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Treehouse Utopia Antony Gibbon’s Amazing Creations
Celebrating Life Through the Lens Marlene Neumann
Head First Into the Frey Discovering Switzerland’s Best Chocolate
Now You’re Cooking with Fire! Braai Style Fine Dining
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Meet the Crew
SA Express Fleet
We Fly For You: Our Visions and Values
Safety and Route Map
The Jewel of the Midlands Liberty Midlands Mall
Five Ways to Sink Your Career What NOT to Do
Why Being Nice Could Grow Your Business The Net Promoter Score
Up, Up and Away Surviving Interest Rate Hikes
Events North, South, and In Between
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Small Town Touring Head Into Hoedspruit
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Get Lost in Lusaka A Capital Place to Be
SOUTH AFRICA IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) facilitated a R3 billion new investment by Unilever South Africa as well as a new Atlantis-based manufacturing facility for components for the wind and solar industries by the Spanish company Gestamp. Other green-energy production facilities established were Jinko Solar, SMA Solar Technology and Agni Steel in Coega. In September 2014, the dti launched a R100-million gold loan scheme to support jewellery manufacturers. In the same month, a R1.2-billion glass-furnace bottling facility was unveiled by Nampak, supported by the 12I Tax Allowance Incentive Programme. On the agro-processing front, in December 2014, Abagold Limited, a local Hermanus-based company that farms abalone, announced a significant expansion with support from the dti Aquaculture Development and Enhancement Programme. The company CEO reported at the time: â&#x20AC;&#x153;The investment in the project is budgeted to a total sum of R112 million and we have already received R5.6 million on our first claim from the dti. Our maximum production per annum used to be 275 tons of abalone, and with the new project it will grow to more than 500 tons per annum.â&#x20AC;?
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Milestones and the Next 22 Years of Express Excellence Welcome aboard your SA Express flight. We hope that your flight with us is a pleasant one, wherever you are travelling to. The month of April is one of great significance for us here at SA Express for many reasons, the first of which is that it is our birthday month. Having been founded on 24th of April 1994 we will proudly usher in our 22nd year of existence this month and, in typical young adult nature, we have experienced many growing pains, as well as some “air punch” worthy triumphs. When a birthday rolls around, one cannot help but become nostalgic. Our beginnings here at SA Express were of a humble nature, with two aircraft servicing only the Johannesburg – Kimberly – Upington – Cape Town route. Today, SA Express is regarded as a leading regional carrier on the African continent, boasting a fleet of 24 aircraft, with nearly 3,000 flights a month, carrying over 1,4 million passengers a year. This figure equates to about 10 % of the domestic market. The airline also generates a R2,2 billion turnover annually, with just over 1,000 staff employed across the sub-continent. The SA Express route network has also grown considerably, with route services now operating from Johannesburg to Walvis Bay, Lubumbashi, Hoedspruit, Gaborone, Mahikeng, Pilanesberg, Bloemfontein, Kimberley, East London, Port Elizabeth and George, and from Cape Town to Hoedspruit, Walvis Bay, Pilanesberg, Bloemfontein, Port Elizabeth and Durban. In total, we service five regional destinations from OR Tambo International Airport and/or Cape Town International Airport and are the only carrier to fly to all nine of South Africa’s Provinces. We also fly direct from King Shaka International Airport to Lusaka and Harare. At SA Express we always strive to ensure that our customers are provided with a simplified and efficient flight experience, not only when they are on board one of our aircraft, but right from the first touch point when a passenger decides to make their booking with us. As such, we now have a
fully mobile, responsive website that is compliant with most IOS and Android smartphones. As with every birthday, we are already imagining the infinite possibilities for our future. We aim to continue to provide our customers with value for money services by introducing exciting technologies, routes, and attractive airfare deals over the next few years. April also has deep historical significance for South Africa as we celebrate 22 years of a free and democratic country. 27th April, or Freedom Day, commemorates the country’s first ever non-racial democratic elections in 1994. As nostalgia settles in again, I bet many of us remember exactly where we were on that day. The significance of this day resonates with me personally because the liberation of this country was an idea, a relentless dream that required a few people – with the support of many – to roll up their sleeves and deliver on the dreams of many South Africans. Our idea for a sustainable and transformed world-class airline (although paling in comparison to our democratic elections) is our relentless dream, because we take the fact that we employ over 1,000 people across the continent very seriously, as this has both a direct and an indirect impact on jobs created in the tourism sector. We realise that in our industry the service we offer is only as good as your last experience with us. Therefore, we need to aim high in providing exceptional customer service throughout our company, whether it is through your first contact with our call centre, your interactions with our ground staff at the airport, or a welcome on board by our crew. As we set our sights on the next 22 years of aviation excellence, I invite you to get in touch with us with your feedback on our progress or shortcomings so that we are able to learn, grow, and deliver on our promise to “fly for you”. Fondest regards Inati Ntshanga
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Go wild in Hoedspruit. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a flight away. SA Express flies you direct to Hoedspruit from Johannesburg and Cape Town every day, seven days a week. You can now go on all day safari, when it suits you. Because we fly for you.
SA Express is a proud member of the SAA Voyager programme. Visit www.flyexpress.aero for domestic flights to Bloemfontein, Port Elizabeth, East London, Kimberley, Hoedspruit, George, Johannesburg, Mahikeng, Pilanesberg, Richards Bay, Cape Town, Durban and regional flights to Lubumbashi, Gaborone, Windhoek, Walvis Bay, Lusaka and Harare.
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9th Horses and Haute Couture Cell C Johannesburg Polo Classic, Waterfall Estate The inaugural Cell C Johannesburg Polo Classic (CCJPC) promises a sensational line-up of polo, fashion and entertainment. Guests can look forward to a series of interactive experiences, such as gourmet culinary pairing stations, a whisky and watches lounge, a cognac and backgammon gentlemen’s library, a luxury fashion emporium, a ladies pamper parlour, and a supercar pavilion. These will form the perfect backdrop for the world-class polo teams that will be competing in the finale of a gruelling five-day polo tournament. Cell C customers will also have the chance to win tickets to the event by engaging with the brand using the hashtag #CellCJoburgPolo. Tickets are available from TicketPro.
Birthday Ballet 8th to 17th April Giselle, Joburg Theatre, Johannesburg Joburg Ballet will begin its 2016 performance season with Giselle, widely acknowledged as one of the most beautiful classical ballets ever created, and celebrating its 175th anniversary in 2016. “Ever since its first performance in 1841, this moving story of a young girl who dies of a broken heart has been admired as one of the ultimate measures of a ballerina’s greatness,” says artistic director Iain MacDonald. Joburg Ballet has also announced new ticket pricing for 2016 as part of the company’s drive to make ballet more accessible to a wider audience and further expand its appeal as popular family entertainment.
// www.joburgtheatre.com / www.webtickets.co.za
Proudly South African Until 30th April It’s a Fine Line, Old Fort, Constitution Hill Precinct, Johannesburg The Ichikowitz Family Foundation in partnership with Constitution Hill celebrates 20 years of South Africa’s Constitution by unveiling a unique multi-media exhibition, immortalising people, places and events which laid the foundations for the country’s democracy. It’s a Fine Line combines hyper-realistic drawings by artists Dean Simon with rare archive footage that, for the first time, brings to life some of the key figures and events that shaped South Africa’s future. The exhibition offers South Africans the opportunity to connect with the country’s road to democracy. Entrance is free.
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Events South On a Bicycle Made An African Take on Opera for Two
23rd to 24th April Eroica SA, Montagu, Western Cape The hugely popular L’Eroica cycling series is an Italian vintage bike event celebrating the beauty of cycling on vintage bikes while wearing vintage kit. The unique nature of L’Eroica has made it an extremely successful event in many cyclists’ calendar, with first-timers frequently turning into fanatical evangelists, returning year after year to take part. This Italian homage to vintage bicycle racing culture will be celebrated at the inaugural South African event in Montagu. Riders will have three distances to choose from (50 km, 90 km or 140 km), with the longest taking riders into the remote and beautiful area above the Langeberg. This is weekend-long event also promises good food, wine and music.
28th and 29th April and 1st May La Bohème in District Six, Artscape Theatre, Cape Town One of the world’s most popular operas, Giacomo Puccini’s classic, La Bohème, will be performed in South Africa again, but this time with a local twist, as it is staged as La Bohème in District Six to mark the 50 year anniversary of the destruction of District Six. The original La Bohème is set in a Paris garret and is a tale of four young, struggling bohemians. The opera revolves around a tragic love story, between Rodolfo, a poet, and Mimì, a young seamstress. La Bohème in District Six is a 90 minute version of the classic opera, re-imagined by the seasoned opera veteran, Angelo Gobbato. The opera will be accompanied by a live orchestra conducted by Alex Fokkens.
Where to Wed Franschhoek Wedding Showcase, Western Cape Offering one of the country’s most romantic settings, brides and grooms to be can now find out exactly why Franschhoek is one of the world’s favourite wedding destinations at this year’s Franschhoek Wedding Showcase. A centralised venue will be set up at The Franschhoek Cellar where visitors will get the opportunity to meet a selection of wedding suppliers, including venues, dress designers, wineries and photographers. To ensure a stress free day for you and your guests you can also make use of Franschhoek’s unique online wedding registry. This allows the bridal couple to select wedding gifts from specialist shops and wineries in the Valley. Tickets are available from www.webtickets.co.za.
Events In Between Big Thrills in the Big Top Until 22nd May AUSSIE: The Australian Circus Spectacular, Countrywide Sun International has teamed up with the makers of the acclaimed Great Moscow Circus to bring AUSSIE:The Australian Circus Spectacular to South Africa in 2016. The talented and daring performers will travel the length and breadth of the country to dazzle and amaze audiences in Ekurhuleni, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, Bloemfontein, Durban, and Pretoria. Highlights of the show include one of the world’s few surviving human cannonball acts, as well as thrilling freestyle motocross stunts where riders reach gut-wrenching heights beneath the circus Big Top. Between these breathtaking and death-defying stunts, a troupe of gifted Aussies will perform amazing feats of human endurance, skill and strength. From the Queen of the Silks to the salsa-dancing quick-change act, audiences will be mesmerized from start to finish.
A Few of My Favourite Things 29th April to 2nd May Coffee & Chocolate Expo, Suncoast Casino, Durban The Coffee & Chocolate Expo will once again hit the shores of KwaZuluNatal promising a feast of everyone’s favourite flavours.Visitors can expect a smorgasbord of chocolate delights as well as coffees from all over the world, all under one roof.The Expo will also feature a coffee theatre, home barista jam competition, chocolate workshop, pairing workshops and addictive tunes from the Cocoa Mokka Music Lounge.
// www.coffeechoc.co.za. April
Hit the Trail Husqvarna Classic Mid-Illovo MTB Challenge & Trail Run, KwaZulu-Natal Calling all mountain bikers and trail runners, entries are now open for the 2016 Husqvarna Classic Mid-Illovo MTB Challenge & Trail Run, with race options to suit the whole family. This year, for the first time, the race will take place two weeks before Sani2C, giving mountain bikers a perfect pre-Sani training opportunity. Serious mountain bikers can now choose either the new 60 km Husqvarna Classic MTB X-treme or the 40 km Husqvarna Classic route, while fun riders have the choice of an 18 km Gwahumbe Family Experience or the 10 km route, for which entry is free for the under 12s. For trail runners, the 15 km or the 8 km iNsingizi routes offer superlative trails through indigenous bush and grasslands. Enter online at www.roag.co.za.
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Bits & Pieces Super Steel Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s a limited edition super watch! In lieu of the new Batman vs. Superman: Dawn Of Justice movie which will be in cinemas from 24th March, Police have released their limited edition, solid stainless steel timepieces exclusively for superhero fans. Individually numbered, the 2,400 watches (200 of which will be available for purchase in South Africa) are ion-plated for super strength, and include an exclusive metal certificate of authenticity. The Superman™ model, in a blue casing, has red details on the dial, and the Batman™ model, in grey-blue, has gold accents – each symbolising these iconic figures. The watches, available nationwide in selected stores, retail for R4,795 each. To find out more or locate your nearest stockist, visit www.policebvs.co.za. Alternatively get in touch on +27 11 257 6000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Photographic specialist Orms have launched a limited series of scheduled photographic journeys to some of the world’s most breathtaking locations with leading photographic experts. From the great wildebeest migration in Kenya to the gigantic icebergs of Antarctica, these tours offer a oncein-a-lifetime experience, with an opportunity to capture nature’s most glorious moments, assisted by an experienced wildlife photographer. The Orms Photo Tours programme will provide oneon-one tuition and attention, made possible by a low client to photographic tour leader ratio, while being suitable for both beginners and veteran photographers. Each tour has been designed to ensure a unique photographic experience of either a cultural or wilderness variety, while providing quality accommodation for photographic tourists.
