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South African Cathy O’Dowd, the first woman in the world to summit Everest from both sides, seen here in the Alps is heading off on her most dangerous trip yet.

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by NICOLE HOLGATE HIS summer, South African adventurer Cathy O’Dowd will attempt to reach the summit of the world’s ninth highest mountain, Nanga Parbat, via the infamous Himalayan Mazeno Ridge, a difficult route that’s never been climbed all the way to the top. Nanga Parbat is grouped with K2 as one of the two hardest mountains in the world. As her 9 June start date draws

nearer, she spoke about how she’s feeling and why she’s attempting to climb a route no one has completed before. So why has no one succeeded? “There are nine recorded ways Nanga Parbat has been climbed. Mazeno Ridge isn’t technically difficult, but it’s incredibly long. Two attempts got to the end of the ridge. But then you’ve got another 1km of mountain to go up. So when teams got there, they were

so exhausted and low on supplies, they gave up.” Cathy, the first woman in the world to summit Everest from both sides, described how simple practical issues become the biggest gamble. “We know what we’re going to climb, but there’s a lot we don’t know. We don’t know how much gas we need: you have to melt snow, as well as cook food. On the other hand if your rucksacks are full of gas you’re not

going to be able to pick them up. It’s a set of guesses.” However her South African upbringing is a bolstering influence. “In some ways it was utterly unhelpful. I only saw snow once in Jo’burg – none of that is a good way to be a mountain climber. But I came out with a strong sense of self-reliance and get-up-and-go. You can see that in the diaspora of South Africans ...continued on page 3

Animated Jock of the Bushveld in London | p7 Jock of the Bushveld, the brave Staffie dog, is one of South Africa’s most loved animal characters. Now, a new animated movie has been made and the Wilderness Foundation UK is holding the UK premiere.

Opening the Gateway | p9 A new cross-medium title called Gateway To Africa will be launching in July and will be a vital tool for trade and investment in Africa.


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Cathy O’Dowd attempts world first Mazeno climb

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continued from page 1... around the world: sheer confidence that lets us get out there. And a certain pig-headedness!” “This is a very self-sufficient expedition. Everest for example, there are other teams around. On this expedition we won’t see any other climbers for six weeks. We will have satellite telephone, and I will be writing a blog, but people can’t get to us! We know it isn’t impossible, but many have failed. So there’s a big psychological difference.” Mazeno Ridge provides an incredibly dangerous climb for several reasons: “There are distinct advantages and disadvantages: it’s along the top of a ridge, which means you don’t have rock falls or avalanches. The disadvantage is that there’s no easy way of getting off. If we decide we can’t do this, we have to go back along the ridge. You may complete the route, but you need to have energy and supplies for at least two days’ climb back down again! If you get into trouble and you’ve run through 95% of your physical, mental and survival goods,you’re stuck.” Luckily Cathy will be in a team of six: three sherpas, herself, and two British climbers. “It’s a strong team: Sandy and Rick have climbed this mountain by the standard route, which is the way we’ll come down.” There has also been a lot of mental preparation, involving speaking to others who have climbed the route, and scrutinising maps and photographs. On the physical side, “I’ve spent a lot of time ski touring in the Pyrenees (where she lives), and I trail run.” Of reaching the top of the mountain itself, Cathy is philosophical. “I don’t know if we can succeed, because much of it is down to luck. If it snows every night, we’re not going anywhere. If the snow is hard and we can walk on it, that’s a huge advantage. I just don’t know. I’m interested in the process: trying and learning and exploring what’s possible. Even if this just means getting off the mountain with nobody injured.” While there is peril, there is also a lot of time for thought. “It’s a slow process, high altitude climbing. I’ve written a few novels in my head! As you’re trapped with the same people 24 hours a day, you have to be able to find your privacy and take a break.” Another form of mental escape will be her coverage of their journey using state-of-the-art equipment. “I haven’t done a big Himalayan expedition for nine years, and the technology has changed considerably. In 2003 I was giving reports from base camp, nowadays it’s a PDA, a satellite telephone and a solar panel. I’ve got this kit weighing less than a kilogram, which I can take up to the summit – in theory!” Cathy is climbing to support

