named the Coach of the Year, and the Springboks, unbeaten in their journey to World Cup victory, were awarded the Team of the Year. The ‘Best of South Africa’ pays tribute to the “best team” in the world – the 2007 South African Rugby World Cup Squad. Best of South Africa


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2010 Confidence on the Increase Overall public confidence in South Africa’s readiness to host the 2010 Fifa World Cup has improved since 2006, with a study by market research company African Response finding that 70% of South Africans believe the country will be ready by then.

Above: South Africa 2010 LOC CEO Danny Jordaan, Brazilian legend Pele, LOC Chairman Irvin Khoza, FIFA Vice President Jack Warner, Cameroon and Barcelona striker Samuel Eto’o, LOC Board member Tokyo Sekwale and Jerome Champagne (Delegate of the FIFA President for Special Affairs) with Nelson Mandela. Photo © Carl Fourie/Backpagepix for FIFA Media. Opposite page: Top right: Brazilian football legend, Pele, greets former South Africa President, Nelson Mandela. Photo © Carl Fourie/Backpagepix for FIFA Media. Top left: African XI’s Samuel Eto’o leads World XI’s Pele around the pitch. Photo © Carl Fourie/Backpagepix. Bottom right: From Left to right: Chairman of the LOC Irvin Khoza, FIFA President Sepp Blatter and CEO of the LOC Danny Jordaan. Photo © Carl Fourie/Backpagepix.


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African Response director Anina Maree says this is an encouraging sign, explaining that their 2010 barometer was designed to track public perceptions and to allow organisers and other stakeholders to address public concerns. “A heart-warming result from the 2010 African Response barometer is that the majority of respondents (85%) believe that South Africa will benefit from the 2010 World Cup,” states African Response. “In addition, almost four out of five respondents believe that the World Cup is important to them personally.” The survey interviewed 1 200 respondents from Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban and Pretoria over April, May and June in 2007. The survey shows that the residents of Johannesburg as being significantly more optimistic in the country’s ability to host the World Cup, with a 76% confidence level, as opposed to residents of Cape Town, with only 60%. Seventy percent of those interviewed

believe that South African airports will be capable of the increased volumes, while 59% have faith that public transport will be sufficient to carry soccer fans around the country during the tournament. An overwhelming 85% also believed that South Africa’s many restaurants would be ready to cope with the increased demands of hosting the World Cup. Bafana Bafana have made a good impression on the South African public in the latter part of 2007, as confidence in our local team has risen from 44% in 2006 to 52% in 2007. The survey also points to more South Africans preferring to watch World Cup matches on television, with only 54% wanting to watch matches live, down from 61% in 2006. Overall confidence is up, and as 2010 nears and developments become visible to the public, excitement is building steadily. Source: reporter.

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Gautrain This is the story of a province with a pulse that never stops. This is the story of an amazing ride as Gautrain comes to life.

The story of Gautrain is not about a train, it’s about how far we’ve come. The faces we meet, the places we see, and our everyday life’s journey. It’s about a new energy that has come to life. A golden thread that connects Africa to the world. Bringing jobs to the people and people to the jobs. It’s a story of a new face and pace of Gauteng’s public transport. We’ve come a long way and still we’re on the move... faster than ever. This is the story of a province with a pulse that never stops. This is the story of an amazing ride as Gautrain comes to life. Phambile, Gauteng, Phambile! Tunnel from Marlboro to Sandton


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Gautrain at a glance All indications corroborate the notion that Gauteng’s economy is on the move, but there are some constraints, such as congested highways and a lack of suitable public transport. This has been recognised by the Gauteng Provincial Government. It also understands that for the economy of Gauteng to grow, create jobs and attract investment, it is essential to create the infrastructure that will make this possible, Gautrain is a modern rapid rail network for Gauteng that will be extended in the future to grow with the needs of the Province. It is an investment in the future of the Province and will link Tshwane to Johannesburg and Sandton to the OR Tambo International Airport. There will be 10 stations linked by 80 kilometres of rail. Travelling at 160 kilometres per hour, it will allow urban commuters to travel safely between cities at high speed. It will take about 42 minutes between Johannesburg Park Station and Hatfield in Tshwane. To travel between OR Tambo International Airport and Sandton Station, Gautrain will take only 12 minutes. Gautrain will consist of 24 separate fourcar train sets with trains every 12 minutes in peak hour, ensuring that commuters will experience only a short wait at the worldclass stations. On weekends and public holidays, trains will run every 30 minutes. The first train will be available daily before 05:30 and the last train will leave after 20:30. With high levels of safety, reliability, predictability and comfort, Gautrain will transform the face of public transport as

we know it. It is an integrated transport solution consisting of train and bus feeder services to transport passengers up to 15 kilometres from stations. Ample parking in park-and-ride facilities are being planned, with 9 000 parking bays available initially. With integrated ticketing, only one ticket will be needed to use the train, bus and parking. The goal is to further integrate the tickets with other transportation modes in the vicinity, such as Metrorail. This new travel experience will be a major impetus for economic growth in Gauteng, boosting job creation and alleviating traffic congestion. It holds long-term benefits for the environment as it does not produce carbon dioxide emissions – a boon for reducing pollution caused by transport. In addition, Gautrain will have a positive influence on the spatial development of Gauteng. Already a number of mixed use developments are on the cards along the Gautrain route comprising office blocks, shopping malls and residential apartments. High-density developments along the route will further combat urban sprawl. An Environmental Management Plan guides the construction of Gautrain to ensure that its impact on natural resources, existing properties and urban infrastructure are minimised and are being strictly monitored. The preservation of green areas along residential borders is an important element in city planning. A rail network such as Gautrain also takes up less space than would be the case if existing road surface was simply increased.

Top: Park station construction at tunnel portal Above: Construction on Depot 1

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These factors contribute to making Gautrain one of the most significant green fields rapid rail engineering projects in the world today. The Gautrain project is being developed in two phases, both of which commenced on 28 September 2006. The Operating Commencement Date for Phase 1 (OCD1) is planned to be achieved before the 2010 FIFA Soccer World Cup, and OCD2 nine months later. The important section – the one between the OR Tambo International Airport and Sandton - should be completed for the World Cup. More than just a train Gautrain’s vision takes its inspiration from the fast moving and exciting Gauteng Province. It also meets the needs and requirements reflected in the National Land Transportation Transition Act of 2000, which requires Government to prioritise and promote public transport and to improve the image of public transport.

Top: Depot in Midrand with precast yard Middle: Precast yard at depot Bottom: Trucks on site


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Objectives of Gautrain In June 2001, the GPG approved the following objectives for Gautrain: • to stimulate economic growth, development and job creation; • to reduce severe traffic congestion in the Tshwane – Johannesburg corridor; • to achieve the Province’s goals with regard to SMMEs, tourism and BBBEE; • to promote the use of public transport;

• to improve the image of public transport and attract more car users to public transport; • to promote business tourism through the link between Sandton and OR Tambo International Airport; • to significantly contribute towards urban restructuring, shortening of travel distances and improving city sustainability; • to provide a link(s) to the Tshwane Ring Rail project – linking also Mamelodi, Atteridgeville, Soshanguve and Mabopane; • to stimulate the renovation and upliftment of the Johannesburg and Tshwane Central Business Districts; • to link the main economic nodes in Gauteng; and • to comprise a significant part of a holistic transport plan and network for Gauteng. The GPG remains confident that these objectives will be met by the project. In fact, some of these objectives such as urban regeneration, transformation of the image of public transport, job creation and economic development are already being met. Benefits of Gautrain Gautrain should not been seen in isolation from programmes of the Gauteng Province that stimulate economic growth and infrastructure development. The Gauteng Growth and Development Strategy aims to

Top: Rosebank station. Above: Park station tunnel portal. Top right: Sandton station construction. Middle: Construction at Depot 2. Bottom right: Constructing Marlboro Station.

boost the annual growth rate to 8% by 2014. One of the key ways in which it seeks to do this is by increasing infrastructure spending. Gautrain is viewed as a flagship project aimed at achieving increased infrastructure investment and accelerated growth. A number of economic appraisals have been conducted on Gautrain. An independent Economic Appraisal was conducted by the CSIR in terms of environmental legislation and found the following: “The Gautrain Project in its totality will contribute about one per cent to the GDP of Gauteng, which is no mean feat. Due to its relative size, and the long-term nature of the benefit streams the project will create, especially in downstream user industries, the capital/GDP ratio of the induced effects of the national savings and investment is well above the national average. This signifies Gautrain’s major contribution to the more efficient functioning of the Gauteng economy

– given that approximately 74 per cent of its impact will be in the Province itself.” In addition to its economic impact, Gautrain will considerably reduce air pollution generated by transport anticipating a reduction of about 70 tons of CO2. An independent Cost Benefit Analysis specialist also indicated that: • Gautrain will save 585 000 vehicle km per day. • Lower traffic congestion will result in travel cost savings of all vehicles in Gauteng of 3c per km. • 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 traveling in this corridor by 2030 (2003 Rand values). Best of South Africa


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A man of all seasons Now in his 70’s, Gary Player remains what he has always been, the quintessential professional, dedicated and fiercely loyal to the game that has brought him fame and fortune in more than 50 years as a professional golfer.


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With 163 tournament victories worldwide, including nine major championships on the Regular Tour and nine Champions Tour majors, Player is one of only five golfers ever to win the coveted Grand Slam in golf – victory in at least one each of the four major championships. To put this achievement into perspective, consider that he is one of only three golfers still living to have achieved this. The other two? Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods! He is quite simply, a living legend of golf, and he continues to put this status to good

use through his love of people and, especially, his love of children and his understanding of their importance to the future prosperity of any nation. Almost 25 years ago, he identified the need to educate the scores of rural children around his home north of Johannesburg, Blair Atholl. He started The Player Foundation that funded the Blair Atholl Schools, focusing on foundation-phase education and nutrition and has extended this vision to helping impoverished children around the world to get a proper start in education and to set them on the road away Best of South Africa



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from cyclical poverty. Through tournaments such as the Gary Player Invitationals in the USA, China and the United Kingdom and the Nelson Mandela Invitational in South Africa, he continues to raise enormous sums of money to ensure that his vision is maintained long after he has sunk his final putt. It is this infectious enthusiasm and love of people that he takes into his other passions where, away from the tournament fairways, he continues to make his mark. He has designed more than 250 golf courses around the world, garnering countless accolades for excellence in design and playability, while ensuring that the environment is treated sensitively and the game is taken to places where it has not been traditionally popular. He understands that golf is an important catalyst for tourism everywhere in the world and is no less important in his own country to which he remains passionately loyal. For South Africa, he firmly believes, tourism

is the “new gold” and there should be no stone left unturned in achieving exponential growth in this industry. And there can be few better spokespeople than the man who has travelled the world more than any other athlete and who is affectionately dubbed golf’s international ambassador. Give him a choice of where he might ever put his feet up and he’ll tell you he could think of nowhere better than his stud farm on the Orange River near Colesberg in the Northern Cape. Breeding thoroughbred race horses is another great passion and to hear him speak of bloodlines, one would swear he could never possibly have had enough time to have picked up a golf club. Here is a man who is as fit and healthy as many half his age, and who still has plenty to offer the world – and you can bet he will continue to do it for many years to come. For him, there is still so much more to be done. Best of South Africa


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South Africa celebrates the life of Adelaide Tambo


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Activist from an early age Adelaide Tambo was born on 18 July 1929 in Vereeniging’s Top Location. A political activist from a young age, she fought to ensure that women were an integral part of the liberation struggle and could assume their rightful place in society. Her political life began at the age of 10 after a police raid following a riot in Top Location, in which a police officer had been killed. Tambo’s ailing grandfather, aged 82, was among those arrested and marched to the town square. At the time she was a primary school pupil at St Thomas Practising School in Johannesburg. Five years later, she started working for the ANC as a courier while studying at Orlando High. She joined the ANC Youth League when she was 18 and was soon elected chairperson of the George Goch branch. Her early work involved opening branches of the Youth League in the Transvaal. Later, as a student nurse at Pretoria General Hospital, she started a branch of the Youth League with the help of people like Sheila Musi, Mildred Kuzwayo and Nonhle Zokwe. She met the late Oliver Tambo at a meeting of the Eastern Township branch of the ANC and married him in December 1956, during the marathon Treason Trial. Exile and return Oliver and Adelaide Tambo were asked by the ANC to leave the country in 1960 and to carry on the work of the organization outside South Africa. Based in London until the unbanning of the ANC, Tambo was a founder member of the Afro-Asian Solidarity Movement and the Pan-African Women’s Organisation (PAWO). She also worked with International Defence and Aid Fund to identify and financially assist some

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On hearing of the passing Adelaide Tambo, President Thabo Mbeki expressed sadness and the deepest condolences on behalf of the people and government of South Africa to the family of Adelaide Tambo, an icon of the generation of South African leaders that left South Africa in the early 1960s to fight apartheid from exile. “Starting from 1944 when she began working for the African National Congress as a courier, Ma Tambo devoted her entire adult life to the struggle against apartheid and the creation of a democratic non-racial and nonsexist society,” Mbeki said in a statement. “As well as being a pillar of support to her late husband and president of the ANC, Oliver Tambo, Ma Tambo contributed to the struggle immensely as an activist in her own right.” The 77-year-old struggle veteran died in her home in Johannesburg, on 31 January 2007, following a heart ailment. She is survived by her three children Dali, Tselani and Thembi, as well as her grandchildren.

of the families whose children left South Africa after the 1976 Soweto student uprising. After her return to South Africa, Ma Tambo continued to serve the ANC, undertaking various responsibilities as a senior leader of the movement. She was one of the first democratically elected members of Parliament in 1994, and contributed immensely to the constitution making exercise with which the Constituent Assembly was charged. Adelaide Tambo received the Order of the Baobab in Gold, one of the highest honours

bestowed by the post-1994 South African government. The South African Anglican Church awarded her the Order of Simon of Cyrene, the highest award given to laypeople for distinguished service. She was buried next to her husband in her home town of Wattville on 10 February 2007. The service was held at the Wattville Stadium and led by Anglican Archbishop Njongonkulu Ndungane. Among the thousands of mourners were presidents Thabo Mbeki and Nelson Mandela. Source: BuaNews / International Marketing Council

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Today, Soweto is the most populous black urban area in South Africa, setting the nation’s trends from politics to fashion.


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A number of tour operators offer the “Soweto experience” which should not be missed. Vistors will see the Hector Petersen memorial, view Nelson Mandela’s old Orlando residence, and enjoy bunny chow - a hollowed-out half loaf of bread filled with stew - and a beer at a local shebeen. For a reminder of the Rainbow Nation’s turbulent political history, walk through the door applicable to your skin colour at the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg. The chilling but ultimately inspirational museum documents apartheid practices, as well as the rise, struggle and triumphs of black consciousness. Gold Reef City is a fun and educational complex that harks back to the heady days of the gold rush. South Africa’s own Broadway shows are performed in the renowned theatres at this venue. Johannesburg city is a shopping mecca hosting African ‘muti’ shops with shelves of traditional medicine, Indian bazaars selling dazzling fabrics, and mega shopping malls for the well-heeled. Newtown is fast becoming a cultural hub, hosting the Museum Africa and Market Theatre complex. Constitution Hill proudly houses the new Constitutional Court on the site of the Old Fort Prison. A tour of the Old Fort Prison Complex where thousands of people including Nelson Mandela were incarcerated during apartheid is a sombre reminder of the country’s past. Today, the gleaming Nelson

Mandela Bridge, a symbol of hope and renewal, joins Constitution Hill to Newtown. The hustle and bustle of life in “Jozi” contrasts starkly with the quiet atmosphere at the Cradle of Humankind, a World Heritage Site and home to the Sterkfontein Caves where nearly half the world’s hominoid fossils have been discovered including Mrs Ples, the first identified “missing link”. Close by is the two billion year-old Wonder Cave. Visitors who don’t have time to venture into more remote areas can view wildlife close to the Cradle, at the Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve, the Lanseria Lion Park and the Krugersdorp Game Reserve. Pretoria is dotted with more than 100 parks, bird sanctuaries and nature reserves. Known as the Jacaranda City, it is adorned with a purple haze in spring from the blossoming jacaranda trees lining its avenues. The lofty Union Buildings are an architectural masterpiece designed by Sir Herbert Baker. Its sweeping gardens are open to the public. Pretoria also hosts the Voortrekker Monument, completed in 1949 as a tribute to the pioneering Boer families. Pretoria’s National Zoological Gardens are home to 4,300 animals hailing from every continent. On the outskirts of Pretoria is the Tswaing Meteorite Crater. This salty wetland hosts numerous bird, plant and small mammal species, and is a sensitive and unique conservation area.

North West The North West Province is a destination for archaeology and history buffs, city slickers and thrill seekers. The Madikwe Game Reserve in the far north is one of the province’s jewels.

The rugged Rant van Tweedepoort and the Dwarsberg Mountains on the southern border provide a habitat for hundreds of bird species and wildlife, including the Big Five. The De Wildt Cheetah Farm is renowned for its success in breeding cheetah, the brown hyena and African wild dog. The Magaliesberg provides a stunningly scenic weekend getaway just half an hour’s drive from Gauteng. Further east is the Pilanesberg, a long wave of hills that resulted from an enormous volcanic eruption millions of years ago. The Pilanesberg Game Reserve hosts the Big Five. It is popular for its beauty, excellent accommodation and accessibility. The Vredefort Dome is a World Heritage Site. With a diameter of 380 km, it is the oldest and largest known meterorite impact area on earth, and the only one that shows a full geological profile of its origin and development. It provides crucial clues to our understanding of the evolution of the planet. Sun City and the Lost City are magnificent developments that rise like an oasis out of the surrounding hot and dry scrubland.

From sandy beaches to cool wave pools, plunging water rides, two internationallyrated golf courses, a pulsating casino, shops, shows, luxurious hotels and restaurants, this destination has it all. The Palace of the Lost City is designed with brilliant detail and set in its own man-made rain forest. Visitors to the Taung Heritage Site can view the quarry where the famous Taung Skull was found in 1924. The discovery of the child’s skull - the “southern ape of Africa” - was momentous in archaeological circles, proving that early man lived in Africa a million years earlier than previously believed. More than half of the inhabitants of the North West are rural, the majority being Tswana. Folklore, local arts and crafts and storytelling are part and parcel of the region. Groot Marico, the enchanting little town made famous by author Herman Charles Bosman, has a vibrant artistic community. The Lesedi Cultural Village offers insight into African ancestry, a taste of traditional cuisine and exquisite handcrafted souvenirs. Mafikeng, the provincial capital, is renowned for its historical importance. Best of South Africa



Limpopo The most northerly province in South Africa, is steeped in ancient history and culture. Fossils conjure up life as it was over three million years ago and relics have been dated back to the Stone and Iron Ages.

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Thohoyandou is the administrative, commercial and legislative capital of the Venda community. Venda artwork, wood carvings, pottery, weaving and basketware are regarded as the finest in Africa. The Soutpansberg is a magnificent wilderness area in which tourists can climb, hike and hunt, view indigenous cycads and baobabs, and enjoy thrilling 4x4 adventure drives. Makhado (formerly Louis Trichardt) is a picturesque town, while Bela-Bela is famous for its glorious hot springs and curative mineral waters. There are over 50 national, provincial and transfrontier parks in Limpopo. Each has its own attraction, such as the world’s hugest 2000-year-old baobab at the Makuya Park Game Reserve, and white and black rhino at Lapalala Wilderness. The small floodplain of the Nysvlei Nature Reserve is a RAMSAR site and a treasure trove for bird-watchers. The game parks forming a golden horseshoe along the borders of Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique, are part of the African Ivory Route, one of the best ecoadventures in Southern Africa where tourists can stalk the Big Five on foot, or travel the 2,000 km route in a four-wheel drive. The route takes you past five mountain ranges through remote and stunning wilderness, and weaves in and out of vibrant local villages.

Birthplace of the royal Venda clan, home of the fabled Rain Queen Modjadji, and protected by the python god of fertility, Limpopo is rich in mythology and legends from ancient times. It is the home of the spirited Venda people, where undulating bush and craggy mountains form a spectacular scenic landscape that serves as a gateway into the rest of Africa. South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana meet at the confluence of the Limpopo and Shashe Rivers on South Africa’s northern most border. Here, Mapungubwe is an archaeological destination and World Heritage Site. The great ruins of the area are testimony to the rise, reign and demise of an African kingdom that flourished almost 1000 years ago. From the comfort of a camp in Mapungubwe National Park, guided tours, birding trips and night drives allow visitors to experience the birdlife, cultural history and abundant wildlife (including the Big Five) of this area. 40

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Mpumalanga Southeast of Limpopo, the “place where the sun rises” is situated on a lofty escarpment with rolling grasslands and lush wetlands. This land with its magnificent views has been dubbed “God’s own country”.

In the Highlands Meander, glittering dams teem with trout, and the spectacular surroundings dotted with quaint pubs and restaurants are also a bird watcher’s paradise. Ruins of forts and soldiers’ graves near Dullstroom are reminders of the Anglo-Boer War. The Verloren Vallei Nature Reserve is an international RAMSAR wetlands site that shelters three of the world’s endangered crane species. The Oosterlijyn Express Train runs between Machadadorop and Waterval Boven. The cliffs nearby offer paragliding, hang-gliding, abseiling, and rock climbing. In Lydenberg, don’t miss the museum of the Lydenberg Heads, which showcases the mysterious pottery masks made by forgotten people thousands of years ago. Highveld towns Belfast and Waterval Onder are also rich in history. God’s Window, Bourke’s Luck Potholes and the Three Rondawels on

the Panorama Route are breathtaking in their splendour. The world’s biggest green canyon, the Blyde River Canyon, offers cascading waterfalls, white river rafting, bungee jumping, hot air ballooning, and walking trails. The Mac-Mac Falls and Lisbon Falls are a special attraction. Pilgrim’s Rest is a museum town, with restored Victorian-inspired buildings, where you can try your hand at gold panning. Mpumalanga is home to the Cultural Heartland, where tourists can discover more about the heritage and customs of the local people. Bright geometric painted patterns are the trademark of Ndebele homes. Their beadwork and crafts can also be admired in various traditional villages such as Matsulu Village and authentic Shangaan cuisine. The enormous Kruger National Park is Mpumalanga’s main attraction, providing an

unsurpassed wildlife experience. Hundreds of species of bird, reptiles, fish, mammals, trees and other flora thrive in the lowveld environment. Bushman rock paintings and archaeological sites connect the lives of its current occupants with generations of previous inhabitants. Accommodation is plentiful and varied, from four-poster beds in luxury lodges to rustic tented camps. Numerous private game reserves also satellite the Kruger Park. Mpumalanga explodes into colour when the magnificent pink and white cosmos flowers bloom every summer. A bird-lovers’ paradise, the Grass and Wetlands area is centred around South Africa’s largest freshwater lake, Chrissiesmeer. This region also hosts 1,000-year old ruins of the lost Legoya people and the oldest dolomite caves in the world, the Sudwala caves. Best of South Africa



KwaZulu-Natal KwaZulu-Natal’s tropical climate and wide variety of coastal resorts makes this province perfect for beach holidays all year round.

Travelling north from Durban up the Dolphin Coast, the Greater St Lucia Wetlands Park on the Lake St Lucia estuary is a World Heritage Site, with its dazzlingly beautiful swamps, forests, marshlands and lakes attracting bountiful animal and bird species. For the wildlife fanatic, the popular Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Park is north of St Lucia. The Phinda Game Reserve offers luxuriously opulent safaris. Further north and inland is the “heart” of Zululand. Visit Shakaland and Gingindlovu, the fantastic 42

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Zulu art collection at the Vukani Collection Museum in Eshowe, and the reconstructed royal kraal of the Zulu king Cetshwayo for insights into Zulu history, customs and culture. Close to the northern border is Sodwana, a warm-water haven for scuba divers. Durban is a melting pot of cultures, with African, European and Indian people mingling in the city streets and on the dazzling beaches. The result is a hodgepodge of saris, big businesses, sangomas, curry, surfing, and Zulu dancing. This city contains a vibey mix of theatres and music venues, together with national and international conferences which are hosted at the Durban International Convention Centre. A visit to the world-class aquarium at Ushaka Marine World is a must. The aquarium is decorated in the style of a sunken ship, with sharks and a wealth of other sea life which can be viewed through the porthole-style and large-paned windows. The nearby Ushaka Wet ’n Wild is an amusement park with superb water rides. Durban’s harbour is the busiest in South Africa, and one of the largest worldwide. Cruises around the harbour are provided from Wilson’s Wharf. Gateway is home to some of the greatest entertainment facilities on the globe, including

the D-rex wave at the Wave House, (the worlds biggest double ending barrel wave), two more demure flow riders, The Rock, soaring an astonishing 24 metres (the highest indoor climbing rock in the world), the four storey IMAX cinema complex, and the Old Mutual MTN ScienCentre. In the Natal Midlands, a narrated battlefield tour is a great way to learn more about the area’s violent history. The Midlands is renowned for its calming scenery of rolling green hills and dams, many of which stock trout and are close to quaint country restaurants and guesthouses, as well as art and craft meccas on the winding roads of the Midlands Meander. Pietermaritzburg, the capital of the province, is known as the best-preserved Victorian city in the country and has claim to fame as the place where Mahatma Ghandi, on a trip to Pretoria in 1893, refused to leave his train’s first-class compartment after the conductor insisted it was for whites only. He was subsequently pushed onto the platform, along with his luggage. Ghandi’s statue has pride of place in the centre of the city today. The Drakensberg is the highest mountain range in the country and extremely visitorfriendly. Hundreds of resorts, hotels and guesthouses are available from which to explore its cliffs and caves.


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The third-largest grain-producing province is a juxtaposition of vast prairie sprinkled with sleepy towns, and an open zone for funky fringe festivals. Carnivals and witblitz celebrations are important dates on the calendars of locals and visitors alike.

Tourists can wind majestically along the Maluti Route, through the scenic Highlands into Lesotho, and view the fierce competition at the Fouriesburg Asparagus Festival. For an alternative vibe, Rustler’s Valley hosts zany trance and drumming New Year festivals. The Diamond and Wine Route trails the histories of the Lejweleputswa gold mines and diamond prospectors. The entrance to Jagersfontein’s diamond mine surpasses Kimberley’s Big Hole in size, although this fact may become a hazy memory after a visit to Landzicht and Wilreza’s wine cellars in the charming Jacobsdal area. The Anglo-Boer War battlefields, monuments, war museums and concentration camps provide a fascinating depiction of South Africa’s history. The tranquil Thabo Mofutsanyana is known for its archaeological treasures, snow-capped mountains and fertile valley hiking trails. The 44

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enchanting town of Clarens, set in stunning scenery on the western slopes of the Maluti mountain range, has rich deposits of dinosaur fossils, and welcomes scores of visitors and artists all year round. The BBT Heritage Route links Bloemfontein, Botshabelo and Thaba Nchu. Bloemfontein, the capital “City of Roses”, hosts the Macufe Festival, featuring an eclectic mix of music and art. Further north, you can observe the customs, traditions and culture of the South Sotho people at the Basotho Cultural Village in the heart of the spectacular Qwaqwa National Park. The Steam Train Route offers enthusiasts a trip along the historic Bethlehem-Bloemfontein Railroad to destinations such as Maseru and Ladybrand. The annual Woodstock Festival in Harrismith showcases extreme land sports and multi-genre music.

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The tribes have recently signed a momentous, billion dollar pharmaceutical deal to market the secret of the appetite-suppressing cactus that sustained them during their expeditions. The Eye of Kuruman, the largest natural fountain in the southern hemisphere, produces a staggering 20 million litres of crystal clear water daily. The famous Kimberley Big Hole is the largest man-made excavation site in the world, 500 metres wide and 240 metres deep. Kimberley offers a wealth of museums and places of interest, and the brave will enjoy the Kimberley Ghost Trail. In the Green Kalahari, expansive tracts of shimmering desert sand contrast dramatically with the vineyard oases of the Orange River, well loved by white river rafters. The area incorporates the majestic Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, home to the honey badger, pangolin and bat-eared fox.

In spring, the granite hills and lava plains of Namaqualand transform into a brilliant blaze of about 4,000 plant species, of which 600 are indigenous. The most popular flower routes cluster around Springbok, near the Goegap Nature Reserve encompassing the Hester Malan Wildflower Reserve. The Richtersveld Cultural and Botanical Landscape is a World Heritage Site. This mountainous desert in the northwest of the country is owned and managed by the Nama community, descendents of the Khoi-Khoi people. At the Augrabies Falls National Park, the thunderous Orange River plunges an estimated 60 metres. Here, springbok, gemsbok and black rhino thrive alongside mongoose, rock dassie and the cape clawless otter. Cairns and graves from the Stone Age are prolific.

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Land of desert and diamonds, the Northern Cape is home to the region’s oldest inhabitants, the San or Bushman tribes of the Kalahari Desert. Prolific rock-art in the area depicts their hunting trips and expeditions.

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Eastern Cape

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Imagine experiencing a traditional Xhosa “picnic” including delicacies such as samp and beans, pap, boiled sheep’s hoof and a pint of the local shebeen’s brew in an oval settlement of hand-painted huts.

All this and more flavours the Eastern Cape, where Khoi, Xhosa, Boer and British all lived and fought at one time or another. This area has more forts than the rest of the country combined. Lonely beaches, mountain-forests, including Tolkien’s Hogsback, and sun-grilled Karoo plains embrace the hauntingly scenic Valley of Desolation. Two transformative political figures, Steve Biko and Nelson Mandela, were born here. Adrenaline junkies will quiver at the world’s highest bungee jump, an exhilarating 180 metre freefall over the Blaauwkrans Bridge. The Eastern Cape is also a malaria-free 46

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habitat for viewing the Big Five, with prime game-watching across the Frontier areas, through the Karoo Heartland to Storms River Village and the Sunshine Coast. The Addo Elephant Park, with impressive elephant and buffalo herds, the Mountain Zebra Reserve, and the Shamwari Game Reserve all feature. At the Seaview Lion Park, visitors can enjoy a romp with lion cubs of varying ages. The Northern Region boasts unspoilt wild trout fishing. The region is popular for boating, snow skiing at Tiffendell, the only ski resort in Africa, hiking, hunting, rock-art and engravings. Port Elizabeth,

the industrial centre of the province, is a surfing, bodysurfing, windsurfing and waterskiing haven. The historic frontier town of Grahamstown hosts its world-famous National Arts Festival in July each year, drawing local and international artistic talent and massive audiences to its theatres and music venues. Jeffrey’s Bay attracts international surfers to “the best right-hand wave in the world”. A southwesterly drive from here along the Garden Route - a glorious stretch of coastal forest road - leads to St. Francis Bay, Oyster Bay and Mossel Bay. Nearby, the rugged Baviaanskloof offers challenging hiking over densely vegetated terrain. Varied township tours provide an insight into traditional Xhosa rites and ceremonies. East London is South Africa’s only river port, with far-stretching unpolluted beaches that rank with those of neighbouring Kentonon-Sea and Port Alfred along the Sunshine Coast. Bring your wetsuits for a fabulous Indian Ocean adventure, swimming, surfing, sailing, water-skiing, boardsailing or boating. Fort Hare University, alma mater of Nelson Mandela and Oliver Tambo, is located on the Amatola route. The University library houses the illuminating Liberation Archives, and the University is close to the Steve Biko Garden of Remembrance in King Williams Town. The Khayalabantu Culture Village near Mooiplaas is a memorable experience for insight into Xhosa culture, dance and gastronomy. Travelling north up the coast towards KwaZulu-Natal you will encounter the unspoilt Wild Coast. Beach horse-rides, scuba diving and angling are favourite traveller’s pastimes. The Nelson Mandela National Museum houses mementos from his childhood and gifts he still receives, including a boxing glove signed by Muhammed Ali.

Western Cape The fairest Cape is home to one of South Africa’s most famous tourist attractions - the magical city of Cape Town.

A must for every first-time visitor is the cable car ride to the summit of Table Mountain, to enjoy panoramic views of Cape Town and Robben Island. Tours can also be taken to this desolate island, where Nelson Mandela spent 18 of his 27 prison years. The three-hour “Footsteps to Freedom” walking tour of central Cape Town covers landmarks such as Greenmarket Square, the Grand Parade, the Castle of Good Hope, the District Six Museum, St George’s Cathedral and the Bo-Kaap Museum. On the city’s edge is the revamped Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, an upmarket shopping mall where lunch can be taken in the outside square while listening to buskers and seagulls. During township tours of Langa, Guguletu, Crossroads and Khayelitsha, the local residents will warmly welcome you and enchant you with lively anecdotes, tastes of the local fare, and visits to township attractions. The pristine beaches of Clifton and Camps Bay are overlooked by million-dollar mansions. Nudists can get back to nature in Sandy Bay, while Muizenberg and Kommektjie are ideal for watersports. Boulder’s Beach has become famous for its penguins, who sun and swim in harmony with visitors. The quaint seaside hamlets of Fishhoek, Hout Bay and Kalk Bay are a short drive away. Fynbos dunes line the beach of False Bay, and fishing for snoek is a local pastime off the rocks at Cape Point, which nestles between the Cape of Good Hope and Cape Hangklip. If you are lucky you may catch a sighting of the legendary Flying Dutchman as it flounders in the notorious Cape Point waters. Between the beautiful penguin haven of Dyer Island Nature Reserve and Geyser Rock Island lies a narrow channel informally called the “Great White Shark Capital of the World”. Here, extreme tourists can cage dive in the cold waters. The town of Hermanus is another idyllic destination for whale watchers. The whales migrate to Walker Bay between July

and December for their breeding season. At Cape Agulhas, the southernmost point of Africa, the cold Atlantic meets the warm Indian Ocean in a dramatic and visible clash of waters. Watching this sight, visitors will understand why sailors navigating the treacherous seas around the Cape Peninsula gave it the name “the Cape of Storms”. Inland, the beautiful Cape Winelands are treasures waiting to be discovered. The historical towns of Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl are surrounded by celebrated wine farms, where visitors can enjoy old-style ambience along with the sampling of worldclass wines. Many of these venues also offer luxury accommodation and fine dining. Darling, in the Cape West Coastal area, has been made famous by celebrated actor Pieter Dirk Uys, who started the lively Evita se Perron - a cabaret and restaurant venue. This beautiful town is now a tourist destination in its own right with lovingly restored Victorian homes and ancient trees.

The Swartland, Olifants River and Breede River Valley are inland destinations for those interested in “off the beaten track” tours of wheat, citrus and wine-producing areas. Indigenous flower trails, Khoi-San rock-art and fascinating rock distortions can also be seen. The Cango Caves and ostrich farms of the Klein and Central Karoo regions are well worth a visit. This semi-desert land is dominated by succulents, the aloe plant, the dwarf baobab and the occasional bush. One of the most scenic areas in the Western Cape is the Garden Route, hugging the coastline between Mossel Bay and the Storms River mouth. This is South Africa’s most popular tourist destination after Cape Town. It features indigenous forests (including the Tsitsikamma National Park), white sand dunes, rushing rivers and golden beaches. It is studded with hip seaside resorts such as upmarket Plettenburg Bay and woody Knysna, and attracts an eclectic community of artists, globetrotters, scuba divers, abseilers and anglers. Best of South Africa


South African Wines

South African Wines In 1655, three years after he anchored in Table Bay, commander Jan van Riebeeck of the Dutch East India Company planted the first vines in the fertile soils of the Cape. In 1659, his report included the famous words, “Today, praise the Lord, wine was pressed from Cape grapes for the first time.”

Ever since these early beginnings, South Africa has been synonymous with great wines. Over the past decade there has been substantial growth in the number of wineries, and improvements in the quality of wine produced. The natural beauty and warm hospitality of the Cape winelands has created a massive boom in wine tourism. However, more than anything else, this country is gaining global recognition and a reputation for excellence for its premium wines. Today, South African wines are enjoyed all around the globe, and feature proudly on wine lists in many leading restaurants from The Ivy in London, to the celebrated 21 Club in New York. Trophy Winners At the 2006 International Wine and Spirit Competition, one of the world’s most highly 48

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regarded industry events, South Africa was awarded a total of 18 gold medals. These included 13 “Best in Class” awards, as well as trophies for best blended red wine, botrytis wine, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc and Pinotage. A total of 6,000 entries from 73 countries were received for this competition. South Africa’s excellence in winemaking is due to the hard work and passion which the winemakers as well as the researchers share. South Africa is the undisputed leader of the New World in terroir research, which analyses all aspects of wine growing areas and allows winemakers to grow the very best grapes in optimum locations.The world-class Institute for Wine Bio technology, founded in 1995, is dedicated to the improvement of grapevine cultivars and yeast at a genetic level.

Wines and Vintages The vineyards of the Cape produce a rich variety of grapes. The most common white grapes are Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Colombard, and Sauvignon Blanc. The most common red grapes are Cabernet Sauvignon and the heat-tolerant Ruby Cabernet, Merlot, Pinotage, and Shiraz (also known as Syrah). Shiraz is currently booming in popularity worldwide, and because this grape favours warmer climates, there is an exciting future ahead for Shiraz in South Africa. Unlike wines from cooler European climates, South African wines do not generally have wide variations in their vintage. However, there are differences from year to year. The Cape’s winelands are dependent on the notoriously changeable weather, and a summer heatwave or a late rainy season can

affect the flavour of the white grapes, and the maturation potential of the reds. John Platter Wine Guide For over 25 years, wine lovers in South Africa have been guided by the comprehensive John Platter South African Wine Guide. This pocket book contains a wealth of wine knowledge. It rates the opinions of qualified tasting experts on thousands of wines from cellars throughout the Cape, using a “star” system. A five-star award, the top rating, is highly coveted but difficult to obtain. Areas and Vineyards South Africa’s biggest and best-known vineyards are interspersed with smaller, newer or as yet undiscovered estates, and wines of exceptional quality can originate from all of these. Winelands and wine routes are found in most areas of the Cape, from as far north as the Free State and Northern Province borders to the southern most tip of Africa at Cape Agulhas. Constantia, in the suburbs of Cape Town itself, is the hub of the winelands. Worldrenowned vineyards like Groot Constantia, Klein Constantia, Steenberg and Buitenverwachting estates are located here. The historical town of Stellenbosch and its beautiful surrounds is a wine-lovers paradise, and home to the largest quantity of vineyards in the Cape. These include the internationally

acclaimed Meerlust, Spier, Saxenburg, Neil Ellis Wines, Thelema, Jordan, De Trafford, Kanonkop, Uva Mira, Ken Forrester, Zonnebloem, Rustenberg, Vergelegen, Rust en Vrede, Simonsig, Mulderbosch, Villiera and Lanzerac vineyards as well as the multiple award-winning Kleine Zalze. An exciting new addition to the Stellenbosch area has been the opening of the Ernie Els wine estate in 2004, by this South African professional golfer and sporting ambassador. North-east of Cape Town, the ultramodern Durbanville Hills, a producer of outstanding Sauvignon Blancs, is located on the Durbanville wine route. The PaarlWellington wine route includes Glen Carlou, whose 2004 Syrah has won John Platter’s Wine of the Year award, as well as KWV, Fairview, Veenwouden and Spice Route. Nederburg has the distinction of being South Africa’s best known brand. In the valley surrounding the scenic town of Franschoek, award-winning wineries include La Motte, Boekenhoutskloof, Cabriere, Plaisir de Merle and Graham Beck wines. Thriving vineyards are also found in Worcester, Tulbach and the rocky, unforgiving terrain of Robertson, where Springfield Estate produces superb wines. On the east coast, the arid, semi-desert conditions of the Little Karoo have inspired winemakers to take up the challenge. This area is renowned for its fortified wines, with famous vineyards like Calitzdorp and Axe

Hill, awarded five stars by John Platter for its 2003 vintage port. Along the west coast, the Swartland-Darling wine route includes the well known Cloof and Sadie Family estates, while further north the Olifants River wine route has a reputation for producing easy-drinking, well priced wines. The Vredendal winery, one of the largest in the world, is in this fast-growing area. South of Stellenbosch, near Somerset West, Helderberg is home to Ken Forrester, Vergelegen, Grangehurst and Cordoba. Bouchard Finlayson and Hamilton Russell are among the big names in the Elgin-Walker Bay wine route. Sparkling Wines Under an agreement with France, South Africa does not use the term “champagne” to describe its sparkling wines. The sparkling wines made by the classic method are called “Methode Cap Classique”. There are many producers of fine sparkling wines in the country, most notably JC le Roux, which is an exclusive producer of sparkling wines ranging from naturally lively to traditionally bottle fermented. Further Information - John Platter wine guide website - Buy South African wines worldwide - Monthly South African wine magazine Best of South Africa


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Arts and Culture South African society is a melting-pot of many different cultures. The rich diversity of the country’s arts reflects this heritage.