I Love You 100 Times The Browns Blossom Dress Ring holds exactly 100 diamonds and precious gemstones, each of them saying, “I love you”. Although glamorous, the design is also delicate and feminine. The Browns Blossom Dress ring is the one bouquet you will receive that will last forever. A flower set in diamonds echoes the joy of all the flowers you’ve ever received, and with five flowers in the band, the rhyme
will always end on “He loves me”. These striking rings can be stacked with Browns eternity rings for an even bolder look. The collection is available in a variety of looks, with black and white diamonds, rubies, emeralds and sapphires or with all white diamonds set in 18ct rose, yellow and white gold.
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Bits & Pieces A Google Maps Tour Guide Google South Africa recently launched the “Mzansi Experience – Discover South Africa” on Google Maps. It is a Google Street View collection that will provide local and international tourists with the opportunity to go on virtual tours of some of South Africa’s top natural attractions. Using images collected by the Street View Tripod and Trekker, Google has created 360-degree imagery of some of South Africa’s most beautiful locations, and created virtual tours that enable visitors to see the sights for themselves on their phones, tablets or computers. Visitors will be able to, for the first time, visit a family of elephants in the Kruger National Park, take a virtual walk on Table Mountain, admire Cape Point, or take a walk along Durban’s Golden Mile. Google has partnered with SANParks in collecting these iconic images.
Comfortable in Your Own Skin SkinMiles.com is a new online retail store that offers top quality skincare products from around the world. Dr Alek Nikolic is a renowned aesthetician with over 20 years’ experience, and has used his knowledge and expertise to create SkinMiles.com to showcase the best skincare endorsed by both doctors and celebrities alike. In choosing the right product for your skin, you need to take into account a range of factors, including age, gender and skin type. At SkinMiles.com, Dr Nikolic will give you a personal skin assessment and product recommendation once you’ve answered a few simple questions. SkinMiles. com also offers great incentives with its “SkinMiles”, which are accrued with each purchase and which can be redeemed against future purchases. Delivery is guaranteed within five days of purchase and is made to your door, free of charge, regardless of the cost of the order.
Top Class Travel Services Batsumi Travel is a 100 % black female owned company which was established in 2010 by its founding member Lisa Sebogodi. The company provides corporate and leisure travel solutions to both private and public sectors, as well as state-owned entities, and strives to make travelling both pleasurable and painless. They operate with integrity and transparency and are committed to quality – from last minute reservations and changes to bookings, to detailed dream destination vacations or corporate conferences. Batsumi Travel is a level 1 BEE Contributor and is an accredited, endorsed and licensed travel agency with IATA and ASATA. Batsumi Travel and its key personnel bring a combined travel industry experience of 40 years.
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Bites Rise and Shine The most important meal of the day just got even better at Gabriëlskloof Estate in the Overberg, where jaded appetites can now wake up to the new Breakfast Trilogy which features a trio of favourite brekkie classics with a twist. Until the end of August, the Gabriëlskloof Breakfast Trilogy will seize the day with a fresh veggie or fruit juice shot and a cappuccino, followed by a pot of Greek yoghurt, festooned with berries, honey roasted nuts, and minted grapefruit and orange. Next is a poached egg served on a mini roosterkoek with a generous dollop of bobotie. Alternatively one can opt for trout or a vegetarian option to accompany this egg-cellent main course. Your rise-and-shine indulgence ends on a sweet note with mini French toast topped with mascarpone, salted caramel and fresh berries. The breakfast trilogy costs R150 per person and is available daily except for Tuesdays. For reservations, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Gift That Keeps on Giving
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The pioneering single malt Scotch whisky Glenfiddich makes it easy for whisky enthusiasts to select the perfect gift, whether it’s congratulating a friend or just to say you’re thinking of someone special this month. Made with extraordinary care and attention, each Glenfiddich Single Malt is a work of perfection. Ranging from the signature 12 Year Old expression to rare, vintage and limited edition bottles, Glenfiddich is renowned worldwide for its quality and consistency. Glenfiddich is available at selected liquor outlets nationwide.
Chef and healthy food campaigner, Jamie Oliver, will be launching the first Jamie’s Italian restaurant in Melrose Arch, Johannesburg later this year. A partnership between Jamie Oliver and his Italian mentor, Chef Gennaro Contaldo, Jamie’s Italian has won thousands of fans all over the world for its delicious and affordable food, friendly service and buzzing atmosphere. The menu is full of rustic, Italian-inspired dishes with a Jamie twist, including bowls of beautiful pasta made fresh on site every day. Built to showcase Jamie’s belief in good quality, honest, innovative and properly sourced food, all of the produce used will be sustainable, with very high welfare standards.
Treehouse Utopia Text: Julie Graham Images © Supplied
It’s not only kids that get to play in tree houses. Thanks to Antony Gibbon’s extraordinary architectural tree houses, now adults can too.
Since the 20th Century, biomimicry has become a conscious branch of invention and design that looks to the innate technology found in nature for its inspiration. Mimicking the form and design found in nature, biomimicry emulates biological process systems and models of form to solve human problems. It analyses natural processes, examining, in particular, what makes them sustainable and integrates these processes into the environment. A perfect example of biomimicry can be seen in Antony Gibbon’s magnificent tree house designs, which have created interest all over the world thanks to their incredible shapes that mimic natural, organic forms. These immense structures – that blend so beautifully into the environment in which they are designed – transport you into a fairy tale world that is in sync with nature and all its splendour. Antony Gibbon grew up in a small town just outside Liverpool on the Wirral Peninsula in the UK, overlooking the River Dee and the Welsh hills. The beauty of his
childhood surroundings certainly had a role to play in his astute awareness of the environment, and contributed significantly to his desire to use sustainable materials in his designs wherever possible. His father, an architect, also had a huge role to play in his passion for design. “My father is an architect, so my interest in architecture began from a young age. I’ve always been interested in buildings – my family tell me that as a child, if I saw an ugly building I would cover my eyes and proclaim I couldn’t bear to look at it! I’m interested in all elements of design, particularly drawing inspiration from nature and form in my work,” he says. As a young boy, Gibbon used to build tree houses and experiment with different structures that he could fashion out of wood. His hands-on approach to his work and reverence for nature is something that has grown with him into adulthood and translated into the magnificent structures he designs today. Gibbon travels extensively and continues to find
inspiration wherever he goes. “Nature and different cultures inspire me the most. Nature really is the best designer we have. I have always been interested in nature and organic forms since a very young age. I’ve been fortunate to travel to many places around the world in my youth, drawing inspiration from using different materials and creating different forms that mimic the environment in which they’re in. Different cultures inspire me too, the use of materials to hand craft objects is something I really admire,” he says. Gibbon’s most recent sustainable forest dwelling concept, his tree house homes, are nothing short of extraordinary. The four design concepts – The Nook, The Embryo, Inhabit Tree House and The Roost – are all designed to be lived in or used as hotels, retreats, office spaces or workshops. Inspired by the Native American teepee structure, The Nook comprises a wooden frame which is covered in slatted wooden panels. It can be outfitted with a bed, toilet and shower, and can accommodate a desk and shutters. The wooden panels, angled to keep out the rain, are able to open in some sections to allow for natural ventilation. Suitable for difficult terrain, The Nook can be built in forests, on slopes and in coastal areas, and can even float, thanks to recycled
containers that serve as a pontoon underneath the structure. The Embryo, a cylindrical, two-story tree structure, resembles an extension of the tree trunk and is attached by using a series of braces that do not cause any damage to the tree. It reinforces Gibbons’ notion that our homes should be an extension of nature. Capable of sleeping up to four people, The Embryo’s entrance is through a hatch door which leads to the first floor. Steps that spiral upwards on the internal walls of the cylinder lead to the second floor. “The Embryo derives its name from the early stages of development in nature. We need to re-address the way we live in today’s society, so that it is a more ecological and simpler way of living than consuming our earth’s resources,” explains Gibbon. Unlike The Embryo, Inhabit Treehouse is built on stilts and is not dependent on a tree for support, so it can be installed in a number of settings. The raised structures are accessible by a ladder that leads to a trap door under the dwelling – a fun element for an adult treehouse! Another ladder inside the structure leads to a suspended secondary sleeping area. Large windows cover entire walls of the treehouse, and its geometric form, with two opposing walls
“Those who are inspired by a model other than Nature, a mistress above all masters, are labouring in vain.” – Leonardo Da Vinci
set at slight angles to maximise the amount of light that enters, also offers some extraordinary views. The Roost treehouse, undeniably the most otherworldly of the lot, has been described as resembling a dignified treetop residence that appears to have been taken straight from the forest homes of Lothlorien in The Lord of the Rings. The Roost treehouse is made up of a series of podlike capsules that enclose a central spiral staircase which leads to an outdoor platform, high in the tree’s canopy, offering spectacular views of the space it is constructed in. All capsules are connected by staircases, and the treehouse provides interior space for sleeping, with each capsule being able to hold two people. All of the structures are available without the need of trees for support and can, instead, be supported by a central pole. Gibbon has thought of everything and his work is truly inspirational. His passion for working with nature and abiding by the timeless design that is found in the natural world has translated into something quite extraordinary. And, let’s be honest: No matter our age, who doesn’t love the thrill of a treehouse? Visit www.antonygibbondesigns.com for more information.
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Tight Lines and Tall Tales Fishing in East London
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Whether you’re after the “big one” or just want to dip your line in the water for a few hours of relaxation, East London is a great place to head for some fishing fun. If anyone knows how to spin a yarn about epic struggles, record-breaking catches and the “one that got away”, it’s a fisherman. The funny thing is, almost every single one of them claims that their tales aren’t exaggerations. Maybe it’s because even small fish tend to have big fight in them – so much so that they “grow” in stature – or that the exhilaration of a successful catch gets one so pumped up it fudges silly details like the real size of the catch. In some places, though, the fishing is so good that no fibbing or mythologizing is required. The rivers, shores and deep sea around East London are a little like this,
and the men and women who fish them have some of the best yarns out there, which is why the first thing many people who are about to visit the area do, is pack their fishing tackle or throw their kayak onto their roof racks.
On and Off the Shore East London has some of the country’s finest beaches, and the shore angling is phenomenal. There are loads of places up and down the coast where the fishermen flock, but there are a few special spots loved by the locals. Igoda River Mouth offers lagoon and beach angling, as does Nahoon River Mouth. When the sea
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Still Waters With more rivers than you can shake a stick at, even repeat visits to East London will have you fishing new spots every time. One of the most popular rivers is the Gonubie, where on the right tides you can catch nicely sized kob, garrick and even kingfish. Due to the river’s popularity, it’s best to release your catch to prevent the area from being overfished. A little to the south is the Nahoon River, which, with its mud and reed banks, offers some great bank fishing. The rocky ledges opposite Torquay Road are also popular. The best time to fish is in the early morning before the speedboaters get onto the water, as they might hurt your chances while they tear around. If you’re all about that bass (we couldn’t resist that), there’s some great dam fishing at Bridle Drift Dam, but undoubtedly the best fishing is further inland at Wriggleswade Dam near Stutterheim. The dam was previously farmland, so the water is full of old tree stumps, rocks and other crannies for fish to hide in… and grow. There are some big bass and massive carp to be caught here, so bring your camera and make your friends green with envy.
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is calm, Gonubie Point, Kwelera Point and Glen Gariff are fantastic, and are home to many a large kob, bronze bream (often called “blue fish”) or white steenbras. If being eye-level with the fish is more your thing, then the spearfishing in East London is good. The colourful Three Sisters reef is about 1 km off Bonza Bay. It requires a boat to get there from Nahoon or Gonubie river mouth, but the clean water, particularly in winter, offers good visibility, and there are big reef fish that cruise the pinnacles. There’s also good kayak fishing to be had, but be aware that there are more than a few sharks about, including the odd great white, and your bait can potentially attract a bit of attention. In other words, be careful! If you have decent sea legs and prefer not to have to worry about sharks, a deep sea fishing trip is just for you. With various charters leaving from launch sites up and down the coast, there are plenty of options, but be prepared to get up early – you’ll need to be out on the water at the crack of dawn. From the relatively shallow reefs off Cintsa, to depths of 100 m or more on the open water 20 km out, there’s lots to catch, such as black steenbras, red roman seabream and even the odd shark.
Fish Responsibly Don’t be that angler that everyone mutters about. Fishing responsibly is something everyone needs to do, and it’s so simple: • Buy your fishing license before you go fishing. Not only is it the right thing to do, but chances are pretty good you’ll get caught if you don’t have a license. Inspectors are pretty active in the Eastern Cape, especially at the popular spots. • Always obey catch limits, and make sure you familiarise yourself with what you can – and what you can’t – take home. • Catch and release is recommended, unless you’re planning on eating what you catch. If you’re going to release, make sure you handle the fish gently and use barbless hooks if possible. • Don’t just discard broken or used fishing gear. Abandoned fishing lines and nets strangle other sea life, discarded sinkers can be toxic, and stepping on rusty hooks is no fun for animals or people. Don’t leave any gear behind.