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The good things about Britain I’M bored of talking about ‘The Spear’. So let’s not. Let’s talk about something else. Let’s talk about how amazing Britain is. I’m not supposed to hold up one country at the expense of another. My job description requires me to be acerbic, bitter and cynical at all times, on pain of having the editor come round to my house and read Evelyn Waugh at me. But I’m struggling to be bitter this week. It’s sunny outside, the Queen is about to mark 60 years on the throne, and I’m in a good mood. So here are some things I love about Britain. I love the food. I was always told that British food was terrible, that the country couldn’t cook, that its citizens lived off Mars Bars and fried dog turds. But almost every meal I’ve had in a British restaurant, and even most pubs, has actually been a bit of alright. And when British food gets it right – oh boy. Oh wow. Roast beef. Yorkies, Spotted dick. And before you say anything: yes, I know the staff and cooks of all restaurants are European, but they don’t count. I love the postal service. Royal Mail are my heroes. They do a thankless job, they do it every day, and it’s almost always done faultlessly. It is a credit to this country that post offices, from Brixton to Bromley-By-Bow, are almost always welcoming, friendly places. Maybe I’ve just been unusually lucky, but my post in five years has almost never gone missing. I love the music. British hip-hop is my particular poison, but really, what’s not to love? The UK has given the world more brilliant, life-changing music than almost anywhere else, America included.

Think about it. I love the sense of humour, which – despite some pretty rotten things happening to the country in the past few years – is still alive, still intact and still laughing. British comedy is still the finest on earth, bar absolutely none. Shows like The Thick Of It and QI prove that nobody appreciates a good joke quite like the Brits. And I love the

iPlayer too, and most of the BBC, for letting me access it in half a second. (The iPlayer, you may be interested to know, was built by a South African, Anthony Rose.) Most of all? I love the Queen. I’m a royalist. I say this unapologetically. It’s unfashionable to be one. The Queen is supposed to be past it, a relic of colonialism, something

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Kurt Darren oor Bieber, Londen, dans en Dankfees… Conrad Brand gesels met ‘Kaptein’ Kurt Darren oor hierdie week se Dankfees en sy (kort) kuiertjie in die VK

by CONRAD BRAND KURT Darren of ‘The Big KD’ soos sy aanhangers hom noem, tree Saterdag 9 June by die SA Dankfees in Kent op. Ek het met Kurt gesels oor sy kuiertjie in die VK. Die Dankfees Waarna sien jy die meeste uit by die Dankfees? Vetkoek, pannekoek of potjiekos? Ek sien vreeslik uit om met die mense te gesels en al hulle vrae te beantwoord. Dan natuurlik ook die vertoning in die aand. Die Band het nie saamgekom nie, dis net ek alleen. Ek beplan ook om twee van my nuwe liedjies sing, dié sal eers Augustus 2012 beskikbaar wees as my nuwe CD vrygestel word. Ons gaan sing en dans tot ons klaar is. Gaan daar ‘n geleentheid wees om van jou CD’s te koop by die Dankfees? Ek weet nie of mens soveel mag saambring nie, maar ek sal ‘n paar saambring. Ek het Kurt toe aangemoedig om daai CD’s (Klippies in my geval) heel onder in sy tas te sit. Daar waar dit veilig is en niemand daarna sal vra nie. Laat jou tas sommer bubblewrap, net om seker te maak. Die toer Vir hoe lank is jy hier in Engeland? Is jy op toer? Ongelukkig is ek net hier vir ‘n paar dae, want ek is besig met ‘n Suid-Afrikaanse en Namibiese toer. Ek het laasjaar redelik getoer in Amerika, Australië, Nieu Zeeland, ook by die Cannes Fees in Frankryk. Waarna sien jy die meeste uit om te doen tydens jou besoek? Ek is mal oor Londen, dit is ‘n cosmopolitan city en hou daarvan om na shows te gaan kyk. Met my vorige besoek het ons Stonehenge en Bath gaan sien. Ek hou daarvan om by goeie restuarante, goeie kos te geniet. As jy na die teater gaan, wat is jou gunsteling vertoning? Een van my gunsteling vertonings was Cirque du Soleil wat ek in Las Vegas gesien het. Ek geniet ook comedy.