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Tsotsi director Gavin Hood and actor Presley Chweneyagae are welcomed back in South Africa at OR Tambo International Airport. Tsotsi won the Oscar for the best foreign language film.

The department of Arts and Culture is responsible for nurturing and developing the skills of South Africans, from internationally acclaimed award-winners to the upliftment of communities at grass-roots level. Many South African bands and singers have broken into the international scene with resounding success. The Soweto Gospel Choir and Ladysmith Black Mambazo are recent Grammy Award winners, and Freshlyground is the proud recipient of an MTV music award. Township jazz and blues, and the “kwela” or pennywhistle music of the 1940s and 50s are on the upswing, and a new wave of talented Afrikaans rock bands are exploding onto the local music scene. One third of all music bought by South Africans is locally produced. With its long hours of sunshine, beautiful scenery and relatively low costs, South Africa is a destination of choice for film crews from all over the world. South Africa’s local movie scene is up there with the best of them. The movie Tsotsi was the country’s first ever Academy Award winner in 2006. The country’s

stormy history and idyllic landscapes have also been brilliantly depicted through the medium of photography. South African David Goldblatt received the Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography, the most important photographic prize in the world, for his work which spans more than 50 years. Dance and performing arts have always been an integral part of South Africa’s culture. More and more South African dancers and dance companies are being invited to display their unique vitality and energy at festivals throughout the world. The Cape Town City Ballet is the oldest ballet company in the country, and almost all its employees are local artists. Theatres around the country offer a thriving platform for the performing arts. There are a variety of festivals held throughout South Africa every year that celebrate a diversity of subjects including food, drink, agriculture, whale-watching, and of course, the arts. The most famous of these is the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown. Best of South Africa


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The legendary Richard Loring took the show African Footprint to international fame. He is now producing the South African version of the musical Hairspray at the brand new Lyric theatre in Gold Reef City. Richard believes that with the opening of this theatre, South Africa will be well on the way to having its very own Broadway. Other South African successes include the musical Umoja, which has toured the world, and the drumming feast Drumstruck, which recently rocked New York. South African poets and writers have made an enormous contribution towards English literature, and have won many prizes over the years including two Nobel prizes for literature. Writers in Afrikaans, Xhosa and Zulu have also made their mark. Cultural tourism is becoming an increasingly important source of income, and it is an area that is attracting more and more interest from local and international visitors alike. South Africa has over 300 museums, of 52

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which the best known is the relatively new Apartheid Museum, and many art galleries. Cultural tourism in South Africa can also be experienced in its real-life surroundings. There are a number of cultural villages including the Basotho Cultural Village in the Free State, the Shakaland Zulu Village in Kwazulu Natal, the Shangana Cultural Village and South Ndebele Open-Air Museum in Mpumalanga, and the Lesedi Cultural Village in Gauteng. Here, visitors can eat traditional food, be entertained by dance and music, and even sleep in authentic dwellings. These villages do more than offer tourists the experience of a lifetime. Owned and run by the local communities, they provide a vital source of income and employment. The crafts industry in South Africa is of enormous economic significance. Approximately one million people are employed in this industry. Crafts are purchased by locals and tourists alike, and they are exported all over the world. The department of Arts and Culture is developing this industry, ensuring knowledge is preserved, and that employees are provided with the necessary training, funding and skills. Craft projects have been implemented in all nine provinces. The National Craft Imbizo and the Beautiful Things exhibition are two of the platforms where these creations are showcased. Crafts are also for sale at many different venues throughout the country. In Newtown, Johannesburg, the architecturally unique Nelson Mandela Bridge provides a central feature for the cultural arc that surrounds it. This area has been improved and uplifted to become a safe, secure destination for tourists and artists alike. Regular performances are held at Mary Fitzgerald Square. The multi-million rand Metro Mall has a variety of public art on display, from life-size sculptures to murals and mosaic, to enhance the shopping experience. Recently refurbished, the Newtown Music Centre is a thriving hub of activity. Great musicians like Sipho Hostix Mabuse and Hugh Masekela have performed on its stage. The rehearsal rooms, dance training area and resource centre offer an inspirational environment for established artists as well as the stars of the future. Newtown’s historic Bus Factory is now the location for the National Design and Craft Centre. This specialises in the manufacture, marketing and worldwide sales of South African crafts, jewellery and home decor products. Cape Town is another buzzing destination for seekers of South African culture. The V&A Waterfront has two shopping centres and two craft markets including the Red Shed Art and Craft Market, the largest indoor craft market in southern Africa. In the heart of the city, Greenmarket Square and St George’s Mall offer a wide variety of stalls, while the

Pan African Market in Long Street showcases a wealth of arts, crafts and jewellery from South Africa and other African countries. On the slopes of Cape Town’s Signal Hill lies the architecturally unique Bokaap, also known as the Malay Quarter. This is a newly proclaimed national monument, and visitors to the area will enjoy strolling along the quaint cobbled streets as well as discovering the renovated slave quarters that resonate with history. The national anthem of South Africa is a combination of two songs. Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika (God Bless Africa) was composed in 1897 by Enoch Sontonga, a Methodist schoolteacher, originally as a hymn. The Call of South Africa (Die Stem van Suid Afrika) was written in May 1918 by CJ Langenhoven, with music composed by the Reverend ML de Villiers in 1921. South Africa’s national flag was officially adopted on Freedom Day, 27 April 1994. Its vivid design and bright colours have led to its becoming one of the best known flags worldwide. These colours and designs symbolise the history of South Africa as well as the most important elements of this beautiful country. The country’s official coat of arms, launched on Freedom Day 2000, shows the secretary bird with uplifted wings, crowned by the rising sun. Below the bird is the protea, the most famous indigenous flower of South Africa. The ears of wheat symbolise the fertility of the land, while the African elephant tusks depict wisdom and strength. The shield, spear and knobkierie symbolise that peace will be defended in this land. On the shield are figures of the Khoisan people, the very first inhabitants of South Africa. The motto of the coat of arms is also written in Khoisan. It translates as “Diverse People United”.

The Springbok The Springbok (Antidorcas marsupialis) is a small brown and white gazelle that stands about 75 cm high. The males can weigh up to 50 kg and the females up to 37 kg. The Latin name marsupialis derives from a pocket-like skin flap which extends along the middle of the back on to the tail. The springbok can lift this flap, which makes the white hairs underneath stand up in a conspicuous ‘fan’. The Springbok is currently the national animal of South Africa and was a national symbol of South Africa under white minority rule. It was adopted as a nickname or mascot by a number of South African sports teams, most famously by the national rugby team. After the demise of apartheid, the ANC government decreed that South African sporting teams were to be known as the Proteas. The rugby team still maintains the name Springboks, however, after the intervention of then-president Nelson Mandela, who did so as a gesture of goodwill to the mainly white rugby supporters. However, the emblem issue occasionally resurfaces, and leads to much controversy. Springboks inhabit the dry inland areas of south and southwestern Africa. Springbok range includes south and southwestern Africa, mainly in the countries of Namibia, Botswana, Angola and the Republic of South Africa. They used to be very common, but numbers have recently diminished due to an increase in hunting and more land being fenced off as farm land. They remain common on privately owned land and within national parks and game reserves. The Blue Crane The Blue Crane (Anthropoides paradisea), also known as the Stanley Crane and the Paradise Crane, is the national bird of South Africa. It is Best of South Africa


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a tall, ground-dwelling bird, but is fairly small by the standards of the crane family. It is 1.06 m (3.5 ft) tall and weighs about 4 kg (8.8 lbs). This crane is pale blue-gray in colour with a white crown, a pink bill, and long, dark gray wingtip feathers which trail to the ground. Blue Cranes are birds of the dry, grassy uplands which feed on seeds and insects and spend little time in wetlands and are altitudinal migrants, generally nesting in the upper grasslands and moving down to lower altitudes for winter. Many occupy agricultural areas. Of the 15 species of crane, the Blue Crane has the most restricted distribution of all. While it remains common in parts of its historic range, and approx. 25,700 individuals remain, it began a sudden population decline from around 1980 and is now classified as vulnerable. In the last two decades, the Blue Crane has largely disappeared from the Eastern Cape, Lesotho, and Swaziland. The population in the northern Free State, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Gauteng, Mpumalanga and North West Province has declined by up to 90%. The majority of the remaining population is in eastern and southern South Africa, with a small and separate population in the Etosha Pan of northern Namibia. Occasionally, isolated breeding pairs are found in five neighboring countries. The primary causes of the sudden decline of the Blue Crane are human population growth, the conversion of grasslands into commercial tree plantations, and poisoning: deliberate (to protect crops) or accidental (baits intended for other species, and as a side-effect of crop dusting. The South African government has stepped up legal protection for the Blue Crane. Other conservation measures are focusing on research, habitat management, education, and recruiting the help of private landowners. The Blue Crane is a bird very special to the

amaXhosa, who call it indwe. When a man distinguished himself by deeds of valour, or any form of meritorious conduct, he was often decorated by a chief by being presented with the feathers of this bird. After a battle, the chief would organise a ceremony called ukundzabela – a ceremony for the heroes, at which feathers would be presented. Men so honoured – they wore the feathers sticking out of their hair – were known as men of ugaba (trouble) - the implication being that if trouble arose, these men would reinstate peace and order. The Blue Crane is one of the species to which the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) applies. The Galjoen The Galjoen (Coracinus capensis) is found only along the South African coast. It keeps to mostly shallow water, is often found in rough surf and sometimes right next to the shore and is known to every angler. Near rocks, the colour of the galjoen is almost completely black, while in sandy areas the colour is silverbronze. It is also known in KwaZulu-Natal as blackfish or black bream. The record size is over 55 cm and 7 kg; however the average is much smaller. The galjoen is a game fighter. The diet of the galjoen consists mainly of red bait (ascidians), small mussels and barnacles. The scales are very firmly attached. The fins are well-developed with prominent spines. The King Protea The King Protea (Protea cynaroides) is a flowering plant. Its flower head (what the layman will call the ‘flower’) is the largest in the genus Protea: the species is also known as Giant Protea, Honeypot or King Sugar Bush. It is widely distributed in the southwestern and southern parts of South Africa of the fynbos region.

The King Protea is the National Flower of South Africa. It also is the flagship of the Protea Atlas Project, run by the South African National Botanical Institute. Protea is both the botanical name and the English common name of a genus of flowering plants, sometimes also called sugarbushes. The genus Protea was named in 1735 by Carolus Linnaeus after the Greek god Proteus who could change his form at will, because proteas have such different forms. Proteas attracted the attention of botanists visiting the Cape (South Africa) in the 1600s. Many species were introduced to Europe in the 1700s, enjoying a unique popularity at the time amongst botanists. The Proteaceae family to which proteas belong is an ancient one. Its ancestors grew in Gondwanaland, 300 million years ago. Proteaceae is divided into two subfamilies: the Proteoideae, best represented in southern Africa, and the Grevilleoideae, concentrated 54

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in Australia and South America and the other smaller segments of Gondwanaland that are now part of eastern Asia. Africa shares only one genus with Madagascar, whereas South America and Australia share many common genera — this indicates they separated from Africa before they separated from each other. In Africa no member of the protea genus occurs further north than the Limpopo River. 92% of the species occur only in the Cape Floristic Region, a narrow belt of mountainous coastal land from Clanwilliam to Grahamstown. The extraordinary richness and diversity of species characteristic of the Cape Flora is thought to be caused in part by the diverse landscape where populations can become isolated from each other and in time develop into separate species. This unusual flower has a long vase life in flower arrangements, and makes for an excellent dried flower.

Real yellowwood Real yellowwood (podocarpus latifolius) (Broad-leaved Yellowwood or Real Yellowwood) is a large evergreen tree up to 35 m high and 3 m trunk diameter, in the conifer family Podocarpaceae; it is the type species of the genus Podocarpus. The species is widespread and is found from Table Mountain, along the southern and eastern Cape coast, in the ravines of the Drakensberg up to the Soutpansberg and the Blouberg in Limpopo. The Real Yellowwood is the national tree of South Africa. The yellowwood family is primeval and has been present in this part of Africa for more than 100 million years. In forests, they can grow up to 40 metres in height with the base of the trunk sometimes up to 3 metres in diameter. In contrast, trees that grow in unsheltered places like mountainslopes are often short, bushy and gnarled. The

bark of the real yellowwood is khaki-coloured to grey when it is old, deeply split and peels off in strips. The crown is relatively small in relation to its height and is often covered with grey lichen. Male and female cones resemble pine cones and are white, light green or pink. The female cone has a fleshy podocarpium on which the seed, which takes on the shape and colour of a cherry, develops. The leaves are strap-shaped, 25–40 mm long on mature trees, larger, to 100 mm long, on vigorous young trees, and 6–12 mm broad, with a bluntly pointed tip. The cones are berry-like, with a single (rarely two) 7–11 mm seed apical on an 8–14 mm pinkpurple aril; the aril is edible and sweet. The male (pollen) cones are 10–30 mm long. It is a slow-growing tree. The wood is hard, similar to yew wood, used for furniture, panelling, etc. Due to past over-exploitation, little is now cut. Best of South Africa


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JANUARY Canoeing - Hansa Powerade Dusi Canoe Marathon The “Dusi� is a legendary sporting event, regarded as one of the toughest in the world. Started by renowned conservationist Ian Player, brother of golfer Gary Player, it has been held since 1951. From Camps Drift near Pietermaritzburg, the beautiful but treacherous route takes competitors through two river systems, the Umsindusi and the Umgeni, finishing three days later near Durban. Competitors walk and run for up to 10 kilometres at a stretch to get around the impassable sections of the river. It is not only the challenges along the way that make this race special, but also the sportsmanship and support that competitors show each other along the way. Website: or


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Racing - J&B Met The first month of the year kicks off one of the greatest races in the calendar. Kenilworth racecourse in the Western Cape is home to the J&B Met, an event where top class racing is combined with dazzling extremes of glamour and fashion. Cape Town’s fashion industry gears up for this event early in January, and some designers launch entire ranges with a J&B Met theme. The money spent on fashion is only exceeded by the betting at the Tote, as South Africans all over the country take the opportunity to put their money behind their favourite. Website:; Contact: +27 21 700 1600. Golf – Women’s World Cup of Golf The Women’s World Cup of Golf has been proudly hosted by South Africa since its inception. This world championship tournament is a sought-after prize in a sport that is one of the fastest growing in the world, and attracts huge audiences. The event is held at Sun City on the stunning Gary Player Country Club course. Players from 20 countries compete for the prize pool, currently standing at a generous $1.4 million. For this tournament, the two nines are switched to allow for the spectacular par-five ninth hole, requiring two accurate shots into an island green, to serve as the finishing hole. Website: Triathlon - Ironman 70.3 South Africa has a new highlight in its triathlon calendar - the Spec-Savers Ironman 70.3, organised by Triangle South Africa in collaboration with World Triathlon Corporation. The race will debut in Buffalo City (East London). The 70.3 series, held worldwide, are firm favourites with athletes as they are less gruelling than a full Ironman. With a 1.9 km sea swim, a 90 km cycle and a 21.1 km run, it is an excellent testing ground for contestants aiming to complete the full Ironman later in the year.Website: FEBRUARY Mountain Biking - The Subaru Sabie Classic Held in February, the 2007 Subaru Sabie Classic has established itself as South Africa’s premier one-day mountain race. It is held in the breathtakingly beautiful rolling hills of Mpumalanga, where the splendour of the scenery contrasts with the tough and unforgiving nature of the course. Riders can choose between a novice 15 km course, a 40 km course, or the full blooded and demanding 70 km route. With the epic ascents, heart-stopping downhills and stunning views, riding the race is an unforgettable experience. Every rider who finishes the race is presented with a stunning trophy, and the prize money includes one of the biggest

cash purses for any cycle race. Proceeds from the race go to charity, and help to fund mountain biking development in the region. Website: Swimming - Halfway Telkom Midmar Mile Hailed as the world’s largest open water swimming event, this mile-long swim is held in Midmar Dam in the lush surroundings of the Natal Midlands. The event attracts a field of over 17,000 competitors including many international swimming greats. It was swum for the first time in 1973, and a handful of fans hold the distinction of having completed every Midmar Mile since the inception of the race. Website: Fashion - Audi Joburg Fashion Week Brand new on the fashion calendar, Audi Joburg Fashion Week is positioned to fill the winter gap and keep the spotlight on the designers all year round. The show will take place at Nelson Mandela Square, Sandton, under a stunning, glass-walled marquee, with models parading along a glass catwalk. Shows will be beamed to television screens positioned around the square, reaching an estimated 3,000 people per show. Stoned Cherrie, Carducci, Hip-Hop, Darkie, Sun Goddess, Paul van Zyl and Spero Villioti are a few of the big names that will be showcasing their work. Website: MARCH Running - Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon The Two Oceans Marathon is, along with the Comrades Marathon, the most famous ultra-marathon in South Africa. It is also the world’s most beautiful. It has a rich history, and since 1970, increasingly large fields of runners have taken up the challenge of the picturesque 56 km route which winds through the Cape, over Chapmans Peak, through Hout Bay and Constantia Nek. This year the race takes place on Easter Saturday in March. Website: Cycling - The Cape Argus Pick ‘n Pay Cycle Tour Held in March each year, the Argus cycle tour is one of South Africa’s most popular events. It is Best of South Africa


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the world’s largest individually timed cycle race and South Africa’s biggest one day sporting event, attracting a field of over 35,000 cyclists including more than 2,000 international entrants from all five continents. The race is so popular that entries are full just a couple of weeks after they open. The stunning route, comprising 108 kilometres in length, takes cyclists around some of the fairest parts of the Cape. The changeable weather with its extremes of heat and cold can add to the challenge from year to year. Website: Music - Cape Town International Jazz Festival The Cape Town International Jazz Festival, which will celebrate its 10th anniversary in 2009, is acknowledged as the biggest event on the African continent. Music lovers from all over South Africa and abroad descend on Cape Town for a weekend of awesome music hosted at the International Convention Centre. The dazzling bill, organised by espAfrika, sees local and overseas artists including some of the biggest names in jazz performing in five different venues at this multi-stage event. The annual free Community Concert held at Greenmarket Square marks the start of the festival. Website: Arts - Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees Held in Oudsthoorn in the Karoo and sponsored by Absa, this popular Afrikaans arts festival runs annually in late March or early April and is supported by a travelling roadshow during the year. The large numbers of visitors who attend each year arrive to celebrate the arts in all their glory, and also take the opportunity to enjoy the golden beaches, lagoons, indigenous woods, caves, ostrich show farms and 4x4 routes that this beautiful area, the Eden District, has to offer. Website: APRIL Triathlon - Nelson Mandela Bay Specsavers Ironman Triathlon This event has moved from March to April to allow competitors an extra month of training, and also reduce the risk of strong winds on race day, as March in Port Elizabeth is a notoriously blustery month. This punishing race is a world-class test of an athlete’s ability, fitness, and sheer staying power. Held in 58

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the beautiful surrounds of Nelson Mandela Bay, the race 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. This event is not primarily about winning, but rather about each competitor’s personal struggle to finish, and to improve on their best. Website: Music – South African Music Awards In mid-April each year, the Sun City Superbowl is host to the South African Music Awards sponsored by MTN. Now in its 13th year, this event is the country’s premier awards ceremony for the music industry. These coveted awards honour recordings from South African artists released in the previous year. The event celebrates the groups and individuals who in the opinion of the judges, have excelled in the many facets of the music industry, from the artists themselves to sound engineers and video producers Web: MAY Adventure Racing - Swazi Xtreme The Swazi Xtreme adventure race is held over three days at the beginning of May. It offers contestants an unsurpassed adventure racing experience over Swaziland’s most gruelling terrain including forests, remote gorges, abandoned mines, underground tunnels, and exhilarating mountain-bike trails. Contestants must be prepared for anything from face-offs with the Big five to dizzying cliff jumps, white water rafting, scrambles up rugged peaks, and endless runs through the thornveld. This is southern Africa’s longest-running adventure race and the most popular on the sub-continent. The 200 km route offers extreme adventure, while the 120 km “sport” category is slightly easier. Website: Contact: +26 8 416-2180 (o/h) JUNE Running - Comrades Marathon With over 80 years of history, the Comrades Marathon is one of the world’s most famous ultra-marathons. Originally designed to be a test of endurance and the resilience of the human spirit, the Comrades is famous for the cameraderie that exists among fellow-runners,

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and is shown by the many supporters who line the route. The race is held annually in mid-June, and attracts a huge field, including many international runners. The 89.3km route stretches from Durban to Pietermaritzburg, and alternates between the agonisingly painful “down” run which ends in Durban, and the uncompromisingly tough “up” run, ending in Pietermaritzburg. The route stretches through the verdant green hills of Kwazulu Natal, with views and scenery that make all the hard work worthwhile. Website: Fashion - MTN Durban Fashion Week Now entering its fourth year, this event has established itself as a vibrant international fashion platform for top South African designers to showcase their collections. It represents the vision of convener Vanashree Singh of VShe Promotions. Co-owned by Leisureworx, it is well supported by local designers like Gideon and Lindiwe Kuzwayo, as well as couturiers from all around the country who have their roots in Durban, such as Gavin Rajah, Malcolm Kluk and Craig Native. While giving these established designers a top-class platform to showcase their work, one of the main aims of this event is to grow young and emerging South African design talent. Durban Fashion Week has positioned itself as the place where new talent is spotted first, and springboarded to success. Website: Film - Durban International Film Festival Durban International Film Festival is South Africa’s longest running film festival, and recently celebrated its 28th anniversary. The festival presents a selection of the best that cinema has to offer, from South Africa, Africa and around the world. Most of the films shown here are premiers in this country. The festival also offers free workshops, industry seminars and public discussion forums with visiting filmmakers. In township areas where cinemas are non-existent, residents were able to enjoy the festival by means of outreach screenings. The festival includes an Awards Night, which honours the best of South African and overseas productions with cash prizes and special African-themed trophies. Website: Durban_International_Film_Festival.htm

JULY Racing - Vodacom Durban July With a history stretching back to 1897, 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, and excitement reaches fever-pitch on the big day itself. The atmosphere is created by the massive 50,000-strong audience that arrives dressed to the nines in the latest fashions, hoping to win awards for their outfits, and more importantly, win money on their favourite horse. The top class champions of the turf battle against each other for one of the richest prize pools in South African racing. Website: www.vodacomdurbanjuly.; Contact: +27 31 3141651 Arts - Grahamstown National Arts Festival For ten glorious days in late June and early July, the university town of Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape is transformed into a destination where the very best of South Africa’s music, dance, theatre, street theatre, film, a craft fair and art exhibitions can be enjoyed. The first Arts Festival was held in 1974. Since then the event has expanded, including a main programme and a fringe programme, both becoming bigger and more varied with each passing year. Today there is no art form that is not represented. Every available venue from theatres to town halls is used during the festival, and performances in many of the official languages can be enjoyed. The festival is sponsored by Standard Bank.Website: www.; Contact: +27 46 603 1103 Advertising - The Loerie Awards The fame of the Loeries has spread beyond the advertising industry, and today these coveted trophies represent an internationally recognised award. The Loeries were started in 1978 to grow television advertising, and since then they have expanded to include every area of brand communication from radio to print media, design, architecture, live events and digital media. The “Loeries Weekend” hosted in beachfront Margate is an unmissable date for every person involved in the industry, and offers a programme where

wild partying and celebration are combined with the important business of recognising and rewarding creative excellence. Website: AUGUST Polo - BMW International Polo The South African polo scene is attracting increasing numbers of players and fans of the sport. While there is a full calendar of matches throughout the year, many of which attract international players, the BMW International series is the highlight of the year. BMW has a long association with polo in South Africa. It has contributed to the growth of the sport and also introduced a development programme for previously disadvantaged players. This series is played on two consecutive Sundays in August each year, against a visiting international team. The first test is played at Shongweni in Kwazulu Natal, and the second test at Inanda in Johannesburg. Website: Contact: +27 31 3033 903 Fashion - Cape Town Fashion Week Owned and presented by African Fashion International, 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. It is held annually at the Cape Town International Convention Centre in association with the newly formed Cape Town Fashion Council and with the support of the City of Cape Town. Designers whose work graces the catwalks at this event include Gideon, Kluk CGdT, Gavin Rajah and Maya Prass. Website: Fashion - Joburg Fashion Week Proudly sponsored by the City of Johannesburg, Joburg Fashion Week is held during August at the glitzy venue of Nelson Mandela Square, Sandton City. It provides designers across South Africa with a worldclass platform to conduct business and show their uniquely African designs to the world. Joburg Fashion Week is supported by fashion design icons like Marianne Fassler, Jenni Button, Fred Eboka, and Gavin Rajah Couture, who present their spring collections at this show. Website: Best of South Africa


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Fashion - Sanlam SA Fashion Week With a decade of successful history behind it, Sanlam South African Fashion Week offers designers, industry workers and fashion followers the most varied and glamorous programme in the country. With a glittering variety of top-calibre talent showcased on the catwalk, as well as the popular Fashion Exhibition, the event offers the media and the public the chance to experience over 120 labels and brands. In partnership with the Department of Arts and Culture, SA Fashion Week is offering new designers and rural crafters the chance to develop their collections and products. Website: SEPTEMBER Flower Show - The Darling Wildflower Show The beautiful town of Darling in the Cape has hosted a wildflower show almost every year since 1917. Flora and natural flowers are Darling’s biggest asset, but with the development that is taking place along the west coast, one of the most threatened. The Wildflower Society, organisers of the show, aim to promote the conservation of flowers in the region as well as display this natural wealth for visitors to enjoy. Website: Green Events - South African Solar Challenge 2008 The South African Solar Challenge is a biannual event that launches in 2008. It is an epic, two-week race in solar-powered cars through the length and breadth of South Africa. More than 40 cars of unusual shape and design, built by local and international teams, will be rigorously tested before the start of the 4,150 kilometre race. This event aims to promote technological development in transportation and energy management. It is endorsed and supported by the Department of Science and Technology, South Africa, the International Solarcar Federation, the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile, and Motorsport SA. Website: OCTOBER Equestrian - Showjumping The Avis South African Derby sees the elite of South Africa’s equestrian talent competing against each other at the Horse Society showgrounds in Kyalami. The huge and challenging course includes the descent of the infamous Derby Bank, a sheer drop of over 2 metres that tests the courage and ability of horse and rider to its limits. The atmosphere at the Derby is thrilling, and deafening cheers await every horse and rider that reach the finish flags. Website: or; Contact: +27 11 702 1657

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that the calibre of play at the Currie Cup is a reflection of the state of rugby in the country. Qualifying matches are played from June every year, with the thrilling final match taking place in October. Website: NOVEMBER Golf - Nelson Mandela Invitational Held at the beautiful Arabella Country Estate near Hermanus, this unique charity event presented by Coca Cola, celebrates its 8th anniversary in 2008. It was conceptualised by two South African icons, former president Nelson Mandela and professional golfer Gary Player. Golf pros, A-list celebrities and business leaders are invited to take part in the tournament, in which eight four-balls compete against each other. The charities that benefit are the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund and the Player Foundation. More than R20 million has been raised so far for these two worthy causes. Website: www.nelsonmandelainvitational. Contact Octagon +27 21 481 7700 or Black Knight Tel: +27 11 883 3333 Sailing - Volvo Ocean Race Dubbed “the Everest of sailing”, this epic ocean event offers the ultimate mix of world-class sporting competition and nail-biting adventure. The marathon route starts in Alicante, Spain, and ends in St. Petersburg, Russia, after an exhilarating journey of more than eight months through some of the world’s most dangerous waters. Appropriately, the Cape of Storms is an early destination, and the second leg of this race will start from South Africa. Website: Cycling - Pick ’n Pay 94.7 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, with total road closure ensuring the safety of all competitors. This event is one of the biggest timed cycling events in the world, and attracts a field of contestants keen to take on the challenging and hilly route which stretches from the starting point of Kyalami along the M1 motorway, to the breathtaking views in historic Parktown, through Newtown, to Randburg and the northwest of Johannesburg. The event always supports a good cause. Website: DECEMBER Golf - Nedbank Golf Challenge Played on the challenging Sun City course, the Nedbank Golf Challenge attracts a starstudded field of competitors from around the world. The event is held at the beginning of December, after the major international tours are over. This allows players to compete for the winner’s millions, and stay on afterwards to enjoy sunshine and relaxation. Thousands of spectators arrive each year to watch the world’s most famous golfing greats in action. With a total prize pool of more than $4 million up for grabs, competition is always fierce. Website:

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EXSA, via collective representation, provides a forum for all participants across the spectrum of the exhibition industry. EXSA adds credibility, status and integrity to its members through membership qualifying criteria and adherence to the Code of Ethics. EXSA protects the interests of its members, exhibitors and visitors to exhibitions. EXSA sets standards and ethics amongst its members and endeavors to create a professional image for the industry as a whole. EXSA provides a platform for arbitration and mediation in the event of disputes between members and/or exhibitors. EXSA provides recognition to members and exhibitors by judging exhibition stands and exhibitions, thus developing excellence within the industry. The EXSA office and General Manager, situated at offices at Gallagher Estate, provide a central facility dedicated to serving the industry in a neutral and objective manner. EXSA lobbies at government level on legislation affecting the exhibition industry. EXSA provides an information collection and dissemination service to all interested parties, both locally and internationally. Women’s Show Cape Town Fashion, movement, lifestyle, travel and much, much more! Cape Town International Convention Centre 1-3 February 2008 Spanish Footwear Expo Johannesburg 2008 Exhibition of imported footwear Sandton Sun Intercontinental Hotel 1-2 February 2008 Beeld Holiday Show Johannesburg 2008 Plan and accessorize your dream holiday Gallagher Estate 15-17 February 2008 Eastern Cape Industrial Technology Exhibition Industrial technology exhibition Fresh Produce Terminal, Port Elizabeth Harbour 20-22 February 2008 Homemakers Expo Johannesburg Home improvement and enhancement expo The Coca-Cola Dome 21-24 February 2008 Meetings Africa Johannesburg 2008 Events, incentives, conferences, business tourism Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg 27-29 February 2008 Best of South Africa


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Design Indaba Expo Cape Town South Africa’s premier showcase of local design in all sectors Cape Town International Convention Centre 29 February - 2 March 2008 Hobby-X Johannesburg Materials, equipment and supplies for hobbies and crafts The Coca-Cola Dome 6-9 March 2008 Bridal Africa Johannesburg 2008 Bridal and Wedding Information for the professionals The Coca-Cola Dome 8-9 March 2008 Body Beautiful Expo Johannesburg Body Beautiful Expo runs alongside Bridal Africa and offers a complimentary platform of options to all young couples and families who are striving for optimum outer and inner well being! Gallagher Estate 8-9 March 2008 African Refines Association Cape Town African Refiners Association AGM and Technical Workshops Cape Town International Convention Centre 10-14 March 2008 Johannesburg Art Fair The first African contemporary art fair held in Johannesburg Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg 13 - 16 March 2008 SARCDA International Johannesburg 2008 Gift, toy and decor Gallagher Estate, Johannesburg 13 - 16 March 2008 Oil Africa Cape Town 2008 Third Sub-Saharan oil, gas and petrochemicals conference and exhibition Cape Town International Convention Centre 17-19 March 2008 Decorex KwaZulu-Natal Interior design International Convention Centre Durban 20-23 March The Rand Show Johannesburg Africa’s biggest consumer exhibition and family entertainment event Expo Centre, Johannesburg March/April 2008 Homemakers Expo George Home improvement and enhancement expo Outeniqua Railway Museum, George 3-6 April 2008 64

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Wedding Expo Johannesburg Wedding services, designers, florists, function co-ordinators, venues, honeymoons, decor, stationery, footwear, hair and make up, retail The Coca-Cola Dome 5-6 April 2008 SatCom Africa Johannesburg SatCom Africa is Africa’s only directorlevel satellite event, offering an outstanding opportunity for world-class vendors to present their solutions Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg 8-9 April 2008 Africa Power and Electricity Exhibition Johannesburg Planning the future of African energy Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg 15-16 April 2008 SABC Education Baba Indaba Durban Baby, parenting and toddler expo with strong retail and branding presence. For parents with children between the ages of 0 - 5 years Durban Exhibition Centre, Durban 18-20 April 2008 Gardenex and Outdoor Living Fair Johannesburg The latest ideas for gardeners home owners and professionals at the 2008 Gardenex Exhibition. The Coca-Cola Dome, Johannesburg 18-20 April 2008 Homemakers Expo Port Elizabeth Home improvement and enhancement expo Feather Market Centre, Port Elizabeth 24-28 April 2008 Decorex Cape Town Decorex exposes the charm and elegance of mid to high end interior products within a setting of light-hearted glamour. Cape Town International Convention Centre, Cape Town 25-28 April 2008 Women’s Show Johannesburg Fashion, movement, lifestyle, travel and much, much more! Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg 25-27 April 2008

Homemakers Expo Pretoria Home improvement and enhancement expo Tshwane Events Centre, Pretoria 8-11 May 2008 Your Baby Show Johannesburg SA’s leading baby and parent expo showcasing everything you need for 0 - 6 years old. Plus entertainment from Barney™, the world’s most loved dinosaur, exclusive to Your Baby Show The Coca-Cola Dome, Johannesburg 15-18 May 2008 Beadex Johannesburg South Africa’s premier bead and jewellery making exhibition, a platform from which the industry can share knowledge and showcase products to consumer and trade visitors. Full workshop programme, events, history, culture, fashion, decor and hobby Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg 16-18 May 2008 GoFish Johannesburg A ‘One-stop’ exhibition and interactive workshop of everything required for the amateur and professional fisherman interested in fresh and salt water fishing Gallagher Estate, Johannesburg 23-25 May 2008 Tourism Indaba Durban 2008 South Africa’s premier travel trade show, showcasing southern African tourism products and services for the international travel trade International Convention Centre Durban May 2008 African Aid Relief Johannesburg The 7th African Aid Relief Supply Expo and Conference focusing on worldwide procurement from the United Nations and NGO’s Grayston Southern Sun Sandton, Johannesburg 27-28 May 2008 Hostex Cape Town South Africa’s international hospitality, catering exhibition Cape Town International Convention Centre, Cape Town 28-30 May 2008

South African Cheese Festival Cape Town Festival of the biggest selection of cheese under one roof in Africa Bien Donné Farm, Franschhoek, Cape Town 25-28 April 2008

Human Resources and Development Africa Johannesburg Education, training and skills development Gallagher Estate, Johannesburg 4-6 June 2008

Decorex Cape Town Decorex exposes the charm and elegance of mid to high end interior products within a setting of light-hearted glamour Cape Town International Convention Centre, Cape Town 25-28 April 2008

Hobby-X Cape Town Materials, equipment and supplies for hobbies and crafts Cape Town International Convention Centre, Cape Town 5-8 June 2008

Markex Johannesburg 2008 The definitive marketing, promotions and special events exhibition Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg 10-12 June 2008 Gauteng Outdoor Adventure and Travel Experience Johannesburg Everything for the outdoor adventure and travel enthusiast Kyalami Exhibition and Conference Centre, Kyalami Race Track 13-16 June 2008 SABC Education Baba Indaba Cape Baby, parenting and toddler expo, with strong retail and branding presence. For parents with children between the ages of 0 - 5 years Cape Town International Convention Centre, Cape Town 1-3 July 2008 Aircon-Vent Africa Johannesburg Air-conditioning, heating, cooling expo Johannesburg Expo Centre, Johannesburg 23-26 July 2008 Glass Expo Johannesburg 2008 An exciting new trade show for the glass and aluminium industry Johannesburg Expo Centre, Johannesburg 23-26 July 2008 Interbuild Africa Johannesburg For all building industry participants Johannesburg Expo Centre, Johannesburg 23-26 July 2008 Homemakers Expo Vaal Home improvement and enhancement expo Sports and Events Centre, Emerald Casino 24-27 July 2008 Tight Lines Pretoria Fishing tackle and related products Tshwane Events Centre, Pretoria 29-31 July 2008

Markex Cape Town The definitive marketing, promotions and special events exhibition Cape Town International Convention Centre, Cape Town 20-22 August 2008 SARCDA Christmas Johannesburg 2008 Gift, toy and decor expo Gallagher Estate, Johannesburg 21-24 August 2008 SAFMA FM Expo Johannesburg The third SAFMA facilities management, outsourcing, workplace environment and procurement expo and conference Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg 26-27 August 2008 Pretoria Show Show of commercial, agricultural and industrial products Tshwane Events Centre, Pretoria 27 August to 7 September 2008 Homemakers Cape Town Home improvement and enhancement expo Cape Town International Convention Centre, Cape Town 28-31 August 2008 Your Baby Show Durban SA’s leading baby and parent expo showcasing everything you need for 0 - 6 years old. Plus entertainment from Barney™, the world’s most loved dinosaur, exclusive to Your Baby Show ICC Durban, Durban, South Africa 29-31 August 2008 Hot Property Johannesburg 2008 Showcasing local and international investment and property opportunities Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg 1-3 September 2008 Healthy Living Expo Johannesburg The official Health Products Association (HPA) Exhibition Sandton City, Johannesburg 5-7 September 2008

Decorex Johannesburg Decorex exposes the charm and elegance of mid to high end interior products within a setting of light-hearted glamour Gallagher Estate, Johannesburg 6-10 August 2008

Wedding Expo Johannesburg 2008 Wedding services, designers, florists, function co-ordinators, venues, honeymoons, decor, stationery, footwear, hair and make up, retail The Coca-Cola Dome, Johannesburg 6-7 September 2008

Hobby-X Durban Materials, equipment and supplies for hobbies and crafts Durban Exhibition Centre, Durban 7-10 August 2008

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Homemakers Expo Bloemfontein Home improvement and enhancement expo Bloemfontein International Convention Centre, Bloemfontein 25-28 September 2008

Electra Mining Africa Pretoria 2008 Mining, construction, electrical and industrial exhibition Tshwane Events Centre, Pretoria 8-12 September 2008

Cape Outdoor Adventure and Travel Experience Everything for the outdoor adventure and travel enthusiast Bien Donné Farm, Franschhoek, Cape Town 26-28 September 2008

Franchise and Business Opportunities Expo Johannesburg Showcases franchise and business opportunities from R50 000 to over R 500 000 Gallagher Estate, Johannesburg 12-14 September 2008 Eskom Small Business Johannesburg 2008 The Eskom Small Business Expo is the definitive platform for black owned small, medium and micro businesses Gallagher Estate, Johannesburg 12-14 September 2008 Sportex Johannesburg This premier exhibition will coincide with the Powerade Dome-2-Dome Cycling Challenge. Sportex will cover all aspects of sport The Coca-Cola Dome, Johannesburg 12-14 September 2008 66

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Tshwabac Sports Adventure Pretoria 2008 Cycle race and exhibition of sport equipment Tshwane Events Centre, Pretoria 1-3 October 2008 SARCDA Cape Town 2008 Gift, toy and decor The Market Hall, Grand West Casino, Cape Town 1-3 October 2008 The SA Antique Dealers Association Antiques fair Wanderers Club, Johannesburg, South Africa 3-5 October 2008

Propak Cape Town 2008 Packaging and labeling equipment and supplies Cape Town International Convention Centre, Cape Town 14-16 October 2008 Natural and Organics Products Exhibition Johannesburg 2008 Beverages, food, beauty and skin care Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg 24-26 October 2008 SABC Education Baba Indaba Johannesburg Baby, parenting and toddler expo, with strong retail and branding presence. For parents with children between the ages of 0 - 5 years Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg 1-3 November 2008 Disability Johannesburg 2008 Confex for disabled industry, government, healthcare and NGOs Gallagher Estate, Johannesburg 6-8 November 2008 www.fairconsultants Your Baby Show Cape Town 2008 SA’s leading baby and parent expo showcasing everything you need for 0 - 6 years old. Plus entertainment from Barney™, the world’s most loved dinosaur, exclusive to Your Baby Show Cape Town International Convention Centre, Cape Town 7-9 November 2008

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What is the primary role of the International Marketing Council of South Africa? South Africa presents a dynamic fusion of cultures, perspectives, talents, opportunities and experiences. For that reason, the International Marketing Council of South Africa aims to ensure that co-ordinated and consistent messaging coming out of South Africa, targeting people who influence trade, investment and tourism decisions. It also helps mould a shared mindset of how we see ourselves as South Africans and how we want others to perceive us. The IMC is run by a Board of Trustees, which has amongst it leading thought leaders from the private and public sectors. A number of Cabinet ministers also serve on the board as patrons. The IMC has 34 operational staff in South Africa, as well as country offices in Washington DC, London and Mumbai.