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The Jewel of the Midlands Liberty Midlands Mall Text & Images © Supplied
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Small Town Touring Head Into Hoedspruit Text: Paula Rabeling Images © HESC and iStockphoto.com
Make a Call at the Canyon On the one side of Hoedspruit is the Kruger National Park, and on the other is the Blyde River Canyon – the third deepest canyon in the world. Part of the Drakensberg escarpment, the river has been dammed at the mouth of the canyon to make Blyde Dam, and is home to a variety of bird life, crocodiles, hippos, and otters. The canyon offers many vantage points from which to view the incredible scenery. One such viewpoint is God’s Window. At an altitude of around 1,800 m high, it boasts magnificent views of the Lowveld, the Kruger National Park, as well as the Lebombo Mountains. Other natural wonders in the Blyde River Canyon include the Pinnacle, a quartzite column that rises out of the canyon, as well as the Three Sisters (or The Rondavels) – three massive spirals of dolomite (carbonate mineral) rock.
One of the most extraordinary geological marvels in South Africa is the Bourke’s Luck Potholes. Water erosion over thousands of years at the meeting point of the Blyde River (meaning the “river of joy”) and the Treur River (meaning the “river of sorrow”) has resulted in fantastical cylindrical sculptures that are well worth a visit. Due to the extreme climate of the area and the range of different soil conditions, the canyon boasts rich and diverse plant life which is beautiful to see from the many viewpoints the escarpment has to offer, as well as up close. The Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve is also home to a number of primates: the Samango monkey, the nocturnal Greater and Lesser bushbaby, the Chacma baboon, and the Vervet monkey. To see the canyon up close, there are guided hikes on offer. If you would prefer a birds-eye view of the area, there are helicopter tours on offer that will take you along the canyon for a truly unforgettable experience.
All About Conservation Another place to see wildlife is the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre, which focuses on the conservation of rare and endangered animals, with a particular focus on the conservation of cheetahs. Some of the
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Meaning “Hat Creek”, the small town of Hoedspruit is well known for supplying the rest of the country with mangos and citrus fruits. When travelling through town, you will find evidence of this thanks to the many fruit stalls offering refreshments. If you are here in the sweltering months of November to February, you will definitely need them.
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If you have ever taken a trip to the Kruger National Park, chances are you either passed Hoedspruit, or landed at Hoedspruit Airport before making your way into the park. This central Lowveld region is mostly known as a stopover before moving on to South Africa’s best reserves to see some incredible wildlife, but, if you find yourself here, do not run off too quickly – Hoedspruit is definitely worth a little exploration.
ways the centre contributes to the preservation of South Africa’s vulnerable species is through breeding endangered species, the release and establishment of captive-bred cheetahs into the wild, as well as the treatment and rehabilitation of orphaned and injured animals that are brought into the centre. Guests are taken around on a safari vehicle to the different enclosures to see the residents, including cheetahs, lions, wild dogs, and wild cats. A truly unmissable experience is heading over to the Vulture Restaurant to see African vultures enjoy a carcass for dinner. Once this has been picked clean – which the vultures do very well – the bones are ground up to be used over the other animals’ meat for an added calcium boost. Nothing goes to waste here. For a fascinating insight into South Africa’s rare species and the
conservation efforts that help to save them, a visit to Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre is a must. Baobab trees are truly a magnificent sight, and South Africa is home to some incredible ones. For some delicious pancakes in the shade of one of these trees, head to the Upside Down Restaurant. With the mountains in the distance, the huge baobab tree to sit under, and indulgent pancakes to enjoy, this is definitely an eatery not to be missed in Hoedspruit. From hiking trails in one of the largest canyons in the world, awe-inspiring viewpoints, and helicopter rides for a birds-eye view, to getting a close-up experience of the conservation efforts of some of South Africa’s most endangered species, Hoedspruit is not just a stop, it is a destination.
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Celebrating Life Through the Lens Marlene Neumann Text: Julie Graham Images ÂŠ Marlene Neumann
Best known for her work as a master fine art photographer, East London born Marlene Neumann is also known for her incredible work as a teacher, author, designer, inspirational speaker and visionary. She celebrates life in a variety of creative ways, and her passion for sharing this celebration with others is evident in her emotive photographs, which have won awards all over the world and continue to push the boundaries of photography and what it represents.
Indwe: You were recently acknowledged as South Africa’s top woman photographer in the Creative Photography category at the Mbokodo Awards. How do you feel the role of women in photography has evolved since you started snapping? Marlene Neumann (MN): It has been a long road in this country. Photography was never recognised as an art form, let alone being a female photographer. I have spent my life paving the way for fine art photography in South Africa. My journey began 30 years ago. I never gave up. When the galleries did not acknowledge my work, I went directly to the people. Women have certainly made a dent in the photographic world, however, it is still very much a male dominated career. Indwe: You’re described as having a “deep connection with nature”. What is it about nature that inspires you? MN: Nature means everything to me. When I was growing up, I found myself relating better to plants and animals than I did to my family and the people around me. I write about this in my book Sky Meets Land. When you are focused on the beauty around you, you don’t have any time for negative things in your life. You can only think one
thought at a time and you get to choose which one it will be.
Indwe: Your book, Sky Meets Land, is described as being filled with insight into your “profound life purpose”. Can you tell us a bit more about this purpose? MN: I love life more than I love photography. I believe that comes through strongly in my work. My purpose is to “shine” and allow others to shine. I have the ability to inspire people, to make them want to get out of their old skin and into something new. Life is a privilege, and to waste it being negative is crazy. Indwe: What inspired you to share such a deep part of yourself with the world through your book? MN: I have found that people relate to my work on a very deep level. However, they often don’t really understand why I photograph what I do. I wanted people to finally hear me and see me. I wanted people to see life through the lens of my camera. After all, it is an extension of what is inside me. Indwe: The book is filled with images captured over a 30-year exploration. What were the defining moments in this journey?
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Indwe: What drew you to black and white photography? MN: I have been a black and white photographer since I was 12 years old. I developed my first image at school. Throughout college I worked in black and white. For me it is the only way. I based my Masters on the 1940 fine art photographers. This is where I learnt and understood how light is everything. Fine art photography is about emotion, intuition and connection. I am interested in the essence of the subject, not the colours. I want the message it
has for me to be seen by world. Colour can be a distraction.
Indwe: Why did you start photographing the world? MN: I come from a German background and English was hard for me. The only way I could express myself was through the camera. That is what I have done for the past 35 years. The lens of the camera is merely an extension of the lenses of my eyes, which are connected to my inner core. Indwe: What advice do you have for young photographers? MN: Study light, natural available light. Study it before you study photography or your camera. Know light for all you are worth and you will know yourself. Visit www.marleneneumann.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org. for more information.
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Elephants and So Much More Thula Thula Game Reserve Text: Gaynor Young Images ÂŠ Gaynor Young and Kim Mcleod (In house photographer Thula Thula)
I took my iPad out onto the balcony to read and write. As I sat sipping a glorious cup of tea, I thought to myself: You are finally here. You are at Thula Thula Game Reserve. I smiled.
I climbed out of the Jeep that had transported me through hot and arid countryside and looked around me. Green lawns, a mass of beautiful trees, and in front of me, Thula Thula’s homestead. “You must be Gaynor?” a rippling French voice said behind me. I swung round to find myself facing Francoise Anthony, the owner of Thula Thula. She is tall, blonde and beautiful, the sort of person one is instantly in awe of. I was enfolded in her arms as she laughingly said: “How wonderful to finally meet you.” Thula Thula was started by Lawrence Anthony and his wife, Francoise. I had read his book, The Elephant Whisperer, in which I met the herd of elephants with whom Lawrence had formed a unique bond. They had taught him about love, freedom and loyalty. Lawrence died three years ago, but Francoise has maintained his vision. Thula Thula is a home not only to these elephants, but also to countless other animals. Francoise has also recently started a rhino orphanage. A small monkey sat catching the evening rays of sunlight. He made such a perfect picture. Gently he picked at something on the ground and chewed contentedly. How I wished that I could capture his essence on film. All around him were clusters of monkeys eating, chasing one another or
simply sitting in groups and, I would imagine, chatting. A giraffe moved with grace up the dry riverbed before me. He stopped, regarded me calmly, and then moved on, swaying regally out of sight. To my left, a Nyala buck silently ate her evening meal. Her tail, like a pendulum, swung left, right, left, right, rigorously keeping time. I went forward, wanting to see her more closely. Her head slowly lifted and her eyes met mine. I did not move. Neither did she. A moment passed. Then she broke the connection, turned and ambled off into the gathering dusk. Thula Thula had opened her wings and spread them softly around me. The next morning I was off on my first game drive. We turned a corner and there they were. The elephants! I could not believe that I was looking at the elephants I had read about in The Elephant Whisperer. So many of them. And we were so close. They were aware of us, but continued to do what they were doing. There was Nana, the wise matriarch, and Frankie, her warrior sister. I was amazed at their calm acceptance of these gawking onlookers. I could have stayed there for ages, watching and absorbing these incredible creatures, but granting them their privacy, we moved on. The rhino orphanage was fascinating. Francoise is
very protective of these orphans whose parents were hacked to death before them in the most grotesque and horrifying manner. I remember going to a game reserve as a child. We would laugh and marvel at the rhino’s long horn on his nose before driving past and commenting on the mass of Springbok somersaulting their leaps in front of us. Those days of carefree laughter at the rhino’s long horn are over. Through the Thula Thula Rhino Fund Francois is constantly raising funds for the training of anti-poaching teams to continue the fight for the rhinos’ survival. I went for a walk with the rangers, Shandu and Shiva. With my brain damage, I find it very difficult not walking on a straight, smooth, pavement-like surface, but I had Shiva to cling onto and an old school friend, Frances Park Ross, to push me up the hills from behind. The rangers have encyclopaedic knowledge about the reserve. They were able to name every bush, flower, animal and bird. I even learnt which flower can poison an unwanted husband and leave no trace! Francoise is the most extraordinary person.
Although Lawrence’s elephants are the draw card to Thula Thula, it is Francoise, nevertheless, that holds together the wonderful world that makes Thula Thula cast its enthralling spell. I first heard the words “Thula thula” when my sister, Megan, was a baby. I remember Letty, who worked for us at the time, rocking her to sleep with those soothing words. This Thula Thula has left my own dreams rich with elephants, giraffe, zebra, rhino, delicious food and a laughing, French accent… elephants, and so much more! For more information, visit www.thulathula.com. Follow Gaynor Young’s blog on www.earearblog.com or connect with her via www.facebook.com/earearblog or on Twitter @earearblog.
Ain't No Mountain High Enough Adventures in the Mountain Kingdom Text & Images © Keith Bain
Frankly, I was worried that my weight would snap poor Brandy’s back in half. I needn’t have worried, though. Despite being far daintier than a full-size horse, this nimble-footed Basotho pony was muscular and sturdy – and an absolute expert at clambering up steep, rocky slopes.