Wat sal jy verkies en in wat se orde? Opera, Musicals, Ballet, Drama? Musicals, Drama, Opera, Ballet. Het jy vriende hier wat jy tydens jou besoek sal sien? Ja, Etienne Jordaan en sy vrou Roelien is goeie vriende. Hulle het ‘n baba wat ek nog nie te siene gekry het nie. Ek sien daarna uit om saam met Etienne ‘n bier op die baba te gaan drink. Musiek en lewe Kan jy die eerste keer onthou wat jy opgetree het? My eerste liedjie wat ek voor mense opgevoer het was ‘Jerusalem’ en ‘The green green grass of home’ onder my moeder se begeleiding. Ek was sewe. Mense wou hê ek moes Country sing, maar ek sing toe balades en eers later het ek my eie liedjies begin skryf. Dans liedjies, waarvoor ek nou meestal bekend is. Ek sal egter altyd ‘n balade soos ‘Hemel op Tafelberg’ tussen my dansnommers hê, dit is belangrik. As jy iets in jou verlede kon verander, wat sou dit wees? Om miskien vroer my eie liedjies te begin skryf het, maar die lewe volg paaie en miskien sou dinge dan nie so uitgewerk het soos nou nie. Ek is baie gelukkig en sou nie veel anders as dit wou verander nie. Waarna luister jy nou op jou iPod? Ek doen baie shows so as ek kan, laat ek my ore rus, maar as ek luister, luister ek graag na David Grey, Coldplay, Michael Buble of Laurika Rauch. Wie is jou gunsteling SuidAfrikaanse kunstenaar? Laurika Rauch, Parlotones and Gian Groen. Wie is jou gunsteling international kunstenaar? Elton John en Michael Buble. Ek sien jy en Justin Bieber hang nou uit? Ek reken hy het jou styl gesteel? (Lag lekker) Nee ons hang nie uit nie. Justin was by die Kruger Wildtuin en tydens oggendete het daar blykbaar ‘n liedjie

van my op die tv gespeel. ‘n Bietjie later loop ons toe mekaar by die lughawe raak en Justin was in ekstase om te sê dat hy my vroer op die tv gesien het. Wat inspireer jou danspassies? (Kurt lag sommer lekker) Nee man! My vriende lag almal vir my danspassies en ek sien dat ander SA kunstenaars my nou namaak om die gek te skeer. Ek het aan die begin net gesit en my balades gesing, maar toe ek my eie liedjies begin skryf, het ek begin dans. Ek kan nie regtig dans nie, ek skud skud maar rond… Suid-Afrika Baie Suid-Afrikaners in Engeland dink daaraan om terug te keer na SA. Wat sal jou eerlike raad wees as ‘n vriend jou vra? SA se infrastruktuur is 100% reg. Ek en ander is ook bly om te sien dat die ANC sy eie mense klap as hul kwaad doen, hulle wil ook die land reg hê. Daar is baie young professionals of soos hulle ook genoem word, Black Diamonds, wat fantasties doen en ons land se sake op hul hart dra. SA is baie beter as in daai begin-dae. Die land het nie ineengestort soos baie geglo het nie. It’s not a black or white thing, but an SA thing. Wat is jou opinie van die “Zuma Spear”? Om eerlik te wees sou ek ook, as iemand sonder toestemming my so uitbeeld, baie kwaad en verontreg wees. Dit is ons President en al stem jy dalk nie met als saam wat hy doen nie, moet jy erken dat hy nie sleg doen nie. Mens moet respek hê vir ander, as persoon. Ek verpes mense wat ons mense, taal en kultuur afkraak en ek praat nie van kleur of ras nie, ons as SuidAfrikaners.

Toekoms Wat hou die toekoms vir Kurt Darren in? Ek wil aanhou die lewe geniet. Ek is laasjaar met die mooiste vrou in Suid-Afrika getroud en is baie gelukkig. Ek het ‘n platemaatskappy oopgemaak en wil voortgaan om my eie liedjies te skryf en videos te skiet. Ek sal graag wil aanhou doen wat ek tans doen , vir solank as wat ek gesond is en energie daarvoor het. Wat is op jou Emmer-lyse (Bucketlist)? Ek wou nog altyd ‘n game farm hê of wildbewaarder word. Wel, ek het nou die game farm, maar

wil dit nog in ‘n Big 5 game lodge verander. Ek wil ook graag Rio sien en die Bora Bora eilande. Ek wil ook graag in die West End opvoer, dalk in ‘n Suid-Afrikaanse produksie. Ons sien uit om jou op die Hop Farm te sien en onthou, bring maar ‘n keppie saam, dit gaan lekker warm wees! Ek hoop so! Vra asseblief vir die mense om my te kontak op Twitter @Kurt Official of op Facebook oor wat se liedjies hulle graag wil hoor by die Dankfees. Kurt Darren en Pieter Smit tree Saterdag 9 Junie om 19:00 by die Dankfees op. Inligting en kaartjies: www. sagemeente.com/dankfees