Top picture: A San family in the Kalahari Desert, Northern Cape. Photo by Friedrich von Hรถrsten. Above: Port Elizabeth - The Friendly City lies in Nelson Mandela Bay on the windswept Wild Coast of the Eastern Cape province.


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Are there any exciting projects that the IMC is focused on right now? Our major focus right now is in capitalising on the marketing opportunity that the 2010 FIFA World Cup presents to articulate Brand South Africa and what it stands for. As part of the 2010 National Communication Partnership, we recently hosted our second Conference that looked at communication and marketing issues in the build up to 2010. In line with the bid promise of making sharing the benefits

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of the 2010 FIFA World Cup with the rest of the African continent, the conference this year had a strong African focus, drawing on the input of some communicators from the continent. There was also a large African delegate and media presence. The IMC has also continued lobbying and engaging provinces, with a view to aligning provincial branding efforts more closely with the country brand (Brand South Africa). Much progress has been made in this regard and we will see the fruits of this on-going engagement as we march towards 2010. We have also strengthened our working relationship with SA Tourism and the Department of Trade and Industry, collaborating more strategically on investment missions abroad. This relationship has already found expression in the successful missions to the Gulf Co-operation Countries (GCC), United States and more recently India. This partnership is aimed at ensuring that the country puts forward, during such missions, the best advocates in each of the areas of tourism, country marketing and trade and investment and that the mission has a marketing-focused look and feel to it. We have also launched a new TV commercial to boost the growing confidence among South Africans about the future. Known as the “We’ve done it before” campaign, it is built on the premise that South Africans continue to defy all odds as they did in 1994 – just when the going seems to be impossibly tough, they pull through. This follows on successful campaigns

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Top picture: Former South African President and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Nelson Mandela reacts to the 2004 announcement that his country is to host the 2010 World Cup. Above: The King Senzangakhona Stadium in Durban, KwaZuluNatal, is to be specially built for 2010, with a capacity of 80 000. It will host six first-round matches, one second-round, and one semifinal match. Top right: The Outeniqua Choo Choo crossing a bridge in Wilderness National Park, Western Cape. Photo by Neil Austin. Opposite: Giraffes with baobab tree in the Kruger National Park, Limpopo.Photo by Walter Knirr.

that came before, notably “Rhythm of the Nation” and “Today I woke up”. It is an emotionally inspiring advert that tells a true story of a nation, as well as capturing the spirit of the South African people. It makes the point in almost lyrical fashion that South Africans are no strangers to overcoming obstacles that appear to be overwhelming. As we have shown before, we can beat any odds – and we’ll do it again. What do you see as the major challenges of the IMC? As promoters of tourism, investment and trade and advocates of our country brand, our challenges have to be seen in the context of those of the country. Every country has its unique sets of challenges. However, here in South Africa, we have a precarious situation whereby the bulk of the coverage on our challenges is based on perceptions rather than the amount of initiatives in place to alleviate challenges such as HIV/AIDS, crime and unemployment. Our approach

is to first acknowledge such challenges and say what is being done about them. It is the IMC’s view that we need to trumpet the progress being made in addressing such challenges. To this effect we have developed South African Talking Points, which is an empowering tool for South African business people in their interactions abroad. These are downloadable from In addition we try and amplify human interest stories of individuals and organizations who have used their hardships to achieve what they never thought was at first possible. In our advertising communications we also show how these disadvantaged people and organizations have worked towards extraordinary achievement despite their being confronted by these challenges. There are countless stories of extraordinary South Africans doing extraordinary things that we find every available platform to share with the rest of the world. Best of South Africa


South African Constitution

South Africa’s Constitution In 1991, President FW de Klerk and Nelson Mandela were the joint leaders of the Convention for a Democratic South Africa. This forum had the task of creating a constitution for the new South Africa that was about to emerge from the ashes of apartheid.

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South Africa’s peaceful transition from a repressive society into a democracy is one of the greatest success stories in recent history. FW de Klerk and Nelson Mandela subsequently shared the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize for the important role they played in this transformation. South Africa’s new constitution, which was officially adopted in 1996, is widely regarded as the most progressive in the world. The Bill of Rights, in particular, is a cornerstone of democracy which upholds and protects the human rights of everybody in the country. Socio-economic and civil rights are upheld irrespective of race, gender, sexual orientation, disability, belief, or other factors.In putting together the constitution, South Africa was

able to draw on the collective wisdom and experience of democratic countries around the world. Another factor that contributed towards its success was the massive public awareness and education campaign, which educated South Africans on their basic rights, and also canvassed their views on what the new constitution should include. Approximately 2.5 million written submissions were made by members of the public during this campaign. The constitution’s preamble states, “We, the people of South Africa, recognise the injustices of our past; honour those who suffered for justice and freedom in our land; respect those who have worked to build and develop our country; and believe that South Africa belongs to all who live in it, united in our diversity.”

The preamble further states that the constitution aims to, “heal the divisions of the past and establish a society based on democratic values, social justice and fundamental human rights.” From laying the foundations for a democratic society, to improving the quality of life of all South African citizens, to freeing the potential of each person, the constitution was put together with an awareness of the injustices of the past, and after detailed negotiations. This attention to detail means that South Africa’s constitution is unusually long. However, it has been written in an easy to read style. This means that the document itself, in the true spirit of the constitution, is accessible to all its readers. Human rights and freedom are prominent.

The advancement of human rights is spelt out in detail in chapter two where it occupies 35 sections. The rights that are stipulated include equality, freedom of expression and association, political and property rights, housing, healthcare, education, access to information and access to courts. The constitution specifically forbids discrimination on the basis of a person’s sexual orientation. This “gay rights clause” was the first of its kind to appear in any constitution in the world. It puts the rights of gay men and lesbians on an equal platform with the heterosexual members of society. This is in keeping with the belief that social justice must be upheld in the new South Africa, and that all forms of discrimination must be eradicated. Best of South Africa


The three founding provisions of the constitution reinforce South Africa’s determination to grow from a foundation of equality, law and democracy. These are nonracialism and non-sexism, supremacy of the constitution and the rule of law, as well as universal adult suffrage, with a national common voters roll, regular elections, and a multi party system of democratic government. This ensures accountability, responsiveness and openness. All constitutional obligations must be performed “diligently and without delay”, and serious violation of the constitution is one of the grounds on which the President may be removed from office. The constitution names all of South Africa’s 11 official languages, their uses, and right to promotion. These languages are English, Afrikaans, isiNdebele, isiXhosa, isiZulu, Sepedi, Sesotho, Setswana, siSwati, Tshivenda and Xitsonga. The Khoi, Nama and San languages are also mentioned, as well as sign language. Chapters three to seven in the constitution cover the democratic system of government in South Africa. The election process for government representatives, the limitation on terms of office, and the majorities that are needed for laws to be passed, are all stipulated. Subsequent chapters cover the courts and administration of justice, including the role of the constitutional court, which deals exclusively with matters relating to the interpretation, protection and enforcement of the constitution. The role of the state institutions supporting constitutional democracy, and public administration is discussed, including transparency and the right of the public to participate in policy 72

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making. Security services including defence, police and intelligence, the role of traditional leaders, and finance are covered. The final chapter deals with general provisions, including international agreements and international law. The constitution also protects itself from undue change. Section 74 (2) states that any bills which amend the constitution will require a two thirds majority in the National Assembly as well as a supporting vote of six of the nine provinces represented in the National Council of Provinces. There is also a requirement that any bill amending section one, which sets out South Africa’s founding provisions, will require a 75% majority in the National Assembly. The final draft of the constitution has created a new benchmark for democracy and human rights, and has set new standards for other countries to model their constitutions on in the future. In his famous “I am an African” speech made on the occasion of the adoption of the new constitution, Thabo Mbeki, who was then the deputy president, said, “The constitution... is a firm assertion made by ourselves that South Africa belongs to all who live in it, black and white.” He continued, “As an African, this is an achievement of which I am proud, proud without reservation and proud without any feeling of conceit. Our sense of elevation at this moment also derives from the fact that this magnificent product is the unique creation of African hands and African minds.” Photographs by Angela Buckland, copyright the Constitutional Court Trust, courtesy David Krut Publishing. Architects: Omm Design Workshop and Urban Solutions, Janina Masojada, Andrew Makin, Paul Wygers.

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South Africa is one of the most sophisticated and promising emerging markets in the world, offering a unique combination of highly developed first world economic infrastructure with a vibrant emerging market economy. It is also one of the most advanced and productive economies in Africa. Here are just some of the reasons for doing business in South Africa: • Sound economic policies • Favourable legal and business environment • World-class infrastructure • Access to markets • Gateway to Africa • Trade reform, free trade agreements • Cost of doing business in South Africa • Ease of doing business in South Africa • Industrial capability, cutting-edge technology • Competitiveness Sound economic policies Since the political reforms of 1994, South Africa’s economy has been undergoing structural transformation, with the implementation of macro-economic policies aimed at promoting domestic competitiveness, growth and employment and increasing the economy’s outward orientation. Key economic reforms have given rise to a high level of macro-economic stability. Taxes have been reduced, tariffs lowered, the fiscal deficit brought under control, and exchange controls relaxed. Government expenditure has also been restructured towards social services that are contributing to a better quality of life for all South Africans. South Africa’s central bank, the SA Reserve Bank, maintains its independence from government. The Bank’s programme of inflation targeting has had positive outcomes, the real interest rate has stabilised and the currency is able to fluctuate at competitive levels. The elimination of the Bank’s net open forward position (uncovered future foreign exchange liabilities) has also contributed to increased financial stability. President Thabo Mbeki has made it clear that foreign investment is welcome in South Africa, and government policy supports the public

pronouncements. In 2005, the government began formulating a new strategy to boost the country’s economic growth rate to 6% of GDP by 2014 and reduce unemployment. Implementation of the strategy - involving large-scale state investment in infrastructure, small business and skills development, and interventions targeting specific areas of the economy - has since begun. 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, while laws relating to competition policy, copyright, patents, trademarks and disputes conform to international norms and conventions. Sanctity of contract is protected under common law, and independent courts ensure respect for commercial rights and obligations. The independence of the judiciary is guaranteed by the Constitution. South Africa’s financial systems are sophisticated, robust and well regulated. South African banking regulations rank with the best in the world, while 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 is the 18th largest exchange in the world by market capitalisation (some R3.3-trillion as of September 2005). The JSE’s rules and their enforcement are based on global best practice, while the JSE’s automated trading, settlement, transfer and registration systems are the equal of any in the world. World-class infrastructure South Africa has world-class infrastructure including a modern transport system, low-cost and widely available energy, and sophisticated telecommunications facilities. Access to markets Located at the southernmost tip of the African continent, South Africa is ideally positioned for easy access to the countries comprising the Best of South Africa


Southern African Development Community (SADC) - with a combined gross domestic product (GDP) in the region of US$160-billion and some 185-million people - the islands off Africa’s east coast, and even the Gulf States and India. South Africa also serves as a transshipment point between the emerging markets of Central and South America and the newly industrialised nations of South and Far East Asia. Major shipping lanes pass along the South African coastline in the South Atlantic and Indian oceans through its seven commercial ports, which form by far the largest, best equipped and most efficient network on the continent. These ports are not only conduits for trade between South Africa and her partners in the SADC and the South African Customs Union, but also function as hubs for traffic emanating from and destined for Europe, Asia, the Americas and the east and west coasts of Africa. Gateway to Africa Not only is South Africa in itself an important emerging market, it is also a minimum requirement for accessing other subSaharan markets. The country borders with Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Swaziland and Lesotho, and its well-developed road and rail links provide the platform and infrastructure for ground transportation deep into sub-Saharan Africa. Moreover, South Africa has the resident marketing skills and distribution channels imperative for commercial ventures into Africa. The country plays a significant role in supplying energy, relief aid, transport, communications and outward investment on the continent. SA was the largest investor into the rest of Africa between 1990 and 2000, according to a 2003 report by LiquidAfrica Research, with investment averaging around US$1.4-billion, amounting to some $12.5-billion over the decade. 76

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South Africa is also a dynamic force within the 14-member South African Development Community (SADC), and has been a key player in the development of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (Nepad), the socio-economic renewal programme of the African Union. Trade reform, free trade agreements Since signing the Global Agreement on Tariffs and Trade in 1994, South Africa has become a player in the global trading system, and a series of trade reforms - including a tariff reduction and rationalisation programme have been introduced. Market access has been enhanced through free trade agreements with the European Union and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the implementation of the African Growth and Opportunity Act by the US. South Africa is also seeking to develop bilateral trade relations with markets in Africa, Latin America and Asia. Market access under current trade agreements:

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rate. The survey ranked 155 countries according to the number of procedures, time and costs involved in: starting a business; dealing with licences; hiring and firing workers; registering property; getting credit; protection for investors; paying taxes; trading across borders; enforcing contracts; and closing a business. South Africa ranked 28th, ahead Spain (ranked at 30), Austria (32), France (44), Russia (79), China (91) and Brazil (119). Overall, SA had the highest ease-ofbusiness ranking on the African continent. Industrial capability, cutting-edge technology South Africa’s industrial production growth is well above the average for developing markets. The country’s manufacturing output is becoming increasingly technologyintensive, with high-tech manufacturing sectors – such as machinery, scientific equipment and motor vehicles – enjoying a growing share of total manufacturing output since 1994. SA’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.

treatment under the GSP programme to September 2008, eliminates most of the limitations of the GSP programme for sub-Saharan African countries, and expands the product coverage of the GSP programme exclusively for products of sub-Saharan Africa. The Act includes duty-free treatment of 1 800 tariff line items (in addition to the standard GSP list of roughly 4 600 items currently available to non-Agoa GSP beneficiary countries), while providing duty-free and quota-free access to the US market without limits for apparel manufactured in sub-Saharan countries using US fabric, yarn and thread. Cost of doing business in South Africa A recent survey by The Economist Intelligence Unit ranked South Africa as highly cost effective (10th out of 31 countries surveyed). South Africa’s exchange rate makes it one of the least expensive countries in which to do business – particularly one with a firstworld infrastructure and high living standards. Even though stronger local currency has strengthened against other major currencies in recent years, the rand exchange rate still makes commercial and residential property, quality hotels and restaurants inexpensive by world standards. South Africa’s energy costs are also among the lowest in the world. Eskom 78

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supplies most of Africa with electricity, and is known for its superior supply quality. The country also compares favourably for petroleum prices, with private sector and multinational oil companies refining and marketing nearly all imported petroleum products in southern Africa. The licensing of a second fixed-line operator is expected to bring down the cost of telecommunications in South Africa. South Africa’s unit labour costs are significantly lower than those of other key emerging markets, including Mexico, Hungary, Malaysia and Singapore. In addition, recent years have seen a surge in the country’s labour productivity. South Africa has a comprehensive labour legislation in place, facilitating labour relations and contributing to a marked decline in the number of man-days lost due to industrial action since 1994. South Africa’s corporate tax rate compares favourably against a number of developing companies, and the prospects of further reductions are good. Ease of doing business in South Africa South Africa is among the top 30 countries in the world for ease of doing business, according to a recent World Bank report. The finding suggests that South Africa is making progress in creating an environment conducive to investment, which the government has identified as key to achieving a 6% growth

Competitiveness A number of industrial support measures have been introduced since 1994 to enhance the competitiveness of South Africa’s industrial base. These include placing more emphasis on supply-side than demand-side measures (such as tariffs and expensive export support programmes). The government has provided incentives for value-added manufacturing projects, support for industrial innovation, improved access to finance, and an enabling environment for small, medium and micro enterprise (SMME) development. Industrial development zones have been established in close proximity to major ports and airports, offering world-class infrastructure, dedicated customs support and reduced taxation. 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, US and Canadian models. The law places various prohibitions on anti-competitive conduct, restrictive practices (such as price fixing, predatory pricing and collusive tendering) and “abuses” by “dominant” firms (firms with a market share of 35% or more). Authorities have been appointed to monitor implementation and adherence to the law, and regulators have been assigned to oversee natural monopolies and promote universal access to utilities. Source: reporter, incorporating material from the Department of Trade and Industry/ International Marketing Council (IMC).

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Chapter 1 Hotels and Lodges

“If you only visit two continents in your lifetime, visit Africa. Twice.� R. Elliot

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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. The décor throughout is warm and inviting, featuring soft cream-coloured furnishings and rich Italian marble. All the rooms are air-conditioned 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 82

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facilities are available, along with secretarial services and all the equipment you’d be likely to need. The Well-being 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, so we are 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 custom-aged, basted and flame-grilled to your particular

requirements. You simply have to be there! Magnolia Restaurant is open for allday dining, with sumptuous buffets at breakfast, lunch and dinner. Regular guests will be familiar with the Sheraton custom of the any-time-of-the-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: PO 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: Best of South Africa


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Pride of the North A Sacred Ibis is on your doorstep, and you might catch a glimpse of a Reed Cormorant in a bare tree or a Green-Backed Night Heron, White Bellied Sunbird, Swainson’s Spur Fowl, Spotted Eagle Owl, Little Swift or Southern Red Bishop…

No you’re not in the Bushveld or a national park but in the grounds of one of South Africa’s most sought-after hotels, the Indaba Hotel, which is situated on a 17 hectare premises. The Indaba Hotel hardly looks or feels like a hotel. The thatched roof buildings extend no higher than two storeys and if you wander along the winding paths surrounded by fountains, secret ponds scattered like sparkling diamonds throughout the lush gardens that attract an abundance of vibrantly-coloured indigenous birds, you could be in a rural village. A host of on-site facilities designed to keep everyone happy include a business and travel centre, gym and beauty treatment salon, jogging trail and swimming pools, tennis courts and an outdoor chess board. Recently completed new developments include the Chief’s Boma African themed 350 seater restaurant specialising in traditional African cuisine as well as the more Afrikaner influenced meals, and Mangwanani Private African Day Spa which provides pure decadence through true African indulgence with seven magnificent treatments. This four star hotel is a gem in the middle of the bustling city and we are waiting to welcome you. 84

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Hilton Durban The cultural diversity of our “Rainbow Nation” is embodied within the Rainbow Terrace restaurant.

The prestigious Hilton Durban hotel is a business hotel located next to the world famous International Convention Centre. It is within easy reach of the business district, as well as central to popular beaches and world-class sports arenas. Hilton Durban offers 327 elegant rooms evenly located on 16 floors, including the prestigious Presidential Suite and 14 beautifully furnished suites, four of which open out onto large sun-drenched terraces. All rooms and suites include satellite television, an in-room safe, electronic door locks, fax and modem points, in-house movies, video-on-demand and high-speed internet access via WIFI connectivity. The Executive Floor features our Exclusive Clubroom offering priority reservations; separate check-in/check-out facilities, complimentary breakfast, tea, coffee and refreshments throughout the day. This venue is ideal for small, informal business meetings offering a private workstation with Internet facilities and full secretarial services. With an entire floor dedicated to the business of meetings, Hilton Durban understands and meets each and every need of the business guest. Hilton Durban boasts 10 meeting venues, all with natural light, flexibility of set up and access to stateof-the-art equipment with a covered outer

terrace offering a refreshing tea break option. The cultural diversity of our “Rainbow Nation” is embodied within the Rainbow Terrace restaurant. An outside barbeque on the terrace offers South African dining style. The Lobby Lounge and Internet Café in the foyer of the hotel serves speciality coffees and tempting pastries with optional light meals available. A pioneer in the re-birth of jazz culture, Rivets Bar hosts popular music evenings. For guests wanting to relax and take advantage of the tropical climate, the Rainbow Pool is the ideal venue to unwind whilst sipping a colorful cocktail at the Pool Bar. For those looking for a balance between body and mind, the hotel offers a Health Club facility and an in-house salon with full body massage or facial treatments available. Off-site sporting and recreational activities can be arranged upon request. These include sailing, game fishing, live sporting events, game drives, beach picnics and cultural village tours. For more information contact Hilton Durban: 12-14 Walnut Road, Durban, South Africa 4001 Tel: +27 31 336 8100 Fax: +27 31 336 8200. Best of South Africa


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Pezula Resort Hotel & Spa With sweeping views of Pezula Championship Golf Course, the Indian Ocean and the Knysna Lagoon, it is a haven of privacy and luxury.

Located on the Eastern Head of Knysna on the exquisite Garden Route coast, just a 40minute flight from Cape Town, Pezula Resort Hotel & Spa is surrounded by rugged cliffs, ancient forests and sheltered beaches. With sweeping views of 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 and sumptuous bathroom (with underfloor heating and dual vanities), individual climate control, satellite television, DVD player, electronic safe, direct telephone, complimentary Wi-fi connectivity and walk-in wardrobe. A pantry kitchen with delicious deli snacks prepared by the hotel restaurant, a well 86

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stocked drinks cabinet and log fireplaces 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. His menu offers a variety of ‘modern ethnic’ dishes inspired by his worldwide experiences. Situated on the lower level of the hotel, Pezula Spa is a calm sanctuary that reflects the soul of Africa and provides world-class professionalism in the delivery of a superior health and wellness experience. Twice named Best Spa in South Africa, it includes 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 post-treatment room with heated water beds. It offers a comprehensive range of treatments which combine natural therapies with the most technologically advanced equipment available. Guests have access to secluded Noetzie Beach and River and activities including horse riding, canoeing, hiking, birding and nature trails. The estate’s Field of Dreams sporting complex offers four world-class tennis courts, a multipurpose sports oval and golf driving 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 and enjoy a typical South African braai. Pezula Castle on the Beach offers hotel guests a stunning beach venue. The castle is a few steps away from Noetzie beach, one of the most unspoilt and secluded beaches on the Garden Route coast. Here hotel guests can enjoy light meals and refreshments from 10h00 to 17h00 every day while they relax and soak up the sun. The Concierge Desk offers airport transfers and excursions. The Pezula helicopter and private jet can be chartered by guests to virtually any destination. Recent awards: • Les Nouvelles Esthétiques - Best Resort Hotel Spa in South Africa 2007 • Condé Nast Traveller UK Readers’ Travel Awards 2007 - Top 15 Overseas Hotel Spas • American Academy of Hospitality Sciences - 2007 International Five Star Diamond Award • 2007 Condé Nast Traveller (UK) Gold List - One of the Best Hotels in the World for Leisure Facilities Best of South Africa


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Hôtel Le Vendôme – a touch of France in the heart of the Mother City Here the standards are crafted by a seasoned hotel patron rather than a hotelier, and the difference is evident.


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Situated in the cosmopolitan suburb of Sea Point, with picturesque views of the Atlantic coast and a mere fifty metres walk from the vibrant Sea Point promenade, Hôtel Le Vendôme is a luxury boutique hotel, marrying French old world charm, with elegance, comfort and renowned South African hospitality. From this central and luxurious base, the acclaimed winelands and Cape Peninsula, with its pristine beaches and indigenous flora and fauna is just waiting to be discovered. The 143 classically furnished rooms and suites (smoking and non-smoking), are all equipped with television on-screen messaging, ADSL internet connection and a direct facsimile line to ensure confidentiality of communication. Additional features include international adapters, electonic room safe, a full refreshment centre, satellite television and a 24-hour responsive, yet discreet, service. Hôtel Le Vendôme’s sparkling poolside offers guests an oasis of tranquility where an outdoor breakfast, light refreshing lunch or sunset cocktails may be enjoyed “al fresco”. Le Cygne’s menu changes seasonally, but will always include two roasts, a vegetarian alternative and a fish of the day. Starters include salads of grilled Mediterranean vegetables, pasta, home-smoked salmon, mouthwatering mezze and an array of freshly baked breads. The desserts – a selection of novel sweet treats – will tempt even the most assiduous of “calorie counters”. The final seduction includes fresh fruit with spiced yogurt, cream and a selection of cheeses. For further culinary indulgence, Hôtel Le Vendôme’s fine dining restaurant, Rive Gauche, conjures up exceptional meals, complemented with superb international and local wines

served in equally tasteful surroundings. For a royal treat, afternoon High Tea has been turned into a lavish art form at Le Salon Chantilly, Hôtel Le Vendôme’s classic lounge. Fresh pastries, dainty cakes, delicate salmon, chicken or cucumber finger sandwiches and other irresistible delicacies are served with an impressive selection of assorted teas and coffees. After sunset, Le Salon Chantilly becomes the ideal milieu for a pre-dinner aperitif or a connoisseur cognac and cigar. Le Salon Concorde is Hôtel Le Vendôme’s modular, multi-purpose conference and banqueting centre, comprising three interconnecting rooms, which combine into one grand space that accommodates up to 220 guests. Audiovisual and multimedia equipment is simplicity itself with the use of a remote LCD touch-screen console. Additionally the hotel’s 24-hour Business Centre offers guests the further convenience of full secretarial services and a choice of two opulently appointed boardrooms for private corporate use. Whether the occasion is an intimate dinner for two or an international conference for two hundred, Hôtel Le Vendôme will ensure the closest attention to detail. In the words of the owner Maurice Danon: “Hôtel Le Vendôme is a very personal place. The attention to the small but important things is much sought after but seldom found in the world. It has to be, for my guests want tranquility and exclusive privacy in utmost excellence”. For further informationt: Tel: +27 21 430 1200; Fax: +27 21 430 1500. Best of South Africa


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The Table Bay Hotel South Africa’s Cape Peninsula is truly blessed with natural beauty, from the soaring heights of the mountains that enfold the City of Cape Town to the clean, white sand and crisp, blue water of the many beaches.


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The city itself is a heady mix of history, African culture and international sophistication. Here, overlooking the harbor, you will find The Table Bay Hotel, elegant and luxurious, the perfect place from which to explore it all, and an ideal beginning for your African journey. The Table Bay has taken its place as one of the world’s greatest hotels. Overlooking the historical waters of Cape Town’s harbor, The

Table Bay recalls a more stately age. Each of the 329 rooms is positioned for a view across the bay to Robben Island, or the sheer crags of Table Mountain, and decorated with understated elegance to capture the city’s nuances of light. Guests here will enjoy a truly memorable dining experience, with cuisine of international excellence and one of the most comprehensive wine lists on the continent. With its magnificently

appointed private spa, The Table Bay provides a retreat for body and mind. Guests at The Table Bay will find much to fill the long hot days of their visit. You may choose to tour the verdant patchwork of vineyards surrounding Cape Town, and sample the artistry of the cellars in the colonial homesteads. The V&A Waterfront surrounding The Table Bay offers international shopping and entertainment, or you could explore the markets and boutiques of Cape Town. Lovers of the sun will bask on the unspoilt beaches, while the adventurous can take to the rugged mountains and gorges surrounding the city. In the cool evenings, the restaurants, bars and clubs come alive with the buzz of the cosmopolitan crowd. For more information contact us on: Tel: +27 21 406 5000; Fax: +27 21 406 5767; E-mail: Best of South Africa


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The Palace of the Lost City All around Southern Africa they are to be found: the scattered sandstone remnants of ancient African cities, once the hearts of great trading empires built on gold and ivory.


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Inspired by these lost empires, The Palace of the Lost City has been created in a hidden valley in the mysterious Pilanesberg Mountains. Here, life moves with the rhythms of the ancient continent, while a new African nobility take their ease amid sumptuous luxury. At The Palace, you will encounter the Africa of today, and hear the echoes of an Africa long past. Guests at the Lost City will discover an oasis of abundance in the rugged African landscape.

Each of the luxurious rooms and 4 magnificent suites offers wonderful views over the water or the jungle, and is furnished in a contemporary African style with minute attention to detail. Fine dining is offered in the Crystal Court or the Villa del Palazzo, and you may choose to relax after an active day in the gracious Tusk Bar. The Palace is a celebration of the African experience, an opulent creation of carvings, mosaics, textures and views, as

a world as rich in drama and grandeur as the continent itself. The Palace of the Lost City is set like a gem as the centerpiece of the Sun City Resort, a world of entertainment and leisure with every facility imaginable. Days may be passed relaxing by the Grand Pool, indulge in a spa experience, or exploring the attractions of the Valley of Waves. Nightfall may find you in one of the many bars or fine restaurants, or at the tables of the Sun City Casino. Two magnificent golf courses provide challenges for keen golfers at every level of skill. You may encounter Africa’s big 5 in the neighboring Pilanesberg Nature Reserve, ruggedly beautiful and malaria free, and fall asleep to the lion’s distant roar. For more information contact us on: Tel: +27 14 557 1000; Fax: +27 14 557 4431; E-mail: Best of South Africa


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Premier Hotels and Resorts Established in 1991, the humble beginnings of Premier Hotels started with one small hotel in the city of East London.

Having proved itself in the marketplace, Premier Hotels now offers a range of luxury hotel accommodation and conference venues carefully selected in the mainstream of regional business and travel destinations of South Africa. In East London; The Premier Hotel King David is in close proximity to the East London Airport, the Central Business District and for those wishing to relax, a short stroll to the East London Esplanade. The hotel features 80 rooms ranging from Deluxe Corporate accommodation to Luxury Executive suites 94

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and 6 conference rooms accommodating up to 300 delegates, the ideal hotel for business and leisure travellers alike. Situated on the East London Esplanade, the Premier Hotel Regent offers spectacular sea views. This hotel boasts 175 rooms ranging from Deluxe Corporate accommodation to Luxury Executive suites, multifunctional conferencing and banqueting facilities to cater up to 800 delegates and a business centre. Situated adjacent to the Premier Hotel Regent in East London, the construction of

conference rooms. These conference rooms will be suitable for shows, conferences and conventions as well as exclusive banquets. The Premier Hotel Emonti and Convention Centre will open its doors in November 2008.

the Premier Hotel Emonti and Convention Centre is currently underway. Once completed, this entire project will feature a 254-roomed hotel equivalent to 4+/5 star rating as well as a Convention Centre which will comprise of an auditorium seating 620 delegates and two conference rooms seating 200 and 450 delegates respectively. In addition to the Auditorium and Conference rooms, the entire convention centre will feature a restaurant, an exhibition area with floor-space of approximately 2200m², a press room, 2 boardrooms and

In Cape Town; Situated in the heart of bustling Sea Point, the Premier Hotel Cape Manor is in close proximity to many of the Cape’s leading attractions including the world famous Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, Table Mountain, spectacular beaches, the Central Business District and the International Convention Centre. This stately hotel features 99 rooms ranging from Standard Deluxe to Executive Suites and in an adjacent block, 21 self catering apartments, all which command views of the ocean, Signal Hill, Lions Head or Table Mountain. The hotel has two conference rooms seating from 40 to 120 delegates as well as a business centre.

In Pretoria; Situated in close proximity to the Central Business District, Embassies and Consulates, 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. The hotel boasts 118 rooms ranging from deluxe to executive suites, 6 conference rooms accommodating from 20 to 300 delegates as well as a fully equipped 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 of its properties. Premier Hotels and Resorts: Cape Town; Pretoria; East London. Central Reservations: 086 111 5555; Email: Best of South Africa


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Mpongo Private Game Reserve A Journey to Mpongo Private Game Reserve will stimulate your senses and awaken your soul.

Situated in the Malaria-free Eastern Cape, Mpongo is a short 15minute drive from East London city centre. The reserve takes its name from the Umpongo River, which features prominently in Xhosa History. Legend says that Nonkosi, who was one of the instigators of the “national suicide” of the Xhosa nation, lived in the area, and that relics of her kraal can be found in the reserve. Home to elephant, lion, rhino, buffalo, hippo, zebra, giraffe, and many other antelope species, this 4000 hectare reserve offers guests thrilling experiences with guided game drives, bird watching, nature walks and bass fishing. Mpongo also offers unique accommodation 96

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and conferencing facilities, making it the perfect venue for both the leisure and business traveller. Accommodation The Huberta Lodge at Mpongo has fondly derived its name from the world famous hippo “Huberta” and is situated at the Day Centre. This stunning guest lodge has 6 rooms, each with its own en-suite and also boasts a romantic honeymoon suite, complete with Jacuzzi. For those wanting to experience an invigorating stay in the heart of the reserve, Mpongo’s River Lodge and Chalets are the perfect choice. The three chalets each have private lounges and wooden decks overlooking

the Umpongo River. A short stroll away, the River Lodge consists of a luxuriously furnished 11 bedroom lodge with dining area, lounge, swimming pool, deck, bar and braai area. Each bedroom has its own en-suite bathrooms and guests are often able to see game saunter past their windows. Conferencing Mpongo offers diverse and unique conferencing facilities, from thatched airconditioned conference rooms to open-air lapa’s. Being in the bush allows you to add some interesting outdoor aspects to your conferencing experience – which makes it a

perfect venue for any Business Executives’ weekend retreat or a “bosberaad”. Weddings For a wedding with a difference . . . exchange vows against the glorious backdrop of a golden sunset whilst the sounds of the wild herald your union. This is the unique experience of a wedding at Mpongo Private Game Reserve. Restaurant Where else would you be able to see the hippo wallow in their pool while enjoying a delicious meal? Mpongo Private Game

Reserve has a unique restaurant, built right next to a hippo pool. Here you can enjoy delectable and mouth watering cuisine that is perfectly married to fine South African wines. In these lavish Out of Africa surrounds, and whether your visit is business or leisure, Mpongo Private Game reserve is sure to add to your wonderful memories. Mpongo Private Game Reserve is a proud member of Premier Hotels & Resorts. Central Reservations: 086 111 5555; Email: Best of South Africa


Chapter 2 Luxury Lifestyles

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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. 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 levelled on delivering the highest level of service, integrity and operational safety. 100

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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: Best of South Africa


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

Helios Executive Helicopter Charter, centrally located at Grand Central Airport in Midrand Johannesburg, is conveniently placed mid way between the cities of Pretoria and Johannesburg. In association with T-Jet Helicopters and Legend Aviation, we offer helicopter charter services seven days a week throughout the year. 102

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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 Johannesburg 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, the pride of our fleet being our jet turbine powered Bell 407 and Eurocopter AS 350B3. These helicopters are designed to strike an ideal balance between safety, reliability and performance. Equipped with turbine engines and state of the art navigation equipment, seating is for 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. For more information: + 27 82 651 4766; Email: Experience the beauty of the South African landscape, whether your trip be business or pleasure. Best of South Africa


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Adajet has the resources, experience and expertise to customise solutions to your every aviation need.

We provide the entire spectrum of private aviation products, whether your needs are for occasional aircraft charter or private jet ownership. From our Johannesburg base we operate a wide range of private jets and will get you to your destination in time and in comfort. When you are not flying on our fleet, our preferred aircraft operating partners are held 104

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to the highest standards of safety and service. Just like our own jets, they are maintained and operated to the same standards as those of the world’s leading scheduled airlines. Your own dedicated team of account managers is on call around the clock, ready to respond to any change in your requirements. We do whatever it takes to give you the best in

private jet travel. For more information contact: Adajet Aviation (Pty) Ltd. First Floor, 12 Rivonia Road, Illovo 2196, Johannesburg. Tel: + 27 11 447 2444; Fax: +27 11 447 5078; Email:

Bringing new meaning to the concept of a home away from home

Located in the heart of Sandton’s CBD, Weom Apartments exemplifies a new luxury. This is Johannesburg’s answer to chic city living and an alternative to the most superior of 5-star hotel accommodation. The concept behind the Weom Apartments is to create easy living or a temporary home in absolute style. Whether it’s a corporate relocation or just wanting an alternative to a hotel for a business stay in Jo’burg, the “W” apartments as they are better known answers all the needs of the most discerning client. Where will you find a gym or spa treatments in the privacy of your apartment? Who will arrange a private jet, helicopter, plan your dinner party or arrange a game of golf in the most exclusive courses? From bodyguards, chefs, personal trainers, yoga therapists, the Weom Apartments offers all this and more. Each apartment has a study with a flat screen PC, fax machine, scanner and complimentary 24 hour internet access. Internationally renowned designers “Life” and Collaro have created the apartments’ interiors. This is a city pad that arouses the senses and surrounds you with the soothing tones and textures of the African landscape. The spacious lounge area opens onto an adjoining patio with views of the elite northern suburbs

of Johannesburg. The entertainment system with a large plasma screen and surround sound can be enjoyed in absolute comfort. Suede couches and luxurious carpets create the perfect relaxation and entertainment space. In the world of apartments the Weom bedrooms are truly unique. Soothing modernist interiors with sumptuous bedding and exquisite cotton sheets bring a wildly romantic and sensual feel. There is a high emphasis on creating a feeling of security. The premises are protected by 16 close circuit televisions, while all employees and service providers are of high calibre, having undergone vigorous security checks. Access to the building is restricted to residents and their guests. There is a 24 hour concierge and two secure parking bays are provided for each apartment. The Weom Apartments have gone beyond expectations to guarantee a perfect stay. The apartments are available on a weekly, monthly or annual basis, ensuring you the ultimate business location or home away from home. For more information contact: Tel: +27 11 881-5629; Fax: +27 11 881-5628; email: Best of South Africa


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A World Leader in Excellence The word ‘Sanyo’ means ‘three oceans’ – the Pacific, Atlantic and Indian oceans – and these great expanses of water spanning the width of the globe, provide an entirely appropriate name for a truly global organisation.