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million people, it has the highest lowest point of any country on earth, not to mention most of Southern Africa’s highest peaks. Mountains are everywhere, and much of its rural population dwell in remote locations sometimes far from the nearest town. Landlocked and entirely surrounded by South Africa, what could be a more convenient getaway, literally on our doorstep? Its capital, the sprawling little city of Maseru, is a mere hour from Bloemfontein’s airport, a pleasant drive through farmlands and countryside, with the great big Maluti mountain range poking into view as you near the border. And just moments after getting your passport stamped, you’re struck by a sense of being in a very different place. Its altitude bestows this tiny, lush country with a culture and outlook that’s unique in the world. It’s a bit like Switzerland – only with loads more personality, and far friendlier people. Lesotho sidesteps most African stereotypes. It has no big game, no tropical rainforests, no dry savannahs. Instead, beneath its vast, voluptuous skies are snow-tipped peaks, rocky outcrops poking up from the grassy plains, and rolling hills dotted with stone-and-thatch rondawels. Virtually anywhere beyond Maseru, you’ll spot blanket-wrapped herders tending to their cattle, mountain cowboys surmounting steep trails on ponies and horses, and donkeys trekking from the markets to remote mountain villages. And then there are the utterly unexpected surprises – such as discovering, right alongside the Maletsunyane waterfall,
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On a ride into the mountains around the faraway central Lesotho village of Semonkong, our hard-wearing steeds took us along precarious ledges and sauntered along pathways no ordinary horse would dare traverse. Occasionally, brave Brandy performed four-legged pirouettes, balancing on tiny boulders before skipping uphill as I felt my buttocks clench and my legs grip tightly around her midriff. Our adventure took us up grass-covered hills and through quaint stone-and-thatch villages, and we met solitary herdsmen wrapped in blankets keeping watch over their flocks. From high plateaus, we gazed down onto vast, undulating fields spread out like patchwork quilts in every shade of green. We passed doe-eyed donkeys with long, Biblical expressions, and a group of stick-fighting boys who interrupted their game to wave at us and scream “dumelang” like their lives depended on it. And just when we thought we’d seen more wonders than we could handle, there it was on the far side of a vast ravine: Maletsunyane Falls, the highest single-drop waterfall in southern Africa. Its waters plummeted some 192 m, cascading over the edge of a gigantic basalt cliff into a fury of steam and white smoke in the canyon below. We found a viewpoint across the way, and while we stared in awe at this inexhaustible force of nature, Brandy nibbled at the grass, well aware that this was just another blissful day in the Kingdom in the Sky. Lesotho is probably the most preposterously overlooked country in Africa. A high-altitude monarchy of just over two
the world’s highest commercial abseil. It’s a Guinness World Record-certified 204 m ascent down the gorge, after which the brave souls who attempt it swim in the pool beneath the rumbling waterfall. That there’s abseiling here – in such a faraway location – says rather a lot about the adventurous spirit of people who make the effort to reach the remote mountain town of Semonkong, about an hour’s walk from the waterfall. Bang in the centre of Lesotho, Semonkong is surrounded by rugged grasslands that resemble the moors of the Scottish Highlands. Semonkong itself feels like some crazy frontier town where virtually everyone gets about on horseback (there are even wooden posts outside the supply store so you can hitch your pony). Built on the banks of the Maletsunyane River, the lovely Semonkong Lodge is a gorgeously rustic, stone-and-thatch retreat with a variety of rooms, plus a great restaurant and bar. Lodge staff can send you off on overnight pony rides with experienced locals who show you the true, raw Lesotho. With long hours in the saddle, it can be tough going, with cold nights spent in basic huts, but a wondrous experience nonetheless. Shorter rides – such as those to the waterfall, or to see the spiral aloes (Lesotho’s national plant) – are offered, too. Another popular spot to climb aboard a Basotho pony is at the top of Sani Pass, the mother of all Southern African mountain drives, which links the KwaZulu-Natal town of Underberg to Mokhotlong in Lesotho. Winter temperatures at the top of the Pass (2,876 m) can hit -16 degrees Celsius, but just 8 km beyond the Lesotho check post lies generator-powered Sani Mountain Lodge with cosy rondawels, fireplaces, thick blankets, and the highest pub in Africa. Besides its sublime views, the lodge is a good base for the strenuous all-day hike
to the top of Thabana Ntlenyana – at 3,482 m, the highest point south of Kilimanjaro. You can also get there on the back of a Basotho pony, or use these surefooted steeds to explore nearby mountain villages with a guide. If you really want to get away from it all, head south to Sehlabathebe National Park, a remote, seldom visited reserve, with rolling grassland, wildflowers, prolific birdlife, and dazzling silence. The reserve is a wondrous place to explore on foot, but that’s pretty much the case almost anywhere in the country. Lesotho’s criss-crossing network of bridle and foot paths make it heaven for hikers, even if there are no official hiking trails. Mountains are unfenced and there’s absolute freedom to hike virtually anywhere – the only rule is to have sufficient food and water and protection against the sun and cold. Numerous rivers, many wending their way through wild, unspoiled landscapes flanked by towering peaks, has made kayaking a popular adventure activity here. Paddling the Senqu River (which becomes the Orange River in South Africa) is a delight, and there’s good kayaking on the Mohale and Katse dams. Another reason for South Africans to visit Lesotho, of course, is to sample the winter powder and experience a highadrenaline downhill rush at AfriSki. Half an hour from Oxbow via the Mahlasela Pass (3,222 m), the mountain resort has 3 km of slopes, and guests can rent ski and snowboarding equipment and engage in-house instructors for lessons. It’s worthwhile in summer, too, when all kinds of outdoorsy activities are piled on, including trail runs and mountain biking, hiking, fly fishing, and abseiling. Or, if you’re happy to just stare in wonder at the scenic splendour, the on-site Sky Restaurant overlooks the slopes. At 3,010 m, it’s the highest place in Africa to tuck into pizza – or trout freshly plucked from Lesotho’s pristine waters.
First Page: Lesotho – “The Kingdom in the Sky” – boasts breathtaking mountain and valley vistas from virtually anywhere. Previous Page: Maletsunyane Falls, near the high mountain village of Semonkong, is among Lesotho’s breathtaking marvels. Above (from left to right): A silvery dawn breaks across the valley; sunset turns distant hills into gold; a group of young men return from their initiation ceremony; and mountains disappear into the distant horizon.
Essential Info Getting there: Flying to Bloemfontein and then renting a car there is cheaper and far more convenient than flying to Maseru. Ensure you have any necessary documentation if driving a vehicle across the border into Lesotho. A valid passport is required. Getting around: Roads are being improved all the time, and many dirt roads are being tarred, reducing travel times. Some mountain roads will require a 4X4. Accommodation: Sani Mountain Lodge: 078 634 7496, www.sanimountain.co.za AfriSki: 0861 237 4754, www.afriski.net Semonkong Lodge: +266 2700 6037, www.placeofsmoke.co.ls Weather: Summer brings rain with regular afternoon thunderstorms, and higher-altitude areas are cold year-round, with snow and below-zero temperatures in winter. Always be prepared for cold nights, and take extra precautions against the sun. Currency: The Loti (plural Maloti) is pegged to the Rand, and South African currency is accepted and interchangeable. Credit cards are not widely accepted.
Nulle montagne n'est assez haute Aventures au Royaume des Montagnes Text & Images © Keith Bain
Franchement, l’idée que le dos de ce pauvre Brandy puisse céder sous mon poids me préoccupait beaucoup. Pourtant je n’aurais pas du m’inquiéter. Bien qu’il ait été bien plus délicat qu’un cheval de taille normale, ce poney Basotho agile était musclé et fort, et un grimpeur de pentes rocheuses de première catégorie.
Notre aventure nous mena sur des collines recouvertes d’herbe et au travers de villages aux maisons de pierres et de toit de chaume. Depuis les hauts plateaux, on pouvait contempler les vastes plaines vallonnées qui s’étendent comme une mosaïque composée de toute la gamme des verts. Alors que nous ne pensions pas pouvoir imaginer qu’il y ait encore des merveilles à découvrir, elles se révélèrent à nous, de l’autre côté de la vallée : les chutes de Maletsunyane, ou la plus haute cascade en chute verticale d’Afrique australe. Ses eaux chutent d’une hauteur de 192 m jaillissant du haut d’une gigantesque falaise de basalte pour aller s’écraser en remous furieux et brume blanche au fond du canyon. Le Lesotho est probablement le pays le plus méconnu d’Afrique. C’est une monarchie de haute altitude qui compte à peine plus de 2 millions d’habitants, dont le point le plus bas est le plus haut bas point du monde, et qui comprend aussi les sommets les plus élevés d’Afrique australe. Le Lesotho est une enclave au sein de l’Afrique du Sud ce qui en fait un lieu de vacances pratique et idéal. Sa capitale, Maseru, ne se trouve qu’à une heure de l’aéroport de Bloemfontein et vos passeports à peine tamponnés vous serez déjà saisis par un dépaysement total. Au lieu de gibier, de savane et de forêts tropicales vous y trouverez des sommets enneigés, des plaines luxuriantes et des reliefs vallonnés. Pratiquement partout à l’extérieur de Maseru vous apercevrez des bergers enveloppés dans des couvertures s’occupant de leurs troupeaux, des « cow-boys » de montagne à dos de poney ou de cheval le long des sentiers escarpés, et des ânes repartant vers leurs villages isolés. Et puis on y fait des découvertes inattendues, telle celle de la plus grande pente de descente en rappel du monde qui se trouve juste à côté des chutes de Maletsunyane. La descente de 204 m dans les gorges est un record homologué au Guinness des records. Après la descente, les âmes
courageuses l’ayant tentée peuvent se baigner dans le bassin se trouvant au pied de la cascade. Le fait que l’on puisse faire de la descente en rappel dans un endroit aussi isolé en dit long sur l’esprit aventureux des gens qui font l’effort de se rendre à la ville éloignée de Semonkong, qui se trouve à environ une heure de marche des chutes. À Semonkong on a l’impression d’être dans une ville pionnière un peu singulière où pratiquement tout le monde se déplace à dos de cheval (on y trouve même des poteaux auxquels attacher son cheval à l’extérieur du magasin d’alimentation). Le charmant Maletsunyane Lodge qui se trouve sur la berge de la rivière Maletsunyane est une sorte de refuge construit en pierres et muni d’un toit de chaume, qui dispose d’une variété de chambres, d’un restaurant et d’un bar. Les employés peuvent organiser des randonnées à dos de poney avec comme guides des gens du cru qui vous montreront le Lesotho à l’état brut. Un autre endroit populaire pour faire des balades à dos de poney est le col Sani (Sani Pass) qui lie la ville d’Underberg au KwaZulu-Natal à Mokhotlong au Lesotho. Les températures hivernales en haut du col (à 2 876 m d’altitude) peuvent descendre jusqu’à -16 ° Celsius mais à seulement 8 km au-delà du poste frontière du Lesotho se trouve Sani Mountain Lodge qui dispose de chalets individuels ronds typiquement africains, de cheminées, de grosses couvertures, et du pub le plus haut d’Afrique. Le large réseau de pistes équestres et de sentiers qui sillonnent le Lesotho en font un paradis pour les randonneurs bien qu’il n’y ait officiellement pas de chemins de randonnée. On ne trouve de clôtures nulle part sur les montagnes et l’on peut de ce fait aller marcher où l’on veut – la seule consigne à suivre étant d’emporter assez d’eau, de nourriture, de protection solaire et de vêtements chauds lors de sorties. Grâce aux nombreuses rivières qui serpentent à travers
les paysages sauvages et immaculés encadrés de pics majestueux, la pratique du canoë-kayak est devenue populaire. Pagayer sur la rivière Senqu (qui devient la rivière Orange en Afrique du Sud) est un véritable plaisir, et l’on peut aussi faire du kayak sur les réservoirs de Mohale et de Katse. Les Sud-Africains ont d’autres bonnes raison de visiter le Lesotho : on peut y skier dans la poudreuse et s’offrir des frissons tout schuss à la station d’AfriSki. À une demi-heure d’Oxbow en passant par le col de Mahlasela (à 3 222 m d’altitude), la station dispose de 3 km de pistes ; les vacanciers peuvent y louer des skis et des planches de surf des neiges, ou les services d’un instructeur pour quelques leçons. Cela vaut aussi la peine d’y aller en été considérant la quantité d’activités de plein air qui sont offertes telles que la course tout-terrain, le VTT, les randonnées, la pêche à la mouche et la descente en rappel.
Informations essentielles Comment s’y rendre : Se rendre à Bloemfontein en avion puis louer une voiture est plus économique que de voler directement jusqu’à Maseru. Un passeport en cours de validité est requis. Comment s’y déplacer : Les routes sont progressivement remises en l’état et de nombreuses routes en terre sont en train d’être goudronnées, ce qui réduit les durées de trajet. Certaines routes de montagne nécessitent un 4 x 4. Hébergement : - Sani Mountain Lodge: 078 634 7496, www.sanimountain.co.za - AfriSki: 0861 237 4754, www.afriski.net - Semonkong Lodge: +266 2700 6037, www.placeofsmoke.co.ls Devise : Le Loti est indexé au Rand sud-africain, ce dernier étant accepté et
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If you have ever seen Victoria Falls, you will know why words such as “majestic” and “natural wonder” spring to mind when in its presence. The falls are definitely one of the main reasons why people visit Zambia. This, and the country’s mesmerising open plains of diverse fauna and flora. But this is not all Zambia has to offer travellers wanting to get a true African experience.