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by STAFF REPORTER GIGALUM have just announced that they are flying in the legendary DJ Fresh from South Africa for an exclusive gig in Clapham South on Sunday 10 June. Just in case you aren’t a fan already, DJ Fresh aka Thato Sikwane made a name for himself in the ‘90s on YFM before he was snapped up by 5FM where his ‘Fresh Drive’ has become one of their most popular shows. His first four house albums – the “Fresh House Flava” range – are said to have altered the house landscape in South Africa, bringing the genre into the mainstream music scene. Fresh has shared the DJ booth with a number of internationals during his career to date, including “Little Louie” Vega, Frankie Knuckles, Armand Van Helden, Chris Lake, Paul Van Dyk, Oskido, Fat Boy Slim, Hoxton Whores, Jazzy Jeff, Harley & Muscle, Ready D, Kenny Gope Gonzales, Viny Da Vinci, Deep, Gregory and Dominic Spreadlove. Cities like Johannesburg, Miami, London, Cape Town, Moscow, Brisbane, Ibiza, Leeds, Durban, Gaborone, Birmingham, Dubai, Montreal and Melbourne have all danced to Fresh’s beats. But he is as excited as ever about coming over to London this Sunday as he’s heard so many

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THE day started off with a strong Italian coffee and rusks, speaking Afrikaans. Sun blazing through the window, watching the planes fly into Heathrow above me. Silent birds. It was off to the city. Grabbing a skinny mocha with one pump of chocolate and no cream, caught the tube and had a quick glance at the Metro with the music in my ears. Oxford Street was teeming with tourists – you know by the pace. Londoners never dawdle or stop mid-sidewalk to ponder. Skinny shorts walk by burkhas, buggies push past trackie bottoms and the standard black gear is slowly disappearing. Lunch at the Mothership, my Selfridges. Was it to be a falafel platter, a burger, Chinese, fish and chips or the healthy option? Went for the

good things about the worldrenowned Gigalum Sessions. This event is first come first served on the door, so if you want

to get in, don’t roll up later than 4pm. And it really is free entry. Details: www.gigalum.com

DJ Fresh will play an exclusive gig as part of the renowned Gigalum Sessions.

detoxing smoothie – dark green spinach, akai and spirulina in a cool glass. Next to me they were talking Mandarin. I can never go to Selfridges without a detour to the second floor - the shoe galleries. The bigest selection of shoes in one place in the world. Passed by the Louboutins, those heels will kill me, past Chanel, Tod’s, Mulberry… gazing lovingly at them all. This place is addictive, the mecca of taste and luxury, and I can but look and lust. But more to do in this city that sleeps while awake. The summer was calling and that means one thing. The parks. A more leisurely walk this time, to stop and fawn at puppies and watch those soaking up the sun, unashamed in their bikinis and shades. Was meeting the children for a boat trip, a picnic lunch and a ride on the Boris bikes. Heard French and German spoken. A man was handing out the Evening Standard to the commuters on their way home. To Shoreditch for a barista class at One Perfect Cup. Six students; young, old, middle-aged, learning the art of a perfect expresso, how to make a macchiato or a latte… it’s all in the timing and temprature. How to steam the milk, turn the coffee, grind the beans. Tasting the differences until you know you

have created that ‘Perfect Cup’. It was still light outside when I left. 8.30pm and the pavements were bursting with urbanites having a beer in the sun. Clumps of friends and colleagues catching up. As I walked down the tiny alleys of Shoreditch, past shops selling everything from flowers, curries, Scandanavian buns and vintage clothes, I turned into Bishopsgate Road towards Liverpool Street, and stopped in wonder. Before me stood the Gherkin, master of glass and light reaching to the sky. I had to stop. I had to take a second to take it all in. My city. The bunting is threaded outside the shops. The Queen’s face is everywhere. She is the star of the show, and I have not heard a negative word. Olympic mascots entice the tourists. Cyclists fly past. Old buildings stand next to modern designs. The pulse is intoxicating. And I did all that in one day. When I really miss South Africa, when I feel the pang of homesickness, I need to remind myself of that day. Locals, foreigners, tourists, homeless, yuppies, immigrants, all twisting and turning in the whirl that is London. And I realise just how fortunate I am to be here. To be or become whatever is possible, for in London, anything is possible. And breathtaking.