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Think GAIA For Life and the Earth

Sanyo to date has 136 group companies in 27 countries world-wide and employ’s over 50,000 people. Sanyo is a truly global enterprise, we are therefore conducting research and development, manufacturing and marketing in geographic proximity to the markets we serve. Sanyo work with the aim to help people world-wide to lead more comfortable and enjoyable lives alongside a business focus which is based on the themes of ‘clean energy’ and ‘multimedia’. Sanyo is developing ways to use energy in the 21st century, such as energy efficiency, energy saving and energy creation that adopt solar cell power generation systems, as well as the development of a global scale recycling-related business. As a leading manufacturer of multimedia component

products such as semiconductors, batteries, liquid crystal displays and optical pickups, Sanyo combines such products with innovative software to create multimedia solution for the present and the future. Throughout all of Sanyo’s activities worldwide, there are common strands – environmental awareness – innovative technologies – user friendly procedures and underlying all of these is the basic philosophy of a company who believes in the twin tenets of enhancing human lives and using technological advances to create a better world. Best of South Africa


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Orlane Pure Skin, Pure Beauty Orlane is a prestigious brand that is renowned for it’s refined and highly effective skin care products. In 1947 Orlane made it’s mark on the history of beauty care products by creating the first creams containing active ingredients, and opening it’s first institute, on the avenue George V in Paris.


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PUR SOIN, PURE BEAUTÉ Orlane is a vision of beauty… simple, luxurious, essential The result of 60 years expertise and experience in high-end anti-aging beauty care. Science, performance and pleasure are the basis of Orlane products. As a result, we can constantly offer women the most appropriate solutions for their beauty needs, with the ultimate goal of re-educating the skin. Our products are based on the skin’s most vital needs; they retain it and reactivate it’s various functions at every moment of a woman’s life, restoring the skin’s natural balance and thus preserving it’s youthful appearance. We re-educate the skin through complete and complementary beauty programs.



Energy: the key to re-educating your skin Thanks to our extensive knowledge of the skin, an analysis of it’s needs and the practical beauty care experience of our institutes and beauty advisors, Orlane has learned a fundamental lesson: whatever the age, whatever the type of skin, it is cellular energy that is the guardian of the skin’s youth and radiance. The secret: B21 Bio-Energetic Complex This exclusive Orlane plant based complex is found in all the products. It is an innovative concept: restore the skin’s energy so that it can carry out all of its vital functions.

It acts in harmony with the epidermal process, helping maintain the skin’s dynamic pace of life and preserving it’s tone and youthfulness. That is the premier quality of Orlane skin care, its scientific signature. But energy alone is not enough because the skin’s needs vary according to a woman’s lifestyle and aging can take different forms. Orlane therefore offers a series of beauty program solutions designed for every one of the skin’s needs according to the demands of your lifestyle. In Orleans, the research laboratory is staffed by a team of researchers, ensuring the highest level of innovation and quality that has come to be expected form Orlane skin care products.

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Quality The skin care products developed by Orlane laboratories are subjected to numerous tests to ensure their safety: ocular tolerance, skin tolerance, hypoallergenic, non-phototoxic, etc, according to the type of product and the intended use. They profit from the best natural ingredients and an exceptional galenic. The products effectiveness is measured using skin tests to evaluate the various product claims and clinical tests to asses effects. The end result, perfection in a bottle, ready to be applied to your skin and provide it with all the essential needs it requires to stay young and radiant, fight all those aggravating factors and bring a new life into tired skin.


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Chapter 3 Fine Dining and Nightlife

“One of the very nicest things about life, is the way we must regularly stop whatever it is we are doing and devote our attention to eating.� Luciano Pavarotti and William Wright, Pavarotti, My Own Story

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Fashion TV cafĂŠ More than just style, consumers of the fashion TV brand products are after an image, identification and a dream come true.


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The world in which the “Fashion TV” brand is positioned, allows for far reaching partnerships, spanning both generic and branded products. The tone of the fashion TV brand is timeless beauty, professionalism, eternal youth and the excitement of live television. The Fashion TV café is a franchise system with fixed structures, workflow and guidelines for the corporate design. A café bistro created in 1999, positioned in high foot traffic locations, offers a coffee bistro type menu all day long with sundowner cocktails. Cafés are now established all over the world, in Paris, Moscow and Milan where people socialise and enjoy the magic of Fashion TV. This magic is genuine, cosmopolitan and modern in style. Fashion TV café’s unique and imitable style is readily identified by a broad target market spanning generations and social economic categories. The FTV dining and lounge is created for a very unique market. It offers a fine dining and lounging bar with the FTV effect. One in each city of the world arranges continuous

events, corporate functions with supported ‘on air’ mixing with famous people in the world. Fashion TV parties are modern and spectacular; they highlight glamour, beauty, and fashion, to be viewed all over the world on our own Fashion TV channel. Due to constantly increasing success our fashion dining and lounge bars have opened in Paris, Warsaw, London, San Paolo, Tel Aviv and approximately in another seventeen countries. Currently in South Africa there are six sites: FTV dining lounge in the Sandton towers (Legacy group), FTV dining lounge in Cape Town (Old Mutual Group), FTV café brand wear (RMB Group) FTV café Fourways (fourways precinct), FTV dining lounge Brooklyn (Investec Group) and FTV Rivonia café (Tiber Group). Currently registered for a further 6 sites. International designs and trends are used in all our restaurants, cafés and boutiques and have been tried and tested by European standards and the Fashion TV world. ‘I see it First on FTV Fashion TV delivers the equipment and decoration with integral TV screens to spread the atmosphere of ‘Fashion TV ‘. The Fashion TV diamond, a symbol of beauty, refinement and purity that radiates across all the continents. A diamond is a symbol of success, timeless indestructibility, and a focus of tremendous power. We are all drawn to its sparkle and beauty. It opens doors to a dazzling and sophisticated world where magnificence rubs shoulders with the unexpected. A large number of products branded with the FTV diamond logo are produced for the Fashion TV retail product range, from clothing, shoes, T-shirts, scarves, CD, watches and FTV collection. Fashion TV brand stands for luxury, quality and lifestyle. The brand position at the highest levels in fashion circles enables it to keep a close watch over trends and directly benefits the latest innovation. Best of South Africa


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Taboo With a visionary cocktail of world class musical acts, cutting edge lighting and audiovisual equipment, luxuriously contemporary interiors, exemplary service and breathtaking skyline views of Sandton.

Taboo has managed to remain a fresh and evolutionary leader in the South African entertainment and corporate events spheres since 2004. Once a week Taboo provides a glittering stage for Johannesburg’s beautiful crowd and South Africa’s A-list. You could share a dance floor or a drink with Claudia Henkel, Lee-Ann Liebenberg, Loyiso Bala, Graeme Smith, Nicola Breytenbach, Percy Montgomery, 114

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Zuraida Jardine and Danny K to name a few. Taboo has also played host to some of the world’s most glamorous jet-setters including the Black Eye’d Peas, Rihanna, Jay-Z, Sir Bob Geldhof, the Green Lantern, Stefan Pompognac, Pauly Shore, Metallica, Danny Glover, Harley and Muscle, Deep Dish, Chris Brown, Russel Simmons and Caprice. Our corporate sector has also proven to be highly successful and we have had the pleasure

of hosting product launches, networking platform’s, conferences, presentations and extravagant year end bashes for some of South Africa’s most influential companies including Virgin Mobile, Nedbank , Rand Merchant Bank, Primedia, Marie Claire, JP Morgan, Johncom Media Investments, Citi Group, Safilo and Auto and General amongst many others. Beautiful and dynamic Taboo keeps striving to push the envelope and provide our clientele with the first truly comparable world-class South African entertainment, event, function and conference venue. Taboo, the forbidden and unknown createth lust.

Filakia Johannesburg’s only beach and as the sun sets you can enjoy the inviting warmth of our ambient, candlelit interior.

Food The focus at Filakia is on Contemporary Greek cuisine. We’ve taken the classic flavours of the Greek culture and given them a modern twist clearly evident in dishes such as the haloumi with a cranberry crush, the baked, sweet potato and brinjal salad and the whole line fish baked in apple and ouzo. Although innovative, the food is, uncomplicated and we rely solely on the freshness of the ingredients and the innovation of our pairings to provide our customers with an original culinary experience. Décor In order to illuminate the interior and create a suitable fresh backdrop for our luscious cuisine, we used an all white palette offset by touches of sand, stone, indigo and natural wood. Filakia’s decor is contemporary simplicity artfully offset by nuances of old-world comfort and romance, as seen in our cut glass hanging lamps, ornate mirrors and

indigo, candy-striped, banquet seating. During the day our guests can relax on our funky love nests and loungers under a gleaming white pergola entwined in a vibrant magenta bougainvillea on, arguably, Johannesburg’s only beach and as the sun sets you can enjoy the inviting warmth of our ambient, candlelit interior. Ambience We want our guests to feel as if they are thousands of kilometers away with the Mediterranean Sea lapping at the doors of the restaurant. Filakia is a place for families to gather, for friends to share old stories and make new ones, for lovers to escape or simply for co-workers to relax and unwind. We cater for all functions and are open 7 days a week. Filakia, shop 8, 24 Central, Fredman Drive, Sandown. Tel: +27 11 783 5805; Best of South Africa


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8 @ The Towers Situated at the prestigious Michelangelo Towers in Sandton’s CBD, this multi-functional restaurant is set to be the new destination for corporate’s and politicians alike.


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Set in plush surrounds, the menu is diverse; catering to all needs and is open for early morning health breakfasts, late night snacks, as well as sumptuous lunches and dinners. In addition this venue performs the function of lounge and lobby area for the Hotel. Due to our high operational standards and excellent reputation, we were awarded the contract to service the rooms in the Hotel and the neighbouring Raphael Apartments with the Room-Service function. The clientele is high profile and slick. The emphasis is on status and is already the favourite haunt of South Africa’s elite. The area is the new “High Street” of South Africa, with tenants scrambling to sign up with the Legacy hotel group. The décor is sublime. Comfortably chic. Join us at 8 @ the towers. Best of South Africa


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The Village Walk Shopping Centre Your expectations are guaranteed to be met at The Village Walk Shopping Centre. Expect to enjoy a combination of elegance and style with a tranquil ambiance, enhancing your shopping experience.


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Take a stroll at the village and satisfy your cravings at one of our award-winning restaurants which offer cuisines with continental origin. Satisfy your curiosity; try Sushi, Italian, Chinese, Portuguese, Mediterranean and African delicacies and be prepared to come back for more. With Bluetooth and Wi-fi 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 your end year function at our Cinema Privé or one of our prestigious restaurants. You will want to be entertained at our famous Blues Room after a movie at our cinema. 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 offers 1,400 easily accessible covered parking bays with 24-hour security on site. We offer shopping, dining and entertainment in an up-market, safe and secure environment. Come visit us at Cnr Maude and Rivonia Roads, Sandown, Sandton. Tel: +27 11 783 4620. Be seen at Village Walk. Your Expectations, Our Style. Best of South Africa


Chapter 4 Mall Destinations

“People spend money when and where they feel good.” Walt Disney

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Menlyn Park, a world-class retail and entertainment centre Menlyn Park Shopping Centre is one of the premier retail and entertainment venues, not only in South Africa, but in the world.


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Architecturally 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 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 fashion shows to international squash competitions.

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 in 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. Retail theatre 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 smaller retail stores and entertainment venues, Menlyn Park offers visitors a shopping experience hard to find anywhere else in the world. With more than 7 000 parking bays, parking is seldom a problem for the more than a million shoppers who visit the centre every month. For many, shopping and the events presented in the various halls, courts and Events Arena, are not the only reasons to visit Menlyn. Movie enthusiasts find the complex full of choice when it comes to watching the latest Hollywood releases. The centre boasts the only rooftop drive-in in the world where you can enjoy an evening out in your own vehicle, or for the more romantic, make use of one of the six veteran vehicles which can be hired at the drive-in for a nominal charge. 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. 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. Best of South Africa


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Gateway Theatre Of Shopping Gateway Theatre Of Shopping has been recognised by local and international retailers as being one of the few truly first-world shopping and entertainment complexes in Africa.

Since opening in September 2001, Gateway Theatre Of Shopping has become one of the greatest super-centres in the world of retail, and through an array of accolades and awards, has been recognised by local and international retailers as being one of the few truly first-world shopping and entertainment complexes in Africa. Known for leading the way, through the use of cutting edge management and technology, being the first and one of the only centres, to adopt a fully fledged customer care training programmes, Gateway has managed to differentiate itself from any other centre. The patented “The Ultimate Experience,� training programme implementation empowered not only the lives of the staff who attended the training, but touched the hearts of the shoppers and tenants alike, with support clearly shown through the consistent increase in foot traffic and above average sales growth. 126

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Through special events, numerous community programmes, regular entertainment and a carefully planned tenant mix, the Centre has become the heart of the Durban North community, and a catalyst for multi billion rand business and residential property development in the area. Over the years, this super Regional centre has developed into a centre like no other, with over 142 000 m2 of rentable space, with approximately 40% of this dedicated to restaurants and entertainment. Gateway offers a safe and comfortable facility for the entire family. In addition to the more than 350 leading tenants now housed in the Centre, Gateway is home to some of the greatest entertainment facilities on the globe, including the D-rex wave at the Wave House, (the worlds biggest double ending barrel wave), two more demure flow riders, The Rock, soaring an astonishing 24 metres (the highest indoor climbing rock in the world), the 4 storey IMAX cinema complex, and the Old Mutual MTN ScienCentre. These incredible and unique facilities have opened the door to creating a truly memorable entertainment package, catering for customers of all ages. Gateway Theatre of Shopping is not only South Africa’s leader in retail space design, but it is also a shining example of what can be achieved with a little foresight and dedication. Gateway’s continued impressive growth rate of 26% throughout 2006, outstripped any other Centre in the country and shows no signs of slowing down. Best of South Africa


Chapter 5 Jewellery and Fashion

“If diamonds are a girl’s best friend, what does she fall in love with? Tanzanite!” Sarah Cort, Managing Director, Tanzanite Foundation

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The Tanzanite Foundation champions an ethical gemstone 1,000 times more rare than a diamond, the precious blue-violet gemstone tanzanite is found in only one place in the world, at the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, East Africa.


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As consumers grow ever more fascinated with gemstones as a natural phenomenon, while simultaneously demonstrating a deeper concern for their ethical integrity, tanzanite is becoming one of the most sought after precious gemstones of modern times. The Tanzanite Foundation is a non-profit, industry-supported organization that was established with the aim of placing social responsibility at the heart of all its industry practices, encouraging the development of a tanzanite industry free from exploitation, and ensuring that local Tanzanian communities share in the rewards that the tanzanite industry earns. All of the tanzanite mined by the Tanzanite Foundation’s Producer Member, TanzaniteOne, is mined in world-leading safe and ethical mining conditions by a workforce that is paid three times the Tanzanian minimum wage, and whose families benefit from a generous healthcare program. The payment of all applicable taxes and duties ensures that appropriate revenues are channeled back to the government of Tanzania.  The Tanzanite Foundation also works proactively to foster the adoption of best practice principles

throughout the industry through its Small Mines Assistance Program (SMAP). SMAP facilitates the transfer of skills, technology and geological research, whilst providing safety guidance and crisis management support to small scale miners in the region. The Tanzanite Foundation is also deeply committed to investment in sustainable community upliftment projects developed in harmony with the Maasai living at tanzanite’s source. Collaborative community projects completed to date with Tanzanite Foundation funding and support include the Nasinyai Primary School which educates 420 children, the ongoing expansion of a Secondary School for boys and girls aged between 12 and 18, and the construction of a medi-clinic and a much valued community center that is used for social gatherings and church congregations. Northern Tanzania is an area affected by drought, and to aid the proud and resourceful Maasai people in the face of environmental adversity, the Tanzanite Foundation provides a fresh water supply for 2,000 villagers and 4,500 heads of cattle. Its environmental rehabilitation projects have encouraged the return of flora, fauna and prolific bird and wildlife to former mining areas. The Honorable Member of Parliament for the Simanjiro district of Tanzania, Christopher Ole Sendeka comments: “We are most grateful for the support that is provided by the Tanzanite Foundation as it has and is continuing to improve the lives and future prospects of our people. Through the Tanzanite Foundation we are building a sustainable future.” The Tanzanite Foundation is delighted to be collaborating with some of today’s most directional designers, who are demonstrating an ethical awareness that is as progressive as their designs. With its global appeal, South Africa still remains a prominent and important market for tanzanite.

Sarah Cort, Managing Director of the Tanzanite Foundation comments from her Johannesburg office.” The response to tanzanite in South Africa has been incredible - it (South Africa) has proved to be a leading and sophisticated tanzanite market. In fact, many tourists visit our beautiful country with a view to leaving with a unique tanzanite piece! The prices of tanzanite jewellery are very reasonable, whilst the quality and uniqueness of jewellery design and manufacture easily compete with international standards”. “South African consumers are well educated on the precious gem and know what to look for in terms of quality and cut (grade). South African retailers are renowned for stocking a wide variety of tanzanite and tanzanite jewellery and ensure that their sales staff are able to provide customers with a wealth of information and sound advice on tanzanite, which is of course very important in making such a special purchasing decision!” The Tanzanite Foundation is delighted to endorse Tanzanite Blue, an exclusive branded range of beautiful (certified) tanzanite jewellery. Tanzanite Blue is “Proudly South African’ in that it is specifically designed and exquisitely created for the South African market by expert local manufacturing jewellers. All pieces are created using 18ct white or yellow gold, some with, some without diamonds. The Tanzanite Blue collections include bespoke items with larger fine quality loose certified tanzanite and diamonds, as well as a selection of more affordable, yet equally exquisite pieces. All Tanzanite Blue creations are accompanied by Tanzanite Foundation certificates. Tanzanite Blue is owned by The Tanzanite Company, now a privately-owned company that specialises in fine quality tanzanite sourced directly from the mine. The Tanzanite Company prides itself on its large selection of superb loose tanzanite which have all been cut and polished to the best proportions in order to ensure maximum brilliance, finest quality and easy setting. Marilyn Chaimowitz, Managing Director of The Tanzanite Company comments, “With us, customer is king, and we always strive to create unique pieces for the unique people of South Africa”. Best of South Africa


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J’nEve Fine Jewellery Studio Discretely set in the genteel locale of Houghton Estate, J’nEve Fine Jewellery Studio is ideally situated to offer a secure elegant environment where personal service is the order of the day.


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Whether it’s an original you desire, a lovely heirloom reconditioned or timeless investment jewellery, Previda and Robyn will set up a series of one-on-one interviews to assist you with every step of this decision making process in creating your object of desire. At J’nEve they go through a rigorous process of decision and guidance to ensure that their clients know exactly what it is they want and that they are happy with the end product. As no two diamonds are alike, they will help you consider each of the complex factors of cut, clarity, colour and carat weight to arrive at the best combination of qualities for you. They pride themselves on their design integrity and their experience in selecting the appropriate stone for both you and your design. Ensuring that not only is your piece a desirable work of art, but a solid investment appropriately priced. J’nEve is extremely proud to list amongst its prestige client portfolio celebrities

from all over the world – Yvonne Chaka Chaka; Judith Sephuma; Jay Kay of Jamiroquai; Mick Hucknall of Simply Red and Alecia Moore of Pink. Only the finest quality and material is considered at J’nEve, where each piece is handcrafted, with exceptional attention to detail. If you desire jewellery that fires the spirit and pulsates your heart, look no further. The work reflects an emphasis on jewellery as fine art and seeks to provide deeper meaning for the wearer in all of J’nEve designs. Their guarantee ensures only the finest quality diamonds; tanzanite and gems are embedded in their exquisitely designed and crafted jewellery. Independent laboratory certification is issued with all investment diamonds. For your unique creation, please contact Previda or Robyn on +27 11 694 5061. Best of South Africa


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SA Fashion Week


For more than a decade, SA Fashion Week has provided a springboard for the country’s most talented designers to launch into the business of fashion, and take their careers to new heights both locally and internationally.

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Fashion Week was created to showcase the abundance of fashion talent in this country and to allow local designers to gain the same exposure as their international counterparts, creating wealth through design and turning fashion into serious business. During apartheid South Africa, local designers were virtually unknown and fashionistas would do anything to obtain international labels. Our trends were copied from the catwalks of Paris, London and New York. Today, local designers like Clive Rundle, Black Coffee, Craig Native and Strangelove have become household names with star-studded reputations. Their work, inspired by the rich and varied culture of South Africa, is sought after locally and internationally. Top South African fashion designers are bringing new lines, colours and textures to the worldwide stage, showcasing concepts that bubble with such fresh creative energy they make the established European names look tired and stale in comparison. SA Fashion Week has grown from strength to strength. Each year the list of designers and exhibitors becomes longer. The event provides a launching pad where new talent can test the potential of their merchandise, and it is a destination for fashionistas to source the soughtafter creations of their favourite designers. For those involved in the fashion industry, Fashion

Week provides an unsurpassed opportunity to gain knowledge, network with others, and learn from the success of the established stars. The Elle New Talent competition, sponsored by Elle magazine and run in conjunction with Fashion Week, offers new designers the opportunity to launch themselves and their label to the fashion industry and the media. Each year, SA Fashion Week showcases an exciting line-up of designers and exhibitors, local and international speakers, and panelists. Two years ago, the Department of Arts and Culture seminar was launched to coincide with the summer collections at Fashion Week. This event, a think-tank for industry development, has proved to be enormously successful. Another new concept spearheaded by SA Fashion Week is the Fashion Fusion project. This has established a national collaborative network between rural crafters and designers, helping communities to gain a renewed sense of creative purpose and self-esteem. While Fashion Week runs for just a few glittering days each year, the Fashion Week team operates all year round. They strive to provide designers with additional business opportunities both locally and internationally, and keep designers up to date with export, show and trade fair opportunities. SA Fashion Week is proud to participate in the process of unleashing the enormous creativity found in South Africa, and their commitment towards the fashion industry remains unequivocal. They look forward to celebrating the diversity of our country’s indigenous fashion identity in the future, and contributing to its further growth and development in order to secure its vibrant and rightful place in the international arena. Best of South Africa


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Sun Goddess - Live the dream Sun Goddess celebrates a legendary South African story that looks back into their past and relevance to their present and their future.


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The Brand The stories are layered in rich fabrics, bold silhouettes and luxurious tapestries and crafting techniques steeped in nostalgia and celebrates the timelessness of a regal Africa; aspiring to an era of legends – a time of kings and queens, gods and goddesses. They embrace the beauty of their heritage with pride, driven by the need to make a positive contribution to the reconstruction of the South African identity post-1994. The People behind the Label Sun Goddess was founded seven years ago by its directors, Mr. and Mrs. Mangaliso. They quit their marketing and advertising jobs to venture into something more meaningful. They were keen to engage in the preservation of African heritage while promoting a sense of meaning and their chosen vehicle for achieving this objective was fashion. The Mangaliso’s believe, “We are not in fashion for the sake of fashion. Fashion just happens to be a great communicator of values. We strongly believe that understanding what we wear is not simply about style – it is a reflection of who we are, what we feel, what we want to say without saying a word! It is adornment with meaning, an expression of creativity and aspiration. Fashion has the potential to connect us to something greater than ourselves – our heritage and culture; ultimately our identity. In a world that is desperate for authenticity, our role as custodians of our culture becomes all the more important.” Best of South Africa


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Inspiration and Philosophy Their inspiration is drawn from their rich heritage. This principle allows them to channel the celebration of their divinity as gods and goddesses and the preservation of their culture through their designs. Sun Goddess remains relevant to the dynamism of their global environment while effectively paying tribute to the undeniable sophistication, glamour and elegance of their past. The Vision Sun Goddess aspires to being Africa’s leading luxury lifestyle brand, uniquely positioned as the definitive global platform for authentic African lifestyle effects – in fashion and beyond. The Mission It is the mission of Sun Goddess to provide an authentic and uniquely South African luxury, lifestyle experience. They seek to be a dynamic face in the global design industry by stressing ethnic design, quality, innovation, excellence in service and educating their patrons of the intrinsic value of African culture and tradition so as to ensure preservation. Sun Goddess offers a modern take on the undeniable sophistication, glamour and elegance of their past. They intend to apply their wide-ranging expertise in design to a wide range of lifestyle 138

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applications majoring in high fashion and accessories, fashion styling, interior dĂŠcor and architectural design. They also provide consultancy services and collaborate on various media productions in television, film and fine art. Sun Goddess Highlights Sun Goddess considers it a great honour to be in a position where they can contribute positively to the reconstruction of their South African identity through the preservation and celebration of their heritage. It is great to be part of a completely new mood in South African fashion and they love weaving their history and cultural aesthetics into their designs. Sun Goddess enjoys unprecedented acceptance and appreciation in South Africa and beyond and is grateful for the frequent coverage Sun Goddess receives in local and foreign print and broadcast media. Their work is highly sought after and is frequently found in wardrobe selections made by numerous film and television productions, a host of fashion magazines and other popular publications. Sun Goddess is swiftly becoming the brand of choice for music video shoots, attendees of Awards Ceremonies and other such prestigious events as well as the preferred wardrobe choice for advertising campaigns depicting authentic ethnic African

clothing. Prominent media personalities and talents, celebrity entrepreneurs and many discerning professionals both locally and internationally have also come to appreciate the authenticity, consistent quality and innovation of their products. It is important to them to be a brand that can be a great ambassador for South Africa and Africa at large. They have been honoured with exciting opportunities to showcase their work and share their unique experience and corporate philosophy in other countries. Platforms like Lakme India Fashion Week, London Fashion Week, Acapulco Fashion Week, Singapore Fashion Week, and Stockholm Fashion Week have been gracious hosts to them. They have also had the pleasure of exhibiting at prestigious platforms like the Beauty and the Bead and at the Global Fashion, Local Tradition Exhibition in Holland, as well as at numerous shows and expos in Madagascar, Korea, Japan, Kenya, Nigeria and the USA. Their international involvement does not keep them from actively participating in South Africa’s most relevant fashion events such as Beadex, the various Fashion Weeks held across the country, Face of Africa, Design Indaba, Awards Ceremonies like the South African Music Awards (SAMA’s) and other key national events like the Miss South Africa and Miss Teen South Africa Pageants.

Awards and Recognition • Sun Goddess Founders and Directors, Mr. and Mrs. Mangaliso have been honoured with numerous awards and accolades including being nominated Top Momentum Entrepreneur of the Year 2006, nominated as finalists at Umhlanga Business Personality Awards 2006 and not least, being awarded Designer of the Year Award 2006 at the Cape Town Fashion Awards by Finance Minister, Mr. Trevor Manuel. • Mr and Mrs Mangaliso have also been regular contributors and judges for a number of publications and television shows and documentaries including the True Love/Standard Bank Entrepreneurship Series, Mentor for Ponds Passport to Success, Judge on ETV’s Amstel’s Great South Africans and Judge for SABC2’s Fashion Your Future and Rise Mzansi, Canada’s ProjectExplorer, among others. • At 2006 Design Indaba, a Sun Goddess gown was selected by a panel of curators as one of three finalists of “South Africa’s Most Beautiful Object”, an initiative sponsored by South Africa’s Department of Arts and Culture. • Most recently Mrs Mangaliso was nominated for the Shoprite Checkers/ SABC 2 “Woman of the Year” Awards 2007 as well as for the G-Sport Style Star Awards 2007.

Sun Goddess Studio (Head Office) Second Floor Suite, Regent Place @ The Zone, 177 Oxford Road, Rosebank 2196, South Africa Tel: +27 11 447 9828 | Fax: +27 11 447 8395 Email: Lerato Mnguni (Media and PR) Websites: and Sun Goddess in Rosebank Shop GF08, The Zone @ Rosebank, 177 Oxford Road, Rosebank 2196, South Africa Tel: +27 11 880 2254 Sun Goddess in Durban Shop G122, The Gateway Theatre of Shopping, Umhlanga Rocks, Durban 4320, South Africa Tel: +27 31 566 3965 Sun Goddess @ the V&A Waterfront Shop 230, Victoria Wharf, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town 8000, South Africa Tel: +27 21 421 7620 Sun Goddess at Nelson Mandela Square Shop L30, Nelson Mandela Square, Sandton City 2146, South Africa Tel: +27 11 883 8890 Sun Goddess at World Wear Shopping Centre Shop 21, World Wear Shopping Centre, Cnr of Beyers Naudé and Wilson Streets, Fairland 2195, South Africa Tel: +27 11 431 3540 Best of South Africa


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Sun City Shop 4B Entertainment Centre North West Province Tel: +27 (0) 14 552 2363

johannesburg collections Shop U02 Upper Level (Level 4) Michelangelo Towers Mall 8 Maude Street Sandton Tel: +27 (0) 11 883 6087

catwalk collections Shop L03 Lower Level (Level 3) Michelangelo Towers Mall 8 Maude Street Sandton Tel: +27 (0) 11 784 0106

Botswana Shop 40B Riverwalk, Tlokweng Road Gaborone Tel: (09267) 3500633

Timeless, effortless style for women of all ages, shapes and sizes. South African born designer Jen Kahn feels that, regardless of a woman’s shape and size, she should be able to look and feel stylish and glamorous. She is passionate about and dedicated to quality and excellence. Jen Kahn stores are the local mecca of high fashion for consumers who love luxury and have the bank account to support it. Jen Kahn collections have made an impression in fashion markets around the world, she was the first South African to exhibit successfully on the prestige Paris Pret-A-Porter, the Igedo in Dusseldorf as well as the biggest ready to wear clothes show in Great Britain, the Birmingham Collections. Local and international buyers order her designs for markets as diverse as Europe, the Americas as well as Africa. A perfectionist, constantly looking for new frontiers, Jen was motivated to exhibit internationally by a desire to illustrate that South Africa could and should take its place and hold its own in fashion along with the rest of the world. “We’ve always been told that our clothes could hang anywhere in the world.” This is not an arrogant statement. There is nothing pretentious or posturing about Jen Kahn, but there is a single mindedness, a dedication and an insistence on quality that gives the clothes a standard of finish that draws comments from buyers across the globe. Ask Jen what she is striving for and she will answer instinctively: ‘timelessness’. Passionate about natural fibres, as well as being excited by the technical advances being made in the fabric industry, Jen Kahn and her partner Peter Jackson, transform fashion into desire, with the emphasis on extravagance and sassy quality. Working together as a team from the initial concept of an idea, through to the finished product, with fabrics like Swiss cottons, Irish linens, silks, pure wool, as well as technically advanced synthetic fabrics, and last but not least, soft, supple nappa leather, as well as exotic skins such as ostrich and snakeskin. Interpreting international style, often with an ‘Out of Africa’ flavour – in a class all of its own, as well as catering for matric dance dresses and outfits for the mother of the bride or groom.

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True Religion Brand Jeans True Religion Brand Jeans was born in late 2002 in Los Angeles and it took the denim world by storm!


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Celebrities and fashionistas in the intensely competitive Amercian market embraced the brand as something so different, that it made True Religion Brand Jeans an overnight success. So much so, that sales in the States for 2007 are in excess of $ 150 million. Of course, the quality and the fit of this unique denim brand accounts for this incredible and insurmountable success. True Religion Brand Jeans were launched in South Africa a few years after the initial launch in the States. The success was mirrored here by following a similar marketing model from the parent company in the USA. Local celebrities were largely aware of the brand already, but linking with the most stylish fashion editors of the media world, meant that it was – and still is – one of the most sort after fashion items in the country. You will often see South African stars, such as Danny K, Lee-Ann Liebenberg, Minki van der Westhuizen, Nicole Fox, Arno Carstens, Michael Moll, Colin Moss, Kerishnie Naiker, Vanessa Carreira, and Elana Afrika in the paparazzi glare wearing their True Religions! So what differentiates True Religion Brand Jeans from the onslaught of new ‘designer’ denims that you can find all around the world? Quite simply, it’s all about the fit! People praise the jeans for simply making them look so good – even those people who traditionally shy away from denims as they simply can’t find a style or make that actually fits and hugs their body the way True Religion does. Of course, the fantastic washes and attention to detail have been the other captivating reasons why they are flying off the shelves. As the brand evolves, the styling has become more sophisticated, the trims and embellishments superb, and – of course – the washes more and more unique. True Religion Brand Jeans South Africa has had amazing success through the dedicated sales support through top-end boutiques such as Xseption in Nelson Mandela Square and

Xseption Hyde Park. Top stores for True Religion where discerning and high flying customers shop. Recently voted the ‘most popular’ jeans worldwide, according to the Nasdaq Report, there doesn’t seem any stopping the brand as it now branches into other lines such as sportswear, swimwear and even fragrances. The same hallmarks that have achieved such premium positioning in denim, will be the catalyst for the company’s evolution beyond denim into premium, fashion sportswear across all categories. Make sure you’re wearing the brand. True Religion Brand Jeans … sophisticated California style. Right here in South Africa. For further enquiries contact: Xseption Nelson Mandela Square +27 11 784 3305 or Xseption Hyde Park +27 11 325 4106. Best of South Africa


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Polo South Africa What began few decades ago as a collection of shirts – the item Polo is best known for has grown into an entire lifestyle redefining style.

The state of great comfort and refined living or an essential desirable item of great beauty… this is the Oxford Dictionary’s definition of luxury, but equally this could be used to define Polo. The true blend of heritage and style has always been at the heart of one of the country’s most inspirational lifestyle brands. While quietly understated it confidently exudes quality through rich embroidery of the finest textured fabrics, beautiful tailoring and attention to detail. 144

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Polo is ageless offering the discerning customer a complete wardrobe to carry them from the high-powered boardrooms of the city to weekends in the country. From the fine manicured lawns of the Sport of Kings to the glass sculptures of urban penthouse living, all are infused with a timelessness and style rarely found in our modern world today. Polo is not just about fine clothing but more about the art of style. Defining the person not just through what they wear, but how they carry themselves while wearing it. This style is echoed through our exquisitely crafted accessories, from our hand crafted shoes to the graceful lines of our luggage. Together they are all interwoven to form that uniquely stylish yet simply understated person, some would have you believe is the ultimate Polo man or woman. But we like to think of it quite simply as you‌ Best of South Africa


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The Village Walk Shopping Centre Define your idividual style with exclusive boutiques offering a wide variety of garments to choose from.


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Have your eastern wadrobe designed by an internationally recognised designer, and if jewellery be the seal of your style, Village Walk is the place to be as it offeres a range of stones and antiques to satisfy your personal preference. These range from international 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 at Cnr Maude and Rivonia Roads, Sandown, Sandton. Tel: +27 11 783 4620. Be seen at Village Walk. Your Expectations, Our Style. Best of South Africa


Chapter 6 Design and Interiors

“Design is in everything we make, but it’s also between those things. It’s a mix of craft, science, storytelling, propaganda, and philosophy.” Erik Adigard – Designer

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“From today, painting is dead!” So – as legend would have it – proclaimed French history painter Paul Delaroche upon presenting the daguerreotype, a forerunner of the modern photograph, to the French government in 1839.

Indeed, the rug was pulled from beneath traditional painters: no longer was making a faithful record of reality considered art. Since George Eastman introduced his box camera to the world in 1888, anybody could be an artist. Or could you? “Just as owning the best racing cycle money can buy won’t turn you into Lance Armstrong, so owning a camera doesn’t automatically make you an artist,” says Martin Osner, eminent South African photographer 150

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and founder of the National College of Photography. “Art photographers render their appreciation of reality into a permanent image that showcases their unique style.” And the art world is steadily taking notice. Early in 2007 “99 Cent II Diptychon” by Andreas Gursky sold for more than $3 million, the first photograph to do so. Celebrities such as singer Sir Elton John and actress Jamie Lee Curtis are also catching on – in fact, Sir Elton boasts one of the leading private photography

collections in the world. He owns more than 2 500 works from photographers such as Man Ray, Alfred Stieglitz and Diane Arbus. “I never get fed up with looking at the images. I can honestly say that of all the things I’ve collected in my life, nothing has endeared me more than collecting photography,” he told the Traditional Fine Arts Organization. Part of the rising popularity of art photography can be attributed to the development of giclée printing in the early

Opposite page: A gicleé print on canvas, stretched on a frame. The size commands the space. (Artist: Koos van der Lende) Right: A gicleé print on Hahnemühle acid free paper, framed in a simple “off” white box frame. (Artist: Martin Osner) Bottom: a. Details placed on the back of the print. b. Watermark to verify authenticity c. Limited edition number d. Certificate issued by the printer.

1990’s. Before this, photographers used vintage printing methods like cyanotype, platinum, Van Dyk Brown and silver halide black and white processes to achieve archival quality prints and these images are still popular with investors today. Both the monochrome cyanotype and Van Dyk Brown processes date as far back as 1842 and these methods involve exposure to sunlight. Unlike colour, traditional black and white prints have always offered archival permanence, if printed correctly. ‘Giclée’ is a French noun that means ‘a spray or a spurt of liquid’ and operates on

the same principle as the desktop ink-jet printer found in many a study or office. What distinguishes giclée printing from its more common relative is the quality of the inks used. Most giclée inks contain carbon pigments that do not fade over time or damage paper. In a test by the company Wilhelm Imaging Research in the United States different giclée inks demonstrated life spans of between 130 and 230 years. As a testimony of faith in the process, the Museum of Modern Art in New York City is one of the prominent art institutions around the world that displays giclée prints.