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is nshima, which is made from maize flour and water – similar to South Africa’s pap. Nshima is eaten at all times of the day – breakfast, lunch, and supper – and it is served with a medley of vegetables and meat or fish. One traditional accompaniment of this staple is ndiwo, a relish cooked with different kinds of meat from both domestic and wild animals. If you are feeling particularly in the African spirit, try a Zambian delicacy: caterpillars. These creepy crawlies are either cooked by boiling or frying, and can be enjoyed as a starter in a restaurant, or bought at a market. When it comes to dining out in Lusaka, you realise what a cosmopolitan city it really is. There are a multitude of eateries all offering a host of flavours from around the world. Mediterranean, Indian, Japanese, Korean and Thai are but a few styles of restaurants to explore in Lusaka. One of the best places for a fantastic, international meal is Rhapsody’s. It may be in a shopping mall overlooking a car park, but you will be so involved in the food that the view will cease to matter. Here, the menu has everything from steak and chicken espetada, to nasi goring (Indonesian fried rice) and Thai-style chicken, as well as a variety of seafood dishes. For a dose of the city’s art scene, a visit to Namwande Gallery is a must. This gallery houses the private art collection of John Kapotwe, businessman and patron of the arts. Featuring contemporary Zambian and other African artworks – paintings, sculptures, masks, and fabrics – from both up-and-coming and established artists, Namwande is
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If you want to combine being out in the wilderness with some city exploring, then before you plunge into the rapids of Victoria Falls and spend evenings in an open safari vehicle looking for a wildlife reserve’s inhabitants, take some time to explore Zambia’s capital city, Lusaka. The city may not have many historical museums or the architecture of other cities, but the cosmopolitan variety of amazing restaurants, genuine African spirited atmosphere, and great accommodation options more than make up for it. Lusaka is a city on the rise. Many of the country’s population has moved here from rural villages in search of employment – the city which was built for just 200,000 people now has a population of more than 1.5 million. To really experience this city’s atmosphere, visit the many markets. This is where ordinary Zambians go to get a variety of necessities, from haircuts and hardware, to fruits and vegetables. The Lusaka City Market is where people go to get a good bargain, while the Dutch Reform Market is the place to find beautiful artisanal products of good quality. When it comes to eating traditional Zambian food, prepare for hearty, comforting meals full of starches. The British influenced the traditional eating habits of Zambians by introducing different breeds of animals, including sheep and goats – which can now be seen in Zambian cuisine – as well as planting good quality coffee beans. As the Europeans explored South America, new ingredients filtered down to Africa, introducing produce such as tomatoes, sweet potatoes, and spices. The main staple food in most of Zambian cuisine
one of the country’s best galleries to visit. Zambia marked their independence from British colonial rule in 1964 with the Freedom Statue. Situated on Independence Avenue, this statue is dedicated to the country’s freedom fighters who lost their lives during the struggle for independence. The statue depicts a man breaking the chains that bind him, representing Zambia’s break with their colonisers. On Africa Freedom Day, 25th May, this statue is a popular place for festivities. One thing about a jam-packed city is that there are not many places to relax in wide open spaces. However, one of the places in Lusaka where you can have a picnic is Munda Wanga Environmental Park – a rehabilitation centre for animals. The park also prepares animals for re-entry into the wild, including pangolins and owls. There is also a breeding programme for genets and serval cats. The park’s gorgeous botanical garden has almost 500 different species of plants. The park also has a pool, a renewable energy education
centre, a bar, and a restaurant where one of their specialities is a crocodile burger – despite being in a city, this is still Africa, after all. There are a range of four- and five-star hotels that provide the best in comfortable, luxurious accommodation in Lusaka. The InterContinental Lusaka is an ideal place to unwind and relax when the rush of the city gets a bit much. Just five minutes from the city centre, this hotel is an oasis with a sparkling pool, spa and wellness centre, as well as modern, spacious rooms. When it comes to traversing this busy city, it won’t be by scheduled buses along smooth roads. Wave down blue mini buses – these form the public transport system in Lusaka – or call a cab. For an African city experience, Lusaka is a jackpot. From busy markets, to excellent quality food at international restaurants, Lusaka is an ideal cosmopolitan experience in Africa.
Head First Into the Frey Discovering Switzerland's Best Chocolate Text: Deidre Loots Images © Chocolat Frey
Not many know this, but Chocolat Frey is Switzerland’s number one chocolate manufacturer – not an easy feat in a country that claims the title for highest chocolate consumption in the world. In fact, 35 % of chocolate consumed in Switzerland is Chocolat Frey, so you just know it has got to be good. Chocolat Frey beats Lindt, Nestlé, Ferrero, and Cailler – brands all familiar to South African chocolate lovers. First established in 1887, Chocolate Frey has a history as rich as its chocolate, and one that is almost as old as the European chocolate industry itself.
Brothers Robert and Max Frey laid the foundations for Chocolat Frey’s success back in 1887. Their enterprise played a huge role in taking chocolate from the exclusive treat of only the privileged well-to-do, to an accessible pleasure that many could enjoy. For this we thank them most sweetly. The Frey brothers’ passion for only the finest chocolate lives on today, expressed in the quality of each and every product that leaves Chocolat Frey’s factory – a factory I was lucky enough to visit recently. Chocolat Frey’s very fervent Head of Production, Beat Glarner, lead a tour through the factory which is located in Buchs, Switzerland. I marvelled at how all of the steps in the production process were so perfectly adapted to one another, and how everything in the factory just seemed to flow – including the chocolate itself, running in thick, rich rivers. One of my favourite parts of the whole experience was tasting the incredibly fine chocolate powder as it made its way down the production line, en route to becoming chocolate slabs, Easter bunnies, assorted truffles, and other chocolaty treats. Frey’s chocolate is wonderfully
smooth and velvety, their slabs large and thin, and their packaging sophisticated and striking. For more than 125 years, all of Frey’s chocolate products have been 100 % manufactured in Switzerland. The company is very proud of the fact that everything in the production process is done in Buchs, and that nothing is outsourced. What many do not know is that to call oneself a Swiss chocolate manufacturer, the product must be made completely in Switzerland. What I also found interesting was that, as far as possible, only Swiss ingredients are used, including milk and sugar. The cocoa is, of course, an exception, as that is sourced – sustainably, mind you – from various cocoa-producing countries. Like so many other companies, Chocolat Frey endured difficult times following the outbreak of World War I. Sales plummeted, and in order to avoid layoffs, a large part of the workforce was forced to stay at home and temporarily forfeit their salaries. Things did not get better when World War II came along, and although production was maintained, it was with great difficultly. In 1950, Migros (now Switzerland’s largest retail chain)
Chocolat Frey Stats The company annually processes: • 8,000 tonnes of cocoa beans • 16,000 tonnes of sugar • 6,500 tonnes of cocoa butter • 4,500 tonnes of milk powder • 2,500 tonnes of almonds and hazelnuts
took over 56 % of the company, later buying up the remaining 44 %. The move allowed Chocolat Frey to significantly increase demand for its luxury chocolate products. In 1967, the company moved to a bigger and better production facility in Buchs, where it remains to this day. In 1981, some 95 years after the company was established, Frey’s chocolate products were exported for the first time. In 1994, a mammoth undertaking costing 70 million Swiss francs resulted in the largest expansion project in Chocolat Frey’s history and the opening of the Confectionery Annexe with the aim of increasing production capacities. Just eight years later, in 2002, a devastating fire cost the company a staggering 30 million Swiss francs, as well as a significant chunk of its Easter
production yield. Employers, suppliers, and even competitors pulled together to help the company reproduce the entire production run of Easter bunnies and deliver them to stores in time. Perhaps this selfless act shows just how loved and respected the Swiss brand is. In 2011, Chocolat Frey celebrated its 125th anniversary, and most recently, in 2014, it opened its brand new visitors’ centre. It is from this visitors’ centre that I say goodbye to Chocolat Frey, though not empty handed, as the enthusiastic Glarner gifted me with plenty of scrumptious padkos. Luckily, Chocolat Frey is readily available in South Africa, so I can easily replenish my supply upon my return home. Visit www.chocolatfrey.co.za for more information
Chocolate Comes to Switzerland The first mechanised chocolate factory in Switzerland was founded by FrançoisLouis Cailler and opened in 1819 in Corsier near Vevey. The first Swiss milk chocolate was marketed in 1875 by Daniel Peter and Henri Nestlé. The conching, or refinement process, was developed by Rodolphe Lindt. The invention of the conching machine and process made a significant contribution in establishing the excellent reputation of Swiss chocolate.
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Cooking with fire takes us back to a time when our ancestors had only begun to tinker with the intricacies of putting freshly hunted protein over the flames, inadvertently discovering the myriad ways in which this magical heat source affected the taste of our food. Now, cooking with fire and charcoal is all the rage among hotshot chefs – and not at all as gimmicky as it sounds.
Every South African knows that a braai is more art than science, and that cooking over coals – with an open flame – can be risky. There’s always that hint of a thrill, thanks to the unpredictability of working with a heat source that’s alive, with temperatures that aren’t controlled by buttons and knobs, and knowing that turning the meat at precisely the right time is as important as getting its distance from the flames spot-on. Cooking this way also connects us with something primal, something that both our DNA and our senses recognise from our early days as a species of hunters that discovered fire. That primal connection is brought on by the smell of smoke and powerful waft of cooking meat, the crackle and shimmer of open flames, and the heat emanating from the hearth. In recent years this back-to-basics way of cooking has taken off in restaurants around the world. “Campfire cooking gone gourmet” is how one San Francisco food writer described the trend in a city where chefs are producing such dishes as griddled corn cake topped with smoked mushroom escabeche, and charred octopus with kohlrabi and green garlic puree – all cooked using open fires and hot coals. “This trend is everywhere,” says Ash Heeger, the dynamic young chef whose “charcoal cooking” restaurant, ASH, opens in central Cape Town this month. After years spent working in top-flight kitchens – including The Test Kitchen in Woodstock, and Heston Blumenthal’s Dinner by Heston in London – Heeger says it’s time to put pretentious dining behind her and get back to basics. “I think it’s a natural progression, a sign
of the times. Eight years ago, sous vide cooking started becoming popular and people were saying that was the best way to cook your food, especially meat.” But, says Heeger, “people have grown tired of getting tiny pieces of meat and all that gimmickyness that I’ve come to hate! Right now, it’s about simplifying everything. These days, people want a big, good quality chunk of meat with the bone on, and they want it flame-grilled.” The other big shift in dining culture, says Heeger, is that people have become more conscious of the food industry, and increasingly want to know where their meat and vegetables come from. Heeger says that during her years in London she saw a deep commitment by chefs to the sourcing of ingredients. There, part of her kitchen training included seeing how animals were being reared – it made a deep impact on her own thinking and is why her restaurant is a collaboration with Frankie Fenner, a noted 100 % free-range butchery. Heeger is also a believer in minimising wastage and making full use of whatever animals are butchered. “We’ll be looking to use the whole carcass. So, we’re going to get these whole beasts in, and then create a menu around those proteins that we have. We’ll save all the tails, for example, and we’ll have a tail of the day.” Of course, all this makes ASH sound like a carnivore’s delight, but Heeger says she’s also been thinking about dishes for people with plant-based diets. “I’ve experimented a lot with placing whole root vegetables in the ashes. At the end of the night, when we’ve finished service, we open all the vents and take the entire vegetables – butternuts and sweet potatoes, anything
First Page: Top South African chef, David Higgs, is taking a break from the fine dining establishments where he’s achieved celebrity credentials. This Page: One of the commercial grade woodfired grills that have made Michigan-based Grillworks a cult favourite among top-tier restaurant chefs who are now cooking with fire. Next Page: David Higgs believes simple, toned down cooking is the ultimate test. Last Page: As much as there’s a science to it, open fire cooking is a hands-on art form.
quite robust that can handle a long period of heat – and I throw them in the embers, and lock up and when I come back to work seven hours later, I take them out, and the results are incredible, ranging from being really soft to caramelised.” Also accessing that kind of beautiful simplicity, is what David Higgs, another top local chef, is hoping to achieve with his new venture, Marble, opening in Rosebank, Johannesburg, next month. Having helmed two of the country’s top restaurants – Rust en Vrede and Five Hundred at The Saxon – Higgs is often referred to as the country’s top chef, and has strong association with fine dining. But Marble, he says, is as much about reconnecting with his roots as it is about tapping into a form of cooking that’s distinctly South Africa. He says his interest in open-fire cooking stems from childhood memories. “My dad and I would go fishing before I went to school. That fish would usually get cooked on a fire on the beach. “The open-fire cooking concept is huge right now – and it’s global,” says Higgs. “I went to Taste of Melbourne last November and was one of 30 chefs there, including some of the best in Australia. I thought I’d be one of the few cooking with fire, but every second stall was using wood or coal. I was blown away. So it’s definitely a huge trend. I guess it comes back to this raw, very basic, carnivorous way of making unpretentious, approachable food, which I think everyone wants now.” And it’s the kind of experience Higgs intends offering at Marble. “There’ll be a fire, an open kitchen, and the sounds of that kitchen spilling into the restaurant.” Centred on its state-of-the-art woodfired grill, Marble is not a steakhouse,
of cult technology among chefs prepared to pay dearly for what is surely the most sophisticated braai on the planet. “It works on pulleys that respond very quickly and are easy to work with,” says Higgs, “and it’s easy to adjust the levels of the grills. And in the centre of this is a large smoker and rotisserie, so the options are endless.” “When this all came about,” says Heeger of the concept behind ASH, “there was no intention to do a braai-theme restaurant. It’s simply about the kind of food that I prefer. I think the love of cooking with a flame, or with smoke, or over coals, will always remain.” ASH opens late-April at 81 Church Street, Cape Town (www.ashrestaurant.co.za); Marble (www.marble.restaurant) opens in May, Trumpet on Keyes, corner of Keyes and Jellicoe Avenue, Rosebank, Johannesburg.
says Higgs, but rather a restaurant with hints of sophistication that will be serving “real, honest food”. Higgs says there’s a lot at stake by trimming down on the excess and pernicketyness of the fine dining environments he’s typically operated in. “With fine dining the creative process is incredible. But it’s also easy to get lost in the dishes, to some extent forgetting about the actual food you’re eating. The tricky thing, of course, is that when we open those doors and serve very, very basic food, that’s when I’m very exposed as a chef. When you simply put a piece of meat on a plate, then there’s nowhere to hide.” Taking centre stage at Marble will be a brand new state-of-the-art, restaurant-capacity grill made by Michigan-based Grillworks, which has become a piece
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With the support of her parents, Zola Nene swapped her law studies for working in professional kitchens in the UK. She then returned to South Africa to study the culinary arts, and now that passion has culminated in her debut cookbook,Â Simply Delicious.