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Can Themba’s story ‘The Suit’ on stage in London Drum writer’s haunting tale of jealousy and revenge in 1950s Sophiatown comes to the Young Vic after its acclaimed Parisian debut

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by STAFF REPORTER SOUNDS Of Africa, a concert featuring the best artists from Southern Africa, will take place across three stages at the historic Coronet Theatre in Elephant and Castle on SA Youth Day, 16 June. Goldfish, Jesse Clegg and DJ Kent are just a small selection of the diverse line-up covering genres from rock, pop, electronica and jazz on the live stage to deep house, electro and trance on two other stages, with live acoustic and chillout in the VIP area. If sound is not enough for you, be visually blown away by the LED backdrop, fire explosions, Ibiza’s famous ice and confetti cannons and a surprise guest appearance only to be revealed on the night. Band stage (electronica, jazz, rock, pop) • Goldfish • Jesse Clegg • What Now • Plus host Little Leigh and comedy by Parys Potgieter, DJ Tobie Allen and more

House floor • Hosted by Kudu Marketing • DJ Kent, Coco Loco, Mixolis, Azee, K.I.F.F, Tait and more

Engine room (electro, progressive & trance) • Derek “The Bandit” • Hilton Caswell, Garth Hill, Gee-4Rce, The Fome, Justin Time and Hoova Groova VIP room (live acoustic and chillout) • Hosted by Pharside.co.uk • Acoustic sets by What Now, Jamie King, Steve Peralta and Joe Robbins Details: www.facebook.com/ SoundsOfAfrica (including a £10 discount code) Prices: • £25 Standard saver – limited • £30 Standard tickets • £50 VIP (queue jump & VIP area) – limited Tickets are available at www.ticketweb.co.uk or by calling 08444 771 000

by STAFF REPORTER PETER Brook and Marie-Hélène Estienne co-direct Can Themba’s hauntingly beautiful story The Suit, with music by Franck Krwczyk. Performed by a company of international actors, singers and musicians this run at the Young Vic from 21 May to 16 June follows its critically acclaimed world premiere at the Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord in Paris. In the dusty heat of 1950s Sophiatown, a young worker returns home to find his wife in bed with her lover.The lover escapes, leaving behind his suit. The only revenge the husband takes is to instruct his wife to treat the suit as an honoured guest. But how long can she endure this pitiless sentence? Can Themba, born in 1924, was a South African journalist and writer. In his remarkable short stories published in Drum he recorded life in Sophiatown when it was a lively and bohemian quarter of Johannesburg and before the whole area was destroyed in 1954 under the apartheid Group Areas Act. When his work was banned he left South Africa and died in Swaziland in 1967. This new production is part of World Stages London – an

London premiere of animated Jock of the Bushveld film by STAFF REPORTER JOCK of the Bushveld, the brave Staffie dog, is one of South Africa’s most loved animal characters. Percy Fitzpatrick’s book was published in 1907 and the 1986 feature film featured a soundtrack by Johnny Clegg. Now, a new animated movie has been made by Duncan MacNeillie and his team and the Wilderness Foundation UK is delighted to be holding the UK premiere of the new film on Wednesday 13 June. The screening has been donated to Wilderness Foundation UK as a fundraiser in support of Forever Wild – their campaign to raise awareness and find solutions through community engagement to help combat the rapid and tragic decline of the Southern African rhino through sophisticated poaching networks and units. Through increasing poaching we are in real danger of losing this iconic species for future

generations to appreciate, and the natural world loses a major strand in its delicate web of life. In 2011, 448 rhino were lost to poaching in South Africa alone. Statistics grow daily each month in Southern Africa in 2012. The evening is an opportunity to work together to raise necessary funds for our ‘Forever Wild’ campaign and the ongoing efforts of The Wilderness Foundation to continue to educate people in rural and urban communities about the value of wild nature and the magnificent creatures that live in the remaining protected areas in pockets across the world. The night will include supper, the screening, a raffle and silent auction. Details: Date: Wednesday, 13 June Time: 6.30-10pm Venue: The Kinema, South African High Commission, Trafalgar Square, London

Price: £40 per person including supper Please note: As this event is being held at the South African High Commission, all tickets must be bought and paid for in advance. Booking: Download a postal booking form or book online at www.wildernessfoundation.org.uk

Can Themba’s The Suit will be performed by a company of international actors.

unprecedented collaboration between eight London producing venues and 12 UK and international co-producers that celebrates the exhilarating cosmopolitan diversity of London. The Suit joins a season of shows staged in May 2012, each created by leading artists.