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Design and Interiors Top left: A gicleé print archivally hindged onto museum board, placed in a dark coffee bean frame. (Artist: Koos van der Lende) Top right: Pictures are very effective when grouped together. (Artist: Martin Osner) Bottom left: A canvas mounted gicleé prints without a frame is uncomplicated and chic. (Artist: Koos van der Lende) Bottom right: Dark frames work very well on a darker toned wall. (Artist: Martin Osner)

“Previously, besides Cibachrome, which is a specialized process to make prints from colour slides, the archival permanence of a colour print was not guaranteed,” explains Martin. “After 20 years colour prints would fade quite dramatically. This has all changed with giclée printing.” Giclée printing has put art photography within reach of a greater number of patrons than just the traditional art collecting community. It is now possible to decorate your home or office with high quality photographs that will not fade before you have found the perfect matching image. What are the important factors that people should keep in mind when buying a photograph for their home? “If you like the work and it is priced right, buy it,” is Martin’s simple advice. “You must be able to enjoy it every single day and that depends more on personal taste than anything else.” Martin and his long time friend and fellow photographer, Koos van der Lende, founded the Fingerprint Collection to offer both incidental investors and collectors with a variety of high quality art imaging. Koos was trained at the School of Photography in The Hague and worked as a commercial photographer for twenty years before pursuing his passion for landscape collectables on a fulltime basis. “We believe every artist adds a unique signature to their work, just as every human being has a unique fingerprint,” explains Koos. 152

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“An artist should be known by their ‘fingerprint’ as nobody can forge that.” Koos’ sweeping panoramas of the Southern African wilderness are worlds away from the sensual inscapes, social documentaries and abstract imaging that Martin captures. But however far removed their choice of subject matter may be, their photographs share the most important trait: they have been meticulously captured and printed to ensure that people can admire them well into the next century. Before you invest in photographic art it is crucial to scrutinise the production of your print as it determines the photograph’s future value. Pay attention to: Type of print. On top of the limited edition that the artist prints, it is also accepted that they can produce exhibition prints (EP’s) and up to five artist prints (AP’s). Never buy an exhibition print – these images are printed to be displayed in order to sell the limited edition photographs and are essentially worthless. However, artist prints are produced in the runup to actual edition and are of value. Printing method. Ensure that your image is printed to meet archival quality - such as the carbon pigment inks and acid free paper used in giclée printing guarantees. Although traditional black and white silver halide prints offer excellent permanence, don’t be fooled when artists offer black and white images that are actually printed on colour lab paper. Rather consult a gallerist or interior designer if you are unsure.

Time of print. Some artists prefer to print the limited edition all at once. It may take up to ten years or more to sell, which affects the longevity of the last prints. To avoid this, the Fingerprint Collection only prints on demand to provide patrons with their photograph’s maximum lifespan. Paper. When making gicleé prints the paper that carries it should be 100% acid free. “We prefer Hahnemühle’s museum etching paper, because it has such a lovely feel to it,” says Koos, “but there are many other brands that also offer fine art mould made paper of similar quality.” In addition, the Fingerprint Collection attaches a numbered hologram to the back of the photograph and this number is transferred to a certificate of authenticity, signed by the printer, which is offered as guaranty to the buyer. Authenticity of your purchase. You must be certain that the photographer you buy from will honour his or her limited edition. To facilitate trust in the Fingerprint Collection, the sale of each and every photograph is captured in a computer index that is open to public inspection. Furthermore, Koos and Martin emboss the print with their initials, which adds to the authenticity of the photograph. Framing. Avoid framing your print under matt glass as this detracts from the visual depth of the image and can add a colour cast. Rather use clear glass. Although it is expensive to fit reflection free glass it is well worth it, as you can appreciate your photograph from every angle. “A frame should be there just to hold the photograph, not to ordain it,” says Martin. “A photograph should stand out on its own.” The Fingerprint Collection recommends simple white or black frames depending on the colour of their patrons’ walls. Martin also suggests that you place a small spacer behind the frame to protect your image from moisture in the wall. Knowledge of your interior designer. If you are employing an interior designer, make sure that this person specifically works with photography and is knowledgeable of the standards prints must comply with to be of archival quality. A list of accredited designers can be obtained at Once you are satisfied that your purchase will last your lifetime, finally ensure that the photograph is never exposed to direct sunlight and that it is displayed under suitable lighting. “Under tungsten light the image will appear orange and under sodium lamps it may look green,” says Koos. Photographs are colour corrected under white light and should be displayed the same way. Use daylight corrected lighting to ensure your art is viewed the way the artist intended it to be. Why go to these lengths? What is it that makes photography special? “I think it has a lot to do with its connection to reality,” explains Martin. “Photography is not merely an imitation of life, it is real and because of this it has a contemporary feel that a younger audience seems to relate to a lot easier. It has become the art form of preference.” For more information contact the Fingerprint Collection: +27 83 450 1677, or visit their website at Anim van Wyk

“an interior, masterfully designed, exercising great constraint” abstract • social commentary • floral • landscapes

FINGERPRINTCOLLECTION limited edition giclée and vintage prints +27 (0) 832599106

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Sanyo celebrates 60 years of quality service Sanyo Electric Works was founded in Osaka in 1947 and since then has maximized its corporate value while serving the interests of all stakeholders.


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Sanyo believes that in order to achieve these goals, it is not enough merely to attain management goals and increase profits. We should also promote sound and transparent management through the timely and appropriate disclosure of corporate information, while at the same time enhancing our internal control system. In accord with this belief, in April 1999 we introduced our in-house company system, executive officer system and outside directors. In April 2003, to enhance our management system we introduced the Business Group System and the Business Unit System. Under the Business Group System, SANYO’s business lines were reorganized into a Business Group structure, in which each Business Group is fully responsible for its operations. Each Business Group is further divided by product, project and function, creating Business Units. We have been working to establish optimal corporate governance structures, focused on enhancing soundness and transparency of management and speeding up decision-making. In April 2005, to further enhance management efficiency, we implemented additional organizational reform, under which SANYO was reorganized into the eight Business Groups. To achieve sustainable growth, we will commit ourselves further toward enhancing corporate governance. (August, 2005) Enhancing Monitoring and Supervisory Functions To enhance management transparency, we separated monitoring and supervisory functions from business execution functions. As of June 2005, there are 10 directors. Five of these directors, including two outside directors, are dedicated to monitoring and supervisory roles;

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the other five are concurrently responsible for business execution. The five directors bearing no business execution responsibilities strictly supervise the business execution activities of the other directors and executive officers appointed by the Board of Directors. In fiscal 2005 we added two auditors to strengthen our audit functions. Currently, the Board of Auditors comprises six auditors, three of whom are outside auditors. Corporate auditors strictly monitor the performance of directors, attend the Board of Directors meetings and other important meetings, and inspect the company’s operations and financial conditions. Strengthening Internal Control To further strengthen the internal control system for business operations, financial reporting and

compliance, we have set up Internal Auditing Departments in SANYO Electric’s Head Office, in-house companies and major subsidiaries. The Auditing Departments conduct internal audits in keeping with a common goal or theme. If necessary, the Auditing Departments instruct relevant departments to take corrective action to improve the situation, thereby ensuring sound and efficient business practices. The Internal Auditing Departments also report audit results and other relevant information to the auditors. The Departments work to maintain and improve auditing quality by verifying the efficiency and effectiveness of their audit activities under the guidance of the auditors. Best of South Africa


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Tedelex – the past with the power of the future There are very few aspects of domestic, commercial and industrial life that Tedelex has not had an impact on. At some stage in their lives, every South African consumer is bound to discover the magic of Tedelex.


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With a continued effort to improve consumers’ lives with better and more advanced Tedelex products, Tedelex have done a lot to make life easier and more enjoyable. People from every walk of life benefit from the excellence of Tedelex products and the reliability of their service. This is a company that started from modest beginnings but has grown into a South African giant, a company that does not pause to reminisce about the glorious past, but rather towards the future. Tedelex is both a manufacturer and distributor. As a manufacturer it is exceptionally proud of its factory and what they produce. Because the company manufactures both its own brands under franchise and licenses, it remains involved in developing new processes and investing in the most modern manufacturing Technologies. It is well that the reputation of a company is built on its pre and after sales services. Even with the exceptional quality of Tedelex products the company could never have attained the

current market position it now enjoys without it’s uncompromising after sales service. As a company and a brand in South Africa, Tedelex has been around for more than 60 years and has consistently increased market share with first world products and technology. Products that have always been well received in the middle market. Now with the advent of plasma and LCD televisions it is moving into the upper end of the market. The company is one of the select few that still have its own national sales force on the road. “As long as we have new products to sell and our sales force calling on our clients, we will have a big bite of the proverbial apple. Moreover, to ensure the Tedelex brand continues to grow” states Errol Burger, General Manager of Tedelex. Tedelex has become a name synonymous with South African culture and way of life. Best of South Africa


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Ghorbany Carpets In the global fashion industry, trends and standards are set by leaders in design.


When we want to know what is happening this season. We look to the collections from icons such as Roberto Cavalli, Giorgio Armani, Valentino and others. For true followers of fashion, only the best will do. A native Iranian, Shervin Ghorbany is passionate about Persians. For him the international fashion and the Persian carpet scenes have similarities. With a history spanning some 2500 years, the Persian carpet, associated with kings, remains a favourite item in the interiors of discerning homeowners. Through centuries of weaving, Persian carpets have retained their high quality and maintained a distinguished place in the art world and South African homes. According to Ghorbany, “The vast majority of South Africans buy Oriental carpets to enhance the decorative integrity of their homes. Consequently, the prime considerations are 158

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colour, design and size. Finding the right carpet (whilst considering the budgets of the clients) are key issues. To make it happen takes good communication and understanding. I do not force my tastes on clients, but I assist them in choosing the right carpet at the right price.” “Persian carpets are made from wool, cotton and sometimes silk. There is nothing synthetic used in their creation”, he adds. “Each carpet is a handmade masterpiece, the result of days, often months, of weaving.” Ghorbany considers himself an agent of this magnificent art and his selection comes from places as far-flung as Tibet, Nepal, Afghanistan and Iran, as well as India and Pakistan. For more information contact: Tel: +27 11 465 8718. Best of South Africa


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Tile Trendsetters On The Tiles is well-known as one of South Africa’s foremost importers of first grade high quality tiles from around the world.

Since 1990, On The Tiles has only dealt with the most reputable and reliable tile manufacturing companies who have always provided exceptional service and product guarantee and support. This, in turn, has enabled On The Tiles to pass this back up and support, service and technical expertise on to its clients. By continually keeping up to date with international trends and technology, On The Tiles ensures that all the latest tile ranges and innovations are available to its market. The mission of On The Tiles is to provide a professional service to the corporate, leisure and residential markets, and to ensure that this is a success, they have established a service-orientated team of consultants who are able to offer the best advice on the selection of high quality imported tiles, and to assist clients in providing a personalised design and layout facility which assures the client of an unsurpassed tiling experience. The consultants are also available to make site visits to follow up on the tile installation if and when required to do so. 160

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Customised Tile Plans and Elevations Clients can now enjoy a service of complete scale drawings of a project with tile layouts and elevations, drawn directly from the architect’s plan to ensure accuracy. Tilers can use these drawings as a direct reference during the tiling process, for example, in aligning tiles with staircases and passages. The drawings also provide clients with a visual representation of the design concepts, allowing them to see exactly what the tiles they have selected will look like on the floors or walls. On the question of product quality, the floor and wall covering of your choice should be what one can afford, but you must remember never to compromise on the quality you choose. On The Tiles always advise their clients to purchase their tiles from a reputable company, it is imperative that the consumer is aware of the quality of product they are purchasing because – to quote the old cliché – “You get what you pay for.” On The Tiles have an extensive catalogue library of ranges which are not stock items,

but may be specially imported to satisfy the client’s exact requirements. There is also a magnificent selection of colour-coded, custom-made, personalised designs of value added pieces to choose from including; inlays, dado rails, torelli, listelli, bull noses, stair treads, floor borders, skirtings and other accessories which will provide a professional finish to any floor and wall installation. This personal service, all quotations and delivery of the product is provided to their clients at no extra cost. Service, integrity, client commitment and reputation are of paramount importance to On The Tiles and they are proud to be recognised as one of the finest tile outlets in the world.

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Peter J.A. Stuart – Quality Furniture Importers and Wholesalers Peter J.A. Stuart is committed to supplying high quality products manufactured by well established, reputable, world-class companies.


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Our procurement considerations are primarily concerned with value for money, quality of timber or aluminium, consistency of production quality, exceptional workmanship and beautiful design. Before we place orders, we visit our suppliers to ensure that the materials used are of the highest quality, that all components are correctly assembled, that proportions are correct and that the products produced are compliant with our specifications. Our quality specifications cover over thirty criteria. This meticulous approach to high standards ensures that the customer can purchase from Peter J.A. Stuart with confidence and trust. Our showroom offers over 2,400 different products, specializing in chairs, tables, consoles and cabinets. We have a 4,000m² warehouse, full of product available for you, ensuring fast and efficient delivery. In the event of you choosing a product that we do not have sufficient stock of, we will Best of South Africa


immediately import to your requirements. Our experienced support team will gladly peruse catalogues with you and assist with the selection of product. Our senior staff travels regularly to international trade shows, where we are constantly on the prowl for new and exciting products. This aggressive procurement policy ensures that you will always find the latest international products in our showroom. We have samples in our showroom showing product in varying stages of production, allowing our clients to select staining and upholstery of their choice, without unduly influencing their creative eye. We have a fully-equipped staining facility where we offer a choice of mahogany, walnut, cherry, wenge or limewash, amongst others. 164

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We also offer a professional upholstering service and our sales staff will gladly advise and assist you in your selection. We are satisfied that your time at Peter J.A. Stuart will be a stimulating and rewarding experience and we pride ourselves on offering the very finest product available which will certainly give you many years of comfort, pleasure and satisfaction. Peter J.A. Stuart: 129 Fifth Street, Wynberg 2090, Gauteng. P.O. Box 782962, Sandton 2146, South Africa. Tel: : +27 11 786 2323; Durban: +27 31 303 4976; Port Elizabeth: +27 41 581 1422; Cape Town: +27 21 510 5810. Best of South Africa


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Bakos Brothers The Bakos Brothers Legacy was established in 1971. The Brothers Don, Dennis, Bernard, Norman and Tyrone united their entrepreneurial skills and pushed the boundaries of the furniture and property industries into a new dimension of opulent living.

For decades the Bakos Brothers Brand has drawn the ears and the hearts of many South Africans, indulging in their reputation for high-end, comfortable living. Whether it is furniture or architectural design, the unique offering of quality and cordial service has become synonymous with the Bakos Brand. With three impeccable showrooms, within the contours of Johannesburg, the Brothers and their esteemed team proudly operate within 45000 square feet of trading space. Today, a dedicated team of passionate protĂŠgĂŠs collectively make up 160 years of retail trade experience. The Bakos property developments stretch widely through Sandton, Johannesburg from their prestige Office and Cluster Developments in Sandhurst to the landmark of the Decorating Centre in Dunkeld, Hydepark, which was the first of its kind with an offering of end to end services, Decorating, Designing, Planning, Developments and Furnishings. The Bakos Brothers are very proud to 166

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announce that they have recently been awarded, Exclusively the Giorgetti of Italy Distribution for South Africa. At Bakos Brothers, luxury is a legacy that continues to stand the test of time… Services include: • Designer Consultation • Interior and space planning • Fabric correlation and curtaining • Finish and fixture specifications • In House Professional Consultants • Full Interior Design Planning services available • Property development Branches: DCOSA Decorating Centre of Southern Africa, 226 Jan Smuts Ave crn Bompass Road, Dunkeld. Tel: +27 11 325 2400 Sandton City: Sandton City Lower Level, Rivonia Road, Sandton. Tel: +27 11 883 4716   Design Quarter: Corner William Nicol and Leslie Road, Fourways. Tel: +27 11 465 0130 Opposite: Bottom left – Planet Corner Suite. Top: Byblos Sofa. Centre left: Giorgetti – Scriptor Desk. Centre right: Giorgetti – Aries Sofa. Bottom: Pamela Dining Suite. Best of South Africa


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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 new Fourways showroom at 22 Whitehall Close, Fourways Junction (next to Fourways Crossings) in Fourways. Tel: +27 11 467 7126. Best of South Africa


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Our splendour is in our detail Select ranges of tiles, taps, sanitary ware, bathroom fittings and accessories. From the smallest feature to the completed space, we bring you brilliant dĂŠcor in every detail.

Johannesburg: Hans Strijdom Drive, North Riding, Randburg; Tel: +27 11 699 3500; Fax: +27 11 699 3507. Bloemfontein: Shop 8 Heuwelsig Centre, Ogilvy-Thompson Street, Heuwelsig; Tel: +27 51 436 5284; Fax: +27 51 436 5285. Cape Town: Cnr. Paarden Eiland Road & Neptune Street, Paarden Eiland; Tel: +27 21 506 9000; Fax: +27 21 510 5666 Durban: 892 Umgeni Road (Old Lion Match premises), Durban; Tel: + 27 31 303 8400; Fax: +27 31 303 8576 Pretoria: Cnr. Zambezi Drive & Veronica Road, Montana; Tel: +27 11 699 3500; Fax: +27 11 699 3507; E-mail: 170

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Jetmaster Do you want the best value for your money?

Has the unit been shot blasted? Jetmaster shot blasts the whole of the unit with small beads. This process polishes the surface of the unit as well as removes oil from the surfaces to allow the paint to adhere properly, which assists with rust prevention

Do you want the best value for your money? Jetmaster has earned an unrivaled reputation for the best barbecue units and fireplaces over the last 50 years. Jetmaster is about the home; it is about generations of South Africans all around the country sitting around the fire place or braai and the memories that were shared. Before purchasing a fireplace or barbeque, ask the following questions; Does your fireplace have a double skin convection system? Jetmaster fireplaces have a patented convection heating design which increases the heating capacity by as much as five times. The convection heating system heats the room, firstly from radiated heat directly off the fireplace itself and secondly convected heat from the air that is heated as it travels through the convection chamber. Has the unit been seam welded or spot welded? Jetmaster takes great care to seam weld all units as this ensures the strength and longevity of a unit, where as spot welding increases the possibility of cracking.

Has the unit been structurally re-enforced? Without structural re-enforcement, the unit is prone to buckle and warp. All Jetmaster units are re-enforced. Is the unit painted with both a primer and an overcoat? A primer prevents rust and heat resistant paint ensures that the paintwork on any Jetmaster unit will stand up to the harsh environments that units are exposed to. Does the unit have any accreditation and guarantee? Jetmaster manufactures units according to the ISO 9001 accreditation, SABS standards and all our gas products are certified by the LPG Gas Association of SA. In addition, Jetmaster has a 15 year guarantee on all its fireboxes. Jetmaster’s absolute focus on quality sets them apart from the rest. Jetmaster prides itself on the quality of both its product and service, and continuous efforts in quality improvement ensure that Jetmaster remains a superior product for both the local and global markets. For more information contact 086 100 3838. Ask for it by name – Jetmaster Best of South Africa


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Leading Edge An Innovation from Cobra Leading Edge proves that taps and mixers can be functional, sophisticated and elegant.

The contemporary style and classical form of Leading Edge is in a league of its own. The Leading Edge designed by Brian Steinhobel the award winning industrial designer combines art and technology sensuous to the touch with an unmistakable cobra quality. Leading Edge taps and mixers are not just about aesthetics, they however offer a host of superior functional features such as: • Temperature and flow controllable cartridges for safety, energy and water conservation. • A slimline flow straightener for basins • Angle regulating valves for basins and bidets The Leading Edge is supplied with SABS certification along with Cobra 10 year warranty as well as service back up. For more information phone 0861 21 21 21, e-mail: 172

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Adams Discount Centre Adams Discount Centre has been in existence from 1937.

From the 1960’s we have been specialising with our exclusive expertise in retail and wholesale within the following product range/s: Stockist of: Dinnerware by Noritake, Royal Doulton, Royal Albert, Villeroy & Boch, Patra, Arzberg, Continental China, Johnson Bros, Royal Porcelain and Sterling China. Glassware by Somerset Crystal, Consol Glassware, Cristal D’arques and Bormioli. Stainless Steel and Gold Plated Cutlery by Sterling, Sheffield EPNS, WMF, Eetrite, Forum, W’u’sthof – Trident Knives and Emess Silverware. Cookware by Fissler, WMF, Aloe, Le Creuset, Tefal, Sterling – Cookware. Electrical Appliances by Bosch and Kenwood. Stockist of Table Linen. Supply to Restaurants, Caterers, Corporate Companies, Government Sectors as well as the Public. For more information contact us on: Tel: +27 11 402 4168. Best of South Africa


Chapter 7 Health and Beauty

“In every man’s heart there is a secret nerve that answers to the vibrations of beauty.” Christopher Morley (1890–1957) Novelist, essayist and poet.










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Gary Rom Hairdressing A Gary Rom Hairdressing experience is the benchmark in SA’s hairdressing industry, an experience totally devoted to the condition of your hair.


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Our approach to service excellence entails: • our 7-step consultation, which ensures that each of our stylists can guarantee their services • us quoting within your beauty budget before we start any hair services • us creating a future plan for your hair care • complimentary refreshments • complimentary meals for our colour clients • complimentary Indian Head Massages and hand massages • 14-day exchange guarantee on all retail products recommended

Our dedication to the condition of your hair would be useless without the best, professional products. Hence our ‘partnership’ with L’Oréal, the #1 name in hair and beauty cosmetics worldwide. Their complementary brands - L’Oréal Professional, Kérastase, Redken and Mizani - meet the requirements of salon professionals in colorants, hair care, texturing and styling formulas and provide salon customers with a wide range of high-performance product solutions. As a Group, we trade under 3 guises, namely: Gary Rom Institute; Gary Rom Hairdressing; and Gary Rom Corporate. Our

Institute salon at Woodlands Boulevard in Pretoria is based on the Kérastase Institute concept, a concept which represents the ultimate in premium, luxury treatment for clients to enjoy the total Kérastase experience – a perfect blend of advanced technology, creative expertise and personalised care. Our Hairdressing salons (at Menlyn Retail Park, Brooklyn Square, Southdowns, Zambezi Junction and Wanderers Planet Fitness) are a blend of industry-leading XMC training principles and our dedication to the overall customer experience. Our Corporate salon (at Discovery Health in Sandton) is an experiment for us to see if we can take the very best in Gary Rom standards, discount the pricing structure by excluding the bells and whistles, and exclusively serve a company’s workforce in a time-sensitive environment. We are the official hair care sponsors of the Miss South Africa and Miss SA Teen pageants, as well as the hair care sponsor for Mrs. South Africa. We have also been retained to look after the hair of the well known South African soap stars of 7de Laan, and the FHM Models in Deal Or No Deal! Gary also runs an international training company called XMC, training his fellow industry colleagues from across South Africa and abroad. Gary has no problem with sharing all of his success secrets with both salon owners and hairdressing professionals, and his seminar-type training modules empower stylists to take charge of their own destiny. He is a motivational powerhouse of practical, common sense business solutions and creative retailing techniques. Gary Rom Salons: Woodlands Boulevard – +27 12 997 5468 Menlyn Retail Park – +27 12 348 5480 Brooklyn Square – +27 12 346 3374 Southdowns – +27 12 665 0188 Zambezi Junction – +27 79 359 4781 Wanderers Planet Fitness – +27 11 447 6162 Discovery Health – +27 11 529 3144 Best of South Africa


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Mangwanani Private African Day Spa Mangwanani being Spa of the Year in South Africa for the past 4 consecutive years also the biggest Spa in the country encompasses the entire Wellness Revolution and extends it holistically by incorporating our 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 is a unique African Spa Experience which incorporates Wellness, Entertainment and Social Responsibility. We focus on relaxation while indulging all the senses in True Decadent Revitalization. History of Mangwanani Erin’s original idea was born out of personal preferences, to establish a retreat where women could be pampered from head to toe and indulge in sheer decadence. Her greatest challenges were trying to market the idea of an 178

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African Spa with “decadent revitalization” and indulgence, as this was totally unique and has become Mangwanani’s trademark today. Erin did not want to use qualified Beauty Therapists, but rather allow previously disadvantaged women, from the local communities, to be empowered by their natural abilities. Mangwanani Empowerment Mangwanani offer disadvantaged women ongoing training on the unique treatments based on stories & fables that have been passed down through generations and molded into sought 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 & 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. Mangwanani believes in the power of possibility, that anything is possible. We therefore encourage staff members, by offering new and exciting opportunities in training, development and exposure to shows & events etc. To extend the Community Upliftment Programme, Mangwanani empowers the aged in their Mangwanani “handmade” factory where “Gogo’s” proudly create incredible gowns, slippers, uniforms etc. The Gogo’s design and make up garments according to specific orders and Mangwanani purchase the respective fabrics. Many of these “Gogo’s” are already shareholders in Mangwanani, giving them strength as individuals and recognizing hope in their efforts. They are also supplied with the machinery. Mangwanani Branches Mangwanani River Valley is nestled in the Valley of the Hennops River, in the Schurveberg Mountain range en-route to Hartbeespoort Dam. It is a Rare Experience of True African Indulgence. Our guests are transported to an African Bush Hideaway, where they are pampered & spoilt in True African Royal Tradition. Mangwanani Bashewa is located in the east of Pretoria. Relax and celebrate natural well-being in our Redwood Hot Tubs, enjoy traditional massages in thatched treatment rooms nestled in the tranquil forest and unwind on our wooden decks overlooking the dam. Experience the Sheer Indulgence and Decadent Revitalisation legendary to Mangwanani in a uniquely different environment. Mangwanani Zevenwacht, the ever popular African Day Spa. Situated at the sight of the “Lookout” on the beautiful Wine Farm, Zevenwacht, and flanked on either side by vineyards of red and white noble grape varieties is our latest edition to the Mangwanani Tribe of Original African Day Spa’s. Overlooking the whole of the Western Cape, Panoramic views are enjoyed from our New Thatched Boma, with Majestic Table Mountain in the foreground and The Atlantic and Indian Oceans entwined in the back. Come and enjoy Decadent Revitalisation, in breathtaking surroundings. 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 at the Indaba Hotel in Fourways provides an environment for change and is for the executive who is prepared to spend time rebalancing and recharging their energy levels, with the energizing power of essential oils, drawn from African herbs, flowers and spices. Mangwanani Morula perched along the banks of the Nooitgedacht Dam, Mangwanani offers a venue for patrons staying at the Marula Casino and Resort the much needed pleasure of enjoying full Decadent Revitalization. An added bonus is now you can enjoy True African indulgence in the comfort and luxury of your won hotel room. Mangwanani Meropa nestled in the enigmatic reaches of Northern South Africa, Meropa offers Sun International patrons yet another environment for True African Indulgence. Meropa’s intimate

Moroccan setting is fitting because like Morroco is a place laden in culture, legend and romance, so too is Mangwanani. Some of our Mangwanani Spa Packages African Revitalization Spa Includes: 7 Treatments; Light Breakfast; Lunch; Full Complimentary Bar; Bus Transfers Moonlight Night Spa Includes: 3 Treatments; Dinner; Full Complimentary Bar; Bus Transfers The Mangwanani family tree consists of: River Valley; Meropa; Bashewa; Sibaya; Indaba; Zevenwacht; Morula; Safari Spa’s. For more information contact our Central Reservations on 0860 55 00 55. Best of South Africa


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Scientific Skin Care that makes a Difference In this day and age, most cosmetic companies are market driven as they manufacture products that follow current market trends. Environ速 is completely results driven.

THE SCIENCE BEHIND ENVIRON速 In a world full of acronyms, denoting little more than abbreviated names, comes one with a wonderfully rich and textured meaning. Advanced Vitamin Skin Therapy, or AVST.TM Environ速 Skin Care uses this phrase because each one of the four words is descriptive of a revolutionary product and therapeutic system, evolved for use on skin of any age, quality or condition in contemporary environments. The name is clear about the fact that the treatments are specifically for skin and is applied as a therapy. Beauty therapy is no longer a field of feel-good applications in its primary aim, but aims to assist and mobilise the innate ability of skin to repair or maintain 180

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itself. Environ速 AVSTTM is the leader in this exciting skin care approach and philosophy. Advanced is a word not used lightly by the company. It recognises the depth of scientific research required in the painstaking formulation, clinical testing and objective evaluation of results obtained when AVSTTM is practiced as a rational and logical approach to contemporary skin care. Skin is depleted of important vitamins when exposed to the harmful elements such as pollution and radiation from the sun as well as the effects of modern-day life namely stress and poor diet. The only way to effectively replenish these lost skin vitamins is with topical applications of Environ Skin Care Products.

DR. DES FERNANDES, world renowned plastic and reconstructive surgeon, pioneered the use of Vitamin A in high effective doses and antioxidants over a decade ago. He knew that the cosmetic of the future had to contain adequate amounts of vitamin A, vitamin C and other antioxidants if we intended to protect skin from the ravages of increasing UV irradiation. Environ® Skin Care Products were formulated with all this in mind and he wanted to ensure that everybody would have the best product that modern scientific technology could offer. ENVIRON SKIN CARE (PTY) LTD is a family managed business and not part of an international conglomeration. The present directors are Dr. Desmond

Fernandes and his sister, Mrs. Valerie Carstens who is the CEO. Environ® is one of the very few major skin care ranges that is totally integrated by being manufactured and marketed by the same company. In this day and age, most cosmetic companies are market driven as they manufacture products that follow current market trends. Environ® is completely results driven. All new products are developed as a result of Dr. Fernandes’ personal, scientific research. The ingredients he uses and the techniques he creates all have a scientific basis for their inclusion into the Environ® range. Environ® skin care products are tested only on human volunteers. Clinical trials are conducted on trialists over an extended period. As a result of lengthy clinical testing by Dr. Fernandes and his team, and by independent collaborators, each product is proven to be effective and safe. The Environ® Factory maintains GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) as recommended by both South African and EU Authorities. The products are manufactured and marketed only after thorough and exhaustive testing. Environ includes effective active ingredients and only uses preservatives when really necessary. The products are filled into packaging which protects the active ingredients from light and air. Environ® has introduced the very latest in packaging technology to ensure maximum hygiene and efficiency in the filling and packaging of its creams. THE ENVIRON® SKIN CARE PRODUCTS are intended for use on all skin types, on people of all ages and for both genders.

The products are only manufactured from the highest quality ingredients. Environ® AVSTTM is accompanied by products and technologically advanced therapeutic methods. Environ endeavours always to offer a skin care range incorporating the best that science and technology can offer. The Environ® creams are based on a “STEPUP SYSTEM” or “GRADUATED SYSTEM” of varying intensities of active ingredients and vitamins to ensure that the client’s skin adapts gradually. Environ® offers a comprehensive selection of formulations and products to meet the requirements of individualized skin types, skin conditions and life styles. 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. For more information on Environ® treatments and their products call toll free 0800 220 402 (South Africa only). Best of South Africa


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Avroy Shlain Cosmetics Entrepreneurship has been a pervasive force in Avroy Shlain Cosmetics since it’s establishment in July 1973.

As the company celebrates it’s 35th birthday and another successful year, it’s clear that the creative energy of the individuals who first took the initiative to convert a good idea into a profitable business continues to drive the 42 000-strong Avroy Shlain team in the marketplace. Avroy Shlain Cosmetics is one of the largest direct selling skincare beauty houses in southern Africa today and operates as a subsidiary within the prestigious Tupperware Brands Corporation portfolio. The brand, which has grown to incorporate the full spectrum of beauty products, is a household name, with a distributor base of 42 000 making it a thriving business with strong South African roots. Avroy Shlain Cosmetics (Pty) Limited is one of the giants in the direct selling industry, ranking amongst the top five in direct selling and being one of the top 500 companies in South Africa. Avroy Shlain Cosmetics is geared for aggressive growth with it’s vision of achieving the no.1 direct selling company position in Southern Africa. The changing face of the global economy, where the pursuit of profit and competitiveness has meant that job security is no longer a given, has heightened demand for informal business opportunities. It’s here that Avroy Shlain Cosmetics has so much to offer. More than providing a means to earning an income within flexible workday parameters, Avroy Shlain Cosmetics represents an opportunity for empowerment, making it a highly attractive 182

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Board of Directors at Avroy Shlain Cosmetics (Pty) Limited: (left to right; Cornelle van Graan (managing director), Ria Cassell, Pieter Swanepoel, Isabel Laubscher, Malinda Brink).

business partner to the thousands of individuals that make up the company’s ranks in Southern Africa. “Our focus on individual growth is unwavering” notes Managing Director, Cornelle van Graan. “Training and skills development is high on our agenda – we take responsibility for equipping distributors to realize their potential and maximize earnings. Excellence is encouraged and rewarded”. The Avroy Shlain brand is widely recognized as a symbol of quality and integrity, and the products that bear the brand name have to live up to the high expectations of the expanding base of loyal consumers. The company’s heritage has been built on the strength of state-of-the-art skincare ranges that have been formulated specifically for African conditions, and is complemented by prestige body care, nutrition, cosmetics and an extensive fragrance portfolio. To produce a high quality world class product, the

company finds the best active ingredients from all over the world, and partners with the best manufacturers locally and internationally. Avroy Shlain Cosmetics reward and recognition programmes add considerable impact to its marketing drives, with top sellers being strongly motivated by local and overseas conferences among other rewards. The company takes 400 to 500 distributors to an overseas conference every year and travel is arranged to a wide variety of exotic destinations around the globe. The passion that Avroy Shlain Cosmetics has in changing lives extends to their active role in the community and corporate social investment. Amongst many worthwhile causes that Avroy Shlain Cosmetics is involved in, Bethany House is one of them, a home for abused women and their children. The home strives to assist with the transformation process of equipping and inspiring women to live productive and fulfilled lives. Potters

House is another initiative that is supported by Avroy Shlain Cosmetics. The House is a safe haven for orphaned children affected by the HIV pandemic. Avroy Shlain Cosmetics has won several accolades for work done in the community, both locally and internationally. The aim of the company is to achieve R1.5 billion by 2013, when it envisages to have a distributor base of 100 000 people servicing a customer base of more than one million customers and thereby creating an opportunity for thousands of new distributors each year. Such an achievement will position Avroy Shlain Cosmetics as a force to be reckoned with in the South African beauty, direct selling and entrepreneurial community. Avroy Shlain Cosmetics is contributing to the creation of a working self-sufficient nation and is a remarkable African success story. Best of South Africa


It’s time to express your individuality with this stunning new range of colour cosmetics. For the first time ever, you have the freedom to choose your own make-up colour palette!

Select three, five or eight of your favourite luxurious colours from more than 48 tantalising pure colour pigments to include in your own, unique palette. Simply click your distinctive colour combinations together to form an elegant and convenient, all-in-one make-up stack that you can take everywhere with you. DV8 [expressions] has the perfect selection of rich and vibrant colours, based on the latest European fashion trends, to complement any skin tone. Whether yours is ebony, ivory or anywhere in between, 184

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DV8 [expressions] – the new language of colour!

you are sure to find the perfect colours to enhance your natural complexion. Perfect Purity At the heart of each DV8 [expressions] product is the finest quality, 100% pure mineral colour pigments with no additives – no fillers, no talc, no oils, no perfumes and no harsh preservatives. This means that you no longer have to compromise on incredible colour, flawless coverage or performance to be gentle on the most sensitive skin and, at the same time, kind to the earth.

One Colour - Eight Amazing Uses! DV8 [expressions] is all about being creative and individual. Now you can create exactly the look you want for every occasion. Whether you are dusting body shimmer for a special evening out, sunning yourself with bronzer for that summer look or creating smouldering eyes, luscious lips or blushing cheeks, dare to be different with DV8 [expressions]. How to get really creative with DV8 [expressions] Mix it with everyday mediums such as lip gloss, clear nail polish, or even just a little water and you can create rich eyeliners, shimmering eye shadows, stunning colour mascaras, deep blushers, vibrant lipsticks and nail polishes, and sensual body shimmers. Add a little colour to ordinary hair gel and you can add funky streaks to your hair. Let your imagination run wild!

Elegant Eyes DV8 [expressions] pigments make fantastic eye shadows. Using your sponge applicator or your favourite eye shadow brush, lightly dab into your chosen colour powder and apply to your eyelid. Apply dry, with an angled brush, to create a soft look or mix it with a bit of water for a dramatically intense look. Choose a lighter colour as a highlighter and apply above your eyelid creating the look you desire. Wet your thinner eyeliner brush with a little water and lightly touch it into the colour. Apply under your upper and/or lower lashes for a rich, long lasting eyeliner in whatever colour you choose. Add a little DV8 [expressions] colour to your mascara brush and transform your clear, brown, black or green mascara into a sparkling treat for your lashes. Cheeky Indulgence Apply a little DV8 [expressions] colour powder to the cheeks and cheekbones for a delicate and sensuous look but, remember, a little goes a long way! Using a blush brush, dip the tip of the brush into the colour and apply along your cheekbone, nose, chin or forehead as desired. Use a lighter colour as a highlighter. Be creative and experiment with the wide range of neutrals, coppers, bronzes and browns and pick your favourites to suit your natural complexion. Luscious Lips Forget about having to stick to one lip colour for ages. Now you can change your lipstick colour as often as you please. With DV8 [expressions], you have a palette of lip colours that will make you elegantly distinctive and the envy of your friends. Apply your favourite clear lip gloss for a glossy look or lip balm for a more matt look. Then simply dip your lip brush into your favourite colour and apply it to your lips for a rich, luxurious lipstick. Naughty Nails No more disappointment when you realise your favourite colour has gone all tacky just before your big night out. Dip your nail polish brush into your clear nail polish and then into your selected colour and apply to your nails. Your polish can also be mixed in a separate container should you require a larger quantity. Clean the brush with a little nail polish remover before closing your nail polish. The exciting part is that generally a single coat is all you’ll need. With DV8 [expressions], you can match your nails and lips or pick a colour to match your outfit. The possibilities are endless!

Body Beautiful Your body will love the ravishing glow it gets when you mix DV8 [expressions] pure colour powders with your favourite face or body lotion for a warm and natural radiance. Put a little lotion in the palm of your hand, mix in a small amount of the bronzer pigments and rub on or mix your own colour choice into your lotion and apply for a warm and natural radiance. For a stunning body shimmer, dip your body powder brush into the colour and simply dust a light coating of powder over your shoulders and dĂŠcolletage for a sparkling, shimmering shine. Heavenly Highlights DV8 [expressions] makes a fabulous hair highlighter. Using your blusher brush, dip it into your favourite DV8 [expressions] pigment and apply a streak of colour to your hair. Finish with hairspray. You can also apply a little water or hair gel, mixed with some colour pigment, to your hair for a more dramatic look. Experimenting, being creative and expressing yourself is what DV8 [expressions] is all about. For more information contact: Tel: +27 11 463 0044 /1/2/3; Fax: +27 11 463 3956; Email: Best of South Africa


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BESTmed at a glance BESTmed has been in operation for 43 years and as a mutual, non-profit medical scheme, provides healthcare peace of mind to about 34 000 families or more than 86 000 lives – in many cases second-generation dependants who have opted to become principal members.