For 31-year-old chef and food stylist Zola Nene her debut cookbook seemed a natural step in her culinary career. She merely followed her passion. Nene was reading law, but was not inspired by the career choice, and gave it up to work in the UK. That stint abroad sealed her fate. On her return to South Africa, she studied food media at the Institute of Culinary Arts in Stellenbosch, and also added resident chef on the morning news show, Expresso, to her resumé. Indwe recently chatted with Nene about all things culinary.
Indwe: When did your love affair with food start? Zola Nene (ZN): I’ve always loved cooking. Even from a young age I was taking cookbooks out of the library instead of regular story books, and my mum would let me experiment in the kitchen. Food has always played a significant role in my family, too, because celebrations were marked by delicious meals prepared by my mother and grandmother. Indwe: What was the first thing you made? ZN: The first thing I made was a ham and cheese sandwich topped with a fried egg (croque madame). I saw it in a cook-by-pictures book and asked my mum if I could try making it. It turned out really well and was delicious. It’s still something that I love making to this day – it even features in my cookbook. Indwe: How did you move from studying a law degree to working in a kitchen in the UK? ZN: After two years of studying BCom Law, I realised that it really wasn’t the profession for me. I was unmotivated and bored with all of my subjects. I spoke to my parents about it and they immediately said that I shouldn’t do anything that I’m not happy doing, and should focus my energy on what I am passionate about. I told my dad that I liked to cook, so he suggested that I take a year off studying and go and cook in professional kitchens overseas and see if I would like to make it a career. I spent two years working in the UK as a chef, first in the hot kitchen, then later as a pastry chef. I worked in a brasserie in a town called Knutsford where I was thrown in the deep end and had to sink or swim. This was a high-pressure professional kitchen and service was intense. But I thrived on the pressure and loved every minute of it. My time there definitely cemented the fact that I wanted to be a chef. Indwe: Why did you choose to study food media at the Institute of Culinary Arts in Stellenbosch? ZN: When I returned from the UK, I enrolled at the Institute of Culinary Arts and chose to do a three-year diploma course specialising in food media in the final year. I chose this because I knew that I
wanted to be a chef and wanted to learn all the fundamentals of the culinary industry, but I also knew that I didn’t want to dedicate my entire career to working in a restaurant kitchen. I was very interested in food styling and wanted to learn how to style images for print media, so specialising in food media helped me to gain those skills.
I’m not certain what impact it will have on people, but my hope is that people will receive it in the intent that it was meant, with love from me. Every single recipe in the book has a reason why I’ve included it and I hope that the people making the recipes experience the same kind of joy when eating the food as I did creating the recipes.
Indwe: What has been your most outstanding moment since working in the culinary industry, and what has been the most challenging? ZN: My most outstanding moment to date has to be publishing my first cookbook. It is an absolute dream come true for me, and I’m so excited about it. The most challenging was the first time I cooked live on TV. I was out of my comfort zone, but I’m so glad that the Expresso producers pushed me to do it. Now it is one of the most rewarding aspects of my job.
Indwe: In what way is South African cuisine unique? ZN: What makes our cuisine so unique is the fact that it is so diverse. Our country is a melting pot of cultures, and so too is our food. I like to play around with flavours and combine different cuisines to create a new recipe. My pap lasagne is a great example of that theory – fusing a traditional South African staple food like pap with an Italian dish.
Indwe: Tell us more about Simply Delicious. ZN: I started compiling the recipes for the book about two years ago. It’s been a long process, but a very rewarding one too. It’s been such a fabulous experience writing my food journey on paper for other people to read about. The first time I held a copy of the book in my hands was very emotional; I definitely shed a tear. The moment was just so surreal. I feel such a sense of pride knowing that my recipes will live forever in a cookbook. No-one can ever take the accolade away from me.
Indwe: What is your easy go-to-dish when you get home from work and are really tired? ZN: Midweek roast chicken, which is included in my cookbook. It takes ten minutes to prepare, the oven takes care of the rest and in less than an hour you have a delicious meal. Indwe: What advice can you share with aspiring cooks? ZN: Do what you love and love what you do. Follow your passion and don’t let anyone stand in the way of your achievements. Also, find a mentor to look up to. Having someone to teach and guide you is always a plus.
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handles. The 2016 version of the GS comes with a brand new steering wheel, newly designed seat upholstery with a new stitching pattern, as well as additional stitching on the gear lever and palm rest. The addition of warm white ambient lighting and a range of interior colour options (ivory and black on the GS 200t and F-Sport black and F-Sport red on the GS 350) make the interior as inviting as its exterior is dynamic. An analogue clock adds a sense of vintage charm, as do the temperature and other control displays, which look like the old tumbler switches that one used to see at airports, flipping between destinations with a satisfying clicking noise. Speaking of far off destinations, the clock is also GPS linked, so there’s no need to reset it, should you choose to take your GS on an extended trip across several time zones. Should this be the case, you couldn’t be in better hands than the GS. An additional 188 points of spot welding to the frame, an extra 22.5 m of body adhesive, as well as an additional 132 laser-screw welding points compared to the current body ensure greatly enhanced rigidity. This has resulted in improved ride comfort, increased stability, greater handling characteristics, as well as lower interior noise levels, not to mention significantly increased durability and crashworthiness. Other safety features include ABS; knee, side, front and curtain airbags; Vehicle Stability Control; speed auto door lock; and a tyre
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The biggest mistakes result from the messy business of managing your managers, your team, and yourself, as we found out when we spoke to management advisers and coaches about common career blunders.
It wasn’t long after his promotion that a senior South African executive in a large multinational company started to feel stressed and overwhelmed. He was suddenly in charge of an international business unit, with managers from all over the world, including Asia and the US, reporting to him. His inbox was being flooded with requests for his input at all hours. Soon, he wasn’t coping, falling behind on the strict turnaround times he set himself. Looking for help to better manage his time, he approached Janine Everson, a certified coach and academic director of the Centre for Coaching at the UCT Graduate School of Business. He was horrified when she suggested that he find out from his superiors what their expected turnaround on requests should be. He feared that they would question his commitment to the job. Eventually, he carefully approached them. Immediately, he was assured that company protocol only requires him to respond to emails during the South African business day. Without this reassurance, he would have continued to work all hours, resulting in an unsustainable work/ life imbalance, and likely despondency, burnout and resignation. This scenario highlights one of the key mistakes managers make in their careers, says Everson.
“Holding back and not asking the relevant questions out of fear will have a detrimental impact on your ability to get ahead.” South Africans tend to have a very deep respect for authority, says Everson. “We have enormous and unreasonable expectations of top managers, resulting in overblown reverence.” This stokes a massive fear of senior management, preventing many people from speaking up on crucial issues or presenting their ideas to their bosses. Overcome the fear factor and, with a respectful and sensitive approach, keep information (also about negative issues) flowing to your superiors. Don’t hesitate to present your ideas and let your true value to the business be known. Apart from being overawed by your boss, other common career mistakes include:
Disregarding Your Strong Suits Too often, people with 20 to 25 natural talents or abilities choose careers that only allow them to capitalise on two or three of these abilities, says Ian Mizon, a business adviser and executive coach with the Shirlaws Group. This is not sustainable in the long run. “The most successful people can test and stretch their existent skills every day at work.
Telling Yourself That You’re Not Ready Yet Often, people are intimidated by their more experienced colleagues or managers. They shrink from pursuing opportunities because they are letting what they don’t know hold them back. “If you have intelligence and common sense, you have a lot going for you already,” says Mizon. “You can acquire confidence and knowledge along the way.” Don’t miss opportunities due to self-doubt and fear of failure.
Avoiding Socialising For many people, small talk is a big pain. Bonding with your colleagues can, however, yield long-term returns. Attend industry events to maintain and establish connections that may help later in your career. Also, ensure that your LinkedIn profile is properly maintained and projects a professional image.
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Not Valuing People One sure way to fail at managing a team of people? Don’t acknowledge them as individuals, and disregard their opinions and contributions. Julia Fourie, a Cape-based coach who works with entrepreneurs and business leaders, says managers should prioritise getting to know their team members personally. Apart from spending time with and showing interest in them as people, having the whole team do personality tests (for example Myers-Briggs) can be very instructive. Make it part of a group activity and share the results, which will help the whole team understand how approaches (including yours) differ. Be very aware of your impact on other people, says Everson. “Often very subtle reactions to the way you speak or handle a situation will provide crucial information about how you should adjust your behaviour to achieve success.” This is especially important in negotiations or when you are managing a team of people. Become aware of the verbal and non-verbal responses to your way of communicating. For example, if you raise your voice, notice if your colleagues stop
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In the end, they grow the most, achieve the most and earn the biggest rewards.” If you choose a job for the big money, or because it will give you an impressive title, but it does not allow you to make the most of your abilities, you will not excel in the long run, Mizon says. You need to pick a career that needs your talents, a job that is aligned with your own professional purpose. Ask yourself what you want to achieve in life, and be honest about where you can make the biggest contribution.
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With 16 million units sold worldwide since 1968, it would be appropriate to describe the Hilux as an icon – an icon which morphed from a modest 1.5 litre bakkie in 1968 when it was initially only sold in Japan, to today’s market leader.
A huge favourite in our country, where sales often reach 3,000 units per month, the eighth generation of this robust all-rounder now spans a range of vehicles catering for every taste and requirement. Choosing between single cab, Xtra (extended) and double cab, the choice becomes even more detailed with further segmentations into workhorse models, SRX models, and the top-of-the-range Raider. Even the engine line-up will leave the prospective buyer in a state of delighted confusion. Choose the 2 litre petrol-driven model with a manual transmission? Or the 2.7 litre? Or, if you have deep pockets, then nothing short of the mighty 4 litre V6 will do. What about the extensive range of powerful diesel engines? Starting with a 2.4 litre, the powerful 2.8 litre is also a serious contender. With 23 different models to choose from, ranging in price from R228,900 for the 100 kW single cab entry level model,
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In the words of Glenn Crompton, Toyota SA’s Vice President of Marketing: “The new Hilux delivers a bakkie that is tougher than ever before, while at the same time providing customers with the comfort, refinement and features of a passenger car.” The shortish launch drive did not show up any strange handling quirks or build quality issues, while the Hilux certainly impressed with its safe handling (for a bakkie) when it was taken out on the superb, newly tarred surface at Kyalami where the launch was held. All models have ABS brakes, a driver airbag (at least), air conditioning, and remote central locking. Luxury features, as one moves up the price scale, will include fully adjustable steering, reverse cameras, hill assist control, downhill assist control, alloy wheels, and full colour touchscreen TFTs with DVD and video playback. Service intervals for all models have been set at a modest 10,000 km, but there’s a five-year/90,000 km service plan to enhance the joy of ownership.
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When it comes to running a business, “nice” is not a word that I throw around very often. So when I say “being nice can grow your business”, I’m not being flippant or insincere. When I say “be nice”, you should sit up and take notice, because this perspective could be what will turn a good year into a great one.
Service or Relationships? Let’s face it: Customer service is a foregone conclusion nowadays and will not set you apart from the pack. Your business can rise above the rest, though, when it shifts its focus from basic service and a good product, to relationship-building. By that I mean good, old-fashioned sincerity, mixed with genuine “niceness” to your customers. That requires listening, responding, and taking what your customers have to say about their experience with your brand seriously. How do we know if we’re nice or not? “Of course I’m nice. I’m the nicest person I know,” you might say. But as with everything important, if you can’t measure it, you cannot make it an achievable goal. Thankfully,
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What Is a Good NPS? I had an experience recently that explains this perfectly. To set the scene, let me introduce the three stars in this saga:
1. Detractor: Unhappy and brooding, with a penchant for revenge. 2. Promoter: Loving and loyal, always ready with a kind word and full of rah-rah! 3. Passive: “Meh” describes this persona best. I bought a pair of expensive leather boots from a proudly South African company. They were comfortable and stylish, but aside from that I never felt a real connection to the brand, and I had other leather boots that I alternated them with. This placed me very much in the passive category above. The following winter came and I wore my boots again, except – without warning and for no apparent reason – one of the soles completely split open. I reached out to the customer service people for assistance and the rather uninspired response I got was: “Courier it to us and we’ll replace the sole.” Since it wasn’t my fault that the sole had split, I felt it unfair of them to expect me to carry the burden of the courier expense. After sharing this with the customer care person several times, with no apparent effect, I became angry and actively started attacking their brand on social media. I had now swung to the detractor category. I even created a “Why I Hate XYZ” board on Pinterest. It wasn’t pretty. Within days, the social media manager (obviously with more authority to act than the unfortunate customer care person) contacted me and swiftly took care of my courier needs, which made me feel moderately happy again (passive). Then, to my surprise and delight, they sent me an additional pair of brand new boots by way of apology. I was ecstatic. Now I sing their praises every time I talk about boots, and tell all my friends about them, placing me very firmly in the promoter category. What set this company apart from the rest was their recognition that customer relations, not just customer service, is the new standard. NPS measures the detractors from the promoters, and the only way to create and keep a promoter is
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By Lucy Corne Following the success of African Brew, the first book to showcase the South African craft beer scene, beer-centric author Lucy Corne is back with a second homage to hops and grain. Beer Safari takes readers on a journey through the microbreweries of South Africa, stopping to chat to each brewer along the way.The book is laid out geographically to assist the reader in planning his or her own beer safari. Look out for the “Big Five Pints” – the author’s pick of the very best South African craft beers. There is also space for beer aficionados to scribble their own tasting notes alongside each brewery’s beer menu.