Performances: • 21 May to 16 June 7.30pm daily • Wednesday & Saturday 2.30pm matinees 2, 6, 9, 13, 16 June. Tickets: £10 to £29.50. A limited number of discounts are available for each performance. Details: www.youngvic.org


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by PAUL HARRISON IF you are marketing your business online, there are a whole host of websites to help drive traffic to your site. Paul Harrison spoke to Internet Marketing and Online Product Development expert Phill Turner to find out how you can take advantage of one of the fastest growing social media websites ever: Pinterest. 1) Get a Pinterest account Those guys at Pinterest are very clever. To drive interest in their project the only way you can get an account is find someone who already has an account and get them to invite you. They have worked on the basic human desire that we all want something we can’t have. If you don’t know anybody just type ‘Free Pinterest Invite’ into Google and some good soul will fire you over an invite, no strings attached. There are millions of excited users so someone will help.

2) A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words Pinterest is all about images so make sure you use some amazing, eye-catching pictures to get people interested in what you are doing. Think of ways of showcasing your products and services. If you are a florist show the beautiful flower arrangements you create and people will follow you just like Twitter and Facebook. This will help drive traffic to your site. 3) Don’t forget the links When putting your images on Pinterest make sure you always put your link below your image. Remember to always write it like this: http://www.yourwebsite. com. This will ensure people know it’s clickable. Also make sure you use a keyword in the picture name and you will recieve a Search Engine Optimisation boost for your site if your page has the same keyword – and don’t forget this is all free!

Internet Marketing & Online Product Development expert Phill Turner.

Phill Turner advises Craig Richmond on promoting his website with Pinterest do. You need to think about what is visually pleasing to a new audience. Anything exciting to you is probably going to be for potential visitors, so share what you love first and see if you get results.

Craig Richmond is a Londonbased Durbanite with a website that he wants to use Pinterest to promote. Phill answers Craig’s questions. How should I start to use Pinterest for my business? Firstly, look at what you could share from your website or blog right now that would get people interested in what you

How do I know if I get visits from Pinterest to my website? Google Analytics is a free service by Google (www.google.com/ analytics) which shows you where your visitors come from. All you need to do is add a small piece of code to your website and you will be able to find out. If you’re using WordPress, a free system to develop websites, you can use a free plugin called Woopra, available at www. woopra.com, to give you live stats

for how many people are reading your website. How can I use Pinterest with other Social Media? You can really set your social media on fire by linking Facebook and Twitter to Pinterest. When you sign up for Pinterest, look for the settings tab and click the sliders for Twitter, Facebook and Facebook Timeline and then every time you post on Pinterest it will be syndicated on Twitter and Facebook. Once you have set this up you will have a system for driving traffic to your website and spreading word of your business. Visit Phill on www.phillturner.com or if you have any question, please email Paul@MOBIvation.com


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A new cross-medium title called Gateway To Africa will be launching in July and will be a vital tool for trade and investment in Africa by IRENE MADONGO A NEW publication focusing on business and opportunities in Africa is set to hit the streets next month. Named Gateway To Africa (GTA), the Londonbased title aims to provide vital tools for investors and decisionmakers focused on the developing continent. At its core is the premise that South African businesses in the UK and on the continent form ideal partners to leverage opportunities in the rest of Africa. The print element of the title, an A4 glossy magazine, will have a highly-targeted executive distribution in the UK and South Africa. At the heart of the title will be a website (www. gatewaytoafrica.com). In addition a weekly e-newsletter and digital edition will be distributed to a select database of British, Sub-Saharan and South African decision-makers. The initiative forms part of the stable of Blue Sky Group, publishers of the UK-based newspaper The South African, SA Property Monthly, Australian Times and New Zealand Times. The publication sets out to be a conduit for trade and investment between UK and Sub-Saharan Africa. Readers will be provided with in-depth original business features, tools and news that unlock the opportunities between the UK and Sub-Saharan Africa. It aims to provide resources for UK and BRICS companies looking at doing business in developing Southern Africa, via South Africa. It also seeks to do the same for companies in Africa who wish to extend their influence in the UK,

Blue Sky Group’s new title, Gateway To Africa, will cover many key sectors - from banking to mining. The publication will be launched in July 2012.

or transcontinental companies who can service the African supply chains. Sectors covered will include: energy, banking, finance, retail, agriculture and mining. Interviews with a cross-section of key African entrepreneurs and leaders on the business stage will feature. Most importantly, the magazine sets out to become the place to speak directly to highly-skilled, experienced African recruits in the UK looking to bring their skills back home to African corporates.