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BESTmed is financially sound, with a solvency ratio of 46,9 percent in 2006 - compared to the legally required 25 percent - and with a credit rating of AA-. The administration of the scheme is very efficient, the average turnaround time for claims is 48 hours and the average satisfaction rating of members in 2006 was 4,4 out of a maximum of 5. The scheme employs just over 100 employees. ‘We have taken up the challenge and have ensured that we remained at the forefront of this process. We introduced managed healthcare strategies suitable to the changed environment. In today’s fast-moving world you cannot give consumers what you may think they need – they know exactly what they want. As a forward-thinking company we take the needs of our members to heart – and provide services accordingly. Our reevaluated focus and repositioning ensures that we meet our members’ healthcare needs – ensuring their peace of mind and personal well-being in the long term,’ says La Grange.

structured benefit options also include a savings account for any excesses. The scheme also offers a unique reward programme to its members. This innovative programme is designed to bring members day-to-day benefits, rewards and recognition, whilst encouraging them to change their health and wellness behaviour, and ultimately the scheme strives to provide a delighted customer experience. The schemes competitiveness is maintained via managed healthcare initiatives such as disease management programmes and preauthorisation for hospitalisation. These are achieved by identifying high risk members and managing their health in a cost-effective way through a variety of value adding programmes. Part of the deal is BESTmed’s exceptional service, which includes enquiry services rendered on-site, product training, risk profiling, health and lifestyle assessments up to actuarial services and administrative assistance to human resource departments.

What does BESTmed stand for? BESTmed is driven by its vision of being the scheme of first choice to access quality healthcare. Its mission states that the scheme strives to provide healthcare peace of mind to its members by curbing healthcare expenditure. In pursuing its objectives, the scheme endeavours not to waive from its most important commitment to its members - the provision of the best medical cover coupled with service excellence and a documented track record of fast claims settlements.

A socially responsible corporate citizen BESTmeds corporate social investment strategy is based on four pillars: - health - education - sports development - socio-economic upliftment

The BESTmed offering BESTmed`s well-priced, value for money products cater for all income groups across different market segments. The benefit options range from capitation products and hospital plans to comprehensive and classic cover. All the options cover hospitalisation at 100 percent of the contracted fees, and no co-payments and annual limits are applicable. Some of these uniquely

Corporate Affairs General Manager Alan Fritz says among others Hospice and the Cancer Association are two of the schemes beneficiaries. The scheme recently became involved in the development of and AIDS centre in Centurion, Gauteng, where first aid kits and medical support are provided. Fritz says the recent support of a careers exhibition at the University of Venda was a huge success. ‘More than 24 000 learners from 285 schools visited the careers exhibition on the Univen campus. The aim is to enhance the exhibition with follow-up visits to individual feeder schools, particularly in the Vhembe district. Due to the success rate, the

possibility of presenting the exhibition over two weeks instead of one is on the cards. ‘By being involved in communities where our members are represented, we believe we are fulfilling our vision of being the scheme of first choice to access quality healthcare.’ says Fritz. Human resource a BESTmed priority Career and personal development is a human resource priority for BESTmed. This is according to General Manager, Human Resources and Administration, Pieter van Zyl. ‘We strive to develop our employees holistically, ensuring that each individual’s goals are compatible with the goals of the company. The upgrading of skills through an education programme is a motivating factor for our staff. We also aim to attract and retain competent employees through our recruitment process.’ Van Zyl says employees are also encouraged to attend motivational talks and cross-cultural team building programmes. Where to find BESTmed Contact BESTmed on 086 000 2378. Gauteng 080 028 7633; Free State 086 010 5153; Western Cape 086 010 5154; Port Elizabeth 086 010 5156; East London / Mthatha 086 010 4950; KwaZulu-Natal +27 31 267 1528; Mpumalanga 086 010 4950; Limpopo 086 099 9633. Best of South Africa


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Scan For Life™ Preventative Imaging Medical Centre Medical research has consistently shown that the early detection of serious disease processes, well in advance of noticeable symptoms, leads to more effective management with increased survival rates.


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This is the most critical strategy for avoiding a Heart Attack, advanced Cancer diagnosis or Stroke. Preventative Imaging is the specialised Medical field, which screens individuals for the earliest stages of Dread Disease, utilising advanced non-invasive Body Scanning technology. Follow-up of risk reduction strategies and peace of mind are additional benefits. Although widely practiced abroad, particularly in the USA, it is only now that Preventative Imaging is available in South Africa. Scan For Life™ is the first and original Preventative Body Scanning Medical Centre in South Africa, providing a state of the art Dread Disease screening solution. The Medical Directors are the leading Specialist Doctors, Dr Mitch Kaplan and Dr Louis Sulman, who have trained extensively abroad in all aspects of Preventative Imaging and are accredited. They introduced the CT Scanner technology and imaging applications into the South African market in 2003. The technology base includes the latest generation, highly advanced 64 Slice CT Scanner. The Scanner table slides into a wide open ring (not a claustrophobic tunnel) and the body is scanned rapidly in extremely high resolution in seconds. A powerful Workstation then reconstructs a 3D image, which can be sectioned in any plane. Scan For Life™ also incorporates MRI and other Scanning technologies. The Scans are non-invasive, safe, and convenient, with no anaesthetic, sedatives, skin incision, catheter insertion, Scope or Barium liquid required. They are rapidly completed within one or two breathholds, but the examination may take from 10 minutes to half an hour during preparations. One may return to work immediately afterward with no observation, hospitalization or residual discomfort. Our Medical Specialists prepare a full Report in hardcopy and CD digital format. Appropriate Scans are recommended from 40 to 50 years of age, if there are co-existing risk factors - family history, tobacco history, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, overweight, inactive lifestyle, mental stress etc. The Coronary CT Angiogram Scan is the most accurate non-invasive test available to assess the coronary arteries for plaque (cholesterol deposits) and stenoses (narrowings / blockages). In the USA, the NIH has endorsed Coronary Scanning. The Virtual Colonoscopy Scan is the most accurate non-invasive way to diagnose small colo-rectal polyps and early colon and rectal cancers. Other colon abnormalities

as well as the other abdominal organs are also assessed simultaneously. The Lung Scan is the most sensitive and accurate method available for detecting the earliest lung cancers, the majority of which can be removed. It is relatively inexpensive and should be considered as a far more sensitive replacement of the annual chest X-ray. The Neck and Brain CT Angiogram Scans provide a highly accurate assessment of the arteries for stroke risk. The Brain MRI Scan is most sensitive examination available for detecting early tumours, strokes or Multiple Sclerosis. The Mammogram and Bone Mineral Density Scan detect breast cancer and osteoporosis in the earliest stages. Scan For Life™ is centrally located in the North of Johannesburg within the Rosebank Hospital. For more information contact us on: Tel: +27 11 447 5669. Scan For LifeTM could save your life, because prevention is better than cure. Best of South Africa


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Muscle Science The Power of Science There is no second place. Today’s X generation must go faster, harder and be stronger, participating in environments that are increasingly competitive.

Andre van der Mescht NABBA Mr Universe / IFBB SA Champion Bodybuilder Team Muscle Science

Sindy McAlpine Miss FAME Bikini 2007 Team Muscle Science


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To survive in the fierce climate of South African sport, athletes are paying particular attention to developing new techniques in training, nutrition and strength to maximize their performance. With targeted muscle training the correct diet and nutrition is paramount. This can only be achieved with the correct nutritional supplementation. What you put in, is what you get out! Leading edge pharmaceutical companies, in particular, Muscle Science, are using the latest scientific technology together with experts in the field of biology and nutrition to formulate products that meet the evolving needs of these new age athletes.

The old adage‌ knowledge is power has never been more appropriate. For 10 years Muscle Science has been harnessing the power of science to develop nutritional supplements for those who want to take their physique to the next level. From the seasonal dieter to the performance athelete, Muscle Science has a range of products that deliver results. Their products are researched and developed in a state of the art, Medicines Control Council approved pharmaceutical manufacturing facility, giving you the confidence of a technically formulated product with comprehensive, scientific backing.

Suzaan van Biljon SA Elite Squad Swimmer Team Muscle Science

Justin Thacker SA Team Physique Athlete Team Muscle Science

Nicole Coetser Miss Aerobics SA Seven-times Aerobics Champion Team Muscle Science

While performance drugs might be gaining momentum, Muscle Science products are formulated in accordance with the principles of drug-free sport. Already they have gained a reputation as being the leading authority in sports performance nutrition and their development team has assisted many sports people in becoming some of South Africa’s finest Champions. Look out for the Muscle Science sponsored athletes and their diet and workout plans on the Muscle Science website If you’re looking for a product to suit your particular needs, the ranges have been conveniently segmented to make product choice easier. • Health Science Series includes a range of high potency vitamins and minerals designed to improve overall health, vitality and wellness. • Sport Science Series supports high performance energy levels and maintains peak performance for endurance athletes. • Physique Science Series improves your

physique and physical performance with high quality protein supplements and cutting edge ergogenic/performance enhancers. • Diet Science Series gives you all the nutrition you need for a perfectly sculpted and toned body through balanced profiled meal replacements, weight loss support products and thermogenics. Muscle Science is always updating and upgrading the range with new and innovative ingredients and products as technology evolves. You can keep track of the latest developments on their websites. The sites are a wealth of information and there’s no doubt you will find the best South African health and nutrition has to offer. Muscle Science – cutting edge products – powered by science! Best of South Africa


Chapter 8 Corporate Profiles

“Success is not counted by how high you have climbed but by how many people you brought with you.” Will Rose – Businessman

Corporate Profiles

Routledge Modise Attorneys Exceeding expectations


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Above: Icelandic Trade Mission

In the late 1800s Johannesburg was no more than a dusty, brash mining camp, populated by adventurers as cosmopolitan and diverse in culture as the people of South Africa today. Routledge Modise Attorneys was founded in 1892, a mere six years after gold was first discovered on the Witwatersrand. At the time, the firm’s main area of business was registration and protection of mining claims, registration of titles to land, formation of businesses, partnerships and new companies. Today, 116 years later, Johannesburg is a thriving metropolis and the firm has grown to a staff complement of over 300 and represents all areas of law, with emphasis on commercial transactions including stock exchange listings, litigation and property transactions. Its clients are no longer individual entrepreneurs, but major domestic and international corporations, banks, financial institutions and state authorities. Over the years various mergers added to the firm’s growth and expertise. The major growth, however, took place in the last decade. In 2007 Stein Scop, a specialist information technology and telecommunications firm that is responsible for some groundbreaking developments in the telecommunications industry, merged with Routledge Modise. Routledge Modise’s litigation department of over 60 professionals is one of the largest litigation departments of any law firm in the country. The firm recently won a case for two pension funds in terms of which the defendant was ordered to pay close to ZAR1 billion for breach of contract, which is one of the biggest awards in South African legal history. Individual litigation teams are dedicated to specialist areas such as insurance law, construction law and commercial litigation. The head of the firm’s forensics team was appointed as the sole representative in South Africa for Fraudnet, the largest association of lawyers in the world dealing with white collar crime. The firm’s forensics team has handled some of the highest profile white collar crime matters in South Africa. Routledge Modise is a founding member of the Arbitration Foundation of Southern Africa and is continuously involved in high-level arbitrations and alternative dispute resolutions. The firm’s commercial department deals with major commercial transactions, mergers and acquisitions, black economic empowerment transactions, and local and international stock

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exchange listings. It acted for Eland Platinum in the ZAR7.5 billion offer by Xstrata South Africa for the acquisition of the entire issued ordinary share capital of Eland, for First Uranium Corporation in their C$203 million listing on the Toronto Stock Exchange, and as South African commercial law and competition advisor for Croda International plc and Imperial Chemical Industries plc, both listed on the London Stock Exchange, in a deal value of £410 million. It also handled the transaction for the Barplats introduction of a 26% BBBEE shareholding. The firm’s property department is involved in a variety of luxury apartment developments, such as the ZAR500 million Sandhurst Towers, the ZAR200 million Duo Via Sentrale and the ZAR120 million Icon@HydePark. Routledge Modise is also actively involved in local business events. It successfully hosted the tourism seminar of the South Africa-Italy Business Forum, the Icelandic Trade Mission and a variety of other seminars at its new offices in Sandton. The firm and its staff maintain a significant involvement in community services for families and children affected by poverty and HIV/Aids in South Africa. Best of South Africa


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GlaxoSmithKline – SA (100 years in South Africa) GSK has had a presence in South Africa since 1902 .In addition to marketing and sales operations, the company has manufactured Consumer healthcare and Pharmaceutical products for the last 60 years in a variety of different locations which were consolidated into a single factory in Cape Town in 2002.

Above: Factory workers from Cape Town Factory (GMS). Opposite page - Top left: GlaxoSmithKline SA Head Offices in Bryanston. Top right: Opening of Community Clinic in Masoyi by Karim El-Alaoui - General Manager - Pharma SA (on left side of picture) and Jean Pierre Garnier - Chief Executive Officer - GlaxoSmithKline (on right side of picture). Middle: Heribert Voss – Consumer Healthcare’s GM for Southern Africa at the launch of the 2008 Safer Taxis for South Africa campaign.


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Pharmaceuticals • GSK South Africa is ranked 9th in the pharmaceuticals industry • GSK is ranked 2nd in the vaccines market with a value market share of 29.5% • Key therapeutic areas: Respiratory, vaccines, central nervous system (CNS), metabolic, anti infectives, anaesthesia Consumer Healthcare • GSK is ranked 2nd within the South African Consumer Healthcare industry, with strong No. 1 and No. 2 positions in both Oral Healthcare and OTC products. • Major Consumer Healthcare Products are Grand-Pa, Aquafresh, Eno, MedLemon, Borstol, Lucozade, Scotts and Sensodyne. Global Manufacturing & Supply (GMS) • The South African factory is located in Cape Town, manufacturing mainly for the local markets, both pharmaceutical and consumer healthcare products, and currently exports to 34 markets in Africa, Middle East and Hong Kong. In addition, it manufactures Albendazole tablets for the GSK donation programme to eliminate lymphatic filariasis. The total manufacturing investment is presently £55 million and the company is continuing to invest in expansion and replacement at a level of around £5 million per annum. 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 subSaharan Africa to employers as well. To date GlaxoSmithKline has granted six (6) voluntary licenses to generic manufactures to produce its antiretrovirals (ARV’s) in South Africa. Corporate Social Investment (CSI) Partnering with communities throughout South Africa 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. Community projects also involve working closely with the provincial Departments of

Health to ensure that the company is aligned to government priorities. • HIV/AIDS, children’s health, primary health care, community clinics. • Some of the community projects include HIV/AIDS, Mental Health, School Soccer Cup (Aquafresh), Winter Knitting Project (MedLemon), Safer Taxis for South Africa Campaign (GrandPa). Research & Development (R&D) • There are currently 15 ongoing phase I to III clinical trials being conducted in respiratory, oncology, diabetes, muscular and bone disorders and psychiatric disorders. • There are partnerships with the World Health Organization (WHO) in terms of various vaccine development programmes e.g. Rotavirus vaccine (Rotavirus collaboration is in South and Sub-Saharan Africa) and Malaria vaccine (collaboration is in Mozambique).

• 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’s Mission “Our global quest is to improve the quality of human life by enabling people to do more, feel better and live longer.” For further information contact: 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. Best of South Africa


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Hewlett Packard Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is an inherent aspect of any South African organisation’s overall business strategy. In fact, CSR initiatives have become so ubiquitous that it would be negligent not to have a formalised structure in place with specific business targets.

In this regard, the majority of Hewlett Packard’s (HP’s) initiatives are underpinned by ‘e-Inclusion’. E-Inclusion is the company’s global vision of a world in which all people have access to the social and economic opportunities of the 21st century and can use technology as a means to learn, work and thrive. e-Inclusion seeks to create new market opportunities by forging partnerships with private and public entities to close the gap between technology-empowered and technology-excluded communities. Thoko Mokgosi-Mwantembe, CEO of HP South Africa says, “CSR initiatives are an inherent, fundamental part of doing business in this country – and, indeed, around the world. They help address long-term socio-economic challenges; focus on and beyond BEE; and contribute to the well-being of urban, peri-urban and rural communities.” In general, HP South Africa’s CSR initiatives fall under three broad categories: 198

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Education & Training: improving the quality of education and training in rural education institutions; providing the resources and tools for this purpose; and focusing on mathematics and science subjects, an area identified nationally as being of prime importance Health & Social Welfare: drawing attention to and raising awareness around the HIV-Aids threat; focusing on the plight of women and children, as well as human rights and environmental issues; and providing online and other kinds of technologies to healthcare providers to assist in diagnostics and collaboration Small to Medium Enterprises (SME’S): creating opportunities for SME’s in rural communities, with a special focus on agricultural and mining initiatives Mokgosi-Mwantembe continues, “HP South Africa’s wish is for our country to become a fully fledged knowledge-based

economy where everyone, not just corporate South Africa, has access to ICT and are sufficiently skilled to make themselves more productive members of the economy. More importantly these days is the developing and nurturing from a young age and HP is involved with a number of initiatives that support South African and African education. One of its boldest CSR initiatives is the NEPAD e-schools initiative which, upon completion will provide approximately 600 000 schools across the continent with the benefits of ICT and connectivity to the NEPAD e-School network and the Internet. The NEPAD e-Schools Project was first publicly announced at the 2003 Africa Economic Summit in Durban, South Africa. The scope of the project focuses on providing an end-to-end education solution that will utilise Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to connect schools to the NEPAD eschools network and the Internet. In addition

to connectivity, solutions will provide content and learning material, as well as establish health points at schools in support of the NEPAD eHealth Programme. To date, HP has launched three e-schools, the first of which was in Uganda – the South African e-schools launch was the third launch – and was extremely well received by education bodies, Government and all relevant stakeholders, when it was launched at Maripe Secondary in Limpopo in April 2007. Then in August 2007 HP announced the HP Business Institute (HPBI). The HPBI forms a significant part of HP’s overall Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) programmes and is aimed at accelerating enterprise and skills development in South Africa’s small to medium enterprise ICT sector. HPBI is an enterprise and skills development programme aimed at graduates in the SME ICT sector, focusing on developing scarce and critical skills in high growth areas of the IT Industry. These skills will be delivered through and into existing B-BBEE SME IT companies, thus enabling these companies to break through into the more sustainable high-end of the IT industry. Furthermore, there is the HP Business Academy which fast tracks HP’S BBBEE resellers empowering them with the skills they need to compete successfully in the business environment. Mokgosi-Mwantembe concludes “If all businesses, learning institutions and Government work together we can make a real difference to education and economic productivity across South Africa. HP South Africa also believes that creating projects that are sustainable, producing more than they consume, is an active form of empowerment.” © 2007 Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P. The information contained herein is subject to change without notice. HP shall not be liable for technical or editorial errors or omissions contained herein. Best of South Africa


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Ferreiras Décor World Ferreiras Décor World, South Africa’s pre-eminent integrated supplier of décor products to the Building Industry, offers its expertise to professionals, contractors and homeowners.


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A direct knowledge of global décor trends and ranges enables Ferreiras Décor World to provide the most up to date design ranges at the most competitive prices. Ferreiras Architectural is the company’s interface with the consulting professionsarchitects, developers and interior designers. Ferreiras’ Décor World offers a showroom consulting service to Architects and Interior Design specialists, providing sample boards to complement design presentations or specifications for fixing, preparing and detailing Ferreiras’ extensive and exclusive range of sanitary ware, taps, tiles and décor accessories. This service complements the often complex specifying task that consultants face in selection, technical evaluation, quantification- and is followed by an unsurpassed after sales service. Ferreiras is not a discount warehouse. Ferreiras Décor World packages its customers’ needs with a careful attention to international market trends, high levels of quality control and affordability, adding class and elegance

to every item sold at every price level. In this way Ferreiras Décor World manages its retail profile to ensure that every customer is satisfied on every level- aesthetics, quality and price. Ferreiras Décor World offers choice. Its long-term relationship with the Southern African building industry has given it a unique perspective on the market sectors that the group services. If it is an Architect, demanding precise combinations of texture and looks to harmonise with spatial volumes, or an interior decorator responding to chosen fabrics and colours, or a homeowner wanting to upgrade their house and requiring point of sale expertise and advice, Ferreiras Décor World has it all. The group’s showrooms are arranged to display a wide range of products and styles to accommodate every customer. Ferreiras Décor World well understands the challenges and demands of the home building industry, and that it all comes together on site. This is why its consultants

are not only to be found on the sales floor. They get up close and dirty on site, sharing with customers the problems as well as the joys of creating that dream home, that dream bathroom, that dream patio. A telephone call away, Ferreiras Décor World’s expertise is available to match any deadline, any cost constraint and any design challenge. Ferreiras Décor World has been at the forefront of South Africa’s décor sector for over twenty five years. It has retained its place because of its ongoing commitment to excellence of product, excellence of service, and excellence of range. It has a network of global supplier links and partnerships that extend its ability to provide the right offering at the right price whilst pursuing an uncompromising policy of value- value to the customer and value to the industry. Best of South Africa


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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 homefrom-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: +27 11 709 1900 or 0860 366 737; Email: Best of South Africa


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Leading Technology for Best Resullts Paarl Media Holdings, South Africa’s leading printing group, makes it their business to bring the best print technology to the market.

Main picture: Paarl Web’s 64-page MAN Lithoman web press is a first of its kind in South Africa and is the fastest web press in the country. Above: Paarl Web Gauteng is the Group’s newest printing plant in Johannesburg and is a joint venture with Black Economic Empowerment partner loveLife’s Kurisani Investments.


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Printing of high quality books, such as the Best of South Africa, glossy magazines, promotional brochures, pamphlets, catalogues, as well as self-adhesive labels are all part of the extensive range of products on offer. Its five printing plants - Paarl Gravure, Paarl Web, Paarl Print and Paarl Labels, as well as their newest state of the art plant, Paarl Web Gauteng in Johannesburg - all boast the latest available equipment complemented by highly skilled professionals. With over 100 years experience, this organisation is managed by a vibrant team driven to satisfy clients with constant innovation and excellent service. Implementation of Prinergy and Kodak Insite in their pre-press divisions allows proofs to be signed off remotely, ensuring quicker turnaround times for jobs to get to the press

sooner. Stringent colour management, coupled with specialised software to guarantee excellent results, are carried through to press. Recent acquisitions include South Africa’s largest web press, which prints 64 pages of a magazine in a single impression. This coupled with a speed of 45,000 impression per hour allows for very fast turnaround. Paarl Print’s brand new sheet fed presses enable them to deliver flawless results and fast turnaround on any substrate from fine paper to board, with flexible finishing options. This is supported by advanced SPEKTA screening, which provides top photographic quality of images and 100% colour guarantees in terms of artwork supplied with ISO Colour Certification. Paarl Web Gauteng also has three super fast web presses to meet increasing demands for quality printing in the region.

Top left: Paarl Web Gauteng recently installed a second 16page MAN Rotoman press – this time with five printing units. Top right: Paarl Print’s new eight colour Komori Lithrone sheet fed press is capable of high quality, fast turnaround printing. Above: Some of Paarl Labels’ award-winning labels. Bottom: Enormous gravure presses at Paarl Gravure handle the printing of large volume magazines and promotional material.

As a caring corporate citizen, Paarl Media’s Black Economic Empowerment partner Kurisani Investments generates funds for the broad-based Aids-awareness organisation loveLife, which daily touches the lives of thousands of young South Africans. Beyond the Group-level, Paarl Media’s majority shareholder Naspers’ Welkom Yizani Investments company has seen more than 100 000 black individuals and 1 000 black groups participating in indirect shareholding in Media24. In addition, Paarl Media has environmental practices in place in line with stringent European and American standards and has installed sufficient generators at all its plants to run at full capacity, regardless of the availability of national electricity supply, to ensure they can continue to deliver excellent service. “Printing is personal at Paarl Media because our management team is operationally involved. We aim to create an atmosphere in which our clients can relax in the knowledge that our team will treat their work with the same intensity and passion taken in creating it. In so doing we ensure that the quality produced does justice to the messages our clients are delivering to the market,” says Stephen van der Walt, CEO Paarl Media. Contact us: Paarl Media Holdings (Pty) Ltd Tel: +27 21 870 3800; Fax: +27 21 872 1147 Email: Paarl Tel: + 27 21 868 9000; Fax: + 27 21 868 9005 Montague Gardens Tel: + 27 21 550 2400; Fax: +27 21 555 3971 Cape Town Tel: + 27 21 425 7228; Fax: + 27 21 421 2568 Johannesburg Tel: + 27 11 201 3400; Fax: + 27 11 201 3561 Durban Tel: +27 31 761 4218; Fax: +27 31 765 2062 Port Elizabeth Tel/Fax: + 27 41 466 8164 Best of South Africa


Chapter 9 Banking and Finance

“Virtue has never been as respectable as money.� Mark Twain (Humorist, Writer and Lecturer. 1835-1910)

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IMF backs SA’s economy The International Monetary Fund’s latest report on South Africa shows that the country has enjoyed strong economic performance amid real gross domestic product (GDP) growth, rising employment, a strengthening fiscal position and rising international reserves.

The IMF’s 2007 Article IV Staff Report on South Africa that was released on Monday discusses six key issues including GDP growth, fiscal position, balance of payments, exchange rate, labour market issues and monetary policy. Speaking at the release of the report in Pretoria on Monday, Finance Minister Trevor Manuel said though the IMF’s growth forecasts were lower than the National Treasury’s own forecasts, the report could be seen as “a statement of the health of the country”. Following the 5% real GDP growth experienced in 2006, the IMF’s projected growth for 2007 is 4.8% followed by 4.5% real GDP growth in 2008. The National Treasury, however, stated it has a more optimistic growth projection of 5% for this year, following on stronger capital information and employment growth as well as stronger total factor productivity growth. According to the report, the Accelerated and Shared Growth Initiative of South Africa (AsgiSA) has the ability to relieve pressing capacity constraints and productivity-enhancing reforms could further raise the potential growth rate of the economy. The report raises the issue of supply relative to demand in the country, and the Treasury states the “mismatch between supply and demand is reflected in South Africa’s significant 208

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current account deficit and rising inflation [rate]”. “While we generally agree with that view, inflationary pressures are also being driven by adverse food and energy price developments,” said the National Treasury. “These should start to abate over the next year, lowering the contribution of food and energy price inflation to overall inflation.” The report has also identified the long-standing issue of unemployment in the country as one of the biggest challenges to economic growth in the country. The IMF believes rapid growth of female and unskilled labour including a structural shift in labour demand towards skilled labour, long distances between places of residence and work as well as labour market regulations and practices that discourage job creation are some of the causes for the high unemployment level. The report, however, states the “economy is undergoing its longest expansion on record, and in recent years has experienced elevated growth in an environment of rapid credit expansion, booming asset prices, strengthening public finances, and rising international reserves financed by large capital inflows.” Manuel added that the IMF has applauded South Africa on its black economic empowerment and land reform initiatives, calling them “very necessary” for the country. Source: BuaNews / International Marketing Council

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Property Finance

Specialised Services

Are we thinking what you’re thinking? Probably. Sasfin Bank began in 1951, as a family-owned company in the textile industry. By 1987, it had evolved into a financial services group, listed on the JSE Securities Exchange. So, if you find our ideas about entrepreneurial business a little familiar, you’re probably right. They come from the same place yours do. Experience.

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Aon South Africa – Sustainable growth and a customised approach Aon South Africa is a leading provider of risk management services, insurance and reinsurance brokerage, human capital management consulting and speciality insurance underwriting – and it is fast becoming one of the industry leaders.

Main picture: The Place, No. 1 Sandton Drive, Sandton - Home of Aon South Africa’s Head Office.


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From its 1996 base of mostly US-based multinational clients, Aon South Africa has expanded into a comprehensive risk management and consulting group, with a portfolio of services that spans general and speciality insurance, enterprise risk management, healthcare, retirement funding and actuarial consulting. With a strong focus on sustainable growth, which has seen triple-digit revenue increases in recent years, Aon South Africa has ensured it stays nimble and flexible enough to respond to market trends and demands, supporting the business progress of all its clients. A national branch infrastructure is complemented by an extensive African network operating in 13 countries, with 15 correspondents and a staff complement of around 1 100 people. This extensive African footprint gives the company invaluable insight into the risk management needs of the continent. Additionally, Aon South Africa’s access to its parent company – Aon Corporation, the world’s largest risk broker

Left: Aon South Africa are proud sponsors of Team SA of the A1 GP - World Cup of Motorsport.

offshore captives. By identifying and quantifying the risk exposures and tolerance levels of a client’s business – determined after a detailed risk management survey and analysis process by a team of expert consultants – a complete and cost-effective solution is compiled and tailored to the needs of that client. Particular attention is given to settling claims efficiently and promptly, and the diverse nature of Aon South Africa’s client base means handling some of the most complex claims in the insurance industry. As a company that embraces and celebrates the diverse world of risk, Aon South Africa is a proud sponsor of team South Africa of the A1GP – World Cup of Motorsport.

and a Fortune 500 company headquartered in Chicago with 43 000 staff in 500 offices in 120 countries – gives it access to global resources and an extensive distribution network. Another competitive advantage for Aon Re Africa lies in its empowerment credentials, with 30% of the business owned by a leading black economic empowerment consortium Brimsure, itself a joint venture between JSElisted Brimstone and Commlife. Brimsure provides strategic input through its extensive knowledge of the domestic corporate and public sectors and, more specifically, its extensive interests in financial services. It is the controlling shareholder of Lion of Africa Insurance and an empowerment partner of Old Mutual and Nedbank. Brimsure also owns 30% of Aon’s independent reinsurance arm, Aon Re Africa. There is a clear separation between Aon Re and Aon South Africa, as the former has insurance companies as its clients, while the latter is a supplier of business to them. Aon expects to be one of the first South African broking operations to be 100% compliant with extensive new regulations covering the financial services sector in the near future. Equally, its rapid organic and acquisitive growth has required consolidating the group’s operating platform and reviewing technological capabilities, operating processes and general skills levels. Aon South Africa has two operational divisions: Aon Risk Services, which encompasses large market, public

sector, specialty services, commercial services and personal insurance, and Aon Consulting Services, which comprises retirement funding, healthcare consulting and advisory services, actuarial services and enterprise health risk management. Risk Services Aon Risk Services is the appointed provider to leading South African corporations in diverse industries including power utilities, telecommunications (fixed-line and mobile), private and public healthcare and industrial conglomerates, covering the full spectrum of insurance broking and enterprise-wide risk management consulting services. The business is divided into four units: large market, public sector, specialty services and commercial services, with a base spanning personal lines clients to multinational groups and a combination of fee and commission based income. To add real value, Aon’s service goes well beyond acquiring insurance cover at the right price for clients. Professional teams aim to identify the client’s critical business challenges, issues, risks and opportunities. They then leverage Aon’s broad resources, specialised expertise and global network to design and execute effective, innovative solutions tailored to client needs. Aon South Africa has developed a solid reputation for service delivery built on solutions, which may take a combination of forms including traditional insurance, onshore captives and

Consulting Services Aon Consulting spans four pillars: retirement funding, healthcare consulting and advisory services, enterprise health risk management and the actuarial consultancy, QED. Drawing on a solid base of systems, expertise and experience, Aon Consulting has recently demonstrated its superior service levels by securing significant new business while retaining its existing clients. Aon’s healthcare consulting service – one of the top three in South Africa – provides services to approximately 130 000 people. Given that cost and complexity are the two drivers of change in healthcare, the ethos of the Aon healthcare consulting business is to guide, educate and protect – at all times being sensitive to the different needs of the primary stakeholders in the relationship, namely employers, employees and their spouses, and organised labour. The retirement funding department offers consulting and administration services to over 140 pension and provident funds. Advanced technology and processes, clear cost structures and cost-effective back office systems have supported rapid market share gains in recent years. The actuarial services division, QED, provides actuarial advice and services to over 500 pension and provident funds, and some 80 life insurance companies in Africa. In addition to actuarial valuations for statutory and accounting purposes, it conducts embedded value calculations and undertakes product design and development. Specialists also help with the design and implementation of management incentive schemes, cash flow projections and the merger and acquisition of life insurance companies. Aon in Africa The Aon Corporation’s Africa office is in South Africa, capitalising on the synergies and economies of scale between Aon South Africa’s continental activities and those of the wider group in sub-Saharan Africa. The combination of regional expertise, international resources, reputation for innovative solutions to complex issues and ability to coordinate programmes on a pan-Africa basis has underpinned significant new business on the continent in recent years for Aon South Africa. Best of South Africa


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Ernst & Young Ernst & Young is a global audit and business advisory firm and is a market leader in its field. In South Africa, Ernst & Young employs over 153 directors,* more than 2500 employees and has achieved significant growth in recent years.

Ernst & Young South Africa has made significant progress in the area of transformation and is well ahead of both the profession overall and its competitors within the Big Four with 54% of its staff and 30% of its ownership being black, 28% of its ownership being female, as well as 53% of its total staff being female. The South African company was the winner of the Corporate Research Foundation’s Best Companies to Work For in South Africa 2006 survey and was also Top Ten Ranked in the Foundation’s Best Employer 2007 survey. The firm is highly respected in South Africa, with many blue chip clients, including parastatals and public sector government departments. The services the firm offers includes auditing and assurance, risk advisory, transaction advisory, tax, business advisory, forensic investigations and dispute services, global mobility and technology and security risk services. The firm’s continuing integration and alignment of our practices across the continent 212

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has been widely supported by multinationals seeking to do business across Africa and demanding consistent service standards and single point of contact coordination services. Philip Hourquebie has been chief executive since 1996 and has successfully transformed the firm to meet the changing needs of clients, directors* and staff. At Ernst & Young we aspire to create an environment that is not just diverse, but truly inclusive – where all of our people can do their best and be rewarded, regardless of their ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual preference or disability, an environment that also leverages the diversity of our people and their talents to provide the highest level of service to our clients. This philosophy pre-supposes that diversity isn’t just about having equal ratios of people from different backgrounds within the company, but that it is about people enjoying working together, learning from knowledge, experience and ideas that each person can

contribute and being a stronger and more cohesive team – because of their diversity. In terms of transformation, Ernst & Young aims: • To be the first global South African professional services company that reflects the demographics of our nation in our people and our clients • To play an effective role in developing skills and experience, thereby unlocking the human and economic potential of our people and society and; • To be active in the empowerment of previously disadvantaged individuals to ensure the sustainable growth of Ernst & Young and our country. Ernst & Young has a long tradition of steady growth in transformation: • 1981 First non white female partner* in a “Big Five” firm in South Africa; • 1984 First South African company to merge with a black firm

• 1994 First black African partner* in a “Big Five” company in South Africa; • 1995 First black African partner* elected to EXCO; • 2000 Formation of Policy Board and appointment of first African black Chairman of a “Big Five” company; • 2002 Further appointments of black directors into senior leadership roles in the firm and appointment of black female nonexecutive director to policy board; and • 2003 Company achieves 20% black ownership which meets the criteria for a black empowered company as laid down in government’s proposed BEE policy • 2005 Exceeded 25.1% ownership • 2006 AA rating from EmpowerDEX, over 30% black owned. * Prior to 2007, Ernst & Young directors were referred to as partners. Best of South Africa


Chapter 10 Information Technology

“Information technology and business are becoming inextricably interwoven. I don’t think anybody can talk meaningfully about one without talking about the other.” Bill Gates – Chairman of Microsoft

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Putting South African IT ‘First’ A new campaign, South Africa First, was launched at the GovTech 2007 conference in Cape Town recently, with the aim of encouraging both the public and private sector to make more use of local content when spending on information technology (IT).


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An initiative of the SA Local Procurement Advocacy Trust, focusing initially on the IT sector, South Africa First seeks to ensure that local businesses benefit from an estimated R1-billion a week spend on products and services in SA as a result of the country’s economic boom. The campaign will encourage government departments, state-owned enterprises and private businesses to include local content preference in tenders, and will run competitions to promote local design and manufacture. “South Africa First is aimed at the government or business buyer - on the surface their decision is about which product to buy, but it is actually about which country is going to create and protect jobs as a result of that purchase,” South Africa First executive director Martin Feinstein said in a statement. Feinstein heads the initiative along with a group of trustees from the technology, tourism, media, agriculture and manufacturing sectors. “We’re not competitive, and never will be, in certain respects; but in other areas we need to incentivise companies to invest in training and production,” Feinstein said. “Not recognizing local content is really disincentive.” Previously, as the chief executive of Proudly South African, Feinstein succeeded in getting more than R50-million in tenders reversed or amended to allow local companies to

compete fairly. “Why is it that every laptop we see carried around our streets is in an imported laptop bag?” Feinstein asks. “Why are local PC brands seen by buyers as inferior when in fact a recent study showed their failure rate was far lower than some big global brands? Why are companies who invest in taking unskilled packers, and turn them into technicians who assemble local PCs, not recognized for this in government contracts?” Feinstein said the campaign aimed merely to put into action what business, the government and organised labour had agreed to at a Nedlac (National Economic Development and Labour Council) summit in 2002 - to actively support local IT content through a new procurement code. “We’re five years on, and we don’t see a code. We’d like to see that code become a reality,” he said. “But it’s not just about that, it’s also about actively fostering local innovation, creativity and suppliers, even if it’s for simple things like laptop bags.” Other trustees of the campaign include former Nedlac executive director Phillip Dexter, former Microsoft SA executive Linda Mngomezulu, Gauteng Enterprise Propeller chairperson Merle O’Brien, and tourism specialist Sheryl Ozinsky. Source: reporter / International Marketing Council (IMC)

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Hewlett Packard Imagine a world of seamless connectivity... With the growing trend towards mobility – and the fact that mobile devices such as notebooks and handheld devices are becoming ever more accessible – the value in mobility today is beyond portability. It is in making connections.