By Kate Atkinson A God in Ruins relates the life of Teddy Todd – would-be poet, heroic World War II bomber pilot, husband, father, and grandfather – as he navigates the perils and progress of the 20th century. For all Teddy endures in battle, his greatest challenge will be to face living in a future he never expected to have. This gripping, often funny, yet emotionally devastating book looks at war and the effect it has, not only on those who live through it, but on the lives of the subsequent generations.
Business-to-Business Marketing A Step by Step Guide By Mark Eardley and Charlie Stewart The way businesses buy from one another has changed profoundly in recent years. Markets have evolved, disruptive technologies have sprung up, and buyers’ expectations have changed. But despite this, the fundamentals of business-to-business marketing have remained constant: Today’s corporate decision-makers still need to know who you are, what you do, and why you matter to them. In Business-to-Business Marketing, Mark Eardley and Charlie Stewart review the basic rules of B2B marketing. Written in straightforward, punchy language with simple, practical take outs at the end of each chapter, this is a must-have book for anyone involved with attracting and retaining profitable customers.
Fine Food, Fine Wine
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Time to Travel Inspired by the spirit of discovery and adventure that drives every urban explorer, the latest addition to the Montblanc StarWalker Collection features a World Time complication. Integrated inside the writing instrument, the mechanism is operated by simply turning the cone. On arrival at your next destination, you can set the time to the local time zone, while also being able to identify the time in 23 other time zones around the world. The StarWalker World Time is manufactured out of solid titanium, while its ruthenium-plated, handground Au750 gold nib bears a fine filigree world map, laser-engraved onto the plating to reveal the white gold underneath. Available as a Fountain Pen or Fineliner, the Montblanc StarWalker World Time is presented in a special folding box adorned with both hemispheres, and a world map with time zones on the inside. The Montblanc StarWalker World Time is available in Montblanc boutiques worldwide.
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Have you ever wondered who is flying the plane when you travel on SA Express? Or wanted to know more about what a job as a cabin crew member is like? Well, now’s your chance! Every month we will introduce a few members of our SA Express family, because by getting to know them, you become part of the SA Express family too. Judy Koeries Senior Cabin Crew Member Length of Service: 12 years Tell us more about yourself: I’m a very patient person. I remain calm, focused, and positive during troubled times. I’ve been told that my love for writing inspires many people. I have a zest for life, good or bad, because it makes me who I am. I admire anyone who can make me laugh, because I love laughing. What is the most exciting part of your job? My colleagues. Each of them make my day super special and exciting and I appreciate them greatly. Why do you like working for SA Express? It gives me the opportunity to meet my Facebook friends face to face and see the beauty of the world from a different angle. Have you ever had any funny incidents or encounters on board? I had total chaos on a flight from Hoedspruit to Cape Town. My trolley pedal broke off in front of the toilet door, trapping a severely claustrophobic passenger in the toilet. Four of us had to lift up the trolley to move it so he could get out. A passenger a few rows away heard that something had broken
and frantically shouted: “The engine is broken!” I then had a real struggle to calm and reassure her it was not the engine. In the meantime, the claustrophobic person fixed the pedal, badly cutting his finger in the process, so I had to patch it up. A long queue formed at the toilet. The door was jammed closed because of the struggle the frantic claustrophobic passenger had had to get out. With the help of the Captain, my hairspray and some butter we fixed the door, and it has not given us any problems since. Upon descent the claustrophobic passenger told me that he had taken the wrong medication, which belonged to his wife, and he was showing signs of edema. This very quickly became a medical emergency. Once we landed, the paramedics took him away. He recovered fully and thanked me in a letter a week later. I felt sorry for the passenger but, oh boy, am I glad the toilet door is fixed, because I have to work with it every day! What are the words of wisdom that you live by? Always smile – you never know whose life you may be changing. No matter how you’re feeling, always remember that a bad day doesn’t mean a bad life. Remain positive! Get up, dress up, show up. When someone is unkind to you for no reason, it’s not about you, it’s about the battle they’re fighting within themselves. Craft life. Don’t let it craft you.
Get the best view of the Garden Route. Incredible and breathtaking views make any trip to George memorable. So whether you go for a round of golf, business or a holiday with the family, choose SA Express to get you there.
SA Express is a proud member of the SAA Voyager programme. Visit www.flyexpress.aero for domestic flights to Bloemfontein, Port Elizabeth, East London, Nelspruit, Kimberley Hoedspruit, George, Johannesburg, Richards Bay, Cape Town, Durban, Pietermaritzburg and regional flights to Lubumbashi, Gaborone, Windhoek, Walvis Bay, Lusaka and Harare.
Airline information SA Express fleet Canadair Regional Jet 200 BER Manufacturer: Bombardier Maximum cruising speed: 474 knots/545mph/879kmph Engines: Two General Electric CF34-3B1 Range: 1,662miles/3,080km Maximum altitude: 41,000ft/12,496m Seating capacity: 50
Crew: Two pilots, two cabin crew Wing span: 69ft 7in/21.21m Overall length: 87ft 10in/26.77m Overall height: 20ft 5in/6.22m Maximum take-off weight: 51,000lb/23,134kg Minimum runway length: 6,295ft/1,919m
De Havilland Dash 8 Series Q400 Turboprop Manufacturer: Bombardier Maximum cruising speed: 360knots/414mph/667kmph Engines: Two Pratt & Whitney Canada PW150A Range: 1,565 miles/2,519km Maximum altitude: 25,000ft/7,620m Seating capacity: 74 Crew: Two pilots, two
cabin crew Wing span: 93ft 3in/28.42m Overall length: 107ft 9in/32.83m Overall height: 27ft 5in/8.34m Maximum take-off weight: 64,500lb/29,257kg Minimum runway length: 4,580ft/1,396m
Canadair Regional Jet 700 Manufacturer: Bombardier Maximum cruising speed: 473 knots/544mph/875kmph Engines: Two General Electric CF34-8C5B Range: 1,477m/2,794km Maximum altitude: 41,000ft/12,496m Seating capacity: 70 Crew: Crew: Two pilots, two
cabin crew Wing span: 76ft 3in/23.2m Overall length: 106ft 8in/32.51m Overall height: 24ft 10in/7.57m Maximum take-off weight: 72,750lb/32,999kg Minimum runway length: 4,580ft/1,396m
SA Expressâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; aircraft are made by Bombardier Aerospace
We fly for you About us SA Express is a domestic and regional, passenger and cargo carrier which was established on 24th April 1994. The airline has since become one of the fastest growing regional airlines in Africa with route networks covering major local and regional cities. SA Express plays a significant role in the country’s hospitality, travel and tourism industry and is a vital contributor to the country’s socioeconomic development. SA Express prides itself in aiming to offer incomparable service standards. In addition to building on our motto to express excellence and consistently striving to provide the best service, we know that “you” is the most important word in our airline. With our consistent and seamless service, our customers can be assured of stellar customer service that will exceed their expectations. Vision To be a sustainable world-class regional airline with an extensive footprint in Africa. Purpose A sustainable, integrated regional airline connecting secondary and main airports.
Core values Safety first We never compromise on safety, no matter what. Customers Our customers are our most important investors. Partners We partner with people across all operations. Speed & Quality We deliver with speed without compromising on quality.
Improvement We strive for continuous improvement. Simplify We keep it simple.
Special services Special Meals Passengers with special dietary requirements are provided for through the following special meals: kosher, halal, Muslim, Hindu, low-fat and vegetarian meals. Orders for special meals should be placed at the time of making flight reservations. The airline requires a minimum of 48 hours’ notice prior to departure in order to assist with confirmation of requests. Only available on selected flights. Passengers requiring special attention Requirements for unaccompanied minors (passengers under the age of 12 years) or passengers requiring wheelchairs should be stated at the time of making the reservation. Owing to the size of the cabins on our aircraft types, the airline is not in a position to carry stretcher passengers or incubators. Cabin baggage SA Express will accept one piece of cabin baggage not exceeding a total dimension of 115cm and 7kg in weight. For safety reasons, cabin baggage must fit into approved stowage spaces: either the overhead luggage bin or under the seat. Owing to limited storage space in the aircraft cabin, cabin baggage may be placed in the
We Fly For You SA Express Airways prides itself on aiming to offer incomparable service standards. In addition to building on our motto to express excellence and consistently striving to provide the best service, we know that “you” is the most important word in our airline. SA Express proudly launched its new brand on 2 December 2009 at OR Tambo International Airport. The new brand is set to ensure that it’s distinctive and positioned to build awareness and affinity in the domestic and regional markets. The new proposition “We Fly for You” is set to position SA Express as a premier intraregional African brand. The main objective of the re-brand is to ensure that SA Express is distinctive yet still aligned to the country’s mainline carrier. SA Express’s unique positioning as an airline that provides a bespoke, personalised travel experience was the rationale behind the proposition “We Fly for You”. The new brand mark is in line with the symbol and colours of the national flag, encouraging national pride. The new brand will be applied to all brand touch-points throughout the operation as well as the staff uniform.
Skycheck at the aircraft for hold stowage. Skycheck This is the airline’s special hand-luggage facility that assists with in-flight comfort, speedy boarding and disembarking. When boarding one of our flights, simply place any hand luggage that will not be required during the flight on to the Skycheck cart at the boarding steps of the aircraft. Your hand luggage will be waiting for you as you disembark from the aircraft at your destination. Baggage liability Valuable items such as cameras and accessories, computers – including laptops and notebooks – mobile telephones, perfumes, aftershaves, colognes, legal and company documents and legal tender – including cash, credit cards and cheques – bullion, leather jackets, all types of jewellery and any other items with a value in excess of R400 must be removed from either checked-in or Skycheck baggage as the airline is not liable for loss or damage to these items. Verified baggage claims are settled on the basis adopted by IATA (International Airlines Transport Association): payment of US$20 per 1kg of checked-in luggage, to a maximum of 20kg ($400).
Awards SA Express has won the AFRAA Regional Airline of the Year Award at the end of 2009, and the Allied and Aviation Business Corporate Award. Our airline was also the recipient of the Annual Airline Reliability Award from Bombardier at the end of 2007. Other previous awards include the International Star Quality Award, which indicates our commitment to service excellence, while our prominence as one of the top 500 best managed companies is proof of our success as a business. Onboard service The airline’s onboard service is unique and offers passengers a variety of meals or snacks. The airline pioneered its unique meal-box concept, and meal choices are frequently updated and designed using balanced food criteria: appearance, taste and nutritional value. Passengers can also enjoy a wine and malt service on specified flights as well as refreshments on all flights. Light snacks will be served on selected flights. Our customers can expect a safe, comfortable, quality air-travel experience, with the added benefits of frequency, reliability, on-time departures and unmatched value for money.
Safety Information Health regulations Health regulations at certain airports require that the aircraft cabin be sprayed. The spray is harmless, but if you think it might affect you, please cover your nose and mouth with a handkerchief. Remain seated As a safety precaution, passengers are requested to remain seated with seatbelts fastened after the aircraft has landed, until the seatbelt sign has been switched off by the captain. Portable electronic equipment The use of personal electronic devices (PEDâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s) will apply to all domestic and regional flights on the CRJ700/200 and DH8 Q400.
Passengers will be permitted to use PEDâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s such as cell phones, e-readers and electronic tablets in flight-mode.
Cellular telephones Cellular telephones may be used on the ground while passenger doors are open. Cellular telephones, smartphones or any device with flight mode must be switched off as soon as the cabin doors are closed and when the senior cabincrew member makes an announcement on the public-address system. Laptop computers Laptops with CD ROM and DVD drive, handheld calculators, electric shavers and portable personal listening devices may not be used on the ground during taxi but may be used during the flight when the seatbelt signs are switched off and with permission from the captain. Should circumstances dictate otherwise, a public-address announcement cancelling this concession will be made by a crew member.
Prohibited equipment Portable printers, laser pointers, video equipment, CB/ AM/FM/FHF/satellite receivers, two-way radios, compact disc and mini-disc players, scanners, remote-controlled toys and power converters are prohibited for use at any time. Safety pamphlet Read the safety pamphlet in the seat pocket in front of you and take note of your nearest emergency exit. Smoking In accordance with international trends, smoking is not permitted on board any SA Express flights. Seat belts Please fasten your seat belt whenever the seat belt signs are illuminated. For your own safety we suggest that you keep it fastened throughout the flight. Important When in doubt, please consult our cabin crew.