The launch comes at a time when various business and government figures are increasingly highlighting the development and opportunities emerging in Africa. Last month South Africa’s Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe said Africa is often referred to as the “new investment frontier.” Africa is believed to be the second fastest growing continent after Asia. In addition, a recent Barclays report that surveyed 250 UK companies found that the vast majority (92%) believe there is

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China in Africa: Law and Economics

by STAFF REPORTER THE University of Cape Town Trust invites you to a talk by Professor Salvatore Mancuso, UCT’s Chair in Comparative Law in Africa. The lecture on 19 June will be on, China in Africa: Law & Economics. How has China been able to overtake any other presence in Africa? What are the legal implications of such massive Chinese presence in Africa? This presentation will offer a general overview on the main aspects of Chinese investments in Africa. It will also analyse, from a legal point of view, the agreements between China and the African states, as well as the Chinese policies on investments in Africa. The Chinese approach towards law in Africa and the possible developments of the legal aspects of Chinese investments in Africa will also be examined.

The event will be held at Goodenough College on 19 June.Photo by Steve Cadman.

Professor Mancuso came to UCT from the University of Macao where he was Professor of Comparative Law and Legal Anthropology. He also holds the position of Honorary Professor of African Law at the Centre for African Laws and Society, Xiangtan University, China, and has held Visiting or Adjunct Professorships at various institutions. Professor Mancuso is the author

of Il diritto del Kenya (The Law of Kenya) and Diritto commerciale africano (African Business Law), and has edited numerous other publications, including Research on Legal Environment for Chinese Investments in Africa. Date: 19 June, 6.30-10pm Venue: Goodenough College, Mecklenberg Square, London, WC1N 2AB RSVP: uct.alumni.uk@tecres. net for payment details.

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THE Rand began trading last Monday 28 May around the 13.17 mark against its British counterpart and 10.52 to the Euro. The Rand opened significantly stronger on Friday 1 June at 13.10 to the British Pound and 10.50 to the Euro. The Rand is still being trashed around by news coming out of Europe and the US. This is a trend that analysts expect to continue among emerging markets until there is more certainty around the situation in the European Union. The massive debt situation in Europe has somewhat dented consumer and investor confidence leaving the Central bank in a sticky situation. This drop in confidence has had a crippling effect on the multiplier phenomenon where consumers are now holding on to their funds in anticipation of more bad news instead of injecting the funds back into the economy to stimulate growth. Governor Gill Marcus has once again stated that she will not manipulate the official exchange

rate. She stated that there are better uses for foreign exchange reserves. “If you take that path, you’ve got to have very deep pockets. We don’t think it is good use of our money. It is very expensive,” Marcus told a forum. It seems as though for the time being most of the markets are taking a wait-and-see stance until

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FOOD & DRINK ABANTU BUTCHERS Abantu Butchery boerewors specialist, supplying wholesale and catering and retail shops as we are fully EEC licensed, we can also supply vacuum packed steaks in any quantity you may require. Probably the best boerewors you have tasted at a remarkable price. 19 City Arcade, City Centre, Coventry, CV1 3HX Tel: 02476555767 CAMBRIDGE & VILLAGES Toft Shop – Village Shop & Post Office With a South African section selling all your favourite tastes from home! Pop in and pick up your treats – Biltong; Boerewors; Koeksisters; Rusks; Sweets; Chips; Groceries etc. Web: www.ToftShop.co.uk Tel: 01223 262 204. CB23 2RL THE CHICHESTER BILTONG COMPANY www.biltongcompany.co.uk The best of British from a friendly bunch of South Africans who made Sussex our home. But there was one thing we couldnt live without from our native land..Biltong! So we made our own using traditional recipes handed down through generations. We only use the finest prime British beef! Get our “readers 10% EXTRA FREE” offer by using the VOUCHER CODE ‘SA10’ CRUGA Home of CRUGA biltong. Cruga’s factory shop offers a full range of South African and Zimbabwean groceries plus boerewors, droewors and of course biltong. Tel: 01908 565 432 Email: biltong@cruga.com Web: www.cruga.com Address: Tilers Rd Kiln Farm, Milton Keynes, MK11 3LH