For business productivity, that means connecting people to information. For an enhanced consumer experience, it is connecting people with entertainment. For both business and home users, it is ultimately about connecting people to people. These connections increasingly include rich digital media – think full motion video, graphics and voice – for real-time interactive experiences. Delivering these experiences require the personal devices to deliver on the promise of true mobility. Greater choice and connectivity HP recently strengthened its business notebook portfolio with the introduction of seven new notebook series to deliver greater technology choice and connectivity to business users. HP is able to deliver the right mix of price, mobility and performance to a wide range of business users. The selection of the correct notebook for your business needs has been made simple with the introduction of three product categories: 218

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Ultra-Light business notebooks – Go everywhere • Designed for highly mobile professionals and frequent travellers • The sleek, ultra-thin HP Compaq 2710p Notebook PC is a convertible tablet PC that transforms from an ultra-light notebook PC into a pen-based tablet with the twist of a screen • The HP Compaq 2510p Notebook PC is HP’s smallest and lightest notebook, starting at only 1.29kg and featuring an integrated optical drive Balanced Mobility business notebooks – Go versatile • A perfect balance of performance and mobility delivers the power you need in the lightweight, compact design you demand • With battery life of up to five hours and 45 minutes, the HP Compaq 6910p is designed for true on-the-move productivity • The HP Compaq 6710 series notebooks feature large displays, value and extensive connectivity • The HP Compaq 6510b Notebook PC delivers greater mobility, featuring a low profile 14.1 inch diagonal widescreen, integrated security and expandability features Performance business notebooks – Go powerful • These high-performing business notebooks and mobile workstations give power users

more – more screen size, more high-end graphics and more application capabilities • HP’s most powerful business notebook PC and mobile workstation – the HP Compaq 8710 – offers the highest-end 3D graphics, a high resolution 17-inch widescreen display and a full size keyboard with numeric pad • The HP Compaq 8510 Notebook PC and mobile workstation offers a choice of intense graphics from ATI and NVIDIA in a 2.8kg highly mobile design Work in motion HP recently launched its first smartphone, the HP iPAQ 514 Voice Messenger. Small in size, but big on functionality, the latest model in HP’s iPAQ family allows you to take your office with you on the road with built-in productivity applications and office functionality. Voice Commander enables you to tell the HP iPAQ Voice Messenger to perform a multitude of tasks – from phone tasks to email tasks. Enjoy clear voice quality and up to 6.5 hours talk time. To learn more about HP’s latest mobility offerings visit, send an email to or contact us on 0800 118 883. © 2007 Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P. The information contained herein is subject to change without notice. HP shall not be liable for technical or editorial errors or omissions contained herein. Best of South Africa


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Torque IT The solutions provider of choice for technology education and skills development in Africa


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As Torque IT celebrates twelve years of existence, they look back with great fondness and pride. Mthunzi Mdwaba, Executive Chairman of Torque Holdings emphasizes that this was done collectively with his partners and staff. The company has had many ups and downs under different names and management in its evolution to becoming profitable and a leader in providing training solutions in our shores and beyond. It is with a sense of heightened excitement that he looks forward to the next ten years, the opportunities and the growth they are certain to experience. It is not everyday that a company can say that it is close to achieving its vision. Torque IT is certainly in that position of being “the leading training solutions provider of choice in Africa.” He feels that they may have to relook their vision statement in the not too distant future. This period will be extremely pivotal in turning the country into one that is truly counted amongst competitive and productive nations. It is gratifying to know that they are in the core of the transformative landscape providing skills that are both essential and critical for the development of this sector and consequently that of the economy, particularly the contribution to the bridging of the first and second economies, and our country. Mthunzi feels strongly that the status they have as leaders in this field within the sector would not have been possible without their truly professional, dedicated and highly skilled rainbow nation team. He would also like to voice huge thanks to their valued clients who continuously entrust their precious resources to them. The next ten years will provide unprecedented excitement. Having built their foundation over the last decade, Torque IT, the only black-owned training solutions company in South Africa, is well positioned to be the solutions provider of choice for technology education and skills development in Africa. Their unique training philosophy and business flow incorporates a broad spectrum of options, allowing a complete solution to be provided through our four divisions, viz, Torque Technical Training, Torque Career Campus, Torque ERP and Torque Education Resources; each specialising in a unique discipline. Torque IT has a franchise in Nairobi, Kenya with a franchise opening in Luanda, Angola shortly; partnerships in Addis Abbaba, Ethiopia and Lagos, Nigeria; and a client-base that extends over 20 countries around the world. As the largest Cisco Training Solutions partner on the African continent, Torque IT have consistently won the award for this over the last three years, with confirmation of this award being presented to them for 2007 having just been announced. They are also a Microsoft

Top left: Mthunzi Mdwaba – Executive Chairman - Torque Holdings (Pty) Ltd / Group CEO - Torque IT. Top right: Gerhard De Beer – Financial Director. Bottom left: Carl Raath – Technical Director. Bottom right: Tebogo Makgatho – Business Development Director.

Gold Partner, having held the accolade of Microsoft Partner of the Year in 2004, a Gold Partner of CompTIA - the first one to reach this accolade in the world; an exclusive partner with VMWare; a Gold partner of Novell’s and offering other Open Source/Linux training. They further have the distinction of recently being awarded the Ministry of Labour Skills Development Award, competing across all sectors of the economy for having trained over 900 learners, with the highest industry placement rate and with a high percentage of women and disabled people. It is significant that this resulted from a nomination by the Isett SETA. Torque IT are extremely proud to list blue chip clients in the private sector (70%) with the balance (30%) coming from the public sector and SOEs.

Corporate Social Investment As a training solutions company that is cognisant of its transformation role, Torque IT places a huge emphasis on empowering communities that feed into the sustainability of development, focusing on the most disadvantaged sectors of our community, inter alia, people with disabilities, informal settlements, Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and Community Based Organisations (CBOs). National Tel. No. (0861) TORQUE Rivonia (Head Office): +27 11 602 9000 Pretoria: +27 12 362 1480 Cape Town: +27 21 914 4990 Nairobi: +254 (020) 272-6598/99 Best of South Africa


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Huge Telecom Since its humble beginnings in 1993 as South Africa’s first International Least Cost Routing provider, Huge Telecom has grown in leaps and bounds into a listed enterprise saving local South African companies millions of rands a week on their telecommunications costs, and transforming the telecoms landscape in the process.


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Huge Telecom is South Africa’s leading provider of Managed Telecommunications, offering a range of cutting edge services to a national base of South African corporates, parastatals and other institutions. These services are designed to cut telecommunication costs (by up to 50%), optimise usage and systems, and provide complete management and control of user behaviour. Supporting this offering is a range of proprietary hardware systems, which are designed to provide better alternatives to existing technologies or, in some cases, completely new and innovative ways of communicating electronically. Huge Telecom is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Huge Group Ltd, which listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange’s AltX on the 8th August 2007. Huge Telecom was formed shortly thereafter from the conglomeration of TelePassport (Pty) Ltd and Centracell (Pty) Ltd, both wholly owned subsidiaries of the Huge Group. The company boasts a current annual turnover in excess of R500 million. With over 14 years experience in the South African telecommunications industry and having saved its local clients literally hundreds of millions of rands during this time, Huge Telecom can truly be termed a South African success story. Further reinforcing this position is the fact that the company is fully BEE compliant and a long-standing member of Proudly South African. On the technical and business level, Huge Telecom also boasts ISO 9001:2000 accreditation as well as a VANS (Value Added Network Service) license. In 2005 Huge Telecom moved beyond South African borders to establish TelePassport Namibia (an associate company under the Huge Group) in Windhoek. TelePassport Namibia has subsequently grown into a respected telecommunications provider and generates monthly savings in excess of 1 million Namibian dollars for clients

who include Namibia’s major banks and government ministries. While its head office is in Johannesburg, Huge Telecom has local full service offices servicing all South Africa’s major metropolitan areas. Supporting this is a countrywide network of accredited resellers of Huge services and products. With a total staff complement of 160, Huge Telecom is one of South Africa’s fastest growing managed telecommunications operations. Huge Telecom’s solutions are focused on their clients’ entire telecommunication spend and the various ways in which this can be reduced and managed to produce maximum efficiency. Central to all service delivery is Huge Telecom’s Live Management Service, which provides an in-depth view of the performance of the client’s communications infrastructure in real time, and provides detailed and relevant management information – down to a list of private calls made by staff! Specific components of the Huge Telecom offering include full Least Cost Routing, corporate call-back, online telephone management, SMS productivity applications, and broadband and data connectivity. The bottom line for clients is enhanced productivity, efficiency and accountability, and the lowest possible total cost of communication. Of course, the most important component of the Huge Telecom offering - and the key to the company’s ongoing success - remains Huge Telecom’s commitment to providing real service excellence on all levels. Not surprisingly, the company experiences minimal client churn. For further information contact: National Tel: 0860 03 04 03 National Fax: 0861 10 10 01 Email: Best of South Africa


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Virgin Mobile Once upon a time in a land far away… Virgin Mobile was launched in South Africa in 2006.

Of course, that’s not where the story begins. That has it roots way back in 1970 before disco swept the dance floors, before mobiles were even thought of and way before anyone had heard of Richard Branson. Virgin was started by Branson as a mail order record retailer. When postal strikes threatened the business, Branson did what he always does and adapted, opening up a store in Oxford Street London. In 1972 he signed up his first artist, Mike Oldfield, and they released Tubular Bells in 1973. This was a raging success and since then Virgin Music has gone on to sign Janet Jackson, Phil Collins, Rolling Stones and other embarrassingly famous and rich people. Virgin Mobile comes to South Africa It’s no secret that Branson has an affinity for South Africa. Perhaps it’s our shared 224

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entrepreneurial spirit, maybe it’s because we both beat the odds and continue to dream, maybe it’s because, as a country, we have achieved what many believed to be impossible, maybe it’s just our good looks. Whatever the reason, Branson has done more than open up businesses here, he has created opportunities. In October 2005 he took his belief in and passion for South Africa and channeled it into creating future growth. He opened the Branson School of Entrepreneurship, aimed at giving ambitious but disadvantaged learners a chance to determine their own future. Being the consummate entrepreneur himself, he also saw the business opportunities in the country. It was no surprise, therefore, when he opened Virgin Active and then, in 2006, Virgin Money and Virgin Mobile.

Internationally, Virgin Mobile operates in several countries around the world – UK, USA, Australia, Canada, China, France and, of course, South Africa. South Africans have always had a soft spot for Branson and his daring, no-holdsbarred attitude. As a result, the launch of Virgin Mobile into South Africa was greeted with great expectation. But the market was certainly not an easy one to break into. With two key players already firmly entrenched in the country and a third one trying to muscle its way in though the back door, Virgin Mobile had to offer something truly unique and enticing for the South Africa public to sit up and take notice. Virgin Mobile started by asking a few key questions. In an industry that invented personal flexibility, why are all the leading players so inflexible? Why do they insist on charging for a minute when people rarely talk for long? Why should someone who pays upfront, pay more than someone using credit? If owning a mobile is meant to make your life easier, why are the packages so darn complicated? And finally, why should these companies get away with offering packages and benefits that only make sense to the company and not the customer? To stand out from the small but entrenched crowd, Virgin Mobile entered the South African arena promising to put the customer first. We realised that, in an industry that prizes profit above logic, the consumer needed a champion – someone who would stand

up for them and provide options that were affordable and simple to understand. As a company known for renegade behaviour, the role of champion had Virgin written all over it. So we adopted a no-nonsense, no bull attitude that is reflected in everything we do, say and support. And the success of this approach can be seen in the fact that, just over a year after launch, Virgin Mobile is opening its 20th flagship store. Virgin Mobile – A sorta definition. In its simplest form, Virgin Mobile is a mobile company. We sell time. We sell mobile phones.

But we also sell an attitude because we stand for something. We stand for the unconventional. The guy (or gal) who is tired of being told what he should want and would rather hear how he can get what he knows he wants. We stand for simplicity because bullshit doesn’t baffle brains, it annoys them. We stand for respect. To create the Virgin Mobile communication, a visual and verbal voice was created The rules are simple; don’t be ordinary, don’t be formal, don’t use clichés that have lost their meaning or overused tricks that have lost their power. Don’t do the expected, do take people by surprise and don’t choose copy or visuals so dead boring that you would rather sew your eyelids together with mooring rope than look at them. By staying consistent, approachable and relevant to all consumers - from first time users to the most hardened and cynical mobile-addict - Virgin Mobile has established itself as one of South Africa’s most recognisable brands. People know what it stands for and, most importantly, relate to it. And it’s this sense of recognising something in Virgin Mobile within yourself, that gives it its unique appeal. Oh, and don’t try too hard. Virgin Mobile is about being effortlessly unique. For more information contact 0860 000 818. Best of South Africa


Chapter 11 Media and Marketing

“Effective communication is 20% what you know and 80% how you feel about what you know.” Jim Rohn, Businessman

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Africa’s 2010 Media Opportunity “The 2010 Fifa World Cup will attract a massive global television and radio audience, offering Africa an unprecedented media opportunity,” says African Union of Broadcasters president Ben Egbuna.

“Africa’s communicators had to seize the opportunity to counter negative perceptions of the continent. If only 50% of the 6.2-billion world population watches the television and listens to the radio and commentaries, then no amount of investment in advertising, marketing and sales could capture the magnitude of such an audience for Africa.” At the same time, Egbuna warned, this meant the costs of failure were high. “Many of our critics, those who believe that Africa is incapable of doing anything right, are looking forward to a flawed and mediocre organisation of the tournament.” The conference, themed “Africa’s time has come” - brought together over 350 marketers and communicators 228

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from across Africa to discuss how to take advantage of the marketing opportunity presented by the World Cup create a “global mind-change” about the continent.

in perceptions of the continent. “We must contextualize and balance the African story,” Johnston said. “We must take control of our narrative. We must all entrench one message.”

Aligning Africa’s message Yvonne Johnston, CEO of the International Marketing Council of South Africa, told conference delegates that the key benefit of hosting world’s biggest sporting event would be the “global airtime Africa takes up in people’s headspace over a concentrated period of time”. If Africa’s communicators developed clear, consistent messaging around the 2010 World Cup, this would mobilize Africans behind a common cause and lead to a change

On schedule, within budget 2010 Local Organizing Committee chief executive Danny Jordaan dismissed pessimism about South Africa’s ability to host a successful tournament, telling delegates “We are on track, on schedule and within budget. While hosting the event would test the country’s infrastructure and ‘fiscal muscle’ South Africa was up to the task. The unprecedented level of commitment from the government, and support from

SA’s corporates, indicated a high level of confidence in the country’s ability to deliver a successful World Cup.” Much work had already been completed, he added, with the nine host cities confirmed, all stadium contracts signed, government guarantees and legislation finalized, and 95% of the broadcast rights for the tournament already sold. In addition, host city forums had been established to monitor progress at World Cup related sites, the tournament website was up and running, and other aspects of marketing - the tournament slogan, mascot, and posters - were close to being finalized. Source: reporter / International Marketing Council (IMC)

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ADreach Recognised as 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, Mini Billboards, Illuminated Mini Billboards, Street Name Ads, and Event Ads form part of our national network of more than 30,000 advertising signs: 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. No other outdoor medium allows you to run a series of sequential creative that tells a story, repeatedly, on a single road. (“story board” advertising) Mini Billboards & Illuminated Mini Billboards Unlike any alternative outdoor media offering available in South Africa, Mini Billboards 230

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combine the effectiveness of repetitive messaging with the maximum impact achieved by large billboard type displays. Backlit illuminated Mini Billboards capitalise on this cost efficiency and proven effectiveness by delivering brand messages 24 hours a day! Street Name Ads Street Name Ads offer repetitive messaging to a highly lucrative market of township residents whose volumes exceed millions. A business and community upliftment initiative that enhances delivery and distribution of services, Street Name Ads offers a unique opportunity to convert advertising spend into Socio Economic Development (counting towards broad band BEE scorecards). Not only do Street name Ads create incredible brand loyalty, they cost effectively expose your brand to millions in the emerging market. Maximising on the benefits of this valuable marketing opportunity, ADreach has recently developed a new Tri-vision Street Name Ads’

frame that offers greater impact. Three A1 faces facilitate visibility from all sides with a neat black frame creating a professional look and feel. Event Ads Attractive frames are located on major routes to secure maximum exposure for events and functions. Forming an integral part of the media mix supporting any successful event campaign, Event Ads ensure compliancy with council bylaws; whilst our revolutionary booking system facilitates complete control over all poster placements. Community Contribution Boasting significant black economic empowerment credentials, the ADreach entrepreneurial vision is underpinned by a commitment to sustainable Social Development initiatives. In addition, ADreach continues to generate millions of rands for various councils and social bodies via revenue streams from street furniture advertising opportunities. Imminent Innovations As South Africa prepares to present the face of Africa to the world in 2010, we remain committed to developing exceptional public environments through streetscapes that compete with those of the best cities in the world. In keeping with this vision, all opportunities for upgrading existing street infrastructures are being explored; with numerous Billboard and additional Street Furniture mediums under development. Boasting nationwide representation, and a proven track record in the quality of our service delivery, the ADreach Group is proud to offer the technology, experience and resources that make us South Africa’s market leader in innovative outdoor media. The ADreach Group – Uplifting Business. Best of South Africa


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Corporate Gifts


Winking at a pretty girl in the dark... you know what you are doing but nobody else does. Is your company winking in the dark?

At Corporate Gifts we believe in the power of corporate branding, selling the company, not just the product. Solid well built branding turns the company name into a symbol that never stops working on the organizations behalf to create an everlasting awareness – a marketing tool of which the power and impact should not be underestimated. Branding is about creating that clear vision and about communicating that vision to the target audience. Corporate Gifts is a unique company that is driven by a young and talented team who are ready to address all our clients’ needs. Corporate Gifts is well teamed up with a sister company (Carmitel) that specializes in physical branding utilizing the latest in technology to perform laser engraving, embroidery, digital printing, sandblasting etc., all performed inhouse, making it a convenient one stop shop including several graphic designers on the team that can help you to create your corporate identity from scratch if required. We supply an assortment of gifts ranging from elegant executive gifts to inexpensive hand outs depending on our clients needs. 232

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We are based in Sandton, Johannesburg with a client base extending as far south as Cape Town and ranging farther north into Southern African countries such as Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Namibia. In the near future we are looking at franchising across Southern Africa making it even more accessible for all prospective clients and creating countless employment opportunities. Make an impact! Is the slogan we use and that is exactly what our aim in business is, to make an impact with our clients through superior customer service and exceptional sourcing skills, an efficient mix to ensure that the clients’ budgets and deadlines are met. Staff members get together on a regular basis for motivational training to bring together a wonderful blend of encouraged team work and a positive environment for us to work in. As team members we are encouraged to strengthen our entrepreneurial side and are welcome to bring forward business ideas to management who are always more than willing to look at the possibility of expanding into different areas and adapting new ideas.

This unique approach to business encourages employees to do the best for themselves, the business and the clients. When a new team member nervously begins his or her first day Mike Idzerda, the owner of Corporate Gifts, always stops them and gives them the first rule of our business; “Invest in yourself.” He believes strongly in encouraging his employees to learn more about life skills, business fields and beyond. A small library has even been put together that employees are free to use to learn and grow as individuals. At Corporate Gifts one learns that the only thing that limits you is yourself and there are tremendous opportunities for personal growth. With vision and unlimited possibility, this company’s aim is to bring to life what so many have only imagined and we are ready to take on any task, finding solutions for every new and current client. For more information contact 0860 222 222.

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Candikats Promotions Born out of a need to survive in a time where an extensive education was considered “over-educated”, and “lack of experience” was held against a university honours graduate, Candikats Promotions came to life.

Six years down the line, it has built up a strong base of repeat-clients, and services the promotional staffing requirements of new businesses each week, affording hundreds of students, nationwide, employment on a casual basis. The promotional dimension of below-theline advertising is a very popular option, as in the new millennium it is probably the cheapest, and though it may not reach as many of the target-market, it certainly gives those it reaches, a first hand experience of the product. Face-to-face marketing has thus become very 234

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popular, and has increased the demand for highly attractive, intelligent promotional staffing with communication skills, and personality. This is Candikats Promotions’ speciality. For years, word-of-mouth was it’s only form of advertising, proving that reputation preceded its great business ethic and service. A website has proved very useful in subsequent times, attracting the interests of hopeful applicants and clients alike. Candikats Promotions prides itself on the quality of its staff, some of who have been working part-time for the promotional business

(sometimes in conjunction with regular full-time jobs) for many years. It is often this slightly more mature segment of staff that fills the positions of launch and conference hostess. Entertainment staff, including: MCs, dancers, bongo drummers, and the likes, are available through Candikats Promotions. The promotional business has produced fashion shows, beauty pageants, functions and national promotional campaigns. All of which have been great successes. Candikats staff has catered to clients including: Vodacom, Richemont, Honda, Castrol, Shell, Altech,

Adidas & Levi’s eyewear (Moscon Optics), Ray Ban & Arnette eyewear (Luxottica), Sony Ericsson, Slo-Jo, Uwin Iwin Incentives, ProduXion House & Fantastic Racing, to mention a sample of better-known brands. The fantastic team of girls and guys operate successfully under direction from head office in Sandton, though Candikats Promotions has staff in Gauteng, Tshwane, Durban, Cape Town, Bloemfontein and Port Elizabeth as well. In addition, Candikats Promotions has become an affordable option for production companies looking for very beautiful models, at competitive rates. Director, Katya Pappalardo has represented South Africa in 4 international beauty pageants, and has won a Miss Tourism title among them. She now competes in the bikini categories of South African body building contests, and gains exposure as a fitness model.

Past casual employees, Theresa van Rensburg competed internationally in the QC Girl 2003 pageant, and came 3rd, Soula Bouzianis represented SA in Miss Intercontinental 2003, was a previous Miss Teen SA runner up, and a finalist in Miss SA 2007, and Sally Leung represented SA in Miss Earth internationally in 2004. Thuli Sithole, yet another previous Candikats Promotions employee, held the title of Miss South Africa 2006, and Grant Jankes was a top 10 finalist in Men’s Health Look 2007. Candikats Promotions is going from strength to strength, and hopes to spread its wings internationally in the future. For enquiries, please contact Katya Pappalardo on 083 431 9188 or Best of South Africa


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Purple Apricot Purple Apricot (Pty) Ltd is a dynamic and progressive Integrated Marketing and Communications Agency.

Top: Deirdré King. From left to right: Lauren Floyd, Mandy Czernowalow, Caroline Gallecher and Michelle Lowe.

The company was founded in 2001 by vibrant and energetic Managing Director, Deirdré King. It is the ethos of the company to promote gender transformation, skills transfer and the empowerment of women through mentorship and training. As such, new staff members enjoy the benefits of completing an internship program within the organisation which equips them in turn to become mentors for future staff members. Purple Apricot offers an integrated, strategic approach to marketing, advertising and public relations communications. The 236

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importance of effective marketing and communications in business today cannot be over-emphasised. Purple Apricot positions itself as an integral part of the client’s senior management team, in order to provide its clients with the strategic business intelligence, marketing and communications skills and experience to compete effectively in a rapidly changing, brand-driven world. Purple Apricot provides more than simply the traditional marketing, advertising and public relations strategies; its services also include multimedia, internet and graphic

design and digital communication strategies. The company attributes its success to the close, long term relationships it builds with its clients, which lead to a thorough understanding of clients’ businesses and the industries in which they operate. The combination of this insight, with an excellent knowledge of both new and existing communications and marketing tools empowers Purple Apricot to be a strong player in the communications sector. Purple Apricot encourages its clients to view the company as an outsourced or extended marketing department. As such,

Purple Apricot’s staff are close at hand to provide all the necessary in-house consulting, strategic planning, writing, graphic and digital design and production, media planning and administrative skills as well as a strong knowledge of business-to-business marketing. The company distinguishes itself from its competitors by providing an integrated cross-section of complementary marketing services including branding, public relations, advertising, marketing, digital communications, corporate gifts and promotional items Purple Apricot places high value on building, growing and maintaining the integrity of its client’s brands. “In a designfree world, the only means of differentiating between organisations, products and services would be cost,” says owner, Deirdré King, “Branding seeks the essence of goods or services, expressing it in a visual style and giving recognition to its unique qualities”. In the case of new initiatives, Purple Apricot

works closely with the client to create a new brand including a complete corporate identity coupled with a solid marketing strategy to meet the client’s needs and budget. In the overall marketing mix, Public Relations is an enormously powerful and cost-effective element. More credible and certainly less expensive than advertising, the use of editorial content to provide clients with exposure is what Purple Apricot does best. The company has excellent relationships with the media and has developed an enviable reputation for producing press releases and technical articles that are well written, relevant and newsworthy. The immense passion, energy and commitment of owner, Deirdré King, is the hallmark of the business and has certainly rubbed off on her staff. Purple Apricot’s success is undeniably linked to the passion, enthusiasm and dedication of its staff members and the loyalty of satisfied customers.

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Chapter 12 Conferencing and Exhibitions

“A star shone at the hour of our meeting.” J.R.R. Tolkien – Author. (1892 - 1973)

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South Africa - Conferences and Exhibitions Offering a wide choice of quality venues in every part of the country, South Africa is a sought-after destination for international conferences and exhibitions.


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There are compelling reasons why more and more international companies are choosing South Africa as their conference venue. The favourable exchange rate in this country means greater spending power for visitors arriving with euros and dollars. The climate is superb, allowing delegates to enjoy a healthy dose of sunshine while outside the boardroom. In every area of the country, visitors will experience outstanding hospitality and a variety of teambuilding and leisure activities. From South Africa, the entire continent of Africa is easily accessible to tourists and travellers. Because of this, South Africa hosts more than 63 percent of the total conference activities in Africa, and has been consistently ranked in the top 30 global convention country ratings. South Africa has hosted many major events, most notably the World Summit on Sustainable Development which attracted around 40,000 delegates to the country in 2002, and was held at the Sandton Convention Centre, the Nasrec Expo Centre, and the Wanderers Stadium. Sun City The idyllic venue of Sun City offers some of the largest and most comprehensive facilities in the southern hemisphere. Whether it is a conference for 20 or 2,000 people, whether

it requires high-tech staging or an exotic location, Sun City can meet the needs of visitors who travel to its beautiful bushveld location. In the Lost City convention centre and the Sun City Hotel conference centre, all function rooms have wall-to-wall carpets, air conditioning, public address systems, independently controlled lighting, blackout facilities and telephones. The Palace conference rooms reflect the unique style of the hotel, each with their own character. Sandton Convention Centre Situated in the heart of Sandton’s sophisticated shopping and business district, close to some of the leading hotels, restaurants and entertainment venues, the Sandton Convention Centre offers the most advanced conference and exhibition technology available today. This centre has been the recent recipient of two prestigious awards. It was nominated for the first time as one of South Africa’s Top 300 Performing Companies by Topco Media, and was presented with The Star’s “Your Choice 2007 Award” as Best Conference Venue. Expo Centre at Nasrec The Expo Centre at Nasrec is situated south west of Johannesburg, near the Gold Reef City Best of South Africa


Conferencing and Exhibitions casino and historical village. Gold Reef City, with its newly created Lyric theatre, is becoming the heart of South Africa’s own Broadway. This expo centre is the largest in Africa, and offers massive exhibition facilities with 42,000 square metres of space. Conferences for as many as 15,000 people or as few as 10 can be accommodated here. The centre has its own banking and postal facilities, telecommunication and cleaning services. The Rand Show, the largest consumer exhibition in the southern hemisphere, is held here. Emperors Palace Close to O.R.Tambo airport and easily accessible by highway from both Johannesburg and Pretoria, Emperors Palace offers a variety of venues. The spacious Centre Court can accommodate up to 3,000 people in cinema style seating, perfect for exhibitions, launches 242

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or concerts. The North Wing contains an enormous convention room which can be subdivided into six separate rooms. The Negotiating Council Chamber in the South Wing was the proud host of the multi-party talks that led to the birth of a democratic South Africa. The Assembly Room is ideal for banquets, conferences, and even weddings, while the Theatre of Marcellus hosts worldclass dance extravaganzas, musicals and plays. The Pyramid Venue and Conference Centre The Pyramid offers an elegant, secure venue with covered parking close to the heart of Johannesburg city as well as the major highway interchanges. The Great Hall can seat 350 people banquet-style or 450 theatre-style, making it ideal for everything from corporate banquets to product launches, presentations, seminars and fashion shows. This room offers

a round hydraulic stage, surround-sound, colourful lighting, and audiovisual equipment. The venue also offers smaller breakaway rooms, and accommodation is available at hotels in Johannesburg and nearby Sandton. Montecasino The Italian-themed casino and shopping complex in the northern suburbs of Johannesburg recently expanded its services to offer a magnificent new conference venue. The R20-million Montecasino Ballroom is a 700 square metre room which seats 400 people banquet-style or 600 cinemastyle. Accommodation and entertainment is available within the Montecasino complex, which contains two hotels as well as a brand new theatre, cinema complex, skatepark, bird gardens, and outdoor piazza.

space, it can accommodate up to 16,000 people, with smaller areas available. As well as conferences and expos, the Dome is also the venue of choice for visiting international artists. It has hosted David Copperfield, Lord of the Dance, Christina Aguilera, UB40, the Chippendales, and Enrique Iglesias.

Gallagher Estate Further out in the country areas between Johannesburg and Pretoria, Gallagher Estate is a beautiful venue which is easily accessible from Johannesburg, Pretoria or O.R. Tambo Airport. Set in relaxed surroundings, Gallagher Estate is equipped with top-class security and has super-efficient management. There are five large halls for exhibitions, concerts and trade shows, as well as other smaller areas. The famous Wine Garden restaurant is located on-site in a tranquil garden setting designed to stimulate business creativity. Coca-Cola Dome In the northwestern suburbs of Johannesburg, close to Lanseria Airport and easily accessible by highway, the Coca-Cola Dome is the fourth largest domed structure in the world. Occupying about 30,000 square meters of

Durban International Convention Centre The International Convention Centre in Durban is a 15-minute drive from the Durban airport, and just minutes away from the tourist’s playground of superb hotels and sunny beaches. This centre is one of the largest in the country. Together with the neighbouring Durban Exhibition Centre, it hosts the annual Indaba travel trade show which showcases southern Africa’s premier tourism destinations and products. In 2001, it was the venue for the United Nations’ World Conference Against Racism. Cape Town International Convention Centre Cape Town’s International Convention Centre is a relatively new addition to this city’s thriving economy. Meticulously designed with the most modern technology, it officially opened its doors for business on 1 July 2003. This venue has proved to be extraordinarily adaptable, and has successfully hosted events ranging from medical conferences to consumer exhibitions and trade shows. Grand West Casino Grand West Casino in Goodwood, Cape Town is a popular and versatile conference venue that consists of five different areas

able to host up to 1,000 people. With a host of restaurants, bars and clubs, cinemas and an Olympic-size ice skating rink as well as a 120-bedroom hotel, this venue offers a stylish all-in-one destination for visitors. Bloemfontein International Convention Centre Situated on the University campus, this is one of the newest, most modern and technically advanced centres ever built. The single-level, pillar-free centre contains a divisible exhibition area over 6,000 square metres in size, a massive banquet hall, and 21 breakaway venues. World heritage sites, game viewing opportunities and stunning natural scenery are on its doorstep. New Projects As the industry in South Africa booms and the World Cup draws closer, many new centres are currently under construction. The biggest and most exciting of these is the Tshwane International Convention Centre. Designed in the shape of the continent of Africa, this multi-billion rand project will be able to accommodate up to 2,000 delegates. The centre will contain two luxury hotels, shops and a theatre. The completion date is June 2008. Further Information - Southern African Association for the Conference Industry - Exhibition Association of South Africa - Searchable conference venues by province Best of South Africa


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The Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) was formally conceived in 1999 as a result of a combined initiative of the Western Cape Provincial Government, the then Cape Metropolitan Council and the City of Cape Town (now a single entity) and Business Cape. As a consequence of this collaboration, Convenco, the holding company of the CTICC, was formed. This company, Cape Town International Convention Centre Company (Pty) Ltd, was tasked to develop a world-class convention centre on a site on Cape Town’s northern Foreshore. The spur to action came as a result of the casino licensing process in the Western Cape. The Provincial Government made a decision to grant only one casino license in the Cape Town Metropole and tasked The Western Cape Gambling and Racing Board with awarding licenses. In turn it called for a financial commitment from bidders towards the building of a convention centre. Collaboration SunWest International was responsible for the winning bid which included such plans. The result was the mutually beneficial collaboration between the city, the province and the private sector. SunWest invested an initial R140m which combined with R142m from the Provincial Government of the Western Cape and R284m from the City of Cape Town amounted to a development fund for the CTICC of R566m. The granting of development rights to ArabellaSheraton, a five-star hotel located in the convention centre precinct, generated further funding. Following an international selection process that scrutinised bids from 11 international companies, a Dutch company, the RAI Group, was chosen as the operator of the convention centre. The company, a major player in Europe, appointed Dirk Elzinga as its representative in Cape Town and Managing Director of the CTICC in August 2001. More than seven

firms of architects, under the name Foreshore Architects, worked on the centre’s design. The first sod was turned in April 2001 and the building was completed in April 2003. CTICC today Convenco It was established to add value to related business tourism initiatives and complementary infrastructural projects and to establish, reinforce and grow business tourism in the Cape. To date it has been a catalyst for a R6.86bn cumulative contribution to GDP. The Cape Town International Convention Centre is a modern, flexible world class venue, designed to meet and exceed the expectations of the international and local meetings and events industry. The centre has two Auditoria (1 500 and 620 seats) with fixed raked seating, one ball room which can accommodate up to 1 400 dinner guests, 11 200 sq m of uninterrupted exhibition space which can be subdivided into six halls and 34 smaller meeting rooms. The centre has on site covered parking facilities for 1 100 cars. Relative expenditure to cost benefit gives it a significant advantage over comparative global destinations and the superb multifaceted exhibition, banqueting and conference space makes it an extremely attractive venue. The CTICC hosts annually about 500 different events attracting more than 550 000 visitors and delegates. Among the important events at the centre are the 40 or more international conventions per year, an equal number of national conventions and about 25 exhibitions and trade fairs annually. A 10 000 sq m extension to the CTICC was announced in July 2007 and construction of this extension is scheduled to start in the course of 2008. For further information contact: Tel: + 27 21 410 5000; Fax: + 27 21 410 5001. Best of South Africa


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Liban Conference and Banqueting Venue The Liban Conference and Banqueting Venue offers an elegant venue for any occasion, be it a conference, an all important product launch, presentation, workshop or the wedding of the year.


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The venue is situated in upmarket Woodmead, offering easy access to conference-goers or guests travelling from anywhere in Gauteng. The large main hall can accommodate 500 guests banquet style and in addition to its elegant setting it offers a fully licensed catering service run by dedicated and professional staff. The main hall is complemented by 9 smaller venues, which are ideal for workshops, breakaway sessions or smaller conferences. In addition to the intimacy required for smaller group sessions, these rooms also offer catering of the highest standard. For further information contact: Tel: +27 11 802 6378; Fax: +27 11 802 1117 Email: Best of South Africa


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A unique portfolio Under the innovative and visionary leadership of CEO Franz Gmeiner the Orion’s Group’s philosophy is to create stakeholder value and build strength through diversity.

All operations are based on its core values of integrity, recognition, generosity, human dignity and innovation. Good corporate governance is aligned with continuous asset, process and systems improvement to provide customer service excellence. The Orion Group consists of five divisions Orion Real Estate Ltd which listed on the JSE in 2006, Orion Property Services, Eagle Fleet Solutions, Orion Business Solutions and Orion Hotels and Resorts. Orion Hotels and Resorts maintain a leading position as one of the largest independently owned hotel groups in Southern Africa. Over the years, the hotel group has developed into an innovative and highly respected collection of quality properties. The group’s medium to longterm strategy is to grow its footprint in Africa and internationally. CEO Mr. Gmeiner places great emphasis on each hotel being able to offer high standards of 248

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service combined with a style that reflects the individuality of the hotel and its location. Staying in one of the Group’s hotels is an experience in itself rather than just a functional necessity. All the hotels in the group offer flexible but professional conference and function facilities in peaceful and unique surroundings, which are organised by dedicated and experienced conference co-ordinators. The facilities are relaxed, comfortable, well managed and well equipped with an emphasis on value, quality and service. Standard or custom made conference packages, and theme evenings and teambuilding activities are available on request at all the venues. Orion Mont-Aux-Sources Hotel, Drakensberg, KwaZulu Natal Just a few hours drive from Johannesburg & Durban, lies the romantic Mont-Aux-Sources Hotel, nestling in the warm foothills of the majestic Drakensberg. Perfectly positioned with every aspect facing the dramatic Amphitheatre with its cascading waterfalls, panoramic green hills and bordering the Royal Natal National Park. Comfortable hotel rooms offer unsurpassed views of the Drakensberg. Self catering chalets that sleep six are ideal for family getaways. You can be sure of a superb meal and friendly service in the dining room or on the Terrace. Orion Hotel Devonshire, Braamfontein, Johannesburg Sited on the Braamfontein ridge, this elegant Johannesburg landmark dates back to the 1930’s when it was a well-known watering hole for beer lovers. Whilst the Hotel Devonshire has been totally rebuilt on the original site, it still retains its original character and charm. It is close to public transport, the University of Johannesburg and Wits, the Constitutional Court, Newtown, the Market and Alexander theatres, shopping centres and is only 20 minutes from the Oliver Tambo International airport. The hotel offers six fully air-conditioned conference or function venues. Orion Piggs Peak Hotel & Casino, Swaziland Set in a beautiful pine forest atop the lofty peaks of Swaziland, the Orion Piggs Peak Hotel & Casino is the ideal place from which to visit the many scenic sites, explore ancient rock

formations, cascading waterfalls and discover a rich diversity of fauna and flora. Every spacious room and suite has a balcony with spectacular views of the surrounding hills and valley.  Lounge at the poolside or engage in one of our exciting activities like swimming, tennis, bowls, squash, mini golf, horse-riding, mountain biking and volleyball. After an active day, relax over a sundowner before challenging lady luck at the Casino. Orion Piggs Peak Hotel has a wide range of conference facilities to choose from. Orion Hotel Promenade, Nelspruit, Mpumalanga The Hotel Promenade, with its stately clock tower overlooking the business centre of the region’s capital city Nelspruit, offers guests a warm, country welcome and hospitality in the heart of the Lowveld. Part of the Promenade Shopping Centre, the hotel is ideally located to take advantage of the city’s amenities, or as a base from which to explore the spectacular surrounding attractions like the Kruger Park, God’s Window and Pilgrims Rest. Orion Safari Lodge, Rustenburg, NorthWest Province Just 130km from Johannesburg and situated in the foothills of the historic Rustenburg Kloof lies the Orion Safari Lodge. The resort hotel is perfectly positioned to enjoy the splendour that the area has to offer.  The hotel has 131 rooms, a choice of bars and two outstanding restaurants including the Coach where you can enjoy superb a’la Cart cuisine prepared by our resident chef.  The resort offers a private game reserve where you are able to get close to a variety of buck and exotic bird species. Trails through the nearby Rustenburg Kloof offer unsurpassed views. For the more sporty there is tennis, volleyball and mini-golf. Golf can be arranged at a number of nearby courses.   Orion Mohale lodge, Lesotho Lesotho, also known as the “Kingdom in the Sky” is the highest country in the world. Excellent roads leading to Orion Mohale Lodge make it perfectly positioned for guests

wanting to enjoy the beauty of the magnificent landscapes and skyscapes of the surrounding Maluti Mountains and Mohale Dam. This friendly lodge with three conference rooms is an ideal destination for those wanting to escape the stresses of city life. For the more adventurous, Orion Mohale Lodge is the perfect base from which to explore Lesotho’s mountains, valleys, dams, rivers and rich cultural heritage. Whether by road, water or horse / pony trail, sites of staggering natural splendour await guests at Orion Mohale Lodge. Orion Katse Lodge, Lesotho The Lesotho experience embraces the cultures and customs of this mountainous kingdom and nowhere is this more evident than at Orion Katse Lodge. The comfortable accommodation at Orion Katse Lodge, 216 km from Maseru, serves as the gateway to a pristine, unspoiled area just waiting to be discovered. Activities include fishing, walking, riding, hiking, pony trekking, swimming and a not to be missed informative and spectacular tour of the award-winning 185m high dam wall. Conference facilities include two venues and multiple breakaway rooms. For further information contact: Tel: +27 11 718-6452. Best of South Africa


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Gearhouse South Africa From a big-stage concert for ten thousand to an exclusive conference for ten, Gearhouse South Africa is the leading supplier of technical equipment to the live event industry.