For your comfort and security, please comply with the above safety regulations at all times while on board
Route map SA Express: Johannesburg Bloemfontein Cape Town Durban East London Gaborone George Hoedspruit Pilanesberg
Kimberley Lubumbashi Lusaka Harare Port Elizabeth Richards Bay Walvis Bay Windhoek
Flight schedule Johannesburg - Pilanesberg Flt No sa 1131 SA 1131
Dep 09:35 12:30
Arr 10:10 13:05
A/C cr2 CR2
Johannesburg - Bloemfontein Flt SA SA SA SA SA SA SA SA
No 1001 1003 1005 1011 1013 1017 1021 1023
Dep 06:00 08:00 11:20 13:50 14:55 16:45 17:55 18:30
Arr 07:00 09:05 12:25 14:55 16:00 17:45 19:00 19:35
A/C cr8 DH4 DH4 DH4 CR7 CR7 DH4 DH4
Johannesburg - East London Flt SA SA SA
No 1403 1409 1411
Dep 07:15 17:30 18:40
Arr 08:45 19:00 20:10
A/C CR8 CR2 CR8
Johannesburg - George Flt SA sa SA SA
No 1501 1503 1503 1509
Dep 06:40 08:20 08:20 15:50
Arr 08:40 10:15 10:30 17:40
A/C CR7 cr2 dh4 CR7
Dep 10:15 12:15
Arr 11:20 13:20
A/C DH4 DH4
Johannesburg - Kimberley Flt SA SA SA SA sa SA
No 1101 1103 1105 1107 1111 1113
Dep 06:20 09:20 13:10 14:25 16:45 17:20
Arr 07:25 10:25 14:15 15:30 17:45 18:25
A/C dh4 DH4 CR2 DH4 cr2 CR7
Johannesburg - Port Elizabeth Flt SA SA SA
No 1459 1457 1457
Dep 17:30 17:30 17:50
Arr 19:10 19:30 19:35
A/C cr8 DH4 cr7
Johannesburg - mahikeng Flt sa sa SA SA
No 1121 1123 1125 1127
Dep 05:55 07:10 14:55 16:30
Arr 06:40 07:50 15:40 17:15
A/C cr2 CR2 cr2 cr2
pilanesberg - mahikeng Flt No SA 1125
Bloemfontein - Johannesburg Flt SA SA SA SA SA SA SA SA
No 1024 1002 1004 1006 1012 1014 1018 1022
Dep 06:20 07:40 09:35 12:55 15:25 16:30 18:20 19:30
Arr 07:25 08:40 10:40 14:00 16:30 17:35 19:20 20:30
A/C DH4 DH4 CR2 DH4 DH4 CR7 CR7 DH4
East London - Johannesburg Flt SA SA SA
No 1412 1404 1410
Dep 06:45 09:15 19:50
Flt SA SA sa SA
No 1502 1504 1504 1510
Dep 09:20 10:50 10:50 18:10
Arr 08:25 10:45 21:35
A/C CR7 CR7 CR2
Arr 11:10 12:40 13:00 19:50
A/C CR7 CR2 dh4 CR7
Flt SA SA
No 1226 1228
Dep 12:00 13:55
Arr 13:00 14:55
A/C DH4 DH4
No 1102 1104 1106 1108 1112 1114
Dep 07:40 10:55 15:05 16:05 18:50 19:05
Arr 08:45 12:00 16:10 17:10 19:50 20:10
A/C dh4 DH4 dh4 DH4 dh4 dh4
Kimberley - Johannesburg Flt SA SA SA SA sa SA
Hoedspruit - Johannesburg
Port Elizabeth - Johannesburg Flt SA SA SA
No 1460 1460 1458
Dep 06:10 06:20 20:00
Arr 08:00 08:00 21:40
A/C DH4 CR8 CR7
mahikeng - Johannesburg Flt SA sa sa SA
No 1122 1124 1126 1128
Dep 07:40 08:45 16:10 17:50
Arr 08:25 09:30 16:50 18:30
A/C cr2 cr2 cr2 cr2
mahikeng - pilanesberg Flt sa SA
No 1121 1223
Dep 07:30 08:20
*Please note that SA Express may deviate from the published schedule over the holiday period and will operate reduced schedules in December and January
SA EXPRESS RESERVES THE RIGHT TO CHANGE, SUSPEND OR AMEND THIS PUBLISHED SCHEDULE WITHOUT PRIOR NOTIFICATION. EVERY EFFORT WILL BE MADE TO OPERATE AS PER THE PLANNED SCHEDULE
George - Johannesburg
Johannesburg - Hoedspruit Flt No SA 1225 SA 1227
pilanesberg - Johannesburg
Arr 08:05 08:55
A/C cr2 cr2
Flight schedule Johannesburg - Richards bay Flt SA SA SA SA
No 1201 1203 1207 1213
Dep 06:10 08:30 13:15 16:55
Arr 07:25 09:45 14:30 18:10
A/C DH4 DH4 DH4 DH4
Johannesburg - walvis bay Flt sa SA sa
No 1703 1701 1705
Dep 07:20 11:30 13:30
Arr 09:45 14:10 15:55
A/C cr2 dh4 cr2
Johannesburg - windhoek Flt No SA 1731 SA 1731
Dep 05:55 06:10
Arr 07:10 07:25
A/C CR2 CR2
Johannesburg - Gaborone Flt SA SA SA SA SA SA SA SA
No 1761 1763 1765 1767 1775 1775 1783 1779
Dep 06:55 07:55 09:55 11:55 13:30 14:30 15:45 18:10
Arr 07:50 08:50 10:50 12:45 14:25 15:25 16:40 19:05
A/C DH4 DH4 DH4 DH4 DH4 DH4 DH4 DH4
Johannesburg - Lubumbashi Flt No SA 1797
CAPE TOWN - bloemfontein Flt SA SA sa SA SA SA
No 1081 1083 1087 1087 1091 1091
Dep 06:00 08:00 12:00 13:20 16:55 16:55
Arr 07:30 09:30 13:45 14:50 18:20 18:40
A/C CR2 CR2 cr2 DH4 DH4 CR2
CAPE TOWN - east london Flt sa SA SA SA sa SA SA SA
No 1361 1363 1363 1371 1371 1371 1373 1375
Dep 06:00 07:00 08:00 11:00 12:25 13:05 16:25 17:20
Arr 07:25 08:25 09:25 12:45 13:50 14:30 17:55 18:45
A/C CR2 CR2 CR2 dh4 cr2 CR2 cr2 CR2
Cape Town - Pilanesberg Flt No SA 1255
Richards bay - Johannesburg Flt SA SA SA SA
No 1202 1204 1208 1214
Dep 08:05 10:30 15:05 18:40
Arr 09:20 11:45 16:20 20:00
A/C DH4 DH4 DH4 DH4
walvis bay - Johannesburg Flt SA sa sa
No 1704 1702 1706
Dep 10:15 14:45 16:30
Arr 12:30 16:55 18:45
A/C CR2 cr8 cr2
windhoek - Johannesburg Flt SA
Gaborone - Johannesburg Flt SA SA SA SA SA SA SA SA
No 1762 1764 1766 1768 1776 1776 1784 1780
Dep 08:30 09:20 11:25 13:20 14:55 16:05 17:15 19:45
Arr 09:25 10:15 12:20 14:15 15:50 17:00 18:10 20:40
A/C DH4 DH4 DH4 dh4 DH4 DH4 DH4 DH4
Lubumbashi - Johannesburg Flt SA
bloemfontein - CAPE TOWN Flt SA SA SA SA SA SA
No 1082 1084 1088 1088 1092 1092
Dep 08:15 10:30 14:15 15:30 19:00 19:25
Arr 10:00 12:15 16:00 17:15 20:45 21:25
A/C CR2 CR2 cr2 DH4 CR2 CR2
east london - CAPE TOWN Flt SA SA SA sa sa SA SA SA
No 1362 1364 1364 1372 1372 1372 1374 1376
Dep 08:00 09:00 10:00 13:25 14:20 15:10 18:30 19:50
Arr 09:40 10:40 11:40 15:25 16:00 16:50 20:10 21:30
A/C CR2 CR2 CR2 dh4 cr2 CR2 CR2 CR2
Pilanesberg - cape town Flt SA
*Please note that SA Express may deviate from the published schedule over the holiday period and will operate reduced schedules in December and January
SA EXPRESS RESERVES THE RIGHT TO CHANGE, SUSPEND OR AMEND THIS PUBLISHED SCHEDULE WITHOUT PRIOR NOTIFICATION. EVERY EFFORT WILL BE MADE TO OPERATE AS PER THE PLANNED SCHEDULE
Flight schedule Cape Town - Hoedspruit Flt No sa 1241 SA 1241
Dep 09:10 10:10
Arr 12:30 12:50
A/C dh4 CR2
A/C CR2 CR2 CR2 CR2
A/C CR2 CR2
CAPE TOWN - port elizabeth Flt SA sa SA SA sa SA SA SA SA
No 1801 1803 1807 1813 1813 1819 1821 1821 1823
Dep 06:00 07:30 10:10 10:40 14:20 15:00 16:00 16:30 18:30
Arr 07:30 08:40 11:40 11:55 15:50 16:30 17:30 17:40 20:00
A/C dh4 cr2 dh4 DH4 dh4 DH4 DH4 CR2 DH4
Cape Town - Walvis Bay Flt No SA 1721
durban - East London Flt SA SA SA
No 1301 1305 1309
Dep 06:00 12:00 16:50
Arr 07:05 13:05 17:55
A/C CR2 CR2 CR2
durban - Port Elizabeth Flt SA SA SA SA SA
No 1330 1334 1336 1340 1348
Dep 06:00 09:15 09:50 13:35 17:40
Arr 07:20 10:35 11:10 14:55 19:00
A/C CR2 CR2 CR2 CR2 CR2
durban - CAPE TOWN Flt SA SA SA SA
No 1850 1854 1854 1858
Dep 06:10 12:00 15:00 15:35
Arr 08:25 14:15 17:15 17:50
durban - lusaka Flt No SA 1601
durban - Harare Flt No SA 1603 SA 1611
Dep 09:10 10:20
Arr 11:35 12:45
Hoedspruit - Cape Town Flt sa SA
No 1242 1242
Dep 13:10 13:20
A/C dh4 CR2
port elizabeth - CAPE TOWN Flt SA SA sa SA SA sa sa SA SA SA
No 1826 1802 1804 1808 1814 1814 1820 1822 1822 1824
Dep 07:00 08:00 09:20 12:10 12:40 16:20 17:00 18:00 18:10 20:30
Arr 08:40 09:40 10:40 13:50 14:00 18:00 18:40 19:40 19:30 22:10
A/C DH4 DH4 CR2 DH4 dh4 dh4 dh4 dh4 CR2 DH4
No 1302 1306 1310
Dep 07:35 13:35 18:25
Arr 08:35 14:35 19:25
No 1331 1335 1337 1341 1349
Dep 07:50 11:05 11:45 15:35 19:55
Arr 09:05 12:20 13:00 16:50 21:10
No 1851 1855 1855 1859
Dep 09:05 15:00 17:45 18:15
Arr 11:05 17:15 19:45 20:15
lusaka - durban Flt SA
Harare - durban Flt SA SA
No 1612 1604
Dep 13:25 15:15
SA EXPRESS RESERVES THE RIGHT TO CHANGE, SUSPEND OR AMEND THIS PUBLISHED SCHEDULE WITHOUT PRIOR NOTIFICATION. EVERY EFFORT WILL BE MADE TO OPERATE AS PER THE PLANNED SCHEDULE
Arr 15:50 17:40
A/C CR2 CR2 CR2 CR2
A/C CR2 CR2
A/C CR2 CR2 CR2
A/C CR2 CR2 cr2 CR2 CR2
CAPE TOWN - DURBAN Flt SA SA SA SA
Port Elizabeth - DURBAN Flt SA SA sa SA SA
East London - DURBAN Flt SA SA SA
walvis Bay - Cape Town
*Please note that SA Express may deviate from the published schedule over the holiday period and will operate reduced schedules in December and January
Arr 16:20 15:55
Passenger Letters Good day What a pleasure to fly in a smaller plane. We didn’t fly as high as the big airbuses and it was a treat to see the landscape clearly – deeply meandering rivers, majestic cliffs, and flat-topped mountains dotted with candy floss clouds. It was a geography lesson brought to life. The little towns with their grid pattern roads contrasting with the smaller, amorphous villages and isolated homesteads in remote parts all connected by roads great and small. What a magnificent country we have! And SA Express was also a treat. Your team certainly lived up to your mantra “We fly for you”. I was treated with polite, efficient respect from check-in all the way through to disembarking, and our flight attendant, Ayanda, made each of us feel like a welcome, important guest. Thank you. Ingrid Nanni Congratulations to Ingrid Nanni, who wrote our winning letter this month, and walks away with an American Tourister Lightway 67 cm spinner valued at R2,799.
Dear Sir/Madam, I write to you as a regular SA Express passenger, wanting to thank you for the consistent effort that has gone into maintaining your service and safety levels. The combination of “road less travelled” flight routes and dependability means that I will gladly continue to make use of your airline in the future. Best regards, Dr Andre Malan
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