SHEBEEN BAR Edinburgh’s only South African bar has opened in Leith. A unique, stylish bar with something for everyone,delivered by experience and friendly staff. As expected we stock a large range of South African beers, wines, ciders and snacks, including a classic selection of cocktails and Dom Pedros. Opening hours are from 12pm to 1am. Come down and enjoy a true taste of Africa. 3-5 Dock Place, Leith, Edinburgh, EH6 6LU. 0131 554 9612.

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KALAHARI MOON WESTON The Southern African Shop in Weston (Opp Tesco car park entrance). Wide range of SA and Zim products. Relax in our licensed cafe while shopping. And try our South African homecooked food. 7 Lockling Road, Weston Super Mare, BS23 3BY. Tel: 01934 708089. Email: Info@kalaharimoon.co.uk KALAHARI MOON The Southern African Shop in Bristol. Wide range of stock including excellent boerewors and biltong. Centrally situated, friendly service. Connecting South Africans. Tel: 0117 929 9879 Address: 88 - 91 The Covered Market. st Nicholas Market, Corn Street, Bristol, BS1 1JQ Email: Info@kalaharimoon.co.uk Website: www.kalaharimoon.co.uk

SUSMAN’S BEST BEEF BILTONG CO LTD If you’re missing home give us a call, supplying you with all your favourite South African products and more. Phone: 01273 516160 Fax: 01273 51665 Web:www.biltong.co.uk Email:sales@biltong.co.uk THE SOUTH AFRICAN SHOP We stock most SA consumer goods in our large store in Maidenhead or order online and get next day delivery service throughout the UK. Your home away from home. Mon – Friday: 9:30am – 5:30pm Saturday: 9:30am – 6pm Sunday: 11am – 4pm www.southafricanshop.co.uk. Tel: 01628782511

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SA man wins Blind Golf Championship London-based South African Pieta le Roux has overcome many challenges to become a successful blind golfer Blind golf, like all golf, is governed by the rules laid down by the Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews. Players meet six times a year for the EBGA major competitions. There are three one-day events, a two-day English Strokeplay Championship, a Matchplay Championship played over three days and the Lawrence

Levy British Blind Masters, a fourday 72 hole competition (the only one of its kind in the world). Pieta is a member of Potters Bar Golf Club and also visits the driving range once a week to keep his game sharp. “Golf is a passion and I do it for the love of the game. I admire Ernie Els and Rory Mcllroy, who are both humble.”

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by RONEL VAN ZYL I CONGRATULATED Pieta le Roux on his win of the 2012 Primary Club Matchplay Championship over the mobile as he was travelling from work (locum physiotherapist) to meet his wife Elmarie at Euston station for a weekend away. I could hear him ask directions from bus drivers and at stations while carrying on his conversation with me. What makes this so amazing is that he is visually impaired; even for a sighted person London can be a daunting place to master. Pieta started playing golf aged 12 with his dad. He also competed in various sports like athletics, cricket and rugby. After qualifying and working as a quantity surveyor he started to lose his sight to such a degree that he could not continue to work as such and had to find an alternative occupation. He retrained as a physiotherapist at UWC, where for the first time in his life he was catered for as a visually impaired person. In 2001, he started playing blind golf at the invitation of the South African Disabled Golf Association. Blind golf stands out in the arena of disabled sports in that it includes only minor modifications to the standard rules of golf. Blind or partially sighted golf players have a sighted coach who assists the golfer in describing distance, direction and characteristics of the hole, and helps with club head alignment behind the ball, prior to the stroke. From this point, the golfer is on his own, and it is his skill that determines the resulting stroke. The guide plays a vital role giving the golfer as much information as required, describing the terrain, direction and distance as accurately as possible and lining up the player for the desired shot. Pieta explained, “All my confidence is in my guide. My wife Elmarie has been my guide for the past nine years and knows my golf better than me. We need funds for her to travel with me to these events and if she can’t go I have to use a volunteer guide.” They met in 2003 at a blind cricket tournament and discovered they were both sport fanatics. Pieta taught her all the rules of golf and in 2008 Elmarie won World Championship guide and her Springbok colours. On the golf course it is a strictly professional relationship.

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