Gearhouse is South Africa’s largest equipment rental company, specialising in every aspect of technical solutions from lighting and audio to staging, power and rigging as well as audio-visual and video conferencing. Their state-of-the-art equipment is matched by the expertise, creativity and professionalism of their staff. This allows their clients to hold events that run seamlessly, smoothly and brilliantly. It provides that indefinable extra ingredient that Gearhouse likes to call “magic”. From small beginnings as a lighting company in 1991, Gearhouse South Africa has evolved into a total technical solution group with an inventory valued at R200 million. The company’s phenomenal growth has been guided and inspired by its vision, passion, teamwork and commitment to service excellence. A recently finalised BEE agreement with the black-owned Red Coral Investments 98 (Pty) Ltd has 250

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Left page top to bottom: Posi+ive Rocks 2006 - Photo: Candice Scott. TATA stand Auto Africa - Photo: Clive Hassall. Right page top: Positive Rocks 2006 - Photo: Candice Scott. Bottom left: SAB Conference - Photo: W. Susman. Bottom right: Bidvest - Photo: Clive Hassall.

opened up exciting new opportunties. With its head office in Johannesburg, and fully staffed and equipped branches in Cape Town and Durban, Gearhouse offers a countrywide service, bringing the vision of its clients alive in world-class productions ranging from conferences to exhibitions, from corporate events to stadium concerts. Thanks to its long-established relationships with international suppliers and rental partners, Gearhouse can source the latest cutting-edge technology for South African productions. The secret to Gearhouse’s success lies in its people, and the company proudly recognises that personnel are its most important asset. Professionalism, training and skills development are an absolute priority. Staff are kept abreast of the latest technological advancements, and maintain rigorous safety standards through every process. From the inspired concepts and technical drawings generated by the inhouse design teams using engineering-based CAD software, right through to the services of a project manager to co-ordinate every

aspect of an event, the Gearhouse team is committed to the success of its clients. Other companies in the Gearhouse stable also offer event-related services. LEDVision provides large scale daylight screens, Havaseat offers grandstand seating, Systems Solutions imports and distributes Entertainment Technology products, Inhouse Venue Technical Management delivers technical services management for key venues as well as smaller events. In2Structures supplies custom-built structures, sets and portable venues while Tensile 1 offers the world’s largest portable venue. The company’s most recent acquisition, Gearhouse Power, provides generators, power and distribution. Industry, business and public life relies on the events industry to communicate with its market and its staff. With the escalating demand for professional presentation technology and event solutions in all areas, Gearhouse is constantly evolving to meet each sector’s individual needs. The company is ideally positioned for opportunities leading up to World Cup 2010 and beyond.

Company contact details: JOHANNESBURG 31 1st Street | Bezuidenhout Valley | Johannesburg | PO Box 751391 | Gardenview | 2047 | Gauteng | South Africa Tel +27 11 216 3000 | Fax +27 11 216 3100 Email CAPE TOWN 38-40 Assegaai Road | Parow Industria | Cape Town | PO Box 905 | Bellville | 7535 | Western Cape | South Africa Tel +27 21 933 7822 | Fax +27 21 933 7844 Email DURBAN 9 Kyalami Road | Westmead | Pinetown PO Box 15879 | Westmead | 3608 | Kwa-Zulu Natal | South Africa Tel +27 31 792 6200 | Fax +27 31 792 6210 Email Best of South Africa


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Partner with the most well-connected Exhibition company in South Africa The 3D Group, formed 11 years ago to provide turnkey exhibition solutions to marketers on the African continent, is one of the most awarded companies in the local exhibition industry.


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Its stand designs and precision construction regularly take ‘Best Stand Awards’ regardless of their size – large or small. It is also one of the most well-connected exhibition companies in South Africa giving it reach and influence into the far-flung corners of the globe. This it achieves through its membership of the Octanorm Service Partner International network. ‘Designed here – built there’ is the basis of this network, which was established more than 15 years ago to provide worldwide solutions for companies seeking to exhibit at fairs, shows and exhibitions around the globe. Today, more than 151 OSPI partners in 55 countries reduce complex problems to easily ensure their clients’ professional participation in trade fairs addressing logistics, avoiding annoying customs formalities, guaranteeing reasonable transportation and labour costs, and overcoming any language barriers. Using the high quality modular Octanorm system, identical quality standards for professional trade fair and presentation projects are guaranteed worldwide. While the local exhibition contractor plans the presentation together with the client, the OSPI in situ – or on site – will carry out the project accordingly at the exhibition. For South African companies, 3D’s membership of this network means that 3D can provide stands for its clients in all major exhibition centres around the world at the fraction of the cost of freighting the stand from South Africa simply because the OSPI counterpart in those countries will do the buildup and break-down. Similarly, 3D is able to build stands in South Africa for clients of OSPI members from around the world. 3D’s first OSPI-facilitated project was the National Ports Authority’s stand at IALA Shanghai 2006 (IALA - International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse

Authorities). 3D’s Ryan Scott flew to Shanghai a few days before the show begun to check that his counterpart in that city had everything according to specification. Then, it was just a matter of handing over to the client. Other clients to benefit from 3D’s members of the network are Telkom and Eskom. The OSPI partner in Hong Kong, UniPlan, both designed and built Telkom’s stand for ITU Telecom World saving it from hefty transportation costs and possible time delays in custom and import procedures. Other countries, other traditions – this often means tedious background work. However, with 3D and OSPI, exhibitors are able to forget the research, and simply use the local partner’s know-how. With an OSPI partner’s knowledge of local peculiarities, technical regulations and contacts with local exhibition experts your participation in trade fairs will be a ‘home game’. Especially with international co-operations a functioning communication is the key to success. Speaking the same language is not the only prerequisite for it, but also sharing the same idea and a constant exchange of information. Since the beginning of the OSPI Network regular meetings of the OSPI partners have been an essential part of the OSPI philosophy. There is no alternative to personal contacts, an understanding of different mentalities and the exchange of know-how. Here, the partners place their trust in the original idea of the exhibition: a hand-shake. This understanding of the partners enables the OSPI Network to be effective. If you’re looking for superior design and delivery, look no further than the 3D Group and call: +27 11 608 1588 or email: Best of South Africa


Chapter 13 Building and Architecture

“Architecture is the learned game, correct and magnificent, of forms assembled in the light.� Le Corbusier (Swiss Architect and city planner. 1887-1965)

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The Beginning According to archeologists, we can safely assume that building, in the form of basic dwellings, began in this country in the middle stone age about 30000 years ago. However nothing of significance was built until Van Riebeek arrived in the Cape in 1652. The Cape Town Castle was built in 1652, the first brewery was built in 1660 and the first school opened in 1663. Building accelerated during the late 18th century and extended to the Eastern Cape and the arrival of the 1820 settlers saw many commercial buildings erected in Port Elizabeth and East London. 256

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The first stands on sale in the new mining camp of Johannesburg were in the suburb of Turffontein and the first bank to operate on the Rand opened in 1886. The well known British architect, Sir Herbert Baker, designed many buildings in the early 20th century including the Union Buildings in Pretoria and many stately homes in Parktown. But it was during the 20th century that the industry reached the height of prosperity and in particular the years from 1970 to 1984 saw the construction of many high rise buildings and other well known landmarks. During these boom years the huge Carlton Centre was built

and such was the demand for resources that artisans, engineers, quantity surveyors and architects had to be imported from Europe. High interest rates paved the way for fast track construction and reinforced concrete challenged structural steel which historically had the advantage of speed of erection. The Recent Past The mid eighties saw the end of high rise buildings in all the main centres and decentralized low rise commercial buildings became the vogue, Sandton being the prime example. Development in downtown

demand. The problems were exacerbated by reduced Government spending and, whilst the low income housing market was buoyant, it continued to be unpopular with larger contractors whose relatively high overheads made them uncompetitive. The depressed conditions forced contractors to seek more work in Africa and overseas and locally joint ventures and mergers became increasingly popular. This era welcomed increased government initiatives to encourage and enforce Black economic empowerment and equity participation across the board.

Johannesburg with the notable exception of banks stagnated for several years. The building industry was in depression and commercial buildings were overbuilt leading to high vacancies and a highly competitive building market with perilously low profit margins for contractors. Whilst the new millennium heralded welcome growth in the residential market, office development remained sluggish and in the retail sector the completion of Northgate, Eastgate, Westgate and Southgate in Johannesburg with Century City in Cape Town and Gateway in Durban more than satisfied consumer

The current climate and the future The year 2004saw the beginning of a remarkable turn around of the industry’s fortunes. The initial trigger was the improved macro economic growth prospects of around 5% which hitherto had failed to exceed 3%. Office vacancies reduced dramatically and low interest rates promoted a boom in residential building focused mainly on multi unit housing developments for the upper residential market. This, in turn, signaled the beginning of rapid growth in the retail market with developers in fierce competition for appropriate land. During the last two years even downtown Johannesburg has resurfaced with many development opportunities and security and cleanliness are much improved.

The successful bid for the 2010 soccer world cup has introduced many more opportunities and Gautrain, new and redeveloped sports stadiums, tourism related projects such as airports and a huge Government infrastructure investment has produced the biggest boom the industry has experienced since the early 1970’s. Currently, contractors, subcontractors, material suppliers and professionals are enjoying full order books with lucrative profit margins never before experienced. These exciting circumstances have produced a few negative consequences however; the cost of building, whilst still modest by western world standards, has escalated 20% per annum over the last two years. Also the industry is experiencing a severe skills shortage across the board, which, in spite of accelerated training initiatives, may yet require the importation of professionals from abroad in a repeat situation of the early 1970’s. Current predictions are that these conditions will be sustainable well beyond 2010 fuelled by an improving macro economic climate. The Building Industry in South Africa is first world in terms of its technology and quality. The industry will continue to flourish as one of the most important sectors of our economy and will always be regarded as the engine for economic growth. Author: Ian W Robinson

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Boogertman + Partners Architects Iconic design partnered with tried and tested experience

Boogertman + Partners Architects was established in 1982 and is now one of the leading commercial practices in South Africa and operates throughout Africa, the Middle East and China. The firm produces architecture of a premier design standard through an extensive technological base within strict financial parameters. The company has four regional offices in Pretoria, Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town, as well as one international office in Dubai. With a total staff compliment of 180, of which 33 are professionals, 18 directors, 95 technicians, 21 administrative and 13 support staff. Their aim is to maintain the highest level of design quality, technological excellence, and business integrity in promoting a love of and commitment to architecture. Boogertman + Partners practice predominantly in the commercial market, servicing a wide range of institutional and commercial clients. They are technologically well placed to maintain their lead as one of 258

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the world’s foremost computerized practices. Their services included computerized photorealistic animation of buildings, full colour reproduction and printing, video editing and presentation materials.

According to the World Architecture Magazine, Boogertman + Partners Architects were ranked 145th in the world for 2006. They proudly boast some of South Africa’s top architects with Henk Boogertman, Hennie Coetzee, Johann de Wet, Bruce Douglas, Sterik Gerber, Heleen Grimsehl, Anton Koekemoer, Rechelle Le Grange, Jan Loubser, Mario Rode, Frits Schuite, Dewar van Antwerpen, Bob van Bebber, Wessel van Dyk, Quintus van Eck, Stephen Whitehead, Ernes Wilken and Andre Wright as partners. Boogertman + Partners Architects incorporate Office Parks, Motor Showrooms, Retail, Hotels and Leisure, Residential, Industrial, Urban Design and Iconic Buildings within their broad and impressive portfolio with some of the country’s well known buildings, structures and stadiums accredited to their dynamic partnership. Contact them on: Pretoria +27 012 429 7300; Johannesburg +27 11 790 1600; Durban +27 31 265 1805; Cape Town +27 21 930 9210 or visit their website. Best of South Africa


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Group Five – a proud history On 1 May 2007 Group Five celebrated 33 years as a listed company on the South African stock exchange, the JSE Limited. But its roots go back much further - to 1878 when Richard Henry Morris started his own construction company in Cape Town.

Main picture: Since 2003 when the group was awarded multi-disciplinary contracts at the Kansanshi copper/cobalt mine on the Zambian copper belt, Group Five has completed similar contracts in Zambia, DRC and the Durban Harbour entrance. Bottom left: The Moses Mabhida soccer stadium in Durban is one of three major contracts involving Group Five in KwaZulu-Natal. The others are the King Shaka Airport at La Lucia and enlarging Durban Harbour entrance to accommodate today’s mega vessels.


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Through a series of buy outs over the ensuing years, RH Morris came into the Group Five stable a century later in 1978. It was at the time the oldest existing building company in South Africa. As its name suggests, Group Five was originally made up of five companies, two of them dating back to the first half of the 20th century. In mid-1971 a consortium of three of these companies, MGM, Gillis Mason Construction and Peter Clogg Construction, was awarded a contract by Iscor in Newcastle. Involving a turnover of R6 million per month, the contract was the largest ever to be undertaken in South Africa at that time. Its success, combined with a series of mergers, buy outs and name changes, prompted CMGM, Peter Clogg

Top: The Skorpion Zinc Mine in Namibia, completed in 2002, remains a flagship multi-disciplinary contract in which all operations within Group Five were involved - from roads and earthworks; civil works; building; structural, mechanical and piping and the supply of readymix concrete to all contractors on site. Left: At the same time as Group Five was constructing the Bank of Tanzania in Dar-es-Salaam and the branch bank in Zanzibar, the group was also building the Bank of Mauritius in Port Louis. Centre: Everite’s range of asbestos-free building products includes Vermont cladding, which has proved popular with upmarket developments on Thesen Island and Pezula Golf Estate in Knysna. Bottom: 2005 marked the group’s first contract in the independent African power market and it’s largest in West Africa when it was awarded the design, supply and construction of the 180MW gas-fired Ibom power plant in Nigeria.

Construction, MGC, McLaren & Eger and Basil Read to list Group Five Engineering Limited on the JSE on 1 May 1974. Between 1982 and 1989, Group Five fought off two hostile asset stripping bids which brought RH Morris, Savage & Lovemore, Combrink Construction and Stevenson Construction into the group stable. In 1989 Group Five merged with SM Goldstein Ltd. The acquisition of the manufacturing group Everite in 1992 marked the start of the Group Five’s Manufacturing business. To date, this business has undergone a series of changes and now comprises Everite Building Products and Group Five Pipe. Over the years, the most significant change for Everite has been the elimination of asbestos from all its products by 2005 and the introduction of an aesthetic range of architectural products. On a group level, the appointment of Mike Lomas as CEO in 1996 saw the start of a major restructuring of Group Five, which included the acquisition of Intertoll, an operations and maintenance toll road business which today focuses on South African and European markets. By 2000 all businesses within the group were operating under the Group Five name, the Roads operations had been scaled down and between 30% and 40% of turnover was being obtained from outside South Africa. During the 2000/2001 financial year the pyramid shareholding structure, which was the result of the Group Five/Goldstein merger collapsed to ensure a more investorfriendly group. Operations in Dubai were established in early 2004, since then Group

Five Middle East and its sponsors, Al Naboodah, have been awarded a number of major contracts by the Dubai Department of Civil Aviation at Dubai International Airport. By mid-2005 Group Five became the first company in the construction industry to finalise its BEE transaction, which resulted in direct black ownership of 26.1% of Group Five with immediate voting and economic rights. With the upswing in the economy, Group Five intensified its training programme which now ranges from basic skills training through to management development and training on all levels. At the end of the 2005/2006 financial year, Mike Lomas announced his retirement from Group Five and in March 2007 Mike Upton, previously executive director for Group Five Engineering Projects, took up the position. In line with its strategic plans for growth, the group established its Construction Materials operations in 2006 by acquiring Quarry Cats, strengthened by the further acquisition of Sky Sands and a share in Barnes Reinforcing Industries. At the end of the 2007 financial year, Group Five reported another positive year. In his report, Mike Upton wrote: “The group’s flexible strategy and holistic approach to risk management sees it well placed to deal effectively with an increasingly globalised market characterised by rapid change and shifting customer demands.” Best of South Africa


Chapter 14 Logistics and Supply Chain

“Quality is never an accident; it is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, intelligent direction and skillful execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives.� William Adlebert Foster (1917-1945) United States Marine who received the Medal of Honor

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As the South African economy competes vigorously against global trade rivals, the supply chain and logistics industry continues to grow both in size and sophistication.

Logistics management eliminates wastage of time and materials from the supply-chain, increasing production and distribution efficiencies and helping the Republic remain globally competitive. But is it sustainable? “Yes,” says Garry Marshall, Chief Executive of SAEPA, the South African Express Parcel Association. “We are seeing significant investment in infrastructure - specifically airports and harbours - to ensure that capacity will stay ahead of demand.” 264

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Airport and Harbour Infrastructure There is a new airport under construction in Durban - King Shaka Airport - and others are being upgraded, including O R Tambo International, the country’s largest, Cape Town and Port Elizabeth. Much of this activity is prompted by World Cup 2010 with passenger handling as a priority. However, the logistics of constructing stadia, transport and accommodation for this global competition and the flow of materials from overseas are taken

into account in planning facilities. Nearer the time, there will be an unprecedented inflow of items from all participating countries. This necessitates advanced equipment and facilities to ensure efficient handling of aircargo from small urgent items and documents to general freight to airlifted projects. Durban Harbour is undergoing an upgrade as part of an R11-billion port infrastructure upgrade across 13 terminals in six ports, the result of a growing

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Annual Statistics: Imports - R 465 Billion Exports - R 400 billion+ Development Zone at the new deep water port of Ngqura which will be operational by 2010. The first phase attracted investment of over R 7 billion. At the same time, Port Elizabeth harbour is being upgraded, with specific emphasis on the car terminal to cope with South Africa’s burgeoning automotive industry. East London also features a specialised car terminal and an IDZ, while Cape Town harbour is expanding its container handling facilities. This capacity building is in anticipation of continued traffic growth and the arrival of much larger air and surface carriers that are a feature of the evolving transport industry.

maritime industry and sustained growth in containerised cargo shipping. On the bulk handling scene, Richards Bay Coal Terminal which handles a large proportion of South Africa’s R 21.5 billion coal exports is engaged in its R1.1 billion Phase V expansion. This will increase capacity from its current annual throughput of 72 million tonnes to 91 million tonnes. The Eastern Cape has welcomed the establishment of the Coega Industrial

The Era of the Mega Carriers “South Africa is ready for the mega carriers,” stresses Marshall. “We’ve already had successful trials of the Airbus A 380 at O R tambo International Airport. So much so that Airbus reported the major highlight of the A380 was the Johannesburg - Sydney leg after the Superjumbo took off from here at its maximum take-off weight of 555 tonnes.” On the surface freight side, more operators are announcing newbuildings of vessels with hitherto unsuspected volumes. The 110 000 bhp horsepower Eleonora Maersk, for instance, carries 11 000 TEUs (6 metre containers) which laid end-to-end would reach from Johannesburg to Pretoria. She is powered by a 14 cylinder Wartsila RT-flex diesel engine. There are over 160 such ships on order. “On the domestic market, we have seen a re-shaping of South African Airways and the introduction of additional competitive airlines, adding muchneeded capacity for express freight and helping stabilise costs,” says Marshall.

Such has been the success of the express freight industry domestically, regionally and internationally that its growth remains in double figures more than three decades after inception. In Southern Africa, because of the vast distances which separate buyer from seller, growth outstrips that of the rest of the world. The greater security and cargo care offered by express freight also makes it attractive for serving remote destinations and intra-African traffic. The needs of commerce and industry make express freight appear bulletproof for the foreseeable future. “When times are tough, orders are smaller and more frequent - ideal for express freight. When times are good everyone can afford express freight,” adds Marshall. “That’s why all the major express freight players are represented here. What’s more, they are of the opinion that our level of performance is world class.” The supply chain industry makes life better for all South Africans. It keeps business and commerce at competitive levels in a global economy. It enables companies and people to obtain the goods and items they want faster and more reliably. “It creates tens of thousands of jobs and sponsors education for the advancement of young South Africans within the industry,” Marshall concludes. “There is also the multiplier effect on employment through industry spend on freight space, software and hardware, telecommunications, vehicles, fuel, printing and stationery, finance and insurance, legal, accounting, educational and all other professional and commercial services needed to keep a modern industry ticking over,” For more information contact Garry Marshall on 0861 106 402. Best of South Africa


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Norse Air Charter your Aviation Business Partner Norse Air Leasing’s global reach extends to fully on site operations providing aircraft; crew and maintenance.

Norse Air operates in countries such as Afghanistan servicing US Aid and other Non Governmental Organizations by providing a combination of two King Airs and two Beechcraft aircraft; Madagascar with two SAAB aircraft; Singapore servicing a medical rescue company with a Lear Jet; Ivory Coast; Central African Republic and Ghana; utilizing a SAAB in each country and Mozambique servicing an Australian and South African joint venture mining group with a SAAB and Metroliner. The group has successfully operated aircraft for the World Food Programme, the International Red Cross, the United Nations and other 266

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NGO’s, often under hostile environmental conditions. The demanding maintenance requirements of the various operations; many based in third world countries; are serviced by Norse Air Maintenance’s on site engineers; backed up by its main base of operations at Rand Airport, Johannesburg. The maintenance operation is licensed to service a number of aircraft types including SAAB, Embraer, and Beechcraft, as well as jets such as the Citation and the Learjet. Norse Air Maintenance’s primary focus is maintaining the various aircraft owned by the group; in addition it also maintains third-party aircraft.

Norse Air Charter’s operations has taken full advantage of the massive growth of both passenger and cargo air charter into Africa. The current burgeoning democratization of many African States has necessitated the mass movement of highly sensitive election material. Norse was recently awarded the UN contract to move a total of 1900 tons of election material for the Democratic Republic of Congo’s first election in over 30 years; utilizing 100 ton capacity Antonov 124’s; Boeing 747’s and 50 ton capacity Ilyushin 76’s. The successful management of flights like these into often inhospitable areas with

infrastructure deficiencies as well as having to deal with militant election Rebel Force activity is accomplished through Norse’s extensive contact network and ability to leverage long standing relationships with both governmental and non governmental organizations. In Southern Africa; Norse is widely recognized as the leading expert in deploying specifically Russian cargo aircraft to move outsized mining equipment such as telecommunications equipment; hazardous equipment for the South African Government; helicopters to assist in the Tsunami and Islamabad aid programme and more recently

helicopters to assist the Independent Electoral Commission and the South African sanctioned policing forces to monitor the 2006 DRC elections. More regular flights have arisen as a result of the increased demand to deliver South African built specialized armored vehicles to Baghdad in support of US led initiatives in post war Iraq. Norse also moves wild game, transporting Rhino as far a field as Australia and setting up exploratory base stations in areas as remote as the Antarctica. Other enterprises like aircraft hire for international film production companies; with performers like Nicholas Cage and Leonardo Di Caprio give Norse reflected star appeal. Although Norse offers broad based passenger services; it specializes in passenger charter flights primarily for Governmental units in service of South African and African Union peacekeeping initiatives in Africa. The aircraft utilized for these passenger flights are MD 83’s; DC9’s and Boeing type aircraft. Emphasis is placed on safety and security, providing highly professional and flexible services particularly given the complex nature of these flights often

fraught by volatile and at times tenuous United Nations and African Union political agendas. Norse Air Charter holds an A1, N1 and N4 category license thus allowing Norse to operate any category of aircraft anywhere in the world. This license is issued by the South African Civil Aviation Authorities, and is valid for operations commencing from South Africa. Relationships established through Leasing and Charter operations often result in the opportunity for the sale of aircraft, giving rise to Norse Air Sales; an increasingly profitable area that has gained significant momentum over the past three years. The resurgence in the values of turbo prop and small jets has generated much interest for investors, corporations and aircraft operators in owning their own aircraft. Norse Air Sales has successfully established a small but growing client base. For all enquiries, please contact us on: Tel: +27 11 666 0800; Fax: +27 11 666 0820 E-mail: Best of South Africa


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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.


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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.

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 over 1 100 people. The company has offices in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, East London, Durban and Richards Bay. 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 and is the only company in the world allowed to co-brand with Panalpina. Safcor Panalpina has been in partnership with Panalpina for more than 30 years. Panalpina operates on six continents and, although it has its own airfreight charter network, it also supports commercial airlines. In 1999, Safcor Panalpina began a conscious decision to develop further as a supply chain company and embarked on a continuous process of being able to enhance its supply chain capabilities. The most recent development was the commissioning of a 10,500 square metre, state-of-the-art logistics/ bonded warehouse facility at OR Tambo Airport, which officially opened for business in October 2007. This facility not only saves substantial supply chain costs through a faster flow of traffic than conventional warehouses, but incorporates world class security measures, benefiting both large and smaller clients. The logistics facility is designed to meet the

demands of the current operating environment and those of the future. It incorporates the best elements of facilities around the globe and is a world class facility, acknowledged as such by many multinational clients. 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. Speed and security are the two critical success factors in the demanding and highly competitive supply chain management environment and the new facility gives the company a real competitive edge in both these areas. Supply chain management includes the management of information, business processes and logistics activities involved in the movement of goods. Importantly it also includes the coordination of communication between suppliers, the principal and the final customers. In applying its expertise, the company concentrates on designing differentiated solutions whilst focussing on quality, cost and delivery. From 0.4 of a kilo to 20 tons, flexibility is the key. Safcor Panalpina’s brand promise is “A global supply chain of seamless motion”. The challenge is to optimise supply chains in terms of risk, cost and time. Safcor Panalpina believes a good brand is a promise kept and it strives to keep the promise embedded in its brand. Best of South Africa


Chapter 15 Property and Real Estate

“The land is the only thing in the world worth working for, worth fighting for, worth dying for, because it’s the only thing that lasts.” Gerald O’Hara, Gone With The Wind

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The way to wealth Property ownership is one of the best ways to create wealth and young South Africans should look to invest in property if they can afford it.


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Many young people buy property as soon as they can afford it, many see it as something that is too expensive or they are discouraged because they can’t afford the area they would like. Another barrier to young people buying is that they are intimidated by what they perceive as a complex process that they can’t understand. But I would encourage parents to speak to their children about their property experiences too. When they had to buy their first home they probably also felt prices were daunting but are now probably feeling very positive they bought as soon as they did. For example thirty years ago in Newlands in Cape Town and Rosebank in Johannesburg you could have bought a very comfortable home with a pool for around R50 000. Today those homes are selling for around R3m. Young people should be urged to first pre-qualify themselves before searching for a home. This will guide them to search for properties based on how much they can afford. Young people are often surprised by just how much they can afford. Property prices have escalated substantially but there are ways to get into the market. There is also a trend towards friends buying properties together

with their joint income. It does give people who may not be able to afford a property on their own a footing on the property ladder. Waiting until they can buy an investment property alone will probably prove costly - property values are likely to continue to rise steadily. They should also not avoid buying because they can’t live in their preferred areas. Younger buyers should remember that when an area becomes expensive people look to move close-by. Neighbourhoods improve in expanding circles around a good neighbourhood so that what is not ideal now, is likely to become a preferred suburb of tomorrow. Do research, ensure that the area has good fundamentals and in time it will improve. With the advent of mortgage originators and new entrants in the South African banking market lending rates have been made more competitive and lenders are eager to do business. Originators make it very easy for people to buy property - they take all the hassle and complexity out of the process so no one need feel intimidated about the technicalities of buying property and financing it. Source: reporter / International Marketing Council (IMC)

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Zimbali Coastal Resort

The Benchmark of South African Estate Living Situated on the lush KwaZulu-Natal North Coast, the Zimbali Coastal Resort has long been recognised for its position as South Africa’s premier international resort destination.


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This highly sought after and exclusive development is located on 700-hectares of pristine subtropical coastline on the KwaZuluNatal Dolphin Coast. Zimbali is regarded as one of the country’s most popular golfing destinations for both local and international visitors alike, due to its favourable climate, diverse landscapes and exceptional Tom Weiskopf signature golf course. Central to the experience is the Zimbali Lodge and Country Club, which features colonial elegance reminiscent of an age of opulence. Featuring five star luxury accommodation, the Lodge includes a health spa, an award winning fusion restaurant, Pro Shop and a magnificent pool area amongst its facilities. Zimbali Coastal Resort’s developers comprise a joint venture partnership between IFA Hotels & Resorts and Tongaat-Hulett Developments. Tongaat-Hulett Developments is recognised as one of the leading land development companies in South Africa and IFA Hotels & Resorts is an internationally acclaimed developer of premier integrated and mixed use hotel and tourism projects. Together IFA Hotels & Resorts and Tongaat-Hulett Developments share a vision and passion to see Zimbali Coastal Resort maintain its position as one of the leading developments worldwide. To this end the developers strive to consistently 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. Best of South Africa


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The scooping of four prestigious International Property Awards for Zimbali in 2006 was a major coup and this accomplishment has been repeated with further awards being snapped up in 2007. The awards include: Best Development – South Africa; Best Golf Development – South Africa; Best Property Marketing – South Africa; Best Architecture Single Unit – South Africa for 7 Cherrywood Lane and Best Developer Website – South Africa. The highly anticipated R1,8 billion Fairmont Zimbali development, currently under construction, provides further investment opportunities and will feature hotel condominium units, signature beachfront villas, golf chalets and designer apartments. Also included in this premier offering are outstanding fractional ownership opportunities that reside in the Fairmont Heritage Place, Zimbali – South Africa’s most exclusive private residence club. This will offer owners the 276

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pleasure and rewards of owning a spectacular vacation home without the many concerns and burdens of maintaining a second property. With a Gary Player signature golf course and its location on the 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 of Zimbali will include 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 Zimbali Coastal 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 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. For further information on Zimbali Coastal Resort, visit or contact the Zimbali Sales Centre: Tel: +27 32 538 1984; Cell: +27 83 409 2666/7; E-mail: Best of South Africa


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Blair Atholl Blair Atholl is situated to the northwest of Gauteng Province, between the cities of Johannesburg and Pretoria.

Located northeast of the Cradle of Humankind, this estate stands on 1,500 acres and incorporates extensive parkland alongside its golf and equestrian facilities and country homes. It’s a country retreat with a difference – one that gives plenty of room to breathe and places strict limits on construction. The Crocodile River winds throughout while open areas are populated with century-old indigenous trees and small game. Perhaps one of Blair Atholl’s biggest selling points is the presence of world-famous golfer Gary Player who has made the estate his home for almost 25 years. Player designed the on278

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site signature 18-hole golf course, open only to residents and their guests. Measuring in excess of 7,500 metres, it’s designed in a loop with 11 of its holes incorporating water features. Residences span three architectural styles – rural, classical and traditional – arranged at very low density with one home per two hectares. Many sites are completely invisible from the road and are not overlooked by anyone, screened off by vegetation. Owners can choose river frontage or views of the mountains, fairways or grasslands. Communal facilities include a luxurious clubhouse, spa and wellness centre. Stables

and paddocks serve as a focal point with qualified handlers available to care for residents’ horses. Blair Atholl is about living in tune with nature and enjoying an environment carefully planned to maintain the most endangered qualities in life today ... privacy, tranquillity and peace of mind. For more information contact Chris on 083 395 1708. Best of South Africa


Embrace change. Embrace South Africa. Denese Zaslansky, CEO of Firzt Realty Company, has been actively involved in real estate for over 20 years and is enthusiastic, determined, passionate, focused, loyal, compassionate and most definitely committed to everything she does.

Denese grew up in Barberton, the eldest of six children, in an extraordinary close-knit family and she never dreamed that one day she would be the only sibling left living in South Africa. Over a 13-year period, all five siblings emigrated and Denese says “Every time I said goodbye, I was bombarded with reasons to leave - reasons to justify the painful departures. Heartbroken that our family was not intact and spread over 4 continents, I still chose to remain in South Africa. My love and belief in this beautiful country kept me rooted.” Denese has no regrets. “I am glad I stayed. Proudly South African, I’m privileged to be in Real Estate and able to participate in this dynamic country’s growth,” and says that when she established Firzt Realty Company, she had a clear vision to make it the most professional, innovative and dynamic Real 280

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Estate Company, a brand that would be synonymous with ethics, professionalism, training and integrity, and the company’s success to date has been undeniable. “Ethics, integrity, commitment and a complete all around service to our clients gives us the edge,” explains this award-winning businesswoman. “My vibrant teams are hand picked, motivated and trained on a continuous basis. We genuinely care about our buyers and sellers. They become our friends. They trust us and we help them in whatever way we can.” Firzt Realtors offer support and guidance and are passionate about keeping the contact with clients even after the deal is sealed. In real estate, a lot of time is spent talking and listening to people. Buyers and sellers complain about certain situations in South Africa, yet in spite of this all, there is still a desire

for home ownership. Now, over 20 years since Denese said her first goodbye, the positivity in the South African property market reinforces her belief, “I personally feel the optimism which is confirmed by our daily sales!” Social responsibility is the key in being a proud South African Company. We support charities for cancer victims; the blind, disabled and paraplegic; soup kitchens; orphanages; old age homes and more. Most recently we formed a FIRZT soccer team to give a group of men the opportunity to play the sport that they love. “Ask Denese” workshops are also given for the public to assist potential buyers and sellers and have become invaluable tools for the community. Firzt Realty Company, created and steered by a remarkable captain, is changing the face of real estate in South Africa. With it’s worldwide associations, Firzt Realty Company and Denese Zaslansky have created a property experience like no other. Her philosophy is to be pro-active rather than re-active. She says that “the secret is to have the courage to embrace change and do things differently.” Let’s all celebrate living in South Africa! For all enquiries, please contact us on 086 11 FIRZT. Best of South Africa


Chapter 16 Setting up in South Africa


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“As a consequence of the victories we have registered during our first ten years of freedom, we have laid a firm foundation for the new advances we must and will make during the next decade.” Thabo Mbeki – South African President

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How to do Business in SA Since the inception of the new democratic government, South Africa has effectively adhered to disciplined, predictable economic fundamentals.


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Through this arduous process, South Africans have developed a strong entrepreneurial culture, keen to jointly develop our country with international partners. From a geographic perspective, they are proud of the role to be played in facilitating and supporting the development of the region, offering a wide array of skills and technical understanding. Through government efforts to liberalise trade and industrial development policies, South Africa has been established as a dynamic and internationally competitive investment location. Such measures include: • Tariff reform • Trade and investment promotion • An industrial strategy that focuses on supply side • Reform of the regulatory environment. Considered alongside political stability, these measures have been instrumental in creating a promising medium- to longterm economic scenario, ensuring that local and international firms are able to operate profitably in South Africa. DTI: one-stop investment shop The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) provides a one-stop shop for investors, offering a variety of services to those interested in conducting business in South Africa - ranging from details on how to do business in the country to the different forms that businesses can take. Investment facilitation services for international investors include: • Information on South Africa's sectors and industries. • Consultation on South Africa's regulatory environment. • Facilitation of investment missions. • Links to joint venture partners in South Africa. • Information on incentive packages for investors. • Assistance with work permits. • Logistical support for relocation to South Africa. Inquiries are channeled through the DTI Customer Care Centre on 0861 843 384 (local callers) and +27 11 254 9405 (international callers). Boosting investment The DTI has adopted a three-pronged strategy to boost investment in South Africa: • The development of industrial development zones (IDZs): duty-free processing zones around coastal or inland ports, for dedicated exporters. • The development of special incentive packages for investors. • Policy input for the creation of an investorfriendly environment.

While investment opportunities abound in all sectors of the economy, the DTI concentrates on those sectors in which South Africa has strong competitive advantages. The DTI's sector specialists have a clear understanding of and access to South Africa's various industries, and can therefore provide sound advice. The department also co-ordinates provincial initiatives to match investors' requirements with opportunities available in South Africa's nine provinces. On the export side, the DTI focuses on secondary or manufacturing industries and the development of small businesses. • DTI: first stop for exporters DTI group of institutions The DTI is a federation of bodies, not a single institution. The group is divided into three main clusters, namely development finance, regulatory and specialist services. Some of the major organisations within the group of institutions are listed below. Industrial Development Corporation The state-owned Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa (IDC) promotes industrial development by offering a range of financing facilities to help private sector entrepreneurs set up manufacturing concerns in South Africa and the Southern African region. The IDC provides development capital to new

and existing undertakings, usually in the form of low-interest, medium- to long-term loans for acquiring fixed assets. Khula Enterprise Finance Limited Khula is a limited liability company with Department of Trade and Industry as a major shareholder. Khula facilitates the provision of loan and equity capital to small, medium and micro enterprises through the medium of Retail Financial Intermediaries. Its offerings include to credit guarantee schemes. Ntsika Enterprise Promotion Agency Ntsika is a government agency set up to render non-financial support services to small, medium and micro enterprises. Its programmes include local business service centres, counseling, advice and technical support, skills training, tender advice, access to technology and a mentorship programme. National Empowerment Fund The business of the NEF Corporation is to promote savings and investments among historically disadvantaged people through its retail division, and to fund economic empowerment and black business through its investments division. For more information visit us on: Source: reporter / International Marketing Council (IMC)

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Below: Nondela Drakensberg Mountain Estate

South Africa has been established as a dynamic and internationally competitive investment location. This is borne out by the latest World Bank survey of 175 countries in which South Africa ranked 29th in the world, ahead of Austria (30), France (35), Spain (39) and Italy (82) for ease of doing business. The ranking took the following criteria into account: starting a business, dealing with licences, employing workers, registering property, getting credit, protection for investors, paying taxes, trading across borders, enforcing contracts, and closing a business. South Africa had the highest ease-of-business ranking on the African continent, with Namibia following at 42 and Botswana at 48. Political stability and progressive trade and industrial development policies offer a promising economic climate for local and international firms to operate profitably in South Africa. It is the most advanced and productive economy in Africa with sound economic policies, world-class infrastructure, industrial capability and cutting-edge technology. South Africa has a favourable legal and business environment and is the gateway to the African continent. Inspite 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 with South Africa. Routledge Modise has a broad base of local and international listed companies, multi-

nationals and banks. It acted as South African commercial law and competition advisor to Croda International plc and Imperial Chemical Industries plc, both listed on the London Stock Exchange, in respect of the acquisition by Croda of the international Uniqema Business of Imperial Chemical Industries. The deal value was approximately £410 million. The firm also handled the listing of 29 million common shares to the value of C$203 million on the Toronto stock exchange for First Uranium Corporation and it acted for Eland Platinum in Xstrata South Africa’s ZAR7.5 billion offer to acquire the entire issued ordinary share capital of Eland. Sometimes disputes are unavoidable and the firm’s formidable litigation team of over 60 professionals, which is regarded as one of the most experienced litigation teams in the country, has handled major litigation and arbitration matters locally and internationally. These include, among others, advice on issues relating to the Lesotho Highlands Water Scheme (Africa’s largest water transfer scheme), Mossgas, various toll roads, Durban Harbour and Koega Harbour. The firm’s property department handles a number of upmarket property developments, such as the Nondela Drakensberg Mountain Estate, a luxury golfing and residential estate, with 75 free hold title stands of one hectare each, 356 whole-ownership mountain lodges, a par 72 golf course designed by Ernie Els, a golf academy, a spa and wellness centre, and a boutique hotel. Best of South Africa


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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. 288

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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 three-bedroom 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-ofthe-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, proving guests with a secure and comfortable base from which to do business and enjoy the South African experience. Don Central Reservations: +27 11 709 1900 or 0860 366 737; Email: Best of South Africa


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